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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 17, 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. The only Rocket Man you’ll be hearing from on this Top 40 recap is Elton John, a true president of pop. Otherwise, log off Twitter now and again, please? Here are some of the top songs from this week’s published chart:

THE PUTH HURTS: Though it’s starting to bleed spins, with larger losses likely coming, Charlie Puth‘s “Attention” manages to hold onto #1 for a fourth consecutive week. This ties the run for his only other chart-topper to date, “See You Again”, a four-week #1 in 2015 for Wiz Khalifa that featured Puth. VoiceNotes, which is likely to feature “Attention”, is due sometime later this year. That single also climbs from 3-2 on this week’s Hot AC chart and 12-11 at Rhythmic radio, though it’s down a notch (14-15) on the AC list.

Next week is looking good for Niall Horan to advance to #1 with “Slow Hands”, which rises a notch to #2 in its 19th week. His first solo album, Flicker, is out October 20, and features “Slow”, previous single “This Town” (#12, 1/8 and 2/12/17) and new single “Too Much To Ask”. Should it actually occur, Horan will become the second member of One Direction to hit #1 on the pop radio survey with a solo effort, following ZAYN‘s two-week run last year (4/24-5/1/16) with “Pillowtalk”. Stay tuned to see if it happens!

THE “LOVE” PARADE: One might call the top 40 chart a dream academy, but what is this, 1986? Not quite. Still, this week’s list might look like a chart out of 1986, with five tunes breaking into the top 40. Kelly Clarkson‘s “Love So Soft” leads the pack, new at #35. It’s the first single from her forthcoming album Meaning Of Life, and it’s her 21st top 40 hit at the format since 2002. At #37, a newcomer named Blackbear is up from #42 last week with “Do Re Mi”. Born Matthew Musto, the Florida performer hit the top 20 on the album chart earlier this year with Digital Druglord. He’s also one half of the duo Mansionz, along with Mike Posner.

Two other newcomers find themselves in the region this week: new quintet PRETTYMUCH, rising 41-38 with “Would You Mind”, and hot rapper Cardi B, up 45-39 with “Bodak Yellow”. The Simon Cowell-affiliated boy band recently premiered a music video for their debut single, while the New York performer is prepping for the release of her debut album, due sometime next month. The last of the five entries, soaring from 50-40 in its second week on the chart, is “Havana” by Camila Cabello. The track, featuring rapper  Young Thug, is the fifth top 40 solo hit for Cabello, who previously recorded with Fifth Harmony.

READY, SET, “GO”: Just in case you thought all that top 40 action wasn’t enough, there are another three debuts in the top 50 on this week’s published chart. Imagine Dragons will be trying for their seventh top 40 hit at the format with another big Alternative smash, “Thunder”, making its entry at #43. It’s the follow-up to “Believer”, which recently peaked at #3. The popular group has four top ten hits to date, including the one-week #1 “Demons” from December 2013. Two spots below “Thunder”, at #45, is a release that credits four artists, split evenly between main and featured spots: Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line & Watt with “Let Me Go”. That crediting doesn’t achieve any sort of record, but it doesn’t make things any easier! Two of the artists in the mix, Steinfeld and the country duo, have one top ten hit each to date at the format.

The only other debut in this week’s top 50 is the first tune to chart in nearly three years for Fergie, coming in at #49 with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “You Already Know”. It’s the latest single from her new studio album, Double Dutchess, out on Friday. In November 2014, “L.A.LOVE (la la)” spent two weeks at #19, which is also featured on the set.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 17, 2017

The Rainbow shines on.

