RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 19-20, 2019)

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 two singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

KATY PERRY – “Small Talk” (Capitol)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Perry’s last single “Never Really Over” recently spent two weeks at #10, but is now free-falling down the survey.

NORMANI – “Motivation” (Keep Cool/RCA)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: With a pair of #1 hits at the format in the last year as one half of a duet, Normani’s new cut is ready to motivate.

Next week: can new songs by Alessia Cara and Saweetie sweeten the top spot on the report, or will AJ Mitchell and Ava Max dance there first? 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 (August 18, 2019)

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. For this 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the time in which I would take stock of the radio action for the week is about to begin. Let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

“BAD” IS STILL GOOD: As she falls to #2 on the Alternative radio list, Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy” holds steady at #1 this week on the Top 40 chart for a second frame. The cut is already down more than 800 spins from last week, so you can expect that “Señorita” (which ranks at #3 on this update) will easily climb to the top next week for Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.

Climbing from 42-38 on the chart, “Post Malone” marks the first top 40 songs for both Sam Feldt and RANI. Malone’s newest hit, the Young Thug-assisted “Goodbyes”, moves from 10-8 this week. It’s the first time that an artist has appeared in the top 40 at the same time that their name is featured in the title of a top 40 song since early 2012, when the legendary Mick Jagger was a featured artist on “THE (The Hardest Ever)” by and Jennifer Lopez and inspired “Moves Like Jagger”, a #1 song for Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera. Rising from 45-39, “Good Things Fall Apart” gives Illenium his first top 40 single here and returns Jon Bellion to the top 40 for his third appearance to date. The late Avicii also lands in the top 40 for a sixth time with the Aloe Blacc-assisted “SOS”, up from 43-40. It’s Avicii’s first top 40 single here since 2014’s “Addicted To You”, which peaked at #39. Blacc was a vocalist on his only #1 track to date, 2013’s “Wake Me Up”, though he didn’t receive a featured credit for it; thus, “SOS” is his second top 40 hit.

Headed to Country radio later this month, Maren Morris‘s new Hot AC hit “The Bones” enters at #45. Morris has been charting at the Country format since 2016, but she topped both the Hot AC and Top 40 charts last spring and summer with the Zedd and Grey collaboration “The Middle”. Viral hit “Lalala” is in at #46 for format newcomers Y2K and BBNO$. Two spots lower, another K-pop group arrives on the survey: NCT 127 bows at #48 with a new English version of “Highway To Heaven”, their first hit here. Lastly, a collaboration from actor and singer Asher Angel and rapper Wiz Khalifa enters at #50. “One Thought Away” is Angel’s first song to chart at any radio format.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Thirty Three

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…

BLAKE ROSE – “Heavy Sh*t” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance

Blooming onto another edition of the Rewind, this Rose is already firmly rooted among my favorite independent performers during the last year. Luckily, he pours out another nice tune with this edgier sound, which wouldn’t sound out of place at Alternative radio.

BRUCE WIEGNER – “Malicious” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance

With his first track to make the weekly Rewind since March, Wiegner debuts a new single that may have a harmful title, but it won’t be destroying anything in the immediate vicinity (other than some future damage on the charts.) It might be his best solo cut so far.

WRABEL – “Magic” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Sixth appearance

From a major label performer to making major records as an independent artist, this multi-talented guy scores another appearance on the Rewind with a magical new release that’s among the best singles of the week. The smooth R&B-influenced sound is real cool.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BENEDICT CORK – “Boys Don’t Cry”
CAL – “My Brother”
JACKSON HARRIS – “Something To Believe In”
SAM TINNESZ – “We’re Gonna Make It”
STEFAN BENZ – “Cool 4 Me”
VÉRITÉ – “Ocean”
ZAYDE WØLF – “Rumble”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 18, 2019

“Way” to go, guys.

