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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 13, 2019

Chances are that it’s doing well…

DEBUTS
40. Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant
36. Westlife – Hello My Love
35. Walk The Moon – Timebomb | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Jon Bellion – Stupid Deep (38)
28. Stephen Puth – Sexual Vibe (36)
25. Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
16. Greg Holden – Something Beautiful (21)

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

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

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

Chart Notes:

  • After spending three weeks at #1 last year with their single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, the Backstreet Boys return to the top with “Chances”, leaping from 4-1. This is the first time the band has achieved back-to-back chart-toppers on my list since 2001. Both “Don’t” and “Chances” can be found on the group’s forthcoming album DNA, out in just under two weeks. The Biggest Mover this week rises up twelve spots from 37-25, and that belongs to “Bad Liar” by Imagine Dragons. Look for the track to earn some solid airplay by the end of January, when it impacts at the Triple A and Alternative formats. This week’s Highest Debut belongs to an act that’s searching for their fifth #1 title on my chart, Walk The Moon. “Timebomb” is new at #35. One notch lower, with their first chart entry since the fall of 2002, Westlife climbs aboard at #36 with their comeback hit “Hello My Love”. It’s already topped the iTunes lists in the United Kingdom and Ireland. One last debut, new at #40, pairs Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man for their first collaboration together. “Giant” will be looking for some giant Top 40 radio success when it impacts on January 22.

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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.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
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. BACKSTREET BOYS, “Chances” (RCA)
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:

BACKSTREET BOYS – “Chances” (RCA)
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.

POST MALONE – “Wow.”
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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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 6, 2019

“Down” to be my new #1.

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

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

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
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.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 30, 2018

The Lady is a champ (again.)

DEBUTS
39. Stephen Puth – Sexual Vibe

TOP GAINERS
33. Seeb x Bastille – Grip (39)
28. Avril Lavigne – Tell Me It’s Over (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Greg Holden – Something Beautiful (31)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (08) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
09. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (07) | PEAK: #08
07. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Backstreet Boys – Chances (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Maggie Rogers – Light On (04) | PEAK: #03
03. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (1)
2. Jess Glynne – Thursday (4)
3. Sara Bareilles – Armor (2)
4. American Authors featuring Bear Rinehart – Neighborhood (9)
5. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (3)
6. Kian – Waiting (7)
7. Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (6)
8. Alice Merton – Funny Business (8)
9. Elle King – Baby Outlaw (10)
10. half•alive – Still Feel (-)

In The Mix:
Drax Project – Woke Up Late (new)
Sasha Sloan – Older
We Three – Heaven’s Not Too Far (new)

Chart Notes:

  • This will probably be Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper‘s last week atop my chart with their hit “Shallow”, which holds for a fourth week at the summit, losing its bullet in the process. As for a second radio single off the soundtrack to A Star Is Born, there’s no word yet if something will be serviced in the new year. Meanwhile, “Shallow” is still charting at three formats, ranking the highest (#7) on the Hot AC list. Newcomer Stephen Puth bows at #39 with the only debut on the chart this week: “Sexual Vibe”, his first release for a major label. Singer Charlie Puth is his older brother; he’s a writer on my current #8 song, “Love You Anymore” by Michael Bublé.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 23, 2018

The Star of Christmas week.

DEBUTS
39. Seeb x Bastille – Grip
37. Ariana Grande – Imagine | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Avril Lavigne – Tell Me It’s Over (40)
31. Greg Holden – Something Beautiful (37)
24. The Strumbellas – Salvation (32) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan – 1999 (25)
11. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (08) | PEAK: #07
08. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Backstreet Boys – Chances (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Maggie Rogers – Light On (03) | PEAK: #03
03. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week
01. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (4)
2. Sara Bareilles – Armor (2)
3. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (5)
4. Jess Glynne – Thursday (9)
5. Stephen Puth – Sexual Vibe (-)
6. Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (7)
7. Kian – Waiting (-)
8. Alice Merton – Funny Business (-)
9. American Authors featuring Bear Rinehart – Neighborhood (-)
10. Elle King – Baby Outlaw (-)

In The Mix:
James TW – Soldier
Sasha Sloan – Older

Chart Notes:

  • On this week’s survey, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper hold firmly at #1 for the third consecutive week with “Shallow”, while The Strumbellas claim the Biggest Mover with “Salvation”, up eight spots to #24 in its second week on the list. At #37, Ariana Grande has the week’s Highest Debut with “Imagine”, another cut from her forthcoming studio album. The tune hasn’t officially been serviced to any radio format yet, though several stations have it in a more consistent rotation. A new collaboration from Seeb x Bastille also bows in the top 40: “Grip” starts at #39. The latter band is coming off the #1 song “Happier” with Marshmello, still in the top ten, which spent four weeks at the top. Have a lovely Christmas!

