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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (January 6, 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. Enjoying 2019 so far? We sure are! As radio gears up for another year of musical madness, let’s see what’s popping this Sunday:

“HIGH” TIME FOR CHANGE: We start off the new year right we ended the old one: crossover hit “High Hopes” from Panic! At The Disco leads the Alternative, Hot AC and Top 40 charts simultaneously for the fifth week in a row, establishing a new record for the plays-per-week era. “High” is the first single to spend at least five weeks at the top of each individual format during the same run in nearly 20 years; Sugar Ray‘s “Every Morning” spent seven (Alternative), eleven (Hot AC) and seven (CHR/Pop) weeks at the top of these respective Radio & Records lists during the spring of 1999, though not at the same time. By next Sunday, Ariana Grande‘s hits “breathin” and “thank u, next”, both solidly in the top three, along with Halsey‘s “Without Me”, should get closer to dethroning Panic! At The Disco’s hit at the Top 40 format. Will one go all the way, or will Disco never truly die? Stay tuned for more.

Ella Mai‘s “Trip” marks the only top 40 debut on this week’s list, moving from 43-40. It’s her second song to reach the region at the format, with “Boo’d Up” going as high as #25 in September.

The purging of several older songs allows for some good debut action in the top 50, led by Post Malone‘s “Wow.” at #47. It’s one of three new tracks impacting at the format this week. Malone is still at #10 with his recent #1 hit “Better Now”, while his collaboration with Swae Lee, “Sunflower”, remains at #11. Further down, scottish trio CHVRCHΞS starts at #48 with “Miracle”, their first track to chart at this format. Last year, it became the act’s fifth top 40 entry on the Alternative chart. Nearly five years ago, their song “The Mother We Share” earned them their largest crossover success to date, reaching the top 40 at the Hot AC format in March 2014. The last of three top 50 entries on the latest update, bowing at #49, is an international smash from George Ezra. “Shotgun” became his first #1 song in countries like Australia and England last year. It’s also approaching the top 20 on the Hot AC chart. Ezra last charted at the Top 40 format in 2015 with another global hit, “Budapest”, which got as high as #18.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 30, 2018)

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. As we continue through the annual freeze at radio, there are very few highlights at the format this week. So, we’ll keep it short and sweet! Here’s what’s popping this Sunday:

NEW YEAR, SAME PANIC: As 2019 approaches, “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco remains on top of Alternative, Hot AC and Top 40 lists for the fourth consecutive week. It’s now one of two songs during the plays-per-week era to accomplish the feat, the other being “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” by Green Day in February and March 2005. Two hits by Ariana Grande and another by Halsey will be vying for the top spot following these end of the year festivities; it’s anyone’s guess as to which of these tracks gets to #1 first.

The lone top 40 debut on this week’s chart comes from Madison Beer and her Offset-assisted song “Hurts Like Hell”, up from 41-39 this week. It’s the second tune to enter the region for Beer and the second solo hit for Offset, who previously charted with Migos.

With a number of tracks being purged from the chart next week, as the normal recurrent rules go back into effect, look for a number of new titles in the lower regions of the list on Sunday, including future top 40 releases for George Ezra, Sabrina Carpenter and more.

Happy New Year from PGTC! (Please be safe tomorrow night!)

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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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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 14, 2018

Dean’s on the scene.

DEBUTS
40. O.A.R. – Miss You All The Time
39. Noah Kahan – False Confidence
37. Jason Mraz featuring Meghan Trainor – More Than Friends
36. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Why Don’t We – 8 Letters (40)
34. Lauv featuring Julia Michaels – There’s No Way (39)
28. Bülow – Two Punks In Love (34)
27. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
18. Lukas Graham – Love Someone (24)
13. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (21)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. OneRepublic – Connection (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (09) | PEAK: #02
08. Elle King – Shame (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (07) | PEAK: #07
06. George Ezra – Shotgun (02) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
05. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
04. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Imagine Dragons – Natural (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes (05) | PEAK: #02
01. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. AJ Mitchell – Girls (1)
2. A Great Big World – You (2)
3. Lauren Daigle – You Say (3)
4. Gryffin & Elley Duhé – Tie Me Down (4)
5. Alessia Cara – Trust My Lonely (10)
6. Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep (9)
7. Daniel Powter – Do You Wanna Get Lucky? (7)
8. Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho (-)
9. Ashlee Simpson + Evan Ross – I Do (8)
10. Tom Walker – Angels (-)

