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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 19, 2018

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Shore looks like a good week on the chart waters for all the top albums and singles on the schedule. These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LIL YACHTY – Nuthin 2 Prove (iTunes)
Docking his lil boat in stores this week, the latest set from this popular performer will certainly be in the running for the top spot next week, especially if attracts a large streaming audience. The album features collaborations with Kevin Gates, Lil Baby and others.

FUTURE & JUICE WRLD WRLD On Drugs (iTunes)
After the debut of lead single “Fine China” earlier this week, this collaborative album is expected to drop on Friday, which should fuel some larger streaming numbers. Both artists reached the top five on the Billboard 200 list with separate sets in the summer.

DISTURBED – Evolution (iTunes)
Led by the single “Are You Ready?”, which remains at #1 on the Active Rock chart, the group’s seventh studio album is looking to continue a streak of five chart-topping albums in a row on the Billboard 200 list. Will that total evolve into six? It’ll be close.

GRETA VAN FLEET – Anthem Of The Peaceful Army (iTunes)
After two successful EPs, the first full-length album from these rockers hits stores today. The current single from it is “When The Curtain Falls”, a minor top 40 entry on the Alternative chart that holds in the top three at the Active Rock format.

Notable albums out this week: Ace Frehley‘s Spaceman (iTunes), Arkells‘s Rally Cry (iTunes), Dua Lipa‘s Dua Lipa (Complete Edition) (iTunes), Elle King‘s Shake The Spirit (iTunes), Empress Of‘s Us (iTunes), Major Lazer‘s Major Lazer Essentials (iTunes), ‘s Forever Neverland (iTunes), Neneh Cherry‘s Broken Politics (iTunes), Phony Ppl‘s mō’zā-ik. (iTunes), Queen‘s Bohemian Rhapsody (Soundtrack) (iTunes), RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s Solace (iTunes)

Notable holiday albums out this week: Lindsey Stirling‘s Warmer In The Winter (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Martina McBride‘s It’s The Holiday Season (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: 2CELLOS‘s Let There Be Cello (iTunes), Abir‘s Mint (iTunes), Au/Ra‘s X Games (iTunes), Dominic Fike‘s Don’t Forget About Me (Demos) (iTunes), Jesse Ruben‘s Hope (iTunes), Jessie Reyez‘s Being Human In Public (iTunes), Khalid‘s Suncity (iTunes), Martin Garrix‘s Bylaw (iTunes), Minus The Bear‘s Fair Enough (iTunes), Nothing But Thieves‘s What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way? (iTunes), Scott Helman‘s Hang Ups (iTunes), ZOLA‘s Everything I Know (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“All The Time”, SoMo (iTunes)
“Angels (Acoustic)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Arrows”, Missy Higgins (iTunes)
“Bad Side”, Girl Wilde (iTunes)
“Blue Vacation”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“Breakaway”, Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Carmelo”, HOLYCHILD (iTunes)
“Chasing Parties”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“Conversations With My Wife”, Jon Bellion (iTunes)
“Cry Alone”, Lil Peep (iTunes)
“Details”, Maisie Peters (iTunes)
“Down For Me”, Dev (iTunes)
“DrIP Drip Drip”, Tory Lanez featuring Meek Mill (iTunes)
“Electricity (Acoustic)”, Silk City & Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Empty Space”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Ever Young”, Marisa Maino (iTunes)
“Fake Love (Japanese Version)”, BTS (iTunes)
“Fighting”, Tep No (iTunes)
“Fingers”, ZAYN (iTunes)
“Friends House” and “Split In Two”, Broken Hands (iTunes)
“Go Tell Her Now”, Tom Odell (iTunes)
“Hands Dirty”, Delta Rae (iTunes)
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, Mitchell Tenpenny (iTunes)
“Horizons”, Super Duper (iTunes)
“How Did I Find You”, NEIKED featuring Miriam Bryant (iTunes)
“I Love”, Joyner Lucas (iTunes)
“It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“Just A Little Crush”, Malia Civetz (iTunes)
“Let’s Fall In Love For The Night”, FINNEAS (iTunes)
“Loyal To Me (Acoustic)”, Nina Nesbitt (iTunes)
“Moves (Sebastian Perez Remix)”, Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Neon Prayer Flags”, The Wind + The Wave (iTunes)
“Nervous Energy”, Glades (iTunes)
“No Matter What”, Calum Scott (iTunes)
“Nobody”, Kiya Lacey featuring Jeffrey James (iTunes)
“None Of My Business”, Cher Lloyd (iTunes)
“One Drink”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Party Of One”, Brandi Carlile featuring Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Power Over Me”, Dermot Kennedy (iTunes)
“Real Friends”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Revelation”, Troye Sivan & Jónsi (iTunes)
“Ruin My Life”, Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“Show Me Love”, Isaac Gracie (iTunes)
“Sucker Punch (Four Tet Remix)”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Sugar Daddy”, Pistol Annies (iTunes)
“Sunflower”, Post Malone featuring Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Sweet Sunshine (Acoustic)”, NUUXS (iTunes)
“The Distance”, Mariah Carey featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“The Heights”, Thomston (iTunes)
“The Unfortunate Gent”, Ed Drewett (iTunes)
“Thinking Bout U”, Kodie Shane (iTunes)
“Toxins”, Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Truth”, Devon Gilfillian featuring Tate Tucker (iTunes)
“Vibe”, Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“Vices”, John Splithoff (iTunes)
“When The Party’s Over”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Why Does It Hurt”, JHart (iTunes)
“With You”, Mokita (iTunes)
“You Belong”, Rachel Platten (iTunes)
“You Come First”, Zak Abel featuring Saweetie (iTunes)

