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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 31, 2020)

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: Dua Lipa delivers one more delicious disco delight to the format and the panel is dancing along. Who else is into the groove? Let’s add ’em up:

“BREAK” IT TO MAKE IT: Breaking at 143 stations this week, a giant start given radio’s ongoing adjustments to the pandemic, Dua Lipa’s “Break My Heart” is easily the Most Added song at the Top 40 format. This buzzing track is the follow-up to the current #1 song here, “Don’t Start Now”, which has been at the summit for six consecutive weeks. “Break” started at #40 on last weekend’s official chart, becoming Lipa’s tenth top entry to date, and is likely to make a larger move by this coming weekend’s update.

The reactive new collaboration from PartyNextDoor and Rihanna also does well on impact… and you better believe it. Landing in third place with 35 stations this week, “Believe It” is also poised to become a big record later this spring. Unsurprisingly, it leads the adds report at both the Rhythmic and Urban radio formats this week.

Charting songs from Regard, Surfaces and The Weeknd are among those returning to the top ten on this week’s report.

We’ll see you next Tuesday for another adds recap, featuring new releases from JoJo and Pink Sweat$. Stay safe out there.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (TWELVE)
1. DUA LIPA, “Break My Heart” (Warner)
2. THE WEEKND, “In Your Eyes” (XO/Republic)
3. PARTYNEXTDOOR & RIHANNA, “Believe It” (Westbury Road/OVO Sound/Warner)
4. BENEE featuring GUS DAPPERTON, “Supalonely” (Republic)
5. SURFACES, “Sunday Best” (10K Projects/Capitol)
6-T. ELLIE GOULDING featuring BLACKBEAR, “Worry About Me” (Interscope)
6-T. REGARD, “Ride It” (Epic)
8-T. BAZZI, “Young & Alive” (APG/Atlantic)
8-T. POWFU featuring BEABADOOBEE, “Coffee For Your Head (Deathbed)” (Robots & Humans/Columbia)
10-T. LAUV, “Modern Loneliness” (AWAL/in2une)
10-T. RODDY RICCH, “The Box” (Atlantic)
10-T. SAM FISCHER, “This City” (RCA)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 30-31, 2020)

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 two singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DUA LIPA, “Break My Heart” (Warner)
Album: Future Nostalgia (2020)
Past T40 History: Lipa’s newest single just became the second top 40 hit from her most recent studio album and her tenth overall.

PARTYNEXTDOOR & RIHANNA, “Believe It” (OVO Sound/Warner)
Album: PartyMobile (2020)
Past T40 History: Rihanna’s return to the format could also earn PartyNextDoor his highest-charting tune… if it goes beyond #20.

JoJo‘s “Man”, along with a few other songs performed by men (including Pink Sweat$ and Powfu), impact here next week.

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 (November 19, 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. This weekend, we’re mourning the losses of AC/DC rocker Malcolm Young and country singer Mel Tillis, both of whom charted for several decades. We’re also thinking of TV and music star David Cassidy, who remains in critical condition in a Florida hospital. Here’s this week’s report:

IMAGINE THAT: Congrats to Imagine Dragons who now have their second #1 at the pop format with “Thunder”, soaring from 4-1 this week. Previously, the Las Vegas band led for one week in December 2013 with “Demons”, which wasn’t necessarily the most memorable chart-topper this decade. (I suppose that’s because most people think “Radioactive” was some massive pop #1, though it actually spent three weeks at #2 behind Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines”, featuring Pharrell and T.I., in July and August 2013.) A second week at the top is possible for “Thunder”, though Camila Cabello‘s “Havana” (featuring Young Thug, up 5-3) could crash the party next week, given its gain of 2,500 spins in the last seven days.

