Tag Archives: Savage Garden

RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 21, 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. After a fun fifth-year reunion this weekend, I’m back from my alma mater and ready to teach my favorite students of pop about the current affairs of current songs. So, get your pencils ready, because here comes this week’s lesson:

HOUSE OF CHAIN: Jump up, jump up and get down to business… there is a new #1 on the pop radio chart this week, “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, up 2-1. It becomes the third #1 for the EDM duo at this format, but the first for the rock band that’s been charting since 2001. If you think that’s insane, it is. The single is taken from the duo’s former #1 album, Memories…Do Not Open, while it also appears on the quartet’s forthcoming EP, Kaleidoscope, due June 30. “Something” grabs the top spot in its 12th week in the top 40, which is faster than the run for “Don’t Let Me Down” (featuring Daya) (15 weeks), but slower than the one for “Closer” (featuring Halsey) (8 weeks).

The Chainsmokers is the first duo to amass three #1 singles on the CHR radio chart since Australia’s Savage Garden, who placed “I Want You” (1997), “Truly Madly Deeply” (1998) and “I Knew I Loved You” (2000) at the top of the list. Of course, duos such as Hall & OatesRoxette and Wham! also have three to their credit from their Radio & Records era. Needless to say, it’s going to be very hard to stop Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart now, so expect them to continue jumping around the charts in 2017.

THAT’S MY “BAD”: In a week full of so many pop priorities launching at radio, Selena Gomez serves the truth with a “Liar”. At #31 this week, the strong entrance for “Bad Liar” is, in large part, due to hourly airplay on iHeartMedia stations upon its release last Thursday. This is the 15th top 40 single at the format for the young performer, who previously charted with the band The Scene. I don’t think the members of the group have been scene since 2012, unless they’re taking your order at the local fast food joint. “Liar” is expected on her next studio album, due sometime later this year. The song was co-written with Julia Michaels, who holds at #7 with “Issues” in its 17th week in the top 40.

Gomez’s latest song is one of six new entries to hit the top 40 this week, with a number of quick top ten hits and mid-charters exiting the region. Just below her track, Kendrick Lamar‘s “Humble.” (#35), Hey Violet‘s “Break My Heart” (#37), Dua Lipa‘s “Be The One” (#38), Hailee Steinfeld‘s “Most Girls” (#39) and Post Malone featuring Quavo‘s “Congratulations” (#40) all take a seat in the endless game of musical chairs that we call the pop chart. With the Memorial Day holiday approaching, this section of the survey should be less active (at least, in terms of debuts) next week, due to alternative programming from a number of CHR stations.

IT’S ALL ABOUT “LOCATION”: Location, location, location! That’s what chart newcomer Khalid is thinking and singing about these days, especially coming off a week at a prime spot on the Urban survey. “Location” is, well, located at #49 on the CHR chart. It can be found on the album American Teen, which debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. The 19-year-old may find himself with another top 50 song next week, as Logic‘s “1-800-273-8255” (which features he and Alessia Cara) saw some nice gains during the week, putting it just below the chart. However, that collaboration will be competing with potential entries from acts like Camila Cabello, Katy Perry and Liam Payne, so come back next week to see the results of that.

My trusty GPS (the Gaining Pop Songs system, of course) recalculates this Sunday to find four new hits making the top 50, with Jon Bellion‘s “Overwhelming” (#46), Paramore‘s “Hard Times” (#48) and Childish Gambino‘s “Redbone” (#50) joining Khalid for their first appearances on the published chart. How will they do this summer? We’ll find out together real soon.

Check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for more chart coverage and commentary.

Leave a comment

Filed under Charts/Trade Papers

ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 24, 1999

A little bit of... what's on the charts.

A little bit of… what’s on the charts.

