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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 25, 2017

From dusk till Shawn.

DEBUTS
40. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now
39. Barns Courtney – Golden Dandelions | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
28. Andy Grammer – Give Love (34)
26. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (33)
22. Lorde – Perfect Places (29)
16. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (24) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Tom Walker – Just You And I (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Train – Drink Up (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Scott Helman – Kinda Complicated (06) | PEAK: #04
06. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Paramore – Hard Times (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (03) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
03. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Hanson – I Was Born (2)
2. LeAnn Rimes – Love Is Love Is Love (4)
3. Loote – High Without Your Love (6)
4. John Mayer – In The Blood (1)
5. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (9)
6. Billy Raffoul – Driver (7)
7. Fitz & The Tantrums – Fool (-)
8. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (5)
9. All Time Low – Good Times (10)
10. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (-)

In The Mix:
BANNERS – Someone To You
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Jorge Blanco – Summer Soul
Katy Perry – Save As Draft (new)
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass
Lights – Giants (new)
Rachel Crow – Dime
Secret Weapons – Ghost (new)
Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (new)
The Killers – The Man
Welshly Arms – Legendary

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is the third top 40 single for the 26-year-old out of Aylesbury, England named Barns Courtney. “Golden Dandelions” blooms at #39. Courtney had my #3 song of 2016 with “Fire”, which spent four weeks at #1. That single also reached the top five at Triple A radio and top 20 on the Alternative chart. He hasn’t released a full-length album yet. (An EP of his, The Dull Drums, was out earlier this year.)
  • The week’s other new entry is by another English singer and songwriter, 23-year-old Hertford-born George Ezra. He heads onto the survey at #40 with “Don’t Matter Now”. Of course, Ezra’s album Wanted On Voyage, released three years ago, gave him a handful of chart hits in Europe, including “Blame It On Me” and “Budapest”. Ezra’s second set is due later this year.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 18, 2017

Illuminating the top spot.

DEBUTS
39. Picture This – Never Change
36. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Andy Grammer – Give Love (39)
29. Lorde – Perfect Places (34)
24. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (31) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
23. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – So Close (28)
12. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (17)
11. Tom Walker – Just You And I (18) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Train – Drink Up (09) | PEAK: #09
08. New Politics – One Of Us (06) | PEAK: #05
07. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Scott Helman – Kinda Complicated (04) | PEAK: #04
05. Paramore – Hard Times (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (03) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
02. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
01. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. John Mayer – In The Blood (1)
2. Hanson – I Was Born (4)
3. Barns Courtney – Golden Dandelions (9)
4. LeAnn Rimes – Love Is Love Is Love (7)
5. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (5)
6. Loote – High Without Your Love (10)
7. Billy Raffoul – Driver (8)
8. Ingrid Michaelson – Celebrate (6)
9. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (-)
10. All Time Low – Good Times (-)

In The Mix:
BANNERS – Someone To You
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (new)
Jennifer Hudson – Remember Me
Jorge Blanco – Summer Soul (new)
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass
Rachel Crow – Dime
The Killers – The Man (new)
Welshly Arms – Legendary

Chart Notes:

  • Congrats to Canadian singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes on his first #1 on my chart, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”. It climbs 2-1 in its ninth week in the countdown. Mendes went as high as #2 last year with “Treat You Better”. Another treasure from Canada, Carly Rae Jepsen, lands this week’s Highest Debut with “Cut To The Feeling”. The cut from Leap! hops in at #36. It’s Jepsen’s seventh time on my chart since 2012. Additionally, Irish duo Picture This lands in the picture at #39 with their first top 40 hit, “Never Change”.
  • Right now, as this post goes public, I’m likely dancing the night away at a family wedding. Needless to say, full commentary is going to be back next weekend.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 11, 2017

Hit ’em up, Styles.

