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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 6, 2017)

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. Welcome to the first column for August, but despite the change in month, not much has changed at the top of the survey. Hey, it’s hard when there’s more action going on in our nation’s capital nowadays. Still, there’s still plenty of pop to go around, so let’s get statistical, shall we? Here’s this week’s recap:

JUSTIN CASE YOU FORGOT: On its way to a massive 13th week atop on the Hot 100, the international hit “Despacito”, by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, is also spending its fifth week at #1 on the Top 40 radio chart. In the past few days, the music video for the original version of the song (sans Bieber) surpassed three billion views on YouTube and VEVO, making it the most-watched video of all-time at both platforms. “Despacito” also breaks the Hot AC top ten this week, up 11-9 and climbing.

Just below the top spot, Shawn Mendes‘s “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” holds at #2 for a second week, while “Believer” (6-3) by Imagine Dragons and “Attention” (7-4) by Charlie Puth are on the move toward the summit. Mendes will likely get there in a week’s time, as he only missed out by less than 200 spins on this week’s chart, but the Dragons vs. Puth race to chart glory looks like it could use some popcorn…

“GENTE” ON MY MIND: Freeze! Well, J. Balvin and Willy William may instruct you to freeze in their big hit together, but it’s not frozen on the Top 40 chart at all. “Mi Gente” makes a solid move from 43-39, giving the two artists their first top 40 single at the format. Additionally, it’s at #2 on the Tropical chart and #5 on the Spanish chart on the latest update. Meanwhile, Balvin is included on a new remix of French Montana‘s “Unforgettable”, which is up 18-17 this week. So, the summer of 2017 has proven to be a nice one for both Columbia’s Balvin and France’s William, bringing some international flair onto the air.

Making the top 40 with a foreign-language composition without any sort of English or bilingual remix can produce mixed results on the charts, as seen by the pair that have ranked so far this decade: “We No Speak Americano”, sung in Italian, by Yolanda Be Cool and DCUP (#37, 11/28/10 MB) and the viral “Gangnam Style”, sung in Korean, by PSY (#10, 10/28/12 MB). Of course, it does help that “Gente” is already a strong sales and streaming hit in its original version, so there may not be a need for an additional mix. (It is unclear if one is in the process of being prepped, but you’ll see it on here if a remix becomes available.)

“SUMMER” ISN’T OVER YET: One of the few top 50 entries on this week’s Top 40 chart is by newcomer Jorge Blanco and his “Summer Soul”, coming in at #50. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, the 25-year-old has a number of Disney credits to his name, both in the United States and with the company’s Latin America affiliate. Yes, that means he also records for the Hollywood label, which has Demi Lovato‘s “Sorry Not Sorry” up 29-22 this week, while Sabrina Carpenter‘s “Why” impacts at the format later this month.

The only other “summer” title of note this season comes from the Alternative radio chart, where Weezer‘s “Feels Like Summer” has its eye on the top spot by the end of the month. It sits at #2 for the second week. Their last chart-topper at the format was “Pork And Beans” in 2008, which spent eleven weeks there. How will Blanco’s first chart record do? Stay tuned as the summer continues.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 30, 2017)

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. To my dear readers and pop enthusiasts out there, if you ever find yourself having an interview with the New Yorker, would you refrain from calling me a pop paranoiac? I think you surely could use another phrase or word to describe me, right? Right? Anyways, don’t be a musical mooch and check out the top songs on this week’s list:

LEAVE IT TO BIEBER: He still has three songs in the top 40 as a featured artist, but only one of Justin Bieber‘s hits is at #1 for the fourth week on the Top 40 chart. Of course, that’s the remix of “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which certainly looks good for a 12th week atop the Billboard Hot 100 tomorrow. It’s also up 12-11 at Hot AC radio and 33-29 on the AC chart, but at this point, you probably won’t be hearing anyone requesting it on Delilah anytime soon. Back on the pop survey, “Despacito” doesn’t have a bullet again this week, and could see some larger losses during rotation shifts in the middle of this upcoming week. Still, it’s a potent chart-topper that continues to show its strength.

