Monthly Archives: January 2019

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 18, 2019

“Life” on the charts.

From “Alaska” to Allentown and everywhere in-between, here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

ALICE MERTON – Mint (iTunes)
Features: “Funny Business”, currently in the top 40 at Alternative radio (as well as prior singles “Lash Out” and “No Roots”)

CODY JOHNSON – Ain’t Nothin’ To It (iTunes)
Features: “On My Way To You”, nearing the top 20 at Country radio

MAGGIE ROGERS – Heard It In A Past Life (iTunes)
Features: “Light On”, a recent #1 at Triple A radio (as well as prior single “Alaska”)

PAPA ROACH – Who Do You Trust? (iTunes)
Features: “Who Do You Trust?”, currently in the top five at Active Rock radio

Notable albums out this week: Alexander Oscar‘s Highs & Lows (iTunes), Christina Perri‘s Songs For Carmella: Lullabies & Sing-A-Longs (iTunes), Cub Sport’s Cub Sport (iTunes), Fever 333‘s Strength In Numbb333rs (iTunes), Future‘s The WIZRD (iTunes), Guster‘s Look Alive (iTunes), James Blake‘s Assume Form (iTunes), KONGOS‘s 1929, Pt. 1 (iTunes), Mabel‘s Ivy To Roses (iTunes), Mike Posner‘s A Real Good Kid (iTunes), Pedro The Lion‘s Phoenix (iTunes), Switchfoot‘s Native Tongue (iTunes), Tyler Hilton‘s City On Fire (iTunes), Kidz Bop 39 (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Dodie‘s Human (iTunes), G Flip‘s Drink Too Much (iTunes), Gone West‘s Tides (iTunes), Krowns‘s Fake It (iTunes), Utada‘s Face My Fears (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week:
“1999 (Remixes)”, Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Feeling Of Falling (Remixes)”, Cheat Codes x Kim Petras (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“7 Minutes”, Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“7 Rings”, Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“All Over Now”, The Cranberries (iTunes)
“Almost (Sweet Music)”, Hozier (iTunes)
“Always”, Gavin James featuring Philippine (iTunes)
“Arrow”, half•alive (iTunes)
“BAD!”, R3HAB (iTunes)
“Barcelona”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Be Fine” / “Old Times Sake”, RØMANS (iTunes)
“Better Man”, Juliander (iTunes)
“Big Plans”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“Body To Body”, Lilly Ahlberg (iTunes)
“Breathe”, Backstreet Boys (iTunes)
“Bridges”, Johnnyswim (iTunes)
“Cavity”, Jake Germain featuring That Kid (iTunes)
“Don’t Feel Like Crying”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Drugs”, Upsahl (iTunes)
“Fences”, Vicetone featuring Matt Wertz (iTunes)
“FU4E”, Lost Kings featuring Lauren Aqualina (iTunes)
“Genius”, LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Girl”, Maren Morris (iTunes)
“Gold”, Robbie Williams (iTunes)
“Gold”, Sam Feldt x Kate Ryan (iTunes)
“Grip”, Alec Bailey (iTunes)
“Gum”, Sam Setton (iTunes)
“Hanging On”, Quinn Lewis (iTunes)
“Heart Club”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Heave Ho”, Ben Howard (iTunes)
“Hold Your Fire”, Bad Suns (iTunes)
“Hurt”, Witt Lowry featuring Deion Reverie (iTunes)
“Hurts Like Hell (Acoustic)”, Madison Beer (iTunes)
“If Looks Could Kill”, Lauren Aqualina (iTunes)
“Is It Anything?”, Aaron Taos featuring Khary (iTunes)
“Is She Gonna Be There?”, Violet Skies (iTunes)
“Jonesing”, Myylo (iTunes)
“Keanu Reeves”, Logic (iTunes)
“Land Of The Free”, The Killers (iTunes)
“LBD”, Becky G (iTunes)
“Lick Shot”, Gorgon City (iTunes)
“Loner”, Yungblud (iTunes)
“Love Me The Same”, Dan Caplen (iTunes)
“Mi Rumba”, Sofi Tukker featuring ZHU (iTunes)
“My Love Goes On”, James Morrison featuring Joss Stone (iTunes)
“My Name Isn’t”, LOVA (iTunes)
“Never Let You Go”, Slushii featuring Sofia Reyes (iTunes)
“Nightmares”, Yung Pinch featuring Lil Skies (iTunes)
“Numb Without You”, The Maine (iTunes)
“Only Just Begun”, The Moth & The Fame (iTunes)
“Outta My Mind”, Des Rocs (iTunes)
“Pray”, Alok featuring Conor Maynard (iTunes)
“Pretty”, Terror Jr. (iTunes)
“Pure Water”, Mustard x Migos (iTunes)
“Rendezvous”, Miss Benny (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Mike Perry (iTunes)
“Sabotage”, Sam Martin (iTunes)
“Say You’ll Be There”, Campsite Dream (iTunes)
“Scared Of Love (Preditah Remix), Rudimental featuring Ray BLK & Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Shadows”, Mansionair (iTunes)
“Shine A Light”, Bryan Adams (iTunes)
“Silly Boy”, Call Me Loop (iTunes)
“Sugar”, Peking Duk & Jack River (iTunes)
“Sweet Lie”, Max Jury (iTunes)
“Temporary”, Ella Vos (iTunes)
“That’s What I’d Do”, Wrabel (iTunes)
“The Other Side”, Jukebox The Ghost (iTunes)
“Thief”, Alice Chater (iTunes)
“Throwback”, Delaney Jane & Shaun Frank (iTunes)
“Thursday”, Jess Glynne featuring H.E.R (iTunes)
“Unofficial Lover”, Kyan Palmer & nicopop. featuring Yung Lamby (iTunes)
“Wanted A Name”, FRENSHIP featuring Yoke Lore (iTunes)
“Warm Animal”, Sure Sure (iTunes)
“We Appreciate Power (BloodPop Remix)”, Grimes featuring HANA (iTunes)
“What Are We Waiting For”, VAX featuring Ellise (iTunes)
“Who’s Gonna Love You (New Version)”, Wanderer (iTunes)
“You & Me”, James TW (iTunes)
“Young”, Parachute (iTunes)

