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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 2, 2017)

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. Wishing all the PGTC fans an early, but very happy Fourth Of July! I hope you get to spend some time with your family. I’ll certainly be relaxing, but only after I get to spend a bit of time in Chart Land. (It’s not quite Disney World, nor is it Six Flags, but it’s still worth an all-day pass.) So, as I settle into my inner tube and take a sip of sweet tea, here’s the actual tea on this week’s Top 40 rankings:

MORE REASONS TO “STAY”: Comfortably concluding its sixth week at the top spot is the second-longest running #1 of the year so far: “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara. The global hit is up another notch to #6 at Hot AC radio this week, though it falls 16-20 at Rhythmic and 29-31 at AC. Once again, we have two songs staying in the countdown from top-to-bottom, with Noah Cyrus‘s “Stay Together” rebounding 41-40 (without a bullet) this week. Zedd’s follow-up with Liam Payne, “Get Low”, impacts here on July 11. I guess it’s safe to assume that the song will be out on or before July 7, so stay tuned for further details!

As long as specialty programming from the extended holiday weekend doesn’t affect it too severely, the red hot remix of “Despacito”, by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, should grab the Top 40 throne next week. (This week, it stays at #2 for the second week.) Also of note, Halsey rises from 8-4 with “Now Or Never”. Her fourth chart hit is looking to become her second #1 at the format, following the ten big weeks that “Closer” (The Chainsmokers) held the top spot last year. Ed Sheeran‘s “Castle On The Hill” also reaches a new peak this week, climbing back up from 11-9. It previously went to #10, though it’s been sitting below the top ten for several weeks now.

MACKLE-MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM: After some strong early action from the pop panel, Macklemore‘s “Glorious” makes its glorious debut at #44 on this week’s Top 40 chart. The song features singer and songwriter Skylar Grey, who first hit the top 40 as Holly Brook on the Fort Minor single “Where’d You Go?”, which peaked at #2 (6/9-30/06 R&R) here. Without partner Ryan Lewis by his side, 34-year-old Macklemore is doing just fine, though I imagine the pair will be reunited at some point. (Break out the Peaches & Herb!) No word on a new album from the performer, but his only solo effort to date was released back in 2005.

As we celebrate the glory of our country (or, at least try to!) on the Fourth of July, feel free to include some “glory” titles on a playlist of yours. Just a handful have charted at the format, though they’re all pretty well-known: “Glory Days” (#3, 7/19/85 R&R) by Bruce Springsteen, “Blaze Of Glory” (#3, 9/7-14/90 R&R) by Jon Bon Jovi and “The Edge Of Glory” (6/26-7/3/11 MB) by Lady Gaga. Of course, we needn’t forget that glorious hit from The Karate Kid Part II, the two-week (7/25-8/1/86 R&R) chart-topper “Glory Of Love” by Peter Cetera. See, kids, stats are fun! (I need a social life, I know.)

FEELS SO WRITE: 2017 has been a giant year so far for Julia Michaels, having co-written four top 40 entries at the format, one being her own debut single. Now, she’s looking for more radio love with her latest track, “Uh Huh”, which enters at #50. The single’s first week of adds went well, as it took the fourth Most Added spot last Tuesday, while it also benefits from an early iHeartMedia add in their nationalized Premium Choice programming. Michaels’s Nervous System was pushed back from its initial release date, and a new date has yet to surface. (The eligibility period for 60th Grammy Awards goes through the end of September, so I’m sure the set’s due before then. After all, the girl’s gotta get her Best New Artist nod!)

