ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 15, 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: we question questionable titles from P!nk and Sabrina Carpenter! Got numbers? We do. Let’s calculate and celebrate these top radio records:

“WHAT” GOES UP: Since the spring of 2000, pop superstar P!nk has reached the top 40 with 27 songs, and her 27th and latest hit sounds like a winner. “What About Us” is the Most Added title at the format this week, scoring 121 stations on impact. 18 of her 27 hits, or two-thirds, have peaked in the top ten, with nine of those reaching #1. That’s pretty outstanding. With her upcoming set due October 13, titled Beautiful Trauma, I’m sure several of those totals will be headed upward. P!nk’s last single to chart here, the collaboration “Waterfall” with Stargate and Sia, spent a week at #33 (4/2/17 MB) and quickly fell apart. (That definitely won’t be the case with “What” now!) Check back to see how her new single does in the coming weeks.

IF I WERE A CARPENTER: After reaching a #26 peak this past spring with “Thumbs”, 18-year-old Sabrina Carpenter keeps the one word title streak alive with “Why”, scoring the second Most Added record at Top 40 radio with 43 stations on impact. Even though her title is just three letters in length, we’ve had a couple of top 40 hits that are just one character: “7” (#2, 2/5-12/93 R&R) by Prince and the New Power Generation and “i” (#30, 11/9/14 MB) by Kendrick Lamar. However, all these songs are not short on quality, and that’s what matters! Can Carpenter hammer out a hit for the fall? Stay tuned.

1. P!NK, “What About Us” (RCA)
2. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Why” (Hollywood)
“Fetish” (Interscope)
“Two Ghosts” (Columbia)
“Feel It Still” (Atlantic)
7. WHY DON’T WE, “Something Different” (Atlantic)
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
“Sorry Not Sorry” (Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood)
“Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)

Check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for more adds coverage and commentary.

Leave a comment

Filed under Charts/Trade Papers

RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 14-15, 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 the four new songs impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

OLIVIA O’BRIEN – “RIP” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: O’Brien reached #5 last fall as the featured artist on gnash’s “i hate u, i love u”. This is her first solo radio single.

P!NK – “What About Us” (RCA)
Album: Beautiful Trauma (2017)
Past T40 History: Expect P!nk’s 27th top 40 song at the format to be this week’s Most Added record, with a triple digit total likely.

THE REVIVALISTS – “Wish I Knew You” (Washington Square/Concord/in2une)
Album: Men Amongst Mountains (2015)
Past T40 History: It hit #1 at Triple A last September, followed by #1 on the Alternative chart in May. How will the group do here?

THE SCRIPT – “Rain” (Columbia)
Album: Freedom Child (2017)
Past T40 History: Already a top 40 hit at the Irish trio’s core format, Hot AC, the guys are hoping for their sixth top 40 entry here.

Next week: at least six songs head to the format next Tuesday, including hot new tracks from BlackbearDua Lipa and Halsey.

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

Check out our Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, Spotify and Twitter pages!

Leave a comment

Filed under POP! Goes The Picks (Radio), Single Reviews

RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 13, 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. Our thoughts are with the family of Heather Heyer, who was tragically killed yesterday in Charlottesville as she fought for what she believed in. I’m disgusted at all the racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric and actions that occurred on Saturday, and pray that this kind of situation doesn’t happen again.

Though we need more time to heal from what happened, let’s do some of that through music. Here’s this week’s Top 40 report:

“BACK” AT THE TOP: For two weeks in November 2015, Canadian singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes held at the #1 spot at the format with “Stitches”, which also just happened to be his very first top 40 hit (after two misses, however) on the chart. Now, his second #1 comes via “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”, up from #2 last week. The track is taken from a reissue of Mendes’s former #1 album, Illuminate, which came out in its updated form in April. Of course, this song also spent three weeks at the top of my chart in June and July, recently falling out of the top ten. Mendes’s reign will be a short, but sweet one, but at least it happened.

Though a number of songs are continuing to build up larger gains, significant chart movement is still on the low side this week. Up a notch to #10 is the only track to enter the region on the current list, “Feels” by Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean. Again, in the top 20, only one single moves into the section: up 22-20, “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato. If someone, or some people, could kindly shake up the chart in the next few weeks with a few iconic A-list singles, that would be great!

IN THE PINK: It’s a stellar week for pop superstar P!nk, who debuts way up at #34 on this week’s Top 40 chart with “What About Us”. This is the 27th top 40 single for the hot performer, who made her debut in 2000 with two consecutive #2 hits: “There You Go” (7/14/00 R&R) and “Most Girls” (11/10-24/00 R&R). Of course, she’s now had nine #1 songs to date, spending 28 total weeks in the top spot to date. (We’ll see if she adds to that this fall!) “What” is the lead single from her forthcoming album Beautiful Trauma, out October 13, which I am certainly looking forward to. Believe it or not, it’s her first studio album in five (!) years.

