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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 10, 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 Grammy Awards hit the small screen this evening, providing some great performances and equally great wins, let’s see what’s popping on the radio this Sunday:

“ME” TIMES THREE: Recent Saturday Night Live host and singer Halsey stays at #1 for a third week with “Without Me” with a small drop in spins from last week. At this time, “Without” is well ahead of competition and is poised to remain at the summit for its fourth week, but this could change around the midweek point. We’ll see what happens. Meanwhile, there’s a massive amount of new entries and big movers towards the bottom half of the survey, so let’s not waste any time and dig into those titles…

The action starts at #30 with newcomer FLETCHER‘s first top 40 tune, “Undrunk”, soaring from #45 last week. It’s the first of five tracks that are new to the region this week, which is followed by “Bad Liar” by Imagine Dragons, moving from 42-32. This is their tenth time in the top 40 at this format. Further down, George Ezra‘s “Shotgun” shoots into the top 40, moving from 41-38. The hit is his first to make the top 40 here since 2015’s “Budapest”, which reached #18 that June. One spot below that single, “Giant” moves from 44-39 for Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man in their first collaboration together. Individually, the two artists collect their 20th and second top 40 songs, respectively. Closing things out, NF scores his third top 40 entry with “If You Want Love”, up 43-40.

There are six (!) additional debuts in the top 50 this week from a range of performers and collaborations: the highest of them is “I’ve Been Waiting” from Lil Peep and iLoveMakonnen featuring Fall Out Boy at #43. The new radio single from Ariana Grande‘s thank u, next album, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored”, follows at #44. Ally Brooke scores her first solo hit with the Tyga-assisted “Low Key” at #45, while format newcomer Jeremy Zucker lands at #47 with “comethru”. “Who Do You Love” comes onto the chart at #48 for The Chainsmokers featuring 5 Seconds Of Summer, which is likely to have a solid impact week (as should Grande’s new entry) on Tuesday. Last, but certainly not least, Jake Miller‘s “Wait For You” is in at #50. Phew… that was a lot. Stay tuned for more chart craziness next week.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 5, 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 Top 40 radio panel is sipping on newcomer FLETCHER‘s single, one of the many standouts in a very busy week at the format. Let’s get undrunk and add ’em up:

FLETCH ME IF YOU CAN: With over half a dozen new titles impacting at the format this week, there were plenty of choices for pop programmers during the current session. One that made a particularly big statement was “Undrunk” by FLETCHER, who may be new to the format, but is certainly known for a number of songs in the streaming world. The song scores with 67 stations to lead the report, up from #7 on last Tuesday’s log. “Undrunk” should soar into the top 40 during the coming days and become official on the published report this coming Sunday.

Singer Ally Brooke, currently on the Top 40 airwaves with a solo single outside of Fifth Harmony, has a fairly decent start with the Tyga-assisted “Low Key”, which keys in the code for 32 stations on impact. The total should be more than enough action to get the song into the top 50 by the weekend. “Low” ties for third place on this week’s list with “I’ve Been Waiting”, a release credited to three performers: Lil Peep and iLoveMakonnen with a featured appearance by Fall Out Boy. The latter two acts have reached the top 40 at the format before, and it could be the first (and first posthumous entry) for Lil Peep.

Next week could be a great week for MKTO‘s song “How Can I Forget”, but how will the competition fare, including a forthcoming collaboration from The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds Of Summer? Stay tuned.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. FLETCHER, “Undrunk” (Snapback/Capitol)
2. DUA LIPA, “Swan Song” (Warner Bros.)
3-T. ALLY BROOKE featuring TYGA, “Low Key” (Latium/Atlantic)
4-T. LIL PEEP & ILOVEMAKONNEN featuring FALL OUT BOY, “I’ve Been Waiting” (Columbia)
5. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Bad Liar” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
6. SAM SMITH & NORMANI, “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol-RCA)
7. GREY featuring LÉON, “Want You Back” (Island/Republic)
8-T. ALESSIA CARA, “Out Of Love” (Def Jam)
8-T. DRAX PROJECT featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “Woke Up Late” (300 Ent./in2une)
10. JAKE MILLER, “Wait For You” (RED)
10-T. JEREMY ZUCKER, “comethru” (Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (January 28-29, 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 four new titles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALESSIA CARA – “Out Of Love” (Def Jam)
Album: The Pains Of Growing (2018)
Past T40 History: The sophomore slump hit Cara hard, with two underwhelming tracks earning lower peaks. Will this fare better?

