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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 18, 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. For this 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the time in which I would take stock of the radio action for the week is about to begin. Let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

“BAD” IS STILL GOOD: As she falls to #2 on the Alternative radio list, Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy” holds steady at #1 this week on the Top 40 chart for a second frame. The cut is already down more than 800 spins from last week, so you can expect that “Señorita” (which ranks at #3 on this update) will easily climb to the top next week for Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.

Climbing from 42-38 on the chart, “Post Malone” marks the first top 40 songs for both Sam Feldt and RANI. Malone’s newest hit, the Young Thug-assisted “Goodbyes”, moves from 10-8 this week. It’s the first time that an artist has appeared in the top 40 at the same time that their name is featured in the title of a top 40 song since early 2012, when the legendary Mick Jagger was a featured artist on “THE (The Hardest Ever)” by will.i.am and Jennifer Lopez and inspired “Moves Like Jagger”, a #1 song for Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera. Rising from 45-39, “Good Things Fall Apart” gives Illenium his first top 40 single here and returns Jon Bellion to the top 40 for his third appearance to date. The late Avicii also lands in the top 40 for a sixth time with the Aloe Blacc-assisted “SOS”, up from 43-40. It’s Avicii’s first top 40 single here since 2014’s “Addicted To You”, which peaked at #39. Blacc was a vocalist on his only #1 track to date, 2013’s “Wake Me Up”, though he didn’t receive a featured credit for it; thus, “SOS” is his second top 40 hit.

Headed to Country radio later this month, Maren Morris‘s new Hot AC hit “The Bones” enters at #45. Morris has been charting at the Country format since 2016, but she topped both the Hot AC and Top 40 charts last spring and summer with the Zedd and Grey collaboration “The Middle”. Viral hit “Lalala” is in at #46 for format newcomers Y2K and BBNO$. Two spots lower, another K-pop group arrives on the survey: NCT 127 bows at #48 with a new English version of “Highway To Heaven”, their first hit here. Lastly, a collaboration from actor and singer Asher Angel and rapper Wiz Khalifa enters at #50. “One Thought Away” is Angel’s first song to chart at any radio format.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 2, 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: the “Human” race is on and the “People” are on the move. Who’s speeding into the top spot on the list? Let’s add ’em up:

“HUMAN” TOUCHES THE TOP: With the Fourth of July on deck this Thursday, this week’s adds log was quite lively with new songs from several larger acts landing in the top five. Those fireworks included a first place finish for the Jonas Brothers with 61 stations on impact for “Only Human”, the third radio single from their comeback album Happiness Begins. “Beautiful People”, the new collaboration from Ed Sheeran and Khalid, also enjoys a great start with 48 stations and a second place finish. It’s the third cut to impact from Sheeran’s forthcoming set No.6 Collaborations Project, due next Friday. Another collaboration entering the top five this week comes from Marshmello and Kane Brown with a new release titled “One Thing Right”, and it’s certainly right for fourth place: a total of 34 stations add it this Tuesday.

Active titles from the late Avicii, Lewis Capaldi, Maren Morris and Zara Larsson are among those rounding out the top ten.

Next week, the latest releases for Ellie Goulding and Lil Nas X (which both picked up some early action this week) should make a splash in the top five, with several other impacting titles in the mix as well. Enjoy the holiday!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. JONAS BROTHERS, “Only Human” (Republic)
2. ED SHEERAN featuring KHALID, “Beautiful People” (Atlantic)
3. SHAWN MENDES & CAMILA CABELLO, “Señorita” (Island/Republic)
4. MARSHMELLO & KANE BROWN, “One Thing Right” (Joytime Collective/RCA)
5. ELLIE GOULDING & JUICE WRLD, “Hate Me” (Polydor/Interscope)
6. ZARA LARSSON, “All The Time” (TEN/Epic)
7-T. LEWIS CAPALDI, “Someone You Loved” (Capitol)
7-T. LIL NAS X, “Panini” (Columbia)
9. MAREN MORRIS, “The Bones” (Columbia)
10-T. AVICII featuring ALOE BLACC, “SOS” (Geffen/Interscope)
10-T. BLANCO BROWN, “The Git Up” (BBR/BMG-Warner)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 25, 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: lightning could strike twice for Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello at the format, as they lead a busy top ten ahead of a slower holiday week. Alright, señoritas and señores, let’s add ’em up:

GOING GOING SHAWN: Even though it’s not a hot Justin Timberlake cover, a totally different “Señorita” from Mendes and Cabello is easily this week’s Most Added release at Top 40 radio, picking up 124 stations on impact. However, Mendes’s past single “If I Can’t Have You” cleared the entire panel of 183 stations in its first week a month ago. While that track continues to gain in the top ten, Cabello is also in the top 40 with the Mark Ronson collaboration titled “Find U Again”. Look for “Señorita” to grab some top 30 action by the weekend at both this and the Hot AC radio charts, where it earned a first-week total of 25 stations yesterday.

