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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 7, 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: Selena Gomez and Marshmello are on the pop prowl once again, with several other collaborations in the mix, both by new and established acts. Here’s what’s hot on this cold November night:

“WOLVES” AT THE DOOR: No surprise to see “Wolves” from Interscope’s Selena Gomez and RCA’s Marshmello leading a for a second week on this week’s CHR/Top 40 report, picking up 72 more stations on impact, which adds to its pre-impact number of 36 stations from last Tuesday. Having just soared from 47-33 on this past Sunday’s official update to become her 17th top 40 hit since 2010, a new top 30 placement this weekend seems very likely. NF‘s “Let You Down” (30 adds) and Liam Payne‘s “Bedroom Floor” (23 adds) round out the top three, the former of which ranked at #31 on Sunday and is also trending toward the top 30.

The biggest breakout from this week’s report comes from a duo that’s new to the Top 40 format, Sofi Tukker. Back in September, their single “Best Friend” was used in an introductory video for Apple’s new iPhone X model. Well, now that the phone is out, their track, featuring NERVO, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno, is experiencing a second life at pop stations, landing 21 stations (coming in fourth place) this Tuesday. That total puts it just ahead of the 20 adds (fifth place) that Clean Bandit‘s “I Miss You” secured on the report, which features singer Julia Michaels. “Miss” recently debuted in the top 30 on the U.K.’s official singles chart. Does it have enough strength to become the trio’s third top ten single at the format? Stay tuned!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. SELENA GOMEZ x MARSHMELLO, “Wolves” (Interscope)
2. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
3. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
4. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
5. CLEAN BANDIT featuring JULIA MICHAELS, “I Miss You” (Big Beat/RRP)
6-T. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
6-T. LORDE featuring KHALID, POST MALONE and SZA, “Homemade Dynamite (Remix)” (Lava/Republic)
8. CHEAT CODES featuring FETTY WAP, “Feels Great” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
9-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “How Long” (Atlantic)
9-T. DEMI LOVATO, “Tell Me You Love Me” (Island/Republic)

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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 ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 29, 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 second season of Stranger Things is all over the place these days, though I usually find stranger things occurring on the pop survey. (Maybe it’s just me!) Anyways, here’s a taste of just how weird (or not) the situation looks this week:

GIVING US SOMETHING THEY CAN ‘FEEL”: The revolving door continues at the top of the CHR/Top 40 survey, with Demi Lovato‘s “Sorry Not Sorry” down 1-2 (with a backwards bullet of over 1,100 spins!) and Portugal. The Man taking her place, up a notch with “Feel It Still”. It’s the quintet’s first single to be released at this format, meaning that it’s also their first track at the top of the pop chart. Way to go, guys! They originally formed in 2004, and it’s certainly been a long time coming.

“Feel” also tops the Hot AC chart for the third week in a row, while sitting at #2 on the Alternative chart, where it spent a massive 14 weeks at #1 during the summer and early fall. It’s even #15 on the AC list. It’s also doing well in, you guessed it, Portugal! “Feel” is at #4 and #25 on the country’s iTunes list, #8 on Apple Music and #12 on Spotify, though their Woodstock set is pulling in lower sales. The band’s “Live In The Moment” is just starting out at Alternative and Triple A outlets, though it’s too early to tell whether or not it will cross to the pop world.

ONE “GORGEOUS” DEBUT: The highest top 50 entry on this week’s chart belongs to, who else, Taylor Swift and another song off her forthcoming album reputation. “Gorgeous” beautifies the #45 spot, while “Look What You Made Me Do” tumbles again from 6-14 and “…Ready For It?” moves back up from 19-17. All the airplay so far for “Gorgeous” has been unsolicited, with “Ready” on the rise as the official second single, though her new one is playing in some larger markets. Of course, with her new release a little under two weeks away, you can expect to see more cuts from the album appearing on stations across the country. After all, it’s Taylor Swift we’re talking about it.

