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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 1, 2018

A worldly chart-topper.

37. Cher & Andy Garcia – Fernando | HIGHEST DEBUT

35. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (40)
28. Paul McCartney – Come On To Me (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Rex Orange County with Benny Sings – Loving Is Easy (32)
21. Lenny Kravitz – Low (30)
19. Maddie Poppe – Going Going Gone (25)
(see #8 and #9 below)

10. Passenger – Hell Or High Water (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You (15) | PEAK: #09
08. George Ezra – Shotgun (16) | PEAK: #08
07. Bastille – Quarter Past Midnight (07) | PEAK: #07
06. John Mayer – New Light (10) | PEAK: #06
05. Jason Mraz – Have It All (04) | PEAK: #04
04. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
02. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (02) | PEAK: #02
01. A Great Big World – Younger (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Josh Groban – Granted (4)
2. Sabrina Carpenter – Almost Love (2)
3. Celine Dion – Ashes (1)
4. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (5)
5. Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – Solo (3)
6. Lissie – Castles (8)
7. Daughtry – Deep End (10)
8. Plain White T’s – Your Body (9)
9. American Authors – Deep Water (-)
10. Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark – Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You (-)

In The Mix:
Alessia Cara – Growing Pains
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Ohio
Donovan Woods – Another Try (new)
Gorillaz featuring George Benson – Humility
Jess Glynne – I’ll Be There
Little Big Town – Summer Fever
Picture This – When We Were Young
Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward – Famous
Train featuring Cam – Call Me Sir

Chart Notes:

  • Congrats to Chad King and Ian Axel, better known as A Great Big World, who land their third #1 song on my personal chart with “Younger”, up 3-1. Their longest run at the top so far was in 2014 with “Already Home”, which spent seven weeks there. A pack of three tracks break into the top ten this week, led by George Ezra‘s “Shotgun”, bouncing from 16-8. It recently became his first #1 song in the United Kingdom. This week’s Biggest Mover belongs to last week’s Highest Debut: “Come On To Me” by Paul McCartney, jumping ten spots from 38-28, though Lenny Kravitz‘s “Low” nearly ties that move, as it leaps nine spots from 30-21. The only debut in the top 40, starting at #37, is the radio single from the soundtrack to Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Just under the top 20 on the AC chart, “Fernando”, a cover of Abba‘s 1976 AC and CHR hit, is done by two of the film’s stars: Cher and Andy Garcia. At 72, Cher is the second-oldest female performer to ever make my list, just behind Christine McVie, who was 74 when “In My World” (with Lindsey Buckingham) had its last two weeks in my top 40 last summer. The two acts involved, Abba and Cher, charted in the top 40 of the Hot 100 together just once during the summer of 1974, when the former was in with “Waterloo” and the latter was in with “Train Of Thought”.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: June 27, 2004

“Down” with the hits.

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 14 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of June 27, 2004…

38. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Chocolate”
33. WILL FERRELL, “Afternoon Delight”
30. MAROON 5, “She Will Be Loved”
28. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Spider-Man Theme”

Biggest Mover(s):
(see #9 below)

10. COUNTING CROWS, “Accidentally In Love” (up 7)
Album: Shrek 2: Motion Picture Soundtrack (2004, Geffen Records)
Peak: #5

09. TRAIN, “Ordinary” (up 17)
Album: Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man 2 (2004, Columbia Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

08. HILARY & HAYLIE DUFF, “Our Lips Are Sealed” (up 2)
Album: A Cinderella Story: Original Soundtrack (2004, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #7

07. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Everything” (down 2)
Album: So-Called Chaos (2004, Maverick/Reprise Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

06. NICKELBACK, “Feelin’ Way Too Damn Good” (up 1)
Album: The Long Road (2003, Roadrunner Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

05. MIS-TEEQ, “Scandalous” (up 1)
Album: Mis-Teeq (2004, Reprise Records)
Peak: #5

04. LOS LONELY BOYS, “Heaven” (steady, third week)
Album: Los Lonely Boys (2004, Or Music/Epic Records)
Peak: #4 for five weeks

03. ASHLEE SIMPSON, “Pieces Of Me” (steady, third week)
Album: Autobiography (2004, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

02. JOJO, “Leave (Get Out)” (steady, second week)
Album: JoJo (2004, BlackGround/Universal Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. RYAN CABRERA, “On The Way Down” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Take It All Away (2004, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 29, 2018

Sting when you’re winning.

There’s a scorpion on the loose this week, as we enter the jungle of jams we call New Music Friday. Who else is joining the song safari? These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

DRAKE – Scorpion (iTunes)
Drake’s double album set, a total of 25 tracks, will storm the top of the Billboard 200 chart next week. Of course, the release features a pair of monster hits in “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What”, and plenty of future hits too. How giant will its first week be? Whatever it is, we’ll be watching.

