Tag Archives: Julia Michaels

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 29, 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: how slow can you go? Following the Memorial Day break, quite slow. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few winners in the bunch, however. Let’s add ’em up:

READY, SET, “GO”: As the format crawls ahead following the holiday weekend, numbers are, expectedly, smaller for this week’s update. That being said, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by the Backstreet Boys leads the list for the second time with a nice total of 37 new stations, down from 51 last week, when it was tied with two other tracks for the Most Added title. That sum puts it nearly 20 stations ahead of two songs tied for second place, one of which (BTS‘s “Fake Love”) doesn’t impact until the middle of June.

The only impacting song of note this week is a release that just moved into the top 40 at the format: “I Like It”, a collaboration that includes Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin, which lands an additional 15 stations and a (tied) fifth place finish. This is the latest hit from the female performer’s recent #1 effort, Invasion Of Privacy, which continues to perform well in the U.S., especially in the streaming world. Look for her collaboration with Maroon 5, a remix of the act’s “Girls Like You”, to appear toward the top of next week’s report.

1-T. BACKSTREET BOYS, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (RCA)
2-T. BTS, “Fake Love” (Columbia)
2-T. JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring DJ KHALED & CARDI B, “Dinero” (Epic)
4. DENNIS LLOYD, “Nevermind” (Warner Bros.)
5-T. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Youngblood” (Capitol)
5-T. CARDI B, BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN, “I Like It” (KSR Group/Atlantic)
7. JULIA MICHAELS featuring TRIPPIE REDD, “Jump” (Republic)
8. DRAKE, “Nice For What” (YMCMB/Republic)
9-T. SAM SMITH featuring LOGIC, “Pray” (Capitol)
9-T. ZAYN, “Let Me” (RCA)

Check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for more adds coverage and commentary.


Leave a comment

Filed under Charts/Trade Papers

RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 27, 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. Enjoy all the Memorial Day festivities! The charts don’t sleep for a holiday, so let’s check out all the action:

RETURN TO “NEVER” LAND: Camila Cabello‘s “Never Be The Same” holds at #1 for the fourth week on the Top 40 list, but a tight battle ensued between it and former chart-topper “The Middle”, from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, as a number of bigger hits continued to decline over the holiday weekend. As the result, the two tracks landed less than 100 spins from one another. A new #1 is likely in the next week or two, with “Psycho” (up 8-4) by Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign currently in the lead. “Never” is still making moves on the Hot AC list, rising 5-3 this week, though most observers will now be focused on her duet with Pharrell Williams, “Sangria Wine”, which sports a solid gain below the top 50 at the Top 40 format (and could enter as early as next week.)

HOW LO CAN THEY GO?: Four new titles reach the top 40 this week, led by the comeback single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Backstreet Boys, up 48-33 to become their 19th top 40 entry at this format since 1995. (You’ll find additional chart data on the other entries from Cardi B, Logan Henderson and Bryce Vine on our socials!) Meanwhile, three songs come into the top 50 on the newest update, led by “Dinero” from Jennifer Lopez at #43. The collaboration, which features DJ Khaled and the previously mentioned Cardi B, is now Lopez’s highest-charting song since 2014. Five spots lower, K-pop sensations BTS score their second top 50 hit with “Fake Love”. The seven man band’s #48 entry comes two weeks before their single’s official impact date at the format. In at #49 is the week’s final new song, “Jump” by singer and songwriter Julia Michaels. She has three top 40 tunes to date. The track features chart newcomer Trippie Redd, who is known for a handful of collaborations and features in the rap field.

Check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for more chart coverage and commentary.

Leave a comment

Filed under Charts/Trade Papers

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 15, 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: we can think of at least 13 reasons why Selena Gomez‘s newest single is performing well at the format, though other impacting songs are also in the mix. Let’s add ’em up:

TAKING THE “BACK” WAY: Selena Gomez has yet to release her third solo album following a handful of mid-charting titles (and a couple of top five singles), but she’s one step closer to it with a tune that also doubles as the first single off the soundtrack to the second season of 13 Reasons Why. “Back To You” comes in at 114 stations during its first full week, more than enough to give it the title of the Most Added song at the Top 40 format on this Tuesday’s report. The soundtrack hits stores on Friday and features a number of top acts, from Gomez to OneRepublic to Years & Years, mixed with some classic songs by New Order, Tears For Fears and others.

