Monthly Archives: October 2018

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 30, 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: Halloween hits from Steve Aoki featuring BTS and Zara Larsson are a dynamic trick-or-treating duo, but who has the best chartworthy costume of all? Time to answer the door and add ’em up:

A “LIFE” UPDATE: Four releases, three of them impacting, battled it out for the top spot on this Tuesday’s Top 40 report, which all ended north of 30 adds during the session. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be for those new three new titles, with “Sunflower” from Post Malone and Swae Lee (from the film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse) swinging back into the pop throne with 42 more stations this week. A mere two adds behind, Aoki and BTS finished in second place with “Waste It On Me”, as Larsson scored a third place finish with 37 stations for “Ruin My Life”. Additionally, Lukas Graham‘s “Love Someone”, climbing through the top 20 on the Hot AC survey, landed 34 Top 40 adds this Tuesday for a fourth place rank. Watch out for “Waste”, “Ruin” and “Love” in the top 50 at the format by this or next weekend. Now, it’s off to get some candy bars…

Next week, look for the newest hits by DJ Snake and Ellie Goulding to continue their ascent on Tuesday’s report, as “Taki Taki” and “Close To Me” officially impact here after significant early activity. This week, the former release is in eighth place with 22 new stations, while the latter ties for sixth with 26. (“Taki” is already in the published top 50, with “Close” well on its way to entering.)

1. POST MALONE & SWAE LEE, “Sunflower” (Interscope-Republic)
2. STEVE AOKI featuring BTS, “Waste It On Me” (Ultra)
3. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life” (TEN/Epic)
4. LUKAS GRAHAM, “Love Someone” (Warner Bros.)
5. DEAN LEWIS, “Be Alright” (Island/Republic)
6-T. CAMILA CABELLO, “Consequences” (Syco/Epic)
6-T. ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE, “Close To Me” (Interscope)
8. DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B, “Taki Taki” (Geffen/Interscope)
9. LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER, “Shallow” (Interscope)
10. SILK CITY & DUA LIPA, “Electricity” (Columbia)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 29-30, 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 six new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AVA MAX – “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Just in time for Halloween, Ava’s spooky single impacts at the Top 40 format. It’s her first radio release to date.

LIL DUVAL featuring SNOOP DOGG & BALL GREEZY – “Smile (Living My Best Life)” (EMPIRE)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Dogg’s last chart entry here was in 2015 as a featured artist on Prince Royce‘s “Stuck On A Feeling”, a #16 hit.

LIVVIA – “Damn” (12 Tone)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: This performer’s last release at the format, the Quavo-assisted “Catch A Body”, reached #37 for a week in May.

LUKAS GRAHAM – “Love Someone” (Warner Bros.)
Album: 3 (The Purple Album) (2018)
Past T40 History: The Danish band is searching for their fourth top 40 song at the format. “7 Years” spent one week at #1 in 2016.

STEVE AOKI featuring BTS – “Waste It On Me” (Ultra)
Album: Neon Future III (2018)
Past T40 History: The popular DJ/producer and K-pop act have four top 40 tracks at the format between them. How will this do?

ZARA LARSSON – “Ruin My Life” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Larsson has six top 40 songs to date, led by “Never Forget You” (with MNEK), which got as high as #5 in 2016.

Next week: collaborations led by DJ Snake and Ellie Goulding are among the top titles impacting at the format next Tuesday.

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 (October 28, 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’ve got plenty of sweet goodies for all the Top 40 trick-or-treaters this week, but none sweeter than the song at the top. Time to see what’s popping this Sunday:

STILL ALIVE AT 5: In a surprise move, 5 Seconds Of Summer holds at the top spot on the Top 40 chart for the fifth week with “Youngblood”, landing over 250 spins above Ariana Grande‘s “God Is A Woman”, which appears at #2 for the second week. These songs should finally swap next week, with the divine ditty from Grande becoming the second chart-topper of the Sweetener era. The top five, in general, remains pretty weak at the format, but a handful of bulleted singles in the lower rungs of the top ten are pushing ahead and looking to freshen up the view next month. Jumping from 8-6, “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille leads the pack and might top the list after Grande’s run is completed.

