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Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” Repeats as Hot AC’s Most-Added

For the third consecutive week, Ed Sheeran’s ballad “Thinking Out Loud” ranks as the hot adult contemporary radio format’s most-added song.

After sharing honors with Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” two weeks ago, the song independently claimed most-added last week on the strength of 28 monitored adds. According to Mediabase, it again leads the add board — this time on the strength of 16 monitored pickups.

Already up to #21 on the format’s airplay chart, “Thinking Out Loud” is tracking like another big hot adult contemporary hit for the singer-songwriter. This new, hefty round of station adds certainly will not hinder the realization of that reality.

Ingrid Michaelson’s “Afterlife,” which closely follows at #22 on the rolling airplay chart, grabs the second-most-added distinction this week. It won support from 9 monitored stations.

Sheppard’s top 40 hit “Geronimo” follows with 8 adds, while Meghan Trainor’s “Lips are Movin” and Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” tie for fourth-most-added on the strength of 7 pickups each.

Major Market Adds this Week:
Fresh 102.7 (New York) – Big Data’s “Dangerous (featuring Joywave)”
95.5 PLJ (New York) – Ryan Cabrera’s “House on Fire,” Vance Joy’s “Riptide” and Calvin Harris’ “Blame (featuring John Newman)”
101.9fm The Mix (Chicago) – Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me,” Meghan Trainor’s “Lips are Movin”
Star 101.3 (San Francisco) – Selena Gomez’ “The Heart Wants What it Wants”
Alice @ 97.3 (San Francisco) – U2’s “Every Breaking Wave”
103.7 KVIL (Dallas) – Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” George Ezra’s “Budapest,” OneRepublic’s “I Lived”

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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