Additional new tunes in the top five include “You Can Cry” (#3) by MarshmelloJuicy J featuring James Arthur and “Jump” (#4) by Julia Michaels featuring Trippie Redd. The former title starts with 33 stations, and the latter begins at 25. Expect both songs to reach the top 50 in the next couple of weeks. Neither Marshmello nor Michaels have announced a forthcoming album.

1. SELENA GOMEZ, “Back To You” (Interscope)
2. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS featuring PITBULL, “Move To Miami” (RCA)
3. MARSHMELLO x JUICY J featuring JAMES ARTHUR, “You Can Cry” (Columbia)
4. JULIA MICHAELS featuring TRIPPIE REDD, “Jump” (Republic)
5. DRAKE, “Nice For What” (YMCMB/Republic)
6. BRYCE VINE, “Drew Barrymore” (Warner Bros.)
7. LIAM PAYNE & J BALVIN, “Familiar” (Republic)
8. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)
9-T. KYGO featuring MIGUEL, “Remind Me To Forget” (Ultra/RCA)
9-T. THE WEEKND, “Call Out My Name” (XO/Republic)
9-T. ZAYN, “Let Me” (RCA)

Check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for more adds coverage and commentary.

Leave a comment

Filed under Charts/Trade Papers

RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (May 14-15, 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:

JULIA MICHAELS featuring TRIPPIE REDD – “Jump” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Michaels broke out in 2017 with “Issues”, which got as high as #4. Redd has never ranked at this format before.

MARSHMELLO x JUICY J featuring JAMES ARTHUR – “You Can Cry” (Columbia)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: All three acts have charted before, but Juicy J has the history at #1 with a feature on Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”.

SELENA GOMEZ – “Back To You” (Interscope)
Album: 13 Reasons Why (Season Two) – Soundtrack (2018)
Past T40 History: Gomez returned to the top ten with “Wolves”, which reached #5 earlier this year. How will this new single fare?

Next week: Israeli newcomer Dennis Lloyd searches for summer magic with his Spotify-led single “Nevermind”. Will the Top 40 panel mind? Stay tuned.

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

Check out our Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, Spotify and Twitter pages!

Leave a comment

Filed under POP! Goes The Picks (Radio), Single Reviews

ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2017: Part Five, 5-1

The top five is here on Adam’s Top 100 of 2017! Can you believe it? Out of all the songs that came out in 2017, these five had the biggest impact on me and my personal chart. So, for the last day, here’s the conclusion of Adam’s Top 100 of 2017…

The 2017 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 4, 2016 to the chart dated November 26, 2017. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with a higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks charted in the top 40 and top ten. 176 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, an increase from the 168 that did so in 2016.

05. JULIA MICHAELS, “Issues”
Album: Nervous System (EP)
Label: Republic
Peak: #1 for one week
Weeks: 25
Points: 675

This year marked Michaels’s transition from hit songwriter to hit singer, as the 24-year-old performer had no issues making her first run up my chart a very memorable one! Not only did “Issues” spend a week at #1 in April, as well as 13 weeks in the top ten and 25 in the top 40, but Michaels also becomes the highest-ranking woman on my year-end chart. Not a bad way to end 2017, right? Though her follow-up singles haven’t been nearly as successful, the Best New Artist nominee is still slaying.

04. BLEACHERS, “Don’t Take The Money”
Album: Gone Now
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for five weeks
Weeks: 25
Points: 707

After three consecutive chart-toppers with the trio fun., Jack Antonoff and Bleachers returned to #1 on my personal chart in May 2014 with “I Wanna Get Better”. Things got even better for the multi-talented writer, producer and musician in the last year, with three of his co-writes/productions (songs for Lorde, ZAYN & Taylor Swift and Swift solo) spending time at #1 between February and October. Of course, that doesn’t even include his own lead single from Gone Now, which had a pretty solid five-week run during the month of May and early June. I’m sure Antonoff will continue to make great music next year.

03. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”
Album: Illuminate (Deluxe)
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #1 for three weeks
Weeks: 27
Points: 762

I’ll admit it: I wasn’t a fan of “Life Of The Party”. I didn’t really get it at the time, and it still doesn’t get much play at all from me now. Luckily, since that release, Mendes has been making the case for me to stan for his singles, and this song got plenty of love on the countdown earlier this year. Taken from a reissue of his chart-topping Illuminate album, “Nothing” held at #1 for three weeks on my chart and spent 27 weeks in the top 40, making it the teenager’s first #1 and longest-running single of his career so far on Adam’s Top 40. With 2018 just around the corner, will Mendes strike again with another #1 on my chart or even several chart-topping hits from an upcoming release? Nothing’s been announced yet, so stay tuned for more details.

02. RAG’N’BONE MAN, “Human”
Album: Human
Label: Columbia
Peak: #1 for six weeks
Weeks: 29 (25 applied to 2017 ranking)
Points: 770

Prior to 2016, I didn’t know much about Rory Graham or his music. However, when I first listened to “Human” sometime in September of last year, as it crossed over to the many European charts, I knew it was meant to be a worldwide hit. Though it did spend several weeks at #1 on the Alternative and Triple A charts here, it could’ve done way better at other radio formats. Alas, I’m biased. The musical monster that is “Human” spent six weeks at the top of my chart in January and February, with a total of 29 weeks in the top 40, a run that began in November 2016. Two follow-up singles from the Human album, “Skin” and “Grace (We All Try)”, failed to enter my list, though the former track did achieve some moderate success in a handful of countries. (Don’t call him a one-hit wonder yet, kids.) Though it fell short of the top spot on my year-end Top 100, “Human” remains a winner in my book, a very strong runner-up that will certainly get some play for me for some time to come.

01. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands”
Album: Flicker
Label: Capitol
Peak: #1 for seven weeks
Weeks: 29
Points: 870

If you’ve been watching my chart closely over the last year, you knew that One Direction‘s Niall Horan was on my radar in a big way. Two of his singles with the group, 2013’s “Story Of My Life” and 2015’s “Drag Me Down”, reached #1 on my chart. Then, in December of last year, “This Town” landed at the summit for one week. However, as much as I like the guy’s music, I never expected the young Irish singer/songwriter to dominate the summer months and the year with a dirty little ditty like this. At seven weeks on top, “Slow” was the longest-running #1 song of 2017, narrowly missing out on 30 weeks inside of the top 40. The big question now, of course, is will “Too Much To Ask” hit #1 after seemingly stalling at #2 for weeks now? Can’t say I have a definitive answer to that yet, but we’ll all know soon enough. For now, I’m so glad that Horan gave the world the quality singles and album (and tour) that he did in 2017; he really delivered in every aspect. Now, enshrined in the great hall of musical memories and spectacular singles, hangs a special recognition of the bop that was (and is) “Slow Hands”, proudly taking the title of my #1 song of Adam’s Top 100 of 2017.

A big thank you for checking out my Top 100 of 2017! Here’s to more awesome chart adventures in 2018. Happy holidays!

Leave a comment

Filed under Adam's Top 100 Of 2017

RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 10, 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. Trust me, it’s more refreshing than having a dozen Diet Coke beverages per day. Here are this week’s results:

TRES-PASSING ALLOWED: Working its way towards 19,000 plays for next week, “Havana” from Camila Cabello and Young Thug settles just below that spin threshold for the week, but it’s more than enough to grant the single tres semanas (or three weeks) at #1 on the Top 40 radio chart. Once again, Cabello’s biggest solo hit to date is up at most formats, most notably on the Hot AC (12-9) and Spanish (16-14) lists. On Thursday, the performer released a pair of new songs, “Never Be The Same” and “Real Friends”, the latter of which impacts at the format on January 9. (It’s already gaining some traction at the format, but isn’t close to the top 50.) At this point, the song should hold off its nearest competitors to secure a fourth week at the top, but we’ll see if anything changes soon.

One of the other bright spots from this week’s top ten on the CHR chart is the 11-9 move for Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules”, making it her first single to reach the region at the format. The English singer, who first charted here during the fall of 2016, made the top 40 with three other singles, but all three missed the top 20. Of course, this one has already been a huge hit across Europe, reaching #1 in the United Kingdom in August. “New” also appears at #18 on the Hot AC and #43 on the Rhythmic chart, respectively, up on both lists.

