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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 6, 2015

“Run Away” into the past with us!

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 September 6, 2015…

Debuts:
40. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “High Dive”
39. MAROON 5, “Feelings”

Biggest Mover(s):
GAVIN JAMES, “Bitter Pill” (30-20, ten spots)

10. X AMBASSADORS, “Renegades” (up 1)
Album: VHS (2015, KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

09. JUKEBOX THE GHOST, “Postcard” (steady, second week)
Album: Jukebox The Ghost (2015, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

08. WALK THE MOON, “Different Colors” (down 1)
Album: Talking Is Hard (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

07. RØMANS, “Uh Huh” (down 2)
Album: Overthinking – Pt. 1 (EP) (2015, Roc Nation Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. ONE DIRECTION, “Drag Me Down” (up 2)
Album: Made In The A.M. (2015, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

05. SHAWN MENDES, “Stitches” (up 1)
Album: Handwritten (2015, Island/Republic Records)
Peak: #5

04. CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Run Away With Me” (steady, second week)
Album: E·MO·TION (2015, Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

03. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Hold Each Other” (steady, second week)
Album: When The Morning Comes (2015, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

02. JOHN NEWMAN, “Come And Get It” (steady, third week)
Album: Revolve (2015, Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

01. DURAN DURAN featuring JANELLE MONÁE and NILE RODGERS, “Pressure Off” (steady, third week)
Album: Paper Gods (2015, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 27, 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. We’re thinking of those affected by the huge rainfall and wind of Hurricane Harvey, and hoping aid gets to those locations soon. Keep strong and stay safe! Now, here are the big headlines from this week’s published pop chart:

THE MOMENT OF PUTH: Climbing from 2-1 to score his second #1 on the Top 40 chart, it’s Charlie Puth with “Attention”. He last hit the top in 2015 as the featured artist on Wiz Khalifa‘s “See You Again”, which spent four weeks at #1 that May and June. In Top 40 history, there has never been a title (until Puth’s) to include the word attention in it, though it’s obviously a common term in the English language. Well, I guess we’re giving it some well-deserved attention now. It should easily spend a few weeks at #1 on the pop chart, largely because a number of songs are falling out of the top five, as well as the upcoming Labor Day holiday, when several stations on the panel air specialty programming.

The first week for “Attention” at #1 marks the 16th week in 2017 that a male soloist has occupied the top spot on the survey, with Ed Sheeran (ten weeks), Bruno Mars (three weeks) and Shawn Mendes (two weeks) also contributing to that total. The guys seem to be on a hot streak, what can I say? Does it continue through the end of the year? Will the women make a comeback? Stay tuned.

SHE’S GOT THE “LOOK”: Well, she sure knows how to make an entrance! Superstar Taylor Swift blasts into the countdown at #22 with “Look What You Made Me Do”, the lead single from her forthcoming album Reputation. The single soared to #1 on iTunes under an hour after its initial release late Thursday night, and has stayed there ever since. A music video for it premiered on Sunday night during MTV’s Video Music Awards. Swift’s hit would’ve debuted at #21, like the Sunday morning update, but Friday data from KKPN/Corpus Christi was removed from the published update, as the station was knocked off the air during Hurricane Harvey. Due to this, there’s a difference in 18 spins, thus, it falls a notch. Still, that giant entry is an amazing achievement.

Looking for all the format’s #1 lookers? You’ll remember “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 (7/31/87 R&R), “Look Away” by Chicago (12/2-9/88 R&R), “The Look” by Roxette (3/31/89 R&R), and “Looking Through Patient Eyes” by P.M. Dawn (5/7-14/93 R&R). Swift could swiftly bring that count to five, given her release’s fast ascent since Friday, but we’ll have to wait to see how it progresses.

“MIND” THE GAP: All aboard! Here comes the debut train, rolling down the tracks! Five new entries (okay, tracks!) reach the top 50 this week, led by five newcomers who call themselves PRETTYMUCH. Their debut single, “Would You Mind”, climbs in at #44. The quintet is Simon Cowell’s new boy band, and their splashy start is certainly a positive sign for the next few weeks. The Script is two notches below them, at #46, with their first chart song since the beginning of 2015: “Rain”. The Irish trio last hit the top 40 here in early 2013 with “Hall Of Fame”, which spent two weeks at #16.

