RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 18-19, 2017)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are five singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ASTRID S – “Think Before I Talk” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: The Norwegian performer has yet to chart here, though “Hurts So Good” did receive a little pop airplay last fall.

FIFTH HARMONY – “He Like That” (Syco/Epic)
Album: Fifth Harmony (2017)
Past T40 History: After “Down” failed to break the top 20, will the group rebound with the second single from their self-titled set?

IMAGINE DRAGONS – “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
Album: Evolve (2017)
Past T40 History: The Las Vegas group is back in pop radio’s good graces, having just reached #3 earlier this year with “Believer”.

NICK JONAS – “Find You” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Jonas is looking for his seventh solo top 40 hit at the format, the biggest of which was “Jealous”, a one-week #1.

ZAYN featuring SIA – “Dusk Till Dawn” (RCA)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Going for his fifth chart song, Malik is the one member of One Direction not currently in the top 40 at this time.

Next week: Charly Black and Luis Fonsi bring their “Party” onto pop playlists, while Ed Sheeran has a “Perfect” solution for a station in need of a hit…

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 17, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. The only Rocket Man you’ll be hearing from on this Top 40 recap is Elton John, a true president of pop. Otherwise, log off Twitter now and again, please? Here are some of the top songs from this week’s published chart:

THE PUTH HURTS: Though it’s starting to bleed spins, with larger losses likely coming, Charlie Puth‘s “Attention” manages to hold onto #1 for a fourth consecutive week. This ties the run for his only other chart-topper to date, “See You Again”, a four-week #1 in 2015 for Wiz Khalifa that featured Puth. VoiceNotes, which is likely to feature “Attention”, is due sometime later this year. That single also climbs from 3-2 on this week’s Hot AC chart and 12-11 at Rhythmic radio, though it’s down a notch (14-15) on the AC list.

Next week is looking good for Niall Horan to advance to #1 with “Slow Hands”, which rises a notch to #2 in its 19th week. His first solo album, Flicker, is out October 20, and features “Slow”, previous single “This Town” (#12, 1/8 and 2/12/17) and new single “Too Much To Ask”. Should it actually occur, Horan will become the second member of One Direction to hit #1 on the pop radio survey with a solo effort, following ZAYN‘s two-week run last year (4/24-5/1/16) with “Pillowtalk”. Stay tuned to see if it happens!

THE “LOVE” PARADE: One might call the top 40 chart a dream academy, but what is this, 1986? Not quite. Still, this week’s list might look like a chart out of 1986, with five tunes breaking into the top 40. Kelly Clarkson‘s “Love So Soft” leads the pack, new at #35. It’s the first single from her forthcoming album Meaning Of Life, and it’s her 21st top 40 hit at the format since 2002. At #37, a newcomer named Blackbear is up from #42 last week with “Do Re Mi”. Born Matthew Musto, the Florida performer hit the top 20 on the album chart earlier this year with Digital Druglord. He’s also one half of the duo Mansionz, along with Mike Posner.

Two other newcomers find themselves in the region this week: new quintet PRETTYMUCH, rising 41-38 with “Would You Mind”, and hot rapper Cardi B, up 45-39 with “Bodak Yellow”. The Simon Cowell-affiliated boy band recently premiered a music video for their debut single, while the New York performer is prepping for the release of her debut album, due sometime next month. The last of the five entries, soaring from 50-40 in its second week on the chart, is “Havana” by Camila Cabello. The track, featuring rapper  Young Thug, is the fifth top 40 solo hit for Cabello, who previously recorded with Fifth Harmony.

READY, SET, “GO”: Just in case you thought all that top 40 action wasn’t enough, there are another three debuts in the top 50 on this week’s published chart. Imagine Dragons will be trying for their seventh top 40 hit at the format with another big Alternative smash, “Thunder”, making its entry at #43. It’s the follow-up to “Believer”, which recently peaked at #3. The popular group has four top ten hits to date, including the one-week #1 “Demons” from December 2013. Two spots below “Thunder”, at #45, is a release that credits four artists, split evenly between main and featured spots: Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line & Watt with “Let Me Go”. That crediting doesn’t achieve any sort of record, but it doesn’t make things any easier! Two of the artists in the mix, Steinfeld and the country duo, have one top ten hit each to date at the format.

The only other debut in this week’s top 50 is the first tune to chart in nearly three years for Fergie, coming in at #49 with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “You Already Know”. It’s the latest single from her new studio album, Double Dutchess, out on Friday. In November 2014, “L.A.LOVE (la la)” spent two weeks at #19, which is also featured on the set.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 9/10 – 9/16/17

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…


COURTSHIP. – “Tell Me Tell Me” (Spotify)
This Los Angeles group last appeared on the Rewind in June with “Perfect People”, which was featured in late August in Entercom’s new artist integration program for the Alternative radio format, 7×7. Their newest upload is a catchy catchy piece of retro retro pop.


