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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 20, 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: AJR! Halsey! The Chainsmokers! More! It’s another huge week at the format, which means no one’s ending up “Alone” on the report. Let’s add ’em up on this evening before another major snowstorm:

BETTER OFF “ALONE”: After successfully earning a second week at the top of the pop chart in a duet with G-Eazy, “Him & I”, Halsey returns to the format with “Alone”, available in its original version and a remix with Big Sean and Stefflon Don. With a solid total of 57 stations on impact, it starts in second place on the current update, just five adds behind Taylor Swift‘s “Delicate”. “Alone” is the latest single from the album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which reached #1 on the Billboard 200 last summer. That release has yet to produce a chart-topper on the Top 40 airwaves, though both “Bad At Love” (#2) and “Now Or Never” (#3) nearly made it. (We’ll see if this one can get the job done.)

As previously mentioned, a number of new singles break into the top ten on this week’s Top 40 report, with “Everybody Hates Me” by The Chainsmokers and “Sober Up” by AJR featuring Rivers Cuomo ranking the next highest in the top ten. That hate isn’t affecting “Hates” in its opening week, as it starts at 31 stations, good for third place on the new report. “Sober”, a former #1 title on the Alternative chart, drinks in 27 stations on impact, as it shares a fourth place finish. A little further down, another sobering song title, simply called “Sober”, brings in 20 stations and a sixth place (in a tie) finish for G-Eazy featuring Charlie Puth. Look for all three songs to make the top 50 by the end of the month, perhaps by the next published update.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Delicate” (Big Machine/Republic)
2. HALSEY featuring BIG SEAN and STEFFLON DON, “Alone” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
3. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Everybody Hates Me” (Disruptor/Columbia)
4-T. AJR featuring RIVERS CUOMO, “Sober Up” (S-Curve/Hollywood)
4-T. BAZZI, “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)
6-T. DUA LIPA, “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)
6-T. G-EAZY featuring CHARLIE PUTH, “Sober” (RCA)
8. POST MALONE featuring TY DOLLA $IGN, “Psycho” (Republic)
9. KHALID & NORMANI, “Love Lies” (Right Hand/Keep Cool/RCA)
10-T. KENDRICK LAMAR & SZA, “All The Stars” (Interscope)
10-T. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)

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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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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 6, 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: Meghan Trainor‘s a no-brainer on the Top 40 airwaves, but how do the other impacting records fare in the top ten? Let’s add ’em all up:

BEGGIN’ FOR MEGHAN: As recent winners from 5 Seconds Of Summer, Bazzi and Dua Lipa, among others, stormed the top ten on this week’s adds report once again, it’s Epic’s Meghan Trainor who lands “No Excuses” at #1 on the official update, in with 119 stations on impact. The track leads her forthcoming third studio album, likely due in the next few months. On Sunday, it’s poised to officially become her ninth top 40 title at the format, one less than her total on the Hot AC chart, where “I’m A Lady” had a short run in the top 40 last year. Her highest-charting song to date remains her debut single, “All About That Bass”, a three-week #1 from September and October 2014. Will “No” say yes to becoming her second #1 at the format? Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, a buzzing newcomer, Def Jam’s Arlissa, sneaks into the lower end of the top ten during her impact week with “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie”, a collaboration with Capitol’s Jonas Blue. “Hearts” starts at 21 stations, landing in ninth place on the update. It was originally released at the end of November in 2016, and with an acoustic version and its updated remix, “Hearts” now has over 13 million combined streams at Spotify. Watch out for another cool collaboration, “Everyday” by Logic and Marshmello, in with 19 stations and a tenth place finish. However, that sum comes four weeks ahead of its impact date on April 3. (Needless to say, that record will fly in the coming weeks.) It gives Marshmello two titles in the top ten this week, as “Friends” (with Anne-Marie) has a total of 30 new stations reporting, good for seventh place.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. MEGHAN TRAINOR, “No Excuses” (Epic)
2. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Want You Back” (Capitol)
3. KENDRICK LAMAR & SZA, “All The Stars” (Interscope)
4. DUA LIPA, “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)
5. BAZZI, “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)
6. POST MALONE featuring TY DOLLA $IGN, “Psycho” (Republic)
7. MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE, “Friends” (Warner Bros.)
8. NIALL HORAN, “On The Loose” (Capitol)
9. ARLISSA & JONAS BLUE, “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie” (Def Jam)
10. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 27, 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: eight songs impacted at the format, and huge singles from 5 Seconds Of Summer, Dua Lipa and Kendrick Lamar & SZA were among the big winners. Where do they land? Let’s add ’em up:

SASS, STARS AND SUMMER: It started out like any ordinary week, with just a couple of songs listed to go for adds, but by the time Monday rolled around, the messy musical match of the stars began. Topping the report this evening, “Want You Back” from 5 Seconds Of Summer hops aboard at #1, scoring a nice 66 stations on impact. The Australian group reached the top 40 a total of five times between the spring of 2014 and the fall of 2015, though their most recent tune to impact at the format, “Girls Talk Boys”, narrowly missed the region, topping out at #41 at the end of August in 2016. Rising star Dua Lipa‘s “IDGAF” is next in line, and it grabs a solid 54 stations on impact, good for second place this week. Her new one is the follow-up to her international smash “New Rules”, which just spent five incredible weeks atop the pop chart. If that wasn’t enough for you, “All The Stars” twinkles in a strong third place finish for Kendrick Lamar and SZA. This is the second single (following Lamar and The Weeknd‘s “Pray For Me”) to make the Top 40 radio survey from the chart-topping soundtrack to Black Panther, which looks like it could secure a third week atop the Billboard 200. Expect all three songs to repeat in the top ten (and likely top five) on next week’s update.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Want You Back” (Capitol)
2. DUA LIPA, “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)
3. KENDRICK LAMAR & SZA, “All The Stars” (Interscope)
4. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Whatever It Takes” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5. POST MALONE featuring TY DOLLA $IGN, “Psycho” (Republic)
6-T. DRAKE, “God’s Plan” (YMCMB/Republic)
6-T. MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE, “Friends” (Warner Bros.)
8. BAZZI, “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)
9. NIALL HORAN, “On The Loose” (Capitol)
10-T. JANELLE MONÁE, “Make Me Feel” (Atlantic)
10-T. WHY DON’T WE, “Trust Fund Baby” (Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 26-27, 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 six new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BAZZI – “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Singer Andrew Bazzi’s first song at the format make an terrific 48-36 move on the most recent published chart.

BÜLOW – “Not A Love Song” (Casablanca/Republic)
EP: Damaged Vol. 1 (2017)
Past T40 History: The 17-year-old German-Canadian performer heads to the format with the first radio single from her debut EP.

DUA LIPA – “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Dua Lipa (2017)
Past T40 History: Now in her fifth week at #1 at the format with “New Rules”, Lipa should have no problem piling adds this week.

JANELLE MONÁE – “Make Me Feel” (Atlantic)
Album: Dirty Computer (2018)
Past T40 History: Six years ago, Monáe was featured on fun.‘s four-week #1 titled “We Are Young”. Will she reach the top again?

KENDRICK LAMAR & SZA – “All The Stars” (Interscope)
Album: Black Panther (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: Lamar’s collaboration with The Weeknd from the same soundtrack, “Pray For Me”, advances 17-15 this week.

MACKENZIE NICOLE – “Preview” (Strange Music)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Nicole hasn’t entered the top 50 here, but her single “Actin’ Like You Know” picked up some adds back in 2016.

Next week: Format newcomer Arlissa teams with Jonas Blue for “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie”. Will the panel be truthful? We’ll see.

