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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 8, 2019

“Next” week’s best-seller.

Get ready for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards with the best new releases this week, including a highly-anticipated album that quite a few people will be particularly thankful for. Here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market today:

ARIANA GRANDE – thank u, next (iTunes)
Features: the title track, a recent #1 on the Top 40 chart, as well as “7 rings”, now in the top ten at the format

Notable albums out this week: Bob Mould‘s Sunshine Rock (iTunes), Michael Bolton‘s A Symphony Of Hits (iTunes), Sean McConnell‘s Secondhand Smoke (iTunes), Music Inspired By The Film Roma (iTunes), Wicked (15th Anniversary Special Edition) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Lucky Daye‘s II (iTunes), Meghan Trainor‘s The Love Train (iTunes), Pet Shop Boys‘s Agenda (iTunes), Qveen Herby‘s EP5 (iTunes), Sister Hazel‘s Fire (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week:
“Gucci Rock N Rolla (Remixes)”, Snakehips featuring Rivers Cuomo & KYLE (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Addicted To You”, UNSECRET featuring Anna Mae (iTunes)
“Aliens”, Jay Hardway (iTunes)
“Anybody Else”, Sophia Angeles (iTunes)
“Better When You’re Gone”, David Guetta, Brooks & Loote (iTunes)
“Blackjack (Remix)”, Aminé featuring YBN Cordae (iTunes)
“Can’t Bring Me Down”, Quintino (iTunes)
“Chase The Sun”, Hardwell & DANNIC featuring Kelli-Leigh (iTunes)
“Chi Chi”, Trey Songz featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Childism”, KIAN (iTunes)
“Coldest Water”, Walking On Cars (iTunes)
“Common”, Maren Morris featuring Brandi Carlile (iTunes)
“Complicated Love”, Wanderer & Justin Reece (iTunes)
“Crown”, Kelly Rowland (iTunes)
“Cry”, Chris Jobe (iTunes)
“Day In, Day Out” and “NYC”, JR JR (iTunes)
“Do Not Disturb”, Mahalia (iTunes)
“Drip”, Crywolf (iTunes)
“Ferrari”, Cheat Codes featuring Afrojack (iTunes)
“Floating (filous Remix)”, Alina Baraz featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“Good Time”, Ocean Park Standoff (iTunes)
“Grip (Jay Pryor Remix)”, Seeb x Bastille (iTunes)
“Handmade Heaven”, MARINA (iTunes)
“Hello My Love (John Gibbons Remix)”, Westlife (iTunes)
“Holding Hands”, Quinn XCII featuring Elohim (iTunes)
“Home To Momma”, Grant Landis (iTunes)
“Insecure”, SVRCINA (iTunes)
“La Di Da (Hibell Remix)”, Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Lay And Be Lonely”, Shy Girls (iTunes)
“Leaning On Myself”, Anna Of The North (iTunes)
“Like I Remember You”, Vera Blue (iTunes)
“Like This Like That”, MOTi (iTunes)
“Lost”, Blake Rose (iTunes)
“Lost”, Dermot Kennedy (iTunes)
“Love Me Like You Used To”, Kaskade featuring Cecilia Gault (iTunes)
“Messin With The Kid”, Jung Youth (iTunes)
“Missin’ You Crazy (Acoustic)”, Russ (iTunes)
“Moment Of Surrender”, Nick Mulvey (iTunes)
“My Name”, Tom Speight (iTunes)
“New Shapes”, Diplo featuring Octavian (iTunes)
“Pearl Cadillac”, Gary Clark Jr. (iTunes)
“Remember When (Acoustic)”, Bad Wolves (iTunes)
“Road”, Mark Diamond (iTunes)
“Shut Up”, Greyson Chance (iTunes)
“Something Tells Me”, Meg Mac (iTunes)
“Stay”, TOMI (iTunes)
“Talk”, Khalid (iTunes)
“Teenage Minds”, Jubël (iTunes)
“The Needle’s Eye”, Adia Victoria (iTunes)
“The Other Side”, Conan Gray (iTunes)
“Think”, H.E.R. (iTunes)
“Think About You”, Mullally (iTunes)
“This Is How We Party”, R3HAB x Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Three Hours Ahead”, Adam Melchor (iTunes)
“Trevi Fountain”, Leo Kalyan (iTunes)
“TV”, Elohim (iTunes)
“Vultures (Acoustic)”, Jeremy Loops (iTunes)
“Want You Back (Acoustic)”, Grey featuring LÉON (iTunes)
“We Talk All The Time”, The Japanese House (iTunes)
“When I’m Around You”, Running Touch (iTunes)
“Wherever You Are”, adam&steve featuring Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Who Do You Love”, The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
“Why Am I Like This?”, Orla Gartland (iTunes)
“Why Don’t We”, Austin Mahone (iTunes)
“Wicked Rhythm”, SKAAR (iTunes)
“Y’all Boys”, Florida Georgia Line featuring HARDY (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from Avril Lavigne, Florida Georgia Line and many more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 3, 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: it’s a hit holiday, with minimal action in the top ten. However, we can dive into the “Ocean” for some great action from Martin Garrix and Khalid, as proven radio records by Alessia Cara, Bebe Rexha and others continue to score. Let’s add ’em up:

WHAT A MESS SHE’S MADE: With most radio programmers headed for a well-deserved break over the next few days, most of the top ten songs on this week’s report are relatively unchanged from the last few weeks. Rexha’s “I’m A Mess” repeats at #1, with a second week total of 30 adds, as “Remind Me To Forget”, the collaboration from Kygo featuring Miguel that’s been chosen for On The Verge programming by radio giant iHeartMedia, lands in second place with 24 new stations.

The only new track of note this week is that reactive collaboration from Garrix and Khalid, “Ocean”, which scores at 21 stations this Tuesday for a fourth place finish. It should approach the top 50 by the weekend. Next week, look out for the debut single by Social House, the Lil Yachty-assisted “Magic In The Hamptons”, to impact at the format. Happy 4th of July!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. BEBE REXHA, “I’m A Mess” (Warner Bros.)
2. KYGO featuring MIGUEL, “Remind Me To Forget” (Ultra/RCA)
3. ALESSIA CARA, “Growing Pains” (Def Jam)
4. MARTIN GARRIX featuring KHALID, “Ocean” (RCA)
5. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Youngblood” (Capitol)
6. NICKI MINAJ featuring ARIANA GRANDE, “Bed” (YMCMB/Republic)
7-T. CARDI B, BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN, “I Like It” (KSR Group/Atlantic)
7-T. MEGHAN TRAINOR, “Let You Be Right” (Epic)
9. POST MALONE, “Better Now” (Republic)
10-T. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Almost Love” (Hollywood)
10-T. TIESTO & DZEKO featuring PREME and POST MALONE, “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 26, 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: expect the expected (you know, a great adds session) from Bebe Rexha‘s latest single, while a months-old record gets a jolt from a radio giant. Let’s add ’em up:

THAT’S THE WAY IT SHOULD BEBE: From her first full-length album Expectations, which was released on Friday, it’s Bebe Rexha taking the top spot on this week’s Top 40 report with “I’m A Mess”, scoring 57 adds on impact. That total puts “Mess” ahead of recent winners by acts like Alessia Cara and Nicki Minaj/Ariana Grande, though they’re still bouncing around the top five.

It’s also a very good week for Kygo and Miguel‘s “Remind Me To Forget”, which has been receiving airplay for several weeks now. Thanks to a new campaign with iHeartMedia, which was introduced at Cannes Lions last week, the song is new at 36 stations. That sum is enough for second place on the leaderboard and will provide enough momentum to propel it into the top 50 soon.

