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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (September 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: Sam Smith is more than “Good”, while Kelly Clarkson‘s “Love” has its chartbeat pumping! Plus, Taylor Swift is “Ready” for another big radio hit, Hailee Steinfeld and friends “Go” the distance, and much more. Turn up the pop power and get listening to these hits:

“GOOD” GOES FOR EXCELLENT: After receiving hourly airplay at iHeartMedia stations last Friday, Sam Smith hits the top of this week’s Most Added report with “Too Good At Goodbyes”, which begins at 127 stations. The track recently became his eighth top 40 hit at the format, following four main-credited singles, two collaborations with Disclosure and one with Naughty Boy. A new album from Smith is due later this year, which should be a super stocking stuffer for the kids… at least, those kids in need of a good cry after a failed relationship. At this rate, the single is likely to become his fifth top ten hit on the pop chart quickly, as it also makes some nice moves toward the top ten on the AC and Hot AC (and even Urban AC) charts.

THREE’S COMPANY: Three words can say a whole lot, and in the case of this week’s adds report, they can take up a lot of space in the titles toward the top of the list. With so many singles impacting at the format this Tuesday, it’s certainly not a surprise to see “Love So Soft” (#2, 73 stations) by Kelly Clarkson, “…Ready For It?” (#3, 57 stations) by Taylor Swift and “Let Me Go” (#4, 46 stations) by Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line & Watt getting the panel’s support. Rounding out the top five, “What Lovers Do” (#5, 20 adds) by Maroon 5 featuring SZA is also holding strong after a massive debut last week. How will they all do in the long run? We’re expecting big things this fall, so stay tuned!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. SAM SMITH, “Too Good At Goodbyes” (Capitol)
2. KELLY CLARKSON, “Love So Soft” (Atlantic/RRP)
3. TAYLOR SWIFT, “…Ready For It?” (Big Machine/Republic)
4. HAILEE STEINFELD & ALESSO featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE & WATT, “Let Me Go” (Republic)
5. MAROON 5 featuring SZA, “What Lovers Do” (222/Interscope)
6. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
7. BLACKBEAR, “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
8. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)
9-T. HALSEY, “Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
9-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (September 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: the color of choice is maroon, and we’ll need about five shades of it. You’ll also find a number of pre-impact singles grabbing some exciting early action from the panel. It’s back to school and work and adds here in Radio Land, so let’s analyze the airwaves:

5 FOR FIGHTING: With this week’s only impacting song at the format, it’s no surprise that Maroon 5‘s “What Lovers Do” is on top of the Most Added list, grabbing 157 stations in its first full frame. It’s the third top 40 song from their upcoming album, which doesn’t have a title or release date at the moment. The track features SZA, who didn’t pick up any additional stations this week for “Love Galore”, her top five hit (featuring Travis Scott) from the Rhythmic and Urban charts. The California band now has 24 top 40 hits here, making them of the most successful groups at the format since the year 2000. How high will it climb? Stay tuned…

“KNOW” MEANS YES: Get knowledgeable with the help of hits from Fergie and Major Lazer! The former performer hits the #3 position on this week’s leaderboard with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “You Already Know”, scoring 22 new stations a week before it officially impacts. It’s likely to become her first top 40 entry since 2014 later this month. The latter act is back in the top ten with a song that’s approaching the top 30, “Know No Better”, which adds another 13 stations (tied for fifth Most Added) to its total. The song features Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Quavo. If you don’t know, now you “Know” what’s breaking at the format…

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (THIRTEEN)
1. MAROON 5 featuring SZA, “What Lovers Do” (222/Interscope)
2. HALSEY, “Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
3. FERGIE featuring NICKI MINAJ, “You Already Know” (Dutchess/BMG-RED)
4. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
5-T. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)
5-T. MAJOR LAZER featuring TRAVIS SCOTT, CAMILA CABELLO and QUAVO, “Know No Better” (Mad Decent/in2une)
7-T. BLACKBEAR, “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
7-T. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Why” (Hollywood)
9-T. DEF LOAF, “No Fear” (Columbia)
9-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
9-T. PORTUGAL. THE MAN, “Feel It Still” (Atlantic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 29, 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: guess who swiftly took the Most Added spot? I’ll give you one guess. She’s dominating once again, and we’re here to talk about it, so let’s go:

DON’T “LOOK” NOW, BUT…: Well, if you didn’t see this one coming, you might be living under a rock. Otherwise, please send your congratulations to superstar Taylor Swift, who clears all 187 stations on the Top 40 panel in one week with “Look What You Made Me Do”. After shattering Spotify and YouTube records, she also has the record for the largest amount of adds in one week on any given Top 40 adds report during the PPW era, which began in April 1994, per the Radio & Records methodology change. (That 187 number was surpassed over 20 times before the charts used reported/monitored spin data.) Swift’s hot release is also the Most Added title this week at three additional U.S. formats: AC (16 adds), Hot AC (92 adds) and Rhythmic (32 adds). Up north, her tune is the Most Added song at the Hot AC (19 adds) and Top 40 (30 adds) radio formats in Canada. With over 380 stations reporting it as an add across North America, it’s a sure bet that this smash will continue to dominate the charts.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (THIRTEEN)
1. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Look What You Made Me Do” (Big Machine/Republic)
2. JUSTIN BIEBER & BLOODPOP, “Friends” (GENPOP/Def Jam/Republic)
3. HALSEY, “Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
4. PORTUGAL. THE MAN, “Feel It Still” (Atlantic)
5. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
6. PRETTYMUCH, “Would You Mind” (Syco/Columbia)
7-T. BLACKBEAR, “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
7-T. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Why” (Hollywood)
9. THE SCRIPT, “Rain” (Columbia)
10-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
10-T. MILEY CYRUS, “Younger Now” (RCA)
10-T. P!NK, “What About Us” (RCA)
10-T. WHY DON’T WE, “Something Different” (Atlantic)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 27, 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. We’re thinking of those affected by the huge rainfall and wind of Hurricane Harvey, and hoping aid gets to those locations soon. Keep strong and stay safe! Now, here are the big headlines from this week’s published pop chart:

THE MOMENT OF PUTH: Climbing from 2-1 to score his second #1 on the Top 40 chart, it’s Charlie Puth with “Attention”. He last hit the top in 2015 as the featured artist on Wiz Khalifa‘s “See You Again”, which spent four weeks at #1 that May and June. In Top 40 history, there has never been a title (until Puth’s) to include the word attention in it, though it’s obviously a common term in the English language. Well, I guess we’re giving it some well-deserved attention now. It should easily spend a few weeks at #1 on the pop chart, largely because a number of songs are falling out of the top five, as well as the upcoming Labor Day holiday, when several stations on the panel air specialty programming.

The first week for “Attention” at #1 marks the 16th week in 2017 that a male soloist has occupied the top spot on the survey, with Ed Sheeran (ten weeks), Bruno Mars (three weeks) and Shawn Mendes (two weeks) also contributing to that total. The guys seem to be on a hot streak, what can I say? Does it continue through the end of the year? Will the women make a comeback? Stay tuned.

SHE’S GOT THE “LOOK”: Well, she sure knows how to make an entrance! Superstar Taylor Swift blasts into the countdown at #22 with “Look What You Made Me Do”, the lead single from her forthcoming album Reputation. The single soared to #1 on iTunes under an hour after its initial release late Thursday night, and has stayed there ever since. A music video for it premiered on Sunday night during MTV’s Video Music Awards. Swift’s hit would’ve debuted at #21, like the Sunday morning update, but Friday data from KKPN/Corpus Christi was removed from the published update, as the station was knocked off the air during Hurricane Harvey. Due to this, there’s a difference in 18 spins, thus, it falls a notch. Still, that giant entry is an amazing achievement.

Looking for all the format’s #1 lookers? You’ll remember “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 (7/31/87 R&R), “Look Away” by Chicago (12/2-9/88 R&R), “The Look” by Roxette (3/31/89 R&R), and “Looking Through Patient Eyes” by P.M. Dawn (5/7-14/93 R&R). Swift could swiftly bring that count to five, given her release’s fast ascent since Friday, but we’ll have to wait to see how it progresses.

