Monthly Archives: August 2018

ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 30, 2015

“Down” for some 2015 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 three years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 30, 2015…

39. BOY & BEAR, “Walk The Wire”
36. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Wildest Dreams”

Biggest Mover(s):
NATE RUESS, “Great Big Storm” (23-16, seven spots)

10. GAVIN JAMES, “The Book Of Love” (down 2)
Album: Bitter Pill (2016, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

09. JUKEBOX THE GHOST, “Postcard” (steady, second week)
Album: Jukebox The Ghost (2015, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

08. ONE DIRECTION, “Drag Me Down” (up 5)
Album: Made In The A.M. (2015, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. WALK THE MOON, “Different Colors” (down 3)
Album: Talking Is Hard (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

06. SHAWN MENDES, “Stitches” (up 1)
Album: Handwritten (2015, Island/Republic Records)
Peak: #5

05. RØMANS, “Uh Huh” (down 2)
Album: Overthinking – Pt. 1 (EP) (2015, Roc Nation Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Run Away With Me” (up 2)
Album: E·MO·TION (2015, Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

03. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Hold Each Other” (up 2)
Album: When The Morning Comes (2015, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

02. JOHN NEWMAN, “Come And Get It” (steady, second week)
Album: Revolve (2015, Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

01. DURAN DURAN featuring JANELLE MONÁE and NILE RODGERS, “Pressure Off” (steady, second week)
Album: Paper Gods (2015, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 31, 2018

Big bam Bloom.

What’ll be blooming at the usual sales and streaming services this Friday? Ah, we may have a hint. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

TROYE SIVAN – Bloom (iTunes)
One of the higher debuts on next week’s album ranking should belong to Sivan’s new set, which features the mid-charting pop radio single “My My My!” from earlier this year. It also features a collaboration with Ariana Grande titled “Dance To This”. It’s likely to reach the top ten during its first week.

WHY DON’T WE – 8 Letters (iTunes)
This is the first album for the popular boy band, who have released a series of EPs in the past couple of years. Three of the cuts have been released prior to the album’s debut: the title track, “Hooked” and “Talk”. Though its data will be front-loaded, it’ll score a solid entry.

Notable albums out this week: Afrojack‘s Press Play (iTunes), Amos Lee‘s My New Moon (iTunes), Ayokay‘s In The Shape Of A Dream (iTunes), Blac Youngsta‘s F*ck Everybody 2 (iTunes), Bun B‘s Return Of The Trill (iTunes), Curren$y‘s Fire In The Clouds (iTunes), Lloyd‘s Tru (iTunes), Passenger‘s Runaway (iTunes), The Kooks‘s Let’s Go Sunshine (iTunes), The WLDLFE‘s I’m Not Worried Anymore (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Benji Lewis‘s Together Apart (iTunes), HoodCelebrityy‘s Inna Real Life (iTunes), Josie Moon‘s Rose Tinted (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“90’s Country”, Walker Hayes (iTunes)
“2002 (Remix)”, Anne-Marie featuring Saweetie & Ms Banks (iTunes)
“Backwards”, Chris Jobe (iTunes)
“Body Talks”, The Struts featuring Kesha (iTunes)
“Brown Sugar”, Steven Tyler & Nuno Bettencourt (iTunes)
“Buss It”, Sage The Gemini featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Chains”, Bruns (iTunes)
“Corner Love”, Lido featuring Unge Ferrari (iTunes)
“Correct”, MNEK (iTunes)
“Dancing (Mumbai Wedding)”, NONONO (iTunes)
“Deep Down”, Zhavia Ward (iTunes)
“Diamonds Are Invincible”, Michael Jackson x Mark Ronson (iTunes)
“Don’t Call Me”, Nevada featuring Loote (iTunes)
“Don’t Let Me Go”, Cody Simpson (iTunes)
“DTF”, The Game featuring YG, Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih (iTunes)
“Glimpse”, Havana Brown featuring Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Haha No One Can Hear You!”, Gallant (iTunes)
“I’m With You”, Hight featuring Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Just Watch”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“LivWithoutU”, St. Paul & The Broken Bones (iTunes)
“Love Me (BYNON Remix)”, Forest Blakk (iTunes)
“Love No More”, Loud Luxury x Anders (iTunes)
“Love Wins”, Carrie Underwood (iTunes)
“Motions”, MAGIC! (iTunes)
“My Blood”, Twenty One Pilots (iTunes)
“Old News”, Mitch James (iTunes)
“One In A Million” / “You Don’t Wanna Know”, Hudson Taylor (iTunes)
“One Shot”, Mabel (iTunes)
“Prayers”, Good Charlotte (iTunes)
“Remedy”, Alesso (iTunes)
“Right On Time”, Ray J featuring Flo Rida, Brandy and Designer Doubt (iTunes)
“Rotation 112th (Remix)”, Jay Rock featuring Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Say The Word”, Emily Vaughn featuring Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“Superhero”, Lauv (iTunes)
“The Dark Side”, Muse (iTunes)
“The Other Side”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Yung And Bhad”, Bhad Bhabie featuring City Girls (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Lauren Daigle, Paul McCartney 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 (August 28, 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: established collaborations continue to lead the way, though some reactive Alternative crossovers from Imagine Dragons and Panic! At The Disco are hoping to break through. Let’s add ’em up:

