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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Four

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 small label and 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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PICK OF THE WEEK: ONE
ASHLEY TISDALE – “Love Me & Let Me Go” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance

Former Disney star Tisdale last appeared on the report in November when her original track “Voices In My Head” was released to a fairly good reception. Her follow-up song, though not as successful commercially, is a nice electronic pop addition to her collection.

PICK OF THE WEEK: TWO
FRANKIE – “Lost In Translation” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Third appearance

Just ahead of her forthcoming EP STA7GES, due next month, this performer has another great pop sound on her hands. Other cuts on the set include “When I’m Ready” and “You Decided”, both of which landed on the report last fall. Translation: prepare for bops!

PICK OF THE WEEK: THREE
LAUV & TROYE SIVAN – “I’m So Tired…” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: 14th appearance (Sivan is signed to Capitol Records)

Lauv is definitely in a collaborative mood lately, as the Julia Michaels-assisted “There’s No Way” continues to gain on the pop radio chart, while his release with Sivan makes its debut this week. The short but sweet sound is catchy and the boys sound nice together.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BRAD O’NEILL featuring JAMES ESSEX – “Wild One”
GIRL WILDE – “Fake Louis”
PETER MANOS – “You Don’t Know Me”
SAARLOOS – “Fire Is Love”
SPAZZ CARDIGAN – “S.O.S.”
THE BAND CAMINO – “Something To Hold On To”

UNSECRET featuring SAM TINNESZ – “Here Come The Warriors”

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 2, 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. Hope you’re enjoying the start of Hanukkah and the rest of the holiday season. Let’s see what’s burning in the musical menorah this week:

A HAPPIER HANUKKAH: Starting to lose some ground at this format, but still solidly at #1 again, “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille leads the Top 40 survey for the third consecutive week. Though the song may be spinning a Gimel this weekend, that could change by next Sunday, as “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco looks to collect some coins (and the act’s first #1 at the format.) I think it’s safe to say that those hopes won’t be dashed at all, considering that the tune has also topped the Alternative chart and rises to #1 on this week’s Hot AC update. That’s hotter than a fresh batch of latkes. Speaking of which, my stomach is rumbling…

This week’s debut action is pretty light once again, with “There’s No Way” by Lauv featuring Julia Michaels being the only top 40 entry, jumping from 41-39. It’s the second hit to enter the region for Lauv and the fourth for Michaels. For top 50 entries, Madison Beer‘s new single featuring Offset of the trio Migos, “Hurts Like Hell”, bows at #48, as the former #1 Urban hit “Smile (Living My Best Life)” is in at #50 for Lil Duval featuring Snoop Dogg and Ball Greezy. Both Lil Duval and Ball Greezy are appearing at the format for the first time, while Beer is searching for her second top 40 entry, the other being “Home With You” from earlier in 2018.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 13, 2018)

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: we say our thanks for Ariana Grande‘s new single before we settle down for Thanksgiving, but we’re absolutely thankful for plenty of titles in the top ten. Time to add ’em up:

THE “NEXT” BEST THING: After a good start at the format last Tuesday and some bigger sales and streaming gains in the past few days, Grande’s “Thank U, Next” performs very well on this week’s Top 40 adds report, scoring 82 new stations. On Sunday, the song became Grande’s 19th top 40 hit at the format since her debut in 2013, which comes at the same time that “God Is A Woman” is leading the survey and “Breathin” is gaining nicely in the top ten. “Thank”, which is the title cut from her forthcoming set, has all sorts of chart action on Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify, breaking several streaming records in the process recently. As for the Top 40 format, you can probably expect “Thank” at the summit sometime early next year, unless it speeds up before the holidays.

An impacting release of note is by Benny Blanco and Calvin Harris with “I Found You”, which checks in with 26 stations and a second place finish. Blanco’s single “Eastside” (with Halsey and Khalid) recently entered the top ten at the format, while Harris’s single “Promises” (with Sam Smith) just made the top 20. Both songs appear to be winding down, so “Found” will probably enter the top 50 quite easily by the end of this or next week. No word on if an EP or album from Blanco will be surfacing anytime soon.

