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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 21, 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. After a fun fifth-year reunion this weekend, I’m back from my alma mater and ready to teach my favorite students of pop about the current affairs of current songs. So, get your pencils ready, because here comes this week’s lesson:

HOUSE OF CHAIN: Jump up, jump up and get down to business… there is a new #1 on the pop radio chart this week, “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, up 2-1. It becomes the third #1 for the EDM duo at this format, but the first for the rock band that’s been charting since 2001. If you think that’s insane, it is. The single is taken from the duo’s former #1 album, Memories…Do Not Open, while it also appears on the quartet’s forthcoming EP, Kaleidoscope, due June 30. “Something” grabs the top spot in its 12th week in the top 40, which is faster than the run for “Don’t Let Me Down” (featuring Daya) (15 weeks), but slower than the one for “Closer” (featuring Halsey) (8 weeks).

The Chainsmokers is the first duo to amass three #1 singles on the CHR radio chart since Australia’s Savage Garden, who placed “I Want You” (1997), “Truly Madly Deeply” (1998) and “I Knew I Loved You” (2000) at the top of the list. Of course, duos such as Hall & OatesRoxette and Wham! also have three to their credit from their Radio & Records era. Needless to say, it’s going to be very hard to stop Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart now, so expect them to continue jumping around the charts in 2017.

THAT’S MY “BAD”: In a week full of so many pop priorities launching at radio, Selena Gomez serves the truth with a “Liar”. At #31 this week, the strong entrance for “Bad Liar” is, in large part, due to hourly airplay on iHeartMedia stations upon its release last Thursday. This is the 15th top 40 single at the format for the young performer, who previously charted with the band The Scene. I don’t think the members of the group have been scene since 2012, unless they’re taking your order at the local fast food joint. “Liar” is expected on her next studio album, due sometime later this year. The song was co-written with Julia Michaels, who holds at #7 with “Issues” in its 17th week in the top 40.

Gomez’s latest song is one of six new entries to hit the top 40 this week, with a number of quick top ten hits and mid-charters exiting the region. Just below her track, Kendrick Lamar‘s “Humble.” (#35), Hey Violet‘s “Break My Heart” (#37), Dua Lipa‘s “Be The One” (#38), Hailee Steinfeld‘s “Most Girls” (#39) and Post Malone featuring Quavo‘s “Congratulations” (#40) all take a seat in the endless game of musical chairs that we call the pop chart. With the Memorial Day holiday approaching, this section of the survey should be less active (at least, in terms of debuts) next week, due to alternative programming from a number of CHR stations.

IT’S ALL ABOUT “LOCATION”: Location, location, location! That’s what chart newcomer Khalid is thinking and singing about these days, especially coming off a week at a prime spot on the Urban survey. “Location” is, well, located at #49 on the CHR chart. It can be found on the album American Teen, which debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. The 19-year-old may find himself with another top 50 song next week, as Logic‘s “1-800-273-8255” (which features he and Alessia Cara) saw some nice gains during the week, putting it just below the chart. However, that collaboration will be competing with potential entries from acts like Camila Cabello, Katy Perry and Liam Payne, so come back next week to see the results of that.

My trusty GPS (the Gaining Pop Songs system, of course) recalculates this Sunday to find four new hits making the top 50, with Jon Bellion‘s “Overwhelming” (#46), Paramore‘s “Hard Times” (#48) and Childish Gambino‘s “Redbone” (#50) joining Khalid for their first appearances on the published chart. How will they do this summer? We’ll find out together real soon.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 5/14 – 5/20/17

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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EZA – “Shape Of You” (iTunes) (Spotify)
You’ve heard this single plenty of times on the radio at this point, but you haven’t heard it quite like this. Nashville’s Ellery Bonham was last on the Rewind in September, when her excellent EP dropped, but her new electronic cover really elevates an average track.


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LAUV – “I Like Me Better” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Former New Yorker turned Angeleno singer/songwriter Ari Leff keeps stacking up the streaming hits! Of course, his biggest release remains “The Other”, which has 85 million streams (combining all versions) on Spotify. His latest jam is a catchy and feel good bop.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Greer – “Satisfy” (SoundCloud)
Ryan Egan – “Easy To Lose” (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: May 21, 2017

Hot for Bleacher(s).