Zara Larsson also had a solid day for her current single “All The Time”, which made a very timely entrance in third place with 33 stations during the session. A posthumous single by Avicii, featuring a lead vocal by successful collaborator Aloe Blacc, ranked a notch lower with 25 adds during the session. Both “SOS” and the aforementioned “All” should enter the top 50 very soon.

Proven winners from Lewis Capaldi, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, as well as additional new songs from Ava Max and Cyn, are among the rest of entries filling out the top ten this week.

Next week, watch out for some early action on Ellie Goulding and Juice WRLD‘s new collaboration, as well as some other titles that are impacting next month.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. SHAWN MENDES & CAMILA CABELLO, “Señorita” (Island/Republic)
1. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Need To Calm Down” (Republic)
3. ZARA LARSSON, “All The Time” (TEN/Epic)
4. AVICII featuring ALOE BLACC, “SOS” (Geffen/Interscope)
5-T. AVA MAX, “So Am I” (APG/Atlantic)
5-T. MILEY CYRUS, “Mother’s Daughter” (RCA)
7. LEWIS CAPALDI, “Someone You Loved” (Capitol)
8-T. HERVE PAGEZ & DIPLO featuring CHARLI XCX, “Spicy” (Mad Decent)
8-T. MARK RONSON featuring CAMILA CABELLO, “Find U Again” (RCA)
10. CYN, “Holy Roller” (Unsub/Caroline)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (June 24-25, 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 six new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AVA MAX – “So Am I” (APG/Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Last month, “Sweet But Psycho” got as high as #3, giving the emerging artist her first big radio hit in the States.

AVICII featuring ALOE BLACC – “SOS” (Geffen/Interscope)
Album: Tim (2019)
Past T40 History: This is Avicii’s first posthumous release here. Blacc sung the lead vocal on 2013’s “Wake Me Up”, his one #1 hit.

CYN – “Holy Roller” (Unsub/Caroline)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Cyn is the lone format newcomer in the mix this week. She is one of the acts signed to Katy Perry’s Unsub label.

MKTO – “Shoulda Known Better” (Crooked Paintings)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: The duo has four top 40 singles to date. This past April, their track “How Can I Forget” managed a peak of #50.

SHAWN MENDES & CAMILA CABELLO – “Señorita” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: As a duo, their big collaboration “I Know What You Did Last Summer” got as high as #10 back in January 2016.

ZARA LARSSON – “All The Time” (TEN/Epic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: “Time” for Larsson to reach the top ten again! Her last top 40 entry, “Ruin My Life”, peaked at #16 in February.

Next week: Vacation, anyone? No new songs are on the schedule… yet.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 7, 2019

Happiness is just around the corner.

Alright, you “Cool” cats, your favorite group from a decade ago is back on the charts and ready to surge to the top once more. New Music Friday begins now, so here are the top new albums and singles hitting the market:

JONAS BROTHERS – Happiness Begins (iTunes)
Features: “Sucker”, a recent #1 song on the Top 40 and Hot AC charts, as well as “Cool”, a top 20 single on both formats

