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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 14, 2019)

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. The game of thrones (at least on the Top 40 chart) isn’t seeing much action this week, but that’ll change next time around. Until then, here’s what’s popping on the survey:

SIXES AND SEVENS: As noted last week, Ariana Grande‘s “7 Rings” secures a sixth week at #1 on the Top 40 chart, which now becomes her longest-running #1 single at the format ever. However, this will be its last week at the summit, as the Jonas Brothers fly from 6-2 this week with the blazing “Sucker”, which will pass Grande’s big hit in the next few days. When it reaches the top, it will become the first #1 song at any format for the group.

Speaking of these three talented brothers, their latest single “Cool” moves from 43-25 on the chart, marking their eighth top 40 song to date. It’s the highest of three new entries in the region this week, though the other two tracks are well below it. One of them jumps into the entire top 50 at #37: “Boy With Luv”, the first collaboration by K-pop sensation BTS and singer Halsey. It’s the fourth time in the top 40 for the septet and the tenth entry for the featured performer. The track easily reached #1 on iTunes upon release. Julia Michaels and Niall Horan also edge into the top 40 this week, up 41-40 with “What A Time”. It’s the fifth top 40 single for each of them, the latter artist earning his fifth solo entry (which compliments his 13 as a member of One Direction.)

Three further entries in the top 50 this week are led by newcomer Kiana Ledé, who checks in at #46 with “Ex”. You’ll find it closing in on the top ten at the Rhythmic radio format. Ciara earns her first top 50 title since 2009 with “Thinkin Bout You”, new at #48. At #49, we also have the newest solo hit for a second One Direction alum: Louis Tomlinson is back with “Two Of Us”. The tune could earn him the third top 40 solo entry of his career in the coming weeks.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 2, 2019)

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: it’s back to the record ranch with the current viral hit from Lil Nas X, but a few new titles are riding into the top ten as well. Yeehaw! Let’s add ’em up:

A LIL MORE ACTION: Headed down the “Old Town Road” once more, rapper Lil Nas X gets a lil boost at the format, as 44 new stations come in for his first single to chart on the Top 40 list. Meanwhile, the top impacting release comes from newcomer Kiana Ledé, whose “Ex” slides into second place with 28 stations. The song is currently in the top 20 at Rhythmic radio, while also rising again (after a brief descent) at the Urban format, where it sits in the top 30.

Elsewhere, Ciara starts out solidly with a fourth place finish and 18 first-week stations for “Thinkin Bout You”, which she hopes to push into the top 40 for her first appearance in the region since 2009’s Justin Timberlake-assisted “Love Sex Magic”. A number of proven hits from past weeks, including songs by Ally Brooke, Billie Eilish and Mabel, continue to remain active here.

Next Tuesday will feature a competitive session at the format, as impacting titles from In Real Life, Jennifer Lopez, the Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson and Rachel Crow are among the top names currently in the mix. Will anyone else jump in?

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (TWELVE)
1. LIL NAS X, “Old Town Road” (Columbia)
2. KIANA LEDÉ, “Ex” (Republic)
3. LAUV & TROYE SIVAN, “I’m So Tired…” (Capitol-in2une/AWAL)
4-T. BRYCE VINE featuring YG, “La La Land” (Sire/Warner Bros.)
4-T. CIARA, “Thinkin Bout You” (Beauty Marks/ADA)
6. AJ MITCHELL, “All My Friends” (Epic)
7-T. MABEL, “Don’t Call Me Up” (Capitol)
7-T. MARSHMELLO featuring CHVRCHES, “Here With Me” (Joytime Collective/Glassnote-Republic)
9. CITY GIRLS featuring CARDI B, “Twerk” (Quality Control/Motown/Capitol)
10-T. ALLY BROOKE featuring TYGA, “Low Key” (Latium/Atlantic)
10-T. BILLIE EILISH, “When The Party’s Over” (Darkroom/Interscope)
10-T. LIZZO, “Juice” (Atlantic)

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 4)

"Wilder" and crazy kids.

“Wilder” and crazy kids.

