Monthly Archives: July 2019

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 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: newcomer Lil Tecca is up against Sam Smith‘s not-so-sleeper hit in the race for the top spot. Will this Lil name yield big action? Let’s add ’em up:

JUST A LIL BIT SHORT: During a slower week at the format, “How Do You Sleep?” by Sam Smith was the Most Added track at the Top 40 format for a second week, earning another 33 stations. Lil Tecca’s “Ransom” finishes just five adds behind him with 28. The latter song is already well into the top 30 on the Rhythmic radio list, though its most impressive stats thus far are at streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, where it currently sits at #2 and #1 on their respective U.S.-based surveys.

After several weeks of minor activity, new titles from Kygo x Whitney Houston and Stephen Puth join the top ten for the first time. The late Houston last reached the top 50 at the format with 2002’s “Whatchulookinat”, which peaked at #46. Puth has yet to make the top 50 here, though his song “Sexual Vibe” did receive some unsolicited airplay at a handful of stations earlier this year.

Charting hits by NF and OneRepublic are among those titles holding in the top ten from a week ago, albeit with lower add totals.

With a new single from Ariana Grande and Social House ready to make the format its home, as well as rumored new music by Rihanna on the way, next Tuesday’s results will certainly be very interesting.

1. SAM SMITH, “How Do You Sleep?” (Capitol)
2. LIL TECCA, “Ransom” (Galactic/Republic)
3. ED SHEERAN featuring KHALID, “Beautiful People” (Atlantic)
4. BLANCO BROWN, “The Git Up” (BBR/BMG-Warner)
5-T. NF, “Time” (Caroline)
5-T. SAM FELDT featuring RANI, “Post Malone” (Spinnin’/Warner)
7. ONEREPUBLIC, “Rescue Me” (Interscope)
8-T. KYGO x WHITNEY HOUSTON, “Higher Love” (RCA)
8-T. STEPHEN PUTH, “Look Away” (Arista/RED)
10-T. HERVE PAGEZ & DIPLO featuring CHARLI XCX, “Spicy” (Mad Decent)

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

LIL TECCA – “Ransom” (Galactic/Republic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: This single, a significant streaming hit on multiple platforms, is now approaching the top 20 at Rhythmic radio.

Next week: format newcomers Ali Gatie and NCT 127 hit the “Highway” to radio. Who will end up on top?

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 (July 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. The end of July gives us lots of new tunes in the mix and a strong collaboration at the top, so let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

EYE FOR AN “I”: Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber‘s “I Don’t Care” holds at #1 on the Top 40 chart for a second week, still about 1,200 spins ahead of Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy” at #2. “I” also holds at #1 on the Hot AC list and lands at #14 on the AC chart. At the current time, it’s unclear whether or not the collaboration will remain at the top for a third week, or if Eilish’s big track will sneak in. However, “Bad Guy” does lead the Alternative chart on the latest update, where it advances from 2-1.

Earning his 12th top 40 release at the format, Sam Smith‘s “How Do You Sleep?” debuts at #32 on the list. His recent chart-topper with Normani, “Dancing With A Stranger”, spent two weeks at #1 in May. Following Smith, Kaskade and Meghan Trainor leap from 42-36 with “With You”, marking Kaskade’s first top 40 entry here and Trainor’s 11th. Rising from 46-38 on the list, “Panini” is the second top 40 hit for Lil Nas X and the follow-up to “Old Town Road”, which peaked at #4 last month. Lastly, moving from 42-39, “My Man” marks the first top 40 song as an artist for Delacey, who previously wrote chart hits for Halsey and Zara Larsson.

There’s even more action in the top 50 this week, with OneRepublic blasting into the #44 spot with “Rescue Me”, a current top 20 hit on the Hot AC survey. It might become the band’s first top 40 single here in 2-1/2 years. A few spots lower, NF bows at #47 with “Time”, as the performer looks to earn his fourth top 40 song to date next month. This week’s list also sees Monsta X reach the top 50 for the first time with “Who Do U Love?”, a collaboration with French Montana that begins at #49. The group’s new Japanese-language album, titled Phenomenon, is due in a few weeks.

