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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 13, 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: A virtually unknown artist named Taylor Swift (who?) delicately tiptoes onto the Top 40 airwaves, while newcomers In Real Life sink some ink into the top ten. Let’s add ’em up:

SAME SWIFT, DIFFERENT DAY: In the middle of another week of nice adds for acts like 5 Seconds Of Summer, Meghan Trainor and Post Malone, there’s one name who swiftly captures the attention of the Top 40 radio panel. No surprise here; that would be Big Machine/Republic superstar Taylor Swift and her latest single called “Delicate”. It lands 35 stations in its first week this Tuesday, putting it in second place (ten stations behind Trainor’s “No Excuses”.) This is Swift’s fifth release to make the top 50 from her current album reputation, which includes four radio singles and an instant grat (“Gorgeous”) that had a handful of weeks on in October and November. A clip for “Delicate” premiered on an award show on Sunday, dancing its way into the #1 position on YouTube’s Trending video chart following its debut.

Formed on ABC’s Boy Band last summer, Hollywood’s In Real Life, who saw some limited airplay at the format last year with the song “Eyes Closed”, officially impacts for the first time at the format with their current single, “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)”. The band, composed of five members between the ages of 16 and 20, ties for third place with two other songs, reaching 27 stations on impact. You’ll also find newcomer LIVVIA with a nice first week for “Catch A Body”, featuring Quavo from Migos, in ninth place with 20 stations. The performer was previously credited as Olivia Somerlyn, and though she did receive some limited airplay here with a handful of songs several years ago, especially on satellite radio, she never previously entered the top 50.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. MEGHAN TRAINOR, “No Excuses” (Epic)
2. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Delicate” (Big Machine/Republic)
3-T. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Want You Back” (Capitol)
3-T. IN REAL LIFE, “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)” (Hollywood)
3-T. KENDRICK LAMAR & SZA, “All The Stars” (Interscope)
6-T. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)
6-T. POST MALONE featuring TY DOLLA $IGN, “Psycho” (Republic)
8. DUA LIPA, “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)
9. LIVVIA featuring QUAVO, “Catch A Body” (VIA Music)
10. ARLISSA & JONAS BLUE, “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie” (Def Jam)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 6, 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: Meghan Trainor‘s a no-brainer on the Top 40 airwaves, but how do the other impacting records fare in the top ten? Let’s add ’em all up:

BEGGIN’ FOR MEGHAN: As recent winners from 5 Seconds Of Summer, Bazzi and Dua Lipa, among others, stormed the top ten on this week’s adds report once again, it’s Epic’s Meghan Trainor who lands “No Excuses” at #1 on the official update, in with 119 stations on impact. The track leads her forthcoming third studio album, likely due in the next few months. On Sunday, it’s poised to officially become her ninth top 40 title at the format, one less than her total on the Hot AC chart, where “I’m A Lady” had a short run in the top 40 last year. Her highest-charting song to date remains her debut single, “All About That Bass”, a three-week #1 from September and October 2014. Will “No” say yes to becoming her second #1 at the format? Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, a buzzing newcomer, Def Jam’s Arlissa, sneaks into the lower end of the top ten during her impact week with “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie”, a collaboration with Capitol’s Jonas Blue. “Hearts” starts at 21 stations, landing in ninth place on the update. It was originally released at the end of November in 2016, and with an acoustic version and its updated remix, “Hearts” now has over 13 million combined streams at Spotify. Watch out for another cool collaboration, “Everyday” by Logic and Marshmello, in with 19 stations and a tenth place finish. However, that sum comes four weeks ahead of its impact date on April 3. (Needless to say, that record will fly in the coming weeks.) It gives Marshmello two titles in the top ten this week, as “Friends” (with Anne-Marie) has a total of 30 new stations reporting, good for seventh place.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. MEGHAN TRAINOR, “No Excuses” (Epic)
2. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Want You Back” (Capitol)
3. KENDRICK LAMAR & SZA, “All The Stars” (Interscope)
4. DUA LIPA, “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)
5. BAZZI, “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)
6. POST MALONE featuring TY DOLLA $IGN, “Psycho” (Republic)
7. MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE, “Friends” (Warner Bros.)
8. NIALL HORAN, “On The Loose” (Capitol)
9. ARLISSA & JONAS BLUE, “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie” (Def Jam)
10. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 26-27, 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:

BAZZI – “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Singer Andrew Bazzi’s first song at the format make an terrific 48-36 move on the most recent published chart.

BÜLOW – “Not A Love Song” (Casablanca/Republic)
EP: Damaged Vol. 1 (2017)
Past T40 History: The 17-year-old German-Canadian performer heads to the format with the first radio single from her debut EP.

DUA LIPA – “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Dua Lipa (2017)
Past T40 History: Now in her fifth week at #1 at the format with “New Rules”, Lipa should have no problem piling adds this week.

JANELLE MONÁE – “Make Me Feel” (Atlantic)
Album: Dirty Computer (2018)
Past T40 History: Six years ago, Monáe was featured on fun.‘s four-week #1 titled “We Are Young”. Will she reach the top again?

KENDRICK LAMAR & SZA – “All The Stars” (Interscope)
Album: Black Panther (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: Lamar’s collaboration with The Weeknd from the same soundtrack, “Pray For Me”, advances 17-15 this week.

MACKENZIE NICOLE – “Preview” (Strange Music)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Nicole hasn’t entered the top 50 here, but her single “Actin’ Like You Know” picked up some adds back in 2016.

