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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 22, 2018)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: it’s a miracle that we’ve haven’t lost our minds, as at least eight fresh titles (and probably more) impact at the format, giving the Top 40 panel some mighty tough decisions for a musical Memorial Day. Let’s take a breather (phew) and get back to adding ’em up:

“BACK” TO BACKSTREET: With all the excitement on this week’s report, the top three singles at the format this Tuesday came down to last week’s Most Added song, “Back To You” by Selena Gomez, and two releases from acts who found their biggest chart success in the late 90’s and early 00’s: “Dinero” by singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, which also features labelmate DJ Khaled and Cardi B, and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” from top boy band Backstreet Boys. Yes, it was a nail-biter for most of the day, but when the dust settled, all three songs finished with 51 stations each, a rare three-way tie for the Most Added spot.

Given all the prominent songs impacting on the Top 40 airwaves this week, it would be quite the challenge to cover everything that scored any sort of action today. That being said, the latest single from Australian quartet 5 Seconds Of Summer (“Youngblood”) and the first song at the format for Israel’s Dennis Lloyd (“Nevermind”) each secured enough stations to rank well in the top ten, the former with 21 in fifth place and the latter with 24 in fourth place. (There’s much more music below, so check it out!) Enjoy the long holiday weekend ahead!

1-T. BACKSTREET BOYS, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (RCA)
1-T. JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring DJ KHALED & CARDI B, “Dinero” (Epic)
1-T. SELENA GOMEZ, “Back To You” (Interscope)
4. DENNIS LLOYD, “Nevermind” (Warner Bros.)
5. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Youngblood” (Capitol)
6-T. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS featuring PITBULL, “Move To Miami” (RCA)
6-T. NF, “Lie” (Caroline)
8. CASH CASH featuring ABIR, “Finest Hour” (Big Beat/RRP)
9. PHARRELL WILLIAMS & CAMILA CABELLO, “Sangria Wine” (Columbia)
10-T. DIPLO, FRENCH MONTANA & LIL PUMP featuring ZHAVIA, “Welcome To The Party” (Columbia)
10-T. SAM SMITH featuring LOGIC, “Pray” (Capitol)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (May 21-22, 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 eight (!) fresh releases impacting this week at the Top 40 format before the holiday weekend:

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – “Youngblood” (Capitol)
Album: Youngblood (2018)
Past T40 History: The Aussie group is coming off “Want You Back”, which stalled halfway up the top 40. How will this track fare?

BACKSTREET BOYS – “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (RCA)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: One of the top boy bands of the late 90’s and early 00’s, these guys last went top 40 with 2007’s “Inconsolable”.

CASH CASH featuring ABIR – “Finest Hour” (Big Beat/RRP)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: The EDM trio has two top 40 titles to date, one of which just missed the top ten. Abir impacts for the first time.

DENNIS LLOYD – “Nevermind” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This is the Israeli newcomer’s first song to impact at this format. It was a part of a Spotify campaign worldwide.

DIPLO, FRENCH MONTANA & LIL PUMP featuring ZHAVIA – “Welcome To The Party” (Columbia)
Album: Deadpool 2 (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: This is the first time all four acts have worked together. Newcomer Zhavia was a contestant on FOX’s The Four.

JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring DJ KHALED & CARDI B – “Dinero” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Lopez’s success at this format has dwindled in recent years, though she has a sizeable 21 top 40 hits since 1999.

MIGOS featuring DRAKE – “Walk It Talk It” (Quality Control/Motown/Capitol)
Album: Culture II (2018)
Past T40 History: The darlings of the Rhythmic and Urban formats are coming off “Stir Fry”, which reached #35 here last month.

RITA ORA featuring CARDI B, CHARLI XCX & RITA ORA – “Girls” (Atlantic/RRP)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Despite some initial controversy over its lyrics, this single has charted modestly in several European territories.

Next week: There are no impacting titles due to the long weekend following Memorial Day. Summer is here!

