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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 20, 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. Love is in the air (or lost love, if you will) on the pop chart, as a very popular Scottish singer takes the top spot. Here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this week:

“SOMEONE” NEW AT THE TOP: Moving from 3-1, chart newcomer Lewis Capaldi leads this week’s Top 40 chart with the hit “Someone You Loved”, which also reached #1 in Ireland, Scotland and the United Kingdom during the spring. It also comes in at #2 on this week’s Hot AC chart, topping that survey for two weeks last month.

Earning her 16th top 40 hit thus far, Bebe Rexha climbs from 42-39 with “You Can’t Stop The Girl”. The movie from which it came from, Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil, entered at #1 on the new box office report for the weekend. However, its first-week total was well below the initial predictions for it. A notch below her, French Montana, Post Malone, Cardi B and Rvssian also break into the top 40 with a 45-40 move for “Writing On The Wall”, giving the four artists their fifth, 12th, ninth and first top 40 hits, respectively.

Malone also debuts as a lead artist with “Take What You Want” at #46, which also includes Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott. It’s the latest single from Malone’s recent #1 set Hollywood’s Bleeding and becomes Osbourne’s first track to reach the pop radio survey since the spring of 1992. Newcomer Tones And I swings onto the chart at #47 with “Dance Monkey”, a global smash that’s climbed to #1 in more than a dozen countries to date. Major Lazer‘s “Que Calor” also debuts at #49, a collaboration that includes J Balvin and El Alfa. Finally, Blackbear‘s “Hot Girl Bummer” settles in at #50, one of three songs impacting at the format on Tuesday.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 14-15, 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 two new songs impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

FRENCH MONTANA featuring POST MALONE, CARDI B & RVSSIAN – “Writing On The Wall” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: This collaboration is already well into the top 50 at the format. Rvssian has never charted before on the pop list.

POST MALONE featuring OZZY OSBOURNE & TRAVIS SCOTT – “Take What You Want” (Republic)
Album: Hollywood’s Bleeding (2019)
Past T40 History: The single could mark Osbourne’s first top 40 hit here since 1992’s “Mama, I’m Coming Home”, peaking at #21.

Next week: It’s a bear! No, really, Blackbear‘s “Hot Girl Bummer” comes out of hibernation in search of some adds.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 31, 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. Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of April? Crazy! As we head further into the spring, here’s what’s blooming and popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

ALL FOUR “7”: Down roughly 100 spins or so from last week, Ariana Grande‘s single “7 Rings” lands a fourth week at #1 on the Top 40 chart. It should easily score a fifth week. Her follow-up hit “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” holds outside the top ten once again, though it’s up a spot to #11 and can enter the region by next week’s update.

AJ Mitchell‘s “All My Friends” leaps from 41-34 this week, earning him his second top 40 entry, as he leads a pack of four new hits in that section of the chart. Next up, “Hard Place” by format newcomer H.E.R. moves from 42-38, while “La La Land” lands at #39, giving Bryce Vine and YG their second top 40 entries. That track rises from #48 last week, where it debuted. However, there’s one artist in the mix that’s not scoring her first or second, but rather, her 29th top 40 song on the current chart. P!nk jumps from 43-40 with “Walk Me Home”, the lead single from her forthcoming release Hurts 2B Human. The tune is already climbing through the top ten at the Hot AC format.

Another three tracks reach the top 50 this week at the format, led by the viral hit “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X at #41. It also bolts into the top 40 on the Rhythmic chart. A few notches lower, “Chlorine” seeps into the pool of pop at #48 for Twenty One Pilots. It marks the second crossover song from the act’s most recent album Trench. Finally, a current top ten tune on both the Rhythmic and Urban lists also busts down into the top 50 this week: that title is “Thotiana”, the first chart entry for Blueface, which lands at #50. A remix of the single features Cardi B and the aforementioned YG, though neither performer is credited on Mediabase.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 26, 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: Billie Eilish starts a brand new “Party” on the Top 40 airwaves, with the results of a split week at the format playing out all over the top ten. Let’s add ’em up:

BILLIE, DO BE A HERO: With four particularly strong releases impacting at the format this Tuesday, the panel was all over the place by the end of the day. Taking over the top spot, Eilish’s “When The Party’s Over” led the pop party with 42 stations during its biggest session to date. The performer’s “Bury A Friend” also leads the adds report at the Alternative format for the third week in a row, where the song is now approaching the top 20. Just behind her in second place, the cut “What A Time” pairs Julia Michaels with Niall Horan, both enjoying their time on the list with 37 stations today. The single can be found on Michaels’s new EP Inner Monologue, Pt. 1, which also features a collaboration with Selena Gomez. Michaels also sings on the latest single by James Bay titled “Peer Pressure”, which led the adds report at Triple A radio (and finished in the top five at the Hot AC format) yesterday.

Additional top ten action on future hits from H.E.R. and Panic! At The Disco, earning 30 and 26 adds, respectively, could push both songs into the top 40 in the coming weeks.

