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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 24, 2017

“Look” out below.

40. ZAYN featuring Sia – Dusk Till Dawn
39. Nick Jonas – Find You
35. Walk The Moon – One Foot | HIGHEST DEBUT

30. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me (36)
27. Rod Stewart featuring DNCE – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (32)
25. Taylor Swift – …Ready For It? (33) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. James TW – Please Keep Loving Me (24)
07. Dua Lipa – New Rules (12)

10. Lights – Giants (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (07) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
07. Dua Lipa – New Rules (12) (06) | PEAK: #07
06. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (06) | PEAK: #06
05. P!nk – What About Us (05) | PEAK: #05
04. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (04) | PEAK: #02
03. Kesha – Praying (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. The Script – Rain (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Wrabel – The Village (2)
2. Paramore – Fake Happy (1)
3. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (3)
4. Julia Michaels – Worst In Me (8)
5. Grouplove – Remember That Night (4)
6. Neon Trees – Feel Good (6)
7. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (10)
8. Andreas Moss – Stuck In My Feelings (-)
9. Bleachers – I Miss Those Days (-)
10. Astrid S – Think Before I Talk (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind
Loote – Out Of My Head (new)
Pat Benatar – Dancing Through The Wreckage (new)
Scott Helman – PDA (new)

Chart Notes:

  • How does it feel to have eight #1 singles on my chart? Well, last week, just one performer could’ve given you the answer to that: Adele, who scored her first of eight in 2011 with “Rolling In The Deep”. However, this week, that achievement is tied by the one and only Taylor Swift, who rises 3-1 with “Look What You Made Me Do”, the first single from reputation. Her first #1 on my chart was “Love Story”, which spent three weeks at #1 in 2009. That single is tied with “Blank Space”, which had a three-week run in 2014-15, as her longest stretch at the top to date. Way to go, Taylor!
  • Ohio’s Walk The Moon scored three consecutive #1 songs on my chart from their last album, Talking Is Hard: “Shut Up And Dance” (three weeks, 2014), “Different Colors” (one week, 2015) and “Work This Body” (one week, 2016). That streak could continue with this week’s Highest Debut, “One Foot”, the first single from their forthcoming set. It’s new at #35. The song impacts at both Alternative and Triple A radio this week, and should perform well at both formats. Can the hot single also cross to Hot AC and Top 40 radio? Stay tuned.
  • Just a few spots below that band are this week’s two other debuts: “Find You” (#39) by Nick Jonas and “Dusk Till Dawn” (#40) by ZAYN featuring Sia. Jonas’s track is his second single to be released this year, with a full-length album expected in the next few months, while the latter track, though expected on ZAYN’s second solo album, is also featured in the trailer for the upcoming film titled The Mountain Between Us. All five members of One Direction now appear as soloists in the top 40, a chart first.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 23, 2012

A “Good Time” in 2012, indeed.

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 September 23, 2012…

40. MATT CARDLE, “It’s Only Love”
38. LIFEHOUSE featuring NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “Between The Raindrops”

29. ONE DIRECTION, “Live While We’re Young”

Biggest Mover(s):
CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Your Body” (31-17, fourteen spots)

10. WALK THE MOON, “Anna Sun” (up 1)
Album: Walk The Moon (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

09. CHRIS WALLACE, “Remember When (Push Rewind)” (down 5)
Album: Push Rewind (2012/2014, ThinkSay Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

08. ANDY GRAMMER, “Miss Me” (up 1)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. MAROON 5, “One More Night” (steady, third week)
Album: Overexposed (2012, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #7 for three weeks

06. THE SCRIPT featuring WILL.I.AM, “Hall Of Fame” (up 4)
Album: #3 (2012, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

05. TAYLOR SWIFT, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (up 1)
Album: Red (2012, Big Machine/Republic Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

04. PINK, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” (steady, second week)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

03. FUN., “Some Nights” (steady, second week)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

02. TRAIN, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” (steady, sixth week)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

01. OWL CITY & CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Good Time” (steady, second week)
Album: The Midsummer Station (2012, Republic Records) and Kiss (2012, 604/School Boy/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 22, 2017

Mmmm… it’s New Music Friday.

A very happy Rosh Hashanah to all of those celebrating, and the new year calls for some big new releases to top the charts. Here are the albums and singles you need to know this week:

If you feel like rocking out to new music by a couple of hot bands, notable Alternative and Rock albums this week include Gossip (iTunes) by Sleeping With Sirens and Wonderful Wonderful (iTunes) by The Killers. The latter group recently hit #1 on the Triple A chart with the lead single from that set, “The Man”.

They’ve both hit #1 on the Country radio chart, and now, they’ll be competing for the top of that album chart. Notable releases in the genre this week include Everybody (iTunes) by Chris Janson and On The Rocks (iTunes) by Midland. “Drinkin’ Problem” landed the latter trio their first #1 single just a few weeks ago.

