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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 1, 2018

Stay a while, Niall.

40. Hall & Oates with Train – Philly Forget Me Not
39. The Driver Era – Preacher Man
36. James TW – Say Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Snow Patrol – Don’t Give In (40)
29. Bleachers – Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) (35)
21. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (33) | BIGGEST MOVER

10. Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Dua Lipa – IDGAF (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (06) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
07. Kelly Clarkson – I Don’t Think About You (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Lissie – Best Days (10) | PEAK: #06
05. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse (03) | PEAK: #02
04. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Troye Sivan – My My My! (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. George Ezra – Paradise (05) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – On The Loose (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Kim Petras – Heart To Break (1)
2. Arlissa & Jonas Blue – Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie (2)
3. In Real Life – Tattoo (How ‘Bout You) (3)
4. Sigrid – Strangers (5)
5. Loote – Your Side Of The Bed (6)
6. Andreas Moss featuring Melanie Pfirrman – Lonely (8)
7. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (7)
8. Nina Nesbitt – Somebody Special (-)
9. Jesse McCartney – Better With You (-)
10. Donovan Woods – Burn That Bridge (-)

In The Mix:
Barenaked Ladies – Lookin’ Up
James Bay – Pink Lemonade
Kacey Musgraves – High Horse
Kylie Minogue – Stop Me From Falling
Lola Marsh – Wishing Girl
Panic! At The Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night)
P!nk – Whatever You Want
Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan
Years & Years – Sanctify

Chart Notes:

  • Congrats to One Direction‘s Niall Horan, who now goes 4-for-4 with chart-topping titles from his solo album Flicker. “On The Loose” rises 2-1 this week, making Horan’s set the first to accumulate four consecutive #1 songs on my top 40 since 25 by Adele. The other three, chronologically, are 2016’s “This Town” and 2017’s “Slow Hands” and “Too Much To Ask”. This chart achievement also makes Flicker the first release to land #1 songs in three different calendar years since 25, with the last of the four, “Water Under The Bridge”, spending its last week at the top on the chart dated the first day of January in 2017. (Her run began in November 2015 with lead single “Hello”.) There are three debuts this week, led by the fourth top 40 song for James TW, “Say Love”, at #36. His biggest entry here to date, “When You Love Someone”, spent seven weeks at the top in the fall of 2016. The Driver Era, two of the Lynch siblings from R5, are new at #39 with “Preacher Man”, marking their first chart hit. Lastly, at #40, is a collaboration from Hall & Oates and Train called “Philly Forget Me Not”, a preview of their forthcoming summer tour together. It’s the legendary duo’s first time on my chart since 2005, when their cover of “Ooh Child” went to #37 that June. Train’s last top 40 single here, “Drink Up”, spent three weeks at #9 last June.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 29, 2009

Gettin' their chart "Life".

Songs “You” should know.

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 nine years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of March 29, 2009…

40. KELLY CLARKSON, “I Do Not Hook Up”
39. RASCAL FLATTS, “Here Comes Goodbye”

Biggest Mover(s):
U2, “Magnificent” (38-31)
BETTER THAN EZRA, “Absolutely Still” (26-19)
THE SATURDAYS, “Just Can’t Get Enough” (18-11, seven spots)

10. PET SHOP BOYS, “Love Etc.” (up 2)
Album: Yes (2009, Parlophone Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

09. COLDPLAY, “Life In Technicolor II” (steady, second week)
Album: Prospekt’s March (EP) (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6

08. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Love Story” (down 3)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. O.A.R., “This Town” (up 1)
Album: All Sides (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

06. LILY ALLEN, “The Fear” (down 2)
Album: It’s Not Me, It’s You (2009, Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

05. SHINEDOWN, “Second Chance” (up 2)
Album: The Sound Of Madness (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. JASON MRAZ featuring COLBIE CAILLAT, “Lucky” (up 2)
Album: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

03. THE FRAY, “You Found Me” (down 2)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. KELLY CLARKSON, “My Life Would Suck Without You” (steady, third week)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

01. THE SCRIPT, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” (up 2)
Album: The Script (2008, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 30, 2018

What’s new for this Weeknd.

The weekend has finally arrived, and so has The Weeknd with an unexpected gift for Passover and Easter. Don’t be melancholy; here are the albums and singles you need to know on digital services and in stores this Friday:

THE WEEKND – My Dear Melancholy (iTunes)
Confirmed mid-Thursday on his social media accounts, the Canadian superstar delivers his first album since the fall of 2016. Don’t call it a comeback, however: The Weeknd’s soundtrack hit with Kendrick Lamar, “Pray For Me”, is still performing well at several radio formats here and up north, as Black Panther continues to dominate at the box office. Few details are known about the project at this time. Look for it to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, replacing Jack White.

