Monthly Archives: July 2017

RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (July 31-August 1, 2017)

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’s the sole track impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

PORTUGAL. THE MAN – “Feel It Still” (Atlantic)
Album: Woodstock (2017)
Past T40 History: This is the band’s first single to impact at Top 40 radio. It’s led the Alternative radio chart for the last six weeks.

Even though this appears to be a slower week, you never know when an act is going to return with his/her/their latest single… that isn’t meant to suggest that I know anything in advance, but just be on the lookout. It happens! Meanwhile, I would assume that the two biggest impacting singles from last week, from Louis Tomlinson and Selena Gomez, will perform well again this week.

Next week: sibling trio AJR brings a whole lot of “Drama” to the format, Harry Styles takes us in another Direction and looks for solo hit number “Two”, while new boy band Why Don’t We delivers “Something” delectable for the teen pop market.

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 (July 30, 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. To my dear readers and pop enthusiasts out there, if you ever find yourself having an interview with the New Yorker, would you refrain from calling me a pop paranoiac? I think you surely could use another phrase or word to describe me, right? Right? Anyways, don’t be a musical mooch and check out the top songs on this week’s list:

LEAVE IT TO BIEBER: He still has three songs in the top 40 as a featured artist, but only one of Justin Bieber‘s hits is at #1 for the fourth week on the Top 40 chart. Of course, that’s the remix of “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which certainly looks good for a 12th week atop the Billboard Hot 100 tomorrow. It’s also up 12-11 at Hot AC radio and 33-29 on the AC chart, but at this point, you probably won’t be hearing anyone requesting it on Delilah anytime soon. Back on the pop survey, “Despacito” doesn’t have a bullet again this week, and could see some larger losses during rotation shifts in the middle of this upcoming week. Still, it’s a potent chart-topper that continues to show its strength.

Canadian singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes looks like he might cut the reign of the three amigos short, as his current single is up a fast three notches from 5-2. If “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” secures the top spot next week, it’ll be his first single to do so since “Stitches”, which spent two weeks at #1 in November 2015. Two of his main competitors get a boost into the top ten this week: DJ Khaled‘s “Wild Thoughts”, featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, yells its way from 11-8, while Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” makes a handy 12-10 move. Stay tuned to see what happens!

WHAT’S “BETTER” THAN THIS?: With the removal of three records from the chart that were eligible for recurrent status, plus two other under-performing songs falling out of the top 40, a very exciting five new entries enter the region this week. Jumping up a very healthy 13 spots, from 48-35, is the 16th top 40 hit for Selena Gomez. “Fetish” features Gucci Mane, who has a featured slot on Fifth Harmony‘s “Down” (#24) as well. Major Lazer has their seventh chart single with “Know No Better”, rising 42-36. It’s a collaboration with three other artists, Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Quavo, giving the latter one a total of four top 40 hits in a featured role this week. That’s a lot of raindrops and drop tops for one chart. One spot below that crew, up 41-37, is a female singer that has her second credited top 40 single: Julia Michaels and “Uh Huh”. Michaels just released a new set called Nervous System, featuring her current hit and her former #4 song, “Issues”, which recently went recurrent.

“Mama” lands Jonas Blue and featured artist William Singe their first top 40 entry at the Top 40 format, as it climbs 44-39. The song has already been a top ten hit in over a dozen countries, including top five peaks in Austria, Denmark, Germany and more. Not quite there yet, but still ranking on a number of national charts overseas, is the current single from former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson. He leaps onto the chart at #40 with “Back To You”, featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals. Back in March, Tomlinson hit #32 as the vocalist on Steve Aoki‘s “Just Hold On”, which was his only solo chart record until this week.

