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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 27, 2020

The Queen of the chart.

DEBUTS
40. Harry Styles – Golden
39. Dua Lipa – Levitating | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
26. Marshmello & Demi Lovato – OK Not To Be OK (31) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
20. Joel Corry featuring MNEK – Head & Heart (25) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
11. Ashe – Save Myself (16) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Chris Cornell – Patience (12) | PEAK: #10
09. BANNERS – Someone To You (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Zara Larsson – Love Me Land (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Zedd & Jasmine Thompson – Funny (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande – Rain On Me (06) | PEAK: #01 for ten weeks
05. Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Taylor Swift – Cardigan (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Dua Lipa – Hallucinate (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Kygo & Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It? (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Ava Max – Kings & Queens (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Shawn Hook – Holding On To You (1)
2. Tate McRae – You Broke Me First (4)
3. Sasha Sloan – Lie (6)
4. Rozzi – Best Friend Song (2)
5. LP – The One That You Love (5)
6. JP Saxe – A Little Bit Yours (8)
7. Keith Urban & P!nk – One Too Many (-)
8. Jamie Scott – New York Nights (7)
9. Kygo & Donna Summer – Hot Stuff (10)
10. Kylie Minogue – Magic (-)

In The Mix:
Alicia Keys – Love Looks Better
Aloe Blacc – My Way
Bastille – Survivin’ (new)
Bea Miller – Feel Something
Donovan Woods – Clean Slate (new)
Gracie Abrams – Friend
Lady Gaga – 911
Matt Simons – Better Tomorrow
Rachel Platten – Soldiers
Ritt Momney – Put Your Records On
Sir Sly – Material Boy (new)
Steps – What The Future Holds
Tyler Shaw – Remember

Chart Notes:

  • Ava Max easily rules my countdown for a second week with “Kings & Queens”, as the top eight on the chart remains frozen. Just ahead of a new remix featuring rapper DaBaby, this week’s higher of two debuts is Dua Lipa‘s “Levitating” at #39. Coming in one spot lower is Harry Styles with “Golden”. The #40 entry has not been officially confirmed as a radio single yet, but it’s earning some good airplay in several U.S. markets.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 20, 2020

In the Max-imum position.

DEBUTS
40. Salem Ilese – Mad At Disney
39. Alaina Castillo – Tonight
37. Lukas Graham – Share That Love
31. Marshmello & Demi Lovato – OK Not To Be OK | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Smith & Thell – Year Of The Young (38) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
21. Claire Rosinkranz – Backyard Boy (26) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. The Killers – My Own Soul’s Warning (08) | PEAK: #06
09. Scott Helman – Wait No More (06) | PEAK: #03
08. Zara Larsson – Love Me Land (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Zedd & Jasmine Thompson – Funny (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande – Rain On Me (04) | PEAK: #01 for ten weeks
05. Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Taylor Swift – Cardigan (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Dua Lipa – Hallucinate (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Kygo & Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It? (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Ava Max – Kings & Queens (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Shawn Hook – Holding On To You (1)
2. Rozzi – Best Friend Song (4)
3. Taylor Swift – Betty (3)
4. Tate McRae – You Broke Me First (10)
5. LP – The One That You Love (5)
6. Sasha Sloan – Lie (-)
7. Jamie Scott – New York Nights (6)
8. JP Saxe – A Little Bit Yours (-)
9. Dua Lipa featuring Madonna & Missy Elliott – Levitating (7)
10. Kygo & Donna Summer – Hot Stuff (-)

In The Mix:
Alicia Keys – Love Looks Better
Aloe Blacc – My Way (new)
Bea Miller – Feel Something
Gracie Abrams – Friend
Keith Urban & P!nk – One Too Many (new)
Lady Gaga – 911 (new)
Matt Simons – Better Tomorrow
NOTD & Nina Nesbitt – Cry Dancing
Rachel Platten – Soldiers (new)
Ritt Momney – Put Your Records On (new)
Steps – What The Future Holds
Taylor Swift – The 1
The Vamps – Married In Vegas
Tyler Shaw – Remember
Walk Off The Earth – Farther We Go
ZZ Ward – Giant

