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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 22, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. With all the Christmas albums making their way into the marketplace this week, you’d hardly know that Halloween hasn’t even happened yet. Seriously, calm down, folks. There are no seasonal songs on the pop chart just yet, thankfully, but we can still unwrap the gift that is my weekly commentary:

“SORRY” SEEMS TO BE THE HOTTEST WORD: Some call her Demigod Lovatican, because her musical catalog is a religious experience. Others, well… others just say they’re casual fans of her material, which is perfectly fine too. Demi Lovato soars from 6-1 on this week’s CHR/Top 40 list with “Sorry Not Sorry”, marking the largest climb to #1 since 2005, when Mariah Carey‘s “Shake It Off” bolted from 7-1 (9/16/05 R&R) to begin a five-week stay. “Sorry” is the singer’s second #1 track at the format, following “Give Your Heart A Break” (9/2-9/12 MB) from her Unbroken album. You’ll recall that “Give” took 25 weeks in the top 40 to reach the top spot, the second-longest run in the history of the format behind Alessia Cara‘s 26 weeks for “Here” in 2016, so “Sorry” claiming #1 in its 14th week isn’t too bad at all.

With Lovato’s song advancing to #1, “Sorry Not Sorry” swaps places with last week’s chart-topper, “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift, which tumbles to #6 after just one frame at the top. That giant fall ties the record for the largest drop from #1 during the PPW (or plays-per-week) era, which also occurred in July 1997, when “Mmmbop” by Hanson fell from 1-6 (7/18/97 R&R) after nine weeks at the summit. You might ask, “Where’s the love?” I will come to you with a weird answer this time aroundif only I can remember it. (The trio’s “I Was Born” is accumulating airplay at the Hot AC format, but hasn’t charted yet.)

WHAT’S “NEW” THIS WEEK?: Plenty to celebrate on the pop chart this week, as four new songs break into the top 50. Leading the latest batch of debuts is “Faking It”, new at #44 for Calvin Harris and featured artists Kehlani and Lil Yachty. Harris’s prior top ten track, “Feels”, narrowly snuck back into the top 40 for the published update, but it will be removed next Sunday. It’s likely to become Kehlani’s second top 40 single and Lil Yachty’s third, all three of which have been in a featured role. Christian hip-hop artist NF follows at #46 with “Let You Down”. It’s taken from his former #1 album, Perception, and impacts at the format this week. We’ll see if the performer can break away from the faith-based world for a moment to score a big pop hit.

Entering at #49 is another single that’s headed for adds this Tuesday: a remix of “Reggaetón Lento” by CNCO and Little Mix. That song has already been a smash across Latin America, and it even hit #5 in the U.K., largely due to the inclusion of the female quartet and their streak of hits in that country. (Of course, they won The X Factor there in 2011.) Lastly, at #50, is a new single called “New” from teen singer Daya. Several months ago, she just missed the top 50 at the format with “Talk”, the fourth single from her Sit Still, Look Pretty album (though it was released after she had already departed her former label for a new home, Interscope Records.) It’s looking to become her fifth top 40 hit sometime next month.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 24, 2010

A way to “Stay” in 2010.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back seven years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of October 24, 2010…

Debuts:
38. KATY PERRY, “Firework”
37. DUCK SAUCE, “Barbra Streisand”
36. TRAIN, “Marry Me”
35. DUFFY, “Well, Well, Well”

Biggest Mover(s):
LADY ANTEBLLUM, “I Run To You” (31-21, ten spots)

10. JAMES BLUNT, “Stay The Night” (up 8)
Album: Some Kind Of Trouble (2011, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

09. SUGARLAND, “Stuck Like Glue” (up 2)
Album: The Incredible Machine (2010, Mercury Nashville Records)
Peak: #4

08. PLAIN WHITE T’S, “Rhythm Of Love” (up 4)
Album: Wonders Of The Younger (2010, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #7