HAPPIER TIMES ARE HERE: Results were slower than last week across the Top 40 panel, as many outlets opted not to report ahead of the holiday weekend. That being said, for those stations that did submit their adds, it was a mixed bag of proven pop titles and some solid impacting songs in the top ten. Last week’s leader, “Happier” by Marshmello and Bastille, secured another week at the top, picking up 34 more stations. Just behind that collaboration is the hit that landed in second place a week ago, “Promises” from Calvin Harris and Sam Smith, in with 29 stations this time around. Tied for third at 27 stations, “Beautiful” by Bazzi and Camila Cabello and “Natural” by Imagine Dragons, which had a last-minute impact scheduled, were also solid for the day.

For other songs officially going for adds this week, BTS‘s first collaboration with Nicki Minaj, “Idol”, picked up a nice 23 stations in its first week, just ahead of “Thunderclouds” by LSD (the act featuring Labrinth, Sia and Diplo) and “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco with 20 stations each. Respectively, the first title ranks in fifth, while the other two are tied for sixth. All three songs should appear in the top 50 at the format in the next couple of weeks.

Have a great Labor Day weekend and enjoy the extra time off!

1. MARSHMELLO x BASTILLE, “Happier” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
2. CALVIN HARRIS & SAM SMITH, “Promises” (Capitol-Columbia)
3-T. BAZZI featuring CAMILA CABELLO, “Beautiful” (APG/Atlantic)
3-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Natural” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5. BTS featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Idol” (BigHit/Columbia-YMCMB/Republic)
6-T. LOGIC featuring RYAN TEDDER, “One Day” (Def Jam)
6-T. LSD (LABRINTH/SIA/DIPLO), “Thunderclouds” (RECORDS/Columbia)
6-T. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “High Hopes” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
9-T. JUICE WRLD, “Lucid Dreams” (Grade A/Interscope)
9-T. WEEZER, “Africa” (Crush Music/RRP)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 27-28, 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 the three titles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BTS featuring NICKI MINAJ – “Idol” (BigHit/Columbia)
Album: Love Yourself: Answer (2018)
Past T40 History: The popular K-pop act has appeared in the top 40 at the format twice this year. Will the panel idolize this song?

LSD (LABRINTH/SIA/DIPLO) – “Thunderclouds” (RECORDS/Columbia)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: While this trio’s latest track attempts to reach the Top 40 list, “Genius” is now in the top 50 at Alternative radio.

PANIC! AT THE DISCO – “High Hopes” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
Album: Pray For The Wicked (2018)
Past T40 History: On the verge of their fourth top 40 hit at the format, the act’s last chart single here, 2016’s “Victorious”, hit #30.

Next week: “Goodbye” says hello to the panel, as the Jason Derulo, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Willy William hit heads for some adds after the Labor Day holiday.

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 (August 26, 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 the last chart update for August already! Where’s the time gone? While we try to figure out the answer to that one, check out this week’s hottest hits on the latest report:

FAREWELL TO “YOU”: As we return to the “Songs That Never Seem To Go Away” department, “Girls Like You” from Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B continues its run at #1 on the Top 40 chart for the fifth week. It’s the act’s longest run at #1 here since 2012, when “One More Night” collected eight weeks at the top between September and November of that year. “Girls” also has an enormous lead atop the Hot AC chart in its fourth week at the summit, more than 1,200 spins over the song in the runner-up position. However, the Top 40 list will finally see a new #1 next week, as the tune that’s been docked at #2 for four consecutive weeks, “Better Now” by Post Malone, makes it ascent to the top. Behind him, it’ll be a wild fall of potential #1 songs, so stay tuned!

