Monthly Archives: October 2013

SINGLE PREMIERE: One Direction – “Story Of My Life” (+ Lyrics)

Read up on this "Story".

Read up on this “Story”.

“Story Of My Life” serves as the second single from One Direction‘s forthcoming album, Midnight Memories, due in November. The song was co-written by Jamie Scott of duo Graffiti6. “Story” will be premiering around 11:00 AM Eastern.

Listen to “Story Of My Life”. / View the lyric sheet.

“STORY OF MY LIFE”

[Verse 1]
Written in these walls
Are the stories that I can’t explain
I leave my heart open
But it stays right here empty for days
She told me in the morning
She don’t feel the same about us in her bones
It seems to me that when I die
These words will be written on my stone

[Bridge]
And I’ll be gone gone tonight
The ground beneath my feet is open wide
The way that I been holdin’ on too tight
With nothing in between

[Chorus]
The story of my life, I take her home
I drive all night to keep her warm
And time is frozen (the story of, the story of)
The story of my life, I give her hope
I spend her love until she’s broke
Inside the story of my life (the story of, the story of)

[Verse 2]
Written on these walls
Are the colors that I can’t change
Leave my heart open
But it stays right here in its cage

[Bridge]
And I’ll be gone gone tonight
The ground beneath my feet is open wide
The way that I been holdin’ on too tight
With nothing in between

[Chorus]
The story of my life, I take her home
I drive all night to keep her warm
And time is frozen (the story of, the story of)
The story of my life, I give her hope
I spend her love until she’s broke
Inside the story of my life (the story of, the story of)

[Middle 8]
And I been waiting for this time to come around
But baby running after you is like chasing the clouds

[Chorus]
The story of my life, I take her home
I drive all night to keep her warm
And time is frozen
The story of my life, I give her hope (give her hope)
I spend her love until she’s broke (until she’s broke inside)
Inside the story of my life (the story of, the story of)

The story of my life (x3)

Leave a comment

Filed under Single Reviews

What’s The Hassle? Erik Hassle’s All “About It”

"Talk" about a comeback.

“Talk about” a comeback.

Several years ago, Erik Hassle made a spectacular debut onto the music scene with a pop and dance fusion that led to some big hype from the blogosphere. You can include me as one of those fans as well. His smooth vocals combined with some progressive-sounding arrangements was relatively new at the time, and although it garnered mixed reaction on the national surveys, it was very much ahead of its time. Sadly, his career largely dropped off after his first single, but now the performer returns with a track ready to deliver him a second chance at stardom, “Talk About It”, released on his new American home of RCA Records. It’s fresh and a banger ready to smash. First, a bit about Hassle’s story so far in the biz.

Hassle was born in 1988 in Katrineholm, Sweden, originally wanting to get into sports before going to a secondary school primarily focused around music. Taken with this new direction, he signed a deal with the TEN Music Group out of Sweden in his teens. His debut single, “Hurtful”, off of his eventual #2 album in that country, Hassle, was released in the fall of 2008 and went as high as #11 in his native land and to #2 in Denmark. This was followed by “Don’t Bring Flowers”, which went to #25 and #11, respectively, and then a few other minor singles from an EP entitled Taken.

Meanwhile, in the United States, “Hurtful” saw a radio release to the Hot AC format during the spring of 2010 on Universal Republic, landing at #30 on Billboard’s Adult Pop Songs survey at a peak of about 30 radio stations at the format. It initially crossed my radar in October 2009 before making my top 40 in February 2010, climbing as high as #8 for two frames. After a 20-week run on my chart, it ranked on my Top 100 of 2010 at #36, his only charting release to date. An international reworking of his album, Pieces, never made the Billboard 200 but I quite liked it. No followup single was issued in the States; there was no need given how little “Hurtful” actually accumulated both in airplay and sales, which is still a shame to this day.

