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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 5-6, 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 three new hits impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ARLISSA & JONAS BLUE – “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie” (Def Jam)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This is Arlissa’s first time at the Top 40 format; Blue’s “Mama” (with William Singe) reached #31 in October.

LOGAN HENDERSON – “Bite My Tongue” (HERØ/RED)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Henderson is a newcomer to this format as a soloist, but charted three times with the quartet Big Time Rush.

MEGHAN TRAINOR – “No Excuses” (Epic)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: After a rocky sophomore era, Trainor is in the hunt for her ninth top 40 entry and second #1 title at the format.

Also look out for: a reissue of “Échame La Culpa”, with a newly-released remix featuring added English lyrics, by Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato, as well as potentially significant action on “Top Off”, a collaboration combining the talents of DJ Khaled, Jay-Z, Future and Beyoncé, credited as just B.

Next week: new releases from In Real Life, Kent Jones and superstar Taylor Swift officially launch here, though Jones’s song (“Merengue”) is already charting. Will Swift be delicate with her competitors? Stay tuned.

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

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 21, 2018

When a man loves a “Woman”.

DEBUTS
40. George Ezra – Paradise
39. Milck – Quiet
38. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely
37. River Matthews – Sunshine
36. Blue October – I Hope You’re Happy
35. Kelly Clarkson – I Don’t Think About You | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Dua Lipa – IDGAF (38)
26. Liam Payne & Rita Ora – For You (34)
18. Troye Sivan – My My My! (30) | BIGGEST MOVER
13. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse (19)
(see #10 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Maroon 5 – Wait (15) | PEAK: #10
09. Bastille – World Gone Mad (08) | PEAK: #08
08. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Walk The Moon – One Foot (04) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
06. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Calum Scott – You Are The Reason (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Sheppard – Coming Home (07) | PEAK: #04
03. The Script – Arms Open (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (05) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Cody Simpson & The Tide – Waiting For The Tide (3)
2. Mat Kearney – Kings & Queens (-)
3. Jamie Scott featuring Carpet Boy – Feels So Good (6)
4. Hudson Taylor – Run With Me (-)
5. Jack & Jack – Beg (10)
6. Kylie Minogue – Dancing (-)
7. Lissie – Best Days (-)
8. Hayley Kiyoko – Curious (-)
9. Jeremy Fisher – This Is The Good Life (9)
10. Bülow – Not A Love Song (-)

In The Mix:
Dean Lewis – Waves
Ed Sheeran – Happier (new)
Hundred Handed – Too Good
Jacob Banks – Chainsmoking
Jeremy Loops – Waves
Justin Timberlake – Supplies (new)
Sugarland – Still The Same
The Chainsmokers – Sick Boy (new)
The Spencer Lee Band – Kissing Tree (new)
Toto – Spanish Sea (new)

Chart Notes:

  • After another successful Women’s March across the country, I can’t think of a better choice than a single called “Woman” to be named my top song this week. Kesha and The Dap-Kings Horns bolt from 5-1 in their sixth week on my chart, giving Kesha’s most recent album, Rainbow, a second consecutive #1 hit. “Praying”, the lead single from it, spent four weeks at the top last year. The leader of the Dap-Kings, the lovely Sharon Jones, passed away in November 2016. “Woman” goes for adds at both Hot AC and Top 40 radio this week, though it already appears in the top 50 at both formats. I’m rooting for it!
  • Yes, there are a massive six debuts on this week’s chart! It’s always exciting to have a busy week like this one, especially with all the great music since the top of the year. Two of the six are by artists who have reached #1 on my chart: Kelly Clarkson and “I Don’t Think About You”, the highest entry at #35, as well as Jukebox The Ghost and “Everybody’s Lonely”, at #38. Another two of the six are by acts who have at least one top five song: Blue October and “I Hope You’re Happy”, bowing at #36, as well as George Ezra and “Paradise”, new at #40. Finally, we have two newcomers in the bunch: River Matthews and “Sunshine”, checking in at #37, as well as Milck and “Quiet”, which tip-toes in at #39. Phew! That was a mouthful. The next few weeks should be very interesting for all of these future radio singles, the majority of which impact at the Hot AC or Triple A formats sometime later this month or early next month. Stay tuned!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 14, 2018

The door to the top swings “Open”.

DEBUTS
38. Dua Lipa – IDGAF
30. Troye Sivan – My My My! | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Liam Payne & Rita Ora – For You (39)
24. Justin Timberlake – Filthy (34)
19. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse (31) | BIGGEST MOVER
15. Maroon 5 – Wait (23)
(see #5 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Noah Kahan – Hurt Somebody (06) | PEAK: #05
08. Bastille – World Gone Mad (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Sheppard – Coming Home (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Calum Scott – You Are The Reason (05) | PEAK: #05
05. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (11) | PEAK: #05
04. Walk The Moon – One Foot (02) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
03. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (04) | PEAK: #02
01. The Script – Arms Open (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. River Matthews – Sunshine (1)
2. Milck – Quiet (5)
3. Cody Simpson & The Tide – Waiting For The Tide (4)
4. Shawn Hook – Never Let Me Let You Go (2)
5. Blue October – I Hope You’re Happy (10)
6. Jamie Scott featuring Carpet Boy – Feels So Good (6)
7. Mat Kearney featuring AFSHeeN – Better Than I Used To Be (7)
8. Flagship – Midnight (3)
9. Jeremy Fisher – This Is The Good Life (9)
10. Jack & Jack – Beg (-)

