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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 23, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a weekly 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. Yesterday was Record Store Day, and I certainly got a lot of great singles from artists like Deee-Lite, Madonna and Prince. Hey, it’s always best to have more wax in your hands than in your ears, even with a Q-Tip in my RSD collection. So, listen up as we rewind the week, then hit play and slay through the latest stats from the pop radio survey:

CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY ED: …and here we are again, folks. For the tenth week in a row, Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You” stays at that top spot on the CHR/Top 40 chart. It’s the third ten-week #1 so far this decade, and the only one that isn’t a collaboration. (In 2008, Leona Lewis‘s “Bleeding Love” was the last double-digit leader by a sole performer, also spending ten weeks at the top.) The song in second place for the fourth week, Bruno Mars‘s “That’s What I Like”, should finally get its first frame at #1 next week. Will I be rejoicing? No tea, no shade, but that’s an affirmative. Sheeran’s “Castle On The Hill” makes a notable jump from 30-22 on the list, while also rising 22-18 at the Hot AC format. At this rate, I’d expect that “Castle” will likely be in the top ten by the end of May, due to a number of summer single premieres (you know they’re all coming!) over the next few weeks.

“Shape” is still in the top five on at least four radio formats this week (beyond the aforementioned charts, AC and Rhythmic), while it also maintains a top 20 placing on, believe it or not, the Spanish chart. How’s it doing so well there? Well, thanks to a remix featuring reggae duo Zion & Lennox, the mass appeal hit continues to be, well, even more mass appeal. Will it ever stop? Ay, Dios mío…

EVEN “STRANGERS” NEED A “CURE”: Two of the most talked about tracks on the pop radio chart this week really know how to make an entrance, shooting straight into the top 40. The higher of the twosome is “Kissing Strangers” by DNCE, bowing in at #36 on the chart. It’s the group’s fifth top 40 hit since 2015, while featured artist Nicki Minaj scores her 34th top 40 entry at the format since 2010. Needless to say, neither act is a stranger to the top 40, though DNCE is a stranger when it comes to #1 songs, as “Cake By The Ocean” (#2, 4/10-17/16 MB) could only nibble at the pop pastry supreme at the top of the bakery… erm, could only knock on the door to the top of the chart, but were turned away by a pair of performers who only cared about themselves.

Lady Gaga‘s surprise single “The Cure” enters one spot below “Kissing”, rushing into the top 40 at #37. This means that the Joanne era is likely over after two radio singles, but we’ll always remember that pink hat in our hearts, though probably not in our closets. At 18 top 40 singles since 2008, including seven chart-toppers, the Lady continues to get her fill of pop success. Her next project? A new spin on the classic film A Star Is Born. No, I’m not expecting her to take on “Evergreen” anytime soon; let’s save that in 1977, please.

WHO’S YOUR DADDY?: Fathering a new top 50 song this week is a collaboration featuring 40-year-old rapper Daddy Yankee, a bilingual performer from Puerto Rico who last appeared on the chart with “Rompe” (#19, 5/19-26/06 R&R) off his Barrio Fino En Directo album. This week, he and fellow Puerto Rican Luis Fonsi take a Spanglish mix of their international hit “Despacito” into the top 50 at #47. Of course, Canadian singer Justin Bieber is also on that version, singing in both English and Spanish. By the way, for all of you chart buffs out there, the first bilingual rapper to ever reach the pop chart was Cuba-born Mellow Man Ace, who charted with “Mentirosa” (#34, 7/6/90 R&R) in his only top 40 appearance.

Though “Despacito” is the first chart entry to use that word in its title, it’s not the first to use it in the lyrics of a top 40 song. In fact, it was just a few months ago that “Bailar” (#35, 11/13/16 MB) by DJ Deorro and featured artist Elvis Crespo opened on that word. A remix featuring Pitbull aided its performance at the pop format, because I’m sure he had zero other hits to ruin at that time. I mean, who else could have done it? Gerardo?

