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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 20, 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: DJ Khaled enlists Rihanna and Bryson Tiller for a “wild” song, and it challenges Calvin Harris‘s touchy feely new single with Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean. Gee, save some feature slots for someone else’s collaboration, will you? Anyways, let’s see what’s going down on Add Lib featuring Most Added Songs, Lots Of Chart Stats and Plenty Of Bad Puns:

“WILD” AND CRAZY KIDS: It’s anotha (number) one for yelling enthusiast DJ Khaled and his current hit from Grateful. The song is called “Wild Thoughts”, and it scores 115 stations on impact, making it the Most Added record at the CHR/Top 40 format. It also earns the Most Added title on this week’s CHR/Rhythmic and Urban add reports, posting 50 and 49 new stations, respectively. Of course, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller provide the non-screaming vocals on this song, which hit #2 on iTunes upon release. This is the follow-up to “I’m The One”, which is still going strong in the top five on the pop chart. (We’ll see if “Wild” affects it in the next few weeks.) If you think you’ve heard this single before, it might be because it heavily samples “Maria Maria” by Santana featuring The Product G&B, the Grammy-winning Supernatural hit that spent four weeks at #2 (3/31-4/21/00 R&R) at the format. Oh, to be ten again… in any case, look for “Wild” to be a huge multi-format success all summer long. That Rihanna reign just won’t let up!

“FEELS” LIKE A WINNER: Harris, Williams, Perry & Sean sounds like it might be one of those terrible law firms from the land of daytime TV, but it’s actually Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean coming together for a new hit off Harris’ forthcoming album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. “Feels” feels like a great collaboration for the format, and it has a stellar first week too, taking in 104 adds on impact. Along with “Wild Thoughts” above, eight of the top ten Most Added songs this week include a featured artist or are performed by multiple artists, which speaks to the continued support and success of these types of tracks. In time, however, this could result in some backlash toward the concept. We’ll just have to see what happens later this year. Next week should bring an additional collaboration into the top ten, from Machine Gun Kelly and James Arthur, while the song in the #7 spot this week, by Macklemore and Skylar Grey, should repeat its top ten status when it officially impacts at the format.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DJ KHALED featuring RIHANNA and BRYSON TILLER, “Wild Thoughts” (We The Best/Epic)
2. CALVIN HARRIS featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, KATY PERRY and BIG SEAN
, “Feels” (Columbia)
3. DAVID GUETTA featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “2U” (Atlantic-Def Jam)
4. BRUNO MARS, “Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
5-T. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE, “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
5-T. FIFTH HARMONY featuring GUCCI MANE, “Down” (Syco/Epic)
7. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY, “Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
8. CHILDISH GAMBINO, Redbone” (Glassnote)
9. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO,  “Strip That Down” (Republic)
10. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA and KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 13, 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: David Guetta and Justin Bieber easily get 2R attention with a big song for the summer, while Bruno Mars comes close to hitting the ceiling with a “Floor”. Pucker up those lips for a tasty treat, because this week’s Add Lib report is freshly served and topped with plenty of sprinkles:

GUETT USED TO IT: Chances are that if you’re not a fan of Justin Bieber, you’ll be throwing your radio out the window soon. Bieber is featured on two current top ten tracks (“Despacito (Remix)” and “I’m The One”) and is poised to grab a third spot with the Most Added record at the format today, “2U” by David Guetta. It starts at a giant 147 stations on impact. The Canadian superstar has sung on five #1 hits, both main-credited and featured, since “What Do You Mean?” (10/18/15 MB) from his Purpose album. It’s been nearly six years since Guetta reached the top of the pop chart with the Usher-assisted “Without You” (11/20-27/11 MB) from his Nothing But The Beat album, though the 49-year-old French DJ/producer has stayed active since then. Will these international stars with an international smash take a flight to #1, much like where Bieber’s other two hits appear to be headed? Could a backlash throw a wrench into those plans? Ooh, the possibilities… we’ll get back to you soon with what develops!

