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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 23, 2018)

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. There’s a chill in the fall air, but the hot hits on the pop airwaves are keeping things nice and toasty. Here’s what’s popping this Sunday:

SHOW ME “LOVE”: This is the second week at the top for “Love Lies” from Khalid x Normani, a song which has now spent half a year in the top 40. The soundtrack cut from Love, Simon is unbulleted on the newest update and it’s not clear if it’ll receive another week at the top. With that being said, watch out for “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds Of Summer, up to #4 on the new update, which is charging ahead and will likely be the next chart-topper at the format. It’s also the larger Hot AC hit of the two songs: “Youngblood” is now at #9, climbing a notch, while “Love” slides back one notch to #23. Regardless of happens next week, it’s been a solid run for the collaboration at the top spot and should provide a nice launching pad for Normani’s first pop smash completely on her own.

DAN ON YOUR MIND: While reactive tunes from LSD, Silk City & Dua Lipa and Travis Scott reach the top 40, one recurrent and some additional purging fills the lower rungs of the top 50 with a handful of debuts. Out in front, country duo Dan + Shay is on well on its way to their first pop hit with “Tequila”, bowing at #45. The two guys have accumulated seven top 40 singles at their usual format since 2013, with this release landing at the top earlier this year. Just behind them, the new collaboration from David Guetta and Anne-Marie checks in at #46, “Don’t Leave Me Alone”. Both performers are currently in the top 40 with other singles: Guetta’s at #27 this week sharing the lead billing with Jason Derulo on “Goodbye”, while Anne-Marie can be found at #29 with “2002”.

The other debuts in the top 50 this week are not receiving a whole lot of airplay, and it’s doubtful that they’ll stick around for long. At #49, “IDWK” (short for “I don’t want (to) know”) is the first charting collaboration for DVBBS and Blackbear, which is midway up the Top 40 chart in the DVBBS’s native Canada. Blackbear got as high as #24 late last year with “Do Re Mi”. One notch lower, “FeFe” gives controversial performer 6ix9ine his first chart entry at the format, a song which also features Nicki Minaj. It’s now at #10 on this week’s Rhythmic chart, and just outside the region on the updated Urban list. Will it get higher than #50 here? Stay tuned.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 16, 2018)

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. Don’t lie… you love to check out all the huge action on the pop airwaves. Well, this week, we’ve got plenty of new figures and interesting stats. Here’s what’s popping this Sunday:

WHAT LIES AHEAD: A huge congrats is in order for “Love Lies” by Khalid x Normani from the soundtrack to Love, Simon, the new #1 song on this week’s Top 40 chart. It reaches the top in its 25th week in the top 40, which ties for the second-slowest run to #1 in the plays-per-week era with 2012’s “Give Your Heart A Break” by Demi Lovato. Of course, that record is held by a song which hit the top in its 26th week: 2016’s “Here”, the debut single by Alessia Cara. Both acts earn their second #1 song on the pop chart, with Normani scoring her first solo chart-topper, having previously reached the summit with pop quintet Fifth Harmony. “Lies” has the distinction of being the first male-female duet from a movie to reach #1 at the format since 1993, when “A Whole New World”, a duet between Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle from Aladdin, spent three weeks there. Do Khalid and Normani get a second ride to #1? With a little magic, and a lot of love, it’s certainly a possibility.

NEW TO THE CITY: As songs by Loud Luxury and Ariana Grande enter this week’s top 40, the latter becoming Grande’s 18th single to make the region, another pair of songs reach the top 50 for the first time. Receiving a jolt at #44, the duo Silk City and pop queen Dua Lipa are in with “Electricity”. Silk City consists of two known musicians and producers, Diplo and Mark Ronson. In a solid finish on Tuesday, it was the Most Added song at Top 40 radio and should shock the top 40 sometime within the next week. On that same report, there were also a number of early adds for the song that bows at #49: “Song About You” by Mike Posner. That hit officially heads for adds at Alternative, Hot AC and Top 40 radio this week and could very well score the Most Added title at all of the formats in question. That being said, there is quite a bit of competition, so check back on Tuesday to see the final results. Posner is in the hunt for his second #1 at the format; two years ago, “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” spent two non-consecutive weeks atop the chart.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 9, 2018)

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. Hoping it’s a sweet new year for those of you fellow Jewish readers celebrating Rosh Hashanah in the next few days. From the head of the year to the head of the charts, here’s the recap of this week’s active tunes on the pop chart:

THE POSTMAN DELIVERS: If you’re expecting a pop package this Rosh Hashanah, it might be coming from Post Malone. The performer won’t be hand-delivering apples and honey, of course, but his song “Better Now” is still sticky, staying at #1 on the Top 40 chart for the second week. “Better” also climbs into the runner-up position on the Rhythmic chart, though it comes with a minor loss in spins over last week. After a long run up the pop list, it appears “Love Lies” from Khalid x Normani (featured on the soundtrack to Love, Simon) will displace Malone’s smash next week. Should it reach the summit, it’ll be the first single written for a movie to top the chart since 2016 and the first male-female duet from a movie to pull off the feat since 1993. (More on that next week!)