Next week: look out for seasonal albums from John Legend and Pentatonix and other studio releases from Andrea Bocelli, The Struts and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 5, 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. August is here, and the end of summer may be a hard subject to think about. However, there are still plenty of nice summer songs in the top 40, some of which should carry into the fall months. Let’s see what’s popping this Sunday:

THIS ONE’S FOR THE “GIRLS”: Girls run the world, and “Girls Like You” is still running the pop world, as the current hit from Maroon 5 and Cardi B has a strong hold at #1 for its second week. It eclipses the 19,000 spin mark, which is due in part to a panel shift last month that allowed several new stations to report to the format. “Girls” climbs from 3-1 at the Hot AC format, their 13th on that particular chart. Elsewhere, the track rises from 18-15 on the AC chart, while moving up one spot to #24 on the Rhythmic chart. Look out for Post Malone‘s “Better Now”, which vaults from 7-2 on the Top 40 list, following a weakened top five over the past few weeks. When it hits the top spot later this month, it will officially become Malone’s second #1 song of the 2018 calendar year.

“HAPPY” TO BE HERE: Blasting onto the countdown at #31, “Side Effects” pairs EDM duo The Chainsmokers with one of the frequent collaborators from their catalog, popular songwriter Emily Warren. It’s the ninth top 40 release for the two men, but just second for Warren, who was last credited as a featured artist on “Capsize” by pop duo FRENSHIP, which got as high as #21 for two weeks in November 2016. She was also heard (in an uncredited appearance) on another big hit by The Chainsmokers, “Paris”, which spent three weeks at #3 in April of last year. Newcomers Lovelytheband also break the top 40 with “Broken”, up 42-39. It held the #1 spot on the Alternative radio chart for six weeks this past spring. Lead singer Mitchy Collins just missed the top 40 four years ago as one half of the duo Oh Honey, whose “Be Okay” reached #46 on the Top 40 survey that June, spurred by satellite radio play and a sync on Glee.

Headed lower in the top 50, we find another four debuts, led by “Happy Now” from Zedd and Elley Duhé at #43. This track marks the latter performer’s first entry at the format. Tyga‘s current Rhythmic and Urban radio hit with Offset, “Taste”, is new at #47. It’s the first single by the lead artist to chart here in over three years; his prior entry, “Ayo”, a collaboration with Chris Brown, reached #27 in April 2015. New duo Social House takes “Magic In The Hamptons”, featuring Lil Yachty, into a magical spot at #48. Their first single has slowly crept its way onto the chart, having been released two months ago before its impact during the second week of July. Lastly, at #50, the first collaboration from Cheat Codes and Little Mix, “Only You”, is now officially on the Top 40 chart. On the U.K. singles chart, it’s still on the rise, having reached a new peak of #14 on the most recent update.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 10, 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: superstars Drake and Justin Timberlake are in their feelings with that top spot in sight, as they battle for the crown. Who’s leading the soul patrol? (Sorry, Taylor Hicks, not you.) Let’s add ’em up:

YOUR “SOUL” PROVIDER: With our holiday week in the rearview mirror, the Top 40 radio panel gets back to work with some cool new records in the heat of the summer. Of the most notable releases entering the top ten this week, “In My Feelings” by Drake and “SoulMate” by Justin Timberlake lead the way. It was a close race for most of the day, but in the end… yes, it was a tie! Each of the two songs reported 34 adds this week, which gives both “Feelings” and “SoulMate” bragging rights. Will either of these releases hold onto the top spot all on their own next week? We’ll see next Tuesday evening.

Elsewhere, Ella Mai‘s recent Urban radio chart-topper “Boo’d Up” scores a solid third place finish with 21 new stations. “Magic In The Hamptons” also gives new duo Social House a potential future hit at the pop format, as the Lil Yachty-assisted track scores 15 stations on impact, good for a fourth place finish.

