ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 28, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly 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: “Time” is certainly on Zayn‘s side, Machine Gun Kelly pulls at his Top 40 trigger and Drake finds that P-A-S-S-I-O-N got him in a jam again, or, at least making a nice jam again. Time to syndicate some rhythms and other radio results, because I’m ready to do the most with the Most Added songs of the week:

LIFE IN THE FAST ZAYN: He’s “still got” power over the pop panel. Zayn, along with PartyNextDoor, has this week’s Most Added song at CHR/Top 40 radio with “Still Got Time”. It’s added at 76 pop stations, while it brings in another 11 on the Rhythmic panel. This total is slightly under the 88 stations that “Pillowtalk” was added to in its first frame in February 2016, but it remains a very respectable total, one that will likely grow in the coming weeks. All eyes are now on Harry Styles, who should pick up a solid number of adds when his single debuts on April 7, though it’s unclear whether it’ll officially impact on April 11 or not. Though their group may never perform together again, the radio support on these solo projects is definitely headed in one direction.

“BEST” FOOT FORWARD: Reloading on the radio charts, rapper Machine Gun Kelly aims and fires with his new hit, “At My Best”, a release that features actress/singer Hailee Steinfeld. It’s new at 47 stations on the CHR panel, giving it the second Most Added title. Currently bulleted (no, not that kind of bullet) in the top 40 at the format, it’s Kelly’s second hit and Steinfeld’s fourth here. So, expect this one to make some fast moves in the coming weeks, especially with its early sales and streaming stats. Steinfeld is currently filming Pitch Perfect 3, due out in late December. Meanwhile, will “Best” find pop perfection this summer? Stay tuned!

PASSIONABLY LATE: While Drake‘s “Passionfruit” has already made its juicy debut in the top 50 at Rhythmic radio, it’s been a little slower to get that sweet sound on a number of Top 40 stations. That being said, with two dozen adds this week, ranking it in the #4 spot on the Most Added leaderboard, I think programmers looking for some fresh fruit should give it a ripe rotation switch. Of course, this single comes from the performer’s most recent set, More Life, which topped the latest Billboard 200 with a massive number of streaming-equivalent units. The single also debuted at #8 on the newest update of Billboard Hot 100. Forget about this “fake news” obsession; Drake news is where it’s at.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ZAYN
featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR, “Still Got Time” (RCA)
2. MACHINE GUN KELLY
featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
3. CALVIN HARRIS
featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
4. DRAKE, “Passionfruit” (YMCMB/Republic)
5. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic)
6. FLO RIDA & 99 PERCENT, “Cake” (APG/Atlantic)
7. JASON DERULO featuring NICKI MINAJ and TY DOLLA $IGN, “Swalla” (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
8. G-EAZYKEHLANI, “Good Life” (Atlantic/RRP)
9-T. RAG’N’BONE MAN, “Human” (Columbia)
9-T. STARGATE featuring P!NK and SIA, “Waterfall” (RCA)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 26, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a weekly 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 Resarch. When it comes to the health of our CHR airwaves, I, as your Commander-In-Chart, will provide coverage for all, including the preexisting conditions from last week’s top 50. So, if you’re in need of some medical melodies, or a ditty from the doctor, never fear; your favorite chart geek is here to prescribe some pop stats:

ED IN THE CLOUDS: Nearly approaching its record-setting spin total from two weeks back, Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You” stays at #1 for the sixth week on the CHR/Top 40 chart. This achievement means that Sheeran’s now spent half of his run, 12 weeks, in the top spot. Incredible! “Shape” also tops the Hot AC chart for a fifth week, while it ranks in the top ten on the Rhythmic chart. I haven’t quite figured out what the singer/songwriter’s favorite shape actually is, but perhaps if you lend me a Shape-O rattle and a little time to figure out, I can get you an answer by next week’s post.

Sheeran re-enters at #45 on this week’s chart with “Castle On The Hill”, which was recently reissued to the format. It’s a new peak for it; you’ll recall that upon the song’s release, it briefly spent one week in the top 50 on the second chart in January. “Galway Girl” is on several stations as well, continuing to pick up airplay in major markets. Unsurprisingly, the song’s already been to #1 in Ireland.

THE LANGUAGE OF “LOVE”: The Swedish duo Axwell Λ Ingrosso sounds like they should be one part of a law firm, scoring victories in Top 40 trials. They could’ve even had their own commercial during every daytime talk show. Alas, that’s not the case, but there is a case on the docket regarding a lovable new track of theirs. “I Love You”, featuring Kid Ink, brings some order to the court of chart hits, jumping from 42-36 this week. Someone better call the pop prosecutor; there’s a writer making far too many legal puns for one chart recap. Take him away, officer…

Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso previously charted as two-thirds of the electronic group Swedish House Mafia, who hit the top 40 two times between 2011-2013 with “Save The World” (#36, 9/4/11 MB) and the smash “Don’t You Worry Child” (#2, 2/3/13 MB). If they ever got back together at some point, I’m sure the CHR panel would prove that this Swedish House is, in fact, a home. A chart is still a chart, even when there’s no song that departs.

