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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 17, 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. The usual Post is ready to go, with plenty of fun facts from the pop survey. Here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this week:

FULL CIRCLE MOMENT: Post Malone‘s “Circles” is the shape of this week’s #1 single at the Top 40 format, climbing from #2. It’s his fourth chart-topper to date and his second so far this year; “Wow” led the list for a week in June. Meanwhile, “Circles” is just outside the top ten on the Hot AC (#11) and Rhythmic (#12) radio charts this week. At this point, it’s unclear if the song will emerge at the top for a second week, as Lizzo‘s surging “Good As Hell” (up 4-2) could easily snatch the throne away.

Travis Scott‘s “Highest In The Room” leads three new top 40 entries on the list, as it rises from 44-36 to become his eighth top 40 hit at the format. Scott also appears as a featured artist on Post Malone‘s “Take What You Want”, which moves from 38-35. Going up from 42-38, Loud Luxury and Bryce Vine score their second and third top 40 songs, respectively, with “I’m Not Alright”. The single has already reached the top 20 on the Hot 100 in the duo’s native Canada. Charlie Puth is also moving in the right direction with his tenth top 40 entry, as “Mother” climbs from 45-40. It’s one spot higher on the Hot AC chart, giving Puth his ninth top track at that format.

This week’s top 50 action is led by One Direction member Louis Tomlinson‘s new single, “We Made It”, which debuts at #46. A new collaboration by the Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin is getting into the rhythm at #48. “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”, which is featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming movie Bad Boys For Life, marks the band’s first tune on the pop chart in just over eight years. Lindsey Stirling and Elle King enter at #49 with “The Upside”, giving the former her first entry at the format, while Zedd and Kehlani have a “Good Thing” going at #50.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 16-17, 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 five singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – “Teeth” (Interscope)
Album: 13 Reasons Why (Season 3) (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: This will be the third song from the series to chart here, following cuts by Selena Gomez and Lauv/Anne-Marie.

ARIANA GRANDE, MILEY CYRUS & LANA DEL REY – “Don’t Call Me Angel” (Republic)
Album: Charlie’s Angels (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: The biggest song from this franchise, “Independent Women, Pt. 1” by Destiny’s Child, held at #1 for nine weeks.

HALSEY – “Graveyard” (Capitol)
Album: Manic (2020)
Past T40 History: The performer has four #1 songs to date on the Top 40 chart, but her past two releases have missed the top ten.

LINDSEY STIRLING featuring ELLE KING – “The Upside” (Lindseystomp/BMG/in2une)
Album: Artemis (2019)
Past T40 History: Stirling has not charted at this format before; King’s biggest hit to date, “Ex’s & Oh’s”, hit #7 in November 2015.

LOUD LUXURY & BRYCE VINE – “I’m Not Alright” (Sire/Warner-Armada)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: The duo and Vine have three top 20 entries between them at this format, though none have entered the top ten.

Next week: new songs from Liam Payne and The Chainsmokers lead a smaller pack of impacting releases.

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

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2018: Part Two, 60-31

As 2018 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. 2018 may have been a doozy on the political front, but in the musical world, plenty of great singles and performers made their mark on my listening habits this year. “Love” was a constant presence in the top 40 for much of the last twelve months, from “Love So Soft” to “Love Someone” to “Say Love” and many others. We also found a “New” perspective from big titles like “New Light” and “New Rules”. “High Hopes”, “High Horse” and “Hell Or High Water” kept us in the heights of a diverse year for sounds, while “You”, “Me” and everybody in-between got their equal share of pop pronouns. Phew… that was a lot, and there’s much more to come! Who will spread the word and have my #1 song at the end of the countdown?

Well, grab your headphones and let’s get to counting. Check out the next 30 songs on my Top 100 of 2018…

The 2018 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 3, 2017 to the chart dated November 25, 2018. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with the higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks at a song’s peak position and the amount of time charted in the top 40. 171 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, a decrease from the 176 that did so in 2017.

