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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?

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
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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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (July 2016)

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 during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in July in this month’s Radio Report:

Kungs
KUNGS vs. COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS – “This Girl” (July 5) (Alternative)
Label: Casablanca/Republic
What happens when a French DJ/producer remixes a 2009 album cut by an Australian soul trio? Well, you may just get a global hit out of it. 19-year-old Valentin Brunel has been creating remixes for several years, but this his been his biggest mix by far. Now, that international smash is coming to the U.S., where it’s gaining airplay at several formats. Will “Girl” become the queen of the charts?

Adam Friedman
ADAM FRIEDMAN featuring MIKE POSNER – “Lemonade” (July 11) (Triple A)
Label: Backtrack Music/INgrooves
Last month, Friedman performed this single on the TODAY Show as a part of Elvis Duran’s Artist Of The Month program. After the airing, it soared all the way into the top 200 on iTunes. Both this single and prior release “Pretty Things”, another Posner co-write, managed to score major Spotify playlists. The sweet sound of summer pop is ready to burst, so keep an eye out for Friedman’s rise.

Rob Thomas
ROB THOMAS – “Pieces” (July 11) (Hot AC)
Label: Atlantic
After two top 20 singles from his latest album, The Great Unknown, Thomas is looking for more chart success with the third. For a change of pace, this single is available in its original form, a radio mix and a remix by Dutch DJ/producer Sam Feldt. So, if you’re in the club and turnt up, or in the car and turning up the stereo, you’ve got options. The format truly needs his voice to stay on the air.

Tinie Tempah
TINIE TEMPAH featuring ZARA LARSSON – “Girls Like” (July 12) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Warner Bros.
Though he’s had eight top ten singles on the U.K. Singles Chart as a main-credited artist, and plenty of other hit songs in a featured role, only one of them managed to hit the CHR top ten here. It was “Written In The Stars”, which went to #7 in 2011. Larsson is one of this year’s top breakouts at the format, after a few misfires in 2015. Together, these two could deliver one of the fall’s top tracks.

Weathers
WEATHERS – “Happy Pills” (July 12) (Alternative)
Label: RCA
Fresh off an early add in Los Angeles, the L.A.-based quartet has some great early buzz heading into their impact date. The group is quickly picking up some streaming support for both “Happy” and their previous single, “I Don’t Wanna Know”, while also prepping for a handful of U.S. dates in July and August. I think a hit doctor could easily prescribe them a massive run in the next few months.

Grouplove
GROUPLOVE – “Welcome To Your Life” (July 19) (Alternative)
Label: Canvasback/Atlantic
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from this group, who scored three top tens in a row on the Alternative chart in 2012 and 2013. Is “Welcome” ready to bring them back to a region? After a few smaller chart singles, it’ll certainly be a welcome sight. The track leads their upcoming album Big Mess, produced by Captain Cuts and Phil Ek. It is due at retailers and streaming outlets on September 9.

Nathan Sykes
NATHAN SYKES featuring G-EAZY – “Give It Up” (July 19) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Global Entertainment
Former boy-bander Sykes is still looking for his first big U.S. hit as a solo artist. “Give” comes after “Kiss Me Quick” and “Over And Over Again” made a small splash at pop radio, with the latter song currently in the top 20 on the AC chart. With 2.5 million streams in three months on Spotify, the two guys certainly have some numbers to prove their case at radio. Will that momentum continue?

The Struts
THE STRUTS – “Put Your Money On Me” (July 19) (Alternative)
Label: FreeSolo/Interscope
The four English rockers have really been rockin’ on the Alternative chart, where their first two singles, “Could Have Been Me” and “Kiss This”, both reached the top ten. “Money” is from their album Everybody Wants, which was reissued earlier this year. Should the quartet film a new music video for it, I’m expecting cash cubes and dollar bills with “United Struts of America” printed on them.

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Eye For An “I”: Personal Pop In The Top 40

Healthy hit music.

Healthy hit music.

One of the records looking to break the top 40 on the pop radio chart in the next week or so is “Me, Myself & I”, a song off rapper G-Eazy‘s When It’s Dark Out albumIt features Bebe Rexha. The lead performer, born Gerald Gillum, has never charted at the format before, while Rexha has a few featured credits (and one main credit) to her name on pop radio. It’s also a top seller, now a top ten hit on iTunes. For someone that’s been releasing mixtapes since 2007, it’s been a long time coming, and I’m sure he’s very excited at what’s happening across the multiple formats that his single is gaining airplay on.

