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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 15, 2020)

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 these very difficult times, please stay safe and don’t jeopardize your health. Here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this week:

LIPA LEADS AGAIN: Dua Lipa‘s global hit “Don’t Start Now” spends a fourth week at #1 on the Top 40 chart. With the growing concerns over the Coronavirus in the U.S. and globally, it’s unclear how much radio and the labels are in contact at this time. With a number of new shutdowns and restrictions likely to come this week, there are other things weighing on our minds at the moment. It isn’t clear how radio, as a whole, will be affected or interrupted. That being said, Lipa could earn a fifth week at the top or titles from Arizona Zervas or Blackbear could push for the top spot by next Sunday. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of action in the lower rungs:

Two acts score their first top 40 song on the Top 40 chart this week: Ali Gatie with “What If I Told You That I Love You”, up 42-37, and the duo Surfaces with “Sunday Best”, blasting from 49-38. Gatie’s song also reaches the top 40 on this week’s Hot AC chart, as the Surfaces track breaks the top 50. The recent #2 single on the Hot 100 for Future and Drake also lands in the region, as “Life Is Good” moves from 46-39 on the Top 40 chart. Though both performers have done significantly better at Rhythmic and Urban radio, this marks their fifth and 28th top 40 hits at this format, respectively. Finally, despite a decrease in spins, DaBaby‘s “Bop” is up 41-40 this week, giving the rapper his second top 40 entry to date. He’s also featured on the Camila Cabello song “My Oh My”, which rises from 11-9.

The top 50 is also full of new and emerging acts on the new chart update. The debuts are led by the duo Static & Ben El, who enter the survey at #46 with the Pitbull-assisted “Further Up (Na, Na, Na, Na, Na)”. It’s already gone to #1 in their native Israel. Landing at #47, SAINt JHN‘s “Roses” flowers on the chart, which compliments its entry into the top five on the Dance radio list. A remix by Kazakh producer Imanbek has secured top ten peaks in parts of Europe. Breland‘s viral hit “My Truck” parks at #48 this week. The Sofia Carson and R3HAB collaboration “I Luv U” comes in at #49, giving Carson her first single to enter the top 50 in nearly four years and R3HAB his first ever. Lastly, Bryce Vine debuts at #50 with “Baby Girl”. We’ll see if it becomes his fourth top 40 hit here in the coming weeks.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 24-25, 2020)

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 five singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DIPLO featuring MORGAN WALLEN & JULIA MICHAELS, “Heartless” (Columbia)
Album: Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley (2020)
Past T40 History: Wallen hasn’t previously charted here. Diplo’s collaboration with the Jonas Brothers, “Lonely”, climbed to #26.

FUTURE & DRAKE, “Life Is Good” (Freebandz/Epic)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: Four years ago, these guys peaked at #42 at the format with “Jumpman”, taken from What A Time To Be Alive.

LAUV, “Modern Loneliness” (AWAL/in2une)
Album: ~How I’m Feeling~ (2020)
Past T40 History: Lonely enough, Lauv? This follows the Anne-Marie collaboration “F**k, I’m Lonely”, a #30 single from last fall.

MEDUZA, BECKY HILL & GOODBOYS, “Lose Control” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: One prior Meduza and Goodboys collaboration, “Piece Of Your Heart”, narrowly missed hitting the top 50 here.

NEW HOPE CLUB & R3HAB, “Let Me Down Slow” (Hollywood)
Album: New Hope Club (2020)
Past T40 History: Last year, the English group received some airplay at the format for “Love Again”, but it didn’t make the top 50.

Justin Timberlake and SZA should con-troll the top of the adds report come next Tuesday with a new soundtrack cut.

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 16, 2020)

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 long weekend isn’t stopping some great action on the pop airwaves, including plenty of debuts and a return at #1. Here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this week:

NEW WEEK, OLD POST: Post Malone‘s giant hit “Circles” isn’t budging from its spot in the top three on the pop survey, where the song has planted itself since early November. Rebounding from 2-1, this is its seventh nonconsecutive week at the top. The track also holds at #2 on this week’s Hot AC chart, as it continues to try and capture the top spot there.

