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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (January 6, 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. Enjoying 2019 so far? We sure are! As radio gears up for another year of musical madness, let’s see what’s popping this Sunday:

“HIGH” TIME FOR CHANGE: We start off the new year right we ended the old one: crossover hit “High Hopes” from Panic! At The Disco leads the Alternative, Hot AC and Top 40 charts simultaneously for the fifth week in a row, establishing a new record for the plays-per-week era. “High” is the first single to spend at least five weeks at the top of each individual format during the same run in nearly 20 years; Sugar Ray‘s “Every Morning” spent seven (Alternative), eleven (Hot AC) and seven (CHR/Pop) weeks at the top of these respective Radio & Records lists during the spring of 1999, though not at the same time. By next Sunday, Ariana Grande‘s hits “breathin” and “thank u, next”, both solidly in the top three, along with Halsey‘s “Without Me”, should get closer to dethroning Panic! At The Disco’s hit at the Top 40 format. Will one go all the way, or will Disco never truly die? Stay tuned for more.

Ella Mai‘s “Trip” marks the only top 40 debut on this week’s list, moving from 43-40. It’s her second song to reach the region at the format, with “Boo’d Up” going as high as #25 in September.

The purging of several older songs allows for some good debut action in the top 50, led by Post Malone‘s “Wow.” at #47. It’s one of three new tracks impacting at the format this week. Malone is still at #10 with his recent #1 hit “Better Now”, while his collaboration with Swae Lee, “Sunflower”, remains at #11. Further down, scottish trio CHVRCHΞS starts at #48 with “Miracle”, their first track to chart at this format. Last year, it became the act’s fifth top 40 entry on the Alternative chart. Nearly five years ago, their song “The Mother We Share” earned them their largest crossover success to date, reaching the top 40 at the Hot AC format in March 2014. The last of three top 50 entries on the latest update, bowing at #49, is an international smash from George Ezra. “Shotgun” became his first #1 song in countries like Australia and England last year. It’s also approaching the top 20 on the Hot AC chart. Ezra last charted at the Top 40 format in 2015 with another global hit, “Budapest”, which got as high as #18.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 30, 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. As we continue through the annual freeze at radio, there are very few highlights at the format this week. So, we’ll keep it short and sweet! Here’s what’s popping this Sunday:

NEW YEAR, SAME PANIC: As 2019 approaches, “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco remains on top of Alternative, Hot AC and Top 40 lists for the fourth consecutive week. It’s now one of two songs during the plays-per-week era to accomplish the feat, the other being “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” by Green Day in February and March 2005. Two hits by Ariana Grande and another by Halsey will be vying for the top spot following these end of the year festivities; it’s anyone’s guess as to which of these tracks gets to #1 first.

The lone top 40 debut on this week’s chart comes from Madison Beer and her Offset-assisted song “Hurts Like Hell”, up from 41-39 this week. It’s the second tune to enter the region for Beer and the second solo hit for Offset, who previously charted with Migos.

With a number of tracks being purged from the chart next week, as the normal recurrent rules go back into effect, look for a number of new titles in the lower regions of the list on Sunday, including future top 40 releases for George Ezra, Sabrina Carpenter and more.

Happy New Year from PGTC! (Please be safe tomorrow night!)

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2018: Part Four, 10-6

The top ten is here on Adam’s Top 100 of 2018! The cream of the pop is ready for you, so enjoy all the great music ahead…

The 2018 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 3, 2017 to the chart dated November 25, 2018. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with the higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks at a song’s peak position and the amount of time charted in the top 40. 171 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, a decrease from the 176 that did so in 2017.

10. KESHA featuring THE DAP-KINGS HORNS, “Woman”
Album: Rainbow
Label: Kemosabe/RCA
Peak: #1 for six weeks
Weeks: 24
Points: 686

This year had so many important women in the news, with some calling it the “Year Of The Woman” after the midterm election season. On my year-end survey, the first of three female artists in the top ten for 2018 is Kesha, who also claimed my #10 song for 2017 with “Praying” and recently debuted on my chart with “Here Comes The Change” from the movie On The Basis Of Sex, based on the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Is Kesha due to have my #10 song of 2019 with that soundtrack cut? We’ll see what happens next December.

09. ARIANA GRANDE, “No Tears Left To Cry”
Album: Sweetener
Label: Republic
Peak: #2 for five weeks
Weeks: 25
Points: 689

After a horrible bombing at her 2017 concert in Manchester, England, Grande persevered and so did her fans. Three singles off her current album have hit #1 or #2 on the Top 40 radio chart, with “thank u, next” (the title cut off her forthcoming album) soaring at radio and retail through the holidays. Though “No” stalled at #2 on my chart for five weeks without hitting the top, that total is well below the record. With a new and exciting era ready to dominate the charts internationally next year, the singer won’t be shedding many tears at all anytime soon.

08. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Younger”
Album: A Great Big World
Label: Epic
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks: 24
Points: 690

One of the more consistent duos on my chart over the last few years is this act, comprised of Ian Axel and Chad King. This nostalgic tune is the first single off their forthcoming self-titled release, and it certainly brought back some memories for me, as it earned the two guys their third #1 hit on my list since 2014. In total, Axel and King have spent 15 career weeks at the top of my survey, following a seven-week run in 2014 for “Already Home” and a four-week run in 2015 for “Hold Each Other”. Will 2019 provide the men with another great big radio hit?

07. JOHN MAYER, “New Light”
Album: (single only)
Label: Snack Money/Columbia
Peak: #2 for two weeks
Weeks: 26
Points: 695

In a year that saw artists like Avril Lavigne and the Backstreet Boys reach #1 on my chart for the first time in well over a decade, this single by Mayer was well on its way to achieving the same. Unfortunately, it fell a bit short, but it was the performer’s highest-charting song since “Waiting On The World To Change”, a four-week chart-topper from October and November 2006 that ranked at #8 on that year’s list. Will the singer and songwriter finally have his next #1 track here in 2019, when he’s poised to release new music? Stay tuned for his “New” jam.

06. CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA, “One Kiss”
Album: Dua Lipa (Complete Edition)
Label: Columbia-Warner Bros.
Peak: #1 for five weeks
Weeks: 27
Points: 729

Dua Lipa was pretty much everywhere in 2018, and rightfully so: the international superstar is making some incredible music right now. A collaboration with DJ/producer Calvin Harris becomes her highest-charting song of four on my year-end survey, which spent five weeks at #1 on my weekly list and topped plenty of national charts throughout Europe. Both performers have new music on the horizon, with Lipa’s soundtrack cut from Alita: Battle Angel (titled “Swan Song”) coming in the next few weeks. Until then, we can all “Kiss” this year goodbye.

Stay tuned for the final installment of the Top 100 of 2018 tomorrow…

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (December 4, 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: we break it down with two former chart-toppers at the format on that trip to the top of the adds report that we do every Tuesday. So, let’s add ’em up:

NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A CHART: After a top five debut on iTunes and plenty of early radio action, “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” scores big this week for Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus, picking up 82 stations on impact. The song will be featured on a forthcoming album by Ronson, due sometime in 2019. No other track comes close to that total on the latest update, but another hit that’s impacting this week finishes in the runner-up position with 25 new stations. The latest crossover track from R&B singer Ella Mai is “Trip”, which recently reached #1 on the Urban chart and remains in the top five on the Rhythmic chart. Otherwise, most of the songs in the top ten this week are repeat titles and/or already established hits trying to close out the panel.

Next week is anyone’s guess, as no prominent titles are currently scheduled to impact. Stay tuned for more information.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. MARK RONSON featuring MILEY CYRUS, “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” (RCA)
2. ELLA MAI, “Trip” (10 Summers/Interscope)
3-T. DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B, “Taki Taki” (Geffen/Interscope)
3-T. ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE, “Close To Me” (Interscope)
3-T. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring KELSEA BALLERINI, “This Feeling” (Disruptor/Columbia)
6-T. GUCCI MANE, BRUNO MARS & KODAK BLACK, “Wake Up In The Sky” (Atlantic)
6-T. XXXTENTACTION x LIL PUMP featuring MALUMA & SWAE LEE, “Arms Around You” (EMPIRE-Warner Bros.)
8. KHALID, “Better” (Right Hand/RCA)
9-T. ARIANA GRANDE, “Thank U, Next” (Republic)
9-T. RITA ORA, “Let You Love Me” (Warner Bros.)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 27, 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: Brrrr! The numbers are very chilly, as radio prepares for the annual freeze for the holidays. Let’s add ’em up:

SO “CLOSE” TO CHRISTMAS: With the Thanksgiving holiday having just passed, it’s no surprise to see that most reporters on the pop panel didn’t post any (or as many) adds this Tuesday. As a result, it was mostly established singles out in front, with “Close To Me” by Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee collecting 20 adds and the top position. Ariana Grande followed in the runner-up position with another 16 adds for “Thank U, Next”. You can find the rest of the significant titles (and ties) below.

