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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 REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 9-10, 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 two new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA – “One Kiss” (Columbia)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: With hourly airplay from iHeartMedia on Friday, this is now the 17th top 40 entry for Harris and sixth for Lipa.

CHARLIE PUTH featuring KEHLANI – “Done For Me” (APG/Atlantic)
Album: Voicenotes (2018)
Past T40 History: Should this make the top 40 next week, Puth will earn his eighth top 40 entry, while Kehlani grabs her third hit.

Next week: will the format “push back” against a collaboration from Ne-Yo, Bebe Rexha and Stefflon Don, or will they give it a shot? Stay tuned!

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 (April 8, 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. Spring is finally in the air, and that means a few new seasonal smashes are also sprouting in the lower rungs of the survey. What’s getting planted in the world of pop? Check out all the action:

ZEDD OF HOUSEHOLD: Get in the car and head for the ATM; it’s time to mix top 40 tunes and Target trips with Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, as “The Middle” holds at #1 for the second week on the Top 40 radio chart. It gains just under 1,000 spins in the current tracking week, landing it above 18,000 spins during the last seven days. Morris’s “Rich” continues its rise in the lower rungs of the Country chart, though it’s still below the top 40. Meanwhile, on both surveys, “Meant To Be” from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line appears to be headed towards the top spot, holding at #3 on the Country list and up 3-2 on the Top 40 airwaves. The big collaboration currently appears on Rexha’s EP All Your Fault: Pt. 2, which was released in August of last year, and it is meant to be in the mix for her forthcoming full-length album Expectations, due later this year. Who gets the prize next Sunday? At this point, “Middle” has the edge for a third week at #1, but “Meant” could always spring ahead. Stay tuned.

PRELUDE TO A “KISS”: After receiving hourly airplay across iHeartMedia stations during its first day in the market, the current collaboration from Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa enters at #32 on the published chart update. “One Kiss”, which should appear on Harris’s forthcoming album later this year, is now the 17th top 40 song for the Scottish-born performer and the sixth for the English singer, the latter also at #21 this week with “IDGAF” off her self-titled album. Much of the action in the top 50 is also slow, but there are two entries in the region, led by Echosmith‘s “Over My Head” at #47. It’s the trio’s first chart song with the current lineup, and marks their first time in the top 50 since October 2015, when “Let’s Love” also reached that #47 position. (“Over” is likely to make it higher in the coming weeks.) Lastly, at #50, Sam Smith and Logic prepare to “Pray” for Top 40 glory with a new version of a song that originally appears on Smith’s set The Thrill Of It All from last year. Additionally, “Pray” is at #30 on this week’s AC update, and should rank on the Hot AC chart very soon.

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