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. Black Friday may be over, but there are still plenty of hot sellers to be found here on the pop airwaves. Seeing green yet? Here’s all the action this Sunday:
HAPPIER THAN BEFORE: Leading the Top 40 chart for the second week, “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille is still gaining nicely at the format, as the recent Alternative radio chart-topper stays at #2 on that list. With Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” holding steady at #1 there and climbing 5-2 on the Top 40 survey, the published charts at the two formats contain the same songs in the top two positions (in a different order) for the first time since May 2012. Yes, it’s been that long since “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra and “We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monáe were present in the region. For “High” and its climb to #2 on the pop chart, another piece of chart history: the title now ties the 2006 peak for “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” at the format that summer, an incredible feat for a band who hasn’t gone any higher than #30 in-between those two songs. Does the song become their first to reach the summit on the Top 40 airwaves? We think it’ll be a tragedy-free December for the smash.
This week’s debut action is very light, with AJ Mitchell‘s “Girls” climbing from 41-40 as the sole top 40 entry on the survey. It’s the teenage singer’s first top 40 song at the format. Further down, two collaborations land in the top 50 for the first time: “I Found You” enters at #47 for Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris, while “Wake Up In The Sky” comes in at #50 for Gucci Mane x Bruno Mars x Kodak Black. The latter song never received an adds date at this format, though it’s currently sitting at #1 on the Rhythmic chart and in the top five at Urban radio. Blanco’s “Eastside”, featuring Halsey and Khalid, re-enters the top ten here this week, up 11-8.
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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:
AJ MITCHELL – “Girls” (Epic)
EP: Hopeful (2018)
Past T40 History: Mitchell is a newcomer here. It’s unrelated to a 2014 song with the same title by The 1975, which reached #28.
DEAN LEWIS – “Be Alright” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Lewis is a newcomer here. His single, which is nearing the top 20 at Hot AC radio, hit #1 in his native Australia.
GRYFFIN & ELLEY DUHÉ – “Tie Me Down” (Darkroom/Geffen)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Gryffin has received Top 40 airplay in the past, but hasn’t charted. Duhé sings on Zedd‘s release “Happy Now”.
YG featuring 2 CHAINZ, BIG SEAN & NICKI MINAJ – “Big Bank” (Def Jam)
Album: Stay Dangerous (2018)
Past T40 History: Three of the artists (excluding Minaj) on this single have only reached the top ten here as a featured performer.
Next week: It all falls on ODESZA and Sasha Sloan to slay the panel with their collaboration. Find out how it does on Tuesday.
Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!
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He’s a Mayniac at your door.
New year, new releases. It’s always a slow start in January, but here are the new releases out in stores on Tuesday:
- U.K. import Conor Maynard releases his debut album, Contrast, on Capitol Records. Thus far, he’s released two singles in the States, “Vegas Girl”, which hit last year, and “Turn Around”, featuring Ne-Yo, which is currently on the radio. The album has already been a big hit in his native United Kingdom, going to #1 back in August.
- Rapping rockers Hollywood Undead put out their third studio album, Notes From The Underground. Lead single “We Are” has been a minor hit on rock radio.
- Popular Christian contemporary artist Chris Tomlin releases Burning Lights; lead single “Whom Shall I Fear (God Of The Angel Armies)” has already been a top-5 hit on Christian radio.
- Boston-based celtic rockers Dropkick Murphys recently scored a seasonal hit on the Alternative chart with “The Season’s Upon Us”. Parent album Signed and Sealed in Blood is out this week. As a part of the promotion of it, members of the band will be working at various New England-based Newbury Comics locations on the album release date.
- Newcomers twenty | one | pilots put out Vessel, featuring the new Alternative single, “Holding On To You”.
- The physical edition of Solange‘s EP True comes out today. A digital version became available several weeks ago.
- Two soundtracks are out this week: the original soundtrack to television show Girls, featuring fun., Grouplove and Robyn, and the movie soundtrack to Stand Up Guys. It features Golden Globe nominated “Not Running Anymore” by Jon Bon Jovi.
Other assorted music DVDs and books out this week include:
- Season one of the television show Smash, which stars former American Idol singer Katharine McPhee.
Lastly, the new digital-only singles that you can buy this week:
- New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi return with the feel-good “Because We Can”, the leadoff single from What About Now. (Read my review here.)
- Ryan Tedder and his group OneRepublic take on an electro-pop sound for “If I Lose Myself”, the second single from their forthcoming album, Native. (Read my review here.)
- Country star Blake Shelton has a lighter release in “Sure Be Cool If You Did”.
See you next week for more releases!