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

Imagine that… another hit album.

You don’t have to imagine where these big releases originated from; they’re all vying for #1 on next week’s album chart. Who has the best chance of leading the way? These are the notable digital and physical releases out this Friday:

IMAGINE DRAGONS – Origins (iTunes)
Just last year, the Las Vegas band dropped an album called ƎVOLVE that launched massive hits like “Believer” and “Whatever It Takes” onto the charts at several radio formats. Now, with “Natural” achieving similar results, look for the act’s current album to be a strong contender for the top spot on the Billboard 200 list next week.

KANE BROWN Experiment (iTunes)
Brown’s built up quite a hit streak at country radio, especially given the format’s hesitance with his first top 40 release, “Used To Love You Sober”. Now, as “Lose It” appears headed for the top in the coming weeks, his latest studio album should deliver a nice opening sales week with a solid amount of streaming action.

LIL PEEP Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2 (iTunes)
The late performer’s first EP entered the top 40 on the Billboard 200 in 2017, and his second release should result in even better numbers. He’s currently just below the top 40 on the Alternative and Rhythmic radio lists with a non-album collaboration called “Falling Down” with the late XXXTENTACION.

MUSE Simulation Theory (iTunes)
Currently climbing on the Alternative and Active Rock charts with a single titled “Pressure”, this English group will likely receive their fifth top ten album in the U.S. next week. Their last set, released in 2015, went all the way to #1. Could this do the same?

Notable albums out this week: Charles Bradley‘s Black Velvet (iTunes), Hanson‘s String Theory (iTunes), John Splithoff‘s Make It Happen (Deluxe) (iTunes), Jon Bellion‘s Glory Sound Prep (iTunes), Jonas Blue‘s Blue (iTunes), Olly Murs‘s You Know I Know (iTunes), Steve Aoki‘s Neon Future III (iTunes), The Revivalists‘s Take Good Care (iTunes), Train‘s Greatest Hits (iTunes), Trippie Redd‘s A Love Letter To You 3 (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Chelsea Cutler‘s Sleeping With Roses II (iTunes), Crush Club‘s Alive (iTunes), I Don’t Know How But They Found Me‘s 1981 (iTunes), Lewis Capaldi‘s Breach (iTunes), Sabrina Carpenter‘s Singular (Act 1) (iTunes), Whethan‘s Life Of A Wallflower, Vol. 1 (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“ADHD”, Brunswick (iTunes)
“Amy’s Song”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Birdsong”, Regina Spektor (iTunes)
“Burn It”, FEVER 333 (iTunes)
“Bruises”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Candy”, Theia (iTunes)
“Care Less More”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Chances”, Backstreet Boys (iTunes)
“Empty Space (Luca Schreiner Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Falling”, LÉON (iTunes)
“Fascination”, The Beaches (iTunes)
“For Your Love”, Montaigne (iTunes)
“Fortress”, Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“God Dammit”, Illenium & Call Me Karizma (iTunes)
“Gonna Be Alright”, Tritonal featuring Mozella (iTunes)
“Happier (Stripped)”, Marshmello x Bastille (iTunes)
“Hey DJ”, CNCO x Meghan Trainor x Sean Paul (iTunes)
“Hurts Like Hell”, Madison Beer featuring Offset (iTunes)
“Important” and “Oxygen”, RØMANS (iTunes)
“Invisible”, Anna Clendening (iTunes)
“Just Slide”, Harry Hudson featuring Jaden Smith (iTunes)
“Let You Love Me (Acoustic)”, Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Look At Me Now”, Emily King (iTunes)
“Look At Us Now”, The Him (iTunes)
“Love Made Me Do It”, Cheryl (iTunes)
“Need Somebody”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“Never Enough”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“Nostalgia Is A Lie”, Goody Grace (iTunes)
“Not Thinkin’ Bout You (Remix)”, Ruel featuring GoldLink (iTunes)
“Older”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“Overseas”, Desiigner featuring Lil Pump (iTunes)
“Paper Dreams”, Jamie N Commons (iTunes)
“Paper Rain”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“Patient”, NUUXS featuring Zac Pajak (iTunes)
“Question Mark”, Alexander Oscar (iTunes)
“Run That Back (Remix)”, Sofi De La Torre featuring Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Serious”, Midnight Kids featuring Matthew Koma (iTunes)
“Slow Dancing In The Dark (Loud Luxury Remix)”, Joji (iTunes)
“Shoot Out (English Version)”, Monsta X (iTunes)
“Such A Night”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
“The Big Unknown”, Sade (iTunes)
“Thursday (Jack Wins Remix)”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Used To”, Sandro Cavazza featuring Lou Elliotte (iTunes)
“Voices In My Head”, Ashley Tisdale (iTunes)
“Waiting On You”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Waste Of Time”, Lostboycrow featuring Bea Miller (iTunes)
“White Christmas”, OneRepublic (iTunes)
“Worst Nites”, Foster The People (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Little Mix, Mariah CareyMumford & Sons and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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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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