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ALBUM REVIEW: Karmin – Pulses

They want it all.

They want it all.

It’s been two years since the Boston-based duo Karmin released an EP on Epic Records titled Hello. Preceded by a minor airplay single in “Crash Your Party”, issued as a stand-alone release in 2011, the seven song effort would go onto moderate sales and decent promotion for two additional singles: “Brokenhearted” and the title track. Though their charting presence wasn’t stellar, it gave them enough recognition (on top of their already solid following from YouTube) and they once again stepped foot into the studio later that year to finish what is now their first full-length album out on the 25th, titled Pulses.

If you’re familiar with this ongoing story, you know that this effort has been plagued by many delays, originally intended to be released in Q4 of 2012. That would’ve made sense given the chart run for “Hello”, which peaked at the time. There were at least three dates set during 2013 for it to come out, but due to the underperformance of lead single “Acapella” and staff cuts at Epic during the summer, this was again put on the back burner. Feuds ensued and things got ugly, but both the duo and label have seemingly agreed to stick it out with this current date and track listing. Alas, followup “I Want It All” is faring even worse, but luckily, I like it and some of the other tracks on here, which is a special gift for the two’s core fans.

Let’s start with what works really well on here. Besides the aforementioned “All”, which grooves to a Nu Shooz style beat, by far the best cut on Pulses is “Hate To Love You”, produced by The Elev3n. This should’ve been the “Brokenhearted” of the era. It’s straight-up fun pop at its best, switching between Nick Noonan on the verses and Amy Heidemann on the raps. You may remember that it was used in a television ad for ShoeDazzle. Why couldn’t it have been promoted then? That is anyone’s guess. It’s nothing new sonically, but it’s surely meant to be a radio hit.

Two of the other standouts on here feature the duo riding a wave of reggae rhythms just in time for the summer. Satisfying tunes include the island pop vibe of “Gasoline”, which gives the album some much-needed life after a series of so-so tracks. Further down the lineup is “Try Me On”, co-written and produced by Canadian duo The Messengers. (One of its members, Nasri Atweh, is also the lead singer of the band MAGIC!, who have an international hit in “Rude”.) It packs the flavor and showcases a better lyric than the former song.

Of course, you may be interested in the more urban side of Karmin. For that, I would refer you to the Jon Jon produced banger “Pulses”, the title track, which could be compared to the “I Told You So” of this album. Jon Jon also had a hand in that album cut from Hello. The production is hot and the energy is up, but you’re probably going to cringe at lines like, “I wanna raise pulses, la chica with the mostest/Not in the mood for the Average Josephs.” Really? Yeah, I think I’ll pass too.

I can’t fault the duo for switching up the genres and tempos pretty regularly on here, but unfortunately, much of it comes off as slightly passable b-side material at best. The pop/rock turned electro “Night Like This” sadly falls flat; even though the night sounds interesting, they sound pretty bored singing about it. Ballad “Neon Love” is overdone thematically, much the same as “Tidal Wave”, in which they just add water (metaphorically) but nothing seems to grow. 3OH!3 also enters the mix, co-writing “Puppet” – that, at least, stirs things up a little bit, but it’s not one of my favorites.

I hate to say it, I don’t want to say it… alright, I’m going to say it. This really could’ve been issued as an EP and not as a full album. I know Karmin has been pretty vocal about wanting to deliver a first album, but had Epic released this as a part of a two EP series in early 2013 with a sort of compilation album last spring, I think that ultimately would’ve created the best results for both the label and the duo. Instead, this will probably go away without much in the way of sales and no real huge single from it. It’s too bad because the material and the enthusiasm is there, but there’s obviously a real big problem in the handling of material properly at Epic. That isn’t to say the label is 100% at fault because there are some subpar songs here, but unless you’re A Great Big World or KONGOS or Prince at the moment, they won’t be throwing their coins at you.

Amy Heidemann sings it best in “Neon Love”: “Baby, sometimes it’s hard enough just getting by/This neon love is destined to die.” It’s downright true: they’re better off conserving that electric pop pulse for whatever label they end up at next.

(Stream and pre-order Karmin’s Pulses, due in stores March 25)

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (March 18)

What's my "Age" again?

Foster on the roster.

