RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 18, 2021)

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. Some golden goods are shining on the survey, so here’s what’s popping at the format this week:

TATE AT THE PLATE: As baseball begins to dominate the TV, Tate McRae hits a home run with “You Broke Me First”, which climbs 4-1. The enduring hit scores the top spot after 28 innings… uh, rather, weeks on the chart, making it the slowest run to the top of the pop chart by a female artist. “You” finished only 92 spins ahead of The Weeknd‘s “Save Your Tears”, which advances from 3-2 and will inevitably park at the summit soon.

Singer GIVĒON, who you can find in a featured spot on Justin Bieber‘s “Peaches”, lifts from 41-38 with “Heartbreak Anniversary”. It’s his second top 40 hit to date, which comes as “Peaches” leaps from 13-11. Meanwhile, Kali Uchis also climbs from 44-39 on this week’s list with “Telepatía”, which is her first top 40 hit. It’s one of the many recent songs on the survey to move from a breakout on TikTok to the pop chart.

Four new releases check into the top 50 this week, led by Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande at #44 with “Met Him Last Night”. Lovato has now landed in the top 50 twice in April, as “Dancing With The Devil” (now replaced with “Met”) entered and peaked at #40 two weeks ago. It also continues Grande’s hot streak at the format, as she looks to hold four simultaneous positions in the top 40 next week. A bit further down the list, Sofia Carson is in at #46 with “Fool’s Gold”, with newcomer Annika Wells gliding in at #49 with “Sucks Being Sober”. The last of the new songs in the top 50 is by a labelmate of Wells: AJ Mitchell, who gets going with “Stop” in the #50 spot.

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