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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (May 20-21, 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? Just one cut impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

HALSEY – “Nightmare” (Capitol)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Following its top 30 debut last Sunday, Halsey’s 11th top 40 single since 2015 is well on its way to bigger action.

Next week: A single from Becky G and Digital Farm Animals enters the zoo next Tuesday following the long holiday weekend.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 19, 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. “Stranger” things are happening here on the pop airwaves as we breeze through the middle of May, so let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

“DANCING” ON THE CEILING: After reaching the top of the Hot AC chart last week, Sam Smith and Normani climb from 2-1 on the Top 40 chart with “Dancing With A Stranger”. It’s Smith’s second #1 at the format and Normani’s second as a soloist, as she earned one chart-topper with the group Fifth Harmony. The collaboration hits the top in its 18th week in the top 40. Look for it to continue its run at the summit for at least a second week.

Looking towards her third #1 hit of the year, Halsey rockets in at #26 with her 11th top 40 single, “Nightmare”. One of those former chart-toppers, “Without Me”, falls below the top ten and is moved to recurrent status. The track “Summer Days” leaps from 41-36 on this week, earning Martin Garrix his fifth top 40 hit, Macklemore his tenth and Fall Out Boy‘s Patrick Stump his second as a solo artist. Stump’s prior solo appearance was with the Lupe Fiasco-assisted “This City”, which peaked at #25 in October 2011. The remaining two top 40 entries on the chart are by newcomers who have previously earned airplay at Rhythmic and Urban radio: “Ex” is up from 42-39 for Kiana Ledé, while “Look Back At It” launches from 45-40 for A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. The latter title is at #1 on the Urban chart this week, moving up from #4, while it slips out of the top spot and down to #2 on the Rhythmic list.

Juice WRLD leads this week’s pack of top 50 debuts, coming in at #44 with “Hear Me Calling”. The track is approaching the top 20 on the Rhythmic chart and will likely become his second top 40 single here in the next week or so. At #47, “Kill This Love” marks the first single to reach the region for the K-pop act Blackpink, a female quartet based in Seoul. Singer and songwriter Shoffy also hits the chart with his first entry, “Cool Again”, which bows at #48. Finally, at #50, the recent U.K. hit called “Boasty” sneaks into the top 50 for Wiley, Sean Paul, Stefflon Don and Idris Elba. It’s the first entry at the format for both Wiley and Elba.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (May 13-14, 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 three impacting tunes this week at the Top 40 format:

CHRISTIAN PAUL – “Strong” (12Tone/SRP)
Album: Christian Paul (EP) (2019)
Past T40 History: Paul is the only format newcomer this week. His label recently made the top 20 with Lauren Daigle’s “You Say”.

ED SHEERAN & JUSTIN BIEBER – “I Don’t Care” (Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: With a chart entry just below the top 20 on Sunday, expect this collaboration to potentially have a perfect week!

KYGO & RITA ORA – “Carry On” (Ultra/RCA)
Album: Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: Kygo has five top 40 singles to date; Ora has six. Will the movie’s second place opening help this one chart well?

Next week: stay tuned, you never know when something big will pop up…

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 12, 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. Oh, mama, have we got some huge action at the format for this Mother’s Day update! Lots of music to cover, so here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

ALL FOUR THE SUCKERS: Spending their fourth week at #1 on the Top 40 chart, the Jonas Brothers are in control with a hit that just won’t go away: “Sucker”. It’s the first single off their forthcoming album Happiness Begins. The song also skips from 6-2 on the Hot AC chart, while it’s now in the top 30 on the AC chart, rising 32-26. Can the recent Saturday Night Live performers get their fifth week at the top next Sunday, or will the competition suck them out of the summit? Stay tuned!

Much of the action this week is concentrated in the bottom half of the survey, which includes a number of tracks entering the top 40. The highest, coming in way up at #21, is the highly-anticipated collaboration from Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber. “I Don’t Care”, which debuted on Friday, also ranks at #20 on the Hot AC list. It’s the 17th top 40 hit on the pop survey for Sheeran and the 25th for Bieber. Dan + Shay bolt from 42-34 with their second top 40 hit at the format, “Speechless”, which hit #1 on the Country chart. It’s also a good week for Bazzi, who earns his third top 40 single with “Paradise”, moving from 41-35. Following him, MAX and Quinn XCII have a notable lift from 45-37 with “Love Me Less”, giving the two soloists their third and first top 40 entries, respectively. The collaboration “Power Is Power” is also new to the top 40 on the list, up from 46-40 for SZA, The Weekend and Travis Scott. SZA earns her third top 40 entry here, while The Weeknd gets his twelfth and Scott picks up his seventh. You can find this cut on For The Throne: Music Inspired By The HBO Series Game of Thrones, a compilation released late last month.