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – High As Hope (iTunes)
Led by the single “Hunger”, which leads the current Triple A chart and is just inside the top ten on Alternative radio, there’s certainly a hope that this album will enter the top five next week. Should it happen, the album will become their second to reach the region.

Notable albums out this week: Blair St. Clair‘s Call My Life (iTunes), Bullet For My Valentine‘s Gravity (iTunes), Gorillaz‘s The Now Now (iTunes), Guns N’ Roses‘s Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded (iTunes), Leo Stannard‘s Maratea (iTunes), Sean Paul‘s Mad Love: The Prequel (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Gavin James‘s Always (iTunes), Ina Wroldsen‘s Hex (iTunes), Mondo Cozmo‘s Your Motherf*cker (iTunes), Riley Green‘s In A Truck Right Now (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“About Time” and “Stutter”, EDEN (iTunes)
“All For You”, Years & Years (iTunes)
“Alone Time”, Lovelytheband (iTunes)
“American Summer”, Giiants (iTunes)
“Be Alright”, Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“Careless Man”, Matthew Perryman Jones featuring Young Summer (iTunes)
“Connection”, OneRepublic (iTunes)
“Dinero (CADE Remix)”, Jennifer Lopez featuring DJ Khaled & Cardi B (iTunes)
“Don’t Panic”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Ego”, NONONO (iTunes)
“Eve”, KNGDAVD (iTunes)
“Everybody Needs A Kiss”, Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker (iTunes)
“Fallible Creatures”, Scott Quinn (iTunes)
“Focus” and “No Angel”, Charli XCX (iTunes)
“Gimme Gimme”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Girls”, AJ Mitchell (iTunes)
“Glory”, The Score (iTunes)
“Have It All (Easy Star All-Stars & Michael Goldwasser Reggae Mix)”, Jason Mraz (iTunes)
“I Only Need One”, Bearson featuring MNDR (iTunes)
“I See Love”, Jonas Blue featuring Joe Jonas (iTunes)
“Jambalaya (On The Bayou)” and “The Way I See It”, Mason Ramsey (iTunes)
“Jump (Acoustic)”, Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“La La Love”, Mono Mind (iTunes)
“Low (DIMMI Remix)”, Lenny Kravitz (iTunes)
“Miss You”, Jacob & Fanny (iTunes)
“Monogamy”, Christopher (iTunes)
“My Love”, Martin Solveig (iTunes)
“Not The Boy” and “Verified”, A$AP Ferg (iTunes)
“Not Too Late (Acoustic)”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“Numb”, Benjamin Francis Leftwich (iTunes)
“Only Love”, Jordan Smith (iTunes)
“Pirate Song”, Kenny Chesney (iTunes)
“Pyro Ting”, Rak-Su x Banx & Ranx (iTunes)
“R.I.P.”, Olivia O’Brien featuring G-Eazy & Drew Love (iTunes)
“Rooftop”, Nico Santos & Samantha Harvey (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Passenger (iTunes)
“Same Team”, Labrinth + Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Shades”, The Knocks (iTunes)
“So Far Under”, Alice In Chains (iTunes)
“Solo (M-22 Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Stay Woke”, Meek Mill featuring Miguel (iTunes)
“Still New York”, MAX featuring Joey Bada$$ (iTunes)
“Strange Magic”, Seramic (iTunes)
“The Last Of The Real Ones”, Fall Out Boy featuring MadeinTYO & bülow (iTunes)
“Warriors”, Allen Stone (iTunes)
“Way Way Back”, Matt Nathanson (iTunes)
“When All The Stars Have Died”, Kris Allen (iTunes)
“White Flag”, Daughtry (iTunes)
“Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You”, Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark (iTunes)
“You Deserve Better (Acoustic)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“You Don’t Know About Me (ACLU Remix)”, Ella Vos, Vérité, Icona Pop & Mija (iTunes)
“You Got Me Wrong (Aleksander Galoski Remix)”, Efraim Leo featuring Juliette Claire (iTunes)
“Youngblood (R3HAB Remix)”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
“Younger (Acoustic)”, A Great Big World (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Years & Years, Yungblud 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 (June 26, 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: expect the expected (you know, a great adds session) from Bebe Rexha‘s latest single, while a months-old record gets a jolt from a radio giant. Let’s add ’em up:

THAT’S THE WAY IT SHOULD BEBE: From her first full-length album Expectations, which was released on Friday, it’s Bebe Rexha taking the top spot on this week’s Top 40 report with “I’m A Mess”, scoring 57 adds on impact. That total puts “Mess” ahead of recent winners by acts like Alessia Cara and Nicki Minaj/Ariana Grande, though they’re still bouncing around the top five.

