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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 17, 2020)

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. Ahead of a competitive adds session for this coming Tuesday and the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this week:

CAT’S ON THE PROWL: Doja Cat spends a second week at #1 on the Top 40 chart with “Say So”. Look for the follow-up single, the Gucci Mane-assisted “Like That”, to impact at the format this week after some early action on last Tuesday’s adds report.

Lil Mosey rises from 41-36 with his first top 40 entry at the format, “Blueberry Faygo”. The song samples Johnny Gill‘s “My, My, My”, which reached #14 on the CHR radio chart in September 1990. The eponymous first song from The Scotts, the duo of Travis Scott and Kid Cudi, also moves from 44-40 to give the two men their first top 40 hit as a duo.

The Jonas Brothers are new at #45 with “X”, one of two songs the guys released on Friday. The song features labelmate Karol G, whose Nicki Minaj-assisted “Tusa” landed in the top 50 earlier this year. Starting at #48, the TikTok-fueled “Don’t Rush” becomes the first charting song for the duo Young T & Bugsey and rapper Headie One. One further collaboration lands at #50: “Suda” by newcomer Melanie Pfirrman, whose song features Pitbull and his DJ IAmChino.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 27, 2019

Could be number one, baby.

Oh baby! It’s another week of great releases on the schedule, including larger country, rock and rap sets that will get you streaming away. Here are all the top new albums and singles hitting stores this Friday:

DABABY – Kirk (iTunes)
Features: the streaming hit “Intro”, as well as featured appearances by Migos, Nicki Minaj and more

JON PARDI – Heartache Medication (iTunes)
Features: the title track, a current top 20 song on the Country radio chart

