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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 1, 2019

The language of hits.

There’s an anticipated Latin album leading the way this week, but a new month means new titles from all genres to celebrate. Here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market today:

Notable albums out this week: American Authors‘s Seasons (iTunes), Big Wild‘s Superdream (iTunes), Broods‘s Don’t Feed The Pop Monster (iTunes), Busted‘s Half Way There (iTunes), Claire Richards‘s My Wildest Dreams (iTunes), Emily King‘s Scenery (iTunes), Girlpool‘s What Chaos Is Imaginary (iTunes), Linda Ronstadt‘s Live In Hollywood (iTunes), Luis Fonsi‘s Vida (iTunes), Nina Nesbitt‘s The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change (iTunes), The Moth & The Flame‘s Restless (iTunes), Within Temptation‘s Resist (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music! 20th Anniversary, Vol. 2 (iTunes), Rent: Live (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Reece‘s I’m Not Sure Yet (iTunes), The Score‘s Pressure (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week:
“Close To Me (Remixes)”, Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“5 Months Later”, Prince Fox (iTunes)
“7 Billion”, OBB (iTunes)
“7 Rings (Remix)”, Ariana Grande featuring 2 Chainz (iTunes)
“100 Bad Days”, AJR (iTunes)
“Apologize”, grandson (iTunes)
“Are You Bored Yet?”, Wallows featuring Clairo (iTunes)
“Bad Habit” and “Ease My Mind”, Ben Platt (iTunes)
“Bones”, Galantis featuring OneRepublic (iTunes)
“Bury A Friend”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Canons”, Super Duper featuring JMR (iTunes)
“Chrysalis”, Empire Of The Sun (iTunes)
“Decisions (Weiss Remix)”, KREAM featuring Maia Wright (iTunes)
“Dream Child”, ØZWALD (iTunes)
“Drive All Night”, Joan (iTunes)
“End Of The Night”, Taylor Noelle (iTunes)
“Facts”, Chantel Jeffries featuring YG, Rich The Kid & BIA (iTunes)
“Faith You Might”, Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
“Fast Lovers”, Lemaitre (iTunes)
“First Aid Kit”, Maddie Poppe (iTunes)
“Good On Me”, Vanic featuring Olivia Noelle (iTunes)
“Got To Keep On”, The Chemical Brothers (iTunes)
“Gucci Rock N Rolla”, Snakehips featuring Rivers Cuomo & KYLE (iTunes)
“Happy Now (R3HAB Remix)”, Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza (iTunes)
“Hard To Love”, The Mowgli’s (iTunes)
“Heaven (All Around You)”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“I Walk Alone”, Gary Clark Jr. (iTunes)
“I Walk Up”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“I’ve Been Waiting”, Lil Peep & ILoveMakonnen featuring Fall Out Boy (iTunes)
“Jump The Fence”, Gia Woods (iTunes)
“Karma (CLiQ Remix)”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Keep It Simple”, James Barker Band (iTunes)
“Let You Down”, Stirling (iTunes)
“Life Must Go On”, Quinn XCII (iTunes)
“Love Myself”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Low Key”, Ally Brooke featuring Tyga (iTunes)
“Medicate”, Gabbie Hanna (iTunes)
“Middle Name”, Kat Saul (iTunes)
“Mime”, Isaac Dunbar (iTunes)
“Money Lover”, Magdalena Bay (iTunes)
“Nobody’s Home”, Mallrat & Basenji (iTunes)
“Not Angry Anymore”, Thelma Plum (iTunes)
“Not Thinkin’ Bout You (Acoustic)”, Ruel featuring Billy Davis (iTunes)
“Numb”, Before You Exit (iTunes)
“On My Way”, Sheppard (iTunes)
“Open Up”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Permission”, New Hope Club (iTunes)
“Racks On Racks”, Lil Pump (iTunes)
“Ready To Let Go”, Cage The Elephant (iTunes)
“Slow Motion”, Jarryd James (iTunes)
“Someone New”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Splash”, Ty James x Unheard (iTunes)
“Suburban Girl”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“They Don’t Shine”, Tedeschi Trucks Band (iTunes)
“They Own This Town”, Flora Cash (iTunes)
“Trouble”, Omar Apollo (iTunes)
“What’s Up Danger (Black Caviar Remix)”, Blackway (iTunes)
“When I Die”, ALMA (iTunes)
“Wild Like The Wind”, Deorro (iTunes)
“Women”, Florida Georgia Line featuring Jason Derulo (iTunes)
“You And I”, LÉON (iTunes)
“Young Like This (HEDEGAARD Remix)”, Hugo Helmig (iTunes)
“Zero Gravity”, Kate Miller-Heidke (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from Ariana Grande and many 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 (January 29, 2019)

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: Dua Lipa‘s big screen hit has a big debut on the update, while fresh titles from Alessia Cara and Jeremy Zucker also earn solid starts. Let’s add ’em up:

NEW “SONG” AT THE TOP: From the soundtrack to the upcoming film Alita: Battle Angel, Dua Lipa faced a big battle against several impacting singles this week, but emerged victorious with “Swan Song”. It’s the Most Added song on this week’s report, new at 98 stations. The release managed to sneak into the top 50 by last Sunday’s published chart and should be well into the top 40 by the next official update. The movie, itself, opens on Valentine’s Day.

