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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (June 18-19, 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 fresh singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALESSIA CARA – “Growing Pains” (Def Jam)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: With hourly airplay on its first day at iHeartMedia stations, “Pains” supplies Cara with her seventh top 40 tune.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Fall In Line” (RCA)
Album: Liberation (2018)
Past T40 History: With the help of Lovato, former teen star Aguilera is searching for her first top 40 single in just over four years.

CLEAN BANDIT featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Solo” (Big Beat/RRP)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: The second of two Lovato features headed for adds this Tuesday has already gone to #2 in the United Kingdom.

NICKI MINAJ featuring ARIANA GRANDE – “Bed” (YMCMB/Republic)
Album: Queen (2018)
Past T40 History: Primarily a featured artist as of late, Minaj’s last top 40 song as a lead act was 2015’s “The Night Is Still Young”.

SABRINA CARPENTER – “Almost Love” (Hollywood)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Carpenter scored a pair of #26 songs in 2017 with “Thumbs” and “Why”. Will she get some proper “Love” now?

TIËSTO & DZEKO featuring PREME & POST MALONE – “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Dzeko and Preme are newcomers to the pop format; Tiësto has two previous top 40 entries and Malone has six.

YEARS & YEARS – “If You’re Over Me” (Interscope)
Album: Palo Santo (2018)
Past T40 History: Though they continue to hit across Europe, their highest-charting U.S. entry to date, “King”, got to #37 in 2015.

Next week: Take a hit of LSD (Labrinth, Sia and Diplo, that is) with their first pop single, “Audio”. Should anything else appear on the schedule, it’ll be on here as well.

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

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (September 5, 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: the color of choice is maroon, and we’ll need about five shades of it. You’ll also find a number of pre-impact singles grabbing some exciting early action from the panel. It’s back to school and work and adds here in Radio Land, so let’s analyze the airwaves:

5 FOR FIGHTING: With this week’s only impacting song at the format, it’s no surprise that Maroon 5‘s “What Lovers Do” is on top of the Most Added list, grabbing 157 stations in its first full frame. It’s the third top 40 song from their upcoming album, which doesn’t have a title or release date at the moment. The track features SZA, who didn’t pick up any additional stations this week for “Love Galore”, her top five hit (featuring Travis Scott) from the Rhythmic and Urban charts. The California band now has 24 top 40 hits here, making them of the most successful groups at the format since the year 2000. How high will it climb? Stay tuned…

“KNOW” MEANS YES: Get knowledgeable with the help of hits from Fergie and Major Lazer! The former performer hits the #3 position on this week’s leaderboard with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “You Already Know”, scoring 22 new stations a week before it officially impacts. It’s likely to become her first top 40 entry since 2014 later this month. The latter act is back in the top ten with a song that’s approaching the top 30, “Know No Better”, which adds another 13 stations (tied for fifth Most Added) to its total. The song features Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Quavo. If you don’t know, now you “Know” what’s breaking at the format…

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (THIRTEEN)
1. MAROON 5 featuring SZA, “What Lovers Do” (222/Interscope)
2. HALSEY, “Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
3. FERGIE featuring NICKI MINAJ, “You Already Know” (Dutchess/BMG-RED)
4. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
5-T. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)
5-T. MAJOR LAZER featuring TRAVIS SCOTT, CAMILA CABELLO and QUAVO, “Know No Better” (Mad Decent/in2une)
7-T. BLACKBEAR, “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
7-T. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Why” (Hollywood)
9-T. DEF LOAF, “No Fear” (Columbia)
9-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
9-T. PORTUGAL. THE MAN, “Feel It Still” (Atlantic)

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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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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 27, 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. We’re thinking of those affected by the huge rainfall and wind of Hurricane Harvey, and hoping aid gets to those locations soon. Keep strong and stay safe! Now, here are the big headlines from this week’s published pop chart:

THE MOMENT OF PUTH: Climbing from 2-1 to score his second #1 on the Top 40 chart, it’s Charlie Puth with “Attention”. He last hit the top in 2015 as the featured artist on Wiz Khalifa‘s “See You Again”, which spent four weeks at #1 that May and June. In Top 40 history, there has never been a title (until Puth’s) to include the word attention in it, though it’s obviously a common term in the English language. Well, I guess we’re giving it some well-deserved attention now. It should easily spend a few weeks at #1 on the pop chart, largely because a number of songs are falling out of the top five, as well as the upcoming Labor Day holiday, when several stations on the panel air specialty programming.

