TOP TEN: A New Direction

The Zayn event.

The Zayn event.

Yesterday, it was announced that Zayn Malik would be leaving the hugely successful boy band One Direction, which brings the act down to a quartet for the remainder of their current tour and forthcoming fifth studio album, which is expected out in the later part of the year. In a statement, Malik said, in part, that he is exiting to be “a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.” He also wishes his four bandmates well: “I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.” Of course, this led to immediate speculation that Malik could pursue a solo career and that the group of four could split entirely at some point, but let’s take the wait and see approach with those two thoughts. This is still fresh.

As a quintet, One Direction launched over a dozen singles into the top 40 on various charts around the world, including on my own chart. Though the future isn’t entirely clear, for the current time, these are the top ten songs (so far) from the former X Factor contestants on my top 40:

*** Rankings are based on year-end point totals from 2011 onward; “Night Changes” total is as of the chart dated March 22, 2015

10. “Kiss You”
Album: Take Me Home (2012)
Peak: #9

09. “Best Song Ever”
Album: Midnight Memories (2013)
Peak: #10

08. “Gotta Be You”
Album: Up All Night (2012, U.S. release)
Peak: #11

07. “Little Things”
Album: Take Me Home (2012)
Peak: #10

06. “Steal My Girl”
Album: FOUR (2014)
Peak: #7

05. “Live While We’re Young”
Album: Take Me Home (2012)
Peak: #2

04. “Night Changes”
Album: FOUR (2014)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

03. “One Thing”
Album: Up All Night (2012, U.S. release)
Peak: #5

02. “Story Of My Life”
Album: Midnight Memories (2013)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. “What Makes You Beautiful”
Album: Up All Night (2012, U.S. release)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

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A “Town” For Two: Twice The Top 40 Titles

A toast to ghosts.

A toast to ghosts.

In the last day, it was announced that Adam Lambert‘s first single from his Warner Bros. debut, The Original High, is a song titled “Ghost Town”. It will be released on April 21. This comes at the same time that Madonna‘s current release, title stylized as “Ghosttown”, is charting at both AC and Hot AC radio outlets thanks to an iHeartMedia campaign that bares a similar feel to the one U2‘s “Every Breaking Wave” utilized from late last year to early this year. Needless to stay, the stan reaction has been mixed thus far, but I think we’ll all survive and both singles can co-exist together… right? Now, can they rank together?

(By the way, ghost towns are nothing new when it comes to the top 40; just ask “Ghost Town” by Cheap Trick, which hit #33 in late 1988. Yes, I know it’s not remembered well and I would be the one to cite that. Ghost Town DJ’s, anyone?)

So, with this case in mind, I figured we could take a look at some classic examples that put two singles with the same title, but a different composition, in the top 40 of the Hot 100 at the same time. It’s pretty rare, but the few times it’s happened are pretty interesting to any chart buff. Here are some of the notable ones:

*** Dates listed next to each title indicate the first week of the songs appearing together in the top 40

“Crazy Love” (April 7, 1979)
Poco (#33) (Peak: #17) (Listen)
The Allman Brothers Band (#39) (Peak: #29) (Listen)

The first documented case of this occurrence goes back nearly 36 years to when these two bands appeared with their hit songs in the top 40 for just one frame. At the time, it was a pretty remarkable chart achievement given the turnover rate and heavier competition during those disco days. Both acts would score their final hits in the next decade, the former after nearly a decade away from the top 40.

“Don’t Be Cruel” (August 20, 1988)
Cheap Trick (#37) (Peak: #4) (Listen)
Bobby Brown (#38) (Peak: #8) (Listen)

Here’s what may be the most unusual case of the ones presented here. Both “Cruel” cuts debuted in the top 40 during the same week and next to each other! For two weeks in October, they both resided in the top ten, including a week when the former fell to #9, while the latter jumped to #8 (October 22, 1988). Of course, the band covered an Elvis Presley tune, while Brown’s hit was an original song.

“Hold On” (May 12, 1990)
Wilson Phillips (#6) (Peak: #1) (Listen)
En Vogue (#32) (Peak: #2) (Listen)

Much like the previous 1988 example, these two female groups both crossed paths in the top ten later that summer and spent a week back-to-back for the chart date of June 30, 1990 (the former down to #5, while the latter climbed to #6.) Both California acts were on the Hot 100 with their debut singles and the trio and quartet, respectively, would have a number of other songs in the top five nationally.