With their 13th top 40 hit at the format, Sam Smith debuts at #37 with the title cut from his album To Die For. The tune lands just below the top 40 at the Hot AC format, but should easily reach the region by next weekend’s update. Niall Horan also enters in the top 40 with his seventh solo hit outside of One Direction, “No Judgement”. It starts at #39. “No” is the follow-up to “Nice To Meet Ya”, a title which returns to the top 40 thanks to the Meghan Trainor and Nicki Minaj collaboration of the same name. It climbs from 44-40, marking Trainor’s 14th top 40 single to date and Minaj’s 39th on the pop airwaves.

This week’s top 50 debut action is led by DaBaby‘s recent Rhythmic and Urban radio smash “Bop”, which checks in at #46. Minaj’s collaboration with chart newcomer Karol G, “Tusa”, starts at #47. The bilingual song, which has charted well across Latin America, is likely to do well in the States with an updated version that’s predominantly sung in English. Another pair of collaborations land in the #48 and #49 positions, as Future and Drake‘s “Life Is Good” and Russ and Bia‘s “Best On Earth” enter the region. Lastly, the fifth new track in the top 50 comes from Madison Beer, who narrowly sneaks in at #50 with “Good In Goodbye”. “Life” and “Best” haven’t officially gone for adds at the format, but the other three debuts impacted on Tuesday.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 1, 2019

All we want for Christmas.

Goodbye to Halloween, hello to… Christmas? This week’s schedule is jingling all the way, but there are many other regular albums in the mix as well. Here are all the notable albums and singles hitting stores this Friday:

MARIAH CAREY – Merry Christmas (25th Anniversary Edition) (iTunes)
Features: “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, the annual classic that will likely return to the Hot 100 in the coming weeks

MIRANDA LAMBERT – Wildcard (iTunes)
Features: “It All Comes Out In The Wash”, the lead single, which is approaching the top ten on the Country radio chart

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Charlie’s Angels (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
Features: “Don’t Call Me Angel”, a collaboration from Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey, which is approaching the top 20 on the Top 40 radio chart