LEARN A NEW “SONG” (OR FOUR): This week’s super action on the pop radio survey also extends into the top 50, where four new songs make their way onto the chart. Leading the way is “Your Song” by Rita Ora, which makes its debut at #45. The single hit the top ten in Ireland, Scotland and the United Kingdom earlier this year. Ora last reached the top 50 here in the spring of 2015 on a Charli XCX song called “Doing It”, which got as high as #43 that March. Debuting at #46 is the first top 50 appearance in six years for the pop-punk quartet known as All Time Low. “Good Times” comes in five spots below the peak of “I Feel Like Dancin'”, which spent three weeks at #41 in June and July 2011. “Good” is already a solid top 40 hit on the Hot AC chart, so it’s capable of doing well here.

Breaking into the top 50 with her first chart entry is 15-year-old Skylar Stecker, starting at #49 with “Only Want You”. She’s had a pair of prior singles serviced to the format in the last two years, but neither of them received any significant adds from the panel. It’s an independent release with a low spin total, so if it goes much further, it’ll be crawling up the chart to its new peak. Entering at #50 is a song that should be moving up at a much quicker rate, “Subeme La Radio” by Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul. In 2014, the two men appeared on the international hit “Bailando”, also billed as Iglesias featuring Paul, which peaked at #9 in September.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 7/23 – 7/29/17

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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PHANGS – “I Think I’m In Love?” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This week’s Nashville lovefest begins with my favorite song from an EP that came out on Friday titled Get In My Arms, which you’ll need to get in your ears as soon as you’re done reading this. Jake Germany has a good thing going with his solo project. Great stuff!

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QUINN LEWIS – “Slipping” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Originally from Brisbane, now based in Nashville, this performer is enjoying his first appearance on the Rewind, though I did enjoy the title song from his EP Addicted quite a bit last fall. Lewis won’t be slipping off my radar anytime soon; his new pop bop is great.

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WHISSELL – “Living Now” (iTunes) (Spotify)
I’ve certainly enjoyed a lot of new music from Lauren Whistle this year, including her EP Old Souls, Young Bodies in January and a pack of three additional stand-alone singles since the late spring. She delivers on another well-crafted production and melody here.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
CLUB DRIVE – “International” (SoundCloud)
FJØRA – “Zodiac” (SoundCloud)
JAMES CHERRY – “On My Mind” (SoundCloud)
SUPER DUPER featuring LOUIS JOHNSON – “Second Chances” (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: July 30, 2017

Four-an for Horan.

DEBUTS
40. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind
37. Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals – Back To You
36. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
26. The Script – Rain (32) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks (tie)
23. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (29) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
12. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Lorde – Perfect Places (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (06) | PEAK: #06
08. Tom Walker – Just You And I (07) | PEAK: #07
07. HAIM – Want You Back (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LP – No Witness (3)
2. Dean Lewis – Waves (2)
3. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (1)
4. BANNERS – Someone To You (5)
5. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (7)
6. All Time Low – Good Times (4)
7. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (6)
8. Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale (9)
9. Why Don’t We – Something Different (-)
10. Dua Lipa – New Rules (-)

In The Mix:
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Echosmith – Goodbye
James TW – Please Keep Loving Me (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP
Passenger – Simple Song (new)
Sabrina Carpenter – Why (new)
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by the group who had the third-biggest song on Alternative radio in 2015 with “Renegades”. It spent 11 weeks at #1. Two years later, X Ambassadors is looking for a chart-topper on both that radio list and my own top 40 with “Ahead Of Myself”, which is taken from their forthcoming album. It enters at #36. Their Cayuga Sound Festival is a little less than two months away, and I’m sure they’ll be playing plenty of new material at it.
  • The four members of the final (well, at least for now) lineup of One Direction are now in my top 40 as soloists, with Niall Horan at #1, Liam Payne at #2 and #24, Harry Styles at #18 and #23, and coming in at #37, Louis Tomlinson‘s first solo entry on my personal chart, “Back To You”. The song features Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals. Hey ZAYN, where are you? Let’s make it all five original members on the chart at the same time!
  • Finally, at #40, is the first entry on my chart for a new boy band called PRETTYMUCH. “Would You Mind” was released a week ago, getting all sorts of New Music Friday playlisting across the globe, while it impacts at Top 40 radio on August 22.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 29, 2007

A chart with a lot of Hart.

