RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 16-17, 2017)

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 two new tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CALVIN HARRIS featuring KEHLANI & LIL YACHTY – “Faking It” (Columbia)
Album: Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (2017)
Past T40 History: “Slide” (#9) and “Feels” (#8) from Harris’s latest set are only two of his eleven career top ten hits at the format.

DAYA – “New” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2017/18?)
Past T40 History: With three top ten songs, including a chart-topping collaboration with The Chainsmokers, she’s on a hot streak.

Next week: Format newcomers Alex Aiono, CNCO and NF are among the acts competing for the Most Added title. With four (so far) releases in the mix, it’ll be a very competitive Tuesday.

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 (October 15, 2017)

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. If you’ve had enough of pumpkin spice as of late, why don’t you spice up your chart knowledge with these delicious ditties below? They’re sure to fill your attention span:

YOUR “DO” DATE: Less than two months after it was born into the top 40, this baby has taken over the top spot. After appearing done last week, Taylor Swift‘s “Look What You Made Me Do” bolts from 4-1 in a massive push week. It’s her ninth #1 on the chart, and her first of the year, having spent five weeks at #2 in February and March with a Zayn collaboration called “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”. (You’ll recall that song was featured on the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Darker.) Swift falls 7-9 on the Hot AC chart; two of her previous lead singles, “Mine” (2010) and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (2012), peaked at the same #7 position.

As mentioned previously, four “look” or “looking” titles have climbed to #1 at the format in the past 30 years: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 (7/31/87 R&R), “Look Away” by Chicago (12/2-9/88 R&R), “The Look” by Roxette (3/31/89 R&R), and “Looking Through Patient Eyes” by P.M. Dawn (5/7-14/93 R&R). With Swift swiftly making that total five, we’ll certainly look to see if any more need our eyes soon!

NO “LONG” WAIT HERE: Charlie Puth collects his sixth top 40 single on both the CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC charts with “How Long”, debuting at #36 on the former and #32 on the latter. At CHR/Top 40 radio, Puth is coming off four weeks at the top with the lead single from his forthcoming album Voicenotes, “Attention”. (The album is due January 19 of next year.) “Long” is below the top 50 at the Rhythmic format, where “Attention” is still #18, but its great gains during the week should put it on the chart by the end of the month. Puth has yet to announce a tracklisting for the album, but I imagine it will be revealed relatively soon.

Just missing the top 40 this week, but likely to break in very soon, Niall Horan scores his third solo chart song with “Too Much To Ask”, new at #41. His first solo album, titled Flicker, is due on Friday. (Previous single “Slow Hands” is down 2-5.) Another debut of note comes from Linkin Park, charting for the first time since leader Chester Bennington took his life in July. They come in at #50 with “One More Light”, the title track off their #1 album that was released earlier this year. We haven’t had many posthumous songs reach the CHR chart recently, but since 2000, notable titles by or featuring Aaliyah (2), Elvis Presley (1), Michael Jackson (2), Natasja (1) and Static Major (1) have all hit the region.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 10/8 – 10/14/17

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 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…


BRASKO – “Take Me” (Spotify)
As Jordan Gable, he provided plenty of tasty tunes for several PGTC playlists, including two Rewind appearances with “Fool Of Me” (June 2016) and “Didn’t Mean It” (September 2016). Now, as a second era begins, his edgy new wave-influenced pop sound shines.


GOLDEN COAST – “Float On By” (Spotify)
Singer and songwriter Denny White has been on the Rewind with a pair of tunes this year, including a feature for “Traces” (January 2017). So, it’s also good to have his duo back in action! Their catchy rhythmic pop song floats toward the top of this week’s releases.


VOKES – “Screens” (Spotify)
Don’t worry, your vision is fine! This act is now a quintet, having previously hit the Rewind as a solo project (musician Mike Harris) with “Wrong” (August 2016). Focused in a more alternative direction, the transition is flawless and the single is worth a few listens.


ZAYDE WØLF – “Higher Than High” (Spotify)
Hungry like the Wolf? Us too! “High” is the Nashville performer’s third cut on the Rewind in 2017, with “The Jungle” (August 2017) marking his last appearance to date. With a radio-ready and anthemic pop/rock sound, you’ll be blasting this track through the fall.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
CHRIS JOBE – “Thank You Internet” (SoundCloud)
LEO KALYAN – “No Man’s Land (Part 1)” (SoundCloud)
LUKR – “Secrets” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 15, 2017

It’s all “About” P!nk.

