Monthly Archives: September 2019

RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 30-October 1, 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 a new release impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DIPLO & JONAS BROTHERS – “Lonely” (Columbia)
Album: Diplo Presents: Thomas Wesley (2019?)
Past T40 History: Another cut from the same project, the Morgan Wallen-assisted “Heartless”, recently impacted at Hot AC radio.

Next week: new Alternative crossovers from AJR and Billie Eilish lead the list of next Tuesday’s impacting songs.

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 (September 29, 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. PGTC wishes a very sweet new year to all of our readers celebrating Rosh Hashanah, which begins tonight. Let’s see what’s sweet and sticky at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

THIS “HURTS” TOO: Lizzo‘s “Truth Hurts” remains at #1 on the Top 40 chart for the second week, losing about 350 spins from last week’s published update. The song also climbs to #6 and #10 on the Urban and Hot AC lists, respectively. The tune should have enough of a lead to manage a third week at the top, though Lewis Capaldi‘s “Someone You Loved” (up 4-3) will begin to challenge it in the next few weeks.

Three songs find themselves entering the top 40 this week, led by the current Alternative radio single by Twenty One Pilots. “The Hype”, a top five hit at that format, rises from 41-36 here, becoming the duo’s sixth top 40 entry on the Top 40 list. Alessia Cara is also new to the region with “Rooting For You”, her tenth top 40 track, which leaps from 44-38. Also on the move is Saweetie‘s “My Type”, a recent #1 song on the Rhythmic chart, which bounces from 46-39. It’s her first top 40 song on the Top 40 chart.

The week’s top 50 entries are led by a newcomer, Ali Gatie, who checks in at #48 with his viral release “It’s You”. At #49, “Harder” pairs Jax Jones with Bebe Rexha for their first charting collaboration. Finally, at #50, Loud Luxury and Bryce Vine combine for “I’m Not Alright”, which is already receiving solid airplay in the duo’s native Canada.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Thirty Nine

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…

PETER THOMAS – “If You’re Happy Now” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fourth appearance

Underrated pop songwriter and performer Thomas has a history of making fantastic music and his artist project has produced even more cool songs since the summer. This one, a mellow 80’s soft pop-influenced tune, certainly makes us happy that it was released.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ALLIE X – “Fresh Laundry”
DELANEY JANE – “Safe With You”
LOWEN – “Only In My Dreams”
STEFAN BENZ – “Get Over You”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 29, 2019

Strikes the right Tones.

40. American Authors featuring Maddie Poppe & Phillip Phillips – Bring It On Home
38. Adam Lambert – Superpower | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. The Script – The Last Time (37)
26. Maroon 5 – Memories (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Rey – Don’t Call Me Angel (32)
22. Steve Aoki featuring Backstreet Boys – Let It Be Me (27)
11. Normani – Motivation (16)
(see #6 below)

10. Smith & Thell – Hotel Walls (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Michael Bublé – Forever Now (06) | PEAK: #04
08. Illenium & Jon Bellion – Good Things Fall Apart (07) | PEAK: #01 for one week
07. Stephen Puth – Look Away (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Taylor Swift – Lover (12) | PEAK: #06
05. Rob Thomas – Can’t Help Me Now (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Kygo x Whitney Houston – Higher Love (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Zara Larsson – All The Time (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Tones And I – Dance Monkey (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Ben Platt – Rain (4)
2. Fitz & The Tantrums – I Just Wanna Shine (3)
3. James Blunt – Cold (1)
4. OneRepublic – Somebody To Love (8)
5. Lauv featuring Anne-Marie – Lonely (2)
6. Parachute – Had It All (9)
7. Chelsea Cutler & Jeremy Zucker – You Were Good To Me (6)
8. Andy Grammer – Wish You Pain (10)
9. Miley Cyrus – Slide Away (7)
10. Lukas Graham – Lie (-)

In The Mix:
Ali Gatie – It’s You
Bebe Rexha – You Can’t Stop The Girl
Bülow – Boys Will Be Boys
Celine Dion – Imperfections
Dean Lewis – Straight Back Down
Diplo featuring Jonas Brothers – Lonely (new)
Echosmith – Lonely Generation (new)
FINNEAS – Shelter (new)
John Splithoff – Proud
Liam Payne – Stack It Up
Oh Wonder – Hallelujah
Rex Orange County – 10/10
Scott Helman – Everything Sucks (new)
The Griswolds – Nice To Meet Ya!

Chart Notes:

  • Congrats to Australia’s Tones And I, who advances from 3-1 on this week’s chart with “Dance Monkey”. It’s her first #1 song on my chart. At this time, the single has also reached the top spot nationally in countries like Australia, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden. Maroon 5 rises from 35-26 with “Memories”, taking this week’s Biggest Mover title, while Adam Lambert‘s “Superpower” debuts at #38, marking this week’s top new entry. Starting at #40 is another debut song, “Bring It On Home” by American Authors. While you can find the original cut on their album Seasons, a new version, which debuted on Friday, features American Idol champs Maddie Poppe and Phillip Phillips.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 28, 2003

Moore songs for your pleasure.

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 16 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of September 28, 2003:

36. BLACK EYED PEAS, “Shut Up”
33. CONTACT, “Working Girl”

Biggest Mover(s):
CLAY AIKEN, “Invisible” (33-22, eleven spots)

10. HILARY DUFF, “So Yesterday” (down 3)
Album: Metamorphosis (2003, Buena Vista/Hollywood Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

09. LIZ PHAIR, “Why Can’t I?” (down 1)
Album: Liz Phair (2003, Capitol Records)
Peak: #7

08. JOHN MAYER, “Bigger Than My Body” (down 5)
Album: Heavier Things (2003, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

07. MANDY MOORE, “Have A Little Faith In Me” (up 2)
Album: Coverage (2003, Epic Records)
Peak: #5

06. PINK, “Trouble” (up 4)
Album: Try This (2003, LaFace/Arista Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

05. MARIA, “I Give, You Take” (up 1)
Album: My Soul (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

04. 3 DOORS DOWN, “Here Without You” (up 1)
Album: Away From The Sun (2002, Republic/Universal Records)
Peak: #4

03. DIDO, “White Flag” (up 1)
Album: Life For Rent (2003, Arista Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

02. MAROON 5, “Harder To Breathe” (steady, second week)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone/J Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

01. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE, “Stacy’s Mom” (steady, second week)
Album: Welcome Interstate Managers (2003, S-Curve/EMI Records)
Peak: #1 for six 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 September 27, 2019

Could be number one, baby.

Oh baby! It’s another week of great releases on the schedule, including larger country, rock and rap sets that will get you streaming away. Here are all the top new albums and singles hitting stores this Friday:

DABABY – Kirk (iTunes)
Features: the streaming hit “Intro”, as well as featured appearances by Migos, Nicki Minaj and more

JON PARDI – Heartache Medication (iTunes)
Features: the title track, a current top 20 song on the Country radio chart

