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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.

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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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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 23, 2018

The Star of Christmas week.

DEBUTS
39. Seeb x Bastille – Grip
37. Ariana Grande – Imagine | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Avril Lavigne – Tell Me It’s Over (40)
31. Greg Holden – Something Beautiful (37)
24. The Strumbellas – Salvation (32) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan – 1999 (25)
11. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (08) | PEAK: #07
08. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Backstreet Boys – Chances (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Maggie Rogers – Light On (03) | PEAK: #03
03. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week
01. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

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

In The Mix:
James TW – Soldier
Sasha Sloan – Older

Chart Notes:

  • On this week’s survey, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper hold firmly at #1 for the third consecutive week with “Shallow”, while The Strumbellas claim the Biggest Mover with “Salvation”, up eight spots to #24 in its second week on the list. At #37, Ariana Grande has the week’s Highest Debut with “Imagine”, another cut from her forthcoming studio album. The tune hasn’t officially been serviced to any radio format yet, though several stations have it in a more consistent rotation. A new collaboration from Seeb x Bastille also bows in the top 40: “Grip” starts at #39. The latter band is coming off the #1 song “Happier” with Marshmello, still in the top ten, which spent four weeks at the top. Have a lovely Christmas!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: December 22, 2013

The “Best” bops of 2013.

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 five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of December 22, 2013…

Debuts:
40. BASTILLE, “Bad Blood”
39. MAYER HAWTHORNE, “Reach Out Richard”
38. PETER THOMAS featuring BETTY WHO, “All Of You”

Biggest Mover(s):
MAGIC!, “Rude” (33-26, seven spots)

10. GARY BARLOW, “Let Me Go” (up 1)
Album: Since I Saw You Last (2013, Polydor Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

09. DAUGHTRY, “Waiting For Superman” (down 1)
Album: Baptized (2013, RCA Records)
Peak: #6

08. CHRISTINA PERRI, “Human” (up 4)
Album: Head Or Heart (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

07. AMERICAN AUTHORS, “Best Day Of My Life” (down 2)
Album: Oh, What A Life (2014, Mercury Records/IDJMG)
Peak: #1 for one week

06. THE FRAY, “Love Don’t Die” (up 1)
Album: Helios (2014, Epic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. BASTILLE, “Of The Night” (up 1)
Album: All This Bad Blood (2013, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. PASSENGER, “The Wrong Direction” (down 2)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. THE 1975, “Girls” (steady, second week)
Album: The 1975 (2013, Dirty Hit/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Say Something” (up 2)
Album: Is There Anybody Out There? (2014, Black Magnetic/Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. ONE DIRECTION, “Story Of My Life” (steady, second week)
Album: Midnight Memories (2013, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2018: Part Five, 5-1

The top five is here on Adam’s Top 100 of 2018! The cream of the pop is ready for you, so enjoy all the great music ahead…

The 2018 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 3, 2017 to the chart dated November 25, 2018. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with the higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks at a song’s peak position and the amount of time charted in the top 40. 171 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, a decrease from the 176 that did so in 2017.

05. JUKEBOX THE GHOST, “Everybody’s Lonely”
Album: Off To The Races
Label: Caroline
Peak: #2 for one week
Weeks: 27
Points: 737

Writers: Ben Thornewill, CJ Baran, Peter Thomas
Producers: CJ Baran, Peter Thomas

Three years ago, this band galloped to the top of my year-end survey with “Postcard”, which had a seven-week run at #1 on my chart. Their song at #5 for the year didn’t quite match that, but its #2 peak and top 40 stay of over half a year are still pretty impressive. The single also became the band’s first song to chart at Alternative radio, entering the top 20, even though its parent album failed to rank on the Billboard 200 list. (The group’s self-titled album reached the lower rungs of the chart four years ago.) With “Fred Astaire” already leaving my survey, narrowly missing my top 20, the trio’s latest era is likely done for singles. However, you never know when a Ghost could haunt my top 40…