“STILL” THE ONE: As Harry Styles preps for the release of his solo single in April, Zayn is wasting no time with his next move. His latest single is “Still Got Time”, which features PartyNextDoor, entering at #40 after just a few days of airplay. The single may appear on Zayn’s second solo album, though no details about the set have been revealed yet. With four top 40 songs outside of One Direction, he remains the most successful member to come from the group. Call me crazy, but that’s rather in-Zayn. Get it? Call me cra– oh, nevermind. I’ve had worse, people.

Zayn also remains in the runner-up spot for the fifth week in a row with “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”, a duet with Taylor Swift off the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. Had the song made it to #1, it would have been the first male-female duet from a film to top the format since Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle‘s “A Whole New World”, from Aladdin, a three-week #1 hit in February 1993. Well, what can I say? Reaching the top is no magic carpet ride, even if it looks easy. Still, the song’s been a major hit across the globe, so it’s nothing to be sad about, kids.

JUST PUSH PLAY-N-SKILLZ: With a skillful remake of a Selena song, Texas duo Play-N-Skillz collaborates with Frankie J, Becky G and Kap G on a Spanglish mix of “Si Una Vez (If I Once)”, entering at #50 on this week’s CHR chart. This is Frankie J’s first charting single at the format since 2006, when “That Girl” (#21, 9/3/06 MB) became his last main-credited appearance. This release makes its top 50 entry just days before the 22nd anniversary of Selena’s death. The performer is best remembered in the CHR world for a pair of posthumous hits: “I Could Fall In Love” (#12, 9/8/95 R&R) and “Dreaming Of You” (#20, 12/22/95 R&R), both from an album named after the latter single.

This is not the first Latin-infused collaboration to reach the top 50 at the format. In fact, in September 2014, Enrique Iglesias‘s hit “Bailando” reached #9 on the CHR chart, which featured Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona. Will this song make it just as high? We’ll see soon. ¡Buena suerte amigos!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 3/19 – 3/25/17

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…
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AMY ALLEN – “Get Me Outta Here!” (iTunes) (Spotify)
In the past, we’ve reposted and playlisted music from a great Boston band called Amy & The Engine. Leader Allen is now recording as a solo performer, and her latest single is a catchy indie pop ditty. If you haven’t discovered her yet, this is a great start to the journey.

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CAFUNÉ – “How Can I Explain” (iTunes) (Spotify)
How can we explain how much we enjoy this duo’s music? Well, it’s very simple: members Sedona Schat and Noah Yoo are a talented twosome that have mastered the art of a bop. In all seriousness, this is a smooth track with an enticing darkness about it. It’s so good.

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WANDERER – “Dreams” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Based in Tempe, AZ, singer and songwriter Adam Simons was previously featured on the Rewind with two cuts from his EP called C I T Y. His latest single is a cover of the Fleetwood Mac hit from 1977. Of course, his take is very dreamy and lush too. It’s worth a listen.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
LOYAL – “Tower Over All” (SoundCloud)
SILENT CROWD – “Giving It Up” (SoundCloud)

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

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 26, 2017

“Rhythm” of the reign.

DEBUTS
38. Sheppard – Keep Me Crazy
36. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe (40)
32. New Politics – One Of Us (39)
24. Wrabel – Bloodstain (31)
22. MisterWives – Machine (30) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. JP Cooper – September Song (24)
(see #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. James TW – Ex (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (07) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
08. Lorde – Green Light (13) | PEAK: #08
07. Imagine Dragons – Believer (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Michael Bublé – I Believe In You (06) | PEAK: #06
05. MUNA – I Know A Place (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. Julia Michaels – Issues (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Bea Miller – Song Like You (1)
2. New Kids On The Block – One More Night (4)
3. Scott Helman – Kinda Complicated (-)
4. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (5)
5. Skip Marley – Lions (2)
6. Delta Rae – A Long And Happy Life (-)
7. Sheryl Crow – Halfway There (7)
8. Gavin DeGraw – Making Love With The Radio On (9)
9. Fastball – I Will Never Let You Down (-)
10. Bobby Bazini – Never Let Go (-)

In The Mix:
Adele – All I Ask
Celine Dion – How Does A Moment Last Forever
DREAMCAR – Kill For Candy
Mike Posner – In The Arms Of A Stranger
Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia – Waterfall
Weezer – Feels Like Summer

Chart Notes:

  • It’s Ed Sheeran‘s world, and we’re all living it. The singer/songwriter is now up to his third chart hit from ÷ on my chart. At #36, “Galway Girl” is the week’s Highest Debut, while “Shape Of You” slips to #12 and “Castle On The Hill” stays at #2 for its third week. Galway, of course, is a city in Ireland, though it’s unclear if the Galwegians are content with all the attention as of late. I guess we’ll see soon!
  • Aussie sextet Sheppard now has just as many chart entries as they do members. Their sixth song to reach my top 40, “Keep Me Crazy”, debuts at #38. Their single’s already hit in the top 40 in Australia. The group first made my chart in the spring of 2013 with “Let Me Down Easy”, which topped out at #10 that July.
  • In case you missed it, make sure to check out the new Crowncast, a podcast co-hosted by Crownnote owner Kurt Trowbridge and yours truly. It’s a fun listen, full of music statistics and shade, and we’d really appreciate your support. Thanks!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 28, 2004

“Believe” in these hits from 2004.

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 13 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of March 28, 2004…

Debuts:
38. MARIO WINANS featuring ENYA & P. DIDDY, “I Don’t Wanna Know”
37. YELLOWCARD, “Ocean Avenue”
36. JESSICA SIMPSON, “Take My Breath Away”

Biggest Mover(s):
FINGER ELEVEN, “One Thing” (37-17, twenty spots)

10. JOHN MAYER, “Clarity” (down 5)
Album: Heavier Things (2003, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

09. JOEY MCINTYRE, “L.A. Blue” (up 2)
Album: 8:09 (2004, Artemis Records)
Peak: #9

08. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Everything” (up 2)
Album: So-Called Chaos (2004, Maverick/Reprise Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

07. NELLY FURTADO, “Try” (down 1)
Album: Folklore (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #6

06. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Don’t Tell Me” (up 2)
Album: Under My Skin (2004, Arista/RMG Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

05. SARAH CONNOR, “Bounce” (up 2)
Album: Sarah Connor (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. THE DARKNESS, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (steady, second week)
Album: Permission To Land (2003, Must Destroy/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. THREE DAYS GRACE, “(I Hate) Everything About You” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Three Days Grace (2003, Jive/Zomba Records)
Peak: #3 for six weeks

02. SWITCHFOOT, “Meant To Live” (steady, fifth week)
Album: The Beautiful Letdown (2003, Red Ink/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. MAROON 5, “This Love” (steady, eighth week)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for nine weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 24, 2017

That’s just Who she is.

Though it’s unlikely that anyone will top Drake this week, unless there’s some secret release just waiting to drop, we do have several fun albums in the mix, as well as some familiar names. Let’s check out all the action right here:

BETTY WHO – The Valley (iTunes)
This pop paradise is ready for some playlist action, and you’ll certainly find some cuts from it on our own playlist below! Her remake of “I Love You Always Forever” hit the top ten in Australia last year, and instant grats like “Human Touch” and “Mama Say” are great slices of what’s sure to be an enjoyable effort. We’re hoping it ends up somewhere in the top 50.

MIKE WILL MADE-IT – Ransom 2 (iTunes)
Producer/songwriter Michael Williams II has created some of the biggest Urban records so far this decade, and for his debut album, he’s bringing out the big names: among them, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne and Rae Sremmurd. Expect a solid week ahead for it.

RAELYNN – WildHorse (iTunes)
This is the former The Voice contestant’s first full-length set, though she did get out an EP during the time at her former record label in 2015. The current single from it, “Love Triangle”, is approaching the top 30 on the Country radio chart.

More albums out this week: Colton Dixon‘s Identity (iTunes), James Blunt‘s The Afterlove (iTunes), Mansionz‘s Mansionz (iTunes), Paul McCartney‘s Flowers In The Dirt (Special Edition) (iTunes), RuPaul‘s American (iTunes), Take That‘s Wonderland (iTunes), Trey Songz‘s Tremaine (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Boyce Avenue‘s Cover Sessions, Vol. 4 (iTunes), Delta Rae‘s A Long And Happy Life (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“50,000” and “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” (Dave Audé Remixes), Sting (iTunes)
“Chainsmoking”, Jacob Banks (iTunes)
“Cold (Hot Shade & Mike Perry Remix)”, Maroon 5 featuring Future (iTunes)
“Deliverance”, Rationale (iTunes)
“Dreams”, Wanderer (iTunes)
“Focus”, Life Of Dillon featuring L. Marshall (iTunes)
“High”, Sir Sly (iTunes)
“Hold It Down”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“How Can I Explain”, CAFUNÉ (iTunes)
“I Miss You (Acoustic)”, Grey featuring Bahari (iTunes)
“Issues (Acoustic)”, Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Just A Feeling”, Phantoms featuring Vérité (iTunes)
“Last Young Renegade”, All Time Low (iTunes)
“Let Go” and “More Of Me”, Natasha Bedingfield (iTunes)
“Light Up Your Body”, David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Long Way Back”, Sheryl Crow (iTunes)
“Make It Work”, NAWAS (iTunes)
“Mo Bounce”, Iggy Azalea (iTunes)
“Older Now”, 888 (iTunes)
“Speak To A Girl”, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill (iTunes)
“Still Got Time”, ZAYN featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR (iTunes)
“The Heart Part 4”, Kendrick Lamar (iTunes)
“Truth Is A Beautiful Thing”, London Grammar (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Bob Dylan, MercyMeNelly Furtado and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 21, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly 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: Dua Lipa hopes that “One” turns into four, Jax Jones and Raye throw shapes, but not “of you”, and Rag’N’Bone Man delivers a ditty with “Human” touch. The way I want to touch you is through a bit of commentary, so be the Tennille to my Captain of these charts, won’t you?

