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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (January 21, 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. The government may not be open, but we’re sure open to analyzing this week’s data and giving you the best of the best music at pop radio. Let’s get into it!

THE COAST IS SHEER: Ahead of the release of his recently announced next single, “Happier”, coming this spring, Ed Sheeran is still perfectly happy with “Perfect”, which tops this week’s CHR/Top 40 chart for the second week. It does the same on the Hot AC chart, and also climbs 5-4 on the regular AC list, where it’s sure to reach #1 soon. (It’s also nearing the top 20 on Rhythmic radio.) A third week at #1 at the Top 40 format is possible, with “Perfect” still 1,200 spins ahead of Halsey‘s “Bad At Love” (up 3-2, without a bullet), though Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules” (up 4-3, gaining 1,400 spins) continues to look like a future #1 song. In any case, Sheeran’s still slaying effortlessly, which is no surprise, and his three concurrent chart hits (including features on Taylor Swift‘s “End Game” at #11 and Eminem‘s “River” at #24) are just the start of what should be a very successful 2018 for the singer/songwriter.

“FOR” BY FOUR: Four songs are new to the top 40 this week, three by bands and one a collaboration between two solo artists. Up a quick 13 notches to #33 to score their 25th top 40 entry since 2003, Maroon 5‘s “Wait” is certainly in a hurry to rise up the chart! Just a few weeks ago, the SZA-assisted “What Lovers Do”, which goes recurrent on this update after 20 weeks in the top 40, went to #3. Below “Wait”, two songs make a move of eight spots this week: “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” by Fall Out Boy, up 44-36 and “Walk On Water” by Thirty Seconds To Mars, up 45-37. Fall Out Boy earns their 14th top 40 entry at the format and their first from the album M A N I A, which was released on Friday, while Thirty Seconds To Mars gets their third top 40 entry here and their first since “Closer To The Edge” in 2011, going to #32 that April. Finally, blasting onto the survey at #39, “For You” gives singers Liam Payne and Rita Ora share in their first top 40 single together, which becomes the fourth solo hit for Payne and the fifth for Ora. Taken off the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Freed, out on February 9, the Fifty Shades trilogy joins other film trilogies such as Beverly Hills Cop and Men In Black in having a top 40 pop hit from each of its three movies in the collection.

Further down the chart toward this week’s top 50 entries, look out for two notable songs from my own personal chart, “My My My!” by Troye Sivan (#46) and “Woman” from Kesha and The Dap-Kings Horns (#47), which both head for adds this Tuesday. The only other new song, the politically charged “Sick Boy” by The Chainsmokers, bows at #50, though it’s unclear whether this track is getting a full push to radio.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 21, 2018

When a man loves a “Woman”.

40. George Ezra – Paradise
39. Milck – Quiet
38. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely
37. River Matthews – Sunshine
36. Blue October – I Hope You’re Happy
35. Kelly Clarkson – I Don’t Think About You | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Dua Lipa – IDGAF (38)
26. Liam Payne & Rita Ora – For You (34)
18. Troye Sivan – My My My! (30) | BIGGEST MOVER
13. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse (19)
(see #10 below)

10. Maroon 5 – Wait (15) | PEAK: #10
09. Bastille – World Gone Mad (08) | PEAK: #08
08. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Walk The Moon – One Foot (04) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
06. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Calum Scott – You Are The Reason (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Sheppard – Coming Home (07) | PEAK: #04
03. The Script – Arms Open (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (05) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Cody Simpson & The Tide – Waiting For The Tide (3)
2. Mat Kearney – Kings & Queens (-)
3. Jamie Scott featuring Carpet Boy – Feels So Good (6)
4. Hudson Taylor – Run With Me (-)
5. Jack & Jack – Beg (10)
6. Kylie Minogue – Dancing (-)
7. Lissie – Best Days (-)
8. Hayley Kiyoko – Curious (-)
9. Jeremy Fisher – This Is The Good Life (9)
10. Bülow – Not A Love Song (-)

In The Mix:
Dean Lewis – Waves
Ed Sheeran – Happier (new)
Hundred Handed – Too Good
Jacob Banks – Chainsmoking
Jeremy Loops – Waves
Justin Timberlake – Supplies (new)
Sugarland – Still The Same
The Chainsmokers – Sick Boy (new)
The Spencer Lee Band – Kissing Tree (new)
Toto – Spanish Sea (new)

Chart Notes:

  • After another successful Women’s March across the country, I can’t think of a better choice than a single called “Woman” to be named my top song this week. Kesha and The Dap-Kings Horns bolt from 5-1 in their sixth week on my chart, giving Kesha’s most recent album, Rainbow, a second consecutive #1 hit. “Praying”, the lead single from it, spent four weeks at the top last year. The leader of the Dap-Kings, the lovely Sharon Jones, passed away in November 2016. “Woman” goes for adds at both Hot AC and Top 40 radio this week, though it already appears in the top 50 at both formats. I’m rooting for it!
  • Yes, there are a massive six debuts on this week’s chart! It’s always exciting to have a busy week like this one, especially with all the great music since the top of the year. Two of the six are by artists who have reached #1 on my chart: Kelly Clarkson and “I Don’t Think About You”, the highest entry at #35, as well as Jukebox The Ghost and “Everybody’s Lonely”, at #38. Another two of the six are by acts who have at least one top five song: Blue October and “I Hope You’re Happy”, bowing at #36, as well as George Ezra and “Paradise”, new at #40. Finally, we have two newcomers in the bunch: River Matthews and “Sunshine”, checking in at #37, as well as Milck and “Quiet”, which tip-toes in at #39. Phew! That was a mouthful. The next few weeks should be very interesting for all of these future radio singles, the majority of which impact at the Hot AC or Triple A formats sometime later this month or early next month. Stay tuned!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (January 16, 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: Five becomes one, as Maroon 5 is the one at the top of the list, and some new songs break into the top ten on and before their impact date. My my my — let’s add ’em up!

WORTH THE “WAIT”: With their follow-up to the SZA-assisted “What Lovers Do”, Maroon 5, who are more like Maroon 7 at this point, score this week’s Most Added song with “Wait”, chalking up 55 stations on impact. Their newest single is taken from the album Red Pill Blues, which was released in November. Already ranking in the top 50, and gaining well day-to-day, “Wait” is likely to secure a place in the top 40 in the coming days. The only other impacting release this week, ranking at #8, is “Beg” from the duo Jack & Jack, which launches with 13 adds on impact. It’s the first song from the two 21-year-olds to go for adds at the format, but they’ve been releasing a lot of music independently for several years now, which has reacted on Vine and YouTube. Watch out for a couple of pre-impact pop winners from singer Troye Sivan, blasting in with 24 stations for “My My My!” (#4) in its first week, as well as Alice Merton, new at 14 stations for “No Roots” (#7) in its biggest frame to date. The former title goes for adds next week, while the latter title heads to the format on February 13, as it rides high on the Alternative and Triple A charts.

1. MAROON 5, “Wait” (222/Interscope)
2*. BRUNO MARS & CARDI B, “Finesse” (Atlantic) (*original and remix versions combined)
3*. LIAM PAYNE & RITA ORA, “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)” (Republic) (**#2 if Mars’s songs counted separately)
4. TROYE SIVAN, “My My My!” (Capitol)
5. CAMILA CABELLO, “Never Be The Same” (Syco/Epic)
6. EMINEM featuring ED SHEERAN, “River” (Shady/Interscope)
7. ALICE MERTON, “No Roots” (Mom + Pop/RED)
8. JACK & JACK, “Beg” (Island/Republic)
10-T. KESHA featuring THE DAP-KINGS HORNS, “Woman” (RCA)
10-T. P!NK, “Beautiful Trauma” (RCA)
10-T. THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, “Walk On Water” (Interscope)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (January 9, 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: Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars (along with Cardi B) led a fierce battle for the top spot, though it also caused the weekly totals outside of the top five to drop significantly. Let’s add it up, shall we?

READ FOR FILTH: Scoring a fantastic 178 adds on impact and starting off 2018 on a high note, RCA’s Justin Timberlake has this week’s Most Added title with a polarizing pop track called “Filthy”. It’s the lead single from his forthcoming studio album Man Of The Woods, hitting stores February 2, though I suppose you could argue that the programmers of the pop panel are stans of the woods, at least judging by how the first taste of the set performed this week. Just behind Timberlake’s massive total, Bruno Mars and Cardi B take second place with “Finesse”, starting with an equally-notable 154 combined adds (148 for their remix and six for the 2016 Mars original) this week. The remix remains at #1 on Apple Music and iTunes in the U.S., ahead of “Filthy”, and its music video, an homage to the TV series In Loving Color, led YouTube’s Trending chart upon release last Thursday.

2. BRUNO MARS & CARDI B, “Finesse” (Atlantic)
3. CAMILA CABELLO, “Never Be The Same” (Syco/Epic)
4. EMINEM featuring ED SHEERAN, “River” (Shady/Interscope)
5. LIAM PAYNE & RITA ORA, “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)” (Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (January 8-9, 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 the five new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BRUNO MARS & CARDI B – “Finesse (Remix)” (Atlantic)
Album: 24K Magic (2016)
Past T40 History: Approaching the top 30 here, Mars is celebrating his 19th top 40 entry and fourth from his most recent release.

