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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 18-19, 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 five singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ASTRID S – “Think Before I Talk” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: The Norwegian performer has yet to chart here, though “Hurts So Good” did receive a little pop airplay last fall.

FIFTH HARMONY – “He Like That” (Syco/Epic)
Album: Fifth Harmony (2017)
Past T40 History: After “Down” failed to break the top 20, will the group rebound with the second single from their self-titled set?

IMAGINE DRAGONS – “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
Album: Evolve (2017)
Past T40 History: The Las Vegas group is back in pop radio’s good graces, having just reached #3 earlier this year with “Believer”.

NICK JONAS – “Find You” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Jonas is looking for his seventh solo top 40 hit at the format, the biggest of which was “Jealous”, a one-week #1.

ZAYN featuring SIA – “Dusk Till Dawn” (RCA)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Going for his fifth chart song, Malik is the one member of One Direction not currently in the top 40 at this time.

Next week: Charly Black and Luis Fonsi bring their “Party” onto pop playlists, while Ed Sheeran has a “Perfect” solution for a station in need of a hit…

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 (September 17, 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. The only Rocket Man you’ll be hearing from on this Top 40 recap is Elton John, a true president of pop. Otherwise, log off Twitter now and again, please? Here are some of the top songs from this week’s published chart:

THE PUTH HURTS: Though it’s starting to bleed spins, with larger losses likely coming, Charlie Puth‘s “Attention” manages to hold onto #1 for a fourth consecutive week. This ties the run for his only other chart-topper to date, “See You Again”, a four-week #1 in 2015 for Wiz Khalifa that featured Puth. VoiceNotes, which is likely to feature “Attention”, is due sometime later this year. That single also climbs from 3-2 on this week’s Hot AC chart and 12-11 at Rhythmic radio, though it’s down a notch (14-15) on the AC list.

Next week is looking good for Niall Horan to advance to #1 with “Slow Hands”, which rises a notch to #2 in its 19th week. His first solo album, Flicker, is out October 20, and features “Slow”, previous single “This Town” (#12, 1/8 and 2/12/17) and new single “Too Much To Ask”. Should it actually occur, Horan will become the second member of One Direction to hit #1 on the pop radio survey with a solo effort, following ZAYN‘s two-week run last year (4/24-5/1/16) with “Pillowtalk”. Stay tuned to see if it happens!

THE “LOVE” PARADE: One might call the top 40 chart a dream academy, but what is this, 1986? Not quite. Still, this week’s list might look like a chart out of 1986, with five tunes breaking into the top 40. Kelly Clarkson‘s “Love So Soft” leads the pack, new at #35. It’s the first single from her forthcoming album Meaning Of Life, and it’s her 21st top 40 hit at the format since 2002. At #37, a newcomer named Blackbear is up from #42 last week with “Do Re Mi”. Born Matthew Musto, the Florida performer hit the top 20 on the album chart earlier this year with Digital Druglord. He’s also one half of the duo Mansionz, along with Mike Posner.

Two other newcomers find themselves in the region this week: new quintet PRETTYMUCH, rising 41-38 with “Would You Mind”, and hot rapper Cardi B, up 45-39 with “Bodak Yellow”. The Simon Cowell-affiliated boy band recently premiered a music video for their debut single, while the New York performer is prepping for the release of her debut album, due sometime next month. The last of the five entries, soaring from 50-40 in its second week on the chart, is “Havana” by Camila Cabello. The track, featuring rapper  Young Thug, is the fifth top 40 solo hit for Cabello, who previously recorded with Fifth Harmony.

READY, SET, “GO”: Just in case you thought all that top 40 action wasn’t enough, there are another three debuts in the top 50 on this week’s published chart. Imagine Dragons will be trying for their seventh top 40 hit at the format with another big Alternative smash, “Thunder”, making its entry at #43. It’s the follow-up to “Believer”, which recently peaked at #3. The popular group has four top ten hits to date, including the one-week #1 “Demons” from December 2013. Two spots below “Thunder”, at #45, is a release that credits four artists, split evenly between main and featured spots: Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line & Watt with “Let Me Go”. That crediting doesn’t achieve any sort of record, but it doesn’t make things any easier! Two of the artists in the mix, Steinfeld and the country duo, have one top ten hit each to date at the format.

