TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 22)

It's about time this came out.

It’s about time this came out.

While you’re out shopping for some American Apparel underwear down at the mall, you’ll need a designer CD or two to complete the trip. (Maybe.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of July 22:

  • Get ready to scream your lungs out: the Australian boy band known as 5 Seconds Of Summer have a hot album on shelves this week, their self-titled full-length set. The current radio release from it is “Amnesia”, which recently went top 50 at CHR radio. There’s no doubt that the quartet’s set will enter at #1 on the Billboard 200 and replace whomever wins this week’s battle for the top between Jason Mraz and “Weird Al” Yankovic. (iTunes)
  • In a relatively quiet week, there aren’t a whole lot of notable releases, but one that’s caught my attention as of late is Jesse McCartney‘s In Technicolor, featuring a great single in “Superbad”. It’s an independent release, so don’t expect it to be debuting pretty high up, but given the pre-release tracks from the effort so far, it sounds like a very exciting set. Definitely check this one out. (iTunes)
  • There’s Trouble In Paradise… at least that’s the title of La Roux‘s latest album. Best known for their 2010 single “Bulletproof”, the former duo is now just soloist Elly Jackson. Unlikely to repeat success of their self-titled set, it’s still garnering praise from the blogosphere and critics. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Anberlin‘s Lowburn (iTunes), Common‘s Nobody’s Smiling (iTunes), Fozzy‘s Do You Wanna Start A War (iTunes), Kaskade‘s I Remember (iTunes), R5‘s Heart Made Up On You (EP) (iTunes), Yes‘s Heaven & Earth (iTunes) and Young Rising Sons‘s Young Rising Sons (EP) (iTunes).

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

  • “Bend Ova”, the new single from rapper Lil Jon featuring Tyga. (iTunes)
  • “Burnin’ It Down”, new from Country star Jason Aldean. (iTunes)
  • “Cool Kid”, a debut from rockers The Eeries. (iTunes)
  • “Shell Shocked”, a collaboration between Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign. (iTunes)
  • “Tough Love”, the latest single from singer Jessie Ware. (iTunes)
  • “Wait On Me”, a new U.S. release from U.K. band Rixton. (iTunes)

Next week, both Eric Clapton and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers try for the crown on the album chart — you’d think it was 1978 all over again. How will they do against newcomer Shawn Mendes and hard rockers Theory Of A Deadman? A preview is coming in seven!

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Script – “Superheroes”

Kids in the "Hall".

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… hit?

“Superheroes”:

The trio of Danny O’Donoghue, Glen Power and Mark Sheehan, better known as The Script, are writing a new passage in the text they call their career. This September, they’ll be out with their fourth album, No Sound Without Silence. Yet, the talk is out there about some of the changes regarding this era.

No longer is the group with Epic Records in the U.S.; they’ve made the jump to Columbia Records, a giant step in the right direction. Both are divisions of Sony Music; however, you might recall that the promotion of their third set with Epic, #3, was halted in the midst of a layoff, leaving second Stateside single “If You Could See Me Now” abandoned at Hot AC radio with only a handful of stations of it. Given Columbia’s big successes as of late, I’m sure the boys will be more of a priority to the label, especially with a strong leadoff single.

At just over four minutes in length, “Superheroes” comes off as a slightly toned down version of their international smash “Hall Of Fame”, though this one is (thankfully) without the assistance of will.i.am as a featured act. The piano led song is also aided by a percussive heavy chorus and verses and an emotive lead vocal from O’Donoghue, primarily singing on this one with a touch of light rapping (as heard in the chorus.)

Lyrically, the song follows two ordinary people: in verse one, it’s a female who has been weathered by all the events of her life thus far. She’s also been taken advantage of; as O’Donoghue states, “They took away the prophet’s dream/For a profit on the street.” Nevertheless, “she’s stronger than you know” as “a heart of steel starts to grow.” Likewise, the male half of the equation is down and out, “told/He’ll be nothing when he’s old.” He faces his share of problems, but “he won’t ever let it show.”

