ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 23, 2010

Music was universal in 2010.

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 eight years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of May 23, 2010…

40. SCISSOR SISTERS, “Fire With Fire”
39. ROONEY, “I Can’t Get Enough”

Biggest Mover(s):
KATY PERRY, “California Gurls” (33-21, twelve spots)

10. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Not Myself Tonight” (up 2)
Album: Bionic (2010, RCA Records)
Peak: #10 for two weeks

09. TONIC, “Release Me” (up 1)
Album: Tonic (2010, 429/SLG Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

08. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “American Honey” (down 2)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. KEANE featuring K’NAAN, “Stop For A Minute” (steady, third week)
Album: Night Train (2010, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4

06. JACK JOHNSON, “You And Your Heart” (up 2)
Album: To The Sea (2010, Brushfire/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

05. DANIEL MERRIWEATHER, “Red” (down 1)
Album: Love & War (2010, J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now” (up 1)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #1 for eleven weeks

03. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Never Told You” (steady, second week)
Album: Breakthrough (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #2

02. NICKELBACK, “This Afternoon” (steady, second week)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. V.V. BROWN, “Shark In The Water” (steady, third week)
Album: Travelling Like The Light (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 18, 2018

If you’re betting this set will make a massive debut on next week’s album chart, you’re right: it’s born to slay. If you’re wondering what the BTS is going on around here, these are the notable digital and physical releases making moves this Friday:

BTS – Love Yourself: Tear (iTunes)
K-pop slays pop around the world this week, as this seven-man act from South Korea hits the market with their latest album. The septet is partnering with Columbia Records to work “Fake Love” to U.S. radio; they previously worked with Sony’s independent radio arm, RED, as “MIC Drop” hit the airwaves a few months ago. How will it fare against the prominent rap releases that have recently topped the Billboard 200? It’s sure to be an interesting battle.

VARIOUS ARTISTS – 13 Reasons Why: Season Two (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
With the simultaneous release of this Netflix show’s second season and the soundtrack accompanying it, 13 Reasons Why will likely be the talk of the internet this weekend (and probably beyond!) The lead radio single from the album is “Back To You” by Selena Gomez, which is currently rising through the top 30 on the Top 40 chart.

Notable albums out this week: Courtney Barnett‘s Tell Me How You Really Feel (iTunes), Family Of The Year‘s Goodbye Sunshine, Hello Nighttime (iTunes), Five Finger Death Punch‘s And Justice For None (iTunes), James Bay‘s Electric Light (iTunes), KYLE‘s Light Of Mine (iTunes), Nav‘s Reckless (iTunes), Ray LaMontagne‘s Part Of The Light (iTunes), Trent Harmon‘s You Got ‘Em All (iTunes), Ziggy Marley‘s Rebellion Rises (iTunes), Mean Girls (Broadway Cast Recording) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Kevin Gates‘s Chained To The City (iTunes), Xavier Dunn‘s Isic Tutor (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“21”, Mitch James (iTunes)
“Bad Bad News (Ricky’s Vibe Tape)”, Leon Bridges featuring Terrance Martin (iTunes)
“Barbed Wire”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Better Me Better You”, Clara Mae & Jake Miller (iTunes)
“Bittersweet”, Yellow Claw featuring Sofia Reyes (iTunes)
“Bubblin”, Anderson .Paak (iTunes)
“Champagne”, Lia Marie Johnson (iTunes)
“Come Clean”/”Healing Hands”, Conrad Sewell (iTunes)
“Couch”, Eves Karydas (iTunes)
“Cruel”, Oli Fox (iTunes)
“Dangerous”, ZAYDE WØLF (iTunes)
“Deep Water”, American Authors (iTunes)
“Dinero”, Jennifer Lopez featuring Cardi B & DJ Khaled (iTunes)
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, Backstreet Boys (iTunes)
“Done For Me (James Hype Remix)”, Charlie Puth featuring Kehlani (iTunes)
“Downtown’s Dead”, Sam Hunt (iTunes)
“Emotion”, Vindata x R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“Fake It”, Jesse Saint John (iTunes)
“Fall In Line”, Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Finest Hour (Madison Mars Remix)”, Cash Cash featuring Abir (iTunes)
“Girlfriend”, Christine & The Queens featuring Dâm-Funk (iTunes)
“Good As Gold (Yung Olde Mayne Remix)”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“Good Morning (Just Kiddin’ Remix)”, Max Frost (iTunes)
“Hell Or High Water”, Passenger (iTunes)
“I Love It”, Cheat Codes & DVBBS (iTunes)
“I Will Always Be Yours” and “Old Friends”, Ben Rector (iTunes)
“Inside”, Jacquees featuring Trey Songz (iTunes)
“Jackie Chan”, Tiësto & Dzeko featuring Preme & Post Malone (iTunes)
“Killing My Time”, G Flip (iTunes)
“Like That”, Kris Wu (iTunes)
“Live In The Moment (TOKiMONSTA Remix)”, Portugal. The Man (iTunes)
“Love Me (Acoustic)”, Forest Blakk (iTunes)
“Man Don’t Dance”, Big Shaq (iTunes)
“Mood”, Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Must’ve Been (CID Remix)”, Chromeo featuring DRAM (iTunes)
“No Strings”, Nicole Millar (iTunes)
“Nostalgia (MK Remix)”, (iTunes)
“On My Way”, Lady Leshurr (iTunes)
“One That Got Away”, Michael Ray (iTunes)
“Pretender”, Steve Aoki featuring Lil Yachty & AJR (iTunes)
“RING THE ALARM pt.1, pt.2, pt.3”, The Black Eyed Peas (iTunes)
“Sangria Wine”, Pharrell Williams & Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Solo”, Clean Bandit & Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Spaceship”, Galantis featuring Uffie (iTunes)
“Speechless”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
“Start Again”, OneRepublic featuring Logic (iTunes)
“Taste”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“The Reason”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“Think About It”, TOMI (iTunes)
“Welcome To The Party”, Diplo, French Montana & Lil Pump featuring Zhavia (iTunes)
“What If”, Johnny Orlando & Mackenzie Ziegler (iTunes)
“Where Were You In The Morning?”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Why (Mastiksoul Remix)”, Shaggy & Massari (iTunes)
“Yes Indeed”, Lil Baby & Drake (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from the Shawn Mendes, Snow Patrol 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 (May 15, 2018)

