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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 29, 2015

Overloading on pop bops.

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 29, 2015…

40. PARACHUTE, “Crave”
39. EDEN XO, “The Weekend”
37. MATT WOODS, “In The Dark”

Biggest Mover(s):
MARTIN LUKE BROWN, “Take Out Of Me” (39-30, nine spots)

10. THE SCRIPT, “Man On A Wire” (up 3)
Album: No Sound Without Silence (2014, Columbia Records)
Peak: #5

09. SCOTT HELMAN, “Bungalow” (up 1)
Album: Augusta (EP) (2014, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

08. NATE RUESS, “Nothing Without Love” (up 4)
Album: Grand Romantic (2015, Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

07. TORI KELLY, “Nobody Love” (up 2)
Album: Unbreakable Smile (2016, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. MAROON 5, “Sugar” (down 3)
Album: V (2015, 222/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

05. LIFE OF DILLON, “Overload” (up 1)
Album: Prologue (EP) (2015, Disruptor/Epic Records)
Peak: #2

04. SAINT MOTEL, “My Type” (up 1)
Album: My Type (EP) (2014, Elektra Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Style” (down 2)
Album: 1989 (2014, Big Machine/Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. YEARS & YEARS, “King” (up 1)
Album: Communion (2015, Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. ELLIE GOULDING, “Love Me Like You Do” (steady, third week)
Album: Fifty Shades Of Grey (Soundtrack) (2015, CT/Republic-Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 8, 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’ve got the lotion for pop commotion: all the notable Top 40 titles that spent some time in the sun in the last few days. Grab a cool drink and check out these radio stats:

“MINE” AND MINE ALONE: In its 20th week in the top 40, “Mine” from 20-year-old newcomer Bazzi advances 2-1. No, it’s not up 20 spins this week, but rather, about 680 detections. The follow-up to “Mine”, a single called “Beautiful”, leaps into the top 50 on the Rhythmic survey this week. Both tunes are taken from the album Cosmic, which made the top 15 on the Billboard 200 list earlier this year. Next Sunday, look for Bazzi to face some strong competition from Ariana Grande‘s “No Tears Left To Cry”, climbing 3-2 and moving quickly. Overall action is slower this week, largely due to the midweek holiday, though numbers should be headed north again in the coming days.

IF I HAD NO LOOTE: As two of last week’s collaborative debuts bolt into the top 40 this week, three new tracks are breaking onto the chart in the lower regions of the top 50. The highest of the three, landing at #48, is the first entry at this format for the New York duo Loote. “Your Side Of The Bed” was co-written by the duo, comprised of college pals Emma Lov Block and Jackson Foote. In the fall of last year, the duo’s most well-known composition to date, “No Promises” by Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato, managed a #6 peak in September after a slow run up the survey. Just below them, the English trio Years & Years checks in at #49 with their first entry in just over three years, “If You’re Over Me”. It’s the first U.S. single from their recent release Palo Santo. Their only other chart single to date, “King”, went to #37. (“Desire” impacted at the format several months later, but just missed the top 50.) Lastly, a format mainstay hops aboard at #50 with his third entry of 2018. Justin Timberlake is new with “SoulMate”, a one-off release (or so we think) that made its debut on Tuesday. It got as high as #3 on iTunes several days ago.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 6, 2018

Years in the making.

As you down another hamburger or hot dog from your barbecue leftovers, don’t forget that there’s still some new music to check out in our latest schedule update. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

YEARS & YEARS – Palo Santo (iTunes)
This English trio is just below the top 50 at the Top 40 radio format with “If You’re Over Me”, a recent top ten tune in Scotland and the United Kingdom. Though their sophomore album isn’t likely to do much in the States, it should still chart moderately well.

