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

Sivan is ser-van’ the hits.

40. Bleachers – Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)
39. Phillip Phillips – Into The Wild | HIGHEST DEBUT

34. Bishop Briggs – White Flag (39)
31. Echosmith – Over My Head (36)
29. Paramore – Rose-Colored Boy (38) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
23. Taylor Swift – Delicate (32) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks (tie)
20. Rozzi – Never Over You (25)
17. Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel (26) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
13. Marshmello & Anne-Marie – Friends (18)

10. Lissie – Best Days (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Kelly Clarkson – I Don’t Think About You (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Calum Scott – You Are The Reason (04) | PEAK: #02
07. George Ezra – Paradise (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Maroon 5 – Wait (05) | PEAK: #05
05. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Niall Horan – On The Loose (08) | PEAK: #04
03. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (02) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
02. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Troye Sivan – My My My! (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Kim Petras – Heart To Break (1)
2. LANCO – Greatest Love Story (3)
3. Arlissa & Jonas Blue – Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie (6)
4. Kylie Minogue – Dancing (5)
5. Meghan Trainor – No Excuses (7)
6. Sigrid – Strangers (-)
7. In Real Life – Tattoo (How ‘Bout You) (-)
8. Andreas Moss featuring Melanie Pfirrman – Lonely (-)
9. Hailee Steinfeld & BloodPop – Capital Letters (-)
10. Loote – Your Side Of The Bed (-)

In The Mix:
5 Seconds Of Summer – Want You Back
Barenaked Ladies – Lookin’ Up
Bon Jovi – When We Were Us
Coin – Growing Pains
James Bay – Pink Lemonade
Kylie Minogue – Stop Me From Falling
Lola Marsh – Wishing Girl
Nina Nesbitt – Somebody Special
Years & Years – Sanctify

Chart Notes:

  • After reaching #9 last year with “Miles”, Phillip Phillips returns with the follow-up, “Into The Wild”, new at #39. Both titles can be found on Phillips’s most recent release, Collateral. (It’s not a hot Connell Cruise cover, but that single peaked at #27 on my chart three years ago.) A spot below him, at #40, is a soundtrack single by Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers. Taken from the film Love, Simon, which opened on Friday, “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)” heads for adds at the Alternative format Tuesday. Bleachers has been to #1 twice on my chart, while fun. (which Antonoff also played in) scored three chart-toppers in 2012 and 2013.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 19, 2006

Don't apologize for these great songs.

Written in the past.

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 12 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of March 19, 2006…

35. PEARL JAM, “World Wide Suicide”
31. ORSON, “No Tomorrow”

Biggest Mover(s):
ARCTIC MONKEYS, “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” (32-23, nine spots)

10. ROB THOMAS, “Ever The Same” (up 1)
Album: …Something To Be (2005, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

09. JACK JOHNSON, “Upside Down” (down 2)
Album: Sing-A-Longs And Lullabies For The Film Curious George (2006, Brushfire/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #7

08. JAMES BLUNT, “Wisemen” (up 1)
Album: Back To Bedlam (2006, Custard/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

07. JOSH KELLEY, “Almost Honest” (up 3)
Album: Almost Honest (2005, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #6

06. MECK featuring LEO SAYER, “Thunder In My Heart Again” (down 1)
Album: Thunder In My Heart Again (single) (2006, Island Records – U.K.)
Peak: #5

05. JAMES BLUNT, “You’re Beautiful” (down 1)
Album: Back To Bedlam (2006, Custard/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

04. MADONNA, “Sorry” (down 1)
Album: Confessions On A Dance Floor (2005, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

03. BO BICE, “The Real Thing” (up 3)
Album: The Real Thing (2005, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. K.T. TUNSTALL, “Black Horse And The Cherry Tree” (steady, third week)
Album: Eye To The Telescope (2006, Relentless/Virgin Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “Unwritten” (steady, seventh week)
Album: Unwritten (2005, Phonogenic/Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for ten weeks

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

A Change at the top.

It’s time for another week of winners from the music world, including notable names from the genres of country, rap, rock and more. Here are the albums and singles you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

SCOTTY MCCREERY – Seasons Change (iTunes)
Former American Idol winner McCreery recently topped the Country radio list for the first time with “Five More Minutes”, with “This Is It” (the follow-up single) ready to take over the charts when it impacts in late April. The performer’s now had four albums reach the top ten on the Billboard 200 list, and this is pretty likely to make it five.

Notable albums out this week: Dorothy‘s 28 Days In The Valley (iTunes), Fickle Friends‘s You Are Someone Else (iTunes), Rich Homie Quan‘s Rich As In Spirit (iTunes), Saweetie‘s High Maintenance (iTunes), Snoop Dogg‘s Bible Of Love (iTunes), Stone Temple Pilots‘s Stone Temple Pilots (2018) (iTunes), The Decemberists‘s I’ll Be Your Girl (iTunes), XXXTENTACION‘s ? (iTunes), Love, Simon (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: TBA

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Alien”, Sabrina Carpenter x Jonas Blue (iTunes)
“Alone”, Halsey featuring Big Sean and Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Back When”, Prelow (iTunes)
“Bad Bad News” / “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand”, Leon Bridges (iTunes)
“Be Like You”, Whethan featuring Broods (iTunes)
“Blackout”, Frank Turner (iTunes)
“Bonita”, CNCO (iTunes)
“Brace”, Twin Shadow featuring Rainsford (iTunes)
“Burn The House Down”, AJR (iTunes)
“Call On Me”, Kim Cesarion (iTunes)
“Cold As Stone”, Kaskade featuring Charlotte Lawrence (iTunes)
“Come Kiss Me”, Tryon (iTunes)
“Crazy World (Live From Dublin)”, The Script featuring Christy Dignam (iTunes)
“Cruzin'”, Snakehips featuring St Rulez (iTunes)
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, Q-Tip & Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Done For Me”, Charlie Puth featuring Kehlani (iTunes)
“Early Morning Trappin”, Rich The Kid featuring Trippie Redd (iTunes)
“Everyone Hates Me”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)
“Freaky Friday”, Lil Dicky featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Freshman List”, NAV (iTunes)
“Gimme A Break”, Nicole Millar (iTunes)
“Girlfriend At The Time”, Emily Burns (iTunes)
“Grit Your Teeth”, Martin Luke Brown (iTunes)
“Healthy”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Here” and “Hurt”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“I Owe You Nothing” / “Remember”, Seinabo Sey (iTunes)
“I Wanna Know”, NOTD featuring Bea Miller (iTunes)
“I Wanna Know”, RL Grime featuring Daya (iTunes)
“I Want A Miracle”, Fred Rister featuring Sam Martin & Chris Willis (iTunes)
“Let It Be”, Hayley Kiyoko (iTunes)
“Life In Pink”, Kate Nash (iTunes)
“Memorized”, Mat Kearney & RAC (iTunes)
“Mind On It”, Yungen featuring Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“My My My! (Throttle Remix)”, Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Old Soul”, Hudson Taylor (iTunes)
“Over My Head”, Echosmith (iTunes)
“Preacher Man”, The Driver Era (iTunes)
“Raw”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Remind Me To Forget”, Kygo featuring Miguel (iTunes)
“Saviour”, George Ezra featuring First Aid Kit (iTunes)
“Sex & Cigarettes”, Toni Braxton (iTunes)
“Somebody New”, VASSY featuring Sultan + Shepard (iTunes)
“Spy”, Kira Kosarin (iTunes)
“With You”, Griffin Stoller featuring Molly Moore (iTunes)
“YES”, Louisa Johnson featuring 2 Chainz (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from George Ezra, Jack White 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 13, 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: A virtually unknown artist named Taylor Swift (who?) delicately tiptoes onto the Top 40 airwaves, while newcomers In Real Life sink some ink into the top ten. Let’s add ’em up:

SAME SWIFT, DIFFERENT DAY: In the middle of another week of nice adds for acts like 5 Seconds Of Summer, Meghan Trainor and Post Malone, there’s one name who swiftly captures the attention of the Top 40 radio panel. No surprise here; that would be Big Machine/Republic superstar Taylor Swift and her latest single called “Delicate”. It lands 35 stations in its first week this Tuesday, putting it in second place (ten stations behind Trainor’s “No Excuses”.) This is Swift’s fifth release to make the top 50 from her current album reputation, which includes four radio singles and an instant grat (“Gorgeous”) that had a handful of weeks on in October and November. A clip for “Delicate” premiered on an award show on Sunday, dancing its way into the #1 position on YouTube’s Trending video chart following its debut.

Formed on ABC’s Boy Band last summer, Hollywood’s In Real Life, who saw some limited airplay at the format last year with the song “Eyes Closed”, officially impacts for the first time at the format with their current single, “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)”. The band, composed of five members between the ages of 16 and 20, ties for third place with two other songs, reaching 27 stations on impact. You’ll also find newcomer LIVVIA with a nice first week for “Catch A Body”, featuring Quavo from Migos, in ninth place with 20 stations. The performer was previously credited as Olivia Somerlyn, and though she did receive some limited airplay here with a handful of songs several years ago, especially on satellite radio, she never previously entered the top 50.