DEBUTS
40. Katy Perry – Swish Swish
37. Liam Payne – Strip That Down | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Tom Walker – Just You And I (39)
28. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
20. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (27)
(see #10, #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. DNCE – Kissing Strangers (15) | PEAK: #10
09. Imagine Dragons – Believer (05) | PEAK: #03
08. Scott Helman – Kinda Complicated (13) | PEAK: #08
07. New Politics – One Of Us (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Lorde – Green Light (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Noah Kahan – Young Blood (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (07) | PEAK: #04
03. James TW – Ex (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LANY – ILYSB (1)
2. Jasmine Thompson – Old Friends (7)
3. TLC – Way Back (3)
4. Jukebox The Ghost – Stay The Night (2)
5. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (5)
6. John Mayer – In The Blood (8)
7. The 1975 – A Change Of Heart (4)
8. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – So Close (-)
9. Ingrid Michaelson – Celebrate (10)
10. Ruth B. – If This Is Love (6)

In The Mix:
Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
Billy Raffoul – Driver
Chord Overstreet – Hold On (new)
Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls
LeAnn Rimes – Love Is Love Is Love
Loote – High Without Your Love (new)
Mary Lambert – Know Your Name
Milky Chance – Blossom
Mondo Cozmo – Automatic (new)
Oh Wonder – Ultralife
Saint Motel – Destroyer
The Score – Legend (new)
Welshly Arms – Legendary
ZZ Ward – Help Me Mama

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to the fourth member of One Direction to hit my chart as a soloist. He’s Liam Payne, and he’s new at #37 with “Strip That Down”. The album version of this single features rapper Quavo of the trio Migos. The 23-year-old performer lands on the survey as Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” (#20) and Harry Styles‘s “Sign Of The Times” (#2) remain active, which could make for an interesting story later this summer. We’ll see how it goes. For now, Payne is off to a good start!
  • Katy Perry has this week’s other debut with “Swish Swish”, landing at #40. It’s the third radio single from her forthcoming album Witness, which you’ll witness in stores on June 9. The album version features rapper Nicki Minaj. This track comes about a month after “Bon Appétit” debuted, which stalled out at multiple formats following mixed research and tepid digital sales and streaming data. Will Perry’s new era get back on track? Stay tuned.
  • Next week, new radio songs from Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness and John Mayer, as well as a potential chart newcomer, Jasmine Thompson, should be among the stronger candidates in the running for a top 40 debut. However, as the number of big summer releases continues to grow, will anything pop up before the Memorial Day Weekend? Find out on Sunday!

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 19, 2013

“Go” back with “Us”.

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 May 19, 2013…

Debuts:
39. OLLY MURS, “Dear Darlin'”
38. TRAIN featuring ASHLEY MONROE, “Bruises”

Biggest Mover(s):
BRUNO MARS, “Treasure” (33-24, nine spots)

10. P!NK featuring NATE RUESS, “Just Give Me A Reason” (down 2)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

09. FUN., “Why Am I The One?” (steady, second week)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. KELLY CLARKSON, “People Like Us” (up 3)
Album: Greatest Hits – Chapter One (2012, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. MATT HIRES, “Restless Heart” (steady, second week)
Album: This World Won’t Last Forever, But Tonight We Can Pretend (2013, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE featuring NELLY, “Cruise (Remix)” (steady, second week)
Album: Here’s To The Good Times… This Is How We Roll (2013, Big Machine/Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “Out Of My League” (down 3)
Album: More Than Just A Dream (2013, Elektra Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

04. MICHAEL BUBLE, “It’s A Beautiful Day” (down 1)
Album: To Be Loved (2013, Reprise/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. DANIEL POWTER, “Crazy All My Life” (up 2)
Album: Turn On The Lights (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

02. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Mirrors” (up 2)
Album: The 20/20 Experience (2013, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. PASSENGER, “Let Her Go” (steady, second week)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for twelve 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.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 19, 2017

Parkin’ in the top lot.

Another awesome May weekend is upon us, and the weather, much like the music, is getting hotter and hotter. Take a dip inside this pool of pop, rock, country and more, as we serve up the action on this week’s notable releases:

LINKIN PARK – One More Light (iTunes)
This California band is out with their seventh studio album, and while it’s not the next Hybrid Theory, one could theorize that it is a strong contender for the top slot on next week’s Billboard 200 listing. It’s led by a polarizing first single, “Heavy”, featuring faceless favorite Kiiara. It tanked at the Alternative format, but it remains in the top 20 at both Hot AC and Top 40 radio. We shall see how the album performs soon.