Notable albums out this week: Big Narstie‘s BDL Bipolar (iTunes), Tom Grennan‘s Lighting Matches (iTunes), We The Kings‘s Six (iTunes), Yungblud‘s 21st Century Liability (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Meek Mill‘s Legends Of The Summer (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Barcelona”, Max George (iTunes)
“Beautiful (Bazzi vs. Hook N Sling’s Spectrums Remix)”, Bazzi (iTunes)
“Better”, SG Lewis x Clairo (iTunes)
“Boo’d Up (Remix)”, Ella Mai featuring Nicki Minaj & Quavo (iTunes)
“Colour (Acoustic)”, MNEK featuring Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Dangerous”, Russ (iTunes)
“Doesn’t Matter”, Christine & The Queens (iTunes)
“Finally Free”, Niall Horan (iTunes)
“Freaking Out” and “Summer Days”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Free Free Free”, Pitbull featuring Theron Theron (iTunes)
“Friends”, RAYE (iTunes)
“Genius (Banx & Ranx Remix)”, LSD (iTunes)
“If You Wanna Love Somebody (Kat Krazy Remix)”, Tom Odell (iTunes)
“Kream” and “Tokyo Snow Trip”, Iggy Azalea featuring Tyga / Azalea (iTunes)
“Lava Lamps”, Maty Noyes featuring Beekwilder (iTunes)
“Lay Me Down”, Timeflies (iTunes)
“Lost My Mind (Michael Calfan Respect Remix)”, Lily Allen (iTunes)
“Metal”, Poppy (iTunes)
“Might As Well Dance”, Jason Mraz (iTunes)
“My Body”, Justin Jesso (iTunes)
“Phantom”, Nightly (iTunes)
“Priorities”, Plested (iTunes)
“Saturday Sun (Ryan Riback Remix)”, Vance Joy (iTunes)
“SoulMate”, Justin Timberlake (iTunes)
“Talk”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“Talk You Out Of It”, Florida Georgia Line (iTunes)
“Tough (Acoustic)”, Lewis Capaldi (iTunes)
“Tread Lightly”, Forest Blakk (iTunes)
“Who Want The Smoke?”, Lil Yachty, Cardi B and Offset (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from the upcoming film Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (June 18-19, 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 seven fresh singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALESSIA CARA – “Growing Pains” (Def Jam)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: With hourly airplay on its first day at iHeartMedia stations, “Pains” supplies Cara with her seventh top 40 tune.

Album: Liberation (2018)
Past T40 History: With the help of Lovato, former teen star Aguilera is searching for her first top 40 single in just over four years.

CLEAN BANDIT featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Solo” (Big Beat/RRP)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: The second of two Lovato features headed for adds this Tuesday has already gone to #2 in the United Kingdom.

NICKI MINAJ featuring ARIANA GRANDE – “Bed” (YMCMB/Republic)
Album: Queen (2018)
Past T40 History: Primarily a featured artist as of late, Minaj’s last top 40 song as a lead act was 2015’s “The Night Is Still Young”.

SABRINA CARPENTER – “Almost Love” (Hollywood)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Carpenter scored a pair of #26 songs in 2017 with “Thumbs” and “Why”. Will she get some proper “Love” now?

TIËSTO & DZEKO featuring PREME & POST MALONE – “Jackie Chan” (Casablanca/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Dzeko and Preme are newcomers to the pop format; Tiësto has two previous top 40 entries and Malone has six.

YEARS & YEARS – “If You’re Over Me” (Interscope)
Album: Palo Santo (2018)
Past T40 History: Though they continue to hit across Europe, their highest-charting U.S. entry to date, “King”, got to #37 in 2015.

Next week: Take a hit of LSD (Labrinth, Sia and Diplo, that is) with their first pop single, “Audio”. Should anything else appear on the schedule, it’ll be on here as well.

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

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2015: #02 and #01

Pop 'til you drop.

Pop ’til you drop.

Here it is, the annual countdown of the top 100 hits based on my weekly personal charts from the first week of December in 2014 to the last week of November in 2015. It was another great year for both chart veterans and newcomers, novelty hits and timeless ballads, country, pop, rock, and everything in between. We have them all, from “Hello” to “No Good In Goodbye”. Now, it is time to say “hello” to the Top 100 and “goodbye” to the year that was 2015.

