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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (April 2014)

If you follow the radio charts like I do, you’ll want to be on top of only the freshest music being serviced across the nation. So, I’m bringing back an early PGTC feature with a bit of a revamp. With this monthly series, I’ll be highlighting some great tracks at a few different radio formats I enjoy that will be fighting for airspace over the next few months. So, what are we waiting for? Let the battles begin.

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

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A song in the “Wrong”.

NICO & VINZ – “Am I Wrong?” (April 1) (*)
Label: Warner Bros.
Already a top ten hit in several European territories, “Wrong” is currently gaining at the Hot AC format and ranking in the lower rungs of the top 40. The duo was formerly known as Envy and consists of Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery. It may already be touted as the “Song of the Summer” by the label, but this still has a ways to go. We’ll see what happens.

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Bringing cartoons to the tunes.

AJR – “I’m Ready” (April 8) (*)
Label: AJR/Warner Bros.
After months of airplay on SiriusXM’s Hits 1 and 20 on 20 as an independent act, the trio of brothers from New York City are partnering with Warner Bros. to bring “Ready” onto the terrestrial airwaves. Looks like they’ll find some life on the charts thanks a guy who lives in a pineapple under the sea. The catchy single is bound to be a summer favorite.

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Looking for a H.I.T on the chart.

LADY GAGA – “G.U.Y” (April 8) (*)
Label: Streamline/Interscope
Much has been said about ARTPOP era, but it continues to move on despite the mixed reaction. The third single from the album ranks as one of my top tracks from the disc, and a short film for it (and a few other clips from the effort) is racking up millions of views online. You can currently find her playing a set of shows to close the Roseland Ballroom.

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It has a ring to it.

DJ CASSIDY featuring ROBIN THICKE and JESSIE J – “Calling All Hearts” (April 15) (*)
Label: Columbia
It’s rising up the top ten on my personal chart, but a few delays have pushed its radio release to this month. The crazy hot disco jam leads off Paradise Royale, now due in June. A promotional single featuring R. Kelly, “Make The World Go Round”, is also out on the web. The DJ’s debut project is quite an ambitious one, but it sounds like a winner to me.

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Keeping things bright.

BIRDS OF TOKYO – “Lanterns” (April 22) (*)
Label: Loma Vista/Republic
Last year, March Fires became the first #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart for this five man band out of Perth. This single was the second lifted from it, peaking at #3 down there and achieving a 3x Platinum certification. With growing spin counts at Alternative and AAA radio, a crossover was bound to happen. It may be a tad bit soon, but the song is good.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

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Water you waiting for?

VANCE JOY – “Riptide” (April 1) (*)
Label: Atlantic
This former top ten single in Australia and the United Kingdom recently broke the top five on the AAA survey. Now, it’s been picked up by a handful of Alternative stations before its official impact date this Tuesday. It also charted at #1 on the yearly Triple J Hottest 100, one of the most influential radio stations out of Australia. Blimey! That’s great.

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Ain’t no other “Man”.

NEULORE – “Shadow Of A Man” (April 8) (**)
Label: Island
Bandmates Adam Agin and William T. Cook formed this act five years ago and have been going steady since it. Back in 2010, they released the independent Apples & Eve, with this single being their first major label release. It was used on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy last year and Hart Of Dixie a few months ago. It’s a solid folk song with great potential.

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This is the new year.

NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927 – “Dust And Bones” (April 15) (*)
Label: Atlantic
What’s in a name? Theirs is certainly an intriguing one. Rilo Kiley lead guitarist Blake Sennett and The Honorary Title lead singer Jarrod Gorbel put their talents together two years ago for this project, and following an EP release in November, it’s time to break them on the Alternative survey. Just watch out for that music video… it’s a little freaky.

La la late to the party, we are.

Not so Lonely anymore.

