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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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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 1, 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. Happy (Almost) 4th of July! Get the grill on and the pool cleaned up, because it’s about to be one hot week. Meanwhile, it’s still pretty hot on the charts, so let’s get into it:

HOW IT’S POST TO BE: Post Malone holds at #1 for the fourth week on the Top 40 survey with his Ty Dolla $ign-assisted hit “Psycho”, though its reign is likely coming to an end next week, as Bazzi‘s “Mine” (#2) or Ariana Grande‘s “No Tears Left To Cry” (#3) approach the top spot. Malone won’t be out of the #1 position for long, however, as his follow-up “Better Now” rises from 21-18 this week. (More on Malone’s updated chart action below.) Four songs bust into the top 40, led by the latest On The Verge selection: “Remind Me To Forget” by Kygo featuring Miguel, at #31. iHeartMedia’s current pick for their chain-wide airplay program geared toward emerging acts is puzzling, to say the least, as this is the fifth top 40 entry for both men. Additionally, Kygo spent three weeks at #2 last June with a Selena Gomez collaboration called “It Ain’t Me”. Nicki Minaj and the aforementioned Grande are next up, up 41-33 with “Bed”. It’s the 36th top 40 hit on the Top 40 chart for Minaj, who hasn’t reached the region as a lead artist since 2015. Grande, who previously collaborated with Minaj on the five-week chart-topper “Side To Side”, is up to 16 top 40 entries. After a pair of #26-peaking songs last year, “Thumbs” and “Why”Sabrina Carpenter hopes her third top 40 title will go a lot higher. “Almost Love” advances from 46-38, just one notch ahead of Bebe Rexha‘s “I’m A Mess”, which breaks in at #39 to become her 13th top 40 single at the format. Her new one interpolates a portion of “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks, which spent three weeks at #1 in July and August of 1997.

I’M WITH THE BANDIT: Three additional songs are new to the top 50 this week, which all happen to be collaborations. “Solo” is new at #45 for Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato, a recent #1 song in the United Kingdom. Though the English act is far more successful in Europe than it is here, “Solo” could become their fifth top 40 entry at the format next week. Coming in at #49, there’s a third and final Post Malone sighting on the pop chart. Tiësto and Dzeko‘s “Jackie Chan”, which features he and Preme, is making some big moves both in the U.S. and globally. This is the first time that Dzeko and Preme have charted in the top 50 here. Painting a pretty pop picture at #50, we have the week’s last entry: “Colour” by MNEK featuring Hailee Steinfeld. MNEK’s prior top 40 title was also a collaboration, 2016’s “Never Forget You” with Zara Larsson. Steinfeld’s had six top 40 entries since 2015 on the Top 40 chart, four of which were duets or collaborations.

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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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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 23-24, 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:

ARIANA GRANDE – “No Tears Left To Cry” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Thanks to hourly airplay via iHeartMedia during its first day, Grande’s newest song is well into the top 30 here.

KYGO featuring MIGUEL – “Remind Me To Forget” (Ultra/RCA)
Album: Kids In Love (2017)
Past T40 History: Both performers each have four top 40 entries so far this decade; will they be able to extend those totals to five?

LOOTE – “Your Side Of The Bed” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: With two previous singles serviced to the format, will the third time be the charm for this New York-based duo?

Next week: the current singles from Bryce Vine and Tom Walker have seen some solid early action from the panel, but the new collaboration from Liam Payne and J Balvin will be charging toward the top. Who takes the throne? Stay tuned.

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

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 4, 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. Never fear! If football isn’t your thing, we’re here to give you all the touchdowns from the weekly Super Bowl of pop! Here’s the score from those top 40 tunes galore:

RULING THE SURVEY: It’s two weeks at the top for recent Saturday Night Live performer Dua Lipa and her pop smash “New Rules”, taken from her self-titled album. “New” is also up 12-11 and 14-13 on the Hot AC and Rhythmic lists, respectively, and lands just below the top 30 on the AC survey, where I’m sure some soccer moms will be twerking to it soon enough. (Everybody can enjoy a bop, regardless of age.) Though the song is no longer in positive territory, losing about 400 spins from last week, it could repeat at #1 for a third week: the nearest bulleted song, Charlie Puth‘s “How Long”, is still 4,900 spins away at #5. Check back next Sunday to see what happens!

