Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 26, 2015

A "Book" worth reading.

Two times the “Love”.

DEBUTS
40. Nate Ruess – Great Big Storm
35. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Life Of Dillon – Dreams (35)
29. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
23. Lions Head – Begging (28)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Matt Nathanson – Gold In The Summertime (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (07) | PEAK: #02
08. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (12) | PEAK: #08
07. Kelly Clarkson – Invincible (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (03) | PEAK: #03
05. American Authors – Go Big Or Go Home (05) | PEAK: #05
04. ROMANS – Uh Huh (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (02) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
01. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Martin Luke Brown – Scars On Scars (4)
2. Jarryd James – Do You Remember (3)
3. Hunter Hunted – Lucky Day (5)
4. Meg Mac – Roll Up Your Sleeves (2)
5. The Heydaze – Dumb (7)
6. Little Mix – Black Magic (6)
7. FLETCHER – War Paint (8)
8. Austin Mahone – Dirty Work (9)
9. Saint Motel – Cold Cold Man (-)
10. Sam Bruno – Search Party (10)

In The Mix:
Atlas Genius – Molecules
Bon Jovi – We Don’t Run (new)
Brandon Flowers – Lonely Town
Coasts – Oceans
Colbie Caillat – Never Gonna Let You Down
Conrad Sewell – Hold Me Up (new)
CRO – Dream
Day Wave – Drag
Demi Lovato – Cool For The Summer
Don Henley – Take A Picture Of Me
Freddy’s Dilemma – Only On A Saturday Night
Gavin James – Bitter Pill (new)
Grace Potter – Empty Heart (new)
Grizfolk – Troublemaker (new)
Halsey – New Americana
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Janet Jackson – No Sleeep
Jasmine Thompson – Adore
KAPTAN – Anywhere We Go
Leona Lewis – Thunder
MAGIC! – Sunday Funday
Maroon 5 – Feelings (new)
Michael Franti & Spearhead featuring Sonna Rele – Once A Day
Mother Mother – Monkey Tree
Robin Thicke – Morning Sun
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – Sugar (new)
Tony Lucca – Paint A Picture
Tyler Lyle – Feel Free (new)
Walk Off The Earth – Hold On (The Break)
Years & Years – Desire (new)

Chart Notes:

  • After debuting on the top 40 last week at #39, “Run Away With Me” from Canadian performer Carly Rae Jepsen picks up the pace in this musical marathon and bolts up to #29, a gain of ten notches. This marks the second time in July that a single has managed to make a double-digit leap, the other one being “Pressure Off” by Duran Duran, Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers, which also climbed ten notches (32-22) on the chart dated July 5. Look out for more as its chart “Run” continues.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is by A Great Big World, the New York duo of Ian Axel and Chad King (formerly Vaccarino.) I was a huge fan of their single “Already Home”, a seven-week #1 on my chart that ended up as the #2 song on the Top 100 of 2014. Now, “Hold Each Other” holds down the #35 spot, and it should rise quickly in the coming weeks. There’s no word yet on when their second album will be released.
  • Also new this week is the second radio single from Nate Ruess‘s recent solo set, Grand Romantic. “Nothing Without Love” recently climbed to a peak of #3, and now, “Great Big Storm” brings a gust of wind and blows onto the chart at #40. A video for the single recently premiered and it continues to garner adds at the Hot AC format.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 27, 2003

So "Happy" together.

So “Happy” together.