Canadian singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes looks like he might cut the reign of the three amigos short, as his current single is up a fast three notches from 5-2. If “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” secures the top spot next week, it’ll be his first single to do so since “Stitches”, which spent two weeks at #1 in November 2015. Two of his main competitors get a boost into the top ten this week: DJ Khaled‘s “Wild Thoughts”, featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, yells its way from 11-8, while Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” makes a handy 12-10 move. Stay tuned to see what happens!

WHAT’S “BETTER” THAN THIS?: With the removal of three records from the chart that were eligible for recurrent status, plus two other under-performing songs falling out of the top 40, a very exciting five new entries enter the region this week. Jumping up a very healthy 13 spots, from 48-35, is the 16th top 40 hit for Selena Gomez. “Fetish” features Gucci Mane, who has a featured slot on Fifth Harmony‘s “Down” (#24) as well. Major Lazer has their seventh chart single with “Know No Better”, rising 42-36. It’s a collaboration with three other artists, Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Quavo, giving the latter one a total of four top 40 hits in a featured role this week. That’s a lot of raindrops and drop tops for one chart. One spot below that crew, up 41-37, is a female singer that has her second credited top 40 single: Julia Michaels and “Uh Huh”. Michaels just released a new set called Nervous System, featuring her current hit and her former #4 song, “Issues”, which recently went recurrent.

“Mama” lands Jonas Blue and featured artist William Singe their first top 40 entry at the Top 40 format, as it climbs 44-39. The song has already been a top ten hit in over a dozen countries, including top five peaks in Austria, Denmark, Germany and more. Not quite there yet, but still ranking on a number of national charts overseas, is the current single from former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson. He leaps onto the chart at #40 with “Back To You”, featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals. Back in March, Tomlinson hit #32 as the vocalist on Steve Aoki‘s “Just Hold On”, which was his only solo chart record until this week.

LEARN A NEW “SONG” (OR FOUR): This week’s super action on the pop radio survey also extends into the top 50, where four new songs make their way onto the chart. Leading the way is “Your Song” by Rita Ora, which makes its debut at #45. The single hit the top ten in Ireland, Scotland and the United Kingdom earlier this year. Ora last reached the top 50 here in the spring of 2015 on a Charli XCX song called “Doing It”, which got as high as #43 that March. Debuting at #46 is the first top 50 appearance in six years for the pop-punk quartet known as All Time Low. “Good Times” comes in five spots below the peak of “I Feel Like Dancin'”, which spent three weeks at #41 in June and July 2011. “Good” is already a solid top 40 hit on the Hot AC chart, so it’s capable of doing well here.

Breaking into the top 50 with her first chart entry is 15-year-old Skylar Stecker, starting at #49 with “Only Want You”. She’s had a pair of prior singles serviced to the format in the last two years, but neither of them received any significant adds from the panel. It’s an independent release with a low spin total, so if it goes much further, it’ll be crawling up the chart to its new peak. Entering at #50 is a song that should be moving up at a much quicker rate, “Subeme La Radio” by Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul. In 2014, the two men appeared on the international hit “Bailando”, also billed as Iglesias featuring Paul, which peaked at #9 in September.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 23, 2017)

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. Shark Week begins tonight, and if you can’t bop to chart singles like Dickie Goodman‘s “Mr. Jaws” (#13, 9/26/75 R&R) or Jimmy Buffett‘s “Fins” (#19, 11/2/79 R&R), then we’re in big trouble. (Well, let’s start with Buffett, at least. Goodman’s break-in record is a polarizing one.) Meanwhile, an ocean full of maritime music awaits us, so hip-hop aboard and watch the waters below:

JUSTIN TIME FOR MORE: They say that good things come in threes, so three weeks at #1 for a track by three artists is certainly very fitting. Luis FonsiDaddy Yankee and Justin Bieber carry on with the remix of “Despacito”, which also holds at #6 on the Rhythmic chart and climbs 13-12 on the Hot AC list. The hot single registers a small loss in spins this week, meaning the top three is bulletless at the moment, though the handful of songs that are gaining are too far away to reach the top spot. “Despacito” is also due to spend an eleventh week atop on the Billboard Hot 100, which means that it could be in contention for the longest-running title in that position, assuming it stays there, by early September. (Remember, the record is 16 weeks, held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men‘s “One Sweet Day”.) Stay tuned… it’s going to be close, and that’s understood in any language.

