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By Billy Bored

April 14, 2014

This is quite a week we’re working on with Coachella, the MTV Movie Awards, Passover, the “blood moon,” Tax day and Easter. I’ll be feeling guilty for not attending Coachella, for missing the MTV Movie Awards and the “blood moon,” which I’ll surely sleep through, and for telling little white lies on my tax return. As for the biz… Big ups to Warner Bros. Gray, Dyer, Pivar and Reich, as well as the entire WB promotion team, on a couple of fronts. First, we commend them for climbing past Pharrell Williams and holding off the hard-charging John Legend to become the new #1 at Top 40 with Jason Derulo f/2 Chainz’s “Talk Dirty,” and second, for the fast start on Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong,” already at #34 on the chart and fresh off a Most Added and Greatest Gainer week. Next up is AJR’s “I’m Ready,” picking up a Most Added slot this past week … Much as it was last week, the action is going to be at the top of the chart, with Columbia’s Leipsner, Borris and Vaughan in prime position to challenge for the top slot with John Legend’s “All of Me,” (#3 on the chart, #2 Greatest Gainer, #2 at iTunes). I wouldn’t bet against this one. Meanwhile, MKTO’s “Classic” remains in the Top 20 with DJ Snake & Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What” right behind at #21 and #7 at iTunes. Calvin Harris’ “Summer” (#29) is off to a great start with KHTS, KKHH and WBLI leading the way, and HAIM’s “Forever” was # 6 Most Added before this week’s official impact… Hollywood’s Finck and Smith have another strong week with Demi Lovato’s “Neon Lights” (#7), registering a #3 Greatest Gainer in the push for a Top 5 slot… Republic Records Walk, Spangler and Russell have several songs on the verge of taking the next step up the chart, starting with American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life,” currently #8 on the chart with a good shot at a Top 5 slot in the next couple of weeks. Avicii’s “Hey Brother” (#11) and Martin Garrix’s “Animals” (#12) are next in line for the Top 10, and Tiesto’s “Red Lights” (#17 on the chart, #5 Most Added, #8 Greatest Gainer) is on track for Top 15 next week. Austin Mahone f/Pitbull’s “Mmm Yeah” (#18) moves past the 100-station mark, and Neon Trees’ “Sleeping With a Friend” (#27) is a good bet to close the panel in the next few weeks… RCA’s Riccitelli, JR, Strazza, Daddio and Cooper keep rolling along on Justin Timberlake’s “Not a Bad Thing” (#9 on the chart, #5 Greatest Gainer) and Pitbull f/GRL’s “Wild Wild Love,” at #19 on the chart, #4 Greatest Gainer and Most Added for multiple weeks. Shakira’s “Empire” is off to a hot start, debuting at #40 in just two weeks… Hot on the heels of their success with Katy Perry and Bastille, Capitol Music Group’s Reese, Rainey and Youngblood have three new projects off and rolling. Naughty Boy f/Sam Smith’s “La La La” (#13) is primed to hit the Top 10, 5 Seconds of Summer’s “She Looks So Perfect” was Most Added, a Greatest Gainer and moves to #25 on the chart, and My Crazy Girlfriend’s “Crazy Stupid Love” was #7 Most Added its first week out… Look for Epic’s Glassman to have a big impact week on KONGOS’ “Come with Me Now.” This one’s been #1 at alternative radio for three weeks and early Top 40 play is being led by KHKS, WKSC and WRVW. The word on New Hollow’s “She Ain’t You” is that the early research story looks good and should help push this one up the chart. Cher Loyd’s “Sirens” picks up double-digit adds its first week out, including WKCI and KJYODef Jam’s Sackheim, Chester, Rothschild and Farag picked up two slots in the Top 10 Most Added column this past week with Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” at #8 (#33 on the chart) and Afrojack f/Wrabel’s “Ten Feet Tall” at #9 its first week out… MUSIC WE LOVE: Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and Sia’s “Chandelier.”