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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 30, 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. To my dear readers and pop enthusiasts out there, if you ever find yourself having an interview with the New Yorker, would you refrain from calling me a pop paranoiac? I think you surely could use another phrase or word to describe me, right? Right? Anyways, don’t be a musical mooch and check out the top songs on this week’s list:

LEAVE IT TO BIEBER: He still has three songs in the top 40 as a featured artist, but only one of Justin Bieber‘s hits is at #1 for the fourth week on the Top 40 chart. Of course, that’s the remix of “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which certainly looks good for a 12th week atop the Billboard Hot 100 tomorrow. It’s also up 12-11 at Hot AC radio and 33-29 on the AC chart, but at this point, you probably won’t be hearing anyone requesting it on Delilah anytime soon. Back on the pop survey, “Despacito” doesn’t have a bullet again this week, and could see some larger losses during rotation shifts in the middle of this upcoming week. Still, it’s a potent chart-topper that continues to show its strength.

Canadian singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes looks like he might cut the reign of the three amigos short, as his current single is up a fast three notches from 5-2. If “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” secures the top spot next week, it’ll be his first single to do so since “Stitches”, which spent two weeks at #1 in November 2015. Two of his main competitors get a boost into the top ten this week: DJ Khaled‘s “Wild Thoughts”, featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, yells its way from 11-8, while Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” makes a handy 12-10 move. Stay tuned to see what happens!

WHAT’S “BETTER” THAN THIS?: With the removal of three records from the chart that were eligible for recurrent status, plus two other under-performing songs falling out of the top 40, a very exciting five new entries enter the region this week. Jumping up a very healthy 13 spots, from 48-35, is the 16th top 40 hit for Selena Gomez. “Fetish” features Gucci Mane, who has a featured slot on Fifth Harmony‘s “Down” (#24) as well. Major Lazer has their seventh chart single with “Know No Better”, rising 42-36. It’s a collaboration with three other artists, Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Quavo, giving the latter one a total of four top 40 hits in a featured role this week. That’s a lot of raindrops and drop tops for one chart. One spot below that crew, up 41-37, is a female singer that has her second credited top 40 single: Julia Michaels and “Uh Huh”. Michaels just released a new set called Nervous System, featuring her current hit and her former #4 song, “Issues”, which recently went recurrent.

“Mama” lands Jonas Blue and featured artist William Singe their first top 40 entry at the Top 40 format, as it climbs 44-39. The song has already been a top ten hit in over a dozen countries, including top five peaks in Austria, Denmark, Germany and more. Not quite there yet, but still ranking on a number of national charts overseas, is the current single from former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson. He leaps onto the chart at #40 with “Back To You”, featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals. Back in March, Tomlinson hit #32 as the vocalist on Steve Aoki‘s “Just Hold On”, which was his only solo chart record until this week.

LEARN A NEW “SONG” (OR FOUR): This week’s super action on the pop radio survey also extends into the top 50, where four new songs make their way onto the chart. Leading the way is “Your Song” by Rita Ora, which makes its debut at #45. The single hit the top ten in Ireland, Scotland and the United Kingdom earlier this year. Ora last reached the top 50 here in the spring of 2015 on a Charli XCX song called “Doing It”, which got as high as #43 that March. Debuting at #46 is the first top 50 appearance in six years for the pop-punk quartet known as All Time Low. “Good Times” comes in five spots below the peak of “I Feel Like Dancin'”, which spent three weeks at #41 in June and July 2011. “Good” is already a solid top 40 hit on the Hot AC chart, so it’s capable of doing well here.

Breaking into the top 50 with her first chart entry is 15-year-old Skylar Stecker, starting at #49 with “Only Want You”. She’s had a pair of prior singles serviced to the format in the last two years, but neither of them received any significant adds from the panel. It’s an independent release with a low spin total, so if it goes much further, it’ll be crawling up the chart to its new peak. Entering at #50 is a song that should be moving up at a much quicker rate, “Subeme La Radio” by Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul. In 2014, the two men appeared on the international hit “Bailando”, also billed as Iglesias featuring Paul, which peaked at #9 in September.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 27, 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: musical madness before the Fourth of July! Ties! Impacts! More below. It may be hot outside, but it’s hotter on the charts, so let’s dig into those sounds of summer like Add Lib does best:

FOUR SCORE (AND SEVERAL ADDS AGO): With singles from Calvin Harris and DJ Khaled (and their all-star bands) in a tie for this week’s Most Added record at the format, with 46 adds each, we look just below the top spot on the report for showings from a plethora of pop artists. The aggressive battle for adds this week was largely due to the Fourth Of July, which just so happens to fall on a Tuesday this year. So, to all of you program and music directors landing some burgers on the grill a week from now, and maybe some pool or beach action too, we salute you. (Also, where’s my invite?) Let’s highlight four of these potential future hits, all starting out well:

Taking in another 35 adds in its impact week is “Glorious” by Macklemore, which features Skylar Grey. It’s the first single to be released after the rapper’s consciously uncoupling with Ryan Lewis (well, at least for now) and the likely first chart hit for Grey in four years. I’ll take a wild guess and say that you don’t remember “C’mon Let Me Ride”, which featured Eminem, which spent two weeks at #32 in February of that year. (It’s alright, I’d prefer to forget that it exists too.) Besides being the third Most Added title at this format this week, it also stands in the same position on the adds report at Rhythmic radio.

Julia Michaels has no issues with this week’s fourth Most Added song, “Uh Huh”, which starts at 31 stations. It’s the follow-up to “Issues”, which reached a new peak of #4 last week. This one is not a hot B2K cover, but their song called “Uh Huh” peaked at #22 for three weeks in May 2002. Michaels was due to release an EP called Nervous System in the spring, though you can obviously see that it’s been delayed since it hasn’t hit digital retailers yet. Whenever it’s out, I’m sure it’ll be great.

Major Lazer and their new backing band, The Mestanics, silently run with “Know No Better” towards a knowledgeable rank for the week. It’s tied for fifth place, receiving another 24 adds. “Run Up” reached #33 at the end of March, and this release is expected to do “better” than that. (Gee, I’m pretty terrible tonight. Ah, well, I have the week off next week!) Their EP of the same name came out earlier this month, and hit the top 100 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Finally, in the seventh Most Added slot, we find “Go For Broke”, the latest release for Machine Gun Kelly. Kelly’s new song has a featured vocal from James Arthur, who also scored the fourth Most Added single at Hot AC radio yesterday with “Can I Be Him”. This is likely to be Arthur’s last week on the chart with “Say You Won’t Let Go”, a former #5 hit from earlier this month. Kelly’s had a pair of songs from his latest album, Bloom, reach the chart, including the Camila Cabello-assisted “Bad Things”, a two-week #1 from February.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. CALVIN HARRIS featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, KATY PERRY and BIG SEAN, “Feels” (Columbia)
1-T. DJ KHALED featuring RIHANNA and BRYSON TILLER, “Wild Thoughts” (We The Best/Epic)
3. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY,
“Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
4. JULIA MICHAELS,
“Uh Huh” (Republic)
5-T. BRUNO MARS,
 “Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
5-T. MAJOR LAZER featuring TRAVIS SCOTT, CAMILA CABELLO and QUAVO,
“Know No Better” (Mad Decent/in2une)
7. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring JAMES ARTHUR,
“Go For Broke” (Bad Boy/Interscope)
8. SAM HUNT, 
“Body Like A Back Road” (MCA Nashville/Capitol)
9. MARTIN GARRIX & TROYE SIVAN,
 “There For You” (RCA)
10-T. ALL TIME LOW,
“Good Times” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
10-T. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE,
“The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
10-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA and KHALID,
 “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (June 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 during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in June in this month’s Radio Report:

ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS – “So Close” (Crush/Vanguard/Concord, June 6 – Alternative)
Album: Zombies On Broadway (2017)
Past ALT History: McMahon has the distinction of reaching the top 40 at the format with three acts: Something Corporate, Jack’s Mannequin and his latest solo project. He has two top five hits to date, including “Fire Escape”, which went to #4 earlier this year.

ARCADE FIRE – “Everything Now” (Columbia, June 6 – Alternative)
Album: Everything Now (2017)
Past ALT History: Since 2007, this Canadian act has entered the Alternative survey with a handful of singles, two of which made it through the top 20: “Ready To Start” (#16, 2010) and “Reflektor” (#17, 2013). Though reaction is mixed, it should do nicely here.

LORDE – “Perfect Places” (Lava/Republic, June 6 – Alternative)
Album: Melodrama (2017)
Past ALT History: This is the second single from the New Zealand performer’s forthcoming set, with “Green Light” riding up to its #8 peak several weeks ago. Out of six top 40 entries at the format, her first was her biggest, “Royals”, a seven-week #1 from 2013.

