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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 22, 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. With all the Christmas albums making their way into the marketplace this week, you’d hardly know that Halloween hasn’t even happened yet. Seriously, calm down, folks. There are no seasonal songs on the pop chart just yet, thankfully, but we can still unwrap the gift that is my weekly commentary:

“SORRY” SEEMS TO BE THE HOTTEST WORD: Some call her Demigod Lovatican, because her musical catalog is a religious experience. Others, well… others just say they’re casual fans of her material, which is perfectly fine too. Demi Lovato soars from 6-1 on this week’s CHR/Top 40 list with “Sorry Not Sorry”, marking the largest climb to #1 since 2005, when Mariah Carey‘s “Shake It Off” bolted from 7-1 (9/16/05 R&R) to begin a five-week stay. “Sorry” is the singer’s second #1 track at the format, following “Give Your Heart A Break” (9/2-9/12 MB) from her Unbroken album. You’ll recall that “Give” took 25 weeks in the top 40 to reach the top spot, the second-longest run in the history of the format behind Alessia Cara‘s 26 weeks for “Here” in 2016, so “Sorry” claiming #1 in its 14th week isn’t too bad at all.

With Lovato’s song advancing to #1, “Sorry Not Sorry” swaps places with last week’s chart-topper, “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift, which tumbles to #6 after just one frame at the top. That giant fall ties the record for the largest drop from #1 during the PPW (or plays-per-week) era, which also occurred in July 1997, when “Mmmbop” by Hanson fell from 1-6 (7/18/97 R&R) after nine weeks at the summit. You might ask, “Where’s the love?” I will come to you with a weird answer this time aroundif only I can remember it. (The trio’s “I Was Born” is accumulating airplay at the Hot AC format, but hasn’t charted yet.)

WHAT’S “NEW” THIS WEEK?: Plenty to celebrate on the pop chart this week, as four new songs break into the top 50. Leading the latest batch of debuts is “Faking It”, new at #44 for Calvin Harris and featured artists Kehlani and Lil Yachty. Harris’s prior top ten track, “Feels”, narrowly snuck back into the top 40 for the published update, but it will be removed next Sunday. It’s likely to become Kehlani’s second top 40 single and Lil Yachty’s third, all three of which have been in a featured role. Christian hip-hop artist NF follows at #46 with “Let You Down”. It’s taken from his former #1 album, Perception, and impacts at the format this week. We’ll see if the performer can break away from the faith-based world for a moment to score a big pop hit.

Entering at #49 is another single that’s headed for adds this Tuesday: a remix of “Reggaetón Lento” by CNCO and Little Mix. That song has already been a smash across Latin America, and it even hit #5 in the U.K., largely due to the inclusion of the female quartet and their streak of hits in that country. (Of course, they won The X Factor there in 2011.) Lastly, at #50, is a new single called “New” from teen singer Daya. Several months ago, she just missed the top 50 at the format with “Talk”, the fourth single from her Sit Still, Look Pretty album (though it was released after she had already departed her former label for a new home, Interscope Records.) It’s looking to become her fifth top 40 hit sometime next month.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 16-17, 2017)

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 two new tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CALVIN HARRIS featuring KEHLANI & LIL YACHTY – “Faking It” (Columbia)
Album: Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (2017)
Past T40 History: “Slide” (#9) and “Feels” (#8) from Harris’s latest set are only two of his eleven career top ten hits at the format.

DAYA – “New” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2017/18?)
Past T40 History: With three top ten songs, including a chart-topping collaboration with The Chainsmokers, she’s on a hot streak.

Next week: Format newcomers Alex Aiono, CNCO and NF are among the acts competing for the Most Added title. With four (so far) releases in the mix, it’ll be a very competitive Tuesday.

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 January 27, 2017

Coming down the track with new tracks...

Coming down the track with new tracks…

When it comes to executive orders to better the state of our music industry, I think we can sign off on getting all of you readers out in the blog world up-to-date with the latest releases. After all, it’s not a wall. Here are some of this week’s new album and singles:

TRAIN – a girl a bottle a boat (iTunes)
All aboard! The latest set from this San Francisco band features “Play That Song”, which recently went top ten on Hot AC radio. That sounds like some chart and soul to me! It also features a collaboration with Priscilla Renea, who hit the pop chart as an artist in 2009 with “Dollhouse”. Pat Monahan and crew have earned five top ten albums on the Billboard 200 since 2001, and the sixth could be on its way soon.

MIGOS – Culture (iTunes)
If you’re into raindrops and drop-tops, then you probably know the chart-topping song “Bad And Boujee” by this Georgia rap trio. As it ranks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, it’s also a top ten hit on the Rhythmic and Urban radio listings. This album will receive a large boost due to stream and track-equivalent units, which is not “Bad” at all when it comes to chart placement.

KEHLANI – SweetSexySavage (iTunes)
With cuts like “CRZY” and “Distraction” building up millions of plays at streaming services, the California performer is bound to find some nice support at those platforms for release week. It’s likely to perform much better than her last mixtape, You Should Be Here.

More albums out this week: Aquilo‘s Silhouettes (iTunes), Bell Biv Devoe‘s Three Stripes (iTunes), Brantley Gilbert‘s The Devil Don’t Sleep (iTunes), Erik Hassle‘s Innocence Lost (iTunes), Japandroids‘s Near To The Wild Heart Of Life (iTunes), Joshua Radin‘s The Fall (iTunes), Lauren Alaina‘s Road Less Traveled (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 61 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Stanaj‘s From A Distance (iTunes), Whissell‘s Old Souls, Young Bodies (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“21 Days”, Scott Helman (iTunes)
“Anymore”, Goldfrapp (iTunes)
“Be The 1”, Ricky Reed (iTunes)
“Don’t Speak For Me (True)”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“Hand Grenade”, Jeffrey James (iTunes)
“Love Is The Beast”, RØMANS featuring Avelino (iTunes)
“Love Me Better”, James Blunt (iTunes)
“Medicine”, KNGDAVD (iTunes)
“Mercy (Acoustic Guitar Version)”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Natural”, Russ Macklin featuring Kyle Reynolds (iTunes)
“No Matter”, Frances (iTunes)
“Off My Mind”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Pipe Dreams”, Nelly Furtado (iTunes)
“Play”, SoMo featuring Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Run Up”, Major Lazer featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Scared To Be Lonely”, Martin Garrix featuring Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Skin”, Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Sleep Deprived”, LÉON (iTunes)
“So Good”, Zara Larsson featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Testify”, Citizen Four (iTunes)
“Young Blood”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Big Sean, MUNAReba McEntire and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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