ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 17, 2016

Let them eat “Cake”.

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 two years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of January 17, 2016…

40. BRIAN FALLON, “A Wonderful Life”
38. MIIKE SNOW, “Genghis Khan”
37. RUTH B, “Lost Boy”

Biggest Mover(s):
MIKE POSNER, “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” (38-28, ten spots)

10. KELLY CLARKSON, “Piece By Piece” (steady, second week)
Album: Piece By Piece (2015, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #10 for two weeks

09. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Drink You Away” (steady, second week)
Album: The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience (2013, RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. ADAM LAMBERT, “Another Lonely Night” (steady, second week)
Album: The Original High (2015, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

07. ONE DIRECTION, “Perfect” (down 3)
Album: Made In The A.M. (2015, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #3

06. GWEN STEFANI, “Used To Love You” (steady, third week)
Album: This Is What The Truth Feels Like (2016, Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

05. THOMAS RHETT, “Die A Happy Man” (up 2)
Album: Tangled Up (2015, Valory Music/BMLG Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. DNCE, “Cake By The Ocean” (up 1)
Album: DNCE (2016, Republic Records)
Peak: #4

03. ADELE, “Hello” (steady, second week)
Album: 25 (2015, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

02. ADELE, “When We Were Young” (steady, second week)
Album: 25 (2015, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

01. COLDPLAY, “Adventure Of A Lifetime” (steady, second week)
Album: A Head Full Of Dreams (2015, Parlophone/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 12, 2018

Camila conquers the chart.

A harmonic week awaits for the latest new releases, both albums and singles, as the industry warms up to some sizzling January jams. Here’s what you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

CAMILA CABELLO – Camila (iTunes)
From the original lineup of Fifth Harmony to slaying the charts a solo artist, Cabello has been all over the place lately with her multi-format, multi-week #1 single “Havana”. This album also includes her follow-up, “Never Be The Same”, which is headed up the Top 40 radio chart. With a number of prominent looks in the next week, and a passionate group of fans, Cabello has a pretty good chance at leading the Billboard 200 next week.

More albums out this week: Anderson East‘s Encore (iTunes), Black Veil Brides‘s Vale (iTunes), BØRNS‘s Blue Madonna (iTunes), Lil Skies‘s Life Of A Dark Rose (iTunes), The Academic‘s Tales From The Backseat (iTunes), 2018 Grammy Nominees (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Noah Kahan‘s Hurt Somebody (iTunes), Ryan Egan‘s Fever & Bloom (iTunes), SYML‘s In My Body (iTunes), The Neighbourhood‘s To Imagine (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“After The Storm”, Kali Uchis featuring Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins (iTunes)
“Avalanche”, Avi On Fire (iTunes)
“Capital Letters”, Hailee Steinfeld & BloodPop (iTunes)
“Chloraseptic (Remix)”, Eminem featuring 2 Chainz & Phresher (iTunes)
“Connected By Love” and “Respect Commander”, Jack White (iTunes)
“Curious”, Hayley Kiyoko (iTunes)
“Don’t Go”, Goldhouse featuring CAPPA (iTunes)
“EL BAÑO”, Enrique Iglesias featuring Bad Bunny (iTunes)
“En La Cara (Sua Cara Remix)”, Major Lazer featuring Karol G (iTunes)
“Flickin’ Your Hair”, The Hunna (iTunes)
“Gold”, Rayvon Owen (iTunes)
“Hardest Part”, KAPTAN (iTunes)
“Heartworms (Flipped)”, The Shins (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Justine Skye (iTunes)
“Heavy (Acoustic)”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“How Long (Jerry Folk Remix)”, Charlie Puth (iTunes)
“Hurtin’ Me (The Remix)”, Stefflon Don featuring Sean Paul, Popcaan and Sizzla (iTunes)
“I’m Evil”, Tep No (iTunes)
“Into The Wild”, Phillip Phillips (iTunes)
“Like We Do” and “Take You Back”, Cale Dodds (iTunes)
“Live In The Moment”, Craig David featuring GoldLink (iTunes)
“My My My!”, Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“My Side (Acoustic)”, Tom Speight (iTunes)
“Not Too Late”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“Oh My Dear Lord”, The Unlikely Candidates (iTunes)
“PARAD(w/m)E”, Sylvan Esso (iTunes)
“Ruins”, First Aid Kit (iTunes)
“Run With Me”, Hudson Taylor (iTunes)
“Smoke”, Sam Fischer (iTunes)
“Song For You”, Rhye (iTunes)
“Spotlight”, Marshmello x Lil Peep (iTunes)
“STREET LIVIN'”, Black Eyed Peas (iTunes)
“Streets Of Gold (Ryan Riback Remix)”, Isaiah (iTunes)
“Supernova”, Ansel Elgort (iTunes)
“Symphony”, Towkio featuring Teddy Jackson (iTunes)
“Tequila”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
“The Champion”, Carrie Underwood featuring Ludacris (iTunes)
“Thinking About You”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“This Girl”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Time Machine”, Fancy Cars & Sophie Rose (iTunes)
“To Rome”, Deepend & Janieck (iTunes)
“Torn Up”, Denny White (iTunes)
“Uphill Battle”, Rozzi (iTunes)
“We’re Going Home”, Vance Joy (iTunes)
“Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)”, Fall Out Boy (iTunes)
“Yellow Lights”, Harry Hudson (iTunes)
“You Worry Me”, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Devin Dawson, Fall Out Boy, LANCO 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 (January 9, 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: Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars (along with Cardi B) led a fierce battle for the top spot, though it also caused the weekly totals outside of the top five to drop significantly. Let’s add it up, shall we?

