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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 27, 2006

Ain’t no other stan (like me.)

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 a dozen years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 27, 2006…

40. JOSH HOGE, “360”
39. JOANNA, “Let It Slide”
32. ROB THOMAS, “Streetcorner Symphony”

Biggest Mover(s):
JET, “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” (32-24, eight spots)

10. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Ain’t No Other Man” (down 4)
Album: Back To Basics (2006, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

09. DANIEL POWTER, “Free Loop (One Night Stand)” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Daniel Powter (2006, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks (2005)

08. UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF GIANTS, “Mama’s Room” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Under The Influence Of Giants (2006, Island Def Jam Music Group)
Peak: #8 for five weeks

07. NICKELBACK, “Far Away” (up 3)
Album: All The Right Reasons (2005, Roadrunner Records/Island Def Jam Music Group)
Peak: #1 for one week

06. DANIEL POWTER, “Bad Day” (down 2)
Album: Daniel Powter (2006, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks (2005) and ten weeks (2006)

05. JOJO, “Too Little Too Late” (up 6)
Album: The High Road (2006, BlackGround Records)
Peak: #5 for four weeks

04. JOHN MAYER, “Waiting On The World To Change” (up 1)
Album: Continuum (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. TEDDY GIEGER, “These Walls” (steady, second week)
Album: Underage Thinking (2006, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

02. SNOW PATROL, “Chasing Cars” (steady, second week)
Album: Eyes Open (2006, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

01. DANIEL POWTER, “Jimmy Gets High” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Daniel Powter (2006, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 24, 2018

An answering machine.

Scene any good chart-topping contenders lately? We’ll see what happens with the new albums below. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

BTS – Love Yourself 結 ‘Answer’ (iTunes)
K-pop rules this week, as this popular seven-man band returns with their latest set. Three months ago, their Love Yourself 轉 ‘Tear’ set became the first K-pop album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Will this extend their streak, or will a recent title return to #1? We’ll get an answer to that important question soon.

Notable albums out this week: HONNE‘s Love Me / Love Me Not (iTunes), Interpol‘s Marauder (iTunes), Justice‘s Woman Worldwide (iTunes), Lucie Silvas‘s E.G.O. (iTunes), Matoma‘s One In A Million (iTunes), Plain White T’s‘ Parallel Universe (iTunes), R3HAB‘s The Wave (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Fall Out Boy‘s Lake Effect Kid (iTunes), Liam Payne‘s First Time (iTunes), Life Of Dillon‘s MIA (iTunes), ROZES‘s i don’t know where i’m going, but i’m on my way (iTunes), Third Eye Blind‘s Thanks For Everything (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“99” and “Good Thing”, Barns Courtney (iTunes)
“All The Time”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Been There Done That”, NOTD featuring Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“Being With You”, Per Gessle (iTunes)
“Better Off”, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine (iTunes)
“Big Mistake”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“Body Count (Remix)”, Jessie Reyez featuring Normani and Kehlani (iTunes)
“Boomerang”, Firekid featuring Rory Feek (iTunes)
“Boys (Pink Panda Remix)”, Lizzo (iTunes)
“Boys Like You (Sunrise Remix), Anna Clendening (iTunes)
“Damn Loyal”, Eves Karydas (iTunes)
“Death Of A Hero”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“Dominos”, Alex Adair & Delayers featuring Samantha Harvey (iTunes)
“Funky Sensation”, “Love Can Be So Hard”, “Where Angels Fear To Tread” and “Where You Come From”, Disclosure (iTunes)
“Gloe”, Kiiara (iTunes)
“Gold”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“Good In You”, Seinabo Sey (iTunes)
“Goodbye”, Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William (iTunes)
“Half As Good As You”, Tom Odell featuring Alice Merton (iTunes)
“Head Held High”, Kodaline (iTunes)
“High On Emotion”, Sultan + Shepard (iTunes)
“Hit Me Hard”, CLOVES (iTunes)
“I Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore”, LANY (iTunes)
“Ice Me Out”, Kash Doll (iTunes)
“Impress Myself”, LOVA (iTunes)
“Just For Tonight (Acoustic)”, James Bay (iTunes)
“Live Or Die”, Noah Cyrus & Lil Xan (iTunes)
“Love Is Love (MOTi Remix)”, Starley (iTunes)
“Love Will Save The World”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Might Be”, T-Pain featuring Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“New York At Night (Remix)”, Old Dominion (iTunes)
“One Shot”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Playinwitme (Remix)”, KYLE + Kehlani featuring Logic (iTunes)
“Polite”, Liza Owen (iTunes)
“Rebels”, Ivy Adara (iTunes)
“Right Now”, Nick Jonas vs. Robin Schulz (iTunes)
“Rooftop”, Clara Mae (iTunes)
“Sangria”, SAARA (iTunes)
“Save Yourself”, The Chainsmokers & NGHTMRE (iTunes)
“Siren”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“Sittin’ Pretty”, Florida Georgia Line (iTunes)
“Spin The Block”, Lil Durk featuring Future (iTunes)
“SOS”, Cher (iTunes)
“The 1”, Blackbear (iTunes)
“The Return”, Logic (iTunes)
“Time Is Up”, Poppy featuring Diplo (iTunes)
“Up Now”, Saweetie x London On Da Track featuring G-Eazy & Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Voodoo (Stripped)”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Wanted”, Tyler Shaw (iTunes)
“When I’m With Him”, Empress Of (iTunes)
“Wow”, Tiësto (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Meghan Trainor, Why Don’t We 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 21, 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: two top collaborations by Marshmello x Bastille and Calvin Harris & Sam Smith make the pop panel happier, but what else is popping at the format? Let’s add ’em up:

BREAKING PROMISES: We’ve been pretty happy lately, but we sure are happier seeing the song “Happier” at the top position. The first collaboration from Marshmello and Bastille puts a smile or two on the Most Added report, with a hefty first week total of 64 stations. “Happier” is also the Most Added song at the Alternative format this Tuesday, with a Hot AC impact date coming up next month. Bastille recently topped the Alternative chart for a week with “Quarter Past Midnight”, while Marshmello stalled at #2 on the Top 40 chart in a collaboration with Anne-Marie called “Friends”.

Meanwhile, another two first-time collaborators, Calvin Harris and Sam Smith, keep their promise for a good first week on the adds report with “Promises”, which breaks at 53 stations during its first session. (Of course, it’s not breaking any promises; it’s just the label breaking it at the format.) The release still holds at #1 on iTunes throughout certain parts of Europe, including the United Kingdom, though it just missed the top ten at the service here in the States. Harris’s recent pop smash with Dua Lipa, “One Kiss”, just exited the top ten at the format. (It’s still in the top 40, however.)

Next week, look out for LSD‘s “Thunderclouds” and Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” in their quest for the Most Added song in the country. The latter track ranked just below the top ten on the report this week, and has been receiving a fair amount of early airplay since the start of the month.

1. MARSHMELLO x BASTILLE, “Happier” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
2. CALVIN HARRIS & SAM SMITH, “Promises” (Capitol-Columbia)
3. BAZZI featuring CAMILA CABELLO, “Beautiful” (APG/Atlantic)
4. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Natural” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5. BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY & KHALID, “Eastside” (Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
6-T. LOGIC featuring RYAN TEDDER, “One Day” (Def Jam)
8-T. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring EMILY WARREN, “Side Effects” (Disruptor/Columbia)
8-T. TIESTO & DZEKO featuring PREME and POST MALONE, “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)
10. WEEZER, “Africa” (Crush Music/RRP)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 20-21, 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 two new songs impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CALVIN HARRIS & SAM SMITH – “Promises” (Columbia)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: In their quest for a new top ten hit, Harris is going for his 13th at the format, while Smith is aiming for his sixth.

MARSHMELLO x BASTILLE – “Happier” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Despite having lots of Alternative radio success, Bastille is best remembered here for 2014’s “Pompeii”, a #3 hit.

Next week: No titles are on the schedule yet for next week! We’ll keep you posted.

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 19, 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 could never cancel our pop parade of the notable and emerging hits at the Top 40 format, but hey, ours won’t cost you a cent to look at. Here’s what’s popping on the airwaves this week:

ALL FOUR THE “GIRLS”: As “Girls Like You” begins to lose some ground at the format, narrowly missing the weekly spin record by about 200 spins, the giant pop hit from Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B holds at the top spot on the Top 40 chart for a fourth week. It’s also at #1 on the Hot AC chart for its third week and is likely to stay there for some time longer, as there’s a lack of competition in the top five. There’s no word on a next single from the Red Pill Blues album, or if there will be one, as of yet. Checking in at #2 on the Top 40 chart, Post Malone is stuck in the runner-up position for the third consecutive week with “Better Now”, but his song should have a change of scenery next week. “Better” is also approaching the top 30 on the Hot AC chart, making it his highest-charting track at that format.