The first week for “Attention” at #1 marks the 16th week in 2017 that a male soloist has occupied the top spot on the survey, with Ed Sheeran (ten weeks), Bruno Mars (three weeks) and Shawn Mendes (two weeks) also contributing to that total. The guys seem to be on a hot streak, what can I say? Does it continue through the end of the year? Will the women make a comeback? Stay tuned.

SHE’S GOT THE “LOOK”: Well, she sure knows how to make an entrance! Superstar Taylor Swift blasts into the countdown at #22 with “Look What You Made Me Do”, the lead single from her forthcoming album Reputation. The single soared to #1 on iTunes under an hour after its initial release late Thursday night, and has stayed there ever since. A music video for it premiered on Sunday night during MTV’s Video Music Awards. Swift’s hit would’ve debuted at #21, like the Sunday morning update, but Friday data from KKPN/Corpus Christi was removed from the published update, as the station was knocked off the air during Hurricane Harvey. Due to this, there’s a difference in 18 spins, thus, it falls a notch. Still, that giant entry is an amazing achievement.

Looking for all the format’s #1 lookers? You’ll remember “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 (7/31/87 R&R), “Look Away” by Chicago (12/2-9/88 R&R), “The Look” by Roxette (3/31/89 R&R), and “Looking Through Patient Eyes” by P.M. Dawn (5/7-14/93 R&R). Swift could swiftly bring that count to five, given her release’s fast ascent since Friday, but we’ll have to wait to see how it progresses.

“MIND” THE GAP: All aboard! Here comes the debut train, rolling down the tracks! Five new entries (okay, tracks!) reach the top 50 this week, led by five newcomers who call themselves PRETTYMUCH. Their debut single, “Would You Mind”, climbs in at #44. The quintet is Simon Cowell’s new boy band, and their splashy start is certainly a positive sign for the next few weeks. The Script is two notches below them, at #46, with their first chart song since the beginning of 2015: “Rain”. The Irish trio last hit the top 40 here in early 2013 with “Hall Of Fame”, which spent two weeks at #16.

“Wish I Knew You” from The Revivalists lands at #47, marking their first chart entry at the format. This track previously hit #1 on both the Alternative and Triple A charts, while it remains in the top 15 on the Hot AC survey. Sibling trio AJR is A-OK with entering at #48 with “Drama”, which looks to follow “Weak” into the top 40. That streaming hit spent two weeks at #27 in June. Finally, in at #49, DeJ Loaf makes her debut at the format with “No Fear”. The Detroit rapper has previously charted with several singles on the Rhythmic and Urban surveys, reaching #1 on the latter list with “Try Me” in early 2015. Check back to see how all five of these songs do!

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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 ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 20, 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. Get those special shades ready for that total solar eclipse tomorrow afternoon, and get your “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” of choice on while observing it! (I think I’ll probably get to both Bonnie Tyler and Nicki French‘s versions, but do as you please.) Meanwhile, things are sunny on the charts, so let’s grab some stats and get going:

WHO’S GOT YOUR “BACK” NOW?: Settling just over 100 spins above his nearest competitor, Shawn Mendes holds atop the pop survey for a second week with “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”. Look for it to reach the top of the Hot AC chart next week. In addition to those two formats, it also climbs 11-8 on AC radio this week, while it’s just below the top 50 on the Rhythmic list. (A new remix featuring Gucci Mane and Quavo might be needed for it to officially chart there.) Mendes has yet to announce a next single from his Illuminate album, or if he’ll be moving on from that era, but I’ll continue to look out for any information once it’s out there. Meanwhile, I’m sure Mr. Mendes is enjoying the continued love from programmers around the country.

