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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 21, 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: Dua Lipa hopes that “One” turns into four, Jax Jones and Raye throw shapes, but not “of you”, and Rag’N’Bone Man delivers a ditty with “Human” touch. The way I want to touch you is through a bit of commentary, so be the Tennille to my Captain of these charts, won’t you?

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DUA: With two top 40 hits to date, and a third top 50 single, the musical marriage of Dua Lipa and the CHR radio panel has been a rocky one, which is a shame. Luckily, they’re still committed, thanks to some commitments for her latest U.S. single, “Be The One”. It’s the Most Added record at the format this week, picking up 31 stations. Lipa is currently on the chart with two of those aforementioned songs, “No Lie” (#47, with Sean Paul) and “Scared To Be Lonely” (#28, with Martin Garrix). The former is headed down, while the latter is moving up. Will this “be the one” that takes her to the top ten and gets her album out? Will programmers keep paying her lip-a service? I don’t have a crystal ball, but I do have high hopes for it.

THE “BEST” OF WHAT’S “GOOD”: With so many artists of different genres continuing to surprise the music world with their crazy collaborations, it’s only fitting that we talk about two additional songs. However, these two pop bops sure have some musical muscle; both songs impact next week, so be sure to watch out for some higher numbers a week from now. Of course, you can check back here and see all the action unfold.

One is G-Eazy and Kehlani‘s duet called “Good Life”, which is new at 23 new stations this week. This is one of the tracks from the upcoming soundtrack to The Fate Of The Furious, with both the album and movie due on April 14. For most of the stations here, it will be the first time a Kehlani single makes it onto their playlist, though the performer has some previous history at the Rhythmic and Urban formats. We’ll see if it can do better than the fourth Most Added slot next week.

The other teams Machine Gun Kelly and Hailee Steinfeld on a song called “At My Best”, which comes in with a slightly higher 25 stations and the second Most Added title. Of course, the rapper is coming off his huge chart-topping hit “Bad Things”, featuring ex-Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello. It spent two weeks at #1 in February. Steinfeld’s collected three top 40 hits of her own since 2015, but it was that third single, “Starving” (with Zedd and Grey), that slowly took her to three non-consecutive weeks at #5 in January. At this point, it has the potential to be next week’s Most Added record, so stay tuned to this blog for more!

JUMPIN’ JAX: 29-year-old producer Jax Jones is largely unknown to a U.S. audience. In fact, his feature on Duke Dumont‘s “I Got U” (#48, 8/17/14) is his sole chart appearance to date. However, that may change soon with the launch of his recent top five single across Europe, “You Don’t Know Me”, which features singer Raye. Upon impact, the song scores 22 adds this week, which is good for the fifth Most Added slot. Jumpin’ Jax flash, it’s a smash smash smash. (Well, I hope it is. I would throw shapes to “Don’t” any time it comes on the radio.) This may turn out to be too risky of a choice for some stations, but I certainly approve it.

HE’S THE MAN: Only one single in this week’s report recently spent six weeks at #1 on my personal chart; needless to say, I’m a little (a lot) biased when it comes to Rag’N’Bone Man‘s “Human”. The massive European hit has already gone to #1 on two radio formats in the U.S., Alternative and Triple A, while it continues to make some moves at Hot AC and CHR/Top 40. At the latter, it’s new at 16 stations, which places it as the eighth Most Added song of the week. In the last decade, we’ve had humanly hits at the pop format from The Killers (#35, 1/18/09) and Christina Perri (#31, 5/18/14). You know, all those singles did much better on my own chart; can somebody make me a gatekeeper already?

