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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 11/12 – 11/18/17

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 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…

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AARON TAOS featuring SHANE STOKES – “Alone” (Spotify)
I’ve been a fan of Taos’s tracks for just over two years now, with his tunes being featured on the Rewind and PGTC Spotify playlists. This year alone, my favorite releases from him include “Not Over Yet” and “Off My Mind”. His diverse musical palette shines again.

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ALY & AJ – “Promises” (Spotify)
With the release of their EP Ten Years this past Friday, the duo of sisters Alyson and Amanda Joy Michalka continue to impress the pop world with their comeback (which will hopefully include a full-length set next year!) This song is my favorite, a super retro bop.

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CHELSEA LANKES – “Matches” (Spotify)
You know that I support all my Nashville kings and queens, and that includes Lankes, though it’s been a moment since her last new music dropped. Back in the spring of 2016, I really enjoyed her self-titled EP. Her latest edgy pop winner is quite an addictive song!

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LAUV – “Paris In The Rain” (Spotify)
Pop keeps pouring down on us this week with the latest tune from Ari Leff’s ongoing playlist project titled I met you when I was 18. This one isn’t as instant as some of his past songs, a few of which have now been on the radio, but there’s a nice 70’s R&B influence.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
AIRPLANE MAN – “New Supplier” (SoundCloud)
BROADHURST – “Open Wide” (SoundCloud)
GHOST MACHINES – “We Bring The Fire” (SoundCloud)
JAMES DROLL – “Jacket Weather” (SoundCloud)
THE BEACH – “U.R. Beautiful” (SoundCloud)
VOKES – “Easy To Hate” (SoundCloud)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 8, 2017)

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 begin this week’s radio update, the 17 top 40 singles that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (and Petty solo) pushed onto the chart between 1979 and 1996 are on our minds and playlists around the world. We’ll miss him so. Now, here’s what’s happening in Top 40 Land:

GET “DOWN” TONIGHT: Another slow burner makes its way to the top of the pop chart, as Liam Payne climbs 2-1 with “Strip That Down”, featuring rapper Quavo. It’s now in its 20th week on the chart, which, again, is not a record, but adds to a trend that’s worrying me. Then again, elongated runs to the top could just be a phase. We’ll see. As for Payne, it’s his first solo #1 on this chart, a peak that his former group, One Direction, never actually hit at the format. The follow-up single, titled “Bedroom Floor”, is due at digital retailers on October 20, and should impact sometime soon after that. Remember, kids, it’s all about Payne and pleasure.

The combination of Payne’s “Down” and Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands”, which drops 1-2 after two weeks on top, now marks the first time in pop radio history that two soloists, formerly of the same band, have replaced one another at #1. Sure, there have been charts when a current member of a group replaces the act at #1, or even a former member replacing his bandmates at the top, but this kind occurrence is a new one for the record books. No other members of the group appear in the top 40 this week, so this streak won’t hit three in a row, but it’s certainly a very cool moment.

GOTTI HOLD ON US: Yo Gotti‘s recent chart-topper on the Urban radio survey, the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Rake It Up”, debuts at #48 on this week’s CHR/Top 40 list. The rapper’s “Down In The DM”, another giant Rhythmic and Urban hit, just missed the top 50 at the format last year, though he did appear in a featured role on Meghan Trainor‘s “Better”, which got to #25 last October. A nine-track effort featuring the song, Gotti Made-It, a collaboration with producer/songwriter Mike WiLL Made-It, peaked at #85 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year.

As “Rake” currently stands at #2 and #3 on the Rhythmic and Urban charts, respectively, we note that three of the top ten tracks on the former survey, and seven on the latter, haven’t reached the top 50 on the CHR/Top 40 chart. There are two songs in common in this situation: “Love Galore” by SZA featuring Travis Scott, and “LOYALTY.” by Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna. Will this change in the next few weeks? I suppose it’s a possibility, especially for “Love”, which is bulleted. Check back to see what happens!

LOOKIN’ “GOOD”, YOU TWO: One of this week’s other top 50 entries is a new collaboration titled “Good Old Days”, performed by Macklemore featuring Kesha. Before it impacts on Tuesday, it lands at #49 on this week’s CHR/Top 40 list. It’s the second hit to reach the top 50 from the rapper’s recent top five album, Gemini, with the Skylar Grey-assisted “Glorious” appearing at #21. (It hasn’t been pulled yet, but it has been losing some ground at the format over the last few days.) Kesha is up a notch to #12 this week with “Praying”, which can’t quite find a spot in the top ten, though it is at #10 on the current Hot AC chart.