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2018: Part Five, 5-1

The top five is here on Adam’s Top 100 of 2018! The cream of the pop is ready for you, so enjoy all the great music ahead…

The 2018 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 3, 2017 to the chart dated November 25, 2018. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with the higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks at a song’s peak position and the amount of time charted in the top 40. 171 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, a decrease from the 176 that did so in 2017.

05. JUKEBOX THE GHOST, “Everybody’s Lonely”
Album: Off To The Races
Label: Caroline
Peak: #2 for one week
Weeks: 27
Points: 737

Writers: Ben Thornewill, CJ Baran, Peter Thomas
Producers: CJ Baran, Peter Thomas

Three years ago, this band galloped to the top of my year-end survey with “Postcard”, which had a seven-week run at #1 on my chart. Their song at #5 for the year didn’t quite match that, but its #2 peak and top 40 stay of over half a year are still pretty impressive. The single also became the band’s first song to chart at Alternative radio, entering the top 20, even though its parent album failed to rank on the Billboard 200 list. (The group’s self-titled album reached the lower rungs of the chart four years ago.) With “Fred Astaire” already leaving my survey, narrowly missing my top 20, the trio’s latest era is likely done for singles. However, you never know when a Ghost could haunt my top 40…

04. BACKSTREET BOYS, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
Album: DNA
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for three weeks
Weeks: 27
Points: 749

Writers: Jamie Hartman, Stephen Wrabel, Stuart Crichton
Producers: Jamie Hartman, Stuart Crichton

After “Drowning” reached the top spot on my chart during the fall of 2001, it would be struggle for the Backstreet Boys for over a decade to reclaim the summit. On two occasions, the band topped out at #10 with 2005’s “Incomplete” and 2007’s “Inconsolable”, but failed to enter the region with a handful of other entries. So, when the group re-signed with a major label and put out this tune, the nostalgia was real. It’s still hard to believe that it took nearly 17 years for the Boys to return to #1 here, but a chart-topper is a chart-topper, no matter what year it is. I’m also looking forward to their upcoming release DNA, which also includes “Chances”, a current top ten song on my list. I heart them!

03. NIALL HORAN, “On The Loose”
Album: Flicker
Label: Capitol
Peak: #1 for three weeks
Weeks: 30
Points: 803

Writers: John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, Niall Horan
Producer: Julian Bunetta

2018 was another awesome year for the one-time One Direction member, as he became the first performer to get five #1 songs on my chart from one album. Pretty impressive, right? This was the fourth of five, which had a solid three-week run atop my list. “On” was the last song from Flicker to be serviced to radio in the U.S., entering the top 20 on the Hot AC list and just missing the region at the Top 40 format. It’ll be hard for his next album to match that streak, but there’s no doubt in my mind that the music will be good. Of course, the performer’s hit “Slow Hands” was crowned my #1 track of 2017, spending seven weeks at the top of my list. I’ve gotta hand it to him: he’s one talented guy.

02. GEORGE EZRA, “Shotgun”
Album: Staying At Tamara’s
Label: Columbia
Peak: #1 for six weeks
Weeks: 25+
Points: 846

Writers: Fred Gibson, George Barnett, Joel Pott
Producers: Cam Blackwood, FRED

As of the end of the chart year in November, “Shotgun” was still well into the top 20 on my weekly chart, giving Ezra’s song the potential to land on 2019’s list as well. Until then, let’s focus on this tune’s massive run for the year, spending a hefty six weeks at the top in August and September. It was the perfect summer single, and an international audience loved it too, as it became Ezra’s first song to hit #1 in Australia and the United Kingdom. In the States, “Shotgun” became a sizable top ten hit on the Triple A survey earlier this year, with some moderate results at Hot AC radio and a Top 40 crossover planned for January. If you haven’t taken a ride with him yet, I would highly recommend it.

01. GEORGE EZRA, “Paradise”
Album: Staying At Tamara’s
Label: Columbia
Peak: #1 for three weeks
Weeks: 32
Points: 866

Writer: George Barnett
Producer: Cam Blackwood

Yes, you’re seeing double, but in a good way. George Ezra has both my #1 and #2 songs of 2018, with “Paradise” leading the way. On any of my year-end charts, it’s not uncommon to see an act with two songs in the top ten, but holding down the top two spots? That’s rare. As a #1 single for three weeks on my personal chart with a run of almost eight months in the top 40, I was sure for most of the year that “Paradise” (or “On The Loose”, back at #3) would end up as my top title for 2018. So, I’m certainly very happy with the final result. Would you believe that Ezra’s breakout hit “Budapest” never made my chart? It bubbled under during the spring and summer of 2014. That’s quite a jump for the man who now has the top two songs on my year-end list four years later. As far as 2019 goes, “Hold My Girl” is now climbing up my list and headed towards the top 20, while “Shotgun” (as mentioned above) descends after its #1 adventure during the summer. If another song from his album becomes a single down the line, who knows what’ll happen? Until then, I’ll have an extended stay in “Paradise” this winter.

A big thank you for checking out my Top 100 of 2018! Here’s to more awesome chart adventures in 2019. Happy holidays!

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