Next week, the top ten should look more lively with continued add support for “1999”, the current collaboration from Charli XCX and Troye Sivan, as well as “Trip”, the potential second top 40 single for Ella Mai. Who else is due for a solid impact week? Find out soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE, “Close To Me” (Interscope)
2. ARIANA GRANDE, “Thank U, Next” (Republic)
3. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring KELSEA BALLERINI, “This Feeling” (Disruptor/Columbia)
4-T. AVA MAX, “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)
4-T. DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B, “Taki Taki” (Geffen/Interscope)
6-T. BENNY BLANCO & CALVIN HARRIS, “I Found You” (Columbia-Interscope)
6-T. CHARLI XCX featuring TROYE SIVAN, “1999” (Atlantic/EMG)
6-T. GUCCI MANE, BRUNO MARS & KODAK BLACK, “Wake Up In The Sky” (Atlantic)
6-T. TRAVIS SCOTT, “Sicko Mode” (Epic)
10. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life” (TEN/Epic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 20, 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: Thanksgiving is on the brain, and so is one very thankful hit song. Time to add ’em up:

“U” CAN’T STOP HER: For the second consecutive week, Ariana Grande‘s “Thank U, Next” leads the pack at Top 40 radio, as it comes in with another 49 stations. After making a huge move from 39-20 on last Sunday’s published update, the big song should continue towards the top, as it remains active at the major sales and streaming services.

For impacting titles, “No Candle No Light” by ZAYN featuring Nicki Minaj leads the way with 30 stations, taking second place in the weekly report, with “Hurts Like Hell” by Madison Beer featuring Offset securing 28 stations and a third place finish.

Next week, watch out for Bad Bunny‘s “MIA”, featuring Drake, a top ten Rhythmic single which should hop onto the adds report at this format with ease. Have a great Thanksgiving!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ARIANA GRANDE, “Thank U, Next” (Republic)
2. ZAYN featuring NICKI MINAJ, “No Candle No Light” (RCA)
3. MADISON BEER featuring OFFSET, “Hurts Like Hell” (First Access/in2une)
4. ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE, “Close To Me” (Interscope)
5. DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B, “Taki Taki” (Geffen/Interscope)
6. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring KELSEA BALLERINI, “This Feeling” (Disruptor/Columbia)
7. CHARLI XCX featuring TROYE SIVAN, “1999” (Atlantic/EMG)
8-T. ALESSIA CARA, “Trust My Lonely” (Def Jam)
8-T. RITA ORA, “Let You Love Me” (Warner Bros.)
10. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life” (TEN/Epic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 13, 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: we say our thanks for Ariana Grande‘s new single before we settle down for Thanksgiving, but we’re absolutely thankful for plenty of titles in the top ten. Time to add ’em up:

THE “NEXT” BEST THING: After a good start at the format last Tuesday and some bigger sales and streaming gains in the past few days, Grande’s “Thank U, Next” performs very well on this week’s Top 40 adds report, scoring 82 new stations. On Sunday, the song became Grande’s 19th top 40 hit at the format since her debut in 2013, which comes at the same time that “God Is A Woman” is leading the survey and “Breathin” is gaining nicely in the top ten. “Thank”, which is the title cut from her forthcoming set, has all sorts of chart action on Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify, breaking several streaming records in the process recently. As for the Top 40 format, you can probably expect “Thank” at the summit sometime early next year, unless it speeds up before the holidays.

An impacting release of note is by Benny Blanco and Calvin Harris with “I Found You”, which checks in with 26 stations and a second place finish. Blanco’s single “Eastside” (with Halsey and Khalid) recently entered the top ten at the format, while Harris’s single “Promises” (with Sam Smith) just made the top 20. Both songs appear to be winding down, so “Found” will probably enter the top 50 quite easily by the end of this or next week. No word on if an EP or album from Blanco will be surfacing anytime soon.

Elsewhere, look for new hits by Ava Max, Zara Larsson and others to continue their fast ascent at the format as the fall rolls on.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ARIANA GRANDE, “Thank U, Next” (Republic)
2. BENNY BLANCO & CALVIN HARRIS, “I Found You” (Columbia-Interscope)
3. AVA MAX, “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)
4. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring KELSEA BALLERINI, “This Feeling” (Disruptor/Columbia)
5. ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE, “Close To Me” (Interscope)
6-T. KHALID, “Better” (Right Hand/RCA)
6-T. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life” (TEN/Epic)
8. DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B, “Taki Taki” (Geffen/Interscope)
9-T. LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER, “Shallow” (Interscope)
9-T. LAUV featuring JULIA MICHAELS, “There’s No Way” (Kobalt/AWAL/in2une)

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