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 ten years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of July 29, 2007…

Debuts:
39. MUTEMATH, “Typical”
37. JAMES BLUNT, “1973”

Biggest Movers:
SARA BAREILLES, “Love Song” (33-24, eleven spots)

10. CROWDED HOUSE, “Don’t Stop Now” (up 2)
Album: Time On Earth (2007, Capitol Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

09. BRANDI CARLILE, “The Story” (down 3)
Album: The Story (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

08. JAMES MORRISON, “Wonderful World” (down 1)
Album: Undiscovered (2007, Polydor/Interscope Records)
Peak: #7

07. 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

06. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “The Great Escape” (up 2)
Album: Boys Like Girls (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Everything” (steady, second week)
Album: Call Me Irresponsible (2007, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

04. AMY WINEHOUSE, “Rehab” (steady, second week)
Album: Back To Black (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

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

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

01. EMERSON HART, “If You’re Gonna Leave” (steady, second week)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for eight 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 July 28, 2017

Now is the time for chart glory.

There’s a sizable Fire burning among the albums being released this week, and plenty of notable names from the worlds of pop, rap and rock music. Here are the albums and singles you need to know this Friday:

ARCADE FIRE – Everything Now (iTunes)
With two #1 albums in a row, it’s no surprise that the fifth studio release by this Canadian sextet is the leading contender for the top spot next week. The title track from it is currently in the top 20 on the Alternative chart, and #1 on the Triple A list. Many of the reviews for it appear to be mixed thus far, though it’s still early on in the process.

CAGE THE ELEPHANT – Unpeeled (iTunes)
Led by the single “Whole Wide World”, this is a new live album by the Kentucky band, featuring both singles and album cuts off their past studio albums. Their previous release, 2015’s Tell Me I’m Pretty, had a top 30 peak and gave them two #1 titles on the Alternative chart. Will this set achieve the same results? Stay tuned!

JULIA MICHAELS – Nervous System (iTunes)
This singer has plenty of notable hits to her credit as a songwriter, and she entered the top ten on both Hot AC and Top 40 radio earlier this year with “Issues”. Now, follow-up “Uh Huh” is making some solid gains at the latter format. You’ll find these singles and more on this seven-song set.

More albums out this week: Aminé‘s Good For You (iTunes), Coast Modern‘s Coast Modern (iTunes), Jillette Johnson‘s All I Ever See In You Is Me (iTunes), Joe Nichols‘s Never Gets Old (iTunes), Joywave‘s Content (iTunes), Luke Christopher‘s TMRWFRVR (iTunes), Passenger‘s The Boy Who Cried Wolf (iTunes), Vic Mensa‘s The Autobiography (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: PHANGS‘s Get In My Arms (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“95”, Picture This (iTunes)
“All The Ways To Say Goodbye”, Mitch James (iTunes)
“Are We There Yet”, Timeflies featuring Chase Rice (iTunes)
“Beatnik Trip”, Gin Wigmore (iTunes)
“Boys”, Charli XCX (iTunes)
“Cages”, needtobreathe (iTunes)
“Caught In The Middle”, Anastacia (iTunes)
“Champagne Supernova”, OneRepublic (iTunes)
“Cloud Riders”, Tori Amos (iTunes)
“Come At Me”, DEV (iTunes)
“Complicated”, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. David Guetta featuring Kiiara (iTunes)
“Do Re Mi”, Blackbear featuring Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“Either Way”, Snakehips & Anne-Marie featuring Joey Bada$$ (iTunes)
“England Lost” and “Gotta Get A Grip”, Mick Jagger (iTunes)
“Faded Heart”, BØRNS (iTunes)
“F.D.N.”, Dreezy (iTunes)
“Happy Love (SAINT WKND Remix)”, ROMANS (iTunes)
“Heaven”, State Of Sound (iTunes)
“High Without Your Love (Bender Remix)”, Loote (iTunes)
“I Am Not A Trend (No Rules)”, Michael Blume (iTunes)
“It’s You”, Wrabel & Magical Thinker (iTunes)
“Learn To Let Go”, Kesha (iTunes)
“Living Now”, Whissell (iTunes)
“Love In Ruins”, Gryffin featuring Sinead Harnett (iTunes)
“Marmalade”, Macklemore featuring Lil Yachty (iTunes)
“Midnight”, Jessie Ware (iTunes)
“My Boy”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“No Stopping You”, Brett Eldredge (iTunes)
“On My Mind”, James Cherry (iTunes)
“Please Keep Loving Me”, James TW (iTunes)
“Rose”, Tom Speight (iTunes)
“Run For Cover”, The Killers (iTunes)
“Rx”, Theory Of A Deadman (iTunes)
“Sober”, Cheat Codes & Nicky Romero (iTunes)
“So Close (THANKS Remix)”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“Streets Of Gold”, Isaiah (iTunes)
“Sun Comes Out”, Decco x Leo Stannard (iTunes)
“Too Good”, Marsicans (iTunes)
“Unforgettable”, Thomas Rhett (iTunes)
“Wanna Know Love (Piano Version)”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
“Would You Ever”, Skrillex featuring Poo Bear (iTunes)
“You Da Baddest”, Future featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)