1. MEGHAN TRAINOR, “No Excuses” (Epic)
2. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Delicate” (Big Machine/Republic)
3-T. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Want You Back” (Capitol)
3-T. IN REAL LIFE, “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)” (Hollywood)
3-T. KENDRICK LAMAR & SZA, “All The Stars” (Interscope)
6-T. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)
6-T. POST MALONE featuring TY DOLLA $IGN, “Psycho” (Republic)
8. DUA LIPA, “IDGAF” (Warner Bros.)
9. LIVVIA featuring QUAVO, “Catch A Body” (VIA Music)
10. ARLISSA & JONAS BLUE, “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie” (Def Jam)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 12-13, 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 four new tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

IN REAL LIFE – “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)” (Hollywood)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: After forming on the ABC summer series Boy Band, this quintet impacts at the Top 40 format for the first time.

KENT JONES – “Merengue” (We The Best/Epic)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This is Jones’s second single to reach the top 40 here, following 2016’s “Don’t Mind”, which went as high as #8.

LIVVIA featuring QUAVO – “Catch A Body” (VIA Music – Independent)
Album/EP: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Livvia is a newcomer to the format; Quavo has appeared on multiple chart records as a soloist and with Migos.

TAYLOR SWIFT – “Delicate” (Big Machine/Republic)
Album: reputation (2017)
Past T40 History: Swift’s current single off her newest set comes shortly after the debut of its music video at a recent award show.

Next week: new songs by Echosmith, Paramore and a duet from Khalid and Normani (of Fifth Harmony) officially launch here. Where will the love lie with the panel? 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 11, 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. Take it Eazy, folks, because we have a heavy load of hits on the way for you! Well, not as heavy as last week’s incredible chart action, but it’s still notable. So, let’s get to counting:

“I” IN THE SKY: They’re staying and slaying together! Rapper G-Eazy and singer Halsey put their relationship on the record (at least, recorded musically) with the new #1 single on the Top 40 chart, “Him & I”. It jumps from 2-1, displacing NF‘s “Let You Down” after a week at the top. This is the second #1 for both artists at this format; G-Eazy’s “Me, Myself & I”, featuring Bebe Rexha, spent two weeks there in April 2016, while Halsey’s feature on “Closer” by The Chainsmokers earned her ten giant weeks at #1 between September and December of that year. “Him” is on the decline on the Rhythmic survey, where it recently reached #3, and its Hot AC crossover looks minimal at best, though it’s up to a new peak of #36 on the current update. Unless it experiences a massive spin loss in the coming days, “Him” will likely secure a second week at #1 here, though another top collaboration could take its place later this month.

YOUR LOGIC IS SOUND: While reactive songs from Meghan Trainor and Post Malone bolt into the top 40 this week, plenty of notable new titles are also starting their journey into the top 50. The highest of them, landing at #44, is collaboration from rapper Logic and the mysterious musical man known as Marshmello. “Everyday” is the first radio single from Logic’s new release, Bobby Tarantino II, a mixtape that looks like it could top next week’s Billboard 200 list. It isn’t the same composition as entries charted by artists like Phil Collins, the Dave Matthews Band, Bon Jovi or Ariana Grande and Future, but then again, it isn’t every day that the song title “Everyday” appears at the format. Marshmello now has three credited songs in the top 50, which is a new high for him.

Coming in at #48, Taylor Swift returns to the list with the fifth cut to make the top 50 off her chart-topping album reputation. The music video for “Delicate” debuted this evening at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. The highest-charting song from the effort thus far is “Look What You Made Me Do”, which spent a week at #1 in October before tying the plays-per-week era record for the hardest fall from the top (1-6) and subsequently crashing for several weeks. (We can only hope the run for this entry is a little bit smoother.) The title “Delicate” has charted here once before: Terence Trent D’arby‘s last single to rank at the format peaked at #30 in September 1993, which was credited without featured singer Des’ree for its U.S. release.

Further down the chart, one last debut from Keala Settle and the ensemble of The Greatest Showman film, “This Is Me”, breaks in at #49. The soundtrack topped the Billboard 200 list earlier this year, and has since been certified Gold.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, March 4-10, 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…


BETTY WHO – “Look Back” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: one previous appearance, “Ignore Me” (January 2018); previously signed to RCA Records
Notes: Yes, I know that there’s a certain irony in featuring a track called “Look Back” on a weekend when the U.S. has sprung ahead one hour. However, just as much as “Ignore Me” was a bop, “Look” is an incredibly catchy and delectable piece of pop. Sweet times!


SPAZZ CARDIGAN – “Episode” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First time featured
Notes: This performer has fallen onto my radar through some mutual friends in Nashville, not to mention his song’s prominent add on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist. The production on this R&B-flavored track is tight, and a clever lyric definitely doesn’t hurt.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
FLETCHER – “I Believe You”
WANDERER – “Miss You More At Night”

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