ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 5, 2009

You’ve found them: Adam’s top past hits.

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 ten years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of April 5, 2009…

38. P!NK, “Please Don’t Leave Me”
28. CAROLINA LIAR, “Show Me What I’m Looking For”

Biggest Mover(s):
RASCAL FLATTS, “Here Comes Goodbye” (39-25, fourteen spots)

10. THE SATURDAYS, “Just Can’t Get Enough” (up 1)
Album: Chasing Lights (reissue) (2009, Polydor Records – U.K.)
Peak: #10 for three weeks

09. PET SHOP BOYS, “Love etc.” (up 1)
Album: Yes (2009, Astralwerks/Capitol Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

08. COLDPLAY, “Life In Technicolor II” (up 1)
Album: Prospekt’s March (EP) (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6

07. LILY ALLEN, “The Fear” (down 1)
Album: It’s Not Me, It’s You (2009, Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

06. O.A.R., “This Town” (up 1)
Album: All Sides (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

05. SHINEDOWN, “Second Chance” (steady, second week)
Album: The Sound Of Madness (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. JASON MRAZ featuring COLBIE CAILLAT, “Lucky” (steady, second week)
Album: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

03. THE FRAY, “You Found Me” (steady, second week)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. KELLY CLARKSON, “My Life Would Suck Without You” (steady, fourth week)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

01. THE SCRIPT, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” (steady, second week)
Album: The Script (2008, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 5, 2019

A spirited choice for the top spot.

You’re Free to enjoy all these selections and more this Friday, including several super pop and R&B sets. Check out these releases hitting the market today:

KHALID – Free Spirit (iTunes)
Features: “Better”, currently in the top five at Top 40 radio, and “Talk”, currently in the top ten at Rhythmic radio

Notable albums out this week: Brooks & Dunn‘s Reboot (iTunes), Jai Wolf‘s The Cure To Loneliness (iTunes), Lissie‘s When I’m Alone: The Piano Retrospective (iTunes), Matt Maeson‘s Bank On The Funeral (iTunes), Matt Simons‘s After The Landslide (iTunes), Reba McEntire‘s Stronger Than The Truth (iTunes), Sara Bareilles‘s Amidst The Chaos (iTunes), Tayla Parx‘s We Need To Talk (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Between Friends‘s we just need some time together (iTunes), bülow‘s Crystalline (iTunes), Dennis Lloyd‘s Exident (iTunes), Jasmine Thompson‘s Colour (iTunes), MARINA‘s Love (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“7000x”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“All Around The World”, R3HAB x ATC (A Touch Of Class) (iTunes)
“Anxious”, Austin Mahone (iTunes)
“Bachelorette”, Ashe (iTunes)
“Backup Plan”, Austin Brown (iTunes)
“Be The One”, Cheat Codes & Kaskade (iTunes)
“Can’t Buy Happiness”, Tash Sultana (iTunes)
“Caught In The Fire” and “Paradise”, Bazzi (iTunes)
“Close To Me”, Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Red Velvet (iTunes)
“Cold Blooded”, ZAYDE WØLF (iTunes)
“Conscience”, Jacob Lee (iTunes)
“Cool”, Jonas Brothers (iTunes)
“Crashing”, MAALA (iTunes)
“Dear Winter”, AJR (iTunes)
“Deeper”, Valerie Broussard featuring Lindsey Stirling (iTunes)
“Don’t Hate Me”, Corey Harper (iTunes)
“Fall For You”, Steve James (iTunes)
“Flexible”, Jordan McGraw (iTunes)
“Flower”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Forevermore”, Yuna (iTunes)
“Friends”, Omar Apollo (iTunes)
“Gloria”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“Handcuffs”, Baker Grace (iTunes)
“Honeybee”, The Head And The Heart (iTunes)
“I Will Not Break”, Kevin Rudolf featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Insomniac”, DREAMERS (iTunes)
“Keep On Coming”, Gia Woods (iTunes)
“Kill This Love”, BLACKPINK (iTunes)
“Lie Like That” / “Options”, Loren Gray (iTunes)
“Like That”, Hein Cooper (iTunes)
“Live Without You”, Sj + Joakim Molitor featuring SVRCINA (iTunes)
“Love Me Less”, MAX featuring Quinn XCII (iTunes)
“Love Myself”, Olivia O’Brien & Jesse (iTunes)
“Love To Love U”, Wrabel (iTunes)
“Make It Better”, Anderson .Paak featuring Smokey Robinson (iTunes)
“Mama’s House”, Push Baby (iTunes)
“Medicine”, Jennifer Lopez featuring French Montana (iTunes)
“Mistaken”, Martin Garrix and Matisse & Sadko featuring Alex Aris (iTunes)
“Monopoly”, Ariana Grande & Victoria Monet (iTunes)
“More Hearts Than Mine”, Ingrid Andress (iTunes)
“Ocean”, Parachute (iTunes)
“Peace”, Alison Wonderland (iTunes)
“Please Don’t”, Sam Setton (iTunes)
“Please Don’t Fall In Love”, VINCINT (iTunes)
“Right Now”, The Vamps featuring Krept & Konan (iTunes)
“Single Man”, High Valley (iTunes)
“Slow Dances”, Winnetka Bowling League (iTunes)
“Someday Soon” and “Sure Ain’t”, Wilder Woods (iTunes)
“Speaker”, Banx & Ranx featuring Olivia Holt & ZieZie (iTunes)
“Suicide Note”, Spencer Barnett (iTunes)
“Summer Day”, Tom Odell (iTunes)
“Take Our Time”, Jack Gray (iTunes)
“Terrible Ideas”, Cyn (iTunes)
“The Daughters”, Little Big Town (iTunes)
“The Other Side”, Justin Klump (iTunes)
“The Seed”, AURORA (iTunes)
“This Life” / “Unbearably White”, Vampire Weekend (iTunes)
“Whatever It Takes”, Cash And Maverick (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums and EPs from BTS, LSD 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 (April 2, 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: it’s back to the record ranch with the current viral hit from Lil Nas X, but a few new titles are riding into the top ten as well. Yeehaw! Let’s add ’em up:

