RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 3, 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. Even as Governors Ball concludes, the CHR airwaves always need a musical mayor to rank at the top. Who will it be this week? Get all the stats you need below:

CAUGHT IN “THE MIDDLE”: After four weeks in the runner-up slot, “The Middle”, by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, gets a second run at the top, making this frame its sixth non-consecutive week at #1 on the pop format. This is not the longest wait for a #1 song to return to the summit; 20 years ago, Savage Garden‘s hit “Truly Madly Deeply” sat at #2 for nine weeks between its second and third weeks at the top, the longest stretch in the Radio & Records/Mediabase timeline. The big collaboration was also very close to a fifth non-consecutive week at #1 on the Hot AC chart, but missed returning by about 20 spins. This extra time at the top doesn’t look it’ll last much longer, however, as a certain musical maniac (at least, by song title) looks poised to take over in the coming days. You might almost say it’s a $ign of the times…

A “BETTER” WEEK AHEAD: Though it’s a relatively slow chart week toward the top of the survey, four new tunes come into the top 50 this week. Leading the way, the Australian act 5 Seconds Of Summer hops aboard at #44 with the song that remains at #1 down under, “Youngblood”. This is the title track from their upcoming studio album, which is now out on June 15. Israeli newcomer Dennis Lloyd settles at #46 with “Nevermind”. Lloyd’s first U.S. chart entry has been performing extremely well on Spotify, where it surged as a result of notable pop and dance playlisting globally. The single is charting or has charted in much of Europe, achieving top ten peaks in countries like Germany, Norway and Sweden. From there, bouncing in at #49, is a single that remains the top seller on iTunes here in the U.S.: Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You” and its updated version featuring Cardi B. Next Sunday, “Girls” will likely become the group’s 26th top 40 entry on the pop list, which comes just short of the 15th anniversary of “Harder To Breathe” making the top 40 at the format. Lastly, at #50, Post Malone‘s “Better Now” debuts prior to its impact date on Tuesday. If you didn’t catch the hint before, Malone’s “Psycho”, featuring Ty Dolla $ign, should climb to #1 (currently at #3) on next week’s update.

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