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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 15, 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. Get your taxes filed by Tuesday! Luckily, we always file the current and future radio hits for you on this report, and you don’t even have to pay for it. Let’s do some counting:

ZEDDS ARE BURNING: Still in positive territory in its third week atop the list, Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey‘s “The Middle” continues to slay the Top 40 airwaves, picking up about 280 more spins this week. It also looks good for #1 on the Hot AC chart in a few weeks, coming in at #4 once again, but gaining almost 750 spins in the process. “Meant To Be” from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, last week’s #2 song, looks like it may be out of the race for #1, as Camila Cabello‘s “Never Be The Same” bolts 4-2, knocking Rexha and the duo down to #3. (It’s not all bad news, however: “Meant” is the new #1 song on this week’s Hot AC update.) Cabello is aiming for her third solo chart-topper on the Top 40 list outside of the group Fifth Harmony — will she achieve the goal next week, or does “The Middle” strengthen again to secure a fourth week at #1? We’ll find out seven days from now.

FREAKS AND PEAKS: Leading the week’s top 50 debuts at the pop format is the current Rhythmic and Urban radio hit from two performers with a bit of a body swap problem. Lil Dicky‘s “Freaky Friday”, featuring Chris Brown, is new at #46. In April 2016, a collaboration from Lil Dicky and featured rapper Fetty Wap, another viral hit called “$ave Dat Money”, got as high as #49. Making its debut at #48 is a song by an artist who hasn’t been on the pop chart in some time: “All Night” by OutKast member Big Boi. His last credited appearance as a soloist was in 2005 as a featured performer on Brooke Valentine‘s “Girlfight”, which got to #29 that July. Big Boi was last heard on a #1 song at the format in early 2004, when OutKast’s “The Way You Move”, featuring singer Sleepy Brown, spent three weeks there in February. Lastly, at #50, “Nowhere Fast” marks a new charting track for Eminem and featured singer Kehlani. The female soloist is also featured on Charlie Puth‘s “Done For Me”, which soars from 43-31 this week.

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“Right” On Time: A Sample Of 1993 Hits

A "Walk" down memory lane.

A “Walk” down memory lane.

New in the CHR/Pop top 40 this week is the song “Be Right There” by producers Diplo and Sleepy Tom, the first charting song for the latter performer out of British Columbia and yet another hot hit for the former, originally from Mississippi. The release is a big hit in big markets, and it seems to have survived the annual freeze well, as it’s still holding onto a triple digit bullet. It’s also a notable streaming success, with 42 million plays on Spotify and several more million on YouTube. However, this new entry is also a part of an interesting historical occurrence, one that’s been gaining a lot of steam since the start of the decade.

If you’re a pop music buff, especially when it comes to the 90’s, you know that “Right” samples the biggest hit on the pop radio list for the girl group Jade“Don’t Walk Away” was the second song for Joi Marshall, Tonya Kelly and Di Reed to become a top 40 hit (following “I Wanna Love You”, which went to #11 in September 1992) and it was a smash, spending 20 weeks on the chart, two of those weeks at #6 in late March and early April 1993. Keep in mind, this was during a time before the plays-per-week era, and the total it achieved (along with “Two Princes” by the Spin Doctors) hadn’t been reached since the 70’s.

Though their name was lost in the many forgotten female groups that scored during the early part of the decade (Yes, I’m looking at you Boy Krazy, Sweet Sensation and The Cover Girls, etc.), they suddenly find themselves back in the spotlight with that great song. It got me thinking about other singles to hit the CHR/Pop chart that also sampled singles that peaked in 1993, and I’m happy to report that I’ve found at least six more singles from that year that have endured in other songs. Most of them are still on the airwaves in their original form, if only for a mix show or syndicated weekend program. Let’s see how many you remember!

(Radio & Records statistics are provided for all songs prior to the summer of 2006, while Mediabase 24/7 peaks and weeks are provided after that date.)

DR. DRE featuring SNOOP DOGG, “Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang” (#24 – March/April, 12 weeks)
sampled in 2001/2’s “Livin’ It Up” by Ja Rule featuring Case (#8 – January, 19 weeks)
sampled in 2007’s “This Is Why I’m Hot” by MIMS (#11 – April, 18 weeks)

It’s a G-funk classic, and though it was a bigger hit on the Hot 100, this did its “Thang” on a fairly conservative panel for the time.

