Monthly Archives: September 2018

RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 30, 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. Blood is oozing from the top spot, but you’ll find that it’s actually a good thing for once. Here’s what’s popping this Sunday:

YOUNG AT CHART: Soaring from 4-1 in its 17th week in the top 40, “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds Of Summer becomes the new #1 song in the land on the Top 40 chart. It’s a major win for the Australian band, who have been charting since 2014 with a string of six prior top 40 singles that haven’t gone any higher than #13. However, that changes with their lucky seventh top 40 entry. Now, as much as that stat is impressive, the British band Coldplay waited until their 12th chart single to both reach the top ten and go to #1 with 2017’s “Something Just Like This”, a collaboration with The Chainsmokers. The four men of 5 Seconds Of Summer will have to hatch a plan to secure their next chart-topper here, as well as a route to #1 on the Hot AC list with “Youngblood”, currently at #8.

MEN-DES AT WORK: The pop island is full of new music this week, and two Island labelmates have this week’s top 40 entries on the Top 40 survey. Moving from 41-36, “Song About You” becomes Mike Posner‘s fifth single to reach the region. It also enters the top 40 on the Hot AC chart this week, rising 45-35. Posner’s upcoming album is due in January. One spot lower, and on the strength of hourly airplay from iHeartMedia outlets this past Thursday, a remix of Shawn Mendes‘s “Lost In Japan” (mixed by Zedd) hops into the countdown at #37. The tune is Mendes’s seventh top 40 release on the Top 40 chart and Zedd’s 13th. The original version of “Lost” can be found on Mendes’s self-titled album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 list earlier this year.

Five potential future hits break into the top 50 this week, with a large number of newcomers in the mix. Entering at #46, the highest of the five new ones includes an established pop act and an established country artist, the latter of whom is new to this format. “This Feeling” pairs The Chainsmokers with Kelsea Ballerini, the follow-up to the duo’s Emily Warren-assisted hit “Side Effects”. For the two men, it’s likely to become their tenth top 40 song here next month. At #47, “I Love It” pairs Kanye West with Lil Pump, a collaboration that’s now well into the top 20 on the Rhythmic chart and also top 30 on the Urban chart. The two guys performed the hit on Saturday Night Live this weekend in water bottle outfits. Did it quench your thirst? Let me know below. “Be Alright” heads to #48 this week for Dean Lewis, which recently topped the national chart in his native Australia. This debut marks Lewis’s first song to enter the Top 40 chart. “Be” can also be found at #20 on the current Hot AC update. Lastly, we end on another pair of newcomers at #49 and #50, as AJ Mitchell‘s “Girls” and Nina Nesbitt‘s “Loyal To Me” start their Top 40 journey. Look for all five releases on the adds report this coming Tuesday, as they compete against new hits by Twenty One Pilots, Why Don’t We and, as mentioned above, Shawn Mendes and Zedd, as well as The Chainsmokers and Kelsea Ballerini.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, September 23-29, 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…


KYAN PALMER – “Pretend That You Love Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance
Notes: Palmer’s debut release Burn Mona Lisa is full of quality pop selections, but the current single from it is a scorching fall jam.


KYLE REYNOLDS – “The Real Thing” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Seventh appearance
Notes: PGTC favorite Reynolds returns with another nice pop production that marries an acoustic sound with a quirky dance twist.


LAUV featuring JULIA MICHAELS – “There’s No Way” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Thirteenth appearance / see Michaels below
Notes: Impacting at Top 40 radio early next month, the independent Lauv and Republic’s Michaels have a hit in this dynamic duet!


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
CODY FRY – “Vegas”
DIRTIER BLONDE featuring SAM FISCHER – “We Won’t Back Down”
VIOLET DAYS – “Leave But Don’t Go”
WALK OFF THE EARTH – “Fifth Avenue”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 30, 2018

“Seeing” a #1 in his future.