This leads to the focal point of the chorus, a reminder that one’s rough beginning can become determination and strength as a leader later in life. The section begins, “When you’ve been fighting for it all your life/You’ve been struggling to make things right/That’s how a superhero learns to fly,” with O’Donoghue chanting along that “every day, every hour”, one can “turn the pain into power.” Of course, it comes off as really inspiring, much to the same degree that the “Hall” encouraged listeners to do their best because one day, they would be recognized for all the work that they fostered. With many people finding themselves in the same position, there’s doubt that this song will click on a relatable level.

This is further exemplified in the middle eight, which leads back to the couple described in the initial verses of the song. It starts, “She’s got a lion in her heart/A fire in her soul,” compared to the “beast in his belly/That’s so hard to control.” The passion is there, and a request is made to “light a match, stand back/Watch ‘em explode.” The two are finally free to let go of their reservations and be the people they want to be. They’ve learned that the dream is inside them, even when it felt as though nothing would change.

It’s got a great lyric and is pleasant melodically, so I will definitely be rooting for it as it soars into the stratosphere we call the radio airwaves. Realistically, I’m hoping for a return to the top ten at Hot AC radio and somewhere around/just below the top 20 at CHR, unless kryptonite strikes it earlier than I’m anticipating it could. With four #1′s to date on my personal top 40, this should be in contention for their fifth this fall. Get your capes on, kids: the flight is about to begin.

Check your local time zone for the song’s premiere: (BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show) (SiriusXM The Pulse)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 20, 2014

Viva la Coldplay.

Just chillin’ at the top.

DEBUTS
39. Sheppard – Something’s Missing
38. Mary Lambert – Secrets | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Ferreck Dawn & Redondo – Love Too Deep (40)
25. The Griswolds – Beware The Dog (32)
24. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (33) | BIGGEST MOVER
18. Jesse McCartney – Superbad (24)
16. The Madden Brothers – We Are Done (21)
08. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans (13)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Charli XCX – Boom Clap (14) | PEAK: #10
09. American Authors – Believer (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans (13) | PEAK: #08
07. Maroon 5 – Maps (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Passenger – Scare Away The Dark (06) | PEAK: #01 for one week
05. A Great Big World – Already Home (05) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
04. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Graffiti6 – The Bridge (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Script – Superheroes (-)
2. Fitz & The Tantrums – Fools Gold (7)
3. The Vamps featuring Demi Lovato – Somebody To You (1)
4. Stu Larsen – Thirteen Sad Farewells (2)
5. Grouplove – I’m With You (4)
6. Bastille – Flaws (6)
7. Mausi – My Friend Has A Swimming Pool (8)
8. Kim Churchill – Window To The Sky (5)
9. Matt Nathanson featuring Lolo – Headphones (10)
10. Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (new)
Betty Who – Somebody Loves You
Connell Cruise – Into The Wild
Counting Crows – Scarecrow (new)
Francesco Yates – Call
Graffiti6 – U Got The Sunshine
Leon Else – River Full Of Liquor
Moko – Your Love
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy
Sander Kleinenberg – We-R-Superstars
Sara Bareilles – Chasing The Sun
Scars On 45 – Crazy For You
The Young Wild – Moment Goes (new)
Twin Atlantic – Heart And Soul
Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance

Chart Notes:

  • Three songs are new to the top ten this week. Solo newcomer Charli XCX rises 14-10 with “Boom Clap”; it’s lifted from the soundtrack to The Fault In Our Stars. Leaping 13-8 is the newest single from the duo Train, titled “Angel In Blue Jeans”. “Angel” becomes the 14th top ten hit on my chart for the band since they arrived with in the fall of 1999 (and the 15th for leader Pat Monahan, who scored a #1 solo single in 2007 with “Her Eyes”.) Another chart mainstay, Maroon 5, advances 11-7 with “Maps”. It’s their 16th trek into the top ten in nearly eleven years.
  • After debuting two weeks ago at #38, Ed Sheeran‘s “Don’t” took a modest rise to #33, and this week, becomes the Biggest Mover on the countdown with a leap up to #24, a gain of nine notches. It’s also picking up pretty quickly at several radio formats. It’s the second single to chart from X; first release “Sing” recently peaked at #2 and now sits just outside the top ten.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is from the 25-year-old based singer and songwriter named Mary Lambert; she enters at #38 with “Secrets”. It’s taken from her forthcoming album Heart On My Sleeve, due in October. Back in 2010, it was OneRepublic who had another song called “Secrets” in the top 40, which ultimately peaked at #4. (Lambert’s single is not a remake, but perhaps it’ll climb just as high!)
  • At #39 is the week’s second debut, which becomes the fourth chart hit for the Australian sextet named Sheppard. The song is “Something’s Missing”, from their recent release Bombs Away. Though it’s not available in the U.S. as of yet, the set did debut at #2 on the ARIA charts. The band’s previous single, “Geronimo”, finds itself on Republic Records in the States after being picked up recently.