HADDAWAY, “What Is Love?” (#5 – October, 15 weeks)
sampled in 2010’s “No Love” by Eminem featuring Lil Wayne (#20 – December, 12 weeks)

The act from Trinidad and Tobago managed to score one additional hit on the pop chart in 1994 with “Life”, which peaked at #12.

JANET JACKSON, “Again” (#1 – October/November, 15 weeks)
sampled in 2010’s “Solo” by Iyaz (#17 – May, 13 weeks)

The janet. era was huge, launching six songs into the pop top ten. Jackson made a big return in 2015 with the album Unbreakable.

ROBIN S, “Show Me Love” (#3 – July, 14 weeks)
sampled in 2011’s “Don’t Wanna Go Home” by Jason Derulo (#10 – June/July, 14 weeks)
sampled in 2014’s “Show Me” by Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown (#19 – March, 18 weeks)

“Love” remains one of the quintessential house records of that era. A second single, “Love For Love”, went to #38 for two frames.

SWV, “Right Here (Human Nature)” (#3 – September/October, 15 weeks)
sampled in 2011’s “She Ain’t You” by Chris Brown (#17 – August, 13 weeks)

This remains the trio’s last top ten single to date on the pop survey, but they’re currently on Urban AC radio with “Ain’t No Man”.

ZAPP & ROGER, “Slow And Easy” (#37 – December, 4 weeks)
sampled in 2000’s “Big Pimpin'” by Jay-Z featuring UGK (#32 – September, 12 weeks)

They had plenty of R&B hits, but this was their only crossover entry, and a minor one at that. It’s a cut from All The Greatest Hits.

(Listen to our 93 From ’93 playlist on Spotify, including all the big pop hits from that year in music!)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 18, 2015

Don't Mess with Adele, kids.

Don’t “Mess” with Adele, kids.

This week’s New Music Friday has a few more ideas for your last-minute Christmas music shopping. These acts are ready to sleigh the charts, so watch out! Here’s a look at this week’s top new albums and singles:

  • CAGE THE ELEPHANT — Tell Me I’m Pretty (iTunes)
    • With “Mess Around” well on its way to becoming a #1 single (#3 currently) on the Alternative survey, it looks like this era from the Kentucky band is going to be another successful one. By the way, if they do make it to the top, it’ll be the sixth #1 for them at the format. It should debut somewhere in the top 20, given the higher holiday sales.
  • CHRIS BROWN — Royalty (iTunes)
    • Several singles from Brown’s newest album have gone to radio, like “Liquor” and “Zero”, but with quick peaks and no longevity, the era’s been a bit messy. Currently, “Back To Sleep” is surging at Urban stations. The set will still have an okay debut, but it certainly won’t be as large as X‘s last year.
  • MONICA — Code Red (iTunes)
    • This album marks the R&B singer’s first studio set since 2012 and it’s led by the single “Just Right For Me”, which got as high as the top 20 on both Urban and Urban AC radio recently. The album features several collaborations.
  • More albums out this week: Ariana Grande‘s Christmas & Chill (iTunes), Baroness‘s Purple (iTunes), Pusha T‘s King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude (iTunes), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Jordan Sweeto‘s Evil Little Genius (iTunes), MAX‘s Wrong (iTunes), Sounds Like Harmony‘s Smile! (I’m Not Okay) (iTunes)

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

  • “Bad Like Yuh”, Samantha J (iTunes)
  • “Better Place”, Rachel Platten (iTunes)
  • “Cheap Thrills”, Sia (iTunes)
  • “Did I”, Kehlani (iTunes)
  • “Hey You”, Mr Hudson (iTunes)
  • “New Level”, A$AP Ferg featuring Future (iTunes)
  • “Simple Song”, John Paul White (iTunes)

We’ll see you in the new year for coverage of 2016’s notable releases. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (February 24)

Sky high on the charts.

Sky high on the charts.

