Monthly Archives: February 2018

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 20, 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: boys and bops make the pop world spin, including the current songs from singer Niall Horan and boy band Why Don’t We. You ask, why don’t we begin in our recap? Good point! Let’s add ’em up:

DUCK DUCK “LOOSE”: While proven hits from acts like Drake, Imagine Dragons and Justin Timberlake continue to get significant action from the panel, this week’s most notable impacting single comes from One Direction soloist Niall Horan and the fourth single off his album Flicker. “On The Loose”, which is not a hot Saga remake for those 80’s fans out there, scores with a solid 56 adds in its official first week, good for the Most Added title at the format. Interestingly, Horan’s new track didn’t impact at the Hot AC format in a simultaneous release, where he’s arguably been more successful than on the Top 40 airwaves. However, it’s bound to be embraced by the Hot AC panel pretty quickly, so stay tuned to PGTC’s social feeds to see how it does there soon.

Also impacting here, “Mad Love”, a collaboration from Sean PaulDavid Guetta and Becky G, and “Trust Fund Baby”, the new one from Why Don’t We, make a big splash on the adds report, tied with 24 adds and a fourth place ranking. The latter release is already in the top 50 at the format, which should make the top 40 (becoming their second song to reach the region) in the next few weeks. Next week, look for a pair of songs further down in this week’s top ten, Dua Lipa‘s “IDGAF” (19 adds, tied for eighth place) and Bazzi‘s “Mine” (18 adds, tenth place), to rank toward the top of the list, as they officially impact. How will they do against acts like AJR and Mackenzie Nicole? Come back next Tuesday to see the results.

1. NIALL HORAN, “On The Loose” (Capitol)
3. MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE, “Friends” (Warner Bros.)
4-T. DRAKE, “God’s Plan” (YMCMB/Republic)
4-T. SEAN PAUL & DAVID GUETTA featuring BECKY G, “Mad Love” (Island/Republic)
4-T. WHY DON’T WE, “Trust Fund Baby” (Atlantic)
7. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Whatever It Takes” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
8-T. DUA LIPA, “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)
8-T. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Sit Next To Me” (Columbia)
10. BAZZI, “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 19-20, 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 three new releases impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

NIALL HORAN – “On The Loose” (Capitol)
Album: Flicker (2017)
Past T40 History: This is Horan’s fourth single off his current solo set; the biggest, “Slow Hands”, spent two weeks at #1 last year.

SEAN PAUL & DAVID GUETTA featuring BECKY G – “Mad Love” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Paul has nine top 40 songs as the lead artist at this format, including his three-week #1, 2006’s “Temperature”.

WHY DON’T WE – “Trust Fund Baby” (Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: The group’s lone chart song to date, “Something Different”, spent three weeks at #33 last fall. How will this do?

Next week: Format newcomer Bazzi and “New Rules” hitmaker Dua Lipa lead a busy week at the format, while also includes the current Alternative hit by an act that’s had two top 40 entries at this format, AJR.

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 18, 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. We’re sending our love to everyone that has loved ones affected by the recent school tragedy in Florida. Now, let’s take on this week’s chart action from the pop airwaves:

YOUR PRESIDENT OF POP: Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules” leads the nation once again headed into President’s Day, scoring a fourth week at the top of the chart. This is Warner Bros.’s first song at the format to reach that many weeks on top in over eight years: from November 2009 until January 2010, the record label had two consecutive #1 hits at that mark with Jason Derulo‘s “Whatcha Say” and Iyaz‘s “Replay”. Lipa’s “IDGAF”, which impacts at the format next Tuesday, is already starting to witness some significant early action at the format and should chart relatively quickly. Newcomer NF‘s “Let You Down”, which bolts from 7-4 this week, should be the next #1 on the Top 40 survey; if it continues its massive surge, it should easily pass Charlie Puth‘s “How Long” (holding at #3) and reach the top as early as the end of the week. (However, I would always welcome a fifth week at #1 for “Rules” here!)

