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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 18, 2019)

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. For this 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the time in which I would take stock of the radio action for the week is about to begin. Let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

“BAD” IS STILL GOOD: As she falls to #2 on the Alternative radio list, Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy” holds steady at #1 this week on the Top 40 chart for a second frame. The cut is already down more than 800 spins from last week, so you can expect that “Señorita” (which ranks at #3 on this update) will easily climb to the top next week for Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.

Climbing from 42-38 on the chart, “Post Malone” marks the first top 40 songs for both Sam Feldt and RANI. Malone’s newest hit, the Young Thug-assisted “Goodbyes”, moves from 10-8 this week. It’s the first time that an artist has appeared in the top 40 at the same time that their name is featured in the title of a top 40 song since early 2012, when the legendary Mick Jagger was a featured artist on “THE (The Hardest Ever)” by will.i.am and Jennifer Lopez and inspired “Moves Like Jagger”, a #1 song for Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera. Rising from 45-39, “Good Things Fall Apart” gives Illenium his first top 40 single here and returns Jon Bellion to the top 40 for his third appearance to date. The late Avicii also lands in the top 40 for a sixth time with the Aloe Blacc-assisted “SOS”, up from 43-40. It’s Avicii’s first top 40 single here since 2014’s “Addicted To You”, which peaked at #39. Blacc was a vocalist on his only #1 track to date, 2013’s “Wake Me Up”, though he didn’t receive a featured credit for it; thus, “SOS” is his second top 40 hit.

Headed to Country radio later this month, Maren Morris‘s new Hot AC hit “The Bones” enters at #45. Morris has been charting at the Country format since 2016, but she topped both the Hot AC and Top 40 charts last spring and summer with the Zedd and Grey collaboration “The Middle”. Viral hit “Lalala” is in at #46 for format newcomers Y2K and BBNO$. Two spots lower, another K-pop group arrives on the survey: NCT 127 bows at #48 with a new English version of “Highway To Heaven”, their first hit here. Lastly, a collaboration from actor and singer Asher Angel and rapper Wiz Khalifa enters at #50. “One Thought Away” is Angel’s first song to chart at any radio format.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 18, 2019

“Way” to go, guys.

DEBUTS
40. Normani – Motivation
39. Freya Ridings – Castles
38. Ingrid Michaelson – Young And In Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Keane – Love Too Much (40)
29. Katy Perry – Small Talk (34)
23. Tones And I – Dance Monkey (31) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
18. Stephen Puth – Look Away (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Rob Thomas – Can’t Help Me Now (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Shawn Mendes – If I Can’t Have You (09) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
08. Michael Bublé – Forever Now (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Elton John & Taron Egerton – (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Katy Perry – Never Really Over (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Zara Larsson – All The Time (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Illenium & Jon Bellion – Good Things Fall Apart (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Bastille – Joy (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Keane – The Way I Feel (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Gone West – What Could’ve Been (1)
2. Ingrid Andress – More Hearts Than Mine (3)
3. Alec Benjamin – If We Have Each Other (4)
4. Stanaj – Love Me (2)
5. Westlife – Dynamite (5)
6. Morgxn – A New Way (7)
7. Fitz & The Tantrums – I Just Wanna Shine (9)
8. Lauv featuring Anne-Marie – Lonely (-)
9. JOHN.k – If We Never Met (-)
10. NCT 127 – Highway To Heaven (10)

In The Mix:
AJ Mitchell featuring Ava Max – Slow Dance
Ali Gatie – It’s You
Bishop Briggs – Champion
Ed Sheeran with Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars – Blow
Joseph – Fighter
Lauren Daigle – Rescue
Lee Brice – Rumor
Lizzo – Good As Hell (new)
Miley Cyrus – Slide Away (new)
New Hope Club – Love Again
Taylor Swift – Lover (new)
Tegan & Sara – I’ll Be Back Someday
The Highwomen – The Chain
The Score – Stay

Chart Notes:

  • Earning their second #1 song on my chart and first since the spring of 2012, Keane climbs from 2-1 with “The Way I Feel”. The band also rises from 40-33 with “Love Too Much”, the follow-up single. Both cuts can be found on their album Cause And Effect, due September 20. Debuting at #38, Ingrid Michaelson has this week’s highest new entry with “Young And In Love”, which follows her recent #9 entry “Missing You”. At #39, Freya Ridings earns her first top 40 single (following a few near misses) with “Castles”, a current top ten hit in Belgium and Scotland. A third new song checks in at #40: “Motivation” by Normani, which marks her first appearance on my list, though she’s had plenty of radio hits both as a solo artist and with the girl group Fifth Harmony. All three of this week’s new entries impact at either the Hot AC or Top 40 format by the end of the month.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 16, 2019

The Streets are talking this week.

If you want another quality week of cool releases, then look no further than these top titles, which look to take control of the top spot on the biggest charts in the world. Here are all the top new albums and singles hitting stores for Friday:

ILLENIUM – Ascend (iTunes)
Features: The Jon Bellion-assisted “Good Things Fall Apart”, which is currently approaching the top ten on the Alternative radio chart

VARIOUS ARTISTS (QUALITY CONTROL) – Control The Streets, Vol. 2 (iTunes)
Features: Collaborations with artists like City Girls, Lil Yachty, Migos (and its individual members) and many more