“HIGH” EXPECTATIONS: It’s a nice week for collaborations making the top 40, as the newest releases by Logic featuring Ryan TedderTyga featuring Offset and Calvin Harris & Sam Smith all enter the region at the Top 40 format. For Harris and Smith, their single “Promises” bypasses the top 50 and goes straight into the top 40 at #40, becoming Harris’s 18th and Smith’s tenth single to make it this high. Additionally, Weezer scores their first top 40 hit since 2005 with their remake of Toto‘s “Africa”, rising 46-39.

Leading a parade of three top 50 debuts this week, Marshmello x Bastille‘s “Happier” is new at #41, about two dozen spins shy of the top 40. Though the latter group’s had some solid success on the Alternative radio chart, they’ve only managed to place two songs in the top 40 at this format: 2014’s “Pompeii”, which spent two weeks at #3 that March, and 2016’s “Good Grief”, which just reached #38 that November. Additionally, Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” (#47) and PRETTYMUCH‘s “Summer On You” (#49) are welcomed to the top 50; the former group is headed towards their fourth top 40 song here, while the latter group is hunting for their second such entry. Will they make it before the summer comes to a close? We’re pretty much unsure, but never say never, as it could surprise.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, August 19-25, 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…


KIM PETRAS – “All The Time” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance
Notes: As Petras scores some Top 40 airplay for “Heart To Break”, her latest release is a glittering pop anthem that’s sure to please.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
AARON TAOS – “Voodoo (Stripped)” (SoundCloud)
IVY ADARA – “Rebels” (SoundCloud)
JOE JANIAK – “The Best You Ever Had” (SoundCloud)
SPENCER SUTHERLAND – “Fine” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 26, 2018

Who’s better than Ezra?

40. Mat Kearney & RAC – Memorized
34. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier | HIGHEST DEBUT

30. OneRepublic – Connection (35)
29. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
28. Brynn Elliott – Might Not Like Me (34)
25. Snow Patrol – Empress (30)
21. Elle King – Shame (27)
16. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (23)

10. Passenger – Hell Or High Water (08) | PEAK: #06
09. Imagine Dragons – Natural (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (10) | PEAK: #08
07. A Great Big World – Younger (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
06. Paul McCartney – Come On To Me (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Ben Rector – Drive (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
03. John Mayer – New Light (02) | PEAK: #02
02. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (05) | PEAK: #02
01. George Ezra – Shotgun (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Muse – Something Human (2)
2. Picture This – When We Were Young (3)
3. Rod Stewart featuring Bridget Cady – Didn’t I (4)
4. Robyn – Missing U (7)
5. Bishop Briggs – Baby (10)
6. Anna Clendening – Boys Like You (-)
7. Cher – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (9)
8. Jukebox The Ghost – Fred Astaire (-)
9. Steve Perry – No Erasin’ (-)
10. P!nk – Secrets (8)

In The Mix:
AJ Mitchell – Girls
Ariana Grande – Breathin (new)
Barns Courtney – 99 (new)
Dave Matthews Band – Again And Again (new)
Eric Hutchinson – She Could Be The One
KT Tunstall – The River (new)
Janet Jackson – Made For Now
Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep
LP – Girls Go Wild
LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) – Thunderclouds
Matt Maeson – Cringe
Max Frost – Good Morning
The Revivalists – All My Friends
The Spencer Lee Band – River Water
Thomas Abban – Sinner

Chart Notes:

  • It’s a second week at the top for George Ezra‘s “Shotgun” on my personal chart, as Kacey Musgraves‘s “High Horse” appears ready to lead the record rodeo next month, up 5-2 on the latest update. Last week’s top new entry from newcomer Nina Nesbitt makes a huge move from 39-29, as “Loyal To Me” secures the title of Biggest Mover. Two collaborations debut on the countdown this week, with “Happier” from DJ/producer Marshmello and rockers Bastille claiming the Highest Debut at #34. The British band has led by chart three times between 2013 and 2016, with their most recent chart single, “Quarter Past Midnight”, reaching #7 earlier this summer. The second debut is a single that pairs singer/songwriter Mat Kearney and DJ/producer RAC, coming in at #40 with “Memorized”. It’s the second top 40 entry from Kearney’s album CRAZYTALK, which follows “Kings & Queens”, a #21 song from the spring of this year.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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