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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 25, 2018

When you’re ready, bop away.

Memorial Day calls for some music that reaches the beaches, and you can’t go wrong with a number of the selections below. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

SHAWN MENDES – Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
The self-titled release from this Canadian singer and songwriter shall make all the young girls scream and stream with joy. The first single off it, “In My Blood”, is still gaining nicely at several U.S. radio formats, and a handful of other instant grat tracks have reacted well across the many digital services, including the Khalid-assisted “Youth”. Unless Post Malone‘s recent album decides to challenge it, you should expect Mendes’s set to be a strong contender to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.

A$AP ROCKY – Testing (iTunes)
After two #1 solo albums in 2013 and 2015, respectively, this Harlem performer is hoping to score his third with a set that features several interesting collaborations, including artists like Lauryn Hill and Moby. With a streaming advantage, could it blow past Mendes’s album to become the top release in the land, or will it fall just short of the prize? Stay tuned.

Notable albums out this week: CHVRCHES‘s Love Is Dead (iTunes), J Balvin‘s Vibras (iTunes), Janine‘s 99 (iTunes), Jessie J‘s R.O.S.E. (iTunes), Jonathan Davis‘s Black Labyrinth (iTunes), Juice WRLD‘s Goodbye & Good Riddance (iTunes), Pusha T‘s Daytona (iTunes), Snow Patrol‘s Wildness (iTunes), Thunderpussy‘s Thunderpussy (iTunes), Welshly Arms‘s No Place Is Home (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: LOVA‘s Scripted Reality (iTunes), Matthew Young‘s Fruit (iTunes), Sj‘s Calabasas (iTunes), Taylor Phillips‘s Six Strings Attached (iTunes), YUNGBLUD‘s 21st Century Liability (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Actual Pain”, Good Charlotte (iTunes)
“Against The Wall (Acoustic Version)”, Seether (iTunes)
“American Nights”, The Night Game (iTunes)
“Bracelet” and “Paranoid”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Broken Love”, The Him featuring Parson James (iTunes)
“Call Me Sir”, Train featuring Cam and Travie McCoy (iTunes)
“Castles”, Brother Oliver (iTunes)
“Cheat”, Emily Burns (iTunes)
“Come This Far”, Chloe Kohanski (iTunes)
“Deep Down Below”, Andreas Moss featuring Yacht Money (iTunes)
“Deep End”, KREAM (iTunes)
“Do You Feel This Way”, Kailee Morgue featuring Whethan (iTunes)
“Drink About (MOTi Remix)”, Seeb & Dagny (iTunes)
“Entertainer”, Zayn (iTunes)
“Fallingwater”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“February 3rd”, Jorja Smith (iTunes)
“Feeling You”, Harrison Storm (iTunes)
“Forget To Forget”, SHY Martin (iTunes)
“Girl”, Donna Missal (iTunes)
“Happier (Acoustic)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Have It All (Acoustic)”, Jason Mraz (iTunes)
“High Hopes”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“I Could Be Wrong”, Lucas & Steve x Brandy (iTunes)
“Icon (Remix)”, Jaden Smith featuring Nicky Jam (iTunes)
“Let Me Down Slowly”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“Like I Love U”, The Moffatts (iTunes)
“Live It Up (Official Song 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia)”, Nicky Jam featuring Will Smith & Era Istrefi (iTunes)
“Longer Than I Thought”, Loote featuring Joe Jonas (iTunes)
“Love Alone”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way”, U2 x Cheat Codes (iTunes)
“Love The Lie”, Call Me Loop (iTunes)
“Low”, Lenny Kravitz (iTunes)
“Medicine”, Spazz Cardigan (iTunes)
“New Compassion”, HAERTS (iTunes)
“Not About You”, Glades (iTunes)
“Only Can Get Better”, Silk City featuring Daniel Merriweather (iTunes)
“Rise”, Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Rosanna”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Run Into You”, Leland (iTunes)
“Screws”, DREAMERS (iTunes)
“Sleepwalking”, Elderbrook (iTunes)
“Solo (Wideboys Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Streets Of You”, Eagle-Eye Cherry (iTunes)
“Take This Ride”, Vigiland (iTunes)
“Tearing Down The Walls”, Elias (iTunes)
“Time Of Our Lives”, Brynn Elliott (iTunes)
“Toast To Our Differences”, Rudimental featuring Shungudzo, Protoje & Hak Baker (iTunes)
“Us”, James Bay & Alicia Keys (iTunes)
“Wasted Time”, CLOVES (iTunes)
“Water On The Bridge”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“What You Want”, Belly featuring The Weeknd (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from the Ben Howard, Kanye West 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 22, 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: it’s a miracle that we’ve haven’t lost our minds, as at least eight fresh titles (and probably more) impact at the format, giving the Top 40 panel some mighty tough decisions for a musical Memorial Day. Let’s take a breather (phew) and get back to adding ’em up:

“BACK” TO BACKSTREET: With all the excitement on this week’s report, the top three singles at the format this Tuesday came down to last week’s Most Added song, “Back To You” by Selena Gomez, and two releases from acts who found their biggest chart success in the late 90’s and early 00’s: “Dinero” by singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, which also features labelmate DJ Khaled and Cardi B, and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” from top boy band Backstreet Boys. Yes, it was a nail-biter for most of the day, but when the dust settled, all three songs finished with 51 stations each, a rare three-way tie for the Most Added spot.

