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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2017: Part Five, 5-1

The top five is here on Adam’s Top 100 of 2017! Can you believe it? Out of all the songs that came out in 2017, these five had the biggest impact on me and my personal chart. So, for the last day, here’s the conclusion of Adam’s Top 100 of 2017…

The 2017 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 4, 2016 to the chart dated November 26, 2017. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with a higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks charted in the top 40 and top ten. 176 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, an increase from the 168 that did so in 2016.

05. JULIA MICHAELS, “Issues”
Album: Nervous System (EP)
Label: Republic
Peak: #1 for one week
Weeks: 25
Points: 675

This year marked Michaels’s transition from hit songwriter to hit singer, as the 24-year-old performer had no issues making her first run up my chart a very memorable one! Not only did “Issues” spend a week at #1 in April, as well as 13 weeks in the top ten and 25 in the top 40, but Michaels also becomes the highest-ranking woman on my year-end chart. Not a bad way to end 2017, right? Though her follow-up singles haven’t been nearly as successful, the Best New Artist nominee is still slaying.

04. BLEACHERS, “Don’t Take The Money”
Album: Gone Now
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for five weeks
Weeks: 25
Points: 707

After three consecutive chart-toppers with the trio fun., Jack Antonoff and Bleachers returned to #1 on my personal chart in May 2014 with “I Wanna Get Better”. Things got even better for the multi-talented writer, producer and musician in the last year, with three of his co-writes/productions (songs for Lorde, ZAYN & Taylor Swift and Swift solo) spending time at #1 between February and October. Of course, that doesn’t even include his own lead single from Gone Now, which had a pretty solid five-week run during the month of May and early June. I’m sure Antonoff will continue to make great music next year.

03. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”
Album: Illuminate (Deluxe)
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #1 for three weeks
Weeks: 27
Points: 762

I’ll admit it: I wasn’t a fan of “Life Of The Party”. I didn’t really get it at the time, and it still doesn’t get much play at all from me now. Luckily, since that release, Mendes has been making the case for me to stan for his singles, and this song got plenty of love on the countdown earlier this year. Taken from a reissue of his chart-topping Illuminate album, “Nothing” held at #1 for three weeks on my chart and spent 27 weeks in the top 40, making it the teenager’s first #1 and longest-running single of his career so far on Adam’s Top 40. With 2018 just around the corner, will Mendes strike again with another #1 on my chart or even several chart-topping hits from an upcoming release? Nothing’s been announced yet, so stay tuned for more details.

02. RAG’N’BONE MAN, “Human”
Album: Human
Label: Columbia
Peak: #1 for six weeks
Weeks: 29 (25 applied to 2017 ranking)
Points: 770

Prior to 2016, I didn’t know much about Rory Graham or his music. However, when I first listened to “Human” sometime in September of last year, as it crossed over to the many European charts, I knew it was meant to be a worldwide hit. Though it did spend several weeks at #1 on the Alternative and Triple A charts here, it could’ve done way better at other radio formats. Alas, I’m biased. The musical monster that is “Human” spent six weeks at the top of my chart in January and February, with a total of 29 weeks in the top 40, a run that began in November 2016. Two follow-up singles from the Human album, “Skin” and “Grace (We All Try)”, failed to enter my list, though the former track did achieve some moderate success in a handful of countries. (Don’t call him a one-hit wonder yet, kids.) Though it fell short of the top spot on my year-end Top 100, “Human” remains a winner in my book, a very strong runner-up that will certainly get some play for me for some time to come.

01. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands”
Album: Flicker
Label: Capitol
Peak: #1 for seven weeks
Weeks: 29
Points: 870

If you’ve been watching my chart closely over the last year, you knew that One Direction‘s Niall Horan was on my radar in a big way. Two of his singles with the group, 2013’s “Story Of My Life” and 2015’s “Drag Me Down”, reached #1 on my chart. Then, in December of last year, “This Town” landed at the summit for one week. However, as much as I like the guy’s music, I never expected the young Irish singer/songwriter to dominate the summer months and the year with a dirty little ditty like this. At seven weeks on top, “Slow” was the longest-running #1 song of 2017, narrowly missing out on 30 weeks inside of the top 40. The big question now, of course, is will “Too Much To Ask” hit #1 after seemingly stalling at #2 for weeks now? Can’t say I have a definitive answer to that yet, but we’ll all know soon enough. For now, I’m so glad that Horan gave the world the quality singles and album (and tour) that he did in 2017; he really delivered in every aspect. Now, enshrined in the great hall of musical memories and spectacular singles, hangs a special recognition of the bop that was (and is) “Slow Hands”, proudly taking the title of my #1 song of Adam’s Top 100 of 2017.

A big thank you for checking out my Top 100 of 2017! Here’s to more awesome chart adventures in 2018. Happy holidays!


