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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“Shake” For The Sheik: Taylor Swiftly Tops The Pops

Girl's got her groove on.

Girl’s got her groove on.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock as of late, you and your pals likely know that Taylor Swift‘s latest single is “Shake It Off”. It is not “off”, but very much on… the charts, that is. It has a massive lead on iTunes over Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass”, which has been all about that runner-up slot for the last day and a half. It’s also landing huge gains across multiple radio formats, making it what could be her most successful launch of all-time. The song, itself, is catchy, a bouncy pop anthem reminiscent of “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne and “That’s Not My Name” by The Ting Tings, mixed with a healthy portion of late 80’s pop girls like Debbie Gibson, Martika and The Bangles. It’s a hot hit in the making.

This isn’t the first time that a song called “Shake It Off” has made it onto the pop airwaves, but this could be the most talked about one when all is said and done. Remember these movers and shakers?

“Shake It Off”, Take 5 (2000, Elektra)
Lost in the boy band invasion of the late 90’s, this five man band from Florida was yet another Lou Pearlman outfit, though they only lasted a few years together before breaking up. Reaching the top 20 in sales (yes, I still have my copy) during the summer, it peaked at #47 on CHR radio in July. A follow-up, “Can I Come Over?”, was released that fall, but failed to chart.

“Shake It Off”, Jarvis Church (2002, RCA)
Singer Gerald Eaton of the Canadian band The Philosopher Kings took on his stage name for this solo effort in 2002. It didn’t quite shake a lot of attention its way at radio, however. Serviced in July, the song maxed out at a few dozen spins per week before virtually disappearing from the airwaves. Luckily, Church was able to chart in his home country several times.

“Shake It Off”, Mariah Carey (2005, Island)
Call it “Mariah’s impact” if you will, but when it comes to shaking it off, Carey sure some action on the charts. Following the massive ballad that was “We Belong Together”, “Shake” zoomed up in spins, leading to a massive 7-1 leap and a total of five weeks at the top. To date, it’s her last song to reach #1 at the CHR format, though she made the top 40 as recently as 2014.

Check back this weekend to see where Swift’s “Shake It Off” debuts on my personal chart and watch out for her new album, 1989, in stores on October 27. You can follow the blog below or click the “Get Social!” page to find PGTC on social media.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (August 19)

Back in Blacc.

Back in Blacc.

This week’s schedule is all about “dem boyz”, from rap superstars to country folk and everything in between. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of August 19:

  • Currently on the Urban survey with the singles “We Dem Boyz” and followup “You And Your Friends”, rapper Wiz Khalifa huffs and puffs into stores with his newest album, Blacc Hollywood. It’s his first studio effort in a year and a half. That set, O.N.I.F.C., debuted and peaked at #2, but this one, looks like it has a chance to become his first #1 on the Billboard 200. We’ll see! (iTunes)
  • Former reality show contestant and now Country act Chase Rice goes for the Bro on his first major label release, Ignite The Night. It features “Ready Set Roll”, which is edging closer to the top ten at the radio format. Given the size of his fan base, this will probably debut somewhere in the top ten (or top five with the slow competition as it is.) (iTunes)
  • The legendary Smokey Robinson is back with some pals on Smokey & Friends, a duets album full of remakes of tunes that Robinson had a hand in, whether writing, producing or singing on. Elton John and John Legend are just two acts that feature on it. This should also break into the top ten given the older audience appeal. (iTunes)
  • If you’re a fan of the band Mötley Crüe, you’ll want to check out Nashville Outlaws – A Tribute to Mötley Crüe, a compilation of Country artists like Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts doing their takes on the classics. A cover of “Home Sweet Home” by Justin Moore is currently on the Country chart. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Buckcherry‘s F–k (EP) (iTunes), Colton Dixon‘s Anchor (iTunes), Dr. John‘s Ske-Dat-De-Dat… The Spirit Of Satch (iTunes), DragonForce‘s Maximum Overload (iTunes), Imogen Heap‘s Sparks (iTunes), Joel Crouse‘s Even The River Runs (iTunes), Kimbra‘s The Golden Echo (iTunes) and the K. Michelle soundtrack to VH1’s Rebellious Soul – The Musical (iTunes).

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

  • “Edge Of A Revolution”, the latest from rockers Nickelback. (iTunes)
  • “Homegrown Honey”, leading off the latest album by Darius Rucker. (iTunes)
  • “Neon Light”, a new single from Country star Blake Shelton. (iTunes)
  • “Shake It Off”, a hot new single from Taylor Swift. (iTunes)

Petite pop powerhouse Ariana Grande comes back in a grande way with My Everything next week, but how will others like Brad Paisley and Kem rank in the race? A full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 17, 2014

Scott storms the top this week.