DEBUTS
40. Grace VanderWaal – Moonlight
39. Magic Giant – Window
36. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Taylor Swift – …Ready For It? (40)
21. Maroon 5 featuring SZA – What Lovers Do (26)
18. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (31) | BIGGEST MOVER
12. Dua Lipa – New Rules (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (09) | PEAK: #08
08. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (04) | PEAK: #02
07. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (05) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
06. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (08) | PEAK: #06
05. P!nk – What About Us (07) | PEAK: #05
04. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (06) | PEAK: #03
02. The Script – Rain (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Kesha – Praying (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Paramore – Fake Happy (1)
2. Wrabel – The Village (3)
3. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (3)
4. Grouplove – Remember That Night (6)
5. BANNERS – Someone To You (4)
6. Neon Trees – Feel Good (7)
7. ZAYN featuring Sia – Dusk Till Dawn (-)
8. Julia Michaels – Worst In Me (-)
9. Nick Jonas – Find You (-)
10. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind
Andreas Moss – Stuck In My Feelings
Astrid S – Think Before I Talk
Bleachers – I Miss Those Days
Thirty Seconds To Mars – Walk On Water

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by the legendary Irish group that last reached #1 on my chart in 2004, when they spent three weeks at the top with “Vertigo”. U2 is back with “You’re The Best Thing About Me”, making a splash at #36. On December 1, the band is due to release Songs Of Experience, a companion to their 2014 album titled Songs Of Innocence. (No, you’re not going to see it magically appear in your iTunes library, don’t worry.) The single is currently ranking on the Alternative, Hot AC and Triple A radio charts.
  • Two other newcomers enter on this week’s chart: trio Magic Giant is new at #39 with “Window”, while former America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal comes in at #40 with “Moonlight”. The Los Angeles act had a minor entry on the Alternative radio chart earlier this year called “Set On Fire”, while the New York singer/songwriter bubbled under my own list beginning late last year with “I Don’t Know My Name”. Stay tuned to see how they do!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 10, 2017

Livin’ on a prayer…

DEBUTS
40. Taylor Swift – …Ready For It?
31. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
26. Maroon 5 featuring SZA – What Lovers Do (34) | BIGGEST MOVER
22. Phillip Phillips – Miles (28)
17. Dua Lipa – New Rules (22)
06. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (13)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (08) | PEAK: #08
08. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (06) | PEAK: #06
07. P!nk – What About Us (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (13) | PEAK: #06
05. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (03) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
04. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (04) | PEAK: #02
03. The Script – Rain (05) | PEAK: #03
02. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Kesha – Praying (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Paramore – Fake Happy (2)
2. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (1)
3. Wrabel – The Village (3)
4. BANNERS – Someone To You (4)
5. Magic Giant – Window (7)
6. Grouplove – Remember That Night (6)
7. Neon Trees – Feel Good (5)
8. Grace VanderWaal – Moonlight (9)
9. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me (-)
10. Astrid S – Think Before I Talk (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind
Andreas Moss – Stuck In My Feelings
Bleachers – I Miss Those Days (new)
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Thirty Seconds To Mars – Walk On Water
ZAYN featuring Sia – Dusk Till Dawn (new)

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut marks the return of Kelly Clarkson, who was actually in my top ten at the top of the year with a song from The Hamilton Mixtape, “It’s Quiet Uptown”, which peaked at #6. She enters at #31 with “Love So Soft”, which serves as the lead single from her forthcoming album Meaning Of Life, due October 27. (Another tune from the set, “Move You”, was released with “Love” as a part of a pre-order package on Thursday.) Clarkson has three #1 songs to date, her last coming in 2011 with “Don’t You Wanna Stay”, a collaboration with Jason Aldean.
  • As Taylor Swift rises from 13-6 with “Look What You Made Me Do”, the current #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100, a new track from reputation is now on my chart. “…Ready For It?” was released last Sunday, picking up Top 40 and Hot AC adds almost immediately, and it starts at #40 this week. Will “Look” hit the top soon, with “Ready” following close behind? Stay tuned!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 3, 2017