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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2017: Part One, 100-61

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual Top 100 of the year! According to my tabulations, these titles ranked as the most successful on my personal chart. 2017 was certainly a year of considerable change in many different industries: media, politics, etc., and that change was reflected in much of the music that was released this year. In fact, “Never Change” gives a new Irish duo, Picture This, their first song to reach my year-end survey. Luckily, “Love” was still felt throughout the year, featured in the titles of songs from Andy Grammer, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson and more. “Money” was on the mind of Jack Antonoff from Bleachers, as well as the four guys from Foster The People. You already know that I played songs from Harry Styles and Paramore about a million “Times”, while Lorde and MUNA found “Places” to rest on the survey earlier this year, but where will they “Place” here?

Well, grab your headphones and let’s start the countdown. Check out the first 40 songs on my Top 100 of 2017…

The 2017 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 4, 2016 to the chart dated November 26, 2017. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with a higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks charted in the top 40 and top ten. 176 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, an increase from the 168 that did so in 2016.

100. SHEPPARD, “Keep Me Crazy”
Album: Watching The Sky
Label: Republic
Peak: #20

Album: Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #20

98. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Nobody But Me”
Album: Nobody But Me
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #1 for four weeks (2016 Chart Year)

97. MAROON 5, “Don’t Wanna Know”
Album: Red Pill Blues (Deluxe)
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #10 (2016 Chart Year)

96. THE HEAD AND THE HEART, “Don’t Dream It’s Over”
Album: TBA
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #13+ (as of 11/26/17)

95. SHAWN HOOK featuring VANESSA HUDGENS, “Reminding Me”
Album: My Side Of Your Story (EP)
Label: Hollywood
Peak: #19

94. WRABEL, “Bloodstain”
Album: We Could Be Beautiful (EP)
Label: Republic
Peak: #19

93. MONDO COZMO, “Automatic”
Album: Plastic Soul
Label: Republic
Peak: #19

92.  ZAYN featuring SIA, “Dusk Till Dawn”
Album: TBA
Label: RCA
Peak: #16

91. JAMES TW, “Please Keep Loving Me”
Album: TBA
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #19

90. PICTURE THIS, “Never Change”
Album: Picture This
Label: Republic
Peak: #17

89. NOAH KAHAN, “Hurt Somebody”
Album: TBA
Label: Republic
Peak: #8+ (as of 11/26/17)

Album: Hôtel de Ville
Label: Warner Music Canada
Peak: #12+ (as of 11/26/17)

87. THE HEAD AND THE HEART, “All We Ever Knew”
Album: Signs Of Light
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #18

86. LUKAS GRAHAM, “You’re Not There”
Album: Lukas Graham
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #11

85. TAKE THAT, “Giants”
Album: Wonderland
Label: Polydor
Peak: #14

84. CALUM SCOTT, “Dancing On My Own”
Album: Only Human
Label: Capitol
Peak: #9 (2016 Chart Year)

83. STING, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”
Album: 57th & 9th
Label: A&M/Interscope
Peak: #4

82. ROD STEWART featuring DNCE, “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”
Album: TBA
Label: Republic
Peak: #14

81. SIGRID, “Don’t Kill My Vibe”
Album: Don’t Kill My Vibe (EP)
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #16

Album: Zombies On Broadway
Label: Crush Music/Vanguard
Peak: #4 (2016 Chart Year)

79. ALEX DA KID featuring X AMBASSADORS & ELLE KING, “Not Easy”
Album: TBA
Label: RCA
Peak: #13

78. MISTERWIVES, “Machine”
Album: Connect The Dots
Label: Republic
Peak: #15

77. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask”
Album: Flicker
Label: Capitol
Peak: #2+ (as of 11/26/17)

Album: TBA
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #14

75. SERENA RYDER, “Electric Love”
Album: Electric Love (EP)
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #13

Album: Ocean Park Standoff (EP)
Label: Hollywood
Peak: #14

73. BASTILLE, “Blame”
Album: Wild World
Label: Capitol
Peak: #14

72. ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE, “Get Low”
Album: TBA
Label: Interscope
Peak: #12

71. GROUPLOVE, “Good Morning”
Album: Big Mess
Label: Canvasback/Atlantic
Peak: #12

70. JP COOPER, “September Song”
Album: Raised Under Grey Skies
Label: Republic
Peak: #14

69. X AMBASSADORS, “Ahead Of Myself”
Album: TBA
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
Peak: #15

68. U2, “You’re The Best Thing About Me”
Album: Songs Of Experience
Label: Interscope
Peak: #6+ (as of 11/26/17)

67. TAYLOR SWIFT, “…Ready For It?”
Album: reputation
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Peak: #10

66. BON JOVI, “Roller Coaster”
Album: This House Is Not For Sale
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #11

65. EMELI SANDÉ, “Hurts”
Album: Long Live The Angels
Label: Capitol
Peak: #2 (2016 Chart Year)

64. PRETTYMUCH, “Would You Mind”
Album: TBA
Label: Syco/Columbia
Peak: #10

63. DNCE, “Kissing Strangers”
Album: TBA
Label: Republic
Peak: #9

62. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot”
Album: What If Nothing
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for two weeks (as of 11/26/17)

61. SHAWN MENDES, “Mercy”
Album: Illuminate
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #9

Stay tuned for more of the Top 100 of 2017 tomorrow…

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 3, 2017

Will he Thrill the buying public?

