Monthly Archives: February 2019

RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Seven

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 – “The One” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Seventh appearance

One of the album highlights from this past Friday’s pack of releases is the latest set from this pop performer, a dazzling project with so many catchy tunes. Several of them, including “I Remember” from a few weeks ago, are on here. This retro track is also fantastic.

CXLOE – “I Can’t Have Nice Things” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance

Australian-based pop is having a great 2019 so far and it’s so good have CXLOE in the mix to continue that trend. Of course, her cut titled “Show You”, which was included on the Rewind last August, got a lot of love from Spotify. Her newest release is pretty catchy.

FELIX CARTAL & LIGHTS – “Love Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance (Lights records for Warner Bros. Records)

For the CanCon lover in all of us, check out this super collaboration that’s sure to do well up north and in the EDM chart world. Out just in time for Valentine’s Day on the 14th, it’s another great addition to the catalogs of both soloists. Get ready to move it all night.

XYLØ – “Nothing Left To Say” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

After a run of quality bops on the Disruptor label, a part of the Sony family, Paige Duddy’s solo project (formerly a duo with brother Chase) continues on with a new independent song and a forthcoming EP in just under two weeks. It’s a good preview of the project.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
AARON TAOS – “Communication”
ANNALIA – “Hold My Breath”
BRIGETTA – “Sad Songs”
CRUISR – “Opening Up”
CUBBI – “Rippling”
EDEN XO – “Have It All”
ELLI MOORE – “Gateway”
EMILY VAUGHN – “Dead 2 Me”
FRANKIE – “Wrong Time”
HANNAH JANE LEWIS – “Last Night Every Night”
JACKSON NANCE – “Call It Love”
LPX – “Give Up The Ghost”
MINKE – “Something Beautiful”
SAM SETTON – “Hurts So Much”
STELLIE – “Let’s Forget We Were In Love”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 17, 2019

Imagine that! A new chart-topper.

39. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me
37. Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved | HIGHEST DEBUT

26. Kacey Musgraves – Rainbow (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Backstreet Boys – No Place (31)
20. Panic! At The Disco – Hey Look Ma, I Made It (27)
17. Dean Lewis – 7 Minutes (22)
15. Dua Lipa – Swan Song (21)
11. Westlife – Hello My Love (16)

10. Maggie Rogers – Light On (08) | PEAK: #03
09. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (06) | PEAK: #03
08. George Ezra – Hold My Girl (11) | PEAK: #08
07. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
06. Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant (09) | PEAK: #06
05. Backstreet Boys – Chances (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. The Strumbellas – Salvation (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Walk The Moon – Timebomb (07) | PEAK: #03
02. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Kian – Waiting (1)
2. half•alive – Still Feel (2)
3. Billie Eilish – When The Party’s Over (4)
4. Dan + Shay – Speechless (3)
5. Betty Who – I Remember (6)
6. Lauv & Troye Sivan – I’m So Tired… (10)
7. MKTO – How Can I Forget (5)
8. Jeremy Zucker – Comethru (8)
9. Grey featuring LÉON – Want You Back (-)
10. Rachel Crow – Up All Night (-)

In The Mix:
Anna Clendening – Invisible (new)
Bebe Rexha – Last Hurrah (new)
Bryan Adams – Shine A Light
Dennis Lloyd – Never Go Back (new)
for KING & COUNTRY – God Only Knows
James TW – You & Me
Jimmie Allen – Best Shot
Josh Groban with Jennifer Nettles – 99 Years
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up (new)
Mat Kerekes – Ruby
Max Frost – Money Problems
NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku – So Close (new)
Ocean Park Standoff – Good Time (new)
Sara Bareilles – Fire (new)
Sasha Sloan – Older
Sheppard – On My Way
Shinedown – Get Up
The Score featuring blackbear – Dreamin
X Ambassadors – Boom
Zedd & Katy Perry – 365 (new)

Chart Notes:

  • After years of making my personal chart and not reaching the top spot, the Las Vegas band Imagine Dragons finally captures my #1 song of the week with “Bad Liar”. It’s the second radio single from the album Origins. Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves rises from 36-26 with the Biggest Mover on this week’s list, “Rainbow”. It’s a tune from Golden Hour, winner for Album Of The Year. The two debuts in the countdown both impact at the Hot AC format by the end of the month: Lewis Capaldi‘s “Someone You Loved”, already a hit across Europe, starts at #37, while Dermot Kennedy‘s “Power Over Me”, currently in the top ten at Triple A radio here in the States, bows at #39. It’s the first entry for both male singers.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 14, 2010

