ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 24, 2013

“Two” for one.

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 five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of March 24, 2013…

40. MATT NATHANSON, “Mission Bells”
39. WALK OFF THE EARTH, “Red Hands”
36. PASSENGER, “Let Her Go”

Biggest Mover(s):
DANIEL POWTER, “Crazy All My Life” (32-23, nine spots)

10. PASSION PIT, “Carried Away” (up 2)
Album: Gossamer (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

09. ONE DIRECTION, “Kiss You” (steady, second week)
Album: Take Me Home (2012, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

08. FUN., “Carry On” (down 2)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

07. TRAIN, “Mermaid” (down 2)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

06. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “Out Of My League” (up 5)
Album: More Than Just A Dream (2013, Elektra Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

05. OLLY MURS, “Army Of Two” (up 2)
Album: Right Place, Right Time (2013, Columbia Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. ONEREPUBLIC, “If I Lose Myself” (down 1)
Album: Native (2013, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #3

03. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Suit & Tie” (up 1)
Album: The 20/20 Experience (2013, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

02. PHILLIP PHILLIPS, “Gone, Gone, Gone” (steady, second week)
Album: The World From The Side Of The Moon (2012, 19/Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. P!NK featuring NATE RUESS, “Just Give Me A Reason” (steady, third week)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 23, 2018

You don’t know Jack about this week’s releases.

It’s looking white outside after another snowstorm on the East Coast, and next week’s album chart is looking pretty White too. Here are the albums and singles you need to know on digital services and in stores this Friday:

JACK WHITE – Boarding House Reach (iTunes)
Featuring the radio singles “Connected By Love” and “Over And Over And Over”, the former in the top 20 at Triple A radio and the latter in the top 30 at Alternative radio, White hopes to bring his streak of solo #1 albums to three with his current set. Can he do it? Stay tuned.

JORDAN DAVIS – Home State (iTunes)
Davis’s first single to make the Country radio chart, “Singles You Up”, has enjoyed a slow ride into the top ten and is currently closing in on the top five. Look for this set to have a good chance of becoming the top title on that genre’s album chart next week.

Notable albums out this week: Chloe x Halle‘s The Kids Are Alright (iTunes), George Ezra‘s Staying At Tamara’s (iTunes), Jordan Feliz‘s Future (iTunes), Lissie‘s Castles (iTunes), Toni Braxton‘s Sex And Cigarettes (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Diplo‘s California (iTunes), Hudson Taylor‘s Feel It Again (iTunes), Svrcina‘s Svrcina (iTunes), Timeflies‘s To Dream (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“(F*ck A) Silver Lining” and “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“Back In The Water”, HAEVN (iTunes)
“Bad In Common”, SHY Martin (iTunes)
“Battlefield”, Joe Taylor (iTunes)
“Believe”, Don Diablo featuring Ansel Elgort (iTunes)
“Better With You”, Jesse McCartney (iTunes)
“Blind To You/Simple Life”, Ben Hobbs (iTunes)
“Bridges Burn”, NEEDTOBREATHE (iTunes)
“Candy”, Doja Cat (iTunes)
“Coming Home”, Keith Urban featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Crash”, Burak Yeter (iTunes)
“Creeping”, Lil Skies featuring Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Danger in Me”, 7Chariot (iTunes)
“Diamonds Or Twine”, Ryan Hurd (iTunes)
“Differently”, Marian Hill (iTunes)
“Endless Summer”, Grizfolk (iTunes)
“Father Father”, Cole Redding (iTunes)
“Flames”, David Guetta & Sia (iTunes)
“Follow Your Fire”, Kodaline (iTunes)
“Friends”, NONONO (iTunes)
“FRIENDS (R3hab Remix)”, Marshmello & Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“H.O.L.Y.”, Alle Farben & RHODES (iTunes)
“Hide”, Rainbow Kitten Surprise (iTunes)
“High Horse”, Kacey Musgraves (iTunes)
“Holding On”, Nightly (iTunes)
“Honest”, Bazzi (iTunes)
“I Don’t Know”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Imagination”, Lovespeake (iTunes)
“In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Kansas City”, The Mowgli’s (iTunes)
“Let It Rain”, Causes (iTunes)
“Lonely”, Matoma featuring MAX (iTunes)
“Love Me Still”, BLVK JVCK featuring Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Love Struck”, WSTRN featuring Tiwa Savage & Mr Eazi (iTunes)
“One Track Mind”, Thirty Seconds To Mars featuring A$AP Rocky (iTunes)
“Over You”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Playinwitme”, KYLE featuring Kehlani (iTunes)
“Running Up That Hill”, Matthew Young (iTunes)
“Sanctuary”, Welshly Arms (iTunes)
“Self Control”, Lion (iTunes)
“Signs”, Chris Watts (iTunes)
“Such A Simple Thing”, Ray LaMontagne (iTunes)
“Symphony”, Josh Groban (iTunes)
“Take You Back (To Basics)”, Cale Dodds (iTunes)
“The Vow”, RuthAnne (iTunes)
“Think About You (Olsen Remix)”, Delta Goodrem (iTunes)
“This Is Me (Alan Walker Remix)”, Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble (iTunes)
“This Morning”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Thoughts & Prayers”, grandson (iTunes)
“Time”, Colouring (iTunes)
“Waiting For You”, The Aces (iTunes)
“You From The Rest”, Adam French (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Hayley Kiyoko, Kacey Musgraves and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 20, 2018)

