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His first stop at the top (5/6a)
Khaled gets another party started. (5/6a)
A heartwarming virtual hook-up (5/6a)
Vaxxed and masked, Nicole ventures out. (5/6a)
The Great White Way begins to repopulate. (5/6a)
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?

Ah, fall. Post-season MLB, the NFL, NCAA football and the NBA are all gearing up to start, leaves are turning and it’s time for sweaters and scarfs. Unless you live in the south; then you’ll need someone to tell you where to buy some fall-colored linen clothing.

Republic’s Spangler, Russell and Dastur once again had the Most Added track at Top 40 with Shawn Mendes f/Zedd’s “Lost in Japan” (Island). Radio thinks this track is just what the Pop format needs sound-wise, and 113 stations came onboard on impact. Ariana Grande continues her streak, as another 33 adds come in on “breathin,” which climbs toward the Top 20 after just a couple of weeks. Her “God is a woman,” meanwhile, is heading Top 5. Tiesto & Dzeko f/Preme & Post Malone’s “Jackie Chan” is heading Top 15 with big increases coming in from KIIS, WWPW and KZZP. Mike Posner’s “Song About You” (Island) debuted this week and pulled in 11 new stations, including B96, KMVQ and B97. Dean Lewis’ “Be Alright” (Island) impacted as the #3 Most Added track at Pop; it’s currently Top 15 at Hot AC.

Crush Music’s Olesen put some impressive call letters on MAX f/Joey Bada$$’s “Still New York” (DCD2). New this week are Z100, WNKS and Music Choice, among others. Look for this one to chart soon. Weezer’s “Africa” is Top 25-bound with great research popping up everywhere.

Columbia’s Leipsner, Bedard, Stevens and Brenner have Calvin Harris & Sam Smith’s “Promises” heading toward the Top 20 with a nearly closed-out panel on board. Silk City f/Dua Lipa’s “Electricity” was once again one of the Most Added Tracks, pulling in 21 new stations, including HITS 1, KIIS, KRBE and KBKS. The Chainsmokers f/Kelsea Ballerini’s “This Feeling” (Disruptor) was also Most Added with 19 adds, including KMVQ, WIHT, KKRZ and WNKS. The team at Columbia, along with RECORDSStrazza, have charted LSD’s “Thunderclouds” after a third week in a row in the Most Added column. There are now 100+ stations on board, and the track’s Top 30.

Caroline’s Saturn, Halpern and Holman are set to move NF’s “Lie” (NF Real Music) into the Top 10 with big spin increases coming in this week from WNOW, KBFF, WWWQ and WKSS. WEZB PD Jammer says, “‘No Lie’ is a massive HIT! I would never lie to you… Seriously!” 

Interscope’s Romano and Lopes have Selena Gomez’s “Back to You” aiming for the top of the chart. With massive research numbers with females, it should be our next #1. Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams” (Grade A) was one of the week’s Greatest Gainers. That one joins the Top 10 with 175+ stations onboard and #1 consumption numbers. Imagine Dragons’ “Natural” (KidinaKorner) is poised to join the Top 10 at Pop. It’s #1 at Alt and #7 at Hot AC. benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid’s “Eastside” (FKS) is Top 15, while #1 on Spotify the Top 200, #1 on Spotify’s Viral U.S. and global charts and #1 on Spotify Today’s Top Hits playlist. Gryffin w/Elley Duhe’s “Tie Me Down” (Darkroom) was Most Added on impact and is now on 35+ stations, including KMVQ, KALV, WPOI and WKFS.

Def Jam’s Farag and Rothschild put another 20 stations on Kanye West & Lil Pump’s chartbound “I Love It” (G.O.O.D). Those include KYLD, WPOW, WDZH and WHQC, which put it in the Most Added column, following the SNL opening night performance. Logic f/Ryan Tedder’s “One Day” moved Top 30 this week with 140+ stations onboard, including Z100, KAMP, KIIS and KHKS. YG f/2 Chainz, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj’s “Big Bank” was Most Added on impact, scoring airplay from KAMP, WODS, WKQI and KTFM.

RCA’s Riccitelli, JR, Daddio and Cooper are impacting Khalid’s “Better” (Right Hand) after a successful run to the top of the chart with “Love Lies.” There are already 20 early adds, including KIIS, KMVQ, WKQI and KKRZ, as well as 50m streams in just two weeks.

Hollywood’s Finck, Smith and Ennis have Sabrina Carpenter’s “Almost Love” set to join the Top 20 with big spin increases on the board from WWWQ, KLAL, WFKS and KHFI. There are more than 160 stations in rotation.

Capitol’s Marella, Rainey and Nolletti have Marshmello f/Bastille’s “Happier” (Astralwerks/Joytime)—again one of the week’s Greatest Gainers—moving toward the Top 10 with more than 150 stations onboard. 6ix9ine f/Nicki Minaj’s “FEFE” (TenThousand) is chartbound at Pop, after pulling in adds from WODS, KYLD and WEZB. It’s also Top 5 at Rhythm.

Warner Bros.Dyer, Reich and Shih have Bebe Rexha’s “I’m a Mess” joining the Top 10 this week, after big spin increases from Z100, KHKS, WFLZ and KRBE. Bryce Vine’s “Drew Barrymore” (Sire) is heading Top 15 and is new at KKRZ and WAPE. Jason Derulo x David Guetta f/Nicki Minaj & Willy William’s “Goodbye” (Beluga Heights) is set to join the Top 25; new adds this week include KDWB, KLIF and KCHZ. Anne-Marie’s “2002” pulled in new airplay from KSMB, WWKL and WHOT, while new rotation moves come in from WFLC, KENX and WNVZ, and it gets set to join the Top 30. Dan + Shay’s “Tequila” (Warner Nashville)—the Shazam Song of the Summer—impacted with adds from HITS 1, Music Choice, WIHT, WZPL and WRVW.

WBR’s Aimee Acampora, Q102’s Rachel Viggiano, Anne-Marie, Q102 PD Jared Fallon and Q103 APD’s Raphael Opida

Epic’s Sackheim, Afloarei and Dimig have DJ Khaled f/Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper & Quavo’s “No Brainer” (We The Best) moving up inside the Top 10 at Pop while it’s #1 at Rhythm. Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode” (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle), Top 5 at Rhythm, has officially charted at Pop. AJ Mitchell’s “Girls” impacted and there are 40+ stations onboard as it moves toward the chart, including KDIS, WKST, KZZP, and KHTS

MUSIC WE LOVE: Rita Ora’s “Let You Love Me” (Atlantic U.K.), Elijah Woods X Jamie Fine’s “Aint Easy” (Big Machine).

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