Notable albums out this week: A$AP Ferg‘s Floor Seats (iTunes), Curren$y‘s Hot August Nights (iTunes), Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors‘s Dragons (iTunes), Frank Turner‘s No Man’s Land (iTunes), Killswitch Engage‘s Atonement (iTunes), King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard‘s Infest The Rats Nest (iTunes), Lionel Richie‘s Hello From Las Vegas (iTunes), Red Hearse‘s Red Hearse (iTunes), Rodney Crowell‘s Texas (iTunes), Sleater-Kinney‘s The Center Won’t Hold (iTunes), Snoh Aalegra‘s – Ugh, Those Feels Again (iTunes), Snoop Dogg‘s I Wanna Thank Me (iTunes), The Hold Steady‘s Thrashing Thru The Passion (iTunes), Tracy Lawrence‘s Made In America (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Benedict Cork‘s Letters To Strangers (iTunes), Dylan Scott‘s An Old Memory (iTunes), FLETCHER‘s You Ruined New York City For Me (iTunes), Sara Bareilles‘s What’s Not Inside: The Lost Songs From Waitress (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Lot On Ur Plate”, Father (iTunes)
“Ain’t Nobody’s Baby”, Frawley (iTunes)
“Be Honest”, Jorja Smith featuring Burna Boy (iTunes)
“Beer Drinkin’ Weather”, Canaan Smith (iTunes)
“Benjamin”, Akon (iTunes)
“Better For Ya”, OMI (iTunes)
“Black Hole”, HANA (iTunes)
“Boy Bye”, BROCKHAMPTON (iTunes)
“Change”, Arin Ray & Kehlani (iTunes)
“Cool 4 Me”, Stefan Benz (iTunes)
“Crazy Enough”, Julie Bergan (iTunes)
“Cross You Out”, Charli XCX featuring Sky Ferreira (iTunes)
“Dollar (Lemaitre Remix)”, Electric Guest (iTunes)
“Dream Boy”, Waterparks (iTunes)
“Easier (Remix)”, 5 Seconds Of SummerCharlie Puth (iTunes)
“Fly Like An Eagle”, Stereophonics (iTunes)
“Go Somewhere”, KREAM & RANI (iTunes)
“God’s Favorite”, Travis Thompson (iTunes)
“Hallucinations”, PVRIS (iTunes)
“Hate Me (R3HAB Remix)”, Ellie Goulding & Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Heart Explodes”, The Darkness (iTunes)
“Heartless”, Diplo featuring Morgan Wallen (iTunes)
“Heavy Sh*t”, Blake Rose (iTunes)
“Hell Right”, Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins (iTunes)
“Higher”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Highwomen”, The Highwomen (iTunes)
“Home”, Martin Garrix featuring Bonn (iTunes)
“How Do You Sleep? (Acoustic)”, Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Hot (AZTX Remix)”, Kenzie (iTunes)
“How To Be Human”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“Ice Cream”, Ambjaay (iTunes)
“Indigo”, 88rising & NIKI (iTunes)
“Keeping It In The Dark”, Daya (iTunes)
“Left For Denver”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“Legend”, SOB x RBE (iTunes)
“Let’s Lay Low”, Plain White T’s (iTunes)
“Like The Way I Do”, Cascada (iTunes)
“Lose You”, Noah Gundersen (iTunes)
“Losing Me”, Gabrielle Aplin & JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Love Got You”, Clear Six (iTunes)
“Lover”, Taylor Swift (iTunes)
“Magic”, Wrabel (iTunes)
“Malicious”, Bruce Wiegner (iTunes)
“Middle Of Somewhere”, The Neighbourhood (iTunes)
“MLK BLVD”, Jeezy featuring Meek Mill (iTunes)
“Motivation”, Normani (iTunes)
“My Brother” / “So Cal”, Cal (iTunes)
“Need U”, DVBBS (iTunes)
“Nobody Wins”, WhoHurtYou (iTunes)
“Ocean”, VÉRITÉ (iTunes)
“One Of Us”, Liam Gallagher (iTunes)
“Ooh La La (Another Version – Acoustic)”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Playing Games”, Anna Of The North (iTunes)
“Pretty Please”, Allan Rayman (iTunes)
“Ransom (Remix)”, Lil Tecca & Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Retrograde”, Hardwell (iTunes)
“Rock Bottom”, Grandson (iTunes)
“Rock Witchu”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Roots”, Valerie Broussard & Galantis (iTunes)
“Rumble”, ZAYDE WØLF (iTunes)
“Running”, Arlissa (iTunes)
“Sextasy”, Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Shadow”, Macklemore featuring IRO (iTunes)
“Skinny Boys”, Myylo (iTunes)
“Something To Believe In”, Jackson Harris (iTunes)
“Stayaway”, MUNA (iTunes)
“Stranger’s Arms (Remix)”, Lo Lo featuring DCF (iTunes)
“Strong (Dexter Remix)”, Christian Paul (iTunes)
“Sweater”, Phem (iTunes)
“There For You”, Gorgon City & MK (iTunes)
“Tiny Love”, MIKA (iTunes)
“Title”, Kiana Ledé (iTunes)
“To The Ground”, Death Cab For Cutie (iTunes)
“Trustfall”, Peter Wise (iTunes)
“Waiting Game”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“We’re Gonna Make It”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“We’re Not Friends”, Ingrid Andress (iTunes)
“Welcome To The Party (Remix)”, Pop Smoke featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“What Am I Gonna Do With You”, Sophia Messa (iTunes)
“What’s It Like”, You Me At Six (iTunes)
“Wild Blue”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Yo x Ti, Tú x Mí”, ROSALÍA x Ozuna (iTunes)
“You Ain’t The Problem”, Michael Kiwanuka (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from artists like Midland, Taylor Swift 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 (August 13, 2019)

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: Ariana Grande and Social House are decorating the house here at the top for a second week, while two new titles are knocking at the door in the top five. Let’s add ’em up:

ONE CROWDED HOUSE: Despite some decent competition, Grande and Social House’s “Boyfriend” picks up 34 more adds for its second week on the survey, landing ahead of Jax Jones and Bebe Rexha‘s “Harder” in second place with a total of 24 stations during its impact week. Meanwhile, Twenty One Pilots finish in third place, only one station behind Jones and Rexha, with “The Hype”, which sees a solid increase in adds from last week’s early action. While “Boyfriend” is currently racing through the top 20 at the format, look for “Harder” and “The Hype” to make their top 50 debuts in the next couple of weeks.

Charting releases by NF, Sam Smith and Zara Larsson are among those prominent songs making up the rest of the top ten.