Family rules on this week’s schedule, as those spectacular Sons return with some sizzling songs. (NOTE: some items may not be available until Monday night based on label response status, but most should be up now.) Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of May 4:

  • In what has the potential to land the biggest bow of the year so far, the four men of Mumford & Sons lay off the banjos and lay on the rock with their new studio album, Wilder Mind. The twelve track set features “Believe”, a former #1 on the Alternative chart, and new single “The Wolf”, climbing up quickly. Polarizing as it may be, it certainly will open at the top of the Billboard 200 next week. Will it rise above the 600k opening of Babel? Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • Kentucky rockers My Morning Jacket are back with their first new album in four years, The Waterfall, issued through Capitol Records in the States in a joint effort with longtime home ATO. Single “Big Decisions” is just below the top ten on the AAA survey. Though the album leaked a full month early, there should be enough support for a high debut. (iTunes)
  • Currently in the top ten on the Urban chart with “I Bet”, actress, dancer and singer Ciara is now out with her sixth studio album titled Jackie. Much of the effort was produced by Cirkut, Dr. Luke and Harmony Samuels. Her opening weeks may not be as large as they used to be, but this will likely put her in the top ten (or five) again. (iTunes)
  • If hit music compilations are your thing, check out NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 54 (iTunes) and the special NOW That’s What I Call #1’s (iTunes), both in stores this week. The former album should land a top five entry.
  • Other releases out this week include: Best Coast‘s California Nights (iTunes), Charlie Puth‘s Some Type Of Love (EP) (iTunes), Chris Stapleton‘s Traveller (iTunes), Django Django‘s Born Under Saturn (iTunes), Ivan & Alyosha‘s It’s All Just Pretend (iTunes), Kamelot‘s Haven (iTunes), Mikal Cronin‘s MCIII (iTunes), Other Lives‘s Rituals (iTunes), Palma Violets‘s Danger In The Club (iTunes), Penguin Prison‘s Lost In New York (iTunes), Plumb‘s Exhale (iTunes) and Tech N9ne‘s Special Effects (iTunes).

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

  • “Angels Of Fenway”, an instant grat track from James Taylor. (iTunes)
  • “Baby’s In Love”, a new track from Jamie Foxx and Kid Ink. (iTunes)
  • “Back It Up”, the new single from Prince Royce and Pitbull. (iTunes)
  • “I Can Change”, an instant grat track from Brandon Flowers. (iTunes)
  • “Pretty Girls”, a collaboration from Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea. (iTunes)
  • “Songs I Can’t Listen To”, the new single from Neon Trees. (iTunes)

Rapper Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Pitch Perfect 2 are among the top new releases next week. A full preview is coming on Monday night.

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Top Of The Pops: The Race For The U.K.’s Christmas Number One

On the other side of the pond in the United Kingdom, where the music charts are solely determined by sales, there’s always a fun competition each year for the Christmas Number One — the single that tops the chart during the Christmas holiday. Acts have come and gone and a long period of The X Factor winner releases on the date almost ended the whole thing years ago, but now, there’s a spirit renewed in this exciting race. So, what’s on the menu this year? Here’s what you may find yourself purchasing during the week of December 15:

We like to "Party".

A dose of Christmas cheer.

CIARA – “Overdose”

From her self-titled album, neither of the releases so far from it have gone top 40 in this territory. In fact, the last time the singer had a hit in the U.K. was in 2009 when “Love Sex Magic”, a collaboration with Justin Timberlake, peaked at #5. While this is her best chance at a mainstream success, it’s too late in the era for this to smash.

Another "Impossible" feat.

Another “Impossible” feat.

JAMES ARTHUR – “Recovery”

Following a series of outspoken Twitter comments and controversial diss track, Arthur recently performed this on The X Factor and sales have skyrocketed since that appearance, so it looks like his apologies might have worked with a few people. With top 2 singles under his belt, it looks like he’ll have a third hit on the charts.

He's not giving in.

Even the best need a little rest.

JOHN NEWMAN – “Losing Sleep”

Newman’s third single from his #1 album Tribute is also out, the followup to his recent #9 song called “Cheating”. “Losing” is sonically different from the first two single releases, which should work in his favor, but its peak may be dwarfed by the fact that his album has been out for two months now. We’ll have to see what happens then.