Given the slower-than-normal week at the format, most likely due to the proximity to Thanksgiving, just a couple of singles take big leaps up the chart. One of them, the Selena Gomez and Marshmello collaboration called “Wolves”, howls up ten notches to #19. It’s Gomez’s fourth single to reach the region this year. However, sporting an even more impressive move is “End Game”, jumping a massive 17 spots from 50-33 for Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Future. “End” becomes the 28th top 40 hit for Swift, the 15th for Sheeran and the fourth for Future, all of which have come via features for the lattermost act. Will it reach the top spot? Stay tuned.

SOMEWHERE TO WALK: Whether it’s on water or the moon, there’s a whole lot of walking when it comes to top 50 debuts, and the two entries walking it out land back-to-back on this week’s chart. Ohio’s Walk The Moon are looking for their second chart hit in the top 40 with “One Foot”, which comes in at #43. It’s the first single from the quartet’s What If Nothing album, and it currently stands at #9 and #35 on the Alternative and Hot AC lists, respectively. Eminem‘s latest single with Beyoncé, “Walk On Water”, is one notch below that at #44. The rapper’s forthcoming Revival album had a reported November 17 release date across several trade sites, but has yet to surface at any retailer.

This week’s chart also gets collaborative with debuts from Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels, new at #47 with “I Miss You”, and a N.E.R.D and Rihanna single called “Lemon”, which squeezes in at #49. The latter song is N.E.R.D’s first to make the top 50 at the Top 40 format, though 2004’s “She Wants To Move” just missed charting in April 2004. (It peaked at #52 early that month.) One of the group’s members, Pharrell, has sung on twelve top 40 hits on the Top 40 airwaves, nine of which were featured appearances.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 2, 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. Wishing all the PGTC fans an early, but very happy Fourth Of July! I hope you get to spend some time with your family. I’ll certainly be relaxing, but only after I get to spend a bit of time in Chart Land. (It’s not quite Disney World, nor is it Six Flags, but it’s still worth an all-day pass.) So, as I settle into my inner tube and take a sip of sweet tea, here’s the actual tea on this week’s Top 40 rankings:

MORE REASONS TO “STAY”: Comfortably concluding its sixth week at the top spot is the second-longest running #1 of the year so far: “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara. The global hit is up another notch to #6 at Hot AC radio this week, though it falls 16-20 at Rhythmic and 29-31 at AC. Once again, we have two songs staying in the countdown from top-to-bottom, with Noah Cyrus‘s “Stay Together” rebounding 41-40 (without a bullet) this week. Zedd’s follow-up with Liam Payne, “Get Low”, impacts here on July 11. I guess it’s safe to assume that the song will be out on or before July 7, so stay tuned for further details!

As long as specialty programming from the extended holiday weekend doesn’t affect it too severely, the red hot remix of “Despacito”, by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, should grab the Top 40 throne next week. (This week, it stays at #2 for the second week.) Also of note, Halsey rises from 8-4 with “Now Or Never”. Her fourth chart hit is looking to become her second #1 at the format, following the ten big weeks that “Closer” (The Chainsmokers) held the top spot last year. Ed Sheeran‘s “Castle On The Hill” also reaches a new peak this week, climbing back up from 11-9. It previously went to #10, though it’s been sitting below the top ten for several weeks now.

MACKLE-MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM: After some strong early action from the pop panel, Macklemore‘s “Glorious” makes its glorious debut at #44 on this week’s Top 40 chart. The song features singer and songwriter Skylar Grey, who first hit the top 40 as Holly Brook on the Fort Minor single “Where’d You Go?”, which peaked at #2 (6/9-30/06 R&R) here. Without partner Ryan Lewis by his side, 34-year-old Macklemore is doing just fine, though I imagine the pair will be reunited at some point. (Break out the Peaches & Herb!) No word on a new album from the performer, but his only solo effort to date was released back in 2005.

