Monthly Archives: February 2018

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 27, 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: eight songs impacted at the format, and huge singles from 5 Seconds Of Summer, Dua Lipa and Kendrick Lamar & SZA were among the big winners. Where do they land? Let’s add ’em up:

SASS, STARS AND SUMMER: It started out like any ordinary week, with just a couple of songs listed to go for adds, but by the time Monday rolled around, the messy musical match of the stars began. Topping the report this evening, “Want You Back” from 5 Seconds Of Summer hops aboard at #1, scoring a nice 66 stations on impact. The Australian group reached the top 40 a total of five times between the spring of 2014 and the fall of 2015, though their most recent tune to impact at the format, “Girls Talk Boys”, narrowly missed the region, topping out at #41 at the end of August in 2016. Rising star Dua Lipa‘s “IDGAF” is next in line, and it grabs a solid 54 stations on impact, good for second place this week. Her new one is the follow-up to her international smash “New Rules”, which just spent five incredible weeks atop the pop chart. If that wasn’t enough for you, “All The Stars” twinkles in a strong third place finish for Kendrick Lamar and SZA. This is the second single (following Lamar and The Weeknd‘s “Pray For Me”) to make the Top 40 radio survey from the chart-topping soundtrack to Black Panther, which looks like it could secure a third week atop the Billboard 200. Expect all three songs to repeat in the top ten (and likely top five) on next week’s update.

1. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Want You Back” (Capitol)
2. DUA LIPA, “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)
3. KENDRICK LAMAR & SZA, “All The Stars” (Interscope)
4. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Whatever It Takes” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5. POST MALONE featuring TY DOLLA $IGN, “Psycho” (Republic)
6-T. DRAKE, “God’s Plan” (YMCMB/Republic)
6-T. MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE, “Friends” (Warner Bros.)
8. BAZZI, “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)
9. NIALL HORAN, “On The Loose” (Capitol)
10-T. JANELLE MONÁE, “Make Me Feel” (Atlantic)
10-T. WHY DON’T WE, “Trust Fund Baby” (Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 26-27, 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 six new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BAZZI – “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Singer Andrew Bazzi’s first song at the format make an terrific 48-36 move on the most recent published chart.

BÜLOW – “Not A Love Song” (Casablanca/Republic)
EP: Damaged Vol. 1 (2017)
Past T40 History: The 17-year-old German-Canadian performer heads to the format with the first radio single from her debut EP.

DUA LIPA – “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Dua Lipa (2017)
Past T40 History: Now in her fifth week at #1 at the format with “New Rules”, Lipa should have no problem piling adds this week.

JANELLE MONÁE – “Make Me Feel” (Atlantic)
Album: Dirty Computer (2018)
Past T40 History: Six years ago, Monáe was featured on fun.‘s four-week #1 titled “We Are Young”. Will she reach the top again?

KENDRICK LAMAR & SZA – “All The Stars” (Interscope)
Album: Black Panther (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: Lamar’s collaboration with The Weeknd from the same soundtrack, “Pray For Me”, advances 17-15 this week.

MACKENZIE NICOLE – “Preview” (Strange Music)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Nicole hasn’t entered the top 50 here, but her single “Actin’ Like You Know” picked up some adds back in 2016.

Next week: Format newcomer Arlissa teams with Jonas Blue for “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie”. Will the panel be truthful? We’ll see.

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 (February 25, 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. Feel free to send me any gifts you desire for my birthday, which just so happens to fall on Thursday. Meanwhile, I shall give you the gift of Top 40 realness on this week’s chart:

FADE FROM “NEW”: Sadly, this will be the fifth and final week at #1 on the Top 40 chart for Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules”, as it loses another 1,000 spins this week to land just 300 spins above the obvious next chart-topper, NF‘s “Let You Down”, up 4-3 this week. It isn’t all bad for Lipa, however: not only was five weeks a great run for “New”, but her new single, “IDGAF”, gets an early debut in the top 50 at #47. The song officially impacts at the format this week. “IDGAF” became an early winner at streaming services in the past few months, now at over 170 million streams on Spotify, while its video has also done particularly well, passing 100 million views on YouTube. Will the single give her two consecutive #1 hits in a row here? Stay tuned.

HANG “LOOSE”: One Direction‘s Niall Horan leads a pack of four new songs in this week’s top 50, launching at #43 with “On The Loose”. It’s the fourth chart entry from his chart-topping album Flicker, and could make the top 40 tomorrow. An alternate edit of the track was recently released digitally, chopping the original album version of “Loose” by just over a minute in length, including an extended instrumental passage in its coda. Behind Horan and Lipa’s “IDGAF”, previously mentioned at #47, “Want You Back” by 5 Seconds Of Summer and “All The Stars” by Kendrick Lamar & SZA, at #49 and #50, respectively, should pick up nice totals on this Tuesday’s adds report. The latter single is from the soundtrack to the blockbuster movie Black Panther, which stays at #1 for the second week on the Billboard 200 (and also tops the box office report once again.)