Michaels also falls from 4-5 on this week’s chart with “Issues”, which reached that #4 peak in its 22nd week in the top 40. Talk about a long run! However, as I’ve noted before, DNCE‘s “Cake By The Ocean” (#2, 4/10-17/16 MB) has the Mediabase record for the song that totaled the most top 40 weeks before peaking, taking 27, but Edwin McCain‘s “I’ll Be” (#9, 10/2/98 R&R) holds the plays-per-week era record for the same achievement with its massive 33-week run. Drawn-out chart runs might be the new normal, but I think it’s time to shake things up, yes? (Who wants to make me a gatekeeper already?)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 25, 2017)

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. Pride is in the air across the nation, and the pop panel is certainly showing their colors as well. With so many genres and artists represented here, the ferociously fun summer of 2017 continues with a rainbow of hit songs and stats like these:

NEVER GONNA LEAVE THIS ZEDD: Celebrating five weeks at #1, “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara continues to respond as well as it can across the format’s callout reports, though it’s long past its sales and streaming peaks of earlier this summer. Though it only loses a little ground this week, in terms of both spins and audience, expect some larger decreases in the coming days. “Stay” has a nice 9-7 move on the Hot AC chart, and you’ll also find it in the top 30 on the AC chart. (Yes, even your favorite soccer mom craves an EDM jam once in a while.) Zedd‘s collaboration with Liam Payne, “Get Low”, is likely to have a strong start when it debuts next month. Of course, it’ll have to contend with Payne’s own solo single, the Quavo-assisted “Strip That Down”, which rises 24-23.

As for the next #1 on the chart, look no further than “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, up 3-2 this week. Of course, that song is still about 2,500 spins away from the top spot, but once it takes the throne, a big fiesta is likely to occur. Bieber’s other feature on “I’m The One”, by DJ Khaled & New Brohemians, takes that track up 5-3 on the current survey. (I can’t write out all their names anymore, so I figured that I might as well just make them sound like a trendy band. I’m sorry, Edie.)

WHERE THE “WILD” THINGS ARE: When you’re hot, you’re hot! The 41-year-old producer and screaming champion (if ever a competition should arise) DJ Khaled knows that well. With the aforementioned “I’m The One” on the rise, his “Wild Thoughts” is also blazing up the chart, leaping 38-27 in its second week in the top 40. The tune featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, the latter performer scoring his first hit at the format after several big records at Rhythmic and Urban radio. Tiller’s True To Self album had a #1 debut on the Billboard 200 earlier this year, and the DJ’s new release, Grateful, could be headed there as well.

Lower in the top 40, Calvin Harris and the Sunshine Bland (“Really, Adam?”) aren’t afraid to catch up with “Feels”, launching up ten spots (42-32) on this week’s pop chart. It’s the 15th top 40 single for the Scottish performer, who first charted six years ago as a featured artist on the global hit “We Found Love”, a seven-week chart-topper (12/4/11-1/25/12 MB) for Rihanna. Joining “Feels” in the top 40 is the first main-credited hit for French Montana, “Unforgettable”, which climbs from 44-39. It features Swae Lee, who also performs with everyone’s favorite third-rate version of Kris Kross, the duo Rae Sremmurd. Of course, you’ll recall that they reached the chart with the Gucci Mane-assisted “Black Beatles”, which some people actually define as music, late last year and earlier this year, reaching a #14 peak (1/15/17 MB) at the format.

WHO’S ON “FIRST”?: Sneaking into the top 50 on the chart, DJ/producer Kygo and singer Ellie Goulding collaborate on their first track together, which just so happens to be called “First Time”. It’s already hit the top ten in countries like Belgium, Norway and Sweden, and with the Norwegian-based performer’s “It Ain’t Me” (with Selena Gomez) reaching #2 on the Top 40 chart just weeks ago, the momentum is there for this song to continue upward this summer. There’s no word on a new album from either artist, but I suppose that could change later this year. (I’m hopeful, at least.)

