RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 15-16, 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 four tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CAMILA CABELLO – “Consequences” (Syco/Epic)
Album: Camila (2018)
Past T40 History: Cabello is in the top 20 as a guest on Bazzi’s latest single “Beautiful”.  This could become her ninth top 40 entry.

LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER – “Shallow” (Interscope)
Album: A Star Is Born (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: Already blasting into the top 40 on the Hot AC survey, this cut from A Star Is Born is holding onto #1 at iTunes.

MARIAH CAREY – “With You” (Epic)
Album: Caution (2018)
Past T40 History: Will this track become Carey’s 15th chart-topper at the format? The performer hasn’t charted here in four years.

RITA ORA – “Let You Love Me” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Phoenix (2018)
Past T40 History: Ora’s latest release is now a top ten hit in the U.K. and Ireland. She has five top 40 entries to date at this format.

Next week: no releases are scheduled as of yet. Stay tuned!

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 (October 14, 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. Let’s what’s under down under the top spot, as a certain Aussie quartet maintains their grip on the top spot this week. Time to see what’s popping this Sunday:

SUMMER IN THE FALL: This week marks a bittersweet one at the format, as “Youngblood” by the Australian act 5 Seconds Of Summer holds at #1 for the third week. The band’s label, Capitol, which should be celebrating another great result this weekend, is now mourning the loss of Joe Rainey, their SVP of pop promotion. He was 43. Rainey was involved in campaigns that led to #1 titles at the format for acts like Katy Perry, Niall Horan and Sam Smith, as well as top five or ten hits for many others. He’ll certainly be missed. Several members of 5 Seconds Of Summer have already expressed their condolences over social media.

With the whole top five unbulleted, the next likely #1 here will be Ariana Grande‘s “God Is A Woman”, which is at #6 for the third week. Will it power up and bolt from 6-1 next week? It’s anyone’s guess, so stay tuned.

MORE THAN A “FEELING”: Three new songs launch into the top 40 this week, led by Halsey‘s “Without Me”, leaping from 47-30. It becomes her ninth top 40 hit at the format; her eighth, a collaboration with Benny Blanco titled “Eastside”, is now at #13. A move of 42-37 for “This Feeling” gives the duo The Chainsmokers their tenth top 40 single, three of which have come this year. It also marks the first top 40 hit on the pop chart for young country performer Kelsea Ballerini, who impacts tomorrow as her usual home with a new solo single called “Miss Me More”. Lastly, “I Love It” climbs from 44-39 for Kanye West and Lil Pump, with the former performer receiving his 22nd top 40 entry at the format and the latter scoring his first. (Lil Pump’s viral hit “Gucci Gang” got to #46 in January, though it charted higher elsewhere.)

Leading three top 50 entries on the chart, “Don’t Matter To Me” from Drake and the late Michael Jackson climbs aboard at #43. The latest hit to chart from Drake’s former #1 album Scorpion could become Jackson’s third posthumous top 40 entry since 2010. A notch lower, the duo Twenty One Pilots flies the friendly skies into the airspace at #44 with “My Blood”. Their current hit is likely to become their fourth top 40 entry in the coming weeks, putting them one track ahead of Stone Temple Pilots and their string of three between 1993 and 1994. The last of the three new songs, in at #49, is “Trust My Lonely” from Alessia Cara. It’s the follow-up to “Growing Pains”, a #12 hit from a few months back. Both singles are taken from The Pains Of Growing, due later this year.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, October 7-13, 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…


FRANKIE – “When I’m Ready” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Previously with RCA via the Gold’n Retriever imprint, the “New Obsession” singer keeps the bops coming with her new one.


ROZZI featuring SCOTT HOYING – “Lose Us” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance (both acts; Hoying is currently signed to RCA as a member of Pentatonix)
Notes: Previously with Columbia via the Small Giant imprint, but continuing independently, Rozzi’s collaboration is serving vocals.