Given all the prominent songs impacting on the Top 40 airwaves this week, it would be quite the challenge to cover everything that scored any sort of action today. That being said, the latest single from Australian quartet 5 Seconds Of Summer (“Youngblood”) and the first song at the format for Israel’s Dennis Lloyd (“Nevermind”) each secured enough stations to rank well in the top ten, the former with 21 in fifth place and the latter with 24 in fourth place. (There’s much more music below, so check it out!) Enjoy the long holiday weekend ahead!

1-T. BACKSTREET BOYS, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (RCA)
1-T. JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring DJ KHALED & CARDI B, “Dinero” (Epic)
1-T. SELENA GOMEZ, “Back To You” (Interscope)
4. DENNIS LLOYD, “Nevermind” (Warner Bros.)
5. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Youngblood” (Capitol)
6-T. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS featuring PITBULL, “Move To Miami” (RCA)
6-T. NF, “Lie” (Caroline)
8. CASH CASH featuring ABIR, “Finest Hour” (Big Beat/RRP)
9. PHARRELL WILLIAMS & CAMILA CABELLO, “Sangria Wine” (Columbia)
10-T. DIPLO, FRENCH MONTANA & LIL PUMP featuring ZHAVIA, “Welcome To The Party” (Columbia)
10-T. SAM SMITH featuring LOGIC, “Pray” (Capitol)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (May 21-22, 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 eight (!) fresh releases impacting this week at the Top 40 format before the holiday weekend:

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – “Youngblood” (Capitol)
Album: Youngblood (2018)
Past T40 History: The Aussie group is coming off “Want You Back”, which stalled halfway up the top 40. How will this track fare?

BACKSTREET BOYS – “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (RCA)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: One of the top boy bands of the late 90’s and early 00’s, these guys last went top 40 with 2007’s “Inconsolable”.

CASH CASH featuring ABIR – “Finest Hour” (Big Beat/RRP)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: The EDM trio has two top 40 titles to date, one of which just missed the top ten. Abir impacts for the first time.

DENNIS LLOYD – “Nevermind” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This is the Israeli newcomer’s first song to impact at this format. It was a part of a Spotify campaign worldwide.

DIPLO, FRENCH MONTANA & LIL PUMP featuring ZHAVIA – “Welcome To The Party” (Columbia)
Album: Deadpool 2 (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: This is the first time all four acts have worked together. Newcomer Zhavia was a contestant on FOX’s The Four.

JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring DJ KHALED & CARDI B – “Dinero” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Lopez’s success at this format has dwindled in recent years, though she has a sizeable 21 top 40 hits since 1999.

MIGOS featuring DRAKE – “Walk It Talk It” (Quality Control/Motown/Capitol)
Album: Culture II (2018)
Past T40 History: The darlings of the Rhythmic and Urban formats are coming off “Stir Fry”, which reached #35 here last month.

RITA ORA featuring CARDI B, CHARLI XCX & RITA ORA – “Girls” (Atlantic/RRP)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Despite some initial controversy over its lyrics, this single has charted modestly in several European territories.

Next week: There are no impacting titles due to the long weekend following Memorial Day. Summer is here!

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 20, 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. We may not have been invited to a wedding in England this weekend, but PGTC certainly likes to marry the latest data with some chart geekery, and that’s a healthy relationship (to us, at least.) Anyways, let’s get to this week’s Top 40 results:

ALWAYS SAY “NEVER”: As her new collaboration with Pharrell Williams, “Sangria Wine”, grabs some early airplay, Camila Cabello‘s single “Never Be The Same” holds at #1 on the pop list for the third week running. “Never” leads a top four that’s bleeding spins to varying degrees, with “Never” taking a hit of over 1,100 spins over last week. Still, most of these songs will stay well ahead of the competition next week, as the bottom half of the top ten can’t close the gap quickly enough. Cabello’s tune is still very much alive at the Hot AC format, up to #5 this week with a healthy gain, though it’s losing ground or plateauing elsewhere. Will her latest single with Williams sneak in and take some prominent airtime away from “Never”, or will both be able to coexist on the list together? Will a next single from Cabello’s former #1 album Camila enter the ring anytime soon? Oh, the possibilities! It’s too early to tell, but we’ll keep an eye on the situation. Needless to say, it’s a good time to be fan of the young singer, who should continue to slay the airwaves as the year continues.

