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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 26, 2021

New Music Friday has gone wild.

Need some new music after a big Thanksgiving meal? We’re thankful for these New Music Friday releases, including top albums from Alan Walker, Gary Barlow and Westlife, as well as fresh tracks from Becky Hill, Jessie Murph and Years & Years. Here are some sweet talkers and tunes:

Notable albums out this week: Alan Walker‘s World Of Walker (Stream), Allie X‘s Cape God (Deluxe) (Stream), Christina Perri‘s Songs For Rosie (Stream), Deep Purple‘s Turning To Crime (Stream), Gary Barlow‘s The Dream Of Christmas (Stream), Westlife‘s Wild Dreams (Stream)

Notable EPs out this week: Ama Lou‘s At Least We Have This (Stream), Grace Davies‘s I Wonder If You Wonder (Stream), Kurtis Wells‘s Ricardo (Stream), Trolls: Holiday In Harmony (Stream)

New digital singles that you can buy/stream this week include:
“2gether”, Mura Masa (Stream)
“555”, CMTEN (Stream)
“Always Been You”, Jessie Murph (Stream)
“Amazing Gr4ce”, TOKYO’S REVENGE (Stream)
“Another Day In America”, Kali Uchis & Ozuna (Stream)
“Bad Little Thing (The Him Remix)”, Noa Kirel (Stream)
“Borracho”, Sech & DJ Khaled (Stream)
“Boujee On A Budget”, Robyn Ottolini (Stream)
“Break My Heart”, Hook N Sling x Nico & Vinz (Stream)
“Burn The Empire”, The Snuts (Stream)
“Can’t Be Wrong”, Maverick Sabre (Stream)
“Car Crash”, Low Lying Sun (Stream)
“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, Cast Of Sing 2 (Stream)
“Destroy Myself Just For You”, Montell Fish (Stream)
“Do The Most”, Yayo Da Cartune (Stream)
“Don’t Miss Me”, Claire Rosinkranz (Stream)
“Eyes For U”, Karma Child featuring Conor Maynard & Gia Koka (Stream)
“Fine By Me”, Morgen (Stream)
“Go”, $NOT (Stream)
“God Must Hate Me”, Catie Turner (Stream)
“Got A Lil’ Older”, SpotemGottem & Hurricane Wisdom (Stream)
“Grateful”, Kota The Friend (Stream)
“Greatest Hits (Acoustic)”, Gavin James (Stream)
“Haunted House”, Matt Schuster (Stream)
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, Becky Hill (Stream)
“Head Like A Hole”, Sam Tinnesz (Stream)
“I Hope You Change Your Mind”, Donovan Woods (Stream)
“IDC”, Daine (Stream)
“I’ll Take You Down”, 220 Kid featuring Chilli Chilton (Stream)
“Just Say It”, KILLBOY (Stream)
“Lie Lie Lie”, MICO (Stream)
“Light It Up (Fa La La)”, Kallico (Stream)
“Love Sux”, JXN (Stream)
“Love&Adoration”, Madison Ryann Ward (Stream)
“Make Me Feel”, Tyron Hapi (Stream)
“Midas Touch”, AURORA (Stream)
“Miranda”, Frank Turner (Stream)
“My Everything (Part III)”, B-Lovee featuring G Herbo (Stream)
“Never Say”, Jac Ross (Stream)
“Nothing Breaks Your Heart Like Christmas”, Matt Maltese (Stream)
“Nothing’s Impossible”, Dionne Warwick featuring Chance The Rapper (Stream)
“Old Flame”, Sody (Stream)
“On My Mind”, Jonasu & JC Stewart (Stream)
“Outrun Myself”, Jack Kays & Travis Barker (Stream)
“Pennsylvania”, Dylan Rockoff (Stream)
“Pieces”, AVAION, VIZE & Leony (Stream)
“Roberto C”, Young T & Bugsey featuring Unknown T (Stream)
“Santa’s Gotta Dirty Job”, Rich & Rowe (Stream)
“Save The City”, Cast Of Marvel’s Hawkeye (Stream)
“Second Hand Love”, Julie Bergan featuring Ruben (Stream)
“Shady Intentions”, NGHTMRE & Zeds Dead featuring Tori Levett (Stream)
“Shame”, Midwxst (Stream)
“Shampoo”, Jack Omstead (Stream)
“Shivers (Remix)”, Ed Sheeran featuring Jessi & SUNMI (Stream)
“Single Bells”, The Band McMillan (Stream)
“Sunroof”, Nicky Youre & Dazy (Stream)
“Sweet Talker”, Years & Years x Galantis (Stream)
“Take A Chance”, SERA (Stream)
“Tell Me”, Steel Banglez featuring Clean Bandit, Wes Nelson, Stefflon Don & Unknown T (Stream)
“The Best Is Yet To Come”, Ben Rector (Stream)
“The Life We Planned”, Benedict Cork (Stream)
“The Realest”, Quando Rondo (Stream)
“Tractor”, Tom Rosenthal (Stream)
“Traps”, Bloc Party (Stream)
“U Up?”, Young Bombs featuring Stondon Massey (Stream)
“Want What I Can’t Have”, Ivy Adara (Stream)
“Wash My Sorrows Away”, Budjerah (Stream)
“What’s Not To Like”, Lime Cordiale & Idris Elba (Stream)
“Why Do I Call”, Nicky Romero (Stream)
“Wishes Come True”, Duncan Laurence (Stream)
“You Killed Me”, Munn (Stream)
“You’re Not Harry Styles”, DYLAN (Stream)
“Zombie”, SMYLES (Stream)