Perhaps it’s a little early to start thinking about the GRAMMY Awards, but I imagine that “Despacito” will be placed on a number of ballots in the categories of Record and/or Song Of The Year. The impact and staying power of this single is just too big to be ignored by the voting panel, don’t you think? Hey, just a thought! The official nominations aren’t announced until November 28, so there’s a lot of time to decide.

THIRTEEN RECORDS WHY: The number 13 can be a lucky one for some people, and though I’ll stick with seven, two artists on this week’s countdown are celebrating their thirteenth top 40 hit. Soaring from 41-28 is the emotional ballad “Praying” by Kesha, a first taste of her upcoming album called Rainbow. The singer’s had four #1 hits to date, her biggest being the seven-week “TiK ToK” from early 2010. Of course, due to an assortment of legal and label troubles, this is her first time in the top 40 in three years. It does seem that this record is off to a great start, however, even though it’s fallen off in sales and streams since it debuted earlier in July. A second cut from the album, “Woman”, also performed well upon its release last week. (I’m definitely looking forward to the full set.)

Meanwhile, Demi Lovato certainly isn’t sorry about scoring one more hit with “Sorry Not Sorry”, which leaps from 46-37. Though she’s had quite a bit of success for Disney (both the channel and label Hollywood) for nearly a decade, her first release outside of the bubble to break the top 40 came as a feature on “We’ll Be A Dream” by We The Kings, which peaked at #21 in July 2010. Her only #1 to date at the format took 25 weeks in the top 40 to reach the summit: 2012’s “Give Your Heart A Break”. Luckily, she’s had some much quicker runs since then! Look for Lovato’s forthcoming album to be released sometime later this year.

“LLIF3” ON THE CHARTS: After six songs reached the top 50 on last week’s survey, another four are new on this week’s list. It’s certainly a good time for some turnover. The highest of the four enters at #47, and it’s the current #1 (for the past five weeks) on the Alternative radio chart: “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man. Out of their five charting songs at that format since 2011, this is their first to crossover to the Hot AC and Top 40 lists. Coming in at #48 is a singer who has a larger history at both formats; she’s Selena Gomez, and her latest entry is the Gucci Mane-assisted “Fetish”. This release follows “Bad Liar”, which just peaked at #12 several weeks ago, marking her first lead single to miss the top ten since 2011. Ouch! Let’s see if this single gets her back on track by the end of the summer.

Below those two entries are another two songs from other charts: “Mi Gente” (#49) marks the first charting entry at the format for a pair of international performers, J Balvin and Willy William. Currently top ten on the Spanish and Tropical charts, as well as the national charts in countries like Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Spain and Venezuela, it’s poised to move fast here on the pop survey, even if a Spanglish remix isn’t available at this time. Finally, at #50, Lil Uzi Vert reaches the top 50 for the second time with the current top ten Rhythmic and Urban hit titled “XO Tour Llif3”. (Just don’t ask me how to pronounce it.) He previously appeared another big hit at both formats, “Bad And Boujee” by Migos, which peaked #29 for two weeks here earlier this year.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 16, 2017)

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. Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with a bit of a selection of creamy Top 40 treats, made just for you to devour. Hey, it’s nice to know that something else is dripping besides the Russia investigation today. Anyways, enjoy these scrumptious stats:

SECONDS, SEÑORES?: Staying at #1 for the second week, it’s the tasty trio of Luis FonsiDaddy Yankee and Justin Bieber with the remix of “Despacito”. It’s likely to spend a tenth week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, which will be announced tomorrow. A recent Latin-based certification of the song boasted a huge 55x Platinum figure, or 3.3 million single-equivalent units. ¡Ay, caramba! Bieber has now spent a dozen weeks at #1 (over six songs – three main-credited, three features) since the fall of 2015. There’s still no word on when his next album will drop, but for all those Beliebers reading this post, I’m sure you wanted it yesterday, right?

