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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 22, 2019

The “Wait” is over.

There’s snow way you won’t enjoy one or more of this week’s top new releases, including several big R&B and rap titles. These are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

KEHLANI – While We Wait (iTunes)
Features: the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Nights Like This”, currently in the top 40 on the Rhythmic chart

OFFSET – Father Of 4 (iTunes)
Features: “Red Room”, a recent instant grat/digital release that is not currently on any radio chart

Notable albums out this week: Adia Victoria‘s Silences (iTunes), Badflower‘s OK, I’m Sick (iTunes), Benjamin Ingrosso‘s Identification (Deluxe) (iTunes), Gary Clark Jr.‘s This Land (iTunes), Il Volo‘s Musica (iTunes), Julia Jacklin‘s Crushing (iTunes), Kerli‘s Shadow Works (iTunes), Lil Pump‘s Harverd Dropout (iTunes), Mike Shinoda‘s Post Traumatic (Deluxe) (iTunes), Tyla Yaweh‘s Heart Full Of Rage (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Anna Clendening‘s Waves (iTunes), Christopher‘s Under The Surface (iTunes), Cody Simpson‘s B-Sides: We Had (iTunes), Cotis‘s Wait! (iTunes), Grandson‘s A Modern Tragedy, Vol. 2 (iTunes), Lauren Duski‘s Midwestern Girl (iTunes), Monét X Change‘s Unapologetically (iTunes), Raja Kumari‘s Bloodline (iTunes), Rak-Su‘s Rome (iTunes), Travis Thompson‘s Runaways (iTunes), Uffie‘s Tokyo Love Hotel (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“17”, Spencer (iTunes)
“27 (Sad Signs)” and “Sad Junipero”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“A Million Times”, T-Pain featuring O.T. Genasis (iTunes)
“All In My Head”, Sonny Alven featuring LOVA (iTunes)
“Animal”, Max Styler featuring Elanese (iTunes)
“Are You Lonely”, Steve Aoki & Alan Walker featuring ISÁK (iTunes)
“Better Off”, Ookay (iTunes)
“Bloqueo”, Lele Pons & Fuego (iTunes)
“Call My Name”, Belle Lucia (iTunes)
“Chances”, Dido (iTunes)
“Claudia”, FINNEAS (iTunes)
“Close To You”, Alice Ivy featuring Flint Eastwood (iTunes)
“Confident”, Carlos Vara (iTunes)
“Die Happy”, DREAMERS (iTunes)
“Do You Remember”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
“Down Side Of Up”, Jack Gray (iTunes)
“Fast Times”, Albert Hammond, Jr. (iTunes)
“Feel Something”, Adam Lambert (iTunes)
“Fighter”, Jung Youth x Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Fireworks”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“First Time”, Timeflies (iTunes)
“Gangsta Fever”, YoungBoy Never Broke Again (iTunes)
“Good Reasons”, Jon Lemmon (iTunes)
“Hang On A Little Longer”, UNSECRET featuring Ruelle (iTunes)
“History”, Fetty Wap (iTunes)
“Hold On To Happiness”, Rhys Lewis (iTunes)
“I Guess I Just Feel Like”, John Mayer (iTunes)
“If 8 Were 9”, David Gray (iTunes)
“Just A Little Bit”, Norah Jones (iTunes)
“Keep On Breaking My Heart”, Seramic (iTunes)
“Lady Like”, Ingrid Andress (iTunes)
“Lead Me Back”, San Holo (iTunes)
“Let’s Shut Up And Dance”, Jason Derulo, Lay and NCT 127 (iTunes)
“Living In L.A.”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Lookin’ For”, Digital Farm Animals featuring Danny Ocean (iTunes)
“Love Is Madness”, Thirty Seconds To Mars featuring Emma (iTunes)
“Melodies”, Hot Shade featuring Nomi Bontegard (iTunes)
“Mute”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“No Call, No Reply”, Nightly (iTunes)
“No Sleep”, Martin Garrix featuring Bonn (iTunes)
“None Of This Has Been About You”, Spencer Sutherland (iTunes)
“Not Giving In”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Old Bone (Jim-E Stack Remix)”, Wet (iTunes)
“Old Fashioned”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“One Less Day (Dying Young)”, Rob Thomas (iTunes)
“Peer Pressure”, James Bay featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Pictures”, Judah & The Lion featuring Kacey Musgraves (iTunes)
“Power”, James Morrison (iTunes)
“Run”, Harrison Storm (iTunes)
“Sick Too”, Thoreau & Darci (iTunes)
“Starlight”, ALMA (iTunes)
“Stray”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Suitcase”, James TW (iTunes)
“Sweat (When I Think About You)”, Stanaj (iTunes)
“Sweet Little Lies”, bülow (iTunes)
“Take Off”, Stefflon Don x Kojo Funds (iTunes)
“The Dirt (1981)”, Mötley Crüe featuring Machine Gun Kelly (iTunes)
“Theme Song (I’m Far Away)”, (iTunes)
“The Bones”, Maren Morris (iTunes)
“Thotiana (Remix)”, Blueface featuring Cardi B & YG (iTunes)
“Tia Tamera”, Doja Cat featuring Rico Nasty (iTunes)
“Unofficial Love (RAMPANT Remix)”, Kyan Palmer x nicopop. featuring Yung Lamby (iTunes)
“Walk Me Home”, P!nk (iTunes)
“Walkin’ Home”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Whiskey In The Jar”, Bryan Adams (iTunes)
“Wide Awake”, Petit Biscuit (iTunes)
“Wiser”, Jesse Saint John (iTunes)
“Yellow”, Oliver Nelson & Tobtok featuring Liv Dawson (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from Hozier, Tom Walker, Weezer and many more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 30, 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. As we continue through the annual freeze at radio, there are very few highlights at the format this week. So, we’ll keep it short and sweet! Here’s what’s popping this Sunday:

NEW YEAR, SAME PANIC: As 2019 approaches, “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco remains on top of Alternative, Hot AC and Top 40 lists for the fourth consecutive week. It’s now one of two songs during the plays-per-week era to accomplish the feat, the other being “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” by Green Day in February and March 2005. Two hits by Ariana Grande and another by Halsey will be vying for the top spot following these end of the year festivities; it’s anyone’s guess as to which of these tracks gets to #1 first.

The lone top 40 debut on this week’s chart comes from Madison Beer and her Offset-assisted song “Hurts Like Hell”, up from 41-39 this week. It’s the second tune to enter the region for Beer and the second solo hit for Offset, who previously charted with Migos.

With a number of tracks being purged from the chart next week, as the normal recurrent rules go back into effect, look for a number of new titles in the lower regions of the list on Sunday, including future top 40 releases for George Ezra, Sabrina Carpenter and more.

Happy New Year from PGTC! (Please be safe tomorrow night!)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 23, 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. This is the first of two holiday freeze reports and we’re certainly feeling the chill. Luckily, there are still a few tunes to cover ahead of Christmas. Here’s what’s popping this week:

WHAT YULE EXPECT THIS WEEK: You could say that Panic! At The Disco has a strong ho-ho-hold on the Alternative, Hot AC and Top 40 lists for a third week in a row with their crossover smash “High Hopes”, which Santa might be bopping to as he takes his sleigh around the world in a few days. With little action on any of the radio charts this week, here are a few of the entries towards the bottom of the survey that could be making some larger moves in the new year:

Up two notches to #39, after becoming a solid radio hit in Canada earlier this year, “Ain’t Easy” from Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine becomes the first top 40 entry for the duo here in the States. Their follow-up song, “Better Off”, is still charting at several formats up north, while their new seasonal release, “It’s Me & You (This Christmas)”, is also picking up airplay.

One other title heads into the top 40 this week: “1999” by Charli XCX and Troye Sivan, up from 43-40 to become the fifth top 40 single for the former and fourth for the latter. Though Sivan’s hit “My My My!” reached #21 in March, Charli XCX hasn’t entered the top 40 here in nearly four years, last ranking with “Break The Rules” in January 2015. After a couple of near misses in 2015’s “Doing It” and 2016’s “After The Afterparty”, which got to #43 and #41, respectively, it looks like she might be back on track with this single and its viral music video from a few months ago.

For top 50 entries, you’ll find only one this week: “Zeze”, coming in at #49 for Kodak Black featuring Travis Scott and Offset. At this point next week, it’s likely be at #1 on Rhythmic chart, though it ranks at #2 on the latest update. The collaboration is also in the top ten on the Urban radio list. Due to high streaming numbers, “Zeze” also recently peaked at #2 on the Hot 100.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from PGTC!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 14, 2018

A web of new music.

‘Tis the season for some jolly gifts from the musical gods, including several notable rap albums and the big soundtrack to one of this weekend’s hottest films. Here are all the albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
Featuring new songs from Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone and many other artists, the soundtrack to this animated movie (which opens tomorrow) should receive a nice boost if the film performs at the box office. Malone’s “Sunflower” (with Swae Lee) is currently charting at several radio formats.

