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

Rap or go to the top.

Happy birthday to PGTC owner Adam! Who’s coming out with new music for his big day? Well, quite a few performers! These are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

2 CHAINZ – Rap Or Go To The League (iTunes)
Features: collaborations with Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Travis Scott and more

Notable albums out this week: Bryan Adams‘s Shine A Light (iTunes), Citizen Cope‘s Heroin And Helicopters (iTunes), DaBaby‘s Baby On Baby (iTunes), Doja Cat‘s Amala (Deluxe) (iTunes), Hozier‘s Wasteland, Baby! (iTunes), LÉON‘s LÉON (iTunes), Lil Skies‘s Shelby (iTunes), Mansionair‘s Shadowboxer (iTunes), Queensrÿche‘s The Verdict (iTunes), Solange‘s When I Get Home (iTunes), T-Pain‘s 1UP (iTunes), Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers‘s The Best Of Everything – The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection, 1976-2016 (iTunes), Tom Walker‘s What A Time To Be Alive (iTunes), Weezer‘s Weezer (Black Album) (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week:
“Good Time (Remixes)”, Ocean Park Standoff (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Freya Ridings‘s You Mean The World To Me (iTunes), XYLØ‘s Pretty Sad (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“4 Phones”, Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“A Big World”, Joel Adams (iTunes)
“All My Friends”, AJ Mitchell (iTunes)
“Apology” and “Mad Eye”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“Baby Please Don’t Stop”, Emma Bunton (iTunes)
“Backwards”, Alexander Stewart (iTunes)
“Bad Vibes”, K.Flay (iTunes)
“Blast Off”, Gesaffelstein featuring Pharrell Williams (iTunes)
“Dead Ringer”, Des Rocs (iTunes)
“Edge Of A Riot”, Secondhand Serenade (iTunes)
“Feel Nothing”, ASTN (iTunes)
“Find Someone”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Flux”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
“Friends”, Ayo & Teo featuring B Smyth (iTunes)
“Giant (Audien Remix)”, Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Girls Need Love”, Summer Walker x Drake (iTunes)
“Got It In You (Acoustic)”, BANNERS (iTunes)
“Grow As We Go”, Ben Platt (iTunes)
“Grip (Alternate)”, Seeb x Bastille (iTunes)
“Had It All”, Parachute (iTunes)
“Half Gone”, Stephen Puth (iTunes)
“Hear Me Calling”, Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Heartshaker”, Tom Speight (iTunes)
“HIGH1X”, blackbear (iTunes)
“HP”, Maluma (iTunes)
“I Can’t Get Enough”, Benny Blanco, J Balvin, Selena Gomez & Tainy (iTunes)
“I’m So Tired… (MNEK Remix)”, Lauv & Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“In The Garden”, BRUNS (iTunes)
“It’s Not U It’s Me”, Bea Miller featuring 6LACK (iTunes)
“Johnny Run Away”, Tones And I (iTunes)
“La La Land”, Bryce Vine featuring YG (iTunes)
“Little Things”, Maddie Poppe (iTunes)
“Look What God Gave Her”, Thomas Rhett (iTunes)
“Mess”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Never Going Back”, Hoodie Allen (iTunes)
“New Girlfriend”, Gia Woods (iTunes)
“No Drug Like Me” and “Now That I Found You”, Carly Rae Jepsen (iTunes)
“Nobody”, Martin Jensen & James Arthur (iTunes)
“Not Your Princess”, Theia (iTunes)
“Not Yours Never Was”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Only Want You”, Rita Ora featuring 6LACK (iTunes)
“Prom Night”, Catie Turner (iTunes)
“Remind You”, FRENSHIP (iTunes)
“Sad Songs”, Kwassa (iTunes)
“Shadows”, Alphabeat (iTunes)
“Sight Of You”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Somebody Like Me”, State Of Sound featuring ORKID (iTunes)
“Start From Here”, Justin Klump (iTunes)
“STFU”, Julie Bergan (iTunes)
“Still On My Mind”, Dido (iTunes)
“Sucker”, Jonas Brothers (iTunes)
“Superstar”, MARINA (iTunes)
“Take Care”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
“Tell Your Friends”, The Him featuring Loote (iTunes)
“The Pressure”, The Cranberries (iTunes)
“Too Cool”, Emily Burns (iTunes)
“Young”, Oli Fox (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from Dido, Maren Morris, Sigrid 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 26, 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: Billie Eilish starts a brand new “Party” on the Top 40 airwaves, with the results of a split week at the format playing out all over the top ten. Let’s add ’em up:

BILLIE, DO BE A HERO: With four particularly strong releases impacting at the format this Tuesday, the panel was all over the place by the end of the day. Taking over the top spot, Eilish’s “When The Party’s Over” led the pop party with 42 stations during its biggest session to date. The performer’s “Bury A Friend” also leads the adds report at the Alternative format for the third week in a row, where the song is now approaching the top 20. Just behind her in second place, the cut “What A Time” pairs Julia Michaels with Niall Horan, both enjoying their time on the list with 37 stations today. The single can be found on Michaels’s new EP Inner Monologue, Pt. 1, which also features a collaboration with Selena Gomez. Michaels also sings on the latest single by James Bay titled “Peer Pressure”, which led the adds report at Triple A radio (and finished in the top five at the Hot AC format) yesterday.

Additional top ten action on future hits from H.E.R. and Panic! At The Disco, earning 30 and 26 adds, respectively, could push both songs into the top 40 in the coming weeks.

With over 20 stations coming in early, P!nk‘s “Walk Me Home” should lead next week’s report with a solid total, though singles by Galantis (“Bones”) and NOTD (“So Close”) will also be in the mix and looking to take home the pop prize.

1. BILLIE EILISH, “When The Party’s Over” (Darkroom/Interscope)
2. JULIA MICHAELS featuring NIALL HORAN, “What A Time” (Republic)
3-T. CARDI B & BRUNO MARS, “Please Me” (Atlantic)
3-T. H.E.R., “Hard Place” (RCA)
5. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Who Do You Love” (Disruptor/Columbia)
6. ZEDD & KATY PERRY, “365” (Interscope-Capitol)
7. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
8-T. LIL PEEP & ILOVEMAKONNEN featuring FALL OUT BOY, “I’ve Been Waiting” (Columbia)
8-T. MABEL, “Don’t Call Me Up” (Capitol)
10. ARIANA GRANDE, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” (Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 25-26, 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 songs impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BILLIE EILISH – “When The Party’s Over” (Darkroom/Interscope)
Album: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)
Past T40 History: With a massive streaming audience supporting her work, this ballad looks to become her first top 40 entry here.

H.E.R. – “Hard Place” (RCA)
Album: I Used To Know Her: Part 2 (EP) (2018)
Past T40 History: Following a breakout performance at the Grammy Awards, this cut’s big early action should help it along nicely.

PANIC! AT THE DISCO – “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
Album: Pray For The Wicked (2018)
Past T40 History: “High Hopes” led the Top 40 survey for six weeks recently. Will the follow-up single earn “High” marks as well?

Next week: P!nk looks to color the adds report with her song “Walk Me Home”, but will other impacting releases from NOTD and Rachel Crow paint their own kind of pop success? Stay tuned.

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 24, 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. No soloists named Oscar debut on the chart this week, but there are plenty of other exciting names in the mix. Let’s see what’s popping on the radio this Sunday:

ON A ‘SIDE NOTE: As mentioned last week, Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid reach #1 on the Top 40 list with “Eastside”. At 31 weeks in the top 40, it now holds the new record for the slowest run to the top in the history of the format. The collaboration may be Blanco’s first chart-topper as an artist, but it’s his 19th #1 song as either a songwriter, producer or both. His first to do so, “Hot N Cold”, spent three weeks at #1 in November 2008 for Katy Perry. Blanco’s follow-up single, the Calvin Harris-assisted release “I Found You”, stalled out at #34 a few weeks ago. His new song “I Can’t Get Enough”, a collaboration with Selena Gomez, J Balvin and Tainy, debuts on Thursday.

Bursting into the top 40 this week, Zedd and Katy Perry‘s “365” jumps from 48-33, earning Zedd his 14th top 40 hit at the format and Perry her 25th. It’s the highest of three entries into the region, followed by Ally Brooke and Tyga‘s “Low Key”, rising from 44-38, and Alessia Cara‘s “Out Of Love”, up a single notch to #40. “Low” is Brooke’s first top 40 single as a solo artist, though she has another nine to her credit as a member of the group Fifth Harmony. The collaboration also lands Tyga his sixth appearance in the top 40 to date. Cara’s latest single from her The Pains Of Growing album is her ninth to make the top 40, four of which have hit #1.

For top 50 debuts, Bebe Rexha has a particularly strong entry at #42 with “Last Hurrah”, which should easily become her 14th top 40 single here in the next few days. Meanwhile, Panic! At The Disco checks in at #50 with “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”. Will it chart as well as their prior single, “High Hopes”, which recently held at the top for six weeks? You never know… stay hopeful.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Eight

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…


ADAM LAMBERT – “Feel Something” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

After three albums in the major label system and several charting singles across a few different radio formats, the former American Idol contestant’s new independent release ranked in the top ten on iTunes yesterday. The deeply personal song is simple but lovely.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
COTIS – “Blame”
FINNEAS – “Claudia”
SPENCER – “17”
XYLØ – “Fireworks”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 24, 2019

Not a “Bad” week at all.

