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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 17, 2017

A new chart “Life”.

Just before we head into the Thanksgiving break, you’ll be happy to know there’s plenty cooking when it comes to giant releases for the week. Here are the albums and singles you need to know about this Friday:

TIM MCGRAW & FAITH HILL – The Rest Of Our Life (iTunes)
One of Country music’s most iconic couples is out with their joint release this week, their first full-length set together. “Speak To A Girl” and the title track have both hit the top 40 at the radio format, the latter of which is currently charting. It will likely settle for a top five peak on the Billboard 200, though it should lead the genre-specific chart (unless Garth Brooks‘s book/CD combo is eligible to enter the list.)

More albums out this week: Barenaked Ladies‘s Fake Nudes (iTunes), Chase Rice‘s Lambs & Lions (iTunes), Green Day‘s Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band (iTunes), Jaden Smith‘s SYRE (iTunes), Jimmy Buffett‘s Buried Treasure: Volume 1 (iTunes), Morrissey‘s Low In High School (iTunes), Paloma Faith‘s The Architect (iTunes), Tove Lo‘s Blue Lips (iTunes), T-Pain‘s Oblivion (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: Sia‘s Everyday Is Christmas (iTunes), Tom Chaplin‘s Twelve Tales Of Christmas (iTunes), Us The Duo‘s Our Favorite Time Of Year (Amazon)

More EPs out this week: Aly & AJ‘s Ten Years (iTunes), Dean Lewis‘s Same Kind Of Different (Acoustic) (iTunes), Olivia O’Brien‘s It’s Not That Deep (iTunes), State Of Sound‘s High On You (iTunes), Tigertown‘s Warriors (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Night”, Steve Aoki x Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“Alone”, Aaron Taos featuring Shane Stokes (iTunes)
“American Soul”, U2 (iTunes)
“Cabrona”, Gin Wigmore (iTunes)
“Can’t Trust A Soul”, Dreezy featuring PnB Rock (iTunes)
“Coping”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Desires”, LCAW featuring WhoMadeWho (iTunes)
“Ding-A-Ling”, Stefflon Don & Skepta (iTunes)
“Dream (Acoustic)”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Easy To Hate”, VOKES (iTunes)
“Echame La Culpa”, Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Energia”, Sofi Tukker (iTunes)
“Freeze”, Andy Grammer (iTunes)
“g2g ttyl”, blackbear featuring THEY. (iTunes)
“Get It Right”, Diplo featuring (iTunes)
“Giants (Lūn Remix)”, Lights (iTunes)
“Hola”, Flo Rida featuring Maluma (iTunes)
“Hold Me Tight Or Don’t”, Fall Out Boy (iTunes)
“Home”, Machine Gun Kelly & X Ambassadors featuring Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
“I Say So”, Chloe x Halle (iTunes)
“I Wrote A Song For You”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“Let The Record Play”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“Love You Like That (Acoustic)”, Dagny (iTunes)
“Medusa (Manila Killa Remix)”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“My Friends”, Bohnes (iTunes)
“New (Ryan Riback Remix)”, Daya (iTunes)
“Number One”, Massari featuring Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“Obsessed”, Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“Only You”, Parson James (iTunes)
“Paris In The Rain”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Party Up”, Osmo featuring Spencer Ludwig (iTunes)
“PDA”, Day Wave & Hazel English (iTunes)
“Pineapple Skies”, Miguel (iTunes)
“Queen”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Raincheck (Embody Remix)”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Searchlight”, Cape Cub (iTunes)
“Slow”, Matoma featuring Noah Cyrus (iTunes)
“The Beautiful & Damned”, G-Eazy featuring Zoe Nash (iTunes)
“The Bravest”, Sir Rosevelt (iTunes)
“U. R. Beautiful”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Waste My Time”, CAPPA (iTunes)
“We Fight”, Dashboard Confessional (iTunes)
“Whatever It Takes (Miss Congeniality Remix)”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Where I First Found You”, Forest Blakk (iTunes)
“You Are The Reason”, Calum Scott (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Blackbear, Bjork and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 1, 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. Yom Kippur has ended for the year, and the fasting is complete. Still, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hungry for the taste of top 40 stats on a Sunday night. Ooh, it’s delicious. Have a look at this week’s #1 song and all the notable debuts in the top 50:

ALL TIME “SLOW”: Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” wiggles its fingers, and with some musical magic, collects a second week at #1 on the CHR/Top 40 chart. It’s the 21st week in the top 40 for the song. It loses a little over 400 spins in the last seven days, which is bound to increase during the next week, though it certainly had an impressive run to the top. Horan still has a chance to top the Hot AC chart before all is said and done, as “Slow” rises from 4-3 this week. The competition may be fierce, but given its Top 40 success, it could sneak in some time at #1.