Notable albums out this week: Becky Hill‘s Get To Know (iTunes), Boy & Bear‘s Suck On Light (iTunes), Drax Project‘s Drax Project (iTunes), Eric Bellinger‘s Saved By The Bellinger (iTunes), Hellyeah‘s Welcome Home (iTunes), Kevin Gates‘s I’m Him (iTunes), Kristin Chenoweth‘s For The Girls (iTunes), Marc E. Bassy‘s PMD (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Libertad 548 (iTunes), Sturgill Simpson‘s Sound & Fury (iTunes), Tegan & Sara‘s Hey, I’m Just Like You (iTunes), The Beatles‘s Abbey Road (Super Deluxe) (iTunes), Whiskey Myers‘s Whiskey Myers (iTunes), Judy (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Adam Lambert‘s Velvet: Side A (iTunes), Astrid S‘s Down Low (iTunes), James Droll‘s Self Sacrifice (iTunes), John Newman‘s A.N.i.M.A.L. (iTunes), Love Fame Tragedy‘s I Don’t Want To Play The Victim, But I’m Really Good At It (iTunes), Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds‘s This Is The Place (iTunes), nothing,nowhere. & Travis Barker‘s Bloodlust (iTunes), Push Baby‘s Woah (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“All The Way (Stay)” and “Love Never”, Jimmy Eat World (iTunes)
“Almost Heaven”, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon (iTunes)
“Angel With Tattoos”, Skylar Grey (iTunes)
“Baby, Let’s Do This”, Cade Foehner (iTunes)
“Bad Girlfriend”, Olivia Holt (iTunes)
“Be Fine”, Ekali featuring Wafia (iTunes)
“Bloodshot” and “Waste”, Dove Cameron (iTunes)
“Boys Like You”, Dodie (iTunes)
“Bring It On Home”, American Authors featuring Phillip Phillips & Maddie Poppe (iTunes)
“Broke Me Down”, Janine (iTunes)
“Bullet To The Heart”, Jackson Wang (iTunes)
“Caught Up In The Landslide”, Kim Churchill (iTunes)
“Cold Heart”, Luh Kel (iTunes)
“Cynical”, Katelyn Tarver (iTunes)
“DNA (Acoustic)”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“Don’t Say A Word”, Consoul Trainin & Lewis Watson (iTunes)
“Extra Fr!es”, Ilira (iTunes)
“Everything Sucks”, Scott Helman (iTunes)
“Fado”, Milky Chance (iTunes)
“Fendi”, PnB Rock featuring Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz (iTunes)
“Finally Feel Good”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Freedom Rings”, Brandy (iTunes)
“Fresh Laundry”, Allie X (iTunes)
“From Out Of Nowhere”, Jeff Lynne’s ELO (iTunes)
“Games”, Tessa Violet (iTunes)
“Get Over You”, Stefan Benz (iTunes)
“Good Thing”, Zedd & Kehlani (iTunes)
“Haunted Heart”, Christina Aguilera (iTunes)
“Her Love Is Killin’ Me”, Huey Lewis & The News (iTunes)
“High On Your Love”, Armin Van Buuren featuring James Newman (iTunes)
“History Of Violence”, Theory Of A Deadman (iTunes)
“Hold On”, Lil Tjay (iTunes)
“Holy Water”, Galantis (iTunes)
“Home Alone”, Walk Off The Earth (iTunes)
“Hotel Room”, Lauren Sanderson (iTunes)
“Hurts The Most”, Rationale & Ayelle (iTunes)
“I Hope You’re Happy Now”, Carly Pearce + Lee Brice (iTunes)
“I Think I Luv Her”, Tyla Yaweh featuring YG (iTunes)
“If You’re Happy Now”, Peter Thomas (iTunes)
“Lean On Me”, Illy featuring Robinson (iTunes)
“Lie”, Lukas Graham (iTunes)
“Lonely”, Diplo & Jonas Brothers (iTunes)
“Lonely”, Noah Cyrus (iTunes)
“Lonely Generation”, Echosmith (iTunes)
“Magic”, Aijia (iTunes)
“Mixed Emotions”, Emily Weisband (iTunes)
“Navy Blue”, Charlotte Lawrence (iTunes)
“Never Alone”, Felix Jaehn & Mesto featuring VCATION (iTunes)
“Nothing Is Wrong”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Oblivion”, Zayde Wølf x Neoni (iTunes)
“October Eyes”, Alt Bloom (iTunes)
“Only In My Dreams”, Lowen (iTunes)
“Pick Up Your Phone”, JC Stewart (iTunes)
“Play With Me”, Electric Guest (iTunes)
“Right Here”, Keshi (iTunes)
“Rushing Back”, Flume featuring Vera Blue (iTunes)
“Safe With You”, Delaney Jane (iTunes)
“Slide”, H.E.R. featuring YG (iTunes)
“Something Has To Change”, The Japanese House (iTunes)
“South Of The Border (Cheat Codes Remix)”, Ed Sheeran featuring Camila Cabello & Cardi B (iTunes)
“Stretch You Out”, Summer Walker featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (iTunes)
“Table For 2”, Alok & IRO (iTunes)
“The Other Side (Acoustic)”, Justin Klump (iTunes)
“To Me”, Alina Baraz (iTunes)
“Trampoline”, SHAED & ZAYN (iTunes)
“Truth Hurts (Remix)”, Lizzo featuring AB6IX (iTunes)
“Wanted”, NOTD & Daya (iTunes)
“Wave”, Meghan Trainor featuring Mike Sabath (iTunes)
“When We Were Young”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Wild Girl”, Kito & Empress Of (iTunes)
“Wonder”, Phil Good (iTunes)
“Writing On The Wall”, French Montana featuring Post Malone, Cardi B & Rvssian (iTunes)
“You Are Losing Me”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“Your Best Friend Is A Hater”, Emotional Oranges (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from artists like Brantley Gilbert, Dermot Kennedy, Sabrina Claudio, Wilco 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 (September 24, 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: Maroon 5 tops the adds report and conjures up some musical memories, as new releases from Bebe Rexha and Liam Payne also stack their adds high. Let’s add ’em up:

FROM 5 TO 1: The new single from Maroon 5 easily leads the week’s adds report at the Top 40 format, as “Memories” starts with 135 stations on impact. It also led yesterday’s report at the Hot AC format, where it scooped up another 76. The tune is already well into the top 40 at both formats, so expect it to glide up these (and other) charts through the fall months.

Rexha’s “You Can’t Stop The Girl” and Payne’s “Stack It Up”, featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, start in second and third place respectively, with 45 and 40 stations on impact. The former title comes from the soundtrack to Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil, which opens on October 18. The latter is expected to appear on a forthcoming album by Payne, though his debut set has yet to materialize in the nearly 2-1/2 years he’s been charting as a solo artist. (An EP, which featured no radio singles, was released last August.) Both tunes are likely to make the top 50 by early next month, as the threshold for charting at the format is noticeably higher as of recent.

Charting releases by Halsey, Lizzo and Taylor Swift are among those prominent songs making up the rest of the top ten.

Look out for more information on next week’s impacting songs on our Monday morning log.

1. MAROON 5, “Memories” (222/Interscope)
2. BEBE REXHA, “You Can’t Stop The Girl” (Warner)
3. LIAM PAYNE featuring A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE, “Stack It Up” (Republic)
4. HALSEY, “Graveyard” (Capitol)
5. ARIANA GRANDE, MILEY CYRUS & LANA DEL REY, “Don’t Call Me Angel” (Republic)
6. LIZZO, “Good As Hell” (Nice Life/Atlantic)
7. THE CHAINSMOKERS & ILLENIUM featuring LENNON STELLA, “Takeaway” (Disruptor/Columbia)
8. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Lover” (Republic)
9-T. KYGO x WHITNEY HOUSTON, “Higher Love” (RCA)
9-T. LIL NAS X, “Panini” (Columbia)

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