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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 18, 2018)

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. Are we happy about Thanksgiving? We may know a few guys who are happier than most this week, but it’s merely a rumor. Anyways, here’s all the action this Sunday:

BASTILLE’S DAY: After topping the Alternative chart two weeks ago, “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille becomes the new #1 song at the Top 40 format, advancing from #2 last week. It’s the first song by both acts to lead the pop chart. It’s also the first title to reach the top at both formats since “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons during the fall of last year. The collaboration still has a chance at topping the Hot AC survey, up 9-7 on the current chart. Meanwhile, on the Top 40 airwaves, Ariana Grande‘s “Breathin” (up 8-4) and Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” (up 10-5) should battle it out for the next chart-topper in the coming weeks.

HITS RUN “DEEP”: Making a move from 43-39 this week, Zara Larsson‘s “Ruin My Life” becomes her seventh top 40 single at the format and leads a pair of new entries to the region. The other title, “Waste It On Me”, crawls up one notch from 41-40 and gives both Steve Aoki and BTS their third top 40 titles here. Additionally, Aoki previously remixed BTS’s first single to reach the Top 40 chart, “MIC Drop”, which spent two weeks at #24 in January.

Further down the list, prominent re-entries by Bad Bunny featuring Drake (“MIA”, #44) and Rita Ora (“Let You Love Me”, #45) lead the way with notable moves back into the region. The highest new song of the week, checking in at #48, is the debut chart entry for singer Ava Max. “Sweet But Psycho” has been a Viral hit on Spotify for some time and is reacting very well nationally in parts of Europe. Additionally, Logan Henderson‘s “Pull Me Deep” breaks in at #50, his second solo single to reach the region. In May, the first of his two entries, “Bite My Tongue”, got to #38. He also sang on three top 40 songs for the boy band Big Time Rush.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 9, 2018

Imagine that… another hit album.

You don’t have to imagine where these big releases originated from; they’re all vying for #1 on next week’s album chart. Who has the best chance of leading the way? These are the notable digital and physical releases out this Friday:

IMAGINE DRAGONS – Origins (iTunes)
Just last year, the Las Vegas band dropped an album called ƎVOLVE that launched massive hits like “Believer” and “Whatever It Takes” onto the charts at several radio formats. Now, with “Natural” achieving similar results, look for the act’s current album to be a strong contender for the top spot on the Billboard 200 list next week.

KANE BROWN Experiment (iTunes)
Brown’s built up quite a hit streak at country radio, especially given the format’s hesitance with his first top 40 release, “Used To Love You Sober”. Now, as “Lose It” appears headed for the top in the coming weeks, his latest studio album should deliver a nice opening sales week with a solid amount of streaming action.

LIL PEEP Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2 (iTunes)
The late performer’s first EP entered the top 40 on the Billboard 200 in 2017, and his second release should result in even better numbers. He’s currently just below the top 40 on the Alternative and Rhythmic radio lists with a non-album collaboration called “Falling Down” with the late XXXTENTACION.

MUSE Simulation Theory (iTunes)
Currently climbing on the Alternative and Active Rock charts with a single titled “Pressure”, this English group will likely receive their fifth top ten album in the U.S. next week. Their last set, released in 2015, went all the way to #1. Could this do the same?