Next week, the current albums from Khalid and Polo G are the largest releases on the schedule. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 10, 2021

The stars are out this week.

It’s a particularly starry New Music Friday ahead of this late summer weekend, with top albums twinkling from Baby Keem, Kacey Musgraves and Masked Wolf, as well as shining songs from Ed Sheeran, Sabrina Carpenter and Sam Hunt. The musical hunt for new bops starts now:

Notable albums out this week: Ann Marie‘s Hate Love (Stream), Baby Keem‘s The Melodic Blue (Stream), Barlow & Bear‘s The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical (Stream), Donny Osmond‘s Start Again (Stream), Foy Vance‘s Signs Of Life (Stream), Kacey Musgraves‘s Star-Crossed (Stream), Masked Wolf‘s Astronomical (Stream), Pentatonix‘s The Lucky Ones (Deluxe) (Stream), Steps‘s What The Future Holds, Pt. 2 (Stream), The Band CAMINO‘s The Band CAMINO (Stream), YEBBA‘s Dawn (Stream), The Metallica Blacklist (Stream)

Notable EPs out this week: Alan Walker‘s Walker Racing League (Stream), BoyWithUke‘s Faded (Stream), Deb Never‘s Where Have All The Flowers Gone? (Stream), Ella Jane‘s This Is Not What It Looks Like! (Stream), Lorde‘s Te Ao Mārama (Stream), Mitchell Tenpenny‘s Midtown Diaries (Stream), Mxmtoon‘s True Colors (Stream), Nessa Barrett‘s Pretty Poison (Stream), PHANGS‘s I Love Everything (Stream), Tyler Posey‘s Drugs (Stream)

