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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 12, 2018

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Reactive R&B and rap titles lead this week’s New Music Friday report, as Q4 continues to bring on the hits. These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

ELLA MAI – Ella Mai (iTunes)
Mai has become one of the breakout R&B stars of 2018, with “Boo’d Up” and “Trip” scoring well at Rhythmic and Urban radio, as the former track slows down at the Top 40 format following a minor crossover. With notable playlisting already in effect overseas and solid sales and streaming expected here, the self-titled set should have one of next week’s higher debuts.

QUAVO – Quavo Huncho (iTunes)
From the rap trio Migos, this performer has often appeared as a featured artist on a growing list of big singles, but this release is his first solo studio album. Prominent features include Cardi B, Drake and Travis Scott, so expect streaming stats for the new release to be fairly high.

YOUNG THE GIANT – Mirror Master (iTunes)
Featuring the recent top 20 Alternative song “Simplify” and follow-up single “Superposition”, the fourth studio album for this act will look to break the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, much like their last album did two years ago.

Notable albums out this week: Basement‘s Beside Myself (iTunes), Belly‘s Immigrant (iTunes), Jess Glynne‘s Always In Between (iTunes), Jimmie Allen‘s Mercury Lane (iTunes), Kurt Vile‘s Bottle It In (iTunes), Morgan Evans‘s Things That We Drink To (iTunes), Nico Santos‘s Streets Of Gold (iTunes), TobyMac‘s The Elements (iTunes), Tom Morello‘s The Atlas Underground (iTunes)

Notable holiday albums out this week: Eric Clapton‘s Happy Xmas (iTunes), LeAnn Rimes‘s It’s Christmas, Eve (TV Soundtrack) (iTunes), The Monkees‘s Christmas Party (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Ashlee + Evan‘s Ashlee + Evan (iTunes), Kim Cesarion‘s Bleed (iTunes), Nicklas Sahl‘s Planets (iTunes), Youngr‘s Obsession (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“11:59” and “Ringing In My Ears”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“80’s Baby”, New Kids On The Block / Salt-N-Pepa / Naughty By Nature / Tiffany / Debbie Gibson (iTunes)
“Angels (Kia Love and M-22 Remixes)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Be Somebody (Tyron Hapi Remix)”, Steve Aoki + Nicky Romero featuring Kiiara (iTunes)
“Bells”, The Unlikely Candidates (iTunes)
“Bring Me Love” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, John Legend (iTunes)
“Can’t Knock The Hustle”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Come A Little Closer”, Skizzy Mars & Prelow (iTunes)
“Come Together”, SVRCINA (iTunes)
“Consequences (Orchestra)”, Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Cowboy”, ALMA (iTunes)
“Cycles”, ANNALIA (iTunes)
“Dazed & Confused (Acoustic)”, Ruel featuring Ezinma (iTunes)
“Don’t Look Me Over”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Drunk As Hell”, Lost Kings featuring Jesper Jenset (iTunes)
“Easy”, Great Good Fine OK (iTunes)
“Emotion”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Expectations”, Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“Fashion After All”, Poppy (iTunes)
“Give Me My Name Back”, Meg Mac (iTunes)
“Hold Me Up”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Home”, Cheat Codes (iTunes)
“I Wish You Were Here (Acoustic)”, HRVY (iTunes)
“Ice Cold”, Netsky & David Guetta (iTunes)
“If You Were Mine (KC Lights Remix)”, Ocean Park Standoff (iTunes)
“Last Call”, Hudson Thames (iTunes)
“Let Go”, James Hersey featuring Filous (iTunes)
“Light On”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“Lose Us”, Rozzi & Scott Hoying (iTunes)
“Loyal”, Paloma Faith (iTunes)
“Love You Anymore”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
“Luck Pusher”, FINNEAS (iTunes)
“Medicine (Just Kiddin Remix)”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Mia”, Bad Bunny featuring Drake (iTunes)
“Miss You All The Time”, O.A.R. (iTunes)
“Moves (Wideboys Remix)”, Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Nobody Knows You Anymore”, Kevin George (iTunes)
“Not A Damn Thing Changed”, Lukas Graham (iTunes)
“People”, LINES (iTunes)
“People You Love”, Matt Hartke (iTunes)
“Pieces”, Declan J Donovan (iTunes)
“Promises (David Guetta Remix)”, Calvin Harris & Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Recovery”, LP (iTunes)
“Rise & Fall”, Mike Perry featuring Cathrine Lassen (iTunes)
“Rose”, Allan Rayman (iTunes)
“Run That Back”, Sofi De La Torre (iTunes)
“Simple Romance”, Coin (iTunes)
“Table For One”, AWOLNATION featuring Elohim (iTunes)
“Telephone”, The Shadowboxers (iTunes)
“Telling All My Secrets”, Mitchell Tenpenny (iTunes)
“Under Pressure”, Shawn Mendes featuring teddy<3 (iTunes)
“When I’m Ready”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Wild And Free”, Kirsten Arian (iTunes)
“Woman Like Me”, Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Wondering”, M.O & Chip (iTunes)
“Wrapped Around The Axle”, Peter Bjorn & John (iTunes)
“Writer’s Song”, Bibi Bourelly (iTunes)
“Yesterday”, Virginia To Vegas (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Disturbed, Greta Van Fleet and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (July 30-31, 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 five new tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CHEAT CODES & LITTLE MIX – “Only You” (300 Ent.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Little Mix has struggled with the U.S. radio audience, with four minor top 40 tunes to date. Will this go further?

