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RADIO REPORT: What’s Hitting The Airwaves This Month (January 2013)

Every month, dozens of singles are sent to radio and are put up for adds, meaning that stations can choose to put them in rotation and they’ll be reported to airplay services like BDS and Mediabase/Media Monitors. Not every new single gets an adds date, but many do. I’ll be shifting through everything from my music sources and highlighting some of the top songs being sent to their respective formats. Record labels start packing on the releases on the next few weeks, so here’s a sample of what’s hitting the airwaves in January 2013:

Hungry like the wolf.

Hungry like the wolf.

CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio)
The terrific twosome of David Guetta and Sia are hoping that lightning does strike twice for their new collaboration, “She Wolf (Falling To Pieces)”. This is not the same song that Shakira released in 2009, even if the main titles are the same. “Titanium” hit the top five for the pair back in August. Already a top ten hit in the United Kingdom and all across Europe during its release in the Fall, it goes for adds on January 8. That’s also the same day that Ke$ha‘s “C’mon” goes for adds, though it’s already firmly in the top 40 after first single “Die Young” was decreased or dropped by many stations following the Newtown school shooting two weeks ago. (See my full post on that topic.) A video will be released soon. Olly Murs looks to score his second hit with “Troublemaker”, featuring rapper Flo Rida, the last of the January 8 adds date singles. It’s my pick of the week, already up to #3 on my personal chart, and making sold gains at radio (currently #38 and building) with early adds on big name stations like Z100/New York City. Murs recently hit the top spot on the U.K. Singles Chart with the song. His album, Right Place, Right Time, is out in the States in April. (More here.) Finally, there’s “How To Be A Heartbreaker” by Marina & The Diamonds, the followup to “Primadonna”, which just dented the top 40 several months ago. She’s profiled in the same article as Murs is.

Two songs take to the airwaves during the next week, January 15, both by performers with underwhelming debut singles and even more subpar second releases. Teenage singer Austin Mahone has teamed up with rapper Flo Rida on “Say You’re Just A Friend”, which samples the Biz Markie classic from 1990. It’s just a bit of a mess, vocally and sonically, although it looks like there’s a little more money going into it than his debut single, “Say Somethin'”. Don’t expect a high placing for it. (Check out a more in-depth description of it here.) Worse, however, is “C’mon Let Me Ride”, a double entendre laden track by Skylar Grey and Eminem. By some accounts, it’s meant to be a joke song. I’m not quite sure, but how do you go from the hook of “Where’d You Go?” by Fort Minor (credited as Holly Brook) to this? You can’t convince me that Queen actually approved clearance of the sample. It’s appalling, and thus, the CHR programming gods command thee to go back to more serious songs because this little ditty you got here is not working. An album is likely coming from the performer this spring.

Finally, on January 29, OneRepublic goes to CHR radio with “If I Lose Myself”, the second single from their album, Native, which is released in March after being pushed back a few times. It’s a pretty decent track that’s likely to be another big hit for the group. I recently did a full review of the song, which you can view here.

They've got passion in their pit and they ain't afraid to show it.

They’ve got passion in their pit and they ain’t afraid to show it.

Alternative and Adult Album Alternative (AAA)
Already top 40 on the Alternative chart, Boston-based Passion Pit looks to score another hit from Gossamer with “Carried Away”, an 80’s-synthesizer jam that may just be the next hit from an advertisement. It’s the followup to “Take A Walk”, which recently went top ten on the format. I’ve been listening to it quite a bit in the past few days and I’m really loving it. It officially goes for adds on January 8, along with “Inhaler” by Foals, who have had limited success on the U.K. Singles Chart. This one recently peaked at #50 there.

January 15 brings us a whole bunch of releases at Alternative radio, including the latest from Bullet For My Valentine, “Riot”. It’s not my cup of tea, but if you have a hard rocker in the family, they’ll probably enjoy this one. Shiny Toy Guns returns with “Somewhere To Hide”. I really enjoyed their 2007 release, “You Are The One”, and this is another solid record for the band. (P.S. Can you believe the singer on this #41 Hot 100 single from the fall of 1991 now plays guitar in the band? Not like I’d remember a song that was out when I was 1, but it’s a cute Pop track.) Rockers The Airborne Toxic Event are looking for their fifth entry on Alternative radio with “Timeless”. Of their four so far, two have hit the top ten: “Sometime Around Midnight” in 2009 and “Changing” in 2011. Lastly, there’s “Keep You” by the new group Wild Belle. You may recognize their song from its placement in the movie Pitch Perfect. Who wouldn’t want to capitalize on the success of it? We’ll see if it helps the group in the long run.