“You” know I enjoyed these songs…

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 nine years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of February 14, 2010…

40. ZAC BROWN BAND, “Highway 20 Ride”
39. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Today Was A Fairytale”
38. ANGEL TAYLOR, “Like You Do”

Biggest Mover(s):
(see below, #10)

10. BARENAKED LADIES, “You Run Away” (up ten)
Album: All In Good Time (2010, Raisin’/EMI Records)
Peak: #5

09. BOYS LIKE GIRLS featuring TAYLOR SWIFT, “Two Is Better Than One” (up 6)
Album: Love Drunk (2009, Red Ink/Columbia Records)
Peak: #9

08. JOHN MAYER, “Heartbreak Warfare” (up 1)
Album: Battle Studies (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

07. THE FRAY, “Syndicate” (steady, second week)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. ADAM LAMBERT, “Whataya Want From Me” (steady, second week)
Album: For Your Entertainment (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

05. DAUGHTRY, “Life After You” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for six weeks

04. ORIANTHI, “According To You” (steady, third week)
Album: Believe (2009, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

03. LIFEHOUSE, “Halfway Gone” (steady, third week)
Album: Smoke And Mirrors (2010, Geffen Records)
Peak: #3 for eight weeks

02. THE SCRIPT, “Breakeven” (steady, fifth week)
Album: The Script (2008, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #1 for eleven weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback 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 February 15, 2019

Oh “Say”, can you chart?

Can’t say it’s an uneventful week for fresh releases with all these titles in the mix! Here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market as Valentine’s Day concludes:

AVRIL LAVIGNE – Head Above Water (iTunes)
Features: the title track, a recent top 30 entry on the Hot AC chart, as well as the Nicki Minaj-assisted single “Dumb Blonde”

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – Can’t Say I Ain’t Country (iTunes)
Features: “Simple”, a #1 song last fall on the Country chart, and “Talk You Out Of It”, currently in the top 30 at the format

