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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 9, 2019

In the Rick of time.

From Miami to Milan, the ports are open for popular releases to grab your attention this week. Here are all the top new albums and singles hitting stores for Friday:

RICK ROSS – Port Of Miami 2 (iTunes)
Features: The Drake-assisted “Gold Roses”, a current top 50 entry on the Urban chart

SLIPKNOT – We Are Not Your Kind (iTunes)
Features: “Unsainted”, a current top 20 hit on the Active Rock chart

Notable albums out this week: Bazzi‘s Soul Searching (iTunes), Dirty Heads‘s Super Moon (iTunes), half•alive‘s Now, Not Yet (iTunes), Kevin George‘s My Darlings A Demon (iTunes), SAFIA‘s Story’s Start Or End (iTunes), The Regrettes‘s How Do You Love? (iTunes), Tori Kelly‘s Inspired By True Events (iTunes), Wilder Woods‘s Wilder Woods (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: AUGUST 08‘s Happy Endings With An Asterisk (iTunes), Ayokay‘s We Come Alive (1-3) (iTunes), Bas‘s Spilled Milk 1 (iTunes), Blueface‘s Dirt Bag (iTunes), Brakence‘s Bhavana (iTunes), Ceraadi‘s Playlist (iTunes), Christian French‘s Bright Side Of The Moon (iTunes), Fergus‘s Three Of Swords (iTunes), Hamzaa‘s Phases (iTunes), Marius‘s Makeshift (iTunes), Ruelle‘s Earth Glow (iTunes), Snow Patrol‘s Reworked (iTunes), Social House‘s Everything Changed… (iTunes), The Score‘s Stay (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Nighter (Dark Heart Remix)”, Overstreet (iTunes)
“Almost Forgot (Ryan Riback Remix)”, Against The Current (iTunes)
“Anything Can Happen”, SAINt JHN featuring Meek Mill (iTunes)
“Bad Word”, Salem (iTunes)
“Beautiful People (NOTD Remix)”, Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“Black Sheep”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“Blame Game”, Mxmtoon (iTunes)
“Boys Should Never Cry”, R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“Break My Broken Heart”, Winona Oak (iTunes)
“Cave In”, Elle Winter (iTunes)
“Charlie”, Mallrat (iTunes)
“Cholo Love”, Scarypoolparty (iTunes)
“Colors”, The Knocks (iTunes)
“Destruction”, nothing,nowhere. & Travis Barker (iTunes)
“Easier (Live From The Vault)”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
“Emotions”, Cashmere Cat (iTunes)
“Face To Face”, Ruel (iTunes)
“Fear Inoculum”, Tool (iTunes)
“Forgive Or Forget (Acoustic)”, Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“Ghost”, Nick De La Hoyde (iTunes)
“Going With You”, Joshua Radin (iTunes)
“Good Life”, Kwassa (iTunes)
“Got The Moves”, UNSECRET featuring Whissell (iTunes)
“Hair Down”, SiR featuring Kendrick Lamar (iTunes)
“Hollow”, Barns Courtney (iTunes)
“Holy Roller (Blonde Remix)”, Cyn (iTunes)
“Hot Girl Summer”, Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“I Think We Should Break Up”, Hollyn (iTunes)
“I’ll Be The One”, Noah Schnacky (iTunes)
“If You Pray Right”, Brockhampton (iTunes)
“Indestructible”, Goo Goo Dolls (iTunes)
“Know”, Mary J. Blige (iTunes)
“Live Forever”, Nasty Cherry (iTunes)
“Love Might Be Found (Volcano)”, Montaigne (iTunes)
“Love Too Much”, Keane (iTunes)
“Mister Impossible”, Phantogram (iTunes)
“Mother’s Daughter (White Panda Remix)”, Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“Nervous”, Jake Miller (iTunes)
“New Kind Of Love”, Skylar Grey (iTunes)
“Nothing Of My Own”, KONGOS (iTunes)
“Pouring”, Iann Dior (iTunes)
“Prince Akeem”, Mike Posner featuring Wiz Khalifa (iTunes)
“Rooting For You”, Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Season Of The Witch”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“Shawty”, Remi Wolf (iTunes)
“Sick”, CXLOE & gnash (iTunes)
“Slow Dance”, AJ Mitchell featuring Ava Max (iTunes)
“Small Talk”, Katy Perry (iTunes)
“Something About You”, Elderbrook x Rudimental (iTunes)
“Something That You Know”, Jamie N Commons (iTunes)
“Sou Sou”, Jidenna (iTunes)
“Sun Is Shining”, Lost Frequencies (iTunes)
“Swim Home”, Cautious Clay (iTunes)
“Swing (Tropkillaz Remix)”, Sofi Tukker (iTunes)
“That’s My Man”, Miss Benny (iTunes)
“The Power”, Duke Dumont featuring Zak Abel (iTunes)
“The Lay Down”, DRAM featuring H.E.R. and watt (iTunes)
“Throw Away My Number”, Jordie Ireland featuring Riley Biederer (iTunes)
“Til I Die”, THEY. x Dillon Francis (iTunes)
“Time”, Audrey (iTunes)
“Too Close”, Louis The Child & Wrabel (iTunes)
“Unnatural Born Killer”, Yelawolf (iTunes)
“Unrequited”, RuthAnne (iTunes)
“Warrior”, Zac Brown Band (iTunes)
“Waste My Time”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Where Do You Go”, YEBBA (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from artists like Frank Turner, Illenium and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 12, 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. Oh, mama, have we got some huge action at the format for this Mother’s Day update! Lots of music to cover, so here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

