Monthly Archives: September 2018

RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 23, 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. There’s a chill in the fall air, but the hot hits on the pop airwaves are keeping things nice and toasty. Here’s what’s popping this Sunday:

SHOW ME “LOVE”: This is the second week at the top for “Love Lies” from Khalid x Normani, a song which has now spent half a year in the top 40. The soundtrack cut from Love, Simon is unbulleted on the newest update and it’s not clear if it’ll receive another week at the top. With that being said, watch out for “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds Of Summer, up to #4 on the new update, which is charging ahead and will likely be the next chart-topper at the format. It’s also the larger Hot AC hit of the two songs: “Youngblood” is now at #9, climbing a notch, while “Love” slides back one notch to #23. Regardless of happens next week, it’s been a solid run for the collaboration at the top spot and should provide a nice launching pad for Normani’s first pop smash completely on her own.

DAN ON YOUR MIND: While reactive tunes from LSD, Silk City & Dua Lipa and Travis Scott reach the top 40, one recurrent and some additional purging fills the lower rungs of the top 50 with a handful of debuts. Out in front, country duo Dan + Shay is on well on its way to their first pop hit with “Tequila”, bowing at #45. The two guys have accumulated seven top 40 singles at their usual format since 2013, with this release landing at the top earlier this year. Just behind them, the new collaboration from David Guetta and Anne-Marie checks in at #46, “Don’t Leave Me Alone”. Both performers are currently in the top 40 with other singles: Guetta’s at #27 this week sharing the lead billing with Jason Derulo on “Goodbye”, while Anne-Marie can be found at #29 with “2002”.

The other debuts in the top 50 this week are not receiving a whole lot of airplay, and it’s doubtful that they’ll stick around for long. At #49, “IDWK” (short for “I don’t want (to) know”) is the first charting collaboration for DVBBS and Blackbear, which is midway up the Top 40 chart in the DVBBS’s native Canada. Blackbear got as high as #24 late last year with “Do Re Mi”. One notch lower, “FeFe” gives controversial performer 6ix9ine his first chart entry at the format, a song which also features Nicki Minaj. It’s now at #10 on this week’s Rhythmic chart, and just outside the region on the updated Urban list. Will it get higher than #50 here? Stay tuned.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, September 16-22, 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 – “Little Things” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance
Notes: Ahead of the album Super Sunset, due at the end of next month, Allie X continues to serve her bold pop singles to the world.


MATT SIMONS – “Made It Out Alright” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance
Notes: Previously on the Rewind this past spring with an energetic pop jam called “We Can Do Better”, Simons delivers another hit.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ALL THE REST – “Waste My Money”
MILKK – “Thinkin Bout U”
PRINCE FOX – “Fake It”
SIZZY ROCKET – “Juicy Fruit”
STARLEY – “Signs”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 23, 2018

One last Shot.

39. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water

34. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (39)
31. Lukas Graham – Love Someone (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
28. Silk City & Dua Lipa – Electricity (34)

10. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Elle King – Shame (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (08) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
07. Paul McCartney – Come On To Me (06) | PEAK: #05
06. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (02) | PEAK: #02
04. Imagine Dragons – Natural (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (03) | PEAK: #02
01. George Ezra – Shotgun (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. A Great Big World – You (3)
2. LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) – Thunderclouds (2)
3. Anna Clendening – Boys Like You (1)
4. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (8)
5. Lauren Daigle – You Say (6)
6. Why Don’t We – 8 Letters (5)
7. Steve Perry – No Erasin’ (4)
8. Gryffin & Elley Duhé – Tie Me Down (10)
9. David Guetta featuring Anne-Marie – Don’t Leave Me Alone (9)
10. AJ Mitchell – Girls (-)

In The Mix:
Alesso – Remedy
Ashlee Simpson + Evan Ross – I Do (new)
Cher – S.O.S. (new)
Daniel Powter – Do You Wanna Get Lucky? (new)
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 (new)
Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep
Matt Maeson – Cringe
Morgxn featuring Walk The Moon – Home (new)
Mumford & Sons – Guiding Light (new)
Odesza featuring Sasha Sloan – Falls (new)
Paul McCartney – Caesar Rock
Phillip Phillips – Magnetic
Steve Perry – No More Cryin’
The Spencer Lee Band – River Water

Chart Notes:

  • Scoring a sixth week at #1 on my personal chart, though it does so without a bullet, this could be George Ezra‘s final week at the top with “Shotgun”. That being said, it’s been an outstanding run for the musician, who has two of my top tracks of 2018 with this song and “Paradise”, which had a three-week stay at the top. As Lukas Graham takes the title of Biggest Mover with their single “Love Someone”, up 38-31, Avril Lavigne returns to the top 40 for the first time since 2013 with “Head Above Water”, in at #39. It’s her 14th entry on my chart since 2002, when she debuted with her chart-topper “Complicated”.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 21, 2003

That’s the Wayne of the world.

