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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 17, 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. Before we head into the holiday break and a short rest from the Sunday report, it’s time to report on those frosty finds one more time for 2017:

MERRY CAMILA-MAS: Gaining over 300 spins again this week, Camila Cabello‘s “Havana” is still a smash at Top 40 radio, as the Young Thug-assisted single stays at #1 for the fourth week in a row. “Havana” is nearly 2,800 spins ahead of this week’s #2 hit by Ed Sheeran, “Perfect”, which leaps from 4-2 with an impressive 2,000 spin increase. I’m sure Santa will have both tunes on top of his pop playlist, as he travels the globe with his trusty reindeer about a week from now. As the annual freeze overtakes the top 40, it’s unclear what week “Perfect” will swap places with “Havana”, but it should be on top by our first report of 2018.

Cabello’s new one, “Never Be The Same”, is looking at some great early numbers, as it soars into the top 50 at #44 this week. The hit was last week’s runner-up title on the Most Added report at pop radio, and when stations begin reporting adds again in January, the rest of the panel is likely to catch out quickly. Camila is due January 12, which should almost certainly debut at #1 on the album list. (By the way, Cabello’s entry is not a hot Christopher Cross remake, but his song of the same name spent two weeks at #3 on R&R in November 1980.

THE PRICE IS BRIGHT: With the first pop chart arrival from the soundtrack to Netflix’s Bright, “Home”, which enters at #45 on the current survey, teams Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors and Bebe Rexha for their first collaboration together. The film debuts on the service this Friday. Another release from the project, Bastille‘s “World Gone Mad”, is up a single notch from 18-17 on the Alternative chart. It’s hard to tell what kind of longevity the movie will have, given the unconventional launch of it at a busy time of the year, but the response so far to the tracks from it seems to indicate that, at the very least, the soundtrack will have some life at digital retail.

Further down the list, Eminem‘s recent Revival set provides us with a second top 50 song in “River”, featuring the aforementioned Sheeran, which comes in at #46. The rapper peaked at #41 two weeks ago with the Beyoncé-assisted “Walk On Water”. His newest set is expected to debut at or near the top of the Billboard 200 list, though it’ll do so with a significantly smaller sales frame than the majority of his catalog sold in their first weeks on sale. One notch lower, we find Louis Tomlinson and “Miss You”, new a #47. It’s likely to become the one-time One Direction member’s third solo top 40 single at the format in the new year, assuming it survives the dreaded holiday freeze.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (December 12, 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: G-Eazy and Halsey may be leading the charge once more, but that won’t stop impacting songs from Post Malone and Thirty Seconds To Mars, as well as a pre-impact track from Camila Cabello, in their quest for pop glory. Here’s what happened during the last impact date of 2017:

“SAME” IS THE NAME: While G-Eazy and Halsey‘s “Him & I” (on Capitol/RCA) holds at #1 on the latest Top 40 radio report this Tuesday, scoring with another 51 adds in its second week, Syco/Epic’s Camila Cabello engages in some early festive fun with this week’s runner-up song, “Never Be The Same”, netting 41 stations. (The hit officially impacts on January 9.) Of course, her new single comes as her last one, the Young Thug-assisted “Havana”, continues its run at the top of the weekly chart. Both singles can be found on her forthcoming self-titled album, due January 12.

Two other reactive tracks in the mix on this week’s report come from Interscope’s Thirty Seconds To Mars and Republic’s Post Malone, the former with “Walk On Water” (26 new stations) and the latter with “I Fall Apart” (25 new stations). The rock group’s latest, coming in fourth place with two other releases, was recently at #1 on the Alternative chart for four weeks. Malone’s song, an album cut from last year that was revived when a live video went viral several months ago, is approaching the top ten on Rhythmic radio. It’s in seventh place among the top ten Most Added songs.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. G-EAZY & HALSEY, “Him & I” (Capitol/RCA)
2. CAMILA CABELLO, “Never Be The Same” (Syco/Epic)
3. BTS featuring DESIIGNER, “MIC Drop” (BigHit/RED)
4-T. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
4-T. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
4-T. THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, “Walk On Water” (Interscope)
7. POST MALONE, “I Fall Apart” (Republic)
8. KENDRICK LAMAR featuring ZACARI, “Love.” (Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope)
9. DEMI LOVATO, “Tell Me You Love Me” (Island/Republic)
10. LOUIS TOMLINSON, “Miss You” (Syco/Epic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (December 5, 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: G-Eazy and Halsey have a “Him” for the weekend, leading the pack on a busy Tuesday at the format. Let’s add up all those fresh finds and station sensations this week:

“I” ON THE PRIZE: There’s no limit to how fast G-Eazy and Halsey‘s collaboration “Him & I” will fly up the pop list, thanks in part to a big week at the format during its official impact. Starting at 73 stations, it’s easily the Most Added record on the report. In the next few days or so, it should officially reach the top 40 on the CHR survey, having entered the top 50 on this morning’s rolling update. You’ll find the hit on G-Eazy’s upcoming album titled The Beautiful & Damned, out on December 15. (The first single from it, “No Limit”, recently climbed to #1 on the Rhythmic and Urban charts, though its Top 40 action has been minimal.)

