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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 3, 2018

A worldly hit indeed.

Great Scott! It’s another Friday in August, and that means it’s time for some fresh singles and albums. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

TRAVIS SCOTT – Astroworld (iTunes)
Scott’s latest album comes on a busy week for hip-hop and rap releases, though it’s likely to finish as one of the top debuts on the album chart next week. With huge expectations for its streaming presence in the market, will the set have enough momentum to pass Drake‘s powerful Scorpion and reign at #1?

Notable albums out this week: Houndmouth‘s Golden Age (iTunes), Lovelytheband‘s Finding It Hard To Smile (iTunes), Mac Miller‘s Swimming (iTunes), YG‘s Stay Dangerous (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Baka Not Nice‘s 4Milli (iTunes), Forest Blakk‘s Minutes (iTunes), H.E.R.‘s I Used To Know Her: The Prelude (iTunes), Iggy Azalea‘s Survive The Summer (iTunes), Ruelle‘s Emerge (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Ashes (Riddler Remix)”, Celine Dion (iTunes)
“Australia”, Ari Zizzo (iTunes)
“Autumn Love”, Death Cab For Cutie (iTunes)
“Beautiful”, Bazzi featuring Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Big Deal”, Kid Ink (iTunes)
“Blame It On The Freak”, DJ Cassidy featuring Royal Love (iTunes)
“Dear God”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Dinner”, Kacy Hill (iTunes)
“Drunk Girls, Drunk Boys”, Frills (iTunes)
“Expectations”, MAGIC! (iTunes)
“Fallen Angels”, Ayo & Teo (iTunes)
“Fascinating Rhythm”, Tony Bennett & Diana Krall (iTunes)
“Get Up”, Nick Wilson (iTunes)
“Glitter & Gold”, RØMANS (iTunes)
“Goodbye Summer”, Danielle Bradbery with Thomas Rhett (iTunes)
“Here’s Looking At You Kid”, Brett Dennen (iTunes)
“High On Life”, Martin Garrix featuring Bonn (iTunes)
“Home”, John Butler Trio (iTunes)
“I Don’t Want To See You Anymore”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“I Want You” / “Rose-Colored Glasses”, Whissell (iTunes) (iTunes)
“KindaYeahSorta”, Dashboard Confessional (iTunes)
“Kong”, Neneh Cherry (iTunes)
“Let Somebody Love You”, Boy George & Culture Club (iTunes)
“Liquor Store”, Anna Shoemaker (iTunes)
“Messages From Her”, Sabrina Claudio (iTunes)
“Missing U”, Robyn (iTunes)
“My Generation”, Emma Zander (iTunes)
“Never Call Me (Remix)”, Jhene Aiko featuring YG (iTunes)
“No Ordinary Life”, Matt Corby (iTunes)
“Now & Then”, H. Kenneth (iTunes)
“One Last Song”, Gorgon City, JP Cooper & Yungen (iTunes)
“Only You (Wideboys Remix)” Cheat Codes & Little Mix (iTunes)
“Please”, Jordan Smith (iTunes)
“Quiero Volver”, TINI & Sebastian Yatra (iTunes)
“Radio Silence”, R3HAB x Jocelyn Alice (iTunes)
“Show You”, CXLOE (iTunes)
“Sleepless Nights”, ayokay featuring Nightly (iTunes)
“Solo (Seeb Remix), Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Space”, Capital Cities (iTunes)
“Tie Me Down”, Gryffin with Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“Too Much”, ZAYN featuring Timbaland (iTunes)
“Trip”, Ella Mai (iTunes)
“UDK”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Uh Huh”, Jade Bird (iTunes)
“Underwater”, Cody Simpson (iTunes)
“What She Wants”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Jason Mraz, Jordan Smith and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 6, 2018)

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 Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar pray to the pop gods and receive a nice answer in return, while Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton say the words and bask in some magical momentum. It’s not the iHeartSummit, but we’re climbing toward that summit of hearts, as we add it all up:

READY FOR THE WEEKND: The anticipation for the film Black Panther is building, and the charts are full of songs off the set that accompanies the movie, due to be released this Friday. The first single to hit the Top 40 format from it, “Pray For Me”, is a big collaboration from The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar. Unsurprisingly, a big track deserves some big numbers, and it becomes this week’s Most Added song at the format with a giant 126 stations on impact. Lamar curated the entire soundtrack, and serves in several other writing and production roles, in addition to his handful of vocal performances on the album. “Pray” also top the adds reports at the Rhythmic (68 stations) and Urban (55 stations) formats, clearing a significant portion of those panels (much like the result here.)

Meanwhile, following the mixed reviews for his halftime show, Justin Timberlake also smashes the the runner-up spot with the third release from Man Of The Woods: the Chris Stapleton-assisted “Say Something”. It scores a plentiful 62 stations on impact. Timberlake didn’t actually perform the tune during his Super Bowl medley, though it remains his top song on most digital services at the moment. Man is expected to debut at #1 on next week’s Billboard 200 chart, displacing Migos‘s Culture II. New songs from Iggy Azalea featuring Quavo (16 stations), Kent Jones (15 stations) and Why Don’t We (10 stations) make the top ten for the first time, and you can hear/watch them below!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. THE WEEKND & KENDRICK LAMAR, “Pray For Me” (Interscope-Republic)
2. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE featuring CHRIS STAPLETON, “Say Something” (RCA)
3. ZEDD, MAREN MORRIS & GREY, “The Middle” (Interscope)
4. JACK & JACK, “Beg” (Island/Republic)
5. DRAKE, “God’s Plan” (YMCMB/Republic)
6. TROYE SIVAN, “My My My!” (Capitol)
7. IGGY AZALEA featuring QUAVO, “Savior” (Island/Republic)
8. KENT JONES, “Merengue” (We The Best/Epic)
9. KESHA featuring THE DAP-KINGS HORNS, “Woman” (RCA)
10. WHY DON’T WE, “Trust Fund Baby” (Atlantic)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 4, 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. Still thinking of London and the people that were affected by last night’s attacks, and wishing a speedy recovery to the dozens that were injured during them. Meanwhile, let’s get into the latest U.S. chart stats, from London, AR to London, OH to London, CA, for the first weekend of June:

WAY TO “STAY”: That terrific twosome, Zedd and Alessia Cara, holds at #1 for the second week with “Stay”. Back in February, the only other male-female collaboration to hit the top this year, Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello‘s “Bad Things”, spent two weeks at #1 as well. “Stay” should easily get a third frame in the slot next Sunday. Across the other radio lists, the song climbs to #11 on the Hot AC chart, slips to #16 at Rhythmic radio and sits just below the top 40 on the AC survey. Yes, those soccer moms sure love their Zeddlessia so far. The Russian-born DJ/producer has yet to announce a follow-up single, while the Canadian singer hasn’t announced a next single from her Know-It-All album, or if the era is completed. I guess we’ll know soon!

“Stay” remains the only track with a bullet in this week’s top five, but there’s plenty of positive action in the lower half of the top ten. Of note, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s remix of “Despacito”, featuring Justin Bieber, is up nearly 2400 spins from last week. However, it’s only up 10-9. (You can expect it to be a contender for the top spot next month.) The only new track reaching the region is “Now Or Never”, the second top ten hit for Halsey, advancing 12-10. Her hopeless fountain kingdom album will likely debut at #1 on next week’s Billboard 200 list.

PUMP UP THE LOGJAMS: The logjam at Top 40 radio this spring (and now, summer!) has been pretty well-documented, with a number of records losing steam in the teens prematurely. However, three tracks climb into the top 20 this week, looking to make the leap into the top ten later this summer. Leading the potential hit parade is Selena Gomez‘s “Bad Liar”, which jumps from 26-16. Of course, Gomez remains in the top five with the Kygo collaboration “It Ain’t Me”, which rises 3-2 without a bullet. (The DJ/producer is just below the top 50 with another single, “First Time”, with a lead vocal by Ellie Goulding.) Surfing up five notches to #18 is the first top 20 single in three years for Miley Cyrus, “Malibu”. The 24-year-old was one of the many performers at Ariana Grande‘s One Love Manchester benefit concert earlier today.

