Monthly Archives: November 2018

ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 27, 2005

“Says” a lot about 2005.

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 13 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of November 27, 2005…

38. INXS featuring J.D. FORTUNE, “Pretty Vegas”

Biggest Mover(s):
CARRIE UNDERWOOD, “Some Hearts” (up 31-22, nine spots)

10. MADONNA, “Hung Up” (down 3)
Album: Confessions On A Dance Floor (2005, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

09. SANTANA featuring MICHELLE BRANCH and THE WRECKERS, “I’m Feeling You” (down 3)
Album: All That I Am (2005, Arista Records)
Peak: #3

08. DANIEL POWTER, “Free Loop (One Night Stand)” (up 6)
Album: Daniel Powter (2006, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

07. HOWIE DAY, “She Says” (down 2)
Album: Stop All The World Now (2003, Epic Records)
Peak: #4

06. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Save The Last Dance For Me” (up 2)
Album: It’s Time (2005, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #3 for nine weeks

05. DARREN HAYES, “So Beautiful” (down 2)
Album: Truly Madly Completely: The Best Of Savage Garden (2005, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

04. JAMIE CULLUM, “Get Your Way” (up 1)
Album: Catching Tales (2005, Verve Records)
Peak: #4

03. KELLY CLARKSON, “Because Of You” (down 2)
Album: Breakaway (2004, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “Unwritten” (up 2)
Album: Unwritten (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for ten weeks

01. JAMES BLUNT, “You’re Beautiful” (up 1)
Album: Back To Bedlam (2005, Custard/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 23, 2018

Fall in “Love” this Thanksgiving.

Pass the turkey, stuffing and the new albums… it might be a slow date, but these are the notable digital and physical releases out this Friday:

RITA ORA – Phoenix (iTunes)
Ora has largely struggled with a U.S. audience; her latest radio single, “Let You Love Me”, is charting below the top 40 at Top 40 radio. Still, as one of the bigger titles this week, it could attain a decent debut on the Billboard 200 list.

Notable albums out this week: Amy Macdonald‘s Woman Of The World: The Best Of 2007-2018 (iTunes), Chic‘s The Chic Organization: 1977-1979 (iTunes), Cliff Richard‘s Rise Up (iTunes), Take That‘s Odyssey (iTunes), William Beckmann‘s Outskirts Of Town (iTunes), 10 Years Of Mom+Pop (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Hunter Hayes‘s This Christmas (iTunes), Ward Davis‘s Asunder (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1999 (Michael Calfan Remix)”, Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Ballers And Skaters”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Bite My Tongue”, Sam Bluer (iTunes)
“Body”, Glowie featuring Saweetie (iTunes)
“Business”, Call Me Loop (iTunes)
“Cheering For Me Now”, John Kander & Lin-Manuel Miranda (iTunes)
“Come Out And Play”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Control”, Feder featuring Bryce Vine & Dan Caplen (iTunes)
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, Brett Eldredge (iTunes)
“Don’t Call Me Back”, LA WOMEN (iTunes)
“Friends”, Jai Waetford (iTunes)
“Gold & Blue”, Van Bellman (iTunes)
“Goodbye (R3HAB Remix)”, Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William (iTunes)
“It Is What It Is”, RuthAnne (iTunes)
“Kelly”, Kelly Rowland (iTunes)
“LA On A Saturday Night (Acoustic)”, Hearts & Colors (iTunes)
“Lay Your Worry Down (Acoustic Version)”, Milow featuring Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Leave Me Lonely”, Hilltop Hoods (iTunes)
“Mine”, VINCINT (iTunes)
“New Crowned King”, Cody Simpson (iTunes)
“Not At Peace”, Ria Mae (iTunes)
“On The 5 (RAC Remix)”, Winnetka Bowling League (iTunes)
“Perfect To Me (Back N Fourth Remix)”, Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Piano Man (BBC Live)”, Tom Odell (iTunes)
“Polaroid (Acoustic)”, Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Reel It In (Remix)”, Aminé featuring Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“Run In The Rain (Acoustic)”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Solitude”, JXN (iTunes)
“Stand Out Fit In”, ONE OK ROCK (iTunes)
“Stuck In The Middle”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Sundress”, A$AP Rocky (iTunes)
“Testify”, Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
“Thursday (Acoustic)”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Use Me”, Shaggy (iTunes)
“Vámonos”, Kris Kross Amsterdam, Ally Brooke & Messiah (iTunes)
“When We Were Young”, M-Phazes featuring Luke Steele (iTunes)
“Zombie Bastards”, Weezer (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Alessia Cara, Clean Bandit, The 1975 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 20, 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: Thanksgiving is on the brain, and so is one very thankful hit song. Time to add ’em up:

“U” CAN’T STOP HER: For the second consecutive week, Ariana Grande‘s “Thank U, Next” leads the pack at Top 40 radio, as it comes in with another 49 stations. After making a huge move from 39-20 on last Sunday’s published update, the big song should continue towards the top, as it remains active at the major sales and streaming services.

For impacting titles, “No Candle No Light” by ZAYN featuring Nicki Minaj leads the way with 30 stations, taking second place in the weekly report, with “Hurts Like Hell” by Madison Beer featuring Offset securing 28 stations and a third place finish.

Next week, watch out for Bad Bunny‘s “MIA”, featuring Drake, a top ten Rhythmic single which should hop onto the adds report at this format with ease. Have a great Thanksgiving!

1. ARIANA GRANDE, “Thank U, Next” (Republic)
2. ZAYN featuring NICKI MINAJ, “No Candle No Light” (RCA)
3. MADISON BEER featuring OFFSET, “Hurts Like Hell” (First Access/in2une)
4. ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE, “Close To Me” (Interscope)
5. DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B, “Taki Taki” (Geffen/Interscope)
6. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring KELSEA BALLERINI, “This Feeling” (Disruptor/Columbia)
7. CHARLI XCX featuring TROYE SIVAN, “1999” (Atlantic/EMG)
8-T. ALESSIA CARA, “Trust My Lonely” (Def Jam)
8-T. RITA ORA, “Let You Love Me” (Warner Bros.)
10. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life” (TEN/Epic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 19-20, 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 two singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

MADISON BEER featuring OFFSET – “Hurts Like Hell” (First Access/in2une)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Despite minimal week-to-week sales action, Beer’s single “Home With You” reached the top 20 in late summer.

ZAYN featuring NICKI MINAJ – “No Candle No Light” (RCA)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Zayn’s now had several consecutive top ten misses on the Top 40 chart: his last, “Let Me”, reached #22 in June.

Next week: Bad Bunny and Drake‘s current top ten Rhythmic smash “MIA”, which has flirted with the lower rungs of the top 50 at this format, officially impacts 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 18, 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. Are we happy about Thanksgiving? We may know a few guys who are happier than most this week, but it’s merely a rumor. Anyways, here’s all the action this Sunday:

BASTILLE’S DAY: After topping the Alternative chart two weeks ago, “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille becomes the new #1 song at the Top 40 format, advancing from #2 last week. It’s the first song by both acts to lead the pop chart. It’s also the first title to reach the top at both formats since “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons during the fall of last year. The collaboration still has a chance at topping the Hot AC survey, up 9-7 on the current chart. Meanwhile, on the Top 40 airwaves, Ariana Grande‘s “Breathin” (up 8-4) and Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” (up 10-5) should battle it out for the next chart-topper in the coming weeks.

HITS RUN “DEEP”: Making a move from 43-39 this week, Zara Larsson‘s “Ruin My Life” becomes her seventh top 40 single at the format and leads a pair of new entries to the region. The other title, “Waste It On Me”, crawls up one notch from 41-40 and gives both Steve Aoki and BTS their third top 40 titles here. Additionally, Aoki previously remixed BTS’s first single to reach the Top 40 chart, “MIC Drop”, which spent two weeks at #24 in January.

