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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 23, 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: Daddy Yankee, Katy Perry and Snow freeze out the competition here, but there are plenty of newcomers skiing their way through an icy top ten. Put on some mittens and let’s add ’em up:

“CON” HAS ITS PROS: The rapper named Snow hasn’t appeared in the top 40 at the format in almost 26 years, but the forecast sure is calling for a blizzard at pop radio this summer. His 1993 classic “Informer” is sampled on “Con Calma”, a collaboration with Daddy Yankee and Katy Perry, which claims the Most Added title at Top 40 radio this week, starting with 87 stations on impact. At Rhythmic radio, it adds another 14 stations to its total. Both Yankee and Perry have history at #1 on the Top 40 list, with Perry’s #1 streak being significantly larger, though Snow’s signature hit spent a week at #2, narrowly missing the top spot. We’ll see if this cut can inform a wider audience in the annual fight for the Song of the Summer. It’ll be a tough one once again.

Also entering the game this week, SZA, The Weeknd and Travis Scott have a powerful start for “Power Is Power”, a track taken off the compilation For The Throne: Music Inspired By The HBO Series Game of Thrones. The collaboration earns 37 stations and a second place finish, as well as 38 stations and the Most Added title on the Rhythmic radio log. Additionally, Dan + Shay score a solid fourth place entry with “Speechless”, their latest Country radio crossover, which picks up 29 new stations this week.

Next week, it’s all about a singer named Taylor Swift. Heard of her? We think she’s an emerging artist to watch…

1. DADDY YANKEE & KATY PERRY featuring SNOW, “Con Calma” (El Cartel/UMLE/Capitol)
2. SZA, THE WEEKND & TRAVIS SCOTT, “Power Is Power” (Columbia)
3. BTS featuring HALSEY, “Boy With Luv” (BigHit/Columbia)
4. DAN + SHAY, “Speechless” (Warner Bros.)
5. KHALID, “Talk” (RCA)
6. BILLIE EILISH, “Bad Guy” (Darkroom/Interscope)
7-T. BAZZI, “Paradise” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
9. TRAVIS SCOTT featuring THE WEEKND, “Wake Up” (Epic-Republic)
10. MAX featuring QUINN XCII, “Love Me Less” (Arista/RED)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 22-23, 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’s a set of six impacting songs this week at the Top 40 format:

BAZZI – “Paradise” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Last July, Bazzi led his first chart single “Mine” to the top for a week. Will this song earn him his second #1 hit?

DADDY YANKEE & KATY PERRY featuring SNOW – “Con Calma” (UMLE/Capitol)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Heavily sampling Snow’s “Informer”, this cut marks the rapper’s first appearance on the survey since July 1993.

DAN + SHAY – “Speechless” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Dan + Shay (2018)
Past T40 History: With another former #1 track at the Country radio format, we’ll see if this duo can make it 2-for-2 on this chart.

MAX featuring QUINN XCII – “Love Me Less” (Arista/RED)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: MAX’s “Lights Down Low” spent over a year in the top 40 before it eventually made the top ten, climbing to #7.

OBB – “7 Billion” (Curb-Word)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: These three guys are new to the format. The last Curb release to reach the top 50 here was almost ten years ago.

SZA, THE WEEKND & TRAVIS SCOTT – “Power Is Power” (Columbia)
Album: For The Throne: Music Inspired By Game Of Thrones (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: With more than a dozen top 40 titles between them, the soundtrack single should have a powerful impact week.

Next week: two words. Taylor Swift. That is all. (We’ll see if anyone else dares to impact on the date soon.)

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

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (September 11, 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: an electric collaboration impacts at the format, but a pre-impact pop song (that may or may not be about you) is picking up some classic call letters. Let’s dive in and add ’em up:

TAKIN’ BACK THE CITY: As Rosh Hashanah comes to a close once again, it’s a sweet new year (at least, so far) for the new duo Silk City (consisting of Diplo and Mark Ronson) and pop star Dua Lipa, who charge up the format with their “Electricity”. On impact, the song shocks a total of 34 stations, making the hot collaboration the Most Added song at the Top 40 format this week. It appears on Lipa’s forthcoming reissue of her self-titled album, out October 19. The two producers have released a handful of tracks so far in 2018, including collaborations with soloists such as Daniel Merriweather and Desiigner, though it’s not clear if an EP or album from the duo may be coming in the near future.