Notable albums out this week: Becky Hill‘s Get To Know (iTunes), Boy & Bear‘s Suck On Light (iTunes), Drax Project‘s Drax Project (iTunes), Eric Bellinger‘s Saved By The Bellinger (iTunes), Hellyeah‘s Welcome Home (iTunes), Kevin Gates‘s I’m Him (iTunes), Kristin Chenoweth‘s For The Girls (iTunes), Marc E. Bassy‘s PMD (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Libertad 548 (iTunes), Sturgill Simpson‘s Sound & Fury (iTunes), Tegan & Sara‘s Hey, I’m Just Like You (iTunes), The Beatles‘s Abbey Road (Super Deluxe) (iTunes), Whiskey Myers‘s Whiskey Myers (iTunes), Judy (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Adam Lambert‘s Velvet: Side A (iTunes), Astrid S‘s Down Low (iTunes), James Droll‘s Self Sacrifice (iTunes), John Newman‘s A.N.i.M.A.L. (iTunes), Love Fame Tragedy‘s I Don’t Want To Play The Victim, But I’m Really Good At It (iTunes), Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds‘s This Is The Place (iTunes), nothing,nowhere. & Travis Barker‘s Bloodlust (iTunes), Push Baby‘s Woah (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“All The Way (Stay)” and “Love Never”, Jimmy Eat World (iTunes)
“Almost Heaven”, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon (iTunes)
“Angel With Tattoos”, Skylar Grey (iTunes)
“Baby, Let’s Do This”, Cade Foehner (iTunes)
“Bad Girlfriend”, Olivia Holt (iTunes)
“Be Fine”, Ekali featuring Wafia (iTunes)
“Bloodshot” and “Waste”, Dove Cameron (iTunes)
“Boys Like You”, Dodie (iTunes)
“Bring It On Home”, American Authors featuring Phillip Phillips & Maddie Poppe (iTunes)
“Broke Me Down”, Janine (iTunes)
“Bullet To The Heart”, Jackson Wang (iTunes)
“Caught Up In The Landslide”, Kim Churchill (iTunes)
“Cold Heart”, Luh Kel (iTunes)
“Cynical”, Katelyn Tarver (iTunes)
“DNA (Acoustic)”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“Don’t Say A Word”, Consoul Trainin & Lewis Watson (iTunes)
“Extra Fr!es”, Ilira (iTunes)
“Everything Sucks”, Scott Helman (iTunes)
“Fado”, Milky Chance (iTunes)
“Fendi”, PnB Rock featuring Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz (iTunes)
“Finally Feel Good”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Freedom Rings”, Brandy (iTunes)
“Fresh Laundry”, Allie X (iTunes)
“From Out Of Nowhere”, Jeff Lynne’s ELO (iTunes)
“Games”, Tessa Violet (iTunes)
“Get Over You”, Stefan Benz (iTunes)
“Good Thing”, Zedd & Kehlani (iTunes)
“Haunted Heart”, Christina Aguilera (iTunes)
“Her Love Is Killin’ Me”, Huey Lewis & The News (iTunes)
“High On Your Love”, Armin Van Buuren featuring James Newman (iTunes)
“History Of Violence”, Theory Of A Deadman (iTunes)
“Hold On”, Lil Tjay (iTunes)
“Holy Water”, Galantis (iTunes)
“Home Alone”, Walk Off The Earth (iTunes)
“Hotel Room”, Lauren Sanderson (iTunes)
“Hurts The Most”, Rationale & Ayelle (iTunes)
“I Hope You’re Happy Now”, Carly Pearce + Lee Brice (iTunes)
“I Think I Luv Her”, Tyla Yaweh featuring YG (iTunes)
“If You’re Happy Now”, Peter Thomas (iTunes)
“Lean On Me”, Illy featuring Robinson (iTunes)
“Lie”, Lukas Graham (iTunes)
“Lonely”, Diplo & Jonas Brothers (iTunes)
“Lonely”, Noah Cyrus (iTunes)
“Lonely Generation”, Echosmith (iTunes)
“Magic”, Aijia (iTunes)
“Mixed Emotions”, Emily Weisband (iTunes)
“Navy Blue”, Charlotte Lawrence (iTunes)
“Never Alone”, Felix Jaehn & Mesto featuring VCATION (iTunes)
“Nothing Is Wrong”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Oblivion”, Zayde Wølf x Neoni (iTunes)
“October Eyes”, Alt Bloom (iTunes)
“Only In My Dreams”, Lowen (iTunes)
“Pick Up Your Phone”, JC Stewart (iTunes)
“Play With Me”, Electric Guest (iTunes)
“Right Here”, Keshi (iTunes)
“Rushing Back”, Flume featuring Vera Blue (iTunes)
“Safe With You”, Delaney Jane (iTunes)
“Slide”, H.E.R. featuring YG (iTunes)
“Something Has To Change”, The Japanese House (iTunes)
“South Of The Border (Cheat Codes Remix)”, Ed Sheeran featuring Camila Cabello & Cardi B (iTunes)
“Stretch You Out”, Summer Walker featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (iTunes)
“Table For 2”, Alok & IRO (iTunes)
“The Other Side (Acoustic)”, Justin Klump (iTunes)
“To Me”, Alina Baraz (iTunes)
“Trampoline”, SHAED & ZAYN (iTunes)
“Truth Hurts (Remix)”, Lizzo featuring AB6IX (iTunes)
“Wanted”, NOTD & Daya (iTunes)
“Wave”, Meghan Trainor featuring Mike Sabath (iTunes)
“When We Were Young”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Wild Girl”, Kito & Empress Of (iTunes)
“Wonder”, Phil Good (iTunes)
“Writing On The Wall”, French Montana featuring Post Malone, Cardi B & Rvssian (iTunes)
“You Are Losing Me”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“Your Best Friend Is A Hater”, Emotional Oranges (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from artists like Brantley Gilbert, Dermot Kennedy, Sabrina Claudio, Wilco and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 15, 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 can think of at least 13 reasons why Selena Gomez‘s newest single is performing well at the format, though other impacting songs are also in the mix. Let’s add ’em up:

TAKING THE “BACK” WAY: Selena Gomez has yet to release her third solo album following a handful of mid-charting titles (and a couple of top five singles), but she’s one step closer to it with a tune that also doubles as the first single off the soundtrack to the second season of 13 Reasons Why. “Back To You” comes in at 114 stations during its first full week, more than enough to give it the title of the Most Added song at the Top 40 format on this Tuesday’s report. The soundtrack hits stores on Friday and features a number of top acts, from Gomez to OneRepublic to Years & Years, mixed with some classic songs by New Order, Tears For Fears and others.

Additional new tunes in the top five include “You Can Cry” (#3) by MarshmelloJuicy J featuring James Arthur and “Jump” (#4) by Julia Michaels featuring Trippie Redd. The former title starts with 33 stations, and the latter begins at 25. Expect both songs to reach the top 50 in the next couple of weeks. Neither Marshmello nor Michaels have announced a forthcoming album.