It’s a big week for a number of rappers and plenty of hip-hop and R&B projects, with some of the notable titles including By Any Means 2 (iTunes) by Kevin Gates, All Things Work Together (iTunes) by Lecrae and Gemini (iTunes) by Macklemore. Only Lecrae has previously hit #1 on the Billboard 200, with the other two performers going as high as #2.

Of course, we couldn’t go without mentioning this week’s top pop sets, and those notable ones include Double Dutchess (iTunes) by Fergie and Skin&Earth (iTunes) by Lights. The latter title features the track “Giants”, which is making its way up the top 30 at the Hot AC format.

More albums out this week: Circa Survive‘s The Amulet (iTunes), Haley Reinhart‘s What’s That Sound? (iTunes), Ledisi‘s Let Love Rule (iTunes), Van Morrison‘s Roll With The Punches (iTunes), My Little Pony: The Movie (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Harrison Storm‘s Change It All (iTunes), Kygo‘s Stargazing (iTunes), NAWAS‘s Trouble (iTunes), Starrah & Diplo‘s Starrah x Diplo (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Different Way”, DJ Snake featuring Lauv (iTunes)
“Again”, Noah Cyrus featuring XXXTENTACION (iTunes)
“Beg”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Champion”, Barns Courtney (iTunes)
“Changes”, DeJ Loaf (iTunes)
“Don’t Tempt Me”, MiC LOWRY (iTunes)
“Generous”, Olivia Holt (iTunes)
“Heavy”, Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Hideaway”, Dan Owen (iTunes)
“Hillside Boys”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Hold On To Me”, Hurts (iTunes)
“Hollow”, Super Duper featuring Quinn Lewis (iTunes)
“I Found God”, Mainland (iTunes)
“Into The Blue”, Rationale (iTunes)
“Maybe”, Russ (iTunes)
“Northern Lights”, Jaymes Young (iTunes)
“One Foot”, Walk The Moon (iTunes)
“Phases”, ALMA & French Montana (iTunes)
“Royal Highness”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“See You”, Thriving Ivory (iTunes)
“Sexy Dirty Love”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Shy Love”, Sinclair (iTunes)
“Split Stones”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“Starlight”, Emeli Sandé (iTunes)
“Truth Hurts”, Lizzo (iTunes)
“Week Without You”, Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“What’s Next”, Youngr (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Shania Twain and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (September 19, 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: Imagine Dragons dabble in musical meteorology, while Nick Jonas is found with a sound and Fifth Harmony gives us something to “Like”. A sweet new year is on the way for our Jewish viewers, and I am a part of that, so I think I can line up a sweet recap before the Rosh Hashanah festivities begin. Let’s get going:

LIGHTNING STRIKES “THUNDER”: Weather or not you’re a fan of the latest pop hit by Imagine Dragons, it’s certainly in great shape at the CHR/Top 40 format. As the follow-up to “Believer”, which recently peaked at #3, “Thunder” rolls onto the list at #2 among the Most Added songs this week, scoring 44 stations on impact. It missed the top spot on the report by four adds, giving “Too Good At Goodbyes” from Sam Smith the edge for a second week at #1. “Thunder” sits at #3 on the current Alternative chart and #23 on the most recent Hot AC update, with climbs expected at both formats in the coming weeks.

POP GOES THE PRONOUNS: Are we ready for a grammar lesson? Get out your notebooks, kids. You’ll locate a few potent pop pronouns in the titles of this week’s Most Added songs at Top 40 radio, including “Find You” (#3, 42 stations) by Nick Jonas and Like That” (#4, 37 stations) by Fifth Harmony, both of which had a solid performance on impact. Additionally, “Let Me Go” (#8, 24 stations) by Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line & Watt had a nice second week, following its great impact last week. School’s back in session, and so are the A-list artists and their releases, so make sure to study hard! (Don’t worry about the midterm exam from PGTC; all of you readers out there get a passing grade.)

1. SAM SMITH, “Too Good At Goodbyes” (Capitol)
2. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
3. NICK JONAS, “Find You” (Island/Republic)
4. FIFTH HARMONY, “He Like That” (Syco/Epic)
5. TAYLOR SWIFT, “…Ready For It?” (Big Machine/Republic)
6. ZAYN featuring SIA, “Dusk Till Dawn” (RCA)
7. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)
8-T. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
10. KELLY CLARKSON, “Love So Soft” (Atlantic/RRP)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 18-19, 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:

ASTRID S – “Think Before I Talk” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: The Norwegian performer has yet to chart here, though “Hurts So Good” did receive a little pop airplay last fall.

FIFTH HARMONY – “He Like That” (Syco/Epic)
Album: Fifth Harmony (2017)
Past T40 History: After “Down” failed to break the top 20, will the group rebound with the second single from their self-titled set?

IMAGINE DRAGONS – “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
Album: Evolve (2017)
Past T40 History: The Las Vegas group is back in pop radio’s good graces, having just reached #3 earlier this year with “Believer”.

NICK JONAS – “Find You” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Jonas is looking for his seventh solo top 40 hit at the format, the biggest of which was “Jealous”, a one-week #1.

