RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 2, 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. Hope you’re enjoying the extended weekend due to the Labor Day holiday, because things are really heating up here on the pop chart. Here’s what’s burning on the latest report:

HITTING THE POST: After a month at #2, “Better Now” by Post Malone finally reaches the top of the pops, marking the second #1 on the Top 40 survey for the performer in 2018. It follows the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Psycho”, which had a four-week run at #1 from mid-June to early July. Both songs are taken from the album Beerbongs & Bentleys, which also topped the Billboard 200 chart earlier this year. Making our way around the other radio charts, “Better” checks in #3 at the Rhythmic list, #23 at Hot AC and #43 at Urban. You can also find Malone on the Tiësto & Dzeko single “Jackie Chan”, which rises to #17 at Top 40 this week and leaps into the top 40 on the Rhythmic chart at #36. It’s unclear what’ll happen beyond this week; Malone has enough of a distance between the next bulleted song in the top five and his “Better” to stay at the top for a second week, but anything could happen. Stay tuned!

HELLO, “GOODBYE”: Riding some killer waves into the top 40 on the latest chart, it’s surf’s up for “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille, serving a gnarly move from 41-30. It’s Marshmello’s fifth top 40 song at the format and Bastille’s third hit. Meanwhile, the “Ocean” comes to the region, courtesy of Martin Garrix featuring Khalid, up 42-38. It’s also Garrix’s fifth top 40 entry here, while Khalid grabs his seventh hit. Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” is next into the water, climbing 47-39 to become their fourth top 40 release at the format, as Cheat Codes x Little Mix splash up from 44-40 with their first collaboration together, “Only You”. It’s the trio’s third top 40 single here, and the quartet’s fifth.

This week’s highest new entry in the top 50 is a four-way collaboration called “Goodbye”, as we say hello, hola and bonjour to Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William. It checks in at #41. Derulo and Minaj previously teamed up a year ago on the song “Swalla”, which spent three non-consecutive weeks at #19 last May and June. Guetta and Minaj have now made the top 50 together on four different entries, a run that started with 2011’s “Where Them Girls At”, a #12 hit that August, followed by “Turn Me On”, reaching #2 that March, and most recently “Light My Body Up”, which stumbled to #48 last April. That’s not all for a Queen like Minaj this week, as she also enters at #46 on a remix of the BTS hit “IDOL”. It’s the K-pop act’s third single to debut here since late last year, when they first entered the list with the Desiigner-assisted remix of “MIC Drop”, spending two non-consecutive weeks at #24 this past January. Other entries in the region this week include Ariana Grande‘s “Breathin” (#48), which is receiving unsolicited airplay, as well as the latest single from The Vamps, “Just My Type”, at #49. Finally, from the “Who?” file, two acts who haven’t previously entered here before, Bobby Green and featured artist Midian, rank at #50 with a song called “Warrior”. Except for a handful of spins, the majority of the airplay for this song is in overnight rotation in low rank markets.

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