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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (July 22-23, 2019)

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 six new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CHRIS BROWN featuring DRAKE – “No Guidance” (RCA)
Album: Indigo (2019)
Past T40 History: Despite his history on the Rhythmic and Urban lists, Brown last charted as a lead artist here with 2016’s “Zero”.

NF – “Time” (Caroline)
Album: The Search (2019)
Past T40 History: Of the rapper’s three chart songs to date, the biggest was the #1 smash “Let You Down” from March of last year.

ONEREPUBLIC – “Rescue Me” (Mosley/Interscope)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Though this band continues to chart well at the Hot AC format, it’s been 2-1/2 years since they last ranked here.

SAM FELDT featuring RANI – “Post Malone” (Spinnin’/Warner)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Neither artist has charted here. Feldt’s 2015 cover of Robin S’s “Show Me Love” scored some minor pop airplay.

SAM SMITH – “How Do You Sleep?” (Capitol)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: After landing just below the top 50 on last Sunday’s update, Smith is looking for his third #1 song at the format.

STEPHEN PUTH – “Look Away” (Arista/RED)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: This is Puth’s first cut to see a wide release at the Top 40 format. He is the brother of chart-topper Charlie Puth.

Next week: No songs are currently listed as impacting at the format, but that could soon change…

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 (May 26, 2019)

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. Happy Memorial Day! We’re saluting all the veterans and chart veterans alike this weekend, so let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

THAT’S “DANCING”: Sam Smith and Normani held off the Jonas Brothers in another super tight race on the survey, with a difference of about 40 spins between their respective tunes. Thus, “Dancing With A Stranger” remains at #1 for the second week and “Sucker”, a former #1 song, holds at #2 again. The latter song also tops the Hot AC list for the second week. It’s unclear what entry is going to lead the top 40 next week, as holiday programming will be affecting spins for the next few days. We’ll see what happens.

This week’s chart is short on debut action, but the titles that do make it in are all pretty significant. Blasting in at #30, “Easier” is the ninth top 40 hit for the Australian quartet 5 Seconds Of Summer and the first from their forthcoming album. Of their eight songs to previously enter the region, just one topped the list: “Youngblood”, a five-week #1 from last fall. Ed Sheeran also sneaks into the top 40 with a second collaboration from his forthcoming No. 6 Collaborations Project set. “Cross Me” debuts at #40, giving Sheeran his 18th top 40 hit here, while featured artists Chance The Rapper and PnB Rock receive their fourth and first, respectively. The lead single from the album, a collaboration with Justin Bieber titled “I Don’t Care”, moves from 11-9 on the same chart.

Additionally, DJ Khaled and SZA jump in at #42 with “Just Us” from the former’s Father Of Asahd album, which registered as the second Most Added tune on this past Tuesday’s report, as Lizzo checks in at #47 with “Truth Hurts”, which was added to the deluxe edition of her Cuz I Love You album. The latter entry, which was originally released in 2017, spiked at several platforms following its inclusion in a key scene in the Netflix film Someone Great last month. The track also storms in at #42 on this week’s Rhythmic radio update, while “Just” earns top 40 entries on both the Rhythmic (#27) and Urban (#44) charts (with more action to come.)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 19, 2019)

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. “Stranger” things are happening here on the pop airwaves as we breeze through the middle of May, so let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

“DANCING” ON THE CEILING: After reaching the top of the Hot AC chart last week, Sam Smith and Normani climb from 2-1 on the Top 40 chart with “Dancing With A Stranger”. It’s Smith’s second #1 at the format and Normani’s second as a soloist, as she earned one chart-topper with the group Fifth Harmony. The collaboration hits the top in its 18th week in the top 40. Look for it to continue its run at the summit for at least a second week.

Looking towards her third #1 hit of the year, Halsey rockets in at #26 with her 11th top 40 single, “Nightmare”. One of those former chart-toppers, “Without Me”, falls below the top ten and is moved to recurrent status. The track “Summer Days” leaps from 41-36 on this week, earning Martin Garrix his fifth top 40 hit, Macklemore his tenth and Fall Out Boy‘s Patrick Stump his second as a solo artist. Stump’s prior solo appearance was with the Lupe Fiasco-assisted “This City”, which peaked at #25 in October 2011. The remaining two top 40 entries on the chart are by newcomers who have previously earned airplay at Rhythmic and Urban radio: “Ex” is up from 42-39 for Kiana Ledé, while “Look Back At It” launches from 45-40 for A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. The latter title is at #1 on the Urban chart this week, moving up from #4, while it slips out of the top spot and down to #2 on the Rhythmic list.

