Monthly Archives: May 2018

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 1, 2018

Just West of the land of charts.

From the Equality State to the state of music today, it’s another interesting Friday for fresh singles and albums. What will you be listening to for the first day of June? These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

KANYE WEST – ye (iTunes)
Does anybody really know what these seven tracks will sound like? Probably not. Still, West’s name should carry this set toward the top of the charts, unless his outspoken political stance affects things severely. We hear sales in Wyoming will be through the roof!

Notable albums out this week: Albin Lee Meldau‘s About You (iTunes), Ben Howard‘s Noonday Dream (iTunes), Father John Misty‘s God’s Favorite Customer (iTunes), Ghost‘s Prequelle (iTunes), Luke Combs‘s This One’s For You Too (iTunes), Michael Ray‘s Amos (iTunes), Nicole Millar‘s Excuse Me (iTunes), Owl City‘s Cinematic (iTunes), Roger Daltrey‘s As Long As I Have You (iTunes), Ruen Brothers‘s All My Shades Of Blue (iTunes), Thompson Square‘s Masterpiece (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Josie Dunne‘s To Be The Little Fish (iTunes), Olivia Noelle‘s If Boys Could Cry (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“5 In The Morning”, Charli XCX (iTunes)
“Africa”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Again And Again”, Dave Matthews Band (iTunes)
“All The Feels”, Fly By Midnight (iTunes)
“All Things”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“At My Weakest” / “You Deserve Better”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Blindsided”, The New Coast (iTunes)
“Boys Like You (Pop Mix)”, Anna Clendening (iTunes)
“Colour”, MNEK featuring Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Come Over”, The Internet (iTunes)
“Dilemma”, Liv Miraldi (iTunes)
“Drive” / “Duo”, Ben Rector (iTunes)
“Enemies” / “Never Not”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Fast Slow Disco”, St. Vincent (iTunes)
“Focus”, Allie X (iTunes)
“Girls Like You (Remix)”, Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B (iTunes)
“Give Yourself A Try”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“Grateful”, Better Than Ezra (iTunes)
“Happier (Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Harlem Anthem”, A$AP Ferg (iTunes)
“Heaven Only Knows”, Bob Moses (iTunes)
“Hometown”, Sheppard (iTunes)
“How You’ve Been”, R3HAB x Quinn Lewis (iTunes)
“Humility”, Gorillaz featuring George Benson (iTunes)
“I Wish I Missed My Ex”, Mahalia (iTunes)
“Lost My Mind”, Lily Allen (iTunes)
“IDWK”, DVBBS x Blackbear (iTunes)
“Love Lasts Forever”, All Saints (iTunes)
“Lying To Myself” / “Waterbed”, Hearts & Colors (iTunes)
“Make It Happen”, John Splithoff (iTunes)
“Paranoid”, Emily Warren (iTunes)
“Remember Me”, VINCINT (iTunes)
“SAD AND BORED”, bülow featuring Duckwrth (iTunes)
“Someone Else”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“SUMMERTIME”, Ne-Yo (iTunes)
“Tension”, Pretty Sister featuring White Gold (iTunes)
“Youngblood (Acoustic)”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from the Dave Matthews Band, Kids See Ghost, Sugarland 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 (May 29, 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: how slow can you go? Following the Memorial Day break, quite slow. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few winners in the bunch, however. Let’s add ’em up:

READY, SET, “GO”: As the format crawls ahead following the holiday weekend, numbers are, expectedly, smaller for this week’s update. That being said, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by the Backstreet Boys leads the list for the second time with a nice total of 37 new stations, down from 51 last week, when it was tied with two other tracks for the Most Added title. That sum puts it nearly 20 stations ahead of two songs tied for second place, one of which (BTS‘s “Fake Love”) doesn’t impact until the middle of June.

The only impacting song of note this week is a release that just moved into the top 40 at the format: “I Like It”, a collaboration that includes Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin, which lands an additional 15 stations and a (tied) fifth place finish. This is the latest hit from the female performer’s recent #1 effort, Invasion Of Privacy, which continues to perform well in the U.S., especially in the streaming world. Look for her collaboration with Maroon 5, a remix of the act’s “Girls Like You”, to appear toward the top of next week’s report.

