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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: June 1, 2014

“Home” is where the chart is.

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 five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of June 1, 2014…

39. JESSE MCCARTNEY, “Superbad”

Biggest Movers:
JAMIE SCOTT, “My Hurricane” (35-28, eight spots)

10. SECONDCITY, “I Wanna Feel” (up 3)
Album: I Wanna Feel (single) (2014, Columbia Records)
Peak: #8 for four weeks

09. COLDPLAY, “A Sky Full Of Stars” (down 2)
Album: Ghost Stories (2014, Parlophone/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

08. BLEACHERS, “I Wanna Get Better” (down 2)
Album: Strange Desire (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

07. GRAFFITI6, “The Bridge” (up 2)
Album: The Bridge (2014, Independent)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

06. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Best Friend” (up 2)
Album: Supermodel (2014, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

05. CLEAN BANDIT featuring JESS GLYNNE, “Rather Be” (steady, second week)
Album: New Eyes (2014, Big Beat/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3

04. PASSENGER, “Scare Away The Dark” (steady, second week)
Album: Whispers (2014, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. ED SHEERAN, “Sing” (steady, third week)
Album: x (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

02. RIXTON, “Me And My Broken Heart” (steady, third week)
Album: Let The Road (2015, Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Already Home” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Is There Anybody Out There? (2014, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for seven 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 May 31, 2019

Rhett’s still a good bet.

Saying this week is a big one for new releases would be an understatement: it’s absolutely massive. From country kings to pop queens, here are the top new albums and singles hitting the market:

THOMAS RHETT – Center Point Road (iTunes)
Features: “Look What God Gave Her”, a top ten hit on the Country radio chart that also ranks in the top 30 on the Hot AC chart