The Irish singer’s “Too Much To Ask”, the third single from Flicker, ranks just below the top 50 this week, and is poised to reach the region before its impact date on October 10. Horan’s former bandmate, Liam Payne, advances 3-2 with the Quavo-assisted “Strip That Down”. Two members of the same act replacing each other at #1 is quite the rarity. Should it occur next week, prepare for a bit of Top 40 trivia to come your way…

MALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY): Four new songs break into the top 50 on this week’s CHR/Top 40 chart, lead by a strong #41 debut for Post Malone‘s “rockstar”, featuring 21 Savage. The hot track, which soared to #1 on iTunes upon release, makes a giant 42-18 jump on this week’s Rhythmic chart, while it also charges into the top 40 on the Urban survey. A couple of spots below that, a new single from Khalid enters the top 50. “Young Dumb & Broke”, which is currently #9 on the Rhythmic chart, bows in at #43. In a couple of days, Khalid’s collaboration with Marshmello, called “Silence”, impacts at the format, just a week after “Young” had its impact week. We’ll see if the two songs can slay the charts together, or if they’ll cancel each other out. (I’m betting on the former.)

As it climbs to #34 on the Hot AC survey, “Dusk Till Dawn” debuts at #47 on this week’s CHR/Top 40 chart for ZAYN and Sia. The tune marks the fourth solo top 50 entry for the former One Direction member, though it reaches the countdown in the same week that another of the group’s members, Louis Tomlinson, is purged from the chart with “Back To You”, featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals. Lastly, at #50, duo Axwell Λ Ingrosso scores their second chart single of the year with “More Than You Know”. It follows the Kid Ink-assisted “I Love You”, which got as high as #28 at the end of April. Fortunately, the two guys weren’t chasing after remaking the Martika hit of the same name; her “More Than You Know” peaked at #16 in March 1989.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (September 19, 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: Imagine Dragons dabble in musical meteorology, while Nick Jonas is found with a sound and Fifth Harmony gives us something to “Like”. A sweet new year is on the way for our Jewish viewers, and I am a part of that, so I think I can line up a sweet recap before the Rosh Hashanah festivities begin. Let’s get going:

LIGHTNING STRIKES “THUNDER”: Weather or not you’re a fan of the latest pop hit by Imagine Dragons, it’s certainly in great shape at the CHR/Top 40 format. As the follow-up to “Believer”, which recently peaked at #3, “Thunder” rolls onto the list at #2 among the Most Added songs this week, scoring 44 stations on impact. It missed the top spot on the report by four adds, giving “Too Good At Goodbyes” from Sam Smith the edge for a second week at #1. “Thunder” sits at #3 on the current Alternative chart and #23 on the most recent Hot AC update, with climbs expected at both formats in the coming weeks.

POP GOES THE PRONOUNS: Are we ready for a grammar lesson? Get out your notebooks, kids. You’ll locate a few potent pop pronouns in the titles of this week’s Most Added songs at Top 40 radio, including “Find You” (#3, 42 stations) by Nick Jonas and Like That” (#4, 37 stations) by Fifth Harmony, both of which had a solid performance on impact. Additionally, “Let Me Go” (#8, 24 stations) by Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line & Watt had a nice second week, following its great impact last week. School’s back in session, and so are the A-list artists and their releases, so make sure to study hard! (Don’t worry about the midterm exam from PGTC; all of you readers out there get a passing grade.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. SAM SMITH, “Too Good At Goodbyes” (Capitol)
2. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
3. NICK JONAS, “Find You” (Island/Republic)
4. FIFTH HARMONY, “He Like That” (Syco/Epic)
5. TAYLOR SWIFT, “…Ready For It?” (Big Machine/Republic)
6. ZAYN featuring SIA, “Dusk Till Dawn” (RCA)
7. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)
8-T. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
8-T. HAILEE STEINFELD & ALESSO featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE & WATT, “Let Me Go” (Republic)
10. KELLY CLARKSON, “Love So Soft” (Atlantic/RRP)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 18-19, 2017)

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 five singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ASTRID S – “Think Before I Talk” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: The Norwegian performer has yet to chart here, though “Hurts So Good” did receive a little pop airplay last fall.

