RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 13, 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. After all the chocolates and flowers, chances are that the looking at the pop chart is not on your to-do list for Mother’s Day. However, here we are. Let’s get to the countdown:

“SAME” RESULTS, DIFFERENT WEEK: It’s a second week at the top of the pop chart for Camila Cabello‘s smash “Never Be The Same”, which posts a small loss in spins over the last seven days. Luckily, it’s more than enough to pace ahead of plenty of other songs gaining in the top ten. (Expect “Never” to easily lead the chart again next week.) Cabello’s song remains bulleted in the top ten on the Hot AC (#6) and Rhythmic (#8) lists, though it would be some time before “Never” approaches the top spot on either (that is, if it keeps up its current momentum.) Will one of the top songs of the spring lead to even greater possibilities this summer? We shall have to wait and see.

“BACK” WITH A VENGEANCE: In a very active week toward the bottom of the survey, a pack of five new songs make the top 50 on the latest update, led by soundtrack cut “Back To You” (#41) by Selena Gomez. Of course, she’s coming off a top five entry from earlier this year with the Marshmello-assisted “Wolves”. The 25-year-old’s latest song is the first radio single from an album based on the second season of the Netflix hit 13 Reasons Why. The full soundtrack and series are released on Friday, which should both do well. Parking their truck and moving in at #43 is “Move To Miami”, another collaboration that pairs neighbors and friends Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull. In fact, next week, “Move” could become their fifth top 40 single together at the format in the past decade. (Is Pitbull the Marvin Gaye or the Tammi Terrell in this relationship? We may never know, folks.) Next up, newcomer Bryce Vine swings into the #48 spot with “Drew Barrymore”, while first-timer Tom Walker turns the switch and brightens the list at #49 with “Leave A Light On”. Walker previously charted at the Hot AC format in 2017 with “Just You And I”, which stalled out halfway up the chart. Last, but certainly not least, this week’s #50 track is also a new entry from NOTD and Bea Miller, “I Wanna Know”. Miller’s success at the format has been limited to two minor chart entries, but NOTD’s first time on the survey could prove to be a winner for both of them. Now, feel free to catch your breath and enjoy the rest of your Mother’s Day.

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