The only other debut in this week’s top 50 is the first tune to chart in nearly three years for Fergie, coming in at #49 with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “You Already Know”. It’s the latest single from her new studio album, Double Dutchess, out on Friday. In November 2014, “L.A.LOVE (la la)” spent two weeks at #19, which is also featured on the set.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 9, 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. It sure is humid out there, and that heat has a way of sizzling on the charts as well. Can you feel it? Lock into some Latin flair and powerful pop power, as we take the Top 40 trip through the route on our musical map. Onward!

FRIENDS IN SLOW PLACES: After a very respectable six weeks at #1 on the Top 40 chart, Zedd and Alessia Cara‘s “Stay” can stay at other locations on the chart, as it drops from 1-2. Of course, this means that the remix of “Despacito” has officially hit the top, giving two of performers, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, their first #1 on the pop chart. This also marks the sixth #1 single for its featured artist, Justin Bieber, who has accumulated that total since October of 2015. It’s all about consistency, people. “Despacito” is the first predominantly Spanish version of a top 40 song to top the format’s chart since “La Bamba” (#1, 8/21-28/87 R&R) by Los Lobos. Additionally, San Juan’s Fonsi and Yankee are the first Puerto Rican-born artists to score a #1 single in a main-credited role since Ricky Martin and “Livin’ La Vida Loca” (#1, 5/21-7/2/99 R&R) off his 1999 self-titled album.

So, what’s going to be the next “Despacito” to hit the crossover marketplace? You may want to keep your eye on “Mi Gente”, a recent release from J Balvin and Willy William. Balvin is a Colombian singer, originally from Medellín, while French performer William was born in the town of Champagné. The song’s already hit the top five in several countries, and Republic (the label that also worked “Despacito”) is already starting to build some traction in several markets. Will it perform just as well? Yo no sé, but stay tuned…

BACK TO BELIEVING: Well, a little belief can get you into the top ten, but a lot of belief? You can’t hold that back. Blasting into a new peak position #6, up from #12, is “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes. The Canadian singer and songwriter has a total of five top ten singles at the format, his biggest being the two-week #1 “Stitches” (11/8-15/15 MB). “Back” is the follow-up to “Mercy”, which also was a fan of the #6 spot (3/12/17 MB) at this format. Mendes’s hit also ranks in the top ten on the Hot AC list and the top 20 on the AC tally. With a such a bold move into the top ten, expect him to easily make the top five next week.

Pop and rock quartet Imagine Dragons now has their first top ten hit since the beginning of 2014 with “Believer”, moving up from 11-10 this week. It leads their album ƎVOLVE, which recently debuted in the runner-up spot on the Billboard 200. The Las Vegas act had a solid streak of three top ten tracks, “It’s Time” (#10, 3/17 + 3/31/13 MB), “Radioactive” (7/28-8/11/13 MB) and “Demons” (#1, 12/8/13 MB), before it began to see some resistance from the format. Luckily, they made it through the big logjam in the top 20. The song spent twelve weeks at #1 on the Alternative chart earlier this year, the longest run of 2017 by far.

ONE SMOKIN’ MACHINE: With three top 40 tracks so far this year, including two-week #1 “Bad Things” with Camila Cabello, I’m sure Machine Gun Kelly is making a little more money than he was in past years. It just so happens that his new collaboration is called “Go For Broke”, and it debuts at #47 on this week’s Top 40 radio chart. The song features James Arthur, who has another reason to celebrate this week, as “Can I Be Him” climbs into the top 40 on the Hot AC chart at #39. Kelly’s Bloom entered the album tally at #8 earlier this year.

