Monthly Archives: April 2020

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 1, 2020

Lane streets this week.

New month, new music! Start off your musical May with top releases from JoJo, Kenny Chesney and NCT Dream, as well as the latest tracks and remixes from Doja Cat, Halsey, Megan Thee Stallion and more. Stay inside and get inside another packed schedule full of bops:

DRAKE – Dark Lane Demo Tapes (iTunes)
Features: “Toosie Slide”, a former #1 song on the Hot 100, as well as collaborations with Future, Playboi Carti and Young Thug

JOJO – Good To Know (iTunes)
Features: “Man”, which is receiving minor airplay at the Rhythmic and Top 40 radio formats

KENNY CHESNEY – Here And Now (iTunes)
Features: “Tip Of My Tongue”, a former top ten hit on the Country radio chart, and the title track, now in the top 15 at the format

Notable albums out this week: Hot Country Knights‘s The K Is Silent (iTunes), Leven Kali‘s Hightide (iTunes), Maddy Jane‘s Not All Bad Or Good (iTunes), PVRIS‘s Use Me (iTunes), Sawyer Fredericks‘s Flowers For You (iTunes), Tommee Profitt‘s Covers, Vol. 1 (iTunes), We Three‘s Dear Paranoia, Sincerely Me (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Banners‘s Always Yours (iTunes), Jack Curley‘s Tomorrow (iTunes), KO‘s Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (iTunes), Lola Young‘s Renaissance (iTunes), Mahalia‘s Isolation Tapes (iTunes), NCT Dream‘s Reload (iTunes), Noah Kahan‘s Cape Elizabeth (iTunes), Sugar & The Hi-Lows‘s Shangri-La (iTunes), Todrick Hall‘s Quarantine Queen (iTunes), Zig Mentality‘s The Sesh (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“911”, R3HAB x Timmy Trumpet (iTunes)
“1982”, Dangerous Hippies (iTunes)
“All I Need”, Jacob Collier featuring Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Amsterdam”, Grace Davies (iTunes)
“Baby Mama”, Brandy featuring Chance The Rapper (iTunes)
“Be Kind”, Marshmello & Halsey (iTunes)
“Better Days”, Coi Leray featuring Fetty Wap (iTunes)
“Bloody Valentine”, Machine Gun Kelly (iTunes)
“Burn, Camden, Burn”, Razorlight (iTunes)
“Careful What I Dream Of”, Lxandra (iTunes)
“Cloud Of Witnesses”, LEVV (iTunes)
“Coffee”, Quinn XCII featuring Marc E. Bassy (iTunes)
“Cold”, French Montana featuring Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“Cut The Line”, Kevin George (iTunes)
“Death”, Mt. Joy (iTunes)
“Dinner Guest”, AJ Tracey featuring MoStack (iTunes)
“Don’t Be Afraid”, Tycho Jones (iTunes)
“Don’t Let Me Down”, Milky Chance & Jack Johnson (iTunes)
“Don’t Stop…”, Oasis (iTunes)
“Dream Boat”, Lostboycrow & DYSN (iTunes)
“Dreamland”, Glass Animals (iTunes)
“Eleven (Remix)”, Khalid featuring Summer Walker (iTunes)
“Elsewhere”, Minke (iTunes)
“Empty”, Blair St. Clair (iTunes)
“Entertainment”, Corey Harper (iTunes)
“Every Hour”, KIAN (iTunes)
“F&MU”, Kehlani (iTunes)
“Feel Too Much”, Hartley (iTunes)
“First Class Jazz”, AronChupa (iTunes)
“Forever (Separate But Together Version)”, CHVRCHES (iTunes)
“Forever Young”, Boy In Space (iTunes)
“Form”, Matthew Chaim (iTunes)
“Friendly Fire”, Jamie Scott (iTunes)
“Friends”, Mishaal featuring Powfu (iTunes)
“Get Out On The Dancefloor”, Groove Armada (iTunes)
“Good Enough”, Dylan (iTunes)
“Good Times”, Tom Speight (iTunes)
“Goodbye Bye Bye”, Younger Hunger (iTunes)
“Grew Apart”, Logan Mize featuring Donovan Woods (iTunes)
“Hang On” and “Seasons”, NEEDTOBREATHE (iTunes)
“Hindenburg Lover”, Anson Seabra (iTunes)
“I Know Alone”, Haim (iTunes)
“I Like It When You Love Me”, Oh Wonder (iTunes)
“I Wish I Knew”, Forest Blakk (iTunes)
“I’m Good?”, Hilltop Hoods (iTunes)
“I’m Just Feelin’ (Du Du Du)”, Imanbek & Martin Jensen (iTunes)
“It’s Gonna Be Me”, Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
“Julianna Calm Down”, Dixie Chicks (iTunes)
“Just Breathe”, David Archuleta (iTunes)
“Just Wanna Be Your Friend”, Ben Kessler (iTunes)
“Kevin”, Oliver Malcolm (iTunes)
“Kickin’ Pushin'”, Destiny Rogers (iTunes)
“LA Lonely”, Fly By Midnight (iTunes)
“Lady”, Brett Young (iTunes)
“Laugh Now Kry Later!”, YG (iTunes)
“Lean On Me”, ArtistsCAN (iTunes)
“Little Thing Called Love”, Ronan Keating (iTunes)
“Live Forever”, Kid Ink (iTunes)
“London In The Spring”, Passenger (iTunes)
“Lonesome”, Ruen Brothers (iTunes)
“Love Songs”, Lukas Graham (iTunes)
“Man Alive”, Deep Purple (iTunes)
“Millennial Rhapsody”, Brando (iTunes)
“Missed Calls”, MAX featuring Hayley Kiyoko (iTunes)
“Moncler”, Tinie Tempah featuring Tion Wayne (iTunes)
“My Best Friend”, Alfie Templeman featuring Coach Party (iTunes)
“Nevermind”, Nawas (iTunes)
“Not OK”, Peach Tree Rascals (iTunes)
“One By One”, Nikki Vianna (iTunes)
“Phoenix”, Gregory Porter (iTunes)
“Photo ID”, Remi Wolf (iTunes)
“Pigeons”, Alex Boniello (iTunes)
“Right Time”, Hayden James & Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Savage (Remix)”, Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé (iTunes)
“Saving Grace”, Kodaline (iTunes)
“Say So (Remix)”, Doja Cat featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Say The Word”, Livingston (iTunes)
“Say To You”, Bruce Wiegner (iTunes)
“Secrets”, Faouzia (iTunes)
“Sensation”, Bright Light Bright Light featuring Jake Shears (iTunes)
“Silhouette”, Sky McCreery (iTunes)
“Six Feet Apart”, Luke Combs (iTunes)
“Social Distancing”, Lil Baby (iTunes)
“Somebody”, Dagny (iTunes)
“Somebody New”, Wrabel (iTunes)
“Split It”, Doe Boy featuring Moneybagg Yo (iTunes)
“Sticc To The Code”, Quando Rondo (iTunes)
“Still Hold Up”, Kevin Gates (iTunes)
“Sunday Afternoon”, Benny Sings (iTunes)
“Surround You”, WILD (iTunes)
“Sway With Me (Solo Version)”, Galxara (iTunes)
“The Most Beautiful Thing”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“The Way U Talk”, Lions Head (iTunes)
“Together”, for KING & COUNTRY featuring Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly (iTunes)
“Too Late”, Leaving Austin (iTunes)
“Too Much Change”, Moby (iTunes)
“Treat You Right”, Yellow Days (iTunes)
“Tryin’ To Keep It Together”, Norah Jones (iTunes)
“Type 2”, Rence featuring Chloe Lilac (iTunes)
“Unfamiliar”, Seeb x Goodboys x HRVY (iTunes)
“Vertigo”, Glades (iTunes)
“Worst Enemy”, Evie Irie (iTunes)
“Wrong Places”, H.E.R. (iTunes)
“You Are The Champions”, Queen & Adam Lambert (iTunes)

Next week, the latest albums from Hayley Williams and Kehlani 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 (April 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: in a very divided week at this format, Sam Smith and Demi Lovato are more than ready for a second week atop the adds report. Who else qualified for a medal? Let’s add ’em up:

“READY” FOR MORE: For the second week in a row, Smith and Lovato’s hit collaboration “I’m Ready” took the top prize on the adds report with 36 more stations in its second week. SAINt JHN‘s “Roses” followed closely in second place with 24 adds here.

There were a number of impacting releases this week, but no one song dominated on the log, likely due in part to a smaller number of stations actually reporting adds. The highest of them, Alec Benjamin‘s “Oh My God”, tied for third place with 20 stations. This will likely become his second charting song at the format, with “Let Me Down Slowly” spending two weeks at #50 last March. More new titles that entered to the top ten are below, including tunes from AJR, Fitz And The Tantrums and The Scotts.