A LIL MORE ACTION: Headed down the “Old Town Road” once more, rapper Lil Nas X gets a lil boost at the format, as 44 new stations come in for his first single to chart on the Top 40 list. Meanwhile, the top impacting release comes from newcomer Kiana Ledé, whose “Ex” slides into second place with 28 stations. The song is currently in the top 20 at Rhythmic radio, while also rising again (after a brief descent) at the Urban format, where it sits in the top 30.

Elsewhere, Ciara starts out solidly with a fourth place finish and 18 first-week stations for “Thinkin Bout You”, which she hopes to push into the top 40 for her first appearance in the region since 2009’s Justin Timberlake-assisted “Love Sex Magic”. A number of proven hits from past weeks, including songs by Ally Brooke, Billie Eilish and Mabel, continue to remain active here.

Next Tuesday will feature a competitive session at the format, as impacting titles from In Real Life, Jennifer Lopez, the Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson and Rachel Crow are among the top names currently in the mix. Will anyone else jump in?

1. LIL NAS X, “Old Town Road” (Columbia)
2. KIANA LEDÉ, “Ex” (Republic)
3. LAUV & TROYE SIVAN, “I’m So Tired…” (Capitol-in2une/AWAL)
4-T. BRYCE VINE featuring YG, “La La Land” (Sire/Warner Bros.)
4-T. CIARA, “Thinkin Bout You” (Beauty Marks/ADA)
6. AJ MITCHELL, “All My Friends” (Epic)
7-T. MABEL, “Don’t Call Me Up” (Capitol)
7-T. MARSHMELLO featuring CHVRCHES, “Here With Me” (Joytime Collective/Glassnote-Republic)
9. CITY GIRLS featuring CARDI B, “Twerk” (Quality Control/Motown/Capitol)
10-T. ALLY BROOKE featuring TYGA, “Low Key” (Latium/Atlantic)
10-T. BILLIE EILISH, “When The Party’s Over” (Darkroom/Interscope)
10-T. LIZZO, “Juice” (Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 1-2, 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 two impacting singles this week at the Top 40 format:

KIANA LEDE – “Ex” (Republic)
Album: Selfless (EP) (2018)
Past T40 History: Ledé is a newcomer to the format. Her current release is already well into the top 20 on the Rhythmic radio list.

LIZZO – “Juice” (Atlantic)
Album: Cuz I Love You (2019)
Past T40 History: Lizzo is also a newcomer to the pop format. The performer’s highly-anticipated debut album arrives on April 19.

Next week: look out for new releases from In Real Life and Rachel Crow to breathe some life onto the Top 40 airwaves.

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 (March 31, 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. Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of April? Crazy! As we head further into the spring, here’s what’s blooming and popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

ALL FOUR “7”: Down roughly 100 spins or so from last week, Ariana Grande‘s single “7 Rings” lands a fourth week at #1 on the Top 40 chart. It should easily score a fifth week. Her follow-up hit “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” holds outside the top ten once again, though it’s up a spot to #11 and can enter the region by next week’s update.

AJ Mitchell‘s “All My Friends” leaps from 41-34 this week, earning him his second top 40 entry, as he leads a pack of four new hits in that section of the chart. Next up, “Hard Place” by format newcomer H.E.R. moves from 42-38, while “La La Land” lands at #39, giving Bryce Vine and YG their second top 40 entries. That track rises from #48 last week, where it debuted. However, there’s one artist in the mix that’s not scoring her first or second, but rather, her 29th top 40 song on the current chart. P!nk jumps from 43-40 with “Walk Me Home”, the lead single from her forthcoming release Hurts 2B Human. The tune is already climbing through the top ten at the Hot AC format.