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: AJR! Halsey! The Chainsmokers! More! It’s another huge week at the format, which means no one’s ending up “Alone” on the report. Let’s add ’em up on this evening before another major snowstorm:

BETTER OFF “ALONE”: After successfully earning a second week at the top of the pop chart in a duet with G-Eazy, “Him & I”, Halsey returns to the format with “Alone”, available in its original version and a remix with Big Sean and Stefflon Don. With a solid total of 57 stations on impact, it starts in second place on the current update, just five adds behind Taylor Swift‘s “Delicate”. “Alone” is the latest single from the album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which reached #1 on the Billboard 200 last summer. That release has yet to produce a chart-topper on the Top 40 airwaves, though both “Bad At Love” (#2) and “Now Or Never” (#3) nearly made it. (We’ll see if this one can get the job done.)

As previously mentioned, a number of new singles break into the top ten on this week’s Top 40 report, with “Everybody Hates Me” by The Chainsmokers and “Sober Up” by AJR featuring Rivers Cuomo ranking the next highest in the top ten. That hate isn’t affecting “Hates” in its opening week, as it starts at 31 stations, good for third place on the new report. “Sober”, a former #1 title on the Alternative chart, drinks in 27 stations on impact, as it shares a fourth place finish. A little further down, another sobering song title, simply called “Sober”, brings in 20 stations and a sixth place (in a tie) finish for G-Eazy featuring Charlie Puth. Look for all three songs to make the top 50 by the end of the month, perhaps by the next published update.

1. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Delicate” (Big Machine/Republic)
2. HALSEY featuring BIG SEAN and STEFFLON DON, “Alone” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
3. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Everybody Hates Me” (Disruptor/Columbia)
4-T. AJR featuring RIVERS CUOMO, “Sober Up” (S-Curve/Hollywood)
4-T. BAZZI, “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)
6-T. DUA LIPA, “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)
6-T. G-EAZY featuring CHARLIE PUTH, “Sober” (RCA)
8. POST MALONE featuring TY DOLLA $IGN, “Psycho” (Republic)
9. KHALID & NORMANI, “Love Lies” (Right Hand/Keep Cool/RCA)
10-T. KENDRICK LAMAR & SZA, “All The Stars” (Interscope)
10-T. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 19-20, 2018)

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 the five new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AJR featuring RIVERS CUOMO – “Sober Up” (S-Curve/Hollywood) (formerly BMG/RED)
Album: The Click (2017)
Past T40 History: The family trio has two mid-charting top 40 entries to date: 2014’s “I’m Ready” (#25) and 2017’s “Weak” (#27).

ECHOSMITH – “Over My Head” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Inside A Dream (2018)
Past T40 History: Another family trio, once a quartet, is looking for their first top ten song since 2014’s “Cool Kids”, which hit #9.

G-EAZY featuring CHARLIE PUTH – “Sober” (RCA)
Album: The Beautiful & Damned (2017)
Past T40 History: Both artists now have two #1 singles at the format to date, as G-Eazy’s “Him & I” (with Halsey) holds at the top.

KHALID & NORMANI – “Love Lies” (RCA)
Album: Love, Simon (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: Khalid has four top 40 entries to date, but Normani (of Fifth Harmony) has never ranked here with a solo song.

PARAMORE – “Rose-Colored Boy” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
Album: After Laughter (2017)
Past T40 History: “Boy” is the second pop radio single from their newest release; the first, “Hard Times”, peaked at #42 last June.

Next week: a collaboration from Eminem and Kehlani is the only song (so far) impacting at the format.

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 (March 18, 2018)

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. After a jolly ol’ St. Patrick’s Day, that luck of the Irish continues on the charts for a number of buzzing tracks this week. So, let’s get to counting (and downing the final Shamrock Shake of the season):

“HIM” FOR THE WEEKEND: Rapper G-Eazy and singer Halsey stay at #1 for the second week on the Top 40 list with “Him & I”, the second single from G-Eazy’s latest album, The Beautiful & Damned. A third radio single from the set, “Sober”, which features Charlie Puth, impacts at the format this week. Ironically, it’s up against another sobering song title, “Sober Up”, done by AJR and Rivers Cuomo of the band Weezer. (Unsurprisingly, I’ll be drinking up all the Top 40 adds numbers in a couple of days, so watch this space for more.) Meanwhile, “Him” slips to #6 on the Rhythmic chart and climbs to #32 at the Hot AC format this Sunday. Next week could provide an opportunity for Bruno Mars and Cardi B‘s “Finesse” (holding at #3) to reach the top, despite its small gain in spins this week. We’ll find out soon.

