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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 10, 2019)

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 the Grammy Awards hit the small screen this evening, providing some great performances and equally great wins, let’s see what’s popping on the radio this Sunday:

“ME” TIMES THREE: Recent Saturday Night Live host and singer Halsey stays at #1 for a third week with “Without Me” with a small drop in spins from last week. At this time, “Without” is well ahead of competition and is poised to remain at the summit for its fourth week, but this could change around the midweek point. We’ll see what happens. Meanwhile, there’s a massive amount of new entries and big movers towards the bottom half of the survey, so let’s not waste any time and dig into those titles…

The action starts at #30 with newcomer FLETCHER‘s first top 40 tune, “Undrunk”, soaring from #45 last week. It’s the first of five tracks that are new to the region this week, which is followed by “Bad Liar” by Imagine Dragons, moving from 42-32. This is their tenth time in the top 40 at this format. Further down, George Ezra‘s “Shotgun” shoots into the top 40, moving from 41-38. The hit is his first to make the top 40 here since 2015’s “Budapest”, which reached #18 that June. One spot below that single, “Giant” moves from 44-39 for Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man in their first collaboration together. Individually, the two artists collect their 20th and second top 40 songs, respectively. Closing things out, NF scores his third top 40 entry with “If You Want Love”, up 43-40.

There are six (!) additional debuts in the top 50 this week from a range of performers and collaborations: the highest of them is “I’ve Been Waiting” from Lil Peep and iLoveMakonnen featuring Fall Out Boy at #43. The new radio single from Ariana Grande‘s thank u, next album, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored”, follows at #44. Ally Brooke scores her first solo hit with the Tyga-assisted “Low Key” at #45, while format newcomer Jeremy Zucker lands at #47 with “comethru”. “Who Do You Love” comes onto the chart at #48 for The Chainsmokers featuring 5 Seconds Of Summer, which is likely to have a solid impact week (as should Grande’s new entry) on Tuesday. Last, but certainly not least, Jake Miller‘s “Wait For You” is in at #50. Phew… that was a lot. Stay tuned for more chart craziness next week.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 3, 2019)

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. In the Super Bowl of pop, only one song can win the top spot each week. Who scores a Top 40 touchdown this time around? Let’s see what’s popping this Sunday:

IT’S “ME” AGAIN:  Halsey‘s “Without Me” easily secures a second week at #1 on the Top 40 chart, with little competition behind her. It’s her 14th career week atop the survey at the format. The smash should hold there for a third week, as it looks as though she’ll eventually replace herself at the top later this month: “Eastside”, performed by Benny Blanco, herself and Khalid, is slowly rising up the top 40 and is the highest-charting song that’s bulleted this week. The collaboration remains at #4 and continues to gain spins in its 28th (!) week in the top 40.

Larger top 40 action this week comes from Dua Lipa‘s “Swan Song”, which climbs from 49-33 in its second week in the top 50, and Sabrina Carpenter‘s “Sue Me”, which climbs from 42-37 after about a month in the top 50. It’s the eighth top 40 song for Lipa, as well as the fourth for Carpenter. The latter artist’s three previous chart entries all reached the top 30, but could never quite ease into the top 20. We’ll see if this tune can make it happen. Meanwhile, the former artist is searching for her second #1 single at the format with this soundtrack cut from Alita: Battle Angel, out in just over a week.

FLETCHER earns her first top 50 entry at the format with the song that checks in at #45 this week, “Undrunk”. It’s the first of four debuts in this region of the chart, which also includes the new single from Alessia Cara, “Out Of Love”, landing at #47. A few spots lower, two collaborations round out the new tracks: “Woke Up Late” by the Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld bows at #49 and “Body Talks” by The Struts featuring Kesha comes in at #50. The latter title just missed the top ten on the Alternative list last fall, while the former was a sizable hit in New Zealand (in its original form without Steinfeld) last year.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 5-6, 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 three tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B – “Taki Taki” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: “Taki” breaks into the top 40 on this week’s Top 40 and Rhythmic charts. Ozuna earns his first top 40 title here.

ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE – “Close To Me” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Well into the top 50 at the format, this three-way collaboration is a weaker top 40 entry in the U.K. and Ireland.

JACK & JACK – “No One Compares To You” (Island/Republic)
Album: A Good Friend Is Nice (2019)
Past T40 History: After ranking with “Beg” and a feature on Jonas Blue‘s “Rise”, this should become the duo’s third top 40 song.

