Monthly Archives: October 2018

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 23, 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: Flower power sprouts at the top of the list! What else is growing at Top 40 radio this week? Let’s head to the garden and add ’em up:

POST AT THE POST: In another predictable result, “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee grows at #1 on the latest adds report at the Top 40 format, scoring 112 stations during its impact week. This collaboration comes to us from the soundtrack to the upcoming film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, which swings into theaters on December 14. Look for the track, which remains in the top five on iTunes, to climb quickly ahead of the movie: it was just outside the top 40 last Sunday and will make it inside this weekend for the next published chart.

Meanwhile, the international hit “Taki Taki” has its best week yet at the pop format, as the DJ Snake single with Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B slithers into the top ten with a total of 19 stations, ending in ninth place. The track, performed in English and Spanish, remains at #1 on Spotify’s Global list and atop the charts in over a dozen Apple Music and YouTube affiliates. It will likely appear in the top 50 by the next published chart, as it landed just below the region this past Sunday.

Next week, look out for new releases from Ava Max, LIVVIA, Lukas Graham, Zara Larsson and more on the Tuesday report.

1. POST MALONE & SWAE LEE, “Sunflower” (Interscope-Republic)
2. CAMILA CABELLO, “Consequences” (Syco/Epic)
3. ALESSIA CARA, “Trust My Lonely” (Def Jam)
4. HALSEY, “Without Me” (Capitol)
5. DRAKE featuring MICHAEL JACKSON, “Don’t Matter To Me” (YMCMB/Republic)
6-T. KHALID, “Better” (Right Hand/RCA)
6-T. LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER, “Shallow” (Interscope)
6-T. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “High Hopes” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
9. DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B, “Taki Taki” (Geffen/Interscope)
10. TRAVIS SCOTT, “Sicko Mode” (Epic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 22-23, 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’s the one track impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

POST MALONE & SWAE LEE – “Sunflower” (Republic)
Album: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: “Hero” by Chad Kroeger and Josey Scott remains the biggest Spider-Man related single, a #2 song in 2002.

Next week: we dare you to say the L word. Yes, new releases from LIVVIA and Lukas Graham hit the format next Tuesday, as it also looks to be a good week for the latest single by Zara Larsson.

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 21, 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. At this point, we may as well be asking how many seconds of fall are left, since summer is well behind us. Luckily, the summer is preserved on the pop chart and there are many sunny songs making some hot moves. Time to see what’s popping this Sunday:

FOUR OUT OF FIVE: This week looks to be the last one atop the pop survey for “Youngblood” from Australian group 5 Seconds Of Summer, which remains there for its fourth week. The song sheds over 750 spins from last Sunday. Taking a nice jump from 6-2, Ariana Grande‘s “God Is A Woman” is expected to enter the top spot next week, which will also likely be a multi-week #1 due to a lack of competition. (“God” is the only song currently gaining in the top six.) Soon enough, Grande will have two hits in the top ten simultaneously, with “Breathin” up from 18-14 on the latest update. How will both acts perform on the year-end survey? It’ll be here before you know it… meanwhile, “Youngblood” is still rising on the Hot AC chart, currently at #4, while Grande’s two hits are at #23 and #39, respectively, with “Breathin” at the higher position.

“LONELY” TOGETHER: Plenty of chart action in the lower half of the list this week, including four songs reaching the top 40. At #30, Drake and the late Michael Jackson soar from #43 last week with “Don’t Matter To Me”, the latest single from the former’s Scorpion album. It’s the 25th top 40 hit for Drake and the 37th solo entry for Jackson, a total which combines 33 songs that charted during the Radio & Records and/or Mediabase era (September 1973 – present) and four songs that made the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 prior to that time period. Of those three dozen chart records, this is Jackson’s third posthumous hit to enter the region; you might remember that he went to #38 in December 2010 with “Hold My Hand”, a duet with Akon, and #29 in June 2014 with “Love Never Felt So Good”, a duet with Justin Timberlake. Further down, Camila Cabello goes straight into the chart at #35 with her ninth solo top 40 hit, “Consequences”, boosted by a new Orchestra version of the song. The original version of the tune can be found on her former #1 album Camila. In with her eighth top 40 song, Alessia Cara leaps from 49-37 with “Trust My Lonely”, as country duo Dan + Shay crosses to the pop chart for the first time with “Tequila”, up 42-39. The song now ranks at #11 on the Hot AC list.

Four additional songs enter the top 50 this week, led by “Better” by Khalid at #41. It’s the lead radio single from his latest EP called Suncity, which debuted on Friday and could make the top ten on next week’s Billboard 200 chart. Just below him, “Sunflower” is up and sprouting at #42 for Post Malone and Swae Lee. Their current collaboration is featured in the upcoming movie Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, due December 14. The tune got as high as #2 on iTunes upon release two days ago. Another massive hit from a current box office winner enters the top 50 at #48, this song from A Star Is Born. The stars of that film, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, are new with “Shallow”, a cut that’s already in the top 20 on the Hot AC list after a massive jump during the last week. One last debut, sneaking in at #50, is a multi-artist collaboration that’s a former #1 song on the Rhythmic survey. “Big Bank” is making a lot of green for YG with featured acts 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj. It’s also gaining in the top five on the Urban chart.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, October 14-20, 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…


CARLIE HANSON – “Toxins” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance
Notes: Hanson, who first appeared in August 2017 with “Why Did You Lie?”, continues her pop takeover with this great new single.


