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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 17, 2019)

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. We may not have an Irish act at the top, but that shouldn’t ruin your St. Patrick’s Day fun. Let’s drink to this pop power and check out what’s popping on the radio this Sunday:

PUT A “RINGS” ON IT: For the second consecutive week, Ariana Grande‘s “7 Rings” is the shiny #1 song at the Top 40 format. It does lose some ground from last week, though it’s less than 1% of its spin total. The song is looking to spend a third week atop the chart, and with the next bulleted entry about 4,500 spins away, chances are that it’ll accomplish that.

This week’s top 40 action is led by “Here With Me”, the first collaboration for Marshmello and CVHRCHES, which starts at #38. It’s the sixth top 40 entry for the mysterious DJ and the first for the trio, who first entered the Alternative list during the fall of 2013 with “The Mother We Share”. Khalid‘s “Talk” bounces up from 42-39, marking his eighth song to reach the region at the format. At #40, moving up six spots from a week ago, “I Can’t Get Enough” by Benny Blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez and J Balvin is also a top 40 entry this week. This is the third top 40 hit as an artist for Blanco, the first for Tainy, the 16th solo hit for Gomez and the fifth for Balvin. In addition to these titles, “Woke Up Late” by Drax Project and Hailee Steinfeld re-enters the top 40, rising 41-36.

The first collaboration for Lauv and Troye Sivan leads some more activity in the top 50, with “I’m So Tired…” launching at #45. It ranked in second place on last Tuesday’s adds report and should continue to develop at the format in the coming weeks. Debuting at #47, teenager AJ Mitchell makes some moves with his second chart entry, “All My Friends”. It follows “Girls”, which got as high as #38 in December. Lastly, coming in at #50, Alec Benjamin climbs onto the list with “Let Me Down Slowly”, a song that’s been just below the region for some time now. Thanks to about a dozen or stations and some syndicated airplay, it’s now on the chart.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 3, 2019

Breaking into the top spot.

DEBUTS
39. Smith & Thell featuring Swedish Jam Factory – Forgive Me Friend
38. Lizzo – Juice
36. Backstreet Boys – No Place
33. Panic! At The Disco – Hey Look Ma, I Made It | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. FLETCHER – Undrunk (37)
26. Dua Lipa – Swan Song (34) | BIGGEST MOVER
23. Dean Lewis – 7 Minutes (28)
22. The Cranberries – All Over Now (29)
15. Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant (21)
11. Walk The Moon – Timebomb (17)
(see #5 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (08) | PEAK: #07
09. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (06) | PEAK: #01 for one week
08. The Strumbellas – Salvation (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Maggie Rogers – Light On (05) | PEAK: #03
06. Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar (10) | PEAK: #05
04. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Backstreet Boys – Chances (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. half•alive – Still Feel (1)
2. Kian – Waiting (2)
3. Passenger – Survivors (6)
4. American Authors featuring Bear Rinehart – Neighborhood (5)
5. Dan + Shay – Speechless (4)
6. MKTO – How Can I Forget (-)
7. Betty Who – I Remember (8)
8. Jeremy Zucker – Comethru (-)
9. Dido – Give You Up (-)
10. Billie Eilish – When The Party’s Over (-)

In The Mix:
Bryan Adams – Shine A Light
Emily King – Look At Me Now
for KING & COUNTRY – God Only Knows (new)
Grey featuring LÉON – Want You Back
James TW – You & Me
Jimmie Allen – Best Shot
Lauv & Troye Sivan – I’m So Tired…
LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) – Genius
Mat Kerekes – Ruby
Parachute – Young
Rachel Crow – Up All Night
Sheppard – On My Way (new)
Shinedown – Get Up (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Congrats to Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus, who each earn their first #1 song on my chart with “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart”, up 2-1. The hit is currently in the top 20 on the Top 40 chart, as it approaches the region on the Hot AC list. Dua Lipa‘s “Swan Song” leaps from 34-26, which is enough for the soundtrack cut to claim the title of Biggest Mover. Four new songs enter the top 40 this week, led by Panic! At The Disco‘s “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” at #33. It’s the follow-up to “High Hopes”, a huge radio track that got as high as #2 on here. With their three-week run at the top with “Chances” coming to a close, the Backstreet Boys are in at #36 with the third radio single from their #1 album DNA, “No Place”. You’ll also find it in the top 40 on the Hot AC survey. Further entries this week all come from chart newcomers: Lizzo comes in at #38 with “Juice” and the collaboration from Smith & Thell and Swedish Jam Factory titled “Forgive Me Friend” starts at #39. The latter song is already in the top ten in Sweden, while the former saw a solid sales and streaming spike following a recent performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 27, 2019

Five Boys, three weeks.

