Monthly Archives: July 2017

RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (July 24-25, 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 are the four new tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS featuring SEAN PAUL – “Subeme La Radio (Remix)” (Sony Latin/RCA)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Paul appeared on the English version of Iglesias’s last top ten hit to date, “Bailando”, which reached #9 in 2014.

FALL OUT BOY – “Champion” (Island/Republic)
Album: M A N I A (2017)
Past T40 History: This Illinois quartet is looking for their fourteenth top 40 entry at the format, four of which have hit the top ten.

LOUIS TOMLINSON featuring BEBE REXHA & DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS – “Back To You” (Syco/Epic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Outside of One Direction, Tomlinson was the vocalist on Steve Aoki’s “Just Hold On”, a #32 single from March.

SELENA GOMEZ featuring GUCCI MANE – “Fetish” (Interscope)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Gomez recently peaked at #12 with “Bad Liar”. She has four #1 songs to date, including three off her last album.

Next week: No songs have been publicly announced at this time. 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 (July 23, 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. Shark Week begins tonight, and if you can’t bop to chart singles like Dickie Goodman‘s “Mr. Jaws” (#13, 9/26/75 R&R) or Jimmy Buffett‘s “Fins” (#19, 11/2/79 R&R), then we’re in big trouble. (Well, let’s start with Buffett, at least. Goodman’s break-in record is a polarizing one.) Meanwhile, an ocean full of maritime music awaits us, so hip-hop aboard and watch the waters below:

JUSTIN TIME FOR MORE: They say that good things come in threes, so three weeks at #1 for a track by three artists is certainly very fitting. Luis FonsiDaddy Yankee and Justin Bieber carry on with the remix of “Despacito”, which also holds at #6 on the Rhythmic chart and climbs 13-12 on the Hot AC list. The hot single registers a small loss in spins this week, meaning the top three is bulletless at the moment, though the handful of songs that are gaining are too far away to reach the top spot. “Despacito” is also due to spend an eleventh week atop on the Billboard Hot 100, which means that it could be in contention for the longest-running title in that position, assuming it stays there, by early September. (Remember, the record is 16 weeks, held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men‘s “One Sweet Day”.) Stay tuned… it’s going to be close, and that’s understood in any language.

Perhaps it’s a little early to start thinking about the GRAMMY Awards, but I imagine that “Despacito” will be placed on a number of ballots in the categories of Record and/or Song Of The Year. The impact and staying power of this single is just too big to be ignored by the voting panel, don’t you think? Hey, just a thought! The official nominations aren’t announced until November 28, so there’s a lot of time to decide.

THIRTEEN RECORDS WHY: The number 13 can be a lucky one for some people, and though I’ll stick with seven, two artists on this week’s countdown are celebrating their thirteenth top 40 hit. Soaring from 41-28 is the emotional ballad “Praying” by Kesha, a first taste of her upcoming album called Rainbow. The singer’s had four #1 hits to date, her biggest being the seven-week “TiK ToK” from early 2010. Of course, due to an assortment of legal and label troubles, this is her first time in the top 40 in three years. It does seem that this record is off to a great start, however, even though it’s fallen off in sales and streams since it debuted earlier in July. A second cut from the album, “Woman”, also performed well upon its release last week. (I’m definitely looking forward to the full set.)

Meanwhile, Demi Lovato certainly isn’t sorry about scoring one more hit with “Sorry Not Sorry”, which leaps from 46-37. Though she’s had quite a bit of success for Disney (both the channel and label Hollywood) for nearly a decade, her first release outside of the bubble to break the top 40 came as a feature on “We’ll Be A Dream” by We The Kings, which peaked at #21 in July 2010. Her only #1 to date at the format took 25 weeks in the top 40 to reach the summit: 2012’s “Give Your Heart A Break”. Luckily, she’s had some much quicker runs since then! Look for Lovato’s forthcoming album to be released sometime later this year.

“LLIF3” ON THE CHARTS: After six songs reached the top 50 on last week’s survey, another four are new on this week’s list. It’s certainly a good time for some turnover. The highest of the four enters at #47, and it’s the current #1 (for the past five weeks) on the Alternative radio chart: “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man. Out of their five charting songs at that format since 2011, this is their first to crossover to the Hot AC and Top 40 lists. Coming in at #48 is a singer who has a larger history at both formats; she’s Selena Gomez, and her latest entry is the Gucci Mane-assisted “Fetish”. This release follows “Bad Liar”, which just peaked at #12 several weeks ago, marking her first lead single to miss the top ten since 2011. Ouch! Let’s see if this single gets her back on track by the end of the summer.

