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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 21, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly 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: Dua Lipa hopes that “One” turns into four, Jax Jones and Raye throw shapes, but not “of you”, and Rag’N’Bone Man delivers a ditty with “Human” touch. The way I want to touch you is through a bit of commentary, so be the Tennille to my Captain of these charts, won’t you?

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DUA: With two top 40 hits to date, and a third top 50 single, the musical marriage of Dua Lipa and the CHR radio panel has been a rocky one, which is a shame. Luckily, they’re still committed, thanks to some commitments for her latest U.S. single, “Be The One”. It’s the Most Added record at the format this week, picking up 31 stations. Lipa is currently on the chart with two of those aforementioned songs, “No Lie” (#47, with Sean Paul) and “Scared To Be Lonely” (#28, with Martin Garrix). The former is headed down, while the latter is moving up. Will this “be the one” that takes her to the top ten and gets her album out? Will programmers keep paying her lip-a service? I don’t have a crystal ball, but I do have high hopes for it.

THE “BEST” OF WHAT’S “GOOD”: With so many artists of different genres continuing to surprise the music world with their crazy collaborations, it’s only fitting that we talk about two additional songs. However, these two pop bops sure have some musical muscle; both songs impact next week, so be sure to watch out for some higher numbers a week from now. Of course, you can check back here and see all the action unfold.

One is G-Eazy and Kehlani‘s duet called “Good Life”, which is new at 23 new stations this week. This is one of the tracks from the upcoming soundtrack to The Fate Of The Furious, with both the album and movie due on April 14. For most of the stations here, it will be the first time a Kehlani single makes it onto their playlist, though the performer has some previous history at the Rhythmic and Urban formats. We’ll see if it can do better than the fourth Most Added slot next week.

The other teams Machine Gun Kelly and Hailee Steinfeld on a song called “At My Best”, which comes in with a slightly higher 25 stations and the second Most Added title. Of course, the rapper is coming off his huge chart-topping hit “Bad Things”, featuring ex-Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello. It spent two weeks at #1 in February. Steinfeld’s collected three top 40 hits of her own since 2015, but it was that third single, “Starving” (with Zedd and Grey), that slowly took her to three non-consecutive weeks at #5 in January. At this point, it has the potential to be next week’s Most Added record, so stay tuned to this blog for more!

JUMPIN’ JAX: 29-year-old producer Jax Jones is largely unknown to a U.S. audience. In fact, his feature on Duke Dumont‘s “I Got U” (#48, 8/17/14) is his sole chart appearance to date. However, that may change soon with the launch of his recent top five single across Europe, “You Don’t Know Me”, which features singer Raye. Upon impact, the song scores 22 adds this week, which is good for the fifth Most Added slot. Jumpin’ Jax flash, it’s a smash smash smash. (Well, I hope it is. I would throw shapes to “Don’t” any time it comes on the radio.) This may turn out to be too risky of a choice for some stations, but I certainly approve it.

HE’S THE MAN: Only one single in this week’s report recently spent six weeks at #1 on my personal chart; needless to say, I’m a little (a lot) biased when it comes to Rag’N’Bone Man‘s “Human”. The massive European hit has already gone to #1 on two radio formats in the U.S., Alternative and Triple A, while it continues to make some moves at Hot AC and CHR/Top 40. At the latter, it’s new at 16 stations, which places it as the eighth Most Added song of the week. In the last decade, we’ve had humanly hits at the pop format from The Killers (#35, 1/18/09) and Christina Perri (#31, 5/18/14). You know, all those singles did much better on my own chart; can somebody make me a gatekeeper already?

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. DUA LIPA, “Be The One” (Warner Bros.)
2. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
3. FLO RIDA & 99 PERCENT, “Cake” (APG/Atlantic)
4. G-EAZYKEHLANI, “Good Life” (Atlantic/RRP)
5-T. JASON DERULO featuring NICKI MINAJ and TY DOLLA $IGN, “Swalla” (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
5-T. JAX JONES featuring RAYE“You Don’t Know Me” (Interscope)
7. STARGATE featuring P!NK and SIA“Waterfall” (RCA)
8. RAG’N’BONE MAN, “Human” (Columbia)
9-T. CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
9-T. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic)
9-T. LORDE, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 14, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: it’s raining, it’s pouring, but Nicki Minaj and Stargate are scoring with pop panel breakouts, while the usual suspects keep things busy in the top ten. Time to get wet (no, not that Get Wet) and splash around with some station stats:

IN THE P!NK: They’ve been hitting as writers and producers on the CHR chart since the fall of 2000, but Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen weren’t content with just that. So, the guys from Norway, together as Stargate, are now on the verge of their first top 40 hit as artists. “Waterfall”, featuring pop superstars P!nk and Sia, has a good start with the (star)gatekeepers of the format this week, launching with a very healthy 41 adds — the Most Added song of the week. Coincidentally, this was the week in 2000 (the 3/17/00 issue of Radio & Records, to be exact) that P!nk’s debut hit, “There You Go”, first reached the top 40 at the format. So, here she goes again! Stations in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco are among the 41, so watch out for this song and its potential fast ascent up the survey.

Two of Stargate’s recent compositions are currently top 40 on the format: “Issues” (#14) by Julia Michaels, and “Run Up” (#35) by Major Lazer featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj. The duo both co-wrote and co-produced the singles. (More on Minaj below!) No word on when any additional music by the two men will be coming out, regardless of whether it’s under their own name or a production for another act. Either way, we’ll be looking out for it.

Not many Norwegian acts are able to break the U.S. charts, though a-ha, M2M and Madcon are among them. Of course, a-ha is the most successful of the bunch, as “Take On Me” (driven by its iconic music video) spent three weeks at #1 on Radio & Records in October 1985. They can stick to drawing comic books; I’ll stick to drawing conclusions for the pop world.

“TEARS” FOR FEARS: Everybody wants to rule the adds report, but just one song can make it to the top. However, a top five placing on Tuesday is still worth shouting about. Rapper and singer Nicki Minaj sows some seeds and comes up with a winner, “Regret In Your Tears”. It’s new on 23 stations, good for the fourth Most Added song of the week. “Regret” is one of three songs that Minaj issued on Friday as a part of a surprise release; one of them, “No Frauds” (with Drake and Lil Wayne), is the Most Added record at Rhythmic and Urban radio this week. That song addresses two recent diss records by Remy Ma, who reached a peak of #45 at the CHR/Top 40 format last year with “All The Way Up”, a collaboration with Fat Joe. All three of Minaj’s tracks remain in the top 40 overall on iTunes.

Raised in Queens, she first hit the CHR/Top 40 chart as a main-credited act in June 2010 with “Your Love”, which got as high as #21 that August. She’s the only act with two songs in this week’s top ten Most Added tracks at the format, which also includes her feature on Jason Derulo‘s “Swalla”. Needless to say, radio is head over heels for her once again. (No, Tears For Fears isn’t making a CHR comeback… at least not yet. I’m looking at you, The Weeknd.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
STARGATE featuring P!NK and SIA“Waterfall” (RCA)
THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY“Something Just Like This” (Disruptor/Columbia)
LORDE, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic)
NICKI MINAJ, “Regret In Your Tears” (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic)
ZEDD & ALESSIA CARA, “Stay” (Def Jam-Interscope)
AXWELL & INGROSSO featuring KID INK, “I Love You” (Def Jam)
JASON DERULO featuring NICKI MINAJ and TY DOLLA $IGN, “Swalla” (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
FLO RIDA & 99 PERCENT, “Cake” (APG/Atlantic)
CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
MARTIN GARRIX & DUA LIPA, “Scared To Be Lonely” (RCA)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 7, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Lorde hits the big board, “Swalla” gets added to the Top 40 Thesaurus and we dive into the usual trivia bag of tunes. So, take a break and grab some “Cake”, either song or pastry, and grab my hand as we go for miles on the FM dial:

OH MY, LORDE: “Green Light” means go, and Lorde certainly hits the gas, finishing the Record Race with the Most Added title at CHR/Top 40 radio this week. Her song receives 116 adds in its debut frame. That total crushes her prior highest one-week add total for “Team”, which scored 43 adds (MB 11/19/13) on impact.

That total also establishes “Green” as Lava’s biggest impact week of the Mediabase era, running from August 2006 onward, and it falls just short of the label’s biggest weeks in the PPW era: 134 adds (5/18/01 R&R) for Sugar Ray’s “When It’s Over” and 140 adds (4/21/00 R&R) for Matchbox Twenty’s “Bent”. (Both of those releases occurred during a time when Lava was distributed by Atlantic Records.)