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. DUA LIPA, “Be The One” (Warner Bros.)
2. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
3. FLO RIDA & 99 PERCENT, “Cake” (APG/Atlantic)
4. G-EAZYKEHLANI, “Good Life” (Atlantic/RRP)
5-T. JASON DERULO featuring NICKI MINAJ and TY DOLLA $IGN, “Swalla” (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
5-T. JAX JONES featuring RAYE“You Don’t Know Me” (Interscope)
7. STARGATE featuring P!NK and SIA“Waterfall” (RCA)
8. RAG’N’BONE MAN, “Human” (Columbia)
9-T. CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
9-T. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic)
9-T. LORDE, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 19, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a new weekly report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Resarch. Time to store those Shamrock Shakes away until next year; we have to get back to shaking our groove things, bon-bons, tailfeathers and, of course, it off. (Just don’t make me get out that Take 5 CD single I bought at Strawberries with my allowance money when I was ten.) Here’s what’s shakin’ on this week’s pop chart:

ALL ABOUT “YOU”: As I predicted last week, singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You” holds on at #1 for a fifth week on the pop chart. “Shape” is now the longest-running #1 at the format by a solo male since John Legend’s “All Of Me”. That spent five weeks at #1 (4/20-5/18) in 2014. Just below the top 50 this week is follow-up “Castle On The Hill”, which was reissued to radio when his previous single appeared to be peaking. (“Shape” has since lost its bullet.) Also of note, “Galway Girl”, which is doing quite well in the U.K. and Ireland, spiked at several stations on St. Patrick’s Day following the debut of a lyric video for the song. See, we can root for at least one orange-haired leader nowadays, because it’s common understanding that “Castle On The Hill” trumps Capitol Hill.

This means that ZAYN and Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” stays in the runner-up position for the fourth consecutive week, despite a valiant effort to reach #1. Last year, three songs spent four weeks at #2, with two eventually climbing to the top spot: “Stressed Out” (2/28-3/6) by twenty one pilots, and “Don’t Let Me Down” (6/26-7/10) by The Chainsmokers featuring Daya. So, what missed? That would be “This Is What You Came For” (#2 from 7/24-8/14) by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna, a single that was co-written by Swift (originally credited as Nils Sjöberg.) Does history repeat itself? Does Zaylor pounce at the pop peak next week? Do I ever stop being so darn inquisitive? Probably not. Anyways, grab a partner and a hairbrush and belt out your best “When You Believe”. We’ll see what happens seven days from now.

TAKE THE “CAKE”: Sources tell us that rapper Flo Rida celebrated Pi Day with some “Cake”, and though it may not be the exact pop pastry for the day, it sure is a sweet one for he and duo 99 Percent. Their collaboration is up from 36-30 on this week’s survey. This hit is taken from the compilation This Is A Challenge, which is essentially a graveyard full of all those viral singles that you knew pop programmers would avoid because the callout was atrocious. (No shade, but shade.) It’s too early to tell what will happen to this entry, but if I were you, I would look for some alternative desserts to indulge in. That being said, I’m not sure we’ll ever have a smash called “Baklava”, but I’ve been wrong before.

Prior to this chart confection, the Average White Band‘s “Cut The Cake” (#34, 6/6 and 6/27/75 R&R) and DNCE‘s “Cake By The Ocean” (#2, 4/10-17/16) were the only CHR cakes to bake in the top 40. Of course, the latter single took 27 weeks in the top 40 to get to its peak of #2, just short of the PPW era record for any single to achieve its highest position: 33 weeks to #9 for “I’ll Be” (10/2/98 R&R) by Edwin McCain. Don’t expect the new “Cake” to be hanging around this bakery for nearly that long.

LITTLE EYE, BIG HIT: The origin of the phrase “I spy with my little eye…” and the accompanying children’s game may not be the clearest, but 23-year-old newcomer Kyle seems to be the current musical master of the concept. The secret is out at radio, as “iSpy” leaps from 43-35 this week. The hit features rapper Lil Yachty, who previously reached the top 40 as a featured act on D.R.A.M.‘s “Broccoli” (#18, 11/13/16). Perhaps this is a good time for me to make my musical debut as Lil Yacht Rock, where I seamlessly rap on fire beats from the likes of DJ Kenny Loggins and Mixmasters Pablo Cruise. Eh, maybe not. Anyways, more of the programming community is bound to keep spying on the action for this one in the coming weeks, as it continues to sell and stream well.