RASCAL FLATTS – Back To Us (iTunes)
The 11th studio album from this enduring trio follows a seasonal album from last fall, which reached the top ten on the Country list. This set is also led by an interesting single, “Yours If You Want It”, which has struggled with a sluggish run (at least, for a lead single by the group) up the Country airplay chart. However, their fan base is strong enough to lead the band to another solid debut.

More albums out this week: A R I Z O N A‘s Gallery (iTunes), Fastball‘s Step Into The Light (iTunes), Missio‘s Loner (iTunes), MisterWives‘s Connect The Dots (iTunes), Papa Roach‘s Crooked Teeth (iTunes), Snoop Dogg‘s Neva Left (iTunes), Dirty Dancing (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: David Archuleta‘s Orion (iTunes), Jasmine Thompson‘s Wonderland (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Around The World”, Mura Masa featuring Desiigner (iTunes)
“Automatic”, Mondo Cozmo (iTunes)
“Baby Who”, The Aces (iTunes)
“Bad Liar”, Selena Gomez (iTunes)
“Bones”, Dotan (iTunes)
“California Numb”, Cloves (iTunes)
“Can’t Believe”, Kranium featuring Ty Dolla $ign & WizKid (iTunes)
“Castle On The Hill (Seeb Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Crying In The Club”, Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Dead”, Madison Beer (iTunes)
“Death Wish”, Terror Jr (iTunes)
“Dig Down”, Muse (iTunes)
“Dime”, Rachel Crow (iTunes)
“Girlhood”, The Preatures (iTunes)
“Hands”, Mike Perry featuring The Vamps and Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Heavy”, Oh Wonder (iTunes)
“Higher”, Lemaitre featuring Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Hold On (Deepend Remix)”, Chord Overstreet (iTunes)
“I Like Me Better”, Lauv (iTunes)
“I Need You”, Win And Woo x Bryce Fox (iTunes)
“Light Us Up”, Matrix & Futurebound featuring Calum Scott (iTunes)
“No Love For The Wild”, HAERTS (iTunes)
“No Vacancy”, OneRepublic featuring Sebastian Yatra (iTunes)
“OK”, Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt (iTunes)
“Party’s Over”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Passport Home (Deepend Remix)”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Shape Of You”, EZA (iTunes)
“Stay Another Night”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“Strip That Down”, Liam Payne featuring Quavo (iTunes)
“Switch”, Iggy Azalea featuring Anitta (iTunes)
“The Line”, RAYE (iTunes)
“The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)”, Bebe Rexha featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Tired”, Alan Walker featuring Gavin James (iTunes)

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

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 16, 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: Miley Cyrus makes that musical move to “Malibu”, Childish Gambino returns to the pop playground and more! It’s just a few days before my five year college reunion, and I’m ready to celebrate the hits from this week’s graduating gems on the honor roll we call the Most Added list. Grab your caps and gowns… and a few adds too:

HIGHLY MILEY: After debuting at #37 on the published update last Sunday, Miley Cyrus easily claims this week’s Most Added song at the CHR format with “Malibu”. The track surfs in with 116 adds. Hole‘s “Malibu”, which was mentioned briefly in Sunday’s post, received 42 adds on impact (the second Most Added song that week, behind Alanis Morissette‘s “Unsent” with 95 adds) on its way to a peak of #35 in February 1999. While the state of California resides in a number of top 40 titles throughout the decades, the cities and towns located on the musical map of The Golden State include Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco, San José, Sausalito and Ventura. (Of course, Malibu brings that total up by one.) Look out for Cyrus’s next studio album later this year, which you can purchase in Malibu, or pretty much anywhere else in the world.

CHILDISH BEHAVIOR: The performer known as Childish Gambino has charted with two minor singles so far this decade: a top 50 entry called “Heartbeat” (#43, 3/4/12) and the top 40 entry “V. 3005″ (#38, 9/14-21 and 10/5/14). Needless to say, the pop panel and the performer don’t exactly have a relationship that’s hand in Glover; at least, not at this point. However, that isn’t going to stop the California artist from trying for his second top 40 single at the format with “Redbone”. The current #1 on the Urban AC chart, which also ranks in the top ten at Urban radio and top 15 at Rhythmic, impacts with 14 stations this week, which gives it a tied total for the 8th Most Added spot. We’ll see if the children drive Childish to his biggest pop hit yet this summer.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (TWELVE)
1. MILEY CYRUS, “Malibu” (RCA)
2-T. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER
, “Despacito (Remix)” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
2-T. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands” (Capitol)
4. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (Island/Republic)
5. CHARLIE PUTH, “Attention” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
6-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
6-T. KENDRICK LAMAR, “Humble.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
8-T. AJR“Weak” (RED)
8-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “Redbone” (Glassnote)
10-T. CHEAT CODES featuring DEMI LOVATO, “No Promises” (300 Ent.)
10-T. HAILEE STEINFELD, “Most Girls” (Republic)
10-T. SAM HUNT, “Body Like A Back Road” (MCA Nashville/Capitol)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 14, 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 Research. A very Happy Mother’s Day from PGTC to everybody celebrating out there, including my own Mom, my first blog fan and the best supporter out there! Now, it is time to let this baby into the world, give it some love and let it grow up to be a fantastic young pop chart report. (Someone pass the tissues!) Here is why CHR stands for can’t help reminiscing…