SOFI DE LA TORRE – “Run That Back” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: The Spanish-born, Los Angeles-based musician lands on here with her hot new hit that features some nice production work.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
FINNEAS – “Luck Pusher”
KIRSTEN ARIAN – “Wild And Free”
MATT HARTKE – “People You Love”
SAM TINNESZ – “Hold Me Up”
SVRCINA – “Come Together”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 14, 2018

Dean’s on the scene.

40. O.A.R. – Miss You All The Time
39. Noah Kahan – False Confidence
37. Jason Mraz featuring Meghan Trainor – More Than Friends
36. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow | HIGHEST DEBUT

35. Why Don’t We – 8 Letters (40)
34. Lauv featuring Julia Michaels – There’s No Way (39)
28. Bülow – Two Punks In Love (34)
27. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
18. Lukas Graham – Love Someone (24)
13. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (21)

10. OneRepublic – Connection (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (09) | PEAK: #02
08. Elle King – Shame (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (07) | PEAK: #07
06. George Ezra – Shotgun (02) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
05. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
04. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Imagine Dragons – Natural (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes (05) | PEAK: #02
01. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. AJ Mitchell – Girls (1)
2. A Great Big World – You (2)
3. Lauren Daigle – You Say (3)
4. Gryffin & Elley Duhé – Tie Me Down (4)
5. Alessia Cara – Trust My Lonely (10)
6. Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep (9)
7. Daniel Powter – Do You Wanna Get Lucky? (7)
8. Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho (-)
9. Ashlee Simpson + Evan Ross – I Do (8)
10. Tom Walker – Angels (-)

In The Mix:
Broods – Peach
George Ezra – Hold My Girl
Hudson Taylor – Feel It Again
Jack & Jack – No One Compares To You
John Splithoff featuring Madison Ryann Ward – Show Me
Little Mix – Woman Like Me (new)
LIVVIA – Damn (new)
Maggie Rogers – Light On (new)
Morgxn featuring Walk The Moon – Home
New Kids On The Block featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson – 80’s Baby (new)
Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg – Moves
Paul McCartney – Caesar Rock

Chart Notes:

  • “Be Alright” leads my personal chart once again, giving Dean Lewis‘s hit a second week at #1. It’s still building at the Hot AC and Top 40 radio formats, reaching the top 20 at the former. Last week’s top debut by Sigrid, “Sucker Punch”, makes a big move from 38-27, as it becomes this week’s fastest-moving record in the countdown. Four new tunes land on the chart this week, led by a pair of notable collaborations from Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper and Jason Mraz featuring Meghan Trainor. The former, a cut off the chart-topping soundtrack to the movie A Star Is Born, is “Shallow”, landing at #36. The latter, the second radio single from Mraz’s current album Know., is “More Than Friends”, coming in at #37. “More” is the follow-up to “Have It All”, which got as high at #4 earlier this year. Just below those titles, Noah Kahan‘s “False Confidence”, his third top 40 hit, starts at #39, while O.A.R. returns with “Miss You All The Time”, their ninth chart entry, entering at #40. “Miss” is the group’s first single to make the top 40 since the fall of 2016.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 10, 2010

No secrets, just hits…

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 October 10, 2010…

35. P!NK, “Raise Your Glass”

Biggest Mover(s):
JAMES BAY, “Stay The Night” (31-22)
KYLIE MINOGUE, “Get Outta My Way” (30-21, nine spots)

10. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Hollywood” (up 7)
Album: Crazy Love: Hollywood Edition (2010, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

09. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “I Run To You” (down 1)
Album: Lady Antebellum (2008, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

08. DAUGHTRY, “September” (up 1)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #7

07. MAROON 5, “Misery” (down 2)
Album: Hands All Over (2010, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

06. BRANDON FLOWERS, “Crossfire” (down 3)
Album: Flamingo (2010, Island Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. RYAN STAR, “Start A Fire” (up 2)
Album: 11:59 (2010, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

04. ONEREPUBLIC, “Secrets” (up 2)
Album: Waking Up (2009, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4

03. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Mine” (up 1)
Album: Speak Now (2010, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. KATY PERRY, “Teenage Dream” (steady, second week)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

01. NEON TREES, “Animal” (steady, second week)
Album: Habits (2010, Mercury Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 12, 2018

You Mai proceed.

