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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 21, 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: two top collaborations by Marshmello x Bastille and Calvin Harris & Sam Smith make the pop panel happier, but what else is popping at the format? Let’s add ’em up:

BREAKING PROMISES: We’ve been pretty happy lately, but we sure are happier seeing the song “Happier” at the top position. The first collaboration from Marshmello and Bastille puts a smile or two on the Most Added report, with a hefty first week total of 64 stations. “Happier” is also the Most Added song at the Alternative format this Tuesday, with a Hot AC impact date coming up next month. Bastille recently topped the Alternative chart for a week with “Quarter Past Midnight”, while Marshmello stalled at #2 on the Top 40 chart in a collaboration with Anne-Marie called “Friends”.

Meanwhile, another two first-time collaborators, Calvin Harris and Sam Smith, keep their promise for a good first week on the adds report with “Promises”, which breaks at 53 stations during its first session. (Of course, it’s not breaking any promises; it’s just the label breaking it at the format.) The release still holds at #1 on iTunes throughout certain parts of Europe, including the United Kingdom, though it just missed the top ten at the service here in the States. Harris’s recent pop smash with Dua Lipa, “One Kiss”, just exited the top ten at the format. (It’s still in the top 40, however.)

Next week, look out for LSD‘s “Thunderclouds” and Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” in their quest for the Most Added song in the country. The latter track ranked just below the top ten on the report this week, and has been receiving a fair amount of early airplay since the start of the month.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. MARSHMELLO x BASTILLE, “Happier” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
2. CALVIN HARRIS & SAM SMITH, “Promises” (Capitol-Columbia)
3. BAZZI featuring CAMILA CABELLO, “Beautiful” (APG/Atlantic)
4. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Natural” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5. BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY & KHALID, “Eastside” (Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
6-T. LOGIC featuring RYAN TEDDER, “One Day” (Def Jam)
6-T. LOVELYTHEBAND, “Broken” (RED)
8-T. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring EMILY WARREN, “Side Effects” (Disruptor/Columbia)
8-T. TIESTO & DZEKO featuring PREME and POST MALONE, “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)
10. WEEZER, “Africa” (Crush Music/RRP)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 14, 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: chart hits by acts like Ariana Grande, Bazzi and The Chainsmokers, among others, shine on a quiet week, while an Alternative crossover title from Weezer takes us across the globe. Let’s add ’em up:

YES WE CHAN: As iHeartMedia’s annual late summer music summit takes over the Big Apple this week, final results are split at the Top 40 format, with no overwhelmingly dominant tracks in the mix. Leading the way with 22 new stations, “Jackie Chan” from Tiësto and Dzeko featuring Preme and Post Malone ranks as the Most Added single for the first time, while “Side Effects”, the latest collaboration from The Chainsmokers and Emily Warren, fills the runner-up spot with 20 new stations. As you can see, nothing particularly earth-shattering, but that will certainly change next week! (Details to come.)

With that said, though there were fewer new titles reaching the upper regions of the list, some acts took advantage of a soft week to grab a solid week of adds. Weezer‘s smash cover of the Toto hit “Africa”, currently atop the Alternative radio chart, scored 16 this week, tying it with Tyga‘s huge Rhythmic and Urban single “Taste”, featuring Offset, which impacts here for the second time. The former title, which is just below the top 50, should enter the region this weekend, while the latter tune should enter the top 40 very soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. TIESTO & DZEKO featuring PREME and POST MALONE, “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring EMILY WARREN, “Side Effects” (Disruptor/Columbia)
3-T. LOVELYTHEBAND, “Broken” (RED)
3-T. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Almost Love” (Hollywood)
5. BAZZI featuring CAMILA CABELLO, “Beautiful” (APG/Atlantic)
6-T. ANNE-MARIE, “2002” (Warner Bros.)
6-T. ARIANA GRANDE, “God Is A Woman” (Republic)
6-T. TYGA featuring OFFSET, “Taste” (Lost Kings/EMPIRE)
6-T. WEEZER, “Africa” (Crush Music/RRP)
10. CHARLIE PUTH, “The Way I Am” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)

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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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 3, 2018

A worldly hit indeed.

