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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 8, 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. We’ve got the lotion for pop commotion: all the notable Top 40 titles that spent some time in the sun in the last few days. Grab a cool drink and check out these radio stats:

“MINE” AND MINE ALONE: In its 20th week in the top 40, “Mine” from 20-year-old newcomer Bazzi advances 2-1. No, it’s not up 20 spins this week, but rather, about 680 detections. The follow-up to “Mine”, a single called “Beautiful”, leaps into the top 50 on the Rhythmic survey this week. Both tunes are taken from the album Cosmic, which made the top 15 on the Billboard 200 list earlier this year. Next Sunday, look for Bazzi to face some strong competition from Ariana Grande‘s “No Tears Left To Cry”, climbing 3-2 and moving quickly. Overall action is slower this week, largely due to the midweek holiday, though numbers should be headed north again in the coming days.

IF I HAD NO LOOTE: As two of last week’s collaborative debuts bolt into the top 40 this week, three new tracks are breaking onto the chart in the lower regions of the top 50. The highest of the three, landing at #48, is the first entry at this format for the New York duo Loote. “Your Side Of The Bed” was co-written by the duo, comprised of college pals Emma Lov Block and Jackson Foote. In the fall of last year, the duo’s most well-known composition to date, “No Promises” by Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato, managed a #6 peak in September after a slow run up the survey. Just below them, the English trio Years & Years checks in at #49 with their first entry in just over three years, “If You’re Over Me”. It’s the first U.S. single from their recent release Palo Santo. Their only other chart single to date, “King”, went to #37. (“Desire” impacted at the format several months later, but just missed the top 50.) Lastly, a format mainstay hops aboard at #50 with his third entry of 2018. Justin Timberlake is new with “SoulMate”, a one-off release (or so we think) that made its debut on Tuesday. It got as high as #3 on iTunes several days ago.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 15, 2018

Another youthful chart-topper.

Take five seconds (or more time than that, we can hope) to check out all of this week’s noteworthy albums, from bubbling boy bands to bold rappers. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – Youngblood (iTunes)
After moving their album’s release date up a week, which seems like a rarity these days, these four Australian musicians are looking for their third #1 on the Billboard 200. The new set includes the radio singles “Want You Back” and the title track, which is currently at #1 in their home country. Will it beat streaming monsters from acts like Kanye West and Post Malone? We’ll see soon.

NAS – Nasir (iTunes)
Just in case you haven’t had enough West this summer, he also executive-produced this set, which marks the first studio album for Nas in six years. With five solo #1 titles to date, there’s a very real possibility that this could become his sixth, but again, the competitors are fierce. Stay tuned!

Notable albums out this week: Buddy Guy‘s The Blues Is Alive And Well (iTunes), Christina Aguilera‘s Liberation (iTunes), Chromeo‘s Head Over Heels (iTunes), Jacquees‘s 4275 (iTunes), Jay Rock‘s Redemption (iTunes), Mayday Parade‘s Sunnyland (iTunes), Mike Shinoda‘s Post Traumatic (iTunes), The Gaslight Anthem‘s The ’59 Sound Sessions (iTunes), Welles‘s Red Trees And White Trashes (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Betty Who‘s Betty, Pt. 1 (iTunes), DNCE‘s People To People (iTunes), Gladius‘s Revelation (iTunes), Grandson‘s A Modern Tragedy Vol. 1 (iTunes), King Princess‘s Make My Bed (iTunes), Loote‘s Single (iTunes), Paul Rey‘s Note To Self (iTunes), Ruel‘s Ready (iTunes), Vigiland‘s V (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Amore”, Pitbull featuring Leona Lewis (iTunes)
“Bed” / “Rich Sex”, Nicki Minaj featuring Ariana Grande / Lil Wayne (iTunes) (iTunes)
“Big Kids”, Lukr (iTunes)
“Big Little Life”, Mikey Wax (iTunes)
“Bonnie I Want You” / “Your Body”, Plain White T’s (iTunes)
“Born To Be Yours”, Kygo & Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Carried Away”, Overstreet (iTunes)
“Check This Out”, Marshmello (iTunes)
“Cherry Papers”, Jay Sean (iTunes)
“Colors (Wideboys Remix)”, Jason Derulo (iTunes)
“Come Down”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Dance To This”, Troye Sivan featuring Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“Dream”, Eighty Ninety (iTunes)
“Erase”, FRND (iTunes)
“Everything Is Fine”, All Time Low (iTunes)
“Focus (Demo)”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Frozen Frames”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Girls (Martin Jensen Remix)”, Rita Ora featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX (iTunes)
“Ghost”, FRANKIE x Scott Hoying featuring One Night (iTunes)
“Gold Rush”, Death Cab For Cutie (iTunes)
“Growing Pains”, Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“I’m A Mess”, Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
“If You Wanna Love Somebody”, Tom Odell (iTunes)
“Just My Type”, The Vamps (iTunes)
“Lately”, Noah Cyrus + Tanner Alexander (iTunes)
“Let Me Live”, Rudimental & Major Lazer featuring Anne-Marie & Mr. Eazi (iTunes)
“Low Key In Love”, Jaira Burns (iTunes)
“Messy (R3HAB Remix), Kiiara (iTunes)
“Mine”, Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“Oceans”, Martin Garrix featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“One Kiss (Valentino Khan Remix)”, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Run Away With Me”, Peter Thomas with Leland (iTunes)
“Savage”, Sam Tinnesz featuring 7kingZ (iTunes)
“Shed A Tear”, Kodaline (iTunes)
“Superlove”, Whethan featuring Oh Wonder (iTunes)
“The Middle”, Parachute (iTunes)
“Undo”, RL Grime featuring Jeremih & Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“Unlonely”, Jason Mraz (iTunes)
“Vows”, Mullally (iTunes)
“Water”, Kim Cesarion (iTunes)
“When We Were Young”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Where’s My Love (Sam Feldt Remix)”, SYML (iTunes)
“Woop Woop”, Kid Ink (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Bebe Rexha, Dan + ShayPanic! At The Disco and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 24, 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: Ariana Grande stocks up on Top 40 tissues for her new track “No Tears Left To Cry”, as adds for the single flood this Tuesday’s report. Stay dry, because we’re about to add ’em up:

WHO’S CRYING NOW?: Leading her forthcoming studio album, due sometime later this year, “No Tears Left To Cry” from pop singer Ariana Grande is well ahead at the top spot on this week’s Top 40 report, landing 156 stations on impact. Grande’s largest adds week to date at the format was for “Focus”, which took in 158 stations during its first week on a run toward #13 for two weeks in November and December 2015. (Hey, we can only hope for a better result with this song.) “Tears” debuted way up at #30 on the weekend’s published update, thanks in part to hourly airplay from iHeartMedia stations throughout the day on Friday. The release also tops this week’s station leaderboards at the Hot AC and Rhythmic formats.

Will Nicky Jam and J Balvin‘s “X” be the next successful Latin crossover? With a new version in English, the collaboration takes 21 stations from the panel this week, tying for a third place finish. The two soloists have previously charted at the format in the last couple of years, but not on the same top 40 song. Tying for ninth place, with ten stations, is another terrific twosome that regularly records as a duo: Loote, new with “Your Side Of The Bed”. The New York act has yet to make the top 40 here, though they have as co-writers and producers of “No Promises” by Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato, which got to #6 last September.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ARIANA GRANDE, “No Tears Left To Cry” (Republic)
2. ZAYN, “Let Me” (RCA)
3-T. DRAKE, “Nice For What” (YMCMB/Republic)
3-T. NICKY JAM & J BALVIN, “X” (Sony Latin/RCA)
5-T. CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA, “One Kiss” (Columbia)
5-T. CHARLIE PUTH featuring KEHLANI, “Done For Me” (APG/Atlantic)
7. RUDIMENTAL featuring JESS GLYNNE, MACKLEMORE & DAN CAPLEN, “These Days” (Big Beat/RRP)
8. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)
9-T. LOOTE, “Your Side Of The Bed” (Island/Republic)
9-T. NE-YO, BEBE REXHA & STEFFLON DON, “Push Back” (Motown/Capitol)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 23-24, 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:

ARIANA GRANDE – “No Tears Left To Cry” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Thanks to hourly airplay via iHeartMedia during its first day, Grande’s newest song is well into the top 30 here.

KYGO featuring MIGUEL – “Remind Me To Forget” (Ultra/RCA)
Album: Kids In Love (2017)
Past T40 History: Both performers each have four top 40 entries so far this decade; will they be able to extend those totals to five?

LOOTE – “Your Side Of The Bed” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: With two previous singles serviced to the format, will the third time be the charm for this New York-based duo?

Next week: the current singles from Bryce Vine and Tom Walker have seen some solid early action from the panel, but the new collaboration from Liam Payne and J Balvin will be charging toward the top. Who takes the throne? Stay tuned.

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

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (July 10-11, 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 seven fresh singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

JONAS BLUE featuring WILLIAM SINGE – “Mama” (Capitol)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Blue’s “Perfect Strangers” reached #45 for three weeks around the holidays. This is Singe’s first Top 40 release.

LOOTE – “High Without Your Love” (4th & B’way/Island/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: None; this is the duo’s first release at the format. Jackson Foote and Emma Lov are currently in New York City.

RITA ORA – “Your Song” (Atlantic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Ora has three main-credited entries that stalled in the 20’s, and one #1 feature on Iggy Azalea’s “Black Widow”.

THE CHAINSMOKERS – “Honest” (Disruptor/Columbia)
Album: Memories…Do Not Open (2017)
Past T40 History: The duo has six top 40 songs to date, two that stopped at #3 and another three that have totaled 14 weeks at #1.

THE REVIVALISTS – “Wish I Knew You” (Washington Square/Concord/in2une)
Album: Men Amongst Mountains (2015)
Past T40 History: None; this is the band’s first release at the format. In May, the track spent a week at #1 on the Alternative chart.

ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE – “Get Low” (Interscope)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Zedd’s nine chart songs include a recent six-week #1, “Stay”. Payne’s first solo hit, “Strip That Down”, is top 20.

Next week: Demi Lovato isn’t “Sorry” about her latest move, while Kesha is “Praying” for a great impact at the format. You’ll be sure to see more names in the mix as well! Stay tuned…

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