The pop princess of Prism.

A very Katy Khristmas.

KATY PERRY – “Unconditionally”

After a #1 single in “Roar”, Perry’s album PRISM just debuted at #1 in seven countries. The song is already charting as the second radio release from the album in several countries, including Australia and the United States, so it’ll ultimately rank somewhere in the top 40 over there. It’ll likely land somewhere in the middle of the pack.

Rolling through the Strangeland of charts.

Keen to stuff your stocking.

KEANE – “Won’t Be Broken”

This is the second of two new songs to be included on The Best Of Keane and follows “Higher Than The Sun”, officially out on the same date. Though “Sun” won’t be a significant hit, as seen by the results thus far across Europe, both it and “Broken” are enjoyable and will be charting nicely on my personal top 40 soon.

Not so mellow #Yellow.

Not so mellow #Yellow.

LIL’ CHRIS with LLOYD WILKINSON – “Christmas Number One (#FeedEmYellowSnow)”

If there ever was to be a release that addressed The X Factor singles dominating the Christmas Chart, you’ve got your wish. Best known for his 2006 hit “Checkin’ It Out” (#3) and his Christmas release that year called “Gettin’ Enough??” (#17), the former Rock School star and amigo could have a viral hit on his hands. Kiss his #YellowSong.

Ship happens.

Ship happens at holiday time.

RICHARD & ADAM – “I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In (On Christmas Day)”

Reality television buff? You might recognize this duo who came in third place on the latest season of Britain’s Got Talent. Their debut album, the Gold certified The Impossible Dream, went to #1 in the United Kingdom in August; expect similar results with their newest release, The Christmas Album. It’s now in stores.

Swingin' on by.

Swingin’ on by.

ROBBIE WILLIAMS featuring LILY ALLEN – “Dream A Little Dream Of Me”

Taken from his former #1 album, Swings Both Ways, this is a great take on a classic. Plus, Allen is red hot on the charts again with her cover of Keane‘s “Somewhere Only We Know”, featured in an advertisement, and a recent top ten in “Hard Out Here”. The terrific twosome’s single should appeal to the older buying audience.

A "Wish" for #1.

A “Wish” for #1 this year.

THE BIG REUNION – “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”

If you watched the ITV2 show this year, then you know all about the groups that the program brought together. The all-star lineup of Atomic Kitten, Blue, B*Witched, 5ive and Liberty X are doing a take on the Wizzard classic, a #4 in 1973 that re-charts annually at the holidays. Will they both end up in the top 40 this year?

Other contenders out for the Christmas Chart (so far):
A3 – “Come With Me”
AC/DC – “Highway To Hell”
Agnes Obel“Dorian”
Altern8“Activ-8 (Come With Me)”
The Call Centre – “SWSWSWN/Mr. Brightside”
Celine Dion“Breakaway”
Chase & Status featuring Jacob Banks“Alive”
Deacon Blue“You’ll Know It’s Christmas”
Ella Eyre“Deeper”
KT Tunstall“Made Of Glass”
Lewis WatsonSome Songs With Some Friends EP
Lucy Spraggan“Tea And Toast”
Nerina Pallot – “We Made It Through Another Year”
Ninetoes featuring James Newman – “Silver & Gold (Finder)”
Olabean & GAZ“Party Like a Rockstar (Up Your Game)”
Overtones“Smile”
Pitbull featuring Ke$ha“Timber”
Sam Bailey – “Skyscraper”
Sigma featuring Doctor“Rudeboy”
Sir Terry Wogan, Aled Jones & Hayley Westenra featuring Bond with the Portsmouth Citadel Salvation Army Band“Christmas Dream”
The Retrobot“Christmas Robot”

So, who else will crash this party? Anything can and will happen. Be sure to check back in the next few weeks as the schedule is updated! Don’t forget to click the “Get Social!” tab at top or the “Follow” tab at bottom to get all the news.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 9)

We like to "Party".

We like to “Party”.