Spies haven’t appeared in top 40 titles for several decades, but perhaps that’s just because they’ve been undercover all this time. The last one to chart was “Spy In The House Of Love” (#22, 12/2-9/88 R&R) by Was (Not Was), which is still a jam, though I also like a bit of “Spies Like Us” (#9, 1/24/86 R&R) by Paul McCartney. Now, back to our musical mission, secret agent men and women…

FREAK OF THE “WEAK”: From Marvelous 3 to a marvelous chart achievement for the Met brothers, pop trio AJR is rising up the chart from 42-38 with “Weak”. It’s their second top 40 hit, and first in nearly three years. “I’m Ready” took a slow ride up to #25 (7/27/14) and probably ruined any good memory you had of watching SpongeBob SquarePants as a kid. (Let’s be fair, the only thing most of us were “ready” for was that song to get pulled and crash.) That being said, it is nice to see the three guys back on the chart. I think “Weak” has some room to grow, especially because a number of major markets aren’t playing it, and a lot of the airplay for it is relegated to the dreaded overnight shift. You know, someone’s gotta work those indies…

A number of tracks in this week’s top 50 share exact titles with previous charting songs, but “Weak” is one that matches a past #1 hit. 24 years ago, another trio, the three ladies known as SWV, took their “Weak” to #1 for four weeks (7/2-23/93 R&R), becoming the biggest song of their career. Of course, this was at a time when the Rhythmic and Top 40 panels were still combined, but it was quite a year for the three women.

WISHING ON A STARGATE: If you read the most recent Add Lib report on Tuesday, you already know that “Waterfall”, by duo Stargate and featuring P!nk and Sia, was the Most Added CHR song of the week. All that radio response allows it to debuts at #47 on this week’s published update. The all-star team could prove to be a major contender for 2017’s Song Of The Summer, even if it’s a little early to start discussing the topic. There’s no comment from TLC or Wendy & Lisa at press time; water they waiting for? It’s sure to be an interesting song to track over the next few months.

Though this is Stargate’s first charting song as a main-credited act, they’ve had plenty of hits as producers and writers. However, this wasn’t always the case. You can always count on me to remember such classics (well, not quite) like Mikaila‘s “So In Love With Two” (#25, 12/22/00 R&R) and Ashley Ballard‘s “Hottie” (#48, 3/30/01 R&R), which were the duo’s first two pop chart entries. We all start somewhere, folks. (Mikaila’s song was actually a pretty big hit on my personal chart, but Ballard’s was not. I was 10 and 11 at the time!)

“PRETTY” YOUNG THING: After millions of plays on Spotify across several singles, and a notable amount of Viral chart success, 18-year-old singer Maggie Lindemann makes her CHR chart debut at #50 this week with “Pretty Girl”. Though the track does not gain in spins from last week, it might have just missed charting if it wasn’t supported by syndicated program Most Requested Live on the past two Saturday night programs. The single is also benefiting from a discount at digital retailers, with week-to-week sales gains for over a month.

The name Maggie appears in a few song titles throughout the decades, most notably 1971’s “Maggie May” by Rod Stewart, but it’s a rare one when it comes to charting singers on the pop survey. Now, that’s not to discourage any of you expecting parents reading the blog right now, but if you are expecting a boy, I highly recommend the name Adam. I’m not biased at all, I promise.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 14, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: it’s raining, it’s pouring, but Nicki Minaj and Stargate are scoring with pop panel breakouts, while the usual suspects keep things busy in the top ten. Time to get wet (no, not that Get Wet) and splash around with some station stats:

IN THE P!NK: They’ve been hitting as writers and producers on the CHR chart since the fall of 2000, but Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen weren’t content with just that. So, the guys from Norway, together as Stargate, are now on the verge of their first top 40 hit as artists. “Waterfall”, featuring pop superstars P!nk and Sia, has a good start with the (star)gatekeepers of the format this week, launching with a very healthy 41 adds — the Most Added song of the week. Coincidentally, this was the week in 2000 (the 3/17/00 issue of Radio & Records, to be exact) that P!nk’s debut hit, “There You Go”, first reached the top 40 at the format. So, here she goes again! Stations in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco are among the 41, so watch out for this song and its potential fast ascent up the survey.

