RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 7, 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. Uncle Sam awaits your money, but we’re all about songs that are on the money at Top 40 radio. While your wallet takes a hit, these hits are popping at the format this Sunday:

“RINGS” STILL SHINING: It’s a fifth week at the summit for Ariana Grande‘s hit “7 Rings” on the Top 40 chart, as her follow-single “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” breaks into the top ten at #9. The former title is down about 300 spins this week, though it’ll likely shed more spins next week given the latter song’s entry into the region. Grande’s main competition for the top spot is still well over 2,600 spins away, so expect “7 Rings” to easily collect a sixth frame at #1 and possibly more beyond that.

Newcomer and viral sensation Lil Nas X jumps from 41-28 with this week’s highest new entry in the top 40, “Old Town Road”. The track now has a remix featuring singer Billy Ray Cyrus, which quickly jumped to #1 on iTunes upon release last Friday. Cyrus isn’t credited on Mediabase as of yet, but if he is, “Old” will become his first top 40 song on the pop list since 1992’s “Achy Breaky Heart”, which went to #27 on the CHR format that July. The only other new title in the region is “So Close”, a collaboration between NOTD, Felix Jaehn, Captain Cuts and Georgia Ku. It’s rises from 42-36, marking the first top 40 hit for all four acts as artists. (All four have previously remixed or written/produced a prior top 40 entry.)

As they edge closer to their first #1 single at the format with “Sucker”, the Jonas Brothers are also cool with another of their songs landing on the chart this week. So, it makes sense that “Cool” enters at #43. It leads a pack of four new titles in the region. Following the trio’s latest hit, format newcomer Lizzo bows at #47 with “Juice”. CNCO follows just behind her at #49 with “Pretend”, which is their second song to reach the top 50. Finally, at #50, MKTO is back after a nearly four-year absence with “How Can I Forget”. They last appeared on the chart with 2015’s “Bad Girls”, which peaked at #36 that July.

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