1. SELENA GOMEZ, “Back To You” (Interscope)
2. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS featuring PITBULL, “Move To Miami” (RCA)
3. MARSHMELLO x JUICY J featuring JAMES ARTHUR, “You Can Cry” (Columbia)
4. JULIA MICHAELS featuring TRIPPIE REDD, “Jump” (Republic)
5. DRAKE, “Nice For What” (YMCMB/Republic)
6. BRYCE VINE, “Drew Barrymore” (Warner Bros.)
7. LIAM PAYNE & J BALVIN, “Familiar” (Republic)
8. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)
9-T. KYGO featuring MIGUEL, “Remind Me To Forget” (Ultra/RCA)
9-T. THE WEEKND, “Call Out My Name” (XO/Republic)
9-T. ZAYN, “Let Me” (RCA)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 13, 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. After all the chocolates and flowers, chances are that the looking at the pop chart is not on your to-do list for Mother’s Day. However, here we are. Let’s get to the countdown:

“SAME” RESULTS, DIFFERENT WEEK: It’s a second week at the top of the pop chart for Camila Cabello‘s smash “Never Be The Same”, which posts a small loss in spins over the last seven days. Luckily, it’s more than enough to pace ahead of plenty of other songs gaining in the top ten. (Expect “Never” to easily lead the chart again next week.) Cabello’s song remains bulleted in the top ten on the Hot AC (#6) and Rhythmic (#8) lists, though it would be some time before “Never” approaches the top spot on either (that is, if it keeps up its current momentum.) Will one of the top songs of the spring lead to even greater possibilities this summer? We shall have to wait and see.

“BACK” WITH A VENGEANCE: In a very active week toward the bottom of the survey, a pack of five new songs make the top 50 on the latest update, led by soundtrack cut “Back To You” (#41) by Selena Gomez. Of course, she’s coming off a top five entry from earlier this year with the Marshmello-assisted “Wolves”. The 25-year-old’s latest song is the first radio single from an album based on the second season of the Netflix hit 13 Reasons Why. The full soundtrack and series are released on Friday, which should both do well. Parking their truck and moving in at #43 is “Move To Miami”, another collaboration that pairs neighbors and friends Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull. In fact, next week, “Move” could become their fifth top 40 single together at the format in the past decade. (Is Pitbull the Marvin Gaye or the Tammi Terrell in this relationship? We may never know, folks.) Next up, newcomer Bryce Vine swings into the #48 spot with “Drew Barrymore”, while first-timer Tom Walker turns the switch and brightens the list at #49 with “Leave A Light On”. Walker previously charted at the Hot AC format in 2017 with “Just You And I”, which stalled out halfway up the chart. Last, but certainly not least, this week’s #50 track is also a new entry from NOTD and Bea Miller, “I Wanna Know”. Miller’s success at the format has been limited to two minor chart entries, but NOTD’s first time on the survey could prove to be a winner for both of them. Now, feel free to catch your breath and enjoy the rest of your Mother’s Day.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 1, 2017

Experiencing a comeback.

It’s the last month of the year! Here come some of the biggest releases of 2017, all available for your listening pleasure! Now, the weekly look at the albums and singles you need to know about this Friday:

U2 – Songs Of Experience (iTunes)
The legendary Irish quartet returns with their 14th studio album, and first in three years, which includes single “You’re The Best Thing About Me”. Charting across three formats, it performed best on the Triple A chart, where it was #1 for two weeks. Though you won’t find this one free in your iTunes library, it should be a strong contender for #1 on the Billboard 200.

MIGUEL – War & Leisure (iTunes)
The newest studio album by this R&B singer features the hit “Sky Walker”, featuring Travis Scott, which is either inside or just outside the top ten at both Rhythmic and Urban radio. Will it become his third set to reach the top five overall? Could happen!

CHRIS STAPLETON – From A Room: Volume 2 (iTunes)
As “Broken Halos”, off the first volume, continues its slow ascent up the Country radio survey, Stapleton’s second album of 2017 arrives in stores. It’s sure to be the top Country album in the land next week, with a notable debut overall as well.

More albums out this week: Andy Grammer‘s The Good Parts (iTunes), Danielle Bradbery‘s I Don’t Believe We’ve Met (iTunes), Five Finger Death Punch‘s A Decade Of Destruction (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Greatest Hits (iTunes), Robbie Williams‘s Under The Radar, Vol. 2 (Deluxe) (iTunes), Roy Woods‘s Say Less (iTunes), The Rolling Stones‘s On Air (iTunes), Van Morrison‘s Versatile (iTunes), Ferdinand (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: TBA