Chart Notes:

  • Ava Max earns her first #1 song on my chart with “Kings & Queens”, reaching the top after two weeks at #3. She previously got to #6 with “Sweet But Psycho”. Four songs are new to the top 40, with “OK Not To Be OK” by Marshmello and Demi Lovato leading the way at #31. Further down, Lukas Graham‘s “Share That Love” shares in an entry at #37, while two newcomers are new at #39 and #40, respectively: Alaina Castillo with “Tonight” and Salem Ilese with the viral hit “Mad At Disney”.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 16, 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 certainly have the highest of hopes for a great 2019, but there are a couple of more weeks until the calendar changes. Until then, here’s what’s popping this week:

NO NEED TO PANIC: Panic! At The Disco leads the Alternative, Hot AC and Top 40 lists for the second week in a row with the song “High Hopes”, a cut from their album Pray For The Wicked. Individually, it’s spending its sixth, third and second weeks on top of those respective formats. So, there’s no need to panic (other than with Panic!) this holiday season… look for the song to hold at #1 for the duration of the usual freeze, remaining firmly ahead of the competition at all three formats. On the Top 40 airwaves, Ariana Grande‘s hit “Breathin” is waiting in the wings, remaining at #2, while Halsey‘s “Without Me” sticks it out at #4 again this week.

With several songs being purged this week ahead of the holidays, there are four new titles entering the top 40 this week. The highest is in at #36, the fourth top 40 hit for the Danish band Lukas Graham. “Love Someone” can be found on 3 (The Purple Album), the latest set by the act, which was released in late October. Their biggest hit at the format, “7 Years”, spent a week at #1 in May 2016. In at #38, Rita Ora returns to the top 40 with her sixth entry, “Let You Love Me”. The single has already reached the top ten in quite a few countries, including Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom. “Wake Up In The Sky”, a recent #1 song on the Rhythmic and Urban charts, jumps in at #39 this week, giving Gucci Mane his fourth top 40 single (and the first in a lead role), Bruno Mars his 20th and Kodak Black his first. Mane’s album Evil Genius should debut in the top five on the upcoming Billboard 200 list. Finally, at #40, “I Found You” pairs Benny Blanco and Calvin Harris together, giving the former his second chart hit as an artist

Ella Mai has the week’s highest new entry in the top 50 with “Trip”, climbing aboard at #46. It’s also the new #1 single at Rhythmic radio on the current update. Two notches lower, “Arms Around You” enters at #48, credited to four performers: XXXTentaction x Lil Pump featuring Maluma & Swae Lee. It’s another of the Rhythmic crossovers on the Top 40 list; “Arms” is rising through the top 20 there. “You Say” is also new to the top 50, coming in at #50 for Christian crossover star Lauren Daigle. It’s her first track at this format to chart, though she’s had plenty of hit songs in the religious music world.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from PGTC!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 11, 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. The “Woman” of the year strikes again, as a handful of new entries score divine debuts at the bottom. Time to see what’s popping this Sunday:

ALL THAT’S “NEXT”: There’s a whole lot of Ariana Grande on this week’s Top 40 chart, as “God Is A Woman” holds at the top for a second week, “Breathin” rises from 9-8 and “Thank U, Next” debuts way up at #39, giving the performer an updated total of 19 top 40 hits since her first in 2013. Though “God” will depart the top spot next week, with “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille (up 4-2 on the current chart) taking its place, there’s still plenty of Grande to go around. Meanwhile, parent album Thank U, Next is due before the end of the year.

