Nate Ruess’ “Nothing Without Love” Ranks as Pop’s Most Added, Scores “On the Verge”

Newly named an iHeartRadio “On the Verge” song, Nate Ruess’ “Nothing Without Love” predictably earns this week’s most added distinction at pop radio.

The song, which is already a Top 20 hit at hot adult contemporary and a Top 25 hit at alternative, earned 48 monitored adds in conjunction with this week’s official pop radio impact. According to Mediabase, no other song–new or old–fared better.

Nate Ruess performed "Nothing Without Love" during the iHeartRadio Music Awards
Nate Ruess performed “Nothing Without Love” during the iHeartRadio Music Awards

The “On the Verge” program, which helped launch Tove Lo’s #1 pop hit “Habits (Stay High)” and Nick Jonas’ #1 pop hit “Jealous,” provides selected songs with guaranteed airplay from iHeartMedia radio stations.

New York’s powerhouse pop station Z100 and Los Angeles’ powerhouse pop station 102.7 KIIS are on that list of iHeart stations, and they predictably added “Nothing Without Love” to their playlists this week.

“Nothing” is the first true solo release from the fun. frontman. Prior to its release, Ruess’ pop radio success came courtesy his work with the band and the “Just Give Me a Reason” duet he released with P!nk.

Rihanna’s new “Bitch Better Have My Money” follows as pop’s second-most added song this week. The recipient of 37 monitored pop adds, it also enjoyed impressive weeks at the rhythmic and urban formats.

Meghan Trainor’s surging “Dear Future Husband” ranks as 3rd-most added on the strength of its 31 pickups, while The Weeknd’s “Earned It” and David Guetta’s “Hey Mama (featuring Nicki Minaj and Afrojack)” also appear within the top five. They received 29 and 23 weekly adds, respectively.

Other popular options for pop programmers: Flo Rida’s “GDFR (featuring Sage the Gemini and Lookas)” (22 adds, 6th-most added), DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It” (20 adds, 7th-most added), Jake Miller’s “Dazed and Confused (featuring Travie McCoy)” (20 adds, 7th-most added), Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” (20 adds, 7th-most added), R5’s “Let’s Not Be Alone Tonight” (19 adds, 10th-most added).

Major market adds:
New York – Z100 – Nothing Without Love (Nate Ruess), Dear Future Husband (Meghan Trainor)
New York – 103.5 KTU – Earned It (The Weeknd), GDFR (Flo Rida)
New York – 92.3 AMP – Elastic Heart (Sia)
Los Angeles – 102.7 KIIS – Worth It (Fifth Harmony), Nothing Without Love (Nate Ruess)
Los Angeles – Radio Disney – Cool (Alesso), When the Beat Drops Out (Marlon Roudette), Dear Future Husband (Meghan Trainor)
Los Angeles – 97.1 AMP – Bitch Better Have My Money (Rihanna)
Chicago – B96 – Cool (Alesso), On My Way (Axwell /\ Ingrosso), Runaway (U & I) (Galantis), Dazed and Confused (Jake Miller), Don’t Look Down (Martin Garrix ft. Usher), Geronimo (Sheppard), Shut Up and Dance (Walk the Moon)
Chicago – 103.5 KISS – OctaHate (Ryn Weaver), Dear Future Husband (Meghan Trainor)
San Francisco – 99-7 NOW – Trap Queen (Fetty Wap), Overload (Life of Dillon), See You Again (Wiz Khalifa)
San Francisco – WiLD 94.9 – I Really Like You (Carly Rae Jepsen), Bitch Better Have My Money (Rihanna), OctaHate (Ryn Weaver), Shut Up and Dance (Walk the Moon)
Dallas – 106.1 KISS – When the Beat Drops Out (Marlon Roudette), Trap Queen (Fetty Wap), Honey, I’m Good (Andy Grammer)

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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