Two of Stargate’s recent compositions are currently top 40 on the format: “Issues” (#14) by Julia Michaels, and “Run Up” (#35) by Major Lazer featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj. The duo both co-wrote and co-produced the singles. (More on Minaj below!) No word on when any additional music by the two men will be coming out, regardless of whether it’s under their own name or a production for another act. Either way, we’ll be looking out for it.

Not many Norwegian acts are able to break the U.S. charts, though a-ha, M2M and Madcon are among them. Of course, a-ha is the most successful of the bunch, as “Take On Me” (driven by its iconic music video) spent three weeks at #1 on Radio & Records in October 1985. They can stick to drawing comic books; I’ll stick to drawing conclusions for the pop world.

“TEARS” FOR FEARS: Everybody wants to rule the adds report, but just one song can make it to the top. However, a top five placing on Tuesday is still worth shouting about. Rapper and singer Nicki Minaj sows some seeds and comes up with a winner, “Regret In Your Tears”. It’s new on 23 stations, good for the fourth Most Added song of the week. “Regret” is one of three songs that Minaj issued on Friday as a part of a surprise release; one of them, “No Frauds” (with Drake and Lil Wayne), is the Most Added record at Rhythmic and Urban radio this week. That song addresses two recent diss records by Remy Ma, who reached a peak of #45 at the CHR/Top 40 format last year with “All The Way Up”, a collaboration with Fat Joe. All three of Minaj’s tracks remain in the top 40 overall on iTunes.

Raised in Queens, she first hit the CHR/Top 40 chart as a main-credited act in June 2010 with “Your Love”, which got as high as #21 that August. She’s the only act with two songs in this week’s top ten Most Added tracks at the format, which also includes her feature on Jason Derulo‘s “Swalla”. Needless to say, radio is head over heels for her once again. (No, Tears For Fears isn’t making a CHR comeback… at least not yet. I’m looking at you, The Weeknd.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
STARGATE featuring P!NK and SIA“Waterfall” (RCA)
THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY“Something Just Like This” (Disruptor/Columbia)
LORDE, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic)
NICKI MINAJ, “Regret In Your Tears” (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic)
ZEDD & ALESSIA CARA, “Stay” (Def Jam-Interscope)
AXWELL & INGROSSO featuring KID INK, “I Love You” (Def Jam)
JASON DERULO featuring NICKI MINAJ and TY DOLLA $IGN, “Swalla” (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
FLO RIDA & 99 PERCENT, “Cake” (APG/Atlantic)
CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
MARTIN GARRIX & DUA LIPA, “Scared To Be Lonely” (RCA)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 12, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a new weekly report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Resarch. When we hear the forecast calls for twelve inches of snow, we usually reach for “Girl, I’ve Been Hurt” and “Informer”. So, let’s shovel some song stats into a blizzard of bops that we call our pop radio review:

SHEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS: Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran is at #1 for the fourth week in a row with “Shape Of You”. This much isn’t strange, right? However, this week is a slightly different one for the chart hit. It ends this particular frame with the largest weekly spin total on a published update in CHR history, accumulating a massive 19,603 spins. That beats the previous record, 19,518 spins on the 7/12/15 chart for “Bad Blood”, performed by Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar. Gee, does that mean he’s no longer a member of Swift’s squad? I guess we’ll see. Of course, the cuts from Sheeran’s Divide are taking over the charts globally, so it won’t be a surprise to see “Shape” back at the top for a fifth week next Sunday.

To put this momentous musical moment in perspective, it was 20 years ago this week that “Lovefool” by The Cardigans was in the top spot on the pop radio chart for its fourth of six weeks. It totaled 6,527 spins from the panel in that seven-day period. Needless to say, I could rant about the major radio companies and PPM, among other things, but I’ll save that for another post. In the meantime, we’ll see if Sheeran eclipses the 20,000 spin mark in the coming weeks. The task is quite difficult at this point, but not impossible.

A PERRY GOOD WEEK: 32-year-old hitmaker Katy Perry pops into the top ten for the 16th time since her 2008 debut with her politically-charged “Chained To The Rhythm”, up a single notch to #10. The hit features newcomer Skip Marley, who has a song at the Alternative and Triple A formats called “Lions”. Perry has eleven #1 songs to her credit on the CHR chart, with an amazing set of seven between 2009 and 2012. Will her latest make it to the top? If it doesn’t, it will take the PPW era record for the song with the most adds in one week (174) that didn’t reach #1. That’s a pretty unfortunate title, so let’s hope it doesn’t happen.

