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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 15, 2019

“All” good for a second week.

DEBUTS
39. Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Rey – Don’t Call Me Angel
37. John Mayer – Carry Me Away | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Louis Tomlinson – Kill My Mind (40)
31. Steve Aoki featuring Backstreet Boys – Let It Be Me (38)
30. Grace Potter – Love Is Love (35)
28. Lizzo – Good As Hell (34)
16. Dean Lewis – Waves (21)
15. Taylor Swift – Lover (27) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Smith & Thell – Hotel Walls (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Stephen Puth – Look Away (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Keane – The Way I Feel (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. Kygo x Whitney Houston – Higher Love (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Tones And I – Dance Monkey (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Rob Thomas – Can’t Help Me Now (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Michael Bublé – Forever Now (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Illenium & Jon Bellion – Good Things Fall Apart (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Zara Larsson – All The Time (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. James Blunt – Cold (3)
2. Lauv featuring Anne-Marie – Lonely (1)
3. Fitz & The Tantrums – I Just Wanna Shine (5)
4. Ben Platt – Rain (7)
5. Chelsea Cutler & Jeremy Zucker – You Were Good To Me (6)
6. Morgxn – A New Way (2)
7. Adam Lambert – Superpower (8)
8. Maddie Poppe – Not Losing You (-)
9. Miley Cyrus – Slide Away (9)
10. JOHN.k – If We Never Met (10)

In The Mix:
AJ Mitchell featuring Ava Max – Slow Dance
Ali Gatie – It’s You
Andy Grammer – Wish You Pain
Dean Lewis – Straight Back Down (new)
John Newman & Nina Nesbitt – Without You
New Hope Club – Love Again
Oh Wonder – Hallelujah
OneRepublic – Somebody To Love (new)
Parachute – Had It All (new)
Rex Orange County – 10/10 (new)
Tegan & Sara – I’ll Be Back Someday
The Griswolds – Nice To Meet Ya!
The Highwomen – The Chain
Weezer – The End Of The Game (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Zara Larsson stays at #1 on my personal chart for a second week with “All The Time”, while Taylor Swift leaps from 27-15 with this week’s Biggest Mover, the title track from her current album Lover. John Mayer earns the highest of two debuts on the survey, entering at #37 with “Carry Me Away”. The tune will reach the top 50 on the published Hot AC chart tomorrow. The new collaboration “Don’t Call Me Angel” lands at #39 for Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey, which came out early Friday morning. The song is featured on the soundtrack to the new Charlie’s Angels film, which Grande also executive-produced; the album is due on November 1, while the film opens November 15.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 8, 2019

“Time” for a new chart-topper.

DEBUTS
40. Louis Tomlinson – Kill My Mind
39. Walk Off The Earth – I’ll Be There
38. Steve Aoki featuring Backstreet Boys – Let It Be Me
34. Lizzo – Good As Hell | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Diplo featuring Morgan Wallen – Heartless (36)
27. Taylor Swift – Lover (34) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
26. Why Don’t We – What Am I (33) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks (tie)
(see #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Bastille – Joy (07) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
09. Stephen Puth – Look Away (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Tones And I – Dance Monkey (14) | PEAK: #08
07. Kygo x Whitney Houston – Higher Love (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Rob Thomas – Can’t Help Me Now (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Keane – The Way I Feel (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. Michael Bublé – Forever Now (06) | PEAK: #05
03 Illenium & Jon Bellion – Good Things Fall Apart (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Zara Larsson – All The Time (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Lauv featuring Anne-Marie – Lonely (1)
2. Morgxn – A New Way (2)
3. James Blunt – Cold (5)
4. John Mayer – Carry Me Away (-)
5. Fitz & The Tantrums – I Just Wanna Shine (7)
6. Chelsea Cutler & Jeremy Zucker – You Were Good To Me (10)
7. Ben Platt – Rain (-)
8. Adam Lambert – Superpower (-)
9. Miley Cyrus – Slide Away (-)
10. JOHN.k – If We Never Met (9)