CHILDISH GAMBINO – “Summertime Magic” (Wolf & Rothstein/RCA)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Though “This Is America” just missed the top 40 here, it stormed into the top ten at Rhythmic and Urban radio.

DJ KHALED featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, CHANCE THE RAPPER & QUAVO – “No Brainer” (We The Best/Epic)
Album: Father Of Asahd (2018)
Past T40 History: This lineup previously entered the top 40 last summer with the hit “I’m The One”, which spent five weeks at #3.

THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring EMILY WARREN – “Side Effects” (Disruptor/Columbia)
EP: Sick Boy… Side Effects (2018)
Past T40 History: Warren last sang on a chart song by the duo as an unbilled performer on 2017’s “Paris”, which got as high as #3.

ZEDD & ELLEY DUHÉ – “Happy Now” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Zedd’s been hitting the pop survey since 2012, scoring a pair of #1 hits in the process. Duhé is a newcomer here.

Next week: Anne-Marie takes us back to “2002”, while Logic and Ryan Tedder wonder if for “One Day” that they’ll the #1 song on the Most Added list. We’ll see next Tuesday.

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 1, 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. From foolish hearts to foolish charts and all the Easter eggs you can find, April 1 sure was busy one outside of the music world. Me? Oh, I’ll just be sitting over here with a box of matzah. Don’t pass over this report, because it’s coming in hot:

MUSIC FOR MIDDLING: Moving from 2-1 this week, Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey hit #1 and the Target checkout line with “The Middle”, and that ain’t no joke. It’s the second chart-topper for Zedd at the format, who previously led the chart in 2017 for six weeks with the Alessia Cara-assisted “Stay”, while Morris and Grey celebrate their first #1 songs on the pop chart. (Morris has two #1 songs to date on the country chart, her most recent coming in January of this year with “I Could Use A Love Song”.) Elsewhere in the radio world, “Middle” advances 10-7 on this week’s Hot AC survey, while it stays at #20 on the Rhythmic list. Can Morris’s latest single in the country world, “Rich”, now cross to the pop chart? Will Zedd and Grey dance their way toward another twangy title? At this point, anything is possible, so consult your own crystal ball for an answer.

WHAT A “CATCH”: Three new tracks fool around with adds and conversions this week to reach the top 50, led by a collaboration by G-Eazy featuring Charlie Puth called “Sober”. It comes in at #43, giving the lead performer his third chart entry from his most recent set, The Beautiful & Damned. However, featured singer Puth scores a double on the current update, also landing on the chart with the next single from his upcoming album titled Voicenotes. “Done For Me”, which features Kehlani, breaks in at #47. The two songs should be able to coexist on the chart at the same time without cancelling each other out, though we’ll see if that changes with time. (They’ll be Puth’s seventh and eighth top 40 hits, respectively, when they enter the region.) Finally, down at #49, LIVVIA has her first charting single with the Quavo-assisted “Catch A Body”. She previously enjoyed some airplay earlier this decade under the name Olivia Somerlyn.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 12-13, 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 four new tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

IN REAL LIFE – “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)” (Hollywood)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: After forming on the ABC summer series Boy Band, this quintet impacts at the Top 40 format for the first time.