SAM SMITH – “Stay With Me” (April 15) (**)
Label: Capitol
He’s also over pop radio thanks to hits from Disclosure and Naughty Boy, but we’ve yet to see a solo release from Smith on the radio… until now. Thanks to a well-received Saturday Night Live performance, “Stay” is riding a digital boost, along with the forthcoming album In The Lonely Hour. Like it or not, Smith is coming, and he won’t back down.

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More than a feeling…

THE PREATURES – “Is This How You Feel?” (April 22) (*)
Label: Harvest
I first saw these guys at CMJ back in October and they had an awesome performance. After a few more gigs at SXSW, the quintet is ready to go to radio via Harvest Records, a name relaunched a year ago by Capitol. Harvest has yet to place a single at the format, but that certainly doesn’t mean it can’t happen with this. Watch out for more from them.

Which track(s) would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 30, 2014

Catching ZZZ's and the #1 spot.

Branching out for another week.

DEBUTS
40. Andy Grammer – Back Home
39. A Great Big World – Already Home
36. Foster The People – Best Friend
26. Passenger – Scare Away The Dark | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
22. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be (29) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
21. Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart (26)
12. Phillip Phillips – Raging Fire (19) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — three weeks
06. Coldplay – Magic (11)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Eric Hutchinson – Tell The World (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Christina Perri – Human (06) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
08. MAGIC! – Rude (04) | PEAK: #02
07. DJ Cassidy featuring Jessie J & Robin Thicke – Calling All Hearts (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Coldplay – Magic (11) | PEAK: #06
05. The 1975 – Settle Down (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Gary Barlow and Elton John – Face To Face (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Foster The People – Coming Of Age (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Bastille – Bad Blood (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Neon Trees – Sleeping With A Friend (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Vance Joy – Riptide (1)
2. Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It) (3)
3. Sheppard – Geronimo (7)
4. Taylor Henderson – When You Were Mine (6)
5. O.A.R. – Peace (5)
6. Benny Tipene – Make You Mine (2)
7. One Direction – You & I (10)
8. Gary Barlow – Since I Saw You Last (9)
9. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (-)
10. Sebell – Till The Sun Burns Out (-)

In The Mix:
5 Seconds Of Summer – She Looks So Perfect
Augustana – Ash And Ember
Avril Lavigne – Give You What You Like
Betty Who – Heartbreak Dream
Daughtry – Battleships
Grizfolk – The Struggle
Hot Chelle Rae – Don’t Say Goodnight
Hunter Hayes – Invisible
Imagine Dragons – Bleeding Out
Katy Perry – Birthday (new)
Matt Cardle – Hit My Heart
Miner – Hey Love
Ray LaMontagne – Supernova
Sam Smith – Stay With Me (new)
Strange Talk – Young Hearts
The Seasons – Apples (new)

Chart Notes:

  • This week, two songs tie for the Biggest Mover. One of them is “Raging Fire” by former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, who leaps from 19-12 this week. It’s his third charting single. Even though he shares the title this week, it’s his third consecutive frame of earning the distinction. Will he push that to four next week? Even if he doesn’t, he’s quite likely to break the top ten.
  • The other Biggest Mover this week is the first hit for Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne, “Rather Be”, up 29-22 in its third week on the chart. It recently spent four weeks at #1 in the United Kingdom and remains in the top ten in over two dozen countries. Now that’s some chart power, and I think there’s no place they’d “rather be” than ruling the rankings.
  • At #26 is the week’s Highest Debut and the biggest one of the year so far. It’s no surprise that it belongs to Passenger, whose latest single is “Scare Away The Dark”. It’s the first radio release from his new album Whispers, due in June. The 29-year-old singer took over my chart last year with three #1 hits in a row: “Let Her Go” (12 weeks), “Holes” (5 weeks) and “The Wrong Direction” (2 weeks). “Go” also ranked as the #1 song of 2013.
  • While “Coming Of Age” remains put in the top 5, rockers Foster The People are already debuting with their followup single to it. “Best Friend” is at #36 this week and is one of my favorites from their sophomore album Supermodel. Look for it to make a splash at Alternative radio in the next few months.
  • The final two debuts of the week are all about “Home” because, well, there’s no place like it. Duo A Great Big World enter with “Already Home” at #39; it’s the followup to their #2 ballad, “Say Something”, which fell off recently. Andy Grammer also returns to the countdown this week with “Back Home”, debuting at #40. It’s his fourth chart single and his first time in the top 40 since January of last year with his former #1 “Miss Me”.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 27, 2011