With her third radio single from The Pains Of Growing, Alessia Cara takes a third place finish this week for “Out Of Love”, moving in with 32 stations on impact. The prior single from the project, “Trust My Lonely”, earned 45 stations in its first full week. Jeremy Zucker rounds out the top five with a total of 23 stations for “comethru”, which parks in fifth place. This is his first single to impact at the format, though he has a number of songs that have done well at the various streaming platforms.

Next week, look out for impacting songs by FLETCHER (at #7 this week) and Imagine Dragons (at #6 this week) to power into the top ten again, with additional singles from the Drax Project and LSD also expected to pick up some solid numbers.

1. DUA LIPA, “Swan Song” (Warner Bros.)
2. ARIANA GRANDE, “7 Rings” (Republic)
3. ALESSIA CARA, “Out Of Love” (Def Jam)
4. SAM SMITH & NORMANI, “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol-RCA)
5. JEREMY ZUCKER, “comethru” (Republic)
6. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Bad Liar” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
7. FLETCHER, “Undrunk” (Snapback/Capitol)
8. POST MALONE, “Wow.” (Republic)
9. GESAFFELSTEIN & THE WEEKND, “Lost In The Fire” (Columbia)
10. LIVVIA, “Damn” (12Tone)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (January 28-29, 2019)

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 four new titles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALESSIA CARA – “Out Of Love” (Def Jam)
Album: The Pains Of Growing (2018)
Past T40 History: The sophomore slump hit Cara hard, with two underwhelming tracks earning lower peaks. Will this fare better?

DUA LIPA – “Swan Song” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Alita: Battle Angel (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: Ready for her eighth top 40 song at the format, Lipa’s latest single reached the top 50 on Sunday’s chart update.

JAKE MILLER – “Wait For You” (RED)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Miller has four top 50 entries to date, but just one reached the top 40: 2014’s “First Flight Home”, going to #29.

JEREMY ZUCKER – “comethru” (Republic)
Album: summer, (EP) (2018)
Past T40 History: Zucker is a newcomer to the format. At Spotify alone, his single has more than 43 million plays since it debuted.

Next week: A busy week at the format is led by impacting releases from Imagine Dragons and LSD, as well as newcomers Drax Project and FLETCHER.

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 (January 27, 2019)

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. We’re finishing off the month of January on a strong note with yet another week of pop power, including a new #1 song and several exciting debuts. Let’s see what’s popping this Sunday:

MEET “ME” AT THE TOP: After leading the top 40 for a week, Ariana Grande‘s “thank u, next” is bounced out of the top spot, replaced by Halsey‘s “Without Me”, which advances from 3-1. It’s her third #1 single at the Top 40 format, following collaborations with The Chainsmokers (“Closer”, ten weeks in 2016) and G-Eazy (“Him & I”, two weeks in 2018). Next month, the performer is due to appear as the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live. She’s also writing and recording her third studio album.

Entering the top 40 this week, LIVVIA‘s “Damn” rises from 44-39 to become her second top 40 hit at the format, while “Zeze” is up from 44-40 to land Kodak Black his second top 40 release as well. The two featured artists on the song, Travis Scott and Offset, earn their fifth and third solo top 40 entries at the format, respectfully. “Zeze” remains atop the Urban chart and recently led the list at Rhythmic radio.

This week’s top 50 debut action gives us four new hits in the region, with Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man‘s “Giant” ahead of the pack at #46. The collaboration is now in the top five in the U.K. and has landed in the top 40 across Europe. “Bad Liar” comes in at #47 for Imagine Dragons, which also soars into the top 50 on the Alternative chart. It’s the band’s follow-up to “Natural”, a #11 entry at the Top 40 format last year that topped the Alternative survey for nine weeks. Dua Lipa‘s soundtrack cut “Swan Song” gets into the action at #49 on the list and will be sure to move up significantly following its impact date this Tuesday. Lastly, at #50, it’s a new song for NF, who topped the chart last year for a week with “Let You Down”. His third and latest single is “If You Want Love”, a cut from his chart-topping 2017 album Perception.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Four

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…


ASHLEY TISDALE – “Love Me & Let Me Go” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance

Former Disney star Tisdale last appeared on the report in November when her original track “Voices In My Head” was released to a fairly good reception. Her follow-up song, though not as successful commercially, is a nice electronic pop addition to her collection.

FRANKIE – “Lost In Translation” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Third appearance

Just ahead of her forthcoming EP STA7GES, due next month, this performer has another great pop sound on her hands. Other cuts on the set include “When I’m Ready” and “You Decided”, both of which landed on the report last fall. Translation: prepare for bops!

