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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 21, 2018

Is he “Granted” permission to the top?

Will you cross the bridge to musical memories with us this Friday? There are plenty of big releases in the mix. These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

JOSH GROBAN – Bridges (iTunes)
Groban’s new album, his first since 2015, is boosted by the radio single “Granted”, which is flying towards the top ten on the AC list. With three #1 albums since 2004 and several other top ten titles in the nearly 17 years he’s been charting, this set should easily take a seat in the upper region of the list.

MACHINE GUN KELLY – BINGE (iTunes)
Featuring the explosive single “Rap Devil”, which hit #1 on iTunes and is sticking around the top five, Kelly’s latest set should excite his fanbase. Given the album’s large streaming potential, it’s likely to become his third top five entry on the Billboard 200 chart.

Notable albums out this week: AJR‘s The Click (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), BROCKHAMPTON‘s iridescence (iTunes), Christine & The Queens‘s Chris (iTunes), Macy Gray‘s Ruby (iTunes), Metric‘s Art Of Doubt (iTunes), Prince‘s Piano & A Microphone (1983) (iTunes), St. Lucia‘s Hyperion (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Bright Light Bright Light‘s Tough Love (iTunes), French Montana‘s No Stylist (iTunes), Mahalia‘s Seasons (iTunes), Noah Cyrus‘s Good Cry (iTunes), The Band Perry‘s Coordinates (iTunes), The Neighbourhood‘s Ever Changing (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Song With No Name”, Norah Jones (iTunes)
“All I Am (Acoustic)”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“All That Acid”, Mickey Kojak (iTunes)
“Back Together”, Loote (iTunes)
“Backin’ It Up”, Pardison Fontaine featuring Cardi B (iTunes)
“Beyond (Live)”, Leon Bridges featuring Luke Combs (iTunes)
“Bottled Up”, Dinah Jane featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Marc E. Bassy (iTunes)
“California Snow”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Dear Yessie”, Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Do You Think About Me (Wideboys Remix)”, Captain Cuts & Zookëper featuring Georgia Ku (iTunes)
“Do You Wanna Get Lucky”, Daniel Powter (iTunes)
“Emoji”, Au/Ra (iTunes)
“Fake It”, Prince Fox (iTunes)
“Falling Down”, Lil Peep & XXXTentacion (iTunes)
“False Confidence”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Focus (Yaeji Remix)”, Charli XCX (iTunes)
“Give A Little (Mokita & Goldhouse Remix)”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“Gold Rush (Mansionair Remix)”, Death Cab For Cutie (iTunes)
“Grace”, Lewis Capaldi (iTunes)
“Grace”, Rod Stewart (iTunes)
“Guiding Light”, Mumford & Sons (iTunes)
“Havana (Live)”, Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Head Above Water”, Avril Lavigne (iTunes)
“Here Comes The Change”, Kesha (iTunes)
“I Wish You Were Here”, HRVY (iTunes)
“I’m With You (Single Edit)”, Vance Joy (iTunes)
“I’ve Been Waiting”, Briston Maroney (iTunes)
“Imaginary Friend”, (iTunes)
“It’s Not This”, Bearson featuring Lemaitre & Josh Pan (iTunes)
“Last Summer”, Johnny Orlando (iTunes)
“Let You Love Me”, Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Little Things”, Allie X (iTunes)
“Looks Like A Cold, Cold Winter”, Ingrid Michaelson (iTunes)
“Losing My Mind”, Betcha (iTunes)
“Lover, Leaver”, Greta Van Fleet (iTunes)
“Made It Out Alright”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Naturally Pretty Girls”, Elle King (iTunes)
“One Of Us”, Cher (iTunes)
“Outstanding”, Lido (iTunes)
“Radar”, Whethan featuring HONNE (iTunes)
“Rare”, Ruth B. (iTunes)
“Run To Me”, Causes (iTunes)
“Say It Back”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“She Knows”, NAWAS (iTunes)
“Signs”, Starley (iTunes)
“Snatching It Back”, Kid Rock (iTunes)
“Stranger”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“Thinking 2 Much”, Jeremy Zucker (iTunes)
“This Feeling”, The Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini (iTunes)
“TOOGOODTOBETRUE”, Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens and Rebecca Sugar (iTunes)
“Two Punks In Love”, bülow (iTunes)
“Venice Bitch”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“When Bad Does Good”, Chris Cornell (iTunes)
“Zero”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from CherKanye West, Logic and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 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. Remember to file your taxes in the next few weeks, while simultaneously breaking out the MP3 files to enjoy the sweet sounds of pop music from this week’s Top 40 survey. (Do kids these days even know what an MP3 is?) Let’s count the hits:

NEW JACK SWINGS: Congrats to Bruno Mars and Cardi B, who leap from 3-1 on this week’s Top 40 chart with “Finesse”, the eighth #1 at the format for Mars and the first for Cardi B. Mars collects his second #1 track from the 24K Magic era, as “That’s What I Like” spent a total of three weeks at the top last April and May. (The original version of “Finesse” appears on the album, though its current remix does not.) The global hit continues in the top ten at three other radio formats, reaching #1 at one (Rhythmic) during a two-week run last month. Next Sunday, look for “The Middle”, a three-way collaboration from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, to potentially top the survey, as it advances 5-2 this week with a very healthy bullet.

HOT BLOODED: Launching all the way up at #28, Shawn Mendes scores his sixth top 40 entry and highest debut to date at the Top 40 format with “In My Blood”. His previous high of #31 was set by “Treat You Better” back in June 2016. It’s the first release off Mendes’s third studio album, due sometime later in the year. One extra cut from the album, “Lost In Japan”, was released on Friday to both sales and streaming success, though its airplay was minimal. (I’ll save the Japanese artists and song titles for another week!) Another top debut on this week’s top 40, coming in at #35, is the seventh top 40 song for Halsey, called “Alone”. Combined airplay for an edit of the original album version and a new remix with Big Sean and Stefflon Don spiked as a result of the single’s second place finish on last Tuesday’s adds report, where it pulled in nearly 60 stations on impact.

Among the new entries in the top 50, watch out for “Everybody Hates Me” by The Chainsmokers, logging on at #43, which might become the duo’s eighth top 40 song at the format next week. “Sober Up”, the former Alternative chart-topper by AJR and Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, is also aiming for the top 40 next week, ranking at #48 on the current update. The trio has a pair of top 40 entries to date, while Cuomo’s only solo appearance was in 2010 on B.o.B‘s “Magic”, spending three weeks at #13 in September.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 20, 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: AJR! Halsey! The Chainsmokers! More! It’s another huge week at the format, which means no one’s ending up “Alone” on the report. Let’s add ’em up on this evening before another major snowstorm:

BETTER OFF “ALONE”: After successfully earning a second week at the top of the pop chart in a duet with G-Eazy, “Him & I”, Halsey returns to the format with “Alone”, available in its original version and a remix with Big Sean and Stefflon Don. With a solid total of 57 stations on impact, it starts in second place on the current update, just five adds behind Taylor Swift‘s “Delicate”. “Alone” is the latest single from the album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which reached #1 on the Billboard 200 last summer. That release has yet to produce a chart-topper on the Top 40 airwaves, though both “Bad At Love” (#2) and “Now Or Never” (#3) nearly made it. (We’ll see if this one can get the job done.)

