TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 24)

The gals of Q4.

The gals of Q4.

Black Friday is a few days away, which means the usual deals and steals are here. Get your wallets ready, kids. (NOTE: some of this week’s music releases may not be out until Tuesday dependent on label availability / iTunes response time.) Here are the albums and singles in stores for the week of November 24:

  • Said the industry to its superstars, do you smell what I smell? Ah, yes, that would be the scent of rereleases shining on the schedule this week, along with a few hits compilations. For reissues, Beyoncé‘s Beyoncé (Platinum Edition) tacks on two new tracks, several remixes and a series of live performances, while Iggy Azalea‘s Reclassified pairs the tried and true “Fancy” and “Black Widow” with new tunes like the current single “Beg For It”. (Beyoncé – iTunes) (Azalea – iTunes)
  • For all you greatest hits enthusiasts, Eminem and his music pals head into stores with Shady XV, which includes one disc of new music and a second disc featuring some of the label’s classic cuts over the past fifteen years. Also new this week: Selena Gomez‘s For You, her final release for Hollywood Records before her move to Interscope. The young singer’s set features “The Heart Wants What It Wants” and her big singles. (Eminem – iTunes) (Gomez – iTunes)
  • Looking at some strong pre-order sales, the latest album from popular French DJ and producer David Guetta is out, Listen. It includes a number of interesting duets, as well as “Dangerous”, his recent single with singer Sam Martin. It should at least debut in the top ten, though top five isn’t out of the question yet. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: deadmau5‘s 5 Years of mau5 (iTunes), Elevation Worship‘s Wake Up The Wonder (iTunes), Paramore‘s Paramore (Deluxe) (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Globalization (iTunes), Rick Ross‘s Hood Billionaire (iTunes), Soundgarden‘s Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path (iTunes), Tokio Hotel‘s Kings Of Suburbia (iTunes) and the Epic Records compilation I’ll Be Home For Christmas (iTunes).

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

  • “Santa Tell Me”, a new holiday single from Ariana Grande. (iTunes)
  • “Stuck On A Feeling”, new from Prince Royce and Snoop Dogg. (iTunes)

AC/DC and Mary J. Blige top next week’s (lighter) Tuesday schedule, but don’t forget about Walk The Moon too! Find out more next Monday night.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 23, 2014

Scott storms the top this week.

Six times the Scott.

DEBUTS
39. Shawn Mendes – Something Big
38. Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran – All About It | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (39)
29. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Real Love (34)
28. One Direction – Night Changes (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (32)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Take That – These Days (13) | PEAK: #09
08. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. One Direction – Steal My Girl (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Maroon 5 – Animals (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. A Great Big World – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas (-)
2. Coldplay – Ink (2)
3. Sheppard – Smile (3)
4. American Authors – Luck (1)
5. Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good (-)
6. Christian Burghardt – Safe Place To Land (10)
7. Big Data featuring White Sea – The Business Of Emotion (5)
8. Ben Howard – Conrad (8)
9. Matt Hires – Hold You Up (7)
10. Nick Gardner – Lose You (-)

In The Mix:
Grizfolk – Hymnals
Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In Red (new)
Lifehouse – Flight (new)
Maroon 5 – Sugar
Max Frost – Paranoia
Mikey Wax – Only One
Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind (new)
Rixton – Hotel Ceiling (new)
Ryan Cabrera – House On Fire
Saint Raymond – Fall At Your Feet
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On
The Avener – Fade Out Lines (new)
The Decemberists – Make You Better
The Griswolds – If You Wanna Stay (new)
Train – Bulletproof Picasso
U2 – Every Breaking Wave

Chart Notes:

  • After debuting last time at #38, the new single from One Direction, “Night Changes”, takes a massive leap to #28. It is the second radio release from the band’s FOUR album, which looks to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 survey. Last week, “Night” premiered via a partial hourly deal with iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) for the CHR format and remains below the top 40.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the first chart single for the 26-year-old rapper born Steven Markowitz, better known as Hoodie Allen. He teams up with Ed Sheeran on “All About It”, rolling in at #38. Allen’s recent album, People Keep Talking, debuted on the Billboard 200 at #8. Sheeran now totals three singles in the top 40 at once with this feature.
  • A notch below them is 16-year-old Shawn Mendes, new at #39 with “Something Big”. Discovered on Vine, his single “Life Of The Party” climbed to #24 on the Hot 100. It will be a while before he catches up to another Mendes, Sergio Mendes, best known for a pair of #4 hits: “The Look Of Love” (1968) and “Never Gonna Let You Go” (1983).
  • There are a total of seven unbulleted songs in the 31-40 section of my chart, so expect some big debut action through December. A Great Big World‘s first Christmas single, along with new ones from chart mainstay Andy Grammer and newcomer Christian Burghardt are likely to enter next week.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 22, 2009

Their chart wings aren't broken.