FIFTH HARMONY – “He Like That” (Syco/Epic)
Album: Fifth Harmony (2017)
Past T40 History: After “Down” failed to break the top 20, will the group rebound with the second single from their self-titled set?

IMAGINE DRAGONS – “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
Album: Evolve (2017)
Past T40 History: The Las Vegas group is back in pop radio’s good graces, having just reached #3 earlier this year with “Believer”.

NICK JONAS – “Find You” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Jonas is looking for his seventh solo top 40 hit at the format, the biggest of which was “Jealous”, a one-week #1.

ZAYN featuring SIA – “Dusk Till Dawn” (RCA)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Going for his fifth chart song, Malik is the one member of One Direction not currently in the top 40 at this time.

Next week: Charly Black and Luis Fonsi bring their “Party” onto pop playlists, while Ed Sheeran has a “Perfect” solution for a station in need of a hit…

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 (March 14, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: it’s raining, it’s pouring, but Nicki Minaj and Stargate are scoring with pop panel breakouts, while the usual suspects keep things busy in the top ten. Time to get wet (no, not that Get Wet) and splash around with some station stats:

IN THE P!NK: They’ve been hitting as writers and producers on the CHR chart since the fall of 2000, but Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen weren’t content with just that. So, the guys from Norway, together as Stargate, are now on the verge of their first top 40 hit as artists. “Waterfall”, featuring pop superstars P!nk and Sia, has a good start with the (star)gatekeepers of the format this week, launching with a very healthy 41 adds — the Most Added song of the week. Coincidentally, this was the week in 2000 (the 3/17/00 issue of Radio & Records, to be exact) that P!nk’s debut hit, “There You Go”, first reached the top 40 at the format. So, here she goes again! Stations in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco are among the 41, so watch out for this song and its potential fast ascent up the survey.

Two of Stargate’s recent compositions are currently top 40 on the format: “Issues” (#14) by Julia Michaels, and “Run Up” (#35) by Major Lazer featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj. The duo both co-wrote and co-produced the singles. (More on Minaj below!) No word on when any additional music by the two men will be coming out, regardless of whether it’s under their own name or a production for another act. Either way, we’ll be looking out for it.

Not many Norwegian acts are able to break the U.S. charts, though a-ha, M2M and Madcon are among them. Of course, a-ha is the most successful of the bunch, as “Take On Me” (driven by its iconic music video) spent three weeks at #1 on Radio & Records in October 1985. They can stick to drawing comic books; I’ll stick to drawing conclusions for the pop world.

“TEARS” FOR FEARS: Everybody wants to rule the adds report, but just one song can make it to the top. However, a top five placing on Tuesday is still worth shouting about. Rapper and singer Nicki Minaj sows some seeds and comes up with a winner, “Regret In Your Tears”. It’s new on 23 stations, good for the fourth Most Added song of the week. “Regret” is one of three songs that Minaj issued on Friday as a part of a surprise release; one of them, “No Frauds” (with Drake and Lil Wayne), is the Most Added record at Rhythmic and Urban radio this week. That song addresses two recent diss records by Remy Ma, who reached a peak of #45 at the CHR/Top 40 format last year with “All The Way Up”, a collaboration with Fat Joe. All three of Minaj’s tracks remain in the top 40 overall on iTunes.