More EPs out this week: Black Veil Brides‘s Rebels (iTunes), Lions Head‘s Golden / The Night B4 Xmas (iTunes), Owl City‘s Reel 1 (iTunes), Sheppard‘s Uncover (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“1000”, N.E.R.D & Future (iTunes)
“All Falls Down (Remixes)”, Alan Walker, Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals (iTunes)
“All On My Mind (Acoustic)”, Anderson East (iTunes)
“Asking For A Friend”, Devin Dawson (iTunes)
“Aww”, Baby Ariel (iTunes)
“Been Meaning To Tell You (Reinvented, Pt. 1 – Remixes)”, Starley (iTunes)
“Better Than I Used To Be (Acoustic)”, Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Blood & Muscle”, Lissie (iTunes)
“Boy Like You”, WESLEE (iTunes)
“Breathe”, Jax Jones featuring Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“Broken People”, Logic & Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Cotton Candy”, Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Cozy”, Jacob Sartorius (iTunes)
“Don’t Look Down”, Nicholas Roberts (iTunes)
“Fallin’ 4 U”, Will Heard (iTunes)
“Fireworks”, First Aid Kit (iTunes)
“First Love (Remixes)”, Lost Kings & Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Footprints In The Snow”, Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
“Friends”, Otto Knows (iTunes)
“Halo (Live)”, LP (iTunes)
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, MiC LOWRY (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“Hello Shadow”, Kiesza & SKYGGE (iTunes)
“Him & I”, G-Eazy & Halsey (iTunes)
“House Party (Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Club Mix)”, The Knocks & Captain Cuts (iTunes)
“I Know You (Acoustic)”, Craig David featuring Bastille (iTunes)
“I Miss You (Matoma Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“I Think It Must Be Christmas”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Islands”, R3HAB & KSHMR (iTunes)
“Leave A Light On (Acoustic)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Little Drummer Boy (Lema x Savi Remix)”, Pentatonix (iTunes)
“Love So Soft (Mark Knight & Ben Remember Remix)”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“Miss You”, Louis Tomlinson (iTunes)
“Mouth To Mouth”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“Mucho Booty”, Pitbull & Micha featuring Farruko (iTunes)
“Naked (CADE Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“No More”, PRETTYMUCH featuring French Montana (iTunes)
“No Pressure”, Mahalia (iTunes)
“Off My Feet”, Pia Mia (iTunes)
“One Chance To Dance (Remixes)”, Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas (iTunes)
“Perfect”, Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé (iTunes)
“Personal (Acoustic)”, The Vamps (iTunes)
“So Far Away”, Martin Garrix & David Guetta featuring Jamie Scott & Romy Dya (iTunes)
“Stand Up Tragedy”, The Fratellis (iTunes)
“Strangers (Remixes)”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Strongest (Alan Walker Remix)”, Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“Take Her Place (VIP Mix)”, Don Diablo featuring A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Vanilla / What’s So Entertaining”, The Orwells (iTunes)
“Way With Words”, Bahamas (iTunes)
“We Could Go Back (Remixes)”, Jonas Blue featuring Moelogo (iTunes)
“Whoever He Is”, New Hope Club (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from K. Michelle, Luke BryanWalker Hayes and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 17, 2017

Get your Life.

The musical madness of March continues, and you can expect some notable jump shots and layups this week. Who’s got the sound of a slam dunk success? Enough alliteration, Adam, let’s check out all the action right here:

DRAKE – More Life (iTunes) – release date: 3/18 (Saturday)
What exactly is this? An album? A mixtape? A playlist? Whatever it is, it’s going to debut at #1. Of course, you’ll have to wait an extra day to actually listen to it. The biggest song from it thus far is “Fake Love”, which recently topped the Rhythmic and Urban charts. (A CHR/Top 40 run maxed out in the top 20.) Will it be able to pass Ed Sheeran‘s recent bow to become the biggest of 2017 so far? It certainly has the potential, given all the hype surrounding the release. Stay tuned.

DEPECHE MODE – Spirit (iTunes)
It’s hard to believe that these guys have been releasing albums since 1981, but this is the English group’s 14th full-length set. It might become their eighth top ten album in a row, a chain that started with 1990’s Violator. Lead single “Where’s The Revolution” is in the top 40 on Alternative radio. Considering the amount of older acts with new material that the format won’t play anymore, that’s very cool.

RICK ROSS – Rather You Than Me (iTunes)
Five out of Ross’s first six studio albums reached #1 on the Billboard 200, a very impressive feat at the time. His opening frames are still fairly solid, but he probably won’t be in the running for the top spot this time around. Single “I Think She Like Me” is just below the top 20 at Urban radio. Look for this set in the top ten.