The battle for the next #1 on the pop survey appears to be a three-horse race at the moment, pitting Halsey‘s “Now Or Never” (in at #4 again) against Shawn Mendes‘s “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (up 6-5) and Imagine Dragons“Believer” (up 10-6). It’s going to be a few weeks before someone else ranks at the top spot, so check back to see how the growth of these singles develops. Do you think any of them will push for a Spanglish remix to reach #1? A collaboration with Bieber? It is not very original, but it may just do the trick…

HOW TO GET A SIX-PACK: No need to hit the gym twenty times a week and eat zero calories per day; this six-pack is all about a set of chart debuts, six of them in total, making the top 50 for the first time on this week’s update. Those six songs are led by Zedd & Liam Payne‘s “Get Low”, which hits a high of #39. It’s the tenth top 40 hit for Zedd, and the second solo entry for Payne, who stays at #19 for a second week with the Quavo-assisted “Strip That Down”. Just below that, Kesha‘s “Praying” is proving to be a holy hit, as it debuts at #41. It’s likely to become her 13th top 40 hit next week, and her first since 2014. Also, if you haven’t watched the video for her new album cut “Woman”, featuring The Dap-Kings Horns, go check it out on YouTube or VEVO. She did that.

Impacting at the format this week, along with “Praying”, is Demi Lovato‘s “Sorry Not Sorry”, which starts at #46. The performer is also featured on “No Promises” by Cheat Codes, which advances 25-23 in its 13th week in the top 40. Entering at #47, Hey Violet is on the hunt for their third top 40 single with “Hoodie”. The song has nothing to do with Hoodie Allen, who reached #26 in early 2015 with the Ed Sheeran-assisted “All About It”. Jonas Blue certainly isn’t blue over “Mama” coming in at #49, which features a chart newcomer named William Singe. It’s not a hot Genesis or Spice Girls remake, though I’m a fan of both songs and groups! Finally, the duo Ayo & Teo sneaks into the top 50 at #50 with “Rolex”. Unfortunately, time is running out for the brothers, literally, as the track loses nearly 20% of its spins from last week. Can someone let the Timex Social Club know that we need them back?

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 9, 2017)

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. It sure is humid out there, and that heat has a way of sizzling on the charts as well. Can you feel it? Lock into some Latin flair and powerful pop power, as we take the Top 40 trip through the route on our musical map. Onward!

FRIENDS IN SLOW PLACES: After a very respectable six weeks at #1 on the Top 40 chart, Zedd and Alessia Cara‘s “Stay” can stay at other locations on the chart, as it drops from 1-2. Of course, this means that the remix of “Despacito” has officially hit the top, giving two of performers, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, their first #1 on the pop chart. This also marks the sixth #1 single for its featured artist, Justin Bieber, who has accumulated that total since October of 2015. It’s all about consistency, people. “Despacito” is the first predominantly Spanish version of a top 40 song to top the format’s chart since “La Bamba” (#1, 8/21-28/87 R&R) by Los Lobos. Additionally, San Juan’s Fonsi and Yankee are the first Puerto Rican-born artists to score a #1 single in a main-credited role since Ricky Martin and “Livin’ La Vida Loca” (#1, 5/21-7/2/99 R&R) off his 1999 self-titled album.

