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Mestel walks like a man. (10/22a)
And Q3 figures look good as well. (10/21a)
A Swift return to #1. (10/22a)
The Rumours are true. (10/22a)
Could she be this year's left-field anointed one? (10/22a)
Bring your umbrella.
Mulling possible surprises.
Why not wear a mask indoors?
What drugs will help us get there?

Labor Day Weekend is behind us, football season has officially kicked off and the fourth quarter releases are already starting to fall like leaves from the trees. Last week’s unprecedented add board got things on the Pop chart bouncing around a bit, though, as we head into the home stretch of 2015.

RCA’s Riccitelli, JR, Daddio, Cooper & Strazza have moved R. City f/Adam Levine’s “Locked Away” (Kemosabe) into the Top 5, and it looks destined for the top of the chart. After enjoying great success at Alt and Hot AC, Elle King’s “Ex’s and Oh’s” looks poised to move Top 30 on the Pop chart. Kygo’s “Firestone” just charted; they’re already seeing huge Shazam numbers in Tampa, San Diego and Miami. Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias’ “El Perdon (Forgiveness)” pulled in big adds last week from KIIS, B96, WZMP and Y100. Next up is Pentatonix’s “Can’t Sleep Love,” which hit radio desks on Friday.

Epic’s Team Glassman have already pulled in some strong adds this week on A Great Big World’s “Hold Each Other” (Black Magnetic); they include WWPW, Z90 and WQEN. Meanwhile, KDWB comes on board for Meghan Trainor f/John Legend’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” and moves the track straight to Power rotation based on callout. “Meghan Trainor? It’s a no-brainer—highly reactive, huge researching song from a MAJOR artist… I’ve had Top 5 callout for SIX weeks,” shares WRVW PD Jonathan Shuford. Meanwhile, Fifth Harmony’s “I’m in love With a Monster” (SYCO) posted more than 4.6m views on the video in less than 10 days and pulled in WNFN and WQEN. Paul Rey’s “Good as Hell” is off to a good start, with 11 stations in early rotation.

  Epic's Glassman with A Great Big World

Def Jam’s Sackheim, Rothschild & Farag are all smiles this week, considering Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” (RBMG) has broken several records out the box. With 188 stations on board, the track has soared to #17. It’s also this week’s Greatest Gainer, while being a #1 digital single and #1 on Spotify in the U.S. and worldwide; that’s a nice start alright. Alessia Cara’s “Here” is on over 120 stations. WXSS, WNOW and WKCI are the newest to join, as the track moves Top 30.

Warner Bros.Gray, Dyer, Reich & Shih were also part of the big add week with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Downtown,” which is currently #2 on Mediabase’s Power Playlist. It moved Top 25 and was one of this week’s Greatest Gainers. Adam Lambert’s “Ghost Town” is taking off, as some great callout drives the increases.

Columbia’s Leipsner, Borris & Vaughan are officially impacting OMI’s “Hula Hoop” (Ultra) next week (9/14) and already have AMP N.Y., B96, WDZH and WKQI on the board. One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” (SYCO) is ready to make the move to Top 10 and has already sold 600k singles. Little Mix’s “Black Magic” (SYCO) has Top 10 MB callout and #1 RateTheMusic callout as it moves Top 25. As it moves Top 30, Calvin Harris & Disciples’ “How Deep Is Your Love” pulled in new believers, including WRNW, KISO and WAPE.

Over at Republic, CW, Spangler and Russell have much to talk about. They’re currently enjoying massive sales and callout success with The Weeknd, who’s the first artist to hold both the #1 & #2 positions on the MB Power Playlist. Meanwhile, “The Hills” (XO) is headed Top 10 on the Pop chart. Fall Out Boy’s “Uma Thurman” (DCD2/Island) joins the Top 10, and Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” (Island) moves to #17 with monster callout numbers driving it. Nick Jonas’ “Levels” (Safehouse/Island) was one of the Most Added, with SiriusXM Hits 1, KDIS, Z100 and KIIS all on board. Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” (Big Machine) shattered MB’s Most Added records last week, snagging 178 posted T40 adds on impact and 3328 spins in the first week; it’s moved all the way up the chart to #19. Hailee Steinfeld’s “Love Myself” is now Top 20 and has some strong MScore debuts. The joint effort with Hollywood has moved Demi Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer” (Safehouse/Island/Hollywood) up to #4. Speaking of Lovato, they confirmed SNL on 10/17, just in time for the release of her LP, Confident.

Hollywood’s Finck, Smith and Ennis are also launching ZZ Ward’s “Love 3X,” as she moves across the country wowing her audience every night. Next up is Andy Grammer’s “Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)” (S-Curve). Andy is also one of the celebrity dancers on this season on DWTS.

Artbeatz/RED’s Buch, Halpern and Weil charted Daya’s “Hideaway” with new adds from KBKS, WKCI and WFBC. That one sold 15k singles this week. They are also launching two new tracks; The Chainsmokers f/Rozes’ “Roses” found new believers in WKST, WKTU and KDWB, and Shaggy f/Pitbull’s “Only Love” has an impressive list of first week majors, including Z100, Y100, WZFT and WHQC.

This week at Capitol, Reese, Rainey, Youngblood and Siciliano pulled in new airplay for Disclosure f/Sam Smith’s “Omen,” grabbing eight stations, including WKQI and WKSC; the track also just made the Top 30 move. And keep an eye out for Audien’s “Something Better,” which already has early airplay on 90+ stations prior to impact.

MUSIC WE LOVE: Empire’s Jussie Smollet & Pitbull, “No Doubt About It” (Columbia), Sam Feldt f/Kimberly Anne’s “Show Me Love” (4th & Broadway/Island). 

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