60. SHAWN MENDES, “Lost In Japan”
Album: Shawn Mendes
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #3

59. ROZZI, “Never Over You”
Album: Bad Together
Label: Small Giant/Columbia
Peak: #12

58. ARIANA GRANDE, “God Is A Woman”
Album: Sweetener
Label: Republic
Peak: #11

57. SCOTT HELMAN, “PDA”
Album: Hôtel de Ville
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #7

56. DUA LIPA, “New Rules”
Album: Dua Lipa
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #1 for two weeks (2017 Chart Year)

55. WALK THE MOON, “Kamikaze”
Album: What If Nothing
Label: RCA
Peak: #11

54. ONEREPUBLIC, “Connection”
Album: (single only)
Label: Interscope
Peak: #10

53. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, “Again And Again”
Album: Come Tomorrow
Label: RCA
Peak: #6

52. MADDIE POPPE, “Going Going Gone”
Album: (single only)
Label: Hollywood
Peak: #10

51. GAVIN JAMES, “Hearts On Fire”
Album: Only Ticket Home
Label: Capitol
Peak: #10

50. U2, “You’re The Best Thing About Me”
Album: Songs Of Experience
Label: Interscope
Peak: #3

49. NOAH KAHAN, “Hurt Somebody”
Album: Hurt Somebody (EP)
Label: Republic
Peak: #5

48. BASTILLE, “World Gone Mad”
Album: Bright: The Album (Soundtrack)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Peak: #8

47. P!NK, “Whatever You Want”
Album: Beautiful Trauma
Label: RCA
Peak: #9

46. DEMI LOVATO, “Tell Me You Love Me”
Album: Tell Me You Love Me
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #8

45. MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE, “Friends”
Album: Speak Your Mind
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #10

44. DUA LIPA, “IDGAF”
Album: Dua Lipa
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #9

43. KYGO & IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Born To Be Yours”
Album: (single only)
Label: Ultra/RCA-KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
Peak: #10

42. BASTILLE, “Quarter Past Midnight”
Album: (single only)
Label: Capitol
Peak: #7

41. NINA NESBITT, “Loyal To Me”
Album: The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change
Label: Cooking Vinyl/RED
Peak: #2

40. BLEACHERS, “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)”
Album: Love, Simon (Soundtrack)
Label: RCA
Peak: #7

39. MAROON 5, “Girls Like You”
Album: Red Pill Blues
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #5

38. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Whatever It Takes”
Album: ƎVOLVE
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
Peak: #7

37. ELLE KING, “Shame”
Album: Shake The Spirit
Label: RCA
Peak: #6

36. MARSHMELLO x BASTILLE, “Happier”
Album: (single only)
Label: Astralwerks/Capitol
Peak: #1 for four weeks

35. JANELLE MONÁE, “Make Me Feel”
Album: Dirty Computer
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #6

34. ECHOSMITH, “Over My Head”
Album: (single only)
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #4

33. PASSENGER, “Hell Or High Water”
Album: Runaway
Label: Black Crow/Nettwerk
Peak: #6

32. PAUL MCCARTNEY, “Come On To Me”
Album: Egypt Station
Label: Capitol
Peak: #5

31. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask”
Album: Flicker
Label: Neon Haze/Capitol
Peak: #1 for two weeks

Stay tuned for more of the Top 100 of 2018 tomorrow…

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 18, 2018

It’s a Marshmello world.

DEBUTS
39. P!nk – A Million Dreams

TOP GAINERS
29. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (34)
27. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (32)
19. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (25) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — two weeks
(see #9 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. KT Tunstall – The River (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Maggie Rogers – Light On (15) | PEAK: #09
08. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Dave Matthews Band – Again And Again (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jack & Jack – No One Compares To You (3)
2. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (5)
3. Tom Walker – Angels (1)
4. Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep (4)
5. George Ezra – Hold My Girl (7)
6. Brandi Carlile featuring Sam Smith – Party Of One (8)
7. Sara Bareilles – Armor (10)
8. Foster The People – Worst Nites (-)
9. Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan – 1999 (-)
10. Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris – I Found You (-)

In The Mix:
Broods – Peach
Elle King – Baby Outlaw (new)
James Arthur – Empty Space
James TW – Soldier
Jess Glynne – Thursday (new)
Little Mix – Woman Like Me
Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg – Moves
Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (new)
Snow Patrol – What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?

