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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 12, 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 time for a trip down the hit highway and all our favorite musical attractions, so let’s rev it up and see what’s popping this Sunday:

“GIRLS” ARE MORE FUN: Girls, you know it’s true. You simply love “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 and Cardi B, which spends a third week at #1 on the Top 40 survey, making it the group’s longest run at the top since 2014’s “Animals” had its four weeks at the summit. Though it’s still rising above the 19,000 spin threshold, it’s just over 200 spins away from breaking the current record here, which is held by Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You” from last April during its massive ten-week run at the top. The hit also leads the Hot AC survey for a second week, while continuing to charge towards the top ten on the AC list. Meanwhile, on the Top 40 ranking, Post Malone‘s “Better Now” holds in the runner-up position for a second week, but it’ll likely be at #1 before the end of the month.

EVERY “BODY” IS HERE: Headed towards the bottom of the survey, there’s a pair of top 40 entries at the format this week from Imagine Dragons (“Natural”, up 41-37) and Zedd‘s collaboration with Elley Duhé (“Happy Now”, up 43-39), while four releases land in the top 50 for the first time. Leading the pack, Anne-Marie‘s “2002” does some time traveling into the #44 spot. The song’s due for another solid week of adds, following a second place finish on last Tuesday’s report. In at #45, first-time collaborators Logic and Ryan Tedder connect on “One Day”. Tedder’s band OneRepublic impacts at the Hot AC radio format a week from tomorrow with their recent sync hit “Connection”, which is featured in Fiat Chrysler’s Summer Of Jeep campaign. New at #47, Bazzi checks in with an updated version of “Beautiful”, featuring pop darling Camila Cabello. The original solo version of “Beautiful” can be found on his debut album Cosmic, which just missed the top ten on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. The last of the four debuts, entering at #48, is a collaboration that’s been shaking up the top ten in Canada and the United Kingdom. “Body” is the first chart song for the male duo called Loud Luxury and a vocalist named Brando. Given that international success, it should have a shot here as well.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 7, 2018)

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: new singles from Anne-Marie, Bazzi and Logic all scored well with the panel, but did any of them take the crown from DJ Khaled‘s winning collaboration from last week? Let’s add ’em up:

WHOSE SIDE IS IT ANYWAY?: It was a close call for most of the afternoon, but in the end, this blast from the past just wasn’t enough to lead the latest Top 40 report. “2002” by Anne-Marie checks into the runner-up spot with 44 stations on impact, as “Side Effects” by The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren rises a notch from last week with 47 stations during this session. Look for “2002” to enter the top 50 on the published update this weekend; “Side Effects” roared into the top 40 at #31 last Sunday.

Meanwhile, new collaborations from Logic featuring Ryan Tedder and Bazzi featuring Camila Cabello also entered the top five this week, the former (“One Day”) in third place with 35 stations and the latter (“Beautiful”) in fifth place with 37 stations. The two singles should also enter the top 50 this weekend, with the latter song following Bazzi’s “Mine”, which hit #1 at the format a month ago.

Next week, Tyga‘s current smash at the Rhythmic and Urban radio formats, the Offset-assisted “Taste”, re-impacts at the format. It initially went for adds three weeks ago and is nearing the top 40 on the pop chart.

1. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring EMILY WARREN, “Side Effects” (Disruptor/Columbia)
2. ANNE-MARIE, “2002” (Warner Bros.)
3. LOGIC featuring RYAN TEDDER, “One Day” (Def Jam)
4. DJ KHALED featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, CHANCE THE RAPPER & QUAVO, “No Brainer” (We The Best/Epic)
5. BAZZI featuring CAMILA CABELLO, “Beautiful” (APG/Atlantic)
6. ARIANA GRANDE, “God Is A Woman” (Republic)
7-T. BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY & KHALID, “Eastside” (Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
7-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “The Way I Am” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
9. ZEDD & ELLEY DUHÉ, “Happy Now” (Interscope)
10. TIESTO & DZEKO featuring PREME and POST MALONE, “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 6-7, 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 two new songs impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ANNE-MARIE – “2002” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Speak Your Mind (2018)
Past T40 History: Anne-Marie has been on two top five tracks as a featured artist, including Marshmello’s recent #2 hit “Friends”.

LOGIC featuring RYAN TEDDER – “One Day” (Def Jam)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Tedder’s group OneRepublic last made the top ten here with 2014’s “Love Runs Out”, which went as high as #9.

Next week: No titles are on the schedule yet for next week! We’ll keep you posted.

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

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SINGLE REVIEW: Colbie Caillat – “Hold On” (+ Lyrics)

Holdin' on to the charts.

Holdin’ on to the charts.

Ready for the latest hit from Colbie Caillat? “Hold On” is the leadoff single from Caillat’s forthcoming fifth studio album with Republic Records, due early next year. This is not to be confused with a “Hold On” that appears on the singer’s 2010 iTunes Session EP; these are totally different compositions.