New digital singles that you can buy/stream this week include:
“23”, Sam Hunt (Stream)
“24/5”, Mimi Webb (Stream)
“730”, Pia Mia (Stream)
“A-O-K”, Tai Verdes & 24KGoldn (Stream)
“After Goodbye”, Jasmine Thompson (Stream)
“All My Friends”, FRENSHIP (Stream)
“Already Do”, Josh Gray (Stream)
“Always”, Cold War Kids (Stream)
“Angel Baby”, Troye Sivan (Stream)
“Another Day”, Fiji Blue (Stream)
“Arcadia”, Lana Del Rey (Stream)
“Bad Day”, Justus Bennetts (Stream)
“Big Persona”, Maxo Kream featuring Tyler, The Creator (Stream)
“Bluebonnets”, Austin George (Stream)
“Break”, WizTheMC (Stream)
“Burning Bridges (Crush Club Remix)”, Sigrid (Stream)
“Calling All Angels”, Chelsea Cutler featuring Quinn XCII (Stream)
“Can’t Hide It”, Curtis Harding (Stream)
“Casita”, Goth Babe (Stream)
“Certainty”, Big Thief (Stream)
“Cheers!”, Jukebox The Ghost (Stream)
“Claim”, Drumaq & Olivia O’Brien (Stream)
“Crash”, Clara Mae (Stream)
“Crazy Tings”, Tems (Stream)
“Damn It Feels Good To Be Me”, Andy Grammer (Stream)
“Dancer”, LÉON (Stream)
“Don’t Make Me Miss You”, Wayne Regretzky & Sad Alex (Stream)
“Drive”, Valerie Broussard (Stream)
“Easy Girl Easy Boy”, Haven (Stream)
“Election Night”, Cassidy Mann (Stream)
“End Of Me”, Billy Talent featuring Rivers Cuomo (Stream)
“Everything Sucks”, Vaultboy featuring GRACEY (Stream)
“Fancy Like”, Walker Hayes featuring Kesha (Stream)
“Femme Fatale”, Sir Chloe (Stream)
“Flipside”, Clubhouse (Stream)
“Footprints”, Tom Gregory (Stream)
“Friday Nights In October”, 90’s Kids (Stream)
“Get You Down” and “The Kitchen (Live)”, Sam Fender (Stream)
“Ghost Story”, Cheat Codes & All Time Low (Stream)
“Ghosted”, Michael Aldag (Stream)
“Good Days”, Young Rising Sons (Stream)
“Guerrilla” and “Sexy Villain”, Remi Wolf (Stream)
“Hanging On Your Hinges”, Stereophonics (Stream)
“Happy For Me”, Kenzie (Stream)
“Have Mercy”, Chlöe (Stream)
“Hero” and “Island”, Alice Merton (Stream)
“I Don’t Wanna Leave”, PRETTYMUCH featuring Jeremih (Stream)
“I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance)”, Glass Animals (Stream)
“I Forgot About You”, Jake Miller (Stream)
“I Think I”, Ben Kessler & Lizzy McAlpine (Stream)
“I Wanna See You Smile”, Aquilo (Stream)
“If It Weren’t For You”, Christopher (Stream)
“If You Say The Word”, Radiohead (Stream)
“I’ll Find My Way To You”, Elderbrook & Emmit Fenn (Stream)
“Kill The Noise”, Papa Roach (Stream)
“Lala (Unlocked)”, Alicia Keys featuring Swae Lee (Stream)
“Lalisa” and “Money”, Lisa (Stream)
“Less Of A Man”, Zak Abel (Stream)
“Let Her Talk”, Cooper Alan (Stream)
“Life’s So Good”, Chet Porter featuring Cherry Surf (Stream)
“Lifeline”, Layto (Stream)
“Lips”, Alaina Castillo (Stream)
“Lonely”, Arctic Lake (Stream)
“Lonely”, DaBaby & Lil Wayne (Stream)
“Long Way”, Eddie Vedder (Stream)
“Love Under Pressure”, James Blunt (Stream)
“Love You To Death”, Fickle Friends (Stream)
“Luv U A Lil’ Bit”, DACEY (Stream)
“Majesty (Where We Gonna Take It)”, Common featuring PJ (Stream)
“Mal De Amores”, Sofía Reyes x Becky G (Stream)
“Mood Swings”, New Dialogue (Stream)
“Movie”, Blake Rose (Stream)
“Nobody Has To Know”, Thomas Headon (Stream)
“Nostálgico”, Rvssian, Rauw Alejandro & Chris Brown (Stream)
“Obsessed With You”, Central Cee (Stream)
“One Day”, Monsta X (Stream)
“Optimistic”, KYLE & Dougie F (Stream)
“Osaka (End Of The World Remix)”, SHAED (Stream)
“Over You”, RAY BLK featuring Stefflon Don (Stream)
“Petrichor”, Cassyette (Stream)
“Piece Of Me”, Gryffin & LOVA (Stream)
“Pressure”, Ari Lennox (Stream)
“Public”, KA$HDAMI (Stream)
“Pull Up”, J. Rey Soul & Will.I.Am featuring Nile Rodgers (Stream)
“Right Track”, Syd featuring Smino (Stream)
“Runaway”, Ben Abraham (Stream)
“Sad Boy”, R3HAB & Jonas Blue featuring Ava Max & Kylie Cantrall (Stream)
“Safe Word”, Carlos Guevara (Stream)
“Scarlett”, Holly Humberstone (Stream)
“Screaming Underwater”, Alex Warren (Stream)
“Shivers”, Ed Sheeran (Stream)
“Shoot”, Tommy Lefroy (Stream)
“Silk Chiffon”, MUNA featuring Phoebe Bridgers (Stream)
“Skinny Dipping”, Sabrina Carpenter (Stream)
“Social Stamina”, ROSIE (Stream)
“Socials”, Good Future (Stream)
“Some Habits”, Cole Swindell (Stream)
“Somebody Else”, Boon (Stream)
“Sophie”, Jad Saad (Stream)
“Story Time”, Fivio Foreign (Stream)
“Straight To 4th”, Mozzy (Stream)
“Summertime”, Ellery Bonham featuring TOBi (Stream)
“The Announcement”, G-Eazy (Stream)
“The Anonymous Ones”, SZA (Stream)
“The Assignment”, Tay Money (Stream)
“True Seekers”, Sleigh Bells (Stream)
“Unbreakable”, TELYKast & Sam Gray (Stream)
“Unlonely Me”, MacKenzie Porter (Stream)
“Utah Freestyle”, Russ (Stream)
“Victory”, DVBBS featuring YBN Nahmir (Stream)
“Voulez-Vous Me To”, Serena Isioma (Stream)
“Ways Of Love”, Bahari (Stream)
“We Cry”, JP Cooper (Stream)
“Wonder Woman”, WSTRN (Stream)
“Would I Lie To You”, Nico Santos (Stream)

