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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 15, 2017

This “River” is flowing to #1.

As we celebrate the third night of Hanukkah, just under two weeks away from Christmas, PGTC wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season! If you still need a present or two for that music fan in the family, here are all the albums and singles you need to know about this Friday:

EMINEM – Revival (iTunes)
Featuring the Beyoncé-assisted lead single “Walk On Water”, and the Ed Sheeran-assisted follow-up “River”, the latest set by this rap superstar is full of big stars and talented producers. It’s hard to tell just how huge this album will be in its first week out, but there’s no doubt that it’ll be entering at the top. Stay tuned!

G-EAZY – The Beautiful & Damned (iTunes)
This rapper is climbing up the Top 40 radio chart in a duet with Halsey titled “Him & I”, while lead single “No Limit”, featuring A$AP Rocky & Cardi B, is still dominating the Rhythmic and Urban airwaves. You can expect this one in the top five as well.

More albums out this week: Asking Alexandria‘s Asking Alexandria (iTunes), Boosie Badazz‘s BooPac (iTunes), Charli XCX‘s Pop 2 (iTunes), Linkin Park‘s One More Light: Live (iTunes), N.E.R.D‘s No One Ever Really Dies (iTunes), Sir Rosevelt‘s Sir Rosevelt (iTunes), Bright: The Album (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: TBA

More EPs out this week: Delta Rae‘s The Blackbird Sessions (iTunes), Jessie Ware‘s Your Domino (Live) (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“&burn”, Billie Eilish & Vince Staples (iTunes)
“Belong”, Cash Cash & Dashboard Confessional (iTunes)
“Boom Boom (Tiësto Remix)”, RedOne, Daddy Yankee, French Montana & Dinah Jane (iTunes)
“Burden Down”, Jennifer Hudson (iTunes)
“Champion (Remix)”, Fall Out Boy featuring RM of BTS (iTunes)
“Do Right”, Glades (iTunes)
“Eyes Off You”, PHANGS (iTunes)
“Flicker”, SJ (iTunes)
“Forever”, Sigma featuring Quavo, Tinie Tempah, Yxng Bane & Sebastian Kole (iTunes)
“I Don’t Want U Back”, BØRNS (iTunes)
“I Know You (Majestic Remix)”, Craig David featuring Bastille (iTunes)
“Last To Leave”, Louis The Child featuring Caroline Ailin (iTunes)
“liability (demo)”, Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“Man’s Not Hot (Christmas Edition)”, Big Shaq (iTunes)
“Miracle Man”, AWOLNATION (iTunes)
“Naked (Acoustic Version)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Never The Right Time”, Janine (iTunes)
“Parachute”, Jaymes Young (iTunes)
“Pay The Man (Remix)”, Foster The People featuring J.I.D & Saba (iTunes)
“Perfect”, Ed Sheeran & Andrea Bocelli (iTunes)
“Reckless Lover”, Handsome Ghost (iTunes)
“Scorpio”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“Static”, Brasko (iTunes)
“Stuck With Me”, The Neighbourhood (iTunes)
“Tell Me You Love Me (NOTD Remix)”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“The Break Up”, Machine Gun Kelly (iTunes)
“The Weekend (Funk Wav Remix)”, SZA & Calvin Harris (iTunes)
“Then”, Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Trigger Bang”, Lily Allen featuring Giggs (iTunes)
“Twisted”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“U.R. Beautiful (Acoustic Version)”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Want Too Much”, Peter Wise (iTunes)

Happy Holidays! Unless any last-minute releases pop up for next week, the NMF report will return in 2018. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!


