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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 31, 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. Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of April? Crazy! As we head further into the spring, here’s what’s blooming and popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

ALL FOUR “7”: Down roughly 100 spins or so from last week, Ariana Grande‘s single “7 Rings” lands a fourth week at #1 on the Top 40 chart. It should easily score a fifth week. Her follow-up hit “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” holds outside the top ten once again, though it’s up a spot to #11 and can enter the region by next week’s update.

AJ Mitchell‘s “All My Friends” leaps from 41-34 this week, earning him his second top 40 entry, as he leads a pack of four new hits in that section of the chart. Next up, “Hard Place” by format newcomer H.E.R. moves from 42-38, while “La La Land” lands at #39, giving Bryce Vine and YG their second top 40 entries. That track rises from #48 last week, where it debuted. However, there’s one artist in the mix that’s not scoring her first or second, but rather, her 29th top 40 song on the current chart. P!nk jumps from 43-40 with “Walk Me Home”, the lead single from her forthcoming release Hurts 2B Human. The tune is already climbing through the top ten at the Hot AC format.

Another three tracks reach the top 50 this week at the format, led by the viral hit “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X at #41. It also bolts into the top 40 on the Rhythmic chart. A few notches lower, “Chlorine” seeps into the pool of pop at #48 for Twenty One Pilots. It marks the second crossover song from the act’s most recent album Trench. Finally, a current top ten tune on both the Rhythmic and Urban lists also busts down into the top 50 this week: that title is “Thotiana”, the first chart entry for Blueface, which lands at #50. A remix of the single features Cardi B and the aforementioned YG, though neither performer is credited on Mediabase.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Thirteen

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…


CAPPA – “I Do” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Seventh appearance

It’s been about four months since this artist last appeared on the Rewind with her song “Sux”, and her latest track definitely doesn’t suck whatsoever. Written with Aaron Blackmar, the lighter pop tune has a pleasant melody, while still preserving a playful attitude.

JESSE SAINT JOHN – “Crying” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance

Released as a part of a two-track single with an updated version of his former Rewind pick “What Do U Like”, you might need some tissues (sold seperately) when you check this cut out for the first time. The retro-tinged electronic sound finds just the right groove.

(no video available as of 3/31)

SVRCINA – “All I Wanna Do” (iTunes)
Previously on the Rewind: Ninth appearance

From “I Do” to “All I Wanna Do”, the latest Rewind entry for this Nashville performer may not be a hot Sheryl Crow cover, but it’s a pretty catchy single in its own right. Co-written with Ben Eggebrecht and Michael McEachern, it’s another super add to her catalog.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
CUBBI – “Buzzkill”
DANIELLA MASON – “Deepest Of Wells”
EBEN – “Nights Like This”
GABRIELLE APLIN – “Nothing Really Matters”
JOEL ADAMS – “Coffee”
LAUREN AQUILINA – “Tobacco In My Sheets”
RENCE – “Ways To Go”
THE DRIVER ERA – “Feel You Now”
THE WLDLFE – “The Other Side”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 31, 2019

Following the “Rainbow”.

38. Westlife – Better Man
36. Kelly Clarkson – Broken & Beautiful | HIGHEST DEBUT

34. Lady Gaga – Always Remember Us This Way (39)
29. Noah Kahan – Mess (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Maggie Rogers – Burning (31)
24. Lauv & Troye Sivan – I’m So Tired… (30)

10. Dua Lipa – Swan Song (08) | PEAK: #08
09. P!nk – Walk Me Home (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Dean Lewis – 7 Minutes (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Walk The Moon – Timebomb (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. The Cranberries – All Over Now (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. Panic! At The Disco – Hey Look Ma, I Made It (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Westlife – Hello My Love (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Kacey Musgraves – Rainbow (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Rachel Crow – Up All Night (1)
2. Ocean Park Standoff – Good Time (2)
3. Galantis featuring OneRepublic – Bones (3)
4. AJ Mitchell – All My Friends (6)
5. Freya Ridings – You Mean The World To Me (5)
6. Sara Bareilles – Fire (7)
7. Ava Max – So Am I (9)
8. Fitz & The Tantrums – 123456 (-)
9. The Cranberries – Wake Me When It’s Over (-)
10. BANNERS – Got It In You (-)