40. Normani – Motivation
39. Freya Ridings – Castles
38. Ingrid Michaelson – Young And In Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

33. Keane – Love Too Much (40)
29. Katy Perry – Small Talk (34)
23. Tones And I – Dance Monkey (31) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
18. Stephen Puth – Look Away (23)

10. Rob Thomas – Can’t Help Me Now (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Shawn Mendes – If I Can’t Have You (09) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
08. Michael Bublé – Forever Now (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Elton John & Taron Egerton – (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Katy Perry – Never Really Over (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Zara Larsson – All The Time (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Illenium & Jon Bellion – Good Things Fall Apart (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Bastille – Joy (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Keane – The Way I Feel (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Gone West – What Could’ve Been (1)
2. Ingrid Andress – More Hearts Than Mine (3)
3. Alec Benjamin – If We Have Each Other (4)
4. Stanaj – Love Me (2)
5. Westlife – Dynamite (5)
6. Morgxn – A New Way (7)
7. Fitz & The Tantrums – I Just Wanna Shine (9)
8. Lauv featuring Anne-Marie – Lonely (-)
9. JOHN.k – If We Never Met (-)
10. NCT 127 – Highway To Heaven (10)

In The Mix:
AJ Mitchell featuring Ava Max – Slow Dance
Ali Gatie – It’s You
Bishop Briggs – Champion
Ed Sheeran with Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars – Blow
Joseph – Fighter
Lauren Daigle – Rescue
Lee Brice – Rumor
Lizzo – Good As Hell (new)
Miley Cyrus – Slide Away (new)
New Hope Club – Love Again
Taylor Swift – Lover (new)
Tegan & Sara – I’ll Be Back Someday
The Highwomen – The Chain
The Score – Stay

Chart Notes:

  • Earning their second #1 song on my chart and first since the spring of 2012, Keane climbs from 2-1 with “The Way I Feel”. The band also rises from 40-33 with “Love Too Much”, the follow-up single. Both cuts can be found on their album Cause And Effect, due September 20. Debuting at #38, Ingrid Michaelson has this week’s highest new entry with “Young And In Love”, which follows her recent #9 entry “Missing You”. At #39, Freya Ridings earns her first top 40 single (following a few near misses) with “Castles”, a current top ten hit in Belgium and Scotland. A third new song checks in at #40: “Motivation” by Normani, which marks her first appearance on my list, though she’s had plenty of radio hits both as a solo artist and with the girl group Fifth Harmony. All three of this week’s new entries impact at either the Hot AC or Top 40 format by the end of the month.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 19, 2007

“Far” up this week’s chart.

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 twelve years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 19, 2007…

39. THREE DAYS GRACE, “Never Too Late”
37. KAISER CHIEFS, “Love’s Not A Competition (But I’m Winning)”

Biggest Mover(s):
LIFEHOUSE, “Broken” (39-32, seven spots)

10. MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash” (steady, second week)
Album: Some Mad Hope (2007, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

09. SARA BAREILLES, “Love Song” (steady, second week)
Album: Little Voice (2007, Epic Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

08. CROWDED HOUSE, “Don’t Stop Now” (steady, second week)
Album: Time On Earth (2007, Capitol Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

07. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Everything” (down 2)
Album: Call Me Irresponsible (2007, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

06. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “How Far We’ve Come” (up 1)
Album: Exile On Mainstream (2007, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

05. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “The Great Escape” (up 1)
Album: Boys Like Girls (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

04. LIFEHOUSE, “First Time” (down 1)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2

03. ROZ BELL, “Yesterday Man” (down 1)
Album: The First Sunbeams (2007, Universal Records – Canada)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

02. DARREN HAYES, “On The Verge Of Something Wonderful” (up 2)
Album: This Delicate Thing We’ve Made (2007, Powdered Sugar Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. EMERSON HART, “If You’re Gonna Leave” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 16, 2019

The Streets are talking this week.

