RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (September 2015) (Part One)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in September on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Avicii
AVICII – “For A Better Day” (September 8) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
This Swedish DJ/producer’s Stories album will finally be available on October 2, but with two singles pulled here (“The Days” and “Waiting For Love”) and another that didn’t perform well (“The Nights”) at the format, this era’s true potential outside of streams and some sales has yet to be seen. Perhaps this song, with an uncredited vocal by singer Alex Ebert, will find some positive results.

Andy Grammer
ANDY GRAMMER – “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)” (September 15) (* + **)
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
2015 has been as sweet as “Honey” for singer/songwriter Grammer thanks to his hit single about fidelity, a song that also saved an album era (Magazines Or Novels) that was off to a rocky start. Now, this bouncy tune heads to radio from the reissue of that set. I prefer that “Forever” or “Red Eye” from the original album get some airtime, but I am not in control here. Is it a “Good” decision?

Maroon 5
MAROON 5 – “Feelings” (September 15) (* + **)
Label: Interscope
“This Summer’s Gonna Hurt…” came and went pretty quickly, and that hurt on the way down stung real hard. In fact, for a top ten single to only spend 11 weeks in the top 40 nowadays is downright disastrous. Luckily, the group is moving onto this single from V, which has done modestly well in streaming. Sure, I might shed a tear for “It Was Always You” being shafted again, but this is solid.

David Cook
DAVID COOK – “Criminals” (September 22) (**)
Label: Analog Heart/INgrooves
The final season of American Idol begins in January, and this guy took home the title back in 2008. Cook last appeared on the Hot AC chart in early 2012 when “Fade Into Me”, his fifth top 40 single at the format, stalled in the 30’s, essentially marking the end of the This Loud Morning era (and his time signed to RCA Records.) It may not be big, but even a small group of outlets should help.

Ellie Goulding
ELLIE GOULDING – “On My Mind” (September 22) (*)
Label: Interscope
Goulding has a pair of releases going to CHR radio this month, with this and her feature on Major Lazer‘s “Powerful” competing for airplay at the format. (The latter song has the edge at the moment, but that can soon change.) In a recent magazine profile, the single was described as an “upbeat pop banger” and a “guitar led, Swiftian tale”. Sounds promising to me. Watch out for its debut.

Marc Scibilia
MARC SCIBILIA – “How Bad We Need Each Other” (September 22) (**)
Label: I.R.S. Nashville/Capitol
Raised in New York state and now based in Nashville, Scibilia’s rise to his first radio single was several years in the making. In fact, this song was first released in 2012 on a self-titled EP and scored several syncs along the way. Now, three years later, the song will be exposed to an even greater audience thanks to it being reissued up by a major label. We’ll see how urgent that “Need” becomes.

Years & Years
YEARS & YEARS – “Desire” (September 29) (*)
Label: Interscope
Earlier this year, it was really sad to see this trio’s single “King” stall out so low on the pop radio survey because of its huge success in the United Kingdom. However, it looks like their U.S. label is giving them a second chance to hit the airwaves with this song. It’s already gone top 40 in a few countries overseas and, hopefully, it can also make a nice dent here. It’s all we can desire at this point.

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The “Gold” Standard: Slow Runs Up The Pop Radio Survey

The waiting is the hardest part.

The waiting is the hardest part.

The first studio album from 16-year-old Bea Miller was released nearly a month ago and debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200, Not An Apology. The set has given us two singles thus far on the CHR radio airwaves. First came “Young Blood”, which took a run up to #38 in December before falling off after the holidays. Now, “Fire N Gold” is burning on pop playlists and providing an interesting piece of chart trivia that may flicker for a while.

Miller’s song debuted in the top 50 on the pop survey dated June 14, 2015, and thus far, her chart log looks like this:
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Despite some instances of falling a position or two week-to-week, Miller’s single has managed to gain in spins every week… except for this week (though it’s just a minor loss.) However, it’s the number of weeks that it’s been on the list, a dozen so far, that stands out, as “Fire” has been between #42 and #49 for all of them. It’s a pretty unusual situation; most labels would give up on a release if it wasn’t showing a lot of progress for some time. However, it’s also indicative of the status of radio today and the small amount of locally-programmed outlets that can help a single along. Remember, there was a time before the plays-per-week era began that some top ten hits couldn’t last twelve weeks in the top 40 period, and the ownership situation was much different back then.

