NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 11, 2019

“Stranger” things have happened.

The mix of collaborations are hot this Friday, as January’s release schedule slowly starts to heat up. Here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market today:

Notable albums out this week: Asiahn‘s Love Train 2 (iTunes), Gnash‘s We (iTunes), Randy Houser‘s Magnolia (iTunes), Taking Back Sunday‘s Twenty (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Ben Rector‘s MPLS Magic (iTunes), Hunter Roberson‘s It’s Okay, I’m Fine (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week: TBA

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1999 (Stripped)”, Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“All Night”, Example (iTunes)
“American Spirit”, Washington (iTunes)
“Anti-Everything”, Lost Kings featuring Loren (iTunes)
“Backbone”, Mathes featuring Caroline Kole (iTunes)
“Believer (Remix)”, Imagine Dragons featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Blur (Felix Cartal Remix)”, (iTunes)
“Break The Rules”, UNSECRET featuring Anna Mae (iTunes)
“Candlelight (Remix)”, Zhavia featuring Jeremih (iTunes)
“Complicated”, Raiche (iTunes)
“Dancing With A Stranger”, Sam Smith & Normani (iTunes)
“Dead End”, Anna Clendening (iTunes)
“Drive”, Charlotte Cardin (iTunes)
“Find Somebody Else”, Secondhand Serenade (iTunes)
“Getting Closer (Acoustic)”, Justin Jesso (iTunes)
“Giant”, Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Hello My Love”, Westlife (iTunes)
“High Hopes (Don Diablo Remix)”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“Holding Out For You”, Fedez featuring Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have – But I Have It”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“Hospitalized”, Broods (iTunes)
“I Remember”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“I Want It All”, Coin (iTunes)
“I’m Alright”, Brasstracks featuring R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“I’m Not In Love”, Kelsey Lu (iTunes)
“If You Wanna Be Loved”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Jumpin On A Jet”, Future (iTunes)
“Just You And I (2019)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Kinder Eyes”, Ryan Riback featuring Ryann (iTunes)
“Learn To Let Go”, Welshly Arms (iTunes)
“Let Me Down Slowly”, Alec Benjamin + Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Longshot”, Catfish And The Bottleman (iTunes)
“Lost In The Fire”, Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd (iTunes)
“More Than That”, Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“New Man”, BloodPop (iTunes)
“Nights Like This”, Kehlani featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Numb”, Jaira Burns (iTunes)
“Orange Juice” and “Stargazing With Patrick Bateman”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“Over My Head”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“Party Pill”, Cub Sport (iTunes)
“People”, Short Pier (iTunes)
“Playinwithme (Remix)”, KYLE featuring Jay Park (iTunes)
“Queen Of Hearts”, Cary Brothers (iTunes)
“Saturday Nights (Remix)”, Khalid featuring Kane Brown (iTunes)
“Scared Of Love”, Rudimental featuring RAY BLK & Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Speechless (Acoustic)” and “Tequila (Acoustic)”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
“Spendin'”, ILoveMakonnen featuring Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“Stay Around”, American Authors (iTunes)
“Tension”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“This Land”, Gary Clark Jr. (iTunes)
“Thoughtless”, Monica Martin (iTunes)
“Timebomb”, Walk The Moon (iTunes)
“Want You Back”, Grey featuring LÉON (iTunes)
“When I Was Older”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Without Me”, Halsey featuring Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Woman (Live)”, Wrabel (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from Alice Merton, Cody Johnson, Maggie Rogers and many 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 (January 8, 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: Post Malone wows the Top 40 panel with another reactive single, as the Backstreet Boys take their chances on a second release from their forthcoming album. Let’s add ’em up:

OUR LATEST POST: Though hot releases by Ava Max, Bad Bunny featuring Drake, Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus and Zara Larsson remained strong on the leaderboard for the first session of 2019, it was Post Malone and his new track “Wow.” leading this week’s Top 40 report. The song impacted with 78 stations at the format, while also collecting 55 adds on the Rhythmic panel, the Most Added song there, and 40 adds at Urban radio, taking a fifth place finish. Over the holiday break, “Wow.” topped a few different sales and streaming charts, including the main U.S. lists on Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify. Look for it to climb into the top 40 here by the end of the week.