Entering at #46 is a new collaboration from Cheat Codes and Fetty Wap called “Feels Great”. Yes, even though “Feel It Still” is at #1 this week, there’s still a whole lot more to feel further down the chart. The EDM trio is coming off a #6 song titled “No Promises”, featuring Demi Lovato, which was sent recurrent this week per the #10/20 week rule. Wap has a total of five top 40 entries, two of them main-credited and the other three as a featured act. His highest-charting entry thus far is one of the features, the #10 song “All In My Head (Flex)” by Fifth Harmony from the summer of last year. Let’s hope for some great (or even better than great) results!

HOW WILL THE “WOLVES” SURVIVE?: Well, simply, “Wolves” will get plenty of early stations going in for the add this week and it’ll accumulate many more when it officially impacts next Tuesday! This “Wolves”, of course, belongs to singer Selena Gomez and DJ/producer Marshmello, their collaboration debuting at #47 on this week’s chart. Though the latter performer just made his way onto the chart for the first time with “Silence”, featuring Khalid, Gomez’s main-credited releases (outside of the #2 hit “It Ain’t Me” with Kygo) have stalled below the top ten in 2017: “Bad Liar” went as high at #12, and “Fetish” got to #18. Can this wild animal of a single howl its way into the top ten, letting Gomez end the year on a good note? Is “Wolves” truly hungry like the… well, wolf? It will be an interesting one to watch.

Would you believe that there are three more top 50 debuts this week? It’s an active chart, and that’s an understatement! New at #48 on the chart is the third solo entry for Liam Payne, who hit #1 three weeks ago with “Strip That Down”, currently at #4. He follows that chart-topper with “Bedroom Floor”, which was co-written with another artist who hit the top earlier this year, Charlie Puth. A debut album from Payne has yet to be announced, but I hope we get it later this year. (Fingers crossed!) The other two entries are by a pair of newcomers here: “Think Before I Talk” (#49) by Astrid S and “Dime” (#50) by The X Factor alum Rachel Crow. Neither track is likely to go much further, with Crow’s single already bleeding spins due to the loss of Radio Disney airplay, but we’ll see how things go in the coming days.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 24, 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: at least nine singles ended up officially impacting this week… yes, nine, so adds were pretty split all around. That being said, new titles from Liam Payne and NF were among the big winners of that battle. Check them all out below:

“DOWN” FOR THE CROWN: Format newcomer NF, already popular in the Christian world, takes the Most Added title on this week’s report with “Let You Down”, scoring 38 new stations on impact. This achievement comes after plenty of early commitments came in for the song over the last month (its impact date was even moved up a week) and its debut in the top 50 over the weekend. “Down” is searching to become the first crossover release by a Christian performer to reach the top 40 on Top 40 radio since Britt Nicole‘s “Gold”, which peaked at #29 in February 2013. Based on current gains, it could do it as early as this weekend. (I guess he was looking to a higher power for some help!)

Liam Payne‘s “Bedroom Floor” (#3, 26 new stations) also has a significant group of adds, as the former One Direction singer is trying for his second solo #1 on the pop chart, following the Quavo-assisted “Strip That Down”, which held there for a single week about two weeks ago. A couple of interesting collaborations also join the party in the top ten this week, with “Meant To Be” (#5, 22 new stations) by pop singer Bebe Rexha and country duo Florida Georgia Line pacing just ahead of “Feels Great” (#6, 20 new stations) from EDM trio Cheat Codes and rapper Fetty Wap. Look for both of those future hits, along with Payne’s solo track, to chart in the coming weeks.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
2. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask” (Capitol)
3-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “How Long” (Atlantic)
3-T. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
5. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
6. CHEAT CODES featuring FETTY WAP, “Feels Great” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
7. ALEX AIONO featuring TRINIDAD CARDONA, “Does It Feel Like Falling” (Interscope)
8. MACKLEMORE featuring KESHA, “Good Old Days” (Warner Bros.)
9. POST MALONE featuring 21 SAVAGE, “rockstar” (Republic)
10-T. DAYA, “New” (Interscope)
10-T. TAYLOR SWIFT, “…Ready For It?” (Big Machine/Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 23-24, 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 seven fresh singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALEX AIONO featuring TRINIDAD CARDONA – “Does It Feel Like Falling” (Interscope)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Both soloists are newcomers here. Cardona’s song “Jennifer” has some minor airplay from the Rhythmic panel.

BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
EP: All Your Fault: Pt. 2 (2017)
Past T40 History: Rexha’s had ten top 40 titles since her first in 2014, one going to #1. The country duo has three pop hits to date.

CHEAT CODES featuring FETTY WAP – “Feels Great” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: The EDM trio is coming off a #6 song in “No Promises”, while the New Jersey rapper looks for his sixth pop hit.

CNCO & LITTLE MIX – “Reggaetón Lento (Remix)” (Syco/Columbia)
Album: Primera Cita (2016) (original version)
Past T40 History: The male quintet is new here, while the female quartet has three top 40 singles to date. In the U.K., it got to #5.

LIAM PAYNE – “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Payne topped the pop chart two weeks ago with “Strip That Down”, which falls to #4 on the most recent survey.

LORDE featuring POST MALONE, KHALID & SZA – “Homemade Dynamite (Remix)” (Lava/Republic)
Album: Melodrama (2017) (original version)
Past T40 History: The New Zealand performer has four top 40 songs to date. Her previous entry, “Green Light”, hit #19 in March.

NF – “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
Album: Perception (2017)
Past T40 History: “Down” just made top 50 at this format, becoming his first chart single. His latest album recently entered at #1.

Next week: The latest singles from Avicii and Rita Ora, as well as Harry Styles, are among next Tuesday’s top contenders.

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 (September 24, 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. There’s only one direction that this analysis is headed, and that’s toward the top of the chart! Check out this week’s #1 song and notable debuts in the top 50:

AND “SLOW” IT GOES: 20 weeks in the top 40 to finally hit #1 on the CHR/Top 40 chart… it’s not a record, but the “slow” crawl up the charts for Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” took a whole lot of work. Climbing from 2-1, this single marks the second member of One Direction to hit the top as a solo artist, following ZAYN. “Slow” is also Capitol’s first chart-topper here in over three years; in August 2014, Sam Smith spent two weeks at #1 with “Stay With Me”. Horan’s big hit stands at #4 on the Hot AC chart, and it’s top 20 on the AC list. (It also squeaks into the top 50 on the Rhythmic chart, but don’t expect it to go much further without a remix with Gucci Mane or Quavo or the most random rapper around.)

Horan’s “Too Much To Ask”, the third single from his upcoming Flicker album, has some small momentum at both Hot AC and Top 40 radio, which should pick up as a result of “Slow” reaching its final destination. “Too” quickly climbed to #1 on iTunes a little over a week ago, but has since dropped off dramatically. All five original members of One Direction have solo releases on the airwaves, though they’ll just miss appearing on the survey together, with Louis Tomlinson‘s single crashing and ZAYN‘s collaboration with Sia still under the top 50. It was a good effort, kids. Maybe next time!

IN THE NICK OF TIME: Nick Jonas returns to the CHR/Top 40 airwaves and the format’s top 50 this week with “Find You”. It debuts at #46, one of four new entries to the 41-50 portion of the chart. Jonas last entered the top 40 here with the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Bacon”, which spent two weeks at #37 in September 2016, effectively ending his Last Year Was Complicated era. His only #1 hit to date is “Jealous”, which spent a week at the top in January 2015. It was one of the more puzzling choices for iHeartMedia’s artist integration program, On The Verge, which gives an airplay boost to new or up-and-coming acts. (The Jonas Brothers had a total of six top 40 singles prior to Jonas’s selection in September 2014, the last of which, “First Time”, was a part of a campaign with the company under its previous name, Clear Channel. It peaked at #36 for three weeks in July and August 2013.)

Jonas’s older brother, Joe Jonas, lead singer of DNCE, found himself on the chart earlier this year with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Kissing Strangers”, which got as high as #26 in May. Kevin Jonas hasn’t had any solo top 40 tunes, though I imagine that if the trio ever came back together for a new album, he’d probably on-board with it. What about the “Bonus Jonus”, younger brother Frankie? Does he have Top 40 aspirations? Ooh, the Jonas empire continues its pop presence, so stay tuned…

WHAT LAUV’S GOT TO DO WITH IT: After recent notable adds at WHTZ/New York City and WHYI/Miami, the first chart hit by Lauv is in at #50 this week, titled “I Like Me Better”. He’s 23-year-old Ari Leff, currently based in Los Angeles, though he was in New York City during his college years. (You’ve probably seen him on PGTC before. Remember this piece from the end of 2005?) At the current time, Leff is continuing to keep his operations independent, with distribution of the release handled by Kobalt and radio promotion via in2une. It’s certainly not the first time this has happened, but the numbers are quite impressive so far. Look for them to continue to increase, as the song approaches the top 300 on iTunes and 165 million streams (in just its main version) on Spotify.