MAD ABOUT THE “BOI”: It’s another week of huge action in the bottom half of the chart, as five tracks leap into the top 40. The highest of the five was one of last week’s top 50 debuts, “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee, which feels the rays of a giant 42-28 move this week. It’s Malone’s eighth top 40 single and Lee’s second as a soloist, having previously charted as a part of the duo Rae Sremmurd. Soaring from 48-34, “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper becomes the former’s 19th top 40 song and the latter’s first. It’s the first track from any version of A Star Is Born to reach the pop survey since the spring of 1977, when Barbra Streisand spent three weeks at #1 with the love theme from said movie, “Evergreen”. Khalid rises from 41-35 with “Better”, which is his eighth top 40 song at the format, while Dean Lewis jumps from 45-36 with “Be Alright”, his first hit to make the top 40 here. Rounding out the top 40 debuts, Twenty One Pilots fly the Top 40 skies, up from 44-40 with their fourth top 40 hit at the format, “My Blood”. That title is well into the top five on the Alternative chart.

Further down, look out for a notable top 50 debut for “Taki Taki” by DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B. At #43, it’s the highest of four new entries in the region. A few spots lower, DJ/producer Dillon Francis returns to the format after 2-1/2 years away with the Lao Ra-assisted “White Boi”, landing at #48. It’s the artist’s first chart song on his own label; he previously was signed to Columbia. Two additional collaborations are in the mix this week: starting at #49, “There’s No Way” is the latest chart single for Lauv featuring Julia Michaels, while Bad Bunny‘s “MIA”, featuring Drake, says “hola” to the #50 spot. We’ll see how they do in the coming weeks this fall.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, October 21-27, 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 – “Girl Of The Year” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Sixth appearance
Notes: With her latest cut from the highly anticipated Super Sunset, out tomorrow, this Canadian artist serves up another pop jam.


BIRTHDAY – “Dream” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Ninth appearance
Notes: Regardless of whether it’s your birthday or not, you can still enjoy this new track, a great indie rock meets electronic release.


GATSBY – “Brooklyn” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: As one part of a two song release, the other titled “Don’t Look Good”, the great Gatsby impresses with his soulful pop tracks.


J. HUMAN – “Be Like That” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: For your dose of R&B and pop realness with a little swagger, this Nashville performer has a cool sound and lots of potential.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BRUNS – “Girl”
KEVIN GARRETT – “In Case I Don’t Feel”
LUKR featuring FOSSA BEATS – “Numb”
MARC SCIBILIA – “Wildest Dreams”
NICOPOP. featuring TYLER MANN – “Below The Ceiling”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 28, 2018

Alright, Dean, you win again.

40. Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee – Close To Me
39. Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho | HIGHEST DEBUT

28. Maggie Rogers – Light On (38) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
26. Why Don’t We – 8 Letters (31)
25. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (35) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

10. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (08) | PEAK: #01 for one week
09. Dave Matthews Band – Again And Again (09) | PEAK: #09
08. George Ezra – Shotgun (06) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
07. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Elle King – Shame (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Imagine Dragons – Natural (04) | PEAK: #03
04. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes (02) | PEAK: #02
02. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. A Great Big World – You (1)
2. Tom Walker – Angels (6)
3. Alessia Cara – Trust My Lonely (3)
4. AJ Mitchell – Girls (2)
5. Gryffin & Elley Duhé – Tie Me Down (7)
6. Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep (8)
7. Picture This – One Drink (-)
8. Jack & Jack – No One Compares To You (-)
9. Brandi Carlile featuring Sam Smith – Party Of One (-)
10. George Ezra – Hold My Girl (-)

In The Mix:
Broods – Peach
Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me
James Arthur – Empty Space
Kelly Clarkson – Heat
Little Mix – Woman Like Me
Maddie Poppe – Keep On Movin’ On (new)
Morgxn featuring Walk The Moon – Home
New Kids On The Block featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson – 80’s Baby
Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg – Moves
P!nk – A Million Dreams (new)
Sara Bareilles – Armor (new)
Snow Patrol – What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get? (new)

