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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 1, 2015

“Good” times in 2015.

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 February 1, 2015…

38. SAINT MOTEL, “My Type”
37. LIFE OF DILLON, “Overload”

Biggest Mover(s):
ELLIE GOULDING, “Love Me Like You Do” (up 25-15, ten spots)

10. WALK THE MOON, “Shut Up And Dance” (down 3)
Album: Talking Is Hard (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

09. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Style” (up 7)
Album: 1989 (2014, Big Machine/Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

08. HOODIE ALLEN featuring ED SHEERAN, “All About It” (up 2)
Album: People Keep Talking (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

07. MARTIN LUKE BROWN, “Nostalgia” (up 1)
Album: Nostalgia (Single) (2014, Parlophone Records)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

06. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Blank Space” (down 2)
Album: 1989 (2014, Big Machine/Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. ONE DIRECTION, “Night Changes” (up 1)
Album: FOUR (2014, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. MAT KEARNEY, “Heartbeat” (up 1)
Album: JUST KIDS (2015, Republic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

03. MARK RONSON featuring BRUNO MARS, “Uptown Funk” (steady, third week)
Album: Uptown Special (2015, RCA Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. THE SCRIPT, “No Good In Goodbye” (steady, third week)
Album: No Sound Without Silence (2014, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. ED SHEERAN, “Thinking Out Loud” (steady, third week)
Album: x (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for four 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 January 31, 2020

Ahead of the Super Bowl, it’s a touchdown for top albums from Kesha, Lil Wayne, Meghan Trainor and Russ, as well as new singles from Dua Lipa, Madison Beer, Taylor Swift and more. Are you ready to root for your favorite musical team? Let the games begin:

K. MICHELLE – All Monsters Are Human (iTunes)
Features: “The Rain”, a current top ten single on the Urban AC chart

LIL WAYNE – Funeral (iTunes)
Features: the title cut and “Wild Dogs”, as previewed on his social media pages

RUSS – Shake The Snow Globe (iTunes)
Features: “Best On Earth”, a current top ten single on the Rhythmic and Urban charts

THEORY OF A DEADMAN – Say Nothing (iTunes)
Features: “History Of Violence”, a current top five single on the Active Rock chart

Notable albums out this week: Blossoms‘s Foolish Loving Places (iTunes), Kesha‘s High Road (iTunes), Louis Tomlinson‘s Walls (iTunes), Meghan Trainor‘s Treat Myself (iTunes), Yo Gotti‘s Untrapped (iTunes), Youngr‘s Memories (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Gorillaz‘s Song Machine, Ep. 1 (iTunes), Joseph‘s Trio Sessions: Vol. 1 (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Addicted To The Sunshine”, Lime Cordiale (iTunes)
“Anyone”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Back To It”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Beautiful Faces”, Declan McKenna (iTunes)
“Blue Jeans”, Jubel (iTunes)
“Catatonia”, The Amity Affliction (iTunes)
“Creep”, Yuna (iTunes)
“Devil I Know”, Allie X (iTunes)
“Diva”, The Kid Laroi featuring Lil Tecca (iTunes)
“Don’t Break Me”, Montaigne (iTunes)
“Don’t Mind”, Louis The Child (iTunes)
“Don’t Want You Back”, Wallaby featuring Lucas Marx (iTunes)
“Down For You”, Cosmo’s Midnight & Ruel (iTunes)
“Dream About You”, Charlotte Sands (iTunes)
“Get Me”, Justin Bieber featuring Kehlani (iTunes)
“Get Your Wish”, Porter Robinson (iTunes)
“Good Enough”, Noak Hellsing (iTunes)
“Good In Goodbye”, Madison Beer (iTunes)
“Gone Again”, Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
“Heartless”, Diplo featuring Julia Michaels & Morgan Wallen (iTunes)
“Holywater”, Volumes (iTunes)
“Honest”, San Holo featuring Broods (iTunes)
“Hot Girl Bummer”, Our Last Night (iTunes)
“Hungry”, Gia Woods (iTunes)
“Hurt By You”, Donna Missal (iTunes)
“I Just Fell In Love With My Ex”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Keep Me Up”, Michael Schulte (iTunes)
“Leave It Alone”, Hayley Williams (iTunes)
“Letter To Nipsey”, Meek Mill featuring Roddy Ricch (iTunes)
“Lemonade”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Loneliness For Love”, Lovelytheband (iTunes)
“Love Me Hard”, Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“Lucky”, Fleur East (iTunes)
“Mambo”, Nikki Vianna (iTunes)
“Maybe”, Jake Scott (iTunes)
“M.O.”, Mayer Hawthorne (iTunes)
“Mostly Mine”, Lucas Estrada featuring Kyan Palmer (iTunes)
“Nightmare”, Nothing,Nowhere. (iTunes)
“No Drama”, Two Friends (iTunes)
“No Service In The Hills”, Cheat Codes featuring Trippie Redd, Blackbear & Princess Rosie (iTunes)
“Not Coming Home Tonight”, Shiah Maisel (iTunes)
“Only The Young”, Taylor Swift (iTunes)
“Our Love”, Incubus (iTunes)
“Perico”, Snow Tha Product (iTunes)
“Physical”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Retrograde”, Zac Pajak (iTunes)
“Rodeo”, Lil Nas X & Nas (iTunes)
“Say It Now”, Joe Sugg (iTunes)
“Sway With Me”, Saweetie & Galxara (iTunes)
“Swimming Pool”, Eliza & The Delusionals (iTunes)
“Told You So”, Mike Perry featuring Orange Villa (iTunes)
“Value”, A$AP Ferg (iTunes)
“Wasted Summer”, Teamwork, Loote & John K (iTunes)
“We Are Love”, Don Diablo (iTunes)
“When Was The Last Time?”, Rhys Lewis (iTunes)
“Yellow Hearts”, Ant Saunders featuring Audrey Mika (iTunes)