Charting singles from Maren Morris, Powfu and Twenty One Pilots return to the top ten on the adds report this week.

We’ll see you next Tuesday for another adds recap. Stay safe out there.

1. SAM SMITH & DEMI LOVATO, “I’m Ready” (Capitol)
2. SAINT JHN, “Roses” (Godd Complexx/HITCO)
3-T. ALEC BENJAMIN, “Oh My God” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
3-T. MEGAN THEE STALLION, “Savage” (1501 Certified Ent./300 Ent.)
5. POWFU featuring BEABADOOBEE, “Coffee For Your Head (Death Bed)” (Robots & Humans/Columbia)
6-T. AJR, “Bang!” (S-Curve/Hollywood)
6-T. THE SCOTTS, “The Scotts” (Epic)
8-T. JOJO, “Man” (Warner)
8-T. TWENTY ONE PILOTS, “Level Of Concern” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
10-T. FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS, “I Just Wanna Shine” (Elektra/EMG)
10-T. JP SAXE featuring JULIA MICHAELS, “If The World Was Ending” (Arista)
10-T. LIL MOSEY, “Blueberry Faygo” (Interscope)
10-T. MAREN MORRIS, “The Bones” (Columbia)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 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:

AJR, “Bang!” (S-Curve)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: After “Dear Winter” barely reached #40 for a week in December, this might become the trio’s fifth top 40 entry.

ALEC BENJAMIN, “Oh My God” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
Album: These Two Windows (2020)
Past T40 History: In March 2019, he scored his only chart single here with “Let Me Down Slowly”, which spent two weeks at #50.

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS, “I Just Wanna Shine” (Elektra/EMG)
Album: All The Feels (2019)
Past T40 History: The six-member band last appeared in the top 40 at the format in early 2017, when “HandClap” peaked at #28.

SURF MESA featuring EMILEE, “ILY (I Love You Baby)” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: Both acts are new to this format. The track interpolates Frankie Valli’s 1967 song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”.

With a larger amount of shifting adds dates given the current pandemic, we’ll see what new titles head to the format on Monday.

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 (April 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. Ready for some more quarantunes and how they’re doing on the radio? Here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this week:

ANOTHER WEEKND INSIDE: As predicted, The Weeknd‘s “Blinding Lights” holds at #1 for a third week on the Top 40 radio chart, while also remaining at #4 and #6 on the Rhythmic and Hot AC charts, respectively. This looks to be its last week on top, as a couple of top gainers from Camila Cabello and DaBaby (#2) and Doja Cat (#3) will be aiming for pop purr-fection next month.

Bouncing from 43-29 on the list, Sam Smith and Demi Lovato‘s “I’m Ready” gives the two performers their 14th and 16th top 40 singles, respectively. Megan Thee Stallion‘s “Savage” also bolts from 46-40, becoming her second top 40 entry at the format. The rapper previously charted with the Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Hot Girl Summer”, which reached #38 last October.

The new single from Tyga also marks the format debut of Curtis Roach, who land at #47 with “Bored In The House”. This track is another success story for the popular video app TikTok and quarantine-related releases, with Roach’s original clip going viral on the platform before catching Tyga’s attention. K-pop star Jackson Wang is also new to the top 50 with “100 Ways”, which checks in at #50. Wang was previously included on record label 88rising’s collaborative single “Walking”, which peaked at #37 in January.

Next week’s crop of charting releases could include emerging titles from JoJo and Sam Fischer, which are just below the top 50.

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RECORD REWIND 2020: PGTC Picks, Week Seventeen

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…

GRIFFIN OSKAR – “We Don’t Get High (Like We Used To)” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

Oskar previously appeared on the Rewind twice as one half of the duo The NGHBRS, though I also enjoyed his previous major label EP Hostage, which was released by Republic in 2017. The strong pop ballad about a lost relationship isn’t lost on our weekly report.

OSTON – “Shrug” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

The Los Angeles-based performer has been steadily putting out her own material and collaborations since 2018, while finding some very solid editorial support on Spotify in the process. Don’t shrug off this catchy track: it’s a quirky and quality bop for your playlist.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ELIO – “Body Language”
OVERSTREET – “Summertime”
SVRCINA – “Selfish”

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

Chart’s got “Heart”.

