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We'll miss those smoke-filled rooms. (5/11a)
It's turning out to be a tough sell. (5/12a)
Alert the media: She can really sing. (5/11a)
Todd gets in. Finally. (5/12a)
Alan Jackson brings back hard country. (5/10a)
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?

Whew. Every year there are more star-studded events jammed into Grammy week. This year, there were so many opportunities to see and be seen, it was exhausting. There needs to be a post-Grammy holiday!

There was no holiday for Republic’s Spangler, Romeo and Dastur, who were busy securing airplay. Ariana Grande’s new single, “Break Up with Your Girlfriend,” was #1 Most Added and is already set to join the Top 30, just days after impact. Meanwhile, her current single, “7 rings” is already heading Top 5. Both are on top of the Spotify and iTunes charts as well. Post Malone also has two tracks running up the Pop chart; “Sunflower” f/Swae Lee is heading Top 3, while Top 10 U.S. Shazam and Top 10 iTunes, and “Wow” looks set to join the Top 15, while Top 15 Spotify Global & U.S. Dean Lewis’ “Be Alright” (Island), which just got a kiss from the callout gods, is heading Top 15. Huge increases are on the board from WFLZ, WWPW and KZHT. Jeremy Zucker’s “comethru” is chartbound and pulled in new airplay from KBFF, WZPL and WNCI. Also chartbound, Grey f/LÉON’s “Want You Back” was one of the Top 10 Most Added, scoring 10 new stations this week.

Caroline’s Saturn, Halpern and Holman put NF back in the Top 10 Most Added again, securing airplay for “If You Want Love” (NF Real Music) from WWWQ, WFLZ and WNRW; they charted this week.

Columbia’s Leipsner, Bedard, Stevens and Brenner were back in the Most Added column with The Chainsmokers f/5SOS’ “Who Do You Love” (Disruptor) posting another 75 stations for a second week in a row. It’ll chart this week as they announce their headlining World War Joy Tour, hitting North American arenas in the fall. Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd’s “Lost in the Fire” edges closer to the Top 10. George Ezra’s “Shotgun” charts and is reacting with sales and streams in airplay markets. Lil Peep & ILoveMakonnen f/Fall Out Boy’s “I’ve Been Waiting,” which jumped way up on the chart, is heading Top 30 quickly. It was in the Most Added column again this week, scoring new airplay from HITS 1, WIOQ, Y100 and KHTS.

RCA’s Riccitelli, JR, Daddio and Cooper have two tracks ready to join the Top 10. Khalid’s “Better” (Right Hand) has Top 5 potential overall and should join the Top 10 shortly; there are more than 550m streams to date. Mark Ronson f/Miley Cyrus’ “Nothing Break Like a Heart” sees huge M-Scores at KIIS, KAMP, WKSC and B96 as this one continues to climb the chart. Radio is starting to fall in love with H.E.R., as both KAMP and KMVQ come on board. Entercom SVP Programming Michael Martin says, "The joy of radio is music discovery—finding a song that stops you in your tracks and demands your attention. ‘Hard Place’ by H.E.R. is that unavoidable, hypnotically beautiful song laced with real lyrics that touch your soul."

12Tone Music and Team Palmese continue to grow the story on LIVVIA’s “Damn.” With 100+ stations on board, they charted this week.

Hollywood’s Finck, Smith and Ennis moved Sabrina Carpenter’s “Sue Me” up the chart, adding new airplay from KKDM, WXLK, WRVQ and WPYO.

Capitol’s Marella, Nolletti, Siciliano and Acampora impacted FLETCHER’s “Undrunk,” which debuted at #30, pulling in 130 adds on impact. This one’s in a race to the top of the chart, where Halsey’s “Without Me” sits for the third week in a row. Sam Smith & Normani’s “Dancing with a Stranger”— #5 Greatest Gainer on the chart—is heading Top 15.

Interscope’s Romano and Lopes have benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid’s “Eastside” (FKS) looking to slide into that #1 spot on the Pop chart. There’s amazing callout and a closed-out panel on this one. Ellie Goulding x Diplo f/Swae Lee’s “Close to Me” is Top 10 and climbing with a closed-out panel. As it moves to power rotation everywhere, it should be Top 5 shortly. Imagine Dragons’ “Bad Liar” (KidinaKorner) was once again Most Added; new stations include KMVQ, WPRO and WNOK. That one’s set to join the Top 30.

Warner Bros.Chester, Dyer, Reich and Shih are still dancing around, following two-award winner Dua Lipa’s Best New Artist honor. Her “Swan Song,” one of the Greatest Gainers, is now heading Top 20. Rita Ora’s “Let You Love Me” is new at WWWQ, KUDD and KRQQ as it heads Top 25. With 280m+ global streams, Lukas Graham’s “Love Someone” is Top 25. Lauren Daigle’s “You Say” (Centricity/12Tone) is already Top 5 at Hot AC, as it heads Top 25 at Pop with adds this week at KZHT, WIOQ and WAKS. Dan + Shay’s “Tequila” (Warner Nashville)—one of our faves—picked up a Grammy this weekend, as well as new airplay from KRBE, WFLC and KSLZ, and looks headed Top 15. Bad Bunny f/Drake’s “MIA” (OVO Sound/Rimas), which is Top 20, scored big this week with adds at Z100, WIHT and KKRZ.

Def Jam’s Farag and Rothschild have stacked up 90+ stations on Alessia Cara’s “Out of Love” with over half of them being majors. It’s bubbling just under and looks like it’ll chart very shortly; new this week are KHKS, WEZB and WZFT.

Epic’s Sackheim, Afloarei and Dimig are celebrating the news of five-times platinum certification for Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode” (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle). It’s joined the Top 10 at Pop and is definitely one of the hottest singles on the radio.

MUSIC WE LOVE: Julia Michaels f/Niall Horan’s “What a Time” (Republic), Static & Ben El & J Balvin’s “Tudo Bom” (S&B Entertainment Ventures).

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