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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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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 29-30, 2019)

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 three impacting tunes this week at the Top 40 format:

JUICE WRLD – “Hear Me Calling” (Grade A/Interscope)
Album: Death Race For Love (2019)
Past T40 History: Dreaming of his second big pop radio hit, this artist’s “Lucid Dreams” peaked at #7 last October and November.

MARTIN GARRIX featuring MACKLEMORE & PATRICK STUMP – “Summer Days”
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Garrix has four top 40 entries to date, two of which have just missed the top ten. Will this be the single to do it?

TAYLOR SWIFT featuring BRENDON URIE – “ME!” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” cleared the whole panel on Add Board in one week. Will it happen again?

Next week: K-pop sensation BLACKPINK looks to kill it on next week’s adds report. We’ll see if anyone else joins them.

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 (April 28, 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. May you have a good end of April, because a new month is coming on Wednesday… and as the calendar changes, so do the charts! Here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format:

SECONDS DON’T SUCK: From their upcoming set Happiness Begins, the Jonas Brothers are steady at #1 for the second week on the Top 40 chart with “Sucker”. The international hit also moves to #8 at Hot AC radio, while climbing to #34 and #46 on the AC and Rhythmic formats. Yes, the Jonas Brothers have a song on the Rhythmic chart for the first time ever. Meanwhile, the trio’s track “Cool” is up from 19-17 at Top 40 and 31-27 at Hot AC, which should make the top ten on both formats by the summer.

The bigger story of the week, however, is the massive debut of “ME!” by Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie, which bows at #24. The collaboration is the 28th top 40 hit for Swift and the first solo entry for Urie, who fronts Panic! At The Disco; the act ranks at #22 this week with “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”. “ME!” also lands at #18 on the Hot AC chart. This hit is not to be confused with “Me” from Paula Cole, who took her track to #11 and #20 on the Hot AC and CHR/Pop charts, respectively, in May 1998. Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy” makes a solid move from 42-35, earning her a second top 40 hit, while Travis Scott and The Weeknd bounce from 44-40 in the countdown with “Wake Up”. It marks Scott’s sixth entry in the region and The Weeknd’s 11th. Hilary Duff‘s song with the same name spent a week at this position when it peaked in August 2005.

Lil Dicky‘s all-star collaboration “Earth” revolves around the #46 spot, marking the first of this week’s top 50 entries. The song had a jolt in airplay earlier this week due to the annual Earth Day celebration, but has fallen off since the holiday. Push Baby, who got a #6 hit (“Me And My Broken Heart”) in June 2014 as Rixton, checks in at #49 with “Mama’s House”. It’s their first chart song under the new name, which follows the band’s proper relaunch earlier this year. Lastly, starting at #50, Dan + Shay‘s “Speechless” breaks onto the list. It’s a former #1 song on the country chart and the duo’s second to cross to the pop format following “Tequila”.

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