SHAWN’S GOT YOUR “BACK”: After “Mercy” peaked at #6 six weeks ago, 18-year-old singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes gets off to a good start with his latest single, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”. It enters at #49 on this week’s CHR chart, ranking after a little over three days of airplay. Now, in anticipation of this song dropping a few days ago, yours truly dipped into the archives of pop perfection and through the undervalued “holding back” category, stopping at huge songs like “Holding Back The Years” (#3, 6/27/86 R&R) by Simply Red, “I Can’t Hold Back” (#10, 11/30/84 R&R) by Survivor and “I Won’t Hold You Back” (#4, 4/22-5/6/83 R&R) by Toto. So, if you weren’t holding back something in the 80’s, I’m not sure what you were doing. Hey, where’d my Jane Fonda tapes go?

Mendes first entered the top 50 in November 2014 with “Something Big”, which peaked at #44 by the second week of January. It was the follow-up to “Life Of The Party”, which couldn’t break the top 50 in either of its two radio runs, along with a reissue of “Big”, with a slightly altered mix, in the spring of 2015. Of course, with four consecutive top ten releases since those days, it’s safe to say that he’s doing alright for himself now and not looking “back”. Can he make it five? I sure hope so.

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

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly 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: DNCE and Nicki Minaj give us a musical mouth-to-mouth message, Ed Sheeran finds the courage to climb that hilly chart terrain, and Lady Gaga prescribes us a hit healing for aches, pains and album eras that it might be best to forget. (Let’s be fair: it wasn’t love, but it was a perfect dissolution.) So, pucker up for this week’s stats, because smooching some singles is all the rage in Chart Land:

“KISSING” TO BE CLEVER: Joining the real time culture club (sorry Boy George) this week is “Kissing Strangers” by DNCE and featured artist Nicki Minaj, which lands atop the Most Added report, scoring 47 adds on impact. It’s one of three singles tied for the title this week, which is a pretty rare achievement. The party pop group is looking for their fifth top 40 single at the format, and their first since “Body Moves”, which peaked at #28 back in November. Their debut single remains their biggest, “Cake By The Ocean”, which spent a pair of weeks at #2 (4/10-17/16) and established the Mediabase era record (but not the PPW era record) for the most top 40 weeks to reach its peak: 27 of them. We’ll see how many strangers discover their song in the coming weeks.

PAINT THE TOWN ED: As of now, Ed Sheeran still has the #1 song on the pop chart with “Shape Of You”, which really needs to go elsewhere at this point. I may as well call it “Shade Of You”, at least based on the number of times I’ve tried to drag it lately. I guess I’ll give Sheeran a break this time, as “Castle On The Hill”, a song that recently reached #2 on my chart, is part of a three-way tie for the Most Added song at Top 40 radio this week, also scoring 47 new stations. Halsey‘s “Now Or Never” is the final member of the Fantastic 47 on the latest report, the first single from hopeless fountain kingdom, which still sounds like a LiveJournal oasis for bad fanfiction. Anyways, look for all three songs to continue to bring the adds next week, though there are several singles from acts like Lady Gaga (see below) and Shawn Mendes that’ll be vying for the Most Added title next time around.

“CURE” AND SIMPLE: “Million Reasons”, the little engine the could, may be headed down the tracks now, but Lady Gaga has a cure for that… literally. Released after her performance at Coachella on Sunday morning, “The Cure” soared to #1 on iTunes in a few hours time. Though it officially impacts next week, the hit lands in the fifth Most Added slot this week, with 23 stations. A little under two years ago, an unrelated single called “The Cure” impacted at the format for an act called Lipstick Gypsy. Promoted by Epic Records, it received some action in smaller markets, but failed to chart. Of course, we have to talk about the band named The Cure as well, who totaled four top 40 entries between 1987 and 1992. Their biggest, “Friday, I’m In Love” (#4, 7/31-8/7/92 R&R), was also their last. (“Mint Car” did chart (#45, 7/12/96 R&R) shortly after the #25/26 week recurrent rule was introduced.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. DNCE featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Kissing Strangers” (Republic)
1-T. ED SHEERAN
, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
1-T. HALSEY, “Now Or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
4. HARRY STYLES, “Sign Of The Times” (Columbiia)
5. LADY GAGA, “The Cure” (Streamline/Interscope)
6. CHEAT CODES featuring DEMI LOVATO, “No Promises” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
7. CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN and MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
8. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
9. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
10-T. DRAKE, “Passionfruit” (YMCMB/Republic)
10-T. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic/Capitol)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 16, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a weekly 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. Now, in my pursuit of cool deals, I will be roaming the shelves of CVS and Duane Reade for half-off peanut butter eggs and such tomorrow. You know how tired I am of matzah… However, just because the candy is half-off, doesn’t mean I’ll be giving you half the commentary this week. Oh no, every day is a holiday when a chart geek has that insatiable thirst to learn more. (Also, I can go on about “Insatiable” by Darren Hayes, but I’ll save it for another post.) Let’s hop with the hits on this week’s report:

BETTER OFF ED: If you said, “Oh no, it’s him again,” then you’re just as disappointed as I am that there’s no new #1 song. Yes, for a ninth week, “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran leads this week’s CHR/Top 40 chart. Last week, I thought that Bruno Mars‘s “That’s What I Like” would be able to close the gap, but I guess it’ll have to wait for Sheeran’s song to (hopefully, please) tumble next week. A new impact date for the follow-up single, “Castle On The Hill”, is now established for this Tuesday, but it isn’t exactly needed; that hit is up 36-30 in its second week in the top 40. It also recently spent four weeks at #2 on my chart, while “Galway Girl” is about a month into its run.

Five other songs are bulleted in this week’s top ten, but they’re too far away to start pegging which ones have a chance at the #1 spot a few weeks from now. However, I should point out that all of them are collaborations (four of the five are properly credited), and that trend is likely to continue. If Sheeran starts popping up on radio releases by Calvin Harris, Kygo, The Chainsmokers and Zedd at the same time, I’ll have to get the claws out. You know, at least use DJ Sammy or Robert Miles… where did they go?

“NEVER” A GOOD “SIGN”: The two hottest songs at the format this week belong to that pair of artists whose names start with an H and end with a y. Did you say Haddaway and Hipsway? You’re right, “What Is Love” and “The Honeythief” are still my jams; you know me too well. Oh, I’m sorry, I mean, no, those two performers with the current happening hits are Halsey and Harry Styles. It shouldn’t be a surprise, considering how well they’ve performed at sales and streaming platforms so far. Styles’s first solo entry has a nice climb from 29-19 in its second week on the chart. He recently played that and an album cut, “Ever Since New York”, on Saturday Night Live, and I’m sure millions of girls around the world swooned. (Did I swoon as well? I’ll never tell.) A self-titled album is out on May 12, which will likely debut at the top of the charts globally.

Halsey’s “Now Or Never” lifts from 38-26 in its second week, making it the biggest mover within the top 40. Her fourth chart entry is one spot away from tying her biggest main-credited hit to date, “New Americana”, which reached #25 during the last week of 2015. It will definitely surpass that next week, as it charges quickly toward the top ten. Will it be a Song Of The Summer contender? I’ll have a few picks of my own in a post coming very soon, so watch out for it!

THE CHEAT IS ON: You know, I was a good kid and didn’t use any cheat codes on my old Nintendo 64 games, but maybe I was too young to start researching what they actually were. Luckily, I do use the new Cheat Codes single called “No Promises”, which enters at #46 on this week’s CHR chart. The song features Demi Lovato, who’s looking to score her 11th top 40 hit since “Skyscraper”, her #34 entry (9/25/11 MB) from the Unbroken album. The label behind this single, 300 Entertainment, has yet to go higher than #19 at the format, a peak they reached on two occasions in 2015 with singles by rapper Fetty Wap.

Both the dance trio and Lovato are coming off radio singles that reached the top 50, but failed to break the top 40. For the former, it was the streaming hit “Sex” (#48, 7/10/16 MB), which sampled “Let’s Talk About Sex” (#28, 11/18/91 R&R) by Salt-N-Pepa. “Body Say” (#43, 8/21/16 MB) by the latter artist also started out strong at streaming services, where it was available before a digital single was able to be purchased, but it ultimately didn’t translate at the format.