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: we can think of at least 13 reasons why Selena Gomez‘s newest single is performing well at the format, though other impacting songs are also in the mix. Let’s add ’em up:

TAKING THE “BACK” WAY: Selena Gomez has yet to release her third solo album following a handful of mid-charting titles (and a couple of top five singles), but she’s one step closer to it with a tune that also doubles as the first single off the soundtrack to the second season of 13 Reasons Why. “Back To You” comes in at 114 stations during its first full week, more than enough to give it the title of the Most Added song at the Top 40 format on this Tuesday’s report. The soundtrack hits stores on Friday and features a number of top acts, from Gomez to OneRepublic to Years & Years, mixed with some classic songs by New Order, Tears For Fears and others.

Additional new tunes in the top five include “You Can Cry” (#3) by MarshmelloJuicy J featuring James Arthur and “Jump” (#4) by Julia Michaels featuring Trippie Redd. The former title starts with 33 stations, and the latter begins at 25. Expect both songs to reach the top 50 in the next couple of weeks. Neither Marshmello nor Michaels have announced a forthcoming album.

1. SELENA GOMEZ, “Back To You” (Interscope)
2. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS featuring PITBULL, “Move To Miami” (RCA)
3. MARSHMELLO x JUICY J featuring JAMES ARTHUR, “You Can Cry” (Columbia)
4. JULIA MICHAELS featuring TRIPPIE REDD, “Jump” (Republic)
5. DRAKE, “Nice For What” (YMCMB/Republic)
6. BRYCE VINE, “Drew Barrymore” (Republic)
7. LIAM PAYNE & J BALVIN, “Familiar” (Republic)
8. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)
9-T. KYGO featuring MIGUEL, “Remind Me To Forget” (Ultra/RCA)
9-T. THE WEEKND, “Call Out My Name” (XO/Republic)
9-T. ZAYN, “Let Me” (RCA)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (May 14-15, 2018)

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 three new hits impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

JULIA MICHAELS featuring TRIPPIE REDD – “Jump” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Michaels broke out in 2017 with “Issues”, which got as high as #4. Redd has never ranked at this format before.

MARSHMELLO x JUICY J featuring JAMES ARTHUR – “You Can Cry” (Columbia)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: All three acts have charted before, but Juicy J has the history at #1 with a feature on Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”.

SELENA GOMEZ – “Back To You” (Interscope)
Album: 13 Reasons Why (Season Two) – Soundtrack (2018)
Past T40 History: Gomez returned to the top ten with “Wolves”, which reached #5 earlier this year. How will this new single fare?

Next week: Israeli newcomer Dennis Lloyd searches for summer magic with his Spotify-led single “Nevermind”. Will the Top 40 panel mind? Stay tuned.

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 (May 13, 2018)

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. After all the chocolates and flowers, chances are that the looking at the pop chart is not on your to-do list for Mother’s Day. However, here we are. Let’s get to the countdown:

“SAME” RESULTS, DIFFERENT WEEK: It’s a second week at the top of the pop chart for Camila Cabello‘s smash “Never Be The Same”, which posts a small loss in spins over the last seven days. Luckily, it’s more than enough to pace ahead of plenty of other songs gaining in the top ten. (Expect “Never” to easily lead the chart again next week.) Cabello’s song remains bulleted in the top ten on the Hot AC (#6) and Rhythmic (#8) lists, though it would be some time before “Never” approaches the top spot on either (that is, if it keeps up its current momentum.) Will one of the top songs of the spring lead to even greater possibilities this summer? We shall have to wait and see.