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

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 25, 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: Louis Tomlinson and some new pals get “Back” to work, plus Enrique Iglesias and Sean Paul try for a second “Radio” hit! Check out the top new tunes at radio for the last impact date of July:

LOOK WHO’S “BACK”: Earlier this year, Louis Tomlinson reached the top 40 in a collaboration with Steve Aoki. The track, titled “Just Hold On”, didn’t exactly maintain a firm grip on the chart, peaking at #32 in March. However, the one-time member of One Direction returns with some new pals, Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals, as “Back To You” leads the week’s report at Top 40 radio with 60 adds. Of course, Tomlinson’s former bandmate, Liam Payne, remains in the top ten with the blazing “Get Low”, a collaboration with Zedd. It scores another 34 adds on the latest update, good for fourth place. With Harry Styles and his new single “Two Ghosts” impacting here in early August, and Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” marching toward the top ten, it’s all up to ZAYN to get back in the race to complete a certain achievement that hasn’t happened since the end of 1974, but I’ll save that for another time. In the meantime, all directions are leading to success for the members of one of the biggest boy bands of all-time.

“RADIO” DAZE: Just sneaking into the bottom of this week’s top ten tracks at the format is a new remix of “Subeme La Radio”, a Spanish-language hit for Enrique Iglesias that finds him paired again with Sean Paul. In 2014, another Iglesias hit, “Bailando”, got to #9 that September, thanks in part to an English remix featuring Paul. Will lightning strike twice for the two amigos? With its 15 stations on impact, the recent chart-topper from the Spanish list is off to a decent start, though it’s a little too early to tell what it will do in the long run. I suppose we can leave it at a “Continuará…” for now.

Next week, the Alternative crossover hit from Portugal. The Man will be eyeing the top spot on the list, as it officially impacts on Tuesday. Who has what it takes to top the Most Added report? Find out real soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. LOUIS TOMLINSON featuring BEBE REXHA & DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS, “Back To You” (Syco/Epic)
2-T. DEMI LOVATO, “Sorry Not Sorry” (Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood)
2-T. SELENA GOMEZ featuring GUCCI MANE,
“Fetish” (Interscope)
4. ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE,
“Get Low” (Interscope)
5. KESHA,
“Praying” (Kemosabe/RCA)
6. THE CHAINSMOKERS,
“Honest” (Disruptor/Columbia)
7-T. CHEAT CODES featuring DEMI LOVATO,
“No Promises” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
7-T. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY,
“Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
9. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE,
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
10-T. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS featuring SEAN PAUL, “Subeme La Radio (Remix)” (Sony Latin/RCA)
10-T. PORTUGAL. THE MAN,
“Feel It Still” (Atlantic)

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