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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 12-13, 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 five new jams impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALICE MERTON – “No Roots” (Mom+Pop/RED)
EP: No Roots (2017)
Past T40 History: Merton is the only newcomer in the mix. A former #1 hit on the Triple A survey, “No” is also #2 on Alternative.

DIPLO featuring MØ – “Get It Right” (Mad Decent/in2une)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: This (and an updated remix) was Diplo’s last single issued prior to his new record deal with Columbia Records.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE – “Sit Next To Me” (Columbia)
Album: Sacred Hearts Club (2017)
Past T40 History: “Pumped Up Kicks” remains the band’s biggest pop crossover out of two previous attempts, a #3 hit from 2011.

IMAGINE DRAGONS – “Whatever It Takes” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
Album: EVOLVE (2017)
Past T40 History: As “Thunder”, their former #1, is pulled from the list this week, “Whatever” is just a spot away from the top 40.

MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE – “Friends” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Both acts are going for their third top 40 song. Marshmello is credited on Selena Gomez’s “Wolves”, now at #6.

Next week: Alternative crossover hits from Alice Merton and Imagine Dragons, and the newest collaboration from Diplo and  impact at the format. (Singles by the first two acts are already in the top 50 and approaching the top 40.)

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2017: Part Three, 30-11

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual Top 100 of the year! According to my tabulations, these titles ranked as the most successful on my personal chart. 2017 was certainly a year of considerable change in many different industries: media, politics, etc., and that change was reflected in much of the music that was released this year. In fact, “Never Change” gives a new Irish duo, Picture This, their first song to reach my year-end survey. Luckily, “Love” was still felt throughout the year, featured in the titles of songs from Andy Grammer, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson and more. “Money” was on the mind of Jack Antonoff from Bleachers, as well as the four guys from Foster The People. You already know that I played songs from Harry Styles and Paramore about a million “Times”, while Lorde and MUNA found “Places” to rest on the survey earlier this year, but where will they “Place” here?

Well, grab your headphones and let’s get back to the countdown. Check out the next 20 songs on my Top 100 of 2017…

The 2017 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 4, 2016 to the chart dated November 26, 2017. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with a higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks charted in the top 40 and top ten. 176 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, an increase from the 168 that did so in 2016.

30. HAIM, “Want You Back”
Album: Something To Tell You
Label: Columbia
Peak: #5
Weeks: 22

29. DUA LIPA, “New Rules”
Album: Dua Lipa
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Weeks: 20+ (17 applied to 2017 ranking)

28. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Doing It For The Money”
Album: Sacred Hearts Club
Label: Columbia
Peak: #6
Weeks: 20

27. PARAMORE, “Hard Times”
Album: After Laughter
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
Peak: #4
Weeks: 20

26. NOAH KAHAN, “Young Blood”
Album: TBA
Label: Republic
Peak: #5
Weeks: 21

25. NEW POLITICS, “One Of Us”
Album: Lost In Translation
Label: Crush Music/Warner Bros.
Peak: #5
Weeks: 21

24. JOHN MAYER, “Love On The Weekend”
Album: The Search For Everything
Label: Columbia
Peak: #3
Weeks: 21 (19 applied to 2017 ranking)

23. P!NK, “What About Us”
Album: Beautiful Trauma
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for three weeks
Weeks: 19+ (16 applied to 2017 ranking)

22. THE SCRIPT, “Rain”
Album: Freedom Child
Label: Columbia
Peak: #2
Weeks: 23 (20 applied to 2017 ranking)

21. MILEY CYRUS, “Malibu”
Album: Younger Now
Label: RCA
Peak: #2
Weeks: 21

20. JULIA BRENNAN, “Inner Demons”
Album: Inner Demons (EP)
Label: Columbia
Peak: #3
Weeks: 24 (23 applied to 2017 ranking)

