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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 11, 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. When we all fall asleep, we go straight up to the top of the pop chart… well, at least if you’re a 17-year-old star with fans around the world. Let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

PRETTY FLY (FOR A BAD GUY): After patiently waiting it out in the #2 spot, Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy” advances from 2-1 this week on the Top 40 chart, marking her first #1 song at the format. Her hit is also #1 on the Alternative chart for a third week, giving Eilish her longest individual run at the top there. On the pop airwaves, “Bad” was only up around 130 spins in the last week, so we’ll have to wait and see if it can stick around at #1 for a second week or if something else will take over.

Three collaborations reach the top 40 this week, led by “Spicy”, up from 41-35 for Herve Pagez, Diplo and Charli XCX. The new interpretation of “Wannabe”, a #4 smash for the Spice Girls from March 1997, marks the first top 40 entry for Pagez, the fifth solo appearance for Diplo and the sixth for Charli XCX. Chris Brown and Drake score their 34th and 27th top 40 hits, respectively, as “No Guidance” rises from 45-38. It also remains at #1 on the Urban chart this week. Finally, up from 42-40, “Who Do U Love?” gets Monsta X and French Montana into the region. It’s the first top 40 song for the K-pop group and the fourth for Montana.

There’s plenty of other action in the top 50 this week, with Stephen Puth earning his first chart song in “Look Away” at #46. It was co-written by he and his brother, format chart-topper Charlie Puth. The streaming hit “Ransom” checks in at #47 for Lil Tecca, a rapper who turns 17 later this month and also scores his first entry here. With a current top five hit on the Alternative list, Dominic Fike is also new to the Top 40 chart, landing at #48 with “3 Nights”. Finally, just sneaking in at #50, is a collaboration from Armin Van Buuren and Garibay called “Phone Down”. In January 2017, a totally separate “Phone Down” peaked at #48 for Lost Kings and Emily Warren.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 2, 2019

Look who’s in the House…

It’s another fantastic Friday and there are so many musical highlights this week: big names, bops, boyfriends and more. Get ready to stream it all! Here are the top new albums and singles hitting stores:

Notable albums out this week: Clairo‘s Immunity (iTunes), Drake‘s Care Package (iTunes), Lil Durk‘s Love Songs 4 The Streets 2 (iTunes), Mabel‘s High Expectations (iTunes), Matthew West‘s Hello, My Name Is: Greatest Hits (iTunes), O-Town‘s The O.T.W.N Album (iTunes), Penny & Sparrow‘s Finch (iTunes), Skillet‘s Victorious (iTunes), Tenth Avenue North‘s Shame (iTunes), The Rocket Summer‘s Sweet Shivers (iTunes), The Teskey Brothers‘s Run Home Slow (iTunes), Ty Segall‘s First Taste (iTunes), Tyler Childers‘s Country Squire (iTunes), Volbeat‘s Rewind, Replay, Rebound (iTunes), Descendants 3 (Soundtrack) (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 71 (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Yacht Rock (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Corey Harper‘s Barely Put Together (iTunes), Flume & Reo Cragun‘s Quits (iTunes), Little Boots‘s Jump (iTunes), Lovelytheband‘s Live From London, Studio Two (iTunes), Oliver Tree‘s Do You Feel Me? (iTunes), Shaylen‘s Highs And Lows (iTunes), Wave & Rome‘s Wave & Rome (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2 Places”, Tori Kelly (iTunes)
“Alive”, R3HAB vs. Vini Vici featuring Pangea & Dego (iTunes)
“All For You”, Rynx featuring Kiesza (iTunes)
“Amy, Run For The Hills”, Courtship. (iTunes)
“Another Summer Night Without You”, Alexander 23 (iTunes)
“Answers”, Trenton (iTunes)
“Bad As The Boys”, Tove Lo featuring ALMA (iTunes)
“Big Headed”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Blood”, Illenium & Foy Vance (iTunes)
“Blood, Sweat & Tears” / “Freaking Out”, Ava Max (iTunes)
“Bop”, Tyga, YG & Blueface (iTunes)
“Boyfriend”, Ariana Grande featuring Social House (iTunes)
“Castles (Sam Feldt Remix)”, Freya Ridings (iTunes)
“Choose To Believe”, RØYLS (iTunes)
“Count Me Out”, Chiiild (iTunes)
“Drowning”, Franklin & Digital Farm Animals featuring Sorana (iTunes)
“Everybody Wants You”, Red Hearse (iTunes)
“Fake Pods”, 99 Neighbors (iTunes)
“Falling”, Betcha (iTunes)
“Freak On Me”, Ricky Retro featuring Icona Pop (iTunes)
“F**k, I’m Lonely”, Lauv featuring Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Good Summer”, TAURA (iTunes)
“Harder (KC Lights Remix)”, Jax Jones x Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
“Here I Go”, Kash Doll (iTunes)
“Holding The Gun”, Sabrina Claudio (iTunes)
“Hope For The Underrated Youth”, Yungblud (iTunes)
“I Been Born Again”, Brockhampton (iTunes)
“It’s My Life”, Neffex (iTunes)
“July”, Noah Cyrus (iTunes)
“Just Like You”, Jessica Mauboy (iTunes)
“Keep You Mine”, NOTD x Shy Martin (iTunes)
“Kids In ’99”, Death Cab For Cutie (iTunes)
“Leader Of The Landslide”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“Let Us Love”, Topic x Vigiland x Christopher (iTunes)
“Let’s Just Be Friends”, Luke Combs (iTunes)
“Love Me Again”, Raye (iTunes)
“Money”, Flor (iTunes)
“Morning, Mourning”, Lowen (iTunes)
“My Love”, Mohombi (iTunes)
“Neon”, Julian Lamadrid (iTunes)
“Not Over You”, Conor Maynard (iTunes)
“Number One Fan (Sofi Tukker Remix)”, MUNA (iTunes)
“Ok Ok?”, half•alive (iTunes)
“OMG”, Gryffin & Carly Rae Jepsen (iTunes)
“OMM!”, Morgxn (iTunes)
“Right Back”, Khalid featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (iTunes)
“Situationship”, Snoh Aalegra (iTunes)
“So Ready”, Raphael Saadiq (iTunes)
“Softie”, Brakence (iTunes)
“Summer Girl”, HAIM (iTunes)
“Summer In Your Eyes”, Douwe Bob (iTunes)
“Take Out”, Drumaq (iTunes)
“Tell Me When It’s Over”, Sheryl Crow featuring Chris Stapleton (iTunes)
“The Chain”, Secret Weapons (iTunes)
“The Upside”, Lindsey Stirling featuring Elle King (iTunes)
“Whywhywhy”, MisterWives (iTunes)
“You And I (R3HAB Remix)”, LÉON (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from artists like Rick Ross, Trippie Redd and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 24, 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. Time to ring in the new survey, so let’s head up the list and check out what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

