RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 9, 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. Hoping it’s a sweet new year for those of you fellow Jewish readers celebrating Rosh Hashanah in the next few days. From the head of the year to the head of the charts, here’s the recap of this week’s active tunes on the pop chart:

THE POSTMAN DELIVERS: If you’re expecting a pop package this Rosh Hashanah, it might be coming from Post Malone. The performer won’t be hand-delivering apples and honey, of course, but his song “Better Now” is still sticky, staying at #1 on the Top 40 chart for the second week. “Better” also climbs into the runner-up position on the Rhythmic chart, though it comes with a minor loss in spins over last week. After a long run up the pop list, it appears “Love Lies” from Khalid x Normani (featured on the soundtrack to Love, Simon) will displace Malone’s smash next week. Should it reach the summit, it’ll be the first single written for a movie to top the chart since 2016 and the first male-female duet from a movie to pull off the feat since 1993. (More on that next week!)

THUNDER IN MY CHART: Weather or not you realize it, larger action on the chart this week is limited, which follows last week’s massive pop parade. The only single entering the top 40 is “Goodbye” from Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William, which rockets 41-34. The reactive collaboration is the 20th top 40 song for Derulo, the 21st for Guetta, the 37th for Minaj and the second for William. (Phew, that’s a mouthful.) Further down, LSD, the trio of Labrinth, Sia and Diplo, has their first pop chart entry at #47 with “Thunderclouds”, which is featured in a smartphone advertisement. The act recently entered the top 50 on the Alternative chart with “Genius”. Meanwhile, Travis Scott debuts at #49 with “Sicko Mode”. Featured on ASTROWORLD, his recent #1 album on the Billboard 200 list, the single is approaching the top ten on the Rhythmic and Urban radio charts. (“Sicko” also includes uncredited guest vocals by Drake and Swae Lee.)

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