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. Between Harvey and Irma and all the other bad events as of late, it would be nice to have some positive news for once. Still, we’re thinking of those affected by the storms. Now, here’s a look what’s pouring down in the pop world:
PUTH OF THE NATION: The Top 40 airwaves are still attentive this week, as “Attention” by Charlie Puth holds onto #1 for the third week. It’s down in airplay for the first time during its chart run, but the loss is fairly small. In addition to the version that radio knows and loves, a dance mix by David Guetta and a new version featuring KYLE were released at the end of August. There is not much movement on the other formats, but it does rank at #3 on Hot AC, #12 on Rhythmic, #14 on AC and #36 on the Dance chart.
Puth’s biggest competition, at this point, comes from two of the One Direction guys: Niall Horan climbs from 4-3 this week with “Slow Hands”, and Liam Payne holds at #6 for the second week with the Quavo-assisted “Strip That Down”. Both tracks continue to gain well, with “Slow” up 1,200 spins over last week, and “Strip” up just under 1,000 spins. As Taylor Swift (see below) soars up the chart and into the mix as well, will she rain on this pop parade? Can Horan and Payne sneak in some time at the top? We’ll see.
“READY” FOR A “GOOD” RUN: Entering the top 40 on at least four different formats this week, “Too Good At Goodbyes” takes over the #34 spot on the CHR/Top 40 chart, marking the eighth top 40 release for Sam Smith. He has four top ten entries to date, two main-credited and two featured appearances, with “Stay With Me” (#1, 8/17-24/14 MB) remaining his only chart-topper. As for the other charts, you’ll find “Good” at #23 on AC, #27 on Hot AC and #33 on Urban AC, and that multi-format launch propelled the song to #1 on iTunes during its opening day. It remains the top-selling single in over a dozen countries. Will the one-time Best New Artist winner be adding to his Grammy shelf early next year? It’s certainly a possibility.
Though she’s up from 9-7 this week with “Look What You Made Me Do”, Taylor Swift is definitely ready for more, entering at #39 with the second radio single from her forthcoming album reputation, due November 10. “…Ready For It?” was released last Sunday, following a teaser that aired during college football programming on September 2. Just over a week later, both singles occupy two of the top three spots on iTunes. “Ready” is Swift’s 27th top 40 title at the format, and the total will surely be growing again soon.
“NOW” IS THE TIME: With her follow-up to “Malibu”, Miley Cyrus is back on the Top 40 airwaves with “Younger Now”, which comes in at #49 this week. “Younger” got a small head start on the Hot AC chart, where it’s up 48-44 in its third week on. This is the title track from her forthcoming sixth studio album, due September 29. Both sales and streaming numbers on her current single are slower than the statistics on her previous one, but it still has a bit of time to grow. (The album should still be in the running for #1.)
Finally, at #50, Camila Cabello scores her fourth chart hit outside of Fifth Harmony with “Havana”, featuring Young Thug. In early August, Cabello released this track with another stand-alone release, the Quavo-assisted “OMG”. However, it’s “Havana” with the momentum at the larger streaming services, as it remains in the top ten on Spotify’s Global Top 50. The 20-year-old singer joins artists like Gloria Estefan, Mellow Man Ace, Jon Secada and more as another of the Cuban-born performers to score a top 40 single at the format, having accumulated three solo hits in the last two years. (Cabello is originally from the small town of Cojimar.)