Monthly Archives: January 2018

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (January 30, 2018)

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: we get caught up in the middle of an amazing impact week for the reactive collaboration from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, while Drake turns to “God” for his next big radio song. Who commands the top of the pops this week? Let’s add it up:

RIGHT SAID ZEDD: After sneaking into last Tuesday’s report in ninth place, shortly after its release that day, “The Middle”, the new single from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, explodes at the format, pulling in 83 stations during its official impact. The hit, and the first two acts listed above, was featured in a commercial for Target that aired during Sunday night’s Grammy Awards. As it continues to run, the collaboration holds strong in the top ten on the U.S.-based iTunes songs chart, as well as Spotify’s U.S.-based top ten streamed songs. No word on when a new album from Zedd will arrive, but I imagine this track, along with last year’s “Stay” (with recent Best New Artist winner Alessia Cara) will be on it.

Meanwhile, “God’s Plan”, a top seller and streamer from Drake‘s new Scary Hours single, has a holy week as well; all that praying delivered 53 stations on impact, good for second place. “Plan” was last week’s Most Added single at the Rhythmic format, though it settled for a second place finish at the Urban format. (The other part of that release, “Diplomatic Immunity”, has also accumulated some smaller airplay toward both charts.) Much like Zedd, it’s unclear when Drake’s next project is expected to drop, but based off the statistics of these two songs, there’s certainly demand for an album.

(Data outside the top five is excluded this week due to lower-than-average results. It is expected to return next week.)

1. ZEDD, MAREN MORRIS & GREY, “The Middle” (Interscope)
2. DRAKE, “God’s Plan” (YMCMB/Republic)
3. TROYE SIVAN, “My My My!” (Capitol)
4. MAROON 5, “Wait” (222/Interscope)
5. KESHA featuring THE DAP-KINGS HORNS, “Woman” (RCA)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (January 29-30, 2018)

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 two exciting tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DRAKE – “God’s Plan” (YMCMB/Republic)
EP: Scary Hours (2018)
Past T40 History: Last year, Drake had two top 20 releases with “Fake Love” (#14) and “Passionfruit” (#13), both from More Life.

ZEDD, MAREN MORRIS & GREY – “The Middle” (Interscope)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: While Zedd and Grey worked together on Hailee Steinfeld’s “Starving” in 2016, country star Morris is new here.

Next week’s releases are TBA! 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 (January 28, 2018)

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. Alright, so I might not have dozens of shiny new awards to hand out, but I do have lots of top stats and great music on the weekly report. Are we good? Good. Let’s go:

WHAT’S “NEW”, DUA?: In its 23rd week on the chart, Dua Lipa‘s pop anthem “New Rules” becomes the new #1 on the Top 40 radio chart, up from #2 last week. It’s by far her biggest hit to date, both in the U.S. and globally. For her label, Warner Bros., “New” marks their first chart-topper on the Top 40 survey since May 2016, when “7 Years” by Lukas Graham spent a week at #1. The hit is approaching the top ten on both the Hot AC (#12) and Rhythmic (#14) charts, and definitely has a good chance of holding the top spot on the pop survey for at least another week. I mean, bops are bops; this isn’t rocket science! Lipa’s “IDGAF” is still gaining well on streaming services, especially following the debut of its video, and will hopefully be serviced to the format in the coming weeks.

ZEDD OVER HEELS: It’s another super busy week for new entries in the countdown, as six of them reach the top 50, with one of them in at #41: “The Middle”, a collaboration from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey. It’s the 11th top 40 song for Zedd, the second for Grey (whose previous entry was with Zedd) and the first for Morris, who already has a handful of hits on the country radio list to her credit. (Watch out for a Target spot featuring the song during the Grammy Awards!) Next, charting at #44, is the third single off the the latest album from Imagine Dragons, ƎVOLVE. “Whatever It Takes” is now in the top 50 at three formats, with Alternative radio, where it stands at #11, leading the way. Of course, this single follows “Thunder”, which spent a week at #1 in November. A big record that also comes from the Alternative (and Triple A) airwaves debuts two spots lower at #46: “No Roots” by Alice Merton. It marks the first act or singer named Alice to make the Top 40 survey since the summer of 2000, when the dance project called Alice Deejay spent four nonconsecutive weeks at #19 with “Better Off Alone”.

