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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 1, 2017

Swiftly taking seconds.

38. Scott Helman – PDA
36. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. ZAYN featuring Sia – Dusk Till Dawn (40)
31. Nick Jonas – Find You (39)
25. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me (30)
21. Walk The Moon – One Foot (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
20. Taylor Swift – …Ready For It? (25)
08. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (15)

10. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (06) | PEAK: #06
09. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (15) | PEAK: #08
07. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Dua Lipa – New Rules (07) | PEAK: #06
05. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (04) | PEAK: #02
04. P!nk – What About Us (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Kesha – Praying (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. The Script – Rain (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Wrabel – The Village (1)
2. Paramore – Fake Happy (2)
3. Julia Michaels – Worst In Me (4)
4. Andreas Moss – Stuck In My Feelings (8)
5. Noah Kahan – Hurt Somebody (-)
6. Pat Benatar – Dancing Through The Wreckage (-)
7. Bleachers – I Miss Those Days (9)
8. Astrid S – Think Before I Talk (10)
9. The Head And The Heart – Don’t Dream It’s Over (-)
10. Delta Rae – No Peace In Quiet (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind
Cody Fry – Nobody But You (new)
Loote – Out Of My Head
Secondhand Serenade – Lost (new)

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s pair of debuts are by solo males with their third top 40 singles: Niall Horan, at #36 with “Too Much To Ask”, and Scott Helman, at #38 with “PDA”. Horan’s two previous chart hits, “This Town” and “Slow Hands”, went to #1, with the latter single spending seven weeks at the top. (It’s currently at #13.) The three songs can found on his upcoming album Flicker, due October 20. Helman’s new one is the second single from Hôtel de Ville and follow-up to “Kinda Complicated”, a #4 hit from earlier this year. Two years ago, he peaked at #8 with “Bungalow” from an EP titled Augusta.
  • Due to Yom Kippur, commentary is limited this week, but it will return in full next week!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 28, 2008

Crushin’ those chart stats.

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 nine years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of September 28, 2008…

40. BOYZONE, “Love You Anyway”
39. KEANE, “The Lovers Are Losing”

33. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Womanizer”

Biggest Mover(s):
JESSE MCCARTNEY, “It’s Over” (40-31, nine spots)

10. JON MCLAUGHLIN, “Beating My Heart” (down 3)
Album: OK Now (2008, Island Records/Island Def Jam Music Group)
Peak: #3 for six weeks

09. DAUGHTRY, “What About Now” (up 2)
Album: Daughtry (2006, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

08. DAVID ARCHULETA, “Crush” (up 4)
Album: David Archuleta (2008, 19/Jive Records/Zomba Music Group)
Peak: #5

07. LIFEHOUSE, “Broken” (up 1)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

06. O.A.R., “Shattered (Turn The Car Around)” (steady, second week)
Album: All Sides (2008, Everfine/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

05. LEONA LEWIS, “Better In Time” (steady, second week)
Album: Spirit (2008, Syco/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. COLDPLAY, “Viva La Vida” (down 2)
Album: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. DELTA GOODREM, “In This Life” (steady, third week)
Album: Delta (2008, Mercury/Decca Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. P!NK, “So What” (up 2)
Album: Funhouse (2008, LaFace Records/Zomba Music Group)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

01. DANIEL POWTER, “Next Plane Home” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Under The Radar (2008, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 29, 2017

Love is coming her way.

Here come the girls! As the end of September approaches, the ladies are bringing the heat with their powerful pop sets. Here are the albums and singles you need to know this week:

DEMI LOVATO – Tell Me You Love Me (iTunes)
Lovato has been all over the radio this summer and fall, including her collaboration with Cheat Codes called “No Promises”, as well as the lead single from her latest album, “Sorry Not Sorry”. A number of instant grats from the album have also done well. It should be one of the top debuts on next week’s chart, due to solid sales and streaming statistics. Will it reach #1? Stay tuned.

