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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 6-7, 2020)

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:

DRAKE, “Toosie Slide” (OVO/Republic)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: Drake’s new release slid into the top 40 with ease last Sunday, becoming his 29th entry to reach the region here.

MEGAN THEE STALLION, “Savage” (1501 Certified Ent./300 Ent.)
Album: Suga (2020)
Past T40 History: Stallion’s had success at the Rhythmic and Urban radio formats, but her highest-charting title here went to #38.

POWFU featuring BEABADOOBEE, “Coffee For Your Head (Death Bed)” (Robots & Humans/Columbia)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: As this song flies towards the top 20 at the Alternative radio format, “Coffee” is ready to brew on the Top 40 list.

With a larger amount of shifting adds dates given the current pandemic, we’ll see what new titles head to the format on Monday.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 30-31, 2020)

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, “Break My Heart” (Warner)
Album: Future Nostalgia (2020)
Past T40 History: Lipa’s newest single just became the second top 40 hit from her most recent studio album and her tenth overall.

PARTYNEXTDOOR & RIHANNA, “Believe It” (OVO Sound/Warner)
Album: PartyMobile (2020)
Past T40 History: Rihanna’s return to the format could also earn PartyNextDoor his highest-charting tune… if it goes beyond #20.

JoJo‘s “Man”, along with a few other songs performed by men (including Pink Sweat$ and Powfu), impact here next week.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 23-24, 2020)

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 a pair of tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ELLIE GOULDING featuring BLACKBEAR, “Worry About Me” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: This singer’s third collaboration in a row with a featured labelmate rapper should score some decent adds here.

THE WEEKND, “In Your Eyes” (XO/Republic)
Album: After Hours (2020)
Past T40 History: This performer’s newest single is looking to join “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless”, which remain in the top ten.

OneRepublic has one record to look out for next Tuesday, as “Didn’t I” heads for adds at the Top 40 format.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 16-17, 2020)

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:

BAZZI, “Young & Alive” (APG/Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: After a pair of larger top ten hits, Bazzi has struggled at the format recently. Will this song take him back there?

BENEE featuring GUS DAPPERTON, “Supalonely” (Republic)
EP: Stella & Steve (2019)
Past T40 History: Both performers are new to the format. Benee’s already had several larger chart hits in her native New Zealand.

SAM FISCHER, “This City” (RCA)
EP: Not A Hobby (2018)
Past T40 History: Fischer is a newcomer to the format. He was a co-writer on previous format releases for MAX and Rachel Crow.

Don’t worry about Ellie Goulding and Blackbear… the adds will be coming in for their collaboration on next Tuesday’s report.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 9-10, 2020)

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:

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Old Me” (Interscope)
Album: Calm (2020)
Past T40 History: The Australian group is ready for their 11th top 40 entry to date with the follow-up to “Teeth”, which got to #19.

BRYCE VINE, “Baby Girl” (Sire/Warner)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: Vine’s had three top 40 singles since 2018, two of which have made the top 20. Will this song reach the top ten?

DEMI LOVATO, “I Love Me” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: Lovato recently earned her 15th top 40 entry with this release. It’s her first cut to enter the region in 18 months.

New Zealand newcomer Benee might be supalonely, but she’s also looking for some supa adds at the format next Tuesday.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 2-3, 2020)

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:

BTS featuring SIA, “On” (BigHit/Columbia)
Album: Map Of The Soul: 7 (2020)
Past T40 History: Following their set’s giant bow at #1 on the Billboard 200 list, the K-pop act is looking for their sixth top 40 hit.

LADY GAGA, “Stupid Love” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: After reaching the top 30 on last Sunday’s published chart, Lady Gaga hopes to score her seventh #1 hit to date.

SURFACES, “Sunday Best” (Caroline/Capitol)
Album: Where The Light Is (2019)
Past T40 History: After finding a new audience through the video app TikTok, this duo’s viral song is now surfacing at the format.

SZA & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – “The Other Side” (RCA)
Album: Trolls World Tour (Soundtrack) (2020)
Past T40 History: Timberlake’s big hit “Can’t Stop The Feeling”, from the original Trolls film, spent two weeks at #1 in June 2016.

5 Seconds Of Summer, Bryce Vine and Sam Fischer are among the names fisching for adds at the format next Tuesday.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 24-25, 2020)

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:

DIPLO featuring MORGAN WALLEN & JULIA MICHAELS, “Heartless” (Columbia)
Album: Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley (2020)
Past T40 History: Wallen hasn’t previously charted here. Diplo’s collaboration with the Jonas Brothers, “Lonely”, climbed to #26.

FUTURE & DRAKE, “Life Is Good” (Freebandz/Epic)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: Four years ago, these guys peaked at #42 at the format with “Jumpman”, taken from What A Time To Be Alive.

LAUV, “Modern Loneliness” (AWAL/in2une)
Album: ~How I’m Feeling~ (2020)
Past T40 History: Lonely enough, Lauv? This follows the Anne-Marie collaboration “F**k, I’m Lonely”, a #30 single from last fall.

MEDUZA, BECKY HILL & GOODBOYS, “Lose Control” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: One prior Meduza and Goodboys collaboration, “Piece Of Your Heart”, narrowly missed hitting the top 50 here.

NEW HOPE CLUB & R3HAB, “Let Me Down Slow” (Hollywood)
Album: New Hope Club (2020)
Past T40 History: Last year, the English group received some airplay at the format for “Love Again”, but it didn’t make the top 50.

Justin Timberlake and SZA should con-troll the top of the adds report come next Tuesday with a new soundtrack cut.

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