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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (December 12, 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: G-Eazy and Halsey may be leading the charge once more, but that won’t stop impacting songs from Post Malone and Thirty Seconds To Mars, as well as a pre-impact track from Camila Cabello, in their quest for pop glory. Here’s what happened during the last impact date of 2017:

“SAME” IS THE NAME: While G-Eazy and Halsey‘s “Him & I” (on Capitol/RCA) holds at #1 on the latest Top 40 radio report this Tuesday, scoring with another 51 adds in its second week, Syco/Epic’s Camila Cabello engages in some early festive fun with this week’s runner-up song, “Never Be The Same”, netting 41 stations. (The hit officially impacts on January 9.) Of course, her new single comes as her last one, the Young Thug-assisted “Havana”, continues its run at the top of the weekly chart. Both singles can be found on her forthcoming self-titled album, due January 12.

Two other reactive tracks in the mix on this week’s report come from Interscope’s Thirty Seconds To Mars and Republic’s Post Malone, the former with “Walk On Water” (26 new stations) and the latter with “I Fall Apart” (25 new stations). The rock group’s latest, coming in fourth place with two other releases, was recently at #1 on the Alternative chart for four weeks. Malone’s song, an album cut from last year that was revived when a live video went viral several months ago, is approaching the top ten on Rhythmic radio. It’s in seventh place among the top ten Most Added songs.

1. G-EAZY & HALSEY, “Him & I” (Capitol/RCA)
2. CAMILA CABELLO, “Never Be The Same” (Syco/Epic)
3. BTS featuring DESIIGNER, “MIC Drop” (BigHit/RED)
4-T. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
4-T. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
4-T. THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, “Walk On Water” (Interscope)
7. POST MALONE, “I Fall Apart” (Republic)
8. KENDRICK LAMAR featuring ZACARI, “Love.” (Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope)
9. DEMI LOVATO, “Tell Me You Love Me” (Island/Republic)
10. LOUIS TOMLINSON, “Miss You” (Syco/Epic)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 10, 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. Trust me, it’s more refreshing than having a dozen Diet Coke beverages per day. Here are this week’s results:

TRES-PASSING ALLOWED: Working its way towards 19,000 plays for next week, “Havana” from Camila Cabello and Young Thug settles just below that spin threshold for the week, but it’s more than enough to grant the single tres semanas (or three weeks) at #1 on the Top 40 radio chart. Once again, Cabello’s biggest solo hit to date is up at most formats, most notably on the Hot AC (12-9) and Spanish (16-14) lists. On Thursday, the performer released a pair of new songs, “Never Be The Same” and “Real Friends”, the latter of which impacts at the format on January 9. (It’s already gaining some traction at the format, but isn’t close to the top 50.) At this point, the song should hold off its nearest competitors to secure a fourth week at the top, but we’ll see if anything changes soon.

One of the other bright spots from this week’s top ten on the CHR chart is the 11-9 move for Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules”, making it her first single to reach the region at the format. The English singer, who first charted here during the fall of 2016, made the top 40 with three other singles, but all three missed the top 20. Of course, this one has already been a huge hit across Europe, reaching #1 in the United Kingdom in August. “New” also appears at #18 on the Hot AC and #43 on the Rhythmic chart, respectively, up on both lists.

IN THE BLINK OF AN “I”: After narrowly missing the top 50 on last week’s published report, G-Eazy and Halsey score a giant debut at #32 on this week’s Top 40 chart with “Him & I”, a single from G-Eazy’s upcoming album The Beautiful & Damned. This hit marks the seventh top 40 entry for G-Eazy and the sixth for Halsey, who rises 4-3 with her own “Bad At Love”. As mentioned on the PGTC Instagram feed, songs with the titles “Him” and “i” have both reached the top 40 at the CHR format, the former single hitting #2 in 1980 for Rupert Holmes, and the latter release hitting #30 in 2014 for an artist who might be mentioned in the next part of our weekly post. Hmmm, wonder who it could be…