In The Mix:
A R I Z O N A – Find Someone
Bülow – Sweet Little Lies
Dennis Lloyd – Never Go Back
for KING & COUNTRY – God Only Knows
James Morrison featuring Joss Stone – My Love Goes On (new)
Jimmie Allen – Best Shot
Josh Groban with Jennifer Nettles – 99 Years
Lennon Stella – Bitch (Takes One To Know One)
Maddie Poppe – Made You Miss (new)
Nina Nesbitt – The Best You Had
NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku – So Close
O.A.R. – Knocking At Your Door (new)
The Head And The Heart – Missed Connection
The Score featuring blackbear – Dreamin
The Strumbellas – I’ll Wait (new)
Thomas Rhett – Look What God Gave Her
Zara Larsson – Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Kacey Musgraves holds steady at #1 for the third week with “Rainbow”, but she’s facing some competition from Westlife‘s huge comeback: in addition to debuting at #38 with “Better Man”, they’re up from 4-2 with “Hello My Love”, their highest-charting entry on my list to date. On the move from 36-29, Noah Kahan takes the Biggest Mover title with “Mess”, his fourth top 40 single since 2017. Finally, this week’s Highest Debut, starting at #36, is a new soundtrack tune from the kelegendary artist herself, Kelly Clarkson. “Broken & Beautiful” is featured on the set from the animated movie UglyDolls, opening in May. Clarkson also voices one of the lead characters named Moxy. It’s the performer’s first soundtrack hit on my personal chart since 2004, when “Breakaway” (from The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement) peaked at #3.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 29, 2015

Overloading on pop bops.

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 four years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of March 29, 2015…

40. PARACHUTE, “Crave”
39. EDEN XO, “The Weekend”
37. MATT WOODS, “In The Dark”

Biggest Mover(s):
MARTIN LUKE BROWN, “Take Out Of Me” (39-30, nine spots)

10. THE SCRIPT, “Man On A Wire” (up 3)
Album: No Sound Without Silence (2014, Columbia Records)
Peak: #5

09. SCOTT HELMAN, “Bungalow” (up 1)
Album: Augusta (EP) (2014, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

08. NATE RUESS, “Nothing Without Love” (up 4)
Album: Grand Romantic (2015, Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

07. TORI KELLY, “Nobody Love” (up 2)
Album: Unbreakable Smile (2016, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. MAROON 5, “Sugar” (down 3)
Album: V (2015, 222/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

05. LIFE OF DILLON, “Overload” (up 1)
Album: Prologue (EP) (2015, Disruptor/Epic Records)
Peak: #2

04. SAINT MOTEL, “My Type” (up 1)
Album: My Type (EP) (2014, Elektra Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Style” (down 2)
Album: 1989 (2014, Big Machine/Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. YEARS & YEARS, “King” (up 1)
Album: Communion (2015, Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. ELLIE GOULDING, “Love Me Like You Do” (steady, third week)
Album: Fifty Shades Of Grey (Soundtrack) (2015, CT/Republic-Interscope 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 March 29, 2019

Billie, do be a hero.

A performer you should see in a crown will be crowned by the charts next week, but there are plenty of other options for fans this week, including several big country sets and notable rock titles. Check out these releases hitting the market on Friday:

BILLIE EILISH – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (iTunes)
Features: “Bury A Friend” and “You Should See Me In A Crown”, which entered the top ten at Alternative radio, with “When The Party’s Over” currently in the top 30 at Top 40 radio

GEORGE STRAIT – Honky Tonk Time Machine (iTunes)
Features: “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar'”, currently in the top 20 at Country radio

JAKE OWEN – Greetings From… Jake (iTunes)
Features: “Down To The Honkytonk'”, currently in the top five at Country radio, and “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)”, spending a week at #1 last July

