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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (January 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. The government may not be open, but we’re sure open to analyzing this week’s data and giving you the best of the best music at pop radio. Let’s get into it!

THE COAST IS SHEER: Ahead of the release of his recently announced next single, “Happier”, coming this spring, Ed Sheeran is still perfectly happy with “Perfect”, which tops this week’s CHR/Top 40 chart for the second week. It does the same on the Hot AC chart, and also climbs 5-4 on the regular AC list, where it’s sure to reach #1 soon. (It’s also nearing the top 20 on Rhythmic radio.) A third week at #1 at the Top 40 format is possible, with “Perfect” still 1,200 spins ahead of Halsey‘s “Bad At Love” (up 3-2, without a bullet), though Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules” (up 4-3, gaining 1,400 spins) continues to look like a future #1 song. In any case, Sheeran’s still slaying effortlessly, which is no surprise, and his three concurrent chart hits (including features on Taylor Swift‘s “End Game” at #11 and Eminem‘s “River” at #24) are just the start of what should be a very successful 2018 for the singer/songwriter.

“FOR” BY FOUR: Four songs are new to the top 40 this week, three by bands and one a collaboration between two solo artists. Up a quick 13 notches to #33 to score their 25th top 40 entry since 2003, Maroon 5‘s “Wait” is certainly in a hurry to rise up the chart! Just a few weeks ago, the SZA-assisted “What Lovers Do”, which goes recurrent on this update after 20 weeks in the top 40, went to #3. Below “Wait”, two songs make a move of eight spots this week: “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” by Fall Out Boy, up 44-36 and “Walk On Water” by Thirty Seconds To Mars, up 45-37. Fall Out Boy earns their 14th top 40 entry at the format and their first from the album M A N I A, which was released on Friday, while Thirty Seconds To Mars gets their third top 40 entry here and their first since “Closer To The Edge” in 2011, going to #32 that April. Finally, blasting onto the survey at #39, “For You” gives singers Liam Payne and Rita Ora share in their first top 40 single together, which becomes the fourth solo hit for Payne and the fifth for Ora. Taken off the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Freed, out on February 9, the Fifty Shades trilogy joins other film trilogies such as Beverly Hills Cop and Men In Black in having a top 40 pop hit from each of its three movies in the collection.

Further down the chart toward this week’s top 50 entries, look out for two notable songs from my own personal chart, “My My My!” by Troye Sivan (#46) and “Woman” from Kesha and The Dap-Kings Horns (#47), which both head for adds this Tuesday. The only other new song, the politically charged “Sick Boy” by The Chainsmokers, bows at #50, though it’s unclear whether this track is getting a full push to radio.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (January 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. It’s nearly impossible to like every single hit in the top 50 on any given week, but let’s stop short of calling the chart a sh-thole, alright? There’s plenty of music to go around, and that’s what our weekly report is all about. Let’s go!

CONNECTION TO PERFECTION: Nothing in life is perfect, but for singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran, some perfection can be found at the top of this week’s CHR/Top 40 chart. Of course, that’s his current single “Perfect”, which moves from 2-1. It’s Sheeran’s third #1 song at the format, following the one-week “Thinking Out Loud” in 2015 and the ten-week “Shape Of You” from last year. It also moves 2-1 on the Hot AC chart, giving the performer his fourth chart-topper on that particular format. (“Photograph” spent five weeks atop the Hot AC list in 2015.) Two updated versions of the single, one featuring Beyoncé and another with Andrea Bocelli, have performed strongly in the digital space, fueling its run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the past five weeks. Sheeran has a shot at a second week at #1 on the Top 40 chart, though hits from Halsey (#3) and Dua Lipa (#4) will be closing in on him soon.

WATCH YOUR “WAIT”: As Justin Timberlake‘s “Filthy” (up 22-17) and Bruno Mars‘s remix of “Finesse” (with Cardi B, up 33-18) continue to fly up the survey, potentially battling it out for #1 next month, there’s some smaller action in the lower regions of the chart. Rising from 16-15 with the Halsey-assisted “Him & I”G-Eazy finally makes the top 40 with the lead single off his recent album The Beautiful & Damned, “No Limit”, moving 42-40. The track features A$AP Rocky and the aforementioned Cardi B, both of whom claim their third top 40 hit at the format, while G-Eazy has his eighth. (“Limit” previously reached #1 on the Rhythmic and Urban charts.) Several notches below that, at #46, is the latest single from Maroon 5‘s Red Pill Blues album. “Wait”, which doesn’t, at least when it comes to striking before its impact date, should have a fairly good chance at entering the top 40 next week. (It would be their 25th single to hit the region since the summer of 2003, whenever it occurs.)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (January 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: Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars (along with Cardi B) led a fierce battle for the top spot, though it also caused the weekly totals outside of the top five to drop significantly. Let’s add it up, shall we?