DEBUTS
40. James Arthur – Can I Be Him
39. Andy Grammer – Give Love
37. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Lorde – Perfect Places (39)
31. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
28. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – So Close (33)
24. Chord Overstreet – Hold On (29)
18. Tom Walker – Just You And I (24)
(see #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (14) | PEAK: #10
09. Train – Drink Up (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (15) | PEAK: #08
07. Paramore – Hard Times (07) | PEAK: #07
06. New Politics – One Of Us (05) | PEAK: #05
05. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Scott Helman – Kinda Complicated (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
02. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. John Mayer – In The Blood (1)
2. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (4)
3. Picture This – Never Change (7)
4. Hanson – I Was Born (5)
5. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (2)
6. Ingrid Michaelson – Celebrate (6)
7. LeAnn Rimes – Love Is Love Is Love (10)
8. Billy Raffoul – Driver (9)
9. Barns Courtney – Golden Dandelions (-)
10. Loote – High Without Your Love (-)

In The Mix:
All Time Low – Good Times (new)
BANNERS – Someone To You (new)
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Jennifer Hudson – Remember Me
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass
Rachel Crow – Dime
Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (new)
Welshly Arms – Legendary

Chart Notes:

  • After five huge weeks at #2, Harry Styles makes it to the top of my personal chart with “Sign Of The Times”, the first single from his self-titled solo album. Together with Niall Horan and ZAYN, pop group One Direction becomes the first act to send three of its members to #1 on my chart in solo projects. By the way, the record for the most weeks spent at #2 prior to a run at #1 on my personal chart is seven, which is held by two tracks: Darren Hayes‘s “Darkness” (2004-2005, two weeks at #1) and Natasha Bedingfield‘s “Unwritten” (2005-2006, ten nonconsecutive weeks at #1).
  • Earlier this year, singer and songwriter Julia Michaels had no “Issues” squeezing into the #1 spot on my top 40 for a week. Now, she’s looking to repeat that feat with her follow-up single, “Uh Huh”, which is the week’s Highest Debut at #37. Believe it or not, this is the third top 40 song called “Uh Huh” to make my chart in the past 15 years, following hits from B2K (2002) and ROMANS (2015). (The latter entry spent two weeks at #1 that August.) Michaels’s original song goes for adds at Top 40 radio on June 20.
  • As for this week’s other two debuts, both songs are impacting at the Hot AC format later this month. Launching on June 19 is “Give Love” by Andy Grammer, which enters at #39. The 33-year-old scores his eighth top 40 hit on my chart, with five of those entries becoming top ten hits. A notch lower, and going for adds a week later, is “Can I Be Him” by James Arthur. He hit my top ten earlier this year with “Say You Won’t Let Go”, which reached #1 at the format recently.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (May 2017)

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 May in this month’s Radio Report:

TRAIN – “Drink Up” (Columbia, May 1 – Hot AC)
Album: a girl a bottle a boat (2017)
Past HAC History: Leader Pat Monahan and the San Francisco group have been a mainstay on the Hot AC chart since 1999, and at the beginning of the year, “Play That Song” became their 14th top ten single on the survey. We’ll see if the panel takes a sip of this.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE – “Doing It For The Money” (Columbia, May 2 – Alternative)
Album: III (EP) (2017)
Past ALT History: The California quartet, who previously charted as a trio, has a total of six top 40 hits to date at the format, with four breaking into the top ten. The lone #1, “Pumped Up Kicks”, spent six sensational weeks at the summit in the summer of 2011.

OH WONDER – “Ultralife” (Republic, May 2 – Alternative)
Album: Ultralife (2017)
Past ALT History: This London duo, who built a following on various streaming services and Hype Machine blogs, put out a single per month for one year, which began in the fall of 2014. One of them, “Lose It”, received some minor airplay in the spring of 2016.

HAILEE STEINFELD – “Most Girls” (Republic, May 2 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Actress and singer Steinfeld’s had three top 40 pop hits since 2015, including the #14 single “Love Myself” and the Zedd and Grey-assisted “Starving”, which held for three weeks at #5 earlier this year. There’s no word yet on her debut album.

KATY PERRY featuring MIGOS – “Bon Appétit” (Capitol, May 2 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Perry’s “Chained To The Rhythm” lost its rhythm in the #8 spot recently, despite one of the biggest batches of first week adds (174) in the history of the PPW era. Even with a few social media missteps, the singer (and rap trio) will soldier on.

CLEAN BANDIT featuring ZARA LARSSON – “Symphony” (Big Beat/Atlantic, May 16 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Daily struggle! This English trio’s “Rockabye”, featuring Anne-Marie and Sean Paul, recently reached #4 at the format. They have yet to hit #1. Larsson got to #5 in a duet with MNEK last year, “Never Forget You”, and has five entries to date.

