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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 6, 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. As the leaves start to turn different colors, a colorful pack of new songs have started to fall onto the pop chart. Let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

WHAT “HURTS” THE MOST: Lizzo‘s big hit “Truth Hurts” continues at #1 on the Top 40 list for the third consecutive week, as it remains in the top ten at Hot AC, Rhythmic and Urban radio. On the pop chart, it remains above 19,000 spins for the week, losing less than 2% of its airplay from week-to-week. Lewis Capaldi‘s “Someone You Loved”, a recent #1 single on the Hot AC chart, may start to creep up on the top spot by next weekend, but it’s still more than 1,800 spins away from the summit as of the current chart.

One Direction‘s Niall Horan blasts in with his sixth solo top 40 hit (19th including the group’s run of charting songs) at #36. It’s titled “Nice To Meet Ya” and it leads his upcoming studio album, due sometime early next year. The high debut for it is partially due to hourly airplay upon its release on Friday. Australian band 5 Seconds Of Summer moves from 44-37 with their tenth top single to date, “Teeth”, which can be found on the soundtrack to the new season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. The recent top five hit on the Rhythmic and Urban radio charts for Megan Thee Stallion also becomes her first top 40 single on the Top 40 airwaves: “Hot Girl Summer” lifts from 42-38, which features Nicki Minaj, earning her 38th top 40 hit, and Ty Dolla $ign, who grabs his seventh.

Leading off the week’s top 50 entries is the Diplo and Jonas Brothers collaboration called “Lonely”, which bows at #42. The tune was last week’s Most Added title at the format. A couple of spots lower, Bebe Rexha‘s “You Can’t Stop The Girl” checks in at #44, a single from the soundtrack to Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil (which opens in about two weeks.) Niall Horan’s former bandmate Liam Payne bounces in at #45 with the A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie-assisted “Stack It Up”. Lastly, starting at #49, “Takeaway” finds The Chainsmokers and Illenium collaborating with newcomer Lennon Stella, who previously charted at the Country format as one half of the duo Lennon & Maisy.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 1, 2019

Good thing it’s #1!

DEBUTS
39. Grace Potter – Love Is Love
34. Taylor Swift – Lover | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Why Don’t We – What Am I (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
27. Normani – Motivation (32)
25. Ingrid Michaelson – Young And In Love (31)
22. Dean Lewis – Waves (27)
18. Katy Perry – Small Talk (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Elton John & Taron Egerton – (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (07) | PEAK: #07
09. P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton – Love Me Anyway (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Kygo x Whitney Houston – Higher Love (11) | PEAK: #08
07. Bastille – Joy (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
06. Rob Thomas – Can’t Help Me Now (09) | PEAK: #06
05. Michael Bublé – Forever Now (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Zara Larsson – All The Time (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Keane – The Way I Feel (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Illenium & Jon Bellion – Good Things Fall Apart (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Lauv featuring Anne-Marie – Lonely (5)
2. Morgxn – A New Way (4)
3. Ingrid Andress – More Hearts Than Mine (3)
4. Gone West – What Could’ve Been (1)
5. James Blunt – Cold (-)
6. Lizzo – Good As Hell (10)
7. Fitz & The Tantrums – I Just Wanna Shine (6)
8. NCT 127 – Highway To Heaven (8)
9. JOHN.k – If We Never Met (9)
10. Chelsea Cutler & Jeremy Zucker – You Were Good To Me (-)

In The Mix:
AJ Mitchell featuring Ava Max – Slow Dance
Ali Gatie – It’s You
Andy Grammer – Wish You Pain
Ben Platt – Rain (new)
John Newman & Nina Nesbitt – Without You (new)
Joseph – Fighter
Lauren Daigle – Rescue
Lee Brice – Rumor
Maddie Poppe – Not Losing You
Miley Cyrus – Slide Away
New Hope Club – Love Again
Tegan & Sara – I’ll Be Back Someday
The Griswolds – Nice To Meet Ya! (new)
The Highwomen – The Chain
The Score – Stay
Walk Off The Earth – I’ll Be There (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Illenium and Jon Bellion move from 3-1 on this week’s chart with “Good Things Fall Apart”, the first #1 song for both acts. You can find the hit on Illenium’s album Ascend, which was released two weeks ago. Why Don’t We climbs from 40-33 with this week’s Biggest Mover, “What Am I”, one of last week’s top five Most Added singles at the Top 40 format. Two very lovable debuts also reach the top 40, with Taylor Swift‘s “Lover” bowing at #34 and Grace Potter‘s “Love Is Love” entering at #39. Swift’s album cut is looking to make the top 50 on both the Hot AC and Top 40 charts this week from unsolicited airplay, while Potter’s song may land just outside the top 40 on the Triple A chart.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 25, 2019

A Keane sense of a hit.

DEBUTS
40. Why Don’t We – What Am I
39. Diplo featuring Morgan Wallen – Heartless | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Normani – Motivation (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
31. Ingrid Michaelson – Young And In Love (38)
28. Keane – Love Too Much (33)
23. Katy Perry – Small Talk (29)
19. Smith & Thell – Hotel Walls (25)
18. Tones And I – Dance Monkey (23)
13. Stephen Puth – Look Away (18)
11. Kygo x Whitney Houston – Higher Love (16)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton – Love Me Anyway (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Rob Thomas – Can’t Help Me Now (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Katy Perry – Never Really Over (06) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. Elton John & Taron Egerton – (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Michael Bublé – Forever Now (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Zara Larsson – All The Time (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Bastille – Joy (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
03. Illenium & Jon Bellion – Good Things Fall Apart (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Keane – The Way I Feel (01) | PEAK: #01 for two 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 (2)
4. Morgxn – A New Way (6)
5. Lauv featuring Anne-Marie – Lonely (8)
6. Fitz & The Tantrums – I Just Wanna Shine (7)
7. Alec Benjamin – If We Have Each Other (3)
8. NCT 127 – Highway To Heaven (10)
9. JOHN.k – If We Never Met (9)
10. Lizzo – Good As Hell (-)

In The Mix:
AJ Mitchell featuring Ava Max – Slow Dance
Ali Gatie – It’s You
Andy Grammer – Wish You Pain (new)
Joseph – Fighter
Lauren Daigle – Rescue
Lee Brice – Rumor
Maddie Poppe – Not Losing You (new)
Miley Cyrus – Slide Away
New Hope Club – Love Again
Taylor Swift – Lover
Tegan & Sara – I’ll Be Back Someday
The Highwomen – The Chain
The Score – Stay

Chart Notes:

  • Keane remains at #1 for the second week with “The Way I Feel”, which marks their sixth overall career week at the top. Their forthcoming set, Cause And Effect, is out September 20. Normani scores this week’s Biggest Mover with “Motivation”, taking a nice leap from 40-32. A pair of new songs reach the top 40 this week, led by the Diplo and Morgan Wallen collaboration “Heartless” at #39. Though Wallen’s hit the top of the Country radio chart twice since last year, this single impacts at the Hot AC format next month. One notch lower, the band Why Don’t We grabs their fourth top 40 entry on my chart with “What Am I”, which also heads for adds at the Hot AC and Top 40 formats next month.

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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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