As we celebrate the glory of our country (or, at least try to!) on the Fourth of July, feel free to include some “glory” titles on a playlist of yours. Just a handful have charted at the format, though they’re all pretty well-known: “Glory Days” (#3, 7/19/85 R&R) by Bruce Springsteen, “Blaze Of Glory” (#3, 9/7-14/90 R&R) by Jon Bon Jovi and “The Edge Of Glory” (6/26-7/3/11 MB) by Lady Gaga. Of course, we needn’t forget that glorious hit from The Karate Kid Part II, the two-week (7/25-8/1/86 R&R) chart-topper “Glory Of Love” by Peter Cetera. See, kids, stats are fun! (I need a social life, I know.)

FEELS SO WRITE: 2017 has been a giant year so far for Julia Michaels, having co-written four top 40 entries at the format, one being her own debut single. Now, she’s looking for more radio love with her latest track, “Uh Huh”, which enters at #50. The single’s first week of adds went well, as it took the fourth Most Added spot last Tuesday, while it also benefits from an early iHeartMedia add in their nationalized Premium Choice programming. Michaels’s Nervous System was pushed back from its initial release date, and a new date has yet to surface. (The eligibility period for 60th Grammy Awards goes through the end of September, so I’m sure the set’s due before then. After all, the girl’s gotta get her Best New Artist nod!)

Michaels also falls from 4-5 on this week’s chart with “Issues”, which reached that #4 peak in its 22nd week in the top 40. Talk about a long run! However, as I’ve noted before, DNCE‘s “Cake By The Ocean” (#2, 4/10-17/16 MB) has the Mediabase record for the song that totaled the most top 40 weeks before peaking, taking 27, but Edwin McCain‘s “I’ll Be” (#9, 10/2/98 R&R) holds the plays-per-week era record for the same achievement with its massive 33-week run. Drawn-out chart runs might be the new normal, but I think it’s time to shake things up, yes? (Who wants to make me a gatekeeper already?)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 27, 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: musical madness before the Fourth of July! Ties! Impacts! More below. It may be hot outside, but it’s hotter on the charts, so let’s dig into those sounds of summer like Add Lib does best:

FOUR SCORE (AND SEVERAL ADDS AGO): With singles from Calvin Harris and DJ Khaled (and their all-star bands) in a tie for this week’s Most Added record at the format, with 46 adds each, we look just below the top spot on the report for showings from a plethora of pop artists. The aggressive battle for adds this week was largely due to the Fourth Of July, which just so happens to fall on a Tuesday this year. So, to all of you program and music directors landing some burgers on the grill a week from now, and maybe some pool or beach action too, we salute you. (Also, where’s my invite?) Let’s highlight four of these potential future hits, all starting out well:

Taking in another 35 adds in its impact week is “Glorious” by Macklemore, which features Skylar Grey. It’s the first single to be released after the rapper’s consciously uncoupling with Ryan Lewis (well, at least for now) and the likely first chart hit for Grey in four years. I’ll take a wild guess and say that you don’t remember “C’mon Let Me Ride”, which featured Eminem, which spent two weeks at #32 in February of that year. (It’s alright, I’d prefer to forget that it exists too.) Besides being the third Most Added title at this format this week, it also stands in the same position on the adds report at Rhythmic radio.

Julia Michaels has no issues with this week’s fourth Most Added song, “Uh Huh”, which starts at 31 stations. It’s the follow-up to “Issues”, which reached a new peak of #4 last week. This one is not a hot B2K cover, but their song called “Uh Huh” peaked at #22 for three weeks in May 2002. Michaels was due to release an EP called Nervous System in the spring, though you can obviously see that it’s been delayed since it hasn’t hit digital retailers yet. Whenever it’s out, I’m sure it’ll be great.

