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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 23, 2018)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. This is the first of two holiday freeze reports and we’re certainly feeling the chill. Luckily, there are still a few tunes to cover ahead of Christmas. Here’s what’s popping this week:

WHAT YULE EXPECT THIS WEEK: You could say that Panic! At The Disco has a strong ho-ho-hold on the Alternative, Hot AC and Top 40 lists for a third week in a row with their crossover smash “High Hopes”, which Santa might be bopping to as he takes his sleigh around the world in a few days. With little action on any of the radio charts this week, here are a few of the entries towards the bottom of the survey that could be making some larger moves in the new year:

Up two notches to #39, after becoming a solid radio hit in Canada earlier this year, “Ain’t Easy” from Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine becomes the first top 40 entry for the duo here in the States. Their follow-up song, “Better Off”, is still charting at several formats up north, while their new seasonal release, “It’s Me & You (This Christmas)”, is also picking up airplay.

One other title heads into the top 40 this week: “1999” by Charli XCX and Troye Sivan, up from 43-40 to become the fifth top 40 single for the former and fourth for the latter. Though Sivan’s hit “My My My!” reached #21 in March, Charli XCX hasn’t entered the top 40 here in nearly four years, last ranking with “Break The Rules” in January 2015. After a couple of near misses in 2015’s “Doing It” and 2016’s “After The Afterparty”, which got to #43 and #41, respectively, it looks like she might be back on track with this single and its viral music video from a few months ago.

For top 50 entries, you’ll find only one this week: “Zeze”, coming in at #49 for Kodak Black featuring Travis Scott and Offset. At this point next week, it’s likely be at #1 on Rhythmic chart, though it ranks at #2 on the latest update. The collaboration is also in the top ten on the Urban radio list. Due to high streaming numbers, “Zeze” also recently peaked at #2 on the Hot 100.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from PGTC!

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (December 3-4, 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 new titles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CHARLI XCX featuring TROYE SIVAN – “1999” (Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: The first collaboration between these two soloists is not a hot Prince cover, but his “1999” hit #12 in July 1983.

ELLA MAI – “Trip” (10 Summers/Interscope)
Album: Ella Mai (2018)
Past T40 History: Following her recent top 30 song “Boo’d Up”, this recent #1 on the Urban chart is ready for another Top 40 trip.

MARK RONSON featuring MILEY CYRUS – “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” (RCA)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Ronson has one #1 title at the format, while Cyrus has two. Will this collaboration land them their next big one?

XXXTENTACTION x LIL PUMP featuring MALUMA & SWAE LEE – “Arms Around You” (EMPIRE-Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2019?)
Past T40 History: Of the four soloists included on this collaboration, just Lee has previously made it into the top 40 at this format.

Next week: Stay tuned, as the schedule is always being updated…

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 26-27, 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 lone song impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BAD BUNNY featuring DRAKE – “MIA” (OVO Sound/Rimas Ent./Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2019?)
Past T40 History: Hopping onto the chart, “MIA” should become Bad Bunny’s second and Drake’s 26th single to reach the top 40.

Next week: Ella Mai takes a “Trip” onto this format with her recent #1 on the Urban chart, but not if that adventure heads back to “1999” with Charli XCX and Troye Sivan first… find out the results next Tuesday.

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Ahead Of Their Time: Song Titles From The Future

What year is it again?

What year is it again?

Already a sleeper top ten hit on the Rhythmic survey, “3005” by Childish Gambino is set to crossover to CHR radio in roughly a week and a half as the first pop release from his album of last year, Because The Internet. You might remember that in 2012, his song “Heartbeat” gained some pop play and wound up just below the top 40. We’ll see what happens with Glassnote’s latest attempt to break the rapper at the format. (Thus far, it’s just scratched the Hot 100.)

The year 3005, as found in the title, doesn’t occur for another 991 years, and it got me thinking about other chart hits that were ahead of their time. Of course, I mean in terms of a year in the title, not in terms of content; that’s a whole other post or five. So, enjoy as I go reelin’ in the years from some of these Billboard top 40 time predictors:

“In The Year 2525”, Zager & Evans (1969)
Denny Zager and Rick Evans formed their duo several years before recording their epic hit, the tale about a world plagued by the dangers of technology and the future of a dehumanized race. Despite a dark message, the single connected with the buying public. “Year” spent six weeks at #1 during the summer of ’69; a followup, “Mr. Turnkey”, just missed the Hot 100.