Notable albums out this week: Alphabeat‘s Don’t Know What’s Cool Anymore (iTunes), Cold War Kids‘s New Age Norms 1 (iTunes), Future‘s Monster (iTunes), Gang Starr‘s One Of The Best Yet (iTunes), Highly Suspect‘s MCID (iTunes), Hootie & The Blowfish‘s Imperfect Circle (iTunes), Jeff Lynne’s ELO‘s From Out Of Nowhere (iTunes), Michael Kiwanuka‘s Kiwanuka (iTunes), ‘s Walshy Fire Presents: MMMMØ – The Mix (iTunes), Monsta X‘s Follow – Find You (iTunes), New Politics‘s An Invitation To An Alternate Reality (iTunes), Patrick Stump‘s Spell (Soundtrack) (iTunes), R.LUM.R‘s Surfacing (iTunes), Yelawolf‘s Ghetto Cowboy (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: ALMA‘s Have U Seen Her? (Part I) (iTunes), Fergus James‘s All Of The Colours (iTunes), Frenship‘s Vacation (Versions) (iTunes), Lil Peep‘s Goth Sinner Angel (iTunes), Todrick Hall‘s Haus Party 3 (iTunes), WhoHurtYou‘s Stages (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“All The F–king Time”, Loote (iTunes)
“All Summer Long”, Connell Cruise featuring Charlie Finch (iTunes)
“Another Place”, Bastille featuring Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Better Day”, Young Bombs featuring Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“Carrie”, Landon Cube featuring Lil Skies (iTunes)
“Checklist”, MAX featuring Chromeo (iTunes)
“Click”, Madison Kozak (iTunes)
“Colorblind”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Do You Ever?”, Phil Good (iTunes)
“Dominos”, Northeast Party House (iTunes)
“Don’t Say (PBH & Jack Remix)”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Don’t Start Now”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Dream Boy”, Beach Bunny (iTunes)
“Famous”, Vardaan Arora (iTunes)
“Fine”, Mike Shinoda (iTunes)
“Flying (Daniel Allan Remix)”, Wrabel (iTunes)
“For My Daughter”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
“Frío”, Omar Apollo (iTunes)
“F–kyounoah”, Noah Cyrus featuring London On Da Track (iTunes)
“Funeral”, Miguel (iTunes)
“Ghosts”, Six60 (iTunes)
“Gold”, Digital Farm Animals (iTunes)
“Good For Me”, Harper Finn (iTunes)
“Graveyard (Axwell Remix)”, Halsey (iTunes)
“Heartbeats”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Heartstrings”, Felly featuring Santana (iTunes)
“Home To You”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“I Feel Love”, Sam Smith (iTunes)
“I Wanna Be Yours”, Pink Sweat$ featuring Crush (iTunes)
“International Woman Of Leisure”, La Roux (iTunes)
“Is It Just Me?”, Emily Burns (iTunes)
“It Might Be Time”, Tame Impala (iTunes)
“Kissing Other People”, Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Lalala (Remix)”, Y2K & Bbno$ with Enrique Iglesias & Carly Rae Jepsen (iTunes)
“Let It Happen”, Violet Days (iTunes)
“Lose Myself”, Faustix (iTunes)
“Love Me More”, Trippie Redd (iTunes)
“Lucky”, Chelsea Cutler & Alexander 23 (iTunes)
“Messy”, Twin XL (iTunes)
“Monsta”, BENEE (iTunes)
“Morning”, Teyana Taylor & Kehlani (iTunes)
“Motivation (Remix)”, Normani featuring 21 Savage (iTunes)
“Now I’m In It”, Haim (iTunes)
“On A Prayer”, Boy In Space featuring Shy Martin (iTunes)
“Own”, Hartley (iTunes)
“Play With Fire”, Nico Santos (iTunes)
“Rich”, Kid Ink (iTunes)
“Scumbag”, Goody Grace featuring Blink-182 (iTunes)
“Sideshow”, Jutes (iTunes)
“So Good”, Dove Cameron (iTunes)
“Somebody Else”, Katelyn Tarver (iTunes)
“Someone Else”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Something Unreal”, The Script (iTunes)
“Teeth (Live From The Vault)”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
“That Bitch”, Bea Miller (iTunes)
“The Greatest”, John Lindahl (iTunes)
“Unbroken”, Bon Jovi (iTunes)
“Used To Love”, Martin Garrix & Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“Villains”, Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“We Got Love”, Sigala featuring Ella Henderson (iTunes)
“We’re Just Kids”, Call Me Karizma (iTunes)
“What You Did (Preditah Remix)”, Mahalia featuring Ella Mai (iTunes)
“Where The Wild Things”, Labrinth (iTunes)
“Winter Wonderland”, Sam Feldt (iTunes)
“You And Me As One (Acoustic)”, Sigma & Jack Savoretti (iTunes)
“You’re The Best”, Kiesza (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from artists like Bishop Briggs, Luke Combs, Snow Patrol and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 18, 2019

“Life” on the charts.

From “Alaska” to Allentown and everywhere in-between, here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

ALICE MERTON – Mint (iTunes)
Features: “Funny Business”, currently in the top 40 at Alternative radio (as well as prior singles “Lash Out” and “No Roots”)

CODY JOHNSON – Ain’t Nothin’ To It (iTunes)
Features: “On My Way To You”, nearing the top 20 at Country radio

MAGGIE ROGERS – Heard It In A Past Life (iTunes)
Features: “Light On”, a recent #1 at Triple A radio (as well as prior single “Alaska”)

PAPA ROACH – Who Do You Trust? (iTunes)
Features: “Who Do You Trust?”, currently in the top five at Active Rock radio

