RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 28, 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. We’ve got plenty of sweet goodies for all the Top 40 trick-or-treaters this week, but none sweeter than the song at the top. Time to see what’s popping this Sunday:

STILL ALIVE AT 5: In a surprise move, 5 Seconds Of Summer holds at the top spot on the Top 40 chart for the fifth week with “Youngblood”, landing over 250 spins above Ariana Grande‘s “God Is A Woman”, which appears at #2 for the second week. These songs should finally swap next week, with the divine ditty from Grande becoming the second chart-topper of the Sweetener era. The top five, in general, remains pretty weak at the format, but a handful of bulleted singles in the lower rungs of the top ten are pushing ahead and looking to freshen up the view next month. Jumping from 8-6, “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille leads the pack and might top the list after Grande’s run is completed.

MAD ABOUT THE “BOI”: It’s another week of huge action in the bottom half of the chart, as five tracks leap into the top 40. The highest of the five was one of last week’s top 50 debuts, “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee, which feels the rays of a giant 42-28 move this week. It’s Malone’s eighth top 40 single and Lee’s second as a soloist, having previously charted as a part of the duo Rae Sremmurd. Soaring from 48-34, “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper becomes the former’s 19th top 40 song and the latter’s first. It’s the first track from any version of A Star Is Born to reach the pop survey since the spring of 1977, when Barbra Streisand spent three weeks at #1 with the love theme from said movie, “Evergreen”. Khalid rises from 41-35 with “Better”, which is his eighth top 40 song at the format, while Dean Lewis jumps from 45-36 with “Be Alright”, his first hit to make the top 40 here. Rounding out the top 40 debuts, Twenty One Pilots fly the Top 40 skies, up from 44-40 with their fourth top 40 hit at the format, “My Blood”. That title is well into the top five on the Alternative chart.

Further down, look out for a notable top 50 debut for “Taki Taki” by DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B. At #43, it’s the highest of four new entries in the region. A few spots lower, DJ/producer Dillon Francis returns to the format after 2-1/2 years away with the Lao Ra-assisted “White Boi”, landing at #48. It’s the artist’s first chart song on his own label; he previously was signed to Columbia. Two additional collaborations are in the mix this week: starting at #49, “There’s No Way” is the latest chart single for Lauv featuring Julia Michaels, while Bad Bunny‘s “MIA”, featuring Drake, says “hola” to the #50 spot. We’ll see how they do in the coming weeks this fall.

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