Monthly Archives: July 2018

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 17, 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: will the juicy jam from Juice WRLD leap over the current hits by Drake and Justin Timberlake to take the Most Added title, making his “Dreams” a reality? Time to wake up and add ’em up:

TRYIN’ TO GET THE “FEELINGS” AGAIN: No, Barry Manilow won’t be making a surprise comeback to the Top 40 survey anytime soon. (You know, he hasn’t charted here since 1984 for a reason… although, I do enjoy a little bit of “Read ‘Em And Weep” now and again. Shhh!) Drake‘s “In My Feelings” leads the week’s Top 40 report for the second consecutive week, following its tied finish with Justin Timberlake‘s “SoulMate” last week. Drake grabs 53 new stations, while Timberlake takes another 40.

The best-performing song out of the small bunch of impacting titles this week is “Lucid Dreams” by newcomer Juice WRLD, new at 34 stations for a third place finish. The track is building nicely on the Rhythmic and Urban surveys, as the streaming totals for it remain impressive across the major services.

Some of next week’s impacting songs entered the top five on the current adds update, as “The Way I Am” by Charlie Puth (fourth place, 27 stations) and “Eastside” by benny blanco, Halsey and Khalid (sixth place, 25 stations) are off to a very strong start. It should be a similar story next Tuesday, when both future hits should repeat in the region with larger sums. Of course, those singles will be competing against the new one from Ariana Grande, “God Is A Woman”, which is also on the schedule. Can this trinity of tunes lead to a divine top three? Stay tuned.

1. DRAKE, “In My Feelings” (YMCMB/Republic)
3. JUICE WRLD, “Lucid Dreams” (Grade A/Interscope)
4-T. BEBE REXHA, “I’m A Mess” (Warner Bros.)
4-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “The Way I Am” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
6. BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY & KHALID, “Eastside” (Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
7. ELLA MAI, “Boo’d Up” (Interscope)
8-T. CLEAN BANDIT featuring DEMI LOVATO, “Solo” (Big Beat/RRP)
8-T. KYGO featuring MIGUEL, “Remind Me To Forget” (Ultra/RCA)
10. TIESTO & DZEKO featuring PREME and POST MALONE, “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (July 16-17, 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? Only one new release is impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams” (Grade A/Interscope)
Album: Goodbye & Good Riddance (2018)
Past T40 History: Already well into the top 20 on the Rhythmic chart, this track marks the performer’s first release at this format.

Next week: Hot new singles from Ariana Grande, Charlie Puth and others look to score big call letters during a busy week.

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 15, 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. Which artists are driving their singles down the field toward the goalposts at the top? This may not be the World Cup, but the sport of chart-watching is important too. Let’s kick it:

TEARIN’ UP THE TOP: As Bazzi‘s “Mine” falls from 1-2 after one week at the summit, pop star Ariana Grande prances toward the pop peak, scoring her fourth #1 at the format with “No Tears Left To Cry”. It climbs a notch, passing the 16,000 spin mark in the process. Notably, this is Grande’s first #1 track that isn’t a collaboration with another artist: “Problem” featured Iggy Azelea, “Bang Bang” included Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, and Minaj joined Grande once again as a featured artist on “Side To Side”. Her latest #1 should have no problem spending a second week there, though it will face some competition in the weeks after that. Grande’s also in top 40 as a featured artist on “Bed”, another collaboration with Minaj, which leaps from 27-22, while “God Is A Woman”, the second radio single from her upcoming Sweetener set, debuted on Friday. Though it has some early airplay, its impact date is next Tuesday.

