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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 3, 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: pop balladeer Sam Smith takes the logical route toward the Most Added title with “Pray”, but will he be shut out by labelmate Halsey or Shawn Mendes? Let’s add ’em up:

STALKING OUR “PRAY”: “Goodbyes” are not enough for Sam Smith, as his follow-up to “Too Good At Goodbyes” says a nice “hello” to Top 40 format. “Pray”, which is impacting with a new version featuring Logic, starts at 35 stations this week, which falls short of the 41 stations for “In My Blood” by Shawn Mendes, this week’s Most Added release for the second consecutive week. In the next few days, “Pray”, utilizing airplay of its original version and updated remix, should approach the top 50 at the format (and pull in some additional stations along the way.)

Meanwhile, watch out for the Charlie Puth and Kehlani collaboration called “Done For Me”, which has been picking up all sorts of pre-impact action in the last few weeks. This week, it takes in another 14 stations, as it hits a three-way tie for sixth place. This is the third radio single from Puth’s forthcoming album Voicenotes, due May 11. Currently, “Me” is the only tune scheduled to impact here next Tuesday, though that could change soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. SHAWN MENDES, “In My Blood” (Island/Republic)
2. SAM SMITH featuring LOGIC, “Pray” (Capitol)
3. HALSEY featuring BIG SEAN and STEFFLON DON, “Alone” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
4. ALICE MERTON, “No Roots” (Mom + Pop/RED)
5. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Everybody Hates Me” (Disruptor/Columbia)
6-T. CHARLIE PUTH featuring KEHLANI, “Done For Me” (APG/Atlantic)
6-T. G-EAZY featuring CHARLIE PUTH, “Sober” (RCA)
6-T. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)
9. BAZZI, “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)
10-T. EMINEM featuring KEHLANI, “Nowhere Fast” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
10-T. POST MALONE featuring TY DOLLA $IGN, “Psycho” (Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 12-13, 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 five new jams impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALICE MERTON – “No Roots” (Mom+Pop/RED)
EP: No Roots (2017)
Past T40 History: Merton is the only newcomer in the mix. A former #1 hit on the Triple A survey, “No” is also #2 on Alternative.

DIPLO featuring MØ – “Get It Right” (Mad Decent/in2une)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This (and an updated remix) was Diplo’s last single issued prior to his new record deal with Columbia Records.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE – “Sit Next To Me” (Columbia)
Album: Sacred Hearts Club (2017)
Past T40 History: “Pumped Up Kicks” remains the band’s biggest pop crossover out of two previous attempts, a #3 hit from 2011.

IMAGINE DRAGONS – “Whatever It Takes” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
Album: EVOLVE (2017)
Past T40 History: As “Thunder”, their former #1, is pulled from the list this week, “Whatever” is just a spot away from the top 40.

MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE – “Friends” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Both acts are going for their third top 40 song. Marshmello is credited on Selena Gomez’s “Wolves”, now at #6.

Next week: Alternative crossover hits from Alice Merton and Imagine Dragons, and the newest collaboration from Diplo and  impact at the format. (Singles by the first two acts are already in the top 50 and approaching the top 40.)

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

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (January 28, 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. Alright, so I might not have dozens of shiny new awards to hand out, but I do have lots of top stats and great music on the weekly report. Are we good? Good. Let’s go:

WHAT’S “NEW”, DUA?: In its 23rd week on the chart, Dua Lipa‘s pop anthem “New Rules” becomes the new #1 on the Top 40 radio chart, up from #2 last week. It’s by far her biggest hit to date, both in the U.S. and globally. For her label, Warner Bros., “New” marks their first chart-topper on the Top 40 survey since May 2016, when “7 Years” by Lukas Graham spent a week at #1. The hit is approaching the top ten on both the Hot AC (#12) and Rhythmic (#14) charts, and definitely has a good chance of holding the top spot on the pop survey for at least another week. I mean, bops are bops; this isn’t rocket science! Lipa’s “IDGAF” is still gaining well on streaming services, especially following the debut of its video, and will hopefully be serviced to the format in the coming weeks.

ZEDD OVER HEELS: It’s another super busy week for new entries in the countdown, as six of them reach the top 50, with one of them in at #41: “The Middle”, a collaboration from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey. It’s the 11th top 40 song for Zedd, the second for Grey (whose previous entry was with Zedd) and the first for Morris, who already has a handful of hits on the country radio list to her credit. (Watch out for a Target spot featuring the song during the Grammy Awards!) Next, charting at #44, is the third single off the the latest album from Imagine Dragons, ƎVOLVE. “Whatever It Takes” is now in the top 50 at three formats, with Alternative radio, where it stands at #11, leading the way. Of course, this single follows “Thunder”, which spent a week at #1 in November. A big record that also comes from the Alternative (and Triple A) airwaves debuts two spots lower at #46: “No Roots” by Alice Merton. It marks the first act or singer named Alice to make the Top 40 survey since the summer of 2000, when the dance project called Alice Deejay spent four nonconsecutive weeks at #19 with “Better Off Alone”.

