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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 16, 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: Miley Cyrus makes that musical move to “Malibu”, Childish Gambino returns to the pop playground and more! It’s just a few days before my five year college reunion, and I’m ready to celebrate the hits from this week’s graduating gems on the honor roll we call the Most Added list. Grab your caps and gowns… and a few adds too:

HIGHLY MILEY: After debuting at #37 on the published update last Sunday, Miley Cyrus easily claims this week’s Most Added song at the CHR format with “Malibu”. The track surfs in with 116 adds. Hole‘s “Malibu”, which was mentioned briefly in Sunday’s post, received 42 adds on impact (the second Most Added song that week, behind Alanis Morissette‘s “Unsent” with 95 adds) on its way to a peak of #35 in February 1999. While the state of California resides in a number of top 40 titles throughout the decades, the cities and towns located on the musical map of The Golden State include Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco, San José, Sausalito and Ventura. (Of course, Malibu brings that total up by one.) Look out for Cyrus’s next studio album later this year, which you can purchase in Malibu, or pretty much anywhere else in the world.

CHILDISH BEHAVIOR: The performer known as Childish Gambino has charted with two minor singles so far this decade: a top 50 entry called “Heartbeat” (#43, 3/4/12) and the top 40 entry “V. 3005″ (#38, 9/14-21 and 10/5/14). Needless to say, the pop panel and the performer don’t exactly have a relationship that’s hand in Glover; at least, not at this point. However, that isn’t going to stop the California artist from trying for his second top 40 single at the format with “Redbone”. The current #1 on the Urban AC chart, which also ranks in the top ten at Urban radio and top 15 at Rhythmic, impacts with 14 stations this week, which gives it a tied total for the 8th Most Added spot. We’ll see if the children drive Childish to his biggest pop hit yet this summer.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (TWELVE)
1. MILEY CYRUS, “Malibu” (RCA)
2-T. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER
, “Despacito (Remix)” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
2-T. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands” (Capitol)
4. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (Island/Republic)
5. CHARLIE PUTH, “Attention” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
6-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
6-T. KENDRICK LAMAR, “Humble.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
8-T. AJR“Weak” (RED)
8-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “Redbone” (Glassnote)
10-T. CHEAT CODES featuring DEMI LOVATO, “No Promises” (300 Ent.)
10-T. HAILEE STEINFELD, “Most Girls” (Republic)
10-T. SAM HUNT, “Body Like A Back Road” (MCA Nashville/Capitol)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 9, 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: Niall Horan has a fast start with a “Slow” song, while several proven hits continue their dominance at the Top 40 format. Needless to say, I am all fired up, but not like the FBI director, so let’s examine the politics of pop in our weekly check of the Most Added songs from the CHR panel:

“HANDS” ACROSS AMERICA: Divided they stall, united we stan; “Hands” adds were felt across America this week. Now, a few of you out there are probably too young to remember that dud of a charity song that was bubbling under the pop chart this week in 1986, but Niall Horan‘s handy new single is far better, and definitely more successful. The Voice Of Ireland’s “Slow Hands” is this week’s Most Added song at CHR/Top 40 radio, pulling in 84 stations on impact. No, this is not a hot Pointer Sisters cover, but a very similarly-titled “Slow Hand” spent two weeks at #1 on Radio & Records in late July and early August of 1981. Horan’s previous solo single, “This Town”, peaked at #12 earlier this year. With Harry Styles and ZAYN currently in the top 40, Horan well on his way and a forthcoming single from Liam Payne also dropping soon, will four members of One Direction chart at the same time later this month? Ooh, the mind wonders… I’ll keep you updated!