Notable albums out this week: Apollo LTD‘s Out Of Body (iTunes), AURORA‘s A Different Kind Of Human (Step II) (iTunes), Avicii‘s Tim (iTunes), Jamie Cullum‘s Taller (iTunes), Motionless In White‘s Disguise (iTunes), Peter Frampton Band‘s All Blues (iTunes), Polo G‘s Die A Legend (iTunes), Silversun Pickups‘s Widow’s Weeds (iTunes), Tyga‘s Legendary (iTunes), Yeasayer‘s Erotic Reruns (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Carlie Hanson‘s Junk (iTunes), Kiana Ledé‘s Myself (iTunes), Meg Mac‘s Hope (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“10K Summer Nights”, Eighty Ninety (iTunes)
“27 Sorries”, Peg Parnevik (iTunes)
“Açaí Bowl” and “Rollerblades”, Dominic Fike (iTunes)
“Amor Genuino”, Ozuna (iTunes)
“Be Nice”, The Black Eyed Peas featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Bigger Than Us”, Hudson Thames (iTunes)
“Birthday”, Fetty Wap featuring Monty (iTunes)
“Buy My Love”, NAWAS featuring Big Sam & Da Phessah (iTunes)
“Call It Home”, Alt Bloom (iTunes)
“Call Me”, ROZES (iTunes)
“Chase The Summer”, Chantel Jeffries featuring Jeremih (iTunes)
“Clarity”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Dancin”, Emily Bear (iTunes)
“Dancing In The Dark”, Lo Lo (iTunes)
“Dark Ballet”, Madonna (iTunes)
“Different”, Ofelia K (iTunes)
“Dinosaurs”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“Don’t Need Your Love”, NCT Dream & HRVY (iTunes)
“Easy Tiger”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Every Girl In This Town”, Trisha Yearwood (iTunes)
“Feel It”, Gia Woods (iTunes)
“Fried Rice”, Bas featuring JID (iTunes)
“Hold Your Nerve”, Boy & Bear (iTunes)
“I Don’t Belong In This Club (MOTi Remix)”, Why Don’t We & Macklemore (iTunes)
“I Don’t Care (Jonas Blue Remix)”, Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber (iTunes)
“I Miss Myself (R3HAB Remix)”, NOTD & HRVY (iTunes)
“I Think I’m Okay”, Machine Gun Kelly x Yungblud x Travis Barker (iTunes)
“Incapable”, Róisín Murphy (iTunes)
“In My Bed”, Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over”, Haley Reinhart (iTunes)
“Let It Be Me”, Justin Jesso & Nina Nesbitt (iTunes)
“Letter To My Godfather”, Pharrell Williams (iTunes)
“Lonely If You Are”, Chase Rice (iTunes)
“Love Me Less (Ookay Remix)”, MAX featuring Quinn XCII (iTunes)
“Mad Love”, Mabel (iTunes)
“Made For The Battle”, UNSECRET x Gaits (iTunes)
“Mars”, Alexander 23 (iTunes)
“Mine Right Now (Acoustic)”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Miracle”, Labrinth (iTunes)
“My Own Hero”, Andy Grammer (iTunes)
“Number One Fan”, MUNA (iTunes)
“Offyourface”, Sophia Messa (iTunes)
“Old Town Road”, Jessie James Decker (iTunes)
“Open My Mouth”, Kiiara (iTunes)
“Prove You Wrong”, Sheryl Crow featuring Stevie Nicks & Maren Morris (iTunes)
“Rebels”, Call Me Karizma (iTunes)
“Restless”, ALLDAY featuring The Veronicas (iTunes)
“Same Old”, SHY Martin (iTunes)
“Say”, VINCINT (iTunes)
“Shady”, Alexander Stewart (iTunes)
“Shiver”, Whole Doubts featuring Jaira Burns (iTunes)
“Shockwave”, Liam Gallagher (iTunes)
“Sister”, K.Flay (iTunes)
“The Ballad Of The Lonesome Cowboy”, Chris Stapleton (iTunes)
“The Boys Of Summer”, ZAYDE WØLF (iTunes)
“The Way I Feel”, Keane (iTunes)
“The Wheels Of Laredo”, Tanya Tucker (iTunes)
“Those Nights”, Bastille (iTunes)
“To The Wire”, Julian Jordan (iTunes)
“Too Far Gone”, Lost Kings featuring Anna Clendening (iTunes)
“What Mattered Most (2019 Version)”, Ty Herndon (iTunes)
“What If”, Amber Mark (iTunes)
“You’re Still The One”, Ben Rector (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from Bastille, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 31, 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: do “Wolves” eat “Kiwi” on Halloween? Probably not. However, the panel’s eating up hot singles from Selena Gomez and Harry Styles. Get spooky, kids:

HOWLIN’ FOR A HIT: “Wolves” is hungry for adds this week, even though it’s not impacting until next Tuesday. Of course, that title belongs to Interscope’s Selena Gomez and RCA’s Marshmello, who scare up 36 early commitments from the panel. With a Most Added single and plenty of more stations due to come in next week, expect this collaboration to stick around for a while. This may or may not be a single from Gomez’s forthcoming album, primarily due to the fact that we don’t know much about the set or if Gomez’s three chart songs from earlier this year will be a part of the tracklisting. Stay tuned for more details.