Chart veteran Justin Timberlake comes in at #48 with “Supplies”, the current Urban and Rhythmic release from his forthcoming Man Of The Woods album, while two newcomers break in just below him: duo Jack & Jack with “Beg”, at #49, and soloist Symon with “Lonely Girl”, at #50. The debut of “Beg” was aided by a prominent feature on a syndicated countdown show last weekend, and a larger portion of airplay data for “Lonely” comes from the satellite radio world, where Symon co-hosts a nightly show for a notable pop station.

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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.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (TWELVE)
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)
9. ALAN WALKER featuring NOAH CYRUS & DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS, “All Falls Down” (RCA)
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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 3, 2017

Big Sean, Big debut.

Big Sean, Big debut.

Flip for some February fun in our latest releases post, including top sets from the world of gospel, pop, rap and more. Here are some of this week’s new albums and singles:

BIG SEAN – I Decided. (iTunes)
The Santa Monica rapper last released an album in 2015, so he’s bouncing back into the spotlight with a fresh set that’s likely to be in the running for the top spot next week. “Bounce Back” is currently in the top five on both Rhythmic and Urban radio, while it starts a run at the CHR/Top 40 format. The album features additional collaborations with Eminem and Jeremih.

REBA MCENTIRE – Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope (iTunes)
Is it possible to hate Reba? I don’t think so. Though it’s getting increasingly harder for her new songs to hit the Country airwaves, the new studio album from the legendary singer is a Gospel one, featuring a surprise sales hit in “Back To God”. With a mix of traditional hymns and original songs, it’s sure to get some love from her fans. Look for a decent debut next week.

MUNA – About U (iTunes)
This trio has my top pick of the week, an amazing effort full of catchy pop songs that also deliver a musical message. Current single “I Know A Place” is getting some Hot AC airplay, while former single “Loudspeaker” touched the top 50 on Triple A radio.

More albums out this week: Kari Jobe‘s The Garden (iTunes), RuPaul‘s Remember Me: Essential, Vol. 1 (iTunes), Wyclef Jean‘s J’ouvert (iTunes), Young Dolph‘s Gelato (iTunes), Dear Evan Hansen (Cast Recording) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Alice Merton‘s No Roots (iTunes), Barns Courtney‘s The Dull Drums (iTunes), Griffin Oskar‘s Hostage (iTunes), Kevin Garrett‘s False Hope (iTunes), Ryan Corn‘s The Pressure (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“4AM”, The Mowgli’s (iTunes)
“Another Lover”, Pat Kiloran featuring Jordy Searcy (iTunes)
“Beauty And The Beast”, Ariana Grande and John Legend (iTunes)
“Believer”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Big Picture”, London Grammar (iTunes)
“Black Wave”, K.Flay (iTunes)
“Bound To You”, Jocelyn Alice (iTunes)
“Dark Side”, Phoebe Ryan (iTunes)
“Deeper”, SVRCINA (iTunes)
“Déjà Vu”, Ken Loi featuring Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Falling”, Alesso (iTunes)
“Feed The Machine”, Nickelback (iTunes)
“Fun”, Blondie (iTunes)
“Goodbye”, filous featuring Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Grace”, Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Happy People”, Little Big Town (iTunes)
“Hard To Love”, Matthew Koma (iTunes)
“Hold On”, Chord Overstreet (iTunes)
“Hopeless Romantic”, Michelle Branch (iTunes)
“I Don’t”, Mariah Carey featuring YG (iTunes)
“I Think Of You”, Jeremih featuring Chris Brown and Big Sean (iTunes)
“Lions”, Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Love Is Mystical”, Cold War Kids (iTunes)
“Mad World”, Jasmine Thompson x Eden Prince (iTunes)
“Paralyzed”, STOLAR (iTunes)
“Permission To Love”, SAARA (iTunes)
“Prom Queen”, Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“Rich White Girls”, Mansionz (iTunes)
“Safe Inside (Mark McCabe Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Something Here”, Day Wave (iTunes)
“Some Kinda Wonderful”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Stay In The Dark”, The Band Perry (iTunes)
“Thief”, Ansel Elgort (iTunes)
“Way You Are”, Fetty Wap featuring Monty (iTunes)
“Where’s The Revolution”, Depeche Mode (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Brett Young and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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