19. GEORGE EZRA, “Don’t Matter Now”
Album: TBA
Label: Columbia
Peak: #2
Weeks: 22

18. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer”
Album: EVOLVE
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
Peak: #3
Weeks: 22

17. LP, “Lost On You”
Album: Lost On You
Label: Vagrant/BMG/RCA
Peak: #2
Weeks: 25 (20 applied to 2017 ranking)

16. JAMES TW, “Ex”
Album: TBA
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #3
Weeks: 23

15. ADELE, “Water Under The Bridge”
Album: 25
Label: XL/Columbia
Peak: #1 for three weeks
Weeks: 27 (21 applied to 2017 ranking)

14. KATY PERRY featuring SKIP MARLEY, “Chained To The Rhythm”
Album: Witness
Label: Capitol
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks: 21

13. ARCADE FIRE, “Everything Now”
Album: Everything Now
Label: Columbia
Peak: #2
Weeks: 23

12. LIAM PAYNE, “Strip That Down”
Album: TBA
Label: Republic
Peak: #2
Weeks: 23

11. LORDE, “Green Light”
Album: Melodrama
Label: Lava/Republic
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Weeks: 23

Stay tuned for more of the Top 100 of 2017 tomorrow…

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 30, 2017

Four-an for Horan.

DEBUTS
40. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind
37. Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals – Back To You
36. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
26. The Script – Rain (32) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks (tie)
23. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (29) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
12. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Lorde – Perfect Places (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (06) | PEAK: #06
08. Tom Walker – Just You And I (07) | PEAK: #07
07. HAIM – Want You Back (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LP – No Witness (3)
2. Dean Lewis – Waves (2)
3. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (1)
4. BANNERS – Someone To You (5)
5. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (7)
6. All Time Low – Good Times (4)
7. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (6)
8. Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale (9)
9. Why Don’t We – Something Different (-)
10. Dua Lipa – New Rules (-)

In The Mix:
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Echosmith – Goodbye
James TW – Please Keep Loving Me (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP
Passenger – Simple Song (new)
Sabrina Carpenter – Why (new)
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by the group who had the third-biggest song on Alternative radio in 2015 with “Renegades”. It spent 11 weeks at #1. Two years later, X Ambassadors is looking for a chart-topper on both that radio list and my own top 40 with “Ahead Of Myself”, which is taken from their forthcoming album. It enters at #36. Their Cayuga Sound Festival is a little less than two months away, and I’m sure they’ll be playing plenty of new material at it.
  • The four members of the final (well, at least for now) lineup of One Direction are now in my top 40 as soloists, with Niall Horan at #1, Liam Payne at #2 and #24, Harry Styles at #18 and #23, and coming in at #37, Louis Tomlinson‘s first solo entry on my personal chart, “Back To You”. The song features Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals. Hey ZAYN, where are you? Let’s make it all five original members on the chart at the same time!
  • Finally, at #40, is the first entry on my chart for a new boy band called PRETTYMUCH. “Would You Mind” was released a week ago, getting all sorts of New Music Friday playlisting across the globe, while it impacts at Top 40 radio on August 22.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 23, 2017

Horan’s home again.

DEBUTS
39. The All-American Rejects – Sweat
36. Lights – Giants | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. The Script – Rain (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
29. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (34)
27. Zedd & Liam Payne – Get Low (32)
(see #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Lorde – Perfect Places (12) | PEAK: #10
09. HAIM – Want You Back (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (13) | PEAK: #08
07. Tom Walker – Just You And I (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (1)
2. Dean Lewis – Waves (2)
3. LP – No Witness (3)
4. All Time Low – Good Times (5)
5. BANNERS – Someone To You (10)
6. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (8)
7. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (7)
8. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind (-)
9. Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale (-)
10. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself (-)

In The Mix:
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Echosmith – Goodbye
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals – Back To You (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP (new)
Secret Weapons – Ghost
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is a giant. No, seriously. “Giants” is the first entry on my chart for Lights, and it’s new at #36. In 2010, the musician bubbled under my personal chart with a song called “Saviour”, though she’s had several chart hits in her native Canada. “Giants” impacts at Hot AC radio on Monday, and currently ranks in the top 50 on the Hot AC list up north.
  • Debuting at #39 is the first top 40 entry in five years for The All-American Rejects. “Sweat” is one of two new songs that the band released earlier this month, and it recently impacted at the Hot AC format. In 2003, the group scored their only #1 on my chart with “Swing, Swing”, which spent three weeks at the top that June and July.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 21, 2017

A Rey of light on the charts.

