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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (May 21-22, 2018)

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 eight (!) fresh releases impacting this week at the Top 40 format before the holiday weekend:

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – “Youngblood” (Capitol)
Album: Youngblood (2018)
Past T40 History: The Aussie group is coming off “Want You Back”, which stalled halfway up the top 40. How will this track fare?

BACKSTREET BOYS – “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (RCA)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: One of the top boy bands of the late 90’s and early 00’s, these guys last went top 40 with 2007’s “Inconsolable”.

CASH CASH featuring ABIR – “Finest Hour” (Big Beat/RRP)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: The EDM trio has two top 40 titles to date, one of which just missed the top ten. Abir impacts for the first time.

DENNIS LLOYD – “Nevermind” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This is the Israeli newcomer’s first song to impact at this format. It was a part of a Spotify campaign worldwide.

DIPLO, FRENCH MONTANA & LIL PUMP featuring ZHAVIA – “Welcome To The Party” (Columbia)
Album: Deadpool 2 (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: This is the first time all four acts have worked together. Newcomer Zhavia was a contestant on FOX’s The Four.

JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring DJ KHALED & CARDI B – “Dinero” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Lopez’s success at this format has dwindled in recent years, though she has a sizeable 21 top 40 hits since 1999.

MIGOS featuring DRAKE – “Walk It Talk It” (Quality Control/Motown/Capitol)
Album: Culture II (2018)
Past T40 History: The darlings of the Rhythmic and Urban formats are coming off “Stir Fry”, which reached #35 here last month.

RITA ORA featuring CARDI B, CHARLI XCX & RITA ORA – “Girls” (Atlantic/RRP)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Despite some initial controversy over its lyrics, this single has charted modestly in several European territories.

Next week: There are no impacting titles due to the long weekend following Memorial Day. Summer is here!

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 (July 18, 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 girls of the pop world return to the Most Added leaderboard, as Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez release new singles, giving everyone life in the process. How fun! Who takes the pop prize? Catch the tasty Top 40 wave below…

“SORRY” SEEMS TO BE THE HOTTEST WORD: No need for a lo siento or a pardon here! Demi Lovato grabs the top slot on this week’s adds report with “Sorry Not Sorry”, starting with 62 stations on impact. It’s the first taste of her forthcoming album, which should be out sometime later this year. Lovato appears as the featured vocalist on “No Promises” by Cheat Codes, which is currently at #23 on the Top 40 chart. A music video for “Sorry” debuts tomorrow, and given its hold in the top ten on iTunes, there could be a nice sales and streaming boost in the works for it. Stay tuned! Look out for any significant movement for the song in our usual Sunday updates.

READY SET GO-MEZ: While “Bad Liar” looks to be stalling out below the top ten, peaking at #12 a couple of weeks ago, Selena Gomez wastes no time releasing a follow-up single to the format. “Fetish” features rapper Gucci Mane, and the pop panel begins its obsession with it this week, garnering 20 adds the week before it impacts. Unless a major new release drops on Friday and has a Tuesday impact date that I don’t know about yet, “Fetish” should be the leading candidate to score the Most Added title next week.

Next week, buzzing tracks from Fall Out Boy and Selena Gomez/Gucci Mane (who officially impact) will be in the mix of pop priorities at the format. Who has what it takes to top the Most Added report? Find out real soon.

1. DEMI LOVATO, “Sorry Not Sorry” (Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Honest” (Disruptor/Columbia)
“Praying” (Kemosabe/RCA)
“Get Low” (Interscope)
“Fetish” (Interscope)
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
“Mi Gente” (UMLE/Republic)
“Mama” (Capitol)
“Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
“1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 14, 2017

Some Jungle fever this week.

You can break out the sunblock, but don’t block out the hits! Another summer weekend brings up fresh new releases from many great acts. Check out the notable albums and singles this week:

FRENCH MONTANA – Jungle Rules (iTunes)
Can’t speak French? Let this funky music do the talking. Hot off his crossover smash “Unforgettable”, featuring Swae Lee from Rae Sremmurd, this album is poised to be a top-seller next week. The rapper’s previous album, Excuse My French, entered at #4 on the Billboard 200 four years ago, though he’s released a number of mixtapes and collaborations since that effort. Will this debut at the top? We’ll find out very soon.