The California singer-songwriter has opted to change her sound a bit on this single. This isn’t your typical pop/rock, guitar-driven soft rock anthem. Produced by OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder, his band’s sound has essentially rubbed off on this recording mixed with a touch of Florence + The Machine, especially in an explosive chorus with layered background vocals, an organ and drums. The lyric, unfortunately, suffers on this one from a reliance on repetitive phrases, as you can read below. Yes, it’s a bit stale and tired sounding from that standpoint, but the shift is pretty natural for Caillat, and with major crossover potential, this could be the song to return her to the heights of the CHR airwaves as well as her core formats like AC and Hot AC. I do like it; I just wish the approach in the process of creating this song was more focused because it could’ve been so much more epic and career-defining rather than a scribbled note in the margin of Tedder’s discography. Oh well.

Look for a major battle between this and Christina Perri‘s new single, “Human”, in a battle for airtime as both are serviced this week. Who will come out on top? We’ll find out in 2014.

Listen to “Hold On”. / Purchase “Hold On” on iTunes. [11PM on Monday, November 18]

“HOLD ON” (3:35)

[Verse 1]
I’m feeling further, feeling further from you every day
You’re in the stars, in the stars, yeah, you’re worlds away
I’m moving on, moving on, then I hear you say
Hold on, hold on
We’re losing light, losing light, yeah, we’re fading fast
We had a fire, need a spark, or we’ll never last
Just look at me, look at me, I’ve been burning for you
So long, so long

I should walk away

[Chorus x2]
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I look at you and
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I get the feeling
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I think that I should hold on, hold on

[Verse 2]
I’m losing love, losing you, losing everything
Losing faith in the world where I wanna be
So I don’t care if the one thing that’s killing me
Is so wrong, so wrong

I should walk away

[Chorus x2]
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I look at you and
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I get the feeling
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I think that I should hold on, hold on

[Middle 8]
Oh oh oh (x2)
And I can’t stop this feeling (x2)

[Chorus x2]
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I look at you and
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I get the feeling
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I think that I should hold on, hold on


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ALBUM REVIEW: Gavin DeGraw – Make A Move

Bust a Move.

Bust a Move.

When singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw released his first album, Chariot, ten years ago, he came on the scene with a fresh sound in the midst of a transitional era in mainstream radio largely filled with hip-hop and rap music. Though initially a failure, J Records found success through placement of his song “I Don’t Want To Be” as the theme on the teen drama One Tree Hill, and with a growing younger audience, his single was given a second chance and run up the pop chart until it hit #1 on CHR radio in January 2005. Since then, the now 36-year-old performer has had his share of significant airplay hits and two top ten albums. Now comes his fifth studio album, Make A Move, released through RCA on October 15, a mixed bag of more polished pop tunes and the occasional gritty rocker to appease a much older crowd. It’s a move that may irk some of his audience and make them question where the real DeGraw actually is.

Of the few highlights on this just under 39-minute, 11-track affair is “I’m Gonna Try”, a bluesy ballad where DeGraw proclaims that he’s “gonna try, try ’til I get it back” ’til he finds his love again. There’s a certain vulnerability on this track which makes it stand out, and genre-wise, it’s very different from the overall sound of the album. So, who cares if there are “neighbors callin’ out names” and other trials and tribulations in love? DeGraw’s got stamina, at least for the moment. Also working well is the soft rock ballad “Everything Will Change”. It’s something about the line “It’s time to separate the men from the boys/And the women from the girls/And the tools from the toys” that recalls his earlier songwriting, particularly on his self-titled 2008 album. You can also tell that his summer tour mates The Script may have influenced this one, especially on the “You can talk the talk, talk/You can walk the walk, walk” phrasing in the post-chorus. You’ll find that sounding like other acts is going to be a common theme on this album, but I’ll dig into that a little later.

Probably the best of the best is the eighth track, “Heartbreak”, a playful mid-tempo record that sounds like the guy’s having a little fun. He sings, “Heartbreak isn’t what it used to be/now it’s a bedtime story, not a tragedy.” He is so spot on this album when he’s actually on. This one has one of the strongest sets of lyrics on Make A Move. It’s a very poppy record, with hand claps and “ooh-ooh-ooh” runs and the like, but this seems like more a natural commercial progression rather than some of the more forced songs at the beginning. I would love to see this as a radio single. Similarily, other solid pop/rock numbers on here include “Different For Girls”, “Who’s Gonna Save Us”, and the Ryan Tedder co-write “Finest Hour”, which has a quirky set of lyrics about the aftermath of a swinging party but suffers from Tedder’s unoriginal production style.