THE “REAL” DEAL: After sporting a solid impact week at the format this past Tuesday, the boy band In Real Life, five guys that were put together on the ABC series Boy Band last summer, leads a pack of four top 50 entries on the published update with “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)”, launching at #46. This is the act’s first time charting at the format. An unrelated “Tattoo”, performed by one-time American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, went to #5 in early 2008. Coming in at #47, singer Arlissa strikes with her first chart entry titled “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie”, a collaboration with DJ/producer Jonas Blue. Blue recently released a collaboration with two-time #26 peaker Sabrina Carpenter called “Alien”, and if the planets align for it, we may be seeing it in the top 50 during the spring.

Teenage newcomer and world traveler bülow is next, blasting onto the countdown at #49 with “Not A Love Song”. The performer is currently finishing up high school in The Netherlands, but she’s lived in at least four other countries, including Canada, where “Not” glides into the top 20 on their respective Top 40 survey. (The CanCon of it all!) Lastly, bowing at #50, is a notable duet from Khalid and Normani (of Fifth Harmony) called “Love Lies”. The tune is taken from the soundtrack to Love, Simon, and it impacts at the Top 40 format this Tuesday. (Another cut from the set, “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)” by Bleachers, has a simultaneous launch at Alternative radio on the same day.)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, March 11-17, 2018

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 small label and 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…


EMILY BURNS – “Girlfriend At The Time” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First time featured
Notes: Burns is known to both the SoundCloud and Spotify crowd, with thousands of streams for tracks like “Bitch” and “Take It Or Leave It”. Ahead of her Seven Scenes From The Same Summer set, due in July, this new release is a pop lover’s dream. Very catchy!


THE DRIVER ERA – “Preacher Man” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First time featured
Notes: If you were a fan of the pop group R5, who recorded for Hollywood Records, then you already know Ross and Rocky Lynch’s current project, whose track climbed into top 100 on iTunes during its release day. Your pop prayers have certainly been answered!


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
EMMA MCGRATH – “Butterfly”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 18, 2018

Sivan is ser-van’ the hits.

40. Bleachers – Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)
39. Phillip Phillips – Into The Wild | HIGHEST DEBUT

34. Bishop Briggs – White Flag (39)
31. Echosmith – Over My Head (36)
29. Paramore – Rose-Colored Boy (38) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
23. Taylor Swift – Delicate (32) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks (tie)
20. Rozzi – Never Over You (25)
17. Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel (26) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
13. Marshmello & Anne-Marie – Friends (18)

10. Lissie – Best Days (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Kelly Clarkson – I Don’t Think About You (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Calum Scott – You Are The Reason (04) | PEAK: #02
07. George Ezra – Paradise (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Maroon 5 – Wait (05) | PEAK: #05
05. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Niall Horan – On The Loose (08) | PEAK: #04
03. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (02) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
02. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Troye Sivan – My My My! (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Kim Petras – Heart To Break (1)
2. LANCO – Greatest Love Story (3)
3. Arlissa & Jonas Blue – Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie (6)
4. Kylie Minogue – Dancing (5)
5. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (7)
6. Sigrid – Strangers (-)
7. In Real Life – Tattoo (How ‘Bout You) (-)
8. Andreas Moss featuring Melanie Pfirrman – Lonely (-)
9. Hailee Steinfeld & BloodPop – Capital Letters (-)
10. Loote – Your Side Of The Bed (-)

In The Mix:
5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back
Barenaked Ladies – Lookin’ Up
Bon Jovi – When We Were Us
Coin – Growing Pains
James Bay – Pink Lemonade
Kylie Minogue – Stop Me From Falling
Lola Marsh – Wishing Girl
Nina Nesbitt – Somebody Special
Years & Years – Sanctify

Chart Notes:

  • After reaching #9 last year with “Miles”, Phillip Phillips returns with the follow-up, “Into The Wild”, new at #39. Both titles can be found on Phillips’s most recent release, Collateral. (It’s not a hot Connell Cruise cover, but that single peaked at #27 on my chart three years ago.) A spot below him, at #40, is a soundtrack single by Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers. Taken from the film Love, Simon, which opened on Friday, “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)” heads for adds at the Alternative format Tuesday. Bleachers has been to #1 twice on my chart, while fun. (which Antonoff also played in) scored three chart-toppers in 2012 and 2013.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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