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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 26, 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. It’s the last chart update for August already! Where’s the time gone? While we try to figure out the answer to that one, check out this week’s hottest hits on the latest report:

FAREWELL TO “YOU”: As we return to the “Songs That Never Seem To Go Away” department, “Girls Like You” from Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B continues its run at #1 on the Top 40 chart for the fifth week. It’s the act’s longest run at #1 here since 2012, when “One More Night” collected eight weeks at the top between September and November of that year. “Girls” also has an enormous lead atop the Hot AC chart in its fourth week at the summit, more than 1,200 spins over the song in the runner-up position. However, the Top 40 list will finally see a new #1 next week, as the tune that’s been docked at #2 for four consecutive weeks, “Better Now” by Post Malone, makes it ascent to the top. Behind him, it’ll be a wild fall of potential #1 songs, so stay tuned!

“HIGH” EXPECTATIONS: It’s a nice week for collaborations making the top 40, as the newest releases by Logic featuring Ryan TedderTyga featuring Offset and Calvin Harris & Sam Smith all enter the region at the Top 40 format. For Harris and Smith, their single “Promises” bypasses the top 50 and goes straight into the top 40 at #40, becoming Harris’s 18th and Smith’s tenth single to make it this high. Additionally, Weezer scores their first top 40 hit since 2005 with their remake of Toto‘s “Africa”, rising 46-39.

Leading a parade of three top 50 debuts this week, Marshmello x Bastille‘s “Happier” is new at #41, about two dozen spins shy of the top 40. Though the latter group’s had some solid success on the Alternative radio chart, they’ve only managed to place two songs in the top 40 at this format: 2014’s “Pompeii”, which spent two weeks at #3 that March, and 2016’s “Good Grief”, which just reached #38 that November. Additionally, Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” (#47) and PRETTYMUCH‘s “Summer On You” (#49) are welcomed to the top 50; the former group is headed towards their fourth top 40 song here, while the latter group is hunting for their second such entry. Will they make it before the summer comes to a close? We’re pretty much unsure, but never say never, as it could surprise.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 20, 2018

The Cole wide world is listening.

As the second weekend of Coachella gets closer, make the most of this massive musical madness before you reach the festival. Here are the albums and singles you need to check out on digital services and in stores this Friday:

J. COLE – KOD (iTunes)
With his first album since 4 Your Eyez Only, which topped the Billboard 200 in December 2016, the popular hip-hop performer should get his fifth #1 title next week, with a very healthy boost from streaming-equivalent units. No radio single has been announced as of yet, but its cuts should receive quite a few spins at Rhythmic and Urban radio over the weekend, as well as plenty of playlist love.

