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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 5, 2019

A joyful holiday week of hits.

After all those hamburgers and hot dogs, you need some new releases for the holiday weekend! Here are the top new albums and singles hitting stores this Friday:

MARSHMELLO – Joytime III (iTunes)
Features: “Rescue Me”, a collaboration with A Day To Remember that’s earning minor airplay at Alternative radio

Notable albums out this week: Ailee‘s Butterfly (iTunes), Jaden‘s ERYS (Deluxe) (iTunes), Machine Gun Kelly‘s Hotel Diablo (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Rosalia‘s F**king Money Man (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1 Time”, Jeezy (iTunes)
“All The Time (Don Diablo Remix)”, Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“Another One Down”, Richard Marx (iTunes)
“Best Part Of Me”, Ed Sheeran featuring YEBBA (iTunes)
“Blow”, Ed SheeranBruno Mars & Chris Stapleton (iTunes)
“Castles (Acoustic)”, Freya Ridings (iTunes)
“Dance In The Dark”, Au/Ra (iTunes)
“Donkey Kosh (Demo)” + “My Best Dress (Demo)”, Florence + The Machine (iTunes)
“Dynamite”, Westlife (iTunes)
“Find U Again (MK Remix)”, Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Getting Started”, Aloe Blacc featuring JID (iTunes)
“Glory To The Veins”, Raphael Saadiq featuring Ernest Turner (iTunes)
“Gone 2 Long (Choir Version)”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Goodbyes”, Post Malone featuring Young Thug (iTunes)
“Gulf Coast Girl”, Caroline Jones & The Pelicanaires featuring Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Lukas Nelson & Mac McAnally (iTunes)
“Happy Days”, Blink-182 (iTunes)
“Instagram”, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike featuring David Guetta, Daddy Yankee, Natti Natasha & Afro Bros (iTunes)
“It Don’t Matter”, Jacob Collier featuring JoJo (iTunes)
“Lay Your Weapons Down”, UNSECRET featuring Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Lights”, BTS (iTunes)
“Let Me Be”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Lift Me Up”, Dirty Heads (iTunes)
“Live Forever”, Stafford Brothers featuring Lexy Panterra & Lil Yachty (iTunes)
“Love Me Or Leave Me Alone”, Beachwood (iTunes)
“Mamacita”, Jason Derulo featuring Farruko (iTunes)
“Medicine”, Au/Ra (iTunes)
“Middle Of Nowhere”, Felix Sandman (iTunes)
“Miracle (Michael Calfan Remix)”, Labrinth (iTunes)
“More Than Friends”, Mokita (iTunes)
“My One”, Wiley featuring Tory Lanez, Kranium & Dappy (iTunes)
“Not OK (Frank Walker Remix)”, Kygo featuring Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“Obsessed (Acoustic)”, Ina Wroldsen & Dynoro (iTunes)
“Phone Numbers”, Dominic Fike (iTunes)
“Pray No More”, Benedict Cork (iTunes)
“Rotate (Clockwise)”, Rak-Su (iTunes)
“Ruins”, Gabriella Cilmi (iTunes)
“Same Blood”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“Sauce”, Remi Wolf (iTunes)
“Simmer”, Mahalia featuring Burna Boy (iTunes)
“So Am I”, Ava Max featuring NCT 127 (iTunes)
“So Caught Up”, The Teskey Brothers (iTunes)
“Spirit”, Isaiah (iTunes)
“Summer Days (Lost Frequencies Remix)”, Martin Garrix featuring Macklemore & Patrick Stump (iTunes)
“Talk About You”, Benjamin Rihan (iTunes)
“The Way That You Love Me”, Vera Blue (iTunes)
“Time Won’t Go Slowly”, Snow Patrol (iTunes)
“Touched”, Tyron Hapi featuring Roy Bing & Carla Wehbe (iTunes)
“Waking Up”, MJ Cole & Cedric Gervais featuring Freya Ridings (iTunes)
“When The Party’s Over (Live)”, Gavin James (iTunes)
“Will We Talk?”, Sam Fender (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from artists like Ed Sheeran, K.Flay 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 (January 7, 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. Happy New Year and welcome back! Lots of action on the airwaves this week, as programmers wake up from the bitterly cold break with plenty of presents to keep us warm. The first Radio Active report of 2018 starts much how the last report of 2017 began:

SEVEN WONDERS: Surviving through the slow holiday season and into 2018, Camila Cabello‘s biggest solo release to date, the Young Thug-assisted “Havana”, grabs a seventh week on top of the CHR/Top 40 chart. The global hit, taken from her forthcoming album Camila, is the longest-running #1 song at the format since Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You”, which spent a total of ten weeks at the summit last spring. Her follow-up single, “Never Be The Same”, climbs from 34-30 this week, as it officially impacts on Tuesday. (Much of the panel is already on it, with adds spread out over the last few weeks, so don’t expect a big result.) “Havana” is still about 900 spins away from its nearest competitor, and with her aforementioned set due on Friday, there’s still a small chance that it could lead the chart for an eighth week. We’ll see! Regardless of what happens, she’s still a winner.

