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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 13-14, 2021)

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 five singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DRAKE featuring FUTURE & YOUNG THUG, “Way 2 Sexy” (Republic)
Album: Certified Lover Boy (2021)
Past T40 History: The song is in the top 30 at the Rhythmic and Urban formats. Drake’s album landed atop the Billboard 200 list.

ED SHEERAN, “Shivers” (Atlantic)
Album: = (2021)
Past T40 History: With his 23rd top 40 single to date at the Top 40 format, Sheeran’s new release started at #36 this past Sunday.

JUSTIN BIEBER, “Ghost” (Def Jam)
Album: Justice (2021)
Past T40 History: After a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, Bieber’s sixth single off his current album heads for adds.

KACEY MUSGRAVES, “Justified” (MCA Nashville/Interscope)
Album: Star-Crossed (2021)
Past T40 History: She’s earned a handful of top 40 songs at the Country format, but Musgraves has never charted at Top 40 radio.

NESSA BARRETT, “I Hope Ur Miserable Until Ur Dead” (Warner)
EP: Pretty Poison (2021)
Past T40 History: Barrett is looking for her second top 40 song at the format in 2021, which follows the Jxdn-assisted “La Di Die”.

Next week: Monsta X hopes that their one day to collect as many adds as they can is next Tuesday.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 12, 2021)

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. For a look at the stats that’ll give you the shivers, here’s what’s popping at the format this week:

“STAY” STAYS: The Australian-Canadian collaboration from The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber is at #1 on the Top 40 radio chart for a second week. “Stay” is also moving well at the Hot AC format, where it climbs from 9-6 and could be a contender for the top spot soon.

Ed Sheeran earns his 23rd top 40 single at the format with “Shivers”, which enters at #36 this week. It’s the follow-up to his recent hit “Bad Habits”, which remains at #3 on the list. Meanwhile, Jackson Wang and Internet Money leap from 42-40 with “Drive You Home”. Wang is in with his fourth top 40 entry to date, while the label/collective picks up their second.

The aforementioned Bieber has another new tune in the top 50 for the second consecutive week, as “Ghost” spooks the #49 spot. The popular album cut appears on Justice, which was released back in March. One spot lower, Bbno$ and Rich Brian check in at #50 with “Edamame”.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (September 7, 2021)

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: pop star Doja Cat is the fine feline at the top of the list. Let’s add ’em up:

“NEED” FOR ADDS: In a slow post-holiday week at the pop format, Doja Cat led the adds report with “Need To Know”, picking up a total of 20 adds this week. The song ranked at #29 on the published chart last weekend.

Tied for the runner-up spot with 19 adds each, Halsey‘s “I Am Not A Woman, I’m A God” (#26 last weekend) and Walker Hayes‘s “Fancy Like” (#37 last weekend) continue to perform well here.

Charting singles from Måneskin, Tai Verdes and Twenty One Pilots returned to the top ten on the adds report this week.

We’ll see you next week for another action-packed adds session.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DOJA CAT, “Need To Know” (Kemosabe/RCA)
2-T. HALSEY, “I Am Not A Woman, I’m A God” (Capitol)
2-T. WALKER HAYES, “Fancy Like” (Monument/RCA)
4. KANYE WEST featuring THE WEEKND & LIL BABY, “Hurricane” (G.O.O.D./Def Jam)
5. MÅNESKIN, “Beggin'” (Arista)
6. JACKSON WANG & INTERNET MONEY, “Drive You Home” (88rising/12Tone)
7. TAI VERDES, “A-O-K” (Last Nite/Arista)
8-T. ALESSO & MARSHMELLO featuring JAMES BAY, “Chasing Stars” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
8-T. FARRUKO, “Pepas” (Carbon Fiber/The Orchard)
8-T. TWENTY ONE PILOTS, “Saturday” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 31, 2021)

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: the gods of the format place Halsey‘s new song on the Top 40 throne. Let’s add ’em up:

“I AM” AT THE TOP: From the new set If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, Halsey led the adds report at Top 40 radio with “I Am Not A Woman, I’m A God”. It picked up 137 stations in its first week. Halsey also topped the adds report at the Alternative radio format, but with a different song: “You Asked For This”, also featured on the same album. “I Am” debuted at #36 on the pop chart last weekend.

