Sheppard’s “Geronimo” Hits #10 at Hot AC; Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” Goes Top 20

Two iHeartRadio “On the Verge” songs climb to new highs on this week’s edition of the Mediabase hot adult contemporary airplay chart.

Sheppard’s international hit “Geronimo,” which received the “On the Verge” boost earlier this year, officially reaches the Top 10 on this week’s chart. Up two places from last week’s position, it earns the #10 spot thanks to the 3,414 spins it received during the March 29-April 4 tracking period.

While “Geronimo” has thus far enjoyed its most notable success at Hot AC, it is active at several radio formats. The song is now inside the Top 30 at adult contemporary, inside the Top 40 at alternative and on the cusp of reaching the Top 40 at pop.

— Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song,” which is iHeartRadio’s current “On the Verge” pick at the Hot AC format, also enjoys a big gain on the airplay chart. The song, which ranked as Hot AC’s most added track this week, rises eight places to a new peak of #19.

The song’s new peak position is attributable to the 1,345 spins it received during the March 29-April 4 tracking week. That bests last week’s count by a whopping 512 spins; only Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” (+515) is credited with a bigger week-over-week spin gain.

Songs selected for the iHeartRadio “On the Verge” program receive guaranteed airplay from iHeartMedia’s radio stations. Past success stories at the hot adult contemporary format include Echosmith’s “Cool Kids” and Ella Henderson’s “Ghost.”

Other notable movers at Hot AC this week:

— One Direction’s “Night Changes” rises three places to a new peak of #14 (2,540 spins).

— Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” rises one place to a new high of #15 (2,511 spins).

— Pitbull’s “Time of Our Lives (featuring Ne-Yo)” reaches a new high of #20. Up one place from last week, it received 1,279 tracking week spins.

— Tove Lo’s “Talking Body” rises three places to a new peak of #25 (820 spins).

— Jason Derulo’s “Want to Want Me” soars five places to a high of #26. Its first Top 30 appearance is owed to its 796 tracking week spins.

— Ariana Grande’s “One Last Time” rises four places to a new peak of #28 (710 spins).

Written by Brian Cantor

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