Monthly Archives: January 2018

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (January 23, 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: the latest singles from Kesha, Maroon 5 and Troye Sivan jockeyed for first place on the leaderboard, but only one could win the big prize. Who takes the crown? Let’s add it up:

WHAT’S “MY” NUMBER?: Yes, there’s a rare tie for the top spot on the latest report: Maroon 5‘s “Wait” (which impacted last week) and Troye Sivan‘s “My My My!” (which impacted this week) each take in 40 new stations from the Top 40 panel. “My” will likely join “Wait” in the top 40 for the published update this Sunday. (Both songs should also post solid numbers when next week’s adds come in.) “Woman” from Kesha and The Dap-Kings Horns lands in third place, totaling a very solid 31 stations during its official impact week. You’ll find that entry at #1 on my most recent personal chart, where it’s likely to stay for a while. (How long? I don’t know yet!) Beyond the top titles, a handful of potent pop entries from The Chainsmokers (#5, 24 adds), as well as Hayley Kiyoko and Welshly Arms (#6 – tied, 18 adds) also start out well on this update, with “Curious” and “Legendary” from the latter acts, respectively, searching for some space in the top 50 in the next few weeks. (The duo in fifth place barely made it in at #50 last Sunday with “Sick Boy”, which should rise nicely on this coming chart.)

1-T. MAROON 5, “Wait” (222/Interscope)
1-T. TROYE SIVAN, “My My My!” (Capitol)
3. KESHA featuring THE DAP-KINGS HORNS, “Woman” (RCA)
4. CAMILA CABELLO, “Never Be The Same” (Syco/Epic)
5. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Sick Boy” (Disruptor/Columbia)
6-T. HAYLEY KIYOKO, “Curious” (Atlantic/EMPIRE)
6-T. WELSHLY ARMS, “Legendary” (Position/Republic)
8. EMINEM featuring ED SHEERAN, “River” (Shady/Interscope)
9-T. ZEDD, MAREN MORRIS & GREY, “The Middle” (Interscope)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (January 22-23, 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 four tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

HAYLEY KIYOKO – “Curious” (Atlantic/EMPIRE)
Album: Expectations (2018)
Past T40 History: Singer/actress Kiyoko heads to the format for her first time. The 26-year-old’s debut album is out on March 30.

KESHA featuring THE DAP-KINGS HORNS – “Woman” (Kemosabe/RCA)
Album: Rainbow (2017)
Past T40 History: This single follows “Praying”, which got as high as #8 in November. Can this brassy, sassy tune go even higher?

TROYE SIVAN – “My My My!” (Capitol)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Recently performed on Saturday Night Live, Sivan’s latest release could become his third top 40 hit next week.

WELSHLY ARMS – “Legendary” (Position/Republic)
EP: Legendary (2017)
Past T40 History: This Ohio band is new to the format, but their single has already made the top 15 on the Alternative radio chart.

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 21, 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. The government may not be open, but we’re sure open to analyzing this week’s data and giving you the best of the best music at pop radio. Let’s get into it!

THE COAST IS SHEER: Ahead of the release of his recently announced next single, “Happier”, coming this spring, Ed Sheeran is still perfectly happy with “Perfect”, which tops this week’s CHR/Top 40 chart for the second week. It does the same on the Hot AC chart, and also climbs 5-4 on the regular AC list, where it’s sure to reach #1 soon. (It’s also nearing the top 20 on Rhythmic radio.) A third week at #1 at the Top 40 format is possible, with “Perfect” still 1,200 spins ahead of Halsey‘s “Bad At Love” (up 3-2, without a bullet), though Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules” (up 4-3, gaining 1,400 spins) continues to look like a future #1 song. In any case, Sheeran’s still slaying effortlessly, which is no surprise, and his three concurrent chart hits (including features on Taylor Swift‘s “End Game” at #11 and Eminem‘s “River” at #24) are just the start of what should be a very successful 2018 for the singer/songwriter.

“FOR” BY FOUR: Four songs are new to the top 40 this week, three by bands and one a collaboration between two solo artists. Up a quick 13 notches to #33 to score their 25th top 40 entry since 2003, Maroon 5‘s “Wait” is certainly in a hurry to rise up the chart! Just a few weeks ago, the SZA-assisted “What Lovers Do”, which goes recurrent on this update after 20 weeks in the top 40, went to #3. Below “Wait”, two songs make a move of eight spots this week: “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” by Fall Out Boy, up 44-36 and “Walk On Water” by Thirty Seconds To Mars, up 45-37. Fall Out Boy earns their 14th top 40 entry at the format and their first from the album M A N I A, which was released on Friday, while Thirty Seconds To Mars gets their third top 40 entry here and their first since “Closer To The Edge” in 2011, going to #32 that April. Finally, blasting onto the survey at #39, “For You” gives singers Liam Payne and Rita Ora share in their first top 40 single together, which becomes the fourth solo hit for Payne and the fifth for Ora. Taken off the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Freed, out on February 9, the Fifty Shades trilogy joins other film trilogies such as Beverly Hills Cop and Men In Black in having a top 40 pop hit from each of its three movies in the collection.