The Steve Aoki remix of “MIC Drop” by BTS and Desiigner continues its quick ascent up the charts and with the panel, landing in second place for the second week with another 34 stations. That tune is followed by “Home”, combining the talents of Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors and Bebe Rexha, which also breaks the 30-station mark with exactly 30 adds (third place) during its impact week. “Home” is the first pop radio release from the soundtrack to Netflix’s Bright, which is also out on December 15. In a fifth place ranking, tied with a second entry at 23 adds, comes our final spotlight song: Louis Tomlinson‘s “Miss You”. His two solo top 40 singles so far have peaked at #24 (“Back To You”) and #32 (“Just Hold On”), so we’ll see if this one can go any higher.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. G-EAZY & HALSEY, “Him & I” (Capitol/RCA)
2. BTS featuring DESIIGNER, “MIC Drop” (BigHit/RED)
3. MACHINE GUN KELLY, X AMBASSADORS & BEBE REXHA, “Home” (Atlantic/RRP/Interscope)
4. FERGIE, “A Little Work” (Dutchess/RED/BMG)
5-T. LOUIS TOMLINSON, “Miss You” (Syco/Epic)
5-T. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN & FUTURE, “End Game” (Big Machine/Republic)
7. ALAN WALKER featuring NOAH CYRUS & DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS, “All Falls Down” (RCA)
8. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
9. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot” (RCA)
10. P!NK, “Beautiful Trauma” (RCA)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 20, 2017

Lucky seven for Niall.

DEBUTS
40. Sabrina Carpenter – Why
39. Phillip Phillips – Miles | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (38)
28. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind (33)
24. P!nk – What About Us (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Lights – Giants (24)
15. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (20)
10. The Script – Rain (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. The Script – Rain (17) | PEAK: #10
09. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (04) | PEAK: #04
06. Andy Grammer – Give Love (06) | PEAK: #06
05. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Kesha – Praying (07) | PEAK: #03
02. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (7)
2. BANNERS – Someone To You (2)
3. LP – No Witness (1)
4. Wrabel – The Village (4)
5. Neon Trees – Feel Good (6)
6. Dean Lewis – Waves (3)
7. HAIM – Little Of Your Love (-)
8. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (5)
9. Paramore – Fake Happy (-)
10. OneRepublic & Seeb – Rich Love (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind (new)
BØRNS – Faded Heart
Grouplove – Remember That Night (new)
HAIM – Nothing’s Wrong
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Miley Cyrus – Younger Now (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP
Passenger – Simple Song
Rachel Platten – Broken Glass (new)
The Struts – One Night Only

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is the fifth top 40 song for former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. He’s new at #39 with “Miles”, the first single from his upcoming third album. Phillips last hit my personal chart with “Unpack Your Heart”, which spent four weeks at #3 in October and November 2014. “Miles” was co-written with Kevin Griffin, a regular on my top 40 as both a writer and the leader of Better Than Ezra.
  • The only other debut this week is from 18-year-old Sabrina Carpenter, breaking in at #40 with “Why”. Carpenter charted on Top 40 radio earlier this year with “Thumbs”, which reached #26. After making it in the Disney world, she’s poised to get a bigger audience with her latest material.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 15, 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: we question questionable titles from P!nk and Sabrina Carpenter! Got numbers? We do. Let’s calculate and celebrate these top radio records:

“WHAT” GOES UP: Since the spring of 2000, pop superstar P!nk has reached the top 40 with 27 songs, and her 27th and latest hit sounds like a winner. “What About Us” is the Most Added title at the format this week, scoring 121 stations on impact. 18 of her 27 hits, or two-thirds, have peaked in the top ten, with nine of those reaching #1. That’s pretty outstanding. With her upcoming set due October 13, titled Beautiful Trauma, I’m sure several of those totals will be headed upward. P!nk’s last single to chart here, the collaboration “Waterfall” with Stargate and Sia, spent a week at #33 (4/2/17 MB) and quickly fell apart. (That definitely won’t be the case with “What” now!) Check back to see how her new single does in the coming weeks.

IF I WERE A CARPENTER: After reaching a #26 peak this past spring with “Thumbs”, 18-year-old Sabrina Carpenter keeps the one word title streak alive with “Why”, scoring the second Most Added record at Top 40 radio with 43 stations on impact. Even though her title is just three letters in length, we’ve had a couple of top 40 hits that are just one character: “7” (#2, 2/5-12/93 R&R) by Prince and the New Power Generation and “i” (#30, 11/9/14 MB) by Kendrick Lamar. However, all these songs are not short on quality, and that’s what matters! Can Carpenter hammer out a hit for the fall? Stay tuned.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. P!NK, “What About Us” (RCA)
2. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Why” (Hollywood)
3. SELENA GOMEZ featuring GUCCI MANE,
“Fetish” (Interscope)
4
. LOUIS TOMLINSON featuring BEBE REXHA & DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS, “Back To You” (Syco/Epic)
5. HARRY STYLES,
“Two Ghosts” (Columbia)
6. PORTUGAL. THE MAN,
“Feel It Still” (Atlantic)
7. WHY DON’T WE, “Something Different” (Atlantic)
8. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE,
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
9. DEMI LOVATO,
“Sorry Not Sorry” (Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood)
10. HALSEY,
“Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 13, 2017

Niall’s been here a while.

