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GRAMMY CHEW: WHO COULD BE THIS YEAR’S BRANDI CARLILE?
Lenny and Simon speculate and salivate as the kreplach is served. (9/17a)
RIHANNA FOLLOWS PLATT TO SONY/ATV
Loyalty in action (9/17a)
TAYLOR SWIFT JOINS THE VOICE AS MEGA MENTOR
Tay knows how to pick her spots. (9/17a)
BEYONCÉ ROARS IN PRIME TIME
So does Bey. (9/16a)
AMAZON GOES HI-RES
Alexa, what does "16-bit/44.1kHz" mean? (9/17a)
MORE RAINMAKERS
The players who made it happen.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE LEAKS?
Even funnier in French.
RIHANNA'S ETA
And about $50m in funding.
THE BUNDLE BUNGLE
When will the rules change?
POP MART
POP GO THE WEASELS
POP MART

Memorial Day, the official kickoff of the summer, is right around the corner! Tons of major releases and lots of tours, radio shows and all-around fun in the sun. After the winter we’ve all had, we are READY. Now, how long until everyone starts complaining about the heat?

Speaking of heat, Republic’s Spangler, Russell and Dastur have sure been firing up the addboard. Once again, they had four tracks in the Top 10 Most Added. And they clearly have one of the hottest artists on the planet, as Post Malone f/Ty Dolla $ign’s “Psycho” moves up inside the Top 10 while sales and streaming numbers continue to soar. Julia Michaels f/Trippie Redd’s “Jump” impacted with impressive major-market call letters like KIIS, KMVQ and KZZP, just to mention a few. Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood” (Island) is Top 10 at Pop and Top 10 on iTunes, while the album drops just in time for the holiday weekend. Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry”—Top 10 iTunes and Top 15 U.S. Spotify—is set to join the Top 10 in airplay. Taylor Swift’s “Delicate” (Big Machine) is heading Top 15 as one of the week’s Greatest Gainers, off increases from B96, KALV and KZHT. Drake’s “Nice for What” (YMCMB) was the #3 Greatest Gainer on the chart and on the way to joining the Top 20. It’s also #1 U.S. Shazam and #2 U.S. Spotify. Liam Payne & J Balvin’s “Familiar,” which drew a huge response from the Good Morning America crowd last week, debuts on the chart with airplay from KIIS, WIOQ and WNRW.



Epic’s Sackheim, Afloarei and Dimig still have the #1 track at Pop as Camila Cabello’s “Never Be the Same” (SYCO) holds down that spot for another week. Tom Walker’s “Leave a Light On” (Relentless)—Most Added for two weeks in a row—is bubbling just under and looking to chart. The new Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B & DJ Khaled’s “Dinero” dropped 5/17. Right behind that will be Meghan Trainor’s “Let You Be Right,” which will impact on 6/4.

Caroline’s Saturn, Halpern and Holman impacted NF’s “Lie” (NF Real Music) this week, pulling in adds from Music Choice, Z100, KIIS, WKSC and WDZH, and the track is already chartbound.

Def Jam’s Farag and Rothschild moved Logic & Marshmello’s “Everyday” Top 25 with 130+ stations on board; new this week are WFLZ, KBKS, KCHZ, WHQC and more.

Team Palmese pulled in new airplay for LIVVIA f/Quavo’s “Catch a Body” (VIA) from WPXY, adding to the 65+ stations already on board; those include Venus, Music Choice, WFLC and Y100.

Warner Bros.Gray, Dyer, Reich and Shih have a Top 10 Mediabase hit with Marshmello & Anne-Marie’s “Friends.” It was also one of the week’s Greatest Gainers, moving up at WXKS, KKRZ and WWWQ, et al. Buster Satterfield—newly decorated with APD stripes at WFLZ—says, “Friends is the answer to every pop programmer’s balance needs. Huge early-summer female anthem!” Dua Lipa’s “IDGAF” is now Top 15 and climbing, pulling in new airplay from KIIS and KZZP. Bryce Vine’s “Drew Barrymore” (Sire) is chartbound with KAMP, WKSC and WIHT all coming on board as early supporters. Dennis Lloyd’s “Nevermind” impacts this week; early adds include WBLI, Venus and KYLD.

RCA’s Riccitelli, JR, Daddio and Cooper move ZAYN’s “Let Me” Top 25 and put it back in the Top 10 Most Added again this week; new adds include KBKS, KQMV and WIXX. Khalid & Normani’s “Love Lies” (Right Hand/Keep Cool) is Top 30, pulling in adds from WKSC, KHKS and KZZP this week. G-Eazy f/Charlie Puth’s “Sober” (BPG/Revels Group) has charted and is on 100+ Pop stations. That one’s seeing strong early Shazams in Orlando, Phoenix and Hartford. Enrique Iglesias was #2 Most Added on impact and has already charted; early adds include WKTU, Y100, KHTS and WXSS. Also in the Top 10 Most Added was Kygo f/Miguel’s “Remind Me to Forget”; KMVQ and Y100 are new. Nicky Jam & J Balvin’s “X” (Sony Music Latin)—the video for which has earned 750m views so far—is set to chart while #1 at Shazam worldwide. And here comes Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” (Wolf & Rothstein). Prior to impact, there’s a very nice list of early major markets as the song hits #1 on almost every chart out there. Look out, Top 40.

RCA Mid-Atlantic Promo Rep Bridgett Germroth, RCA VP Top 40 Joe Daddio, Kygo, WIHT D.C. PD Rob Kruz and WIHT D.C. APD/MD Elizabethany

Columbia’s Leipsner, Borris and Vaughan put 33 adds on Marshmello x Juicy J f/James Arthur’s “You Can Cry,” which is in the Top 10 Most Added with 33 new stations this week. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss” is Top 20 with a nearly closed-out panel on board. Look for BTS’ “Fake Love” to drop this week.

Capitol’s Marella, Rainey and Siciliano are impacting Migos f/Drake’s “Walk It Talk It” (QC/Motown) at Top 40. There are already massive streams and video views. Halsey f/Big Sean & Stefflon Don’s “Alone” (Astralwerks) is now Top 20 with 165 stations on board. Niall Horan’s “On the Loose” has almost closed out the panel and is set to join the Top 20. Sam Smith f/Logic’s “Pray” was the #1 trending video on YouTube in 24 hours. That one’s new adds include Z100, Q100 and Y100. Also watch for 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Youngblood,” landing on your desk now.

Hollywood’s Finck, Smith and Ennis have In Real Life’s “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)” spinning on 110+ stations with big spin increases this week at KIIS, KDIS, KLUC and WPLW. Hollywood, along with S-Curve, has AJR f/Rivers Cuomo’s “Sober Up” set to join the Top 30. Major market airplay includes HITS1, KLIF and WIHT. 

MUSIC WE LOVE: Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B & DJ Khaled’s “Dinero” (Epic), Backstreet Boys “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (RCA).