READ FOR FILTH: Scoring a fantastic 178 adds on impact and starting off 2018 on a high note, RCA’s Justin Timberlake has this week’s Most Added title with a polarizing pop track called “Filthy”. It’s the lead single from his forthcoming studio album Man Of The Woods, hitting stores February 2, though I suppose you could argue that the programmers of the pop panel are stans of the woods, at least judging by how the first taste of the set performed this week. Just behind Timberlake’s massive total, Bruno Mars and Cardi B take second place with “Finesse”, starting with an equally-notable 154 combined adds (148 for their remix and six for the 2016 Mars original) this week. The remix remains at #1 on Apple Music and iTunes in the U.S., ahead of “Filthy”, and its music video, an homage to the TV series In Loving Color, led YouTube’s Trending chart upon release last Thursday.

2. BRUNO MARS & CARDI B, “Finesse” (Atlantic)
3. CAMILA CABELLO, “Never Be The Same” (Syco/Epic)
4. EMINEM featuring ED SHEERAN, “River” (Shady/Interscope)
5. LIAM PAYNE & RITA ORA, “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)” (Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (January 8-9, 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 the five new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BRUNO MARS & CARDI B – “Finesse (Remix)” (Atlantic)
Album: 24K Magic (2016)
Past T40 History: Approaching the top 30 here, Mars is celebrating his 19th top 40 entry and fourth from his most recent release.

CAMILA CABELLO – “Never Be The Same” (Syco/Epic)
Album: Camila (2018)
Past T40 History: Cabello’s new single from her forthcoming solo debut, out Friday, has been well into the top 40 for a few weeks.

Album: Man Of The Woods (2018)
Past T40 History: Timberlake recently scored his 29th top 40 single as a solo artist, with “Filthy” debuting just outside the top 20.

LIAM PAYNE & RITA ORA – “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)” (Republic)
Album: Fifty Shades Freed (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: Like “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”, a #2 hit last year, this duet hopes to be one of 2018’s first big movie singles.

OLIVIA HOLT – “Generous” (Hollywood)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Holt’s “History” spent a published week at #50 last year. As noted, her new track faces some fierce competition.

Will Maroon 5‘s “Wait” await more competitors before it impacts next week, or will it slay the panel effortlessly? Find out a week from now!

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 7, 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. Happy New Year and welcome back! Lots of action on the airwaves this week, as programmers wake up from the bitterly cold break with plenty of presents to keep us warm. The first Radio Active report of 2018 starts much how the last report of 2017 began:

SEVEN WONDERS: Surviving through the slow holiday season and into 2018, Camila Cabello‘s biggest solo release to date, the Young Thug-assisted “Havana”, grabs a seventh week on top of the CHR/Top 40 chart. The global hit, taken from her forthcoming album Camila, is the longest-running #1 song at the format since Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You”, which spent a total of ten weeks at the summit last spring. Her follow-up single, “Never Be The Same”, climbs from 34-30 this week, as it officially impacts on Tuesday. (Much of the panel is already on it, with adds spread out over the last few weeks, so don’t expect a big result.) “Havana” is still about 900 spins away from its nearest competitor, and with her aforementioned set due on Friday, there’s still a small chance that it could lead the chart for an eighth week. We’ll see! Regardless of what happens, she’s still a winner.