Finishing in second place for the week, with 29 new stations on impact, is “Kiwi” from Columbia’s Harry Styles. The tasty treat is the third radio single from his self-titled album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. Styles is likely due for a nomination or two (or more) at the upcoming Grammy Awards, the ceremony occurring on January 28, so it’s a smart idea to have a new single on the radio during the nomination process. Good luck Harry!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. SELENA GOMEZ x MARSHMELLO, “Wolves” (Interscope)
2. HARRY STYLES, “Kiwi” (Columbia)
3. MACKLEMORE featuring KESHA, “Good Old Days” (Warner Bros.)
4-T. AVICII featuring RITA ORA, “Lonely Together” (Geffen/Interscope)
4-T. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
6-T. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
6-T. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
8-T. CHEAT CODES featuring FETTY WAP, “Feels Great” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
8-T. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask” (Capitol)
10. CHARLIE PUTH, “How Long” (Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 30-31, 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 a pair of tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AVICII featuring RITA ORA – “Lonely Together” (Geffen/Interscope)
EP: AVĪCI (01) (2017)
Past T40 History: Both artists haven’t entered the top 40 at this format since 2014. Will a collaboration bring the two a chart win?

HARRY STYLES – “Kiwi” (Columbia)
Album: Harry Styles (2017)
Past T40 History: Styles is looking for his third solo hit at the format. “Sign Of The Times”, his biggest single to date, reached #12.

Next week: Collaborations from Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels, as well as Selena Gomez and Marshmello, will battle on next week’s report.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 11, 2017

The Rainbow leads to #1.

The music world is looking very colorful this week, as a pop performer shows strength with her powerful new album. Grab that, and the other titles below, because here are the albums and singles you need to know this Friday:

KESHA – Rainbow (iTunes)
Kesha’s highly-anticipated comeback album will come in at #1 on next week’s Billboard 200 list, assuming there are no surprise releases along the way. The set features “Praying”, a multi-format radio hit that also ranks in the top ten at iTunes. A number of cuts from the album, including “Learn To Let Go” and “Woman”, saw notable sales and streaming action as instant grats.

More albums out this week: Hinder‘s The Reign (iTunes), Lindsay Ell‘s The Project (iTunes), NEEDTOBREATHE‘s H A R D L O V E (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Will Hoge‘s Anchors (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Avicii‘s AVĪCI (01) (iTunes), Bebe Rexha‘s All Your Fault – Pt. 2 (iTunes), Becky Hill‘s Eko (iTunes), Billie Eilish‘s dont smile at me (iTunes), R.LUM.R‘s AFTERIMAGE (iTunes), The Score‘s Stripped (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“2U (FRNDS Remix)”, David Guetta featuring Justin Bieber (iTunes)
“Alone”, Cyrus (iTunes)
“Angel”, Fifth Harmony (iTunes)
“As You Are (Live at State Of The Ark Studios)”, Rag’n’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Be Your Man”, Rhys Lewis (iTunes)
“Casual”, Alex Adair (iTunes)
“Ego”, Ella Eyre featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Even If It Hurts”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Eyes On The Highway”, Robbie Williams (iTunes)
“For What It’s Worth”, Liam Gallagher (iTunes)
“Good Thing”, Tritonal featuring Laurell (iTunes)
“Hurtin’ Me”, Stefflon Don featuring French Montana (iTunes)
“Jungle”, Loreen x Elliphant (iTunes)
“Limousine”, Secret Weapons (iTunes)
“Little Of Your Love (BloodPop Remix)”, HAIM (iTunes)
“Miles”, Phillip Phillips (iTunes)
“Nasty (Who Dat)”, A$AP Ferg featuring Migos (iTunes)
“Nervous”, Matt Woods (iTunes)
“Nobody Has To Know”, Timeflies (iTunes)
“No People”, Brandon Beal (iTunes)
“No Promises (Stripped)”, Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Obsession (25/7)”, Vice featuring Jon Bellion & KYLE (iTunes)
“Real Deal”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Savage”, Lights (iTunes)
“Shape Of You (Yxng Bane Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Sick Of Being Told”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Silence”, Marshmello featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“Something Right”, Andreas Moe (iTunes)
“Sorry Not Sorry (Freedo Remix)”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Space”, Prince Fox featuring Quinn XCII (iTunes)
“Stay”, Elliot Root (iTunes)
“Summer Days (Acoustic Guitar)”, Milow (iTunes)
“Summer Of Love”, NOTD featuring Dagny (iTunes)
“Touch Me (Acoustic)”, Starley (iTunes)
“Unapologetically”, Kelsea Ballerini (iTunes)
“Up The Creek”, Tori Amos (iTunes)
“Waking Up Slow”, Gabrielle Aplin (iTunes)
“What About Us”, P!nk (iTunes)
“What We’re Looking For”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Why Did You Lie?”, Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Wicked (Loote Mix)”, Mansionz (iTunes)
“You”, Morgan Saint (iTunes)