Their chart wings aren’t broken.

It is time for yet 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’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. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the week before Thanksgiving and revisit the top songs from this week in 2009…

Debuts:
38. DAUGHTRY, “Life After You”

Biggest Mover(s):
LIFEHOUSE, “Halfway Gone” (27-18, nine spots)

10. PINK, “Funhouse” (down 1)
Album: Funhouse (2008, LaFace/Zomba Records)
Peak: #8

09. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, “You And Me” (up 1)
Album: Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #9

08. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (down 1)
Album: Slice (2009, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. NICKELBACK, “Never Gonna Be Alone” (up 1)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for three weeks

06. THE SCRIPT, “Breakeven” (steady, second week)
Album: The Script (2008, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

05. TRAIN, “Hey, Soul Sister” (steady, second week)
Album: Save Me, San Francisco (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

04. OWL CITY, “Fireflies” (steady, third week)
Album: Ocean Eyes (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

03. KELLY CLARKSON, “Already Gone” (steady, third week)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

02. ROB THOMAS, “Someday” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

01. MICHAEL BUBLE, “Haven’t Met You Yet” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Crazy Love (2009, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for five 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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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 17)

Four better or worse.

Four better or worse.

There’s only one direction that these overall sales are going… up! Q4 is in full effect with several six figure openings on tap for this batch of new releases. (NOTE: some of this week’s music releases may not be out until Tuesday dependent on label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of November 17:

  • From “Steal My Girl” to “Night Changes” and all the instant grat tracks still on the charts, One Direction has a nice thing going for them in promoting their latest set, FOUR. The English quintet’s had two consecutive albums sell over 500,000 copies in the first week — will this be their third? Hard to tell at this point, but you know that another #1 on the Billboard 200 is a lock. (iTunes)
  • With their first album since 2011, Canadian rockers Nickelback are back in stores with No Fixed Address, released on the band’s new label, Republic. Single “Edge Of A Revolution” leaped to #1 on the Active Rock survey, but “What Are You Waiting For?” has stalled out in the 20’s at Hot AC. Look for this to land in the top five. (iTunes)
  • Singer and songwriter Lorde is credited as the curator for the soundtrack to the upcoming blockbuster The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1. The set includes four songs by or featuring the teen star, as well as acts like Charli XCX, Tinashe, Tove Lo and others. This could also crash the top five on the chart. (iTunes)
  • Serving up a multi-disc compilation that spans his decades of rich music is the legend himself, David Bowie, now in stores with Nothing Has Changed. Each edition of it features a different cover of him looking into the mirror during a different album era. It’s a great gift for hardcore fans. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: 5 Seconds Of Summer‘s Good Girls (EP) (iTunes), Bruce Springsteen‘s The Album Collection, Vol. 1 (1973-1984) (iTunes), Bryan Ferry‘s Avonmore (iTunes), Depeche Mode‘s Live In Berlin (iTunes), In This Moment‘s Black Widow (iTunes), Kristin Chenoweth‘s Coming Home (iTunes), Trisha Yearwood‘s PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit (Amazon), TV On The Radio‘s Seeds (iTunes), Wilco‘s Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994 – 2014 (iTunes) and the following Various Artists compilations: Annie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (iTunes), Christmas At Downton Abbey (iTunes), Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6 (iTunes) and The Art Of McCartney (iTunes).

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

  • “Different Colors”, a pre-release single from Walk The Moon. (iTunes)
  • “Flight”, new from pop/rockers Lifehouse. (iTunes)
  • “Text Me Merry Christmas”, a new holiday single from Straight No Chaser and Kristen Bell. (iTunes)
  • “Wrapped Up”, a collaboration from Olly Murs and Travie McCoy. (iTunes)

See you next Sunday night with new releases from David Guetta, Eminem, Rick Ross, Selena Gomez and more!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 16, 2014

Scott storms the top this week.

The Hurricane strikes once more.

DEBUTS
39. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat
38. One Direction – Night Changes
32. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Real Love (39)
27. Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia (33)
23. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (29)
22. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (31) | BIGGEST MOVER
21. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (26)
14. James Blunt – When I Find Love Again (19)
13. Take That – These Days (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. The Script – Superheroes (08) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
09. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (06) | PEAK: #03
08. One Direction – Steal My Girl (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Maroon 5 – Animals (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. American Authors – Luck (1)
2. Coldplay – Ink (2)
3. Sheppard – Smile (4)
4. Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran – All About It (10)
5. Big Data featuring White Sea – The Business Of Emotion (5)
6. Shawn Mendes – Something Big (-)
7. Matt Hires – Hold You Up (8)
8. Ben Howard – Conrad (9)
9. U2 – Every Breaking Wave (7)
10. Christian Burghardt – Safe Place To Land (-)