1-T. BACKSTREET BOYS, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (RCA)
2-T. BTS, “Fake Love” (Columbia)
2-T. JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring DJ KHALED & CARDI B, “Dinero” (Epic)
4. DENNIS LLOYD, “Nevermind” (Warner Bros.)
5-T. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Youngblood” (Capitol)
5-T. CARDI B, BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN, “I Like It” (KSR Group/Atlantic)
7. JULIA MICHAELS featuring TRIPPIE REDD, “Jump” (Republic)
8. DRAKE, “Nice For What” (YMCMB/Republic)
9-T. SAM SMITH featuring LOGIC, “Pray” (Capitol)
9-T. ZAYN, “Let Me” (RCA)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (May 28-29, 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’s the one track impacting this week at the Top 40 format before the holiday weekend:

CARDI B, BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN – “I Like It” (Atlantic)
Album: Invasion Of Privacy (2018)
Past T40 History: Now in the top 40 here, Cardi B’s fourth chart song looks to follow “Finesse” (with Bruno Mars) to the top spot.

Next week: Pharrell Williams and Camila Cabello make it official with the juicy “Sangria Wine”, but newcomer Sofia Reyes is prepared to count “1, 2, 3” dozen adds for her collaboration with Jason Derulo and De La Ghetto. Who wins? 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 (May 27, 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. Enjoy all the Memorial Day festivities! The charts don’t sleep for a holiday, so let’s check out all the action:

RETURN TO “NEVER” LAND: Camila Cabello‘s “Never Be The Same” holds at #1 for the fourth week on the Top 40 list, but a tight battle ensued between it and former chart-topper “The Middle”, from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, as a number of bigger hits continued to decline over the holiday weekend. As the result, the two tracks landed less than 100 spins from one another. A new #1 is likely in the next week or two, with “Psycho” (up 8-4) by Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign currently in the lead. “Never” is still making moves on the Hot AC list, rising 5-3 this week, though most observers will now be focused on her duet with Pharrell Williams, “Sangria Wine”, which sports a solid gain below the top 50 at the Top 40 format (and could enter as early as next week.)

HOW LO CAN THEY GO?: Four new titles reach the top 40 this week, led by the comeback single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Backstreet Boys, up 48-33 to become their 19th top 40 entry at this format since 1995. (You’ll find additional chart data on the other entries from Cardi B, Logan Henderson and Bryce Vine on our socials!) Meanwhile, three songs come into the top 50 on the newest update, led by “Dinero” from Jennifer Lopez at #43. The collaboration, which features DJ Khaled and the previously mentioned Cardi B, is now Lopez’s highest-charting song since 2014. Five spots lower, K-pop sensations BTS score their second top 50 hit with “Fake Love”. The seven man band’s #48 entry comes two weeks before their single’s official impact date at the format. In at #49 is the week’s final new song, “Jump” by singer and songwriter Julia Michaels. She has three top 40 tunes to date. The track features chart newcomer Trippie Redd, who is known for a handful of collaborations and features in the rap field.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, May 20-26, 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…


CHELSEA CUTLER – “Water On The Bridge” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Three previous appearances, most recently “The Reason” (May 2018)
Notes: Long time no see! Cutler appeared here with “The Reason” last Sunday. Now, she slows the pace a taste with this lush ballad.


EMILY BURNS – “Cheat” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: One previous appearance, “Girlfriend At The Time” (March 2018)
Notes: Ahead of Seven Scenes From The Same Summer, out on July 20, Burns releases one of the catchiest pop singles of the week.


LAUV – “Bracelet” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Nine previous appearances, most recently “Chasing Fire” (April 2018)
Notes: This piece of pop jewelry is one of four Lauv tracks to admire over the next couple of weeks, and they’ll all glitter effortlessly.


SPAZZ CARDIGAN – “Medicine” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: One previous appearance, “Episode” (March 2018)
Notes: Nashville performer Cardigan might need a lighter article of clothing; his in-your-face pop bops continue to deliver the heat!


