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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 23, 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: Selena Gomez finds that “Bad” is good, Camila Cabello brings a flavor of the weep, Liam Payne proves that “Down” is up and Katy Perry swishes upon a musical star. We extend our condolences and prayers to those affected by the tragedy in Manchester last night, and hope that a speedy recovery is on the way. Concert halls need to be a safe space for everyone; music heals all of us. Now, if it’s okay to have a few laughs after such a dark day yesterday, let’s take some stats and some shade and mix it all together into one ridiculous report:

“BAD” OF THE CHART: I don’t think anyone is looking for a George Lamond and Selena Gomez collaboration at this point in time, but you never know what’ll happen in the pop world. Her “Bad Liar” is, truthfully, the Most Added tune at pop radio, with a total of 133 stations on board in its first week. Gomez has a total of seven top ten songs at the format since 2011, four of which have climbed to #1, with three of those coming from her last set, Revival. Gomez also appears as the vocalist on Kygo‘s hit “It Ain’t Me”, which was #3 (and bulleted) on last Sunday’s official update. Now is certainly a super time to be a Selenator. (By the way, Lamond’s “Bad Of The Heart” reached #26 on Radio & Records in July 1990. It was his only CHR hit.)

TWO AND A FIFTH: Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello has her eye on some Top 40 tears, so grab a tissue or two before you press play. “Crying In The Club” is a part of the Most Added Club this week, a very exclusive society, scoring 81 adds on impact in the runner-up slot. Earlier this year, Cabello spent two weeks at the top as a part of a duet with Machine Gun Kelly, “Bad Things”. That single is based around an interpolation of “Out Of My Head” by Fastball, a #8 hit from August 1999. Her latest hit samples another smash from the same time period, Christina Aguilera‘s “Genie In A Bottle”, a four-week #1 from September of that year. Wanna guess who feels old right about now? Cabello’s solo debut, The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving., is due later this year.

JOY AND PAYNE: The final member of One Direction to reach the CHR/Top 40 format as a soloist is Liam Payne, and he is making quite the impact with his impacting single, “Strip That Down”. It takes the third Most Added spot this week, starting with 55 stations. Payne’s first single from his forthcoming album features rapper Quavo of the trio Migos, who’s been putting in the extra hours lately as the rent-a-rapper of choice for those pop songs with barren middle eight sections. (Do I need to start a campaign for saving the middle eight? #SaveTheM8) “Down” spent some time at #1 on the U.S.-based iTunes chart upon its release, though it no longer appears there.

FROM “SWISH” TO “SWITCH”: Just a few weeks after “Bon Appétit” ranked on the Most Added list, Katy Perry returns to a familiar spot with “Swish Swish”, the third single from her upcoming album Witness. With 51 stations on impact, it slips into fourth place this week. The new track features Nicki Minaj, who also appears as a featured artist on two other top 40 tracks on the chart: “Kissing Strangers” (#26) by DNCE and “Swalla” (#19) by Jason Derulo featuring Ty Dolla $ign. A little further down, we find “Switch”, a new collaboration from Iggy Azalea and featured artist Anitta. It’s in the eighth Most Added spot, receiving a total of 25 adds. Anitta is a Brazilian singer who is unknown to the U.S. pop audience, but we’ll see if this single provides a new opportunity for her to launch a career here.

1. SELENA GOMEZ, “Bad Liar” (Interscope)
, “Crying In The Club” (Epic)
3. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO, “Strip That Down” (Republic)
4. KATY PERRY featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Swish Swish” (Capitol)
5. MILEY CYRUS, “Malibu” (RCA)
6. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands” (Capitol)
7. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “Despacito (Remix)” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
8. IGGY AZALEA featuring ANITTA“Switch” (Def Jam)
9. KYGO & ELLIE GOULDING, “First Time” (Interscope/RCA)
10. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “Redbone” (Glassnote)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 21, 2017

Hot for Bleacher(s).