Notable albums out this week: Alexander Oscar‘s Highs & Lows (iTunes), Christina Perri‘s Songs For Carmella: Lullabies & Sing-A-Longs (iTunes), Cub Sport’s Cub Sport (iTunes), Fever 333‘s Strength In Numbb333rs (iTunes), Future‘s The WIZRD (iTunes), Guster‘s Look Alive (iTunes), James Blake‘s Assume Form (iTunes), KONGOS‘s 1929, Pt. 1 (iTunes), Mabel‘s Ivy To Roses (iTunes), Mike Posner‘s A Real Good Kid (iTunes), Pedro The Lion‘s Phoenix (iTunes), Switchfoot‘s Native Tongue (iTunes), Tyler Hilton‘s City On Fire (iTunes), Kidz Bop 39 (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Dodie‘s Human (iTunes), G Flip‘s Drink Too Much (iTunes), Gone West‘s Tides (iTunes), Krowns‘s Fake It (iTunes), Utada‘s Face My Fears (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week:
“1999 (Remixes)”, Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Feeling Of Falling (Remixes)”, Cheat Codes x Kim Petras (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“7 Minutes”, Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“7 Rings”, Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“All Over Now”, The Cranberries (iTunes)
“Almost (Sweet Music)”, Hozier (iTunes)
“Always”, Gavin James featuring Philippine (iTunes)
“Arrow”, half•alive (iTunes)
“BAD!”, R3HAB (iTunes)
“Barcelona”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Be Fine” / “Old Times Sake”, RØMANS (iTunes)
“Better Man”, Juliander (iTunes)
“Big Plans”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“Body To Body”, Lilly Ahlberg (iTunes)
“Breathe”, Backstreet Boys (iTunes)
“Bridges”, Johnnyswim (iTunes)
“Cavity”, Jake Germain featuring That Kid (iTunes)
“Don’t Feel Like Crying”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Drugs”, Upsahl (iTunes)
“Fences”, Vicetone featuring Matt Wertz (iTunes)
“FU4E”, Lost Kings featuring Lauren Aqualina (iTunes)
“Genius”, LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Girl”, Maren Morris (iTunes)
“Gold”, Robbie Williams (iTunes)
“Gold”, Sam Feldt x Kate Ryan (iTunes)
“Grip”, Alec Bailey (iTunes)
“Gum”, Sam Setton (iTunes)
“Hanging On”, Quinn Lewis (iTunes)
“Heart Club”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Heave Ho”, Ben Howard (iTunes)
“Hold Your Fire”, Bad Suns (iTunes)
“Hurt”, Witt Lowry featuring Deion Reverie (iTunes)
“Hurts Like Hell (Acoustic)”, Madison Beer (iTunes)
“If Looks Could Kill”, Lauren Aqualina (iTunes)
“Is It Anything?”, Aaron Taos featuring Khary (iTunes)
“Is She Gonna Be There?”, Violet Skies (iTunes)
“Jonesing”, Myylo (iTunes)
“Keanu Reeves”, Logic (iTunes)
“Land Of The Free”, The Killers (iTunes)
“LBD”, Becky G (iTunes)
“Lick Shot”, Gorgon City (iTunes)
“Loner”, Yungblud (iTunes)
“Love Me The Same”, Dan Caplen (iTunes)
“Mi Rumba”, Sofi Tukker featuring ZHU (iTunes)
“My Love Goes On”, James Morrison featuring Joss Stone (iTunes)
“My Name Isn’t”, LOVA (iTunes)
“Never Let You Go”, Slushii featuring Sofia Reyes (iTunes)
“Nightmares”, Yung Pinch featuring Lil Skies (iTunes)
“Numb Without You”, The Maine (iTunes)
“Only Just Begun”, The Moth & The Fame (iTunes)
“Outta My Mind”, Des Rocs (iTunes)
“Pray”, Alok featuring Conor Maynard (iTunes)
“Pretty”, Terror Jr. (iTunes)
“Pure Water”, Mustard x Migos (iTunes)
“Rendezvous”, Miss Benny (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Mike Perry (iTunes)
“Sabotage”, Sam Martin (iTunes)
“Say You’ll Be There”, Campsite Dream (iTunes)
“Scared Of Love (Preditah Remix), Rudimental featuring Ray BLK & Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Shadows”, Mansionair (iTunes)
“Shine A Light”, Bryan Adams (iTunes)
“Silly Boy”, Call Me Loop (iTunes)
“Sugar”, Peking Duk & Jack River (iTunes)
“Sweet Lie”, Max Jury (iTunes)
“Temporary”, Ella Vos (iTunes)
“That’s What I’d Do”, Wrabel (iTunes)
“The Other Side”, Jukebox The Ghost (iTunes)
“Thief”, Alice Chater (iTunes)
“Throwback”, Delaney Jane & Shaun Frank (iTunes)
“Thursday”, Jess Glynne featuring H.E.R (iTunes)
“Unofficial Lover”, Kyan Palmer & nicopop. featuring Yung Lamby (iTunes)
“Wanted A Name”, FRENSHIP featuring Yoke Lore (iTunes)
“Warm Animal”, Sure Sure (iTunes)
“We Appreciate Power (BloodPop Remix)”, Grimes featuring HANA (iTunes)
“What Are We Waiting For”, VAX featuring Ellise (iTunes)
“Who’s Gonna Love You (New Version)”, Wanderer (iTunes)
“You & Me”, James TW (iTunes)
“Young”, Parachute (iTunes)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 5-6, 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 three new hits impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ARLISSA & JONAS BLUE – “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie” (Def Jam)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This is Arlissa’s first time at the Top 40 format; Blue’s “Mama” (with William Singe) reached #31 in October.

