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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 28, 2005

“Head” of the chart class.

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 August 23, 2005…

40. SIMPLY RED, “Perfect Love”
38. BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH, “When The Night Feels My Song”
31. DANIEL POWTER, “Jimmy Gets High”

Biggest Mover(s):
RACHEL STEVENS, “I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)” (27-14, thirteen spots)

10. DURAN DURAN, “Nice” (up 7)
Album: Astronaut (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #10 for two weeks

09. THE KILLERS, “All These Things That I’ve Done” (up 2)
Album: Hot Fuss (2004, Island Records/Island Def Jam Music Group)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

08. FEFE DOBSON, “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head” (up 2)
Album: Sunday Love (2006, Island Records/Island Def Jam Music Group)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

07. JACK JOHNSON, “Good People” (steady, second week)
Album: In Between Dreams (2005, Brushfire/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

06. KELLY CLARKSON, “Because Of You” (steady, second week)
Album: Breakaway (2004, RCA Records/RCA Music Group)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH, “One Love” (steady, third week)
Album: Looking For Lucky (2005, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

04. JOSH KELLEY, “Only You” (steady, third week)
Album: Almost Honest (2005, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #3 for five weeks

03. DANIEL POWTER, “Bad Day” (steady, second week)
Album: Daniel Powter (2005, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks (2005) + #1 for ten weeks (2006)

02. D.H.T., “Listen To Your Heart” (steady, second week)
Album: Listen To Your Heart (2005, Robbins Entertainment)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

01. ROB THOMAS, “This Is How A Heart Breaks” (steady, second week)
Album: …Something To Be (2005, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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August 30, 2019 · 11:59 PM

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 30, 2019

Let’s call it a Rey.

If you’re preparing to travel for the long weekend, you better be preparing a long playlist with some of these big releases. Here are all the top new albums and singles hitting stores this Friday:

LANA DEL REY – Norman F*cking Rockwell (iTunes)
Features: “Doin’ Time”, the current #1 song on the Triple A chart that also ranks in the top five at Alternative radio

LIL TECCA – We Love You Tecca (iTunes)
Features: “Ransom”, a current top ten hit on the Rhythmic chart that also ranks in the top 40 at Top 40 radio

TOOL – Fear Inoculum (iTunes)
Features: The title track, which is approaching the top ten on the Active Rock chart

Notable albums out this week: Common‘s Let Love (iTunes), G Flip‘s About Us (iTunes), H.E.R.‘s I Used To Know Her (iTunes), Montaigne‘s Complex (iTunes), Natasha Bedingfield‘s Roll With Me (iTunes), Sheryl Crow‘s Threads (iTunes), SiR‘s Chasing Summer (iTunes), Stephen Bishop‘s We’ll Talk About It Later In The Car (iTunes), Trisha Yearwood‘s Every Girl (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Astrid S‘s True Issues (iTunes), Cris Cab‘s Diamonds (iTunes), Elevation Worship‘s At Midnight (iTunes), eleven7four‘s 1174 (iTunes), NUUXS‘s Red Tape, Vol. 2 (iTunes), Tones And I‘s The Kids Are Coming (iTunes)