As previously mentioned, a number of new singles break into the top ten on this week’s Top 40 report, with “Everybody Hates Me” by The Chainsmokers and “Sober Up” by AJR featuring Rivers Cuomo ranking the next highest in the top ten. That hate isn’t affecting “Hates” in its opening week, as it starts at 31 stations, good for third place on the new report. “Sober”, a former #1 title on the Alternative chart, drinks in 27 stations on impact, as it shares a fourth place finish. A little further down, another sobering song title, simply called “Sober”, brings in 20 stations and a sixth place (in a tie) finish for G-Eazy featuring Charlie Puth. Look for all three songs to make the top 50 by the end of the month, perhaps by the next published update.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Delicate” (Big Machine/Republic)
2. HALSEY featuring BIG SEAN and STEFFLON DON, “Alone” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
3. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Everybody Hates Me” (Disruptor/Columbia)
4-T. AJR featuring RIVERS CUOMO, “Sober Up” (S-Curve/Hollywood)
4-T. BAZZI, “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)
6-T. DUA LIPA, “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)
6-T. G-EAZY featuring CHARLIE PUTH, “Sober” (RCA)
8. POST MALONE featuring TY DOLLA $IGN, “Psycho” (Republic)
9. KHALID & NORMANI, “Love Lies” (Right Hand/Keep Cool/RCA)
10-T. KENDRICK LAMAR & SZA, “All The Stars” (Interscope)
10-T. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 19-20, 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 the five new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AJR featuring RIVERS CUOMO – “Sober Up” (S-Curve/Hollywood) (formerly BMG/RED)
Album: The Click (2017)
Past T40 History: The family trio has two mid-charting top 40 entries to date: 2014’s “I’m Ready” (#25) and 2017’s “Weak” (#27).

ECHOSMITH – “Over My Head” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Inside A Dream (2018)
Past T40 History: Another family trio, once a quartet, is looking for their first top ten song since 2014’s “Cool Kids”, which hit #9.

G-EAZY featuring CHARLIE PUTH – “Sober” (RCA)
Album: The Beautiful & Damned (2017)
Past T40 History: Both artists now have two #1 singles at the format to date, as G-Eazy’s “Him & I” (with Halsey) holds at the top.

KHALID & NORMANI – “Love Lies” (RCA)
Album: Love, Simon (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: Khalid has four top 40 entries to date, but Normani (of Fifth Harmony) has never ranked here with a solo song.

PARAMORE – “Rose-Colored Boy” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
Album: After Laughter (2017)
Past T40 History: “Boy” is the second pop radio single from their newest release; the first, “Hard Times”, peaked at #42 last June.

Next week: a collaboration from Eminem and Kehlani is the only song (so far) impacting at the format.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 8, 2017)

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: Harry Styles raises a toast to “Ghosts”, AJR prove that they are fanatics of the dramatic and much more. Forget about the popcorn and popsicles, munch down on these pop stats tonight:

“TWO” BECOMES ONE: After Louis Tomlinson led the Top 40 adds report for the past two weeks, it’s time for another One Direction member to take control at the top. Harry Styles is looking for his second solo top 40 single with “Two Ghosts”, and at pop stations this week, it spooks up 36 adds from the panel. “Two” is the follow-up to “Sign Of The Times”, which scored a massive 127 adds on impact in April, peaking at #12 (4/30, 5/7 and 5/21/17) on the chart. Of course, Styles’s self-titled album entered at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart earlier this year. Though much of the initial hype of this era has died down, “Two” can still take a nice run up the chart. However, even with the ghost talk, I wouldn’t get into the Halloween spirit too early… it’s only August 8. (It’s definitely a good time for candy, regardless of the date.)

FREAKS OF THE “WEAK”: Since 2014, the trio of brothers known as AJR have reached the Top 40 chart with two top 30 hits: “I’m Ready” (#25, 7/27/14) and “Weak” (#27, 6/4 and 6/18/17). Now, the Met siblings get some brotherly love from the stations of the pop panel, receiving 24 adds on impact, good for a third place (tie) finish. It’s the second radio single from their newest set The Click, which didn’t exactly click with the buying public, reaching #61 on the Billboard 200. Will Adam, Jack and Ryan finally break into the top 20? Will a brick wall await them below the region once more? Ooh, time will tell, kids. Watch this space!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. HARRY STYLES, “Two Ghosts” (Columbia)
2. PORTUGAL. THE MAN, “Feel It Still” (Atlantic)
3. AJR,
“Drama” (AJR Prod./RED)
4. SELENA GOMEZ featuring GUCCI MANE,
“Fetish” (Interscope)
5. LOUIS TOMLINSON featuring BEBE REXHA & DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS,
“Back To You” (Syco/Epic)
6. DEMI LOVATO,
“Sorry Not Sorry” (Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood)
7. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE,
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
8. ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE,
“Get Low” (Interscope)
9. KHALID,
“Location” (RCA)
10. WHY DON’T WE, “Something Different” (Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 7-8, 2017)