Major Lazer and their new backing band, The Mestanics, silently run with “Know No Better” towards a knowledgeable rank for the week. It’s tied for fifth place, receiving another 24 adds. “Run Up” reached #33 at the end of March, and this release is expected to do “better” than that. (Gee, I’m pretty terrible tonight. Ah, well, I have the week off next week!) Their EP of the same name came out earlier this month, and hit the top 100 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Finally, in the seventh Most Added slot, we find “Go For Broke”, the latest release for Machine Gun Kelly. Kelly’s new song has a featured vocal from James Arthur, who also scored the fourth Most Added single at Hot AC radio yesterday with “Can I Be Him”. This is likely to be Arthur’s last week on the chart with “Say You Won’t Let Go”, a former #5 hit from earlier this month. Kelly’s had a pair of songs from his latest album, Bloom, reach the chart, including the Camila Cabello-assisted “Bad Things”, a two-week #1 from February.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. CALVIN HARRIS featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, KATY PERRY and BIG SEAN, “Feels” (Columbia)
1-T. DJ KHALED featuring RIHANNA and BRYSON TILLER, “Wild Thoughts” (We The Best/Epic)
3. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY,
“Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
4. JULIA MICHAELS,
“Uh Huh” (Republic)
5-T. BRUNO MARS,
 “Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
5-T. MAJOR LAZER featuring TRAVIS SCOTT, CAMILA CABELLO and QUAVO,
“Know No Better” (Mad Decent/in2une)
7. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring JAMES ARTHUR,
“Go For Broke” (Bad Boy/Interscope)
8. SAM HUNT, 
“Body Like A Back Road” (MCA Nashville/Capitol)
9. MARTIN GARRIX & TROYE SIVAN,
 “There For You” (RCA)
10-T. ALL TIME LOW,
“Good Times” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
10-T. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE,
“The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
10-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA and KHALID,
 “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 25, 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. Pride is in the air across the nation, and the pop panel is certainly showing their colors as well. With so many genres and artists represented here, the ferociously fun summer of 2017 continues with a rainbow of hit songs and stats like these:

NEVER GONNA LEAVE THIS ZEDD: Celebrating five weeks at #1, “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara continues to respond as well as it can across the format’s callout reports, though it’s long past its sales and streaming peaks of earlier this summer. Though it only loses a little ground this week, in terms of both spins and audience, expect some larger decreases in the coming days. “Stay” has a nice 9-7 move on the Hot AC chart, and you’ll also find it in the top 30 on the AC chart. (Yes, even your favorite soccer mom craves an EDM jam once in a while.) Zedd‘s collaboration with Liam Payne, “Get Low”, is likely to have a strong start when it debuts next month. Of course, it’ll have to contend with Payne’s own solo single, the Quavo-assisted “Strip That Down”, which rises 24-23.

As for the next #1 on the chart, look no further than “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, up 3-2 this week. Of course, that song is still about 2,500 spins away from the top spot, but once it takes the throne, a big fiesta is likely to occur. Bieber’s other feature on “I’m The One”, by DJ Khaled & New Brohemians, takes that track up 5-3 on the current survey. (I can’t write out all their names anymore, so I figured that I might as well just make them sound like a trendy band. I’m sorry, Edie.)

WHERE THE “WILD” THINGS ARE: When you’re hot, you’re hot! The 41-year-old producer and screaming champion (if ever a competition should arise) DJ Khaled knows that well. With the aforementioned “I’m The One” on the rise, his “Wild Thoughts” is also blazing up the chart, leaping 38-27 in its second week in the top 40. The tune featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, the latter performer scoring his first hit at the format after several big records at Rhythmic and Urban radio. Tiller’s True To Self album had a #1 debut on the Billboard 200 earlier this year, and the DJ’s new release, Grateful, could be headed there as well.

Lower in the top 40, Calvin Harris and the Sunshine Bland (“Really, Adam?”) aren’t afraid to catch up with “Feels”, launching up ten spots (42-32) on this week’s pop chart. It’s the 15th top 40 single for the Scottish performer, who first charted six years ago as a featured artist on the global hit “We Found Love”, a seven-week chart-topper (12/4/11-1/25/12 MB) for Rihanna. Joining “Feels” in the top 40 is the first main-credited hit for French Montana, “Unforgettable”, which climbs from 44-39. It features Swae Lee, who also performs with everyone’s favorite third-rate version of Kris Kross, the duo Rae Sremmurd. Of course, you’ll recall that they reached the chart with the Gucci Mane-assisted “Black Beatles”, which some people actually define as music, late last year and earlier this year, reaching a #14 peak (1/15/17 MB) at the format.