38. Bülow – Two Punks In Love
36. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (39)
26. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (34) | BIGGEST MOVER
21. Silk City & Dua Lipa – Electricity (28)
20. KT Tunstall – The River (25)

10. Kygo & Imagine Dragons – Born To Be Yours (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Elle King – Shame (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (05) | PEAK: #02
06. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (10) | PEAK: #06
05. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Imagine Dragons – Natural (04) | PEAK: #04
03. George Ezra – Shotgun (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
02. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. A Great Big World – You (1)
2. Why Don’t We – 8 Letters (6)
3. LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) – Thunderclouds (2)
4. Lauren Daigle – You Say (5)
5. AJ Mitchell – Girls (10)
6. Gryffin & Elley Duhé – Tie Me Down (8)
7. Daniel Powter – Do You Wanna Get Lucky? (-)
8. Ashlee Simpson + Evan Ross – I Do (-)
9. Noah Kahan – False Confidence (-)
10. Jason Mraz featuring Meghan Trainor – More Than Friends (-)

In The Mix:
Alesso – Remedy
Cher – S.O.S.
David Guetta featuring Anne-Marie – Don’t Leave Me Alone
Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino – In My Mind
George Ezra – Hold My Girl
Hudson Taylor – Feel It Again
John Splithoff featuring Madison Ryann Ward – Show Me
Lauv featuring Julia Michaels – There’s No Way (new)
Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep
Morgxn featuring Walk The Moon – Home
Mumford & Sons – Guiding Light
Odesza featuring Sasha Sloan – Falls
Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg – Moves (new)
Paul McCartney – Caesar Rock
Tom Walker – Angels (new)

Chart Notes:

  • It’s a chart first this week, as Niall Horan becomes the first person to score five #1 singles in a row from one album, climbing 2-1 with “Seeing Blind”. It’s a duet with Maren Morris from the album called Flicker, which also produced these chart-toppers from late 2016 to earlier this year: “This Town”, “Slow Hands”, “Too Much To Ask” and “On The Loose”. Notably, this collaboration has never been released as a radio single in the U.S., though it’s received unsolicited airplay at the Hot AC format. It’s quite a feat, and now we’ll have to wait some time before Horan releases his sophomore solo set to see if he can repeat the achievement. As a remix of Shawn Mendes‘s “Lost In Japan”, mixed by Zedd, takes over Top 40 radio, the hit becomes the week’s Biggest Mover, up 34-26 in its third week on. This week’s two entries come from newcomer Alec Benjamin, in at #36 with “Let Me Down Slowly”, and Bülow, checking in at #38 with her second top 40 entry, “Two Punks In Love”. The former track impacts at the Hot AC format on Monday, while the latter impacts at the Top 40 format during the middle of October.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 30, 2012

“Back” to 2012 this weekend.

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 six years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of September 30, 2012…

37. NEON TREES, “Lessons In Love (All Day, All Night)”

Biggest Mover(s):
ONE DIRECTION, “Live While We’re Young” (29-12, seventeen spots)

10. CHRIS WALLACE, “Remember When (Push Rewind)” (down 1)
Album: Push Rewind (2012/2014, ThinkSay Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

09. MAROON 5, “One More Night” (down 2)
Album: Overexposed (2012, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #7 for three weeks

08. WALK THE MOON, “Anna Sun” (up 2)
Album: Walk The Moon (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

07. ANDY GRAMMER, “Miss Me” (up 1)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. FUN., “Some Nights” (down 3)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

05. TAYLOR SWIFT, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (steady, second week)
Album: Red (2012, Big Machine/Republic Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

04. TRAIN, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” (down 2)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

03. PINK, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” (up 1)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

02. OWL CITY & CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Good Time” (down 1)
Album: The Midsummer Station (2012, Republic Records) and Kiss (2012, 604/School Boy/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. THE SCRIPT featuring WILL.I.AM, “Hall Of Fame” (up 5)
Album: #3 (2012, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 28, 2018

Just a Lil taste of this week.

It’s one of the most exciting chart battles of the year! Three prominent rap titles are set to shake up the top three spots on the album chart. Get ready, because these are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LIL WAYNE – Tha Carter V (iTunes)
Seven years after Tha Carter IV arrived and following a series of delays in the past few years, this rapper is back with what’s sure to be one of the biggest streaming debuts of the year so far. Though little is known about the tracklisting, perhaps that mystery will prove to be a key in driving listeners to check out the set. How high will it go? We can only guess.

KANYE WEST – Yandhi (iTunes)
After a performance on Saturday Night Live this coming weekend, this effort should see a good boost on the sales and streaming charts. It comes during a very active year for West musically, who released his own studio album, followed by an album as one half of a new duo and then produced two other albums during the summer months.

LOGIC – Young Sinatra 4 (iTunes)
On any other week, this set probably would’ve debuted at #1. In fact, the rapper’s Bobby Tarantino II mixtape did so earlier this year. This album should still have a solid debut, regardless, becoming his fifth top five entry on the Billboard 200 chart.