As far as “Fire N Gold” is concerned, I’m not sure that it will make the top 40. Hollywood Records has its faults (as any label does) and with the Labor Day holiday coming up, new music slots may be few and far between. I guess we’ll see. In the meantime, here is where the song may be headed, a Longevity Hall Of Fame of sorts of the longest runs for songs that peaked outside of the top 40:

(Week counts marked with an asterisk represent chart runs that were non-consecutive. Statistics prior to August 2006 are from the CHR/Top 40 chart as published in Radio & Records, while data after that time is from Mediabase 24/7.)

“808”, Blaque (#46 – 18 weeks* – 1999-2000)
This one has a huge total thanks to two runs, one part of it occurring during in its initial release in 1999, and then most of it taking place in the summer and fall of 2000 as a reissue after “I Do” was pulled. Oddly enough, its first week in the top 50 was in October 1999 and its last week on was in October 2000. What a wild ride!

“Back That Thang Up”, Juvenile featuring Mannie Fresh and Lil Wayne (#45 – 17 weeks, 1999-2000)
“Crawling Back To You”, Daughtry (#44 – 17 weeks, 2011-2012)
It’s pretty impressive that these two songs were able to spend 17 weeks in a row in the chart, with each of them crossing two years before completing their respective streaks. “Back” was huge on Rhythmic and Urban radio, while “Crawling” spent a few weeks in the top ten at Hot AC radio. Neither record was the act’s biggest hit.

“Work Hard, Play Hard”, Wiz Khalifa (#41 – 16 weeks*, 2012)
Khalifa may have just hit #1 on the pop radio listing for a few weeks with “See You Again”, but in 2012, this single from the album O.N.I.F.C. struggled to find a place at the format. Then again, the rapper wasn’t as well-known here three years ago. However, the single did zoom into the top ten at both Rhythmic and Urban radio.

“Sex On Fire”, Kings Of Leon (#42 – 15 weeks, 2009-2010)
Perhaps we can blame this one stalling on the title, right? I think it’s fairly evident that some markets weren’t interested in adding this single, especially in more conservative places. Though “Use Somebody” spent a week at the top of the pop radio survey, “Sex” was tossed around for weeks until its run concluded in March 2010.

“Bad”, The Cab (#44 – 14 weeks, 2011-2012)
Partnered with promotion man Steven Zap and his newly created Z-Entertainment label, the band from Las Vegas placed three of the singles from their Symphony Soldier album onto the pop radio survey, each taking their time to climb a bit. Zap now manages Daya, who is just below the top 40 at CHR with her hit “Hide Away”.

“All Or Nothing”, Theory Of A Deadman (#41 – 12 weeks, 2010)
“Everything”, Stereo Fuse (#43 – 12 weeks, 2002-2003)
“Got Your Money”, Ol’ Dirty Bastard featuring Kelis (#42 – 12 weeks*, 2000)
“La La”, The Cab (#43 – 12 weeks, 2012)
“Walk It Out”, DJ Unk (#47 – 12 weeks*, 2006-2007)
A number of songs are tied at 12 weeks, most of which were consecutive runs. DJ Unk and Stereo Fuse never charted again, and in the case of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, it was his only main-credited single to reach the chart. Theory Of A Deadman remains a staple on the Active Rock chart, though “All” is still their last pop crossover to date.

By the way, if you’re wondering if any chart single has recovered from sliding around the 41-50 section for that long before its run in the top 40, take a listen to “Keep Me Crazy” by Chris Wallace. Two summers ago, it began a period of twelve weeks below the top 40 before eventually peaking at #32. The independent label that it was released on, ThinkSay Records, has not charted a song since then. You may also remember that Nickelback‘s “Rockstar” went top 50 through some unsolicited airplay in late 2006 and early 2007. It spent twelve weeks on, peaking at #42, and then re-entered during its official single release, eventually rising to #6.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 30, 2015

Their new era is "Off" to a good start.

“Off” keeps going on.