READY FOR THE WEEKND: After launching via iHeartMedia’s hourly integration program on Friday, a third radio single from the highly-anticipated soundtrack to Black Panther secures a high entry on the Top 40 list way up at #32. “Pray For Me” teams The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar, giving both artists their ninth respective top 40 hit at the format. The other two releases from the set so far, “All The Stars” by Lamar and SZA and “King’s Dead” by Jay Rock, Lamar, Future and James Blake, are gaining quite a bit of ground on the Rhythmic and Urban formats, though it’s unclear whether they’ll cross to Top 40 or not. Four spots lower, the 22nd top 40 song for Drake rolls in at #36. “God’s Plan” is one of two tracks the performer released on a double a-side single called Scary Hours, with “Plan” recently entering at #1 on the newest Billboard Hot 100 update. The song broke several streaming records upon release, and continues to perform well at all digital platforms. Duo Jack & Jack also step a hefty eight notches to #40 to grab their first top 40 hit with “Beg”. In the last week, this song picked up notable support from a majority of Cumulus Media stations on the panel, which is responsible for chain-wide adds rather than fully localized programming.

Yet another single from Justin Timberlake‘s future #1 album, Man Of The Woods, comes in at #46. “Say Something” features the recent Grammy winner Chris Stapleton, and it’s already rising on the Hot AC list, soaring 34-22 this week. Back on Top 40, you’ll find lead single “Filthy” up a notch to #14, losing its bullet, while “Supplies”, the current Rhythmic and Urban single, stays at #47. A newcomer to the Top 40 format, 26-year-old actress and singer Hayley Kiyoko, has her chart debut at #49 with an inquisitive pop banger called “Curious”. It’s the first radio single from her upcoming set, Expectations, due March 30. Meanwhile, last week’s #1 on the Rhythmic chart finally reaches the top 50 here: “Sky Walker”, by Miguel featuring Travis Scott, walking tall at #50. Though it probably won’t do much on these airwaves, it’s good to see the track officially chart, given how long it spent just below the region.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 1, 2017

Experiencing a comeback.

It’s the last month of the year! Here come some of the biggest releases of 2017, all available for your listening pleasure! Now, the weekly look at the albums and singles you need to know about this Friday:

U2 – Songs Of Experience (iTunes)
The legendary Irish quartet returns with their 14th studio album, and first in three years, which includes single “You’re The Best Thing About Me”. Charting across three formats, it performed best on the Triple A chart, where it was #1 for two weeks. Though you won’t find this one free in your iTunes library, it should be a strong contender for #1 on the Billboard 200.

MIGUEL – War & Leisure (iTunes)
The newest studio album by this R&B singer features the hit “Sky Walker”, featuring Travis Scott, which is either inside or just outside the top ten at both Rhythmic and Urban radio. Will it become his third set to reach the top five overall? Could happen!

CHRIS STAPLETON – From A Room: Volume 2 (iTunes)
As “Broken Halos”, off the first volume, continues its slow ascent up the Country radio survey, Stapleton’s second album of 2017 arrives in stores. It’s sure to be the top Country album in the land next week, with a notable debut overall as well.

More albums out this week: Andy Grammer‘s The Good Parts (iTunes), Danielle Bradbery‘s I Don’t Believe We’ve Met (iTunes), Five Finger Death Punch‘s A Decade Of Destruction (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Greatest Hits (iTunes), Robbie Williams‘s Under The Radar, Vol. 2 (Deluxe) (iTunes), Roy Woods‘s Say Less (iTunes), The Rolling Stones‘s On Air (iTunes), Van Morrison‘s Versatile (iTunes), Ferdinand (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: TBA