Notable albums out this week: Charles Bradley‘s Black Velvet (iTunes), Hanson‘s String Theory (iTunes), John Splithoff‘s Make It Happen (Deluxe) (iTunes), Jon Bellion‘s Glory Sound Prep (iTunes), Jonas Blue‘s Blue (iTunes), Olly Murs‘s You Know I Know (iTunes), Steve Aoki‘s Neon Future III (iTunes), The Revivalists‘s Take Good Care (iTunes), Train‘s Greatest Hits (iTunes), Trippie Redd‘s A Love Letter To You 3 (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Chelsea Cutler‘s Sleeping With Roses II (iTunes), Crush Club‘s Alive (iTunes), I Don’t Know How But They Found Me‘s 1981 (iTunes), Lewis Capaldi‘s Breach (iTunes), Sabrina Carpenter‘s Singular (Act 1) (iTunes), Whethan‘s Life Of A Wallflower, Vol. 1 (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“ADHD”, Brunswick (iTunes)
“Amy’s Song”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Birdsong”, Regina Spektor (iTunes)
“Burn It”, FEVER 333 (iTunes)
“Bruises”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Candy”, Theia (iTunes)
“Care Less More”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Chances”, Backstreet Boys (iTunes)
“Empty Space (Luca Schreiner Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Falling”, LÉON (iTunes)
“Fascination”, The Beaches (iTunes)
“For Your Love”, Montaigne (iTunes)
“Fortress”, Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“God Dammit”, Illenium & Call Me Karizma (iTunes)
“Gonna Be Alright”, Tritonal featuring Mozella (iTunes)
“Happier (Stripped)”, Marshmello x Bastille (iTunes)
“Hey DJ”, CNCO x Meghan Trainor x Sean Paul (iTunes)
“Hurts Like Hell”, Madison Beer featuring Offset (iTunes)
“Important” and “Oxygen”, RØMANS (iTunes)
“Invisible”, Anna Clendening (iTunes)
“Just Slide”, Harry Hudson featuring Jaden Smith (iTunes)
“Let You Love Me (Acoustic)”, Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Look At Me Now”, Emily King (iTunes)
“Look At Us Now”, The Him (iTunes)
“Love Made Me Do It”, Cheryl (iTunes)
“Need Somebody”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“Never Enough”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“Nostalgia Is A Lie”, Goody Grace (iTunes)
“Not Thinkin’ Bout You (Remix)”, Ruel featuring GoldLink (iTunes)
“Older”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“Overseas”, Desiigner featuring Lil Pump (iTunes)
“Paper Dreams”, Jamie N Commons (iTunes)
“Paper Rain”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“Patient”, NUUXS featuring Zac Pajak (iTunes)
“Question Mark”, Alexander Oscar (iTunes)
“Run That Back (Remix)”, Sofi De La Torre featuring Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Serious”, Midnight Kids featuring Matthew Koma (iTunes)
“Slow Dancing In The Dark (Loud Luxury Remix)”, Joji (iTunes)
“Shoot Out (English Version)”, Monsta X (iTunes)
“Such A Night”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
“The Big Unknown”, Sade (iTunes)
“Thursday (Jack Wins Remix)”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Used To”, Sandro Cavazza featuring Lou Elliotte (iTunes)
“Voices In My Head”, Ashley Tisdale (iTunes)
“Waiting On You”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Waste Of Time”, Lostboycrow featuring Bea Miller (iTunes)
“White Christmas”, OneRepublic (iTunes)
“Worst Nites”, Foster The People (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Little Mix, Mariah CareyMumford & Sons and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 4, 2018)

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. Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday! It’s a super important midterm election this year and your voice matters. Meanwhile, these voices count on the airwaves all around the country. Time to see what’s popping this Sunday:

THANK “GOD” IT’S SUNDAY: Congrats to Ariana Grande and her second #1 single of the Sweetener era, “God Is A Woman”, moving from 2-1 on this week’s Top 40 chart. It reaches the top in its 15th week in the top 40. Grande’s “Breathin” climbs from 13-9, which is also likely to cruise to #1 before the end of the year. However, this comes at the interesting time for the performer, as a new tune off her upcoming album, titled “Thank U, Next”, debuted on Saturday evening to a good dose of online buzz and solid sales and streaming momentum. (Expect some curiosity play in the coming days, though it hasn’t officially been serviced to any format.) Does “Thank” cut deeper into the spins for her two big hits, or will they all co-exist together in one big family of smashes? We’ll see soon.

“CLOSE” ENCOUNTERS: A pair of top pop songs enter the top 40 on this week’s chart, as DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B‘s “Taki Taki” rises from 43-38, while Why Don’t We‘s “8 Letters” climbs from 42-39. Meanwhile, four tracks are new to the top 50, led by “Waste It On Me” by Steve Aoki featuring BTS at #45. Aoki and the band previously charted together nearly a year ago, when his remix of the septet’s Desiigner-assisted “MIC Drop” spent two weeks at #24 in January. That release is the highest-charting song for both acts at the Top 40 format, while “Waste” will likely become the third top 40 hit for both. A couple of spots lower, “Close To Me” comes in at #47 for Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee. It’s the first time that all three acts have appeared on the same song. Newcomers Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine bounce into the #49 position with “Ain’t Easy”, a radio hit in Canada across multiple formats from earlier this year. Finally, at #50, Rita Ora tries again for her second top 40 single of the year with “Let You Love Me”. She previously entered that region back in January with “For You”, a duet with Liam Payne from the movie Fifty Shades Freed that topped out at #35.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 30, 2018)

