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. As we begin this week’s radio update, the 17 top 40 singles that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (and Petty solo) pushed onto the chart between 1979 and 1996 are on our minds and playlists around the world. We’ll miss him so. Now, here’s what’s happening in Top 40 Land:
GET “DOWN” TONIGHT: Another slow burner makes its way to the top of the pop chart, as Liam Payne climbs 2-1 with “Strip That Down”, featuring rapper Quavo. It’s now in its 20th week on the chart, which, again, is not a record, but adds to a trend that’s worrying me. Then again, elongated runs to the top could just be a phase. We’ll see. As for Payne, it’s his first solo #1 on this chart, a peak that his former group, One Direction, never actually hit at the format. The follow-up single, titled “Bedroom Floor”, is due at digital retailers on October 20, and should impact sometime soon after that. Remember, kids, it’s all about Payne and pleasure.
The combination of Payne’s “Down” and Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands”, which drops 1-2 after two weeks on top, now marks the first time in pop radio history that two soloists, formerly of the same band, have replaced one another at #1. Sure, there have been charts when a current member of a group replaces the act at #1, or even a former member replacing his bandmates at the top, but this kind occurrence is a new one for the record books. No other members of the group appear in the top 40 this week, so this streak won’t hit three in a row, but it’s certainly a very cool moment.
GOTTI HOLD ON US: Yo Gotti‘s recent chart-topper on the Urban radio survey, the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Rake It Up”, debuts at #48 on this week’s CHR/Top 40 list. The rapper’s “Down In The DM”, another giant Rhythmic and Urban hit, just missed the top 50 at the format last year, though he did appear in a featured role on Meghan Trainor‘s “Better”, which got to #25 last October. A nine-track effort featuring the song, Gotti Made-It, a collaboration with producer/songwriter Mike WiLL Made-It, peaked at #85 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year.
As “Rake” currently stands at #2 and #3 on the Rhythmic and Urban charts, respectively, we note that three of the top ten tracks on the former survey, and seven on the latter, haven’t reached the top 50 on the CHR/Top 40 chart. There are two songs in common in this situation: “Love Galore” by SZA featuring Travis Scott, and “LOYALTY.” by Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna. Will this change in the next few weeks? I suppose it’s a possibility, especially for “Love”, which is bulleted. Check back to see what happens!
LOOKIN’ “GOOD”, YOU TWO: One of this week’s other top 50 entries is a new collaboration titled “Good Old Days”, performed by Macklemore featuring Kesha. Before it impacts on Tuesday, it lands at #49 on this week’s CHR/Top 40 list. It’s the second hit to reach the top 50 from the rapper’s recent top five album, Gemini, with the Skylar Grey-assisted “Glorious” appearing at #21. (It hasn’t been pulled yet, but it has been losing some ground at the format over the last few days.) Kesha is up a notch to #12 this week with “Praying”, which can’t quite find a spot in the top ten, though it is at #10 on the current Hot AC chart.
Two other debuts make the top 50 this week, both of which impacted last Tuesday: “A Different Way” (#49) by DJ Snake featuring Lauv and “Silence” (#50) by Marshmello featuring Khalid. Of course, both featured singers have additional singles on the chart: Lauv has a nice 48-44 move with “I Like Me Better”, while Khalid climbs 10-9 on Logic‘s “1-800-273-8255” and 43-36 with “Young Dumb & Broke”, both of which are sporting impressive gains over last weekend. It sure is a great time to be them! You can expect to see “Different” and “Silence” reach the top 40 in the next couple of weeks, possibly as soon as next week, as a number of chart songs are on the way down.
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