MILEY CYRUS – Younger Now (iTunes)
The other of the former Disney stars in the mix this week is Cyrus, who took her breezy “Malibu” into the top 20 on both the Hot AC and CHR/Top 40 charts. The title track from the release was issued as the follow-up single, but it’s since been pulled, with no word on a third single as of yet. Still, Cyrus will likely make a splash in the top five on the Billboard 200.

SHANIA TWAIN – Now (iTunes)
Twain’s first studio album in 16 years features “Life’s About To Get Good”, which is approaching the top ten on the AC chart. The set won’t come anywhere near her three Diamond-certified albums in the long run, but it’s pretty nice to have a new collection of songs from her.

More albums out this week: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie‘s The Bigger Artist (iTunes), Barns Courtney‘s The Attractions Of Youth (iTunes), Dolly Parton‘s I Believe In You (iTunes), Hoodie Allen‘s The Hype (iTunes), Jamie Lawson‘s Happy Accidents (iTunes), Michael Jackson‘s Scream (iTunes), Robin Schulz‘s Uncovered (iTunes), Tamar Braxton‘s Bluebird Of Happiness (iTunes), Wolf Alice‘s Vision Of A Life (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Echosmith‘s Inside A Dream (iTunes), Terror Jr‘s Bop 3: The Girl Who Cried Purple (iTunes), Why Don’t We‘s Invitation (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Mine”, KYLE featuring MadeinTYO (iTunes)
“All Shook Up”, Whissell (iTunes)
“Beautiful Trauma”, P!nk (iTunes)
“Butterflies”, Daniella Mason (iTunes)
“Calm Down (Acoustic)”, Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Calm Of The Sea”, SHOR (iTunes)
“Carry You Home”, Tiësto featuring Stargate & Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“Egoísta”, Jessie Ware (iTunes)
“Everybody Knows”, Kimbra (iTunes)
“Famous”, ROZES (iTunes)
“Feel It Still (Gryffin Remix)”, Portugal. The Man (iTunes)
“Firefly (Acoustic)”, BANNERS (iTunes)
“Flowers In A Vase”, Rainsford (iTunes)
“Flying” and “Nobody But You”, Cody Fry (iTunes)
“Footprints”, Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“Goodbye”, Mokita & Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“It’s A Shame”, First Aid Kit (iTunes)
“Keep Me Coming Back”, Guy Sebastian (iTunes)
“Lifeboat”, New Politics (iTunes)
“Lucy”, Bryce Fox (iTunes)
“Mi Gente”, J Balvin & Willy William featuring Beyoncé (iTunes)
“No I Love Yous”, Era Istrefi featuring French Montana (iTunes)
“On Me”, Quality Control featuring Lil Yachty & Young Thug (iTunes)
“Once In A Lifetime”, The Night Game (iTunes)
“Out Of My Head (Acoustic)”, Loote (iTunes)
“Play That Song (Live)”, Train (iTunes)
“Reflection”, SJ (iTunes)
“Santa Baby”, Gwen Stefani (iTunes)
“She Don’t Know Me (Acoustic)”, Mullally (iTunes)
“So Far Away”, Wanderer (iTunes)
“So Simple”, Marc E. Bassy featuring G-Eazy (iTunes)
“Stop”, Matt Woods (iTunes)
“Sunshine”, KYLE featuring Miguel (iTunes)
“superlit”, gnash & Imad Royal (iTunes)
“Sweet Dreams”, BØRNS (iTunes)
“Take Back Home Girl”, Chris Lane featuring Tori Kelly (iTunes)
“Teacher”, PrettyMuch (iTunes)
“Thriller (Steve Aoki Midnight Hour Remix)”, Michael Jackson (iTunes)
“Tied”, Greta Isaac (iTunes)
“Too Good At Goodbyes (Galantis Remix)”, Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Two Laces”, THØSS (iTunes)
“Waste A Moment (Live)”, Kings Of Leon (iTunes)
“What You Want”, Jay Sean featuring DaVido (iTunes)
“What Would I Leave”, Union Moon (iTunes)
“Won’t Forget You”, Pixie Lott featuring Stylo G (iTunes)
“You Should Talk”, FLETCHER (iTunes)