“LIFE” MOVES PRETTY FAST: Beyond Grande’s chart action, a pair of new songs by foreign acts land in the top 50. The higher of the two singles is “Ruin My Life” by Zara Larsson, entering at #43. The Swedish star has a half-dozen top 40 tunes to date, with “Never Forget You” (a duet with MNEK) scoring the highest with its #5 peak during the spring of 2016. A few spots lower, checking in at #47, “Love Someone” gives Danish act Lukas Graham their fourth chart entry, with the previous three entering the top 40. It was 2-1/2 years ago that “7 Years” spent a week at #1 at the format, which remains their biggest international song. Will either entry return their respective acts to the top ten, or will the songs achieve lower peaks in the top 20 or top 40? We’ll find out next year.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 30, 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: Halloween hits from Steve Aoki featuring BTS and Zara Larsson are a dynamic trick-or-treating duo, but who has the best chartworthy costume of all? Time to answer the door and add ’em up:

A “LIFE” UPDATE: Four releases, three of them impacting, battled it out for the top spot on this Tuesday’s Top 40 report, which all ended north of 30 adds during the session. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be for those new three new titles, with “Sunflower” from Post Malone and Swae Lee (from the film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse) swinging back into the pop throne with 42 more stations this week. A mere two adds behind, Aoki and BTS finished in second place with “Waste It On Me”, as Larsson scored a third place finish with 37 stations for “Ruin My Life”. Additionally, Lukas Graham‘s “Love Someone”, climbing through the top 20 on the Hot AC survey, landed 34 Top 40 adds this Tuesday for a fourth place rank. Watch out for “Waste”, “Ruin” and “Love” in the top 50 at the format by this or next weekend. Now, it’s off to get some candy bars…

Next week, look for the newest hits by DJ Snake and Ellie Goulding to continue their ascent on Tuesday’s report, as “Taki Taki” and “Close To Me” officially impact here after significant early activity. This week, the former release is in eighth place with 22 new stations, while the latter ties for sixth with 26. (“Taki” is already in the published top 50, with “Close” well on its way to entering.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. POST MALONE & SWAE LEE, “Sunflower” (Interscope-Republic)
2. STEVE AOKI featuring BTS, “Waste It On Me” (Ultra)
3. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life” (TEN/Epic)
4. LUKAS GRAHAM, “Love Someone” (Warner Bros.)
5. DEAN LEWIS, “Be Alright” (Island/Republic)
6-T. CAMILA CABELLO, “Consequences” (Syco/Epic)
6-T. ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE, “Close To Me” (Interscope)
8. DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B, “Taki Taki” (Geffen/Interscope)
9. LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER, “Shallow” (Interscope)
10. SILK CITY & DUA LIPA, “Electricity” (Columbia)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 29-30, 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 six new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AVA MAX – “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Just in time for Halloween, Ava’s spooky single impacts at the Top 40 format. It’s her first radio release to date.

LIL DUVAL featuring SNOOP DOGG & BALL GREEZY – “Smile (Living My Best Life)” (EMPIRE)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Dogg’s last chart entry here was in 2015 as a featured artist on Prince Royce‘s “Stuck On A Feeling”, a #16 hit.

LIVVIA – “Damn” (12 Tone)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: This performer’s last release at the format, the Quavo-assisted “Catch A Body”, reached #37 for a week in May.

LUKAS GRAHAM – “Love Someone” (Warner Bros.)
Album: 3 (The Purple Album) (2018)
Past T40 History: The Danish band is searching for their fourth top 40 song at the format. “7 Years” spent one week at #1 in 2016.

STEVE AOKI featuring BTS – “Waste It On Me” (Ultra)
Album: Neon Future III (2018)
Past T40 History: The popular DJ/producer and K-pop act have four top 40 tracks at the format between them. How will this do?

ZARA LARSSON – “Ruin My Life” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Larsson has six top 40 songs to date, led by “Never Forget You” (with MNEK), which got as high as #5 in 2016.

Next week: collaborations led by DJ Snake and Ellie Goulding are among the top titles impacting at the format next Tuesday.

