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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (December 5, 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: G-Eazy and Halsey have a “Him” for the weekend, leading the pack on a busy Tuesday at the format. Let’s add up all those fresh finds and station sensations this week:

“I” ON THE PRIZE: There’s no limit to how fast G-Eazy and Halsey‘s collaboration “Him & I” will fly up the pop list, thanks in part to a big week at the format during its official impact. Starting at 73 stations, it’s easily the Most Added record on the report. In the next few days or so, it should officially reach the top 40 on the CHR survey, having entered the top 50 on this morning’s rolling update. You’ll find the hit on G-Eazy’s upcoming album titled The Beautiful & Damned, out on December 15. (The first single from it, “No Limit”, recently climbed to #1 on the Rhythmic and Urban charts, though its Top 40 action has been minimal.)

The Steve Aoki remix of “MIC Drop” by BTS and Desiigner continues its quick ascent up the charts and with the panel, landing in second place for the second week with another 34 stations. That tune is followed by “Home”, combining the talents of Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors and Bebe Rexha, which also breaks the 30-station mark with exactly 30 adds (third place) during its impact week. “Home” is the first pop radio release from the soundtrack to Netflix’s Bright, which is also out on December 15. In a fifth place ranking, tied with a second entry at 23 adds, comes our final spotlight song: Louis Tomlinson‘s “Miss You”. His two solo top 40 singles so far have peaked at #24 (“Back To You”) and #32 (“Just Hold On”), so we’ll see if this one can go any higher.

1. G-EAZY & HALSEY, “Him & I” (Capitol/RCA)
2. BTS featuring DESIIGNER, “MIC Drop” (BigHit/RED)
4. FERGIE, “A Little Work” (Dutchess/RED/BMG)
5-T. LOUIS TOMLINSON, “Miss You” (Syco/Epic)
5-T. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN & FUTURE, “End Game” (Big Machine/Republic)
8. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
9. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot” (RCA)
10. P!NK, “Beautiful Trauma” (RCA)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 3, 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. Yes, the days are getting shorter and colder, but think of all those hot hits burning all day and night on the charts! That’s where I come in. Here’s this week’s pop report:

‘LO GOES HIGH: Gaining another 1,000 spins over last week, Camila Cabello‘s “Havana”, featuring rapper Young Thug, gets a second week at #1 at the CHR format. It’s also up 7-4 at the Rhythmic format, though it’s too soon to tell if it’ll reach the top there. For more positive pop news, “Havana” rises a notch to #12 on the Hot AC chart, where it had the largest gain in spins of any track in the top 40 this week, as it prepares to enter the top ten. Of course, with a remix featuring Daddy Yankee, the release is all over the three Spanish-dominated charts that Mediabase publishes as well, ranking the highest (#16) on the regular Spanish survey. Think it will go away anytime soon? Falso, amigos.

It appears that Halsey‘s “Bad At Love” (up 6-4 this week) and Ed Sheeran‘s “Perfect” (up 8-5) will be the next competitors for the top spot at the format during the coming weeks, the former leading the latter by about 900 spins. The former single may be affected by the singer’s new collaboration with G-Eazy called “Him & I”, which just misses at #51, while the latter got a boost on Friday with a new duet version that features Beyoncé. (Both the duet and the original versions of “Perfect” have held down the top two slots on iTunes since Friday.) What else can I say? With names like that, pop perfection is likely headed is way.

“WORK” IN PROGRESS: After stalling at #43 in October with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “You Already Know”, Fergie is back in the top 50 with the follow-up. Entering at #48, “A Little Work” is the second pop single from her recent album Double Dutchess. It’s been certified Double Cardboard in most countries, including here in the States. (Just kidding… but not really.) She returns to TV in about a month to host a new music competition show called The Four: Battle For Stardom, which debuts January 4 on FOX. Singer Ciara will be replacing her as the new host of the West Coast feed of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Will Fergie finally land a top 40 single here for the first time in three years? If it survives the holiday freeze, there’s a good possibility of that happening.

Just below Fergie’s latest pop entry is the first one for K-pop newcomers BTS. Their remix of “MIC Drop” comes in at #50. The new version was mixed by DJ/producer Steve Aoki, and includes a rap by Desiigner, who you may recall reached #20 in May/June of last year with “Panda”. It officially impacts at the format this Tuesday. The seven-member act has made a giant impact on the charts in South Korea, with many chart-topping albums, EPs and singles since 2014. With “MIC” poised to go much higher, the band could become the first K-pop group to break the top 40 at the format, as well as the first Korean act to enter the region since PSY in 2012.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 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. The only Rocket Man you’ll be hearing from on this Top 40 recap is Elton John, a true president of pop. Otherwise, log off Twitter now and again, please? Here are some of the top songs from this week’s published chart:

THE PUTH HURTS: Though it’s starting to bleed spins, with larger losses likely coming, Charlie Puth‘s “Attention” manages to hold onto #1 for a fourth consecutive week. This ties the run for his only other chart-topper to date, “See You Again”, a four-week #1 in 2015 for Wiz Khalifa that featured Puth. VoiceNotes, which is likely to feature “Attention”, is due sometime later this year. That single also climbs from 3-2 on this week’s Hot AC chart and 12-11 at Rhythmic radio, though it’s down a notch (14-15) on the AC list.