Next week, the new albums and EPs from Green Day, JP Saxe and Richard Marx, as well as the Birds Of Prey soundtrack, are among the major titles on the schedule. 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 (January 28, 2020)

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: just cuz we love Lizzo and Taylor Swift, the Top 40 panel has rewarded their latest singles with first and second place finishes on this week’s report. Who landed where? Let’s add ’em up:

CUZ THEY’RE MOST ADDED: After a very fierce battle for much of the day, Grammy nominee Swift’s “The Man” is just ahead of winner Lizzo’s “Cuz I Love You” on the Top 40 adds report, earning 87 and 80 stations on impact, respectively. Swift’s track was in second place on yesterday’s report at Hot AC radio. Lizzo’s track tied for first place on the new report at Rhythmic radio. They’re both likely to fly into the top 40 by the weekend, “Cuz” from its #49 entry last Sunday and “Man” from just outside the top 50.

Two more impacting releases made the top five today: Doja Cat‘s “Say So”, earning 33 stations and a third place finish, and Noah Cyrus‘s “July”, earning 28 stations and a fifth place finish. The former title is the follow-up to “Juicy”, which reached the top 40 in late December and registered a new peak of #33 last Sunday. The latter song, which is available in its original form and an updated version with Leon Bridges, has appeared in the top ten on the adds report at Hot AC radio for the past two weeks. The two tracks should find their way into the top 50 at the format by the weekend, likely due to the recent lowered spin threshold to chart.

Charting songs from Roddy Ricch and the Jonas Brothers are among those returning to the top ten on this week’s report.

Next week, Selena Gomez‘s “Rare” (tied for third place) should have another huge week at the format for its official impact date.

1. TAYLOR SWIFT, “The Man” (Republic)
2. LIZZO, “Cuz I Love You” (Atlantic)
3-T. DOJA CAT, “Say So” (Kemosabe/RCA)
3-T. SELENA GOMEZ, “Rare” (Interscope)
5. NOAH CYRUS, “July” (RECORDS/Columbia)
6. RODDY RICCH, “The Box” (Atlantic)
7. CHELSEA CUTLER, “Sad Tonight” (Republic)
8-T. HALSEY, “You Should Be Sad” (Capitol)
8-T. JONAS BROTHERS, “What A Man Gotta Do” (Republic)
10. LEWIS CAPALDI, “Before You Go” (Capitol)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (January 27-28, 2020)

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:

DOJA CAT – “Say So” (Kemosabe/RCA)
Album: Hot Pink (2019)
Past T40 History: The video app TikTok continues to propel the career of this performer, who is now going through a single swap.

LIZZO – “Cuz I Love You” (Atlantic)
Album: Cuz I Love You (2019)
Past T40 History: After a big night at the Grammy Awards, the title song from Lizzo’s album should become her fourth top 40 hit.

NOAH CYRUS featuring LEON BRIDGES – “July” (RECORDS/Columbia)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: Cyrus has earned four top 40 entries to date at the format, though the last three have stalled outside the top 30.

TAYLOR SWIFT – “The Man” (Republic)
Album: Lover (2019)
Past T40 History: Will the fourth single from Swift’s album become the highest-charting of the era? It’ll need to beat a peak of #6.

After some significant early action, the title song from Selena Gomez‘s chart-topping album Rare impacts 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 (January 26, 2020)

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. Just ahead of the Grammy Awards, we have some new winners on the airwaves. Here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this week:

ANOTHER FINE POST: With a difference of only nine spins between #1 and #2 this week, Post Malone‘s enduring hit “Circles” returns to the top of the Top 40 chart for a sixth nonconsecutive week. The smash also holds at #4 on the Hot AC chart. Will it score a seventh week at #1 in time for the Super Bowl? Better yet, will it ever leave the chart? We may never know. Actually, we will, but it will have to wait until next Sunday.