A FORMAT FLOORED: With the new Top 40 smash from his top-selling 24K Magic album, Bruno Mars slows things down on his way to the crown with “Versace On The Floor”. On impact, the track takes in 47 new stations, good for the runner-up slot on this week’s report. Mars’s hit ranked just below the top 50 on last Sunday’s published update, but it’s sure to make a splashy debut now. The luxury brand turns 40 years old next year, and it’ll probably be another 40 years until I can afford something from them! Four years ago, a separate single simply called “Versace”, performed by Migos, peaked at #11 (9/29/13 MB) on the Urban list. A Drake remix aided that song’s run, though it didn’t crossover to the pop format. Coming off a #1 hit in “That’s What I Like”, Mars has a bit of momentum at the moment, so look out for this retro gem to soundtrack those steamy summer nights in the heart of the season.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DAVID GUETTA featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “2U” (Atlantic-Def Jam)
2. BRUNO MARS
, “Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
3. FIFTH HARMONY featuring GUCCI MANE, “Down” (Epic)
4. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO, “Strip That Down” (Republic)
5-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, Redbone” (Glassnote)
5-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
7. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE, “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
8. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE“Unforgettable” (Eardrummers/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
9. MAJOR LAZER featuring TRAVIS SCOTT, CAMILA CABELLO & QUAVO, “Know No Better” (Mad Decent/in2une)
10. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA and KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 11, 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, it’s the night of the Tony Awards, but a quick glance of the pop chart shows no soloists named Tony! Oh, well. I guess it’s time for me to play the leading role of chart geek in another charming production of the Radio Active report, so take your seats and let the show begin:

ZEDD OF THE CLASS: It’s another week at the top of the pop survey for DJ/producer Zedd and singer Alessia Cara, who stay in place (despite a small loss in spins) for the third week with “Stay”. Collaborations have occupied the top spot for nine weeks so far this year, and that number will continue to grow in the coming weeks! Additionally, “Stay” advances 11-10 on the Hot AC radio chart. At a very impressive 322 million streams on Spotify, this is now the most streamed song for both artists. (Cara’s previous hit, “Scars To Your Beautiful”, is just behind it at an equally massive 308 million streams.) Due to a continued lack of challengers, this will get a fourth week at #1 next Sunday, though it will get more difficult beyond that chart.

Newcomer James Arthur has the only entry in this week’s top five with “Say You Won’t Let Go”, up 6-5. It recently topped the Hot AC chart, though it looks like it’ll fall short of the top spot on the CHR/Top 40 list. No new tracks enter the top ten or top 20, as that logjam rears its ugly head once again. It’s okay, kids, we’ll get through it. I hope…

IT TAKES “2”: Just two songs debut in the top 40 on this week’s pop chart. The hot summer of Justin Bieber features continues on with “2U”, the latest release from DJ and producer David Guetta. It begins at #32, and its notable entry is due to hourly airplay on iHeartMedia stations during its release day on Friday. It hit #1 on iTunes, and currently sits at #2, sandwiched between… yes, the other two hits featuring Bieber: the remix of “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (#8 this week) and “I’m The One” by DJ Khaled and friends (#7). Just a handful of top 40 titles have replaced the words “to” and “you” with a shorter “2” and “u”, including top ten tunes by The Jets (“Rocket 2 U” – #7, 4/1-8/88 R&R) and Sinéad O’Connor (“Nothing Compares 2 U” – #1, 4/20-5/4/90 R&R).

They might be down one member, but they’re up one top 40 entry this week. Now charting with their eighth top 40 song since 2013, pop quartet Fifth Harmony is in at #40 with “Down”, featuring rapper Gucci Mane. The group’s reached the top only once, with the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Work From Home” (5/29-6/5/16 MB). The last girl group to make the top ten with the original lineup, lose a member and then return to the top ten (without a replacement) was The Pussycat Dolls, who charted with “Don’t Cha” (#3, 9/2/05 R&R), “Stickwitu” (#1, 1/20-27/06 R&R) and “Buttons” (#1, 8/27-9/3/06 MB) as a sextet, then charted with “When I Grow Up” (#8, 8/10-17/08 MB) as a quintet.