Below those two entries are another two songs from other charts: “Mi Gente” (#49) marks the first charting entry at the format for a pair of international performers, J Balvin and Willy William. Currently top ten on the Spanish and Tropical charts, as well as the national charts in countries like Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Spain and Venezuela, it’s poised to move fast here on the pop survey, even if a Spanglish remix isn’t available at this time. Finally, at #50, Lil Uzi Vert reaches the top 50 for the second time with the current top ten Rhythmic and Urban hit titled “XO Tour Llif3”. (Just don’t ask me how to pronounce it.) He previously appeared another big hit at both formats, “Bad And Boujee” by Migos, which peaked #29 for two weeks here earlier this year.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 7/16 – 7/22/17

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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EMILY WARREN – “Something To Hold On To” (iTunes) (Spotify)
After enjoying Warren’s previous single from May, “Hurt By You”, I’m just as impressed with the follow-up single, a powerful ballad that balances its tender moments with more dramatic ones. It is time for Warren to shine as a solo artist, and this could do the trick.

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LELAND – “Mattress” (iTunes) (Spotify)
From Daya to Selena Gomez to Troye Sivan, singer and songwriter Brett McLaughlin’s been on quite the hot streak as of late. This is the pop bop you need in your life this weekend in all its slick and sensual glory. It certainly deserves to be a streaming and radio hit!

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BIEN – “Flashback” (SoundCloud)
BRUNO MAJOR – “Cold Blood” (SoundCloud)
DANIELLA MASON – “Tell Me It’s Over” (SoundCloud)
WEEKEND WARS – “Champagne Eyes” (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 23, 2017

Horan’s home again.

DEBUTS
39. The All-American Rejects – Sweat
36. Lights – Giants | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. The Script – Rain (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
29. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (34)
27. Zedd & Liam Payne – Get Low (32)
(see #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Lorde – Perfect Places (12) | PEAK: #10
09. HAIM – Want You Back (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (13) | PEAK: #08
07. Tom Walker – Just You And I (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (1)
2. Dean Lewis – Waves (2)
3. LP – No Witness (3)
4. All Time Low – Good Times (5)
5. BANNERS – Someone To You (10)
6. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (8)
7. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (7)
8. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind (-)
9. Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale (-)
10. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself (-)

In The Mix:
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Echosmith – Goodbye
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals – Back To You (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP (new)
Secret Weapons – Ghost
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is a giant. No, seriously. “Giants” is the first entry on my chart for Lights, and it’s new at #36. In 2010, the musician bubbled under my personal chart with a song called “Saviour”, though she’s had several chart hits in her native Canada. “Giants” impacts at Hot AC radio on Monday, and currently ranks in the top 50 on the Hot AC list up north.
  • Debuting at #39 is the first top 40 entry in five years for The All-American Rejects. “Sweat” is one of two new songs that the band released earlier this month, and it recently impacted at the Hot AC format. In 2003, the group scored their only #1 on my chart with “Swing, Swing”, which spent three weeks at the top that June and July.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 22, 2012

Having fun. in 2012…

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 five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of July 22, 2012…

Debuts:
37. ELTON JOHN vs. PNAU, “Sad”
34. NO DOUBT, “Settle Down”

Biggest Movers:
THE KILLERS, “Runaways” (39-28, eleven spots)

10. ALEX CLARE, “Too Close” (up 1)
Album: The Lateness Of The Hour (2012, Republic Records)
Peak: #7

09. DANIEL POWTER, “Cupid” (steady, second week)
Album: Turn On The Lights (2012, International Solutions/Avex/Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

08. CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Call Me Maybe” (down 3)
Album: Kiss (2012, Schoolboy/604/Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

07. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “She’s So Mean” (up 1)
Album: North (2012, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #5 for five weeks

06. KATY PERRY, “Wide Awake” (steady, second week)
Album: Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

05. GRAFFITI6, “Stare Into The Sun” (down 1)
Album: Colours (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. TRAIN, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” (up 3)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

03. MAROON 5, “Payphone” (down 1)
Album: Overexposed (2012, A&M/Octone/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. GROUPLOVE, “Tongue Tied” (down 1)
Album: Never Trust A Happy Song (2011, Canvasback/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. FUN., “Some Nights” (up 2)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 21, 2017

A Rey of light on the charts.

It’s the middle of July, so get stuck in the middle of all these grand rock and rap releases hitting stores today. It’s sure to be one mighty musical match for #1! Here are the notable albums and singles this week:

LANA DEL REY – Lust For Life (iTunes)
After taking a small Honeymoon two years ago, the New York City singer and songwriter is ready for more love from the buying public with her fourth major-label album. It features a number of interesting collaborations, with performers like Stevie Nicks and The Weekend (on the title track) in the mix. Del Rey’s fan base is pretty big at this point, and I imagine they’ll be doing all they can to ensure a #1 debut for their queen.

