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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 13, 2017

One direction to the top of my chart.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back two years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 13, 2017…

Debuts:
39. JAMES TW, “Please Keep Loving Me”
38. ED SHEERAN, “Perfect”
35. P!NK, “What About Us”

Biggest Mover(s):
(see #7 below)

10. HARRY STYLES, “Two Ghosts” (up 6)
Album: Harry Styles (2017, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

09. MILEY CYRUS, “Malibu” (down 2)
Album: Younger Now (2017, RCA Records)
Peak: #2

08. HAIM, “Want You Back” (down 3)
Album: Something To Tell You (2017, Columbia Records)
Peak: #5

07. KESHA, “Praying” (up 8)
Album: Rainbow (2017, Kemosabe/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

06. ANDY GRAMMER featuring LUNCHMONEY LEWIS, “Give Love” (up 4)
Album: The Good Parts (2017, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #5

05. GEORGE EZRA, “Don’t Matter Now” (up 1)
Album: Staying At Tamara’s (2017, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

04. JULIA MICHAELS, “Uh Huh” (steady, second week)
Album: Nervous System (EP) (2017, Republic Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. ARCADE FIRE, “Everything Now” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Everything Now (2017, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

02. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO, “Strip That Down” (steady, third week)
Album: (single only) (2017, Republic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands” (steady, sixth week)
Album: Flicker (2017, Neon Haze/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2018: Part One, 100-61

As 2018 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. 2018 may have been a doozy on the political front, but in the musical world, plenty of great singles and performers made their mark on my listening habits this year. “Love” was a constant presence in the top 40 for much of the last twelve months, from “Love So Soft” to “Love Someone” to “Say Love” and many others. We also found a “New” perspective from big titles like “New Light” and “New Rules”. “High Hopes”, “High Horse” and “Hell Or High Water” kept us in the heights of a diverse year for sounds, while “You”, “Me” and everybody in-between got their equal share of pop pronouns. Phew… that was a lot, and there’s much more to come! Who will spread the word and have my #1 song at the end of the countdown?

Well, grab your headphones and let’s get to counting. Check out the first 40 songs on my Top 100 of 2018…

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.

100. BÜLOW, “Two Punks In Love”
Album: (single only)
Label: Wax/Republic
Peak: #19

99. ALEC BENJAMIN, “Let Me Down Slowly”
Album: Narrated For You
Label: Artist Partner Group/Atlantic
Peak: #14+

98. P!NK, “What About Us”
Album: Beautiful Trauma
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for three weeks (2017 Chart Year)

97. OCEAN PARK STANDOFF, “If You Were Mine”
Album: (single only)
Label: Hollywood
Peak: #20

96. SNOW PATROL, “Empress”
Album: Wildness
Label: Republic
Peak: #20

95. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN & FUTURE, “End Game”
Album: Reputation
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Peak: #20

94. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Filthy”
Album: Man Of The Woods
Label: RCA
Peak: #15

93. MAROON 5 featuring SZA, “What Lovers Do”
Album: Red Pill Blues
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #6 (2017 Chart Year)

92. THE DRIVER ERA, “Preacher Man”
Album: (single only)
Label: TOO/Artist Cooperative
Peak: #19

91. THE HEAD AND THE HEART, “Don’t Dream It’s Over”
Album: (single only)
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #12

90. SERENA RYDER, “Ice Age”
Album: Electric Love (EP)
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #19

89. LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER, “Shallow”
Album: A Star Is Born (Soundtrack)
Label: Interscope
Peak: #5+

88. CHRISTINA AGUILERA featuring DEMI LOVATO, “Fall In Line”
Album: Liberation
Label: RCA
Peak: #16

87. SHERYL CROW featuring ANNIE CLARK, “Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You”
Album: (single only)
Label: Independent
Peak: #18