Last week, the charts were rocking out to a big new sound. Now, it’s back to the urban side of music as the heavyweights come forward and set their sights on #1. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of February 24:

  • Rapper Big Sean hasn’t had an album out since the fall of 2013, but both of his previous sets have only gone as high as #3 on the Billboard 200 survey. That may now change with his latest effort, Dark Sky Paradise, led by a single that got onto three radio formats, the Platinum-selling “I Don’t F–k With You”. That new energy and momentum should help to boost numbers; we’ll see just how much of an effect it has very soon. (iTunes)
  • If you enjoy Chris Brown, Tyga, or a combination of the two performers, you may remember that they worked on a mixtape together several years back. Now, the two are back for an official studio release, Fan Of A Fan – The Album. It features the current Rhythm and Urban top ten single, “Ayo”. Given their respective fanbases, it’s clear that this one is due for a solid first week, probably inside the top five. (iTunes)
  • Still reliving the memories of young love, Kid Rock is back with an album entitled First Kiss. That title also happens to be the name of his latest single, currently top 20 at Active Rock radio and top 40 at Hot AC. Though he doesn’t possess the selling power that he once did, the set should make a solid debut in the top ten, if not higher. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: All That Remains‘s The Order Of Things (iTunes), Emile Haynie‘s We Fall (iTunes), Falling In Reverse‘s Just Like You (iTunes), Mat Kearney‘s Just Kids (iTunes), MisterWives‘s Our Own House (iTunes), Red‘s of Beauty and Rage (iTunes), The Airborne Toxic Event‘s Dope Machines (iTunes) and the soundtrack to television’s Sons Of Anarchy called Songs Of Anarchy, Volume 4 (iTunes).

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

  • “Invincible”, the first of five instant grat tracks this week from Kelly Clarkson. (iTunes)
  • “I Want You To Know”, a collaboration from rumored couple Zedd and Selena Gomez. (iTunes)
  • “Nothing Without Love”, a solo single from fun.‘s Nate Ruess. (iTunes)

Next week, former American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson and the comeback kids Modest Mouse will be among the top ten debuts on the Billboard 200. How high can they and newcomers like Rixton go? A full preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 16)

Meanwhile, back at Billboard...

Meanwhile, back at Billboard…

Q4 will be here before you know it, but some bigger names are getting in on the action this week, including a Country star and a legendary chanteuse. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 16:

  • Coming off a top-selling duet with wife Faith Hill in “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” and gliding up the Country chart once again with “Shotgun Rider”, Tim McGraw has quite the momentum going into the release week for Sundown Heaven Town, his second studio album for Big Machine Records. I’d like to think that McGraw has a decent chance of picking up his fifth #1 album on the Billboard 200. We shall see next week. (iTunes)
  • Delayed several times over the last year or so and making its way into stores today is the sixth album by R&B singer Chris Brown, simply titled X. Singles like “Fine China”, “Love More” and “Loyal” have all garnered major play on Rhythmic and Urban radio, and new single “New Flame” is doing the same. Team Breezy will definitely get this one into the top two, but can it reach the top? (iTunes)
  • There’s a locomotive on the loose! That would be Train‘s latest studio effort, Bulletproof Picasso, their first album in two years. It features the current AAA and Hot AC top ten hit “Angel In Blue Jeans”, but all you soul sisters knew that already. Though it won’t have as big an opening week as California 37, it should register solidly in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • In stores with her second set of duets and her 34th (!) studio album overall… who else but Barbra Streisand? It’s Partners, matching her with superstars like Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder and newer artists like Blake Shelton and John Legend. It should be another top ten album for Babs and sell nicely through the holidays. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Cannibal Corpse‘s A Skeletal Domain (iTunes), Flyleaf‘s Between The Stars (iTunes), George Strait‘s The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium (iTunes), Jimi Hendrix‘s soundtrack to Rainbow Bridge (iTunes) and The Cry Of Love (iTunes), Sir Sly‘s You Haunt Me (iTunes), Slash / Myles Kennedy‘s World On Fire (iTunes) and The Madden Brothers‘s Greetings From California (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:

  • “Feels Like Vegas”, a digital single from R&B singer Tinashe. (iTunes)
  • “Love ‘Em All”, a new single from R&B singer K. Michelle. (iTunes)
  • “Nature Boy”, another digital single from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s Cheek To Cheek album. (iTunes)
  • “Starshine”, new from the legendary Stevie Nicks. (iTunes)
  • “Surrender”, new from the New Jersey trio Cash Cash. (iTunes)

Kenny Chesney brings The Big Revival to the charts next week; will it revive the top spot or will Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett get Cheek To Cheek with it? A full preview is coming in seven!