If you want another quality week of cool releases, then look no further than these top titles, which look to take control of the top spot on the biggest charts in the world. Here are all the top new albums and singles hitting stores for Friday:

ILLENIUM – Ascend (iTunes)
Features: The Jon Bellion-assisted “Good Things Fall Apart”, which is currently approaching the top ten on the Alternative radio chart

VARIOUS ARTISTS (QUALITY CONTROL) – Control The Streets, Vol. 2 (iTunes)
Features: Collaborations with artists like City Girls, Lil Yachty, Migos (and its individual members) and many more

Notable albums out this week: A$AP Ferg‘s Floor Seats (iTunes), Curren$y‘s Hot August Nights (iTunes), Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors‘s Dragons (iTunes), Frank Turner‘s No Man’s Land (iTunes), Killswitch Engage‘s Atonement (iTunes), King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard‘s Infest The Rats Nest (iTunes), Lionel Richie‘s Hello From Las Vegas (iTunes), Red Hearse‘s Red Hearse (iTunes), Rodney Crowell‘s Texas (iTunes), Sleater-Kinney‘s The Center Won’t Hold (iTunes), Snoh Aalegra‘s – Ugh, Those Feels Again (iTunes), Snoop Dogg‘s I Wanna Thank Me (iTunes), The Hold Steady‘s Thrashing Thru The Passion (iTunes), Tracy Lawrence‘s Made In America (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Benedict Cork‘s Letters To Strangers (iTunes), Dylan Scott‘s An Old Memory (iTunes), FLETCHER‘s You Ruined New York City For Me (iTunes), Sara Bareilles‘s What’s Not Inside: The Lost Songs From Waitress (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Lot On Ur Plate”, Father (iTunes)
“Ain’t Nobody’s Baby”, Frawley (iTunes)
“Be Honest”, Jorja Smith featuring Burna Boy (iTunes)
“Beer Drinkin’ Weather”, Canaan Smith (iTunes)
“Benjamin”, Akon (iTunes)
“Better For Ya”, OMI (iTunes)
“Black Hole”, HANA (iTunes)
“Boy Bye”, BROCKHAMPTON (iTunes)
“Change”, Arin Ray & Kehlani (iTunes)
“Cool 4 Me”, Stefan Benz (iTunes)
“Crazy Enough”, Julie Bergan (iTunes)
“Cross You Out”, Charli XCX featuring Sky Ferreira (iTunes)
“Dollar (Lemaitre Remix)”, Electric Guest (iTunes)
“Dream Boy”, Waterparks (iTunes)
“Easier (Remix)”, 5 Seconds Of SummerCharlie Puth (iTunes)
“Fly Like An Eagle”, Stereophonics (iTunes)
“Go Somewhere”, KREAM & RANI (iTunes)
“God’s Favorite”, Travis Thompson (iTunes)
“Hallucinations”, PVRIS (iTunes)
“Hate Me (R3HAB Remix)”, Ellie Goulding & Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Heart Explodes”, The Darkness (iTunes)
“Heartless”, Diplo featuring Morgan Wallen (iTunes)
“Heavy Sh*t”, Blake Rose (iTunes)
“Hell Right”, Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins (iTunes)
“Higher”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Highwomen”, The Highwomen (iTunes)
“Home”, Martin Garrix featuring Bonn (iTunes)
“How Do You Sleep? (Acoustic)”, Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Hot (AZTX Remix)”, Kenzie (iTunes)
“How To Be Human”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“Ice Cream”, Ambjaay (iTunes)
“Indigo”, 88rising & NIKI (iTunes)
“Keeping It In The Dark”, Daya (iTunes)
“Left For Denver”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“Legend”, SOB x RBE (iTunes)
“Let’s Lay Low”, Plain White T’s (iTunes)
“Like The Way I Do”, Cascada (iTunes)
“Lose You”, Noah Gundersen (iTunes)
“Losing Me”, Gabrielle Aplin & JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Love Got You”, Clear Six (iTunes)
“Lover”, Taylor Swift (iTunes)
“Magic”, Wrabel (iTunes)
“Malicious”, Bruce Wiegner (iTunes)
“Middle Of Somewhere”, The Neighbourhood (iTunes)
“MLK BLVD”, Jeezy featuring Meek Mill (iTunes)
“Motivation”, Normani (iTunes)
“My Brother” / “So Cal”, Cal (iTunes)
“Need U”, DVBBS (iTunes)
“Nobody Wins”, WhoHurtYou (iTunes)
“Ocean”, VÉRITÉ (iTunes)
“One Of Us”, Liam Gallagher (iTunes)
“Ooh La La (Another Version – Acoustic)”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Playing Games”, Anna Of The North (iTunes)
“Pretty Please”, Allan Rayman (iTunes)
“Ransom (Remix)”, Lil Tecca & Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Retrograde”, Hardwell (iTunes)
“Rock Bottom”, Grandson (iTunes)
“Rock Witchu”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Roots”, Valerie Broussard & Galantis (iTunes)
“Rumble”, ZAYDE WØLF (iTunes)
“Running”, Arlissa (iTunes)
“Sextasy”, Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Shadow”, Macklemore featuring IRO (iTunes)
“Skinny Boys”, Myylo (iTunes)
“Something To Believe In”, Jackson Harris (iTunes)
“Stayaway”, MUNA (iTunes)
“Stranger’s Arms (Remix)”, Lo Lo featuring DCF (iTunes)
“Strong (Dexter Remix)”, Christian Paul (iTunes)
“Sweater”, Phem (iTunes)
“There For You”, Gorgon City & MK (iTunes)
“Tiny Love”, MIKA (iTunes)
“Title”, Kiana Ledé (iTunes)
“To The Ground”, Death Cab For Cutie (iTunes)
“Trustfall”, Peter Wise (iTunes)
“Waiting Game”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“We’re Gonna Make It”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“We’re Not Friends”, Ingrid Andress (iTunes)
“Welcome To The Party (Remix)”, Pop Smoke featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“What Am I Gonna Do With You”, Sophia Messa (iTunes)
“What’s It Like”, You Me At Six (iTunes)
“Wild Blue”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Yo x Ti, Tú x Mí”, ROSALÍA x Ozuna (iTunes)
“You Ain’t The Problem”, Michael Kiwanuka (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from artists like Midland, Taylor Swift 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 13, 2019)

