RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (September 2014)

The radio airwaves are looking ripe this autumn as plenty of new acts and established artists crash the party with new tunes. Which ones will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of my favorites being serviced in September on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Calvin Harris and John Newman
CALVIN HARRIS featuring JOHN NEWMAN – “Blame” (September 9) (*)
Label: Columbia
Coming off a recent top 5 smash in “Summer”, Harris is obviously red-hot at CHR radio. Newman, however, could only break the U.S. with “Love Me Again”, a moderate success on the charts last year. Though the pair should do just fine in Europe, it’ll be interesting to see if that lack of recognition in the States could affect it in the long run. Get ready to jam.

Cobra Starship and Icona Pop
COBRA STARSHIP featuring ICONA POP – “Never Been In Love” (September 9) (*)
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
The last time Gabe Saporta and friends hit the pop survey was in 2012 with “Middle Finger”, while the Swedish duo just edged in the top 40 this past spring with “Just Another Night”. Sure, it’s an odd combination on paper, but the two acts and producer Ricky Reed (from the group Wallpaper.) have a hot song on their hands with this adorable pop anthem.

Dirty Heads
DIRTY HEADS – “My Sweet Summer” (September 9) (**)
Label: Five Seven Music
Back on the Alternative scene in a big way, “Summer” is headed towards the top of that chart in the coming weeks. This could match the peak of their debut single, “Lay Me Down”, if that happens — that’s their only release to crossover onto Hot AC outlets thus far, which occurred in 2010. The seasons may be changing, but this could still pull in some airplay.

Hozier
HOZIER – “Take Me To Church” (September 9 / 16) (** / *)
Label: Columbia
This one is a former chart-topper on the AAA chart and is already climbing the top ten at Alternative radio, thus, it’s no real surprise that label Columbia is jumping at a crossover sooner rather than later. The 24-year-old Irish performer is already a success in his homeland, where “Church” peaked at #2, and may be a Best New Artist contender. Stay tuned!

Bea Miller
BEA MILLER – “Young Blood” (September 23) (*)
Label: Hollywood
15-year-old Miller made her debut on the U.S. version of The X Factor two years ago, but just released her debut EP in the spring through Disney affiliated label. Though they’re somewhat inconsistent and often depend on elongated chart runs, this could break in a more impactful way into 2015 if her audience grows. It doesn’t seem like they’re in any rush.

Nickelback
NICKELBACK – “What Are You Waiting For?” (September 23) (**)
Label: Republic
I know, I know. “Adam, you’re excited about a Nickelback song? Really?” Yes, it’s true. The Canadian quartet has been rather consistent on my top 40 since they first began charting in 2001. Now off their old home Roadrunner and at new home Republic, the four are gearing up for a comeback. Will the format welcome them back with open arms? We’ll see.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Sheppard
SHEPPARD – “Geronimo” (September 2) (*)
Label: Republic
It was nearly a year and a half ago that I first wrote about this Australian sextet after discovering their debut single “Let Me Down Easy” on the radio there. It peaked at #10 on my chart during the summer. Now, their music has reached the masses; the multi-Platinum “Geronimo” spent three weeks at #1 in that country earlier this year. Look out for this one.

Bleachers
BLEACHERS – “Rollercoaster” (September 9) (*)
Label: RCA
Their first big record was “I Wanna Get Better”, a #1 for a frame on the Alternative chart, but it became much worse as it crashed out of the top ten and into recurrent status in just about a month’s time. Major ouch. Luckily, Jack Antonoff has a followup in the wings with this track. It may not be as immediate, but it will certainly do the job as it rises upward.

Foster The People
FOSTER THE PEOPLE – “Are You What You Want To Be?” (September 9) (*)
Label: Columbia
You could call it a sophomore slump; the trio’s album sales haven’t been so good this era and there hasn’t been a major crossover smash like “Pumped Up Kicks”, but I may be in the minority liking Supermodel and the singles from it more than their debut album. This is the third single from it following “Coming Of Age” and “Best Friend”. It’s a solid choice.