New remix packages that you can buy this week include:
“OMG (Pt. 1)”, Gryffin & Carly Rae Jepsen (iTunes)
“Outnumbered”, Dermot Kennedy (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“About You”, Otto Knows (iTunes)
“All Around The World”, Matoma featuring Bryn Christopher (iTunes)
“Babushka Boi”, A$AP Rocky (iTunes)
“Bezerk”, Big Sean featuring A$AP Ferg & Hit-Boy (iTunes)
“BGM”, Wale (iTunes)
“Ceiling Won’t Break”, Finish Ticket (iTunes)
“Champion”, American Authors featuring Beau Young Prince (iTunes)
“Circles”, Post Malone (iTunes)
“Cold”, James Blunt (iTunes)
“Crush”, Duckwrth (iTunes)
“Don’t Stop Me Now”, Jukebox The Ghost (iTunes)
“Dream Of You”, Mxmtoon (iTunes)
“Drive”, Tim McGraw (iTunes)
“Four Walls”, Nicklas Sahl (iTunes)
“F*ck, I’m Lonely (Ofenbach Remix)”, Lauv featuring Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Go Off (Nothin’ 2 It)”, Dillon Francis (iTunes)
“God Only Knows”, for KING & COUNTRY & Dolly Parton (iTunes)
“Good (Stripped)”, Twin XL (iTunes)
“Graduation”, Benny Blanco & Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Head Above Water”, Avril Lavigne featuring We The Kings (iTunes)
“Heavenly”, Cigarettes After Sex (iTunes)
“Hello My Loneliness”, Delaney Jane x Call Me Karizma (iTunes)
“I Don’t Know What’s Cool Anymore”, Alphabeat (iTunes)
“I Hurt Too Much”, Clark Beckham (iTunes)
“Jacques”, Jax Jones & Tove Lo (iTunes)
“Kingdom”, Joel Adams (iTunes)
“Kiss & Tell”, Angels & Airwaves (iTunes)
“Look Away (Steve Void Remix)”, Stephen Puth (iTunes)
“Love Me Again”, RAYE & Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Midnight Hour”, Skrillex, Boys Noize & Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Ms. Last Night”, Kyan Palmer & nicopop. (iTunes)
“New Fire (Poolside Remix)”, Pretty Sister featuring MarcLo (iTunes)
“Nice To Meet Ya”, The Griswolds (iTunes)
“Not 20 Anymore”, Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
“Ooh Girl”, Kris Kross Amsterdam featuring Conor Maynard & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (iTunes)
“Over The Rainbow”, Renée Zellweger (iTunes)
“Paralyzed”, David Archuleta (iTunes)
“Proud Of You”, Five Times August (iTunes)
“Real Thing”, Ruel (iTunes)
“Runaway With You”, SVRCINA (iTunes)
“Safety”, GASHI featuring DJ Snake (iTunes)
“Shame On You”, Skylar Grey (iTunes)
“Sociopath”, Pusha T featuring Kash Doll (iTunes)
“Solo Quiero (Somebody To Love)”, Leona Lewis, Cali Y El Dandee & Juan Magán (iTunes)
“Start Over”, Jutes (iTunes)
“Stuck To You”, SafetySuit (iTunes)
“Suck On Light”, Boy & Bear (iTunes)
“Summer Fade”, Snakehips featuring Anna Of The North (iTunes)
“Tear Myself Apart”, Tate McRae (iTunes)
“The Darkness Has A Voice”, Amber Run (iTunes)
“Too Hot”, Jason Derulo (iTunes)
“Under Pressure”, LA WOMEN (iTunes)
“Up”, EARTHGANG (iTunes)
“Warm”, Charli XCX featuring HAIM (iTunes)
“Way Too Pretty For Prison”, Miranda Lambert & Maren Morris (iTunes)
“WeT”, Girl Wilde (iTunes)
“When It Comes To You”, Sean Paul (iTunes)
“Where Dreams Go To Die”, Ilse DeLange (iTunes)
“Without You”, John Newman & Nina Nesbitt (iTunes)
“Women Who Look Like You”, JP Saxe featuring Guapdad 4000 (iTunes)
“You Are Not Alone”, Emeli Sandé (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from artists like Post Malone, The Highwomen 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 (August 27, 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: before we take a hit holiday, a number of new titles pounce on the top five slots, as AJ Mitchell and Ava Max quickly lead the way with a slow song for the format. Let’s add ’em up:

FRIENDS IN “SLOW” PLACES: Our weekly dance for Top 40 adds ends with Mitchell and Max’s release “Slow Dance” scoring tens from all the judges for their flawless routine… and 48 stations on impact certainly doesn’t hurt either. Mitchell’s charted twice at the format with two songs that have achieved minor success: 2018’s “Girls” (#38) and “All My Friends” (#21) from a few months back. Look for the collaboration to make the top 50 at the end of the week, marking the third song to enter the region for both acts. Mitchell’s new EP, which bears the same name as its single, was released last Friday.