Also reaching the top 50 this week is the latest entry by EDM duo The Chainsmokers, who puff some pop magic into the #48 spot with “Honest”. The song officially impacts at Top 40 radio this Tuesday. This is the third top 40 single from their Memories…Do Not Open set, following “Paris” (#3, 4/9-23/17 MB) and the Coldplay-assisted “Something Just Like This” (#1, 5/21/17 MB), which is at #1 on the Hot AC chart currently. (It’s down 7-11 here.) With so many of their big hits remaining strong recurrents at the format, can the duo land another in an already crowded market, or will this song come up short? Honestly, it could go either way with “Honest”.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 23, 2017

Oh, baby, it’s a hit.

If you feel like screaming about the weekly New Music Friday update, here’s anotha one to get your vocal cords going. From a hot DJ and producer’s all-star urban collection, to four rockers on a mythical musical adventure, we’ve got ’em all right here, this week’s top releases:

DJ KHALED – Grateful (iTunes)
WE THE BEST RELEASE DATE! (ahem) Sorry, I don’t know what came over me. One could say that DJ and producer Khaled Khaled is capable of yelling any portion of the phone book, and people would probably throw their money at it. Well, you’ll have to wait on a spoken word set from him, but a number of singles from this release have charted across multiple radio formats, including “Shining” (featuring Beyoncé and Jay Z), “I’m The One” (featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne) and its most recent airplay cut, “Wild Thoughts” (featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller). Streaming-equivalent units on this one could be giant, so stayed to see how high it goes!

IMAGINE DRAGONS – Evolve (iTunes)
If there’s any act releasing this week that has a whole lot of believers, it’s this Las Vegas quartet, who found that their song “Believer” was destined to become a huge Alternative crossover hit. Though some online reaction to other songs has been mixed (I’m looking at you, “Thunder”) thus far, the album should have a healthy sales week, debuting at the top or runner-up position.

More albums out this week: 311‘s Mosaic (iTunes), Bone Thugs-N-Harmony‘s New Waves (iTunes), James Fortune & FIYA‘s Dear Future Me (iTunes), Jaymes Young‘s Feel Something (iTunes), Joe Bonamassa‘s Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening (iTunes), Prince & The Revolution‘s Purple Rain (Deluxe Reissue) (iTunes),
Quavo‘s ATL (iTunes), Stokley‘s Introducing Stokley (iTunes), VÉRITÉ‘s Somewhere In Between (iTunes), Vince Staples‘s Big Fish Theory (iTunes), Baby Driver (Soundtrack) (iTunes), Despicable Me 3 (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: TBA

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All I Think About Is You”, Ansel Elgort (iTunes)
“Babel”, Sam Tinnesz featuring Super Duper (iTunes)
“Bad 4 Us”, Superfruit (iTunes)
“Baby Love”, Samantha J. featuring R. City (iTunes)
“Better”, KAPTAN (iTunes)
“Boyfriend”, Lissie (iTunes)
“Break A Little (Madison Mars Remix)”, Kirstin (iTunes)
“Bridge Over Troubled Water”, Artists For Grenfell (iTunes)
“Brother”, Kodaline (iTunes)
“Champion”, Fall Out Boy (iTunes)
“Change”, Sir Sly (iTunes)
“Come Over”, Dylan Rockoff (iTunes)
“Edge Of The Night”, Sheppard (iTunes)
“Electric Touch (Grant Remix)”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Fool”, Fitz & The Tantrums (iTunes)
“Giants”, Lights (iTunes)
“Gimme Heartbreak”, David Cook (iTunes)
“Ghost”, Secret Weapons (iTunes)
“Golden Dandelions (Acoustic)”, Barns Courtney (iTunes)
“How You Gon’ Do That”, Flosstradamus featuring Cara Salimando (iTunes)
“Intrigued”, Nico & Vinz (iTunes)
“Keep Me Sane”, Kacy Hill (iTunes)
“Listen To What The Man Said” and “Waving Through A Window”, Owl City (iTunes)
“Little Of Your Love”, HAIM (iTunes)
“Malibu (Tiësto Remix)”, Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“Moonlight”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Naughty Ride”, WizKid featuring Major Lazer (iTunes)
“Nothing Scares Us”, Super Duper featuring Daniella Mason (iTunes)
“Somebody New”, Cedric Gervais featuring Liza Owen (iTunes)
“Someone To You (Acoustic)”, BANNERS (iTunes)
“Slow Hands (Basic Tape Remix)”, Niall Horan (iTunes)
“Waterfalls”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Wearing Nothing (Acoustic)”, Dagny (iTunes)
“What If (Acoustic)”, Adam Friedman (iTunes)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 13, 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: David Guetta and Justin Bieber easily get 2R attention with a big song for the summer, while Bruno Mars comes close to hitting the ceiling with a “Floor”. Pucker up those lips for a tasty treat, because this week’s Add Lib report is freshly served and topped with plenty of sprinkles:

GUETT USED TO IT: Chances are that if you’re not a fan of Justin Bieber, you’ll be throwing your radio out the window soon. Bieber is featured on two current top ten tracks (“Despacito (Remix)” and “I’m The One”) and is poised to grab a third spot with the Most Added record at the format today, “2U” by David Guetta. It starts at a giant 147 stations on impact. The Canadian superstar has sung on five #1 hits, both main-credited and featured, since “What Do You Mean?” (10/18/15 MB) from his Purpose album. It’s been nearly six years since Guetta reached the top of the pop chart with the Usher-assisted “Without You” (11/20-27/11 MB) from his Nothing But The Beat album, though the 49-year-old French DJ/producer has stayed active since then. Will these international stars with an international smash take a flight to #1, much like where Bieber’s other two hits appear to be headed? Could a backlash throw a wrench into those plans? Ooh, the possibilities… we’ll get back to you soon with what develops!

A FORMAT FLOORED: With the new Top 40 smash from his top-selling 24K Magic album, Bruno Mars slows things down on his way to the crown with “Versace On The Floor”. On impact, the track takes in 47 new stations, good for the runner-up slot on this week’s report. Mars’s hit ranked just below the top 50 on last Sunday’s published update, but it’s sure to make a splashy debut now. The luxury brand turns 40 years old next year, and it’ll probably be another 40 years until I can afford something from them! Four years ago, a separate single simply called “Versace”, performed by Migos, peaked at #11 (9/29/13 MB) on the Urban list. A Drake remix aided that song’s run, though it didn’t crossover to the pop format. Coming off a #1 hit in “That’s What I Like”, Mars has a bit of momentum at the moment, so look out for this retro gem to soundtrack those steamy summer nights in the heart of the season.

1. DAVID GUETTA featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “2U” (Atlantic-Def Jam)
, “Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
3. FIFTH HARMONY featuring GUCCI MANE, “Down” (Epic)
4. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO, “Strip That Down” (Republic)
5-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, Redbone” (Glassnote)
5-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
7. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE, “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
8. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE“Unforgettable” (Eardrummers/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
9. MAJOR LAZER featuring TRAVIS SCOTT, CAMILA CABELLO & QUAVO, “Know No Better” (Mad Decent/in2une)
10. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA and KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 6, 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: Fifth Harmony goes four the Most Added title, while Bebe Rexha is at work on her “Dance” moves with Lil Wayne. Let’s dip back into those hot June tunes, even if the weather’s a bit on the cold side at the moment. (55 degrees and overcast? Really?) Here’s the forecast on these songs:

“DOWN” TO THE WIRE: It was another active week for both pre-impact and impacting singles this week, but Fifth Harmony takes the crown with “Down”. Their latest hit, featuring Gucci Mane, begins at 58 stations in its first frame, enough to become the Most Added song on the format. If that total feels underwhelming for a lead single from an album, it is. “Work From Home” scored 131 adds upon impact in March of last year. We’ll see if “Down” continues to go up on next week’s report. Meanwhile, former group member Camila Cabello ranks with the fourth Most Added title of the week, “Crying In The Club”, taking in 19 more stations. It’s closed just under 90% of the panel at this point, as it continues to build nicely.