DEBUTS
38. Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld – Woke Up Late
37. FLETCHER – Undrunk
34. Dua Lipa – Swan Song | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. The Cranberries – All Over Now (35)
28. Dean Lewis – 7 Minutes (33)
24. Westlife – Hello My Love (30)
21. Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant (31) | BIGGEST MOVER
17. Walk The Moon – Timebomb (24)
10. Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar (17)
09. The Strumbellas – Salvation (14)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar (17) | PEAK: #10
09. The Strumbellas – Salvation (14) | PEAK: #09
08. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (07) | PEAK: #07
07. Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (06) | PEAK: #01 for one week
05. Maggie Rogers – Light On (04) | PEAK: #03
04. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Backstreet Boys – Chances (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. half•alive – Still Feel (1)
2. Kian – Waiting (4)
3. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (3)
4. Dan + Shay – Speechless (6)
5. American Authors featuring Bear Rinehart – Neighborhood (2)
6. Passenger – Survivors (-)
7. Smith & Thell featuring Swedish Jam Factory – Forgive Me Friend (8)
8. Betty Who – I Remember (-)
9. Lizzo – Juice (10)
10. Panic! At The Disco – Hey Look Ma, I Made It (-)

In The Mix:
Ariana Grande – 7 Rings
Backstreet Boys – No Place (new)
Billie Eilish – When The Party’s Over
Bryan Adams – Shine A Light
David Gray – A Tight Ship
Dido – Give You Up (new)
Emily King – Look At Me Now
Grey featuring LÉON – Want You Back
Haley Reinhart – Don’t Know How To Love You
James TW – You & Me
Jeremy Zucker – Comethru (new)
Jimmie Allen – Best Shot
Lauv & Troye Sivan – I’m So Tired… (new)
LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) – Genius
Mat Kerekes – Ruby
MKTO – How Can I Forget
Parachute – Young
Rachel Crow – Up All Night (new)
We Three – Heaven’s Not Too Far

Chart Notes:

  • As the Backstreet Boys remain at #1 for the third week with “Chances”, three delightful debuts spring onto the chart. Off the soundtrack to the movie Alita: Battle Angel, Dua Lipa scores the week’s Highest Debut with “Swan Song”, breaking in at #34. Lipa has two #1 hits to date on my personal chart and a total of seven weeks at the summit. Starting at #37 with her first hit entry since 2015, FLETCHER is back on the list with “Undrunk”. Her prior chart single, “War Paint”, reached #12 in October of that year. “Undrunk” is her first release for a major label. Lastly, at #38, “Woke Up Late” enters the chart in a newly-released version by the original group, Drax Project, and actor/singer Hailee Steinfeld. Just over a year ago, the tune was a decent-sized hit in the quartet’s native New Zealand.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 20, 2019

Second chances for #1.

DEBUTS
36. Maren Morris – Girl
35. The Cranberries – All Over Now
33. Dean Lewis – 7 Minutes | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant (40)
30. Westlife – Hello My Love (36)
24. Walk The Moon – Timebomb (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
17. Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar (25)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (07) | PEAK: #05
07. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
05. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (06) | PEAK: #06
04. Maggie Rogers – Light On (05) | PEAK: #03
03. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (02) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Backstreet Boys – Chances (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. half•alive – Still Feel (2)
2. American Authors featuring Bear Rinehart – Neighborhood (1)
3. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (3)
4. Kian – Waiting (5)
5. Alice Merton – Funny Business (4)
6. Dan + Shay – Speechless (9)
7. Jimmie Allen – Best Shot (10)
8. Smith & Thell featuring Swedish Jam Factory – Forgive Me Friend (-)
9. Drax Project – Woke Up Late (-)
10. Lizzo – Juice (-)