In The Mix:
Hayley Kiyoko – Curious (new)
Hudson Taylor – Run With Me (new)
Hundred Handed – Too Good
Jacob Banks – Chainsmoking
Jeremy Loops – Waves
Sugarland – Still The Same

Chart Notes:

  • Big congrats to Irish trio The Script, who score their seventh #1 hit on my chart with “Arms Open”, up from 3-1. This entry follows “Rain”, which stalled at #2 for four weeks last year. (Both singles are from the album Freedom Child, which debuted at #1 on the charts in Ireland, Scotland and the U.K. in September.) “Arms” is the act’s 12th top ten song in a row, a massive run that began in 2009 with “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”, which would eventually spend eight weeks at #1 that spring.
  • Two chart-topping artists have the two debuts on this week’s chart, starting with a high one from Troye Sivan and “My My My!”, which flies in at #30. Two years ago, Sivan’s “Youth” spent three weeks at #1, which was followed by a #6 follow-up in “Wild”, featuring Alessia Cara. Meanwhile, entering at #38, the follow-up to recent two-week chart-topper “New Rules” is ready to slay the competition. Dua Lipa‘s latest single is titled “IDGAF”, but you should GAF about her endless pop bops.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 28, 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: Taylor Swift knows the “Game” well, but BTS knows how to “Drop” the surprise of the week! Time to drop some mics and a little add action on you:

IT’S NOT THE “END”: With the Thanksgiving break still on the minds of some pop programmers out there, action on this radio report is a bit limited. As expected, Taylor Swift‘s “End Game”, featuring Ed Sheeran and Future, is the Most Added single for the second week in a row, with another hefty sum of 44 stations. However, a week before its official impact, the Steve Aoki mix of “MIC Drop” by K-pop group BTS and rapper Desiigner is off to solid start, grabbing 25 adds for the runner-up spot. It is the first time that the septet has appeared this high on the adds results, though they’ve received some small airplay with other singles here.

Much of the bottom half of the top ten is loaded down with reactive collaborations, the only single making its first appearance here being Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato‘s “Échame La Culpa”, which delivers twelve new stations this week. Both Fonsi and Lovato’s “Despacito” and “Sorry Not Sorry”, respectively, hit #1 at the format earlier this year. Will they return together? Find out soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN & FUTURE, “End Game” (Big Machine/Republic)
2. BTS featuring DESIIGNER, “MIC Drop” (BigHit/RED)
3-T. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
3-T. P!NK, “Beautiful Trauma” (RCA)
3-T. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
3-T. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot” (RCA)
7-T. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
7-T. LORDE featuring KHALID, POST MALONE and SZA, “Homemade Dynamite (Remix)” (Lava/Republic)
9-T. KENDRICK LAMAR featuring ZACARI, “Love.” (Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope)
9-T. LUIS FONSI & DEMI LOVATO, “Échame La Culpa” (UMLE/Island/Republic)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 26, 2017)

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 for the Thanksgiving leftovers, there will be no more stuffing for me, but I will be stuffing your eyes and ears with some top tunes and stats from the pop airwaves. Yum! The fun starts here:

HAVAN-A GOOD WEEK: Scoring her second #1 pop hit since leaving the group Fifth HarmonyCamila Cabello‘s “Havana”, featuring Young Thug, claims the top spot on this week’s Top 40 chart. It surpasses “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons by just over 140 spins, indicating just how close the race to the top was all week long. The 20-year-old singer previously reached the top with the song “Bad Things”, a collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly, which led for two weeks in February. Cabello’s forthcoming album is now done, with a release expected sometime next year. (It’s unclear which of the handful of songs she’s released to date will be on it, but the inclusion of “Havana” in the mix seems pretty likely.)

The biggest mover in this week’s top 50 comes from Ohio’s Walk The Moon and “One Foot”, climbing from 43-34 to become their second top 40 hit at the format since 2015. Rising from 33-25, “End Game” by Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Future looks like a sure top ten entry in the next few weeks, though “…Ready For It?” (up 13-11) needs to make it there first! Her album reputation is at #1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week. The two hits are also up significantly on the Hot AC survey, with “Foot” rising 36-28 and “Game” climbing 46-37, marking Swift’s 24th top 40 song at the format.

IN LOVE WITH “LOVE”: In a world full of hate, it’s nice to know that love still exists on the airwaves. In fact, a pair of songs that use the world in their titles seem to find lovable debuts on this week’s pop chart. The higher of the two is the title cut off Tell Me You Love Me, the recent top five album from Demi Lovato. “Tell” is new at #47, while lead single “Sorry Not Sorry” slips a notch to #5. Lovato is sure to perform the hot track on her upcoming Jingle Ball Tour dates through the middle of December and her spring tour next year with professional screamer DJ Khaled, though it would certainly be better if he didn’t yell his way through it. (Yes, I may poke fun at DJ Khaled entirely too much, but deafness is real, kids.)

Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar‘s “Love.”, featuring newcomer Zacari, bows at #50 on the current chart. The track, which impacted at the Top 40 format last Tuesday after a number of early adds in the past month, appears at #3 and #6 on the Rhythmic and Urban charts, respectively, gaining in spins at both formats. His #1 album Damn. and lead release “Humble.” are two of the top contenders for the three of the Big Four categories (Album, Record and Song of the Year) at the 2018 Grammy Awards. All the nominations will be announced on Tuesday morning, so check back to see how your favorites do!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 21, 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: Taylor Swift and friends have another swift start at pop radio, while the latest singles from Fall Out Boy and Kendrick Lamar find “love” from programmers at the format. Pass the turkey and the hot records, please…

WINNING THE “GAME”: Hot off her 50-31 move on last Sunday’s update, Taylor Swift‘s “End Game” begins its own game in the CHR world, taking the Most Added title at Top 40 stations this week. The latest single from reputation, which also features Ed Sheeran and Future, puts up 60 adds on the current report, well ahead of “One Foot” by Walk The Moon, which grabs 37 new stations one week after it impacted here. (It’s also up one spot and seven adds from last week’s results!) “Foot” is likely to step foot into the top 40 by midweek, which means it should have a notable jump by the published report on Sunday night. Everyone enjoys a sweet chart success, perhaps even more than sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows or even apple pie. (I think I’ll be eating a little of each come Thursday night. Drooling yet?)

Meanwhile, impacting singles from Kendrick Lamar and Fall Out Boy are gobbling up a nice musical meal; I guess they have a few trypto-fans here. The Zacari-assisted “Love.” by Lamar (25 adds, fourth place) and “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” by the band (23 adds, fifth place) perform solidly in their first full week, though they probably could have boasted slightly higher station totals on a date that wasn’t close to a national holiday. At the current time, both tracks are below the top 50 here, but don’t be surprised to see them in there by the end of the month.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN & FUTURE, “End Game” (Big Machine/Republic)
2. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot” (RCA)
3. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
4. KENDRICK LAMAR featuring ZACARI, “Love.” (Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope)
5. FALL OUT BOY, “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” (Island/Republic)
6-T. EMINEM featuring BEYONCÉ, “Walk On Water” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
6-T. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
6-T. SELENA GOMEZ x MARSHMELLO, “Wolves” (Interscope)
9. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
10. DEMI LOVATO, “Tell Me You Love Me” (Island/Republic)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 19, 2017

On the good “Foot”.

DEBUTS
39. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
37. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran & Future – End Game | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Andy Grammer – Smoke Clears (37)
28. Bastille – World Gone Mad (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
24. Bishop Briggs – Dream (30)
22. Andreas Moss – Stuck In My Feelings (27)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Taylor Swift – …Ready For It? (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Noah Kahan – Hurt Somebody (09) | PEAK: #09
08. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me (08) | PEAK: #08
07. P!nk – What About Us (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
06. Maroon 5 featuring SZA – What Lovers Do (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Dua Lipa – New Rules (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Walk The Moon – One Foot (05) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Secondhand Serenade – Lost (2)
2. Grace VanderWaal – So Much More Than This (4)
3. Shawn Hook – Never Let Me Let You Go (9)
4. Astrid S – Think Before I Talk (1)
5. Loote – Out Of My Head (5)
6. Gavin James – Hearts On Fire (8)
7. Goo Goo Dolls – Boxes (6)
8. Why Don’t We – These Girls (-)
9. Rag’N’Bone Man – Grace (We All Try) (-)
10. Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don’t (-)

In The Mix:
Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
Brian Fallon – Forget Me Not
Calum Scott – You Are The Reason (new)
Flagship – Midnight
Mainland – I Found God
Malia (Civetz) – Champagne Clouds
Mondo Cozmo – Plastic Soul
New Politics – Color Green
Olivia Holt – Generous
Serena Ryder – Ice Age

Chart Notes:

  • They scored three #1 songs in a row from their last album, Talking Is Hard. Now, the Ohio band Walk The Moon returns to the top with the lead single from their follow-up What If Nothing. Leaping from 5-1 in its ninth week on the survey, “One Foot” bravely steps over the competition, becoming the 18th song to reach #1 during the 2017 chart year. “One” is currently in the top ten on the Alternative chart, the band’s core format, while it also crosses over to the Hot AC and Top 40 formats.
  • This week’s two debuts come from female soloists with new singles from recent releases. With her third chart song from the album reputation, the current #1 title in the land, Taylor Swift comes in at #37 with “End Game”. The highest new entry’s a collaboration with Ed Sheeran and Future. Just two spots lower, at #39, is Demi Lovato with the title track from Tell Me You Love Me, which hit the top five several weeks ago. It’s her follow-up to “Sorry Not Sorry”, which peaked at #9.
  • Next week marks the last week of the 2017 chart year! Getting excited for the Top 100 of 2017? It’ll be here before you know it, and I’ll have an update on all the dates next week, so check back then.

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