Next week, look out for potential new chart entries from Chris Brown and Drake, as well as Illenium and Jon Bellion.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Thirty

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…

CAROLINE KOLE – “Missing Each Other” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Third appearance

With her first appearance on the Rewind since January, this Nashville performer continues her climb in the pop world with the bop of the week. Written with Nashville friends Jilian Linklater and Stephen Schmuldt, it’s another great song for your summer playlist.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
CODY FRY – “That Thing That You Do”
GIRL WILDE – “I Don’t Wanna Die”
GOLDFORD – “You Take”
YOUR SMITH – “In Between Plans”

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

Bringing “Joy” to this July weekend.

39. Smith & Thell – Hotel Walls
37. Alexander Cardinale featuring Christina Perri – Simple Things
36. Noah Kahan – Cynic | HIGHEST DEBUT

34. Stephen Puth – Look Away (40)
30. P!nk featuring Cash Cash – Can We Pretend (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Avril Lavigne – I Fell In Love With The Devil (31)
21. Rob Thomas – Can’t Help Me Now (26)

10. Maren Morris – The Bones (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Illenium & Jon Bellion – Good Things Fall Apart (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Elton John & Taron Egerton – (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care (07) | PEAK: #06
06. Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Lizzo – Truth Hurts (05) | PEAK: #05
04/ Shawn Mendes – If I Can’t Have You (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. Katy Perry – Never Really Over (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Keane – The Way I Feel (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Bastille – Joy (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Sheryl Crow featuring Stevie Nicks & Maren Morris – Prove You Wrong (3)
2. Westlife – Dynamite (4)
3. Gone West – What Could’ve Been (9)
4. Stanaj – Love Me (8)
5. Ingrid Andress – More Hearts Than Mine (6)
6. Alec Benjamin – If We Have Each Other (7)
7. Dean Lewis – Waves (-)
8. American Authors – Stay Around (-)
9. Tegan & Sara – I’ll Be Back Someday (-)
10. Bishop Briggs – Champion (-)

In The Mix:
Ali Gatie – It’s You
Celine Dion – Flying On My Own
Ed Sheeran with Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars – Blow
Joseph – Fighter
Lauren Daigle – Rescue
Lee Brice – Rumor (new)
NCT 127 – Highway To Heaven
Sugar Ray – Make It Easy
Wilder Woods – Supply And Demand

Chart Notes:

  • The English quartet Bastille earns their fifth #1 song on my chart with “Joy”, advancing from 3-1. In November, they earned their previous #1 hit with the Marshmello collaboration “Happier”, which spent four weeks at the summit. It’s featured on the album Doom Days, which came out last month. There’s a fair amount of debut action this week, with Noah Kahan‘s “Cynic” coming in the highest at #36. The tune marks his fifth top 40 entry to date; his most recent, a #5 song called “Mess”, falls a few spots to #25 on the current list. Landing at #37, we have the first collaboration together for Alexander Cardinale and Christina Perri. “Simple Things” is just below the top 50 at Hot AC radio and gaining well. Finally, at #39, a song that’s headed to Alternative radio in a few weeks: “Hotel Walls”, the second top 40 entry for Smith & Thell. Their first chart hit, “Forgive Me Friend”, spent three weeks at #6 this past spring. It remains in the top ten on the Triple A radio chart.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 31, 2011

Carney vs. Kearney: battling for bullets.