Four new songs enter the top 40 at the format this week, three by performers who are new to the chart. The group Brockhampton is one, up from 41-35 with “Sugar”. Roddy Ricch leaps from 49-38 with a cut that’s also flying through the top 20 on the Rhythmic and Urban charts, “The Box”. It continues to hold at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. Regard‘s “Ride It” also lifts from 47-39 on the pop radio chart, while Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke earns her third solo top 40 entry with “No Good”, rising from 45-40.

Additionally, there are four new entries in the top 50 this week, along with a single re-entry that’s been outside the region for almost five months. Newcomer Chelsea Cutler starts things off at #43 with “Sad Tonight”, which impacted at the format last Tuesday. It’s also a good week for Selena Gomez, who enters at #44 with the title track from her recent album Rare. After last appearing at #45 on the chart dated September 1, Maren Morris is on the rebound with “The Bones”, stepping back in at #47. The track is currently in the top ten on the Country and Hot AC radio lists. Grammy nominee Lizzo‘s “Cuz I Love You” debuts at #49, while the Mustard and Roddy Ricch collaboration “Ballin'” sneaks in at #50 to close out this week’s activities. The latter hit went to #1 on the Rhythmic and Urban charts earlier this month.

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RECORD REWIND 2020: PGTC Picks, Week 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…

BRIGETTA & JAKE SCOTT – “How Did We Get Here?” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Third appearance / first appearance

Both of these performers were featured in separate episodes of the NBC songwriting competition Songland, though neither had the winning pitch for their respective artist. Now, the pair is together again and making fantastic music, including this beautiful ballad.

FLY BY MIDNIGHT – “The Ad Above Your Head” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: 14th appearance

After recently moving to Los Angeles, the duo of Justin Bryte and Justin Slaven are wasting no time flying back onto the Rewind. A slight change of pace from some of their more recent tunes, the men still manage to put together a good song with a dreamy sound.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
JT ROACH – “Unforgettable”
MAX GEORGE – “That’s Not Me”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 26, 2020

Our Lipa’s are sealed.

40. Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
39. Finneas – Let’s Fall In Love For The Night
38. Taylor Swift – The Man | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Kaleo – I Want More (38)
29. The 1975 – Me & You Together Song (39)
28. Old Dominion – One Man Band (33)
26. Mandy Moore – Save A Little For Yourself (37) | BIGGEST MOVER

10. Tones And I – Never Seen The Rain (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Martin Garrix & Dean Lewis – Used To Love (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Niall Horan – Nice To Meet Ya (07) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
07. Scott Helman – Everything Sucks (05) | PEAK: #02
06. Lewis Capaldi – Before You Go (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Maggie Rogers – Love You For A Long Time (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Coldplay – Orphans (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
03. Harry Styles – Adore You (03) | PEAK: #03
02. JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels – If The World Was Ending (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Anson Seabra – Trying My Best (5)
2. Mitch James – Sunday Morning (2)
3. Kodaline – Wherever You Are (7)
4. Daughtry – Alive (6)
5. John Legend – Conversations In The Dark (10)
6. Chelsea Cutler – Sad Tonight (-)
7. Shawn Hook – I Don’t Wanna Dance (-)
8. Tennis – Need Your Love (-)
9. Brian Fallon – 21 Days (-)
10. HAIM – Hallelujah (9)

In The Mix:
Delta Goodrem – Let It Rain
Grace Potter featuring Lucius – Back To Me
Green Day – Oh Yeah!
Grouplove – Deleter
Hayley Williams – Simmer (new)
James Blunt – The Truth
James Taylor – Teach Me Tonight (new)
Jonas Brothers – What A Man Gotta Do
New Hope Club & R3HAB – Let Me Down Slow
Pearl Jam – Dance Of The Clairvoyants (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Dua Lipa holds at #1 on my personal chart for the third week with “Don’t Start Now”, as the top four remains unchanged. Lipa is set to release her next single, “Physical”, this coming Friday. Will it be strong enough to enter the top 40 by the weekend? Stay tuned. Rising from 37-26, this week’s Biggest Mover belongs to Mandy Moore‘s “Save A Little For Yourself”, the first radio single off her forthcoming set Silver Landings. It heads for adds at the Triple A radio format next month. Taylor Swift leads the debut parade at #38 with “The Man”, the new and fourth radio single from Lover, while Finneas‘s “Let’s Fall In Love For The Night” (#39) and Lizzo‘s “Cuz I Love You” (#40) follow just behind it. Look for both Swift and Lizzo’s songs to place high on the adds report at Top 40 radio this coming Tuesday. Finneas’s song, which originally came out in the fall of 2018, impacts at the Alternative radio format in a few weeks.

 (See my full chart on Crownnote)

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