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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 18, 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: the girls of the pop world return to the Most Added leaderboard, as Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez release new singles, giving everyone life in the process. How fun! Who takes the pop prize? Catch the tasty Top 40 wave below…

“SORRY” SEEMS TO BE THE HOTTEST WORD: No need for a lo siento or a pardon here! Demi Lovato grabs the top slot on this week’s adds report with “Sorry Not Sorry”, starting with 62 stations on impact. It’s the first taste of her forthcoming album, which should be out sometime later this year. Lovato appears as the featured vocalist on “No Promises” by Cheat Codes, which is currently at #23 on the Top 40 chart. A music video for “Sorry” debuts tomorrow, and given its hold in the top ten on iTunes, there could be a nice sales and streaming boost in the works for it. Stay tuned! Look out for any significant movement for the song in our usual Sunday updates.

READY SET GO-MEZ: While “Bad Liar” looks to be stalling out below the top ten, peaking at #12 a couple of weeks ago, Selena Gomez wastes no time releasing a follow-up single to the format. “Fetish” features rapper Gucci Mane, and the pop panel begins its obsession with it this week, garnering 20 adds the week before it impacts. Unless a major new release drops on Friday and has a Tuesday impact date that I don’t know about yet, “Fetish” should be the leading candidate to score the Most Added title next week.

Next week, buzzing tracks from Fall Out Boy and Selena Gomez/Gucci Mane (who officially impact) will be in the mix of pop priorities at the format. Who has what it takes to top the Most Added report? Find out real soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DEMI LOVATO, “Sorry Not Sorry” (Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Honest” (Disruptor/Columbia)
3. KESHA,
“Praying” (Kemosabe/RCA)
4. ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE,
“Get Low” (Interscope)
5. SELENA GOMEZ featuring GUCCI MANE,
“Fetish” (Interscope)
6. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE,
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
7. J BALVIN & WILLY WILLIAM,
“Mi Gente” (UMLE/Republic)
8. JONAS BLUE featuring WILLIAM SINGE,
“Mama” (Capitol)
9. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY,
“Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
10. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID,
“1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (July 17-18, 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 the four new tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DAVID COOK – “Gimme Heartbreak” (Analog Heart Music/INgrooves)
EP: TBA (Fall 2017)
Past T40 History: The American Idol winner has three entries to date, last charting with 2009’s “Come Back To Me”, a #46 entry.

DEMI LOVATO – “Sorry Not Sorry” (Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Of her dozen top 40 tunes, only one has hit #1: 2012’s “Give Your Heart A Break”, which spent two weeks there.

JORGE BLANCO – “Summer Soul” (Hollywood)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: This is Blanco’s first single to impact here. The 25-year-old is also an actor with Disney Channel Latin America.

KESHA – “Praying” (Kemosabe/RCA)
Album: Rainbow (2017)
Past T40 History: “Praying” was last week’s Most Added title. The performer’s had a dozen top 40 hits, four reaching the top spot.

Next week: Will Top 40 stations champion Fall Out Boy‘s new single as it impacts? Will someone else take the crown? Find out a week from now…

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 (July 16, 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. Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with a bit of a selection of creamy Top 40 treats, made just for you to devour. Hey, it’s nice to know that something else is dripping besides the Russia investigation today. Anyways, enjoy these scrumptious stats:

SECONDS, SEÑORES?: Staying at #1 for the second week, it’s the tasty trio of Luis FonsiDaddy Yankee and Justin Bieber with the remix of “Despacito”. It’s likely to spend a tenth week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, which will be announced tomorrow. A recent Latin-based certification of the song boasted a huge 55x Platinum figure, or 3.3 million single-equivalent units. ¡Ay, caramba! Bieber has now spent a dozen weeks at #1 (over six songs – three main-credited, three features) since the fall of 2015. There’s still no word on when his next album will drop, but for all those Beliebers reading this post, I’m sure you wanted it yesterday, right?