THE SHAPE OF “RINGS”: Ariana Grande‘s international hit “7 Rings” is safely #1 again at the Top 40 format for a third week, with the nearest competitor still about 3,900 spins away. It remains at #6 on the Rhythmic chart and rises to #15 at Hot AC radio. It should remain at the summit for a fourth week, given its sizable boost of just over 500 spins, as her follow-up single “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” holds outside the top ten at #12. It’s up nearly 1,100 spins versus last week.

After debuting at #45 on last week’s list, Lauv and Troye Sivan‘s “I’m So Tired…” climbs to #37 on this week’s survey, which gives the former his third top 40 single at the format and the latter his fifth. The tune is the highest of three debuts in the top 40, followed by Jeremy Zucker‘s “comethru” (up 42-39) and Jake Miller‘s “Wait For You” (41-40). Zucker’s hit is his first to reach the region, though Miller’s entry is his second and first in 4-1/2 years. That song, “First Flight Home”, got as high as #29 in October 2014.

The top 50 is full of new collaborations landing on the countdown, with “Bones” from Galantis featuring OneRepublic starting at #47 to lead things off. Bryce Vine‘s latest tune, the YG-assisted “La La Land”, follows at #48, which scored 39 stations on Tuesday to become the Most Added title at the format. Finally, the recent Rhythmic and Urban radio chart-topper “Going Bad” enters at #49 for Meek Mill featuring Drake, the latest single from Mill’s 2018 album Championships. Despite a lengthy history at both formats over the last few years, this is his first song to chart at the pop format.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (January 8, 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: Post Malone wows the Top 40 panel with another reactive single, as the Backstreet Boys take their chances on a second release from their forthcoming album. Let’s add ’em up:

OUR LATEST POST: Though hot releases by Ava Max, Bad Bunny featuring Drake, Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus and Zara Larsson remained strong on the leaderboard for the first session of 2019, it was Post Malone and his new track “Wow.” leading this week’s Top 40 report. The song impacted with 78 stations at the format, while also collecting 55 adds on the Rhythmic panel, the Most Added song there, and 40 adds at Urban radio, taking a fifth place finish. Over the holiday break, “Wow.” topped a few different sales and streaming charts, including the main U.S. lists on Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify. Look for it to climb into the top 40 here by the end of the week.

Following the band’s top 20 hit “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” from last year, the Backstreet Boys are well on their way to a second chart entry off their new set DNA, out in just over two weeks. “Chances” impacts with a pretty solid 22 stations and a seventh place finish this week. It’s already in the top 20 on the Hot AC chart, a format where “Don’t” reached the top ten.