Further down the chart toward this week’s top 50 entries, look out for two notable songs from my own personal chart, “My My My!” by Troye Sivan (#46) and “Woman” from Kesha and The Dap-Kings Horns (#47), which both head for adds this Tuesday. The only other new song, the politically charged “Sick Boy” by The Chainsmokers, bows at #50, though it’s unclear whether this track is getting a full push to radio.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 1/14-20/18

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…


BETTY WHO – “Ignore Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: none; previously signed to RCA Records
Notes: Who may now be an independent artist, but she certainly doesn’t miss a beat. In fact, “Ignore Me” wasn’t ignored at all a few days ago, when it was added on several of Spotify’s New Music Friday lists, and the lead position on the PGTC Friday Faves playlist.


JOHNNY STIMSON – “Wild World” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Time Machine” (March) had a prominent feature and “Honeymoon” (June) was noted as an additional pick
Notes: Stimson knows how to get my attention with a great stripped-down release. He says he wrote this single to realize “that even though the world is dark sometimes”, he should “stop and notice the beautiful things” within his world. It’s truly an authentic tune.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
LOSTBOYCROW – “I’m A Sailor Not A Salesman” (SoundCloud)
SAM FISCHER – “This City” (SoundCloud)
SUPER DUPER – “Far From Falling” (SoundCloud)
THE SHANTICS – “Mind Pop” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 21, 2018

When a man loves a “Woman”.

40. George Ezra – Paradise
39. Milck – Quiet
38. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely
37. River Matthews – Sunshine
36. Blue October – I Hope You’re Happy
35. Kelly Clarkson – I Don’t Think About You | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Dua Lipa – IDGAF (38)
26. Liam Payne & Rita Ora – For You (34)
18. Troye Sivan – My My My! (30) | BIGGEST MOVER
13. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse (19)
(see #10 below)

10. Maroon 5 – Wait (15) | PEAK: #10
09. Bastille – World Gone Mad (08) | PEAK: #08
08. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Walk The Moon – One Foot (04) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
06. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Calum Scott – You Are The Reason (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Sheppard – Coming Home (07) | PEAK: #04
03. The Script – Arms Open (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (05) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Cody Simpson & The Tide – Waiting For The Tide (3)
2. Mat Kearney – Kings & Queens (-)
3. Jamie Scott featuring Carpet Boy – Feels So Good (6)
4. Hudson Taylor – Run With Me (-)
5. Jack & Jack – Beg (10)
6. Kylie Minogue – Dancing (-)
7. Lissie – Best Days (-)
8. Hayley Kiyoko – Curious (-)
9. Jeremy Fisher – This Is The Good Life (9)
10. Bülow – Not A Love Song (-)

In The Mix:
Dean Lewis – Waves
Ed Sheeran – Happier (new)
Hundred Handed – Too Good
Jacob Banks – Chainsmoking
Jeremy Loops – Waves
Justin Timberlake – Supplies (new)
Sugarland – Still The Same
The Chainsmokers – Sick Boy (new)
The Spencer Lee Band – Kissing Tree (new)
Toto – Spanish Sea (new)

Chart Notes:

  • After another successful Women’s March across the country, I can’t think of a better choice than a single called “Woman” to be named my top song this week. Kesha and The Dap-Kings Horns bolt from 5-1 in their sixth week on my chart, giving Kesha’s most recent album, Rainbow, a second consecutive #1 hit. “Praying”, the lead single from it, spent four weeks at the top last year. The leader of the Dap-Kings, the lovely Sharon Jones, passed away in November 2016. “Woman” goes for adds at both Hot AC and Top 40 radio this week, though it already appears in the top 50 at both formats. I’m rooting for it!
  • Yes, there are a massive six debuts on this week’s chart! It’s always exciting to have a busy week like this one, especially with all the great music since the top of the year. Two of the six are by artists who have reached #1 on my chart: Kelly Clarkson and “I Don’t Think About You”, the highest entry at #35, as well as Jukebox The Ghost and “Everybody’s Lonely”, at #38. Another two of the six are by acts who have at least one top five song: Blue October and “I Hope You’re Happy”, bowing at #36, as well as George Ezra and “Paradise”, new at #40. Finally, we have two newcomers in the bunch: River Matthews and “Sunshine”, checking in at #37, as well as Milck and “Quiet”, which tip-toes in at #39. Phew! That was a mouthful. The next few weeks should be very interesting for all of these future radio singles, the majority of which impact at the Hot AC or Triple A formats sometime later this month or early next month. Stay tuned!