RCA Records is preparing two singles to go to radio during the next week: “Harlem” by Danish act New Politics, their first single in two years and “The High Road” by Three Days Grace, the second single from Transit Of Venus. Recent single “Chalk Outline” hit the top 15 on the Alternative chart. The third single from Papa Roach‘s album The Connection is also released on the date, entitled “Before I Die”. Then, on January 29, look out for “F— You” by Bad Religion, another hard single from the punk band, and “Two Fingers” by Jake Bugg. He’s been generating a lot of buzz over his native United Kingdom after his album debuted at #1. The singles haven’t done particularly well over there, but they may do something here. (You can find more on Bugg here.)

Over at Adult Album Alternative, a new one from Best New Artist nominee Alabama Shakes goes for adds on January 8, “Hang Loose”. Matt Costa also returns on the date with “Good Times”. The Neighbourhood, who went for Alternative adds with “Sweater Weather” back in December, also go for adds this week with the song at the AAA format. The band Stars release “Give It” the following week, along with Tristan Prettyman‘s “Say Anything”, and look for Bugg’s song at Adult Album Alternative on the same date it goes to Alternative.

That’s it for this month’s Radio Report. See you in February for even more releases.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #02 and #01 (Post 11 of 11)

So, by now, you know that I’ve been counting down my top 100 singles of 2012 for the past week and a half and we’re finally up to what you’ve been waiting for. These are the top two songs on my year-end chart based on my weekly top 40 charts. For yet another year, the top two songs have managed to accumulate over 1,000 points each (both are higher than last year’s top two), and neither one of them was the longest-running #1 song of the year. Still, they’re both classics in my book, both by newcomers with their first top-40 hit that peaked early on during the chart year and just stayed a while. They are the only two songs to spend thirty plus weeks on during this specific Dec. 2011-Nov. 2012 chart year.

There’s a reason I called this The Year Of The G. The letter G, that is. Three acts or performers, all with their first hit(s) and all beginning with the letter G, were in the top spot for sixteen out of the fifty-two weeks in the year. We’ve heard from Grouplove, who were at #10 with “Tongue Tied”, and two other acts who charted lower with their followup singles to the two records left in the countdown.

Let’s get to those two biggies.

Don't let him be the last to "Know".

Don’t let him be the last to “Know”.

002. GOTYE featuring KIMBRA – “Somebody That I Used To Know”
ALBUM: Making Mirrors // LABEL: Samples ‘n’ Seconds/Universal
PEAK: #1 for seven weeks // WEEKS ON: 33 // POINTS: 1,071
CHART RUN: 36-29-24-22-14-11-06-05-01010101010101-02-02-03-04-03-05-04-04-06-09-11-16-19-21-24-27-29-33-off

Belgian-born and Australian-raised Wally de Backer likely never expected a song of his to blow up like this. He showed a liking for music from an early age, playing in a band before beginning a solo career. The singer, who calls himself Gotye, had achieved some minor success on the Albums Chart in Australia and Belgium, as expected, but nothing of his managed to garner any high positions on the charts. That was, until this song came around. Originally intended to be recorded with a “high-profile female artist”, she dropped out at the last-minute and a suitable replacement was found in Kimbra, a New Zealand-based artist who was also a relative unknown in her homeland. It was a highly personal song about a relationship gone wrong, where personalities shifted to the point that each of the counterparts were strangers to one another. Upon impact, it stormed the Singles Chart in Australia, lasting eight weeks in the top spot there in August, September, and October 2011. The video was a huge selling point for the track, where both artists appeared as if they were painted into the wall, before Kimbra‘s paint disappeared, symbolic of the lover’s removal from the picture. Now, not every artist from Australia automatically becomes a superstar in the United States as well; in fact, an indie pop artist, as Gotye may classified as, would probably be the least likely candidate to get a full-fledged backing for a successful U.S. crossover. However, in the midst of Adelemania, we needed a male counterpart to balance out all the slower songs on the radio, and “Somebody” fit the role perfectly. As it began blowing up at Alternative radio, I knew that I had to get on it. On the chart for December 11, 2012, it entered into my Next In Line, and then debuted the following week, December 18, at the #36 position. Its run slowed from there, but it suddenly picked up the pace in January and on the chart of February 12, the song zoomed from 5-1, the second largest leap to the top of the year, and stayed there for seven weeks. After a long top ten stay of nineteen weeks that lasted into the early summer, and thirty-three in the top 40, it managed to fall out of the countdown in mid-August. Followup single “Eyes Wide Open” made it to #7 and was back at #40 on the year-end countdown. Both artists are almost certainly not going to repeat the success of this international smash ever again, but I’m sure they enjoyed the world watching their every move while it lasted.