Since then, Hassle’s continued to record for label Roxy Recordings over in Sweden, and although some his additional EPs and albums have achieved minor chart peaks outside the top ten, no singles from them have charted and these recordings generally aren’t remembered as well as his debut material. He was also featured as a vocalist on an English version of Stromae‘s “Alors On Danse”, which was a hit in its original form internationally, though the remix with Hassle did garner some airplay in various parts of Europe. Again, it never would’ve done well in the U.S. in any form. Otherwise, Hassle’s been on a break, still writing music, but mostly just lying low as he tells blog Pigeons and Planes in a recent chat. That is, until now.

Giving us a little taste of his forthcoming album, title yet to be announced, Hassle’s “About” is a great piece of pop, carefully put together and crafted so beautifully. Lyrically, the song tells of a male’s take on a relationship where he recognizes that he’s not been the only man in the picture and wants out, yet he can’t deny the feelings he once had and wants to carry on in his own ideal situation with his significant other. Hassle sings, “I don’t want to talk about it, no/Then nothing would be beautiful between us/I don’t want to think about it, no/Just let me know what would call this thing between us.” A crisp vocal with a strong lyrical set over a minimalist beat combine perfectly together, making for a rich composition without being overproduced or cluttered in multiple layers. It’s a great comeback for the young singer and one that should get him a lot of notice, especially with a proper backing from RCA. Let’s hope they actually go through with it.

Looking for more information regarding Erik Hassle‘s new album soon, as well as a forthcoming North American tour coming later in 2014. “Talk About It” is available at digital retailers on November 5 and look for it In The Mix for my top 40 this weekend.

1 Comment

Filed under Single Reviews

CONCERT: Fitz & The Tantrums (Acoustic), 10/22/13 – Worcester, MA

A "League" of their own.

No tantrums here, just some good ol’ music.

Hailing from Los Angeles, soulful sextet Fitz & The Tantrums has been around for nearly five years now, but are still gaining new fans on a regular basis. From their humble beginnings playing small clubs in California to a big fall tour this year around the nation with the electro-pop duo Capital Cities, the group is making their mark on popular music with an authentic old school vibe that has shone through all aspects of the band, from their material to their look. Their biggest hit to date on my chart, “MoneyGrabber”, spent a week at the top back in 2011, a song I initially didn’t like but slowly grew into over time. That was from their first LP, 2010’s Pickin’ Up The Pieces. However, with a new album making waves on the Billboard 200 and a few songs over the radio, the five men and one woman that comprise the band are more popular than ever, having played around with their sound a bit on their most recent collection to skew in a new wave direction. However, it also remains true to their R&B roots.

Playing a short set on the fourth floor at Club Maxine’s in downtown Worcester, the band was split in half as what seems to be case with most of their radio gigs, with lead vocalist (and new father!) Michael Fitzpatrick, tambourine and vocalist Noelle Scaggs and bassist Joseph Karnes at the exclusive event with a trio of songs from their latest studio album, More Than Just A Dream, available on Elektra/Atlantic Records. With a retro-themed room at the venue and a retro-sounding band to boot, you couldn’t have asked for a better fit. Of course, the band took some pictures beforehand with several fans and were courteous about it before taking to the floor and getting down to business after a nice introduction.

First off was “The Walker”, which was recently announced as the second Alternative and AAA single from the record. It’s also received a few television placements in the last few weeks. Built around some steady whistling, the more bare arrangement still gave off as much as fun as the studio cut, with Fitzpatrick taking on a different melody. I was obviously jealous that I can’t whistle. “Walker” isn’t the only current release that’s trying to bring back that trend on the Alternative survey, but in my opinion, it’s the strongest of the bunch. (Feel free to disagree.) Next up was “Fools Gold”, another great track from the effort and very much a contender for a single down the line. I almost didn’t recognize as a stripped down piece, but it was by far the best performance of the three, with Fitzpatrick sounding more energetic vocally and Karnes plugging away at his guitar.

