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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (January 8-9, 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 the five new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BRUNO MARS & CARDI B – “Finesse (Remix)” (Atlantic)
Album: 24K Magic (2016)
Past T40 History: Approaching the top 30 here, Mars is celebrating his 19th top 40 entry and fourth from his most recent release.

CAMILA CABELLO – “Never Be The Same” (Syco/Epic)
Album: Camila (2018)
Past T40 History: Cabello’s new single from her forthcoming solo debut, out Friday, has been well into the top 40 for a few weeks.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – “Filthy” (RCA)
Album: Man Of The Woods (2018)
Past T40 History: Timberlake recently scored his 29th top 40 single as a solo artist, with “Filthy” debuting just outside the top 20.

LIAM PAYNE & RITA ORA – “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)” (Republic)
Album: Fifty Shades Freed (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: Like “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”, a #2 hit last year, this duet hopes to be one of 2018’s first big movie singles.

OLIVIA HOLT – “Generous” (Hollywood)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Holt’s “History” spent a published week at #50 last year. As noted, her new track faces some fierce competition.

Will Maroon 5‘s “Wait” await more competitors before it impacts next week, or will it slay the panel effortlessly? Find out a week from now!

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 4, 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. Still thinking of London and the people that were affected by last night’s attacks, and wishing a speedy recovery to the dozens that were injured during them. Meanwhile, let’s get into the latest U.S. chart stats, from London, AR to London, OH to London, CA, for the first weekend of June:

WAY TO “STAY”: That terrific twosome, Zedd and Alessia Cara, holds at #1 for the second week with “Stay”. Back in February, the only other male-female collaboration to hit the top this year, Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello‘s “Bad Things”, spent two weeks at #1 as well. “Stay” should easily get a third frame in the slot next Sunday. Across the other radio lists, the song climbs to #11 on the Hot AC chart, slips to #16 at Rhythmic radio and sits just below the top 40 on the AC survey. Yes, those soccer moms sure love their Zeddlessia so far. The Russian-born DJ/producer has yet to announce a follow-up single, while the Canadian singer hasn’t announced a next single from her Know-It-All album, or if the era is completed. I guess we’ll know soon!

“Stay” remains the only track with a bullet in this week’s top five, but there’s plenty of positive action in the lower half of the top ten. Of note, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s remix of “Despacito”, featuring Justin Bieber, is up nearly 2400 spins from last week. However, it’s only up 10-9. (You can expect it to be a contender for the top spot next month.) The only new track reaching the region is “Now Or Never”, the second top ten hit for Halsey, advancing 12-10. Her hopeless fountain kingdom album will likely debut at #1 on next week’s Billboard 200 list.

PUMP UP THE LOGJAMS: The logjam at Top 40 radio this spring (and now, summer!) has been pretty well-documented, with a number of records losing steam in the teens prematurely. However, three tracks climb into the top 20 this week, looking to make the leap into the top ten later this summer. Leading the potential hit parade is Selena Gomez‘s “Bad Liar”, which jumps from 26-16. Of course, Gomez remains in the top five with the Kygo collaboration “It Ain’t Me”, which rises 3-2 without a bullet. (The DJ/producer is just below the top 50 with another single, “First Time”, with a lead vocal by Ellie Goulding.) Surfing up five notches to #18 is the first top 20 single in three years for Miley Cyrus, “Malibu”. The 24-year-old was one of the many performers at Ariana Grande‘s One Love Manchester benefit concert earlier today.

Finally, up 24-20, is Niall Horan‘s second solo hit at the format. “Slow Hands” also rises to #20 on the Hot AC chart this week. It is currently in the top ten on iTunes, thanks in part to deep discounting at digital platforms. The Irish singer made the top 20 with One Direction 11 times between 2012 and 2016. In January and February, he spent two nonconsecutive weeks at #12 with  “This Town”. Horan also performed at Grande’s benefit show in Manchester, where he sang both “Hands” and “Town”.

