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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 23, 2017

Oh, baby, it’s a hit.

If you feel like screaming about the weekly New Music Friday update, here’s anotha one to get your vocal cords going. From a hot DJ and producer’s all-star urban collection, to four rockers on a mythical musical adventure, we’ve got ’em all right here, this week’s top releases:

DJ KHALED – Grateful (iTunes)
WE THE BEST RELEASE DATE! (ahem) Sorry, I don’t know what came over me. One could say that DJ and producer Khaled Khaled is capable of yelling any portion of the phone book, and people would probably throw their money at it. Well, you’ll have to wait on a spoken word set from him, but a number of singles from this release have charted across multiple radio formats, including “Shining” (featuring Beyoncé and Jay Z), “I’m The One” (featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne) and its most recent airplay cut, “Wild Thoughts” (featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller). Streaming-equivalent units on this one could be giant, so stayed to see how high it goes!

IMAGINE DRAGONS – Evolve (iTunes)
If there’s any act releasing this week that has a whole lot of believers, it’s this Las Vegas quartet, who found that their song “Believer” was destined to become a huge Alternative crossover hit. Though some online reaction to other songs has been mixed (I’m looking at you, “Thunder”) thus far, the album should have a healthy sales week, debuting at the top or runner-up position.

More albums out this week: 311‘s Mosaic (iTunes), Bone Thugs-N-Harmony‘s New Waves (iTunes), James Fortune & FIYA‘s Dear Future Me (iTunes), Jaymes Young‘s Feel Something (iTunes), Joe Bonamassa‘s Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening (iTunes), Prince & The Revolution‘s Purple Rain (Deluxe Reissue) (iTunes),
Quavo‘s ATL (iTunes), Stokley‘s Introducing Stokley (iTunes), VÉRITÉ‘s Somewhere In Between (iTunes), Vince Staples‘s Big Fish Theory (iTunes), Baby Driver (Soundtrack) (iTunes), Despicable Me 3 (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: TBA

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All I Think About Is You”, Ansel Elgort (iTunes)
“Babel”, Sam Tinnesz featuring Super Duper (iTunes)
“Bad 4 Us”, Superfruit (iTunes)
“Baby Love”, Samantha J. featuring R. City (iTunes)
“Better”, KAPTAN (iTunes)
“Boyfriend”, Lissie (iTunes)
“Break A Little (Madison Mars Remix)”, Kirstin (iTunes)
“Bridge Over Troubled Water”, Artists For Grenfell (iTunes)
“Brother”, Kodaline (iTunes)
“Champion”, Fall Out Boy (iTunes)
“Change”, Sir Sly (iTunes)
“Come Over”, Dylan Rockoff (iTunes)
“Edge Of The Night”, Sheppard (iTunes)
“Electric Touch (Grant Remix)”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Fool”, Fitz & The Tantrums (iTunes)
“Giants”, Lights (iTunes)
“Gimme Heartbreak”, David Cook (iTunes)
“Ghost”, Secret Weapons (iTunes)
“Golden Dandelions (Acoustic)”, Barns Courtney (iTunes)
“How You Gon’ Do That”, Flosstradamus featuring Cara Salimando (iTunes)
“Intrigued”, Nico & Vinz (iTunes)
“Keep Me Sane”, Kacy Hill (iTunes)
“Listen To What The Man Said” and “Waving Through A Window”, Owl City (iTunes)
“Little Of Your Love”, HAIM (iTunes)
“Malibu (Tiësto Remix)”, Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“Moonlight”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Naughty Ride”, WizKid featuring Major Lazer (iTunes)
“Nothing Scares Us”, Super Duper featuring Daniella Mason (iTunes)
“Somebody New”, Cedric Gervais featuring Liza Owen (iTunes)
“Someone To You (Acoustic)”, BANNERS (iTunes)
“Slow Hands (Basic Tape Remix)”, Niall Horan (iTunes)
“Waterfalls”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Wearing Nothing (Acoustic)”, Dagny (iTunes)
“What If (Acoustic)”, Adam Friedman (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Calvin Harris, Jay-Z and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 20, 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: DJ Khaled enlists Rihanna and Bryson Tiller for a “wild” song, and it challenges Calvin Harris‘s touchy feely new single with Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean. Gee, save some feature slots for someone else’s collaboration, will you? Anyways, let’s see what’s going down on Add Lib featuring Most Added Songs, Lots Of Chart Stats and Plenty Of Bad Puns:

“WILD” AND CRAZY KIDS: It’s anotha (number) one for yelling enthusiast DJ Khaled and his current hit from Grateful. The song is called “Wild Thoughts”, and it scores 115 stations on impact, making it the Most Added record at the CHR/Top 40 format. It also earns the Most Added title on this week’s CHR/Rhythmic and Urban add reports, posting 50 and 49 new stations, respectively. Of course, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller provide the non-screaming vocals on this song, which hit #2 on iTunes upon release. This is the follow-up to “I’m The One”, which is still going strong in the top five on the pop chart. (We’ll see if “Wild” affects it in the next few weeks.) If you think you’ve heard this single before, it might be because it heavily samples “Maria Maria” by Santana featuring The Product G&B, the Grammy-winning Supernatural hit that spent four weeks at #2 (3/31-4/21/00 R&R) at the format. Oh, to be ten again… in any case, look for “Wild” to be a huge multi-format success all summer long. That Rihanna reign just won’t let up!

“FEELS” LIKE A WINNER: Harris, Williams, Perry & Sean sounds like it might be one of those terrible law firms from the land of daytime TV, but it’s actually Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean coming together for a new hit off Harris’ forthcoming album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. “Feels” feels like a great collaboration for the format, and it has a stellar first week too, taking in 104 adds on impact. Along with “Wild Thoughts” above, eight of the top ten Most Added songs this week include a featured artist or are performed by multiple artists, which speaks to the continued support and success of these types of tracks. In time, however, this could result in some backlash toward the concept. We’ll just have to see what happens later this year. Next week should bring an additional collaboration into the top ten, from Machine Gun Kelly and James Arthur, while the song in the #7 spot this week, by Macklemore and Skylar Grey, should repeat its top ten status when it officially impacts at the format.

1. DJ KHALED featuring RIHANNA and BRYSON TILLER, “Wild Thoughts” (We The Best/Epic)
, “Feels” (Columbia)
3. DAVID GUETTA featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “2U” (Atlantic-Def Jam)
4. BRUNO MARS, “Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
5-T. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE, “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
5-T. FIFTH HARMONY featuring GUCCI MANE, “Down” (Syco/Epic)
7. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY, “Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
8. CHILDISH GAMBINO, Redbone” (Glassnote)
9. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO,  “Strip That Down” (Republic)
10. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA and KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 18, 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. This Sunday, you’ll find me on the way back to Chart Land via a family wedding, and while both husband and wife are doing nicely, it’s time once again for my weekly marriage of the pop airplay chart and all those lovable stats and banter. (It’s a hard job, but I do it for all of you readers!) So, send in your RSVP, because the ceremony is about to begin:

ZEDD OVER HEELS: Regaining its bullet after a small loss last week, “Stay” by DJ/producer Zedd and singer Alessia Cara has the staying power to make it a solid four weeks at #1, now the second-longest run at the top for any song in 2017. The track also rises 10-9 on Hot AC radio and 15-14 on Rhythmic radio for the week. The two performers recently recorded and released an acoustic mix of the song, perfect for all your Coffeehouse Feels or Hot slAyC playlists. (Not sure that either one exists, but feel free to make them and share away!) Cara now has seven career weeks at #1 at the pop format since last year, which means that Irene Cara‘s five weeks for the soundtrack single “Flashdance… What A Feeling” (5/27-6/24/83 R&R) will, unfortunately, leave her as the second-best Cara on the list. (It’s okay, she still has plenty of bops.)

