RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 27, 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. Enjoy all the Memorial Day festivities! The charts don’t sleep for a holiday, so let’s check out all the action:

RETURN TO “NEVER” LAND: Camila Cabello‘s “Never Be The Same” holds at #1 for the fourth week on the Top 40 list, but a tight battle ensued between it and former chart-topper “The Middle”, from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, as a number of bigger hits continued to decline over the holiday weekend. As the result, the two tracks landed less than 100 spins from one another. A new #1 is likely in the next week or two, with “Psycho” (up 8-4) by Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign currently in the lead. “Never” is still making moves on the Hot AC list, rising 5-3 this week, though most observers will now be focused on her duet with Pharrell Williams, “Sangria Wine”, which sports a solid gain below the top 50 at the Top 40 format (and could enter as early as next week.)

HOW LO CAN THEY GO?: Four new titles reach the top 40 this week, led by the comeback single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Backstreet Boys, up 48-33 to become their 19th top 40 entry at this format since 1995. (You’ll find additional chart data on the other entries from Cardi B, Logan Henderson and Bryce Vine on our socials!) Meanwhile, three songs come into the top 50 on the newest update, led by “Dinero” from Jennifer Lopez at #43. The collaboration, which features DJ Khaled and the previously mentioned Cardi B, is now Lopez’s highest-charting song since 2014. Five spots lower, K-pop sensations BTS score their second top 50 hit with “Fake Love”. The seven man band’s #48 entry comes two weeks before their single’s official impact date at the format. In at #49 is the week’s final new song, “Jump” by singer and songwriter Julia Michaels. She has three top 40 tunes to date. The track features chart newcomer Trippie Redd, who is known for a handful of collaborations and features in the rap field.

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