LOGAN HENDERSON – “Bite My Tongue” (HERØ/RED)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Henderson is a newcomer to this format as a soloist, but charted three times with the quartet Big Time Rush.

MEGHAN TRAINOR – “No Excuses” (Epic)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: After a rocky sophomore era, Trainor is in the hunt for her ninth top 40 entry and second #1 title at the format.

Also look out for: a reissue of “Échame La Culpa”, with a newly-released remix featuring added English lyrics, by Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato, as well as potentially significant action on “Top Off”, a collaboration combining the talents of DJ Khaled, Jay-Z, Future and Beyoncé, credited as just B.

Next week: new releases from In Real Life, Kent Jones and superstar Taylor Swift officially launch here, though Jones’s song (“Merengue”) is already charting. Will Swift be delicate with her competitors? Stay tuned.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 26, 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. As for the Thanksgiving leftovers, there will be no more stuffing for me, but I will be stuffing your eyes and ears with some top tunes and stats from the pop airwaves. Yum! The fun starts here:

HAVAN-A GOOD WEEK: Scoring her second #1 pop hit since leaving the group Fifth HarmonyCamila Cabello‘s “Havana”, featuring Young Thug, claims the top spot on this week’s Top 40 chart. It surpasses “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons by just over 140 spins, indicating just how close the race to the top was all week long. The 20-year-old singer previously reached the top with the song “Bad Things”, a collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly, which led for two weeks in February. Cabello’s forthcoming album is now done, with a release expected sometime next year. (It’s unclear which of the handful of songs she’s released to date will be on it, but the inclusion of “Havana” in the mix seems pretty likely.)

The biggest mover in this week’s top 50 comes from Ohio’s Walk The Moon and “One Foot”, climbing from 43-34 to become their second top 40 hit at the format since 2015. Rising from 33-25, “End Game” by Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Future looks like a sure top ten entry in the next few weeks, though “…Ready For It?” (up 13-11) needs to make it there first! Her album reputation is at #1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week. The two hits are also up significantly on the Hot AC survey, with “Foot” rising 36-28 and “Game” climbing 46-37, marking Swift’s 24th top 40 song at the format.

IN LOVE WITH “LOVE”: In a world full of hate, it’s nice to know that love still exists on the airwaves. In fact, a pair of songs that use the world in their titles seem to find lovable debuts on this week’s pop chart. The higher of the two is the title cut off Tell Me You Love Me, the recent top five album from Demi Lovato. “Tell” is new at #47, while lead single “Sorry Not Sorry” slips a notch to #5. Lovato is sure to perform the hot track on her upcoming Jingle Ball Tour dates through the middle of December and her spring tour next year with professional screamer DJ Khaled, though it would certainly be better if he didn’t yell his way through it. (Yes, I may poke fun at DJ Khaled entirely too much, but deafness is real, kids.)

Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar‘s “Love.”, featuring newcomer Zacari, bows at #50 on the current chart. The track, which impacted at the Top 40 format last Tuesday after a number of early adds in the past month, appears at #3 and #6 on the Rhythmic and Urban charts, respectively, gaining in spins at both formats. His #1 album Damn. and lead release “Humble.” are two of the top contenders for the three of the Big Four categories (Album, Record and Song of the Year) at the 2018 Grammy Awards. All the nominations will be announced on Tuesday morning, so check back to see how your favorites do!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 19, 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. This weekend, we’re mourning the losses of AC/DC rocker Malcolm Young and country singer Mel Tillis, both of whom charted for several decades. We’re also thinking of TV and music star David Cassidy, who remains in critical condition in a Florida hospital. Here’s this week’s report:

IMAGINE THAT: Congrats to Imagine Dragons who now have their second #1 at the pop format with “Thunder”, soaring from 4-1 this week. Previously, the Las Vegas band led for one week in December 2013 with “Demons”, which wasn’t necessarily the most memorable chart-topper this decade. (I suppose that’s because most people think “Radioactive” was some massive pop #1, though it actually spent three weeks at #2 behind Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines”, featuring Pharrell and T.I., in July and August 2013.) A second week at the top is possible for “Thunder”, though Camila Cabello‘s “Havana” (featuring Young Thug, up 5-3) could crash the party next week, given its gain of 2,500 spins in the last seven days.

