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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 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. We made it: 2019’s last official chart. Here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this week:

THE CIRCLE ISN’T SMALL: As the end of the decade edges closer, Post Malone‘s “Circles” leads the Top 40 chart for the third nonconsecutive week. In terms of spins, it’s safely ahead of established hits by Lizzo (#2) and Selena Gomez (#3), so it might end up with one additional week at the top (unless Gomez’s song recovers enough to push through by next weekend. Stay tuned.)

The Weeknd‘s “Blinding Lights” shines from 44-38, marking his 13th top 40 song at the format. His prior single, “Heartless”, rises a notch from 16-15. Newcomer Doja Cat scratches into the top 40 as well, jumping from 41-39 with “Juicy”. It currently ranks at #7 and #12 on the Rhythmic and Urban radio charts, respectively. The hit is available in both an album version and a remix with Tyga.

Camila Cabello bolts into the top 50 at #41 with the DaBaby-assisted “My Oh My”, the newest single off her album Romance. It’s scheduled to impact at the format next Tuesday, while it heads for Hot AC adds a day earlier. Coming off larger seasonal airplay, the Jonas Brothers will spend a single week on the chart with “Like It’s Christmas”, which checks in at #48. It recently topped the AC radio list, though it drops from 1-8 on the new update. (Appropriately, the trio replaces themselves at the summit with “Sucker”.)

Happy New Year from PGTC! See you for more radio fun in 2020.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Fifty Two

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…

(Due to the holidays and a smaller release schedule, commentary will return at the top of January. Enjoy the break!)
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PICK OF THE WEEK: ONE
BROTHERS PAGE – “Cause The World Is Small” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

PICK OF THE WEEK: TWO
GREAT GOOD FINE OK – “2020” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Third appearance

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
(no additional material this week)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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

Things are chilly on top.

DEBUTS
40. Alec Benjamin – Mind Is A Prison
39. Conan Gray – Maniac | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
24. Tones And I – Never Seen The Rain (29)
20. Lewis Capaldi – Before You Go (25)
10. Harry Styles – Adore You (17) | BIGGEST MOVER — three weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Harry Styles – Adore You (17) | PEAK: #10
09. Tones And I – Dance Monkey (09) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
08. Louis Tomlinson – We Made It (10) | PEAK: #08
07. The Script – The Last Time (07) | PEAK: #03
06. Harry Styles – Lights Up (06) | PEAK: #06
05. JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels – If The World Was Ending (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Niall Horan – Nice To Meet Ya (03) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
02. Scott Helman – Everything Sucks (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Coldplay – Orphans (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Noah Cyrus featuring Leon Bridges – July (1)
2. Tom Walker – Better Half Of Me (2)
3. Mitch James – Sunday Morning (3)
4. Finneas – Let’s Fall In Love For The Night (4)
5. Louis Tomlinson – Don’t Let It Break Your Heart (5)
6. Lizzo – Cuz I Love You (7)
7. Delaney Jane – Safe With You (6)
8. HAIM – Hallelujah (10)
9. Anson Seabra – Trying My Best (-)
10. Daughtry – Alive (9)

In The Mix:
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
James Blunt – The Truth (new)
Old Dominion – One Man Band (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Coldplay‘s “Orphans” marks its second week at #1 on my personal chart, as it remains atop the Alternative and Triple A radio lists as well. It’s also another good week for Harry Styles‘s “Adore You”, which soars from 17-10 to become the Biggest Mover for a third consecutive chart. At #39, newcomer Conan Gray enters with “Maniac”, followed by Alec Benjamin with “Mind Is A Prison” at #40. “Mind” becomes Benjamin’s second top 40 song to date; he earned a week at #1 in January with “Let Me Down Slowly”.

 (See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: December 25, 2016

Some talented humans on the 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 three years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of December 25, 2016…

Debuts:
(none)

Biggest Mover(s):
MUNA, “I Know A Place” (up 39-31, eight spots)

10. SHAWN MENDES, “Mercy” (up 2)
Album: Illuminate (2016, Island/Republic Records)
Peak: #9

09. EMELI SANDÉ, “Hurts” (down 3)
Album: Long Live The Angels (2016, Capitol Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

08. LP, “Lost On You” (up 1)
Album: Lost On You (2016, Vagrant/BMG/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

07. JOHN MAYER, “Love On The Weekend” (steady, second week)
Album: The Search For Everything (2017, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

06. CAPTAIN CUTS featuring NATEUR, “Love Like We Used To” (down 1)
Album: Epic Lit (2017, Epic Records)
Peak: #5

05. RAG’N’BONE MAN, “Human” (up 5)
Album: Human (2017, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

04. NIALL HORAN, “This Town” (down 2)
Album: Flicker (2017, Neon Haze/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

03. JAMES TW, “When You Love Someone” (steady, third week)
Album: First Impressions – EP (2016, Island/Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

02. TRAIN, “Play That Song” (up 2)
Album: A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat (2017, Sunken Forest/Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. ADELE, “Water Under The Bridge” (steady, second week)
Album: 25 (2015, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three 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 December 27, 2019

Thx for the memories.