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

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 26, 2018

“Someone” has a new release…

Tricks and treats and plenty of ear candy is on the schedule this week, as we enter the last Friday before Halloween. Who’s going to spook the top spot? These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LUKAS GRAHAM – 3 (The Purple Album) (iTunes)
Best known for the international smash “7 Years”, which topped the Hot AC and Top 40 radio charts here in the U.S., the Danish band is back with their newest album. It features the radio single “Love Someone”, which is currently climbing through top 20 at the former format and impacting at the latter this coming Tuesday.

THE STRUTS Young & Dangerous (iTunes)
Featuring the Alternative radio hit “Body Talks”, which sits just below the top ten at the format, these rockers are turning up the volume on the chart with their new set. It should easily surpass the peak of their last album, which barely cracked the top 100.

TORY LANEZ Love Me Now? (iTunes)
With “Talk To Me”, a collaboration with Rich The Kid, now in the top ten at Urban radio, Canadian performer Lanez will likely have a good opening week for his second album of 2018. Will it continue his top five streak on the Billboard 200?

Notable albums out this week: Andrea Bocelli‘s (iTunes), Boy George & Culture Club‘s Life (iTunes), Causes‘s Wake Me Up So I Can Dream (iTunes), Chris Tomlin‘s Holy Roar (iTunes), Dillon Carmichael‘s Hell On An Angel (iTunes), Eagle-Eye Cherry‘s Streets Of You (iTunes), Francesca Battistelli‘s Own It (iTunes), Gavin James‘s Only Ticket Home (iTunes), Joji‘s Ballads 1 (iTunes), Monsta X‘s Take.1 Are You There? (iTunes), Robyn‘s Honey (iTunes), Tom Odell‘s Jubilee Road (iTunes), Zayde Wølf‘s Modern Alchemy (Deluxe) (iTunes)

Notable holiday albums out this week: Brett Eldredge‘s Glow (Deluxe) (iTunes), Gwen Stefani‘s You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Deluxe) (iTunes), Jessie J‘s This Christmas Day (iTunes), Jessie James Decker‘s On This Holiday (iTunes), John Legend‘s A Legendary Christmas (iTunes), Pentatonix‘s Christmas Is Here! (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Bronze Radio Return‘s Check One (iTunes), FERGUS‘s Purple Road (iTunes), Kimbra‘s Songs From Primal Heart: Reimagined (iTunes), Louis The Child‘s Kids At Play (iTunes), RAY BLK‘s Empress (iTunes), Royal Wood‘s Love Will Linger (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1%” and “L*** Is A Bad Word”, Kiiara (iTunes)
“A Million Dollars A Day” and “I Count On Me”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“A Million Dreams”, P!nk (iTunes)
“Armor”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Arms Around You”, XXXTentacion x Lil Pump featuring Maluma & Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Bamboo”, Far East Movement featuring Jason Zhang & Kina Grannis (iTunes)
“Below The Ceiling”, nicopop. featuring Tyler Mann (iTunes)
“Checklist” and “Slow Down”, Normani x Calvin Harris (iTunes)
“Close To Me”, Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Cool With It (Acoustic)”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Come Again”, Swizz Beatz featuring Giggs (iTunes)
“Death Of Me”, David Cook (iTunes)
“Don’t Know You”, Justin Caruso featuring Jake Miller (iTunes)
“Dream”, Birthday (iTunes)
“Electricity (Black Madonna Remix)”, Silk City & Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Empty Space (Digital Farm Animals & Franklin Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Expectations”, Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“Faded/2AM”, Lila Drew featuring GoldLink (iTunes)
“Freak”, Black Caviar (iTunes)
“Girl”, BRUNS (iTunes)
“Girl Of The Year”, Allie X (iTunes)
“Good And Lasting”, Trent Dabbs (iTunes)
“Goodbyes (Yung Bae Remix)”, The Knocks featuring Method Man (iTunes)
“Got Love”, The Revivalists (iTunes)
“Grapevine”, Tiësto (iTunes)
“Happy Now”, Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza (iTunes)
“Headlights”, Hellberg & Leona Lewis (iTunes)
“Heaven”, The Shantics (iTunes)
“Human”, Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“If I Say”, Mumford & Sons (iTunes)
“In Case I Don’t Feel”, Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
“JT”, Jon Bellion (iTunes)
“Killer Queen”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
“Lady Liberty”, Barbra Streisand (iTunes)
“Lay Your Worry Down”, Milow featuring Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Llegaste Tú”, CNCO & Prince Royce (iTunes)
“Made For Now (Benny Benassi x Canova Remix)”, Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee (iTunes)
“Make Up”, Vice & Jason Derulo featuring Ava Max (iTunes)
“Medicine (Acoustic)”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Money”, Cardi B (iTunes)
“Nervous”, L Devine (iTunes)
“No Drama”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“On The Way Up”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“One Last Time”, Tyron Hapi & Lucas Marx (iTunes)
“Paris”, Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Remember”, Gryffin with ZOHARA (iTunes)
“Rhythm In My Blood”, Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Hailey Knox (iTunes)
“Savior”, Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“Siren”, The Chainsmokers & AAZAR (iTunes)
“Song About You (Digital Farm Animals & Franklin Remix)”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Survivor”, Daniel Powter & Kelly Yu (iTunes)
“Take Your Love”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“The Fear”, The Score (iTunes)
“The First Noel”, Tyler Farr (iTunes)
“Up All Night”, R3HAB x MOTi featuring Fiora (iTunes)
“Walk Alone”, Rudimental featuring Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Waste It On Me”, Steve Aoki featuring BTS (iTunes)
“Werewolf”, Quinn XCII featuring Yoshi Flower (iTunes)
“What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get? (Mike Crossley Mix)”, Snow Patrol (iTunes)
“Wildest Dreams”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, Tyler, The Creator (iTunes)

