Monthly Archives: July 2018

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 31, 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: there’s a “no brainer” leading the charge at the format, while several more collaborations are poised to fly up the charts in the coming weeks. Let’s add ’em up:

INSANE IN THE “BRAINER”: Following their hit “I’m The One” last year, which spent five weeks at #3 that June and July, the second collaboration by DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper and Quavo easily secures the top spot on the newest adds report at Top 40 radio. “No Brainer”, which also recently led the all-genre chart at iTunes, had a triple-digit finish with a total of 148 stations on impact. The single is featured on DJ Khaled’s forthcoming album, Father Of Asahd, due in October.

There’s also significant action from the panel for “Side Effects”, the latest collaboration from duo The Chainsmokers featuring a frequent writer and singer for the two men, Emily Warren. It starts at 81 stations for a very strong second place finish. Warren is a co-writer on the duo’s Daya-assisted hit “Don’t Let Me Down”, which totaled three weeks at #1 in June and July of 2016. Warren is also heard (though uncredited) on their hit “Paris” from the following year, a #3 hit for three weeks that April.

Next week, look out for Anne-Marie‘s “2002” and Logic & Ryan Tedder‘s “One Day” to reach the top five on the weekly report.

1. DJ KHALED featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, CHANCE THE RAPPER & QUAVO, “No Brainer” (We The Best/Epic)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring EMILY WARREN, “Side Effects” (Disruptor/Columbia)
3. ZEDD & ELLEY DUHÉ, “Happy Now” (Interscope)
4. ARIANA GRANDE, “God Is A Woman” (Republic)
5. DRAKE, “In My Feelings” (YMCMB/Republic)
6. BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY & KHALID, “Eastside” (Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
7-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “The Way I Am” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
7-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “Summertime Magic” (Wolf & Rothstein/RCA)
9. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Natural” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
10. JUICE WRLD, “Lucid Dreams” (Grade A/Interscope)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (July 30-31, 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 five new tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CHEAT CODES & LITTLE MIX – “Only You” (300 Ent.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Little Mix has struggled with the U.S. radio audience, with four minor top 40 tunes to date. Will this go further?

CHILDISH GAMBINO – “Summertime Magic” (Wolf & Rothstein/RCA)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Though “This Is America” just missed the top 40 here, it stormed into the top ten at Rhythmic and Urban radio.

DJ KHALED featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, CHANCE THE RAPPER & QUAVO – “No Brainer” (We The Best/Epic)
Album: Father Of Asahd (2018)
Past T40 History: This lineup previously entered the top 40 last summer with the hit “I’m The One”, which spent five weeks at #3.

THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring EMILY WARREN – “Side Effects” (Disruptor/Columbia)
EP: Sick Boy… Side Effects (2018)
Past T40 History: Warren last sang on a chart song by the duo as an unbilled performer on 2017’s “Paris”, which got as high as #3.

ZEDD & ELLEY DUHÉ – “Happy Now” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Zedd’s been hitting the pop survey since 2012, scoring a pair of #1 hits in the process. Duhé is a newcomer here.

Next week: Anne-Marie takes us back to “2002”, while Logic and Ryan Tedder wonder if for “One Day” that they’ll the #1 song on the Most Added list. We’ll see next Tuesday.

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 (July 29, 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. Gather ’round, “Girls” and boys, because it’s full of top bops and outstanding performers fighting for their shot in the pop arena. Who packs the poppiest punch this week? We’re about to find out together:

“GIRLS” JUST WANT TO HAVE ONE: After one week at #1, Taylor Swift‘s “Delicate” slips to #3, switching places with “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B, which climbs from 3-1. It’s the group’s tenth chart-topper at the format, while frontman Adam Levine has another two solo #1 songs outside of the band, putting him at a even dozen. Meanwhile, Cardi B scores her second, which comes just over four months after her first as a collaborator on Bruno Mars‘s remix of “Finesse”. Holding in the #2 spot, the collaboration “Friends” continues to gain nicely for Marshmello and Anne-Marie, though the latter soloist heads for adds a week from now with her current hit in Europe titled “2002”. Will “Friends” reach #1 before it charts, or will Post Malone‘s “Better Now” (up 9-7 this week) beat them to the top? We’ll find out in the coming weeks.

HITS ON THE “RISE”: As mentioned last week, the bottom half of the chart is extremely active once again, thanks to a handful of titles being purged from the chart. This means that there are five new songs racing into the top 40, led by Ariana Grande‘s “God Is A Woman” (up 41-26) and Charlie Puth‘s “The Way I Am” (up 43-35). It’s the 17th top 40 release at the format for Grande, as Puth collects his ninth. Multi-artist collaborations assembled by producer DJ Khaled (“No Brainer”, new at #37) and songwriter Benny Blanco (“Eastside”, up 49-38) are next in line, followed by the first top 40 hit by the duo Loote, “Your Side Of The Bed”, up 42-40.