Now, the most popular song of the year. May I present to you:

(Credit: ArtistApproach, Flickr)

Young hearts run “Free”.

001. GRAFFITI6 – “Free”
ALBUM: Colours // LABEL: N.W. Free/Capitol
PEAK: #1 for four weeks // WEEKS ON: 48 // POINTS: 1,290
CHART RUN: 39-35-32-29-21-14-10-06-02-02-01010101-02-02-04-04-04-05-05-05-06-09-10-10-10-11-15-15-18-18-21-23-21-21-16-14-14-17-17-22-22-22-27-29-29-34-off

This is the story of how one little song trumped the competition with a chart run of four weeks at #1, five months in the top ten, and nearly a year in the top 40. OK, but before I even try to dissect that massive line of numbers, a little background on the band and how I first heard the song that is now my top song of 2012.

 Lead singer Jamie Scott was always surrounded by music, whether it was listening to his parents’ collection of classic soul records, or performing in a duo during his college years. In his late teens, Scott sent out several demo tapes to record labels in the hopes that he could compose tracks for other performers, but the general response from these labels was that Scott himself should sing his own music. Sony Records signed him to a solo deal in 2002. His debut album, Soul Searching, was intended for a 2005 release, but was never issued commercially because of a label merger; it got lost in the shuffle. Two singles from the effort, “Just” and “Searching”, became minor top-40 entries in the United Kingdom in September 2004 and January 2005, respectively, and a third solo song, “Made”, can be found on the soundtrack to the movie Step Up. Scott signed to Polydor Records in 2006 and tried again with a band, Jamie Scott & The Town, but their only charting single was “When Will I See Your Face Again?”, which fell just short of the U.K. top 40 at #41 in September 2007. A followup, “Standing In The Rain”, as well as an album, Park Bench Theories, received little promotion and failed to chart.

Tommy Danvers, also known as TommyD, took a different route when it came to music. A multi-instrumentalist, he began on the DJ circuit at age 18, playing at local clubs and then going on to play with high-profile groups like Ministry Of Sound. He also collaborated in the group E-Zee Possee, who scored a U.K. top 20 hit in March 1990 with “Everything Starts With An ‘E'”, banned by BBC Radio 1 for its lyrical content relating to drug use. After a few other minor entries, Danvers went onto work with a new dance band on their debut album, who turned out to be Right Said Fred. Here in the States, they’re one of the biggest one-hit wonders, peaking at #1 on the Hot 100 in 1992 with “I’m Too Sexy”, but they scored several followup hits in the United Kingdom. Over the next decade and a half, Danvers engineered album tracks and remixes for several big artists, like Janet Jackson and Kylie Minogue, though most of his success was achieved in Europe, with no proper U.S. breakthrough.

2008 came along and on the whim of an A&R executive, Scott agreed to meet with Danvers and the two hit it off. Scott intended the sessions to provide some fresh tracks for a solo release, but as he began writing and Danvers began mixing, it was clear that their music together was taking a different direction from what either of the two have done before. The first song they collaborated on turned out to be “Stare Into The Sun”, which was used in an advertisement campaign for The Sun newspaper. It spent three weeks at #1 on my chart this year and ended up at #7 on the year-end countdown. With their nostalgic sound established, the two produced an album in 2010 entitled Colours, which had limited success in a few European countries. Determined to break the States, they signed a deal with Capitol Records in the spring of 2011.

So, fast forward to September of the same year. I’m checking my usual music sites when I notice that a song by an artist that my friend Kurt liked was being sent to Adult Alternative radio in October, so this flawless topic was created by yours truly. Up to that point, I had only seen the video for “Annie You Save Me”, which I thought was alright, but I really enjoyed “Free”. It was a lighter track, but it was arranged really well, and featured a soaring vocal by Scott that I was really impressed with. I suppose it was sentiment of freedom that I really connected with since I was in my senior year of college and the real world was looming. It jumped straight into my Next In Line on the chart dated October 16, 2011 (a radio version of it was released the Tuesday before to iTunes) and debuted at #39 the next week, October 23. In December, it climbed into the top ten and on the chart dated New Year’s Day (January 1, 2012), “Free” became the new #1 on my chart, lasting for four weeks at the top. Colours was released in the U.S. several weeks after the song hit the top.