THE “NAME” OF THE GAME: As reactive songs from Selena GomezEnrique Iglesias and Pitbull and Madison Beer get their shine in the top 40, another three songs land in the top 50 on this week’s update. Leading things off, NF‘s “Lie” lands at #46. It follows “Let You Down”, a one-week chart-topper from earlier this year. Both tracks are featured on the album Perception, which hit #1 for a week on the Billboard 200 last fall. A couple of spots lower from there, we find a name that hasn’t charted at Top 40 radio in just under nine years. Back in September 2009, their song “Straight Through My Heart” peaked at #48. Now, returning to a familiar position with even more heart, the Backstreet Boys (yes, Backstreet’s back, alright?) debut with “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”. At iTunes, the song soared to #1 on iTunes during its first day of availability and should have a solid entry on next week’s Hot 100 chart update. Finally, at #49, is the latest single from The Weeknd, “Call Out My Name”. The song is at #17 on this week’s Rhythmic list.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, May 13-19, 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 – “Taste” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Two previous appearances, most recently “Look Back” (March 2018)
Notes: Who’s newest winner is fifty shades of saucy and sensual, wrapped in a great pop production. This craving is really delicious.


CARLIE HANSON – “Mood” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Three previous appearances, most recently “Us” (February 2018)
Notes: If you’re in the mood for another jam from Hanson, which I currently am, you’ll definitely dig the urban lean of her new one.


CHELSEA CUTLER – “The Reason” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Two previous appearances, most recently “Out Of Focus” (February 2018)
Notes: Cutler’s third single of the year has a great hook and solid electronic elements, and I think you’d agree that that’s reasonable.


JESSE SAINT JOHN – “Fake It” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: One previous appearance, “Move” (February 2018)
Notes: If you weren’t moving to his last single, you may not have a passion for pop bops! John’s newest release is an electronic gem.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
FELICITY – “Pilot With A Fear Of Heights”
VINDATA x R.LUM.R – “Emotion”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 20, 2018

“Blood” rushes to #1.

40. Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato – Fall In Line
36. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. John Mayer – New Light (38)
31. P!nk – Whatever You Want (36)
28. Bastille – Quarter Past Midnight (35)
24. A Great Big World – Younger (32) | BIGGEST MOVER
(see #8 below)

10. Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel (06) | PEAK: #06
09. Taylor Swift – Delicate (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (13) | PEAK: #08
07. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely (04) | PEAK: #02
06. James TW – Say Love (10) | PEAK: #06
05. Niall Horan – On The Loose (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Echosmith – Over My Head (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss (07) | PEAK: #03
02. George Ezra – Paradise (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

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

In The Mix:
Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – Solo (new)
Ed Sheeran – Happier
Family Of The Year – Hold Me Down
Florence + The Machine – Hunger
King Princess – 1950
Noah Cyrus & MAX – Team
Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward – Famous
The Night Game – The Outfield
Troye Sivan – Bloom
U2 – Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way

Chart Notes:

  • Is it 1999 or 2018? That is the question. This week’s two splashy debuts come from none other than the Backstreet Boys and Christina Aguilera, who haven’t appeared on my survey together since the summer of 2001. Just under 17 years ago, in July of that year, “More Than That” from the Boys and “Lady Marmalade” from Aguilera and her Moulin Rouge pals, both #1 songs on my chart, last ranked in the top 40 simultaneously. (Though that was the last time the two acts appeared on my survey with individual titles, both sang on the 2001 charity track “What’s Going On?”, credited to the All-Star Tribute, while Carter from the Backstreet Boys and Aguilera were in the top 40 during the fall of 2002 with “Help Me” and “Dirrty”, respectively. Leaping ahead to the latest chart, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (#36) from the five-man group and “Fall In Line” (#40) from Aguilera and duet partner Demi Lovato will be going strong on my chart for some time. Paging *NSYNC and Britney Spears, come back to the pop world…

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 23, 2010

Music was universal in 2010.

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 eight years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of May 23, 2010…

40. SCISSOR SISTERS, “Fire With Fire”
39. ROONEY, “I Can’t Get Enough”

Biggest Mover(s):
KATY PERRY, “California Gurls” (33-21, twelve spots)

10. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Not Myself Tonight” (up 2)
Album: Bionic (2010, RCA Records)
Peak: #10 for two weeks

09. TONIC, “Release Me” (up 1)
Album: Tonic (2010, 429/SLG Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

08. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “American Honey” (down 2)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. KEANE featuring K’NAAN, “Stop For A Minute” (steady, third week)
Album: Night Train (2010, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4

06. JACK JOHNSON, “You And Your Heart” (up 2)
Album: To The Sea (2010, Brushfire/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

05. DANIEL MERRIWEATHER, “Red” (down 1)
Album: Love & War (2010, J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now” (up 1)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #1 for eleven weeks

03. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Never Told You” (steady, second week)
Album: Breakthrough (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #2

02. NICKELBACK, “This Afternoon” (steady, second week)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. V.V. BROWN, “Shark In The Water” (steady, third week)
Album: Travelling Like The Light (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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