HOME MALONE: I don’t know if we’ll be seeing Post Malone and Macaulay Culkin together anytime soon, but Malone is back on the CHR chart, overcoming those burglars who wanted to steal his spot in the top 50. “Congratulations”, featuring Quavo, makes its debut at #50 this week, as it also advances 13-10 on the Rhythmic airplay chart. Of course, he’s best known for the viral single “White Iverson”, which peaked at #28 here in January of last year. The 21-year-old released an album called Stoney in December, which was certified Platinum late last month, thanks to strong streaming results.

For those of you wondering, and there are probably very few of you out there, this is not a hot Vesta remake; that “Congratulations” was a top five Urban hit during the summer of 1989, before making a minor pop crossover that fall. Sadly, she passed away in 2011. I think it’s too early to tell whether the latest “Congratulations” will surpass the earlier one, but all that radio growth and consumption action seems to indicate that there’s certainly some life left in it for the spring and summer.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 11, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly 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: Harry Styles sees the “Sign” (and it opened up the panel’s minds), belief powers some Imagine Dragons add activity, and the heat starts rising on Tinashe‘s “Flame”, and that’s no cheap trick. Don’t be cruel to a chart that’s true, even if you’re referencing a cover song from the fall of ’88. Anyways, fall into our radio report and get a pop punch for your Tuesday night:

HIT ‘EM UP, STYLES: Don’t be blu, Harry Styles. You didn’t clear the entire pop panel in your first week, but you done good there, kid. “Sign Of The Times” has a big week at CHR radio, scoring 127 adds on impact. That total is slightly less than the 129 add total of “Sign ‘O’ The Times”, the #6 hit (4/10-17/87 R&R) by Prince. Styles is the fourth member of One Direction to make the top 40 as a solo act, with Liam Payne now the lone member to not release any music outside of the band. (We’re waiting, hello!) In the top 30 already and making major gains, it’s looking like “Sign” will be a major hit into the summer. Also, yes, I still have the CD single of “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” that I bought back in 2001. I’m sure that Blu Cantrell will delight in knowing that she’s a tiny part of a chart recap for the first time in, well, a long time.

BLESSED ARE THE BELIEVERS: Anne Murray and Imagine Dragons probably have nothing in common, outside of the multi-year top 40 runs, of course. That being said, you could say that the CHR panel just fell in love again with the band, while the four men replied, You needed us!” “Believer” grabs another 34 adds this week, which puts the single in the third Most Added spot on the latest report. It’s the current #1 song on the Alternative radio chart, a position that it’s held for three weeks now. The group only has one #1 single to date at the pop format, “Demons”, which spent a week at the top in December 2013. Will the guys make it to the top ten for the fourth time, or will they just have to imagine the result? I’m hoping it’s the former, but we’ll see soon.

“FLAME” ON THE SIDE OF THIS RACE: Some CHR programmers got a clue about Tinashe‘s new single this week, stoking that “Flame” to the tune of 16 stations and the ninth Most Added title. The singer has three top 40 tracks to date at the format, but none of the three have gone beyond a #20 peak. Perhaps we’ll need to get Professor Plum and Mrs. Peacock on the case… I bet the gatekeeper was in the conference room with the callout log. (Did I win?) Anyways, we’ll see if this fiery first shot at radio action has the means to keep the burning going in the coming weeks and months. Now, excuse me while I engage in my own kind of burning — some calories from all these Passover carbs!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. HARRY STYLES, “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia)
2. HALSEY
, “Now Or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
3. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
4. DRAKE, “Passionfruit” (YMCMB/Republic)
5. ZAYN featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR, “Still Got Time” (RCA)
6. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
7. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
8. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic)
9. TINASHE, “Flame” (RCA)
10. IGGY AZALEA, “Mo Bounce” (Def Jam)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 9, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a weekly 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. So, call me Addie The Caddie, as we tee up a few tunes and putt down the usual pop course. That being said, let’s avoid those crowds at Mar-A-Lago. It sure is something when an owner has more holes in his stories than at his courses. Golf clubs, dance clubs… gotta cover them all here. So, let’s get shady with some musical ladies (mostly gentlemen this week, really) in the latest report:

EIGHT IS ENOUGH: Please, radio gods, can we please find another song to overplay? You know, one other than “Shape Of You”? Ed Sheeran‘s international hit is at #1 for an eighth week on the CHR/Top 40 chart, and someone (me) is really feeling the burn. At least it doesn’t set another record this week, but it also isn’t dropping like a rock yet. So, you know, let’s change that! Thank you. New single “Castle On The Hill” becomes Sheeran’s 13th top 40 entry on the pop chart, and second hit from ÷, as it climbs 43-36. “Galway Girl” and “Perfect” are two of the cuts that continue to perform well internationally. I’ll keep you updated if either song breaks at the format before an established impact date. For now, I think there’s plenty of him on the air.

Just below Sheeran, Bruno Mars holds at #2 for the second week with “That’s What I Like”, which looks set to hit #1 next week (or, at least I hope it’s able to seven days from now.) The last time an act recording for the Atlantic label (main roster or imprint) replaced another one at the top was about a year ago, when Flo Rida‘s “My House” knocked “Stressed Out” by twenty out pilots out on the March 13 chart. The duo returned to #1 later in the year with “Ride” (8/28/16 MB).

WHO’LL STOP THE CHAIN: Well, no one, at least for now. Duo The Chainsmokers continues to dominate on the pop survey this week, with two top ten songs from next week’s expected #1 album, Memories…Do Not Open. “Paris” is up 5-3, moving closer to a third #1 on the format for the guys, while “Something Just Like This” (with Coldplay) is up from 13-9. You probably caught them on Saturday Night Live last night, where they performed the former (featuring uncredited vocalist Emily Warren) and “Break Up Every Night”, a new cut from the album. Though “Something” is making the larger gains at this point, don’t be surprised if “Paris” stays in a holding pattern (while still gaining some) over the next few weeks.

Since their chart debut in 2001 with “Yellow” (#20, 4/27/01 R&R), Coldplay has scored with twelve top 40 songs on the CHR chart… but this is their first top ten hit. Yes, the four guys have never reached the top ten at the format until now. Previously, “Viva La Vida” (#11, 9/7/08 MB) and “A Sky Full Of Stars” (#12, 10/12/14 MB) came the closest to the region. Feel free to endlessly drag all of those lazy programmers at the format for allowing The Chainsmokers to be the reason Coldplay has one top ten song in 16 years. Honestly, kids, what are you doing?

DIRECTIONS AND CONNECTIONS: Harry Styles and ZAYN have gone in several directions musically, but the two singers in question, both bandmates in One Direction, are headed in an upward direction this week on the CHR chart. The latter singer’s new hit, “Still Got Time” (featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR), leaps from 34-26 in its third week on the chart, while the former singer grabs his first solo top 40 hit at #29 with “Sign Of The Times”. It’s the highest debut on the listing. Meanwhile, ZAYN’s former #2 single, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (with Taylor Swift), slips from 3-5. “Sign” initially debuted in a version that ran 5:40, and had that held as the single version, it could’ve had the longest radio edit run time of a top 40 hit since Queen‘s reissue of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 1992. That #3 hit (5/1/92 R&R) from Wayne’s World clocked in at 5:55. (A 4:07 edit has since been serviced to several formats.) Just a couple of months ago, ZAYN appeared on the chart at the same time as two other One Direction members, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan.