READ FOR FILTH: Scoring a fantastic 178 adds on impact and starting off 2018 on a high note, RCA’s Justin Timberlake has this week’s Most Added title with a polarizing pop track called “Filthy”. It’s the lead single from his forthcoming studio album Man Of The Woods, hitting stores February 2, though I suppose you could argue that the programmers of the pop panel are stans of the woods, at least judging by how the first taste of the set performed this week. Just behind Timberlake’s massive total, Bruno Mars and Cardi B take second place with “Finesse”, starting with an equally-notable 154 combined adds (148 for their remix and six for the 2016 Mars original) this week. The remix remains at #1 on Apple Music and iTunes in the U.S., ahead of “Filthy”, and its music video, an homage to the TV series In Loving Color, led YouTube’s Trending chart upon release last Thursday.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP FIVE
1. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Filthy” (RCA)
2. BRUNO MARS & CARDI B, “Finesse” (Atlantic)
3. CAMILA CABELLO, “Never Be The Same” (Syco/Epic)
4. EMINEM featuring ED SHEERAN, “River” (Shady/Interscope)
5. LIAM PAYNE & RITA ORA, “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)” (Republic)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 24, 2017

A six-pack for Christmas.

DEBUTS
39. Tom Walker – Leave A Light On
36. U2 – Get Out Of Your Own Way | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Maroon 5 – Wait (40)
27. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
24. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (29)
21. James Arthur – Naked (28)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (07) | PEAK: #02
09. Scott Helman – PDA (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Liam Payne – Bedroom Floor (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Dua Lipa – New Rules (06) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (10) | PEAK: #06
05. Noah Kahan – Hurt Somebody (05) | PEAK: #05
04. The Script – Arms Open (04) | PEAK: #04
03. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Walk The Moon – One Foot (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Shawn Hook – Never Let Me Let You Go (2)
2. Serena Ryder – Ice Age (5)
3. Rag’N’Bone Man – Grace (We All Try) (3)
4. Flagship – Midnight (8)
5. Mat Kearney featuring AFSHeeN – Better Than I Used To Be (7)
6. Why Don’t We – These Girls (6)
7. River Matthews – Sunshine (-)
8. John Splithoff – Sing To You (-)
9. Jamie Scott featuring Carpet Boy – Feels So Good (-)
10. Sugarland – Still The Same (-)

In The Mix:
Brandi Carlile – The Joke
Cody Simpson & The Tide – Waiting On The Tide (new)
Dashboard Confessional – We Fight
New Politics – Color Green
Olivia Holt – Generous

Chart Notes:

  • Have a Merry Christmas from PGTC! See you next Sunday for the last chart for 2017.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2017: Part Four, 10-6

The top ten is here on Adam’s Top 100 of 2017! The cream of the pop is ready for you, so enjoy all the great music ahead…

The 2017 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 4, 2016 to the chart dated November 26, 2017. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with a higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks charted in the top 40 and top ten. 176 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, an increase from the 168 that did so in 2016.

10. KESHA, “Praying”
Album: Rainbow
Label: Kemosabe/RCA
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks: 24+ (21 applied to 2017 ranking)
Points: 621

The triumphant return of Kesha to my top 40 chart was one of the top comebacks of 2017, and what an emotional single she shared with the world on July 6. With four weeks at #1 from late August to mid-September, and its #10 ranking on my year-end countdown, the lead single from Rainbow (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200) was embraced by many listeners.

09. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill”
Album: Divide
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #2 for four weeks
Weeks: 24
Points: 632

Sheeran’s highest entry of four on my year-end chart made its debut on January 6, the same date as “Shape Of You”, though its run into the runner-up spot (the only #2 song ranking in my top ten) took it much higher than “Shape”, which burned on me shortly after hitting the top ten. Sheeran’s most recent single, “Perfect”, is at #1 on the newest Billboard Hot 100 update.