KODAK BLACK – Dying To Live (iTunes)
This album features the Travis Scott and Offset-assisted “Zeze”, a recent #2 single on the Billboard Hot 100 that continues its run in the top ten on the Rhythmic and Urban charts. Given that song’s success, the entire set is likely to be fairly reactive in the market.

MITCHELL TENPENNY – Telling All My Secrets (iTunes)
Tenpenny recently topped the Country radio survey with the hit “Drunk Me”, which is to be followed with “Alcohol You Later” in the new year. We’re sure plenty of his fans will be taking a sip of his latest album in the next few days.

Notable albums out this week: Alan Walker‘s Different World (iTunes), Bay Faction‘s Florida Guilt (iTunes), Bruce Springsteen‘s Springsteen On Broadway (iTunes), Kid Ink‘s Missed Calls (iTunes), The Chainsmokers‘s Sick Boy (iTunes), Vic Mensa‘s Hooligans (iTunes), Volbeat‘s Let’s Boogie! Live From Telia Parken (iTunes), We Three‘s We Three (iTunes), Wisin Y Yandel‘s Los Campeones Del Pueblo (The Big Leagues) (iTunes), ZAYN‘s Icarus Falls (iTunes), Ninjawerks (Vol. 1) (iTunes), Vox Lux (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Chris Ayer‘s Holiday (iTunes), Daniel Powter‘s Giants (iTunes), Gryffin‘s Gravity, Pt. 1 (iTunes), Netsky‘s Abbot Kinney (iTunes), The Decemberists‘s Traveling On (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“100 Ways”, Zhavia Ward (iTunes)
“All I Want For Christmas Is You”, New Hope Club (iTunes)
“Back & Forth (Acoustic)”, Becky Hill (iTunes)
“Behave (James Carter Remix)”, Benjamin Ingrosso (iTunes)
“Cheerleader (Demo)”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Dasher”, Gerard Way featuring Lydia Night (iTunes)
“Dirty Blonde”, Eden xo (iTunes)
“Don’t F–k With My Money”, Mystery Skulls (iTunes)
“Done (R3HAB Remix)”, Nikki Vianna (iTunes)
“Elevate”, Papa Roach (iTunes)
“Excuses (Kia Love Remix)”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“Give It”, Betta Lemme (iTunes)
“Glitch”, Martin Garrix & Julian Jordan (iTunes)
“Imagine”, Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“Jello”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Last Xmas”, Allie X (iTunes)
“London”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Loneliness”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Man To Man”, Dorian Electra (iTunes)
“No Plans”, AJ Mitchell featuring Marteen (iTunes)
“Numb”, Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Other Side Of Love”, Anderson East (iTunes)
“Paradise (Acoustic)”, Ofenbach featuring Benjamin Ingrosso (iTunes)
“Pep Talk” and “Quarter-Life Crisis”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“Pretty Paper”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“Psycho”, Delaney Jane (iTunes)
“Rewrite The Stars (Wideboy’s Hands In The Air Remix)”, James Arthur & Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Shivers”, JT Roach (iTunes)
“Speechless (Lucas & Steve Remix)”, Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola (iTunes)
“Stop Believing In Santa”, MNEK (iTunes)
“Strangers In The Night”, Fergus (iTunes)
“Sunday Morning (Alyx Ander Remix)”, Matoma featuring Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Tell Me It’s Over”, Avril Lavigne (iTunes)
“Testify”, Robin Thicke (iTunes)
“That’s Yo Money”, T-Pain (iTunes)
“The Mask”, Matt Maeson (iTunes)
“Tired Of Being Lonely”, Jackson Harris (iTunes)
“Tough”, Quinn XCII featuring Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Used To Love”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Voicebreaks”, Sofi De La Torre (iTunes)
“War Cry”, Queen Naija (iTunes)
“Waste It On Me (Cheat Codes Remix)”, Steve Aoki featuring BTS (iTunes)
“What Happens In a Small Town”, Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell (iTunes)
“What’s Goin’ On”, Vigiland (iTunes)
“Woman Like Me (Banx & Ranx Remix)”, Little Mix (iTunes)
“Xmas Trees”, Bibi Bourelly (iTunes)
“Yesterday”, Justin Klump (iTunes)
“You Mean The Whole Wide World To Me”, Christina Perri (iTunes)

