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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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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 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 new hits impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ARLISSA & JONAS BLUE – “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie” (Def Jam)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This is Arlissa’s first time at the Top 40 format; Blue’s “Mama” (with William Singe) reached #31 in October.

LOGAN HENDERSON – “Bite My Tongue” (HERØ/RED)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Henderson is a newcomer to this format as a soloist, but charted three times with the quartet Big Time Rush.

MEGHAN TRAINOR – “No Excuses” (Epic)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: After a rocky sophomore era, Trainor is in the hunt for her ninth top 40 entry and second #1 title at the format.

Also look out for: a reissue of “Échame La Culpa”, with a newly-released remix featuring added English lyrics, by Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato, as well as potentially significant action on “Top Off”, a collaboration combining the talents of DJ Khaled, Jay-Z, Future and Beyoncé, credited as just B.

Next week: new releases from In Real Life, Kent Jones and superstar Taylor Swift officially launch here, though Jones’s song (“Merengue”) is already charting. Will Swift be delicate with her competitors? Stay tuned.

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

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 1, 2017)

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: Portugal. The Man feels its way up the leaderboard on a slow week, but it’s certainly doing well, along with the current hits from Louis Tomlinson, Selena Gomez and more. A new month means that new reports are on the way, and here’s the latest one:

MAN ABOUT TOWN: It’s been six big weeks at #1 on the Alternative chart for Portugal. The Man‘s “Feel It Still”, and with its Hot AC and Top 40 airplay growing quickly, it looks like it’ll be a crossover smash through the fall. This Tuesday, it feels super cool for these five men, as they pull in 18 new stations on impact, good for the sixth Most Added spot. Their most recent album debuted in the top 40 on the Billboard 200, and it’s called Woodstock. Though the quintet’s now had five top 40 singles to date at their core format since 2011, this is the first to chart outside of the rock world and internationally. (Yes, it’s in the top 100 songs on Spotify in Portugal. It might need a few more men, and women, to play it.)

THE BOY IS YOURS: Fall Out Boy‘s “Champion” (#8) and Rita Ora‘s “Your Song” (#9) are making their first appearances on the weekly column, having appeared just outside the top ten here in recent weeks. The latter entry debuted at #45 this past Sunday on the published chart, while the former entry missed the top 50 by just three spins. (Don’t worry, it’s already moving up.) Ora last appeared in the top 40 in November 2014, when she was the featured artist on a #1 hit for Iggy Azalea, “Black Widow”. As for the band, they’ve been more consistent on the U.S. charts, having last touched the format in February 2016 with “Irresistible”. That hit featured Demi Lovato, and it peaked at #21.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. LOUIS TOMLINSON featuring BEBE REXHA & DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS, “Back To You” (Syco/Epic)
2. SELENA GOMEZ featuring GUCCI MANE, “Fetish” (Interscope)
3. KESHA,
“Praying” (Kemosabe/RCA)
4. ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE,
“Get Low” (Interscope)
5. DEMI LOVATO,
“Sorry Not Sorry” (Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood)
6-T. JONAS BLUE featuring WILLIAM SINGE,
“Mama” (Capitol)
6-T. PORTUGAL. THE MAN,
“Feel It Still” (Atlantic)
8. FALL OUT BOY,
“Champion” (Island/Republic)
9. RITA ORA,
“Your Song” (Atlantic)
10-T. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS featuring SEAN PAUL, “Subeme La Radio (Remix)” (Sony Latin/RCA)
10-T. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE,
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
10-T. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Honest” (Disruptor/Columbia)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 30, 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. To my dear readers and pop enthusiasts out there, if you ever find yourself having an interview with the New Yorker, would you refrain from calling me a pop paranoiac? I think you surely could use another phrase or word to describe me, right? Right? Anyways, don’t be a musical mooch and check out the top songs on this week’s list:

LEAVE IT TO BIEBER: He still has three songs in the top 40 as a featured artist, but only one of Justin Bieber‘s hits is at #1 for the fourth week on the Top 40 chart. Of course, that’s the remix of “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which certainly looks good for a 12th week atop the Billboard Hot 100 tomorrow. It’s also up 12-11 at Hot AC radio and 33-29 on the AC chart, but at this point, you probably won’t be hearing anyone requesting it on Delilah anytime soon. Back on the pop survey, “Despacito” doesn’t have a bullet again this week, and could see some larger losses during rotation shifts in the middle of this upcoming week. Still, it’s a potent chart-topper that continues to show its strength.

Canadian singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes looks like he might cut the reign of the three amigos short, as his current single is up a fast three notches from 5-2. If “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” secures the top spot next week, it’ll be his first single to do so since “Stitches”, which spent two weeks at #1 in November 2015. Two of his main competitors get a boost into the top ten this week: DJ Khaled‘s “Wild Thoughts”, featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, yells its way from 11-8, while Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” makes a handy 12-10 move. Stay tuned to see what happens!

WHAT’S “BETTER” THAN THIS?: With the removal of three records from the chart that were eligible for recurrent status, plus two other under-performing songs falling out of the top 40, a very exciting five new entries enter the region this week. Jumping up a very healthy 13 spots, from 48-35, is the 16th top 40 hit for Selena Gomez. “Fetish” features Gucci Mane, who has a featured slot on Fifth Harmony‘s “Down” (#24) as well. Major Lazer has their seventh chart single with “Know No Better”, rising 42-36. It’s a collaboration with three other artists, Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Quavo, giving the latter one a total of four top 40 hits in a featured role this week. That’s a lot of raindrops and drop tops for one chart. One spot below that crew, up 41-37, is a female singer that has her second credited top 40 single: Julia Michaels and “Uh Huh”. Michaels just released a new set called Nervous System, featuring her current hit and her former #4 song, “Issues”, which recently went recurrent.

“Mama” lands Jonas Blue and featured artist William Singe their first top 40 entry at the Top 40 format, as it climbs 44-39. The song has already been a top ten hit in over a dozen countries, including top five peaks in Austria, Denmark, Germany and more. Not quite there yet, but still ranking on a number of national charts overseas, is the current single from former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson. He leaps onto the chart at #40 with “Back To You”, featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals. Back in March, Tomlinson hit #32 as the vocalist on Steve Aoki‘s “Just Hold On”, which was his only solo chart record until this week.

LEARN A NEW “SONG” (OR FOUR): This week’s super action on the pop radio survey also extends into the top 50, where four new songs make their way onto the chart. Leading the way is “Your Song” by Rita Ora, which makes its debut at #45. The single hit the top ten in Ireland, Scotland and the United Kingdom earlier this year. Ora last reached the top 50 here in the spring of 2015 on a Charli XCX song called “Doing It”, which got as high as #43 that March. Debuting at #46 is the first top 50 appearance in six years for the pop-punk quartet known as All Time Low. “Good Times” comes in five spots below the peak of “I Feel Like Dancin'”, which spent three weeks at #41 in June and July 2011. “Good” is already a solid top 40 hit on the Hot AC chart, so it’s capable of doing well here.

Breaking into the top 50 with her first chart entry is 15-year-old Skylar Stecker, starting at #49 with “Only Want You”. She’s had a pair of prior singles serviced to the format in the last two years, but neither of them received any significant adds from the panel. It’s an independent release with a low spin total, so if it goes much further, it’ll be crawling up the chart to its new peak. Entering at #50 is a song that should be moving up at a much quicker rate, “Subeme La Radio” by Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul. In 2014, the two men appeared on the international hit “Bailando”, also billed as Iglesias featuring Paul, which peaked at #9 in September.

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