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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 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. It may not be the Daytona 500, but the race for #1 on the pop radio survey is still a very exciting sport to watch. Let’s see what’s popping on the radio this Sunday:

LET’S TALK ABOUT “ME”: This appears to be the fourth and final week at #1 for Halsey‘s “Without Me” on the Top 40 list, but it won’t be long before the performer charges back to the top. Just under “Without”, at #2, is her collaboration with Benny Blanco and Khalid called “Eastside”, which finds a new peak in its 30th week in the top 40. Needless to say, when that cut hits the top next week, it’ll establish a new slowness record for the format, which could be a troubling sign, especially given the lag on a lot of #1 titles since the start of the decade. (The last song to establish the slowest run to #1, three years ago, was Alessia Cara‘s “Here”, which hit the top in its 26th week.)

The top 40 is packed with strong entries this week, four in total, led by Ariana Grande‘s “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” at #26, soaring from #44. It’s her 21st top 40 hit at the format. “thank u, next” and “7 rings” currently sit at #3 and #6 on the week’s update, respectively. Just behind her, labelmates Cardi B and Bruno Mars storm onto the chart at #27 with “Please Me”. The two artists previously topped the list for a week last March with a remix of the latter’s “Finesse”. “Please” gives Cardi B her eighth top 40 entry, while earning Mars his 21st at the format. Another two collaborations making big moves reach the top 40 this week: “Who Do You Love” zooms from 48-34 The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds Of Summer, their 11th and eighth top 40 entries, respectively, while “I’ve Been Waiting” by Lil PeepiLoveMakonnen and Fall Out Boy climbs from 43-36. It’s the first entry in the top 40 for Lil Peep, who scores a posthumous hit, as iLoveMakonnen earns his second (his first since 2015) and Fall Out Boy collects their 15th top 40 song.

Impacting on Tuesday, along with the aforementioned Cardi B and Bruno Mars collaboration, Zedd and Katy Perry‘s “365” is new at #48, marking the highest of three debuts in the region. This is the first release recorded together by the two performers, who both have multiple #1 hits at the format individually. We’ll see if this one can also reach to the top. For further entries this week, “Money” checks in at #49 in a double win this week for Cardi B, a song that recently topped the Urban chart, while “Want You Back” enters at #50 for Grey and LÉON. The duo has several chart hits here, most notably appearing on Zedd’s #1 song “The Middle” with Maren Morris, but LÉON has her first Top 40 entry. However, her single “Tired Of Talking” made the top 30 on the Hot AC chart in 2016.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 24, 2018

An answering machine.

Scene any good chart-topping contenders lately? We’ll see what happens with the new albums below. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

BTS – Love Yourself 結 ‘Answer’ (iTunes)
K-pop rules this week, as this popular seven-man band returns with their latest set. Three months ago, their Love Yourself 轉 ‘Tear’ set became the first K-pop album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Will this extend their streak, or will a recent title return to #1? We’ll get an answer to that important question soon.

Notable albums out this week: HONNE‘s Love Me / Love Me Not (iTunes), Interpol‘s Marauder (iTunes), Justice‘s Woman Worldwide (iTunes), Lucie Silvas‘s E.G.O. (iTunes), Matoma‘s One In A Million (iTunes), Plain White T’s‘ Parallel Universe (iTunes), R3HAB‘s The Wave (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Fall Out Boy‘s Lake Effect Kid (iTunes), Liam Payne‘s First Time (iTunes), Life Of Dillon‘s MIA (iTunes), ROZES‘s i don’t know where i’m going, but i’m on my way (iTunes), Third Eye Blind‘s Thanks For Everything (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“99” and “Good Thing”, Barns Courtney (iTunes)
“All The Time”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Been There Done That”, NOTD featuring Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“Being With You”, Per Gessle (iTunes)
“Better Off”, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine (iTunes)
“Big Mistake”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“Body Count (Remix)”, Jessie Reyez featuring Normani and Kehlani (iTunes)
“Boomerang”, Firekid featuring Rory Feek (iTunes)
“Boys (Pink Panda Remix)”, Lizzo (iTunes)
“Boys Like You (Sunrise Remix), Anna Clendening (iTunes)
“Damn Loyal”, Eves Karydas (iTunes)
“Death Of A Hero”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“Dominos”, Alex Adair & Delayers featuring Samantha Harvey (iTunes)
“Funky Sensation”, “Love Can Be So Hard”, “Where Angels Fear To Tread” and “Where You Come From”, Disclosure (iTunes)
“Gloe”, Kiiara (iTunes)
“Gold”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“Good In You”, Seinabo Sey (iTunes)
“Goodbye”, Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William (iTunes)
“Half As Good As You”, Tom Odell featuring Alice Merton (iTunes)
“Head Held High”, Kodaline (iTunes)
“High On Emotion”, Sultan + Shepard (iTunes)
“Hit Me Hard”, CLOVES (iTunes)
“I Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore”, LANY (iTunes)
“Ice Me Out”, Kash Doll (iTunes)
“Impress Myself”, LOVA (iTunes)
“Just For Tonight (Acoustic)”, James Bay (iTunes)
“Live Or Die”, Noah Cyrus & Lil Xan (iTunes)
“Love Is Love (MOTi Remix)”, Starley (iTunes)
“Love Will Save The World”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Might Be”, T-Pain featuring Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“New York At Night (Remix)”, Old Dominion (iTunes)
“One Shot”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Playinwitme (Remix)”, KYLE + Kehlani featuring Logic (iTunes)
“Polite”, Liza Owen (iTunes)
“Rebels”, Ivy Adara (iTunes)
“Right Now”, Nick Jonas vs. Robin Schulz (iTunes)
“Rooftop”, Clara Mae (iTunes)
“Sangria”, SAARA (iTunes)
“Save Yourself”, The Chainsmokers & NGHTMRE (iTunes)
“Siren”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“Sittin’ Pretty”, Florida Georgia Line (iTunes)
“Spin The Block”, Lil Durk featuring Future (iTunes)
“SOS”, Cher (iTunes)
“The 1”, Blackbear (iTunes)
“The Return”, Logic (iTunes)
“Time Is Up”, Poppy featuring Diplo (iTunes)
“Up Now”, Saweetie x London On Da Track featuring G-Eazy & Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Voodoo (Stripped)”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Wanted”, Tyler Shaw (iTunes)
“When I’m With Him”, Empress Of (iTunes)
“Wow”, Tiësto (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Meghan Trainor, Why Don’t We 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 (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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 19, 2018