“ONE” MORE TIME: As far as the rest of this week’s CHR report, just one single impacting at the format means that much of the top ten songs includes holdovers from last week. Justin Bieber pulls double duty once again, with DJ Khaled‘s “I’m The One” in the runner-up slot (after topping the report last week) and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee‘s remix of “Despacito” rounding out the top three. Another three impacting songs from last week, by Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld and Katy Perry featuring Migos, all remain in the top ten as well. Just wait for next week; I hear we’ll be taking a trip to “Malibu” with some old friends, and perhaps additional surprises in store…

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands” (Capitol)
2. DJ KHALED featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, QUAVO, CHANCE THE RAPPER and LIL WAYNE
, “I’m The One” (We The Best/Epic)
3. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “Despacito (Remix)” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
4. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (Island/Republic)
5. CHARLIE PUTH, “Attention” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
6. HAILEE STEINFELD, “Most Girls” (Republic)
7. LADY GAGA, “The Cure” (Streamline/Interscope)
8. MARTIN GARRIX & DUA LIPA“Scared To Be Lonely” (RCA)
9. KATY PERRY featuring MIGOS, “Bon Appétit” (Capitol)
10-T. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
10-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 7, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a weekly 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. Okay, I’ll admit it; there’s no shame in it now. Writing this post every weekend is only possible because I have a preexisting condition: I’m a chart geek. My social life is staring at my laptop and refreshing the Current Day charts. Truly, there’s no better way to get turnt up on a Saturday night. So, forget about the Ambient House and whatever they pass; the health of this week’s hits is safe with me in the sonic Senate that we call the Top 40 airplay chart:

“WHAT” GOES UP: Bruno Mars‘s “That’s What I Like” continues its reign at #1 on the CHR/Top 40 list, now in its second week at the top. Thanks to the long run for Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You”, solo male artists have now led the chart for twelve consecutive weeks. However, that stretch will eventually come to an end, because all the current contenders for the top spot are collaborations. I think we’ll see a similar issue interrupting Mars’s Hot 100 run, again, due to another set of collaborations that you’ll bop to below. It should be noted that Mars’s current album, 24K Magic, has no duets or features on it. Sorry, Top 40 chart, we don’t need that many names listed in the top ten songs of the week. Sheesh. A third radio single from the project has yet to be announced.

On some additional radio charts this week, “That’s What I Like” comes in at #2 on the Hot AC chart, #3 at Rhythmic, #7 at Urban, #9 at Urban AC and #23 at AC. Yes, even those soccer moms like to shake it to this song too, and they’ll probably end up filmed on a cell phone and uploaded to YouTube. (That’s probably not the best Mother’s Day gift, just FYI.) Despite its loss of bullet at CHR radio in the last few days, it continues to gain elsewhere, making it a multi-format smash into the early summer.

A THREE FOR “ONE” SPECIAL: Believe it or not, DJ Khaled isn’t the only one screaming about his new single. “I’m The One”, which has dominated both sales and streaming platforms in the last week, moves from 34-19 on this week’s pop survey, making it the biggest mover in the countdown. The hit features Justin BieberQuavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne. The 41-year-old DJ, producer and yelling enthusiast has his highest-charting entry at the format in mere days, beating “For Free” (#25, 9/11/16) with featured guest Drake. Guess he can afford a few more major keys to some cars and homes! The cut is expected to appear on his new album Grateful, due sometime this year. (Yes, you can expect a mouthful about that release as well, so watch your Snapchat page.)

There are two other big movers to make note of this week: rising from 37-26, for a gain of eleven spots, is the other Bieber feature in this week’s top 40. The remix of “Despacito”, performed by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, continues to perform well worldwide. There’s no word on how busy Google Translate has been lately, but you won’t be seeing anyone named Rosetta giving you stone cold chart facts on this blog anytime soon. Also, climbing from 33-25 is another great summer single: “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes. It takes a very similar jump (33-24) on this week’s Hot AC list. Something about those young Canadian guys… I guess “up north” is more like their stats than their birthplace. Anyways, these three singles will continue to heat up the charts during the coming months. Let’s just hope that the crazy roadblock in the top 20 that we’ve endured most of this year is nice to these men.

“GIRLS” JUST WANNA HAVE PUNS: Only two new tracks break into the top 50 this week, but one could be in some trouble if the not-so-tasty rumors are true. Katy Perry‘s “Bon Appétit”, a collaboration with Migos, devours the #39 slot. However, word on the street is that Perry’s label pulled the song due to its sluggish sales and mixed critical reaction. Sacrebleu! Well, in any case, this is the 22nd top 40 single for the purposeful pop star, even if the purpose of her latest charting song is just to have some filthy fun. You might really want to consider cancelling that order on cherry pies, though I’m good with a slice of apple or pecan. (Stay tuned for any updates regarding an official single status change through the blog or the PGTC socials.)