MEEK MILL – Wins & Losses (iTunes)
This popular rapper is just below the top ten on Urban radio with the single “Whatever You Need”, featuring Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign. His previous set, Dreams Worth More Than Money, netted him some money when it debuted at #1 in 2015. On this particular week, it’s going to be harder to reach the top spot, but Mill could pull it off again.

TYLER, THE CREATOR – Flower Boy (iTunes)
Since 2011, all three of this rapper’s studio albums have reached the top five on the Billboard 200 chart with minimal radio play. So, this one should be another easy top five for the 26-year-old, given the millions of streams from his previous sets. “I Ain’t Got Time!” was the most recent single from the release, coming out earlier this week.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE – Sacred Hearts Club (iTunes)
Featuring “Doing It For The Money”, which ranks in the top 15 on the Alternative chart, this quartet (once a trio) is looking for a third top ten album on the Billboard 200. Three songs on this album appeared on an EP called III, which was released in April.

More albums out this week: Declan McKenna‘s What Do You Think About The Car? (iTunes), In This Moment‘s Ritual (iTunes), Romeo Santos‘s Golden (iTunes), Sage The Gemini‘s Morse Code (iTunes), Vera Blue‘s Perennial (iTunes), Descendants 2 (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: TBA

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“’93 (Acoustic)”, Youngr (iTunes)
“Ahead Of Myself”, X Ambassadors (iTunes)
“Back To You”, Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals (iTunes)
“Body And Soul”, Kat Dahlia (iTunes)
“Dance with A Ghost”, Sara Hartman (iTunes)
“Edge Of The Night”, Sheppard featuring Sebastian Yatra (iTunes)
“Fine”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Golden Age”, Late Night Episode (iTunes)
“idontwannabeyouanymore”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Legends Are Made”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Mattress”, Leland (iTunes)
“Poor Me”, Shania Twain (iTunes)
“Raincoat (Loote Remix)”, Timeflies featuring Shy Martin (iTunes)
“She’s On My Mind”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Something To Hold On To”, Emily Warren (iTunes)
“The Way I Love Her (Acoustic)”, Stanaj (iTunes)
“Wedding Crashers”, Aminé featuring Offset (iTunes)
“Would You Mind”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Arcade Fire, Cage The Elephant and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 18, 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: the girls of the pop world return to the Most Added leaderboard, as Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez release new singles, giving everyone life in the process. How fun! Who takes the pop prize? Catch the tasty Top 40 wave below…

“SORRY” SEEMS TO BE THE HOTTEST WORD: No need for a lo siento or a pardon here! Demi Lovato grabs the top slot on this week’s adds report with “Sorry Not Sorry”, starting with 62 stations on impact. It’s the first taste of her forthcoming album, which should be out sometime later this year. Lovato appears as the featured vocalist on “No Promises” by Cheat Codes, which is currently at #23 on the Top 40 chart. A music video for “Sorry” debuts tomorrow, and given its hold in the top ten on iTunes, there could be a nice sales and streaming boost in the works for it. Stay tuned! Look out for any significant movement for the song in our usual Sunday updates.

READY SET GO-MEZ: While “Bad Liar” looks to be stalling out below the top ten, peaking at #12 a couple of weeks ago, Selena Gomez wastes no time releasing a follow-up single to the format. “Fetish” features rapper Gucci Mane, and the pop panel begins its obsession with it this week, garnering 20 adds the week before it impacts. Unless a major new release drops on Friday and has a Tuesday impact date that I don’t know about yet, “Fetish” should be the leading candidate to score the Most Added title next week.

Next week, buzzing tracks from Fall Out Boy and Selena Gomez/Gucci Mane (who officially impact) will be in the mix of pop priorities at the format. Who has what it takes to top the Most Added report? Find out real soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DEMI LOVATO, “Sorry Not Sorry” (Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Honest” (Disruptor/Columbia)
3. KESHA,
“Praying” (Kemosabe/RCA)
4. ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE,
“Get Low” (Interscope)
5. SELENA GOMEZ featuring GUCCI MANE,
“Fetish” (Interscope)
6. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE,
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
7. J BALVIN & WILLY WILLIAM,
“Mi Gente” (UMLE/Republic)
8. JONAS BLUE featuring WILLIAM SINGE,
“Mama” (Capitol)
9. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY,
“Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
10. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID,
“1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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