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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 11-12, 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 titles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BLACK EYED PEAS x J BALVIN – “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2019/2020)
Past T40 History: The collaboration heavily samples from Corona’s “The Rhythm Of The Night”, which got to #8 in January 1995.

MAX featuring CHROMEO – “Checklist” (The Orchard)
Album: TBA (2019/2020)
Past T40 History: In July 2014, Chromeo earned their only chart song to date with “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”, which reached #39.

ZEDD & KEHLANI – “Good Thing” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2019/20)
Past T40 History: The song title has hit the top 50 on the chart three times, including a #1 for Fine Young Cannibals in June 1989.

Next week: Brockhampton impacts at the format for the very first time with “Sugar”. How sweet will this result be?

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 4-5, 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 two singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DUA LIPA – “Don’t Start Now” (Warner)
Album: TBA (2019/2020)
Past T40 History: After a fast start at radio in the past few days, Lipa’s new release should easily secure the top spot on the report.

LOUIS TOMLINSON – “We Made It” (Arista)
Album: Walls (2020)
Past T40 History: Tomlinson is still searching for his first solo top 20 entry at this format. He’s had four top 50 singles since 2017.

Next week: we get collaborative with emerging new releases from MAX and Chromeo, as well as Zedd and Kehlani.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 28-29, 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 tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AJR – “Dear Winter” (S-Curve/Hollywood)
Album: Neotheater (2019)
Past T40 History: After being pushed back several times now, the trio will be going for their fourth top 40 entry at the pop format.

ISABELA MERCED – “Papi” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2019/2020)
Past T40 History: Actress and singer Merced impacts at the Top 40 format for the first time. Early airplay for the single is limited.

KESHA featuring BIG FREEDIA – “Raising Hell” (Kemosabe/RCA)
Album: High Road (2020)
Past T40 History: Big Freedia was previously heard (but not credited) on Drake’s hit “Nice For What”, which went to #12 in 2018.

SELENA GOMEZ – “Lose You To Love Me” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2019/2020)
Past T40 History: As this ballad holds steady at #1 on iTunes and Spotify, it should easily claim the top spot on this week’s report.

Next week: Dua Lipa‘s “Don’t Start Now” should start pretty well on next Tuesday’s report, as Louis Tomlinson‘s “We Made It” also competes for a spot in the top five.

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

BLACKBEAR – “Hot Girl Bummer” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
Album: TBA (2019/2020)
Past T40 History: It’s been nearly two years since this performer got to #24 on the chart with “Do Re Mi”, his biggest track to date.

BTS featuring LAUV – “Make It Right” (BigHit/Columbia)
Album: TBA (2019/2020)
Past T40 History: The K-pop stars have managed to put four songs into the top 40 so far, though none have gone higher than #20.

DAN + SHAY & JUSTIN BIEBER – “10,000 Hours” (Warner)
Album: TBA (2019/2020)
Past T40 History: Holding just below the top 20 on the Top 40 survey, this multi-format hit is well on its way towards the summit.

Next week: fresh releases from Isabela Merced and Selena Gomez are ready to burst onto the report for the last impact date of October.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 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 two new songs impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

FRENCH MONTANA featuring POST MALONE, CARDI B & RVSSIAN – “Writing On The Wall” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: This collaboration is already well into the top 50 at the format. Rvssian has never charted before on the pop list.

POST MALONE featuring OZZY OSBOURNE & TRAVIS SCOTT – “Take What You Want” (Republic)
Album: Hollywood’s Bleeding (2019)
Past T40 History: The single could mark Osbourne’s first top 40 hit here since 1992’s “Mama, I’m Coming Home”, peaking at #21.

Next week: It’s a bear! No, really, Blackbear‘s “Hot Girl Bummer” comes out of hibernation in search of some adds.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 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:

BILLIE EILISH – “All The Good Girls Go To Hell” (Darkroom/Interscope)
Album: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)
Past T40 History: Eilish led the chart for two weeks in August with “Bad Guy”. This follow-up is now charting at Alternative radio.

CHARLIE PUTH – “Mother” (Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2019?)
Past T40 History: Puth hasn’t reached the top ten at the format in a year and a half. This cut should become his tenth top 40 song.

NIALL HORAN – “Nice To Meet Ya” (Capitol)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: In addition to his 13 top 40 songs with One Direction, Horan has added another six hits so far in his solo career.

Next week: French Montana and friends (including Post Malone and Cardi B) have the write stuff for a big week here.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 30-October 1, 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’s a new release impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DIPLO & JONAS BROTHERS – “Lonely” (Columbia)
Album: Diplo Presents: Thomas Wesley (2019?)
Past T40 History: Another cut from the same project, the Morgan Wallen-assisted “Heartless”, recently impacted at Hot AC radio.

Next week: new Alternative crossovers from AJR and Billie Eilish lead the list of next Tuesday’s impacting songs.

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