DUA LIPA – “Swan Song” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Alita: Battle Angel (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: Ready for her eighth top 40 song at the format, Lipa’s latest single reached the top 50 on Sunday’s chart update.

JAKE MILLER – “Wait For You” (RED)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Miller has four top 50 entries to date, but just one reached the top 40: 2014’s “First Flight Home”, going to #29.

JEREMY ZUCKER – “comethru” (Republic)
Album: summer, (EP) (2018)
Past T40 History: Zucker is a newcomer to the format. At Spotify alone, his single has more than 43 million plays since it debuted.

Next week: A busy week at the format is led by impacting releases from Imagine Dragons and LSD, as well as newcomers Drax Project and FLETCHER.

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 9, 2018

A logical March week.

You might not find 44 more releases you like this week, or on any given week, but there are certainly a lot of great albums and singles ready to hit the market. Here’s what you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

LOGIC – Bobby Tarantino II (iTunes)
Announced on social media yesterday, this mixtape (a sequel to a 2016 album) is expected this week. The rapper has released several tracks over the last few weeks, including “44 More”, “Overnight” and “Everyday”, a collaboration with DJ/producer Marshmello, which now has airplay at several radio formats. Given that momentum, there’s a good chance it could debut at the top of next week’s album survey.

LIL YACHTY – Lil Boat 2 (iTunes)
This popular rapper is sailing the chart waters once again with a sequel to his 2016 mixtape, featuring collaborations with performers like 2 Chainz, Offset and Quavo of Migos and many others. (A radio single hasn’t been named from the set as of yet.) His last studio album hit #5 in its opening week on the Billboard 200, and this release should easily return him to the top five.

Notable albums out this week: Calum Scott‘s Only Human (iTunes), Jake Miller‘s Silver Lining (iTunes), Liza Anne‘s Fine But Dying (iTunes), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats‘s Tearing At The Seams (iTunes), The Neighbourhood‘s The Neighbourhood (iTunes), Three Days Grace‘s Outsider (iTunes), A Wrinkle In Time (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Apollo LTD‘s Out Of Body (iTunes), Jeremih‘s The Chocolate Box (iTunes), MUNA‘s One Year On (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Acoustic”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Aftershock (Acoustic)”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Always”, Dan Farber featuring Boy Matthews (iTunes)
“Baby I’m A Queen”, Sofi Tukker (iTunes)
“Colors”, Jason Derulo (iTunes)
“Dreams (Acoustic)”, Harrison Storm (iTunes)
“Episode”, Spazz Cardigan (iTunes)
“Fire In Me”, John Newman (iTunes)
“Fly”, Marshmello featuring Leah Culver (iTunes)
“Get The F**k Off My D**k”, Vince Staples (iTunes)
“Girl Gang”, Gin Wigmore (iTunes)
“Higher” and “Three”, Lily Allen (iTunes)
“Hold My Girl”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“I Believe You”, FLETCHER (iTunes)
“Just Like That”, The Aces (iTunes)
“Look Back”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Love Blows”, Lissie (iTunes)
“Minimum Wage”, REMMI (iTunes)
“Miss You More At Night”, Wanderer (iTunes)
“Morning Is Coming”, Sting & Shaggy (iTunes)
“New York City”, Owl City (iTunes)
“No”, Alison Wonderland (iTunes)
“OKOKOK”, Jaira Burns (iTunes)
“Once In My Life”, The Decemberists (iTunes)
“Our Favourite Song (Acoustic)”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Panic Attacks”, Elohim featuring Yoshi Flower (iTunes)
“Pink Lemonade”, James Bay (iTunes)
“Remedy”, Kiah Victoria (iTunes)
“Ride Or Die”, The Knocks featuring Foster The People (iTunes)
“Sanctify”, Years & Years (iTunes)
“Space For Two”, Mr. Probz (iTunes)
“Super Cool”, Prelow (iTunes)
“Supercut (El-P Remix)”, Lorde featuring Run The Jewels (iTunes)
“There’s A Reason”, Wet (iTunes)
“Understood”, Rich Homie Quan (iTunes)
“We Got Love”, Jessica Mauboy (iTunes)
“Young & Free”, Dermot Kennedy (iTunes)
“Your Side Of The Bed”, Loote (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Scotty McCreery, The Decemberists and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 19, 2016