“Better” isn’t Leff’s only contribution to the format as of late. He’s also a co-writer/producer on “No Promises” by Cheat Codes, up from 8-6 this week. Of course, that hit features Demi Lovato. He’s also the vocalist on “A Different Way” by DJ Snake, impacting next week. That single, which was released on Thursday, is already starting to pick up significant airplay at a number of stations. He certainly has a lot on his plate, so look out for more pop bops from the young performer soon!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 18, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly 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: DNCE and Nicki Minaj give us a musical mouth-to-mouth message, Ed Sheeran finds the courage to climb that hilly chart terrain, and Lady Gaga prescribes us a hit healing for aches, pains and album eras that it might be best to forget. (Let’s be fair: it wasn’t love, but it was a perfect dissolution.) So, pucker up for this week’s stats, because smooching some singles is all the rage in Chart Land:

“KISSING” TO BE CLEVER: Joining the real time culture club (sorry Boy George) this week is “Kissing Strangers” by DNCE and featured artist Nicki Minaj, which lands atop the Most Added report, scoring 47 adds on impact. It’s one of three singles tied for the title this week, which is a pretty rare achievement. The party pop group is looking for their fifth top 40 single at the format, and their first since “Body Moves”, which peaked at #28 back in November. Their debut single remains their biggest, “Cake By The Ocean”, which spent a pair of weeks at #2 (4/10-17/16) and established the Mediabase era record (but not the PPW era record) for the most top 40 weeks to reach its peak: 27 of them. We’ll see how many strangers discover their song in the coming weeks.

PAINT THE TOWN ED: As of now, Ed Sheeran still has the #1 song on the pop chart with “Shape Of You”, which really needs to go elsewhere at this point. I may as well call it “Shade Of You”, at least based on the number of times I’ve tried to drag it lately. I guess I’ll give Sheeran a break this time, as “Castle On The Hill”, a song that recently reached #2 on my chart, is part of a three-way tie for the Most Added song at Top 40 radio this week, also scoring 47 new stations. Halsey‘s “Now Or Never” is the final member of the Fantastic 47 on the latest report, the first single from hopeless fountain kingdom, which still sounds like a LiveJournal oasis for bad fanfiction. Anyways, look for all three songs to continue to bring the adds next week, though there are several singles from acts like Lady Gaga (see below) and Shawn Mendes that’ll be vying for the Most Added title next time around.

“CURE” AND SIMPLE: “Million Reasons”, the little engine the could, may be headed down the tracks now, but Lady Gaga has a cure for that… literally. Released after her performance at Coachella on Sunday morning, “The Cure” soared to #1 on iTunes in a few hours time. Though it officially impacts next week, the hit lands in the fifth Most Added slot this week, with 23 stations. A little under two years ago, an unrelated single called “The Cure” impacted at the format for an act called Lipstick Gypsy. Promoted by Epic Records, it received some action in smaller markets, but failed to chart. Of course, we have to talk about the band named The Cure as well, who totaled four top 40 entries between 1987 and 1992. Their biggest, “Friday, I’m In Love” (#4, 7/31-8/7/92 R&R), was also their last. (“Mint Car” did chart (#45, 7/12/96 R&R) shortly after the #25/26 week recurrent rule was introduced.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. DNCE featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Kissing Strangers” (Republic)
1-T. ED SHEERAN
, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
1-T. HALSEY, “Now Or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
4. HARRY STYLES, “Sign Of The Times” (Columbiia)
5. LADY GAGA, “The Cure” (Streamline/Interscope)
6. CHEAT CODES featuring DEMI LOVATO, “No Promises” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
7. CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN and MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
8. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
9. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
10-T. DRAKE, “Passionfruit” (YMCMB/Republic)
10-T. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic/Capitol)

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