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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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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 12, 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. Oh, mama, have we got some huge action at the format for this Mother’s Day update! Lots of music to cover, so here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

ALL FOUR THE SUCKERS: Spending their fourth week at #1 on the Top 40 chart, the Jonas Brothers are in control with a hit that just won’t go away: “Sucker”. It’s the first single off their forthcoming album Happiness Begins. The song also skips from 6-2 on the Hot AC chart, while it’s now in the top 30 on the AC chart, rising 32-26. Can the recent Saturday Night Live performers get their fifth week at the top next Sunday, or will the competition suck them out of the summit? Stay tuned!

Much of the action this week is concentrated in the bottom half of the survey, which includes a number of tracks entering the top 40. The highest, coming in way up at #21, is the highly-anticipated collaboration from Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber. “I Don’t Care”, which debuted on Friday, also ranks at #20 on the Hot AC list. It’s the 17th top 40 hit on the pop survey for Sheeran and the 25th for Bieber. Dan + Shay bolt from 42-34 with their second top 40 hit at the format, “Speechless”, which hit #1 on the Country chart. It’s also a good week for Bazzi, who earns his third top 40 single with “Paradise”, moving from 41-35. Following him, MAX and Quinn XCII have a notable lift from 45-37 with “Love Me Less”, giving the two soloists their third and first top 40 entries, respectively. The collaboration “Power Is Power” is also new to the top 40 on the list, up from 46-40 for SZA, The Weekend and Travis Scott. SZA earns her third top 40 entry here, while The Weeknd gets his twelfth and Scott picks up his seventh. You can find this cut on For The Throne: Music Inspired By The HBO Series Game of Thrones, a compilation released late last month.

The debut action continues at #41 with “Summer Days”, a collaboration by Martin Garrix, Macklemore and Patrick Stump. At #45 and also entering the top 50, we have the new #1 song on the Rhythmic format: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie‘s “Look Back At It”, which marks the artist’s first entry at the pop format. The top five Alternative radio hit from SHAED titled “Trampoline” also enters the top 50 this week, landing at #48 to become the trio’s first entry here. That single is also headed towards the top 15 on the Hot AC list. Finally, at #49, the recent U.K. chart-topper by Lewis Capaldi, “Someone You Loved”, makes its first appearance on the list. It now ranks in the top 25 at the Hot AC format.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 7, 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: from “ME!” to “You”, it’s another crazy Tuesday at the Top 40 format with the latest smash from Shawn Mendes in the mix. Let’s add ’em up:

AN IFFY SITUATION: It may not be the Yvonne Elliman song, but pop radio has the fever for Shawn Mendes’s new single “If I Can’t Have You”, which can have the Most Added title on this week’s report. It starts with a perfect 184 stations, much like “ME!” accomplished for Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie last week. In doing so, “If” becomes the fourth song in the Mediabase era and fifth in the plays-per-week era to accomplish the feat. However, as noted previously, this event just happened here last week. Thus, we now have our first back-to-back set of perfect weeks ever, with both songs being worked by the same promotion department. At this point, we’re likely to see several more attempts at this challenge through the summer by other larger singles, which could be as soon as next week. (See below!)

The only other new release of note comes from the K-pop act BLACKPINK with “Kill This Love”, their first title to impact here. A decent 26 stations on impact gives the female-led quartet a third place finish. In October 2012, another K-pop girl group peaked at #44 at the format with their sole chart entry: that was the Akon-assisted “Like Money” by the Wonder Girls. We’ll see if “Kill” is poised to go higher in the coming weeks.

Repeated titles from acts like Billie Eilish, Juice WRLD, Lizzo and MAX are among the tracks that make up the rest of the top ten this week.

Next week, we’re sure that you’ll care about Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber‘s track “I Don’t Care”, which will almost certainly be in the top spot on the list. How many adds will it collect? Stay tuned.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (TWELVE)
1. SHAWN MENDES, “If I Can’t Have You” (Island/Republic)
2. BILLIE EILISH, “Bad Guy” (Darkroom/Interscope)
3. BLACKPINK, “Kill This Love” (YG Ent./Interscope)
4. MAX featuring QUINN XCII, “Love Me Less” (Arista/RED)
5-T. JUICE WRLD, “Hear Me Calling” (Grade A/Interscope)
5-T. KHALID, “Talk” (RCA)
7. DADDY YANKEE & KATY PERRY featuring SNOW, “Con Calma” (El Cartel/UMLE/Capitol)
8. MARTIN GARRIX featuring MACKLEMORE & PATRICK STUMP, “Summer Days” (RCA)
9. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
10-T. BAZZI, “Paradise” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
10-T. BRYCE VINE featuring YG, “La La Land” (Sire/Warner Bros.)
10-T. LIZZO, “Juice” (Atlantic)

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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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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 29-30, 2019)

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 impacting tunes this week at the Top 40 format:

JUICE WRLD – “Hear Me Calling” (Grade A/Interscope)
Album: Death Race For Love (2019)
Past T40 History: Dreaming of his second big pop radio hit, this artist’s “Lucid Dreams” peaked at #7 last October and November.

MARTIN GARRIX featuring MACKLEMORE & PATRICK STUMP – “Summer Days”
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Garrix has four top 40 entries to date, two of which have just missed the top ten. Will this be the single to do it?