37. Rob Thomas – One Less Day (Dying Young)
31. P!nk – Walk Me Home | HIGHEST DEBUT

33. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (39)
29. Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved (37)
16. Kacey Musgraves – Rainbow (26) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

10. Greg Holden – Something Beautiful (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (07) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
08. George Ezra – Hold My Girl (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Westlife – Hello My Love (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Backstreet Boys – Chances (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
05. Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant (06) | PEAK: #05
04. The Strumbellas – Salvation (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Walk The Moon – Timebomb (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Billie Eilish – When The Party’s Over (3)
2. John Mayer – I Guess I Just Feel Like (-)
3. Kian – Waiting (1)
4. Lauv & Troye Sivan – I’m So Tired… (6)
5. Betty Who – I Remember (5)
6. Rachel Crow – Up All Night (10)
7. MKTO – How Can I Forget (7)
8. Grey featuring LÉON – Want You Back (9)
9. Jeremy Zucker – Comethru (8)
10. Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Feel Something (new)
Anna Clendening – Invisible
Bebe Rexha – Last Hurrah
Bryan Adams – Shine A Light
Dennis Lloyd – Never Go Back
for KING & COUNTRY – God Only Knows
H.E.R. – Hard Place (new)
James Bay featuring Julia Michaels – Peer Pressure (new)
Jimmie Allen – Best Shot
Josh Groban with Jennifer Nettles – 99 Years
Julia Michaels featuring Niall Horan – What A Time (new)
Mat Kerekes – Ruby
Max Frost – Money Problems
NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku – So Close
Ocean Park Standoff – Good Time
Sara Bareilles – Fire
Sasha Sloan – Older
Sheppard – On My Way
Shinedown – Get Up
The Score featuring blackbear – Dreamin
X Ambassadors – Boom
Zedd & Katy Perry – 365

Chart Notes:

  • As the Las Vegas group Imagine Dragons remains at #1 for the second week with “Bad Liar” and Kacey Musgraves climbs from 26-16 with “Rainbow”, the week’s Biggest Mover, two top 40 veterans with multiple chart-toppers enter the list with their new hits. In at #31, P!nk has the higher of the two debuts with “Walk Me Home”, which isn’t a hot remake of the 2000 chart entry performed by Mandy Moore. This “Walk” is the lead single from her forthcoming album Hurts 2B Human, due in April. Look out for its splashy debut in the top 25 on the Hot AC survey. A tune that just missed the top 40 on that list this week, but is likely to enter soon, comes in at #37 on my own list: “One Less Day (Dying Young)” from Rob Thomas. His forthcoming album Chip Tooth Smile is also due in April. Thomas has the distinction of reaching the summit as both a solo artist and with the band Matchbox Twenty, but he’s had more #1 hits on my chart outside of the act. Will either of these entries bloom at the top this spring? We’ll find out soon.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 20, 2005

Another killer top ten.

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 14 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of February 20, 2005…

39. VANESSA WILLIAMS, “You Are Everything”
38. ASLYN, “Be The Girl”

Biggest Mover(s):
DANIEL BEDINGFIELD, “Wrap My Words Around You” (28-15, thirteen spots)

10. 3 DOORS DOWN, “Let Me Go” (down 2)
Album: Seventeen Days (2005, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

09. JACK JOHNSON, “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” (up 5)
Album: In Between Dreams (2005, Brushfire/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

08. GWEN STEFANI featuring EVE, “Rich Girl” (down 3)
Album: Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (2004, Interscope Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

07. THE KILLERS, “Mr. Brightside” (up 2)
Album: Hot Fuss (2004, Island Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

06. DARREN HAYES, “Darkness” (down 4)
Album: The Tension And The Spark (2004, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

05. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Home” (up 1)
Album: It’s Time (2005, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

04. DURAN DURAN, “What Happens Tomorrow” (up 3)
Album: Astronaut (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

03. CARBON LEAF, “Life Less Ordinary” (steady, third week)
Album: Indian Summer (2004, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #2

02. LOW MILLIONS, “Eleanor” (up 2)
Album: Ex-Girlfriends (2004, EMI/Manhattan Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. ROB THOMAS, “Lonely No More” (steady, third week)
Album: …Something To Be (2005, Melisma/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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