KENZIE NIMMO – “Bones” (Spotify)
This is Nimmo’s first single to be featured on the Rewind, though she was a part of an April 2015 post about several contestants in a competition to open iHeartMedia’s annual Festival in Las Vegas. That soft pop sound is a winner for me, as well as that lovely voice.


MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Opalite” (Spotify)
This singer’s “Into Yellow”, released in June, was his most recent entry to be spotlighted on the Rewind. The tune recently crossed a million streams on Spotify. As always, Brown sounds great, as he tries to experiment with layered arrangements and bigger sounds.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
LEO KALYAN – “Temptation” (SoundCloud)
UNION MOON – “Build A Fire After Dark” (SoundCloud)
VÉRITÉ – “Saint (Tigertown Remix)” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 17, 2017

The Rainbow shines on.

40. Grace VanderWaal – Moonlight
39. Magic Giant – Window
36. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

33. Taylor Swift – …Ready For It? (40)
21. Maroon 5 featuring SZA – What Lovers Do (26)
18. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (31) | BIGGEST MOVER
12. Dua Lipa – New Rules (17)

10. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (09) | PEAK: #08
08. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (04) | PEAK: #02
07. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (05) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
06. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (08) | PEAK: #06
05. P!nk – What About Us (07) | PEAK: #05
04. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (06) | PEAK: #03
02. The Script – Rain (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Kesha – Praying (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Paramore – Fake Happy (1)
2. Wrabel – The Village (3)
3. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (3)
4. Grouplove – Remember That Night (6)
5. BANNERS – Someone To You (4)
6. Neon Trees – Feel Good (7)
7. ZAYN featuring Sia – Dusk Till Dawn (-)
8. Julia Michaels – Worst In Me (-)
9. Nick Jonas – Find You (-)
10. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind
Andreas Moss – Stuck In My Feelings
Astrid S – Think Before I Talk
Bleachers – I Miss Those Days
Thirty Seconds To Mars – Walk On Water

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by the legendary Irish group that last reached #1 on my chart in 2004, when they spent three weeks at the top with “Vertigo”. U2 is back with “You’re The Best Thing About Me”, making a splash at #36. On December 1, the band is due to release Songs Of Experience, a companion to their 2014 album titled Songs Of Innocence. (No, you’re not going to see it magically appear in your iTunes library, don’t worry.) The single is currently ranking on the Alternative, Hot AC and Triple A radio charts.
  • Two other newcomers enter on this week’s chart: trio Magic Giant is new at #39 with “Window”, while former America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal comes in at #40 with “Moonlight”. The Los Angeles act had a minor entry on the Alternative radio chart earlier this year called “Set On Fire”, while the New York singer/songwriter bubbled under my own list beginning late last year with “I Don’t Know My Name”. Stay tuned to see how they do!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 20, 2009

A “Wonderful” look at 2009.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back eight years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of September 20, 2009…

40. MARIAH CAREY, “I Want To Know What Love Is”
39. NICKELBACK, “Never Gonna Be Alone”

Biggest Mover(s):
MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Haven’t Met You Yet” (29-17, twelve spots)

10. KELLY CLARKSON, “Already Gone” (up 4)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

09. GREEN DAY, “21 Guns” (down 2)
Album: 21st Century Breakdown (2009, Reprise Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. UNCLE KRACKER, “Smile” (steady, second week)
Album: Happy Hour (2009, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

07. MIKA, “We Are Golden” (up 3)
Album: The Boy Who Knew Too Much (2009, Casablanca/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Fallin’ For You” (steady, second week)
Album: Breakthrough (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “Love Drunk” (down 2)
Album: Love Drunk (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

04. DAUGHTRY, “No Surprise” (down 3)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me” (down 1)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (up 3)
Album: Slice (2009, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. GARY GO, “Wonderful” (up 3)
Album: Gary Go (2008, Decca Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 15, 2017

Fightin’ for the top.

Are you ready for another exciting week of new music? Rock bands lead the charge, but there’s plenty of pop and R&B in the mix as well. Here are the notable albums and singles out now:

FOO FIGHTERS – Concrete And Gold (iTunes)
Featuring “Run” and “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”, the former reaching #1 on the Active Rock survey, the new album from these rock giants should be in the running for #1 on next week’s Billboard 200. The group last debuted atop the album chart in 2011.