MILKY CHANCE – Blossom (iTunes)
The German duo’s second album features the single “Cocoon”, which recently made the top 20 on the Alternative chart. Hey, it’s not “Stolen Dance”, but then again, what is? If their last set could reach the top 20, we’re expecting this one somewhere in the top 40.

More albums out this week: 2Cellos‘s Score (iTunes), Conor Oberst‘s Salutations (iTunes), Frances‘s Things I’ve Never Said (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Climate Change (iTunes), SoMo‘s The Answers (iTunes), Spoon‘s Hot Thoughts (iTunes), Zara Larsson‘s So Good (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: TBA

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“1 Night”, Mura Masa featuring Charli XCX (iTunes)
“A Long And Happy Life”, Delta Rae (iTunes)
“Anything’s Possible”, Lea Michele (iTunes)
“At My Best”, Machine Gun Kelly featuring Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Battle Symphony”, Linkin Park (iTunes)
“Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea”, MISSIO (iTunes)
“Can’t Bring This Down”, Bridgit Mendler & Pell (iTunes)
“Chained To The Rhythm (Hot Chip Remix)”, Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Coldhearted”, Bryce Fox (iTunes)
“Dennis Rodman”, Mansionz featuring Dennis Rodman (iTunes)
“Feeling Pretty Good”, Deorro (iTunes)
“Feels Like Summer”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Flame”, Tinashe (iTunes)
“Good Life”, G-Eazy & Kehlani (iTunes)
“Kinda Complicated”, Scott Helman (iTunes)
“Let Go”, Sody (iTunes)
“Like I Did (Acoustic)”, Shane Harper (iTunes)
“Mama Say”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Man On The Moon”, POWERS (iTunes)
“Million Reasons (Andrelli Remix)”, Lady Gaga (iTunes)
“Pleasure”, Feist (iTunes)
“Solid Gold”, Tom Chaplin & JONES (iTunes)
“Superpowers”, SAARA (iTunes)
“Symphony”, Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“Weekends”, Amy Shark (iTunes)
“You”, Greta Isaac (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from James Blunt, RaeLynnTrey Songz and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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The Wheel Thing: Riding In The Top 40 “Taxi”

Music drives us.

Music drives us.

2015 was a fairly inconsistent year for rapper Pitbull on CHR/Pop radio, with just one top ten single (“Time Of Our Lives”), a top 20 (“Fun”) and then two songs that failed to reach the top 50 altogether (“Drive You Crazy” and “FREE.K”.) However, it looks like the Miami performer may have finally found a single to put him back on track, one that’s rising thanks to unsolicited airplay in the Big Apple and his hometown.

It’s “El Taxi”, a song that features Sensato, Osmani Garcia and La Musa in its original version. In a new Spanglish version, Lil Jon is also credited. It heavily samples “Murder She Wrote”, a 1993 single by Chaka Demus & Pliers that didn’t chart well, but is still quite well-known. “El Taxi” has already been a big hit in Spain, which isn’t a surprise, and now, it may be close to ranking on the U.S. charts. Currently, the single is just below the top 50 on CHR/Pop radio, with detections at more than two dozen stations.

The promising reaction of this song got us thinking about other “Taxi” songs to be released to radio, and there are plenty of them. However, only one of the songs below actually appeared on the CHR/Pop chart, a remake of “Big Yellow Taxi” (#30) in 2003. So, I’ve decided to compile all of the Hot 100 titles to use the word, for “El Taxi” could find itself cruising up that chart as well soon. I think it’s time to step in and get to our destination…

“Tijuana Taxi”, Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass (#38, 1966)
The song from Alpert and his band isn’t the most memorable in his huge repertoire, but it was also a minor top 40 hit in Australia and the United Kingdom. They hit #1 in 1968 with “This Guy’s In Love With You”, while Alpert’s 1979 song “Rise” also hit the top.

“Big Yellow Taxi”, The Neighborhood (#29, 1970)
“Big Yellow Taxi (Live)”, Joni Mitchell (#24, 1975) (#67, 1970 in studio form – see below)
“Big Yellow Taxi”, Amy Grant (#67, 1995)
“Big Yellow Taxi”, Counting Crows featuring Vanessa Carlton (#42, 2003)
The most famous “Taxi” of all managed to reach the Hot 100 in four (five, counting Mitchell’s original) different versions. That’s a whole lot of mileage. A 1995 remix by Mitchell from the soundtrack to TV’s Friends went top 40 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.