Notable albums out this week: Calboy‘s Wildboy (iTunes), Denzel Curry‘s ZUU (iTunes), Hootie & The Blowfish‘s Cracked Rear View (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band‘s The Traveler (iTunes), Kirk Franklin‘s Long Live Love (iTunes), Phil Collins‘s Other Sides (iTunes) and Remixed Sides (iTunes), Raveena‘s Lucid (iTunes), Skepta‘s Ignorance Is Bliss (iTunes), Sublime With Rome‘s Blessings (iTunes), Susan Boyle‘s Ten (iTunes), Wang Chung‘s Orchesography (iTunes), Yung Gravy‘s Sensational (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Barenaked Ladies‘s Fake Nudes: Naked (iTunes), Jack Gray‘s Nights Like This (iTunes), Maren Morris‘s Reimagined (iTunes), Miley Cyrus‘s She Is Coming (iTunes), Spencer Barnett‘s Reckless (iTunes), XYLØ‘s Yes & No (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“17”, Zhavia Ward (iTunes)
“A Different Kind Of Human”, AURORA (iTunes)
“Ain’t Thinkin’ ‘Bout You”, KREAM & Eden Prince featuring Louisa (iTunes)
“Alcohol You Later (Acoustic)”, Mitchell Tenpenny (iTunes)
“All My Friends”, Madeon (iTunes)
“Assassin (Hippie Sabotage Remix)”, Au/Ra (iTunes)
“Aute Cuture”, ROSALÍA (iTunes)
“Away From You”, Queen Naija (iTunes)
“Black Out”, 7715 (iTunes)
“Bloom”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Breaking Hearts”, Benedict Cork (iTunes)
“Broke Leg”, Tory Lanez featuring Quavo & Tyga (iTunes)
“Call You Mine”, The Chainsmokers featuring Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
“Calm Down” / “Can’t Stop You”, Pete Yorn (iTunes)
“Can I”, Kiana Ledé (iTunes)
“Carry On (Nicky Romero Remix)”, Kygo & Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Castles”, Freya Ridings (iTunes)
“Cheap Queen”, King Princess (iTunes)
“Choir”, Guy Sebastian (iTunes)
“City Of Black & White (Revisited)”, Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Crop Circles”, Jon Bellion (iTunes)
“Diablo”, Ilira featuring Juan Magán (iTunes)
“Do Me”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Don’t Let Them”, Young Bombs (iTunes)
“Drugs (Acoustic)”, Upsahl (iTunes)
“Enemy”, Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Falling Down”, Harrison Storm (iTunes)
“Find U Again”, Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“First Day Of My Life”, Lisa Loeb (iTunes)
“First Time”, Grey featuring Robinson (iTunes)
“Further Than The Planes Fly (Fly Holmsey Remix)”, Eves Karydas (iTunes)
“Forward Motion”, Daya (iTunes)
“Glad He’s Gone”, Tove Lo (iTunes)
“Golden”, Unsecret featuring Jessie Early (iTunes)
“Gone”, Great Good Fine OK featuring Transviolet (iTunes)
“Have You Had Enough Wine?”, JC Stewart (iTunes)
“Gone”, Vérité (iTunes)
“Hills”, Souly Had (iTunes)
“Hold You Down”, X Ambassadors (iTunes)
“Honest (Acoustic)”, PUBLIC (iTunes)
“I Don’t Care (Acoustic)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“I Love You But I Don’t Like You”, Molly Moore (iTunes)
“Ice Cream”, MIKA (iTunes)
“Into Happiness”, Phantogram (iTunes)
“ISOU”, SHAED (iTunes)
“Jealous”, Ingrid Michaelson (iTunes)
“Let Me Go”, Adam&Steve x gnash (iTunes)
“Let You”, Cheryl (iTunes)
“Little Light One”, Flor (iTunes)
“Lotta Dem”, Bhad Bhabie (iTunes)
“Maria”, Grandson (iTunes)
“Might Be Right”, White Reaper (iTunes)
“Mine Right Now (Simon Hardy Remix)”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Missing You”, Steve James & Eric Nam (iTunes)
“My Way Up”, Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“Never Really Over”, Katy Perry (iTunes)
“Not The One”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Obvious”, Deorro (iTunes)
“Outlaw”, Julie Bergan (iTunes)
“Potions”, Slander & Said The Sky featuring JT Roach (iTunes)
“Press”, Cardi B (iTunes)
“Rattling Rose”, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (iTunes)
“Ritual”, Tiësto, Jonas Blue & Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Sad Forever”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Same (Win & Woo Remix)”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Scary Mask”, Poppy featuring Fever 333 (iTunes)
“Shallow”, Pentatonix (iTunes)
“Simple Love”, Genevieve Stokes (iTunes)
“Sometimes I Don’t Mind”, Bowling For Soup (iTunes)
“Sorry”, Cris Cab (iTunes)
“Spicy”, Herve Pagez & Diplo featuring Charli XCX (iTunes)
“Stay Awake (Acoustic)”, Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“Summer Air”, Hardwell featuring Trevor Guthrie (iTunes)
“Supply & Demand”, Wilder Woods (iTunes)
“Swimming Pools”, Lxandra (iTunes)
“The Search”, NF (iTunes)
“Thoughts”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“Too Much”, FERGUS (iTunes)
“Too Proud (Kito Remix)”, Broods (iTunes)
“Tucson Train”, Bruce Springsteen (iTunes)
“We Need Love”, John Legend (iTunes)
“What Do You Like In Me”, Nasty Cherry (iTunes)
“When You Know What Love Is”, Craig David (iTunes)
“When You Leave (Prince Fox Remix)”, Nikki Vianna & Matoma (iTunes)
“What U Like”, Kyan Palmer x Nicopop. featuring Johnny Mac (iTunes)
“Worryin’ ‘Bout Me”, BJ The Chicago Kid featuring Offset (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from Avicii, the Jonas Brothers 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 (May 28, 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: summer begins with an obvious choice, 5 Seconds Of Summer, but the second new single from Ed Sheeran this month is also catching some rays. Grab the sunblock and let’s add ’em up:

SECONDS IN FIRST: Jumping into the pool of pop this Tuesday, we have two releases clearing 100 stations in their first weeks. Leading things off, “Easier” by 5 Seconds Of Summer is an easy pick for the panel, as it starts with 154 adds on impact. The song is off to a great start on the chart as well, as it debuted at #30 last Sunday after just three days of airplay. Will it become their second #1 hit at the format later this season? Too soon to say, especially with a number of big single releases still on the way, but it should continue its ascent at a decent pace.