More EPs out this week: Black Veil Brides‘s Rebels (iTunes), Lions Head‘s Golden / The Night B4 Xmas (iTunes), Owl City‘s Reel 1 (iTunes), Sheppard‘s Uncover (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“1000”, N.E.R.D & Future (iTunes)
“All Falls Down (Remixes)”, Alan Walker, Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals (iTunes)
“All On My Mind (Acoustic)”, Anderson East (iTunes)
“Asking For A Friend”, Devin Dawson (iTunes)
“Aww”, Baby Ariel (iTunes)
“Been Meaning To Tell You (Reinvented, Pt. 1 – Remixes)”, Starley (iTunes)
“Better Than I Used To Be (Acoustic)”, Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Blood & Muscle”, Lissie (iTunes)
“Boy Like You”, WESLEE (iTunes)
“Breathe”, Jax Jones featuring Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“Broken People”, Logic & Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Cotton Candy”, Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Cozy”, Jacob Sartorius (iTunes)
“Don’t Look Down”, Nicholas Roberts (iTunes)
“Fallin’ 4 U”, Will Heard (iTunes)
“Fireworks”, First Aid Kit (iTunes)
“First Love (Remixes)”, Lost Kings & Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Footprints In The Snow”, Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
“Friends”, Otto Knows (iTunes)
“Halo (Live)”, LP (iTunes)
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, MiC LOWRY (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“Hello Shadow”, Kiesza & SKYGGE (iTunes)
“Him & I”, G-Eazy & Halsey (iTunes)
“House Party (Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Club Mix)”, The Knocks & Captain Cuts (iTunes)
“I Know You (Acoustic)”, Craig David featuring Bastille (iTunes)
“I Miss You (Matoma Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“I Think It Must Be Christmas”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Islands”, R3HAB & KSHMR (iTunes)
“Leave A Light On (Acoustic)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Little Drummer Boy (Lema x Savi Remix)”, Pentatonix (iTunes)
“Love So Soft (Mark Knight & Ben Remember Remix)”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“Miss You”, Louis Tomlinson (iTunes)
“Mouth To Mouth”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“Mucho Booty”, Pitbull & Micha featuring Farruko (iTunes)
“Naked (CADE Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“No More”, PRETTYMUCH featuring French Montana (iTunes)
“No Pressure”, Mahalia (iTunes)
“Off My Feet”, Pia Mia (iTunes)
“One Chance To Dance (Remixes)”, Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas (iTunes)
“Perfect”, Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé (iTunes)
“Personal (Acoustic)”, The Vamps (iTunes)
“So Far Away”, Martin Garrix & David Guetta featuring Jamie Scott & Romy Dya (iTunes)
“Stand Up Tragedy”, The Fratellis (iTunes)
“Strangers (Remixes)”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Strongest (Alan Walker Remix)”, Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“Take Her Place (VIP Mix)”, Don Diablo featuring A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Vanilla / What’s So Entertaining”, The Orwells (iTunes)
“Way With Words”, Bahamas (iTunes)
“We Could Go Back (Remixes)”, Jonas Blue featuring Moelogo (iTunes)
“Whoever He Is”, New Hope Club (iTunes)

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 29)

It's the final countdown...

It’s the final countdown…

It’s the final week of Monday and Tuesday releases before our worldwide change to the Global Release Day, and several acts are looking at notable debuts on the Billboard 200. (NOTE: some of the items listed below may not be available until Monday night based on label response time and/or Apple Music’s launch this week.) Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of June 29/30:

  • 29-year-old singer Miguel had a huge era with 2012’s Gold-certified Kaleidoscope Dream, including the enduring Urban hit turned minor Pop crossover single “Adorn”. A number of featured appearances (and an award show mishap) followed that. Radio hasn’t been as reactive to “Coffee”, but retail should be pouring a little more love on Wildheart, new in stores today. It’s looking at potentially being next week’s top debut. (iTunes)
  • With his first studio album since the fall of 2012, the Philadelphia rapper named Meek Mill returns with Dreams Worth More Than Money, featuring the current Urban radio single “All Eyes On You”, which also includes rapper Nicki Minaj and singer Chris Brown. After several delays, the set is highly-anticipated, so look for it to make a splash in the top five next week. (iTunes)
  • Officially spending their third week in a row atop the Alternative radio chart with “Renegades”, the New York band called X Ambassadors pop in a VHS for your buying pleasure… on a compact disc or in a digital download, of course. The new set also features “Jungle”, which charted lowly on the Hot 100 last year. (iTunes)
  • Country star Easton Corbin is enjoying success on both the dance circuit, with his sped-up vocal on “Are You With Me” by Lost Frequencies, and in his regular musical space, where “Baby Be My Love Song” is an airplay hit. Containing that latter song is About To Get Real, out this week. (iTunes)
  • Singer Joy Williams, now solo again after two albums with The Civil Wars, is back with her latest outing, Venus. The album features the single “Woman (Oh Mama)” and it’s doing fairly well with the critics thus far. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: August Burns Red‘s Found In Far Away Places (iTunes), Bassnectar‘s Into The Sun (iTunes), Good Old War‘s Broken Into Better Shape (iTunes), Neil Young + Promise Of The Real‘s The Monsanto Years (iTunes), Slightly Stoopid‘s Meanwhile… Back At The Lab (iTunes), Vince Staples‘s Summertime ’06 (iTunes) and the Various Artists compilation from the upcoming film Magic Mike XXL (iTunes).

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

  • “Cool For The Summer”, new from Demi Lovato. (iTunes – Wednesday)
  • “Freedom”, a new single by Pharrell Williams. (iTunes)
  • “Locked Away”, new from R. City and Adam Levine. (iTunes)
  • “Nothing But Trouble”, a collaboration from Lil Wayne and Charlie Puth. (iTunes)

We’ll see you on July 10 for the first Friday edition of our weekly new releases post, featuring acts like R5, Years & Years and more! Until then, have a great Fourth Of July weekend.

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Hot Fun In The Summertime: What Is This Year’s Song Of The Summer?

These hits are hotter than the sun.

These hits are hotter than the sun.

Summer is almost upon us and things are just heating up on the music charts. There are so many fresh sounds on the radio and at retail, but some of them will succeed, while others will fade, never to be heard from again. Only one can be the Song Of The Summer, and the list is the endless this year.

Your typical Song of The Summer would debut in the CHR top 40/50 sometime between mid-April and early May and go to #1 between late June and mid-July, holding its grip on that top spot for at least five or six weeks, sometimes eight, sometimes more. Some classics include *NSYNC‘s “It’s Gonna Be Me” (2000), Mariah Carey‘s “We Belong Together” (2005) and Katy Perry/Snoop Dogg‘s “California Gurls” (2010). Not all years are this clean-cut, but this is just your average situation. With the rapid pace of the CHR format now, including number-one songs that don’t have long runs at the top, anything can happen. Some of these songs made the top 50 in late March; others may not peak until August. Who knows? It’s still early, but here are ten songs I’m thinking could take the title of Song Of The Summer (and why they should and shouldn’t be it) and a few others I considered:

ANNA KENDRICK – “Cups (When I’m Gone)”
Current Position: #27 (CHR) / #41 iTunes
Why It Should: It’s simple, it’s fun and it’s catchy. Plus, don’t you want to brag to your friends about how you can do the clap-slap routine from the Pitch Perfect movie when they can’t? They’ll get pitch slapped.
Why It Shouldn’t: Pitch Perfect was out in October of last year. That seven-month long wait has cost it some valuable time. Plus, the new folky sounding instrumental just makes the song sound juvenile. Eh.

ARIANA GRANDE featuring MAC MILLER – “The Way”
Current Position: #15 (CHR) / #14 iTunes
Why It Should: She’s being touted as the next Mariah Carey and she’s got the chops to prove it. Grande’s first chart hit is a winner with teens, especially those who know her from Nickelodeon’s Victorious.
Why It Shouldn’t: Will she weather the storm of other young singers like Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez? The Disney girls have a leg up on her. Miller as a guest rapper probably wasn’t the best selection.

BRUNO MARS – “Treasure”
Current Position: #31 (CHR) / #119 iTunes
Why It Should: Ahoy, mateys! Cap’n Mars is sailing his soulful ship into treacherous waters, but his retro feel and lyric about finding a female first mate should guide his crew as they charter this hot charter.
Why It Shouldn’t: The last third single by Mars, “The Lazy Song”, broke his streak of #1 singles. Will history repeat itself? Download sales are a bit low at this point, with the song ranking below the top 100.

