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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 16, 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: Miley Cyrus makes that musical move to “Malibu”, Childish Gambino returns to the pop playground and more! It’s just a few days before my five year college reunion, and I’m ready to celebrate the hits from this week’s graduating gems on the honor roll we call the Most Added list. Grab your caps and gowns… and a few adds too:

HIGHLY MILEY: After debuting at #37 on the published update last Sunday, Miley Cyrus easily claims this week’s Most Added song at the CHR format with “Malibu”. The track surfs in with 116 adds. Hole‘s “Malibu”, which was mentioned briefly in Sunday’s post, received 42 adds on impact (the second Most Added song that week, behind Alanis Morissette‘s “Unsent” with 95 adds) on its way to a peak of #35 in February 1999. While the state of California resides in a number of top 40 titles throughout the decades, the cities and towns located on the musical map of The Golden State include Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco, San José, Sausalito and Ventura. (Of course, Malibu brings that total up by one.) Look out for Cyrus’s next studio album later this year, which you can purchase in Malibu, or pretty much anywhere else in the world.

CHILDISH BEHAVIOR: The performer known as Childish Gambino has charted with two minor singles so far this decade: a top 50 entry called “Heartbeat” (#43, 3/4/12) and the top 40 entry “V. 3005″ (#38, 9/14-21 and 10/5/14). Needless to say, the pop panel and the performer don’t exactly have a relationship that’s hand in Glover; at least, not at this point. However, that isn’t going to stop the California artist from trying for his second top 40 single at the format with “Redbone”. The current #1 on the Urban AC chart, which also ranks in the top ten at Urban radio and top 15 at Rhythmic, impacts with 14 stations this week, which gives it a tied total for the 8th Most Added spot. We’ll see if the children drive Childish to his biggest pop hit yet this summer.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (TWELVE)
1. MILEY CYRUS, “Malibu” (RCA)
2-T. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER
, “Despacito (Remix)” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
2-T. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands” (Capitol)
4. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (Island/Republic)
5. CHARLIE PUTH, “Attention” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
6-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
6-T. KENDRICK LAMAR, “Humble.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
8-T. AJR“Weak” (RED)
8-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “Redbone” (Glassnote)
10-T. CHEAT CODES featuring DEMI LOVATO, “No Promises” (300 Ent.)
10-T. HAILEE STEINFELD, “Most Girls” (Republic)
10-T. SAM HUNT, “Body Like A Back Road” (MCA Nashville/Capitol)

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Ahead Of Their Time: Song Titles From The Future

What year is it again?

What year is it again?

Already a sleeper top ten hit on the Rhythmic survey, “3005” by Childish Gambino is set to crossover to CHR radio in roughly a week and a half as the first pop release from his album of last year, Because The Internet. You might remember that in 2012, his song “Heartbeat” gained some pop play and wound up just below the top 40. We’ll see what happens with Glassnote’s latest attempt to break the rapper at the format. (Thus far, it’s just scratched the Hot 100.)

The year 3005, as found in the title, doesn’t occur for another 991 years, and it got me thinking about other chart hits that were ahead of their time. Of course, I mean in terms of a year in the title, not in terms of content; that’s a whole other post or five. So, enjoy as I go reelin’ in the years from some of these Billboard top 40 time predictors:

“In The Year 2525”, Zager & Evans (1969)
Denny Zager and Rick Evans formed their duo several years before recording their epic hit, the tale about a world plagued by the dangers of technology and the future of a dehumanized race. Despite a dark message, the single connected with the buying public. “Year” spent six weeks at #1 during the summer of ’69; a followup, “Mr. Turnkey”, just missed the Hot 100.

“1999”, Prince and the Revolution (1982-3)
A funky party from the future came into our lives three decades ago and it’s still all over the airwaves in 2014. As much of a classic as it is today, the first single from the Purple One’s album of the same name actually peaked just below the top 40 in its first chart run during the fall of ’82. In a rerelease the next summer, it rose to a better #12 before it was “out of time.”

“Year 3000”, The Jonas Brothers (2007)
Remember when these guys were still around? Before the underwhelming solo careers and the messy group split before a series of concerts last year, the trio of Joe, Kevin and Nick were riding high on the Hot 100 with this song, originally done by another trio – the U.K. band Busted. With a few minor lyric adjustments, the three Brothers took their version to #31.

“2012 (It Ain’t The End)”, Jay Sean featuring Nicki Minaj (2010)
After two big U.S. radio hits with “Down” and “Do You Remember?”, this British performer played into the theory that the world would end on December 21, 2012 for his third Stateside single. However, like that daunting event, the notion of this song blowing up didn’t actually happen. Released too early to make a significant impact, it quickly peaked at #31 that fall.

Which one of these top hits from the time machine leaps forward on your playlist? Let me know! Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (December 10)

Back in Black.

Back in Black.

Only one more week left before we take a short pause as the industry takes a breather, but for now, those new releases keep jingling and jangling as they look to sleigh the charts. Here are all the new albums and singles you need to know about for December 10:

  • The biggest release of the week comes from R&B star R. Kelly, out with his latest album called Black Panties. Single “Genius” is currently top ten on the Urban AC chart. It will likely be the highest debut on the chart, but not #1, which will probably be reserved by one of the two big Christmas albums of the year by the cast of Duck Dynasty or Kelly Clarkson. (iTunes)
  • Community actor Donald Glover is back as rapper Childish Gambino for his latest full-length album, Because The Internet. This one’s been generating a lot of buzz and several tracks from it have charted well on iTunes in advance of it, so don’t be surprised to see this entering into the top ten on the Billboard 200. (iTunes)
  • With the current #1 song on Country radio, a slow burner called “Carolina”, Parmalee is out with Feels Like Carolina. It also features their previous single, “Musta Had A Good Time”. (iTunes)
  • Two EPs with a bit of a country twang see a release this week: duo The Civil Wars strip it down with Bare Bones (iTunes) and the Zac Brown Band is out with The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 (iTunes), as produced by Dave Grohl.
  • On the soundtrack circuit this week, there are four between the movies and television that you should be checking out: from the big screen, American Hustle (iTunes), Mandela – Long Walk To Freedom (iTunes) and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (iTunes), plus the first season two compilation from ABC’s Nashville (iTunes).
  • Other albums out this week include E-40‘s The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil, parts 4-6 (iTunes), Jesse McCartney‘s In Technicolor, Part 1 (iTunes), and Krystal Keith‘s Whiskey & Lace (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Cannonball”, a first single from Lea Michele‘s first album, Louder. (iTunes)
  • “Confident”, the latest Music Mondays release from Justin Bieber featuring Chance The Rapper. (iTunes)
  • “La La La”, an international smash for Naughty Boy and Sam Smith. (iTunes)
  • “R U Crazy?”, a former top ten hit in the U.K. for Conor Maynard. (iTunes)
  • “Santa Baby”, from Ariana Grande featuring Liz Gillies. (iTunes)

B.o.B. and Justin Bieber lead the pack next week on our final Turn It Up Tuesday of 2013. Get ready!

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