“RISE” AND SHINE: There are three top 40 entries, including two collaborations, on this week’s chart update, with “Beautiful” by Bazzi featuring Camila Cabello leading the pack, soaring from 47-36. It’s the second top 40 entry for Bazzi, following his #1 single “Mine” from earlier this year, while Cabello checks in with her eighth solo top 40 entry at the format, six of which have been duets or features with other performers. From there, Anne-Marie‘s “2002” makes a jump from 44-38, marking her fourth top 40 song here, while “Rise”, the first collaboration from Jonas Blue and Jack & Jack, takes a couple of steps up from 42-40. Individually, this hit is the third top 40 single for Blue and the second for the duo.

Additional top 50 action is limited this week, though Weezer‘s “Africa”, the current #1 track on the Alternative chart, debuts at #46. It’s the band’s first time in the top 50 at the format since January 2006, when “Perfect Situation” got to #47. Leader Rivers Cuomo also appeared on a B.o.B single called “Magic” in 2010, which spent three weeks at #13 that September. Childish Gambino is also back in the top 50 with his latest, “Summertime Magic”, coming in at #50. The track is already gaining solid airplay on the Rhythmic and Urban radio formats.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, August 12-18, 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…


ALLIE X – “Science” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Three previous appearances
Notes: Break out your books and listen to this scientific smash, a chemistry experiment mixing positively 80’s pop ballad elements.


LO – “Naked” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: One previous appearance
Notes: Lo goes high when it comes to the quality of her releases; “Drumline” was a winner, and this sugar rush of a sound is as well.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
GABBIE HANNA – “Honestly”
LPX – “Might Not Make It Home”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 19, 2018

His second shot at the top.

40. PRETTYMUCH – Summer On You
39. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

27. Elle King – Shame (37) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
23. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (33) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — two weeks
19. Anne-Marie – 2002 (25)
17. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes (24)

10. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You (05) | PEAK: #05
08. Passenger – Hell Or High Water (06) | PEAK: #06
07. Ben Rector – Drive (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Paul McCartney – Come On To Me (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (09) | PEAK: #05
04. A Great Big World – Younger (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. John Mayer – New Light (03) | PEAK: #02
01. George Ezra – Shotgun (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (-)
2. Muse – Something Human (2)
3. Picture This – When We Were Young (1)
4. Rod Stewart featuring Bridget Cady – Didn’t I (5)
5. Mat Kearney & RAC – Memorized (-)
6. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (3)
7. Robyn – Missing U (8)
8. P!nk – Secrets (10)
9. Cher – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (9)
10. Bishop Briggs – Baby (-)

In The Mix:
AJ Mitchell – Girls (new)
Anna Clendening – Boys Like You (new)
Eric Hutchinson – She Could Be The One (new)
Janet Jackson – Made For Now (new)
Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep (new)
LP – Girls Go Wild (new)
LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) – Thunderclouds (new)
Matt Maeson – Cringe (new)
Max Frost – Good Morning
Steve Perry – No Erasin’ (new)
The Revivalists – All My Friends
The Spencer Lee Band – River Water (new)
Thomas Abban – Sinner

Chart Notes:

  • Congrats to George Ezra on his second consecutive #1 song on my personal chart, “Shotgun”, moving 2-1 in its 11th week in the top 40. It follows “Paradise”, which had a three-week run this past spring and is still on my chart, now at #31 in its 31st week. It’s been quite a ride, but is it enough for “Paradise” to secure the top spot on my Top 100 of 2018? Kind of early to be teasing a year-end chart, don’t you think? Check back in… four months to see what happens. In the meantime, look for “Shotgun” to stick at the top through sometime next month. Just below Ezra’s song, Kacey Musgraves‘s “High Horse” (climbing 9-5) and Niall Horan and Maren Morris‘s “Seeing Blind” (climbing 13-10) are solid contenders for my next #1 title, the latter becoming Horan’s fifth consecutive top ten hit from his album Flicker. Of course, the previous four singles from the set went to #1, so the pressure is on! Up ten notches from last week’s top 40, Dean Lewis‘s “Be Alright” (climbing 33-23) and Elle King‘s “Shame” (climbing 37-27) tie for the week’s Biggest Mover, and both should enter the top ten in the next month or so. Additionally, there are two debuts on the current update: “Loyal To Me” (#39) by Nina Nesbitt and “Summer On You” (#40) by PRETTYMUCH. “Loyal” marks the first chart entry for Nesbitt, after bubbling under with “Somebody Special” earlier this year, while “Summer” is the second hit for the five-man group, who got to #10 last year with “Would You Mind”.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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