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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 24, 2017

Back in Blackbear.

Still awake after all that turkey and late-night shopping? We’re doing our best here. Here are the albums and singles you need to know about this Friday:

BLACKBEAR – Cybersex (iTunes) (release date: November 27)
Though this album doesn’t feature his current radio hit “Do Re Mi”, the instant grat cuts from it have been generating some nice streaming action over the last few weeks. With the lack of big releases this week, it should have a solid debut on the charts.

More albums out this week: Björk‘s Utopia (iTunes), Jake Owen‘s Greatest Hits (iTunes), Little Mix‘s Glory Days: The Platinum Edition (iTunes), Luis Miguel‘s ¡MÉXICO Por Siempre! (iTunes), Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds‘s Who Built The Moon? (iTunes), Sam Feldt‘s Sunrise To Sunset (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: Dude York‘s Halftime For The Holidays (iTunes), Kaskade‘s Christmas (iTunes), Why Don’t We‘s A Why Don’t We Christmas (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Cole Swindell‘s Down Home Sessions IV (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Anywhere (Remixes)”, Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Bedroom Floor (Remixes)”, Liam Payne (iTunes)
“Both Of Us”, Yellow Claw featuring Stor-I (iTunes)
“Boxes (Acoustic)”, Goo Goo Dolls (iTunes)
“Caught”, The New Coast (iTunes)
“Crazy”, Lost Frequencies & Zonderling (iTunes)
“Difficult”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Gone Is The Night”, Kris Kross Amsterdam featuring Jorge Blanco (iTunes)
“I Know You”, Craig David featuring Bastille (iTunes)
“Krippy Kush (Remix)”, Farruko, Bad Bunny & Rvssian featuring Nicki Minaj & 21 Savage (iTunes)
“My God & Your God”, To Kill A King (iTunes)
“My Way”, One Bit & Noah Cyrus (iTunes)
“Naked”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“New Rules (Initial Talk Remix)”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“NOMAD”, Walk Off The Earth (iTunes)
“Only One”, Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Perfect (Robin Schulz Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Piñata”, Vice featuring BIA, Kap G & Justin Quiles (iTunes)
“Summer In December”, G-Eazy (iTunes)
“Strangers (R3hab Remix)”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Terrified”, Isaac Gracie (iTunes)
“Wait (Remixes)”, Martin Jensen featuring Loote (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Chris Stapleton, Post MaloneU2 and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 17, 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 only Rocket Man you’ll be hearing from on this Top 40 recap is Elton John, a true president of pop. Otherwise, log off Twitter now and again, please? Here are some of the top songs from this week’s published chart:

THE PUTH HURTS: Though it’s starting to bleed spins, with larger losses likely coming, Charlie Puth‘s “Attention” manages to hold onto #1 for a fourth consecutive week. This ties the run for his only other chart-topper to date, “See You Again”, a four-week #1 in 2015 for Wiz Khalifa that featured Puth. VoiceNotes, which is likely to feature “Attention”, is due sometime later this year. That single also climbs from 3-2 on this week’s Hot AC chart and 12-11 at Rhythmic radio, though it’s down a notch (14-15) on the AC list.

Next week is looking good for Niall Horan to advance to #1 with “Slow Hands”, which rises a notch to #2 in its 19th week. His first solo album, Flicker, is out October 20, and features “Slow”, previous single “This Town” (#12, 1/8 and 2/12/17) and new single “Too Much To Ask”. Should it actually occur, Horan will become the second member of One Direction to hit #1 on the pop radio survey with a solo effort, following ZAYN‘s two-week run last year (4/24-5/1/16) with “Pillowtalk”. Stay tuned to see if it happens!

THE “LOVE” PARADE: One might call the top 40 chart a dream academy, but what is this, 1986? Not quite. Still, this week’s list might look like a chart out of 1986, with five tunes breaking into the top 40. Kelly Clarkson‘s “Love So Soft” leads the pack, new at #35. It’s the first single from her forthcoming album Meaning Of Life, and it’s her 21st top 40 hit at the format since 2002. At #37, a newcomer named Blackbear is up from #42 last week with “Do Re Mi”. Born Matthew Musto, the Florida performer hit the top 20 on the album chart earlier this year with Digital Druglord. He’s also one half of the duo Mansionz, along with Mike Posner.

Two other newcomers find themselves in the region this week: new quintet PRETTYMUCH, rising 41-38 with “Would You Mind”, and hot rapper Cardi B, up 45-39 with “Bodak Yellow”. The Simon Cowell-affiliated boy band recently premiered a music video for their debut single, while the New York performer is prepping for the release of her debut album, due sometime next month. The last of the five entries, soaring from 50-40 in its second week on the chart, is “Havana” by Camila Cabello. The track, featuring rapper  Young Thug, is the fifth top 40 solo hit for Cabello, who previously recorded with Fifth Harmony.

READY, SET, “GO”: Just in case you thought all that top 40 action wasn’t enough, there are another three debuts in the top 50 on this week’s published chart. Imagine Dragons will be trying for their seventh top 40 hit at the format with another big Alternative smash, “Thunder”, making its entry at #43. It’s the follow-up to “Believer”, which recently peaked at #3. The popular group has four top ten hits to date, including the one-week #1 “Demons” from December 2013. Two spots below “Thunder”, at #45, is a release that credits four artists, split evenly between main and featured spots: Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line & Watt with “Let Me Go”. That crediting doesn’t achieve any sort of record, but it doesn’t make things any easier! Two of the artists in the mix, Steinfeld and the country duo, have one top ten hit each to date at the format.

The only other debut in this week’s top 50 is the first tune to chart in nearly three years for Fergie, coming in at #49 with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “You Already Know”. It’s the latest single from her new studio album, Double Dutchess, out on Friday. In November 2014, “L.A.LOVE (la la)” spent two weeks at #19, which is also featured on the set.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (September 12, 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: Sam Smith is more than “Good”, while Kelly Clarkson‘s “Love” has its chartbeat pumping! Plus, Taylor Swift is “Ready” for another big radio hit, Hailee Steinfeld and friends “Go” the distance, and much more. Turn up the pop power and get listening to these hits:

“GOOD” GOES FOR EXCELLENT: After receiving hourly airplay at iHeartMedia stations last Friday, Sam Smith hits the top of this week’s Most Added report with “Too Good At Goodbyes”, which begins at 127 stations. The track recently became his eighth top 40 hit at the format, following four main-credited singles, two collaborations with Disclosure and one with Naughty Boy. A new album from Smith is due later this year, which should be a super stocking stuffer for the kids… at least, those kids in need of a good cry after a failed relationship. At this rate, the single is likely to become his fifth top ten hit on the pop chart quickly, as it also makes some nice moves toward the top ten on the AC and Hot AC (and even Urban AC) charts.

THREE’S COMPANY: Three words can say a whole lot, and in the case of this week’s adds report, they can take up a lot of space in the titles toward the top of the list. With so many singles impacting at the format this Tuesday, it’s certainly not a surprise to see “Love So Soft” (#2, 73 stations) by Kelly Clarkson, “…Ready For It?” (#3, 57 stations) by Taylor Swift and “Let Me Go” (#4, 46 stations) by Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line & Watt getting the panel’s support. Rounding out the top five, “What Lovers Do” (#5, 20 adds) by Maroon 5 featuring SZA is also holding strong after a massive debut last week. How will they all do in the long run? We’re expecting big things this fall, so stay tuned!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. SAM SMITH, “Too Good At Goodbyes” (Capitol)
2. KELLY CLARKSON, “Love So Soft” (Atlantic/RRP)
3. TAYLOR SWIFT, “…Ready For It?” (Big Machine/Republic)
4. HAILEE STEINFELD & ALESSO featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE & WATT, “Let Me Go” (Republic)
5. MAROON 5 featuring SZA, “What Lovers Do” (222/Interscope)
6. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
7. BLACKBEAR, “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
8. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)
9-T. HALSEY, “Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
9-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (September 5, 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: the color of choice is maroon, and we’ll need about five shades of it. You’ll also find a number of pre-impact singles grabbing some exciting early action from the panel. It’s back to school and work and adds here in Radio Land, so let’s analyze the airwaves:

5 FOR FIGHTING: With this week’s only impacting song at the format, it’s no surprise that Maroon 5‘s “What Lovers Do” is on top of the Most Added list, grabbing 157 stations in its first full frame. It’s the third top 40 song from their upcoming album, which doesn’t have a title or release date at the moment. The track features SZA, who didn’t pick up any additional stations this week for “Love Galore”, her top five hit (featuring Travis Scott) from the Rhythmic and Urban charts. The California band now has 24 top 40 hits here, making them of the most successful groups at the format since the year 2000. How high will it climb? Stay tuned…

“KNOW” MEANS YES: Get knowledgeable with the help of hits from Fergie and Major Lazer! The former performer hits the #3 position on this week’s leaderboard with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “You Already Know”, scoring 22 new stations a week before it officially impacts. It’s likely to become her first top 40 entry since 2014 later this month. The latter act is back in the top ten with a song that’s approaching the top 30, “Know No Better”, which adds another 13 stations (tied for fifth Most Added) to its total. The song features Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Quavo. If you don’t know, now you “Know” what’s breaking at the format…

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (THIRTEEN)
1. MAROON 5 featuring SZA, “What Lovers Do” (222/Interscope)
2. HALSEY, “Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
3. FERGIE featuring NICKI MINAJ, “You Already Know” (Dutchess/BMG-RED)
4. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
5-T. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)
5-T. MAJOR LAZER featuring TRAVIS SCOTT, CAMILA CABELLO and QUAVO, “Know No Better” (Mad Decent/in2une)
7-T. BLACKBEAR, “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
7-T. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Why” (Hollywood)
9-T. DEF LOAF, “No Fear” (Columbia)
9-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
9-T. PORTUGAL. THE MAN, “Feel It Still” (Atlantic)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 3, 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 long Labor Day weekend has us chilling by the pool or at the beach, as the unofficial end of summer begins. Now, here are some cold hard stats from the Top 40 chart:

GOOD TIME CHARLIE’S GOT THE SPINS: After reaching #1 in its 18th week in the pop top 40, “Attention” by Charlie Puth is at the top once again. The slow burner is the first single from his upcoming album VoiceNotes, which is due later this year. The hit is up less than 100 spins from last week, and could shed some play as stations return from their specialty holiday programming. The song also ranks at #3 on Hot AC, #13 on Rhythmic, #15 on AC and #35 on the Dance chart. Puth remains a sizable distance ahead of his nearest competitor, so a third week at #1 is likely next week.

Taylor Swift makes a big leap from 22-9 with “Look What You Made Me Do”, the lead single from Reputation. Earlier this week, it became the first song in the plays-per-week era to have a five-digit bullet on the rolling chart at the format. Two of her previous hits, 1989‘s “Shake It Off” and “Bad Blood”, both climbed to #10 (“Shake” up 15-10 and “Bad” up 14-10) in their second chart weeks. How quickly will “Look” rise to the top? Will it even hit the top, now that instant grat “…Ready For It?” is sitting pretty at #1 on iTunes? A lot can change in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

“DO” I DUE: When you’ve had two dozen top 40 hits like Maroon 5, you’re bound to have a big entry on the chart. Their 24th hit, titled “What Lovers Do”, breaks into the countdown at #27. The single features SZA, who hasn’t hit the pop survey before, but has a top five hit on both the Rhythmic and Urban charts with the Travis Scott-assisted “Love Galore”. (Just in case you’re wondering, it ranks in the top 70 here, so it would take some key adds and conversions to reach the top 50.) Originally a quintet, the California act is now a septet, up one member from their previous single, the Future-assisted #8 hit “Cold”. We’ll update you if they reach nine or ten members, or perhaps even more, by the time their new album is released.