The only other debut this week is from 20-year-old singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld and “Most Girls”, coming in at #48. Unlike the girls, most CHR programmers haven’t added this single, so I wouldn’t aspire to be like them just yet. (It did rank as the fifth Most Added song at the format last week, however.) Steinfeld is looking for her fifth top 40 song here, and also appears on this week’s #18 hit, “At My Best” by Machine Gun Kelly. How will Steinfeld’s new single fare in the musical machine? Most prognosticators would urge you to stay tuned, and that’s some sound advice.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 2, 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: DJ Khaled is “One” to scream about this new collaboration, Katy Perry is hungry for a hot hit, Charlie Puth attracts some new believers and Hailee Steinfeld gets the “Most” out of her new single. It may be May, but you may proceed with viewing my recap of the top Top 40 singles getting that add coverage this Tuesday. Phew… that was a tongue-twister. Wrap your tongues (and ears) around these songs:

“ONE” ON ONE: Do you think that DJ Khaled identifies with the book/film Old Yeller? You know, at least the title of it? I think you’ll hear him loud and clear this week. His latest single, “I’m The One”, is the Most Added title at CHR/Top 40 radio. The track is new at 140 stations on impact, giving the 41-year-old performer his largest frame of adds at the format. While that total is notable, it falls just short of the PPW era record for his label, Epic: 157, established last March by Meghan Trainor‘s “No”, which reached #7. Justin Bieber, Quavo (of Migos, more below), Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne all appear on the song, and Bieber is a huge part of why the single is a success out of the gate, as it competes with another single (a remix of “Despacito”, see below) that he features on. So, if you don’t like DJ Khaled or Justin Bieber, I would suggest staying away from your local pop outlet on the dial this summer. Hey, there’s always the jazz station…

LIFE GOES “BON”: What’s the recipe for a radio record? Katy Perry should know the answer to that; she’s been ranking at the format for almost nine years now. Her latest release, “Bon Appétit”, has a tasty turnout from the Top 40 panel, but second place is all that it’ll be serving this week. C’est la vie, kids. A total of 54 stations on the panel give it an add on impact. The track includes the latest struggle vocal rent-a-rappers, trio Migos, who have seemingly replaced Ty Dolla $ign‘s pointless features on a number of pop hits. (Seriously, kids, it’s 2017. Can we not write a proper middle eight?) Anyways, I shouldn’t be totally shady on this one, due to the fact that an edit without them is available to programmers. Anyways, I hope she has a perry good summer with this song. It’s a fun one. (Don’t go overboard on the cherry pie. There’s always the Warrant song.)

THE MOMENT OF PUTH: Singer and songwriter Charlie Puth proves he’s a chart survivor with a karate pop chop, making it on the Most Added report again with “Attention”. Upon impact, it’s new at 43 pop stations, landing it the third Most Added spot. It was recently promoted through an exhibit called The Attention Room in Los Angeles, which gave his fans the chance to step into an LED infinity tunnel that displays the brain’s reaction to receiving attention, while his song plays in the background. In other words, “Ooh! Look at the colors! Wait, who’s singing this song?” “Attention” is expected on his sophomore album, due sometime later this year. However, paying attention to my endless Survivor marathons on Spotify is optional. I can still bop to “Poor Man’s Son” and “American Heartbeat”, thank you very much.

DOING THE “MOST”: If you’re at or around my age, you know that when it comes to pop singles called “Most Girls”, we’re used to thinking that those girls want a man with the bling-bling, etc. It’s only natural, because we all love a great P!nk jam. Well, singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld is out to change that with her latest single, which grabs the fifth Most Added slot this week, starting out at 33 stations. The female empowerment anthem follows the Grey and Zedd-assisted “Starving”, which slowly reached a peak of #5 for three weeks earlier this year. Most girls are probably rooting for this one, and we’ll see how it does over the summer. The competition is pretty tough out there…

