Monthly Archives: April 2018

RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 23-24, 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:

ARIANA GRANDE – “No Tears Left To Cry” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Thanks to hourly airplay via iHeartMedia during its first day, Grande’s newest song is well into the top 30 here.

KYGO featuring MIGUEL – “Remind Me To Forget” (Ultra/RCA)
Album: Kids In Love (2017)
Past T40 History: Both performers each have four top 40 entries so far this decade; will they be able to extend those totals to five?

LOOTE – “Your Side Of The Bed” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: With two previous singles serviced to the format, will the third time be the charm for this New York-based duo?

Next week: the current singles from Bryce Vine and Tom Walker have seen some solid early action from the panel, but the new collaboration from Liam Payne and J Balvin will be charging toward the top. Who takes the throne? 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 22, 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. As we look through this week’s top tunes on the pop chart, we also remember the chart history of 28-year-old DJ and producer Avicii, who passed away on Friday. Entering the top 50 a total of seven times, his five top 40 hits, including “Wake Me Up” (#1) and “Hey Brother” (#9), will be played at this format for some time to come. We’ll always remember him and the music he made. Now, on with the current Top 40 results:

LOVING HIM WAS ZEDD: Speeding down the hit highway toward their top 40 target for the fourth consecutive week are Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, once again leading the pop chart with “The Middle”. After gaining in spins, the song posts a pretty small loss this week, though it could be the early sign of a larger fall next week. At Hot AC, “Middle” (up 4-2) should secure the top spot in the next few days, becoming official by next Sunday. Back on the pop survey, Camila Cabello‘s “Never Be The Same”, which might lead the chart by next weekend, is still gaining solidly in the runner-up position, while Drake‘s “God’s Plan” (up 6-5) is the sole new song in the top five, a former #1 title on both the Rhythmic and Urban charts. (More on him below!)

“LEFT” FEELS RIGHT: With a huge first day of hourly airplay via bankrupt radio giant iHeartMedia, “No Tears Left To Cry” nets pop star Ariana Grande her 15th top 40 entry on the Top 40 chart, coming in at #30. It’s the lead single from her forthcoming set, due sometime later this year. “Cry” remains at #1 on iTunes with a large lead over #2, attributed (in part) to its deep discounting. Its substantial airplay gains should continue throughout the week at multiple formats, and it’ll easily be the Most Added song when our usual Top 40 report goes up on Tuesday evening.

Making the top 50 on the new survey, Drake‘s “Nice For What” (#41), ZAYN‘s “Let Me” (#43) and Logan Henderson‘s “Bite My Tongue” (#50) begin their pop journeys, with the former two hits also charting elsewhere. “Nice” makes a giant leap into the top ten on both the Rhythmic and Urban charts, while “Let” is the highest top 50 debut on the Hot AC chart. Henderson previously reached the top 50 at the pop format as a member of Big Time Rush. Who’s going to climb the highest? Stay tuned!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, April 15-21, 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…


CONFETTI – “When I Grow Up” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: One previous mention, “People Suck” (February 2018)
Notes: Though not nearly as polarizing as their last release, the new song from this act is just as fun, touching on a universal theme.


RYAN PULFORD – “Better Off Alone” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First time featured
Notes: Originally a SoundCloud discovery from a couple of years back, Pulford’s first release since 2016 is a super house music jam.


ZAYDE WØLF – “Rule The World” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Three previous mentions, “Higher Than High” (October 2017) being the most recent entry
Notes: With another hit to howl about, that Wolf man returns with this anthemic and energetic release. (We’ll rate his record high.)


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BAHARI – “Savage”
CRUISR – “Mind Eraser”
JON LEMMON – “Something True”
MALIA CIVETZ – “Little Victories”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 22, 2018

The top of pop’s paradise.

39. Liam Payne & J Balvin – Familiar
34. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. ZAYN – Let Me (38)
28. Jesse McCartney – Better With You (34)
21. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss (28) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
20. Snow Patrol – Don’t Give In (25)
17. James TW – Say Love (28)

10. Marshmello & Anne-Marie – Friends (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Echosmith – Over My Head (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Troye Sivan – My My My! (06) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
06. Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Kelly Clarkson – I Don’t Think About You (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Lissie – Best Days (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Niall Horan – On The Loose (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. George Ezra – Paradise (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Kim Petras – Heart To Break (1)
2. Loote – Your Side Of The Bed (2)
3. Nina Nesbitt – Somebody Special (3)
4. Donovan Woods – Burn That Bridge (5)
5. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (8)
6. Sheppard – Riding The Wave (6)
7. P!nk – Whatever You Want (7)
8. Sigrid – Strangers (4)
9. King Princess – 1950 (-)
10. The Knocks featuring Foster The People – Ride Or Die (-)