Chart veteran Justin Timberlake comes in at #48 with “Supplies”, the current Urban and Rhythmic release from his forthcoming Man Of The Woods album, while two newcomers break in just below him: duo Jack & Jack with “Beg”, at #49, and soloist Symon with “Lonely Girl”, at #50. The debut of “Beg” was aided by a prominent feature on a syndicated countdown show last weekend, and a larger portion of airplay data for “Lonely” comes from the satellite radio world, where Symon co-hosts a nightly show for a notable pop station.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, January 21-27, 2018

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 small label and 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…


MAGDALENA BAY – “Waking Up” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Neon” (January), “Set Me Off” (April) and “Move Slow” (August) were all featured
Notes: It’s the first release of the year for duo Matthew Lewin and Mica Tenenbaum, who certainly know how to create a hooky and super fun 80’s-inspired gem. By the way, if you love their track “Neon” like I do, go and send someone a VinylPost and play it loud!


VOKES – “Potential” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Backroad” (July 2016), “Wrong” (August 2016), “Screens” (October) were all featured; “Easy To Hate” (November) was noted
Notes: Dare I say that this has the potential to be my favorite single of theirs from their latest era? Well, besides the bad puns, it’s a great electropop meets alternative cut from the Los Angeles band, who I’m sure will return to the Rewind many times later in 2018.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
JOHNNY STIMSON – “Rocket” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 28, 2018

Oh, pretty “Woman”.

40. Lissie – Best Days
39. Mat Kearney – Kings & Queens | HIGHEST DEBUT

34. George Ezra – Paradise (40)
32. River Matthews – Sunshine (37)
30. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely (38) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
29. Kelly Clarkson – I Don’t Think About You (35)
21. Liam Payne & Rita Ora – For You (26)
(see #7, #10 below)

10. Troye Sivan – My My My! (18) | PEAK: #10 | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks (tie)
09. Walk The Moon – One Foot (07) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
08. Maroon 5 – Wait (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse (13) | PEAK: #07
06. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (06) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. The Script – Arms Open (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
04. Sheppard – Coming Home (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Calum Scott – You Are The Reason (05) | PEAK: #03
02. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Cody Simpson & The Tide – Waiting For The Tide (1)
2. Hudson Taylor – Run With Me (4)
3. Jamie Scott featuring Carpet Boy – Feels So Good (3)
4. Kylie Minogue – Dancing (6)
5. Jack & Jack – Beg (5)
6. Sting & Shaggy – Don’t Make Me Wait (-)
7. Bülow – Not A Love Song (10)
8. Hayley Kiyoko – Curious (8)
9. Jeremy Fisher – This Is The Good Life (9)
10. Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – The Middle (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – Girlfriend (new)
Dean Lewis – Waves
Ed Sheeran – Happier
Jeremy Loops – Waves
Justin Timberlake – Supplies
Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton – Say Something (new)
Lola Marsh – Wishing Girl (new)
The Chainsmokers – Sick Boy
The Spencer Lee Band – Kissing Tree
Toto – Spanish Sea

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is the eighth top 40 hit for singer and songwriter Mat Kearney. “Kings & Queens” enters at #39 on the countdown, which you can currently find on a self-titled EP, but will also be included on his forthcoming album titled CRAZYTALK. Of his eight chart entries, two have gone as high as #2: 2007’s “Nothing Left To Lose” and 2015’s “Heartbeat”. The only other entry this week, coming in at #40, is Lissie‘s “Best Days”. It’s her first time on my personal chart. Nearly ten years ago, in February 2008, an unrelated song with the same title spent three weeks at the top for Graham Colton, which remains his biggest release to date on my top 40.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 30, 2005

It’s dark at the top.

