RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 29, 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. Going into the fifth month of the year, we’re pumped for all the Song Of The Summer candidates about to make their debut and all the other action on the pop chart. Ready for a trip to Top 40 Land? Let’s get into it:

SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE: Holding on for a fifth week at #1, tying Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules” as the longest-running #1 of the year thus far, Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey have a few more Target gift cards to redeem before “The Middle” finally falls out of the top spot on the pop chart. Once again, the song posts a minor loss this week, which didn’t lead to any excessive drops after the report last weekend. “Middle” reaches the top of the Hot AC list this week, giving all three acts their first chart-topper at this format. Will Camila Cabello‘s “Never Be The Same” finally take over the pop throne next week? It’s still about 1,000 spins behind, coming in at #2 for the third week in a row, but with a new remix featuring country singer Kane Brown debuting on Friday, there could be an opportunity to spike the record in the coming days, or at least give the new version some curiosity play. You can expect her single with Pharrell Williams, “Sangria Wine”, at the format soon, which will be worked by Williams’s record label, Columbia.

BEER FOR EVERYONE: No, not free drinks, settle down. As the current tracks from Drake, ZAYN, bülow and a collaboration by Sam Smith and Logic reach the top 40, we also find some new (and old) faces breaking into the top 50. After narrowly missing the region last fall with “Dead” last year, former major label artist Madison Beer goes independent for her first chart entry, a song called “Home With You”. It comes in at #48. Beer is the first Madison to enter the top 50 since 2000, when an Australian duo called Madison Avenue went to #48 with their lone pop hit in the States, “Don’t Call Me Baby”. A notch lower, at #49, is a song title that contains a single letter: “X”. Nicky Jam and J Balvin‘s collaboration has been building nicely at streaming services in the past few weeks, recently hitting #1 in Italy and Spain. In the history of the CHR and Top 40 airplay charts, there’s been only one top 40 hit to begin with the letter X: “Xanadu”, which peaked at #2 for Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra in September 1980. Balvin is also involved with this week’s #50 debut, “Familiar” by one-time One Direction member Liam Payne. This single should give Payne his fifth top 40 hit at the format, while Balvin is likely to grab his second and third simultaneously.

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