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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 22-23, 2021)

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 six releases impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ANNIKA WELLS, “F**k/Sucks Being Sober” (Vol. 1/Epic)
Album: TBA (2021)
Past T40 History: Wells is a newcomer to the format, but she’s penned album cuts for top groups like BTS and the Jonas Brothers.

Album: Positions (2020)
Past T40 History: Will this secure Grande her third #1 hit of the Positions era? She’s led the chart with the title track and “34+35”.

DUNCAN LAURENCE, “Arcade” (Capitol)
Album: Small Town Boy (2020)
Past T40 History: Few Eurovision winners have been successful at Top 40 radio, but this Dutch star is aiming to score his first hit.

GIVĒON, “Heartbreak Anniversary” (Not So Fast/Epic)
Album: When It’s All Said And Done… Take Time (2021)
Past T40 History: The newcomer recently earned a top ten debut on the album chart and a feature on Justin Bieber’s latest album.

JUSTIN BIEBER, “Hold On” (Def Jam)
Album: Justice (2021)
Past T40 History: This past weekend, Bieber claimed his 34th top 40 hit with this new entry. His album looks good for a #1 debut.

LIL TJAY featuring 6LACK, “Calling My Phone” (Columbia)
Album: TBA (2021)
Past T40 History: The viral collaboration is on the move and surging through the top 20 at both the Rhythmic and Urban formats.

Next week: TBA, as no songs are currently listed as impacting.

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The Big Picture: A Snapshot Of Timeless Titles

Taking a survey selfie.

Taking a survey selfie.

Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has been burning up the pop radio chart in the last year with three top ten hits in a row, like his recent #1 titled “Thinking Out Loud”, which spent a week at the top back in March. His latest single, “Photograph”, is now firmly in the top 20 on the CHR chart, which will likely become official on Sunday night. Interestingly enough, this means that this title has now placed in the top 20 at the format in four decades, a pretty impressive feat given all the titles that enter at any time. It’s not the only one to have accomplished this rare occurrence, however; there are, at least, two others from the data that I’ve been able to sift through. So, grab your camera and look at this through the chart lens, starting with the latest combination:

(Statistics are based on the combined archives of Radio & Records and Mediabase.)

“Photograph”, Ringo Starr (#1 for three weeks, November 1973)
Though not Starr’s first solo hit, it was his first of six (and the biggest of them) to reach R&R’s airplay survey during the 1970’s.

“Photograph”, Def Leppard (#16, April-May 1983)
This group from Sheffield debuted during what was dubbed the Rock 40 era. Their final CHR hit was “Promises” (#33) in 1999.

“Photograph”, Nickelback (#3, November 2005)
Love them or hate them, the four rockers from Alberta had many big singles, including this leadoff from All The Right Reasons.

“Photograph”, Ed Sheeran (#20 +, June 2015)
Of course, Sheeran’s fourth single from X is still bulleted and bound to go further up the CHR listing. It is also top 15 at Hot AC.

So, what other titles were able to land four top 20 entries in four decades? For starters, these two…

70’s: “Hold On” by Ian Gomm (#16, October 1979)
80’s: “Hold On” by Santana (#8, October 1982)
90’s: “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips (#3, June 1990) /  “Hold On” by En Vogue (#11, July 1990) / “Hold On” by Jamie Walters (#4, April 1995)
00’s: “Hold On” by Good Charlotte (#16, February 2004)

70’s: “Let’s Go” by The Cars (#8, August 1979)
80’s: “Let’s Go!” by Wang Chung (#5, March 1987)
00’s: “Let’s Go” by Trick Daddy featuring Twista and Lil Jon (#11, December 2004)
10’s: “Let’s Go” by Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo (#6, August 2012)

There are a few other titles that have landed four top 40 entries in four decades or four top 20 entries with the aid of a Hot 100 peak, like “Angel”, “Dreams”, “Happy”, “Hey Baby”, “Love Song”, “Stay”, “Without You”, etc. With that said, one of these could come back when we least expect it and alter the list above. We’ll see. In the meantime, if I’ve missed a song title or you just want to chat about the charts, comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks!

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SINGLE REVIEW: Colbie Caillat – “Hold On” (+ Lyrics)

Holdin' on to the charts.

Holdin’ on to the charts.

Ready for the latest hit from Colbie Caillat? “Hold On” is the leadoff single from Caillat’s forthcoming fifth studio album with Republic Records, due early next year. This is not to be confused with a “Hold On” that appears on the singer’s 2010 iTunes Session EP; these are totally different compositions.

The California singer-songwriter has opted to change her sound a bit on this single. This isn’t your typical pop/rock, guitar-driven soft rock anthem. Produced by OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder, his band’s sound has essentially rubbed off on this recording mixed with a touch of Florence + The Machine, especially in an explosive chorus with layered background vocals, an organ and drums. The lyric, unfortunately, suffers on this one from a reliance on repetitive phrases, as you can read below. Yes, it’s a bit stale and tired sounding from that standpoint, but the shift is pretty natural for Caillat, and with major crossover potential, this could be the song to return her to the heights of the CHR airwaves as well as her core formats like AC and Hot AC. I do like it; I just wish the approach in the process of creating this song was more focused because it could’ve been so much more epic and career-defining rather than a scribbled note in the margin of Tedder’s discography. Oh well.

Look for a major battle between this and Christina Perri‘s new single, “Human”, in a battle for airtime as both are serviced this week. Who will come out on top? We’ll find out in 2014.

Listen to “Hold On”. / Purchase “Hold On” on iTunes. [11PM on Monday, November 18]

“HOLD ON” (3:35)

[Verse 1]
I’m feeling further, feeling further from you every day
You’re in the stars, in the stars, yeah, you’re worlds away
I’m moving on, moving on, then I hear you say
Hold on, hold on
We’re losing light, losing light, yeah, we’re fading fast
We had a fire, need a spark, or we’ll never last
Just look at me, look at me, I’ve been burning for you
So long, so long

I should walk away

[Chorus x2]
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I look at you and
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I get the feeling
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I think that I should hold on, hold on

[Verse 2]
I’m losing love, losing you, losing everything
Losing faith in the world where I wanna be
So I don’t care if the one thing that’s killing me
Is so wrong, so wrong

I should walk away

[Chorus x2]
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I look at you and
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I get the feeling
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I think that I should hold on, hold on

[Middle 8]
Oh oh oh (x2)
And I can’t stop this feeling (x2)

[Chorus x2]
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I look at you and
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I get the feeling
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I think that I should hold on, hold on


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