KACEY MUSGRAVES – Golden Hour (iTunes)
Backed by a healthy dose of critical acclaim and a passionate fan base, this album by Musgraves should become her third top five title since 2013 on the Billboard 200 chart. All three songs released prior to the album’s debut, “Butterflies”, “High Horse” and “Space Cowboy”, have performed solidly at both sales and streaming services. It’ll likely top the country-specific survey with ease.

RICH THE KID – The World Is Yours (iTunes)
After a series of notable mixtapes in the last few years, this performer puts his first studio album out into the World, featuring appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Khalid and many others. With streaming hit “Plug Walk” leading the way, look for consumption units of this effort to trend significantly higher than pure album sales.

Notable albums out this week: Ashley McBryde‘s Girl Going Nowhere (iTunes), Hayley Kiyoko‘s Expectations (iTunes), Her‘s Her (iTunes), Jukebox The Ghost‘s Off To The Races (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Harrison Brome‘s Body High (iTunes), Weathers‘s Kids In The Night, Pt. 1 (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Backbone”, Daughtry (iTunes)
“Bad Company”, A$AP Rocky featuring BlocBoy JB (iTunes)
“Better With You”, Michl (iTunes)
“bitches broken hearts”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Carry You”, Ruelle featuring Fleurie (iTunes)
“Change”, Charlie Puth featuring James Taylor (iTunes)
“Chasing Fire”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Clearly”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Crossing A Line” and “Nothing Makes Sense Anymore”, Mike Shinoda (iTunes)
“For The F^_^k Of It”, Snakehips featuring Jeremih & Tinashe (iTunes)
“Glass Houses”, The Beach (iTunes)
“GoodMorning, Goodbye”, FRENSHIP (iTunes)
“Hallucinogenics”, Matt Maeson (iTunes)
“Holding On”, Phora (iTunes)
“I Do”, Kyle Reynolds featuring Kirsten Arian (iTunes)
“I Don’t Want To Know”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”, Andra Day (iTunes)
“Like They Do On The TV”, Kimbra (iTunes)
“Long Live The Billionaire”, Sam Martin (iTunes)
“Long Way Down”, Taylor Phelan (iTunes)
“Love Song”, Zak Abel (iTunes)
“Me So Bad”, Tinashe featuring Ty Dolla $ign & French Montana (iTunes)
“My Name Is Mars”, Capital Cities (iTunes)
“Never Say Die”, CHVRCHES (iTunes)
“Nostalgia”, (iTunes)
“On The Line”, Julian Perretta (iTunes)
“Philly, Forget Me Not”, Daryl Hall & John Oates with Train (iTunes)
“Pray”, Sam Smith featuring Logic (iTunes)
“Push Back”, Ne-Yo featuring Bebe Rexha & Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Queue Jumping”, Plan B (iTunes)
“Raining Glitter”, Kylie Minogue (iTunes)
“Rescue Me”, Thirty Seconds To Mars (iTunes)
“Room Service”, Emily Vaughn (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Tayla Parx featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“Say It”, Daniel Skye & Baby Ariel (iTunes)
“Say Love”, James TW (iTunes)
“Say My Name” and “Tokyo Nights”, Digital Farm Animals featuring IMAN / featuring Shaun Frank & Dragonette (iTunes)
“Somebody Special (R3hab Remix)”, Nina Nesbitt (iTunes)
“Sweet Sensation”, Flo Rida (iTunes)
“that was then”, isaac gracie (iTunes)
“the broken hearts club”, gnash (iTunes)
“TMYLM (Tell Me You Love Me)”, Brasko (iTunes)
“Too Late”, Janine (iTunes)
“Two High (Sofi Tukker Remix)”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“Us”, James Bay (iTunes)
“Victory”, Safetysuit (iTunes)
“What Kind Of Love”, TOMI (iTunes)
“When The Night Is Over”, Lord Huron (iTunes)
“Your Song”, Lady Gaga (iTunes)

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

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 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: Shawn Mendes slays the pop panel with an impressive first week for his latest single, while proven hits from Bazzi, Halsey and Taylor Swift all continue to perform well. Let’s add ’em up:

OUT FOR “BLOOD”: 19-year-old Shawn Mendes sinks his fangs into the heart of the pop panel this week, though I doubt he’s looking to become the next Bela Lugosi anytime soon. “In My Blood”, the lead single from his forthcoming third album, pumps the chartbeat of the Most Added spot on the latest update, scoring 129 stations on impact. Another cut from the highly-anticipated set, “Lost In Japan”, received a single add this week; it placed at #2 on iTunes, behind “Blood”, for several days after it was released. It could pick up additional stations in the coming weeks, but with “Blood” as the focus track from the project, “Lost” isn’t likely to get into the top 50 anytime soon (unless it gets a larger push to the format.) No word on the title of his upcoming album or a date as of yet, but we’ll see if any tea gets spilled soon.