Just in case you wondering, “There” fell from 10-16 and “Most” climbed from 38-31 on the equivalent chart from this week in 2000. As for the top spot, that went to “Bent” by Matchbox Twenty, which was spending its first of two weeks there. Besides P!nk, there are two additional solo performers, Britney Spears and JAY-Z, who appeared on that chart and a top 40 hit during 2017. (A third performer, Beyoncé, was a part of Destiny’s Child on the 2000 chart.)

DON’T COUNT ‘EM OUT: One of the hottest new boy bands to appear on the pop charts is a five member act who call themselves Why Don’t We. With millions of video views and audio streams to date, the quintet starts at #45 with their first entry, “Something Different”. The group debuted about a year ago, releasing three EPs and some collaborations with YouTube star Logan Paul before a major label signed them. They’re currently on a radio tour to promote their song, which narrowly made it into the tenth Most Added spot on last Tuesday’s report. (It could be back there this Tuesday, so stay tuned.)

“Something” is one of three new entries just below the top 40 on this Sunday’s pop chart, with “Two Ghosts” (#41) by Harry Styles and “Take It All Back” (#49) by Judah & The Lion also making their debuts. “Two” is, in fact, the second solo single for Styles, but “Take” is the first chart hit for the Nashville quartet, which topped the Alternative chart for three weeks in December and January.

Check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for more chart coverage and commentary.

Leave a comment

Filed under Charts/Trade Papers

RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 8/6 – 8/12/17

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…


CARLIE HANSON – “Why Did You Lie?” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Hanson is a new name for me, but I’m hoping that she’ll be around for a long time. “Lie” is one of the best pop debuts of the year so far, and that’s the truth! The undeniably catchy single should’ve been on the radio yesterday, but I’m sure it’ll get there pretty soon.


MATT WOODS – “Nervous” (iTunes) (Spotify)
You know I love Woods’s exquisite and emotive voice, the one that first captured my attention back in January 2015 with single “In The Dark”. “Nervous” leads the forthcoming EP from the London-based performer, which should be another excellent set of songs.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
EMILY VAUGHN – “Priority” (SoundCloud)
VHS COLLECTION – “Fire” (SoundCloud)
WILDWOOD – “Secrets” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews, Playlists, Single Reviews

Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 13, 2017

Niall’s been here a while.

39. James TW – Please Keep Loving Me
38. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
35. P!nk – What About Us | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Dua Lipa – New Rules (39)
25. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself (31)
24. Lights – Giants (29)
20. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (25)
17. The Script – Rain (23)
10. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (16)
07. Kesha – Praying (15) | BIGGEST MOVER

10. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (16) | PEAK: #10
09. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (07) | PEAK: #02
08. HAIM – Want You Back (05) | PEAK: #05
07. Kesha – Praying (15) | PEAK: #07
06. Andy Grammer – Give Love (10) | PEAK: #06
05. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LP – No Witness (1)
2. BANNERS – Someone To You (2)
3. Dean Lewis – Waves (3)
4. Wrabel – The Village (6)
5. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (4)
6. Neon Trees – Feel Good (9)
7. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (-)
8. Sabrina Carpenter – Why (-)
9. Phillip Phillips – Miles (-)
10. Olivia O’Brien – RIP (-)

In The Mix:
BØRNS – Faded Heart
HAIM – Little Of Your Love (new)
HAIM – Nothing’s Wrong (new)
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Paramore – Fake Happy (new)
Passenger – Simple Song
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is the 29th top 40 hit on my chart for a singer who made her debut in 2000 with the song “There You Go”. 17 years later, pop superstar P!nk climbs aboard at #35 with “What About Us”. This cut is the lead single from her forthcoming album Beautiful Trauma, which is due October 13. When it premiered on Thursday, “What” topped the iTunes charts in over a dozen countries, including the United States.
  • Singer Ed Sheeran has three top ten songs to his credit from the chart-topping ÷ album: “Castle On The Hill” (#2), “Shape Of You” (#8) and “Galway Girl” (#10). This week, his potential fourth top ten single from the set enters at #38. “Perfect” has a bit of early support at three Hot AC stations, though that total is expected to grow in the coming weeks.
  • Finally, at #39, is the third top 40 entry for 19-year-old singer/songwriter James TW. “Please Keep Loving Me” follows his recent #3 song called “Ex”, though his biggest hit came last fall with a seven-week #1 titled “When You Love Someone”. This single was recently serviced to the Hot AC format, where “When” reached the top 30.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

Leave a comment

Filed under Personal Charts

ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 11, 2013

“True” jams.