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
JC STEWART – “Medicine”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 27, 2018

“One” is the one.

38. Maddie Poppe – Going Going Gone
36. Passenger – Hell Or High Water | HIGHEST DEBUT

33. Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato – Fall In Line (40)
24. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (36) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
18. Bastille – Quarter Past Midnight (28)
13. Jason Mraz – Have It All (18)
12. A Great Big World – Younger (24) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — two weeks

10. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely (07) | PEAK: #02
09. Bleachers – Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Taylor Swift – Delicate (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Niall Horan – On The Loose (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
06. Echosmith – Over My Head (04) | PEAK: #04
05. James TW – Say Love (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (08) | PEAK: #04
03. George Ezra – Paradise (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Knocks featuring Foster The People – Ride Or Die (1)
2. Celine Dion – Ashes (2)
3. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (4)
4. Julia Michaels – Jump (6)
5. NOTD featuring Bea Miller – I Wanna Know (5)
6. Years & Years – If You’re Over Me (8)
7. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You (7)
8. Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings – Loving Is Easy (10)
9. Grace VanderWaal – Clearly (9)
10. Noah Cyrus & MAX – Team (-)

In The Mix:
American Authors – Deep Water (new)
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Ohio (new)
Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – Solo
Ed Sheeran – Happier
Florence + The Machine – Hunger
King Princess – 1950
Lenny Kravitz – Low (new)
Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward – Famous
Train featuring Cam – Call Me Sir (new)
Troye Sivan – Bloom

Chart Notes:

  • On this Memorial Day Weekend, there’s a new song at the top from Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa! “One Kiss” marks the first collaboration for the two soloists, soaring from 3-1 this week. It’s Harris’s first #1 on my chart and Lipa’s second, following her smash “New Rules”, which spent two weeks at the top in November. The current songs from A Great Big World (“Younger”) and the Backstreet Boys (“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”) share the title of Biggest Mover this week, moving up a massive 12 notches to #12 and #24, respectively. (Expect both chart hits to vie for my own Song Of The Summer in the next few weeks.) A pair of new tracks enter the top 40 this week, led by Passenger‘s “Hell Or High Water” at #36. The single, which was recently serviced to the Triple A format, is the ninth chart entry for the singer, five of which have hit #1. Could this become his sixth? It may have a chance later this summer, especially as his upcoming set Runaway approaches. Two spots lower, at #38, the latest American Idol champ makes her chart debut: 20-year-old Maddie Poppe with “Going Going Gone”. It’s the third coronation song from the music competition show to make my survey since the start of the decade, following a pair of tracks from Phillip Phillips (“Home”, 2012) and Nick Fradiani (“Beautiful Life”, 2015).

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 25, 2014

“Already” four years ago.

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 four years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of May 25, 2014…

39. AMERICAN AUTHORS, “Believer”
38. MILKY CHANCE, “Stolen Dance”
35. JAMIE SCOTT, “My Hurricane”

Biggest Movers:
COLDPLAY, “A Sky Full Of Stars” (26-18, eight spots)

10. OH HONEY, “Be Okay” (up 1)
Album: With Love (EP) (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #10

09. GRAFFITI6, “The Bridge” (steady, second week)
Album: The Bridge (2014, Independent)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

08. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Best Friend” (steady, second week)
Album: Supermodel (2014, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

07. COLDPLAY, “A Sky Full Of Stars” (down 3)
Album: Ghost Stories (2014, Parlophone/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

06. BLEACHERS, “I Wanna Get Better” (down 1)
Album: Strange Desire (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

05. CLEAN BANDIT featuring JESS GLYNNE, “Rather Be” (up 2)
Album: New Eyes (2014, Big Beat/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3

04. PASSENGER, “Scare Away The Dark” (up 2)
Album: Whispers (2014, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. ED SHEERAN, “Sing” (steady, second week)
Album: x (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

02. RIXTON, “Me And My Broken Heart” (steady, second week)
Album: Let The Road (2015, Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Already Home” (steady, third week)
Album: Is There Anybody Out There? (2014, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

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