Taking advantage of the weaker top five as of late, the hot remix of “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber makes a bold move of 8-3, as it looks to reach the top spot just days before the Fourth of July. Cue the fireworks! We’ll have to wait and see if it becomes the first largely Spanish-language #1 since 1987. At age 39, Fonsi would become the oldest newcomer to reach the top this year, not that 39 is that old at all. Ready to call it la canción del verano? Ah, quizás…

“FEELS” LIKE A “WILD” CHART: You know, I would’ve been totally good if DJ Company or DJ Encore or DJ Sammy got  a second or a third chart entry during their Top 40 runs, but out of all the DJs with extended runs at the format, are we really giving that shine to DJ Khaled? You know what… okay, okay, breathe… ahem, the 41-year-old yelling enthusiast, and sometime producer and/or disc jockey, has “anotha one” enter the chart with “Wild Thoughts”, featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. The new single from Grateful climbs aboard at #38, which was aided by hourly airplay at iHeartMedia-owned stations on Friday. This is the Miami-based performer’s sixth top 40 hit since 2011, though five of those entries have come since last year. (You’ll find “I’m The One” up 7-5 on the same survey.) Expect even more screaming when his album drops on Friday, the 23rd. (I’ll send out an S.O.S. immediately.)

Meanwhile, Calvin Harris packs another party onto the charts with a cast of characters like Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean. They all appear on “Feels”, which debuts at #42. Of course, the single appears on Harris’s forthcoming album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, which is due on June 30, and includes even more top artists across the genres. Both Harris and Perry hit a double on this week’s Top 40 chart, with his “Slide” sliding from 16-25, while her “Swish Swish” (featuring Nicki Minaj) slips a spot to #34. It appears to be doing moderately well in its first three days at both sales and streaming services, while “Wild Thoughts” maintains the strong lead it debuted with, so make sure you keep your eye on both multi-act collaborations as the summer heats up!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 6/11 – 6/17/17

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…


MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Into Yellow” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Brown’s been a favorite on both the blog and my chart for nearly three years, with songs like “Nostalgia” and “Take Out Of Me” still getting a fair amount of listening on my media player of choice. The ethereal pop track proves to be a very special musical moment.


WHISSELL – “Been Here Before” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Here’s the Nashville performer who, much like her song title, has been here before on several occasions. In fact, the excellent “Legs Crossed” was featured on the Rewind last month. In the evolution of this lovely artist, this and “Legs” deliver some radio potential.


WYLDER – “Save A Way” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This Washington, D.C.-based quartet looks a little different from when they were last featured on our feed, but their first new song in over a year is a good companion to their summer indie pop anthem “Sunstroke”, released in 2015. This guitar-driven track rules!


For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Johnny Stimson – “Honeymoon” (SoundCloud)
Nicholas Roberts – “Before You Go” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 18, 2017

Illuminating the top spot.

39. Picture This – Never Change
36. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling | HIGHEST DEBUT

34. Andy Grammer – Give Love (39)
29. Lorde – Perfect Places (34)
24. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (31) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
23. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – So Close (28)
12. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (17)
11. Tom Walker – Just You And I (18) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

10. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Train – Drink Up (09) | PEAK: #09
08. New Politics – One Of Us (06) | PEAK: #05
07. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Scott Helman – Kinda Complicated (04) | PEAK: #04
05. Paramore – Hard Times (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (03) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
02. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
01. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. John Mayer – In The Blood (1)
2. Hanson – I Was Born (4)
3. Barns Courtney – Golden Dandelions (9)
4. LeAnn Rimes – Love Is Love Is Love (7)
5. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (5)
6. Loote – High Without Your Love (10)
7. Billy Raffoul – Driver (8)
8. Ingrid Michaelson – Celebrate (6)
9. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (-)
10. All Time Low – Good Times (-)