TAYLOR SWIFT featuring BRENDON URIE – “ME!” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” cleared the whole panel on Add Board in one week. Will it happen again?

Next week: K-pop sensation BLACKPINK looks to kill it on next week’s adds report. We’ll see if anyone else joins them.

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

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 28, 2018

Not many releases to “wow” you this week.

Just ahead of the new year, and plenty of new releases, here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

Notable albums out this week: Bad Bunny‘s X 100PRE (iTunes), Palisades‘s Erase The Pain (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: 24hrs‘s B4 Xmas (iTunes), DeJ Loaf‘s Go DeJ Go (Vol. 1) (iTunes), Jaryd Lane‘s Dust N Bones (Vol. 1) (iTunes), Jill Martin‘s The Locals (iTunes), Russ‘s Just In Case (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week: Martin Garrix‘s “Dreamer” (Vol. 2) (iTunes), R3HAB x Conor Maynard‘s “Hold On Tight” (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Beach House (Ashworth Remix)”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)
“Before We Knew”, Jason Reeves (iTunes)
“Block Party”, New Kids On The Block (iTunes)
“Cry Like Kim K”, Davai & Call Me Loop featuring Lisa Ajax (iTunes)
“Don’t Know You (Dzeko Remix)”, Justin Caruso featuring Jake Miller (iTunes)
“Fire In My Soul (Gil Sanders Remix)”, Oliver Heldens featuring Shungudzo (iTunes)
“Forever”, Johnny Mac (iTunes)
“I Just Want People To Like Me”, Robbie Williams (iTunes)
“In The Morning”, Christian Rich featuring Yoshi Flower (iTunes)
“Lay By Me”, Ruben (iTunes)
“Love Me Back To Life”, High Dive Heart (iTunes)
“Make You Forget”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“No Complaints No Conversation”, Watsky (iTunes)
“Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (Dimitri From Paris Remix)”, Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“Say My Name (Lucas & Steve Remix)”, David Guetta featuring Bebe Rexha & J Balvin (iTunes)
“Summer Lover”, Cub Sport (iTunes)
“Way Too Good”, Lucas Estrada (iTunes)
“When The Party’s Over”, Kina Grannis (iTunes)
“Wow.”, Post Malone (iTunes)

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 (September 2, 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. Hope you’re enjoying the extended weekend due to the Labor Day holiday, because things are really heating up here on the pop chart. Here’s what’s burning on the latest report:

HITTING THE POST: After a month at #2, “Better Now” by Post Malone finally reaches the top of the pops, marking the second #1 on the Top 40 survey for the performer in 2018. It follows the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Psycho”, which had a four-week run at #1 from mid-June to early July. Both songs are taken from the album Beerbongs & Bentleys, which also topped the Billboard 200 chart earlier this year. Making our way around the other radio charts, “Better” checks in #3 at the Rhythmic list, #23 at Hot AC and #43 at Urban. You can also find Malone on the Tiësto & Dzeko single “Jackie Chan”, which rises to #17 at Top 40 this week and leaps into the top 40 on the Rhythmic chart at #36. It’s unclear what’ll happen beyond this week; Malone has enough of a distance between the next bulleted song in the top five and his “Better” to stay at the top for a second week, but anything could happen. Stay tuned!

HELLO, “GOODBYE”: Riding some killer waves into the top 40 on the latest chart, it’s surf’s up for “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille, serving a gnarly move from 41-30. It’s Marshmello’s fifth top 40 song at the format and Bastille’s third hit. Meanwhile, the “Ocean” comes to the region, courtesy of Martin Garrix featuring Khalid, up 42-38. It’s also Garrix’s fifth top 40 entry here, while Khalid grabs his seventh hit. Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” is next into the water, climbing 47-39 to become their fourth top 40 release at the format, as Cheat Codes x Little Mix splash up from 44-40 with their first collaboration together, “Only You”. It’s the trio’s third top 40 single here, and the quartet’s fifth.

This week’s highest new entry in the top 50 is a four-way collaboration called “Goodbye”, as we say hello, hola and bonjour to Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William. It checks in at #41. Derulo and Minaj previously teamed up a year ago on the song “Swalla”, which spent three non-consecutive weeks at #19 last May and June. Guetta and Minaj have now made the top 50 together on four different entries, a run that started with 2011’s “Where Them Girls At”, a #12 hit that August, followed by “Turn Me On”, reaching #2 that March, and most recently “Light My Body Up”, which stumbled to #48 last April. That’s not all for a Queen like Minaj this week, as she also enters at #46 on a remix of the BTS hit “IDOL”. It’s the K-pop act’s third single to debut here since late last year, when they first entered the list with the Desiigner-assisted remix of “MIC Drop”, spending two non-consecutive weeks at #24 this past January. Other entries in the region this week include Ariana Grande‘s “Breathin” (#48), which is receiving unsolicited airplay, as well as the latest single from The Vamps, “Just My Type”, at #49. Finally, from the “Who?” file, two acts who haven’t previously entered here before, Bobby Green and featured artist Midian, rank at #50 with a song called “Warrior”. Except for a handful of spins, the majority of the airplay for this song is in overnight rotation in low rank markets.

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