RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 7, 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. Q4 in the music industry is getting crazy, so prepare yourself for a massive shift after this week’s more quiet results. That being said, here’s what’s popping this Sunday:

SECONDS FOR SECONDS: No surprises at the top this week, as “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds Of Summer holds steady at #1 in the Top 40 world. As mentioned last week, it’s the first chart-topper at the format for the Australian band, who also rise to #6 on the latest Hot AC list. Surprisingly enough, “Youngblood” reaches the top 40 on a third chart this week: the AC survey, where the tune is up roughly 60 spins from last Sunday. With the global hit still in positive territory on the Top 40 airwaves, it could land a third week at the summit, but there are several competitors in the mix that, if not next week, will definitely be at the top later this month.

DO RE “ME”: Only one new title makes the top 40 this week at the format, with Kim Petras climbing from 42-40 with “Heart To Break”. It’s her first song to enter the region, making Petras one of the first transgender performers to pull off the feat. Several spots lower, we find three singles entering the top 50 this week. The highest, checking in at #47, is “Without Me” by Halsey, a singer who also appears at #14 as a vocalist on the Benny Blanco hit “Eastside”. Her newest single reached #2 on iTunes earlier this week. On a hot streak with her second chart entry here, another collaboration, Elley Duhé links with Gryffin for this week’s #48 single, “Tie Me Down”. It’s the first time in the top 50 for the New York-based musician and producer, born Dan Griffith, though he’s previously received some minor airplay at the fomat before. Lastly, at #49, Why Don’t We jumps aboard with their third chart entry, which is also the title cut from their recent album 8 Letters. Will all three songs reach the top 40 in the coming weeks? Stay tuned, folks.

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