ALL FOUR THE SUCKERS: Spending their fourth week at #1 on the Top 40 chart, the Jonas Brothers are in control with a hit that just won’t go away: “Sucker”. It’s the first single off their forthcoming album Happiness Begins. The song also skips from 6-2 on the Hot AC chart, while it’s now in the top 30 on the AC chart, rising 32-26. Can the recent Saturday Night Live performers get their fifth week at the top next Sunday, or will the competition suck them out of the summit? Stay tuned!

Much of the action this week is concentrated in the bottom half of the survey, which includes a number of tracks entering the top 40. The highest, coming in way up at #21, is the highly-anticipated collaboration from Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber. “I Don’t Care”, which debuted on Friday, also ranks at #20 on the Hot AC list. It’s the 17th top 40 hit on the pop survey for Sheeran and the 25th for Bieber. Dan + Shay bolt from 42-34 with their second top 40 hit at the format, “Speechless”, which hit #1 on the Country chart. It’s also a good week for Bazzi, who earns his third top 40 single with “Paradise”, moving from 41-35. Following him, MAX and Quinn XCII have a notable lift from 45-37 with “Love Me Less”, giving the two soloists their third and first top 40 entries, respectively. The collaboration “Power Is Power” is also new to the top 40 on the list, up from 46-40 for SZA, The Weekend and Travis Scott. SZA earns her third top 40 entry here, while The Weeknd gets his twelfth and Scott picks up his seventh. You can find this cut on For The Throne: Music Inspired By The HBO Series Game of Thrones, a compilation released late last month.

The debut action continues at #41 with “Summer Days”, a collaboration by Martin Garrix, Macklemore and Patrick Stump. At #45 and also entering the top 50, we have the new #1 song on the Rhythmic format: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie‘s “Look Back At It”, which marks the artist’s first entry at the pop format. The top five Alternative radio hit from SHAED titled “Trampoline” also enters the top 50 this week, landing at #48 to become the trio’s first entry here. That single is also headed towards the top 15 on the Hot AC list. Finally, at #49, the recent U.K. chart-topper by Lewis Capaldi, “Someone You Loved”, makes its first appearance on the list. It now ranks in the top 25 at the Hot AC format.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 7, 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: from “ME!” to “You”, it’s another crazy Tuesday at the Top 40 format with the latest smash from Shawn Mendes in the mix. Let’s add ’em up:

AN IFFY SITUATION: It may not be the Yvonne Elliman song, but pop radio has the fever for Shawn Mendes’s new single “If I Can’t Have You”, which can have the Most Added title on this week’s report. It starts with a perfect 184 stations, much like “ME!” accomplished for Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie last week. In doing so, “If” becomes the fourth song in the Mediabase era and fifth in the plays-per-week era to accomplish the feat. However, as noted previously, this event just happened here last week. Thus, we now have our first back-to-back set of perfect weeks ever, with both songs being worked by the same promotion department. At this point, we’re likely to see several more attempts at this challenge through the summer by other larger singles, which could be as soon as next week. (See below!)

The only other new release of note comes from the K-pop act BLACKPINK with “Kill This Love”, their first title to impact here. A decent 26 stations on impact gives the female-led quartet a third place finish. In October 2012, another K-pop girl group peaked at #44 at the format with their sole chart entry: that was the Akon-assisted “Like Money” by the Wonder Girls. We’ll see if “Kill” is poised to go higher in the coming weeks.

Repeated titles from acts like Billie Eilish, Juice WRLD, Lizzo and MAX are among the tracks that make up the rest of the top ten this week.

Next week, we’re sure that you’ll care about Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber‘s track “I Don’t Care”, which will almost certainly be in the top spot on the list. How many adds will it collect? Stay tuned.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (TWELVE)
1. SHAWN MENDES, “If I Can’t Have You” (Island/Republic)
2. BILLIE EILISH, “Bad Guy” (Darkroom/Interscope)
3. BLACKPINK, “Kill This Love” (YG Ent./Interscope)
4. MAX featuring QUINN XCII, “Love Me Less” (Arista/RED)
5-T. JUICE WRLD, “Hear Me Calling” (Grade A/Interscope)
5-T. KHALID, “Talk” (RCA)
7. DADDY YANKEE & KATY PERRY featuring SNOW, “Con Calma” (El Cartel/UMLE/Capitol)
8. MARTIN GARRIX featuring MACKLEMORE & PATRICK STUMP, “Summer Days” (RCA)
9. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
10-T. BAZZI, “Paradise” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
10-T. BRYCE VINE featuring YG, “La La Land” (Sire/Warner Bros.)
10-T. LIZZO, “Juice” (Atlantic)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 5, 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. Brother, can you spare a hit? Sibling singles remain in control of the pop survey, while a few returning faces can be found further down the list. Here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

THE POWER OF THREE: Three brothers, three weeks. “Sucker” from the Jonas Brothers holds at #1 for the third week on the pop chart, as it climbs to #6 on the Hot AC survey. The song is taken from the album Happiness Begins, which hits stores on June 7. Follow-up single “Cool” cools off a little bit this week, though it’s up a notch to #16 on the Top 40 chart and #26 at Hot AC. “Sucker” is still gaining in airplay on the pop airwaves, up a little over 200 spins versus last week, though it’s unclear if the group will stay put for a fourth week at the top.

Crashing in at #25, Shawn Mendes has this week’s highest-charting debut with his eighth top 40 hit, “If I Can’t Have You”. This is the second consecutive week that a new song debuts within the top 25; last week, it was “ME!” by Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie that entered at #24, which subsequently jumps all the way up to #10. Mendes’s new track is not related to the song of the same name by Yvonne Elliman off the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which had a two-week run at #1 in April 1978. Other than this lofty debut, Jennifer Lopez is up from 42-40 with the French Montana-assisted “Medicine”, giving Lopez her 23rd top 40 entry and Montana has third. Coincidentally, this month marks the 20th anniversary of “If You Had My Love”, her first chart hit, breaking into the top 40: it moved from 49-35 in the Radio & Records issue dated May 14, 1999, which reflected the airplay of the prior week.

There are four more entries reaching the top 50 for the first time, led by Bazzi‘s “Paradise” at #41. It should enter the top 40 by next weekend. The first collaboration for MAX and Quinn XCII, “Love Me Less”, debuts at #45. The featured performer is searching for his first top 40 song at the format, having previously received minor airplay for his single “Straightjacket” and a featured appearance on Ayokay‘s “Kings Of Summer”. Another collaboration, this one from SZA, The Weekend and Travis Scott, bows at #46. From the compilation For The Throne: Music Inspired By The HBO Series Game Of Thrones, “Power Is Power” should continue to rise up as the chart as the current season of the show unfolds. Finally, at #50, boy band In Real Life returns with “Crazy AF”. A year ago, it was “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)” that earned them their first top 40 single, spending two weeks at #28 in May and June. Will this track go higher? We’ll know Real soon.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 30, 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: some collaboration called “ME!” manages to put up, you know, a few adds here and there. Nothing historic or anything… alright, maybe it’s a tad bigger than that. Let’s add ’em up:

GET “ME” TO THE TOP: A huge congratulations to Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie, who easily claim the top spot on the log with “ME!”, picking up an add at every station (184 of them) on the current Top 40 panel. It marks the fourth time in the history of the plays-per-week era that this event has occurred at the format, three of which have come in the last three years. Swift previously pulled off the feat in 2017 with “Look What You Made Me Do”, which started at 187 stations at the time. Needless to say, the song’s quick start definitely makes it a contender for the Song Of The Summer, with a likely run at #1 coming in the not-so-distant future.

Beyond that lofty achievement for Swift and Urie, a single by Martin Garrix with Macklemore and Patrick Stump has a good start in the runner-up position with a total of 48 stations on impact. “Summer Days” will be absolutely perfect for the season that’ll be here before you know it. Juice WRLD is also in the mix with a cut that’s already receiving a solid amount of airplay at both the Rhythmic and Urban radio formats, “Hear Me Calling”. It earns 26 stations in its first full week, enough to land in fifth place.

Repeated (and very active) titles from acts like Billie Eilish, Dan + Shay, Khalid and Lizzo make up the rest of the top ten.

Next week, we’ll be coloring the adds report with some BLACKPINK. Stay tuned to see how “Kill This Love” performs.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring BRENDON URIE, “ME!” (Republic)
2. MARTIN GARRIX featuring MACKLEMORE & PATRICK STUMP, “Summer Days” (RCA)
3. BILLIE EILISH, “Bad Guy” (Darkroom/Interscope)
4. DADDY YANKEE & KATY PERRY featuring SNOW, “Con Calma” (El Cartel/UMLE/Capitol)
5-T. JUICE WRLD, “Hear Me Calling” (Grade A/Interscope)
5-T. KHALID, “Talk” (RCA)
7-T. DAN + SHAY, “Speechless” (Warner Bros.)
7-T. LIZZO, “Juice” (Atlantic)
9. BTS featuring HALSEY, “Boy With Luv” (BigHit/Columbia)
10. BAZZI, “Paradise” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 23, 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: Daddy Yankee, Katy Perry and Snow freeze out the competition here, but there are plenty of newcomers skiing their way through an icy top ten. Put on some mittens and let’s add ’em up:

“CON” HAS ITS PROS: The rapper named Snow hasn’t appeared in the top 40 at the format in almost 26 years, but the forecast sure is calling for a blizzard at pop radio this summer. His 1993 classic “Informer” is sampled on “Con Calma”, a collaboration with Daddy Yankee and Katy Perry, which claims the Most Added title at Top 40 radio this week, starting with 87 stations on impact. At Rhythmic radio, it adds another 14 stations to its total. Both Yankee and Perry have history at #1 on the Top 40 list, with Perry’s #1 streak being significantly larger, though Snow’s signature hit spent a week at #2, narrowly missing the top spot. We’ll see if this cut can inform a wider audience in the annual fight for the Song of the Summer. It’ll be a tough one once again.

Also entering the game this week, SZA, The Weeknd and Travis Scott have a powerful start for “Power Is Power”, a track taken off the compilation For The Throne: Music Inspired By The HBO Series Game of Thrones. The collaboration earns 37 stations and a second place finish, as well as 38 stations and the Most Added title on the Rhythmic radio log. Additionally, Dan + Shay score a solid fourth place entry with “Speechless”, their latest Country radio crossover, which picks up 29 new stations this week.

Next week, it’s all about a singer named Taylor Swift. Heard of her? We think she’s an emerging artist to watch…

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DADDY YANKEE & KATY PERRY featuring SNOW, “Con Calma” (El Cartel/UMLE/Capitol)
2. SZA, THE WEEKND & TRAVIS SCOTT, “Power Is Power” (Columbia)
3. BTS featuring HALSEY, “Boy With Luv” (BigHit/Columbia)
4. DAN + SHAY, “Speechless” (Warner Bros.)
5. KHALID, “Talk” (RCA)
6. BILLIE EILISH, “Bad Guy” (Darkroom/Interscope)
7-T. BAZZI, “Paradise” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
7-T. JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring FRENCH MONTANA, “Medicine” (HITCO)
9. TRAVIS SCOTT featuring THE WEEKND, “Wake Up” (Epic-Republic)
10. MAX featuring QUINN XCII, “Love Me Less” (Arista/RED)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 22-23, 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’s a set of six impacting songs this week at the Top 40 format:

BAZZI – “Paradise” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Last July, Bazzi led his first chart single “Mine” to the top for a week. Will this song earn him his second #1 hit?

DADDY YANKEE & KATY PERRY featuring SNOW – “Con Calma” (UMLE/Capitol)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Heavily sampling Snow’s “Informer”, this cut marks the rapper’s first appearance on the survey since July 1993.

DAN + SHAY – “Speechless” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Dan + Shay (2018)
Past T40 History: With another former #1 track at the Country radio format, we’ll see if this duo can make it 2-for-2 on this chart.

MAX featuring QUINN XCII – “Love Me Less” (Arista/RED)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: MAX’s “Lights Down Low” spent over a year in the top 40 before it eventually made the top ten, climbing to #7.

OBB – “7 Billion” (Curb-Word)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: These three guys are new to the format. The last Curb release to reach the top 50 here was almost ten years ago.

SZA, THE WEEKND & TRAVIS SCOTT – “Power Is Power” (Columbia)
Album: For The Throne: Music Inspired By Game Of Thrones (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: With more than a dozen top 40 titles between them, the soundtrack single should have a powerful impact week.

Next week: two words. Taylor Swift. That is all. (We’ll see if anyone else dares to impact on the date soon.)

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

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