Given the slower-than-normal week at the format, most likely due to the proximity to Thanksgiving, just a couple of singles take big leaps up the chart. One of them, the Selena Gomez and Marshmello collaboration called “Wolves”, howls up ten notches to #19. It’s Gomez’s fourth single to reach the region this year. However, sporting an even more impressive move is “End Game”, jumping a massive 17 spots from 50-33 for Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Future. “End” becomes the 28th top 40 hit for Swift, the 15th for Sheeran and the fourth for Future, all of which have come via features for the lattermost act. Will it reach the top spot? Stay tuned.

SOMEWHERE TO WALK: Whether it’s on water or the moon, there’s a whole lot of walking when it comes to top 50 debuts, and the two entries walking it out land back-to-back on this week’s chart. Ohio’s Walk The Moon are looking for their second chart hit in the top 40 with “One Foot”, which comes in at #43. It’s the first single from the quartet’s What If Nothing album, and it currently stands at #9 and #35 on the Alternative and Hot AC lists, respectively. Eminem‘s latest single with Beyoncé, “Walk On Water”, is one notch below that at #44. The rapper’s forthcoming Revival album had a reported November 17 release date across several trade sites, but has yet to surface at any retailer.

This week’s chart also gets collaborative with debuts from Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels, new at #47 with “I Miss You”, and a N.E.R.D and Rihanna single called “Lemon”, which squeezes in at #49. The latter song is N.E.R.D’s first to make the top 50 at the Top 40 format, though 2004’s “She Wants To Move” just missed charting in April 2004. (It peaked at #52 early that month.) One of the group’s members, Pharrell, has sung on twelve top 40 hits on the Top 40 airwaves, nine of which were featured appearances.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 24, 2017

Ready to paint the Town.

Ready to paint the Town.

We all try to look to the future in some way or another, but this week, we can really look to the Future (and plenty of other acts!) on the new releases schedule. Here are some of this week’s new albums and singles:

LITTLE BIG TOWN – The Breaker (iTunes)
From “Better Man” to even better results, this group’s newest hit looks to be a multi-week #1 on the Country radio chart. Though the set may fall short of #1 on the Billboard 200, it’ll definitely be a strong chart-topper on the Country albums list. It should be another great era for the quartet, who released their first album in 2002.

FUTURE – HNDRXX (iTunes)
I know what you’re saying: “Didn’t he just release an album last week?” He did. Going for two consecutive #1 albums in two weeks is a huge challenge, but this Atlanta rapper certainly has the potential to do it. He does face some competition, however, so stay tuned!

JOHN MAYER – The Search For Everything – Wave Two (EP) (iTunes)
Another month, another Mayer EP. This blog certainly approves! This one features the single “Still Feel Like Your Man”, one of four new songs. It should start out in the top five, just as his last EP did. It’s one of our top choices for the week.

More albums out this week: Aaron Watson‘s Vaquero (iTunes), Old 97’sGraveyard Whistling (iTunes), Prince Royce‘s FIVE (iTunes), The Shack (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bea Miller‘s Chapter One: Blue (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Bellyache”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Buttons”, Emma Dewing (iTunes)
“By Your Side”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“Celebrate”, Hundred Handed (iTunes)
“Crazy (Alison Wonderland Remix)”, Lido (iTunes)
“Focus”, BIYO (iTunes)
“Get Closer (Joe Mason Remix)”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Going To Mars”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“Heavy”, POWERS (iTunes)
“Heartlines (Mount Remix)”, Broods (iTunes)
“I’m A Lady”, Meghan Trainor (iTunes)
“Just The Same”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Light Outside”, Absofacto (iTunes)
“Lonely Again”, gnash (iTunes)
“Open Your Eyes”, Sam Feldt & Hook N Sling (iTunes)
“Playboy”, Trey Songz (iTunes)
“Redrum”, Era Istrefi featuring Felix Snow (iTunes)
“Rocks”, Life Of Dillon (iTunes)
“Say Love”, Julian Jordan featuring Sj (iTunes)
“Secondhand Hurt”, Devin Dawson (iTunes)
“Shape Of You (Major Lazer Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Slide”, Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean & Migos (iTunes)
“Some Kinda Wonderful (Pretty Sister Remix)”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Something Just Like This”, The Chainsmokers and Coldplay (iTunes)
“Stay”, ZeddAlessia Cara (iTunes)
“Strangers”, Tritonal (iTunes)
“Superficial Love (2.0)”, Ruth B. (iTunes)
“Swalla”, Jason Derulo featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Wave Your Flag”, Afrojack featuring Luis Fonsi (iTunes)
“Where The Girls Are”, Josh Turner (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Ed Sheeran, Khalid and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 17, 2017