The battle for the next #1 on the pop survey appears to be a three-horse race at the moment, pitting Halsey‘s “Now Or Never” (in at #4 again) against Shawn Mendes‘s “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (up 6-5) and Imagine Dragons“Believer” (up 10-6). It’s going to be a few weeks before someone else ranks at the top spot, so check back to see how the growth of these singles develops. Do you think any of them will push for a Spanglish remix to reach #1? A collaboration with Bieber? It is not very original, but it may just do the trick…

HOW TO GET A SIX-PACK: No need to hit the gym twenty times a week and eat zero calories per day; this six-pack is all about a set of chart debuts, six of them in total, making the top 50 for the first time on this week’s update. Those six songs are led by Zedd & Liam Payne‘s “Get Low”, which hits a high of #39. It’s the tenth top 40 hit for Zedd, and the second solo entry for Payne, who stays at #19 for a second week with the Quavo-assisted “Strip That Down”. Just below that, Kesha‘s “Praying” is proving to be a holy hit, as it debuts at #41. It’s likely to become her 13th top 40 hit next week, and her first since 2014. Also, if you haven’t watched the video for her new album cut “Woman”, featuring The Dap-Kings Horns, go check it out on YouTube or VEVO. She did that.

Impacting at the format this week, along with “Praying”, is Demi Lovato‘s “Sorry Not Sorry”, which starts at #46. The performer is also featured on “No Promises” by Cheat Codes, which advances 25-23 in its 13th week in the top 40. Entering at #47, Hey Violet is on the hunt for their third top 40 single with “Hoodie”. The song has nothing to do with Hoodie Allen, who reached #26 in early 2015 with the Ed Sheeran-assisted “All About It”. Jonas Blue certainly isn’t blue over “Mama” coming in at #49, which features a chart newcomer named William Singe. It’s not a hot Genesis or Spice Girls remake, though I’m a fan of both songs and groups! Finally, the duo Ayo & Teo sneaks into the top 50 at #50 with “Rolex”. Unfortunately, time is running out for the brothers, literally, as the track loses nearly 20% of its spins from last week. Can someone let the Timex Social Club know that we need them back?

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 16, 2017

Niall or nothing.

DEBUTS
39. The Script – Rain
38. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (40)
32. Zedd & Liam Payne – Get Low (38)
29. Katy Perry – Save As Draft (34)
28. Kesha – Praying (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Barns Courtney – Golden Dandelions (31)
21. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (27)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (08) | PEAK: #01 for one week
09. Tom Walker – Just You And I (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (07) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
07. Paramore – Hard Times (04) | PEAK: #04
06. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (10) | PEAK: #05
04. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (1)
2. Dean Lewis – Waves (2)
3. LP – No Witness (5)
4. Lights – Giants (9)
5. All Time Low – Good Times (6)
6. Billy Raffoul – Driver (4)
7. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (7)
8. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (8)
9. The All-American Rejects – Sweat (10)
10. BANNERS – Someone To You (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Two Fux
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Echosmith – Goodbye (new)
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale (new)
Jorge Blanco – Summer Soul
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Secret Weapons – Ghost
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only (new)
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me (new)

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to “Sorry Not Sorry” from Demi Lovato, which definitely doesn’t have to apologize for it launching at the #38 position on the chart. The song debuted on Tuesday, hitting its #2 peak within hours on iTunes, while it impacts at the Top 40 format this coming Tuesday. (You’ll hear much more about it in the Add Lib report that night.) “Sorry” is expected to appear on her forthcoming sixth studio album, though a release date is not known at this time.
  • One spot below Lovato is the latest entry on my personal chart for The Script, the Irish trio with an impressive six #1 hits to date. The forecast calls for some “Rain”, as it falls on the #39 spot. The guys have ten top ten hits in a row, every single one of chart entries since 2009. By the way, this is not a hot Creed remake, but their “Rain” hit #20 on my chart in January 2010.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 11, 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: Kesha makes a religious return, The Chainsmokers look for a truthful Top 40 follow-up and Zedd and Liam Payne limbo their way into a not-so-low position. If it’s what they say, I love it, so come on and collude with myself and Mediabase to get some top pop stats:

A PLEAD SUCCEEDS: From her forthcoming album Rainbow, the new poignant pop anthem from Kesha delivers a week prior to its official impact. That single is titled “Praying”, and the pop panel is showing its devotion to it, starting off with 63 stations (the Most Added song on the report) in its first week.  The singer last charted at this format as a featured artist on Pitbull‘s “Timber”, a three-week #1 from mid-January to early February 2014. Though it’s been a tough few years for the performer, through legal battle complications and more, it’s great to see her winning with a meaningful piece of music that millions of fans are embracing. Could a fifth chart-topper be in her future? I sure hope so, but that might need a little extra prayer in the meantime.

