RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 17, 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. It may not be the Daytona 500, but the race for #1 on the pop radio survey is still a very exciting sport to watch. Let’s see what’s popping on the radio this Sunday:

LET’S TALK ABOUT “ME”: This appears to be the fourth and final week at #1 for Halsey‘s “Without Me” on the Top 40 list, but it won’t be long before the performer charges back to the top. Just under “Without”, at #2, is her collaboration with Benny Blanco and Khalid called “Eastside”, which finds a new peak in its 30th week in the top 40. Needless to say, when that cut hits the top next week, it’ll establish a new slowness record for the format, which could be a troubling sign, especially given the lag on a lot of #1 titles since the start of the decade. (The last song to establish the slowest run to #1, three years ago, was Alessia Cara‘s “Here”, which hit the top in its 26th week.)

The top 40 is packed with strong entries this week, four in total, led by Ariana Grande‘s “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” at #26, soaring from #44. It’s her 21st top 40 hit at the format. “thank u, next” and “7 rings” currently sit at #3 and #6 on the week’s update, respectively. Just behind her, labelmates Cardi B and Bruno Mars storm onto the chart at #27 with “Please Me”. The two artists previously topped the list for a week last March with a remix of the latter’s “Finesse”. “Please” gives Cardi B her eighth top 40 entry, while earning Mars his 21st at the format. Another two collaborations making big moves reach the top 40 this week: “Who Do You Love” zooms from 48-34 The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds Of Summer, their 11th and eighth top 40 entries, respectively, while “I’ve Been Waiting” by Lil PeepiLoveMakonnen and Fall Out Boy climbs from 43-36. It’s the first entry in the top 40 for Lil Peep, who scores a posthumous hit, as iLoveMakonnen earns his second (his first since 2015) and Fall Out Boy collects their 15th top 40 song.

Impacting on Tuesday, along with the aforementioned Cardi B and Bruno Mars collaboration, Zedd and Katy Perry‘s “365” is new at #48, marking the highest of three debuts in the region. This is the first release recorded together by the two performers, who both have multiple #1 hits at the format individually. We’ll see if this one can also reach to the top. For further entries this week, “Money” checks in at #49 in a double win this week for Cardi B, a song that recently topped the Urban chart, while “Want You Back” enters at #50 for Grey and LÉON. The duo has several chart hits here, most notably appearing on Zedd’s #1 song “The Middle” with Maren Morris, but LÉON has her first Top 40 entry. However, her single “Tired Of Talking” made the top 30 on the Hot AC chart in 2016.

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