TMN Singles Report: Q1 2018

Out with the old and in with the new

Bebe Rexha clinches top radio single of Q1 2018

The quarter time buzzer has sounded and it’s fair to say commercial radio has entered a new chapter. With Ed Sheeran’s all-blue takeover of 2017 now behind us, the new year brought with it a country-pop number worthy of commercial recognition. 

Bebe Rexha takes home the #1 radio single of Q1. ‘Meant To Be’ ft. Florida Georgia Line scored a Most Added crown in the back end of last year, picking up momentum over the summer and emerging with seven weeks at the top of the chart from January through March.

“She’s [Bebe] an excellent songwriter with an incredibly infectious voice, who has been on the cusp of full-blown pop fame for a couple of years,” music director at KIIS Sydney & Melbourne Brad McNicol told TMN at the end of last year when we were gathering predictions for artists to watch in 2018.

Jack Ball, music director at Hit105 Brisbane added: “The song fits almost every format on commercial radio and is completely non-offensive to whoever is listening. There aren’t many radio stations who couldn’t or haven’t played it and simply it’s just really catchy. Plus, who doesn’t love a big collaboration?” 

With Florida Georgia Line adding a winning touch to the track, the Warner release marks the most successful single on Australian radio ever to feature a country artist. The Nashville duo continues to prove their crossover potential, also scoring a spot at #10 on the quarterly chart with ‘Let Me Go’ alongside lead artists Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso.

Paving her way as a solo artist in 2017 was easy for Camila Cabello, but she’s already gone one better in 2018. With ‘Havana’ peaking agonisingly close at #2 last October, follow-up single ‘Never Be The Same’ rose to the summit for one week and subsequently smashed any theory that Cabello was destined for second place. 

Hot 100 debutants Bazzi, NF, Noah Kahan and Jordie Ireland boosted our collective faith in radio’s capacity to take risks on new talent. They all notched up spots in the hallowed Top 40 and were staple points of commercial playlists for much of the quarter. 

That said, there was also room for old favourites. Kylie Minogue’s loveable elegance was met with open arms as comeback single ‘Dancing’ ended the quarter at #31. Fellow Aussie Keith Urban wrote another ripper as ‘Parallel Line’ topped the TMN Country airplay chart for five consecutive weeks. That wasn’t enough to dislodge Lee Kernaghan from the top with his song ‘Drive on’ topping the Q1 Country chart. 

Speaking of Australians and country music, four out of the Top 5 played country songs of the quarter came from local acts including Kernaghan, Morgan Evans, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Kirsty Lee Akers – highlighting another impressive influx of airplay for local artists.

"Great to see Bebe Rexha gain the attention and success she finally deserves. Never any doubt in our minds this would be the monster it became."
- Scott Baker-Smith, Nova head of music

Digital and streaming charts saw Post Malone flex his muscles in an arena that has increasingly become his territory over the past two years. ‘I Fall Apart’ dominated the Spotify chart and made the Top 5 on the iTunes chart, while also featuring at #5 on the quarterly Hot 100 – no mean feat for an artist whose genre doesn’t exactly fit the typical mould.

Homegrown heroes Sheppard used their momentum from last year to top both AIR charts with their hit ‘Coming Home’. Meanwhile, fellow countryman Vance Joy also proved that timing is everything. ‘We’re Coming Home’ has been the most successful Australian song across the charts this year by far, but a release later in the quarter means Joy will have to wait until Q2 to reap the full reward.

With that in mind, we now turn and fix our eyes on the next three months. Artists such as Jessica Mauboy, Shawn Mendes and Marshmello will no doubt have their presence felt on the half-yearly charts with a strong arsenal of singles – but as we’ve seen from Q1, we can only wonder what curveballs Australian radio will serve up between now and July.

HOT 100 MARKET SHARE
Universal Music Australia
Holding true to their title as the biggest record company in the world, Universal take the largest share of the Hot 100 and Hot 40 quarterly charts. The Top 10 is peppered with UMA artists like Post Malone, Selena Gomez and Hailee Steinfeld, showing off the label’s healthy roster of hitmakers. Phenomenally, none managed a spot in Top 3, with Eminem’s ‘River’ the pick of the bunch at #4.