In The Mix:
Ariana Grande – 7 Rings (new)
Billie Eilish – When The Party’s Over (new)
Bryan Adams – Shine A Light (new)
David Gray – A Tight Ship
Emily King – Look At Me Now (new)
Grey featuring LÉON – Want You Back (new)
Haley Reinhart – Don’t Know How To Love You
James TW – You & Me (new)
LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) – Genius
Mat Kerekes – Ruby
MKTO – How Can I Forget (new)
Parachute – Young (new)
Sasha Sloan – Older
We Three – Heaven’s Not Too Far

Chart Notes:

  • As the Backstreet Boys hold at the top for a second week with “Chances” and Walk The Moon claim the Biggest Mover with “Timebomb”, up 35-24, there are three new entries in the countdown. Following his former chart-topper “Be Alright”, Dean Lewis is new at #33 with “7 Minutes”. Two spots lower, at #35, The Cranberries return with “All Over Now”. The track is featured on the group’s upcoming set In The End, their first since the passing of leader Dolores O’Riordan. Back in January 2012, the act last appeared on my personal chart with “Tomorrow”, which reached #30. Finally, at #36, Maren Morris is in with “Girl”, marking her first appearance since her collaboration on Niall Horan‘s “Seeing Blind”, which got a week at #1 during the last week of September. It’ll likely have a splashy debut at the Country radio format this week.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 13, 2019

Chances are that it’s doing well…

DEBUTS
40. Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant
36. Westlife – Hello My Love
35. Walk The Moon – Timebomb | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Jon Bellion – Stupid Deep (38)
28. Stephen Puth – Sexual Vibe (36)
25. Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
16. Greg Holden – Something Beautiful (21)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (07) | PEAK: #01 for one week
08. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (06) | PEAK: #05
06. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Maggie Rogers – Light On (03) | PEAK: #03
04. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (02) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
01. Backstreet Boys – Chances (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. American Authors featuring Bear Rinehart – Neighborhood (2)
2. half•alive – Still Feel (7)
3. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (1)
4. Alice Merton – Funny Business (6)
5. Kian – Waiting (4)
6. Jess Glynne – Thursday (3)
7. Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (5)
8. We Three – Heaven’s Not Too Far (9)
9. Dan + Shay – Speechless (-)
10. Jimmie Allen – Best Shot (10)

In The Mix:
David Gray – A Tight Ship
Drax Project – Woke Up Late
Haley Reinhart – Don’t Know How To Love You
Mat Kerekes – Ruby
Sasha Sloan – Older

Chart Notes:

  • After spending three weeks at #1 last year with their single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, the Backstreet Boys return to the top with “Chances”, leaping from 4-1. This is the first time the band has achieved back-to-back chart-toppers on my list since 2001. Both “Don’t” and “Chances” can be found on the group’s forthcoming album DNA, out in just under two weeks. The Biggest Mover this week rises up twelve spots from 37-25, and that belongs to “Bad Liar” by Imagine Dragons. Look for the track to earn some solid airplay by the end of January, when it impacts at the Triple A and Alternative formats. This week’s Highest Debut belongs to an act that’s searching for their fifth #1 title on my chart, Walk The Moon. “Timebomb” is new at #35. One notch lower, with their first chart entry since the fall of 2002, Westlife climbs aboard at #36 with their comeback hit “Hello My Love”. It’s already topped the iTunes lists in the United Kingdom and Ireland. One last debut, new at #40, pairs Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man for their first collaboration together. “Giant” will be looking for some giant Top 40 radio success when it impacts on January 22.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 11, 2019

“Stranger” things have happened.

The mix of collaborations are hot this Friday, as January’s release schedule slowly starts to heat up. Here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market today:

Notable albums out this week: Asiahn‘s Love Train 2 (iTunes), Gnash‘s We (iTunes), Randy Houser‘s Magnolia (iTunes), Taking Back Sunday‘s Twenty (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Ben Rector‘s MPLS Magic (iTunes), Hunter Roberson‘s It’s Okay, I’m Fine (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week: TBA