Raised in Queens, she first hit the CHR/Top 40 chart as a main-credited act in June 2010 with “Your Love”, which got as high as #21 that August. She’s the only act with two songs in this week’s top ten Most Added tracks at the format, which also includes her feature on Jason Derulo‘s “Swalla”. Needless to say, radio is head over heels for her once again. (No, Tears For Fears isn’t making a CHR comeback… at least not yet. I’m looking at you, The Weeknd.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
STARGATE featuring P!NK and SIA“Waterfall” (RCA)
THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY“Something Just Like This” (Disruptor/Columbia)
LORDE, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic)
NICKI MINAJ, “Regret In Your Tears” (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic)
ZEDD & ALESSIA CARA, “Stay” (Def Jam-Interscope)
AXWELL & INGROSSO featuring KID INK, “I Love You” (Def Jam)
JASON DERULO featuring NICKI MINAJ and TY DOLLA $IGN, “Swalla” (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
FLO RIDA & 99 PERCENT, “Cake” (APG/Atlantic)
CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
MARTIN GARRIX & DUA LIPA, “Scared To Be Lonely” (RCA)

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The “Thrill” Isn’t Gone: 40’s In The 40

"Time" is on their side.

“Time” is on their side.

Making the top five on the Top 40 radio chart is no cheap thrill, so Sia and Sean Paul have reason to be very excited right now. In fact, “Cheap Thrills” looks like it may rise to #1 later this month, which could solidify its status as 2016’s Song Of The Summer. As a dark horse contender, one that entered the top 50 in early March and is now surging months later, it’s a pretty cool sight to see. It’s also a great turnaround for the Australian singer/songwriter, who just missed the top 40 late last year with “Alive”. (The two songs can be found on her This Is Acting album, released in January.)

Will it rank among the weirdest hit collaborations ever? Perhaps it’s not at the The KLF and Tammy Wynette level, but it’s still an odd one. Even more notable than that, both acts are scoring this massive single at age 40 (Sia) or higher (43, Sean Paul.) For a format that’s often seen as ageist, you’d think that a combination like that may not get a fair shake with the gatekeepers of the large U.S. radio companies. However, “Cheap” has persevered, and it won’t stop until it reaches the top.

Though Mediabase 24/7 doesn’t credit Paul at the moment, despite the fact that it’s the top-selling and top-played version at radio here, the Hot 100 and its airplay components do. So, because it ranks #6 on the Hot 100 and looks to break the top five, let’s take a look back at some of the big songs including two credited solo acts over 40 on that list, as well as Radio & Records and Mediabase:

Here are five, beginning in the 1970’s…

“Nadia’s Theme (The Young And The Restless)”, Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr. (1976)
Hot 100: #8, December 12
R&R: #5, November 19

This song has quite a story, which begins in 1971 with the film Bless The Beasts And Children. Then, it was called “Cotton’s Dream”. From there, it became the theme of the daytime soap opera featured in its title, and finally, ABC used the tune in a montage of clips featuring gymnast Nadia Comăneci and her routines for the 1976 Olympics. When it charted, De Vorzon was 42 and Botkin was 43.

“To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before”, Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson (1984)
Hot 100: #5, May 19
R&R: #15, May 4 and 11

One of the most polarizing ballads of the 80’s didn’t have the strength to hit the top ten on R&R, but strong sales certainly made up the difference when it came to Billboard’s rankings. Iglesias’s largely English 1100 Bel Air Place became a multi-Platinum success, a real breakthrough during that year. The Madrid-born singer was 40 then, and Nelson turned 51 the month before the song peaked.

“(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life”, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (1987)
Hot 100: #1 for one week, November 28
R&R: #1 for one week, November 20

When we think of iconic movie songs, this has to be one of them. Dirty Dancing swept the nation in the fall of 1987, and this cut off the wildly successful soundtrack was the first single, reaching #1 in November. It was the first chart-topper for 47-year-old Medley since his 1966 hit with The Righteous Brothers, “(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration”. Warnes, who also had a #1 hit in 1982, was 40.

“Don’t Know Much”, Linda Ronstadt featuring Aaron Neville (1989)
Hot 100: #2, December 22
R&R: #4, December 8

After several versions of this song failed to break the top 40, including a solo version by the aforementioned Medley earlier in that decade, the song finally became a hit at the very end of the 80’s as a male-female duet. Ronstadt was 43, and Neville was 48 for the majority of its run, turning 49 just two days before its last week on R&R’s CHR chart. “All My Life” just missed the top ten in 1990.

