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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 16, 2019

The Streets are talking this week.

If you want another quality week of cool releases, then look no further than these top titles, which look to take control of the top spot on the biggest charts in the world. Here are all the top new albums and singles hitting stores for Friday:

ILLENIUM – Ascend (iTunes)
Features: The Jon Bellion-assisted “Good Things Fall Apart”, which is currently approaching the top ten on the Alternative radio chart

VARIOUS ARTISTS (QUALITY CONTROL) – Control The Streets, Vol. 2 (iTunes)
Features: Collaborations with artists like City Girls, Lil Yachty, Migos (and its individual members) and many more

Notable albums out this week: A$AP Ferg‘s Floor Seats (iTunes), Curren$y‘s Hot August Nights (iTunes), Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors‘s Dragons (iTunes), Frank Turner‘s No Man’s Land (iTunes), Killswitch Engage‘s Atonement (iTunes), King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard‘s Infest The Rats Nest (iTunes), Lionel Richie‘s Hello From Las Vegas (iTunes), Red Hearse‘s Red Hearse (iTunes), Rodney Crowell‘s Texas (iTunes), Sleater-Kinney‘s The Center Won’t Hold (iTunes), Snoh Aalegra‘s – Ugh, Those Feels Again (iTunes), Snoop Dogg‘s I Wanna Thank Me (iTunes), The Hold Steady‘s Thrashing Thru The Passion (iTunes), Tracy Lawrence‘s Made In America (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Benedict Cork‘s Letters To Strangers (iTunes), Dylan Scott‘s An Old Memory (iTunes), FLETCHER‘s You Ruined New York City For Me (iTunes), Sara Bareilles‘s What’s Not Inside: The Lost Songs From Waitress (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Lot On Ur Plate”, Father (iTunes)
“Ain’t Nobody’s Baby”, Frawley (iTunes)
“Be Honest”, Jorja Smith featuring Burna Boy (iTunes)
“Beer Drinkin’ Weather”, Canaan Smith (iTunes)
“Benjamin”, Akon (iTunes)
“Better For Ya”, OMI (iTunes)
“Black Hole”, HANA (iTunes)
“Boy Bye”, BROCKHAMPTON (iTunes)
“Change”, Arin Ray & Kehlani (iTunes)
“Cool 4 Me”, Stefan Benz (iTunes)
“Crazy Enough”, Julie Bergan (iTunes)
“Cross You Out”, Charli XCX featuring Sky Ferreira (iTunes)
“Dollar (Lemaitre Remix)”, Electric Guest (iTunes)
“Dream Boy”, Waterparks (iTunes)
“Easier (Remix)”, 5 Seconds Of SummerCharlie Puth (iTunes)
“Fly Like An Eagle”, Stereophonics (iTunes)
“Go Somewhere”, KREAM & RANI (iTunes)
“God’s Favorite”, Travis Thompson (iTunes)
“Hallucinations”, PVRIS (iTunes)
“Hate Me (R3HAB Remix)”, Ellie Goulding & Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Heart Explodes”, The Darkness (iTunes)
“Heartless”, Diplo featuring Morgan Wallen (iTunes)
“Heavy Sh*t”, Blake Rose (iTunes)
“Hell Right”, Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins (iTunes)
“Higher”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Highwomen”, The Highwomen (iTunes)
“Home”, Martin Garrix featuring Bonn (iTunes)
“How Do You Sleep? (Acoustic)”, Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Hot (AZTX Remix)”, Kenzie (iTunes)
“How To Be Human”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“Ice Cream”, Ambjaay (iTunes)
“Indigo”, 88rising & NIKI (iTunes)
“Keeping It In The Dark”, Daya (iTunes)
“Left For Denver”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“Legend”, SOB x RBE (iTunes)
“Let’s Lay Low”, Plain White T’s (iTunes)
“Like The Way I Do”, Cascada (iTunes)
“Lose You”, Noah Gundersen (iTunes)
“Losing Me”, Gabrielle Aplin & JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Love Got You”, Clear Six (iTunes)
“Lover”, Taylor Swift (iTunes)
“Magic”, Wrabel (iTunes)
“Malicious”, Bruce Wiegner (iTunes)
“Middle Of Somewhere”, The Neighbourhood (iTunes)
“MLK BLVD”, Jeezy featuring Meek Mill (iTunes)
“Motivation”, Normani (iTunes)
“My Brother” / “So Cal”, Cal (iTunes)
“Need U”, DVBBS (iTunes)
“Nobody Wins”, WhoHurtYou (iTunes)
“Ocean”, VÉRITÉ (iTunes)
“One Of Us”, Liam Gallagher (iTunes)
“Ooh La La (Another Version – Acoustic)”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Playing Games”, Anna Of The North (iTunes)
“Pretty Please”, Allan Rayman (iTunes)
“Ransom (Remix)”, Lil Tecca & Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Retrograde”, Hardwell (iTunes)
“Rock Bottom”, Grandson (iTunes)
“Rock Witchu”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Roots”, Valerie Broussard & Galantis (iTunes)
“Rumble”, ZAYDE WØLF (iTunes)
“Running”, Arlissa (iTunes)
“Sextasy”, Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Shadow”, Macklemore featuring IRO (iTunes)
“Skinny Boys”, Myylo (iTunes)
“Something To Believe In”, Jackson Harris (iTunes)
“Stayaway”, MUNA (iTunes)
“Stranger’s Arms (Remix)”, Lo Lo featuring DCF (iTunes)
“Strong (Dexter Remix)”, Christian Paul (iTunes)
“Sweater”, Phem (iTunes)
“There For You”, Gorgon City & MK (iTunes)
“Tiny Love”, MIKA (iTunes)
“Title”, Kiana Ledé (iTunes)
“To The Ground”, Death Cab For Cutie (iTunes)
“Trustfall”, Peter Wise (iTunes)
“Waiting Game”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“We’re Gonna Make It”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“We’re Not Friends”, Ingrid Andress (iTunes)
“Welcome To The Party (Remix)”, Pop Smoke featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“What Am I Gonna Do With You”, Sophia Messa (iTunes)
“What’s It Like”, You Me At Six (iTunes)
“Wild Blue”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Yo x Ti, Tú x Mí”, ROSALÍA x Ozuna (iTunes)
“You Ain’t The Problem”, Michael Kiwanuka (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from artists like Midland, Taylor Swift 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 (February 19, 2019)

