RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 21, 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. At this point, we may as well be asking how many seconds of fall are left, since summer is well behind us. Luckily, the summer is preserved on the pop chart and there are many sunny songs making some hot moves. Time to see what’s popping this Sunday:

FOUR OUT OF FIVE: This week looks to be the last one atop the pop survey for “Youngblood” from Australian group 5 Seconds Of Summer, which remains there for its fourth week. The song sheds over 750 spins from last Sunday. Taking a nice jump from 6-2, Ariana Grande‘s “God Is A Woman” is expected to enter the top spot next week, which will also likely be a multi-week #1 due to a lack of competition. (“God” is the only song currently gaining in the top six.) Soon enough, Grande will have two hits in the top ten simultaneously, with “Breathin” up from 18-14 on the latest update. How will both acts perform on the year-end survey? It’ll be here before you know it… meanwhile, “Youngblood” is still rising on the Hot AC chart, currently at #4, while Grande’s two hits are at #23 and #39, respectively, with “Breathin” at the higher position.

“LONELY” TOGETHER: Plenty of chart action in the lower half of the list this week, including four songs reaching the top 40. At #30, Drake and the late Michael Jackson soar from #43 last week with “Don’t Matter To Me”, the latest single from the former’s Scorpion album. It’s the 25th top 40 hit for Drake and the 37th solo entry for Jackson, a total which combines 33 songs that charted during the Radio & Records and/or Mediabase era (September 1973 – present) and four songs that made the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 prior to that time period. Of those three dozen chart records, this is Jackson’s third posthumous hit to enter the region; you might remember that he went to #38 in December 2010 with “Hold My Hand”, a duet with Akon, and #29 in June 2014 with “Love Never Felt So Good”, a duet with Justin Timberlake. Further down, Camila Cabello goes straight into the chart at #35 with her ninth solo top 40 hit, “Consequences”, boosted by a new Orchestra version of the song. The original version of the tune can be found on her former #1 album Camila. In with her eighth top 40 song, Alessia Cara leaps from 49-37 with “Trust My Lonely”, as country duo Dan + Shay crosses to the pop chart for the first time with “Tequila”, up 42-39. The song now ranks at #11 on the Hot AC list.

Four additional songs enter the top 50 this week, led by “Better” by Khalid at #41. It’s the lead radio single from his latest EP called Suncity, which debuted on Friday and could make the top ten on next week’s Billboard 200 chart. Just below him, “Sunflower” is up and sprouting at #42 for Post Malone and Swae Lee. Their current collaboration is featured in the upcoming movie Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, due December 14. The tune got as high as #2 on iTunes upon release two days ago. Another massive hit from a current box office winner enters the top 50 at #48, this song from A Star Is Born. The stars of that film, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, are new with “Shallow”, a cut that’s already in the top 20 on the Hot AC list after a massive jump during the last week. One last debut, sneaking in at #50, is a multi-artist collaboration that’s a former #1 song on the Rhythmic survey. “Big Bank” is making a lot of green for YG with featured acts 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj. It’s also gaining in the top five on the Urban chart.

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