Monthly Archives: November 2018

ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: December 2, 2012

“Try” to picture this playlist.

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 December 2, 2012…


Biggest Mover(s):
TRAIN, “Mermaid” (up 37-25, twelve spots)

10. LIFEHOUSE featuring NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “Between The Raindrops” (up 1)
Album: Almería (2012, Geffen Records)
Peak: #7

09. OLLY MURS, “Troublemaker” (up 5)
Album: Right Place, Right Time (2013, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

08. JASON MRAZ, “93 Million Miles” (up 2)
Album: Love Is A Four Letter Word (2012, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

07. THE SCRIPT featuring WILL.I.AM, “Hall Of Fame” (down 2)
Album: #3 (2012, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

06. ANDY GRAMMER, “Miss Me” (down 2)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

05. ONE DIRECTION, “Live While We’re Young” (down 2)
Album: Take Me Home (2012, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #2

04. ROBBIE WILLIAMS, “Candy” (up 2)
Album: Take The Crown (2012, Farrell Music/Universal Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

03. P!NK, “Try” (up 4)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

02. ADELE, “Skyfall” (down 1)
Album: Skyfall – Single (2012, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. FUN., “Carry On” (up 1)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight 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 November 30, 2018

Will he be the chart champion?

They are the potential champions, my friends, but who will keep on fighting ’til the end? Get ready to buy and stream your picks, because these are the notable digital and physical releases out this Friday:

MEEK MILL – Championships (iTunes)
With his first album following his release from prison this past spring, Mill’s newest album is sure to do well commercially in the States. It includes the song “Dangerous”, a collaboration with Jeremih and PnB Rock that holds at the top of the Urban chart.

THE 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (iTunes)
This quartet has quite the fan base, which should easily push their new set into the top five on the Billboard 200. Two of the cuts from the band’s album have reached the top 20 on the Alternative radio list: “Give Yourself A Try” and “Love It If We Made It”.

ALESSIA CARA – The Pains Of Growing (iTunes)
Cara’s sophomore effort features the moderately successful “Growing Pains”, a top 20 entry on the Top 40 and Hot AC charts, as well as “Trust My Lonely”, which is lower on both lists. Will it hit the top ten on the Billboard 200 like 2015’s Know-It-All?

Notable albums out this week: Calum Scott‘s Only Human (Special Edition) (iTunes), Clean Bandit‘s What Is Love? (iTunes), DaniLeigh‘s The Plan (iTunes), Earl Sweatshirt‘s Some Rap Songs (iTunes), Wheeler Walker Jr.‘s WW III (iTunes), Dumplin’ (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Bay Ledges‘s In Waves (iTunes), Elderbrook‘s Old Friend (iTunes), Keelan Donovan‘s Disco Confetti (iTunes), Sam Tinnesz‘s Babel: The Ruins (iTunes), Sasha Sloan‘s Loser (iTunes), Stefan James‘s Nights Like (iTunes), Global Citizen – 1 (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“About You” and “Drive Thru”, MacKenzie Porter (iTunes)
“Bad Ideas”, Tessa Violet (iTunes)
“Better To Lie”, Benny Blanco, Jesse & Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Blur”, featuring Foster The People (iTunes)
“Bolting Volts”, Molly Parden (iTunes)
“Bye Bye”, Gryffin featuring Ivy Adara (iTunes)
“Call You”, Cash Cash featuring Nasri (of MAGIC!) (iTunes)
“Colder”, Nina Nesbitt (iTunes)
“Colorblind”, Kina Grannis (iTunes)
“Crazy Love”, Future Animals (iTunes)
“Damn Good Liar”, Emily Burns (iTunes)
“Devil’s Tower”, Toto (iTunes)
“Feeling Of Falling”, Cheat Codes x Kim Petras (iTunes)
“First Winter”, Wrabel (iTunes)
“Funny Business”, Alice Merton (iTunes)
“Good Form (Remix)”, Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Life”, REECE (iTunes)
“Mercy”, Grace Weber featuring Vic Mensa (iTunes)
“Middle Of A Heartbreak”, Leland (iTunes)
“My Mistake”, Gabrielle Aplin (iTunes)
“Nothing Breaks Like A Heart”, Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“Pissed”, Saweetie (iTunes)
“Play”, Jax Jones & Years & Years (iTunes)
“Rainberry”, ZAYN (iTunes)
“Reset”, Gesaffelstein (iTunes)
“Rollercoaster”, Audien featuring Liam O’Donnell (iTunes)
“Ruin My Life (Piano Version)”, Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“Salvation”, The Strumbellas (iTunes)
“Second Boyfriend”, Matt Hall (iTunes)
“Serotonin”, Call Me Karizma (iTunes)
“Sicko Mode (Skrillex Remix)”, Travis Scott (iTunes)
“Stories”, Refs (iTunes)
“Strangers Now”, Tom Speight (iTunes)
“Sunday Morning (Zookëper Remix)”, Matoma featuring Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Sux”, CAPPA (iTunes)
“WTF”, Hugel featuring Amber Van Day (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Brett Young, Coldplay, Gucci Mane 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 (November 27, 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: Brrrr! The numbers are very chilly, as radio prepares for the annual freeze for the holidays. Let’s add ’em up:

SO “CLOSE” TO CHRISTMAS: With the Thanksgiving holiday having just passed, it’s no surprise to see that most reporters on the pop panel didn’t post any (or as many) adds this Tuesday. As a result, it was mostly established singles out in front, with “Close To Me” by Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee collecting 20 adds and the top position. Ariana Grande followed in the runner-up position with another 16 adds for “Thank U, Next”. You can find the rest of the significant titles (and ties) below.