Notable albums out this week: A Perfect Circle‘s Eat The Elephant (iTunes), Ashley Monroe‘s Sparrow (iTunes), Bishop Briggs‘s Church Of Scars (iTunes), Black Stone Cherry‘s Family Tree (iTunes), Brothers Osborne‘s Port Saint Joe (iTunes), Donovan Woods‘s Both Ways (iTunes), Kimbra‘s Primal Heart (iTunes), Lord Huron‘s Vide Noir (iTunes), Sting & Shaggy‘s 44/876 (iTunes), Stryper‘s God Damn Evil (iTunes), Upchurch‘s Creeker (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Bad Wolves‘s False Flags, Vol. 2 (iTunes), PRETTYMUCH‘s PRETTYMUCH (iTunes), Sasha Sloan‘s Sad Girl (iTunes), Seeb’s Nice To Meet You (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2002”, Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Alone (Calvin Harris Remix)”, Halsey featuring Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Basement”, Russ & Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Best Friend”, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie featuring Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“Better Off”, Jeremy Zucker & Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“Better Off Alone”, Ryan Pulford (iTunes)
“Beyond”, Leon Bridges (iTunes)
“Can’t Do It Alone”, Peter Wise & Tiger Darrow (iTunes)
“Chasing Fire (Robin Schulz Remix)”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Control”, Lemaitre with Jerry Folk (iTunes)
“End Of Time”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Familiar”, Liam Payne & J Balvin (iTunes)
“Fix Me Up”, Matthew Young (iTunes)
“Game Over”, Martin Garrix & LOOPERS (iTunes)
“Good Boys”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Hair Too Long”, The Vamps (iTunes)
“Hands On Me”, BURNS featuring Maluma & Rae Sremmurd (iTunes)
“I Like That”, Janelle Monáe (iTunes)
“I Love You (All The Way)”, Luke Elliot (iTunes)
“Let Her Go”, Family Of The Year (iTunes)
“Little Victories”, Malia Civetz (iTunes)
“Lovely”, Billie Eilish & Khalid (iTunes)
“LY4L”, Katelyn Tarver (iTunes)
“Mind Eraser”, CRUISR (iTunes)
“Need You Right Now”, HEDEGAARD featuring Hayley Warner (iTunes)
“Nightclub Love”, Matt Maltese (iTunes)
“No Tears Left To Cry”, Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“One”, VHS Collection (iTunes)
“OTW”, Khalid, 6LACK and Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Over You (Acoustic)”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Palace”, Cam (iTunes)
“Perdido”, Poo Bear & J Balvin (iTunes)
“Pink Lemonade (Acoustic)”, James Bay (iTunes)
“Push And Pull”, Hey Monea (iTunes)
“Queendom”, AURORA (iTunes)
“Rule The World”, ZAYDE WØLF (iTunes)
“Sin Pijama”, Becky G & Natti Natasha (iTunes)
“Somebody”, The Chainsmokers featuring Drew Love (iTunes)
“Something True”, Jon Lemmon (iTunes)
“Stay With Me”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Tip Pon It”, Sean Paul & Major Lazer (iTunes)
“Too Fat”, Sage The Gemini featuring Trina (iTunes)
“Trust Fund Baby (Acoustic)”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“Two Shots (Acoustic)”, Goody Grace (iTunes)
“When I Grow Up”, Confetti (iTunes)
“Who’s Up”, LunchMoney Lewis (iTunes)
“Winnebago”, Gryffin featuring Quinn XCII & Daniel Wilson (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Janelle Monáe, Post Malone and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 8, 2017

“Look” again, kids.

DEBUTS
40. Pat Benatar – Dancing Through The Wreckage
39. Julia Michaels – Worst In Me
38. Noah Kahan – Hurt Somebody
37. The Head And The Heart – Don’t Dream It’s Over | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Scott Helman – PDA (38)
25. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
14. Walk The Moon – One Foot (21)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (09) | PEAK: #09
08. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (05) | PEAK: #02
07. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Dua Lipa – New Rules (06) | PEAK: #05
04. P!nk – What About Us (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Kesha – Praying (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. The Script – Rain (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Wrabel – The Village (1)
2. Andreas Moss – Stuck In My Feelings (4)
3. Paramore – Fake Happy (2)
4. Delta Rae – No Peace In Quiet (10)
5. Bleachers – I Miss Those Days (7)
6. Harry Styles – Kiwi (-)
7. Astrid S – Think Before I Talk (8)
8. Secondhand Serenade – Lost (-)
9. New Politics – Color Green (-)
10. Goo Goo Dolls – Boxes (-)

In The Mix:
Cody Fry – Nobody But You
Fastball – Best Friend (new)
Loote – Out Of My Head
Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill – Dear Hate (new)
Olivia Holt – Generous (new)