A musical maniacal Friday.

Don’t fall out of touch with all the new releases coming out this week. There’s so much music to listen to! Here’s what you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

FALL OUT BOY – M A N I A (iTunes)
Featuring radio singles like “Young And Menace”, “Champion” and “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t”, which is now in the top 30 on the Hot AC chart, these four Illinois rockers are back with their seventh studio album. Depending on how Camila Cabello‘s album and the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman drop next week, this could be the biggest threat from this week’s new sets to grab the top spot a week from now..

More albums out this week: Bahamas‘s Earthtones (iTunes), Black Label Society‘s Grimmest Hits (iTunes), Caitlyn Smith‘s Starfire (iTunes), Devin Dawson‘s Dark Horse (iTunes), EDEN‘s vertigo (iTunes), First Aid Kit‘s Ruins (iTunes), Glen Hansard‘s Between Two Shores (iTunes), LANCO‘s Hallelujah Nights (iTunes), Moon Taxi‘s Let The Record Play (iTunes), Of Mice & Men‘s Defy (iTunes), Phillip Phillips‘s Collateral (iTunes), Rend Collective‘s Good News (iTunes), The Shins‘s The Worms Heart (iTunes), Van William‘s Countries (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Kailee Morgue‘s Medusa (iTunes), MILCK‘s This Is Not The End (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2nd To None”, Dreezy & 2 Chainz (iTunes)
“Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)”, Bleachers (iTunes)
“Aura”, SG Lewis featuring J. Wander (iTunes)
“Calabasas”, Tritonal + SJ (iTunes)
“Dancing”, Kylie Minogue (iTunes)
“Don’t Got One”, Hailey Knox (iTunes)
“Everybody’s Lonely”, Jukebox The Ghost (iTunes)
“Far From Falling”, Super Duper (iTunes)
“Handyman”, AWOLNATION (iTunes)
“Heart Beat Here”, Dashboard Confessional (iTunes)
“Human”, Kimbra (iTunes)
“I’m Alive”, Beth Ditto (iTunes)
“Ignore Me”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Kings & Queens”, Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Little Bit”, Timeflies (iTunes)
“Lower The Tone”, Rae Morris (iTunes)
“Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)”, Remy Ma featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Mind Pop”, The Shantics (iTunes)
“Miss You”, Cashmere Cat featuring Major Lazer and Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“No Drama”, Tinashe featuring Offset (iTunes)
“Not The One”, Mikky Ekko (iTunes)
“Paradise”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“Parallel Line”, Keith Urban (iTunes)
“Sick Boy”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)
“Sober”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Supplies”, Justin Timberlake (iTunes)
“The Good Side”, Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“The Wolf”, The Spencer Lee Band (iTunes)
“These Days”, Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen (iTunes)
“This City”, Sam Fischer (iTunes)
“Wait (Chromeo Remix)”, Maroon 5 (iTunes)
“Wild World”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Woman, Amen”, Dierks Bentley (iTunes)
“You Are The Reason (John Gibbons Remix)”, Calum Scott (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Migos and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 21, 2017)

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: Taylor Swift and friends have another swift start at pop radio, while the latest singles from Fall Out Boy and Kendrick Lamar find “love” from programmers at the format. Pass the turkey and the hot records, please…