COLDPLAY – Kaleidoscope (iTunes)
With their first new music since the A Head Full Of Dreams album at the end of 2015, this popular English band is searching for their fifth #1 release on the Billboard 200 chart. Unfortunately, it’s likely not going to happen, but its sales should be fairly solid. One of the tracks on this EP is a remix of “Something Just Like This”, with The Chainsmokers, which got to #1 on the Hot AC and Top 40 charts earlier this year.

More albums out this week: Astrid S‘s Party’s Over (Acoustic) (iTunes), Meg Mac‘s Low Blows (iTunes), Mura Masa‘s Mura Masa (iTunes), Oh Wonder‘s Ultralife (iTunes), The Vamps‘s Night & Day (iTunes), WizKid‘s Sounds From The Other Side (iTunes), Kidz Bop Kids 35 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Kirstin‘s LOVE (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Brave”, Zayde Wolf (iTunes)
“Come Back For You”, Grace Mitchell (iTunes)
“Close Enough”, R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“COPYCAT”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Dark Four Door”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Found What I’ve Been Looking For”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Goodbye”, Echosmith (iTunes)
“I Like Me Better (Cheat Codes Remix)”, Lauv (iTunes)
“King Is Born”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“Lay It On Me”, Vance Joy (iTunes)
“Lucid”, Mitch James (iTunes)
“My Little Corner Of The World”, Gin Wigmore (iTunes)
“Not Over Yet”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“One Night Only”, The Struts (iTunes)
“Paradise”, MNEK (iTunes)
“Rich Love”, OneRepublic & Seeb (iTunes)
“RIP”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Show Me”, John Splithoff featuring Madison Ryann Ward (iTunes)
“Sit Next To Me”, Foster The People (iTunes)
“Sorry Not Sorry”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Those Were The Days”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Tired (Kygo Remix)”, Alan Walker featuring Gavin James (iTunes)
“True Feeling”, Galantis (iTunes)
“Warriors”, Tigertown (iTunes)
“Woman”, Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns (iTunes)
“Your Song (Cheat Codes Remix)”, Rita Ora (iTunes)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 11, 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: Kesha makes a religious return, The Chainsmokers look for a truthful Top 40 follow-up and Zedd and Liam Payne limbo their way into a not-so-low position. If it’s what they say, I love it, so come on and collude with myself and Mediabase to get some top pop stats:

A PLEAD SUCCEEDS: From her forthcoming album Rainbow, the new poignant pop anthem from Kesha delivers a week prior to its official impact. That single is titled “Praying”, and the pop panel is showing its devotion to it, starting off with 63 stations (the Most Added song on the report) in its first week.  The singer last charted at this format as a featured artist on Pitbull‘s “Timber”, a three-week #1 from mid-January to early February 2014. Though it’s been a tough few years for the performer, through legal battle complications and more, it’s great to see her winning with a meaningful piece of music that millions of fans are embracing. Could a fifth chart-topper be in her future? I sure hope so, but that might need a little extra prayer in the meantime.

JUST BEING “HONEST”: The Chainsmokers and CHR/Top 40 radio; it’s as simple as “1-2-3” or “Bro-re-mi”. This week, the super duo flies back into the pop world with a smokin’ new release called “Honest”, which lands a total of 62 stations on impact. At just one add shy of the top spot, it’s a strong runner-up on the most recent tally. This is the duo’s third chart hit from the former #1 album Memories…Do Not Open, and the follow-up to the Coldplay-assisted “Something Just Like This”, a one-week #1 in May. It looks like Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall will continue to thrill the audience with their sincere new single, but a case of recurrentitis can strike at any moment… (cue the scary fx!)