Two other debuts make the top 50 this week, both of which impacted last Tuesday: “A Different Way” (#49) by DJ Snake featuring Lauv and “Silence” (#50) by Marshmello featuring Khalid. Of course, both featured singers have additional singles on the chart: Lauv has a nice 48-44 move with “I Like Me Better”, while Khalid climbs 10-9 on Logic‘s “1-800-273-8255” and 43-36 with “Young Dumb & Broke”, both of which are sporting impressive gains over last weekend. It sure is a great time to be them! You can expect to see “Different” and “Silence” reach the top 40 in the next couple of weeks, possibly as soon as next week, as a number of chart songs are on the way down.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 10/1 – 10/7/17

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 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…

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LAUV – “Easy Love” (Spotify)
As he goes for pop radio domination with “I Like Me Better” and “A Different Way”, a collaboration with DJ Snake, the talented guy is keeping busy with yet another quality single. (It’s not a hot Sigala remix!) The retro-tinged rhythmic release will get you bopping.

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WHISSELL – “Wild Animal” (Spotify)
You could say that I’m wild about this Nashville performer’s catalog, having covered so many of her releases over the last two years. In the zoo we call SoundCloud, it’s refreshing to have fantastic vocalist in the mix with her bluesy rocker of a single. It’s a great one.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BIYO – “Fantasies” (SoundCloud)
COLYER – “Enough” (SoundCloud)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 3, 2017)

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: proven pop hits from Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello continue to pile on the adds, while new singles from DJ Snake and Marshmello dance their way into the top ten. Check out the top tunes from a fast-moving format in our latest report:

“SILENCE” IS THE “WAY”: Two of the biggest breakouts on this week’s adds report are EDM collaborations featuring two acts that are buzzing all over the world. Lauv is the featured vocalist on “A Different Way” (#5, 28 adds) by DJ Snake, while Khalid‘s back in the mix with his potential fourth top 40 hit, “Silence” (#6 – tie, 23 adds) by Marshmello. While DJ Snake has four top ten songs to date, Marshmello is relatively new to the format, with prior releases like “Alone” and “Ritual” (featuring Wrabel) landing some mixshow play both last and earlier this year. With two stars on the rise, and two DJ/producers at the top of their game, is the panel ready to move their feet to the dance beat, or will the two songs get lost in the shuffle? Stay tuned!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ED SHEERAN, “Perfect” (Atlantic)
2. CAMILA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG, “Havana” (Syco/Epic)
3-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
3-T. POST MALONE featuring 21 SAVAGE, “rockstar” (Republic)
5. DJ SNAKE featuring LAUV, “A Different Way” (Interscope)
6-T. CARDI B, “Bodak Yellow” (KSR/Atlantic)
6-T. MARSHMELLO featuring KHALID, “Silence” (RCA/in2une)
6-T. NICK JONAS, “Find You” (Island/Republic)
9. KHALID, “Young Dumb & Broke” (Right Hand Music/RCA)
10. FIFTH HARMONY, “He Like That” (Syco/Epic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 2-3, 2017)

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 of the singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DJ SNAKE featuring LAUV – “A Different Way” (Interscope)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: DJ Snake has six top 40 singles to date, two reaching #1. Lauv is currently in the top 50 with “I Like Me Better”.

LINKIN PARK – “One More Light” (Warner Bros.)
Album: One More Light (2017)
Past T40 History: It’s the band’s first single here since the death of Chester Bennington in July. How will a posthumous song fare?

MARSHMELLO featuring KHALID – “Silence” (RCA/in2une)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Marshmello hasn’t charted here yet. Khalid’s “Young Dumb & Broke” is close to becoming his third top 40 song.

Next week: Niall Horan and Rachel Platten explore the softer side with their latest tracks, but will either softly reach the top of the leaderboard? Find out next Tuesday.

