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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 20, 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. 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 GomezEnrique 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.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 29, 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. Going into the fifth month of the year, we’re pumped for all the Song Of The Summer candidates about to make their debut and all the other action on the pop chart. Ready for a trip to Top 40 Land? Let’s get into it:

SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE: Holding on for a fifth week at #1, tying Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules” as the longest-running #1 of the year thus far, Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey have a few more Target gift cards to redeem before “The Middle” finally falls out of the top spot on the pop chart. Once again, the song posts a minor loss this week, which didn’t lead to any excessive drops after the report last weekend. “Middle” reaches the top of the Hot AC list this week, giving all three acts their first chart-topper at this format. Will Camila Cabello‘s “Never Be The Same” finally take over the pop throne next week? It’s still about 1,000 spins behind, coming in at #2 for the third week in a row, but with a new remix featuring country singer Kane Brown debuting on Friday, there could be an opportunity to spike the record in the coming days, or at least give the new version some curiosity play. You can expect her single with Pharrell Williams, “Sangria Wine”, at the format soon, which will be worked by Williams’s record label, Columbia.

BEER FOR EVERYONE: No, not free drinks, settle down. As the current tracks from Drake, ZAYN, bülow and a collaboration by Sam Smith and Logic reach the top 40, we also find some new (and old) faces breaking into the top 50. After narrowly missing the region last fall with “Dead” last year, former major label artist Madison Beer goes independent for her first chart entry, a song called “Home With You”. It comes in at #48. Beer is the first Madison to enter the top 50 since 2000, when an Australian duo called Madison Avenue went to #48 with their lone pop hit in the States, “Don’t Call Me Baby”. A notch lower, at #49, is a song title that contains a single letter: “X”. Nicky Jam and J Balvin‘s collaboration has been building nicely at streaming services in the past few weeks, recently hitting #1 in Italy and Spain. In the history of the CHR and Top 40 airplay charts, there’s been only one top 40 hit to begin with the letter X: “Xanadu”, which peaked at #2 for Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra in September 1980. Balvin is also involved with this week’s #50 debut, “Familiar” by one-time One Direction member Liam Payne. This single should give Payne his fifth top 40 hit at the format, while Balvin is likely to grab his second and third simultaneously.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 22, 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. As we look through this week’s top tunes on the pop chart, we also remember the chart history of 28-year-old DJ and producer Avicii, who passed away on Friday. Entering the top 50 a total of seven times, his five top 40 hits, including “Wake Me Up” (#1) and “Hey Brother” (#9), will be played at this format for some time to come. We’ll always remember him and the music he made. Now, on with the current Top 40 results:

LOVING HIM WAS ZEDD: Speeding down the hit highway toward their top 40 target for the fourth consecutive week are Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, once again leading the pop chart with “The Middle”. After gaining in spins, the song posts a pretty small loss this week, though it could be the early sign of a larger fall next week. At Hot AC, “Middle” (up 4-2) should secure the top spot in the next few days, becoming official by next Sunday. Back on the pop survey, Camila Cabello‘s “Never Be The Same”, which might lead the chart by next weekend, is still gaining solidly in the runner-up position, while Drake‘s “God’s Plan” (up 6-5) is the sole new song in the top five, a former #1 title on both the Rhythmic and Urban charts. (More on him below!)

“LEFT” FEELS RIGHT: With a huge first day of hourly airplay via bankrupt radio giant iHeartMedia, “No Tears Left To Cry” nets pop star Ariana Grande her 15th top 40 entry on the Top 40 chart, coming in at #30. It’s the lead single from her forthcoming set, due sometime later this year. “Cry” remains at #1 on iTunes with a large lead over #2, attributed (in part) to its deep discounting. Its substantial airplay gains should continue throughout the week at multiple formats, and it’ll easily be the Most Added song when our usual Top 40 report goes up on Tuesday evening.