DEBUTS
39. Boy & Bear – Walk The Wire
36. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That (39)
23. Years & Years – Desire (28)
16. Nate Ruess – Great Big Storm (23) | BIGGEST MOVER
08. One Direction – Drag Me Down (13)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (08) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
09. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (09) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
08. One Direction – Drag Me Down (13) | PEAK: #08
07. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week
06. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (07) | PEAK: #06
05. ROMANS – Uh Huh (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (06) | PEAK: #04
03. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (05) | PEAK: #03
02. John Newman – Come And Get It (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Maroon 5 – Feelings (1)
2. Joe Stone featuring Montell Jordan – The Party (This Is How We Do It) (3)
3. The Heydaze – Dumb (2)
4. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself (4)
5. Wylder – Sunstroke (6)
6. Outasight – The Wild Life (10)
7. Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson – Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) (5)
8. Mackenzie Thoms – Conviction (-)
9. Paul Rey – Good As Hell (-)
10. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
Andy Grammer – Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)
David Cook – Criminals
Don Henley – Take A Picture Of Me
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Grace Mitchell – Jitter
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Grizfolk – Troublemaker
Halsey – New Americana
John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game (new)
JoJo – When Love Hurts
Leona Lewis – Thunder
Lost Element – Twenty Five
Marc Scibilia – How Bad We Need Each Other (new)
Matthew Koma – So F***in’ Romantic
Melanie Martinez – Pity Party
Nick Jonas – Levels
Patrick James – Bugs
Robin Thicke – Back Together
Rob Thomas – Hold On Forever
Ryn Weaver – Promises
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – Sugar
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Score – Oh My Love
Tony Lucca – Paint A Picture
Tori Kelly featuring Ed Sheeran – I Was Made For Loving You (new)
Walk Off The Earth – Hold On (The Break)

Chart Notes:

  • Boy band One Direction takes a five notch leap from 13-8 with “Drag Me Down”, the first single from their next studio set and last one before a hiatus next year. “Drag” is the group’s tenth top ten single on my chart, and of those ten, “Story Of My Life” remains their only #1. New to the top 20 is the week’s Biggest Mover, “Great Big Storm” by Nate Ruess. It rises from 23-16 in its sixth week on the chart. The single is currently rising on the Hot AC survey after making the top 40 this month.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the fifth top 40 song from Taylor Swift‘s 1989 album, which has sold in excess of five million units in the U.S. alone. “Wildest Dreams” bows in at #36, while former single “Bad Blood” looks to be out of the countdown next week. As expected, “Wildest” is exploding at both CHR and Hot AC radio, and once a music video debuts tonight, it will soar up to the top tier of the sales chart. The clip features actor Scott Eastwood.
  • In 2014, the Australian band Boy & Bear launched a pair of singles on my chart from their album Harlequin Dream, which was certified Gold down under. “Southern Sun” was the bigger of the two, peaking at #8 in February, while followup “Three Headed Woman” climbed to #12 in October. Their new single, “Walk The Wire”, enters at #39 this week. Their forthcoming album, Limit Of Love, is due in October.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 26, 2012

A "rewind" to three years ago.

A “rewind” to three years ago.

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 summer after I graduated from college and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2012…

Debuts:
40. AEROSMITH, “What Could Have Been Love”
39. ONEREPUBLIC, “Feel Again”
38. ZEDD featuring MATTHEW KOMA, “Spectrum”

Biggest Mover:
KARMIN, “Hello” (29-20) (9 spots)

10. MAROON 5, “One More Night” (up 1)
Album: Overexposed (2012, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #7 for three weeks

09. NO DOUBT, “Settle Down” (up 1)
Album: Push And Shove (2012, Interscope Records)
Peak: #9 for three weeks

08. KATY PERRY, “Wide Awake” (down 2)
Album: Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

07. GROUPLOVE, “Tongue Tied” (down 3)
Album: Never Trust A Happy Song (2011, Canvasback/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. PINK, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” (up 3)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

05. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “She’s So Mean” (steady, fourth week)
Album: North (2012, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #5 for five weeks

04. CHRIS WALLACE, “Remember When (Push Rewind)” (up 3)
Album: Push Rewind (2012/2014, ThinkSay Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. OWL CITY & CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Good Time” (steady, second week)
Album: The Midsummer Station (2012, Republic Records) and Kiss (2012, 604/School Boy/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. TRAIN, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” (steady, second week)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

01. FUN., “Some Nights” (steady, sixth week)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight 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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 28, 2015

Everybody's working for The Weeknd.

Everybody’s working for The Weeknd.

