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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 19, 2019)

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. “Stranger” things are happening here on the pop airwaves as we breeze through the middle of May, so let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

“DANCING” ON THE CEILING: After reaching the top of the Hot AC chart last week, Sam Smith and Normani climb from 2-1 on the Top 40 chart with “Dancing With A Stranger”. It’s Smith’s second #1 at the format and Normani’s second as a soloist, as she earned one chart-topper with the group Fifth Harmony. The collaboration hits the top in its 18th week in the top 40. Look for it to continue its run at the summit for at least a second week.

Looking towards her third #1 hit of the year, Halsey rockets in at #26 with her 11th top 40 single, “Nightmare”. One of those former chart-toppers, “Without Me”, falls below the top ten and is moved to recurrent status. The track “Summer Days” leaps from 41-36 on this week, earning Martin Garrix his fifth top 40 hit, Macklemore his tenth and Fall Out Boy‘s Patrick Stump his second as a solo artist. Stump’s prior solo appearance was with the Lupe Fiasco-assisted “This City”, which peaked at #25 in October 2011. The remaining two top 40 entries on the chart are by newcomers who have previously earned airplay at Rhythmic and Urban radio: “Ex” is up from 42-39 for Kiana Ledé, while “Look Back At It” launches from 45-40 for A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. The latter title is at #1 on the Urban chart this week, moving up from #4, while it slips out of the top spot and down to #2 on the Rhythmic list.

Juice WRLD leads this week’s pack of top 50 debuts, coming in at #44 with “Hear Me Calling”. The track is approaching the top 20 on the Rhythmic chart and will likely become his second top 40 single here in the next week or so. At #47, “Kill This Love” marks the first single to reach the region for the K-pop act Blackpink, a female quartet based in Seoul. Singer and songwriter Shoffy also hits the chart with his first entry, “Cool Again”, which bows at #48. Finally, at #50, the recent U.K. hit called “Boasty” sneaks into the top 50 for Wiley, Sean Paul, Stefflon Don and Idris Elba. It’s the first entry at the format for both Wiley and Elba.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 30, 2019)

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: some collaboration called “ME!” manages to put up, you know, a few adds here and there. Nothing historic or anything… alright, maybe it’s a tad bigger than that. Let’s add ’em up:

GET “ME” TO THE TOP: A huge congratulations to Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie, who easily claim the top spot on the log with “ME!”, picking up an add at every station (184 of them) on the current Top 40 panel. It marks the fourth time in the history of the plays-per-week era that this event has occurred at the format, three of which have come in the last three years. Swift previously pulled off the feat in 2017 with “Look What You Made Me Do”, which started at 187 stations at the time. Needless to say, the song’s quick start definitely makes it a contender for the Song Of The Summer, with a likely run at #1 coming in the not-so-distant future.

Beyond that lofty achievement for Swift and Urie, a single by Martin Garrix with Macklemore and Patrick Stump has a good start in the runner-up position with a total of 48 stations on impact. “Summer Days” will be absolutely perfect for the season that’ll be here before you know it. Juice WRLD is also in the mix with a cut that’s already receiving a solid amount of airplay at both the Rhythmic and Urban radio formats, “Hear Me Calling”. It earns 26 stations in its first full week, enough to land in fifth place.

Repeated (and very active) titles from acts like Billie Eilish, Dan + Shay, Khalid and Lizzo make up the rest of the top ten.

Next week, we’ll be coloring the adds report with some BLACKPINK. Stay tuned to see how “Kill This Love” performs.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring BRENDON URIE, “ME!” (Republic)
2. MARTIN GARRIX featuring MACKLEMORE & PATRICK STUMP, “Summer Days” (RCA)
3. BILLIE EILISH, “Bad Guy” (Darkroom/Interscope)
4. DADDY YANKEE & KATY PERRY featuring SNOW, “Con Calma” (El Cartel/UMLE/Capitol)
5-T. JUICE WRLD, “Hear Me Calling” (Grade A/Interscope)
5-T. KHALID, “Talk” (RCA)
7-T. DAN + SHAY, “Speechless” (Warner Bros.)
7-T. LIZZO, “Juice” (Atlantic)
9. BTS featuring HALSEY, “Boy With Luv” (BigHit/Columbia)
10. BAZZI, “Paradise” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 31, 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: do “Wolves” eat “Kiwi” on Halloween? Probably not. However, the panel’s eating up hot singles from Selena Gomez and Harry Styles. Get spooky, kids:

HOWLIN’ FOR A HIT: “Wolves” is hungry for adds this week, even though it’s not impacting until next Tuesday. Of course, that title belongs to Interscope’s Selena Gomez and RCA’s Marshmello, who scare up 36 early commitments from the panel. With a Most Added single and plenty of more stations due to come in next week, expect this collaboration to stick around for a while. This may or may not be a single from Gomez’s forthcoming album, primarily due to the fact that we don’t know much about the set or if Gomez’s three chart songs from earlier this year will be a part of the tracklisting. Stay tuned for more details.

Finishing in second place for the week, with 29 new stations on impact, is “Kiwi” from Columbia’s Harry Styles. The tasty treat is the third radio single from his self-titled album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. Styles is likely due for a nomination or two (or more) at the upcoming Grammy Awards, the ceremony occurring on January 28, so it’s a smart idea to have a new single on the radio during the nomination process. Good luck Harry!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. SELENA GOMEZ x MARSHMELLO, “Wolves” (Interscope)
2. HARRY STYLES, “Kiwi” (Columbia)
3. MACKLEMORE featuring KESHA, “Good Old Days” (Warner Bros.)
4-T. AVICII featuring RITA ORA, “Lonely Together” (Geffen/Interscope)
4-T. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
6-T. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
6-T. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
8-T. CHEAT CODES featuring FETTY WAP, “Feels Great” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
8-T. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask” (Capitol)
10. CHARLIE PUTH, “How Long” (Atlantic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 24, 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: at least nine singles ended up officially impacting this week… yes, nine, so adds were pretty split all around. That being said, new titles from Liam Payne and NF were among the big winners of that battle. Check them all out below:

“DOWN” FOR THE CROWN: Format newcomer NF, already popular in the Christian world, takes the Most Added title on this week’s report with “Let You Down”, scoring 38 new stations on impact. This achievement comes after plenty of early commitments came in for the song over the last month (its impact date was even moved up a week) and its debut in the top 50 over the weekend. “Down” is searching to become the first crossover release by a Christian performer to reach the top 40 on Top 40 radio since Britt Nicole‘s “Gold”, which peaked at #29 in February 2013. Based on current gains, it could do it as early as this weekend. (I guess he was looking to a higher power for some help!)

Liam Payne‘s “Bedroom Floor” (#3, 26 new stations) also has a significant group of adds, as the former One Direction singer is trying for his second solo #1 on the pop chart, following the Quavo-assisted “Strip That Down”, which held there for a single week about two weeks ago. A couple of interesting collaborations also join the party in the top ten this week, with “Meant To Be” (#5, 22 new stations) by pop singer Bebe Rexha and country duo Florida Georgia Line pacing just ahead of “Feels Great” (#6, 20 new stations) from EDM trio Cheat Codes and rapper Fetty Wap. Look for both of those future hits, along with Payne’s solo track, to chart in the coming weeks.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
2. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask” (Capitol)
3-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “How Long” (Atlantic)
3-T. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
5. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
6. CHEAT CODES featuring FETTY WAP, “Feels Great” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
7. ALEX AIONO featuring TRINIDAD CARDONA, “Does It Feel Like Falling” (Interscope)
8. MACKLEMORE featuring KESHA, “Good Old Days” (Warner Bros.)
9. POST MALONE featuring 21 SAVAGE, “rockstar” (Republic)
10-T. DAYA, “New” (Interscope)
10-T. TAYLOR SWIFT, “…Ready For It?” (Big Machine/Republic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 17, 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: Calvin Harris and friends get real by “Faking”, Daya tries to prove that “New” trumps old and much more! It’s time for yet another musical adventure, so let’s get swinging into this jungle of jams:

HISTORY IN THE “FAKING”: Though Charlie Puth‘s “How Long” emerges as this week’s Most Added song at the format for a second week, securing 43 new stations, there was a tight battle between four records for most of the day. Landing just behind the 25-year-old pop star is the collaboration from Calvin Harris, Kehlani and Lil Yachty, “Faking It”. However, the 33 adds that it picked up this week are very much real. It looks to be the third top 40 hit from Harris’s current set, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, a #2 album from earlier this year.