Of course, One Direction is not the first boyband to launch two of its members into the top 40 at the same time. In 2003, JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake of *NSYNC appeared on the pop chart simultaneously, the former with “Blowin’ Me Up (With Her Love)” (#13, 2/21/03 R&R) and the latter with “Cry Me A River” (#3, 1/24-2/14/03 R&R) and “Rock Your Body” (#1, 5/9-6/6/03 R&R). In 1999, two members of New Kids On The Block, Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight, landed in the top 40 together. McIntyre’s “Stay The Same” (#16, 4/9/99 R&R) and “I Love You Came Too Late” (#28, 8/6/99 R&R) charted, as Knight’s “Give It To You” (#14, 5/21-6/11/99 R&R) was headed up and down the CHR survey. (The latter singer’s “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” (#31, 9/24/99 R&R) could’ve appeared with “Late” in the top 40, but it was late… by a week.)

DOES A “BODY” GOOD: 49-year-old David Guetta has six top ten pop hits to his credit, and he’s looking for his seventh with an interesting collaboration that features Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, both of whom have appeared on prior Guetta tunes. “Light My Body Up”, which actually sounds pretty painful, lights up the survey at #50 this week. “Body” was one of the top ten Most Added hits at the format last week, and it could be there again this Tuesday, so stay tuned! Minaj is currently featured on another top 40 song at the moment, “Swalla” by Jason Derulo, which rises from 29-27.

It’s hard to believe that Guetta has been charting for nearly a decade now, first hitting in the spring of 2008 with “Love Is Gone”. The single (#41, 5/11/08 MB) featured vocalist Chris Willis, who also appeared on the DJ/producer’s “Gettin’ Over You” (#19, 7/18/10 MB) before disappearing from the pop chart. I do hope that he, and his body, are okay. (Don’t try lighting up anything at home, you’ll regret it quickly.)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 4, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly 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: Halsey gets “closer” to her fourth top 40 single, Hey Violet brings a bit of color to the adds report and newcomer Olivia Holt gets historical with the hits, but we are not going to be indulging in the sort of hit history you can read about in Hit Men. Ready to partake in some pop power? I know I am, so let’s dive in:

HAL OF FAME: After spending ten weeks at #1 as a featured guest on “Closer” by The Chainsmokers, it’s no surprise that the new single from Halsey would generate a lot of attention. That song is “Now Or Never”, and it’s now the Most Added track on this week’s report, launching with 54 CHR adds in its first frame. It sounds like it’s been a busy day for both she and her label, but, then again, she is used to busy days. Her forthcoming studio album is due June 2, titled Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which sounds like an out-of-service Disney World attraction. Luckily, her ride through the amusement park that we call the pop chart is just about to begin again. Prepare for liftoff! (Don’t come after me, Hallucinators, or whatever you call yourselves, it’s just a little fun.)

“BREAK MY” CHART: Roses are red, violets are blue, but Hey Violet had a nice adds week, and that’s good too. The quintet’s latest single is “Break My Heart”, the seventh Most Added song in the country this week, landing 18 CHR adds. Speaking of 18, that just so happens to be the peak of their last single, “Guys My Age”, which topped out at the position earlier this year. (The song also received some minor airplay at the Hot AC format.) Song titles about breaking hearts are commonplace at the format, from 1976’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John and Kiki Dee to 2010’s “Break Your Heart” by Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris, a #1 single (John/Dee for seven weeks, Cruz/Ludacris for three weeks) in both cases. How will this one fare? Stay tuned.

HOLT ON TIGHT: You know their names: Jordan Fisher, Sabrina Carpenter, Shawn Hook. They all share one thing: the CHR brick wall of doom. (scary fx) In reality, these three Hollywood Records acts all had significant starts at the format in the last year or so, only to have their debut singles fall apart in the same region. So, as far as the label’s newest pop radio single, newcomer Olivia Holt‘s “History”, I’d have to think that bringing up that terrible thought would only be natural. After massive pop playlists on Spotify aided it to its current total of 63+ million streams, we’ll see if Holt can successfully make it outside of that bubble. With a number of meaningful stations playing it, it can make the leap. Otherwise, a peak in the 20’s could be the endgame once again.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. HALSEY, “Now Or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
2-T. MACHINE GUN KELLY
featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
2-T. ZAYN featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR, “Still Got Time” (RCA)
4. DRAKE, “Passionfruit” (YMCMB/Republic)
5. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic)
6. DAVID GUETTA featuring NICKI MINAJ & LIL WAYNE, “Light My Body Up” (Parlophone/Big Beat/Atlantic)
7. HEY VIOLET, “Break My Heart” (Caroline)
8. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
9. CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
10. OLIVIA HOLT, “History” (Hollywood)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 2, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a weekly 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. April Fools’ Day may be done now, but this roadblock in the top 20 on the CHR chart is no joke. Get it together, kids. Meanwhile, it’s time for me to turn onto that golden Top 40 thruway, a lovely drive through pop pastimes and into the bops and bullets of now:

NEVER GONNA LEAVE THIS ED: If you think the beginning of my weekly report is starting to sound like a broken record, well, it is. No, really, Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You” is at #1 for the seventh week on the CHR/Top 40 chart, and it breaks another record. Once again, it accumulates the largest number of spins for a song in a given week: 19,724, besting the total of 19,603 it received three weeks ago. For our viewers at home, this means that the average spin-per-station total for it is just over 108 plays, or just over 15 per day, or your local Top 40 outlet spinning it once every 93 minutes. In short, it’s a monster. Second single “Castle On The Hill” takes a small move upward from 45-43, while “Galway Girl” is losing ground at the few stations that were leading on it. I guess the only thing we’ll be kissing is the radio brand, not the Blarney Stone, at least for now.

However, there is now another competitor looking to take on Mr. Sheeran for that top spot, one who just so happens to share a label with him. Bruno Mars advances from 5-2 this week with “That’s What I Like”, the second single off his 24K Magic album. Sheeran’s hit is too far away for Mars’s single to dethrone it next week, but I expect that it’ll happen later on in the month. Sadly, I’m afraid that we’re unable to ship the English singer/songwriter to Mars at this point, but after his era is over, that might sound like a great idea.

DOING WHAT’S “BEST”: The new hit from Machine Gun Kelly and Hailee Steinfeld has been the second Most Added song at the format for two weeks in a row, and before you start with the whole “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” spiel, it seems like the panel is falling for it, while the two performers are climbing on up. “At My Best” soars from 42-30, giving Kelly his second top 40 hit, while Steinfeld has her fourth. Of course, as much as you readers appreciate me at my best when it comes to chart analysis, you’ll find me at my worst at 4:35 on some idle Sunday, yelling at my browser to refresh with the published update for the umpteenth time. (Yes, I need help. Just kidding. No, maybe I do.)

In Radio & Records history, four songs with “best” in either their main or subtitles hit the best spot on the pop chart, with two sitting at the top for four weeks: “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” (9/25-10/16/81) from Christopher Cross, and “Save The Best For Last” (3/20-4/10/92) by Vanessa Williams. It’s never happened in the Mediabase era, so we’ll see if Kelly and Steinfeld climb towards that goal in the coming weeks.

THREE’S COMPANY: No Chrissy, Jack and Janet here, but I’m sure Aubrey, Dua and Rory would make for an interesting show as well. Much like the upper rungs of the chart, the lower part is also slower this week. However, Drake leads a pack of three debuts on the survey, jumping in at #39 with “Passionfruit”. Counting main-credited, featured and group (I’m looking at you, Young Money‘s “BedRock”) appearances, the Canadian performer has 22 top 40 hits thus far, which also sounds like the number of incarnations that Degrassi‘s gone through over the decades. Of course, his first hit at the format, “Best I Ever Had”, reached a #9 peak in August 2009. “Passionfruit” is the second charting song from More Life; the first, “Fake Love”, not to be confused with “fake news”, drops to #35.

In the top 50, there are two additional new entries this week: “Human” (#45) by Rag’N’Bone Man and “Be The One” (#48) by Dua Lipa. Both are recent hits from Europe, with “Human” dominating the top of the charts in countries like Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, just to name a few. Lipa’s song, a recent top ten single in the United Kingdom, was one of three tracks (two featured appearances) to chart in the top 15 at the same time, a pretty impressive feat for a relative newcomer. How high will they go later this year? Stay tuned, and grab the popcorn already. The suspense is killing me…

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