Elsewhere, look for new hits by Ava Max, Zara Larsson and others to continue their fast ascent at the format as the fall rolls on.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ARIANA GRANDE, “Thank U, Next” (Republic)
2. BENNY BLANCO & CALVIN HARRIS, “I Found You” (Columbia-Interscope)
3. AVA MAX, “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)
4. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring KELSEA BALLERINI, “This Feeling” (Disruptor/Columbia)
5. ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE, “Close To Me” (Interscope)
6-T. KHALID, “Better” (Right Hand/RCA)
6-T. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life” (TEN/Epic)
8. DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B, “Taki Taki” (Geffen/Interscope)
9-T. LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER, “Shallow” (Interscope)
9-T. LAUV featuring JULIA MICHAELS, “There’s No Way” (Kobalt/AWAL/in2une)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 28, 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. We’ve got plenty of sweet goodies for all the Top 40 trick-or-treaters this week, but none sweeter than the song at the top. Time to see what’s popping this Sunday:

STILL ALIVE AT 5: In a surprise move, 5 Seconds Of Summer holds at the top spot on the Top 40 chart for the fifth week with “Youngblood”, landing over 250 spins above Ariana Grande‘s “God Is A Woman”, which appears at #2 for the second week. These songs should finally swap next week, with the divine ditty from Grande becoming the second chart-topper of the Sweetener era. The top five, in general, remains pretty weak at the format, but a handful of bulleted singles in the lower rungs of the top ten are pushing ahead and looking to freshen up the view next month. Jumping from 8-6, “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille leads the pack and might top the list after Grande’s run is completed.

MAD ABOUT THE “BOI”: It’s another week of huge action in the bottom half of the chart, as five tracks leap into the top 40. The highest of the five was one of last week’s top 50 debuts, “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee, which feels the rays of a giant 42-28 move this week. It’s Malone’s eighth top 40 single and Lee’s second as a soloist, having previously charted as a part of the duo Rae Sremmurd. Soaring from 48-34, “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper becomes the former’s 19th top 40 song and the latter’s first. It’s the first track from any version of A Star Is Born to reach the pop survey since the spring of 1977, when Barbra Streisand spent three weeks at #1 with the love theme from said movie, “Evergreen”. Khalid rises from 41-35 with “Better”, which is his eighth top 40 song at the format, while Dean Lewis jumps from 45-36 with “Be Alright”, his first hit to make the top 40 here. Rounding out the top 40 debuts, Twenty One Pilots fly the Top 40 skies, up from 44-40 with their fourth top 40 hit at the format, “My Blood”. That title is well into the top five on the Alternative chart.

Further down, look out for a notable top 50 debut for “Taki Taki” by DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B. At #43, it’s the highest of four new entries in the region. A few spots lower, DJ/producer Dillon Francis returns to the format after 2-1/2 years away with the Lao Ra-assisted “White Boi”, landing at #48. It’s the artist’s first chart song on his own label; he previously was signed to Columbia. Two additional collaborations are in the mix this week: starting at #49, “There’s No Way” is the latest chart single for Lauv featuring Julia Michaels, while Bad Bunny‘s “MIA”, featuring Drake, says “hola” to the #50 spot. We’ll see how they do in the coming weeks this fall.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 9, 2018)

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: over half a dozen big names compete for #1 with their current radio songs on the latest report, but in the end, it’s all about “Me”. No, really. Let’s add ’em up:

“ME” TWO TOO: It was a strong battle this Tuesday at Top 40 stations across the country, but the top two winners on the report prove that it’s all about “Me”. Halsey‘s “Without Me” tops the list this time around, with Drake‘s “Don’t Matter To Me”, featuring the late Michael Jackson, in second place. The former is in with a massive 105 stations, while the latter comes in with a still very respectable 76 stations. Needless to say, you can expect both records to bolt straight into the top 40 by the end of the week. For the former performer, her collaboration with Benny Blanco, “Eastside”, remains active at the format, as it approaches the top ten. At Rhythmic and Urban radio today, the latter single scored 35 and 41 stations on impact, respectively, while earning 16 stations from the Hot AC panel yesterday.

