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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 1, 2019

Rap or go to the top.

Happy birthday to PGTC owner Adam! Who’s coming out with new music for his big day? Well, quite a few performers! These are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

2 CHAINZ – Rap Or Go To The League (iTunes)
Features: collaborations with Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Travis Scott and more

Notable albums out this week: Bryan Adams‘s Shine A Light (iTunes), Citizen Cope‘s Heroin And Helicopters (iTunes), DaBaby‘s Baby On Baby (iTunes), Doja Cat‘s Amala (Deluxe) (iTunes), Hozier‘s Wasteland, Baby! (iTunes), LÉON‘s LÉON (iTunes), Lil Skies‘s Shelby (iTunes), Mansionair‘s Shadowboxer (iTunes), Queensrÿche‘s The Verdict (iTunes), Solange‘s When I Get Home (iTunes), T-Pain‘s 1UP (iTunes), Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers‘s The Best Of Everything – The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection, 1976-2016 (iTunes), Tom Walker‘s What A Time To Be Alive (iTunes), Weezer‘s Weezer (Black Album) (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week:
“Good Time (Remixes)”, Ocean Park Standoff (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Freya Ridings‘s You Mean The World To Me (iTunes), XYLØ‘s Pretty Sad (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“4 Phones”, Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“A Big World”, Joel Adams (iTunes)
“All My Friends”, AJ Mitchell (iTunes)
“Apology” and “Mad Eye”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“Baby Please Don’t Stop”, Emma Bunton (iTunes)
“Backwards”, Alexander Stewart (iTunes)
“Bad Vibes”, K.Flay (iTunes)
“Blast Off”, Gesaffelstein featuring Pharrell Williams (iTunes)
“Dead Ringer”, Des Rocs (iTunes)
“Edge Of A Riot”, Secondhand Serenade (iTunes)
“Feel Nothing”, ASTN (iTunes)
“Find Someone”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Flux”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
“Friends”, Ayo & Teo featuring B Smyth (iTunes)
“Giant (Audien Remix)”, Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Girls Need Love”, Summer Walker x Drake (iTunes)
“Got It In You (Acoustic)”, BANNERS (iTunes)
“Grow As We Go”, Ben Platt (iTunes)
“Grip (Alternate)”, Seeb x Bastille (iTunes)
“Had It All”, Parachute (iTunes)
“Half Gone”, Stephen Puth (iTunes)
“Hear Me Calling”, Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Heartshaker”, Tom Speight (iTunes)
“HIGH1X”, blackbear (iTunes)
“HP”, Maluma (iTunes)
“I Can’t Get Enough”, Benny Blanco, J Balvin, Selena Gomez & Tainy (iTunes)
“I’m So Tired… (MNEK Remix)”, Lauv & Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“In The Garden”, BRUNS (iTunes)
“It’s Not U It’s Me”, Bea Miller featuring 6LACK (iTunes)
“Johnny Run Away”, Tones And I (iTunes)
“La La Land”, Bryce Vine featuring YG (iTunes)
“Little Things”, Maddie Poppe (iTunes)
“Look What God Gave Her”, Thomas Rhett (iTunes)
“Mess”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Never Going Back”, Hoodie Allen (iTunes)
“New Girlfriend”, Gia Woods (iTunes)
“No Drug Like Me” and “Now That I Found You”, Carly Rae Jepsen (iTunes)
“Nobody”, Martin Jensen & James Arthur (iTunes)
“Not Your Princess”, Theia (iTunes)
“Not Yours Never Was”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Only Want You”, Rita Ora featuring 6LACK (iTunes)
“Prom Night”, Catie Turner (iTunes)
“Remind You”, FRENSHIP (iTunes)
“Sad Songs”, Kwassa (iTunes)
“Shadows”, Alphabeat (iTunes)
“Sight Of You”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Somebody Like Me”, State Of Sound featuring ORKID (iTunes)
“Start From Here”, Justin Klump (iTunes)
“STFU”, Julie Bergan (iTunes)
“Still On My Mind”, Dido (iTunes)
“Sucker”, Jonas Brothers (iTunes)
“Superstar”, MARINA (iTunes)
“Take Care”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
“Tell Your Friends”, The Him featuring Loote (iTunes)
“The Pressure”, The Cranberries (iTunes)
“Too Cool”, Emily Burns (iTunes)
“Young”, Oli Fox (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from Dido, Maren Morris, Sigrid and many more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 23, 2018

Fall in “Love” this Thanksgiving.

