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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 22, 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. With all the Christmas albums making their way into the marketplace this week, you’d hardly know that Halloween hasn’t even happened yet. Seriously, calm down, folks. There are no seasonal songs on the pop chart just yet, thankfully, but we can still unwrap the gift that is my weekly commentary:

“SORRY” SEEMS TO BE THE HOTTEST WORD: Some call her Demigod Lovatican, because her musical catalog is a religious experience. Others, well… others just say they’re casual fans of her material, which is perfectly fine too. Demi Lovato soars from 6-1 on this week’s CHR/Top 40 list with “Sorry Not Sorry”, marking the largest climb to #1 since 2005, when Mariah Carey‘s “Shake It Off” bolted from 7-1 (9/16/05 R&R) to begin a five-week stay. “Sorry” is the singer’s second #1 track at the format, following “Give Your Heart A Break” (9/2-9/12 MB) from her Unbroken album. You’ll recall that “Give” took 25 weeks in the top 40 to reach the top spot, the second-longest run in the history of the format behind Alessia Cara‘s 26 weeks for “Here” in 2016, so “Sorry” claiming #1 in its 14th week isn’t too bad at all.

With Lovato’s song advancing to #1, “Sorry Not Sorry” swaps places with last week’s chart-topper, “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift, which tumbles to #6 after just one frame at the top. That giant fall ties the record for the largest drop from #1 during the PPW (or plays-per-week) era, which also occurred in July 1997, when “Mmmbop” by Hanson fell from 1-6 (7/18/97 R&R) after nine weeks at the summit. You might ask, “Where’s the love?” I will come to you with a weird answer this time aroundif only I can remember it. (The trio’s “I Was Born” is accumulating airplay at the Hot AC format, but hasn’t charted yet.)

WHAT’S “NEW” THIS WEEK?: Plenty to celebrate on the pop chart this week, as four new songs break into the top 50. Leading the latest batch of debuts is “Faking It”, new at #44 for Calvin Harris and featured artists Kehlani and Lil Yachty. Harris’s prior top ten track, “Feels”, narrowly snuck back into the top 40 for the published update, but it will be removed next Sunday. It’s likely to become Kehlani’s second top 40 single and Lil Yachty’s third, all three of which have been in a featured role. Christian hip-hop artist NF follows at #46 with “Let You Down”. It’s taken from his former #1 album, Perception, and impacts at the format this week. We’ll see if the performer can break away from the faith-based world for a moment to score a big pop hit.

Entering at #49 is another single that’s headed for adds this Tuesday: a remix of “Reggaetón Lento” by CNCO and Little Mix. That song has already been a smash across Latin America, and it even hit #5 in the U.K., largely due to the inclusion of the female quartet and their streak of hits in that country. (Of course, they won The X Factor there in 2011.) Lastly, at #50, is a new single called “New” from teen singer Daya. Several months ago, she just missed the top 50 at the format with “Talk”, the fourth single from her Sit Still, Look Pretty album (though it was released after she had already departed her former label for a new home, Interscope Records.) It’s looking to become her fifth top 40 hit sometime next month.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 17, 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: Calvin Harris and friends get real by “Faking”, Daya tries to prove that “New” trumps old and much more! It’s time for yet another musical adventure, so let’s get swinging into this jungle of jams:

HISTORY IN THE “FAKING”: Though Charlie Puth‘s “How Long” emerges as this week’s Most Added song at the format for a second week, securing 43 new stations, there was a tight battle between four records for most of the day. Landing just behind the 25-year-old pop star is the collaboration from Calvin Harris, Kehlani and Lil Yachty, “Faking It”. However, the 33 adds that it picked up this week are very much real. It looks to be the third top 40 hit from Harris’s current set, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, a #2 album from earlier this year.