When it hits the region, the latest “Me, Myself & I” will be the fourth such single with that title to reach the top 40 since 1999, and though there are more common song titles out there, it’s pretty rare for a four-word title like this one to rank as often as it has. As it is Thursday, a day of throwbacks galore, we thought we’d throw it back to check out the remaining three songs the collaboration will be joining in that small club. Let’s see if you remember them all…

**All statistics are taken from the CHR/Pop chart archives of Radio & Records magazine.

Vitamin C, “Me, Myself And I” (1999/2000) (#31, Dec. 17)
Colleen Fitzpatrick, now a music executive at Nickelodeon, enjoyed a couple of good years on the pop radio survey, with this song becoming the second of three to hit the listing from her self-titled debut era. It peaked during the last reporting week of 1999, but it did spend three weeks in the top 40 in January 2000. The cut contains an interpolation of Santana‘s “No One To Depend On”.

Jive Jones, “Me, Myself & I” (2001) (#40, Sep. 14)
The Miami-born act began his music career as a co-writer and producer before recording his own material. This was his only song to chart in the U.S., and it just missed the top ten in The Netherlands. The printed chart of September 14 represented the week of data prior to the 9/11 attacks, and after the tragic events of that day, Jones’s song (along with many other songs) never recovered.

Beyoncé, “Me, Myself And I” (2003/2004) (#18, Feb. 6 + Feb. 20)
After two back-to-back #1 singles in 2003 with “Crazy In Love” and “Baby Boy”, Knowles couldn’t quite reach the same heights on the pop radio chart with this slower song. However, it was still a big Urban radio hit, where it reached the top three. Dangerously In Love, its parent album, recently crossed five million albums sold in the U.S. alone, remaining her top solo release in the States.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 4, 2015

Will their Dreams come true?

Will their Dreams come true?

This week’s New Music Friday is Full of notable releases for the first week of December. After all, it is the heart of Q4 and there’s a need for new music before Christmas. Here’s a look at this week’s top new albums and singles:

  • COLDPLAY — A Head Full Of Dreams (iTunes)
    • It’s looking like Adele will likely grab a third week at #1 with 25, which means a second-place finish for this group is a sad end to their streak of four chart-topping studio albums in a row. That being said, I think they’re doing just fine. It is led by “Adventure Of A Lifetime”, the current #2 song on AAA radio and a top ten on the Alternative chart. Will the bevy of featured artists and poppier sound give this era some longevity? Stay tuned.
  • TROYE SIVAN — Blue Neighbourhood (iTunes)
    • Sivan has built up a huge following on YouTube in the past several years, and his two major-label EPs both peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 about a year apart. Despite this, he’s had no major radio play here, and that could ultimately shift some units. We’ll see what happens when “Youth” is sent to pop radio in January. Look for this in the top five.
  • RICK ROSS — Black Market (iTunes)
    • Thus far, five out of Ross’s seven studio albums have debuted at #1 on the album chart, which is a pretty solid batting average. This one is going to miss, but it’ll definitely keep his top ten streak alive at eight. “Sorry” is the current radio single from it, a current top 20 hit (and climbing) at Urban radio, and it features Chris Brown.
  • G-EAZY — When It’s Dark Out (iTunes)
    • The 26-year-old hip hop artist from Oakland is out with his second major-label album today, which features the song “Me, Myself & I”, a collaboration with Beba Rexha. It’s approaching the top 30 at Rhythmic radio. Look for it in the top ten, but it’ll likely have a lower entry than the #3 debut of his last effort.
  • More albums out this week: Babyface‘s Return Of The Tender Lover (iTunes), Bette Midler‘s A Gift Of Love (iTunes), Bruce Springsteen‘s The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (iTunes), Curren$y‘s Canal Street Confidential (iTunes), Fleetwood Mac‘s Tusk (Deluxe Reissue) (iTunes), Jeremih‘s Late Nights (iTunes), Kid Cudi‘s Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven (iTunes), Pimp C‘s Long Live The Pimp (iTunes), The Music of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 4, Volume 1 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: FERN‘s 68 And Douglas (iTunes), Jessie James Decker‘s This Christmas (iTunes), Mainland‘s Outcast (iTunes)