The Perry and Marley collaboration is the first top ten single with a rhythmically-themed title since 1995, when Brazilian singer Olga Souza made her debut as Corona with “The Rhythm Of The Night”. The dance anthem peaked at #8 (1/27/95) on Radio & Records. Overall, there have been twelve such top 40 titles on both R&R and Mediabase 24/7 since 1973.

LONG TRAIN CHARTIN’: Two of the debuts in this week’s top 40 are sung by lead or featured performers that began their CHR chart career in the late 90’s. Chart conductor Pat Monahan and his band Train are headed up the tracks with their tenth top 40 song since 1999. “Play That Song” advances 42-37, marking the group’s first top 40 hit at the format since “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” got to #17 (10/14 and 10/28-11/4/12) just over four years ago. Of course, the group’s made the Hot AC chart several times since that hit, but nothing’s come close to charting here. I think this deserves an upgrade to first class chart trivia, don’t you? Let me know.

At ten top 40 songs, Train becomes the latest San Francisco band to surpass the double-digit threshold, a list that includes bands like Huey Lewis And The News, Journey and more. Don’t stop believin’ in these kids, kids, because they come back with a hit when you least expect it!

MAJOR BEY ALERT: Record producer and professional screamer DJ Khaled claims his fourth top 40 entry on this week’s CHR chart with “Shining”, up 44-39. Though the 41-year-old has been releasing music since 2006, it wasn’t until 2011 that he grabbed his first charting song at the format with “I’m On One” (#32, 9/18/11), which featured Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne. His latest release features married couple Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Jay Z (Sean Carter), giving Knowles her 24th top 40 entry as a solo artist since 2002, and Carter his 26th top 40 hit since 1999. I’m sure the Beyhive will be happy to know about their girl’s latest feat.

As far as a new album, the DJ has anotha one coming later this year, titled Grateful. I’m hopeful that this set will have nothing to do with the Grateful Dead. After all, what would you call a Jerry Garcia song with DJ Khaled yelling all over it? “Touch Of K”? (Don’t make this a reality, please.)

AARON’S CHARTER (COME GET IT): Yes, it’s still 2017, so don’t go breaking out your HitClips and Wonder Balls quite yet. In one of the more bizarre chart events of the year so far, 29-year-old Aaron Carter has his first top 50 entry in just under 15 (!) years with “Sooner Or Later”, debuting at #49 this week. It’s taken from the EP titled LØVË, which was released last month. The tune has a total of 25 million streams and counting on Spotify, which means that Carter himself isn’t the only one hitting the replay button. (I’m looking at you, Nick.)

Despite Carter’s popularity with a young fan base in the late 90’s and early 00’s, CHR radio programmers largely ignored the singer. His only previous chart history at the format was the one week “I’m All About You” spent at #49 (4/5/02) on Radio & Records. You probably shouldn’t hold out for Dream Street or Myra or Play to come back and conquer the pop airwaves anytime soon. (Sorry to burst your bubbles, kids. Hoku, if you’re out there, we need some new jams already!)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 7, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Lorde hits the big board, “Swalla” gets added to the Top 40 Thesaurus and we dive into the usual trivia bag of tunes. So, take a break and grab some “Cake”, either song or pastry, and grab my hand as we go for miles on the FM dial:

OH MY, LORDE: “Green Light” means go, and Lorde certainly hits the gas, finishing the Record Race with the Most Added title at CHR/Top 40 radio this week. Her song receives 116 adds in its debut frame. That total crushes her prior highest one-week add total for “Team”, which scored 43 adds (MB 11/19/13) on impact.

That total also establishes “Green” as Lava’s biggest impact week of the Mediabase era, running from August 2006 onward, and it falls just short of the label’s biggest weeks in the PPW era: 134 adds (5/18/01 R&R) for Sugar Ray’s “When It’s Over” and 140 adds (4/21/00 R&R) for Matchbox Twenty’s “Bent”. (Both of those releases occurred during a time when Lava was distributed by Atlantic Records.)

