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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 16-17, 2019)


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 singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – “Teeth” (Interscope)
Album: 13 Reasons Why (Season 3) (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: This will be the third song from the series to chart here, following cuts by Selena Gomez and Lauv/Anne-Marie.

ARIANA GRANDE, MILEY CYRUS & LANA DEL REY – “Don’t Call Me Angel” (Republic)
Album: Charlie’s Angels (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: The biggest song from this franchise, “Independent Women, Pt. 1” by Destiny’s Child, held at #1 for nine weeks.

HALSEY – “Graveyard” (Capitol)
Album: Manic (2020)
Past T40 History: The performer has four #1 songs to date on the Top 40 chart, but her past two releases have missed the top ten.

LINDSEY STIRLING featuring ELLE KING – “The Upside” (Lindseystomp/BMG/in2une)
Album: Artemis (2019)
Past T40 History: Stirling has not charted at this format before; King’s biggest hit to date, “Ex’s & Oh’s”, hit #7 in November 2015.

LOUD LUXURY & BRYCE VINE – “I’m Not Alright” (Sire/Warner-Armada)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: The duo and Vine have three top 20 entries between them at this format, though none have entered the top ten.

Next week: due to the Labor Day holiday, no songs are currently listed as impacting at the format for next Tuesday.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 13, 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: Ariana Grande and Social House are decorating the house here at the top for a second week, while two new titles are knocking at the door in the top five. Let’s add ’em up:

ONE CROWDED HOUSE: Despite some decent competition, Grande and Social House’s “Boyfriend” picks up 34 more adds for its second week on the survey, landing ahead of Jax Jones and Bebe Rexha‘s “Harder” in second place with a total of 24 stations during its impact week. Meanwhile, Twenty One Pilots finish in third place, only one station behind Jones and Rexha, with “The Hype”, which sees a solid increase in adds from last week’s early action. While “Boyfriend” is currently racing through the top 20 at the format, look for “Harder” and “The Hype” to make their top 50 debuts in the next couple of weeks.

Charting releases by NF, Sam Smith and Zara Larsson are among those prominent songs making up the rest of the top ten.

Look for Katy Perry‘s “Small Talk” to talk its way onto more than a few Top 40 playlists next week; it had nine early adds today.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. ARIANA GRANDE & SOCIAL HOUSE, “Boyfriend” (Republic)
2. JAX JONES & BEBE REXHA, “Harder” (Interscope)
3. TWENTY ONE PILOTS, “The Hype” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
4. NF, “Time” (Caroline)
5. SHAED, “Trampoline” (Photo Finish/Caroline)
6-T. ELLIE GOULDING & JUICE WRLD, “Hate Me” (Polydor/Interscope)
6-T. LIL TECCA, “Ransom” (Galactic/Republic)
6-T. SAM SMITH, “How Do You Sleep?” (Capitol)
9-T. ILLENIUM & JON BELLION, “Good Things Fall Apart” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
9-T. SAM FELDT featuring RANI, “Post Malone” (Spinnin’/Warner)
9-T. ZARA LARSSON, “All The Time” (TEN/Epic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 6, 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: Ariana Grande and Social House soar onto the list and into the house of hits with their reactive new collaboration. Let’s add ’em up:

A FRIENDLY START: Earning a robust 146 stations on impact, Grande and Social House’s “Boyfriend” is easily the top entry on this week’s Top 40 log. The track, which reached the top 40 on last Sunday’s published update, does not appear on a current studio album by either act. This marks Social House’s first song to reach the region at the format and their first time in the top spot on the weekly adds report. “Boyfriend” is also the week’s Most Added record on the Rhythmic radio log, scoring another 35 stations there.

The only other new single of note in the top ten is NCT 127‘s “Highway To Heaven”, which drives home a sixth place finish with 19 stations on impact. It’s the K-pop act’s first song to impact at the format. Given the tepid response, the track may experience a slow ride into the top 40, though it’s likely to pick up some additional support throughout the rest of the month.

Charting releases by Blanco Brown, Lil Nas X, Lil Tecca and SHAED are among those prominent songs making up the rest of the top ten.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ARIANA GRANDE & SOCIAL HOUSE, “Boyfriend” (Republic)
2. SAM SMITH, “How Do You Sleep?” (Capitol)
3. NF, “Time” (Caroline)
4. LIL NAS X, “Panini” (Columbia)
5. SHAED, “Trampoline” (Photo Finish/Caroline)
6. NCT 127, “Highway To Heaven” (Caroline)
7. ELLIE GOULDING & JUICE WRLD, “Hate Me” (Polydor/Interscope)
8. BLANCO BROWN, “The Git Up” (BBR/BMG-Warner)
9. LIL TECCA, “Ransom” (Galactic/Republic)
10. SAM FELDT featuring RANI, “Post Malone” (Spinnin’/Warner)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 5-6, 2019)

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:

ALI GATIE – “It’s You” (Warner)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Gatie is making his debut at the format. His track has already reached the top 20 in Australia and New Zealand.

ARIANA GRANDE & SOCIAL HOUSE – “Boyfriend” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: The hot song entered the top 40 on yesterday’s official published list. It’s the first top 40 entry for Social House.

NCT 127 – “Highway To Heaven” (Caroline)
EP: We Are Superhuman (original version, 2019)
Past T40 History: This K-pop act impacts with their first song at the format, an English version of an EP cut from this past spring.

Y2K & BBNO$ – “Lalala” (Columbia)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Both performers are making their debut at the format. The tune now ranks in the top 20 on Spotify’s U.S. chart.