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DUA: With two top 40 hits to date, and a third top 50 single, the musical marriage of Dua Lipa and the CHR radio panel has been a rocky one, which is a shame. Luckily, they’re still committed, thanks to some commitments for her latest U.S. single, “Be The One”. It’s the Most Added record at the format this week, picking up 31 stations. Lipa is currently on the chart with two of those aforementioned songs, “No Lie” (#47, with Sean Paul) and “Scared To Be Lonely” (#28, with Martin Garrix). The former is headed down, while the latter is moving up. Will this “be the one” that takes her to the top ten and gets her album out? Will programmers keep paying her lip-a service? I don’t have a crystal ball, but I do have high hopes for it.

THE “BEST” OF WHAT’S “GOOD”: With so many artists of different genres continuing to surprise the music world with their crazy collaborations, it’s only fitting that we talk about two additional songs. However, these two pop bops sure have some musical muscle; both songs impact next week, so be sure to watch out for some higher numbers a week from now. Of course, you can check back here and see all the action unfold.

One is G-Eazy and Kehlani‘s duet called “Good Life”, which is new at 23 new stations this week. This is one of the tracks from the upcoming soundtrack to The Fate Of The Furious, with both the album and movie due on April 14. For most of the stations here, it will be the first time a Kehlani single makes it onto their playlist, though the performer has some previous history at the Rhythmic and Urban formats. We’ll see if it can do better than the fourth Most Added slot next week.

The other teams Machine Gun Kelly and Hailee Steinfeld on a song called “At My Best”, which comes in with a slightly higher 25 stations and the second Most Added title. Of course, the rapper is coming off his huge chart-topping hit “Bad Things”, featuring ex-Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello. It spent two weeks at #1 in February. Steinfeld’s collected three top 40 hits of her own since 2015, but it was that third single, “Starving” (with Zedd and Grey), that slowly took her to three non-consecutive weeks at #5 in January. At this point, it has the potential to be next week’s Most Added record, so stay tuned to this blog for more!

JUMPIN’ JAX: 29-year-old producer Jax Jones is largely unknown to a U.S. audience. In fact, his feature on Duke Dumont‘s “I Got U” (#48, 8/17/14) is his sole chart appearance to date. However, that may change soon with the launch of his recent top five single across Europe, “You Don’t Know Me”, which features singer Raye. Upon impact, the song scores 22 adds this week, which is good for the fifth Most Added slot. Jumpin’ Jax flash, it’s a smash smash smash. (Well, I hope it is. I would throw shapes to “Don’t” any time it comes on the radio.) This may turn out to be too risky of a choice for some stations, but I certainly approve it.

HE’S THE MAN: Only one single in this week’s report recently spent six weeks at #1 on my personal chart; needless to say, I’m a little (a lot) biased when it comes to Rag’N’Bone Man‘s “Human”. The massive European hit has already gone to #1 on two radio formats in the U.S., Alternative and Triple A, while it continues to make some moves at Hot AC and CHR/Top 40. At the latter, it’s new at 16 stations, which places it as the eighth Most Added song of the week. In the last decade, we’ve had humanly hits at the pop format from The Killers (#35, 1/18/09) and Christina Perri (#31, 5/18/14). You know, all those singles did much better on my own chart; can somebody make me a gatekeeper already?

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. DUA LIPA, “Be The One” (Warner Bros.)
2. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
3. FLO RIDA & 99 PERCENT, “Cake” (APG/Atlantic)
4. G-EAZYKEHLANI, “Good Life” (Atlantic/RRP)
5-T. JASON DERULO featuring NICKI MINAJ and TY DOLLA $IGN, “Swalla” (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
5-T. JAX JONES featuring RAYE“You Don’t Know Me” (Interscope)
7. STARGATE featuring P!NK and SIA“Waterfall” (RCA)
8. RAG’N’BONE MAN, “Human” (Columbia)
9-T. CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
9-T. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic)
9-T. LORDE, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic)

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