04. BACKSTREET BOYS, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
Album: DNA
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for three weeks
Weeks: 27
Points: 749

Writers: Jamie Hartman, Stephen Wrabel, Stuart Crichton
Producers: Jamie Hartman, Stuart Crichton

After “Drowning” reached the top spot on my chart during the fall of 2001, it would be struggle for the Backstreet Boys for over a decade to reclaim the summit. On two occasions, the band topped out at #10 with 2005’s “Incomplete” and 2007’s “Inconsolable”, but failed to enter the region with a handful of other entries. So, when the group re-signed with a major label and put out this tune, the nostalgia was real. It’s still hard to believe that it took nearly 17 years for the Boys to return to #1 here, but a chart-topper is a chart-topper, no matter what year it is. I’m also looking forward to their upcoming release DNA, which also includes “Chances”, a current top ten song on my list. I heart them!

03. NIALL HORAN, “On The Loose”
Album: Flicker
Label: Capitol
Peak: #1 for three weeks
Weeks: 30
Points: 803

Writers: John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, Niall Horan
Producer: Julian Bunetta

2018 was another awesome year for the one-time One Direction member, as he became the first performer to get five #1 songs on my chart from one album. Pretty impressive, right? This was the fourth of five, which had a solid three-week run atop my list. “On” was the last song from Flicker to be serviced to radio in the U.S., entering the top 20 on the Hot AC list and just missing the region at the Top 40 format. It’ll be hard for his next album to match that streak, but there’s no doubt in my mind that the music will be good. Of course, the performer’s hit “Slow Hands” was crowned my #1 track of 2017, spending seven weeks at the top of my list. I’ve gotta hand it to him: he’s one talented guy.

02. GEORGE EZRA, “Shotgun”
Album: Staying At Tamara’s
Label: Columbia
Peak: #1 for six weeks
Weeks: 25+
Points: 846

Writers: Fred Gibson, George Barnett, Joel Pott
Producers: Cam Blackwood, FRED

As of the end of the chart year in November, “Shotgun” was still well into the top 20 on my weekly chart, giving Ezra’s song the potential to land on 2019’s list as well. Until then, let’s focus on this tune’s massive run for the year, spending a hefty six weeks at the top in August and September. It was the perfect summer single, and an international audience loved it too, as it became Ezra’s first song to hit #1 in Australia and the United Kingdom. In the States, “Shotgun” became a sizable top ten hit on the Triple A survey earlier this year, with some moderate results at Hot AC radio and a Top 40 crossover planned for January. If you haven’t taken a ride with him yet, I would highly recommend it.

01. GEORGE EZRA, “Paradise”
Album: Staying At Tamara’s
Label: Columbia
Peak: #1 for three weeks
Weeks: 32
Points: 866

Writer: George Barnett
Producer: Cam Blackwood

Yes, you’re seeing double, but in a good way. George Ezra has both my #1 and #2 songs of 2018, with “Paradise” leading the way. On any of my year-end charts, it’s not uncommon to see an act with two songs in the top ten, but holding down the top two spots? That’s rare. As a #1 single for three weeks on my personal chart with a run of almost eight months in the top 40, I was sure for most of the year that “Paradise” (or “On The Loose”, back at #3) would end up as my top title for 2018. So, I’m certainly very happy with the final result. Would you believe that Ezra’s breakout hit “Budapest” never made my chart? It bubbled under during the spring and summer of 2014. That’s quite a jump for the man who now has the top two songs on my year-end list four years later. As far as 2019 goes, “Hold My Girl” is now climbing up my list and headed towards the top 20, while “Shotgun” (as mentioned above) descends after its #1 adventure during the summer. If another song from his album becomes a single down the line, who knows what’ll happen? Until then, I’ll have an extended stay in “Paradise” this winter.

A big thank you for checking out my Top 100 of 2018! Here’s to more awesome chart adventures in 2019. Happy holidays!

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