86. ARIANA GRANDE, “Breathin”
Album: Sweetener
Label: Republic
Peak: #18

85. REX ORANGE COUNTY featuring BENNY SINGS, “Loving Is Easy”
Album: (single only)
Label: AWAL
Peak: #17

84. ZEDD & ELLEY DUHÉ, “Happy Now”
Album: (single only)
Label: Interscope
Peak: #16

83. LIAM PAYNE & J BALVIN, “Familiar”
Album: (single only)
Label: Republic
Peak: #18

82. BISHOP BRIGGS, “Dream”
Album: Church Of Scars
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #15

81. ED SHEERAN, “Perfect”
Album: ÷
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #2 (2017 Chart Year)

80. SIGRID, “Sucker Punch”
Album: Sucker Punch
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #8+

79. BRYNN ELLIOTT, “Might Not Like Me”
Album: Time Of Our Lives (EP)
Label: Big Yellow Dog/Atlantic
Peak: #17

78. ANDY GRAMMER, “Smoke Clears”
Album: The Good Parts
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
Peak: #15

77. LUKAS GRAHAM, “Love Someone”
Album: 3 (The Purple Album)
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #14

76. WHY DON’T WE, “Trust Fund Baby”
Album: (single only)
Label: Signature Entertainment/Atlantic
Peak: #14

75. LENNY KRAVITZ, “Low”
Album: Raise Vibration
Label: Roxie/BMG
Peak: #15

74. MAT KEARNEY & RAC, “Memorized”
Album: Mat Kearney
Label: Tomorrow/Caroline
Peak: #12

73. LIAM PAYNE & RITA ORA, “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)”
Album: Fifty Shades Freed (Soundtrack)
Label: Universal Studios-Republic
Peak: #11

72. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Head Above Water”
Album: Head Above Water
Label: BMG
Peak: #2+

71. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor”
Album: (single only)
Label: Republic
Peak: #8

70. SNOW PATROL, “Don’t Give In”
Album: Wildness
Label: Republic
Peak: #14

69. PARAMORE, “Rose-Colored Boy”
Album: After Laughter
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
Peak: #13

68. JAMES ARTHUR, “Naked”
Album: (single only)
Label: Syco/Columbia
Peak: #12

67. BLUE OCTOBER, “I Hope You’re Happy”
Album: I Hope You’re Happy
Label: Up/Down-Brando/RED
Peak: #10

66. ANNE-MARIE, “2002”
Album: Speak Your Mind
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #14

65. KELLY CLARKSON, “Love So Soft”
Album: Meaning Of Life
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Peak: #2 (2017 Chart Year)

64. KT TUNSTALL, “The River”
Album: WAX
Label: Rostrum/INgrooves
Peak: #10

63. JESSE MCCARTNEY, “Better With You”
Album: (single only)
Label: Blue Suit/AWAL
Peak: #14

62. SILK CITY & DUA LIPA, “Electricity”
Album: Dua Lipa (Complete Edition)
Label: Columbia
Peak: #10

61. U2, “Get Out Of Your Own Way”
Album: Songs Of Experience
Label: Interscope
Peak: #13

Stay tuned for more of the Top 100 of 2018 tomorrow…

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 24, 2018

An answering machine.

Scene any good chart-topping contenders lately? We’ll see what happens with the new albums below. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

BTS – Love Yourself 結 ‘Answer’ (iTunes)
K-pop rules this week, as this popular seven-man band returns with their latest set. Three months ago, their Love Yourself 轉 ‘Tear’ set became the first K-pop album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Will this extend their streak, or will a recent title return to #1? We’ll get an answer to that important question soon.