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Up The Waterspout: Chart Hits On The Crawl

These hits have legs.

These hits have legs. (Kind of.)

What’s that creeping and crawling onto the airplay survey? Why, it’s “Black Widow” from rapper Iggy Azalea and singer Rita Ora, the second big hit from Azalea’s recent album The New Classic. A music video for the song is set to be released soon, and with a single cover looking straight out of Kill Bill, we’ll have the see if the big film influences the clip.

With the Azalea/Ora collaboration about to climb up the waterspout we call the national charts, at both radio and retail, it seems like the perfect time to take a trip into the animal kingdom and go from iPods to arthropods. They might’ve scared Little Miss Muffet, but don’t you be getting arachnophobia. These are just song titles! From the cobwebs to the charts, the  sound of spiders in music history:

“Spiders & Snakes”, Jim Stafford (#4 R&R / #3 Hot 100, 1974)
From 1973 until 1975, Stafford hit the top 40 with a series of comedic songs, six in total on Billboard. This was the biggest of them, a Gold certified record that was produced by another big pop artist, Lobo, and written by David Bellamy of The Bellamy Brothers. By 1976, the shtick that made him famous had worn thin to both a fading pop and country audience.

“Coming Around Again/Itsy Bitsy Spider”, Carly Simon (#22 R&R / #18 Hot 100, 1987)
Sometimes they’re listed together and sometimes they’re not, but you can find both tracks sharing the same melody in the film Heartburn and on Simon’s 1987 comeback album Coming Around Again. After a jump in label from Epic to Arista, it did the performer well; the single and album were her first top 40 entries in six years and her biggest sellers with the label.

“Spiderwebs”, No Doubt (#11 R&R / #18 Hot 100 Airplay, 1996)
1995′s Tragic Kingdom became a major breakout for this California band, and with one smash under their belts in “Just A Girl”, they returned for some more fun with this hit. Although not eligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 due to a lack of physical single, “Spiderwebs” gained both Alternative and CHR airplay, making it one of their most recognizable songs.

Other creepy crawlers on and up the Hot 100:
“Inky Dinky Spider (The Spider Song)”, The Kids Next Door (#84, 1965)
“The Red Back Spider”, Brownsville Station (#96, 1972)
“Spider Jiving”, Andy Fairweather Low (#87, 1975)
“Tarantula”, The Smashing Pumpkins (#54, 2007)

Of course, there’s always the band Spider if you need an extra shot that’s too cool for spool. With a handful of charters in the 80′s, they made the top 40 once in 1980 with “New Romance (It’s A Mystery)”.

Which act or song will you spin your web around? Let me know! Comment below or find me on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab above.

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A Deeper Love: The House For House This Summer

Those great grooves out of Europe keep coming this summer as house music, aided by sampled compositions, continue to dominate the surveys. Credit it under as many sub-categories as you wish: deep house, electro house, handbag house, etc.: it’s whatever gets people onto the floor and swaying to the beat. Here are two more releases to check out, and they keep it “deep”, to the point that both are out the same week. How deep is their love? I really need to learn and so do you too. Here we are then:

It's always darkest before the Dawn.

It’s always darkest before the Dawn.