Next week: Format newcomer Arlissa teams with Jonas Blue for “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie”. Will the panel be truthful? We’ll see.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 25, 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. Feel free to send me any gifts you desire for my birthday, which just so happens to fall on Thursday. Meanwhile, I shall give you the gift of Top 40 realness on this week’s chart:

FADE FROM “NEW”: Sadly, this will be the fifth and final week at #1 on the Top 40 chart for Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules”, as it loses another 1,000 spins this week to land just 300 spins above the obvious next chart-topper, NF‘s “Let You Down”, up 4-3 this week. It isn’t all bad for Lipa, however: not only was five weeks a great run for “New”, but her new single, “IDGAF”, gets an early debut in the top 50 at #47. The song officially impacts at the format this week. “IDGAF” became an early winner at streaming services in the past few months, now at over 170 million streams on Spotify, while its video has also done particularly well, passing 100 million views on YouTube. Will the single give her two consecutive #1 hits in a row here? Stay tuned.

HANG “LOOSE”: One Direction‘s Niall Horan leads a pack of four new songs in this week’s top 50, launching at #43 with “On The Loose”. It’s the fourth chart entry from his chart-topping album Flicker, and could make the top 40 tomorrow. An alternate edit of the track was recently released digitally, chopping the original album version of “Loose” by just over a minute in length, including an extended instrumental passage in its coda. Behind Horan and Lipa’s “IDGAF”, previously mentioned at #47, “Want You Back” by 5 Seconds Of Summer and “All The Stars” by Kendrick Lamar & SZA, at #49 and #50, respectively, should pick up nice totals on this Tuesday’s adds report. The latter single is from the soundtrack to the blockbuster movie Black Panther, which stays at #1 for the second week on the Billboard 200 (and also tops the box office report once again.)

Next week, expect a potential chart debut from singer and songwriter Meghan Trainor, whose song “No Excuses” drops on March 1. Additional singles from bülow, Janelle Monáe and Mackenzie Nicole also impact this Tuesday, which could make the top 50 in the coming weeks.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 4-5, 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’s the only new cut impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

MAROON 5 featuring SZA – “What Lovers Do” (222/Interscope)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: The California group recently scored their 24th top 40 single at pop radio since 2003. SZA is new to the format.

Next week: new songs from Fergie and Kelly Clarkson lead the fierce female parade at Pop, but newcomer Andreas Moss has a top tune of his own… find out the details next Monday.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 3, 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. The long Labor Day weekend has us chilling by the pool or at the beach, as the unofficial end of summer begins. Now, here are some cold hard stats from the Top 40 chart:

GOOD TIME CHARLIE’S GOT THE SPINS: After reaching #1 in its 18th week in the pop top 40, “Attention” by Charlie Puth is at the top once again. The slow burner is the first single from his upcoming album VoiceNotes, which is due later this year. The hit is up less than 100 spins from last week, and could shed some play as stations return from their specialty holiday programming. The song also ranks at #3 on Hot AC, #13 on Rhythmic, #15 on AC and #35 on the Dance chart. Puth remains a sizable distance ahead of his nearest competitor, so a third week at #1 is likely next week.

Taylor Swift makes a big leap from 22-9 with “Look What You Made Me Do”, the lead single from Reputation. Earlier this week, it became the first song in the plays-per-week era to have a five-digit bullet on the rolling chart at the format. Two of her previous hits, 1989‘s “Shake It Off” and “Bad Blood”, both climbed to #10 (“Shake” up 15-10 and “Bad” up 14-10) in their second chart weeks. How quickly will “Look” rise to the top? Will it even hit the top, now that instant grat “…Ready For It?” is sitting pretty at #1 on iTunes? A lot can change in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

“DO” I DUE: When you’ve had two dozen top 40 hits like Maroon 5, you’re bound to have a big entry on the chart. Their 24th hit, titled “What Lovers Do”, breaks into the countdown at #27. The single features SZA, who hasn’t hit the pop survey before, but has a top five hit on both the Rhythmic and Urban charts with the Travis Scott-assisted “Love Galore”. (Just in case you’re wondering, it ranks in the top 70 here, so it would take some key adds and conversions to reach the top 50.) Originally a quintet, the California act is now a septet, up one member from their previous single, the Future-assisted #8 hit “Cold”. We’ll update you if they reach nine or ten members, or perhaps even more, by the time their new album is released.

Newcomer Blackbear also shows off what he can do (or rather, “doh”) with this week’s #48 entry, “Do Re Mi”. The musician hasn’t made charted at the pop format as an artist, but he’s produced or written a couple of top 40 singles here, including Justin Bieber‘s #9 hit from 2012, “Boyfriend”. If you thought this bear was in hibernation, think again; both his set, digital druglord, and the debut self-titled effort by Mansionz (his duo with “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” hitmaker Mike Posner) are winners in the streaming world.

PLAY YOUR CARDI RIGHT: In our latest pack of pop playing cards, Cardi B is certainly a queen. Her viral hit, “Bodak Yellow”, is the new #1 on the Urban chart this week, and it also debuts at #47 on the CHR/Top 40 chart. This is her first charting single here. The performer, born Belcalis Almanzar, previously appeared on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York. “Bodak” also jumps to #7 on the Rhythmic chart. The song is likely to continue to spread, but don’t expect it in heavy rotation on Country radio anytime soon.

The lone #1 hit to include the color yellow somewhere its title during the Radio & Records/Mediabase era is 1973’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John, which spent three weeks at the top spot in November and December. That spring, before the launch of R&R, “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree” held for four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 for Tony Orlando & Dawn.

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