Notable albums out this week: HONNE‘s Love Me / Love Me Not (iTunes), Interpol‘s Marauder (iTunes), Justice‘s Woman Worldwide (iTunes), Lucie Silvas‘s E.G.O. (iTunes), Matoma‘s One In A Million (iTunes), Plain White T’s‘ Parallel Universe (iTunes), R3HAB‘s The Wave (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Fall Out Boy‘s Lake Effect Kid (iTunes), Liam Payne‘s First Time (iTunes), Life Of Dillon‘s MIA (iTunes), ROZES‘s i don’t know where i’m going, but i’m on my way (iTunes), Third Eye Blind‘s Thanks For Everything (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“99” and “Good Thing”, Barns Courtney (iTunes)
“All The Time”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Been There Done That”, NOTD featuring Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“Being With You”, Per Gessle (iTunes)
“Better Off”, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine (iTunes)
“Big Mistake”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“Body Count (Remix)”, Jessie Reyez featuring Normani and Kehlani (iTunes)
“Boomerang”, Firekid featuring Rory Feek (iTunes)
“Boys (Pink Panda Remix)”, Lizzo (iTunes)
“Boys Like You (Sunrise Remix), Anna Clendening (iTunes)
“Damn Loyal”, Eves Karydas (iTunes)
“Death Of A Hero”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“Dominos”, Alex Adair & Delayers featuring Samantha Harvey (iTunes)
“Funky Sensation”, “Love Can Be So Hard”, “Where Angels Fear To Tread” and “Where You Come From”, Disclosure (iTunes)
“Gloe”, Kiiara (iTunes)
“Gold”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“Good In You”, Seinabo Sey (iTunes)
“Goodbye”, Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William (iTunes)
“Half As Good As You”, Tom Odell featuring Alice Merton (iTunes)
“Head Held High”, Kodaline (iTunes)
“High On Emotion”, Sultan + Shepard (iTunes)
“Hit Me Hard”, CLOVES (iTunes)
“I Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore”, LANY (iTunes)
“Ice Me Out”, Kash Doll (iTunes)
“Impress Myself”, LOVA (iTunes)
“Just For Tonight (Acoustic)”, James Bay (iTunes)
“Live Or Die”, Noah Cyrus & Lil Xan (iTunes)
“Love Is Love (MOTi Remix)”, Starley (iTunes)
“Love Will Save The World”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Might Be”, T-Pain featuring Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“New York At Night (Remix)”, Old Dominion (iTunes)
“One Shot”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Playinwitme (Remix)”, KYLE + Kehlani featuring Logic (iTunes)
“Polite”, Liza Owen (iTunes)
“Rebels”, Ivy Adara (iTunes)
“Right Now”, Nick Jonas vs. Robin Schulz (iTunes)
“Rooftop”, Clara Mae (iTunes)
“Sangria”, SAARA (iTunes)
“Save Yourself”, The Chainsmokers & NGHTMRE (iTunes)
“Siren”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“Sittin’ Pretty”, Florida Georgia Line (iTunes)
“Spin The Block”, Lil Durk featuring Future (iTunes)
“SOS”, Cher (iTunes)
“The 1”, Blackbear (iTunes)
“The Return”, Logic (iTunes)
“Time Is Up”, Poppy featuring Diplo (iTunes)
“Up Now”, Saweetie x London On Da Track featuring G-Eazy & Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Voodoo (Stripped)”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Wanted”, Tyler Shaw (iTunes)
“When I’m With Him”, Empress Of (iTunes)
“Wow”, Tiësto (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Meghan Trainor, Why Don’t We and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 8, 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: impacting tracks by NF and The Weeknd face off against Drake for the title of Most Added on this Tuesday’s results. Whose name we will call out? Let’s add ’em up:

“NICE” TO BE WITH YOU: Things got competitive late into the afternoon in the race for the Most Added release on this week’s pop report, but with Drake‘s “Nice For What” continuing its scorching run up the charts, it blows past its competitors to claim the the top spot for the first time. Up from second place last week, “Nice” gets extra nice at 43 new stations, pacing ahead of NF‘s “Lie” (29) and The Weeknd‘s “Call Out My Name” (23), both solid in their own right. The latter two songs have yet to reach the top 50, but that will soon change! Both cuts originate from former #1 albums on the Billboard 200 list: the latter is taken from Perception, which ruled for a week last October, and the latter is taken from My Dear Melancholy,, an EP that ranked at #1 in April.

One other record of note this week comes from producers NOTD and singer Bea Miller titled “I Wanna Know”. Wanna know the number of adds it received? Sure you do: a dozen, tying it for seventh place. The two guys have never charted at this format before, though they have remixed a number of songs that have received airplay in the past. Miller has two minor entries to date; “Know” is likely to become her second top 40 song, which follows “Young Blood”, peaking at #38 in December 2014.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DRAKE, “Nice For What” (YMCMB/Republic)
2. NF, “Lie” (Caroline)
3. THE WEEKND, “Call Out My Name” (XO/Republic)
4. ZAYN, “Let Me” (RCA)
5. LIAM PAYNE & J BALVIN, “Familiar” (Republic)
6. BRYCE VINE, “Drew Barrymore” (Republic)
7-T. CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA, “One Kiss” (Columbia)
7-T. NOTD featuring BEA MILLER, “I Wanna Know” (Island/Republic)
9-T. CHARLIE PUTH featuring KEHLANI, “Done For Me” (APG/Atlantic)
9-T. TOM WALKER, “Leave A Light On” (Relentless/Epic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 1, 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: the Payne is real and the Bryce is right, with several impacting songs on their way up the charts (and the weekly report.) Who earns first place? Let’s add ’em up:

THIS LOOKS FAMILIAR: Taking the top position on this Tuesday’s report are two familiar faces: Liam Payne and J Balvin, speaking the hit language with their bilingual song, “Familiar”. It sports 44 stations during its impact week, and should total a nice weekly sum in the coming weeks. Last Sunday, the tune slipped into the top 50 at #50, and it’s sure to be up again this weekend. If Payne doesn’t release his first solo album this year, there will be a lot of unhappy fans, including myself! Nevertheless, this single’s likely to appear on it, whenever that is. Will Payne grab his second solo #1 at the format? We’ll have to wait and see. If you stanned for One Direction, you’re also probably enjoying the third place finish for ZAYN‘s “Let Me” this week, as it continues to build on the weekly updates. It’s new at 25 stations during the current session.