Great Scott! It’s another Friday in August, and that means it’s time for some fresh singles and albums. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

TRAVIS SCOTT – Astroworld (iTunes)
Scott’s latest album comes on a busy week for hip-hop and rap releases, though it’s likely to finish as one of the top debuts on the album chart next week. With huge expectations for its streaming presence in the market, will the set have enough momentum to pass Drake‘s powerful Scorpion and reign at #1?

Notable albums out this week: Houndmouth‘s Golden Age (iTunes), Lovelytheband‘s Finding It Hard To Smile (iTunes), Mac Miller‘s Swimming (iTunes), YG‘s Stay Dangerous (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Baka Not Nice‘s 4Milli (iTunes), Forest Blakk‘s Minutes (iTunes), H.E.R.‘s I Used To Know Her: The Prelude (iTunes), Iggy Azalea‘s Survive The Summer (iTunes), Ruelle‘s Emerge (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Ashes (Riddler Remix)”, Celine Dion (iTunes)
“Australia”, Ari Zizzo (iTunes)
“Autumn Love”, Death Cab For Cutie (iTunes)
“Beautiful”, Bazzi featuring Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Big Deal”, Kid Ink (iTunes)
“Blame It On The Freak”, DJ Cassidy featuring Royal Love (iTunes)
“Dear God”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Dinner”, Kacy Hill (iTunes)
“Drunk Girls, Drunk Boys”, Frills (iTunes)
“Expectations”, MAGIC! (iTunes)
“Fallen Angels”, Ayo & Teo (iTunes)
“Fascinating Rhythm”, Tony Bennett & Diana Krall (iTunes)
“Get Up”, Nick Wilson (iTunes)
“Glitter & Gold”, RØMANS (iTunes)
“Goodbye Summer”, Danielle Bradbery with Thomas Rhett (iTunes)
“Here’s Looking At You Kid”, Brett Dennen (iTunes)
“High On Life”, Martin Garrix featuring Bonn (iTunes)
“Home”, John Butler Trio (iTunes)
“I Don’t Want To See You Anymore”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“I Want You” / “Rose-Colored Glasses”, Whissell (iTunes) (iTunes)
“KindaYeahSorta”, Dashboard Confessional (iTunes)
“Kong”, Neneh Cherry (iTunes)
“Let Somebody Love You”, Boy George & Culture Club (iTunes)
“Liquor Store”, Anna Shoemaker (iTunes)
“Messages From Her”, Sabrina Claudio (iTunes)
“Missing U”, Robyn (iTunes)
“My Generation”, Emma Zander (iTunes)
“Never Call Me (Remix)”, Jhene Aiko featuring YG (iTunes)
“No Ordinary Life”, Matt Corby (iTunes)
“Now & Then”, H. Kenneth (iTunes)
“One Last Song”, Gorgon City, JP Cooper & Yungen (iTunes)
“Only You (Wideboys Remix)” Cheat Codes & Little Mix (iTunes)
“Please”, Jordan Smith (iTunes)
“Quiero Volver”, TINI & Sebastian Yatra (iTunes)
“Radio Silence”, R3HAB x Jocelyn Alice (iTunes)
“Show You”, CXLOE (iTunes)
“Sleepless Nights”, ayokay featuring Nightly (iTunes)
“Solo (Seeb Remix), Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Space”, Capital Cities (iTunes)
“Tie Me Down”, Gryffin with Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“Too Much”, ZAYN featuring Timbaland (iTunes)
“Trip”, Ella Mai (iTunes)
“UDK”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Uh Huh”, Jade Bird (iTunes)
“Underwater”, Cody Simpson (iTunes)
“What She Wants”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Jason Mraz, Jordan Smith and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (June 25-26, 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:

BEBE REXHA – “I’m A Mess” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Expectations (2018)
Past T40 History: Rexha is fresh off her album release on Friday and a recent #2 entry, “Meant To Be”, with Florida Georgia Line.

LOVELYTHEBAND – “Broken” (RED)
EP: everything i could never say… (2017)
Past T40 History: This is the act’s first song to impact here; member Mitchy Collins previously entered the top 50 with Oh Honey.

LSD (LABRINTH/SIA/DIPLO) – “Audio” (RECORDS/Columbia)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: All three members of this new act have charted as soloists, but this is their first single together to head for adds.

Next week: The schedule looks empty, as July 4th is just around the corner. If anything changes, it’ll be here next Monday!

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

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