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

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (September 26, 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 battle is on between Ed Sheeran and Post Malone, who were stuck in a very close race for most of the day. It’s our last report for September, so, we’ve got to make it a good one! Here are the winners from this week’s chase for adds:

SPECIAL ED: With the latest radio single from his 2x Platinum album ÷, Ed Sheeran‘s “Perfect” is poised to give the performer another big hit at the format. It’s the Most Added track of the week, as it scores 57 more stations on impact, with a number of adds coming in early for it over the last several weeks. Sheeran’s single has also been the Most Added title on the Hot AC report over the last two weeks, where it recently surged into the top 20. (“Shape Of You”, a former #1, remains in the top ten there.) His tour finds itself in Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York over the next week or so, where I’m sure “Perfect” will be a highlight of the show. It will likely be high on the report again next week, with fewer impacting songs at the format. (Phew!)

BETTER OFF MALONE: With a pair of chart songs to his credit here, “White Iverson” (#28, 2016) and “Congratulations” (#20, 2017), Post Malone is making his presence known on the CHR/Top 40 chart, even though his success is greater at other formats. However, his latest single, the 21 Savage-assisted “rockstar”, could prove to be his biggest hit to date across all formats. It has the Most Added title at both Rhythmic and Urban radio, and it’s the second Most Added title at the Top 40 format, with 46 stations on impact. Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys set will likely come out later this year, but with “rockstar” still rockin’ all over the place, he can take his time with rolling out the album. It’s sure to be another winner on the charts.

1. ED SHEERAN, “Perfect” (Atlantic)
2. POST MALONE featuring 21 SAVAGE, “rockstar” (Republic)
3. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)
4. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
6. NICK JONAS, “Find You” (Island/Republic)
7. TAYLOR SWIFT, “…Ready For It?” (Big Machine/Republic)
8. KHALID, “Young Dumb & Broke” (Right Hand Music/RCA)
9. CARDI B, Bodak Yellow” (KSR/Atlantic)
10. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 25-26, 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 five singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ANDREAS MOSS – “Stuck In My Feelings” (Curb)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Swedish-born, now Nashville-based Moss is a newcomer to the format. Curb last made the top 50 here in 2009.

CHARLY BLACK & LUIS FONSI – “Party Animal” (Casablanca/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Black’s original “Gyal You A Party Animal” impacted at the format in May of last year, getting very little airplay.

ED SHEERAN – “Perfect” (Atlantic)
Album: ÷ (2017)
Past T40 History: Given the ten-week #1 smash “Shape Of You”, and the #7 hit “Castle On The Hill”, this should have a lovely run.

KHALID – “Young Dumb & Broke” (Right Hand Music/RCA)
Album: American Teen (2017)
Past T40 History: “Location” remains in the top 30, though it’s been pulled, while “Silence” (with Marshmello) has a few adds too.

POST MALONE featuring 21 SAVAGE – “Rockstar” (Republic)
Album: Beerbongs & Bentleys (2017?)
Past T40 History: Malone’s “Congratulations” peaked at #20 in August. “Rockstar” is dominating at the major streaming services.

Next week: Calvin Harris, DJ Snake and Linkin Park are three of the names we’ll be looking out for on next week’s report. Of the three tracks, two are collaborations: Harris’s “Faking It” features Kehlani and Lil Yachty, and DJ Snake’s “A Different Way” features Lauv.

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 (September 24, 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. There’s only one direction that this analysis is headed, and that’s toward the top of the chart! Check out this week’s #1 song and notable debuts in the top 50:

AND “SLOW” IT GOES: 20 weeks in the top 40 to finally hit #1 on the CHR/Top 40 chart… it’s not a record, but the “slow” crawl up the charts for Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” took a whole lot of work. Climbing from 2-1, this single marks the second member of One Direction to hit the top as a solo artist, following ZAYN. “Slow” is also Capitol’s first chart-topper here in over three years; in August 2014, Sam Smith spent two weeks at #1 with “Stay With Me”. Horan’s big hit stands at #4 on the Hot AC chart, and it’s top 20 on the AC list. (It also squeaks into the top 50 on the Rhythmic chart, but don’t expect it to go much further without a remix with Gucci Mane or Quavo or the most random rapper around.)