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: yes, “Please”, it’s a big week for the latest collaboration from Cardi B and Bruno Mars, the leader of a strong pack of releases that entered the top ten. Let’s add ’em up:

HITS, IF YOU “PLEASE”: In a pretty competitive session at the format, Cardi B and Bruno Mars easily please the pop panel for the second time with their track “Please Me”, which follows their collaboration “Finesse”, a #1 hit from March of last year. “Please” earns a triple-digit sum of 146 stations during its first full week. The cut quickly raced into the top 30 by last Sunday’s official chart and is looking strong so far this week, as it holds steady at #2 on iTunes and in the top five on Apple Music. Furthermore, the track tops both the Rhythmic and Urban reports this week, finishing with 64 and 69 stations, respectively. Though no album from either of the two performers is expected anytime soon, the instant success of this single could change that.

Other highlights from this Tuesday’s report include a second place finish for “365”, another giant collaboration by Zedd and Katy Perry, which scores 281 fewer stations than the number in its total (which amounts to a very respectable 84.) After entering in the top 50 (#48) on last Sunday’s published update, the song should easily crack the top 40 by this coming weekend’s list. Settling into third place, “Last Hurrah” by Bebe Rexha is also performing pretty well with the Top 40 panel and could chart by Sunday. “Last” begins with a still strong total of 70 stations for its first week. Add totals for the rest of the top ten drop off significantly from there.

The party begins again on Tuesday with the impact of Billie Eilish‘s “When The Party’s Over”, going up against a song that enters top ten a week early: “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” (#7, tied) from Panic! At The Disco.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. CARDI B & BRUNO MARS, “Please Me” (Atlantic)
2. ZEDD & KATY PERRY, “365” (Interscope-Capitol)
3. BEBE REXHA, “Last Hurrah” (Warner Bros.)
4. ARIANA GRANDE, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” (Republic)
5. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Who Do You Love” (Disruptor/Columbia)
6. MABEL, “Don’t Call Me Up” (Capitol)
7-T. LIL PEEP & ILOVEMAKONNEN featuring FALL OUT BOY, “I’ve Been Waiting” (Columbia)
7-T. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
9. FLETCHER, “Undrunk” (Snapback/Capitol)
10. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Bad Liar” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 12, 2019)

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: Ariana Grande keeps it “Up” at the format with the latest radio song off her most recent album, but she’s not the only artist with big stats this week. Let’s add ’em up:

HER BIG “BREAK”: It’s a mouthful to say, but it’s definitely a winner with the pop panel this week. Grande’s cut “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” from the chart-topping thank u, next album earns the Most Added title on this Tuesday’s report, ending the day with 85 stations on impact. The single reached the top 50 on last Sunday’s report and should be closing in on the top 30 by Sunday’s final tally. Of course, this comes as “7 rings” continues its ascent towards the top, while the title track from the album has its descent after a week at the top earlier this year. We don’t think the format will be breaking up with her anytime soon…

Meanwhile, the collaboration from The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds Of Summer, “Who Do You Love”, comes in with a very strong second place finish and 75 stations during its first week. It also reached the top 50 for last Sunday’s published chart and will enjoy a great climb into the top 40 by this coming weekend. The EDM duo remains in the top ten here with the Kelsea Ballerini-assisted “This Feeling”, while the pop/rock quartet earned their first #1 last September with “Youngblood”.

Calling on Top 40 stations next Tuesday will be Mabel‘s “Don’t Call Me Up”, which is already a big record in England and Ireland.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (TWELVE)
1. ARIANA GRANDE, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” (Republic)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Who Do You Love” (Disruptor/Columbia)
3. FLETCHER, “Undrunk” (Snapback/Capitol)
4. LIL PEEP & ILOVEMAKONNEN featuring FALL OUT BOY, “I’ve Been Waiting” (Columbia)
5-T. DUA LIPA, “Swan Song” (Warner Bros.)
5-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Bad Liar” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
7. ALLY BROOKE featuring TYGA, “Low Key” (Latium/Atlantic)
8. MKTO, “How Can I Forget” (Crooked Paintings/BMG)
9. GREY featuring LÉON, “Want You Back” (Island/Republic)
10-T. JON BELLION, “Stupid Deep” (Visionary/Capitol)
10-T. KHALID, “Talk” (Right Hand/RCA)
10-T. NF, “If You Want Love” (Caroline)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 10, 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. As the Grammy Awards hit the small screen this evening, providing some great performances and equally great wins, let’s see what’s popping on the radio this Sunday:

“ME” TIMES THREE: Recent Saturday Night Live host and singer Halsey stays at #1 for a third week with “Without Me” with a small drop in spins from last week. At this time, “Without” is well ahead of competition and is poised to remain at the summit for its fourth week, but this could change around the midweek point. We’ll see what happens. Meanwhile, there’s a massive amount of new entries and big movers towards the bottom half of the survey, so let’s not waste any time and dig into those titles…

The action starts at #30 with newcomer FLETCHER‘s first top 40 tune, “Undrunk”, soaring from #45 last week. It’s the first of five tracks that are new to the region this week, which is followed by “Bad Liar” by Imagine Dragons, moving from 42-32. This is their tenth time in the top 40 at this format. Further down, George Ezra‘s “Shotgun” shoots into the top 40, moving from 41-38. The hit is his first to make the top 40 here since 2015’s “Budapest”, which reached #18 that June. One spot below that single, “Giant” moves from 44-39 for Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man in their first collaboration together. Individually, the two artists collect their 20th and second top 40 songs, respectively. Closing things out, NF scores his third top 40 entry with “If You Want Love”, up 43-40.

There are six (!) additional debuts in the top 50 this week from a range of performers and collaborations: the highest of them is “I’ve Been Waiting” from Lil Peep and iLoveMakonnen featuring Fall Out Boy at #43. The new radio single from Ariana Grande‘s thank u, next album, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored”, follows at #44. Ally Brooke scores her first solo hit with the Tyga-assisted “Low Key” at #45, while format newcomer Jeremy Zucker lands at #47 with “comethru”. “Who Do You Love” comes onto the chart at #48 for The Chainsmokers featuring 5 Seconds Of Summer, which is likely to have a solid impact week (as should Grande’s new entry) on Tuesday. Last, but certainly not least, Jake Miller‘s “Wait For You” is in at #50. Phew… that was a lot. Stay tuned for more chart craziness next week.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 5, 2019)

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 Top 40 radio panel is sipping on newcomer FLETCHER‘s single, one of the many standouts in a very busy week at the format. Let’s get undrunk and add ’em up:

FLETCH ME IF YOU CAN: With over half a dozen new titles impacting at the format this week, there were plenty of choices for pop programmers during the current session. One that made a particularly big statement was “Undrunk” by FLETCHER, who may be new to the format, but is certainly known for a number of songs in the streaming world. The song scores with 67 stations to lead the report, up from #7 on last Tuesday’s log. “Undrunk” should soar into the top 40 during the coming days and become official on the published report this coming Sunday.