Next week, expect a potential chart debut from singer and songwriter Meghan Trainor, whose song “No Excuses” drops on March 1. Additional singles from bülow, Janelle Monáe and Mackenzie Nicole also impact this Tuesday, which could make the top 50 in the coming weeks.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, February 18-24, 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…


AARON TAOS – “Amazing” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: six previous appearances, “Twisted” (December 2017) being the most recent feature
Notes: Taos’s first of what will likely be plenty of 2018 singles to make PGTC’s report begins on a great note, with New Music Friday lists managed by Spotify’s Canada, Italy and the Netherlands affiliates adding it into the mix. Make sure to check out the cool video!


LUKR – “Astronaut” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: four previous appearances, “The Future” (November 2017) being the most recent feature
Notes: Spotify’s New Music Friday playlists were also good to this Nashville performer, a frequent find on our Friday Faves and The New Nashville lists. On Friday, he found love from the Germany, Italy and Schweiz curators. In the pop blog galaxy, it’s flying high!


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BENJI LEWIS – “Deep Blue”
CONFETTI – “People Suck”
JOHN.k – “Best Of Me”
MATT WOODS – “Rearview”
REYNA – “Cool With It”
SVRCINA – “Whispers”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 25, 2018

“Woman”, amen.

40. Bülow – Not A Love Song
38. Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel | HIGHEST DEBUT

33. Rozzi – Never Over You (40)
29. Marshmello & Anne-Marie – Friends (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Why Don’t We – Trust Fund Baby (32)
(see #10 below)

10. George Ezra – Paradise (17) | PEAK: #10
09. Sheppard – Coming Home (07) | PEAK: #04
08. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely (11) | PEAK: #08
07. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Maroon 5 – Wait (06) | PEAK: #06
05. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (04) | PEAK: #02
04. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Troye Sivan – My My My! (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Calum Scott – You Are The Reason (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Lights – We Were Here (4)
2. LANCO – Greatest Love Story (6)
3. Kylie Minogue – Dancing (3)
4. Craig David featuring Bastille – I Know You (5)
5. Phillip Phillips – Into The Wild (7)
6. Hudson Taylor – Run With Me (2)
7. Bleachers – Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) (9)
8. Coin – Growing Pains (8)
9. Arlissa & Jonas Blue – Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie (-)
10. Kim Petras – Heart To Break (-)

In The Mix:
5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back (new)
Anderson East – Girlfriend
Andreas Moss featuring Melanie Pfirrman – Lonely
Barenaked Ladies – Lookin’ Up
Bon Jovi – When We Were Us (new)
Ed Sheeran – Happier
In Real Life – Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)
James Bay – Wild Love
Lola Marsh – Wishing Girl
Nina Nesbitt – Somebody Special
The Spencer Lee Band – Kissing Tree

Chart Notes:

  • Singer Janelle Monáe sat atop my chart for two weeks in the spring of 2012 as the featured artist on fun.‘s first of three #1 hits, “We Are Young”. Well, that trio may be long gone from the charts, but Monáe is back in a big way with her single “Make Me Feel”, coming in as the highest debut at #38. Last Thursday, the song was released as one of two cuts from her upcoming album Dirty Computer, due April 27. Look out for “Feel” at several radio formats in the coming weeks, including the Top 40 airwaves, where you may also find this week’s second debut. New at #40, “Not A Love Song” marks the debut of a newcomer named Bülow, a teenage singer who currently resides in The Netherlands, but grew up in several countries like Canada and Germany. Her song impacts at the Top 40 format on Tuesday; check back to see if it makes the Add Lib report that evening.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 22, 2015

Are you “Good” now?

