RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (April 2015)

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 April on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats in this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Martin Garrix and Usher
MARTIN GARRIX featuring USHER – “Don’t Look Down” (April 7) (*)
Label: Spinnin’/RCA
It was last year that teenage Dutch DJ/producer Garrix took a fairly slow ride up to #12 on the pop survey with the instrumental titled “Animals”. How did he get some studio time with an R&B legend at his young age? No idea, but the unusual pair is working.

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
WIZ KHALIFA featuring CHARLIE PUTH – “See You Again” (April 7) (*)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
The soundtrack to Furious 7 debuted a few weeks ago, and “Again” is currently seeing traction at multiple formats in advance of the film’s premiere this Friday. It’s Puth’s radio debut here and could become Khalifa’s fifth main-credited top 40 track on CHR.

Ne-Yo
NE-YO – “Coming With You” (April 14) (*)
Label: Motown/Capitol
Despite a last-ditch attempt to save “She Knows” at pop radio amidst its negative callout scores, that single is tumbling down and brings us to the follow-up from Non-Fiction. It’s far from the ideal era, but some initial moderate airplay should carry it upward.

Marlon Roudette
MARLON ROUDETTE – “When The Beat Drops Out” (April 21) (*)
Label: Columbia
The 32-year-old singer and songwriter from London saw his song “New Age” become a big single across Europe in 2011, but that never made it to the States. Now, coming off a U.K. top ten entry, Roudette is ready for his “Beat” to bring the heat this summer.

Years & Years
YEARS & YEARS – “King” (April 21) (*)
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope
Actor and singer Olly Alexander has been leading this trio for five years and their perseverance led them to a chart-topping song in the U.K. from just a few weeks ago. After a series of successful SXSW showcases, the royalty shall rule over the record charts.

Galantis
GALANTIS – “Runaway (U & I)” (April 28) (*)
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic
Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw have been big as writers and in the dance world, but this marks their first song to go for adds here. “Runaway” was co-written by Cathy Dennis, who went to #1 on R&R’s CHR chart with 1991’s “Touch Me (All Night Long)”.

Olly Murs and Demi Lovato
OLLY MURS featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Up” (April 28) (*)
Label: Syco/Columbia
“Wrapped Up” may have wrapped up its run in the U.S. without any big numbers, but “Up” has been waiting in the wings since it broke the top five (#4) in the U.K. in December of last year. At least this is enough to tide the Lovatics over until her next effort.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Halsey
HALSEY – “Ghost” (April 7) (*)
Label: Astralwerks/Capitol
19-year-old Ashley Frangipane has been honing her craft for some time now, but everything began to work out nicely during the past year as she signed her record deal and began getting regular play on SiriusXM’s Hits 1 channel. A spooky summer awaits us.

Kaiser Chiefs
KAISER CHIEFS – “Falling Awake” (April 7) (**)
Label: ATO
The sounds of Education, Education, Education & War failed to light up the album and radio charts in the States like they did in Europe, but the quintet’s latest single might turn things around. It certainly blends in well with its hooky late 80’s pop influence.

Joy Williams
JOY WILLIAMS – “Woman (Oh Mama)” (April 14) (**)
Label: Columbia
Her days in a duo are, sadly, finished for now, but we haven’t seen a solo set from Williams in some time. Well, that changes with Venus, due out this summer. The tribal pop sound of it may stand out next to her past work, but it’s a total jam and sounds fresh.

Wolf Alice
WOLF ALICE – “Moaning Lisa Smile” (April 7) (*)
Label: RCA
Here’s a buzzworthy band based in London who have several early supporters behind them at Alternative radio. However, it was the BBC station network that aided them across the pond. As far as a U.S. breakthrough, they’re hungry like the… oh, you know.

twenty | one | pilots
TWENTY ONE PILOTS – “Tear In My Heart” (April 14) (*)
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are fairly local to Alternative radio after scoring with three top 40 singles from Vessel, including the #10’s “Holding On To You” and “House Of Gold”. Does this have the “Heart” to grow into their biggest song to date? Stay tuned!

Kaleo
KALEO – “All The Pretty Girls” (April 21) (**)
Label: Elektra/Atlantic
Iceland has given us a number of solid bands over the past few years, and this male quartet from the small southwestern town of Mosfellsbær may be the next to deliver a hit with their American debut. SiriusXM’s The Spectrum is leading the pack on “Girls”.

