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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 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 three new releases impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

NIALL HORAN – “On The Loose” (Capitol)
Album: Flicker (2017)
Past T40 History: This is Horan’s fourth single off his current solo set; the biggest, “Slow Hands”, spent two weeks at #1 last year.

SEAN PAUL & DAVID GUETTA featuring BECKY G – “Mad Love” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Paul has nine top 40 songs as the lead artist at this format, including his three-week #1, 2006’s “Temperature”.

WHY DON’T WE – “Trust Fund Baby” (Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: The group’s lone chart song to date, “Something Different”, spent three weeks at #33 last fall. How will this do?

Next week: Format newcomer Bazzi and “New Rules” hitmaker Dua Lipa lead a busy week at the format, while also includes the current Alternative hit by an act that’s had two top 40 entries at this format, AJR.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 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 are five new jams impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALICE MERTON – “No Roots” (Mom+Pop/RED)
EP: No Roots (2017)
Past T40 History: Merton is the only newcomer in the mix. A former #1 hit on the Triple A survey, “No” is also #2 on Alternative.

DIPLO featuring MØ – “Get It Right” (Mad Decent/in2une)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This (and an updated remix) was Diplo’s last single issued prior to his new record deal with Columbia Records.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE – “Sit Next To Me” (Columbia)
Album: Sacred Hearts Club (2017)
Past T40 History: “Pumped Up Kicks” remains the band’s biggest pop crossover out of two previous attempts, a #3 hit from 2011.

IMAGINE DRAGONS – “Whatever It Takes” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
Album: EVOLVE (2017)
Past T40 History: As “Thunder”, their former #1, is pulled from the list this week, “Whatever” is just a spot away from the top 40.

MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE – “Friends” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Both acts are going for their third top 40 song. Marshmello is credited on Selena Gomez’s “Wolves”, now at #6.

Next week: Alternative crossover hits from Alice Merton and Imagine Dragons, and the newest collaboration from Diplo and  impact at the format. (Singles by the first two acts are already in the top 50 and approaching the top 40.)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 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? Just one hit impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

THE WEEKND & KENDRICK LAMAR – “Pray For Me” (XO-TDE/Interscope-Republic)
Album: Black Panther (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: After an hourly premiere via iHeartMedia’s integration program, both artists chart with their ninth top 40 title.

Next week: Alternative crossover hits from Alice Merton and Imagine Dragons, and the newest collaboration from Diplo and  impact at the format. (Singles by the first two acts are already in the top 50 and approaching the top 40.)

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

DRAKE – “God’s Plan” (YMCMB/Republic)
EP: Scary Hours (2018)
Past T40 History: Last year, Drake had two top 20 releases with “Fake Love” (#14) and “Passionfruit” (#13), both from More Life.

ZEDD, MAREN MORRIS & GREY – “The Middle” (Interscope)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: While Zedd and Grey worked together on Hailee Steinfeld’s “Starving” in 2016, country star Morris is new here.

Next week’s releases are TBA! Stay tuned.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (January 22-23, 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 tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

HAYLEY KIYOKO – “Curious” (Atlantic/EMPIRE)
Album: Expectations (2018)
Past T40 History: Singer/actress Kiyoko heads to the format for her first time. The 26-year-old’s debut album is out on March 30.

KESHA featuring THE DAP-KINGS HORNS – “Woman” (Kemosabe/RCA)
Album: Rainbow (2017)
Past T40 History: This single follows “Praying”, which got as high as #8 in November. Can this brassy, sassy tune go even higher?

TROYE SIVAN – “My My My!” (Capitol)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Recently performed on Saturday Night Live, Sivan’s latest release could become his third top 40 hit next week.

WELSHLY ARMS – “Legendary” (Position/Republic)
EP: Legendary (2017)
Past T40 History: This Ohio band is new to the format, but their single has already made the top 15 on the Alternative radio chart.

Next week’s releases are TBA! Stay tuned.

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

HUNDRED HANDED – “Too Good” (Swimwear/The Artist Cooperative)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: This trio-turned-duo, fronted by TV personality Dr. Phil’s son, Jordan McGraw, impacts with their new release.

JACK & JACK – “Beg” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Known for their viral videos across the web, these two 21-year-old guys impact at the format for their first time.

MAROON 5 – “Wait” (222/Interscope)
Album: Red Pill Blues (2017)
Past T40 History: 2018 marks 15 years since the group first hit the format with “Harder To Breathe”, which peaked at #4 that fall.

SYMON – “Lonely Girl” (Artbeatz/RED)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Headed closer to the top 50 at two formats, this California singer just missed charting two years ago with “Say”.

Will Kesha put a woman on top of the leaderboard, or will Troye Sivan be shouting “that’s my my my Most Added song!” at the top? Find out a week from now!

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

BRUNO MARS & CARDI B – “Finesse (Remix)” (Atlantic)
Album: 24K Magic (2016)
Past T40 History: Approaching the top 30 here, Mars is celebrating his 19th top 40 entry and fourth from his most recent release.

CAMILA CABELLO – “Never Be The Same” (Syco/Epic)
Album: Camila (2018)
Past T40 History: Cabello’s new single from her forthcoming solo debut, out Friday, has been well into the top 40 for a few weeks.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – “Filthy” (RCA)
Album: Man Of The Woods (2018)
Past T40 History: Timberlake recently scored his 29th top 40 single as a solo artist, with “Filthy” debuting just outside the top 20.

LIAM PAYNE & RITA ORA – “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)” (Republic)
Album: Fifty Shades Freed (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: Like “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”, a #2 hit last year, this duet hopes to be one of 2018’s first big movie singles.

OLIVIA HOLT – “Generous” (Hollywood)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Holt’s “History” spent a published week at #50 last year. As noted, her new track faces some fierce competition.

Will Maroon 5‘s “Wait” await more competitors before it impacts next week, or will it slay the panel effortlessly? Find out a week from now!

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