Meanwhile, Mike Posner has a very strong start for “Song About You”, which he hopes will be his first top 40 single at the format since 2016, when “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” spent two non-consecutive weeks at the top. A week before its official impact date, “Song” is not singing blue, but it is seeing green with 30 stations during this session. Posner’s latest single will be facing off against several competitors on next week’s adds update, including a collaboration from David Guetta and Anne-Marie, the first crossover song by country duo Dan + Shay and a personal favorite from pop singer Nina Nesbitt.

Expect both “Electricity” and “Song About You” to reach the top 50 by the weekend. Stay tuned for more pop madness on PGTC!

1. SILK CITY & DUA LIPA, “Electricity” (Columbia)
2. MIKE POSNER, “Song About You” (Island/Republic)
3. MARSHMELLO x BASTILLE, “Happier” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
4. JASON DERULO x DAVID GUETTA featuring NICKI MINAJ and WILLY WILLIAM, “Goodbye” (Warner Bros.)
5. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Natural” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
6. LOGIC featuring RYAN TEDDER, “One Day” (Def Jam)
7. LSD (LABRINTH/SIA/DIPLO), “Thunderclouds” (RECORDS/Columbia)
8-T. BAZZI featuring CAMILA CABELLO, “Beautiful” (APG/Atlantic)
8-T. JUICE WRLD, “Lucid Dreams” (Grade A/Interscope)
8-T. MAX featuring JOEY BADA$$, “Still New York” (DCD2/Crush/RED)
8-T. ZEDD & ELLEY DUHÉ, “Happy Now” (Interscope)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 17, 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 enjoyed a bit of Father’s Day fun! Here’s the daddy of all Top 40 reports (well, not really), our radio recap of parental pop and other hot bops:

THE POST WITH THE MOST: It’s a second week at #1 for Post Malone and the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Psycho”, which is up a little over 200 spins from last week to cross the 16,000 spin mark. It moves from 40-37 on this week’s Hot AC chart. Malone’s new single off his Beerbongs & Bentleys set, “Better Now”, rises from 34-27 in its second week in the top 40, which means the performer might be back at #1 sooner than you think! (“Better” goes for adds at the Hot AC format next Monday.) He’s also a featured artist on a song that impacts at the Top 40 format this coming Tuesday: “Jackie Chan”, a song by Tiësto & Dzeko that also features Preme. (The original version by Preme and Malone appears on the former’s album, Light Of Day, which was released in early May.) Is there enough room for all this Malone madness? Will he suffer from overexposure? Am I only capable of asking endless questions? Uh… I think there will be some interesting action for all three records as June and July go on, so make sure you’re watching the charts!

DRIVE MY CARA: One of the only chart debuts of note this week blasts in at #37, which comes from Alessia Cara and “Growing Pains”. It’s the first single from her forthcoming sophomore album, due sometime later this year. “Growing” gives the performer her seventh top 40 song at the format, four of which have gone to #1, and that’s a pretty great run so far. Will it become her fifth? Seems like it’s too early to tell, but I’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile, the lone top 50 entry on this week’s chart is a collaboration from Noah Cyrus and MAX, “Team”, just sneaking in at #50. The acoustic ballad also enters at #47 on the Hot AC survey. Neither performer’s looking at an album release in the near future: Cyrus’s long-delayed NC-17 album, which was announced in January 2017, has never materialized, and MAX’s duo Party Pupils just released a new single earlier this month.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 12, 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: different Tuesday, same Cardi B madness! Plus, the panel is split over its plethora of new pop jams, but two notable collaborations jump ahead of the pack. Let’s add ’em up:

B IS FOR BIGGER: Change can be difficult at times, so for those of you that don’t like the concept, I think you’ll be satisfied with waiting another week before the next new Most Added song is crowned. Meanwhile, this week’s top title at the Top 40 format, now in its second week, is “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5, which is still generating a lot of buzz on the charts for its new remix featuring the previously mentioned Cardi B. This week, it checks in with another 47 stations, down from the 108 it took in on impact. There’s a tie for second place between Cardi B’s “I Like It”, with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, and “Better Now” from Post Malone, as both hits land a solid 36 stations each. All three tracks are racing up the Top 40 chart, though it’s very early on in the annual race for the coveted Song Of The Summer title. Stay tuned to see if any of them capture it (or if another song surprises. You never know!)