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: Ariana Grande and Social House are decorating the house here at the top for a second week, while two new titles are knocking at the door in the top five. Let’s add ’em up:

ONE CROWDED HOUSE: Despite some decent competition, Grande and Social House’s “Boyfriend” picks up 34 more adds for its second week on the survey, landing ahead of Jax Jones and Bebe Rexha‘s “Harder” in second place with a total of 24 stations during its impact week. Meanwhile, Twenty One Pilots finish in third place, only one station behind Jones and Rexha, with “The Hype”, which sees a solid increase in adds from last week’s early action. While “Boyfriend” is currently racing through the top 20 at the format, look for “Harder” and “The Hype” to make their top 50 debuts in the next couple of weeks.

Charting releases by NF, Sam Smith and Zara Larsson are among those prominent songs making up the rest of the top ten.

Look for Katy Perry‘s “Small Talk” to talk its way onto more than a few Top 40 playlists next week; it had nine early adds today.

1. ARIANA GRANDE & SOCIAL HOUSE, “Boyfriend” (Republic)
2. JAX JONES & BEBE REXHA, “Harder” (Interscope)
3. TWENTY ONE PILOTS, “The Hype” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
4. NF, “Time” (Caroline)
5. SHAED, “Trampoline” (Photo Finish/Caroline)
6-T. ELLIE GOULDING & JUICE WRLD, “Hate Me” (Polydor/Interscope)
6-T. LIL TECCA, “Ransom” (Galactic/Republic)
6-T. SAM SMITH, “How Do You Sleep?” (Capitol)
9-T. ILLENIUM & JON BELLION, “Good Things Fall Apart” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
9-T. SAM FELDT featuring RANI, “Post Malone” (Spinnin’/Warner)
9-T. ZARA LARSSON, “All The Time” (TEN/Epic)

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