RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 24, 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. No soloists named Oscar debut on the chart this week, but there are plenty of other exciting names in the mix. Let’s see what’s popping on the radio this Sunday:

ON A ‘SIDE NOTE: As mentioned last week, Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid reach #1 on the Top 40 list with “Eastside”. At 31 weeks in the top 40, it now holds the new record for the slowest run to the top in the history of the format. The collaboration may be Blanco’s first chart-topper as an artist, but it’s his 19th #1 song as either a songwriter, producer or both. His first to do so, “Hot N Cold”, spent three weeks at #1 in November 2008 for Katy Perry. Blanco’s follow-up single, the Calvin Harris-assisted release “I Found You”, stalled out at #34 a few weeks ago. His new song “I Can’t Get Enough”, a collaboration with Selena Gomez, J Balvin and Tainy, debuts on Thursday.

Bursting into the top 40 this week, Zedd and Katy Perry‘s “365” jumps from 48-33, earning Zedd his 14th top 40 hit at the format and Perry her 25th. It’s the highest of three entries into the region, followed by Ally Brooke and Tyga‘s “Low Key”, rising from 44-38, and Alessia Cara‘s “Out Of Love”, up a single notch to #40. “Low” is Brooke’s first top 40 single as a solo artist, though she has another nine to her credit as a member of the group Fifth Harmony. The collaboration also lands Tyga his sixth appearance in the top 40 to date. Cara’s latest single from her The Pains Of Growing album is her ninth to make the top 40, four of which have hit #1.

For top 50 debuts, Bebe Rexha has a particularly strong entry at #42 with “Last Hurrah”, which should easily become her 14th top 40 single here in the next few days. Meanwhile, Panic! At The Disco checks in at #50 with “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”. Will it chart as well as their prior single, “High Hopes”, which recently held at the top for six weeks? You never know… stay hopeful.

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