“ARE” & BEBE: Singer and songwriter Bebe Rexha is back on the Most Added leaderboard with a new collaborator, rapper Lil Wayne, and a song title that combines two titles of previous #1 songs. “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” is on “the way” up the pop chart with a solid 25 adds this week, grabbing the 2nd Most Added spot. Of course, 2007’s “The Way I Are” by Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson and 1987’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston both spent multiple weeks atop the format’s chart, “Way” for six on Mediabase and “Dance” for three on Radio & Records. Will Rexha’s song reach that milestone as well? It’s too early to tell. Her last top 40 single, “I Got You”, peaked at #14 in March.

1. FIFTH HARMONY featuring GUCCI MANE, “Down” (Epic)
, “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
3. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA and KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
4. CAMILA CABELLO, “Crying In The Club” (Epic)
5-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, Redbone” (Glassnote)
5-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5-T. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO, “Strip That Down” (Republic)
8-T. KATY PERRY featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Swish Swish” (Capitol)
8-T. KENDRICK LAMAR, “Humble.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
8-T. MØ, “Nights With You” (RCA)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 21, 2017

Hot for Bleacher(s).

40. Katy Perry – Swish Swish
37. Liam Payne – Strip That Down | HIGHEST DEBUT

33. Tom Walker – Just You And I (39)
28. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
20. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (27)
(see #10, #8 below)

10. DNCE – Kissing Strangers (15) | PEAK: #10
09. Imagine Dragons – Believer (05) | PEAK: #03
08. Scott Helman – Kinda Complicated (13) | PEAK: #08
07. New Politics – One Of Us (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Lorde – Green Light (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Noah Kahan – Young Blood (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (07) | PEAK: #04
03. James TW – Ex (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LANY – ILYSB (1)
2. Jasmine Thompson – Old Friends (7)
3. TLC – Way Back (3)
4. Jukebox The Ghost – Stay The Night (2)
5. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (5)
6. John Mayer – In The Blood (8)
7. The 1975 – A Change Of Heart (4)
8. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – So Close (-)
9. Ingrid Michaelson – Celebrate (10)
10. Ruth B. – If This Is Love (6)

In The Mix:
Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
Billy Raffoul – Driver
Chord Overstreet – Hold On (new)
Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls
LeAnn Rimes – Love Is Love Is Love
Loote – High Without Your Love (new)
Mary Lambert – Know Your Name
Milky Chance – Blossom
Mondo Cozmo – Automatic (new)
Oh Wonder – Ultralife
Saint Motel – Destroyer
The Score – Legend (new)
Welshly Arms – Legendary
ZZ Ward – Help Me Mama

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to the fourth member of One Direction to hit my chart as a soloist. He’s Liam Payne, and he’s new at #37 with “Strip That Down”. The album version of this single features rapper Quavo of the trio Migos. The 23-year-old performer lands on the survey as Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” (#20) and Harry Styles‘s “Sign Of The Times” (#2) remain active, which could make for an interesting story later this summer. We’ll see how it goes. For now, Payne is off to a good start!
  • Katy Perry has this week’s other debut with “Swish Swish”, landing at #40. It’s the third radio single from her forthcoming album Witness, which you’ll witness in stores on June 9. The album version features rapper Nicki Minaj. This track comes about a month after “Bon Appétit” debuted, which stalled out at multiple formats following mixed research and tepid digital sales and streaming data. Will Perry’s new era get back on track? Stay tuned.
  • Next week, new radio songs from Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness and John Mayer, as well as a potential chart newcomer, Jasmine Thompson, should be among the stronger candidates in the running for a top 40 debut. However, as the number of big summer releases continues to grow, will anything pop up before the Memorial Day Weekend? Find out on Sunday!

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