IN THE BLINK OF AN “I”: After narrowly missing the top 50 on last week’s published report, G-Eazy and Halsey score a giant debut at #32 on this week’s Top 40 chart with “Him & I”, a single from G-Eazy’s upcoming album The Beautiful & Damned. This hit marks the seventh top 40 entry for G-Eazy and the sixth for Halsey, who rises 4-3 with her own “Bad At Love”. As mentioned on the PGTC Instagram feed, songs with the titles “Him” and “i” have both reached the top 40 at the CHR format, the former single hitting #2 in 1980 for Rupert Holmes, and the latter release hitting #30 in 2014 for an artist who might be mentioned in the next part of our weekly post. Hmmm, wonder who it could be…

Following “Him”, the three additional entries in this week’s top 40 are all collaborations. Climbing from 42-34, “Love.” gives rapper Kendrick Lamar his eighth top 40 hit, while newcomer Zacari has his first. The single is currently at #2 on the Rhythmic survey, while landing one notch lower on the Urban chart. Soaring from 50-38, K-pop septet BTS makes a major splash with their remix of “MIC Drop”, the group’s first top 40 entry and featured artist Desiigner‘s second. The boys are now the first band (but not the first act) based in South Korea to make the top 40, besting the #44 peak of the Akon-assisted “Like Money” by the Wonder Girls from 2012. Finally, moving up 43-40, “I Miss You” adds another top 40 single for Clean Bandit (their fourth) and Julia Michaels (her third). Michaels also has one uncredited top 40 song on which she performed the lead vocal, “Surrender” by Cash Cash, which had a #36 peak in 2015.

Check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for more chart coverage and commentary.

Leave a comment

Filed under Charts/Trade Papers

RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 19, 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. This weekend, we’re mourning the losses of AC/DC rocker Malcolm Young and country singer Mel Tillis, both of whom charted for several decades. We’re also thinking of TV and music star David Cassidy, who remains in critical condition in a Florida hospital. Here’s this week’s report:

IMAGINE THAT: Congrats to Imagine Dragons who now have their second #1 at the pop format with “Thunder”, soaring from 4-1 this week. Previously, the Las Vegas band led for one week in December 2013 with “Demons”, which wasn’t necessarily the most memorable chart-topper this decade. (I suppose that’s because most people think “Radioactive” was some massive pop #1, though it actually spent three weeks at #2 behind Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines”, featuring Pharrell and T.I., in July and August 2013.) A second week at the top is possible for “Thunder”, though Camila Cabello‘s “Havana” (featuring Young Thug, up 5-3) could crash the party next week, given its gain of 2,500 spins in the last seven days.

Given the slower-than-normal week at the format, most likely due to the proximity to Thanksgiving, just a couple of singles take big leaps up the chart. One of them, the Selena Gomez and Marshmello collaboration called “Wolves”, howls up ten notches to #19. It’s Gomez’s fourth single to reach the region this year. However, sporting an even more impressive move is “End Game”, jumping a massive 17 spots from 50-33 for Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Future. “End” becomes the 28th top 40 hit for Swift, the 15th for Sheeran and the fourth for Future, all of which have come via features for the lattermost act. Will it reach the top spot? Stay tuned.

SOMEWHERE TO WALK: Whether it’s on water or the moon, there’s a whole lot of walking when it comes to top 50 debuts, and the two entries walking it out land back-to-back on this week’s chart. Ohio’s Walk The Moon are looking for their second chart hit in the top 40 with “One Foot”, which comes in at #43. It’s the first single from the quartet’s What If Nothing album, and it currently stands at #9 and #35 on the Alternative and Hot AC lists, respectively. Eminem‘s latest single with Beyoncé, “Walk On Water”, is one notch below that at #44. The rapper’s forthcoming Revival album had a reported November 17 release date across several trade sites, but has yet to surface at any retailer.

This week’s chart also gets collaborative with debuts from Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels, new at #47 with “I Miss You”, and a N.E.R.D and Rihanna single called “Lemon”, which squeezes in at #49. The latter song is N.E.R.D’s first to make the top 50 at the Top 40 format, though 2004’s “She Wants To Move” just missed charting in April 2004. (It peaked at #52 early that month.) One of the group’s members, Pharrell, has sung on twelve top 40 hits on the Top 40 airwaves, nine of which were featured appearances.

Check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for more chart coverage and commentary.

Leave a comment

Filed under Charts/Trade Papers