THE DIRTY LOW-DOWN: As “Strip That Down” continues to rise into the top 20 at the format, Liam Payne is really cleaning up, as his new collaboration with Zedd makes a hot debut on the adds report. “Get Low” gets high (on the list, that is) with a really great first week of 57 stations, good for the third Most Added spot. The popular DJ and producer is coming off a major six-week #1 in “Stay”, a duet with Alessia Cara. Though the hit has dropped off significantly from the top ten peak it achieved on iTunes upon release, radio is still very much into it, so I expect that it’ll be back up in the top tier of that chart in no time. Now, back to bopping!

Next week, songs from Demi Lovato, Jorge Blanco and Kesha (who officially impacts) will all be in the mix of pop priorities at the format. Who has what it takes to top the Most Added report? Find out real soon.

1. KESHA, “Praying” (Kemosabe/RCA)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Honest” (Disruptor/Columbia)
“Get Low” (Interscope)
“Mama” (Capitol)
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
 “Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
“Hoodie” (Caroline)
“Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
“Uh Huh” (Republic)
“1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
9-T. POST MALONE featuring QUAVO,
“Congratulations” (Republic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 4, 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. Due to the Fourth Of July holiday, reporting was spotty this week, but there is a bit of add action to cover for the time being. (Of course, when things get back to normal next week, expect a much fuller report!) Here’s a taste of what Top 40 radio looks like on a hit holiday:

CHARTS AND CRAFTS: You know, I haven’t been on a good trip to Michaels lately. Believe me, you can get lost in that store for hours. Well, here’s a Michaels who appears to be sewing up a new hit at the format, and I think you’ll agree that I’m framing it well. Of course, that would be Julia Michaels and her song “Uh Huh”, which leads the patriotic pop patrol to the tune of 27 stations on this week’s report. Her song just reached the top 50 on Sunday, and though it may be affected by some specialty programming here during the first three days of the tracking week, it should be on the rise, especially due to some scheduled recurrents this Sunday. It isn’t clear how well this will do compared to “Issues”, which peaked at #4 on the last chart of June and remains in the top ten, but I will certainly be watching it. Hey, where did my pencils and paints go?

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOR-HOODIE: Pop-punk quintet Hey Violet looks to color the Top 40 chart once again with the third single from their album From The Outside. “Hoodie” dresses up the second Most Added slot this week with 19 stations, which ties it with “Go For Broke”, the Machine Gun Kelly collaboration with James Arthur. Their prior pop single, “Break My Heart” (#37, 5/21 and 6/18/17 MB), was pulled prematurely to begin working “Hoodie”. The Los Angeles band’s first hit at the format was “Guys My Age” (#18, 2/12/17 MB), which was originally released in September of last year. How high will this designer ditty rise on the chart? Could a shopping spree be in the works? That’s one hot topic that I’m sure we’ll be talking about in the coming weeks.

Next week, songs from Jonas Blue/William Singe, Loote, Rita Ora, The Chainsmokers and Zedd/Liam Payne will all be in the mix of pop priorities at the format. Who has what it takes to top the Most Added report? Find out real soon.

1. JULIA MICHAELS, “Uh Huh” (Republic)
2-T. HEY VIOLET, “Hoodie” (Caroline)
“Go For Broke” (Bad Boy/Interscope)
4. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE,
“The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
“Feels” (Columbia)
“Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
“Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
“Redbone” (Glassnote)
 “Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
“No Promises” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
“Body Like A Back Road” (MCA Nashville/Capitol)

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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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Things That Need To Stop: Twerking 9 To 5

Open up and say blah.

Open up and say blah.

When Miley Cyrus “freaked out” in her 2008 hit, “See You Again”, she brushed it off with a response from her “best friend Leslie”: Oh, she’s just being Miley. Nothing to worry about. Five years later, you know Leslie is scarred from what’s she seeing out of her B.F.F. today. I could go on about how this latest era from Cyrus is a mess, but probably the most annoying thing to come out of Cyrus’s promiscuous pageant is the need to expose twerking to a larger audience. There was a video posted a few months ago of her strutting her stuff in a unicorn onesie, but she’s also performed the dance in concert.