Following “Him”, the three additional entries in this week’s top 40 are all collaborations. Climbing from 42-34, “Love.” gives rapper Kendrick Lamar his eighth top 40 hit, while newcomer Zacari has his first. The single is currently at #2 on the Rhythmic survey, while landing one notch lower on the Urban chart. Soaring from 50-38, K-pop septet BTS makes a major splash with their remix of “MIC Drop”, the group’s first top 40 entry and featured artist Desiigner‘s second. The boys are now the first band (but not the first act) based in South Korea to make the top 40, besting the #44 peak of the Akon-assisted “Like Money” by the Wonder Girls from 2012. Finally, moving up 43-40, “I Miss You” adds another top 40 single for Clean Bandit (their fourth) and Julia Michaels (her third). Michaels also has one uncredited top 40 song on which she performed the lead vocal, “Surrender” by Cash Cash, which had a #36 peak in 2015.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (December 5, 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: G-Eazy and Halsey have a “Him” for the weekend, leading the pack on a busy Tuesday at the format. Let’s add up all those fresh finds and station sensations this week:

“I” ON THE PRIZE: There’s no limit to how fast G-Eazy and Halsey‘s collaboration “Him & I” will fly up the pop list, thanks in part to a big week at the format during its official impact. Starting at 73 stations, it’s easily the Most Added record on the report. In the next few days or so, it should officially reach the top 40 on the CHR survey, having entered the top 50 on this morning’s rolling update. You’ll find the hit on G-Eazy’s upcoming album titled The Beautiful & Damned, out on December 15. (The first single from it, “No Limit”, recently climbed to #1 on the Rhythmic and Urban charts, though its Top 40 action has been minimal.)

The Steve Aoki remix of “MIC Drop” by BTS and Desiigner continues its quick ascent up the charts and with the panel, landing in second place for the second week with another 34 stations. That tune is followed by “Home”, combining the talents of Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors and Bebe Rexha, which also breaks the 30-station mark with exactly 30 adds (third place) during its impact week. “Home” is the first pop radio release from the soundtrack to Netflix’s Bright, which is also out on December 15. In a fifth place ranking, tied with a second entry at 23 adds, comes our final spotlight song: Louis Tomlinson‘s “Miss You”. His two solo top 40 singles so far have peaked at #24 (“Back To You”) and #32 (“Just Hold On”), so we’ll see if this one can go any higher.

1. G-EAZY & HALSEY, “Him & I” (Capitol/RCA)
2. BTS featuring DESIIGNER, “MIC Drop” (BigHit/RED)
4. FERGIE, “A Little Work” (Dutchess/RED/BMG)
5-T. LOUIS TOMLINSON, “Miss You” (Syco/Epic)
5-T. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN & FUTURE, “End Game” (Big Machine/Republic)
8. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
9. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot” (RCA)
10. P!NK, “Beautiful Trauma” (RCA)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (December 4-5, 2017)

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 tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Walker’s “Faded” went to #45 last year, but Cyrus and DJ/producer Nicholas Gale went top 40 earlier this year.

BTS featuring DESIIGNER – “MIC Drop” (BigHit/RED)
EP: Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’ (2017)
Past T40 History: The popular K-pop group has never charted at the format before, but the rapper’s “Panda” went to #20 in 2016.

G-EAZY & HALSEY – “Him & I” (RCA/Capitol)
Album: The Beautiful & Damned (2017)
Past T40 History: With a pair of #1 songs and nearly a dozen top 40 hits between them, CHR radio’s new romance has just begun.

Album: Bright (Soundtrack) (2017)
Past T40 History: Both Kelly and Rexha have hit #1 here as a part of collaborations. The New York group has two top tens to date.

Next week: It’s the last impact date of the year, featuring Thirty Seconds To Mars and (hopefully) more!