Notable albums out this week: Betty Who‘s Betty (iTunes), Elvis Presley‘s The Best Of The ’68 Comeback Special (iTunes), Hayes Carll‘s What It Is (iTunes), India.Arie‘s Worthy (iTunes), Jukebox The Ghost‘s Off To The Races (Deluxe) (iTunes), Manila Luzon‘s Rules! (iTunes), ONE OK ROCK‘s Eye Of The Storm (iTunes), Picture This‘s MDRN LV (iTunes), Quinn XCII‘s From Michigan With Love (iTunes), Robbie Williams‘s Under The Radar (Vol. 3) (iTunes), Ryan Bingham‘s American Love Song (iTunes), SWMRS‘s Berkeley’s On Fire (iTunes), Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s Signs (iTunes), Trisha Yearwood‘s Let’s Be Frank (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: 1K Phew‘s What’s Understood (iTunes), Chaka Khan‘s Hello Happiness (iTunes), FRANKIE‘s STA7GES (iTunes), Joey Graceffa‘s Kingdom (iTunes), Kid Buu‘s Blind For Love 2 (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1 Sided Love”, Blackbear (iTunes)
“11 Minutes”, YUNGBLUD & Halsey featuring Travis Barker (iTunes)
“365”, Zedd & Katy Perry (iTunes)
“Adore You”, Jessie Ware (iTunes)
“Anyone Out There”, Iselin (iTunes)
“Beggar’s Song”, Matt Maeson (iTunes)
“Blue”, SG Lewis (iTunes)
“Butterfly”, Kehlani (iTunes)
“Cold In L.A.”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“Communication”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Cuz I Love You”, Lizzo (iTunes)
“Dance Tonight”, Jon Langston (iTunes)
“Dancing With A Stranger (Acoustic)”, Sam Smith & Normani (iTunes)
“Don’t Call Me Up (R3HAB Remix)”, Mabel (iTunes)
“Don’t Count Me Out”, Flawes (iTunes)
“Don’t Feel Like Crying (MK Remix)”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Dead 2 Me”, Emily Vaughn (iTunes)
“Dinner & Diatribes”, Hozier (iTunes)
“Don’t Give Up On Me”, Andy Grammer (iTunes)
“Fever”, Wanderer & Justin Reece (iTunes)
“Fire”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Fluctuate”, Catfish And The Bottlemen (iTunes)
“Get Well”, Donna Missal (iTunes)
“Giant (Robin Schulz Remix)”, Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Give Up The Ghost”, LPX (iTunes)
“Greatest Love”, Ciara (iTunes)
“Hard Pass”, Tritonal with Ryann (iTunes)
“Hell Or High Water”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“High Love”, Badflite featuring Kyle Reynolds (iTunes)
“Hold My Breath”, ANNALIA (iTunes)
“Hurts So Much”, Sam Setton (iTunes)
“I Can’t Have Nice Things”, CXLOE (iTunes)
“I Don’t Even Know You Anymore”, Netsky featuring Bazzi & Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“I Heart You”, Baby Ariel (iTunes)
“Ice Me Out (Remix)”, Kash Doll featuring 2 Chainz (iTunes)
“IKYMM”, Love, Abbey (iTunes)
“Last Hurrah”, Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
“Last Night Every Night”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Let Me See”, Juicy J featuring Kevin Gates & Lil Skies (iTunes)
“Let’s Forget We Were In Love”, Stellie (iTunes)
“Lonely For You”, Armin Van Buuren featuring Bonnie McKee (iTunes)
“Love”, Simon Curtis (iTunes)
“Love Me”, Felix Cartal & Lights (iTunes)
“Love Me Anyway”, Conrad Sewell (iTunes)
“Lovely”, Fly By Midnight (iTunes)
“Loyal”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
“Moral Of The Story”, Ashe (iTunes)
“Move On (Dwilly Remix)”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Never Go Back”, Dennis Lloyd (iTunes)
“Never Too Scared”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“New Habit”, DUSK featuring Call Me Loop (iTunes)
“New House”, Rex Orange County (iTunes)
“No Matter Where You Are”, Adam Friedman (iTunes)
“Nothing Left To Say”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Obvious”, SUMif (iTunes)
“On The Luna”, Foals (iTunes)
“One In A Million”, Otto Knows (iTunes)
“Opening Up”, Cruisr (iTunes)
“Paradise (Acoustic)”, RAY BLK (iTunes)
“Patient”, Monica Martin (iTunes)
“Please Me”, Cardi B x Bruno Mars (iTunes)
“Preach”, John Legend (iTunes)
“Pretend”, CNCO (iTunes)
“Raise A Man”, Alicia Keys (iTunes)
“Ring The Alarm”, Nicky Romero & David Guetta (iTunes)
“Rippling”, Cubbi (iTunes)
“Robbery”, Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Sad Songs”, Brigetta (iTunes)
“Say So”, PJ Morton x JoJo (iTunes)
“Say Something”, Lucas & Steve (iTunes)
“Selfish”, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike featuring Era Istrefi (iTunes)
“Sleep”, Johnny Orlando (iTunes)
“Someone You Loved (Madism Remix)”, Lewis Capaldi (iTunes)
“Something Better”, Minke (iTunes)
“Sticky”, John The Blind (iTunes)
“Stay Young”, Maisie Peters (iTunes)
“Summer”, ALMA (iTunes)
“That’s How Strong Our Love Is”, Bryan Adams featuring Jennifer Lopez (iTunes)
“The Answer”, Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
“The Promise”, Superfruit (iTunes)
“The Sound Of Silence”, Pentatonix (iTunes)
“Think About You”, Kygo featuring Valerie Broussard (iTunes)
“Tudo Bom”, Static & Ben El and J Balvin (iTunes)
“Valentino”, Years & Years and MNEK (iTunes)
“We Could Leave”, Mansionair (iTunes)
“Wild Heart”, SoMo (iTunes)
“You”, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine (iTunes)
“Your Way”, Jai Wolf featuring Day Wave (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from Badflower, Kehlani 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 (February 12, 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: Ariana Grande keeps it “Up” at the format with the latest radio song off her most recent album, but she’s not the only artist with big stats this week. Let’s add ’em up:

HER BIG “BREAK”: It’s a mouthful to say, but it’s definitely a winner with the pop panel this week. Grande’s cut “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” from the chart-topping thank u, next album earns the Most Added title on this Tuesday’s report, ending the day with 85 stations on impact. The single reached the top 50 on last Sunday’s report and should be closing in on the top 30 by Sunday’s final tally. Of course, this comes as “7 rings” continues its ascent towards the top, while the title track from the album has its descent after a week at the top earlier this year. We don’t think the format will be breaking up with her anytime soon…

Meanwhile, the collaboration from The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds Of Summer, “Who Do You Love”, comes in with a very strong second place finish and 75 stations during its first week. It also reached the top 50 for last Sunday’s published chart and will enjoy a great climb into the top 40 by this coming weekend. The EDM duo remains in the top ten here with the Kelsea Ballerini-assisted “This Feeling”, while the pop/rock quartet earned their first #1 last September with “Youngblood”.