Juice WRLD leads this week’s pack of top 50 debuts, coming in at #44 with “Hear Me Calling”. The track is approaching the top 20 on the Rhythmic chart and will likely become his second top 40 single here in the next week or so. At #47, “Kill This Love” marks the first single to reach the region for the K-pop act Blackpink, a female quartet based in Seoul. Singer and songwriter Shoffy also hits the chart with his first entry, “Cool Again”, which bows at #48. Finally, at #50, the recent U.K. hit called “Boasty” sneaks into the top 50 for Wiley, Sean Paul, Stefflon Don and Idris Elba. It’s the first entry at the format for both Wiley and Elba.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 5, 2019)

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 Top 40 radio panel is sipping on newcomer FLETCHER‘s single, one of the many standouts in a very busy week at the format. Let’s get undrunk and add ’em up:

FLETCH ME IF YOU CAN: With over half a dozen new titles impacting at the format this week, there were plenty of choices for pop programmers during the current session. One that made a particularly big statement was “Undrunk” by FLETCHER, who may be new to the format, but is certainly known for a number of songs in the streaming world. The song scores with 67 stations to lead the report, up from #7 on last Tuesday’s log. “Undrunk” should soar into the top 40 during the coming days and become official on the published report this coming Sunday.

Singer Ally Brooke, currently on the Top 40 airwaves with a solo single outside of Fifth Harmony, has a fairly decent start with the Tyga-assisted “Low Key”, which keys in the code for 32 stations on impact. The total should be more than enough action to get the song into the top 50 by the weekend. “Low” ties for third place on this week’s list with “I’ve Been Waiting”, a release credited to three performers: Lil Peep and iLoveMakonnen with a featured appearance by Fall Out Boy. The latter two acts have reached the top 40 at the format before, and it could be the first (and first posthumous entry) for Lil Peep.

Next week could be a great week for MKTO‘s song “How Can I Forget”, but how will the competition fare, including a forthcoming collaboration from The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds Of Summer? Stay tuned.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. FLETCHER, “Undrunk” (Snapback/Capitol)
2. DUA LIPA, “Swan Song” (Warner Bros.)
3-T. ALLY BROOKE featuring TYGA, “Low Key” (Latium/Atlantic)
4-T. LIL PEEP & ILOVEMAKONNEN featuring FALL OUT BOY, “I’ve Been Waiting” (Columbia)
5. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Bad Liar” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
6. SAM SMITH & NORMANI, “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol-RCA)
7. GREY featuring LÉON, “Want You Back” (Island/Republic)
8-T. ALESSIA CARA, “Out Of Love” (Def Jam)
8-T. DRAX PROJECT featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “Woke Up Late” (300 Ent./in2une)
10. JAKE MILLER, “Wait For You” (RED)
10-T. JEREMY ZUCKER, “comethru” (Republic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (January 29, 2019)

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‘s big screen hit has a big debut on the update, while fresh titles from Alessia Cara and Jeremy Zucker also earn solid starts. Let’s add ’em up:

NEW “SONG” AT THE TOP: From the soundtrack to the upcoming film Alita: Battle Angel, Dua Lipa faced a big battle against several impacting singles this week, but emerged victorious with “Swan Song”. It’s the Most Added song on this week’s report, new at 98 stations. The release managed to sneak into the top 50 by last Sunday’s published chart and should be well into the top 40 by the next official update. The movie, itself, opens on Valentine’s Day.

With her third radio single from The Pains Of Growing, Alessia Cara takes a third place finish this week for “Out Of Love”, moving in with 32 stations on impact. The prior single from the project, “Trust My Lonely”, earned 45 stations in its first full week. Jeremy Zucker rounds out the top five with a total of 23 stations for “comethru”, which parks in fifth place. This is his first single to impact at the format, though he has a number of songs that have done well at the various streaming platforms.

