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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 21, 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. At this point, we may as well be asking how many seconds of fall are left, since summer is well behind us. Luckily, the summer is preserved on the pop chart and there are many sunny songs making some hot moves. Time to see what’s popping this Sunday:

FOUR OUT OF FIVE: This week looks to be the last one atop the pop survey for “Youngblood” from Australian group 5 Seconds Of Summer, which remains there for its fourth week. The song sheds over 750 spins from last Sunday. Taking a nice jump from 6-2, Ariana Grande‘s “God Is A Woman” is expected to enter the top spot next week, which will also likely be a multi-week #1 due to a lack of competition. (“God” is the only song currently gaining in the top six.) Soon enough, Grande will have two hits in the top ten simultaneously, with “Breathin” up from 18-14 on the latest update. How will both acts perform on the year-end survey? It’ll be here before you know it… meanwhile, “Youngblood” is still rising on the Hot AC chart, currently at #4, while Grande’s two hits are at #23 and #39, respectively, with “Breathin” at the higher position.

“LONELY” TOGETHER: Plenty of chart action in the lower half of the list this week, including four songs reaching the top 40. At #30, Drake and the late Michael Jackson soar from #43 last week with “Don’t Matter To Me”, the latest single from the former’s Scorpion album. It’s the 25th top 40 hit for Drake and the 37th solo entry for Jackson, a total which combines 33 songs that charted during the Radio & Records and/or Mediabase era (September 1973 – present) and four songs that made the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 prior to that time period. Of those three dozen chart records, this is Jackson’s third posthumous hit to enter the region; you might remember that he went to #38 in December 2010 with “Hold My Hand”, a duet with Akon, and #29 in June 2014 with “Love Never Felt So Good”, a duet with Justin Timberlake. Further down, Camila Cabello goes straight into the chart at #35 with her ninth solo top 40 hit, “Consequences”, boosted by a new Orchestra version of the song. The original version of the tune can be found on her former #1 album Camila. In with her eighth top 40 song, Alessia Cara leaps from 49-37 with “Trust My Lonely”, as country duo Dan + Shay crosses to the pop chart for the first time with “Tequila”, up 42-39. The song now ranks at #11 on the Hot AC list.

Four additional songs enter the top 50 this week, led by “Better” by Khalid at #41. It’s the lead radio single from his latest EP called Suncity, which debuted on Friday and could make the top ten on next week’s Billboard 200 chart. Just below him, “Sunflower” is up and sprouting at #42 for Post Malone and Swae Lee. Their current collaboration is featured in the upcoming movie Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, due December 14. The tune got as high as #2 on iTunes upon release two days ago. Another massive hit from a current box office winner enters the top 50 at #48, this song from A Star Is Born. The stars of that film, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, are new with “Shallow”, a cut that’s already in the top 20 on the Hot AC list after a massive jump during the last week. One last debut, sneaking in at #50, is a multi-artist collaboration that’s a former #1 song on the Rhythmic survey. “Big Bank” is making a lot of green for YG with featured acts 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj. It’s also gaining in the top five on the Urban chart.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 16, 2018)

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: we can’t find any consequences to Camila Cabello‘s big week here, but a cut from one of the biggest films out now is looking to star at the top spot. Who takes the win? Let’s add ’em up:

A CONSEQUENTIAL FIND: About a week after her performance on the American Music Awards and the subsequent release of a new Orchestra mix of her current single, Camila Cabello easily captures the top spot on the latest Top 40 adds report with her hit called “Consequences”. It begins with 80 stations during its first week. The original version of this single can be found on Cabello’s chart-topping album Camila, released earlier this year. She’s also in the top 20 at the format as a featured artist on Bazzi‘s newest hit “Beautiful”. Look for “Consequences” to have a large debut on the published update, either close to or just inside the top 40.