Next week is looking good for Niall Horan to advance to #1 with “Slow Hands”, which rises a notch to #2 in its 19th week. His first solo album, Flicker, is out October 20, and features “Slow”, previous single “This Town” (#12, 1/8 and 2/12/17) and new single “Too Much To Ask”. Should it actually occur, Horan will become the second member of One Direction to hit #1 on the pop radio survey with a solo effort, following ZAYN‘s two-week run last year (4/24-5/1/16) with “Pillowtalk”. Stay tuned to see if it happens!

THE “LOVE” PARADE: One might call the top 40 chart a dream academy, but what is this, 1986? Not quite. Still, this week’s list might look like a chart out of 1986, with five tunes breaking into the top 40. Kelly Clarkson‘s “Love So Soft” leads the pack, new at #35. It’s the first single from her forthcoming album Meaning Of Life, and it’s her 21st top 40 hit at the format since 2002. At #37, a newcomer named Blackbear is up from #42 last week with “Do Re Mi”. Born Matthew Musto, the Florida performer hit the top 20 on the album chart earlier this year with Digital Druglord. He’s also one half of the duo Mansionz, along with Mike Posner.

Two other newcomers find themselves in the region this week: new quintet PRETTYMUCH, rising 41-38 with “Would You Mind”, and hot rapper Cardi B, up 45-39 with “Bodak Yellow”. The Simon Cowell-affiliated boy band recently premiered a music video for their debut single, while the New York performer is prepping for the release of her debut album, due sometime next month. The last of the five entries, soaring from 50-40 in its second week on the chart, is “Havana” by Camila Cabello. The track, featuring rapper  Young Thug, is the fifth top 40 solo hit for Cabello, who previously recorded with Fifth Harmony.

READY, SET, “GO”: Just in case you thought all that top 40 action wasn’t enough, there are another three debuts in the top 50 on this week’s published chart. Imagine Dragons will be trying for their seventh top 40 hit at the format with another big Alternative smash, “Thunder”, making its entry at #43. It’s the follow-up to “Believer”, which recently peaked at #3. The popular group has four top ten hits to date, including the one-week #1 “Demons” from December 2013. Two spots below “Thunder”, at #45, is a release that credits four artists, split evenly between main and featured spots: Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line & Watt with “Let Me Go”. That crediting doesn’t achieve any sort of record, but it doesn’t make things any easier! Two of the artists in the mix, Steinfeld and the country duo, have one top ten hit each to date at the format.

The only other debut in this week’s top 50 is the first tune to chart in nearly three years for Fergie, coming in at #49 with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “You Already Know”. It’s the latest single from her new studio album, Double Dutchess, out on Friday. In November 2014, “L.A.LOVE (la la)” spent two weeks at #19, which is also featured on the set.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 11-12, 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 seven (!) titles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AXWELL ^ INGROSSO – “More Than You Know” (Def Jam)
EP: More Than You Know (2017)
Reissue: This track, which remains a big hit overseas, originally impacted at this format on August 8. View the original entry here!

DEJ LOAF – “No Fear” (Columbia)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Despite significant Rhythmic and Urban airplay in the past, this is the performer’s first entry on the CHR chart.

FERGIE featuring NICKI MINAJ – “You Already Know” (Dutchess/BMG-RED)
Album: Double Dutchess (2017)
Past T40 History: Fergie’s most recent solo top ten hit, “Clumsy”, reached #2 in January 2008. Her last top 40 entry was in 2014.

Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Steinfeld’s potential sixth top 40 entry at the format has quite the billing. “Go” remains in the top 40 on iTunes.

KELLY CLARKSON – “Love So Soft” (Atlantic/RRP)
Album: Meaning Of Life (2017)
Past T40 History: 15 years ago this week, “A Moment Like This” first debuted at #42. “Soft” should become her 21st top 40 single.

MARC E. BASSY featuring HAILEE STEINFELD – “Plot Twist (Remix)” (Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Bassy’s “You & Me” reached #31 around this time last year. He previously led the Los Angeles group 2AM Club.