In The Mix:
AJ Mitchell featuring Ava Max – Slow Dance
Ali Gatie – It’s You
Andy Grammer – Wish You Pain
John Newman & Nina Nesbitt – Without You
Lauren Daigle – Rescue
Lee Brice – Rumor
Maddie Poppe – Not Losing You
New Hope Club – Love Again
Oh Wonder – Hallelujah (new)
Tegan & Sara – I’ll Be Back Someday
The Griswolds – Nice To Meet Ya!
The Highwomen – The Chain
The Score – Stay

Chart Notes:

  • Zara Larsson scores her first #1 song on my personal chart with “All The Time”, soaring from 4-1 this week. She previously peaked at #5 late last year with “Ruin My Life”. The new radio singles for Taylor Swift and Why Don’t We tie for the week’s Biggest Mover, with “Lover” and “What Am I”, respectively, climbing seven notches. There’s quite a bit of debut action at the bottom of the chart, led by Lizzo‘s “Good As Hell” at #34. The 2016 release is now a solid sales and streaming hit thanks to Lizzo’s heightened profile and a recent award show performance. The other three entries land between #38 and #40 on my list, with “Let It Be Me” from Steve Aoki and the Backstreet Boys at #38, followed by “I’ll Be There” by Walk Off The Earth just behind them and “Kill My Mind” by Louis Tomlinson anchoring the bottom of the survey. This marks the first chart appearance for producer Aoki to date. The first two titles impact at the Hot AC format at some point this month.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 25, 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. For all of you señores y señoritas wanting to know how your favorite songs are doing, let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

IF I CAN HAVE TWO: It’s a huge week for Shawn Mendes on the Top 40 chart, as the pop star leaps from 3-1 with the Camila Cabello-assisted “Señorita”, while “If I Can’t Have You” reverses direction and leaps from 4-2, thanks in part to a midweek spike in airplay. Though originally released as stand-alone singles, both tracks can be found on a digital reissue of his 2018 self-titled album. Mendes joins Halsey as the only two artists to control the top two slots on the pop chart for a period of time this year.

Charting with her third top 40 solo hit, Normani leaps onto the survey at #34 with “Motivation”, which was last Tuesday’s top title on the weekly adds report. Of course, Normani had an additional nine top 40 songs as a member of Fifth Harmony. The late great Whitney Houston earns her 30th top 40 hit this week thanks to Kygo‘s new version of “Higher Love”, up 41-38. It also makes the top 40 on the Hot AC chart this Sunday. On the pop airwaves, this marks Kygo’s sixth top 40 single to date. The third and final entry in the region is the first for viral star Lil Tecca, who bounces from 43-40 with “Ransom”. The song also makes a significant move at the Rhythmic radio format, where it lifts into the top ten.

“Small Talk” leads off this week’s top 50 entries, as Katy Perry‘s latest release bows at #42. It’s her third single to chart this year. A few spots lower, at #46, Twenty One Pilots return to the pop airspace with “The Hype”. The song is currently approaching the top ten on the Alternative chart and heads for adds at the Hot AC format tomorrow. Finally, at #49, Saweetie makes the Top 40 list for the first time with “My Type”, a recent top ten hit on both the Rhythmic and Urban charts. The tune samples Petey Pablo‘s “Freek-A-Leek”, a 2004 single which spent two weeks at #18 that July.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 4, 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. If you “Care” about all the big pop songs for the first week of August, you’re in the right place! Let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

“I” IN THE SKY: Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber‘s huge hit “I Don’t Care” continues its run at the summit on the Top 40 list for its third week, eclipsing the 19,000 spin mark in the process (though it doesn’t set a new record.) The tune also remains strong at #1 on the Hot AC chart. With Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy” at just over 300 spins away now, her current #2 hit will likely replace “I” in the next few days and become official by next weekend, unless Sheeran and Bieber’s collaboration has a better hold than expected.

Christian rapper NF leaps from 47-34 with the song that becomes his fourth top 40 entry at the format, “Time”. The simple title has also appeared on the chart in the past for groups like The Alan Parsons Project and Hootie & The Blowfish, whose respective singles made the top ten in 1981 and 1996. One notch below him, “Boyfriend” debuts on the entire chart at #35 for Ariana Grande and Social House. The collaboration becomes Grande’s 22nd top 40 entry on the pop chart and the duo’s first, which comes a year after they first entered the top 50 here with the Lil Yachty-assisted “Magic In The Hamptons”. It stalled at #43. Our third and final top 40 entry this week is OneRepublic‘s “Rescue Me”, a top 20 song on the Hot AC chart that moves from 44-38 here. It’s the act’s 13th top 40 single at this format since 2007.