“MIND” THE GAP: All aboard! Here comes the debut train, rolling down the tracks! Five new entries (okay, tracks!) reach the top 50 this week, led by five newcomers who call themselves PRETTYMUCH. Their debut single, “Would You Mind”, climbs in at #44. The quintet is Simon Cowell’s new boy band, and their splashy start is certainly a positive sign for the next few weeks. The Script is two notches below them, at #46, with their first chart song since the beginning of 2015: “Rain”. The Irish trio last hit the top 40 here in early 2013 with “Hall Of Fame”, which spent two weeks at #16.

“Wish I Knew You” from The Revivalists lands at #47, marking their first chart entry at the format. This track previously hit #1 on both the Alternative and Triple A charts, while it remains in the top 15 on the Hot AC survey. Sibling trio AJR is A-OK with entering at #48 with “Drama”, which looks to follow “Weak” into the top 40. That streaming hit spent two weeks at #27 in June. Finally, in at #49, DeJ Loaf makes her debut at the format with “No Fear”. The Detroit rapper has previously charted with several singles on the Rhythmic and Urban surveys, reaching #1 on the latter list with “Try Me” in early 2015. Check back to see how all five of these songs do!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 22, 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: a big battle between six impacting tracks occurred, but in the end, Justin Bieber and BloodPop, as well as Halsey, emerged victorious with their hot singles. So, grab some “Friends” and show “Love” to this week’s Add Lib mania, why don’t you?

THAT’S WHAT “FRIENDS” IS FOR: Keep smiling, all you Beliebers, because Justin Bieber and BloodPop keep shining on this week’s adds report. “Friends” starts with 137 stations in its first frame, taking the Most Added title by far. The single marks the artist debut of the latter performer, a writer and/or producer three chart hits since 2015, one for Bieber and two for Lady Gaga. It remains to be seen when or if Bieber fatigue will develop at the format, given that he’s ranked with three collaborations since April, but the strong start for “Friends” is definitely a positive sign that the hits are going to keep on coming. No word on a new album for either artist as of yet, but that could soon change, especially as we head toward the start of the fourth quarter.

LOOKING FOR A NEW “LOVE”: You don’t have to look very far to find Halsey‘s “Bad At Love” in a budding relationship with the Top 40 panel this week, picking up 57 new stations (the second Most Added single) during its official impact. How romantic! It comes shortly after “Now Or Never” reached #3 at the format. “Bad” is the second radio release from Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart earlier this year, and will officially become her fifth top 40 hit in the coming days.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. JUSTIN BIEBER & BLOODPOP, “Friends” (GENPOP/Def Jam/Republic)
2. HALSEY, “Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
3. P!NK,
“What About Us” (RCA)
4-T
DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
4-T. 
PORTUGAL. THE MAN, “Feel It Still” (Atlantic)
6. 
PRETTYMUCH, “Would You Mind” (Syco/Columbia)
7. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Why” (Hollywood)
8. 
MILEY CYRUS, “Younger Now” (RCA)
9-T.
BLACKBEAR, “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
9-T. HARRY STYLES,
“Two Ghosts” (Columbia)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 21-22, 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 the six new singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BLACKBEAR – “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
Album: Digital Druglord (2017)
Past T40 History: Currently in the top 30 on the Rhythmic list, Blackbear’s song is looking to become his first entry at this format.

DUA LIPA – “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Dua Lipa (2017)
Past T40 History: With its recent climb to #1 in the U.K. completed, Lipa will be looking for her fourth top 40 and first top ten hit.

HALSEY – “Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
Album: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017)
Past T40 History: Closing in on her fifth top 40 single, she’s going for her third top ten in a row, following the #3 “Now Or Never”.

JUSTIN BIEBER & BLOODPOP – “Friends” (GENPOP/RBMG/Schoolboy/Def Jam/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: This hot release recently became Bieber’s 23rd top 40 hit at the format. Will the panel take him back to the top?