From D to J.

From D to J – place your (alpha)bets.

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, we go back to Junior Year of college, when I was studying hard during the day and fundraising on the telephone at night. Meanwhile, here’s what was happening on my chart dated March 27, 2011:

Debuts:
40. ONEREPUBLIC, “Good Life”
39. LIFEHOUSE, “Falling In”
38. HANSON, “Give A Little”
36. THE CARS, “Sad Song”

Biggest Mover:
BRITNEY SPEARS, “Till The World Ends” (31-23) (8 spots)

10. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Do”
The daughter of Fleetwood Mac producer Ken Caillat was making some moves with this sweet single. “Do” led Caillat’s third album All Of You and landed her a fourth top 40 hit on the Hot 100. On my chart, it was her fifth to go top ten. She last charted in early 2014 with “Hold On”, which quickly faded away. No plans have surfaced for a followup release yet.

09. PARACHUTE, “Something To Believe In (Jeremiah)”
Third time was the charm for this Virginia act, who previously charted in 2009 with “She Is Love” and “Under Control”. The leadoff single from The Way It Is climbed to #1 for three weeks and remains their biggest single to date. Their most recent album, 2013’s Overnight, didn’t place any singles on my survey. They’re currently touring with Gavin DeGraw.

08. THE BAND PERRY, “If I Die Young”
After “Hip To My Heart” became a minor single on the Country radio chart in early 2010, this Tennessee trio of talented siblings (say that five times fast) got a little musically morbid with this depressing ditty. However, the single impressed a few different audiences and crossed over to CHR radio. “Young” climbed to #2 on my top 40 and spent two weeks there.

07. JESSIE J featuring B.O.B, “Price Tag”
Her days of judging The Voice in the U.K. may be over, but the British singer is going back to what made her a star in the first place. Her second European single became her first song to rank on my chart. “Tag” peaked at #2, her biggest single on my top 40. She’s currently featured on the collaboration “Calling All Hearts” with DJ Cassidy and Robin Thicke.

06. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “What The Hell”
The name of her album was Goodbye Lullaby, and while Lavigne said goodbye to RCA after the release of this album, she certainly wasn’t done on the charts. She last made my top 40 a year ago with “Here’s To Never Growing Up”, which came close to a top ten peak, reaching #13. After touring South America, she’s opening for the Backstreet Boys this summer.

05. DURAN DURAN, “All You Need Is Now”
Nearly three decades after first hitting the Hot 100, the band from Birmingham, then recording as a quartet, was on the verge of scoring their first #1 on my chart since 2005’s “What Happens Tomorrow”, which became my top single of that year. “Now” was co-written by producer Mark Ronson. Is there anything new coming from the group in 2014? We’ll see.

04. JASON ALDEAN featuring KELLY CLARKSON, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
Coming off a run of two weeks at #1 on the Country chart, “Stay” was crossing over to the mainstream airwaves, and was about to start its first of four weeks at the top of my own chart. It was one of the biggest duets of 2011. Clarkson remains a chart mainstay and while Aldean continues to regularly rank on Country radio, he hasn’t entered my survey since this.

03. ADELE, “Rolling In The Deep”
The last time I featured 2011 on the Flashback, this single was “rolling” its way up to six frames in the #1 spot. However, even musical miracle workers can’t rest at the top forever, and thus, it was holding at #3 and on its way down. What can I say that hasn’t been said about 21 and all the support for it and its singles? It was the kind of era we may never see again.

