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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2018: Part Four, 10-6

The top ten is here on Adam’s Top 100 of 2018! The cream of the pop is ready for you, so enjoy all the great music ahead…

The 2018 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 3, 2017 to the chart dated November 25, 2018. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with the higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks at a song’s peak position and the amount of time charted in the top 40. 171 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, a decrease from the 176 that did so in 2017.

10. KESHA featuring THE DAP-KINGS HORNS, “Woman”
Album: Rainbow
Label: Kemosabe/RCA
Peak: #1 for six weeks
Weeks: 24
Points: 686

This year had so many important women in the news, with some calling it the “Year Of The Woman” after the midterm election season. On my year-end survey, the first of three female artists in the top ten for 2018 is Kesha, who also claimed my #10 song for 2017 with “Praying” and recently debuted on my chart with “Here Comes The Change” from the movie On The Basis Of Sex, based on the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Is Kesha due to have my #10 song of 2019 with that soundtrack cut? We’ll see what happens next December.

09. ARIANA GRANDE, “No Tears Left To Cry”
Album: Sweetener
Label: Republic
Peak: #2 for five weeks
Weeks: 25
Points: 689

After a horrible bombing at her 2017 concert in Manchester, England, Grande persevered and so did her fans. Three singles off her current album have hit #1 or #2 on the Top 40 radio chart, with “thank u, next” (the title cut off her forthcoming album) soaring at radio and retail through the holidays. Though “No” stalled at #2 on my chart for five weeks without hitting the top, that total is well below the record. With a new and exciting era ready to dominate the charts internationally next year, the singer won’t be shedding many tears at all anytime soon.

08. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Younger”
Album: A Great Big World
Label: Epic
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks: 24
Points: 690

One of the more consistent duos on my chart over the last few years is this act, comprised of Ian Axel and Chad King. This nostalgic tune is the first single off their forthcoming self-titled release, and it certainly brought back some memories for me, as it earned the two guys their third #1 hit on my list since 2014. In total, Axel and King have spent 15 career weeks at the top of my survey, following a seven-week run in 2014 for “Already Home” and a four-week run in 2015 for “Hold Each Other”. Will 2019 provide the men with another great big radio hit?

07. JOHN MAYER, “New Light”
Album: (single only)
Label: Snack Money/Columbia
Peak: #2 for two weeks
Weeks: 26
Points: 695

In a year that saw artists like Avril Lavigne and the Backstreet Boys reach #1 on my chart for the first time in well over a decade, this single by Mayer was well on its way to achieving the same. Unfortunately, it fell a bit short, but it was the performer’s highest-charting song since “Waiting On The World To Change”, a four-week chart-topper from October and November 2006 that ranked at #8 on that year’s list. Will the singer and songwriter finally have his next #1 track here in 2019, when he’s poised to release new music? Stay tuned for his “New” jam.

Album: Dua Lipa (Complete Edition)
Label: Columbia-Warner Bros.
Peak: #1 for five weeks
Weeks: 27
Points: 729

Dua Lipa was pretty much everywhere in 2018, and rightfully so: the international superstar is making some incredible music right now. A collaboration with DJ/producer Calvin Harris becomes her highest-charting song of four on my year-end survey, which spent five weeks at #1 on my weekly list and topped plenty of national charts throughout Europe. Both performers have new music on the horizon, with Lipa’s soundtrack cut from Alita: Battle Angel (titled “Swan Song”) coming in the next few weeks. Until then, we can all “Kiss” this year goodbye.

Stay tuned for the final installment of the Top 100 of 2018 tomorrow…

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 15, 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. Which artists are driving their singles down the field toward the goalposts at the top? This may not be the World Cup, but the sport of chart-watching is important too. Let’s kick it:

TEARIN’ UP THE TOP: As Bazzi‘s “Mine” falls from 1-2 after one week at the summit, pop star Ariana Grande prances toward the pop peak, scoring her fourth #1 at the format with “No Tears Left To Cry”. It climbs a notch, passing the 16,000 spin mark in the process. Notably, this is Grande’s first #1 track that isn’t a collaboration with another artist: “Problem” featured Iggy Azelea, “Bang Bang” included Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, and Minaj joined Grande once again as a featured artist on “Side To Side”. Her latest #1 should have no problem spending a second week there, though it will face some competition in the weeks after that. Grande’s also in top 40 as a featured artist on “Bed”, another collaboration with Minaj, which leaps from 27-22, while “God Is A Woman”, the second radio single from her upcoming Sweetener set, debuted on Friday. Though it has some early airplay, its impact date is next Tuesday.

THE FEELING IS RIGHT: After a huge video campaign on social media, which saw fans and celebrities #DoTheShiggy, the latest single from superstar Drake storms onto the survey at #42, “In My Feelings”. This is the third pop radio release from Scorpion, still at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, which unexpectedly replaced the Michael Jackson-assisted “Don’t Matter To Me” following what occurred with the aforementioned challenge results. As “Feelings” charts just below the top ten on the Rhythmic and Urban lists this weekend, another of the proven hits at those formats is now making a run in the pop world. “Boo’d Up” starts at #44 this week, done by newcomer Ella Mai. A new remix of the song, featuring appearances by Nicki Minaj and Quavo, debuted earlier this month. A third and final entry comes in at #49, which is also receiving airplay at the same formats, though this song was a streaming breakout well before it was serviced to radio. 19-year-old newcomer Juice WRLD continues to broaden his base with “Lucid Dreams”, which samples Sting‘s “Shape Of My Heart”, a single that picked up some small airplay at the AC format during the spring of 1994, but did not chart. (Craig David‘s collaboration with Sting that also sampled it, “Rise & Fall”, suffered the same fate at the CHR/Pop format in the summer of 2003.)

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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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