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: Halloween hits from Steve Aoki featuring BTS and Zara Larsson are a dynamic trick-or-treating duo, but who has the best chartworthy costume of all? Time to answer the door and add ’em up:

A “LIFE” UPDATE: Four releases, three of them impacting, battled it out for the top spot on this Tuesday’s Top 40 report, which all ended north of 30 adds during the session. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be for those new three new titles, with “Sunflower” from Post Malone and Swae Lee (from the film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse) swinging back into the pop throne with 42 more stations this week. A mere two adds behind, Aoki and BTS finished in second place with “Waste It On Me”, as Larsson scored a third place finish with 37 stations for “Ruin My Life”. Additionally, Lukas Graham‘s “Love Someone”, climbing through the top 20 on the Hot AC survey, landed 34 Top 40 adds this Tuesday for a fourth place rank. Watch out for “Waste”, “Ruin” and “Love” in the top 50 at the format by this or next weekend. Now, it’s off to get some candy bars…

Next week, look for the newest hits by DJ Snake and Ellie Goulding to continue their ascent on Tuesday’s report, as “Taki Taki” and “Close To Me” officially impact here after significant early activity. This week, the former release is in eighth place with 22 new stations, while the latter ties for sixth with 26. (“Taki” is already in the published top 50, with “Close” well on its way to entering.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. POST MALONE & SWAE LEE, “Sunflower” (Interscope-Republic)
2. STEVE AOKI featuring BTS, “Waste It On Me” (Ultra)
3. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life” (TEN/Epic)
4. LUKAS GRAHAM, “Love Someone” (Warner Bros.)
5. DEAN LEWIS, “Be Alright” (Island/Republic)
6-T. CAMILA CABELLO, “Consequences” (Syco/Epic)
6-T. ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE, “Close To Me” (Interscope)
8. DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B, “Taki Taki” (Geffen/Interscope)
9. LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER, “Shallow” (Interscope)
10. SILK CITY & DUA LIPA, “Electricity” (Columbia)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 29-30, 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 six new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AVA MAX – “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Just in time for Halloween, Ava’s spooky single impacts at the Top 40 format. It’s her first radio release to date.

LIL DUVAL featuring SNOOP DOGG & BALL GREEZY – “Smile (Living My Best Life)” (EMPIRE)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Dogg’s last chart entry here was in 2015 as a featured artist on Prince Royce‘s “Stuck On A Feeling”, a #16 hit.

LIVVIA – “Damn” (12 Tone)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: This performer’s last release at the format, the Quavo-assisted “Catch A Body”, reached #37 for a week in May.

LUKAS GRAHAM – “Love Someone” (Warner Bros.)
Album: 3 (The Purple Album) (2018)
Past T40 History: The Danish band is searching for their fourth top 40 song at the format. “7 Years” spent one week at #1 in 2016.

STEVE AOKI featuring BTS – “Waste It On Me” (Ultra)
Album: Neon Future III (2018)
Past T40 History: The popular DJ/producer and K-pop act have four top 40 tracks at the format between them. How will this do?

ZARA LARSSON – “Ruin My Life” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Larsson has six top 40 songs to date, led by “Never Forget You” (with MNEK), which got as high as #5 in 2016.

Next week: collaborations led by DJ Snake and Ellie Goulding are among the top titles impacting at the format next Tuesday.

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

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 12)

The Pitch is back.

The Pitch is back.

