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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (January 7-8, 2019)

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 tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BACKSTREET BOYS – “Chances” (RCA)
Album: DNA (2019)
Past T40 History: The group’s comeback song “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” got to #16 in August, another cut from their new set.

POST MALONE – “Wow.”
Album: (TBA) (2019)
Past T40 History: With a former #1 track on iTunes, Malone’s hit should easily join his two other active singles in the top 40 soon.

SABRINA CARPENTER – “Sue Me” (Hollywood)
Album: Singular (Act I) (2018)
Past T40 History: The 19-year-old performer has now hit the top 30 at the format with three tracks, but the top 20 still eludes her.

Next week: Lauren Daigle preaches to the pop choir with her Christian crossover winner “You Say”. The track is well into the top ten on the Hot AC chart and receiving solid early airplay at this format.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 4-5, 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 this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s the only new cut impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

MAROON 5 featuring SZA – “What Lovers Do” (222/Interscope)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: The California group recently scored their 24th top 40 single at pop radio since 2003. SZA is new to the format.

Next week: new songs from Fergie and Kelly Clarkson lead the fierce female parade at Pop, but newcomer Andreas Moss has a top tune of his own… find out the details next Monday.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 28-29, 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 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:

RACHEL CROW – “Dime” (S-Curve/in2une)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Crow’s track initially impacted at the Top 40 format in June, but failed to achieve any meaningful radio airplay.

TAYLOR SWIFT – “Look What You Made Me Do” (Big Machine/Republic)
Album: Reputation (2017)
Past T40 History: Can Swift’s song become the second title of the Add Board era to clear the entire panel in one week? Stay tuned.

Next week: Maroon 5 returns with SZA on “What Lovers Do”, and what they might do is top the Most Added leaderboard…

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 21-22, 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 this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are the six new singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BLACKBEAR – “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
Album: Digital Druglord (2017)
Past T40 History: Currently in the top 30 on the Rhythmic list, Blackbear’s song is looking to become his first entry at this format.

DUA LIPA – “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Dua Lipa (2017)
Past T40 History: With its recent climb to #1 in the U.K. completed, Lipa will be looking for her fourth top 40 and first top ten hit.

HALSEY – “Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
Album: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017)
Past T40 History: Closing in on her fifth top 40 single, she’s going for her third top ten in a row, following the #3 “Now Or Never”.

JUSTIN BIEBER & BLOODPOP – “Friends” (GENPOP/RBMG/Schoolboy/Def Jam/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: This hot release recently became Bieber’s 23rd top 40 hit at the format. Will the panel take him back to the top?

PRETTYMUCH – “Would You Mind” (Syco/Columbia)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: This five-man band is another of the new names going for adds today. They were put together by Simon Cowell.

THE VAMPS & MARTIN JENSEN – “Middle Of The Night” (Island/Republic)
Album: Night And Day (2017)
Past T40 History: The Vamps have hit the top 50 twice, but still don’t have a top 40 entry to date. Jensen have never charted here.

Next week: no impacting singles have been announced yet, but stay tuned!

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Vital Titles: The CHRonicles Of A “Night”

Here comes the "Night".

Here comes the “Night”.

As it sometimes happens on the CHR/Top 40 format, there are two songs with the same title, but a different melody, competing for slots across the panel. In this case, there are two “All Night” releases freshly reaching the top 60, with each steadily gaining week-to-week. I think I’ll grab some popcorn while they duke it out. (Just grab the fat-free kind, I’m on a diet after award season.)

These acts, a solo rapper and a pop quartet, may not share the same fan base in terms of core demographics and other statistics, but they do have plenty of supporters globally. Will radio’s gatekeepers give them the green light? Let me know what you think!

CHANCE THE RAPPER featuring KNOX FORTUNE – “All Night” (in2une)

PEAK: #56 (as of 2/26/17)

KEY STATIONS TO DATE: WBMP/New York, WBBM and WKSC/Chicago, KMVQ/San Francisco, additional airplay in Boston and Orlando
PRIOR CHART ACTION: no top 50 hits to date; “No Problem” (featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) and his feature on “All My Friends” (Snakehips) impacted at the format, but failed to chart.
STREAMS TO DATE: 43+ million on Spotify
ADDITIONAL INFO: “All Night” now ranks in the top 30 on Rhythmic radio, where it’s being played in some prominent markets.

PREDICTION: Cloudy with a chance of Chance; in2une’s inconsistent track record at the format with independent artists could be the biggest issue holding “Night” back, but the Best New Artist winner may surprise with a sleeper hit. Stream a little stream of him.

VS.

THE VAMPS & MATOMA – “All Night” (Island/Republic)

PEAK: #57 (as of 2/26/17)

KEY STATIONS TO DATE: Hits 1/SiriusXM, Radio Disney/Los Angeles, additional airplay in Las Vegas and Phoenix
PRIOR CHART ACTION: “Somebody To You” (featuring Demi Lovato) got as high as #50 for two weeks in September 2014; a reissued uptempo remix of “Can We Dance” and “Wake Up” failed to chart.
STREAMS TO DATE: 143+ million on Spotify
ADDITIONAL INFO: “All Night” has reached the top 40 in four countries overseas, including a lone top ten (#6) peak in Ireland.

PREDICTION: Re-vamped image and sound is a streaming winner, but minimal U.S. support makes this “Night” less memorable. Will the U.S. audience ever fully appreciate The Vamps? It is just too hard to tell at the moment. Hey, there’s always the next single.

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All Covered Up: The Potential Return Of The Top 40 Remake

Will they

Will they “Own” a piece of the pop chart?

