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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 1, 2017

Following the Dream of #1.

Enjoy the long Labor Day weekend with all the barbecue bops you can feast on, added to all the poolside pop you’ve been adding to your summer playlist all season long. Here’s what’s new and hot this week:

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – American Dream (iTunes)
With their much-anticipated first album in over seven years, James Murphy and crew return with what could be the highest new entry on next week’s Billboard 200. “Call The Police” (released as a double A-side single with the title track) is a minor hit on the Alternative chart.

THE SCRIPT – Freedom Child (iTunes)
Led by the single “Rain”, which is climbing at both Hot AC and Top 40 radio, the latest set by this popular Irish trio should make a solid debut on the charts next week, due to little competition. The guys have two top ten albums to date on the Billboard 200.

More albums out this week: Hercules & Love Affair‘s Omnion (iTunes), Jake Bugg‘s Hearts That Strain (iTunes), Newton Faulkner‘s Hit The Ground Running (iTunes), Orchestral Manouvres In The Dark‘s The Punishment Of Luxury (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Andreas Moe‘s Maybe It’s All We Dreamed Of (iTunes), James Cherry‘s Stripped (iTunes), Kaskade‘s Redux EP 002 (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“AYO”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“Back Around”, Prince Charlez (iTunes)
“Bangs”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“B.E.D. (Remix)”, Jacquees featuring Ty Dolla $ign & Quavo (iTunes)
“Belong To U”, Fancy Cars & Yashua (iTunes)
“Bones Of Saints”, Robert Plant (iTunes)
“Boys (Acoustic)”, Charli XCX (iTunes)
“Broken Machine”, Nothing But Thieves (iTunes)
“Busted And Blue (Yotto Remix)”, Gorillaz (iTunes)
“Crybaby”, Paloma Faith (iTunes)
“Ego (Acoustic)”, Ella Eyre (iTunes)
“Friends”, Janine (iTunes)
“Girls On Boys”, Galantis & ROZES (iTunes)
“Gone”, Mr. Probz featuring Anderson .Paak (iTunes)
“Got Me Like”, Spencer Ludwig (iTunes)
“Hair Down”, Mollie King (iTunes)
“Hero”, George Maple (iTunes)
“Hey Guapo”, Play-N-Skillz x Kirstin (iTunes)
“High On Me”, Guy Sebastian (iTunes)
“If I’m Lucky”, Jason Derulo (iTunes)
“I’ll Wait For You”, Nick Fradiani (iTunes)
“Just Kids”, POWERS (iTunes)
“Lion”, Saint Mesa (iTunes)
“Love Without A Reason”, Tipling Rock (iTunes)
“Masterpiece”, NONONO (iTunes)
“Nobody (Le Youth Remix)”, Niia (iTunes)
“On Our Own”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Plot Twist (Remix)”, Marc E. Bassy featuring Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Ready To Go”, HURTS (iTunes)
“Selfish Love”, Jessie Ware (iTunes)
“Staying Up”, Matoma & The Vamps (iTunes)
“Summer Storm”, Mark Elliott (iTunes)
“These Girls”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“Uno Más”, N.O.R.E. featuring Pharrell Williams (iTunes)
“What Lovers Do”, Maroon 5 featuring SZA (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Jack Johnson, The National and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 29, 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: guess who swiftly took the Most Added spot? I’ll give you one guess. She’s dominating once again, and we’re here to talk about it, so let’s go:

DON’T “LOOK” NOW, BUT…: Well, if you didn’t see this one coming, you might be living under a rock. Otherwise, please send your congratulations to superstar Taylor Swift, who clears all 187 stations on the Top 40 panel in one week with “Look What You Made Me Do”. After shattering Spotify and YouTube records, she also has the record for the largest amount of adds in one week on any given Top 40 adds report during the PPW era, which began in April 1994, per the Radio & Records methodology change. (That 187 number was surpassed over 20 times before the charts used reported/monitored spin data.) Swift’s hot release is also the Most Added title this week at three additional U.S. formats: AC (16 adds), Hot AC (92 adds) and Rhythmic (32 adds). Up north, her tune is the Most Added song at the Hot AC (19 adds) and Top 40 (30 adds) radio formats in Canada. With over 380 stations reporting it as an add across North America, it’s a sure bet that this smash will continue to dominate the charts.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (THIRTEEN)
1. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Look What You Made Me Do” (Big Machine/Republic)
2. JUSTIN BIEBER & BLOODPOP, “Friends” (GENPOP/Def Jam/Republic)
3. HALSEY, “Bad At Love” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
4. PORTUGAL. THE MAN, “Feel It Still” (Atlantic)
5. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
6. PRETTYMUCH, “Would You Mind” (Syco/Columbia)
7-T. BLACKBEAR, “Do Re Mi” (Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope)
7-T. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Why” (Hollywood)
9. THE SCRIPT, “Rain” (Columbia)
10-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
10-T. MILEY CYRUS, “Younger Now” (RCA)
10-T. P!NK, “What About Us” (RCA)
10-T. WHY DON’T WE, “Something Different” (Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 28-29, 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 two new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

RACHEL CROW – “Dime” (S-Curve/in2une)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Crow’s track initially impacted at the Top 40 format in June, but failed to achieve any meaningful radio airplay.