FINNEAS – “Let’s Fall In Love For The Night” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Ninth appearance
Notes: Long time, no see: “Luck Pusher” was briefly mentioned last week. Deeply tender, yet bold and assertive, it’s really fantastic.


JHART – “Why Does It Hurt” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance
Notes: With his follow-up to the excellent “Put It To Bed”, this talented writer and vocalist has another great single with a big hook.


MARISA MAINO – “Ever Young” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Nashville-based Maino has released two other songs to date; this pop winner is accessible and a sign of good things to come.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
GIRL WILDE – “Bad Side”
MALIA CIVETZ – “Just A Little Crush”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 21, 2018

Alright, Dean, you win again.

40. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life
38. Maggie Rogers – Light On
35. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore | HIGHEST DEBUT

24. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
23. Bülow – Two Punks In Love (28)
20. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (27)
16. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (22)

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

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. A Great Big World – You (2)
2. AJ Mitchell – Girls (1)
3. Alessia Cara – Trust My Lonely (5)
4. Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho (8)
5. Lauren Daigle – You Say (3)
6. Tom Walker – Angels (10)
7. Gryffin & Elley Duhé – Tie Me Down (4)
8. Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep (6)
9. Daniel Powter – Do You Wanna Get Lucky? (7)
10. Ashlee Simpson + Evan Ross – I Do (9)

In The Mix:
Brandi Carlile featuring Sam Smith – Party Of One (new)
Broods – Peach
Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (new)
George Ezra – Hold My Girl
Jack & Jack – No One Compares To You
James Arthur – Empty Space (new)
John Splithoff featuring Madison Ryann Ward – Show Me
Little Mix – Woman Like Me
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
Paul McCartney – Caesar Rock
Picture This – One Drink (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Australia’s Dean Lewis holds at #1 for the third consecutive week with his international hit “Be Alright”, a former #1 in his home country that’s been certified 3x Platinum down under. From the chart-topping soundtrack to the film A Star Is Born, “Shallow” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper is the week’s Biggest Mover, flying from 36-24 in its second week in the top 40. Two other jumps that were notable this week are registered by singles reaching the top 20: “Sucker Punch” by Sigrid rises from 27-20, while “Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne rises from 22-16. Canada’s Michael Bublé has the Highest Debut on this week’s survey with his 17th top 40 entry, “Love You Anymore”, new at #35. It’s the current radio single from his forthcoming set ❤️, which is pronounced “love”, due November 16. Elsewhere, new songs from Maggie Rogers (“Light On”) and Zara Larsson (“Ruin My Life”) check in at #38 and #40, respectively, this week, rounding out another busy chart for fresh releases.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 19, 2008

The rise and “Fall” of 2008.

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 ten years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of October 19, 2008…

40. JAMES TAYLOR, “It’s Growing”
39. DANIEL POWTER, “Best Of Me”
38. JACK’S MANNEQUIN, “The Resolution”

Biggest Mover(s):
NICKELBACK, “Gotta Be Somebody” (39-32)
DAVID COOK, “Light On” (33-26, seven spots)

10. SECONDHAND SERENADE, “Fall For You” (up 1)
Album: A Twist In My Story (2008, Glassnote Records)
Peak: #8 for three weeks

09. COLDPLAY, “Viva La Vida” (down 3)
Album: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

08. JASON MRAZ, “Make It Mine” (up 5)
Album: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #8

07. SIMON COLLINS, “Unconditional” (up 2)
Album: U-Catastrophe (2008, Razor & Tie Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

06. DAVID ARCHULETA, “Crush” (up 1)
Album: David Archuleta (2008, 19/Jive Records/Zomba Music Group)
Peak: #5

05. DAUGHTRY, “What About Now” (steady, second week)
Album: Daughtry (2006, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

04. LIFEHOUSE, “Broken” (steady, second week)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

03. DANIEL POWTER, “Next Plane Home” (steady, second week)
Album: Under The Radar (2008, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

02. O.A.R., “Shattered (Turn The Car Around)” (steady, second week)
Album: All Sides (2008, Everfine/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

01. P!NK, “So What” (steady, second week)
Album: Funhouse (2008, LaFace Records/Zomba Music Group)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 19, 2018

2 heads for 1.

Shore looks like a good week on the chart waters for all the top albums and singles on the schedule. These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LIL YACHTY – Nuthin 2 Prove (iTunes)
Docking his lil boat in stores this week, the latest set from this popular performer will certainly be in the running for the top spot next week, especially if attracts a large streaming audience. The album features collaborations with Kevin Gates, Lil Baby and others.

After the debut of lead single “Fine China” earlier this week, this collaborative album is expected to drop on Friday, which should fuel some larger streaming numbers. Both artists reached the top five on the Billboard 200 list with separate sets in the summer.