SHAWN HOOK featuring VANESSA HUDGENS – “Reminding Me” (Hollywood, May 16 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Canadian singer Hook reached #21 last year with “Sound Of Your Heart”, a single that also made the top 30 on the Hot AC chart. American actress and singer Hudgens last hit the top 40 in 2006 with “Come Back To Me”, which peaked at #18.

RAG’N’BONE MAN – “Skin” (Columbia, May 23 – Alternative)
Album: Human (2017)
Past ALT History: The 32-year-old English performer is still climbing at the Hot AC and Top 40 formats with title track “Human”. The global hit, initially boosted by iHeartMedia’s On The Verge program, spent two weeks at #1 on the Alternative chart in March.

Plenty of unreleased summer singles are still on the way, so make sure you watch out for them as they debut…

Which of these new songs would you like to see on the charts later this year? Let me know!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 8, 2012

All aboard the 2012 train.

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 five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of April 8, 2012…

Debuts:
40. KIMBRA, “Settle Down”
39. HALEY REINHART, “Free”

38. DAUGHTRY, “Outta My Head”
31. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Eyes Open”

Biggest Mover(s):
EMELI SANDÉ, “Next To Me” (39-29, ten spots)

10. GRAFFITI6, “Free” (down 1)
Album: Colours (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

09. ONE DIRECTION, “One Thing” (down 2)
Album: Up All Night (2012, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #5

08. NICKELBACK, “Lullaby” (up 3)
Album: Here And Now (2011, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

07. KELLY CLARKSON, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (down 4)
Album: Stronger (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

06. FUN. featuring JANELLE MONÁE, “We Are Young” (up 2)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

05. KATY PERRY, “Part Of Me” (up 1)
Album: Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #5

04. THE SCRIPT, “If You Ever Come Back” (up 1)
Album: Science & Faith (2011, Epic Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. ED SHEERAN, “The A Team” (up 1)
Album: + (2012, Asylum/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. GOTYE featuring KIMBRA, “Somebody That I Used To Know” (steady, second week)
Album: Making Mirrors (2012, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

01. TRAIN, “Drive By” (steady, second week)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 17, 2013

“Kiss” on *my* list.

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 four years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of March 17, 2013…

Debuts:
40. ZAC BROWN BAND, “Goodbye In Her Eyes”
36. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Mirrors”

Biggest Mover(s):
FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “Out Of My League” (19-11, eight spots)

10. MAROON 5, “Daylight” (down 1)
Album: Overexposed (2012, 222/Interscope Records)
Peak: #3

09. ONE DIRECTION, “Kiss You” (up 1)
Album: Take Me Home (2012, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

08. OLLY MURS, “Troublemaker” (steady, second week)
Album: Right Place, Right Time (2013 – U.S. release, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. OLLY MURS, “Army Of Two” (steady, second week)
Album: Right Place, Right Time (2013 – U.S. release, Columbia Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

06. FUN., “Carry On” (down 1)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

05. TRAIN, “Mermaid” (down 3)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Suit & Tie” (up 1)
Album: The 20/20 Experience (2013, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

03. ONEREPUBLIC, “If I Lose Myself” (up 1)
Album: Native (2013, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #3

02. PHILLIP PHILLIPS, “Gone, Gone, Gone” (up 1)
Album: The World From The Side Of The Moon (2012, 19/Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. P!NK featuring NATE RUESS, “Just Give Me A Reason” (steady, second week)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 12, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a new weekly report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. When we hear the forecast calls for twelve inches of snow, we usually reach for “Girl, I’ve Been Hurt” and “Informer”. So, let’s shovel some song stats into a blizzard of bops that we call our pop radio review:

SHEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS: Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran is at #1 for the fourth week in a row with “Shape Of You”. This much isn’t strange, right? However, this week is a slightly different one for the chart hit. It ends this particular frame with the largest weekly spin total on a published update in CHR history, accumulating a massive 19,603 spins. That beats the previous record, 19,518 spins on the 7/12/15 chart for “Bad Blood”, performed by Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar. Gee, does that mean he’s no longer a member of Swift’s squad? I guess we’ll see. Of course, the cuts from Sheeran’s Divide are taking over the charts globally, so it won’t be a surprise to see “Shape” back at the top for a fifth week next Sunday.

