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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 9, 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: over half a dozen big names compete for #1 with their current radio songs on the latest report, but in the end, it’s all about “Me”. No, really. Let’s add ’em up:

“ME” TWO TOO: It was a strong battle this Tuesday at Top 40 stations across the country, but the top two winners on the report prove that it’s all about “Me”. Halsey‘s “Without Me” tops the list this time around, with Drake‘s “Don’t Matter To Me”, featuring the late Michael Jackson, in second place. The former is in with a massive 105 stations, while the latter comes in with a still very respectable 76 stations. Needless to say, you can expect both records to bolt straight into the top 40 by the end of the week. For the former performer, her collaboration with Benny Blanco, “Eastside”, remains active at the format, as it approaches the top ten. At Rhythmic and Urban radio today, the latter single scored 35 and 41 stations on impact, respectively, while earning 16 stations from the Hot AC panel yesterday.

Additionally, new singles from Alessia Cara and Khalid reach the top five on the report, with “Trust My Lonely” starting in third place at 45 stations and “Better” appearing in fourth place with 39 stations, respectively. Next week, Cara’s song impacts at the Hot AC format on Monday, while Khalid’s new one also impacted at the Rhythmic format today, totaling 23 stations on that report. (He also performs on Blanco’s “Eastside”, as mentioned above.) The two singles appear bound for the top 50 in the coming days.

Labelmates Camila Cabello and Mariah Carey and their new songs are ready to take on a soundtrack release from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper next Tuesday. Which star single will be born at the top? Come back and find out soon.

1. HALSEY, “Without Me” (Capitol)
2. DRAKE featuring MICHAEL JACKSON, “Don’t Matter To Me” (YMCMB/Republic)
3. ALESSIA CARA, “Trust My Lonely” (Def Jam)
4. KHALID, “Better” (Right Hand/RCA)
5. SHAWN MENDES & ZEDD, “Lost In Japan (Remix)” (Island/Republic)
6. ARIANA GRANDE, “Breathin” (Republic)
7. KANYE WEST & LIL PUMP, “I Love It” (G.O.O.D./Def Jam-Warner Bros.)
8-T. LAUV featuring JULIA MICHAELS, “There’s No Way” (Kobalt/AWAL/in2une)
8-T. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “High Hopes” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
10-T. SILK CITY & DUA LIPA, “Electricity” (Columbia)
10-T. WHY DON’T WE, “8 Letters” (Signature Ent./Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (July 9-10, 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 three new hits impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DRAKE featuring MICHAEL JACKSON – “Don’t Matter To Me” (YMCMB/Republic)
Album: Scorpion (2018)
Past T40 History: Drake’s latest pop entry could become the third posthumous top 40 song for Jackson, who last charted in 2014.

ELLA MAI – “Boo’d Up” (10 Summers/Interscope)
EP: Ready (2017)
Past T40 History: This former chart-topper on the Urban list marks the English-born performer’s first hit to impact at the format.

SOCIAL HOUSE featuring LIL YACHTY – “Magic In The Hamptons” (SB/Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Already in rotation on Top 40 powerhouse Z100, this release marks the duo’s first tune to impact at this format.

Next week: Look out for massive streaming hit “Lucid Dreams” by Juice WRLD to dream its way toward the top of the list.

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

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You “Where” It Well: Posing Those Pop Chart Questions

He arrives Justin time.

He arrives Justin time.

The news arrived earlier today that singer Justin Bieber entered atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “What Do You Mean?”, which gives him his first #1 hit on that survey since his debut in 2009. “Mean” is the first cut to be released from his forthcoming album, title TBA, due on November 13. The song also follows shortly after his featured appearance on a recent top ten single “Where Are Ü Now”, credited to Skrillex and Diplo as the duo Jack Ü. It’s a bit of a career revitalization for Bieber, who hasn’t had a major hit on the radio for two years and has largely been on top of the tabloids for several legal issues and arrests.