Welcome back for another edition of Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my new top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. 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, it’s one of my earliest official charts from the fall of 1999. I was 9, in fourth grade, and writing down all my charts on paper in my room. Those were the days. Here’s my chart from October 24, 1999:

40. STROKE 9, “Little Black Backpack”
39. 98 DEGREES, “This Gift”
37. VITAMIN C, “Me, Myself & I”

Biggest Mover(s):
WILL SMITH featuring K-CI, “Will 2K” (35-23) (12 spots)

10. JENNIFER LOPEZ, “Waiting For Tonight”
She’s an actress, a dancer, a reality TV judge, and most importantly when it comes to this post, a singer. Coming off of debut single “If You Had My Love”, Lopez struck again with “Waiting”, taken from her 1999 album On The 6. Dancing her way to another success, the song landed at #8 on the Hot 100 later that year and also charted well internationally. Lopez is back judging on American Idol this season.

09. SAVAGE GARDEN, “I Knew I Loved You”
The duo of Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones based out of Brisbane, Australia, racked up some major hits beginning in 1997 with “I Want You”. This big ballad was their last #1, spending four weeks atop the Hot 100 and five weeks leading the CHR airplay chart. It would also rank as the top song on my chart in December. The duo broke up in 2001, but Hayes has been charting solo on my top 40 since 2002.

08. SUGAR RAY, “Someday”
Mark McGrath and the boys from Newport Beach, CA, dominated the charts earlier that year with an Alternative and CHR radio smash, “Every Morning”, and this third single from 14:59 also provided a bit of airtime for them. Paired with a black-and-white video set on the beach, it had that perfect summer and early fall vibe. The group last made my chart in the summer of 2005 with “Shot Of Laughter”.

07. MANDY MOORE, “Candy”
Don’t you love those compositions from the confectionery? Moore was always one of the lessers in the Pop Princess Class of ’99 (with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson) but I liked her music, both as a pop act and singer-songwriter. She’s since publicly come out and trashed her first few albums. Still, we treasure that precious message of I’ll be forever yours, love always, Mandy.

06. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Genie In A Bottle”
From The Mickey Mouse Club to the Dance/Club Play charts, Aguilera is a superstar. She charted on the Adult Contemporary chart a year prior with “Reflection”, from the Disney movie Mulan, but “Genie” really put her on the map. Released in early summer, it was all over the radio by the fall and helped her self-titled debut album to sell over 9 million copies in the U.S. alone. It was my first official #1 in September.

05. BRITNEY SPEARS, “(You Drive Me) Crazy”
STOP! The needle spun out of the groove for a hot second, but then it was back to a poppin’ party hit for Spears, the third in a row from her …Baby One More Time album. It was also featured in the movie Drive Me Crazy, starring Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier. “Crazy” would spend one week at #1 on my chart in November. Spears is currently promoting a new album, Britney Jean, due December 3.

04. LEN, “Steal My Sunshine”
From their album You Can’t Stop the Bum Rush (what a title) comes this lone hit of the band’s career, led by siblings Marc and Sharon Costanzo. It’s a great summer song and became a top ten hit in many countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and in the band’s native Canada, where “Steal” went to #1. They reunited in 2012 and released an album together; however, it did not chart.

03. BACKSTREET BOYS, “Larger Than Life”
Someone might have been glued to the TV when this music video came on Total Request Live, though I’m afraid I never quite learned the dance sequence. It was one of the most expensive clips in history, but it served its purpose. “Larger” was another big top ten radio single for the Boys, and would replace the song at #1 on this chart in two weeks. Parent album Millenium went 13x Platinum. Robot suit not included.

02. SANTANA featuring ROB THOMAS, “Smooth”
Everyone and their mother wanted a copy of Supernatural in 1999, leading to one of the greatest comebacks in pop music history for Santana. “Smooth” was one of the reasons for that, a huge #1 airplay and sales hit that you could not escape for some time. On my chart, it only went to #2. Shock, horror! Three years later, “The Game Of Love”, featuring Michelle Branch, went to #1 on my survey for three weeks.

01. LOU BEGA, “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…)”
German-born David Lubega was just 24-years-old when he conquered the global music surveys with his infectious anthem, a remake of an old Pérez Prado instrumental from 50 years prior. “Mambo” would end up with a total of eight weeks at #1, this being his fifth, and would stay on through the spring of 2000. Followup single “Tricky Tricky” would also go top ten, and that would mark the end of his career on my top 40. He’s still active in his native country, releasing A Little Bit Of 80’s, a covers album, this past June.

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

Leave a comment

Filed under Charts/Trade Papers, Retro