Finally, up 24-20, is Niall Horan‘s second solo hit at the format. “Slow Hands” also rises to #20 on the Hot AC chart this week. It is currently in the top ten on iTunes, thanks in part to deep discounting at digital platforms. The Irish singer made the top 20 with One Direction 11 times between 2012 and 2016. In January and February, he spent two nonconsecutive weeks at #12 with  “This Town”. Horan also performed at Grande’s benefit show in Manchester, where he sang both “Hands” and “Town”.

WHOLE LOTTA “HISTORY”: Four girls are allowed into the top 50 this week, as we begin a long hot summer on the charts. The highest of three top 50 entries starts at #47: “Switch”, by Iggy Azalea featuring Anitta. Azalea’s last top 40 hit was 2016’s “Team”, which reached #21 in May 2016. Anitta hasn’t previously charted in the U.S., though she’s well-known in her home country, Brazil. A couple of steps below that collaboration is Tinashe, stoking the fire at #49 with “Flame”. Earlier this year, she peaked at #29 as the featured artist on Britney Spears‘s “Slumber Party”. Her latest single will be on the upcoming album Joyride, due later this year.

Also entering the top 50 this week is newcomer Olivia Holt with “History”, bowing at #50. The 19-year-old singer is best known for appearing in a fair amount of Disney programming, including the series Kickin’ It. Holt’s stay in the chart could be short-lived, with a small loss in spins this week indicating that it could be due for greater losses next week. (It went for adds nearly two months ago.) On Spotify, the song has over 95 million streams.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 30, 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: Camila Cabello renews her membership at the CHR “club”, while Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson clean up a portion of the panel before their impact date. Everybody is back to work today, and even I’ll be working on my terrible jokes and punchlines for future editions of my radio reports. Meanwhile, it’s time to work out some adds and what songs got them this week, so let’s talk Top 40 tabulations:

WHO’S “CRYING” NOW: As pop quartet Fifth Harmony gets closer to the Friday release of “Down”, their first to not include one of their original members, Camila Cabello, the 20-year-old won’t be shedding any tears… unless they’re Top 40 tears. At the top of this week’s Most Added list is her “Crying In The Club”, which ranked in the runner-up position last week. It grabs 63 adds in its second frame. Her highly-anticipated album, The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving., is due later this year. “Club” outpaces this week’s #2 single, “Strip That Down” by Liam Payne featuring Quavo, by 19 stations. However, with the response that Payne’s hit has received in the last two weeks, it looks like “Down” will continue to go up. Expect both songs to appear on the report next week!

I HEAR A “SYMPHONY”: When it comes to the international hit by Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson, a few CHR conductors have begun the piece early this week, with 17 stations raising the curtain on a marvelous musical spectacle. “Symphony” has already been a top ten smash across Europe, with #1 peaks in countries like Norway, Scotland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It’s been a good year so far for the British trio, who spent two weeks at #4 with “Rockabye” (featuring Anne-Marie and Sean Paul) in April. Larsson has struggled at the format over the last year, with her most recent single, the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “So Good”, stalling out at #34 in March. Ooh, the drama of the string section! How will this rhapsody of a record end? Stay tuned!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. CAMILA CABELLO, “Crying In The Club” (Epic)
2. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO
, “Strip That Down” (Republic)
3. KATY PERRY featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Swish Swish” (Capitol)
4. SELENA GOMEZ, “Bad Liar” (Interscope)
5. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “Despacito (Remix)” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
6-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “Redbone” (Glassnote)
6-T. CLEAN BANDIT featuring ZARA LARSSON, “Symphony” (Big Beat/RRP)
8. LOGIC featuring ALESSA CARA and KHALID“1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
9. IGGY AZALEA featuring ANITTA, “Switch” (Def Jam)
10-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “Attention” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
10-T. HAILEE STEINFELD, “Most Girls” (Republic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 23, 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: Selena Gomez finds that “Bad” is good, Camila Cabello brings a flavor of the weep, Liam Payne proves that “Down” is up and Katy Perry swishes upon a musical star. We extend our condolences and prayers to those affected by the tragedy in Manchester last night, and hope that a speedy recovery is on the way. Concert halls need to be a safe space for everyone; music heals all of us. Now, if it’s okay to have a few laughs after such a dark day yesterday, let’s take some stats and some shade and mix it all together into one ridiculous report:

“BAD” OF THE CHART: I don’t think anyone is looking for a George Lamond and Selena Gomez collaboration at this point in time, but you never know what’ll happen in the pop world. Her “Bad Liar” is, truthfully, the Most Added tune at pop radio, with a total of 133 stations on board in its first week. Gomez has a total of seven top ten songs at the format since 2011, four of which have climbed to #1, with three of those coming from her last set, Revival. Gomez also appears as the vocalist on Kygo‘s hit “It Ain’t Me”, which was #3 (and bulleted) on last Sunday’s official update. Now is certainly a super time to be a Selenator. (By the way, Lamond’s “Bad Of The Heart” reached #26 on Radio & Records in July 1990. It was his only CHR hit.)

TWO AND A FIFTH: Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello has her eye on some Top 40 tears, so grab a tissue or two before you press play. “Crying In The Club” is a part of the Most Added Club this week, a very exclusive society, scoring 81 adds on impact in the runner-up slot. Earlier this year, Cabello spent two weeks at the top as a part of a duet with Machine Gun Kelly, “Bad Things”. That single is based around an interpolation of “Out Of My Head” by Fastball, a #8 hit from August 1999. Her latest hit samples another smash from the same time period, Christina Aguilera‘s “Genie In A Bottle”, a four-week #1 from September of that year. Wanna guess who feels old right about now? Cabello’s solo debut, The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving., is due later this year.

JOY AND PAYNE: The final member of One Direction to reach the CHR/Top 40 format as a soloist is Liam Payne, and he is making quite the impact with his impacting single, “Strip That Down”. It takes the third Most Added spot this week, starting with 55 stations. Payne’s first single from his forthcoming album features rapper Quavo of the trio Migos, who’s been putting in the extra hours lately as the rent-a-rapper of choice for those pop songs with barren middle eight sections. (Do I need to start a campaign for saving the middle eight? #SaveTheM8) “Down” spent some time at #1 on the U.S.-based iTunes chart upon its release, though it no longer appears there.

FROM “SWISH” TO “SWITCH”: Just a few weeks after “Bon Appétit” ranked on the Most Added list, Katy Perry returns to a familiar spot with “Swish Swish”, the third single from her upcoming album Witness. With 51 stations on impact, it slips into fourth place this week. The new track features Nicki Minaj, who also appears as a featured artist on two other top 40 tracks on the chart: “Kissing Strangers” (#26) by DNCE and “Swalla” (#19) by Jason Derulo featuring Ty Dolla $ign. A little further down, we find “Switch”, a new collaboration from Iggy Azalea and featured artist Anitta. It’s in the eighth Most Added spot, receiving a total of 25 adds. Anitta is a Brazilian singer who is unknown to the U.S. pop audience, but we’ll see if this single provides a new opportunity for her to launch a career here.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. SELENA GOMEZ, “Bad Liar” (Interscope)
2. CAMILA CABELLO
, “Crying In The Club” (Epic)
3. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO, “Strip That Down” (Republic)
4. KATY PERRY featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Swish Swish” (Capitol)
5. MILEY CYRUS, “Malibu” (RCA)
6. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands” (Capitol)
7. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “Despacito (Remix)” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
8. IGGY AZALEA featuring ANITTA“Switch” (Def Jam)
9. KYGO & ELLIE GOULDING, “First Time” (Interscope/RCA)
10. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “Redbone” (Glassnote)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 11, 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: Harry Styles sees the “Sign” (and it opened up the panel’s minds), belief powers some Imagine Dragons add activity, and the heat starts rising on Tinashe‘s “Flame”, and that’s no cheap trick. Don’t be cruel to a chart that’s true, even if you’re referencing a cover song from the fall of ’88. Anyways, fall into our radio report and get a pop punch for your Tuesday night:

HIT ‘EM UP, STYLES: Don’t be blu, Harry Styles. You didn’t clear the entire pop panel in your first week, but you done good there, kid. “Sign Of The Times” has a big week at CHR radio, scoring 127 adds on impact. That total is slightly less than the 129 add total of “Sign ‘O’ The Times”, the #6 hit (4/10-17/87 R&R) by Prince. Styles is the fourth member of One Direction to make the top 40 as a solo act, with Liam Payne now the lone member to not release any music outside of the band. (We’re waiting, hello!) In the top 30 already and making major gains, it’s looking like “Sign” will be a major hit into the summer. Also, yes, I still have the CD single of “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” that I bought back in 2001. I’m sure that Blu Cantrell will delight in knowing that she’s a tiny part of a chart recap for the first time in, well, a long time.

BLESSED ARE THE BELIEVERS: Anne Murray and Imagine Dragons probably have nothing in common, outside of the multi-year top 40 runs, of course. That being said, you could say that the CHR panel just fell in love again with the band, while the four men replied, You needed us!” “Believer” grabs another 34 adds this week, which puts the single in the third Most Added spot on the latest report. It’s the current #1 song on the Alternative radio chart, a position that it’s held for three weeks now. The group only has one #1 single to date at the pop format, “Demons”, which spent a week at the top in December 2013. Will the guys make it to the top ten for the fourth time, or will they just have to imagine the result? I’m hoping it’s the former, but we’ll see soon.

“FLAME” ON THE SIDE OF THIS RACE: Some CHR programmers got a clue about Tinashe‘s new single this week, stoking that “Flame” to the tune of 16 stations and the ninth Most Added title. The singer has three top 40 tracks to date at the format, but none of the three have gone beyond a #20 peak. Perhaps we’ll need to get Professor Plum and Mrs. Peacock on the case… I bet the gatekeeper was in the conference room with the callout log. (Did I win?) Anyways, we’ll see if this fiery first shot at radio action has the means to keep the burning going in the coming weeks and months. Now, excuse me while I engage in my own kind of burning — some calories from all these Passover carbs!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. HARRY STYLES, “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia)
2. HALSEY
, “Now Or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
3. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
4. DRAKE, “Passionfruit” (YMCMB/Republic)
5. ZAYN featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR, “Still Got Time” (RCA)
6. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
7. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
8. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic)
9. TINASHE, “Flame” (RCA)
10. IGGY AZALEA, “Mo Bounce” (Def Jam)

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (May 2015) (Part One)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in May on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea
BRITNEY SPEARS featuring IGGY AZALEA – “Pretty Girls” (May 5) (*)
Label: RCA
While she continues her latest run of performances at her Britney: Piece Of Me residency in Las Vegas, Spears is ready to top the charts once more after a disappointing era with Britney Jean. Her new single sees her collaborate with Aussie rapper Azalea, just coming off her sixth CHR radio hit, “Trouble”. Will Spears garner her first top ten single in two years? We’ll have to wait and see.

Little Big Town
LITTLE BIG TOWN – “Girl Crush” (May 5) (**)
Label: Capitol Nashville/Interscope
Comfortably in the top ten digital sellers for another week is this Country crossover, one that’s stirred up much reaction over the last month. It’s currently in the top 20 at Country radio, but testing has proven mixed with the audience, as the song registers the fifth highest negative score on the tally. It is easy to hear why this song could work at Hot AC radio, but it still may be a tough sell.

