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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 20-21, 2017)

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 the two new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

FALL OUT BOY – “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” (Island/Republic)
Album: M A N I A (2018)
Past T40 History: “Champion” just missed the top 40 earlier this year. Their biggest song to date, “Dance, Dance”, hit #3 in 2006.

KENDRICK LAMAR featuring ZACARI – “LOVE.” (Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope)
Album: DAMN. (2017)
Past T40 History: Other than his featured slots, Lamar has struggled to find an audience here. “HUMBLE.” peaked at #26 in July.

Next week: To be announced soon! Happy Thanksgiving!

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 13-14, 2017)

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 new releases impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

EMINEM featuring BEYONCÉ – “Walk On Water” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
Album: Revival (2017)
Past T40 History: Two legends, dozens of top 40 entries in the last 19 years. “Walk” will be Eminem’s first chart single since 2014.

QUINN XCII – “Straightjacket” (Columbia)
Album: The Story Of Us (2017)
Past T40 History: This Detroit singer was the featured act on Ayokay’s “Kings Of Summer”, which missed the top 50 here in 2016.

WALK THE MOON – “One Foot” (RCA)
Album: What If Nothing (2017)
Past T40 History: “Shut Up And Dance” spent three weeks at #2 in the summer of 2015; they have two other top 50 songs to date.

Next week: a pair of big releases from Alan Walker and Kendrick Lamar gobble for adds on Tuesday, but which single will the panel be more thankful for?

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 6-7, 2017)

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 new releases impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CLEAN BANDIT featuring JULIA MICHAELS – “I Miss You” (Big Beat/RRP)
Album: TBA (2017?)
Past T40 History: The trio’s “Rockabye” and Michaels’s “Issues” both got to #4 earlier this year. Will this collaboration go higher?

DEMI LOVATO – “Tell Me You Love Me” (Island/Republic)
Album: Tell Me You Love Me (2017)
Past T40 History: Coming off her second #1 at the Top 40 format with “Sorry Not Sorry”, this performer wants even more “Love”.

SELENA GOMEZ x MARSHMELLO – “Wolves” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2017?)
Past T40 History: “Wolves” cracked the top 40 this past Sunday, and was last week’s Most Added single. Look for it to howl again.

Next week: Will Walk The Moon float to the top with “One Foot”? Fly by on Tuesday evening to see what’s up.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 30-31, 2017)

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 a pair of tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AVICII featuring RITA ORA – “Lonely Together” (Geffen/Interscope)
EP: AVĪCI (01) (2017)
Past T40 History: Both artists haven’t entered the top 40 at this format since 2014. Will a collaboration bring the two a chart win?

HARRY STYLES – “Kiwi” (Columbia)
Album: Harry Styles (2017)
Past T40 History: Styles is looking for his third solo hit at the format. “Sign Of The Times”, his biggest single to date, reached #12.

Next week: Collaborations from Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels, as well as Selena Gomez and Marshmello, will battle on next week’s report.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 23-24, 2017)

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 seven fresh singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALEX AIONO featuring TRINIDAD CARDONA – “Does It Feel Like Falling” (Interscope)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Both soloists are newcomers here. Cardona’s song “Jennifer” has some minor airplay from the Rhythmic panel.

BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
EP: All Your Fault: Pt. 2 (2017)
Past T40 History: Rexha’s had ten top 40 titles since her first in 2014, one going to #1. The country duo has three pop hits to date.

CHEAT CODES featuring FETTY WAP – “Feels Great” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: The EDM trio is coming off a #6 song in “No Promises”, while the New Jersey rapper looks for his sixth pop hit.

CNCO & LITTLE MIX – “Reggaetón Lento (Remix)” (Syco/Columbia)
Album: Primera Cita (2016) (original version)
Past T40 History: The male quintet is new here, while the female quartet has three top 40 singles to date. In the U.K., it got to #5.

LIAM PAYNE – “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Payne topped the pop chart two weeks ago with “Strip That Down”, which falls to #4 on the most recent survey.

LORDE featuring POST MALONE, KHALID & SZA – “Homemade Dynamite (Remix)” (Lava/Republic)
Album: Melodrama (2017) (original version)
Past T40 History: The New Zealand performer has four top 40 songs to date. Her previous entry, “Green Light”, hit #19 in March.

NF – “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
Album: Perception (2017)
Past T40 History: “Down” just made top 50 at this format, becoming his first chart single. His latest album recently entered at #1.

Next week: The latest singles from Avicii and Rita Ora, as well as Harry Styles, are among next Tuesday’s top contenders.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 16-17, 2017)

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 new tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CALVIN HARRIS featuring KEHLANI & LIL YACHTY – “Faking It” (Columbia)
Album: Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (2017)
Past T40 History: “Slide” (#9) and “Feels” (#8) from Harris’s latest set are only two of his eleven career top ten hits at the format.

DAYA – “New” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2017/18?)
Past T40 History: With three top ten songs, including a chart-topping collaboration with The Chainsmokers, she’s on a hot streak.

Next week: Format newcomers Alex Aiono, CNCO and NF are among the acts competing for the Most Added title. With four (so far) releases in the mix, it’ll be a very competitive Tuesday.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 9-10, 2017)

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:

MACKLEMORE featuring KESHA – “Good Old Days” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Gemini (2017)
Past T40 History: Kesha’s “Praying” (#12) and Macklemore’s “Glorious” (featuring Skylar Grey, #21) could be affected by this one.

NIALL HORAN – “Too Much To Ask” (Capitol)
Album: Flicker (2017)
Past T40 History: Horan just topped the chart for two weeks with “Slow Hands”, with this cut looking to become his third solo hit.

Next week: Charlie Puth ponders about how long it’ll be before he claims the Most Added title, but will something stop him from taking the prize?

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