Still praying for time at the top…

DEBUTS
40. HAIM – Little Of Your Love
39. Rod Stewart featuring DNCE – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?
34. Maroon 5 featuring SZA – What Lovers Do | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
28. Phillip Phillips – Miles (34)
18. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind (24)
13. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (30) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. P!nk – What About Us (14) | PEAK: #10
09. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (06) | PEAK: #02
08. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Andy Grammer – Give Love (05) | PEAK: #05
06. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (08) | PEAK: #06
05. The Script – Rain (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (03) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
02. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Kesha – Praying (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (1)
2. Paramore – Fake Happy (4)
3. Wrabel – The Village (3)
4. BANNERS – Someone To You (2)
5. Neon Trees – Feel Good (5)
6. Grouplove – Remember That Night (9)
7. Magic Giant – Window (-)
8. Rachel Platten – Broken Glass (8)
9. Grace VanderWaal – Moonlight (-)
10. Olivia O’Brien – RIP (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind
Andreas Moss – Stuck In My Feelings (new)
Astrid S – Think Before I Talk (new)
BØRNS – Faded Heart
HAIM – Nothing’s Wrong
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Thirty Seconds To Mars – Walk On Water

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to chart regulars Maroon 5, a band that is now way more than five members. In fact, in their most recent publicity photos, there are now seven men in the group. (I guess Maroon 7 isn’t nearly as catchy, but it is a bit more accurate.) “What Lovers Do”, featuring SZA, debuts at #34. This is the third single from their upcoming album; no title or date is public yet, which continues an unusual roll-out of an era for the band. They have six #1 hits to date on my list, the most recent coming in 2012, and we’ll see if “Lovers” can make it seven.
  • Back in 2012, The Beach Boys made an appearance on my chart with “That’s Why God Made The Radio”, which peaked at #28. At the time, member Mike Love was 71, giving him the record for the oldest person to perform on a song to rank on my personal chart. Well, this week, that record is no longer his, as 72-year-old Rod Stewart returns to my personal chart, with some help from DNCE, on a 2017 version of “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” It enters at #39. The original hit spent six weeks at #1 on Radio & Records in January and February 1979.
  • Lastly, at #40, is HAIM‘s “Little Of Your Love”, the second single to chart from their most recent album, Something To Tell You. It’s the follow-up to “Want You Back”, which recently peaked at #5. A fresh remix by BloodPop impacts at the Hot AC format on September 18, having previously been scheduled to hit the format a month ago.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 27, 2017

Prayers have been answered!

DEBUTS
40. OneRepublic & Seeb – Rich Love
39. Miley Cyrus – Younger Now
30. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Phillip Phillips – Miles (39)
23. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (32)
14. P!nk – What About Us (24) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (07) | PEAK: #04
09. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (08) | PEAK: #08
07. The Script – Rain (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (04) | PEAK: #02
05. Andy Grammer – Give Love (06) | PEAK: #05
04. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
02. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Kesha – Praying (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (1)
2. BANNERS – Someone To You (2)
3. Wrabel – The Village (4)
4. Paramore – Fake Happy (9)
5. Neon Trees – Feel Good (5)
6. LP – No Witness (3)
7. HAIM – Little Of Your Love (7)
8. Rachel Platten – Broken Glass (-)
9. Grouplove – Remember That Night (-)
10. Rod Stewart featuring DNCE – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind
BØRNS – Faded Heart
Grace VanderWaal – Moonlight (new)
HAIM – Nothing’s Wrong
In Real Life – Eyes Closed (new)
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Magic Giant – Window (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP
The Struts – One Night Only
Thirty Seconds To Mars – Walk On Water (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Congrats to Kesha on her very first #1 on my chart, as “Praying” is up 3-1 this week. It’s the first single from Rainbow, with the set debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. (It’s one of my favorite albums of the year so far, so I would definitely take a listen to it, if you haven’t yet!) The performer hasn’t scored a #1 hit at the Top 40 format since the beginning of 2014, but a dose of extra support for the song is all it needs to continue climbing.
  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to the one and only Taylor Swift with “Look What You Made Me Do”, doing its thing at #30. It’s her 25th entry on my chart, the latest in a run that began in 2007 with “Teardrops On My Guitar”, which hit #3. Of those 25, Swift has six #1 songs to date, including one from earlier this year, the duet with ZAYN titled “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”.
  • Further down in the top 40, we find another two fresh entries: Miley Cyrus‘s “Younger Now”, at #39, and OneRepublic‘s collaboration with Seeb, “Rich Love”, at #40. Cyrus’s new single is the follow-up to her #2 hit “Malibu”, which drops to #15 this week. The Colorado band was on my chart earlier this year with “Let’s Hurt Tonight”, which peaked at #8.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 20, 2017

Lucky seven for Niall.