A handful of collaborations enter the top 50 this week, led by Chris Brown and Drake‘s “No Guidance” at #45. The song leads the Rhythmic and Urban charts on the current update. Sam Feldt and RANI, both appearing on the pop chart for the first time, dance onto the survey with “Post Malone” at #46. (Malone ranks at #11 this week with the Young Thug-assisted “Goodbyes”.) Landing at #48 is “Higher Love”, a single combining the talents of Kygo and the late Whitney Houston. Originally recorded in 1990, this cut marks the first appearance for Houston on the pop chart since 2002’s “Whatchulookinat”, which reached #46 that September. 2009 also saw her track “Million Dollar Bill” receive a little pop airplay, though it failed to reach the top 50. Finally, at #49, Illenium and Jon Bellion enter the region with “Good Things Fall Apart”, which is approaching the top ten at Alternative radio.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 4, 2019

It’s a “Joy” to be at the top.

DEBUTS
39. Tones And I – Dance Monkey
38. Dean Lewis – Waves | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Smith & Thell – Hotel Walls (39) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
28. Stephen Puth – Look Away (34)
25. P!nk featuring Cash Cash – Can We Pretend (30)
21. Kygo x Whitney Houston – Higher Love (29) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
16. Rob Thomas – Can’t Help Me Now (21)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Ingrid Michaelson – Missing You (11) | PEAK: #09
09. Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care (07) | PEAK: #06
08. Illenium & Jon Bellion – Good Things Fall Apart (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Elton John & Taron Egerton – (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Shawn Mendes – If I Can’t Have You (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Lizzo – Truth Hurts (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Katy Perry – Never Really Over (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Keane – The Way I Feel (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Bastille – Joy (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Gone West – What Could’ve Been (3)
2. Sheryl Crow featuring Stevie Nicks & Maren Morris – Prove You Wrong (1)
3. Westlife – Dynamite (2)
4. Stanaj – Love Me (4)
5. Ingrid Andress – More Hearts Than Mine (5)
6. Alec Benjamin – If We Have Each Other (6)
7. Natasha Bedingfield – Kick It (-)
8. Tegan & Sara – I’ll Be Back Someday (9)
9. Bishop Briggs – Champion (10)
10. Morgxn – A New Way (-)

In The Mix:
Ali Gatie – It’s You
American Authors – Stay Around
Ariana Grande & Social House – Boyfriend (new)
Celine Dion – Flying On My Own
Ed Sheeran with Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars – Blow
Freya Ridings – Castles (new)
Joseph – Fighter
Lauren Daigle – Rescue
Lee Brice – Rumor
NCT 127 – Highway To Heaven
New Hope Club – Love Again (new)
The Score – Stay (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Bastille stays at #1 for a second week with “Joy”, a current top ten hit on the Alternative radio survey, while Keane remains strong at #2 with their biggest song in seven years, “The Way I Feel”. Will it reach the top in the coming weeks? This battle is a tough one, but it could succeed. A pair of Australian artists have new songs in the top 40, with a reissue of Dean Lewis‘s “Waves” leading the way at #38. The original version of “Waves” bubbled under my chart in January and February of last year. A newer version of the track, which was remixed by Timbaland, impacts at the Hot AC format on Monday. A notch lower, at #39, it’s the first appearance of Tones And I with “Dance Monkey”. The viral smash ranks at #1 on the official singles chart in Australia as of earlier this weekend and continues to break across Europe.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 30, 2019)

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: newcomer Lil Tecca is up against Sam Smith‘s not-so-sleeper hit in the race for the top spot. Will this Lil name yield big action? Let’s add ’em up:

JUST A LIL BIT SHORT: During a slower week at the format, “How Do You Sleep?” by Sam Smith was the Most Added track at the Top 40 format for a second week, earning another 33 stations. Lil Tecca’s “Ransom” finishes just five adds behind him with 28. The latter song is already well into the top 30 on the Rhythmic radio list, though its most impressive stats thus far are at streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, where it currently sits at #2 and #1 on their respective U.S.-based surveys.