WINNING THE “GAME”: Hot off her 50-31 move on last Sunday’s update, Taylor Swift‘s “End Game” begins its own game in the CHR world, taking the Most Added title at Top 40 stations this week. The latest single from reputation, which also features Ed Sheeran and Future, puts up 60 adds on the current report, well ahead of “One Foot” by Walk The Moon, which grabs 37 new stations one week after it impacted here. (It’s also up one spot and seven adds from last week’s results!) “Foot” is likely to step foot into the top 40 by midweek, which means it should have a notable jump by the published report on Sunday night. Everyone enjoys a sweet chart success, perhaps even more than sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows or even apple pie. (I think I’ll be eating a little of each come Thursday night. Drooling yet?)

Meanwhile, impacting singles from Kendrick Lamar and Fall Out Boy are gobbling up a nice musical meal; I guess they have a few trypto-fans here. The Zacari-assisted “Love.” by Lamar (25 adds, fourth place) and “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” by the band (23 adds, fifth place) perform solidly in their first full week, though they probably could have boasted slightly higher station totals on a date that wasn’t close to a national holiday. At the current time, both tracks are below the top 50 here, but don’t be surprised to see them in there by the end of the month.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN & FUTURE, “End Game” (Big Machine/Republic)
2. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot” (RCA)
3. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
4. KENDRICK LAMAR featuring ZACARI, “Love.” (Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope)
5. FALL OUT BOY, “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” (Island/Republic)
6-T. EMINEM featuring BEYONCÉ, “Walk On Water” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
6-T. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
6-T. SELENA GOMEZ x MARSHMELLO, “Wolves” (Interscope)
9. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
10. DEMI LOVATO, “Tell Me You Love Me” (Island/Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 20-21, 2017)

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 the two new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

FALL OUT BOY – “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” (Island/Republic)
Album: M A N I A (2018)
Past T40 History: “Champion” just missed the top 40 earlier this year. Their biggest song to date, “Dance, Dance”, hit #3 in 2006.

KENDRICK LAMAR featuring ZACARI – “LOVE.” (Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope)
Album: DAMN. (2017)
Past T40 History: Other than his featured slots, Lamar has struggled to find an audience here. “HUMBLE.” peaked at #26 in July.

Next week: To be announced soon! Happy Thanksgiving!

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 (August 1, 2017)

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: Portugal. The Man feels its way up the leaderboard on a slow week, but it’s certainly doing well, along with the current hits from Louis Tomlinson, Selena Gomez and more. A new month means that new reports are on the way, and here’s the latest one:

MAN ABOUT TOWN: It’s been six big weeks at #1 on the Alternative chart for Portugal. The Man‘s “Feel It Still”, and with its Hot AC and Top 40 airplay growing quickly, it looks like it’ll be a crossover smash through the fall. This Tuesday, it feels super cool for these five men, as they pull in 18 new stations on impact, good for the sixth Most Added spot. Their most recent album debuted in the top 40 on the Billboard 200, and it’s called Woodstock. Though the quintet’s now had five top 40 singles to date at their core format since 2011, this is the first to chart outside of the rock world and internationally. (Yes, it’s in the top 100 songs on Spotify in Portugal. It might need a few more men, and women, to play it.)

THE BOY IS YOURS: Fall Out Boy‘s “Champion” (#8) and Rita Ora‘s “Your Song” (#9) are making their first appearances on the weekly column, having appeared just outside the top ten here in recent weeks. The latter entry debuted at #45 this past Sunday on the published chart, while the former entry missed the top 50 by just three spins. (Don’t worry, it’s already moving up.) Ora last appeared in the top 40 in November 2014, when she was the featured artist on a #1 hit for Iggy Azalea, “Black Widow”. As for the band, they’ve been more consistent on the U.S. charts, having last touched the format in February 2016 with “Irresistible”. That hit featured Demi Lovato, and it peaked at #21.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. LOUIS TOMLINSON featuring BEBE REXHA & DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS, “Back To You” (Syco/Epic)
2. SELENA GOMEZ featuring GUCCI MANE, “Fetish” (Interscope)
3. KESHA,
“Praying” (Kemosabe/RCA)
4. ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE,
“Get Low” (Interscope)
5. DEMI LOVATO,
“Sorry Not Sorry” (Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood)
6-T. JONAS BLUE featuring WILLIAM SINGE,
“Mama” (Capitol)
6-T. PORTUGAL. THE MAN,
“Feel It Still” (Atlantic)
8. FALL OUT BOY,
“Champion” (Island/Republic)
9. RITA ORA,
“Your Song” (Atlantic)
10-T. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS featuring SEAN PAUL, “Subeme La Radio (Remix)” (Sony Latin/RCA)
10-T. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE,
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
10-T. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Honest” (Disruptor/Columbia)

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