As it’s been noted over the last few weeks, Bieber’s latest two singles pose different questions in their titles: “What do you mean?” and “Where are you now?” It certainly isn’t uncommon for a singer to ask a question in their song title, or to have multiple singles posed as questions throughout their career. However, for an act to have two back-to-back question titles, and to have those songs each reach the top ten, is an extremely rare situation. Since “Mean” will be storming the top ten on pop radio later this month, I’m giving you a few cases from the Radio & Records days to show you how few times it’s happened. Could it occur again with another feature/main credit combination? Stay tuned!

“Who’s Holding Donna Now” (as DeBarge) (#8, Aug. 1985)
“Who’s Johnny” (as El DeBarge) (#5, June 1986)

This one might be a little bit of a reach as two DeBarge (the group) singles were released after “Donna”, but as far as the pop chart archives go, neither charted in-between the two question singles. “Johnny” was the theme from the film Short Circuit. That movie may also describe his solo career on the pop survey… well, at least the short part. Both acts continued to get spins on R&B outlets.

“How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” (#1, Jan. 1990)
“How Can We Be Lovers” (#4, Apr. 1990)

After the title song off Soul Provider was provided a couple of weeks in the top 20 during the late summer of 1989, Bolton roared back with his first two of ten top ten hits on the pop radio survey between 1990 and 1993. Strangely enough, his last CHR entry to go top 40 in 1995 was also posed as a question: “Can I Touch You… There?” (It climbed to #28 in August. Listen at your own risk.)

“Who Is It” (#4, May 1993)
“Will You Be There” (#5, Sep. 1993)

The Dangerous era was another big one for Jackson on the pop chart, and the sixth and seventh (!) singles from the effort asked a few questions, returning with two more top five answers. The latter song was also featured on the soundtrack to Free Willy, and a year later, it won the MTV Movie Award for the category of Best Song In A Movie. Of course, the singer passed away six years ago.

“Who Knew” (re-issue) (#1, Sep. 2007)
“So What” (#1, Oct. 2008)

After “U + Ur Hand” took half a year to reach the top spot from its initial debut in the top 50, the 16 weeks this track took to reach the #1 spot in its second run seemed to breeze by (though it was 21 weeks if we include its prior time on in its initial release.) 2008 gave us a huge pop single with an attitude from this singer that landed her back at the summit. Will she hit the chart by year’s end?

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 23, 2001

Heroes of all kinds.

Heroes of all kinds.

After a little time off, we’re back with another round of way back wonders on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my new top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Let’s take a trip back, way back, to a few weeks into sixth grade and revisit the top songs from this week in 2001…

40. LIFEHOUSE, “Breathing”
39. NELLY, “#1”
22. ALL-STAR TRIBUTE, “What’s Going On?”

Biggest Mover:
BACKSTREET BOYS, “Drowning” (34-19, 15 spots)

10. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, “Hero” (up 10)
Album: Escape (2001, Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

09. THE WISEGUYS, “Start The Commotion” (down 2)
Album: The Antidote (1998, Mammoth Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

08. JIVE JONES, “Me, Myself & I” (up 1)
Album: Me, Myself + I (2001, Jive Records)
Peak: #7

07. DESTINY’S CHILD, “Emotion” (up 4)
Album: Survivor (2001, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3

06. MICHELLE BRANCH, “Everywhere” (down 1)
Album: The Spirit Room (2001, Maverick Records)
Peak: #5

05. JENNIFER LOPEZ, “I’m Real” (down 3)
Album: J.Lo (2001, Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. *NSYNC, “Gone” (steady, second week)
Album: Celebrity (2001, Jive Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

03. MICHAEL JACKSON, “You Rock My World” (up 3)
Album: Invincible (2001, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” (up 1)
Album: America Town (2000, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. ALICIA KEYS, “Fallin'” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Songs In A Minor (2001, J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 13)

They have a "Fever" for big sales.

They have a “Fever” for big sales.

