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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 11, 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. The “Woman” of the year strikes again, as a handful of new entries score divine debuts at the bottom. Time to see what’s popping this Sunday:

ALL THAT’S “NEXT”: There’s a whole lot of Ariana Grande on this week’s Top 40 chart, as “God Is A Woman” holds at the top for a second week, “Breathin” rises from 9-8 and “Thank U, Next” debuts way up at #39, giving the performer an updated total of 19 top 40 hits since her first in 2013. Though “God” will depart the top spot next week, with “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille (up 4-2 on the current chart) taking its place, there’s still plenty of Grande to go around. Meanwhile, parent album Thank U, Next is due before the end of the year.

“LIFE” MOVES PRETTY FAST: Beyond Grande’s chart action, a pair of new songs by foreign acts land in the top 50. The higher of the two singles is “Ruin My Life” by Zara Larsson, entering at #43. The Swedish star has a half-dozen top 40 tunes to date, with “Never Forget You” (a duet with MNEK) scoring the highest with its #5 peak during the spring of 2016. A few spots lower, checking in at #47, “Love Someone” gives Danish act Lukas Graham their fourth chart entry, with the previous three entering the top 40. It was 2-1/2 years ago that “7 Years” spent a week at #1 at the format, which remains their biggest international song. Will either entry return their respective acts to the top ten, or will the songs achieve lower peaks in the top 20 or top 40? We’ll find out next year.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 4, 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. Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday! It’s a super important midterm election this year and your voice matters. Meanwhile, these voices count on the airwaves all around the country. Time to see what’s popping this Sunday:

THANK “GOD” IT’S SUNDAY: Congrats to Ariana Grande and her second #1 single of the Sweetener era, “God Is A Woman”, moving from 2-1 on this week’s Top 40 chart. It reaches the top in its 15th week in the top 40. Grande’s “Breathin” climbs from 13-9, which is also likely to cruise to #1 before the end of the year. However, this comes at the interesting time for the performer, as a new tune off her upcoming album, titled “Thank U, Next”, debuted on Saturday evening to a good dose of online buzz and solid sales and streaming momentum. (Expect some curiosity play in the coming days, though it hasn’t officially been serviced to any format.) Does “Thank” cut deeper into the spins for her two big hits, or will they all co-exist together in one big family of smashes? We’ll see soon.

“CLOSE” ENCOUNTERS: A pair of top pop songs enter the top 40 on this week’s chart, as DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B‘s “Taki Taki” rises from 43-38, while Why Don’t We‘s “8 Letters” climbs from 42-39. Meanwhile, four tracks are new to the top 50, led by “Waste It On Me” by Steve Aoki featuring BTS at #45. Aoki and the band previously charted together nearly a year ago, when his remix of the septet’s Desiigner-assisted “MIC Drop” spent two weeks at #24 in January. That release is the highest-charting song for both acts at the Top 40 format, while “Waste” will likely become the third top 40 hit for both. A couple of spots lower, “Close To Me” comes in at #47 for Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee. It’s the first time that all three acts have appeared on the same song. Newcomers Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine bounce into the #49 position with “Ain’t Easy”, a radio hit in Canada across multiple formats from earlier this year. Finally, at #50, Rita Ora tries again for her second top 40 single of the year with “Let You Love Me”. She previously entered that region back in January with “For You”, a duet with Liam Payne from the movie Fifty Shades Freed that topped out at #35.

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