If All goes well, we’ll be seeing a popular British singer at the top of the charts next week. However, as November begins, there is plenty of new music across all genres in stores now. Here are the albums and singles you need to know about:

SAM SMITH – The Thrill Of It All (iTunes)
Smith looks none too thrilled on the cover art and promotional pictures from his new era, but I’m sure he was overjoyed to make a new album for his many fans. The anticipated set is led by “Too Good At Goodbyes”, a top ten AC and Hot AC single that is just below the region on the Top 40 airwaves. It likely has the best shot of a #1 debut, though there are several more choices below.

MAROON 5 – Red Pill Blues (iTunes)
Beyond the controversy over its title, this album features several big hits from over the last year, including “Don’t Wanna Know”, “Cold” and “What Lovers Do”. Given the continued streaming and sales numbers on those singles, as well as a number of notable collaborations on the set, there’s potential for this release to exceed current expectations. We’ll see soon.

BLAKE SHELTON – Texoma Shore (iTunes)
This singer’s “I’ll Name The Dogs” is barking up the Country airplay survey, as the popular judge from The Voice prepares for the release of his 11th studio album. It’s almost certain that the album will top the genre-specific chart next week, though it may have to settle for the lower part of the top five (which is still solid enough) on the Billboard 200.

More albums out this week: 21 Savage/Offset/Metro Boomin‘s Without Warning (iTunes), Bryan Adams‘s Ultimate (iTunes), Chris Brown‘s Heartbreak On A Full Moon (iTunes), Grace VanderWaal‘s Just The Beginning (iTunes), Josh Groban‘s Noel (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Kelsea Ballerini‘s Unapologetically (iTunes), Kid Rock‘s Sweet Southern Sugar (iTunes), Kygo‘s Kids In Love (iTunes), Lalah Hathaway‘s honestly (iTunes), Lee Brice‘s Lee Brice (iTunes), Shawn Mendes‘s MTV Unplugged (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music! 64 (iTunes), Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (iTunes), Served Like A Girl (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: TBA

More EPs out this week: BANNERS‘s Empires On Fire (iTunes), Emeli Sandé‘s Kingdom Coming (iTunes), Nico & Vinz‘s Elephant In The Room (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Again (Acoustic)” and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”, Noah Cyrus (iTunes)
“All My Friends”, Owl City (iTunes)
“Beam”, Petit Biscuit (iTunes)
“Call It What You Want”, Taylor Swift (iTunes)
“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, Olivia Holt (iTunes)
“Christmas Where You Are”, Five For Fighting featuring Jim Brickman (iTunes)
“Come December”, Jordan Fisher (iTunes)
“Dirty Sexy Money”, David Guetta x Afrojack featuring Charli XCX & French Montana (iTunes)
“Do You Care”, Ryan Riback featuring Iselin (iTunes)
“False Information”, Future Fathers (iTunes)
“Get Out Of Your Own Way”, U2 (iTunes)
“Good Good”, Lo (iTunes)
“Heavy”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye”, Feist (iTunes)
“High On You”, State Of Sound (iTunes)
“I Know”, Aly & AJ (iTunes)
“King For A Day”, Anderson East (iTunes)
“Lemon”, N.E.R.D featuring Rihanna (iTunes)
“Lifting You”, Michael Blume (iTunes)
“Like Gold”, Vance Joy (iTunes)
“Love So Soft (Dave Aude Remix)”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“Money For Tonight”, Kyle Reynolds (iTunes)
“No Love”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Quiet”, MILCK (iTunes)
“Run It Wild”, Robbie Williams (iTunes)
“santa monica & la brea”, blackbear (iTunes)
“Santa’s Coming For Us”, Sia (iTunes)
“Say It To My Face”, Madison Beer (iTunes)
“Say That Again”, Eden xo featuring Travis Mills (iTunes)
“Smoke Clears” and “The Good Parts”, Andy Grammer (iTunes)
“Strangers”, Before You Exit (iTunes)
“Stuck On You”, Daniel Skye featuring PnB Rock (iTunes)
“Talk”, 5 After Midnight (iTunes)
“Telluride”, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill (iTunes)
“The Way Life Goes (Remix)”, Lil Uzi Vert featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Told You So”, Miguel (iTunes)
“Two High (Ashworth Remix)”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“We Are Fire”, Saint Raymond (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Taylor Swift, Walk The Moon and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 6, 2015

“Run Away” into the past with us!

