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. It’s getting sticky out there, but as far as our pop chart is concerned, we like those hits that’ll stick around a while. What’s happening with the turnover this week? Check it out:
I THINK WE’RE MALONE NOW: Post Malone spends a third week at #1 on the Top 40 radio survey with his Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Psycho”, which comes from the recent #1 album Beerbongs & Bentleys. Malone’s “Better Now” also jumps from 27-21, due in part to three recurrents being removed from the chart, which also boosts a number of moves for established hits from 5 Seconds Of Summer, Alessia Cara, Bryce Vine and more. The vacuum effect also lifts three songs into the top 40: up 45-37, “Let You Be Right” is now the tenth top 40 hit for singer and songwriter Meghan Trainor. Leaping 42-38, newcomer Dennis Lloyd is in with “Nevermind”, his first top 40 entry and one of the only ones by an Israeli-born performer. Also entering the region this week, up 43-39, is “Sangria Wine”, pairing Pharrell Williams and Camila Cabello. For solo hit counts, it’s the 14th top 40 song for Williams, a large amount of those coming from features over the last 16 or so years, and the seventh for Cabello.
“BED” IS BURNING: As new singles from Meghan Trainor, Dennis Lloyd and a collaboration from Pharrell Williams and Camila Cabello make the top 40, three other songs burn the midnight oil and light up the top 50 this week. Leading the way, a top collaboration from Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, “Bed”, snuggles in at #41. It’s been nearly three years since Minaj’s previous top 40 hit as a lead artist appeared in the region, “The Night Is Still Young”, a #13 song from June 2015. (The last Grande and Minaj entry to chart, “Side To Side”, with the former on the lead vocals, spent five weeks at #1 in December 2016 and January 2017.) A few spots lower than “Bed”, Sabrina Carpenter looks to land her third top 40 hit on the Top 40 survey with “Almost Love”, landing at #46. Her previous two titles to make it into the region, “Thumbs” and “Why”, both peaked at #26 last year, the former in March and the latter in November. Finally, at #50, trio Migos have a new crossover song with fellow rapper Drake, “Walk It Talk It”, a former #1 earlier this month on the Urban chart. Their success on the Top 40 airwaves as an act has been limited; their highest-charting hit to date, a feature on Calvin Harris‘s “Slide”, spent two weeks at #9 in May of last year. (Member Quavo has more chart entries as a solo artist, including a feature on Liam Payne‘s one-week #1 from October of last year, “Strip That Down”.)