Next week, new albums from Lil Nas X and Scotty McCreery are among the larger releases on the schedule. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 21, 2019)

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: Halsey‘s controlling your pop dreams, as her latest single easily takes the crown over a single from one of Friday’s most-anticipated releases. Let’s add ’em up:

WELCOME TO MY “NIGHTMARE”: She may not be Alice Cooper yet, but Halsey is rocking atop this week’s pop radio adds report with a lofty 162 stations on impact for “Nightmare”. The hit entered at #26 on last Sunday’s list after hourly airplay at many stations on Friday and should continue to rise quickly in the coming weeks. Will it become the performer’s third #1 single of 2019? Will the dream police stop her? Someone call Cheap Trick to solve this one! For those of you chart archive enthusiasts, this is the third “nightmare” title to reach the top 40 at the format, with cuts by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (1988) and Shontelle (2010) being the first two to pull off the feat.

Of course, DJ Khaled has another one on the Top 40 airwaves, as his SZA-assisted “Just Us” takes the runner-up spot on the log. With 48 stations on impact, the collaboration from Father Of Asahd should easily chart by this weekend’s published update. You’ll also find a number of emerging titles from acts like Christian Paul, Lizzo and SHAED among the rest of the top ten this week.

Next week, an easier choice emerges for the format: of course, that would be the latest single from 5 Seconds Of Summer. Until then, have a good long weekend!