“Beautiful” (March 1, 2003)
Christina Aguilera (#8) (Peak: #2) (Listen)
Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell and Uncle Charlie Wilson (#37) (Peak: #6) (Listen)

It was during the first weeks of 2003 that the pop chanteuse shined with her strong multi-format ballad, a song that would turn into one of the biggest singles of her career. However, when the big Dogg comes barking into town, people will be tuning in. So, both appeared in the top 40 together through mid-May. On CHR radio, Aguilera’s hit spent four weeks at #1, while the trio just broke into the top 30.

Besides the chart collisions listed above, several other CHR radio only chart events happened, including two “Runaway” songs in October 1995 by Janet Jackson (#2) (Listen) and The Corrs (#37) (Listen) as well as two “Stop” songs in June 1998 from Meredith Brooks (#36) (Listen) and the Spice Girls (#38) (Listen). (These stats are based on the Radio & Records survey.)

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (March 23)

Down by the Bay.

Down by the Bay.

A handful of promising newcomers and a family friendly soundtrack with some big name stars lead the pack of the week’s fresh releases. (NOTE: some items may not be available until Tuesday based on label response status, but most should be up for sale today.) Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of March 23:

  • Already charting well all over Europe is the debut album from James Bay, Chaos And The Calm. Bay’s first single from the set was largely ignored by AAA, “Let It Go”, but the second release from it, “Hold Back The River”, is gaining ground at several radio formats. Thanks to strong pre-order numbers, aided by iTunes’s First Play program for albums, it might have a chance to be next week’s top debut. Even if it isn’t, look for a significant entry. (iTunes)
  • Featuring new cuts from artists like Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna, the soundtrack to the DreamWorks film Home will be moving into its new home on the charts real soon. “Towards The Sun” from the latter artist is the set’s first single, but with “FourFiveSeconds” still dominating in the top ten, its radio airtime is limited. Sales may spike on the weekend if the movie performs well at the box office. (iTunes)
  • You know his #1 single on the Alternative chart from last year titled “Dangerous”, and now Alan Wilkis, better known as Big Data, releases 2.0. The set is largely a collection of collaborations, including the aforementioned hit with Joywave and tracks with Kimbra, Rivers Cuomo and more. The current single from it is “The Business Of Emotion”, featuring White Sea. (iTunes)
  • The legendary Van Morrison returns with Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue, featuring new versions of album cuts as done with Joss Stone, Michael Bublé and more. Though the songs are not as well-known, that’s not stopping a strong physical pre-order peak on sites like Amazon. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Action Bronson‘s Mr. Wonderful (iTunes), Buena Vista Social Club‘s Lost And Found (iTunes), Canaan Smith‘s Canaan Smith (EP) (iTunes), Courtney Barnett‘s Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (iTunes), Earl Sweatshirt‘s I Don’t Like Sh-t, I Don’t Go Outside (iTunes), Joe Bonamassa‘s Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks (Live) (iTunes), Kansas‘s Miracles Out Of Nowhere (iTunes), Kidz Bop Kids‘s Kidz Bop 28 (iTunes), Laura Marling‘s Short Movie (iTunes), Oh Honey‘s Wish You Were Here (EP) (iTunes), Smallpools‘s LOVETAP! (iTunes) and Toto‘s Toto XIV (iTunes).

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

  • “Can’t Deny My Love”, the new single from Brandon Flowers. (iTunes)
  • “Somewhere To Run”, the new single from Krewella. (iTunes)

Death Cab For Cutie‘s Kintsugi and Wale‘s The Album About Nothing are among next Tuesday’s top new album releases. Is either one capable of making it to the top? A full preview is coming on Monday night.

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

A new "Love" for Ellie.

Showered with more “Love”.