Next week, look out for impacting songs by FLETCHER (at #7 this week) and Imagine Dragons (at #6 this week) to power into the top ten again, with additional singles from the Drax Project and LSD also expected to pick up some solid numbers.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DUA LIPA, “Swan Song” (Warner Bros.)
2. ARIANA GRANDE, “7 Rings” (Republic)
3. ALESSIA CARA, “Out Of Love” (Def Jam)
4. SAM SMITH & NORMANI, “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol-RCA)
5. JEREMY ZUCKER, “comethru” (Republic)
6. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Bad Liar” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
7. FLETCHER, “Undrunk” (Snapback/Capitol)
8. POST MALONE, “Wow.” (Republic)
9. GESAFFELSTEIN & THE WEEKND, “Lost In The Fire” (Columbia)
10. LIVVIA, “Damn” (12Tone)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (January 22, 2019)

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: Ariana Grande rings up another pop hit, while NF gets some great love from the panel. Let’s add ’em up:

SEVEN THE HARD WAY: “7 Rings” is ringing a bell across the U.S. this week, as Grande’s latest release leads the updated adds report at the Top 40 format with a huge 143 adds on impact. That massive debut should help carry the title deep into the top ten in the next few weeks, though it will have to contend with her own “thank u, next”, which recently spent its first official week at #1. At this point, “7” remains midway up the chart, boosted by hourly airplay at many stations upon release last Friday.

Also picking up some good support this week, “If You Want Love” from Christian crossover rapper NF should become his third top 40 single at the format, picking up 33 new stations and tying for third place. His two prior songs to chart here are “Let You Down”, which spent a week at #1 last year, and “Lie”, which got as high as #6. Will this one perform as well? We’ll find out soon.

Next week, look out for impacting songs by Alessia Cara (at #9 this week), Dua Lipa and Jake Miller to appear in the top ten.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ARIANA GRANDE, “7 Rings” (Republic)
2. GESAFFELSTEIN & THE WEEKND, “Lost In The Fire” (Columbia)
3-T. NF, “If You Want Love” (Caroline)
3-T. SAM SMITH & NORMANI, “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol-RCA)
5. POST MALONE, “Wow.” (Republic)
6. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Sue Me” (Hollywood)
7-T. CALVIN HARRIS & RAG’N’BONE MAN, “Giant” (Columbia)
7-T. LIVVIA, “Damn” (12Tone)
9. ALESSIA CARA, “Out Of Love” (Def Jam)
10. AVA MAX, “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (January 20, 2019)

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. Do these radio hits ring a bell? They should. In fact, they could ring seven of them. Let’s see what’s popping this Sunday:

“THANK” BEFORE U SPEAK: Coming off a great six-week run at #1 for Panic! At The Disco‘s song “High Hopes”, the Top 40 survey was ready for a new chart-topper. So, thanks are due to Ariana Grande‘s “thank u, next”, rising 2-1 this week. The hit is the sixth #1 of her career at this format and follows just weeks after “breathin”, a cut off her Sweetener album, stalled at #2 for four long weeks without ever hitting the top. The latter track slides to #5 this week, as Grande’s “7 rings” (released on Friday) has a huge entry at #27. These are, indeed, a few of her favorite things. (There’ll be plenty more where that came from in the coming months.)

Three massive tunes leap well into the top 40 this week, led by “Lost In The Fire” by Gesaffelstein and The Weeknd, up from 45-24. It was last Tuesday’s Most Added release at the format. While the former claims his first top 40 entry, the latter now has his 10th song to reach that section of the list. As mentioned above, Grande lands at #27 with “7 rings”, marking her 20th top 40 hit. The song received hourly airplay at many radio stations on Friday, though it should sport solid gains in the next few days. Additionally, the hit “Dancing With A Stranger” takes to the floor at #32 for Sam Smith and Normani. The collaboration becomes the 11th top 40 tune for Smith and the second solo entry for Normani, who previously charted with the group Fifth Harmony. Normani’s “Love Lies”, a collaboration with Khalid, spent two weeks at #1 in September.

Headed lower, “Damn” by LIVVIA (#44) and “Chances” by the Backstreet Boys (#48) land in the region. This coming Friday, the latter act releases their first studio album since 2013, DNA, which also features “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, a #16 hit last August.

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