“All For Love”, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting (1994)
Hot 100: #1 for three weeks, January 22 – February 5
R&R: #1 for four weeks, January 14 – February 4

“All” was featured in Disney’s The Three Musketeers, starring Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland. The film was not a hit with the critics, but it managed to propel this collaboration to the top of the charts, marking the last #1 for all three acts on the CHR survey. (Adams hit #1 on the Hot 100 again the next year.) Stewart turned 49 in the days before it climbed to #1 on R&R, and Sting was 42.

Now, you can decide for yourself whether these entries should count or not…

“That’s What Friends Are For”, Dionne & Friends (featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder) (1986)
Hot 100: #1 for four weeks, January 18 – February 8
R&R: #1 for two weeks, January 17 + 24

The single’s jacket credits the three “Friends” with a featured billing individually. However, neither trade chart chose to list all four performers, opting for the “Dionne & Friends” credit. Warwick turned 45 a few weeks before her final #1 song, while Knight was 41 at the time. (The two men, John and Wonder, were both younger than 40 then.)

“Get Lucky”, Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers (2013)
Hot 100: #2 for five weeks, June 29 – July 27
Mediabase: #2 for two weeks, July 14 + 21

The current digital release of Random Access Memories credits both featured acts. However, the initial release didn’t, only naming them in the writing and production credits. Some sources, including my personal chart, credit Williams and not Rodgers. Confused yet? If both acts count, Williams was 40 and Rodgers was 63 when the song peaked.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 29, 2016

This Is looking at a high debut.

This Is looking like a notable entry.

As January comes to a close, we have our last New Music Friday of the month, featuring big hair and big releases. Here are this week’s notable albums and singles:

  • SIA — This Is Acting (iTunes)
    • Singer/songwriter Furler’s latest album revolves around the concept of tracks that were written with other acts in mind; thus, it’s acting. Several instant grat tracks have been released from the album, but only “Alive” has gone to radio, receiving minor support on both the CHR and Hot AC panels. With big streaming numbers, it could land in the top five on next week’s chart.
  • RIHANNA — ANTI (iTunes)
    • It’s hard to tell how this Barbadian singer’s latest effort is going to perform this week in terms of sales numbers. A messy rollout of singles, an accidental album leak on Wednesday and some free giveaways could hinder its overall performance. Still, it could debut at #1, much like her newest single “Work” flew to the top of the sales chart.
  • CHARLIE PUTH — Nine Track Mind (iTunes)
    • Originally intended for release back in November, the New Jersey performer’s first full-length set is out this week and features “One Call Away”, his current radio hit. Puth has his mind on a top ten debut on the Billboard 200.
  • KEVIN GATES — Islah (iTunes)
    • This Louisiana rapper has been putting out mixtapes since 2006, but this is his first proper album. Two tracks are selling quite well from the set: current radio single “2 Phones” and the viral hit “Really Really”.
  • More albums out this week: Bloc Party‘s Hymns (iTunes), Dream Theater‘s The Astonishing (iTunes), J. Cole‘s Forest Hills Drive: Live From Fayetteville, NC (iTunes), Phil Collins‘s deluxe reissues of Both Sides (iTunes) and Face Value (iTunes), St. Lucia‘s Matter (iTunes), Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s Let Me Get By (iTunes), Tori Kelly‘s Unbreakable Smile (reissue) (iTunes), Wet‘s Don’t You (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Massive Attack‘s Ritual Spirit (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Aftershock”, Cash Cash featuring Jacquie Lee (iTunes)
  • “Do Me All Again”, Mackenzie Thoms (iTunes)
  • “Graffiti”, The Cadillac Three (iTunes)
  • “Hypnotized”, Akon (iTunes)
  • “In The Name Of You”, Elton John (iTunes)
  • “LA Confidential”, Tory Lanez (iTunes)
  • “Lean On”, Campsite Dream (iTunes)
  • “Learning”, Anderson East (iTunes)
  • “Pillowtalk”, Zayn Malik (iTunes)
  • “Rita Mae Young”, The Record Company (iTunes)
  • “Southern Boy”, Jordan Rager featuring Jason Aldean (iTunes)
  • “Torches”, Daughtry (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Charles Kelley, Elton John, Wiz Khalifa and more.

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