DEBUTS
40. Sabrina Carpenter – Why
39. Phillip Phillips – Miles | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (38)
28. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind (33)
24. P!nk – What About Us (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Lights – Giants (24)
15. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (20)
10. The Script – Rain (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. The Script – Rain (17) | PEAK: #10
09. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (04) | PEAK: #04
06. Andy Grammer – Give Love (06) | PEAK: #06
05. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Kesha – Praying (07) | PEAK: #03
02. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (7)
2. BANNERS – Someone To You (2)
3. LP – No Witness (1)
4. Wrabel – The Village (4)
5. Neon Trees – Feel Good (6)
6. Dean Lewis – Waves (3)
7. HAIM – Little Of Your Love (-)
8. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (5)
9. Paramore – Fake Happy (-)
10. OneRepublic & Seeb – Rich Love (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind (new)
BØRNS – Faded Heart
Grouplove – Remember That Night (new)
HAIM – Nothing’s Wrong
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Miley Cyrus – Younger Now (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP
Passenger – Simple Song
Rachel Platten – Broken Glass (new)
The Struts – One Night Only

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is the fifth top 40 song for former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. He’s new at #39 with “Miles”, the first single from his upcoming third album. Phillips last hit my personal chart with “Unpack Your Heart”, which spent four weeks at #3 in October and November 2014. “Miles” was co-written with Kevin Griffin, a regular on my top 40 as both a writer and the leader of Better Than Ezra.
  • The only other debut this week is from 18-year-old Sabrina Carpenter, breaking in at #40 with “Why”. Carpenter charted on Top 40 radio earlier this year with “Thumbs”, which reached #26. After making it in the Disney world, she’s poised to get a bigger audience with her latest material.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 13, 2017

Niall’s been here a while.

DEBUTS
39. James TW – Please Keep Loving Me
38. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
35. P!nk – What About Us | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Dua Lipa – New Rules (39)
25. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself (31)
24. Lights – Giants (29)
20. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (25)
17. The Script – Rain (23)
10. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (16)
07. Kesha – Praying (15) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (16) | PEAK: #10
09. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (07) | PEAK: #02
08. HAIM – Want You Back (05) | PEAK: #05
07. Kesha – Praying (15) | PEAK: #07
06. Andy Grammer – Give Love (10) | PEAK: #06
05. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LP – No Witness (1)
2. BANNERS – Someone To You (2)
3. Dean Lewis – Waves (3)
4. Wrabel – The Village (6)
5. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (4)
6. Neon Trees – Feel Good (9)
7. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (-)
8. Sabrina Carpenter – Why (-)
9. Phillip Phillips – Miles (-)
10. Olivia O’Brien – RIP (-)

In The Mix:
BØRNS – Faded Heart
HAIM – Little Of Your Love (new)
HAIM – Nothing’s Wrong (new)
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Paramore – Fake Happy (new)
Passenger – Simple Song
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is the 29th top 40 hit on my chart for a singer who made her debut in 2000 with the song “There You Go”. 17 years later, pop superstar P!nk climbs aboard at #35 with “What About Us”. This cut is the lead single from her forthcoming album Beautiful Trauma, which is due October 13. When it premiered on Thursday, “What” topped the iTunes charts in over a dozen countries, including the United States.
  • Singer Ed Sheeran has three top ten songs to his credit from the chart-topping ÷ album: “Castle On The Hill” (#2), “Shape Of You” (#8) and “Galway Girl” (#10). This week, his potential fourth top ten single from the set enters at #38. “Perfect” has a bit of early support at three Hot AC stations, though that total is expected to grow in the coming weeks.
  • Finally, at #39, is the third top 40 entry for 19-year-old singer/songwriter James TW. “Please Keep Loving Me” follows his recent #3 song called “Ex”, though his biggest hit came last fall with a seven-week #1 titled “When You Love Someone”. This single was recently serviced to the Hot AC format, where “When” reached the top 30.

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