The debut action continues at #41 with “Summer Days”, a collaboration by Martin Garrix, Macklemore and Patrick Stump. At #45 and also entering the top 50, we have the new #1 song on the Rhythmic format: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie‘s “Look Back At It”, which marks the artist’s first entry at the pop format. The top five Alternative radio hit from SHAED titled “Trampoline” also enters the top 50 this week, landing at #48 to become the trio’s first entry here. That single is also headed towards the top 15 on the Hot AC list. Finally, at #49, the recent U.K. chart-topper by Lewis Capaldi, “Someone You Loved”, makes its first appearance on the list. It now ranks in the top 25 at the Hot AC format.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (May 6-7, 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 two impacting singles this week at the Top 40 format:

BLACKPINK – “Kill This Love” (YG Ent./Interscope)
Album: Kill This Love (EP) (2019)
Past T40 History: This K-pop group is hoping to get their first top 40 hit. The track reached the top ten in Japan and South Korea.

SHAWN MENDES – “If I Can’t Have You” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: With his eighth top 40 entry to date, Mendes hopes to earn his third #1 single at the format and first since 2017.

Next week: Christian Paul is among the new faces looking to have a strong week here on Tuesday, but he’ll be facing some larger competition in the form of two collaborations: Kygo & Rita Ora‘s soundtrack single from the movie Pokémon: Detective Pikachu and a rumored release by Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran that’s being teased on social media.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 5, 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. Brother, can you spare a hit? Sibling singles remain in control of the pop survey, while a few returning faces can be found further down the list. Here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

THE POWER OF THREE: Three brothers, three weeks. “Sucker” from the Jonas Brothers holds at #1 for the third week on the pop chart, as it climbs to #6 on the Hot AC survey. The song is taken from the album Happiness Begins, which hits stores on June 7. Follow-up single “Cool” cools off a little bit this week, though it’s up a notch to #16 on the Top 40 chart and #26 at Hot AC. “Sucker” is still gaining in airplay on the pop airwaves, up a little over 200 spins versus last week, though it’s unclear if the group will stay put for a fourth week at the top.

Crashing in at #25, Shawn Mendes has this week’s highest-charting debut with his eighth top 40 hit, “If I Can’t Have You”. This is the second consecutive week that a new song debuts within the top 25; last week, it was “ME!” by Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie that entered at #24, which subsequently jumps all the way up to #10. Mendes’s new track is not related to the song of the same name by Yvonne Elliman off the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which had a two-week run at #1 in April 1978. Other than this lofty debut, Jennifer Lopez is up from 42-40 with the French Montana-assisted “Medicine”, giving Lopez her 23rd top 40 entry and Montana has third. Coincidentally, this month marks the 20th anniversary of “If You Had My Love”, her first chart hit, breaking into the top 40: it moved from 49-35 in the Radio & Records issue dated May 14, 1999, which reflected the airplay of the prior week.

There are four more entries reaching the top 50 for the first time, led by Bazzi‘s “Paradise” at #41. It should enter the top 40 by next weekend. The first collaboration for MAX and Quinn XCII, “Love Me Less”, debuts at #45. The featured performer is searching for his first top 40 song at the format, having previously received minor airplay for his single “Straightjacket” and a featured appearance on Ayokay‘s “Kings Of Summer”. Another collaboration, this one from SZA, The Weekend and Travis Scott, bows at #46. From the compilation For The Throne: Music Inspired By The HBO Series Game Of Thrones, “Power Is Power” should continue to rise up as the chart as the current season of the show unfolds. Finally, at #50, boy band In Real Life returns with “Crazy AF”. A year ago, it was “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)” that earned them their first top 40 single, spending two weeks at #28 in May and June. Will this track go higher? We’ll know Real soon.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 29-30, 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 three impacting tunes this week at the Top 40 format:

JUICE WRLD – “Hear Me Calling” (Grade A/Interscope)
Album: Death Race For Love (2019)
Past T40 History: Dreaming of his second big pop radio hit, this artist’s “Lucid Dreams” peaked at #7 last October and November.

MARTIN GARRIX featuring MACKLEMORE & PATRICK STUMP – “Summer Days”
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Garrix has four top 40 entries to date, two of which have just missed the top ten. Will this be the single to do it?

TAYLOR SWIFT featuring BRENDON URIE – “ME!” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” cleared the whole panel on Add Board in one week. Will it happen again?

Next week: K-pop sensation BLACKPINK looks to kill it on next week’s adds report. We’ll see if anyone else joins them.

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