Bravely battling for #1.

Bravely battling for #1.

Some of you may be headed back to college in the coming days, but before you hit the books, study up on these top new releases! I think it’ll be easier than a midterm, don’t you? Here are the new and notable albums and singles up for sale this week:

  • LINDSEY STIRLING — Brave Enough (iTunes)
    • Violinist Stirling is back with her third studio album, her first since 2014’s Shatter Me. That set entered at #2, and it’s looking like she could be in the running for a large sales frame next week. Will it debut at #1? Time will tell. The radio single from it is “Something Wild”, a Hot AC hit that features Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness.
  • TORY LANEZ — I Told You (iTunes)
    • Lanez is best known for radio hits like “Say It”, which topped both the Rhythmic and Urban charts, and “LUV”, a song that’s accumulating major gains at those two formats and the Top 40 airwaves. Stream and track-equivalent units are likely to boost its placement on the Billboard 200.
  • DOLLY PARTON — Pure & Simple (iTunes)
    • With a new joint venture in place, Parton releases her latest studio album. Though she’s far beyond the days of major hits on the Country radio chart, this one will certainly rank high on the albums survey.
  • More albums out this week: Amos Lee‘s Spirit (iTunes), Crystal Castles‘s Amnesty (iTunes), Kiefer Sutherland‘s Down In A Hole (iTunes), The Color Morale‘s Desolate Divine (iTunes), Thom Sonny Green‘s High Anxiety (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: EDEN‘s I Think You Think Too Much Of Me (iTunes), Jake Miller‘s Overnight (iTunes), Jordan Fisher‘s Jordan Fisher (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Ain’t Got Money”, New District (iTunes)
  • “Anywhere”, Passenger (iTunes)
  • “It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am”, KT Tunstall (iTunes)
  • “Mercy”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
  • “Nobody But Me”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
  • “Out Of My System (Galantis Remix)”, Youngr (iTunes)
  • “Precious”, Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
  • “Still Falling For You”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
  • “The Long Goodbye”, Sarah McLachlan (iTunes)
  • “The Very Thought Of You”, Kristen Chenoweth featuring Dave Koz (iTunes)
  • “Whiskey And You”, Aaron Lewis (iTunes)
  • “You Don’t Know Love (Cheat Codes Remix)”, Olly Murs (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Barbra Streisand, Britney Spears, Florida Georgia Line, Ingrid Michaelson and more.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 10, 2015

A fine way to "Shine".

A fine way to “Shine”.

We’ve made it to Friday! Yes, the Global Release Day is now in effect and rolling out worldwide. I guess we’ll see how this whole thing goes. There are several notable items out, so, here are this week’s new album and single releases:

  • YEARS & YEARS — Communion (iTunes)
    • Though “King” stalled out as it hit the top 40 on CHR radio, the English trio is going for their second #1 in a row in the U.K. with “Shine”. It should be next week’s top-selling album in that country given its momentum, but it’ll have to settle for a much lower debut here, perhaps in the top 20 or 30. We’ll see if that changes in the coming days.
  • R5 — Sometime Last Night (iTunes)
    • Disney’s pop/rock band, made up of four of the Lynch siblings (Riker, Rocky, Ross and Rydel) and friend Ellington Ratliff, pumps it up Louder on their sophomore album. Leadoff release “Let’s Not Be Alone Tonight” recently gave the five their first top 40 single (#38) on the CHR chart, thanks in part to a Cumulus block add.
  • VARIOUS ARTISTS — Paper Towns: Music From The Motion Picture (iTunes)
    • The film based on the John Green novel doesn’t debut until July 24, but this soundtrack, which features new tracks by Grouplove and Vance Joy, as well as Sam Bruno and her single, “Search Party”, should keep you satisfied a little while longer.
  • More albums out this week: Anderson East‘s Delilah (iTunes), Civil Twilight‘s Story Of An Immigrant (iTunes), Cody Simpson‘s Free (iTunes), Ezra Furman‘s Perpetual Motion People (iTunes), Hunter Hunted‘s Ready For You (iTunes), Kidz Bop Kids‘s Kidz Bop 29 (iTunes), Owl City‘s Mobile Orchestra (iTunes), Tyrese‘s Black Rose (iTunes) and the Various Artists compilation, Nina Revisited… A Tribute To Nina Simone (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Flagship‘s Faded (iTunes), Jake Miller‘s Rumors (iTunes), Poema‘s Pretty Speeches (iTunes), ROMANS‘s Overthinking, Pt. 1 (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Blue Bandana”, new from Jerrod Niemann. (iTunes)
  • “New Americana”, new from Halsey. (iTunes)
  • “Soap”, an instant grat track from Melanie Martinez. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include fresh releases from Alan Jackson, Sublime With Rome and Tame Impala. See you then!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 8)

Hair today, gone tomorrow.

Hair today, gone tomorrow.

This week, you can whip your hair back and forth even more than your wallet as there’s not a whole lot of selection on the menu. Nevertheless, in the salon we call the release schedule, here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of July 8:

  • This week’s top new album comes from the songwriter behind dozens of hit singles and who now has her first effort out since 2010. That would be Sia and 1,000 Forms Of Fear, which features the current single “Chandelier”. Sales will likely be pretty dismal overall next week, so it wouldn’t take much for this to enter at #1. Question is, will the mystery behind her blonde wig and artful performances of the single propel it to the top? Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • Legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest are ready to rock once again with the album Redeemer Of Souls, their first release since 2008 and third for Epic Records. Their past two releases have marked debuts just outside the coveted top ten; will this be their first to hit the region in their four decade long career? It could happen. (iTunes)
  • Just below the top ten on the Alternative chart with “My Sweet Summer”, the Dirty Heads are back with Sound Of Change. It’s their first studio album in two years. The band should have adecent chance of breaking the top ten on the album chart. (iTunes)
  • With her fifth studio set, R&B and soul singer Leela James releases Fall For You; the title cut is charting at Urban AC radio. It’s only likely to make a minor splash, but this is headed towards the Billboard 200. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Chicago‘s Now (Chicago XXXVI) (iTunes), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young‘s CSNY 1974 (Live) (iTunes), John Mellencamp‘s Performs Trouble No More Live At Town Hall (iTunes), Kiesza‘s Hideaway (EP) (iTunes), Martin Garrix‘s Gold Skies (EP) (iTunes), Richard Marx‘s Beautiful Goodbye (iTunes) and Steve Earle‘s Live In Nashville, 1995 (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “BO$$”, the first single from Fifth Harmony‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Dirt”, the new single from Florida Georgia Line. (iTunes)
  • “First Flight Home”, new from young performer Jake Miller. (iTunes)
  • “Get Hurt”, new from rockers The Gaslight Anthem. (iTunes)
  • “Left Hand Free”, the radio single from alt-J‘s new album. (iTunes)

Next week, the debut effort from Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers takes on Jason Mraz and the Kidz Bop Kids. Who leads the pack and who falls behind? A preview is coming in seven!

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