Overall, UMA’s first quarter results fell short on expectations based on last year’s yearly numbers, particularly in the Hot 40. Artists like The Weeknd, Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendes are only beginning to hit their strides in 2018 and look likely to raise UMA’s share of the chart throughout the year.
HOT 100
34.61%
HOT 40
32.93%
Sony Music Entertainment
Off the back of a successful end of year report, SME turned their attention to a strong contingent of Aussie acts in 2018. Commercial radio embraced homegrown darlings and multiple ARIA Award winners Gang of Youths, appearing at #51, followed by other SME local artists, including Delta Goodrem (#52), Guy Sebastian (#62), Peking Duk (#63) and two appearances by Jessica Mauboy (#70 and #86).

Sony’s offerings- through RCA and and Epic Records - garnered the label the most impressive results this quarter. Marshmello and Khalid’s collab on ‘Silence’ claimed a spot within the Top 10, while P!NK, Justin Timberlake and ZAYN (featuring Sia) also landed themselves in the Top 40.
HOT 100
21.34%
HOT 40
16.40%
Warner Music Australia
Warner has built on its radio presence even further with an impressive Q1 result. Bebe Rexha and Bruno Mars set the tone early on with hit commercial radio singles, with a strong back-up performance from current Hot 100-topping single 'These Days' by Rudimental.

Macklemore appeared in three different singles on the quarterly chart (‘These Days’, ‘Good Old Days’, ‘Glorious’), while Rita Ora also contributed two songs for the label (‘Anywhere’, ‘Your Song’). Needless to say, Ed Sheeran’s singles had a strong carry-over effect from 2017, carrying Warner to within 1% of Universal's Hot 40 result.
HOT 100
25.72%
HOT 40
32.68%
EMI
The Universal-owned EMI were stronger in the Hot 100 compared to the Hot 40. While Sam Smith and NF stood apart as top performers for the label, artists such as Calum Scott, Migos and Keith Urban failed to make deep inroads into the Hot 40 despite spending more than 10 weeks each in the chart.

Nonetheless, EMI’s strong slate of local talent (Troye Sivan, Missy Higgins, 5 Seconds Of Summer) will stand as a reason for celebration for the label who are consistently providing commercial radio with a consistent flow of quality Aussie tunes.
HOT 100
12.15%
HOT 40
9.21%
Mushroom
Mushroom’s share of the Hot 100 and Hot 40 both increased. While there was no sight of 2017’s best-performing Mushroom act Andy Grammer, it was two local names that delivered the goods in spades. Vance Joy’s infectious track ‘We’re Going Home’ was hard to miss no matter which radio station you tuned in to in the first three months of 2018, and it reached #11 on the Hot 100. The track outperformed fellow Mushroom act Kylie Minogue. Despite the two tracks being released at the same time, ‘Dancing’ reached #31.
HOT 100
3.17%
HOT 40
4.88%
Independents
Sheppard and Lauv continue to prove that artists without a major label can still conquer commercial radio. Both ‘Coming Home’ and ‘I Like Me Better’ sealed their places in the Hot 40 of Q1 following high amounts of airplay at the start of the year and boosted the independent tally to just under 4%.

