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Power pop, global glam and the return of the loud.

Summer’s here and things are finally getting back to normal. We’ve had some great new summer tracks land on our desk just in time for the “Song of the Summer” conversations. I look forward to the debates!

Columbia’s Gray, Burruss, Bedard, Stevens & Brenner have launched one of those big summer tracks, clearing the panel with all 180 reporting stations jumping on board BTS’ “Butter.” It’s already Top 15 and climbing fast as the first track from an international group to close out the U.S. Top 40 panel on release week. The Kid LAROI’s “WITHOUT YOU” f/Miley Cyrus is eyeing the top of the chart as it locks in Power rotation everywhere. This one is currently Top 3. Lil Nas X’s “MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name)” joins the Top 10 in just eight weeks. Polo Gdebuted on the chart this week with “RAPSTAR,” pulling in 40+ stations on board, including HITS1, KNOU, WKQI and WXSS. Columbia, along with RECORDSStrazza, have put Nelly & Florida Georgia Line’s “Lil Bit” in the Top 25 and the consumption continues to build on this one as radio airplay grows. Locking in 140+ stations, look for a big move on this one as iHeart’s Hit Nation Custom comes on board. 

Def Jam’s Farag has plenty to celebrate this week as she’s just been upped to EVP/GM title and is enjoying a third consecutive week of Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” f/Daniel Caesar & GIVĒON sitting atop the chart.

Capitol’s Marella, Nolletti, Acampora & Siciliano moved Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade” into the Top 25 with 125 stations on board, including Z100, KIIS, WKSC and KHKS

Arista’s Team Petropoulos are set to launch Tai Verdes’ “A-O-K,” which has picked up early adds from HITS1, KUDD and WBZZ. This is one to watch as the consumption numbers are outstanding.

RCA’s Rothschild, Maldonado, JR & Daddio have Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” f/SZA (Kemosabe) now in the Top 10 and was one of the Top 5 Greatest Gainers of the week. Riton X Nightcrawlers’ “Friday” heads Top 30 as a Top 5 Most Added record and is now on over 80 stations. P!nk’s “All I Know So Far” is moving Top 10 at Hot AC and impacts Pop on 6/7. 

Interscope’s Romano & Lopes have two Olivia Rodrigo tracks moving inside the Top 20. “Deja vu” is currently sitting at #12 and set to join the Top 10 with an all-but-closed-out panel while “good 4 u” is Top 15 bound at #17 with 160+ station spinning. Both are moving quickly up the chart! Maroon 5’s “Beautiful Mistakes” f/Megan Thee Stallionis Top 10 at Pop, in the #2 position at Hot AC and Top 10 at Shazam, iTunes and Spotify. Kali Uchis’ “telepatía” is spinning on 130+ stations and has been in the Most Added column for eight consecutive weeks. It’s currently set to join the Top 15. Billie Eilish’s “Your Power” (Darkroom) sits in the Top 20 with 175+ stations on board, including KIIS, HITS1, Z100 and B96.

Republic’s Spangler & Romeo impacted Tomorrow X Together’s “Magic,” putting 36 adds on the post-holiday addboard and earning the #1 Most Added honors. Marshmello’s “Leave Before You Love Me” f/Jonas Brothers was also in the Top 5 Most Added column this week as it moves Top 25. “’Leave Before You Love Me’ has Immediate positive reaction out of the gate. It’s the perfect sticky mass appeal collab rolling into summer,” said Alex Tear, VP of Pop Music & Programming, SXM+P. Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” is moving Top 10 at Pop after a three-week #1 run at Alternative.  Ariana Grande’s “pov” is now Top 5 with 300m+ streams. This also has big increases at HITS1, WKSC, WXKS and KHFI

Epic’s Sackheim, Afloarei & Dimig put DJ Khaled’s “I Did It” f/Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby & Lil Baby (WBT/Roc Nation) in the Top 5 Most Added on the official impact date with over 50 stations spinning, including KIIS, WWWQ, WIOQ and Y100. REGARD’s “You” f/Troye Sivan & Tate McRae makes way for the Top 15 with 60m+ streams to date. GIVĒON’s “Heartbreak Anniversary” (Not So Fast) looks to join the Top 25 this week with help from Music Choice, KMVQ, WWPW and WIHT. AJ Mitchell’s “STOP” has charted with X stations on board. Early supporters on this one includes WBLI, KMXV and WFLZ. Mimi Webb’s “Good Without” is already on the chart with 63m+ streams RTD and she secured new adds this week from the likes of KMXV, WZPL and KCRZ

Warner’s Chester, Dyer & Reich have Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” poised to take the top of the chart as one of the week’s Greatest Gainers. They also put three tracks in the Top 10 Most Added this week, pulling in 29 impact-adds on Bella Poarch’s “Build a Bitch,” stacking 21 more stations on Anitta’s “Girl From Rio” and picking up 6 adds on Majid Jordan’s “Waves of Blue” (OVO Sound). Saweetie’s “Best Friend” f/Doja Cat is set to join the Top 10 with 200m+ global streams. Whew, that’s a lot of plates spinning.

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Tesher X Jason Derulo’s “Jalebi Baby” (Capitol)

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