It’s also a very good week for Kygo and Miguel‘s “Remind Me To Forget”, which has been receiving airplay for several weeks now. Thanks to a new campaign with iHeartMedia, which was introduced at Cannes Lions last week, the song is new at 36 stations. That sum is enough for second place on the leaderboard and will provide enough momentum to propel it into the top 50 soon.

With no new titles scheduled to impact and fewer station reports next week, largely due to the July 4th holiday, numbers should be on the low side and a large amount of the top ten will remain unchanged. That being said, something could always surprise…

1. BEBE REXHA, “I’m A Mess” (Warner Bros.)
2. KYGO featuring MIGUEL, “Remind Me To Forget” (Ultra/RCA)
3-T. ALESSIA CARA, “Growing Pains” (Def Jam)
3-T. NICKI MINAJ featuring ARIANA GRANDE, “Bed” (YMCMB/Republic)
5. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Youngblood” (Capitol)
6. POST MALONE, “Better Now” (Republic)
7-T. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Almost Love” (Hollywood)
7-T. YEARS & YEARS, “If You’re Over Me” (Interscope)
9-T. KHALID x NORMANI, “Love Lies” (Right Hand/Keep Cool/RCA)
9-T. MEGHAN TRAINOR, “Let You Be Right” (Epic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (June 25-26, 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:

BEBE REXHA – “I’m A Mess” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Expectations (2018)
Past T40 History: Rexha is fresh off her album release on Friday and a recent #2 entry, “Meant To Be”, with Florida Georgia Line.

EP: everything i could never say… (2017)
Past T40 History: This is the act’s first song to impact here; member Mitchy Collins previously entered the top 50 with Oh Honey.

Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: All three members of this new act have charted as soloists, but this is their first single together to head for adds.

Next week: The schedule looks empty, as July 4th is just around the corner. If anything changes, it’ll be here next Monday!

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 (June 24, 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. It’s getting sticky out there, but as far as our pop chart is concerned, we like those hits that’ll stick around a while. What’s happening with the turnover this week? Check it out:

I THINK WE’RE MALONE NOW: Post Malone spends a third week at #1 on the Top 40 radio survey with his Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Psycho”, which comes from the recent #1 album Beerbongs & Bentleys. Malone’s “Better Now” also jumps from 27-21, due in part to three recurrents being removed from the chart, which also boosts a number of moves for established hits from 5 Seconds Of Summer, Alessia Cara, Bryce Vine and more. The vacuum effect also lifts three songs into the top 40: up 45-37, “Let You Be Right” is now the tenth top 40 hit for singer and songwriter Meghan Trainor. Leaping 42-38, newcomer Dennis Lloyd is in with “Nevermind”, his first top 40 entry and one of the only ones by an Israeli-born performer. Also entering the region this week, up 43-39, is “Sangria Wine”, pairing Pharrell Williams and Camila Cabello. For solo hit counts, it’s the 14th top 40 song for Williams, a large amount of those coming from features over the last 16 or so years, and the seventh for Cabello.

“BED” IS BURNING: As new singles from Meghan Trainor, Dennis Lloyd and a collaboration from Pharrell Williams and Camila Cabello make the top 40, three other songs burn the midnight oil and light up the top 50 this week. Leading the way, a top collaboration from Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, “Bed”, snuggles in at #41. It’s been nearly three years since Minaj’s previous top 40 hit as a lead artist appeared in the region, “The Night Is Still Young”, a #13 song from June 2015. (The last Grande and Minaj entry to chart, “Side To Side”, with the former on the lead vocals, spent five weeks at #1 in December 2016 and January 2017.) A few spots lower than “Bed”, Sabrina Carpenter looks to land her third top 40 hit on the Top 40 survey with “Almost Love”, landing at #46. Her previous two titles to make it into the region, “Thumbs” and “Why”, both peaked at #26 last year, the former in March and the latter in November. Finally, at #50, trio Migos have a new crossover song with fellow rapper Drake, “Walk It Talk It”, a former #1 earlier this month on the Urban chart. Their success on the Top 40 airwaves as an act has been limited; their highest-charting hit to date, a feature on Calvin Harris‘s “Slide”, spent two weeks at #9 in May of last year. (Member Quavo has more chart entries as a solo artist, including a feature on Liam Payne‘s one-week #1 from October of last year, “Strip That Down”.)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, June 17 – 23, 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 independe2nt songs of the week…


AARON TAOS – “Voodoo” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Eight previous appearances, most recently “Venom” (May 2018)
Notes: Included on his latest EP release called Night Thoughts, Taos’s furthers his catchy pop/alternative sound with this new jam.


JHART – “Put It To Bed” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Hit songwriter James Abrahart delivers a quality R&B song with a big hook and a great vocal. “Put it” on repeat all summer!


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
FLEURIE – “Chasing Stars”

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