After several weeks of minor activity, new titles from Kygo x Whitney Houston and Stephen Puth join the top ten for the first time. The late Houston last reached the top 50 at the format with 2002’s “Whatchulookinat”, which peaked at #46. Puth has yet to make the top 50 here, though his song “Sexual Vibe” did receive some unsolicited airplay at a handful of stations earlier this year.

Charting hits by NF and OneRepublic are among those titles holding in the top ten from a week ago, albeit with lower add totals.

With a new single from Ariana Grande and Social House ready to make the format its home, as well as rumored new music by Rihanna on the way, next Tuesday’s results will certainly be very interesting.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. SAM SMITH, “How Do You Sleep?” (Capitol)
2. LIL TECCA, “Ransom” (Galactic/Republic)
3. ED SHEERAN featuring KHALID, “Beautiful People” (Atlantic)
4. BLANCO BROWN, “The Git Up” (BBR/BMG-Warner)
5-T. NF, “Time” (Caroline)
5-T. SAM FELDT featuring RANI, “Post Malone” (Spinnin’/Warner)
7. ONEREPUBLIC, “Rescue Me” (Interscope)
8-T. KYGO x WHITNEY HOUSTON, “Higher Love” (RCA)
8-T. STEPHEN PUTH, “Look Away” (Arista/RED)
10-T. HERVE PAGEZ & DIPLO featuring CHARLI XCX, “Spicy” (Mad Decent)

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This Is Gonna “Hurt”: Harmful, But Charmful Hot AC Hits

The pain of pop music.

The pain of pop music.

Just below the top 40 on Hot AC radio, and heading for adds at the top of the year, is “Let’s Hurt Tonight” by OneRepublic. It has the potential to be the band’s biggest hit from their Oh My My era, and as the third single from this album, it would follow a similar pattern that the guys have been involved in for several cycles now. (Remember how “Counting Stars” was the biggest song from the album Native, and “Good Life” was the biggest from Waking Up?) You can also find an alternate mix of the song on the soundtrack to Collateral Beauty, the Will Smith film that hasn’t had such a beautiful run at the box office.

At the band’s core format, there have been a number of hurtful hits over the years. In fact, if (more like when) this track breaks into the top 40 next year, it would be the third year in a row that “hurt”, or a variation of the word, was included in a charting song. This year brought us a lot of it, so let’s hope that in 2017, it’s just a function of song theme and not in the news every second. Check them all out below:

(Stats taken from: Radio & Records – April 1994 to August 2006, Mediabase 24/7 – August 2006 to current)

“Tell Me Where It Hurts”, Kathy Troccoli (#23, 1994)
Prior to the creation of the Hot AC listing in April, this performer’s “Everything Changes” hit the top ten on both Pop and AC radio.

“Why Does It Hurt So Bad”, Whitney Houston (#23, 1996)
Houston’s final (and least successful) release from the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack had a solid top ten charting on the AC survey.

“Hurt By Love”, BoDeans (#27, 1997)
From “Closer To Free” to farther from charting, the Wisconsin band wouldn’t release another album until 2004. No songs charted.

“What Hurts The Most”, Rascal Flatts (#10, 2006)
In a year dominated by Nickelback and The Fray, this country trio scored at several formats with their biggest crossover hit to date.

“Hurt”, Christina Aguilera (#14, 2007)
Aguilera’s Back To Basics era wasn’t nearly as big with Hot AC programmers, but this did manage to outpeak “Ain’t No Other Man”.

“Hurtful”, Erik Hassle (#31, 2010)
This song peaked at #8 on my chart, and I’m still disappointed that it didn’t have a true U.S. breakout. Hassle is now signed to RCA.

“This Summer’s Gonna Hurt…”, Maroon 5 (#7, 2015)
For an act that’s had plenty of big hits, this one came and went very quickly, largely due to overwhelmingly negative research. Ouch.

“Hurts”, Emeli Sandé (#31, 2016)
Sandé’s single recently peaked at #2 on my chart. Sadly, both this song and album tanked. I’m hopeful that the era will turn around.

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