That should have been the end of the story, but the song just kept sticking around, thanks to the song’s release at Hot AC radio in late February. First, it was an additional eight weeks in the top 5, then thirteen weeks in the top ten, and eighteen in the top 20 before it finally looked like it was descending for good. Nope. With increased airplay at Hot AC radio and a CHR crossover coming, the song launched back into my top 20 for another five weeks, then slowly back down to the point where it fell off, but not until the middle of September, a very long chart run of 48 weeks, 32 of which (2/3 for you fraction fashionistas) were in the top 20. It goes down as the second-longest consecutive chart run in my personal chart’s history. Now, Graffiti6 joins the ranks of acts like Jason Mraz, Duran Duran, Leona Lewis, Lady Antebellum and Adele with a #1 song of the year. Congrats, guys! Best of luck with your new music coming out in 2013. We’ll see if the duo can pull off a year-end repeat. It’s never happened before.

That’s going to do it for this year’s end of the year countdown. Thanks for reading along and I hope you enjoyed.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #04 and #03 (Post 10 of 11)

From now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be counting down my top 100 songs of the year. Every week, I make a top 40 list, and each position gets a certain amount of points, plus, I add in some extra points for weeks at #1, which goes towards their yearly total. The survey period is from December 4, 2011 to November 25, 2012. Ties are broken by (1) peak position, then (2) weeks at peak position, and then (3) number of weeks on chart should it go that far. They came so close, yet they’re so far away from the top spot. Here are my #4 and #3 songs of 2012.

Sheer genius.

Sheer genius.

004. ED SHEERAN – “The A Team”
ALBUM: + // LABEL: Elektra
PEAK: #1 for one week // WEEKS ON: 29 // POINTS: 888

Here’s another of this year’s surprise hit singles that started off across the pond. Ed Sheeran learned to play guitar from a young age and took his talents on the road, playing hundreds of shows a year that supported small EPs that he put out without any big distribution. Sheeran made quite a name for himself on the independent scene, so much so that fans flocked to buy his music when he signed to a major label, Atlantic Records. “The A Team”, his first single, debuted at #3 on the U.K. Singles Chart back in June 2011, spending twelve weeks in the top ten and twenty-seven in the top 40. Album +, released several months later in September, debuted at #1 on the album chart there. It was then time for Sheeran to conquer the U.S. market. The song went to AAA radio in late February, but it was announced several weeks prior to that and I happily jumped on board before it impacted at radio. It entered into my Next In Line on the chart dated January 8, 2012 and then debuted at #35 on the top 40 the next week, January 15. It raced up the chart, landing in the top ten by the end of February before spending one week at the top of the chart in late April. It was the only song to spend one sole week at #1 this year, and it also took the slowest trip to the top for this year, taking fifteen weeks to do so. Just a frame shy of the 30-week mark, it exited in early August. Followup single “Lego House” is currently in the top 20; it went to #5 in the United Kingdom in the fall of last year. With a Grammy nod for Song Of The Year at this year’s Awards, “Team” may not have seen its full potential just yet nearly a year after its Stateside release. We’ll see what happens in February.

They don't call 'em mellow yellow.

They don’t call ’em mellow yellow.

003. FUN. – “Some Nights”
ALBUM: Some Nights // LABEL: Fueled By Ramen
PEAK: #1 for eight weeks // WEEKS ON: 28+ (32 as of 12/23/12) // POINTS: 961

Look! Up on the charts! It’s “Cecilia”! No, it’s “Send Me On My Way”! Wait a second… it’s neither of those songs. It just sounds like them! Flying high, dawning a red cape and a F on the stomach, why, it must be fun. and the longest-running #1 song of the year. Yes, for the second year in a row, the song that spent the most time at the top has been denied a slot at #1 on the year-end chart. Last year, Coldplay‘s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”, which spent seven weeks at #1, only ended up at #8 for the year, so #3 isn’t so bad for the trio based out of New York City. This has also happened in 2007 and 2009. The band is one of three to place two songs within the top ten songs of this year, which has never happened before; I guess it shows how strong and consistent the material from these acts was during this chart year. “Some Nights” was always a fan favorite with its anthem quality sound, along with lyrics about wanting to be independent and respected for whatever you support. It was a big digital seller and streaming hit before the song was ever released to mainstream radio. It entered the In The Mix section on May 6, 2012, just as “We Are Young” was spending its second and final week, and then debuted in the top 40 at #35 on the charted dated May 20. It rose quickly, landing in the top ten by early July and into the #1 spot by July 22, spending eight consecutive weeks at the top until it was kicked out in mid-September. The song still remains on my chart, though it’s fallen down into the 30’s, and could stay there as the end-of-the-year freeze continues. As I mentioned before, “Carry On” is the current #1 song on my weekly survey, and will likely rank high on next year’s list. Perhaps “Nights” may just make a lower appearance on it too.

