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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (January 20, 2019)

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. Do these radio hits ring a bell? They should. In fact, they could ring seven of them. Let’s see what’s popping this Sunday:

“THANK” BEFORE U SPEAK: Coming off a great six-week run at #1 for Panic! At The Disco‘s song “High Hopes”, the Top 40 survey was ready for a new chart-topper. So, thanks are due to Ariana Grande‘s “thank u, next”, rising 2-1 this week. The hit is the sixth #1 of her career at this format and follows just weeks after “breathin”, a cut off her Sweetener album, stalled at #2 for four long weeks without ever hitting the top. The latter track slides to #5 this week, as Grande’s “7 rings” (released on Friday) has a huge entry at #27. These are, indeed, a few of her favorite things. (There’ll be plenty more where that came from in the coming months.)

Three massive tunes leap well into the top 40 this week, led by “Lost In The Fire” by Gesaffelstein and The Weeknd, up from 45-24. It was last Tuesday’s Most Added release at the format. While the former claims his first top 40 entry, the latter now has his 10th song to reach that section of the list. As mentioned above, Grande lands at #27 with “7 rings”, marking her 20th top 40 hit. The song received hourly airplay at many radio stations on Friday, though it should sport solid gains in the next few days. Additionally, the hit “Dancing With A Stranger” takes to the floor at #32 for Sam Smith and Normani. The collaboration becomes the 11th top 40 tune for Smith and the second solo entry for Normani, who previously charted with the group Fifth Harmony. Normani’s “Love Lies”, a collaboration with Khalid, spent two weeks at #1 in September.

Headed lower, “Damn” by LIVVIA (#44) and “Chances” by the Backstreet Boys (#48) land in the region. This coming Friday, the latter act releases their first studio album since 2013, DNA, which also features “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, a #16 hit last August.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 11, 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. The “Woman” of the year strikes again, as a handful of new entries score divine debuts at the bottom. Time to see what’s popping this Sunday:

ALL THAT’S “NEXT”: There’s a whole lot of Ariana Grande on this week’s Top 40 chart, as “God Is A Woman” holds at the top for a second week, “Breathin” rises from 9-8 and “Thank U, Next” debuts way up at #39, giving the performer an updated total of 19 top 40 hits since her first in 2013. Though “God” will depart the top spot next week, with “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille (up 4-2 on the current chart) taking its place, there’s still plenty of Grande to go around. Meanwhile, parent album Thank U, Next is due before the end of the year.

“LIFE” MOVES PRETTY FAST: Beyond Grande’s chart action, a pair of new songs by foreign acts land in the top 50. The higher of the two singles is “Ruin My Life” by Zara Larsson, entering at #43. The Swedish star has a half-dozen top 40 tunes to date, with “Never Forget You” (a duet with MNEK) scoring the highest with its #5 peak during the spring of 2016. A few spots lower, checking in at #47, “Love Someone” gives Danish act Lukas Graham their fourth chart entry, with the previous three entering the top 40. It was 2-1/2 years ago that “7 Years” spent a week at #1 at the format, which remains their biggest international song. Will either entry return their respective acts to the top ten, or will the songs achieve lower peaks in the top 20 or top 40? We’ll find out next year.

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