“Taxi”, Harry Chapin (#24, 1972)
This nearly seven-minute epic from the 1972 release Heads & Tales launched the recording career of this New York singer and his many great story songs. “Sequel”, Chapin’s follow-up to this, became his last top 40 single in the fall of 1980. He died a year later.

“Taxi Dancing”, Rick Springfield with Randy Crawford (#58, 1984)
The soundtrack from Hard To Hold, which Springfield also starred in, launched several singles onto the Hot 100. The biggest one was “Love Somebody”, a top five hit from the spring of ’84. This was the only single of the four from it to peak outside the top 40.

“Taxi”, J. Blackfoot (#90, 1984)
Born John Colbert, this Mississippi artist was a former member of The Soul Children. Their biggest crossover song, 1973’s “I’ll Be The Other Woman”, went to #36 on the Hot 100. Blackfoot’s biggest solo release was his first of eight to chart on the R&B survey.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (June 2015) (Part One)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in June on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

American Authors
AMERICAN AUTHORS – “Go Big Or Go Home” (June 2) (* + **)
Label: Island/Republic
The latest single from the quartet that gave us 2014’s most-played song on Hot AC radio is simultaneously heading to CHR radio, making for one big impact date. Of course, that song was “Best Day Of My Life”, which continues to get play every day, even if it’s not the best one. “Go” has already earned a good placement with the NBA Playoffs. Now, let’s see if it’s a slam dunk on the charts.

Mark Ronson and Mystikal
MARK RONSON featuring MYSTIKAL – “Feel Right” (June 2) (*)
Label: RCA
Though “Uptown Funk” has faded from the top of the radio and sales charts after a huge run, Ronson is looking to funk things up again with his latest track, which features a New Orleans rapper on a comeback. Born Michael Tyler, he was last in the top 40 way back in 2001 on the Double Take remix of Joe‘s “Stutter”, peaking at #11 on the format. It’s unexpected, but definitely very cool.

O.A.R. – “Two Hands Up” (June 2) (**)
Label: Vanguard
“Two” is the third single to be released from the group’s 2014 album The Rockville LP, which also includes “Peace” and “Favorite Song”. The latter of those two singles barely touched the top 40 on Hot AC late last year and earlier this year, so the prospect of a third single is a bit perplexing. That being said, it’s another good song from the quintet and should garner some good action here.

Prince Royce and Pitbull
PRINCE ROYCE featuring PITBULL – “Back It Up” (June 2) (*)
Label: RCA
For a singer that’s notched high peaks on the Latin and Tropical charts with relative ease over the past few years, it was definitely a disappointment to see his first English single, “Stuck On A Feeling”, stall halfway up the CHR chart, even with its status as an On The Verge pick for iHeartMedia stations. Still on the prowl for his pop throne, this new collaboration is a sizzling summer sound.

Rob Thomas
ROB THOMAS – “Trust You” (June 2) (**)
Label: Atlantic
It’s been a long time coming for fans of the 43-year-old singer, songwriter and leader of Matchbox Twenty, but the release of a leadoff single is always welcome news. “Trust” is the first to be issued from the forthcoming The Great Unknown album, which is due to be released later this year. You can also see him on a tour of the same name. Let’s hope that Hot AC puts their trust in this.

Tori Kelly
TORI KELLY – “Should’ve Been Us” (June 2) (*)
Label: Capitol
Much like “Back It Up” earlier in this post, “Should’ve” is the followup to another On The Verge selection that stalled in the teens, Kelly’s being “Nobody Love”. With just weeks until the release of her debut album, Unbreakable Smile, the label may be working overtime to get her name back out there on the airwaves. Luckily, the R&B-influenced single should fit well on most CHR outlets.

MKTO – “Bad Girls” (June 9) (*)
Label: Columbia
If you’ve seen the advertisement for the upcoming season of ABC’s Mistresses, then you’ve heard a portion of the latest single for the duo that’s seeking their fourth top 40 single at the radio format. Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller return with a song that might give “Classic” a run from its… well, classic status. (There can be two classics in their catalog, yes?) Look for it to soar very quickly.

DAYA – “Hide Away” (June 16) (*)
Label: Artbeatz/Z-Entertainment
It started on SiriusXM’s Venus last month, and now a dozen independent radio stations (and YouTube’s Tyler Oakley) are leading the way on this girl’s debut single. She’s a 16-year-old singer and multi-instrumentalist based in Pittsburgh, PA and her single was just featured on iTunes in their New Artists feature. With sales and streams going up, this could be a dark horse in the radio race.