TMRW Music - although contributing to Univeral’s market share, are still worthy of a mention in this category. ETCETC trio PNAU come in at #7 on the chart with ‘Go Bang’ as Rojdar’s reimagination of 2002 hit ‘Ignition’ was also a firm fixture in the chart this quarter.
HOT 100
3.01%
HOT 40
3.90%
TMN HOT 100
1
Meant To Be
Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line
WB | WMA
  • 2 Never Be The Same - Camila Cabello | EPIC | SME
  • 3 Finesse (Remix) - Bruno Mars & Cardi B | WMA
  • 4 River - Eminem ft. Ed Sheeran | IGA | UMA
  • 5 I Fall Apart - Post Malone | REP | UMA
  • 6 Silence - Marshmello ft. Khalid | RCA | SME
  • 7 Go Bang - PNAU | ETC | UMA
  • 8 Wolves - Selena Gomez & Marshmello | UMA
  • 9 For You (Fifty Shades Freed) - Liam Payne & Rita Ora | REP | UMA
  • 10 Let Me Go - Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso ft. Florida Georgia Line | UNI | UMA
  • 11 We’re Going Home - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 12 Him & I - G-Eazy & Halsey | EMI | SME
  • 13 These Days - Rudimental ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen | WMA
  • 14 Perfect - Ed Sheeran | WMA
  • 15 Let You Down - NF | CAP/EMI
  • 16 Coming Home - Sheppard | CHUGG | MGM
  • 17 What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 ft. SZA | A&M | UMA
  • 18 Anywhere - Rita Ora | ATL | WMA
  • 19 My My My! - Troye Sivan | EMI
  • 20 Feel It Still - Portugal. The Man | ATL | WMA
  • 21 IDGAF - Dua Lipa | WMA
  • 22 This Is Me (From The Greatest Showman) - Kesha | ATL | WMA
  • 23 How Long - Charlie Puth | WMA
  • 24 Beautiful Trauma - P!NK | RCA | SME
  • 25 I Miss You - Clean Bandit ft. Julia Michaels | ATL | WMA
  • 26 Good Old Days - Macklemore ft. Kesha | MACKLEMORE | WMA
  • 27 All The Stars - Kendrick Lamar & SZA | IGA | UMA
  • 28 One Last Song - Sam Smith | CAP | EMI
  • 29 Say Something - Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton | RCA | SME
  • 30 Havana - Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug | EPIC | SME
  • 31 Dancing - Kylie Minogue | MUSHROOM
  • 32 The Middle - Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey | IGA | UMA
  • 33 Hurt Somebody - Noah Kahan & Julia Michaels | REP | UMA
  • 34 I Like Me Better - Lauv | IND
  • 35 Dusk Till Dawn - ZAYN ft. Sia | RCA | SME
  • 36 God’s Plan - Drake | UMA
  • 37 There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes | UMA
  • 38 Mine - Bazzi | ATL | WMA
  • 39 Take Cover - Jordie Ireland | UMA
  • 40 Pray For Me - The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar | IGA | UMA
  • 41 Too Good At Goodbyes - Sam Smith | CAP | EMI
  • 42 Friends - Marshmello & Anne-Marie | ATL | WMA
  • 43 Homemade Dynamite - Lorde | UNI | UMA
  • 44 Friends - Justin Bieber & BloodPop | DEF | REP
  • 45 Filthy - Justin Timberlake | RCA | SME
  • 46 Thunder - Imagine Dragons | IGA | UMA
  • 47 New Rules - Dua Lipa | WMA
  • 48 You Are The Reason - Calum Scott | CAP | EMI
  • 49 rockstar - Post Malone ft. 21 Savage | REP | UMA
  • 50 What About Us - P!NK | RCA | SME
  • 51 Let Me Down Easy - Gang Of Youths | SME
  • 52 Think About You - Delta Goodrem | SME
  • 53 Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato | HOL | UMA
  • 54 This Is Me - Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble | ATL | WMA
  • 55 Psycho - Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign | REP | UMA
  • 56 Wait - Maroon 5 | UMA
  • 57 Naked - James Arthur | SME
  • 58 Stir Fry - Migos | EMI
  • 59 Mama - Jonas Blue | EMI
  • 60 Whatever It Takes - Imagine Dragons | IGA | UMA
  • 61 Anyway - Tyron Hapi ft. Mimoza | TWK | UMA
  • 62 Bloodstone - Guy Sebastian | SME
  • 63 Wasted - Peking Duk | SME
  • 64 Dirty Sexy Money - David Guetta & Afrojack ft. Charli XCX & French Montana | WMA
  • 65 Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay | SME
  • 66 Parallel Line - Keith Urban | CAP | EMI
  • 67 End Game - Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran & Future | BIG | UMA
  • 68 Want You Back - 5 Seconds Of Summer | EMI
  • 69 Green Light - Lorde | UNI | UMA
  • 70 Fallin - Jessica Mauboy | SME
