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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 16, 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. We certainly have the highest of hopes for a great 2019, but there are a couple of more weeks until the calendar changes. Until then, here’s what’s popping this week:

NO NEED TO PANIC: Panic! At The Disco leads the Alternative, Hot AC and Top 40 lists for the second week in a row with the song “High Hopes”, a cut from their album Pray For The Wicked. Individually, it’s spending its sixth, third and second weeks on top of those respective formats. So, there’s no need to panic (other than with Panic!) this holiday season… look for the song to hold at #1 for the duration of the usual freeze, remaining firmly ahead of the competition at all three formats. On the Top 40 airwaves, Ariana Grande‘s hit “Breathin” is waiting in the wings, remaining at #2, while Halsey‘s “Without Me” sticks it out at #4 again this week.

With several songs being purged this week ahead of the holidays, there are four new titles entering the top 40 this week. The highest is in at #36, the fourth top 40 hit for the Danish band Lukas Graham. “Love Someone” can be found on 3 (The Purple Album), the latest set by the act, which was released in late October. Their biggest hit at the format, “7 Years”, spent a week at #1 in May 2016. In at #38, Rita Ora returns to the top 40 with her sixth entry, “Let You Love Me”. The single has already reached the top ten in quite a few countries, including Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom. “Wake Up In The Sky”, a recent #1 song on the Rhythmic and Urban charts, jumps in at #39 this week, giving Gucci Mane his fourth top 40 single (and the first in a lead role), Bruno Mars his 20th and Kodak Black his first. Mane’s album Evil Genius should debut in the top five on the upcoming Billboard 200 list. Finally, at #40, “I Found You” pairs Benny Blanco and Calvin Harris together, giving the former his second chart hit as an artist

Ella Mai has the week’s highest new entry in the top 50 with “Trip”, climbing aboard at #46. It’s also the new #1 single at Rhythmic radio on the current update. Two notches lower, “Arms Around You” enters at #48, credited to four performers: XXXTentaction x Lil Pump featuring Maluma & Swae Lee. It’s another of the Rhythmic crossovers on the Top 40 list; “Arms” is rising through the top 20 there. “You Say” is also new to the top 50, coming in at #50 for Christian crossover star Lauren Daigle. It’s her first track at this format to chart, though she’s had plenty of hit songs in the religious music world.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from PGTC!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (December 4, 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 break it down with two former chart-toppers at the format on that trip to the top of the adds report that we do every Tuesday. So, let’s add ’em up:

NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A CHART: After a top five debut on iTunes and plenty of early radio action, “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” scores big this week for Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus, picking up 82 stations on impact. The song will be featured on a forthcoming album by Ronson, due sometime in 2019. No other track comes close to that total on the latest update, but another hit that’s impacting this week finishes in the runner-up position with 25 new stations. The latest crossover track from R&B singer Ella Mai is “Trip”, which recently reached #1 on the Urban chart and remains in the top five on the Rhythmic chart. Otherwise, most of the songs in the top ten this week are repeat titles and/or already established hits trying to close out the panel.

Next week is anyone’s guess, as no prominent titles are currently scheduled to impact. Stay tuned for more information.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. MARK RONSON featuring MILEY CYRUS, “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” (RCA)
2. ELLA MAI, “Trip” (10 Summers/Interscope)
3-T. DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B, “Taki Taki” (Geffen/Interscope)
3-T. ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE, “Close To Me” (Interscope)
3-T. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring KELSEA BALLERINI, “This Feeling” (Disruptor/Columbia)
6-T. GUCCI MANE, BRUNO MARS & KODAK BLACK, “Wake Up In The Sky” (Atlantic)
6-T. XXXTENTACTION x LIL PUMP featuring MALUMA & SWAE LEE, “Arms Around You” (EMPIRE-Warner Bros.)
8. KHALID, “Better” (Right Hand/RCA)
9-T. ARIANA GRANDE, “Thank U, Next” (Republic)
9-T. RITA ORA, “Let You Love Me” (Warner Bros.)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (December 3-4, 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 four new titles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CHARLI XCX featuring TROYE SIVAN – “1999” (Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: The first collaboration between these two soloists is not a hot Prince cover, but his “1999” hit #12 in July 1983.

ELLA MAI – “Trip” (10 Summers/Interscope)
Album: Ella Mai (2018)
Past T40 History: Following her recent top 30 song “Boo’d Up”, this recent #1 on the Urban chart is ready for another Top 40 trip.

MARK RONSON featuring MILEY CYRUS – “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” (RCA)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Ronson has one #1 title at the format, while Cyrus has two. Will this collaboration land them their next big one?

XXXTENTACTION x LIL PUMP featuring MALUMA & SWAE LEE – “Arms Around You” (EMPIRE-Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2019?)
Past T40 History: Of the four soloists included on this collaboration, just Lee has previously made it into the top 40 at this format.

Next week: Stay tuned, as the schedule is always being updated…

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

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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.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 12, 2018

You Mai proceed.