Tomorrow. New Year’s Eve. The two biggies are here. Who’s in, and more importantly, who is #1 for 2012? You’ll find out very soon.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 30, 2012

Pretty "Young" things.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what’s that #1 song called?

DEBUTS
40. Owl City – Shooting Star (re-entry)
39. Lawson – Learn To Love Again
37. Colbie Caillat featuring Gavin DeGraw – We Both Know
34. OneRepublic – If I Lose Myself | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
26. Phillip Phillips – Gone, Gone, Gone (31)
24. Britt Nicole – Gold (32) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
23. Kylie Minogue – On A Night Like This (Abbey Road Sessions) (27)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Lifehouse featuring Natasha Bedingfield – Between The Raindrops (07) | PEAK: #07
09. Kelly Clarkson – Catch My Breath (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble (10) | PEAK: #08
07. The Script – Six Degrees Of Separation (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Adele – Skyfall (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
05. Jason Mraz – 93 Million Miles (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Robbie Williams – Candy (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Olly Murs – Troublemaker (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Pink – Try (02) | PEAK: #02
01. fun. – Carry On (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Taylor Swift – 22 (7)
2. Youngblood Hawke – We Come Running (1)
3. Pink featuring Nate Reuss – Just Give Me A Reason (6)
4. Of Monsters And Men – Mountain Sound (5)
5. Ed Sheeran – Give Me Love (3)
6. Josh Groban – Brave (-)
7. Dido – Let Us Move On (-)
8. Cheyenne Jackson – Don’t Wanna Know (-)
9. Aerosmith featuring Carrie Underwood – Can’t Stop Lovin’ You (-)
10. Passion Pit – Carried Away (-)

In The Mix:
Carly Rae Jepsen – Tonight I’m Getting Over You
Caro Emerald – Back It Up (new)
Emeli Sandé – Clown (new)
Kenny Chesney – El Cerrito Place (new)
Shiny Toy Guns – Somewhere To Hide (new)
Train – This’ll Be My Year (new)

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #07 to #05 (Post 9 of 11)

From now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be counting down my top 100 songs of the year. Every week, I make a top 40 list, and each position gets a certain amount of points, plus, I add in some extra points for weeks at #1, which goes towards their yearly total. The survey period is from December 4, 2011 to November 25, 2012. Ties are broken by (1) peak position, then (2) weeks at peak position, and then (3) number of weeks on chart should it go that far. Let’s jump back into the top ten at #7.

Here comes the "Sun".

Here comes the “Sun”.

007. GRAFFITI6 – “Stare Into The Sun”
ALBUM: Colours // LABEL: N.W. Free/Capitol
PEAK: #1 for three weeks // WEEKS ON: 28 // POINTS: 798

We just had fun. and Janelle Monae at #8 with “We Are Young”, and credited as the orchestration producer on the track is Tommy Danvers, who is also one half of the duo in the #7 slot, Graffiti6, along with lead singer Jamie Scott. The two are based out of London, England and they’ve been playing together since 2009. They released their first album, Colours, in their native U.K. in the fall of 2010 before it eventually made it to our U.S. shores in January 2012. Their first single to hit my chart, “Free”, is yet to come in the top ten of the year, but this was the followup single to it, which became a top 20 hit at Adult Alternative radio here in the States. “Stare” was an instant impact record on my chart, debuting in the #40 position on March 11, 2012 without any time in the Next In Line or In The Mix. It was quite the slow riser and for a while, I thought it would peak somewhere in the top 20 without making the top 10. Then, all of a sudden, it got a burst of energy in late May. After crawling to #11, it climbed to #8, then to #3 the next week, and by June 10, it was spending its first of three weeks at #1. After 28 weeks in the top 40 by mid-September, the sun set on the single, but the duo plans to release some new material in 2013, so it won’t be long before the sun is shining again. By the way, take a look at the video when you get a chance. It’s a trippy little clip that matches the throwback vibe of the song. No kaleidoscope is needed; they’ll provide one for free.

Fifty shades of "Way".

Fifty shades of “Way”.