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 end of July and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2003…

Debuts:
39. SEAL, “Waiting For You”

36. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE, “Stacy’s Mom”

Biggest Mover:
MAROON 5, “Harder To Breathe” (27-17) (ten spots)

10. BLACK EYED PEAS featuring JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Where Is The Love?” (down 3)
Album: Elephunk (2003, A&M Records)
Peak: #4

09. HILARY DUFF, “So Yesterday” (up 5)
Album: Metamorphosis (2003, Buena Vista/Hollywood Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

08. SUGAR RAY, “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” (down 2)
Album: In The Pursuit Of Leisure (2003, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #6

07. MICHELLE BRANCH, “Are You Happy Now?” (up 4)
Album: Hotel Paper (2003, Maverick/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #5

06. BEYONCÉ featuring JAY-Z, “Crazy In Love” (up 2)
Album: Dangerously In Love (2003, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. GOOD CHARLOTTE, “Girls And Boys” (down 1)
Album: The Young And The Hopeless (2002, Daylight/Epic Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

04. THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS, “Swing, Swing” (down 1)
Album: The All-American Rejects (2002, Doghouse/DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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

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

01. BOOMKAT, “What U Do 2 Me” (steady, third week)
Album: Boomkatalog.One (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 24, 2015

Going for "Gold".

Going for “Gold”.

This week’s New Music Friday gives us a Woman or two and some record royalty in our music collection. So, put on your crown and take the throne, because here are this week’s new album and single releases:

  • JILL SCOTT — Woman (iTunes)
    • R&B and soul singer Scott hasn’t released an album of original material since 2011’s The Light Of The Sun, and the set became her first to enter at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. She hopes to continue to shine brightly with a new album, her fifth and latest, featuring the single “Fool’s Gold”, which is currently #3 on the Urban AC survey. It should be next week’s top debut.
  • PRINCE ROYCE — Double Vision (iTunes)
    • This hot Latin star enters the English market for the first time, having accumulated eight #1 singles on the Tropical Airplay chart. Single “Stuck On A Feeling” stuck it out on the pop survey, breaking into top 20 after a jump start via iHeartMedia’s On The Verge program, but followup “Back It Up” seems to be stuck below the top 40 at the format.
  • BEA MILLER — Not An Apology (iTunes)
    • 16-year-old Miller appeared on the U.S. version of The X Factor in 2012 and is currently on the pop radio airwaves with “Fire N Gold”, the followup to a minor top 40 hit, “Young Blood”. No need to be sorry for enjoying this one.
  • More albums out this week: Ashley Monroe‘s The Blade (iTunes), Joe Satriani‘s Shockwave Supernova (iTunes), Lamb Of God‘s VII: Sturm Und Drang (iTunes), Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s One More For The Fans (iTunes), Roger Waters‘s Amused To Death (iTunes), Symphony X‘s Underworld (iTunes) and the original soundtrack to Southpaw (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Elbow‘s Lost Worker Bee (iTunes), MKTO‘s Bad Girls (iTunes), Vanessa Carlton‘s Blue Pool (iTunes)

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

  • “Hold Each Other”, new from A Great Big World and Futuristic. (iTunes)
  • “I Am Invincible”, new from Cassadee Pope. (iTunes)
  • “Lemon Eyes”, a new single from Meg Myers. (iTunes)
  • “Sugar”, a new single from Jennifer Nettles. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include fresh releases from Migos, Saint Asonia and more. See you then!

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POP! Goes The Discovery: A First Spin Of Spotify’s Discover Weekly

Wide awake and streaming.

Wide awake and streaming.

Discovery Weekly premiered on Spotify feeds everywhere on Monday, a “weekly mixtape” (as determined by the service) that is specially focused on exposing listeners to newer acts and album tracks/one-off releases that are customized to their tastes. With many streaming choices for consumers at the moment, including a huge competitor in the recently launched Apple Music, I have decided to stay with Spotify and keep my usual lists updated on there. (Of course, I’ll take up as many free trials as I can.) So, off I went into the unknown to check out what I could discover…

Due to most of my streaming activity coming from current-based lists, it’s no surprise that this affected my Discovery picks; they managed to assemble a collection of songs that were all released either this and last year. I’m sure this will change as my streams vary in the future. For now, the series of 28 (now 29, see below) songs chosen for me this week looks like this:

SAM DEW – “Air” (RCA)
ZAK WATERS – “Pony”
(Faux)
YOUNG RISING SONS – “F**ked Up”
(Interscope)
IMAGINARY FUTURE featuring KINA GRANNIS – “Forever On Your Side”
(self-released)
KOPECKY – “Talk To Me”
(ATO)
THE MOWGLI’S – “Whatever Forever”
(Photo Finish/Republic)
GIN WIGMORE – “New Rush”
(Island/Republic)
SACHAL – “Cover The Water” 
(OKeh/Sony Music)
ELLE KING – “America’s Sweetheart”
 (RCA)
ZAC BROWN BAND – “Beautiful Drug”
(Southern Ground/Big Machine/Republic/John Varvatos)
HILARY DUFF – “My Kind”
(RCA)
LORD HURON – “Louisa”
(IAMSOUND)
JON BELLION – “All Time Low” 
(Capitol)
SISTER SPARROW AND THE DIRTY BIRDS – “Sugar”
(Party Fowl)
ALESSO featuring RYAN TEDDER – “Scars”
(Def Jam)
SHEPPARD – “Find Someone”
(Republic)
ELLIPHANT – “Never Been In Love (RAC Remix)”
(Kemosabe/TEN Music)
KID ASTRAY – “It’s Alright”
(Cosmos)
ANGEL SNOW – “Secret”
(self-released)
RYAN CABRERA – “House On Fire”
(Dynamite Music)
ZERBIN – “Worlds On Fire”
(self-released)
JORDAN BRATTON – “Victoria”
(RCA)
COLEMAN HELL – “Take Me Up” 
(Columbia) **
MISS E – “Hummingbird”
(Tilted Prod.)
CRUISR – “Go For It”
(Vagrant)
BEN SCHULLER – “Breaking Out”
(self-released)
OH HONEY – “Sugar, You”
(Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic)
RACHEL PLATTEN – “Lone Ranger”
(Columbia)
KIESZA – “Stronger”
(Island/Republic)

** This song was added on Tuesday after the initial batch of songs appeared, with no reason given.

Label Breakdown
Independent: 12
Sony Music: 7 (8 counting “Take”)
Universal Music: 8
Warner Music: 1

Top 5 Picks
1. Elle King: as “Ex’s And Oh’s” goes to CHR radio, “America’s Sweetheart” could be the followup to maintain her momentum.
2. Zac Brown Band: “Beautiful Drug” is an obvious crossover single that should work well for the upcoming autumn months.
3. Young Rising Sons: I’ve been a fan of this New Jersey act since last year, and “F**ked Up” is a highlight of their live shows.
4. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds: This buzzy band based in the Big Apple hits a sweet spot with “Sugar”, a tasty tune.
5. Miss E: A sync for “Hummingbird” on the series Orange Is The New Black put this music into motion, and it is a solid single.

Though only a handful of the acts were new to me, mostly independent ones at that, I wasn’t familiar with fifteen of the songs on the playlist, which definitely showcases the strength of selection in terms of deeper cuts and/or under-appreciated album cuts. I thought that it was particularly interesting that one of the major labels, Warner Music, was only allotted one slot in the over two dozen songs. I’m not sure that the snub was intentional, but a better distribution of bigger and smaller labels is something that a next update could improve upon. I also think the length of the playlist should be slightly longer, but that’s coming from a person who builds much longer playlists and listens to them for hours at a time. That being said, somewhere between 32-38 songs (let’s call it between 2 hours and 2 hours, 20 minutes) would be a little more ideal for me, especially given the familiarity of the acts in round one of this experiment.

Given the results so far, I would certainly use the playlist again, though probably more for finding or rediscovering songs from a band or singer I’m already familiar with rather than a totally new act. As a listener who views the radio, sales and streaming lists, reactions in the statistics from these mixtape additions could help to identify tracks that could work at the many formats or sync in advertising, both of which could lead to other opportunities and bumps in numbers, whether it be in social media, spins, etc. I shall be keeping a list handy; you never know when something might come back up on a blog post here!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 19, 2015

A "Book" worth reading.