07. BRUNO MARS, “Just The Way You Are” (up 3)
Album: Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010, Atlantic/Elektra Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. ONEREPUBLIC, “Secrets” (down 1)
Album: Waking Up (2009, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4

05. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Hollywood” (up 1)
Album: Crazy Love: Hollywood Edition (2010, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. RYAN STAR, “Start A Fire” (steady, second week)
Album: 11:59 (2010, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

03. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Mine” (steady, third week)
Album: Speak Now (2010, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. KATY PERRY, “Teenage Dream” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

01. NEON TREES, “Animal” (steady, furth week)
Album: Habits (2010, Mercury Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 17, 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: Calvin Harris and friends get real by “Faking”, Daya tries to prove that “New” trumps old and much more! It’s time for yet another musical adventure, so let’s get swinging into this jungle of jams:

HISTORY IN THE “FAKING”: Though Charlie Puth‘s “How Long” emerges as this week’s Most Added song at the format for a second week, securing 43 new stations, there was a tight battle between four records for most of the day. Landing just behind the 25-year-old pop star is the collaboration from Calvin Harris, Kehlani and Lil Yachty, “Faking It”. However, the 33 adds that it picked up this week are very much real. It looks to be the third top 40 hit from Harris’s current set, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, a #2 album from earlier this year.

Daya‘s “New” also picked up a solid selection of stations this Tuesday, scoring 32 adds in its impact week, putting it in third place. With a new era on a new record label, the 18-year-old is hoping for her fifth top 40 hit, as well as her fourth top ten title. Rounding out the top five tracks of the week, “rockstar” (#4, 25 stations) from Post Malone featuring 21 Savage and “Good Old Days” (#5, 24 stations) by Macklemore featuring Kesha continue the collaboration consumption on the pop chart. (Both of those tunes are well into the top 40 at this point.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. CHARLIE PUTH, “How Long” (Atlantic)
2. CALVIN HARRIS featuring KEHLANI & LIL YACHTY, “Faking It” (Columbia)
3. DAYA, “New” (Interscope)
4. POST MALONE featuring 21 SAVAGE, “rockstar” (Republic)
5. MACKLEMORE featuring KESHA, “Good Old Days” (Warner Bros.)
6. KHALID, “Young Dumb & Broke” (Right Hand Music/RCA)
7. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask” (Capitol)
8. BLACKBEAR, “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
9. CARDI B, “Bodak Yellow” (KSR/Atlantic)
10. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 15, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. If you’ve had enough of pumpkin spice as of late, why don’t you spice up your chart knowledge with these delicious ditties below? They’re sure to fill your attention span:

YOUR “DO” DATE: Less than two months after it was born into the top 40, this baby has taken over the top spot. After appearing done last week, Taylor Swift‘s “Look What You Made Me Do” bolts from 4-1 in a massive push week. It’s her ninth #1 on the chart, and her first of the year, having spent five weeks at #2 in February and March with a Zayn collaboration called “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”. (You’ll recall that song was featured on the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Darker.) Swift falls 7-9 on the Hot AC chart; two of her previous lead singles, “Mine” (2010) and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (2012), peaked at the same #7 position.

As mentioned previously, four “look” or “looking” titles have climbed to #1 at the format in the past 30 years: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 (7/31/87 R&R), “Look Away” by Chicago (12/2-9/88 R&R), “The Look” by Roxette (3/31/89 R&R), and “Looking Through Patient Eyes” by P.M. Dawn (5/7-14/93 R&R). With Swift swiftly making that total five, we’ll certainly look to see if any more need our eyes soon!

NO “LONG” WAIT HERE: Charlie Puth collects his sixth top 40 single on both the CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC charts with “How Long”, debuting at #36 on the former and #32 on the latter. At CHR/Top 40 radio, Puth is coming off four weeks at the top with the lead single from his forthcoming album Voicenotes, “Attention”. (The album is due January 19 of next year.) “Long” is below the top 50 at the Rhythmic format, where “Attention” is still #18, but its great gains during the week should put it on the chart by the end of the month. Puth has yet to announce a tracklisting for the album, but I imagine it will be revealed relatively soon.