Daya‘s “New” also picked up a solid selection of stations this Tuesday, scoring 32 adds in its impact week, putting it in third place. With a new era on a new record label, the 18-year-old is hoping for her fifth top 40 hit, as well as her fourth top ten title. Rounding out the top five tracks of the week, “rockstar” (#4, 25 stations) from Post Malone featuring 21 Savage and “Good Old Days” (#5, 24 stations) by Macklemore featuring Kesha continue the collaboration consumption on the pop chart. (Both of those tunes are well into the top 40 at this point.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. CHARLIE PUTH, “How Long” (Atlantic)
2. CALVIN HARRIS featuring KEHLANI & LIL YACHTY, “Faking It” (Columbia)
3. DAYA, “New” (Interscope)
4. POST MALONE featuring 21 SAVAGE, “rockstar” (Republic)
5. MACKLEMORE featuring KESHA, “Good Old Days” (Warner Bros.)
6. KHALID, “Young Dumb & Broke” (Right Hand Music/RCA)
7. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask” (Capitol)
8. BLACKBEAR, “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
9. CARDI B, “Bodak Yellow” (KSR/Atlantic)
10. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 10, 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: it’s a “Long” way to #1 for Charlie Puth, but his musical momentum has attracted the pop panel once again. Plus, new singles from Macklemore and Kesha, Niall Horan and more! Check them all out here:

TELL THE PUTH: You gave him your “Attention”, to the tune of four weeks at #1 earlier this year, but Charlie Puth needs a bit more of it. No, he’s not an attention hog, but he is piggybacking on his big hit to bring us “How Long”, another single from his new album Voicenotes, due January 19 of next year. In the “Long” run, it looks like this’ll be another winner, as it takes the Most Added title on this week’s CHR/Top 40 report, scoring 72 stations on impact. That’s a significantly larger sum than “Attention” received a few months ago in its impact week, taking in 43, though it did pick up 31 the week before its official adds date. This Sunday, it may have a chance of debuting in the top 40 on the published update, which would be a great start for the single.

Just below Puth’s new song, “Good Old Days” (#2, 66 stations) by Macklemore featuring Kesha and “Too Much To Ask” (#3, 54 stations) by Niall Horan both have solid starts, with the former entry also picking up a handful of Hot AC stations yesterday. The latter single, Horan’s third from his forthcoming Flicker release, impacts three weeks ahead of “Kiwi”, the third single from former bandmate Harry Styles‘s self-titled album. Will Horan score three chart-topping solo hits in a row? Stay tuned. In the meantime, expect his latest tune to burst into the top 50 by the next published update.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. CHARLIE PUTH, “How Long” (Atlantic)
2. MACKLEMORE featuring KESHA, “Good Old Days” (Warner Bros.)
3. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask” (Capitol)
4. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5-T. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)
5-T. ED SHEERAN, “Perfect” (Atlantic)
7. CARDI B, “Bodak Yellow” (KSR/Atlantic)
8. POST MALONE featuring 21 SAVAGE, “rockstar” (Republic)
9. KHALID, “Young Dumb & Broke” (Right Hand Music/RCA)
10-T. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
10-T. LINKIN PARK, “One More Light” (Warner Bros.)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 9-10, 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 two singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

MACKLEMORE featuring KESHA – “Good Old Days” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Gemini (2017)
Past T40 History: Kesha’s “Praying” (#12) and Macklemore’s “Glorious” (featuring Skylar Grey, #21) could be affected by this one.

NIALL HORAN – “Too Much To Ask” (Capitol)
Album: Flicker (2017)
Past T40 History: Horan just topped the chart for two weeks with “Slow Hands”, with this cut looking to become his third solo hit.

Next week: Charlie Puth ponders about how long it’ll be before he claims the Most Added title, but will something stop him from taking the prize?

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

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