It’s the middle of July, so get stuck in the middle of all these grand rock and rap releases hitting stores today. It’s sure to be one mighty musical match for #1! Here are the notable albums and singles this week:

LANA DEL REY – Lust For Life (iTunes)
After taking a small Honeymoon two years ago, the New York City singer and songwriter is ready for more love from the buying public with her fourth major-label album. It features a number of interesting collaborations, with performers like Stevie Nicks and The Weekend (on the title track) in the mix. Del Rey’s fan base is pretty big at this point, and I imagine they’ll be doing all they can to ensure a #1 debut for their queen.

MEEK MILL – Wins & Losses (iTunes)
This popular rapper is just below the top ten on Urban radio with the single “Whatever You Need”, featuring Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign. His previous set, Dreams Worth More Than Money, netted him some money when it debuted at #1 in 2015. On this particular week, it’s going to be harder to reach the top spot, but Mill could pull it off again.

TYLER, THE CREATOR – Flower Boy (iTunes)
Since 2011, all three of this rapper’s studio albums have reached the top five on the Billboard 200 chart with minimal radio play. So, this one should be another easy top five for the 26-year-old, given the millions of streams from his previous sets. “I Ain’t Got Time!” was the most recent single from the release, coming out earlier this week.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE – Sacred Hearts Club (iTunes)
Featuring “Doing It For The Money”, which ranks in the top 15 on the Alternative chart, this quartet (once a trio) is looking for a third top ten album on the Billboard 200. Three songs on this album appeared on an EP called III, which was released in April.

More albums out this week: Declan McKenna‘s What Do You Think About The Car? (iTunes), In This Moment‘s Ritual (iTunes), Romeo Santos‘s Golden (iTunes), Sage The Gemini‘s Morse Code (iTunes), Vera Blue‘s Perennial (iTunes), Descendants 2 (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: TBA

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“’93 (Acoustic)”, Youngr (iTunes)
“Ahead Of Myself”, X Ambassadors (iTunes)
“Back To You”, Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals (iTunes)
“Body And Soul”, Kat Dahlia (iTunes)
“Dance with A Ghost”, Sara Hartman (iTunes)
“Edge Of The Night”, Sheppard featuring Sebastian Yatra (iTunes)
“Fine”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Golden Age”, Late Night Episode (iTunes)
“idontwannabeyouanymore”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Legends Are Made”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Mattress”, Leland (iTunes)
“Poor Me”, Shania Twain (iTunes)
“Raincoat (Loote Remix)”, Timeflies featuring Shy Martin (iTunes)
“She’s On My Mind”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Something To Hold On To”, Emily Warren (iTunes)
“The Way I Love Her (Acoustic)”, Stanaj (iTunes)
“Wedding Crashers”, Aminé featuring Offset (iTunes)
“Would You Mind”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Arcade Fire, Cage The Elephant and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 16, 2017

Niall or nothing.