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 13 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of January 30, 2005…

38. HILARY DUFF, “The Getaway”
36. BRIE LARSON, “She Said”
30. THE KILLERS, “Mr. Brightside”

Biggest Mover(s):
MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Home” (35-11, 24 spots)

10. DURAN DURAN, “What Happens Tomorrow” (up 2)
Album: Astronaut (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

09. SOULDECISION, “Kiss The Walls” (down 4)
Album: Shady Satin Drug (2004, Sextant Records)
Peak: #5

08. JENNIFER LOPEZ, “Get Right” (down 2)
Album: Rebirth (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

07. LOW MILLIONS, “Eleanor” (up 4)
Album: Ex-Girlfriends (2004, EMI/Manhattan Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. 3 DOORS DOWN, “Let Me Go” (up 2)
Album: Seventeen Days (2005, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. GWEN STEFANI featuring EVE, “Rich Girl” (up 2)
Album: Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (2004, Interscope Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

04. GREEN DAY, “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” (down 2)
Album: American Idiot (2004, Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

03. MAROON 5, “Sunday Morning” (steady, second week)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone/J Records)
Peak: #3 for five weeks

02. CARBON LEAF, “Life Less Ordinary” (up 2)
Album: Indian Summer (2004, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #2

01. DARREN HAYES, “Darkness” (steady, second week)
Album: The Tension And The Spark (2004, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 26, 2018

II becomes one.

Get cultured with the top new releases in genres like pop, rap and more! Here’s what you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

MIGOS – Culture II (iTunes)
The Atlanta trio is having quite an era at Rhythmic and Urban radio with hits like “MotorSport” and “Stir Fry”, and it won’t stop anytime soon. Already expected to be a monster at streaming services in the coming days, the set will likely be competing with a number of Grammy winners from Sunday night’s telecast for the #1 spot. However, this will definitely have the advantage going into the weekend.

More albums out this week: Burna Boy‘s Outside (iTunes), Cory Asbury‘s Reckless Love (iTunes), Craig David‘s The Time Is Now (iTunes), JONGHYUN‘s Poet | Artist (iTunes), LP‘s Forever For Now (iTunes), Mike Posner & The Legendary Mike Posner Band‘s I Was Born In Detroit On a Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Cold Day (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Drake‘s Scary Hours (iTunes), Mike Shinoda‘s Post Traumatic (iTunes), State Of Sound‘s Stardust (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“9 To 5”, Harrison Brome (iTunes)
“Ancient Names, Pt. II”, Lord Huron (iTunes)
“Bad Vibe”, M.O, Lotto Boyzz & Mr Eazi (iTunes)
“Beg (Acoustic)”, Jack & Jack featuring Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“BOOM”, Tiësto, Gucci Mane & Sevenn (iTunes)
“Corporation”, Jack White (iTunes)
“Dance”, DNCE (iTunes)
“Dangerous Night”, Thirty Seconds To Mars (iTunes)
“Don’t Make Me Wait”, Sting & Shaggy (iTunes)
“Fake Nice”, The Aces (iTunes)
“Feels Great (Party Pupils Remix)”, Cheat Codes featuring Fetty Wap & CVBZ (iTunes)
“Focus”, Elias (iTunes)
“Guilt Trip”, Julie Bergan (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Helium”, Sia vs. David Guetta & Afrojack (iTunes)
“High For Me”, Olivia Noelle featuring Kid Ink (iTunes)
“Home”, Matt Gresham (iTunes)
“Hummingbird”, LCAW featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor (iTunes)
“Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)”, Lady Gaga (iTunes)
“Joyful”, X Ambassadors (iTunes)
“Know This Love”, KREAM featuring Litens (iTunes)
“Lockdown”, LINES (iTunes)
“Lullaby”, R3HAB & Mike Williams (iTunes)
“Merengue”, Kent Jones (iTunes)
“My Name Is The Night (Color Me Black)”, Brian Fallon (iTunes)
“Perfect”, Topic & Ally Brooke (iTunes)
“Potential”, VOKES (iTunes)
“Rocket”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Sativa”, Jhene Aiko featuring Rae Sremmurd (iTunes)
“Say Something”, Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton (iTunes)
“Soldier”, Paul Rey (iTunes)
“Suspended”, Elle Watson (iTunes)
“The Middle”, Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey (iTunes)
“The Mountain”, Three Days Grace (iTunes)
“Toxic Love (Acoustic)”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Wait”, Maroon 5 featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (iTunes)
“Why”, Bazzi (iTunes)
“Your Favorite Song (Loote Remix)”, Eighty Ninety (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from AWOLNATIONJustin Timberlake and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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