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. Alright, so I might not have dozens of shiny new awards to hand out, but I do have lots of top stats and great music on the weekly report. Are we good? Good. Let’s go:
WHAT’S “NEW”, DUA?: In its 23rd week on the chart, Dua Lipa‘s pop anthem “New Rules” becomes the new #1 on the Top 40 radio chart, up from #2 last week. It’s by far her biggest hit to date, both in the U.S. and globally. For her label, Warner Bros., “New” marks their first chart-topper on the Top 40 survey since May 2016, when “7 Years” by Lukas Graham spent a week at #1. The hit is approaching the top ten on both the Hot AC (#12) and Rhythmic (#14) charts, and definitely has a good chance of holding the top spot on the pop survey for at least another week. I mean, bops are bops; this isn’t rocket science! Lipa’s “IDGAF” is still gaining well on streaming services, especially following the debut of its video, and will hopefully be serviced to the format in the coming weeks.
ZEDD OVER HEELS: It’s another super busy week for new entries in the countdown, as six of them reach the top 50, with one of them in at #41: “The Middle”, a collaboration from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey. It’s the 11th top 40 song for Zedd, the second for Grey (whose previous entry was with Zedd) and the first for Morris, who already has a handful of hits on the country radio list to her credit. (Watch out for a Target spot featuring the song during the Grammy Awards!) Next, charting at #44, is the third single off the the latest album from Imagine Dragons, ƎVOLVE. “Whatever It Takes” is now in the top 50 at three formats, with Alternative radio, where it stands at #11, leading the way. Of course, this single follows “Thunder”, which spent a week at #1 in November. A big record that also comes from the Alternative (and Triple A) airwaves debuts two spots lower at #46: “No Roots” by Alice Merton. It marks the first act or singer named Alice to make the Top 40 survey since the summer of 2000, when the dance project called Alice Deejay spent four nonconsecutive weeks at #19 with “Better Off Alone”.
Chart veteran Justin Timberlake comes in at #48 with “Supplies”, the current Urban and Rhythmic release from his forthcoming Man Of The Woods album, while two newcomers break in just below him: duo Jack & Jack with “Beg”, at #49, and soloist Symon with “Lonely Girl”, at #50. The debut of “Beg” was aided by a prominent feature on a syndicated countdown show last weekend, and a larger portion of airplay data for “Lonely” comes from the satellite radio world, where Symon co-hosts a nightly show for a notable pop station.