Next week, the top ten should look more lively with continued add support for “1999”, the current collaboration from Charli XCX and Troye Sivan, as well as “Trip”, the potential second top 40 single for Ella Mai. Who else is due for a solid impact week? Find out soon.

1. ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE, “Close To Me” (Interscope)
2. ARIANA GRANDE, “Thank U, Next” (Republic)
3. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring KELSEA BALLERINI, “This Feeling” (Disruptor/Columbia)
4-T. AVA MAX, “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)
4-T. DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B, “Taki Taki” (Geffen/Interscope)
6-T. BENNY BLANCO & CALVIN HARRIS, “I Found You” (Columbia-Interscope)
6-T. CHARLI XCX featuring TROYE SIVAN, “1999” (Atlantic/EMG)
6-T. GUCCI MANE, BRUNO MARS & KODAK BLACK, “Wake Up In The Sky” (Atlantic)
6-T. TRAVIS SCOTT, “Sicko Mode” (Epic)
10. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life” (TEN/Epic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 26-27, 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 lone song impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BAD BUNNY featuring DRAKE – “MIA” (OVO Sound/Rimas Ent./Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2019?)
Past T40 History: Hopping onto the chart, “MIA” should become Bad Bunny’s second and Drake’s 26th single to reach the top 40.

Next week: Ella Mai takes a “Trip” onto this format with her recent #1 on the Urban chart, but not if that adventure heads back to “1999” with Charli XCX and Troye Sivan first… find out the results 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 (November 25, 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. Black Friday may be over, but there are still plenty of hot sellers to be found here on the pop airwaves. Seeing green yet? Here’s all the action this Sunday:

HAPPIER THAN BEFORE: Leading the Top 40 chart for the second week, “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille is still gaining nicely at the format, as the recent Alternative radio chart-topper stays at #2 on that list. With Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” holding steady at #1 there and climbing 5-2 on the Top 40 survey, the published charts at the two formats contain the same songs in the top two positions (in a different order) for the first time since May 2012. Yes, it’s been that long since “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra and “We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monáe were present in the region. For “High” and its climb to #2 on the pop chart, another piece of chart history: the title now ties the 2006 peak for “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” at the format that summer, an incredible feat for a band who hasn’t gone any higher than #30 in-between those two songs. Does the song become their first to reach the summit on the Top 40 airwaves? We think it’ll be a tragedy-free December for the smash.

This week’s debut action is very light, with AJ Mitchell‘s “Girls” climbing from 41-40 as the sole top 40 entry on the survey. It’s the teenage singer’s first top 40 song at the format. Further down, two collaborations land in the top 50 for the first time: “I Found You” enters at #47 for Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris, while “Wake Up In The Sky” comes in at #50 for Gucci Mane x Bruno Mars x Kodak Black. The latter song never received an adds date at this format, though it’s currently sitting at #1 on the Rhythmic chart and in the top five at Urban radio. Blanco’s “Eastside”, featuring Halsey and Khalid, re-enters the top ten here this week, up 11-8.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, November 18-24, 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…


VINCINT – “Mine” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance
Notes: On a slow weekend for new music, this bright pop anthem shines as one of the top new independent releases from the genre.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
RUTHANNE – “It Is What It Is”
SUMIF – “Undone”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 25, 2018

Only happy when it reigns.

40. James Arthur & Anne-Marie – Rewrite The Stars
36. George Ezra – Hold My Girl | HIGHEST DEBUT

30. Backstreet Boys – Chances (36)
24. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (29)
20. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (27) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
12. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (19) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — three weeks

10. KT Tunstall – The River (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Dave Matthews Band – Again And Again (06) | PEAK: #06
08. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Maggie Rogers – Light On (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
05. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jack & Jack – No One Compares To You (1)
2. Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep (4)
3. Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan – 1999 (9)
4. Foster The People – Worst Nites (8)
5. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (2)
6. Brandi Carlile featuring Sam Smith – Party Of One (6)
7. Sara Bareilles – Armor (7)
8. A Great Big World – Wrap Me Up Under The Christmas Tree (-)
9. Katy Perry – Cozy Little Christmas (-)
10. Ingrid Michaelson featuring Leslie Odom Jr. – All I Want For Christmas Is You (-)

In The Mix:
Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris – I Found You
Elle King – Baby Outlaw
James Arthur – Empty Space
James TW – Soldier
Jess Glynne – Thursday
Jim Brickman featuring Luke McMaster – Raise A Glass (It’s Christmastime!) (new)
Maddie Poppe – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (new)
Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me
Snow Patrol – What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?
The Monkees – Unwrap You At Christmas (new)

Chart Notes:

  • For its fourth and potentially final week at the top, “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille continues to lead the way on on my personal chart. The collaboration becomes Bastille’s longest-running #1 title on my list, surpassing “Good Grief” and its three-week run in 2016. Looking to land his third consecutive #1 hit here, George Ezra has the week’s Highest Debut at #36 with “Hold My Girl”. His most recent chart-topper, “Shotgun”, drops from 17-19 on the current list. A few spots lower, bowing at #40, is the second cut from The Greatest Showman: Reimagined to reach my chart. Joining the new version of “A Million Dreams” by P!nk (up 39-37 in its second week on) is “Rewrite The Stars” by James Arthur and Anne-Marie. It heads to the Hot AC format on Monday and is already charting in several countries.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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