Monthly Archives: July 2018

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 24, 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 holy hit session, led by the newest single by Ariana Grande. How’s the rest of the pop world looking? It’s time for the musical miracle of analyzing adds, so let’s read on and add ’em up:

WONDER “WOMAN”: Flying high at #1 on this week’s Top 40 report is “God Is A Woman” by Ariana Grande, which comes just about a week after “No Tears Left To Cry”, the lead single from Sweetener, topped the published chart. It’s new at 88 stations; look for it to continue its huge gains and upward movement throughout the next few weeks. The album arrives on August 17. (Get ready for a bible full of bops, at least if “God” commands you to listen.)

The rest of the top five is packed with recent Urban crossovers and additional impacting singles, like “Eastside” by benny blanco, Halsey and Khalid, which climbs from sixth to third place with 48 new stations this week. That collaboration is well on its way to top 40 status, as is Charlie Puth‘s “The Way I Am”, tied for fourth place with 37 new stations on the latest report. Meanwhile, the current single from Imagine Dragons, titled “Natural”, sneaks into the top ten with 16 new stations, tied for sixth place. No adds date has been set for the hit at this format, but it pulled in 43 stations at Alternative radio (second place) and 37 stations at Hot AC radio (first place) during this week’s Monday and Tuesday sessions.

Next week, look out for a couple of notable duets to score some solid numbers, performed by Cheat Codes and Little Mix (“Only You”) and Zedd and Elley Duhé (“Happy Now”), while Childish Gambino goes it alone for “Summertime Magic”.

1. ARIANA GRANDE, “God Is A Woman” (Republic)
2. DRAKE, “In My Feelings” (YMCMB/Republic)
3. BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY & KHALID, “Eastside” (Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
4-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “The Way I Am” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
4-T. JUICE WRLD, “Lucid Dreams” (Grade A/Interscope)
6-T. BEBE REXHA, “I’m A Mess” (Warner Bros.)
6-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Natural” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
6-T. TIESTO & DZEKO featuring PREME and POST MALONE, “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)
9-T. JONAS BLUE featuring JACK & JACK, “Rise” (Capitol)
9-T. KYGO featuring MIGUEL, “Remind Me To Forget” (Ultra/RCA)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (July 23-24, 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:

ARIANA GRANDE – “God Is A Woman” (Republic)
Album: Sweetener (2018)
Past T40 History: Going for her 17th top 40 entry here, Grande’s newest track will give her three hits in the region simultaneously.

BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY & KHALID – “Eastside” (Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Though it’s his first single as an artist, Blanco has written or co-written several dozen top 40 entries since 2008.

CHARLIE PUTH – “The Way I Am” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
Album: VoiceNotes (2018)
Past T40 History: Puth’s fourth single from his sophomore set follows the Kehlani-assisted “Done For Me”, which peaked at #16.

Next week: Zedd & Elley Duhé look to keep the panel “Happy”, but Childish Gambino has some “Magic” up his sleeve. Where will they land on the leaderboard? Find out 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 22, 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 have the newest report Taylor-made for your viewing pleasure, so let’s check out this week’s top pop results:

A REPUTABLE NUMBER ONE: Well, as much as I thought Ariana Grande would be spending a second week atop the pop list with “No Tears Left To Cry”, it wasn’t meant to be, as she falls from 1-4 on the current chart. Of course, that means we have a new #1 song this week, performed by another female soloist: “Delicate” by Taylor Swift, making a leap from 5-1. (That move isn’t a record, but it’s still a big one!) This is Swift’s tenth #1 song at the format and the second from her Reputation album, following the one week for “Look What You Made Me Do” in October of last year. The release also chalks up its fourth consecutive week at #1 on the Hot AC survey, her longest stay at the top since the six-week run for “Blank Space” in December 2014 and January 2015. (Its first two weeks there fell within the holiday freeze period.) Back on the Top 40 list, look out for Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You”, featuring Cardi B, to make a run at the top next week, given its significant gain this week over last week.

“THE WAY” TO CHART SUCCESS: With four former top 40 titles purged from the chart this weekend, there’s a ton of action to cover on the survey. Leading the four entries into the top 40, Drake makes an enormous move from 42-20 with the third pop single off his Scorpion album, “In My Feelings”. It’s his 24th top 40 hit at the format since 2009. Performers Ella Mai, Juice WRLD and Abir all score their first top 40 singles this week, Mai with “Boo’d Up” (44-35), WRLD with “Lucid Dreams” (49-36) and Abir with a feature on Cash Cash‘s “Finest Hour” (43-40), respectively, which also becomes the trio’s third top 40 tune since 2014. Other radio formats have been supporting all three songs prior to their debuts here: “Boo’d” and “Lucid” have been pulling in substantial airplay at the Rhythmic and Urban formats, while “Finest” remains at #1 on the Dance chart.

