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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 30, 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. As we continue through the annual freeze at radio, there are very few highlights at the format this week. So, we’ll keep it short and sweet! Here’s what’s popping this Sunday:

NEW YEAR, SAME PANIC: As 2019 approaches, “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco remains on top of Alternative, Hot AC and Top 40 lists for the fourth consecutive week. It’s now one of two songs during the plays-per-week era to accomplish the feat, the other being “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” by Green Day in February and March 2005. Two hits by Ariana Grande and another by Halsey will be vying for the top spot following these end of the year festivities; it’s anyone’s guess as to which of these tracks gets to #1 first.

The lone top 40 debut on this week’s chart comes from Madison Beer and her Offset-assisted song “Hurts Like Hell”, up from 41-39 this week. It’s the second tune to enter the region for Beer and the second solo hit for Offset, who previously charted with Migos.

With a number of tracks being purged from the chart next week, as the normal recurrent rules go back into effect, look for a number of new titles in the lower regions of the list on Sunday, including future top 40 releases for George Ezra, Sabrina Carpenter and more.

Happy New Year from PGTC! (Please be safe tomorrow night!)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, December 23-29, 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…

Due to the holidays and fewer prominent new releases, commentary will return next week. Happy (almost) new year!

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CASSIE MARIN – “Disrespect” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

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JOHNNY MAC – “Forever” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

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NICHOLAS ROBERTS – “I Know Enough” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Eleventh appearance

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
HIGH DIVE HEART – “Love Me Back To Life”
JASON REEVES – “Before We Knew”
KINA GRANNIS – “When The Party’s Over”

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 30, 2018

The Lady is a champ (again.)

DEBUTS
39. Stephen Puth – Sexual Vibe

TOP GAINERS
33. Seeb x Bastille – Grip (39)
28. Avril Lavigne – Tell Me It’s Over (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Greg Holden – Something Beautiful (31)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (08) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
09. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (07) | PEAK: #08
07. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Backstreet Boys – Chances (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Maggie Rogers – Light On (04) | PEAK: #03
03. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (1)
2. Jess Glynne – Thursday (4)
3. Sara Bareilles – Armor (2)
4. American Authors featuring Bear Rinehart – Neighborhood (9)
5. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (3)
6. Kian – Waiting (7)
7. Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (6)
8. Alice Merton – Funny Business (8)
9. Elle King – Baby Outlaw (10)
10. half•alive – Still Feel (-)

In The Mix:
Drax Project – Woke Up Late (new)
Sasha Sloan – Older
We Three – Heaven’s Not Too Far (new)

Chart Notes:

  • This will probably be Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper‘s last week atop my chart with their hit “Shallow”, which holds for a fourth week at the summit, losing its bullet in the process. As for a second radio single off the soundtrack to A Star Is Born, there’s no word yet if something will be serviced in the new year. Meanwhile, “Shallow” is still charting at three formats, ranking the highest (#7) on the Hot AC list. Newcomer Stephen Puth bows at #39 with the only debut on the chart this week: “Sexual Vibe”, his first release for a major label. Singer Charlie Puth is his older brother; he’s a writer on my current #8 song, “Love You Anymore” by Michael Bublé.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: December 28, 2003

“Name” those big hits.

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 December 28, 2003…

Debuts:
39. WIDELIFE featuring SIMONE DENNY, “All Things (Just Keep Getting Better)”
37. USHER featuring LUDACRIS & LIL’ JON, “Yeah!”
35. LIZ PHAIR, “Extraordinary”

Biggest Mover(s):
MAROON 5, “This Love” (36-19, 17 spots)

10. NO DOUBT, “It’s My Life” (down 4)
Album: The Singles 1992–2003 (2003, Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

09. ALICIA KEYS, “You Don’t Know My Name” (up 8)
Album: The Diary Of Alicia Keys (2003, J Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

08. TRAIN, “When I Look To The Sky” (down 1)
Album: My Private Nation (2003, Columbia Records)
Peak: #7

07. HILARY DUFF, “Come Clean” (up 9)
Album: Metamorphosis (2003, Buena Vista/Hollywood Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. GOOD CHARLOTTE, “Hold On” (up 4)
Album: The Young And The Hopeless (2002, Epic Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

05. DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, “Hands Down” (down 3)
Album: A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar (2003, Vagrant Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. LINKIN PARK, “Numb” (down 1)
Album: Meteora (2003, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

03. PINK, “God Is A DJ” (up 1)
Album: Try This (2003, LaFace/Arista Records)
Peak: #3

02. EAMON, “F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back)” (up 3)
Album: I Don’t Want You Back (2004, Jive Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. EVANESCENCE, “My Immortal” (steady, second week)
Album: Fallen (2003, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #1 for four 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 December 28, 2018

Not many releases to “wow” you this week.

