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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 12, 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. Veterans come in all shapes, sizes, ages and genders, but we’re celebrating them all this weekend, including all of our legendary chart veterans. Hey, they’re veterans too. Who’s going to be a part of our next crop of pop icons? They may be featured in the mix below…

“STILL” THE MAN: Two weeks ago, it topped the pop chart, following its runs at #1 on the Alternative, Hot AC and Triple A lists. Last week, it slipped a notch to #2. Now, it returns to the top, bringing Portugal pop to the masses. Of course, that’s Portugal. The Man and their crossover smash “Feel It Still”, spending its second nonconsecutive week at #1 here on the Top 40 airwaves. “Still” is the first song in a year to return to #1 after falling out, the last one being “Closer” by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey, whose ten-week run at the top was interrupted for one frame by “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber. (Since 2010, a total of six #1 songs have completed the reversal.)

“Still” remains active across several radio formats, currently sitting at #2 and #3 on the Hot AC and Alternative lists, respectively. It also has a home in the top 40 on the Spanish survey, perhaps working the Portugal angle a little more than it needs to. (I’m not sure that we need a “Siéntalo Todavía” remix with Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam at this point.) Look for the band’s new song “Live In The Moment”, which soars from 50-35 on the Alternative chart this week, to potentially accumulate some crossover airplay in 2018.

“GAME” ON, TAYLOR: With her new album likely to open over the million mark in its first week, her fourth consecutive to reach that lofty goal, superstar Taylor Swift is in Top 40 heaven this week. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Swift continues to see action with multiple current songs on pop playlists across the U.S. from her top-selling reputation release. On the most recent chart at the format, second single “…Ready For It?” rises from 15-14, former chart-topper “Look What You Made Me Do” dips from 24-28 and album cut “Gorgeous” rebounds from 49-45 from unsolicited airplay. However, that’s just one part of the story.

Needless to say, with an event record like this one, airplay of additional album cuts from the record was pretty overwhelming. Radio giant iHeartMedia aired all 15 songs from the effort hourly (one per hour) for much of Friday across its Hot AC and Top 40 stations, then featured an album release party on both formats later that evening. Combined with additional spins from stations belonging to both small and large groups, a handful of songs are showing potential as choices for future singles from the album. Leading the way, “End Game” (featuring Ed Sheeran and Future) looks like it could be a future chart-topper, coming in at #50 at the Top 40 chart, with “Delicate” and “I Did Something Bad” landing just below the top 50. Stay tuned to see how they develop into next year.

THE “FRIEND” OF THE BEGINNING: If you bought Apple’s new iPhone X, or are thinking about it, you may already know the hot track that’s been all over the commercials for it, though perhaps not the artist or the title. Debuting at #44, “Best Friend” by duo Sofi Tukker gives the New York act their first song on the pop chart, though they’ve been buzzing in the streaming world since last year. Members Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern joined forces with NERVO, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno for the single, which originally came out in September. The situation is reminiscent of another New York duo, Marian Hill, whose single “Down” was incorporated into an Apple ad, reacted and quickly peaked at #10 in March. We can only hope for the best results for this song.

“Friend” isn’t the only multi-act collaboration entering on this week’s pop survey. Two other songs making their first appearances in the top 50 include “Homemade Dynamite” by Lorde, at #47, in a remix featuring Khalid, Post Malone and SZA, and “No Limit” by G-Eazy, at #58, featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B. Lorde’s Melodrama, a #1 album earlier this year, was responsible for one additional chart single, “Green Light”, which reached #19 in April. Meanwhile, the pre-order for G-Eazy’s new album, The Beautiful & Damned, went live on Friday. It’s due for release on December 15, just in time for your last-minute Christmas wish list. (We know you want it. Well, maybe not. Socks and underwear could be your thing, but the gift of music is just dandy too.)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 7, 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 and Marshmello are on the pop prowl once again, with several other collaborations in the mix, both by new and established acts. Here’s what’s hot on this cold November night:

“WOLVES” AT THE DOOR: No surprise to see “Wolves” from Interscope’s Selena Gomez and RCA’s Marshmello leading a for a second week on this week’s CHR/Top 40 report, picking up 72 more stations on impact, which adds to its pre-impact number of 36 stations from last Tuesday. Having just soared from 47-33 on this past Sunday’s official update to become her 17th top 40 hit since 2010, a new top 30 placement this weekend seems very likely. NF‘s “Let You Down” (30 adds) and Liam Payne‘s “Bedroom Floor” (23 adds) round out the top three, the former of which ranked at #31 on Sunday and is also trending toward the top 30.

The biggest breakout from this week’s report comes from a duo that’s new to the Top 40 format, Sofi Tukker. Back in September, their single “Best Friend” was used in an introductory video for Apple’s new iPhone X model. Well, now that the phone is out, their track, featuring NERVO, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno, is experiencing a second life at pop stations, landing 21 stations (coming in fourth place) this Tuesday. That total puts it just ahead of the 20 adds (fifth place) that Clean Bandit‘s “I Miss You” secured on the report, which features singer Julia Michaels. “Miss” recently debuted in the top 30 on the U.K.’s official singles chart. Does it have enough strength to become the trio’s third top ten single at the format? Stay tuned!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. SELENA GOMEZ x MARSHMELLO, “Wolves” (Interscope)
2. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
3. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
4. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
5. CLEAN BANDIT featuring JULIA MICHAELS, “I Miss You” (Big Beat/RRP)
6-T. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
6-T. LORDE featuring KHALID, POST MALONE and SZA, “Homemade Dynamite (Remix)” (Lava/Republic)
8. CHEAT CODES featuring FETTY WAP, “Feels Great” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
9-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “How Long” (Atlantic)
9-T. DEMI LOVATO, “Tell Me You Love Me” (Island/Republic)

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

ALEX AIONO featuring TRINIDAD CARDONA – “Does It Feel Like Falling” (Interscope)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Both soloists are newcomers here. Cardona’s song “Jennifer” has some minor airplay from the Rhythmic panel.

BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
EP: All Your Fault: Pt. 2 (2017)
Past T40 History: Rexha’s had ten top 40 titles since her first in 2014, one going to #1. The country duo has three pop hits to date.

CHEAT CODES featuring FETTY WAP – “Feels Great” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: The EDM trio is coming off a #6 song in “No Promises”, while the New Jersey rapper looks for his sixth pop hit.

CNCO & LITTLE MIX – “Reggaetón Lento (Remix)” (Syco/Columbia)
Album: Primera Cita (2016) (original version)
Past T40 History: The male quintet is new here, while the female quartet has three top 40 singles to date. In the U.K., it got to #5.

LIAM PAYNE – “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Payne topped the pop chart two weeks ago with “Strip That Down”, which falls to #4 on the most recent survey.

LORDE featuring POST MALONE, KHALID & SZA – “Homemade Dynamite (Remix)” (Lava/Republic)
Album: Melodrama (2017) (original version)
Past T40 History: The New Zealand performer has four top 40 songs to date. Her previous entry, “Green Light”, hit #19 in March.

NF – “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
Album: Perception (2017)
Past T40 History: “Down” just made top 50 at this format, becoming his first chart single. His latest album recently entered at #1.

Next week: The latest singles from Avicii and Rita Ora, as well as Harry Styles, are among next Tuesday’s top contenders.

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

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 30, 2017

Four-an for Horan.

DEBUTS
40. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind
37. Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals – Back To You
36. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
26. The Script – Rain (32) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks (tie)
23. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (29) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
12. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Lorde – Perfect Places (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (06) | PEAK: #06
08. Tom Walker – Just You And I (07) | PEAK: #07
07. HAIM – Want You Back (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LP – No Witness (3)
2. Dean Lewis – Waves (2)
3. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (1)
4. BANNERS – Someone To You (5)
5. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (7)
6. All Time Low – Good Times (4)
7. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (6)
8. Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale (9)
9. Why Don’t We – Something Different (-)
10. Dua Lipa – New Rules (-)

In The Mix:
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Echosmith – Goodbye
James TW – Please Keep Loving Me (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP
Passenger – Simple Song (new)
Sabrina Carpenter – Why (new)
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by the group who had the third-biggest song on Alternative radio in 2015 with “Renegades”. It spent 11 weeks at #1. Two years later, X Ambassadors is looking for a chart-topper on both that radio list and my own top 40 with “Ahead Of Myself”, which is taken from their forthcoming album. It enters at #36. Their Cayuga Sound Festival is a little less than two months away, and I’m sure they’ll be playing plenty of new material at it.
  • The four members of the final (well, at least for now) lineup of One Direction are now in my top 40 as soloists, with Niall Horan at #1, Liam Payne at #2 and #24, Harry Styles at #18 and #23, and coming in at #37, Louis Tomlinson‘s first solo entry on my personal chart, “Back To You”. The song features Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals. Hey ZAYN, where are you? Let’s make it all five original members on the chart at the same time!
  • Finally, at #40, is the first entry on my chart for a new boy band called PRETTYMUCH. “Would You Mind” was released a week ago, getting all sorts of New Music Friday playlisting across the globe, while it impacts at Top 40 radio on August 22.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 23, 2017

Horan’s home again.

DEBUTS
39. The All-American Rejects – Sweat
36. Lights – Giants | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. The Script – Rain (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
29. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (34)
27. Zedd & Liam Payne – Get Low (32)
(see #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Lorde – Perfect Places (12) | PEAK: #10
09. HAIM – Want You Back (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (13) | PEAK: #08
07. Tom Walker – Just You And I (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (1)
2. Dean Lewis – Waves (2)
3. LP – No Witness (3)
4. All Time Low – Good Times (5)
5. BANNERS – Someone To You (10)
6. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (8)
7. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (7)
8. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind (-)
9. Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale (-)
10. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself (-)

In The Mix:
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Echosmith – Goodbye
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals – Back To You (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP (new)
Secret Weapons – Ghost
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is a giant. No, seriously. “Giants” is the first entry on my chart for Lights, and it’s new at #36. In 2010, the musician bubbled under my personal chart with a song called “Saviour”, though she’s had several chart hits in her native Canada. “Giants” impacts at Hot AC radio on Monday, and currently ranks in the top 50 on the Hot AC list up north.
  • Debuting at #39 is the first top 40 entry in five years for The All-American Rejects. “Sweat” is one of two new songs that the band released earlier this month, and it recently impacted at the Hot AC format. In 2003, the group scored their only #1 on my chart with “Swing, Swing”, which spent three weeks at the top that June and July.

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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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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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