Walk Off The Earth
WALK OFF THE EARTH – “Rule The World” (April 28) (*)
Label: Columbia
Several years ago, this Canadian quintet built up a following on YouTube after posting a series of well-received cover videos. An album followed, R.E.V.O., and “Red Hands” spread across AAA and Hot AC radio. Their anthemic new single could do the same.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (March 31)

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Looking for some “Sun” at the top.

Another month of the year is nearly done, which means a quarter of 2015 has come and gone. Crazy, right? Luckily, some solid releases are ready to close things out. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of March 31:

  • Kintsugi is the name of the latest effort for Washington rockers Death Cab For Cutie, and it marks a pretty big change for the group as longtime member Chris Walla decided to part ways with the act last year. Now playing as a trio, the guys look to land the fourth top five album of their career. Of course, it is led by “Black Sun”, which climbed to #1 on Triple A radio last week and is trending towards the top five on the Alternative survey. (iTunes)
  • Inspired by a friendship with popular comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his series Seinfeld, American rapper Wale returns to the charts with The Album About Nothing, featuring the recent Urban radio single “The Body” (featuring Jeremih) and current hit “The Matrimony” (featuring Usher.) It is certainly a unique project that taps into multiple fan bases and this support should propel it to a top five debut next week. (iTunes)
  • It was a very tight race on Country radio between two “Homegrown” titles recently, but Darius Rucker‘s “Homegrown Honey” made it to the top first and he’ll be bringing his Southern Style to the Billboard 200 next week. This makes three years in a row now that Rucker has released an album; last year, it was the seasonal Home For The Holidays. (iTunes)
  • Three Days Grace recently scored a #1 song on the Active Rock chart with “I Am Machine”. The quartet’s fifth studio album, Human, their first to feature lead vocalist Matt Walst, is out this week. The guys have had three consecutive sets debut in the top five, and they’re hoping this will be their fourth. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Boz Scaggs‘s A Fool To Care (iTunes), Death Grips‘s The Powers That B (iTunes), Erica Campbell‘s Help 2.0 (iTunes), Hollywood Undead‘s Day Of The Dead (iTunes), Hudson Taylor‘s Singing For Strangers (iTunes), Jodeci‘s The Past, The Present, The Future (iTunes), Ludacris‘s Ludaversal (iTunes), Madeon‘s Adventure (iTunes), New Motion‘s Anyway (EP) (iTunes), Nightwish‘s Endless Forms Most Beautiful (iTunes), Ringo Starr‘s Postcards From Paradise (iTunes), Ron Sexsmith‘s Carousel One (iTunes), Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts‘s Blaster (iTunes), Sufjan Stevens‘s Carrie & Lowell (iTunes), The Maine‘s American Candy (iTunes), The Prodigy‘s The Day Is My Enemy (iTunes), Van Halen‘s Tokyo Dome, Live In Concert (iTunes), We Are Harlot‘s We Are Harlot (iTunes) and the Various Artists compilation, NOW That’s What I Call ACM Awards – 50 Years (iTunes).

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

  • “I Don’t Like It, I Love It”, an instant grat track from Flo Rida, Robin Thicke and Verdine White. (iTunes)
  • “Woman (Oh Mama)”, the new single from Joy Williams. (iTunes)

Next week, it’ll likely be rockers All Time Low taking the top chart debut with Future Hearts. Who else makes it into the top ten? A full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 29, 2015

A new "Love" for Ellie.

The “Love” keeps coming.

DEBUTS
40. Parachute – Crave
39. Eden XO – The Weekend
37. Matt Woods – In The Dark | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (40)
30. Martin Luke Brown – Take Out Of Me (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Delta Rae – Scared (24)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. The Script – Man On A Wire (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Scott Helman – Bungalow (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (12) | PEAK: #08
07. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Maroon 5 – Sugar (04) | PEAK: #04
05. Life Of Dillon – Overload (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Saint Motel – My Type (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Taylor Swift – Style (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Years & Years – King (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Brandon Flowers – Can’t Deny My Love (-)
2. MAGIC! – No Way No (1)
3. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (4)
4. Olly Murs – Seasons (6)
5. Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (8)
6. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (7)
7. Florida Georgia Line – Sun Daze (-)
8. Mika – Talk About You (-)
9. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (-)
10. Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun (10)