“Wish I Knew You” from The Revivalists lands at #47, marking their first chart entry at the format. This track previously hit #1 on both the Alternative and Triple A charts, while it remains in the top 15 on the Hot AC survey. Sibling trio AJR is A-OK with entering at #48 with “Drama”, which looks to follow “Weak” into the top 40. That streaming hit spent two weeks at #27 in June. Finally, in at #49, DeJ Loaf makes her debut at the format with “No Fear”. The Detroit rapper has previously charted with several singles on the Rhythmic and Urban surveys, reaching #1 on the latter list with “Try Me” in early 2015. Check back to see how all five of these songs do!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 20, 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. Get those special shades ready for that total solar eclipse tomorrow afternoon, and get your “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” of choice on while observing it! (I think I’ll probably get to both Bonnie Tyler and Nicki French‘s versions, but do as you please.) Meanwhile, things are sunny on the charts, so let’s grab some stats and get going:

WHO’S GOT YOUR “BACK” NOW?: Settling just over 100 spins above his nearest competitor, Shawn Mendes holds atop the pop survey for a second week with “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”. Look for it to reach the top of the Hot AC chart next week. In addition to those two formats, it also climbs 11-8 on AC radio this week, while it’s just below the top 50 on the Rhythmic list. (A new remix featuring Gucci Mane and Quavo might be needed for it to officially chart there.) Mendes has yet to announce a next single from his Illuminate album, or if he’ll be moving on from that era, but I’ll continue to look out for any information once it’s out there. Meanwhile, I’m sure Mr. Mendes is enjoying the continued love from programmers around the country.

Only one track is new to the top ten this week, the recent Country chart-topper from Sam Hunt called “Body Like A Back Road”. At #10, up two notches, it marks Hunt’s first single to reach this region of the Top 40 chart. Previously, he peaked at #28 for two weeks in July 2015 with “Take Your Time”. Could this mean we’ll see top-selling artists like Florida Georgia Line or Thomas Rhett try for another crossover hit in the coming months? What about Devin Dawson or Kelsea Ballerini? We’ll have to wait and see! So, back to the chart stats…

“FRIENDS” IN HIGH PLACES: Just in case you haven’t had enough Justin Bieber this year, his fourth top 40 collaboration of 2017 debuts at #35 this week. “Friends” gives Bieber his 23rd top 40 hit since 2009, but it also marks the artist debut of BloodPop, the writer and producer born Michael Tucker. He has a total of three top 40 singles to date from behind the boards, including the #1 hit “Sorry” for Bieber, which spent three weeks at the top in December 2015 and January 2016. Will the Canadian superstar grab his second #1 this year, while making the American producer a household name? It’s definitely possible. I’ll be rooting for it!

A notch below “Friends” is “Two Ghosts” by Harry Styles, up from 41-36. It’s the second top 40 hit from his self-titled solo release. Of course, this means that every member of the original lineup of One Direction, except ZAYN, has at least one title in the top 40. (Oh, ZAYN, where art thou?) Styles’s song is seeing a slow start in digital sales, but it’s still early on in its run. There are a number of great cuts still left on that album, if this one doesn’t work out as a radio single in the long run.

WHAT’S SO “BAD” ABOUT THEM?: Well, in the eyes of many pop fans, nothing at all! There are three new songs in the top 50 portion of the chart this week, all by solo women. The highest of the three is the fifth chart single for Halsey, coming in at #45. This hit, titled “Bad At Love”, is the follow-up to “Now Or Never”, which peaked at #3 three weeks ago. Both tracks are taken from the set titled Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. Though she hasn’t equaled the major success of ten-week chart-topper “Closer” by The Chainsmokers, on which she appeared as the featured vocalist, this song will be around well into the fall, so watch out for it.