Well, we’ve made it to the top two songs on my year-end chart for 2015. Before we dive in, I just wanted to take a moment to say a quick thank you to everyone that’s been following the reveal and supported the blog this year. Whether you’ve liked it or shared it or even if this is the first time you’ve read it in 2015, it really means a lot that you chose to head on over to my blog. Here’s hoping that you stick around for what’s coming in 2016! Alright, let’s do this. Here are my #2 and #1 songs for the year…

Years & Years
002. YEARS & YEARS – “King”
Label: Interscope
Album: Communion
Peak: #1 for two weeks
Top 40 Weeks: 29

Formed in 2010, the London-based trio of Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy, and Emre Türkmen originally started out as a five member band before their current lineup was cemented. In 2014, the group made their U.K. top 40 debut as a featured act on the single “Sunlight”, which was credited to Belgian DJ/producer The Magician. They’ve now had five hits across the pond, with the song that comes in at #2 on my Top 100 of 2015 remaining their biggest thus far. Yes, it’s not quite the “King” of my year-end list, but it certainly put up a good effort.

On My Chart: “King” entered at #10 on the Next In Line list for the chart dated January 11. Two weeks later, it was on the chart, and by March 1, its sixth week on, it was safely in the top ten. On the chart dated April 12, its 12th week in the top 40, the song was on top of my chart, where it stayed one additional week. “King” spent an additional two months in the top ten after its run at #1, a rarity when most former chart-toppers in 2015 averaged about 5 or so weeks falling down and out of my top ten. Though “Desire” narrowly missed the top spot in October and November, they’ll hopefully find themselves at #1 again soon.

On The Charts: You might ask yourself, “How did this single tank in U.S.?” Unfortunately, the buzz from overseas, including its #1 peak in the U.K., wasn’t enough to make it a big hit here. On the pop radio survey, it stalled at #37 for two weeks in late June. A follow-up, “Desire”, couldn’t even reach the top 50. Some say that it wasn’t meant to be, but I beg to differ. Alas, life goes on.

Jukebox The Ghost
001. JUKEBOX THE GHOST – “Postcard”
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope
Album: Jukebox The Ghost
Peak: #1 for seven weeks
Top 40 Weeks: 33

For the first time ever, two trios occupy the top two slots on my year-end survey, and it’s the first time in five years that a trio is in at #1. Back then, it was the country act Lady Antebellum and “Need You Now”, a crossover hit that held down my #1 spot for 11 weeks. Now, it’s three pop pals that formed their group in 2003 at George Washington University that stamp their seven-week #1 and mail it to the top of my year-end chart. So, to band members Ben Thornewill, Tommy Siegel and Jesse Kristin, I apologize for the wait, but it’s time to celebrate! Congrats on your #1 song on my chart this year. It’s a good one.

On My Chart: “Postcard” debuted in the Mix on the chart dated March 22 and made its top 40 debut by April 12, moving up at a moderate pace. However, in its seventh week in the countdown, the single leaped from 11-5 and then to #1 the next week, the May 31 chart, marking one of the quicker runs to the top this year. With seven weeks atop my countdown, the song also claims the title of my longest-running #1 of the year. It held in the top ten until early September, and wasn’t out of my survey until the final week of the chart year, accumulating a total of 33 weeks in the top 40 this year. A follow-up release has yet to chart.

On The Charts: It slayed the charts, becoming a major crossover hit and multi-Platinum single… in my dreams. Sadly, this track couldn’t garner more than just a few radio stations on the Triple A panel when it was serviced. Needless to say, I think it was a real missed opportunity for both the label and radio as a whole. (Interscope could always try it again in 2016, I suppose. Please?)

You can always follow and listen to the Top 100 of 2015 on Spotify, or check out the full list with a point breakdown and the songs below the Top 100. Thanks once again for checking out the rankings, and we’ll see you back for the weekly chart on Sunday!

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2015: #40-31

Pop 'til you drop.

Pop ’til you drop.

Here it is, the annual countdown of the top 100 hits based on my weekly personal charts from the first week of December in 2014 to the last week of November in 2015. It was another great year for both chart veterans and newcomers, novelty hits and timeless ballads, country, pop, rock, and everything in between. We have them all, from “Hello” to “No Good In Goodbye”. Now, it is time to say “hello” to the Top 100 and “goodbye” to the year that was 2015.

