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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 20, 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: boys and bops make the pop world spin, including the current songs from singer Niall Horan and boy band Why Don’t We. You ask, why don’t we begin in our recap? Good point! Let’s add ’em up:

DUCK DUCK “LOOSE”: While proven hits from acts like Drake, Imagine Dragons and Justin Timberlake continue to get significant action from the panel, this week’s most notable impacting single comes from One Direction soloist Niall Horan and the fourth single off his album Flicker. “On The Loose”, which is not a hot Saga remake for those 80’s fans out there, scores with a solid 56 adds in its official first week, good for the Most Added title at the format. Interestingly, Horan’s new track didn’t impact at the Hot AC format in a simultaneous release, where he’s arguably been more successful than on the Top 40 airwaves. However, it’s bound to be embraced by the Hot AC panel pretty quickly, so stay tuned to PGTC’s social feeds to see how it does there soon.

Also impacting here, “Mad Love”, a collaboration from Sean PaulDavid Guetta and Becky G, and “Trust Fund Baby”, the new one from Why Don’t We, make a big splash on the adds report, tied with 24 adds and a fourth place ranking. The latter release is already in the top 50 at the format, which should make the top 40 (becoming their second song to reach the region) in the next few weeks. Next week, look for a pair of songs further down in this week’s top ten, Dua Lipa‘s “IDGAF” (19 adds, tied for eighth place) and Bazzi‘s “Mine” (18 adds, tenth place), to rank toward the top of the list, as they officially impact. How will they do against acts like AJR and Mackenzie Nicole? Come back next Tuesday to see the results.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. NIALL HORAN, “On The Loose” (Capitol)
2. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE featuring CHRIS STAPLETON, “Say Something” (RCA)
3. MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE, “Friends” (Warner Bros.)
4-T. DRAKE, “God’s Plan” (YMCMB/Republic)
4-T. SEAN PAUL & DAVID GUETTA featuring BECKY G, “Mad Love” (Island/Republic)
4-T. WHY DON’T WE, “Trust Fund Baby” (Atlantic)
7. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Whatever It Takes” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
8-T. DUA LIPA, “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)
8-T. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Sit Next To Me” (Columbia)
10. BAZZI, “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 19-20, 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 three new releases impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

NIALL HORAN – “On The Loose” (Capitol)
Album: Flicker (2017)
Past T40 History: This is Horan’s fourth single off his current solo set; the biggest, “Slow Hands”, spent two weeks at #1 last year.

SEAN PAUL & DAVID GUETTA featuring BECKY G – “Mad Love” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Paul has nine top 40 songs as the lead artist at this format, including his three-week #1, 2006’s “Temperature”.

WHY DON’T WE – “Trust Fund Baby” (Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: The group’s lone chart song to date, “Something Different”, spent three weeks at #33 last fall. How will this do?

Next week: Format newcomer Bazzi and “New Rules” hitmaker Dua Lipa lead a busy week at the format, while also includes the current Alternative hit by an act that’s had two top 40 entries at this format, AJR.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 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. We’re sending our love to everyone that has loved ones affected by the recent school tragedy in Florida. Now, let’s take on this week’s chart action from the pop airwaves:

YOUR PRESIDENT OF POP: Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules” leads the nation once again headed into President’s Day, scoring a fourth week at the top of the chart. This is Warner Bros.’s first song at the format to reach that many weeks on top in over eight years: from November 2009 until January 2010, the record label had two consecutive #1 hits at that mark with Jason Derulo‘s “Whatcha Say” and Iyaz‘s “Replay”. Lipa’s “IDGAF”, which impacts at the format next Tuesday, is already starting to witness some significant early action at the format and should chart relatively quickly. Newcomer NF‘s “Let You Down”, which bolts from 7-4 this week, should be the next #1 on the Top 40 survey; if it continues its massive surge, it should easily pass Charlie Puth‘s “How Long” (holding at #3) and reach the top as early as the end of the week. (However, I would always welcome a fifth week at #1 for “Rules” here!)