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Boys Beyond The Band: Three Pop Players This Summer

If you know and love your boy bands, you’re aware that they’re striking it big around the world. From 5 Seconds Of Summer to One Direction to Rixton and beyond, the dudes are still doing it and making the girls swoon from coast to coast. However, going to radio over the next few weeks are a few singles from soloists shedding that sweet image for a more adult sound. Check ’em all out:

They've got the Drive.

They’ve got the Drive.

HEFFRON DRIVE – “Parallel”
Adds Date: May 6 —- Label: TOLBooth

In 2008, friends Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt, both living around the same area in Burbank, CA, formed this duo and started promoting their music via social media. Soon after, Schmidt was cast as Kendall Knight on the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush, and this project was put on hold until the TV show ended production last year. Now, the performer has a release on his own label, TOLBooth Records, which recently picked up a handful of stations, including one in Las Vegas. Comparable to some of the recent singles out of the folk pop renaissance, including One Direction‘s “Story Of My Life”, “Parallel” lands in familiar territory, but is still a pleasant little ditty. Support from the BTR crowd should help this along.

Free from the Factory.

Free from the Factory.

ASHER MONROE featuring CHRIS BROWN – “Memory”
Adds Date: May 13 —- Label: D Empire

This 25-year-old performer from Virginia has been going at it for some time in the entertainment business, from roles on TV shows like Parenthood and The Mentalist to becoming a member in V Factory, a quintet that dented the CHR top 40 in the spring of 2009 with “Love Struck”. Lately, Monroe’s been seeing some action on the Dance Club Songs survey with two #10 singles in a row: “Here With You” and “Hush Hush”. Neither saw much crossover airplay in the process, so could a collaboration with one of the bad boys of R&B help him out? As far as his streak of Dance hits, the song landed at #5 last week, making it his biggest song to date. With over a million views to date, this could be a “Memory” worth remembering.

Looking to "Shake" things up.

Looking to “Shake” things up.

JESSE MCCARTNEY – “Superbad”
Adds Date: June 10 —- Label: EightOEight/INgrooves

Last year, you may have been grooving to this guy’s danceable number “Back Together”. It got a ton of attention over on satellite radio and picked up some spins in a few minor markets. However, for the former Dream Street vocalist, going the independent route hasn’t proven to be as popular on the charts as his music with the Mouse. It’s been three and a half years since McCartney last garnered a significant amount of CHR airplay with “Shake”, which cracked the top 20 during November of 2010. What was supposed to be his fourth studio album on Hollywood, Have It All, was shelved after many delays, but eventually leaked. Of all of his post-Disney material, this is the strongest yet. Let’s hope it gets a super boost.

Which of these three acts do you thonk will push their pop prowess onto playlists in the next few months? Let me know! Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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Take A Bow: Revisiting The Top Tracks From Graduation (5th High School Reunion)

Showing "Love" to 2008.

Showing “Love” to 2008.

When your first high school reunion comes around, you start to realize that you might be getting just a little bit old. Sigh. Next month marks five years since I graduated from high school, but our Reunion Weekend happens to be this upcoming one. It’ll be great to see old friends again, catch up, have a fun time, etc. So, in honor of the Weekend to come and because this is a music blog, I give you a look back at the top songs in the nation when were last together for our Commencement on June 5, 2008. It reflected a mix of music, from pop to rap, and a lot of American Idol entries after the grand finale of season 7 wrapped up. We start off with the top ten:

#10: COLDPLAY – “Viva La Vida”
Ah, yes, the days when an advertisement Apple could give you all the exposure you needed. After falling back to #41 the previous week, “Viva” soared back up to #10 that week, becoming the group’s second top ten hit. It went to #1 for one week in late June. The group’s 2011 Mylo Xyloto album gave them three other top 40 singles, but this is by far their biggest single, having sold in excess of 3 million copies here.

#09: NATASHA BEDINGFIELD – “Pocketful Of Sunshine”
She had a pocketful of harmless pop ditties, including 2006’s “Unwritten” and this 2008 single, which both peaked at #5 on the Hot 100. This was the last time (to date) that Bedingfield had a top 40 single on the Hot 100, though her most recent appearance outside of it was last year on Lifehouse‘s “Between The Raindrops” (#79). She hopes to release a new studio album worldwide this year, her first in three years.

#08: MADONNA featuring JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – “4 Minutes”
Her Madgesty was always a fan of keeping up with the youth, and so, she enlisted Justin Timberlake and Timbaland for her leadoff single from Hard Candy. Both a hit at retail and on the radio, it leapt to #3 on the Hot 100, which was her first top 5 hit in seven years (and her last to date.) Last year, she visited the top ten for a week with “Give Me All Your Luvin'” after a performance at the Super Bowl halftime show.

