Monthly Archives: April 2018

RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 30-May 1, 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 hits impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BRYCE VINE – “Drew Barrymore” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Vine is a newcomer to the format with some solid streaming for his single. (Barrymore has never charted here!)

LIAM PAYNE & J BALVIN – “Familiar” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Former boy band member Payne is headed for his fifth top 40 solo single, while Balvin could take in his second.

TOM WALKER – “Leave A Light On” (Relentless/Epic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Scotland-born Walker hasn’t charted here before, but this song is now climbing the top 20 on the Hot AC chart.

Next week: NF hopes to not let anyone down with his new single called “Lie”. How truthful will the panel be? 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 (April 29, 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. Going into the fifth month of the year, we’re pumped for all the Song Of The Summer candidates about to make their debut and all the other action on the pop chart. Ready for a trip to Top 40 Land? Let’s get into it:

SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE: Holding on for a fifth week at #1, tying Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules” as the longest-running #1 of the year thus far, Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey have a few more Target gift cards to redeem before “The Middle” finally falls out of the top spot on the pop chart. Once again, the song posts a minor loss this week, which didn’t lead to any excessive drops after the report last weekend. “Middle” reaches the top of the Hot AC list this week, giving all three acts their first chart-topper at this format. Will Camila Cabello‘s “Never Be The Same” finally take over the pop throne next week? It’s still about 1,000 spins behind, coming in at #2 for the third week in a row, but with a new remix featuring country singer Kane Brown debuting on Friday, there could be an opportunity to spike the record in the coming days, or at least give the new version some curiosity play. You can expect her single with Pharrell Williams, “Sangria Wine”, at the format soon, which will be worked by Williams’s record label, Columbia.

BEER FOR EVERYONE: No, not free drinks, settle down. As the current tracks from Drake, ZAYN, bülow and a collaboration by Sam Smith and Logic reach the top 40, we also find some new (and old) faces breaking into the top 50. After narrowly missing the region last fall with “Dead” last year, former major label artist Madison Beer goes independent for her first chart entry, a song called “Home With You”. It comes in at #48. Beer is the first Madison to enter the top 50 since 2000, when an Australian duo called Madison Avenue went to #48 with their lone pop hit in the States, “Don’t Call Me Baby”. A notch lower, at #49, is a song title that contains a single letter: “X”. Nicky Jam and J Balvin‘s collaboration has been building nicely at streaming services in the past few weeks, recently hitting #1 in Italy and Spain. In the history of the CHR and Top 40 airplay charts, there’s been only one top 40 hit to begin with the letter X: “Xanadu”, which peaked at #2 for Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra in September 1980. Balvin is also involved with this week’s #50 debut, “Familiar” by one-time One Direction member Liam Payne. This single should give Payne his fifth top 40 hit at the format, while Balvin is likely to grab his second and third simultaneously.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, April 22-28, 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…


MOONTOWER – “William” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First time featured
Notes: The first single for this band on PGTC’s Rewind is a solid indie rock meets electronic track that plenty of Williams can enjoy.


QUINN LEWIS – “Weekend Luv” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: three previous appearances, “In Between” (March 2018) being the most recent
Notes: Lewis’s catchy pop bops keep on shining at streaming services, and his latest single is perfect for a listen on a day like today!


TOP BUNK – “Figure It Out” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First time featured
Notes: The backing boys for FRANKIE (“New Obsession”) team up with some new friends, and frankly, they’ve got a very fun track.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
DAN SADIN – “The Way That It Hurts”
HIGH DIVE HEART – “Outta My Head”
LIZA OWEN – “Fallin”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 29, 2018

Ezra goes for extra.

39. Ocean Park Standoff – If You Were Mine
37. Jason Mraz – Have It All | HIGHEST DEBUT

33. Liam Payne & J Balvin – Familiar (39)
25. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (34) | BIGGEST MOVER
22. Jesse McCartney – Better With You (28)

10. Marshmello & Anne-Marie – Friends (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Troye Sivan – My My My! (07) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
08. Echosmith – Over My Head (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Kelly Clarkson – I Don’t Think About You (05) | PEAK: #05
06. Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Lissie – Best Days (04) | PEAK: #04
04. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (08) | PEAK: #04
03. Niall Horan – On The Loose (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely (03) | PEAK: #02
01. George Ezra – Paradise (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Loote – Your Side Of The Bed (2)
2. Kim Petras – Heart To Break (1)
3. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (5)
4. Nina Nesbitt – Somebody Special (3)
5. The Knocks featuring Foster The People – Ride Or Die (10)
6. Donovan Woods – Burn That Bridge (4)
7. King Princess – 1950 (9)
8. NOTD featuring Bea Miller – I Wanna Know (-)
9. Grace VanderWaal – Clearly (-)
10. Leon Bridges – Beyond (-)

In The Mix:
AURORA – Queendom
Ed Sheeran – Happier
Family Of The Year – Hold Me Down
Forest Blakk – Love Me (new)
P!nk – Whatever You Want
Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward – Famous
Sheppard – Riding The Wave
The Aces – Volcanic Love
The Night Game – The Outfield
U2 – Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way

Chart Notes:

  • Singer and songwriter (and recent Broadway performer) Jason Mraz scores his twelfth top 40 hit on my personal chart with “Have It All”, entering at #37. It’s the first single from his forthcoming album, due later this year. Of those dozen appearances since 2003, a pair of singles have reached the top: 2003’s “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)”, which spent seven weeks there, and 2008’s “I’m Yours”, which held for a week. “Have” is Mraz’s first track to make my chart in nearly four years: “Love Someone” peaked at #32 in August of 2014. The only other debut this week, breaking in at #39, comes from California trio Ocean Park Standoff with “If You Were Mine”, their second top 40 song. Two versions of the track have been serviced to stations: one by the band itself and another featuring rapper Lil Yachty. Watch out for it at the Hot AC format in two weeks.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 29, 2012

“Back” to 2012.

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 six years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of April 29, 2012…

40. ADAM LAMBERT, “Never Close Our Eyes”
39. ALEX CLARE, “Too Close”

Biggest Mover(s):
MAROON 5, “Payphone” (28-18, ten spots)

10. KARMIN, “Brokenhearted” (up 2)
Album: Hello (2012, Epic Records)
Peak: #7 for three weeks

09. DANIEL POWTER, “Cupid” (up 5)
Album: Turn On The Lights (2012, International Solutions/Avex/Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

08. OLLY MURS, “Oh My Goodness” (down 1)
Album: Right Place Right Time (2013, Columbia Records)
Peak: #7

07. KEANE, “Silenced By The Night” (up 1)
Album: Strangeland (2012, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

06. KATY PERRY, “Part Of Me” (steady, third week)
Album: Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #5

05. THE SCRIPT, “If You Ever Come Back” (steady, third week)
Album: Science & Faith (2011, Epic Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

04. TRAIN, “Drive By” (down 1)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. GOTYE featuring KIMBRA, “Somebody That I Used To Know” (up 1)
Album: Making Mirrors (2012, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

02. ED SHEERAN, “The A Team” (down 1)
Album: + (2012, Asylum/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. FUN. featuring JANELLE MONÁE, “We Are Young” (up 1)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 27, 2018

Malone again (naturally).

New post, new Post! Perhaps it’s a little oversimplified, but it is true. Send your driver for your bentley, or at least your computer or mobile device, because here are the albums and singles you need to check out on digital services and in stores this Friday:

POST MALONE – Beerbongs & Bentleys (iTunes)
In the current era of giant streaming debuts, this highly-anticipated release will likely be the latest to score hundreds of millions of streams during its first week in the market (and, ultimately, much further than that.) At 18 tracks in length, including the songs “Psycho” (featuring Ty Dolla $ign) and “Rockstar” (featuring 21 Savage), it will open at #1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Does this debut affect the artist’s previous set, 2016’s Stoney, in a positive way? How many new songs from Beerbongs will enter the equivalent Hot 100? Stay tuned.

KEITH URBAN – Graffiti U (iTunes)
If Malone isn’t your thing, then country and pop fans should welcome the latest album from Urban, which features the songs “Female” and his current hit with Julia Michaels, “Coming Home”. It should oust Jason Aldean‘s current release to become the top country album in the land next week.