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 19, 2014

“Go” back to 2014.

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 four years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of January 19, 2014…

40. EMERSON HART, “The Best That I Can Give”
34. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Coming Of Age”

Biggest Mover(s):
NEON TREES, “Sleeping With A Friend” (39-26, thirteen spots)

10. THE 1975, “Girls” (down 3)
Album: The 1975 (2013, Dirty Hit/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

09. BOY & BEAR, “Southern Sun” (up 1)
Album: Harlequin Dream (2013, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #8 for three weeks

08. A GREAT BIG WORLD (featuring CHRISTINA AGUILERA), “Say Something” (down 2)
Album: Is There Anybody Out There? (2014, Black Magnetic/Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

07. MAGIC!, “Rude” (up 4)
Album: Don’t Kill The Magic (2014, Latium/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

06. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “The Walker” (up 2)
Album: More Than Just A Dream (2013, Elektra Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

05. GARY BARLOW, “Let Me Go” (steady, second week)
Album: Since I Saw You Last (2013, Polydor Records – U.K.)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. ONE DIRECTION, “Story Of My Life” (steady, second week)
Album: Midnight Memories (2013, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. THE FRAY, “Love Don’t Die” (steady, second week)
Album: Helios (2014, Epic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. BASTILLE, “Of The Night” (down 1)
Album: All This Bad Blood (2013, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. CHRISTINA PERRI, “Human” (up 1)
Album: Head Or Heart (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 19, 2018

A musical maniacal Friday.

Don’t fall out of touch with all the new releases coming out this week. There’s so much music to listen to! Here’s what you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

FALL OUT BOY – M A N I A (iTunes)
Featuring radio singles like “Young And Menace”, “Champion” and “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t”, which is now in the top 30 on the Hot AC chart, these four Illinois rockers are back with their seventh studio album. Depending on how Camila Cabello‘s album and the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman drop next week, this could be the biggest threat from this week’s new sets to grab the top spot a week from now..

More albums out this week: Bahamas‘s Earthtones (iTunes), Black Label Society‘s Grimmest Hits (iTunes), Caitlyn Smith‘s Starfire (iTunes), Devin Dawson‘s Dark Horse (iTunes), EDEN‘s vertigo (iTunes), First Aid Kit‘s Ruins (iTunes), Glen Hansard‘s Between Two Shores (iTunes), LANCO‘s Hallelujah Nights (iTunes), Moon Taxi‘s Let The Record Play (iTunes), Of Mice & Men‘s Defy (iTunes), Phillip Phillips‘s Collateral (iTunes), Rend Collective‘s Good News (iTunes), The Shins‘s The Worms Heart (iTunes), Van William‘s Countries (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Kailee Morgue‘s Medusa (iTunes), MILCK‘s This Is Not The End (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2nd To None”, Dreezy & 2 Chainz (iTunes)
“Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)”, Bleachers (iTunes)
“Aura”, SG Lewis featuring J. Wander (iTunes)
“Calabasas”, Tritonal + SJ (iTunes)
“Dancing”, Kylie Minogue (iTunes)
“Don’t Got One”, Hailey Knox (iTunes)
“Everybody’s Lonely”, Jukebox The Ghost (iTunes)
“Far From Falling”, Super Duper (iTunes)
“Handyman”, AWOLNATION (iTunes)
“Heart Beat Here”, Dashboard Confessional (iTunes)
“Human”, Kimbra (iTunes)
“I’m Alive”, Beth Ditto (iTunes)
“Ignore Me”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Kings & Queens”, Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Little Bit”, Timeflies (iTunes)
“Lower The Tone”, Rae Morris (iTunes)
“Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)”, Remy Ma featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Mind Pop”, The Shantics (iTunes)
“Miss You”, Cashmere Cat featuring Major Lazer and Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“No Drama”, Tinashe featuring Offset (iTunes)
“Not The One”, Mikky Ekko (iTunes)
“Paradise”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“Parallel Line”, Keith Urban (iTunes)
“Sick Boy”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)
“Sober”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Supplies”, Justin Timberlake (iTunes)
“The Good Side”, Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“The Wolf”, The Spencer Lee Band (iTunes)
“These Days”, Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen (iTunes)
“This City”, Sam Fischer (iTunes)
“Wait (Chromeo Remix)”, Maroon 5 (iTunes)
“Wild World”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Woman, Amen”, Dierks Bentley (iTunes)
“You Are The Reason (John Gibbons Remix)”, Calum Scott (iTunes)

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

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