“Gold” was followed by a steady stream of questions from both audience members and on-air personalities – a bevy of musical influences (answers included hip-hop, soul, even a little Nirvana and Rush for Scaggs), playing with musical legend Daryl Hall on the web series Live At Daryl’s House (Fitzpatrick noted that Hall’s mother told him that he sounded like Hall, to which he responded, “Can I get a witness?”) and all the talk shows they’ve been on lately (Conan, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, etc.) Finally, they dug into “Out Of My League”, the song that recently became their first #1 song on the Alternative chart and biggest over all single of their career. We got some clapping involved, a little musical direction by Scaggs leading the crowd and the people were enjoying themselves. “League” spent five weeks at #2 on my chart back in April and May, so I’ve obviously been enjoying the song for some time, and they made sure to bring the flavor even in an acoustic setting. I’m sure it would rock more if I ever saw the full six-piece band live on stage.

The band and their label rep were in a rush to drive down to Providence for a gig after the end of this, so I wasn’t able to chat with the act or get any sort of photograph with them, but that sort of thing happens sometimes. I’m still content that I managed to see them if only for a short bit. Their smooth jams are going to continue on for a long while to come. Let’s just hope they get the same kind of embrace come the next era, especially if it’s in the same league as their latest.

Click the “Get Social!” tab at the top to find PGTC on social media.

2 Comments

Filed under Concerts

TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 22)

The pop princess of Prism.

A little more “Roar”.

Time to let the light in on these heavy albums hitting the streets today; some big names in here. Check out the releases for the week of October 22:

  • She’s got the eye of the tiger and she’s fully ready to pounce on that top spot on next week’s Billboard 200 album chart. It’s the third studio album from pop princess Katy Perry, who releases Prism, featuring the #1 “Roar” and new single “Unconditionally”. How high will her first frame stack up? Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • California rockers AFI just missed the top ten with their last studio album; now, four years later, they return with Burials, with singles like “17 Crimes” and “I Hope You Suffer”. Well, so much for the positive vibes. (iTunes)
  • Former X Factor contestants Fifth Harmony are out with an EP this week titled Better Together, a poppy affair featuring single “Miss Movin’ On”. (iTunes)
  • Hot off his top ten AAA hit, “Wild Child”, which currently resides at #6, singer-songwriter Brett Dennen releases Smoke And Mirrors, his fifth studio album since 2004. (iTunes)
  • His album Passione went to #2 earlier this year; will the runner-up spot be his again or can he make it to the top? Sure to be a hot seller this holiday season is Andrea Bocelli‘s Love In Portofino, which also comes with a DVD in the physical component. (iTunes)
  • Also hot on the opera circuit this week is Italian trio Il Volo, who enter the ring of Christmas contenders with Buon Natale: The Christmas Album. There are strong pre-orders on this one, which features covers of all the classics. (iTunes).
  • If you miss the late Donna Summer, you’ll be sure to love Love To Love You Donna, a collection of remixes as done by Afrojack, Laidback Luke and more. (iTunes).
  • Other albums out this week include Anoushka Shankar‘s Traces Of You (iTunes), Def Leppard‘s Viva! Hysteria – Live At The Joint, Las Vegas (iTunes), Lita Ford‘s The Bitch Is Back… Live (iTunes), Motörhead‘s Aftershock (iTunes) and Tori Kelly‘s Foreword EP (iTunes).

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

  • “Do What U Want”, an album track from Lady Gaga‘s forthcoming ARTPOP featuring R. Kelly. (iTunes)
  • “Hold Tight”, the latest Music Mondays single from Justin Bieber. (iTunes)
  • “Love Don’t Die”, the leadoff single from The Fray‘s forthcoming studio album. (iTunes) (Lyrics here!)
  • “Sweeter Than Fiction”, an 80’s inspired soundtrack single from One Chance by Taylor Swift. (iTunes)
  • “The Outsiders”, a brand new song from Country superstar Eric Church. (iTunes)
  • “Wait For A Minute”, a new single from rapper Tyga featuring Justin Bieber. (iTunes)

With new albums from Arcade Fire, Kelly Clarkson and Toby Keith next week, as well as many more acts, it’s going to be a full house. See who lands where in a preview in seven!