Previous entries at this format with the same title (excluding titles with an added “the”) include a bigger Hot AC song for Lifehouse (#16, 9/16/07 MB) and the last radio single (#36, 7/21 and 8/11-18/13 MB) from the ill-fated Jonas Brothers return album. Gee, I hope they didn’t blow a lot of money on all the unused pom poms… anyways, check back to see if Kyllie or Ellgo outpeak either song!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 18, 2017)

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 Sunday, you’ll find me on the way back to Chart Land via a family wedding, and while both husband and wife are doing nicely, it’s time once again for my weekly marriage of the pop airplay chart and all those lovable stats and banter. (It’s a hard job, but I do it for all of you readers!) So, send in your RSVP, because the ceremony is about to begin:

ZEDD OVER HEELS: Regaining its bullet after a small loss last week, “Stay” by DJ/producer Zedd and singer Alessia Cara has the staying power to make it a solid four weeks at #1, now the second-longest run at the top for any song in 2017. The track also rises 10-9 on Hot AC radio and 15-14 on Rhythmic radio for the week. The two performers recently recorded and released an acoustic mix of the song, perfect for all your Coffeehouse Feels or Hot slAyC playlists. (Not sure that either one exists, but feel free to make them and share away!) Cara now has seven career weeks at #1 at the pop format since last year, which means that Irene Cara‘s five weeks for the soundtrack single “Flashdance… What A Feeling” (5/27-6/24/83 R&R) will, unfortunately, leave her as the second-best Cara on the list. (It’s okay, she still has plenty of bops.)

Taking advantage of the weaker top five as of late, the hot remix of “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber makes a bold move of 8-3, as it looks to reach the top spot just days before the Fourth of July. Cue the fireworks! We’ll have to wait and see if it becomes the first largely Spanish-language #1 since 1987. At age 39, Fonsi would become the oldest newcomer to reach the top this year, not that 39 is that old at all. Ready to call it la canción del verano? Ah, quizás…

“FEELS” LIKE A “WILD” CHART: You know, I would’ve been totally good if DJ Company or DJ Encore or DJ Sammy got  a second or a third chart entry during their Top 40 runs, but out of all the DJs with extended runs at the format, are we really giving that shine to DJ Khaled? You know what… okay, okay, breathe… ahem, the 41-year-old yelling enthusiast, and sometime producer and/or disc jockey, has “anotha one” enter the chart with “Wild Thoughts”, featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. The new single from Grateful climbs aboard at #38, which was aided by hourly airplay at iHeartMedia-owned stations on Friday. This is the Miami-based performer’s sixth top 40 hit since 2011, though five of those entries have come since last year. (You’ll find “I’m The One” up 7-5 on the same survey.) Expect even more screaming when his album drops on Friday, the 23rd. (I’ll send out an S.O.S. immediately.)

Meanwhile, Calvin Harris packs another party onto the charts with a cast of characters like Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean. They all appear on “Feels”, which debuts at #42. Of course, the single appears on Harris’s forthcoming album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, which is due on June 30, and includes even more top artists across the genres. Both Harris and Perry hit a double on this week’s Top 40 chart, with his “Slide” sliding from 16-25, while her “Swish Swish” (featuring Nicki Minaj) slips a spot to #34. It appears to be doing moderately well in its first three days at both sales and streaming services, while “Wild Thoughts” maintains the strong lead it debuted with, so make sure you keep your eye on both multi-act collaborations as the summer heats up!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 11, 2017)

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. Yes, it’s the night of the Tony Awards, but a quick glance of the pop chart shows no soloists named Tony! Oh, well. I guess it’s time for me to play the leading role of chart geek in another charming production of the Radio Active report, so take your seats and let the show begin:

ZEDD OF THE CLASS: It’s another week at the top of the pop survey for DJ/producer Zedd and singer Alessia Cara, who stay in place (despite a small loss in spins) for the third week with “Stay”. Collaborations have occupied the top spot for nine weeks so far this year, and that number will continue to grow in the coming weeks! Additionally, “Stay” advances 11-10 on the Hot AC radio chart. At a very impressive 322 million streams on Spotify, this is now the most streamed song for both artists. (Cara’s previous hit, “Scars To Your Beautiful”, is just behind it at an equally massive 308 million streams.) Due to a continued lack of challengers, this will get a fourth week at #1 next Sunday, though it will get more difficult beyond that chart.