  • 71 Futon Couch - Missy Higgins | ELEVEN | EMI
  • 72 Cola - CamelPhat & Elderbrook | WMA
  • 73 Young, Dumb & Broke - Khalid | RCA | SME
  • 74 Ignition (Remix) - Rojdar ft. Jays | HUS | UMA
  • 75 Capital Letters - Hailee Steinfeld & BloodPop | REP | UMA
  • 76 Love Lies - Khalid & Normani | RCA/SME
  • 77 Need Me - Mashd N Kutcher ft. Sammi Constantine | UMA
  • 78 New - Daya | IGA | UMA
  • 79 Whatever You Want - P!NK | RCA | SME
  • 80 Slow Hands - Niall Horan | CAP | EMI
  • 81 No Excuses - Meghan Trainor | EPIC | SME
  • 82 Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran | WMA
  • 83 Sun Comes Up - Rudimental ft. James Arthur | ATL | WMA
  • 84 Tell Me You Love Me - Galantis & Throttle | WMA
  • 85 P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing) - John Gibbons | SME
  • 86 #We Got Love - Jessica Mauboy | SME
  • 87 Can’t Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake | SME
  • 88 Candy Paint - Post Malone | REP | UMA
  • 89 Galway Girl - Ed Sheeran | WMA
  • 90 Church - Alison Wonderland | EMI
  • 91 Let You Down - Peking Duk ft. Icona Pop | SME
  • 92 Take Your Time - Sam Hunt | MCA | UMA
  • 93 Delicate - Taylor Swift | BIG | UMA
  • 94 Katchi - Ofenbach & Nick Waterhouse | WMA
  • 95 Your Song - Rita Ora | ATL | WMA
  • 96 Saved - Khalid | RCA | SME
  • 97 Shut Up and Dance - Walk The Moon | SME
  • 98 Glorious - Macklemore ft. Skylar Grey | MACKLEMORE | WMA
  • 99 PDA - Scott Helman | WMA
  • 100 Make Me Feel - Janelle Monae | ATL | WMA
Hot 100
Australian
1.Go Bang - PNAU
ETC | UMA
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  • 2 Coming Home - Sheppard | CHUGG | MGM
  • 3 We’re Going Home - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 4 My My My! - Troye Sivan | EMI
  • 5 Let Me Down Easy - Gang Of Youths | SME
  • 6 Take Cover - Jordie Ireland | UMA
  • 7 Dancing - Kylie Minogue | MUSHROOM
  • 8 Fallin - Jessica Mauboy | SME
  • 9 Bloodstone - Guy Sebastian | SME
  • 10 Need Me - Mashd N Kutcher ft. Sammi Constantine | UMA
Hot 100
Alternative
1.raingurl - yaeji
IND
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  • 2 I Wanna Be Everybody - Hockey Dad | INERTIA
  • 3 How To Socialise And Make Friends - Camp Cope | IND
  • 4 Mistake - Middle Kids | EMI
  • 5 UFO - Mallrat ft. Allday | DEW | UMA
  • 6 Mainland - Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever | MUSHROOM
  • 7 Stir Fry - Migos | EMI
  • 8 Chasing Stars - Alice Ivy ft. Bertie Blackman | DEW | UMA
  • 9 We’re Going Home - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 10 I Can’t Quit - The Vaccines | SME
Country
1.Drive On - Lee Kernaghan
ABC | UMA
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  • 2 When It Rains It Pours - Luke Combs | SME
  • 3 Kiss Somebody - Morgan Evans | WMA
  • 4 Bad - Caitlyn Shadbolt | ABC | UMA
  • 5 Take Me Back - Kirsty Lee Akers | SME
  • 6 Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt | MCA | UMA
  • 7 Livin’ On Summertime - Gord Bamford | ABC | UMA
  • 8 The Rest Of Our Life - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill | SME
  • 9 Parallel Line - Keith Urban | CAP | EMI
  • 10 Po’ Boyz - Davisson Brothers Band | SME
Contemporary
Rock
1.Let Me Down Easy - Gang Of Youths
SME
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  • 2 Arrows - Foo Fighters | RCA | SME
  • 3 I Only Lie When I Love You - Royal Blood | WMA
  • 4 The Man - The Killers | IDJ | UMA
  • 5 Firewood and Candles - Paul Kelly | CAP | EMI
  • 6 Rx (Medicate) - Theory Of A Deadman | RR | WMA
  • 7 The Sky Is A Neighbourhood - Foo Fighters | RCA | SME
  • 8 Song #3 - Stone Sour | RR | WMA
  • 9 Meant To Be - Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line | WB | WMA
  • 10 We’re Going Home - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
Dance
1.Go Bang - PNAU
ETC | UMA
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  • 2 Mama - Jonas Blue | EMI
  • 3 Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay | SME
  • 4 Dirty Sexy Money - David Guetta & Afrojack ft. Charli XCX & French Montana | WMA
  • 5 Need Me - Mashd N Kutcher ft. Sammi Constantine | UMA