The other two performers debuting in the countdown land just below Halsey’s new entry, with “New Rules” (#46) by Dua Lipa and “Why” (#47) by Sabrina Carpenter adding some girl power to the top 50. Lipa has now entered the top 50 with five tracks, two of which were collaborations with other artists. She has yet to score a top ten song. Carpenter made her debut at the pop format earlier this year with “Thumbs”, which peaked at #26 for two weeks in March and April. Her new radio hit was the second Most Added title here last week.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 13, 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. Our thoughts are with the family of Heather Heyer, who was tragically killed yesterday in Charlottesville as she fought for what she believed in. I’m disgusted at all the racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric and actions that occurred on Saturday, and pray that this kind of situation doesn’t happen again.

Though we need more time to heal from what happened, let’s do some of that through music. Here’s this week’s Top 40 report:

“BACK” AT THE TOP: For two weeks in November 2015, Canadian singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes held at the #1 spot at the format with “Stitches”, which also just happened to be his very first top 40 hit (after two misses, however) on the chart. Now, his second #1 comes via “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”, up from #2 last week. The track is taken from a reissue of Mendes’s former #1 album, Illuminate, which came out in its updated form in April. Of course, this song also spent three weeks at the top of my chart in June and July, recently falling out of the top ten. Mendes’s reign will be a short, but sweet one, but at least it happened.

Though a number of songs are continuing to build up larger gains, significant chart movement is still on the low side this week. Up a notch to #10 is the only track to enter the region on the current list, “Feels” by Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean. Again, in the top 20, only one single moves into the section: up 22-20, “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato. If someone, or some people, could kindly shake up the chart in the next few weeks with a few iconic A-list singles, that would be great!

IN THE PINK: It’s a stellar week for pop superstar P!nk, who debuts way up at #34 on this week’s Top 40 chart with “What About Us”. This is the 27th top 40 single for the hot performer, who made her debut in 2000 with two consecutive #2 hits: “There You Go” (7/14/00 R&R) and “Most Girls” (11/10-24/00 R&R). Of course, she’s now had nine #1 songs to date, spending 28 total weeks in the top spot to date. (We’ll see if she adds to that this fall!) “What” is the lead single from her forthcoming album Beautiful Trauma, out October 13, which I am certainly looking forward to. Believe it or not, it’s her first studio album in five (!) years.

Just in case you wondering, “There” fell from 10-16 and “Most” climbed from 38-31 on the equivalent chart from this week in 2000. As for the top spot, that went to “Bent” by Matchbox Twenty, which was spending its first of two weeks there. Besides P!nk, there are two additional solo performers, Britney Spears and JAY-Z, who appeared on that chart and a top 40 hit during 2017. (A third performer, Beyoncé, was a part of Destiny’s Child on the 2000 chart.)

DON’T COUNT ‘EM OUT: One of the hottest new boy bands to appear on the pop charts is a five member act who call themselves Why Don’t We. With millions of video views and audio streams to date, the quintet starts at #45 with their first entry, “Something Different”. The group debuted about a year ago, releasing three EPs and some collaborations with YouTube star Logan Paul before a major label signed them. They’re currently on a radio tour to promote their song, which narrowly made it into the tenth Most Added spot on last Tuesday’s report. (It could be back there this Tuesday, so stay tuned.)

“Something” is one of three new entries just below the top 40 on this Sunday’s pop chart, with “Two Ghosts” (#41) by Harry Styles and “Take It All Back” (#49) by Judah & The Lion also making their debuts. “Two” is, in fact, the second solo single for Styles, but “Take” is the first chart hit for the Nashville quartet, which topped the Alternative chart for three weeks in December and January.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 6, 2017

Horan keeps scorin’.

DEBUTS
40. Why Don’t We – Something Different
39. Dua Lipa – New Rules | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself (36)
30. Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals – Back To You (37) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
25. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (31)
16. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (23) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks (tie)
15. Kesha – Praying (20)
(see #6 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Andy Grammer – Give Love (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Tom Walker – Just You And I (08) | PEAK: #07
08. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
07. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (04) | PEAK: #02
06. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (12) | PEAK: #06
05. HAIM – Want You Back (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LP – No Witness (1)
2. BANNERS – Someone To You (4)
3. Dean Lewis – Waves (2)
4. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (5)
5. James TW – Please Keep Loving Me (-)
6. Wrabel – The Village (-)
7. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (7)
8. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (-)
9. Neon Trees – Feel Good (-)
10. BØRNS – Faded Heart (-)