As much as I like the majority of the songs on here, there’s a big elephant in the room when it comes to this album, and that is just how faceless a lot of these songs really are. There’s at least two Maroon 5 rejects on here, the title track (which was co-written Ammar Malik and Benny Blanco, both have previously worked with the band) and “Need”, which is basically a sonic twin to their hit of last year, “Payphone”. You then have the album’s opener, “Best I Ever Had”, which is clearly influenced by Train both lyrically and musically. The song, probably much to RCA’s disappoint, burned very quickly at radio due to the musical similarities and likely indirectly to a co-writing credit by Martin Johnson, who has been all over the place on leadoff singles by Avril Lavigne, Daughtry, Jason Derulo and Karmin. I’ve mentioned several other instances above, but the point is, the guy doesn’t sound like himself overall. It’s just not him. Whether he’s consciously adapting styles or whether the label is forcing him to work with more co-writers for a quick sale (I’m leaning towards the latter), it’s not very memorable. It’s good, but it doesn’t stick. There are some outstanding songs on here, but I’m not sure it’s enough to save the whole experience for me.

If you worship the ground that DeGraw walks upon, or maybe just really enjoy hearing his voice after all these years, then I think you’ll still enjoy this album. If you’re a fan of his older material, than you may be disappointed in this album as well. I imagine you also felt the same sentiment hearing “Not Over You” for the first time. That was a drastic change and this is yet another one. Look, I know that he can’t please everyone, but I still want to root for Degraw; he’s a great live performer (I’ve seen him once) and maybe some of these songs will translate better in front of an audience rather than falling flat in the studio. Knowing the situation, look for “Finest Hour” or “Make A Move” to be the second single before this era wraps up early next year. I would’ve suggested “Heartbreak”… or that DeGraw make a move to another label.

Listen to Make A Move on VH1’s First Listen. / Pre-order Make A Move on iTunes.


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“Something” Is Better Than Nothing: Future Hits Gone Hazy

Sometimes, it’s okay to be less than specific. A little vague goes a long way. Who am I kidding? Give me “something”, anything! Well, here are two new singles by acts that are giving us a little insight into the drama that is not so detailed. Plus, they’re doing their best to spread their clarity to the musical masses. Let’s get digging:

"New" kids in town.

Oh “Say”, can’t you see?

A GREAT BIG WORLD – “Say Something”
Release Date: Fall 2013 (Hot AC radio)

Here’s an act I did a piece on about seven months ago, so let’s see where the duo of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino are now. Earlier this year, the band built up a small fan base thanks to the incorporation of “This Is The New Year” into an episode of Glee during the second half of its fourth season. It was performed by the New Directions group as a whole. It aired at the end of January and though the Glee version wasn’t the biggest selling song of the episode despite airing at the end of it, the commercial potential of the original version was properly spotted and it led the duo to sign a contract with Epic Records during the spring. With a bigger label behind them, “Year” accumulated some airplay on both the CHR and Hot AC formats and entered the top 50 on each list, though promotion of the single has ended at both. Now, the duo find themselves in a similar position with the use of this new song a few nights ago on another FOX show, So You Think You Can Dance. Used as the background accompaniment in a dance by finalists Amy and Robert, reaction after the performance came quickly and the song leaped into the top 100 on iTunes. It will be serviced by Epic to radio soon. Although much slower than their past single, the song is also very heartfelt, with a burst of strings and powerful vocals at the end and an emotional drive behind the narrator’s request to “say something, I’m giving up on you.” Let’s hope that radio doesn’t give up on this one as quickly.

They've lost that lovin' feeling (again.)

The “Need” to succeed.

ONEREPUBLIC – “Something I Need”
Release Date: out now (Australia), unknown (U.S.)

Hello again, you five friends from Colorado. Over the past few years, OneRepublic have made a name for themselves on the pop charts, and lead singer Ryan Tedder‘s list of clients in the production and writing department keeps on growing. He recently remixed “I Want Crazy” for Hunter Hayes, and now, his band are all over Australian radio with this song that appears to have exploded out of nowhere. At the moment, “Need” is only being fully promoted at radio and retail in Australia, where the song appears headed for a top 5 placing on the national ARIA charts there. (You’ll see on iTunes that it’s also placing in the lower rungs in other countries largely in Europe, but nothing worth pointing out.) With “Counting Stars” still building in the United States at radio and selling at a moderate pace, it will be some time before we know if “Need” will end up as a fourth single from Native here, largely due to the fact that all of their previous releases from this era have been mid-charters at best. Could this be a game changer given the initial positive signs from down under? Not so fast. “Need” is a solid pop/rock song, but it doesn’t sound like a hit, at least for the sake of the U.S. market. At least, I always thought of it as an album track. Plus, I don’t think you’ll exactly see Tedder crying into an empty piggy bank. The band is promising an entertaining video for the single, so maybe that can spike interest in an average song. That’s something it really needs.

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