Notable albums out this week: Anne-Marie‘s Speak Your Mind (iTunes), Blossoms‘s Cool Like You (iTunes), Elohim‘s Elohim (iTunes), Godsmack‘s When Legends Rise (iTunes), Janelle Monáe‘s Dirty Computer (iTunes), Poo Bear‘s Presents: Bearthday Music (iTunes), Twin Shadow‘s Caer (iTunes), Willie Nelson‘s Last Man Standing (iTunes), YoungBoy Never Broke Again‘s Until Death Call My Name (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Matt Maeson‘s The Hearse (iTunes), Steve Aoki‘s 5Oki (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1Night”, Stargate featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR, 21 Savage & Murda Beatz (iTunes)
“About You”, Mike Shinoda featuring blackbear (iTunes)
“Almost Back”, Kaskade, Phoebe Ryan & LöKii (iTunes)
“Believer”, Cyn (iTunes)
“Brooklyn In The Summer”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“Collide”, GIVERS (iTunes)
“Come Home Soon”, Brent Cobb (iTunes)
“Company”, Remy Ma featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (iTunes)
“Darling”, needtobreathe (iTunes)
“Dazed & Confused”, Ruel (iTunes)
“El Anillo”, Jennifer Lopez (iTunes)
“Faded Away”, Sweater Beats featuring Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Fallin”, Liza Owen (iTunes)
“Famous”, Mason Ramsey (iTunes)
“Figure It Out”, Top Bunk (iTunes)
“F**k U”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“Ghost”, Kulick (iTunes)
“Got You”, Michael Calfan (iTunes)
“Hasta Luego”, HRVY & Malu Trevejo (iTunes)
“Have It All”, Jason Mraz (iTunes)
“I Am Free”, Cosmos & Creature (iTunes)
“I Need Your Love”, Albin Lee Meldau (iTunes)
“I Will”, Alex Adair featuring Eves Karydas (iTunes)
“If You Were Mine”, Ocean Park Standoff featuring Lil Yachty (iTunes)
“Mattress (High As A Kite)”, Leland (iTunes)
“Melody”, Lost Frequencies featuring James Blunt (iTunes)
“Mi Amore”, FRENSHIP (iTunes)
“Money”, Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Needles”, BAD WITH PHONES (iTunes)
“Numb”, Meg Myers (iTunes)
“One Percent”, Taylor Girlz featuring Kap G (iTunes)
“Open Arms”, John Ondrasik/Five For Fighting (iTunes)
“Quiz”, cupcakKe (iTunes)
“Rich”, Gladius James featuring Wiz Khalifa (iTunes)
“Right Moves”, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (iTunes)
“Roll (Burbank Funk)”, The Internet (iTunes)
“Thank You”, BROADHURST (iTunes)
“Troublemaker”, Devon Gilfillian (iTunes)
“Void”, Sj & Zookëper featuring Emmalyn (iTunes)
“Wasted Time”, Overstreet (iTunes)
“Weekend Luv”, Quinn Lewis (iTunes)
“William”, Moontower (iTunes)
“With a Little Help From My Friends”, The Spencer Lee Band (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Leon Bridges, Mat Kearney, Shinedown 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 (April 24, 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: Ariana Grande stocks up on Top 40 tissues for her new track “No Tears Left To Cry”, as adds for the single flood this Tuesday’s report. Stay dry, because we’re about to add ’em up:

WHO’S CRYING NOW?: Leading her forthcoming studio album, due sometime later this year, “No Tears Left To Cry” from pop singer Ariana Grande is well ahead at the top spot on this week’s Top 40 report, landing 156 stations on impact. Grande’s largest adds week to date at the format was for “Focus”, which took in 158 stations during its first week on a run toward #13 for two weeks in November and December 2015. (Hey, we can only hope for a better result with this song.) “Tears” debuted way up at #30 on the weekend’s published update, thanks in part to hourly airplay from iHeartMedia stations throughout the day on Friday. The release also tops this week’s station leaderboards at the Hot AC and Rhythmic formats.

Will Nicky Jam and J Balvin‘s “X” be the next successful Latin crossover? With a new version in English, the collaboration takes 21 stations from the panel this week, tying for a third place finish. The two soloists have previously charted at the format in the last couple of years, but not on the same top 40 song. Tying for ninth place, with ten stations, is another terrific twosome that regularly records as a duo: Loote, new with “Your Side Of The Bed”. The New York act has yet to make the top 40 here, though they have as co-writers and producers of “No Promises” by Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato, which got to #6 last September.

1. ARIANA GRANDE, “No Tears Left To Cry” (Republic)
2. ZAYN, “Let Me” (RCA)
3-T. DRAKE, “Nice For What” (YMCMB/Republic)
3-T. NICKY JAM & J BALVIN, “X” (Sony Latin/RCA)
5-T. CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA, “One Kiss” (Columbia)
5-T. CHARLIE PUTH featuring KEHLANI, “Done For Me” (APG/Atlantic)
8. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)
9-T. LOOTE, “Your Side Of The Bed” (Island/Republic)
9-T. NE-YO, BEBE REXHA & STEFFLON DON, “Push Back” (Motown/Capitol)

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