39. Delta Rae – No Peace In Quiet
37. Harry Styles – Kiwi | HIGHEST DEBUT

34. Julia Michaels – Worst In Me (39)
32. The Head And The Heart – Don’t Dream It’s Over (37)
31. Noah Kahan – Hurt Somebody (38) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
24. Scott Helman – PDA (30)
20. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (25)
15. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me (22) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
(see #8 below)

10. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (09) | PEAK: #09
09. Maroon 5 featuring SZA – What Lovers Do (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Walk The Moon – One Foot (14) | PEAK: #08
07. Kesha – Praying (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
06. The Script – Rain (02) | PEAK: #02
05. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Dua Lipa – New Rules (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. P!nk – What About Us (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Andreas Moss – Stuck In My Feelings (2)
2. Bleachers – I Miss Those Days (5)
3. Astrid S – Think Before I Talk (7)
4. Wrabel – The Village (1)
5. Secondhand Serenade – Lost (8)
6. Goo Goo Dolls – Boxes (10)
7. Daya – New (-)
8. Loote – Out Of My Head (-)
9. New Politics – Color Green (9)
10. Bishop Briggs – Dream (-)

In The Mix:
Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be (new)
Cody Fry – Nobody But You
Fastball – Best Friend
Louis Tomlinson – Just Like You (new)
Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill – Dear Hate
Olivia Holt – Generous

Chart Notes:

  • She first made my personal chart in 2000 with “There You Go”, and now, pop superstar P!nk has her seventh #1 on my list with “What About Us”. It rises from 4-1 this week, displacing Taylor Swift‘s “Look What You Made Me Do” after a total of three weeks at the top. Each of the singer’s last four albums, including a hits compilation, has included at least one #1 song, though it’s not always been the lead single. Her longest stay so far was in 2008, when “So What” had a six-week run.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the third top 40 solo hit for One Direction‘s Harry Styles. “Kiwi” is new at #37. This single follows “Two Ghosts”, which recently peaked at #6 and is still in the top 20 this week. Styles’s newest radio release is one of two (so far, at least) scheduled to impact at Top 40 radio stations on Halloween. (We hope it’s a real treat for everyone!)
  • Climbing aboard at #39, “No Peace In Quiet” is the second single to make my chart from Delta Rae‘s EP titled A Long And Happy Life. The title track got as high as #26 this past May. “Peace” goes for adds this week at the Country radio format, so don’t forget to wish the band good luck on Monday!

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 15, 2006

So “Far” from 2006.

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 October 15, 2006…

40. VANESSA HUDGENS, “Come Back To Me”
39. PET SHOP BOYS, “Numb”
34. THE RACONTEURS, “Steady As She Goes”
24. MAT KEARNEY, “Nothing Left To Lose”

Biggest Mover(s):
AUGUSTANA, “Boston” (25-12, thirteen spots)

10. JOSH HOGE, “360” (down 2)
Album: Call It What You Want (Unreleased, Epic Records) / Everything She Was (2008, Blackledge/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

09. ROD STEWART, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” (up 2)
Album: Still The Same… Great Rock Classics Of Our Time (2006, J Records)
Peak: #9

08. SCISSOR SISTERS, “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'” (up 2)
Album: Ta-Dah (2006, Universal Motown Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

07. ROB THOMAS, “Streetcorner Symphony” (down 1)
Album: …Something To Be (2005, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

06. DANIEL POWTER, “Love You Lately” (up 1)
Album: Daniel Powter (re-release) (2006, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

05. SNOW PATROL, “Chasing Cars” (down 2)
Album: Eyes Open (2006, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

04. EVANESCENCE, “Call Me When You’re Sober” (up 1)
Album: The Open Door (2006, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #4

03. NICKELBACK, “Far Away” (up 1)
Album: All The Right Reasons (2005, Roadrunner Records/Island Def Jam Music Group)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. THE FRAY, “How To Save A Life” (down 1)
Album: How To Save A Life (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

01. JOHN MAYER, “Waiting On The World To Change” (up 1)
Album: Continuum (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 13, 2017

Think P!nk!

What a Beautiful week for a new batch of excellent releases in the music world… question is, which one will you dive into first? I have some suggestions! Here are the albums and singles you need to know this Friday:

P!NK – Beautiful Trauma (iTunes)
What about us? What about her new album? The pop superstar returns with her first studio release in just over five years, and at this point, it should be a worthy contender for the #1 spot on next week’s Billboard 200. Of course, it’s led by ‘What About Us”, a hit at AC, Hot AC and Top 40 radio (and still building nicely.) I’ll certainly be picking up a physical copy.

BECK – Colors (iTunes)
Making his way up the top ten on Alternative and Triple A top ten with “Up All Night”, this performer’s 13th studio album comes just under four years after his last one. It also features “Dreams” and “Wow”, two of his previous hits at the formats over the past couple of years. Could this set make a run for #1? Stay tuned.

GUCCI MANE – Mr. Davis (iTunes)
Mane’s Droptopwop mixtape narrowly missed the top ten on the Billboard 200 earlier this year, so the rapper is likely to get this release, at the very least, well into the region. His new studio album is led by the Migos-assisted “I Get The Bag”, bulleted at #11 on the most recent Urban chart.

CARLY PEARCE – Every Little Thing (iTunes)
Pearce is one of 2017’s most promising newcomers at Country radio format, as she climbs the top ten there with her track “Every Little Thing”. It should have a solid entry on the overall chart, and could be in the mix for #1 on the Country-specific survey.