Though it doesn’t officially impact here until the second week of September, Why Don’t We‘s “What Am I” has a good start at the format with 35 stations this Tuesday. It’s enough to squeeze into a third place finish, though we’ll see if it can reach the top spot on the log in the next couple of weeks. Following behind them, Khalid and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie‘s new version of “Right Back” earns 34 stations and the fourth position on the list, while Alessia Cara‘s “Rooting For You” slides into fifth place with 33 adds. A soundtrack cut from Lauv and Anne-Marie also gets some decent action from the panel: “F*ck I’m Lonely”, which is included on the companion album to the new season of 13 Reasons Why, is in sixth place with 21 new stations.

Charting releases by NF, SHAED and Twenty One Pilots are among those prominent songs making up the rest of the top ten.

Have a relaxing and restful Labor Day weekend!

1. AJ MITCHELL featuring AVA MAX, “Slow Dance” (Epic)
2. NORMANI, “Motivation” (RCA)
3. WHY DON’T WE, “What Am I” (Signature Ent./Atlantic)
4. KHALID featuring A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE, “Right Back” (RCA)
5. ALESSIA CARA, “Rooting For You” (Def Jam)
6. LAUV featuring ANNE-MARIE, “F*ck, I’m Lonely” (AWAL/in2une)
7. SHAED, “Trampoline” (Photo Finish/Caroline)
8. NF, “Time” (Caroline)
9-T. SAWEETIE, “My Type” (ICY/Artistry/Warner)
9-T. TWENTY ONE PILOTS, “The Hype” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 26-27, 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 four tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AJ MITCHELL featuring AVA MAX – “Slow Dance” (Epic)
Album: Slow Dance (EP) (2019)
Past T40 History: Mitchell’s made the top 40 twice to minor success; Max’s hit “Sweet But Psycho” spent two weeks at #3 in May.

ALESSIA CARA – “Rooting For You” (Def Jam)
Album: This Summer (EP) (2019)
Past T40 History: Cara’s last three chart releases have missed the top ten at the format. However, she still has four #1 hits to date.

KHALID featuring A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE – “Right Back” (Right Hand/RCA)
Album: Free Spirit (original solo version, 2019)
Past T40 History: In the last eleven months, Khalid’s put three titles (two collaborations and one solo hit) at the top of the survey.

SAWEETIE – “My Type” (ICY/Artistry/Warner)
Album: ICY (EP) (2019)
Past T40 History: The rapper hasn’t charted here before. Her track samples 2004’s “Freek-A-Leek” by Petey Pablo, which hit #18.

Next week: due to the Labor Day holiday, no songs are currently listed as impacting at the format for next Tuesday.

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 (August 25, 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. For all of you señores y señoritas wanting to know how your favorite songs are doing, let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

IF I CAN HAVE TWO: It’s a huge week for Shawn Mendes on the Top 40 chart, as the pop star leaps from 3-1 with the Camila Cabello-assisted “Señorita”, while “If I Can’t Have You” reverses direction and leaps from 4-2, thanks in part to a midweek spike in airplay. Though originally released as stand-alone singles, both tracks can be found on a digital reissue of his 2018 self-titled album. Mendes joins Halsey as the only two artists to control the top two slots on the pop chart for a period of time this year.

Charting with her third top 40 solo hit, Normani leaps onto the survey at #34 with “Motivation”, which was last Tuesday’s top title on the weekly adds report. Of course, Normani had an additional nine top 40 songs as a member of Fifth Harmony. The late great Whitney Houston earns her 30th top 40 hit this week thanks to Kygo‘s new version of “Higher Love”, up 41-38. It also makes the top 40 on the Hot AC chart this Sunday. On the pop airwaves, this marks Kygo’s sixth top 40 single to date. The third and final entry in the region is the first for viral star Lil Tecca, who bounces from 43-40 with “Ransom”. The song also makes a significant move at the Rhythmic radio format, where it lifts into the top ten.