“WHATEVER” FLOATS YOUR BOAT: With the holiday weekend in my mind, just a handful of records stand out as we head to the lower rungs of the chart. Leaping from 41-33, “Whatever It Takes” by Imagine Dragons is the week’s lone top 40 entry, giving the Las Vegas band their eighth top 40 hit at the format. It’s the third release from their album EVOLVE, and it’s still making moves on the Alternative (#6) and Triple A (#10) charts. Even if you’re not a chart fanatic, you’re likely familiar with this track from its use in a Jeep Renegade advertisement that debuted earlier this year. (After all, Imagine Dragons are the kings of syncs.) Meanwhile, it’s a big top 50 debut for the first collaboration from Marshmello and Anne-Marie, who lead the pack at #42 with “Friends”. It may even be in the top 40 as early as tomorrow, given how well it’s gained since its official impact on Tuesday. Marshmello is riding high on the Top 40 chart with this week’s #5 song, “Wolves” by Selena Gomez, so it won’t be a surprise to see this tune bloom well into the spring. (Don’t forget to water it daily for the best results.)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, February 11-17, 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…


BEN HOBBS – “Two Pieces” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: four previous appearances, “Shame” (February 2017) being the most recent feature
Notes: Hobbs has been pretty consistent with the quality of his music, and it’s great to have him back with his first new track of the year. It’s notably different from his prior song, which was decidedly more pop/rock, though this jam will definitely get you moving.


CARLIE HANSON – “Us” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: two previous appearances, “Only One” (November 2017) being the most recent feature
Notes: Hanson has quickly become one of my favorite newcomers of the past six months, having delivered bops on bops with “Why Did You Lie?” last summer and “Only” noted above. Blame it all on Drake, or the catchiness of this song: it’s bound to be a huge hit.


HUMAN NATURAL – “Fantasy” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: first appearance
Notes: The duo of Hannah Winkler and Brian Robert Jones have a sensational sound with their first single to make my column. An energetic ride into the world of glitch pop and electronic music awaits your ears, but please, braid your hair before this tune begins.


LAUV – “Getting Over You” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: seven previous appearances, “Paris In The Rain” (November 2017) being the most recent feature
Notes: Singer and songwriter Ari Leff’s latest release to make the report bears a title that’s the exact opposite of how I feel about his catalog so far. The accessible pop single has a relatable message, and should be another winner with casual and hardcore fans alike.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
LOSTBOYCROW – “Church With No Ceiling”
PHANGS – “Good Now”
THE BEACH – “Our Favourite Song”
TRENT DABBS – “Matter Of Time”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 18, 2018

You go, “Woman”!

40. Rozzi – Never Over You
39. Hayley Kiyoko – Curious
38. Marshmello & Anne-Marie – Friends | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Why Don’t We – Trust Fund Baby (37)
24. Niall Horan – On The Loose (30) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
17. George Ezra – Paradise (22)

10. Gavin James – Hearts On Fire (10) | PEAK: #10
09. The Script – Arms Open (08) | PEAK: #01 for one week
08. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Sheppard – Coming Home (04) | PEAK: #04
06. Maroon 5 – Wait (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse (05) | PEAK: #05
04. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Troye Sivan – My My My! (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Calum Scott – You Are The Reason (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Bülow – Not A Love Song (2)
2. Hudson Taylor – Run With Me (1)
3. Kylie Minogue – Dancing (4)
4. Lights – We Were Here (10)
5. Craig David featuring Bastille – I Know You (6)
6. LANCO – Greatest Love Story (-)
7. Phillip Phillips – Into The Wild (-)
8. Coin – Growing Pains (-)
9. Bleachers – Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) (-)
10. Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – The Middle (8)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – Girlfriend
Andreas Moss featuring Melanie Pfirrman – Lonely (new)
Arlissa & Jonas Blue – Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie (new)
Barenaked Ladies – Lookin’ Up (new)
Dean Lewis – Waves
Ed Sheeran – Happier
In Real Life – Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)
James Bay – Wild Love
Jeremy Fisher – This Is The Good Life
Lola Marsh – Wishing Girl
Nina Nesbitt – Somebody Special (new)
The Spencer Lee Band – Kissing Tree

Chart Notes:

  • A buzzing collaboration from DJ/producer Marshmello and singer Anne-Marie leads this week’s pack of three debuts, in at #38 with “Friends”. The song is approaching the top 40 at Top 40 radio, which follows a notable week of adds on Tuesday evening’s report. One notch lower, the first top 40 hit for Hayley Kiyoko comes in at #39. “Curious” is the first radio single off the upcoming set Expectations, due March 30. It, too, is approaching the top 40 at that radio format, though “Friends” is ahead of it. Finally, at #40, newcomer Rozzi starts her run for “Never Over You”, which just made the top 50 on the Hot AC chart. The singer and songwriter recorded under the name Rozzi Crane several years ago when signed to a different label.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 18, 2008

A chart with a lot of Hart.

