Monthly Archives: April 2019

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 30, 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: some collaboration called “ME!” manages to put up, you know, a few adds here and there. Nothing historic or anything… alright, maybe it’s a tad bigger than that. Let’s add ’em up:

GET “ME” TO THE TOP: A huge congratulations to Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie, who easily claim the top spot on the log with “ME!”, picking up an add at every station (184 of them) on the current Top 40 panel. It marks the fourth time in the history of the plays-per-week era that this event has occurred at the format, three of which have come in the last three years. Swift previously pulled off the feat in 2017 with “Look What You Made Me Do”, which started at 187 stations at the time. Needless to say, the song’s quick start definitely makes it a contender for the Song Of The Summer, with a likely run at #1 coming in the not-so-distant future.

Beyond that lofty achievement for Swift and Urie, a single by Martin Garrix with Macklemore and Patrick Stump has a good start in the runner-up position with a total of 48 stations on impact. “Summer Days” will be absolutely perfect for the season that’ll be here before you know it. Juice WRLD is also in the mix with a cut that’s already receiving a solid amount of airplay at both the Rhythmic and Urban radio formats, “Hear Me Calling”. It earns 26 stations in its first full week, enough to land in fifth place.

Repeated (and very active) titles from acts like Billie Eilish, Dan + Shay, Khalid and Lizzo make up the rest of the top ten.

Next week, we’ll be coloring the adds report with some BLACKPINK. Stay tuned to see how “Kill This Love” performs.

1. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring BRENDON URIE, “ME!” (Republic)
3. BILLIE EILISH, “Bad Guy” (Darkroom/Interscope)
4. DADDY YANKEE & KATY PERRY featuring SNOW, “Con Calma” (El Cartel/UMLE/Capitol)
5-T. JUICE WRLD, “Hear Me Calling” (Grade A/Interscope)
5-T. KHALID, “Talk” (RCA)
7-T. DAN + SHAY, “Speechless” (Warner Bros.)
7-T. LIZZO, “Juice” (Atlantic)
9. BTS featuring HALSEY, “Boy With Luv” (BigHit/Columbia)
10. BAZZI, “Paradise” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 29-30, 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 impacting tunes this week at the Top 40 format:

JUICE WRLD – “Hear Me Calling” (Grade A/Interscope)
Album: Death Race For Love (2019)
Past T40 History: Dreaming of his second big pop radio hit, this artist’s “Lucid Dreams” peaked at #7 last October and November.

Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Garrix has four top 40 entries to date, two of which have just missed the top ten. Will this be the single to do it?

TAYLOR SWIFT featuring BRENDON URIE – “ME!” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” cleared the whole panel on Add Board in one week. Will it happen again?

Next week: K-pop sensation BLACKPINK looks to kill it on next week’s adds report. We’ll see if anyone else joins them.

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 (April 28, 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. May you have a good end of April, because a new month is coming on Wednesday… and as the calendar changes, so do the charts! Here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format:

SECONDS DON’T SUCK: From their upcoming set Happiness Begins, the Jonas Brothers are steady at #1 for the second week on the Top 40 chart with “Sucker”. The international hit also moves to #8 at Hot AC radio, while climbing to #34 and #46 on the AC and Rhythmic formats. Yes, the Jonas Brothers have a song on the Rhythmic chart for the first time ever. Meanwhile, the trio’s track “Cool” is up from 19-17 at Top 40 and 31-27 at Hot AC, which should make the top ten on both formats by the summer.

The bigger story of the week, however, is the massive debut of “ME!” by Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie, which bows at #24. The collaboration is the 28th top 40 hit for Swift and the first solo entry for Urie, who fronts Panic! At The Disco; the act ranks at #22 this week with “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”. “ME!” also lands at #18 on the Hot AC chart. This hit is not to be confused with “Me” from Paula Cole, who took her track to #11 and #20 on the Hot AC and CHR/Pop charts, respectively, in May 1998. Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy” makes a solid move from 42-35, earning her a second top 40 hit, while Travis Scott and The Weeknd bounce from 44-40 in the countdown with “Wake Up”. It marks Scott’s sixth entry in the region and The Weeknd’s 11th. Hilary Duff‘s song with the same name spent a week at this position when it peaked in August 2005.

Lil Dicky‘s all-star collaboration “Earth” revolves around the #46 spot, marking the first of this week’s top 50 entries. The song had a jolt in airplay earlier this week due to the annual Earth Day celebration, but has fallen off since the holiday. Push Baby, who got a #6 hit (“Me And My Broken Heart”) in June 2014 as Rixton, checks in at #49 with “Mama’s House”. It’s their first chart song under the new name, which follows the band’s proper relaunch earlier this year. Lastly, starting at #50, Dan + Shay‘s “Speechless” breaks onto the list. It’s a former #1 song on the country chart and the duo’s second to cross to the pop format following “Tequila”.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Seventeen

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…


EMILY VAUGHN – “Jealous” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Sixth appearance

Following the release of her EP Bitch Bops, perhaps one of the best EP titles of the year so far, Vaughn’s new collection of songs is a great listen for any pop fan. Two cuts from the set have been noted here in the last few months and this new cut is another fun jam.

