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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.

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 (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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 5, 2016

On "Sale" this week.

On “Sale” this week.

Snow may be hitting the Northeast again overnight, but this week’s New Music Friday will keep you nice and toasty with all the hottest new jams. Here are this week’s notable albums and singles:

  • WIZ KHALIFA — Khalifa (iTunes)
    • Six months ago, Khalifa’s Blacc Hollywood entered at #1 on the Billboard 200 list, so it’s a bit of surprise to see a new set from him this soon. We’ll see if his recent Twitter fight gets him any added sales. Nothing from the album is currently at radio, but “Bake Sale”, an instant grat at the time of release, is still in the top 100 on iTunes.
  • FUTURE — EVOL (iTunes)
    • This album is a Saturday release, and though Khalifa has a one-day advantage, this will certainly be an interesting race to #1 for both rappers. The Georgia performer’s DS2 and collaboration on What A Time To Be Alive came in at #1 on the Billboard 200 last year, and his hot streak is definitely burning.
  • CHARLES KELLEY — The Driver (iTunes)
    • Kelley is at the wheel as his first solo effort travels the road to retail. The title track serves as the lead single, a top 50 hit at Country radio, and the set features several collaborations. It should be able to make the top 20 in sales.
  • More albums out this week: DIIV‘s Is The Is Are (iTunes), Drowning Pool‘s Hellelujah (iTunes), Elevation Worship‘s Here As In Heaven (iTunes), Elton John‘s Wonderful Crazy Night (iTunes), Foxes‘s All I Need (iTunes), Lucinda Williams‘s The Ghosts Of Highway 20 (iTunes), Majid Jordan‘s Majid Jordan (iTunes), Nothing But Thieves‘s Nothing But Thieves (iTunes), SWV‘s Still (iTunes), The Cult‘s Hidden City (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music 57 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Tigertown‘s Lonely Cities (iTunes)

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

  • “Don’t Let Me Down”, The Chainsmokers featuring Daya (iTunes)
  • “From The Ground Up”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
  • “Jimmy Choo”, Fetty Wap (iTunes)
  • “Ophelia”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
  • “Make My Love Go”, Jay Sean featuring Sean Paul (iTunes)
  • “Nervous”, Gavin James (iTunes)
  • “New Year’s Eve”, (iTunes)
  • “Pause”, SafetySuit (iTunes)
  • “Prayers/Triangle”, Deftones (iTunes)
  • “Smoke”, Brian Fallon (iTunes)
  • “Something New”, Zendaya featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
  • “The Broken”, 3 Doors Down (iTunes)
  • “Voodoo”, Allen Stone (iTunes)
  • “Whisper”, Chase Rice (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Kanye West, Lissie, Vince Gill and more.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 17, 2015

Back to the Future.

Back to the Future.

This week’s New Music Friday takes us on a ride into the Future, and pops into the present with some solid new releases across the genres. So, grab a seat and some coins, because here are this week’s new album and single releases:

  • FUTURE — DS2 (iTunes)
    • The rapper and singer from Atlanta is hoping the ol’ third time’s the charm expression will work in his favor for the release of his third studio album. His last set, Honest, reached a peak of #2 last year. With steady Urban radio play and a growing fan base, this could be the one to top the chart.
  • HIGHLY SUSPECT — Mister Asylum (iTunes)
    • This trio from Cape Cod is becoming one of the big breakouts at the Active Rock format this year with “Lydia”. It is currently surging through the top ten and aiming for the top five next week. Look out for the guys on tour during a busy month of August.
  • ALAN JACKSON — Angels & Alcohol (iTunes)
    • 25 years after his debut album was released, 56-year-old country superstar Jackson is out with his twentieth studio album this week. “Jim And Jack And Hank” is the leadoff single from it and is receiving some airplay at the format.
  • More albums out this week: Galactic‘s Into The Deep (iTunes), Iron & Wine and Bed Bridwell‘s Sing Into My Mouth (iTunes), Jason Isbell‘s Something More Than Free (iTunes), Miles Davis‘s At Newport: 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4 (iTunes), MS MR‘s How Does It Feel (iTunes), Papoose‘s You Can’t Stop Destiny (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Dale (iTunes), Ratatat‘s Magnifique (iTunes), Sublime With Rome‘s Sirens (iTunes), Tame Impala‘s Currents (iTunes), The Chemical Brothers‘s Born In The Echoes (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Clairity‘s Alienation (iTunes), Day Wave‘s Headcase (iTunes), Icona Pop‘s Emergency (iTunes), KYKO‘s Animals (iTunes), New Motion‘s Kiss (iTunes), Sevyn Streeter‘s Shoulda Been There, Pt. 1 (iTunes)

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

  • “How Deep Is Your Love”, new from Calvin Harris and Disciples. (iTunes)
  • “Leave A Trace”, new from CHVRCHES. (iTunes)
  • “Run Away With Me”, new from Carly Rae Jepsen. (iTunes)
  • “She’s Kinda Hot”, the hot new single from 5 Seconds Of Summer. (iTunes)
  • “Sugar”, a collaboration from Robin Schulz and Francesco Yates. (iTunes)
  • “Sunday Funday”, a new single from MAGIC! (iTunes)
  • “Swords”, new from M.I.A., along with an added visual. (iTunes)
  • “That’s How You Know”, new from Nico & Vinz and featured guests Bebe Rexha and Kid Ink. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include fresh releases from Bea Miller, Jill Scott and Prince Royce. See you then!

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