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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 21, 2017

Hot for Bleacher(s).

DEBUTS
40. Katy Perry – Swish Swish
37. Liam Payne – Strip That Down | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Tom Walker – Just You And I (39)
28. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
20. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (27)
(see #10, #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. DNCE – Kissing Strangers (15) | PEAK: #10
09. Imagine Dragons – Believer (05) | PEAK: #03
08. Scott Helman – Kinda Complicated (13) | PEAK: #08
07. New Politics – One Of Us (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Lorde – Green Light (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Noah Kahan – Young Blood (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (07) | PEAK: #04
03. James TW – Ex (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LANY – ILYSB (1)
2. Jasmine Thompson – Old Friends (7)
3. TLC – Way Back (3)
4. Jukebox The Ghost – Stay The Night (2)
5. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (5)
6. John Mayer – In The Blood (8)
7. The 1975 – A Change Of Heart (4)
8. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – So Close (-)
9. Ingrid Michaelson – Celebrate (10)
10. Ruth B. – If This Is Love (6)

In The Mix:
Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
Billy Raffoul – Driver
Chord Overstreet – Hold On (new)
Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls
LeAnn Rimes – Love Is Love Is Love
Loote – High Without Your Love (new)
Mary Lambert – Know Your Name
Milky Chance – Blossom
Mondo Cozmo – Automatic (new)
Oh Wonder – Ultralife
Saint Motel – Destroyer
The Score – Legend (new)
Welshly Arms – Legendary
ZZ Ward – Help Me Mama

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to the fourth member of One Direction to hit my chart as a soloist. He’s Liam Payne, and he’s new at #37 with “Strip That Down”. The album version of this single features rapper Quavo of the trio Migos. The 23-year-old performer lands on the survey as Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” (#20) and Harry Styles‘s “Sign Of The Times” (#2) remain active, which could make for an interesting story later this summer. We’ll see how it goes. For now, Payne is off to a good start!
  • Katy Perry has this week’s other debut with “Swish Swish”, landing at #40. It’s the third radio single from her forthcoming album Witness, which you’ll witness in stores on June 9. The album version features rapper Nicki Minaj. This track comes about a month after “Bon Appétit” debuted, which stalled out at multiple formats following mixed research and tepid digital sales and streaming data. Will Perry’s new era get back on track? Stay tuned.
  • Next week, new radio songs from Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness and John Mayer, as well as a potential chart newcomer, Jasmine Thompson, should be among the stronger candidates in the running for a top 40 debut. However, as the number of big summer releases continues to grow, will anything pop up before the Memorial Day Weekend? Find out on Sunday!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 16, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Miley Cyrus makes that musical move to “Malibu”, Childish Gambino returns to the pop playground and more! It’s just a few days before my five year college reunion, and I’m ready to celebrate the hits from this week’s graduating gems on the honor roll we call the Most Added list. Grab your caps and gowns… and a few adds too:

HIGHLY MILEY: After debuting at #37 on the published update last Sunday, Miley Cyrus easily claims this week’s Most Added song at the CHR format with “Malibu”. The track surfs in with 116 adds. Hole‘s “Malibu”, which was mentioned briefly in Sunday’s post, received 42 adds on impact (the second Most Added song that week, behind Alanis Morissette‘s “Unsent” with 95 adds) on its way to a peak of #35 in February 1999. While the state of California resides in a number of top 40 titles throughout the decades, the cities and towns located on the musical map of The Golden State include Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco, San José, Sausalito and Ventura. (Of course, Malibu brings that total up by one.) Look out for Cyrus’s next studio album later this year, which you can purchase in Malibu, or pretty much anywhere else in the world.

CHILDISH BEHAVIOR: The performer known as Childish Gambino has charted with two minor singles so far this decade: a top 50 entry called “Heartbeat” (#43, 3/4/12) and the top 40 entry “V. 3005″ (#38, 9/14-21 and 10/5/14). Needless to say, the pop panel and the performer don’t exactly have a relationship that’s hand in Glover; at least, not at this point. However, that isn’t going to stop the California artist from trying for his second top 40 single at the format with “Redbone”. The current #1 on the Urban AC chart, which also ranks in the top ten at Urban radio and top 15 at Rhythmic, impacts with 14 stations this week, which gives it a tied total for the 8th Most Added spot. We’ll see if the children drive Childish to his biggest pop hit yet this summer.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (TWELVE)
1. MILEY CYRUS, “Malibu” (RCA)
2-T. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER
, “Despacito (Remix)” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
2-T. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands” (Capitol)
4. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (Island/Republic)
5. CHARLIE PUTH, “Attention” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
6-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
6-T. KENDRICK LAMAR, “Humble.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
8-T. AJR“Weak” (RED)
8-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “Redbone” (Glassnote)
10-T. CHEAT CODES featuring DEMI LOVATO, “No Promises” (300 Ent.)
10-T. HAILEE STEINFELD, “Most Girls” (Republic)
10-T. SAM HUNT, “Body Like A Back Road” (MCA Nashville/Capitol)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 14, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a weekly 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. A very Happy Mother’s Day from PGTC to everybody celebrating out there, including my own Mom, my first blog fan and the best supporter out there! Now, it is time to let this baby into the world, give it some love and let it grow up to be a fantastic young pop chart report. (Someone pass the tissues!) Here is why CHR stands for can’t help reminiscing…

