ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 18, 2013

What if we head back to 2013?

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 August 18, 2013…

40. SHANE FILAN, “Everything To Me”
39. SHEPPARD, “Hold My Tongue”

Biggest Mover(s):
KATY PERRY, “Roar” (40-25, 15 spots)

10. GROUPLOVE, “Ways To Go” (up 1)
Album: Spreading Rumours (2013, Canvasback/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #4

09. FAMILY OF THE YEAR, “St. Croix” (steady, second week)
Album: Loma Vista (2012, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

08. DAFT PUNK featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, “Get Lucky” (steady, second week)
Album: Random Access Memories (2013, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

07. MAYER HAWTHORNE, “Her Favorite Song” (down 2)
Album: Where Does This Door Go (2013, Republic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. TRAIN featuring ASHLEY MONROE, “Bruises” (steady, second week)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. PASSENGER, “Holes” (up 2)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

04. PASSENGER, “Let Her Go” (down 2)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #1 for twelve weeks

03. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “What If” (steady, second week)
Album: Bookmarks (2013, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

02. BASTILLE, “Pompeii” (up 2)
Album: Bad Blood (2014, Virgin/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. P!NK featuring LILY ROSE COOPER, “True Love” (steady, third week)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 17, 2018

A sweet escape for summer.

Following the death of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, fans of the performer have sent her classics up the charts with no end in sight. It’s bound to be an interesting week on the Billboard 200, especially with some top new releases out now. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

ARIANA GRANDE – Sweetener (iTunes)
Grande’s new album includes the songs “No Tears Left To Cry” and “God Is A Woman”, and features collaborations with performers like Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj. Given the sales and streaming momentum related to the death of Franklin, a full week of data may be enough for one of her many hits compilations to pull ahead of Grande’s set. It’s just too early to tell at this point. In any case, Sweetener will almost certainly be the highest-charting new release of the week.

Notable albums out this week: Aminé‘s ONEPOINTFIVE (iTunes), Cole Swindell‘s All Of It (iTunes), Dan Owen‘s Stay Awake With Me (iTunes), Death Cab For Cutie‘s Thank You For Today (iTunes), Matt Gresham‘s Who Am I Now (iTunes), Mitski‘s Be The Cowboy (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Sabrina Claudio‘s No Rain, No Flowers (iTunes), Vory‘s Lucky Me (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“5 Dollars”, Christine & The Queens (iTunes)
“16 Steps (Club Edit)”, Martin Jensen & Olivia Holt (iTunes)
“A Lifetime To Repair (Edit)”, Kylie Minogue (iTunes)
“All I Am”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Are You Ready?”, Disturbed (iTunes)
“Baby”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Best I Ever Had”, The Unlikely Candidates (iTunes)
“Bigger”, St. Lucia (iTunes)
“Cana”, Kid Ink featuring 24hrs (iTunes)
“Celoso”, Lele Pons (iTunes)
“Come Down (RAC Remix)”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Crazy World”, MNEK (iTunes)
“Forgotten Love”, AURORA (iTunes)
“Free Mind”, Tash Sultana (iTunes)
“Fuh You”, Paul McCartney (iTunes)
“Girls Go Wild”, LP (iTunes)
“Goodbyes”, The Knocks featuring Method Man (iTunes)
“Happier”, Marshmello & Bastille (iTunes)
“HEART$”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Honestly” and “Honestly (Encore)”, Gabbie Hanna (iTunes)
“Hurting”, SG Lewis featuring AlunaGeorge (iTunes)
“Keep In Touch”, Tory Lanez with Bryson Tiller (iTunes)
“Long Distance Runner”, Matt Nathanson (iTunes)
“Made For Now”, Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee (iTunes)
“Masterpiece”, OMI & Felix Jaehn (iTunes)
“Might Not Make It Home”, LPX (iTunes)
“Naked”, Lo (iTunes)
“No Erasin'”, Steve Perry (iTunes)
“Nonchalant”, 6LACK (iTunes)
“Ocean (David Guetta Remix)”, Martin Garrix featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“Promises”, Calvin Harris & Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Pull Me Deep”, Logan Henderson (iTunes)
“Real For You”, James Hersey (iTunes)
“Real Friends”, Camila Cabello featuring Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Science”, Allie X (iTunes)
“So Mean”, Lions Head (iTunes)
“Sweet But Psycho”, Ava Max (iTunes)
“Tell Me That”, Tim Chadwick (iTunes)
“The Flute Song”, Russ (iTunes)
“Wish I Never Met You (Feather Remix)”, Loote (iTunes)
“You”, A Great Big World (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Alice In Chains, BTS 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 (August 14, 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: chart hits by acts like Ariana Grande, Bazzi and The Chainsmokers, among others, shine on a quiet week, while an Alternative crossover title from Weezer takes us across the globe. Let’s add ’em up:

YES WE CHAN: As iHeartMedia’s annual late summer music summit takes over the Big Apple this week, final results are split at the Top 40 format, with no overwhelmingly dominant tracks in the mix. Leading the way with 22 new stations, “Jackie Chan” from Tiësto and Dzeko featuring Preme and Post Malone ranks as the Most Added single for the first time, while “Side Effects”, the latest collaboration from The Chainsmokers and Emily Warren, fills the runner-up spot with 20 new stations. As you can see, nothing particularly earth-shattering, but that will certainly change next week! (Details to come.)

With that said, though there were fewer new titles reaching the upper regions of the list, some acts took advantage of a soft week to grab a solid week of adds. Weezer‘s smash cover of the Toto hit “Africa”, currently atop the Alternative radio chart, scored 16 this week, tying it with Tyga‘s huge Rhythmic and Urban single “Taste”, featuring Offset, which impacts here for the second time. The former title, which is just below the top 50, should enter the region this weekend, while the latter tune should enter the top 40 very soon.

