Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 14, 2016

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Four the “Young” ones.

DEBUTS
39. Tryon – Somebody To Love Me
36. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. The 1975 – The Sound (38)
32. That Poppy – Lowlife (40) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
20. Zayn – Pillowtalk (28) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — two weeks
17. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (25) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. American Authors – Pride (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Justin Timberlake – Drink You Away (06) | PEAK: #06
07. Adele – Hello (05) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
06. A Great Big World – Oasis (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Troye Sivan – Youth (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. Taylor Swift – Out Of The Woods (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Adele – When We Were Young (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Strumbellas – Spirits (1)
2. Grace Mitchell – Nolo (2)
3. Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up (3)
4. Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez (4)
5. The Saint Johns – Lost The Feeling (9)
6. Lucius – Born Again Teen (6)
7. Family Of The Year – Carry Me (5)
8. X Ambassadors – Unsteady (-)
9. The Heavy – Since You Been Gone (-)
10. Anderson East – Devil In Me (-)

In The Mix:
Aurora – Conqueror
BANNERS – Start A Riot
Boy & Bear – Where’d You Go
Bryan Adams – You Belong To Me
Chef’special – In Your Arms
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Conrad Sewell – Remind Me
Daughtry – Torches (new)
David Cook – Broken Windows
Demi Lovato – Stone Cold
DNCE – Toothbrush
Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream
Finish Ticket – Color (new)
Grace Potter – Nobody’s Born With A Broken Heart
Jess Glynne – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
Jukebox The Ghost – Hollywood (new)
Julian Taylor Band – Just A Little Bit
Matt Nathanson – Giants
New District – Closer
Oh Wonder – Lose It (new)
R5 – Dark Side
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Lumineers – Ophelia
Transviolet – New Bohemia

Chart Notes:

  • Powering up eight notches to #17 is Walk The Moon‘s “Work This Body”, their third hit in a row from the album Talking Is Hard. A very fun music video just premiered for it, featuring superheroes and super food fights. Also up this week is that hot single from Zayn, “Pillowtalk”, jumping 28-20. It’s also closing in on the top 20 on the pop radio listing and the top 40 at the Rhythmic format, where it’s currently benefiting from its On The Verge status at iHeartMedia stations. Finally, That Poppy is up eight (40-32) with “Lowlife”. Her first EP, Bubblebath, was released on Friday.
  • Well, it took a while, but 46-year-old Gwen Stefani is about to put out her first solo album in just under ten years. This Is What The Truth Feels Like is set to be released on March 18. The second single from it, “Make Me Like You”, debuts at #36 this week, making it the Highest Debut. It’s the follow-up to “Used To Love You”, which recently peaked at #6. Look for the live music video for “Make” to premiere on the GRAMMY Awards telecast on Monday evening during a commercial break.
  • This week’s other new entry is by Tryon, a duo consisting of brothers Justin and Stephen Kirk. The Nashville boys crash in at #39 with “Somebody To Love Me”. The independent single impacts at CHR/Top 40 radio in two weeks, and though it’s a tough date at the moment, it’s already getting some play at Hits 1 and Radio Disney. The Kirks join a growing list of brother duos like Evan and Jaron, Hudson TaylorK-Ci & JoJo and The Madden Brothers to hit my chart since 1999.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 13, 2011

"December" in February.

“December” in February.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for 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 feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of February 13, 2011…

Debuts:
(no debuts!)

Biggest Mover(s):
NEON TREES, “1983” (37-28, nine spots)

10. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “What The Hell” (up 6)
Album: Goodbye Lullaby (2011, RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

09. PINK, “Raise Your Glass” (down 2)
Album: Greatest Hits… So Far!!! (2010, LaFace/Jive Records)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

08. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Back To December” (steady, second week)
Album: Speak Now (2010, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #7 for three weeks

07. PINK, “F**kin’ Perfect” (up 2)
Album: Greatest Hits… So Far!!! (2010, LaFace/Jive Records)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

06. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Hello World” (down 3)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

05. KATY PERRY, “Firework” (down 3)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

04. BRUNO MARS, “Grenade” (up 1)
Album: Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010, Atlantic/Elektra Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. TRAIN, “Marry Me” (up 1)
Album: Save Me, San Francisco (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. ANDY GRAMMER, “Keep Your Head Up” (up 4)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #2 for eight weeks

01. ADELE, “Rolling In The Deep” (steady, second week)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 12, 2016

Go West.

Go West.