BEBE REXHA featuring LIL’ WAYNE – “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros., June 6 – Top 40)
Album: All Your Fault: Pt. 2 (EP) (2017)
Past T40 History: Rexha is still struggling at the format as a main-credited artist, though she continues to get closer to the top ten with each single release. She’ll get there! Most recently, “In The Name Of Love” (with Martin Garrix) and “I Got You” reached #14.

CHORD OVERSTREET & DEEPEND – “Hold On (Remix)” (4th & Broadway/Safehouse/Island/Republic, June 6 – Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Singer/songwriter Overstreet was one member of the credited Glee Cast, who made the top 50 twice with “Last Christmas” (#50, 2010) and “Loser Like Me” (#42, 2011). This is the first collaboration between he and the Dutch DJs/producers.

BRUNO MARS – “Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic, June 12 – Hot AC and June 13 – Top 40)
Album: 24K Magic (2016)
Past T40 History: Mars is coming off a #1 hit (three weeks) at Top 40 with “That’s What I Like”, which also reached #2 at Hot AC. Before “Like” was announced as a single, “Floor” received significant unsolicited spins at the Top 40 format. Summer smash alert!

ROBIN SCHULZ featuring JAMES BLUNT – “OK” (Big Beat/RRP, June 19 – Hot AC)
Album: Uncovered (2017)
Past HAC History: Schulz has charted as a main artist or producer of three top 40 entries at the format, his most recent being last year’s “Sugar” (#38) with singer Francesco Yates. Blunt spent five weeks at #1 in 2006 with the soft pop ballad “You’re Beautiful”.

TOM WALKER – “Just You And I” (Epic, June 19 – Hot AC)
Album: Blessings (EP) (2017)
Past HAC History: This is Walker’s first song to impact at the format, and it’s already seen some light and/or specialty airplay at a handful of stations on the panel. It’s accumulated nearly 17 million streams on Spotify, much of that coming from a U.K. audience.

JULIA MICHAELS – “Uh Huh” (Republic, June 20 – Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Michaels is still in the top ten on the chart (and gaining) with “Issues”, though it is eligible to go recurrent soon. She’s also co-written over a dozen top 40 entries at the format since 2013, including Selena Gomez’s current radio hit, “Bad Liar”.

ALL TIME LOW – “Good Times” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP, June 26 – Hot AC and June 27 – Top 40)
Album: Last Young Renegade (2017)
Past T40 History: Nearly six years ago, this band’s only charting song, “I Feel Like Dancin'”, spent three consecutive weeks at #41. One additional single, “Something’s Gotta Give”, narrowly missed the top 50 in 2015. Will this track become their first top 40 hit?

Plenty of unreleased summer singles are still on the way, so make sure you watch out for them as they debut…

Which of these new songs would you like to see on the charts later this year? Let me know!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 2, 2017

Hopelessly looking for #1.

The June tunes are in effect, blazing a path towards the top of the album list. This week, there’s a nice amount of pop and alternative music in the mix, with a hint of country to spice it up. Here are the notable releases for this Friday:

HALSEY – Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (iTunes)
Led by the top 15 pop radio hit “Now Or Never”, the sophomore album by this performer is starting to get some positive coverage. A rabid fanbase like hers will likely turn this into a front-loaded release, which shouldn’t be too surprising, but just how far will it go? I think this is the strongest candidate to debut at the top of the chart next week, barring some surprise release, so stay tuned!

BLEACHERS – Gone Now (iTunes)
“Don’t Take The Money” has topped my personal chart for the last four weeks, so I might be a little excited about the sophomore set from Jack Antonoff’s project. Of course, “Don’t” is also a top ten single on the Alternative airwaves. Three years ago, Strange Desire debuted and peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200, and I’m hoping his new set can crack the top ten.

LUKE COMBS – This One’s For You (iTunes)
Combs recently topped the Country chart with “Hurricane”, which was aided by iHeartMedia’s On The Verge program at the format. The 27-year-old singer will likely make a nice splash on the Country list next week, though it should have a solid entry overall.