Feels like, feels like it’s coming… that is, a rush to buy some new singles and albums this week, right? Here’s what you need to know about on the schedule for the week of March 18:

  • In 2011, Foster The People scored a major pop and rock hit with “Pumped Up Kicks” from their album Torches. Three years later, the trio returns with their sophomore album, Supermodel, and are currently riding high on the Alternative chart with the top 5 single “Coming Of Age”. Look for the album to debut at #1 next week ahead of the soundtrack to Frozen; the cold never bothered them anyways. (iTunes)
  • After several EPs released over the past few years, DJ and GRAMMY winner Skrillex is out with his first full-length album, Recess, which was just announced mere days ago. Pre-orders have been strong on this one; I’m expecting it to be top 5 on the album chart next week. (iTunes)
  • SEX + LOVE is the title of the latest album from Enrique Iglesias, but he hasn’t been receiving the latter at radio. All three of the English singles from the record have tanked, largely due to their generic nature. However, with the kind of fan base he has, they may come through for him and deliver a top ten debut. (iTunes)
  • Believe it or not, superstar George Michael has a new effort out this week, titled Symphonica. The largely live album features new takes on some of his hits, as well as cover versions, as performed on his tour of the same name. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Black Lips‘s Underneath The Rainbow (iTunes), Jo Dee Messina‘s Me (iTunes), John Oates‘s Good Road To Follow (iTunes), Ronnie Milsap‘s Summer Number Seventeen (iTunes), Taking Back Sunday‘s Happiness Is (iTunes), The Pretty Reckless‘s Going To Hell (iTunes), The War On Drugs‘s Lost In The Dream (iTunes), YG‘s My Krazy Life (iTunes) and the soundtrack from Muppets Most Wanted (iTunes).

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

  • “Chandelier”, a new release from super songwriter and singer Sia. (iTunes)
  • “Me And My Broken Heart” (+ EP), the first release from new U.K. boy band Rixton. (iTunes)
  • “Sirens”, a second single from Cher Lloyd‘s delayed Sorry, I’m Late album. (iTunes)
  • “Summer”, the first single from Calvin Harris‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Surfboard”, a new single from teen singer Cody Simpson. (iTunes)

Next week, Shakira shakes it up with a self-titled album on the schedule, plus Karmin and the soundtrack from Rio 2 arrive in stores. A full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 16, 2014

Catching ZZZ's and the #1 spot.

Read ’em and Sleep.

40. Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up)
37. Better Than Ezra – Crazy Lucky
36. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart (39)
29. Phillip Phillips – Raging Fire (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
21. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better (26)
18. Coldplay – Magic (28)
13. DJ Cassidy featuring Jessie J & Robin Thicke – Calling All Hearts (20)

10. Eric Hutchinson – Tell The World (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Karmin – I Want It All (09) | PEAK: #09
08. The 1975 – Settle Down (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Gary Barlow and Elton John – Face To Face (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Grouplove – Shark Attack (05) | PEAK: #03
05. Foster The People – Coming Of Age (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Christina Perri – Human (02) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
03. Bastille – Bad Blood (04) | PEAK: #03
02. MAGIC! – Rude (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Neon Trees – Sleeping With A Friend (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Benny Tipene – Make You Mine (1)
2. Aer – Says She Loves Me (3)
3. Vance Joy – Riptide (8)
4. Kylie Minogue – Into The Blue (2)
5. Hedley – Crazy For You (-)
6. Guy Sebastian – Like A Drum (-)
7. O.A.R. – Peace (10)
8. Justin Timberlake – Not A Bad Thing (7)
9. Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It) (-)
10. Taylor Henderson – When You Were Mine (-)

In The Mix:
5 Seconds Of Summer – She Looks So Perfect
Augustana – Ash And Ember
Betty Who – Heartbreak Dream
Christina Perri – Burning Gold
Daughtry – Battleships
Foster The People – Best Friend (new)
Gary Barlow – Since I Saw You Last
Grizfolk – The Struggle
Hot Chelle Rae – Don’t Say Goodnight
Hunter Hayes – Invisible
Lo-Fang – When We’re Fire
Matt Cardle – Hit My Heart
Miner – Hey Love
OneRepublic – I Lived
Parmalee – Carolina
Ray LaMontagne – Supernova
R5 – (I Can’t) Forget About You
Sebell – Till The Sun Burns Out (new)
Sheppard – Geronimo
Strange Talk – Young Hearts

Chart Notes:

  • In May of 2008, a song called “Rock & Roll” entered my then Up & Coming section by a newcomer named Eric Hutchinson. Nearly six years later and now 33 years old, he has his first top ten single on my chart with “Tell The World”, advancing 13-10. Hutchinson’s Pure Fiction album is out April 8.
  • “Raging Fire” is the latest single from former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, and that flame is burning bright this week as it leaps from 40-29, the Biggest Mover on the chart. It’s his third single to hit my survey, and the first from his forthcoming sophomore album, due later this spring.
  • The week’s Highest Debut at #36 recently spent four weeks at #1 in the U.K., selling over 400,000 copies since its release in January. Still top 5 all over Europe, it’s quartet Clean Bandit and vocalist Jess Glynne‘s time to shine in the U.S. with “Rather Be”. It was added on SiriusXM’s 20 on 20 and goes for adds at CHR radio this week.
  • Debuting a notch below that at #37 is the first top 40 single in five years for Better Than Ezra, “Crazy Lucky”. During the spring of 2009, they rose to #13 with “Absolutely Still”. Of course, the trio is best known for songs like 1995’s “Good” and 1997’s “Desperately Wanting”, which hit both pop and rock radio back in the day.
  • Finally, in at #40, is the latest from Scottish singer and songwriter Paolo Nutini, titled “Scream (Funk My Life Up)”. Seven years ago, Nutini peaked at #10 with “New Shoes”, his biggest single to date. His new album, Caustic Love, is out next month.

(See my full chart on the M4BCC message board)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 17, 2002

This chart (tastes so sweet.)

This chart (tastes so sweet.)

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. By March of sixth grade, we were all itching to get out and head off to middle school. It was just a few months away. Meanwhile, here’s a look at my top 40 from March 17, 2002:

40. LENNY KRAVITZ, “Stillness Of Heart”
39. P. DIDDY featuring USHER and LOON, “I Need A Girl (Part 1)”
34. NO DOUBT, “Hella Good”
33. NICKELBACK, “Too Bad”

Biggest Mover:
ALICIA KEYS, “How Come You Don’t Call Me?” (40-27) (13 spots)

10. SHAKIRA, “Underneath Your Clothes”
After shaking her hips and rolling around in the mud until “Whenever, Wherever” became a worldwide hit and her debut English one as well, our favorite Columbian singer slowed it down a bit for her followup single. Luckily, it was also pretty big, going top ten on the Hot 100 and my own chart. Today, you’ll find her on The Voice and promoting her new album.

09. NELLY FURTADO, “…On The Radio (Remember The Days)”
Remember the days when Furtado ruled the airwaves? The performer’s 2000 debut, Whoa, Nelly! went 2x Platinum in the U.S. alone. After two pretty big hits here, “Radio” failed to secure much airplay, and missed the Hot 100 completely. Her next era, 2003’s Folklore, was severely under-appreciated worldwide, but became her biggest to date on my survey.

08. MICHELLE BRANCH, “All You Wanted”
18-year-old Branch became the newest superstar on Madonna‘s Maverick Records in the summer of 2001 with her top ten CHR and Hot AC single “Everywhere”, but “Wanted” did even better at both formats during this spring season. She last made my chart in 2011 with “Loud Music” and has been struggling to release an album, West Coast Time, since then.

07. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”
After five weeks at #1 on my chart, the U.S. comeback smash for this lovely lady was slowly falling down my top ten. It made waves across the world, and lifted Fever to Platinum status here. Minogue’s latest album is Kiss Me Once, in stores on Tuesday. First single “Into The Blue” looks to break the top 20 in the U.K., her biggest hit there in nearly four years.

In 2002, Iglesias still had his trademark mole and could still deliver the hits on his own, like this track from his album of the same name. You may remember the video in which tennis star Anna Kournikova played his lover, which turned into a real-life thing. He’s still nursing the damage from three consecutive CHR radio flops from his latest effort, Sex + Love.

05. *NSYNC (featuring NELLY), “Girlfriend”
Whether you enjoyed the rap remix of this or not, it’s clear that it helped the boy band garner their third big single from the album Celebrity and showcased a more urban side to them. Unfortunately, it would also be their last appearance on the Hot 100. The five went on a “hiatus” shortly after the run for this and the subsequent PopOdyssey Tour wrapped up.

04. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Hands Clean”
Under Rug Swept was the name of this singer and songwriter’s album at the time, but someone must’ve left the broom in the closet because it entered at #1 on the Billboard 200. “Hands” performed the best from it, though followup “Precious Illusions” also entered my chart. Morissette last made it on during the summer of 2012 with “Guardian”, peaking at #17.

03. PINK, “Don’t Let Me Get Me”
When in doubt, call out the head of your label and a fellow pop star and you may just get yourself a huge song. L.A. Reid and Britney Spears may have been her targets, but so was the coveted top spot. This was her second #1 following her contribution to 2001’s massive “Lady Marmalade” from the film Moulin Rouge. She recently performed at The Oscars.

02. IIO, “Rapture (Tastes So Sweet)”
When I was 12, I just wanted to dance… I think. Once again, the U.S. was late to the party with this global dance hit, and it peaked just outside the top 40 on the Hot 100. However, it was hot in the clubs and on my chart, where it was holding at its peak. It was the biggest single on my chart for the New York duo of Markus Moser and Nadia Ali, who left in 2005.

01. DARREN HAYES, “Insatiable”
From Savage Garden to his solo material, I’ve always loved Hayes’s music; he could sing the phone book and I would consider charting it. (Maybe that’s going a little too far.) It was this week in 2002 that “Insatiable” was atop my chart for a fifth frame as it also graced the AC and CHR radio surveys. Parent album Spin was one of my favorites that year. The 41-year-old Brisbane born performer last ranked on my top 40 in 2012 with “Stupid Mistake”, which got as high as #9.

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: Foster The People – Supermodel

What's my "Age" again?

Feels like it’s coming… next week.

In 2011, the trio of Mark Foster, Cubbie Fink, Mark Pontius, better known as Foster The People, turned an Alternative #1 hit into a major crossover with a very unusual sounding record, “Pumped Up Kicks”. This was nearly two years after Foster posted the single as a free download. Parent album Torches debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 and it was certified Gold. It also led to a pair of GRAMMY nominations for both the album and the single. They might’ve once been the next indie sensation, but the sudden rise of the group and their second full-length effort proves they are here to stay.

If you’re expecting another Torches out of these guys, think again. They’ve evolved into a psychedelic pop conscious act on Supermodel, their second album for Columbia Records. The beats are eclectic, but the lyrics are distinctively darker. It’s been called a more natural sounding album for the guys, which I guess is fair to an extent, but the electric elements are still there, not that that’s bad. So, as the three prepare to sashay down the catwalk, let’s walk through the lineup on here.

Supermodel begins with an earworm, the reggae-fused and synth heavy “Are You What You Want To Be?”, a track which lands somewhere between 70’s power pop and an 80’s Brit rock vocal from Foster. It would make for an awesome future single as it’s one of the most instant songs of the bunch. From there, we head to 90’s prog-rocker “Ask Yourself”, giving us a taste of Oasis and The Verve vibes. Lyrically, it lands in a more pensive style: “Who said the dreamers always get what they desire?/Well, I found the more I want, the less I got.” First single “Coming Of Age” follows this in third place, a glossy electro-pop dazzler that already has the Alternative chart buzzing. Crossover airplay for it should be coming this summer.

Next in the lineup is the also intriguing and chilled out “Nevermind”, which, in turn, just got me to listen to “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime” by The Korgis a few times. (Parts of the chord progression in the guitar line are just a little too close to the 1980 hit and I don’t believe it’s a sample.) This blends nicely into the dreamy “Pseudologia Fantastica”, which comes off an update to the late 70’s sound of the Electric Light Orchestra mixed in with a pinch of the Alan Parsons Project. Revolving around a relationship, Foster sings, “Why’d you say that you’d come right back/For my love, for my strength?/All the promises you made never realized.” The false ending is worth noting as well – why don’t more acts do it?

By far the best song on this project is the bouncy, lovable, poppy, absolutely hit-bound “Best Friend”, recently confirmed to be the second single from it. It’s infectious and sounds awesome on the stereo. Plus, it also happens to dispense a little advice to the listener: “When your best friend’s all strung out/You do everything you can ’cause you’re never gonna let it get ’em down.” Seriously, how could this not smash this summer? Possibly the only issue after listening to this is that the ending sequence is a little bit of a letdown, from the slightly harder “A Beginner’s Guide To Destroying The Moon” into the Paul McCartney inspired “Goats In Trees”, back to the Alternative-driven “The Truth”, and lastly, the more vulnerable “Fire Escape”, an acoustic song which is probably my favorite of the four. It’s a relatively peaceful ending to a diverse set, and a model set it is. (The iTunes edition ends on a more frenetic note with a cool massive jam, “Tabloid Super Junkie”.)