Making the top 50 on the new survey, Drake‘s “Nice For What” (#41), ZAYN‘s “Let Me” (#43) and Logan Henderson‘s “Bite My Tongue” (#50) begin their pop journeys, with the former two hits also charting elsewhere. “Nice” makes a giant leap into the top ten on both the Rhythmic and Urban charts, while “Let” is the highest top 50 debut on the Hot AC chart. Henderson previously reached the top 50 at the pop format as a member of Big Time Rush. Who’s going to climb the highest? Stay tuned!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 15, 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. Get your taxes filed by Tuesday! Luckily, we always file the current and future radio hits for you on this report, and you don’t even have to pay for it. Let’s do some counting:

ZEDDS ARE BURNING: Still in positive territory in its third week atop the list, Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey‘s “The Middle” continues to slay the Top 40 airwaves, picking up about 280 more spins this week. It also looks good for #1 on the Hot AC chart in a few weeks, coming in at #4 once again, but gaining almost 750 spins in the process. “Meant To Be” from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, last week’s #2 song, looks like it may be out of the race for #1, as Camila Cabello‘s “Never Be The Same” bolts 4-2, knocking Rexha and the duo down to #3. (It’s not all bad news, however: “Meant” is the new #1 song on this week’s Hot AC update.) Cabello is aiming for her third solo chart-topper on the Top 40 list outside of the group Fifth Harmony — will she achieve the goal next week, or does “The Middle” strengthen again to secure a fourth week at #1? We’ll find out seven days from now.

FREAKS AND PEAKS: Leading the week’s top 50 debuts at the pop format is the current Rhythmic and Urban radio hit from two performers with a bit of a body swap problem. Lil Dicky‘s “Freaky Friday”, featuring Chris Brown, is new at #46. In April 2016, a collaboration from Lil Dicky and featured rapper Fetty Wap, another viral hit called “$ave Dat Money”, got as high as #49. Making its debut at #48 is a song by an artist who hasn’t been on the pop chart in some time: “All Night” by OutKast member Big Boi. His last credited appearance as a soloist was in 2005 as a featured performer on Brooke Valentine‘s “Girlfight”, which got to #29 that July. Big Boi was last heard on a #1 song at the format in early 2004, when OutKast’s “The Way You Move”, featuring singer Sleepy Brown, spent three weeks there in February. Lastly, at #50, “Nowhere Fast” marks a new charting track for Eminem and featured singer Kehlani. The female soloist is also featured on Charlie Puth‘s “Done For Me”, which soars from 43-31 this week.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 8, 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. Spring is finally in the air, and that means a few new seasonal smashes are also sprouting in the lower rungs of the survey. What’s getting planted in the world of pop? Check out all the action:

ZEDD OF HOUSEHOLD: Get in the car and head for the ATM; it’s time to mix top 40 tunes and Target trips with Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, as “The Middle” holds at #1 for the second week on the Top 40 radio chart. It gains just under 1,000 spins in the current tracking week, landing it above 18,000 spins during the last seven days. Morris’s “Rich” continues its rise in the lower rungs of the Country chart, though it’s still below the top 40. Meanwhile, on both surveys, “Meant To Be” from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line appears to be headed towards the top spot, holding at #3 on the Country list and up 3-2 on the Top 40 airwaves. The big collaboration currently appears on Rexha’s EP All Your Fault: Pt. 2, which was released in August of last year, and it is meant to be in the mix for her forthcoming full-length album Expectations, due later this year. Who gets the prize next Sunday? At this point, “Middle” has the edge for a third week at #1, but “Meant” could always spring ahead. Stay tuned.

PRELUDE TO A “KISS”: After receiving hourly airplay across iHeartMedia stations during its first day in the market, the current collaboration from Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa enters at #32 on the published chart update. “One Kiss”, which should appear on Harris’s forthcoming album later this year, is now the 17th top 40 song for the Scottish-born performer and the sixth for the English singer, the latter also at #21 this week with “IDGAF” off her self-titled album. Much of the action in the top 50 is also slow, but there are two entries in the region, led by Echosmith‘s “Over My Head” at #47. It’s the trio’s first chart song with the current lineup, and marks their first time in the top 50 since October 2015, when “Let’s Love” also reached that #47 position. (“Over” is likely to make it higher in the coming weeks.) Lastly, at #50, Sam Smith and Logic prepare to “Pray” for Top 40 glory with a new version of a song that originally appears on Smith’s set The Thrill Of It All from last year. Additionally, “Pray” is at #30 on this week’s AC update, and should rank on the Hot AC chart very soon.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 1, 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. From foolish hearts to foolish charts and all the Easter eggs you can find, April 1 sure was busy one outside of the music world. Me? Oh, I’ll just be sitting over here with a box of matzah. Don’t pass over this report, because it’s coming in hot:

MUSIC FOR MIDDLING: Moving from 2-1 this week, Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey hit #1 and the Target checkout line with “The Middle”, and that ain’t no joke. It’s the second chart-topper for Zedd at the format, who previously led the chart in 2017 for six weeks with the Alessia Cara-assisted “Stay”, while Morris and Grey celebrate their first #1 songs on the pop chart. (Morris has two #1 songs to date on the country chart, her most recent coming in January of this year with “I Could Use A Love Song”.) Elsewhere in the radio world, “Middle” advances 10-7 on this week’s Hot AC survey, while it stays at #20 on the Rhythmic list. Can Morris’s latest single in the country world, “Rich”, now cross to the pop chart? Will Zedd and Grey dance their way toward another twangy title? At this point, anything is possible, so consult your own crystal ball for an answer.

WHAT A “CATCH”: Three new tracks fool around with adds and conversions this week to reach the top 50, led by a collaboration by G-Eazy featuring Charlie Puth called “Sober”. It comes in at #43, giving the lead performer his third chart entry from his most recent set, The Beautiful & Damned. However, featured singer Puth scores a double on the current update, also landing on the chart with the next single from his upcoming album titled Voicenotes. “Done For Me”, which features Kehlani, breaks in at #47. The two songs should be able to coexist on the chart at the same time without cancelling each other out, though we’ll see if that changes with time. (They’ll be Puth’s seventh and eighth top 40 hits, respectively, when they enter the region.) Finally, down at #49, LIVVIA has her first charting single with the Quavo-assisted “Catch A Body”. She previously enjoyed some airplay earlier this decade under the name Olivia Somerlyn.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 25, 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. Remember to file your taxes in the next few weeks, while simultaneously breaking out the MP3 files to enjoy the sweet sounds of pop music from this week’s Top 40 survey. (Do kids these days even know what an MP3 is?) Let’s count the hits:

NEW JACK SWINGS: Congrats to Bruno Mars and Cardi B, who leap from 3-1 on this week’s Top 40 chart with “Finesse”, the eighth #1 at the format for Mars and the first for Cardi B. Mars collects his second #1 track from the 24K Magic era, as “That’s What I Like” spent a total of three weeks at the top last April and May. (The original version of “Finesse” appears on the album, though its current remix does not.) The global hit continues in the top ten at three other radio formats, reaching #1 at one (Rhythmic) during a two-week run last month. Next Sunday, look for “The Middle”, a three-way collaboration from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, to potentially top the survey, as it advances 5-2 this week with a very healthy bullet.

HOT BLOODED: Launching all the way up at #28, Shawn Mendes scores his sixth top 40 entry and highest debut to date at the Top 40 format with “In My Blood”. His previous high of #31 was set by “Treat You Better” back in June 2016. It’s the first release off Mendes’s third studio album, due sometime later in the year. One extra cut from the album, “Lost In Japan”, was released on Friday to both sales and streaming success, though its airplay was minimal. (I’ll save the Japanese artists and song titles for another week!) Another top debut on this week’s top 40, coming in at #35, is the seventh top 40 song for Halsey, called “Alone”. Combined airplay for an edit of the original album version and a new remix with Big Sean and Stefflon Don spiked as a result of the single’s second place finish on last Tuesday’s adds report, where it pulled in nearly 60 stations on impact.

Among the new entries in the top 50, watch out for “Everybody Hates Me” by The Chainsmokers, logging on at #43, which might become the duo’s eighth top 40 song at the format next week. “Sober Up”, the former Alternative chart-topper by AJR and Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, is also aiming for the top 40 next week, ranking at #48 on the current update. The trio has a pair of top 40 entries to date, while Cuomo’s only solo appearance was in 2010 on B.o.B‘s “Magic”, spending three weeks at #13 in September.

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