TAYLOR SWIFT – “Look What You Made Me Do” (Big Machine/Republic)
Album: Reputation (2017)
Past T40 History: Can Swift’s song become the second title of the Add Board era to clear the entire panel in one week? Stay tuned.

Next week: Maroon 5 returns with SZA on “What Lovers Do”, and what they might do is top the Most Added leaderboard…

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 (August 27, 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. We’re thinking of those affected by the huge rainfall and wind of Hurricane Harvey, and hoping aid gets to those locations soon. Keep strong and stay safe! Now, here are the big headlines from this week’s published pop chart:

THE MOMENT OF PUTH: Climbing from 2-1 to score his second #1 on the Top 40 chart, it’s Charlie Puth with “Attention”. He last hit the top in 2015 as the featured artist on Wiz Khalifa‘s “See You Again”, which spent four weeks at #1 that May and June. In Top 40 history, there has never been a title (until Puth’s) to include the word attention in it, though it’s obviously a common term in the English language. Well, I guess we’re giving it some well-deserved attention now. It should easily spend a few weeks at #1 on the pop chart, largely because a number of songs are falling out of the top five, as well as the upcoming Labor Day holiday, when several stations on the panel air specialty programming.

The first week for “Attention” at #1 marks the 16th week in 2017 that a male soloist has occupied the top spot on the survey, with Ed Sheeran (ten weeks), Bruno Mars (three weeks) and Shawn Mendes (two weeks) also contributing to that total. The guys seem to be on a hot streak, what can I say? Does it continue through the end of the year? Will the women make a comeback? Stay tuned.

SHE’S GOT THE “LOOK”: Well, she sure knows how to make an entrance! Superstar Taylor Swift blasts into the countdown at #22 with “Look What You Made Me Do”, the lead single from her forthcoming album Reputation. The single soared to #1 on iTunes under an hour after its initial release late Thursday night, and has stayed there ever since. A music video for it premiered on Sunday night during MTV’s Video Music Awards. Swift’s hit would’ve debuted at #21, like the Sunday morning update, but Friday data from KKPN/Corpus Christi was removed from the published update, as the station was knocked off the air during Hurricane Harvey. Due to this, there’s a difference in 18 spins, thus, it falls a notch. Still, that giant entry is an amazing achievement.

Looking for all the format’s #1 lookers? You’ll remember “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 (7/31/87 R&R), “Look Away” by Chicago (12/2-9/88 R&R), “The Look” by Roxette (3/31/89 R&R), and “Looking Through Patient Eyes” by P.M. Dawn (5/7-14/93 R&R). Swift could swiftly bring that count to five, given her release’s fast ascent since Friday, but we’ll have to wait to see how it progresses.

“MIND” THE GAP: All aboard! Here comes the debut train, rolling down the tracks! Five new entries (okay, tracks!) reach the top 50 this week, led by five newcomers who call themselves PRETTYMUCH. Their debut single, “Would You Mind”, climbs in at #44. The quintet is Simon Cowell’s new boy band, and their splashy start is certainly a positive sign for the next few weeks. The Script is two notches below them, at #46, with their first chart song since the beginning of 2015: “Rain”. The Irish trio last hit the top 40 here in early 2013 with “Hall Of Fame”, which spent two weeks at #16.

“Wish I Knew You” from The Revivalists lands at #47, marking their first chart entry at the format. This track previously hit #1 on both the Alternative and Triple A charts, while it remains in the top 15 on the Hot AC survey. Sibling trio AJR is A-OK with entering at #48 with “Drama”, which looks to follow “Weak” into the top 40. That streaming hit spent two weeks at #27 in June. Finally, in at #49, DeJ Loaf makes her debut at the format with “No Fear”. The Detroit rapper has previously charted with several singles on the Rhythmic and Urban surveys, reaching #1 on the latter list with “Try Me” in early 2015. Check back to see how all five of these songs do!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 8/20 – 8/26/17

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…

There were about five million songs that was I interested in writing about this week, and not nearly enough time to do it. So, I made a list of ten of them, with streaming links and Rewind history all listed below. Enjoy this week’s condensed version, and tell me how you’re feeling about the selections!