Pass the turkey, stuffing and the new albums… it might be a slow date, but these are the notable digital and physical releases out this Friday:

RITA ORA – Phoenix (iTunes)
Ora has largely struggled with a U.S. audience; her latest radio single, “Let You Love Me”, is charting below the top 40 at Top 40 radio. Still, as one of the bigger titles this week, it could attain a decent debut on the Billboard 200 list.

Notable albums out this week: Amy Macdonald‘s Woman Of The World: The Best Of 2007-2018 (iTunes), Chic‘s The Chic Organization: 1977-1979 (iTunes), Cliff Richard‘s Rise Up (iTunes), Take That‘s Odyssey (iTunes), William Beckmann‘s Outskirts Of Town (iTunes), 10 Years Of Mom+Pop (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Hunter Hayes‘s This Christmas (iTunes), Ward Davis‘s Asunder (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1999 (Michael Calfan Remix)”, Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Ballers And Skaters”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Bite My Tongue”, Sam Bluer (iTunes)
“Body”, Glowie featuring Saweetie (iTunes)
“Business”, Call Me Loop (iTunes)
“Cheering For Me Now”, John Kander & Lin-Manuel Miranda (iTunes)
“Come Out And Play”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Control”, Feder featuring Bryce Vine & Dan Caplen (iTunes)
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, Brett Eldredge (iTunes)
“Don’t Call Me Back”, LA WOMEN (iTunes)
“Friends”, Jai Waetford (iTunes)
“Gold & Blue”, Van Bellman (iTunes)
“Goodbye (R3HAB Remix)”, Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William (iTunes)
“It Is What It Is”, RuthAnne (iTunes)
“Kelly”, Kelly Rowland (iTunes)
“LA On A Saturday Night (Acoustic)”, Hearts & Colors (iTunes)
“Lay Your Worry Down (Acoustic Version)”, Milow featuring Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Leave Me Lonely”, Hilltop Hoods (iTunes)
“Mine”, VINCINT (iTunes)
“New Crowned King”, Cody Simpson (iTunes)
“Not At Peace”, Ria Mae (iTunes)
“On The 5 (RAC Remix)”, Winnetka Bowling League (iTunes)
“Perfect To Me (Back N Fourth Remix)”, Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Piano Man (BBC Live)”, Tom Odell (iTunes)
“Polaroid (Acoustic)”, Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Reel It In (Remix)”, Aminé featuring Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“Run In The Rain (Acoustic)”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Solitude”, JXN (iTunes)
“Stand Out Fit In”, ONE OK ROCK (iTunes)
“Stuck In The Middle”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Sundress”, A$AP Rocky (iTunes)
“Testify”, Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
“Thursday (Acoustic)”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Use Me”, Shaggy (iTunes)
“Vámonos”, Kris Kross Amsterdam, Ally Brooke & Messiah (iTunes)
“When We Were Young”, M-Phazes featuring Luke Steele (iTunes)
“Zombie Bastards”, Weezer (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Alessia Cara, Clean Bandit, The 1975 and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 26, 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. It’s the last chart update for August already! Where’s the time gone? While we try to figure out the answer to that one, check out this week’s hottest hits on the latest report:

FAREWELL TO “YOU”: As we return to the “Songs That Never Seem To Go Away” department, “Girls Like You” from Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B continues its run at #1 on the Top 40 chart for the fifth week. It’s the act’s longest run at #1 here since 2012, when “One More Night” collected eight weeks at the top between September and November of that year. “Girls” also has an enormous lead atop the Hot AC chart in its fourth week at the summit, more than 1,200 spins over the song in the runner-up position. However, the Top 40 list will finally see a new #1 next week, as the tune that’s been docked at #2 for four consecutive weeks, “Better Now” by Post Malone, makes it ascent to the top. Behind him, it’ll be a wild fall of potential #1 songs, so stay tuned!