This week’s New Music Friday serves up some melodic madness, showcasing two notable sets that may stick around the top tier of the chart, and a number of big instant grat tracks and new singles. Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • THE WEEKND — Beauty Behind The Madness (iTunes)
    • It’s sure to have one of the biggest openings of the year, and given the Canadian performer’s two pop radio #1’s in the last three months, the hits are likely to keep on coming through next year. As this post goes up, “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills” occupy the top two positions on iTunes. Look for the album to easily be #1, and we’ll see if it can make it to a second week should its opening frame exceed expectations.
  • HALSEY — Badlands (iTunes)
    • After stalling beneath the top 50 on Alternative radio earlier this year with “Ghost”, which was first aired on Hits 1 last summer, this 20-year-old New Jersey singer, born Ashley Frangipane, is making waves with “New Americana” at both radio and retail. Her debut album should land in the runner-up spot on next week’s chart.
  • MADDIE & TAE — Start Here (iTunes)
    • They topped the Country survey for a week in December with the hit “Girl In A Country Song”, and after an album delay, these two ladies from Nashville are ready to start their journey on the Billboard 200. Current release “Fly” is flirting with the top ten on Country radio at the moment.
  • More albums out this week: Atlas Genius‘s Inanimate Objects (iTunes), Audra Day‘s Cheers To The Fall (iTunes), Beach House‘s Depression Cherry (iTunes), Ben Rector‘s Brand New (iTunes), Foals‘s What Went Down (iTunes), Kottonmouth Kings‘s Krown Power (iTunes), Motörhead‘s Bad Magic (iTunes), Soilwork‘s The Ride Majestic (iTunes), Van Morrison‘s The Essential Van Morrison (iTunes), the soundtrack (in a Special Version) to Pitch Perfect 2 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Alessia Cara‘s Four Pink Walls (iTunes), Frankie‘s Dreamstate (iTunes), Nichole Nordeman‘s The Unmaking (iTunes), ZZ Ward‘s Love And War (iTunes)

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

  • “Boom”, Simple Plan (iTunes)
  • “Boy And A Girl Thing”, Mo Pitney (iTunes)
  • “Change The Channel”, Francesco Yates (iTunes)
  • “Circles”, Jana Kramer (iTunes)
  • “Do It Now”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
  • “Downtown”, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz (iTunes)
  • “For A Better Day”, Avicii (iTunes)
  • “Friend Zone”, Danielle Bradbery (iTunes)
  • “Hair”, Little Mix (iTunes)
  • “Hula Hoop”, OMI (iTunes)
  • “Last Night In The City”, Duran Duran featuring Kiesza (iTunes)
  • “Roots”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
  • “Sign Of The Times”, Cee Lo Green (iTunes)
  • “State Of My Head”, Shinedown (iTunes)
  • “Until The World Goes Cold”, Trivium (iTunes)
  • “What Do You Mean”, Justin Bieber (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from The Arcs and Travi$ Scott, as well as an EP from Troye Sivan. See you then!

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Take You “Downtown”: A Top 40 Travelogue

Top of the "Shop".

Top of the “Shop”.

If you’re a big fan of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, you likely know that their track with Ed Sheeran, “Growing Up”, is at six million plays on YouTube and two million streams on SoundCloud, where you can download it for free. With a substantial total through both services, radio has also welcomed the track, launching it into the top 40 at two different formats without any sort of paid sales data or a large airplay push. That strategy is most likely in place due to the official first release (and second overall single) from the duo’s forthcoming set, titled “Downtown”, going to radio next week.

As Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘s “Uptown Funk” was climbing the charts, I revisited all the “uptown” titles to rank on the radio, so I figured that it was only fitting to do the same for the “downtown” titles. No matter which way you’re headed, there is a great list of music to enjoy. Let’s travel on and examine the picks of the pop radio listing, shall we?

Hot 100 (pre-1973)
“Downtown”, Petula Clark (#1, 1965)

If the 2015 “Downtown” doesn’t become a classic, we’ll always have this one to look back on. English singer Clark just turned 22 when her first U.S. single entered the charts and it was a smash, spending two weeks at #1 in January 1965. “My Love” followed it to the top for two weeks in 1966. She last reached the Hot 100 in 1981.

Clark’s signature song was parodied by comedy star Allan Sherman as “Crazy Downtown”, which became his second and final top 40 hit. It peaked at #40 on the Hot 100 about three months after her song peaked, though it rose to #25 on Cashbox.

Radio & Records
“Downtown Life”, Daryl Hall and John Oates (#32, 1988)

This “Downtown” title was the third single from the duo’s Ooh Yeah! album, the same one that also gave them their last top five single ever, “Everything Your Heart Desires”. It barely missed the top 30 during the fourth quarter of 1988, giving the two guys their last top 40 hit of the 80’s. They would return in the fall of 1990.

“Downtown”, One 2 Many (#29, 1989)

You may be asking, who? The late 80’s were full of these kinds of international acts, this trio being from Norway, who landed in the top 40 for a brief few weeks. Though their album and single were successful in their native country, they did very little here, and the trio broke up in the middle of the promotional run for the set.