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 (September 24, 2017)

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. There’s only one direction that this analysis is headed, and that’s toward the top of the chart! Check out this week’s #1 song and notable debuts in the top 50:

AND “SLOW” IT GOES: 20 weeks in the top 40 to finally hit #1 on the CHR/Top 40 chart… it’s not a record, but the “slow” crawl up the charts for Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” took a whole lot of work. Climbing from 2-1, this single marks the second member of One Direction to hit the top as a solo artist, following ZAYN. “Slow” is also Capitol’s first chart-topper here in over three years; in August 2014, Sam Smith spent two weeks at #1 with “Stay With Me”. Horan’s big hit stands at #4 on the Hot AC chart, and it’s top 20 on the AC list. (It also squeaks into the top 50 on the Rhythmic chart, but don’t expect it to go much further without a remix with Gucci Mane or Quavo or the most random rapper around.)

Horan’s “Too Much To Ask”, the third single from his upcoming Flicker album, has some small momentum at both Hot AC and Top 40 radio, which should pick up as a result of “Slow” reaching its final destination. “Too” quickly climbed to #1 on iTunes a little over a week ago, but has since dropped off dramatically. All five original members of One Direction have solo releases on the airwaves, though they’ll just miss appearing on the survey together, with Louis Tomlinson‘s single crashing and ZAYN‘s collaboration with Sia still under the top 50. It was a good effort, kids. Maybe next time!

IN THE NICK OF TIME: Nick Jonas returns to the CHR/Top 40 airwaves and the format’s top 50 this week with “Find You”. It debuts at #46, one of four new entries to the 41-50 portion of the chart. Jonas last entered the top 40 here with the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Bacon”, which spent two weeks at #37 in September 2016, effectively ending his Last Year Was Complicated era. His only #1 hit to date is “Jealous”, which spent a week at the top in January 2015. It was one of the more puzzling choices for iHeartMedia’s artist integration program, On The Verge, which gives an airplay boost to new or up-and-coming acts. (The Jonas Brothers had a total of six top 40 singles prior to Jonas’s selection in September 2014, the last of which, “First Time”, was a part of a campaign with the company under its previous name, Clear Channel. It peaked at #36 for three weeks in July and August 2013.)

Jonas’s older brother, Joe Jonas, lead singer of DNCE, found himself on the chart earlier this year with the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Kissing Strangers”, which got as high as #26 in May. Kevin Jonas hasn’t had any solo top 40 tunes, though I imagine that if the trio ever came back together for a new album, he’d probably on-board with it. What about the “Bonus Jonus”, younger brother Frankie? Does he have Top 40 aspirations? Ooh, the Jonas empire continues its pop presence, so stay tuned…

WHAT LAUV’S GOT TO DO WITH IT: After recent notable adds at WHTZ/New York City and WHYI/Miami, the first chart hit by Lauv is in at #50 this week, titled “I Like Me Better”. He’s 23-year-old Ari Leff, currently based in Los Angeles, though he was in New York City during his college years. (You’ve probably seen him on PGTC before. Remember this piece from the end of 2005?) At the current time, Leff is continuing to keep his operations independent, with distribution of the release handled by Kobalt and radio promotion via in2une. It’s certainly not the first time this has happened, but the numbers are quite impressive so far. Look for them to continue to increase, as the song approaches the top 300 on iTunes and 165 million streams (in just its main version) on Spotify.

“Better” isn’t Leff’s only contribution to the format as of late. He’s also a co-writer/producer on “No Promises” by Cheat Codes, up from 8-6 this week. Of course, that hit features Demi Lovato. He’s also the vocalist on “A Different Way” by DJ Snake, impacting next week. That single, which was released on Thursday, is already starting to pick up significant airplay at a number of stations. He certainly has a lot on his plate, so look out for more pop bops from the young performer soon!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 5/14 – 5/20/17

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 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…

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EZA – “Shape Of You” (iTunes) (Spotify)
You’ve heard this single plenty of times on the radio at this point, but you haven’t heard it quite like this. Nashville’s Ellery Bonham was last on the Rewind in September, when her excellent EP dropped, but her new electronic cover really elevates an average track.


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LAUV – “I Like Me Better” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Former New Yorker turned Angeleno singer/songwriter Ari Leff keeps stacking up the streaming hits! Of course, his biggest release remains “The Other”, which has 85 million streams (combining all versions) on Spotify. His latest jam is a catchy and feel good bop.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Greer – “Satisfy” (SoundCloud)
Ryan Egan – “Easy To Lose” (SoundCloud)

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