A total of five songs are new to the top 50 this week, including three that are going for adds this Tuesday: Ariana Grande‘s “God Is A Woman” (#41), Charlie Puth‘s “The Way I Am” (#43) and Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid‘s “Eastside” (#49). The Add Lib recap is the place to find those results and more of the Most Added tracks of the week, which goes up at 7PM (EDT) that evening. Of the five soloists on those three entries, only one is new to the survey: producer and songwriter Blanco, who has previously composed big records for performers like Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Maroon 5. This week’s update also marks the debut of “Broken” by Lovelytheband at #46, a recent six-week #1 on the Alternative list. Finally, at #48, Khalid appears on yet another collaboration called “Ocean”, this time around with Martin Garrix. Next week should be equally as hectic, with several songs being removed due to declining spins and, for at least one of them, age of it. Who will land a new song on the chart? Find out a week from today.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, July 15 – 21, 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…


FIREKID – “Baby You Done Me Wrong” (not available)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: After an excellent self-titled album in 2015, this soloist turned duo finally returns with a nice folk track with a modern twist.


MINKE – “Maybe 25” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Following some great social media co-signs, the current single from this London-based singer sounds like a future radio hit.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BIG DATA – “Evolution Once Again”
TANNERS – “Empress In Reverse”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 22, 2018

All four Greatness.

40. Mondo Cozmo – Tonight Tonight
38. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes
33. Imagine Dragons – Natural | HIGHEST DEBUT

31. Ariana Grande – God Is A Woman (37) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
26. Kygo & Imagine Dragons – Born To Be Yours (31)
20. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (26) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — two weeks
19. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (24)

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

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

In The Mix:
MAGIC! – Kiss Me
Matt Nathanson – Way Way Back
Muse – Something Human (new)
Thomas Abban – Sinner (new)

Chart Notes:

  • It’s a fourth (and possibly final) week at the top for “Younger” by A Great Big World, as duo’s current entry loses its bullet on this week’s chart. Still, it’s been a great run for the two men, who now have 15 total weeks at the top over three #1 singles. “High Horse” by Kacey Musgraves (26-20) and “God Is A Woman” by Ariana Grande (37-31) are up six spots this week, tying for the title of Biggest Mover, as three debuts by Imagine Dragons (“Natural”, #33), Panic! At The Disco (“High Hopes”, #38) and Mondo Cozmo (“Tonight Tonight”, #40) take over the lower rungs of the list. The former two singles are building quickly at the Alternative radio format, while the lattermost title recently entered the top 50 on the Triple A chart.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 24, 2011

Thank God it’s (a) flashback.

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 seven years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of July 24, 2011…

40. WILL YOUNG, “Jealousy”
39. OLLY MURS, “Heart Skips A Beat”
38. TAKE THAT, “When We Were Young”

Biggest Mover(s):
BRITNEY SPEARS, “I Wanna Go” (24-17, seven spots)

10. DARREN HAYES, “Talk Talk Talk” (up 5)
Album: Secret Codes and Battleships (2011, Mercury Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

09. REEVE CARNEY featuring BONO & THE EDGE, “Rise Above 1” (up 2)
Album: Music from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (2011, Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

08. MAROON 5 featuring CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Moves Like Jagger” (up 6)
Album: Hands All Over (re-issue) (2011, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. TRAIN, “Save Me, San Francisco” (up 1)
Album: Save Me, San Francisco (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. MATT NATHANSON, “Faster” (down 2)
Album: Modern Love (2011, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. ONEREPUBLIC, “Good Life” (steady, third week)
Album: Waking Up (2009, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. MAT KEARNEY, “Hey Mama” (down 1)
Album: Young Love (2011, Aware/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

03. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Just A Kiss” (up 3)
Album: Own The Night (2011, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #2

02. KATY PERRY, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” (steady, third week)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

01. COLDPLAY, “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” (steady, third week)
Album: Mylo Xyloto (2011, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 20, 2018

Getting more Famous.