So, what’s going to be the next “Despacito” to hit the crossover marketplace? You may want to keep your eye on “Mi Gente”, a recent release from J Balvin and Willy William. Balvin is a Colombian singer, originally from Medellín, while French performer William was born in the town of Champagné. The song’s already hit the top five in several countries, and Republic (the label that also worked “Despacito”) is already starting to build some traction in several markets. Will it perform just as well? Yo no sé, but stay tuned…

BACK TO BELIEVING: Well, a little belief can get you into the top ten, but a lot of belief? You can’t hold that back. Blasting into a new peak position #6, up from #12, is “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes. The Canadian singer and songwriter has a total of five top ten singles at the format, his biggest being the two-week #1 “Stitches” (11/8-15/15 MB). “Back” is the follow-up to “Mercy”, which also was a fan of the #6 spot (3/12/17 MB) at this format. Mendes’s hit also ranks in the top ten on the Hot AC list and the top 20 on the AC tally. With a such a bold move into the top ten, expect him to easily make the top five next week.

Pop and rock quartet Imagine Dragons now has their first top ten hit since the beginning of 2014 with “Believer”, moving up from 11-10 this week. It leads their album ƎVOLVE, which recently debuted in the runner-up spot on the Billboard 200. The Las Vegas act had a solid streak of three top ten tracks, “It’s Time” (#10, 3/17 + 3/31/13 MB), “Radioactive” (7/28-8/11/13 MB) and “Demons” (#1, 12/8/13 MB), before it began to see some resistance from the format. Luckily, they made it through the big logjam in the top 20. The song spent twelve weeks at #1 on the Alternative chart earlier this year, the longest run of 2017 by far.

ONE SMOKIN’ MACHINE: With three top 40 tracks so far this year, including two-week #1 “Bad Things” with Camila Cabello, I’m sure Machine Gun Kelly is making a little more money than he was in past years. It just so happens that his new collaboration is called “Go For Broke”, and it debuts at #47 on this week’s Top 40 radio chart. The song features James Arthur, who has another reason to celebrate this week, as “Can I Be Him” climbs into the top 40 on the Hot AC chart at #39. Kelly’s Bloom entered the album tally at #8 earlier this year.

Also reaching the top 50 this week is the latest entry by EDM duo The Chainsmokers, who puff some pop magic into the #48 spot with “Honest”. The song officially impacts at Top 40 radio this Tuesday. This is the third top 40 single from their Memories…Do Not Open set, following “Paris” (#3, 4/9-23/17 MB) and the Coldplay-assisted “Something Just Like This” (#1, 5/21/17 MB), which is at #1 on the Hot AC chart currently. (It’s down 7-11 here.) With so many of their big hits remaining strong recurrents at the format, can the duo land another in an already crowded market, or will this song come up short? Honestly, it could go either way with “Honest”.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 28, 2017)

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 everyone is having a fabulous holiday weekend, whether you’re relaxing at the beach or just chilling at home. However, even with the break, those airplay charts don’t rest a minute. So, someone has to put away the sunblock and the shades for a moment to deliver you all those breezy chart stats, blowing faster than the wind on the water. (It’s okay, a vampire like me doesn’t tan.) Dig into all of this massive Memorial Day music:

HERE TO “STAY”: After just a week at the top, “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay says goodbye to that coveted #1 status, and taking its place is another EDM song that combines that talents of two performers. Zedd and Alessia Cara bolt from 4-1 with “Stay”, giving the DJ/producer his first chart-topper on the Top 40 survey, while the Canadian singer grabs her third #1 at the format since last year. Notably, this song hits the top in its 13th week on the chart, which far outpaces the runs for Cara’s two previous #1 entries: “Here” (1/24/16 MB, 26th week) and “Scars To Your Beautiful” (1/22/17 MB, 24th week). Given that the rest of the top five is falling in airplay at the moment, we could be in for an extended “stay” at the top next month. I’ll update you as the weeks go on!

This collaboration is the second single called “Stay” to hit #1 this decade. In 2013, another “Stay”, performed by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko, spent two weeks (4/21-28/13 MB) at the top spot. This type of occurrence only happened once in the last decade, as a pair of “With You” titles reached #1 for Jessica Simpson (2/27-3/5/04 R&R) and Chris Brown (3/16-30/08 MB). (Two big hits titled “Shake It Off” also climbed to #1 in the 2000s, but not during the same decade, sung by Mariah Carey (9/16-10/14/05 R&R) and Taylor Swift (10/12 and 10/26/14 MB).)