A look into the Future...

A look into the Future…

Try to wrap your head around all these rap releases… some big names are in the mix this time around! For more Friday fun, here are some of this week’s new albums and singles:

FUTURE – Future (iTunes)
The release of this set was announced just days ago, but it looks like it could be the highest new entry (and likely #1) on the Billboard 200 next week. No tracks from it are currently on the radio, with “Used To This” remaining a stand-alone release, but I’m guessing a few of them will show up on the charts within the next few days. Look for a massive streaming presence for this album.

FAT JOE & REMY MA – Plata O Plomo (iTunes)
From last year’s “All The Way Up” to current single “Money Showers”, the two New York rappers have found some major success on the Rhythmic and Urban formats, which comes years after their last notable radio hits. Full of plenty of featured guests, this is likely to achieve some good numbers and placement next week. Just how high will it go? Stay tuned.

RYAN ADAMS – Prisoner (iTunes)
This is singer/songwriter Adams’s first studio album since the fall of 2015, and with four top ten albums to date, he’s hoping to make it five with this one. Lead single “Do You Still Love Me?” seems to have stalled just under the top ten on the Triple A chart, so I guess the answer is “maybe not.” However, the album should still have a solid debut.

CHARLIE WILSON – In It To Win It (iTunes)
Wilson, the former leader of The Gap Band, recently scored another top ten solo single on the Urban AC chart with “I’m Blessed”. At the current time, it’s at #10 and gaining. The 64-year-old singer’s album should debut in the top 40, perhaps closer to the top 20.

More albums out this week: Alison Krauss‘s Windy City (iTunes), Jidenna‘s The Chief (iTunes), Nikki Lane‘s Highway Queen (iTunes), The Orwells‘s Terrible Human Beings (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Animal Collective‘s The Painters (iTunes), Bebe Rexha‘s All Your Fault: Pt. 1 (iTunes), Jessie James Decker‘s Gold (iTunes), Maggie Rogers‘s Now That The Light Is Fading (iTunes), The Unlikely Candidates‘s Bed Of Liars (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Kindly Reminder”, Passenger (iTunes)
“All On Me”, Devin Dawson (iTunes)
“Bite My Tongue (Kat Krazy Remix)”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Cold”, Maroon 5 featuring Future (iTunes)
“Empty”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Everyone’s Talking”, James Hersey (iTunes)
“Ex”, James TW (iTunes)
“Fragments”, Jack Johnson (iTunes)
“Game Time”, Flo Rida featuring Sage The Gemini (iTunes)
“Giants”, Take That (iTunes)
“Hard To Love (Acoustic)”, Matthew Koma (iTunes)
“Heartlines (Acoustic)”, Broods (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Heavy”, Linkin Park featuring Kiiara (iTunes)
“How Would You Feel (Paean)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“I Don’t Wanna Dance”, Coin (iTunes)
“In The Arms Of A Stranger (Grey Remix)”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“It Ain’t Me”, Kygo featuring Selena Gomez (iTunes)
“London”, Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Love Less”, R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“Machine”, Misterwives (iTunes)
“Nimble Bastard”, Incubus (iTunes)
“Options”, Pitbull featuring Stephen Marley (iTunes)
“Praying”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Rough Draft”, Sarah Solovay (iTunes)
“Suit And Jacket”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“Till You’re Loved”, Mr. Probz (iTunes)
“Time Of Our Lives”, James Blunt (iTunes)
“When Someone Stops Loving You”, Little Big Town (iTunes)
“Work Of Art”, Jamie Cullum (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Aaron Watson, Little Big Town and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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