Starting with a strong second place finish, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper‘s “Shallow”, taken from the film A Star Is Born, is in with 52 stations on impact. The huge collaboration also landed 37 stations a day ago at the Hot AC format, leading the Most Added report there. “Shallow” is also expected to make a chart debut this weekend inside the top 50, as the film continues to perform well at the box office.

Next week, look out for Jack & Jack’s latest release, “No One Compares To You”, to compare itself against the regular format hits on Tuesday’s report. Stay tuned to see if anyone else lands on the date in the coming days.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. CAMILA CABELLO, “Consequences” (Syco/Epic)
2. LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER, “Shallow” (Interscope)
3. HALSEY, “Without Me” (Capitol)
4. ALESSIA CARA, “Trust My Lonely” (Def Jam)
5. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “High Hopes” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
6-T. DRAKE featuring MICHAEL JACKSON, “Don’t Matter To Me” (YMCMB/Republic)
6-T. RITA ORA, “Let You Love Me” (Warner Bros.)
6-T. SHAWN MENDES & ZEDD, “Lost In Japan (Remix)” (Island/Republic)
9. KHALID, “Better” (Right Hand/RCA)
10. ARIANA GRANDE, “Breathin” (Republic)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 14, 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. Let’s what’s under down under the top spot, as a certain Aussie quartet maintains their grip on the top spot this week. Time to see what’s popping this Sunday:

SUMMER IN THE FALL: This week marks a bittersweet one at the format, as “Youngblood” by the Australian act 5 Seconds Of Summer holds at #1 for the third week. The band’s label, Capitol, which should be celebrating another great result this weekend, is now mourning the loss of Joe Rainey, their SVP of pop promotion. He was 43. Rainey was involved in campaigns that led to #1 titles at the format for acts like Katy Perry, Niall Horan and Sam Smith, as well as top five or ten hits for many others. He’ll certainly be missed. Several members of 5 Seconds Of Summer have already expressed their condolences over social media.

With the whole top five unbulleted, the next likely #1 here will be Ariana Grande‘s “God Is A Woman”, which is at #6 for the third week. Will it power up and bolt from 6-1 next week? It’s anyone’s guess, so stay tuned.

MORE THAN A “FEELING”: Three new songs launch into the top 40 this week, led by Halsey‘s “Without Me”, leaping from 47-30. It becomes her ninth top 40 hit at the format; her eighth, a collaboration with Benny Blanco titled “Eastside”, is now at #13. A move of 42-37 for “This Feeling” gives the duo The Chainsmokers their tenth top 40 single, three of which have come this year. It also marks the first top 40 hit on the pop chart for young country performer Kelsea Ballerini, who impacts tomorrow as her usual home with a new solo single called “Miss Me More”. Lastly, “I Love It” climbs from 44-39 for Kanye West and Lil Pump, with the former performer receiving his 22nd top 40 entry at the format and the latter scoring his first. (Lil Pump’s viral hit “Gucci Gang” got to #46 in January, though it charted higher elsewhere.)

Leading three top 50 entries on the chart, “Don’t Matter To Me” from Drake and the late Michael Jackson climbs aboard at #43. The latest hit to chart from Drake’s former #1 album Scorpion could become Jackson’s third posthumous top 40 entry since 2010. A notch lower, the duo Twenty One Pilots flies the friendly skies into the airspace at #44 with “My Blood”. Their current hit is likely to become their fourth top 40 entry in the coming weeks, putting them one track ahead of Stone Temple Pilots and their string of three between 1993 and 1994. The last of the three new songs, in at #49, is “Trust My Lonely” from Alessia Cara. It’s the follow-up to “Growing Pains”, a #12 hit from a few months back. Both singles are taken from The Pains Of Growing, due later this year.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 9, 2018)

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: over half a dozen big names compete for #1 with their current radio songs on the latest report, but in the end, it’s all about “Me”. No, really. Let’s add ’em up:

“ME” TWO TOO: It was a strong battle this Tuesday at Top 40 stations across the country, but the top two winners on the report prove that it’s all about “Me”. Halsey‘s “Without Me” tops the list this time around, with Drake‘s “Don’t Matter To Me”, featuring the late Michael Jackson, in second place. The former is in with a massive 105 stations, while the latter comes in with a still very respectable 76 stations. Needless to say, you can expect both records to bolt straight into the top 40 by the end of the week. For the former performer, her collaboration with Benny Blanco, “Eastside”, remains active at the format, as it approaches the top ten. At Rhythmic and Urban radio today, the latter single scored 35 and 41 stations on impact, respectively, while earning 16 stations from the Hot AC panel yesterday.

Additionally, new singles from Alessia Cara and Khalid reach the top five on the report, with “Trust My Lonely” starting in third place at 45 stations and “Better” appearing in fourth place with 39 stations, respectively. Next week, Cara’s song impacts at the Hot AC format on Monday, while Khalid’s new one also impacted at the Rhythmic format today, totaling 23 stations on that report. (He also performs on Blanco’s “Eastside”, as mentioned above.) The two singles appear bound for the top 50 in the coming days.

Labelmates Camila Cabello and Mariah Carey and their new songs are ready to take on a soundtrack release from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper next Tuesday. Which star single will be born at the top? Come back and find out soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. HALSEY, “Without Me” (Capitol)
2. DRAKE featuring MICHAEL JACKSON, “Don’t Matter To Me” (YMCMB/Republic)
3. ALESSIA CARA, “Trust My Lonely” (Def Jam)
4. KHALID, “Better” (Right Hand/RCA)
5. SHAWN MENDES & ZEDD, “Lost In Japan (Remix)” (Island/Republic)
6. ARIANA GRANDE, “Breathin” (Republic)
7. KANYE WEST & LIL PUMP, “I Love It” (G.O.O.D./Def Jam-Warner Bros.)
8-T. LAUV featuring JULIA MICHAELS, “There’s No Way” (Kobalt/AWAL/in2une)
8-T. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “High Hopes” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
10-T. SILK CITY & DUA LIPA, “Electricity” (Columbia)
10-T. WHY DON’T WE, “8 Letters” (Signature Ent./Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 8-9, 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 seven (!) songs impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALESSIA CARA – “Trust My Lonely” (Def Jam)
Album: The Pains Of Growing (2018)
Past T40 History: While “Growing Pains” hit a brick wall outside of the top ten, the follow-up release could net her a fourth #1 hit.

DRAKE featuring MICHAEL JACKSON – “Don’t Matter To Me” (YMCMB/Republic)
Album: Scorpion (2018)
Past T40 History: This Canadian star could give the legendary performer his third posthumous top 40 song and first in four years.

ELIJAH WOODS x JAMIE FINE – “Ain’t Easy” (Big Machine/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: From reality show to showing up on the charts, the debut release by this Canadian duo was a radio hit up north.

HALSEY – “Without Me” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
Album: 8 Letters (2018)
Past T40 History: Halsey’s had four top five songs to date, including two #1 collaborations. You’ll find her on the “Eastside” with…

KHALID – “Better” (Right Hand/RCA)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: …this guy, also featured on Benny Blanco’s single, who impacts with his current song. He has one #1 hit to date.

LAUV featuring JULIA MICHAELS – “There’s No Way” (Kobalt/AWAL/in2une)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Slow-moving hit lovers unite! His “I Like Me Better” landed at #7 in July, while her “Issues” went to #4 in 2017.

LOGAN HENDERSON – “Pull Me Deep” (HERØ/RED)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: In May, “Bite My Tongue” reached #38. Henderson previously had three minor top 40 hits with Big Time Rush.

Next week: It’s a divalicious Tuesday, as new hits from Mariah Carey and Rita Ora are among the titles impacting at the format next week.