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 the four new songs impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AJR – “Drama” (S-Curve/BMG)
Album: The Click (2017)
Past T40 History: The Met brothers have hit the top 30 twice (“I’m Ready” and “Weak”) since 2014. Will this track go any higher?

AXWELL ^ INGROSSO – “More Than You Know” (Def Jam)
EP: More Than You Know (2017)
Past T40 History: “I Love You” got to #28 here in April. “More” is a big streaming hit, with a top 15 peak on Spotify’s Global chart.

HARRY STYLES – “Two Ghosts” (Columbia)
Album: Harry Styles (2017)
Past T40 History: “Sign Of The Times”, Styles’s first solo chart entry, reached #12 back in May. His self-titled album peaked at #1.

WHY DON’T WE – “Something Different” (Atlantic)
EP: Something Different (2017)
Past T40 History: This five-man boy band is the only new act impacting here this week. “Different” is a former Spotify Viral entry.

Next week: Olivia O’Brien says “RIP” to her competitors, while The Script hopes the adds “Rain” down on them.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 16, 2017)

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: Miley Cyrus makes that musical move to “Malibu”, Childish Gambino returns to the pop playground and more! It’s just a few days before my five year college reunion, and I’m ready to celebrate the hits from this week’s graduating gems on the honor roll we call the Most Added list. Grab your caps and gowns… and a few adds too:

HIGHLY MILEY: After debuting at #37 on the published update last Sunday, Miley Cyrus easily claims this week’s Most Added song at the CHR format with “Malibu”. The track surfs in with 116 adds. Hole‘s “Malibu”, which was mentioned briefly in Sunday’s post, received 42 adds on impact (the second Most Added song that week, behind Alanis Morissette‘s “Unsent” with 95 adds) on its way to a peak of #35 in February 1999. While the state of California resides in a number of top 40 titles throughout the decades, the cities and towns located on the musical map of The Golden State include Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco, San José, Sausalito and Ventura. (Of course, Malibu brings that total up by one.) Look out for Cyrus’s next studio album later this year, which you can purchase in Malibu, or pretty much anywhere else in the world.

CHILDISH BEHAVIOR: The performer known as Childish Gambino has charted with two minor singles so far this decade: a top 50 entry called “Heartbeat” (#43, 3/4/12) and the top 40 entry “V. 3005″ (#38, 9/14-21 and 10/5/14). Needless to say, the pop panel and the performer don’t exactly have a relationship that’s hand in Glover; at least, not at this point. However, that isn’t going to stop the California artist from trying for his second top 40 single at the format with “Redbone”. The current #1 on the Urban AC chart, which also ranks in the top ten at Urban radio and top 15 at Rhythmic, impacts with 14 stations this week, which gives it a tied total for the 8th Most Added spot. We’ll see if the children drive Childish to his biggest pop hit yet this summer.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (TWELVE)
1. MILEY CYRUS, “Malibu” (RCA)
2-T. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER
, “Despacito (Remix)” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
2-T. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands” (Capitol)
4. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (Island/Republic)
5. CHARLIE PUTH, “Attention” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
6-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
6-T. KENDRICK LAMAR, “Humble.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
8-T. AJR“Weak” (RED)
8-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “Redbone” (Glassnote)
10-T. CHEAT CODES featuring DEMI LOVATO, “No Promises” (300 Ent.)
10-T. HAILEE STEINFELD, “Most Girls” (Republic)
10-T. SAM HUNT, “Body Like A Back Road” (MCA Nashville/Capitol)

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