FILTHY AND FINESSE-Y: Two of this week’s top 40 entries were released at the end of last week to massive sales and streaming debuts, as well as hourly airplay on their respective first days in the market. The latter one, “Filthy” by Justin Timberlake, was all over the place on Friday and bursts into the countdown this week all the way up at #22, marking his 29th solo entry since 2002. His return to the pop format comes a week shy of the 20th anniversary of the impact date for what would become *NSYNC‘s debut U.S. hit, “I Want You Back”, which eventually went to #5 that May. In with a still-impressive 19th top 40 song is hitmaker Bruno Mars, whose remix of “Finesse” (along with Cardi B, now in with her second top 40 hit) launches at #33. The new jack swing release is an updated version of an album cut from his 2016 set, 24K Magic, which you’ll be hearing plenty about with the Grammy Awards a few weeks away. Further down the chart, the song “Home” (#39) by Machine Gun Kelly (third top 40 hit), X Ambassadors (fourth) and Bebe Rexha (12th) boosts the soundtrack to the Netflix movie Bright, while Post Malone‘s “I Fall Apart” (#40) lands the 22-year-old performer his fourth top 40 single (third from Stoney) at the format since 2015.

PUMP UP THE VOLUME: In addition to all the excitement in the top 40, another three songs are new to the top 50 this week. At #48, we find a big Urban (#10) and Rhythmic (#11) hit from chart newcomer Lil Pump, who enters with “Gucci Gang”. The rapper, 17-year-old Gazzy Garcia, released his self-titled debut last year, reaching #3 on the Billboard 200 list. Two additional EDM releases come in just below that single, with “First Love” (#49) bringing together the duo Lost Kings and two-time top 40 entrant Sabrina Carpenter, with “All Falls Down” (#50) linking Alan Walker with another singer with two top 40 tracks, Noah Cyrus, as well as Digital Farm Animals, who appeared (in a featured role) on Louis Tomlinson‘s “Back To You” (#24) in 2017. Will the two guys of Lost Kings or Walker, who have achieved plenty of top 40 hits to date on the Dance survey, finally manage their first top 40 hit on the CHR chart? We’ll see soon!

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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 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.

1. G-EAZY & HALSEY, “Him & I” (Capitol/RCA)
2. BTS featuring DESIIGNER, “MIC Drop” (BigHit/RED)
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)
8. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
9. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot” (RCA)
10. P!NK, “Beautiful Trauma” (RCA)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (December 4-5, 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 four tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Walker’s “Faded” went to #45 last year, but Cyrus and DJ/producer Nicholas Gale went top 40 earlier this year.

BTS featuring DESIIGNER – “MIC Drop” (BigHit/RED)
EP: Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’ (2017)
Past T40 History: The popular K-pop group has never charted at the format before, but the rapper’s “Panda” went to #20 in 2016.

G-EAZY & HALSEY – “Him & I” (RCA/Capitol)
Album: The Beautiful & Damned (2017)
Past T40 History: With a pair of #1 songs and nearly a dozen top 40 hits between them, CHR radio’s new romance has just begun.

Album: Bright (Soundtrack) (2017)
Past T40 History: Both Kelly and Rexha have hit #1 here as a part of collaborations. The New York group has two top tens to date.

Next week: It’s the last impact date of the year, featuring Thirty Seconds To Mars and (hopefully) more!

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

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 9, 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. It sure is humid out there, and that heat has a way of sizzling on the charts as well. Can you feel it? Lock into some Latin flair and powerful pop power, as we take the Top 40 trip through the route on our musical map. Onward!

FRIENDS IN SLOW PLACES: After a very respectable six weeks at #1 on the Top 40 chart, Zedd and Alessia Cara‘s “Stay” can stay at other locations on the chart, as it drops from 1-2. Of course, this means that the remix of “Despacito” has officially hit the top, giving two of performers, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, their first #1 on the pop chart. This also marks the sixth #1 single for its featured artist, Justin Bieber, who has accumulated that total since October of 2015. It’s all about consistency, people. “Despacito” is the first predominantly Spanish version of a top 40 song to top the format’s chart since “La Bamba” (#1, 8/21-28/87 R&R) by Los Lobos. Additionally, San Juan’s Fonsi and Yankee are the first Puerto Rican-born artists to score a #1 single in a main-credited role since Ricky Martin and “Livin’ La Vida Loca” (#1, 5/21-7/2/99 R&R) off his 1999 self-titled album.

