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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (January 7, 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. Happy New Year and welcome back! Lots of action on the airwaves this week, as programmers wake up from the bitterly cold break with plenty of presents to keep us warm. The first Radio Active report of 2018 starts much how the last report of 2017 began:

SEVEN WONDERS: Surviving through the slow holiday season and into 2018, Camila Cabello‘s biggest solo release to date, the Young Thug-assisted “Havana”, grabs a seventh week on top of the CHR/Top 40 chart. The global hit, taken from her forthcoming album Camila, is the longest-running #1 song at the format since Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You”, which spent a total of ten weeks at the summit last spring. Her follow-up single, “Never Be The Same”, climbs from 34-30 this week, as it officially impacts on Tuesday. (Much of the panel is already on it, with adds spread out over the last few weeks, so don’t expect a big result.) “Havana” is still about 900 spins away from its nearest competitor, and with her aforementioned set due on Friday, there’s still a small chance that it could lead the chart for an eighth week. We’ll see! Regardless of what happens, she’s still a winner.

FILTHY AND FINESSE-Y: Two of this week’s top 40 entries were released at the end of last week to massive sales and streaming debuts, as well as hourly airplay on their respective first days in the market. The latter one, “Filthy” by Justin Timberlake, was all over the place on Friday and bursts into the countdown this week all the way up at #22, marking his 29th solo entry since 2002. His return to the pop format comes a week shy of the 20th anniversary of the impact date for what would become *NSYNC‘s debut U.S. hit, “I Want You Back”, which eventually went to #5 that May. In with a still-impressive 19th top 40 song is hitmaker Bruno Mars, whose remix of “Finesse” (along with Cardi B, now in with her second top 40 hit) launches at #33. The new jack swing release is an updated version of an album cut from his 2016 set, 24K Magic, which you’ll be hearing plenty about with the Grammy Awards a few weeks away. Further down the chart, the song “Home” (#39) by Machine Gun Kelly (third top 40 hit), X Ambassadors (fourth) and Bebe Rexha (12th) boosts the soundtrack to the Netflix movie Bright, while Post Malone‘s “I Fall Apart” (#40) lands the 22-year-old performer his fourth top 40 single (third from Stoney) at the format since 2015.

PUMP UP THE VOLUME: In addition to all the excitement in the top 40, another three songs are new to the top 50 this week. At #48, we find a big Urban (#10) and Rhythmic (#11) hit from chart newcomer Lil Pump, who enters with “Gucci Gang”. The rapper, 17-year-old Gazzy Garcia, released his self-titled debut last year, reaching #3 on the Billboard 200 list. Two additional EDM releases come in just below that single, with “First Love” (#49) bringing together the duo Lost Kings and two-time top 40 entrant Sabrina Carpenter, with “All Falls Down” (#50) linking Alan Walker with another singer with two top 40 tracks, Noah Cyrus, as well as Digital Farm Animals, who appeared (in a featured role) on Louis Tomlinson‘s “Back To You” (#24) in 2017. Will the two guys of Lost Kings or Walker, who have achieved plenty of top 40 hits to date on the Dance survey, finally manage their first top 40 hit on the CHR chart? We’ll see soon!

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2017: Part One, 100-61

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual Top 100 of the year! According to my tabulations, these titles ranked as the most successful on my personal chart. 2017 was certainly a year of considerable change in many different industries: media, politics, etc., and that change was reflected in much of the music that was released this year. In fact, “Never Change” gives a new Irish duo, Picture This, their first song to reach my year-end survey. Luckily, “Love” was still felt throughout the year, featured in the titles of songs from Andy Grammer, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson and more. “Money” was on the mind of Jack Antonoff from Bleachers, as well as the four guys from Foster The People. You already know that I played songs from Harry Styles and Paramore about a million “Times”, while Lorde and MUNA found “Places” to rest on the survey earlier this year, but where will they “Place” here?

Well, grab your headphones and let’s start the countdown. Check out the first 40 songs on my Top 100 of 2017…

The 2017 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 4, 2016 to the chart dated November 26, 2017. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with a higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks charted in the top 40 and top ten. 176 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, an increase from the 168 that did so in 2016.

