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. We may not have been invited to a wedding in England this weekend, but PGTC certainly likes to marry the latest data with some chart geekery, and that’s a healthy relationship (to us, at least.) Anyways, let’s get to this week’s Top 40 results:
ALWAYS SAY “NEVER”: As her new collaboration with Pharrell Williams, “Sangria Wine”, grabs some early airplay, Camila Cabello‘s single “Never Be The Same” holds at #1 on the pop list for the third week running. “Never” leads a top four that’s bleeding spins to varying degrees, with “Never” taking a hit of over 1,100 spins over last week. Still, most of these songs will stay well ahead of the competition next week, as the bottom half of the top ten can’t close the gap quickly enough. Cabello’s tune is still very much alive at the Hot AC format, up to #5 this week with a healthy gain, though it’s losing ground or plateauing elsewhere. Will her latest single with Williams sneak in and take some prominent airtime away from “Never”, or will both be able to coexist on the list together? Will a next single from Cabello’s former #1 album Camila enter the ring anytime soon? Oh, the possibilities! It’s too early to tell, but we’ll keep an eye on the situation. Needless to say, it’s a good time to be fan of the young singer, who should continue to slay the airwaves as the year continues.
THE “NAME” OF THE GAME: As reactive songs from Selena Gomez, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull and Madison Beer get their shine in the top 40, another three songs land in the top 50 on this week’s update. Leading things off, NF‘s “Lie” lands at #46. It follows “Let You Down”, a one-week chart-topper from earlier this year. Both tracks are featured on the album Perception, which hit #1 for a week on the Billboard 200 last fall. A couple of spots lower from there, we find a name that hasn’t charted at Top 40 radio in just under nine years. Back in September 2009, their song “Straight Through My Heart” peaked at #48. Now, returning to a familiar position with even more heart, the Backstreet Boys (yes, Backstreet’s back, alright?) debut with “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”. At iTunes, the song soared to #1 on iTunes during its first day of availability and should have a solid entry on next week’s Hot 100 chart update. Finally, at #49, is the latest single from The Weeknd, “Call Out My Name”. The song is at #17 on this week’s Rhythmic list.