In the next ten songs on this year’s Top 100, a former American Idol winner, a young performer who auditioned for Idol and had her big break many years later, two songs from an English performer and the incredibly shrinking group that first made my chart as a quintet and is now a trio. Let’s enter into the top 40 with some added trivia and check out the next ten songs on the list…

040. CAUSES – “Walk On Water”
Label: RCA (U.K.)
Album: Under Bridges That You Built For Me
Peak: #6 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: This quartet, led by Rupert Blackman, has one more song to go on the Top 100. Until we “dance” on over to the section of the chart, we have this miraculous musical moment, a title that’s been a hit on the Hot 100 two times before. In 1972, it was Neil Diamond who took his single to #17, and in 1988, Eddie Money took his song up to #9. That’s a whole lot of walking.

Kelly Clarkson
039. KELLY CLARKSON – “Invincible”
Label: RCA
Album: Piece By Piece
Peak: #7 for three weeks

Top 40 Trivia: Clarkson remains the biggest contestant from any American Idol season to rank on my personal chart. 17 of her singles have hit the top ten on my chart, and 25 of her songs have become top 40 hits, way ahead of the act in second place. In my current chart, the title track from her latest album could extend that top ten total to 18 shortly. Stay tuned to see if that happens!

Martin Luke Brown
038. MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Take Out Of Me”
Label: Parlophone (U.K.)
Album: Take Out Of Me (EP)
Peak: #8

Top 40 Trivia: So far, in his short career, Brown has managed to place four singles in my top 40 in a year. I’d say that’s a pretty good start, and one that will hopefully lead him to even more success on the national charts in 2016. Though he hasn’t reached #1 yet, there is a Brown singer that has. In May 2010, it was VV Brown that spent four weeks at the top with “Shark In The Water”.

Ed Sheeran
037. ED SHEERAN – “Photograph”
Label: Atlantic
Album: x
Peak: #10 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: When Sheeran’s song hit the top ten on the CHR/Pop chart earlier this year, it became the latest title to reach a top ten peak in three different decades. The other “Photograph” songs to do it were by Ringo Starr (#1, 1973) and Nickelback (#3, 2005). Additionally, “Photograph” by Def Leppard managed a #16 peak in 1983. I guess photos are popular in any decade.

Tori Kelly
036. TORI KELLY – “Nobody Love”
Label: Capitol
Album: Unbreakable Smile
Peak: #6 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: Eight of the songs in this year’s Top 100 were a part of iHeartMedia’s On The Verge program, which gives radio stations at a given format a song to play for a minimum of 150 spins with special on-air branding. Kelly’s track is one of four from a CHR/Top 40 campaign, like the previously revealed Conrad Sewell and Prince Royce and a higher release by Nate Ruess.

Delta Rae
035. DELTA RAE – “Scared”
Label: Sire
Album: After It All
Peak: #7 for three weeks

Top 40 Trivia: They’ve been touring all over the States this year, but luckily, they get to take a breather over the holidays. This sextet from North Carolina is a fantastic live act, and their albums are certainly quality, including their latest set. In fact, it was in the spring that After became the group’s first album to make the Billboard 200. Here’s hoping that their profile continues to rise.

Scott Helman
034. SCOTT HELMAN – “Bungalow”
Label: Warner Bros. (Canada)
Album: Augusta (EP)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: 2015 wasn’t the biggest of years for Canadian-born artists on my top 40, but Helman, who lives in Toronto, had a solid debut with a track that just missed hitting the top ten on the Hot AC chart up north. Only Carly Rae Jepsen and Shawn Mendes managed to rank higher on my year-end list. Both “Machine” and “That Sweater” off his EP are now charting in Canada.

Years & Years
033. YEARS & YEARS – “Desire”
Label: Interscope
Album: Communion
Peak: #2 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: This single from the English trio was the third to be released from their debut album and their first to break the top 40 in their native United Kingdom. That was in November of 2014. Almost a year later, in September, the song impacted pop radio in the U.S. and unfortunately tanked harder than their previous single, “King”. Can the trio have a proper U.S. hit in 2016?