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews, Music News

CMJ WRAP UP: Gettin’ “Down” With Sheppard

Someone's herd the word on Sheppard.

Someone’s herd the word on Sheppard. (L to R: Myself, lead vocalist George Sheppard, drummer Dean Gordon.)

It was Saturday afternoon at half past four and I was strolling down Clinton Street on my way up to East Houston. My formal shoes were digging into the back of my feet; I should’ve worn sneakers. A stream of cars passed to the left. The sweet smells of street corner cafés were in the air. A few more paces and a couple of crossways until the stoplight to change street directions.

“Pop goes the charts!” a cheerful voice bellowed behind me. I froze, then turned around to George in the front seat of a black mini van, hair sticking up in clumps, cracking a smile as mother Linda and band mate Dean watched on. I laughed. “You kids!” “Sorry, didn’t mean to scare you,” he replied. “It’s alright, I like a good scare. Halloween’s coming up, you scare people.” The three nodded. I finished with a “You all better have good costumes this year,” which gave them a chuckle. Linda pulled out a phone to snap a photo of me and I grinned, giving a thumbs up as egged on by George. “Have a good one!” one of them called out. “You too!” I said and waved them a fond farewell. After one more round of waves, their car crossed onto the opposite of the street as I took off down to Washington Square, walking through the park and reminiscing.

Does this read like the start of a bad fan fiction piece to you? I’d think so too, but it happened, even that guidance by the Little River Band. (No dancing in the dark, it was still light out.) Point is, if you end up at a music conference and you see any band that you like three times, that’s dedication, and perhaps reasonable grounds to call yourself a fan girl or a stan or whatever their loyal base call themselves. What would that be here? A “Shep Brother” or “Shep Sister”? It has a ring to it. Humor aside, the Australian sextet Sheppard rocked it at CMJ Music Marathon over the last few days, and it really was an honor to see them live and get to know them a bit before they flew off to England. They were electric on stage and down to earth off stage. I certainly wasn’t going in with the intention of being won over; they already did that for me months ago, but there’s always something about putting the full package together that makes you feel satisfied. So, the dream became reality.

You may ask, how did you get interested in them in the first place? Well, I refer you back to this post I did in April. Being the chart surfer that I am, I came across that week’s edition of the Australian airplay chart and noticed that a song called “Let Me Down Easy” debuted on the entire 100-position survey at #39. That’s a big entrance for anyone, especially for an independent act. I was under the impression that the song was a cover, specifically because of this single which charted in 2002 from Chris Isaak of the same title. Well, surprise! This was no remake. It was an original, and I dug it from the first listen, and then wrote the profile in the hopes that something could come of it Stateside in 2013. The band shared it on their social media profiles and I thought maybe, just maybe, something was in the works.

Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened so far. However, in Australia, “Easy” ended up peaking at #12 on the airplay chart (currently #94 in its 27th week) and the Sheppard EP, certified Platinum for shipments of 70,000 copies, went as high as #18 on the Singles chart in a 15 week run. (ARIA rules state that a single only available on an EP rather than as a stand-alone release enables the whole EP to enter.) It was an admirable success, especially for a release that had been out since August of the prior year, and one that secured them a nomination at the ARIA Awards for Best Independent Release. Meanwhile, “Easy” spent three weeks at #10 on my chart and 20 weeks on, and is holding up pretty well in the data I’ve crunched so far for my year-end survey. Followup “Hold My Tongue” is faring even better, now at #5 on my most recent chart thanks to CMJ.