Next week: Benny Blanco and Calvin Harris look to find Top 40 treasure with their new song “I Found You”. (No, it’s not a hot The Wanted cover.) Who else will find a home in this impact date? Stay tuned.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 29-30, 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 six new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AVA MAX – “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Just in time for Halloween, Ava’s spooky single impacts at the Top 40 format. It’s her first radio release to date.

LIL DUVAL featuring SNOOP DOGG & BALL GREEZY – “Smile (Living My Best Life)” (EMPIRE)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Dogg’s last chart entry here was in 2015 as a featured artist on Prince Royce‘s “Stuck On A Feeling”, a #16 hit.

LIVVIA – “Damn” (12 Tone)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: This performer’s last release at the format, the Quavo-assisted “Catch A Body”, reached #37 for a week in May.

LUKAS GRAHAM – “Love Someone” (Warner Bros.)
Album: 3 (The Purple Album) (2018)
Past T40 History: The Danish band is searching for their fourth top 40 song at the format. “7 Years” spent one week at #1 in 2016.

STEVE AOKI featuring BTS – “Waste It On Me” (Ultra)
Album: Neon Future III (2018)
Past T40 History: The popular DJ/producer and K-pop act have four top 40 tracks at the format between them. How will this do?

ZARA LARSSON – “Ruin My Life” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Larsson has six top 40 songs to date, led by “Never Forget You” (with MNEK), which got as high as #5 in 2016.

Next week: collaborations led by DJ Snake and Ellie Goulding are among the top titles impacting at the format next Tuesday.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 22-23, 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’s the one track impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

POST MALONE & SWAE LEE – “Sunflower” (Republic)
Album: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: “Hero” by Chad Kroeger and Josey Scott remains the biggest Spider-Man related single, a #2 song in 2002.

Next week: we dare you to say the L word. Yes, new releases from LIVVIA and Lukas Graham hit the format next Tuesday, as it also looks to be a good week for the latest single by Zara Larsson.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 15-16, 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 four tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CAMILA CABELLO – “Consequences” (Syco/Epic)
Album: Camila (2018)
Past T40 History: Cabello is in the top 20 as a guest on Bazzi’s latest single “Beautiful”.  This could become her ninth top 40 entry.

LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER – “Shallow” (Interscope)
Album: A Star Is Born (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: Already blasting into the top 40 on the Hot AC survey, this cut from A Star Is Born is holding onto #1 at iTunes.

MARIAH CAREY – “With You” (Epic)
Album: Caution (2018)
Past T40 History: Will this track become Carey’s 15th chart-topper at the format? The performer hasn’t charted here in four years.

RITA ORA – “Let You Love Me” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Phoenix (2018)
Past T40 History: Ora’s latest release is now a top ten hit in the U.K. and Ireland. She has five top 40 entries to date at this format.

Next week: no releases are scheduled as of yet. Stay tuned!

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 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 seven (!) songs impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALESSIA CARA – “Trust My Lonely” (Def Jam)
Album: The Pains Of Growing (2018)
Past T40 History: While “Growing Pains” hit a brick wall outside of the top ten, the follow-up release could net her a fourth #1 hit.

DRAKE featuring MICHAEL JACKSON – “Don’t Matter To Me” (YMCMB/Republic)
Album: Scorpion (2018)
Past T40 History: This Canadian star could give the legendary performer his third posthumous top 40 song and first in four years.

ELIJAH WOODS x JAMIE FINE – “Ain’t Easy” (Big Machine/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: From reality show to showing up on the charts, the debut release by this Canadian duo was a radio hit up north.

HALSEY – “Without Me” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
Album: 8 Letters (2018)
Past T40 History: Halsey’s had four top five songs to date, including two #1 collaborations. You’ll find her on the “Eastside” with…

KHALID – “Better” (Right Hand/RCA)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: …this guy, also featured on Benny Blanco’s single, who impacts with his current song. He has one #1 hit to date.

LAUV featuring JULIA MICHAELS – “There’s No Way” (Kobalt/AWAL/in2une)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Slow-moving hit lovers unite! His “I Like Me Better” landed at #7 in July, while her “Issues” went to #4 in 2017.

LOGAN HENDERSON – “Pull Me Deep” (HERØ/RED)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: In May, “Bite My Tongue” reached #38. Henderson previously had three minor top 40 hits with Big Time Rush.

Next week: It’s a divalicious Tuesday, as new hits from Mariah Carey and Rita Ora are among the titles impacting at the format next week.

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