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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 10, 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. Trust me, it’s more refreshing than having a dozen Diet Coke beverages per day. Here are this week’s results:

TRES-PASSING ALLOWED: Working its way towards 19,000 plays for next week, “Havana” from Camila Cabello and Young Thug settles just below that spin threshold for the week, but it’s more than enough to grant the single tres semanas (or three weeks) at #1 on the Top 40 radio chart. Once again, Cabello’s biggest solo hit to date is up at most formats, most notably on the Hot AC (12-9) and Spanish (16-14) lists. On Thursday, the performer released a pair of new songs, “Never Be The Same” and “Real Friends”, the latter of which impacts at the format on January 9. (It’s already gaining some traction at the format, but isn’t close to the top 50.) At this point, the song should hold off its nearest competitors to secure a fourth week at the top, but we’ll see if anything changes soon.

One of the other bright spots from this week’s top ten on the CHR chart is the 11-9 move for Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules”, making it her first single to reach the region at the format. The English singer, who first charted here during the fall of 2016, made the top 40 with three other singles, but all three missed the top 20. Of course, this one has already been a huge hit across Europe, reaching #1 in the United Kingdom in August. “New” also appears at #18 on the Hot AC and #43 on the Rhythmic chart, respectively, up on both lists.

IN THE BLINK OF AN “I”: After narrowly missing the top 50 on last week’s published report, G-Eazy and Halsey score a giant debut at #32 on this week’s Top 40 chart with “Him & I”, a single from G-Eazy’s upcoming album The Beautiful & Damned. This hit marks the seventh top 40 entry for G-Eazy and the sixth for Halsey, who rises 4-3 with her own “Bad At Love”. As mentioned on the PGTC Instagram feed, songs with the titles “Him” and “i” have both reached the top 40 at the CHR format, the former single hitting #2 in 1980 for Rupert Holmes, and the latter release hitting #30 in 2014 for an artist who might be mentioned in the next part of our weekly post. Hmmm, wonder who it could be…

Following “Him”, the three additional entries in this week’s top 40 are all collaborations. Climbing from 42-34, “Love.” gives rapper Kendrick Lamar his eighth top 40 hit, while newcomer Zacari has his first. The single is currently at #2 on the Rhythmic survey, while landing one notch lower on the Urban chart. Soaring from 50-38, K-pop septet BTS makes a major splash with their remix of “MIC Drop”, the group’s first top 40 entry and featured artist Desiigner‘s second. The boys are now the first band (but not the first act) based in South Korea to make the top 40, besting the #44 peak of the Akon-assisted “Like Money” by the Wonder Girls from 2012. Finally, moving up 43-40, “I Miss You” adds another top 40 single for Clean Bandit (their fourth) and Julia Michaels (her third). Michaels also has one uncredited top 40 song on which she performed the lead vocal, “Surrender” by Cash Cash, which had a #36 peak in 2015.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 3, 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. Yes, the days are getting shorter and colder, but think of all those hot hits burning all day and night on the charts! That’s where I come in. Here’s this week’s pop report:

‘LO GOES HIGH: Gaining another 1,000 spins over last week, Camila Cabello‘s “Havana”, featuring rapper Young Thug, gets a second week at #1 at the CHR format. It’s also up 7-4 at the Rhythmic format, though it’s too soon to tell if it’ll reach the top there. For more positive pop news, “Havana” rises a notch to #12 on the Hot AC chart, where it had the largest gain in spins of any track in the top 40 this week, as it prepares to enter the top ten. Of course, with a remix featuring Daddy Yankee, the release is all over the three Spanish-dominated charts that Mediabase publishes as well, ranking the highest (#16) on the regular Spanish survey. Think it will go away anytime soon? Falso, amigos.

It appears that Halsey‘s “Bad At Love” (up 6-4 this week) and Ed Sheeran‘s “Perfect” (up 8-5) will be the next competitors for the top spot at the format during the coming weeks, the former leading the latter by about 900 spins. The former single may be affected by the singer’s new collaboration with G-Eazy called “Him & I”, which just misses at #51, while the latter got a boost on Friday with a new duet version that features Beyoncé. (Both the duet and the original versions of “Perfect” have held down the top two slots on iTunes since Friday.) What else can I say? With names like that, pop perfection is likely headed is way.

“WORK” IN PROGRESS: After stalling at #43 in October with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “You Already Know”, Fergie is back in the top 50 with the follow-up. Entering at #48, “A Little Work” is the second pop single from her recent album Double Dutchess. It’s been certified Double Cardboard in most countries, including here in the States. (Just kidding… but not really.) She returns to TV in about a month to host a new music competition show called The Four: Battle For Stardom, which debuts January 4 on FOX. Singer Ciara will be replacing her as the new host of the West Coast feed of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Will Fergie finally land a top 40 single here for the first time in three years? If it survives the holiday freeze, there’s a good possibility of that happening.

Just below Fergie’s latest pop entry is the first one for K-pop newcomers BTS. Their remix of “MIC Drop” comes in at #50. The new version was mixed by DJ/producer Steve Aoki, and includes a rap by Desiigner, who you may recall reached #20 in May/June of last year with “Panda”. It officially impacts at the format this Tuesday. The seven-member act has made a giant impact on the charts in South Korea, with many chart-topping albums, EPs and singles since 2014. With “MIC” poised to go much higher, the band could become the first K-pop group to break the top 40 at the format, as well as the first Korean act to enter the region since PSY in 2012.

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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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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 2-3, 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 three of the singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DJ SNAKE featuring LAUV – “A Different Way” (Interscope)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: DJ Snake has six top 40 singles to date, two reaching #1. Lauv is currently in the top 50 with “I Like Me Better”.

LINKIN PARK – “One More Light” (Warner Bros.)
Album: One More Light (2017)
Past T40 History: It’s the band’s first single here since the death of Chester Bennington in July. How will a posthumous song fare?

MARSHMELLO featuring KHALID – “Silence” (RCA/in2une)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Marshmello hasn’t charted here yet. Khalid’s “Young Dumb & Broke” is close to becoming his third top 40 song.

Next week: Niall Horan and Rachel Platten explore the softer side with their latest tracks, but will either softly reach the top of the leaderboard? Find out next Tuesday.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 25-26, 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 five singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ANDREAS MOSS – “Stuck In My Feelings” (Curb)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Swedish-born, now Nashville-based Moss is a newcomer to the format. Curb last made the top 50 here in 2009.

CHARLY BLACK & LUIS FONSI – “Party Animal” (Casablanca/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Black’s original “Gyal You A Party Animal” impacted at the format in May of last year, getting very little airplay.

ED SHEERAN – “Perfect” (Atlantic)
Album: ÷ (2017)
Past T40 History: Given the ten-week #1 smash “Shape Of You”, and the #7 hit “Castle On The Hill”, this should have a lovely run.

KHALID – “Young Dumb & Broke” (Right Hand Music/RCA)
Album: American Teen (2017)
Past T40 History: “Location” remains in the top 30, though it’s been pulled, while “Silence” (with Marshmello) has a few adds too.

POST MALONE featuring 21 SAVAGE – “Rockstar” (Republic)
Album: Beerbongs & Bentleys (2017?)
Past T40 History: Malone’s “Congratulations” peaked at #20 in August. “Rockstar” is dominating at the major streaming services.

Next week: Calvin Harris, DJ Snake and Linkin Park are three of the names we’ll be looking out for on next week’s report. Of the three tracks, two are collaborations: Harris’s “Faking It” features Kehlani and Lil Yachty, and DJ Snake’s “A Different Way” features Lauv.

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