Following the band’s top 20 hit “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” from last year, the Backstreet Boys are well on their way to a second chart entry off their new set DNA, out in just over two weeks. “Chances” impacts with a pretty solid 22 stations and a seventh place finish this week. It’s already in the top 20 on the Hot AC chart, a format where “Don’t” reached the top ten.

Next week, look out for impacting songs by Lauren Daigle (at #10 this week) and Sam Smith & Normani to dominate the list.

1. POST MALONE, “Wow.” (Republic)
2. MARK RONSON featuring MILEY CYRUS, “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” (RCA)
3. AVA MAX, “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)
4. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life” (TEN/Epic)
5. BAD BUNNY featuring DRAKE, “MIA” (Rimas/OVO Sound/Warner Bros.)
6. LOUD LUXURY featuring BRANDO, “Body” (Armada/in2une)
7-T. GUCCI MANE, BRUNO MARS & KODAK BLACK, “Wake Up In The Sky” (Atlantic)
9. MADISON BEER featuring OFFSET, “Hurts Like Hell” (First Access/in2une)
10. LAUREN DAIGLE, “You Say” (Centricity/12Tone/Warner Bros.)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (January 7-8, 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 are three tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

Album: DNA (2019)
Past T40 History: The group’s comeback song “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” got to #16 in August, another cut from their new set.

Album: (TBA) (2019)
Past T40 History: With a former #1 track on iTunes, Malone’s hit should easily join his two other active singles in the top 40 soon.

SABRINA CARPENTER – “Sue Me” (Hollywood)
Album: Singular (Act I) (2018)
Past T40 History: The 19-year-old performer has now hit the top 30 at the format with three tracks, but the top 20 still eludes her.

Next week: Lauren Daigle preaches to the pop choir with her Christian crossover winner “You Say”. The track is well into the top ten on the Hot AC chart and receiving solid early airplay at this format.

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 6, 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. Enjoying 2019 so far? We sure are! As radio gears up for another year of musical madness, let’s see what’s popping this Sunday:

“HIGH” TIME FOR CHANGE: We start off the new year right we ended the old one: crossover hit “High Hopes” from Panic! At The Disco leads the Alternative, Hot AC and Top 40 charts simultaneously for the fifth week in a row, establishing a new record for the plays-per-week era. “High” is the first single to spend at least five weeks at the top of each individual format during the same run in nearly 20 years; Sugar Ray‘s “Every Morning” spent seven (Alternative), eleven (Hot AC) and seven (CHR/Pop) weeks at the top of these respective Radio & Records lists during the spring of 1999, though not at the same time. By next Sunday, Ariana Grande‘s hits “breathin” and “thank u, next”, both solidly in the top three, along with Halsey‘s “Without Me”, should get closer to dethroning Panic! At The Disco’s hit at the Top 40 format. Will one go all the way, or will Disco never truly die? Stay tuned for more.

Ella Mai‘s “Trip” marks the only top 40 debut on this week’s list, moving from 43-40. It’s her second song to reach the region at the format, with “Boo’d Up” going as high as #25 in September.

The purging of several older songs allows for some good debut action in the top 50, led by Post Malone‘s “Wow.” at #47. It’s one of three new tracks impacting at the format this week. Malone is still at #10 with his recent #1 hit “Better Now”, while his collaboration with Swae Lee, “Sunflower”, remains at #11. Further down, scottish trio CHVRCHΞS starts at #48 with “Miracle”, their first track to chart at this format. Last year, it became the act’s fifth top 40 entry on the Alternative chart. Nearly five years ago, their song “The Mother We Share” earned them their largest crossover success to date, reaching the top 40 at the Hot AC format in March 2014. The last of three top 50 entries on the latest update, bowing at #49, is an international smash from George Ezra. “Shotgun” became his first #1 song in countries like Australia and England last year. It’s also approaching the top 20 on the Hot AC chart. Ezra last charted at the Top 40 format in 2015 with another global hit, “Budapest”, which got as high as #18.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week 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…


FLEUR EAST – “Favourite Thing” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

The former X Factor winner may on the independent route now, but her international support is still strong. Now in the top five on iTunes in Ireland and the U.K., with chart action at the service in over a dozen countries, East’s new song is a “Favourite” this week.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
DAN TALEVSKI – “Home Alone”
HUGO HELMIG – “Young Like This”

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

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 6, 2019

“Down” to be my new #1.

38. Jon Bellion – Stupid Deep
37. Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar | HIGHEST DEBUT

24. Seeb x Bastille – Grip (33) | BIGGEST MOVER
23. Avril Lavigne – Tell Me It’s Over (28)

10. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (08) | PEAK: #07
07. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
06. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (05) | PEAK: #05
05. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Backstreet Boys – Chances (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Maggie Rogers – Light On (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
01. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (1)
2. American Authors featuring Bear Rinehart – Neighborhood (4)
3. Jess Glynne – Thursday (2)
4. Kian – Waiting (6)
5. Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (7)
6. Alice Merton – Funny Business (8)
7. half•alive – Still Feel (10)
8. Elle King – Baby Outlaw (9)
9. We Three – Heaven’s Not Too Far (-)
10. Jimmie Allen – Best Shot (-)

In The Mix:
Dan + Shay – Speechless (new)
David Gray – A Tight Ship (new)
Drax Project – Woke Up Late
Haley Reinhart – Don’t Know How To Love You (new)
Mat Kerekes – Ruby (new)
Sasha Sloan – Older

Chart Notes:

  • Congrats to newcomer Alec Benjamin, whose first top 40 hit becomes my first #1 song of 2019. “Let Me Down Slowly” is now at the top in its 15th week on the chart, which is a fairly slow climb, but by no means a record. The song is included on his mixtape called Narrated For You, which came out late last year. Seeb x Bastille take “Grip” up from 33-24, earning it the title of Biggest Mover on my newest update. A pair of new songs by Imagine Dragons (“Bad Liar”) and Jon Bellion (“Stupid Deep”) land at #37 and #38, respectively. A lyric video for the former debuted earlier this week, which is charting in countries like Australia, Norway and Switzerland, which the latter is being serviced to radio here in the U.S. very soon.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 6, 2008

The “Best” songs in the “World”.

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 eleven years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of January 6, 2008…

39. EDDIE VEDDER, “Hard Sun”

Biggest Mover(s):
JACK JOHNSON, “If I Had Eyes” (up 40-34, six spots)

10. DAVID GRAY, “You’re The World To Me” (up 1)
Album: Greatest Hits (2007, ATO/RED Records)
Peak: #10

09. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “How Far We’ve Come” (down 1)
Album: Exile On Mainstream (2007, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

08. ONEREPUBLIC, “Stop And Stare” (up 1)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. MAROON 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You” (steady, second week)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

06. DURAN DURAN, “Falling Down” (down 1)
Album: Red Carpet Massacre (2007, Epic Records)
Peak: #4

05. ROZ BELL, “Papercut” (up 1)
Album: The First Sunbeams (2007, Universal Records – Canada)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

04. MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash” (down 1)
Album: Some Mad Hope (2007, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. EMERSON HART, “I Wish The Best For You” (up 1)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

02. GRAHAM COLTON, “Best Days” (steady, second week)
Album: Here Right Now (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. TIMBALAND presents ONEREPUBLIC, “Apologize” (steady, third week)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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