Monthly Archives: October 2017

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 31, 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: do “Wolves” eat “Kiwi” on Halloween? Probably not. However, the panel’s eating up hot singles from Selena Gomez and Harry Styles. Get spooky, kids:

HOWLIN’ FOR A HIT: “Wolves” is hungry for adds this week, even though it’s not impacting until next Tuesday. Of course, that title belongs to Interscope’s Selena Gomez and RCA’s Marshmello, who scare up 36 early commitments from the panel. With a Most Added single and plenty of more stations due to come in next week, expect this collaboration to stick around for a while. This may or may not be a single from Gomez’s forthcoming album, primarily due to the fact that we don’t know much about the set or if Gomez’s three chart songs from earlier this year will be a part of the tracklisting. Stay tuned for more details.

Finishing in second place for the week, with 29 new stations on impact, is “Kiwi” from Columbia’s Harry Styles. The tasty treat is the third radio single from his self-titled album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. Styles is likely due for a nomination or two (or more) at the upcoming Grammy Awards, the ceremony occurring on January 28, so it’s a smart idea to have a new single on the radio during the nomination process. Good luck Harry!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. SELENA GOMEZ x MARSHMELLO, “Wolves” (Interscope)
2. HARRY STYLES, “Kiwi” (Columbia)
3. MACKLEMORE featuring KESHA, “Good Old Days” (Warner Bros.)
4-T. AVICII featuring RITA ORA, “Lonely Together” (Geffen/Interscope)
4-T. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
6-T. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
6-T. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
8-T. CHEAT CODES featuring FETTY WAP, “Feels Great” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
8-T. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask” (Capitol)
10. CHARLIE PUTH, “How Long” (Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 30-31, 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 a pair of tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AVICII featuring RITA ORA – “Lonely Together” (Geffen/Interscope)
EP: AVĪCI (01) (2017)
Past T40 History: Both artists haven’t entered the top 40 at this format since 2014. Will a collaboration bring the two a chart win?

HARRY STYLES – “Kiwi” (Columbia)
Album: Harry Styles (2017)
Past T40 History: Styles is looking for his third solo hit at the format. “Sign Of The Times”, his biggest single to date, reached #12.

Next week: Collaborations from Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels, as well as Selena Gomez and Marshmello, will battle on next week’s report.

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 (October 29, 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 second season of Stranger Things is all over the place these days, though I usually find stranger things occurring on the pop survey. (Maybe it’s just me!) Anyways, here’s a taste of just how weird (or not) the situation looks this week:

GIVING US SOMETHING THEY CAN ‘FEEL”: The revolving door continues at the top of the CHR/Top 40 survey, with Demi Lovato‘s “Sorry Not Sorry” down 1-2 (with a backwards bullet of over 1,100 spins!) and Portugal. The Man taking her place, up a notch with “Feel It Still”. It’s the quintet’s first single to be released at this format, meaning that it’s also their first track at the top of the pop chart. Way to go, guys! They originally formed in 2004, and it’s certainly been a long time coming.

“Feel” also tops the Hot AC chart for the third week in a row, while sitting at #2 on the Alternative chart, where it spent a massive 14 weeks at #1 during the summer and early fall. It’s even #15 on the AC list. It’s also doing well in, you guessed it, Portugal! “Feel” is at #4 and #25 on the country’s iTunes list, #8 on Apple Music and #12 on Spotify, though their Woodstock set is pulling in lower sales. The band’s “Live In The Moment” is just starting out at Alternative and Triple A outlets, though it’s too early to tell whether or not it will cross to the pop world.

ONE “GORGEOUS” DEBUT: The highest top 50 entry on this week’s chart belongs to, who else, Taylor Swift and another song off her forthcoming album reputation. “Gorgeous” beautifies the #45 spot, while “Look What You Made Me Do” tumbles again from 6-14 and “…Ready For It?” moves back up from 19-17. All the airplay so far for “Gorgeous” has been unsolicited, with “Ready” on the rise as the official second single, though her new one is playing in some larger markets. Of course, with her new release a little under two weeks away, you can expect to see more cuts from the album appearing on stations across the country. After all, it’s Taylor Swift we’re talking about it.

Entering at #46 is a new collaboration from Cheat Codes and Fetty Wap called “Feels Great”. Yes, even though “Feel It Still” is at #1 this week, there’s still a whole lot more to feel further down the chart. The EDM trio is coming off a #6 song titled “No Promises”, featuring Demi Lovato, which was sent recurrent this week per the #10/20 week rule. Wap has a total of five top 40 entries, two of them main-credited and the other three as a featured act. His highest-charting entry thus far is one of the features, the #10 song “All In My Head (Flex)” by Fifth Harmony from the summer of last year. Let’s hope for some great (or even better than great) results!