02. ANDY GRAMMER, “Keep Your Head Up”
One of the worst records I can think of when it comes to the charts is possessing the single that spends the most weeks at #2 without ever hitting #1. Well, Grammer holds it on my survey with this song, which spent eight weeks knocking on the door to the top, only to leave empty-handed. Luckily, he’s recovered very nicely with three consecutive top five singles.

01. PINK, “F**kin’ Perfect”
Spending a second week in a row at the top was this pop anthem, the first #1 for the singer on my top 40 since 2008’s “So What”. “Perfect” was the second of two songs released from Greatest Hits… So Far!!!, which has been certified Platinum in the States. I guess that proves she’s not just an acrobat in concert; she can really swing on those spectacular successes. The colorful chanteuse last charted last fall with “Walk Of Shame”, a single exclusive to Australia that missed my top 20.

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.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Christina Perri – Head Or Heart

Playing for Ceeps.

A Perri good effort indeed.

Life changed pretty quickly for singer Christina Perri during the summer of 2010 when her debut single, “Jar Of Hearts”, was featured in a performance on the FOX show So You Think You Can Dance. Three weeks later, she was signed, and her single took the slow and steady approach up the radio charts, breaking the Hot AC top ten by January 2011 and eventually topping the 3 million mark in sales. Her first full-length album, lovestrong., followed in the spring and debuted in the top 5 on the Billboard 200. Three more singles, a 2012 Christmas EP and lots of tour stops later, she’s returned with a gorgeous new album titled Head Or Heart; you’ll have to use both to pick up a copy of this.

The majority of the album is spearheaded by the great British producer Jake Gosling, who does an amazing job with the cuts he worked on. He’s previously worked with acts like Ed Sheeran and One Direction, and he gives the tracks he created with Perri such a life and energy that the experience is not only entertaining, but a genuine one. Head Or Heart marks a set of songs about a woman and her newfound romance, one who has overcome a lot and yet still has some doubts amongst her many desires. Yet, the days of lovestrong. are gone. This is a new era, and this is a new Christina Perri.

It all begins with opener “Trust”, one of the more emotive songs on here and one that seems to be influenced by the new age genre. Perri takes a direct approach in the lyrics: “I knew better than to trust myself, to trust someone else/To trust the lies that slip from my mouth, trust the heart I’m so quick to sell.” That’s some pretty strong language, but they are words from a matured and experienced singer. Following that is second single, “Burning Gold”, an emphatic expression of passion as co-written by Tom Hull, better known as musician Kid Harpoon. The result is a piece not unlike Florence + The Machine, whom Hull also worked with, dazzling in a percussive-driven pop radiance.

Tracks three and four on the album are the most single-worthy of the bunch, led by the sweet sounds of “Be My Forever”, a bubbly and charismatic tune that matches Perri with singer Ed Sheeran to an absolutely perfect result. (Although, shhh… I would’ve secretly loved to hear co-writer Jamie Scott as the male lead on it.) From one lover to the other, Perri gleefully sings, “We’re on top of the world, now darling, so don’t let go.” This has future wedding song written all over it, regardless of the season, although it does lend itself nicely to a warm spring or autumn day. From there is the dramatic, but truly real “Human”, co-written by Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls. With a tender build, enhanced by a lyric about the flaws we all possess and try to look beyond, it’s a stellar number and, as you may know from reading my chart, spent six weeks at #1 and currently ranks as one of my top songs of 2014 thus far. It’s beautiful.

