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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (July 16-17, 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? Only one new release is impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams” (Grade A/Interscope)
Album: Goodbye & Good Riddance (2018)
Past T40 History: Already well into the top 20 on the Rhythmic chart, this track marks the performer’s first release at this format.

Next week: Hot new singles from Ariana Grande, Charlie Puth and others look to score big call letters during a busy week.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (July 9-10, 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 hits impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DRAKE featuring MICHAEL JACKSON – “Don’t Matter To Me” (YMCMB/Republic)
Album: Scorpion (2018)
Past T40 History: Drake’s latest pop entry could become the third posthumous top 40 song for Jackson, who last charted in 2014.

ELLA MAI – “Boo’d Up” (10 Summers/Interscope)
EP: Ready (2017)
Past T40 History: This former chart-topper on the Urban list marks the English-born performer’s first hit to impact at the format.

SOCIAL HOUSE featuring LIL YACHTY – “Magic In The Hamptons” (SB/Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Already in rotation on Top 40 powerhouse Z100, this release marks the duo’s first tune to impact at this format.

Next week: Look out for massive streaming hit “Lucid Dreams” by Juice WRLD to dream its way toward the top of the list.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (June 25-26, 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 hits impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BEBE REXHA – “I’m A Mess” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Expectations (2018)
Past T40 History: Rexha is fresh off her album release on Friday and a recent #2 entry, “Meant To Be”, with Florida Georgia Line.

LOVELYTHEBAND – “Broken” (RED)
EP: everything i could never say… (2017)
Past T40 History: This is the act’s first song to impact here; member Mitchy Collins previously entered the top 50 with Oh Honey.

LSD (LABRINTH/SIA/DIPLO) – “Audio” (RECORDS/Columbia)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: All three members of this new act have charted as soloists, but this is their first single together to head for adds.

Next week: The schedule looks empty, as July 4th is just around the corner. If anything changes, it’ll be here next Monday!

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (June 18-19, 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 seven fresh singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALESSIA CARA – “Growing Pains” (Def Jam)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: With hourly airplay on its first day at iHeartMedia stations, “Pains” supplies Cara with her seventh top 40 tune.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Fall In Line” (RCA)
Album: Liberation (2018)
Past T40 History: With the help of Lovato, former teen star Aguilera is searching for her first top 40 single in just over four years.

CLEAN BANDIT featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Solo” (Big Beat/RRP)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: The second of two Lovato features headed for adds this Tuesday has already gone to #2 in the United Kingdom.

NICKI MINAJ featuring ARIANA GRANDE – “Bed” (YMCMB/Republic)
Album: Queen (2018)
Past T40 History: Primarily a featured artist as of late, Minaj’s last top 40 song as a lead act was 2015’s “The Night Is Still Young”.

SABRINA CARPENTER – “Almost Love” (Hollywood)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Carpenter scored a pair of #26 songs in 2017 with “Thumbs” and “Why”. Will she get some proper “Love” now?

TIËSTO & DZEKO featuring PREME & POST MALONE – “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Dzeko and Preme are newcomers to the pop format; Tiësto has two previous top 40 entries and Malone has six.

YEARS & YEARS – “If You’re Over Me” (Interscope)
Album: Palo Santo (2018)
Past T40 History: Though they continue to hit across Europe, their highest-charting U.S. entry to date, “King”, got to #37 in 2015.

Next week: Take a hit of LSD (Labrinth, Sia and Diplo, that is) with their first pop single, “Audio”. Should anything else appear on the schedule, it’ll be on here as well.

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

BTS – “Fake Love” (Columbia)
Album: LOVE YOURSELF 轉 ‘Tear’ (2018)
Past T40 History: The popular K-pop septet has one top 40 song to date: a remix of “MIC Drop”, which peaked at #24 in January.

DAVID GUETTA & SIA – “Flames” (Big Beat/RRP)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Guetta and Sia have reached the top 40 with two collaborations, neither hitting #1. Is the third time the charm?

MNEK featuring HAILEE STEINFELD – “Colour” (Capitol)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Steinfeld has six top 40 songs to date; MNEK’s sole chart hit was 2016’s “Never Forget You”, with Zara Larsson.

Next week: At least five songs are headed for adds next Tuesday, including two collaborations that feature Demi Lovato (“Fall In Line” by Christina Aguilera and “Solo” by Clean Bandit) and a new single from Sabrina Carpenter. Will it be another mess of an impact date? Of course it will! Look out for more on the blog next week.

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

MAROON 5 featuring CARDI B – “Girls Like You” (222/Interscope)
Album: Red Pill Blues (2017, original version)
Past T40 History: Since 2010, Maroon 5 has charted 14 top ten songs at this format, half reaching the top, totaling 26 weeks at #1.

MEGHAN TRAINOR – “Let You Be Right” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Trainor is coming off three top ten misses in a row on the pop chart. Does “Right” get her in the right direction?

PHARRELL WILLIAMS x CAMILA CABELLO – “Sangria Wine” (Columbia)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This is the first time together for Williams and Cabello. It was originally recorded by the latter for her debut set.

POST MALONE – “Better Now” (Republic)
Album: Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018)
Past T40 History: As “Psycho” approaches the top spot, which would be his first #1 at the format, “Better” is already in the top 50.

SOFIA REYES featuring JASON DERULO & DE LA GHETTO – “1, 2, 3” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Reyes and De La Ghetto are newcomers here; Derulo last charted at the format with “Swalla”, which got to #19.

Next week: BTS officially impact here with “Fake Love”, but will the real love go to “Flames” from David Guetta and Sia? We’re in for another good Tuesday in just over a week.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (May 28-29, 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’s the one track impacting this week at the Top 40 format before the holiday weekend:

CARDI B, BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN – “I Like It” (Atlantic)
Album: Invasion Of Privacy (2018)
Past T40 History: Now in the top 40 here, Cardi B’s fourth chart song looks to follow “Finesse” (with Bruno Mars) to the top spot.

Next week: Pharrell Williams and Camila Cabello make it official with the juicy “Sangria Wine”, but newcomer Sofia Reyes is prepared to count “1, 2, 3” dozen adds for her collaboration with Jason Derulo and De La Ghetto. Who wins? Stay tuned.

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