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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 25, 2019

Big album bows are in their DNA.

There won’t be any million-sellers this week, but there are plenty of lovely releases that are on the money. Here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

BACKSTREET BOYS – DNA (iTunes)
Features: “Chances”, currently in the top 20 at Hot AC and top 50 on Top 40 radio (as well as prior single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”)

BRING ME THE HORIZON – Amo (iTunes)
Features: “Mantra”, currently in the top five at Active Rock radio

VARIOUS ARTISTS – 2019 Grammy Nominees (iTunes)
Features: chart hits from the likes of Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Taylor Swift and others

Notable albums out this week: Boogie‘s Everything’s For Sale (iTunes), Dreezy‘s Big Dreez (iTunes), FIDLAR‘s Almost Free (iTunes), Jack & Jack‘s A Good Friend Is Nice (iTunes), Keuning‘s Prismism (iTunes), Kiss‘s Kissworld – The Best Of Kiss (iTunes), Michael Franti & Spearhead‘s Stay Human Vol. 2 (iTunes), Rat Boy‘s Internationally Unknown (iTunes), Rudimental‘s Toast To Our Differences (iTunes), Say Anything‘s Oliver Appropriate (iTunes), Terror Jr‘s Unfortunately, Terror Jr (iTunes), Weezer‘s Weezer (The Teal Album) (iTunes), Wrabel‘s One Nite Only (Live) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Frank Turner‘s Don’t Worry (iTunes), Julia Michaels‘s Inner Monologue Part I (iTunes), Santana‘s In Search Of Mona Lisa (iTunes), Slenderbodies‘s Soraya (iTunes), Sunflower‘s King Of The Dudes (iTunes), Wild Youth‘s The Last Goodbye (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week: TBA‘s TBA (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2021” / “Harmony Hall”, Vampire Weekend (iTunes)
“Against Me”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“American Dream”, Sultan + Shepard (iTunes)
“Back To The Start”, Michael Schulte (iTunes)
“Blind”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“BOOM”, X Ambassadors (iTunes)
“Bug A Boo”, Joe Stone (iTunes)
“Change Your Mind”, Tori Kelly (iTunes)
“Cool As Hell”, Baker Boy (iTunes)
“Crashing”, Illenium featuring Bahari (iTunes)
“Distance”, Nicky Romero x Olivia Holt (iTunes)
“Don’t Leave Me Waiting”, Newton Faulkner (iTunes)
“Excuses (Acoustic)”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“Exits”, Foals (iTunes)
“Everybody Wants You”, Black Saint featuring Sam Fischer (iTunes)
“Falling Apart”, Broods (iTunes)
“Fake Louis”, Girl Wilde (iTunes)
“Fire Is Love”, SAARLOOS (iTunes)
“Give You Up”, Dido (iTunes)
“Haunted House” and “Moderation”, Florence + The Machine (iTunes)
“Headlights (Madison Mars Remix)”, Hellberg & Leona Lewis (iTunes)
“Heal Me”, Grace Carter (iTunes)
“Heavy Crown”, Grizfolk (iTunes)
“Here Come The Warriors”, UNSECRET featuring Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“I’m So Tired…”, Lauv & Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Joy (R3HAB Remix)”, for KING & COUNTRY (iTunes)
“Karma”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Like That”, Eva Simons (iTunes)
“Listen To Me”, Dirty Heads (iTunes)
“Loca”, Alvaro Soler (iTunes)
“Lost In Translation”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Love Me & Let Me Go”, Ashley Tisdale (iTunes)
“Love Me Back”, RITUAL with Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“Middle Child”, J. Cole (iTunes)
“Monster (Under My Bed)”, Call Me Karizma (iTunes)
“Nothing Breaks Like a Heart (Don Diablo Remix)”, Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“Out Of Love” and “You Don’t Know Me”, Peter Manos (iTunes)
“Red Bull & Hennessy”, Jenny Lewis (iTunes)
“S.O.S.”, Spazz Cardigan (iTunes)
“Save Me Tonight”, ARTY (iTunes)
“Savior”, No/Me (iTunes)
“Sexual Vibe (Acoustic)”, Stephen Puth (iTunes)
“Slow Fade”, Ruth B. (iTunes)
“Strangers”, Vigiland featuring A7S (iTunes)
“Swan Song”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“The First To Know”, Robin Bengtsson (iTunes)
“Think About Us”, Little Mix featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Undrunk”, FLETCHER (iTunes)
“Velvet”, LINES (iTunes)
“Watching The Waves”, David Gray (iTunes)
“Wicked Hearts”, Junge Junge featuring Jamie Hartman (iTunes)
“Woke Up Late”, Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Won’t Let Go”, Jamie N Commons (iTunes)
“You Say (Piano Version)”, Lauren Daigle (iTunes)
“You’re In His Bed, I’m In His Head”, Mags (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from American Authors, Broods and many more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 5-6, 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 tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B – “Taki Taki” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: “Taki” breaks into the top 40 on this week’s Top 40 and Rhythmic charts. Ozuna earns his first top 40 title here.

ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE – “Close To Me” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Well into the top 50 at the format, this three-way collaboration is a weaker top 40 entry in the U.K. and Ireland.

JACK & JACK – “No One Compares To You” (Island/Republic)
Album: A Good Friend Is Nice (2019)
Past T40 History: After ranking with “Beg” and a feature on Jonas Blue‘s “Rise”, this should become the duo’s third top 40 song.

Next week: Benny Blanco and Calvin Harris look to find Top 40 treasure with their new song “I Found You”. (No, it’s not a hot The Wanted cover.) Who else will find a home in this impact date? 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 (August 19, 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. We could never cancel our pop parade of the notable and emerging hits at the Top 40 format, but hey, ours won’t cost you a cent to look at. Here’s what’s popping on the airwaves this week:

ALL FOUR THE “GIRLS”: As “Girls Like You” begins to lose some ground at the format, narrowly missing the weekly spin record by about 200 spins, the giant pop hit from Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B holds at the top spot on the Top 40 chart for a fourth week. It’s also at #1 on the Hot AC chart for its third week and is likely to stay there for some time longer, as there’s a lack of competition in the top five. There’s no word on a next single from the Red Pill Blues album, or if there will be one, as of yet. Checking in at #2 on the Top 40 chart, Post Malone is stuck in the runner-up position for the third consecutive week with “Better Now”, but his song should have a change of scenery next week. “Better” is also approaching the top 30 on the Hot AC chart, making it his highest-charting track at that format.

“RISE” AND SHINE: There are three top 40 entries, including two collaborations, on this week’s chart update, with “Beautiful” by Bazzi featuring Camila Cabello leading the pack, soaring from 47-36. It’s the second top 40 entry for Bazzi, following his #1 single “Mine” from earlier this year, while Cabello checks in with her eighth solo top 40 entry at the format, six of which have been duets or features with other performers. From there, Anne-Marie‘s “2002” makes a jump from 44-38, marking her fourth top 40 song here, while “Rise”, the first collaboration from Jonas Blue and Jack & Jack, takes a couple of steps up from 42-40. Individually, this hit is the third top 40 single for Blue and the second for the duo.

Additional top 50 action is limited this week, though Weezer‘s “Africa”, the current #1 track on the Alternative chart, debuts at #46. It’s the band’s first time in the top 50 at the format since January 2006, when “Perfect Situation” got to #47. Leader Rivers Cuomo also appeared on a B.o.B single called “Magic” in 2010, which spent three weeks at #13 that September. Childish Gambino is also back in the top 50 with his latest, “Summertime Magic”, coming in at #50. The track is already gaining solid airplay on the Rhythmic and Urban radio formats.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 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. Gather ’round, “Girls” and boys, because it’s full of top bops and outstanding performers fighting for their shot in the pop arena. Who packs the poppiest punch this week? We’re about to find out together:

“GIRLS” JUST WANT TO HAVE ONE: After one week at #1, Taylor Swift‘s “Delicate” slips to #3, switching places with “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B, which climbs from 3-1. It’s the group’s tenth chart-topper at the format, while frontman Adam Levine has another two solo #1 songs outside of the band, putting him at a even dozen. Meanwhile, Cardi B scores her second, which comes just over four months after her first as a collaborator on Bruno Mars‘s remix of “Finesse”. Holding in the #2 spot, the collaboration “Friends” continues to gain nicely for Marshmello and Anne-Marie, though the latter soloist heads for adds a week from now with her current hit in Europe titled “2002”. Will “Friends” reach #1 before it charts, or will Post Malone‘s “Better Now” (up 9-7 this week) beat them to the top? We’ll find out in the coming weeks.