FILTHY AND FINESSE-Y: Two of this week’s top 40 entries were released at the end of last week to massive sales and streaming debuts, as well as hourly airplay on their respective first days in the market. The latter one, “Filthy” by Justin Timberlake, was all over the place on Friday and bursts into the countdown this week all the way up at #22, marking his 29th solo entry since 2002. His return to the pop format comes a week shy of the 20th anniversary of the impact date for what would become *NSYNC‘s debut U.S. hit, “I Want You Back”, which eventually went to #5 that May. In with a still-impressive 19th top 40 song is hitmaker Bruno Mars, whose remix of “Finesse” (along with Cardi B, now in with her second top 40 hit) launches at #33. The new jack swing release is an updated version of an album cut from his 2016 set, 24K Magic, which you’ll be hearing plenty about with the Grammy Awards a few weeks away. Further down the chart, the song “Home” (#39) by Machine Gun Kelly (third top 40 hit), X Ambassadors (fourth) and Bebe Rexha (12th) boosts the soundtrack to the Netflix movie Bright, while Post Malone‘s “I Fall Apart” (#40) lands the 22-year-old performer his fourth top 40 single (third from Stoney) at the format since 2015.

PUMP UP THE VOLUME: In addition to all the excitement in the top 40, another three songs are new to the top 50 this week. At #48, we find a big Urban (#10) and Rhythmic (#11) hit from chart newcomer Lil Pump, who enters with “Gucci Gang”. The rapper, 17-year-old Gazzy Garcia, released his self-titled debut last year, reaching #3 on the Billboard 200 list. Two additional EDM releases come in just below that single, with “First Love” (#49) bringing together the duo Lost Kings and two-time top 40 entrant Sabrina Carpenter, with “All Falls Down” (#50) linking Alan Walker with another singer with two top 40 tracks, Noah Cyrus, as well as Digital Farm Animals, who appeared (in a featured role) on Louis Tomlinson‘s “Back To You” (#24) in 2017. Will the two guys of Lost Kings or Walker, who have achieved plenty of top 40 hits to date on the Dance survey, finally manage their first top 40 hit on the CHR chart? We’ll see soon!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 12/31/17 – 1/6/18

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…


NATALIE MAJOR – “Waves” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Major’s song was recently heard on the second episode of the Freeform series grown•ish. It’s been tagged over 900 times on Shazam since its first airing on Thursday evening, gaining through subsequent re-airings of the episode.


THE BEACH – “Toxic Love” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “U.R. Beautiful” and a cover of “Wonderful Christmastime” were noted as additional picks late last year.
Notes: Previously signed with Sony Music’s U.K. division, singer and songwriter George Morgan continues to pump out the quality songs. “Toxic” was added on Spotify’s New Music Friday lists in countries like Denmark, Italy and Spain.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ADAM BARNES – “Hopeful” (SoundCloud)
MIDNIGHT RIOT – “Can’t Hold Back” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 7, 2018

“Too” weeks, one hit.

39. Liam Payne & Rita Ora – For You
34. Justin Timberlake – Filthy
31. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse | HIGHEST DEBUT

23. Maroon 5 – Wait (28)
14. James Arthur – Naked (19)
11. Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman (17) | BIGGEST MOVER — three weeks

10. Bastille – World Gone Mad (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Scott Helman – PDA (07) | PEAK: #07
08. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me (06) | PEAK: #03
07. Sheppard – Coming Home (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Noah Kahan – Hurt Somebody (05) | PEAK: #05
05. Calum Scott – You Are The Reason (08) | PEAK: #05
04. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (04) | PEAK: #04
03. The Script – Arms Open (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Walk The Moon – One Foot (02) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
01. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. River Matthews – Sunshine (2)
2. Shawn Hook – Never Let Me Let You Go (1)
3. Flagship – Midnight (3)
4. Cody Simpson & The Tide – Waiting For The Tide (6)
5. Milck – Quiet (-)
6. Jamie Scott featuring Carpet Boy – Feels So Good (7)
7. Mat Kearney featuring AFSHeeN – Better Than I Used To Be (5)
8. Sugarland – Still The Same (8)
9. Jeremy Fisher – This Is The Good Life (-)
10. Blue October – I Hope You’re Happy (-)

In The Mix:
Dua Lipa – IDGAF (new)
Hundred Handed – Too Good
Jacob Banks – Chainsmoking
Jeremy Loops – Waves (new)
New Politics – Color Green
Olivia Holt – Generous

Chart Notes:

  • It was a big first week of 2018 for new music by top artists, from lead singles and remixes to soundtrack cuts, and they’re all very much reflected in the countdown this week. Leading the festivities, at #31, is a remix of “Finesse” by Bruno Mars and one of 2017’s hottest newcomers, Cardi B. The original version of the hit, recorded by just Mars, first appeared on his 2016 album 24K Magic. Justin Timberlake also bounces in with this week’s #34 track, “Filthy”. Just ahead of his performance at the Super Bowl, the superstar is out with his forthcoming album Man Of The Woods, due February 2. Finally, climbing in at #39, is another collaboration, this entry from Liam Payne and Rita Ora. “For You” is the first track to be released from the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Freed, which opens in theaters on February 9. (Gee, that’s a whole lot of f-words. Luckily, all of them are clean!)

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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