Elsewhere, look for potent new entries from rockers Imagine Dragons, who enter at #45 with “Natural”, and the first top 40 entry together for producer Jonas Blue and pop duo Jack & Jack, “Rise”, which rises from outside the top 50 to #47. The former title is building nicely at the Alternative and Hot AC formats, while the latter one is now in the top five in England, Ireland and Scotland. In the #50 spot is this week’s third and final top 50 debut, though its loss in spins may hinder it from going much further at the format. “Heart To Break” is the first entry for German transgender singer Kim Petras.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, July 22 – 28, 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…


FINNEAS – “Hollywood Forever” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Five previous appearances
Notes: This performer returns with another classic ballad that wouldn’t sound out of place on your local AM pop station circa 1975.


KYAN PALMER – “Make It Up” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Known for his 2017 streaming hit “Burn Mona Lisa”, Palmer treats us to a slick R&B and pop release with a radio-ready feel.


PRETTY SISTER featuring MARCLO – “New Fire” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Three previous appearances / First appearance
Notes: For the hottest new jack swing smash on the schedule this week, look no further than this collaboration. It’s a fantastic tune.


SPAZZ CARDIGAN – “Over” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Three previous appearances
Notes: This Nashville-based artist gets his fourth Rewind feature of 2018 with another tight production that should perform nicely.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
JAMES DROLL – “Snake Eyes”
NUUXS – “Sweet Sunshine”
THE READY SET – “Stitch”
WANDERER – “California Looks Good For You”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 29, 2018

The Boys are back in town.

38. Anne-Marie – 2002
37. Zedd & Elley Duhé – Happy Now | HIGHEST DEBUT

25. Imagine Dragons – Natural (33)
21. Ariana Grande – God Is A Woman (31) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

10. Ben Rector – Drive (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Jason Mraz – Have It All (07) | PEAK: #04
08. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss (08) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
07. Passenger – Hell Or High Water (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (06) | PEAK: #02
05. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You (05) | PEAK: #05
04. George Ezra – Shotgun (04) | PEAK: #04
03. A Great Big World – Younger (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. John Mayer – New Light (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Snow Patrol – Empress (5)
2. Picture This – When We Were Young (4)
3. Josh Groban – Granted (1)
4. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (2)
5. American Authors – Deep Water (6)
6. Daughtry – Deep End (3)
7. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Ohio (8)
8. Donovan Woods – Another Way (7)
9. Max George – Barcelona (9)
10. Muse – Something Human (-)

In The Mix:
Brynn Elliott – Might Not Like Me (new)
MAGIC! – Kiss Me
Max Frost – Good Morning (new)
P!nk – Secrets (new)
Rod Stewart featuring Bridget Cady – Didn’t I (new)
The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren – Side Effects (new)
Thomas Abban – Sinner

Chart Notes:

  • They’ve gone nearly 17 years without a #1 hit on my survey, but Backstreet’s back, alright! Up 2-1, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” puts the Backstreet Boys in the top spot for the first time since 2001’s “Drowning”, and that shatters the record for the longest wait between #1 singles. Ariana Grande‘s “God Is A Woman” maintains the title of Biggest Mover for the second week, soaring from 31-21 in its third week in the countdown. It’s the follow-up to “No Tears Left To Cry”, which got as high as #2 and currently sits at #6. Lastly, there are two new singles in the top 40 this week: “Happy Now” (#37) pairs Zedd and newcomer Elley Duhé, while “2002” (#38) marks a new chart entry for Anne-Marie. “Happy” impacts at the Top 40 format on Tuesday, while “2002” impacts at both the Hot AC and Top 40 formats next Monday and Tuesday.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 27, 2008

New Kiss on the block.

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 ten years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of July 27, 2008…

40. ERIC HUTCHINSON, “Rock And Roll”

Biggest Mover(s):
LEONA LEWIS, “Better In Time” (39-29, ten spots)

10. LEONA LEWIS, “Bleeding Love” (steady, second week)
Album: Spirit (2008, Syco/J Records)
Peak: #1 for fourteen weeks

09. KATY PERRY, “I Kissed A Girl” (steady, fourth week)
Album: One Of The Boys (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. JON MCLAUGHLIN, “Beating My Heart” (steady, second week)
Album: OK Now (2008, Island Records)
Peak: #3 for five weeks

07. DANIEL POWTER, “Next Plane Home” (steady, second week)
Album: Under The Radar (2008, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

06. DELTA GOODREM, “In This Life” (steady, second week)
Album: Delta (2008, Mercury/Decca Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, “Summertime” (down 1)
Album: The Block (2008, Interscope Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

04. COLDPLAY, “Viva La Vida” (up 1)
Album: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. JASON MRAZ, “I’m Yours” (down 2)
Album: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Realize” (up 1)
Album: Coco (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

01. DAVID COOK, “The Time Of My Life” (up 1)
Album: David Cook (2008, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 27, 2018

It’s all in the right Song.