Combining all reported stations across North America this week, “Green” picks up nearly 280 adds. Good Lorde. (No, I haven’t used up all my religious puns yet, just you wait…)

DERULO AND BEHOLD: When he’s not singing his name, Jason Derulo is popularizing words that may soon become top 40 hits on Merriam-Webster’s countdown. “Swalla”, a variation on the word “swallow”, or so I think, drinks down 25 more stations on the panel this week, good for fourth Most Added. The song features Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. Derulo’s biggest impact week remains the 156 stations (3/17/15 MB) he achieved for “Want To Want Me”, which spent a week at the top that June. By the way, the only other song that comes to mind that got swallowed by the CHR charts was “Jupiter (Swallow The Moon)”, a #42 entry (7/30/99 R&R) for singer/songwriter Jewel.

Besides his current single, Derulo recently moved his Future History imprint from RCA to his current home, Warner Bros., after one unsuccessful single (“Chingalinga”) by Alyxx Dione in 2015. (I know what you’re saying, “Who?” or “Only Adam would remember that one…”) Let’s hope the actual future looks bright for the group.

ELECTRIC “SLIDE”: Ooh, it’s shocking… no, not you Marcia Griffiths, I’ll get to your bop later. I’m referring to Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean and Migos, who team up for “Slide”, grabbing another 24 new stations this week. It’s good for the fifth Most Added slot. Harris’s last top 40 single, “My Way”, made its way to #11 in October, and was pulled quickly afterwards when it didn’t test well. However, with a run of nine top ten singles at the format since 2011, as well as the usual sales and streaming power, I don’t think he’s hurting. Harris has yet to announce a new studio album, even with the handful of singles he’s issued since the summer of 2015.

Though this “Slide” is not a hot Goo Goo Dolls remake, I think we can appreciate both songs and chart eras. That song received 52 adds (10/2/98 R&R) on impact, eventually settling into the #1 spot for two weeks in early 1999. It’s electric!

THE LADY IS A CHAMP: For the first time in two months, Lady Gaga‘s “Million Reasons” has a very reasonable week in the Most Added column. The hit is new at 22 stations, which makes it the seventh Most Added song at the format this week. It continues to benefit from sale pricing across various online stores, though a number of outlets on the panel are still showing resistance when it comes to adding it or converting it to a higher rotation. C’mon, kids, it’s not that hard… she played the Super Bowl, for Pete’s sake. Actually, I don’t know any Petes who are struggling with a decision on the record. Eh, you know who you are.

Here’s something more positive to go gaga over: “Million” is the performer’s biggest single at the format since “Do What U Want” (featuring R. Kelly) spent three non-consecutive weeks at #7 in December 2013 and January 2014. It’s moving! Now, who stole my pink hat?

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
LORDE, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic)
ZEDD & ALESSIA CARA, “Stay” (Def Jam-Interscope)
THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY“Something Just Like This” (Disruptor/Columbia)
JASON DERULO featuring NICKI MINAJ and TY DOLLA $IGN, “Swalla” (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
LINKIN PARK featuring KIIARA, “Heavy” (Warner Bros.)
LADY GAGA, “Million Reasons” (Streamline/Interscope)
AXWELL & INGROSSO featuring KID INK, “I Love You” (Def Jam)
FLO RIDA & 99 PERCENT, “Cake” (APG/Atlantic)
BIG SEAN, “Bounce Back” (G.O.O.D./Def Jam)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 29, 2016

Major debut alert.

Major debut alert.

Don’t think I’ve ever considered being a locksmith as a career, but by the amount of keys referenced in this week’s top new release, perhaps there’s a business opportunity on the horizon. Here’s a look at the new and notable albums and singles on the schedule:

  • DJ KHALED — Major Key (iTunes)
    • When your imprint has three of the top 20 singles at both Rhythmic and Urban radio, I’d say you’re doing pretty well for yourself. That’s indeed the case for this 40-year-old DJ/producer from Miami, who will likely reach the top of the iTunes listing faster than you can shout “WE THE BEST MUSIC!” Major key for this release: selling enough copies to defeat Drake‘s Views.
  • JAKE OWEN — American Love (iTunes)
    • Owen’s fifth studio album features the single “American Country Love Song”, which is rising in the top ten at Country radio. He’s certainly the patriotic performer this era, and he’ll likely have a top 20 entry on the Billboard 200 chart.
  • FANTASIA — The Definition Of… (iTunes)
    • It’s been 12 years since Barrino became the third American Idol, and this week, she’s back with her fifth studio album. The current single from it is “Sleeping With The One I Love”, a top 20 record on the Urban AC survey.
  • More albums out this week: Billy Talent‘s Afraid Of Heights (iTunes), Descendents‘s Hypercaffium Spazzinate (iTunes), Hillary Scott And The Scott Family‘s Love Remains (iTunes), Jarryd James‘s High (iTunes), Jason Derulo‘s Platinum Hits (iTunes), MAALA‘s Composure (iTunes), NAO‘s For All We Know (iTunes), Viola Beach‘s Viola Beach (iTunes), ZHU‘s Generationwhy (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Michael Blume‘s When I Get It Right (iTunes)

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

  • “Any Moment Now”, Barbra Streisand with Hugh Jackman (iTunes)
  • “Bad Decisions”, Two Door Cinema Club (iTunes)
  • “Closer”, The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (iTunes)
  • “Comeback Kid”, The Band Perry (iTunes, August 1)
  • “Dang!”, Mac Miller featuring Anderson .Paak (iTunes)
  • “Fake It”, Bastille (iTunes)
  • “First Day Of Summer”, Jesse Ruben (iTunes)
  • “Flex”, Tory Lanez (iTunes)
  • “Fresh Eyes”, Andy Grammer (iTunes)
  • “F**k Apologies”, JoJo featuring Wiz Khalifa (iTunes)
  • “Howl At The Moon”, Nick Fradiani (iTunes)
  • “I Know A Girl”, The Preatures (iTunes)
  • “I Want To Live”, Skillet (iTunes)
  • “In The Name Of Love”, Martin Garrix featuring Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
  • “Killing Me”, Ofelia K (iTunes)
  • “Longest Days”, John Mellencamp (iTunes)
  • “Love Is A Burden”, Jamestown Revival (iTunes)
  • “Love Remains”, Hey Violet (iTunes)
  • “Playground”, High Dive Heart (iTunes)
  • “Run Run Blood”, Phantogram (iTunes)
  • “Somebody Else Will”, Justin Moore (iTunes)
  • “The Only Way Out”, Andra Day (iTunes)
  • “Three Empty Words”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
  • “Weekend Millionaires”, Katelyn Tarver (iTunes)
  • “When She Walks”, ELEL (iTunes)
  • “Zillionaire”, Flo Rida (iTunes)

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (December 2015)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in December (though there aren’t many because of the holidays) from four different radio formats in this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*), HOT AC (**), ALTERNATIVE (***) and TRIPLE A (****)

MØ
MØ – “Kamikaze” (December 1) (*)
Label: RCA
Until this release, this 27-year-old Danish performer’s success on the pop radio chart was relegated to featured status. Now, she’s finally getting the main credit on the leadoff single from her upcoming second album. A handful of outlets are playing it early, like Hits 1, and more stations are bound to get the ball rolling in its impact week. Can she “lean on” them to break her at CHR in 2016?

Who Is Fancy, Meghan Trainor and Ariana Grande
WHO IS FANCY/MEGHAN TRAINOR/ARIANA GRANDE – “Boys Like You” (December 1) (*)
Label: Big Machine/Republic
You may remember this singer’s “Goodbye” from earlier this year and the hidden identity campaign that was used to promote the song. Based on the results of that, we probably won’t be seeing a major label utilizing the strategy on a new artist anytime soon. It isn’t a surprise to see some featured acts on his latest radio single, but the jury’s still out on whether or not it will become a big hit.

Alabama Shakes
ALABAMA SHAKES – “Shoegaze” (December 8) (****)
Label: ATO
Thanks to its placement in the new Apple iPad Pro ad, the title track from Sound & Color has become a top 50 sales hit on the U.S. iTunes chart. That should probably be the song going to radio next from the project, but alas, it’s not. However, I think AAA radio will play anything off their album at this point. Considering the Grammy nominations come out that week, reaction could be swift.

