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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (January 14-15, 2019)

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 four new titles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

GESAFFELSTEIN x THE WEEKND – “Lost In The Fire” (Columbia)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Already off to a fiery top 50 launch at the format, this sales and streaming hit is Gesaffelstein’s first chart single.

LAUREN DAIGLE – “You Say” (Centricity/12 Tone/Warner Bros.)
Album: Look Up Child (2018)
Past T40 History: This track recently became Christian star Daigle’s first top 40 entry here and a top ten hit on the Hot AC survey.

LIVVIA – “Damn” (12 Tone) (original impact: October 30, 2018)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Prior to her current release, this singer’s Quavo-assisted cut “Catch A Body” peaked at #37 for a week last May.

SAM SMITH & NORMANI – “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol-RCA)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Currently sitting at #2 on iTunes, expect the first duet between these two artists to dance away with larger adds.

Next week: George Ezra‘s international smash “Shotgun” rides along with NF‘s “If You Want Love” towards some notable adds.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (January 7-8, 2019)

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 three tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BACKSTREET BOYS – “Chances” (RCA)
Album: DNA (2019)
Past T40 History: The group’s comeback song “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” got to #16 in August, another cut from their new set.

POST MALONE – “Wow.”
Album: (TBA) (2019)
Past T40 History: With a former #1 track on iTunes, Malone’s hit should easily join his two other active singles in the top 40 soon.

SABRINA CARPENTER – “Sue Me” (Hollywood)
Album: Singular (Act I) (2018)
Past T40 History: The 19-year-old performer has now hit the top 30 at the format with three tracks, but the top 20 still eludes her.

Next week: Lauren Daigle preaches to the pop choir with her Christian crossover winner “You Say”. The track is well into the top ten on the Hot AC chart and receiving solid early airplay at this format.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (December 3-4, 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 four new titles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CHARLI XCX featuring TROYE SIVAN – “1999” (Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: The first collaboration between these two soloists is not a hot Prince cover, but his “1999” hit #12 in July 1983.

ELLA MAI – “Trip” (10 Summers/Interscope)
Album: Ella Mai (2018)
Past T40 History: Following her recent top 30 song “Boo’d Up”, this recent #1 on the Urban chart is ready for another Top 40 trip.

MARK RONSON featuring MILEY CYRUS – “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” (RCA)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Ronson has one #1 title at the format, while Cyrus has two. Will this collaboration land them their next big one?

XXXTENTACTION x LIL PUMP featuring MALUMA & SWAE LEE – “Arms Around You” (EMPIRE-Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2019?)
Past T40 History: Of the four soloists included on this collaboration, just Lee has previously made it into the top 40 at this format.

Next week: Stay tuned, as the schedule is always being updated…

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 26-27, 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’s the lone song impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BAD BUNNY featuring DRAKE – “MIA” (OVO Sound/Rimas Ent./Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2019?)
Past T40 History: Hopping onto the chart, “MIA” should become Bad Bunny’s second and Drake’s 26th single to reach the top 40.

Next week: Ella Mai takes a “Trip” onto this format with her recent #1 on the Urban chart, but not if that adventure heads back to “1999” with Charli XCX and Troye Sivan first… find out the results next Tuesday.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 19-20, 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 two singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

MADISON BEER featuring OFFSET – “Hurts Like Hell” (First Access/in2une)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Despite minimal week-to-week sales action, Beer’s single “Home With You” reached the top 20 in late summer.

ZAYN featuring NICKI MINAJ – “No Candle No Light” (RCA)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Zayn’s now had several consecutive top ten misses on the Top 40 chart: his last, “Let Me”, reached #22 in June.

Next week: Bad Bunny and Drake‘s current top ten Rhythmic smash “MIA”, which has flirted with the lower rungs of the top 50 at this format, officially impacts next Tuesday.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 12-13, 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’s the lone song impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BENNY BLANCO & CALVIN HARRIS – “I Found You” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Following “Eastside”, which climbed into the top ten at the format, Blanco’s new one also looks to hit the region.

Next week: no new releases are on the schedule as of yet, but that could change…

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 5-6, 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 three tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B – “Taki Taki” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: “Taki” breaks into the top 40 on this week’s Top 40 and Rhythmic charts. Ozuna earns his first top 40 title here.

ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE – “Close To Me” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Well into the top 50 at the format, this three-way collaboration is a weaker top 40 entry in the U.K. and Ireland.

JACK & JACK – “No One Compares To You” (Island/Republic)
Album: A Good Friend Is Nice (2019)
Past T40 History: After ranking with “Beg” and a feature on Jonas Blue‘s “Rise”, this should become the duo’s third top 40 song.

Next week: Benny Blanco and Calvin Harris look to find Top 40 treasure with their new song “I Found You”. (No, it’s not a hot The Wanted cover.) Who else will find a home in this impact date? Stay tuned.

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