KENT JONES – “Merengue” (We The Best/Epic)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This is Jones’s second single to reach the top 40 here, following 2016’s “Don’t Mind”, which went as high as #8.

LIVVIA featuring QUAVO – “Catch A Body” (VIA Music – Independent)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Livvia is a newcomer to the format; Quavo has appeared on multiple chart records as a soloist and with Migos.

TAYLOR SWIFT – “Delicate” (Big Machine/Republic)
Album: reputation (2017)
Past T40 History: Swift’s current single off her newest set comes shortly after the debut of its music video at a recent award show.

Next week: new songs by Echosmith, Paramore and a duet from Khalid and Normani (of Fifth Harmony) officially launch here. Where will the love lie with the panel? 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 (October 8, 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. As we begin this week’s radio update, the 17 top 40 singles that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (and Petty solo) pushed onto the chart between 1979 and 1996 are on our minds and playlists around the world. We’ll miss him so. Now, here’s what’s happening in Top 40 Land:

GET “DOWN” TONIGHT: Another slow burner makes its way to the top of the pop chart, as Liam Payne climbs 2-1 with “Strip That Down”, featuring rapper Quavo. It’s now in its 20th week on the chart, which, again, is not a record, but adds to a trend that’s worrying me. Then again, elongated runs to the top could just be a phase. We’ll see. As for Payne, it’s his first solo #1 on this chart, a peak that his former group, One Direction, never actually hit at the format. The follow-up single, titled “Bedroom Floor”, is due at digital retailers on October 20, and should impact sometime soon after that. Remember, kids, it’s all about Payne and pleasure.

The combination of Payne’s “Down” and Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands”, which drops 1-2 after two weeks on top, now marks the first time in pop radio history that two soloists, formerly of the same band, have replaced one another at #1. Sure, there have been charts when a current member of a group replaces the act at #1, or even a former member replacing his bandmates at the top, but this kind occurrence is a new one for the record books. No other members of the group appear in the top 40 this week, so this streak won’t hit three in a row, but it’s certainly a very cool moment.

GOTTI HOLD ON US: Yo Gotti‘s recent chart-topper on the Urban radio survey, the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Rake It Up”, debuts at #48 on this week’s CHR/Top 40 list. The rapper’s “Down In The DM”, another giant Rhythmic and Urban hit, just missed the top 50 at the format last year, though he did appear in a featured role on Meghan Trainor‘s “Better”, which got to #25 last October. A nine-track effort featuring the song, Gotti Made-It, a collaboration with producer/songwriter Mike WiLL Made-It, peaked at #85 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year.

As “Rake” currently stands at #2 and #3 on the Rhythmic and Urban charts, respectively, we note that three of the top ten tracks on the former survey, and seven on the latter, haven’t reached the top 50 on the CHR/Top 40 chart. There are two songs in common in this situation: “Love Galore” by SZA featuring Travis Scott, and “LOYALTY.” by Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna. Will this change in the next few weeks? I suppose it’s a possibility, especially for “Love”, which is bulleted. Check back to see what happens!

LOOKIN’ “GOOD”, YOU TWO: One of this week’s other top 50 entries is a new collaboration titled “Good Old Days”, performed by Macklemore featuring Kesha. Before it impacts on Tuesday, it lands at #49 on this week’s CHR/Top 40 list. It’s the second hit to reach the top 50 from the rapper’s recent top five album, Gemini, with the Skylar Grey-assisted “Glorious” appearing at #21. (It hasn’t been pulled yet, but it has been losing some ground at the format over the last few days.) Kesha is up a notch to #12 this week with “Praying”, which can’t quite find a spot in the top ten, though it is at #10 on the current Hot AC chart.