“HIGH” EXPECTATIONS: It’s a nice week for collaborations making the top 40, as the newest releases by Logic featuring Ryan TedderTyga featuring Offset and Calvin Harris & Sam Smith all enter the region at the Top 40 format. For Harris and Smith, their single “Promises” bypasses the top 50 and goes straight into the top 40 at #40, becoming Harris’s 18th and Smith’s tenth single to make it this high. Additionally, Weezer scores their first top 40 hit since 2005 with their remake of Toto‘s “Africa”, rising 46-39.

Leading a parade of three top 50 debuts this week, Marshmello x Bastille‘s “Happier” is new at #41, about two dozen spins shy of the top 40. Though the latter group’s had some solid success on the Alternative radio chart, they’ve only managed to place two songs in the top 40 at this format: 2014’s “Pompeii”, which spent two weeks at #3 that March, and 2016’s “Good Grief”, which just reached #38 that November. Additionally, Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” (#47) and PRETTYMUCH‘s “Summer On You” (#49) are welcomed to the top 50; the former group is headed towards their fourth top 40 song here, while the latter group is hunting for their second such entry. Will they make it before the summer comes to a close? We’re pretty much unsure, but never say never, as it could surprise.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 19, 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 could never cancel our pop parade of the notable and emerging hits at the Top 40 format, but hey, ours won’t cost you a cent to look at. Here’s what’s popping on the airwaves this week:

ALL FOUR THE “GIRLS”: As “Girls Like You” begins to lose some ground at the format, narrowly missing the weekly spin record by about 200 spins, the giant pop hit from Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B holds at the top spot on the Top 40 chart for a fourth week. It’s also at #1 on the Hot AC chart for its third week and is likely to stay there for some time longer, as there’s a lack of competition in the top five. There’s no word on a next single from the Red Pill Blues album, or if there will be one, as of yet. Checking in at #2 on the Top 40 chart, Post Malone is stuck in the runner-up position for the third consecutive week with “Better Now”, but his song should have a change of scenery next week. “Better” is also approaching the top 30 on the Hot AC chart, making it his highest-charting track at that format.

“RISE” AND SHINE: There are three top 40 entries, including two collaborations, on this week’s chart update, with “Beautiful” by Bazzi featuring Camila Cabello leading the pack, soaring from 47-36. It’s the second top 40 entry for Bazzi, following his #1 single “Mine” from earlier this year, while Cabello checks in with her eighth solo top 40 entry at the format, six of which have been duets or features with other performers. From there, Anne-Marie‘s “2002” makes a jump from 44-38, marking her fourth top 40 song here, while “Rise”, the first collaboration from Jonas Blue and Jack & Jack, takes a couple of steps up from 42-40. Individually, this hit is the third top 40 single for Blue and the second for the duo.

Additional top 50 action is limited this week, though Weezer‘s “Africa”, the current #1 track on the Alternative chart, debuts at #46. It’s the band’s first time in the top 50 at the format since January 2006, when “Perfect Situation” got to #47. Leader Rivers Cuomo also appeared on a B.o.B single called “Magic” in 2010, which spent three weeks at #13 that September. Childish Gambino is also back in the top 50 with his latest, “Summertime Magic”, coming in at #50. The track is already gaining solid airplay on the Rhythmic and Urban radio formats.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 14, 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: chart hits by acts like Ariana Grande, Bazzi and The Chainsmokers, among others, shine on a quiet week, while an Alternative crossover title from Weezer takes us across the globe. Let’s add ’em up:

YES WE CHAN: As iHeartMedia’s annual late summer music summit takes over the Big Apple this week, final results are split at the Top 40 format, with no overwhelmingly dominant tracks in the mix. Leading the way with 22 new stations, “Jackie Chan” from Tiësto and Dzeko featuring Preme and Post Malone ranks as the Most Added single for the first time, while “Side Effects”, the latest collaboration from The Chainsmokers and Emily Warren, fills the runner-up spot with 20 new stations. As you can see, nothing particularly earth-shattering, but that will certainly change next week! (Details to come.)

