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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

Are you ready?! Brace yourselves, because an onslaught of music from format superstars is on its way. Most are proclaiming it the new fourth quarter. Expect no less than six major releases between now and the end of May, all demanding attention and airplay. Don’t schedule your music too far out.

Columbia’s Burruss, Bedard, Stevens and Brenner came out flame-throwing with BTS f/Halsey’s “Boy With Luv” (Bighit) impacting this week, snagging 100+ adds. BTS is a global monster, and it’s nice to see radio embracing them. The record has charted and looks like its headed for the Top 25 first week. “We’ve been well aware of the phenomenon that is BTS for some time while anxiously anticipating a track that Q102 would be able to embrace and deliver to this massive and very passionate fanbase,” shared WIOQ PD Jared Fallon. “Before we even had access to it, ‘Boy With Luv’ was our most requested song on all of our platforms in Philly. We're in complete awe of the immediate response from this very early airplay." Team Columbia also posted another 41 adds on their other phenom Lil Nas X’s “Lil Town Road,” which has pulled in 175+ stations and is already eyeing the Top 15. Both tracks have unreal streaming numbers. The Chainsmokers f/5SOS’s “Who Do You Love” (Disruptor) is sitting just outside the Top 10 and climbing. Lil Peep & ILoveMakonnen f/Fall Out Boy’s “I've Been Waiting” is now Top 15.

Republic’s Spangler, Romeo and Dastur impacted Push Baby’s “Mama’s House,” putting it in the Top 5 Most Added with 26 stations, including KALV, KMVQ, KYLD and WWPW. Jonas Brothers had the Top 2 Greatest Gainers last week as “Sucker” moves into the #1 spot and “Cool” debuts Top 25. Ariana Grande’s “break up with your girlfriend” is heading Top 5, following a show-stopping Coachella performance that drove social media wild with talk of her set and special guests. Post Malone’s “Wow” moves up inside the Top 10 with a closed-out panel. Dean Lewis’ “Be Alright” (Island) is poised to join the Top 10 with big increases on the board from Z100, KDWB and KKRZ. Marshmello f/CHVRCHES’ “Here With Me” (Joytime/Glassnote) is Top 15, while Kiana Ledé’s “Ex” appears chartbound with early support coming in from KAMP, WPOW, WKQI and KSLZ.



Capitol’s Marella, Nolletti, Siciliano and Acampora have Sam Smith & Normani’s “Dancing with a Stranger” heading toward the top of the chart. It goes Top 3 this week as it moves to Power rotation everywhere. FLETCHER’s “Undrunk” moves up inside the Top 15; top spinners include Music Choice, WZPL and KHTS. Mabel’s “Don’t Call Me Up” (Polydor) was one of the week’s Greatest Gainers and is set to join the Top 15. Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” (Vertigo) was among the Top 10 Most Added, pulling in early airplay from 15 stations, including WIOQ, XHTZ and WNOK.

Interscope’s Romano and Lopes put Billie Eilish’s “when the party’s over” (Darkroom) back in the Most Added column, scoring another 12 adds that included WKST and WEZB. That one’s now Top 25 with 155+ stations onboard, and the streaming numbers are monstrous! benny blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez & J Balvin’s “I Cant Get Enough” (FKS) is now Top 30 with 100+ stations, including Z100, KAMP, KRBE and Y100. It’s also #1 on Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits.

RCA’s Riccitelli, JR and Daddio put Khalid’s “Talk” (Right Hand)—now at 250m+ streams—back in the Most Added column. It’s set to join the Top 25 with 115+ stations onboard; new stations include Z100, WKSC, and WAKS. H.E.R.’s “Hard Place” (MBK) has charted, and there are 85+ stations on board. P!nk’s “Walk Me Home” moves closer to the Top 30 with big support from HITS 1, WKFS and WKCI.

Warner Bros.Chester, Dyer, Reich and Shih are impacting Dan + Shay’s “Speechless” (Warner Music Nashville) this week. Early adds include HITS 1, WRVW, KDWB and WAPE look for it to be one of the Most Added. Bryce Vine f/YG’s “LaLa Land” (Sire) pulled in new airplay from KHFI, WFLC and XHTZ this week. There are nearly 100 stations on board while it heads Top 30. Bebe Rexha’s “Last Hurrah,” which boasts 40m+ video views, is Top 20 with new spin increases from KMVQ, KCHZ and KHTS.



Def Jam’s Farag and Rothschild have Alessia Cara’s “Out Of Love” heading Top 25 with four new adds this week and big spin increases from WKSC, KMXV and WNOW.

In2une’s Connone and Lucek continue to build a strong story on Lauv & Troy Sivan’s “I'm So Tired” (Capitol-AWAL). This week’s new adds include KLUC, WBLI, WIOQ and KNOU. There are 140+ stations now in as the track moves toward the Top 20.

Epic’s Sackheim, Afloarei and Dimig were #3 Most Added this week with Travis Scott f/The Weeknd’s “Wake Up” (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle), which is already at 120m streams. Majors include Z100, KAMP, WKQI and WFLZ. AJ Mitchell’s “All My Friends,” which was Most Added for five weeks in a row, has charted. Majors leading the way include WIHT, WIOQ, Q100 and WFLZ.

Hollywood’s Finck, Smith and Ennis impacted In Real Life’s “Crazy AF.” It’s bubbling just under and heading toward the chart.

MUSIC WE LOVE: Andy Grammer’s “Don’t Give Up on Me” (S-Curve), SZA x The Weeknd x Travis Scott’s “Power Is Power” (Columbia).