In The Mix:
AURORA – Queendom (new)
Family Of The Year – Hold Me Down (new)
Grace VanderWaal – Clearly (new)
Kylie Minogue – Stop Me From Falling
Leon Bridges – Beyond (new)
NOTD featuring Bea Miller – I Wanna Know (new)
Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward – Famous
The Aces – Volcanic Love
The Night Game – The Outfield (new)
U2 – Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way

Chart Notes:

  • Big congrats to English singer and songwriter George Ezra on his very first #1 song on my chart, “Paradise”, which rises one spot after three weeks in the runner-up position. It’s the second single from his Staying At Tamara’s album, and it’s found its own pop paradise in countries like Austria, Scotland and the United Kingdom, where it’s cracked the top five, peaking at #1 in the second territory. The lead single from the album, “Don’t Matter Now”, spent two weeks at #2 on my survey last year. Over on the U.S. radio charts, “Paradise” makes the top 50 on the Hot AC chart, while still rising through the top 15 on the Triple A list. Entering at #34 and #39 on the chart, the new single by Ariana Grande (“No Tears Left To Cry”) and a collaboration by Liam Payne and J Balvin (“Familiar”), who all happen to be labelmates, look to climb speedily during their respective runs this spring and summer. Grande’s release has a simultaneous impact at the Hot AC and Top 40 formats this week, though the Payne and Balvin single has to wait another week before it goes for adds at the latter format.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 24, 2005

Another Day, another hit.

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 13 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of April 24, 2005…

40. MARIAH CAREY, “We Belong Together”
38. THE WALLFLOWERS, “Beautiful Side Of Somewhere”
29. CARBON LEAF, “What About Everything”

Biggest Mover(s):
BACKSTREET BOYS, “Incomplete” (28-22)
AVION, “Beautiful” (20-14)
LOW MILLIONS, “Statue” (18-12, six spots)

10. KEANE, “Everybody’s Changing” (steady, second week)
Album: Hopes And Fears (2004, Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

09. BRYAN ADAMS, “This Side Of Paradise” (up 3)
Album: Room Service (2004, Mercury Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

08. THE KILLERS, “Mr. Brightside” (down 4)
Album: Hot Fuss (2004, Island Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. TIM MCGRAW, “Live Like You Were Dying” (down 4)
Album: Live Like You Were Dying (2004, Curb Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

06. HALL & OATES, “I Can Dream About You” (up 2)
Album: Our Kind Of Soul (2004, U-Watch Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, “American Baby” (up 2)
Album: Stand Up (2005, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for four weeks

04. GAVIN DEGRAW, “Chariot” (up 2)
Album: Chariot (2003, J Records)
Peak: #2

03. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Home” (up 2)
Album: It’s Time (2005, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

02. HOWIE DAY, “Collide” (steady, second week)
Album: Stop All The World Now (2003, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. DURAN DURAN, “What Happens Tomorrow” (steady, second week)
Album: Astronaut (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 20, 2018

The Cole wide world is listening.

As the second weekend of Coachella gets closer, make the most of this massive musical madness before you reach the festival. Here are the albums and singles you need to check out on digital services and in stores this Friday:

J. COLE – KOD (iTunes)
With his first album since 4 Your Eyez Only, which topped the Billboard 200 in December 2016, the popular hip-hop performer should get his fifth #1 title next week, with a very healthy boost from streaming-equivalent units. No radio single has been announced as of yet, but its cuts should receive quite a few spins at Rhythmic and Urban radio over the weekend, as well as plenty of playlist love.