WHO’S ON “FIRST”?: Sneaking into the top 50 on the chart, DJ/producer Kygo and singer Ellie Goulding collaborate on their first track together, which just so happens to be called “First Time”. It’s already hit the top ten in countries like Belgium, Norway and Sweden, and with the Norwegian-based performer’s “It Ain’t Me” (with Selena Gomez) reaching #2 on the Top 40 chart just weeks ago, the momentum is there for this song to continue upward this summer. There’s no word on a new album from either artist, but I suppose that could change later this year. (I’m hopeful, at least.)

Previous entries at this format with the same title (excluding titles with an added “the”) include a bigger Hot AC song for Lifehouse (#16, 9/16/07 MB) and the last radio single (#36, 7/21 and 8/11-18/13 MB) from the ill-fated Jonas Brothers return album. Gee, I hope they didn’t blow a lot of money on all the unused pom poms… anyways, check back to see if Kyllie or Ellgo outpeak either song!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 20, 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: DJ Khaled enlists Rihanna and Bryson Tiller for a “wild” song, and it challenges Calvin Harris‘s touchy feely new single with Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean. Gee, save some feature slots for someone else’s collaboration, will you? Anyways, let’s see what’s going down on Add Lib featuring Most Added Songs, Lots Of Chart Stats and Plenty Of Bad Puns:

“WILD” AND CRAZY KIDS: It’s anotha (number) one for yelling enthusiast DJ Khaled and his current hit from Grateful. The song is called “Wild Thoughts”, and it scores 115 stations on impact, making it the Most Added record at the CHR/Top 40 format. It also earns the Most Added title on this week’s CHR/Rhythmic and Urban add reports, posting 50 and 49 new stations, respectively. Of course, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller provide the non-screaming vocals on this song, which hit #2 on iTunes upon release. This is the follow-up to “I’m The One”, which is still going strong in the top five on the pop chart. (We’ll see if “Wild” affects it in the next few weeks.) If you think you’ve heard this single before, it might be because it heavily samples “Maria Maria” by Santana featuring The Product G&B, the Grammy-winning Supernatural hit that spent four weeks at #2 (3/31-4/21/00 R&R) at the format. Oh, to be ten again… in any case, look for “Wild” to be a huge multi-format success all summer long. That Rihanna reign just won’t let up!

“FEELS” LIKE A WINNER: Harris, Williams, Perry & Sean sounds like it might be one of those terrible law firms from the land of daytime TV, but it’s actually Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean coming together for a new hit off Harris’ forthcoming album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. “Feels” feels like a great collaboration for the format, and it has a stellar first week too, taking in 104 adds on impact. Along with “Wild Thoughts” above, eight of the top ten Most Added songs this week include a featured artist or are performed by multiple artists, which speaks to the continued support and success of these types of tracks. In time, however, this could result in some backlash toward the concept. We’ll just have to see what happens later this year. Next week should bring an additional collaboration into the top ten, from Machine Gun Kelly and James Arthur, while the song in the #7 spot this week, by Macklemore and Skylar Grey, should repeat its top ten status when it officially impacts at the format.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DJ KHALED featuring RIHANNA and BRYSON TILLER, “Wild Thoughts” (We The Best/Epic)
2. CALVIN HARRIS featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, KATY PERRY and BIG SEAN
, “Feels” (Columbia)
3. DAVID GUETTA featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “2U” (Atlantic-Def Jam)
4. BRUNO MARS, “Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
5-T. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE, “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
5-T. FIFTH HARMONY featuring GUCCI MANE, “Down” (Syco/Epic)
7. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY, “Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
8. CHILDISH GAMBINO, Redbone” (Glassnote)
9. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO,  “Strip That Down” (Republic)
10. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA and KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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