It’s the last normal release day of the month, the year and the decade. So, as we wave goodbye, these albums and singles hit stores this Friday:

Notable albums out this week: Ariana Grande‘s K bye for now (swt live) (iTunes), Blaenavon‘s Demoitis (iTunes), Bring Me The Horizon‘s Music To… (iTunes), Faustix‘s OMG It’s 2020 (iTunes), G Herbo‘s Sessions (iTunes), Sunday Service Choir‘s Jesus Is Born (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Red Velvet‘s ‘The ReVe Festival’ Finale (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2020”, Great Good Fine OK (iTunes)
“Ain’t That Why (Acoustic)”, R3HAB & Krewella (iTunes)
“Air”, Cub Sport (iTunes)
“All Me”, Kehlani featuring Keyshia Cole (iTunes)
“All The F*cking Time (Acoustic)”, Loote (iTunes)
“Alone, Part II”, Alan Walker & Ava Max (iTunes)
“Antisocial (Ghali Remix)”, Ed Sheeran & Travis Scott (iTunes)
“As Long As I Break Your Heart”, Ruben (iTunes)
“Behind The Light”, Joshua Hyslop (iTunes)
“Cause The World Is Small”, Brothers Page (iTunes)
“Glow”, Susan H (iTunes)
“Had Enough”, Don Toliver featuring Quavo & Offset (iTunes)
“Highest In The Room (Remix)”, Travis Scott featuring Rosalía & Lil Baby (iTunes)
“Hold On”, Martin Garrix with Matisse & Sadko featuring Michael Zitron (iTunes)
“I Don’t Care”, Buster Moe (iTunes)
“Keep Going”, Syn Cole (iTunes)
“Loco Contigo (Remix)”, DJ Snake, J Balvin & Ozuna featuring Nicky Jam, Natti Natasha, Darell & Sech (iTunes)
“Mixtape: Gone Days”, Stray Kids (iTunes)
“Money Play”, Burna Boy (iTunes)
“Monsters In My Mind”, Mads Langer (iTunes)
“No Denying”, J Hus (iTunes)
“Okay”, Ayelle (iTunes)
“Ride Like A Pro”, Kid Ink featuring Reo Cragun (iTunes)
“Sinner”, Like Mike (iTunes)
“Somebody Loved”, Kina Grannis (iTunes)
“Speak Love”, Anna Bergendahl (iTunes)
“The Git Up (Remix)”, Blanco Brown featuring Ciara (iTunes)
“The Plug”, Party Pupils & Drelli (iTunes)
“Trampoline (Dave Audé Remix)”, SHAED & ZAYN (iTunes)
“What To Do?”, Jackboys & Don Toliver (iTunes)

Next week, you can expect some fresh singles from Ava Max and Justin Bieber, among other releases. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 22, 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 ho-ho-hot stats may be slowing down a bit temporarily, but there’s still plenty to talk about. Here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this week:

CIRCLING BACK AROUND: Five weeks ago, it was the #1 song at the format. Now, it’s back at the top. Post Malone‘s “Circles” leads the list for the second nonconsecutive week. The global hit remains at #8 on the Hot AC radio survey, with additional action at several other formats.

Ant Saunders leads a pack of three new songs in the top 40 this week, climbing from 44-38 with “Yellow Hearts”. It’s his first tune to reach the region. The collaboration “Walking”, off the most recent compilation from record label 88rising, climbs from 45-39. It’s the first top 40 entry for its two lead performers, Joji and Jackson Wang, the fourth solo for Swae Lee and the eighth for Major Lazer. Finishing it off, the brothers known as AJR move from 42-40 with their fourth top 40 song at the format, “Dear Winter”.

The only new top 50 debut this week is the emerging TikTok hit “Falling”, the first charting song for Trevor Daniel, which lands at #50. It should reach the top 40 sometime next month.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Fifty 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…

(Due to the holidays and a smaller release schedule, commentary will return at the top of January. Enjoy the break!)
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PICK OF THE WEEK: ONE
BRUCE WIEGNER – “Skip This Christmas” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fourth appearance

PICK OF THE WEEK: TWO
LAUREN SANDERSON – “To The People I Hurt” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Third appearance

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
AARON TAOS – “Saboteur”
CUB SPORT – “City Of Angels”

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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