WHOLE LOTTA “HISTORY”: Four girls are allowed into the top 50 this week, as we begin a long hot summer on the charts. The highest of three top 50 entries starts at #47: “Switch”, by Iggy Azalea featuring Anitta. Azalea’s last top 40 hit was 2016’s “Team”, which reached #21 in May 2016. Anitta hasn’t previously charted in the U.S., though she’s well-known in her home country, Brazil. A couple of steps below that collaboration is Tinashe, stoking the fire at #49 with “Flame”. Earlier this year, she peaked at #29 as the featured artist on Britney Spears‘s “Slumber Party”. Her latest single will be on the upcoming album Joyride, due later this year.

Also entering the top 50 this week is newcomer Olivia Holt with “History”, bowing at #50. The 19-year-old singer is best known for appearing in a fair amount of Disney programming, including the series Kickin’ It. Holt’s stay in the chart could be short-lived, with a small loss in spins this week indicating that it could be due for greater losses next week. (It went for adds nearly two months ago.) On Spotify, the song has over 95 million streams.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 4, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly 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: Halsey gets “closer” to her fourth top 40 single, Hey Violet brings a bit of color to the adds report and newcomer Olivia Holt gets historical with the hits, but we are not going to be indulging in the sort of hit history you can read about in Hit Men. Ready to partake in some pop power? I know I am, so let’s dive in:

HAL OF FAME: After spending ten weeks at #1 as a featured guest on “Closer” by The Chainsmokers, it’s no surprise that the new single from Halsey would generate a lot of attention. That song is “Now Or Never”, and it’s now the Most Added track on this week’s report, launching with 54 CHR adds in its first frame. It sounds like it’s been a busy day for both she and her label, but, then again, she is used to busy days. Her forthcoming studio album is due June 2, titled Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which sounds like an out-of-service Disney World attraction. Luckily, her ride through the amusement park that we call the pop chart is just about to begin again. Prepare for liftoff! (Don’t come after me, Hallucinators, or whatever you call yourselves, it’s just a little fun.)

“BREAK MY” CHART: Roses are red, violets are blue, but Hey Violet had a nice adds week, and that’s good too. The quintet’s latest single is “Break My Heart”, the seventh Most Added song in the country this week, landing 18 CHR adds. Speaking of 18, that just so happens to be the peak of their last single, “Guys My Age”, which topped out at the position earlier this year. (The song also received some minor airplay at the Hot AC format.) Song titles about breaking hearts are commonplace at the format, from 1976’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John and Kiki Dee to 2010’s “Break Your Heart” by Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris, a #1 single (John/Dee for seven weeks, Cruz/Ludacris for three weeks) in both cases. How will this one fare? Stay tuned.

HOLT ON TIGHT: You know their names: Jordan Fisher, Sabrina Carpenter, Shawn Hook. They all share one thing: the CHR brick wall of doom. (scary fx) In reality, these three Hollywood Records acts all had significant starts at the format in the last year or so, only to have their debut singles fall apart in the same region. So, as far as the label’s newest pop radio single, newcomer Olivia Holt‘s “History”, I’d have to think that bringing up that terrible thought would only be natural. After massive pop playlists on Spotify aided it to its current total of 63+ million streams, we’ll see if Holt can successfully make it outside of that bubble. With a number of meaningful stations playing it, it can make the leap. Otherwise, a peak in the 20’s could be the endgame once again.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. HALSEY, “Now Or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
2-T. MACHINE GUN KELLY
featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
2-T. ZAYN featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR, “Still Got Time” (RCA)
4. DRAKE, “Passionfruit” (YMCMB/Republic)
5. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic)
6. DAVID GUETTA featuring NICKI MINAJ & LIL WAYNE, “Light My Body Up” (Parlophone/Big Beat/Atlantic)
7. HEY VIOLET, “Break My Heart” (Caroline)
8. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
9. CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
10. OLIVIA HOLT, “History” (Hollywood)

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (April 2017)

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 during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in April in this month’s Radio Report:

BLEACHERS – “Don’t Take The Money” (RCA, April 4 – Alternative)
Album: Everybody Lost Somebody (2017)
Past ALT History: Jack Antonoff’s popular project has stormed the top five on the Alternative chart with two tracks: “I Wanna Get Better” (#1, one week) and “Rollercoaster” (#3). With a strong start over the past few days, I expect this release to join them soon.