Two other debuts make the top 50 this week, both of which impacted last Tuesday: “A Different Way” (#49) by DJ Snake featuring Lauv and “Silence” (#50) by Marshmello featuring Khalid. Of course, both featured singers have additional singles on the chart: Lauv has a nice 48-44 move with “I Like Me Better”, while Khalid climbs 10-9 on Logic‘s “1-800-273-8255” and 43-36 with “Young Dumb & Broke”, both of which are sporting impressive gains over last weekend. It sure is a great time to be them! You can expect to see “Different” and “Silence” reach the top 40 in the next couple of weeks, possibly as soon as next week, as a number of chart songs are on the way down.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 23, 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: Selena Gomez finds that “Bad” is good, Camila Cabello brings a flavor of the weep, Liam Payne proves that “Down” is up and Katy Perry swishes upon a musical star. We extend our condolences and prayers to those affected by the tragedy in Manchester last night, and hope that a speedy recovery is on the way. Concert halls need to be a safe space for everyone; music heals all of us. Now, if it’s okay to have a few laughs after such a dark day yesterday, let’s take some stats and some shade and mix it all together into one ridiculous report:

“BAD” OF THE CHART: I don’t think anyone is looking for a George Lamond and Selena Gomez collaboration at this point in time, but you never know what’ll happen in the pop world. Her “Bad Liar” is, truthfully, the Most Added tune at pop radio, with a total of 133 stations on board in its first week. Gomez has a total of seven top ten songs at the format since 2011, four of which have climbed to #1, with three of those coming from her last set, Revival. Gomez also appears as the vocalist on Kygo‘s hit “It Ain’t Me”, which was #3 (and bulleted) on last Sunday’s official update. Now is certainly a super time to be a Selenator. (By the way, Lamond’s “Bad Of The Heart” reached #26 on Radio & Records in July 1990. It was his only CHR hit.)

TWO AND A FIFTH: Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello has her eye on some Top 40 tears, so grab a tissue or two before you press play. “Crying In The Club” is a part of the Most Added Club this week, a very exclusive society, scoring 81 adds on impact in the runner-up slot. Earlier this year, Cabello spent two weeks at the top as a part of a duet with Machine Gun Kelly, “Bad Things”. That single is based around an interpolation of “Out Of My Head” by Fastball, a #8 hit from August 1999. Her latest hit samples another smash from the same time period, Christina Aguilera‘s “Genie In A Bottle”, a four-week #1 from September of that year. Wanna guess who feels old right about now? Cabello’s solo debut, The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving., is due later this year.

JOY AND PAYNE: The final member of One Direction to reach the CHR/Top 40 format as a soloist is Liam Payne, and he is making quite the impact with his impacting single, “Strip That Down”. It takes the third Most Added spot this week, starting with 55 stations. Payne’s first single from his forthcoming album features rapper Quavo of the trio Migos, who’s been putting in the extra hours lately as the rent-a-rapper of choice for those pop songs with barren middle eight sections. (Do I need to start a campaign for saving the middle eight? #SaveTheM8) “Down” spent some time at #1 on the U.S.-based iTunes chart upon its release, though it no longer appears there.

FROM “SWISH” TO “SWITCH”: Just a few weeks after “Bon Appétit” ranked on the Most Added list, Katy Perry returns to a familiar spot with “Swish Swish”, the third single from her upcoming album Witness. With 51 stations on impact, it slips into fourth place this week. The new track features Nicki Minaj, who also appears as a featured artist on two other top 40 tracks on the chart: “Kissing Strangers” (#26) by DNCE and “Swalla” (#19) by Jason Derulo featuring Ty Dolla $ign. A little further down, we find “Switch”, a new collaboration from Iggy Azalea and featured artist Anitta. It’s in the eighth Most Added spot, receiving a total of 25 adds. Anitta is a Brazilian singer who is unknown to the U.S. pop audience, but we’ll see if this single provides a new opportunity for her to launch a career here.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. SELENA GOMEZ, “Bad Liar” (Interscope)
2. CAMILA CABELLO
, “Crying In The Club” (Epic)
3. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO, “Strip That Down” (Republic)
4. KATY PERRY featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Swish Swish” (Capitol)
5. MILEY CYRUS, “Malibu” (RCA)
6. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands” (Capitol)
7. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “Despacito (Remix)” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
8. IGGY AZALEA featuring ANITTA“Switch” (Def Jam)
9. KYGO & ELLIE GOULDING, “First Time” (Interscope/RCA)
10. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “Redbone” (Glassnote)

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