Great Scott! He’s thrice as nice this week.

DEBUTS
38. The Young Wild – Moment Goes
36. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (40)
34. Boy & Bear – Three Headed Woman (39)
24. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (31) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
20. Rixton – Wait On Me (27) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
14. Mary Lambert – Secrets (19)
05. The Script – Superheroes (11)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Graffiti6 – The Bridge (06) | PEAK: #02
09. Milky Chance – Stolen Dance (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Young Rising Sons – High (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
06. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans (07) | PEAK: #06
05. The Script – Superheroes (11) | PEAK: #05
04. Charli XCX – Boom Clap (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Maroon 5 – Maps (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The 1975 – Heart Out (6)
2. Cold War Kids – All This Could Be Yours (5)
3. Alex & Sierra – Scarecrow (9)
4. Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy (10)
5. Matt Nathanson featuring Lolo – Headphones (7)
6. Grouplove – I’m With You (3)
7. Bastille – Flaws (4)
8. Jungle – Busy Earnin’ (8)
9. The Fray – Hold My Hand (-)
10. Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach (-)

In The Mix:
Bleachers – Rollercoaster (new)
Coldplay – True Love (new)
Counting Crows – Scarecrow
Foster The People – Are You What You Want To Be? (new)
Francesco Yates – Call
Graffiti6 – U Got The Sunshine
Hilary Duff – All About You (new)
Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me (new)
MAGIC! – Let Your Hair Down (new)
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Ryn Weaver – OctaHate
Todd Carey – Nintendo
Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
Weezer – Back To The Shack

Chart Notes:

  • Two songs tie for this week’s Biggest Mover, both of which made significant jumps on the chart last week. Up seven spots are “Unpack Your Heart” by Phillip Phillips (31-24) and “Wait On Me” by Rixton (27-20). “Unpack” may give Phillips his third top ten hit by the end of the summer, while “Wait” could be the second in a row for the British four piece.
  • Jamie Scott may top the chart for a third week in a row with “My Hurricane”, but his new release, “Unbreakable”, is breaking into the countdown this week at #36, making it the Highest Debut. Both are taken from his forthcoming album, also titled My Hurricane, due this October. Scott has now charted five singles between his solo material and his tunes with the duo Graffiti6.
  • Newcomers The Young Wild also go wild on the survey this week, in at #38 with “Moment Goes”. The California quintet is at radio with the single and you can find it on their forthcoming EP, For Now Not Forever, out September 2. The band has a series of concert dates in their home state, Arizona and Texas over the next few weeks.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 17, 2003

Can't hold Stacy down.

Can’t hold Stacy down.

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 a few weeks before the start of eighth grade (cringe) and revisit the top songs from this week in 2003…

Debuts:
39. STING, “Send Your Love”

38. BEYONCÉ featuring SEAN PAUL, “Baby Boy”
36. GAVIN DEGRAW, “Follow Through”
35. M.V.P. featuring STAGGA LEE, “Roc Ya Body Mic Check 1, 2″
34. BOWLING FOR SOUP, “…Baby One More Time”
32. JENNIFER LOPEZ, “Baby I Love U!”
28. MICHELLE BRANCH, “Breathe”

Biggest Mover:
MARIA, “I Give, You Take” (28-18) (10 spots)

10. 3 DOORS DOWN, “Here Without You” (up 1)
Album: Away From The Sun (2002, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #4

09. FEFE DOBSON, “Take Me Away” (up 3)
Album: Fefe Dobson (2003, Island Def Jam Records)
Peak: #7

08. SANTANA featuring ALEX BAND or CHAD KROEGER, “Why Don’t You & I” (down 2)
Album: Shaman (2002, Arista/RMG Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

07. VERTICAL HORIZON, “I’m Still Here” (up 3)
Album: Go (2003, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

06. MAROON 5, “Harder To Breathe” (up 1)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

05. CHRISTINA AGUILERA featuring LIL KIM, “Can’t Hold Us Down” (down 2)
Album: Stripped (2002, RCA Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

04. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE, “Stacy’s Mom” (up 5)
Album: Welcome Interstate Managers (2003, S-Curve/EMI Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

03. LIVE, “Heaven” (up 1)
Album: Birds Of Pray (2003, Radioactive/Geffen Records)
Peak: #3

02. HILARY DUFF, “So Yesterday” (steady, second week)
Album: Metamorphosis (2003, Buena Vista/Hollywood Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. JOHN MAYER, “Bigger Than My Body” (steady, second week)
Album: Heavier Things (2003, Aware/Columbia 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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