JUST BEING “HONEST”: The Chainsmokers and CHR/Top 40 radio; it’s as simple as “1-2-3” or “Bro-re-mi”. This week, the super duo flies back into the pop world with a smokin’ new release called “Honest”, which lands a total of 62 stations on impact. At just one add shy of the top spot, it’s a strong runner-up on the most recent tally. This is the duo’s third chart hit from the former #1 album Memories…Do Not Open, and the follow-up to the Coldplay-assisted “Something Just Like This”, a one-week #1 in May. It looks like Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall will continue to thrill the audience with their sincere new single, but a case of recurrentitis can strike at any moment… (cue the scary fx!)

THE DIRTY LOW-DOWN: As “Strip That Down” continues to rise into the top 20 at the format, Liam Payne is really cleaning up, as his new collaboration with Zedd makes a hot debut on the adds report. “Get Low” gets high (on the list, that is) with a really great first week of 57 stations, good for the third Most Added spot. The popular DJ and producer is coming off a major six-week #1 in “Stay”, a duet with Alessia Cara. Though the hit has dropped off significantly from the top ten peak it achieved on iTunes upon release, radio is still very much into it, so I expect that it’ll be back up in the top tier of that chart in no time. Now, back to bopping!

Next week, songs from Demi Lovato, Jorge Blanco and Kesha (who officially impacts) will all be in the mix of pop priorities at the format. Who has what it takes to top the Most Added report? Find out real soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. KESHA, “Praying” (Kemosabe/RCA)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Honest” (Disruptor/Columbia)
3. ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE,
“Get Low” (Interscope)
4. JONAS BLUE featuring WILLIAM SINGE,
“Mama” (Capitol)
5. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE,
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
6. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY,
 “Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
7. HEY VIOLET,
“Hoodie” (Caroline)
8. BRUNO MARS,
“Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
9-T. JULIA MICHAELS,
“Uh Huh” (Republic)
9-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID,
“1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
9-T. POST MALONE featuring QUAVO,
“Congratulations” (Republic)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 9, 2017

Headed in a good Direction.

DEBUTS
40. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts
39. Loote – High Without Your Love
38. Zedd & Liam Payne – Get Low
37. Kesha – Praying | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Katy Perry – Save As Draft (40)
27. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (34) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
26. James Arthur – Can I Be Him (31)
23. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (28)
21. Mondo Cozmo – Automatic (26)
12. Lorde – Perfect Places (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Tom Walker – Just You And I (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week
07. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (03) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
06. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Paramore – Hard Times (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (2)
2. Dean Lewis – Waves (8)
3. Hanson – I Was Born (3)
4. Billy Raffoul – Driver (5)
5. LP – No Witness (9)
6. All Time Low – Good Times (6)
7. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (7)
8. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (10)
9. Lights – Giants (-)
10. The All-American Rejects – Sweat (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Two Fux
BANNERS – Someone To You
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Jorge Blanco – Summer Soul
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Secret Weapons – Ghost
The Killers – The Man

Chart Notes:

  • Two solo releases, two #1 songs: Niall Horan hits another home run with “Slow Hands”, up a notch from 2-1. His first track to reach the top spot on my chart was “This Town”, which spent its one week there in mid-December of last year. It looks like his first album won’t be out until the middle of the fall, so allow me to cry a few tears into my phone… (I’m sure it’ll be a great listen whenever it appears.) When it comes to Irish acts, The Script still leads with the most #1 songs (six) on my survey.
  • A powerful single from Kesha‘s upcoming album Rainbow premiered on Thursday, and it comes in as the Highest Debut on my personal chart this week. “Praying” leaps in at #37. The song was co-written by the singer, Ryan Lewis, Ben Abraham and Andrew Joslyn. The August 11 release looks to be a very diverse set, including collaborations with Dolly Parton and Eagles Of Death Metal, as well as the horn section from The Dap-Kings, who were led by the late Sharon Jones.
  • DJ/producer Zedd and singer Liam Payne team up on a hot new collaboration called “Get Low”, coming in at #38. Payne’s first solo hit, “Strip That Down”, advances from 8-5 this week and could reach the top spot sometime in August. The 23-year-old singer is one of two members from One Direction to debut on my latest chart, the second of whom also scores with two songs in the top 40. What can I say? It’s good to be them.
  • There are another two debuts below those titles in the countdown: at #39, Loote‘s “High Without Your Love” marks the first top 40 song for the male-female duo from New York City. A spot lower, at #40, Harry Styles claims his second solo hit with “Two Ghosts”. It’s the second radio single from his self-titled album; “Sign Of The Times”, a recent #1, now falls from 4-8.

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