RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 15, 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. Which artists are driving their singles down the field toward the goalposts at the top? This may not be the World Cup, but the sport of chart-watching is important too. Let’s kick it:

TEARIN’ UP THE TOP: As Bazzi‘s “Mine” falls from 1-2 after one week at the summit, pop star Ariana Grande prances toward the pop peak, scoring her fourth #1 at the format with “No Tears Left To Cry”. It climbs a notch, passing the 16,000 spin mark in the process. Notably, this is Grande’s first #1 track that isn’t a collaboration with another artist: “Problem” featured Iggy Azelea, “Bang Bang” included Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, and Minaj joined Grande once again as a featured artist on “Side To Side”. Her latest #1 should have no problem spending a second week there, though it will face some competition in the weeks after that. Grande’s also in top 40 as a featured artist on “Bed”, another collaboration with Minaj, which leaps from 27-22, while “God Is A Woman”, the second radio single from her upcoming Sweetener set, debuted on Friday. Though it has some early airplay, its impact date is next Tuesday.

THE FEELING IS RIGHT: After a huge video campaign on social media, which saw fans and celebrities #DoTheShiggy, the latest single from superstar Drake storms onto the survey at #42, “In My Feelings”. This is the third pop radio release from Scorpion, still at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, which unexpectedly replaced the Michael Jackson-assisted “Don’t Matter To Me” following what occurred with the aforementioned challenge results. As “Feelings” charts just below the top ten on the Rhythmic and Urban lists this weekend, another of the proven hits at those formats is now making a run in the pop world. “Boo’d Up” starts at #44 this week, done by newcomer Ella Mai. A new remix of the song, featuring appearances by Nicki Minaj and Quavo, debuted earlier this month. A third and final entry comes in at #49, which is also receiving airplay at the same formats, though this song was a streaming breakout well before it was serviced to radio. 19-year-old newcomer Juice WRLD continues to broaden his base with “Lucid Dreams”, which samples Sting‘s “Shape Of My Heart”, a single that picked up some small airplay at the AC format during the spring of 1994, but did not chart. (Craig David‘s collaboration with Sting that also sampled it, “Rise & Fall”, suffered the same fate at the CHR/Pop format in the summer of 2003.)

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