Chart Notes:

  • As Dean Lewis remains at #1 for his fourth (and perhaps final) week with “Be Alright”, songs from Michael Bublé and Maggie Rogers, which both entered last week, tie for the Biggest Mover at ten notches each. The former’s “Love You Anymore” is up from 35-25, while the latter’s “Light On” soars from 38-28. Among this week’s debuts, first-timer Ava Max comes in at #39 with a song that’s particularly appropriate for the upcoming Halloween holiday, “Sweet But Psycho”. The track is currently charting in parts of Europe, including Norway and Sweden, and has been reactive on Spotify, topping several of the service’s Viral charts. Landing one notch lower, at #40, Ellie Goulding makes her return to my chart with “Close To Me”, which debuted on Wednesday. The track’s a collaboration with Diplo that features Swae Lee of the duo Rae Sremmurd. It’s Goulding’s eighth top 40 entry since 2011.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 30, 2011

“Someone” enjoys these flashbacks.

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 seven years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of October 30, 2011…

40. ADELE, “Rumour Has It”
39. KARMIN, “Crash Your Party”
38. ANDY GRAMMER, “Fine By Me”

Biggest Mover(s):
WILL YOUNG, “Come On” (up 40-34)
THE FRAY, “Heartbeat” (up 26-20, six spots)
(see #9 below)

10. DARREN HAYES, “Black Out The Sun” (up 2)
Album: Secret Codes and Battleships (2011, Mercury Records)
Peak: #10 for three weeks

09. DAUGHTRY, “Crawling Back To You” (up 6)
Album: Break The Spell (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

08. WILL YOUNG, “Jealousy” (steady, second week)
Album: Echoes (2011, RCA Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

07. NICKELBACK, “When We Stand Together” (steady, second week)
Album: Here And Now (2011, Roadrunner Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. KELLY CLARKSON, “Mr. Know It All” (steady, second week)
Album: Stronger (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #3

05. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “We Owned The Night” (steady, second week)
Album: Own The Night (2011, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

04. ONE DIRECTION, “What Makes You Beautiful” (down 1)
Album: Up All Night (2011, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

03. THE SCRIPT, “Nothing” (down 1)
Album: Science & Faith (2011, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

02. COLDPLAY, “Paradise” (up 2)
Album: Mylo Xyloto (2011, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

01. ADELE, “Someone Like You” (steady, third week)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 26, 2018

“Someone” has a new release…

Tricks and treats and plenty of ear candy is on the schedule this week, as we enter the last Friday before Halloween. Who’s going to spook the top spot? These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LUKAS GRAHAM – 3 (The Purple Album) (iTunes)
Best known for the international smash “7 Years”, which topped the Hot AC and Top 40 radio charts here in the U.S., the Danish band is back with their newest album. It features the radio single “Love Someone”, which is currently climbing through top 20 at the former format and impacting at the latter this coming Tuesday.

THE STRUTS Young & Dangerous (iTunes)
Featuring the Alternative radio hit “Body Talks”, which sits just below the top ten at the format, these rockers are turning up the volume on the chart with their new set. It should easily surpass the peak of their last album, which barely cracked the top 100.

TORY LANEZ Love Me Now? (iTunes)
With “Talk To Me”, a collaboration with Rich The Kid, now in the top ten at Urban radio, Canadian performer Lanez will likely have a good opening week for his second album of 2018. Will it continue his top five streak on the Billboard 200?

Notable albums out this week: Andrea Bocelli‘s (iTunes), Boy George & Culture Club‘s Life (iTunes), Causes‘s Wake Me Up So I Can Dream (iTunes), Chris Tomlin‘s Holy Roar (iTunes), Dillon Carmichael‘s Hell On An Angel (iTunes), Eagle-Eye Cherry‘s Streets Of You (iTunes), Francesca Battistelli‘s Own It (iTunes), Gavin James‘s Only Ticket Home (iTunes), Joji‘s Ballads 1 (iTunes), Monsta X‘s Take.1 Are You There? (iTunes), Robyn‘s Honey (iTunes), Tom Odell‘s Jubilee Road (iTunes), Zayde Wølf‘s Modern Alchemy (Deluxe) (iTunes)