08. HARRY STYLES, “Sign Of The Times”
Album: Harry Styles
Label: Columbia
Peak: #1 for one week
Weeks: 23
Points: 634

“Sign” marks the first of three entries in the top ten by members of the original One Direction lineup gone solo. Styles has plenty to be thankful for this year: his album debuted at #1 in many countries, including the U.S., his tour continues to have a successful run, and, more importantly, he lands at #8 on my Top 100 of 2017! “Sign” had a single week on top of my chart, after settling for five weeks at #2 behind an entry that’s still to come in the top ten. In a world full of pop, Styles really rocks.

07. ZAYN & TAYLOR SWIFT, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”
Album: Fifty Shades Darker (Soundtrack)
Label: UStudios/BMR/RCA-Republic
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Weeks: 23
Points: 645

In a move that shook the Twitterverse, this collaboration, the highest track from a movie on my year-end survey, debuted as a surprise in the early hours of December 9 of last year. The single spent a heartbreaking five weeks at #2 on the Top 40 list, just short of making it the first male/female duet from a motion picture to go to #1 at the format since 1993’s “A Whole New World” by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. (That giant ballad, from Disney’s Aladdin, spent three weeks at #1 on R&R.)

06. MUNA, “I Know A Place”
Album: About U
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Weeks: 24
Points: 646

The highest entry by a female duo/group on this year’s survey comes from the California trio of Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin and Naomi McPherson. Though they narrowly missed my chart in 2016 with “Loudspeaker”, their second radio single was a total bop with a great message. “Know” spent two weeks at #1 on my list in March, while also spending two non-consecutive weeks at #40 on the Hot AC chart in April. They have yet to chart with a follow-up, but their album is one of this year’s best.

Stay tuned for the last five songs of the Top 100 of 2017 tomorrow…

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2017: Part Two, 60-31

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual Top 100 of the year! According to my tabulations, these titles ranked as the most successful on my personal chart. 2017 was certainly a year of considerable change in many different industries: media, politics, etc., and that change was reflected in much of the music that was released this year. In fact, “Never Change” gives a new Irish duo, Picture This, their first song to reach my year-end survey. Luckily, “Love” was still felt throughout the year, featured in the titles of songs from Andy Grammer, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson and more. “Money” was on the mind of Jack Antonoff from Bleachers, as well as the four guys from Foster The People. You already know that I played songs from Harry Styles and Paramore about a million “Times”, while Lorde and MUNA found “Places” to rest on the survey earlier this year, but where will they “Place” here?

Well, grab your headphones and let’s get back to the countdown. Check out the next 30 songs on my Top 100 of 2017…

The 2017 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 4, 2016 to the chart dated November 26, 2017. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with a higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks charted in the top 40 and top ten. 176 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, an increase from the 168 that did so in 2016.

60. LORDE, “Perfect Places”
Album: Melodrama
Label: Lava/Republic
Peak: #10

59. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “So Close”
Album: Zombies On Broadway
Label: Crush Music/Vanguard
Peak: #11

58. JAMES ARTHUR, “Say You Won’t Let Go”
Album: Back From The Edge
Label: Columbia
Peak: #10

57. PHILLIP PHILLIPS, “Miles”
Album: Collateral
Label: Interscope
Peak: #9

56. MAROON 5, “Cold”
Album: Red Pill Blues (Deluxe)
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #9

55. CAPTAIN CUTS featuring NATEUR, “Love Like We Used To”
Album: TBA
Label: Epic
Peak: #5

54. ED SHEERAN, “Galway Girl”
Album: Divide
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #10

53. JOHN MAYER, “Still Feel Like Your Man”
Album: The Search For Everything
Label: Columbia
Peak: #9

52. MAROON 5 featuring SZA, “What Lovers Do”
Album: Red Pill Blues
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #6

51. ED SHEERAN, “Shape Of You”
Album: Divide
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #8

50. NIALL HORAN, “This Town”
Album: Flicker
Label: Capitol
Peak: #1 for one week

49. LIGHTS, “Giants”
Album: Skin & Earth
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #10

48. JULIA MICHAELS, “Uh Huh”
Album: Nervous System (EP)
Label: Republic
Peak: #4

47. TRAIN, “Drink Up”
Album: a girl a bottle a boat
Label: Columbia
Peak: #9

46. KELLY CLARKSON, “Love So Soft”
Album: Meaning Of Life
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #2

45. KELLY CLARKSON, “It’s Quiet Uptown”
Album: The Hamilton Mixtape
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #6

