ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 11, 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: Kesha makes a religious return, The Chainsmokers look for a truthful Top 40 follow-up and Zedd and Liam Payne limbo their way into a not-so-low position. If it’s what they say, I love it, so come on and collude with myself and Mediabase to get some top pop stats:

A PLEAD SUCCEEDS: From her forthcoming album Rainbow, the new poignant pop anthem from Kesha delivers a week prior to its official impact. That single is titled “Praying”, and the pop panel is showing its devotion to it, starting off with 63 stations (the Most Added song on the report) in its first week.  The singer last charted at this format as a featured artist on Pitbull‘s “Timber”, a three-week #1 from mid-January to early February 2014. Though it’s been a tough few years for the performer, through legal battle complications and more, it’s great to see her winning with a meaningful piece of music that millions of fans are embracing. Could a fifth chart-topper be in her future? I sure hope so, but that might need a little extra prayer in the meantime.

JUST BEING “HONEST”: The Chainsmokers and CHR/Top 40 radio; it’s as simple as “1-2-3” or “Bro-re-mi”. This week, the super duo flies back into the pop world with a smokin’ new release called “Honest”, which lands a total of 62 stations on impact. At just one add shy of the top spot, it’s a strong runner-up on the most recent tally. This is the duo’s third chart hit from the former #1 album Memories…Do Not Open, and the follow-up to the Coldplay-assisted “Something Just Like This”, a one-week #1 in May. It looks like Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall will continue to thrill the audience with their sincere new single, but a case of recurrentitis can strike at any moment… (cue the scary fx!)

THE DIRTY LOW-DOWN: As “Strip That Down” continues to rise into the top 20 at the format, Liam Payne is really cleaning up, as his new collaboration with Zedd makes a hot debut on the adds report. “Get Low” gets high (on the list, that is) with a really great first week of 57 stations, good for the third Most Added spot. The popular DJ and producer is coming off a major six-week #1 in “Stay”, a duet with Alessia Cara. Though the hit has dropped off significantly from the top ten peak it achieved on iTunes upon release, radio is still very much into it, so I expect that it’ll be back up in the top tier of that chart in no time. Now, back to bopping!

Next week, songs from Demi Lovato, Jorge Blanco and Kesha (who officially impacts) will all be in the mix of pop priorities at the format. Who has what it takes to top the Most Added report? Find out real soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. KESHA, “Praying” (Kemosabe/RCA)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Honest” (Disruptor/Columbia)
3. ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE,
“Get Low” (Interscope)
4. JONAS BLUE featuring WILLIAM SINGE,
“Mama” (Capitol)
5. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE,
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
6. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY,
 “Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
7. HEY VIOLET,
“Hoodie” (Caroline)
8. BRUNO MARS,
“Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
9-T. JULIA MICHAELS,
“Uh Huh” (Republic)
9-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID,
“1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
9-T. POST MALONE featuring QUAVO,
“Congratulations” (Republic)

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