Mariah Carey
MARIAH CAREY – “Infinity” (May 5) (* + **)
Label: Epic
Just before she takes the stage in Las Vegas, the legendary Carey is out with her new single, the only new song to be featured on a compilation album titled #1 To Infinity. The album features her 18 chart-topping songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1990’s “Vision Of Love” and 2008’s “Touch My Body”. Her presence at radio may be diminished, but this should receive decent support.

Parachute
PARACHUTE – “Crave” (May 5) (**)
Label: Vanguard
Serviced to radio back in mid-March, the latest single by the incredible shrinking Virginia trio has been played on several Hot AC outlets, but isn’t being covered at all on the band’s social media profiles. It’s very peculiar. Well, now with a new record label, the home of many other acts at the format, their catchy sound is definitely a winner on my weekly chart. Will radio take to it as well?

Plain White T's
PLAIN WHITE T’S – “Pause” (May 5) (**)
Label: Proud Bird/Redjacket
The Illinois quintet, best known for hits like “Hey There Delilah” and “Rhythm Of Love”, hit a few bumps in the last few years. In early 2013, their “Should’ve Gone To Bed” was serviced at the same time that member Tim Lopez appeared on NBC’s Ready For Love. The series tanked; their single stalled, as did a followup. Independent but keeping strong, their new song is worth a replay.

Shawn Mendes
SHAWN MENDES – “Stitches” (May 5) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
It was quite the achievement when Mendes’s first album, Handwritten, entered the Billboard 200 at #1 last week. However, that second week drop was a tragic one. Front-loaded and lacking radio support on two singles with two pushes each, it may fall off in mere weeks at this point. Early adds at the two Los Angeles CHR stations is an encouraging sign, but it’s no guarantee of a smash.

Allen Stone
ALLEN STONE – “Freedom” (May 12) (**)
Label: Capitol
After the self-titled Allen Stone era with ATO Records, the 28-year-old Washington singer and songwriter lands at Capitol for his upcoming Radius set (due on May 26) and has a split single campaign at two formats to lead it off. As “Upside” continues to grow at AAA radio, picking up a pair of stations this week, “Freedom” is new at Hot AC. It’s a great retro pop record that deserves love.

Barenaked Ladies
BARENAKED LADIES – “Say What You Want” (May 19) (**)
Label: Vanguard
Back with a new studio album in June, the Canadian quartet gets their pinball on as they bounce back onto the music scene. Much like the arcade game, however, you can’t win every time, and the band has seen their airtime diminish quickly in the U.S. over the past decade (save for a play of “One Week” or “Pinch Me” occasionally.) Their sound is still solid and the live show is just as good.

Jason French
JASON FRENCH – “You Just Want My Money” (May 19) (*)
Label: Interscope
French is a 26-year-old newcomer who has already won over the social crowd with his first single, a hugely successful song on the video application Vine, and on streaming platforms, where “Money” has tallied 7.5 million plays thus far on Spotify. The singer is currently between a radio tour and recording his debut album, and if this is a preview of what’s to come, expect some good tunes.

Sam Hunt
SAM HUNT – “Take Your Time” (May 19) (*)
Label: MCA Nashville/Capitol
“Take” was one of the songs featured in this post from March in regards to recent Country hits that I thought could cross over to pop radio. Well, it’s all happening! Hunt’s tune is already gaining well at Hot AC radio and it received a decent amount of adds in the last CHR report. Hey, Shawn Mullins’s “Lullaby” spent seven weeks atop the chart in 1998-9; this could do some damage too.

Taylor Swift
TAYLOR SWIFT featuring KENDRICK LAMAR – “Bad Blood” (May 19) (*)
Label: Big Machine/Republic
“Blood” was one of the few songs on this month’s Radio Report to also be featured in my Song Of The Summer contenders list in mid-April. As I mentioned, Swift is coming off her third CHR #1 in a row with “Style”, making the 1989 era her most successful at the format so far. Will the forthcoming remix, with an artist yet to be identified, propel her back to #1 again? It may just happen.

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