The other big title on this week’s log is Sheeran’s collaboration with Chance The Rapper and PnB Rock titled “Cross Me”. That song, which joined the chart at #40 on Sunday, has a strong second place finish with 110 adds. The single follows very quickly after the release of Sheeran’s “I Don’t Care” with Justin Bieber, which reached the top ten on the same update and may top the survey soon enough. Both songs can found on his forthcoming No. 6 Collaborations Project album, due July 12.

Elsewhere in the top ten, you’ll find two times the Lizzo, as well as enduring entries from artists like Billie Eilish and Halsey.

Next week, Katy Perry‘s new single “Never Really Over” should easily leap over the competition, including tracks from Daya and Miley Cyrus. Who else will heat up the date? Stay tuned.

1. 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, “Easier” (Interscope)
2. ED SHEERAN featuring CHANCE THE RAPPER and PNB ROCK, “Cross Me” (Atlantic)
3. LIZZO, “Truth Hurts” (Atlantic)
4. DJ KHALED featuring SZA, “Just Us” (We The Best/Epic)
5-T. BILLIE EILISH, “Bad Guy” (Darkroom/Interscope)
5-T. LIZZO, “Juice” (Atlantic)
7. HALSEY, “Nightmare” (Capitol)
8. MAX featuring QUINN XCII, “Love Me Less” (Arista/RED)
9-T. ALLY BROOKE featuring A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE, “Lips Don’t Lie” (Latium/Atlantic)
9-T. DELACEY, “My Man” (HITCO)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (May 27-28, 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? Four singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – “Easier” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: The group’s ninth top 40 hit jumped into the top 30 last Sunday and could very likely take the Most Added title.

ALLY BROOKE featuring A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE – “Lips Don’t Lie” (Latium/Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Brooke is looking for her second solo top 40 entry outside of Fifth Harmony. “Low Key” recently peaked at #21.

BECKY G & DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS featuring RVSSIAN – “Next To You” (Arista/RED)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Of the three acts here, Becky G has logged the most time on the list with five prior top 40 releases at the format.

ED SHEERAN featuring CHANCE THE RAPPER and PNB ROCK – “Cross Me” (Atlantic)
Album: No. 6 Collaborations Project (2019)
Past T40 History: Sheeran’s collaboration with Justin Bieber from the same album, “I Don’t Care”, entered the top ten on Sunday.

Next week: the ladies lead the way with new singles headed to the format from DayaMiley Cyrus and perhaps others.

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 (May 26, 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. Happy Memorial Day! We’re saluting all the veterans and chart veterans alike this weekend, so let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

THAT’S “DANCING”: Sam Smith and Normani held off the Jonas Brothers in another super tight race on the survey, with a difference of about 40 spins between their respective tunes. Thus, “Dancing With A Stranger” remains at #1 for the second week and “Sucker”, a former #1 song, holds at #2 again. The latter song also tops the Hot AC list for the second week. It’s unclear what entry is going to lead the top 40 next week, as holiday programming will be affecting spins for the next few days. We’ll see what happens.

This week’s chart is short on debut action, but the titles that do make it in are all pretty significant. Blasting in at #30, “Easier” is the ninth top 40 hit for the Australian quartet 5 Seconds Of Summer and the first from their forthcoming album. Of their eight songs to previously enter the region, just one topped the list: “Youngblood”, a five-week #1 from last fall. Ed Sheeran also sneaks into the top 40 with a second collaboration from his forthcoming No. 6 Collaborations Project set. “Cross Me” debuts at #40, giving Sheeran his 18th top 40 hit here, while featured artists Chance The Rapper and PnB Rock receive their fourth and first, respectively. The lead single from the album, a collaboration with Justin Bieber titled “I Don’t Care”, moves from 11-9 on the same chart.

