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’re thinking of those affected by the huge rainfall and wind of Hurricane Harvey, and hoping aid gets to those locations soon. Keep strong and stay safe! Now, here are the big headlines from this week’s published pop chart:
THE MOMENT OF PUTH: Climbing from 2-1 to score his second #1 on the Top 40 chart, it’s Charlie Puth with “Attention”. He last hit the top in 2015 as the featured artist on Wiz Khalifa‘s “See You Again”, which spent four weeks at #1 that May and June. In Top 40 history, there has never been a title (until Puth’s) to include the word attention in it, though it’s obviously a common term in the English language. Well, I guess we’re giving it some well-deserved attention now. It should easily spend a few weeks at #1 on the pop chart, largely because a number of songs are falling out of the top five, as well as the upcoming Labor Day holiday, when several stations on the panel air specialty programming.
The first week for “Attention” at #1 marks the 16th week in 2017 that a male soloist has occupied the top spot on the survey, with Ed Sheeran (ten weeks), Bruno Mars (three weeks) and Shawn Mendes (two weeks) also contributing to that total. The guys seem to be on a hot streak, what can I say? Does it continue through the end of the year? Will the women make a comeback? Stay tuned.
SHE’S GOT THE “LOOK”: Well, she sure knows how to make an entrance! Superstar Taylor Swift blasts into the countdown at #22 with “Look What You Made Me Do”, the lead single from her forthcoming album Reputation. The single soared to #1 on iTunes under an hour after its initial release late Thursday night, and has stayed there ever since. A music video for it premiered on Sunday night during MTV’s Video Music Awards. Swift’s hit would’ve debuted at #21, like the Sunday morning update, but Friday data from KKPN/Corpus Christi was removed from the published update, as the station was knocked off the air during Hurricane Harvey. Due to this, there’s a difference in 18 spins, thus, it falls a notch. Still, that giant entry is an amazing achievement.
Looking for all the format’s #1 lookers? You’ll remember “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 (7/31/87 R&R), “Look Away” by Chicago (12/2-9/88 R&R), “The Look” by Roxette (3/31/89 R&R), and “Looking Through Patient Eyes” by P.M. Dawn (5/7-14/93 R&R). Swift could swiftly bring that count to five, given her release’s fast ascent since Friday, but we’ll have to wait to see how it progresses.
“MIND” THE GAP: All aboard! Here comes the debut train, rolling down the tracks! Five new entries (okay, tracks!) reach the top 50 this week, led by five newcomers who call themselves PRETTYMUCH. Their debut single, “Would You Mind”, climbs in at #44. The quintet is Simon Cowell’s new boy band, and their splashy start is certainly a positive sign for the next few weeks. The Script is two notches below them, at #46, with their first chart song since the beginning of 2015: “Rain”. The Irish trio last hit the top 40 here in early 2013 with “Hall Of Fame”, which spent two weeks at #16.
“Wish I Knew You” from The Revivalists lands at #47, marking their first chart entry at the format. This track previously hit #1 on both the Alternative and Triple A charts, while it remains in the top 15 on the Hot AC survey. Sibling trio AJR is A-OK with entering at #48 with “Drama”, which looks to follow “Weak” into the top 40. That streaming hit spent two weeks at #27 in June. Finally, in at #49, DeJ Loaf makes her debut at the format with “No Fear”. The Detroit rapper has previously charted with several singles on the Rhythmic and Urban surveys, reaching #1 on the latter list with “Try Me” in early 2015. Check back to see how all five of these songs do!