Newcomer James Arthur has the only entry in this week’s top five with “Say You Won’t Let Go”, up 6-5. It recently topped the Hot AC chart, though it looks like it’ll fall short of the top spot on the CHR/Top 40 list. No new tracks enter the top ten or top 20, as that logjam rears its ugly head once again. It’s okay, kids, we’ll get through it. I hope…

IT TAKES “2”: Just two songs debut in the top 40 on this week’s pop chart. The hot summer of Justin Bieber features continues on with “2U”, the latest release from DJ and producer David Guetta. It begins at #32, and its notable entry is due to hourly airplay on iHeartMedia stations during its release day on Friday. It hit #1 on iTunes, and currently sits at #2, sandwiched between… yes, the other two hits featuring Bieber: the remix of “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (#8 this week) and “I’m The One” by DJ Khaled and friends (#7). Just a handful of top 40 titles have replaced the words “to” and “you” with a shorter “2” and “u”, including top ten tunes by The Jets (“Rocket 2 U” – #7, 4/1-8/88 R&R) and Sinéad O’Connor (“Nothing Compares 2 U” – #1, 4/20-5/4/90 R&R).

They might be down one member, but they’re up one top 40 entry this week. Now charting with their eighth top 40 song since 2013, pop quartet Fifth Harmony is in at #40 with “Down”, featuring rapper Gucci Mane. The group’s reached the top only once, with the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Work From Home” (5/29-6/5/16 MB). The last girl group to make the top ten with the original lineup, lose a member and then return to the top ten (without a replacement) was The Pussycat Dolls, who charted with “Don’t Cha” (#3, 9/2/05 R&R), “Stickwitu” (#1, 1/20-27/06 R&R) and “Buttons” (#1, 8/27-9/3/06 MB) as a sextet, then charted with “When I Grow Up” (#8, 8/10-17/08 MB) as a quintet.

MEET ME IN MONTANA: On a published chart that’s a bit forgettable, we have a debuting song called “Unforgettable”. Hey, the timing isn’t always perfect. 32-year-old French Montana scores his first main-credited entry with the single, which features Swae Lee of the duo Rae Sremmurd. The Moroccan-born rapper was featured on the remixes of two minor top 40 records from earlier this decade: Jonn Hart‘s “Who Booty” (#30, 1/20 + 2/3-17/13 MB) and Chris Brown‘s “Loyal” (#40, 6/8-15 + 6/29/14 MB). It’ll likely reach the top ten on the Rhythmic chart next week, where it ranks at #11 (up from #14) currently. (The track is also up 17-13 on the Urban radio list.) Well, Montana is The Treasure State, and several formats (and global lists) have certainly found a new one.

As far as other French feats from the chart archives, we find that one other French artist made the top 40 on the CHR chart. Dancing her way up to #3 during the first week of July in 1995, Nicki French scored her one U.S. hit with a cover of Bonnie Tyler‘s chart-topper “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” (9/23-10/7/83 R&R). Of course, I have to wonder: what would a French and French duet sound like? Je ne sais pas…

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 4, 2017)

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. Still thinking of London and the people that were affected by last night’s attacks, and wishing a speedy recovery to the dozens that were injured during them. Meanwhile, let’s get into the latest U.S. chart stats, from London, AR to London, OH to London, CA, for the first weekend of June:

WAY TO “STAY”: That terrific twosome, Zedd and Alessia Cara, holds at #1 for the second week with “Stay”. Back in February, the only other male-female collaboration to hit the top this year, Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello‘s “Bad Things”, spent two weeks at #1 as well. “Stay” should easily get a third frame in the slot next Sunday. Across the other radio lists, the song climbs to #11 on the Hot AC chart, slips to #16 at Rhythmic radio and sits just below the top 40 on the AC survey. Yes, those soccer moms sure love their Zeddlessia so far. The Russian-born DJ/producer has yet to announce a follow-up single, while the Canadian singer hasn’t announced a next single from her Know-It-All album, or if the era is completed. I guess we’ll know soon!