Next week, look out for impacting songs by Lauren Daigle (at #10 this week) and Sam Smith & Normani to dominate the list.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. POST MALONE, “Wow.” (Republic)
2. MARK RONSON featuring MILEY CYRUS, “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” (RCA)
3. AVA MAX, “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)
4. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life” (TEN/Epic)
5. BAD BUNNY featuring DRAKE, “MIA” (Rimas/OVO Sound/Warner Bros.)
6. LOUD LUXURY featuring BRANDO, “Body” (Armada/in2une)
7-T. BACKSTREET BOYS, “Chances” (RCA)
7-T. GUCCI MANE, BRUNO MARS & KODAK BLACK, “Wake Up In The Sky” (Atlantic)
9. MADISON BEER featuring OFFSET, “Hurts Like Hell” (First Access/in2une)
10. LAUREN DAIGLE, “You Say” (Centricity/12Tone/Warner Bros.)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 9, 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. Don’t panic! We’ve got all the big titles from the pop chart in one big post, ready to sleigh your Sunday evening. Here’s what’s popping this week:

DISCO FEVER STRIKES: 12 years and six and a half months after their first single, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, reached the top 40 on the pop chart, Panic! At The Disco has the new #1 song at the format with “High Hopes”, the first ever on the Top 40 list. “I Write” nearly made it to the summit, spending two weeks in the runner-up position, but “High” officially gets the job done. The tune also leads the Hot AC and Alternative lists this week; that’s the first time the feat has been achieved since May 2012, when the global hit “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra topped all three for one week. The act now joins a small group of artists like LL Cool J, Santana, Snoop Dogg, Tina Turner (and others) in scoring their first #1 single at least 12 years after first charting. Well done!

This week’s highest debut leaps onto the countdown all the way up at #33: “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” is the second top 40 entry for Mark Ronson, who previously spent six weeks at the top in 2015 with the Bruno Mars-assisted song “Uptown Funk”, and the tenth top 40 track for Miley Cyrus, who has a pair of chart-toppers to her credit: 2009’s “Party In The USA” (one week) and 2013’s “Wrecking Ball” (three weeks). It also debuts at #43 on the newest Hot AC update. Other top 40 entries include “MIA”, moving from 43-37 for Bad Bunny featuring Drake and “Sweet But Psycho”, rising from 41-38 for Ava Max. “MIA” marks Bad Bunny’s second top 40 single at the format and Drake’s 26th, while “Sweet” is Max’s first.

Further down and flashing back, “1999” gets Charli XCX and Troye Sivan onto the pop survey at #48 this week. Earlier this year, the Top 40 time machine took us back to “2002” with a #29 entry for Anne-Marie. Also checking in this week, ZAYN lands at #50 with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “No Candle No Light”. His forthcoming album Icarus Falls, a huge 27-track set, is due on Friday.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 26-27, 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’s the lone song impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BAD BUNNY featuring DRAKE – “MIA” (OVO Sound/Rimas Ent./Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2019?)
Past T40 History: Hopping onto the chart, “MIA” should become Bad Bunny’s second and Drake’s 26th single to reach the top 40.

Next week: Ella Mai takes a “Trip” onto this format with her recent #1 on the Urban chart, but not if that adventure heads back to “1999” with Charli XCX and Troye Sivan first… find out the results next Tuesday.

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

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 18, 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. Are we happy about Thanksgiving? We may know a few guys who are happier than most this week, but it’s merely a rumor. Anyways, here’s all the action this Sunday:

BASTILLE’S DAY: After topping the Alternative chart two weeks ago, “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille becomes the new #1 song at the Top 40 format, advancing from #2 last week. It’s the first song by both acts to lead the pop chart. It’s also the first title to reach the top at both formats since “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons during the fall of last year. The collaboration still has a chance at topping the Hot AC survey, up 9-7 on the current chart. Meanwhile, on the Top 40 airwaves, Ariana Grande‘s “Breathin” (up 8-4) and Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” (up 10-5) should battle it out for the next chart-topper in the coming weeks.

HITS RUN “DEEP”: Making a move from 43-39 this week, Zara Larsson‘s “Ruin My Life” becomes her seventh top 40 single at the format and leads a pair of new entries to the region. The other title, “Waste It On Me”, crawls up one notch from 41-40 and gives both Steve Aoki and BTS their third top 40 titles here. Additionally, Aoki previously remixed BTS’s first single to reach the Top 40 chart, “MIC Drop”, which spent two weeks at #24 in January.

Further down the list, prominent re-entries by Bad Bunny featuring Drake (“MIA”, #44) and Rita Ora (“Let You Love Me”, #45) lead the way with notable moves back into the region. The highest new song of the week, checking in at #48, is the debut chart entry for singer Ava Max. “Sweet But Psycho” has been a Viral hit on Spotify for some time and is reacting very well nationally in parts of Europe. Additionally, Logan Henderson‘s “Pull Me Deep” breaks in at #50, his second solo single to reach the region. In May, the first of his two entries, “Bite My Tongue”, got to #38. He also sang on three top 40 songs for the boy band Big Time Rush.

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