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 February 18, 2008…

40. THE B-52’s, “Funplex”
39. IDINA MENZEL, “Brave”
28. R.E.M., “Supernatural Superserious”

Biggest Mover(s):
GOLDFRAPP, “A&E” (up 36-27, nine spots)

10. MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash” (down 3)
Album: Some Mad Hope (2007, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

09. LEONA LEWIS, “Bleeding Love” (steady, up 4)
Album: Spirit (2008, Syco/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for fourteen weeks

08. ADELE, “Chasing Pavements” (up 1)
Album: 19 (2008, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. ONEREPUBLIC, “Stop And Stare” (up 1)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. TIMBALAND presents ONEREPUBLIC, “Apologize” (down 2)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. LIFEHOUSE, “Whatever It Takes” (up 1)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

04. MAROON 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You” (up 1)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Teardrops On My Guitar” (steady, third week)
Album: Taylor Swift (2006, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. EMERSON HART, “I Wish The Best For You” (steady, second week)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

01. GRAHAM COLTON, “Best Days” (steady, second week)
Album: Here Right Now (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 16, 2018

“Way” to go, Brandi.

Were you celebrating Singles Awareness Day like I was? If you were, and don’t be shy, then perhaps some new albums will help you through the blues (and the leftover candy from CVS.) Here’s what you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

Notable albums out this week: Aaron Carter‘s LøVë (iTunes), Brandi Carlile‘s By The Way, I Forgive You (iTunes), Felix Jaehn‘s I (iTunes), I’m With Her‘s See You Around (iTunes), Lee DeWyze‘s Paranoia (iTunes), Nipsey Hussle‘s Victory Lap (iTunes), Pop Evil‘s Pop Evil (iTunes)

Notables EPs out this week: Brett Dennen‘s Let’s… (iTunes), David Cook‘s Chromance (iTunes), Good Old War‘s Part Of You (iTunes), Phangs‘s Happy Season (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1, 2, 3”, Sofia Reyes featuring Jason Derulo & De La Ghetto (iTunes)
“10,000 Hours”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Aftershock”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Bed Of Roses”, Afrojack featuring Stanaj (iTunes)
“Blunder”, Michael Blume (iTunes)
“Church”, Alison Wonderland (iTunes)
“Church With No Ceiling”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“Come Around”, Cape Cub (iTunes)
“Dreaming”, Gracie Schram (iTunes)
“Endless”, VAX featuring Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“Fantasy”, Human Natural (iTunes)
“Freakin’ Out”, SAFIA (iTunes)
“Getting Over You”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Heart To Break”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Hold Me Down”, Family Of The Year (iTunes)
“Icarus”, Dan Owen (iTunes)
“Jewel”, Cash Cash featuring Nikki Vianna (iTunes)
“Jumpstarted”, Jukebox The Ghost (iTunes)
“Just Say It”, Fly By Midnight (iTunes)
“Look Back”, Diplo featuring DRAM (iTunes)
“Love Lies”, Khalid & Normani (iTunes)
“Mad Love”, Sean Paul & David Guetta featuring Becky G (iTunes)
“Matter Of Time”, Trent Dabbs (iTunes)
“Our Favourite Song”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Out Of Focus”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“Remember”, Youngr (iTunes)
“Run For Your Life”, K.Flay (iTunes)
“Think About You”, Delta Goodrem (iTunes)
“TMSN (Tell Me Something New)”, Tipling Rock (iTunes)
“Two Pieces”, Ben Hobbs (iTunes)
“Us”, Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Where Would We Be”, ROZES x Nicky Romero (iTunes)
“You Owe Me”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)

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

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