You probably don’t want to hear me go on for hours about this, but the thirteen tracks that encompass Head Or Heart make for one cohesive listening experience. Other favorites from the list include the dreamy “One Night”, about a woman “so out of breath and hungry” for her love that she wants to “be the moon hanging over” and “the star falling where you are,” as well as “Sea Of Lovers”, which brings Perri into metaphorical mode against an arrangement reminiscent of Coldplay‘s “Yellow”. She sings, “You’re the only way out of this sea of lovers losing time/…will you let me follow you wherever you go?/Bring me home.” Ballad “The Words” introduces a slightly darker tone into the mix, perhaps comparable as the “Jar” of this album, as does “Butterfly”, which slightly resembles the Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram duet, “Somewhere Out There”. I also have give props once again to Jamie Scott, who co-wrote “Shot Me In The Heart”, which is just pure pop goodness.

Like any album, this one could’ve had a tweak or two particularly about two-thirds into it, but it’s not serious enough to put a damper on it. Believe me, Head Or Heart was one of my most anticipated albums of this year since first heard “Human” in the middle of November, and it’s far from disappointing. With all the new writers, producers and collaborators participating on the effort, it’s wonderful to see that the time and work all paid off. To see the confidence boost and growth in any artist is admirable, but to also love their love is something really special. Since “Human” is still growing at radio, and Perri’s base of fans is growing along with it, my own confidence in the record is pretty high as well. You won’t want to pass it over.

As she states at the end of closer “I Believe”, “This is not the end of me/This is just the beginning.” We can all believe in that.

(Stream and pre-order Christina Perri’s Head Or Heart, due in stores April 1)

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (March 25)

Her hits (and hips) don't lie.

Her hits (and hips) don’t lie.

Rumor has it that there’s a she wolf in the closet and yet another animal on the loose in record stores today. Welcome to the jungle. Here’s what you need to know about on the schedule for the week of March 25:

  • Her collaboration with Rihanna, “Can’t Remember To Forget You”, may have been a dud on the radio charts, but Colombian singer Shakira is still soldiering with her new self-titled album. The current single from it is titled “Empire”. It will likely debut somewhere in the top 5 with a smaller sales total from her last English effort, 2009’s She Wolf. (iTunes)
  • Already responsible for a pair of big hits on the R&B survey, “Gas Pedal” and “Red Nose”, California rapper Sage The Gemini is out with his debut album, Remember Me. This will also likely find a spot in the top 5 as a third single makes it onto radio. (iTunes)
  • As singer Jerrod Niemann once sang, “What’s so wrong with one more drinkin’ song?” Well, “Drink To That All Night” is now a major Country hit, and his High Noon album makes it into stores this week. It should break into the top 15, if not the top ten. (iTunes)
  • Swag pop duo Karmin wanna raise Pulses with their debut album and first major release since their EP Hello two years ago. Unfortunately, given their relationship with the record label, that probably isn’t going to happen. The has produced two charting U.S. singles, “Acapella” and “I Want It All”. (iTunes) (My review of Pulses)
  • Can you believe that Elton John‘s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is 40 years old? Featuring classics like “Candle In The Wind”, the title track and “Harmony”, it deserves to be celebrated. So, a new deluxe edition is out in several different packages, including a remastered edition with bonus tracks and a companion disc with acts like Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy and The Band Perry all putting their own spin on cuts from the album. (iTunes)
  • From out of the archives and now out to the public, a series of shelved recordings dating back to the 80’s from the late Johnny Cash, titled Out Among The Stars, is now available. (iTunes)
  • For soundtrack releases this week, check out the compilation from the upcoming film Rio 2 (iTunes), featuring songs from Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe, as well as second volume of music from the fourth season of AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Animals As Leaders‘s The Joy Of Motion (iTunes), Asia‘s Gravitas (iTunes), Barry Manilow‘s Night Songs (iTunes), Miles Davis‘s The Bootleg Series, Vol. 3: Miles At The Fillmore (iTunes), My Chemical Romance‘s May Death Never Stop You (The Greatest Hits 2001 – 2013) (iTunes), QUE‘s Who Is QUE. (EP) (iTunes), Rod Stewart‘s Live 1976-1998: Tonight’s The Night (iTunes), Sleeper Agent‘s About Last Night (iTunes) and The Hold Steady‘s Teeth Dreams (iTunes).