40. Katy Perry – Swish Swish
37. Liam Payne – Strip That Down | HIGHEST DEBUT

33. Tom Walker – Just You And I (39)
28. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
20. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (27)
(see #10, #8 below)

10. DNCE – Kissing Strangers (15) | PEAK: #10
09. Imagine Dragons – Believer (05) | PEAK: #03
08. Scott Helman – Kinda Complicated (13) | PEAK: #08
07. New Politics – One Of Us (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Lorde – Green Light (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Noah Kahan – Young Blood (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (07) | PEAK: #04
03. James TW – Ex (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LANY – ILYSB (1)
2. Jasmine Thompson – Old Friends (7)
3. TLC – Way Back (3)
4. Jukebox The Ghost – Stay The Night (2)
5. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (5)
6. John Mayer – In The Blood (8)
7. The 1975 – A Change Of Heart (4)
8. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – So Close (-)
9. Ingrid Michaelson – Celebrate (10)
10. Ruth B. – If This Is Love (6)

In The Mix:
Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
Billy Raffoul – Driver
Chord Overstreet – Hold On (new)
Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls
LeAnn Rimes – Love Is Love Is Love
Loote – High Without Your Love (new)
Mary Lambert – Know Your Name
Milky Chance – Blossom
Mondo Cozmo – Automatic (new)
Oh Wonder – Ultralife
Saint Motel – Destroyer
The Score – Legend (new)
Welshly Arms – Legendary
ZZ Ward – Help Me Mama

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to the fourth member of One Direction to hit my chart as a soloist. He’s Liam Payne, and he’s new at #37 with “Strip That Down”. The album version of this single features rapper Quavo of the trio Migos. The 23-year-old performer lands on the survey as Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” (#20) and Harry Styles‘s “Sign Of The Times” (#2) remain active, which could make for an interesting story later this summer. We’ll see how it goes. For now, Payne is off to a good start!
  • Katy Perry has this week’s other debut with “Swish Swish”, landing at #40. It’s the third radio single from her forthcoming album Witness, which you’ll witness in stores on June 9. The album version features rapper Nicki Minaj. This track comes about a month after “Bon Appétit” debuted, which stalled out at multiple formats following mixed research and tepid digital sales and streaming data. Will Perry’s new era get back on track? Stay tuned.
  • Next week, new radio songs from Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness and John Mayer, as well as a potential chart newcomer, Jasmine Thompson, should be among the stronger candidates in the running for a top 40 debut. However, as the number of big summer releases continues to grow, will anything pop up before the Memorial Day Weekend? Find out on Sunday!

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 14, 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. A very Happy Mother’s Day from PGTC to everybody celebrating out there, including my own Mom, my first blog fan and the best supporter out there! Now, it is time to let this baby into the world, give it some love and let it grow up to be a fantastic young pop chart report. (Someone pass the tissues!) Here is why CHR stands for can’t help reminiscing…

THE “LIKE” SPIKE: For the third week in a row, pop and R&B star Bruno Mars orbits around the #1 spot with his international smash “That’s What I Like”. The video for it will likely be closing in on 400 million views in the coming week, as it recently surpassed the 300 million stream mark on Spotify. (That’s a whole lot of millions, and they aren’t in my wallet. Can we change that?) The party is nearly over for Mars, as he’ll pass the baton next week to “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay. The song holds at #2 for the second week. By the way, the last time the top two tracks in the nation both had the word “like” in their titles was in October 2011, when “Moves Like Jagger” (#1) by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera and “Someone Like You” (#2) by Adele were ruling the radio. See, kids, liking is cool in any era.

Beyond those top two records, there isn’t much to “like” about the titles in this week’s chart. One of last week’s top 40 entries, “Body Like A Back Road” by Country crossover star Sam Hunt, is up 40-39 with a smaller gain in spins. At the present time, no additional titles with a likable sentiment are impacting at the format. However, the season is still young, and that’s certainly something to like.