100. SHEPPARD, “Keep Me Crazy”
Album: Watching The Sky
Label: Republic
Peak: #20

99. LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM & CHRISTINE MCVIE, “In My World”
Album: Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #20

98. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Nobody But Me”
Album: Nobody But Me
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #1 for four weeks (2016 Chart Year)

97. MAROON 5, “Don’t Wanna Know”
Album: Red Pill Blues (Deluxe)
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #10 (2016 Chart Year)

96. THE HEAD AND THE HEART, “Don’t Dream It’s Over”
Album: TBA
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #13+ (as of 11/26/17)

95. SHAWN HOOK featuring VANESSA HUDGENS, “Reminding Me”
Album: My Side Of Your Story (EP)
Label: Hollywood
Peak: #19

94. WRABEL, “Bloodstain”
Album: We Could Be Beautiful (EP)
Label: Republic
Peak: #19

93. MONDO COZMO, “Automatic”
Album: Plastic Soul
Label: Republic
Peak: #19

92.  ZAYN featuring SIA, “Dusk Till Dawn”
Album: TBA
Label: RCA
Peak: #16

91. JAMES TW, “Please Keep Loving Me”
Album: TBA
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #19

90. PICTURE THIS, “Never Change”
Album: Picture This
Label: Republic
Peak: #17

89. NOAH KAHAN, “Hurt Somebody”
Album: TBA
Label: Republic
Peak: #8+ (as of 11/26/17)

88. SCOTT HELMAN, “PDA”
Album: Hôtel de Ville
Label: Warner Music Canada
Peak: #12+ (as of 11/26/17)

87. THE HEAD AND THE HEART, “All We Ever Knew”
Album: Signs Of Light
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #18

86. LUKAS GRAHAM, “You’re Not There”
Album: Lukas Graham
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #11

85. TAKE THAT, “Giants”
Album: Wonderland
Label: Polydor
Peak: #14

84. CALUM SCOTT, “Dancing On My Own”
Album: Only Human
Label: Capitol
Peak: #9 (2016 Chart Year)

83. STING, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”
Album: 57th & 9th
Label: A&M/Interscope
Peak: #4

82. ROD STEWART featuring DNCE, “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”
Album: TBA
Label: Republic
Peak: #14

81. SIGRID, “Don’t Kill My Vibe”
Album: Don’t Kill My Vibe (EP)
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #16

80. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “Fire Escape”
Album: Zombies On Broadway
Label: Crush Music/Vanguard
Peak: #4 (2016 Chart Year)

79. ALEX DA KID featuring X AMBASSADORS & ELLE KING, “Not Easy”
Album: TBA
Label: RCA
Peak: #13

78. MISTERWIVES, “Machine”
Album: Connect The Dots
Label: Republic
Peak: #15

77. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask”
Album: Flicker
Label: Capitol
Peak: #2+ (as of 11/26/17)

76. CHORD OVERSTREET, “Hold On”
Album: TBA
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #14

75. SERENA RYDER, “Electric Love”
Album: Electric Love (EP)
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #13

74. OCEAN PARK STANDOFF, “Good News”
Album: Ocean Park Standoff (EP)
Label: Hollywood
Peak: #14

73. BASTILLE, “Blame”
Album: Wild World
Label: Capitol
Peak: #14

72. ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE, “Get Low”
Album: TBA
Label: Interscope
Peak: #12

71. GROUPLOVE, “Good Morning”
Album: Big Mess
Label: Canvasback/Atlantic
Peak: #12

70. JP COOPER, “September Song”
Album: Raised Under Grey Skies
Label: Republic
Peak: #14

69. X AMBASSADORS, “Ahead Of Myself”
Album: TBA
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
Peak: #15

68. U2, “You’re The Best Thing About Me”
Album: Songs Of Experience
Label: Interscope
Peak: #6+ (as of 11/26/17)

67. TAYLOR SWIFT, “…Ready For It?”
Album: reputation
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Peak: #10

66. BON JOVI, “Roller Coaster”
Album: This House Is Not For Sale
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #11

65. EMELI SANDÉ, “Hurts”
Album: Long Live The Angels
Label: Capitol
Peak: #2 (2016 Chart Year)

64. PRETTYMUCH, “Would You Mind”
Album: TBA
Label: Syco/Columbia
Peak: #10

63. DNCE, “Kissing Strangers”
Album: TBA
Label: Republic
Peak: #9

62. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot”
Album: What If Nothing
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for two weeks (as of 11/26/17)

61. SHAWN MENDES, “Mercy”
Album: Illuminate
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #9

Stay tuned for more of the Top 100 of 2017 tomorrow…

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 17, 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. Before we head into the holiday break and a short rest from the Sunday report, it’s time to report on those frosty finds one more time for 2017:

MERRY CAMILA-MAS: Gaining over 300 spins again this week, Camila Cabello‘s “Havana” is still a smash at Top 40 radio, as the Young Thug-assisted single stays at #1 for the fourth week in a row. “Havana” is nearly 2,800 spins ahead of this week’s #2 hit by Ed Sheeran, “Perfect”, which leaps from 4-2 with an impressive 2,000 spin increase. I’m sure Santa will have both tunes on top of his pop playlist, as he travels the globe with his trusty reindeer about a week from now. As the annual freeze overtakes the top 40, it’s unclear what week “Perfect” will swap places with “Havana”, but it should be on top by our first report of 2018.

Cabello’s new one, “Never Be The Same”, is looking at some great early numbers, as it soars into the top 50 at #44 this week. The hit was last week’s runner-up title on the Most Added report at pop radio, and when stations begin reporting adds again in January, the rest of the panel is likely to catch out quickly. Camila is due January 12, which should almost certainly debut at #1 on the album list. (By the way, Cabello’s entry is not a hot Christopher Cross remake, but his song of the same name spent two weeks at #3 on R&R in November 1980.

THE PRICE IS BRIGHT: With the first pop chart arrival from the soundtrack to Netflix’s Bright, “Home”, which enters at #45 on the current survey, teams Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors and Bebe Rexha for their first collaboration together. The film debuts on the service this Friday. Another release from the project, Bastille‘s “World Gone Mad”, is up a single notch from 18-17 on the Alternative chart. It’s hard to tell what kind of longevity the movie will have, given the unconventional launch of it at a busy time of the year, but the response so far to the tracks from it seems to indicate that, at the very least, the soundtrack will have some life at digital retail.

Further down the list, Eminem‘s recent Revival set provides us with a second top 50 song in “River”, featuring the aforementioned Sheeran, which comes in at #46. The rapper peaked at #41 two weeks ago with the Beyoncé-assisted “Walk On Water”. His newest set is expected to debut at or near the top of the Billboard 200 list, though it’ll do so with a significantly smaller sales frame than the majority of his catalog sold in their first weeks on sale. One notch lower, we find Louis Tomlinson and “Miss You”, new a #47. It’s likely to become the one-time One Direction member’s third solo top 40 single at the format in the new year, assuming it survives the dreaded holiday freeze.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (December 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 are four tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALAN WALKER featuring NOAH CYRUS & DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS – “All Falls Down” (RCA)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Walker’s “Faded” went to #45 last year, but Cyrus and DJ/producer Nicholas Gale went top 40 earlier this year.

BTS featuring DESIIGNER – “MIC Drop” (BigHit/RED)
EP: Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’ (2017)
Past T40 History: The popular K-pop group has never charted at the format before, but the rapper’s “Panda” went to #20 in 2016.

G-EAZY & HALSEY – “Him & I” (RCA/Capitol)
Album: The Beautiful & Damned (2017)
Past T40 History: With a pair of #1 songs and nearly a dozen top 40 hits between them, CHR radio’s new romance has just begun.

MACHINE GUN KELLY, X AMBASSADORS & BEBE REXHA – “Home” (Atlantic/RRP/Interscope)
Album: Bright (Soundtrack) (2017)
Past T40 History: Both Kelly and Rexha have hit #1 here as a part of collaborations. The New York group has two top tens to date.

Next week: It’s the last impact date of the year, featuring Thirty Seconds To Mars and (hopefully) more!

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

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 6, 2015

“Run Away” into the past with us!

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back two years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of September 6, 2015…

Debuts:
40. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “High Dive”
39. MAROON 5, “Feelings”

Biggest Mover(s):
GAVIN JAMES, “Bitter Pill” (30-20, ten spots)

10. X AMBASSADORS, “Renegades” (up 1)
Album: VHS (2015, KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

09. JUKEBOX THE GHOST, “Postcard” (steady, second week)
Album: Jukebox The Ghost (2015, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

08. WALK THE MOON, “Different Colors” (down 1)
Album: Talking Is Hard (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

07. RØMANS, “Uh Huh” (down 2)
Album: Overthinking – Pt. 1 (EP) (2015, Roc Nation Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. ONE DIRECTION, “Drag Me Down” (up 2)
Album: Made In The A.M. (2015, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

05. SHAWN MENDES, “Stitches” (up 1)
Album: Handwritten (2015, Island/Republic Records)
Peak: #5

04. CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Run Away With Me” (steady, second week)
Album: E·MO·TION (2015, Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

03. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Hold Each Other” (steady, second week)
Album: When The Morning Comes (2015, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

02. JOHN NEWMAN, “Come And Get It” (steady, third week)
Album: Revolve (2015, Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

01. DURAN DURAN featuring JANELLE MONÁE and NILE RODGERS, “Pressure Off” (steady, third week)
Album: Paper Gods (2015, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 20, 2017

Lucky seven for Niall.