44. PASSENGER, “Anywhere”
Album: Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea
Label: Nettwerk
Peak: #9

43. ANDY GRAMMER, “Give Love”
Album: The Good Parts
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
Peak: #5

42. JAMES TW, “When You Love Someone”
Album: First Impressions (EP)
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #1 for seven weeks (2016 Chart Year)

41. CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Cut To The Feeling”
Album: E•MO•TION: Side B (EP)
Label: Interscope
Peak: #8

40. DEMI LOVATO, “Sorry Not Sorry”
Album: Tell Me You Love Me
Label: Hollywood/Island/Republic
Peak: #9

39. TOM WALKER, “Just You And I”
Album: Blessings (EP)
Label: Epic
Peak: #7

38. HARRY STYLES, “Two Ghosts”
Album: Harry Styles
Label: Columbia
Peak: #6

37. ONEREPUBLIC, “Let’s Hurt Tonight”
Album: Oh My My
Label: Interscope
Peak: #8

36. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Look What You Made Me Do”
Album: reputation
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Peak: #1 for three weeks

35. DANIEL POWTER, “Delicious”
Album: TBA
Label: Unleashed!/Sony Music (SE)
Peak: #5

34. ED SHEERAN, “Perfect”
Album: Divide
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #2

33. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “I Believe In You”
Album: Nobody But Me
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #5 (2016 Chart Year)

32. SCOTT HELMAN, “Kinda Complicated”
Album: Hôtel de Ville
Label: Warner Music Canada
Peak: #4

31. TRAIN, “Play That Song”
Album: a girl a bottle a boat
Label: Columbia
Peak: #2

Stay tuned for more of the Top 100 of 2017 tomorrow…

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 17, 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. Before we head into the holiday break and a short rest from the Sunday report, it’s time to report on those frosty finds one more time for 2017:

MERRY CAMILA-MAS: Gaining over 300 spins again this week, Camila Cabello‘s “Havana” is still a smash at Top 40 radio, as the Young Thug-assisted single stays at #1 for the fourth week in a row. “Havana” is nearly 2,800 spins ahead of this week’s #2 hit by Ed Sheeran, “Perfect”, which leaps from 4-2 with an impressive 2,000 spin increase. I’m sure Santa will have both tunes on top of his pop playlist, as he travels the globe with his trusty reindeer about a week from now. As the annual freeze overtakes the top 40, it’s unclear what week “Perfect” will swap places with “Havana”, but it should be on top by our first report of 2018.

Cabello’s new one, “Never Be The Same”, is looking at some great early numbers, as it soars into the top 50 at #44 this week. The hit was last week’s runner-up title on the Most Added report at pop radio, and when stations begin reporting adds again in January, the rest of the panel is likely to catch out quickly. Camila is due January 12, which should almost certainly debut at #1 on the album list. (By the way, Cabello’s entry is not a hot Christopher Cross remake, but his song of the same name spent two weeks at #3 on R&R in November 1980.

THE PRICE IS BRIGHT: With the first pop chart arrival from the soundtrack to Netflix’s Bright, “Home”, which enters at #45 on the current survey, teams Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors and Bebe Rexha for their first collaboration together. The film debuts on the service this Friday. Another release from the project, Bastille‘s “World Gone Mad”, is up a single notch from 18-17 on the Alternative chart. It’s hard to tell what kind of longevity the movie will have, given the unconventional launch of it at a busy time of the year, but the response so far to the tracks from it seems to indicate that, at the very least, the soundtrack will have some life at digital retail.

Further down the list, Eminem‘s recent Revival set provides us with a second top 50 song in “River”, featuring the aforementioned Sheeran, which comes in at #46. The rapper peaked at #41 two weeks ago with the Beyoncé-assisted “Walk On Water”. His newest set is expected to debut at or near the top of the Billboard 200 list, though it’ll do so with a significantly smaller sales frame than the majority of his catalog sold in their first weeks on sale. One notch lower, we find Louis Tomlinson and “Miss You”, new a #47. It’s likely to become the one-time One Direction member’s third solo top 40 single at the format in the new year, assuming it survives the dreaded holiday freeze.

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