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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 9, 2018)

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. Hoping it’s a sweet new year for those of you fellow Jewish readers celebrating Rosh Hashanah in the next few days. From the head of the year to the head of the charts, here’s the recap of this week’s active tunes on the pop chart:

THE POSTMAN DELIVERS: If you’re expecting a pop package this Rosh Hashanah, it might be coming from Post Malone. The performer won’t be hand-delivering apples and honey, of course, but his song “Better Now” is still sticky, staying at #1 on the Top 40 chart for the second week. “Better” also climbs into the runner-up position on the Rhythmic chart, though it comes with a minor loss in spins over last week. After a long run up the pop list, it appears “Love Lies” from Khalid x Normani (featured on the soundtrack to Love, Simon) will displace Malone’s smash next week. Should it reach the summit, it’ll be the first single written for a movie to top the chart since 2016 and the first male-female duet from a movie to pull off the feat since 1993. (More on that next week!)

THUNDER IN MY CHART: Weather or not you realize it, larger action on the chart this week is limited, which follows last week’s massive pop parade. The only single entering the top 40 is “Goodbye” from Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William, which rockets 41-34. The reactive collaboration is the 20th top 40 song for Derulo, the 21st for Guetta, the 37th for Minaj and the second for William. (Phew, that’s a mouthful.) Further down, LSD, the trio of Labrinth, Sia and Diplo, has their first pop chart entry at #47 with “Thunderclouds”, which is featured in a smartphone advertisement. The act recently entered the top 50 on the Alternative chart with “Genius”. Meanwhile, Travis Scott debuts at #49 with “Sicko Mode”. Featured on ASTROWORLD, his recent #1 album on the Billboard 200 list, the single is approaching the top ten on the Rhythmic and Urban radio charts. (“Sicko” also includes uncredited guest vocals by Drake and Swae Lee.)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 19, 2018)

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. We could never cancel our pop parade of the notable and emerging hits at the Top 40 format, but hey, ours won’t cost you a cent to look at. Here’s what’s popping on the airwaves this week:

ALL FOUR THE “GIRLS”: As “Girls Like You” begins to lose some ground at the format, narrowly missing the weekly spin record by about 200 spins, the giant pop hit from Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B holds at the top spot on the Top 40 chart for a fourth week. It’s also at #1 on the Hot AC chart for its third week and is likely to stay there for some time longer, as there’s a lack of competition in the top five. There’s no word on a next single from the Red Pill Blues album, or if there will be one, as of yet. Checking in at #2 on the Top 40 chart, Post Malone is stuck in the runner-up position for the third consecutive week with “Better Now”, but his song should have a change of scenery next week. “Better” is also approaching the top 30 on the Hot AC chart, making it his highest-charting track at that format.

“RISE” AND SHINE: There are three top 40 entries, including two collaborations, on this week’s chart update, with “Beautiful” by Bazzi featuring Camila Cabello leading the pack, soaring from 47-36. It’s the second top 40 entry for Bazzi, following his #1 single “Mine” from earlier this year, while Cabello checks in with her eighth solo top 40 entry at the format, six of which have been duets or features with other performers. From there, Anne-Marie‘s “2002” makes a jump from 44-38, marking her fourth top 40 song here, while “Rise”, the first collaboration from Jonas Blue and Jack & Jack, takes a couple of steps up from 42-40. Individually, this hit is the third top 40 single for Blue and the second for the duo.

Additional top 50 action is limited this week, though Weezer‘s “Africa”, the current #1 track on the Alternative chart, debuts at #46. It’s the band’s first time in the top 50 at the format since January 2006, when “Perfect Situation” got to #47. Leader Rivers Cuomo also appeared on a B.o.B single called “Magic” in 2010, which spent three weeks at #13 that September. Childish Gambino is also back in the top 50 with his latest, “Summertime Magic”, coming in at #50. The track is already gaining solid airplay on the Rhythmic and Urban radio formats.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 1, 2018)

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. Happy (Almost) 4th of July! Get the grill on and the pool cleaned up, because it’s about to be one hot week. Meanwhile, it’s still pretty hot on the charts, so let’s get into it:

HOW IT’S POST TO BE: Post Malone holds at #1 for the fourth week on the Top 40 survey with his Ty Dolla $ign-assisted hit “Psycho”, though its reign is likely coming to an end next week, as Bazzi‘s “Mine” (#2) or Ariana Grande‘s “No Tears Left To Cry” (#3) approach the top spot. Malone won’t be out of the #1 position for long, however, as his follow-up “Better Now” rises from 21-18 this week. (More on Malone’s updated chart action below.) Four songs bust into the top 40, led by the latest On The Verge selection: “Remind Me To Forget” by Kygo featuring Miguel, at #31. iHeartMedia’s current pick for their chain-wide airplay program geared toward emerging acts is puzzling, to say the least, as this is the fifth top 40 entry for both men. Additionally, Kygo spent three weeks at #2 last June with a Selena Gomez collaboration called “It Ain’t Me”. Nicki Minaj and the aforementioned Grande are next up, up 41-33 with “Bed”. It’s the 36th top 40 hit on the Top 40 chart for Minaj, who hasn’t reached the region as a lead artist since 2015. Grande, who previously collaborated with Minaj on the five-week chart-topper “Side To Side”, is up to 16 top 40 entries. After a pair of #26-peaking songs last year, “Thumbs” and “Why”Sabrina Carpenter hopes her third top 40 title will go a lot higher. “Almost Love” advances from 46-38, just one notch ahead of Bebe Rexha‘s “I’m A Mess”, which breaks in at #39 to become her 13th top 40 single at the format. Her new one interpolates a portion of “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks, which spent three weeks at #1 in July and August of 1997.

I’M WITH THE BANDIT: Three additional songs are new to the top 50 this week, which all happen to be collaborations. “Solo” is new at #45 for Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato, a recent #1 song in the United Kingdom. Though the English act is far more successful in Europe than it is here, “Solo” could become their fifth top 40 entry at the format next week. Coming in at #49, there’s a third and final Post Malone sighting on the pop chart. Tiësto and Dzeko‘s “Jackie Chan”, which features he and Preme, is making some big moves both in the U.S. and globally. This is the first time that Dzeko and Preme have charted in the top 50 here. Painting a pretty pop picture at #50, we have the week’s last entry: “Colour” by MNEK featuring Hailee Steinfeld. MNEK’s prior top 40 title was also a collaboration, 2016’s “Never Forget You” with Zara Larsson. Steinfeld’s had six top 40 entries since 2015 on the Top 40 chart, four of which were duets or collaborations.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 17, 2018)

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. Hope you enjoyed a bit of Father’s Day fun! Here’s the daddy of all Top 40 reports (well, not really), our radio recap of parental pop and other hot bops:

THE POST WITH THE MOST: It’s a second week at #1 for Post Malone and the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Psycho”, which is up a little over 200 spins from last week to cross the 16,000 spin mark. It moves from 40-37 on this week’s Hot AC chart. Malone’s new single off his Beerbongs & Bentleys set, “Better Now”, rises from 34-27 in its second week in the top 40, which means the performer might be back at #1 sooner than you think! (“Better” goes for adds at the Hot AC format next Monday.) He’s also a featured artist on a song that impacts at the Top 40 format this coming Tuesday: “Jackie Chan”, a song by Tiësto & Dzeko that also features Preme. (The original version by Preme and Malone appears on the former’s album, Light Of Day, which was released in early May.) Is there enough room for all this Malone madness? Will he suffer from overexposure? Am I only capable of asking endless questions? Uh… I think there will be some interesting action for all three records as June and July go on, so make sure you’re watching the charts!

DRIVE MY CARA: One of the only chart debuts of note this week blasts in at #37, which comes from Alessia Cara and “Growing Pains”. It’s the first single from her forthcoming sophomore album, due sometime later this year. “Growing” gives the performer her seventh top 40 song at the format, four of which have gone to #1, and that’s a pretty great run so far. Will it become her fifth? Seems like it’s too early to tell, but I’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile, the lone top 50 entry on this week’s chart is a collaboration from Noah Cyrus and MAX, “Team”, just sneaking in at #50. The acoustic ballad also enters at #47 on the Hot AC survey. Neither performer’s looking at an album release in the near future: Cyrus’s long-delayed NC-17 album, which was announced in January 2017, has never materialized, and MAX’s duo Party Pupils just released a new single earlier this month.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 10, 2018)

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. As Flag Day flies onto the schedule for later this week, we shall let our freak flag fly when it comes to song statistics. After all, it’s only natural. Here’s what’s making noise at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

HOME MALONE: Give me five! No, really. This week, the fifth top 40 single for Post Malone becomes his very first #1 hit on the Top 40 chart. Up from 3-1, the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Psycho” hits the top spot during the same week that Malone’s “Better Now” (the next pop single from his former #1 album Beerbongs & Bentleys) climbs from 50-34 to become his sixth top 40 entry. Malone’s new #1 at the format also spent two weeks atop the Rhythmic chart in late April. Believe it or not, “Psycho” also makes the top 40 on the Hot AC chart for this update, up 45-40 to become his second entry into the region. (Just in case you forgot, “Rockstar” peaked at #37 at that format a few months ago.) It’s anyone’s guess as to what else may prove be a notable radio hit from this project following “Psycho” and “Better”, but with the album’s impressive streaming statistics, there sure are a lot of potential choices.