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APOLLO LTD – “One In A Million” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Previously featured: “Goodbye” (July 2016)

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COLYER – “The Ringer” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Previously featured: “Lost In Your Love” (May)

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HUDSON TAYLOR – “Feel It Again” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Previously featured: none; act previously signed to Cherrytree/Interscope in North America

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MAGDALENA BAY – “Move Slow” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Previously featured: “Neon” (January), “Set Me Off” (April)

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NICHOLAS ROBERTS – “Think About It” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Previously featured: “The Pioneers” (February), “Before You Go” (June)

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NICK WILSON – “Miles Apart” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Previously featured: “Bare” (April)

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NUUXS – “Real Love” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Previously featured: none


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SUPER DUPER featuring REMMI – “Never Gets Old” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Previously featured: “Nothing Scares Us” (June), “Second Chances” (July)

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THE NEW COAST – “Sleeptalk” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Previously featured: “Slow Down” (August 2016), “Melbourne” (November 2016)

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ZAYDE WØLF – “The Jungle” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Previously featured: “Will I Fall” (June 2016), “Born Ready” (October 2016), “Brave” (July)

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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: August 27, 2017

Prayers have been answered!

DEBUTS
40. OneRepublic & Seeb – Rich Love
39. Miley Cyrus – Younger Now
30. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Phillip Phillips – Miles (39)
23. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (32)
14. P!nk – What About Us (24) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (07) | PEAK: #04
09. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (08) | PEAK: #08
07. The Script – Rain (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (04) | PEAK: #02
05. Andy Grammer – Give Love (06) | PEAK: #05
04. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
02. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Kesha – Praying (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (1)
2. BANNERS – Someone To You (2)
3. Wrabel – The Village (4)
4. Paramore – Fake Happy (9)
5. Neon Trees – Feel Good (5)
6. LP – No Witness (3)
7. HAIM – Little Of Your Love (7)
8. Rachel Platten – Broken Glass (-)
9. Grouplove – Remember That Night (-)
10. Rod Stewart featuring DNCE – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind
BØRNS – Faded Heart
Grace VanderWaal – Moonlight (new)
HAIM – Nothing’s Wrong
In Real Life – Eyes Closed (new)
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Magic Giant – Window (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP
The Struts – One Night Only
Thirty Seconds To Mars – Walk On Water (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Congrats to Kesha on her very first #1 on my chart, as “Praying” is up 3-1 this week. It’s the first single from Rainbow, with the set debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. (It’s one of my favorite albums of the year so far, so I would definitely take a listen to it, if you haven’t yet!) The performer hasn’t scored a #1 hit at the Top 40 format since the beginning of 2014, but a dose of extra support for the song is all it needs to continue climbing.
  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to the one and only Taylor Swift with “Look What You Made Me Do”, doing its thing at #30. It’s her 25th entry on my chart, the latest in a run that began in 2007 with “Teardrops On My Guitar”, which hit #3. Of those 25, Swift has six #1 songs to date, including one from earlier this year, the duet with ZAYN titled “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”.
  • Further down in the top 40, we find another two fresh entries: Miley Cyrus‘s “Younger Now”, at #39, and OneRepublic‘s collaboration with Seeb, “Rich Love”, at #40. Cyrus’s new single is the follow-up to her #2 hit “Malibu”, which drops to #15 this week. The Colorado band was on my chart earlier this year with “Let’s Hurt Tonight”, which peaked at #8.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 31, 2003

“Can’t” believe it’s been 14 years!

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 fourteen years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 31, 2003…

Debuts:
30. UNCLE KRACKER, “Memphis Soul Song”
29. JASON MRAZ, “You And I Both”
25. O.A.R., “Hey Girl”

Biggest Mover(s):
MANDY MOORE, “Have A Little Faith In Me” (30-15, fiifteen spots)

10. DIDO, “White Flag” (up 2)
Album: Life For Rent (2003, Arista Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

09. 3 DOORS DOWN, “Here Without You” (up 1)
Album: Away From The Sun (2002, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #4

08. LIZ PHAIR, “Why Can’t I?” (up 3)
Album: Liz Phair (2003, Capitol Records)
Peak: #7

07. FEFE DOBSON, “Take Me Away” (up 1)
Album: Fefe Dobson (2003, Island Def Jam Records)
Peak: #7

06. CHRISTINA AGUILERA featuring LIL’ KIM, “Can’t Hold Us Down” (down 1)
Album: Stripped (2002, RCA Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

05. VERTICAL HORIZON, “I’m Still Here” (up 2)
Album: Go (2003, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. MAROON 5, “Harder To Breathe” (steady, second week)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

03. HILARY DUFF, “So Yesterday” (down 1)
Album: Metamorphosis (2003, Buena Vista/Hollywood Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

02. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE, “Stacy’s Mom” (up 1)
Album: Welcome Interstate Managers (2003, S-Curve/EMI Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

01. JOHN MAYER, “Bigger Than My Body” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Heavier Things (2003, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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