THE “LIKE” SPIKE: For the third week in a row, pop and R&B star Bruno Mars orbits around the #1 spot with his international smash “That’s What I Like”. The video for it will likely be closing in on 400 million views in the coming week, as it recently surpassed the 300 million stream mark on Spotify. (That’s a whole lot of millions, and they aren’t in my wallet. Can we change that?) The party is nearly over for Mars, as he’ll pass the baton next week to “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay. The song holds at #2 for the second week. By the way, the last time the top two tracks in the nation both had the word “like” in their titles was in October 2011, when “Moves Like Jagger” (#1) by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera and “Someone Like You” (#2) by Adele were ruling the radio. See, kids, liking is cool in any era.

Beyond those top two records, there isn’t much to “like” about the titles in this week’s chart. One of last week’s top 40 entries, “Body Like A Back Road” by Country crossover star Sam Hunt, is up 40-39 with a smaller gain in spins. At the present time, no additional titles with a likable sentiment are impacting at the format. However, the season is still young, and that’s certainly something to like.

NIALL AND ERROR: Three members of One Direction gone solo are bouncing around the Top 40 chart this week, but just one has a debut record, and it happens to be this week’s highest new entry. Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” jumps from outside the top 50, making a lofty entrance at #35. This is the Irish singer and songwriter’s second solo hit on the pop survey, with “This Town” reaching a #12 peak earlier this year. With 60% of the boy band in the top 40, we’re very close to achieving a week in which all of their original members find themselves somewhere in the top 40 with solo hits. This kind of occurrence has only happened once on the CHR list. I think you’re aware of which influential band pulled it off the last time. (Hint: it was an early Christmas/Hanukkah gift in 1974.) Look out for the debut of member Liam Payne‘s “Strip That Down”, featuring Quavo, on Friday. It’s sure to be a hot tune, so load up on those flame emojis.

Now, the only issue with this equation is that ZAYN‘s “Still Got Time”, which features PARTYNEXTDOOR, takes a nasty fall of 11 notches this week from its peak of #20. Needless to say, that single will likely be beneath the top 40 next week, and he would need to have a follow-up on the horizon in the next few weeks. Also, with Louis Tomlinson not announcing any singles as of late, though I presume he’s been working on material, he too would need to build up some buzz before properly launching some music here. It will take some teamwork, between the clients, their labels and the gatekeepers/programmers at the format, but I think it can be done. (It would be amazing if it happens!)

SWING OUT, SISTERS: Two breakouts on this week’s pop chart are by two sisters who found a way and said what they wanted to say, at least as far their current hits. The higher of the pair lands at #37: “Malibu” by Miley Cyrus, her ninth top 40 hit. No, it is not a hot Hole remake, but that “Malibu” hit #35 (2/12/99 R&R) and served as the rock group’s only successful crossover single. Well, I don’t think Cyrus was jamming to Courtney Love and company at age six, but who knows? In any case, that debut is bolstered by first day hourly airplay for the afternoon of its release. However, with a chart-topping bow on iTunes, and plenty of streaming during the last few days, this California confection is sure to strum up the charts and stick around for the summer.

Younger sister Noah Cyrus crawls into the countdown at #49 with “Stay Together”. You might recall that this entry was featured in the Add Lib report from about three weeks ago, and it continues to gain at the format, thanks in part to an upcoming appearance at a summer event sponsored by radio giant iHeartMedia. (In fact, both sisters will be there.) Previous single “Make Me (Cry)”, featuring Labrinth, reached #19 earlier this year. Two sisters debuting with separate solo chart entries in the same week is definitely a rarity. We’ll see if the panel can make room for both of them in the top tier of the chart very soon.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 14, 2017

“Money” changes everything.