Look for Katy Perry‘s “Small Talk” to talk its way onto more than a few Top 40 playlists next week; it had nine early adds today.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. ARIANA GRANDE & SOCIAL HOUSE, “Boyfriend” (Republic)
2. JAX JONES & BEBE REXHA, “Harder” (Interscope)
3. TWENTY ONE PILOTS, “The Hype” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
4. NF, “Time” (Caroline)
5. SHAED, “Trampoline” (Photo Finish/Caroline)
6-T. ELLIE GOULDING & JUICE WRLD, “Hate Me” (Polydor/Interscope)
6-T. LIL TECCA, “Ransom” (Galactic/Republic)
6-T. SAM SMITH, “How Do You Sleep?” (Capitol)
9-T. ILLENIUM & JON BELLION, “Good Things Fall Apart” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
9-T. SAM FELDT featuring RANI, “Post Malone” (Spinnin’/Warner)
9-T. ZARA LARSSON, “All The Time” (TEN/Epic)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 11, 2019

“Joy” to the chart world.

DEBUTS
40. Keane – Love Too Much
39. Natasha Bedingfield – Kick It
34. Katy Perry – Small Talk | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Dean Lewis – Waves (38)
31. Tones And I – Dance Monkey (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
28. Noah Kahan – Cynic (33)
23. Stephen Puth – Look Away (28)
(see #6 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Michael Bublé – Forever Now (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Shawn Mendes – If I Can’t Have You (06) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
08. Lizzo – Truth Hurts (05) | PEAK: #05
07. Elton John & Taron Egerton – (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Zara Larsson – All The Time (11) | PEAK: #06
05. Katy Perry – Never Really Over (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. Illenium & Jon Bellion – Good Things Fall Apart (08) | PEAK: #04
03. Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Keane – The Way I Feel (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Bastille – Joy (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Gone West – What Could’ve Been (1)
2. Stanaj – Love Me (4)
3. Ingrid Andress – More Hearts Than Mine (5)
4. Alec Benjamin – If We Have Each Other (6)
5. Westlife – Dynamite (3)
6. Freya Ridings – Castles (-)
7. Morgxn – A New Way (10)
8. Tegan & Sara – I’ll Be Back Someday (8)
9. Fitz & The Tantrums – I Just Wanna Shine (-)
10. NCT 127 – Highway To Heaven (-)

In The Mix:
AJ Mitchell featuring Ava Max – Slow Dance (new)
Ali Gatie – It’s You
American Authors – Stay Around
Ariana Grande & Social House – Boyfriend
Bishop Briggs – Champion
Ed Sheeran with Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars – Blow
JOHN.k – If We Never Met (new)
Joseph – Fighter
Lauren Daigle – Rescue
Lee Brice – Rumor
New Hope Club – Love Again
The Highwomen – The Chain (new)
The Score – Stay

Chart Notes:

  • Bastille remains at #1 for a third week with “Joy”, as bulleted entries from Keane and Taylor Swift round out the top three. Look for either “The Way I Feel” or “You Need To Calm Down” to move into the top spot next week. Speaking of Keane, the group also has one of three debuts in the top 40 with “Love Too Much”, which bows at #40. Both songs appear on their forthcoming studio album Cause And Effect, which is due September 20. The two other entries are from solo women: Katy Perry‘s “Small Talk” is in at #34, which serves as the follow-up to her recent #1 song “Never Really Over”, while Natasha Bedingfield‘s “Kick It” fights its way into the #39 spot. This is Bedingfield’s first track to hit my list in 6-1/2 years: her last entry, the Lifehouse collaboration “Between The Raindrops”, peaked at #7. Her latest album Roll With Me arrives on August 30.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 4, 2019)

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. If you “Care” about all the big pop songs for the first week of August, you’re in the right place! Let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

“I” IN THE SKY: Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber‘s huge hit “I Don’t Care” continues its run at the summit on the Top 40 list for its third week, eclipsing the 19,000 spin mark in the process (though it doesn’t set a new record.) The tune also remains strong at #1 on the Hot AC chart. With Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy” at just over 300 spins away now, her current #2 hit will likely replace “I” in the next few days and become official by next weekend, unless Sheeran and Bieber’s collaboration has a better hold than expected.