Two other impacting singles cut through the jungle of jams to land in the top ten: Bryce Vine‘s “Drew Barrymore”, which takes in 24 stations, landing a fourth place finish, and Tom Walker‘s “Leave A Light On”, which burns with 18 stations, locked in a tie for seventh place. Both artists are newcomers to the format, though Walker first made the Hot AC chart in 2017 with the mid-charting “Just You And I”. Look for both songs to approach the top 50 soon. By the way, Walker’s new single is not a hot Belinda Carlisle cover, though her “Leave A Light On” hit #11 at the format in November 1989.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. LIAM PAYNE & J BALVIN, “Familiar” (Republic)
2. DRAKE, “Nice For What” (YMCMB/Republic)
3. ZAYN, “Let Me” (RCA)
4. BRYCE VINE, “Drew Barrymore” (Republic)
5. ARIANA GRANDE, “No Tears Left To Cry” (Republic)
6. CHARLIE PUTH featuring KEHLANI, “Done For Me” (APG/Atlantic)
7-T. KHALID & NORMANI, “Love Lies” (Right Hand/Keep Cool/RCA)
7-T. TOM WALKER, “Leave A Light On” (Relentless/Epic)
9. CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA, “One Kiss” (Columbia)
10-T. POST MALONE featuring TY DOLLA $IGN, “Psycho” (Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 30-May 1, 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 three new hits impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BRYCE VINE – “Drew Barrymore” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Vine is a newcomer to the format with some solid streaming for his single. (Barrymore has never charted here!)

LIAM PAYNE & J BALVIN – “Familiar” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Former boy band member Payne is headed for his fifth top 40 solo single, while Balvin could take in his second.

TOM WALKER – “Leave A Light On” (Relentless/Epic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Scotland-born Walker hasn’t charted here before, but this song is now climbing the top 20 on the Hot AC chart.

Next week: NF hopes to not let anyone down with his new single called “Lie”. How truthful will the panel be? Stay tuned.

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 (April 29, 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. Going into the fifth month of the year, we’re pumped for all the Song Of The Summer candidates about to make their debut and all the other action on the pop chart. Ready for a trip to Top 40 Land? Let’s get into it:

SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE: Holding on for a fifth week at #1, tying Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules” as the longest-running #1 of the year thus far, Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey have a few more Target gift cards to redeem before “The Middle” finally falls out of the top spot on the pop chart. Once again, the song posts a minor loss this week, which didn’t lead to any excessive drops after the report last weekend. “Middle” reaches the top of the Hot AC list this week, giving all three acts their first chart-topper at this format. Will Camila Cabello‘s “Never Be The Same” finally take over the pop throne next week? It’s still about 1,000 spins behind, coming in at #2 for the third week in a row, but with a new remix featuring country singer Kane Brown debuting on Friday, there could be an opportunity to spike the record in the coming days, or at least give the new version some curiosity play. You can expect her single with Pharrell Williams, “Sangria Wine”, at the format soon, which will be worked by Williams’s record label, Columbia.

BEER FOR EVERYONE: No, not free drinks, settle down. As the current tracks from Drake, ZAYN, bülow and a collaboration by Sam Smith and Logic reach the top 40, we also find some new (and old) faces breaking into the top 50. After narrowly missing the region last fall with “Dead” last year, former major label artist Madison Beer goes independent for her first chart entry, a song called “Home With You”. It comes in at #48. Beer is the first Madison to enter the top 50 since 2000, when an Australian duo called Madison Avenue went to #48 with their lone pop hit in the States, “Don’t Call Me Baby”. A notch lower, at #49, is a song title that contains a single letter: “X”. Nicky Jam and J Balvin‘s collaboration has been building nicely at streaming services in the past few weeks, recently hitting #1 in Italy and Spain. In the history of the CHR and Top 40 airplay charts, there’s been only one top 40 hit to begin with the letter X: “Xanadu”, which peaked at #2 for Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra in September 1980. Balvin is also involved with this week’s #50 debut, “Familiar” by one-time One Direction member Liam Payne. This single should give Payne his fifth top 40 hit at the format, while Balvin is likely to grab his second and third simultaneously.

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