Notable albums out this week: Against The Current‘s Past Lives (iTunes), alt-J‘s Reduxer (iTunes), Beartooth‘s Disease (iTunes), Benjamin Ingrosso‘s Identification (iTunes), Cher‘s Dancing Queen (iTunes), Cypress Hill‘s Elephants On Acid (iTunes), Dillon Francis‘s WUT WUT (iTunes), Eves Karydas‘s summerskin (iTunes), Hippo Campus‘s Bambi (iTunes), John Mullaney‘s Kid Gorgeous At Radio City (iTunes), Kevin Gates‘s Luca Brasi 3 (iTunes), Kodaline‘s Politics Of Living (iTunes), Kyan Palmer‘s Burn Mona Lisa (iTunes), Marsha Ambrosius‘s Nyla (iTunes), Nile Rodgers & Chic‘s It’s About Time (iTunes), NONONO‘s Undertones (iTunes), Phil Collins‘s Plays Well With Others (iTunes), Rod Stewart‘s Blood Red Roses (iTunes), Sigala‘s Brighter Days (iTunes), The Knocks‘s New York Narcotic (iTunes), Tom Petty‘s An American Treasure (iTunes), Tyler Shaw‘s Intuition (iTunes), Rick And Morty (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: AURORA‘s Infections Of A Different Kind – Step 1 (iTunes), Jeremy Zucker‘s summer, (iTunes), Jocelyn Alice‘s Little Devil (iTunes), Lido‘s I O U 1 (iTunes), Zoey Dollaz‘s Who Don’t Like Dollaz 2 (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“8 Letters (R3HAB Remix)”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“42 (Grown Up Tipsy)”, Brian McKnight (iTunes)
“123”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Africa (RAC Remix)”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Baby Don’t Talk”, LÉON (iTunes)
“Best Years Of My Lives”, “Got My Name Changed Back” and “Interstate Gospel”, Pistol Annies (iTunes)
“Better Me”, SoMo (iTunes)
“Black And Blue”, Savoir Adore (iTunes)
“Burn The Ships”, for KING & COUNTRY (iTunes)
“Cherish You”, Mikky Ekko (iTunes)
“Daybreak”, Cody Simpson & The Tide (iTunes)
“Dear God”, Confetti (iTunes)
“Dear God (Live Acoustic)”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Diamond Heart”, Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo (iTunes)
“Different Beds”, Matt Nathanson (iTunes)
“Don’t Leave Me Alone (Acoustic)”, David Guetta featuring Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Don’t Lie To Me”, Barbra Streisand (iTunes)
“Door Swing”, Lil Reek (iTunes)
“Fake Smile”, New Dialogue (iTunes)
“Faking It”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“Fifth Avenue”, Walk Off The Earth (iTunes)
“High Hopes (White Panda Remix)”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“Higher”, Social House (iTunes)
“Hollering Love”, Dylan Joel (iTunes)
“Honey”, Robyn (iTunes)
“I Want You To Freak”, Rak-Su (iTunes)
“Lay With Me”, Phantoms featuring Vanessa Hudgens (iTunes)
“Leave But Don’t Go”, Violet Days (iTunes)
“Listen Closely”, DVBBS featuring SAFE (iTunes)
“Lost In Japan (Zedd Remix)”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Love Ain’t Enough”, Jacob Banks (iTunes)
“Love For Me”, Empress Of (iTunes)
“Loving U Blind”, Elle Varner (iTunes)
“Making Christmas”, Pentatonix (iTunes)
“Maybe It Was Me”, Sody (iTunes)
“Moves”, Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Not Cool”, More Giraffes (iTunes)
“Oh Hello”, Nico Santos (iTunes)
“One By One”, Rationale (iTunes)
“Outrunning Karma”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“Paradise”, Nicky Romero & Deniz Koyu featuring Walk Off The Earth (iTunes)
“Perfect Strangers”, ARTY (iTunes)
“Pressure”, Muse (iTunes)
“Put It To Bed (Frank Walker/Ryan Riback Remixes)”, JHart (iTunes)
“Sad (Clap Your Hands)” and “Scatterbrain”, Young Rising Sons (iTunes)
“Scars”, TobyMac (iTunes)
“September”, Campsite Dream (iTunes)
“Shallow”, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (iTunes)
“Sibling Love”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Slow Slow Disco”, St. Vincent (iTunes)
“Solita”, PRETTYMUCH featuring Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Strangers Again”, Sophia Scott (iTunes)
“Taki Taki”, DJ Snake featuring Cardi B, Ozuna and Selena Gomez (iTunes)
“Teach You”, Tiffany Young (iTunes)
“The Real Thing”, Kyle Reynolds (iTunes)
“The Weekend”, T.I. featuring Young Thug (iTunes)
“There’s No Way”, Lauv featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Tied Up”, Major Lazer featuring Mr. Eazi and Raye (iTunes)
“We Won’t Back Down”, Dirtier Blonde featuring Sam Fischer (iTunes)
“We Won’t Move”, Arlissa (iTunes)
“When I Fall In Love”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
“Where Have You Gone (Anywhere)”, Lucas & Steve (iTunes)
“Vegas”, Cody Fry (iTunes)
“Young Love”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Eric ChurchSteve Perry, Twenty One Pilots 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 (September 25, 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: Aussie newcomer Dean Lewis says “Alright” to a breakout week, but will it be enough to lead the list? How did new releases from AJ Mitchell and Gryffin fare? Let’s add ’em up:

THE DEAN’S LIST: Thunder, clouds and heavy breathin’ were key elements in the mix on this week’s Top 40 report, which have also come into play during the past few weeks, but despite LSD and newcomer Lewis looking to finish at the top, it was the new hit by Ariana Grande that secured the coveted spot by leaping past the latter performer by only one add. “Breathin” collects another 35 stations, as Lewis’s “Be Alright” begins with 34 on impact, while LSD scores an additional 31 this week. “Be” is picking up nicely on the Hot AC chart, where it should enter the top 20 very soon. Both Grande and LSD impacted at the format yesterday, though it wasn’t a close race at all: the former’s “Breathin” began with 15 stations in a second place finish, while the latter’s “Thunderclouds” finished below the top ten.

From there, AJ Mitchell‘s “Girls” and Gryffin‘s “Tie Me Down”, a collaboration with Elley Duhé, performed solidly, ending at a total of 29 stations for the former (fourth place) and 26 stations (fifth place) for the latter. It’s Mitchell’s first release to be issued to the Top 40 format, though Gryffin’s collaboration with Illenium and Daya, “Feel Good”, picked up some minor spins here earlier in the year, largely due to mixshows and more progressive outlets. (The song was a bigger hit on the Dance chart.)

Stay tuned for next week to see where new singles from Shawn Mendes and Twenty One Pilots land in the top ten.

1. ARIANA GRANDE, “Breathin” (Republic)
2. DEAN LEWIS, “Be Alright” (Island/Republic)
3. LSD (LABRINTH/SIA/DIPLO), “Thunderclouds” (RECORDS/Columbia)
4. AJ MITCHELL, “Girls” (Epic)
5. GRYFFIN with ELLEY DUHÉ, “Tie Me Down” (Darkroom/Geffen/Interscope)
6. SILK CITY & DUA LIPA, “Electricity” (Columbia)
7-T. MIKE POSNER, “Song About You” (Island/Republic)
7-T. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “High Hopes” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
7-T. YG featuring 2 CHAINZ, BIG SEAN & NICKI MINAJ, “Big Bank” (Def Jam)
10. TRAVIS SCOTT, “Sicko Mode” (Epic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 24-25, 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 four tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AJ MITCHELL – “Girls” (Epic)
EP: Hopeful (2018)
Past T40 History: Mitchell is a newcomer here. It’s unrelated to a 2014 song with the same title by The 1975, which reached #28.

DEAN LEWIS – “Be Alright” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Lewis is a newcomer here. His single, which is nearing the top 20 at Hot AC radio, hit #1 in his native Australia.

GRYFFIN & ELLEY DUHÉ – “Tie Me Down” (Darkroom/Geffen)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Gryffin has received Top 40 airplay in the past, but hasn’t charted. Duhé sings on Zedd‘s release “Happy Now”.

YG featuring 2 CHAINZ, BIG SEAN & NICKI MINAJ – “Big Bank” (Def Jam)
Album: Stay Dangerous (2018)
Past T40 History: Three of the artists (excluding Minaj) on this single have only reached the top ten here as a featured performer.

Next week: It all falls on ODESZA and Sasha Sloan to slay the panel with their collaboration. Find out how it does on Tuesday.

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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