Just missing the top 40 this week, but likely to break in very soon, Niall Horan scores his third solo chart song with “Too Much To Ask”, new at #41. His first solo album, titled Flicker, is due on Friday. (Previous single “Slow Hands” is down 2-5.) Another debut of note comes from Linkin Park, charting for the first time since leader Chester Bennington took his life in July. They come in at #50 with “One More Light”, the title track off their #1 album that was released earlier this year. We haven’t had many posthumous songs reach the CHR chart recently, but since 2000, notable titles by or featuring Aaliyah (2), Elvis Presley (1), Michael Jackson (2), Natasja (1) and Static Major (1) have all hit the region.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 15, 2006

So “Far” from 2006.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back eleven years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of October 15, 2006…

Debuts:
40. VANESSA HUDGENS, “Come Back To Me”
39. PET SHOP BOYS, “Numb”
34. THE RACONTEURS, “Steady As She Goes”
24. MAT KEARNEY, “Nothing Left To Lose”

Biggest Mover(s):
AUGUSTANA, “Boston” (25-12, thirteen spots)

10. JOSH HOGE, “360” (down 2)
Album: Call It What You Want (Unreleased, Epic Records) / Everything She Was (2008, Blackledge/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

09. ROD STEWART, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” (up 2)
Album: Still The Same… Great Rock Classics Of Our Time (2006, J Records)
Peak: #9

08. SCISSOR SISTERS, “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'” (up 2)
Album: Ta-Dah (2006, Universal Motown Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

07. ROB THOMAS, “Streetcorner Symphony” (down 1)
Album: …Something To Be (2005, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

06. DANIEL POWTER, “Love You Lately” (up 1)
Album: Daniel Powter (re-release) (2006, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

05. SNOW PATROL, “Chasing Cars” (down 2)
Album: Eyes Open (2006, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

04. EVANESCENCE, “Call Me When You’re Sober” (up 1)
Album: The Open Door (2006, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #4

03. NICKELBACK, “Far Away” (up 1)
Album: All The Right Reasons (2005, Roadrunner Records/Island Def Jam Music Group)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. THE FRAY, “How To Save A Life” (down 1)
Album: How To Save A Life (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

01. JOHN MAYER, “Waiting On The World To Change” (up 1)
Album: Continuum (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 10, 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: it’s a “Long” way to #1 for Charlie Puth, but his musical momentum has attracted the pop panel once again. Plus, new singles from Macklemore and Kesha, Niall Horan and more! Check them all out here:

TELL THE PUTH: You gave him your “Attention”, to the tune of four weeks at #1 earlier this year, but Charlie Puth needs a bit more of it. No, he’s not an attention hog, but he is piggybacking on his big hit to bring us “How Long”, another single from his new album Voicenotes, due January 19 of next year. In the “Long” run, it looks like this’ll be another winner, as it takes the Most Added title on this week’s CHR/Top 40 report, scoring 72 stations on impact. That’s a significantly larger sum than “Attention” received a few months ago in its impact week, taking in 43, though it did pick up 31 the week before its official adds date. This Sunday, it may have a chance of debuting in the top 40 on the published update, which would be a great start for the single.

Just below Puth’s new song, “Good Old Days” (#2, 66 stations) by Macklemore featuring Kesha and “Too Much To Ask” (#3, 54 stations) by Niall Horan both have solid starts, with the former entry also picking up a handful of Hot AC stations yesterday. The latter single, Horan’s third from his forthcoming Flicker release, impacts three weeks ahead of “Kiwi”, the third single from former bandmate Harry Styles‘s self-titled album. Will Horan score three chart-topping solo hits in a row? Stay tuned. In the meantime, expect his latest tune to burst into the top 50 by the next published update.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. CHARLIE PUTH, “How Long” (Atlantic)
2. MACKLEMORE featuring KESHA, “Good Old Days” (Warner Bros.)
3. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask” (Capitol)
4. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5-T. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)
5-T. ED SHEERAN, “Perfect” (Atlantic)
7. CARDI B, “Bodak Yellow” (KSR/Atlantic)
8. POST MALONE featuring 21 SAVAGE, “rockstar” (Republic)
9. KHALID, “Young Dumb & Broke” (Right Hand Music/RCA)
10-T. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
10-T. LINKIN PARK, “One More Light” (Warner Bros.)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 8, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. As we begin this week’s radio update, the 17 top 40 singles that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (and Petty solo) pushed onto the chart between 1979 and 1996 are on our minds and playlists around the world. We’ll miss him so. Now, here’s what’s happening in Top 40 Land:

GET “DOWN” TONIGHT: Another slow burner makes its way to the top of the pop chart, as Liam Payne climbs 2-1 with “Strip That Down”, featuring rapper Quavo. It’s now in its 20th week on the chart, which, again, is not a record, but adds to a trend that’s worrying me. Then again, elongated runs to the top could just be a phase. We’ll see. As for Payne, it’s his first solo #1 on this chart, a peak that his former group, One Direction, never actually hit at the format. The follow-up single, titled “Bedroom Floor”, is due at digital retailers on October 20, and should impact sometime soon after that. Remember, kids, it’s all about Payne and pleasure.

The combination of Payne’s “Down” and Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands”, which drops 1-2 after two weeks on top, now marks the first time in pop radio history that two soloists, formerly of the same band, have replaced one another at #1. Sure, there have been charts when a current member of a group replaces the act at #1, or even a former member replacing his bandmates at the top, but this kind occurrence is a new one for the record books. No other members of the group appear in the top 40 this week, so this streak won’t hit three in a row, but it’s certainly a very cool moment.

GOTTI HOLD ON US: Yo Gotti‘s recent chart-topper on the Urban radio survey, the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Rake It Up”, debuts at #48 on this week’s CHR/Top 40 list. The rapper’s “Down In The DM”, another giant Rhythmic and Urban hit, just missed the top 50 at the format last year, though he did appear in a featured role on Meghan Trainor‘s “Better”, which got to #25 last October. A nine-track effort featuring the song, Gotti Made-It, a collaboration with producer/songwriter Mike WiLL Made-It, peaked at #85 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year.

As “Rake” currently stands at #2 and #3 on the Rhythmic and Urban charts, respectively, we note that three of the top ten tracks on the former survey, and seven on the latter, haven’t reached the top 50 on the CHR/Top 40 chart. There are two songs in common in this situation: “Love Galore” by SZA featuring Travis Scott, and “LOYALTY.” by Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna. Will this change in the next few weeks? I suppose it’s a possibility, especially for “Love”, which is bulleted. Check back to see what happens!

LOOKIN’ “GOOD”, YOU TWO: One of this week’s other top 50 entries is a new collaboration titled “Good Old Days”, performed by Macklemore featuring Kesha. Before it impacts on Tuesday, it lands at #49 on this week’s CHR/Top 40 list. It’s the second hit to reach the top 50 from the rapper’s recent top five album, Gemini, with the Skylar Grey-assisted “Glorious” appearing at #21. (It hasn’t been pulled yet, but it has been losing some ground at the format over the last few days.) Kesha is up a notch to #12 this week with “Praying”, which can’t quite find a spot in the top ten, though it is at #10 on the current Hot AC chart.

Two other debuts make the top 50 this week, both of which impacted last Tuesday: “A Different Way” (#49) by DJ Snake featuring Lauv and “Silence” (#50) by Marshmello featuring Khalid. Of course, both featured singers have additional singles on the chart: Lauv has a nice 48-44 move with “I Like Me Better”, while Khalid climbs 10-9 on Logic‘s “1-800-273-8255” and 43-36 with “Young Dumb & Broke”, both of which are sporting impressive gains over last weekend. It sure is a great time to be them! You can expect to see “Different” and “Silence” reach the top 40 in the next couple of weeks, possibly as soon as next week, as a number of chart songs are on the way down.

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