KIM PETRAS – “Broken” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance

Petras continues her streak of top pop releases with another appearance on the Rewind, which also seems to be reacting well at the major digital platforms. With her usual writing and production team in the mix, she serves an edgy ballad that should endure here.

LAUV – “Drugs & The Internet” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: 15th appearance

This guy is also no stranger to the Rewind: he’s climbing up my personal chart with a tune from earlier this year, the Troye Sivan-assisted “I’m So Tired…”, which ranks at #11 this week. Co-written and produced by Jon Bellion, it’s a cool song and music video.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ALY & AJ, “Don’t Go Changing”
DANIELLA MASON, “Get Me Out Of My Head”
FROY, “Crash”
GOLDEN COAST, “Contagious”
LIKEABLE, “So About Last Night…”
MAGDALENA BAY, “Only If You Want It”
NICK WILSON, “Let Me Hold You”
SHY MARTIN, “Out Of My Hands”
SWEETBOY, “Cycling”
THE DRIVER ERA, “Welcome To The End Of Your Life”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 28, 2019

It’s a “Me” kind of week.

28. Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie – ME! | HIGHEST DEBUT

34. Daya – Insomnia (39)
32. Push Baby – Mama’s House (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
21. Dean Lewis – Stay Awake (26)

10. Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved (11) | PEAK: #10
09. The Cranberries – All Over Now (07) | PEAK: #04
08. Carly Rae Jepsen – Now That I Found You (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Westlife – Hello My Love (05) | PEAK: #02
06. Smith & Thell featuring Swedish Jam Factory – Forgive Me Friend (09) | PEAK: #06
05. Rob Thomas – One Less Day (Dying Young) (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Lizzo – Juice (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Panic! At The Disco – Hey Look Ma, I Made It (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Kacey Musgraves – Rainbow (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
01. P!nk – Walk Me Home (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Thomas Rhett – Look What God Gave Her (4)
2. Mike Posner – Move On (3)
3. Ava Max – So Am I (1)
4. Fitz & The Tantrums – Don’t Ever Let Em (10)
5. James TW – Incredible (-)
6. Christian Paul – Strong (7)
7. James Morrison featuring Joss Stone – My Love Goes On (6)
8. O.A.R. – Knocking At Your Door (5)
9. Maren Morris – The Bones (-)
10. James Arthur – From The Grave (-)

In The Mix:
A R I Z O N A – Find Someone
Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
Collective Soul – Right As Rain (new)
Ellie Goulding – Sixteen
Lennon Stella – Bitch (Takes One To Know One)
New Politics – Comeback Kid

Chart Notes:

  • Let’s talk about “Me” this week! No, really, let’s do it. “Walk Me Home” advances from 2-1 on the chart, earning P!nk her seventh #1 hit to date. It also marks her first single to reach the top since “What About Us”, a three-week #1 in October 2017. Her current album Hurts 2B Human was released on Friday and should have a solid debut on the Billboard 200 list. However, the week’s only debut makes this “Me” time even clearer: a new collaboration from Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie titled “ME!” rockets in at #28. Also released on Friday, the song is the lead single off Swift’s upcoming studio album, due later this year. With eight #1 releases to date on my survey, she’s definitely hoping to get her ninth with this one. Meanwhile, Urie’s “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” (as a member of Panic! At The Disco) holds at #3 again on the current chart.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 30, 2017

“Green” means go check out my chart.

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 two years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of April 30, 2017…

40. FRANKIE featuring MARC E. BASSY, “Problems Problems”

38. KATY PERRY, “Bon Appétit”
37. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Doing It For The Money”

Biggest Mover(s):
SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (30-22, eight spots)

10. JOHN MAYER, “Still Feel Like Your Man” (steady, third week)
Album: The Search For Everything (2017, Columbia Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

09. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “I Believe In You” (down 3)
Album: Nobody But Me (2016, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

08. NOAH KAHAN, “Young Blood” (steady, third week)
Album: (single only) (2017, Republic Records)
Peak: #5

07. HARRY STYLES, “Sign Of The Times” (up 4)
Album: Harry Styles (2017, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

06. JAMES TW, “Ex” (up 1)
Album: (single only) (2017, Island/Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

05. JULIA MICHAELS, “Issues” (down 2)
Album: Nervous System (EP) (2017, Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

04. KATY PERRY featuring SKIP MARLEY, “Chained To The Rhythm” (down 2)
Album: Witness (2017, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (up 1)
Album: Evolve (2017, KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records)
Peak: #3

02. BLEACHERS, “Don’t Take The Money” (up 3)
Album: Gone Now (2017, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

01. LORDE, “Green Light” (steady, second week)
Album: Melodrama (2017, Lava/Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 26, 2019

Meant 2B #1 next week?