THUNDER IN MY CHART: Weather or not you realize it, larger action on the chart this week is limited, which follows last week’s massive pop parade. The only single entering the top 40 is “Goodbye” from Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William, which rockets 41-34. The reactive collaboration is the 20th top 40 song for Derulo, the 21st for Guetta, the 37th for Minaj and the second for William. (Phew, that’s a mouthful.) Further down, LSD, the trio of Labrinth, Sia and Diplo, has their first pop chart entry at #47 with “Thunderclouds”, which is featured in a smartphone advertisement. The act recently entered the top 50 on the Alternative chart with “Genius”. Meanwhile, Travis Scott debuts at #49 with “Sicko Mode”. Featured on ASTROWORLD, his recent #1 album on the Billboard 200 list, the single is approaching the top ten on the Rhythmic and Urban radio charts. (“Sicko” also includes uncredited guest vocals by Drake and Swae Lee.)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 19-20, 2018)

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 the five new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AJR featuring RIVERS CUOMO – “Sober Up” (S-Curve/Hollywood) (formerly BMG/RED)
Album: The Click (2017)
Past T40 History: The family trio has two mid-charting top 40 entries to date: 2014’s “I’m Ready” (#25) and 2017’s “Weak” (#27).

ECHOSMITH – “Over My Head” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Inside A Dream (2018)
Past T40 History: Another family trio, once a quartet, is looking for their first top ten song since 2014’s “Cool Kids”, which hit #9.

G-EAZY featuring CHARLIE PUTH – “Sober” (RCA)
Album: The Beautiful & Damned (2017)
Past T40 History: Both artists now have two #1 singles at the format to date, as G-Eazy’s “Him & I” (with Halsey) holds at the top.

KHALID & NORMANI – “Love Lies” (RCA)
Album: Love, Simon (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: Khalid has four top 40 entries to date, but Normani (of Fifth Harmony) has never ranked here with a solo song.

PARAMORE – “Rose-Colored Boy” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
Album: After Laughter (2017)
Past T40 History: “Boy” is the second pop radio single from their newest release; the first, “Hard Times”, peaked at #42 last June.

Next week: a collaboration from Eminem and Kehlani is the only song (so far) impacting at the format.

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 (March 18, 2018)

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. After a jolly ol’ St. Patrick’s Day, that luck of the Irish continues on the charts for a number of buzzing tracks this week. So, let’s get to counting (and downing the final Shamrock Shake of the season):

“HIM” FOR THE WEEKEND: Rapper G-Eazy and singer Halsey stay at #1 for the second week on the Top 40 list with “Him & I”, the second single from G-Eazy’s latest album, The Beautiful & Damned. A third radio single from the set, “Sober”, which features Charlie Puth, impacts at the format this week. Ironically, it’s up against another sobering song title, “Sober Up”, done by AJR and Rivers Cuomo of the band Weezer. (Unsurprisingly, I’ll be drinking up all the Top 40 adds numbers in a couple of days, so watch this space for more.) Meanwhile, “Him” slips to #6 on the Rhythmic chart and climbs to #32 at the Hot AC format this Sunday. Next week could provide an opportunity for Bruno Mars and Cardi B‘s “Finesse” (holding at #3) to reach the top, despite its small gain in spins this week. We’ll find out soon.

THE “REAL” DEAL: After sporting a solid impact week at the format this past Tuesday, the boy band In Real Life, five guys that were put together on the ABC series Boy Band last summer, leads a pack of four top 50 entries on the published update with “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)”, launching at #46. This is the act’s first time charting at the format. An unrelated “Tattoo”, performed by one-time American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, went to #5 in early 2008. Coming in at #47, singer Arlissa strikes with her first chart entry titled “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie”, a collaboration with DJ/producer Jonas Blue. Blue recently released a collaboration with two-time #26 peaker Sabrina Carpenter called “Alien”, and if the planets align for it, we may be seeing it in the top 50 during the spring.

Teenage newcomer and world traveler bülow is next, blasting onto the countdown at #49 with “Not A Love Song”. The performer is currently finishing up high school in The Netherlands, but she’s lived in at least four other countries, including Canada, where “Not” glides into the top 20 on their respective Top 40 survey. (The CanCon of it all!) Lastly, bowing at #50, is a notable duet from Khalid and Normani (of Fifth Harmony) called “Love Lies”. The tune is taken from the soundtrack to Love, Simon, and it impacts at the Top 40 format this Tuesday. (Another cut from the set, “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)” by Bleachers, has a simultaneous launch at Alternative radio on the same day.)

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