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut makes for an interesting footnote in the history of Adam’s Top 40. The single “Don’t Dream It’s Over” originally went to #3 on R&R in April 1987 for Crowded House, and it’s now charted as a cover twice on my chart. In 2003, it spent three weeks at #1 that March and April for Sixpence None The Richer, which also reached the top ten on Hot AC radio. Now, The Head And The Heart brings it back, coming in at #37 this week. It has some minor Triple A thus far, but I’m hoping for the best.
  • Singer and songwriter Noah Kahan had his chart debut earlier this year, going as high as #5 in May with “Young Blood”. He’s had a few single releases since then, but his second to be serviced to the Triple A format is “Hurt Somebody”, which is new at #38 on my chart this week. Kahan is currently opening for The Strumbellas, who spent three weeks at #2 in May of last year with “Spirits”.
  • With the third single off her “mini-album” called Nervous System, which was released in July, Julia Michaels leaps onto the countdown at #39 with “Worst In Me”. Of course, her biggest of the three tracks to date is “Issues”, which spent a week at the top in April. The song finds itself just below the top 40 on the Hot AC chart, with some minor Top 40 airplay coming in for it as well.
  • Finally, at #40, is a performer that ruled the pop chart in the 80’s with hits like “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “Love Is A Battlefield”. Pat Benatar now has her first entry on my chart with “Dancing Through The Wreckage”, featured in a new documentary called Served Like A Girl. It recently reached the top 30 on the AC chart, buoyed by airplay from Delilah.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 17, 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. The only Rocket Man you’ll be hearing from on this Top 40 recap is Elton John, a true president of pop. Otherwise, log off Twitter now and again, please? Here are some of the top songs from this week’s published chart:

THE PUTH HURTS: Though it’s starting to bleed spins, with larger losses likely coming, Charlie Puth‘s “Attention” manages to hold onto #1 for a fourth consecutive week. This ties the run for his only other chart-topper to date, “See You Again”, a four-week #1 in 2015 for Wiz Khalifa that featured Puth. VoiceNotes, which is likely to feature “Attention”, is due sometime later this year. That single also climbs from 3-2 on this week’s Hot AC chart and 12-11 at Rhythmic radio, though it’s down a notch (14-15) on the AC list.

Next week is looking good for Niall Horan to advance to #1 with “Slow Hands”, which rises a notch to #2 in its 19th week. His first solo album, Flicker, is out October 20, and features “Slow”, previous single “This Town” (#12, 1/8 and 2/12/17) and new single “Too Much To Ask”. Should it actually occur, Horan will become the second member of One Direction to hit #1 on the pop radio survey with a solo effort, following ZAYN‘s two-week run last year (4/24-5/1/16) with “Pillowtalk”. Stay tuned to see if it happens!

THE “LOVE” PARADE: One might call the top 40 chart a dream academy, but what is this, 1986? Not quite. Still, this week’s list might look like a chart out of 1986, with five tunes breaking into the top 40. Kelly Clarkson‘s “Love So Soft” leads the pack, new at #35. It’s the first single from her forthcoming album Meaning Of Life, and it’s her 21st top 40 hit at the format since 2002. At #37, a newcomer named Blackbear is up from #42 last week with “Do Re Mi”. Born Matthew Musto, the Florida performer hit the top 20 on the album chart earlier this year with Digital Druglord. He’s also one half of the duo Mansionz, along with Mike Posner.

Two other newcomers find themselves in the region this week: new quintet PRETTYMUCH, rising 41-38 with “Would You Mind”, and hot rapper Cardi B, up 45-39 with “Bodak Yellow”. The Simon Cowell-affiliated boy band recently premiered a music video for their debut single, while the New York performer is prepping for the release of her debut album, due sometime next month. The last of the five entries, soaring from 50-40 in its second week on the chart, is “Havana” by Camila Cabello. The track, featuring rapper  Young Thug, is the fifth top 40 solo hit for Cabello, who previously recorded with Fifth Harmony.

READY, SET, “GO”: Just in case you thought all that top 40 action wasn’t enough, there are another three debuts in the top 50 on this week’s published chart. Imagine Dragons will be trying for their seventh top 40 hit at the format with another big Alternative smash, “Thunder”, making its entry at #43. It’s the follow-up to “Believer”, which recently peaked at #3. The popular group has four top ten hits to date, including the one-week #1 “Demons” from December 2013. Two spots below “Thunder”, at #45, is a release that credits four artists, split evenly between main and featured spots: Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line & Watt with “Let Me Go”. That crediting doesn’t achieve any sort of record, but it doesn’t make things any easier! Two of the artists in the mix, Steinfeld and the country duo, have one top ten hit each to date at the format.