It may not be what we expected, but Supermodel is certainly an entertaining affair from Foster The People. Both full of hits and artistic growth, it will no doubt do very well on the charts, especially with “Best Friend” handling the second single duties and a couple of choices for a third release after that. It’s hard to tell whether their star power will get any bigger as a result of this, but the least this will do is maintain their presence at radio and retail, and that’s the core of what you can ask for out of a new album, right? There’s very little opposition to the new sound and some wiggle room for future endeavours – they’re in the right place. It’s just a matter of if the strategy is right, but the new outfit is fierce, honey. They better work.

(Stream and pre-order Foster The People’s Supermodel, due in stores March 18)

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REWIND: The Genesis Of Something “Special”

Your daily Phil of chart trivia.

Your daily Phil of chart trivia.


When I was but a wee little nine-year-old, long before the days of blogging crossed my mine, one of the first songs I ever received on CD was a one-track single of “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins. It was during the spring of 1999, and the single had already become a massive hit on the Adult Contemporary survey, then crossing over to some minor spins on the CHR chart. When I began looking beyond current music and back to prior hits beginning in my teens, Collins was one of the first artists whose catalogue I wanted to just dive into. To me, at least at age 14, he could do wrong in my eyes.

Of course, decades before I even discovered his music, the band Genesis formed in 1967 as a quintet — Collins wouldn’t join until 1970 after a stint in the band Flaming Youth. Although they had some minor success on the album chart, it wasn’t until 1973’s Selling England By The Pound that their sales skyrocketed; the LP peaked at #3 in the U.K. and #70 on the Billboard 200. Concept album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway in 1974 also did particularly well, but by 1975, original lead singer and founder Peter Gabriel was out, while our dutiful drummer managed to convince the other guys that he was the right choice as the replacement vocalist. He started on 1976’s A Trick Of The Tail and the rest is history.

Today (March 12) back in 1977, Genesis made their debut on the Hot 100 with “Your Own Special Way”, which entered at #85. It was issued on Atco, a division of Atlantic Records, which wasn’t nearly as big on the national chart as its parent was then. (They did have some minor success at the time with singles by Boney M and Cody Jameson.) After a month on the survey, it peaked at #62, and quickly fell off. Its run was even more truncated on rival Cashbox, where it peaked at #87 during a three-week run. However, it wasn’t where it placed or how long it placed on the charts for this first single by the band; it was only the start of a much bigger audience and legacy for the act and drummer/singer, Phil Collins.

It was only a little over a year later that the band, now a trio, would score their first top 40 hit: “Follow You Follow Me”. The softer sound propelled it to #23. 1980’s Duke gave them a top 20 single (#14) out of “Misunderstanding”, which was also a top 5 radio hit and further solidified their notable shift from an ethereal art rock sound into more of a mainstream rock and pop fashion. With Collins’s solo career taking off beginning in 1981, the trio hit #1 for their one and only time in 1986 with “Invisible Touch”, ironically kicked off the top by former member Peter Gabriel‘s “Sledgehammer”. By the year 1996, Collins left the group, and a 1997 effort with replacement singer Ray Wilson faltered. Collins is set to release a new album this year, and you never know when the band will be touring again, perhaps under a Collins/Gabriel lineup.

It may not be their signature song, but it’s a pretty one, and the one that planted the seeds to a very pretty career in the music business. By the way, I still have that single for “You’ll Be In My Heart”; it’s been played a few times and doesn’t look as perfect as it was when I originally got it fifteen years ago. Plus, it’s been joined by a few other singles and albums on CD and vinyl since then. Still, it’s a piece of history, and Genesis did make music history in their “own special way.”

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (March 11)

They're in the Money.

They’re in the Money.