In The Mix:
BANNERS – Someone To You
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (new)
Jennifer Hudson – Remember Me
Jorge Blanco – Summer Soul (new)
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass
Rachel Crow – Dime
The Killers – The Man (new)
Welshly Arms – Legendary

Chart Notes:

  • Congrats to Canadian singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes on his first #1 on my chart, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”. It climbs 2-1 in its ninth week in the countdown. Mendes went as high as #2 last year with “Treat You Better”. Another treasure from Canada, Carly Rae Jepsen, lands this week’s Highest Debut with “Cut To The Feeling”. The cut from Leap! hops in at #36. It’s Jepsen’s seventh time on my chart since 2012. Additionally, Irish duo Picture This lands in the picture at #39 with their first top 40 hit, “Never Change”.
  • Right now, as this post goes public, I’m likely dancing the night away at a family wedding. Needless to say, full commentary is going to be back next weekend.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: June 19, 2011

Songs I was

Surviving in Adam’s musical land.

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 six years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of June 19, 2011…

40. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Brighter Than The Sun”
39. MICHELLE BRANCH, “Loud Music”
38. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Smile”
37. BRITNEY SPEARS, “I Wanna Go”

Biggest Movers:
(see #10 below)

10. KATY PERRY, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” (up 9)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

09. TAYLOR SWIFT, “The Story Of Us” (up 1)
Album: Speak Now (2010, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. BC JEAN, “I’ll Survive You” (up 1)
Album: I’ll Survive You – Single (2010, J Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

07. GRAHAM COLTON, “Pacific Coast Eyes” (down 2)
Album: Pacific Coast Eyes (2011, GC Records)
Peak: #5

06. ANDREW ALLEN, “Loving You Tonight” (up 1)
Album: Loving You Tonight – Single (2011, Epic Records)
Peak: #5

05. PARACHUTE, “Something To Believe In” (down 2)
Album: The Way It Was (2011, Mercury/IDJMG Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. MAT KEARNEY, “Hey Mama” (up 2)
Album: Young Love (2011, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

03. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “MoneyGrabber” (down 2)
Album: Pickin’ Up The Pieces (2010, Dangerbird Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. ONEREPUBLIC, “Good Life” (up 2)
Album: Waking Up (2009, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. MATT NATHANSON, “Faster” (up 1)
Album: Modern Love (2011, Vanguard 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.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 16, 2017

Praise the Lorde.

Take a drive down the musical highway, hit the “Green Light” and speed off into a schedule full of great releases for this Friday. Here are the notable albums and singles you can check out now:

LORDE – Melodrama (iTunes)
My top pick for this week is the sophomore album by this New Zealand singer and songwriter, who is coming off a number of notable television and festival performances so far this year. The album’s first single, “Green Light”, climbed as high as #8 on the Alternative chart, as well as #19 at Top 40, while “Perfect Places” is just beginning its run at the former format. Though the era’s had its share of missteps, the album should have a good debut in the top five (or higher) next week.

2 CHAINZ – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music (iTunes)
This Georgia rapper has reached the top five on the Billboard 200 with 3 Albumz, but only his 2012 debut went all the way to the top of both that and the R&B survey. The set features former top ten Urban radio hit “Good Drank”, with Gucci Mane and Quavo, and current single “It’s A Vibe”, which features Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz and Jhené Aiko. It is a contender for the highest debut of the week, so stay tuned to see where it lands.

PORTUGAL. THE MAN – Woodstock (iTunes)
The new release from this Alaska band may not be as legendary as the 1969 musical festival, but it does have a lot of super music that you can experience. Of course, this album is led by “Feel It Still”, which is very close to reaching the #1 spot at the Alternative format. (It’s also beginning a cross to Hot AC.) You may recognize it from the new ad for Apple’s iPad Pro. It should have a nice debut.