DAFT PUNK featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS – “Get Lucky”
Current Position: #21 (CHR) / #9 iTunes
Why It Should: If you wanna funk things up, then this is your song. It’s a groovy gem that brings the French duo and American producer/singer together. The clubs love it and so does the mainstream audience.
Why It Shouldn’t: We suddenly care about Daft Punk now? The 70’s influence may not appeal to a younger audience. Plus, Pharrell Williams, though hot again, will be played out by the end of the summer.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE featuring NELLY – “Cruise”
Current Position: #14 (CHR) / #8 and #25 iTunes
Why It Should: It’s going to be everybody’s new driving song. You’ll be rolling your windows down in no time. Oh, and you know you want to imitate their thick Southern accents. “Baby, you a sawng.” Exactly.
Why It Shouldn’t: To a Country audience, this was their “Song Of The Winter”. It peaked at #1 in December. “Cruise” is one of the more polarizing records of the bunch; you either love that twang or despise it.

IMAGINE DRAGONS – “Radioactive”
Current Position: #23 (CHR) / #6 iTunes
Why It Should: It’s part rock, part dubstep and wholly a hit. It spent three months at the top of the Alternative chart and is moving fast at the CHR format. It’s been a pretty consistent top ten seller as well.
Why It Shouldn’t: “Radioactive” doesn’t feel like a CHR #1 in the making. Plus, did we all forget that Alex Clare‘s “Too Close” came out year and is essentially the same song? It may be too brash for some ears.

JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring PITBULL – “Live It Up”
Current Position: #30 (CHR) / #27 iTunes
Why It Should: After a hot performance on American Idol, it looks like Lopez is back in the spotlight. It’s a dance-pop anthem about being carefree and seems to be catching on alright. Make love, don’t fight.
Why It Shouldn’t: RedOne’s sound is tired, and this is the third top-40 single for both artists together. Also, your typical CHR teenager isn’t going to understand at least half of Pitbull‘s rap for being in Spanish.

MARIAH CAREY featuring MIGUEL – “#Beautiful”
Current Position: #19 (CHR) / #13 iTunes
Why It Should: This is probably the most understated song out of the bunch. The modern-day equivalent of a Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell duet, it’s got every social media site and music world buzzing.
Why It Shouldn’t: Now the American Idol is done for the year, Carey has lost a large platform to promote her material. Plus, on a format that is ageist, wouldn’t a younger artist easily be able to take the title?

ROBIN THICKE featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS and T.I. – “Blurred Lines”
Current Position: #41 (CHR) / #3 iTunes
Why It Should: “Blurred” is Thicke’s most pop-friendly single to date and with a viral video approaching 20 million views, its audience keeps growing. A performance on The Voice recently helped substantially.
Why It Shouldn’t: Thicke’s only had one minor top 40 entry before at the format and that was a ballad. The T.I. features skews the track to an Urban audience, which may turn off a more conservative station.

SELENA GOMEZ – “Come And Get It”
Current Position: #8 (CHR) / #4 iTunes
Why It Should: Oh, hello there. This is the highest of all the songs on the list, sliding into the top ten just over a month into its chart run. Jelena may be on and off, but this Indian-influenced song is definitely on.
Why It Shouldn’t: It’s trying too hard to be a Rihanna song (and music video as well.) While staying vague lyrically, it is a little more provocative for her; younger fans (and all of their parents) may not approve.

Other choices considered:
Avril Lavigne, “Here’s To Never Growing Up”
If you’re going to be singing Radiohead at the top of your lungs, make sure you don’t auto-tune it like Lavigne has. Radio, for the most part, gave up on this one quickly, but its sales are still moderately well.

Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding, “I Need Your Love”
“Lights” took forever to reach #1 on this format and radio hasn’t wanted anything from her since it. “Anything Could Happen” tanked; this collaboration with Harris could go top 20 before its chart run ends.