Additionally, new singles from Alessia Cara and Khalid reach the top five on the report, with “Trust My Lonely” starting in third place at 45 stations and “Better” appearing in fourth place with 39 stations, respectively. Next week, Cara’s song impacts at the Hot AC format on Monday, while Khalid’s new one also impacted at the Rhythmic format today, totaling 23 stations on that report. (He also performs on Blanco’s “Eastside”, as mentioned above.) The two singles appear bound for the top 50 in the coming days.

Labelmates Camila Cabello and Mariah Carey and their new songs are ready to take on a soundtrack release from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper next Tuesday. Which star single will be born at the top? Come back and find out soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. HALSEY, “Without Me” (Capitol)
2. DRAKE featuring MICHAEL JACKSON, “Don’t Matter To Me” (YMCMB/Republic)
3. ALESSIA CARA, “Trust My Lonely” (Def Jam)
4. KHALID, “Better” (Right Hand/RCA)
5. SHAWN MENDES & ZEDD, “Lost In Japan (Remix)” (Island/Republic)
6. ARIANA GRANDE, “Breathin” (Republic)
7. KANYE WEST & LIL PUMP, “I Love It” (G.O.O.D./Def Jam-Warner Bros.)
8-T. LAUV featuring JULIA MICHAELS, “There’s No Way” (Kobalt/AWAL/in2une)
8-T. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “High Hopes” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
10-T. SILK CITY & DUA LIPA, “Electricity” (Columbia)
10-T. WHY DON’T WE, “8 Letters” (Signature Ent./Atlantic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 8-9, 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 seven (!) songs impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALESSIA CARA – “Trust My Lonely” (Def Jam)
Album: The Pains Of Growing (2018)
Past T40 History: While “Growing Pains” hit a brick wall outside of the top ten, the follow-up release could net her a fourth #1 hit.

DRAKE featuring MICHAEL JACKSON – “Don’t Matter To Me” (YMCMB/Republic)
Album: Scorpion (2018)
Past T40 History: This Canadian star could give the legendary performer his third posthumous top 40 song and first in four years.

ELIJAH WOODS x JAMIE FINE – “Ain’t Easy” (Big Machine/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: From reality show to showing up on the charts, the debut release by this Canadian duo was a radio hit up north.

HALSEY – “Without Me” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
Album: 8 Letters (2018)
Past T40 History: Halsey’s had four top five songs to date, including two #1 collaborations. You’ll find her on the “Eastside” with…

KHALID – “Better” (Right Hand/RCA)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: …this guy, also featured on Benny Blanco’s single, who impacts with his current song. He has one #1 hit to date.

LAUV featuring JULIA MICHAELS – “There’s No Way” (Kobalt/AWAL/in2une)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Slow-moving hit lovers unite! His “I Like Me Better” landed at #7 in July, while her “Issues” went to #4 in 2017.

LOGAN HENDERSON – “Pull Me Deep” (HERØ/RED)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: In May, “Bite My Tongue” reached #38. Henderson previously had three minor top 40 hits with Big Time Rush.

Next week: It’s a divalicious Tuesday, as new hits from Mariah Carey and Rita Ora are among the titles impacting at the format next week.

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

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, September 23-29, 2018

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 small label and 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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KYAN PALMER – “Pretend That You Love Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance
Notes: Palmer’s debut release Burn Mona Lisa is full of quality pop selections, but the current single from it is a scorching fall jam.

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KYLE REYNOLDS – “The Real Thing” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Seventh appearance
Notes: PGTC favorite Reynolds returns with another nice pop production that marries an acoustic sound with a quirky dance twist.

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LAUV featuring JULIA MICHAELS – “There’s No Way” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Thirteenth appearance / see Michaels below
Notes: Impacting at Top 40 radio early next month, the independent Lauv and Republic’s Michaels have a hit in this dynamic duet!

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
CODY FRY – “Vegas”
DIRTIER BLONDE featuring SAM FISCHER – “We Won’t Back Down”
VIOLET DAYS – “Leave But Don’t Go”
WALK OFF THE EARTH – “Fifth Avenue”

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