April showers bring May flowers and the garden of new releases this week is looking a lot healthier thanks to some Q2 stars with new music. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of May 13:

  • Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are doing their thing once again as The Black Keys with their fifth full-length release for Nonesuch Records, Turn Blue. Their last album, El Camino, sold over 200,000 copies in its first week during the holiday music rush in 2011. Can their newest effort do the same kind of numbers? With a #1 song at Alternative radio in “Fever”, that total will definitely be up there. (iTunes)
  • Nearly five years after his passing, the public has shown that interest is still present for unreleased material from the legendary Michael Jackson. His second posthumous compilation, titled Xscape, hits shelves this week. First single “Love Never Felt So Good”, which comes in both a solo version and as a duet with Justin Timberlake, is floating around the top ten on iTunes. Look for it to be in the top 2 next week with a chance at #1. (iTunes)
  • Due for a top 5 debut on the Billboard 200 is another album from Country trio Rascal Flatts. Their ninth effort is Rewind, and the title track is rising up the charts. Their numbers have dwindled over the years, but this should be pretty close to a six figure start. (iTunes)
  • Released a day early to a #1 debut on iTunes Albums survey, Chromeo‘s White Women is in stores now. It’s the duo’s first album since 2010. The lead single from it is “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”, which is currently gaining airplay in both the U.S. and Canada. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Blondie‘s Blondie 4(0)-Ever: Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux / Ghosts of Download (iTunes), Dolly Parton‘s Blue Smoke (iTunes), Down‘s Down IV, Pt. II (iTunes), Little Dragon‘s Nabuma Rubberband (iTunes), Sturgill Simpson‘s Metamodern Sounds In Country Music (iTunes), Tori Amos‘s Unrepentant Geraldines (iTunes), the original Broadway soundtrack to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (iTunes) and a various artists compilation, One Love, One Rhythm: The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Album (iTunes).

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

  • “All I Ever Need”, a digital single from Austin Mahone. (iTunes)
  • “Real Girls Eat Cake”, a single from online comedy group The Janoskians. (iTunes)

Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories is looking at a spooky sales frame ahead, but how will it do against Brantley Gilbert‘s Just As I Am and Phillip Phillips‘s Behind The Light? A full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 11, 2014

"Something" more than the hit single.

No place like “Home” at #1.

39. Daughtry – Battleships
38. Duck Sauce – NRG
37. Christina Perri – Burning Gold | HIGHEST DEBUT

35. The 1975 – Robbers (40)
33. Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – Love Never Felt So Good (39) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
32. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (38) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
22. SecondCity – I Wanna Feel (27)

10. Neon Trees – Sleeping With A Friend (08) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
09. Foster The People – Best Friend (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Phillip Phillips – Raging Fire (05) | PEAK: #03
06. Passenger – Scare Away The Dark (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Ed Sheeran – Sing (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Coldplay – Magic (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. A Great Big World – Already Home (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Saint Raymond – Everything She Wants (3)
2. The 2 Bears – Angel (Touch Me) (8)
3. Donkeyboy – Crazy Something Normal (1)
4. Jeremy Redmore – Bad Philosophy (6)
5. Neon Trees – Love In The 21st Century (-)
6. Hudson Taylor – Battles (9)
7. The Seasons – Apples (7)
8. Milky Chance – Stolen Dance (-)
9. Sebell – Till The Sun Burns Out (10)
10. American Authors – Believer (-)

In The Mix:
Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass – Extraordinary
Jesse McCartney – Superbad (new)
Kylie Minogue – I Was Gonna Cancel
OneRepublic – Love Runs Out
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Red Wanting Blue – You Are My Las Vegas
Sam Smith – Stay With Me
Sarah McLachlan – In Your Shoes
Stu Larsen – Thirteen Sad Farewells (new)
The Fray – Break Your Plans
Us The Duo – No Matter Where You Are (new)

Chart Notes:

  • After a week at #1, “I Wanna Get Better” by Bleachers falls to #3 as New York duo A Great Big World settle into the top spot with “Already Home”. It’s their third single release from Is There Anybody Out There?, released earlier this year. It does one better than previous single “Say Something”, which ultimately spent two weeks at #2. A video for the song features actor/singer Darren Criss from Glee, as well as actress Jessica Szohr.
  • In a slow week for climbing records, two songs tie for the Biggest Mover on this week’s chart, both of which debuted in the top 40 last week. The late Michael Jackson, along with Justin Timberlake, advance up 39-33 with “Love Never Felt So Good”, while Coldplay climb 38-32 with “A Sky Full Of Stars”. Both songs are currently top ten in the overall stats on iTunes.
  • Three songs debut on this week’s chart, the highest coming in at #37. “Burning Gold” is the second top 40 single from the second album by Christina Perri, Head Or Heart. The first, “Human”, spent six weeks at the top in January and February. (It’s still in the top 20.) A lyric video was released earlier this week for “Gold”. Should it break the top ten, it will become her fourth entry to do.
  • What happens when you combine dance music with the leader of the quack? Nope, it’s not “Disco Duck”, it’s another entry from the duo who call themselves Duck Sauce. The terrific twosome of Armand Van Helden and A-Trak debut at #38 with “NRG”, which flips the chorus of a 1984 cut for singer Melissa Manchester also titled “Energy”. The duo’s first entry, “Barbra Streisand”, hit the top 20 in late 2010.
  • Finally, at #39, is the latest top 40 single from rockers Daughtry. They’ve turned up the pop on their latest album, Baptized, and come up with another charting hit in “Battleships”. It goes to Hot AC radio this week. Including solo entries by lead singer Chris Daughtry, this is the band’s twelfth time in the countdown; their first, “It’s Not Over”, debuted in November 2006 and peaked at #5.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 6)

Wants to be a Hunter again.

Wants to be a Hunter again.

One third of the year is over and album sales overall are looking… well, not so great at this point. However, with a bunch of bigger releases this week, you never know what will happen. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of May 6:

  • After the Platinum-selling success of his self-titled 2011 album, Country youngster Hunter Hayes is back with his followup release, Storyline. Leadoff single and ballad “Invisible” remains bulleted on the Country chart around the top 20. (You may remember Hayes debuted it at the GRAMMY Awards.) Look for it to debut in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 and at #1 on the Country survey. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Tech N9ne has been charting on the Billboard 200 since 2001 and his latest effort is titled Strangeulation. A single from it, “Fragile”, is just below the top ten on Rhythmic radio and ranks as his biggest airplay hit to date. Last year, he had an album debut at #4; expect another high entry from this one, probably in the top 5 again. (iTunes)
  • Last summer, Naughty Boy‘s Hotel Cabana debuted at #2 in the United Kingdom on the strength of a handful of top ten singles, including his current U.S. hit with Sam Smith, “La La La”. That same album, with a slightly altered tracklisting, is now out here. It will likely debut somewhere in the lower regions of the chart – there’s clearly more interest in the single at this point. (iTunes)
  • Though none of its singles have charted Stateside, the first album in five years for singer Lily Allen, Sheezus, is out this week. The effort is currently top ten in over two dozen countries. “Air Balloon” is currently at U.S. radio, but is not showing much action as of recent. (iTunes)
  • Singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan has been making music for over 25 years now. Her latest effort, Shine On, is her first for Verve after splitting with longtime Canadian label Nettwerk and U.S. label Arista. “In Your Shoes” is the current AC/Hot AC single from the project. (iTunes)
  • It’s also a crazy week for compilation albums, the biggest of which is the 50th (!) edition of the Now! That’s What I Call Music! series (iTunes). Those kids grow up so quickly. Also on the menu: Kidz Bop Party Bop! from the Kidz Bop Kids (iTunes) and the various stars of Nashville with their second music set from the second season of the show (iTunes).
  • Other releases out this week include: Gregg Allman‘s All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman (iTunes), Lykke Li‘s I Never Learn (iTunes), Natalie Merchant‘s Natalie Merchant (iTunes) and Santana‘s Corazón (iTunes).

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

  • “A Sky Full Of Stars”, the second radio single from Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories. (iTunes)
  • “First Love”, a new CHR radio single from Jennifer Lopez. (iTunes)
  • “Get My Name”, a single from Mark Ballas of Dancing With The Stars fame. (iTunes)
  • “Good Kisser”, new from R&B star Usher. (iTunes)
  • “Love Never Felt So Good”, the first single from the late Michael Jackson‘s Xscape album. (iTunes)
  • “M.F.P.O.T.Y.”, another digital track from Cher Lloyd‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Superbad”, the latest single from Jesse McCartney. (iTunes)
  • “They Don’t Love You No More”, the latest from DJ Khaled featuring Jay Z, Meek Mill, Rick Ross and French Montana. (iTunes)

Michael Jackson, Rascal Flatts and The Black Keys take center stage next week, along with Chromeo, Dolly Parton and more. It’s going to be another busy week — a full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 4, 2014


Keeps gettin’ “Better”.