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 12, 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. Veterans come in all shapes, sizes, ages and genders, but we’re celebrating them all this weekend, including all of our legendary chart veterans. Hey, they’re veterans too. Who’s going to be a part of our next crop of pop icons? They may be featured in the mix below…

“STILL” THE MAN: Two weeks ago, it topped the pop chart, following its runs at #1 on the Alternative, Hot AC and Triple A lists. Last week, it slipped a notch to #2. Now, it returns to the top, bringing Portugal pop to the masses. Of course, that’s Portugal. The Man and their crossover smash “Feel It Still”, spending its second nonconsecutive week at #1 here on the Top 40 airwaves. “Still” is the first song in a year to return to #1 after falling out, the last one being “Closer” by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey, whose ten-week run at the top was interrupted for one frame by “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber. (Since 2010, a total of six #1 songs have completed the reversal.)

“Still” remains active across several radio formats, currently sitting at #2 and #3 on the Hot AC and Alternative lists, respectively. It also has a home in the top 40 on the Spanish survey, perhaps working the Portugal angle a little more than it needs to. (I’m not sure that we need a “Siéntalo Todavía” remix with Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam at this point.) Look for the band’s new song “Live In The Moment”, which soars from 50-35 on the Alternative chart this week, to potentially accumulate some crossover airplay in 2018.

“GAME” ON, TAYLOR: With her new album likely to open over the million mark in its first week, her fourth consecutive to reach that lofty goal, superstar Taylor Swift is in Top 40 heaven this week. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Swift continues to see action with multiple current songs on pop playlists across the U.S. from her top-selling reputation release. On the most recent chart at the format, second single “…Ready For It?” rises from 15-14, former chart-topper “Look What You Made Me Do” dips from 24-28 and album cut “Gorgeous” rebounds from 49-45 from unsolicited airplay. However, that’s just one part of the story.

Needless to say, with an event record like this one, airplay of additional album cuts from the record was pretty overwhelming. Radio giant iHeartMedia aired all 15 songs from the effort hourly (one per hour) for much of Friday across its Hot AC and Top 40 stations, then featured an album release party on both formats later that evening. Combined with additional spins from stations belonging to both small and large groups, a handful of songs are showing potential as choices for future singles from the album. Leading the way, “End Game” (featuring Ed Sheeran and Future) looks like it could be a future chart-topper, coming in at #50 at the Top 40 chart, with “Delicate” and “I Did Something Bad” landing just below the top 50. Stay tuned to see how they develop into next year.

THE “FRIEND” OF THE BEGINNING: If you bought Apple’s new iPhone X, or are thinking about it, you may already know the hot track that’s been all over the commercials for it, though perhaps not the artist or the title. Debuting at #44, “Best Friend” by duo Sofi Tukker gives the New York act their first song on the pop chart, though they’ve been buzzing in the streaming world since last year. Members Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern joined forces with NERVO, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno for the single, which originally came out in September. The situation is reminiscent of another New York duo, Marian Hill, whose single “Down” was incorporated into an Apple ad, reacted and quickly peaked at #10 in March. We can only hope for the best results for this song.

“Friend” isn’t the only multi-act collaboration entering on this week’s pop survey. Two other songs making their first appearances in the top 50 include “Homemade Dynamite” by Lorde, at #47, in a remix featuring Khalid, Post Malone and SZA, and “No Limit” by G-Eazy, at #58, featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B. Lorde’s Melodrama, a #1 album earlier this year, was responsible for one additional chart single, “Green Light”, which reached #19 in April. Meanwhile, the pre-order for G-Eazy’s new album, The Beautiful & Damned, went live on Friday. It’s due for release on December 15, just in time for your last-minute Christmas wish list. (We know you want it. Well, maybe not. Socks and underwear could be your thing, but the gift of music is just dandy too.)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 21, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly 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: Dua Lipa hopes that “One” turns into four, Jax Jones and Raye throw shapes, but not “of you”, and Rag’N’Bone Man delivers a ditty with “Human” touch. The way I want to touch you is through a bit of commentary, so be the Tennille to my Captain of these charts, won’t you?