The only other debut in this week’s top 50 is the first tune to chart in nearly three years for Fergie, coming in at #49 with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “You Already Know”. It’s the latest single from her new studio album, Double Dutchess, out on Friday. In November 2014, “L.A.LOVE (la la)” spent two weeks at #19, which is also featured on the set.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 29, 2017)

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: guess who swiftly took the Most Added spot? I’ll give you one guess. She’s dominating once again, and we’re here to talk about it, so let’s go:

DON’T “LOOK” NOW, BUT…: Well, if you didn’t see this one coming, you might be living under a rock. Otherwise, please send your congratulations to superstar Taylor Swift, who clears all 187 stations on the Top 40 panel in one week with “Look What You Made Me Do”. After shattering Spotify and YouTube records, she also has the record for the largest amount of adds in one week on any given Top 40 adds report during the PPW era, which began in April 1994, per the Radio & Records methodology change. (That 187 number was surpassed over 20 times before the charts used reported/monitored spin data.) Swift’s hot release is also the Most Added title this week at three additional U.S. formats: AC (16 adds), Hot AC (92 adds) and Rhythmic (32 adds). Up north, her tune is the Most Added song at the Hot AC (19 adds) and Top 40 (30 adds) radio formats in Canada. With over 380 stations reporting it as an add across North America, it’s a sure bet that this smash will continue to dominate the charts.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (THIRTEEN)
1. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Look What You Made Me Do” (Big Machine/Republic)
2. JUSTIN BIEBER & BLOODPOP, “Friends” (GENPOP/Def Jam/Republic)
3. HALSEY, “Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
4. PORTUGAL. THE MAN, “Feel It Still” (Atlantic)
5. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
6. PRETTYMUCH, “Would You Mind” (Syco/Columbia)
7-T. BLACKBEAR, “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
7-T. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Why” (Hollywood)
9. THE SCRIPT, “Rain” (Columbia)
10-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
10-T. MILEY CYRUS, “Younger Now” (RCA)
10-T. P!NK, “What About Us” (RCA)
10-T. WHY DON’T WE, “Something Different” (Atlantic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 22, 2017)

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: a big battle between six impacting tracks occurred, but in the end, Justin Bieber and BloodPop, as well as Halsey, emerged victorious with their hot singles. So, grab some “Friends” and show “Love” to this week’s Add Lib mania, why don’t you?

THAT’S WHAT “FRIENDS” IS FOR: Keep smiling, all you Beliebers, because Justin Bieber and BloodPop keep shining on this week’s adds report. “Friends” starts with 137 stations in its first frame, taking the Most Added title by far. The single marks the artist debut of the latter performer, a writer and/or producer three chart hits since 2015, one for Bieber and two for Lady Gaga. It remains to be seen when or if Bieber fatigue will develop at the format, given that he’s ranked with three collaborations since April, but the strong start for “Friends” is definitely a positive sign that the hits are going to keep on coming. No word on a new album for either artist as of yet, but that could soon change, especially as we head toward the start of the fourth quarter.

LOOKING FOR A NEW “LOVE”: You don’t have to look very far to find Halsey‘s “Bad At Love” in a budding relationship with the Top 40 panel this week, picking up 57 new stations (the second Most Added single) during its official impact. How romantic! It comes shortly after “Now Or Never” reached #3 at the format. “Bad” is the second radio release from Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart earlier this year, and will officially become her fifth top 40 hit in the coming days.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. JUSTIN BIEBER & BLOODPOP, “Friends” (GENPOP/Def Jam/Republic)
2. HALSEY, “Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
3. P!NK,
“What About Us” (RCA)
4-T
DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
4-T. 
PORTUGAL. THE MAN, “Feel It Still” (Atlantic)
6. 
PRETTYMUCH, “Would You Mind” (Syco/Columbia)
7. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Why” (Hollywood)
8. 
MILEY CYRUS, “Younger Now” (RCA)
9-T.
BLACKBEAR, “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
9-T. HARRY STYLES,
“Two Ghosts” (Columbia)

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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!

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

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