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 eight years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of July 24, 2011…

40. CAROLINA LIAR, “Drown”
39. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, “The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie”

Biggest Mover(s):
THE SCRIPT, “Nothing” (26-16, ten spots)

10. MATT NATHANSON, “Faster” (down 4)
Album: Modern Love (2011, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

09. REEVE CARNEY featuring BONO & THE EDGE, “Rise Above 1” (steady, second week)
Album: Music from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (2011, Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

08. ONEREPUBLIC, “Good Life” (down 3)
Album: Waking Up (2009, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

07. TRAIN, “Save Me, San Francisco” (steady, second week)
Album: Save Me, San Francisco (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. MAT KEARNEY, “Hey Mama” (down 2)
Album: Young Love (2011, Aware/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

05. DARREN HAYES, “Talk Talk Talk” (up 5)
Album: Secret Codes and Battleships (2011, Mercury Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

04. MAROON 5 featuring CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Moves Like Jagger” (up 4)
Album: Hands All Over (re-issue) (2011, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Just A Kiss” (steady, second week)
Album: Own The Night (2011, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #2

02. KATY PERRY, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

01. COLDPLAY, “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Mylo Xyloto (2011, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

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

A good Chance for huge action.

The big day of the week is finally here… so many fresh releases to choose from, including titles by both established and new artists. From rap to rock and everything in-between, here are the top new albums and singles hitting stores this Friday:

CHANCE THE RAPPER – The Big Day (iTunes)
Features: Collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes and more

NF – The Search (iTunes)
Features: “Time”, approaching the top 50 on the Top 40 chart after earning a second place finish on Tuesday’s adds report

OF MONSTERS AND MEN – Fever Dream (iTunes)
Features: “Alligator”, the current #1 hit on the Triple A chart that also ranks in the top five at Alternative radio