A “Book” worth reading.

DEBUTS
40. Causes – Walk On Water
39. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. Jake Owen – Real Life (34)
24. X Ambassadors – Renegades (29)
15. John Newman – Come And Get It (22) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Ed Sheeran – Photograph (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Kelly Clarkson – Invincible (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Maroon 5 – This Summer’s Gonna Hurt… (06) | PEAK: #05
07. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (07) | PEAK: #02
06. ROMANS – Uh Huh (08) | PEAK: #06
05. American Authors – Go Big Or Go Home (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (01) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
01. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Nate Ruess – Great Big Storm (4)
2. Meg Mac – Roll Up Your Sleeves (2)
3. Jarryd James – Do You Remember (6)
4. Martin Luke Brown – Scars On Scars (10)
5. Hunter Hunted – Lucky Day (9)
6. Little Mix – Black Magic (8)
7. The Heydaze – Dumb (7)
8. FLETCHER – War Paint (-)
9. Austin Mahone – Dirty Work (-)
10. Sam Bruno – Search Party (-)

In The Mix:
Atlas Genius – Molecules
Beck – Dreams
Brandon Flowers – Lonely Town
Coasts – Oceans
Colbie Caillat – Never Gonna Let You Down
CRO – Dream
Day Wave – Drag
Demi Lovato – Cool For The Summer
Don Henley – Take A Picture Of Me (new)
Freddy’s Dilemma – Only On A Saturday Night
Halsey – New Americana (new)
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Janet Jackson – No Sleeep
Jasmine Thompson – Adore
KAPTAN – Anywhere We Go
Leona Lewis – Thunder (new)
MAGIC! – Sunday Funday
Michael Franti & Spearhead featuring Sonna Rele – Once A Day
Mother Mother – Monkey Tree
Robin Thicke – Morning Sun
Saint Motel – Cold Cold Man
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Tony Lucca – Paint A Picture (new)
Walk Off The Earth – Hold On (The Break)

Chart Notes:

  • We have a new one at the top this week as Dublin’s Gavin James rises 2-1 in his 13th week in the top 40 with “The Book Of Love”. James is the first Irish act to make it to the top spot with their first entry on my survey since The Script‘s “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”, an eight week #1 back in 2009. Additionally, it is the first cover song (the act The Magnetic Fields did the original) to reach #1 since 2003. That’s when Sixpence None The Richer‘s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (recorded by Crowded House in 1986) had a three-week run there. You can find the single in its original form on the EP For You and in a version recorded in concert on the album Live At Whelans.
  • Last week, John Newman‘s “Come And Get It” was tied for the week’s Biggest Mover with a leap of seven notches to #22, but that same move this week (rising to #15) earns him the title all his own. That new peak lands him one spot away from his biggest chart single to date, “Losing Sleep”, which went to #14 in February of last year. Newman’s song also looks like it will be big on the official chart in the U.K., where it’s currently in the top three on iTunes.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen recently spent a week at the top on my personal chart with “I Really Like You”, and while that descends the top 40, the liking continues for the second single from her forthcoming album E•MO•TION. “Run Away With Me” is the week’s Highest Debut at #39 and is scheduled to impact pop radio on Tuesday. A video recently premiered for the track.
  • Also new this week is the second charting single for the quartet based in Amsterdam who call themselves Causes. “Walk On Water” is in at #40, while their former #2 hit, “Teach Me How To Dance With You”, holds in position at #7. The band inked a deal with RCA Records in the U.K. a few days ago. We’ll see if the U.S. is next.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 18, 2010

The "Heart" of the chart.

The “Heart” of the chart.