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

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 27, 2018)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: eight songs impacted at the format, and huge singles from 5 Seconds Of Summer, Dua Lipa and Kendrick Lamar & SZA were among the big winners. Where do they land? Let’s add ’em up:

SASS, STARS AND SUMMER: It started out like any ordinary week, with just a couple of songs listed to go for adds, but by the time Monday rolled around, the messy musical match of the stars began. Topping the report this evening, “Want You Back” from 5 Seconds Of Summer hops aboard at #1, scoring a nice 66 stations on impact. The Australian group reached the top 40 a total of five times between the spring of 2014 and the fall of 2015, though their most recent tune to impact at the format, “Girls Talk Boys”, narrowly missed the region, topping out at #41 at the end of August in 2016. Rising star Dua Lipa‘s “IDGAF” is next in line, and it grabs a solid 54 stations on impact, good for second place this week. Her new one is the follow-up to her international smash “New Rules”, which just spent five incredible weeks atop the pop chart. If that wasn’t enough for you, “All The Stars” twinkles in a strong third place finish for Kendrick Lamar and SZA. This is the second single (following Lamar and The Weeknd‘s “Pray For Me”) to make the Top 40 radio survey from the chart-topping soundtrack to Black Panther, which looks like it could secure a third week atop the Billboard 200. Expect all three songs to repeat in the top ten (and likely top five) on next week’s update.

1. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Want You Back” (Capitol)
2. DUA LIPA, “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)
3. KENDRICK LAMAR & SZA, “All The Stars” (Interscope)
4. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Whatever It Takes” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5. POST MALONE featuring TY DOLLA $IGN, “Psycho” (Republic)
6-T. DRAKE, “God’s Plan” (YMCMB/Republic)
6-T. MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE, “Friends” (Warner Bros.)
8. BAZZI, “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)
9. NIALL HORAN, “On The Loose” (Capitol)
10-T. JANELLE MONÁE, “Make Me Feel” (Atlantic)
10-T. WHY DON’T WE, “Trust Fund Baby” (Atlantic)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 25, 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. Feel free to send me any gifts you desire for my birthday, which just so happens to fall on Thursday. Meanwhile, I shall give you the gift of Top 40 realness on this week’s chart:

FADE FROM “NEW”: Sadly, this will be the fifth and final week at #1 on the Top 40 chart for Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules”, as it loses another 1,000 spins this week to land just 300 spins above the obvious next chart-topper, NF‘s “Let You Down”, up 4-3 this week. It isn’t all bad for Lipa, however: not only was five weeks a great run for “New”, but her new single, “IDGAF”, gets an early debut in the top 50 at #47. The song officially impacts at the format this week. “IDGAF” became an early winner at streaming services in the past few months, now at over 170 million streams on Spotify, while its video has also done particularly well, passing 100 million views on YouTube. Will the single give her two consecutive #1 hits in a row here? Stay tuned.

HANG “LOOSE”: One Direction‘s Niall Horan leads a pack of four new songs in this week’s top 50, launching at #43 with “On The Loose”. It’s the fourth chart entry from his chart-topping album Flicker, and could make the top 40 tomorrow. An alternate edit of the track was recently released digitally, chopping the original album version of “Loose” by just over a minute in length, including an extended instrumental passage in its coda. Behind Horan and Lipa’s “IDGAF”, previously mentioned at #47, “Want You Back” by 5 Seconds Of Summer and “All The Stars” by Kendrick Lamar & SZA, at #49 and #50, respectively, should pick up nice totals on this Tuesday’s adds report. The latter single is from the soundtrack to the blockbuster movie Black Panther, which stays at #1 for the second week on the Billboard 200 (and also tops the box office report once again.)

Next week, expect a potential chart debut from singer and songwriter Meghan Trainor, whose song “No Excuses” drops on March 1. Additional singles from bülow, Janelle Monáe and Mackenzie Nicole also impact this Tuesday, which could make the top 50 in the coming weeks.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 23, 2015

Sounds like a #1 album.

“Sounds” like a #1 album.

This week’s New Music Friday makes the Summer roll along into the fall, with a number of potential top ten entries making their debuts online and in stores. Who’s bringing the most heat? Here’s a look at the week’s top new album and single releases:

  • 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER — Sounds Good Feels Good (iTunes)
    • Last year, this Australian band and their passionate fans took their self-titled effort to #1 in the U.S. and around the world. Now, with a new album and singles like “Hey Everybody!” and “She’s Kinda Hot”, look for the four men to be seated at a real Good place next week, the top of the chart. How high is it destined to go? Stay tuned to find out.
  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD — Storyteller (iTunes)
    • Former American Idol winner Underwood has five #1 debuts (four studio albums and a hits compilation) in a row to her credit on the Top Country Albums survey, three of which have also topped the mighty Billboard 200. This could very well be her sixth set to top the genre chart, with “Smoke Break” still gaining well at radio.
  • BLAKE SHELTON — Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits (iTunes)
    • Shelton’s newest hits compilation features his 20 #1 singles from the Country radio chart, as well as his latest single, “Gonna”, which just broke the top ten at the format. It should be a consistent seller throughout the holiday season.
  • ANDREA BOCELLI — Cinema (iTunes)
    • Bocelli’s latest collection of songs features music of both stage and screen, and includes duets with Ariana Grande and Nicole Scherzinger. A top ten debut should be attainable for opera singer once again.
  • More albums out this week: Bizzle‘s Surrender (iTunes), Born Of Osiris‘s Soul Sphere (iTunes), Chris Tomlin‘s Adore: Christmas Songs Of Worship (Live) (iTunes), Dave Gahan & Soulsavers‘s Angels & Ghosts (iTunes), DJ Khaled‘s I Changed A Lot (iTunes), Half Moon Run‘s Sun Leads Me On (iTunes), Harry Connick, Jr.‘s That Would Be Me (iTunes), Joanna Newsom‘s Divers (iTunes), Kyle Park‘s Blue Roof Sessions (iTunes), Marianas Trench‘s Astoria (iTunes), Omarion‘s Reasons (iTunes), Outasight‘s Big Trouble (iTunes), Rod Stewart‘s Another Country (iTunes), Seinabo Sey‘s Pretend (iTunes), Vanessa Carlton‘s Liberman (iTunes), Walter Trout‘s Battle Scars (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Country Christmas (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Coleman Hell‘s Coleman Hell (iTunes), DNCE‘s SWAAY (iTunes), love+war‘s Hue (iTunes), POWERS‘s Legendary (iTunes), The Chainsmokers‘s Bouquet (iTunes), The Mosers‘s Ticonderoga (iTunes), Whisperer‘s Whisperer (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Bad Idea”, Sara Bareilles featuring Jason Mraz (iTunes)
  • “Dancing On Glass”, St. Lucia (iTunes)
  • “Emperor’s New Clothes”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
  • “End Of The World”, A Great Big World (iTunes)
  • “GoGo!”, Baauer (iTunes)
  • “Hello”, Adele (iTunes)
  • “Hollow”, Tori Kelly (iTunes)
  • “Home”, One Direction (iTunes)
  • “Looking Up”, Elton John (iTunes)
  • “Lost And Found”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
  • “One”, Esperanza Spalding (iTunes)
  • “Slow Down Time”, Us The Duo (iTunes)
  • “Snapback”, Old Dominion (iTunes)
  • “Sorry”, Justin Bieber (iTunes)
  • “Think Of You”, Chris Young featuring Cassadee Pope (iTunes)
  • “Used To Love You”, Gwen Stefani (iTunes)
  • “Used To Love You Sober”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
  • “When The Truth Hunts You Down”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
  • “Working For It”, Zhu x Skrillex x They (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Chris Janson, Def LeppardThe Neighbourhood and much more. See you then!

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Striving For Perfection: The Chase For Chart Excellence

Flawless fellows and females.

Flawless fellows and females.

As expected, boy band One Direction‘s latest single “Perfect” is already a worldwide hit and currently sits at #1 on iTunes here in the States. Co-written by two of the quartet’s members (among its seven listed co-writers), it follows “Drag Me Down” (now at #3 on my top 40) as the second radio single from their upcoming Made In The A.M. album, due on November 13. Of course, like the majority of their singles, a splashy opening doesn’t guarantee that it’s an automatic top ten on the pop radio survey, but we’ll have to wait and see how this one does in the long run.

Speaking of the pop radio chart, we’ve had a bunch of “perfect” pop titles hit both the Radio & Records and Mediabase listings. I think it’s time to relive some of those musical moments. From the beginning of the archives in the fall of 1973 and into 2015, this list of seven splendid singles (which will soon be growing to eight) keeps it ideal:

“Perfect Way”, Scritti Politti (#10, December 10)
A variation on the Italian phrase scritti politici, or political writings, this English act wrote a place for themselves on the charts in 1985 with this fun synthpop sound. “Way” remains the group’s only top 40 hit in the U.S., though their had five in the U.K. (with this single, surprisingly, a miss on that side of the pond.)

“Perfect World”, Huey Lewis & The News (#2, August 26 – September 9)
They dominated the national charts in the 80’s with huge top ten singles over several album cycles, though it was Small World in 1988 that essentially marked a downturn in popularity for the California act. “World” remains their last top five single. The guys still play together, but not at the rate they did years ago.