Leon Bridges
LEON BRIDGES – “Smooth Sailin'” (December 8) (**)
Label: Columbia
Speaking of the Grammy Awards, 26-year-old singer Bridges may also be getting some love from the Academy for his debut effort of earlier this year, Coming Home. The title track received some limited airplay at Hot AC, though it was much bigger at AAA. The latter format launched “Smooth” into the top ten, but things won’t be as smooth here. Yet, a smaller response is better than none.

Tribe Society
TRIBE SOCIETY – “Kings” (December 8) (***)
Label: Island/Republic
This act from Boston originally signed as the band Gentlemen Hall, but earlier this year, they reemerged under their new name. A debut EP from them, Lucid Dreams, was out this past June. Thanks to some playlisting at Spotify, their single is now approaching 1.2 million streams at the service, with another 682,000 plays coming from SoundCloud. Will they reign at radio in the new year?

Jason Derulo
JASON DERULO – “Get Ugly” (December 15) (*)
Label: Warner Bros.
With the cancellation of “Try Me” as the third single from his album Everything Is 4, Derulo moves onto a replacement release. It seems odd to be sending it to radio so close to Christmas, but then again, that would easily give this the edge to be Most Added on that particular (and likely, soft) week. His era has yet to recover from “Cheyenne” stalling out halfway up the pop listing in August.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (October 2015)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in October, ten of the best from four different radio formats in this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Naughty Boy, Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin
NAUGHTY BOY featuring BEYONCÉ and ARROW BENJAMIN – “Runnin’ (Lose It All)” (October 6) (*)
Label: Capitol
English producer Shahid Khan has only one U.S. radio hit to his credit, the top ten “La La La” (with Sam Smith) from last year, an interesting fact considering he’s had four (and perhaps a fifth with this single) top tens on the U.K. chart since 2010 and many big co-writes with notable artists. The 30-year-old may be bound for a win with “Lose” given the featured star. We’ll see pretty soon.

Skrillex, Diplo and AlunaGeorge
SKRILLEX & DIPLO featuring ALUNAGEORGE – “To Ü” (October 6) (*)
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic
Justin Bieber has them to thank for reigniting his music career after a two-year absence from the pop radio chart with the top ten hit “Where Are Ü Now”, and now, it’s up “to ü” (and the rest of the American music-buying public) to make this next effort from a British duo and the two producers another big track. “You Know You Like It” from the duo reached a peak of #7 in May and June.

The Vamps
THE VAMPS – “Wake Up” (October 6) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
This British quartet has seen a fair amount of success in their native U.K. with five top ten singles in a row, but they’ve barely had a presence on the charts here, reaching #50 on the pop radio survey last fall with “Somebody To You”. Satellite station Hits 1 will probably become a leader on this song out of the gate, similar to their past singles, but will this finally be their big U.S. breakout?

Tove Lo
TOVE LO – “Moments” (October 13) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
Back in July, “Timebomb” was supposed to be serviced to the CHR airwaves as the followup to the top five single “Talking Body”. That ended up getting pulled at the last minute: you can’t say that it bombed out, but radio didn’t make time for it either. Now, in the fall, we finally have a third proper radio release from Queen Of The Clouds. The forecast looks slightly brighter for this track.

Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez and Matoma
JASON DERULO featuring JENNIFER LOPEZ and MATOMA – “Try Me” (October 20) (*)
Label: Warner Bros.
“Try” came up in a post I put up earlier this week regarding its sampling of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” and the competition it may face from another new single with the same sample. Derulo will have to work extra hard to get his new era back on track, due in part to “Cheyenne” recently crashing down the chart after a peak in the teens. Perhaps it can do well during the winter months.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and TRIPLE A (**)

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS – “High Dive” (October 13) (* + **)
Label: Crush Music/Vanguard/CMG
McMahon’s second single from his self-titled album is already climbing nicely on my top 40 and just came into the top 50 here on the Alternative chart. Of course, you’ll remember that “Cecilia And The Satellite” spent a record number of weeks rising up to the #5 spot on that survey and hit the 40-week mark overall before it was sent recurrent. Let’s hope this can also reach a “High” peak.

Jeff Lynne's ELO
JEFF LYNNE’S ELO – “When I Was A Boy” (October 13) (**)
Label: Columbia
Would you believe that it was back in 1986 that the Electric Light Orchestra had their last national hit? That was the song “Calling America”, and it made the top 20 before the band broke up. Now performing under a slightly different name, Lynne and the boys are back with a new album on Columbia, where they first released Discovery in 1979. It’s another great single from a great group.