The Grammy Awards are coming up on Monday night, and though many albums will lift up the charts with soaring sales, we do have a handful of notable debuts in the mix to compete with them. Here are this week’s album and single releases:

  • KANYE WEST — The Life Of Pablo (iTunes)
    • The title’s changed, the listing’s changed, but West… well, his antics haven’t changed at all. Whether it’s Cruise or Escobar or Neruda, Pablo seems to have many people interested, and it’ll likely debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. An album cut, “Real Friends”, has some airplay at the Urban radio format.
  • More albums out this week: Daughtry‘s It’s Not Over…The Hits So Far (iTunes), Joey+Rory‘s Hymns (iTunes), Lee DeWyze‘s Oil & Water (iTunes), Lissie‘s My Wild West (iTunes), The Record Company‘s Give It Back To You (iTunes), The Suffers‘s self-titled set (iTunes), Vince Gill‘s Down To My Last Bad Habit (iTunes), Wynonna & The Big Noise‘s self-titled set (iTunes), Vinyl (Music From The Original HBO Series, Vol. 1) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Lianne La Havas‘s Blood Solo (iTunes), Round2Crew‘s Your Girlfriend Thinks I’m The Sh*t (iTunes), That Poppy‘s Bubblebath (iTunes)

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

  • “Cheap Thrills”, Sia featuring Sean Paul (iTunes)
  • “Closer”, Cape Cub (iTunes)
  • “Fire”, Jack Garratt (iTunes)
  • “I Get To Love You”, Ruelle (iTunes)
  • “Long Live Tonight”, LANco (iTunes)
  • “Make Me Like You”, Gwen Stefani (iTunes)
  • “On And On”, The Score (iTunes)
  • “Stranger In A Room”, Sara Hartman (iTunes)
  • “The New Cupid”, BJ The Chicago Kid featuring Kendrick Lamar (iTunes)
  • “What Side Of Love”, Parachute (iTunes)
  • “Wild Child”, Cardiknox (iTunes)
  • “You Can’t Save Me”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Alex Newell, Simple Plan, Yo Gotti and more.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 7, 2016

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Three times this lady.

DEBUTS
40. That Poppy – Lowlife
38. The 1975 – The Sound | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. One Direction – History (39) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
28. Zayn – Pillowtalk (37) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
15. Ellie Goulding – Something In The Way You Move (21)
13. Ben Rector – Brand New (19)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. American Authors – Pride (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Troye Sivan – Youth (12) | PEAK: #08
07. A Great Big World – Oasis (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Justin Timberlake – Drink You Away (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Adele – Hello (05) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
04. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. Taylor Swift – Out Of The Woods (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Adele – When We Were Young (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Strumbellas – Spirits (1)
2. Grace Mitchell – Nolo (4)
3. Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up (5)
4. Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez (9)
5. Family Of The Year – Carry Me (6)
6. Lucius – Born Again Teen (8)
7. Jonathan Roy – Daniella Denmark (7)
8. Julian Taylor Band – Just A Little Bit (10)
9. The Saint Johns – Lost The Feeling (-)
10. Tryon – Somebody To Love Me (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – Devil In Me (new)
Aurora – Conqueror
BANNERS – Start A Riot
Boy & Bear – Where’d You Go
Bryan Adams – You Belong To Me
Chef’special – In Your Arms
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Conrad Sewell – Remind Me
David Cook – Broken Windows (new)
Demi Lovato – Stone Cold (new)
DNCE – Toothbrush
Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream
Grace Potter – Nobody’s Born With A Broken Heart
Jamie Lawson – Cold In Ohio
Jess Glynne – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
Matt Nathanson – Giants
New District – Closer
R5 – Dark Side
The Heavy – Since You Been Gone
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Lumineers – Ophelia (new)
Transviolet – New Bohemia
X Ambassadors – Unsteady

Chart Notes:

  • Shawn Hook and Troye Sivan each grab their first top ten hits on my chart this week at #9 and #8, respectfully, as both stay in the hunt for #1 sometime next month. Just a little lower, Ben Rector (#13) and Ellie Goulding (#15) are both six notches closer to a top ten hit. For Rector, it would be his first. For Goulding, it would be her fourth. Both debuts last week and now tied for the Biggest Mover, One Direction and Zayn leap nine spots, the former to #30 and the latter to #28.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is by The 1975, coming in at #38 with “The Sound”. They now have two songs in the top 40; the former top ten, “Love Me”, is down to #35. Both cuts are taken from their upcoming sophomore album, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, which is due on February 26. A big title like that may just carry a big opening week globally as well.
  • Plenty of artists make poppy tunes, but only a few of them have poppy names. In the case of chart newcomer That Poppy, she seems to bridge the two together. She debuts at #40 with “Lowlife”. It’s featured on her EP Bubblebath, due on Friday. The singer, both Moriah Pereira and formerly credited as Moriah Poppy, grew up in Nashville.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 9, 2003

Chart chicks.