In The Mix:
Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good (new)
Anthem Lights – Top Of The World
Grizfolk – Hymnals
Maroon 5 – Sugar
Max Frost – Paranoia (new)
Mikey Wax – Only One
Nick Gardner – Lose You
Ryan Cabrera – House On Fire
Saint Raymond – Fall At Your Feet
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On
Selena Gomez – The Heart Wants What It Wants
The Decemberists – Make You Better
The Madden Brothers – Dear Jane
Train – Bulletproof Picasso

Chart Notes:

  • Seven songs land a Top Gainer title this week, but the biggest of the big is from The Script. They jump from 31-22, a gain of nine notches for “No Good In Goodbye”. It’s the follow-up to “Superheroes”, which marks its 14th week in the top ten on this chart. Though “Goodbye” has yet to see a U.S. release date with the trio’s previous single still climbing up, it should be here sometime in 2015.
  • The week’s Highest Debut is an amazing new song from English DJ and producer Mark Ronson and American singer Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”, which bows in at #32. It has been racing up the radio charts since its debut on Monday and is also in the top 40 on iTunes. “Funk” is the first release to be issued from Ronson’s forthcoming album, Uptown Special, due next year.
  • As they rise in the top ten with “Steal My Girl”, English boy band One Direction has yet another entry on the top 40 from their new album Four with “Night Changes”, in at #38. The song was co-written by Jamie Scott, who also lands at #1 for the fifth week running with “Unbreakable”. You certainly can’t break a winning combination like that.
  • Finally, at #39, is the first chart hit since the summer of 2012 for Mat Kearney. “Heartbeat” debuts at #39 this week for the Oregon-born performer as he looks to capture his fifth top ten single. His previous four were “Nothing Left To Lose” (#2), “Closer To Love” (#6), “Hey Mama” (#3) and “Ships In The Night” (#8).

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 13, 2011

Following the "Sun" to "Paradise".

Following the “Sun” to “Paradise”.

It is time for yet 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’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. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the crazy days of my senior year of college and revisit the top songs from this week in 2011…

Debuts:
38. CHRISTINA PERRI, “A Thousand Years”
31. ADELE, “Set Fire To The Rain”

Biggest Mover(s):
WILL YOUNG, “Come On” (27-17, ten spots)

10. DARREN HAYES, “Black Out The Sun” (steady, third week)
Album: Secret Codes and Battleships (2011, Mercury Records)
Peak: #10 for three weeks

09. KATY PERRY, “The One That Got Away” (up 4)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

08. DAUGHTRY, “Crawling Back To You” (steady, second week)
Album: Break The Spell (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. THE SCRIPT, “Nothing” (down 4)
Album: Science & Faith (2011, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

06. ONE DIRECTION, “What Makes You Beautiful” (up 1)
Album: Up All Night (2011, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

05. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “We Owned The Night” (up 1)
Album: Own The Night (2011, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

04. KELLY CLARKSON, “Mr. Know It All” (up 1)
Album: Stronger (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #3

03. ADELE, “Someone Like You” (down 1)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. NICKELBACK, “When We Stand Together” (up 2)
Album: Here And Now (2011, Roadrunner Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. COLDPLAY, “Paradise” (steady, second week)
Album: Mylo Xyloto (2011, Parlophone/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four 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 Way “Uptown”: The Funky Chart Figures

Downtown dudes, they're not.

Dudes with direction.

Today marked the debut of “Uptown Funk”, a snazzy and sensational number from producer Mark Ronson and singer Bruno Mars. It is the latest collaboration for the two musicians, last working together for Mars’s Unorthodox Jukebox album. Currently up in the top 30 on iTunes, it should go even higher thanks to radio’s quick reaction (which includes a one day iHeartMedia hourly deal for the CHR format.)

In that spirit, it’s time to go further uptown, because should this “Uptown” make its debut in the top 40 on the Hot 100, it will be the fifth such title to feature the term. It’s a mighty big goal, but a hot single is a hot single. Check out the rest of the best:

“Uptown”, The Crystals (#13, 1962)
One of the many Phil Spector produced acts to hit the charts, the girl group drew national attention a year prior with the song “There’s No Other (Like My Baby)”. They managed a string of big singles (with a few lineup changes) through 1963.

“Uptown Festival – Part 1″, Shalamar (#25, 1977)
Though its best known lineup included Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel and Jody Watley, the album on which this song is included was recorded by several session singers. Nevertheless, it put the group’s name on the R&B and Hot 100 charts.

“Uptown Girl”, Billy Joel (#3, 1983)
One of my favorite Joel albums is 1983’s An Innocent Man. “Uptown” was one of six top 40 releases from the album, the most successful in terms of the quantity of hits in his catalog. The classic track is still heard often on Classic Hits outlets.

“Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)”, Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz (#9, 1998)
It was one and done for this rap duo from New York, and though Pop radio didn’t touch it, huge airplay on both Rhythm and Urban radio propelled it up the survey and to a Platinum certification. The two were no more by the following year.

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