Further down the list, prominent re-entries by Bad Bunny featuring Drake (“MIA”, #44) and Rita Ora (“Let You Love Me”, #45) lead the way with notable moves back into the region. The highest new song of the week, checking in at #48, is the debut chart entry for singer Ava Max. “Sweet But Psycho” has been a Viral hit on Spotify for some time and is reacting very well nationally in parts of Europe. Additionally, Logan Henderson‘s “Pull Me Deep” breaks in at #50, his second solo single to reach the region. In May, the first of his two entries, “Bite My Tongue”, got to #38. He also sang on three top 40 songs for the boy band Big Time Rush.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, November 11-17, 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…


BETTY WHO – “Between You And Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance
Notes: Always great to have the latest track from Who in the mix! The acoustic-heavy pop sound and subtle arrangement work well.


FRANKIE – “You Decided” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance
Notes: With the follow-up to “When I’m Ready”, this artist’s second independent release after a period with RCA is a solid pop gem.


HANNAH JANE LEWIS – “Do It Without You” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Third appearance
Notes: First included in 2016, then signed to Polydor and now back in the independent spotlight, Lewis keeps the pop bops coming.


MAGDALENA BAY – “Ghost” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance
Notes: Back on the Rewind for the first time since January, the duo’s sweet synth-pop sound and 80’s influence is as strong as ever.


MAX STYLER & THE GRISWOLDS – “Light Me Up” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance for both acts
Notes: The U.S. meets Australia in this worldly dance collaboration, a nice addition to the latter group’s reinvented sound as of late.


PHIL GOOD – “Put It All On Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance
Notes: Good’s latest tracks are all good with me, as “Be Somebody” and now “Put” showcase an amazing side of the singer’s catalog.


Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance
Notes: Emerging as one of Nashville’s most promising new artists, Cardigan’s current track is quirky, catchy and one of his best yet.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
AARON TAOS – “Control”
GIRL WILDE – “Nervous Breakdown”
JOE JANIAK – “Heaven Knows”
JULIA KNIGHT – “Cool For You”
PAPERWHITE – “Count On You”
WYLDER – “Ready To Break”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 18, 2018

It’s a Marshmello world.

39. P!nk – A Million Dreams

29. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (34)
27. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (32)
19. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (25) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — two weeks
(see #9 below)

10. KT Tunstall – The River (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Maggie Rogers – Light On (15) | PEAK: #09
08. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Dave Matthews Band – Again And Again (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jack & Jack – No One Compares To You (3)
2. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (5)
3. Tom Walker – Angels (1)
4. Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep (4)
5. George Ezra – Hold My Girl (7)
6. Brandi Carlile featuring Sam Smith – Party Of One (8)
7. Sara Bareilles – Armor (10)
8. Foster The People – Worst Nites (-)
9. Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan – 1999 (-)
10. Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris – I Found You (-)

In The Mix:
Broods – Peach
Elle King – Baby Outlaw (new)
James Arthur – Empty Space
James TW – Soldier
Jess Glynne – Thursday (new)
Little Mix – Woman Like Me
Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg – Moves
Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (new)
Snow Patrol – What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?

Chart Notes:

  • Due to the loss of my grandfather this week, a fuller commentary will return for next week. In the meantime, “Happier” remains at #1 for the third week for Marshmello x Bastille, while P!nk debuts at #39 with “A Million Dreams”, the first cut to land on my chart from The Greatest Showman: Reimagined. The song is closing in on the top 50 at Hot AC radio, though it’s only being played on a handful stations at the moment. (It hasn’t been officially serviced to the format as of yet.) Look for that release to hit the top five on the Billboard 200 list next week.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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