Notable holiday albums out this week: Brett Eldredge‘s Glow (Deluxe) (iTunes), Gwen Stefani‘s You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Deluxe) (iTunes), Jessie J‘s This Christmas Day (iTunes), Jessie James Decker‘s On This Holiday (iTunes), John Legend‘s A Legendary Christmas (iTunes), Pentatonix‘s Christmas Is Here! (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Bronze Radio Return‘s Check One (iTunes), FERGUS‘s Purple Road (iTunes), Kimbra‘s Songs From Primal Heart: Reimagined (iTunes), Louis The Child‘s Kids At Play (iTunes), RAY BLK‘s Empress (iTunes), Royal Wood‘s Love Will Linger (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1%” and “L*** Is A Bad Word”, Kiiara (iTunes)
“A Million Dollars A Day” and “I Count On Me”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“A Million Dreams”, P!nk (iTunes)
“Armor”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Arms Around You”, XXXTentacion x Lil Pump featuring Maluma & Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Bamboo”, Far East Movement featuring Jason Zhang & Kina Grannis (iTunes)
“Below The Ceiling”, nicopop. featuring Tyler Mann (iTunes)
“Checklist” and “Slow Down”, Normani x Calvin Harris (iTunes)
“Close To Me”, Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Cool With It (Acoustic)”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Come Again”, Swizz Beatz featuring Giggs (iTunes)
“Death Of Me”, David Cook (iTunes)
“Don’t Know You”, Justin Caruso featuring Jake Miller (iTunes)
“Dream”, Birthday (iTunes)
“Electricity (Black Madonna Remix)”, Silk City & Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Empty Space (Digital Farm Animals & Franklin Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Expectations”, Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“Faded/2AM”, Lila Drew featuring GoldLink (iTunes)
“Freak”, Black Caviar (iTunes)
“Girl”, BRUNS (iTunes)
“Girl Of The Year”, Allie X (iTunes)
“Good And Lasting”, Trent Dabbs (iTunes)
“Goodbyes (Yung Bae Remix)”, The Knocks featuring Method Man (iTunes)
“Got Love”, The Revivalists (iTunes)
“Grapevine”, Tiësto (iTunes)
“Happy Now”, Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza (iTunes)
“Headlights”, Hellberg & Leona Lewis (iTunes)
“Heaven”, The Shantics (iTunes)
“Human”, Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“If I Say”, Mumford & Sons (iTunes)
“In Case I Don’t Feel”, Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
“JT”, Jon Bellion (iTunes)
“Killer Queen”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
“Lady Liberty”, Barbra Streisand (iTunes)
“Lay Your Worry Down”, Milow featuring Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Llegaste Tú”, CNCO & Prince Royce (iTunes)
“Made For Now (Benny Benassi x Canova Remix)”, Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee (iTunes)
“Make Up”, Vice & Jason Derulo featuring Ava Max (iTunes)
“Medicine (Acoustic)”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Money”, Cardi B (iTunes)
“Nervous”, L Devine (iTunes)
“No Drama”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“On The Way Up”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“One Last Time”, Tyron Hapi & Lucas Marx (iTunes)
“Paris”, Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Remember”, Gryffin with ZOHARA (iTunes)
“Rhythm In My Blood”, Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Hailey Knox (iTunes)
“Savior”, Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“Siren”, The Chainsmokers & AAZAR (iTunes)
“Song About You (Digital Farm Animals & Franklin Remix)”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Survivor”, Daniel Powter & Kelly Yu (iTunes)
“Take Your Love”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“The Fear”, The Score (iTunes)
“The First Noel”, Tyler Farr (iTunes)
“Up All Night”, R3HAB x MOTi featuring Fiora (iTunes)
“Walk Alone”, Rudimental featuring Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Waste It On Me”, Steve Aoki featuring BTS (iTunes)
“Werewolf”, Quinn XCII featuring Yoshi Flower (iTunes)
“What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get? (Mike Crossley Mix)”, Snow Patrol (iTunes)
“Wildest Dreams”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, Tyler, The Creator (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Barbra Streisand, the Pistol AnniesTakeoff and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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