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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (May 20-21, 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? Just one cut impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

HALSEY – “Nightmare” (Capitol)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Following its top 30 debut last Sunday, Halsey’s 11th top 40 single since 2015 is well on its way to bigger action.

Next week: A single from Becky G and Digital Farm Animals enters the zoo next Tuesday following the long holiday weekend.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (May 13-14, 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 impacting tunes this week at the Top 40 format:

CHRISTIAN PAUL – “Strong” (12Tone/SRP)
Album: Christian Paul (EP) (2019)
Past T40 History: Paul is the only format newcomer this week. His label recently made the top 20 with Lauren Daigle’s “You Say”.

ED SHEERAN & JUSTIN BIEBER – “I Don’t Care” (Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: With a chart entry just below the top 20 on Sunday, expect this collaboration to potentially have a perfect week!

KYGO & RITA ORA – “Carry On” (Ultra/RCA)
Album: Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: Kygo has five top 40 singles to date; Ora has six. Will the movie’s second place opening help this one chart well?

Next week: stay tuned, you never know when something big will pop up…

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (May 6-7, 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 impacting singles this week at the Top 40 format:

BLACKPINK – “Kill This Love” (YG Ent./Interscope)
Album: Kill This Love (EP) (2019)
Past T40 History: This K-pop group is hoping to get their first top 40 hit. The track reached the top ten in Japan and South Korea.

SHAWN MENDES – “If I Can’t Have You” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: With his eighth top 40 entry to date, Mendes hopes to earn his third #1 single at the format and first since 2017.

Next week: Christian Paul is among the new faces looking to have a strong week here on Tuesday, but he’ll be facing some larger competition in the form of two collaborations: Kygo & Rita Ora‘s soundtrack single from the movie Pokémon: Detective Pikachu and a rumored release by Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran that’s being teased on social media.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 29-30, 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 impacting tunes this week at the Top 40 format:

JUICE WRLD – “Hear Me Calling” (Grade A/Interscope)
Album: Death Race For Love (2019)
Past T40 History: Dreaming of his second big pop radio hit, this artist’s “Lucid Dreams” peaked at #7 last October and November.

MARTIN GARRIX featuring MACKLEMORE & PATRICK STUMP – “Summer Days”
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Garrix has four top 40 entries to date, two of which have just missed the top ten. Will this be the single to do it?

TAYLOR SWIFT featuring BRENDON URIE – “ME!” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” cleared the whole panel on Add Board in one week. Will it happen again?

Next week: K-pop sensation BLACKPINK looks to kill it on next week’s adds report. We’ll see if anyone else joins them.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 22-23, 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 set of six impacting songs this week at the Top 40 format:

BAZZI – “Paradise” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Last July, Bazzi led his first chart single “Mine” to the top for a week. Will this song earn him his second #1 hit?

DADDY YANKEE & KATY PERRY featuring SNOW – “Con Calma” (UMLE/Capitol)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Heavily sampling Snow’s “Informer”, this cut marks the rapper’s first appearance on the survey since July 1993.

DAN + SHAY – “Speechless” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Dan + Shay (2018)
Past T40 History: With another former #1 track at the Country radio format, we’ll see if this duo can make it 2-for-2 on this chart.

MAX featuring QUINN XCII – “Love Me Less” (Arista/RED)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: MAX’s “Lights Down Low” spent over a year in the top 40 before it eventually made the top ten, climbing to #7.

OBB – “7 Billion” (Curb-Word)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: These three guys are new to the format. The last Curb release to reach the top 50 here was almost ten years ago.

SZA, THE WEEKND & TRAVIS SCOTT – “Power Is Power” (Columbia)
Album: For The Throne: Music Inspired By Game Of Thrones (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: With more than a dozen top 40 titles between them, the soundtrack single should have a powerful impact week.

Next week: two words. Taylor Swift. That is all. (We’ll see if anyone else dares to impact on the date soon.)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 15-16, 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 five impacting singles this week at the Top 40 format:

BETTY WHO – “I Remember” (AWAL/in2une)
Album: Betty (2019)
Past T40 History: Who hasn’t charted here before, but she’s had a couple of songs receive airplay at the Hot AC format since 2014.

BTS featuring HALSEY – “Boy With Luv” (BigHit/Columbia)
Album: Map Of The Soul: Persona (EP) (2019)
Past T40 History: Making a strong entry into the top 40 here after just two days of airplay, this collaboration should fly up the list.

LEWIS CAPALDI – “Someone You Loved” (Capitol)
Album: Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (2019)
Past T40 History: The current #1 single in the U.K. is this singer’s first song to impact here. It’s now in the top 40 at Hot AC radio.

TRAVIS SCOTT (featuring THE WEEKND) – “Wake Up” (Epic-Republic)
Album: Astroworld (2018)
Past T40 History: Scott’s “Sicko Mode” recently became his first top ten single here after several minor entries as a featured artist.

WILEY, SEAN PAUL, STEFFLON DON & IDRIS ELBA – “Boasty” (BMG)
Album: (single only) (2019)
Past T40 History: Paul is the sole artist on this single to make the top 40 at the format. His last entry in the region ranked in 2017.

Next week: All sorts of new releases are headed to the format, including future hits by two male soloists who charted well last year: Bazzi and MAX. Dan + Shay are also in the mix with their latest crossover from the Country chart.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 8-9, 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 the four impacting tracks this week at the Top 40 format:

IN REAL LIFE – “Crazy AF” (Hollywood)
Album: (single only) (2019)
Past T40 History: Last year, the group managed to spend two weeks at #28 with their first top 40 song, “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)”.

JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring FRENCH MONTANA – “Medicine” (HITCO)
Album: (single only) (2019)
Past T40 History: 20 years after her first big record, the #2 song “If You Had My Love”, Lopez is searching for her 23rd top 40 hit.

JONAS BROTHERS – “Cool” (Republic)
Album: (single only) (2019)
Past T40 History: As “Sucker” storms through the top ten and towards the summit, the band’s newest track is already top 50 here.

RACHEL CROW – “Up All Night” (S-Curve)
Album: (single only) (2019)
Past T40 History: A former contestant on the U.S. edition of The X Factor, Crow and her song “Dime” got to #50 in October 2017.

Next week: “Remember” to check out the impacting titles from Betty Who and Lewis Capaldi, the latter of which is still at #1 in the United Kingdom.

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