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DJ KHALED featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, QUAVO, CHANCE THE RAPPER and LIL WAYNE, “I’m The One” (We The Best/Epic)
2. KATY PERRY featuring MIGOS
, “Bon Appétit” (Capitol)
3. CHARLIE PUTH, “Attention” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
4. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (Island/Republic)
5. HAILEE STEINFELD, “Most Girls” (Republic)
6. LADY GAGA, “The Cure” (Streamline/Interscope)
7. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “Despacito” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
8. HEY VIOLET“Break My Heart” (Caroline)
9. DNCE featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Kissing Strangers” (Republic)
10. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 30, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a weekly 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. Every Sunday night, I treat you to shade and statistics like I said I would two months ago; in other words, promises made, promises kept. That being said, no pop rallies in Pennsylvania are being planned at the current time. You know, I do actual work… anyways, jump aboard Airplay Force One with me, as we watch those pop songs fly across the sky, higher than one’s approval rating:

MARS LANDING: What a lovely Sunday it is… the sun is shining, the birds are singing and Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You” is down a notch to #2 on the pop radio chart. (Yes, it’s still #1 on the AC and Hot AC charts; don’t try it with me.) Climbing into the top spot is Bruno Mars‘s eighth #1 song at the format, “That’s What I Like”, up 2-1. It’s the second radio single from his 24K Magic album. It’ll be interesting to see how long this song can hold at the top; Mars has maxed out at six weeks at #1 with both “Locked Out Of Heaven” (12/16/12-1/20/13) and “Uptown Funk” (Mark Ronson featuring Mars, 1/25-3/1/15). I mean, you don’t really want me to highlight another #1 tune by The Chainsmokers too early, right? Anyways, regardless of what happens, Mars continues to shine, and he can sip on however much strawberry champagne he wants over his latest achievement.

Mars’s label, Atlantic, is responsible for another “That’s What I Like” that didn’t quite make the top 40 in early 1990. That single, one of the many medleys assembled by English act Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers, was a huge hit in the U.K., holding at the top for three weeks in the fall of 1989. In fact, the act had three chart-toppers in that country, making them one of 1989’s top newcomers across the pond. With fewer larger markets playing it, and slower sales, the song wasn’t able to repeat the Stateside success of “Swing The Mood” (#26, 12/22/89 R&R) and they faded from the pop airwaves.

JUSTIN CASE YOU MISSED HIM: Hey, throwing the pop audience for a loop is better than throwing eggs at people’s homes. It just so happens that Justin Bieber has done both. Luckily, he’s done with the latter, and focusing on the former. Bieber is featured on two songs that enter the top 40 this week on the CHR/Top 40 chart, simultaneously giving him his 20th and 21st top 40 hits. The higher of the two is “I’m The One” by professional screamer and sometime producer DJ Khaled, an entry that also features Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne. It’s new at #34. “I’m The One” is not to be confused with “I’m On One” (#32, 9/18/11), which gave the screamer/producer/DJ his first top 40 song at the format. (Feel free to insert your best “UH-nuh-thuh one” here.)

The other Bieber-affiliated single in this week’s top 40 debuted in the top 50 last week. Soaring from 47-37, the remix of “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee that features him is growing into a big hit across the spectrum of digital platforms. The original version of the song recently crossed one billion views on YouTube, and the remix reached the top tier of Spotify’s Global Viral list. It sure looks like the Canadian performer is headed for another “Cold Water” vs. “Let Me Love You” battle, though this one is still in its early stages. I’ll keep you updated as the spring and summer go on.

A DAMN. GOOD DEBUT: After a massive debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN. is unavoidable. In the pop world, this means that programmers are once again playing catch-up, with first single “HUMBLE.” entering this week at #49. The hot track, which already topped the Billboard Hot 100, is also in the top ten at both Rhythmic and Urban radio. Despite his huge sales and streaming presence over the last few years, Lamar has just one main-credited top 40 single at the format: “i”, which peaked at #30 in November 2014 and was later featured on the Grammy-winning set To Pimp A Butterfly. However, his featured slots on #1 songs like Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood” (6/21-7/26/15) and Maroon 5‘s “Don’t Wanna Know” (1/15/17) kept his name on the chart.