It’s weird to think that one comment a month ago on one of my chart posts from May by George Sheppard, father of three of the band’s siblings, led to my first solo trip to New York City and everything that happened this week with the band. First, it was an intimate acoustic performance at the Klimat Lounge on Wednesday, a big mixer for the management group behind Sheppard and a couple of other bands like The Griswolds, Chugg Music. Then, it was a Planetary Party at Pianos on Friday afternoon, and lastly, an Australian BBQ over at The Delancey on Saturday afternoon. There were a lot of Australian accents going around and very few American ones, and I wasn’t about to start faking something out of “Crocodile” Dundee. That being said, they were quite warm and friendly and liked to have a good time. (There were a few characters in the bunch.)

As a live act, I can’t say enough about how good they were at all three venues. Lead singer George Sheppard (the son) is a ball of energy, and the six of them together bring the fun. Several songs to be included on their forthcoming studio album were highlights in all three shows, including the anthemic “Geronimo”, with an emphatic sing-along chorus of a “Say! Geronimo!” chant and “Bombs away!” as singers George and Amy Sheppard traded off harmonies and leads. I don’t know what the studio cut sounds like, but that screamed single material to me based off how involved the crowd seemed. Also, the faces drummer Dean Gordon was giving us were (a) like he was in pure ecstasy and (b) adorable. Also topping my list was stomper “Halfway To Hell”, in which the band went full-out tribal in last 45 seconds of the song, banging away to a thrilled crowd. They have an image: lots of flourescent colors and printed shirts, and how could I neglect to mention that they have shakers shaped like pineapples? Plus, their fan base continues to grow. When I initially did my article, the band’s Facebook page had a little under 2,500 likes that were generally from Australia; that total is now at over 13,000 and on a more global scale. I’m really, really proud of them for what they’ve accomplished in such a short time.

It’s hard to return back to normalcy after a week like that, but I’m certainly hoping that this isn’t the end for myself and the band. A part of me is always going to remember that sudden “Pop goes the charts!” creep up from a few car lengths behind and think back to a great time and how cool it was to be recognized like that. It meant a lot to me in the moment and now and gave me a reignited reason for what I do. They’ve done particularly well for themselves in their homeland and I wouldn’t be writing about and praising the six so much if I didn’t think there was a place for these guys in the U.S. music market. There is very much a spot waiting for them. As for how they’ll get there, well, I do have something in mind for how it can be done, a plan that would at least give the group a fair shot here. That, however, is something only to be discussed between myself and their management. You have to keep some things a secret, right? Amy, Dean, Emma, George, Jay and Michael, it was a pleasure to meet you, mates, and thank you to Andrew Stone for coordinating the events, though I didn’t get a chance to say hello. Come back soon; you’re welcome here any time.

Purchase Sheppard‘s music on U.S. iTunes: Sheppard EP or a digital single of “Hold My Tongue”.

2 Comments

Filed under CMJ 2013

Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 20, 2013

The Hunger for more.

Where it’s Atlas.

DEBUTS
40. The Fray – Love Don’t Die
39. Maroon 5 – Lucky Strike | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. A Great Big World – Say Something (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
20. Keane – Higher Than The Sun (25)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Passenger – Let Her Go (09) | PEAK: #01 for twelve weeks
09. Bastille – Pompeii (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
08. The 1975 – Chocolate (06) | PEAK: #02
07. New Politics – Harlem (07) | PEAK: #07
06. American Authors – Best Day Of My Life (10) | PEAK: #06
05. Sheppard – Hold My Tongue (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Katy Perry – Roar (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Passenger – Holes (02) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
01. Coldplay – Atlas (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Fitz & The Tantrums – The Walker (7)
2. Tom Odell – Hold Me (4)
3. John Mayer featuring Katy Perry – Who You Love (1)
4. Switchfoot – Who We Are (3)
5. Matt Cardle – When You Were My Girl (6)
6. NONONO – Pumpin’ Blood (2)
7. Gary Barlow – Let Me Go (9)
8. Bastille – Of The Night (-)
9. Basic Vacation – I Believe (-)
10. Robbie Williams – Go Gentle (-)