#07: RAY J featuring YUNG BERG – “Sexy Can I”
When he wasn’t making sex tapes with ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian or writing songs about how he “hit it first”, Brandy‘s younger brother had his biggest solo hit with “Sexy”, the leadoff single from his album All I Need. It peaked at #3 and was his last top 40 hit to date; even “I Hit It First” couldn’t become a hit on its own. He’s still recording new music and no doubt, reeking of desperation while doing said action.

#06: USHER featuring YOUNG JEEZY – “Love In This Club”
Leaked on the internet in February of that year, “Love” garnered heavy airplay from the beginning and rose from 51-1 in one week in mid-March when it was released to digital retailers, selling a little under 200,000 downloads in its first week. It spent three weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and also sent parent album Here I Stand to #1. Usher is currently serving as one of four judges on the television show The Voice.

#05: JORDIN SPARKS & CHRIS BROWN – “No Air”
Chris Brown and Rihanna would end up next to one another on our look back. Brown’s duet with the former American Idol winner Sparks gave her the biggest single of her career, peaking at #3, while Brown has gone on to several number-one singles. Though Sparks would see the top ten once more with 2009’s “Battlefield”, her career has been in decline since it. She’s currently romancing singer Jason Derulo.

#04: RIHANNA – “Take A Bow”
After hitting the top with 2006’s “S.O.S. (Rescue Me)” and 2007’s “Umbrella”, the Barbadian beauty took this ballad to #1 from the Reloaded edition of her Good Girl Gone Bad album. It was the second “Take A Bow” song title to hit the spot after Madonna‘s big ballad from 1995. Though her career has had its missteps, she’s still racking up the big hits, including her most recent, “Stay”, featuring vocalist Mikky Ekko.

#03: DAVID COOK – “The Time Of My Life”
It wouldn’t be an American Idol win without a big ballad to start it all off. David Cook won the battle over David Archuleta and this first single of his sold 236,000 copies in the three days after the Idol finale, enabling it to debut all the way up at #3 on the Hot 100, where it also peaked. Ten of his performances from the show also debuted that week, as network FOX withholds sales and chartings during the season.

#02: LEONA LEWIS – “Bleeding Love”
It was the international smash that broke Lewis in America after her win on the U.K. version of The X Factor. It spent four non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and went to the top in nearly three dozen countries. Lewis could never repeat the success of “Bleeding” in the States, though followup single “Better In Time” did gather significant airplay for a time. She is currently working on a fourth full-length album.

#01: LIL WAYNE featuring STATIC MAJOR – “Lollipop”
He may be in the middle of some health problems at the moment, but back in 2008, this rapper and singer were topping the charts, also at #1 on the Airplay survey. This song marked Lil Wayne‘s only time rising to #1 as a main-credited artist, as well as one of the only times a posthumous release (Major passed away three months before) went to #1, joining a list of others like Janis Joplin and Otis Redding.

Debuts:
David Cook: “The Time Of My Life” (#3), “Dream Big” (#15), “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (#22), “The World I Know” (#28), “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (#42), “Billie Jean” (#47), “Always Be My Baby” (#67), “Hello” (#73), “The Music Of The Night” (#77), “Eleanor Rigby” (#92), “I’m Alive” (#99)
David Archuleta: “Imagine” (#36), “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” (#58), “In This Moment” (#60)
“Should’ve Said No”, Taylor Swift (#84)
“That Song In My Head”, Julianne Hough (#88)
“Girls Around The World”, Lloyd featuring Lil Wayne (#93)
“Homecoming”, Kanye West featuring Chris Martin (#96)

Top 5 (or 6) Big Movers:
“Viva La Vida”, Coldplay (41-10) (+31)
“Dangerous”, Kardinal Offishall featuring Akon (76-51) (+25)
“I Kissed A Girl”, Katy Perry (40-21) (+19)
“Last Name”, Carrie Underwood (37-19) (+18)
“Apologize”, Timbaland presents OneRepublic (32-18) (+14, tie)
“Get Like Me”, David Banner featuring Chris Brown (88-74) (+14, tie)

Check out the full Hot 100 for June 7, 2008 at this link. Happy Reunion to all of you celebrating out there!

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