ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 14, 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: Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber collaborate on one dynamite release, as the overall numbers slow down a bit due to a lack of competition. Let’s add ’em up:

“DON’T” TOUCHES THAT DIAL: After a pair of perfect weeks here at the format, “I Don’t Care” by Sheeran and Bieber makes it three, picking up adds at all 184 stations on the Top 40 panel this Tuesday. It’s the first perfect week for both artists. The track is now the fifth song in the Mediabase era and the sixth in the plays-per-week era on the pop survey to accomplish this feat. It landed just outside the top 20 on last Sunday’s published chart and should be well into the top 15 by this coming weekend’s chart. “I Don’t Care” also topped the adds results at Hot AC radio yesterday, picking up another 90 stations there.

Of this week’s other impacting titles, newcomer Christian Paul‘s “Strong” is in with a solid 18 stations and a third place finish. In a fifth place tie with 12 stations, Kygo and Rita Ora‘s “Carry On” is off to a slightly weaker start. A number of proven singles from artists like AJ MitchellLizzo and Panic! At The Disco make up the rest of the top ten on the latest update.

Next week, look for Halsey‘s “Nightmare” to scare up some major adds from the panel. Who will join her? Stay tuned.

1. ED SHEERAN & JUSTIN BIEBER, “I Don’t Care” (Atlantic-Def Jam)
2. BILLIE EILISH, “Bad Guy” (Darkroom/Interscope)
3. CHRISTIAN PAUL, “Strong” (12Tone/SRP)
4. MAX featuring QUINN XCII, “Love Me Less” (Arista/RED)
5. DADDY YANKEE & KATY PERRY featuring SNOW, “Con Calma” (El Cartel/UMLE/Capitol)
5-T. KYGO & RITA ORA, “Carry On” (Palm Tree/RCA)
5-T. LIZZO, “Juice” (Atlantic)

(Due to a lack of activity this week, a full report will return next week.)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (May 13-14, 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 impacting tunes this week at the Top 40 format:

CHRISTIAN PAUL – “Strong” (12Tone/SRP)
Album: Christian Paul (EP) (2019)
Past T40 History: Paul is the only format newcomer this week. His label recently made the top 20 with Lauren Daigle’s “You Say”.

ED SHEERAN & JUSTIN BIEBER – “I Don’t Care” (Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: With a chart entry just below the top 20 on Sunday, expect this collaboration to potentially have a perfect week!

KYGO & RITA ORA – “Carry On” (Ultra/RCA)
Album: Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: Kygo has five top 40 singles to date; Ora has six. Will the movie’s second place opening help this one chart well?

Next week: stay tuned, you never know when something big will pop up…

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 12, 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. Oh, mama, have we got some huge action at the format for this Mother’s Day update! Lots of music to cover, so here’s what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

ALL FOUR THE SUCKERS: Spending their fourth week at #1 on the Top 40 chart, the Jonas Brothers are in control with a hit that just won’t go away: “Sucker”. It’s the first single off their forthcoming album Happiness Begins. The song also skips from 6-2 on the Hot AC chart, while it’s now in the top 30 on the AC chart, rising 32-26. Can the recent Saturday Night Live performers get their fifth week at the top next Sunday, or will the competition suck them out of the summit? Stay tuned!

Much of the action this week is concentrated in the bottom half of the survey, which includes a number of tracks entering the top 40. The highest, coming in way up at #21, is the highly-anticipated collaboration from Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber. “I Don’t Care”, which debuted on Friday, also ranks at #20 on the Hot AC list. It’s the 17th top 40 hit on the pop survey for Sheeran and the 25th for Bieber. Dan + Shay bolt from 42-34 with their second top 40 hit at the format, “Speechless”, which hit #1 on the Country chart. It’s also a good week for Bazzi, who earns his third top 40 single with “Paradise”, moving from 41-35. Following him, MAX and Quinn XCII have a notable lift from 45-37 with “Love Me Less”, giving the two soloists their third and first top 40 entries, respectively. The collaboration “Power Is Power” is also new to the top 40 on the list, up from 46-40 for SZA, The Weekend and Travis Scott. SZA earns her third top 40 entry here, while The Weeknd gets his twelfth and Scott picks up his seventh. You can find this cut on For The Throne: Music Inspired By The HBO Series Game of Thrones, a compilation released late last month.

The debut action continues at #41 with “Summer Days”, a collaboration by Martin Garrix, Macklemore and Patrick Stump. At #45 and also entering the top 50, we have the new #1 song on the Rhythmic format: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie‘s “Look Back At It”, which marks the artist’s first entry at the pop format. The top five Alternative radio hit from SHAED titled “Trampoline” also enters the top 50 this week, landing at #48 to become the trio’s first entry here. That single is also headed towards the top 15 on the Hot AC list. Finally, at #49, the recent U.K. chart-topper by Lewis Capaldi, “Someone You Loved”, makes its first appearance on the list. It now ranks in the top 25 at the Hot AC format.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Nineteen

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 Mother’s Day, full commentary will return next week. Enjoy this week’s selections!)