Chart chicks.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for 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 feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back nine years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of February 9, 2003…

Debuts:
39. JOHN MAYER, “Why Georgia”
38. GOOD CHARLOTTE, “The Anthem”
37. O-TOWN, “I Showed Her”
36. STACIE ORRICO, “Stuck”
33. SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER, “Don’t Dream It’s Over”

Biggest Mover(s):
50 CENT, “In Da Club” (39-22, seventeen spots)

10. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Cry Me A River” (down 3)
Album: Justified (2002, Jive Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

09. TELEPOPMUSIK, “Breathe” (up 2)
Album: Genetic World (2002, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6

08. BOOMKAT, “The Wreckoning” (up 12)
Album: Boomkatalog.One (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

07. DF DUB, “Country Girl” (up 3)
Album: Country Girl (2003, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. JC CHASEZ, “Blowin’ Me Up (With Her Love)” (steady, second week)
Album: Drumline (Soundtrack) (2002, Jive Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “I’m With You” (down 1)
Album: Let Go (2002, Arista Records)
Peak: #3

04. DIXIE CHICKS, “Landslide” (up 1)
Album: Home (2002, Columbia Records)
Peak: #4

03. JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring LL COOL J, “All I Have” (steady, third week)
Album: This Is Me… Then (2002, Epic Records)
Peak: #3 for five weeks

02. COUNTING CROWS featuring VANESSA CARLTON, “Big Yellow Taxi” (steady, second week)
Album: Hard Candy (2002, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. GOOD CHARLOTTE, “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous” (steady, fourth week)
Album: The Young And The Hopeless (2002, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 5, 2016

On "Sale" this week.

On “Sale” this week.

Snow may be hitting the Northeast again overnight, but this week’s New Music Friday will keep you nice and toasty with all the hottest new jams. Here are this week’s notable albums and singles:

  • WIZ KHALIFA — Khalifa (iTunes)
    • Six months ago, Khalifa’s Blacc Hollywood entered at #1 on the Billboard 200 list, so it’s a bit of surprise to see a new set from him this soon. We’ll see if his recent Twitter fight gets him any added sales. Nothing from the album is currently at radio, but “Bake Sale”, an instant grat at the time of release, is still in the top 100 on iTunes.
  • FUTURE — EVOL (iTunes)
    • This album is a Saturday release, and though Khalifa has a one-day advantage, this will certainly be an interesting race to #1 for both rappers. The Georgia performer’s DS2 and collaboration on What A Time To Be Alive came in at #1 on the Billboard 200 last year, and his hot streak is definitely burning.
  • CHARLES KELLEY — The Driver (iTunes)
    • Kelley is at the wheel as his first solo effort travels the road to retail. The title track serves as the lead single, a top 50 hit at Country radio, and the set features several collaborations. It should be able to make the top 20 in sales.
  • More albums out this week: DIIV‘s Is The Is Are (iTunes), Drowning Pool‘s Hellelujah (iTunes), Elevation Worship‘s Here As In Heaven (iTunes), Elton John‘s Wonderful Crazy Night (iTunes), Foxes‘s All I Need (iTunes), Lucinda Williams‘s The Ghosts Of Highway 20 (iTunes), Majid Jordan‘s Majid Jordan (iTunes), Nothing But Thieves‘s Nothing But Thieves (iTunes), SWV‘s Still (iTunes), The Cult‘s Hidden City (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music 57 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Tigertown‘s Lonely Cities (iTunes)

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

  • “Don’t Let Me Down”, The Chainsmokers featuring Daya (iTunes)
  • “From The Ground Up”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
  • “Jimmy Choo”, Fetty Wap (iTunes)
  • “Ophelia”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
  • “Make My Love Go”, Jay Sean featuring Sean Paul (iTunes)
  • “Nervous”, Gavin James (iTunes)
  • “New Year’s Eve”, (iTunes)
  • “Pause”, SafetySuit (iTunes)
  • “Prayers/Triangle”, Deftones (iTunes)
  • “Smoke”, Brian Fallon (iTunes)
  • “Something New”, Zendaya featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
  • “The Broken”, 3 Doors Down (iTunes)
  • “Voodoo”, Allen Stone (iTunes)
  • “Whisper”, Chase Rice (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Kanye West, Lissie, Vince Gill and more.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (February 2016)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in February in this month’s Radio Report:

Bryan Adams
BRYAN ADAMS – “You Belong To Me” (February 8) (AC)
Label: UMe
Last year, Adams scored his latest top 30 entry on the AC chart with “Brand New Day”, and though he’s had dozens of hits over the decades, he’s not ready to stop. “You” is the second single from Get Up!, which was produced by Jeff Lynne. (It barely made it into the top 100 on the Billboard 200.) He has a string of live dates planned on the East Coast, beginning in New York City on the 11th.