“WHATEVER” FLOATS YOUR BOAT: With the holiday weekend in my mind, just a handful of records stand out as we head to the lower rungs of the chart. Leaping from 41-33, “Whatever It Takes” by Imagine Dragons is the week’s lone top 40 entry, giving the Las Vegas band their eighth top 40 hit at the format. It’s the third release from their album EVOLVE, and it’s still making moves on the Alternative (#6) and Triple A (#10) charts. Even if you’re not a chart fanatic, you’re likely familiar with this track from its use in a Jeep Renegade advertisement that debuted earlier this year. (After all, Imagine Dragons are the kings of syncs.) Meanwhile, it’s a big top 50 debut for the first collaboration from Marshmello and Anne-Marie, who lead the pack at #42 with “Friends”. It may even be in the top 40 as early as tomorrow, given how well it’s gained since its official impact on Tuesday. Marshmello is riding high on the Top 40 chart with this week’s #5 song, “Wolves” by Selena Gomez, so it won’t be a surprise to see this tune bloom well into the spring. (Don’t forget to water it daily for the best results.)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 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: several of last week’s fierce competitors have their eye on #1, while plenty of impacting releases, including cuts from Imagine Dragons and a collaboration from Marshmello and Anne-Marie, want to crash the party. Let’s add it all up:

“SOMETHING” TO TALK ABOUT: After his chart-topping debut for Man Of The Woods on the newest Billboard 200, Justin Timberlake leads yet another list, this week’s adds report at the Top 40 format, for “Say Something”, the second pop radio single from the project. (“Supplies” never officially went for adds, though it was in the top 50 for a few weeks.) The single, which features country star Chris Stapleton, takes in another 70 adds during the session. Stapleton is hoping to reach #1 on the country airplay list within the next few weeks with his latest hit there, “Broken Halos”.

Below the top spot on the list, “Friends” has an impressive debut for Marshmello and Anne-Marie, reacting with 46 stations on impact, good for second place this week. The DJ/producer is currently on a hot streak with the Top 40 audience, still way up in the top ten with a collaboration with Selena Gomez titled “Wolves”, while his lead vocalist, who collaborated with Clean Bandit on “Rockabye” last year, is still relatively new to this format. Rockers Imagine Dragons also score with their current crossover from the Alternative airwaves called “Whatever It Takes”, placing fourth with 41 stations on impact. It follows “Thunder”, which spent a week at #1 in November on the pop chart.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE featuring CHRIS STAPLETON, “Say Something” (RCA)
2. MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE, “Friends” (Warner Bros.)
3. THE WEEKND & KENDRICK LAMAR, “Pray For Me” (Interscope-Republic)
4. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Whatever It Takes” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5. ZEDD, MAREN MORRIS & GREY, “The Middle” (Interscope)
6. DRAKE, “God’s Plan” (YMCMB/Republic)
7. WHY DON’T WE, “Trust Fund Baby” (Atlantic)
8. TROYE SIVAN, “My My My!” (Capitol)
9. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Sit Next To Me” (Columbia)
10. BAZZI, “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 12-13, 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 five new jams impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALICE MERTON – “No Roots” (Mom+Pop/RED)
EP: No Roots (2017)
Past T40 History: Merton is the only newcomer in the mix. A former #1 hit on the Triple A survey, “No” is also #2 on Alternative.

DIPLO featuring MØ – “Get It Right” (Mad Decent/in2une)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This (and an updated remix) was Diplo’s last single issued prior to his new record deal with Columbia Records.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE – “Sit Next To Me” (Columbia)
Album: Sacred Hearts Club (2017)
Past T40 History: “Pumped Up Kicks” remains the band’s biggest pop crossover out of two previous attempts, a #3 hit from 2011.

IMAGINE DRAGONS – “Whatever It Takes” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
Album: EVOLVE (2017)
Past T40 History: As “Thunder”, their former #1, is pulled from the list this week, “Whatever” is just a spot away from the top 40.

MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE – “Friends” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Both acts are going for their third top 40 song. Marshmello is credited on Selena Gomez’s “Wolves”, now at #6.

