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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 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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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 18, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: the girls of the pop world return to the Most Added leaderboard, as Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez release new singles, giving everyone life in the process. How fun! Who takes the pop prize? Catch the tasty Top 40 wave below…

“SORRY” SEEMS TO BE THE HOTTEST WORD: No need for a lo siento or a pardon here! Demi Lovato grabs the top slot on this week’s adds report with “Sorry Not Sorry”, starting with 62 stations on impact. It’s the first taste of her forthcoming album, which should be out sometime later this year. Lovato appears as the featured vocalist on “No Promises” by Cheat Codes, which is currently at #23 on the Top 40 chart. A music video for “Sorry” debuts tomorrow, and given its hold in the top ten on iTunes, there could be a nice sales and streaming boost in the works for it. Stay tuned! Look out for any significant movement for the song in our usual Sunday updates.

READY SET GO-MEZ: While “Bad Liar” looks to be stalling out below the top ten, peaking at #12 a couple of weeks ago, Selena Gomez wastes no time releasing a follow-up single to the format. “Fetish” features rapper Gucci Mane, and the pop panel begins its obsession with it this week, garnering 20 adds the week before it impacts. Unless a major new release drops on Friday and has a Tuesday impact date that I don’t know about yet, “Fetish” should be the leading candidate to score the Most Added title next week.

Next week, buzzing tracks from Fall Out Boy and Selena Gomez/Gucci Mane (who officially impact) will be in the mix of pop priorities at the format. Who has what it takes to top the Most Added report? Find out real soon.

1. DEMI LOVATO, “Sorry Not Sorry” (Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Honest” (Disruptor/Columbia)
“Praying” (Kemosabe/RCA)
“Get Low” (Interscope)
“Fetish” (Interscope)
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
“Mi Gente” (UMLE/Republic)
“Mama” (Capitol)
“Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
“1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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