HOW WILL THE “WOLVES” SURVIVE?: Well, simply, “Wolves” will get plenty of early stations going in for the add this week and it’ll accumulate many more when it officially impacts next Tuesday! This “Wolves”, of course, belongs to singer Selena Gomez and DJ/producer Marshmello, their collaboration debuting at #47 on this week’s chart. Though the latter performer just made his way onto the chart for the first time with “Silence”, featuring Khalid, Gomez’s main-credited releases (outside of the #2 hit “It Ain’t Me” with Kygo) have stalled below the top ten in 2017: “Bad Liar” went as high at #12, and “Fetish” got to #18. Can this wild animal of a single howl its way into the top ten, letting Gomez end the year on a good note? Is “Wolves” truly hungry like the… well, wolf? It will be an interesting one to watch.

Would you believe that there are three more top 50 debuts this week? It’s an active chart, and that’s an understatement! New at #48 on the chart is the third solo entry for Liam Payne, who hit #1 three weeks ago with “Strip That Down”, currently at #4. He follows that chart-topper with “Bedroom Floor”, which was co-written with another artist who hit the top earlier this year, Charlie Puth. A debut album from Payne has yet to be announced, but I hope we get it later this year. (Fingers crossed!) The other two entries are by a pair of newcomers here: “Think Before I Talk” (#49) by Astrid S and “Dime” (#50) by The X Factor alum Rachel Crow. Neither track is likely to go much further, with Crow’s single already bleeding spins due to the loss of Radio Disney airplay, but we’ll see how things go in the coming days.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 10/22 – 10/28/17

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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KAPTAN – “Moving On” (Spotify)
It’s always a great edition of the Rewind when I get to include a new single by this artist, who I’ve been supporting on the blog since the summer of 2015. (Time really flies!) His awesome release on the South x Sea label is catchy and anthemic indie pop at its finest.

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MALIA – “Champagne Clouds” (Spotify)
What happens when one of the biggest Top 40 stations in the U.S. takes a chance on an unknown performer on a new label? Well, a rare thing has happened to Malia Civetz, from Jacob Kasher and Ross Golan’s Friends With Pens label. It’s a pretty solid pop debut.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
JOHN.K – “Wrong” (SoundCloud)
NICHOLAS ROBERTS – “Still Believe” (SoundCloud)
SVRCINA – “Astronomical” (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: October 29, 2017

P!nk gets colorful once again.

DEBUTS
40. The Script – Arms Open
39. Bishop Briggs – Dream
38. Bleachers – I Miss Those Days | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
28. Pat Benatar – Dancing Through The Wreckage (33)
26. Liam Payne – Bedroom Floor (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. ZAYN featuring Sia – Dusk Till Dawn (24)
15. Noah Kahan – Hurt Somebody (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Phillip Phillips – Miles (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (12) | PEAK: #08
07. Maroon 5 featuring SZA – What Lovers Do (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Walk The Moon – One Foot (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Dua Lipa – New Rules (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (02) | PEAK: #02
01. P!nk – What About Us (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Astrid S – Think Before I Talk (1)
2. Secondhand Serenade – Lost (3)
3. Goo Goo Dolls – Boxes (7)
4. Loote – Out Of My Head (6)
5. P!nk featuring Eminem – Revenge (8)
6. Taylor Swift – Gorgeous (-)
7. Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (10)
8. New Politics – Color Green (9)
9. Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels – I Miss You (-)
10. Grace VanderWaal – So Much More Than This (-)

In The Mix:
Brian Fallon – Forget Me Not (new)
Fastball – Best Friend
Mainland – I Found God
Malia – Champagne Clouds (new)
MIKA – It’s My House
Mondo Cozmo – Plastic Soul (new)
Olivia Holt – Generous

Chart Notes:

  • Bleachers are back on my chart with the follow-up to “Don’t Take The Money”, which spent five weeks at the top earlier in the year. “I Miss Those Days” is this week’s Highest Debut at #38. Both songs are taken from the album Gone Now. “Don’t” is sure to be a notable contender for #1 on my year-end chart for 2017, but with four weeks left in the chart year, anything is possible! Stay tuned for more details on the schedule soon.
  • Singer Bishop Briggs makes her “Dream” a reality, as her new single enters at #39 on my newest chart. Last year, “River” went to #3 on the Alternative chart, giving the singer her biggest radio hit to date. (She’s currently rising at that format on a collaboration with the Cold War Kids titled “So Tied Up”, which is in the top 20.)
  • Finally, at #40, is The Script and “Arms Open”, the second top 40 hit from their Freedom Child album. It’s their 12th time on my chart since 2009. The previous single from their latest set, a former #2 song called “Rain”, drops to #13 this week.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 28, 2007

“You” know these 2007 artists.

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 October 28, 2007…

Debuts:
37. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Lost”

Biggest Mover(s):
KEANE, “The Night Sky” (39-30, nine spots)

10. EMERSON HART, “If You’re Gonna Leave” (down 3)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

09. DAUGHTRY, “Over You” (up 1)
Album: Daughtry (2006, 19/RCA)
Peak: #9 for four weeks

08. TIMBALAND presents ONEREPUBLIC, “Apologize” (up 4)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. ROZ BELL, “Papercut” (up 2)
Album: The First Sunbeams (2007, Universal Records – Canada)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

06. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Bubbly” (steady, second week)
Album: Coco (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #6 for four weeks

05. MAROON 5, “Wake Up Call” (steady, second week)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #3

04. MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash” (steady, third week)
Album: Some Mad Hope (2007, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. PAT MONAHAN, “Her Eyes” (steady, second week)
Album: Last Of Seven (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

02. SILVERCHAIR, “Straight Lines” (down 1)
Album: Young Modern (2007, Eleven: A Music Company/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “How Far We’ve Come” (up 1)
Album: Exile On Mainstream (2007, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 27, 2017

A meaningful new release.

It’s the last Friday music update before Halloween… who’s going to serve the treats this week? Put on your costume and find out, because here are the eerie albums and spooky singles you need to know:

KELLY CLARKSON – Meaning Of Life (iTunes)
The most Kelegendary release this week, to no one’s surprise, is the latest album from the original American Idol herself. The set is led by “Love So Soft”, which is approaching the top ten at Hot AC radio, while also ranking on the AC and Top 40 charts. Three of her studio albums have hit #1 since 2003, but the competition is tough this time, as you’ll see below. Still, it should have a nice opening week.

YO GOTTI – I Still Am (iTunes)
Featuring the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Rake It Up”, which recently hit #1 on both Rhythmic and Urban radio, this rapper could be looking at his second top five album next week. His previous release, 2016’s The Art Of Hustle, debuted and peaked at #4. (You’ll recall the big single from that set was “Down In The DM”, with Minaj appearing on a remix of it.)

THEORY OF A DEADMAN – Wake Up Call (iTunes)
Currently at #1 on the Active Rock list with their biggest hit in several years, “Rx (Medicate)”, the Canadian group just celebrated the 15th anniversary of their self-titled debut album. Their last two studio albums have peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200.

KENNY CHESNEY – Live In No Shoes Nation: 10 Years Of Concerts (iTunes)
Chesney’s double album is in the mix for #1, due in large part to a stadium tour bundle that allows buyers to get a physical album for every seat purchased online. His “All The Pretty Girls” recently topped the Country radio list.

More albums out this week: 112‘s Q Mike Slim Daron (iTunes), Granger Smith‘s When The Good Guys Win (iTunes), Hollywood Undead‘s Five (iTunes), Lee Ann Womack‘s The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone (iTunes), Majid Jordan‘s The Space Between (iTunes), Ninja Sex Party‘s Under The Covers, Vol. II (iTunes), Rachel Platten‘s Waves (iTunes), Red‘s Gone (iTunes), Ty Dolla $ign‘s Beach House 3 (iTunes), Weezer‘s Pacific Daydream (iTunes), Yelawolf‘s Trial By Fire (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: for KING & COUNTRY‘s Christmas, Live In Phoenix (iTunes), Hanson‘s Finally It’s Christmas (iTunes), The Piano Guys‘s Christmas Together (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: ‘s When I Was Young (iTunes), Phoebe Ryan‘s James (iTunes), Sleeping With Sirens‘s Live & Acoustic From NYC (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Achoo”, Keith Ape and Ski Mask The Slump God (iTunes)
“All About You”, Alex Mattson featuring Lucas Marx (iTunes)
“All Falls Down”, Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus and Digital Farm Animals (iTunes)
“Always Ascending”, Franz Ferdinand (iTunes)
“Autumn Leaves”, Seal (iTunes)
“Been Meaning To Tell You”, Starley (iTunes)
“Boom Boom”, RedOne featuring Daddy Yankee, French Montana & Dinah Jane (iTunes)
“Broken Summer”, DJ Snake featuring Max Frost (iTunes)
“Burning”, Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Champagne Clouds”, Malia (iTunes)
“City Song”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Come My Way”, Tigertown (iTunes)
“Diane”, Cam (iTunes)
“Easy Love (Dipha Barus Remix)”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Forget Me Not”, Brian Fallon (iTunes)
“Fort Knox”, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (iTunes)
“Find Yourself (Ashworth Remix)”, Great Good Fine OK & Before You Exit (iTunes)
“Generous (Martin Jensen Remix)”, Olivia Holt (iTunes)
“Grace (We All Try)”, Rag’n’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Guilty”, Paloma Faith (iTunes)
“H8U”, Liz Huett (iTunes)
“Heartbeat”, Plan B (iTunes)
“Hearts On Fire”, Gavin James (iTunes)
“I Miss You”, Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Lonely Together (Acoustic)”, Avicii featuring Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Moving On”, KAPTAN (iTunes)
“Never Give Up On Me”, MisterWives (iTunes)
“Never Let You Go”, Kygo featuring John Newman (iTunes)
“Open Arms”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Por Favor”, Pitbull x Fifth Harmony (iTunes)
“Postcard”, First Aid Kit (iTunes)
“Squeeze”, Aminé (iTunes)
“Surrender”, Walk The Moon (iTunes)
“Take Her Place”, Don Diablo featuring A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Think Before I Talk (Acoustic)”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“This Is How You Walk On”, Gary Lightbody & Johnny McDaid (iTunes)
“up in this”, blackbear & Tinashe (iTunes)
“Waiting”, Tom Speight (iTunes)
“Wolves”, Selena Gomez x Marshmello (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Blake SheltonMaroon 5, Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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