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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 5, 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. Brother, can you spare a hit? Sibling singles remain in control of the pop survey, while a few returning faces can be found further down the list. Here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

THE POWER OF THREE: Three brothers, three weeks. “Sucker” from the Jonas Brothers holds at #1 for the third week on the pop chart, as it climbs to #6 on the Hot AC survey. The song is taken from the album Happiness Begins, which hits stores on June 7. Follow-up single “Cool” cools off a little bit this week, though it’s up a notch to #16 on the Top 40 chart and #26 at Hot AC. “Sucker” is still gaining in airplay on the pop airwaves, up a little over 200 spins versus last week, though it’s unclear if the group will stay put for a fourth week at the top.

Crashing in at #25, Shawn Mendes has this week’s highest-charting debut with his eighth top 40 hit, “If I Can’t Have You”. This is the second consecutive week that a new song debuts within the top 25; last week, it was “ME!” by Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie that entered at #24, which subsequently jumps all the way up to #10. Mendes’s new track is not related to the song of the same name by Yvonne Elliman off the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which had a two-week run at #1 in April 1978. Other than this lofty debut, Jennifer Lopez is up from 42-40 with the French Montana-assisted “Medicine”, giving Lopez her 23rd top 40 entry and Montana has third. Coincidentally, this month marks the 20th anniversary of “If You Had My Love”, her first chart hit, breaking into the top 40: it moved from 49-35 in the Radio & Records issue dated May 14, 1999, which reflected the airplay of the prior week.

There are four more entries reaching the top 50 for the first time, led by Bazzi‘s “Paradise” at #41. It should enter the top 40 by next weekend. The first collaboration for MAX and Quinn XCII, “Love Me Less”, debuts at #45. The featured performer is searching for his first top 40 song at the format, having previously received minor airplay for his single “Straightjacket” and a featured appearance on Ayokay‘s “Kings Of Summer”. Another collaboration, this one from SZA, The Weekend and Travis Scott, bows at #46. From the compilation For The Throne: Music Inspired By The HBO Series Game Of Thrones, “Power Is Power” should continue to rise up as the chart as the current season of the show unfolds. Finally, at #50, boy band In Real Life returns with “Crazy AF”. A year ago, it was “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)” that earned them their first top 40 single, spending two weeks at #28 in May and June. Will this track go higher? We’ll know Real soon.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 9, 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: the Jonas Brothers give us the news that it’s cool to add their new song, and the pop panel just so happened to listen. It’s chilling and it’s thrilling, so let’s add ’em up:

“COOL” HEATS UP: No surprise to see the Jonas Brothers back at the top of this week’s adds report with “Cool”, their follow-up to the massive Hot AC and Top 40 smash “Sucker”. Their latest track earns a sizable 114 stations in its first week and could become the trio’s second top ten song in a row by the summer. There’s no word on if an album is on the way, but given the reaction to these two singles thus far, it’s sure to be one of the biggest pop sets of the year if it surfaces.

Jennifer Lopez also sees some nice results for the French Montana-assisted “Medicine”, which scores a third place finish with 25 stations on impact. The collaboration was also the Most Added track at the Rhythmic format, earning an additional 24 adds. It’s the singer’s first title to impact on the HITCO label, who charted at the format last year with Big Boi‘s “All Night”, going as high as #27 that July.

Next week, impacting releases by Betty Who (“I Remember”) and Lewis Capaldi (“Someone You Loved”) should see some good action here, but a potentially reactive collaboration from BTS and Halsey (“Boy With Luv”) could steal the show.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. JONAS BROTHERS, “Cool” (Republic)
2. LIL NAS X, “Old Town Road” (Columbia)
3. JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring FRENCH MONTANA, “Medicine” (HITCO)
4. BILLIE EILISH, “When The Party’s Over” (Darkroom/Interscope)
5. LIZZO, “Juice” (Atlantic)
6-T. IN REAL LIFE, “Crazy AF” (Hollywood)
6-T. KHALID, “Talk” (RCA)
6-T. RACHEL CROW, “Up All Night” (S-Curve)
9. LAUV & TROYE SIVAN, “I’m So Tired…” (Capitol-in2une/AWAL)
10. ALLY BROOKE featuring TYGA, “Low Key” (Latium/Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 8-9, 2019)

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 the four impacting tracks this week at the Top 40 format:

IN REAL LIFE – “Crazy AF” (Hollywood)
Album: (single only) (2019)
Past T40 History: Last year, the group managed to spend two weeks at #28 with their first top 40 song, “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)”.

JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring FRENCH MONTANA – “Medicine” (HITCO)
Album: (single only) (2019)
Past T40 History: 20 years after her first big record, the #2 song “If You Had My Love”, Lopez is searching for her 23rd top 40 hit.

JONAS BROTHERS – “Cool” (Republic)
Album: (single only) (2019)
Past T40 History: As “Sucker” storms through the top ten and towards the summit, the band’s newest track is already top 50 here.

RACHEL CROW – “Up All Night” (S-Curve)
Album: (single only) (2019)
Past T40 History: A former contestant on the U.S. edition of The X Factor, Crow and her song “Dime” got to #50 in October 2017.

Next week: “Remember” to check out the impacting titles from Betty Who and Lewis Capaldi, the latter of which is still at #1 in the United Kingdom.

