ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 9, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Niall Horan has a fast start with a “Slow” song, while several proven hits continue their dominance at the Top 40 format. Needless to say, I am all fired up, but not like the FBI director, so let’s examine the politics of pop in our weekly check of the Most Added songs from the CHR panel:

“HANDS” ACROSS AMERICA: Divided they stall, united we stan; “Hands” adds were felt across America this week. Now, a few of you out there are probably too young to remember that dud of a charity song that was bubbling under the pop chart this week in 1986, but Niall Horan‘s handy new single is far better, and definitely more successful. The Voice Of Ireland’s “Slow Hands” is this week’s Most Added song at CHR/Top 40 radio, pulling in 84 stations on impact. No, this is not a hot Pointer Sisters cover, but a very similarly-titled “Slow Hand” spent two weeks at #1 on Radio & Records in late July and early August of 1981. Horan’s previous solo single, “This Town”, peaked at #12 earlier this year. With Harry Styles and ZAYN currently in the top 40, Horan well on his way and a forthcoming single from Liam Payne also dropping soon, will four members of One Direction chart at the same time later this month? Ooh, the mind wonders… I’ll keep you updated!

“ONE” MORE TIME: As far as the rest of this week’s CHR report, just one single impacting at the format means that much of the top ten songs includes holdovers from last week. Justin Bieber pulls double duty once again, with DJ Khaled‘s “I’m The One” in the runner-up slot (after topping the report last week) and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee‘s remix of “Despacito” rounding out the top three. Another three impacting songs from last week, by Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld and Katy Perry featuring Migos, all remain in the top ten as well. Just wait for next week; I hear we’ll be taking a trip to “Malibu” with some old friends, and perhaps additional surprises in store…

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands” (Capitol)
2. DJ KHALED featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, QUAVO, CHANCE THE RAPPER and LIL WAYNE
, “I’m The One” (We The Best/Epic)
3. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “Despacito (Remix)” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
4. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (Island/Republic)
5. CHARLIE PUTH, “Attention” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
6. HAILEE STEINFELD, “Most Girls” (Republic)
7. LADY GAGA, “The Cure” (Streamline/Interscope)
8. MARTIN GARRIX & DUA LIPA“Scared To Be Lonely” (RCA)
9. KATY PERRY featuring MIGOS, “Bon Appétit” (Capitol)
10-T. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
10-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)

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