Notable albums out this week: A Perfect Circle‘s Eat The Elephant (iTunes), Ashley Monroe‘s Sparrow (iTunes), Bishop Briggs‘s Church Of Scars (iTunes), Black Stone Cherry‘s Family Tree (iTunes), Brothers Osborne‘s Port Saint Joe (iTunes), Donovan Woods‘s Both Ways (iTunes), Kimbra‘s Primal Heart (iTunes), Lord Huron‘s Vide Noir (iTunes), Sting & Shaggy‘s 44/876 (iTunes), Stryper‘s God Damn Evil (iTunes), Upchurch‘s Creeker (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Bad Wolves‘s False Flags, Vol. 2 (iTunes), PRETTYMUCH‘s PRETTYMUCH (iTunes), Sasha Sloan‘s Sad Girl (iTunes), Seeb’s Nice To Meet You (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2002”, Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Alone (Calvin Harris Remix)”, Halsey featuring Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Basement”, Russ & Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Best Friend”, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie featuring Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“Better Off”, Jeremy Zucker & Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“Better Off Alone”, Ryan Pulford (iTunes)
“Beyond”, Leon Bridges (iTunes)
“Can’t Do It Alone”, Peter Wise & Tiger Darrow (iTunes)
“Chasing Fire (Robin Schulz Remix)”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Control”, Lemaitre with Jerry Folk (iTunes)
“End Of Time”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Familiar”, Liam Payne & J Balvin (iTunes)
“Fix Me Up”, Matthew Young (iTunes)
“Game Over”, Martin Garrix & LOOPERS (iTunes)
“Good Boys”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Hair Too Long”, The Vamps (iTunes)
“Hands On Me”, BURNS featuring Maluma & Rae Sremmurd (iTunes)
“I Like That”, Janelle Monáe (iTunes)
“I Love You (All The Way)”, Luke Elliot (iTunes)
“Let Her Go”, Family Of The Year (iTunes)
“Little Victories”, Malia Civetz (iTunes)
“Lovely”, Billie Eilish & Khalid (iTunes)
“LY4L”, Katelyn Tarver (iTunes)
“Mind Eraser”, CRUISR (iTunes)
“Need You Right Now”, HEDEGAARD featuring Hayley Warner (iTunes)
“Nightclub Love”, Matt Maltese (iTunes)
“No Tears Left To Cry”, Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“One”, VHS Collection (iTunes)
“OTW”, Khalid, 6LACK and Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Over You (Acoustic)”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Palace”, Cam (iTunes)
“Perdido”, Poo Bear & J Balvin (iTunes)
“Pink Lemonade (Acoustic)”, James Bay (iTunes)
“Push And Pull”, Hey Monea (iTunes)
“Queendom”, AURORA (iTunes)
“Rule The World”, ZAYDE WØLF (iTunes)
“Sin Pijama”, Becky G & Natti Natasha (iTunes)
“Somebody”, The Chainsmokers featuring Drew Love (iTunes)
“Something True”, Jon Lemmon (iTunes)
“Stay With Me”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Tip Pon It”, Sean Paul & Major Lazer (iTunes)
“Too Fat”, Sage The Gemini featuring Trina (iTunes)
“Trust Fund Baby (Acoustic)”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“Two Shots (Acoustic)”, Goody Grace (iTunes)
“When I Grow Up”, Confetti (iTunes)
“Who’s Up”, LunchMoney Lewis (iTunes)
“Winnebago”, Gryffin featuring Quinn XCII & Daniel Wilson (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Janelle Monáe, Post Malone 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 17, 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: ZAYN proclaims that it’s all about “Me”, but does his latest track take the Most Added title, or will one of last week’s delicious duets eat up the adds toward a #1 finish? Let’s add ’em up:

“ME” TWO: The top tier of this week’s Top 40 adds update definitely has a “Me” thing going on, even without the myself or I. For most of the day, “Done For Me” by Charlie Puth featuring Kehlani, last week’s runner-up single, and the impacting “Let Me” by ZAYN saw a decent amount of action from the panel, the former receiving 56 stations in the week after its official impact, with the latter collecting 48 stations. Look for ZAYN’s new release on his forthcoming studio album, due later this year. Meanwhile, Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa slip to third place with the Most Added song from a week ago, “One Kiss”, new at 28 more stations.

The only other significant impacting song of note is “Push Back”, a collaboration by Ne-Yo, Bebe Rexha and Stefflon Don. In a fourth place finish, it pulls in 18 adds during its first week. Ne-Yo’s upcoming album, Good Man, is due this summer. Rexha’s song “Meant To Be”, featuring Florida Georgia Line, recently peaked at #2 on the pop chart, though it’s still up in spins for the week. Stefflon Don has yet to enter the top 50 here, though she has seen some moderate chart results on the Rhythmic and Urban lists.

1. CHARLIE PUTH featuring KEHLANI, “Done For Me” (APG/Atlantic)
2. ZAYN, “Let Me” (RCA)
3. CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA, “One Kiss” (Columbia)
4. NE-YO, BEBE REXHA & STEFFLON DON, “Push Back” (Motown/Capitol)
5. DRAKE, “Nice For What” (YMCMB/Republic)
6. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Delicate” (Big Machine/Republic)
7-T. AJR featuring RIVERS CUOMO, “Sober Up” (S-Curve/Hollywood)
7-T. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)
9-T. BIG BOI, “All Night” (HitCo)
9-T. BÜLOW, “Not A Love Song” (Wax/Republic)
9-T. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Sit Next To Me” (Columbia)
9-T. MADISON BEER, “Home With You” (First Access)

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