Neon Trees
NEON TREES – “First Things First” (September 16) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
I’m not sure what it is with these four and second singles, but there have been some odd swap-outs. In 2011, “1983” was pulled in favor of “Your Surrender”, which did not peak high. This year, “Love In The 21st Century” was replaced with “Text Me In The Morning”, which rightfully tanked. Hopefully, this inspirational song can get the album back on track.

Sam Smith
SAM SMITH – “I’m Not The Only One” (September 23) (**)
Label: Capitol
This recent top ten hit in New Zealand, Scotland and the United Kingdom is finally on its way to the U.S. now that “Stay With Me” is beginning to fall in airplay. A clip for the song premiered a few weeks ago and guests two small screen stars from the FOX network, Glee‘s Dianna Agron and The Mindy Project‘s Chris Messina. The hype will carry this song well.

Walk The Moon
WALK THE MOON – “Shut Up And Dance” (September 23) (* / **)
Label: RCA
It’s been a little time since we’ve heard from this Ohio quartet, who had two solid singles make the AAA and Alternative charts in 2012-3: “Anna Sun” and “Tightrope”. There’s a radio rip of this song that hit the web a few months back, but a higher quality edit has yet to surface. We’ll likely be hearing it soon, but it sounds like another awesome cut from them.

Which track(s) would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 31, 2014

It's a band, it's a plane...

It’s a band, it’s a plane…

DEBUTS
40. The Fray – Hold My Hand
39. Foster The People – Are You What You Want To Be? | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Coldplay – True Love (40)
20. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (28)
11. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (22) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Rixton – Wait On Me (13) | PEAK: #10
09. The Griswolds – Beware The Dog (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (07) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (04) | PEAK: #02
05. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Charli XCX – Boom Clap (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Maroon 5 – Maps (03) | PEAK: #02
01. The Script – Superheroes (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy (3)
2. Cold War Kids – All This Could Be Yours (2)
3. The 1975 – Heart Out (1)
4. Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me (9)
5. Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach (5)
6. Jungle – Busy Earnin’ (7)
7. MAGIC! – Let Your Hair Down (10)
8. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (-)
9. Neon Trees – First Things First (-)
10. Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop – Never Been In Love (-)

In The Mix:
Bea Miller – Young Blood
Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (new)
Hilary Duff – All About You
Hudson Taylor – Chasing Rubies
Lilly Wood & The Prick featuring Robin Schulz – Prayer In C
Maroon 5 – Animals
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Ryn Weaver – OctaHate
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
Todd Carey – Nintendo
Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance

Chart Notes:

  • New at #1 this week is Irish trio The Script, climbing 2-1 with “Superheroes”. It’s their fifth single to reach the top of my chart and their quickest rise to the top at six weeks, replacing 2012’s “Hall Of Fame”, which hit #1 in its tenth week on. The song leads off their new album No Sound Without Silence, due in the U.S. on September 30. I’m sure it will be a great listen once it’s out, and perhaps give us a few more chart-worthy cuts.
  • As if there was any doubt, last week’s big debut from Taylor Swift all the way up at #22 with “Shake It Off” translates into this week’s Biggest Mover, up 11 spots to #11. It’s the first release from her forthcoming album 1989, due October 27. Two songs with “shake” in their titles cracked the Hot 100 in 1989: “Shake For The Sheik” by The Escape Club (#28) and “Shake It Up” by Bad Company (#82).
  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to California’s Foster The People. Their album Supermodel may have fallen off the radar, but their third single from it enters this week at #39, titled “Are You What You Want To Be?” The two prior releases, “Coming Of Age” and “Best Friend”, both went top ten earlier this year. Will this single do the same? We shall know soon — stay tuned.
  • Also, down at #40 in the latest entry for The Fray, “Hold My Hand”. It’s the third release from album Helios, though previous single “Break Your Plans” failed to go top 40. (It did reach the top 20 on the Hot AC survey.) “Hand” has also been a nationally charting title for Don Cornell (1954), Hootie & The Blowfish (1994) and Michael Jackson / Akon (2010).

