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“The Hanging Tree” is Most-Added at Hot AC; Meghan Trainor, Selena Gomez Follow

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Already a top forty hit at the hot adult contemporary format, James Newton Howard’s “The Hanging Tree (featuring Jennifer Lawrence)” is poised to get even bigger.

According to Mediabase, the memorable number from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” ranks as the format’s most-added song this week. It picked up support from 20 monitored stations this week.

High-profile stations like New York’s 95.5 PLJ and Los Angeles’ 104.3 MYFM were among the twenty to get in on the action this week, thus confirming the song’s support base grew not simply in size but in strength. Number 35 on the most recent official Mediabase airplay chart, the song will continue to soar at the Hot AC radio format.

Meghan Trainor’s Top 20 hit “Lips are Movin” and Selena Gomez’ Top 40 release “The Heart Wants What it Wants” share second-most-added honors this week. Each song received 13 monitored adds.

From a quality standpoint, however, the deck likely falls in favor of Trainor’s tune. High-profile stations like Los Angeles’ 104.3 MYFM, San Francisco’s Star 101.3, Dallas’ 103.7 KVIL and Dallas’ 102.9 NOW all got on board with the “All About That Bass” follow-up this week.

Mark Ronson’s Top 25 hit “Uptown Funk (featuring Bruno Mars)” registers as fourth-most-added with 11 pickups, while Ariana Grande & The Weeknd’s Top 30 “Love Me Harder” and Imagine Dragons’ Top 20 “I Bet My Life” tie for fifth-most-added. The songs each scored 8 adds.

Major Market Adds this Week:
95.5 PLJ (New York) – James Newton Howard’s “The Hanging Tree”
104.3 MYFM (LA) – “The Hanging Tree,” Meghan Trainor’s “Lips are Movin”
101.9fm The Mix (Chicago) – George Ezra’s “Budapest”
Star 101.3 (San Francisco) – “Lips are Movin,” Mr Probz’ “Waves,” OneRepublic’s “I Lived,” Train’s “Cadillac, Cadillac,” Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance”
Alice @ 97.3 (San Francisco) – “Budapest,” Imagine Dragons’ “I Bet My Life,” Priory’s “Weekend”
103.7 KVIL (Dallas) – “Lips are Movin,” Ella Henderson’s “Ghost,” OAR’s “Favorite Song”
102.9 NOW (Dallas) – “Lips are Movin,” Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk (featuring Bruno Mars)”

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.

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