Daya‘s “New” also picked up a solid selection of stations this Tuesday, scoring 32 adds in its impact week, putting it in third place. With a new era on a new record label, the 18-year-old is hoping for her fifth top 40 hit, as well as her fourth top ten title. Rounding out the top five tracks of the week, “rockstar” (#4, 25 stations) from Post Malone featuring 21 Savage and “Good Old Days” (#5, 24 stations) by Macklemore featuring Kesha continue the collaboration consumption on the pop chart. (Both of those tunes are well into the top 40 at this point.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. CHARLIE PUTH, “How Long” (Atlantic)
2. CALVIN HARRIS featuring KEHLANI & LIL YACHTY, “Faking It” (Columbia)
3. DAYA, “New” (Interscope)
4. POST MALONE featuring 21 SAVAGE, “rockstar” (Republic)
5. MACKLEMORE featuring KESHA, “Good Old Days” (Warner Bros.)
6. KHALID, “Young Dumb & Broke” (Right Hand Music/RCA)
7. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask” (Capitol)
8. BLACKBEAR, “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
9. CARDI B, “Bodak Yellow” (KSR/Atlantic)
10. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 16-17, 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 two new tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CALVIN HARRIS featuring KEHLANI & LIL YACHTY – “Faking It” (Columbia)
Album: Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (2017)
Past T40 History: “Slide” (#9) and “Feels” (#8) from Harris’s latest set are only two of his eleven career top ten hits at the format.

DAYA – “New” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2017/18?)
Past T40 History: With three top ten songs, including a chart-topping collaboration with The Chainsmokers, she’s on a hot streak.

Next week: Format newcomers Alex Aiono, CNCO and NF are among the acts competing for the Most Added title. With four (so far) releases in the mix, it’ll be a very competitive Tuesday.

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 (August 13, 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. Our thoughts are with the family of Heather Heyer, who was tragically killed yesterday in Charlottesville as she fought for what she believed in. I’m disgusted at all the racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric and actions that occurred on Saturday, and pray that this kind of situation doesn’t happen again.

Though we need more time to heal from what happened, let’s do some of that through music. Here’s this week’s Top 40 report:

“BACK” AT THE TOP: For two weeks in November 2015, Canadian singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes held at the #1 spot at the format with “Stitches”, which also just happened to be his very first top 40 hit (after two misses, however) on the chart. Now, his second #1 comes via “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”, up from #2 last week. The track is taken from a reissue of Mendes’s former #1 album, Illuminate, which came out in its updated form in April. Of course, this song also spent three weeks at the top of my chart in June and July, recently falling out of the top ten. Mendes’s reign will be a short, but sweet one, but at least it happened.

Though a number of songs are continuing to build up larger gains, significant chart movement is still on the low side this week. Up a notch to #10 is the only track to enter the region on the current list, “Feels” by Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean. Again, in the top 20, only one single moves into the section: up 22-20, “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato. If someone, or some people, could kindly shake up the chart in the next few weeks with a few iconic A-list singles, that would be great!

IN THE PINK: It’s a stellar week for pop superstar P!nk, who debuts way up at #34 on this week’s Top 40 chart with “What About Us”. This is the 27th top 40 single for the hot performer, who made her debut in 2000 with two consecutive #2 hits: “There You Go” (7/14/00 R&R) and “Most Girls” (11/10-24/00 R&R). Of course, she’s now had nine #1 songs to date, spending 28 total weeks in the top spot to date. (We’ll see if she adds to that this fall!) “What” is the lead single from her forthcoming album Beautiful Trauma, out October 13, which I am certainly looking forward to. Believe it or not, it’s her first studio album in five (!) years.

Just in case you wondering, “There” fell from 10-16 and “Most” climbed from 38-31 on the equivalent chart from this week in 2000. As for the top spot, that went to “Bent” by Matchbox Twenty, which was spending its first of two weeks there. Besides P!nk, there are two additional solo performers, Britney Spears and JAY-Z, who appeared on that chart and a top 40 hit during 2017. (A third performer, Beyoncé, was a part of Destiny’s Child on the 2000 chart.)