While things are slow again, which usually happens at this time of the year, there are plenty of summer bops waiting for your ears from acts and genres far and wide. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

MASON RAMSEY – Famous (EP) (iTunes)
He yodeled his way into America’s hearts earlier this year, but this 11-year-old performer probably won’t be holding shows for Walmart shoppers anytime soon. His debut EP is out this Friday, including both original songs and covers. One of the original tracks, “Famous”, was serviced to country radio during the spring.

Notable albums out this week: 88rising‘s Head In The Clouds (iTunes), Buddy‘s Harlan & Alondra (iTunes), Lori McKenna‘s The Tree (iTunes), Meg Myers‘s Take Me To The Disco (iTunes), The Internet‘s Hive Mind (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: AJ Mitchell‘s Hopeful (iTunes), DRAM‘s That’s A Girls Name (iTunes), Jay Park‘s Ask Bout Me (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“65th & Ingleside”, “I Might Need Security”, “Wala Cam” and “Work Out”, Chance The Rapper (Apple Music)
“American”, Morgan Evans (iTunes)
“Apple Juice”, Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Back For Good”, Cascada (iTunes)
“Best I’ll Ever Sing”, Maisie Peters (iTunes)
“Blinding My Vision”, K. Roosevelt (iTunes)
“Body High”, Sam Bluer (iTunes)
“Changing”, Future Jr. (iTunes)
“Cocaine”, “Come And Go” and “Kiss You Good”, Jez Dior (iTunes)
“Deadcrush (Alchemist x Trooko Version)”, Alt-J featuring Danny Brown (iTunes)
“Death Of Me”, Daughtry (iTunes)
“Death Song” and “Sinner”, Thomas Abban (iTunes)
“Didn’t I”, Rod Stewart featuring Bridget Cady (iTunes)
“Down”, The Offspring (iTunes)
“Empress In Reverse”, Tanners (iTunes)
“Entirety”, Shift K3Y featuring A*M*E (iTunes)
“Evolution Once Again”, Big Data (iTunes)
“Feel About You”, Silk City featuring Mapei (iTunes)
“Finest Hour (Savi Remix)”, Cash Cash featuring Abir (iTunes)
“Funeral Party”, Rose Villain (iTunes)
“Happy Now”, Zedd & Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“Heart To Love”, Passenger (iTunes)
“Hurt People”, Two Feet featuring Madison Love (iTunes)
“I Dreamt We Spoke Again”, Death Cab For Cutie (iTunes)
“Just My Type (Acoustic)”, The Vamps (iTunes)
“Let’s Run Away”, The Last Bandoleros (iTunes)
“Level Up”, Ciara (iTunes)
“Levitate”, Capital Cities (iTunes)
“Lie To Me”, Steve Aoki featuring Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“Light Up The Room”, Plain White T’s (iTunes)
“Lil BeBe”, DaniLeigh (iTunes)
“Love It If We Made It”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“Loyal To Me”, Nina Nesbitt (iTunes)
“Might Not Like Me (Kat Krazy Remix)”, Brynn Elliott (iTunes)
“Natural”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Needle In The Hay”, Vanessa Carlton (iTunes)
“Noticed”, Lil Mosey (iTunes)
“Oh No”, LION (iTunes)
“Pornstar”, Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Ride Or Die (Modern Machines Remix)”, The Knocks featuring Foster The People (iTunes)
“September 16”, Russ (iTunes)
“Solo (Latin Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Somebody Like You”, Francesco Yates (iTunes)
“Something Human”, Muse (iTunes)
“Sour Diesel”, ZAYN (iTunes)
“Stuck”, Lost Kings featuring Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“Tables Have Turned”, Ralph (iTunes)
“Tailgate”, RaeLynn (iTunes)
“Tell Me It’s OK”, R3HAB x Waysons (iTunes)
“The Power Shift”, Greg Holden (iTunes)
“Thru These Walls”, LANY (iTunes)
“Top Of The World”, Kimbra featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Treat Myself”, Meghan Trainor (iTunes)
“Walking Away”, St. Lucia (iTunes)
“What’s It Like Now (Baths Remix)”, Mikky Ekko (iTunes)
“When The Curtain Falls”, Greta Van Fleet (iTunes)
“When The Summer Ends”, Savoir Adore (iTunes)
“When They Burn”, Van William (iTunes)
“Whipped Cream”, Ari Lennox (iTunes)
“Who We Are”, Tep No (iTunes)
“Worth It”, Kodaline (iTunes)
“You Should See Me In A Crown”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Zooted”, Becky G featuring French Montana & Farruko (iTunes)

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

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