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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 8, 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: impacting tracks by NF and The Weeknd face off against Drake for the title of Most Added on this Tuesday’s results. Whose name we will call out? Let’s add ’em up:

“NICE” TO BE WITH YOU: Things got competitive late into the afternoon in the race for the Most Added release on this week’s pop report, but with Drake‘s “Nice For What” continuing its scorching run up the charts, it blows past its competitors to claim the the top spot for the first time. Up from second place last week, “Nice” gets extra nice at 43 new stations, pacing ahead of NF‘s “Lie” (29) and The Weeknd‘s “Call Out My Name” (23), both solid in their own right. The latter two songs have yet to reach the top 50, but that will soon change! Both cuts originate from former #1 albums on the Billboard 200 list: the latter is taken from Perception, which ruled for a week last October, and the latter is taken from My Dear Melancholy,, an EP that ranked at #1 in April.

One other record of note this week comes from producers NOTD and singer Bea Miller titled “I Wanna Know”. Wanna know the number of adds it received? Sure you do: a dozen, tying it for seventh place. The two guys have never charted at this format before, though they have remixed a number of songs that have received airplay in the past. Miller has two minor entries to date; “Know” is likely to become her second top 40 song, which follows “Young Blood”, peaking at #38 in December 2014.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DRAKE, “Nice For What” (YMCMB/Republic)
2. NF, “Lie” (Caroline)
3. THE WEEKND, “Call Out My Name” (XO/Republic)
4. ZAYN, “Let Me” (RCA)
5. LIAM PAYNE & J BALVIN, “Familiar” (Republic)
6. BRYCE VINE, “Drew Barrymore” (Republic)
7-T. CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA, “One Kiss” (Columbia)
7-T. NOTD featuring BEA MILLER, “I Wanna Know” (Island/Republic)
9-T. CHARLIE PUTH featuring KEHLANI, “Done For Me” (APG/Atlantic)
9-T. TOM WALKER, “Leave A Light On” (Relentless/Epic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 1, 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 Payne is real and the Bryce is right, with several impacting songs on their way up the charts (and the weekly report.) Who earns first place? Let’s add ’em up:

THIS LOOKS FAMILIAR: Taking the top position on this Tuesday’s report are two familiar faces: Liam Payne and J Balvin, speaking the hit language with their bilingual song, “Familiar”. It sports 44 stations during its impact week, and should total a nice weekly sum in the coming weeks. Last Sunday, the tune slipped into the top 50 at #50, and it’s sure to be up again this weekend. If Payne doesn’t release his first solo album this year, there will be a lot of unhappy fans, including myself! Nevertheless, this single’s likely to appear on it, whenever that is. Will Payne grab his second solo #1 at the format? We’ll have to wait and see. If you stanned for One Direction, you’re also probably enjoying the third place finish for ZAYN‘s “Let Me” this week, as it continues to build on the weekly updates. It’s new at 25 stations during the current session.

Two other impacting singles cut through the jungle of jams to land in the top ten: Bryce Vine‘s “Drew Barrymore”, which takes in 24 stations, landing a fourth place finish, and Tom Walker‘s “Leave A Light On”, which burns with 18 stations, locked in a tie for seventh place. Both artists are newcomers to the format, though Walker first made the Hot AC chart in 2017 with the mid-charting “Just You And I”. Look for both songs to approach the top 50 soon. By the way, Walker’s new single is not a hot Belinda Carlisle cover, though her “Leave A Light On” hit #11 at the format in November 1989.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. LIAM PAYNE & J BALVIN, “Familiar” (Republic)
2. DRAKE, “Nice For What” (YMCMB/Republic)
3. ZAYN, “Let Me” (RCA)
4. BRYCE VINE, “Drew Barrymore” (Republic)
5. ARIANA GRANDE, “No Tears Left To Cry” (Republic)
6. CHARLIE PUTH featuring KEHLANI, “Done For Me” (APG/Atlantic)
7-T. KHALID & NORMANI, “Love Lies” (Right Hand/Keep Cool/RCA)
7-T. TOM WALKER, “Leave A Light On” (Relentless/Epic)
9. CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA, “One Kiss” (Columbia)
10-T. POST MALONE featuring TY DOLLA $IGN, “Psycho” (Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 30-May 1, 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 three new hits impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BRYCE VINE – “Drew Barrymore” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Vine is a newcomer to the format with some solid streaming for his single. (Barrymore has never charted here!)