With no new titles scheduled to impact and fewer station reports next week, largely due to the July 4th holiday, numbers should be on the low side and a large amount of the top ten will remain unchanged. That being said, something could always surprise…

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. BEBE REXHA, “I’m A Mess” (Warner Bros.)
2. KYGO featuring MIGUEL, “Remind Me To Forget” (Ultra/RCA)
3-T. ALESSIA CARA, “Growing Pains” (Def Jam)
3-T. NICKI MINAJ featuring ARIANA GRANDE, “Bed” (YMCMB/Republic)
5. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Youngblood” (Capitol)
6. POST MALONE, “Better Now” (Republic)
7-T. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Almost Love” (Hollywood)
7-T. YEARS & YEARS, “If You’re Over Me” (Interscope)
9-T. KHALID x NORMANI, “Love Lies” (Right Hand/Keep Cool/RCA)
9-T. MEGHAN TRAINOR, “Let You Be Right” (Epic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 19, 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: can you stand the pop pains of a split panel? Alessia Cara‘s “Pains” get a prescription for Top 40 traction, while Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande head to “Bed” for some Z’s and prominent stations. It is time to add ’em up:

GROW WITH THE FLOW: With four #1 songs to date at the format, Alessia Cara is well on her way to securing a fifth. Cara’s new one is “Growing Pains”, which easily secures the Most Added spot on this week’s Top 40 report, putting up 112 stations during its impact date today. Cara’s sophomore album is due sometime later this year.

Making a strong case for second place, labelmates Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande know how to talk the pillow talk with “Bed”, the first pop single from Minaj’s forthcoming album Queen. It blasts off with 46 stations on impact. The collaboration flew to #1 on iTunes upon release last Thursday. The two women are now teaming up on “The Light Is Coming”, a song from Grande’s upcoming album Sweetener. Much like “Bed”, expect that single to easily top the all-genre chart at iTunes tomorrow.

Elsewhere, impacting titles from Sabrina Carpenter and a Tiësto-led collaboration enter the top five and top ten, respectively.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ALESSIA CARA, “Growing Pains” (Def Jam)
2. NICKI MINAJ featuring ARIANA GRANDE, “Bed” (YMCMB/Republic)
3. POST MALONE, “Better Now” (Republic)
4. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Youngblood” (Capitol)
5. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Almost Love” (Hollywood)
6. CARDI B, BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN, “I Like It” (KSR Group/Atlantic)
7-T. KHALID x NORMANI, “Love Lies” (Right Hand/Keep Cool/RCA)
7-T. MAROON 5 featuring CARDI B, “Girls Like You” (222/Interscope)
9-T. MEGHAN TRAINOR, “Let You Be Right” (Epic)
9-T. TIËSTO & DZEKO featuring PREME & POST MALONE, “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 10, 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. As Flag Day flies onto the schedule for later this week, we shall let our freak flag fly when it comes to song statistics. After all, it’s only natural. Here’s what’s making noise at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

HOME MALONE: Give me five! No, really. This week, the fifth top 40 single for Post Malone becomes his very first #1 hit on the Top 40 chart. Up from 3-1, the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Psycho” hits the top spot during the same week that Malone’s “Better Now” (the next pop single from his former #1 album Beerbongs & Bentleys) climbs from 50-34 to become his sixth top 40 entry. Malone’s new #1 at the format also spent two weeks atop the Rhythmic chart in late April. Believe it or not, “Psycho” also makes the top 40 on the Hot AC chart for this update, up 45-40 to become his second entry into the region. (Just in case you forgot, “Rockstar” peaked at #37 at that format a few months ago.) It’s anyone’s guess as to what else may prove be a notable radio hit from this project following “Psycho” and “Better”, but with the album’s impressive streaming statistics, there sure are a lot of potential choices.