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1999 (Stripped)”, Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“All Night”, Example (iTunes)
“American Spirit”, Washington (iTunes)
“Anti-Everything”, Lost Kings featuring Loren (iTunes)
“Backbone”, Mathes featuring Caroline Kole (iTunes)
“Believer (Remix)”, Imagine Dragons featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Blur (Felix Cartal Remix)”, (iTunes)
“Break The Rules”, UNSECRET featuring Anna Mae (iTunes)
“Candlelight (Remix)”, Zhavia featuring Jeremih (iTunes)
“Complicated”, Raiche (iTunes)
“Dancing With A Stranger”, Sam Smith & Normani (iTunes)
“Dead End”, Anna Clendening (iTunes)
“Drive”, Charlotte Cardin (iTunes)
“Find Somebody Else”, Secondhand Serenade (iTunes)
“Getting Closer (Acoustic)”, Justin Jesso (iTunes)
“Giant”, Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Hello My Love”, Westlife (iTunes)
“High Hopes (Don Diablo Remix)”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“Holding Out For You”, Fedez featuring Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have – But I Have It”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“Hospitalized”, Broods (iTunes)
“I Remember”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“I Want It All”, Coin (iTunes)
“I’m Alright”, Brasstracks featuring R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“I’m Not In Love”, Kelsey Lu (iTunes)
“If You Wanna Be Loved”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Jumpin On A Jet”, Future (iTunes)
“Just You And I (2019)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Kinder Eyes”, Ryan Riback featuring Ryann (iTunes)
“Learn To Let Go”, Welshly Arms (iTunes)
“Let Me Down Slowly”, Alec Benjamin + Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Longshot”, Catfish And The Bottleman (iTunes)
“Lost In The Fire”, Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd (iTunes)
“More Than That”, Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“New Man”, BloodPop (iTunes)
“Nights Like This”, Kehlani featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Numb”, Jaira Burns (iTunes)
“Orange Juice” and “Stargazing With Patrick Bateman”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“Over My Head”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“Party Pill”, Cub Sport (iTunes)
“People”, Short Pier (iTunes)
“Playinwithme (Remix)”, KYLE featuring Jay Park (iTunes)
“Queen Of Hearts”, Cary Brothers (iTunes)
“Saturday Nights (Remix)”, Khalid featuring Kane Brown (iTunes)
“Scared Of Love”, Rudimental featuring RAY BLK & Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Speechless (Acoustic)” and “Tequila (Acoustic)”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
“Spendin'”, ILoveMakonnen featuring Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“Stay Around”, American Authors (iTunes)
“Tension”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“This Land”, Gary Clark Jr. (iTunes)
“Thoughtless”, Monica Martin (iTunes)
“Timebomb”, Walk The Moon (iTunes)
“Want You Back”, Grey featuring LÉON (iTunes)
“When I Was Older”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Without Me”, Halsey featuring Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Woman (Live)”, Wrabel (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from Alice Merton, Cody Johnson, Maggie Rogers and many more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 6, 2019

“Down” to be my new #1.

DEBUTS
38. Jon Bellion – Stupid Deep
37. Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
24. Seeb x Bastille – Grip (33) | BIGGEST MOVER
23. Avril Lavigne – Tell Me It’s Over (28)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (08) | PEAK: #07
07. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
06. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (05) | PEAK: #05
05. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Backstreet Boys – Chances (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Maggie Rogers – Light On (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
01. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (1)
2. American Authors featuring Bear Rinehart – Neighborhood (4)
3. Jess Glynne – Thursday (2)
4. Kian – Waiting (6)
5. Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (7)
6. Alice Merton – Funny Business (8)
7. half•alive – Still Feel (10)
8. Elle King – Baby Outlaw (9)
9. We Three – Heaven’s Not Too Far (-)
10. Jimmie Allen – Best Shot (-)

In The Mix:
Dan + Shay – Speechless (new)
David Gray – A Tight Ship (new)
Drax Project – Woke Up Late
Haley Reinhart – Don’t Know How To Love You (new)
Mat Kerekes – Ruby (new)
Sasha Sloan – Older

Chart Notes:

  • Congrats to newcomer Alec Benjamin, whose first top 40 hit becomes my first #1 song of 2019. “Let Me Down Slowly” is now at the top in its 15th week on the chart, which is a fairly slow climb, but by no means a record. The song is included on his mixtape called Narrated For You, which came out late last year. Seeb x Bastille take “Grip” up from 33-24, earning it the title of Biggest Mover on my newest update. A pair of new songs by Imagine Dragons (“Bad Liar”) and Jon Bellion (“Stupid Deep”) land at #37 and #38, respectively. A lyric video for the former debuted earlier this week, which is charting in countries like Australia, Norway and Switzerland, which the latter is being serviced to radio here in the U.S. very soon.

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