Another notable new record in the top ten is a collaboration from Eminem and Kehlani, “Nowhere Fast”, in fourth place with 22 stations on impact. This is the third radio single from Eminem’s most recent album, Revival, which was released late last year. The highest-charting of the three so far, the Ed Sheeran-assisted “River”, reached #20 last month. Next week, look out for Logic and Marshmello, currently in sixth place with 17 new stations this week, to attain a bigger sum for “Everyday” in its official impact.

1. SHAWN MENDES, “In My Blood” (Island/Republic)
2. HALSEY featuring BIG SEAN and STEFFLON DON, “Alone” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
3. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Delicate” (Big Machine/Republic)
4. EMINEM featuring KEHLANI, “Nowhere Fast” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
5. BAZZI, “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)
6. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)
7. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Everybody Hates Me” (Disruptor/Columbia)
8. POST MALONE featuring TY DOLLA $IGN, “Psycho” (Republic)
9. ECHOSMITH, “Over My Head” (Warner Bros.)
10. DUA LIPA, “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 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 the two of the new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

EMINEM featuring KEHLANI – “Nowhere Fast” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
Album: Revival (2017)
Past T40 History: “Fast” is the third single from the rapper’s ninth studio set, which topped the Billboard 200 chart late last year.

SHAWN MENDES – “In My Blood” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Mendes recently scored his sixth top 40 hit at the format, as his forthcoming set looks to add more to that total.

Next week: a big collaboration from Logic and Marshmello is the only song (so far) impacting at the format. Who’s going to join the party? 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 (March 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. Remember to file your taxes in the next few weeks, while simultaneously breaking out the MP3 files to enjoy the sweet sounds of pop music from this week’s Top 40 survey. (Do kids these days even know what an MP3 is?) Let’s count the hits:

NEW JACK SWINGS: Congrats to Bruno Mars and Cardi B, who leap from 3-1 on this week’s Top 40 chart with “Finesse”, the eighth #1 at the format for Mars and the first for Cardi B. Mars collects his second #1 track from the 24K Magic era, as “That’s What I Like” spent a total of three weeks at the top last April and May. (The original version of “Finesse” appears on the album, though its current remix does not.) The global hit continues in the top ten at three other radio formats, reaching #1 at one (Rhythmic) during a two-week run last month. Next Sunday, look for “The Middle”, a three-way collaboration from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, to potentially top the survey, as it advances 5-2 this week with a very healthy bullet.

HOT BLOODED: Launching all the way up at #28, Shawn Mendes scores his sixth top 40 entry and highest debut to date at the Top 40 format with “In My Blood”. His previous high of #31 was set by “Treat You Better” back in June 2016. It’s the first release off Mendes’s third studio album, due sometime later in the year. One extra cut from the album, “Lost In Japan”, was released on Friday to both sales and streaming success, though its airplay was minimal. (I’ll save the Japanese artists and song titles for another week!) Another top debut on this week’s top 40, coming in at #35, is the seventh top 40 song for Halsey, called “Alone”. Combined airplay for an edit of the original album version and a new remix with Big Sean and Stefflon Don spiked as a result of the single’s second place finish on last Tuesday’s adds report, where it pulled in nearly 60 stations on impact.

Among the new entries in the top 50, watch out for “Everybody Hates Me” by The Chainsmokers, logging on at #43, which might become the duo’s eighth top 40 song at the format next week. “Sober Up”, the former Alternative chart-topper by AJR and Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, is also aiming for the top 40 next week, ranking at #48 on the current update. The trio has a pair of top 40 entries to date, while Cuomo’s only solo appearance was in 2010 on B.o.B‘s “Magic”, spending three weeks at #13 in September.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, March 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…


7CHARIOT – “Danger In Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Previously featured as Clairity; first time featured under new project
Notes: Though I do miss her Clairity project from several years ago, including pop bops like “Velcro”, the new tune from 7Chariot is worth a chariot ride (or seven) over to your streaming service of choice. “Danger” isn’t dangerous at all, with its cool tropical sound.


BEN HOBBS – “Simple Life” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Five previous appearances, “Two Pieces” (February 2018) being the most recent feature
Notes: The London-based performer, who frequently makes the Rewind, issued a double a-side single on Friday, featuring the song noted here and “Blind To You”. Both tracks are quality for different reasons, but this new wave-influenced cut really caught my ear.


MARC SCIBILIA – “Over You” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Three previous appearances, including “Believer” (July 2016) and “Summer Clothes” (February 2017)
Notes: Scibilia’s been slaying the independent game for several years now, picking up several million streams in the process, as well as a massive hit in parts of Europe with DJ/producer Robin Schulz. His latest track sounds like a future hit on the Hot AC airwaves.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
FINNEAS – “Heaven”
GRIZFOLK – “Endless Summer”
RUTHANNE – “The Vow”

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