DISTURBED – Evolution (iTunes)
Led by the single “Are You Ready?”, which remains at #1 on the Active Rock chart, the group’s seventh studio album is looking to continue a streak of five chart-topping albums in a row on the Billboard 200 list. Will that total evolve into six? It’ll be close.

GRETA VAN FLEET – Anthem Of The Peaceful Army (iTunes)
After two successful EPs, the first full-length album from these rockers hits stores today. The current single from it is “When The Curtain Falls”, a minor top 40 entry on the Alternative chart that holds in the top three at the Active Rock format.

Notable albums out this week: Ace Frehley‘s Spaceman (iTunes), Arkells‘s Rally Cry (iTunes), Dua Lipa‘s Dua Lipa (Complete Edition) (iTunes), Elle King‘s Shake The Spirit (iTunes), Empress Of‘s Us (iTunes), Major Lazer‘s Major Lazer Essentials (iTunes), ‘s Forever Neverland (iTunes), Neneh Cherry‘s Broken Politics (iTunes), Phony Ppl‘s mō’zā-ik. (iTunes), Queen‘s Bohemian Rhapsody (Soundtrack) (iTunes), RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s Solace (iTunes)

Notable holiday albums out this week: Lindsey Stirling‘s Warmer In The Winter (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Martina McBride‘s It’s The Holiday Season (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: 2CELLOS‘s Let There Be Cello (iTunes), Abir‘s Mint (iTunes), Au/Ra‘s X Games (iTunes), Dominic Fike‘s Don’t Forget About Me (Demos) (iTunes), Jesse Ruben‘s Hope (iTunes), Jessie Reyez‘s Being Human In Public (iTunes), Khalid‘s Suncity (iTunes), Martin Garrix‘s Bylaw (iTunes), Minus The Bear‘s Fair Enough (iTunes), Nothing But Thieves‘s What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way? (iTunes), Scott Helman‘s Hang Ups (iTunes), ZOLA‘s Everything I Know (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“All The Time”, SoMo (iTunes)
“Angels (Acoustic)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Arrows”, Missy Higgins (iTunes)
“Bad Side”, Girl Wilde (iTunes)
“Blue Vacation”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“Breakaway”, Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Carmelo”, HOLYCHILD (iTunes)
“Chasing Parties”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“Conversations With My Wife”, Jon Bellion (iTunes)
“Cry Alone”, Lil Peep (iTunes)
“Details”, Maisie Peters (iTunes)
“Down For Me”, Dev (iTunes)
“DrIP Drip Drip”, Tory Lanez featuring Meek Mill (iTunes)
“Electricity (Acoustic)”, Silk City & Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Empty Space”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Ever Young”, Marisa Maino (iTunes)
“Fake Love (Japanese Version)”, BTS (iTunes)
“Fighting”, Tep No (iTunes)
“Fingers”, ZAYN (iTunes)
“Friends House” and “Split In Two”, Broken Hands (iTunes)
“Go Tell Her Now”, Tom Odell (iTunes)
“Hands Dirty”, Delta Rae (iTunes)
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, Mitchell Tenpenny (iTunes)
“Horizons”, Super Duper (iTunes)
“How Did I Find You”, NEIKED featuring Miriam Bryant (iTunes)
“I Love”, Joyner Lucas (iTunes)
“It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“Just A Little Crush”, Malia Civetz (iTunes)
“Let’s Fall In Love For The Night”, FINNEAS (iTunes)
“Loyal To Me (Acoustic)”, Nina Nesbitt (iTunes)
“Moves (Sebastian Perez Remix)”, Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Neon Prayer Flags”, The Wind + The Wave (iTunes)
“Nervous Energy”, Glades (iTunes)
“No Matter What”, Calum Scott (iTunes)
“Nobody”, Kiya Lacey featuring Jeffrey James (iTunes)
“None Of My Business”, Cher Lloyd (iTunes)
“One Drink”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Party Of One”, Brandi Carlile featuring Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Power Over Me”, Dermot Kennedy (iTunes)
“Real Friends”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Revelation”, Troye Sivan & Jónsi (iTunes)
“Ruin My Life”, Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“Show Me Love”, Isaac Gracie (iTunes)
“Sucker Punch (Four Tet Remix)”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Sugar Daddy”, Pistol Annies (iTunes)
“Sunflower”, Post Malone featuring Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Sweet Sunshine (Acoustic)”, NUUXS (iTunes)
“The Distance”, Mariah Carey featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“The Heights”, Thomston (iTunes)
“The Unfortunate Gent”, Ed Drewett (iTunes)
“Thinking Bout U”, Kodie Shane (iTunes)
“Toxins”, Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Truth”, Devon Gilfillian featuring Tate Tucker (iTunes)
“Vibe”, Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“Vices”, John Splithoff (iTunes)
“When The Party’s Over”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Why Does It Hurt”, JHart (iTunes)
“With You”, Mokita (iTunes)
“You Belong”, Rachel Platten (iTunes)
“You Come First”, Zak Abel featuring Saweetie (iTunes)

Next week: look out for seasonal albums from John Legend and Pentatonix and other studio releases from Andrea Bocelli, The Struts and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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