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DUA: With two top 40 hits to date, and a third top 50 single, the musical marriage of Dua Lipa and the CHR radio panel has been a rocky one, which is a shame. Luckily, they’re still committed, thanks to some commitments for her latest U.S. single, “Be The One”. It’s the Most Added record at the format this week, picking up 31 stations. Lipa is currently on the chart with two of those aforementioned songs, “No Lie” (#47, with Sean Paul) and “Scared To Be Lonely” (#28, with Martin Garrix). The former is headed down, while the latter is moving up. Will this “be the one” that takes her to the top ten and gets her album out? Will programmers keep paying her lip-a service? I don’t have a crystal ball, but I do have high hopes for it.

THE “BEST” OF WHAT’S “GOOD”: With so many artists of different genres continuing to surprise the music world with their crazy collaborations, it’s only fitting that we talk about two additional songs. However, these two pop bops sure have some musical muscle; both songs impact next week, so be sure to watch out for some higher numbers a week from now. Of course, you can check back here and see all the action unfold.

One is G-Eazy and Kehlani‘s duet called “Good Life”, which is new at 23 new stations this week. This is one of the tracks from the upcoming soundtrack to The Fate Of The Furious, with both the album and movie due on April 14. For most of the stations here, it will be the first time a Kehlani single makes it onto their playlist, though the performer has some previous history at the Rhythmic and Urban formats. We’ll see if it can do better than the fourth Most Added slot next week.

The other teams Machine Gun Kelly and Hailee Steinfeld on a song called “At My Best”, which comes in with a slightly higher 25 stations and the second Most Added title. Of course, the rapper is coming off his huge chart-topping hit “Bad Things”, featuring ex-Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello. It spent two weeks at #1 in February. Steinfeld’s collected three top 40 hits of her own since 2015, but it was that third single, “Starving” (with Zedd and Grey), that slowly took her to three non-consecutive weeks at #5 in January. At this point, it has the potential to be next week’s Most Added record, so stay tuned to this blog for more!

JUMPIN’ JAX: 29-year-old producer Jax Jones is largely unknown to a U.S. audience. In fact, his feature on Duke Dumont‘s “I Got U” (#48, 8/17/14) is his sole chart appearance to date. However, that may change soon with the launch of his recent top five single across Europe, “You Don’t Know Me”, which features singer Raye. Upon impact, the song scores 22 adds this week, which is good for the fifth Most Added slot. Jumpin’ Jax flash, it’s a smash smash smash. (Well, I hope it is. I would throw shapes to “Don’t” any time it comes on the radio.) This may turn out to be too risky of a choice for some stations, but I certainly approve it.

HE’S THE MAN: Only one single in this week’s report recently spent six weeks at #1 on my personal chart; needless to say, I’m a little (a lot) biased when it comes to Rag’N’Bone Man‘s “Human”. The massive European hit has already gone to #1 on two radio formats in the U.S., Alternative and Triple A, while it continues to make some moves at Hot AC and CHR/Top 40. At the latter, it’s new at 16 stations, which places it as the eighth Most Added song of the week. In the last decade, we’ve had humanly hits at the pop format from The Killers (#35, 1/18/09) and Christina Perri (#31, 5/18/14). You know, all those singles did much better on my own chart; can somebody make me a gatekeeper already?

1. DUA LIPA, “Be The One” (Warner Bros.)
2. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
3. FLO RIDA & 99 PERCENT, “Cake” (APG/Atlantic)
4. G-EAZYKEHLANI, “Good Life” (Atlantic/RRP)
5-T. JASON DERULO featuring NICKI MINAJ and TY DOLLA $IGN, “Swalla” (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
5-T. JAX JONES featuring RAYE“You Don’t Know Me” (Interscope)
7. STARGATE featuring P!NK and SIA“Waterfall” (RCA)
8. RAG’N’BONE MAN, “Human” (Columbia)
9-T. CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
9-T. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic)
9-T. LORDE, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic)

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