“Small Talk” leads off this week’s top 50 entries, as Katy Perry‘s latest release bows at #42. It’s her third single to chart this year. A few spots lower, at #46, Twenty One Pilots return to the pop airspace with “The Hype”. The song is currently approaching the top ten on the Alternative chart and heads for adds at the Hot AC format tomorrow. Finally, at #49, Saweetie makes the Top 40 list for the first time with “My Type”, a recent top ten hit on both the Rhythmic and Urban charts. The tune samples Petey Pablo‘s “Freek-A-Leek”, a 2004 single which spent two weeks at #18 that July.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Thirty Four

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…

FINNEAS – “Shelter” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: 13th appearance

Ahead of his forthcoming EP titled Blood Harmony and a solo headline tour, singer and songwriter Finneas O’Connell continues to put out good music that’s true to himself and unique from his sister’s catalog. This tune is one of his more radio-friendly cuts so far.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
DRUMAQ – “Translucent”
FRANKE – “Down For No Reason”
JOCELYN ALICE – “Sweetheart”
PEYTON LIST featuring CANNON – “Don’t Cry”
SAM CREIGHTON – “Someone Else’s Party”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 25, 2019

A Keane sense of a hit.

40. Why Don’t We – What Am I
39. Diplo featuring Morgan Wallen – Heartless | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Normani – Motivation (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
31. Ingrid Michaelson – Young And In Love (38)
28. Keane – Love Too Much (33)
23. Katy Perry – Small Talk (29)
19. Smith & Thell – Hotel Walls (25)
18. Tones And I – Dance Monkey (23)
13. Stephen Puth – Look Away (18)
11. Kygo x Whitney Houston – Higher Love (16)

10. P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton – Love Me Anyway (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Rob Thomas – Can’t Help Me Now (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Katy Perry – Never Really Over (06) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. Elton John & Taron Egerton – (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Michael Bublé – Forever Now (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Zara Larsson – All The Time (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Bastille – Joy (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
03. Illenium & Jon Bellion – Good Things Fall Apart (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Keane – The Way I Feel (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Gone West – What Could’ve Been (1)
2. Stanaj – Love Me (4)
3. Ingrid Andress – More Hearts Than Mine (2)
4. Morgxn – A New Way (6)
5. Lauv featuring Anne-Marie – Lonely (8)
6. Fitz & The Tantrums – I Just Wanna Shine (7)
7. Alec Benjamin – If We Have Each Other (3)
8. NCT 127 – Highway To Heaven (10)
9. JOHN.k – If We Never Met (9)
10. Lizzo – Good As Hell (-)

In The Mix:
AJ Mitchell featuring Ava Max – Slow Dance
Ali Gatie – It’s You
Andy Grammer – Wish You Pain (new)
Joseph – Fighter
Lauren Daigle – Rescue
Lee Brice – Rumor
Maddie Poppe – Not Losing You (new)
Miley Cyrus – Slide Away
New Hope Club – Love Again
Taylor Swift – Lover
Tegan & Sara – I’ll Be Back Someday
The Highwomen – The Chain
The Score – Stay

Chart Notes:

  • Keane remains at #1 for the second week with “The Way I Feel”, which marks their sixth overall career week at the top. Their forthcoming set, Cause And Effect, is out September 20. Normani scores this week’s Biggest Mover with “Motivation”, taking a nice leap from 40-32. A pair of new songs reach the top 40 this week, led by the Diplo and Morgan Wallen collaboration “Heartless” at #39. Though Wallen’s hit the top of the Country radio chart twice since last year, this single impacts at the Hot AC format next month. One notch lower, the band Why Don’t We grabs their fourth top 40 entry on my chart with “What Am I”, which also heads for adds at the Hot AC and Top 40 formats next month.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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