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Easing back out there (6/15a)
How'd they do that? (6/15a)
We're reading the tea leaves. (6/15a)
"Variant" is a scary word right now. (6/15a)
Is there a lawyer in the house? (6/15a)
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?

There’s lots of good music to look forward to, as we head into summer. It seems like there’s been an “event record” dropping from a major artist every week for a while now, and we see no sign of that slowing down, as the summer tours and shows kick into high gear.

Capitol’s Rainey, Youngblood & Siciliano have moved Troye Sivan’s “Youth” Top 20, and the sales numbers and the callout are just starting to explode. Halsey’s “Colors” (Astralwerks) charted and is already in rotation at WIHT, WIOQ, WXKS and KLIF. Jonas Blue f/Dakota’s “Fast Car” just launched with 40+ stations; WPST and WRNW are already on the board for this week.

Columbia’s Leipsner, Borris & Vaughan have The Chainsmokers f/Daya’s “Don’t Let Me Down” in the Top 30 this week, and there’s already 17m views on the lyric video. Ruth B’s “Lost Boy”—also in the Top 30—moves up another notch, as the single sales power it to #17 on iTunes and the Spotify streams reach 960k for the week; new commitments this week are WXSS, WPRO and WEZB. Dillon Francis & KYGO f/James Hersey’s “Coming Over” has charted, and airplay leaders include KYLD, KMVQ and KAMP.

Mom+Pop’s Halpern, Jacobs, Weil and Buch have Flume f/Kai’s “Never Be Like You” ready to chart this week, as KHKS, KLIF, KTFM and KAMP all jump on board early and in a big way. The streams and sales are posting huge increases, as the airplay story on that one builds.

Meanwhile at Artbeatz/RED, Buch, Halpern & Weil are impacting Daya’s “Sit Still, Look Pretty” this week. With 45 stations already spinning it, it looks likely it’ll hit the chart quickly; early believers include SiriusXM Hits 1, KDIS, WZPL and WBBM.

Global’s Team Palmese continues to grow the story on Nathan Sykes f/Ariana Grande’s “Over and Over Again,” as callout begins to post on this one. Music Choice, WNOW and WBBM all come on board, just as Hits 1 opens up rotation due to research.

Warner Bros.Gray, Dyer, Reich & Shih have Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” poised and ready to move Top 10 after another 1000+-spin week; brand new spins include KTFM, KQMV and WKTU. Andra Day’s “Rise Up” continues to build a story at radio with 60 stations already on board; new stations include KNOU, WRVQ and WAEZ.

Epic’s Team Glassman is continuing their streak of sales, streaming and airplay with Meghan Trainor’s “NO,” Zara Larsson & MNEK’s “Never Forget You” and Fifth Harmony f/Ty Dolla $ign’s “Work From Home” (SYCO); all three are Top 5 at iTunes, Top 10 at Shazam and Top 15 on the Top 40 MB chart. Very well played! They also just took over Nelly’s “Die a Happy Man,” which moved up to #32 this week.

Def Jam’s Sackheim, Rothschild & Farag debut Iggy Azalea’s “Team” at #34 this week with 80+ stations on impact; WNFN, KZON and KQCH are new this week. Rihanna f/Drake’s “Work” (Westbury Road/Roc Nation) saw big increases this week from KZHT, KEGY and KDND, as the track moves up inside the Top 10 with huge sales numbers. It’s also #1 on Spotify’s U.S. Top 50 chart. Alessia Cara’s “Wild Things” needs just a few more stations to close the panel, while the track gets ready to move Top 20. Justin Bieber’s “Company” (RBMG), however, is now Top 20 and has all but closed out the panel. Look for Rihanna’s “Kiss It Better” (Westbury Road/Roc Nation) to drop soon; WODS is already on the board.

Hollywood’s Finck, Smith and Ennis have great research starting to post on Shawn Hook’s “Sound of Your Heart,” as the track moves up to #23; KIIS, WWMX, KZON and WKSE all have big callout. They impacted We The Kings’ “The Story of Tonight” last week with 21 adds, including Hits 1, WWMX, WKSL and WHTS.

RCA’s Riccitelli, JR, Daddio & Cooper continue to their stay on the Greatest Gainer list with G-Eazy f/Bebe Rexha’s “Me, Myself & I.” As the power rotations stack up, that track is Top 5 on the MB chart, Top 5 on the Spotify chart and #6 on the U.S. Shazam chart. ZAYN’s “PILLOWTALK” is also stacking up the numbers, considering it’s #7 at Mediabase, #3 on the U.S. Spotify chart and #7 on the U.S. Shazam chart, while being #8 on the overall Digital Songs chart. Sia f/Sean Paul’s “Cheap Thrills” (Monkey Puzzle) was Top 10 Most Added this week, with WBMP, KNOU, WKSC and KIIS all coming on board, just as the track gets ready to chart. Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece” has more than 90m views on YouTube and has sold nearly 400k digital singles. With more than 50 Pop stations on board the track is currently looking to chart. Elle King’s “America’s Sweetheart” was #4 Most Added with 40 stations on impact. Grace f/G-Eazy’s “You Don’t Own Me” was #6 Most Added with KIIS, KLIF, WDZH and WHQC all coming on board, adding to the 50+ stations that are already spinning it.

Republic’s CW, Spangler & Russell have pulled off another big impact with Nick Jonas f/Tove Lo’s “Close” (Island), which is sitting at #31 prior to impact, after just a few days of spins. A very impressive list of first-week adds is sure to follow. DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean” continues to increase in spins inside the Top 10, oh, and it can be heard anytime you tune in to anything on TV. Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” (Island) moves up to #8, with another 1000+ spin increase this week. Taylor Swift’s “New Romantics” (Big Machine) is about to make the Top 15 jump, and Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” climbs up to #17. James Bay’s “Let It Go” moves Top 25 with 100+ stations on board, while Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold” (Safehouse/Island/Hollywood) comes onto the chart after a huge impact week with adds that included Venus, WIOQ, WWPW and WKST

MUSIC WE LOVE: Rihanna’s “Kiss It Better” (Westbury Road/Roc Nation), ZHU x Skrillex x THEY.’s “Working for It” (Columbia).

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