In The Mix:
AJR – I’m Ready (new)
Avril Lavigne featuring Chad Kroeger – Let Me Go
Butch Walker – Coming Home
Cub Sport – Paradise (new)
Emblem3 – 3,000 Miles
Hunter Hunted – Keep Together
Katy Perry – Unconditionally (new)
Kelly Clarkson – Underneath The Tree (new)
Lily Kershaw – As It Seems
Lorde – Team
Matt White – Gimme What You Got
OneRepublic – Something I Need
Olly Murs – Hand On Heart
Plain White T’s – The Giving Tree
Taylor Swift featuring Gary Lightbody – The Last Time
The Griswolds – Heart Of A Lion (new)
The Killers – Shot At The Night
The Preatures – Is This How You Feel? (new)
Vance Joy – Riptide
Yuna – Rescue

Chart Notes:

  • As I sit here writing all of this on the train ride back home, there’s a lot of CMJ Music Marathon madness on the brain. That would be the conference I was at all week, full of panels during the day and performances at night. Everything entering the In The Mix section this week except for Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson’s new singles are all bands I saw live and enjoyed. Another group who opened a showcase, Basic Vacation, enters the Top 10 Next In Line, where NONONO also appears. Then, there’s the Australian sextet Sheppard, who benefitted quite a bit this week. After seeing them perform three times during the last five days, I figured a notch upward per performance was only fitting; thus, “Hold My Tongue” registers a rise from 8-5, becoming the group’s first top 5 single on my chart. This won’t be the last you’ll be seeing them on my blog in the next few days; trust me, there’s one whole post coming soon that I think you’ll enjoy.
  • Just behind them is the quartet that formed in Boston, now based in Brooklyn called American Authors, who jump from 10-6 with “Best Day Of My Life”. Their first single to reach my top ten has been picking up some real momentum lately; can it go all the way to the top? With a new music video out this week and a physical edition of their EP out on October 29, be on the lookout for some more action from this one.
  • Since I was at New York University for CMJ’s Music Marathon this week, I guess it’s only fitting that duo that attended NYU takes this week’s Biggest Mover on the countdown. A Great Big World climb from 35-29 with “Say Something”, their first chart single. It’s also currently making some moves on the Hot Adult Contemporary airplay chart.
  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to Maroon 5, who now tack on an 18th top 40 hit to their chart record with “Lucky Strike”, entering this week at #39. It’s the fifth single from the band’s Overexposed, which was released last year. “Strike” is the followup to “Love Somebody”, which went to #7 for two weeks.
  • Also coming back to life this week is The Fray, debuting at #40 with “Love Don’t Die”. It’s their 10th single to reach my survey; two of those went to #1, 2006’s “How To Save A Life” and 2009’s “You Found Me”.

See my full chart on the M4BCC message board.

Leave a comment

Filed under Personal Charts

ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 18, 2003

Say what you want about these two.

Say what you want about these two.

Welcome back for another edition of Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my new 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. This week, it’s back to eighth grade, probably the worst year of school ever. However, the music was still pretty good, with a lot of singer-songwriters and pure pop acts hitting it big on my survey. Here’s my chart from October 18, 2003:

Debuts:
33. EVANESCENCE, “My Immortal” (#1 for four weeks, December – January 2004)
22. NO DOUBT, “It’s My Life” (#1 for five weeks, November)

Biggest Mover(s):
BRITNEY SPEARS featuring MADONNA, “Me Against The Music” (29-18) (11 spots)

10. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “Bright Lights”
Rob Thomas and his band were still doing well in 2003 having just come off the success of the single “Unwell”. This third release from More Than You Think You Are was the biggest of the era on my chart, spending two weeks at #9 before falling to #10 this week. Four years later, the band would go to #1 for five weeks with “How Far We’ve Come”. They last charted earlier this year with the #21 single “Our Song”.