MEET ME IN MONTANA: On a published chart that’s a bit forgettable, we have a debuting song called “Unforgettable”. Hey, the timing isn’t always perfect. 32-year-old French Montana scores his first main-credited entry with the single, which features Swae Lee of the duo Rae Sremmurd. The Moroccan-born rapper was featured on the remixes of two minor top 40 records from earlier this decade: Jonn Hart‘s “Who Booty” (#30, 1/20 + 2/3-17/13 MB) and Chris Brown‘s “Loyal” (#40, 6/8-15 + 6/29/14 MB). It’ll likely reach the top ten on the Rhythmic chart next week, where it ranks at #11 (up from #14) currently. (The track is also up 17-13 on the Urban radio list.) Well, Montana is The Treasure State, and several formats (and global lists) have certainly found a new one.

As far as other French feats from the chart archives, we find that one other French artist made the top 40 on the CHR chart. Dancing her way up to #3 during the first week of July in 1995, Nicki French scored her one U.S. hit with a cover of Bonnie Tyler‘s chart-topper “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” (9/23-10/7/83 R&R). Of course, I have to wonder: what would a French and French duet sound like? Je ne sais pas…

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 6, 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: Fifth Harmony goes four the Most Added title, while Bebe Rexha is at work on her “Dance” moves with Lil Wayne. Let’s dip back into those hot June tunes, even if the weather’s a bit on the cold side at the moment. (55 degrees and overcast? Really?) Here’s the forecast on these songs:

“DOWN” TO THE WIRE: It was another active week for both pre-impact and impacting singles this week, but Fifth Harmony takes the crown with “Down”. Their latest hit, featuring Gucci Mane, begins at 58 stations in its first frame, enough to become the Most Added song on the format. If that total feels underwhelming for a lead single from an album, it is. “Work From Home” scored 131 adds upon impact in March of last year. We’ll see if “Down” continues to go up on next week’s report. Meanwhile, former group member Camila Cabello ranks with the fourth Most Added title of the week, “Crying In The Club”, taking in 19 more stations. It’s closed just under 90% of the panel at this point, as it continues to build nicely.

“ARE” & BEBE: Singer and songwriter Bebe Rexha is back on the Most Added leaderboard with a new collaborator, rapper Lil Wayne, and a song title that combines two titles of previous #1 songs. “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” is on “the way” up the pop chart with a solid 25 adds this week, grabbing the 2nd Most Added spot. Of course, 2007’s “The Way I Are” by Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson and 1987’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston both spent multiple weeks atop the format’s chart, “Way” for six on Mediabase and “Dance” for three on Radio & Records. Will Rexha’s song reach that milestone as well? It’s too early to tell. Her last top 40 single, “I Got You”, peaked at #14 in March.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. FIFTH HARMONY featuring GUCCI MANE, “Down” (Epic)
2. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE
, “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
3. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA and KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
4. CAMILA CABELLO, “Crying In The Club” (Epic)
5-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, Redbone” (Glassnote)
5-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5-T. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO, “Strip That Down” (Republic)
8-T. KATY PERRY featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Swish Swish” (Capitol)
8-T. KENDRICK LAMAR, “Humble.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
8-T. MØ, “Nights With You” (RCA)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 27, 2016

Puttin' in that "Work" for #1.

Putting in that “Work” for a #1.

It might be the start of Memorial Day Weekend on the calendar, but the date is a little different in the music world. In fact, we’ll be launching a full two months ahead… at least when it comes to the week’s biggest release. Here are all the notable new albums and singles:

  • FIFTH HARMONY — 7/27 (iTunes)
    • The female quintet, who formed on the U.S. version of The X Factor several years ago, is on the verge of their first #1 at pop radio with “Work From Home”. They may also have a chance at their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, but that’s going to depend on their stream counts and track sales during the week. Regardless of position, an exciting first week awaits them.
  • DIERKS BENTLEY — Black (iTunes)
    • Bentley recently hit #1 on the Country airplay listing with “Somewhere On A Beach”, which is a pretty popular spot on any holiday weekend. This is his eighth studio set under his major-label deal, and six of them (plus a seventh set in the form of a hits compilation) have gone top ten. Will that dark title see the light next week? Stay tuned.
  • CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN — The Ride (iTunes)
    • The British rockers have their biggest hit to date on our Alternative survey with “Soundcheck”, currently in the top 15. As far as album sales go, this group is much bigger in their homeland, but there should be a notable rise in sales and peak (compared to their last effort) on the Billboard 200.
  • More albums out this week: ABC‘s The Lexicon Of Love II (iTunes), Band Of Skulls‘s By Default (iTunes), Beth Orton‘s Kidsticks (iTunes), Flume‘s Skin (iTunes), Ro James‘s Eldorado (iTunes), The Monkees‘s Good Times! (iTunes), Alice Through the Looking Glass (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Barns Courtney‘s Hands (iTunes), The Rival‘s Waves (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “80’s Films”, Jon Bellion (iTunes)
  • “All The Way Up (Remix)”, Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring Jay Z and French Montana (iTunes)
  • “Divorce Separation Blues”, The Avett Brothers (iTunes)
  • “Healing”, Vinyl Thief (iTunes) (available May 30)
  • “One Of Those Days”, Little Big Town (iTunes)
  • “Ramble On”, Train (iTunes)
  • “Solemn Oath”, Band Of Horses (iTunes)
  • “Unforgettable”, Sia (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Dan + ShayMaren MorrisTrain and more.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (February 3)

Bob's on the job.

Bob’s on the job.

The times they are a-changin’, and so is the music scene. Luckily, there are some legacy acts to balance everything out. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of February 3:

  • He’s been putting out big sellers for five decades now, but Bob Dylan is taking a slightly different approach with this latest album of his, Shadows In The Night. A strictly covers project, Dylan takes on classic tracks from Ol’ Blue Eyes, the legendary Frank Sinatra. Just about six years ago, Dylan last debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with Together Through Life; will this bring him back to the top and earn him his sixth chart-topper? Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • Due for a strong debut thanks a fan group known as the Harmonizers, pop quintet and former X Factor finalists Fifth Harmony release their first full-length album today, Reflection. Recent single “Sledgehammer” is now done on CHR radio, though it did reach a higher peak than “BO$$” and “Miss Movin’ On”. Given the weak sales period every year at this time, a #1 debut is possible with this set. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Kid Ink peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 last year with My Own Lane, and he’ll be trying to break the same region again with Full Speed. Two songs have charted at both Rhythmic and Urban radio from the new project: “Body Language” (with Usher and Tinashe) and “Hotel” (with Chris Brown.) (iTunes)
  • Once again, the music compilations are taking over the new releases schedule, as NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 53 (iTunes) and NOW That’s What I Call Movies! (iTunes) both debut, as well as WOW Gospel 2015. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Butch Walker‘s Afraid Of Ghosts (iTunes), Diana Krall‘s Wallflower (iTunes), Jeremy Camp‘s I Will Follow (iTunes), LeAnn Rimes‘s All-Time Greatest Hits (iTunes), Skizzy Mars‘s The Red Balloon Project (iTunes), Tor Miller‘s Headlights (EP) (iTunes) and Two Gallants‘s We Are Undone (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Billion”, a pre-release track from Mat Kearney. (iTunes)
  • “Brother”, a new version of a needtobreathe album cut, featuring Gavin DeGraw. (iTunes)
  • “Clint Eastwood”, a new single from Jessie James Decker. (iTunes)
  • “Hurricane”, new from the group MisterWives. (iTunes)
  • “I’m A Ruin”, the latest pre-release song by Marina & The Diamonds. (iTunes)
  • “Knock Me Out”, the debut release from Fancy Reagan. (iTunes)
  • “Let Me Down Easy”, a new single from Max Frost. (iTunes)

Next week, the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Of Grey debuts, and with several hit singles to date, it is sure to make a big splash on the charts. How will it do against Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and other big albums? A full preview is coming in seven!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (November 2014)

The radio airwaves are looking ripe this autumn as plenty of new acts and established artists crash the party with new tunes. Which ones will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of my favorites being serviced in October on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Sia
SIA – “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” (November 4) (*)
Label: RCA
After a painfully slow ride up the airplay charts, “Chandelier” finally made the top ten at several formats and got people wondering what the second single from 1000 Forms Of Fear would be. Well, the answer is… nothing? It’s a strange one, but the soundtrack cut from the upcoming remake of Annie is going to radio. Is “Smile” due for a hard knock chart life?

