RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (May 21-22, 2018)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are eight (!) fresh releases impacting this week at the Top 40 format before the holiday weekend:

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – “Youngblood” (Capitol)
Album: Youngblood (2018)
Past T40 History: The Aussie group is coming off “Want You Back”, which stalled halfway up the top 40. How will this track fare?

BACKSTREET BOYS – “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (RCA)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: One of the top boy bands of the late 90’s and early 00’s, these guys last went top 40 with 2007’s “Inconsolable”.

CASH CASH featuring ABIR – “Finest Hour” (Big Beat/RRP)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: The EDM trio has two top 40 titles to date, one of which just missed the top ten. Abir impacts for the first time.

DENNIS LLOYD – “Nevermind” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This is the Israeli newcomer’s first song to impact at this format. It was a part of a Spotify campaign worldwide.

DIPLO, FRENCH MONTANA & LIL PUMP featuring ZHAVIA – “Welcome To The Party” (Columbia)
Album: Deadpool 2 (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: This is the first time all four acts have worked together. Newcomer Zhavia was a contestant on FOX’s The Four.

JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring DJ KHALED & CARDI B – “Dinero” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Lopez’s success at this format has dwindled in recent years, though she has a sizeable 21 top 40 hits since 1999.

MIGOS featuring DRAKE – “Walk It Talk It” (Quality Control/Motown/Capitol)
Album: Culture II (2018)
Past T40 History: The darlings of the Rhythmic and Urban formats are coming off “Stir Fry”, which reached #35 here last month.

RITA ORA featuring CARDI B, CHARLI XCX & RITA ORA – “Girls” (Atlantic/RRP)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Despite some initial controversy over its lyrics, this single has charted modestly in several European territories.

Next week: There are no impacting titles due to the long weekend following Memorial Day. Summer is here!

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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