Beyond those three singles, plenty of impacting songs scored double-digit adds in this session, led by future Pride anthem “Colour” by MNEK featuring Hailee Steinfeld with 23 stations, coming in fourth place. It looks like it’ll become MNEK’s first top 40 song in two years, as he previously charted with Zara Larsson on the duet “Never Forget You”, reaching #5 at the format that May. It’s also a very good week for “Team”, which has Noah Cyrus and MAX thanking their new team of believers, 18 in all, which starts it in seventh place. Yesterday, it picked up a handful of Hot AC stations as well. Check out the rest of this week’s future hits below!

1. MAROON 5 featuring CARDI B, “Girls Like You” (222/Interscope)
2-T. CARDI B, BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN, “I Like It” (KSR Group/Atlantic)
2-T. POST MALONE, “Better Now” (Republic)
4-T. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Youngblood” (Capitol)
4-T. MNEK featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “Colour” (Capitol)
6. NOAH CYRUS & MAX, “Team” (RECORDS/RED/Columbia)
7. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “This Is America” (Wolf & Rothstein/RCA)
8-T. DAVID GUETTA & SIA, “Flames” (Big Beat/RRP)
8-T. PHARRELL WILLIAMS x CAMILA CABELLO, “Sangria Wine” (Columbia)
8-T. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Almost Love” (Hollywood)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 8, 2016

New Music Friday is 'neer at hand.

New Music Friday is ‘neer at hand.

A musical Alternative makes its return on this April week, bringing electronic, folk and rock music back to the forefront. Grab a banjo, a guitar and a synthesizer, because here are this week’s album and single releases:

  • THE LUMINEERS — Cleopatra (iTunes)
    • No, they aren’t just the “Ho Hey” trio anymore, even if that remains their signature song. The lead single from the new album is “Ophelia”, a current top ten hit at Alternative radio, which gives them their third single at the format to reach those heights. Without a crossover single, this probably won’t do as well as their debut effort in 2012, but we’ll see what happens as the era goes on.
  • DEFTONES — Gore (iTunes)
    • This California band has been putting out music for two decades now, and they have their first hit in three years at Alternative radio with “Prayers/Triangles”. They scored four top ten albums between 2000 and 2010, but they’ve had much more radio and sales support in the past. Can this bring them back to the region, or fall short again?
  • M83 — Junk (iTunes)
    • This French group had a big Alternative hit several years ago with “Midnight City”. Their latest release, “Do It, Try It”, isn’t quite charting at the moment, but there’s still time. Their latest album will perhaps score a top 20 entry, a career-high peak if they achieve it.
  • More albums out this week: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals‘s Call It What It Is (iTunes), Eliza And The Bear‘s Eliza And The Bear (iTunes), Filter‘s Crazy Eyes (iTunes), Frightened Rabbit‘s Painting Of A Panic Attack (iTunes), Gallant‘s Ology (iTunes), MAX‘s Hell’s Kitchen Angel (iTunes), Mayer Hawthorne‘s Man About Town (iTunes), Skizzy Mars‘s Alone Together (iTunes), The Ready Set‘s I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: PHASES‘s Afterparty (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Ain’t Your Mama”, Jennifer Lopez (iTunes)
  • “Boyfriend” and “U-turn”, Tegan & Sara (iTunes)
  • “Champagne Problems”, Nick Jonas (iTunes)
  • “Crazy”, Lido (iTunes)
  • “Crazy For You”, Michael Franti & Spearhead (iTunes)
  • “Falling”, Trent Harmon (iTunes)
  • “Friends”, Blake Shelton (iTunes)
  • “I Want You”, Marian Hill (iTunes)
  • “If Your Man Only Knew”, Erik Hassle (iTunes)
  • “I’ll Be Standin’ Tall”, Josh Kelley (iTunes)
  • “I’m Born To Run”, American Authors (iTunes)
  • “Lake By The Ocean”, Maxwell (iTunes)
  • “So Alive”, Goo Goo Dolls (iTunes)
  • “That’s The Thing About Love”, Martina McBride (iTunes)
  • “Ugly”, Fantasia (iTunes)
  • “Wristband”, Paul Simon (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Bear HandsSturgill SimpsonWild Belle and more.