Reactive R&B and rap titles lead this week’s New Music Friday report, as Q4 continues to bring on the hits. These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

ELLA MAI – Ella Mai (iTunes)
Mai has become one of the breakout R&B stars of 2018, with “Boo’d Up” and “Trip” scoring well at Rhythmic and Urban radio, as the former track slows down at the Top 40 format following a minor crossover. With notable playlisting already in effect overseas and solid sales and streaming expected here, the self-titled set should have one of next week’s higher debuts.

QUAVO – Quavo Huncho (iTunes)
From the rap trio Migos, this performer has often appeared as a featured artist on a growing list of big singles, but this release is his first solo studio album. Prominent features include Cardi B, Drake and Travis Scott, so expect streaming stats for the new release to be fairly high.

YOUNG THE GIANT – Mirror Master (iTunes)
Featuring the recent top 20 Alternative song “Simplify” and follow-up single “Superposition”, the fourth studio album for this act will look to break the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, much like their last album did two years ago.

Notable albums out this week: Basement‘s Beside Myself (iTunes), Belly‘s Immigrant (iTunes), Jess Glynne‘s Always In Between (iTunes), Jimmie Allen‘s Mercury Lane (iTunes), Kurt Vile‘s Bottle It In (iTunes), Morgan Evans‘s Things That We Drink To (iTunes), Nico Santos‘s Streets Of Gold (iTunes), TobyMac‘s The Elements (iTunes), Tom Morello‘s The Atlas Underground (iTunes)

Notable holiday albums out this week: Eric Clapton‘s Happy Xmas (iTunes), LeAnn Rimes‘s It’s Christmas, Eve (TV Soundtrack) (iTunes), The Monkees‘s Christmas Party (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Ashlee + Evan‘s Ashlee + Evan (iTunes), Kim Cesarion‘s Bleed (iTunes), Nicklas Sahl‘s Planets (iTunes), Youngr‘s Obsession (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“11:59” and “Ringing In My Ears”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“80’s Baby”, New Kids On The Block / Salt-N-Pepa / Naughty By Nature / Tiffany / Debbie Gibson (iTunes)
“Angels (Kia Love and M-22 Remixes)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Be Somebody (Tyron Hapi Remix)”, Steve Aoki + Nicky Romero featuring Kiiara (iTunes)
“Bells”, The Unlikely Candidates (iTunes)
“Bring Me Love” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, John Legend (iTunes)
“Can’t Knock The Hustle”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Come A Little Closer”, Skizzy Mars & Prelow (iTunes)
“Come Together”, SVRCINA (iTunes)
“Consequences (Orchestra)”, Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Cowboy”, ALMA (iTunes)
“Cycles”, ANNALIA (iTunes)
“Dazed & Confused (Acoustic)”, Ruel featuring Ezinma (iTunes)
“Don’t Look Me Over”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Drunk As Hell”, Lost Kings featuring Jesper Jenset (iTunes)
“Easy”, Great Good Fine OK (iTunes)
“Emotion”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Expectations”, Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“Fashion After All”, Poppy (iTunes)
“Give Me My Name Back”, Meg Mac (iTunes)
“Hold Me Up”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Home”, Cheat Codes (iTunes)
“I Wish You Were Here (Acoustic)”, HRVY (iTunes)
“Ice Cold”, Netsky & David Guetta (iTunes)
“If You Were Mine (KC Lights Remix)”, Ocean Park Standoff (iTunes)
“Last Call”, Hudson Thames (iTunes)
“Let Go”, James Hersey featuring Filous (iTunes)
“Light On”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“Lose Us”, Rozzi & Scott Hoying (iTunes)
“Loyal”, Paloma Faith (iTunes)
“Love You Anymore”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
“Luck Pusher”, FINNEAS (iTunes)
“Medicine (Just Kiddin Remix)”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Mia”, Bad Bunny featuring Drake (iTunes)
“Miss You All The Time”, O.A.R. (iTunes)
“Moves (Wideboys Remix)”, Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Nobody Knows You Anymore”, Kevin George (iTunes)
“Not A Damn Thing Changed”, Lukas Graham (iTunes)
“People”, LINES (iTunes)
“People You Love”, Matt Hartke (iTunes)
“Pieces”, Declan J Donovan (iTunes)
“Promises (David Guetta Remix)”, Calvin Harris & Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Recovery”, LP (iTunes)
“Rise & Fall”, Mike Perry featuring Cathrine Lassen (iTunes)
“Rose”, Allan Rayman (iTunes)
“Run That Back”, Sofi De La Torre (iTunes)
“Simple Romance”, Coin (iTunes)
“Table For One”, AWOLNATION featuring Elohim (iTunes)
“Telephone”, The Shadowboxers (iTunes)
“Telling All My Secrets”, Mitchell Tenpenny (iTunes)
“Under Pressure”, Shawn Mendes featuring teddy<3 (iTunes)
“When I’m Ready”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Wild And Free”, Kirsten Arian (iTunes)
“Woman Like Me”, Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Wondering”, M.O & Chip (iTunes)
“Wrapped Around The Axle”, Peter Bjorn & John (iTunes)
“Writer’s Song”, Bibi Bourelly (iTunes)
“Yesterday”, Virginia To Vegas (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Disturbed, Greta Van Fleet 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 (October 9, 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: over half a dozen big names compete for #1 with their current radio songs on the latest report, but in the end, it’s all about “Me”. No, really. Let’s add ’em up:

“ME” TWO TOO: It was a strong battle this Tuesday at Top 40 stations across the country, but the top two winners on the report prove that it’s all about “Me”. Halsey‘s “Without Me” tops the list this time around, with Drake‘s “Don’t Matter To Me”, featuring the late Michael Jackson, in second place. The former is in with a massive 105 stations, while the latter comes in with a still very respectable 76 stations. Needless to say, you can expect both records to bolt straight into the top 40 by the end of the week. For the former performer, her collaboration with Benny Blanco, “Eastside”, remains active at the format, as it approaches the top ten. At Rhythmic and Urban radio today, the latter single scored 35 and 41 stations on impact, respectively, while earning 16 stations from the Hot AC panel yesterday.

Additionally, new singles from Alessia Cara and Khalid reach the top five on the report, with “Trust My Lonely” starting in third place at 45 stations and “Better” appearing in fourth place with 39 stations, respectively. Next week, Cara’s song impacts at the Hot AC format on Monday, while Khalid’s new one also impacted at the Rhythmic format today, totaling 23 stations on that report. (He also performs on Blanco’s “Eastside”, as mentioned above.) The two singles appear bound for the top 50 in the coming days.

Labelmates Camila Cabello and Mariah Carey and their new songs are ready to take on a soundtrack release from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper next Tuesday. Which star single will be born at the top? Come back and find out soon.

1. HALSEY, “Without Me” (Capitol)
2. DRAKE featuring MICHAEL JACKSON, “Don’t Matter To Me” (YMCMB/Republic)
3. ALESSIA CARA, “Trust My Lonely” (Def Jam)
4. KHALID, “Better” (Right Hand/RCA)
5. SHAWN MENDES & ZEDD, “Lost In Japan (Remix)” (Island/Republic)
6. ARIANA GRANDE, “Breathin” (Republic)
7. KANYE WEST & LIL PUMP, “I Love It” (G.O.O.D./Def Jam-Warner Bros.)
8-T. LAUV featuring JULIA MICHAELS, “There’s No Way” (Kobalt/AWAL/in2une)
8-T. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “High Hopes” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
10-T. SILK CITY & DUA LIPA, “Electricity” (Columbia)
10-T. WHY DON’T WE, “8 Letters” (Signature Ent./Atlantic)

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