Newcomer Blackbear also shows off what he can do (or rather, “doh”) with this week’s #48 entry, “Do Re Mi”. The musician hasn’t made charted at the pop format as an artist, but he’s produced or written a couple of top 40 singles here, including Justin Bieber‘s #9 hit from 2012, “Boyfriend”. If you thought this bear was in hibernation, think again; both his set, digital druglord, and the debut self-titled effort by Mansionz (his duo with “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” hitmaker Mike Posner) are winners in the streaming world.

PLAY YOUR CARDI RIGHT: In our latest pack of pop playing cards, Cardi B is certainly a queen. Her viral hit, “Bodak Yellow”, is the new #1 on the Urban chart this week, and it also debuts at #47 on the CHR/Top 40 chart. This is her first charting single here. The performer, born Belcalis Almanzar, previously appeared on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York. “Bodak” also jumps to #7 on the Rhythmic chart. The song is likely to continue to spread, but don’t expect it in heavy rotation on Country radio anytime soon.

The lone #1 hit to include the color yellow somewhere its title during the Radio & Records/Mediabase era is 1973’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John, which spent three weeks at the top spot in November and December. That spring, before the launch of R&R, “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree” held for four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 for Tony Orlando & Dawn.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 29, 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: guess who swiftly took the Most Added spot? I’ll give you one guess. She’s dominating once again, and we’re here to talk about it, so let’s go:

DON’T “LOOK” NOW, BUT…: Well, if you didn’t see this one coming, you might be living under a rock. Otherwise, please send your congratulations to superstar Taylor Swift, who clears all 187 stations on the Top 40 panel in one week with “Look What You Made Me Do”. After shattering Spotify and YouTube records, she also has the record for the largest amount of adds in one week on any given Top 40 adds report during the PPW era, which began in April 1994, per the Radio & Records methodology change. (That 187 number was surpassed over 20 times before the charts used reported/monitored spin data.) Swift’s hot release is also the Most Added title this week at three additional U.S. formats: AC (16 adds), Hot AC (92 adds) and Rhythmic (32 adds). Up north, her tune is the Most Added song at the Hot AC (19 adds) and Top 40 (30 adds) radio formats in Canada. With over 380 stations reporting it as an add across North America, it’s a sure bet that this smash will continue to dominate the charts.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (THIRTEEN)
1. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Look What You Made Me Do” (Big Machine/Republic)
2. JUSTIN BIEBER & BLOODPOP, “Friends” (GENPOP/Def Jam/Republic)
3. HALSEY, “Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
4. PORTUGAL. THE MAN, “Feel It Still” (Atlantic)
5. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
6. PRETTYMUCH, “Would You Mind” (Syco/Columbia)
7-T. BLACKBEAR, “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
7-T. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Why” (Hollywood)
9. THE SCRIPT, “Rain” (Columbia)
10-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
10-T. MILEY CYRUS, “Younger Now” (RCA)
10-T. P!NK, “What About Us” (RCA)
10-T. WHY DON’T WE, “Something Different” (Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 21-22, 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 the six new singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BLACKBEAR – “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
Album: Digital Druglord (2017)
Past T40 History: Currently in the top 30 on the Rhythmic list, Blackbear’s song is looking to become his first entry at this format.

DUA LIPA – “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Dua Lipa (2017)
Past T40 History: With its recent climb to #1 in the U.K. completed, Lipa will be looking for her fourth top 40 and first top ten hit.

HALSEY – “Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
Album: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017)
Past T40 History: Closing in on her fifth top 40 single, she’s going for her third top ten in a row, following the #3 “Now Or Never”.

JUSTIN BIEBER & BLOODPOP – “Friends” (GENPOP/RBMG/Schoolboy/Def Jam/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: This hot release recently became Bieber’s 23rd top 40 hit at the format. Will the panel take him back to the top?

PRETTYMUCH – “Would You Mind” (Syco/Columbia)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: This five-man band is another of the new names going for adds today. They were put together by Simon Cowell.

THE VAMPS & MARTIN JENSEN – “Middle Of The Night” (Island/Republic)
Album: Night And Day (2017)
Past T40 History: The Vamps have hit the top 50 twice, but still don’t have a top 40 entry to date. Jensen have never charted here.

Next week: no impacting singles have been announced yet, but stay tuned!

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

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