COIN – “I Don’t Wanna Dance” (Columbia, April 4 – Alternative)
Album: How Will You Know If You Never Try (2017)
Past ALT History: This Nashville group’s breakout hit, “Talk Too Much”, talked its way up to #8 earlier this year. Despite the slow run of that song, the band now has some momentum ahead of their album release later this month. We’ll see how this tune moves.

HEY VIOLET – “Break My Heart” (Caroline, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The California group, previously known as Cherri Bomb, reached a peak of #18 earlier this year with “Guys My Age”. Their label, also responsible for Ben Rector’s “Brand New” (#26) from last summer, doesn’t have much pull on the pop side.

MIKE POSNER – “In The Arms Of A Stranger” (Island/Republic, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: At Night. Alone. (2016)
Past CHR History: Posner has eight top 50 appearances to date, half failing to reach the top 40. However, his 2016 comeback will be remembered as one of the most impressive of the decade, with a remix of “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” spending two weeks at the top.

OLIVIA HOLT – “History” (Hollywood, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: Olivia (EP) (2016)
Past CHR History: This is Holt’s first track to impact here. Is another classic top 30 brick wall in the works for Hollywood’s latest? Considering the results of other pop acts on their roster, like Jordan Fisher, Sabrina Carpenter and Shawn Hook, it could happen.

JAMES TW – “Ex” (Island/Republic, April 10 – Hot AC)
Album: TBA
Past HAC History: I was really rooting for his ballad “When You Love Someone”, which spent seven weeks atop my personal chart in 2016, when it was at the format. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, just edging into the top 30. I’m hoping this has a nice run.

RUTH B – “Superficial Love” (Columbia, April 10 – Hot AC)
Album: Safe Haven (2017)
Past HAC History: From Vine star to radio star, the Canadian singer and songwriter’s “Lost Boy” got found in the top ten, peaking at #6 last year. There’s been an unusually long amount of time between the two singles at Hot AC. How will it affect the chart run?

SIGRID – “Don’t Kill My Vibe” (Island/Republic, April 11 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: This Norwegian performer is headed to U.S. radio for the first time, and her debut single is already a sales and streaming hit in her home country. We’ll see if the newcomer can match the heights of a-ha and their #1 from 1985, “Take On Me”.

TINASHE – “Flame” (RCA, April 11 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: While not yet a prominent name on the CHR airwaves, this performer has achieved some success at the format in the last few years, including the #20 hit “2 On” in 2014. Plus, who doesn’t love an artist promoting her new song on a fire truck?

LANY – “ILYSB” (Interscope, April 17 – Hot AC)
Album: Make Out (EP) (2015)
Past HAC History: If you’re a happenin’ hipster in the SoundCloud universe, you’re probably wondering why a track from 2014 is headed to radio. Honestly, I am too, but it’s nice to see this California trio is finally getting their first shot at some notable airplay.

THE 1975 – “A Change Of Heart” (Interscope, April 18 – Alternative)
Album: I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it (2016)
Past ALT History: The four guys from Manchester must’ve been pretty frustrated seeing song after song of theirs miss the top ten at the format, so they did something about it. “Somebody Else”, their fifth top 40 single here, took its time and reached a #3 peak.

YOUNGR – “Out Of My System” (Island/Republic, April 25 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: What happens when the kid of Kid Creole takes on the playground we call Alternative radio? Format newcomer Dario Darnell is out to prove that his single is a wonderful thing, baby. This song’s been around for a year, but it still sounds fresh.

Which of these new songs would you like to see on the charts later this year? Let me know!

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