The Heavy
THE HEAVY – “Since You Been Gone” (February 8-9) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Bad Son/ADA
This British rock and soul quartet out of Bath is back on the block with their first new tunes since 2012. It was that year that the act scored their only Alternative top 40 hit to date, “What Makes A Good Man”, which peaked at #32 in October. It’s hard to tell if this single will be well-received after all that time away, but it’s a pretty good sound and one that fits on both formats. Watch out for it.

AURORA
AURORA – “Conqueror” (February 9) (Alternative)
Label: Glassnote
From Norway, this 19-year-old singer, born in Bergen, has already hit the charts in Ireland and the United Kingdom with a remake of “Half The World Away” by Oasis. It was featured in a prominent Christmas advertisement for the John Lewis stores. Though it didn’t hit here, her latest single off All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend is receiving some good early support from Alt Nation.

Brandy Clark
BRANDY CLARK – “Girl Next Door” (February 15) (Country)
Label: Warner Bros.
Clark’s been a high-profile writer in the Nashville community for many years now, and her independent album 12 Stories got good reviews when it was released in the fall of 2013. She now finds herself with a major level and a single at Country radio, and reviews once more have been overwhelmingly positive for the Jay Joyce-produced cut. Will radio’s “Door” swing open for this sassy song?

Cam
CAM – “Mayday” (February 15) (Country)
Label: Arista/RCA
December was an awesome month for this California singer. Her album Untamed debuted in the top 20 on the Billboard 200, and her single “Burning House” got a week at #1 on Country radio. (It’s now crossing over to the Hot AC format.) There’s no need for a distress signal, at least not yet, for Camaron Ochs should be able to sail the choppy chart seas towards a second sales and radio hit.

American Authors
AMERICAN AUTHORS – “Pride” (February 22) (Hot AC)
Label: Island/Republic
Despite “Go Big Or Go Home” narrowly missing the top 20 at the Hot AC format last year, that’s not going to get this New York act down. In fact, their song about self-respect is an early add at stations in Denver and Orlando on the panel. Of course, the four guys are best known for “Best Day Of My Life”, which spent a week at #1 in 2014. Hopefully, the song will also do its “best” on the chart.

Boy & Bear
BOY & BEAR – “Where’d You Go” (February 22) (Triple A)
Label: Nettwerk
The Australian quintet just missed the top ten at Triple A radio with their last single, “Walk The Wire”, but they’re hoping to climb back into the region with their next single. Both tracks are from their album Limit Of Love, which became their second set in a row to reach the top of the album listing in their home country. They begin a tour of the United Kingdom and Europe later this month.

The Saint Johns
THE SAINT JOHNS – “Lost The Feeling” (February 22) (Triple A)
Label: Kemosabe
Appearing for the first time on our Radio Report is this dynamic duo, Jordan Meredith and Louis Johnson. The Nashville act is on their way to a great era with their first full-length album, Dead Of Night, due March 4. Meredith and Johnson got some assistance from Vince Schumerman on the track, who records as Army Of Me. It recently received a few spins on SiriusXM station The Pulse.

Walk The Moon
WALK THE MOON – “Work This Body” (February 22-3) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: RCA
Already climbing quickly on my personal chart is the third single from this Ohio band’s Talking Is Hard album. Of course, the huge crossover hit “Shut Up And Dance” came from the effort, and “Different Colors”, which went top ten on Alternative radio. “Work” is already a favorite at their live shows and has great streaming stats behind it. I’m ready for this to get going and become a smash.

Conrad Sewell
CONRAD SEWELL – “Remind Me” (February 23) (CHR/Pop)
Label: 300 Entertainment
Last year, Sewell earned his first #1 single in his native Australia with “Start Again” and his first top ten on the album chart with an EP called All I Know. Two of his singles, “Hold Me Up” and a feature on Kygo‘s “Firestone”, have been minor CHR airplay entries at best. Though he’s not had a true breakout moment with the U.S. audience thus far, “Remind” could remind people of his talent.

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