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Shot In The Chart: “Arrows” With A Top 40 Target

Pointed pop power.

Some pointed pop power.

You may be hearing a lot of “Broken Arrows” on your radio this spring and summer. It is a new collaboration from Avicii and Zac Brown, with the latter performer being uncredited. It goes for adds today at the CHR/Pop format. Brown’s never had a profile at CHR radio, though his band did find some minor crossover airplay on the Hot AC chart several years ago. Meanwhile, the Swedish producer continues on a cold streak, last making the top 40 as a main-credited artist nearly two years ago. (A series of singles were pulled or under-performed in the meantime.) The odd pairing may not have created the next “Justified And Ancient”, but it will be interesting to see what happens with it.

The musical “arrow” doesn’t really point itself towards pop potential anymore. In fact, there have only been five titles in pop radio and Hot 100 history to include the word in them. Hey, even Cupid gets hit by the recession once in a while. So, watch out while the latest one launches, but keep these musical missiles in mind:

HOT 100

“Little Arrows”, Leapy Lee (#16, 1968)
Lee’s only charting hit on the Hot 100 nearly made the top ten on the Country chart. Two of his later singles also hit that survey. A limited amount of overseas success followed that hit through the 70’s, but the Gold-certified release remains his best-known song.

“Me And My Arrow”, Nilsson (#34, 1971)
After a reissue of “Everybody’s Talkin'” made the top ten, thanks to the movie Midnight Cowboy, the New York singer struggled a little to find his next big hit. This was another minor entry along the way, but his epic ballad “Without You” was just months away.

RADIO & RECORDS (CHR/Pop)

“Arrow Through Me”, Wings (#17, 1979)
This “Arrow” was the final chart hit in the U.S. for Paul McCartney’s successful band, as he would be credited as a solo act with his next single, the chart-topping “Coming Up”. Parent album Back To The Egg got as high as #6, their lowest-charting set since 1971.

“Poison Arrow”, ABC (#17, 1983)
The English band’s second top 40 hit in the U.S., which peaked in the spring of 1983, became their first top ten in the U.K. about a year earlier. At the time, the band was playing as a quartet. Currently, lead vocalist Martin Fry is the only member using the name.

“Broken Arrow”, Rod Stewart (#9, 1991)
Though it’s largely forgotten about in 2016, this legendary singer’s hit helped his Vagabond Heart set to become a Platinum seller in the States. 1991 marked Stewart’s first year with three top ten hits at CHR radio (“Rhythm Of My Heart”, “The Motown Song”.)

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (March 2016)

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 March in this month’s Radio Report:

The 1975
THE 1975 – “The Sound” (March 1) (Alternative)
Label: Dirty Hit/Interscope
Their album is titled I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. Try to say that five times fast. The new set is looking like it’ll debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, which is great to hear. Previous single “Love Me” cracked the top 20 on the format, their biggest U.S. hit so far, but they still deserve more. With a notable debut week ahead, their “Sound” is loud and clear.

Tryon
TRYON – “Somebody To Love Me” (March 1) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Noiseblock/Alert/Lakeside
Already making its way up my chart (#32 on the latest update) is the first radio single from this Nashville duo. Brothers Justin and Stephen Kirk are already getting some airplay at Hits 1 and Radio Disney ahead of the song’s impact date, and look to pick up a few more believers as their radio tour continues. “Somebody” was written by the two Kirks and Canadian songwriter Karen Kosowski.