Twerking consists of bobbing your hips up and down in rapid motion with a lot of energy and sexual flare. Yet, these moves are not new. It originated in the South in the mid-1990’s and I first heard of it when a song called “Whistle While You Twurk” came out by the Ying Yang Twins. That was in 2000. “Twurk” became “twerk” over the years, and in the last few, it’s been included in the lyrics of several rap singles, including “Round Of Applause” by Waka Flocka Flame (#86, 2011), “Bandz A Make Her Dance” by Juicy J (#27, 2012) and “Pop That” by French Montana (#36, 2012). Even a song on Jay Z‘s latest album includes a line directed at Cyrus, “twerk Miley twerk”, and regardless of whether you see it as him encouraging her or making fun of her, it’s still become a part of pop culture. Now, a song by the group FiNaTTicZ, “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun”, is soaring up the Hot 100 and iTunes for its use in short online videos. You never know who’s going to do it next, and that’s why it needs to stop.

I don’t personally find the dance appealing because in viewing it, it’s generally performed by females to a rap song and it gets far too raunchy very quickly. It’s also meant for a different demo than the age or ethnicity than I am. Here lies a big problem. For a dance that was originated by the black community, it sure doesn’t help that Miley Cyrus, a white singer, is the poster child for the dance. She, in turn, is providing something for a mixed audience who I’m sure doesn’t the beginnings of where it came from in the first place. I’ll let another blogger explore this in depth, but I can see where there’s a certain audience who are likely annoyed that something that was regional two decades ago is now becoming mainstream. This also may be a case where history is repeating itself.

The breakout of twerking nowadays reminds me a lot of how the twist exploded in the early 60’s. It, too, was referenced in a few songs in the decades prior to it officially being named. It was provocative at the time given that it wasn’t a traditional dance step, originating in African dance. Now, granted, you couldn’t make a viral video then, but musically, it was the go-to subject to get a hit for several years. In 1960, a cover of the song “The Twist”, originally performed by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, was a huge #1 on the Hot 100 for Chubby Checker. Four other titles with “twist” in them made the Hot 100 that year, including songs by Danny & The Juniors and Fabian, and another three charted in 1961, two of which were performed by Checker, including “Let’s Twist Again” (#8).

Then, in 1962, Parkway Records decided to rerelease the original recording of Checker’s “The Twist”, becoming the only song in the Hot 100 history to go to #1 twice. The dance itself also became even bigger in its second go-around. That year alone, seven “twist” records made the top ten, 15 made the top 40, and 28 made the Hot 100. It was inescapable, all over the radio and television. Many of those big singles were by repeat artists as well: Checker had two, Gary U.S. Bonds had two, as well as Joey Dee & the Starliters, who took their version of “The Peppermint Twist” into the top spot. Things slowed down from there as more dance routines came along, specifically the limbo, which Checker’s songs also popularized. Yet, it’s not totally gone away. It’s just reduced to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Wedding circuit, which is a-OK.

The charts are much different now then they were in 1962. Then, they were based on estimations (no bar code system/computer software) of jukebox spins, radio airplay and sales. Today, the statistics are much more accurate and instant. I don’t expect there to be dozens of songs with the word “twerk” in them, but there may be one that could launch us into a similar situation and it’ll eventually get to that point whn we’ll recall when twerking was all the rage at one point. It’s bad enough that “Drop” is growing, and chances are there’s something else waiting in the wings either from this group or another similar underground act. Now, just because Billboard determined that 30-second YouTube clips of people jiggling about to Baauer‘s “Harlem Shake” were able to count towards the Hot 100’s formula, please don’t get any ideas and try to convince the powers that be that a 6-second video of “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun” on Vine constitutes a “full song”. That makes even less sense. Then again, Cyrus trying to take it on in the first place doesn’t make a whole lot of sense either.

So, guys, gals, aspiring twerkers, please save your time and your medical bills and do other stuff. Don’t twerk hard, play hard. Don’t be twerkin’ for a livin’. You can be hip without gyrating and breaking your hips. I’m sure you’ll agree.

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