“1999”, Prince and the Revolution (1982-3)
A funky party from the future came into our lives three decades ago and it’s still all over the airwaves in 2014. As much of a classic as it is today, the first single from the Purple One’s album of the same name actually peaked just below the top 40 in its first chart run during the fall of ’82. In a rerelease the next summer, it rose to a better #12 before it was “out of time.”

“Year 3000”, The Jonas Brothers (2007)
Remember when these guys were still around? Before the underwhelming solo careers and the messy group split before a series of concerts last year, the trio of Joe, Kevin and Nick were riding high on the Hot 100 with this song, originally done by another trio – the U.K. band Busted. With a few minor lyric adjustments, the three Brothers took their version to #31.

“2012 (It Ain’t The End)”, Jay Sean featuring Nicki Minaj (2010)
After two big U.S. radio hits with “Down” and “Do You Remember?”, this British performer played into the theory that the world would end on December 21, 2012 for his third Stateside single. However, like that daunting event, the notion of this song blowing up didn’t actually happen. Released too early to make a significant impact, it quickly peaked at #31 that fall.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: The Saturdays – “Gentleman” (+ Lyrics)

Just can't get enough of 'em.

Just can’t get enough of ’em.

Girl group The Saturdays are back around with their second single from their forthcoming album, a song entitled “Gentleman”. It’s the followup to their recent #1 song in the United Kingdom, “What About Us?”, which was intended to crack the American market but failed to become a hit. A television series, Chasing The Saturdays, also aired to mixed results. Maybe this song will do just as well in their home country. Enjoy!

Listen to “Gentlemen” by The Saturdays.

“GENTLEMAN”

(If there’s any lyrics that need editing, let me know, but they should be mostly right.)

[Chorus]
A gentleman is so 1995, so hard for a girl to find
A real husband’s so 1999, so hard for a girl to find
‘Cause most dudes just hit it and quit it, and then they wonder why most girls just split it
A gentleman is so 1995, so hard for a girl to find

[Verse 1]
You’re not a lady if you’re always on your knees
Shouldn’t have to beg a gentleman so please be gentle please
Oh oh oh, you’re beautiful
Oh oh oh, I hope you know
He overcompensates by buying you fancy cars
Just to cover up the fact that he stays out all night in bars
Oh, if you can see
That maybe he
Not meant to be

[Chorus]
A gentleman is so 1995, so hard for a girl to find
A real husband’s so 1999, so hard for a girl to find
‘Cause most dudes just hit it and quit it, and then they wonder why most girls just split it
A gentleman is so 1995, so hard for a girl to find

[Verse 2]
You had his baby, so you might got him for now
He already had the milk, so why would he go buy the cow?
Ah then, your chance is slim
Especially when, I’m lying next to him
I wouldn’t marry him, no, not if I were you
‘Cause if he’s been cheating on me, then he’ll probably cheat on you
Ah then, your chance is slim
Especially when, he’s lying next to them

[Chorus]
A gentleman is so 1995, so hard for a girl to find
A real husband’s so 1999, so hard for a girl to find
‘Cause most dudes just hit it and quit it, and then they wonder why most girl just split it
A gentleman is so 1995, so hard for a girl to find

[Middle 8]
Don’t get me wrong, I know that
Most girls ain’t perfect angels
I’ll let you taste my rainbow
You could at least be faithful

A gentlemen, 1995
A real husband, so 1999 (x2)

[Chorus]
A gentleman is so 1995, so hard for a girl to find
A real husband’s so 1999, so hard for a girl to find
‘Cause most dudes just hit it and quit it, and then they wonder why most girls just split it
A gentleman is so 1995, so hard for a girl to find

[Verse 3]
I need a Ryan Gosling, I need a Robert Pattinson
Somebody I can take to mama, I need to find my Obama
I need a Jonas brother and how ’bout a Denzel Washington?
I need a Kellen Lutz and a Channing Tatum
Throw one my way, I’ll date ’em
I need a Drake, I need a Ludacris
I need a Weezy, I don’t care who he is
Heard ’em say, I need a Kanye
He ain’t a gentleman, but I’ll have ’em anyway
George Clooney, Lamar Odom
Larry King, I like ’em older
All the gentlemen from all around the world
Holler at me, let me be your girl

Gentleman, 1995
Real husband, 1999 (x2)

Go go, go 90’s! (x6)
(So 1999)
1999
Ninety nine
So 1999

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