Next week: Jax Jones and Bebe Rexha go a little “Harder” for their chance at the Most Added song of the week.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 4, 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. If you “Care” about all the big pop songs for the first week of August, you’re in the right place! Let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

“I” IN THE SKY: Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber‘s huge hit “I Don’t Care” continues its run at the summit on the Top 40 list for its third week, eclipsing the 19,000 spin mark in the process (though it doesn’t set a new record.) The tune also remains strong at #1 on the Hot AC chart. With Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy” at just over 300 spins away now, her current #2 hit will likely replace “I” in the next few days and become official by next weekend, unless Sheeran and Bieber’s collaboration has a better hold than expected.

Christian rapper NF leaps from 47-34 with the song that becomes his fourth top 40 entry at the format, “Time”. The simple title has also appeared on the chart in the past for groups like The Alan Parsons Project and Hootie & The Blowfish, whose respective singles made the top ten in 1981 and 1996. One notch below him, “Boyfriend” debuts on the entire chart at #35 for Ariana Grande and Social House. The collaboration becomes Grande’s 22nd top 40 entry on the pop chart and the duo’s first, which comes a year after they first entered the top 50 here with the Lil Yachty-assisted “Magic In The Hamptons”. It stalled at #43. Our third and final top 40 entry this week is OneRepublic‘s “Rescue Me”, a top 20 song on the Hot AC chart that moves from 44-38 here. It’s the act’s 13th top 40 single at this format since 2007.

A handful of collaborations enter the top 50 this week, led by Chris Brown and Drake‘s “No Guidance” at #45. The song leads the Rhythmic and Urban charts on the current update. Sam Feldt and RANI, both appearing on the pop chart for the first time, dance onto the survey with “Post Malone” at #46. (Malone ranks at #11 this week with the Young Thug-assisted “Goodbyes”.) Landing at #48 is “Higher Love”, a single combining the talents of Kygo and the late Whitney Houston. Originally recorded in 1990, this cut marks the first appearance for Houston on the pop chart since 2002’s “Whatchulookinat”, which reached #46 that September. 2009 also saw her track “Million Dollar Bill” receive a little pop airplay, though it failed to reach the top 50. Finally, at #49, Illenium and Jon Bellion enter the region with “Good Things Fall Apart”, which is approaching the top ten at Alternative radio.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 14, 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. The game of thrones (at least on the Top 40 chart) isn’t seeing much action this week, but that’ll change next time around. Until then, here’s what’s popping on the survey:

SIXES AND SEVENS: As noted last week, Ariana Grande‘s “7 Rings” secures a sixth week at #1 on the Top 40 chart, which now becomes her longest-running #1 single at the format ever. However, this will be its last week at the summit, as the Jonas Brothers fly from 6-2 this week with the blazing “Sucker”, which will pass Grande’s big hit in the next few days. When it reaches the top, it will become the first #1 song at any format for the group.

Speaking of these three talented brothers, their latest single “Cool” moves from 43-25 on the chart, marking their eighth top 40 song to date. It’s the highest of three new entries in the region this week, though the other two tracks are well below it. One of them jumps into the entire top 50 at #37: “Boy With Luv”, the first collaboration by K-pop sensation BTS and singer Halsey. It’s the fourth time in the top 40 for the septet and the tenth entry for the featured performer. The track easily reached #1 on iTunes upon release. Julia Michaels and Niall Horan also edge into the top 40 this week, up 41-40 with “What A Time”. It’s the fifth top 40 single for each of them, the latter artist earning his fifth solo entry (which compliments his 13 as a member of One Direction.)

Three further entries in the top 50 this week are led by newcomer Kiana Ledé, who checks in at #46 with “Ex”. You’ll find it closing in on the top ten at the Rhythmic radio format. Ciara earns her first top 50 title since 2009 with “Thinkin Bout You”, new at #48. At #49, we also have the newest solo hit for a second One Direction alum: Louis Tomlinson is back with “Two Of Us”. The tune could earn him the third top 40 solo entry of his career in the coming weeks.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 7, 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. Uncle Sam awaits your money, but we’re all about songs that are on the money at Top 40 radio. While your wallet takes a hit, these hits are popping at the format this Sunday:

“RINGS” STILL SHINING: It’s a fifth week at the summit for Ariana Grande‘s hit “7 Rings” on the Top 40 chart, as her follow-single “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” breaks into the top ten at #9. The former title is down about 300 spins this week, though it’ll likely shed more spins next week given the latter song’s entry into the region. Grande’s main competition for the top spot is still well over 2,600 spins away, so expect “7 Rings” to easily collect a sixth frame at #1 and possibly more beyond that.

Newcomer and viral sensation Lil Nas X jumps from 41-28 with this week’s highest new entry in the top 40, “Old Town Road”. The track now has a remix featuring singer Billy Ray Cyrus, which quickly jumped to #1 on iTunes upon release last Friday. Cyrus isn’t credited on Mediabase as of yet, but if he is, “Old” will become his first top 40 song on the pop list since 1992’s “Achy Breaky Heart”, which went to #27 on the CHR format that July. The only other new title in the region is “So Close”, a collaboration between NOTD, Felix Jaehn, Captain Cuts and Georgia Ku. It’s rises from 42-36, marking the first top 40 hit for all four acts as artists. (All four have previously remixed or written/produced a prior top 40 entry.)

As they edge closer to their first #1 single at the format with “Sucker”, the Jonas Brothers are also cool with another of their songs landing on the chart this week. So, it makes sense that “Cool” enters at #43. It leads a pack of four new titles in the region. Following the trio’s latest hit, format newcomer Lizzo bows at #47 with “Juice”. CNCO follows just behind her at #49 with “Pretend”, which is their second song to reach the top 50. Finally, at #50, MKTO is back after a nearly four-year absence with “How Can I Forget”. They last appeared on the chart with 2015’s “Bad Girls”, which peaked at #36 that July.

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