DEBUTS
40. Sabrina Carpenter – Why
39. Phillip Phillips – Miles | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (38)
28. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind (33)
24. P!nk – What About Us (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Lights – Giants (24)
15. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (20)
10. The Script – Rain (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. The Script – Rain (17) | PEAK: #10
09. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (04) | PEAK: #04
06. Andy Grammer – Give Love (06) | PEAK: #06
05. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Kesha – Praying (07) | PEAK: #03
02. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (7)
2. BANNERS – Someone To You (2)
3. LP – No Witness (1)
4. Wrabel – The Village (4)
5. Neon Trees – Feel Good (6)
6. Dean Lewis – Waves (3)
7. HAIM – Little Of Your Love (-)
8. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (5)
9. Paramore – Fake Happy (-)
10. OneRepublic & Seeb – Rich Love (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind (new)
BØRNS – Faded Heart
Grouplove – Remember That Night (new)
HAIM – Nothing’s Wrong
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Miley Cyrus – Younger Now (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP
Passenger – Simple Song
Rachel Platten – Broken Glass (new)
The Struts – One Night Only

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is the fifth top 40 song for former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. He’s new at #39 with “Miles”, the first single from his upcoming third album. Phillips last hit my personal chart with “Unpack Your Heart”, which spent four weeks at #3 in October and November 2014. “Miles” was co-written with Kevin Griffin, a regular on my top 40 as both a writer and the leader of Better Than Ezra.
  • The only other debut this week is from 18-year-old Sabrina Carpenter, breaking in at #40 with “Why”. Carpenter charted on Top 40 radio earlier this year with “Thumbs”, which reached #26. After making it in the Disney world, she’s poised to get a bigger audience with her latest material.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 13, 2017

Niall’s been here a while.

DEBUTS
39. James TW – Please Keep Loving Me
38. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
35. P!nk – What About Us | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Dua Lipa – New Rules (39)
25. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself (31)
24. Lights – Giants (29)
20. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (25)
17. The Script – Rain (23)
10. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (16)
07. Kesha – Praying (15) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (16) | PEAK: #10
09. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (07) | PEAK: #02
08. HAIM – Want You Back (05) | PEAK: #05
07. Kesha – Praying (15) | PEAK: #07
06. Andy Grammer – Give Love (10) | PEAK: #06
05. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LP – No Witness (1)
2. BANNERS – Someone To You (2)
3. Dean Lewis – Waves (3)
4. Wrabel – The Village (6)
5. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (4)
6. Neon Trees – Feel Good (9)
7. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (-)
8. Sabrina Carpenter – Why (-)
9. Phillip Phillips – Miles (-)
10. Olivia O’Brien – RIP (-)

In The Mix:
BØRNS – Faded Heart
HAIM – Little Of Your Love (new)
HAIM – Nothing’s Wrong (new)
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Paramore – Fake Happy (new)
Passenger – Simple Song
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is the 29th top 40 hit on my chart for a singer who made her debut in 2000 with the song “There You Go”. 17 years later, pop superstar P!nk climbs aboard at #35 with “What About Us”. This cut is the lead single from her forthcoming album Beautiful Trauma, which is due October 13. When it premiered on Thursday, “What” topped the iTunes charts in over a dozen countries, including the United States.
  • Singer Ed Sheeran has three top ten songs to his credit from the chart-topping ÷ album: “Castle On The Hill” (#2), “Shape Of You” (#8) and “Galway Girl” (#10). This week, his potential fourth top ten single from the set enters at #38. “Perfect” has a bit of early support at three Hot AC stations, though that total is expected to grow in the coming weeks.
  • Finally, at #39, is the third top 40 entry for 19-year-old singer/songwriter James TW. “Please Keep Loving Me” follows his recent #3 song called “Ex”, though his biggest hit came last fall with a seven-week #1 titled “When You Love Someone”. This single was recently serviced to the Hot AC format, where “When” reached the top 30.

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