Combining all reported stations across North America this week, “Green” picks up nearly 280 adds. Good Lorde. (No, I haven’t used up all my religious puns yet, just you wait…)

DERULO AND BEHOLD: When he’s not singing his name, Jason Derulo is popularizing words that may soon become top 40 hits on Merriam-Webster’s countdown. “Swalla”, a variation on the word “swallow”, or so I think, drinks down 25 more stations on the panel this week, good for fourth Most Added. The song features Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. Derulo’s biggest impact week remains the 156 stations (3/17/15 MB) he achieved for “Want To Want Me”, which spent a week at the top that June. By the way, the only other song that comes to mind that got swallowed by the CHR charts was “Jupiter (Swallow The Moon)”, a #42 entry (7/30/99 R&R) for singer/songwriter Jewel.

Besides his current single, Derulo recently moved his Future History imprint from RCA to his current home, Warner Bros., after one unsuccessful single (“Chingalinga”) by Alyxx Dione in 2015. (I know what you’re saying, “Who?” or “Only Adam would remember that one…”) Let’s hope the actual future looks bright for the group.

ELECTRIC “SLIDE”: Ooh, it’s shocking… no, not you Marcia Griffiths, I’ll get to your bop later. I’m referring to Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean and Migos, who team up for “Slide”, grabbing another 24 new stations this week. It’s good for the fifth Most Added slot. Harris’s last top 40 single, “My Way”, made its way to #11 in October, and was pulled quickly afterwards when it didn’t test well. However, with a run of nine top ten singles at the format since 2011, as well as the usual sales and streaming power, I don’t think he’s hurting. Harris has yet to announce a new studio album, even with the handful of singles he’s issued since the summer of 2015.

Though this “Slide” is not a hot Goo Goo Dolls remake, I think we can appreciate both songs and chart eras. That song received 52 adds (10/2/98 R&R) on impact, eventually settling into the #1 spot for two weeks in early 1999. It’s electric!

THE LADY IS A CHAMP: For the first time in two months, Lady Gaga‘s “Million Reasons” has a very reasonable week in the Most Added column. The hit is new at 22 stations, which makes it the seventh Most Added song at the format this week. It continues to benefit from sale pricing across various online stores, though a number of outlets on the panel are still showing resistance when it comes to adding it or converting it to a higher rotation. C’mon, kids, it’s not that hard… she played the Super Bowl, for Pete’s sake. Actually, I don’t know any Petes who are struggling with a decision on the record. Eh, you know who you are.

Here’s something more positive to go gaga over: “Million” is the performer’s biggest single at the format since “Do What U Want” (featuring R. Kelly) spent three non-consecutive weeks at #7 in December 2013 and January 2014. It’s moving! Now, who stole my pink hat?

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
LORDE, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic)
ZEDD & ALESSIA CARA, “Stay” (Def Jam-Interscope)
THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY“Something Just Like This” (Disruptor/Columbia)
JASON DERULO featuring NICKI MINAJ and TY DOLLA $IGN, “Swalla” (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
LINKIN PARK featuring KIIARA, “Heavy” (Warner Bros.)
LADY GAGA, “Million Reasons” (Streamline/Interscope)
AXWELL & INGROSSO featuring KID INK, “I Love You” (Def Jam)
FLO RIDA & 99 PERCENT, “Cake” (APG/Atlantic)
BIG SEAN, “Bounce Back” (G.O.O.D./Def Jam)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 5, 2017)

CHR/Top 40 Chart - March 5, 2017

Welcome to Radio Active, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Resarch. The kids say it’s lit. I say, “Yeah, but “My Own Worst Enemy” only reached #29 at the format in 1999.” Anyways, enough with the dad jokes; let’s see who’s fathering new top 40 hits and achievements this week:

THE GREAT DIVIDE: If you haven’t heard Ed Sheeran’s latest album, ÷ (Divide), it might be time to Ed-ucate yourself. You’ll be sure to see it at the top on the albums listing next week. Meanwhile, Sheeran schools the competition as far as this week’s CHR/Top 40 chart goes, holding at #1 for the third straight week with “Shape Of You” (Atlantic). It’s already eclipsed the one frame that “Thinking Out Loud” spent at the top, which occurred this week in 2015. This week’s #2 song, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” (RCA-Republic) by ZAYN & Taylor Swift, is still about 2,100 spins away from “Shape”, which is quite the gap. A fourth week at #1 should easily be achievable, unless the state of spins drastically changes in the next few days.