“Downtown Train”, Rod Stewart (#1, 1990)

Originally released by Tom Waits on his 1985 album Rain Dogs, several covers of his song charted nationally, including a minor one by Patty Smyth in 1987. Stewart’s version, taken from a greatest hits set, spent one week at the top of the pop radio chart in January 1990 and turned into one of his biggest singles of that decade.

“Downtown”, SWV (#37, 1993)

After three successful top five radio singles from their It’s About Time album, including the #1 song “Weak”, the female trio out of New York City couldn’t lift their fourth release to the same heights. However, it was a chart-topping R&B hit for seven weeks as one half of a double a-side single with “Right Here/Human Nature”.

“Downtown Venus”, P.M. Dawn (#19, 1995)

Brothers Attrell and Jarrett Cordes, originally from New Jersey, comfortably found a place at radio beginning in 1991 with such songs as “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” and “I’d Die Without You”, taken from soundtrack to the movie Boomerang. By the time this single appeared on the radio charts in 1995, their career was fading.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 23, 2015

Their new era is "Off" to a good start.

Their new era is “Off” to a good start.

DEBUTS
40. Connell Cruise – Into The Wild
39. Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. FLETCHER – War Paint (37)
28. Years & Years – Desire (34)
18. Causes – Walk On Water (23)
13. One Direction – Drag Me Down (18)
06. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (11)
05. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (12) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. American Authors – Go Big Or Go Home (06) | PEAK: #04
09. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (07) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
08. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (11) | PEAK: #06
05. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (12) | PEAK: #05
04. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
03. ROMANS – Uh Huh (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. John Newman – Come And Get It (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Maroon 5 – Feelings (2)
2. The Heydaze – Dumb (1)
3. Joe Stone featuring Montell Jordan – The Party (This Is How We Do It) (7)
4. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself (6)
5. Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson – Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) (5)
6. Wylder – Sunstroke (8)
7. Little Mix – Black Magic (3)
8. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (-)
9. Boy & Bear – Walk The Wire (-)
10. Outasight – The Wild Life (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night (new)
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (new)
Andy Grammer – Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah) (new)
Bon Jovi – We Don’t Run
Coasts – Oceans
Colbie Caillat – Never Gonna Let You Down
David Cook – Criminals
Day Wave – Drag
Don Henley – Take A Picture Of Me
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Grace Mitchell – Jitter (new)
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Grizfolk – Troublemaker
Halsey – New Americana
JoJo – When Love Hurts (new)
Leona Lewis – Thunder
Lost Element – Twenty Five
Mackenzie Thoms – Conviction (new)
Matthew Koma – So F***in’ Romantic
Melanie Martinez – Pity Party
Nick Jonas – Levels (new)
Patrick James – Bugs
Paul Rey – Good As Hell (new)
Robin Thicke – Back Together
Rob Thomas – Hold On Forever (new)
Ryn Weaver – Promises
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – Sugar
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Score – Oh My Love
Tony Lucca – Paint A Picture
Tyler Lyle – Feel Free
Walk Off The Earth – Hold On (The Break)

Chart Notes:

  • I suppose proclaiming that Duran Duran has the #1 song on my chart in 2015 might provoke a few “What year is it again?” reactions, but a great song is a great song. “Pressure Off”, which also features Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers, climbs a notch from last week, giving the quartet their third #1 on my survey, Monáe her second (both as a featured act) and Rodgers his first. The band’s two previous chart-toppers were 2005’s “What Happens Tomorrow” and 2011’s “All You Need Is Now”. Look out for their new album, Paper Gods, in a little under three weeks.
  • Two hot singles soar into the top ten this week, as Canadian performer Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Run Away With Me” launches 11-6, while American duo A Great Big World‘s “Hold Each Other” holds the Biggest Mover title, leaping 12-5. Both singles should put up a good fight for #1 next month. Jepsen’s E•MO•TION album was released two days ago and could debut in the top 20 on the Billboard 200, while the duo’s sophomore set is due in November.
  • Of this week’s two new entries, 39-year-old English singer and songwriter Jamie Lawson grabs the Highest Debut with the #39 song on the countdown, “Wasn’t Expecting That”. First released in Ireland four years ago, where it peaked at #3, the cut rose to the same peak in Australia earlier this year. On Monday, it’s headed to Hot AC radio here. His self-titled album is due worldwide on October 9.
  • Connell Cruise‘s “Into The Wild” was playlisted beneath my top 40 last summer for a few weeks as it hit radio and retail in his native South Africa, but it disappeared by late July, and that could’ve very well been the end of the story. One year (and a U.S. record deal) later, Cruise makes a wild move onto my chart at #40 with his first hit. He’s currently on a U.S. radio tour.

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