Horan’s “Too Much To Ask”, the third single from his upcoming Flicker album, has some small momentum at both Hot AC and Top 40 radio, which should pick up as a result of “Slow” reaching its final destination. “Too” quickly climbed to #1 on iTunes a little over a week ago, but has since dropped off dramatically. All five original members of One Direction have solo releases on the airwaves, though they’ll just miss appearing on the survey together, with Louis Tomlinson‘s single crashing and ZAYN‘s collaboration with Sia still under the top 50. It was a good effort, kids. Maybe next time!

IN THE NICK OF TIME: Nick Jonas returns to the CHR/Top 40 airwaves and the format’s top 50 this week with “Find You”. It debuts at #46, one of four new entries to the 41-50 portion of the chart. Jonas last entered the top 40 here with the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Bacon”, which spent two weeks at #37 in September 2016, effectively ending his Last Year Was Complicated era. His only #1 hit to date is “Jealous”, which spent a week at the top in January 2015. It was one of the more puzzling choices for iHeartMedia’s artist integration program, On The Verge, which gives an airplay boost to new or up-and-coming acts. (The Jonas Brothers had a total of six top 40 singles prior to Jonas’s selection in September 2014, the last of which, “First Time”, was a part of a campaign with the company under its previous name, Clear Channel. It peaked at #36 for three weeks in July and August 2013.)

Jonas’s older brother, Joe Jonas, lead singer of DNCE, found himself on the chart earlier this year with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Kissing Strangers”, which got as high as #26 in May. Kevin Jonas hasn’t had any solo top 40 tunes, though I imagine that if the trio ever came back together for a new album, he’d probably on-board with it. What about the “Bonus Jonus”, younger brother Frankie? Does he have Top 40 aspirations? Ooh, the Jonas empire continues its pop presence, so stay tuned…

WHAT LAUV’S GOT TO DO WITH IT: After recent notable adds at WHTZ/New York City and WHYI/Miami, the first chart hit by Lauv is in at #50 this week, titled “I Like Me Better”. He’s 23-year-old Ari Leff, currently based in Los Angeles, though he was in New York City during his college years. (You’ve probably seen him on PGTC before. Remember this piece from the end of 2005?) At the current time, Leff is continuing to keep his operations independent, with distribution of the release handled by Kobalt and radio promotion via in2une. It’s certainly not the first time this has happened, but the numbers are quite impressive so far. Look for them to continue to increase, as the song approaches the top 300 on iTunes and 165 million streams (in just its main version) on Spotify.

“Better” isn’t Leff’s only contribution to the format as of late. He’s also a co-writer/producer on “No Promises” by Cheat Codes, up from 8-6 this week. Of course, that hit features Demi Lovato. He’s also the vocalist on “A Different Way” by DJ Snake, impacting next week. That single, which was released on Thursday, is already starting to pick up significant airplay at a number of stations. He certainly has a lot on his plate, so look out for more pop bops from the young performer soon!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 9/17 – 9/23/17

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…


SUPER DUPER featuring QUINN LEWIS – “Hollow” (Spotify)
Nashville-based producer Josh Hawkins and singer Lewis have both been featured on the Rewind in the past few months, so if bops are what you want, these men are pretty reliable. Together, they’ve combined to create a super single from Hawkins’s upcoming set.


THRIVING IVORY – “See You” (Spotify)
Has it been a minute since you’ve seen the name of this group? Same here. Yes, this is the same act (performing as a duo) that had a chart song called “Angels On The Moon” on the Hot AC and Top 40 formats in 2008-9, and their newest single is surprisingly good.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
DERMOT KENNEDY – “Moments Passed” (SoundCloud)
FRILLS – “Magic Tide” (SoundCloud)
OFELIA K – “Killing Me (Go Sun Come Moon)” (SoundCloud)
TRENTON – “Don’t Hide Yourself” (SoundCloud)

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