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

  • “Crazy Lucky”, a new single from rockers Better Than Ezra. (iTunes)
  • “Crazy Stupid Love”, the first radio release from newcomers My Crazy Girlfriend. (iTunes)
  • “Fever”, the first single from The Black Keys‘s new Turn Blue album. (iTunes)
  • “Whispers”, a new track from Passenger‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)

Next week, Christina Perri‘s Head Or Heart leads the pack of new albums, with the She Looks So Perfect (EP) from 5 Seconds Of Summer also making some waves. How will they chart, along with Dan & Shay and MKTO? A full preview is coming in seven!

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SINGLE REVIEW: Andy Grammer – “Back Home”

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“Home” is where the chart is.

(Listen to “Back Home”) (Download “Back Home” on iTunes **APRIL 8**)

Shortly before Halloween in 2010, I discovered a video from a newcomer that really caught my eye. In the clip, you could choose which direction you wanted it to continue in from a series of two options, a bit like the Goosebumps books I’d read as a kid. Well, it took a few months for the song behind it to finally be serviced to radio, but when it did, it became the first hit for a then 27-year-old singer named Andy Grammer, and what a ride it’s been for him since.

With three singles ranking on the Hot AC chart, two making the Hot 100 and achieving Gold (“Fine By Me”) and Platinum (“Keep Your Head Up”) certification, and a solid album to boot, it’s been a great first few years for both Grammer and S-Curve Records, who signed him four years ago. Since third release “Miss Me” peaked, however, not much has been known about his second album. An EP from the singer, consisting of the live-tested “Crazy Beautiful” and “I Choose You”, made their debut in May, but neither saw much promotion besides a small appearance on The Bachelorette. When I interviewed producer and songwriter Matt Radosevich in early December, he noted that he was involved in the sessions for the effort, but wasn’t sure when it would be out. Now, we have our first official taste of it in a new single called “Back Home”.

Mixing Grammer’s signature sound with a noticeably more folk-driven twist, the now 30-year-old singer’s latest tune is an ode to the good ol’ days and sticking to your roots, one that’s particularly infectious, I might add. Lyrically, the song tells of he and friend, presumably at the bar, toasting to “nights that you can’t take back” and how “we live hard, but we love to laugh.” He sings of how they planned to “get rich fast” by means of relocation, only to realize that money “don’t compare to the friends that last.” Yet, through the troubles and uncertain times that occur with growing up, hometown pride is also a constant: “We won’t forget where we came from/This city won’t change us/We beat to the same drum.”

This sentiment continues in a sing-along chorus, ending on the message that “we always find our way back home.” Into the second verse, the two friends reminisce about the memories of “cheap sunglasses/Red Bull and minivans/And people who had your back when the world didn’t understand.” Now that time has passed and their experiences have returned them to the place where they started, they two realize that despite the changes and much like they began their night, “we’ll still be raising our cups to the same damn things.” It’s a concrete story and one that I’m sure is relatable on more than one level to  Grammer’s core audience. While many recent acts have cruised into that pop-folk crossover, this single, thankfully, does not sound as forced and should be enjoyed for what it is: a nice song with a positive vibe.

Even though the material is worthy of being a hit and I’m sure his base will come out when the song is up for downloading, the radio situation is a little bit concerning at the moment. S-Curve doesn’t have as much pull at radio as it did a few years ago with acts like Duran Duran and We The Kings, mostly because the landscape of the formats have changed and so have the panels in terms of their ratios of large company stations versus independent ones. However, given that Grammer is one of their bigger artists at the moment, perhaps they’ll be able to build up their resources in order to deliver on giving him a proper leadoff to his second album.