Only one track is new to the top ten this week, the recent Country chart-topper from Sam Hunt called “Body Like A Back Road”. At #10, up two notches, it marks Hunt’s first single to reach this region of the Top 40 chart. Previously, he peaked at #28 for two weeks in July 2015 with “Take Your Time”. Could this mean we’ll see top-selling artists like Florida Georgia Line or Thomas Rhett try for another crossover hit in the coming months? What about Devin Dawson or Kelsea Ballerini? We’ll have to wait and see! So, back to the chart stats…

“FRIENDS” IN HIGH PLACES: Just in case you haven’t had enough Justin Bieber this year, his fourth top 40 collaboration of 2017 debuts at #35 this week. “Friends” gives Bieber his 23rd top 40 hit since 2009, but it also marks the artist debut of BloodPop, the writer and producer born Michael Tucker. He has a total of three top 40 singles to date from behind the boards, including the #1 hit “Sorry” for Bieber, which spent three weeks at the top in December 2015 and January 2016. Will the Canadian superstar grab his second #1 this year, while making the American producer a household name? It’s definitely possible. I’ll be rooting for it!

A notch below “Friends” is “Two Ghosts” by Harry Styles, up from 41-36. It’s the second top 40 hit from his self-titled solo release. Of course, this means that every member of the original lineup of One Direction, except ZAYN, has at least one title in the top 40. (Oh, ZAYN, where art thou?) Styles’s song is seeing a slow start in digital sales, but it’s still early on in its run. There are a number of great cuts still left on that album, if this one doesn’t work out as a radio single in the long run.

WHAT’S SO “BAD” ABOUT THEM?: Well, in the eyes of many pop fans, nothing at all! There are three new songs in the top 50 portion of the chart this week, all by solo women. The highest of the three is the fifth chart single for Halsey, coming in at #45. This hit, titled “Bad At Love”, is the follow-up to “Now Or Never”, which peaked at #3 three weeks ago. Both tracks are taken from the set titled Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. Though she hasn’t equaled the major success of ten-week chart-topper “Closer” by The Chainsmokers, on which she appeared as the featured vocalist, this song will be around well into the fall, so watch out for it.

The other two performers debuting in the countdown land just below Halsey’s new entry, with “New Rules” (#46) by Dua Lipa and “Why” (#47) by Sabrina Carpenter adding some girl power to the top 50. Lipa has now entered the top 50 with five tracks, two of which were collaborations with other artists. She has yet to score a top ten song. Carpenter made her debut at the pop format earlier this year with “Thumbs”, which peaked at #26 for two weeks in March and April. Her new radio hit was the second Most Added title here last week.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 15, 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: we question questionable titles from P!nk and Sabrina Carpenter! Got numbers? We do. Let’s calculate and celebrate these top radio records:

“WHAT” GOES UP: Since the spring of 2000, pop superstar P!nk has reached the top 40 with 27 songs, and her 27th and latest hit sounds like a winner. “What About Us” is the Most Added title at the format this week, scoring 121 stations on impact. 18 of her 27 hits, or two-thirds, have peaked in the top ten, with nine of those reaching #1. That’s pretty outstanding. With her upcoming set due October 13, titled Beautiful Trauma, I’m sure several of those totals will be headed upward. P!nk’s last single to chart here, the collaboration “Waterfall” with Stargate and Sia, spent a week at #33 (4/2/17 MB) and quickly fell apart. (That definitely won’t be the case with “What” now!) Check back to see how her new single does in the coming weeks.

IF I WERE A CARPENTER: After reaching a #26 peak this past spring with “Thumbs”, 18-year-old Sabrina Carpenter keeps the one word title streak alive with “Why”, scoring the second Most Added record at Top 40 radio with 43 stations on impact. Even though her title is just three letters in length, we’ve had a couple of top 40 hits that are just one character: “7” (#2, 2/5-12/93 R&R) by Prince and the New Power Generation and “i” (#30, 11/9/14 MB) by Kendrick Lamar. However, all these songs are not short on quality, and that’s what matters! Can Carpenter hammer out a hit for the fall? Stay tuned.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. P!NK, “What About Us” (RCA)
2. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Why” (Hollywood)
3. SELENA GOMEZ featuring GUCCI MANE,
“Fetish” (Interscope)
4
. LOUIS TOMLINSON featuring BEBE REXHA & DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS, “Back To You” (Syco/Epic)
5. HARRY STYLES,
“Two Ghosts” (Columbia)
6. PORTUGAL. THE MAN,
“Feel It Still” (Atlantic)
7. WHY DON’T WE, “Something Different” (Atlantic)
8. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE,
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
9. DEMI LOVATO,
“Sorry Not Sorry” (Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood)
10. HALSEY,
“Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)

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