THE FEELING IS RIGHT: After a huge video campaign on social media, which saw fans and celebrities #DoTheShiggy, the latest single from superstar Drake storms onto the survey at #42, “In My Feelings”. This is the third pop radio release from Scorpion, still at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, which unexpectedly replaced the Michael Jackson-assisted “Don’t Matter To Me” following what occurred with the aforementioned challenge results. As “Feelings” charts just below the top ten on the Rhythmic and Urban lists this weekend, another of the proven hits at those formats is now making a run in the pop world. “Boo’d Up” starts at #44 this week, done by newcomer Ella Mai. A new remix of the song, featuring appearances by Nicki Minaj and Quavo, debuted earlier this month. A third and final entry comes in at #49, which is also receiving airplay at the same formats, though this song was a streaming breakout well before it was serviced to radio. 19-year-old newcomer Juice WRLD continues to broaden his base with “Lucid Dreams”, which samples Sting‘s “Shape Of My Heart”, a single that picked up some small airplay at the AC format during the spring of 1994, but did not chart. (Craig David‘s collaboration with Sting that also sampled it, “Rise & Fall”, suffered the same fate at the CHR/Pop format in the summer of 2003.)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, July 8 – 14, 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…


CAPE CUB – “Moonglow” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Four previous appearances
Notes: Following a run with LAB Records, this act, now recording as a band, returns to the Rewind with a lovely radio-ready sound.


DES ROCS – “Let Me Live / Let Me Die” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Two previous appearances
Notes: Keeping the energy alive with song after song, this New York musician is a future hard rock hero with another dynamite cut.


MOONTOWER – “Leaving You Behind” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: One previous appearance
Notes: This Los Angeles trio made a great first impression with “William” in April. They continue to stand out with this solid single.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BAHARI – “Chasers”
EMILY VAUGHN – “Strangers”
OPIA – “Strings Attached”
TOP BUNK – “Toothbrush”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 15, 2018

What’s new in the World?

37. Ariana Grande – God Is A Woman
35. Justin Timberlake – SoulMate | HIGHEST DEBUT

33. Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark – Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You (38)
31. Kygo & Imagine Dragons – Born To Be Yours (37) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
26. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (32) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
24. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (29)
17. Paul McCartney – Come On To Me (22)

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

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Josh Groban – Granted (1)
2. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (3)
3. Daughtry – Deep End (6)
4. Sabrina Carpenter – Almost Love (2)
5. Mondo Cozmo – Tonight Tonight (8)
6. American Authors – Deep Water (7)
7. Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – Solo (5)
8. Picture This – When We Were Young (10)
9. Donovan Woods – Another Way (9)
10. Max George – Barcelona (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Ohio
Jess Glynne – I’ll Be There
Little Big Town – Summer Fever
MAGIC! – Kiss Me
Matt Nathanson – Way Way Back
Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward – Famous
Snow Patrol – Empress (new)

Chart Notes:

  • As pop duo A Great Big World maintains their #1 status for the third week with “Younger”, comeback kings the Backstreet Boys are ready to kick them out, advancing 3-2 with “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”. Two new tracks crash the top 40, with the new one from Justin Timberlake (“SoulMate”) coming in higher at #35. The song dropped on July 3 as a surprise release. In the radio world, “SoulMate” officially jumps into the top 40 at both the Hot AC and Top 40 formats. Two notches lower, at #37, Ariana Grande‘s “God Is A Woman” bolts onto the countdown, the second radio single from her upcoming Sweetener set. Its music video and lyric video are both in the top ten on YouTube’s Trending chart, with early airplay in several larger markets.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 17, 2005

The “Sound” of hit records.

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 13 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of July 17, 2005…

40. SUGAR RAY, “Shot Of Laughter”
39. SWITCHFOOT, “Stars”
38. SHAKIRA featuring ALEJANDRO SANZ, “La Tortura”

Biggest Mover(s):
OUR LADY PEACE, “Where Are You?” (40-31, nine spots)

10. ROB THOMAS, “This Is How A Heart Breaks” (up 1)
Album: …Something To Be (2005, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

09. CHARLOTTE CHURCH, “Crazy Chick” (up 1)
Album: Tissues And Issues (2005, Sony BMG (U.K.) Records)
Peak: #8

08. BEN MOODY featuring ANASTACIA, “Everything Burns” (steady, third week)
Album: Fantastic 4 – The Album (2005, Wind-Up Records)
Peak: #8 for three weeks

07. D.H.T., “Listen To Your Heart” (steady, second week)
Album: Listen To Your Heart (2005, Robbins Entertainment)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

06. DANIEL POWTER, “Bad Day” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Daniel Powter (2005, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks (2005) + #1 for ten weeks (2006)

05. JASON MRAZ, “Wordplay” (down 2)
Album: Mr. A-Z (2005, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

04. KELLY CLARKSON, “Behind These Hazel Eyes” (down 3)
Album: Breakaway (2004, RCA/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. WEEZER, “Beverly Hills” (up 1)
Album: Make Believe (2005, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

02. COLDPLAY, “Speed Of Sound” (up 3)
Album: X&Y (2005, Capitol Records)
Peak: #2

01. NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “These Words” (up 1)
Album: Unwritten (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 13, 2018

Super troopers of the album chart.