Additionally, DJ Khaled and SZA jump in at #42 with “Just Us” from the former’s Father Of Asahd album, which registered as the second Most Added tune on this past Tuesday’s report, as Lizzo checks in at #47 with “Truth Hurts”, which was added to the deluxe edition of her Cuz I Love You album. The latter entry, which was originally released in 2017, spiked at several platforms following its inclusion in a key scene in the Netflix film Someone Great last month. The track also storms in at #42 on this week’s Rhythmic radio update, while “Just” earns top 40 entries on both the Rhythmic (#27) and Urban (#44) charts (with more action to come.)

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Twenty One

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…

JOHNNY STIMSON – “Vacation” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Ninth appearance

A long weekend deserves a track called “Vacation” and that’s what Stimson gives us in his second Rewind feature of 2019. So, get in the car, roll down the windows and keep things simple with this smooth R&B release for your magical summer evening soundtrack.

KIM PETRAS – “All I Do Is Cry” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Ninth appearance

Nine is fine (appearances, that is) for both the featured performers this week, especially this one, who just released a new single for the fifth week in a row. If you’re crying over this cut, it’s probably tears of joy: the urban-influenced pop ballad is another nice tune.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
COREY HARPER – “Dried Blood”
DELANEY JANE – “You’re So Last Summer”
JOHAN – “Smile Like An Idiot”
LEON ELSE – “Beautiful World”
THE WLDLFE – “A Boy On A Phone”
XYLØ“The End”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 26, 2019

Don’t panic, they made it!

40. Christian Paul – Strong
39. James Arthur – Falling Like The Stars | HIGHEST DEBUT

27. Lizzo – Truth Hurts (36) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
26. Ingrid Michaelson – Missing You (35) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
24. Ben Platt – Grow As We Go (29)
22. Daya – Insomnia (27)
15. Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care (20)

10. Noah Kahan – Mess (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Shawn Mendes – If I Can’t Have You (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Kacey Musgraves – Rainbow (06) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
07. Carly Rae Jepsen – Now That I Found You (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Andy Grammer – Don’t Give Up On Me (08) | PEAK: #06
05. P!nk – Walk Me Home (05) | PEAK: #01 for one week
04. Rob Thomas – One Less Day (Dying Young) (03) | PEAK: #03
03. Lizzo – Juice (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie – ME! (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Panic! At The Disco – Hey Look Ma, I Made It (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. James TW – Incredible (2)
2. Fitz & The Tantrums – Don’t Ever Let Em (3)
3. Kelsea Ballerini – Miss Me More (7)
4. Lewis Capaldi – Hold Me While You Wait (6)
5. P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton – Love Me Anyway (-)
6. Blink-182 – Blame It On My Youth (10)
7. Mike Posner – Move On (5)
8. Zara Larsson – WOW (-)
9. Madonna featuring Swae Lee – Crave (-)
10. BBMak – Bullet Train (-)

In The Mix:
Christina Perri – Tiny Victories
Collective Soul – Right As Rain
Ellie Goulding – Sixteen
James Morrison featuring Joss Stone – My Love Goes On
Lady Antebellum – What If I Never Get Over You
New Politics – Comeback Kid
OneRepublic – Rescue Me

Chart Notes:

  • After staying at #2, Panic! At The Disco‘s “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” finally sneaks into the #1 spot this week, with leader Brendon Urie also appearing as a featured performer on the runner-up title, Taylor Swift‘s “ME!”, climbing from #4. Urie joins singers such as Jamie Scott and Nate Ruess in having simultaneous top three entries as both a soloist and with a duo or group: in 2014, the former’s “My Hurricane” ranked in the region alongside Graffiti6‘s “The Bridge”, and a year prior, the latter’s featured spot on P!nk‘s “Just Give Me A Reason” joined fun.‘s track “Carry On” at the top. James Arthur‘s “Falling Like The Stars” earns this week’s Highest Debut at #39, his fifth top 40 single to date. The song recently replaced “From The Grave” as Arthur’s current single at Hot AC radio, which stalled out at the bottom of the top 50 a few weeks back. A newcomer named Christian Paul also climbs into the top 40 at #40 with “Strong”. It’s closing in on the top 50 at Top 40 radio, which will also mark his first chart appearance there.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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