“Stay” remains the only track with a bullet in this week’s top five, but there’s plenty of positive action in the lower half of the top ten. Of note, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s remix of “Despacito”, featuring Justin Bieber, is up nearly 2400 spins from last week. However, it’s only up 10-9. (You can expect it to be a contender for the top spot next month.) The only new track reaching the region is “Now Or Never”, the second top ten hit for Halsey, advancing 12-10. Her hopeless fountain kingdom album will likely debut at #1 on next week’s Billboard 200 list.

PUMP UP THE LOGJAMS: The logjam at Top 40 radio this spring (and now, summer!) has been pretty well-documented, with a number of records losing steam in the teens prematurely. However, three tracks climb into the top 20 this week, looking to make the leap into the top ten later this summer. Leading the potential hit parade is Selena Gomez‘s “Bad Liar”, which jumps from 26-16. Of course, Gomez remains in the top five with the Kygo collaboration “It Ain’t Me”, which rises 3-2 without a bullet. (The DJ/producer is just below the top 50 with another single, “First Time”, with a lead vocal by Ellie Goulding.) Surfing up five notches to #18 is the first top 20 single in three years for Miley Cyrus, “Malibu”. The 24-year-old was one of the many performers at Ariana Grande‘s One Love Manchester benefit concert earlier today.

Finally, up 24-20, is Niall Horan‘s second solo hit at the format. “Slow Hands” also rises to #20 on the Hot AC chart this week. It is currently in the top ten on iTunes, thanks in part to deep discounting at digital platforms. The Irish singer made the top 20 with One Direction 11 times between 2012 and 2016. In January and February, he spent two nonconsecutive weeks at #12 with  “This Town”. Horan also performed at Grande’s benefit show in Manchester, where he sang both “Hands” and “Town”.

WHOLE LOTTA “HISTORY”: Four girls are allowed into the top 50 this week, as we begin a long hot summer on the charts. The highest of three top 50 entries starts at #47: “Switch”, by Iggy Azalea featuring Anitta. Azalea’s last top 40 hit was 2016’s “Team”, which reached #21 in May 2016. Anitta hasn’t previously charted in the U.S., though she’s well-known in her home country, Brazil. A couple of steps below that collaboration is Tinashe, stoking the fire at #49 with “Flame”. Earlier this year, she peaked at #29 as the featured artist on Britney Spears‘s “Slumber Party”. Her latest single will be on the upcoming album Joyride, due later this year.

Also entering the top 50 this week is newcomer Olivia Holt with “History”, bowing at #50. The 19-year-old singer is best known for appearing in a fair amount of Disney programming, including the series Kickin’ It. Holt’s stay in the chart could be short-lived, with a small loss in spins this week indicating that it could be due for greater losses next week. (It went for adds nearly two months ago.) On Spotify, the song has over 95 million streams.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 28, 2017)

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. Hope everyone is having a fabulous holiday weekend, whether you’re relaxing at the beach or just chilling at home. However, even with the break, those airplay charts don’t rest a minute. So, someone has to put away the sunblock and the shades for a moment to deliver you all those breezy chart stats, blowing faster than the wind on the water. (It’s okay, a vampire like me doesn’t tan.) Dig into all of this massive Memorial Day music:

HERE TO “STAY”: After just a week at the top, “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay says goodbye to that coveted #1 status, and taking its place is another EDM song that combines that talents of two performers. Zedd and Alessia Cara bolt from 4-1 with “Stay”, giving the DJ/producer his first chart-topper on the Top 40 survey, while the Canadian singer grabs her third #1 at the format since last year. Notably, this song hits the top in its 13th week on the chart, which far outpaces the runs for Cara’s two previous #1 entries: “Here” (1/24/16 MB, 26th week) and “Scars To Your Beautiful” (1/22/17 MB, 24th week). Given that the rest of the top five is falling in airplay at the moment, we could be in for an extended “stay” at the top next month. I’ll update you as the weeks go on!