Jordan Smith
JORDAN SMITH – “Stand In The Light” (March 7) (Hot AC)
Label: Republic
Smith is the latest winner of The Voice, which doesn’t exactly have a great track record at this format. Only one winner has ever hit the top 50 (Javier Colon), and one additional finalist (Vicci Martinez) had a top 20 single that’s largely forgotten about today. So, I don’t think we should be getting our hopes up about this one. That being said, it’s a pretty number that should get a few adds here.

Mayer Hawthorne
MAYER HAWTHORNE – “Love Like That” (March 7) (Triple A)
Label: Vagrant
The diverse musical palette that is Hawthorne’s discography has shined for years now. It was Where Does This Door Go in 2013, a super album that was definitely overlooked, that gave him a breakthrough era on my chart. Now, his Man About Town album, out on April 8, is ready to capture my attention. I’m looking forward to it. “Love” was the highest debut on my chart this past weekend.

Avicii / Zac Brown
AVICII (featuring ZAC BROWN) – “Broken Arrows” (March 8) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Island/Republic
It’s an unusual musical pairing, to say the least, but the two men actually work well together. Unfortunately, “Broken” is headed to radio at a time when the Swedish producer’s star has faded a bit. His last top ten hit at the format was nearly two years ago, and an ongoing chain of pulled singles and flat-out flops is not a good look for the artist nor his label. Can this single save the era? Maybe.

That Poppy
THAT POPPY – “Lowlife” (March 8) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Island/Republic
This new act grew up in Nashville and began her musical career several years ago under a slightly different name, but after signing her record deal, That changed. Still, her poppy music sounds great, and it’s attracted pop stations in Chattanooga and Nashville to add her song before it officially impacts in a week. (It’s been pushed back several times now.) Her recent EP release is Bubblebath.

Barns Courtney
BARNS COURTNEY – “Fire” (March 14) (Triple A)
Label: Capitol
This London-based newcomer had an exciting 2015, and it could be an even bigger 2016. His first single in the U.S. was featured in the film Burnt last year. “Fire” is now over 250,000 streams on Spotify. It also debuted last weekend on my own survey. Courtney was just on tour in England and Scotland in February and is scheduled to play some music festivals during the spring and summer.

Birdy
BIRDY – “Keeping Your Head Up” (March 14) (Hot AC)
Label: Atlantic
This English performer has chalked up plenty of followers and praise in her native U.K., but in the U.S., we’ve yet to fully embrace the 19-year-old. Two radio pushes for her cover of “Skinny Love” came up with skinny results, though it did earn a Platinum single certification last summer. “Keeping” is one of 14 tunes included on her upcoming Beautiful Lies album, which is due out March 25.

The Rubens
THE RUBENS – “Hoops” (March 14 / 15) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Warner Bros.
Many Australian groups have tried to break the U.S. in the past few years, and the latest band carries a lot of buzz with them. They recently topped the annual Hottest 100 countdown on radio station Triple J, and their album, also titled Hoops, reached a peak of #2 on the ARIA chart, one notch higher than their previous effort. The U.S. may not know them now, but watch out for this single.

Melanie Martinez
MELANIE MARTINEZ – “Pity Party” (March 22) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Atlantic
Martinez’s debut album Cry Baby was released last August to a top ten debut on the Billboard 200, but there’s been a notable lack of radio support since then. “Dollhouse” (the title cut from a prior EP) hit #49 on the Hot AC chart a year ago, and the original run for “Pity” at pop radio, scheduled for September of last year, was cancelled. We’ll see if the party gets going in the next few weeks.

Oh Wonder
OH WONDER – “Lose It” (March 22 / 28) (Alternative / Triple A)
Label: Republic
Those Hype Machine wonders are finally heading to radio with one of the cuts that topped the music blog aggregator’s main list. It was the sixth single to be released in their monthly song project, and has over nine million streams on Spotify. Though a self-titled debut album based on their project was fairly unsuccessful last year, perhaps this push will drive some new sales in their direction.

We The Kings
WE THE KINGS – “The Story Of Tonight” (March 22) (CHR/Pop)
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
This group from Florida is back on the scene and looking to score their first top 40 single in just over four years. Of their five prior chart singles, “We’ll Be A Dream” was the biggest, reaching a peak of #21 in 2010. Extremely slow chart runs have always hindered the quintet’s potential at CHR radio. Their last entry, “Say You Like Me”, took 21 (!) weeks of crawling up the top 50 to get to #32.

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