Sage The Gemini and Nick Jonas
SAGE THE GEMINI featuring NICK JONAS – “Good Thing” (June 16) (*)
Label: Republic
Here’s a hot pairing with a jam that’s bound to be big over the summer months at several formats. It teams the California rapper, featured on Flo Rida‘s recent top ten hit, “G.D.F.R.”, and the New Jersey singer, currently falling in the top ten with “Chains”. It already has a good thing going on the sales side and will likely rise even higher once stations get on board closer to the adds date.

KARMIN – “Didn’t Know You” (June 30) (*)
Label: P.I.C/in2une
After one EP and an album with Epic Records, Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan are keeping it independent as they move onto a new era. Can they work their way back up without a major backing? Well, the duo does have five top 40 releases to their credit on CHR radio (three peaked in the 30’s) and some decent support from core fans. We’ll see if they “Know” the right buttons to push.

Which of these new songs would you like to see on top of the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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Song Of The Summer 2015: Who Will Shine This Year?

Jumpin' into the pool of pop.

Jumpin’ into the pool of pop.

Easter and Passover may be over and your taxes may be in, but the race is just beginning at radio and retail for the single that is bound to become the Song Of The Summer. Every year between early April and mid-May, a number of songs enter in the lower rungs of the chart, only to soar weeks later and deliver the jams for another fantastic summer season. Now, that does not mean that songs already high on radio playlists won’t dominate the airwaves, but the major labels are trying to keep things fresh, and so, a newer song is likely to burn up over the coming weeks. (You can’t listen to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars forever.)

Last year, we didn’t have one dominant Song Of The Summer as the turnover at #1 on CHR was pretty rapid. Two songs did get to spend three weeks at the top spot: “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX in June and “Rude” by MAGIC! in August. It’s been a rather slow year as far as the Hot 100 goes, with just three #1 singles at this point in April. We just hit six on CHR (which is one less song than this point last year.) I’m thinking we’ll have some more medium-sized reigns this year., though nothing too long. Remember, even “Uptown Funk” had six weeks at #1 on pop radio versus that humongous fourteen week total on the Hot 100, which probably won’t happen again for another few years.

So, get the surfboard out and get ready to surf the dial, kids, summer will be here before you know it. Here are my picks for the fifteen tasty tunes you need to listen out for on that long drive to the beach this summer:

Adam Lambert
ADAM LAMBERT – “Ghost Town”
Label: Warner Bros.
Radio: premiere on April 21

Press and radio outlets have responded very positively to this single early on. Will the pop chart accept him back into “Town”?

Bea Miller
BEA MILLER – “Fire N Gold”
Label: Hollywood
Radio: adds date on April 28

Miller’s “Young Blood” couldn’t quite seep into the veins of Top 40 programmers, but she has a new “Fire” that’s ready to burn.

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea
BRITNEY SPEARS featuring IGGY AZALEA – “Pretty Girls”
Label: RCA
Radio: premiere on May 5

Looks like we are in store for a retro clip for this hotly anticipated collaboration. It’s like the Britney Jean era never took place.

Calvin Harris and HAIM
CALVIN HARRIS featuring HAIM – “Pray To God”
Label: Columbia
Radio: adds date on May 5

The sister trio charted last year with “Forever”, while Harris’s career is still hot. Hopefully, their collective prayers will pay off.

Carly Rae Jepsen
CARLY RAE JEPSEN – “I Really Like You”
Label: School Boy/Interscope
Radio: as of April 12, #45 (759 spins, +143)

Jepsen’s single may have found its second wind thanks to a viral clip from Justin Bieber and manager Scooter Braun’s roster.

Fall Out Boy
FALL OUT BOY – “Uma Thurman”
Label: Island/Republic
Radio: as of April 12, #60 (232 spins, +92)

Moving on from the slow builder that was “Centuries”, the band’s second single is a cool twist on the theme from The Munsters.

Jason French
JASON FRENCH – “You Just Want My Money”
Label: Interscope
Radio: adds date on May 19

French’s debut release for the label is a solid summer jam that’s right on the “Money”. The Vine numbers for the track are huge.

Martin Garrix and Usher
MARTIN GARRIX featuring USHER – “Don’t Look Down”
Label: Spinnin’/RCA
Radio: as of April 12, #49 (609 spins, +420)

Dutch DJ/producer Garrix is back with the single that could become his second U.S. top 40 hit very soon. It’s all up from here.