Next week: Alternative crossover hits from Alice Merton and Imagine Dragons, and the newest collaboration from Diplo and  impact at the format. (Singles by the first two acts are already in the top 50 and approaching the top 40.)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 11, 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. While you were watching a curling match at the Olympics, I was curling up on the couch to look at some pop stats. So, be a good sport and check out all the good music below:

ALL IN DUA TIME: No new song at the top this Sunday, but there is a “New” song that once again holds at #1. Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules” just won’t let go, and becomes her label’s first three-week chart-topper at the format since 2013. As mentioned last week, the nearest bulleted entry below #1, Charlie Puth‘s “How Long”, is still 3,400 spins away from unseating whomever may be at the top, though it rises from 5-3 this week. Lipa’s smash becomes her first top ten on the Hot AC chart this week, up a single notch to #10. It also sits just below the top ten on the Rhythmic survey, where it also climbs just one spot to #12. “New” recently topped a giant 650 million streams on Spotify for its main version, while its music video should be over the one billion (!) mark very soon.

A “BABY” CHANGES EVERYTHING: There’s relatively little action in the lower rungs of this week’s top 50, though it’s a pretty great week for Justin Timberlake‘s newest single “Say Something”, featuring Chris Stapleton, which soars from 46-32. “Say” is now the 30th solo top 40 hit at the format for Timberlake, while Stapleton, whose work is primarily known at the Country format, is in with his first appearance. Another soloist, Kent Jones, leads a two-pack of debuts in the top 50, dancing in at #47 with the track that could become his second big hit: “Merengue”. The singer last showed off his moves in 2016 with “Don’t Mind”, which spent two weeks at #8 that July. Another act looking for their second top 40 single comes in at #50: popular boy band Why Don’t We is new with “Trust Fund Baby”. Last September and October, the group spent three weeks at #33 with “Something Different”. Their newest chart song was co-written by Ed Sheeran, who sits at #2 once more with “Perfect”, and is featured on Taylor Swift‘s “End Game” at #13 and Eminem‘s “River” at #20.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 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: The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar pray to the pop gods and receive a nice answer in return, while Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton say the words and bask in some magical momentum. It’s not the iHeartSummit, but we’re climbing toward that summit of hearts, as we add it all up:

READY FOR THE WEEKND: The anticipation for the film Black Panther is building, and the charts are full of songs off the set that accompanies the movie, due to be released this Friday. The first single to hit the Top 40 format from it, “Pray For Me”, is a big collaboration from The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar. Unsurprisingly, a big track deserves some big numbers, and it becomes this week’s Most Added song at the format with a giant 126 stations on impact. Lamar curated the entire soundtrack, and serves in several other writing and production roles, in addition to his handful of vocal performances on the album. “Pray” also top the adds reports at the Rhythmic (68 stations) and Urban (55 stations) formats, clearing a significant portion of those panels (much like the result here.)

Meanwhile, following the mixed reviews for his halftime show, Justin Timberlake also smashes the the runner-up spot with the third release from Man Of The Woods: the Chris Stapleton-assisted “Say Something”. It scores a plentiful 62 stations on impact. Timberlake didn’t actually perform the tune during his Super Bowl medley, though it remains his top song on most digital services at the moment. Man is expected to debut at #1 on next week’s Billboard 200 chart, displacing Migos‘s Culture II. New songs from Iggy Azalea featuring Quavo (16 stations), Kent Jones (15 stations) and Why Don’t We (10 stations) make the top ten for the first time, and you can hear/watch them below!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. THE WEEKND & KENDRICK LAMAR, “Pray For Me” (Interscope-Republic)
2. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE featuring CHRIS STAPLETON, “Say Something” (RCA)
3. ZEDD, MAREN MORRIS & GREY, “The Middle” (Interscope)
4. JACK & JACK, “Beg” (Island/Republic)
5. DRAKE, “God’s Plan” (YMCMB/Republic)
6. TROYE SIVAN, “My My My!” (Capitol)
7. IGGY AZALEA featuring QUAVO, “Savior” (Island/Republic)
8. KENT JONES, “Merengue” (We The Best/Epic)
9. KESHA featuring THE DAP-KINGS HORNS, “Woman” (RCA)
10. WHY DON’T WE, “Trust Fund Baby” (Atlantic)

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