RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 5, 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. Brother, can you spare a hit? Sibling singles remain in control of the pop survey, while a few returning faces can be found further down the list. Here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

THE POWER OF THREE: Three brothers, three weeks. “Sucker” from the Jonas Brothers holds at #1 for the third week on the pop chart, as it climbs to #6 on the Hot AC survey. The song is taken from the album Happiness Begins, which hits stores on June 7. Follow-up single “Cool” cools off a little bit this week, though it’s up a notch to #16 on the Top 40 chart and #26 at Hot AC. “Sucker” is still gaining in airplay on the pop airwaves, up a little over 200 spins versus last week, though it’s unclear if the group will stay put for a fourth week at the top.

Crashing in at #25, Shawn Mendes has this week’s highest-charting debut with his eighth top 40 hit, “If I Can’t Have You”. This is the second consecutive week that a new song debuts within the top 25; last week, it was “ME!” by Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie that entered at #24, which subsequently jumps all the way up to #10. Mendes’s new track is not related to the song of the same name by Yvonne Elliman off the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which had a two-week run at #1 in April 1978. Other than this lofty debut, Jennifer Lopez is up from 42-40 with the French Montana-assisted “Medicine”, giving Lopez her 23rd top 40 entry and Montana has third. Coincidentally, this month marks the 20th anniversary of “If You Had My Love”, her first chart hit, breaking into the top 40: it moved from 49-35 in the Radio & Records issue dated May 14, 1999, which reflected the airplay of the prior week.

There are four more entries reaching the top 50 for the first time, led by Bazzi‘s “Paradise” at #41. It should enter the top 40 by next weekend. The first collaboration for MAX and Quinn XCII, “Love Me Less”, debuts at #45. The featured performer is searching for his first top 40 song at the format, having previously received minor airplay for his single “Straightjacket” and a featured appearance on Ayokay‘s “Kings Of Summer”. Another collaboration, this one from SZA, The Weekend and Travis Scott, bows at #46. From the compilation For The Throne: Music Inspired By The HBO Series Game Of Thrones, “Power Is Power” should continue to rise up as the chart as the current season of the show unfolds. Finally, at #50, boy band In Real Life returns with “Crazy AF”. A year ago, it was “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)” that earned them their first top 40 single, spending two weeks at #28 in May and June. Will this track go higher? We’ll know Real soon.

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