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 15 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of September 21, 2003:

39. SHERYL CROW, “The First Cut Is The Deepest”
37. OUTKAST, “Hey Ya!”
33. CLAY AIKEN, “Invisible”
(see #10 below)

Biggest Mover(s):
JOSH KELLEY, “Amazing” (33-27)
O.A.R., “Hey Girl” (17-11, six spots)

10. PINK, “Trouble” (debut)
Album: Try This (2003, LaFace/Arista Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

09. MANDY MOORE, “Have A Little Faith In Me” (up 1)
Album: Coverage (2003, Epic Records)
Peak: #5

08. LIZ PHAIR, “Why Can’t I?” (up 1)
Album: Liz Phair (2003, Capitol Records)
Peak: #7

07. HILARY DUFF, “So Yesterday” (down 3)
Album: Metamorphosis (2003, Buena Vista/Hollywood Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. MARIA, “I Give, You Take” (up 1)
Album: My Soul (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

05. 3 DOORS DOWN, “Here Without You” (up 1)
Album: Away From The Sun (2002, Republic/Universal Records)
Peak: #4

04. DIDO, “White Flag” (up 1)
Album: Life For Rent (2003, Arista Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

03. JOHN MAYER, “Bigger Than My Body” (down 2)
Album: Heavier Things (2003, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

02. MAROON 5, “Harder To Breathe” (up 1)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone/J Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

01. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE, “Stacy’s Mom” (up 1)
Album: Welcome Interstate Managers (2003, S-Curve/EMI Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 21, 2018

Is he “Granted” permission to the top?

Will you cross the bridge to musical memories with us this Friday? There are plenty of big releases in the mix. These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

JOSH GROBAN – Bridges (iTunes)
Groban’s new album, his first since 2015, is boosted by the radio single “Granted”, which is flying towards the top ten on the AC list. With three #1 albums since 2004 and several other top ten titles in the nearly 17 years he’s been charting, this set should easily take a seat in the upper region of the list.

Featuring the explosive single “Rap Devil”, which hit #1 on iTunes and is sticking around the top five, Kelly’s latest set should excite his fanbase. Given the album’s large streaming potential, it’s likely to become his third top five entry on the Billboard 200 chart.

Notable albums out this week: AJR‘s The Click (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), BROCKHAMPTON‘s iridescence (iTunes), Christine & The Queens‘s Chris (iTunes), Macy Gray‘s Ruby (iTunes), Metric‘s Art Of Doubt (iTunes), Prince‘s Piano & A Microphone (1983) (iTunes), St. Lucia‘s Hyperion (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Bright Light Bright Light‘s Tough Love (iTunes), French Montana‘s No Stylist (iTunes), Mahalia‘s Seasons (iTunes), Noah Cyrus‘s Good Cry (iTunes), The Band Perry‘s Coordinates (iTunes), The Neighbourhood‘s Ever Changing (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Song With No Name”, Norah Jones (iTunes)
“All I Am (Acoustic)”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“All That Acid”, Mickey Kojak (iTunes)
“Back Together”, Loote (iTunes)
“Backin’ It Up”, Pardison Fontaine featuring Cardi B (iTunes)
“Beyond (Live)”, Leon Bridges featuring Luke Combs (iTunes)
“Bottled Up”, Dinah Jane featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Marc E. Bassy (iTunes)
“California Snow”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Dear Yessie”, Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Do You Think About Me (Wideboys Remix)”, Captain Cuts & Zookëper featuring Georgia Ku (iTunes)
“Do You Wanna Get Lucky”, Daniel Powter (iTunes)
“Emoji”, Au/Ra (iTunes)
“Fake It”, Prince Fox (iTunes)
“Falling Down”, Lil Peep & XXXTentacion (iTunes)
“False Confidence”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Focus (Yaeji Remix)”, Charli XCX (iTunes)
“Give A Little (Mokita & Goldhouse Remix)”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“Gold Rush (Mansionair Remix)”, Death Cab For Cutie (iTunes)
“Grace”, Lewis Capaldi (iTunes)
“Grace”, Rod Stewart (iTunes)
“Guiding Light”, Mumford & Sons (iTunes)
“Havana (Live)”, Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Head Above Water”, Avril Lavigne (iTunes)
“Here Comes The Change”, Kesha (iTunes)
“I Wish You Were Here”, HRVY (iTunes)
“I’m With You (Single Edit)”, Vance Joy (iTunes)
“I’ve Been Waiting”, Briston Maroney (iTunes)
“Imaginary Friend”, (iTunes)
“It’s Not This”, Bearson featuring Lemaitre & Josh Pan (iTunes)
“Last Summer”, Johnny Orlando (iTunes)
“Let You Love Me”, Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Little Things”, Allie X (iTunes)
“Looks Like A Cold, Cold Winter”, Ingrid Michaelson (iTunes)
“Losing My Mind”, Betcha (iTunes)
“Lover, Leaver”, Greta Van Fleet (iTunes)
“Made It Out Alright”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Naturally Pretty Girls”, Elle King (iTunes)
“One Of Us”, Cher (iTunes)
“Outstanding”, Lido (iTunes)
“Radar”, Whethan featuring HONNE (iTunes)
“Rare”, Ruth B. (iTunes)
“Run To Me”, Causes (iTunes)
“Say It Back”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“She Knows”, NAWAS (iTunes)
“Signs”, Starley (iTunes)
“Snatching It Back”, Kid Rock (iTunes)
“Stranger”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“Thinking 2 Much”, Jeremy Zucker (iTunes)
“This Feeling”, The Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini (iTunes)
“TOOGOODTOBETRUE”, Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens and Rebecca Sugar (iTunes)
“Two Punks In Love”, bülow (iTunes)
“Venice Bitch”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“When Bad Does Good”, Chris Cornell (iTunes)
“Zero”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from CherKanye West, Logic 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 18, 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: take a breather with Ariana Grande‘s latest hit, as well as new tracks by a plethora of pop performers. The action is on, so let’s add ’em up:

NOW WITH ADDED SWEETENER: Just before Yom Kippur begins and we fast for the day, the Top 40 panel is dining on lots of sweet treats with a pop punch. Leading the way, “Breathin” from the aforementioned Grande takes the air right out of our lungs, but in a good way, landing at the top of this week’s report with 43 stations on impact. The song edged into the #40 position on this past Sunday’s published update, giving the singer three tunes in the top 40 simultaneously. (Of course, her other two hits currently are “God Is A Woman” and “No Tears Left To Cry”, which are in the top ten.) Continued support for Mike Posner‘s new hit “Song About You” returns the single to second place with 27 new stations, tied with “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille, while the rest of the top five is comprised of additional impacting titles from David Guetta featuring Anne-Marie (#4) and Dan + Shay (#5). The former, “Don’t Leave Me Alone”, starts with 26 stations, while the latter, “Tequila”, is new at 22. Just one other song is making its first appearance in the top ten, down at #10. With 15 stations on impact, that’s “Loyal To Me” by Nina Nesbitt.

Next week, expect solid debuts from several format newcomers, including AJ Mitchell and Dean Lewis. Check out the report on Tuesday evening, right here on PGTC.

1. ARIANA GRANDE, “Breathin” (Republic)
2-T. MARSHMELLO x BASTILLE, “Happier” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
2-T. MIKE POSNER, “Song About You” (Island/Republic)
4. DAVID GUETTA featuring ANNE-MARIE, “Don’t Leave Me Alone” (Big Beat/Atlantic)
5. DAN + SHAY, “Tequila” (Warner Bros.)
6. SILK CITY & DUA LIPA, “Electricity” (Columbia)
7. TYGA featuring OFFSET, “Taste” (Lost Kings/EMPIRE)
8. TRAVIS SCOTT, “Sicko Mode” (Epic)
9. LSD (LABRINTH/SIA/DIPLO), “Thunderclouds” (RECORDS/Columbia)
10. NINA NESBITT, “Loyal To Me” (Cooking Vinyl/RED)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 17-18, 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:

DAN + SHAY – “Tequila” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Dan + Shay (2018)
Past T40 History: This is the male duo’s first time crossing to the pop airwaves. “Tequila” is a former #1 single on the Country list.

DAVID GUETTA featuring ANNE-MARIE – “Don’t Leave Me Alone” (Big Beat/Atlantic)
Album: 7 (2018)
Past T40 History: Guetta and Anne-Marie haven’t previously collaborated together. Both musicians have singles already charting.

MIKE POSNER – “Song About You” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Posner has three top ten singles to date at the format; “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” had a two-week run at #1 in 2016.

NINA NESBITT – “Loyal To Me” (Cooking Vinyl/RED)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Nesbitt’s song “Somebody Special” received some minor airplay earlier this year; it did not enter the chart here.

Next week: Things really heat up next Tuesday with an Alternative crossover hit by Twenty One Pilots, a Hot AC crossover track by Dean Lewis, and additional impacting titles from newcomer AJ Mitchell and the first collaboration from Gryffin and Elley Duhé. At this point, it’s anyone’s game, so stay tuned to see who wins it all.

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

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