40. The 1975 – Robbers
39. Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – Love Never Felt So Good
38. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars | HIGHEST DEBUT

31. Disco Mystery – No Price (37)
30. Passenger – Heart’s On Fire (36)
28. Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It) (33)
17. Andy Grammer – Back Home (22)
15. Graffiti6 – The Bridge (25) | BIGGEST MOVER

10. Foster The People – Best Friend (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Neon Trees – Sleeping With A Friend (06) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
07. Ed Sheeran – Sing (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Passenger – Scare Away The Dark (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Phillip Phillips – Raging Fire (03) | PEAK: #03
04. Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart (05) | PEAK: #04
03. A Great Big World – Already Home (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Coldplay – Magic (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Donkeyboy – Crazy Something Normal (1)
2. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (2)
3. Saint Raymond – Everything She Wants (5)
4. Daughtry – Battleships (10)
5. Duck Sauce – NRG (-)
6. Jeremy Redmore – Bad Philosophy (7)
7. The Seasons – Apples (8)
8. The 2 Bears – Angel (Touch Me) (-)
9. Hudson Taylor – Battles (-)
10. Sebell – Till The Sun Burns Out (9)

In The Mix:
American Authors – Believer
Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass – Extraordinary
Kylie Minogue – I Was Gonna Cancel
OneRepublic – Love Runs Out
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Ray LaMontagne – Supernova
Red Wanting Blue – You Are My Las Vegas
Sam Smith – Stay With Me
Sarah McLachlan – In Your Shoes
The Fray – Break Your Plans

Chart Notes:

  • We have a new one at the top this week! Advancing from 2-1 is “I Wanna Get Better” by Bleachers, a second project from Jack Antonoff to land at the top of my survey. Of course, as one third of fun., he scored three consecutive #1 songs in 2012. “Better” is currently top ten at Alternative radio. A full-length album is expected later this year.
  • I guess it’s no surprise that Graffiti6 lands the title of Biggest Mover after blasting into the countdown last week at #25. “The Bridge” leaps to #15 this week, a gain of ten notches. It’s the duo’s third single to rank on my chart and their first since 2012.
  • The week’s Highest Debut belongs to a familiar name — in fact, they just spent three weeks at #1 with “Magic” (now at #2.) Coldplay enters at #38 with “A Sky Full Of Stars”, the second radio single from the band’s forthcoming Ghost Stories album. The track was co-produced by Avicii in his first time working with the band. It’s currently charting highly at iTunes, where it was released on Friday.
  • The last time the late Michael Jackson appeared in the top 40 was in 2002 with a minor entry called “Butterflies”. Of course, Jackson passed away in 2009, but the singer’s second posthumous album, Xscape, is out on May 13. That first single from it, a collaboration with Justin Timberlake titled “Love Never Felt So Good”, debuts at #39. The original solo version was recorded as a demo in 1983 in a session with Paul Anka, who co-wrote it.
  • Down at #40 is the last of the three debuts this week, “Robbers” by The 1975. A video clip recently premiered for the single, which is the fourth to chart from their debut self-titled album. Previous release “Settle Down” peaked at #5 last month and is still in the top 20.

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Roll The Credits: Big Delays From The Big Screen

From flicks to hits.

From flicks to hits.

Around the world, people have been grooving to the latest single by Pharrell Williams, “Happy”. The 40-year-old’s new jam has now been to #1 in ten countries including Australia and the United Kingdom. However, the song has a long history, one that’s especially surprising considering the performer’s been red hot as both a singer and producer over the past year.

You may not know that “Happy” was first released on the soundtrack to the film Despicable Me 2, out last July. A radio edit was serviced at the time, but wasn’t heavily pushed. Several months went by and then a “24-hour” music video for it was made available in November, meant to promote the song rather than the movie (although there are scenes with characters from it dancing along to the music.) Now, with a Beats By Dre ad all over TV, it’s being serviced again to U.S. radio next week as the first single from Williams’s upcoming solo album with no further tie-ins to the film. Confusing, yes?

