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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 19, 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. “Stranger” things are happening here on the pop airwaves as we breeze through the middle of May, so let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

“DANCING” ON THE CEILING: After reaching the top of the Hot AC chart last week, Sam Smith and Normani climb from 2-1 on the Top 40 chart with “Dancing With A Stranger”. It’s Smith’s second #1 at the format and Normani’s second as a soloist, as she earned one chart-topper with the group Fifth Harmony. The collaboration hits the top in its 18th week in the top 40. Look for it to continue its run at the summit for at least a second week.

Looking towards her third #1 hit of the year, Halsey rockets in at #26 with her 11th top 40 single, “Nightmare”. One of those former chart-toppers, “Without Me”, falls below the top ten and is moved to recurrent status. The track “Summer Days” leaps from 41-36 on this week, earning Martin Garrix his fifth top 40 hit, Macklemore his tenth and Fall Out Boy‘s Patrick Stump his second as a solo artist. Stump’s prior solo appearance was with the Lupe Fiasco-assisted “This City”, which peaked at #25 in October 2011. The remaining two top 40 entries on the chart are by newcomers who have previously earned airplay at Rhythmic and Urban radio: “Ex” is up from 42-39 for Kiana Ledé, while “Look Back At It” launches from 45-40 for A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. The latter title is at #1 on the Urban chart this week, moving up from #4, while it slips out of the top spot and down to #2 on the Rhythmic list.

Juice WRLD leads this week’s pack of top 50 debuts, coming in at #44 with “Hear Me Calling”. The track is approaching the top 20 on the Rhythmic chart and will likely become his second top 40 single here in the next week or so. At #47, “Kill This Love” marks the first single to reach the region for the K-pop act Blackpink, a female quartet based in Seoul. Singer and songwriter Shoffy also hits the chart with his first entry, “Cool Again”, which bows at #48. Finally, at #50, the recent U.K. hit called “Boasty” sneaks into the top 50 for Wiley, Sean Paul, Stefflon Don and Idris Elba. It’s the first entry at the format for both Wiley and Elba.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 7, 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: from “ME!” to “You”, it’s another crazy Tuesday at the Top 40 format with the latest smash from Shawn Mendes in the mix. Let’s add ’em up:

AN IFFY SITUATION: It may not be the Yvonne Elliman song, but pop radio has the fever for Shawn Mendes’s new single “If I Can’t Have You”, which can have the Most Added title on this week’s report. It starts with a perfect 184 stations, much like “ME!” accomplished for Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie last week. In doing so, “If” becomes the fourth song in the Mediabase era and fifth in the plays-per-week era to accomplish the feat. However, as noted previously, this event just happened here last week. Thus, we now have our first back-to-back set of perfect weeks ever, with both songs being worked by the same promotion department. At this point, we’re likely to see several more attempts at this challenge through the summer by other larger singles, which could be as soon as next week. (See below!)

The only other new release of note comes from the K-pop act BLACKPINK with “Kill This Love”, their first title to impact here. A decent 26 stations on impact gives the female-led quartet a third place finish. In October 2012, another K-pop girl group peaked at #44 at the format with their sole chart entry: that was the Akon-assisted “Like Money” by the Wonder Girls. We’ll see if “Kill” is poised to go higher in the coming weeks.

Repeated titles from acts like Billie Eilish, Juice WRLD, Lizzo and MAX are among the tracks that make up the rest of the top ten this week.

Next week, we’re sure that you’ll care about Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber‘s track “I Don’t Care”, which will almost certainly be in the top spot on the list. How many adds will it collect? Stay tuned.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (TWELVE)
1. SHAWN MENDES, “If I Can’t Have You” (Island/Republic)
2. BILLIE EILISH, “Bad Guy” (Darkroom/Interscope)
3. BLACKPINK, “Kill This Love” (YG Ent./Interscope)
4. MAX featuring QUINN XCII, “Love Me Less” (Arista/RED)
5-T. JUICE WRLD, “Hear Me Calling” (Grade A/Interscope)
5-T. KHALID, “Talk” (RCA)
7. DADDY YANKEE & KATY PERRY featuring SNOW, “Con Calma” (El Cartel/UMLE/Capitol)
8. MARTIN GARRIX featuring MACKLEMORE & PATRICK STUMP, “Summer Days” (RCA)
9. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
10-T. BAZZI, “Paradise” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
10-T. BRYCE VINE featuring YG, “La La Land” (Sire/Warner Bros.)
10-T. LIZZO, “Juice” (Atlantic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 30, 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: some collaboration called “ME!” manages to put up, you know, a few adds here and there. Nothing historic or anything… alright, maybe it’s a tad bigger than that. Let’s add ’em up:

GET “ME” TO THE TOP: A huge congratulations to Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie, who easily claim the top spot on the log with “ME!”, picking up an add at every station (184 of them) on the current Top 40 panel. It marks the fourth time in the history of the plays-per-week era that this event has occurred at the format, three of which have come in the last three years. Swift previously pulled off the feat in 2017 with “Look What You Made Me Do”, which started at 187 stations at the time. Needless to say, the song’s quick start definitely makes it a contender for the Song Of The Summer, with a likely run at #1 coming in the not-so-distant future.