09. MARIA, “I Give, You Take”
Down from #5 after three weeks there, this was her only song to make my chart. “Take” garnered some airplay at the CHR format in the fall of 2003, but ultimately flopped after the folding of DreamWorks Records. There was a conspiracy theory for a while on one of the message boards I’m on that Maria was actually Samantha Mumba under another name, but that’s not true. They do look similar, however!

08. O.A.R., “Hey Girl”
After two weeks at #6, the first song to make my chart for this band from Rockville, MD fell to #8. After hitting it big with the college crowds, this was their first big attempt at breaking mainstream radio, and while it was a hit in some markets, it didn’t do well nationally. Luckily, “Shattered (Turn The Car Around)” changed all that, becoming their biggest success to date, with a #2 peak on my own personal chart.

07. NELLY FURTADO, “Powerless (Say What You Want)”
Moving up from #13 last week, this single led off her album Folklore, and I was really into it during the fall of 2003. I still think that it’s the best body of work of her career so far. It would end up peaking at #2. Sadly, the song and the era never took off in the U.S., and the singer was largely forgotten about until she roared back with 2006’s “Promiscuous”. She is currently working on a second Spanish album.

06. CLAY AIKEN, “Invisible”
Here’s the American Idol portion of our countdown; hey, someone had to make it possible. Taking a leap from 10-6 was Aiken’s first top ten single on my top 40; he had just missed it a few months earlier with “This Is The Night” (#12). “Invisible” is actually a remake of a single that originally charted earlier that summer by the Irish boy band D-Side; the song went to #7 in the United Kingdom and in Ireland.

05. MANDY MOORE, “Have A Little Faith In Me”
Moore, Moore, Moore. How do you like her? Well, I liked her a lot, especially this song originally done by John Hiatt and which she covered for her 2003 album appropriately titled Coverage. “Faith” was up 7-5 this week, which tied 2001’s “In My Pocket” for her highest peaking song on my survey. She last made my top 40 in 2007 with the #7 “Extraordinary”. She’ll be appearing in an upcoming TV film, The Advocates.

04. PINK, “Trouble”
The album was Try This, but though she tried, she and her label couldn’t get America on board with this era. “Trouble” had a huge debut on my chart, but quickly peaked out after it was clear that the song was faltering nationally. #4 would be as high as it went. Followup single “God Is A DJ” also quickly went top ten, but was largely ignored by U.S. radio. What a difference ten years makes; she’s absolutely crushing it now.

03. DIDO, “White Flag”
Now, the singer from England who made a name for herself on both sides of the Atlantic. After “Here With Me” and “Thank You” went top ten in 2000 and 2001, respectively, this final single (thus far) to rank from her was holding steady that week, but would climb to #2. A new studio album from her, Girl Who Got Away, was out earlier this year on RCA Records and a Greatest Hits album will be released in November.

02. MAROON 5, “Harder To Breathe”
Ah, yes, it was the debut hit for that pop/rock group out of California who seems to be more popular now than they ever were before. “Breathe” would spent five consecutive weeks at #2 on my chart, with this particular week being its final at the position. They would follow this up with two number-one singles in a row, “This Love” and “She Will Be Loved”. They’re about to chart with a new single, “Lucky Strike”.

01. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE, “Stacy’s Mom”
Here it is ! #1 for a fifth consecutive week on my top 40 this week in 2003 might be the only song you know from this power pop quartet based out of New York City. Alternative radio picked up a few of their singles in the mid-to-late 90’s, but it was “Mom” that quickly took off with a mainstream audience. The song charted moderately well in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and here in the U.S., going to #21 on the Hot 100. A followup single, “Mexican Wine”, missed the top 20 on my survey in 2004. They haven’t charted since then.

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback 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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Charts/Trade Papers, Retro