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but you sure are going to need some with all the new albums and singles bouncing into stores today. Here’s what you need to know about on the schedule for the week of March 11:

  • In late 2009, the crew from Young Money Entertainment released a compilation album called We Are Young Money, which features various rappers and singers from the group on hits like “Bedrock” and “Every Girl”. This week, their second release of solely acts from that label is in stores, subtitled Rise Of An Empire. Two singles from the effort are currently charting at Urban radio. Look for it to debut in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • Why not cater to the college crowd at this time of year? Luke Bryan‘s latest Spring Break EP is his sixth, subtitled …Like We Ain’t Ever. Given how hot the guy’s been lately, this could make its way into the top spot. Crack open a few cold cans: it’s time for some finger lickin’ fun. (iTunes)
  • If you’re a fan of Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up!”, then you already know singer Aloe Blacc and his new hit, “The Man”. Released in a handful of European territories last fall to mixed results, Lift Your Spirit is the singer’s third album and “Man” is the leadoff release from it. However, it may not lift up the charts that easily. (iTunes)
  • Country superstar Sara Evans is back with her seventh studio album, Slow Me Down; the title track is currently at Country radio and climbing through the top 30. Her opening numbers won’t be as big as her last album, Stronger, but they should solidly put her in the top 10 or 15. (iTunes)
  • After partnering with ATO Records on their last release, Alternative rockers 311 go totally independent on their new album, titled Stereolithic. “Five Of Everything” is the lead release from it, which recently entered the top 50 at the format. (iTunes)
  • Looking for a little Latin flavor this week? A new album from Juanes reaches stores this week, the muy bueno Loco De Amor. It should do better in the U.S. than his last album, P.A.R.C.E., which barely charted during the Christmas season in 2010. (iTunes)
  • Currently charting at the Urban AC format with “I Blame You”, R&B singer Ledisi is out with her latest, The Truth. It’s her first album in nearly three years. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Capital Cities‘s In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Cowboy Troy‘s King Of Clubs (iTunes), Don Williams‘s Reflections (iTunes), Elbow‘s The Take Off And Landing Of Everything (iTunes), KXM‘s KXM (iTunes), Ozomatli‘s Place In The Sun (iTunes) and Tensnake‘s Glow (iTunes).

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

  • “Burning Gold”, a new single from Christina Perri from her new album, Head Or Heart. (iTunes)
  • “Guilty All The Same”, a collaboration from Linkin Park and Rakim. (iTunes)
  • “Higher”, new from Canadian rapper Classified featuring American rapper B.o.B. (iTunes)
  • “You’re My Star”, a first single from R&B singer Tank‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)

Next week, Foster The People has the most anticipated release with their sophomore album Supermodel, plus the latest from Enrique Iglesias also hits stores. A full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 9, 2014

Catching ZZZ's and the #1 spot.

A little shut-eye can’t shut them out of #1.

40. Phillip Phillips – Raging Fire
39. Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart
28. Coldplay – Magic | HIGHEST DEBUT

26. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
20. DJ Cassidy featuring Jessie J & Robin Thicke – Calling All Hearts (24)

10. The 1975 – Settle Down (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Karmin – I Want It All (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Fitz & The Tantrums – The Walker (07) | PEAK: #02
07. Gary Barlow and Elton John – Face To Face (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Foster The People – Coming Of Age (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Grouplove – Shark Attack (03) | PEAK: #03
04. Bastille – Bad Blood (05) | PEAK: #04
03. MAGIC! – Rude (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Christina Perri – Human (02) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
01. Neon Trees – Sleeping With A Friend (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Benny Tipene – Make You Mine (3)
2. Kylie Minogue – Into The Blue (2)
3. Aer – Says She Loves Me (1)
4. Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up) (4)
5. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be (-)
6. OneRepublic – I Lived (5)
7. Justin Timberlake – Not A Bad Thing (7)
8. Vance Joy – Riptide (9)
9. Better Than Ezra – Crazy Lucky (-)
10. O.A.R. – Peace (10)