A WORD IN SPANISH: I’m not sure that the word Elton John was looking for was “despacito”, but when his song reached #24 (11/4/88 R&R) on the pop chart, we never did find out the answer. However, one of the answers to the Song Of The Summer contest for this year is definitely the remix of “Despacito”, the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit that features Justin Bieber. It’s up 16-10 this week, as it also reaches the top 40 on the Hot AC format for this published chart. The song has already hit #1 in several dozen countries, including our U.S.-based Billboard 100, and it’s still growing rapidly across the globe. ¡Qué chévere, señores!

“Despacito” is the first Spanglish remix of a hit to reach the top ten on the CHR/Top 40 chart since the fall of 2014, when “Bailando” (#9, 9/14/14 MB) reached the region for Enrique Iglesias, with featured performers Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona. Prior to that hit, the Bayside Boys remix of Los Del Rio‘s “Macarena”, a Spanglish version of a song that bubbled under the pop radio chart in its first run during the fall of 1995, danced its way into the top ten (#10, 7/12 and 8/16-23/96 R&R) and into a few political and sporting events, which is perfectly okay to forget at this point.

“CRYING IN” PAYNE: A number of songs debuted at radio last week, so there’s a bit of debut action on this week’s list, and that’s nothing to sob about. Camila Cabello has the highest new entry at #31 with “Crying In The Club”. It’s her third chart hit outside of Fifth Harmony. It’s also the first “club” title to appear on the survey since “Club Can’t Handle Me”, the #7 song (10/10 and 10/31-11/7/10 MB) for Flo Rida featuring David Guetta. Meanwhile, Liam Payne‘s “Strip That Down”, featuring rapper Quavo, leaps in at #36. It’s his first solo hit outside of One Direction. Earlier this decade, two “strip” titles spent time in the top 50, but couldn’t quite reach the top 40: “Strip Me” (#42, 10/17/10 MB) by Natasha Bedingfield and “Strip” (#49, 1/29/12 MB) by Chris Brown featuring Kevin McCall.

Also joining the top 40 this week is “Swish Swish” by Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj, which enters at #38. It is the third release to chart from her forthcoming album Witness, due June 9. This era is the definition of a hot mess, with the emphasis on mess, which makes it all the more intriguing to watch. The summer is still young, and I’ve got my popcorn and tea at the ready…

THE LOGICAL SONG: When I was young, it seemed that charts were so wonderful… and things are pretty wonderful this week at #50 for the 27-year-old rapper named Logic. “1-800-273-8255”, from the recent #1 album Everybody, becomes his second entry at format, following his inclusion on the multi-artist collaboration “Sucker For Pain” (#20, 10/30-11/6/16 MB) from the soundtrack to Suicide Squad. His new one features Khalid and Alessia Cara. Last week, Khalid made his chart debut with a recent #1 on the Urban chart, “Location”, which advances from 49-44 this week. As Supertramp might say, their success so far is bloody well right, and I’ll be looking forward to watching all three acts and their progress in the coming weeks.

In the history of the CHR chart, only two other songs containing a phone number in their titles have dialed their way into the top 40: Tommy Tutone‘s “867-5309/Jenny” (#7, 5/7-14/82 R&R) and Squeeze‘s “853-5937” (#27, 2/5/88 R&R). Ironically, both singles were the last top 40 hits for both bands. Well, Logic, it’s been nice to know yo– I mean, uh, it’s been nice to know that this is the first time in nearly three decades that a title like this has appeared at the format. Nothing potentially bad about that, right? Right?