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 four years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 11, 2013…

40. KATY PERRY, “Roar”
39. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “On Top Of The World”
38. NEW POLITICS, “Harlem”

Biggest Mover:
MIKA featuring ARIANA GRANDE, “Popular Song” (39-27, twelve spots)

10. SARA BAREILLES, “Brave” (down 4)
Album: The Blessed Unrest (2013, Epic Records)
Peak: #4

09. FAMILY OF THE YEAR, “St. Croix” (up 1)
Album: Loma Vista (2012, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

08. DAFT PUNK featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, “Get Lucky” (down 3)
Album: Random Access Memories (2013, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

07. PASSENGER, “Holes” (up 4)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

06. TRAIN featuring ASHLEY MONROE, “Bruises” (up 1)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. MAYER HAWTHORNE, “Her Favorite Song” (down 3)
Album: Where Does This Door Go (2013, Republic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. BASTILLE, “Pompeii” (up 4)
Album: Bad Blood (2014, Virgin/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “What If” (up 1)
Album: Bookmarks (2013, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

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

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

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

Leave a comment

Filed under Charts/Trade Papers, Retro

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 11, 2017

The Rainbow leads to #1.

The music world is looking very colorful this week, as a pop performer shows strength with her powerful new album. Grab that, and the other titles below, because here are the albums and singles you need to know this Friday:

KESHA – Rainbow (iTunes)
Kesha’s highly-anticipated comeback album will come in at #1 on next week’s Billboard 200 list, assuming there are no surprise releases along the way. The set features “Praying”, a multi-format radio hit that also ranks in the top ten at iTunes. A number of cuts from the album, including “Learn To Let Go” and “Woman”, saw notable sales and streaming action as instant grats.

More albums out this week: Hinder‘s The Reign (iTunes), Lindsay Ell‘s The Project (iTunes), NEEDTOBREATHE‘s H A R D L O V E (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Will Hoge‘s Anchors (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Avicii‘s AVĪCI (01) (iTunes), Bebe Rexha‘s All Your Fault – Pt. 2 (iTunes), Becky Hill‘s Eko (iTunes), Billie Eilish‘s dont smile at me (iTunes), R.LUM.R‘s AFTERIMAGE (iTunes), The Score‘s Stripped (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“2U (FRNDS Remix)”, David Guetta featuring Justin Bieber (iTunes)
“Alone”, Cyrus (iTunes)
“Angel”, Fifth Harmony (iTunes)
“As You Are (Live at State Of The Ark Studios)”, Rag’n’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Be Your Man”, Rhys Lewis (iTunes)
“Casual”, Alex Adair (iTunes)
“Ego”, Ella Eyre featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Even If It Hurts”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Eyes On The Highway”, Robbie Williams (iTunes)
“For What It’s Worth”, Liam Gallagher (iTunes)
“Good Thing”, Tritonal featuring Laurell (iTunes)
“Hurtin’ Me”, Stefflon Don featuring French Montana (iTunes)
“Jungle”, Loreen x Elliphant (iTunes)
“Limousine”, Secret Weapons (iTunes)
“Little Of Your Love (BloodPop Remix)”, HAIM (iTunes)
“Miles”, Phillip Phillips (iTunes)
“Nasty (Who Dat)”, A$AP Ferg featuring Migos (iTunes)
“Nervous”, Matt Woods (iTunes)
“Nobody Has To Know”, Timeflies (iTunes)
“No People”, Brandon Beal (iTunes)
“No Promises (Stripped)”, Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Obsession (25/7)”, Vice featuring Jon Bellion & KYLE (iTunes)
“Real Deal”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Savage”, Lights (iTunes)
“Shape Of You (Yxng Bane Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Sick Of Being Told”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Silence”, Marshmello featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“Something Right”, Andreas Moe (iTunes)
“Sorry Not Sorry (Freedo Remix)”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Space”, Prince Fox featuring Quinn XCII (iTunes)
“Stay”, Elliot Root (iTunes)
“Summer Days (Acoustic Guitar)”, Milow (iTunes)
“Summer Of Love”, NOTD featuring Dagny (iTunes)
“Touch Me (Acoustic)”, Starley (iTunes)
“Unapologetically”, Kelsea Ballerini (iTunes)
“Up The Creek”, Tori Amos (iTunes)
“Waking Up Slow”, Gabrielle Aplin (iTunes)
“What About Us”, P!nk (iTunes)
“What We’re Looking For”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Why Did You Lie?”, Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Wicked (Loote Mix)”, Mansionz (iTunes)
“You”, Morgan Saint (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from A$AP Ferg and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews