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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 24, 2018

“One” more time!

40. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind
39. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse
38. Paul McCartney – Come On To Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

35. MNEK featuring Hailee Steinfeld – Colour (40)
32. Rex Orange County with Benny Sings – Loving Is Easy (37)
30. Lenny Kravitz – Low (36)
20. Ben Rector – Drive (30) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
16. George Ezra – Shotgun (26) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — two weeks

10. John Mayer – New Light (13) | PEAK: #10
09. P!nk – Whatever You Want (10) | PEAK: #09
08. James TW – Say Love (07) | PEAK: #04
07. Bastille – Quarter Past Midnight (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (06) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Jason Mraz – Have It All (04) | PEAK: #04
03. A Great Big World – Younger (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Celine Dion – Ashes (1)
2. Sabrina Carpenter – Almost Love (4)
3. Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – Solo (3)
4. Josh Groban – Granted (10)
5. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (8)
6. Julia Michaels – Jump (2)
7. Train featuring Cam – Call Me Sir (6)
8. Lissie – Castles (-)
9. Plain White T’s – Your Body (-)
10. Daughtry – Deep End (-)

In The Mix:
Alessia Cara – Growing Pains
American Authors – Deep Water
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Ohio
Gorillaz featuring George Benson – Humility
Jess Glynne – I’ll Be There
Little Big Town – Summer Fever
Noah Cyrus & MAX – Team
Picture This – When We Were Young (new)
Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward – Famous
Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark – Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You (new)
The 1975 – Give Yourself A Try

Chart Notes:

  • It looks like Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s reign at the top of my personal chart is coming to a close, though they do manage to spend a fifth week there with “One Kiss”. Ben Rector‘s “Drive” (up 30-20) and George Ezra‘s “Shotgun” (up 26-16) had a great week, as the two songs tie for the Biggest Mover on the list, the latter taking the title for the second straight week. There’s also a new record established this week, as Paul McCartney, at 76 years old, becomes the oldest performer to enter my chart. “Come On To Me”, released as half of a double a-side single, debuts at #38. McCartney’s Egypt Station is due September 7. It’s joined by Kacey Musgraves‘s “High Horse” (#39) and Niall Horan & Maren Morris‘s “Seeing Blind” (#40) as this week’s top 40 entries. Horan is looking to score his fifth consecutive #1 song as a solo artist, all from the same album, which may set a new record if it occurs.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: June 21, 2009

The hits that “Last”.

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 nine years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of June 21, 2009…

40. COLLECTIVE SOUL, “Staring Down”
39. TYRONE WELLS, “More”
38. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Fallin’ For You”

Biggest Mover(s):
TAKE THAT, “Said It All” (up 30-21)
TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me” (up 25-16, nine spots)

10. KATY PERRY, “Waking Up In Vegas” (up 2)
Album: One Of The Boys (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

09. THE SCRIPT, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” (down 2)
Album: The Script (2008, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

08. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, “Funny The Way It Is” (up 1)
Album: Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

07. CAROLINA LIAR, “Show Me What I’m Looking For” (down 1)
Album: Coming To Terms (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. THE FRAY, “Never Say Never” (up 2)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

05. DAVID COOK, “Come Back To Me” (down 2)
Album: David Cook (2008, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. SHINEDOWN, “Second Chance” (down 2)
Album: The Sound Of Madness (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

03. NICKELBACK, “If Today Was Your Last Day” (up 2)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. PINK, “Please Don’t Leave Me” (up 2)
Album: Funhouse (2008, LaFace/Zomba Records)
Peak: #2

01. ROB THOMAS, “Her Diamonds” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 22, 2018

Disco never died.

Don’t panic! There’s plenty of time to check out all these dazzling new singles and albums hitting shelves. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

PANIC! AT THE DISCO – Pray For The Wicked (iTunes)
Led by the Alternative radio hit “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”, which is approaching the top spot at the format, the new set by Brendon Urie and crew is in for a wickedly good week. It’s looking likely that Pray will debut at #1 on next week’s Billboard 200 chart, though a surprise release could pop up at any time. Still, we must have, ahem, high hopes that it shall succeed…

BEBE REXHA – Expectations (iTunes)
Singer and songwriter Rexha’s first full-length project comes after a series of EPs during the past few years. It features the country and pop radio hit “Meant To Be”, a collaboration with Florida Georgia Line. The follow-up single, “I’m A Mess”, hits the latter format in a few days. With solid streaming numbers, it should break into the top ten.

Notable albums out this week: Ben Rector‘s Magic (iTunes), Dan + Shay‘s Dan + Shay (iTunes), Dawes‘s Passwords (iTunes), Lecrae and Zaytoven‘s Let The Trap Say Amen (iTunes), Nine Inch Nails‘s Bad Witch (iTunes), Teyana Taylor‘s KTSE (Keep That Same Energy) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Aaron Taos‘s Night Thoughts (iTunes), Billy Raffoul‘s 1975 (iTunes), Colouring‘s Bn (iTunes), Dan Sadin‘s Dan Sadin (iTunes), John Splithoff‘s Make It Happen (iTunes), Marshmello‘s Joytime II (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Brighter Love” and “Paradise Is Waiting”, St. Lucia (iTunes)
“All The Ways”, Meghan Trainor (iTunes)
“Be Right Here”, Kungs & Stargate featuring Goldn (iTunes)
“Big God”, Florence + The Machine (iTunes)
“Burn One Turn One”, Stone Sour (iTunes)
“Chasing Stars”, Fleurie (iTunes)
“Doesn’t Matter”, Gallant featuring A$AP Ferg (iTunes)
“Fernando”, Cher & Andy Garcia (iTunes)
“Fresh Roses”, Juke Ross (iTunes)
“Friends (Justin Caruso Remix)”, Marshmello & Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“F**k Forever”, Third Eye Blind (iTunes)
“GHOST”, Jaden Smith (iTunes)
“Goldchains”, Tyde Levi (iTunes)
“Hands On Me”, White Panda featuring Loote (iTunes)
“Hate Loving You”, Dakota (iTunes)
“Hollywood”, Gorillaz featuring Snoop Dogg & Jamie Principle (iTunes)
“Hooked On A Feeling”, Jacob Sartorius (iTunes)
“Hope”, Old Sea Brigade (iTunes)
“If You Were Mine (Acoustic)”, Ocean Park Standoff (iTunes)
“Just For A Moment”, Gryffin featuring Iselin (iTunes)
“Legends” and “Rich And Blind”, Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Let’s Get Ill”, DJ Snake & Mercer (iTunes)
“Loop”, Paperwhite (iTunes)
“Low (Domenico Tori + Sondr Remixes)”, Lenny Kravitz (iTunes)
“Medicine”, New Hope Club (iTunes)
“Missing You”, Cazzette featuring Parson James (iTunes)
“Move To Miami (Darell Remix)”, Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull (iTunes)
“My Way”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“New Eyes”, Nicklas Sahl (iTunes)
“Oh Child”, Robin Schulz & Piso 21 (iTunes)
“On My Love”, We The Kings (iTunes)
“On The Ball”, Bryce Vine (iTunes)
“Only You”, Cheat Codes & Little Mix (iTunes)
“Palo Santo”, Years & Years (iTunes)
“Paper Cut”, Sophie Simmons (iTunes)
“Pull Up”, Martin Jensen (iTunes)
“Put It To Bed”, JHart (iTunes)
“Real Life”, KONGOS (iTunes)
“Ring Ring”, Jax Jones featuring Mabel and Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Rookie”, Aqua (iTunes)
“Safe”, Daya (iTunes)
“Skipping Stones”, Dan Reynolds & Hans Zimmer (iTunes)
“Sober”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Spiraling Down”, Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Summer On You”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Switch”, 6LACK (iTunes)
“The Boy In The Bubble”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“The Light Is Coming”, Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Version Of Me”, Kimbra x Dawn (iTunes)
“We Can Do Better (Piano Version)”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
“What Would You Do For Love”, NERVO (iTunes)
“When I Grow Up”, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike featuring Wiz Khalifa (iTunes)
“Whenever”, Kris Kross Amsterdam x The Boy Next Door featuring Conor Maynard (iTunes)
“World Rage”, Lil Skies (iTunes)
“Wrong Move”, R3HAB & THRDLIFE featuring Olivia Holt (iTunes)
“You’re Not Wrong”, Wet (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Drake, Florence + The Machine, Gorillaz 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 19, 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: can you stand the pop pains of a split panel? Alessia Cara‘s “Pains” get a prescription for Top 40 traction, while Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande head to “Bed” for some Z’s and prominent stations. It is time to add ’em up:

GROW WITH THE FLOW: With four #1 songs to date at the format, Alessia Cara is well on her way to securing a fifth. Cara’s new one is “Growing Pains”, which easily secures the Most Added spot on this week’s Top 40 report, putting up 112 stations during its impact date today. Cara’s sophomore album is due sometime later this year.

Making a strong case for second place, labelmates Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande know how to talk the pillow talk with “Bed”, the first pop single from Minaj’s forthcoming album Queen. It blasts off with 46 stations on impact. The collaboration flew to #1 on iTunes upon release last Thursday. The two women are now teaming up on “The Light Is Coming”, a song from Grande’s upcoming album Sweetener. Much like “Bed”, expect that single to easily top the all-genre chart at iTunes tomorrow.

Elsewhere, impacting titles from Sabrina Carpenter and a Tiësto-led collaboration enter the top five and top ten, respectively.

1. ALESSIA CARA, “Growing Pains” (Def Jam)
2. NICKI MINAJ featuring ARIANA GRANDE, “Bed” (YMCMB/Republic)
3. POST MALONE, “Better Now” (Republic)
4. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Youngblood” (Capitol)
5. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Almost Love” (Hollywood)
6. CARDI B, BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN, “I Like It” (KSR Group/Atlantic)
7-T. KHALID x NORMANI, “Love Lies” (Right Hand/Keep Cool/RCA)
7-T. MAROON 5 featuring CARDI B, “Girls Like You” (222/Interscope)
9-T. MEGHAN TRAINOR, “Let You Be Right” (Epic)
9-T. TIËSTO & DZEKO featuring PREME & POST MALONE, “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (June 18-19, 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 seven fresh singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALESSIA CARA – “Growing Pains” (Def Jam)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: With hourly airplay on its first day at iHeartMedia stations, “Pains” supplies Cara with her seventh top 40 tune.

Album: Liberation (2018)
Past T40 History: With the help of Lovato, former teen star Aguilera is searching for her first top 40 single in just over four years.

CLEAN BANDIT featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Solo” (Big Beat/RRP)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: The second of two Lovato features headed for adds this Tuesday has already gone to #2 in the United Kingdom.

NICKI MINAJ featuring ARIANA GRANDE – “Bed” (YMCMB/Republic)
Album: Queen (2018)
Past T40 History: Primarily a featured artist as of late, Minaj’s last top 40 song as a lead act was 2015’s “The Night Is Still Young”.

SABRINA CARPENTER – “Almost Love” (Hollywood)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Carpenter scored a pair of #26 songs in 2017 with “Thumbs” and “Why”. Will she get some proper “Love” now?

TIËSTO & DZEKO featuring PREME & POST MALONE – “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Dzeko and Preme are newcomers to the pop format; Tiësto has two previous top 40 entries and Malone has six.

YEARS & YEARS – “If You’re Over Me” (Interscope)
Album: Palo Santo (2018)
Past T40 History: Though they continue to hit across Europe, their highest-charting U.S. entry to date, “King”, got to #37 in 2015.

Next week: Take a hit of LSD (Labrinth, Sia and Diplo, that is) with their first pop single, “Audio”. Should anything else appear on the schedule, it’ll be on here as well.

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 17, 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. Hope you enjoyed a bit of Father’s Day fun! Here’s the daddy of all Top 40 reports (well, not really), our radio recap of parental pop and other hot bops:

THE POST WITH THE MOST: It’s a second week at #1 for Post Malone and the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Psycho”, which is up a little over 200 spins from last week to cross the 16,000 spin mark. It moves from 40-37 on this week’s Hot AC chart. Malone’s new single off his Beerbongs & Bentleys set, “Better Now”, rises from 34-27 in its second week in the top 40, which means the performer might be back at #1 sooner than you think! (“Better” goes for adds at the Hot AC format next Monday.) He’s also a featured artist on a song that impacts at the Top 40 format this coming Tuesday: “Jackie Chan”, a song by Tiësto & Dzeko that also features Preme. (The original version by Preme and Malone appears on the former’s album, Light Of Day, which was released in early May.) Is there enough room for all this Malone madness? Will he suffer from overexposure? Am I only capable of asking endless questions? Uh… I think there will be some interesting action for all three records as June and July go on, so make sure you’re watching the charts!

DRIVE MY CARA: One of the only chart debuts of note this week blasts in at #37, which comes from Alessia Cara and “Growing Pains”. It’s the first single from her forthcoming sophomore album, due sometime later this year. “Growing” gives the performer her seventh top 40 song at the format, four of which have gone to #1, and that’s a pretty great run so far. Will it become her fifth? Seems like it’s too early to tell, but I’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile, the lone top 50 entry on this week’s chart is a collaboration from Noah Cyrus and MAX, “Team”, just sneaking in at #50. The acoustic ballad also enters at #47 on the Hot AC survey. Neither performer’s looking at an album release in the near future: Cyrus’s long-delayed NC-17 album, which was announced in January 2017, has never materialized, and MAX’s duo Party Pupils just released a new single earlier this month.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, June 10 – 16, 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…


ALY & AJ – “Good Love” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Three previous appearances, including “Take Me” (August 2017) and “I Know” (November 2017)
Notes: After a short break following their awesome EP from last year, these sisters return with another quality 80’s-influenced jam.


BETTY WHO – “Just Thought You Should Know” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Three previous appearances, including “Ignore Me” (January 2018) and “Look Back” (March 2018)
Notes: For one of this week’s best EP releases, check out Who’s fantastic five-track set. Opener “Know” is a lovely retro-tinged song.


PETER THOMAS with LELAND – “Run Away With Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance / Two previous appearances, now signed to Vertigo Berlin (Universal Music – Germany)
Notes: With their darker and more electronic reinterpretation of a Carly Rae Jepsen classic, these talented guys still serve up a bop!


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
FINNEAS – “Landmine”
JAMES DROLL – “Twist My Arm”
KIRSTEN ARIAN – “Girls Hate Girls”
LUKR – “Big Kids”

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