  • 6 This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna | COL | SME
  • 7 Wake Me Up - Avicii | UNI | UMA
  • 8 Cheap Thrills - Sia | INERTIA
  • 9 Closer - The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey | SME
  • 10 Never Be Like You - Flume ft. Kai | FC | EMI
Urban
1.That’s What I Like - Bruno Mars ft. Gucci Mane
ATL | WMA
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  • 2 Glorious - Macklemore ft. Skylar Grey | MACKLEMORE | WMA
  • 3 Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars | SME
  • 4 These Days - Rudimental ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen | WMA
  • 5 Scars To Your Beautiful - Alessia Cara | UMA
  • 6 Moments - Bliss N Eso ft. Gavin James | MUSHROOM
  • 7 24K Magic - Bruno Mars | ATL | WMA
  • 8 I Feel It Coming - The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk | UNI | UMA
  • 9 Papercuts - Illy ft. Vera Blue | ONETWO | WMA
  • 10 Can’t Feel My Face - The Weeknd | UNI | UMA
Spotify AU
1.I Fall Apart - Post Malone
REP | UMA
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  • 2 River - Eminem ft. Ed Sheeran | IGA | UMA
  • 3 All The Stars - Kendrick Lamar & SZA | IGA | UMA
  • 4 Meant To Be - Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line | WB | WMA
  • 5 rockstar - Post Malone ft. 21 Savage | REP | UMA
  • 6 Finesse (Remix) - Bruno Mars & Cardi B | WMA
  • 7 Let You Down - NF | CAP | EMI
  • 8 Never Be The Same - Camila Cabello | EPIC | SME
  • 9 Go Bang - PNAU | ETC | UMA
  • 10 I Miss You - Clean Bandit ft. Julia Michaels | ATL | WMA
iTunes AU
1.Meant To Be - Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line
WB | WMA
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  • 2 This Is Me - Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble | ATL | WMA
  • 3 River - Eminem ft. Ed Sheeran | IGA | UMA
  • 4 I Fall Apart - Post Malone | REP | UMA
  • 5 Never Be The Same - Camila Cabello | EPIC | SME
  • 6 Coming Home - Sheppard | CHUGG | MGM
  • 7 For You (Fifty Shades Freed) - Liam Payne & Rita Ora | REP | UMA
  • 8 Finesse (Remix) - Bruno Mars & Cardi B | WMA
  • 9 These Days - Rudimental ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen | WMA
  • 10 Havana - Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug | EPIC | SME
Shazam AU
1.Never Be The Same - Camila Cabello
EPIC | SME
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  • 2 Meant To Be - Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line | WB | WMA
  • 3 These Days - Rudimental ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen | WMA
  • 4 All The Stars - Kendrick Lamar & SZA | IGA | UMA
  • 5 Katchi - Ofenbach & Nick Waterhouse | WMA
  • 6 We’re Going Home - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 7 Go Bang - PNAU | ETC | UMA
  • 8 You Are The Reason - Calum Scott | CAP | EMI
  • 9 For You (Fifty Shades Freed) - Liam Payne & Rita Ora | REP | UMA
  • 10 River - Eminem ft. Ed Sheeran | IGA/UMA
AIR
Singles
1.Coming Home - Sheppard
CHUGG | MGM
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  • 2 We’re Going Home - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 3 Lay It On Me - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 4 Dancing - Kylie Minogue | MUSHROOM
  • 5 Riptide - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 6 Fire And The Flood - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 7 Geronimo - Sheppard | CHUGG | MGM
  • 8 Numb - Hayden James ft. GRAACE | FC | EMI
  • 9 Confidence - Ocean Alley | IND
  • 10 Moments - Bliss N Eso ft. Gavin James | MUSHROOM
AIR
Radioplay
1.Coming Home - Sheppard
CHUGG | MGM
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  • 2 We’re Going Home - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 3 Lay It On Me - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 4 Dancing - Kylie Minogue | MUSHROOM
  • 5 Million Man - The Rubens | MUSHROOM
  • 6 Riptide - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 7 Geronimo - Sheppard | CHUGG | MGM
  • 8 Fire And The Flood - Vance Joy | MUSHROOM
  • 9 Do Right - Glades | IND
  • 10 Never Be Like You - Flume ft. Kai | FC | EMI