DEBUTS
40. Skip Marley – Calm Down
39. Tom Walker – Just You And I
38. Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie – In My World
37. Miley Cyrus – Malibu | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
27. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Shawn Hook featuring Vanessa Hudgens – Reminding Me (31)
20. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (28)
17. Paramore – Hard Times (24)
07. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (13)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. New Politics – One Of Us (10) | PEAK: #10
09. John Mayer – Still Feel Like Your Man (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Julia Michaels – Issues (06) | PEAK: #01 for one week
07. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (13) | PEAK: #07
06. Noah Kahan – Young Blood (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Imagine Dragons – Believer (05) | PEAK: #03
04. Lorde – Green Light (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. James TW – Ex (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LANY – ILYSB (2)
2. Jukebox The Ghost – Stay The Night (1)
3. TLC – Way Back (5)
4. The 1975 – A Change Of Heart (4)
5. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (8)
6. Ruth B. – If This Is Love (7)
7. Jasmine Thompson – Old Friends (-)
8. John Mayer – In The Blood (-)
9. Oh Wonder – Ultralife (9)
10. Ingrid Michaelson – Celebrate (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – So Close (new)
Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
Billy Raffoul – Driver
Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls
LeAnn Rimes – Love Is Love Is Love
Mary Lambert – Know Your Name
Milky Chance – Blossom (new)
Saint Motel – Destroyer
Welshly Arms – Legendary (new)
ZZ Ward – Help Me Mama

Chart Notes:

  • Four new songs break into this week’s chart, led by Miley Cyrus‘s “Malibu” at #37. Cyrus’s single debuted on Thursday and climbed to #1 on iTunes, while also making a speedy entry on the pop radio chart thanks to hourly airplay from iHeartMedia stations on the afternoon of its release. Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie‘s “In My World” enters at #38; that marks the legendary Fleetwood Mac members’ first hit as a duo. At 73, McVie is now the oldest artist to ever appear on my list, besting 71-year-old Mike Love’s contribution to 2012’s “That’s Why God Made The Radio” (#28) by The Beach Boys.
  • Newcomer Tom Walker rolls into the #39 slot with “Just You And I”, which is featured on his recent EP release, Blessings. The Scottish singer/songwriter’s track heads to Hot AC radio in June, and then to Top 40 radio in July. Finally, entering this week at #40 is Skip Marley and his second top 40 single, “Calm Down”. You’ll recall that he’s featured on Katy Perry‘s #1 song “Chained To The Rhythm”, which recently spent four weeks atop my chart. (It drops to #11 this week.)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 9, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Niall Horan has a fast start with a “Slow” song, while several proven hits continue their dominance at the Top 40 format. Needless to say, I am all fired up, but not like the FBI director, so let’s examine the politics of pop in our weekly check of the Most Added songs from the CHR panel:

“HANDS” ACROSS AMERICA: Divided they stall, united we stan; “Hands” adds were felt across America this week. Now, a few of you out there are probably too young to remember that dud of a charity song that was bubbling under the pop chart this week in 1986, but Niall Horan‘s handy new single is far better, and definitely more successful. The Voice Of Ireland’s “Slow Hands” is this week’s Most Added song at CHR/Top 40 radio, pulling in 84 stations on impact. No, this is not a hot Pointer Sisters cover, but a very similarly-titled “Slow Hand” spent two weeks at #1 on Radio & Records in late July and early August of 1981. Horan’s previous solo single, “This Town”, peaked at #12 earlier this year. With Harry Styles and ZAYN currently in the top 40, Horan well on his way and a forthcoming single from Liam Payne also dropping soon, will four members of One Direction chart at the same time later this month? Ooh, the mind wonders… I’ll keep you updated!

“ONE” MORE TIME: As far as the rest of this week’s CHR report, just one single impacting at the format means that much of the top ten songs includes holdovers from last week. Justin Bieber pulls double duty once again, with DJ Khaled‘s “I’m The One” in the runner-up slot (after topping the report last week) and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee‘s remix of “Despacito” rounding out the top three. Another three impacting songs from last week, by Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld and Katy Perry featuring Migos, all remain in the top ten as well. Just wait for next week; I hear we’ll be taking a trip to “Malibu” with some old friends, and perhaps additional surprises in store…

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands” (Capitol)
2. DJ KHALED featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, QUAVO, CHANCE THE RAPPER and LIL WAYNE
, “I’m The One” (We The Best/Epic)
3. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “Despacito (Remix)” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
4. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (Island/Republic)
5. CHARLIE PUTH, “Attention” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
6. HAILEE STEINFELD, “Most Girls” (Republic)
7. LADY GAGA, “The Cure” (Streamline/Interscope)
8. MARTIN GARRIX & DUA LIPA“Scared To Be Lonely” (RCA)
9. KATY PERRY featuring MIGOS, “Bon Appétit” (Capitol)
10-T. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
10-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 7, 2017

Jack’s right on “The Money”.