DEBUTS
40. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You
39. Martin Luke Brown – Take Out Of Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. North Of Nine – Can It Be You? (40)
33. BØRNS – Electric Love (39)
30. Lawson – Roads (36)
29. Conor Maynard – Talking About (34)
17. Mat Kearney – Billion (24) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Scott Helman – Bungalow (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (08) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (07) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. Life Of Dillon – Overload (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Saint Motel – My Type (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Maroon 5 – Sugar (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Years & Years – King (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Taylor Swift – Style (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MAGIC! – No Way No (1)
2. Eden XO – The Weekend (2)
3. Nickelback – She Keeps Me Up (3)
4. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (6)
5. Matt Woods – In The Dark (-)
6. Olly Murs – Seasons (8)
7. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (7)
8. Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (-)
9. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (5)
10. Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun (10)

In The Mix:
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers – I’ll Be There (new)
Coin – Run
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Florida Georgia Line – Sun Daze (new)
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jacquie Lee – Tears Fall
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (new)
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Madonna – Ghosttown (new)
Mumford & Sons – Believe
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Parachute – Crave (new)
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)
Sam Hunt – Take Your Time
Shift K3y – Name And Number
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
Tuxedo – Do It (new)
U2 – Song For Someone (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Leading off this week’s top ten is the first hit for Scott Helman, “Bungalow”, up 12-10 in its 11th week. The song is now in the top 40 across three formats up north after first breaking on the Alternative airwaves. Helman is the first Canadian newcomer to reach my top ten since the Toronto group MAGIC! entered the region with “Rude” in January of last year. That song topped out at #2 for a week. We’ll see if the singer, based in the same city, can match or eclipse that peak.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the second charting single for English singer/songwriter Martin Luke Brown. His recent top ten hit “Nostalgia” is still making its home in the top 20 as “Take Out Of Me” bows in at #39 after a video premiere in the earlier part of the week. The single and title track from Brown’s forthcoming EP is due in his native U.K. on April 26, though a U.S. release date has yet to be announced. (Let’s hope that it’s real soon!)
  • A new quartet who call themselves Causes have a song that keeps on growing in The Netherlands titled “Teach Me How To Dance With You”, and that tune now enters on my chart at #40. Though it has yet to be picked up here, it is available for download and it sure sounds like it could do something. Lead singer Rupert Blackman, originally from London, was a solo act for a few years before the band formed.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 22, 2009

Gettin' their chart "Life".

Gettin’ their chart “Life”.

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 second half of my Freshman year of college and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2009…

Debuts:
40. SEETHER, “Careless Whisper”
39, KAISER CHIEFS, “You Want History”
38. U2, “Magnificent”

Biggest Mover(s):
BETTER THAN EZRA, “Absolutely Still” (39-26, thirteen spots)

10. PINK, “Sober” (down 1)
Album: Funhouse (2008, LaFace/Zomba Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

09. COLDPLAY, “Life In Technicolor II” (up 7)
Album: Prospekt’s March (EP) (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6

08. O.A.R., “This Town” (steady, second week)
Album: All Sides (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

07. SHINEDOWN, “Second Chance” (steady, second week)
Album: The Sound Of Madness (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. JASON MRAZ featuring COLBIE CAILLAT, “Lucky” (steady, second week)
Album: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

05. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Love Story” (down 2)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. LILY ALLEN, “The Fear” (up 1)
Album: It’s Not Me, It’s You (2009, Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. THE SCRIPT, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” (up 1)
Album: The Script (2008, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

02. KELLY CLARKSON, “My Life Would Suck Without You” (steady, second week)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

01. THE FRAY, “You Found Me” (steady, third week)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three 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 TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (March 17)

The "Butterfly" effect.

The “Butterfly” effect.

As the SXSW festivities get people loaded into Austin, the album chart is about to get loaded with a number of big releases. It’s certainly a diverse list, much like the conference. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of March 17:

  • It was quite a roller coaster ride last night as Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp A Butterfly album was uploaded, then erased and then uploaded again at iTunes in multiple versions, followed by Spotify, Amazon and other retailers. It appears that everything is now in place for proper sales and data numbers to take effect and the album will almost certainly be at the top of next week’s Billboard 200. Given the early kerfuffle, it’s unclear just how well this will do, but plan on some good commercial and critical love. (iTunes)
  • Moved up after an album leak several weeks ago, Welsh singer and songwriter Marina & The Diamonds is back with FROOT, her first album since 2012. No singles have been issued to radio from the set, but several songs blasted into the top ten on iTunes upon their release. Look for the album to easily rank in the top ten (or even top five) when the official results are revealed. (iTunes)
  • Currently on top of the Alternative chart with “Lampshades On Fire”, their second #1 at the format and first in 11 years, Washington rockers Modest Mouse make their return with Strangers To Ourselves. Amazingly, this is their first set in eight long years. Despite a delay of two weeks from its original date, this should have a strong finish. (iTunes)
  • The soundtrack from Furious 7 is out this week, notable as the final film appearance of actor Paul Walker, who died in a car accident in late 2013. The album features many urban acts, including rapper Wiz Khalifa‘s single “See You Again”, featuring newcomer Charlie Puth. The movie opens in two weeks. (iTunes)
  • Sleeping With Sirens had a real breakout with their last album, Feel, and after a change in label, they’re now out with Madness. Given how popular the instant grat cuts from this have been over the past few weeks, another top ten debut is likely for them. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Great Good Fine OK‘s 2M2H (EP) (iTunes), Liz Longley‘s Liz Longley (iTunes), Marcus Miller‘s Afrodeezia (iTunes), Mark Knopfler‘s Tracker (iTunes), Passion‘s Even So Come (Live) (iTunes), Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield‘s Sing Elliott Smith (iTunes), Tobias Jesso Jr.‘s Goon (iTunes) and Twin Shadow‘s Eclipse (iTunes).