Calling on Top 40 stations next Tuesday will be Mabel‘s “Don’t Call Me Up”, which is already a big record in England and Ireland.

1. ARIANA GRANDE, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” (Republic)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Who Do You Love” (Disruptor/Columbia)
3. FLETCHER, “Undrunk” (Snapback/Capitol)
4. LIL PEEP & ILOVEMAKONNEN featuring FALL OUT BOY, “I’ve Been Waiting” (Columbia)
5-T. DUA LIPA, “Swan Song” (Warner Bros.)
5-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Bad Liar” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
7. ALLY BROOKE featuring TYGA, “Low Key” (Latium/Atlantic)
8. MKTO, “How Can I Forget” (Crooked Paintings/BMG)
9. GREY featuring LÉON, “Want You Back” (Island/Republic)
10-T. JON BELLION, “Stupid Deep” (Visionary/Capitol)
10-T. KHALID, “Talk” (Right Hand/RCA)
10-T. NF, “If You Want Love” (Caroline)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 11-12, 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 three tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ARIANA GRANDE – “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” (Republic)
Album: thank u, next (2019)
Past T40 History: As “7 rings” makes the top ten on the chart and this cut roars into the top 50, Grande’s pop hits keep on coming.

MKTO – “How Can I Forget” (Crooked Paintings/BMG)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: This duo, who hasn’t appeared on the Top 40 list since July 2015, scored a #8 entry a year earlier with “Classic”.

THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – “Who Do You Love” (Disruptor/Columbia)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Just behind “break” on iTunes, this collaboration from two acts with four #1 hits behind them will do quite well.

Next week: No releases are set to impact as of yet, but this could change. Stay tuned for updates.

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 (February 10, 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. As the Grammy Awards hit the small screen this evening, providing some great performances and equally great wins, let’s see what’s popping on the radio this Sunday:

“ME” TIMES THREE: Recent Saturday Night Live host and singer Halsey stays at #1 for a third week with “Without Me” with a small drop in spins from last week. At this time, “Without” is well ahead of competition and is poised to remain at the summit for its fourth week, but this could change around the midweek point. We’ll see what happens. Meanwhile, there’s a massive amount of new entries and big movers towards the bottom half of the survey, so let’s not waste any time and dig into those titles…

The action starts at #30 with newcomer FLETCHER‘s first top 40 tune, “Undrunk”, soaring from #45 last week. It’s the first of five tracks that are new to the region this week, which is followed by “Bad Liar” by Imagine Dragons, moving from 42-32. This is their tenth time in the top 40 at this format. Further down, George Ezra‘s “Shotgun” shoots into the top 40, moving from 41-38. The hit is his first to make the top 40 here since 2015’s “Budapest”, which reached #18 that June. One spot below that single, “Giant” moves from 44-39 for Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man in their first collaboration together. Individually, the two artists collect their 20th and second top 40 songs, respectively. Closing things out, NF scores his third top 40 entry with “If You Want Love”, up 43-40.

There are six (!) additional debuts in the top 50 this week from a range of performers and collaborations: the highest of them is “I’ve Been Waiting” from Lil Peep and iLoveMakonnen featuring Fall Out Boy at #43. The new radio single from Ariana Grande‘s thank u, next album, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored”, follows at #44. Ally Brooke scores her first solo hit with the Tyga-assisted “Low Key” at #45, while format newcomer Jeremy Zucker lands at #47 with “comethru”. “Who Do You Love” comes onto the chart at #48 for The Chainsmokers featuring 5 Seconds Of Summer, which is likely to have a solid impact week (as should Grande’s new entry) on Tuesday. Last, but certainly not least, Jake Miller‘s “Wait For You” is in at #50. Phew… that was a lot. Stay tuned for more chart craziness next week.

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