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 31, 2008

"Time" keeps flowing like a river...

“Time” keeps flowing like a river…

After a little time off, we’re back with another round of way back wonders on 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. Let’s take a trip back to that always awkward freshman year of college and revisit the top songs from this week in 2008…

Debuts:
40. JAMES MORRISON, “You Make It Real”
38. SIMON COLLINS, “Unconditional”
35. ARTISTS STAND UP TO CANCER, “Just Stand Up!”

Biggest Mover:
DAVID ARCHULETA, “Crush” (25-18) (7 spots)

10. SARA BAREILLES, “Bottle It Up” (down 2)
Album: Little Voice (2007, Epic Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

09. KATY PERRY, “I Kissed A Girl” (down 2)
Album: One Of The Boys (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. JASON MRAZ, “I’m Yours” (down 2)
Album: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

07. O.A.R., “Shattered (Turn The Car Around)” (up 2)
Album: All Sides (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

06. LEONA LEWIS, “Better In Time” (up 5)
Album: Spirit (2008, J/Syco Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

05. DELTA GOODREM, “In This Life” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Delta (2008, Mercury/Decca Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

04. DAVID COOK, “The Time Of My Life” (steady, third week)
Album: David Cook (2008, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. JON MCLAUGHLIN, “Beating My Heart” (steady, five weeks)
Album: OK Now (2008, Island Records)
Peak: #3 for five weeks

02. COLDPLAY, “Viva La Vida” (down 1)
Album: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008, Parlophone/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. DANIEL POWTER, “Next Plane Home” (up 1)
Album: Under The Radar (2008, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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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ON THE RISE: Cool Cuts From The ‘Cloud II

As you may or may not know, the newest PGTC experiment is the SoundCloud page, where you can find both the songs on my personal chart and up-and-coming uploads from independent and small label acts. Since I certainly can’t fit everything I want to on the blog, PGTC on SoundCloud gives you even more of an opportunity to be interactive with all of the tuneage I’m jamming out to. Last time around, I highlighted songs by CARLA, Fantastic Fantastic, Little Deed, Night Sports and The Young Wild. Now, here are five more acts to add onto your playlist:

Girls Who CareGIRLS WHO CARE – “Out Here”
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

The four guys and one girl who comprise this Michigan group have been posting demos online since 2011, but it’s this song that’s racked up attention thanks to its solid 80’s synthpop vibe and inclusion on some larger independent music websites. Granted, the sound is all over the place, but I don’t think the group will get lost in the shuffle. More tunes are coming soon.

In-Flight SafetyIN-FLIGHT SAFETY – “Animals”
Hometown: Sackville, New Brunswick,, Canada

Founded over a decade ago, the Canadian duo of John Mullane and Glen Nicholson, along with some additional pals, return with their third album Conversationist in just under a month. “Animals” is a great slice of guitar-driven indie rock, catering well to the Alternative crowd. The group next hits the U.S. in October for the annual CMJ Music Festival in New York City.

Nick RavenNICK RAVEN – “Strange Days”
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand

A few months ago, this singer from the capital of New Zealand released a single titled “Nineteen Fifty Three”, which caught the attention of both music blogs in his native country and elsewhere. Now, he returns with this cut, which is growing quite faster than his previous release. The fantastic acoustic sound of it is reminiscent of classic R.E.M. and Tears For Fears.

TROVESTROVES – “Youth In Decay”
Hometown: Brighton, England

Here’s a new trio out of Brighton, also the hometown of one of my favorite acts of the past year and a half, Passenger. The three are serving a similar flavor to several female-fronted acts on the Alternative scene at the moment, like CHVRCHES and Haim, but the online buzz is already building. Plus, it helps that they have such a thought-provoking title. Good stuff.

