RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 23, 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. There’s a chill in the fall air, but the hot hits on the pop airwaves are keeping things nice and toasty. Here’s what’s popping this Sunday:

SHOW ME “LOVE”: This is the second week at the top for “Love Lies” from Khalid x Normani, a song which has now spent half a year in the top 40. The soundtrack cut from Love, Simon is unbulleted on the newest update and it’s not clear if it’ll receive another week at the top. With that being said, watch out for “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds Of Summer, up to #4 on the new update, which is charging ahead and will likely be the next chart-topper at the format. It’s also the larger Hot AC hit of the two songs: “Youngblood” is now at #9, climbing a notch, while “Love” slides back one notch to #23. Regardless of happens next week, it’s been a solid run for the collaboration at the top spot and should provide a nice launching pad for Normani’s first pop smash completely on her own.

DAN ON YOUR MIND: While reactive tunes from LSD, Silk City & Dua Lipa and Travis Scott reach the top 40, one recurrent and some additional purging fills the lower rungs of the top 50 with a handful of debuts. Out in front, country duo Dan + Shay is on well on its way to their first pop hit with “Tequila”, bowing at #45. The two guys have accumulated seven top 40 singles at their usual format since 2013, with this release landing at the top earlier this year. Just behind them, the new collaboration from David Guetta and Anne-Marie checks in at #46, “Don’t Leave Me Alone”. Both performers are currently in the top 40 with other singles: Guetta’s at #27 this week sharing the lead billing with Jason Derulo on “Goodbye”, while Anne-Marie can be found at #29 with “2002”.

The other debuts in the top 50 this week are not receiving a whole lot of airplay, and it’s doubtful that they’ll stick around for long. At #49, “IDWK” (short for “I don’t want (to) know”) is the first charting collaboration for DVBBS and Blackbear, which is midway up the Top 40 chart in the DVBBS’s native Canada. Blackbear got as high as #24 late last year with “Do Re Mi”. One notch lower, “FeFe” gives controversial performer 6ix9ine his first chart entry at the format, a song which also features Nicki Minaj. It’s now at #10 on this week’s Rhythmic chart, and just outside the region on the updated Urban list. Will it get higher than #50 here? Stay tuned.

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