006. TRAIN – “50 Ways To Say Goodbye”
ALBUM: California 37 // LABEL: Columbia/Sony
PEAK: #2 for six weeks // WEEKS ON: 28 // POINTS: 845

Okay, listen, if your song is called “50 Ways To Say Goodbye”, I’m expecting fifty ways. Sadly, there are only eleven. That’s alright, however, it’s more ways than Paul Simon mentioned in “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” (he only got up to five.) Train broke out the mariachi band for their second hit from California 37 before they gave them one way to say goodbye: a pink slip. Luckily, it was a catchy enough song that I’m sure the performance royalties will be piling up by the peso into 2013. The song bowed on my Next In Line on May 6, 2012 while “Drive By” was still in the top ten and debuted at #38 on the chart dated May 27. It finally reached the #2 spot August 19, but was held out of the top spot by two separate #1 songs: “Some Nights” by fun. for four weeks and “Good Time” by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen for two weeks. Its sixth and final week at #2, on the chart dated September 23, was two days before the beginning of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, which is name-checked in the lyrics of the song. (In verse 2, “She’ll think I’m Superman, not Super Minivan / How could you leave on Yom Kippur?”) Six weeks in the runner-up spot isn’t a record, by the way: as I mentioned earlier, Andy Grammer‘s “Keep Your Head Up” spent eight weeks at #2 last year. The song descended the chart pretty quickly from there, but it managed to stay on for 28 weeks, exiting in early December. Third single “Mermaid” looks like it will be an easy top ten in a few weeks. We won’t be saying “Goodbye” that easily to Train, however…

The Train pulls into the station one last time...

Seeing double? They’ll “Drive” you crazy.

005. TRAIN – “Drive By”
ALBUM: California 37 // LABEL: Columbia/Sony
PEAK: #1 for three weeks // WEEKS ON: 27 // POINTS: 868

You say “Goodbye” and I say Hello… again. The guys manage to make it two songs in a row in the top ten. The band has never made my year-end top ten before, so to score with two songs in one year is outstanding. (The closest they’ve come up to now is last year, when “Marry Me” was #15. “Hey, Soul Sister” would’ve easily been in had its run not been split between 2009 and 2010.) “Drive By” made its first appearance In The Mix on January 8, 2012 shortly after they premiered their song on YouTube. The following week, January 15, it made a stellar debut all the way up at #29.  By February 5, it was already up to #7, though it slowed down a bit from there and didn’t make it up to #1 until April 1, but it was certainly no April Fool’s joke. Spending three weeks at the top spot, it was the band’s first ever #1 single on my chart, having reached a high of #3 two times in the past: “Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)” in 2001 and the aforementioned “Marry Me” in 2011. From there, it drove down the highway and out of the countdown in July just as “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” entered the top 5. It’s still remarkable that the band is more successful now than they ever were in their first few years on the charts. They’ll be touring in Europe starting in February and with the money they’re taking in, I’m sure they’ll be able to stock up on their supply of Hefty bags.

Check back for the #4 and #3 songs of the year in the next post.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #10 to #08 (Post 8 of 11)

From now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be counting down my top 100 songs of the year. Every week, I make a top 40 list, and each position gets a certain amount of points, plus, I add in some extra points for weeks at #1, which goes towards their yearly total. The survey period is from December 4, 2011 to November 25, 2012. Ties are broken by (1) peak position, then (2) weeks at peak position, and then (3) number of weeks on chart should it go that far. Well, this is where we start to slow it down. We’ve made it to rarefied air, people. These are my top ten songs of the year. Out of the 177 songs that spent at least one week in the top 40 this year, these ones are the ten biggest among them. Let’s get to ’em.

Their name's on the tip of my "Tongue".

Their name’s on the tip of my “Tongue”.

010. GROUPLOVE – “Tongue Tied”
ALBUM: Never Trust A Happy Song // LABEL: Canvasback/Atlantic
PEAK: #1 for two weeks // WEEKS ON: 27 // POINTS: 785

Greece is the word, it’s got groove, it’s got meaning. Take two New Yorkers, three Californians, have them meet up in Crete for the female singer’s artist residency and wha-la, you have Grouplove, the quintet with their very first hit on my chart. After releasing an EP in early 2011, they released their full-length LP, Never Trust A Happy Song, in September of that year. The first single, “Colours”, didn’t do a ton of a damage on the charts, but it was the next single that really got things rolling for the band. “Tongue Tied” initially made the In The Mix section back in December 2011, staying in for five weeks before disappearing. It was featured in an iPod Touch advertisement around that time, and though I liked the song, I didn’t think it was anything outstanding and I had no intention of charting it. Fast forward about three months and the song is a top five hit on Alternative radio, so I reconsidered it with a blank slate and I guess that was all it needed. Reappearing on April 8, 2012, it took just two weeks to make the top 40, and by June, it was firmly in the top ten. Never did I think it would hit the top spot, but it did, for two weeks in early-to-mid July. It descended the chart from there, exiting in October after a 27-week run. Followup single “Itchin’ On A Photograph” failed to chart, though it made the top ten on Alternative radio. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more new material from the band in 2013.