YURSYURS – “Race”
Hometown: London, England

This looks to be the debut single from the English duo consisting of two men, Nick and Henry. They’ve been recording and performing live for at least a year and a half, according to their social media accounts. “Race” recently garnered airplay on Absolute Radio and BBC Radio 1. Take a strong chorus and a commercial sound and this track has legs in the musical race.

In case you need some more pop picks, check out the following…
“Break Away” by Nick Klein, a hip-hoppin’ new song from this Netherlands singer/songwriter.
“Just A Memory” by Billy Who, a chill pop song from this mysterious new male-female Swedish duo.
“Weekend” by VÉRITÉ, the second standout single from this future pop princess based in New York City.

For more great music (at least I’d like to think so) and/or to get in touch, you can find the appropriate link above or click the “About Us” section to email your act in. Until next time, keep making those tunes.

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (August 25)

Bang bangin' on the door to #1.

Bang bangin’ on the door to #1.

If you’ve got a “Problem” with this lady going all the way to the top, it would be best not to glance at the Billboard 200 chart next week. (NOTE: some releases may still not be out until Tuesday dependent on record label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of August 25:

  • Breaking free and into stores this week is the second album from singer Ariana Grande, titled My Everything. The album features three current hits and is expected to debut at #1 on next week’s chart, displacing rapper Wiz Khalifa this week. How high can it go in first week sales? She’s been all over the place lately, and with a big fanbase, expect it to be a pretty significant number. (iTunes)
  • Country superstar and Rising Star judge Brad Paisley has some Moonshine In The Trunk and a future top 5 album in his future, which features the single “River Bank” and the followup “Perfect Storm”. If you’re a fan of his, you’ve likely noticed his social media campaign in which he “leaked” tracks from his album. (iTunes)
  • New at #1 on the Urban AC chart with “It’s You” is R&B singer Kem, now out with the album Promise To Love. It’s his fourth studio effort and his first since 2010’s Intimacy: Album III, which achieved a #2 debut. It’s unclear whether this will hit the same peak, but it should be solidly in the top five. (iTunes)
  • Currently climbing up the Alternative survey with their top 20 hit “Beware The Dog”, Aussie rockers The Griswolds are out with Be Impressive. They may not be the same as the family from National Lampoon’s Vacation, but they will certainly be celebrating like it’s a holiday. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Avenged Sevenfold‘s Waking The Fallen: Resurrected (iTunes), Basement Jaxx‘s Junto (iTunes), Opeth‘s Pale Communion (iTunes) and Shovels & Rope‘s Swimmin’ Time (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Guts Over Fear”, the latest single from rapper Eminem and singer Sia. (iTunes)
  • “Lady”, new from a forthcoming collection by Stevie Nicks. (iTunes)
  • “Say You Love Me”, a great new single from singer Jessie Ware. (iTunes)
  • “The Way We Were”, a duet version of Barbra Streisand‘s classic, featuring Lionel Richie. (iTunes)
  • “This Is How We Do (Remix)”, a new version of Katy Perry‘s hit, featuring RiFF RaFF. (iTunes)

Next week, Maroon 5 is back with their latest set, V. Will their fifth studio album become their second #1 in the U.S.? A full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 24, 2014

Scott storms the top this week.

Rock you like a “Hurricane”.

