RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 12, 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. It’s time for a trip down the hit highway and all our favorite musical attractions, so let’s rev it up and see what’s popping this Sunday:

“GIRLS” ARE MORE FUN: Girls, you know it’s true. You simply love “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 and Cardi B, which spends a third week at #1 on the Top 40 survey, making it the group’s longest run at the top since 2014’s “Animals” had its four weeks at the summit. Though it’s still rising above the 19,000 spin threshold, it’s just over 200 spins away from breaking the current record here, which is held by Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You” from last April during its massive ten-week run at the top. The hit also leads the Hot AC survey for a second week, while continuing to charge towards the top ten on the AC list. Meanwhile, on the Top 40 ranking, Post Malone‘s “Better Now” holds in the runner-up position for a second week, but it’ll likely be at #1 before the end of the month.

EVERY “BODY” IS HERE: Headed towards the bottom of the survey, there’s a pair of top 40 entries at the format this week from Imagine Dragons (“Natural”, up 41-37) and Zedd‘s collaboration with Elley Duhé (“Happy Now”, up 43-39), while four releases land in the top 50 for the first time. Leading the pack, Anne-Marie‘s “2002” does some time traveling into the #44 spot. The song’s due for another solid week of adds, following a second place finish on last Tuesday’s report. In at #45, first-time collaborators Logic and Ryan Tedder connect on “One Day”. Tedder’s band OneRepublic impacts at the Hot AC radio format a week from tomorrow with their recent sync hit “Connection”, which is featured in Fiat Chrysler’s Summer Of Jeep campaign. New at #47, Bazzi checks in with an updated version of “Beautiful”, featuring pop darling Camila Cabello. The original solo version of “Beautiful” can be found on his debut album Cosmic, which just missed the top ten on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. The last of the four debuts, entering at #48, is a collaboration that’s been shaking up the top ten in Canada and the United Kingdom. “Body” is the first chart song for the male duo called Loud Luxury and a vocalist named Brando. Given that international success, it should have a shot here as well.

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