She sets fire to the reign.

She sets fire to the reign too.

009. ADELE – “Set Fire To The Rain”
ALBUM: 21 // LABEL: XL/Columbia
PEAK: #1 for two weeks // WEEKS ON: 27 // POINTS: 787

What can you say about Adele that hasn’t been said? She’s a Grammy winner, a Diamond-certified recording artist, and a new mom. It’s her world and we’re just living it. 21 was still a massive seller into 2012 and we can at least partially attribute that to the success of this single which wasn’t going to be the third release at first. A few early stations came on board for “Rumour Has It” back in October 2011, but a statement from Columbia Records was issued stating, in part, that more radio programmers had a better reaction to “Set Fire To The Rain”, and thus, the choice was changed about a month later. Meanwhile, I was already charting “Rumour Has It”, so quickly got that off while preparing to enter this one. It was an instant impact record, debuting at #31 on the chart dated November 13, 2011 at #31, bypassing the Next In Line and In The Mix sections. It hit #1 in its twelfth week on (January 29, 2012) and stayed on top for two weeks, marking the singer’s third number-one single on my chart. It was in the top ten until late March and fell off in mid-May after 27 weeks on the chart. 2013 will likely see no new music from Adele, though “Skyfall” will be charting into the new year and make the year-end chart in 2013. She deserves a break, though, so take it, girl, and for pete’s sake, can you let us know the name of your newborn already? Inquiring minds want to know…

Pretty "Young" things.

Pretty “Young” things.

008. FUN. featuring JANELLE MONAE – “We Are Young”
ALBUM: Some Nights // LABEL: Fueled By Ramen
PEAK: #1 for two weeks // WEEKS ON: 27 // POINTS: 788

A few years ago, I had an internship with another girl who was a big fan of a band called The Format. I wasn’t familiar with them, but she played me a few of their songs, and I thought they had some potential. What I didn’t know at the time was that the band had broken up and one of the members had gone on to form another band, which turned out to be a trio, which we today know as Fun., featuring ex-Format member Nate Reuss on lead vocals. They had a seasonal release called “Believe In Me” out a few years ago which I heard maybe once or twice, but nothing happened with the song or them, until late last year. “We Are Young” was another one that started off just as “Tongue Tied” did. It too made my In The Mix in December 2011 after it was featured as the closing number on the Glee episode “Hold On To Sixteen”. The show really hadn’t broken any new acts at that point, so it was a surprising choice to be performed since very few had heard of them, but it was the song’s sentiment that resonated with a whole lot of people. On January 8, 2012, it hit the Top 10 Next In Line and stayed there for six weeks, climbing, then reversing direction, then holding, and finally climbing again before debuting on my top 40 at #38 on February 19. One of the things that finally sold me on debuting it was when it was used in a commercial for Chevrolet during the Super Bowl. It was clear then that it was destined to become a hit being an exposed to an audience of more than 100 million people, and it did. It spent its first of two weeks at #1 on April 29 and found itself in the top ten until the end of June. By the middle of August, it was exiting the chart, again, after 27 weeks. Four weeks into the new chart year, “Carry On” is in the lead for the top song for 2013, but there are another 48 weeks to turn things around.

We knock down another three on the update tomorrow. Be sure to look out for it.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #20 to #11 (Post 7 of 11)

Quicker than a Rae of light.

Quicker than a Rae of light.

From now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be counting down my top 100 songs of the year. Every week, I make a top 40 list, and each position gets a certain amount of points, plus, I add in some extra points for weeks at #1, which goes towards their yearly total. The survey period is from December 4, 2011 to November 25, 2012. Ties are broken by (1) peak position, then (2) weeks at peak position, and then (3) number of weeks on chart should it go that far. Somehow, we’ve made it through 80% of the chart. That was fast! Now, without further ado, let’s enter the top twenty singles of the year:

020. One Direction – One Thing (623 points) (PEAK: #5)
All you Directioners, gather ’round. Here’s the last of their four songs in the top 100, the second Stateside and third international single from their debut effort, Up All Night. Though it only rose to #5, it managed to stay on for 24 weeks, thanks in part to a small bounce from its announcement as a U.S. release. So, I’m afraid this is where leave it for this year, but no worries, pint-size pop dreamers. “Little Things” is in my weekly top 20 and still rising. Now you can go back to playing with your Niall and Zayn dolls.