032. PARACHUTE – “Crave”
Label: Vanguard
Album: (single only)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: “Crave” was co-written by the leader of a former Adam’s Top 40 act. It’s the Gabe Dixon Band, and their one charting song, “Till You’re Gone”, peaked at #35 in the fall of 2008. Dixon, who now releases as a solo artist, is currently based in Nashville. (Another co-writer, Jamie Hartman, just missed making my chart in late 2007 as the lead vocalist of Ben’s Brother.)

Martin Luke Brown
031. MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Nostalgia”
Label: Parlophone (U.K.)
Album: (single only)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

Top 40 Trivia: A few of the acts that made this year’s Top 100 countdown were featured in the Introducing rotation slot on the weekly playlist compiled by the heads of BBC Radio 1. This slot, which a song holds for just a week, enables a new artist to receive seven spins across several different shows. Brown’s great song was played in October 2014 and led to his current record contract.

Tomorrow, we’ll reveal #’s 30 through 21, so check back then! You can always follow and listen to the Top 100 reveal on Spotify.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 22, 2015

It's so typical of her to top my chart.

It’s so typical of her to top my chart.

40. Carly Rae Jepsen – Your Type
39. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Secret Weapons – Something New (38)
31. The Score – Oh My Love (39)
28. Tori Kelly – Hollow (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece (30)
16. Gwen Stefani – Used To Love You (21)
06. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (12)

10. Sara Bareilles – She Used To Be Mine (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Years & Years – Desire (06) | PEAK: #02
08. One Direction – Drag Me Down (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. The 1975 – Love Me (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (12) | PEAK: #06
05. BANNERS – Shine A Light (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (03) | PEAK: #02
03. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Adele – Hello (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Front Bottoms – HELP (1)
2. Duran Duran – What Are The Chances (4)
3. Matt Woods – Blue Skies (2)
4. Marianas Trench – One Love (6)
5. Justin Timberlake – Drink You Away (8)
6. Train – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (7)
7. Band Of Merrymakers featuring Natasha Bedingfield – Wishlist (9)
8. Lukas Graham – 7 Years (10)
9. St. Lucia – Dancing On Glass (-)
10. Train – Merry Christmas Everybody (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew Ripp – Hole In My Heart
AudioDamn! – Radar
Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson – Second Hand Heart
BØRNS – 10,000 Emerald Pools
Carly Rae Jepsen – Last Christmas (new)
Causes – To The River
Elton John – Looking Up
FLETCHER – Live Young Die Free (new)
JoJo – When Love Hurts
Marc Broussard – Almost Christmas
Matt Nathanson – Adrenaline
Nathan Sykes – Over And Over Again
Olly Murs – Kiss Me
Phoebe Ryan – Mine
Royal Wood – Long Way Out
Ruen Brothers – Aces
SafetySuit – Looking Up
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – I Know What You Did Last Summer (new)
The All-American Rejects – There’s A Place
Tor Miller – Carter & Cash
Transviolet – New Bohemia
X Ambassadors – Unsteady
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • New at the top, Adele scores her fifth #1 on my chart with “Hello”, up 2-1. It’s the first single from her latest set, 25, and a lot of copies have been flying off shelves for the last two days. First week predictions for the effort keep on going up, some at or just under the three million mark in just the U.S. at this point. It’s quite the phenomenon and very well-deserved. It’s been three years since the singer last reached the summit of my top 40 with the title theme from Skyfall.
  • The Highest Debut on this week’s chart is a recent top ten on the Country radio chart for 25-year-old Thomas Rhett. It’s “Die A Happy Man”, new at #39. The tune is taken from his recent album Tangled Up, which debuted and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200. Rhett’s single has yet to be officially serviced outside his home format, but “Happy” is being spun on at least five Hot AC stations.
  • Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen has scored with two big singles from her E•MO•TION album, “I Really Like You” (#1) and “Run Away With Me” (#2). Her latest, “Your Type”, is new at #40. A video recently premiered for it. Jepsen’s cover of the classic “Last Christmas” was also released this past Friday.
  • Just one more survey is left until the end of the 2015 Chart Year! It’s been another good year with a lot of great artists and singles. Stay tuned for more updates on the Top 100 of 2015, which will be counted down in mid-December on the blog.

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