There’s a song (or album) for everyone in this week’s batch of Friday releases, including major country and rock sets and plenty of fresh bops from emerging artists. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

KENNY CHESNEY – Songs For The Saints (iTunes)
Chesney’s latest album includes his recent Country radio chart-topper “Get Along”, and it’ll easily top that genre-specific list next week. Will it have enough momentum to displace Drake‘s Scorpion at #1 on the Billboard 200? If Chesney’s release includes a ticket bundle, things could get close.

Notable albums out this week: Cody Jinks‘s Lifers (iTunes), Daughtry‘s Cage To Rattle (iTunes), Halestorm‘s Vicious (iTunes), RL Grime‘s NOVA (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Emily Burns‘s Seven Scenes From The Same Summer (iTunes), Jaira Burns‘s Burn Slow (iTunes), NUUXS‘s Red Tape [Mixtape, Vol. 1] (iTunes), Queen Naija‘s Queen Naija (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“All This Love”, JP Cooper featuring Mali-Koa (iTunes)
“Bad Habit”, Your Smith (iTunes)
“Better Off Alone (GRXTZ Remix)”, Ryan Pulford (iTunes)
“California Looks Good On You”, Wanderer (iTunes)
“Can’t Help Myself”, Mitch James (iTunes)
“Come Down (Acoustic)”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Darkside”, Alan Walker featuring Au/Ra and Tomine Harket (iTunes)
“Don’t Leave Me Alone”, David Guetta featuring Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Eighteen”, Pale Waves (iTunes)
“Eleven Days”, Max Frost (iTunes)
“Enemy”, Sweater Beats featuring Sorana (iTunes)
“Feel Good”, Jordan Smith (iTunes)
“Feels”, SafetySuit (iTunes)
“Girls Night Out”, Charli XCX (iTunes)
“Give A Little”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“Hollywood Forever”, FINNEAS (iTunes)
“I Don’t Dance (Without You)”, Matoma + Enrique Iglesias featuring Konshens (iTunes)
“I Go Crazy (Acoustic)”, Orla Gartland (iTunes)
“If We Have Each Other”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“In A Minute”, Poppy (iTunes)
“Just Say When”, Capital Cities (iTunes)
“Landslide”, Dagny (iTunes)
“Level Up (Remix)”, Ciara featuring Missy Elliott & Fatman Scoop (iTunes)
“Lose You Too”, SHY Martin (iTunes)
“Make It Up”, Kyan Palmer (iTunes)
“Mine” and “Used To Be”, Matt Nathanson (iTunes)
“More Than Friends”, Jason Mraz featuring Meghan Trainor (iTunes)
“Nephew”, Smokepurpp featuring Lil Pump (iTunes)
“Never Gonna Quit”, Royal Teeth (iTunes)
“New Fire”, Pretty Sister featuring MarcLo (iTunes)
“No Brainer”, DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper and Quavo (iTunes)
“Numb”, Declan J Donovan (iTunes)
“Oh God”, Era Istrefi featuring Koshens (iTunes)
“One Day”, Logic & Ryan Tedder (iTunes)
“Overdose”, Agnez Mo featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Out Of The Blue”, Fleurie (iTunes)
“Over”, Spazz Cardigan (iTunes)
“Pavement”, Wingtip (iTunes)
“Pity Party”, Lovelytheband (iTunes)
“Save Me From L.A.”, Fefe Dobson (iTunes)
“Side Effects”, The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren (iTunes)
“Solo (Yxng Bane Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Stitch”, The Ready Set (iTunes)
“Still Let You Down”, Day Wave (iTunes)
“Tell Me Why”, Russ (iTunes)
“The Way I Am (Eden Prince Remix)”, Charlie Puth (iTunes)
“Throw A Fit”, Tinashe (iTunes)
“Throwing Up Butterflies”, Stela Cole (iTunes)
“Too High”, Goody Grace featuring Jesse Rutherford (iTunes)
“Way Down Low”, Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“We Don’t Care”, Sigala & The Vamps (iTunes)
“We’re Tired”, The Blancos featuring Joyner Lucas (iTunes)
“Wine”, Sam Setton (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from lovelytheband, Mac Miller and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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