Climbing into second place, “Need To Know” secured another 41 adds, as Doja Cat just earned her eighth top 40 hit at the format. Walker Hayes also impacted this week with his recent viral hit from TikTok, as “Fancy Like” tied for third place with another 28 stations. The track is just outside the top 20 at the Country radio format.

Charting singles from Billie Eilish, SEB and Twenty One Pilots returned to the top ten on the adds report this week.

We’ll see you next week for another action-packed adds session.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. HALSEY, “I Am Not A Woman, I’m A God” (Capitol)
2. DOJA CAT, “Need To Know” (Kemosabe/RCA)
3-T. SHAWN MENDES & TAINY, “Summer Of Love” (Island/Republic)
3-T. WALKER HAYES, “Fancy Like” (Monument/RCA)
5. BLACK EYED PEAS featuring SAWEETIE & LELE PONS, “Hit It” (Epic)
6-T. BILLIE EILISH, “Happier Than Ever” (Darkroom/Interscope)
6-T. MÅNESKIN, “Beggin'” (Arista)
8. WIZKID featuring TEMS, “Essence” (Starboy/RCA)
9. TWENTY ONE PILOTS, “Saturday” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
10. SEB, “Seaside” (Mom+Pop/further.)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 30-31, 2021)

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:

DOJA CAT, “Need To Know” (Kemosabe/RCA)
Album: Planet Her (2021)
Past T40 History: The third top 40 single from her most recent album landed at #35 on Sunday. It’s her eighth chart entry overall.

HALSEY, “I Am Not A Woman, I’m A God” (Capitol)
Album: If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power (2021)
Past T40 History: With their 16th top 40 song to date on the pop radio chart, the singer’s new one started at #36 this past Sunday.

WALKER HAYES, “Fancy Like” (Monument/RCA)
EP: Country Stuff (2021)
Past T40 History: This is the first charting single at the format for Hayes, but he’s been hitting the Country radio chart since 2010.

Next week: with a new album from Drake on the way, will the single be a certified hit?

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 23-24, 2021)

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 tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALESSO & MARSHMELLO featuring JAMES BAY, “Chasing Stars” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
Album: TBA (2021)
Past T40 History: These three artists have a combined total of 15 top 40 singles to date at this format, with Bay only claiming one.

ELTON JOHN & DUA LIPA, “Cold Heart” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2021)
Past T40 History: The collaboration debuted at #40 on the chart this past weekend. It’s the first top 40 entry for John in 23 years.

SHAWN MENDES & TAINY, “Summer Of Love” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2021)
Past T40 History: Mendes and Tainy’s single debuted at #31 over the weekend. It’s their 12th and second top 40 hits, respectively.

WILLOW featuring TRAVIS BARKER, “Transparentsoul” (Roc Nation/in2une)
Album: Lately I Feel Everything (2021)
Past T40 History: In 2010, Willow earned her only charting song to date with “Whip My Hair”, which went to #27 that December.

Next week: if she can’t have love, Halsey wants adds… oh, and power too.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 17, 2021)

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: Lizzo and Cardi B tackle some rumors and records and end up at the top. Let’s add ’em up:

“RUMORS” HAS IT: With 148 stations on impact, “Rumors” is truthfully the Most Added tune at the Top 40 format, as Lizzo and Cardi B earned a big win on the report. The pair also took in 59 and 57 first-week adds at the Rhythmic and Urban formats, respectively, topping the reports there as well. Last Sunday, the collaboration debuted at #29 on the pop chart and should move up nicely through the fall.

In a distant second place, Billie Eilish secured another 43 stations on impact for the title cut from her recent album Happier Than Ever. It replaces “NDA” at radio, which just peaked at #25 without a bullet last week. Finishing in third place, WizKid landed at 32 new stations on impact with the Justin Bieber and Tems-assisted “Essence”.

Charting singles from Måneskin, Olivia Rodrigo and The Weeknd returned to the top ten on the adds report this week.