You’ll have to wait until January for some larger albums to appear on the schedule again; a condensed post for next week is TBD for now. Until then, thanks for another great musical year. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 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 start of Hanukkah and the rest of the holiday season. Let’s see what’s burning in the musical menorah this week:

A HAPPIER HANUKKAH: Starting to lose some ground at this format, but still solidly at #1 again, “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille leads the Top 40 survey for the third consecutive week. Though the song may be spinning a Gimel this weekend, that could change by next Sunday, as “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco looks to collect some coins (and the act’s first #1 at the format.) I think it’s safe to say that those hopes won’t be dashed at all, considering that the tune has also topped the Alternative chart and rises to #1 on this week’s Hot AC update. That’s hotter than a fresh batch of latkes. Speaking of which, my stomach is rumbling…

This week’s debut action is pretty light once again, with “There’s No Way” by Lauv featuring Julia Michaels being the only top 40 entry, jumping from 41-39. It’s the second hit to enter the region for Lauv and the fourth for Michaels. For top 50 entries, Madison Beer‘s new single featuring Offset of the trio Migos, “Hurts Like Hell”, bows at #48, as the former #1 Urban hit “Smile (Living My Best Life)” is in at #50 for Lil Duval featuring Snoop Dogg and Ball Greezy. Both Lil Duval and Ball Greezy are appearing at the format for the first time, while Beer is searching for her second top 40 entry, the other being “Home With You” from earlier in 2018.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 27, 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: Brrrr! The numbers are very chilly, as radio prepares for the annual freeze for the holidays. Let’s add ’em up:

SO “CLOSE” TO CHRISTMAS: With the Thanksgiving holiday having just passed, it’s no surprise to see that most reporters on the pop panel didn’t post any (or as many) adds this Tuesday. As a result, it was mostly established singles out in front, with “Close To Me” by Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee collecting 20 adds and the top position. Ariana Grande followed in the runner-up position with another 16 adds for “Thank U, Next”. You can find the rest of the significant titles (and ties) below.

Next week, the top ten should look more lively with continued add support for “1999”, the current collaboration from Charli XCX and Troye Sivan, as well as “Trip”, the potential second top 40 single for Ella Mai. Who else is due for a solid impact week? Find out soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE, “Close To Me” (Interscope)
2. ARIANA GRANDE, “Thank U, Next” (Republic)
3. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring KELSEA BALLERINI, “This Feeling” (Disruptor/Columbia)
4-T. AVA MAX, “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)
4-T. DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B, “Taki Taki” (Geffen/Interscope)
6-T. BENNY BLANCO & CALVIN HARRIS, “I Found You” (Columbia-Interscope)
6-T. CHARLI XCX featuring TROYE SIVAN, “1999” (Atlantic/EMG)
6-T. GUCCI MANE, BRUNO MARS & KODAK BLACK, “Wake Up In The Sky” (Atlantic)
6-T. TRAVIS SCOTT, “Sicko Mode” (Epic)
10. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life” (TEN/Epic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 20, 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: Thanksgiving is on the brain, and so is one very thankful hit song. Time to add ’em up:

“U” CAN’T STOP HER: For the second consecutive week, Ariana Grande‘s “Thank U, Next” leads the pack at Top 40 radio, as it comes in with another 49 stations. After making a huge move from 39-20 on last Sunday’s published update, the big song should continue towards the top, as it remains active at the major sales and streaming services.

For impacting titles, “No Candle No Light” by ZAYN featuring Nicki Minaj leads the way with 30 stations, taking second place in the weekly report, with “Hurts Like Hell” by Madison Beer featuring Offset securing 28 stations and a third place finish.

Next week, watch out for Bad Bunny‘s “MIA”, featuring Drake, a top ten Rhythmic single which should hop onto the adds report at this format with ease. Have a great Thanksgiving!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ARIANA GRANDE, “Thank U, Next” (Republic)
2. ZAYN featuring NICKI MINAJ, “No Candle No Light” (RCA)
3. MADISON BEER featuring OFFSET, “Hurts Like Hell” (First Access/in2une)
4. ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE, “Close To Me” (Interscope)
5. DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B, “Taki Taki” (Geffen/Interscope)
6. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring KELSEA BALLERINI, “This Feeling” (Disruptor/Columbia)
7. CHARLI XCX featuring TROYE SIVAN, “1999” (Atlantic/EMG)
8-T. ALESSIA CARA, “Trust My Lonely” (Def Jam)
8-T. RITA ORA, “Let You Love Me” (Warner Bros.)
10. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life” (TEN/Epic)

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