DEBUTS
39. James TW – Please Keep Loving Me
38. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
35. P!nk – What About Us | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Dua Lipa – New Rules (39)
25. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself (31)
24. Lights – Giants (29)
20. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (25)
17. The Script – Rain (23)
10. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (16)
07. Kesha – Praying (15) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (16) | PEAK: #10
09. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (07) | PEAK: #02
08. HAIM – Want You Back (05) | PEAK: #05
07. Kesha – Praying (15) | PEAK: #07
06. Andy Grammer – Give Love (10) | PEAK: #06
05. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LP – No Witness (1)
2. BANNERS – Someone To You (2)
3. Dean Lewis – Waves (3)
4. Wrabel – The Village (6)
5. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (4)
6. Neon Trees – Feel Good (9)
7. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (-)
8. Sabrina Carpenter – Why (-)
9. Phillip Phillips – Miles (-)
10. Olivia O’Brien – RIP (-)

In The Mix:
BØRNS – Faded Heart
HAIM – Little Of Your Love (new)
HAIM – Nothing’s Wrong (new)
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Paramore – Fake Happy (new)
Passenger – Simple Song
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is the 29th top 40 hit on my chart for a singer who made her debut in 2000 with the song “There You Go”. 17 years later, pop superstar P!nk climbs aboard at #35 with “What About Us”. This cut is the lead single from her forthcoming album Beautiful Trauma, which is due October 13. When it premiered on Thursday, “What” topped the iTunes charts in over a dozen countries, including the United States.
  • Singer Ed Sheeran has three top ten songs to his credit from the chart-topping ÷ album: “Castle On The Hill” (#2), “Shape Of You” (#8) and “Galway Girl” (#10). This week, his potential fourth top ten single from the set enters at #38. “Perfect” has a bit of early support at three Hot AC stations, though that total is expected to grow in the coming weeks.
  • Finally, at #39, is the third top 40 entry for 19-year-old singer/songwriter James TW. “Please Keep Loving Me” follows his recent #3 song called “Ex”, though his biggest hit came last fall with a seven-week #1 titled “When You Love Someone”. This single was recently serviced to the Hot AC format, where “When” reached the top 30.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 8, 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: Harry Styles raises a toast to “Ghosts”, AJR prove that they are fanatics of the dramatic and much more. Forget about the popcorn and popsicles, munch down on these pop stats tonight:

“TWO” BECOMES ONE: After Louis Tomlinson led the Top 40 adds report for the past two weeks, it’s time for another One Direction member to take control at the top. Harry Styles is looking for his second solo top 40 single with “Two Ghosts”, and at pop stations this week, it spooks up 36 adds from the panel. “Two” is the follow-up to “Sign Of The Times”, which scored a massive 127 adds on impact in April, peaking at #12 (4/30, 5/7 and 5/21/17) on the chart. Of course, Styles’s self-titled album entered at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart earlier this year. Though much of the initial hype of this era has died down, “Two” can still take a nice run up the chart. However, even with the ghost talk, I wouldn’t get into the Halloween spirit too early… it’s only August 8. (It’s definitely a good time for candy, regardless of the date.)

FREAKS OF THE “WEAK”: Since 2014, the trio of brothers known as AJR have reached the Top 40 chart with two top 30 hits: “I’m Ready” (#25, 7/27/14) and “Weak” (#27, 6/4 and 6/18/17). Now, the Met siblings get some brotherly love from the stations of the pop panel, receiving 24 adds on impact, good for a third place (tie) finish. It’s the second radio single from their newest set The Click, which didn’t exactly click with the buying public, reaching #61 on the Billboard 200. Will Adam, Jack and Ryan finally break into the top 20? Will a brick wall await them below the region once more? Ooh, time will tell, kids. Watch this space!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. HARRY STYLES, “Two Ghosts” (Columbia)
2. PORTUGAL. THE MAN, “Feel It Still” (Atlantic)
3. AJR,
“Drama” (AJR Prod./RED)
4. SELENA GOMEZ featuring GUCCI MANE,
“Fetish” (Interscope)
5. LOUIS TOMLINSON featuring BEBE REXHA & DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS,
“Back To You” (Syco/Epic)
6. DEMI LOVATO,
“Sorry Not Sorry” (Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood)
7. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE,
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
8. ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE,
“Get Low” (Interscope)
9. KHALID,
“Location” (RCA)
10. WHY DON’T WE, “Something Different” (Atlantic)

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