With that said, though there were fewer new titles reaching the upper regions of the list, some acts took advantage of a soft week to grab a solid week of adds. Weezer‘s smash cover of the Toto hit “Africa”, currently atop the Alternative radio chart, scored 16 this week, tying it with Tyga‘s huge Rhythmic and Urban single “Taste”, featuring Offset, which impacts here for the second time. The former title, which is just below the top 50, should enter the region this weekend, while the latter tune should enter the top 40 very soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. TIESTO & DZEKO featuring PREME and POST MALONE, “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring EMILY WARREN, “Side Effects” (Disruptor/Columbia)
3-T. LOVELYTHEBAND, “Broken” (RED)
3-T. SABRINA CARPENTER, “Almost Love” (Hollywood)
5. BAZZI featuring CAMILA CABELLO, “Beautiful” (APG/Atlantic)
6-T. ANNE-MARIE, “2002” (Warner Bros.)
6-T. ARIANA GRANDE, “God Is A Woman” (Republic)
6-T. TYGA featuring OFFSET, “Taste” (Lost Kings/EMPIRE)
6-T. WEEZER, “Africa” (Crush Music/RRP)
10. CHARLIE PUTH, “The Way I Am” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 17, 2005

The “Sound” of hit records.

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 13 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of July 17, 2005…

Debuts:
40. SUGAR RAY, “Shot Of Laughter”
39. SWITCHFOOT, “Stars”
38. SHAKIRA featuring ALEJANDRO SANZ, “La Tortura”

Biggest Mover(s):
OUR LADY PEACE, “Where Are You?” (40-31, nine spots)

10. ROB THOMAS, “This Is How A Heart Breaks” (up 1)
Album: …Something To Be (2005, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

09. CHARLOTTE CHURCH, “Crazy Chick” (up 1)
Album: Tissues And Issues (2005, Sony BMG (U.K.) Records)
Peak: #8

08. BEN MOODY featuring ANASTACIA, “Everything Burns” (steady, third week)
Album: Fantastic 4 – The Album (2005, Wind-Up Records)
Peak: #8 for three weeks

07. D.H.T., “Listen To Your Heart” (steady, second week)
Album: Listen To Your Heart (2005, Robbins Entertainment)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

06. DANIEL POWTER, “Bad Day” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Daniel Powter (2005, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks (2005) + #1 for ten weeks (2006)

05. JASON MRAZ, “Wordplay” (down 2)
Album: Mr. A-Z (2005, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

04. KELLY CLARKSON, “Behind These Hazel Eyes” (down 3)
Album: Breakaway (2004, RCA/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. WEEZER, “Beverly Hills” (up 1)
Album: Make Believe (2005, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

02. COLDPLAY, “Speed Of Sound” (up 3)
Album: X&Y (2005, Capitol Records)
Peak: #2

01. NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “These Words” (up 1)
Album: Unwritten (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown 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.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 27, 2017

A meaningful new release.

It’s the last Friday music update before Halloween… who’s going to serve the treats this week? Put on your costume and find out, because here are the eerie albums and spooky singles you need to know:

KELLY CLARKSON – Meaning Of Life (iTunes)
The most Kelegendary release this week, to no one’s surprise, is the latest album from the original American Idol herself. The set is led by “Love So Soft”, which is approaching the top ten at Hot AC radio, while also ranking on the AC and Top 40 charts. Three of her studio albums have hit #1 since 2003, but the competition is tough this time, as you’ll see below. Still, it should have a nice opening week.