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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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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2016: Part One, 100-51

All the top tunes from the year that was.

All the top tunes from the year that was.

As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual Top 100 of the year! Whether you were listening to tropical house or Cam’s “Burning House”, music made a big impact on all of us this year. Chances are you were probably streaming your favorite hits rather than purchasing them in 2016, though we still spin some on the turntable now and then. This year, the deaths of David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Leonard Cohen, Maurice White and Prince, among many other musicians, were overwhelming at times. A healthy dose of music likely got you through the political season, regardless of who you voted for. (It’s okay, I didn’t vote him either, but I did vote for plenty of top artists and songs this year.) Music will always be there, and so will numbers, and thus, I shall marry the two again, but without the vows and the cake, etc.

What was the “Sound” of 2016? Look no further than chart songs by Alabama Shakes, Disturbed, Shawn Hook and The 1975. There was a whole lot to “Like” about top ten hits from Captain Cuts/Nateur, Gwen Stefani, Jordan Fisher, P!nk and ZAYN. I traveled to a “Goldmine” and an “Oasis”, courtesy of Colbie Caillat and A Great Big World, respectively, and turned a “Hello” to Adele into a “Hell No” to Ingrid Michaelson. It was a “Brand New” year, Ben Rector would agree, and there was much new music to love. So, let’s start the countdown and find out where my favorite songs of the year rank…

The 2016 chart year encompasses the period of 52 charts from the list dated December 6, 2015 to the list dated November 27, 2016. Peaks provided reflect the highest position reached by the final chart of the survey year. For any ties in points, a song with a higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks stayed in the top 40. 168 songs in total had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, an increase from the 165 that did so in 2015.

100. DAUGHTRY, “Torches”
Album: It’s Not Over… The Hits So Far
Label: RCA
Peak: #19

99. ANDRA DAY, “Rise Up”
Album: Cheers To The Fall
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #21

98. MAROON 5, “Don’t Wanna Know”
Album: TBA
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #10

97. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Wildest Dreams”
Album: 1989
Label: BMLG/Republic
Peak: #2 (2015)