In The Mix:
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers – I’ll Be There
Coin – Run
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Gavin James – The Book Of Love (new)
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
IAMDYNAMITE – In The Summer (new)
Jacquie Lee – Tears Fall
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Madonna – Ghosttown
Mumford & Sons – Believe
needtobreathe featuring Gavin DeGraw – Brother (new)
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Sam Hunt – Take Your Time
Shift K3y – Name And Number
Tuxedo – Do It
U2 – Song For Someone
Will Young – Love Revolution (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Two new songs break into the top ten on this week’s chart: “Nothing Without Love” bolts from 12-8 for Nate Ruess, the first release from his upcoming solo album. It’s currently in the top 40 at both Alternative and Hot AC radio and goes for adds at the CHR format on Tuesday. Rising 13-10 and earning their third top ten song from the album No Sound Without Silence, Irish trio The Script is as hot as ever with “Man On A Wire”. Also on the way up is this week’s Biggest Mover by Martin Luke Brown, “Take Out Of Me”. After debuting at #39, he climbs nine to #30 with the followup to “Nostalgia”.
  • Speaking of “Nostalgia”, you may remember that the song was featured on BBC Radio 1 last October in their Introducing rotation slot, which gives a particular newcomer seven spins across all day parts during a given week. This past week, the slot was given to English singer and songwriter Matt Woods, originally from Cornwall, and now “In The Dark” comes in at #37 as the Highest Debut on the chart. You might remember that I wrote about “Dark” in January, followed by the cut “Impression” two weeks ago. Look for his debut EP at digital retail on April 20; it’s a winner.
  • This June will mark the 20th anniversary since the theme song from the TV show Friends, “I’ll Be There For You” by Los Angeles duo The Rembrandts, spent an incredible eight weeks at #1 on the pop radio chart. Now, in 2015, we have the second single release from Eden XO, posing the question, “Wanna be Friends? Phoebe Buffay?” I suppose that my chart central doesn’t compare with Central Perk, but “The Weekend” is still a hot track and debuts at #39. It follows “Too Cool To Dance”, a #6 hit from last year.
  • Serviced to Hot AC radio last week, though the band doesn’t seem to be acknowledging it yet, Parachute return with the  first single from a likely forthcoming album. It’s called “Crave” and it enters the countdown this week at #40. It was back in 2011 that they last charted as a quintet with “Kiss Me Slowly”, which climbed to #9. After three albums with Island and Mercury Records, they now find themselves (with a few lineup changes) at Vanguard. Look for more information soon.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 25, 2007

Chart of Stone.

Chart of Stone.

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 Junior year of high school and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2007…

Debuts:
40. PATRICK WOLF, “The Magic Position”
38. VEGA 4, “Life Is Beautiful”

Biggest Mover(s):
PAOLO NUTINI, “New Shoes” (25-18, seven spots)

10. JOSS STONE, “Tell Me ‘Bout It” (steady, second week)
Album: Introducing Joss Stone (2007, Virgin Records)
Peak: #8

09. NICKELBACK, “If Everyone Cared” (up 2)
Album: All The Right Reasons (2005, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

08. MAT KEARNEY, “Nothing Left To Lose” (down 2)
Album: Nothing Left To Lose (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

07. JAMES MORRISON, “You Give Me Something” (up 1)
Album: Undiscovered (2007, Polydor/Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. MODEST MOUSE, “Dashboard” (up 1)
Album: We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (2007, Epic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. DAUGHTRY, “It’s Not Over” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Daughtry (2006, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for six weeks

04. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “World” (down 1)
Album: Two Lights (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. THE FRAY, “Look After You” (down 1)
Album: How To Save A Life (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #2

02. ROB THOMAS, “Little Wonders” (up 2)
Album: Meet The Robinsons (Soundtrack) (2007, Walt Disney/Melisma/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. DBCLIFFORD, “Simple Things” (steady, sixth week)
Album: Recyclable (2007, Sony BMG Records – Canada)
Peak: #1 for six 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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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

What’s your favorite song from the band? Let me know! Follow the blog by clicking below and/or click the “Get Social!” page link at the top to find PGTC on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and more.

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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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