FERRECK DAWN & REDONDO – “Love Too Deep”
Label: 3 Beat/Spinnin’ / Release Date: August 11

Sometimes, it’s all about collaboration, and this one’s certainly got many layers to it. Holland-based producer Dawn mixes it up with the Netherlands duo on this single, sampling both Keyshia Cole‘s “Shoulda Let You Go” and an absolute dance classic, “Show Me Love” from Robin S. “Deep” may have been pushed back two weeks from in its initial July 28 date, but the hot track is already in the top 100 on Shazam in the U.K. and is looking forward to a lofty debut on the charts once it’s released in August. Some may say that it comes to soon after SecondCity‘s “I Wanna Feel”; less than two months ago, the song went onto the Singles Chart at #1 and was heavily based around a loop of Toni Braxton‘s “You’re Makin’ Me High”. However, this very much stands on its own, and the reaction thus far from both tagging and streaming of the music video is extremely encouraging. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it just debuted on my personal chart this week. Be on the lookout for it.

He's got U.

He’s got U.

JAX JONES – “Go Deep”
Label: Blasé Boys Club / Release Date: August 11

If you’re familiar with Duke Dumont, then you probably know who Jones is. Earlier this year, he served as the featured guest and producer on a former U.K. #1 tune, “I Got U”. It also topped the U.S. based Hot Dance/Club Play chart in June. The vocalist on that and “Deep” is Kelli-Leigh Henry-Davila; she also performed the female lead on the aforementioned “I Wanna Feel” and provides background vocals on a track on Iggy Azalea‘s The New Classic. She’s certainly getting lots of attention, and when it comes to this latest release, I hope that momentum keeps on building. Sampling a piece of the 1998 single by Janet Jackson, also titled “Go Deep”, Jones’s single is a nice and chilled-out summer cut that’s ready for some serious action on the radio and in the clubs… at least in Europe. Given the familiarity of the names, this should start to lift off sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, you can catch Jones enjoying the sun and playing the occasional set over in Ibiza.

Once those two go head-to-head in a month’s time, which one will end up on top? Let me know! Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 15)

Nobody does it "Better".

Nobody does it “Better”.

Summer is all about fun, and while you can’t have fun. this summer (at least when it comes to a brand new studio album), there’s plenty of great tunes to go around. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of July 15:

  • Currently standing at #2 on the Alternative chart with the single “I Wanna Get Better”, Bleachers, a new project from Jack Antonoff, is out with Strange Desire. Several other digital singles have been released from the set in the past few months. Though “Better” hasn’t accumulated much crossover play at the moment, both that Alternative audience and fans of the trio fun. should give the singer a solid first week, likely in the top five or so. (iTunes)
  • Keeping it mellow on a musical level, the latest effort from singer/songwriter Jason Mraz arrives in stores today. It’s simply titled Yes! Yes, that’s really the title. No, really, Yes! Yes? Okay. Now that we have that established, the first single from it, “Love Someone”, is currently at AAA and Hot AC radio. His last album in 2012 debuted at #1; this could do it with a lower total, but it’s hard to tell at this point. Top five is a given, however. (iTunes)
  • Their name is Rise Against, and rising is, indeed, their speciality… at least when it comes to the rock crowd. The band’s latest single, “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore”, is top ten on the Active Rock survey and just below there at Alternative radio. Their first album in three years is The Black Market, and in the music market, this will be the act’s fourth top ten album on the Billboard 200. Their previous effort went to #2. (iTunes)
  • On the “Run” and looking for her second solo success, former Floetry vocalist Marsha Ambrosius returns with Friends & Lovers. The single hasn’t been as well received on the Urban AC airwaves as her output from three years ago, but the singer still has a fan base that will come out for it. Look for it to be solidly in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • Looking for a wild card this week? Look no further than Mandatory Fun, another album from singer and parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic. This one features songs by acts like Iggy Azalea, Lorde and Pharrell all receiving the classic treatment. It’s sure to be good, but will he laugh all the way to the top? (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: John Hiatt‘s Terms Of My Surrender (iTunes), Kidz Bop Kids‘s Kidz Bop 26 (iTunes), Morrissey‘s World Peace Is None Of Your Business (iTunes), Puss N Boots‘s No Fools, No Fun (iTunes), Suicide Silence‘s You Can’t Stop Me (iTunes) and Trampled By Turtles‘s Wild Animals (iTunes).