1. HALSEY, “Nightmare” (Capitol)
2. DJ KHALED featuring SZA, “Just Us” (We The Best/Epic)
3. SHAED, “Trampoline” (Photo Finish/Caroline)
4. BILLIE EILISH, “Bad Guy” (Darkroom/Interscope)
5. KYGO & RITA ORA, “Carry On” (Palm Tree/RCA)
7-T. BRYCE VINE featuring YG, “La La Land” (Sire/Warner Bros.)
7-T. MAX featuring QUINN XCII, “Love Me Less” (Arista/RED)
9-T. CHRISTIAN PAUL, “Strong” (12Tone/SRP)
9-T. LIZZO, “Truth Hurts” (Atlantic)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 14, 2018

A web of new music.

‘Tis the season for some jolly gifts from the musical gods, including several notable rap albums and the big soundtrack to one of this weekend’s hottest films. Here are all the albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
Featuring new songs from Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone and many other artists, the soundtrack to this animated movie (which opens tomorrow) should receive a nice boost if the film performs at the box office. Malone’s “Sunflower” (with Swae Lee) is currently charting at several radio formats.

KODAK BLACK – Dying To Live (iTunes)
This album features the Travis Scott and Offset-assisted “Zeze”, a recent #2 single on the Billboard Hot 100 that continues its run in the top ten on the Rhythmic and Urban charts. Given that song’s success, the entire set is likely to be fairly reactive in the market.

MITCHELL TENPENNY – Telling All My Secrets (iTunes)
Tenpenny recently topped the Country radio survey with the hit “Drunk Me”, which is to be followed with “Alcohol You Later” in the new year. We’re sure plenty of his fans will be taking a sip of his latest album in the next few days.

Notable albums out this week: Alan Walker‘s Different World (iTunes), Bay Faction‘s Florida Guilt (iTunes), Bruce Springsteen‘s Springsteen On Broadway (iTunes), Kid Ink‘s Missed Calls (iTunes), The Chainsmokers‘s Sick Boy (iTunes), Vic Mensa‘s Hooligans (iTunes), Volbeat‘s Let’s Boogie! Live From Telia Parken (iTunes), We Three‘s We Three (iTunes), Wisin Y Yandel‘s Los Campeones Del Pueblo (The Big Leagues) (iTunes), ZAYN‘s Icarus Falls (iTunes), Ninjawerks (Vol. 1) (iTunes), Vox Lux (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Chris Ayer‘s Holiday (iTunes), Daniel Powter‘s Giants (iTunes), Gryffin‘s Gravity, Pt. 1 (iTunes), Netsky‘s Abbot Kinney (iTunes), The Decemberists‘s Traveling On (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“100 Ways”, Zhavia Ward (iTunes)
“All I Want For Christmas Is You”, New Hope Club (iTunes)
“Back & Forth (Acoustic)”, Becky Hill (iTunes)
“Behave (James Carter Remix)”, Benjamin Ingrosso (iTunes)
“Cheerleader (Demo)”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Dasher”, Gerard Way featuring Lydia Night (iTunes)
“Dirty Blonde”, Eden xo (iTunes)
“Don’t F–k With My Money”, Mystery Skulls (iTunes)
“Done (R3HAB Remix)”, Nikki Vianna (iTunes)
“Elevate”, Papa Roach (iTunes)
“Excuses (Kia Love Remix)”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“Give It”, Betta Lemme (iTunes)
“Glitch”, Martin Garrix & Julian Jordan (iTunes)
“Imagine”, Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“Jello”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Last Xmas”, Allie X (iTunes)
“London”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Loneliness”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Man To Man”, Dorian Electra (iTunes)
“No Plans”, AJ Mitchell featuring Marteen (iTunes)
“Numb”, Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Other Side Of Love”, Anderson East (iTunes)
“Paradise (Acoustic)”, Ofenbach featuring Benjamin Ingrosso (iTunes)
“Pep Talk” and “Quarter-Life Crisis”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“Pretty Paper”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“Psycho”, Delaney Jane (iTunes)
“Rewrite The Stars (Wideboy’s Hands In The Air Remix)”, James Arthur & Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Shivers”, JT Roach (iTunes)
“Speechless (Lucas & Steve Remix)”, Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola (iTunes)
“Stop Believing In Santa”, MNEK (iTunes)
“Strangers In The Night”, Fergus (iTunes)
“Sunday Morning (Alyx Ander Remix)”, Matoma featuring Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Tell Me It’s Over”, Avril Lavigne (iTunes)
“Testify”, Robin Thicke (iTunes)
“That’s Yo Money”, T-Pain (iTunes)
“The Mask”, Matt Maeson (iTunes)
“Tired Of Being Lonely”, Jackson Harris (iTunes)
“Tough”, Quinn XCII featuring Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Used To Love”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Voicebreaks”, Sofi De La Torre (iTunes)
“War Cry”, Queen Naija (iTunes)
“Waste It On Me (Cheat Codes Remix)”, Steve Aoki featuring BTS (iTunes)
“What Happens In a Small Town”, Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell (iTunes)
“What’s Goin’ On”, Vigiland (iTunes)
“Woman Like Me (Banx & Ranx Remix)”, Little Mix (iTunes)
“Xmas Trees”, Bibi Bourelly (iTunes)
“Yesterday”, Justin Klump (iTunes)
“You Mean The Whole Wide World To Me”, Christina Perri (iTunes)

