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.