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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 28, 2021)

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. Who’s licensed to appear at #1 this week? A look at what’s popping at the format may drive you to figure it out:

OUT FOR A DRIVE: In just its seventh week on the list, “Driver’s License” by Olivia Rodrigo charges down the Top 40 highway and parks it in the top spot. It’s her first #1 song at the format, which is not too shabby for her first ever charting hit. Now, how long will it continue to dominate? The answer to that, and when it will reach #1 at the Hot AC format, will be revealed soon.

Daya picks up her sixth top 40 single with “Bad Girl”, lifting from 41-38. It’s her first time in the region since early 2018. Australian newcomer Masked Wolf also makes the top 40 with “Astronaut In The Ocean”, up from 43-40. His first top 40 release has already made it this high (or higher) on the national charts in a number of countries in Europe, as well as his home country.

New entries from Conan Gray and AJR land just outside the top 50, with “Overdrive” entering at #43 and “Way Less Sad” starting at #46. The two tracks should have enough action to hit the top 40 next week, unless the forthcoming collaboration from Maroon 5 and Megan Thee Stallion or another larger release blocks their entrance temporarily.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 22-23, 2021)

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 two singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CONAN GRAY, “Overdrive” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2021)
Past T40 History: Gray reached the top 30 in the fall with his ballad “Heather”. He’s now looking for his third top 40 song to date.

Album: TBA (2021)
Past T40 History: This track samples Morrison’s “Return Of The Mack”, his signature song that reached #4 at this format in 1997.

Next week: Fat Joe is ready to light up the format with some sunshine, as he aims for his first top 40 hit since 2005.

How will these songs perform on the adds report? Let me know!

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