This collaboration is the second single called “Stay” to hit #1 this decade. In 2013, another “Stay”, performed by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko, spent two weeks (4/21-28/13 MB) at the top spot. This type of occurrence only happened once in the last decade, as a pair of “With You” titles reached #1 for Jessica Simpson (2/27-3/5/04 R&R) and Chris Brown (3/16-30/08 MB). (Two big hits titled “Shake It Off” also climbed to #1 in the 2000s, but not during the same decade, sung by Mariah Carey (9/16-10/14/05 R&R) and Taylor Swift (10/12 and 10/26/14 MB).)

A WORD IN SPANISH: I’m not sure that the word Elton John was looking for was “despacito”, but when his song reached #24 (11/4/88 R&R) on the pop chart, we never did find out the answer. However, one of the answers to the Song Of The Summer contest for this year is definitely the remix of “Despacito”, the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit that features Justin Bieber. It’s up 16-10 this week, as it also reaches the top 40 on the Hot AC format for this published chart. The song has already hit #1 in several dozen countries, including our U.S.-based Billboard 100, and it’s still growing rapidly across the globe. ¡Qué chévere, señores!

“Despacito” is the first Spanglish remix of a hit to reach the top ten on the CHR/Top 40 chart since the fall of 2014, when “Bailando” (#9, 9/14/14 MB) reached the region for Enrique Iglesias, with featured performers Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona. Prior to that hit, the Bayside Boys remix of Los Del Rio‘s “Macarena”, a Spanglish version of a song that bubbled under the pop radio chart in its first run during the fall of 1995, danced its way into the top ten (#10, 7/12 and 8/16-23/96 R&R) and into a few political and sporting events, which is perfectly okay to forget at this point.

“CRYING IN” PAYNE: A number of songs debuted at radio last week, so there’s a bit of debut action on this week’s list, and that’s nothing to sob about. Camila Cabello has the highest new entry at #31 with “Crying In The Club”. It’s her third chart hit outside of Fifth Harmony. It’s also the first “club” title to appear on the survey since “Club Can’t Handle Me”, the #7 song (10/10 and 10/31-11/7/10 MB) for Flo Rida featuring David Guetta. Meanwhile, Liam Payne‘s “Strip That Down”, featuring rapper Quavo, leaps in at #36. It’s his first solo hit outside of One Direction. Earlier this decade, two “strip” titles spent time in the top 50, but couldn’t quite reach the top 40: “Strip Me” (#42, 10/17/10 MB) by Natasha Bedingfield and “Strip” (#49, 1/29/12 MB) by Chris Brown featuring Kevin McCall.

Also joining the top 40 this week is “Swish Swish” by Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj, which enters at #38. It is the third release to chart from her forthcoming album Witness, due June 9. This era is the definition of a hot mess, with the emphasis on mess, which makes it all the more intriguing to watch. The summer is still young, and I’ve got my popcorn and tea at the ready…

THE LOGICAL SONG: When I was young, it seemed that charts were so wonderful… and things are pretty wonderful this week at #50 for the 27-year-old rapper named Logic. “1-800-273-8255”, from the recent #1 album Everybody, becomes his second entry at format, following his inclusion on the multi-artist collaboration “Sucker For Pain” (#20, 10/30-11/6/16 MB) from the soundtrack to Suicide Squad. His new one features Khalid and Alessia Cara. Last week, Khalid made his chart debut with a recent #1 on the Urban chart, “Location”, which advances from 49-44 this week. As Supertramp might say, their success so far is bloody well right, and I’ll be looking forward to watching all three acts and their progress in the coming weeks.