More albums out this week: Courtney Barnett/Kurt Vile‘s Lotta See Lice (iTunes), Jessie James Decker‘s Southern Girl City Lights (iTunes), Marc E. Bassy‘s Gossip Columns (iTunes), Robert Plant‘s Carry Fire (iTunes), Russell Dickerson‘s Yours (iTunes), The Score‘s Atlas (iTunes), Wu-Tang‘s The Saga Continues (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Kodaline‘s I Wouldn’t Be (iTunes), Nick Fradiani‘s Where We Left Off (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Blood On The Surface”, Mikky Ekko (iTunes)
“Dream”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Fall From Glory”, Causes (iTunes)
“Feels Great”, Cheat Codes featuring Fetty Wap and CVBZ (iTunes)
“Find You (Acoustic)”, Nick Jonas (iTunes)
“First Love”, Lost Kings featuring Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Headphones”, Walk The Moon (iTunes)
“High End”, Chris Brown featuring Future and Young Thug (iTunes)
“Higher Than Higher”, ZAYDE WØLF (iTunes)
“Holy Mountain”, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (iTunes)
“House Party”, The Knocks featuring Captain Cuts (iTunes)
“I Love You But I’m Lost”, Tears For Fears (iTunes)
“If You Want To Make Money”, Will Joseph Cook (iTunes)
“Just Like You”, Louis Tomlinson (iTunes)
“Leave A Light On”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Let You Down”, Peking Duk featuring Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Love You Like That”, Dagny (iTunes)
“Medusa”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“Must Be Hard Being You”, Clark Beckham (iTunes)
“My Name (Say It)”, Citizen Four (iTunes)
“New”, Daya (iTunes)
“No Man’s Land”, Leo Kalyan (iTunes)
“Paper Doll”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Passion”, AWOLNATION (iTunes)
“Personal”, The Vamps featuring Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“Please Stay”, Bryan Adams (iTunes)
“Phone Calls”, Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Playboy Sh*t”, Blackbear featuring Lil Aaron (iTunes)
“Poking Holes”, Emily Warren (iTunes)
“Real Thing”, Tory Lanez featuring Future (iTunes)
“Same Boat”, Albin Lee Meldau (iTunes)
“Secrets”, Lukr (iTunes)
“Silence (Tiësto’s Big Room Remix)”, Marshmello featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“Sucker for You”, Matt Terry (iTunes)
“Take Me”, Brasko (iTunes)
“That Don’t Impress Me Much (Like A Version)”, HAIM (iTunes)
“Thorns”, Lo Moon (iTunes)
“Too Much To Ask (Cedric Gervais Remix)”, Niall Horan (iTunes)
“Touch”, Kehlani (iTunes)
“Under A Million Lights”, Tom Chaplin (iTunes)
“Vault”, Keyshia Cole (iTunes)
“We Could Go Back”, Jonas Blue featuring Moelogo (iTunes)
“Wishlist”, Kiiara (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Lindsey Stirling, Niall Horan and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 10, 2017)

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: it’s a “Long” way to #1 for Charlie Puth, but his musical momentum has attracted the pop panel once again. Plus, new singles from Macklemore and Kesha, Niall Horan and more! Check them all out here:

TELL THE PUTH: You gave him your “Attention”, to the tune of four weeks at #1 earlier this year, but Charlie Puth needs a bit more of it. No, he’s not an attention hog, but he is piggybacking on his big hit to bring us “How Long”, another single from his new album Voicenotes, due January 19 of next year. In the “Long” run, it looks like this’ll be another winner, as it takes the Most Added title on this week’s CHR/Top 40 report, scoring 72 stations on impact. That’s a significantly larger sum than “Attention” received a few months ago in its impact week, taking in 43, though it did pick up 31 the week before its official adds date. This Sunday, it may have a chance of debuting in the top 40 on the published update, which would be a great start for the single.

Just below Puth’s new song, “Good Old Days” (#2, 66 stations) by Macklemore featuring Kesha and “Too Much To Ask” (#3, 54 stations) by Niall Horan both have solid starts, with the former entry also picking up a handful of Hot AC stations yesterday. The latter single, Horan’s third from his forthcoming Flicker release, impacts three weeks ahead of “Kiwi”, the third single from former bandmate Harry Styles‘s self-titled album. Will Horan score three chart-topping solo hits in a row? Stay tuned. In the meantime, expect his latest tune to burst into the top 50 by the next published update.

1. CHARLIE PUTH, “How Long” (Atlantic)
2. MACKLEMORE featuring KESHA, “Good Old Days” (Warner Bros.)
3. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask” (Capitol)
4. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5-T. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)
5-T. ED SHEERAN, “Perfect” (Atlantic)
7. CARDI B, “Bodak Yellow” (KSR/Atlantic)
8. POST MALONE featuring 21 SAVAGE, “rockstar” (Republic)
9. KHALID, “Young Dumb & Broke” (Right Hand Music/RCA)
10-T. DUA LIPA, “New Rules” (Warner Bros.)
10-T. LINKIN PARK, “One More Light” (Warner Bros.)

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