CAMILA CABELLO – “Never Be The Same” (Syco/Epic)
Album: Camila (2018)
Past T40 History: Cabello’s new single from her forthcoming solo debut, out Friday, has been well into the top 40 for a few weeks.

Album: Man Of The Woods (2018)
Past T40 History: Timberlake recently scored his 29th top 40 single as a solo artist, with “Filthy” debuting just outside the top 20.

LIAM PAYNE & RITA ORA – “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)” (Republic)
Album: Fifty Shades Freed (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: Like “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”, a #2 hit last year, this duet hopes to be one of 2018’s first big movie singles.

OLIVIA HOLT – “Generous” (Hollywood)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Holt’s “History” spent a published week at #50 last year. As noted, her new track faces some fierce competition.

Will Maroon 5‘s “Wait” await more competitors before it impacts next week, or will it slay the panel effortlessly? 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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 5, 2018

Dirty ditties for the new year.

The first Friday in January is a hot one for A-list singles, including collaborations from Bruno Mars and Cardi B, as well as Liam Payne and Rita Ora. Will the new one from Justin Timberlake race past both to become the biggest song in the land? We’ll find out soon, because here are some of the notable releases you’ll find in digital stores and on streaming services today:

Albums and/or compilations out this week: Youngr‘s This Is Not An Album (iTunes)

EPs out this week: Mila J‘s January 2018 (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All The Stars”, Kendrick Lamar & SZA (iTunes)
“Bad Boys”, Lilly Ahlberg (iTunes)
“Bad Boys Need Love Too”, Bahamas (iTunes)
“Day By Day”, Robin Bengtsson (iTunes)
“Filthy”, Justin Timberlake (iTunes)
“Finesse (Remix)”, Bruno Mars & Cardi B (iTunes)
“For You (Fifty Shades Freed)”, Liam Payne & Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Girlfriend”, Anderson East (iTunes)
“God Save Our Young Blood”, BØRNS & Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“Goes To Sh-t”, Prelow (iTunes)
“Harvest Moon”, Handsome Ghost (iTunes)
“Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie”, Arlissa & Jonas Blue (iTunes)
“Hand It Over”, MGMT (iTunes)
“I Miss You (Yungen Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“In My Head”, Sophie Elise (iTunes)
“Push Me to My Limit”, Rae Morris (iTunes)
“Red Cold River”, Breaking Benjamin (iTunes)
“Shoot Me Straight”, Brothers Osborne (iTunes)
“Tell Me You Love Me (Dave Audé Remix)”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Tell Somebody”, Kid Ink (iTunes)
“Toxic Love”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Upside Down”, Oliver Tree (iTunes)
“Watch It All Fade”, Gavin James (iTunes)
“Waves”, Natalie Major (iTunes)
“With You”, KDL & Fetty Wap (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Anderson East, Camila Cabello and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 24, 2017

A six-pack for Christmas.

39. Tom Walker – Leave A Light On
36. U2 – Get Out Of Your Own Way | HIGHEST DEBUT

34. Maroon 5 – Wait (40)
27. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
24. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (29)
21. James Arthur – Naked (28)

10. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (07) | PEAK: #02
09. Scott Helman – PDA (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Liam Payne – Bedroom Floor (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Dua Lipa – New Rules (06) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (10) | PEAK: #06
05. Noah Kahan – Hurt Somebody (05) | PEAK: #05
04. The Script – Arms Open (04) | PEAK: #04
03. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Walk The Moon – One Foot (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Shawn Hook – Never Let Me Let You Go (2)
2. Serena Ryder – Ice Age (5)
3. Rag’N’Bone Man – Grace (We All Try) (3)
4. Flagship – Midnight (8)
5. Mat Kearney featuring AFSHeeN – Better Than I Used To Be (7)
6. Why Don’t We – These Girls (6)
7. River Matthews – Sunshine (-)
8. John Splithoff – Sing To You (-)
9. Jamie Scott featuring Carpet Boy – Feels So Good (-)
10. Sugarland – Still The Same (-)

In The Mix:
Brandi Carlile – The Joke
Cody Simpson & The Tide – Waiting On The Tide (new)
Dashboard Confessional – We Fight
New Politics – Color Green
Olivia Holt – Generous

Chart Notes:

  • Have a Merry Christmas from PGTC! See you next Sunday for the last chart for 2017.

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