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 three years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of February 22, 2015…

38. WHO IS FANCY, “Goodbye”
37. HUDSON TAYLOR, “World Without You”
36. TAKE THAT, “Let In The Sun”
35. THE SCRIPT, “Man On A Wire”

Biggest Mover(s):
TORI KELLY, “Nobody Love” (up 33-23, ten spots)

10. MAROON 5, “Sugar” (up 1)
Album: V (2015, 222/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

09. ANDY GRAMMER, “Honey, I’m Good” (steady, second week)
Album: Magazines Or Novels (2014, S-Curve/Hollywood Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

08. ONE DIRECTION, “Night Changes” (down 2)
Album: FOUR (2014, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

07. MARTIN LUKE BROWN, “Nostalgia” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Nostalgia (Single) (2014, Parlophone Records)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

06. MARK RONSON featuring BRUNO MARS, “Uptown Funk” (down 2)
Album: Uptown Special (2015, RCA Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. ED SHEERAN, “Thinking Out Loud” (down 2)
Album: x (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

04. ELLIE GOULDING, “Love Me Like You Do” (up 4)
Album: Fifty Shades Of Grey (Soundtrack) (2015, CT/Republic-Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Style” (up 2)
Album: 1989 (2014, Big Machine/Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. MAT KEARNEY, “Heartbeat” (steady, second week)
Album: JUST KIDS (2015, Republic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. THE SCRIPT, “No Good In Goodbye” (steady, second week)
Album: No Sound Without Silence (2014, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 23, 2018

Layin’ it on the charts.

Joy to the world, the new releases are here! Sure, it’s nowhere near the holidays, but you’ll still be able to enjoy some assorted gifts from the artists pushing out new music this week. Here’s what you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

VANCE JOY – Nation Of Two (iTunes)
When he’s not getting caught up in a “Riptide” of a hit, Australian-born singer/songwriter Joy is celebrating the release of his second studio album, featuring the recent Triple A radio chart-topper (and top five Alternative hit) “Lay It On Me” and follow-up single “Saturday Sun”. It should be one of next week’s top debuts, and possibly surpass the top 20 peak of his 2014 set Dream Your Life Away.

More notable albums out this week: 6ix9ine‘s DAY69 (iTunes), Bea Miller‘s Aurora (iTunes), Blac Youngsta‘s 2.23 (iTunes), Lo Moon‘s Lo Moon (iTunes), Passion‘s Whole Heart (Live) (iTunes), Towkio‘s WWW. (iTunes)

Notables EPs out this week: Charlotte Day Wilson‘s Stone Woman (iTunes), Millie Turner‘s Eyes On You (iTunes), Rhys Lewis‘s Bad Timing (iTunes), Thunderpussy‘s Greatest Tits (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Amazing”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Are You Down”, Timeflies (iTunes)
“Astronaut”, Lukr (iTunes)
“Bad Girls Don’t Cry”, The Night Game (iTunes)
“Be More Kind”, Frank Turner (iTunes)
“Beg (Black Caviar Mix)”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Best Of Me”, JOHN.k (iTunes)
“Brick Road”, CeeLo Green (iTunes)
“Butterflies” and “Space Cowboy”, Kacey Musgraves (iTunes)
“Cigarette”, RAYE with Mabel & Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Complicated Love”, Alex Mattson (iTunes)
“Cruel World (Wolfgang Wee & Markus Neby Remix)”, Seeb & Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Deep Blue”, Benji Lewis (iTunes)
“Django Jane” and “Make You Feel”, Janelle Monáe (iTunes)
“DUMB”, Smith & Thell (iTunes)
“Favorite Color Is Blue”, Robert DeLong featuring K.Flay (iTunes)
“Fiebre”, Ricky Martin featuring Wisin Y Yandel (iTunes)
“Freak”, Jeremy Loops (iTunes)
“Gone”, Bazzi (iTunes)
“Good Morning”, Max Frost (iTunes)
“Hands On You”, Ashley Monroe (iTunes)
“Havana”, Pentatonix (iTunes)
“Home”, Leo Stannard (iTunes)
“HVY MTL DRMR”, Des Rocs (iTunes)
“I Forgot”, Clara Mae (iTunes)
“Last Words”, Isaac Gracie (iTunes)
“Learn (Altered)”, R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“Like I Do”, David Guetta, Martin Garrix & Brooks (iTunes)
“Lovin’ Is Bible”, The Aces (iTunes)
“Lullaby”, Sigala featuring Paloma Faith (iTunes)
“Magenta Riddim”, DJ Snake (iTunes)
“Next To Me”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“People Suck”, Confetti (iTunes)
“Power”, Ramz (iTunes)
“Psycho”, Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Rearview”, Matt Woods (iTunes)
“Rosa”, WIINSTON (iTunes)
“Rush”, Lewis Capaldi featuring Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Saturdays”, Twin Shadow featuring HAIM (iTunes)
“Silent Movies”, Aquilo (iTunes)
“Stumbling”, Louis Berry (iTunes)
“Version Of Me”, Kimbra (iTunes)
“Walls” and “When We Were Us”, Bon Jovi (iTunes)
“Want You Back”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
“When I See You”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Whispers”, SVRCINA (iTunes)
“White Flag”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Tory Lanez, Youngboy Never Broke Again and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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