Look out for “Back Home” on a radio station playlist near you when it’s serviced later this week and be sure to support the latest project from Andy Grammer by downloading his new single when it hits digital retailers on Tuesday.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 23, 2014

Catching ZZZ's and the #1 spot.

Lighting up the chart again.

DEBUTS
39. Guy Sebastian – Like A Drum
38. Hedley – Crazy For You | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be (36)
26. Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart (32)
19. Phillip Phillips – Raging Fire (29) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
15. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better (21)
11. Coldplay – Magic (18)
08. DJ Cassidy featuring Jessie J & Robin Thicke – Calling All Hearts (13)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Eric Hutchinson – Tell The World (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Grouplove – Shark Attack (06) | PEAK: #03
08. DJ Cassidy featuring Jessie J & Robin Thicke – Calling All Hearts (13) | PEAK: #08
07. The 1975 – Settle Down (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Christina Perri – Human (04) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
05. Gary Barlow and Elton John – Face To Face (07) | PEAK: #05
04. MAGIC! – Rude (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Foster The People – Coming Of Age (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Bastille – Bad Blood (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Neon Trees – Sleeping With A Friend (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Vance Joy – Riptide (3)
2. Benny Tipene – Make You Mine (1)
3. Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It) (9)
4. Foster The People – Best Friend (-)
5. O.A.R. – Peace (7)
6. Taylor Henderson – When You Were Mine (10)
7. Sheppard – Geronimo (-)
8. Aer – Says She Loves Me (2)
9. Gary Barlow – Since I Saw You Last (-)
10. One Direction – You & I (-)

In The Mix:
5 Seconds Of Summer – She Looks So Perfect
Andy Grammer – Back Home (new)
Augustana – Ash And Ember
Avril Lavigne – Give You What You Like (new)
Betty Who – Heartbreak Dream
Christina Perri – Burning Gold
Daughtry – Battleships
Grizfolk – The Struggle
Hot Chelle Rae – Don’t Say Goodnight
Hunter Hayes – Invisible
Imagine Dragons – Bleeding Out (new)
Matt Cardle – Hit My Heart
Miner – Hey Love
OneRepublic – I Lived
Parmalee – Carolina
Ray LaMontagne – Supernova
Sebell – Till The Sun Burns Out
Strange Talk – Young Hearts

Chart Notes:

  • In three weeks, the latest from Coldplay has gone from 28-18-11 on the chart, titled “Magic”. It’s gaining airplay at four U.S. radio formats, including Alternative and Hot AC. Should it break the top ten on the Hot 100, it would be the first magical title to rank there since “Magic” by B.o.B featuring Rivers Cuomo peaked at #10 in 2010, and the first by a band to do it since America‘s “You Can Do Magic” went to #8 in 1982.
  • “Raging Fire” once again captures the title as the Biggest Mover of the week for 23-year-old Phillip Phillips. The song jumps from 29-19 as it also advances in the top 20 at Hot AC radio. “Raging” leads Phillip’s sophomore album, which is due later this spring.
  • Fresh off a good first adds week at U.S. radio, the former U.K. #1 smash from Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne, “Rather Be”, climbs from 36-29 this week. Despite a small amount of airplay thus far, the single is already making its way up iTunes and looks to sell about 5,000 copies this week. It’s a start! Watch out for this one on the Hot 100 this summer.
  • Their single “Anything” peaked at #32 earlier this year; now, Hedley returns to my chart with “Crazy For You”, debuting at #38. It’s currently hovering around the top ten on Canada’s Hot 100. “Crazy” is the second single taken from Wild Life, which was released last November in Canada and sees a U.S. release in May.
  • The only other debut this week is from Australian singer Guy Sebastian, inat #39 with “Like A Drum”. Last fall, it hit #4 down under. It’s his first hit to reach my chart, though he’s been reaching the ARIA Singles survey at a good rate since his debut in 2003.

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