DEBUTS
40. Coldplay – True Love
39. Alex & Sierra – Scarecrow
22. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (35)
28. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (36) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
18. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (24)
13. Rixton – Wait On Me (20)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Milky Chance – Stolen Dance (09) | PEAK: #09
09. Young Rising Sons – High (08) | PEAK: #08
08. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (11) | PEAK: #08
07. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (07) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
06. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Charli XCX – Boom Clap (04) | PEAK: #04
04. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Maroon 5 – Maps (03) | PEAK: #03
02. The Script – Superheroes (05) | PEAK: #02
01. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The 1975 – Heart Out (1)
2. Cold War Kids – All This Could Be Yours (2)
3. Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy (4)
4. The Fray – Hold My Hand (9)
5. Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach (10)
6. Matt Nathanson featuring Lolo – Headphones (5)
7. Jungle – Busy Earnin’ (8)
8. Foster The People – Are You What You Want To Be? (-)
9. Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me (-)
10. MAGIC! – Let Your Hair Down (-)

In The Mix:
Bea Miller – Young Blood (new)
Bleachers – Rollercoaster
Francesco Yates – Call
Graffiti6 – U Got The Sunshine
Hilary Duff – All About You
Hudson Taylor – Chasing Rubies (new)
Lilly Wood & The Prick featuring Robin Schulz – Prayer In C (new)
Maroon 5 – Animals (new)
Neon Trees – First Things First (new)
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Ryn Weaver – OctaHate
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do (new)
Todd Carey – Nintendo
Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
Weezer – Back To The Shack

Chart Notes:

  • Entering the top ten for the fourth time is singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, up 11-8 with “Don’t”. It’s the second top ten single from his album X and his fourth overall. Other “don’t” ditties to chart during this year include “Don’t Kill The Magic” by MAGIC! and “Love Don’t Die” by The Fray, which made it up to #3. We’ll see if Sheeran can break the top 5 soon.
  • The week’s Biggest Mover is from the guy who has been ruling my chart for four weeks with “My Hurricane”. Jamie Scott looks to have another smash on my survey with “Unbreakable”, up 36-28 in its second week. Scott is currently opening for One Direction on several dates of their American tour, as well as OneRepublic‘s summer tour.
  • It should be no surprise that Taylor Swift lands this week’s Highest Debut as she shakes and shimmies in at #22 with “Shake It Off”. It’s the first single from her forthcoming album 1989, due on October 27. Only one of her singles, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, notched a higher debut: that entered at #21 in its debut frame two years ago.
  • Further down at #39 is the week’s second debut, the first entry for duo Alex & Sierra. “Scarecrow” is the first single taken from their album It’s About Us, which is out on October 7. You may remember that they were the winners of the third and final season of the U.S. version of The X Factor. It’s currently gaining spins at the Hot AC format.
  • Lastly, at #40, is the third top 40 single from Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories. “Magic” and “A Sky Full Of Stars” both hit #1 and we’ll see if “True Love” can give them one more chart-topper, which would be their seventh if it pulls off the trick. A video clip for it premiered late last week.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 23, 2009

Girls, girls, girls...

Girls, girls, girls…

After a little time off, we’re back with another round of way back wonders on 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. Let’s take a trip back to the first week of sophomore year of college and revisit the top songs from this week in 2009…

Debuts:
40. OWL CITY, “Fireflies”
39. PUSH PLAY, “Midnight Romeo”
36. TRAIN, “Hey, Soul Sister”

Biggest Mover:
FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (21-12) (9 spots)

10. COBRA STARSHIP featuring LEIGHTON MEESTER, “Good Girls Go Bad” (steady, second week)
Album: Hot Mess (2009, Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Records)
Peak: #9

09. KINGS OF LEON, “Use Somebody” (down 1)
Album: Only By The Night (2008, RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. GARY GO, “Wonderful” (up 1)
Album: Gary Go (2008, Decca Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. GREEN DAY, “21 Guns” (steady, third week)
Album: 21st Century Breakdown (2009, Reprise Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. ROB THOMAS, “Her Diamonds” (down 1)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

05. THE FRAY, “Never Say Never” (down 2)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

04. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “Love Drunk” (up 2)
Album: Love Drunk (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

03. DAUGHTRY, “No Surprise” (up 1)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. KATY PERRY, “Waking Up In Vegas” (down 1)
Album: One Of The Boys (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

01. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me” (up 1)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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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