LIAM PAYNE & J BALVIN – “Familiar” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Former boy band member Payne is headed for his fifth top 40 solo single, while Balvin could take in his second.

TOM WALKER – “Leave A Light On” (Relentless/Epic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Scotland-born Walker hasn’t charted here before, but this song is now climbing the top 20 on the Hot AC chart.

Next week: NF hopes to not let anyone down with his new single called “Lie”. How truthful will the panel be? Stay tuned.

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 (April 29, 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. Going into the fifth month of the year, we’re pumped for all the Song Of The Summer candidates about to make their debut and all the other action on the pop chart. Ready for a trip to Top 40 Land? Let’s get into it:

SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE: Holding on for a fifth week at #1, tying Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules” as the longest-running #1 of the year thus far, Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey have a few more Target gift cards to redeem before “The Middle” finally falls out of the top spot on the pop chart. Once again, the song posts a minor loss this week, which didn’t lead to any excessive drops after the report last weekend. “Middle” reaches the top of the Hot AC list this week, giving all three acts their first chart-topper at this format. Will Camila Cabello‘s “Never Be The Same” finally take over the pop throne next week? It’s still about 1,000 spins behind, coming in at #2 for the third week in a row, but with a new remix featuring country singer Kane Brown debuting on Friday, there could be an opportunity to spike the record in the coming days, or at least give the new version some curiosity play. You can expect her single with Pharrell Williams, “Sangria Wine”, at the format soon, which will be worked by Williams’s record label, Columbia.

BEER FOR EVERYONE: No, not free drinks, settle down. As the current tracks from Drake, ZAYN, bülow and a collaboration by Sam Smith and Logic reach the top 40, we also find some new (and old) faces breaking into the top 50. After narrowly missing the region last fall with “Dead” last year, former major label artist Madison Beer goes independent for her first chart entry, a song called “Home With You”. It comes in at #48. Beer is the first Madison to enter the top 50 since 2000, when an Australian duo called Madison Avenue went to #48 with their lone pop hit in the States, “Don’t Call Me Baby”. A notch lower, at #49, is a song title that contains a single letter: “X”. Nicky Jam and J Balvin‘s collaboration has been building nicely at streaming services in the past few weeks, recently hitting #1 in Italy and Spain. In the history of the CHR and Top 40 airplay charts, there’s been only one top 40 hit to begin with the letter X: “Xanadu”, which peaked at #2 for Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra in September 1980. Balvin is also involved with this week’s #50 debut, “Familiar” by one-time One Direction member Liam Payne. This single should give Payne his fifth top 40 hit at the format, while Balvin is likely to grab his second and third simultaneously.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 24, 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: Ariana Grande stocks up on Top 40 tissues for her new track “No Tears Left To Cry”, as adds for the single flood this Tuesday’s report. Stay dry, because we’re about to add ’em up:

WHO’S CRYING NOW?: Leading her forthcoming studio album, due sometime later this year, “No Tears Left To Cry” from pop singer Ariana Grande is well ahead at the top spot on this week’s Top 40 report, landing 156 stations on impact. Grande’s largest adds week to date at the format was for “Focus”, which took in 158 stations during its first week on a run toward #13 for two weeks in November and December 2015. (Hey, we can only hope for a better result with this song.) “Tears” debuted way up at #30 on the weekend’s published update, thanks in part to hourly airplay from iHeartMedia stations throughout the day on Friday. The release also tops this week’s station leaderboards at the Hot AC and Rhythmic formats.