More albums out this week: All Time Low‘s Last Young Renegade (iTunes), Alt-J‘s Relaxer (iTunes), Dan Auerbach‘s Waiting On A Song (iTunes), Dua Lipa‘s Dua Lipa (iTunes), Housefires‘s We Say Yes (iTunes), U2‘s The Joshua Tree (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Wheeler Walker Jr.‘s Ol’ Wheeler (iTunes), Wonder Woman (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Major Lazer‘s Know No Better (iTunes), Qveen Herby‘s EP 1 (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“13”, LANY (iTunes)
“Another Love Song”, Ne-Yo (iTunes)
“Bad Drug”, Cosmos & Creature (iTunes)
“Boys In The Street (Seeb Remix)”, Greg Holden (iTunes)
“Bring Me Home”, Sam Martin (iTunes)
“Broken Clocks”, SZA (iTunes)
“Champagne, Secrets, And Chanel”, Giorgio Moroder & Phantoms featuring Prince Charlez (iTunes)
“Change It All”, Harrison Storm (iTunes)
“Down”, Fifth Harmony featuring Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“Endless Summer”, Absofacto (iTunes)
“Everything Now”, Arcade Fire (iTunes)
“Golden Dandelions”, Barns Courtney (iTunes)
“Good Kids”, Alex Mattson (iTunes)
“I Don’t Know”, Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“Little White Lies”, Betsy (iTunes)
“Llama In My Living Room”, AronChupa featuring Little Sis Nora (iTunes)
“Maderas”, Saint Mesa (iTunes)
“Maybe It’s My First Time”, Meg Mac (iTunes)
“O.D.D.”, Hey Violet (iTunes)
“Perfect Places”, Lorde (iTunes)
“Persistence”, Albin Lee Meldau (iTunes)
“Places We Won’t Walk”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Reborn”, Rae Morris (iTunes)
“Right Now”, Snakehips featuring Elhae, D.R.A.M. & H.E.R. (iTunes)
“Run”, Foo Fighters (iTunes)
“Saint”, VÉRITÉ (iTunes)
“Shame”, Hearts & Colors (iTunes)
“Sign Of The Times”, Jasmine Thompson and Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Staring At The Sun”, Vanic featuring Clara Mae (iTunes)
“Stone”, Jaymes Young (iTunes)
“Summer Hangover”, Nause featuring OMVR (iTunes)
“The Only High”, The Veronicas (iTunes)
“The Only Reason”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“The Other Side”, Ruelle (iTunes)
“Truth To Power”, OneRepublic (iTunes)
“Uh Huh”, Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Unpredictable”, Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson (iTunes)
“Used To It”, Ashe (iTunes)
“Wall Of Glass”, Liam Gallagher (iTunes)
“We Could Run”, Beth Ditto (iTunes)
“You Can Count On Me”, Ansel Elgort featuring Logic (iTunes)
“Your Fan”, The Preatures (iTunes)

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (April 7)

Low on a high.

Low on a high.

After a schedule full of crazy colorful Easter eggs last week, the hunt for sweet springtime albums this week falls flat, much like the matzah I’ll be eating until Saturday. Yikes. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of April 7:

  • Pop-punk quartet All Time Low have three top ten albums to their credit on the Billboard 200, with Don’t Panic being their most recent in the fall of 2012. The four will be looking for their fourth in a row with Future Hearts. Several instant grat tracks from the record are selling well, including the single “Something’s Gotta Give”, which Hits 1 recently began to play. Look for the effort to debut in the top five. (iTunes)
  • Riding high on the charts with “G.D.F.R” is rapper Flo Rida, and his latest EP out this week is My House. It’s his first big release in just under three years. During that period of time, two of his singles underperformed (2013’s “Can’t Believe It” and followup “How I Feel”) and a planned studio album, The Perfect 10, was delayed several times. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Bad Company‘s deluxe reissues of Bad Company (iTunes) and Straight Shooter (iTunes), Brian Wilson‘s No Pier Pressure (iTunes), Cassandra Wilson‘s Coming Forth By Day (iTunes), Delta Rae‘s After It All (iTunes), Kristian Bush‘s Southern Gravity (iTunes), Lord Huron‘s Strange Tails (iTunes), Matt & Kim‘s New Glow (iTunes), Priory‘s Need To Know (iTunes), The Knocks‘s So Classic (EP) (iTunes), Todd Rundgren‘s Global (iTunes) and WATERS‘s What’s Real (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Chingalinga”, new from Alyxx Dione and Jason Derulo. (iTunes)
  • “Crash And Burn”, a new single from Thomas Rhett. (iTunes)
  • “Sparks”, the new single from Hilary Duff. (iTunes)
  • “Tear In My Heart”, the new single from twenty one pilots. (iTunes)

Newcomer Shawn Mendes has a hot debut on the way next week with his album Handwritten, but how will it do against rock band Halestorm and their Into The Wild Life? A full preview is coming in seven!