“BACK” WITH A VENGEANCE: In a very active week toward the bottom of the survey, a pack of five new songs make the top 50 on the latest update, led by soundtrack cut “Back To You” (#41) by Selena Gomez. Of course, she’s coming off a top five entry from earlier this year with the Marshmello-assisted “Wolves”. The 25-year-old’s latest song is the first radio single from an album based on the second season of the Netflix hit 13 Reasons Why. The full soundtrack and series are released on Friday, which should both do well. Parking their truck and moving in at #43 is “Move To Miami”, another collaboration that pairs neighbors and friends Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull. In fact, next week, “Move” could become their fifth top 40 single together at the format in the past decade. (Is Pitbull the Marvin Gaye or the Tammi Terrell in this relationship? We may never know, folks.) Next up, newcomer Bryce Vine swings into the #48 spot with “Drew Barrymore”, while first-timer Tom Walker turns the switch and brightens the list at #49 with “Leave A Light On”. Walker previously charted at the Hot AC format in 2017 with “Just You And I”, which stalled out halfway up the chart. Last, but certainly not least, this week’s #50 track is also a new entry from NOTD and Bea Miller, “I Wanna Know”. Miller’s success at the format has been limited to two minor chart entries, but NOTD’s first time on the survey could prove to be a winner for both of them. Now, feel free to catch your breath and enjoy the rest of your Mother’s Day.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, May 6-12, 2018

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…

We’re taking the week off from notes due to a busy Mother’s Day weekend, but enjoy the songs below!


AARON TAOS – “Venom” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Seven previous mentions, “Amazing” (February) being the most recent entry


BONNIE MCKEE – “Mad Mad World” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Two previous mentions, “Thorns” (August 2017) being the most recent entry


DES ROCS – “Used To The Darkness” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: One previous mention, “HVY MTL DRMR” (February)


LO – “Drumline” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First time featured


RUTHANNE – “Take My Place” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First time featured


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
GRETA ISAAC – “Undone”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 13, 2018

A bloody good #1.

40. Dave Matthews Band – Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)
38. John Mayer – New Light
35. Bastille – Quarter Past Midnight
32. A Great Big World – Younger | HIGHEST DEBUT

33. Leon Bridges – Beyond (38)
29. Ocean Park Standoff – If You Were Mine (35) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
22. Jason Mraz – Have It All (27)
13. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (19) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

10. James TW – Say Love (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Taylor Swift – Delicate (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Lissie – Best Days (05) | PEAK: #04
07. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Echosmith – Over My Head (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Jukebox The Ghost – Everybody’s Lonely (04) | PEAK: #02
03. Niall Horan – On The Loose (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. George Ezra – Paradise (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Knocks featuring Foster The People – Ride Or Die (1)
2. NOTD featuring Bea Miller – I Wanna Know (4)
3. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (5)
4. Celine Dion – Ashes (8)
5. Julia Michaels – Jump (10)
6. King Princess – 1950 (6)
7. Grace VanderWaal – Clearly (9)
8. Family Of The Year – Hold Me Down (-)
9. U2 – Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way (-)
10. Ed Sheeran – Happier (-)

In The Mix:
Florence + The Machine – Hunger
LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) – Genius
Maroon 5 – Girls Like You (new)
Noah Cyrus & MAX – Team (new)
Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings – Loving Is Easy (new)
Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward – Famous
The Night Game – The Outfield
Troye Sivan – Bloom

Chart Notes:

  • Congrats to Canadian singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes, who scores his second #1 on my chart with “In My Blood”. The hit, up 2-1 this week, leads Mendes’s forthcoming self-titled album, due May 25. He previously led my chart for three weeks in June and July of last year with “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”. The debut action is also hot this week, with four entries on the countdown, led by A Great Big World‘s “Younger” at #32. The duo has two #1 songs to date, and “Younger” is now their seventh top 40 hit since 2013. Following that, Bastille‘s “Quarter Past Midnight” jumps in at #35, their eighth top 40 entry to date. In January, the group reached #8 with “World Gone Mad”, which was featured on the soundtrack to Netflix’s Bright. For singer and songwriter John Mayer, it’s a new entry for #38 with “New Light”. The single marks Mayer’s first new material to not be released by longtime label home Columbia since 2001, though it is distributed by Sony’s independent arm The Orchard (via label Snack Money.) Lastly, at #40, is the Dave Matthews Band with “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)”, the first single off their upcoming album Come Tomorrow. It’s their first studio set in nearly six years, which launched the singles “Mercy” (#19) and “If Only” (#30) into the top 40 in 2012.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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