HITS ON THE “RISE”: As mentioned last week, the bottom half of the chart is extremely active once again, thanks to a handful of titles being purged from the chart. This means that there are five new songs racing into the top 40, led by Ariana Grande‘s “God Is A Woman” (up 41-26) and Charlie Puth‘s “The Way I Am” (up 43-35). It’s the 17th top 40 release at the format for Grande, as Puth collects his ninth. Multi-artist collaborations assembled by producer DJ Khaled (“No Brainer”, new at #37) and songwriter Benny Blanco (“Eastside”, up 49-38) are next in line, followed by the first top 40 hit by the duo Loote, “Your Side Of The Bed”, up 42-40.

Elsewhere, look for potent new entries from rockers Imagine Dragons, who enter at #45 with “Natural”, and the first top 40 entry together for producer Jonas Blue and pop duo Jack & Jack, “Rise”, which rises from outside the top 50 to #47. The former title is building nicely at the Alternative and Hot AC formats, while the latter one is now in the top five in England, Ireland and Scotland. In the #50 spot is this week’s third and final top 50 debut, though its loss in spins may hinder it from going much further at the format. “Heart To Break” is the first entry for German transgender singer Kim Petras.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 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: it’s a holy hit session, led by the newest single by Ariana Grande. How’s the rest of the pop world looking? It’s time for the musical miracle of analyzing adds, so let’s read on and add ’em up:

WONDER “WOMAN”: Flying high at #1 on this week’s Top 40 report is “God Is A Woman” by Ariana Grande, which comes just about a week after “No Tears Left To Cry”, the lead single from Sweetener, topped the published chart. It’s new at 88 stations; look for it to continue its huge gains and upward movement throughout the next few weeks. The album arrives on August 17. (Get ready for a bible full of bops, at least if “God” commands you to listen.)

The rest of the top five is packed with recent Urban crossovers and additional impacting singles, like “Eastside” by benny blanco, Halsey and Khalid, which climbs from sixth to third place with 48 new stations this week. That collaboration is well on its way to top 40 status, as is Charlie Puth‘s “The Way I Am”, tied for fourth place with 37 new stations on the latest report. Meanwhile, the current single from Imagine Dragons, titled “Natural”, sneaks into the top ten with 16 new stations, tied for sixth place. No adds date has been set for the hit at this format, but it pulled in 43 stations at Alternative radio (second place) and 37 stations at Hot AC radio (first place) during this week’s Monday and Tuesday sessions.

Next week, look out for a couple of notable duets to score some solid numbers, performed by Cheat Codes and Little Mix (“Only You”) and Zedd and Elley Duhé (“Happy Now”), while Childish Gambino goes it alone for “Summertime Magic”.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ARIANA GRANDE, “God Is A Woman” (Republic)
2. DRAKE, “In My Feelings” (YMCMB/Republic)
3. BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY & KHALID, “Eastside” (Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
4-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “The Way I Am” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
4-T. JUICE WRLD, “Lucid Dreams” (Grade A/Interscope)
6-T. BEBE REXHA, “I’m A Mess” (Warner Bros.)
6-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Natural” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
6-T. TIESTO & DZEKO featuring PREME and POST MALONE, “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)
9-T. JONAS BLUE featuring JACK & JACK, “Rise” (Capitol)
9-T. KYGO featuring MIGUEL, “Remind Me To Forget” (Ultra/RCA)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 4, 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. Never fear! If football isn’t your thing, we’re here to give you all the touchdowns from the weekly Super Bowl of pop! Here’s the score from those top 40 tunes galore:

RULING THE SURVEY: It’s two weeks at the top for recent Saturday Night Live performer Dua Lipa and her pop smash “New Rules”, taken from her self-titled album. “New” is also up 12-11 and 14-13 on the Hot AC and Rhythmic lists, respectively, and lands just below the top 30 on the AC survey, where I’m sure some soccer moms will be twerking to it soon enough. (Everybody can enjoy a bop, regardless of age.) Though the song is no longer in positive territory, losing about 400 spins from last week, it could repeat at #1 for a third week: the nearest bulleted song, Charlie Puth‘s “How Long”, is still 4,900 spins away at #5. Check back next Sunday to see what happens!