Ten songs from ÷ are currently in the top 100 on iTunes in the U.S., and fifteen are in the top 50 on Spotify. Needless to say, that’s a whole lot of Ed. Is it too early to start the Grammy buzz? The two-time winner is due for a few more awards, which sounds like a real possibility.

BIG GETS BIGGER: When it comes to taking L’s, I’m pretty sure I heard The Motels singing about it first. Rapper Big Sean was a few years away from being born when that song became a minor hit on the U.S. charts, but he’s had plenty of success (and, likely, plenty of motel stays) in the last few years. His latest CHR hit, “Bounce Back” (GOOD/Def Jam), advances 28-24 this week. It’s his highest-charting main-credited single at the format, besting the #27 peaks of 2012’s “Dance (A$$)”, featuring Nicki Minaj, and 2015’s “I Don’t F**k With You”, featuring E-40.

Wondering about the biggest Seans, Shauns and Shawns in pop chart history? Artists (in chronological order) like Shaun CassidyShawn Mullins, Sean Carter (Jay-Z), Sean Combs (P. Diddy), Sean PaulJay Sean and Shawn Mendes have all spent time at the top. Moral of the story: Big Sean isn’t the biggest Sean, but he’s not the smallest Sean, so perhaps he’s actually Average Sean? I’ll report back with more details as they come. (For the record, it took 28 L’s to complete this part of the report.)

HOW GREAT THOU CHART: Joy to the world, the Lorde is coming back to smash the charts with her latest single, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic). It zooms into the countdown at #25, while also instantly impacting at the Alternative (#29) and Hot AC (#31) formats. In a rush hour full of records, that’s pretty good. This is the New Zealand performer’s fourth top 40 hit on the CHR/Top 40 chart. Check back on Tuesday for the radio adds recap to see if Lava’s current high-water mark for impact weeks is “bent” out of shape. Either way, it has the potential to be the Most Added song at the format.

“Green Light” has unexpectedly become a popular top 40 title in the last decade: John Legend and Andre 3000 took their entry (GOOD/Columbia) to #20 in March 2009, while a Pitbull song (credited as “Greenlight”, Mr. 305/Polo Grounds/RCA) from last year, featuring Flo Rida and LunchMoney Lewis, peaked at #23 in November.

“SOMETHING” TO TALK ABOUT: Forgive me, Queen Bonnie Raitt, your song is far more iconic than what I’m about to speak of. (ahem) There have been a number of collaborations hitting CHR playlists recently, and one of the most unexpected comes from EDM duo and selfie aficionados The Chainsmokers and rockers Coldplay. Their musical moment together, “Something Just Like This” (Disruptor/Columbia), leaps from 42-26, while the duo’s “Paris” lifts 7-6. Those would be the fifth and sixth hits for the two American guys. This is also the British group’s twelfth top 40 hit at the format since 2001’s “Yellow”. Their biggest single to date, “Viva La Vida”, peaked at #11 in September 2008.

Though I haven’t yet decided on The Coldsmokers or Chainplay as their portmanteau, I am open to opinions and other name suggestions. Is broldplay a genre yet? Oh, I should stop? Alright, moving on…

FROM MY ZEDD TO MY CHART: Hey, someone has to remember that Evan & Jaron had top 40 singles beyond “Crazy For This Girl”. The two brothers had a short stay on the pop chart between 2000 and 2002. However, as far as the new single called “Stay” (Def Jam-Interscope), Zedd and Alessia Cara go “The Distance” (see what I did there?) and soar from 46-27 this week. Expect the song to reach the top 20 soon. This is the first collaboration from the Russian-German DJ/producer and the Canadian singer, and something tells me that it won’t be their last.