Chart Notes:

  • Due to the loss of my grandfather this week, a fuller commentary will return for next week. In the meantime, “Happier” remains at #1 for the third week for Marshmello x Bastille, while P!nk debuts at #39 with “A Million Dreams”, the first cut to land on my chart from The Greatest Showman: Reimagined. The song is closing in on the top 50 at Hot AC radio, though it’s only being played on a handful stations at the moment. (It hasn’t been officially serviced to the format as of yet.) Look for that release to hit the top five on the Billboard 200 list next week.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 11, 2018

Happier days are ahead.

DEBUTS
39. Backstreet Boys – Chances
37. Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next
36. Carly Rae Jepsen – Party For One | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (39)
32. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (38) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
25. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (31) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
11. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (16)
(see #5 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Silk City & Dua Lipa – Electricity (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes (05) | PEAK: #02
07. Elle King – Shame (06) | PEAK: #06
06. Dave Matthews Band – Again And Again (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (10) | PEAK: #05
04. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Tom Walker – Angels (1)
2. A Great Big World – You (2)
3. Jack & Jack – No One Compares To You (6)
4. Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep (5)
5. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (9)
6. Alessia Cara – Trust My Lonely (3)
7. George Ezra – Hold My Girl (7)
8. Brandi Carlile featuring Sam Smith – Party Of One (8)
9. P!nk – A Million Dreams (-)
10. Sara Bareilles – Armor (-)

In The Mix:
Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris – I Found You
Broods – Peach
Foster The People – Worst Nites (new)
James Arthur – Empty Space
James TW – Soldier
Katy Perry – Waving Through A Window
Little Mix – Woman Like Me
Morgxn featuring Walk The Moon – Home
New Kids On The Block featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson – 80’s Baby
Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg – Moves
Snow Patrol – What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?

Chart Notes:

  • As Marshmello and Bastille hold at the top spot for a second week with “Happier”, there are three songs entering the chart, led by “Party For One” from Carly Rae Jepsen at #36. She’s led my personal chart with a pair of releases: 2012’s “Good Time” (with Owl City) and 2015’s “I Really Like You”. Her last top 40 entry, 2017’s “Cut To The Feeling”, peaked at #8. A notch below Jepsen, with her fourth title to chart this year, Ariana Grande climbs aboard at #37 with “Thank U, Next”. The song, which was released last Saturday night, holds at #1 on digital services such as Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify. It also enters the top 40 on this week’s Top 40 radio chart. Finally, at #39, the Backstreet Boys return with “Chances”, which follows their #1 single of earlier this year, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, still riding the countdown at #31. Their latest tune impacts at the Hot AC format on Monday.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 4, 2018

Come on, get happier.

DEBUTS
40. Picture This – One Drink
39. Scott Helman – Hang Ups
38. Kelly Clarkson – Heat | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho (39)
31. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (38)
19. Maggie Rogers – Light On (28) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Imagine Dragons – Natural (05) | PEAK: #03
08. George Ezra – Shotgun (08) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
07. Dave Matthews Band – Again And Again (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Elle King – Shame (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes (03) | PEAK: #02
04. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (07) | PEAK: #04
03. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Tom Walker – Angels (2)
2. A Great Big World – You (1)
3. Alessia Cara – Trust My Lonely (3)
4. Carly Rae Jepsen – Party For One (-)
5. Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep (6)
6. Jack & Jack – No One Compares To You (8)
7. George Ezra – Hold My Girl (10)
8. Brandi Carlile featuring Sam Smith – Party Of One (9)
9. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (-)
10. Gryffin & Elley Duhé – Tie Me Down (5)

In The Mix:
Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris – I Found You (new)
Broods – Peach
James Arthur – Empty Space
James TW – Soldier (new)
Katy Perry – Waving Through A Window (new)
Little Mix – Woman Like Me
LIVVIA – Damn
Maddie Poppe – Keep On Movin’ On
Morgxn featuring Walk The Moon – Home
New Kids On The Block featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson – 80’s Baby
Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg – Moves
P!nk – A Million Dreams
Sara Bareilles – Armor
Snow Patrol – What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?