Singer Ally Brooke, currently on the Top 40 airwaves with a solo single outside of Fifth Harmony, has a fairly decent start with the Tyga-assisted “Low Key”, which keys in the code for 32 stations on impact. The total should be more than enough action to get the song into the top 50 by the weekend. “Low” ties for third place on this week’s list with “I’ve Been Waiting”, a release credited to three performers: Lil Peep and iLoveMakonnen with a featured appearance by Fall Out Boy. The latter two acts have reached the top 40 at the format before, and it could be the first (and first posthumous entry) for Lil Peep.

Next week could be a great week for MKTO‘s song “How Can I Forget”, but how will the competition fare, including a forthcoming collaboration from The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds Of Summer? Stay tuned.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. FLETCHER, “Undrunk” (Snapback/Capitol)
2. DUA LIPA, “Swan Song” (Warner Bros.)
3-T. ALLY BROOKE featuring TYGA, “Low Key” (Latium/Atlantic)
4-T. LIL PEEP & ILOVEMAKONNEN featuring FALL OUT BOY, “I’ve Been Waiting” (Columbia)
5. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Bad Liar” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
6. SAM SMITH & NORMANI, “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol-RCA)
7. GREY featuring LÉON, “Want You Back” (Island/Republic)
8-T. ALESSIA CARA, “Out Of Love” (Def Jam)
8-T. DRAX PROJECT featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “Woke Up Late” (300 Ent./in2une)
10. JAKE MILLER, “Wait For You” (RED)
10-T. JEREMY ZUCKER, “comethru” (Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 4-5, 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 four new titles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DRAX PROJECT featuring HAILEE STEINFELD – “Woke Up Late” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
Album: Noon (EP) (2018)
Past T40 History: Originally a top 20 hit in their native New Zealand, the Drax Project hopes to attain their first U.S. top 40 entry.

FLETCHER – “Undrunk” (Snapback/Capitol)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Known for streaming hits like “I Believe You” and “War Paint”, this marks the artist’s first single to impact here.

IMAGINE DRAGONS – “Bad Liar” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
Album: Origins (2018)
Past T40 History: Though “Natural” narrowly missed the top ten here, the band can easily return to the region with this future hit.

LSD (LABRINTH/SIA/DIPLO) featuring LIL WAYNE – “Genius” (RECORDS/Columbia)
Album: LSD (2019)
Past T40 History: The trio’s previous single, “Thunderclouds”, which was featured in a Samsung commercial, went to #22 last fall.

Next week: A collaboration from Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke and Tyga leads the pack next Tuesday, as duo MKTO is on the hunt for their first top 40 entry in 3-1/2 years.

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

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 3, 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. In the Super Bowl of pop, only one song can win the top spot each week. Who scores a Top 40 touchdown this time around? Let’s see what’s popping this Sunday:

IT’S “ME” AGAIN:  Halsey‘s “Without Me” easily secures a second week at #1 on the Top 40 chart, with little competition behind her. It’s her 14th career week atop the survey at the format. The smash should hold there for a third week, as it looks as though she’ll eventually replace herself at the top later this month: “Eastside”, performed by Benny Blanco, herself and Khalid, is slowly rising up the top 40 and is the highest-charting song that’s bulleted this week. The collaboration remains at #4 and continues to gain spins in its 28th (!) week in the top 40.

Larger top 40 action this week comes from Dua Lipa‘s “Swan Song”, which climbs from 49-33 in its second week in the top 50, and Sabrina Carpenter‘s “Sue Me”, which climbs from 42-37 after about a month in the top 50. It’s the eighth top 40 song for Lipa, as well as the fourth for Carpenter. The latter artist’s three previous chart entries all reached the top 30, but could never quite ease into the top 20. We’ll see if this tune can make it happen. Meanwhile, the former artist is searching for her second #1 single at the format with this soundtrack cut from Alita: Battle Angel, out in just over a week.

FLETCHER earns her first top 50 entry at the format with the song that checks in at #45 this week, “Undrunk”. It’s the first of four debuts in this region of the chart, which also includes the new single from Alessia Cara, “Out Of Love”, landing at #47. A few spots lower, two collaborations round out the new tracks: “Woke Up Late” by the Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld bows at #49 and “Body Talks” by The Struts featuring Kesha comes in at #50. The latter title just missed the top ten on the Alternative list last fall, while the former was a sizable hit in New Zealand (in its original form without Steinfeld) last year.

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