Will Nicky Jam and J Balvin‘s “X” be the next successful Latin crossover? With a new version in English, the collaboration takes 21 stations from the panel this week, tying for a third place finish. The two soloists have previously charted at the format in the last couple of years, but not on the same top 40 song. Tying for ninth place, with ten stations, is another terrific twosome that regularly records as a duo: Loote, new with “Your Side Of The Bed”. The New York act has yet to make the top 40 here, though they have as co-writers and producers of “No Promises” by Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato, which got to #6 last September.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ARIANA GRANDE, “No Tears Left To Cry” (Republic)
2. ZAYN, “Let Me” (RCA)
3-T. DRAKE, “Nice For What” (YMCMB/Republic)
3-T. NICKY JAM & J BALVIN, “X” (Sony Latin/RCA)
5-T. CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA, “One Kiss” (Columbia)
5-T. CHARLIE PUTH featuring KEHLANI, “Done For Me” (APG/Atlantic)
7. RUDIMENTAL featuring JESS GLYNNE, MACKLEMORE & DAN CAPLEN, “These Days” (Big Beat/RRP)
8. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)
9-T. LOOTE, “Your Side Of The Bed” (Island/Republic)
9-T. NE-YO, BEBE REXHA & STEFFLON DON, “Push Back” (Motown/Capitol)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 6, 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. Welcome to the first column for August, but despite the change in month, not much has changed at the top of the survey. Hey, it’s hard when there’s more action going on in our nation’s capital nowadays. Still, there’s still plenty of pop to go around, so let’s get statistical, shall we? Here’s this week’s recap:

JUSTIN CASE YOU FORGOT: On its way to a massive 13th week atop on the Hot 100, the international hit “Despacito”, by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, is also spending its fifth week at #1 on the Top 40 radio chart. In the past few days, the music video for the original version of the song (sans Bieber) surpassed three billion views on YouTube and VEVO, making it the most-watched video of all-time at both platforms. “Despacito” also breaks the Hot AC top ten this week, up 11-9 and climbing.

Just below the top spot, Shawn Mendes‘s “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” holds at #2 for a second week, while “Believer” (6-3) by Imagine Dragons and “Attention” (7-4) by Charlie Puth are on the move toward the summit. Mendes will likely get there in a week’s time, as he only missed out by less than 200 spins on this week’s chart, but the Dragons vs. Puth race to chart glory looks like it could use some popcorn…

“GENTE” ON MY MIND: Freeze! Well, J. Balvin and Willy William may instruct you to freeze in their big hit together, but it’s not frozen on the Top 40 chart at all. “Mi Gente” makes a solid move from 43-39, giving the two artists their first top 40 single at the format. Additionally, it’s at #2 on the Tropical chart and #5 on the Spanish chart on the latest update. Meanwhile, Balvin is included on a new remix of French Montana‘s “Unforgettable”, which is up 18-17 this week. So, the summer of 2017 has proven to be a nice one for both Columbia’s Balvin and France’s William, bringing some international flair onto the air.

Making the top 40 with a foreign-language composition without any sort of English or bilingual remix can produce mixed results on the charts, as seen by the pair that have ranked so far this decade: “We No Speak Americano”, sung in Italian, by Yolanda Be Cool and DCUP (#37, 11/28/10 MB) and the viral “Gangnam Style”, sung in Korean, by PSY (#10, 10/28/12 MB). Of course, it does help that “Gente” is already a strong sales and streaming hit in its original version, so there may not be a need for an additional mix. (It is unclear if one is in the process of being prepped, but you’ll see it on here if a remix becomes available.)

“SUMMER” ISN’T OVER YET: One of the few top 50 entries on this week’s Top 40 chart is by newcomer Jorge Blanco and his “Summer Soul”, coming in at #50. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, the 25-year-old has a number of Disney credits to his name, both in the United States and with the company’s Latin America affiliate. Yes, that means he also records for the Hollywood label, which has Demi Lovato‘s “Sorry Not Sorry” up 29-22 this week, while Sabrina Carpenter‘s “Why” impacts at the format later this month.