To put this momentous musical moment in perspective, it was 20 years ago this week that “Lovefool” by The Cardigans was in the top spot on the pop radio chart for its fourth of six weeks. It totaled 6,527 spins from the panel in that seven-day period. Needless to say, I could rant about the major radio companies and PPM, among other things, but I’ll save that for another post. In the meantime, we’ll see if Sheeran eclipses the 20,000 spin mark in the coming weeks. The task is quite difficult at this point, but not impossible.

A PERRY GOOD WEEK: 32-year-old hitmaker Katy Perry pops into the top ten for the 16th time since her 2008 debut with her politically-charged “Chained To The Rhythm”, up a single notch to #10. The hit features newcomer Skip Marley, who has a song at the Alternative and Triple A formats called “Lions”. Perry has eleven #1 songs to her credit on the CHR chart, with an amazing set of seven between 2009 and 2012. Will her latest make it to the top? If it doesn’t, it will take the PPW era record for the song with the most adds in one week (174) that didn’t reach #1. That’s a pretty unfortunate title, so let’s hope it doesn’t happen.

The Perry and Marley collaboration is the first top ten single with a rhythmically-themed title since 1995, when Brazilian singer Olga Souza made her debut as Corona with “The Rhythm Of The Night”. The dance anthem peaked at #8 (1/27/95) on Radio & Records. Overall, there have been twelve such top 40 titles on both R&R and Mediabase 24/7 since 1973.

LONG TRAIN CHARTIN’: Two of the debuts in this week’s top 40 are sung by lead or featured performers that began their CHR chart career in the late 90’s. Chart conductor Pat Monahan and his band Train are headed up the tracks with their tenth top 40 song since 1999. “Play That Song” advances 42-37, marking the group’s first top 40 hit at the format since “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” got to #17 (10/14 and 10/28-11/4/12) just over four years ago. Of course, the group’s made the Hot AC chart several times since that hit, but nothing’s come close to charting here. I think this deserves an upgrade to first class chart trivia, don’t you? Let me know.

At ten top 40 songs, Train becomes the latest San Francisco band to surpass the double-digit threshold, a list that includes bands like Huey Lewis And The News, Journey and more. Don’t stop believin’ in these kids, kids, because they come back with a hit when you least expect it!

MAJOR BEY ALERT: Record producer and professional screamer DJ Khaled claims his fourth top 40 entry on this week’s CHR chart with “Shining”, up 44-39. Though the 41-year-old has been releasing music since 2006, it wasn’t until 2011 that he grabbed his first charting song at the format with “I’m On One” (#32, 9/18/11), which featured Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne. His latest release features married couple Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Jay Z (Sean Carter), giving Knowles her 24th top 40 entry as a solo artist since 2002, and Carter his 26th top 40 hit since 1999. I’m sure the Beyhive will be happy to know about their girl’s latest feat.

As far as a new album, the DJ has anotha one coming later this year, titled Grateful. I’m hopeful that this set will have nothing to do with the Grateful Dead. After all, what would you call a Jerry Garcia song with DJ Khaled yelling all over it? “Touch Of K”? (Don’t make this a reality, please.)

AARON’S CHARTER (COME GET IT): Yes, it’s still 2017, so don’t go breaking out your HitClips and Wonder Balls quite yet. In one of the more bizarre chart events of the year so far, 29-year-old Aaron Carter has his first top 50 entry in just under 15 (!) years with “Sooner Or Later”, debuting at #49 this week. It’s taken from the EP titled LØVË, which was released last month. The tune has a total of 25 million streams and counting on Spotify, which means that Carter himself isn’t the only one hitting the replay button. (I’m looking at you, Nick.)

Despite Carter’s popularity with a young fan base in the late 90’s and early 00’s, CHR radio programmers largely ignored the singer. His only previous chart history at the format was the one week “I’m All About You” spent at #49 (4/5/02) on Radio & Records. You probably shouldn’t hold out for Dream Street or Myra or Play to come back and conquer the pop airwaves anytime soon. (Sorry to burst your bubbles, kids. Hoku, if you’re out there, we need some new jams already!)

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