Chart Notes:

  • Congrats to Marshmello and Bastille, who claim this week’s new #1 song on my personal chart with “Happier”. It also leads the Alternative radio chart for its first week. The collaboration is Marshmello’s first #1 hit on my top 40 and Bastille’s fourth: the band previously reached the top with 2013’s “Pompeii”, 2014’s “Of The Night” and their most recent, 2016’s “Good Grief”. Up nine spots to #19, Maggie Rogers has the week’s Biggest Mover for the second time with “Light On”. Of the week’s three new entries, Kelly Clarkson‘s “Heat” debuts the highest, coming in at #38. It’s the third top 40 tune from Meaning Of Life, with “Love So Soft” (#2) and “I Don’t Think About You” (#5) both becoming larger hits. Scott Helman is new at #39 with the title song from a three track release called Hang Ups. He has three top ten songs to date; his biggest, “Kinda Complicated”, reached #4 last year. Lastly, at #40 this week, Irish act Picture This earns their second chart record with “One Drink”. It impacts at the Hot AC format this Monday.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 28, 2018

Alright, Dean, you win again.

DEBUTS
40. Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee – Close To Me
39. Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
28. Maggie Rogers – Light On (38) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
26. Why Don’t We – 8 Letters (31)
25. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (35) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (08) | PEAK: #01 for one week
09. Dave Matthews Band – Again And Again (09) | PEAK: #09
08. George Ezra – Shotgun (06) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
07. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Elle King – Shame (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Imagine Dragons – Natural (04) | PEAK: #03
04. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes (02) | PEAK: #02
02. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. A Great Big World – You (1)
2. Tom Walker – Angels (6)
3. Alessia Cara – Trust My Lonely (3)
4. AJ Mitchell – Girls (2)
5. Gryffin & Elley Duhé – Tie Me Down (7)
6. Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep (8)
7. Picture This – One Drink (-)
8. Jack & Jack – No One Compares To You (-)
9. Brandi Carlile featuring Sam Smith – Party Of One (-)
10. George Ezra – Hold My Girl (-)

In The Mix:
Broods – Peach
Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me
James Arthur – Empty Space
Kelly Clarkson – Heat
Little Mix – Woman Like Me
LIVVIA – Damn
Maddie Poppe – Keep On Movin’ On (new)
Morgxn featuring Walk The Moon – Home
New Kids On The Block featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson – 80’s Baby
Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg – Moves
P!nk – A Million Dreams (new)
Sara Bareilles – Armor (new)
Snow Patrol – What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get? (new)

Chart Notes:

  • As Dean Lewis remains at #1 for his fourth (and perhaps final) week with “Be Alright”, songs from Michael Bublé and Maggie Rogers, which both entered last week, tie for the Biggest Mover at ten notches each. The former’s “Love You Anymore” is up from 35-25, while the latter’s “Light On” soars from 38-28. Among this week’s debuts, first-timer Ava Max comes in at #39 with a song that’s particularly appropriate for the upcoming Halloween holiday, “Sweet But Psycho”. The track is currently charting in parts of Europe, including Norway and Sweden, and has been reactive on Spotify, topping several of the service’s Viral charts. Landing one notch lower, at #40, Ellie Goulding makes her return to my chart with “Close To Me”, which debuted on Wednesday. The track’s a collaboration with Diplo that features Swae Lee of the duo Rae Sremmurd. It’s Goulding’s eighth top 40 entry since 2011.

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