WHAT’S LEFT IS “RIGHT”: Lots of action in the lower rungs of the chart this week, as new singles by Maroon 5, the previously mentioned Post Malone, 5 Seconds Of Summer and BTS all enter the region. In a merely coincidental twist, “Girls Like You” lifts from 49-26, giving Maroon 5 their… 26th top 40 hit. We always love a journey into the fun with numbers department. From there, it gets even more busy toward the bottom of the chart. Leading this week’s top 50 debuts, first-time collaborators Pharrell Williams and Camila Cabello shake up the scenery with their splashy “Sangria Wine”, bowing at #45. Though it’s their first duet together as artists, Williams was a co-writer and background vocalist for Cabello on her chart-topping smash “Havana”. Cabello’s labelmate and current The Four judge Meghan Trainor checks in at #48 with “Let You Be Right”, the follow-up to “No Excuses”. One spot lower, Childish Gambino debuts at #49 with the politically-charged “This Is America”, which could become his third top 40 single at the format later this month. Finally, dancing in at #50, EDM act Cash Cash has their first top 50 hit in nearly two years with the Abir-assisted “Finest Hour”. How will they do in the coming weeks? Stay tuned to PGTC for updates.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 5, 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: the radio report is brought to you by the letter B, as in Cardi B, and other top letters and numbers from across the pop panel. Let’s add ’em up:

IT’S A GIRL THING: As those June tunes invade the pop airwaves, one lands well above the rest this Tuesday. Of course, it’s not a surprise that this week’s Most Added song at the Top 40 format is “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5, with a new remix featuring the previously mentioned Cardi B. Now, this comes at the same time that her new radio single as a lead act, “I Like It”, with Latin stars Bad Bunny and J Balvin, is also breaking out at the format. I guess there’s a whole lot to like about her, heh? In any case, “Girls” puts up a very strong 108 stations on impact, while “I Like” grabs another 38 stations, finishing in third place. The original version of “Girls” can be found on the group’s 2017 release Red Pill Blues. Cardi B’s Invasion Of Privacy continues to draw large streaming numbers week-to-week.

As he makes his way to #1 at the format with the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Psycho”, Post Malone is also having a super week with the follow-up single, “Better Now”. During its impact week, it scored 46 stations, settling for the runner-up spot. “Better” also went to the Rhythmic format this week, where it also took second place with a solid 25 new stations on impact. The song snuck in at #50 on last Sunday’s published update, and should have a substantial gain (in both spins and position) by this coming weekend.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. MAROON 5 featuring CARDI B, “Girls Like You” (222/Interscope)
2. POST MALONE, “Better Now” (Republic)
3. CARDI B, BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN, “I Like It” (KSR Group/Atlantic)
4. BACKSTREET BOYS, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (RCA)
5. MEGHAN TRAINOR, “Let You Be Right” (Epic)
6. BTS, “Fake Love” (Columbia)
7. PHARRELL WILLIAMS x CAMILA CABELLO, “Sangria Wine” (Columbia)
8. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Youngblood” (Capitol)
9. SOFIA REYES featuring JASON DERULO & DE LA GHETTO, “1, 2, 3” (Warner Bros.)
10. CASH CASH featuring ABIR, “Finest Hour” (Big Beat/RRP)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (June 4-5, 2018)

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:

MAROON 5 featuring CARDI B – “Girls Like You” (222/Interscope)
Album: Red Pill Blues (2017, original version)
Past T40 History: Since 2010, Maroon 5 has charted 14 top ten songs at this format, half reaching the top, totaling 26 weeks at #1.

MEGHAN TRAINOR – “Let You Be Right” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Trainor is coming off three top ten misses in a row on the pop chart. Does “Right” get her in the right direction?

PHARRELL WILLIAMS x CAMILA CABELLO – “Sangria Wine” (Columbia)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This is the first time together for Williams and Cabello. It was originally recorded by the latter for her debut set.

POST MALONE – “Better Now” (Republic)
Album: Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018)
Past T40 History: As “Psycho” approaches the top spot, which would be his first #1 at the format, “Better” is already in the top 50.

SOFIA REYES featuring JASON DERULO & DE LA GHETTO – “1, 2, 3” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Reyes and De La Ghetto are newcomers here; Derulo last charted at the format with “Swalla”, which got to #19.

Next week: BTS officially impact here with “Fake Love”, but will the real love go to “Flames” from David Guetta and Sia? We’re in for another good Tuesday in just over a week.

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

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