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

  • “Ain’t Too Cool”, LunchMoney Lewis (iTunes)
  • “FloiDada”, Animal Collective (iTunes)
  • “Genghis Khan”, Miike Snow (iTunes)
  • “Livin’ The Dream”, Drake White (iTunes)
  • “My D**k”, 3OH!3 (iTunes)
  • “New York City”, The Knocks featuring Cam’Ron (iTunes)
  • “One And Only”, Royal Tongues (iTunes)
  • “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree/Winter Wonderland”, Straight No Chaser (iTunes)
  • “Seasick Dream”, Jack Johnson (iTunes)
  • “Start A Riot”, BANNERS (iTunes)
  • “Stay”, Kygo featuring Maty Noyes (iTunes)
  • “Steady”, Chrisette Michele (iTunes)
  • “Too Late To Say Goodbye”, Cage The Elephant (iTunes)

Next week, we’ll have an update with new albums from August Alsina, CamR. Kelly and more. See you then!

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All Covered Up: The Potential Return Of The Top 40 Remake

Will they

Will they “Own” a piece of the pop chart?

In the next few weeks, and perhaps months, you might be hearing these two songs on your local pop radio station. They are “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” by DJ/producer Felix Jaehn and singer Jasmine Thompson, and “You Don’t Own Me” by singer Grace and rapper G-Eazy. The former release was a top ten hit in over a dozen European countries, while the latter hit was a big chart success in Australia and New Zealand. It just so happens that both of these solid singles are also remakes: the original “Ain’t Nobody” went to #20 on R&R’s radio chart in late 1983 for Rufus and Chaka Khan, while Lesley Gore‘s “You Don’t Own Me” nearly reached the top of the Hot 100, spending three weeks at #2 in February 1964. (Blame The Beatles and their hands…)

Having two covers go to radio at the same, especially two recognizable hits of different eras (and a third actually chart earlier this year) has become a rarity, with most artists and bands using samples of songs rather than covering them in full. Given the success of these two tracks in other countries, not only does that help in breaking the songs over here, but it may also help reestablish the cover song as not just something for a live audience or a one-off specialty show, but as an option for a promotional vehicle during the life of an album. There was one cover in the top ten this week in 2005, and there were two dance covers (plus a pop version of a country hit) this week in 1995. It’s certainly something to think about as a technique that’s worked in the past, but shouldn’t stay a concept of the past given the potential visibility to soak up (appearances, syncs, etc.)

With all that said, here’s a look back at how receptive (and not-so-receptive) the pop radio chart has been to remakes of prior hits in the 2000’s, with the biggest cover of each year featured, along with its original charted version. It is anyone’s guess as to where these latest two will land, but we’ll see how they do. (For more covers that landed outside the top 40, check out the new PGTC list on Spotify.)

NOTE: This list only includes cover songs of prior chart singles and not all covers period. All peaks are from the R&R CHR/Pop charts, except for those marked with a *, indicating a Hot 100 peak. Do we really care to remember that “We Are The World 25 For Haiti” still exists?

2000
“American Pie” by Madonna (#15, March)
Cover of: “American Pie” by Don McLean (#1 for four weeks*, January – February 1972)

2001
“Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink (#1 for nine weeks, May – July)
Cover of: “Lady Marmalade” by Labelle (#3, March 1975)

Other notable covers that charted/peaked that year:
“Emotion” (#8, November) by Destiny’s Child (originally charted by: Samantha Sang)
“I’m A Believer” (#17, August) by Smash Mouth (originally charted by: The Monkees*)
“Smooth Criminal” (#13, October) by Alien Ant Farm (originally charted by: Michael Jackson)
“What’s Going On” (#25, October) by All-Star Tribute (originally charted by: Marvin Gaye*)

2002
“Heaven” by DJ Sammy, Yanou and Do (#4, August / #34, December in a separate chart run for the Candlelight Mix)
Cover of: “Heaven” by Bryan Adams (#1 for one week, June 1985)

Other notable covers that charted/peaked that year:
“Papa Don’t Preach” (#25, July) by Kelly Osbourne (originally charted by: Madonna)

2003
“It’s My Life” by No Doubt (#5, December – January 2004)
Cover of: “It’s My Life” by Talk Talk (#31, May 1985)

Other notable covers that charted/peaked that year:
“Big Yellow Taxi” (#30, May) by Counting Crows featuring Vanessa Carlton (originally charted by: The Neighborhood*)
“Drift Away” (#10, July-August) by Uncle Kracker featuring Dobie Gray (originally charted by: Dobie Gray*)
“I Drove All Night” (#27, March) by Celine Dion (originally charted by: Cyndi Lauper)
“Landslide” (#12, February-March) by Dixie Chicks (originally charted by: Fleetwood Mac*)
“The Boys Of Summer” (#10, September) by The Ataris (originally charted by: Don Henley)