019. The Script – If You Ever Come Back (659 points) (PEAK: #4)
Here’s one of the few acts left on my chart that have only ever peaked in the top ten with their single releases. Six of the seven have hit the top five, and this is, in fact, the lowest peaking of the six thus far, peaking at #4 for two weeks. The seventh single, “Six Degrees Of Separation”, is still climbing up the chart, up to #8 this past week. Two members of the band made their debut on my top 40 back in the spring of 2000 as a part of MyTown, an Irish boy band that reached that lower rungs with a ballad called “Now That I Found You”.

018. Daniel Powter – Cupid (684 points) (PEAK: #4)
No, this is not a hot Sam Cooke remake, but it’s still a good song. I was in love with his major label debut, a 2005 self-titled album, which included two #1’s on my chart, “Bad Day” and “Jimmy Gets High”. 2008’s Under The Radar launched another chart-topper, “Next Plane Home”. This was his ninth top-40 hit, which fell just short of the top spot, though it did become his seventh top five entry. Alas, it doesn’t look like a second single from the effort is happening, so it’s going to be a little bit longer before Powter makes it into the double digits, but I’m sure he’ll get there.

017. Pink – Blow Me (One Last Kiss) (684 points) (PEAK: #2)
She’s the sassy singer from Pennsylvania and it simply wouldn’t be a first single from her if she wasn’t bringing the attitude. From “There You Go” to “Stupid Girls” and “So What” to the #17 song of the year, you know she’s out for blood. Parent album The Truth About Love became the singer’s first to debut at #1 on the album chart in the States, and has been certified platinum for shipments of one million copies, her sixth studio album in a row to reach that level. “Blow” spent two weeks at #2 and as of my most recent chart, has been ranking in the top 40 for 25 weeks.

016. Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time (730 points) (PEAK: #1 for two weeks)
It was one of the top collaborations of the year: a feel-good summer single that gave both performers their second big national hit. Owl City first topped my chart in 2009 with “Fireflies”, which held the top spot for six weeks. This one held the top spot for two weeks in mid-September. “Time” only lasted 23 weeks in the top 40, one of the shorter runs for a chart-topping song this year, but, a #1 is a #1.

015. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe (735 points) (PEAK: #2)
Well, well, well. Miss Jepsen strikes again with the most overused pick-up line of the year. It’s no lyrical masterpiece, but it’s easily one of the catchiest songs of the year. Jepsen made her debut on Canadian Idol in 2007, placing third, but it was Justin Bieber and his manager Scooter Braun who gave her a bigger breakout with “Maybe”. It spent four weeks at #2 on my chart, while topping the national charts in over a dozen countries, including the United States.

014. Alex Clare – Too Close (741 points) (PEAK: #7)
What’s a song that peaked so low in the top ten doing all the way up here? Well, not only did it reach its peak nearly four mouths into its chart run, but it also became the first song to peak outside of the top five and spend 30 weeks in the top 40. Also, this is his debut single. You probably recognize it from all those Internet Explorer 9 commercials over the past year. Clare’s now charted with a second single, “Up All Night”, so he likely won’t be a one-hit wonder for me, but in terms of national popularity, I can’t see how he wouldn’t be one.

013. Maroon 5 – Payphone (753 points) (PEAK: #1 for one week)
1889 marked the invention of the public payphone by William Gray, but by 2012, the Gray had turned to Maroon. Though it managed a top 30 debut on impact, the song only spent one week at #1 before falling down the chart. Perhaps they didn’t have enough change to put into the chart machine. It still managed to help their album, Overexposed, debut at #2 on the album chart.

012. Keane – Silenced By The Night (764 points) (PEAK: #1 for four weeks)
The only one thing that’s alluded this band since they made their debut back in 2004 was a #1 single. The highest they came was back in 2006, when they hit the #2 spot with “Is It Any Wonder?” Well, this year, they finally hit the peak of pop perfection for four weeks with this leadoff single from Strangeland. “Silenced” wasn’t a huge international smash, only reaching the top 40 in two countries (Belgium and The Netherlands), but as far as my chart’s concerned, it may be their biggest single ever.

011. Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) (769 points) (PEAK: #2)
Last one on the countdown for the most successful singer to come out of American Idol on my chart. This was her 18th top-40 hit, though she’s now hit the big 2-0 with her most recent entry, “Catch My Breath”. Originally billed as “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”, then swapped around for the single release, it spent four weeks at #2 on the chart and half a year on. Only one song by a solo female is left in the countdown.

It’s about to get really good tomorrow. The top ten is coming, starting off with three records that, get this — all spent the same number of weeks at #1, the same number of weeks in the top 40, and all came within three points of one another. We’ll sort out the disoriented digits and more when the chart rolls on.

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