Mamma mia! It’s time for the newest update of the hottest albums and singles on the schedule. Will you take a chance on them? These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
This sequel and subsequent soundtrack likely won’t do as well as the original Mamma Mia! film from a decade ago, but this collection, featuring more covers from ABBA‘s catalog, should interest fans and longtime supporters of the band. A new version of “Fernando”, a duet between Cher and Andy Garcia, is currently receiving airplay at the AC format.

Notable albums out this week: Amy Shark‘s Love Monster (iTunes), Black Atlass‘s Pain & Pleasure (iTunes), Chris Lane‘s Laps Around The Sun (iTunes), Rayland Baxter‘s Wide Awake (iTunes), The Vamps‘s Night & Day (Day Edition) (iTunes), Wet‘s Still Run (iTunes), Wiz Khalifa‘s Rolling Papers II (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Andreas Moss‘s Andreas Moss (iTunes), DREAMERS‘s Launch (iTunes), Kiana Ledé‘s Selfless (iTunes), NEEDTOBREATHE‘s Forever On Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions) (iTunes), The Lumineers‘s C-Sides (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“16 Steps”, Martin Jensen featuring Olivia Holt (iTunes)
“A Little More”, Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“About You”, Tyron Hapi featuring Laurell (iTunes)
“Almost Love (R3HAB Remix)”, Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Both Sides”, Chantel Jeffries featuring Vory (iTunes)
“Don’t Fall For It”, Russ (iTunes)
“Don’t Go”, Vice featuring Becky G & Mr. Eazi (iTunes)
“Eastside”, Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid (iTunes)
“Feels Like Summer” and “Summertime Magic”, Childish Gambino (iTunes)
“Frozen Frames (Acoustic)”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“God Is A Woman”, Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“Harvest Love”, Tash Sultana (iTunes)
“Heaven Wasn’t Made For Me”, Terror Jr (iTunes)
“Hit The Lights”, Ghosted featuring RØMANS (iTunes)
“Honest”, Kim Cesarion (iTunes)
“I Choose Me”, Anna Dellaria (iTunes)
“If You Could See Me Now”, Savanna (iTunes)
“If You Wanna Love Somebody (Acoustic)”, Tom Odell (iTunes)
“It Was You”, Norah Jones (iTunes)
“Joke”, Third Eye Blind (iTunes)
“Jumpsuit” and “Nico And The Niners”, Twenty One Pilots (iTunes)
“Keep A Little Soul (1982)”, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (iTunes)
“Leaving You Behind”, Moontower (iTunes)
“Let Me Live/Let Me Die”, Des Rocs (iTunes)
“Li Di Da”, The Internet (iTunes)
“Like I Used To”, Tinashe (iTunes)
“Lucky Man”, Hearts & Colors (iTunes)
“Mama Look At Me Now” and “Satisfied”, Galantis / featuring MAX (iTunes)
“Moonglow”, Cape Cub (iTunes)
“Ooh Yea”, Fabolous featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Road To Happiness”, Cam (iTunes)
“Schedules”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Shadowboxer”, Good Charlotte (iTunes)
“Single-Minded”, Anna Mae (iTunes)
“Stay Awake With Me”, Dan Owen (iTunes)
“Still Wondering”, Jocelyn Alice (iTunes)
“Summer”, WILD (iTunes)
“Sun In Our Eyes”,  & Diplo (iTunes)
“The City”, Louis The Child with Quinn XCII (iTunes)
“Toothbrush”, Top Bunk (iTunes)
“Touch”, Great Good Fine OK (iTunes)
“Venus & River”, Capital Cities (iTunes)
“Wishing You Away”, HOLYCHILD (iTunes)

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

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