We’ll see you next week for another action-packed adds session.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. LIZZO featuring CARDI B, “Rumors” (Nice Life/Atlantic)
2. BILLIE EILISH, “Happier Than Ever” (Darkroom/Interscope)
3. WIZKID featuring TEMS, “Essence” (Starboy/RCA)
4-T. BLACK EYED PEAS featuring SAWEETIE & LELE PONS, “Hit It” (Epic)
4-T. ELTON JOHN & DUA LIPA, “Cold Heart” (Mercury/Warner-Interscope)
6. LIL NAS X & JACK HARLOW, “Industry Baby” (Columbia)
7. OLIVIA RODRIGO, “Traitor” (Geffen/Interscope)
8. DIXIE (D’AMELIO) featuring RUBI ROSE, “Psycho” (HITCO/in2une)
9-T. MÅNESKIN, “Beggin'” (Arista)
9-T. THE WEEKND, “Take My Breath” (XO/Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 16-17, 2021)

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:

BILLIE EILISH, “Happier Than Ever” (Darkroom/Interscope)
Album: Happier Than Ever (2021)
Past T40 History: “NDA” has been pulled and this tune takes its place as the potential fifth top 40 hit from her most recent album.

LIZZO featuring CARDI B, “Rumors” (Nice Life/Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2021)
Past T40 History: The collaboration started at #29 on the chart this past weekend. It’s their fifth and 11th top 40 hits, respectively.

WIZKID featuring JUSTIN BIEBER & TEMS, “Essence” (Starboy/RCA)
Album: Made In Lagos (2020/2021)
Past T40 History: In the summer of 2016, WizKid spent a week at #1 on the pop chart as a featured artist on Drake’s “One Dance”.

Next week: Elton John and Dua Lipa have a record that’s ready to rocket, man.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 9-10, 2021)

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:

BLACK EYED PEAS featuring SAWEETIE & LELE PONS, “Hit It” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2021)
Past T40 History: The band earned three top 40 hits from their last album Translation. Will this collaboration also translate here?

MASKED WOLF, “Say So” (Elektra/EMG)
Album: TBA (2021)
Past T40 History: “Say” is the follow-up to the international hit “Astronaut In The Ocean”, which reached #8 at the Top 40 format.

OLIVIA HOLT, “Next” (Hollywood)
Album: TBA (2021)
Past T40 History: In 2017, Holt peaked at #50 with “History”. Though she’s impacted with further songs, she hasn’t charted again.

THE WEEKND, “Take My Breath” (XO/Republic)
Album: TBA (2021)
Past T40 History: “Take” scored a giant debut at #29 on the chart over the weekend, marking the singer’s 19th top 40 song to date.

Next week: the rumors of a new Lizzo single are true… will the Top 40 format be ready?

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 8, 2021)

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. For the songs that will (hopefully) last a lifetime, here’s what’s popping at the format this week:

THREE “GOOD” WEEKS: For the third consecutive week, Olivia Rodrigo remains at #1 on the Top 40 chart with “Good 4 U”, while her prior single “Déjà Vu” advances from 3-2. Rodrigo isn’t the first performer to hold down the top two positions at the format, though this kind of achievement is fairly rare so early into an artist’s charting days. You can expect her to hold down the #1 and #2 spots again next week. Will it be in the same order? Stay tuned.

Another five new songs enter the top 40 this week, with Silk Sonic coming in the highest with “Skate”. The song glides from 46-27, marking the second top 40 song at the format for the duo and Anderson .Paak, as well as the 23rd for Bruno Mars. Entering way up at #29, “Take My Breath” is the 19th top 40 hit for The Weeknd, whose new single is also starting out well at the Hot AC and Rhythmic radio formats. Up from 42-37, Dixie (who charted a year ago as Dixie D’Amelio) is in with the Rubi Rose-assisted “Psycho”. It’s the second top 40 entry for the former and the first for latter. Lifting from 41-39, Alessia Cara returns with “Sweet Dream”, now her 11th top 40 hit to date. Finally, the new Swedish House Mafia, Ty Dolla $ign and 070 Shake collaboration moves from 45-40. “Lifetime” is the third top 40 hit for the trio (and first since 2013), the eighth for $ign and the first for Shake.

YouTube personality turned singer Conan Gray debuts at #42 with “People Watching”, as Elle King and Miranda Lambert enter at #46 with “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”, a collaboration that’s also currently charting at the Country and Hot AC radio formats. Khalid comes in at #49 with “New Normal”, while Big Red Machine and Taylor Swift barely sneak in at #50 with “Renegade”.

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