RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (January 27, 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. We’re finishing off the month of January on a strong note with yet another week of pop power, including a new #1 song and several exciting debuts. Let’s see what’s popping this Sunday:

MEET “ME” AT THE TOP: After leading the top 40 for a week, Ariana Grande‘s “thank u, next” is bounced out of the top spot, replaced by Halsey‘s “Without Me”, which advances from 3-1. It’s her third #1 single at the Top 40 format, following collaborations with The Chainsmokers (“Closer”, ten weeks in 2016) and G-Eazy (“Him & I”, two weeks in 2018). Next month, the performer is due to appear as the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live. She’s also writing and recording her third studio album.

Entering the top 40 this week, LIVVIA‘s “Damn” rises from 44-39 to become her second top 40 hit at the format, while “Zeze” is up from 44-40 to land Kodak Black his second top 40 release as well. The two featured artists on the song, Travis Scott and Offset, earn their fifth and third solo top 40 entries at the format, respectfully. “Zeze” remains atop the Urban chart and recently led the list at Rhythmic radio.

This week’s top 50 debut action gives us four new hits in the region, with Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man‘s “Giant” ahead of the pack at #46. The collaboration is now in the top five in the U.K. and has landed in the top 40 across Europe. “Bad Liar” comes in at #47 for Imagine Dragons, which also soars into the top 50 on the Alternative chart. It’s the band’s follow-up to “Natural”, a #11 entry at the Top 40 format last year that topped the Alternative survey for nine weeks. Dua Lipa‘s soundtrack cut “Swan Song” gets into the action at #49 on the list and will be sure to move up significantly following its impact date this Tuesday. Lastly, at #50, it’s a new song for NF, who topped the chart last year for a week with “Let You Down”. His third and latest single is “If You Want Love”, a cut from his chart-topping 2017 album Perception.

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