In The Mix:
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Echosmith – Goodbye
Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (new)
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Olivia O’Brien – RIP
Passenger – Simple Song
Sabrina Carpenter – Why
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • Just ahead of its August 22 impact at Top 40 radio, this week’s Highest Debut belongs to Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules”, which is new at #39. Of course, its viral video has been viewed millions of times on YouTube, some of which are definitely mine. The song is featured on her self-titled debut album, which hit the top ten in several countries in Europe. Will Lipa finally get her first top ten at the format with her potential fourth top 40 single? We’ll see soon.
  • The only other debut this week is by a new five-member boy band who call themselves Why Don’t We. Their first entry on my chart is “Something Different”, which shakes up the #40 spot. It heads to Top 40 radio on Tuesday. One of the five guys, Daniel Seavey, was a contestant on American Idol in 2015.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 30, 2017

Four-an for Horan.

DEBUTS
40. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind
37. Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals – Back To You
36. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
26. The Script – Rain (32) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks (tie)
23. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (29) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
12. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Lorde – Perfect Places (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (06) | PEAK: #06
08. Tom Walker – Just You And I (07) | PEAK: #07
07. HAIM – Want You Back (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LP – No Witness (3)
2. Dean Lewis – Waves (2)
3. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (1)
4. BANNERS – Someone To You (5)
5. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (7)
6. All Time Low – Good Times (4)
7. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (6)
8. Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale (9)
9. Why Don’t We – Something Different (-)
10. Dua Lipa – New Rules (-)

In The Mix:
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Echosmith – Goodbye
James TW – Please Keep Loving Me (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP
Passenger – Simple Song (new)
Sabrina Carpenter – Why (new)
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by the group who had the third-biggest song on Alternative radio in 2015 with “Renegades”. It spent 11 weeks at #1. Two years later, X Ambassadors is looking for a chart-topper on both that radio list and my own top 40 with “Ahead Of Myself”, which is taken from their forthcoming album. It enters at #36. Their Cayuga Sound Festival is a little less than two months away, and I’m sure they’ll be playing plenty of new material at it.
  • The four members of the final (well, at least for now) lineup of One Direction are now in my top 40 as soloists, with Niall Horan at #1, Liam Payne at #2 and #24, Harry Styles at #18 and #23, and coming in at #37, Louis Tomlinson‘s first solo entry on my personal chart, “Back To You”. The song features Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals. Hey ZAYN, where are you? Let’s make it all five original members on the chart at the same time!
  • Finally, at #40, is the first entry on my chart for a new boy band called PRETTYMUCH. “Would You Mind” was released a week ago, getting all sorts of New Music Friday playlisting across the globe, while it impacts at Top 40 radio on August 22.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 23, 2017

Horan’s home again.

DEBUTS
39. The All-American Rejects – Sweat
36. Lights – Giants | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. The Script – Rain (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
29. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (34)
27. Zedd & Liam Payne – Get Low (32)
(see #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Lorde – Perfect Places (12) | PEAK: #10
09. HAIM – Want You Back (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (13) | PEAK: #08
07. Tom Walker – Just You And I (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (1)
2. Dean Lewis – Waves (2)
3. LP – No Witness (3)
4. All Time Low – Good Times (5)
5. BANNERS – Someone To You (10)
6. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (8)
7. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (7)
8. PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind (-)
9. Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale (-)
10. X Ambassadors – Ahead Of Myself (-)

In The Mix:
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Echosmith – Goodbye
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals – Back To You (new)
Olivia O’Brien – RIP (new)
Secret Weapons – Ghost
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is a giant. No, seriously. “Giants” is the first entry on my chart for Lights, and it’s new at #36. In 2010, the musician bubbled under my personal chart with a song called “Saviour”, though she’s had several chart hits in her native Canada. “Giants” impacts at Hot AC radio on Monday, and currently ranks in the top 50 on the Hot AC list up north.
  • Debuting at #39 is the first top 40 entry in five years for The All-American Rejects. “Sweat” is one of two new songs that the band released earlier this month, and it recently impacted at the Hot AC format. In 2003, the group scored their only #1 on my chart with “Swing, Swing”, which spent three weeks at the top that June and July.

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