You’ll have to wait until January for some larger albums to appear on the schedule again; a condensed post for next week is TBD for now. Until then, thanks for another great musical year. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (January 16, 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: Five becomes one, as Maroon 5 is the one at the top of the list, and some new songs break into the top ten on and before their impact date. My my my — let’s add ’em up!

WORTH THE “WAIT”: With their follow-up to the SZA-assisted “What Lovers Do”, Maroon 5, who are more like Maroon 7 at this point, score this week’s Most Added song with “Wait”, chalking up 55 stations on impact. Their newest single is taken from the album Red Pill Blues, which was released in November. Already ranking in the top 50, and gaining well day-to-day, “Wait” is likely to secure a place in the top 40 in the coming days. The only other impacting release this week, ranking at #8, is “Beg” from the duo Jack & Jack, which launches with 13 adds on impact. It’s the first song from the two 21-year-olds to go for adds at the format, but they’ve been releasing a lot of music independently for several years now, which has reacted on Vine and YouTube. Watch out for a couple of pre-impact pop winners from singer Troye Sivan, blasting in with 24 stations for “My My My!” (#4) in its first week, as well as Alice Merton, new at 14 stations for “No Roots” (#7) in its biggest frame to date. The former title goes for adds next week, while the latter title heads to the format on February 13, as it rides high on the Alternative and Triple A charts.

1. MAROON 5, “Wait” (222/Interscope)
2*. BRUNO MARS & CARDI B, “Finesse” (Atlantic) (*original and remix versions combined)
3*. LIAM PAYNE & RITA ORA, “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)” (Republic) (**#2 if Mars’s songs counted separately)
4. TROYE SIVAN, “My My My!” (Capitol)
5. CAMILA CABELLO, “Never Be The Same” (Syco/Epic)
6. EMINEM featuring ED SHEERAN, “River” (Shady/Interscope)
7. ALICE MERTON, “No Roots” (Mom + Pop/RED)
8. JACK & JACK, “Beg” (Island/Republic)
10-T. KESHA featuring THE DAP-KINGS HORNS, “Woman” (RCA)
10-T. P!NK, “Beautiful Trauma” (RCA)
10-T. THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, “Walk On Water” (Interscope)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (January 7, 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. Happy New Year and welcome back! Lots of action on the airwaves this week, as programmers wake up from the bitterly cold break with plenty of presents to keep us warm. The first Radio Active report of 2018 starts much how the last report of 2017 began:

SEVEN WONDERS: Surviving through the slow holiday season and into 2018, Camila Cabello‘s biggest solo release to date, the Young Thug-assisted “Havana”, grabs a seventh week on top of the CHR/Top 40 chart. The global hit, taken from her forthcoming album Camila, is the longest-running #1 song at the format since Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You”, which spent a total of ten weeks at the summit last spring. Her follow-up single, “Never Be The Same”, climbs from 34-30 this week, as it officially impacts on Tuesday. (Much of the panel is already on it, with adds spread out over the last few weeks, so don’t expect a big result.) “Havana” is still about 900 spins away from its nearest competitor, and with her aforementioned set due on Friday, there’s still a small chance that it could lead the chart for an eighth week. We’ll see! Regardless of what happens, she’s still a winner.

FILTHY AND FINESSE-Y: Two of this week’s top 40 entries were released at the end of last week to massive sales and streaming debuts, as well as hourly airplay on their respective first days in the market. The latter one, “Filthy” by Justin Timberlake, was all over the place on Friday and bursts into the countdown this week all the way up at #22, marking his 29th solo entry since 2002. His return to the pop format comes a week shy of the 20th anniversary of the impact date for what would become *NSYNC‘s debut U.S. hit, “I Want You Back”, which eventually went to #5 that May. In with a still-impressive 19th top 40 song is hitmaker Bruno Mars, whose remix of “Finesse” (along with Cardi B, now in with her second top 40 hit) launches at #33. The new jack swing release is an updated version of an album cut from his 2016 set, 24K Magic, which you’ll be hearing plenty about with the Grammy Awards a few weeks away. Further down the chart, the song “Home” (#39) by Machine Gun Kelly (third top 40 hit), X Ambassadors (fourth) and Bebe Rexha (12th) boosts the soundtrack to the Netflix movie Bright, while Post Malone‘s “I Fall Apart” (#40) lands the 22-year-old performer his fourth top 40 single (third from Stoney) at the format since 2015.

PUMP UP THE VOLUME: In addition to all the excitement in the top 40, another three songs are new to the top 50 this week. At #48, we find a big Urban (#10) and Rhythmic (#11) hit from chart newcomer Lil Pump, who enters with “Gucci Gang”. The rapper, 17-year-old Gazzy Garcia, released his self-titled debut last year, reaching #3 on the Billboard 200 list. Two additional EDM releases come in just below that single, with “First Love” (#49) bringing together the duo Lost Kings and two-time top 40 entrant Sabrina Carpenter, with “All Falls Down” (#50) linking Alan Walker with another singer with two top 40 tracks, Noah Cyrus, as well as Digital Farm Animals, who appeared (in a featured role) on Louis Tomlinson‘s “Back To You” (#24) in 2017. Will the two guys of Lost Kings or Walker, who have achieved plenty of top 40 hits to date on the Dance survey, finally manage their first top 40 hit on the CHR chart? We’ll see soon!

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (December 4-5, 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 four tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Walker’s “Faded” went to #45 last year, but Cyrus and DJ/producer Nicholas Gale went top 40 earlier this year.

BTS featuring DESIIGNER – “MIC Drop” (BigHit/RED)
EP: Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’ (2017)
Past T40 History: The popular K-pop group has never charted at the format before, but the rapper’s “Panda” went to #20 in 2016.

G-EAZY & HALSEY – “Him & I” (RCA/Capitol)
Album: The Beautiful & Damned (2017)
Past T40 History: With a pair of #1 songs and nearly a dozen top 40 hits between them, CHR radio’s new romance has just begun.

Album: Bright (Soundtrack) (2017)
Past T40 History: Both Kelly and Rexha have hit #1 here as a part of collaborations. The New York group has two top tens to date.

Next week: It’s the last impact date of the year, featuring Thirty Seconds To Mars and (hopefully) more!

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

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