The BR250, Apr. 23 2018
Both the BR250 and UR 250 see female artists at the top. Janelle Monae notches a third week atop the BR250, solidifying a strong lead over the competition. The song is on 18 more charts that the next contender, Zedd and Maren Marris’ pop smash “The Middle” at #3. It is important to note that “Make Me Feel” has sadly stagnated at radio, only managing the lower reaches of the top 40 on numerous U.S. airplay charts, top 25 airplay in the UK and only reaching #99 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It’s 80’s Prince influence is unmistakable, and I think good counter programming in a number of formats.
On the UR250 another 80’s sound, new wave pop blasts into the top spot as Kim Wilde’s “Kandy Krush” zooms from 169-1 on this week’s chart
The best moves near the top of the BR250 belong to Taylor Swift (22-8) and Niall Horan (25-14).
Moving up to #5, George Ezra’s “Paradise” has seen similar success in numerous European territories and is currently in the AAA top 15 in the U.S.
1 1 JANELLE MONAE Make Me Feel
2 2 BRUNO MARS & CARDI B Finesse
6 3 ZEDD f/ MAREN MORRIS & GREY The Middle
3 4 THE WEEKND & KENDRICK LAMAR Pray For Me
9 5 GEORGE EZRA Paradise
4 6 KENDRICK LAMAR f/ SZA All The Stars
8 7 KYLIE MINOGUE Dancing
22 8 TAYLOR SWIFT Delicate
10 9 TROYE SIVAN My My My!
5 10 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE f/ CHRIS STAPLETON Say Something
14 11 MEGHAN TRAINOR No Excuses
7 12 CHVRCHES Get Out
12 13 DUA LIPA IDGAF (I Don’t Give A)
25 14 NIALL HORAN On The Loose
11 15 MUSE Thought Contagion
13 16 ALICE MERTON No Roots
23 17 YEARS & YEARS Sanctify
31 18 SHAWN MENDES In My Blood
20 19 IMAGINE DRAGONS Whatever It Takes
15 20 LIAM PAYNE & RITA ORA For You
16 21 BEBE REXHA f/ FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE Meant To Be
26 22 CAMILA CABELLO Never Be The Same
17 23 MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE Friends
30 24 PEARL JAM Can’t Deny Me
21 25 RUDIMENTAL f/ JESS GLYNNE, MACKLEMORE & DAN CAPLEN These Days
The Untapped Resources 250, Apr. 23 2018
Krushing the competition, 80’s new wave pop goddess brings back the early 80’s sound on her latest single. Another retro style, 70’s R&B/Jazz vaults up to #2 and into the AAA radio top 10 bringing Leon Bridges to that same radio space for a second time this year.
Moving from 18-3 is UK singer and producer MNEK’s R&B/Dance-Pop jam “Tongue”. The next 3 titles range from straight forward rock from Foo Fighters, a different direction for country darling Kacey Musgraves (rhythmic country pop) and assumingly spurred by a Alt-Hip Hop remix, Lorde’s “Spercut”.
Rounding out the new titles in the top 10 Paramore’s latest “Rose Colored Boy” moves 51-8 and Australian pop diva Jessica Mauboy’s “We Got Love” is up 56-9. She has placed 15 songs in the Australian top 15 since being’s runner-up on the fourth season of Australian Idol in 2006.
Two songs remain in the top 10 from the last chart with both remaining relatively steady on the BR250 this week, Young Fathers moving 128-130 and Teenage Wrist 117-119.
Just outside the top 15 are a couple of female singers who probably won’t remained untapped for long. Florence Welch is back at #13 with the Machine and a new ballad “Sky Full of Song” released on 7” vinyl to coincide with this year’s Record Store Day. The true follow up to the now ubiquitous “No Roots” one of the longest running songs on the BR250, Alice Merton’s “Lash Out” rises to #14. Interesting that their voices are not that dis-similar.