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 15, 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: we feel the burn at the top, as several impacting records burst into the top ten with big totals. Let’s add ’em up:

“FIRE” UP THE ADDS: It was a competitive week for two collaborations on the Top 40 adds report, as both accumulated bigger numbers this Tuesday, but by the end of the session, “Lost In The Fire” from Gesaffelstein & The Weekend paced just ahead of “Dancing With A Stranger” by Sam Smith & Normani, with final totals of 118 and 98 stations, respectively. Both of these singles will land well into the top 40 by the published update on Sunday, with “Lost” having the early edge for the higher of the debuts. It’s also possible that both titles could appear in the top five on the adds report again next week, though that’ll depend on the results of several new impacting songs. (See below for more information.)

LIVVIA‘s “Damn” also managed to break into the top five on the new report, securing 23 stations and a fifth place finish. With the Cumulus block add it recently earned, the tune is quickly rising through the top 50 and could easily eclipse the peak of the Quavo-assisted “Catch A Body”, which reached #37 last May.

Next week, look out for three impacting tracks from Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man (ranked at #8 this week), George Ezra and NF to sport some major action on the list.

1. GESAFFELSTEIN & THE WEEKND, “Lost In The Fire” (Columbia)
2. SAM SMITH & NORMANI, “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol-RCA)
3. POST MALONE, “Wow.” (Republic)
4. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Sue Me” (Hollywood)
5. LIVVIA, “Damn” (12Tone)
6. AVA MAX, “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)
7-T. CALVIN HARRIS & RAG’N’BONE MAN, “Giant” (Columbia)
7-T. LAUREN DAIGLE, “You Say” (Centricity/12Tone/Warner Bros.)
9. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life” (TEN/Epic)
10. LOUD LUXURY featuring BRANDO, “Body” (Armada/in2une)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (January 14-15, 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:

GESAFFELSTEIN x THE WEEKND – “Lost In The Fire” (Columbia)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Already off to a fiery top 50 launch at the format, this sales and streaming hit is Gesaffelstein’s first chart single.

LAUREN DAIGLE – “You Say” (Centricity/12 Tone/Warner Bros.)
Album: Look Up Child (2018)
Past T40 History: This track recently became Christian star Daigle’s first top 40 entry here and a top ten hit on the Hot AC survey.

LIVVIA – “Damn” (12 Tone) (original impact: October 30, 2018)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Prior to her current release, this singer’s Quavo-assisted cut “Catch A Body” peaked at #37 for a week last May.

SAM SMITH & NORMANI – “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol-RCA)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Currently sitting at #2 on iTunes, expect the first duet between these two artists to dance away with larger adds.

Next week: George Ezra‘s international smash “Shotgun” rides along with NF‘s “If You Want Love” towards some notable adds.

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 13, 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. Panic strikes the top 40 once again, but that calming chart air is keeping the format free of any unnecessary stress. Let’s see what’s popping this Sunday:

YOUR DISCO NEEDS YOU: With solid chart hits from Ariana Grande and Halsey still too far behind, “High Hopes” grabs its sixth consecutive week atop the Alternative, Hot AC and Top 40 charts simultaneously for Panic! At The Disco. The massive track and its extended stay power are certainly to be admired. 2019 is sure to be another big year for the act, who should be able to score a second big crossover hit from the album Pray For The Wicked.

Post Malone‘s “Wow.” leads a pack of three top 40 entries this week, soaring from 47-28 to become his ninth top 40 song here. It’s also approaching the top 20 at the Rhythmic format, while recently entering the top 50 at Urban radio. Further down, at #39, singer Lauren Daigle earns her first top 40 single with “You Say”, a huge hit in the Christian music world that’s now successfully crossing to several other formats. Lastly, at #40, former Big Time Rush member Logan Henderson achieves his second top 40 entry as a solo artist with “Pull Me Deep”. The group had three songs enter the region between 2011 and 2012, never going higher than #26.