In The Mix:
5 Seconds Of Summer – She Looks So Perfect
Augustana – Ash And Ember (new)
Betty Who – Heartbreak Dream
Birdy – Skinny Love
Christina Perri – Burning Gold (new)
Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It) (new)
Daughtry – Battleships
Gary Barlow – Since I Saw You Last (new)
Grizfolk – The Struggle
Guy Sebastian – Like A Drum
Hedley – Crazy For You
Hot Chelle Rae – Don’t Say Goodnight
Hunter Hayes – Invisible
John Newman – Out Of My Head
Lo-Fang – When We’re Fire
Matt Cardle – Hit My Heart (new)
Miner – Hey Love
Parmalee – Carolina
Ray LaMontagne – Supernova
R5 – (I Can’t) Forget About You
Sheppard – Geronimo (new)
Strange Talk – Young Hearts
Taylor Henderson – When You Were Mine (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Biggest Mover this week is by Bleachers, the new group featuring fun.‘s Jack Antonoff. The first single from their forthcoming album is “I Wanna Get Better”, soaring from 36-26. They’re set to play at SXSW this Wednesday night at a showcase for television network Palladia.
  • Taking a huge leap into the countdown at #28 is the latest entry for Coldplay; this week’s Highest Debut is “Magic”, the quartet’s 14th single to reach my top 40. It’s the first radio track from their forthcoming album Ghost Stories. The band has a total of four #1 hits on my chart, from 2008’s “Viva La Vida” to last year’s “Atlas”. Can they make it five? The chances look pretty good, if I do say so myself…
  • The only newcomers to debut on the chart this week is the British quartet Rixton, who come in at #39 with “Me And My Broken Heart”. Their EP of the same name will be released digitally on March 18. The group recently signed to Interscope Records and are currently managed by Scooter Braun, whose empire of acts like Justin Bieber and The Wanted has crumbled in recent months.
  • Lastly, down at #40, is a new single from former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. “Raging Fire” is the first release from his forthcoming second album, due later this spring. His biggest entry to date, “Gone, Gone, Gone”, rose to #2 for two weeks last year.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 9, 2008

"Chasing" those girls.

“Chasing” those girls.

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. It was the last few months of high school and we were just wrapping up a run of the musical that year, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Meanwhile, here’s a look at my top 40 from March 9, 2008:

34. JASON MRAZ, “I’m Yours”

Biggest Mover:
FERRAS, “Hollywood’s Not America” (35-28) (7 spots)

10. ONEREPUBLIC, “Stop And Stare”
Their former hit “Apologize” couldn’t have been too sorry that it was falling down the chart when followup “Stop” was also making a decent run. Lifted from their debut album, Dreaming Out Loud, the group’s newfound popularity, along with a particularly visual-driven clip brought it up to #6 for two weeks. It stopped, it stared; the goal here was fulfilled.

09. JOHN MAYER, “Say”
Originally written for the 2007 film The Bucket List, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, “Say” was included on a deluxe edition of Mayer’s album Continuum. Some may say it’s a little bit repetitive, and so they say what they need to say. What do you say? I say that #9 is where it peaked on my top 40 for two weeks. He last made my survey in 2012.

08. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Teardrops On My Guitar”
Young Miss Swift always seems to break up with someone every few months or so. This time, it’s her longtime publicist of seven years. However, six years ago, things were looking mighty fine for the singer as she scored her first crossover hit. “Teardrops” spent three weeks at #3, while it climbed to #2 on the Country radio chart during the summer of 2007.

07. ADELE, “Chasing Pavements”
Before she scored three #1 singles in a row from 21, “Chasing” was the first appearance on my chart for the Tottenham born singer, who is in the process of making her third album, due in the next few months. It peaked at #6 for two weeks. In the U.K., it rose to the runner-up spot on the Singles Chart, and also went top ten in Ireland and Italy, among others.

06. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “These Hard Times”
In 2008, the Orlando band were in the middle of promoting their greatest hits effort, Exile On Mainstream. Lead single “How Far We’ve Come” spent a total of five weeks at #1, and this followup would land at a solid peak of #2. Their recent North era is done after three singles, but Rob Thomas is currently recording for a new solo album, out later this year.

05. MAROON 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You”
Adam Levine and the boys were riding high on my top 40 with the third single from their sophomore album It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. Though “Won’t” garnered significant play on the AC and Hot AC formats, as expected, it wasn’t a national hit on the Hot 100 like several of their singles. However, it did manage top ten peaks in Australia and Belgium.

04. EMERSON HART, “I Wish The Best For You”
Of the ten acts on the list this week, Hart is the only one currently in my top 40 with his latest single, “The Best That I Can Give”. It’s taken from his forthcoming album, Beauty In Disrepair, due April 15. Back in 2008, it was another “Best” that would rank as the best single on my chart for four weeks beginning in January. The 44-year-old is still going strong.

