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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 29, 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. The second season of Stranger Things is all over the place these days, though I usually find stranger things occurring on the pop survey. (Maybe it’s just me!) Anyways, here’s a taste of just how weird (or not) the situation looks this week:

GIVING US SOMETHING THEY CAN ‘FEEL”: The revolving door continues at the top of the CHR/Top 40 survey, with Demi Lovato‘s “Sorry Not Sorry” down 1-2 (with a backwards bullet of over 1,100 spins!) and Portugal. The Man taking her place, up a notch with “Feel It Still”. It’s the quintet’s first single to be released at this format, meaning that it’s also their first track at the top of the pop chart. Way to go, guys! They originally formed in 2004, and it’s certainly been a long time coming.

“Feel” also tops the Hot AC chart for the third week in a row, while sitting at #2 on the Alternative chart, where it spent a massive 14 weeks at #1 during the summer and early fall. It’s even #15 on the AC list. It’s also doing well in, you guessed it, Portugal! “Feel” is at #4 and #25 on the country’s iTunes list, #8 on Apple Music and #12 on Spotify, though their Woodstock set is pulling in lower sales. The band’s “Live In The Moment” is just starting out at Alternative and Triple A outlets, though it’s too early to tell whether or not it will cross to the pop world.

ONE “GORGEOUS” DEBUT: The highest top 50 entry on this week’s chart belongs to, who else, Taylor Swift and another song off her forthcoming album reputation. “Gorgeous” beautifies the #45 spot, while “Look What You Made Me Do” tumbles again from 6-14 and “…Ready For It?” moves back up from 19-17. All the airplay so far for “Gorgeous” has been unsolicited, with “Ready” on the rise as the official second single, though her new one is playing in some larger markets. Of course, with her new release a little under two weeks away, you can expect to see more cuts from the album appearing on stations across the country. After all, it’s Taylor Swift we’re talking about it.

Entering at #46 is a new collaboration from Cheat Codes and Fetty Wap called “Feels Great”. Yes, even though “Feel It Still” is at #1 this week, there’s still a whole lot more to feel further down the chart. The EDM trio is coming off a #6 song titled “No Promises”, featuring Demi Lovato, which was sent recurrent this week per the #10/20 week rule. Wap has a total of five top 40 entries, two of them main-credited and the other three as a featured act. His highest-charting entry thus far is one of the features, the #10 song “All In My Head (Flex)” by Fifth Harmony from the summer of last year. Let’s hope for some great (or even better than great) results!

HOW WILL THE “WOLVES” SURVIVE?: Well, simply, “Wolves” will get plenty of early stations going in for the add this week and it’ll accumulate many more when it officially impacts next Tuesday! This “Wolves”, of course, belongs to singer Selena Gomez and DJ/producer Marshmello, their collaboration debuting at #47 on this week’s chart. Though the latter performer just made his way onto the chart for the first time with “Silence”, featuring Khalid, Gomez’s main-credited releases (outside of the #2 hit “It Ain’t Me” with Kygo) have stalled below the top ten in 2017: “Bad Liar” went as high at #12, and “Fetish” got to #18. Can this wild animal of a single howl its way into the top ten, letting Gomez end the year on a good note? Is “Wolves” truly hungry like the… well, wolf? It will be an interesting one to watch.

Would you believe that there are three more top 50 debuts this week? It’s an active chart, and that’s an understatement! New at #48 on the chart is the third solo entry for Liam Payne, who hit #1 three weeks ago with “Strip That Down”, currently at #4. He follows that chart-topper with “Bedroom Floor”, which was co-written with another artist who hit the top earlier this year, Charlie Puth. A debut album from Payne has yet to be announced, but I hope we get it later this year. (Fingers crossed!) The other two entries are by a pair of newcomers here: “Think Before I Talk” (#49) by Astrid S and “Dime” (#50) by The X Factor alum Rachel Crow. Neither track is likely to go much further, with Crow’s single already bleeding spins due to the loss of Radio Disney airplay, but we’ll see how things go in the coming days.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 18-19, 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 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:

ASTRID S – “Think Before I Talk” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: The Norwegian performer has yet to chart here, though “Hurts So Good” did receive a little pop airplay last fall.

FIFTH HARMONY – “He Like That” (Syco/Epic)
Album: Fifth Harmony (2017)
Past T40 History: After “Down” failed to break the top 20, will the group rebound with the second single from their self-titled set?

IMAGINE DRAGONS – “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
Album: Evolve (2017)
Past T40 History: The Las Vegas group is back in pop radio’s good graces, having just reached #3 earlier this year with “Believer”.