ROYAL BLOOD – How Did We Get So Dark? (iTunes)
The English duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher made quite an impression on the rock world three years ago with a self-titled album. Now, they return with a highly-anticipated set, featuring the Active Rock hit “Lights Out”. Watch for Dark to see the light somewhere in the top ten.

More albums out this week: Beth Ditto‘s Fake Sugar (iTunes), Big Boi‘s BOOMIVERSE (iTunes), Cheap Trick‘s We’re All Alright! (iTunes), CKY‘s The Phoenix (iTunes), Crystal Bowersox‘s Alive (iTunes), Eli Young Band‘s Fingertips (iTunes), Fleet Foxes‘s Crack-Up (iTunes), Hey Violet‘s From The Outside (iTunes), Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit‘s The Nashville Sound (iTunes), Nickelback‘s Feed The Machine (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bassnectar‘s Reflective, Pt. 1 (iTunes), Shawn Hook‘s My Side Of Your Story (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Night”, Kirstin (iTunes)
“All Stars”, Martin Solveig featuring ALMA (iTunes)
“Baby It’s You”, Haley Reinhart (iTunes)
“Been Here Before”, Whissell (iTunes)
“Better Off”, Handsome Ghost (iTunes)
“Can’t Do”, Everything Everything (iTunes)
“Congratulations (Remix)”, Post Malone featuring Quavo and Future (iTunes)
“Creature Comfort”, Arcade Fire (iTunes)
“Despacito/I’m The One (Mashup)”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“Don’t Let Me Get Me”, James Gillespie (iTunes)
“Don’t Matter Now”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“Feelin’ You”, Daniel Skye featuring R. City (iTunes)
“Feels”, Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean (iTunes)
“Fine”, Tayler Buono (iTunes)
“Fuck With You”, Cardiknox (iTunes)
“Girls Girls”, Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Glorious”, Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey (iTunes)
“Glue”, Fickle Friends (iTunes)
“Harder”, Tiësto & KSHMR featuring Talay Riley (iTunes)
“Heartland”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Higher”, Eliza And The Bear (iTunes)
“Hometowns”, Jacob Jeffries (iTunes)
“Honeymoon”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Hope”, Elias (iTunes)
“I Know A Place (Miike Snow Remix)”, MUNA (iTunes)
“Instruction”, Jax Jones featuring Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Into Yellow”, Martin Luke Brown (iTunes)
“Just For One Night”, Blonde featuring Astrid S (iTunes)
“Let Me Breathe”, Action Bronson (iTunes)
“Life’s About To Get Good”, Shania Twain (iTunes)
“Love Again”, Hedley (iTunes)
“Moan”, VALNTN featuring Trevor Dering (iTunes)
“Night Call”, Steve Aoki featuring Lil Yachty and Migos (iTunes)
“No Fear”, DeJ Loaf (iTunes)
“Nobody Else But You”, LCAW (iTunes)
“Oh Devil”, Electric Guest featuring Devin Di Dakta (iTunes)
“One I Want”, Majid Jordan featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR (iTunes)
“Reverse”, Sage The Gemini (iTunes)
“Save A Way”, Wylder (iTunes)
“Snooze”, Johnny Yukon (iTunes)
“Stay The Same”, Fancy Cars featuring Neil Ormandy (iTunes)
“Strip That Down (Acoustic)”, Liam Payne (iTunes)
“Summer Days”, Milow featuring Sebastian Yatra (iTunes)
“Sunny Days”, Armin Van Buuren featuring Josh Cumbee (iTunes)
“The Man”, The Killers (iTunes)
“The Way You Used To Do”, Queens Of The Stone Age (iTunes)
“There’s Something Special”, Pharrell Williams (iTunes)
“Turf”, Aminé (iTunes)
“Walking The Wire”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Wild Thoughts”, DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller (iTunes)
“Your Song (Acoustic)”, Rita Ora (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from DJ Khaled, Imagine Dragons and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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