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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 16-17, 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 singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – “Teeth” (Interscope)
Album: 13 Reasons Why (Season 3) (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: This will be the third song from the series to chart here, following cuts by Selena Gomez and Lauv/Anne-Marie.

ARIANA GRANDE, MILEY CYRUS & LANA DEL REY – “Don’t Call Me Angel” (Republic)
Album: Charlie’s Angels (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: The biggest song from this franchise, “Independent Women, Pt. 1” by Destiny’s Child, held at #1 for nine weeks.

HALSEY – “Graveyard” (Capitol)
Album: Manic (2020)
Past T40 History: The performer has four #1 songs to date on the Top 40 chart, but her past two releases have missed the top ten.

LINDSEY STIRLING featuring ELLE KING – “The Upside” (Lindseystomp/BMG/in2une)
Album: Artemis (2019)
Past T40 History: Stirling has not charted at this format before; King’s biggest hit to date, “Ex’s & Oh’s”, hit #7 in November 2015.

LOUD LUXURY & BRYCE VINE – “I’m Not Alright” (Sire/Warner-Armada)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: The duo and Vine have three top 20 entries between them at this format, though none have entered the top ten.

Next week: due to the Labor Day holiday, no songs are currently listed as impacting at the format for next Tuesday.

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

CAMILA CABELLO – “Liar” and “Shameless” (Syco/Epic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Cabello’s dual single release is starting off well with both songs charting by Sunday, though “Liar” is in the lead.


WHY DON’T WE – “What Am I” (Signature Ent./Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: This boy band has managed to place three songs in the top 40 here, though they’ve all fallen short of the top 20.

Next week: new singles from 5 Seconds Of Summer and Halsey are gritting their Top 40 teeth, as they lead a very busy week.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 2-3, 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 the one new title impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

POST MALONE – “Circles” (Republic)
Album: Hollywood’s Bleeding (2019)
Past T40 History: Circle this song as the likely winner on Tuesday’s adds report. It quickly entered the top 40 on Sunday’s update.

Next week: with lots of early action at the format, Why Don’t We‘s “What Am I” should keep its momentum going on impact.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 26-27, 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:

AJ MITCHELL featuring AVA MAX – “Slow Dance” (Epic)
Album: Slow Dance (EP) (2019)
Past T40 History: Mitchell’s made the top 40 twice to minor success; Max’s hit “Sweet But Psycho” spent two weeks at #3 in May.

ALESSIA CARA – “Rooting For You” (Def Jam)
Album: This Summer (EP) (2019)
Past T40 History: Cara’s last three chart releases have missed the top ten at the format. However, she still has four #1 hits to date.

KHALID featuring A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE – “Right Back” (Right Hand/RCA)
Album: Free Spirit (original solo version, 2019)
Past T40 History: In the last eleven months, Khalid’s put three titles (two collaborations and one solo hit) at the top of the survey.

SAWEETIE – “My Type” (ICY/Artistry/Warner)
Album: ICY (EP) (2019)
Past T40 History: The rapper hasn’t charted here before. Her track samples 2004’s “Freek-A-Leek” by Petey Pablo, which hit #18.

Next week: due to the Labor Day holiday, no songs are currently listed as impacting at the format for next Tuesday.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 19-20, 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:

KATY PERRY – “Small Talk” (Capitol)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Perry’s last single “Never Really Over” recently spent two weeks at #10, but is now free-falling down the survey.

NORMANI – “Motivation” (Keep Cool/RCA)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: With a pair of #1 hits at the format in the last year as one half of a duet, Normani’s new cut is ready to motivate.

Next week: can new songs by Alessia Cara and Saweetie sweeten the top spot on the report, or will AJ Mitchell and Ava Max dance there first? Stay tuned!

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 12-13, 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:

JAX JONES & BEBE REXHA – “Harder” (Interscope)
Album: Snacks (2019)
Past T40 History: Jones barely hit the top 40 in 2017 with the RAYE-assisted “You Don’t Know Me”, earning three weeks at #40.

TWENTY ONE PILOTS – “The Hype” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
Album: Trench (2018)
Past T40 History: Both “Chlorine” (#29 peak) and “My Blood” (#30) from the same album made the top two on Alternative radio.

Next week: expect Katy Perry‘s “Small Talk”, which was released on Friday, to chat up the top spot.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 5-6, 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:

ALI GATIE – “It’s You” (Warner)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Gatie is making his debut at the format. His track has already reached the top 20 in Australia and New Zealand.

ARIANA GRANDE & SOCIAL HOUSE – “Boyfriend” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: The hot song entered the top 40 on yesterday’s official published list. It’s the first top 40 entry for Social House.

NCT 127 – “Highway To Heaven” (Caroline)
EP: We Are Superhuman (original version, 2019)
Past T40 History: This K-pop act impacts with their first song at the format, an English version of an EP cut from this past spring.

Y2K & BBNO$ – “Lalala” (Columbia)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Both performers are making their debut at the format. The tune now ranks in the top 20 on Spotify’s U.S. chart.

Next week: Jax Jones and Bebe Rexha go a little “Harder” for their chance at the Most Added song of the week.

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