Did you see that tumbleweed roll across your screen? Yeah, that’s what it’s looking like this week. Here’s your retail report for the small pack of releases for July 9:

  • If you’re still partying like it’s Independence Day, then you might wanna give a listen to “Body Party” hitmaker Ciara‘s latest album, a self-titled effort. It also features a new collaboration with Nicki Minaj, “I’m Out”. It should be the second highest debut on next week’s survey next to Jay-Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail, which was a Samsung exclusive freebie on July 4 and went to retail on this week. I featured that as the top release on last week’s update. [Ciara: (iTunes)] [Jay-Z: (iTunes)]
  • Featuring the top 40 pop single “C’mon Let Me Ride”, Skylar Grey‘s album, Don’t Look Down, is out this week. She previously released an album in 2006 as Holly Brook. (iTunes)
  • He hit the Country charts plenty in the 90’s and now, Travis Tritt is out with The Calm After…, featuring a cover of the Don Henley/Patty Smyth duet, “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough”, featuring his daughter Tyler Reese. (iTunes)
  • Climbing the Urban AC chart with “Beautiful”, R&B singer Donell Jones is back with Forever, his first album in three years. (iTunes)

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

  • “Acapella”, finally hitting digital retailers from the swag pop duo Karmin. (iTunes)
  • “Exotic”, new from Priyanka Chopra featuring rapper Pitbull. (iTunes)
  • “How Long Has This Been Going On?” from latin superstar Gloria Estefan. (iTunes)
  • “Overcomer”, new from gospel singer and former American Idol contestant Mandisa. (iTunes)

We pick up some speed again next week with singer-songwriters like Matt Nathanson and Sara Bareilles and dance legends like the Pet Shop Boys, but will the Kidz Bop Kids school them and hit the top? Find out in seven!

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Hitting The Airwaves This Month (December 2012)

Every month, dozens of singles are sent to radio and are put up for adds, meaning that stations can choose to put them in rotation and they’ll be reported to airplay services like BDS and Mediabase/Media Monitors. Not every new single gets an adds date, but many do. I’ll be shifting through everything from my music sources and highlighting some of the top songs being sent to their respective formats. Here’s what’s hitting the airwaves in December 2012:

All that glitters is "Gold".

All that glitters is “Gold”.

CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio)
CHR, like all the formats I’m about to highlight, doesn’t take in many new singles in the month of December given the increase in holiday music airplay and year-end freeze effect, when station playlists are affected by year-end broadcasts, giving newer songs less of a chance of gaining airplay and giving the top hits much more room for spins. However, on the week of December 4, two established artists and one newcomer take their chances with new releases.

Capitol Records is banking on Britt Nicole to become the next Christian crossover success story. Her first mainstream release, “Gold”, packs a positive message into a three-minute tune, proclaiming “from the inside-out it shows/you’re worth more than gold.” Other solo females to make successful leaps to the national Pop surveys include Amy Grant (best known for her 1991 Hot 100 #1 “Baby Baby”) and Stacie Orrico (who scored a pair of hits, including a CHR top ten from 2003, “(There’s Gotta Be) More To Life”.) “Gold” will most likely be a slow-burner as the label attempts to get her on smaller market stations before charging forward with major markets.

Now that her first single “Your Body” is long gone from the airwaves, Christina Aguilera and RCA Records are putting out a second single from Lotus, “Just A Fool”, which features fellow The Voice judge and Country crooner Blake Shelton. It’s quite a change from her dance material of late as the two trade off vocals in a smooth power ballad. It’s easy enough to compare this to last year’s token Country crossover duet, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, so expect similar results after the holiday freeze, maybe a tad less in the peak position department because (a) Aguilera is taking a break from the show after this season finishes, thus, less national television coverage (b) her album is underperforming, and (c) at the moment, this isn’t actively being promoted to Country radio, where the Aldean/Clarkson duet quickly hit #1.