SAM SMITH – “Too Good At Goodbyes” (Capitol)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Smith’s seventh top 40 single entered at #34 on yesterday’s published chart. Will it become his second #1 here?

Next week: We know of at least five songs going for adds next Tuesday, including music from Astrid S, Fifth Harmony and that big collaboration from ZAYN and Sia. Stay tuned for more details, but we never really know just where to find them…

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 (September 5, 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: the color of choice is maroon, and we’ll need about five shades of it. You’ll also find a number of pre-impact singles grabbing some exciting early action from the panel. It’s back to school and work and adds here in Radio Land, so let’s analyze the airwaves:

5 FOR FIGHTING: With this week’s only impacting song at the format, it’s no surprise that Maroon 5‘s “What Lovers Do” is on top of the Most Added list, grabbing 157 stations in its first full frame. It’s the third top 40 song from their upcoming album, which doesn’t have a title or release date at the moment. The track features SZA, who didn’t pick up any additional stations this week for “Love Galore”, her top five hit (featuring Travis Scott) from the Rhythmic and Urban charts. The California band now has 24 top 40 hits here, making them of the most successful groups at the format since the year 2000. How high will it climb? Stay tuned…

“KNOW” MEANS YES: Get knowledgeable with the help of hits from Fergie and Major Lazer! The former performer hits the #3 position on this week’s leaderboard with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “You Already Know”, scoring 22 new stations a week before it officially impacts. It’s likely to become her first top 40 entry since 2014 later this month. The latter act is back in the top ten with a song that’s approaching the top 30, “Know No Better”, which adds another 13 stations (tied for fifth Most Added) to its total. The song features Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Quavo. If you don’t know, now you “Know” what’s breaking at the format…

1. MAROON 5 featuring SZA, “What Lovers Do” (222/Interscope)
2. HALSEY, “Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
3. FERGIE featuring NICKI MINAJ, “You Already Know” (Dutchess/BMG-RED)
4. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
5-T. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)
5-T. MAJOR LAZER featuring TRAVIS SCOTT, CAMILA CABELLO and QUAVO, “Know No Better” (Mad Decent/in2une)
7-T. BLACKBEAR, “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
7-T. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Why” (Hollywood)
9-T. DEF LOAF, “No Fear” (Columbia)
9-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
9-T. PORTUGAL. THE MAN, “Feel It Still” (Atlantic)

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September 5, 2017 · 8:00 PM

TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 30)

Royalty on the record charts.

Royalty on the record charts.

The time has come for a mighty mix of music releases to hit retailers in what can only be described as… epic. (The large amount of items, that is, not the record label.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 30:

  • Who needs just one new album when you can drop two in a week? That is the case with the legendary Prince, new to stores this week with a solo set, Art Official Age (iTunes), and a set of collaborations with the Purple One’s latest protégés, trio 3rdEyeGirl, titled PlectrumElectrum (iTunes). Neither release has produced any hit singles on the Hot 100, but the initial buzz should carry the two up the album survey.
  • For those of you loving some Country music, two new albums by superstar acts will be going for six figure opening weeks. “Neon Light” singer and longtime The Voice judge Blake Shelton is Bringing Back The Sunshine (iTunes) with his newest album, while Lady Antebellum is aboard a 747 (iTunes) to the #1 spot. Either one could enter at the top, though Shelton seems the more likely of the two.
  • Representing for the solo females on the schedule this week are California singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat with the delayed Gypsy Heart (iTunes), featuring recent single “Try”, while newcomer Tove Lo looks to be the Queen Of The Clouds (iTunes) with her debut full-length album. “Habits (Stay High)” is the hit from that one. Both might debut in the top ten when all is said and done.
  • Other releases out this week include: Boyz II Men‘s Collide (iTunes), Bryan Adams‘s Tracks Of My Years (iTunes), Gerard Way‘s Hesitant Alien (iTunes), Jeff Bridges and the Abiders‘s Live (iTunes), Lucinda Williams‘s Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone (iTunes), Melissa Etheridge‘s This Is M.E. (iTunes), Steve Aoki‘s Neon Future I (iTunes) and The Script‘s No Sound Without Silence (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:

  • “L.A.LOVE (la la)”, new from singer Fergie. (iTunes)
  • “Something In The Water”, a new single from Country star Carrie Underwood. (iTunes)
  • “Steal My Girl”, a brand new single from boy band One Direction. (iTunes)
  • “Yellow Flicker Beat”, a soundtrack cut from Lorde. (iTunes)

Next week, the madness continues with a huge release from Jason Aldean, plus newcomers Betty Who, Hozier and Tinashe all hit the scene with their debut full-length albums. A full preview is coming in seven!

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