03. GRAHAM COLTON, “Best Days”
Coming off a three week run at #1, the Oklahoma singer/songwriter’s biggest song to make my chart to date was slowly falling out of the top 5. You may remember that it was featured on American Idol that season. Now an independent act, he recently released his latest album, Lonely Ones, and issued the single “Hands Untied” to AAA radio a few weeks ago.

02. LIFEHOUSE, “Whatever It Takes”
Back in 2008, the group from Los Angeles (a trio at that point) was still racking up a lot of hits; in fact, their Who We Are era was their biggest on my top 40. “Whatever” lasted just one week at the top, dropping to #2. In 2013, the band parted ways with longtime home Geffen, but lead singer Jason Wade is recording music for his first solo album, due this year.

01. LEONA LEWIS, “Bleeding Love”
Leaping from #5 into the #1 position was this international smash that reached the top in nearly three dozen countries. That’s huge! Co-written by Jesse McCartney and Ryan Tedder, its U.S. success translated into Platinum single sales and a record (at the time) for the largest one-week spin record at CHR radio. Although she’s largely forgotten here, her European success continues. Last year, she released Christmas, With Love, featuring the #3 U.K. hit “One More Sleep”.

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Back To The 90’s: The Decade Parade This Spring

Alright, kids, grab your things – we’re headed for time machine because this spring, we’ll be taking a trip back to the 90’s as these three acts give it their best shot at a comeback. (Leave the Beanie Babies and the Furby behind, thanks.) You know them from their smash hits on the pop and rock surveys, and now, the AAA and Hot AC radio airwaves are all theirs. Listen up!

Up all night to get "Lucky".

Up all night to get “Lucky”.

BETTER THAN EZRA – “Crazy Lucky”
Adds Date: at Hot AC radio now

From New Orleans, the rockers led by super songwriter and singer Kevin Griffin are back and making a return to the scene with their latest release. The last time the trio appeared on my chart was with 2009’s “Absolutely Still”, which made the top 20. It was the only single to chart from Paper Empire, issued on Megaforce. This time around, they’ve partnered with The End Records, along with Warner Music’s Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) on All Together Now, out in June. Lead single “Lucky” is a summer soaked hit with a bit of Train flair in the lyrical department, or perhaps just reminiscent of their 2001 single “Extra Ordinary”. Griffin sings, “There are six and three-quarter billion people in this world / And 51% of them are girls / …and if the world is four times bigger than the moon / then, tell me how on Earth did I find you?” It’s absolutely worth a listen and a spot on your summer playlist. Look for more soon!

A supersonic, Semisonic singer.

A supersonic, Semisonic singer.

DAN WILSON – “Love Without Fear”
Adds Date: March 24 (AAA)

During the decade that was, Minneapolis-based trio Semisonic gave us an anthem in 1998’s “Closing Time”, which was written by lead singer Wilson in anticipation of the birth of his first child and impending fatherhood. Well, over 15 years later, the song remains on the radio and has become a staple in film and television. As much as that song was a defining hit for the band, things have only gone up for Wilson since it. In fact, 2011 might’ve been his most exciting year yet, as his composition written and produced with Adele, “Someone Like You”, went to #1 on the Hot 100 for five frames. Now, three years later, he’s about to release his first studio album since 2007, which is also titled Love Without Fear. It’s out April 15 on his own Ballroom Music label. It’s another solid entry in the singer and songwriter’s growing catalogue and picks up the energy from first release “Disappearing”. The radio action should be decent for it.

The need for Creed.

The need for Creed.

SCOTT STAPP – “Dying To Live”
Adds Date: March 24 (Hot AC)

After personal troubles ruled his life for years, the 40-year-old leader for Florida rockers Creed, currently on hiatus for the time being, is looking to make a name for himself again with this second solo offering. Stapp released his first solo album, The Great Divide, in the fall of 2005 to a little success. Last November, Proof Of Life was issued, and this is the first single outside of rock radio from it. Though he and his group’s presence has been greatly diminished in the national spotlight beyond the occasional spin of “With Arms Wide Open” on the radio, Wind-Up’s been able to secure some Hot AC play in the past few months for singer/songwriter Five For Fighting’s “What If” (top 30) and James Durbin‘s “Parachute” (currently top 50), so all hope is not lost (yet.) Plus, the song is a twangier twist on the average rock ballad, and even if Hot AC isn’t that receptive to it, there’s still a good chance that AC could hop on it. We’ll see.

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