Fifth Harmony
FIFTH HARMONY – “Sledgehammer” (November 11) (*)
Label: Epic
Ally, Camila, Dinah, Lauren and Normani were all a few years away from being born when Peter Gabriel took his song of the same title to #1 during the summer of 1986. However, this one will be able to rank on the Hot 100 as well with its strong initial sales. (It’s since slowed down.) With a good impact week, this can go top 40 before their new album drops.

Taylor Swift
TAYLOR SWIFT – “Blank Space” (November 11) (* + **)
Label: Big Machine/Republic
One million Swifties can’t be wrong… yes, Swift is about to go over the one million mark again in her first week for 1989 and she’s looking for another #1 in this song, the followup to “Shake It Off”. Already holding firm in the runner-up spot on iTunes and looking chartbound on CHR radio for the coming Sunday update, there’s no stopping this superstar now.

Mat Kearney
MAT KEARNEY – “Heartbeat” (November 18) (**)
Label: Republic
I’m extremely excited to see Kearney out with a new single, the first from his forthcoming studio album Just Kids. Hard to believe that it’s been almost three years since the 35-year-old singer from Oregon first entered the Hot AC chart with “Ships In The Night”, which also reached the top ten on my personal top 40. The song is available digitally on Tuesday.

Michelle Chamuel
MICHELLE CHAMUEL – “Face The Fire” (November 18) (**)
Label: The End/ADA
You likely remember Chamuel from the fourth season of NBC’s show The Voice. She made it to the finals and in the end placed in second. “Fire” is her first radio single for the independent record label, which also carried “Crazy Lucky” from Better Than Ezra on the Hot AC chart during the summer. The hype may be gone, but maybe radio will feel the burn.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Imagine Dragons
IMAGINE DRAGONS – “I Bet My Life” (November 4) (* + **)
Label: Interscope
The leadoff single from the group’s second full-length album, due early next year, is already soaring towards the top 20 on Alternative and picking up quickly on AAA, so an adds date really isn’t the most necessary thing for it at this point. I think a crossover is pretty much inevitable by the end of November, so these Dragons will be breathing fire once more.

London Grammar
LONDON GRAMMAR – “Wasting My Young Years” (November 11) (**)
Label: Columbia
With an album title like If You Wait, there was going to be some waiting before the English trio could finally make a trip to the U.S., but they’re here. “Years” is the followup to their minor AAA entry “Strong”, but it was originally released in Europe back in June of 2013 when it edged into the top 40 in the United Kingdom. We’ll see what it does anything now.

The Decemberists
THE DECEMBERISTS – “Make You Better” (November 11) (**) + November 18 (*)
Label: Capitol
It’s been just under four years since The King Is Dead was released and atop the mighty Billboard 200 list. “This Is How We Fight” gave their biggest single to date. Now, they return with What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, due out in January. Hopefully, the run for this is more beautiful and not so terrible, with both formats embracing the single.

Coldplay
COLDPLAY – “Ink” (November 18) (*)
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic
They’ve had two top ten singles in a row from their album Ghost Stories: “Magic” and “A Sky Full Of Stars”, the latter of which is also their second biggest single on pop radio behind 2008’s “Viva La Vida”. Their third U.S. single is somewhat of a curious choice since “True Love” was given a music video recently, but “Ink” is another solid track from the effort.

She & Him
SHE & HIM – “Stay Awhile” (November 18) (**)
Label: Columbia
The folk duo of actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and singer/songwriter M. Ward has garnered good reviews and several top 20 albums, but the two haven’t done particularly well when it comes to airplay. With a switch to a large record label comes more of an opportunity that will probably get them some decent traction. “Stay” is a Dusty Springfield cover.

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