X Ambassadors
X AMBASSADORS – “Unsteady” (October 13) (*)
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
It’s the song that keeps sticking around: “Renegades”. You know it well. It spent 11 weeks at #1 on the Alternative survey, marking the longest run at the top spot so far this year. Now, it’s set to become a huge crossover smash. Of course, the group is now trying to make it two in a row with this song, now above six million streams on Spotify. The title may not be steady, but the gains will be.

BANNERS
BANNERS – “Shine A Light” (October 20) (** + * 10/27)
Label: Island/Republic
“Shine” just debuted on my personal chart last week and I’m very excited to see this single from the British performer, now living in Canada, at radio so soon. Los Angeles’s two Alternative outlets are giving major early support to this song, but given his label’s inability to break releases by Brandon Flowers and Neon Trees here earlier in 2015, will that hinder its performance? I hope not.

Tor Miller
TOR MILLER – “Carter & Cash” (October 20) (**)
Label: Glassnote
This Brooklyn newcomer signed to Glassnote last year, but generated a bit of buzz earlier this week when “Carter” made its debut on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show as Monday’s World Record. Miller’s last single to hit the format was the song “Midnight” earlier this year, which spent several weeks in the top 30 in March and April before descending. How will his latest walk the line? Stay tuned.

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A Gaye Old Time: The Battle Of Two “Healing” Hits

Movin' to some Marvin.

Movin’ to some Marvin.

The music of the legendary Motown singer Marvin Gaye has been appreciated by many fans and many more musicians over the years. It’s also gotten a few of those acts into some notable legal issues, but there’s no need to blur the lines here: Gaye, his music and his message remain a key part of the songs we enjoy in 2015. So, I guess it was inevitable that he’s being covered and sampled again even after some people might have been (at least temporarily) scared away from utilizing music of his catalog. In fact, we’re coming upon two different singles, both fighting for pop radio glory, that sample his 1982 smash “Sexual Healing”. Yet, this leads us to a few questions, though the answers won’t reveal themselves for some time. Will both tracks be able to coexist in the top 40 at one time? Will they cancel each other out? Will Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor‘s recent smash “Marvin Gaye”, which is now descending the chart, play any role in how these two chart runs play out? Let’s take a look at what may happen.

Already rising up into the top 20 at Rhythmic radio and heading upward is “The Fix”, a new release from Nelly that also features Jeremih. The latest tune from the St. Louis rapper has also picked up a small group of stations on the CHR radio panel, where it finds itself just below the top 50 and making some gains, albeit much smaller ones. “Fix” marks the debut single for a record label called RECORDS, which is a new partnership between SONGS Publishing and RED Music in the Sony family. Of course, this does mean that the performer is no longer with Universal, whom he was signed to for over a decade. Nearing his 41st birthday in just a few weeks, the ageism of pop radio is likely to take its toll on this track, at least to an extent, but consistent sales in the top 100 on iTunes and almost 7.5 million streams on Spotify are proving that this has some strength in the marketplace. Give it some time; it may just be a surprise sleeper song for the fall.

Of course, that sleeper status will, no doubt, be affected by the other single searching for open slots on radio playlists. This one is heading for adds at CHR radio on October 20, but it will potentially start gaining some spins earlier than that. It’s “Try Me”, sung by Jason Derulo and featuring Jennifer Lopez, along DJ/producer Matoma, who you may know from his tropical house flip of a Notorious B.I.G./Ja Rule/Ralph Tresvant song, titled as “Old Thing Back” for the new release. That single was a big hit in Norway and Sweden earlier this year. Derulo’s third single from the album Everything Is 4 is his followup to “Cheyenne”, a top 20 single that recently crashed hard due to a lack of sales momentum (and a number of late Q3 singles by top-tier acts debuting at the same time.) We’ll see if that stalling has done any damage to the era, or if “Try” can carry Derulo and company back to the top again. It’s now at 45 million streams on Spotify.

This is an interesting situation, to say the least, and it’s one where anything can truly happen given the track records of both main acts involved. We’ll keep you updated on how these new releases do at radio as the year goes on! Until then, follow and like us on various social media sites for more musical mending and record rejuvenation by clicking the Get Social! tab above.

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