RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 8, 2018)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Spring is finally in the air, and that means a few new seasonal smashes are also sprouting in the lower rungs of the survey. What’s getting planted in the world of pop? Check out all the action:

ZEDD OF HOUSEHOLD: Get in the car and head for the ATM; it’s time to mix top 40 tunes and Target trips with Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, as “The Middle” holds at #1 for the second week on the Top 40 radio chart. It gains just under 1,000 spins in the current tracking week, landing it above 18,000 spins during the last seven days. Morris’s “Rich” continues its rise in the lower rungs of the Country chart, though it’s still below the top 40. Meanwhile, on both surveys, “Meant To Be” from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line appears to be headed towards the top spot, holding at #3 on the Country list and up 3-2 on the Top 40 airwaves. The big collaboration currently appears on Rexha’s EP All Your Fault: Pt. 2, which was released in August of last year, and it is meant to be in the mix for her forthcoming full-length album Expectations, due later this year. Who gets the prize next Sunday? At this point, “Middle” has the edge for a third week at #1, but “Meant” could always spring ahead. Stay tuned.

PRELUDE TO A “KISS”: After receiving hourly airplay across iHeartMedia stations during its first day in the market, the current collaboration from Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa enters at #32 on the published chart update. “One Kiss”, which should appear on Harris’s forthcoming album later this year, is now the 17th top 40 song for the Scottish-born performer and the sixth for the English singer, the latter also at #21 this week with “IDGAF” off her self-titled album. Much of the action in the top 50 is also slow, but there are two entries in the region, led by Echosmith‘s “Over My Head” at #47. It’s the trio’s first chart song with the current lineup, and marks their first time in the top 50 since October 2015, when “Let’s Love” also reached that #47 position. (“Over” is likely to make it higher in the coming weeks.) Lastly, at #50, Sam Smith and Logic prepare to “Pray” for Top 40 glory with a new version of a song that originally appears on Smith’s set The Thrill Of It All from last year. Additionally, “Pray” is at #30 on this week’s AC update, and should rank on the Hot AC chart very soon.

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