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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 19-20, 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 two singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

MADISON BEER featuring OFFSET – “Hurts Like Hell” (First Access/in2une)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Despite minimal week-to-week sales action, Beer’s single “Home With You” reached the top 20 in late summer.

ZAYN featuring NICKI MINAJ – “No Candle No Light” (RCA)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Zayn’s now had several consecutive top ten misses on the Top 40 chart: his last, “Let Me”, reached #22 in June.

Next week: Bad Bunny and Drake‘s current top ten Rhythmic smash “MIA”, which has flirted with the lower rungs of the top 50 at this format, officially impacts next Tuesday.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 24-25, 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 four tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AJ MITCHELL – “Girls” (Epic)
EP: Hopeful (2018)
Past T40 History: Mitchell is a newcomer here. It’s unrelated to a 2014 song with the same title by The 1975, which reached #28.

DEAN LEWIS – “Be Alright” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Lewis is a newcomer here. His single, which is nearing the top 20 at Hot AC radio, hit #1 in his native Australia.

GRYFFIN & ELLEY DUHÉ – “Tie Me Down” (Darkroom/Geffen)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Gryffin has received Top 40 airplay in the past, but hasn’t charted. Duhé sings on Zedd‘s release “Happy Now”.

YG featuring 2 CHAINZ, BIG SEAN & NICKI MINAJ – “Big Bank” (Def Jam)
Album: Stay Dangerous (2018)
Past T40 History: Three of the artists (excluding Minaj) on this single have only reached the top ten here as a featured performer.

Next week: It all falls on ODESZA and Sasha Sloan to slay the panel with their collaboration. Find out how it does on Tuesday.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 9, 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. Hoping it’s a sweet new year for those of you fellow Jewish readers celebrating Rosh Hashanah in the next few days. From the head of the year to the head of the charts, here’s the recap of this week’s active tunes on the pop chart:

THE POSTMAN DELIVERS: If you’re expecting a pop package this Rosh Hashanah, it might be coming from Post Malone. The performer won’t be hand-delivering apples and honey, of course, but his song “Better Now” is still sticky, staying at #1 on the Top 40 chart for the second week. “Better” also climbs into the runner-up position on the Rhythmic chart, though it comes with a minor loss in spins over last week. After a long run up the pop list, it appears “Love Lies” from Khalid x Normani (featured on the soundtrack to Love, Simon) will displace Malone’s smash next week. Should it reach the summit, it’ll be the first single written for a movie to top the chart since 2016 and the first male-female duet from a movie to pull off the feat since 1993. (More on that next week!)

THUNDER IN MY CHART: Weather or not you realize it, larger action on the chart this week is limited, which follows last week’s massive pop parade. The only single entering the top 40 is “Goodbye” from Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William, which rockets 41-34. The reactive collaboration is the 20th top 40 song for Derulo, the 21st for Guetta, the 37th for Minaj and the second for William. (Phew, that’s a mouthful.) Further down, LSD, the trio of Labrinth, Sia and Diplo, has their first pop chart entry at #47 with “Thunderclouds”, which is featured in a smartphone advertisement. The act recently entered the top 50 on the Alternative chart with “Genius”. Meanwhile, Travis Scott debuts at #49 with “Sicko Mode”. Featured on ASTROWORLD, his recent #1 album on the Billboard 200 list, the single is approaching the top ten on the Rhythmic and Urban radio charts. (“Sicko” also includes uncredited guest vocals by Drake and Swae Lee.)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (September 4, 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: we say “Goodbye” to the long weekend with a reactive collaboration. Now, let’s check out what’s powering the pop format and add ’em up:

ONE GOOD BUY: In one of the more predictable results this year, “Goodbye”, the new collaboration by Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William, easily finishes at #1 on this Tuesday’s Top 40 report, partially due to the lack of competition following the Labor Day holiday. It starts with 109 stations on impact, towering over the #2 entry by a giant margin of 85 stations. Holdovers make up most of the rest of the top ten, though there’s a noteworthy entry for Urban and Rhythmic radio hit “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott, tying for eighth place with ten stations this week. (An official impact date has yet to surface.)

Though nothing is currently on the schedule, stay tuned for more information regarding any titles impacting next week.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. JASON DERULO x DAVID GUETTA featuring NICKI MINAJ and WILLY WILLIAM, “Goodbye” (Warner Bros.)
2. CALVIN HARRIS & SAM SMITH, “Promises” (Capitol-Columbia)
3. MARSHMELLO x BASTILLE, “Happier” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
4. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Natural” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5. CHARLIE PUTH, “The Way I Am” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
6-T. BAZZI featuring CAMILA CABELLO, “Beautiful” (APG/Atlantic)
6-T. LOVELYTHEBAND, “Broken” (RED)
8-T. JUICE WRLD, “Lucid Dreams” (Grade A/Interscope)
8-T. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “High Hopes” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
8-T. TRAVIS SCOTT, “Sicko Mode” (Epic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 3-4, 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’s the lone song impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

JASON DERULO x DAVID GUETTA featuring NICKI MINAJ and WILLY WILLIAM – “Goodbye” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: The pairings of Guetta and Minaj (two prior top 40 hits) and Derulo and Minaj (one) are familiar to this format.