Meghan Trainor
MEGHAN TRAINOR – “Dear Future Husband”
Label: Epic
Radio: as of April 12, #22 (3819 spins, +779)

Trainor’s third hit in a row went Gold before it even touched CHR lists this year. Perhaps radio is just the “Husband” she needs.

OMI – “Cheerleader” (Felix Jaehn Mix)
Label: Ultra/Columbia
Radio: adds date on May 19

This singer’s cut of three years ago was remixed and became an international smash. We’re up next. (Toni Basil not included.)

Pitbull featuring Chris Brown
PITBULL featuring CHRIS BROWN – “Fun”
Label: Mr. 305/Polo Grounds/RCA
Radio: adds date on April 21

This duo’s “International Love” peaked at #6 back in 2012. Can lightning strike twice for the two men? That sure would be fun.

Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber
SKRILLEX & DIPLO (as JACK Ü) featuring JUSTIN BIEBER – “Where Are Ü Now?”
Label: OWSLA/Mad Decent/Atlantic
Radio: as of April 12, #47 (618 spins, +285)

When two giants of EDM take on a bad boy of pop, they create a song that clicks on air. It’s Bieber’s first airplay hit since 2013.

Taylor Swift
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Radio: adds date on May 19

The 1989 era has given Swift her first era with three #1 CHR singles in a row. As for the special guest on this remix, who knows?

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
WIZ KHALIFA featuring CHARLIE PUTH – “See You Again”
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Radio: as of April 12, #34 (1723 spins, +1089)

After selling 464,000 copies digitally last week, we’ll be hearing this big track for months to come as Furious 7 keeps riding on.

Years & Years
YEARS & YEARS – “King”
Label: Interscope
Radio: adds date on April 21

Already receiving good adds in several notable markets, this English trio shall reign supreme, just as they did on the U.K. chart.

Also look out for:
ALESSO featuring ROY ENGLISH – “Cool”
DILLON FRANCIS & DJ SNAKE – “Get Low” (re-release)
JEREMIH featuring FLO RIDA – “Tonight Belongs To U!”
MARLON ROUDETTE – “When The Beat Drops Out”
OLLY MURS featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Up”
RIHANNA – “American Oxygen”

…and other Q2 singles that are yet to be announced.

Let me know what song you think will come out on top in the comments or on social media – click the “Get Social!” tab above.

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 24)

The gals of Q4.

The gals of Q4.

Black Friday is a few days away, which means the usual deals and steals are here. Get your wallets ready, kids. (NOTE: some of this week’s music releases may not be out until Tuesday dependent on label availability / iTunes response time.) Here are the albums and singles in stores for the week of November 24:

  • Said the industry to its superstars, do you smell what I smell? Ah, yes, that would be the scent of rereleases shining on the schedule this week, along with a few hits compilations. For reissues, Beyoncé‘s Beyoncé (Platinum Edition) tacks on two new tracks, several remixes and a series of live performances, while Iggy Azalea‘s Reclassified pairs the tried and true “Fancy” and “Black Widow” with new tunes like the current single “Beg For It”. (Beyoncé – iTunes) (Azalea – iTunes)
  • For all you greatest hits enthusiasts, Eminem and his music pals head into stores with Shady XV, which includes one disc of new music and a second disc featuring some of the label’s classic cuts over the past fifteen years. Also new this week: Selena Gomez‘s For You, her final release for Hollywood Records before her move to Interscope. The young singer’s set features “The Heart Wants What It Wants” and her big singles. (Eminem – iTunes) (Gomez – iTunes)
  • Looking at some strong pre-order sales, the latest album from popular French DJ and producer David Guetta is out, Listen. It includes a number of interesting duets, as well as “Dangerous”, his recent single with singer Sam Martin. It should at least debut in the top ten, though top five isn’t out of the question yet. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: deadmau5‘s 5 Years of mau5 (iTunes), Elevation Worship‘s Wake Up The Wonder (iTunes), Paramore‘s Paramore (Deluxe) (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Globalization (iTunes), Rick Ross‘s Hood Billionaire (iTunes), Soundgarden‘s Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path (iTunes), Tokio Hotel‘s Kings Of Suburbia (iTunes) and the Epic Records compilation I’ll Be Home For Christmas (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Santa Tell Me”, a new holiday single from Ariana Grande. (iTunes)
  • “Stuck On A Feeling”, new from Prince Royce and Snoop Dogg. (iTunes)

AC/DC and Mary J. Blige top next week’s (lighter) Tuesday schedule, but don’t forget about Walk The Moon too! Find out more next Monday night.

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