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 7, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a weekly 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. Okay, I’ll admit it; there’s no shame in it now. Writing this post every weekend is only possible because I have a preexisting condition: I’m a chart geek. My social life is staring at my laptop and refreshing the Current Day charts. Truly, there’s no better way to get turnt up on a Saturday night. So, forget about the Ambient House and whatever they pass; the health of this week’s hits is safe with me in the sonic Senate that we call the Top 40 airplay chart:

“WHAT” GOES UP: Bruno Mars‘s “That’s What I Like” continues its reign at #1 on the CHR/Top 40 list, now in its second week at the top. Thanks to the long run for Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You”, solo male artists have now led the chart for twelve consecutive weeks. However, that stretch will eventually come to an end, because all the current contenders for the top spot are collaborations. I think we’ll see a similar issue interrupting Mars’s Hot 100 run, again, due to another set of collaborations that you’ll bop to below. It should be noted that Mars’s current album, 24K Magic, has no duets or features on it. Sorry, Top 40 chart, we don’t need that many names listed in the top ten songs of the week. Sheesh. A third radio single from the project has yet to be announced.

On some additional radio charts this week, “That’s What I Like” comes in at #2 on the Hot AC chart, #3 at Rhythmic, #7 at Urban, #9 at Urban AC and #23 at AC. Yes, even those soccer moms like to shake it to this song too, and they’ll probably end up filmed on a cell phone and uploaded to YouTube. (That’s probably not the best Mother’s Day gift, just FYI.) Despite its loss of bullet at CHR radio in the last few days, it continues to gain elsewhere, making it a multi-format smash into the early summer.

A THREE FOR “ONE” SPECIAL: Believe it or not, DJ Khaled isn’t the only one screaming about his new single. “I’m The One”, which has dominated both sales and streaming platforms in the last week, moves from 34-19 on this week’s pop survey, making it the biggest mover in the countdown. The hit features Justin BieberQuavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne. The 41-year-old DJ, producer and yelling enthusiast has his highest-charting entry at the format in mere days, beating “For Free” (#25, 9/11/16) with featured guest Drake. Guess he can afford a few more major keys to some cars and homes! The cut is expected to appear on his new album Grateful, due sometime this year. (Yes, you can expect a mouthful about that release as well, so watch your Snapchat page.)

There are two other big movers to make note of this week: rising from 37-26, for a gain of eleven spots, is the other Bieber feature in this week’s top 40. The remix of “Despacito”, performed by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, continues to perform well worldwide. There’s no word on how busy Google Translate has been lately, but you won’t be seeing anyone named Rosetta giving you stone cold chart facts on this blog anytime soon. Also, climbing from 33-25 is another great summer single: “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes. It takes a very similar jump (33-24) on this week’s Hot AC list. Something about those young Canadian guys… I guess “up north” is more like their stats than their birthplace. Anyways, these three singles will continue to heat up the charts during the coming months. Let’s just hope that the crazy roadblock in the top 20 that we’ve endured most of this year is nice to these men.

“GIRLS” JUST WANNA HAVE PUNS: Only two new tracks break into the top 50 this week, but one could be in some trouble if the not-so-tasty rumors are true. Katy Perry‘s “Bon Appétit”, a collaboration with Migos, devours the #39 slot. However, word on the street is that Perry’s label pulled the song due to its sluggish sales and mixed critical reaction. Sacrebleu! Well, in any case, this is the 22nd top 40 single for the purposeful pop star, even if the purpose of her latest charting song is just to have some filthy fun. You might really want to consider cancelling that order on cherry pies, though I’m good with a slice of apple or pecan. (Stay tuned for any updates regarding an official single status change through the blog or the PGTC socials.)

The only other debut this week is from 20-year-old singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld and “Most Girls”, coming in at #48. Unlike the girls, most CHR programmers haven’t added this single, so I wouldn’t aspire to be like them just yet. (It did rank as the fifth Most Added song at the format last week, however.) Steinfeld is looking for her fifth top 40 song here, and also appears on this week’s #18 hit, “At My Best” by Machine Gun Kelly. How will Steinfeld’s new single fare in the musical machine? Most prognosticators would urge you to stay tuned, and that’s some sound advice.

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