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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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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (January 15, 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: we feel the burn at the top, as several impacting records burst into the top ten with big totals. Let’s add ’em up:

“FIRE” UP THE ADDS: It was a competitive week for two collaborations on the Top 40 adds report, as both accumulated bigger numbers this Tuesday, but by the end of the session, “Lost In The Fire” from Gesaffelstein & The Weekend paced just ahead of “Dancing With A Stranger” by Sam Smith & Normani, with final totals of 118 and 98 stations, respectively. Both of these singles will land well into the top 40 by the published update on Sunday, with “Lost” having the early edge for the higher of the debuts. It’s also possible that both titles could appear in the top five on the adds report again next week, though that’ll depend on the results of several new impacting songs. (See below for more information.)

LIVVIA‘s “Damn” also managed to break into the top five on the new report, securing 23 stations and a fifth place finish. With the Cumulus block add it recently earned, the tune is quickly rising through the top 50 and could easily eclipse the peak of the Quavo-assisted “Catch A Body”, which reached #37 last May.

Next week, look out for three impacting tracks from Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man (ranked at #8 this week), George Ezra and NF to sport some major action on the list.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. GESAFFELSTEIN & THE WEEKND, “Lost In The Fire” (Columbia)
2. SAM SMITH & NORMANI, “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol-RCA)
3. POST MALONE, “Wow.” (Republic)
4. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Sue Me” (Hollywood)
5. LIVVIA, “Damn” (12Tone)
6. AVA MAX, “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)
7-T. CALVIN HARRIS & RAG’N’BONE MAN, “Giant” (Columbia)
7-T. LAUREN DAIGLE, “You Say” (Centricity/12Tone/Warner Bros.)
9. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life” (TEN/Epic)
10. LOUD LUXURY featuring BRANDO, “Body” (Armada/in2une)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (January 14-15, 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 four new titles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

GESAFFELSTEIN x THE WEEKND – “Lost In The Fire” (Columbia)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Already off to a fiery top 50 launch at the format, this sales and streaming hit is Gesaffelstein’s first chart single.

LAUREN DAIGLE – “You Say” (Centricity/12 Tone/Warner Bros.)
Album: Look Up Child (2018)
Past T40 History: This track recently became Christian star Daigle’s first top 40 entry here and a top ten hit on the Hot AC survey.

LIVVIA – “Damn” (12 Tone) (original impact: October 30, 2018)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Prior to her current release, this singer’s Quavo-assisted cut “Catch A Body” peaked at #37 for a week last May.

SAM SMITH & NORMANI – “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol-RCA)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Currently sitting at #2 on iTunes, expect the first duet between these two artists to dance away with larger adds.

Next week: George Ezra‘s international smash “Shotgun” rides along with NF‘s “If You Want Love” towards some notable adds.

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

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 11, 2019

“Stranger” things have happened.

The mix of collaborations are hot this Friday, as January’s release schedule slowly starts to heat up. Here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market today:

Notable albums out this week: Asiahn‘s Love Train 2 (iTunes), Gnash‘s We (iTunes), Randy Houser‘s Magnolia (iTunes), Taking Back Sunday‘s Twenty (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Ben Rector‘s MPLS Magic (iTunes), Hunter Roberson‘s It’s Okay, I’m Fine (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week: TBA

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1999 (Stripped)”, Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“All Night”, Example (iTunes)
“American Spirit”, Washington (iTunes)
“Anti-Everything”, Lost Kings featuring Loren (iTunes)
“Backbone”, Mathes featuring Caroline Kole (iTunes)
“Believer (Remix)”, Imagine Dragons featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Blur (Felix Cartal Remix)”, (iTunes)
“Break The Rules”, UNSECRET featuring Anna Mae (iTunes)
“Candlelight (Remix)”, Zhavia featuring Jeremih (iTunes)
“Complicated”, Raiche (iTunes)
“Dancing With A Stranger”, Sam Smith & Normani (iTunes)
“Dead End”, Anna Clendening (iTunes)
“Drive”, Charlotte Cardin (iTunes)
“Find Somebody Else”, Secondhand Serenade (iTunes)
“Getting Closer (Acoustic)”, Justin Jesso (iTunes)
“Giant”, Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Hello My Love”, Westlife (iTunes)
“High Hopes (Don Diablo Remix)”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“Holding Out For You”, Fedez featuring Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have – But I Have It”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“Hospitalized”, Broods (iTunes)
“I Remember”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“I Want It All”, Coin (iTunes)
“I’m Alright”, Brasstracks featuring R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“I’m Not In Love”, Kelsey Lu (iTunes)
“If You Wanna Be Loved”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Jumpin On A Jet”, Future (iTunes)
“Just You And I (2019)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Kinder Eyes”, Ryan Riback featuring Ryann (iTunes)
“Learn To Let Go”, Welshly Arms (iTunes)
“Let Me Down Slowly”, Alec Benjamin + Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Longshot”, Catfish And The Bottleman (iTunes)
“Lost In The Fire”, Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd (iTunes)
“More Than That”, Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“New Man”, BloodPop (iTunes)
“Nights Like This”, Kehlani featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Numb”, Jaira Burns (iTunes)
“Orange Juice” and “Stargazing With Patrick Bateman”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“Over My Head”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“Party Pill”, Cub Sport (iTunes)
“People”, Short Pier (iTunes)
“Playinwithme (Remix)”, KYLE featuring Jay Park (iTunes)
“Queen Of Hearts”, Cary Brothers (iTunes)
“Saturday Nights (Remix)”, Khalid featuring Kane Brown (iTunes)
“Scared Of Love”, Rudimental featuring RAY BLK & Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Speechless (Acoustic)” and “Tequila (Acoustic)”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
“Spendin'”, ILoveMakonnen featuring Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“Stay Around”, American Authors (iTunes)
“Tension”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“This Land”, Gary Clark Jr. (iTunes)
“Thoughtless”, Monica Martin (iTunes)
“Timebomb”, Walk The Moon (iTunes)
“Want You Back”, Grey featuring LÉON (iTunes)
“When I Was Older”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Without Me”, Halsey featuring Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Woman (Live)”, Wrabel (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from Alice Merton, Cody Johnson, Maggie Rogers and many more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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