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 hot summer days of mid-July and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2010…

Debuts:
38. 2AM CLUB, “Worry About You”

Biggest Mover(s):
LADY ANTEBELLUM, “I Run To You” (37-27, ten spots)

10. TRAIN, “If It’s Love” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Save Me, San Francisco (20o9, Columbia Records)
Peak: #9

09. LIFEHOUSE, “All In” (up 3)
Album: Smoke And Mirrors (2010, Geffen Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

08. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, “I Like It” (steady, second week)
Album: Euphoria (2010, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

07. NICKELBACK, “This Afternoon” (down 2)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

06. ROB THOMAS, “Mockingbird” (down 2)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. MAROON 5, “Misery” (up 2)
Album: Hands All Over (2010, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

04. MIKE POSNER, “Cooler Than Me” (up 2)
Album: 31 Minutes To Takeoff (2010, J Records)
Peak: #4

03. JOHN MAYER featuring TAYLOR SWIFT, “Half Of My Heart” (steady, second week)
Album: Battle Studies (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

02. SARA BAREILLES, “King Of Anything” (steady, second week)
Album: Kaleidoscope Heart (2010, Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. KATY PERRY, “California Gurls” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 17, 2015

Back to the Future.

Back to the Future.

This week’s New Music Friday takes us on a ride into the Future, and pops into the present with some solid new releases across the genres. So, grab a seat and some coins, because here are this week’s new album and single releases:

  • FUTURE — DS2 (iTunes)
    • The rapper and singer from Atlanta is hoping the ol’ third time’s the charm expression will work in his favor for the release of his third studio album. His last set, Honest, reached a peak of #2 last year. With steady Urban radio play and a growing fan base, this could be the one to top the chart.
  • HIGHLY SUSPECT — Mister Asylum (iTunes)
    • This trio from Cape Cod is becoming one of the big breakouts at the Active Rock format this year with “Lydia”. It is currently surging through the top ten and aiming for the top five next week. Look out for the guys on tour during a busy month of August.
  • ALAN JACKSON — Angels & Alcohol (iTunes)
    • 25 years after his debut album was released, 56-year-old country superstar Jackson is out with his twentieth studio album this week. “Jim And Jack And Hank” is the leadoff single from it and is receiving some airplay at the format.
  • More albums out this week: Galactic‘s Into The Deep (iTunes), Iron & Wine and Bed Bridwell‘s Sing Into My Mouth (iTunes), Jason Isbell‘s Something More Than Free (iTunes), Miles Davis‘s At Newport: 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4 (iTunes), MS MR‘s How Does It Feel (iTunes), Papoose‘s You Can’t Stop Destiny (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Dale (iTunes), Ratatat‘s Magnifique (iTunes), Sublime With Rome‘s Sirens (iTunes), Tame Impala‘s Currents (iTunes), The Chemical Brothers‘s Born In The Echoes (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Clairity‘s Alienation (iTunes), Day Wave‘s Headcase (iTunes), Icona Pop‘s Emergency (iTunes), KYKO‘s Animals (iTunes), New Motion‘s Kiss (iTunes), Sevyn Streeter‘s Shoulda Been There, Pt. 1 (iTunes)

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

  • “How Deep Is Your Love”, new from Calvin Harris and Disciples. (iTunes)
  • “Leave A Trace”, new from CHVRCHES. (iTunes)
  • “Run Away With Me”, new from Carly Rae Jepsen. (iTunes)
  • “She’s Kinda Hot”, the hot new single from 5 Seconds Of Summer. (iTunes)
  • “Sugar”, a collaboration from Robin Schulz and Francesco Yates. (iTunes)
  • “Sunday Funday”, a new single from MAGIC! (iTunes)
  • “Swords”, new from M.I.A., along with an added visual. (iTunes)
  • “That’s How You Know”, new from Nico & Vinz and featured guests Bebe Rexha and Kid Ink. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include fresh releases from Bea Miller, Jill Scott and Prince Royce. See you then!

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