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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 12, 2018)

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: different Tuesday, same Cardi B madness! Plus, the panel is split over its plethora of new pop jams, but two notable collaborations jump ahead of the pack. Let’s add ’em up:

B IS FOR BIGGER: Change can be difficult at times, so for those of you that don’t like the concept, I think you’ll be satisfied with waiting another week before the next new Most Added song is crowned. Meanwhile, this week’s top title at the Top 40 format, now in its second week, is “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5, which is still generating a lot of buzz on the charts for its new remix featuring the previously mentioned Cardi B. This week, it checks in with another 47 stations, down from the 108 it took in on impact. There’s a tie for second place between Cardi B’s “I Like It”, with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, and “Better Now” from Post Malone, as both hits land a solid 36 stations each. All three tracks are racing up the Top 40 chart, though it’s very early on in the annual race for the coveted Song Of The Summer title. Stay tuned to see if any of them capture it (or if another song surprises. You never know!)

Beyond those three singles, plenty of impacting songs scored double-digit adds in this session, led by future Pride anthem “Colour” by MNEK featuring Hailee Steinfeld with 23 stations, coming in fourth place. It looks like it’ll become MNEK’s first top 40 song in two years, as he previously charted with Zara Larsson on the duet “Never Forget You”, reaching #5 at the format that May. It’s also a very good week for “Team”, which has Noah Cyrus and MAX thanking their new team of believers, 18 in all, which starts it in seventh place. Yesterday, it picked up a handful of Hot AC stations as well. Check out the rest of this week’s future hits below!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. MAROON 5 featuring CARDI B, “Girls Like You” (222/Interscope)
2-T. CARDI B, BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN, “I Like It” (KSR Group/Atlantic)
2-T. POST MALONE, “Better Now” (Republic)
4-T. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Youngblood” (Capitol)
4-T. MNEK featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “Colour” (Capitol)
6. NOAH CYRUS & MAX, “Team” (RECORDS/RED/Columbia)
7. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “This Is America” (Wolf & Rothstein/RCA)
8-T. DAVID GUETTA & SIA, “Flames” (Big Beat/RRP)
8-T. PHARRELL WILLIAMS x CAMILA CABELLO, “Sangria Wine” (Columbia)
8-T. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Almost Love” (Hollywood)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 10, 2018)

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. As Flag Day flies onto the schedule for later this week, we shall let our freak flag fly when it comes to song statistics. After all, it’s only natural. Here’s what’s making noise at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

HOME MALONE: Give me five! No, really. This week, the fifth top 40 single for Post Malone becomes his very first #1 hit on the Top 40 chart. Up from 3-1, the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Psycho” hits the top spot during the same week that Malone’s “Better Now” (the next pop single from his former #1 album Beerbongs & Bentleys) climbs from 50-34 to become his sixth top 40 entry. Malone’s new #1 at the format also spent two weeks atop the Rhythmic chart in late April. Believe it or not, “Psycho” also makes the top 40 on the Hot AC chart for this update, up 45-40 to become his second entry into the region. (Just in case you forgot, “Rockstar” peaked at #37 at that format a few months ago.) It’s anyone’s guess as to what else may prove be a notable radio hit from this project following “Psycho” and “Better”, but with the album’s impressive streaming statistics, there sure are a lot of potential choices.

WHAT’S LEFT IS “RIGHT”: Lots of action in the lower rungs of the chart this week, as new singles by Maroon 5, the previously mentioned Post Malone, 5 Seconds Of Summer and BTS all enter the region. In a merely coincidental twist, “Girls Like You” lifts from 49-26, giving Maroon 5 their… 26th top 40 hit. We always love a journey into the fun with numbers department. From there, it gets even more busy toward the bottom of the chart. Leading this week’s top 50 debuts, first-time collaborators Pharrell Williams and Camila Cabello shake up the scenery with their splashy “Sangria Wine”, bowing at #45. Though it’s their first duet together as artists, Williams was a co-writer and background vocalist for Cabello on her chart-topping smash “Havana”. Cabello’s labelmate and current The Four judge Meghan Trainor checks in at #48 with “Let You Be Right”, the follow-up to “No Excuses”. One spot lower, Childish Gambino debuts at #49 with the politically-charged “This Is America”, which could become his third top 40 single at the format later this month. Finally, dancing in at #50, EDM act Cash Cash has their first top 50 hit in nearly two years with the Abir-assisted “Finest Hour”. How will they do in the coming weeks? Stay tuned to PGTC for updates.