With over 20 stations coming in early, P!nk‘s “Walk Me Home” should lead next week’s report with a solid total, though singles by Galantis (“Bones”) and NOTD (“So Close”) will also be in the mix and looking to take home the pop prize.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. BILLIE EILISH, “When The Party’s Over” (Darkroom/Interscope)
2. JULIA MICHAELS featuring NIALL HORAN, “What A Time” (Republic)
3-T. CARDI B & BRUNO MARS, “Please Me” (Atlantic)
3-T. H.E.R., “Hard Place” (RCA)
5. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Who Do You Love” (Disruptor/Columbia)
6. ZEDD & KATY PERRY, “365” (Interscope-Capitol)
7. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
8-T. LIL PEEP & ILOVEMAKONNEN featuring FALL OUT BOY, “I’ve Been Waiting” (Columbia)
8-T. MABEL, “Don’t Call Me Up” (Capitol)
10. ARIANA GRANDE, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” (Republic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 19, 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: yes, “Please”, it’s a big week for the latest collaboration from Cardi B and Bruno Mars, the leader of a strong pack of releases that entered the top ten. Let’s add ’em up:

HITS, IF YOU “PLEASE”: In a pretty competitive session at the format, Cardi B and Bruno Mars easily please the pop panel for the second time with their track “Please Me”, which follows their collaboration “Finesse”, a #1 hit from March of last year. “Please” earns a triple-digit sum of 146 stations during its first full week. The cut quickly raced into the top 30 by last Sunday’s official chart and is looking strong so far this week, as it holds steady at #2 on iTunes and in the top five on Apple Music. Furthermore, the track tops both the Rhythmic and Urban reports this week, finishing with 64 and 69 stations, respectively. Though no album from either of the two performers is expected anytime soon, the instant success of this single could change that.

Other highlights from this Tuesday’s report include a second place finish for “365”, another giant collaboration by Zedd and Katy Perry, which scores 281 fewer stations than the number in its total (which amounts to a very respectable 84.) After entering in the top 50 (#48) on last Sunday’s published update, the song should easily crack the top 40 by this coming weekend’s list. Settling into third place, “Last Hurrah” by Bebe Rexha is also performing pretty well with the Top 40 panel and could chart by Sunday. “Last” begins with a still strong total of 70 stations for its first week. Add totals for the rest of the top ten drop off significantly from there.

The party begins again on Tuesday with the impact of Billie Eilish‘s “When The Party’s Over”, going up against a song that enters top ten a week early: “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” (#7, tied) from Panic! At The Disco.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. CARDI B & BRUNO MARS, “Please Me” (Atlantic)
2. ZEDD & KATY PERRY, “365” (Interscope-Capitol)
3. BEBE REXHA, “Last Hurrah” (Warner Bros.)
4. ARIANA GRANDE, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” (Republic)
5. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Who Do You Love” (Disruptor/Columbia)
6. MABEL, “Don’t Call Me Up” (Capitol)
7-T. LIL PEEP & ILOVEMAKONNEN featuring FALL OUT BOY, “I’ve Been Waiting” (Columbia)
7-T. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
9. FLETCHER, “Undrunk” (Snapback/Capitol)
10. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Bad Liar” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 18-19, 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 the four new songs impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BEBE REXHA – “Last Hurrah” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: After three top five entries with various collaborations, will Rexha’s new solo song admit her back to the region?

CARDI B & BRUNO MARS – “Please Me” (Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: These two soloists previously performed together on a remix of Mars’s “Finesse”, hitting the summit last March.

MABEL – “Don’t Call Me Up” (Capitol)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Mabel is a newcomer here, but her mother Neneh and uncle Eagle-Eye Cherry previously charted at this format.

ZEDD & KATY PERRY – “365” (Interscope-Capitol)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: After sneaking into the top 50 yesterday, the first collaboration between these two artists should chart very well.

Next week: hey look, streaming hits from Billie Eilish and Panic! At The Disco get their party on at the format on Tuesday.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 17, 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. It may not be the Daytona 500, but the race for #1 on the pop radio survey is still a very exciting sport to watch. Let’s see what’s popping on the radio this Sunday:

LET’S TALK ABOUT “ME”: This appears to be the fourth and final week at #1 for Halsey‘s “Without Me” on the Top 40 list, but it won’t be long before the performer charges back to the top. Just under “Without”, at #2, is her collaboration with Benny Blanco and Khalid called “Eastside”, which finds a new peak in its 30th week in the top 40. Needless to say, when that cut hits the top next week, it’ll establish a new slowness record for the format, which could be a troubling sign, especially given the lag on a lot of #1 titles since the start of the decade. (The last song to establish the slowest run to #1, three years ago, was Alessia Cara‘s “Here”, which hit the top in its 26th week.)

The top 40 is packed with strong entries this week, four in total, led by Ariana Grande‘s “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” at #26, soaring from #44. It’s her 21st top 40 hit at the format. “thank u, next” and “7 rings” currently sit at #3 and #6 on the week’s update, respectively. Just behind her, labelmates Cardi B and Bruno Mars storm onto the chart at #27 with “Please Me”. The two artists previously topped the list for a week last March with a remix of the latter’s “Finesse”. “Please” gives Cardi B her eighth top 40 entry, while earning Mars his 21st at the format. Another two collaborations making big moves reach the top 40 this week: “Who Do You Love” zooms from 48-34 The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds Of Summer, their 11th and eighth top 40 entries, respectively, while “I’ve Been Waiting” by Lil PeepiLoveMakonnen and Fall Out Boy climbs from 43-36. It’s the first entry in the top 40 for Lil Peep, who scores a posthumous hit, as iLoveMakonnen earns his second (his first since 2015) and Fall Out Boy collects their 15th top 40 song.

Impacting on Tuesday, along with the aforementioned Cardi B and Bruno Mars collaboration, Zedd and Katy Perry‘s “365” is new at #48, marking the highest of three debuts in the region. This is the first release recorded together by the two performers, who both have multiple #1 hits at the format individually. We’ll see if this one can also reach to the top. For further entries this week, “Money” checks in at #49 in a double win this week for Cardi B, a song that recently topped the Urban chart, while “Want You Back” enters at #50 for Grey and LÉON. The duo has several chart hits here, most notably appearing on Zedd’s #1 song “The Middle” with Maren Morris, but LÉON has her first Top 40 entry. However, her single “Tired Of Talking” made the top 30 on the Hot AC chart in 2016.

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