WHAT’S LEFT IS “RIGHT”: Lots of action in the lower rungs of the chart this week, as new singles by Maroon 5, the previously mentioned Post Malone, 5 Seconds Of Summer and BTS all enter the region. In a merely coincidental twist, “Girls Like You” lifts from 49-26, giving Maroon 5 their… 26th top 40 hit. We always love a journey into the fun with numbers department. From there, it gets even more busy toward the bottom of the chart. Leading this week’s top 50 debuts, first-time collaborators Pharrell Williams and Camila Cabello shake up the scenery with their splashy “Sangria Wine”, bowing at #45. Though it’s their first duet together as artists, Williams was a co-writer and background vocalist for Cabello on her chart-topping smash “Havana”. Cabello’s labelmate and current The Four judge Meghan Trainor checks in at #48 with “Let You Be Right”, the follow-up to “No Excuses”. One spot lower, Childish Gambino debuts at #49 with the politically-charged “This Is America”, which could become his third top 40 single at the format later this month. Finally, dancing in at #50, EDM act Cash Cash has their first top 50 hit in nearly two years with the Abir-assisted “Finest Hour”. How will they do in the coming weeks? Stay tuned to PGTC for updates.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (June 4-5, 2018)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are five singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

MAROON 5 featuring CARDI B – “Girls Like You” (222/Interscope)
Album: Red Pill Blues (2017, original version)
Past T40 History: Since 2010, Maroon 5 has charted 14 top ten songs at this format, half reaching the top, totaling 26 weeks at #1.

MEGHAN TRAINOR – “Let You Be Right” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Trainor is coming off three top ten misses in a row on the pop chart. Does “Right” get her in the right direction?

PHARRELL WILLIAMS x CAMILA CABELLO – “Sangria Wine” (Columbia)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This is the first time together for Williams and Cabello. It was originally recorded by the latter for her debut set.

POST MALONE – “Better Now” (Republic)
Album: Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018)
Past T40 History: As “Psycho” approaches the top spot, which would be his first #1 at the format, “Better” is already in the top 50.

SOFIA REYES featuring JASON DERULO & DE LA GHETTO – “1, 2, 3” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Reyes and De La Ghetto are newcomers here; Derulo last charted at the format with “Swalla”, which got to #19.

Next week: BTS officially impact here with “Fake Love”, but will the real love go to “Flames” from David Guetta and Sia? We’re in for another good Tuesday in just over a week.

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 3, 2018)

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. Even as Governors Ball concludes, the CHR airwaves always need a musical mayor to rank at the top. Who will it be this week? Get all the stats you need below:

CAUGHT IN “THE MIDDLE”: After four weeks in the runner-up slot, “The Middle”, by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, gets a second run at the top, making this frame its sixth non-consecutive week at #1 on the pop format. This is not the longest wait for a #1 song to return to the summit; 20 years ago, Savage Garden‘s hit “Truly Madly Deeply” sat at #2 for nine weeks between its second and third weeks at the top, the longest stretch in the Radio & Records/Mediabase timeline. The big collaboration was also very close to a fifth non-consecutive week at #1 on the Hot AC chart, but missed returning by about 20 spins. This extra time at the top doesn’t look it’ll last much longer, however, as a certain musical maniac (at least, by song title) looks poised to take over in the coming days. You might almost say it’s a $ign of the times…

A “BETTER” WEEK AHEAD: Though it’s a relatively slow chart week toward the top of the survey, four new tunes come into the top 50 this week. Leading the way, the Australian act 5 Seconds Of Summer hops aboard at #44 with the song that remains at #1 down under, “Youngblood”. This is the title track from their upcoming studio album, which is now out on June 15. Israeli newcomer Dennis Lloyd settles at #46 with “Nevermind”. Lloyd’s first U.S. chart entry has been performing extremely well on Spotify, where it surged as a result of notable pop and dance playlisting globally. The single is charting or has charted in much of Europe, achieving top ten peaks in countries like Germany, Norway and Sweden. From there, bouncing in at #49, is a single that remains the top seller on iTunes here in the U.S.: Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You” and its updated version featuring Cardi B. Next Sunday, “Girls” will likely become the group’s 26th top 40 entry on the pop list, which comes just short of the 15th anniversary of “Harder To Breathe” making the top 40 at the format. Lastly, at #50, Post Malone‘s “Better Now” debuts prior to its impact date on Tuesday. If you didn’t catch the hint before, Malone’s “Psycho”, featuring Ty Dolla $ign, should climb to #1 (currently at #3) on next week’s update.

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