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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 19, 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. We could never cancel our pop parade of the notable and emerging hits at the Top 40 format, but hey, ours won’t cost you a cent to look at. Here’s what’s popping on the airwaves this week:

ALL FOUR THE “GIRLS”: As “Girls Like You” begins to lose some ground at the format, narrowly missing the weekly spin record by about 200 spins, the giant pop hit from Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B holds at the top spot on the Top 40 chart for a fourth week. It’s also at #1 on the Hot AC chart for its third week and is likely to stay there for some time longer, as there’s a lack of competition in the top five. There’s no word on a next single from the Red Pill Blues album, or if there will be one, as of yet. Checking in at #2 on the Top 40 chart, Post Malone is stuck in the runner-up position for the third consecutive week with “Better Now”, but his song should have a change of scenery next week. “Better” is also approaching the top 30 on the Hot AC chart, making it his highest-charting track at that format.

“RISE” AND SHINE: There are three top 40 entries, including two collaborations, on this week’s chart update, with “Beautiful” by Bazzi featuring Camila Cabello leading the pack, soaring from 47-36. It’s the second top 40 entry for Bazzi, following his #1 single “Mine” from earlier this year, while Cabello checks in with her eighth solo top 40 entry at the format, six of which have been duets or features with other performers. From there, Anne-Marie‘s “2002” makes a jump from 44-38, marking her fourth top 40 song here, while “Rise”, the first collaboration from Jonas Blue and Jack & Jack, takes a couple of steps up from 42-40. Individually, this hit is the third top 40 single for Blue and the second for the duo.

Additional top 50 action is limited this week, though Weezer‘s “Africa”, the current #1 track on the Alternative chart, debuts at #46. It’s the band’s first time in the top 50 at the format since January 2006, when “Perfect Situation” got to #47. Leader Rivers Cuomo also appeared on a B.o.B single called “Magic” in 2010, which spent three weeks at #13 that September. Childish Gambino is also back in the top 50 with his latest, “Summertime Magic”, coming in at #50. The track is already gaining solid airplay on the Rhythmic and Urban radio formats.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 31, 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: there’s a “no brainer” leading the charge at the format, while several more collaborations are poised to fly up the charts in the coming weeks. Let’s add ’em up:

INSANE IN THE “BRAINER”: Following their hit “I’m The One” last year, which spent five weeks at #3 that June and July, the second collaboration by DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper and Quavo easily secures the top spot on the newest adds report at Top 40 radio. “No Brainer”, which also recently led the all-genre chart at iTunes, had a triple-digit finish with a total of 148 stations on impact. The single is featured on DJ Khaled’s forthcoming album, Father Of Asahd, due in October.

There’s also significant action from the panel for “Side Effects”, the latest collaboration from duo The Chainsmokers featuring a frequent writer and singer for the two men, Emily Warren. It starts at 81 stations for a very strong second place finish. Warren is a co-writer on the duo’s Daya-assisted hit “Don’t Let Me Down”, which totaled three weeks at #1 in June and July of 2016. Warren is also heard (though uncredited) on their hit “Paris” from the following year, a #3 hit for three weeks that April.

Next week, look out for Anne-Marie‘s “2002” and Logic & Ryan Tedder‘s “One Day” to reach the top five on the weekly report.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DJ KHALED featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, CHANCE THE RAPPER & QUAVO, “No Brainer” (We The Best/Epic)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring EMILY WARREN, “Side Effects” (Disruptor/Columbia)
3. ZEDD & ELLEY DUHÉ, “Happy Now” (Interscope)
4. ARIANA GRANDE, “God Is A Woman” (Republic)
5. DRAKE, “In My Feelings” (YMCMB/Republic)
6. BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY & KHALID, “Eastside” (Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
7-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “The Way I Am” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
7-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “Summertime Magic” (Wolf & Rothstein/RCA)
9. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Natural” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
10. JUICE WRLD, “Lucid Dreams” (Grade A/Interscope)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (July 30-31, 2018)

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 five new tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CHEAT CODES & LITTLE MIX – “Only You” (300 Ent.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Little Mix has struggled with the U.S. radio audience, with four minor top 40 tunes to date. Will this go further?

CHILDISH GAMBINO – “Summertime Magic” (Wolf & Rothstein/RCA)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Though “This Is America” just missed the top 40 here, it stormed into the top ten at Rhythmic and Urban radio.

DJ KHALED featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, CHANCE THE RAPPER & QUAVO – “No Brainer” (We The Best/Epic)
Album: Father Of Asahd (2018)
Past T40 History: This lineup previously entered the top 40 last summer with the hit “I’m The One”, which spent five weeks at #3.

THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring EMILY WARREN – “Side Effects” (Disruptor/Columbia)
EP: Sick Boy… Side Effects (2018)
Past T40 History: Warren last sang on a chart song by the duo as an unbilled performer on 2017’s “Paris”, which got as high as #3.

ZEDD & ELLEY DUHÉ – “Happy Now” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Zedd’s been hitting the pop survey since 2012, scoring a pair of #1 hits in the process. Duhé is a newcomer here.

Next week: Anne-Marie takes us back to “2002”, while Logic and Ryan Tedder wonder if for “One Day” that they’ll the #1 song on the Most Added list. We’ll see next Tuesday.

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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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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