The only other “summer” title of note this season comes from the Alternative radio chart, where Weezer‘s “Feels Like Summer” has its eye on the top spot by the end of the month. It sits at #2 for the second week. Their last chart-topper at the format was “Pork And Beans” in 2008, which spent eleven weeks there. How will Blanco’s first chart record do? Stay tuned as the summer continues.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 23, 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. Shark Week begins tonight, and if you can’t bop to chart singles like Dickie Goodman‘s “Mr. Jaws” (#13, 9/26/75 R&R) or Jimmy Buffett‘s “Fins” (#19, 11/2/79 R&R), then we’re in big trouble. (Well, let’s start with Buffett, at least. Goodman’s break-in record is a polarizing one.) Meanwhile, an ocean full of maritime music awaits us, so hip-hop aboard and watch the waters below:

JUSTIN TIME FOR MORE: They say that good things come in threes, so three weeks at #1 for a track by three artists is certainly very fitting. Luis FonsiDaddy Yankee and Justin Bieber carry on with the remix of “Despacito”, which also holds at #6 on the Rhythmic chart and climbs 13-12 on the Hot AC list. The hot single registers a small loss in spins this week, meaning the top three is bulletless at the moment, though the handful of songs that are gaining are too far away to reach the top spot. “Despacito” is also due to spend an eleventh week atop on the Billboard Hot 100, which means that it could be in contention for the longest-running title in that position, assuming it stays there, by early September. (Remember, the record is 16 weeks, held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men‘s “One Sweet Day”.) Stay tuned… it’s going to be close, and that’s understood in any language.

Perhaps it’s a little early to start thinking about the GRAMMY Awards, but I imagine that “Despacito” will be placed on a number of ballots in the categories of Record and/or Song Of The Year. The impact and staying power of this single is just too big to be ignored by the voting panel, don’t you think? Hey, just a thought! The official nominations aren’t announced until November 28, so there’s a lot of time to decide.

THIRTEEN RECORDS WHY: The number 13 can be a lucky one for some people, and though I’ll stick with seven, two artists on this week’s countdown are celebrating their thirteenth top 40 hit. Soaring from 41-28 is the emotional ballad “Praying” by Kesha, a first taste of her upcoming album called Rainbow. The singer’s had four #1 hits to date, her biggest being the seven-week “TiK ToK” from early 2010. Of course, due to an assortment of legal and label troubles, this is her first time in the top 40 in three years. It does seem that this record is off to a great start, however, even though it’s fallen off in sales and streams since it debuted earlier in July. A second cut from the album, “Woman”, also performed well upon its release last week. (I’m definitely looking forward to the full set.)

Meanwhile, Demi Lovato certainly isn’t sorry about scoring one more hit with “Sorry Not Sorry”, which leaps from 46-37. Though she’s had quite a bit of success for Disney (both the channel and label Hollywood) for nearly a decade, her first release outside of the bubble to break the top 40 came as a feature on “We’ll Be A Dream” by We The Kings, which peaked at #21 in July 2010. Her only #1 to date at the format took 25 weeks in the top 40 to reach the summit: 2012’s “Give Your Heart A Break”. Luckily, she’s had some much quicker runs since then! Look for Lovato’s forthcoming album to be released sometime later this year.

“LLIF3” ON THE CHARTS: After six songs reached the top 50 on last week’s survey, another four are new on this week’s list. It’s certainly a good time for some turnover. The highest of the four enters at #47, and it’s the current #1 (for the past five weeks) on the Alternative radio chart: “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man. Out of their five charting songs at that format since 2011, this is their first to crossover to the Hot AC and Top 40 lists. Coming in at #48 is a singer who has a larger history at both formats; she’s Selena Gomez, and her latest entry is the Gucci Mane-assisted “Fetish”. This release follows “Bad Liar”, which just peaked at #12 several weeks ago, marking her first lead single to miss the top ten since 2011. Ouch! Let’s see if this single gets her back on track by the end of the summer.

Below those two entries are another two songs from other charts: “Mi Gente” (#49) marks the first charting entry at the format for a pair of international performers, J Balvin and Willy William. Currently top ten on the Spanish and Tropical charts, as well as the national charts in countries like Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Spain and Venezuela, it’s poised to move fast here on the pop survey, even if a Spanglish remix isn’t available at this time. Finally, at #50, Lil Uzi Vert reaches the top 50 for the second time with the current top ten Rhythmic and Urban hit titled “XO Tour Llif3”. (Just don’t ask me how to pronounce it.) He previously appeared another big hit at both formats, “Bad And Boujee” by Migos, which peaked #29 for two weeks here earlier this year.

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