96. MELANIE MARTINEZ, “Pity Party”
Album: Cry Baby
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #19

95. TAKE THAT, “Hey Boy”
Album: III
Label: Polydor (U.K.)
Peak: #13

94. THE SCORE, “Oh My Love”
Album: Where Do You Run (EP)
Label: Republic
Peak: #17

93. CALUM SCOTT, “Dancing On My Own”
Album: TBA
Label: Capitol
Peak: #9+

92. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “H.O.L.Y.”
Album: Dig Your Roots
Label: BMLG/Republic
Peak: #17

91. THE STRUMBELLAS, “We Don’t Know”
Album: Hope
Label: Glassnote
Peak: #13

90. MIIKE SNOW, “Genghis Khan”
Album: iii
Label: Jackalope/Atlantic
Peak: #17

89. ROB THOMAS, “Hold On Forever”
Album: The Great Unknown
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #9

88. PARACHUTE, “Without You”
Album: Wide Awake
Label: Vanguard/Concord
Peak: #19

87. CAM, “Burning House”
Album: Untamed
Label: Arista/RCA
Peak: #19

86. THAT POPPY, “Lowlife”
Album: Bubblebath (EP)
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #16

85. ANDY GRAMMER, “Fresh Eyes”
Album: TBA
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
Peak: #17

84. CODY FRY, “Go”
Album: TBA
Label: Independent
Peak: #18

83. TORI KELLY, “Hollow”
Album: Unbreakable
Label: Capitol
Peak: #15

82. NICK FRADIANI, “Get You Home”
Album: Hurricane
Label: Dot/BMLG/Republic
Peak: #14

81. DAGNY, “Backbeat”
Album: Ultraviolet (EP)
Label: Republic
Peak: #14

80. ELLIE GOULDING, “Still Falling For You”
Album: Bridget Jones’s Baby (Soundtrack)
Label: Interscope
Peak: #14

79. GOO GOO DOLLS, “So Alive”
Album: Boxes
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #16

78. TRAIN, “Play That Song”
Album: A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat
Label: Sunken Forest/Columbia
Peak: #6+

77. KUNGS vs. COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS, “This Girl”
Album: Layers
Label: Casablanca/Republic
Peak: #12

76. ONE DIRECTION, “History”
Album: Made In The A.M.
Label: Syco/Columbia
Peak: #12

75. KATY PERRY, “Rise”
Album: TBA
Label: Capitol
Peak: #10

74. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “High Dive”
Album: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
Label: Crush/Vanguard/Concord
Peak: #1 for two weeks

73. STING, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”
Album: 57th & 9th
Label: A&M/Interscope
Peak: #5+

72. NIALL HORAN, “This Town”
Album: TBA
Label: Capitol
Peak: #3+

71. THE 1975, “Love Me”
Album: I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It
Label: Dirty Hit/Interscope
Peak: #6

70. SECRET WEAPONS, “Something New”
Album: Secret Weapons (EP)
Label: Epic
Peak: #12

69. GROUPLOVE, “Welcome To Your Life”
Album: Big Mess
Label: Canvasback/Atlantic
Peak: #12

68. JORDAN FISHER, “Lookin’ Like That”
Album: Jordan Fisher (EP)
Label: Hollywood
Peak: #10

67. THE GRISWOLDS, “Out Of My Head”
Album: High Times For Low Lives
Label: Wind-up/Concord
Peak: #12

66. ST. LUCIA, “Dancing On Glass”
Album: Matter
Label: Columbia
Peak: #14

65. BON JOVI, “This House Is Not For Sale”
Album: This House Is Not For Sale
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #10

64. LUKAS GRAHAM, “7 Years”
Album: Lukas Graham
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #13

63. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “Fire Escape”
Album: Zombies On Broadway
Label: Crush/Vanguard/Concord
Peak: #4

62. KELLY CLARKSON, “Piece By Piece”
Album: Piece By Piece
Label: RCA
Peak: #10

61. ZAYN, “Like I Would”
Album: Mind Of Mine
Label: RCA
Peak: #10

60. BAHARI, “Dancing On The Sun”
Album: Dancing On The Sun (EP)
Label: Bahari Beach/Interscope
Peak: #10

59. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Make Me…”
Album: Glory
Label: RCA
Peak: #8