40. Martin Garrix featuring Clinton Kane – Drown
39. Gabby Barrett featuring Charlie Puth – I Hope
36. Niall Horan – Black And White | HIGHEST DEBUT

28. Kelly Clarkson – I Dare You (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
(see #8 below)

10. Shawn Hook – I Don’t Wanna Dance (08) | PEAK: #08
09. Mandy Moore – Save A Little For Yourself (06) | PEAK: #03
08. Harry Styles – Falling (13) | PEAK: #08
07. The 1975 – Me & You Together Song (07) | PEAK: #06
06. Ashe – Moral Of The Story (10) | PEAK: #06
05. Sam Fischer – This City (03) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
04. The Killers – Caution (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Lady Gaga – Stupid Love (02) | PEAK: #02
02. Dua Lipa – Physical (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
01. Dua Lipa – Break My Heart (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Lukas Graham – Scars (2)
2. Lindsay Lohan – Back To Me (4)
3. Alec Benjamin – Oh My God (7)
4. Christina Aguilera – Loyal Brave True (1)
5. OneRepublic – Better Days (10)
6. Jason Mraz – Look For The Good (9)
7. The Pretenders – The Buzz (8)
8. The 1975 – If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) (-)
9. Natalie Taylor – Surrender (-)
10. The Rolling Stones – Living In A Ghost Town (-)

In The Mix:
Alec Benjamin – Six Feet Apart
Alesso featuring Liam Payne – Midnight
Ava Max – Kings & Queens
Avril Lavigne – We Are Warriors (new)
Leon Bridges featuring John Mayer – Inside Friend
Maddie Medley – Coming Of Age
Sheppard – Come Back (new)
Walk Off The Earth featuring Gnash – Nicknames

Chart Notes:

  • After reaching #1 last week with “Physical”, Dua Lipa is still holding onto the top spot… but with a different tune. “Break My Heart” makes a 4-1 move to become her fifth chart-topper to date and third of 2020, the most of any artist on my chart this year. Lipa is the first performer to replace themselves at #1 since 2006 and is the first woman to do so. Though its five-week run to the top spot isn’t a record, “Break My Heart” does match the speedy climbs of hits like Adele‘s “Hello” (2015) and Taylor Swift‘s “Look What You Made Me Do” (2017), which held at #1 for seven and four weeks, respectively. In non-Dua Lipa news, Niall Horan‘s “Black And White” leads a batch of three debuts at #36. This is the fourth track to enter my chart from his recent album Flicker, one of which got to #1: 2019’s “Nice To Meet Ya”. “I Hope”, a recent #1 hit at the Country radio format by American Idol alum Gabby Barrett, enters at #39 thanks to a new version with Charlie Puth. Finally, at #40, Martin Garrix and Clinton Kane are also new to the chart with “Drown”. The collaboration ranks just below the top 50 at Top 40 radio.

    (See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 23, 2006

This top ten is beautiful, it’s true.

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 April 23, 2006…

38. RICHARD ASHCROFT, “Music Is Power”

18. KEANE, “Is It Any Wonder?”

Biggest Mover(s):
TYLER HILTON, “Missing You” (38-32, six spots)

10. KELLY CLARKSON, “Walk Away” (down 2)
Album: Breakaway (2004, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #7

09. DANIEL POWTER, “Lie To Me” (up 1)
Album: Daniel Powter (2006, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

08. JAMES BLUNT, “You’re Beautiful” (down 2)
Album: Back To Bedlam (2006, Custard/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

07. JEWEL, “Again And Again” (steady, second week)
Album: Goodbye Alice In Wonderland (2006, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for five weeks

06. KT TUNSTALL, “Black Horse And The Cherry Tree” (down 2)
Album: Eye To The Telescope (2006, Relentless/Virgin Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

05. DANIEL POWTER, “Bad Day” (up 4)
Album: Daniel Powter (2006, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks (2005) and ten weeks (2006)

04. ROB THOMAS, “Ever The Same” (up 1)
Album: …Something To Be (2005, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

03. JAMES BLUNT, “Wisemen” (steady, third week)
Album: Back To Bedlam (2006, Custard/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “Unwritten” (steady, second week)
Album: Unwritten (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for ten weeks

01. BO BICE, “The Real Thing” (steady, second week)
Album: The Real Thing (2005, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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