This isn’t the first time this kind of thing’s happened, but it’s not often that it does. In fact, in some cases, it takes years for a song originally found on a soundtrack to become a hit in its own right. Here are some notable examples from the past:

“Another Part Of Me”, Michael Jackson (1986-1988)
Captain EO, a science fiction movie starring Jackson in the lead role, premiered at both Disney World and Disneyland in September 1986 and featured this song at the end of it. A year later, it was on Jackson’s hit album Bad, and as the sixth single to be released from the effort, it went as high as #11 in September 1988. “Part” was the only top ten miss of that era.

“Lily Was Here”, David A. Stewart featuring Candy Dulfer (1989-1991)
“Lily” was used in the 1989 Dutch film De Kassière, which was released during that summer. It took until November to hit #1 on the Dutch Singles Chart, spending six weeks in the position, and it took until the spring of 1991 to see a single release in the U.S., eventually peaking at #11 on the Hot 100 in July. It remains one of the last instrumentals to reach the top 40.

“Thank You”, Dido (1998-2001)
Back in 1998, “Thank You” was included on the soundtrack to Sliding Doors, which featured several other charting singles at the time from Aqua (“Turn Back Time”) and Blair (“Have Fun, Go Mad”). It wasn’t until it was sampled on Eminem‘s “Stan” that the song was given a release in the U.S., going to #3 on both CHR radio and the Hot 100 in the spring of 2001.

“Cups (When I’m Gone)”, Anna Kendrick (2012-2013)
From the successful Pitch Perfect, which opened in September 2012, the lyrics for “Cups” date back to the 1930’s when it was written as a bluegrass composition. The song originally went for adds in February 2013, a few months after the movie was out on DVD, but it wasn’t until August that it slowly rose to #6 on the Hot 100 (#8 CHR). A sequel is now in the works.

There are also several songs that didn’t break the charts until after being awarded (or their respective film being awarded) at ceremonies such as the Academy Awards. These instances mostly took place in the 70’s and include “The Morning After” by Maureen McGovern (from The Poseidon Adventure) and “The Rose” by Bette Midler (from The Rose). One of the longer waits was by “I’m Easy” by Keith Carradine, named Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, which didn’t peak until August 1976 at #17, over a year after Nashville opened. Another is “Chariots Of Fire” by Vangelis from the film of the same name, the winner for Best Score; it first premiered in March 1981, but didn’t reach #1 until May 1982.

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SONG PREMIERE: Michael Jackson & Justin Bieber – “Slave To The Rhythm” (+ Lyrics)

The collaboration between Jackson and Bieber leaked online Friday. It original exists as a solo version by Jackson that was unreleased, but came online last year. Listen here.

[Verse 1 – Bieber]
She dances in the sheets at night
She dances to his needs
She dances ’til he feels just right
Until he falls asleep
She dances at the crack of dawn
And quickly cooks his food
She can’t be late, can’t take too long
The kids must get to school

[Chorus (2x) – Bieber]
She’s a slave to the rhythm (3x)
A slave to the rhythm
The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love

[Verse 2 – Jackson]
She dances for the man at work
Who works on overtime
She can’t be rude as she says
“I must be home tonight”
She dances to the kitchen stove
Dinner is served by nine
He says his food’s an hour late
She must be out of her mind

[Chorus (2x) – Both]
She’s a slave to the rhythm (3x)
A slave to the rhythm
The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love

[Middle 8 – Bieber 1-2 + 5-8, Jackson 3-4]
She works so hard, just to make her way
For a man who just don’t appreciate
And though he takes her love in vain
Still she could not stop, couldn’t break his chains
She danced the night that they fell out
She swore she’d dance no more
But dance she did, he did not quit
As she ran out the door

[Bridge – Jackson]
She danced through the night in fear of her life
She danced to a beat of her own
She let out a cry and swallowed her pride
She knew she was needed back home, home, ’cause

[Chorus (4x)]
She’s a slave to the rhythm (3x)
A slave to the rhythm
The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love

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