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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 3, 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. Are you a sucker for a new pack of pop hits? Well, if you are, let’s check out what’s popping on the radio this Sunday:

THE EAST THEY CAN DO: As expected, Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid remain at #1 on the Top 40 list for a second week with “Eastside”. This will likely be the collaboration’s last week at the summit, with the sizzling “7 Rings” by Ariana Grande (up 6-3) expected to continue to surge towards the top spot. No other title is currently gaining in the top five. Appropriately, the hit will be her seventh chart-topper at the format, whenever it reaches the top. The performer’s “Thank U, Next”, her most recent #1 here, slips a notch to #4, while “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” makes another solid move from 20-16.

The comeback release for the Jonas Brothers, “Sucker”, becomes their seventh top 40 song at the format with its debut at #30. At some radio stations on the panel, the single was played hourly throughout the day on Friday. The trio’s last top 40 single here, “First Time”, spent three non-consecutive weeks at #36 in July and August 2013. Scoring her 14th top 40 hit, Bebe Rexha soars from 42-33 with “Last Hurrah”, followed by the collaboration from the Drax Project and Hailee Steinfeld, “Woke Up Late”, moving from 45-39. It’s the first top 40 entry for the New Zealand band and the seventh for actress and singer Steinfeld. The fourth and final new song in this section of the chart comes from Panic! At The Disco, flying from 50-40 with their fifth top 40 single, “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”. Of course, this follows “High Hopes”, which recently spent six big weeks at the top.

In the top 50, newcomer Mabel leads things off at #41 with her track “Don’t Call Me Up”, which has already achieved top five peaks in countries like Belgium, England, Ireland and Norway. She’s the daughter of Neneh Cherry, best known for her international hit “Buffalo Stance” from 1989, a #4 hit on the CHR chart that June. Cherry is also the half-sister of Eagle-Eye Cherry, who landed at #1 for a week with “Save Tonight” back in January 1999. Billie Eilish comes in at #43 on the list with the ballad “When The Party’s Over”, which becomes her first charting hit at the format (though she’s now ranked twice on the Alternative radio listing.) Originally released in October of last year, Eilish’s tune has already been certified Gold here. Labelmates Khalid and H.E.R. round out all the debut action in this section of the chart: the former’s “Talk” is new at #48 and the latter’s “Hard Place” enters at #50. The latter hit’s seen a large spike in sales and streaming in the weeks since it was performed on the Grammy Awards. It’s H.E.R.’s first entry to date at the Top 40 format.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 5, 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: the Top 40 radio panel is sipping on newcomer FLETCHER‘s single, one of the many standouts in a very busy week at the format. Let’s get undrunk and add ’em up:

FLETCH ME IF YOU CAN: With over half a dozen new titles impacting at the format this week, there were plenty of choices for pop programmers during the current session. One that made a particularly big statement was “Undrunk” by FLETCHER, who may be new to the format, but is certainly known for a number of songs in the streaming world. The song scores with 67 stations to lead the report, up from #7 on last Tuesday’s log. “Undrunk” should soar into the top 40 during the coming days and become official on the published report this coming Sunday.

Singer Ally Brooke, currently on the Top 40 airwaves with a solo single outside of Fifth Harmony, has a fairly decent start with the Tyga-assisted “Low Key”, which keys in the code for 32 stations on impact. The total should be more than enough action to get the song into the top 50 by the weekend. “Low” ties for third place on this week’s list with “I’ve Been Waiting”, a release credited to three performers: Lil Peep and iLoveMakonnen with a featured appearance by Fall Out Boy. The latter two acts have reached the top 40 at the format before, and it could be the first (and first posthumous entry) for Lil Peep.

Next week could be a great week for MKTO‘s song “How Can I Forget”, but how will the competition fare, including a forthcoming collaboration from The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds Of Summer? Stay tuned.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. FLETCHER, “Undrunk” (Snapback/Capitol)
2. DUA LIPA, “Swan Song” (Warner Bros.)
3-T. ALLY BROOKE featuring TYGA, “Low Key” (Latium/Atlantic)
4-T. LIL PEEP & ILOVEMAKONNEN featuring FALL OUT BOY, “I’ve Been Waiting” (Columbia)
5. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Bad Liar” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
6. SAM SMITH & NORMANI, “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol-RCA)
7. GREY featuring LÉON, “Want You Back” (Island/Republic)
8-T. ALESSIA CARA, “Out Of Love” (Def Jam)
8-T. DRAX PROJECT featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “Woke Up Late” (300 Ent./in2une)
10. JAKE MILLER, “Wait For You” (RED)
10-T. JEREMY ZUCKER, “comethru” (Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 4-5, 2019)

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 four new titles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DRAX PROJECT featuring HAILEE STEINFELD – “Woke Up Late” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
Album: Noon (EP) (2018)
Past T40 History: Originally a top 20 hit in their native New Zealand, the Drax Project hopes to attain their first U.S. top 40 entry.

FLETCHER – “Undrunk” (Snapback/Capitol)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Known for streaming hits like “I Believe You” and “War Paint”, this marks the artist’s first single to impact here.

IMAGINE DRAGONS – “Bad Liar” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
Album: Origins (2018)
Past T40 History: Though “Natural” narrowly missed the top ten here, the band can easily return to the region with this future hit.

LSD (LABRINTH/SIA/DIPLO) featuring LIL WAYNE – “Genius” (RECORDS/Columbia)
Album: LSD (2019)
Past T40 History: The trio’s previous single, “Thunderclouds”, which was featured in a Samsung commercial, went to #22 last fall.

Next week: A collaboration from Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke and Tyga leads the pack next Tuesday, as duo MKTO is on the hunt for their first top 40 entry in 3-1/2 years.

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 (February 3, 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. In the Super Bowl of pop, only one song can win the top spot each week. Who scores a Top 40 touchdown this time around? Let’s see what’s popping this Sunday:

IT’S “ME” AGAIN:  Halsey‘s “Without Me” easily secures a second week at #1 on the Top 40 chart, with little competition behind her. It’s her 14th career week atop the survey at the format. The smash should hold there for a third week, as it looks as though she’ll eventually replace herself at the top later this month: “Eastside”, performed by Benny Blanco, herself and Khalid, is slowly rising up the top 40 and is the highest-charting song that’s bulleted this week. The collaboration remains at #4 and continues to gain spins in its 28th (!) week in the top 40.

Larger top 40 action this week comes from Dua Lipa‘s “Swan Song”, which climbs from 49-33 in its second week in the top 50, and Sabrina Carpenter‘s “Sue Me”, which climbs from 42-37 after about a month in the top 50. It’s the eighth top 40 song for Lipa, as well as the fourth for Carpenter. The latter artist’s three previous chart entries all reached the top 30, but could never quite ease into the top 20. We’ll see if this tune can make it happen. Meanwhile, the former artist is searching for her second #1 single at the format with this soundtrack cut from Alita: Battle Angel, out in just over a week.

FLETCHER earns her first top 50 entry at the format with the song that checks in at #45 this week, “Undrunk”. It’s the first of four debuts in this region of the chart, which also includes the new single from Alessia Cara, “Out Of Love”, landing at #47. A few spots lower, two collaborations round out the new tracks: “Woke Up Late” by the Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld bows at #49 and “Body Talks” by The Struts featuring Kesha comes in at #50. The latter title just missed the top ten on the Alternative list last fall, while the former was a sizable hit in New Zealand (in its original form without Steinfeld) last year.

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