Watch out for Juice WRLD‘s “Lucid Dreams”, a streaming monster that impacts here a week from now.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1-T. DRAKE, “In My Feelings” (YMCMB/Republic)
1-T. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “SoulMate” (RCA)
3. ELLA MAI, “Boo’d Up” (Interscope)
4. SOCIAL HOUSE featuring LIL YACHTY, “Magic In The Hamptons” (SB/Interscope)
5-T. BEBE REXHA, “I’m A Mess” (Warner Bros.)
5-T. NICKI MINAJ featuring ARIANA GRANDE, “Bed” (YMCMB/Republic)
7-T. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Youngblood” (Capitol)
7-T. BRYCE VINE, “Drew Barrymore” (Sire/Warner Bros.)
7-T. TIESTO & DZEKO featuring PREME and POST MALONE, “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)
10. KYGO featuring MIGUEL, “Remind Me To Forget” (Ultra/RCA)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (July 9-10, 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 three new hits impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DRAKE featuring MICHAEL JACKSON – “Don’t Matter To Me” (YMCMB/Republic)
Album: Scorpion (2018)
Past T40 History: Drake’s latest pop entry could become the third posthumous top 40 song for Jackson, who last charted in 2014.

ELLA MAI – “Boo’d Up” (10 Summers/Interscope)
EP: Ready (2017)
Past T40 History: This former chart-topper on the Urban list marks the English-born performer’s first hit to impact at the format.

SOCIAL HOUSE featuring LIL YACHTY – “Magic In The Hamptons” (SB/Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Already in rotation on Top 40 powerhouse Z100, this release marks the duo’s first tune to impact at this format.

Next week: Look out for massive streaming hit “Lucid Dreams” by Juice WRLD to dream its way toward the top of the list.

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 March 9, 2018

A logical March week.

You might not find 44 more releases you like this week, or on any given week, but there are certainly a lot of great albums and singles ready to hit the market. Here’s what you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

LOGIC – Bobby Tarantino II (iTunes)
Announced on social media yesterday, this mixtape (a sequel to a 2016 album) is expected this week. The rapper has released several tracks over the last few weeks, including “44 More”, “Overnight” and “Everyday”, a collaboration with DJ/producer Marshmello, which now has airplay at several radio formats. Given that momentum, there’s a good chance it could debut at the top of next week’s album survey.

LIL YACHTY – Lil Boat 2 (iTunes)
This popular rapper is sailing the chart waters once again with a sequel to his 2016 mixtape, featuring collaborations with performers like 2 Chainz, Offset and Quavo of Migos and many others. (A radio single hasn’t been named from the set as of yet.) His last studio album hit #5 in its opening week on the Billboard 200, and this release should easily return him to the top five.

Notable albums out this week: Calum Scott‘s Only Human (iTunes), Jake Miller‘s Silver Lining (iTunes), Liza Anne‘s Fine But Dying (iTunes), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats‘s Tearing At The Seams (iTunes), The Neighbourhood‘s The Neighbourhood (iTunes), Three Days Grace‘s Outsider (iTunes), A Wrinkle In Time (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Apollo LTD‘s Out Of Body (iTunes), Jeremih‘s The Chocolate Box (iTunes), MUNA‘s One Year On (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Acoustic”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Aftershock (Acoustic)”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Always”, Dan Farber featuring Boy Matthews (iTunes)
“Baby I’m A Queen”, Sofi Tukker (iTunes)
“Colors”, Jason Derulo (iTunes)
“Dreams (Acoustic)”, Harrison Storm (iTunes)
“Episode”, Spazz Cardigan (iTunes)
“Fire In Me”, John Newman (iTunes)
“Fly”, Marshmello featuring Leah Culver (iTunes)
“Get The F**k Off My D**k”, Vince Staples (iTunes)
“Girl Gang”, Gin Wigmore (iTunes)
“Higher” and “Three”, Lily Allen (iTunes)
“Hold My Girl”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“I Believe You”, FLETCHER (iTunes)
“Just Like That”, The Aces (iTunes)
“Look Back”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Love Blows”, Lissie (iTunes)
“Minimum Wage”, REMMI (iTunes)
“Miss You More At Night”, Wanderer (iTunes)
“Morning Is Coming”, Sting & Shaggy (iTunes)
“New York City”, Owl City (iTunes)
“No”, Alison Wonderland (iTunes)
“OKOKOK”, Jaira Burns (iTunes)
“Once In My Life”, The Decemberists (iTunes)
“Our Favourite Song (Acoustic)”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Panic Attacks”, Elohim featuring Yoshi Flower (iTunes)
“Pink Lemonade”, James Bay (iTunes)
“Remedy”, Kiah Victoria (iTunes)
“Ride Or Die”, The Knocks featuring Foster The People (iTunes)
“Sanctify”, Years & Years (iTunes)
“Space For Two”, Mr. Probz (iTunes)
“Super Cool”, Prelow (iTunes)
“Supercut (El-P Remix)”, Lorde featuring Run The Jewels (iTunes)
“There’s A Reason”, Wet (iTunes)
“Understood”, Rich Homie Quan (iTunes)
“We Got Love”, Jessica Mauboy (iTunes)
“Young & Free”, Dermot Kennedy (iTunes)
“Your Side Of The Bed”, Loote (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Scotty McCreery, The Decemberists and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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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.

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