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Three, Four, Five: These New Hits And Members Keep Stacking Up

It’s boy bandemonium on the pop survey these days. We’ve had comeback singles just since the start of the year for 98 Degrees, Hanson, Jonas Brothers and New Kids On The Block. Don’t forget that One Direction‘s also put out a few more singles. Well, here are three more songs to add to the list, both Stateside and international releases. Be very afraid. They’re here to stay, at least through this year. Check out the newbies:

Looking for Number "One".

Looking for Number “One”.

EMBLEM3 – “Chloe (You’re The One I Want)”
Release Date: April 16 (CHR radio, iTunes)

You saw them on the second season of the American version of The X Factor, mentored by Simon Cowell, and the young girls were swooning away. The trio of brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg, as well as friend Drew Chadwick, came in fourth place in the competition in the fall. Shortly after the show wrapped up, the group signed with by Syco Music and Columbia Records, and since then, they’ve been going across the country on a mini-tour. They also have a few promotional concerts lined up for summer events from radio stations in cities like Boston and New York City. On the heels of those forthcoming events, the group will be releasing their very first single on iTunes on April 16, a song called “Chloe (You’re The One I Want)”. It will also be going to radio on that same date, though it’s been registered to be monitored for airplay for some time now. They’ve been performing live now on virtually all of their tour dates and it seems to be getting a good reaction from their fan base. You can see a live lyric video from one of those concerts above. It’s part rapped and part sung, and it seems to be heavily influenced from the fields of both pop and reggae. Not a bad combination. It’s a catchy, summer-sounding song, so let’s hope for the best when the full studio version comes out in less than two weeks. (P.S. A note for all of you chart geeks like me. This “Chloe” isn’t the same one that Elton John took to #34 on the Hot 100 in the fall of 1981.)

They'll fight for this "Love".

Going, Going, “Gone”.

LAWSON – “Gone”
Release Date: May 13 (U.K.)

I wrote a single review on these guys a few months back, so I’m happy to feature the quartet out of the United Kingdom again for their newest release. This is now the fifth single from their debut album, Chapman Square, released in the fall of last year. Last time around, they just missed the top ten in their native country with “Learn To Love Again”, but with three prior singles to that solidly made the top ten there, they’ve not had a bad track record at all. They travelled to America several months ago to perform a few smaller dates in the U.S. and in Canada, but since then, nothing has come up in terms of a crossover to this side of the world. Now, it looks like they’re touring in Asia, where the album seems to be doing OK, according to HMV.  Then, they’ll be back in the U.K. for the summer. So, I guess they’ll make do with one more single in Europe, as I’m sure they’ll be going back to the studio to record their second album relatively soon. “Gone” is a change in direction from their last dance-oriented single, going back to their pop/rock roots which made them successful in the first place. It’s not my favorite song from the record, but it’s a solid one from a really great album. Being so far down the line in terms of single releases, it probably won’t do extremely well, but some sort of top 40 placing for it should be in order come May. No word if a CD single will be available for it like the four other singles; I’ll update this when I know.

Sweet and "Low".

Sweet and “Low”.

THE WANTED – “All Time Low”
Release Date: April 30 (CHR radio)

Alright, alright, I know what you’re going to say. “Puh-lease, Adam, this song isn’t new.” Yes, it’s true. “All Time Low” went to #1 in the United Kingdom… in the summer of 2010. Cue the sad trombone. On top of that, the song was actually released here in a remixed form during the summer of 2011, but it was only about to become a minor hit on the Dance/Club Play survey. (“Glad You Came” was issued shortly afterwards, though it didn’t take off right away.) However, the boys have moved to Los Angeles and are filming a Ryan Seacrest-produced reality series entitled The Wanted Life. It premieres in June, and “Low” will be used as the theme song for the show. So, in preparation for that, Def Jam is sending the song to radio. Unfortunately for them, they’ve been pretty indecisive about an adds date for the song. It was originally supposed to be out February 26, then it was moved to March 19, then to April 2, and now, April 30. I mean, really, if that doesn’t spell flop already, then I don’t know what does. The song itself is good and was a great debut single for the guys, but their core fans have known the song for verging on three years now. I just don’t think it’s going to work, but alas, someone thinks they know what they’re doing and is carrying on with re-repromoting their single. A live video was recently released for it, which you can see above. Their series, airing on E!, will debut sometime in June. We’ll see if radio actually wants it soon.

So many boy bands, so little time. Do you have a favorite one that’s highlighted in this post or one I should cover in the future? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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