As the world awaits the Swift arrival of a certain new single at Midnight, there are plenty of other top releases looking to be listened to this weekend. Here are this Friday’s top new albums and singles hitting the market:

P!NK – Hurts 2B Human (iTunes)
Features: “Walk Me Home”, a current top ten single on the Hot AC list that also ranks in the top 20 on the AC chart and top 40 on the Top 40 chart

ROB THOMAS – Chip Tooth Smile (iTunes)
Features: “One Less Day (Dying Young)”, a current top 20 single on the Hot AC list that also ranks in the top 30 on the AC chart

Notable albums out this week: AJR‘s Neotheater (iTunes), Alan Parsons‘s The Secret (iTunes), Blackbear‘s Anonymous (iTunes), Catfish And The Bottlemen‘s The Balance (iTunes), James TW‘s Chapters (iTunes), Josh Ritter‘s Fever Breaks (iTunes), Olivia O’Brien‘s Was It Even Real? (iTunes), Rick Springfield‘s Orchestrating My Life (iTunes), The Cranberries‘s In The End (iTunes), For The Throne: Music Inspired By Game Of Thrones (Soundtrack) (iTunes), UglyDolls (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Dylan Scott‘s Nothing To Do Town (iTunes), Emily Vaughn‘s Bitch Bops (iTunes), Kwassa‘s FKA KYKO (iTunes), Maddie & Tae‘s One Heart To Another (iTunes), Marina‘s Fear (iTunes), Rhys Lewis‘s In Between Minds (iTunes), Shae Jacobs‘s What’s Hard To Say (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“85% (Acoustic)”, Loote (iTunes)
“96”, Gavin Haley (iTunes)
“909”, EDEN (iTunes)
“All For You”, Wilkinson featuring Karen Harding (iTunes)
“Back In My Arms”, Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Brave”, Don Diablo & Jessie J (iTunes)
“Broken”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Cellophane”, FKA Twigs (iTunes)
“Come On Snake, Let’s Rattle”, Evan Konrad (iTunes)
“Crash”, Froy (iTunes)
“Daylight”, PLGRMS (iTunes)
“Different Kind Of Love”, Hannah Grace (iTunes)
“Doom Days”, Bastille (iTunes)
“Do You Mean”, The Chainsmokers featuring Ty Dolla $ign & Bülow (iTunes)
“Drugs & The Internet”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Eagle Birds”, The Black Keys (iTunes)
“Either You Love Me Or You Don’t”, Plested (iTunes)
“Enemy”, Sandro Cavazza (iTunes)
“Grateful”, Mahalia (iTunes)
“Grow Young”, Brynn Cartelli (iTunes)
“He Don’t Love Me”, Winona Oak (iTunes)
“Hello Sunshine”, Bruce Springsteen (iTunes)
“If You’re Gonna Lie”, FLETCHER (iTunes)
“Illest”, Baker Grace (iTunes)
“Keep You Close”, FRENSHIP (iTunes)
“Learn To Lose”, Bakermat featuring Alex Clare (iTunes)
“Light It Up”, Marshmello featuring Tyga & Chris Brown (iTunes)
“LIITA”, Felix Jaehn featuring Brother Leo (iTunes)
“Loved By You”, Terror Jr (iTunes)
“ME!”, Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie (iTunes)
“Mulholland”, James Blake (iTunes)
“Next To You”, Digital Farm Animals & Becky G featuring Rvssian (iTunes)
“No Lo Trates”, Pitbull featuring Natti Natasha & Daddy Yankee (iTunes)
“Okay”, LANY & Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Only Everything”, Quinn Lewis (iTunes)
“Only If You Want It”, Magdalena Bay (iTunes)
“Out For Blood”, Sum 41 (iTunes)
“Out Of My Hands”, SHY Martin (iTunes)
“Phases”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Poison”, Mr. Popular (iTunes)
“Radio”, Rammstein (iTunes)
“Rare (Jaydon Lewis Remix)”, Ruth B (iTunes)
“Right As Rain”, Collective Soul (iTunes)
“Smile”, Sam Creighton (iTunes)
“So Long”, Diplo featuring Cam (iTunes)
“Summer Days”, Martin Garrix featuring Macklemore & Patrick Stump (iTunes)
“Tear It All Apart”, Unsecret featuring Matthew Perryman Jones (iTunes)
“Vossi Bop”, Stormzy (iTunes)
“When I Die”, Alexander 23 (iTunes)
“WOW”, Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“You Lately”, Xavier Dunn (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums and EPs from Judah & The Lion, Vampire Weekend and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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