Next week: No songs are currently on the schedule just yet, but watch out for new singles from Dan + Shay (“Tequila”) and Nina Nesbitt (“Loyal To Me”) as they impact in two weeks.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 2, 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. Hope you’re enjoying the extended weekend due to the Labor Day holiday, because things are really heating up here on the pop chart. Here’s what’s burning on the latest report:

HITTING THE POST: After a month at #2, “Better Now” by Post Malone finally reaches the top of the pops, marking the second #1 on the Top 40 survey for the performer in 2018. It follows the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Psycho”, which had a four-week run at #1 from mid-June to early July. Both songs are taken from the album Beerbongs & Bentleys, which also topped the Billboard 200 chart earlier this year. Making our way around the other radio charts, “Better” checks in #3 at the Rhythmic list, #23 at Hot AC and #43 at Urban. You can also find Malone on the Tiësto & Dzeko single “Jackie Chan”, which rises to #17 at Top 40 this week and leaps into the top 40 on the Rhythmic chart at #36. It’s unclear what’ll happen beyond this week; Malone has enough of a distance between the next bulleted song in the top five and his “Better” to stay at the top for a second week, but anything could happen. Stay tuned!

HELLO, “GOODBYE”: Riding some killer waves into the top 40 on the latest chart, it’s surf’s up for “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille, serving a gnarly move from 41-30. It’s Marshmello’s fifth top 40 song at the format and Bastille’s third hit. Meanwhile, the “Ocean” comes to the region, courtesy of Martin Garrix featuring Khalid, up 42-38. It’s also Garrix’s fifth top 40 entry here, while Khalid grabs his seventh hit. Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” is next into the water, climbing 47-39 to become their fourth top 40 release at the format, as Cheat Codes x Little Mix splash up from 44-40 with their first collaboration together, “Only You”. It’s the trio’s third top 40 single here, and the quartet’s fifth.

This week’s highest new entry in the top 50 is a four-way collaboration called “Goodbye”, as we say hello, hola and bonjour to Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William. It checks in at #41. Derulo and Minaj previously teamed up a year ago on the song “Swalla”, which spent three non-consecutive weeks at #19 last May and June. Guetta and Minaj have now made the top 50 together on four different entries, a run that started with 2011’s “Where Them Girls At”, a #12 hit that August, followed by “Turn Me On”, reaching #2 that March, and most recently “Light My Body Up”, which stumbled to #48 last April. That’s not all for a Queen like Minaj this week, as she also enters at #46 on a remix of the BTS hit “IDOL”. It’s the K-pop act’s third single to debut here since late last year, when they first entered the list with the Desiigner-assisted remix of “MIC Drop”, spending two non-consecutive weeks at #24 this past January. Other entries in the region this week include Ariana Grande‘s “Breathin” (#48), which is receiving unsolicited airplay, as well as the latest single from The Vamps, “Just My Type”, at #49. Finally, from the “Who?” file, two acts who haven’t previously entered here before, Bobby Green and featured artist Midian, rank at #50 with a song called “Warrior”. Except for a handful of spins, the majority of the airplay for this song is in overnight rotation in low rank markets.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 28, 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: established collaborations continue to lead the way, though some reactive Alternative crossovers from Imagine Dragons and Panic! At The Disco are hoping to break through. Let’s add ’em up:

HAPPIER TIMES ARE HERE: Results were slower than last week across the Top 40 panel, as many outlets opted not to report ahead of the holiday weekend. That being said, for those stations that did submit their adds, it was a mixed bag of proven pop titles and some solid impacting songs in the top ten. Last week’s leader, “Happier” by Marshmello and Bastille, secured another week at the top, picking up 34 more stations. Just behind that collaboration is the hit that landed in second place a week ago, “Promises” from Calvin Harris and Sam Smith, in with 29 stations this time around. Tied for third at 27 stations, “Beautiful” by Bazzi and Camila Cabello and “Natural” by Imagine Dragons, which had a last-minute impact scheduled, were also solid for the day.

For other songs officially going for adds this week, BTS‘s first collaboration with Nicki Minaj, “Idol”, picked up a nice 23 stations in its first week, just ahead of “Thunderclouds” by LSD (the act featuring Labrinth, Sia and Diplo) and “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco with 20 stations each. Respectively, the first title ranks in fifth, while the other two are tied for sixth. All three songs should appear in the top 50 at the format in the next couple of weeks.

Have a great Labor Day weekend and enjoy the extra time off!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. MARSHMELLO x BASTILLE, “Happier” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
2. CALVIN HARRIS & SAM SMITH, “Promises” (Capitol-Columbia)
3-T. BAZZI featuring CAMILA CABELLO, “Beautiful” (APG/Atlantic)
3-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Natural” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5. BTS featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Idol” (BigHit/Columbia-YMCMB/Republic)
6-T. LOGIC featuring RYAN TEDDER, “One Day” (Def Jam)
6-T. LSD (LABRINTH/SIA/DIPLO), “Thunderclouds” (RECORDS/Columbia)
6-T. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “High Hopes” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
9-T. JUICE WRLD, “Lucid Dreams” (Grade A/Interscope)
9-T. WEEZER, “Africa” (Crush Music/RRP)

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