In The Mix:
Broods – Peach
George Ezra – Hold My Girl
Hudson Taylor – Feel It Again
Jack & Jack – No One Compares To You
John Splithoff featuring Madison Ryann Ward – Show Me
Little Mix – Woman Like Me (new)
LIVVIA – Damn (new)
Maggie Rogers – Light On (new)
Morgxn featuring Walk The Moon – Home
New Kids On The Block featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson – 80’s Baby (new)
Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg – Moves
Paul McCartney – Caesar Rock

Chart Notes:

  • “Be Alright” leads my personal chart once again, giving Dean Lewis‘s hit a second week at #1. It’s still building at the Hot AC and Top 40 radio formats, reaching the top 20 at the former. Last week’s top debut by Sigrid, “Sucker Punch”, makes a big move from 38-27, as it becomes this week’s fastest-moving record in the countdown. Four new tunes land on the chart this week, led by a pair of notable collaborations from Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper and Jason Mraz featuring Meghan Trainor. The former, a cut off the chart-topping soundtrack to the movie A Star Is Born, is “Shallow”, landing at #36. The latter, the second radio single from Mraz’s current album Know., is “More Than Friends”, coming in at #37. “More” is the follow-up to “Have It All”, which got as high at #4 earlier this year. Just below those titles, Noah Kahan‘s “False Confidence”, his third top 40 hit, starts at #39, while O.A.R. returns with “Miss You All The Time”, their ninth chart entry, entering at #40. “Miss” is the group’s first single to make the top 40 since the fall of 2016.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 7, 2018

New to the Dean’s list.

DEBUTS
40. Why Don’t We – 8 Letters
39. Lauv featuring Julia Michaels – There’s No Way
38. Sigrid – Sucker Punch | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
26. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (32) | BIGGEST MOVER
21. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (26)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Kygo & Imagine Dragons – Born To Be Yours (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (07) | PEAK: #02
08. Elle King – Shame (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Imagine Dragons – Natural (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. George Ezra – Shotgun (03) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
01. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. AJ Mitchell – Girls (5)
2. A Great Big World – You (1)
3. Lauren Daigle – You Say (4)
4. Jason Mraz featuring Meghan Trainor – More Than Friends (10)
5. Daniel Powter – Do You Wanna Get Lucky? (7)
6. Gryffin & Elley Duhé – Tie Me Down (6)
7. Noah Kahan – False Confidence (9)
8. Ashlee Simpson + Evan Ross – I Do (8)
9. Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep (-)
10. Alessia Cara – Trust My Lonely (-)

In The Mix:
Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho (new)
Broods – Peach (new)
Cher – S.O.S.
George Ezra – Hold My Girl
Hudson Taylor – Feel It Again
John Splithoff featuring Madison Ryann Ward – Show Me
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (new)
Morgxn featuring Walk The Moon – Home
Mumford & Sons – Guiding Light
Odesza featuring Sasha Sloan – Falls
Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg – Moves
Paul McCartney – Caesar Rock
Tom Walker – Angels

Chart Notes:

  • Congrats to Dean Lewis on his first #1 on my personal chart, “Be Alright”, advancing from 2-1 this week. Lewis’s track is a recent chart-topper in his native Australia, while it’s climbing through the top 20 on the Hot AC chart here. It’ll likely stay at #1 next time around, though a handful of alternative crossovers from acts like Imagine Dragons and Panic! At The Disco, as well as a duet from Marshmello x Bastille, will look to claim the top spot soon. Three new titles are in the mix this week, with “Sucker Punch” by Sigrid coming in the highest at #38. A year ago, her first entry here, “Don’t Kill My Vibe”, went to #16. “Sucker” impacts at the Alternative format later this month. The first collaboration from Lauv and Julia Michaels follows at #39, “There’s No Way”. It’s one of (at least) eight singles impacting at the Top 40 format on Tuesday. Michaels topped my chart for a week in April of last year with “Issues”. Finally, at #40, the third top 40 single from the boy band Why Don’t We arrives. The title track from their current set 8 Letters is the group’s second song to chart this year, with “Trust Fund Baby” peaking at #14 during the spring.

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

“Seeing” a #1 in his future.