In the history of the CHR chart, only two other songs containing a phone number in their titles have dialed their way into the top 40: Tommy Tutone‘s “867-5309/Jenny” (#7, 5/7-14/82 R&R) and Squeeze‘s “853-5937” (#27, 2/5/88 R&R). Ironically, both singles were the last top 40 hits for both bands. Well, Logic, it’s been nice to know yo– I mean, uh, it’s been nice to know that this is the first time in nearly three decades that a title like this has appeared at the format. Nothing potentially bad about that, right? Right?

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 14, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: it’s raining, it’s pouring, but Nicki Minaj and Stargate are scoring with pop panel breakouts, while the usual suspects keep things busy in the top ten. Time to get wet (no, not that Get Wet) and splash around with some station stats:

IN THE P!NK: They’ve been hitting as writers and producers on the CHR chart since the fall of 2000, but Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen weren’t content with just that. So, the guys from Norway, together as Stargate, are now on the verge of their first top 40 hit as artists. “Waterfall”, featuring pop superstars P!nk and Sia, has a good start with the (star)gatekeepers of the format this week, launching with a very healthy 41 adds — the Most Added song of the week. Coincidentally, this was the week in 2000 (the 3/17/00 issue of Radio & Records, to be exact) that P!nk’s debut hit, “There You Go”, first reached the top 40 at the format. So, here she goes again! Stations in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco are among the 41, so watch out for this song and its potential fast ascent up the survey.

Two of Stargate’s recent compositions are currently top 40 on the format: “Issues” (#14) by Julia Michaels, and “Run Up” (#35) by Major Lazer featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj. The duo both co-wrote and co-produced the singles. (More on Minaj below!) No word on when any additional music by the two men will be coming out, regardless of whether it’s under their own name or a production for another act. Either way, we’ll be looking out for it.

Not many Norwegian acts are able to break the U.S. charts, though a-ha, M2M and Madcon are among them. Of course, a-ha is the most successful of the bunch, as “Take On Me” (driven by its iconic music video) spent three weeks at #1 on Radio & Records in October 1985. They can stick to drawing comic books; I’ll stick to drawing conclusions for the pop world.

“TEARS” FOR FEARS: Everybody wants to rule the adds report, but just one song can make it to the top. However, a top five placing on Tuesday is still worth shouting about. Rapper and singer Nicki Minaj sows some seeds and comes up with a winner, “Regret In Your Tears”. It’s new on 23 stations, good for the fourth Most Added song of the week. “Regret” is one of three songs that Minaj issued on Friday as a part of a surprise release; one of them, “No Frauds” (with Drake and Lil Wayne), is the Most Added record at Rhythmic and Urban radio this week. That song addresses two recent diss records by Remy Ma, who reached a peak of #45 at the CHR/Top 40 format last year with “All The Way Up”, a collaboration with Fat Joe. All three of Minaj’s tracks remain in the top 40 overall on iTunes.

Raised in Queens, she first hit the CHR/Top 40 chart as a main-credited act in June 2010 with “Your Love”, which got as high as #21 that August. She’s the only act with two songs in this week’s top ten Most Added tracks at the format, which also includes her feature on Jason Derulo‘s “Swalla”. Needless to say, radio is head over heels for her once again. (No, Tears For Fears isn’t making a CHR comeback… at least not yet. I’m looking at you, The Weeknd.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
STARGATE featuring P!NK and SIA“Waterfall” (RCA)
THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY“Something Just Like This” (Disruptor/Columbia)
LORDE, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic)
NICKI MINAJ, “Regret In Your Tears” (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic)
ZEDD & ALESSIA CARA, “Stay” (Def Jam-Interscope)
AXWELL & INGROSSO featuring KID INK, “I Love You” (Def Jam)
JASON DERULO featuring NICKI MINAJ and TY DOLLA $IGN, “Swalla” (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
FLO RIDA & 99 PERCENT, “Cake” (APG/Atlantic)
CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
MARTIN GARRIX & DUA LIPA, “Scared To Be Lonely” (RCA)

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