Another three tracks reach the top 50 this week at the format, led by the viral hit “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X at #41. It also bolts into the top 40 on the Rhythmic chart. A few notches lower, “Chlorine” seeps into the pool of pop at #48 for Twenty One Pilots. It marks the second crossover song from the act’s most recent album Trench. Finally, a current top ten tune on both the Rhythmic and Urban lists also busts down into the top 50 this week: that title is “Thotiana”, the first chart entry for Blueface, which lands at #50. A remix of the single features Cardi B and the aforementioned YG, though neither performer is credited on Mediabase.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Thirteen

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…


CAPPA – “I Do” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Seventh appearance

It’s been about four months since this artist last appeared on the Rewind with her song “Sux”, and her latest track definitely doesn’t suck whatsoever. Written with Aaron Blackmar, the lighter pop tune has a pleasant melody, while still preserving a playful attitude.

JESSE SAINT JOHN – “Crying” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance

Released as a part of a two-track single with an updated version of his former Rewind pick “What Do U Like”, you might need some tissues (sold seperately) when you check this cut out for the first time. The retro-tinged electronic sound finds just the right groove.

(no video available as of 3/31)

SVRCINA – “All I Wanna Do” (iTunes)
Previously on the Rewind: Ninth appearance

From “I Do” to “All I Wanna Do”, the latest Rewind entry for this Nashville performer may not be a hot Sheryl Crow cover, but it’s a pretty catchy single in its own right. Co-written with Ben Eggebrecht and Michael McEachern, it’s another super add to her catalog.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
CUBBI – “Buzzkill”
DANIELLA MASON – “Deepest Of Wells”
EBEN – “Nights Like This”
GABRIELLE APLIN – “Nothing Really Matters”
JOEL ADAMS – “Coffee”
LAUREN AQUILINA – “Tobacco In My Sheets”
RENCE – “Ways To Go”
THE DRIVER ERA – “Feel You Now”
THE WLDLFE – “The Other Side”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 31, 2019

Following the “Rainbow”.

38. Westlife – Better Man
36. Kelly Clarkson – Broken & Beautiful | HIGHEST DEBUT

34. Lady Gaga – Always Remember Us This Way (39)
29. Noah Kahan – Mess (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Maggie Rogers – Burning (31)
24. Lauv & Troye Sivan – I’m So Tired… (30)

10. Dua Lipa – Swan Song (08) | PEAK: #08
09. P!nk – Walk Me Home (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Dean Lewis – 7 Minutes (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Walk The Moon – Timebomb (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. The Cranberries – All Over Now (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. Panic! At The Disco – Hey Look Ma, I Made It (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Westlife – Hello My Love (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Kacey Musgraves – Rainbow (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Rachel Crow – Up All Night (1)
2. Ocean Park Standoff – Good Time (2)
3. Galantis featuring OneRepublic – Bones (3)
4. AJ Mitchell – All My Friends (6)
5. Freya Ridings – You Mean The World To Me (5)
6. Sara Bareilles – Fire (7)
7. Ava Max – So Am I (9)
8. Fitz & The Tantrums – 123456 (-)
9. The Cranberries – Wake Me When It’s Over (-)
10. BANNERS – Got It In You (-)

In The Mix:
A R I Z O N A – Find Someone
Bülow – Sweet Little Lies
Dennis Lloyd – Never Go Back
for KING & COUNTRY – God Only Knows
James Morrison featuring Joss Stone – My Love Goes On (new)
Jimmie Allen – Best Shot
Josh Groban with Jennifer Nettles – 99 Years
Lennon Stella – Bitch (Takes One To Know One)
Maddie Poppe – Made You Miss (new)
Nina Nesbitt – The Best You Had
NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku – So Close
O.A.R. – Knocking At Your Door (new)
The Head And The Heart – Missed Connection
The Score featuring blackbear – Dreamin
The Strumbellas – I’ll Wait (new)
Thomas Rhett – Look What God Gave Her
Zara Larsson – Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Kacey Musgraves holds steady at #1 for the third week with “Rainbow”, but she’s facing some competition from Westlife‘s huge comeback: in addition to debuting at #38 with “Better Man”, they’re up from 4-2 with “Hello My Love”, their highest-charting entry on my list to date. On the move from 36-29, Noah Kahan takes the Biggest Mover title with “Mess”, his fourth top 40 single since 2017. Finally, this week’s Highest Debut, starting at #36, is a new soundtrack tune from the kelegendary artist herself, Kelly Clarkson. “Broken & Beautiful” is featured on the set from the animated movie UglyDolls, opening in May. Clarkson also voices one of the lead characters named Moxy. It’s the performer’s first soundtrack hit on my personal chart since 2004, when “Breakaway” (from The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement) peaked at #3.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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