Finally, on Epic Records, the new Ciara record, “Got Me Good”, will be making its way to the mainstream airwaves soon. It’ll be an uphill battle for the R&B singer as she attempts to score her first CHR hit in nearly four years, never mind that the last one, “Love, Sex, Magic”, relied heavily on a feature from Justin Timberlake and still only topped out at #13. Her last solo hit, “Like A Boy”, went as high as #17 in CHR airplay in 2007. Sonically, it’s 80’s-freestyle inspired with a provocative lyric, which is too mature for the Justin Bieber/One Direction crowd, but who knows if others will latch onto it first.

He's coined a lot of hits.

He’s coined a lot of hits.

Rhythm/Crossover
The only song going to Rhythm radio this month, on December 4, is “My Life” by 50 Cent featuring Adam Levine from Maroon 5 and Eminem, from Interscope Records. It’s the third attempt at launching a single from 50’s upcoming fifth studio album, Street King Immortal, due out in 2013. He’s obviously been struggling on the charts as of late, and perhaps he’ll benefit from the two additional artists on his single, but I wouldn’t bet any money on it.

Nothing but "Love".

Nothing but “Love”.

Alternative and Adult Album Alternative (AAA)
Three songs are going for adds on Alternative radio for the first week of December, all by relative unknown bands at least at this point. From Los Angeles, The Mowgli’s, on Photo Finish/Island, are california dreamin’ about their first big hit, “San Francisco”. With some advertisement placement, this one could do some major damage. It’s a rocking tune with an outstanding horn section that will definitely appeal to the Alternative crowd if the song is worked right.

From Columbia Records, The Neighbourhood puts forth their appropriately-titled “Sweater Weather”. It’s off an EP entitled I’m Sorry…, which is available now. It’s a part rap/part sung concoction with a nice dark flavor to it. Considering that the weather is going to be cold for a while, this one should fit in for a few months to come.

Lastly, there’s the duo who call themselves Twenty|one|pilots on Fueled By Ramen, who have already built up a big social following. “Holding On To You” is sort of reminiscent of an MGMT record with addition of some rap breaks, but it all fits together pretty well. The video is already over 200,000 hits on YouTube is just over two weeks, so expect the large fan presence to play a role in how well this song does.

The big Alternative release in December is, however, the follow-up to a #1 single: “I Will Wait”. Glassnote Records’s Mumford & Sons are back with their second single from Babel, the song “Lover Of The Light”. It goes for adds on December 18. It’s one of my favorites from the album and will for sure be another hit for the band. Question is, how much of a chopping will it get for play? The album version clocks in at five minutes and fourteen seconds. We’ll see.

Two other releases are going to AAA radio on December 4: Alpha Rev returns on Kirtland Records with “Sing Loud”. You may remember them when they were featured on VH1’s You Oughta Know breakout artist series back in 2010 with songs like “New Morning”. The other is from Fiction Family, the quartet spearheaded by singer Jon Foreman from Switchfoot and guitarist Sean Watkins from Nickel Creek. “Up Against The Wall” is the first single from Fiction Family Reunion, out in late January on Rock Ridge.

The Brice is right.

The Brice is right.

Country
Lee Brice is coming off two consecutive number-one singles at Country radio: “A Woman Like You” and “Hard To Love”. His latest on Curb Records, “I Drive Your Truck”, is a poignant ballad where the protagonist tries to relive the memories of a lost one. This should have no problem becoming his third chart-topper in a row. A video, featuring Brice’s brother, will be premiering soon. It goes for adds on December 3.

Two additional songs go for adds on December 17. LeAnn Rimes, scandals and stories behind her, returns with “Borrowed”, also on Curb. Rimes hasn’t had a top ten hit on the Country chart since 2005, even before her times in the tabloids, so it’s hard to imagine that this will provide any sort of a comeback for her. However, the song is simply-arranged and is pretty enough for what it is. It’s a subtle reintroduction to radio for her, which is probably just what she needs.

Also out on radio is “American Beautiful” by The Henningsens on Arista, an ill-timed single by the band considering the titles “American Heart” and “American Beauty” are also on the survey at the moment. A few of their songs have been big hits for The Band Perry, and this one could do what “Love Don’t Live Here” did for Lady Antebellum: took a long time to get going for a debut single, but look where they are now.

That’s it for this month’s Radio Report. There are already big plans for January, so stay tuned for an update in a few weeks.

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