“Perfect”, Simple Plan (#4, December 19)
It may be one of the best album titles of the 00’s: No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls. Taken from it, this tune is still their highest-charting release at the format, and though the Canadian band hasn’t ranked on this particular survey in years, they’re continuing to crank out the jams ahead of a forthcoming studio set.

“The Perfect Mistake”, Cartel (#39, June 10)
Two minor titles made the top 40 during 2010, with this single being one of them. It was the second of two songs to chart for the band from Georgia, who peaked with their previous albums. Though Will Pugh and the guys built up a sizable following, it never fully translated into the best radio play or sales numbers.

“Perfect Nightmare”, Shontelle (#38, October 17)
After a not-so-“Impossible” run up to the top ten that summer, this performer from Barbados couldn’t pull off the same trick, as her follow-up single barely edged into the top 40 at the format. She’s been absent from pop radio since the conclusion of her No Gravity era in 2011, though it appears she is still singing.

“F**kin’ Perfect”, Pink (#1, March 20)
Two number-one singles from a hits compilation doesn’t happen too often nowadays, but this Pennsylvania singer did it in 2010 and 2011 with “Raise Your Glass” and this song. Her newest release is called “Today’s The Day”, and it was recently picked as the new theme song of daytime’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“She Looks So Perfect”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (#17, June 8)
Hey everybody, it wasn’t too long ago that this release was cruising up radio lists everywhere as the first major label single from the young and popular Aussie band. To date, it’s their only multi-Platinum hit in the U.S., but that can obviously change. Fans of the act have under a week until their newest album release.

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (December 15)

Rapping up the year.

Rapping up the year.

It’s the last big date for 2014, and though the releases are few this week, there’s still something for everyone. (NOTE: some of the week’s music releases may not be out until Tuesday dependent on label availability/iTunes response time.) Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of December 15:

  • Sometimes it takes an “Anaconda” to slither up the charts and make an impact. Rapper and singer Nicki Minaj is in that jungle of jams once again with an Urban radio hit called “Only” and a brand new album called The Pinkprint, her first in two years. Though she’s lost some ground with the pop crowd as a main credited act lately, her core audience will come out for this and another top five album is likely once again. (iTunes)
  • In perhaps the one of the biggest surprises of this late Q4 season, R&B singer, songwriter and producer D’Angelo is back on track and coming out with his first studio set since 2000. Credited to he and a backing band, The Vanguard, Black Messiah is being released through his new home, RCA Records. A single titled “Really Love” is due at radio on Monday. Get ready for what could be a blockbuster. (iTunes)
  • Coming off two solid performances on Saturday Night Live, pop starlet Charli XCX brings some attitude to the pop world with her album titled SUCKER. It contains the single “Boom Clap”, featured on the soundtrack to The Fault In Our Stars, and current release “Break The Rules”. Originally due in mid-October, the singer should have a nice sales bump before Christmas. (iTunes)
  • One would be content if an act released three EP’s and a full studio album in a given year, right? Australian boy band 5 Seconds Of Summer disagrees with this and is now out with LIVESOS, an album full of songs recorded on their recent tour. It features a cover of “What I Like About You”, the group’s current radio single. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Grizfolk‘s From The Road (EP) (iTunes), James Blunt‘s Smoke Signals (EP) (iTunes), Starbomb‘s Player Select (iTunes), YG‘s Blame It On The Streets (iTunes) and the following Various Artists film soundtracks: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (iTunes) and Into The Woods (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “American Beauty American Psycho”, a pre-release single from Fall Out Boy. (iTunes)
  • “It Ain’t You”, new from former American Idol champ Jordin Sparks. (iTunes)
  • “Just Kids”, a pre-release single from Mat Kearney. (iTunes)
  • “Lampshades On Fire”, the return single from rockers Modest Mouse. (iTunes)
  • “Let Me Down Easy”, another single from singer/songwriter Max Frost. (iTunes)
  • “The Wrong Year”, new from The Decemberists. (iTunes)
  • “Yours”, a pre-release single from Ella Henderson. (iTunes)

After some holiday cheer and time to rejuvenate, the normal schedule returns for the week of January 13 when releases by newcomers Fences and Meghan Trainor hit store shelves. Until then, my annual Top 100 of 2014 will be going up here on PGTC. Have a great few weeks and enjoy the countdown!

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