Christian rapper NF leaps from 47-34 with the song that becomes his fourth top 40 entry at the format, “Time”. The simple title has also appeared on the chart in the past for groups like The Alan Parsons Project and Hootie & The Blowfish, whose respective singles made the top ten in 1981 and 1996. One notch below him, “Boyfriend” debuts on the entire chart at #35 for Ariana Grande and Social House. The collaboration becomes Grande’s 22nd top 40 entry on the pop chart and the duo’s first, which comes a year after they first entered the top 50 here with the Lil Yachty-assisted “Magic In The Hamptons”. It stalled at #43. Our third and final top 40 entry this week is OneRepublic‘s “Rescue Me”, a top 20 song on the Hot AC chart that moves from 44-38 here. It’s the act’s 13th top 40 single at this format since 2007.

A handful of collaborations enter the top 50 this week, led by Chris Brown and Drake‘s “No Guidance” at #45. The song leads the Rhythmic and Urban charts on the current update. Sam Feldt and RANI, both appearing on the pop chart for the first time, dance onto the survey with “Post Malone” at #46. (Malone ranks at #11 this week with the Young Thug-assisted “Goodbyes”.) Landing at #48 is “Higher Love”, a single combining the talents of Kygo and the late Whitney Houston. Originally recorded in 1990, this cut marks the first appearance for Houston on the pop chart since 2002’s “Whatchulookinat”, which reached #46 that September. 2009 also saw her track “Million Dollar Bill” receive a little pop airplay, though it failed to reach the top 50. Finally, at #49, Illenium and Jon Bellion enter the region with “Good Things Fall Apart”, which is approaching the top ten at Alternative radio.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 4, 2019

It’s a “Joy” to be at the top.

DEBUTS
39. Tones And I – Dance Monkey
38. Dean Lewis – Waves | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Smith & Thell – Hotel Walls (39) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
28. Stephen Puth – Look Away (34)
25. P!nk featuring Cash Cash – Can We Pretend (30)
21. Kygo x Whitney Houston – Higher Love (29) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
16. Rob Thomas – Can’t Help Me Now (21)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Ingrid Michaelson – Missing You (11) | PEAK: #09
09. Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care (07) | PEAK: #06
08. Illenium & Jon Bellion – Good Things Fall Apart (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Elton John & Taron Egerton – (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Shawn Mendes – If I Can’t Have You (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Lizzo – Truth Hurts (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Katy Perry – Never Really Over (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Keane – The Way I Feel (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Bastille – Joy (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Gone West – What Could’ve Been (3)
2. Sheryl Crow featuring Stevie Nicks & Maren Morris – Prove You Wrong (1)
3. Westlife – Dynamite (2)
4. Stanaj – Love Me (4)
5. Ingrid Andress – More Hearts Than Mine (5)
6. Alec Benjamin – If We Have Each Other (6)
7. Natasha Bedingfield – Kick It (-)
8. Tegan & Sara – I’ll Be Back Someday (9)
9. Bishop Briggs – Champion (10)
10. Morgxn – A New Way (-)

In The Mix:
Ali Gatie – It’s You
American Authors – Stay Around
Ariana Grande & Social House – Boyfriend (new)
Celine Dion – Flying On My Own
Ed Sheeran with Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars – Blow
Freya Ridings – Castles (new)
Joseph – Fighter
Lauren Daigle – Rescue
Lee Brice – Rumor
NCT 127 – Highway To Heaven
New Hope Club – Love Again (new)
The Score – Stay (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Bastille stays at #1 for a second week with “Joy”, a current top ten hit on the Alternative radio survey, while Keane remains strong at #2 with their biggest song in seven years, “The Way I Feel”. Will it reach the top in the coming weeks? This battle is a tough one, but it could succeed. A pair of Australian artists have new songs in the top 40, with a reissue of Dean Lewis‘s “Waves” leading the way at #38. The original version of “Waves” bubbled under my chart in January and February of last year. A newer version of the track, which was remixed by Timbaland, impacts at the Hot AC format on Monday. A notch lower, at #39, it’s the first appearance of Tones And I with “Dance Monkey”. The viral smash ranks at #1 on the official singles chart in Australia as of earlier this weekend and continues to break across Europe.

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