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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (January 22, 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 rings up another pop hit, while NF gets some great love from the panel. Let’s add ’em up:

SEVEN THE HARD WAY: “7 Rings” is ringing a bell across the U.S. this week, as Grande’s latest release leads the updated adds report at the Top 40 format with a huge 143 adds on impact. That massive debut should help carry the title deep into the top ten in the next few weeks, though it will have to contend with her own “thank u, next”, which recently spent its first official week at #1. At this point, “7” remains midway up the chart, boosted by hourly airplay at many stations upon release last Friday.

Also picking up some good support this week, “If You Want Love” from Christian crossover rapper NF should become his third top 40 single at the format, picking up 33 new stations and tying for third place. His two prior songs to chart here are “Let You Down”, which spent a week at #1 last year, and “Lie”, which got as high as #6. Will this one perform as well? We’ll find out soon.

Next week, look out for impacting songs by Alessia Cara (at #9 this week), Dua Lipa and Jake Miller to appear in the top ten.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ARIANA GRANDE, “7 Rings” (Republic)
2. GESAFFELSTEIN & THE WEEKND, “Lost In The Fire” (Columbia)
3-T. NF, “If You Want Love” (Caroline)
3-T. SAM SMITH & NORMANI, “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol-RCA)
5. POST MALONE, “Wow.” (Republic)
6. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Sue Me” (Hollywood)
7-T. CALVIN HARRIS & RAG’N’BONE MAN, “Giant” (Columbia)
7-T. LIVVIA, “Damn” (12Tone)
9. ALESSIA CARA, “Out Of Love” (Def Jam)
10. AVA MAX, “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (January 21-22, 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 fresh hits impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ARIANA GRANDE – “7 Rings” (Republic)
Album: thank u, next (2019)
Past T40 History: After hourly airplay on Friday, Grande’s new track is already in the top 30, as “thank u, next” finally reaches #1.

CALVIN HARRIS & RAG’N’BONE MAN – “Giant” (Columbia)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Harris may be a regular at the format, but Rag’n’Bone Man last charted here with 2017’s “Human”, a #32 entry.

GEORGE EZRA – “Shotgun” (Columbia)
Album: Staying At Tamara’s (2018)
Past T40 History: Though quite successful in Europe, Ezra’s sole top 40 single at this format is 2015’s “Budapest”, peaking at #18.

NF – “If You Want Love” (Caroline)
Album: Perception (2018)
Past T40 History: Of his two top 40 entries, his biggest single to date, “Let You Down”, spent one week at #1 in March of last year.

Next week: Jake Miller looks to score his first top 40 entry since the fall of 2014 with “Wait For You”.

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 20, 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. Do these radio hits ring a bell? They should. In fact, they could ring seven of them. Let’s see what’s popping this Sunday:

“THANK” BEFORE U SPEAK: Coming off a great six-week run at #1 for Panic! At The Disco‘s song “High Hopes”, the Top 40 survey was ready for a new chart-topper. So, thanks are due to Ariana Grande‘s “thank u, next”, rising 2-1 this week. The hit is the sixth #1 of her career at this format and follows just weeks after “breathin”, a cut off her Sweetener album, stalled at #2 for four long weeks without ever hitting the top. The latter track slides to #5 this week, as Grande’s “7 rings” (released on Friday) has a huge entry at #27. These are, indeed, a few of her favorite things. (There’ll be plenty more where that came from in the coming months.)

Three massive tunes leap well into the top 40 this week, led by “Lost In The Fire” by Gesaffelstein and The Weeknd, up from 45-24. It was last Tuesday’s Most Added release at the format. While the former claims his first top 40 entry, the latter now has his 10th song to reach that section of the list. As mentioned above, Grande lands at #27 with “7 rings”, marking her 20th top 40 hit. The song received hourly airplay at many radio stations on Friday, though it should sport solid gains in the next few days. Additionally, the hit “Dancing With A Stranger” takes to the floor at #32 for Sam Smith and Normani. The collaboration becomes the 11th top 40 tune for Smith and the second solo entry for Normani, who previously charted with the group Fifth Harmony. Normani’s “Love Lies”, a collaboration with Khalid, spent two weeks at #1 in September.

Headed lower, “Damn” by LIVVIA (#44) and “Chances” by the Backstreet Boys (#48) land in the region. This coming Friday, the latter act releases their first studio album since 2013, DNA, which also features “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, a #16 hit last August.

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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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