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Pop Go The Weasels

By Billy Bored

April 22, 2014

For the past few weeks, the biggest action has been at the top of the chart. This week, however, an interesting battle is shaping up at the bottom, with a four-way race for a chart debut between Def Jam’s Afrojack, RCA’s Magic!, Warner Bros.AJR and Epic’s KONGOS… As we predicted last week, Columbia’s Leipsner, Borris and Vaughan recapture the #1 slot on the chart with John Legend’s “All of Me.” You can expect this one to hang on to the top spot for several weeks. DJ Snake & Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What” (#18) had a huge week, picking up #4 Most Added and #5 Greatest Gainer honors as well as an impressive #5 at iTunes. Calvin Harris’ “Summer” jumps #29-24 on the chart, and HAIM’s “Forever” picks up early support at 30+ stations, including majors KIIS, WIHT and WNCI… RCA’s Riccitelli, JR, Strazza, Daddio and Cooper appear to have the next big challenger for the top slot with Justin Timberlake’s “Not a Bad Thing,” currently #6 on the chart, #2 Greatest Gainer for the week and Top 10 at iTunes. Pitbull f/GRL’s “Wild Wild Love” (#17) is on the move and was a Top 10 Greatest Gainer again this week. Shakira’s “Empire” (#39) is off to a good start closing over 60 stations, including KIIS and KDWB. Keep an eye on Magic!’s “Rude,” fresh off a Top 10 Most Added week with a good chance at doing the same this week, as well as challenging for a chart debut… The dust is beginning to settle after the changes at UMG, and Def Jam’s Sackheim, Chester, Rothschild and Farag are moving full steam ahead on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (#27 on the chart, #7 Greatest Gainer, #7 Most Added) and Afrojack f/Wrabel’s “Ten Feet Tall,” which has over 50 early supporters and will likely see a chart debut this week… Congrats are in order for Hollywood’s Finck and Smith, as they deliver a second consecutive Top 5 single for Demi Lovato with “Neon Lights”… Republic Records Walk, Spangler and Russell grab two slots in the Top 10 this week with American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life,” #7 after several weeks at #11, and Avicii’s “Hey Brother,” which reaches the promised land at #10. Martin Garrix’s “Animals” (#12) is next in line to break into the Top 10, Tiesto’s “Red Lights” (#16) is on track to close the panel this week or next and Neon Trees’ “Sleeping with a Friend” (#25) rolls past the 100 station mark… Epic’s Glassman is off to a fast start on KONGOS’ “Come With Me Now,” picking up #6 Most Added honors out of the box with a good bet to be Top 10 Most Added for a second week and a legit challenger for a chart debut this week. New Hollow’s “She Ain’t You” (#40) continues to build a solid story based on early callout research and excellent MScores… Surprising absolutely nobody, Capitol Music Group’s Reese, Rainey and Youngblood are a sure shot for Most Added out of the box this week with Katy Perry’s “Birthday.” More than 30 stations couldn’t wait and jumped on this one a week early, making it Most Added before official impact and powering it to a chart debut at #34. Naughty Boy f/Sam Smith’s “La La La” (#13) continues the push for a Top 10 slot, 5 Seconds of Summer’s “She Looks So Perfect” is Most Added and a Greatest Gainer, and climbs to #23 on the chart, while My Crazy Girlfriend’s “Crazy Stupid Love” picks up Most Added honors out of the box… Warner Bros.’ Gray, Dyer, Pivar and Reich have delivered three consecutive Most Added weeks on Nico & Vinz’ “Am I Wrong” (#26 on the chart, #5 Greatest Gainer); smart money says this one is Most Added again this week. AJR’s “I’m Ready” has picked up over 40 early supporters and is one of the challengers for a chart debut this week… MUSIC WE LOVE: One Direction’s “You & I,” Lorde’s “Tennis Court.”