Another big soundtrack is ready to hit the top of the charts this week, so get ready to fill up your “Cups” with popcorn and fill up a playlist with some new tunes. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of May 12:

  • Back in 2012, the first Pitch Perfect film became a sleeper hit at the box office thanks to word of mouth and a steady record of DVD and soundtrack purchases. Of course, Anna Kendrick‘s “Cups (When I’m Gone)” became a national top ten hit as the sales continued. We’ll see if that happens again with the soundtrack to Pitch Perfect 2, out this week. “Flashlight” is the current single from it, performed by Jessie J. (iTunes)
  • Led by the recent Rhythmic and Urban radio single “Peaches And Cream”, featuring album producer Pharrell, the rapper named Snoop Dogg barks up a new release with BUSH, his thirteenth studio album. Will it rank him in the top ten for the first time in four years? Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • 37-year-old dance producer Steve Aoki is out with Neon Future II, which follows last fall’s first edition. The current radio single from it is “I Love It When You Cry (Moxoki)”, featuring Moxie Raia. Look for it somewhere in the top 40. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Beba Rexha‘s I Don’t Wanna Grow Up (EP) (iTunes), David Duchovny‘s Hell Or Highwater (iTunes), Della Mae‘s Della Mae (iTunes), Ed Sheeran‘s 5 (EPs) (iTunes), Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell‘s The Traveling Kind (iTunes), Hinder‘s When The Smoke Clears (iTunes), Incubus‘s Trust Fall (Side A – EP) (iTunes), JD Souther‘s Tenderness (iTunes), Leonard Cohen‘s Can’t Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour (iTunes), Surfer Blood‘s 1000 Palms (iTunes), The Tallest Man On Earth‘s Dark Bird Is Home (iTunes) and Veil Of Maya‘s Matriarch (iTunes).

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

  • “Crave”, the new single from Parachute. (iTunes)
  • “Eventually”, an instant grat track from Tame Impala. (iTunes)
  • “F**ked Up”, a fan favorite from Young Rising Sons. (iTunes)
  • “Stronger”, new from Kiesza. (iTunes)
  • “Verge”, a collaboration by Owl City and Aloe Blacc. (iTunes)
  • “West End Kids”, the new single from New Politics. (iTunes)
  • the three American Idol coronation song choices: “Beautiful Life” by Nick Fradiani (iTunes), “Champion” by Clark Beckham (iTunes) and “Force Field” by Jax (iTunes)

Next week is a Monday release date, which features albums from Mariah Carey, twenty one pilots, Zedd and more! Preview these and more releases coming on Sunday night.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 30)

Royalty on the record charts.

Royalty on the record charts.

The time has come for a mighty mix of music releases to hit retailers in what can only be described as… epic. (The large amount of items, that is, not the record label.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 30:

  • Who needs just one new album when you can drop two in a week? That is the case with the legendary Prince, new to stores this week with a solo set, Art Official Age (iTunes), and a set of collaborations with the Purple One’s latest protégés, trio 3rdEyeGirl, titled PlectrumElectrum (iTunes). Neither release has produced any hit singles on the Hot 100, but the initial buzz should carry the two up the album survey.
  • For those of you loving some Country music, two new albums by superstar acts will be going for six figure opening weeks. “Neon Light” singer and longtime The Voice judge Blake Shelton is Bringing Back The Sunshine (iTunes) with his newest album, while Lady Antebellum is aboard a 747 (iTunes) to the #1 spot. Either one could enter at the top, though Shelton seems the more likely of the two.
  • Representing for the solo females on the schedule this week are California singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat with the delayed Gypsy Heart (iTunes), featuring recent single “Try”, while newcomer Tove Lo looks to be the Queen Of The Clouds (iTunes) with her debut full-length album. “Habits (Stay High)” is the hit from that one. Both might debut in the top ten when all is said and done.
  • Other releases out this week include: Boyz II Men‘s Collide (iTunes), Bryan Adams‘s Tracks Of My Years (iTunes), Gerard Way‘s Hesitant Alien (iTunes), Jeff Bridges and the Abiders‘s Live (iTunes), Lucinda Williams‘s Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone (iTunes), Melissa Etheridge‘s This Is M.E. (iTunes), Steve Aoki‘s Neon Future I (iTunes) and The Script‘s No Sound Without Silence (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:

  • “L.A.LOVE (la la)”, new from singer Fergie. (iTunes)
  • “Something In The Water”, a new single from Country star Carrie Underwood. (iTunes)
  • “Steal My Girl”, a brand new single from boy band One Direction. (iTunes)
  • “Yellow Flicker Beat”, a soundtrack cut from Lorde. (iTunes)

Next week, the madness continues with a huge release from Jason Aldean, plus newcomers Betty Who, Hozier and Tinashe all hit the scene with their debut full-length albums. A full preview is coming in seven!

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