YO GOTTI – I Still Am (iTunes)
Featuring the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Rake It Up”, which recently hit #1 on both Rhythmic and Urban radio, this rapper could be looking at his second top five album next week. His previous release, 2016’s The Art Of Hustle, debuted and peaked at #4. (You’ll recall the big single from that set was “Down In The DM”, with Minaj appearing on a remix of it.)

THEORY OF A DEADMAN – Wake Up Call (iTunes)
Currently at #1 on the Active Rock list with their biggest hit in several years, “Rx (Medicate)”, the Canadian group just celebrated the 15th anniversary of their self-titled debut album. Their last two studio albums have peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200.

KENNY CHESNEY – Live In No Shoes Nation: 10 Years Of Concerts (iTunes)
Chesney’s double album is in the mix for #1, due in large part to a stadium tour bundle that allows buyers to get a physical album for every seat purchased online. His “All The Pretty Girls” recently topped the Country radio list.

More albums out this week: 112‘s Q Mike Slim Daron (iTunes), Granger Smith‘s When The Good Guys Win (iTunes), Hollywood Undead‘s Five (iTunes), Lee Ann Womack‘s The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone (iTunes), Majid Jordan‘s The Space Between (iTunes), Ninja Sex Party‘s Under The Covers, Vol. II (iTunes), Rachel Platten‘s Waves (iTunes), Red‘s Gone (iTunes), Ty Dolla $ign‘s Beach House 3 (iTunes), Weezer‘s Pacific Daydream (iTunes), Yelawolf‘s Trial By Fire (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: for KING & COUNTRY‘s Christmas, Live In Phoenix (iTunes), Hanson‘s Finally It’s Christmas (iTunes), The Piano Guys‘s Christmas Together (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: ‘s When I Was Young (iTunes), Phoebe Ryan‘s James (iTunes), Sleeping With Sirens‘s Live & Acoustic From NYC (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Achoo”, Keith Ape and Ski Mask The Slump God (iTunes)
“All About You”, Alex Mattson featuring Lucas Marx (iTunes)
“All Falls Down”, Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus and Digital Farm Animals (iTunes)
“Always Ascending”, Franz Ferdinand (iTunes)
“Autumn Leaves”, Seal (iTunes)
“Been Meaning To Tell You”, Starley (iTunes)
“Boom Boom”, RedOne featuring Daddy Yankee, French Montana & Dinah Jane (iTunes)
“Broken Summer”, DJ Snake featuring Max Frost (iTunes)
“Burning”, Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Champagne Clouds”, Malia (iTunes)
“City Song”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Come My Way”, Tigertown (iTunes)
“Diane”, Cam (iTunes)
“Easy Love (Dipha Barus Remix)”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Forget Me Not”, Brian Fallon (iTunes)
“Fort Knox”, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (iTunes)
“Find Yourself (Ashworth Remix)”, Great Good Fine OK & Before You Exit (iTunes)
“Generous (Martin Jensen Remix)”, Olivia Holt (iTunes)
“Grace (We All Try)”, Rag’n’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Guilty”, Paloma Faith (iTunes)
“H8U”, Liz Huett (iTunes)
“Heartbeat”, Plan B (iTunes)
“Hearts On Fire”, Gavin James (iTunes)
“I Miss You”, Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Lonely Together (Acoustic)”, Avicii featuring Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Moving On”, KAPTAN (iTunes)
“Never Give Up On Me”, MisterWives (iTunes)
“Never Let You Go”, Kygo featuring John Newman (iTunes)
“Open Arms”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Por Favor”, Pitbull x Fifth Harmony (iTunes)
“Postcard”, First Aid Kit (iTunes)
“Squeeze”, Aminé (iTunes)
“Surrender”, Walk The Moon (iTunes)
“Take Her Place”, Don Diablo featuring A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Think Before I Talk (Acoustic)”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“This Is How You Walk On”, Gary Lightbody & Johnny McDaid (iTunes)
“up in this”, blackbear & Tinashe (iTunes)
“Waiting”, Tom Speight (iTunes)
“Wolves”, Selena Gomez x Marshmello (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Blake SheltonMaroon 5, Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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