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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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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 20, 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: DJ Khaled enlists Rihanna and Bryson Tiller for a “wild” song, and it challenges Calvin Harris‘s touchy feely new single with Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean. Gee, save some feature slots for someone else’s collaboration, will you? Anyways, let’s see what’s going down on Add Lib featuring Most Added Songs, Lots Of Chart Stats and Plenty Of Bad Puns:

“WILD” AND CRAZY KIDS: It’s anotha (number) one for yelling enthusiast DJ Khaled and his current hit from Grateful. The song is called “Wild Thoughts”, and it scores 115 stations on impact, making it the Most Added record at the CHR/Top 40 format. It also earns the Most Added title on this week’s CHR/Rhythmic and Urban add reports, posting 50 and 49 new stations, respectively. Of course, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller provide the non-screaming vocals on this song, which hit #2 on iTunes upon release. This is the follow-up to “I’m The One”, which is still going strong in the top five on the pop chart. (We’ll see if “Wild” affects it in the next few weeks.) If you think you’ve heard this single before, it might be because it heavily samples “Maria Maria” by Santana featuring The Product G&B, the Grammy-winning Supernatural hit that spent four weeks at #2 (3/31-4/21/00 R&R) at the format. Oh, to be ten again… in any case, look for “Wild” to be a huge multi-format success all summer long. That Rihanna reign just won’t let up!

“FEELS” LIKE A WINNER: Harris, Williams, Perry & Sean sounds like it might be one of those terrible law firms from the land of daytime TV, but it’s actually Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean coming together for a new hit off Harris’ forthcoming album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. “Feels” feels like a great collaboration for the format, and it has a stellar first week too, taking in 104 adds on impact. Along with “Wild Thoughts” above, eight of the top ten Most Added songs this week include a featured artist or are performed by multiple artists, which speaks to the continued support and success of these types of tracks. In time, however, this could result in some backlash toward the concept. We’ll just have to see what happens later this year. Next week should bring an additional collaboration into the top ten, from Machine Gun Kelly and James Arthur, while the song in the #7 spot this week, by Macklemore and Skylar Grey, should repeat its top ten status when it officially impacts at the format.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DJ KHALED featuring RIHANNA and BRYSON TILLER, “Wild Thoughts” (We The Best/Epic)
2. CALVIN HARRIS featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, KATY PERRY and BIG SEAN
, “Feels” (Columbia)
3. DAVID GUETTA featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “2U” (Atlantic-Def Jam)
4. BRUNO MARS, “Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
5-T. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE, “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
5-T. FIFTH HARMONY featuring GUCCI MANE, “Down” (Syco/Epic)
7. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY, “Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
8. CHILDISH GAMBINO, Redbone” (Glassnote)
9. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO,  “Strip That Down” (Republic)
10. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA and KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 13, 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: David Guetta and Justin Bieber easily get 2R attention with a big song for the summer, while Bruno Mars comes close to hitting the ceiling with a “Floor”. Pucker up those lips for a tasty treat, because this week’s Add Lib report is freshly served and topped with plenty of sprinkles:

GUETT USED TO IT: Chances are that if you’re not a fan of Justin Bieber, you’ll be throwing your radio out the window soon. Bieber is featured on two current top ten tracks (“Despacito (Remix)” and “I’m The One”) and is poised to grab a third spot with the Most Added record at the format today, “2U” by David Guetta. It starts at a giant 147 stations on impact. The Canadian superstar has sung on five #1 hits, both main-credited and featured, since “What Do You Mean?” (10/18/15 MB) from his Purpose album. It’s been nearly six years since Guetta reached the top of the pop chart with the Usher-assisted “Without You” (11/20-27/11 MB) from his Nothing But The Beat album, though the 49-year-old French DJ/producer has stayed active since then. Will these international stars with an international smash take a flight to #1, much like where Bieber’s other two hits appear to be headed? Could a backlash throw a wrench into those plans? Ooh, the possibilities… we’ll get back to you soon with what develops!

A FORMAT FLOORED: With the new Top 40 smash from his top-selling 24K Magic album, Bruno Mars slows things down on his way to the crown with “Versace On The Floor”. On impact, the track takes in 47 new stations, good for the runner-up slot on this week’s report. Mars’s hit ranked just below the top 50 on last Sunday’s published update, but it’s sure to make a splashy debut now. The luxury brand turns 40 years old next year, and it’ll probably be another 40 years until I can afford something from them! Four years ago, a separate single simply called “Versace”, performed by Migos, peaked at #11 (9/29/13 MB) on the Urban list. A Drake remix aided that song’s run, though it didn’t crossover to the pop format. Coming off a #1 hit in “That’s What I Like”, Mars has a bit of momentum at the moment, so look out for this retro gem to soundtrack those steamy summer nights in the heart of the season.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DAVID GUETTA featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “2U” (Atlantic-Def Jam)
2. BRUNO MARS
, “Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
3. FIFTH HARMONY featuring GUCCI MANE, “Down” (Epic)
4. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO, “Strip That Down” (Republic)
5-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, Redbone” (Glassnote)
5-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
7. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE, “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
8. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE“Unforgettable” (Eardrummers/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
9. MAJOR LAZER featuring TRAVIS SCOTT, CAMILA CABELLO & QUAVO, “Know No Better” (Mad Decent/in2une)
10. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA and KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 6, 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: Fifth Harmony goes four the Most Added title, while Bebe Rexha is at work on her “Dance” moves with Lil Wayne. Let’s dip back into those hot June tunes, even if the weather’s a bit on the cold side at the moment. (55 degrees and overcast? Really?) Here’s the forecast on these songs:

“DOWN” TO THE WIRE: It was another active week for both pre-impact and impacting singles this week, but Fifth Harmony takes the crown with “Down”. Their latest hit, featuring Gucci Mane, begins at 58 stations in its first frame, enough to become the Most Added song on the format. If that total feels underwhelming for a lead single from an album, it is. “Work From Home” scored 131 adds upon impact in March of last year. We’ll see if “Down” continues to go up on next week’s report. Meanwhile, former group member Camila Cabello ranks with the fourth Most Added title of the week, “Crying In The Club”, taking in 19 more stations. It’s closed just under 90% of the panel at this point, as it continues to build nicely.

“ARE” & BEBE: Singer and songwriter Bebe Rexha is back on the Most Added leaderboard with a new collaborator, rapper Lil Wayne, and a song title that combines two titles of previous #1 songs. “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” is on “the way” up the pop chart with a solid 25 adds this week, grabbing the 2nd Most Added spot. Of course, 2007’s “The Way I Are” by Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson and 1987’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston both spent multiple weeks atop the format’s chart, “Way” for six on Mediabase and “Dance” for three on Radio & Records. Will Rexha’s song reach that milestone as well? It’s too early to tell. Her last top 40 single, “I Got You”, peaked at #14 in March.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. FIFTH HARMONY featuring GUCCI MANE, “Down” (Epic)
2. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE
, “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
3. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA and KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
4. CAMILA CABELLO, “Crying In The Club” (Epic)
5-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, Redbone” (Glassnote)
5-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5-T. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO, “Strip That Down” (Republic)
8-T. KATY PERRY featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Swish Swish” (Capitol)
8-T. KENDRICK LAMAR, “Humble.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
8-T. MØ, “Nights With You” (RCA)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 30, 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: Camila Cabello renews her membership at the CHR “club”, while Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson clean up a portion of the panel before their impact date. Everybody is back to work today, and even I’ll be working on my terrible jokes and punchlines for future editions of my radio reports. Meanwhile, it’s time to work out some adds and what songs got them this week, so let’s talk Top 40 tabulations:

WHO’S “CRYING” NOW: As pop quartet Fifth Harmony gets closer to the Friday release of “Down”, their first to not include one of their original members, Camila Cabello, the 20-year-old won’t be shedding any tears… unless they’re Top 40 tears. At the top of this week’s Most Added list is her “Crying In The Club”, which ranked in the runner-up position last week. It grabs 63 adds in its second frame. Her highly-anticipated album, The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving., is due later this year. “Club” outpaces this week’s #2 single, “Strip That Down” by Liam Payne featuring Quavo, by 19 stations. However, with the response that Payne’s hit has received in the last two weeks, it looks like “Down” will continue to go up. Expect both songs to appear on the report next week!

I HEAR A “SYMPHONY”: When it comes to the international hit by Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson, a few CHR conductors have begun the piece early this week, with 17 stations raising the curtain on a marvelous musical spectacle. “Symphony” has already been a top ten smash across Europe, with #1 peaks in countries like Norway, Scotland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It’s been a good year so far for the British trio, who spent two weeks at #4 with “Rockabye” (featuring Anne-Marie and Sean Paul) in April. Larsson has struggled at the format over the last year, with her most recent single, the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “So Good”, stalling out at #34 in March. Ooh, the drama of the string section! How will this rhapsody of a record end? Stay tuned!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. CAMILA CABELLO, “Crying In The Club” (Epic)
2. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO
, “Strip That Down” (Republic)
3. KATY PERRY featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Swish Swish” (Capitol)
4. SELENA GOMEZ, “Bad Liar” (Interscope)
5. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “Despacito (Remix)” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
6-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “Redbone” (Glassnote)
6-T. CLEAN BANDIT featuring ZARA LARSSON, “Symphony” (Big Beat/RRP)
8. LOGIC featuring ALESSA CARA and KHALID“1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
9. IGGY AZALEA featuring ANITTA, “Switch” (Def Jam)
10-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “Attention” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
10-T. HAILEE STEINFELD, “Most Girls” (Republic)

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