ZAYN featuring SIA – “Dusk Till Dawn” (RCA)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Going for his fifth chart song, Malik is the one member of One Direction not currently in the top 40 at this time.

Next week: Charly Black and Luis Fonsi bring their “Party” onto pop playlists, while Ed Sheeran has a “Perfect” solution for a station in need of a hit…

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 17, 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. The only Rocket Man you’ll be hearing from on this Top 40 recap is Elton John, a true president of pop. Otherwise, log off Twitter now and again, please? Here are some of the top songs from this week’s published chart:

THE PUTH HURTS: Though it’s starting to bleed spins, with larger losses likely coming, Charlie Puth‘s “Attention” manages to hold onto #1 for a fourth consecutive week. This ties the run for his only other chart-topper to date, “See You Again”, a four-week #1 in 2015 for Wiz Khalifa that featured Puth. VoiceNotes, which is likely to feature “Attention”, is due sometime later this year. That single also climbs from 3-2 on this week’s Hot AC chart and 12-11 at Rhythmic radio, though it’s down a notch (14-15) on the AC list.

Next week is looking good for Niall Horan to advance to #1 with “Slow Hands”, which rises a notch to #2 in its 19th week. His first solo album, Flicker, is out October 20, and features “Slow”, previous single “This Town” (#12, 1/8 and 2/12/17) and new single “Too Much To Ask”. Should it actually occur, Horan will become the second member of One Direction to hit #1 on the pop radio survey with a solo effort, following ZAYN‘s two-week run last year (4/24-5/1/16) with “Pillowtalk”. Stay tuned to see if it happens!

THE “LOVE” PARADE: One might call the top 40 chart a dream academy, but what is this, 1986? Not quite. Still, this week’s list might look like a chart out of 1986, with five tunes breaking into the top 40. Kelly Clarkson‘s “Love So Soft” leads the pack, new at #35. It’s the first single from her forthcoming album Meaning Of Life, and it’s her 21st top 40 hit at the format since 2002. At #37, a newcomer named Blackbear is up from #42 last week with “Do Re Mi”. Born Matthew Musto, the Florida performer hit the top 20 on the album chart earlier this year with Digital Druglord. He’s also one half of the duo Mansionz, along with Mike Posner.

Two other newcomers find themselves in the region this week: new quintet PRETTYMUCH, rising 41-38 with “Would You Mind”, and hot rapper Cardi B, up 45-39 with “Bodak Yellow”. The Simon Cowell-affiliated boy band recently premiered a music video for their debut single, while the New York performer is prepping for the release of her debut album, due sometime next month. The last of the five entries, soaring from 50-40 in its second week on the chart, is “Havana” by Camila Cabello. The track, featuring rapper  Young Thug, is the fifth top 40 solo hit for Cabello, who previously recorded with Fifth Harmony.

READY, SET, “GO”: Just in case you thought all that top 40 action wasn’t enough, there are another three debuts in the top 50 on this week’s published chart. Imagine Dragons will be trying for their seventh top 40 hit at the format with another big Alternative smash, “Thunder”, making its entry at #43. It’s the follow-up to “Believer”, which recently peaked at #3. The popular group has four top ten hits to date, including the one-week #1 “Demons” from December 2013. Two spots below “Thunder”, at #45, is a release that credits four artists, split evenly between main and featured spots: Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line & Watt with “Let Me Go”. That crediting doesn’t achieve any sort of record, but it doesn’t make things any easier! Two of the artists in the mix, Steinfeld and the country duo, have one top ten hit each to date at the format.

The only other debut in this week’s top 50 is the first tune to chart in nearly three years for Fergie, coming in at #49 with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “You Already Know”. It’s the latest single from her new studio album, Double Dutchess, out on Friday. In November 2014, “L.A.LOVE (la la)” spent two weeks at #19, which is also featured on the set.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 9/10 – 9/16/17

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…


COURTSHIP. – “Tell Me Tell Me” (Spotify)
This Los Angeles group last appeared on the Rewind in June with “Perfect People”, which was featured in late August in Entercom’s new artist integration program for the Alternative radio format, 7×7. Their newest upload is a catchy catchy piece of retro retro pop.


KENZIE NIMMO – “Bones” (Spotify)
This is Nimmo’s first single to be featured on the Rewind, though she was a part of an April 2015 post about several contestants in a competition to open iHeartMedia’s annual Festival in Las Vegas. That soft pop sound is a winner for me, as well as that lovely voice.


MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Opalite” (Spotify)
This singer’s “Into Yellow”, released in June, was his most recent entry to be spotlighted on the Rewind. The tune recently crossed a million streams on Spotify. As always, Brown sounds great, as he tries to experiment with layered arrangements and bigger sounds.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
LEO KALYAN – “Temptation” (SoundCloud)
UNION MOON – “Build A Fire After Dark” (SoundCloud)
VÉRITÉ – “Saint (Tigertown Remix)” (SoundCloud)

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