DEBUTS
37. Niall Horan – Slow Hands
36. HAIM – Want You Back | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Katy Perry – Bon Appétit (38)
29. Serena Ryder – Electric Love (34)
28. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (37) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
24. Paramore – Hard Times (29)
19. DNCE – Kissing Strangers (24)
13. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (22) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. New Politics – One Of Us (11) | PEAK: #10
09. John Mayer – Still Feel Like Your Man (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Noah Kahan – Young Blood (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
06. Julia Michaels – Issues (05) | PEAK: #01 for one week
05. Imagine Dragons – Believer (03) | PEAK: #03
04. James TW – Ex (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Lorde – Green Light (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (07) | PEAK: #02
01. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jukebox The Ghost – Stay The Night (1)
2. LANY – ILYSB (5)
3. Tom Walker – Just You And I (4)
4. The 1975 – A Change Of Heart (3)
5. TLC – Way Back (6)
6. Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie – In My World (8)
7. Ruth B. – If This Is Love (7)
8. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (10)
9. Oh Wonder – Ultralife (9)
10. Skip Marley – Calm Down (-)

In The Mix:
Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
Billy Raffoul – Driver
Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato – No Promises
Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls
Ingrid Michaelson – Celebrate
Jasmine Thompson – Old Friends (new)
John Mayer – In The Blood (new)
LeAnn Rimes – Love Is Love Is Love (new)
Mary Lambert – Know Your Name
Saint Motel – Destroyer
Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris – Craving You
ZZ Ward – Help Me Mama

Chart Notes:

  • We’ve had a fair amount of songs spending one or two weeks at the top this year, and that means there’s a new song climbing into the #1 slot again this week. Up 2-1, that would be “Don’t Take The Money” by Bleachers. It’s Jack Antonoff’s second #1 with that act, having previously spent a week at the top in 2014 with “I Wanna Get Better”. However, he also spent a massive 18 career weeks at #1 with fun., who ranked with “We Are Young” (two weeks), “Some Nights” (eight weeks) and “Carry On” (eight weeks) between 2012 and 2013. It’s great to have him back at the top!
  • This week’s Highest Debut is by sisters Alana, Danielle and Este Haim, coming in at #36 with “Want You Back”. It is the first single from the group’s forthcoming album Something To Tell You, due July 7. The three siblings previously reached my top 40 in 2013 with “The Wire”, which peaked at #11 in early 2014. Their new single impacts at Alternative radio in a little under two weeks, and I’m hoping it does well this summer at the format!
  • At #37 is this week’s other debut, “Slow Hands” by Niall Horan. It’s the second solo top 40 song for the singer who first hit as a part of One Direction, and it follows “This Town”, which spent a week at #1. Horan’s debut makes it three members of that popular act who are currently in the countdown on their own, with Harry Styles (“Sign Of The Times”, #2) and ZAYN (“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”, #27) also present.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 29, 2017

He's the Man.

No Bone to pick with him, Man.

DEBUTS
40. Keith Urban – Blue Ain’t Your Color
38. The Head And The Heart – All We Ever Knew | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Bon Jovi – Roller Coaster (35)
24. Grouplove – Good Morning (32)
22. Julia Michaels – Issues (31) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go (13) | PEAK: #10
09. MUNA – I Know A Place (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Train – Play That Song (04) | PEAK: #02
06. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (07) | PEAK: #06
05. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (06) | PEAK: #05
04. LP – Lost On You (05) | PEAK: #04
03. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Alice Merton – No Roots (1)
2. The Shins – Name For You (7)
3. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (3)
4. Ryan Corn – The Pressure (4)
5. Sigma featuring Birdy – Find Me (6)
6. Sting – One Fine Day (8)
7. Walk Off The Earth – Fire In My Soul (10)
8. Jonathan Roy – Good Things (-)
9. The Strumbellas – Young & Wild (-)
10. Tavish Crowe – Fire (-)

In The Mix:
A R I Z O N A – Oceans Away
Causes – Where Does Love Go
James Blunt – Love Me Better (new)
Lady Antebellum – You Look Good
LeAnn Rimes – Long Live Love
Michael Bublé – I Believe In You (new)
Pat Benatar – Shine
Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (new)
The Heydaze – Hurt Like Hell

Chart Notes:

  • For the second week in a row, singer and songwriter Julia Michaels has the week’s Biggest Mover with “Issues”. On my last chart, she tied for the title, moving 37-31. Now, she holds it by herself, jumping from 31-22. Michaels, born in Davenport, IA before moving west, also enters the top 40 on the CHR/Top 40 chart this week, joining a list of Iowa-born musicians to rank on the national pop list that includes Andy Williams, C.W. McCall, Glenn MillerNate Ruess and Tracie Spencer.
  • Two recent crossovers to the Hot AC format break into the top 40 this week: at #38, “All We Ever Knew” marks the debut of Seattle’s The Head And The Heart on my chart. The song topped the Alternative radio chart for a week in November. At #40 is the recent chart-topping Country hit by Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”. His song got some key adds recently, and it looks like it’s bound to see some more action in the coming weeks.
  • New singles from Sting and The Shins seem like the most likely candidates to debut in my top 40 next week, at least at the current time. Remember, anything can change. Check back next Sunday to see what happens!

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