Jason Derülo, “The Other Side”
Doesn’t stray from his core sound, but the success of the single seems forced: a lot of label investment without substantial digital sales. Plus, the song is disposable. It won’t be remembered by the end of the year.

Maroon 5, “Love Somebody”
Though radio has recently picked up the song, its sales haven’t caught up to it yet. It follows three consecutive number-ones from the same album, but this one may not be so lucky in continuing that streak.

will.i.am featuring Justin Bieber, “#thatpower”
The hashtag hit is still going strong on the airwaves, but it seems to have peak digitally. will.i.am‘s album is also a dud. It’s loaded with other collaborations; something could easily replace this song.

Zedd featuring Foxes, “Clarity”
It’s a breakthrough single for Zedd and the EDM genre in general, but it appears that “Get Lucky” is going to be the dominant dance single this summer. This song’s also been around for several months now.

You’ll also be hearing new songs from Britney Spears, Demi LovatoMiley CyrusPitbull, and Rihanna on your radio this summer, but they’ll likely all be too late to be the biggest song of the season. It’s competitive out there! Let me know what song you think will come out on top in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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Things That Need To Stop: #HashtagsInSongTitles

#thatisjustnotright.

#thatisjustnotright.

If you’re an act that’s looking to make a new single and deciding on a title for it, please reflect on this post for a moment, because it will spare you the embarrassment of years to come. Now, I know it’s trendy to trend yourself on Twitter using a hashtag and get some attention by finding your tag listed on the worldwide topics list according to the social media service. It’s fun and great if it works, but please, please spare yourself and don’t put a hashtag in your soon-to-be-hit’s title. When we look back on this era in song titles, it’ll rank up there with those awful ideas like the double r in “Dirrty” or “Hot In Herre” and songs with no vowels like “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs”. It’s just all shades of wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

I get the feeling you’ve probably seen that several songs lately on the charts that have hashtags in them. A hashtag, for those of you still confused, is the use of a “#” symbol followed by a short word of phrase, like #whyamiwritingaboutthis or #thisissodumbguys. For example, “#Beautiful” by Mariah Carey and Miguel just debuted on the radio last week and “#thatPOWER” by will.i.am and Justin Bieber is doing well at both radio and retail. Pretty soon, Miley Cyrus will be collaborating with Pharrell Williams on a track from her new album, “#GetItRight”, and who knows what else will come after that. Point is, if this doesn’t stop now, the top 40 will be full of songs with hashtags, and do you really want to see a chart filled with songs titles and phrases that aren’t actually trending anywhere on Twitter? Plus, what was the problem with not calling them “Beautiful” or “Get It Right” or “That Power” in the first place?

Something is inevitably going to replace Twitter someday, and when that service doesn’t use hashtags as a way of promotion, you know that people will stop referencing to these songs without the “#” sign in them. Sure, you could argue that a song with a hashtag is “trending” up the charts when it rises; why can’t all of them be that way? The national charts, the genre charts, the digital charts, etc. do not equal Twitter. A hashtag is free to tweet out; buying a song isn’t, and while there are several hundred million accounts active on Twitter worldwide, not all of them use hashtags. Plus, the United States population far surpasses that. It looks odd on the charts when the majority of songs use a normal title. It looks odd on a compact disc case because it’s not like you can trend a song title up or down a tracklisting. However, I would think it would be most awkward for the disc jockey on the duty to properly front-sell or back-sell a song as “Hashtag Beautiful” or “Hashtag That Power”. That just screams unnecessary. Plus, like a Twitter trend, what happens when the number of times the DJ says the title goes up? Do they raise their voice an octave? (Please don’t do this, I beg of you.)