“Lost In The Fire” leads another pack of three top 50 entries on the current chart, debuting at #45 for newcomer Gesaffelstein and superstar The Weeknd. The men previously worked together on two cuts for the latter’s My Dear Melancholy, EP, which landed at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart last year. One notch lower, Sabrina Carpenter is aiming for her first top 20 entry with “Sue Me”. Its start at #46 follows “Almost Love”, the prior single from her Singular (Act I) EP, which peaked at #21 last fall. The third new tune in this region of the list is one of the notable viral rap songs that’s been all over the Rhythmic and Urban charts lately. Debuting at #50, it’s “Mo Bamba” by Sheck Wes, his first chart hit. (Don’t expect this track to stick around much longer, as it’s starting to collapse at the other two formats.)

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Two

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 – “I Remember” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Sixth appearance

Just weeks away from the highly-anticipated album Betty, due February 15, Who scores her latest appearance on the Rewind with a memorable pop song that will definitely get you moving. It’s just two weeks into the year, but this single is setting the bar very high.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BRASSTRACKS featuring R.LUM.R – “I’m Alright”
CUB SPORT – “Party Pill”
MATHES featuring CAROLINE KOLE – “Backbone”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 13, 2019

Chances are that it’s doing well…

40. Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant
36. Westlife – Hello My Love
35. Walk The Moon – Timebomb | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Jon Bellion – Stupid Deep (38)
28. Stephen Puth – Sexual Vibe (36)
25. Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
16. Greg Holden – Something Beautiful (21)

10. Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (07) | PEAK: #01 for one week
08. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (06) | PEAK: #05
06. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Maggie Rogers – Light On (03) | PEAK: #03
04. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (02) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
01. Backstreet Boys – Chances (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. American Authors featuring Bear Rinehart – Neighborhood (2)
2. half•alive – Still Feel (7)
3. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (1)
4. Alice Merton – Funny Business (6)
5. Kian – Waiting (4)
6. Jess Glynne – Thursday (3)
7. Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (5)
8. We Three – Heaven’s Not Too Far (9)
9. Dan + Shay – Speechless (-)
10. Jimmie Allen – Best Shot (10)

In The Mix:
David Gray – A Tight Ship
Drax Project – Woke Up Late
Haley Reinhart – Don’t Know How To Love You
Mat Kerekes – Ruby
Sasha Sloan – Older

Chart Notes:

  • After spending three weeks at #1 last year with their single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, the Backstreet Boys return to the top with “Chances”, leaping from 4-1. This is the first time the band has achieved back-to-back chart-toppers on my list since 2001. Both “Don’t” and “Chances” can be found on the group’s forthcoming album DNA, out in just under two weeks. The Biggest Mover this week rises up twelve spots from 37-25, and that belongs to “Bad Liar” by Imagine Dragons. Look for the track to earn some solid airplay by the end of January, when it impacts at the Triple A and Alternative formats. This week’s Highest Debut belongs to an act that’s searching for their fifth #1 title on my chart, Walk The Moon. “Timebomb” is new at #35. One notch lower, with their first chart entry since the fall of 2002, Westlife climbs aboard at #36 with their comeback hit “Hello My Love”. It’s already topped the iTunes lists in the United Kingdom and Ireland. One last debut, new at #40, pairs Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man for their first collaboration together. “Giant” will be looking for some giant Top 40 radio success when it impacts on January 22.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 16, 2011

Flooding the charts with 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 eight years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of January 16, 2011…

40. MIRANDA COSGROVE, “Dancing Crazy”
36. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Hold It Against Me”

Biggest Mover(s):
AVRIL LAVIGNE, “What The Hell” (36-32)
SARA BAREILLES, “Uncharted” (33-29, four spots)
(see #8 below)

10. ANDY GRAMMER, “Keep Your Head Up” (up 1)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #2 for eight weeks

09. THE SCRIPT, “For The First Time” (down 4)
Album: Science & Faith (2011, Epic Records)
Peak: #3

08. TAKE THAT, “The Flood” (up 4)
Album: Progress (2010, Polydor Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

07. TRAIN, “Marry Me” (up 3)
Album: Save Me, San Francisco (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

06. JAMES BLUNT, “Stay The Night” (down 3)
Album: Some Kind Of Trouble (2011, Custard/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

05. LEE DEWYZE, “Sweet Serendipity” (up 1)
Album: Live It Up (2010, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. ADELE, “Rolling In The Deep” (up 3)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

03. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Hello World” (up 1)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Records Nashville)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

02. P!NK, “Raise Your Glass” (steady, sixth week)
Album: Greatest Hits… So Far!!! (2010, LaFace/Jive Records)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

01. KATY PERRY, “Firework” (steady, third week)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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