NIALL AND ERROR: Three members of One Direction gone solo are bouncing around the Top 40 chart this week, but just one has a debut record, and it happens to be this week’s highest new entry. Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” jumps from outside the top 50, making a lofty entrance at #35. This is the Irish singer and songwriter’s second solo hit on the pop survey, with “This Town” reaching a #12 peak earlier this year. With 60% of the boy band in the top 40, we’re very close to achieving a week in which all of their original members find themselves somewhere in the top 40 with solo hits. This kind of occurrence has only happened once on the CHR list. I think you’re aware of which influential band pulled it off the last time. (Hint: it was an early Christmas/Hanukkah gift in 1974.) Look out for the debut of member Liam Payne‘s “Strip That Down”, featuring Quavo, on Friday. It’s sure to be a hot tune, so load up on those flame emojis.

Now, the only issue with this equation is that ZAYN‘s “Still Got Time”, which features PARTYNEXTDOOR, takes a nasty fall of 11 notches this week from its peak of #20. Needless to say, that single will likely be beneath the top 40 next week, and he would need to have a follow-up on the horizon in the next few weeks. Also, with Louis Tomlinson not announcing any singles as of late, though I presume he’s been working on material, he too would need to build up some buzz before properly launching some music here. It will take some teamwork, between the clients, their labels and the gatekeepers/programmers at the format, but I think it can be done. (It would be amazing if it happens!)

SWING OUT, SISTERS: Two breakouts on this week’s pop chart are by two sisters who found a way and said what they wanted to say, at least as far their current hits. The higher of the pair lands at #37: “Malibu” by Miley Cyrus, her ninth top 40 hit. No, it is not a hot Hole remake, but that “Malibu” hit #35 (2/12/99 R&R) and served as the rock group’s only successful crossover single. Well, I don’t think Cyrus was jamming to Courtney Love and company at age six, but who knows? In any case, that debut is bolstered by first day hourly airplay for the afternoon of its release. However, with a chart-topping bow on iTunes, and plenty of streaming during the last few days, this California confection is sure to strum up the charts and stick around for the summer.

Younger sister Noah Cyrus crawls into the countdown at #49 with “Stay Together”. You might recall that this entry was featured in the Add Lib report from about three weeks ago, and it continues to gain at the format, thanks in part to an upcoming appearance at a summer event sponsored by radio giant iHeartMedia. (In fact, both sisters will be there.) Previous single “Make Me (Cry)”, featuring Labrinth, reached #19 earlier this year. Two sisters debuting with separate solo chart entries in the same week is definitely a rarity. We’ll see if the panel can make room for both of them in the top tier of the chart very soon.

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TOP TEN: A New Direction

The Zayn event.

The Zayn event.

Yesterday, it was announced that Zayn Malik would be leaving the hugely successful boy band One Direction, which brings the act down to a quartet for the remainder of their current tour and forthcoming fifth studio album, which is expected out in the later part of the year. In a statement, Malik said, in part, that he is exiting to be “a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.” He also wishes his four bandmates well: “I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.” Of course, this led to immediate speculation that Malik could pursue a solo career and that the group of four could split entirely at some point, but let’s take the wait and see approach with those two thoughts. This is still fresh.

As a quintet, One Direction launched over a dozen singles into the top 40 on various charts around the world, including on my own chart. Though the future isn’t entirely clear, for the current time, these are the top ten songs (so far) from the former X Factor contestants on my top 40:

*** Rankings are based on year-end point totals from 2011 onward; “Night Changes” total is as of the chart dated March 22, 2015

10. “Kiss You”
Album: Take Me Home (2012)
Peak: #9

09. “Best Song Ever”
Album: Midnight Memories (2013)
Peak: #10

08. “Gotta Be You”
Album: Up All Night (2012, U.S. release)
Peak: #11

07. “Little Things”
Album: Take Me Home (2012)
Peak: #10

06. “Steal My Girl”
Album: FOUR (2014)
Peak: #7

05. “Live While We’re Young”
Album: Take Me Home (2012)
Peak: #2

04. “Night Changes”
Album: FOUR (2014)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

03. “One Thing”
Album: Up All Night (2012, U.S. release)
Peak: #5

02. “Story Of My Life”
Album: Midnight Memories (2013)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. “What Makes You Beautiful”
Album: Up All Night (2012, U.S. release)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

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