DEBUTS
38. Bülow – Two Punks In Love
36. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (39)
26. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (34) | BIGGEST MOVER
21. Silk City & Dua Lipa – Electricity (28)
20. KT Tunstall – The River (25)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Kygo & Imagine Dragons – Born To Be Yours (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Elle King – Shame (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (05) | PEAK: #02
06. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (10) | PEAK: #06
05. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Imagine Dragons – Natural (04) | PEAK: #04
03. George Ezra – Shotgun (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
02. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. A Great Big World – You (1)
2. Why Don’t We – 8 Letters (6)
3. LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) – Thunderclouds (2)
4. Lauren Daigle – You Say (5)
5. AJ Mitchell – Girls (10)
6. Gryffin & Elley Duhé – Tie Me Down (8)
7. Daniel Powter – Do You Wanna Get Lucky? (-)
8. Ashlee Simpson + Evan Ross – I Do (-)
9. Noah Kahan – False Confidence (-)
10. Jason Mraz featuring Meghan Trainor – More Than Friends (-)

In The Mix:
Alesso – Remedy
Cher – S.O.S.
David Guetta featuring Anne-Marie – Don’t Leave Me Alone
Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino – In My Mind
George Ezra – Hold My Girl
Hudson Taylor – Feel It Again
John Splithoff featuring Madison Ryann Ward – Show Me
Lauv featuring Julia Michaels – There’s No Way (new)
Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep
Morgxn featuring Walk The Moon – Home
Mumford & Sons – Guiding Light
Odesza featuring Sasha Sloan – Falls
Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg – Moves (new)
Paul McCartney – Caesar Rock
Tom Walker – Angels (new)

Chart Notes:

  • It’s a chart first this week, as Niall Horan becomes the first person to score five #1 singles in a row from one album, climbing 2-1 with “Seeing Blind”. It’s a duet with Maren Morris from the album called Flicker, which also produced these chart-toppers from late 2016 to earlier this year: “This Town”, “Slow Hands”, “Too Much To Ask” and “On The Loose”. Notably, this collaboration has never been released as a radio single in the U.S., though it’s received unsolicited airplay at the Hot AC format. It’s quite a feat, and now we’ll have to wait some time before Horan releases his sophomore solo set to see if he can repeat the achievement. As a remix of Shawn Mendes‘s “Lost In Japan”, mixed by Zedd, takes over Top 40 radio, the hit becomes the week’s Biggest Mover, up 34-26 in its third week on. This week’s two entries come from newcomer Alec Benjamin, in at #36 with “Let Me Down Slowly”, and Bülow, checking in at #38 with her second top 40 entry, “Two Punks In Love”. The former track impacts at the Hot AC format on Monday, while the latter impacts at the Top 40 format during the middle of October.

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

One last Shot.

DEBUTS
39. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water

TOP GAINERS
34. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (39)
31. Lukas Graham – Love Someone (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
28. Silk City & Dua Lipa – Electricity (34)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Elle King – Shame (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (08) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
07. Paul McCartney – Come On To Me (06) | PEAK: #05
06. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse (02) | PEAK: #02
04. Imagine Dragons – Natural (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Niall Horan & Maren Morris – Seeing Blind (03) | PEAK: #02
01. George Ezra – Shotgun (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. A Great Big World – You (3)
2. LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) – Thunderclouds (2)
3. Anna Clendening – Boys Like You (1)
4. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (8)
5. Lauren Daigle – You Say (6)
6. Why Don’t We – 8 Letters (5)
7. Steve Perry – No Erasin’ (4)
8. Gryffin & Elley Duhé – Tie Me Down (10)
9. David Guetta featuring Anne-Marie – Don’t Leave Me Alone (9)
10. AJ Mitchell – Girls (-)

In The Mix:
Alesso – Remedy
Ashlee Simpson + Evan Ross – I Do (new)
Cher – S.O.S. (new)
Daniel Powter – Do You Wanna Get Lucky? (new)
Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino – In My Mind
George Ezra – Hold My Girl
Hudson Taylor – Feel It Again
John Splithoff featuring Madison Ryann Ward – Show Me (new)
Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep
Matt Maeson – Cringe
Morgxn featuring Walk The Moon – Home (new)
Mumford & Sons – Guiding Light (new)
Odesza featuring Sasha Sloan – Falls (new)
Paul McCartney – Caesar Rock
Phillip Phillips – Magnetic
Steve Perry – No More Cryin’
The Spencer Lee Band – River Water

Chart Notes:

  • Scoring a sixth week at #1 on my personal chart, though it does so without a bullet, this could be George Ezra‘s final week at the top with “Shotgun”. That being said, it’s been an outstanding run for the musician, who has two of my top tracks of 2018 with this song and “Paradise”, which had a three-week stay at the top. As Lukas Graham takes the title of Biggest Mover with their single “Love Someone”, up 38-31, Avril Lavigne returns to the top 40 for the first time since 2013 with “Head Above Water”, in at #39. It’s her 14th entry on my chart since 2002, when she debuted with her chart-topper “Complicated”.

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