Notable albums out this week: Ben Platt‘s Sing To Me Instead (iTunes), Dylan Joel‘s You Were Made To Blossom (iTunes), Eli Young Band‘s This Is Eli Young Band: Greatest Hits (iTunes), Greg Holden‘s World War Me (iTunes), Jamie Lawson‘s The Years In Between (iTunes), LION BABE‘s Cosmic Wind (iTunes), LOCASH‘s Brothers (iTunes), Logic‘s Supermarket (Soundtrack) (iTunes), Melii‘s phAses (iTunes), O.A.R.‘s The Mighty (iTunes), The Maine‘s You Are OK (iTunes), The Strumbellas‘s Rattlesnake (iTunes), Yelawolf‘s Trunk Muzik 3 (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Jake Miller‘s Based On A True Story (iTunes), Saweetie‘s ICY (iTunes), Simple Creatures‘s Strange Love (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“All I Wanna Do”, SVRCINA (iTunes)
“All Day And Night”, Jax Jones with Martin Solveig & Madison Beer (iTunes)
“All You Need To Know”, Gryffin & Slander featuring Calle Lehmann (iTunes)
“Amelie”, The Faim (iTunes)
“Another Lover”, Leland (iTunes)
“Bad Habits”, anders (iTunes)
“Better Man”, Westlife (iTunes)
“Big Picture”, James TW (iTunes)
“Bloody Nose”, Lil Xan (iTunes)
“Born Without A Heart”, Faouzia (iTunes)
“Broken And Beautiful”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“Bubble Up” / “Hold You Tight”, Diplo (iTunes)
“Buzzkill” and “White Lies, Like Flies”, Cubbi (iTunes)
“Change Your Mind”, Dillon Francis featuring Lovelytheband (iTunes)
“Coffee”, Joel Adams (iTunes)
“Con Altura”, ROSALÍA & J Balvin featuring El Guincho (iTunes)
“Crying” / “What Do U Like (Ojivolta Remix)”, Jesse Saint John (iTunes)
“Dangerous Game”, UNSECRET featuring Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Deepest Of Wells”, Daniella Mason (iTunes)
“Deja Vu”, Brit Daniels (iTunes)
“Don’t Worry Bout Me”, Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“Downhill Lullaby”, Sky Ferreira (iTunes)
“End Like This”, Rhys Lewis (iTunes)
“Feel You Now”, The Driver Era (iTunes)
“Final Destination”, Simon Samaeng (iTunes)
“Friends”, Flume featuring Reo Cragun (iTunes)
“God’s Country”, Blake Shelton (iTunes)
“Got It In You”, BANNERS (iTunes)
“Hailey”, James Smith (iTunes)
“Hate My Guts”, Blackbear (iTunes)
“Her”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“Here We Go Again”, Sigma featuring Louisa (iTunes)
“Hustle”, P!nk (iTunes)
“I Could Get Used To This”, Becky Hill & Weiss (iTunes)
“I Do”, CAPPA (iTunes)
“I Love It”, Rob Thomas (iTunes)
“Just Friends”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Kills You Slowly”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)
“Lights On”, Izzy Bizu (iTunes)
“Look Back At It”, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie featuring Park Woo Jin (iTunes)
“Lost In The Middle Of Nowhere (Remix)”, Kane Brown featuring Becky G (iTunes)
“Mr. Lonely”, Midland (iTunes)
“Moneydontfixlonely”, Sophia Messa (iTunes)
“Movies At Night”, James Droll (iTunes)
“Never Say Never”, Draper featuring Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Night Running”, Cage The Elephant featuring Beck (iTunes)
“Nights Like This”, EBEN (iTunes)
“No Friends”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Nothing Really Matters”, Gabrielle Aplin (iTunes)
“One Day”, Sam Feldt & Yves X featuring ROZES (iTunes)
“Only When It Rains”, Frank Walker x Astrid S (iTunes)
“Poison The Well”, Modest Mouse (iTunes)
“Pretty Shining People (HONNE Remix)”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“Pushing All My Friends Away”, Quinn Lewis (iTunes)
“Red Lights”, JXN featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (iTunes)
“Scatterbrain”, Kulick (iTunes)
“Self” and “Talk (Disclosure VIP Remix), Khalid (iTunes)
“Seventy Lies”, I Know Leopard (iTunes)
“Sex In The Morning”, Lena featuring Ramz (iTunes)
“Sometimes”, DallasK & Nicky Romero featuring XYLØ (iTunes)
“The Other Side”, The WLDLFE (iTunes)
“Think Of Me”, The Veronicas (iTunes)
“Thinkin’ ‘Bout You”, Ciara (iTunes)
“Thorns”, Faustix (iTunes)
“Unstatus Quo”, Duckwrth (iTunes)
“Walk Away”, Alle Farben featuring James Blunt (iTunes)
“Ways To Go”, Rence (iTunes)
“What Sucks About Love”, Chris Burton featuring Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“Win You Over”, Whethan & Bearson featuring Soak (iTunes)
“You”, Shaggy featuring Alexander Stewart (iTunes)
“Young (Acoustic)”, Oli Fox (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums and EPs from Khalid, Sara Bareilles and 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 (March 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: saddle up for the adventure with the help of a short track that’s going long at several radio formats. Grab your horse and let’s add ’em up:

ON THE “ROAD” AGAIN: Due to some bigger music and radio meetings on the West Coast this week, there’s not much to cover in the hit parade, other than viral hit “Old Town Road” providing Lil Nas X with this week’s Most Added title. It’s new at a total of 30 stations this week. You can bet on this horse, or rather, this song to make it into the top 50 by the weekend.

Below “Old”, established titles by AJ Mitchell, Mabel, Twenty One Pilots and others populate much of the rest of the top ten.

Lizzo‘s “Juice” should deliver a tasty addition to next week’s session, but who else will be sipping on adds? Stay tuned.

1. LIL NAS X, “Old Town Road” (Columbia)
2. MABEL, “Don’t Call Me Up” (Capitol)
3-T. MARSHMELLO featuring CHVRCHES, “Here With Me” (Joytime Collective/Glassnote-Republic)
3-T. TWENTY ONE PILOTS, “Chlorine” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
5. LAUV & TROYE SIVAN, “I’m So Tired…” (Capitol-in2une/AWAL)
6. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
7. CITY GIRLS featuring CARDI B, “Twerk” (Quality Control/Motown/Capitol)
8. AJ MITCHELL, “All My Friends” (Epic)
9. BRYCE VINE featuring YG, “La La Land” (Sire/Warner Bros.)
10-T. ALLY BROOKE featuring TYGA, “Low Key” (Latium/Atlantic)
10-T. B. BLANCO, TAINY, S. GOMEZ & J BALVIN, “I Can’t Get Enough” (NEON15/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
10-T. LOUIS TOMLINSON, “Two Of Us” (Arista)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 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’s the one track impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

LIL NAS X – “Old Town Road” (Columbia)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: This newcomer has a big viral hit on his hands with a track that clocks in at under two minutes. Saddle up, kids.

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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