RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (January 20, 2019)

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. Do these radio hits ring a bell? They should. In fact, they could ring seven of them. Let’s see what’s popping this Sunday:

“THANK” BEFORE U SPEAK: Coming off a great six-week run at #1 for Panic! At The Disco‘s song “High Hopes”, the Top 40 survey was ready for a new chart-topper. So, thanks are due to Ariana Grande‘s “thank u, next”, rising 2-1 this week. The hit is the sixth #1 of her career at this format and follows just weeks after “breathin”, a cut off her Sweetener album, stalled at #2 for four long weeks without ever hitting the top. The latter track slides to #5 this week, as Grande’s “7 rings” (released on Friday) has a huge entry at #27. These are, indeed, a few of her favorite things. (There’ll be plenty more where that came from in the coming months.)

Three massive tunes leap well into the top 40 this week, led by “Lost In The Fire” by Gesaffelstein and The Weeknd, up from 45-24. It was last Tuesday’s Most Added release at the format. While the former claims his first top 40 entry, the latter now has his 10th song to reach that section of the list. As mentioned above, Grande lands at #27 with “7 rings”, marking her 20th top 40 hit. The song received hourly airplay at many radio stations on Friday, though it should sport solid gains in the next few days. Additionally, the hit “Dancing With A Stranger” takes to the floor at #32 for Sam Smith and Normani. The collaboration becomes the 11th top 40 tune for Smith and the second solo entry for Normani, who previously charted with the group Fifth Harmony. Normani’s “Love Lies”, a collaboration with Khalid, spent two weeks at #1 in September.

Headed lower, “Damn” by LIVVIA (#44) and “Chances” by the Backstreet Boys (#48) land in the region. This coming Friday, the latter act releases their first studio album since 2013, DNA, which also features “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, a #16 hit last August.

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