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

  • “Bethlehem Steel”, a pre-release track from Delta Rae. (iTunes)
  • “Biscuits”, the new single from Kacey Musgraves. (iTunes)
  • “Cliché”, new from Christina Grimmie. (iTunes)
  • “Entropy”, a collaboration of Grimes and Bleachers. (iTunes)
  • “My House”, another instant grat track from Flo Rida. (iTunes)
  • “Stitches”, a new pre-release track from Shawn Mendes. (iTunes)

With Lamar’s album moved up one full week, next week’s schedule will definitely feature new albums from Action Bronson, Big Data and more. A full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 15, 2015

A new "Love" for Ellie.

A new “Love” for Ellie.

DEBUTS
40. North Of Nine – Can It Be You?
39. BØRNS – Electric Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Conor Maynard – Talking About (40)
31. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (36)
26. Delta Rae – Scared (33)
24. Mat Kearney – Billion (32) | BIGGEST MOVER
16. The Script – Man On A Wire (21)
14. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (20)
06. Life Of Dillon – Overload (11)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. Life Of Dillon – Overload (11) | PEAK: #06
05. Saint Motel – My Type (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Maroon 5 – Sugar (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Years & Years – King (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Taylor Swift – Style (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MAGIC! – No Way No (2)
2. Eden XO – The Weekend (6)
3. Nickelback – She Keeps Me Up (7)
4. Kid Rock – First Kiss (4)
5. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (5)
6. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (9)
7. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (8)
8. Olly Murs – Seasons (10)
9. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (-)
10. Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun (-)

In The Mix:
Coin – Run
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jacquie Lee – Tears Fall (new)
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Matt Woods – In The Dark
Mumford & Sons – Believe (new)
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)
Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (new)
Scars On 45 – Tasted Every Tear
Shift K3y – Name And Number
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (new)
Zara Larsson – Uncover

Chart Notes:

  • After two weeks at #1, Taylor Swift‘s “Style”, her third chart-topper in a row from 1989, is replaced at the top spot by Ellie Goulding‘s “Love Me Like You Do”, advancing 2-1. “Love” is taken from the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Of Grey, which continues to sell well despite the film’s front-loaded box office earnings. On my chart, this is the singer’s first time at #1, though she previously went to #1 at CHR radio in 2012 with “Lights” (which peaked at #9 on my top 40 during the year prior.) How long will she reign before a “King” or other chart royalty push her off the throne? Stay tuned!
  • The week’s Biggest Mover is from singer/songwriter Mat Kearney, who leaps 32-24 in his third week on the chart with “Billion”, one of his two songs currently in the countdown. That number, written out as 1,000,000,000, is the largest to appear in the title of a chart entry on the Hot 100. Two such songs are responsible for that record: 1973’s “Billion Dollar Babies” (#57) by Alice Cooper and 2010’s “Billionaire” (#4) by Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars. We’ll see if there’ll soon be this third song to add to the list.
  • Released last year, the first EP from BØRNS, titled Candy, got a hefty boost thanks to this Instagram post from a singer mentioned above (you know, the stylish one) and with a radio date in place, “Electric Love” finally makes it onto my list, new at #39 as the week’s Highest Debut. Singer and songwriter Garrett Borns is originally from Michigan and now based in California.
  • Also new to the survey this week is a quintet who call themselves North Of Nine. The five guys bow in at #40 with the current single from their EP Alive, titled “Can It Be You?” The track is currently being worked to Hot AC radio, but lead singer Jackson Guthy saw some minor CHR airplay last year with a song called “Young & Single”.

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