Notable albums out this week: Andy Grammer‘s Naive (iTunes), Angie McMahon‘s Salt (iTunes), Big Data‘s 3.0 (iTunes), BJ The Chicago Kid‘s 1123 (iTunes), Bryce Vine‘s Carnival (iTunes), Casey Donahew‘s One Light Town (iTunes), DJ Snake‘s Carte Blanche (iTunes), Justin Moore‘s Late Nights And Longnecks (iTunes), Kaiser Chiefs‘s Duck (iTunes), Neon Dreams‘s Sweet Dreams Til Sunbeams (iTunes), Pop Smoke‘s Meet The Woo (iTunes), Rich Brian‘s The Sailor (iTunes), YBN Cordae‘s The Lost Boy (iTunes), Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Black Saint‘s Everybody Wants You (iTunes), Call Me Karizma‘s The Gloomy Tapes, Vol. 2 (iTunes), Harrison Storm‘s Falling Down (iTunes), Lykke Li‘s Still Sad Still Sexy (iTunes), Mason Ramsey‘s Twang (iTunes), Matt Nathanson‘s Postcards (From Chicago) (iTunes), Overstreet‘s Man On The Moon (iTunes), Sachi‘s Nights With Ruby (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“21”, H.E.R. (iTunes)
“Ain’t Thinkin Bout You (Stripped)”, KREAM & Eden Prince featuring Louisa (iTunes)
“Another Lover (Toby Romeo Remix)”, Leland (iTunes)
“Anything She Says”, Mitchell Tenpenny featuring Seaforth (iTunes)
“Back To Myself”, Hero The Band (iTunes)
“Bad Behaviour”, Mabel (iTunes)
“Be Here For You”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Best Day (Remix)”, Kesha (iTunes)
“Big Time”, Louis The Child (iTunes)
“Blow My Mind”, DaVido featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Boywontcry”, Brakence (iTunes)
“Breathe For You”, Monsta X (iTunes)
“Burned by The Love (James Carter Remix)”, Juke Ross (iTunes)
“Buttafly”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Caught Up”, Majid Jordan featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“City Of Stars”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Crack The Shutters (Reworked)”, Snow Patrol (iTunes)
“Crowded Table”, The Highwomen (iTunes)
“Darkside”, Blink-182 (iTunes)
“Deal”, Thomston (iTunes)
“Don’t Be Lazy”, Emotional Oranges (iTunes)
“Edison”, Adam Barnes (iTunes)
“Emily”, Delacey (iTunes)
“Feel The Same”, Hayden Wells (iTunes)
“First Last Name”, Madison Kozak (iTunes)
“Float”, 7715 featuring JRM (iTunes)
“Gold Roses”, Rick Ross featuring Drake (iTunes)
“Happy Now”, Kyle Lionhart (iTunes)
“Honest”, The Band CAMINO (iTunes)
“Humans”, The Faim (iTunes)
“I Don’t Wanna Die”, Girl Wilde (iTunes)
“I Like It”, Kent Jones (iTunes)
“I Still Do”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“I’ll Be Back Someday”, Tegan & Sara (iTunes)
“I’ll Be There”, Bad Wolves (iTunes)
“Indigo”, Alice Gray (iTunes)
“Kiss My Fat Ass”, Sheppard (iTunes)
“Laneswitch”, Lil Tjay (iTunes)
“Live Fast”, Alan Walker featuring A$AP Rocky (iTunes)
“Lost”, End Of The World featuring Clean Bandit (iTunes)
“Magic”, Lil Skies (iTunes)
“Miles To Your Heart”, Sultan + Shepard, Rock Mafia & Bahari (iTunes)
“Missing Each Other”, Caroline Kole (iTunes)
“Monday”, Filous & Ashe (iTunes)
“Need You”, Faustix (iTunes)
“Never Be Alone”, David Guetta & MORTEN featuring Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“Never Be Sorry”, Old Dominion (iTunes)
“Next Mistake”, Icona Pop (iTunes)
“No L’s”, Hit-Boy featuring Saweetie (iTunes)
“Nowhere To Go (Dom Dolla Remix)”, Hayden James (iTunes)
“Ocean Away”, Jake Miller (iTunes)
“Ocean Of Tears”, Caroline Polachek (iTunes)
“Oh, Mexico”, Jeremy Zucker (iTunes)
“Open Door”, Jake Troth (iTunes)
“Overtime”, Big Sean (iTunes)
“PAY ME BACK!”, ILIRA (iTunes)
“Ready”, Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Ritual (Acoustic)”, Tiësto, Jonas Blue & Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Run Like The River”, Meghan Trainor (iTunes)
“Runaway”, SAFIA (iTunes)
“Screamer”, Third Eye Blind featuring Alexis Krauss (iTunes)
“Self-Lovin”, The WLDLFE (iTunes)
“Self-Sacrifice”, James Droll (iTunes)
“Selfish”, Sophie Simmons (iTunes)
“Seoul Town Road”, Lil Nas X featuring RM (iTunes)
“Snitch”, Netsky featuring Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“So Am I (Zane Lowe Remix)”, Ava Max (iTunes)
“Sofia”, Clairo (iTunes)
“Stupid”, G Flip (iTunes)
“Sufi Woman” and “Tribe”, Jidenna (iTunes)
“Summer At 7”, Russ (iTunes)
“Sunflowers”, Matthew Chaim (iTunes)
“SZNS”, Dinah Jane featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (iTunes)
“Takeaway”, The Chainsmokers & Illenium featuring Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Tattooed On My Heart”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“That Thing That You Do”, Cody Fry (iTunes)
“The 1975”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“The Archer”, Taylor Swift (iTunes)
“The Greatest”, Six60 (iTunes)
“The Hunted”, Saint Asonia featuring Sully Erna (iTunes)
“Time Flies”, Rico Nasty (iTunes)
“Undefeated”, Future featuring Lil Keed (iTunes)
“Velvet Sea”, WAVE & ROME (iTunes)
“Want Me To”, Carlos Vara (iTunes)
“Waves (Live At The Forum)” and “Waves (Timbaland Remix)”, Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“Went For A While”, Ilse DeLange (iTunes)
“Wild”, The Avener featuring Tiwayo (iTunes)
“Wish You’d Make Me Cry”, UPSAHL (iTunes)
“You Take”, GoldFord (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from artists like Mabel, Skillet and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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