DON’T COUNT ‘EM OUT: One of the hottest new boy bands to appear on the pop charts is a five member act who call themselves Why Don’t We. With millions of video views and audio streams to date, the quintet starts at #45 with their first entry, “Something Different”. The group debuted about a year ago, releasing three EPs and some collaborations with YouTube star Logan Paul before a major label signed them. They’re currently on a radio tour to promote their song, which narrowly made it into the tenth Most Added spot on last Tuesday’s report. (It could be back there this Tuesday, so stay tuned.)

“Something” is one of three new entries just below the top 40 on this Sunday’s pop chart, with “Two Ghosts” (#41) by Harry Styles and “Take It All Back” (#49) by Judah & The Lion also making their debuts. “Two” is, in fact, the second solo single for Styles, but “Take” is the first chart hit for the Nashville quartet, which topped the Alternative chart for three weeks in December and January.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 4, 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. Due to the Fourth Of July holiday, reporting was spotty this week, but there is a bit of add action to cover for the time being. (Of course, when things get back to normal next week, expect a much fuller report!) Here’s a taste of what Top 40 radio looks like on a hit holiday:

CHARTS AND CRAFTS: You know, I haven’t been on a good trip to Michaels lately. Believe me, you can get lost in that store for hours. Well, here’s a Michaels who appears to be sewing up a new hit at the format, and I think you’ll agree that I’m framing it well. Of course, that would be Julia Michaels and her song “Uh Huh”, which leads the patriotic pop patrol to the tune of 27 stations on this week’s report. Her song just reached the top 50 on Sunday, and though it may be affected by some specialty programming here during the first three days of the tracking week, it should be on the rise, especially due to some scheduled recurrents this Sunday. It isn’t clear how well this will do compared to “Issues”, which peaked at #4 on the last chart of June and remains in the top ten, but I will certainly be watching it. Hey, where did my pencils and paints go?

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOR-HOODIE: Pop-punk quintet Hey Violet looks to color the Top 40 chart once again with the third single from their album From The Outside. “Hoodie” dresses up the second Most Added slot this week with 19 stations, which ties it with “Go For Broke”, the Machine Gun Kelly collaboration with James Arthur. Their prior pop single, “Break My Heart” (#37, 5/21 and 6/18/17 MB), was pulled prematurely to begin working “Hoodie”. The Los Angeles band’s first hit at the format was “Guys My Age” (#18, 2/12/17 MB), which was originally released in September of last year. How high will this designer ditty rise on the chart? Could a shopping spree be in the works? That’s one hot topic that I’m sure we’ll be talking about in the coming weeks.

Next week, songs from Jonas Blue/William Singe, Loote, Rita Ora, The Chainsmokers and Zedd/Liam Payne will all be in the mix of pop priorities at the format. Who has what it takes to top the Most Added report? Find out real soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. JULIA MICHAELS, “Uh Huh” (Republic)
2-T. HEY VIOLET, “Hoodie” (Caroline)
2-T. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring JAMES ARTHUR,
“Go For Broke” (Bad Boy/Interscope)
4. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE,
“The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
5. CALVIN HARRIS featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, KATY PERRY and BIG SEAN,
“Feels” (Columbia)
6. BRUNO MARS,
“Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
7. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY,
“Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
8-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO,
“Redbone” (Glassnote)
8-T. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE,
 “Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
10-T. CHEAT CODES featuring DEMI LOVATO,
“No Promises” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
10-T. SAM HUNT,
“Body Like A Back Road” (MCA Nashville/Capitol)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 2, 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. Wishing all the PGTC fans an early, but very happy Fourth Of July! I hope you get to spend some time with your family. I’ll certainly be relaxing, but only after I get to spend a bit of time in Chart Land. (It’s not quite Disney World, nor is it Six Flags, but it’s still worth an all-day pass.) So, as I settle into my inner tube and take a sip of sweet tea, here’s the actual tea on this week’s Top 40 rankings:

MORE REASONS TO “STAY”: Comfortably concluding its sixth week at the top spot is the second-longest running #1 of the year so far: “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara. The global hit is up another notch to #6 at Hot AC radio this week, though it falls 16-20 at Rhythmic and 29-31 at AC. Once again, we have two songs staying in the countdown from top-to-bottom, with Noah Cyrus‘s “Stay Together” rebounding 41-40 (without a bullet) this week. Zedd’s follow-up with Liam Payne, “Get Low”, impacts here on July 11. I guess it’s safe to assume that the song will be out on or before July 7, so stay tuned for further details!

As long as specialty programming from the extended holiday weekend doesn’t affect it too severely, the red hot remix of “Despacito”, by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, should grab the Top 40 throne next week. (This week, it stays at #2 for the second week.) Also of note, Halsey rises from 8-4 with “Now Or Never”. Her fourth chart hit is looking to become her second #1 at the format, following the ten big weeks that “Closer” (The Chainsmokers) held the top spot last year. Ed Sheeran‘s “Castle On The Hill” also reaches a new peak this week, climbing back up from 11-9. It previously went to #10, though it’s been sitting below the top ten for several weeks now.

MACKLE-MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM: After some strong early action from the pop panel, Macklemore‘s “Glorious” makes its glorious debut at #44 on this week’s Top 40 chart. The song features singer and songwriter Skylar Grey, who first hit the top 40 as Holly Brook on the Fort Minor single “Where’d You Go?”, which peaked at #2 (6/9-30/06 R&R) here. Without partner Ryan Lewis by his side, 34-year-old Macklemore is doing just fine, though I imagine the pair will be reunited at some point. (Break out the Peaches & Herb!) No word on a new album from the performer, but his only solo effort to date was released back in 2005.

As we celebrate the glory of our country (or, at least try to!) on the Fourth of July, feel free to include some “glory” titles on a playlist of yours. Just a handful have charted at the format, though they’re all pretty well-known: “Glory Days” (#3, 7/19/85 R&R) by Bruce Springsteen, “Blaze Of Glory” (#3, 9/7-14/90 R&R) by Jon Bon Jovi and “The Edge Of Glory” (6/26-7/3/11 MB) by Lady Gaga. Of course, we needn’t forget that glorious hit from The Karate Kid Part II, the two-week (7/25-8/1/86 R&R) chart-topper “Glory Of Love” by Peter Cetera. See, kids, stats are fun! (I need a social life, I know.)

FEELS SO WRITE: 2017 has been a giant year so far for Julia Michaels, having co-written four top 40 entries at the format, one being her own debut single. Now, she’s looking for more radio love with her latest track, “Uh Huh”, which enters at #50. The single’s first week of adds went well, as it took the fourth Most Added spot last Tuesday, while it also benefits from an early iHeartMedia add in their nationalized Premium Choice programming. Michaels’s Nervous System was pushed back from its initial release date, and a new date has yet to surface. (The eligibility period for 60th Grammy Awards goes through the end of September, so I’m sure the set’s due before then. After all, the girl’s gotta get her Best New Artist nod!)

Michaels also falls from 4-5 on this week’s chart with “Issues”, which reached that #4 peak in its 22nd week in the top 40. Talk about a long run! However, as I’ve noted before, DNCE‘s “Cake By The Ocean” (#2, 4/10-17/16 MB) has the Mediabase record for the song that totaled the most top 40 weeks before peaking, taking 27, but Edwin McCain‘s “I’ll Be” (#9, 10/2/98 R&R) holds the plays-per-week era record for the same achievement with its massive 33-week run. Drawn-out chart runs might be the new normal, but I think it’s time to shake things up, yes? (Who wants to make me a gatekeeper already?)

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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)

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