As far as hits about humility, there aren’t many to talk about. Mac Davis, who had both pop and country success, just missed the top 40 on the pop chart in 1980 with crossover single “It’s Hard To Be Humble”. The English group Humble Pie never made the top 40 in the United States, even though several of their members did outside of the band. Stay tuned for more moments in modest musical movements, as “HUMBLE.” takes a slice of the chart pie. (Just save the cherry pie for Katy Perry. Bon appétit, K-Dot.)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 25, 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: Shawn Mendes illuminates the Most Added leaderboard, Noah Cyrus achy breaks at the format and Paramore proves it’s easy to be “Hard”, even without a Hair-raising musical. This is the dawning of the new Tuesday adds report, new Tuesday adds repooooort… so, let the sunshine in already! Here’s what shining this week:

“NOTHING” BEATS MENDES: After quickly reaching the top 50 on last Sunday’s published update, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes continues to leave the CHR/Top 40 panel shook by its slayage (that’s what the kids tell me) on both sales and streaming platforms. So, it’s no wonder that the single impacts with 76 adds in its first frame, the Most Added record this week. That notable total matches the 76 adds that “Treat You Better” received on impact in June 2016, which reached a peak of #2 in October. The teenager’s Illuminate album, which features both tracks, was recently reissued digitally. Co-writer Teddy Geiger is up to his fourth chart song with Mendes, which is two times the amount of top 40 singles he had as an artist in 2006. (No tea, no shade to Mr. Geiger, by the way; I still enjoy a listen to “These Walls” now and again.)

DO YOU WANT TO NOAH SECRET?: She’s not crying anymore! 17-year-old Noah Cyrus is looking for her second chart hit with “Stay Together”, which stays around in the fourth Most Added spot this week, taking in 31 stations. (It is tied with “Attention” by Charlie Puth for the position; more on that one next week when it impacts!) Father Billy Ray Cyrus, brother Trace Cyrus (a member of Metro Station) and sister Miley Cyrus have all hit the top 40 at least once, with the latter Cyrus leading at eight hits since 2007. Of course, the newest musical member of the family made her top 40 debut three months ago with “Make Me (Cry)”, a song that features Labrinth. It peaked at #19 for two weeks. Does she noah way to the #1 spot this time? “Stay” tuned, chart fans.

LESS IS (PARA)MORE: After three years away from the Top 40 chart, and almost a decade after their first pop hit, Paramore is still serving up more hits. The trio returns with “Hard Times”, an easy sell for both Alternative and Top 40 fans. It tops the Most Added list at the former, while it’s tied for sixth Most Added at the latter, pulling in 29 stations on impact. The act’s After Laughter is due on May 12, and it features the group’s original drummer Zac Farro, who parted ways in 2010. While their sound is definitely a bit different from the Riot! days, when they first made the top 40 at the format with “Misery Business”, you shouldn’t riot or feel miserable about it. After all, the majority of our favorite bands adapt; it’s just a part of one’s musical career. (Just, you know, leave the Hot Topic obsession in 2007, if you would.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (Island/Republic)
2. LADY GAGA
, “The Cure” (Streamline/Interscope)
3. DNCE featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Kissing Strangers” (Republic)
4-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “Attention” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
4-T. NOAH CYRUS, “Stay Together” (RECORDS/Sony RED)
6-T. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
6-T. PARAMORE, “Hard Times” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
8. DRAKE, “Passionfruit” (YMCMB/Republic)
9. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “Despacito” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
10-T. HALSEY, “Now Or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
10-T. JON BELLION, “Overwhelming” (Capitol)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 23, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a weekly 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. Yesterday was Record Store Day, and I certainly got a lot of great singles from artists like Deee-Lite, Madonna and Prince. Hey, it’s always best to have more wax in your hands than in your ears, even with a Q-Tip in my RSD collection. So, listen up as we rewind the week, then hit play and slay through the latest stats from the pop radio survey:

CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY ED: …and here we are again, folks. For the tenth week in a row, Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You” stays at that top spot on the CHR/Top 40 chart. It’s the third ten-week #1 so far this decade, and the only one that isn’t a collaboration. (In 2008, Leona Lewis‘s “Bleeding Love” was the last double-digit leader by a sole performer, also spending ten weeks at the top.) The song in second place for the fourth week, Bruno Mars‘s “That’s What I Like”, should finally get its first frame at #1 next week. Will I be rejoicing? No tea, no shade, but that’s an affirmative. Sheeran’s “Castle On The Hill” makes a notable jump from 30-22 on the list, while also rising 22-18 at the Hot AC format. At this rate, I’d expect that “Castle” will likely be in the top ten by the end of May, due to a number of summer single premieres (you know they’re all coming!) over the next few weeks.