THE “LIKE” SPIKE: For the third week in a row, pop and R&B star Bruno Mars orbits around the #1 spot with his international smash “That’s What I Like”. The video for it will likely be closing in on 400 million views in the coming week, as it recently surpassed the 300 million stream mark on Spotify. (That’s a whole lot of millions, and they aren’t in my wallet. Can we change that?) The party is nearly over for Mars, as he’ll pass the baton next week to “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay. The song holds at #2 for the second week. By the way, the last time the top two tracks in the nation both had the word “like” in their titles was in October 2011, when “Moves Like Jagger” (#1) by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera and “Someone Like You” (#2) by Adele were ruling the radio. See, kids, liking is cool in any era.

Beyond those top two records, there isn’t much to “like” about the titles in this week’s chart. One of last week’s top 40 entries, “Body Like A Back Road” by Country crossover star Sam Hunt, is up 40-39 with a smaller gain in spins. At the present time, no additional titles with a likable sentiment are impacting at the format. However, the season is still young, and that’s certainly something to like.

NIALL AND ERROR: Three members of One Direction gone solo are bouncing around the Top 40 chart this week, but just one has a debut record, and it happens to be this week’s highest new entry. Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” jumps from outside the top 50, making a lofty entrance at #35. This is the Irish singer and songwriter’s second solo hit on the pop survey, with “This Town” reaching a #12 peak earlier this year. With 60% of the boy band in the top 40, we’re very close to achieving a week in which all of their original members find themselves somewhere in the top 40 with solo hits. This kind of occurrence has only happened once on the CHR list. I think you’re aware of which influential band pulled it off the last time. (Hint: it was an early Christmas/Hanukkah gift in 1974.) Look out for the debut of member Liam Payne‘s “Strip That Down”, featuring Quavo, on Friday. It’s sure to be a hot tune, so load up on those flame emojis.

Now, the only issue with this equation is that ZAYN‘s “Still Got Time”, which features PARTYNEXTDOOR, takes a nasty fall of 11 notches this week from its peak of #20. Needless to say, that single will likely be beneath the top 40 next week, and he would need to have a follow-up on the horizon in the next few weeks. Also, with Louis Tomlinson not announcing any singles as of late, though I presume he’s been working on material, he too would need to build up some buzz before properly launching some music here. It will take some teamwork, between the clients, their labels and the gatekeepers/programmers at the format, but I think it can be done. (It would be amazing if it happens!)

SWING OUT, SISTERS: Two breakouts on this week’s pop chart are by two sisters who found a way and said what they wanted to say, at least as far their current hits. The higher of the pair lands at #37: “Malibu” by Miley Cyrus, her ninth top 40 hit. No, it is not a hot Hole remake, but that “Malibu” hit #35 (2/12/99 R&R) and served as the rock group’s only successful crossover single. Well, I don’t think Cyrus was jamming to Courtney Love and company at age six, but who knows? In any case, that debut is bolstered by first day hourly airplay for the afternoon of its release. However, with a chart-topping bow on iTunes, and plenty of streaming during the last few days, this California confection is sure to strum up the charts and stick around for the summer.

Younger sister Noah Cyrus crawls into the countdown at #49 with “Stay Together”. You might recall that this entry was featured in the Add Lib report from about three weeks ago, and it continues to gain at the format, thanks in part to an upcoming appearance at a summer event sponsored by radio giant iHeartMedia. (In fact, both sisters will be there.) Previous single “Make Me (Cry)”, featuring Labrinth, reached #19 earlier this year. Two sisters debuting with separate solo chart entries in the same week is definitely a rarity. We’ll see if the panel can make room for both of them in the top tier of the chart very soon.

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