PRETTYMUCH – “Would You Mind” (Syco/Columbia)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: This five-man band is another of the new names going for adds today. They were put together by Simon Cowell.

THE VAMPS & MARTIN JENSEN – “Middle Of The Night” (Island/Republic)
Album: Night And Day (2017)
Past T40 History: The Vamps have hit the top 50 twice, but still don’t have a top 40 entry to date. Jensen have never charted here.

Next week: no impacting singles have been announced yet, but 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 (August 20, 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. Get those special shades ready for that total solar eclipse tomorrow afternoon, and get your “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” of choice on while observing it! (I think I’ll probably get to both Bonnie Tyler and Nicki French‘s versions, but do as you please.) Meanwhile, things are sunny on the charts, so let’s grab some stats and get going:

WHO’S GOT YOUR “BACK” NOW?: Settling just over 100 spins above his nearest competitor, Shawn Mendes holds atop the pop survey for a second week with “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”. Look for it to reach the top of the Hot AC chart next week. In addition to those two formats, it also climbs 11-8 on AC radio this week, while it’s just below the top 50 on the Rhythmic list. (A new remix featuring Gucci Mane and Quavo might be needed for it to officially chart there.) Mendes has yet to announce a next single from his Illuminate album, or if he’ll be moving on from that era, but I’ll continue to look out for any information once it’s out there. Meanwhile, I’m sure Mr. Mendes is enjoying the continued love from programmers around the country.

Only one track is new to the top ten this week, the recent Country chart-topper from Sam Hunt called “Body Like A Back Road”. At #10, up two notches, it marks Hunt’s first single to reach this region of the Top 40 chart. Previously, he peaked at #28 for two weeks in July 2015 with “Take Your Time”. Could this mean we’ll see top-selling artists like Florida Georgia Line or Thomas Rhett try for another crossover hit in the coming months? What about Devin Dawson or Kelsea Ballerini? We’ll have to wait and see! So, back to the chart stats…

“FRIENDS” IN HIGH PLACES: Just in case you haven’t had enough Justin Bieber this year, his fourth top 40 collaboration of 2017 debuts at #35 this week. “Friends” gives Bieber his 23rd top 40 hit since 2009, but it also marks the artist debut of BloodPop, the writer and producer born Michael Tucker. He has a total of three top 40 singles to date from behind the boards, including the #1 hit “Sorry” for Bieber, which spent three weeks at the top in December 2015 and January 2016. Will the Canadian superstar grab his second #1 this year, while making the American producer a household name? It’s definitely possible. I’ll be rooting for it!

A notch below “Friends” is “Two Ghosts” by Harry Styles, up from 41-36. It’s the second top 40 hit from his self-titled solo release. Of course, this means that every member of the original lineup of One Direction, except ZAYN, has at least one title in the top 40. (Oh, ZAYN, where art thou?) Styles’s song is seeing a slow start in digital sales, but it’s still early on in its run. There are a number of great cuts still left on that album, if this one doesn’t work out as a radio single in the long run.

WHAT’S SO “BAD” ABOUT THEM?: Well, in the eyes of many pop fans, nothing at all! There are three new songs in the top 50 portion of the chart this week, all by solo women. The highest of the three is the fifth chart single for Halsey, coming in at #45. This hit, titled “Bad At Love”, is the follow-up to “Now Or Never”, which peaked at #3 three weeks ago. Both tracks are taken from the set titled Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. Though she hasn’t equaled the major success of ten-week chart-topper “Closer” by The Chainsmokers, on which she appeared as the featured vocalist, this song will be around well into the fall, so watch out for it.

The other two performers debuting in the countdown land just below Halsey’s new entry, with “New Rules” (#46) by Dua Lipa and “Why” (#47) by Sabrina Carpenter adding some girl power to the top 50. Lipa has now entered the top 50 with five tracks, two of which were collaborations with other artists. She has yet to score a top ten song. Carpenter made her debut at the pop format earlier this year with “Thumbs”, which peaked at #26 for two weeks in March and April. Her new radio hit was the second Most Added title here last week.

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