NICK JONAS – “Find You” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Jonas is looking for his seventh solo top 40 hit at the format, the biggest of which was “Jealous”, a one-week #1.

ZAYN featuring SIA – “Dusk Till Dawn” (RCA)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Going for his fifth chart song, Malik is the one member of One Direction not currently in the top 40 at this time.

Next week: Charly Black and Luis Fonsi bring their “Party” onto pop playlists, while Ed Sheeran has a “Perfect” solution for a station in need of a hit…

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

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 30, 2017

What the Funk is going on?

Wav hello to all of this week’s new releases, giving you some fresh finds for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Celebrate the red, white and tunes all weekend long with music like this:

CALVIN HARRIS – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (iTunes)
One of next week’s top debuts will be from Scottish DJ/producer Harris and his fifth album, a star-studded set that features two big hits so far: “Slide”, featuring Frank Ocean and Migos, and “Feels”, featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean. A top five debut is likely for the album, due to potentially sizable streaming-equivalent units, which is the same region where his prior studio album (released in 2014) debuted.

JAY-Z – 4:44 (iTunes)
This album is sure to generate a lot of buzz over the weekend, given that it’s the rapper’s first set in four years, but being a Tidal and Sprint exclusive for its first week could hurt its chances of having a massive week. (It’ll still be pretty solid, regardless.) Could a 14th #1 album be in the cards? We’ll see soon.

More albums out this week: Baio‘s Man Of The World (iTunes), Kacy Hill‘s Like A Woman (iTunes), Klyne‘s Klyne (iTunes), LANY‘s LANY (iTunes), Sir Sly‘s Don’t You Worry, Honey (iTunes), Stone Sour‘s Hydrograd (iTunes), TLC‘s TLC (iTunes), ZZ Ward‘s The Storm (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Astrid S‘s Party’s Over (iTunes), Ruelle‘s Rival (iTunes), Superfruit‘s Future Friends – Part One (iTunes), The Japanese House‘s Saw You In A Dream (iTunes), Transviolet‘s Kaleidoscopes (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“’93”, Youngr (iTunes)
“Be My Girl”, WΛVE & ROME (iTunes)
“Bloodshot”, Albin Lee Meldau (iTunes)
“Brother (Acoustic)”, Kodaline (iTunes)
“Chinatown”, Liam Gallagher (iTunes)
“Don’t Give Up On Me”, Johnny Good featuring Jay Sean (iTunes)
“Don’t Matter Now (Acoustic)”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“Everything I Need”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Flame (Steve James Remix)”, Tinashe (iTunes)
“Glory Of War”, Rick Ross featuring Anthony Hamilton (iTunes)
“Hallelujah”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Here With You”, Lost Frequencies & Netsky (iTunes)
“Higher Places”, Myzica (iTunes)
“I Like Me Better (Ryan Riback Remix)”, Lauv (iTunes)
“If You’re Hearing This”, Hook N Sling x Parson James x Betty Who (iTunes)
“Just Call”, Prince Fox featuring Bella Thorne (iTunes)
“Loyal Like Sid & Nancy”, Foster The People (iTunes)
“Malibu (Alan Walker Remix)”, Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“Mama (Acoustic)”, Jonas Blue featuring William Singe (iTunes)
“New York”, St. Vincent (iTunes)
“Paradise”, MNEK (iTunes)
“Rescue”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Second Hand Car”, Kim Churchill (iTunes)
“Signs Of Life”, Arcade Fire (iTunes)
“Staring”, Tipling Rock (iTunes)
“Sun Comes Up”, Rudimental featuring James Arthur (iTunes)
“The Future”, San Holo featuring James Vincent McMorrow (iTunes)
“The Middle”, Kina Grannis (iTunes)
“The Way I Love Her”, Stanaj (iTunes)
“Too Young”, Ayokay featuring Baker Grace (iTunes)
“Truth To Power”, OneRepublic (iTunes)
“Two Fux”, Adam Lambert (iTunes)
“Unpredictable (Acoustic)”, Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson (iTunes)
“Vacation”, Dirty Heads (iTunes)
“Watch”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“We Stayed Up All Night”, Tourist featuring Ardyn (iTunes)
“We Were So Young”, Wanderer (iTunes)
“Wheels”, SomeKindaWonderful featuring Casey Veggies (iTunes)
“Wild Animals”, FJORA (iTunes)
“Won’t Bother Me”, Mitch James (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Haim and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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