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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 25, 2019

Big album bows are in their DNA.

There won’t be any million-sellers this week, but there are plenty of lovely releases that are on the money. Here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

BACKSTREET BOYS – DNA (iTunes)
Features: “Chances”, currently in the top 20 at Hot AC and top 50 on Top 40 radio (as well as prior single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”)

BRING ME THE HORIZON – Amo (iTunes)
Features: “Mantra”, currently in the top five at Active Rock radio

VARIOUS ARTISTS – 2019 Grammy Nominees (iTunes)
Features: chart hits from the likes of Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Taylor Swift and others

Notable albums out this week: Boogie‘s Everything’s For Sale (iTunes), Dreezy‘s Big Dreez (iTunes), FIDLAR‘s Almost Free (iTunes), Jack & Jack‘s A Good Friend Is Nice (iTunes), Keuning‘s Prismism (iTunes), Kiss‘s Kissworld – The Best Of Kiss (iTunes), Michael Franti & Spearhead‘s Stay Human Vol. 2 (iTunes), Rat Boy‘s Internationally Unknown (iTunes), Rudimental‘s Toast To Our Differences (iTunes), Say Anything‘s Oliver Appropriate (iTunes), Terror Jr‘s Unfortunately, Terror Jr (iTunes), Weezer‘s Weezer (The Teal Album) (iTunes), Wrabel‘s One Nite Only (Live) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Frank Turner‘s Don’t Worry (iTunes), Julia Michaels‘s Inner Monologue Part I (iTunes), Santana‘s In Search Of Mona Lisa (iTunes), Slenderbodies‘s Soraya (iTunes), Sunflower‘s King Of The Dudes (iTunes), Wild Youth‘s The Last Goodbye (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week: TBA‘s TBA (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2021” / “Harmony Hall”, Vampire Weekend (iTunes)
“Against Me”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“American Dream”, Sultan + Shepard (iTunes)
“Back To The Start”, Michael Schulte (iTunes)
“Blind”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“BOOM”, X Ambassadors (iTunes)
“Bug A Boo”, Joe Stone (iTunes)
“Change Your Mind”, Tori Kelly (iTunes)
“Cool As Hell”, Baker Boy (iTunes)
“Crashing”, Illenium featuring Bahari (iTunes)
“Distance”, Nicky Romero x Olivia Holt (iTunes)
“Don’t Leave Me Waiting”, Newton Faulkner (iTunes)
“Excuses (Acoustic)”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“Exits”, Foals (iTunes)
“Everybody Wants You”, Black Saint featuring Sam Fischer (iTunes)
“Falling Apart”, Broods (iTunes)
“Fake Louis”, Girl Wilde (iTunes)
“Fire Is Love”, SAARLOOS (iTunes)
“Give You Up”, Dido (iTunes)
“Haunted House” and “Moderation”, Florence + The Machine (iTunes)
“Headlights (Madison Mars Remix)”, Hellberg & Leona Lewis (iTunes)
“Heal Me”, Grace Carter (iTunes)
“Heavy Crown”, Grizfolk (iTunes)
“Here Come The Warriors”, UNSECRET featuring Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“I’m So Tired…”, Lauv & Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Joy (R3HAB Remix)”, for KING & COUNTRY (iTunes)
“Karma”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Like That”, Eva Simons (iTunes)
“Listen To Me”, Dirty Heads (iTunes)
“Loca”, Alvaro Soler (iTunes)
“Lost In Translation”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Love Me & Let Me Go”, Ashley Tisdale (iTunes)
“Love Me Back”, RITUAL with Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“Middle Child”, J. Cole (iTunes)
“Monster (Under My Bed)”, Call Me Karizma (iTunes)
“Nothing Breaks Like a Heart (Don Diablo Remix)”, Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“Out Of Love” and “You Don’t Know Me”, Peter Manos (iTunes)
“Red Bull & Hennessy”, Jenny Lewis (iTunes)
“S.O.S.”, Spazz Cardigan (iTunes)
“Save Me Tonight”, ARTY (iTunes)
“Savior”, No/Me (iTunes)
“Sexual Vibe (Acoustic)”, Stephen Puth (iTunes)
“Slow Fade”, Ruth B. (iTunes)
“Strangers”, Vigiland featuring A7S (iTunes)
“Swan Song”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“The First To Know”, Robin Bengtsson (iTunes)
“Think About Us”, Little Mix featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Undrunk”, FLETCHER (iTunes)
“Velvet”, LINES (iTunes)
“Watching The Waves”, David Gray (iTunes)
“Wicked Hearts”, Junge Junge featuring Jamie Hartman (iTunes)
“Woke Up Late”, Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Won’t Let Go”, Jamie N Commons (iTunes)
“You Say (Piano Version)”, Lauren Daigle (iTunes)
“You’re In His Bed, I’m In His Head”, Mags (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from American Authors, Broods and many more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (January 20, 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. Do these radio hits ring a bell? They should. In fact, they could ring seven of them. Let’s see what’s popping this Sunday:

“THANK” BEFORE U SPEAK: Coming off a great six-week run at #1 for Panic! At The Disco‘s song “High Hopes”, the Top 40 survey was ready for a new chart-topper. So, thanks are due to Ariana Grande‘s “thank u, next”, rising 2-1 this week. The hit is the sixth #1 of her career at this format and follows just weeks after “breathin”, a cut off her Sweetener album, stalled at #2 for four long weeks without ever hitting the top. The latter track slides to #5 this week, as Grande’s “7 rings” (released on Friday) has a huge entry at #27. These are, indeed, a few of her favorite things. (There’ll be plenty more where that came from in the coming months.)

Three massive tunes leap well into the top 40 this week, led by “Lost In The Fire” by Gesaffelstein and The Weeknd, up from 45-24. It was last Tuesday’s Most Added release at the format. While the former claims his first top 40 entry, the latter now has his 10th song to reach that section of the list. As mentioned above, Grande lands at #27 with “7 rings”, marking her 20th top 40 hit. The song received hourly airplay at many radio stations on Friday, though it should sport solid gains in the next few days. Additionally, the hit “Dancing With A Stranger” takes to the floor at #32 for Sam Smith and Normani. The collaboration becomes the 11th top 40 tune for Smith and the second solo entry for Normani, who previously charted with the group Fifth Harmony. Normani’s “Love Lies”, a collaboration with Khalid, spent two weeks at #1 in September.

Headed lower, “Damn” by LIVVIA (#44) and “Chances” by the Backstreet Boys (#48) land in the region. This coming Friday, the latter act releases their first studio album since 2013, DNA, which also features “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, a #16 hit last August.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 20, 2019

Second chances for #1.

DEBUTS
36. Maren Morris – Girl
35. The Cranberries – All Over Now
33. Dean Lewis – 7 Minutes | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant (40)
30. Westlife – Hello My Love (36)
24. Walk The Moon – Timebomb (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
17. Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar (25)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (07) | PEAK: #05
07. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
05. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (06) | PEAK: #06
04. Maggie Rogers – Light On (05) | PEAK: #03
03. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (02) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Backstreet Boys – Chances (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. half•alive – Still Feel (2)
2. American Authors featuring Bear Rinehart – Neighborhood (1)
3. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (3)
4. Kian – Waiting (5)
5. Alice Merton – Funny Business (4)
6. Dan + Shay – Speechless (9)
7. Jimmie Allen – Best Shot (10)
8. Smith & Thell featuring Swedish Jam Factory – Forgive Me Friend (-)
9. Drax Project – Woke Up Late (-)
10. Lizzo – Juice (-)

In The Mix:
Ariana Grande – 7 Rings (new)
Billie Eilish – When The Party’s Over (new)
Bryan Adams – Shine A Light (new)
David Gray – A Tight Ship
Emily King – Look At Me Now (new)
Grey featuring LÉON – Want You Back (new)
Haley Reinhart – Don’t Know How To Love You
James TW – You & Me (new)
LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) – Genius
Mat Kerekes – Ruby
MKTO – How Can I Forget (new)
Parachute – Young (new)
Sasha Sloan – Older
We Three – Heaven’s Not Too Far

Chart Notes:

  • As the Backstreet Boys hold at the top for a second week with “Chances” and Walk The Moon claim the Biggest Mover with “Timebomb”, up 35-24, there are three new entries in the countdown. Following his former chart-topper “Be Alright”, Dean Lewis is new at #33 with “7 Minutes”. Two spots lower, at #35, The Cranberries return with “All Over Now”. The track is featured on the group’s upcoming set In The End, their first since the passing of leader Dolores O’Riordan. Back in January 2012, the act last appeared on my personal chart with “Tomorrow”, which reached #30. Finally, at #36, Maren Morris is in with “Girl”, marking her first appearance since her collaboration on Niall Horan‘s “Seeing Blind”, which got a week at #1 during the last week of September. It’ll likely have a splashy debut at the Country radio format this week.

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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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