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Wishing On A Star: Fighting For The Festival

It’s back again! For the fourth year in a row, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will be taking place in Las Vegas. Since the 2012 edition of the now annual event, newer acts have received the chance to perform a small set during the first night of the big event through a partnership with Macy’s and their Rising Star contest. (Check their official website for more information.) It’s any artist’s dream to perform in front of such a wide audience, so the opportunity is huge.

Another 25 acts have entered the ring, but only one of them can be victorious and win that coveted spot. Who will rise to the occasion and sing it out in Sin City this fall? Here are my top ten choices from the pack:

Before You Exit
BEFORE YOU EXIT (Independent)
The Orlando trio have a huge social media presence, though single “I Like That”, despite a servicing to radio, didn’t build much. “Dangerous” saw a digital release in mid-March. The guys are opening for Fifth Harmony on their summer tour.

(Vote for Before You Exit)

Cassio Monroe
CASSIO MONROE (HitShop/Warner Music)
Currently opening for Midnight Red and The Wanted on a tour wrapping up next week, the duo of Jeff Garrison and Tripp Weir are gaining pop airplay for single “Under The Lights”. The two performers have three singles total on iTunes.

(Vote for Cassio Monroe)

Chris Wallace
Formerly with The White Tie Affair, best known for 2009 single “Candle (Sick And Tired)”, Wallace charted with two other slow-moving solo songs on the CHR airwaves since 2012: “Remember When (Push Rewind)” and “Keep Me Crazy”.

(Vote for Chris Wallace)

Hey Day
HEY DAY (Independent)
Andrew Spelman, Andrew Underberg and Jesse Fink are only two releases into their new project, but with a SoundCloud stream total over 250,000 so far, this New York trio is on the fast track to big success. “Adderall” was released last week.

(Vote for Hey Day)

Jillette Johnson
The New York based Johnson is still promoting her 2013 album Water In A Whale. First single “Torpedo” originally went to Hot AC radio last year during a tour with Kris Allen, but in its recent second run at the format, things are picking up.

(Vote for Jillette Johnson)

MAX (Crush Music/sayMAX)
Singer and YouTube celebrity Schneider is about to release an EP, Say Max, his first release with management company Crush Music. Single “Mug Shot” is already getting play on SiriusXM Hits 1 and his base is lifting him high in the rankings.

(Vote for MAX)

Paradise Fears
PARADISE FEARS (Independent)
Six high school friends from South Dakota have been kicking it together for a few years now in this band. They just ended a winter tour to support an acoustic version of their album Battle Scars. The current single from the project is “Lullaby”.

(Vote for Paradise Fears)

Scavenger Hunt
SCAVENGER HUNT (Independent)
The Los Angeles duo of Jill Lamoureux and Dan Mufson have tour stops opening for Capital Cities and HAERTS in the next few days, while their Hunt goes on for even more fans. Their electro-pop sound comes through in song “Dreamers”.

(Vote for Scavenger Hunt)

The Score
THE SCORE (Independent)
Edan Dover and Eddie Anthony took to YouTube with their #SCORESUNDAYS covers videos last year. 5,000 followers and 600,000 views later, something’s been working! A self-titled EP features nice originals like “Don’t Wanna Wake Up”.

(Vote for The Score)

We Are The In Crowd
From Poughkeepsie, NY, the quintet led by Taylor Jardine has one of the biggest followings in my top ten list. Two years ago, single “Kiss Me Again” got some limited airplay, but songs from new album Weird Kids have kept their fans satisfied.

(Vote for We Are The In Crowd)

Remember, your vote counts! You have 50 votes per day for the next few weeks to get these acts one step closer to a major breakthrough. So, get clicking and let your fan flag fly! Good luck to everyone involved and stay tuned for any results that come in soon.

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