1. TIESTO & DZEKO featuring PREME and POST MALONE, “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring EMILY WARREN, “Side Effects” (Disruptor/Columbia)
3-T. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Almost Love” (Hollywood)
5. BAZZI featuring CAMILA CABELLO, “Beautiful” (APG/Atlantic)
6-T. ANNE-MARIE, “2002” (Warner Bros.)
6-T. ARIANA GRANDE, “God Is A Woman” (Republic)
6-T. TYGA featuring OFFSET, “Taste” (Lost Kings/EMPIRE)
6-T. WEEZER, “Africa” (Crush Music/RRP)
10. CHARLIE PUTH, “The Way I Am” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 13-14, 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’s the one new title impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

TYGA featuring OFFSET – “Taste” (Last Kings/EMPIRE)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: After a soft impact here about a month ago, “Taste” looks to become Tyga’s fifth top 40 single at the pop format.

Next week: No titles are on the schedule yet for next week! We’ll keep you posted.

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 (August 12, 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. It’s time for a trip down the hit highway and all our favorite musical attractions, so let’s rev it up and see what’s popping this Sunday:

“GIRLS” ARE MORE FUN: Girls, you know it’s true. You simply love “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 and Cardi B, which spends a third week at #1 on the Top 40 survey, making it the group’s longest run at the top since 2014’s “Animals” had its four weeks at the summit. Though it’s still rising above the 19,000 spin threshold, it’s just over 200 spins away from breaking the current record here, which is held by Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You” from last April during its massive ten-week run at the top. The hit also leads the Hot AC survey for a second week, while continuing to charge towards the top ten on the AC list. Meanwhile, on the Top 40 ranking, Post Malone‘s “Better Now” holds in the runner-up position for a second week, but it’ll likely be at #1 before the end of the month.

EVERY “BODY” IS HERE: Headed towards the bottom of the survey, there’s a pair of top 40 entries at the format this week from Imagine Dragons (“Natural”, up 41-37) and Zedd‘s collaboration with Elley Duhé (“Happy Now”, up 43-39), while four releases land in the top 50 for the first time. Leading the pack, Anne-Marie‘s “2002” does some time traveling into the #44 spot. The song’s due for another solid week of adds, following a second place finish on last Tuesday’s report. In at #45, first-time collaborators Logic and Ryan Tedder connect on “One Day”. Tedder’s band OneRepublic impacts at the Hot AC radio format a week from tomorrow with their recent sync hit “Connection”, which is featured in Fiat Chrysler’s Summer Of Jeep campaign. New at #47, Bazzi checks in with an updated version of “Beautiful”, featuring pop darling Camila Cabello. The original solo version of “Beautiful” can be found on his debut album Cosmic, which just missed the top ten on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. The last of the four debuts, entering at #48, is a collaboration that’s been shaking up the top ten in Canada and the United Kingdom. “Body” is the first chart song for the male duo called Loud Luxury and a vocalist named Brando. Given that international success, it should have a shot here as well.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, August 5 – 11, 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…


JEFFREY JAMES – “Saltwater” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Four previous appearances
Notes: With his first Rewind entry since “Unsaid” in April of last year, James’s latest soulful pop banger is a cool late summer treat.


WAFIA – “I’m Good” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Co-written by one of my favorite writers of the last few years, Stephen Wrabel, Wafia’s retro-tinged sound is a fantastic find!


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
RUTHANNE – “Liquid”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 12, 2018

More “Heart”, more chart.

40. Matt Nathanson – Used To Be
39. Brynn Elliott – Might Not Like Me
38. OneRepublic – Connection
37. Elle King – Shame | HIGHEST DEBUT

33. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Anne-Marie – 2002 (31)

10. Maddie Poppe – Going Going Gone (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Ben Rector – Drive (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Paul McCartney – Come On To Me (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Passenger – Hell Or High Water (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You (05) | PEAK: #05
04. A Great Big World – Younger (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. John Mayer – New Light (03) | PEAK: #02
02. George Ezra – Shotgun (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Picture This – When We Were Young (1)
2. Muse – Something Human (6)
3. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (3)
4. Josh Groban – Granted (2)
5. Rod Stewart featuring Bridget Cady – Didn’t I (9)
6. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Ohio (5)
7. American Authors – Deep Water (4)
8. Robyn – Missing U (-)
9. Cher – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (-)
10. P!nk – Secrets (10)

In The Mix:
Max Frost – Good Morning
The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren – Side Effects
The Revivalists – All My Friends
Thomas Abban – Sinner

Chart Notes:

  • This looks to be the last week at the top for “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by the Backstreet Boys, which settles at the summit for a third week. As you’ve seen recently, George Ezra‘s “Shotgun” (#2) and John Mayer‘s “New Light” (#3) are competing to be the next #1 single on my chart, and we’ll see who wins soon. It’s a very active week for debuts, with four of them in the mix. In at #37, Elle King claims the highest one with her new single “Shame”. It’s her first time in the top 40 since “Not Easy”, a release that paired King, Alex Da Kid and X Ambassadors; it peaked at #13 in January of last year. The newest hit by OneRepublic checks in at #38: “Connection” is featured prominently in a Fiat Chrysler advertisement for their Summer Of Jeep campaign. On the new act side, first-timer Brynn Elliott enters at #39 with “Might Not Like Me”, which goes for Hot AC adds next week. This entry first came onto my radar in January of last year, prompting its inclusion on an episode of Train Tracks, but I never charted it at the time. Finally, at #40, Matt Nathanson returns with his first chart hit in nearly three years with “Used To Be”. During a 2015 chart run, “Gold In The Summertime” peaked at #9 for the first three weeks of August.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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