More albums out this week: Galantis‘s The Aviary (iTunes), Michael McDonald‘s Wide Open (iTunes), Musiq Soulchild‘s Feel The Real (iTunes), Prophets Of Rage‘s Prophets Of Rage (iTunes), Quinn XCII‘s The Story Of Us (iTunes), Ringo Starr‘s Give More Love (iTunes), Superfruit‘s Future Friends (iTunes), The Lone Bellow‘s Walk Into A Storm (iTunes), Wyclef Jean‘s Carnival III: The Fall And Rise Of A Refugee (iTunes), Yusuf/Cat Stevens‘s The Laughing Apple (iTunes), This Is Us (Music From The Series) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Cobi‘s Songs From The Ashes, Pt. 1 (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Alone”, Jessie Ware (iTunes)
“Bones”, Kenzie Nimmo (iTunes)
“Build A Fire After Dark”, Union Moon (iTunes)
“Color”, Carly Pearce (iTunes)
“Deadwood”, Toni Braxton (iTunes)
“Dear World”, Echosmith (iTunes)
“Do It”, Rae Morris (iTunes)
“Does It Feel Like Falling”, Alex Aiono featuring Trinidad Cardona (iTunes)
“Fall Into Me”, Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
“Find You”, Nick Jonas (iTunes)
“Firefly”, BANNERS (iTunes)
“Heartline”, Craig David (iTunes)
“Hole In The Weather”, David Gray (iTunes)
“Homemade Dynamite (Remix)”, Lorde featuring Khalid, Post Malone and SZA (iTunes)
“Hurt Somebody”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Hurts Good”, R5 (iTunes)
“I Believe In Us”, LÉON (iTunes)
“If I Dare”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Imperfection”, Evanescence (iTunes)
“In My Way”, MUNA (iTunes)
“It Was A Very Good Year” and “Luck Be A Lady”, Seal (iTunes)
“Kaleidoscope”, Donkeyboy (iTunes)
“Madeline”, New Politics (iTunes)
“Misbehaving”, Labrinth (iTunes)
“Mistakes”, Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“Momma’s Prayers”, JP Cooper featuring Stormzy (iTunes)
“Nostalgia”, NAO (iTunes)
“Nothing”, The Rasmus (iTunes)
“Opalite”, Martin Luke Brown (iTunes)
“Party Animal”, Charly Black & Luis Fonsi (iTunes)
“Radio”, Mohombi (iTunes)
“Rainbow”, Sia (iTunes)
“Raincheck”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Ride The Wave”, Cosmos & Creature (iTunes)
“rockstar”, Post Malone featuring 21 Savage (iTunes)
“Saint (Tigertown Remix)”, VÉRITÉ (iTunes)
“She Don’t Know Me (Wookie Remix)”, Mullally (iTunes)
“So Much More Than This”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Some Kind Of Love”, The Killers (iTunes)
“STFU & Hold Me (Acoustic)”, Liz Huett (iTunes)
“Temptation”, Leo Kalyan (iTunes)
“The Gate”, Björk (iTunes)
“The Last Of The Real Ones”, Fall Out Boy (iTunes)
“The Spectre”, Alan Walker (iTunes)
“Think About That”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Too Much To Ask”, Niall Horan (iTunes)
“We Got Something They Don’t”, Shania Twain (iTunes)
“You’re The Best Thing About Me (Kygo Remix)”, U2 (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Chris Janson, Fergie, Macklemore, The Killers and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (September 12, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Sam Smith is more than “Good”, while Kelly Clarkson‘s “Love” has its chartbeat pumping! Plus, Taylor Swift is “Ready” for another big radio hit, Hailee Steinfeld and friends “Go” the distance, and much more. Turn up the pop power and get listening to these hits:

“GOOD” GOES FOR EXCELLENT: After receiving hourly airplay at iHeartMedia stations last Friday, Sam Smith hits the top of this week’s Most Added report with “Too Good At Goodbyes”, which begins at 127 stations. The track recently became his eighth top 40 hit at the format, following four main-credited singles, two collaborations with Disclosure and one with Naughty Boy. A new album from Smith is due later this year, which should be a super stocking stuffer for the kids… at least, those kids in need of a good cry after a failed relationship. At this rate, the single is likely to become his fifth top ten hit on the pop chart quickly, as it also makes some nice moves toward the top ten on the AC and Hot AC (and even Urban AC) charts.

THREE’S COMPANY: Three words can say a whole lot, and in the case of this week’s adds report, they can take up a lot of space in the titles toward the top of the list. With so many singles impacting at the format this Tuesday, it’s certainly not a surprise to see “Love So Soft” (#2, 73 stations) by Kelly Clarkson, “…Ready For It?” (#3, 57 stations) by Taylor Swift and “Let Me Go” (#4, 46 stations) by Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line & Watt getting the panel’s support. Rounding out the top five, “What Lovers Do” (#5, 20 adds) by Maroon 5 featuring SZA is also holding strong after a massive debut last week. How will they all do in the long run? We’re expecting big things this fall, so stay tuned!

1. SAM SMITH, “Too Good At Goodbyes” (Capitol)
2. KELLY CLARKSON, “Love So Soft” (Atlantic/RRP)
3. TAYLOR SWIFT, “…Ready For It?” (Big Machine/Republic)
5. MAROON 5 featuring SZA, “What Lovers Do” (222/Interscope)
6. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
7. BLACKBEAR, “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
8. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)
9-T. HALSEY, “Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
9-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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