58. ELLIE GOULDING, “On My Mind”
Album: Delirium
Label: Interscope
Peak: #2 (2015/2016)

57. AMERICAN AUTHORS, “What We Live For”
Album: What We Live For
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #9

56. BANNERS, “Shine A Light”
Album: BANNERS (EP)
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #4

55. EMELI SANDÉ, “Hurts”
Album: Long Live The Angels
Label: Capitol
Peak: #2

54. LUKAS GRAHAM, “Mama Said”
Album: Lukas Graham
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #9

53. TAYLOR SWIFT, “New Romantics”
Album: 1989
Label: BMLG/Republic
Peak: #7

52. ELLIE GOULDING, “Something In The Way You Move”
Album: Delirium
Label: Interscope
Peak: #10

51. AMERICAN AUTHORS, “Pride”
Album: What We Live For
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #10

Stay tuned for more of the Top 100 of 2016 tomorrow…

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (November 2016)

Radio Report - November 2016

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 during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in November in this month’s Radio Report.

CAPTAIN CUTS featuring NATEUR – “Love Like We Used To” (Epic, November 1 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The Los Angeles songwriting/production trio has achieved some success at the format, most notably with “Shut Up And Dance” for Walk The Moon, which reached #2 for three weeks last year. Nateur, writer Nate Cyphert, has not charted here.

JACOB WHITESIDES – “Focus” (Double U/ADA, November 1 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: Why? (2016)
Past CHR History: Tennessee teen Whitesides, who turns 19 later this month, stalled out just below the top 50 here earlier in 2016 with “Lovesick”. Though it likely won’t do much heading into the holidays, the singer has a large group of fans to support the single.

ALEX DA KID featuring X AMBASSADORS & ELLE KING – “Not Easy” (RCA, November 7 / 8 – Triple A / Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past AAA/ALT History: Both featured acts are known at the two formats, the former for hits like “Renegades” and “Unsteady”, and the latter for “Ex’s And Oh’s” and “Under The Influence”. With a strong team, it should be an “Easy” sell for crossover play in 2017.

LP – “Lost On You” (Vagrant/BMG, November 7 – Triple A)
Album: Death Valley (EP) (2016)
Past AAA History: Four years ago, “Into The Wild” achieved some airplay at the format after being featured in a Citibank ad, and it had a brief run in the top 40. However, this release comes to the U.S. with huge chart success across Europe. Don’t let it get “Lost”.

LUKAS GRAHAM – “You’re Not There” (Warner Bros., November 7 / 8 – Hot AC / CHR/Top 40)
Album: Lukas Graham (2016)
Past HAC/CHR History: The Danish band has two U.S. hits to date, the larger of the two being chart-topper “7 Years”, which spent three weeks at #1 on the Hot AC chart and one week on the CHR chart. Their newest single will be “There” in the top 40 quite soon.

STING – “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” (A&M/Interscope, November 7 – Hot AC)
Album: 57th & 9th (2016)
Past HAC History: The 65-year-old musician was last on the chart a decade ago, when he collaborated with Sheryl Crow on “Always On Your Side”. It reached #10. His biggest Hot AC hit is “Desert Rose”, featuring Cheb Mami, which spent ten weeks at #3 in 2000.

CHARLI XCX featuring LIL YACHTY – “After The Afterparty” (Atlantic, November 15 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: It’s been nearly two years since this English singer appeared in the top 40 with “Break The Rules”, which peaked at #23 (and was largely forgotten about after the holiday freeze.) With two #1 songs to her credit, we’ll see how this party plays out.

MIIKE SNOW – “The Heart Of Me” (Downtown/Atlantic, November 15 – Alternative)
Album: iii (2016)
Past ALT History: After a year of tragic and senseless gun violence around the world, a single with a title like “My Trigger” had very little opportunity to become a huge hit at Alternative radio. Still, it made the top 40. Now, the trio hopes to reach the top ten again.

Which of these new songs would you like to see atop the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on social media.

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