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

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 25, 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. Feel free to send me any gifts you desire for my birthday, which just so happens to fall on Thursday. Meanwhile, I shall give you the gift of Top 40 realness on this week’s chart:

FADE FROM “NEW”: Sadly, this will be the fifth and final week at #1 on the Top 40 chart for Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules”, as it loses another 1,000 spins this week to land just 300 spins above the obvious next chart-topper, NF‘s “Let You Down”, up 4-3 this week. It isn’t all bad for Lipa, however: not only was five weeks a great run for “New”, but her new single, “IDGAF”, gets an early debut in the top 50 at #47. The song officially impacts at the format this week. “IDGAF” became an early winner at streaming services in the past few months, now at over 170 million streams on Spotify, while its video has also done particularly well, passing 100 million views on YouTube. Will the single give her two consecutive #1 hits in a row here? Stay tuned.

HANG “LOOSE”: One Direction‘s Niall Horan leads a pack of four new songs in this week’s top 50, launching at #43 with “On The Loose”. It’s the fourth chart entry from his chart-topping album Flicker, and could make the top 40 tomorrow. An alternate edit of the track was recently released digitally, chopping the original album version of “Loose” by just over a minute in length, including an extended instrumental passage in its coda. Behind Horan and Lipa’s “IDGAF”, previously mentioned at #47, “Want You Back” by 5 Seconds Of Summer and “All The Stars” by Kendrick Lamar & SZA, at #49 and #50, respectively, should pick up nice totals on this Tuesday’s adds report. The latter single is from the soundtrack to the blockbuster movie Black Panther, which stays at #1 for the second week on the Billboard 200 (and also tops the box office report once again.)

Next week, expect a potential chart debut from singer and songwriter Meghan Trainor, whose song “No Excuses” drops on March 1. Additional singles from bülow, Janelle Monáe and Mackenzie Nicole also impact this Tuesday, which could make the top 50 in the coming weeks.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 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: several of last week’s fierce competitors have their eye on #1, while plenty of impacting releases, including cuts from Imagine Dragons and a collaboration from Marshmello and Anne-Marie, want to crash the party. Let’s add it all up:

“SOMETHING” TO TALK ABOUT: After his chart-topping debut for Man Of The Woods on the newest Billboard 200, Justin Timberlake leads yet another list, this week’s adds report at the Top 40 format, for “Say Something”, the second pop radio single from the project. (“Supplies” never officially went for adds, though it was in the top 50 for a few weeks.) The single, which features country star Chris Stapleton, takes in another 70 adds during the session. Stapleton is hoping to reach #1 on the country airplay list within the next few weeks with his latest hit there, “Broken Halos”.

Below the top spot on the list, “Friends” has an impressive debut for Marshmello and Anne-Marie, reacting with 46 stations on impact, good for second place this week. The DJ/producer is currently on a hot streak with the Top 40 audience, still way up in the top ten with a collaboration with Selena Gomez titled “Wolves”, while his lead vocalist, who collaborated with Clean Bandit on “Rockabye” last year, is still relatively new to this format. Rockers Imagine Dragons also score with their current crossover from the Alternative airwaves called “Whatever It Takes”, placing fourth with 41 stations on impact. It follows “Thunder”, which spent a week at #1 in November on the pop chart.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE featuring CHRIS STAPLETON, “Say Something” (RCA)
2. MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE, “Friends” (Warner Bros.)
3. THE WEEKND & KENDRICK LAMAR, “Pray For Me” (Interscope-Republic)
4. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Whatever It Takes” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5. ZEDD, MAREN MORRIS & GREY, “The Middle” (Interscope)
6. DRAKE, “God’s Plan” (YMCMB/Republic)
7. WHY DON’T WE, “Trust Fund Baby” (Atlantic)
8. TROYE SIVAN, “My My My!” (Capitol)
9. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Sit Next To Me” (Columbia)
10. BAZZI, “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)

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