BAHARI – “:( (Sad Face)” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fourth appearance

The former trio, now duo, certainly isn’t sad to see their latest release in our weekly recap. The darker electro-pop cut is a good one.

CXLOE – “Low Blow” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Third appearance

This Australian performer continues to prove herself as a cool emerging name in pop music. “Low” is certainly a high point for her.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BAUM – “Fuckboy”
ISAAC DUNBAR – “Cologne”
JOE JANIAK – “The Big One”
KIM PETRAS – “Blow It All”
SVRCINA – “Pages”
TONES AND I – “Dance Monkey”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 12, 2019

Juice is on the musical menu.

34. Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care | HIGHEST DEBUT

28. Bastille – Joy (34)
16. Shawn Mendes – If I Can’t Have You (31) | BIGGEST MOVER
15. Dean Lewis – Stay Awake (20)
(see #7 below)

10. Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved (08) | PEAK: #08
09. Andy Grammer – Don’t Give Up On Me (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Carly Rae Jepsen – Now That I Found You (07) | PEAK: #07
07. Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie – ME! (12) | PEAK: #07
06. Smith & Thell featuring Swedish Jam Factory – Forgive Me Friend (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Kacey Musgraves – Rainbow (04) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
04. Rob Thomas – One Less Day (Dying Young) (05) | PEAK: #04
03. P!nk – Walk Me Home (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Panic! At The Disco – Hey Look Ma, I Made It (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Lizzo – Juice (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. James TW – Incredible (2)
2. Thomas Rhett – Look What God Gave Her (1)
3. Fitz & The Tantrums – Don’t Ever Let Em (3)
4. Christian Paul – Strong (5)
5. Mike Posner – Move On (4)
6. O.A.R. – Knocking At Your Door (7)
7. Lewis Capaldi – Hold Me While You Wait (10)
8. James Arthur – From The Grave (9)
9. Kelsea Ballerini – Miss Me More (-)
10. Ingrid Michaelson – Missing You (-)

In The Mix:
Barns Courtney – You And I (new)
BBMak – Bullet Train
Blink-182 – Blame It On My Youth (new)
Christina Perri – Tiny Victories (new)
Collective Soul – Right As Rain
Ellie Goulding – Sixteen
James Morrison featuring Joss Stone – My Love Goes On
Lizzo – Truth Hurts (new)
Madonna featuring Swae Lee – Crave (new)
New Politics – Comeback Kid
Of Monsters And Men – Alligator
P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton – Love Me Anyway (new)
Zara Larsson – WOW (new)

Chart Notes:

  • It’s another tasty and tangy week at #1 for Lizzo‘s “Juice”, which remains at the summit for a second week, while Shawn Mendes makes a big leap from 31-16 with the Biggest Mover on the chart, “If I Can’t Have You”. (Hey, did our cassingle get lost in the mail?) Though much of the top 20 is bulleted this week, creating a bit of a logjam, Mendes’s song should be in the top ten in the next two weeks. The only debut on the list, new at #34, is the first top 40 collaboration for pop stars Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber. “I Don’t Care” was released on Friday, climbing to #1 on iTunes and Spotify’s U.S. charts, while surging at several radio formats. It’s the latest big summer release, but watch out: there’s more to come.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 12, 2013

A restless chart for the weekend.

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 six years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of May 12, 2013…

40. ARMIN VAN BUUREN featuring TREVOR GUTHRIE, “This Is What It Feels Like”
39. MAROON 5, “Love Somebody”

Biggest Movers:
DAFT PUNK featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, “Get Lucky” (27-18, nine spots)

10. PASSION PIT, “Carried Away” (down 2)
Album: Gossamer (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

09. FUN., “Why Am I The One?” (down 2)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. P!NK featuring NATE RUESS, “Just Give Me A Reason” (down 2)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

07. MATT HIRES, “Restless Heart” (up 2)
Album: This World Won’t Last Forever, But Tonight We Can Pretend (2013, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE featuring NELLY, “Cruise (Remix)” (up 4)
Album: Here’s To The Good Times… This Is How We Roll (2013, Big Machine/Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. DANIEL POWTER, “Crazy All My Life” (steady, second week)
Album: Turn On The Lights (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

04. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Mirrors” (steady, second week)
Album: The 20/20 Experience (2013, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

03. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “It’s A Beautiful Day” (down 2)
Album: To Be Loved (2013, Reprise/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

02. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “Out Of My League” (steady, fifth week)
Album: More Than Just A Dream (2013, Elektra Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

01. PASSENGER, “Let Her Go” (up 2)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for twelve 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 May 10, 2019

Minding the store this week.