Before this Twitter phenomenon, the “#” was rarely used in a top 40 hit, and it was meant to signify a number, of course. Take a look at this list of those credits with the symbol as opposed to a “Number One” or a “No. 1”:

“Hashtags” in top 40 hits prior to 2013:
“Fool #1”, Brenda Lee (#3, 1961)
“Love Potion #9”, The Searchers (#3, 1964)
“Engine Engine #9”, Roger Miller (#7, 1965)
“Rainy Day Women #12 & #35”, Bob Dylan (#2, 1966)
“Westbound #9”, The Flaming Ember (#24, 1970)
“#9 Dream”, John Lennon (#9, 1975)
“#1 Crush”, Garbage (#29 Airplay, 1997)
“#1”, Nelly (#22, 2002)

So to you cowboys and crooners, divas and disc jockeys and all you bands out there, stop the madness. Yes, you have the artistic license to do whatever you want, but this isn’t art. It’s a shameless plug. If hashtags keep being integrated into song titles, you know acts will start creating songs with 140 characters total, then Billboard will start adding hashtags into their formulas for compiling their charts, and then the RIAA will take them into account for certifications. OK, some of this may not actually happen, but I’m keeping my eye for them. Let’s be honest, though, nobody wants to see #StairwayToHeaven to show up on the charts or a media player in that form. Why do that to yourself and make yourself instantly dated? It’s not worth it.

#HashtagsInSongTitles. They’re not stopping anytime soon, but they may be gone just around the trend.

Let me know what you think about this in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 7)

Having the Time of his life.

Having the Time of his life.

Where has the year gone? We’re already into the month of May, and we kick it off with a bang this week. Lots of faces, including a former member of Faces, are all releasing albums this week. Let’s see how they stack up for the week of May 7:

  • He’s a legend, having recorded for over forty years and he’s still making hit albums. Rod Stewart releases his first album of original material since 2001’s Human, calling this one Time. The first single from it, “She Makes Me Happy”, is climbing up the Adult Contemporary survey. It’ll definitely be in contention for the #1 spot next week. (iTunes)
  • Also looking for another #1 album is Country trio Lady Antebellum with their fourth release, Golden. It’s led off by a former #1 Country single, “Downtown”, and their recently announced second single, “Goodbye Town”. It’s coming to a town near you on Tuesday. (iTunes)
  • Trio Pistol Annies are back with their second album, Annie Up. The group features Miranda Lambert, the wife of Blake Shelton, and known for her massive solo success. Single “Hush Hush” is approaching the top 40 at Country radio. (iTunes)
  • The soulful sounds of Fitz & The Tantrums are mixed with some rock influences on their second album, More Than Just A Dream, featuring “Out Of My League”. That song is currently #2 on my personal chart. (iTunes)
  • If you’re looking for the hits, there’s no better place than with this series. Two Now! albums are out this week: Now! That’s What I Call Music, Volume 46 (iTunes), and a genre-specific compilation, Now! That’s What I Call A Country Party. (iTunes)
  • With her first solo release outside of the Dixie Chicks, lead singer Natalie Maines is out with Mother, which was co-produced with Ben Harper. (iTunes)
  • With their first album since 2011, the indie pop duo of actress Zooey Deschanel and singer-songwriter M. Ward, better known as She & Him, release Volume 3 in stores today. (iTunes)
  • Known for big pop hits like “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” and “The Hardest Thing”, boy band 98 Degrees return with their first album together in thirteen years, 2.0. (iTunes)
  • For soundtracks this week, check out Nashville: Season 1, Volume 2 (iTunes), a compilation of songs from the television show, and artists like Beyoncé and Emeli Sandé on the soundtrack to the forthcoming film The Great Gatsby. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include: Craig Campbell‘s Never Regret (iTunes), Joe Satriani‘s Unstoppable Momentum (iTunes), Joshua Radin‘s Wax Wings (iTunes), Patty Griffin‘s American Kid (iTunes) and the Piano Guys with Piano Guys 2 (iTunes).

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

  • “#Beautiful”, a new duet between Mariah Carey and Miguel. (iTunes)
  • “Barefoot and Buckwild”, the leadoff single from former American Idol contestant Lauren Alaina‘s second studio album. (iTunes)
  • “The One”, new from Tamar Braxton and the second single from her forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Tonight I’m Getting Over You (Remix)”, which pairs Carly Rae Jepsen with rapper Nicki Minaj. If you’re expecting a hit, you should get over that notion. (iTunes)

It’s been almost five years since she made her debut on the album chart with her appearance on the Camp Rock soundtrack. Will Demi Lovato hit the top for the second time with Demi? A preview is coming in seven!

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