This is the ninth top 40 hit in Radio & Records/Mediabase history called “Stay”, which includes titles by Jackson Browne (#19, Aug. 1978), Shakespear’s Sister (#5, Sep. 1992), Eternal (#6, Feb. 1994), Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories (#1, Aug. 1994) and Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko (#1, Apr. 2013).

NEW IN THE MIX: After “Shout Out To My Ex” was pulled prematurely from the pop airwaves, to the shock and horror of Mixers around the Twitterverse, pop quartet Little Mix is back on the CHR airwaves with “Touch” (SYCO/Columbia). It, well, touches down at #49 this week. The group continues to struggle at U.S. radio, even as they score their fifth top 50 entry since 2013. (By comparison, they’ve had 15 singles reach the top 20 in the U.K. since their debut in 2011, plus additional charting album cuts and collaborations.) Let’s hope that their latest excursion in pop paradise yields larger than Little results.

Feeling our way through some touchy tunes, we’ve had six top 40 songs using the word (or a variant of it) in their titles since 2000, including two #7 hits: “Everytime We Touch” (Robbins Ent.) by Cascada (Apr. 2006) and “Touch My Body” (Island/IDJMG) by Mariah Carey (Apr. 2008). Of course, we’ve also heard a touch of The Bloodhound Gang (#22, Mar./Apr. 2000), Fall Out Boy (#32, June 2006), The Veronicas (#12, Feb. 2009) and Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj (#37, Nov. 2014).

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Kings Of The Hill: Touring The Top 40 Terrain

Chill with the Hills.

Chill with the Hills.

After some massive gains all week long at the CHR/Top 40 format, the Philadelphia duo Marian Hill, consisting of Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol, soars into the top 40 with the song “Down”. You’ve probably heard it in the latest Apple commercial. When the spot first began to air, the track shot into the top five on iTunes, and it continues to sit in the top ten as of the published time. I think it’ll stick around, even if it was initially released nearly a year ago. (Don’t we all just to want to dance on walls and cars while a song like that plays?)

As the latest Hill act collects their first top 40 single, let’s take a look back at some of the other musical mounds to reach the king of the hill, a dune full of ditties that we call the pop chart:

(All chart data is taken from the CHR/Pop listing published by trade magazine Radio & Records, which ran from 1973 to 2009.)

DAN HILL
Toronto’s Hill was on Canada’s national charts by the mid-70’s, but it wasn’t until 1977 that “Sometimes When We Touch” touched U.S. radio, reaching #2 on the CHR list in February 1978. By September 1987, he returned to the top ten with a surprise hit: “Can’t We Try”, a #8 duet with Vonda Shepard. “Never Thought (That I Could Love)” (#36, February 1988) marked his last chart song.

FAITH HILL
She made her debut on the Country chart in 1993 with “Wild One”, but it wasn’t until 1998 that she crossed to the CHR survey with a catchy track called “This Kiss”. It peaked at #12 in October 1998. In April 2000, she achieved her only top ten single at the format with “Breathe”, a #8 hit. “The Way You Love Me” (#19, January 2001) and “There You’ll Be” (#22, June 2001) also had good runs.

JORDAN HILL
This Hill was 17 when her first (and only) top 40 hit, “Remember Me This Way”, was featured on the soundtrack to Casper. Well, a friendly ghost couldn’t quite help her get a friendly reaction at CHR radio, and the song stalled at #36 in July 1995. A second entry, “For The Love Of You”, did even worse, topping out at #48 nearly a year later. She would find some larger success on the AC chart.

LAURYN HILL
After rising to #1 in June 1996 with “Killing Me Softly”, as a part of the Fugees, Hill reached the top 50 two times on her own. Just as her cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” peaked at #46 in September 1998, single “Doo Wop (That Thing)” entered and began a slow climb to #29 by January 1999. The two singles were featured on her chart-topping album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.

Of course, you can always count on some “Hill” hits to extend your Top 40 excursion: “The Fool On The Hill”, “The Hills”, etc., but I’m sure these Hill acts are more than enough to get you started.

So, where will Marian Hill‘s “Down” peak at the format? Only time will tell. However, I’ll be telling you all over our social feeds…

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