READY FOR THE WEEKND: After launching via iHeartMedia’s hourly integration program on Friday, a third radio single from the highly-anticipated soundtrack to Black Panther secures a high entry on the Top 40 list way up at #32. “Pray For Me” teams The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar, giving both artists their ninth respective top 40 hit at the format. The other two releases from the set so far, “All The Stars” by Lamar and SZA and “King’s Dead” by Jay Rock, Lamar, Future and James Blake, are gaining quite a bit of ground on the Rhythmic and Urban formats, though it’s unclear whether they’ll cross to Top 40 or not. Four spots lower, the 22nd top 40 song for Drake rolls in at #36. “God’s Plan” is one of two tracks the performer released on a double a-side single called Scary Hours, with “Plan” recently entering at #1 on the newest Billboard Hot 100 update. The song broke several streaming records upon release, and continues to perform well at all digital platforms. Duo Jack & Jack also step a hefty eight notches to #40 to grab their first top 40 hit with “Beg”. In the last week, this song picked up notable support from a majority of Cumulus Media stations on the panel, which is responsible for chain-wide adds rather than fully localized programming.

Yet another single from Justin Timberlake‘s future #1 album, Man Of The Woods, comes in at #46. “Say Something” features the recent Grammy winner Chris Stapleton, and it’s already rising on the Hot AC list, soaring 34-22 this week. Back on Top 40, you’ll find lead single “Filthy” up a notch to #14, losing its bullet, while “Supplies”, the current Rhythmic and Urban single, stays at #47. A newcomer to the Top 40 format, 26-year-old actress and singer Hayley Kiyoko, has her chart debut at #49 with an inquisitive pop banger called “Curious”. It’s the first radio single from her upcoming set, Expectations, due March 30. Meanwhile, last week’s #1 on the Rhythmic chart finally reaches the top 50 here: “Sky Walker”, by Miguel featuring Travis Scott, walking tall at #50. Though it probably won’t do much on these airwaves, it’s good to see the track officially chart, given how long it spent just below the region.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (January 28, 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. Alright, so I might not have dozens of shiny new awards to hand out, but I do have lots of top stats and great music on the weekly report. Are we good? Good. Let’s go:

WHAT’S “NEW”, DUA?: In its 23rd week on the chart, Dua Lipa‘s pop anthem “New Rules” becomes the new #1 on the Top 40 radio chart, up from #2 last week. It’s by far her biggest hit to date, both in the U.S. and globally. For her label, Warner Bros., “New” marks their first chart-topper on the Top 40 survey since May 2016, when “7 Years” by Lukas Graham spent a week at #1. The hit is approaching the top ten on both the Hot AC (#12) and Rhythmic (#14) charts, and definitely has a good chance of holding the top spot on the pop survey for at least another week. I mean, bops are bops; this isn’t rocket science! Lipa’s “IDGAF” is still gaining well on streaming services, especially following the debut of its video, and will hopefully be serviced to the format in the coming weeks.

ZEDD OVER HEELS: It’s another super busy week for new entries in the countdown, as six of them reach the top 50, with one of them in at #41: “The Middle”, a collaboration from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey. It’s the 11th top 40 song for Zedd, the second for Grey (whose previous entry was with Zedd) and the first for Morris, who already has a handful of hits on the country radio list to her credit. (Watch out for a Target spot featuring the song during the Grammy Awards!) Next, charting at #44, is the third single off the the latest album from Imagine Dragons, ƎVOLVE. “Whatever It Takes” is now in the top 50 at three formats, with Alternative radio, where it stands at #11, leading the way. Of course, this single follows “Thunder”, which spent a week at #1 in November. A big record that also comes from the Alternative (and Triple A) airwaves debuts two spots lower at #46: “No Roots” by Alice Merton. It marks the first act or singer named Alice to make the Top 40 survey since the summer of 2000, when the dance project called Alice Deejay spent four nonconsecutive weeks at #19 with “Better Off Alone”.

Chart veteran Justin Timberlake comes in at #48 with “Supplies”, the current Urban and Rhythmic release from his forthcoming Man Of The Woods album, while two newcomers break in just below him: duo Jack & Jack with “Beg”, at #49, and soloist Symon with “Lonely Girl”, at #50. The debut of “Beg” was aided by a prominent feature on a syndicated countdown show last weekend, and a larger portion of airplay data for “Lonely” comes from the satellite radio world, where Symon co-hosts a nightly show for a notable pop station.

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