2004
“Take My Breath Away” by Jessica Simpson (#8, May)
Cover of: “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin (#2, August 1986)

Other notable covers that charted/peaked that year:
“Angels” (#23, July) by Jessica Simpson (originally charted by: Robbie Williams)
“Behind Blue Eyes” (#25, March) by Limp Bizkit (originally charted by: The Who)
“My Prerogative” (#22, October) by Britney Spears (originally charted by: Bobby Brown)
“Our Lips Are Sealed” (#39, July) by Hilary and Haylie Duff (originally charted by: The Go-Go’s)
“The First Cut Is The Deepest” (#11, March) by Sheryl Crow (originally charted by: Keith Hampshire*)

2005
“Listen To Your Heart” by D.H.T. (#1 for one week, September)
Cover of: “Listen To Your Heart” by Roxette (#1, October 1989)

Other notable covers that charted/peaked that year:
“Axel F” (#36, August) by Crazy Frog (originally charted by: Harold Faltermeyer)
“More Than Words” (#15, October) by Frankie J (originally charted by: Extreme)
“These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” (#30, July) by Jessica Simpson (originally charted by: Nancy Sinatra)

2007
“She’s Like The Wind” by Lumidee featuring Tony Sunshine (#18, March)
Cover of: “She’s Like The Wind” by Patrick Swayze featuring Wendy Fraser (#2, February 1988)

Other notable covers that charted/peaked that year:
“Time After Time” (#28, August) by Quietdrive (originally charted by: Cyndi Lauper)

2008
“What Hurts The Most” by Cascada (#30, March)
Cover of: “What Hurts The Most” by Rascal Flatts (#24, September 2006)

2009
“Beggin'” by Madcon (#32, May)
Cover of: “Beggin'” by The 4 Seasons (#16*, April 1967)

Other notable covers that charted/peaked that year:
“Careless Whisper” (#40, July) by Seether (originally charted by: Wham! / George Michael)

2015 (so far)
“What I Like About You” by 5 Seconds Of Summer (#29, January)
Cover of: “What I Like About You” by The Romantics (#49*, March 1980)

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 23)

Sheer genius.

The coast is Sheer.

There’s a famous redhead who won’t be in the red with his latest album, but selling quite a few copies from coast to coast. Get a calculator out — it’s time to multiply. (NOTE: some releases may still not be out until Tuesday dependent on record label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of June 23:

  • He’s been all over iTunes lately with instant gratification songs from his album X (stated as “multiply”) and now the second full-length record from Ed Sheeran is in stores today. The leadoff single from the effort is “Sing”, which recently became his biggest radio hit to date, while “Don’t” is already on the airwaves internationally as the latest release from it. It should easily debut at #1 next week with a six figure total. (iTunes)
  • Heavy metal rockers Mastodon hit the top ten with their last album three years ago titled The Hunter. Now, the quartet returns with Once More ‘Round The Sun, their sixth studio album and fourth for Reprise Records. Can they go top five this time around? I’m sure they’ll be rocking steady regardless of what happens. (iTunes)
  • The Oakland rapper who calls himself G-Eazy has been garnering a large amount of online buzz for his new album out today, These Things Happen. It’s an independent release, though he’s being aided at radio via RCA Records. He hasn’t charted on the Billboard 200 thus far, but he’s sure to make a big splash on next week’s chart. (iTunes)
  • Fresh off a top five single at Urban AC radio with “Love And Sex”, a collaboration with Kelly Rowland, the singer simply named Joe is crossing some Bridges on his latest effort. He may not have the fan base he once did, but this could solidly put him back in the top ten once more. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Bad Suns‘s Language & Perspective (iTunes), Foxes‘s Glorious (iTunes), Kitten‘s Kitten (iTunes), Phish‘s Fuego (iTunes) and SomeKindaWonderful‘s SomeKindaWonderful (iTunes).

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

  • “American Kids”, the first single from the forthcoming album by Kenny Chesney. (iTunes)

Next week, it’s the battle of the R&B stars as Robin Thicke returns with his ode to Paula, while Trey Songz brings the heat with an ode to… himself, Trigga. Which? A full preview is coming on Tuesday!

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