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back two years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of September 6, 2015…

39. MAROON 5, “Feelings”

Biggest Mover(s):
GAVIN JAMES, “Bitter Pill” (30-20, ten spots)

10. X AMBASSADORS, “Renegades” (up 1)
Album: VHS (2015, KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

09. JUKEBOX THE GHOST, “Postcard” (steady, second week)
Album: Jukebox The Ghost (2015, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

08. WALK THE MOON, “Different Colors” (down 1)
Album: Talking Is Hard (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

07. RØMANS, “Uh Huh” (down 2)
Album: Overthinking – Pt. 1 (EP) (2015, Roc Nation Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. ONE DIRECTION, “Drag Me Down” (up 2)
Album: Made In The A.M. (2015, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

05. SHAWN MENDES, “Stitches” (up 1)
Album: Handwritten (2015, Island/Republic Records)
Peak: #5

04. CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Run Away With Me” (steady, second week)
Album: E·MO·TION (2015, Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

03. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Hold Each Other” (steady, second week)
Album: When The Morning Comes (2015, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

02. JOHN NEWMAN, “Come And Get It” (steady, third week)
Album: Revolve (2015, Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

01. DURAN DURAN featuring JANELLE MONÁE and NILE RODGERS, “Pressure Off” (steady, third week)
Album: Paper Gods (2015, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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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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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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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 13, 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. Our thoughts are with the family of Heather Heyer, who was tragically killed yesterday in Charlottesville as she fought for what she believed in. I’m disgusted at all the racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric and actions that occurred on Saturday, and pray that this kind of situation doesn’t happen again.

Though we need more time to heal from what happened, let’s do some of that through music. Here’s this week’s Top 40 report:

“BACK” AT THE TOP: For two weeks in November 2015, Canadian singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes held at the #1 spot at the format with “Stitches”, which also just happened to be his very first top 40 hit (after two misses, however) on the chart. Now, his second #1 comes via “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”, up from #2 last week. The track is taken from a reissue of Mendes’s former #1 album, Illuminate, which came out in its updated form in April. Of course, this song also spent three weeks at the top of my chart in June and July, recently falling out of the top ten. Mendes’s reign will be a short, but sweet one, but at least it happened.

Though a number of songs are continuing to build up larger gains, significant chart movement is still on the low side this week. Up a notch to #10 is the only track to enter the region on the current list, “Feels” by Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean. Again, in the top 20, only one single moves into the section: up 22-20, “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato. If someone, or some people, could kindly shake up the chart in the next few weeks with a few iconic A-list singles, that would be great!

IN THE PINK: It’s a stellar week for pop superstar P!nk, who debuts way up at #34 on this week’s Top 40 chart with “What About Us”. This is the 27th top 40 single for the hot performer, who made her debut in 2000 with two consecutive #2 hits: “There You Go” (7/14/00 R&R) and “Most Girls” (11/10-24/00 R&R). Of course, she’s now had nine #1 songs to date, spending 28 total weeks in the top spot to date. (We’ll see if she adds to that this fall!) “What” is the lead single from her forthcoming album Beautiful Trauma, out October 13, which I am certainly looking forward to. Believe it or not, it’s her first studio album in five (!) years.

Just in case you wondering, “There” fell from 10-16 and “Most” climbed from 38-31 on the equivalent chart from this week in 2000. As for the top spot, that went to “Bent” by Matchbox Twenty, which was spending its first of two weeks there. Besides P!nk, there are two additional solo performers, Britney Spears and JAY-Z, who appeared on that chart and a top 40 hit during 2017. (A third performer, Beyoncé, was a part of Destiny’s Child on the 2000 chart.)

DON’T COUNT ‘EM OUT: One of the hottest new boy bands to appear on the pop charts is a five member act who call themselves Why Don’t We. With millions of video views and audio streams to date, the quintet starts at #45 with their first entry, “Something Different”. The group debuted about a year ago, releasing three EPs and some collaborations with YouTube star Logan Paul before a major label signed them. They’re currently on a radio tour to promote their song, which narrowly made it into the tenth Most Added spot on last Tuesday’s report. (It could be back there this Tuesday, so stay tuned.)

“Something” is one of three new entries just below the top 40 on this Sunday’s pop chart, with “Two Ghosts” (#41) by Harry Styles and “Take It All Back” (#49) by Judah & The Lion also making their debuts. “Two” is, in fact, the second solo single for Styles, but “Take” is the first chart hit for the Nashville quartet, which topped the Alternative chart for three weeks in December and January.

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