“Shape” is still in the top five on at least four radio formats this week (beyond the aforementioned charts, AC and Rhythmic), while it also maintains a top 20 placing on, believe it or not, the Spanish chart. How’s it doing so well there? Well, thanks to a remix featuring reggae duo Zion & Lennox, the mass appeal hit continues to be, well, even more mass appeal. Will it ever stop? Ay, Dios mío…

EVEN “STRANGERS” NEED A “CURE”: Two of the most talked about tracks on the pop radio chart this week really know how to make an entrance, shooting straight into the top 40. The higher of the twosome is “Kissing Strangers” by DNCE, bowing in at #36 on the chart. It’s the group’s fifth top 40 hit since 2015, while featured artist Nicki Minaj scores her 34th top 40 entry at the format since 2010. Needless to say, neither act is a stranger to the top 40, though DNCE is a stranger when it comes to #1 songs, as “Cake By The Ocean” (#2, 4/10-17/16 MB) could only nibble at the pop pastry supreme at the top of the bakery… erm, could only knock on the door to the top of the chart, but were turned away by a pair of performers who only cared about themselves.

Lady Gaga‘s surprise single “The Cure” enters one spot below “Kissing”, rushing into the top 40 at #37. This means that the Joanne era is likely over after two radio singles, but we’ll always remember that pink hat in our hearts, though probably not in our closets. At 18 top 40 singles since 2008, including seven chart-toppers, the Lady continues to get her fill of pop success. Her next project? A new spin on the classic film A Star Is Born. No, I’m not expecting her to take on “Evergreen” anytime soon; let’s save that in 1977, please.

WHO’S YOUR DADDY?: Fathering a new top 50 song this week is a collaboration featuring 40-year-old rapper Daddy Yankee, a bilingual performer from Puerto Rico who last appeared on the chart with “Rompe” (#19, 5/19-26/06 R&R) off his Barrio Fino En Directo album. This week, he and fellow Puerto Rican Luis Fonsi take a Spanglish mix of their international hit “Despacito” into the top 50 at #47. Of course, Canadian singer Justin Bieber is also on that version, singing in both English and Spanish. By the way, for all of you chart buffs out there, the first bilingual rapper to ever reach the pop chart was Cuba-born Mellow Man Ace, who charted with “Mentirosa” (#34, 7/6/90 R&R) in his only top 40 appearance.

Though “Despacito” is the first chart entry to use that word in its title, it’s not the first to use it in the lyrics of a top 40 song. In fact, it was just a few months ago that “Bailar” (#35, 11/13/16 MB) by DJ Deorro and featured artist Elvis Crespo opened on that word. A remix featuring Pitbull aided its performance at the pop format, because I’m sure he had zero other hits to ruin at that time. I mean, who else could have done it? Gerardo?

SHAWN’S GOT YOUR “BACK”: After “Mercy” peaked at #6 six weeks ago, 18-year-old singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes gets off to a good start with his latest single, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”. It enters at #49 on this week’s CHR chart, ranking after a little over three days of airplay. Now, in anticipation of this song dropping a few days ago, yours truly dipped into the archives of pop perfection and through the undervalued “holding back” category, stopping at huge songs like “Holding Back The Years” (#3, 6/27/86 R&R) by Simply Red, “I Can’t Hold Back” (#10, 11/30/84 R&R) by Survivor and “I Won’t Hold You Back” (#4, 4/22-5/6/83 R&R) by Toto. So, if you weren’t holding back something in the 80’s, I’m not sure what you were doing. Hey, where’d my Jane Fonda tapes go?

Mendes first entered the top 50 in November 2014 with “Something Big”, which peaked at #44 by the second week of January. It was the follow-up to “Life Of The Party”, which couldn’t break the top 50 in either of its two radio runs, along with a reissue of “Big”, with a slightly altered mix, in the spring of 2015. Of course, with four consecutive top ten releases since those days, it’s safe to say that he’s doing alright for himself now and not looking “back”. Can he make it five? I sure hope so.

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