Reactive R&B and rap titles lead this week’s New Music Friday report, as Q4 continues to bring on the hits. These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

ELLA MAI – Ella Mai (iTunes)
Mai has become one of the breakout R&B stars of 2018, with “Boo’d Up” and “Trip” scoring well at Rhythmic and Urban radio, as the former track slows down at the Top 40 format following a minor crossover. With notable playlisting already in effect overseas and solid sales and streaming expected here, the self-titled set should have one of next week’s higher debuts.

QUAVO – Quavo Huncho (iTunes)
From the rap trio Migos, this performer has often appeared as a featured artist on a growing list of big singles, but this release is his first solo studio album. Prominent features include Cardi B, Drake and Travis Scott, so expect streaming stats for the new release to be fairly high.

YOUNG THE GIANT – Mirror Master (iTunes)
Featuring the recent top 20 Alternative song “Simplify” and follow-up single “Superposition”, the fourth studio album for this act will look to break the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, much like their last album did two years ago.

Notable albums out this week: Basement‘s Beside Myself (iTunes), Belly‘s Immigrant (iTunes), Jess Glynne‘s Always In Between (iTunes), Jimmie Allen‘s Mercury Lane (iTunes), Kurt Vile‘s Bottle It In (iTunes), Morgan Evans‘s Things That We Drink To (iTunes), Nico Santos‘s Streets Of Gold (iTunes), TobyMac‘s The Elements (iTunes), Tom Morello‘s The Atlas Underground (iTunes)

Notable holiday albums out this week: Eric Clapton‘s Happy Xmas (iTunes), LeAnn Rimes‘s It’s Christmas, Eve (TV Soundtrack) (iTunes), The Monkees‘s Christmas Party (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Ashlee + Evan‘s Ashlee + Evan (iTunes), Kim Cesarion‘s Bleed (iTunes), Nicklas Sahl‘s Planets (iTunes), Youngr‘s Obsession (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“11:59” and “Ringing In My Ears”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“80’s Baby”, New Kids On The Block / Salt-N-Pepa / Naughty By Nature / Tiffany / Debbie Gibson (iTunes)
“Angels (Kia Love and M-22 Remixes)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Be Somebody (Tyron Hapi Remix)”, Steve Aoki + Nicky Romero featuring Kiiara (iTunes)
“Bells”, The Unlikely Candidates (iTunes)
“Bring Me Love” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, John Legend (iTunes)
“Can’t Knock The Hustle”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Come A Little Closer”, Skizzy Mars & Prelow (iTunes)
“Come Together”, SVRCINA (iTunes)
“Consequences (Orchestra)”, Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Cowboy”, ALMA (iTunes)
“Cycles”, ANNALIA (iTunes)
“Dazed & Confused (Acoustic)”, Ruel featuring Ezinma (iTunes)
“Don’t Look Me Over”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Drunk As Hell”, Lost Kings featuring Jesper Jenset (iTunes)
“Easy”, Great Good Fine OK (iTunes)
“Emotion”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Expectations”, Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“Fashion After All”, Poppy (iTunes)
“Give Me My Name Back”, Meg Mac (iTunes)
“Hold Me Up”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Home”, Cheat Codes (iTunes)
“I Wish You Were Here (Acoustic)”, HRVY (iTunes)
“Ice Cold”, Netsky & David Guetta (iTunes)
“If You Were Mine (KC Lights Remix)”, Ocean Park Standoff (iTunes)
“Last Call”, Hudson Thames (iTunes)
“Let Go”, James Hersey featuring Filous (iTunes)
“Light On”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“Lose Us”, Rozzi & Scott Hoying (iTunes)
“Loyal”, Paloma Faith (iTunes)
“Love You Anymore”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
“Luck Pusher”, FINNEAS (iTunes)
“Medicine (Just Kiddin Remix)”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Mia”, Bad Bunny featuring Drake (iTunes)
“Miss You All The Time”, O.A.R. (iTunes)
“Moves (Wideboys Remix)”, Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Nobody Knows You Anymore”, Kevin George (iTunes)
“Not A Damn Thing Changed”, Lukas Graham (iTunes)
“People”, LINES (iTunes)
“People You Love”, Matt Hartke (iTunes)
“Pieces”, Declan J Donovan (iTunes)
“Promises (David Guetta Remix)”, Calvin Harris & Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Recovery”, LP (iTunes)
“Rise & Fall”, Mike Perry featuring Cathrine Lassen (iTunes)
“Rose”, Allan Rayman (iTunes)
“Run That Back”, Sofi De La Torre (iTunes)
“Simple Romance”, Coin (iTunes)
“Table For One”, AWOLNATION featuring Elohim (iTunes)
“Telephone”, The Shadowboxers (iTunes)
“Telling All My Secrets”, Mitchell Tenpenny (iTunes)
“Under Pressure”, Shawn Mendes featuring teddy<3 (iTunes)
“When I’m Ready”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Wild And Free”, Kirsten Arian (iTunes)
“Woman Like Me”, Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Wondering”, M.O & Chip (iTunes)
“Wrapped Around The Axle”, Peter Bjorn & John (iTunes)
“Writer’s Song”, Bibi Bourelly (iTunes)
“Yesterday”, Virginia To Vegas (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Disturbed, Greta Van Fleet 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 (July 22, 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. We have the newest report Taylor-made for your viewing pleasure, so let’s check out this week’s top pop results:

A REPUTABLE NUMBER ONE: Well, as much as I thought Ariana Grande would be spending a second week atop the pop list with “No Tears Left To Cry”, it wasn’t meant to be, as she falls from 1-4 on the current chart. Of course, that means we have a new #1 song this week, performed by another female soloist: “Delicate” by Taylor Swift, making a leap from 5-1. (That move isn’t a record, but it’s still a big one!) This is Swift’s tenth #1 song at the format and the second from her Reputation album, following the one week for “Look What You Made Me Do” in October of last year. The release also chalks up its fourth consecutive week at #1 on the Hot AC survey, her longest stay at the top since the six-week run for “Blank Space” in December 2014 and January 2015. (Its first two weeks there fell within the holiday freeze period.) Back on the Top 40 list, look out for Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You”, featuring Cardi B, to make a run at the top next week, given its significant gain this week over last week.

“THE WAY” TO CHART SUCCESS: With four former top 40 titles purged from the chart this weekend, there’s a ton of action to cover on the survey. Leading the four entries into the top 40, Drake makes an enormous move from 42-20 with the third pop single off his Scorpion album, “In My Feelings”. It’s his 24th top 40 hit at the format since 2009. Performers Ella Mai, Juice WRLD and Abir all score their first top 40 singles this week, Mai with “Boo’d Up” (44-35), WRLD with “Lucid Dreams” (49-36) and Abir with a feature on Cash Cash‘s “Finest Hour” (43-40), respectively, which also becomes the trio’s third top 40 tune since 2014. Other radio formats have been supporting all three songs prior to their debuts here: “Boo’d” and “Lucid” have been pulling in substantial airplay at the Rhythmic and Urban formats, while “Finest” remains at #1 on the Dance chart.

A total of five songs are new to the top 50 this week, including three that are going for adds this Tuesday: Ariana Grande‘s “God Is A Woman” (#41), Charlie Puth‘s “The Way I Am” (#43) and Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid‘s “Eastside” (#49). The Add Lib recap is the place to find those results and more of the Most Added tracks of the week, which goes up at 7PM (EDT) that evening. Of the five soloists on those three entries, only one is new to the survey: producer and songwriter Blanco, who has previously composed big records for performers like Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Maroon 5. This week’s update also marks the debut of “Broken” by Lovelytheband at #46, a recent six-week #1 on the Alternative list. Finally, at #48, Khalid appears on yet another collaboration called “Ocean”, this time around with Martin Garrix. Next week should be equally as hectic, with several songs being removed due to declining spins and, for at least one of them, age of it. Who will land a new song on the chart? Find out a week from today.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 17, 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: will the juicy jam from Juice WRLD leap over the current hits by Drake and Justin Timberlake to take the Most Added title, making his “Dreams” a reality? Time to wake up and add ’em up:

TRYIN’ TO GET THE “FEELINGS” AGAIN: No, Barry Manilow won’t be making a surprise comeback to the Top 40 survey anytime soon. (You know, he hasn’t charted here since 1984 for a reason… although, I do enjoy a little bit of “Read ‘Em And Weep” now and again. Shhh!) Drake‘s “In My Feelings” leads the week’s Top 40 report for the second consecutive week, following its tied finish with Justin Timberlake‘s “SoulMate” last week. Drake grabs 53 new stations, while Timberlake takes another 40.

The best-performing song out of the small bunch of impacting titles this week is “Lucid Dreams” by newcomer Juice WRLD, new at 34 stations for a third place finish. The track is building nicely on the Rhythmic and Urban surveys, as the streaming totals for it remain impressive across the major services.

Some of next week’s impacting songs entered the top five on the current adds update, as “The Way I Am” by Charlie Puth (fourth place, 27 stations) and “Eastside” by benny blanco, Halsey and Khalid (sixth place, 25 stations) are off to a very strong start. It should be a similar story next Tuesday, when both future hits should repeat in the region with larger sums. Of course, those singles will be competing against the new one from Ariana Grande, “God Is A Woman”, which is also on the schedule. Can this trinity of tunes lead to a divine top three? Stay tuned.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DRAKE, “In My Feelings” (YMCMB/Republic)
2. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “SoulMate” (RCA)
3. JUICE WRLD, “Lucid Dreams” (Grade A/Interscope)
4-T. BEBE REXHA, “I’m A Mess” (Warner Bros.)
4-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “The Way I Am” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
6. BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY & KHALID, “Eastside” (Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
7. ELLA MAI, “Boo’d Up” (Interscope)
8-T. CLEAN BANDIT featuring DEMI LOVATO, “Solo” (Big Beat/RRP)
8-T. KYGO featuring MIGUEL, “Remind Me To Forget” (Ultra/RCA)
10. TIESTO & DZEKO featuring PREME and POST MALONE, “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)

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