Beyond that lofty achievement for Swift and Urie, a single by Martin Garrix with Macklemore and Patrick Stump has a good start in the runner-up position with a total of 48 stations on impact. “Summer Days” will be absolutely perfect for the season that’ll be here before you know it. Juice WRLD is also in the mix with a cut that’s already receiving a solid amount of airplay at both the Rhythmic and Urban radio formats, “Hear Me Calling”. It earns 26 stations in its first full week, enough to land in fifth place.

Repeated (and very active) titles from acts like Billie Eilish, Dan + Shay, Khalid and Lizzo make up the rest of the top ten.

Next week, we’ll be coloring the adds report with some BLACKPINK. Stay tuned to see how “Kill This Love” performs.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring BRENDON URIE, “ME!” (Republic)
2. MARTIN GARRIX featuring MACKLEMORE & PATRICK STUMP, “Summer Days” (RCA)
3. BILLIE EILISH, “Bad Guy” (Darkroom/Interscope)
4. DADDY YANKEE & KATY PERRY featuring SNOW, “Con Calma” (El Cartel/UMLE/Capitol)
5-T. JUICE WRLD, “Hear Me Calling” (Grade A/Interscope)
5-T. KHALID, “Talk” (RCA)
7-T. DAN + SHAY, “Speechless” (Warner Bros.)
7-T. LIZZO, “Juice” (Atlantic)
9. BTS featuring HALSEY, “Boy With Luv” (BigHit/Columbia)
10. BAZZI, “Paradise” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 29-30, 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 three impacting tunes this week at the Top 40 format:

JUICE WRLD – “Hear Me Calling” (Grade A/Interscope)
Album: Death Race For Love (2019)
Past T40 History: Dreaming of his second big pop radio hit, this artist’s “Lucid Dreams” peaked at #7 last October and November.

MARTIN GARRIX featuring MACKLEMORE & PATRICK STUMP – “Summer Days”
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Garrix has four top 40 entries to date, two of which have just missed the top ten. Will this be the single to do it?

TAYLOR SWIFT featuring BRENDON URIE – “ME!” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” cleared the whole panel on Add Board in one week. Will it happen again?

Next week: K-pop sensation BLACKPINK looks to kill it on next week’s adds report. We’ll see if anyone else joins them.

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 8, 2019

Race around the WRLD.

It’s a juicy week for fresh releases and the flavor combination is undeniable. What treat packs the top taste? These are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

JUICE WRLD – Death Race For Love (iTunes)
Features: the pre-release songs “Hear Me Calling” and “Robbery”, as well as a collaboration with Young Thug

MAREN MORRIS – Girl (iTunes)
Features: the title track, currently in the top 30 on the Country radio chart

Notable albums out this week: BamSavage‘s Yesterday’s Tomorrow (iTunes), David Gray‘s Gold In A Brass Age (iTunes), Dido‘s Still On My Mind (iTunes), Foals‘s Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 (iTunes), Gesaffelstein‘s Hyperion (iTunes), James Morrison‘s You’re Stronger Than You Know (iTunes), New Kids On The Block‘s Hangin’ Tough (30th Anniversary Edition) (iTunes), Sigrid‘s Sucker Punch (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Aaron Taos‘s Birthday Boy (iTunes), Alesso‘s Mixtape – Progresso, Vol. 1 (iTunes), Call Me Loop‘s Drama (iTunes), Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine‘s 8:47 (iTunes), Kat Saul‘s …From Unit 408 (iTunes), Mark Diamond‘s Hummingbird One (iTunes), Myylo‘s I’m A Nice Boy (iTunes), Patrick James‘s What We’re Fighting For (iTunes), Super Duper‘s Vessels (iTunes), Tomorrow x Together‘s The Dream Chapter: Star (iTunes), Upsahl‘s Hindsight 20/20 (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Antisocial Socialites”, Kyan Palmer & nicopop. featuring Yuri Joness (iTunes)
“Are You Like Me”, New Dialogue (iTunes)
“Big Blue” / “Sunflower”, Vampire Weekend (iTunes)
“Blind (Acoustic)”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“By The River”, Klingande featuring Jamie N Commons (iTunes)
“Cut My Teeth”, James Droll (iTunes)
“Dancing With A Stranger (Cheat Codes Remix)”, Sam Smith & Normani (iTunes)
“Dollar To A Diamond”, Maya B (iTunes)
“Favorite Sound”, Audien x Echosmith (iTunes)
“Feelings”, John Newman (iTunes)
“Ghost Of Ohio”, Andy Black (iTunes)
“Gloria”, Tierra Whack (iTunes)
“Go Easy”, Matt Maeson (iTunes)
“Good For Me”, Paul Rey (iTunes)
“Goodbye Boy”, Peg Parnevik (iTunes)
“GTFO”, Cubbi (iTunes)
“Have Mercy”, YBN Cordae (iTunes)
“Here With Me”, Marshmello featuring CHVRCHES (iTunes)
“Hit Your Heart”, Dagny x Steve Aoki (iTunes)
“Honest”, PUBLIC (iTunes)
“Honestly”, Jai Waetford featuring Carmouflage Rose (iTunes)
“House Of Glass”, Cage The Elephant (iTunes)
“How It’s Supposed To Be (Kid Froopy Remix)”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Hypersonic Missiles”, Sam Fender (iTunes)
“I’m Not Sorry”, Hardwell & Mike Williams (iTunes)
“IDK”, Bruce Wiegner (iTunes)
“Insomnia”, Daya (iTunes)
“It Only Gets Better”, WILD (iTunes)
“Kiss & Tell”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Kombucha”, Winnetka Bowling League (iTunes)
“Like It Was”, Denny White (iTunes)
“Lil Boat (Remix)”, 88GLAM featuring Lil Yachty (iTunes)
“Lo/Hi”, The Black Keys (iTunes)
“Love Someone (Piano Demo)”, Lukas Graham (iTunes)
“Mama (Tiësto’s Big Room Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
“My Bad”, Khalid (iTunes)
“My Man”, Delacey (iTunes)
“No Such Thing”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Nobody”, Mac DeMarco (iTunes)
“Plan On You”, Adam Melchor (iTunes)
“Pretty Shining People (Jack Wins Remix)”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“Pushing 20”, Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Recognise”, Lost Frequencies featuring Flynn (iTunes)
“Rise”, Jonas Blue featuring IZ*ONE (iTunes)
“Running Scared (Desert Song)”, The Strumbellas (iTunes)
“Sidelines”, Wallows (iTunes)
“So Am I”, Ava Max (iTunes)
“Sweater Collection”, Lo Lo (iTunes)
“Tell Me”, Prince Fox featuring Ellise (iTunes)
“Temporary Love”, Ben Platt (iTunes)
“The King”, Conan Gray (iTunes)
“Timekeeper”, Greyson Chance (iTunes)
“Two Of Us”, Louis Tomlinson (iTunes)
“Why Did You Run?”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“Wish You Were Gay”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“With You”, Jay Sean & Gucci Mane featuring Asian Doll (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums and EPs from Greyson Chance, Johnny Orlando and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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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 (July 22, 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 have the newest report Taylor-made for your viewing pleasure, so let’s check out this week’s top pop results:

A REPUTABLE NUMBER ONE: Well, as much as I thought Ariana Grande would be spending a second week atop the pop list with “No Tears Left To Cry”, it wasn’t meant to be, as she falls from 1-4 on the current chart. Of course, that means we have a new #1 song this week, performed by another female soloist: “Delicate” by Taylor Swift, making a leap from 5-1. (That move isn’t a record, but it’s still a big one!) This is Swift’s tenth #1 song at the format and the second from her Reputation album, following the one week for “Look What You Made Me Do” in October of last year. The release also chalks up its fourth consecutive week at #1 on the Hot AC survey, her longest stay at the top since the six-week run for “Blank Space” in December 2014 and January 2015. (Its first two weeks there fell within the holiday freeze period.) Back on the Top 40 list, look out for Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You”, featuring Cardi B, to make a run at the top next week, given its significant gain this week over last week.

“THE WAY” TO CHART SUCCESS: With four former top 40 titles purged from the chart this weekend, there’s a ton of action to cover on the survey. Leading the four entries into the top 40, Drake makes an enormous move from 42-20 with the third pop single off his Scorpion album, “In My Feelings”. It’s his 24th top 40 hit at the format since 2009. Performers Ella Mai, Juice WRLD and Abir all score their first top 40 singles this week, Mai with “Boo’d Up” (44-35), WRLD with “Lucid Dreams” (49-36) and Abir with a feature on Cash Cash‘s “Finest Hour” (43-40), respectively, which also becomes the trio’s third top 40 tune since 2014. Other radio formats have been supporting all three songs prior to their debuts here: “Boo’d” and “Lucid” have been pulling in substantial airplay at the Rhythmic and Urban formats, while “Finest” remains at #1 on the Dance chart.

A total of five songs are new to the top 50 this week, including three that are going for adds this Tuesday: Ariana Grande‘s “God Is A Woman” (#41), Charlie Puth‘s “The Way I Am” (#43) and Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid‘s “Eastside” (#49). The Add Lib recap is the place to find those results and more of the Most Added tracks of the week, which goes up at 7PM (EDT) that evening. Of the five soloists on those three entries, only one is new to the survey: producer and songwriter Blanco, who has previously composed big records for performers like Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Maroon 5. This week’s update also marks the debut of “Broken” by Lovelytheband at #46, a recent six-week #1 on the Alternative list. Finally, at #48, Khalid appears on yet another collaboration called “Ocean”, this time around with Martin Garrix. Next week should be equally as hectic, with several songs being removed due to declining spins and, for at least one of them, age of it. Who will land a new song on the chart? Find out a week from today.

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