LAUV & TROYE SIVAN – “I’m So Tired…” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: 14th appearance (Sivan is signed to Capitol Records)

Lauv is definitely in a collaborative mood lately, as the Julia Michaels-assisted “There’s No Way” continues to gain on the pop radio chart, while his release with Sivan makes its debut this week. The short but sweet sound is catchy and the boys sound nice together.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BRAD O’NEILL featuring JAMES ESSEX – “Wild One”
GIRL WILDE – “Fake Louis”
PETER MANOS – “You Don’t Know Me”
SAARLOOS – “Fire Is Love”
THE BAND CAMINO – “Something To Hold On To”

UNSECRET featuring SAM TINNESZ – “Here Come The Warriors”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 27, 2019

Five Boys, three weeks.

38. Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld – Woke Up Late
37. FLETCHER – Undrunk
34. Dua Lipa – Swan Song | HIGHEST DEBUT

29. The Cranberries – All Over Now (35)
28. Dean Lewis – 7 Minutes (33)
24. Westlife – Hello My Love (30)
21. Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant (31) | BIGGEST MOVER
17. Walk The Moon – Timebomb (24)
10. Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar (17)
09. The Strumbellas – Salvation (14)

10. Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar (17) | PEAK: #10
09. The Strumbellas – Salvation (14) | PEAK: #09
08. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (07) | PEAK: #07
07. Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (06) | PEAK: #01 for one week
05. Maggie Rogers – Light On (04) | PEAK: #03
04. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Backstreet Boys – Chances (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. half•alive – Still Feel (1)
2. Kian – Waiting (4)
3. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (3)
4. Dan + Shay – Speechless (6)
5. American Authors featuring Bear Rinehart – Neighborhood (2)
6. Passenger – Survivors (-)
7. Smith & Thell featuring Swedish Jam Factory – Forgive Me Friend (8)
8. Betty Who – I Remember (-)
9. Lizzo – Juice (10)
10. Panic! At The Disco – Hey Look Ma, I Made It (-)

In The Mix:
Ariana Grande – 7 Rings
Backstreet Boys – No Place (new)
Billie Eilish – When The Party’s Over
Bryan Adams – Shine A Light
David Gray – A Tight Ship
Dido – Give You Up (new)
Emily King – Look At Me Now
Grey featuring LÉON – Want You Back
Haley Reinhart – Don’t Know How To Love You
James TW – You & Me
Jeremy Zucker – Comethru (new)
Jimmie Allen – Best Shot
Lauv & Troye Sivan – I’m So Tired… (new)
LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) – Genius
Mat Kerekes – Ruby
MKTO – How Can I Forget
Parachute – Young
Rachel Crow – Up All Night (new)
We Three – Heaven’s Not Too Far

Chart Notes:

  • As the Backstreet Boys remain at #1 for the third week with “Chances”, three delightful debuts spring onto the chart. Off the soundtrack to the movie Alita: Battle Angel, Dua Lipa scores the week’s Highest Debut with “Swan Song”, breaking in at #34. Lipa has two #1 hits to date on my personal chart and a total of seven weeks at the summit. Starting at #37 with her first hit entry since 2015, FLETCHER is back on the list with “Undrunk”. Her prior chart single, “War Paint”, reached #12 in October of that year. “Undrunk” is her first release for a major label. Lastly, at #38, “Woke Up Late” enters the chart in a newly-released version by the original group, Drax Project, and actor/singer Hailee Steinfeld. Just over a year ago, the tune was a decent-sized hit in the quartet’s native New Zealand.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 29, 2012

Headed for number “One”.

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 seven years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of January 29, 2012…

40. O.A.R., “Gotta Be W
rong Sometimes”
39. THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS, “Beekeeper’s Daughter”
38. MATT CARDLE, “Amazing”
35. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, “We Take Care Of Our Own”

Biggest Mover(s):
NICKELBACK, “Lullaby” (29-20, nine spots)

10. THE FRAY, “Heartbeat” (down 2)
Album: Scars & Stories (2012, Epic Records)
Peak: #5 for five weeks

09. CHRISTINA PERRI, “A Thousand Years” (steady, third week)
Album: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2011, Chop Shop/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #9 for three weeks

08. KATY PERRY, “The One That Got Away” (down 2)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. COLDPLAY, “Paradise” (down 2)
Album: Mylo Xyloto (2011, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

06. GOTYE featuring KIMBRA, “Somebody That I Used To Know” (up 5)
Album: Making Mirrors (2012, Fairfax/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

05. KELLY CLARKSON, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (up 2)
Album: Stronger (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

04. ANDY GRAMMER, “Fine By Me” (steady, second week)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. OLLY MURS, “Dance With Me Tonight” (steady, second week)
Album: In Case You Didn’t Know (2011, Syco U.K./Epic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. GRAFFITI6, “Free” (down 1)
Album: Colours (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

01. ADELE, “Set Fire To The Rain” (up 1)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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