So, what’s going to be the next “Despacito” to hit the crossover marketplace? You may want to keep your eye on “Mi Gente”, a recent release from J Balvin and Willy William. Balvin is a Colombian singer, originally from Medellín, while French performer William was born in the town of Champagné. The song’s already hit the top five in several countries, and Republic (the label that also worked “Despacito”) is already starting to build some traction in several markets. Will it perform just as well? Yo no sé, but stay tuned…

BACK TO BELIEVING: Well, a little belief can get you into the top ten, but a lot of belief? You can’t hold that back. Blasting into a new peak position #6, up from #12, is “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes. The Canadian singer and songwriter has a total of five top ten singles at the format, his biggest being the two-week #1 “Stitches” (11/8-15/15 MB). “Back” is the follow-up to “Mercy”, which also was a fan of the #6 spot (3/12/17 MB) at this format. Mendes’s hit also ranks in the top ten on the Hot AC list and the top 20 on the AC tally. With a such a bold move into the top ten, expect him to easily make the top five next week.

Pop and rock quartet Imagine Dragons now has their first top ten hit since the beginning of 2014 with “Believer”, moving up from 11-10 this week. It leads their album ƎVOLVE, which recently debuted in the runner-up spot on the Billboard 200. The Las Vegas act had a solid streak of three top ten tracks, “It’s Time” (#10, 3/17 + 3/31/13 MB), “Radioactive” (7/28-8/11/13 MB) and “Demons” (#1, 12/8/13 MB), before it began to see some resistance from the format. Luckily, they made it through the big logjam in the top 20. The song spent twelve weeks at #1 on the Alternative chart earlier this year, the longest run of 2017 by far.

ONE SMOKIN’ MACHINE: With three top 40 tracks so far this year, including two-week #1 “Bad Things” with Camila Cabello, I’m sure Machine Gun Kelly is making a little more money than he was in past years. It just so happens that his new collaboration is called “Go For Broke”, and it debuts at #47 on this week’s Top 40 radio chart. The song features James Arthur, who has another reason to celebrate this week, as “Can I Be Him” climbs into the top 40 on the Hot AC chart at #39. Kelly’s Bloom entered the album tally at #8 earlier this year.

Also reaching the top 50 this week is the latest entry by EDM duo The Chainsmokers, who puff some pop magic into the #48 spot with “Honest”. The song officially impacts at Top 40 radio this Tuesday. This is the third top 40 single from their Memories…Do Not Open set, following “Paris” (#3, 4/9-23/17 MB) and the Coldplay-assisted “Something Just Like This” (#1, 5/21/17 MB), which is at #1 on the Hot AC chart currently. (It’s down 7-11 here.) With so many of their big hits remaining strong recurrents at the format, can the duo land another in an already crowded market, or will this song come up short? Honestly, it could go either way with “Honest”.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 4, 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. Due to the Fourth Of July holiday, reporting was spotty this week, but there is a bit of add action to cover for the time being. (Of course, when things get back to normal next week, expect a much fuller report!) Here’s a taste of what Top 40 radio looks like on a hit holiday:

CHARTS AND CRAFTS: You know, I haven’t been on a good trip to Michaels lately. Believe me, you can get lost in that store for hours. Well, here’s a Michaels who appears to be sewing up a new hit at the format, and I think you’ll agree that I’m framing it well. Of course, that would be Julia Michaels and her song “Uh Huh”, which leads the patriotic pop patrol to the tune of 27 stations on this week’s report. Her song just reached the top 50 on Sunday, and though it may be affected by some specialty programming here during the first three days of the tracking week, it should be on the rise, especially due to some scheduled recurrents this Sunday. It isn’t clear how well this will do compared to “Issues”, which peaked at #4 on the last chart of June and remains in the top ten, but I will certainly be watching it. Hey, where did my pencils and paints go?

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOR-HOODIE: Pop-punk quintet Hey Violet looks to color the Top 40 chart once again with the third single from their album From The Outside. “Hoodie” dresses up the second Most Added slot this week with 19 stations, which ties it with “Go For Broke”, the Machine Gun Kelly collaboration with James Arthur. Their prior pop single, “Break My Heart” (#37, 5/21 and 6/18/17 MB), was pulled prematurely to begin working “Hoodie”. The Los Angeles band’s first hit at the format was “Guys My Age” (#18, 2/12/17 MB), which was originally released in September of last year. How high will this designer ditty rise on the chart? Could a shopping spree be in the works? That’s one hot topic that I’m sure we’ll be talking about in the coming weeks.

Next week, songs from Jonas Blue/William Singe, Loote, Rita Ora, The Chainsmokers and Zedd/Liam Payne will all be in the mix of pop priorities at the format. Who has what it takes to top the Most Added report? Find out real soon.

1. JULIA MICHAELS, “Uh Huh” (Republic)
2-T. HEY VIOLET, “Hoodie” (Caroline)
“Go For Broke” (Bad Boy/Interscope)
4. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE,
“The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
“Feels” (Columbia)
“Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
“Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
“Redbone” (Glassnote)
 “Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
“No Promises” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
“Body Like A Back Road” (MCA Nashville/Capitol)

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