DEBUTS
39. The Script – Rain
38. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (40)
32. Zedd & Liam Payne – Get Low (38)
29. Katy Perry – Save As Draft (34)
28. Kesha – Praying (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Barns Courtney – Golden Dandelions (31)
21. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (27)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (08) | PEAK: #01 for one week
09. Tom Walker – Just You And I (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (07) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
07. Paramore – Hard Times (04) | PEAK: #04
06. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (10) | PEAK: #05
04. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (1)
2. Dean Lewis – Waves (2)
3. LP – No Witness (5)
4. Lights – Giants (9)
5. All Time Low – Good Times (6)
6. Billy Raffoul – Driver (4)
7. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (7)
8. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (8)
9. The All-American Rejects – Sweat (10)
10. BANNERS – Someone To You (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Two Fux
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Echosmith – Goodbye (new)
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale (new)
Jorge Blanco – Summer Soul
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Secret Weapons – Ghost
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only (new)
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me (new)

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to “Sorry Not Sorry” from Demi Lovato, which definitely doesn’t have to apologize for it launching at the #38 position on the chart. The song debuted on Tuesday, hitting its #2 peak within hours on iTunes, while it impacts at the Top 40 format this coming Tuesday. (You’ll hear much more about it in the Add Lib report that night.) “Sorry” is expected to appear on her forthcoming sixth studio album, though a release date is not known at this time.
  • One spot below Lovato is the latest entry on my personal chart for The Script, the Irish trio with an impressive six #1 hits to date. The forecast calls for some “Rain”, as it falls on the #39 spot. The guys have ten top ten hits in a row, every single one of chart entries since 2009. By the way, this is not a hot Creed remake, but their “Rain” hit #20 on my chart in January 2010.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 9, 2017

Headed in a good Direction.

DEBUTS
40. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts
39. Loote – High Without Your Love
38. Zedd & Liam Payne – Get Low
37. Kesha – Praying | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Katy Perry – Save As Draft (40)
27. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (34) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
26. James Arthur – Can I Be Him (31)
23. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (28)
21. Mondo Cozmo – Automatic (26)
12. Lorde – Perfect Places (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Tom Walker – Just You And I (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week
07. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (03) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
06. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Paramore – Hard Times (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (2)
2. Dean Lewis – Waves (8)
3. Hanson – I Was Born (3)
4. Billy Raffoul – Driver (5)
5. LP – No Witness (9)
6. All Time Low – Good Times (6)
7. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (7)
8. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (10)
9. Lights – Giants (-)
10. The All-American Rejects – Sweat (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Two Fux
BANNERS – Someone To You
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Jorge Blanco – Summer Soul
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Secret Weapons – Ghost
The Killers – The Man

Chart Notes:

  • Two solo releases, two #1 songs: Niall Horan hits another home run with “Slow Hands”, up a notch from 2-1. His first track to reach the top spot on my chart was “This Town”, which spent its one week there in mid-December of last year. It looks like his first album won’t be out until the middle of the fall, so allow me to cry a few tears into my phone… (I’m sure it’ll be a great listen whenever it appears.) When it comes to Irish acts, The Script still leads with the most #1 songs (six) on my survey.
  • A powerful single from Kesha‘s upcoming album Rainbow premiered on Thursday, and it comes in as the Highest Debut on my personal chart this week. “Praying” leaps in at #37. The song was co-written by the singer, Ryan Lewis, Ben Abraham and Andrew Joslyn. The August 11 release looks to be a very diverse set, including collaborations with Dolly Parton and Eagles Of Death Metal, as well as the horn section from The Dap-Kings, who were led by the late Sharon Jones.
  • DJ/producer Zedd and singer Liam Payne team up on a hot new collaboration called “Get Low”, coming in at #38. Payne’s first solo hit, “Strip That Down”, advances from 8-5 this week and could reach the top spot sometime in August. The 23-year-old singer is one of two members from One Direction to debut on my latest chart, the second of whom also scores with two songs in the top 40. What can I say? It’s good to be them.
  • There are another two debuts below those titles in the countdown: at #39, Loote‘s “High Without Your Love” marks the first top 40 song for the male-female duo from New York City. A spot lower, at #40, Harry Styles claims his second solo hit with “Two Ghosts”. It’s the second radio single from his self-titled album; “Sign Of The Times”, a recent #1, now falls from 4-8.

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