In the next few weeks, and perhaps months, you might be hearing these two songs on your local pop radio station. They are “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” by DJ/producer Felix Jaehn and singer Jasmine Thompson, and “You Don’t Own Me” by singer Grace and rapper G-Eazy. The former release was a top ten hit in over a dozen European countries, while the latter hit was a big chart success in Australia and New Zealand. It just so happens that both of these solid singles are also remakes: the original “Ain’t Nobody” went to #20 on R&R’s radio chart in late 1983 for Rufus and Chaka Khan, while Lesley Gore‘s “You Don’t Own Me” nearly reached the top of the Hot 100, spending three weeks at #2 in February 1964. (Blame The Beatles and their hands…)

Having two covers go to radio at the same, especially two recognizable hits of different eras (and a third actually chart earlier this year) has become a rarity, with most artists and bands using samples of songs rather than covering them in full. Given the success of these two tracks in other countries, not only does that help in breaking the songs over here, but it may also help reestablish the cover song as not just something for a live audience or a one-off specialty show, but as an option for a promotional vehicle during the life of an album. There was one cover in the top ten this week in 2005, and there were two dance covers (plus a pop version of a country hit) this week in 1995. It’s certainly something to think about as a technique that’s worked in the past, but shouldn’t stay a concept of the past given the potential visibility to soak up (appearances, syncs, etc.)

With all that said, here’s a look back at how receptive (and not-so-receptive) the pop radio chart has been to remakes of prior hits in the 2000’s, with the biggest cover of each year featured, along with its original charted version. It is anyone’s guess as to where these latest two will land, but we’ll see how they do. (For more covers that landed outside the top 40, check out the new PGTC list on Spotify.)

NOTE: This list only includes cover songs of prior chart singles and not all covers period. All peaks are from the R&R CHR/Pop charts, except for those marked with a *, indicating a Hot 100 peak. Do we really care to remember that “We Are The World 25 For Haiti” still exists?

2000
“American Pie” by Madonna (#15, March)
Cover of: “American Pie” by Don McLean (#1 for four weeks*, January – February 1972)

2001
“Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink (#1 for nine weeks, May – July)
Cover of: “Lady Marmalade” by Labelle (#3, March 1975)

Other notable covers that charted/peaked that year:
“Emotion” (#8, November) by Destiny’s Child (originally charted by: Samantha Sang)
“I’m A Believer” (#17, August) by Smash Mouth (originally charted by: The Monkees*)
“Smooth Criminal” (#13, October) by Alien Ant Farm (originally charted by: Michael Jackson)
“What’s Going On” (#25, October) by All-Star Tribute (originally charted by: Marvin Gaye*)

2002
“Heaven” by DJ Sammy, Yanou and Do (#4, August / #34, December in a separate chart run for the Candlelight Mix)
Cover of: “Heaven” by Bryan Adams (#1 for one week, June 1985)

Other notable covers that charted/peaked that year:
“Papa Don’t Preach” (#25, July) by Kelly Osbourne (originally charted by: Madonna)

2003
“It’s My Life” by No Doubt (#5, December – January 2004)
Cover of: “It’s My Life” by Talk Talk (#31, May 1985)

Other notable covers that charted/peaked that year:
“Big Yellow Taxi” (#30, May) by Counting Crows featuring Vanessa Carlton (originally charted by: The Neighborhood*)
“Drift Away” (#10, July-August) by Uncle Kracker featuring Dobie Gray (originally charted by: Dobie Gray*)
“I Drove All Night” (#27, March) by Celine Dion (originally charted by: Cyndi Lauper)
“Landslide” (#12, February-March) by Dixie Chicks (originally charted by: Fleetwood Mac*)
“The Boys Of Summer” (#10, September) by The Ataris (originally charted by: Don Henley)

2004
“Take My Breath Away” by Jessica Simpson (#8, May)
Cover of: “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin (#2, August 1986)

Other notable covers that charted/peaked that year:
“Angels” (#23, July) by Jessica Simpson (originally charted by: Robbie Williams)
“Behind Blue Eyes” (#25, March) by Limp Bizkit (originally charted by: The Who)
“My Prerogative” (#22, October) by Britney Spears (originally charted by: Bobby Brown)
“Our Lips Are Sealed” (#39, July) by Hilary and Haylie Duff (originally charted by: The Go-Go’s)
“The First Cut Is The Deepest” (#11, March) by Sheryl Crow (originally charted by: Keith Hampshire*)

2005
“Listen To Your Heart” by D.H.T. (#1 for one week, September)
Cover of: “Listen To Your Heart” by Roxette (#1, October 1989)

Other notable covers that charted/peaked that year:
“Axel F” (#36, August) by Crazy Frog (originally charted by: Harold Faltermeyer)
“More Than Words” (#15, October) by Frankie J (originally charted by: Extreme)
“These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” (#30, July) by Jessica Simpson (originally charted by: Nancy Sinatra)

2007
“She’s Like The Wind” by Lumidee featuring Tony Sunshine (#18, March)
Cover of: “She’s Like The Wind” by Patrick Swayze featuring Wendy Fraser (#2, February 1988)

Other notable covers that charted/peaked that year:
“Time After Time” (#28, August) by Quietdrive (originally charted by: Cyndi Lauper)

2008
“What Hurts The Most” by Cascada (#30, March)
Cover of: “What Hurts The Most” by Rascal Flatts (#24, September 2006)

2009
“Beggin'” by Madcon (#32, May)
Cover of: “Beggin'” by The 4 Seasons (#16*, April 1967)

Other notable covers that charted/peaked that year:
“Careless Whisper” (#40, July) by Seether (originally charted by: Wham! / George Michael)

2015 (so far)
“What I Like About You” by 5 Seconds Of Summer (#29, January)
Cover of: “What I Like About You” by The Romantics (#49*, March 1980)

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