What’s the logical option for your Mother’s Day gift? New music, of course! From hot names to cool emerging artists, these are the top new albums and singles hitting the market:

CIARA – Beauty Marks (iTunes)
Features: “Thinkin Bout You”, a current top 50 entry on the Top 40 radio chart, as well as prior singles “Dose” and “Level Up”

LOGIC – Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (iTunes)
Features: “Homicide”, a collaboration with Eminem that reached #1 on iTunes earlier this month

Notable albums out this week: Ari Lennox‘s Shea Butter Baby (iTunes), Bear Hands‘s Fake Tunes (iTunes), Howard Jones‘s Transform (iTunes), Mac DeMarco‘s Here Comes The Cowboy (iTunes), Marc Anthony‘s Opus (iTunes), Parachute‘s Parachute (iTunes), Rodney Atkins‘s Caught Up In The Country (iTunes), Shaggy‘s Wah Gwaan?! (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: James Bay‘s Oh My Messy Mind (iTunes), Jesse Saint John‘s Don’t Stop Dancing. Life Gets Sad. (iTunes), JT Roach‘s Witches Lake (iTunes), Kian‘s Bliss (iTunes), Moontower‘s Season 1: The Ballad Of William Hollywood (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“:( (Sad Face)”, Bahari (iTunes)
“100 Bands”, Mustard featuring Quavo, 21 Savage, Meek Mill & YG (iTunes)
“A Whole New World”, ZAYN & Zhavia Ward (iTunes)
“Afterhours”, Teamwork featuring Nina Nesbitt x AJ Mitchell (iTunes)
“All That Matters (Acoustic)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Badass Woman”, Meghan Trainor (iTunes)
“Beer Never Broke My Heart”, Luke Combs (iTunes)
“Between You & I”, Kita Alexander (iTunes)
“BFA (Best Friend’s Ass)”, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike featuring Paris Hilton (iTunes)
“Bite”, Charlie Cunningham (iTunes)
“Blame It On My Youth”, Blink-182 (iTunes)
“Blow It All”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Body 2 Body”, MK (iTunes)
“Burned By The Love”, Juke Ross (iTunes)
“Can’t Take It From Me”, Major Lazer featuring Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Caroline”, Calboy featuring Polo G (iTunes)
“Civil War”, Russ (iTunes)
“Cologne”, Isaac Dunbar (iTunes)
“Crave”, Madonna featuring Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Dance Monkey”, Tones And I (iTunes)
“Death Of Me”, Brandon Jenner (iTunes)
“Diva”, Aazar featuring Swae Lee & Tove Lo (iTunes)
“Don’t Give Up On Me Now”, R3HAB x Julie Bergan (iTunes)
“Don’t Hurt Like It Used To”, Grace Carter (iTunes)
“Dreams”, Haley Reinhart (iTunes)
“Drunk On Saturday”, ILOVEMAKONNEN (iTunes)
“Evil Spider”, Bene (iTunes)
“Falling Like The Stars”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Flames”, SG Lewis featuring Ruel (iTunes)
“Fuckboy”, BAUM (iTunes)
“Go Slow”, Gorgon City & Kaskade featuring Roméo (iTunes)
“Happy Thoughts”, Benjamin Ingrosso & Felix Sandman (iTunes)
“Heart” / “No Vacancy”, Rainbow Kitten Surprise (iTunes)
“Hijack”, Hein Cooper (iTunes)
“I Don’t Care”, Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber (iTunes)
“I’m So Sad” and “Sunset”, Gnash (iTunes)
“Juice (Breakbot Remix)”, Lizzo (iTunes)
“Legendary”, Skillet (iTunes)
“Let Me Take You”, Whethan featuring Jeremih (iTunes)
“Low Blow”, CXLOE (iTunes)
“Mama”, Raveena (iTunes)
“Missing You”, Ingrid Michaelson (iTunes)
“On My Mind”, Sonny Alven (iTunes)
“On My Way”, Sophie Francis (iTunes)
“On The Beach”, Jubël (iTunes)
“One Big Party”, Gia Woods (iTunes)
“Pages”, SVRCINA (iTunes)
“Poison”, Allan Rayman (iTunes)
“Pups”, A$AP Ferg featuring A$AP Rocky (iTunes)
“Retrograde”, Dinah Jane (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Eric Nam (iTunes)
“Save Yourself”, Vanic featuring Gloria Kim (iTunes)
“She Live”, Maxo Kream featuring Megan Thee Stallion (iTunes)
“Shiny”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Sixteen (Don Diablo Remix)”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
“Song For Sammy”, Missy Higgins (iTunes)
“Stay (Don’t Go Away)”, David Guetta featuring RAYE (iTunes)
“The Big One”, Joe Janiak (iTunes)
“The River”, AURORA (iTunes)
“Too Much”, Carly Rae Jepsen (iTunes)
“Tough Love”, Avicii featuring Agnes and Vargas & Lagola (iTunes)
“Triggered (Freestyle)”, Jhené Aiko (iTunes)
“Walk Away (Martin Jensen Remix)”, Alle Farben featuring James Blunt (iTunes)
“We’re The Same”, Vigiland featuring Alexander Tidebrink (iTunes)
“What I Like About You (Acoustic)”, Jonas Blue featuring Theresa Rex (iTunes)
“Wink Emoji”, Yung Pinch featuring GASHI (iTunes)
“Wreck (Stripped)”, Hux (iTunes)
“Wrong One”, Seth Sentry (iTunes)
“You And I”, Barns Courtney (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums and EPs from Carly Rae Jepsen, Lewis Capaldi and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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