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

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 31, 2018)

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: there’s a “no brainer” leading the charge at the format, while several more collaborations are poised to fly up the charts in the coming weeks. Let’s add ’em up:

INSANE IN THE “BRAINER”: Following their hit “I’m The One” last year, which spent five weeks at #3 that June and July, the second collaboration by DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper and Quavo easily secures the top spot on the newest adds report at Top 40 radio. “No Brainer”, which also recently led the all-genre chart at iTunes, had a triple-digit finish with a total of 148 stations on impact. The single is featured on DJ Khaled’s forthcoming album, Father Of Asahd, due in October.

There’s also significant action from the panel for “Side Effects”, the latest collaboration from duo The Chainsmokers featuring a frequent writer and singer for the two men, Emily Warren. It starts at 81 stations for a very strong second place finish. Warren is a co-writer on the duo’s Daya-assisted hit “Don’t Let Me Down”, which totaled three weeks at #1 in June and July of 2016. Warren is also heard (though uncredited) on their hit “Paris” from the following year, a #3 hit for three weeks that April.

Next week, look out for Anne-Marie‘s “2002” and Logic & Ryan Tedder‘s “One Day” to reach the top five on the weekly report.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DJ KHALED featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, CHANCE THE RAPPER & QUAVO, “No Brainer” (We The Best/Epic)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring EMILY WARREN, “Side Effects” (Disruptor/Columbia)
3. ZEDD & ELLEY DUHÉ, “Happy Now” (Interscope)
4. ARIANA GRANDE, “God Is A Woman” (Republic)
5. DRAKE, “In My Feelings” (YMCMB/Republic)
6. BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY & KHALID, “Eastside” (Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
7-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “The Way I Am” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
7-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “Summertime Magic” (Wolf & Rothstein/RCA)
9. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Natural” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
10. JUICE WRLD, “Lucid Dreams” (Grade A/Interscope)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 24, 2018)

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 a holy hit session, led by the newest single by Ariana Grande. How’s the rest of the pop world looking? It’s time for the musical miracle of analyzing adds, so let’s read on and add ’em up:

WONDER “WOMAN”: Flying high at #1 on this week’s Top 40 report is “God Is A Woman” by Ariana Grande, which comes just about a week after “No Tears Left To Cry”, the lead single from Sweetener, topped the published chart. It’s new at 88 stations; look for it to continue its huge gains and upward movement throughout the next few weeks. The album arrives on August 17. (Get ready for a bible full of bops, at least if “God” commands you to listen.)

The rest of the top five is packed with recent Urban crossovers and additional impacting singles, like “Eastside” by benny blanco, Halsey and Khalid, which climbs from sixth to third place with 48 new stations this week. That collaboration is well on its way to top 40 status, as is Charlie Puth‘s “The Way I Am”, tied for fourth place with 37 new stations on the latest report. Meanwhile, the current single from Imagine Dragons, titled “Natural”, sneaks into the top ten with 16 new stations, tied for sixth place. No adds date has been set for the hit at this format, but it pulled in 43 stations at Alternative radio (second place) and 37 stations at Hot AC radio (first place) during this week’s Monday and Tuesday sessions.

Next week, look out for a couple of notable duets to score some solid numbers, performed by Cheat Codes and Little Mix (“Only You”) and Zedd and Elley Duhé (“Happy Now”), while Childish Gambino goes it alone for “Summertime Magic”.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ARIANA GRANDE, “God Is A Woman” (Republic)
2. DRAKE, “In My Feelings” (YMCMB/Republic)
3. BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY & KHALID, “Eastside” (Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
4-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “The Way I Am” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
4-T. JUICE WRLD, “Lucid Dreams” (Grade A/Interscope)
6-T. BEBE REXHA, “I’m A Mess” (Warner Bros.)
6-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Natural” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
6-T. TIESTO & DZEKO featuring PREME and POST MALONE, “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)
9-T. JONAS BLUE featuring JACK & JACK, “Rise” (Capitol)
9-T. KYGO featuring MIGUEL, “Remind Me To Forget” (Ultra/RCA)

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