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 (March 18, 2018)

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. After a jolly ol’ St. Patrick’s Day, that luck of the Irish continues on the charts for a number of buzzing tracks this week. So, let’s get to counting (and downing the final Shamrock Shake of the season):

“HIM” FOR THE WEEKEND: Rapper G-Eazy and singer Halsey stay at #1 for the second week on the Top 40 list with “Him & I”, the second single from G-Eazy’s latest album, The Beautiful & Damned. A third radio single from the set, “Sober”, which features Charlie Puth, impacts at the format this week. Ironically, it’s up against another sobering song title, “Sober Up”, done by AJR and Rivers Cuomo of the band Weezer. (Unsurprisingly, I’ll be drinking up all the Top 40 adds numbers in a couple of days, so watch this space for more.) Meanwhile, “Him” slips to #6 on the Rhythmic chart and climbs to #32 at the Hot AC format this Sunday. Next week could provide an opportunity for Bruno Mars and Cardi B‘s “Finesse” (holding at #3) to reach the top, despite its small gain in spins this week. We’ll find out soon.

THE “REAL” DEAL: After sporting a solid impact week at the format this past Tuesday, the boy band In Real Life, five guys that were put together on the ABC series Boy Band last summer, leads a pack of four top 50 entries on the published update with “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)”, launching at #46. This is the act’s first time charting at the format. An unrelated “Tattoo”, performed by one-time American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, went to #5 in early 2008. Coming in at #47, singer Arlissa strikes with her first chart entry titled “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie”, a collaboration with DJ/producer Jonas Blue. Blue recently released a collaboration with two-time #26 peaker Sabrina Carpenter called “Alien”, and if the planets align for it, we may be seeing it in the top 50 during the spring.

Teenage newcomer and world traveler bülow is next, blasting onto the countdown at #49 with “Not A Love Song”. The performer is currently finishing up high school in The Netherlands, but she’s lived in at least four other countries, including Canada, where “Not” glides into the top 20 on their respective Top 40 survey. (The CanCon of it all!) Lastly, bowing at #50, is a notable duet from Khalid and Normani (of Fifth Harmony) called “Love Lies”. The tune is taken from the soundtrack to Love, Simon, and it impacts at the Top 40 format this Tuesday. (Another cut from the set, “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)” by Bleachers, has a simultaneous launch at Alternative radio on the same day.)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 13, 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: A virtually unknown artist named Taylor Swift (who?) delicately tiptoes onto the Top 40 airwaves, while newcomers In Real Life sink some ink into the top ten. Let’s add ’em up:

SAME SWIFT, DIFFERENT DAY: In the middle of another week of nice adds for acts like 5 Seconds Of Summer, Meghan Trainor and Post Malone, there’s one name who swiftly captures the attention of the Top 40 radio panel. No surprise here; that would be Big Machine/Republic superstar Taylor Swift and her latest single called “Delicate”. It lands 35 stations in its first week this Tuesday, putting it in second place (ten stations behind Trainor’s “No Excuses”.) This is Swift’s fifth release to make the top 50 from her current album reputation, which includes four radio singles and an instant grat (“Gorgeous”) that had a handful of weeks on in October and November. A clip for “Delicate” premiered on an award show on Sunday, dancing its way into the #1 position on YouTube’s Trending video chart following its debut.

Formed on ABC’s Boy Band last summer, Hollywood’s In Real Life, who saw some limited airplay at the format last year with the song “Eyes Closed”, officially impacts for the first time at the format with their current single, “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)”. The band, composed of five members between the ages of 16 and 20, ties for third place with two other songs, reaching 27 stations on impact. You’ll also find newcomer LIVVIA with a nice first week for “Catch A Body”, featuring Quavo from Migos, in ninth place with 20 stations. The performer was previously credited as Olivia Somerlyn, and though she did receive some limited airplay here with a handful of songs several years ago, especially on satellite radio, she never previously entered the top 50.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. MEGHAN TRAINOR, “No Excuses” (Epic)
2. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Delicate” (Big Machine/Republic)
3-T. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Want You Back” (Capitol)
3-T. IN REAL LIFE, “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)” (Hollywood)
3-T. KENDRICK LAMAR & SZA, “All The Stars” (Interscope)
6-T. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)
6-T. POST MALONE featuring TY DOLLA $IGN, “Psycho” (Republic)
8. DUA LIPA, “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)
9. LIVVIA featuring QUAVO, “Catch A Body” (VIA Music)
10. ARLISSA & JONAS BLUE, “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie” (Def Jam)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 12-13, 2018)

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 the four new tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

IN REAL LIFE – “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)” (Hollywood)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: After forming on the ABC summer series Boy Band, this quintet impacts at the Top 40 format for the first time.

KENT JONES – “Merengue” (We The Best/Epic)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This is Jones’s second single to reach the top 40 here, following 2016’s “Don’t Mind”, which went as high as #8.

LIVVIA featuring QUAVO – “Catch A Body” (VIA Music – Independent)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Livvia is a newcomer to the format; Quavo has appeared on multiple chart records as a soloist and with Migos.

TAYLOR SWIFT – “Delicate” (Big Machine/Republic)
Album: reputation (2017)
Past T40 History: Swift’s current single off her newest set comes shortly after the debut of its music video at a recent award show.

Next week: new songs by Echosmith, Paramore and a duet from Khalid and Normani (of Fifth Harmony) officially launch here. Where will the love lie with the panel? Stay tuned.

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