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

  • “Girl In A Country Song”, the first radio single from duo Maddie & Tae. (iTunes)
  • “Only Love Can Hurt Like This”, a recent top ten single in the U.K. from Paloma Faith. (iTunes)

Next week, time is of the essence as 5 Seconds Of Summer make their chart debut and a lofty one at that. Who else can beat the clock? A preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 13, 2014

Viva la Coldplay.

Written in the “Stars”.

DEBUTS
40. Ferreck Dawn & Redondo – Love Too Deep
39. Jason Mraz – Love Someone | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Shift K3y – Touch (40)
33. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (38)
22. Jess Glynne – Right Here (27)
21. The Madden Brothers – We Are Done (29) | BIGGEST MOVER
13. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans (19)
11. Maroon 5 – Maps (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. American Authors – Believer (14) | PEAK: #10
09. Passenger – Heart’s On Fire (11) | PEAK: #09
08. SecondCity – I Wanna Feel (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be (05) | PEAK: #03
06. Passenger – Scare Away The Dark (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
05. A Great Big World – Already Home (02) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
04. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (07) | PEAK: #03
02. Graffiti6 – The Bridge (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Vamps featuring Demi Lovato – Somebody To You (2)
2. Stu Larsen – Thirteen Sad Farewells (3)
3. Sheppard – Something’s Missing (8)
4. Grouplove – I’m With You (6)
5. Kim Churchill – Window To The Sky (7)
6. Bastille – Flaws (9)
7. Fitz & The Tantrums – Fools Gold (10)
8. Mausi – My Friend Has A Swimming Pool (-)
9. Mary Lambert – Secrets (-)
10. Matt Nathanson featuring Lolo – Headphones (-)

In The Mix:
Betty Who – Somebody Loves You
Connell Cruise – Into The Wild
Francesco Yates – Call
Graffiti6 – U Got The Sunshine
Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach
Leon Else – River Full Of Liquor
Moko – Your Love (new)
Neon Trees – Text Me In The Morning
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy (new)
Sander Kleinenberg – We-R-Superstars
Sara Bareilles – Chasing The Sun
Scars On 45 – Crazy For You
Twin Atlantic – Heart And Soul
Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine (new)
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance

Chart Notes:

  • Two acts rank in the top ten with two singles each this week, and both are no strangers to the region. Deep into the top three, we find Graffiti6 with “The Bridge” (#2) and Jamie Scott with “My Hurricane” (#3), both with a lead vocal by Scott. The former is from the duo’s second album of the same name, while the latter is from the solo act’s forthcoming album, now due October 7. Once again, at #6 and #9, we find two spots occupied by Passenger, with the higher position belonging to former #1 “Scare Away The Dark” and the other filled by “Heart’s On Fire”.
  • This week’s Biggest Mover comes from the Madden Brothers; they are up 29-21 in their fifth week with “We Are Done”. Benji and Joel Madden have their first chart entry as a duo, but as members of Good Charlotte, they went top 40 six times between 2003 – 2010. Three of those hits cracked the top ten, all from 2002′s The Young and the Hopeless: “Girls & Boys” (#4), “Hold On” (#6) and “Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous” (#1, four weeks).
  • After slowly making its way through the Mix and Next In Line, the tenth top 40 entry for singer/songwriter Jason Mraz is this week’s Highest Debut. Coming in at #39, “Love Someone” leads off Mraz’s Yes! album, due in stores on Tuesday. The set is a collaboration with the California quartet Raining Jane. Back in 2003, his debut single, “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)”, ranked as my #1 song of the year.
  • Down at #40 is this week’s second debut, an infectious dance track from two sets of the producers, soloist Ferreck Dawn and the duo Redondo. “Love Too Deep” is set for a release in the U.K. in just under a month through 3Beat Productions. Both acts are celebrating their first time in the top 40 with this single, whose music video is just under 300,000 views over two accounts.

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