Just ahead of the new year, and plenty of new releases, here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

Notable albums out this week: Bad Bunny‘s X 100PRE (iTunes), Palisades‘s Erase The Pain (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: 24hrs‘s B4 Xmas (iTunes), DeJ Loaf‘s Go DeJ Go (Vol. 1) (iTunes), Jaryd Lane‘s Dust N Bones (Vol. 1) (iTunes), Jill Martin‘s The Locals (iTunes), Russ‘s Just In Case (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week: Martin Garrix‘s “Dreamer” (Vol. 2) (iTunes), R3HAB x Conor Maynard‘s “Hold On Tight” (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Beach House (Ashworth Remix)”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)
“Before We Knew”, Jason Reeves (iTunes)
“Block Party”, New Kids On The Block (iTunes)
“Cry Like Kim K”, Davai & Call Me Loop featuring Lisa Ajax (iTunes)
“Don’t Know You (Dzeko Remix)”, Justin Caruso featuring Jake Miller (iTunes)
“Fire In My Soul (Gil Sanders Remix)”, Oliver Heldens featuring Shungudzo (iTunes)
“Forever”, Johnny Mac (iTunes)
“I Just Want People To Like Me”, Robbie Williams (iTunes)
“In The Morning”, Christian Rich featuring Yoshi Flower (iTunes)
“Lay By Me”, Ruben (iTunes)
“Love Me Back To Life”, High Dive Heart (iTunes)
“Make You Forget”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“No Complaints No Conversation”, Watsky (iTunes)
“Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (Dimitri From Paris Remix)”, Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“Say My Name (Lucas & Steve Remix)”, David Guetta featuring Bebe Rexha & J Balvin (iTunes)
“Summer Lover”, Cub Sport (iTunes)
“Way Too Good”, Lucas Estrada (iTunes)
“When The Party’s Over”, Kina Grannis (iTunes)
“Wow.”, Post Malone (iTunes)

For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 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. This is the first of two holiday freeze reports and we’re certainly feeling the chill. Luckily, there are still a few tunes to cover ahead of Christmas. Here’s what’s popping this week:

WHAT YULE EXPECT THIS WEEK: You could say that Panic! At The Disco has a strong ho-ho-hold on the Alternative, Hot AC and Top 40 lists for a third week in a row with their crossover smash “High Hopes”, which Santa might be bopping to as he takes his sleigh around the world in a few days. With little action on any of the radio charts this week, here are a few of the entries towards the bottom of the survey that could be making some larger moves in the new year:

Up two notches to #39, after becoming a solid radio hit in Canada earlier this year, “Ain’t Easy” from Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine becomes the first top 40 entry for the duo here in the States. Their follow-up song, “Better Off”, is still charting at several formats up north, while their new seasonal release, “It’s Me & You (This Christmas)”, is also picking up airplay.

One other title heads into the top 40 this week: “1999” by Charli XCX and Troye Sivan, up from 43-40 to become the fifth top 40 single for the former and fourth for the latter. Though Sivan’s hit “My My My!” reached #21 in March, Charli XCX hasn’t entered the top 40 here in nearly four years, last ranking with “Break The Rules” in January 2015. After a couple of near misses in 2015’s “Doing It” and 2016’s “After The Afterparty”, which got to #43 and #41, respectively, it looks like she might be back on track with this single and its viral music video from a few months ago.

For top 50 entries, you’ll find only one this week: “Zeze”, coming in at #49 for Kodak Black featuring Travis Scott and Offset. At this point next week, it’s likely be at #1 on Rhythmic chart, though it ranks at #2 on the latest update. The collaboration is also in the top ten on the Urban radio list. Due to high streaming numbers, “Zeze” also recently peaked at #2 on the Hot 100.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from PGTC!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, December 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…

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CHRISTIAN FRENCH – “Someone New” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: From his new EP release Natural Colors, French’s latest tune is a solid soft pop cut that compliments the rest of the set well.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ASTN – “Cruel”
SAM PADRUL – “Lighthouse”
SOPHIE ROSE – “Best Friend”

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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