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ALBUM REVIEW: Graffiti6 – The Bridge

A Bridge worth traveling on.

A Bridge worth traveling on.

Five years ago, Jamie Scott and Tommy Danvers began working together on a piece that would eventually hit the top of my personal chart during the summer of 2012: “Stare Into The Sun”. It spent three weeks in that position. However, it was that duo’s first big single, “Free”, that gave Graffiti6 the top song of my calendar year 2012. It’s a classic in my books. Though their airplay and album sales have unfortunately been limited in the States, they’ve managed to keep going through touring and the subsequent recording of this followup album.

Mastered last year and originally due for release on the duo’s label, Capitol Records, the project was sitting on the shelves with no concrete updates from the group or label for months. Then, earlier this year, it was announced that Scott would be issuing a solo album, Hurricane, later this year. He’s been previewing tracks from the effort in concert; a single, “Gold”, with singer Christina Perri, is expected at a yet-to-be determined date. Just weeks ago, The Bridge, teased over many months, finally saw a confirmed release date. It’s now finally out in stores for everyone to hear. So many feelings, so little time. Let’s try to sort this out, shall we? (Spoiler alert: it’s pretty much everything.)

At the top of my list is the percussive-driven title track, “The Bridge”, an edgy pop composition with a shade of a Bollywood touch. It’s by far the most instant song on here and would have given them a killer reintroduction to the U.S. charts if it was the leadoff single from the set. Against the pounding and thumping away is a more tender lyric about a man yearning for his lover in a state that isn’t so lucid. Scott questions, “Where’s the bridge we built that takes me home?/’Cause nothing means nothing at all without your love.” The powerful combination of the two delivers not only an excellent track, but somewhat of a bond between The Bridge and debut album Colours, a futuristic fusion to their psychadelic past.

Just as amazing is track six, “Under The Mask”, looping a light-hearted piano melody through a pure pop sound. This could easily be adapted into a dance record, but in its original form, it packs enough of a punch to standout as a solid radio worthy song. Its uplifting message and bright chorus only further its status as an anthem for the insecure and down: “There is a light in your heart/There is a light burning a fire in the dark/Under the mask, we’re beautiful/So let out the light, no need to hide anymore.” It’s really a lovely tune in all the aspects of it.

Of course, the adult contemporary fare in the bunch shines in a similar manner, most notably on the fourth track “Settle For Your Love”. As the title suggests, the song is about a second-rate romance, but one that’s passionate and fulfilling enough to satisfy the protagonist. He states, “When I feel lost, down and confused/Darling, you hold me, and the wires are removed.” Built on a more relaxing base, the song picks up in intensity towards the ending, when an almost Celtic-themed arrangement and marching band patterned drum line turn a straight-forward song into a more traditional tune.

Also in that soft rock realm is “Angels and Devils” in the seventh position on the tracklisting. Once again, the piano takes the lead on this one, as well as the gospel-tinged flavor found on fifth track “Washed My Sins”. (You may remember that a video was posted for that song last year featuring a mix of stock footage from different eras.) This, however, strikes a nice balance between the ethereal vocal stylings and the more earthy guitar solos and percussion. That rocky edge and progressive pace, though not the focal point of the song, do set it apart and make it quite successful.

Beyond these favorites of mine, it’s hard to find something to dislike about this album. From the Middle Eastern influence of “U Got The Sunshine” to the minimalist R&B ballad “Separate Lives” and a return to pop on the spacey “Resting Place” and seasonally sad “No Snow”, Danvers and Scott run the gamut when it comes to the musical spectrum and displaying the many influences on their sonic nature. Oh, and let’s not forget the ridiculous and amazing bonus track “Vocoda Orange”, in which Scott channels Adam Levine through that vocoder of his. It may have a proper slot as an extra cut rather than in the main tracklisting, but it’s undeniably fun, and perhaps it’ll do your head in trying to figure out what he’s actually singing. (I think you’ll eventually get it!)

Verdict: the wait was definitely worth it. Label politics aside, The Bridge is absolutely one of the best albums of 2014, but as an independent release, it will ultimately fly under the radar without the enormous notice that it really deserves. I may fan boy for these two and Scott’s budding career as a songwriter for other acts I enjoy, but the talent they possess and the tracks they produce can do no wrong in my eyes (and ears too.) I’ll forever be frustrated with Capitol from dropping the ball on it, but I can’t be too angry now that it’s out, right? It’s a real gem. The Colours may have melted together the last time around, but the hues of their latest hits are as simple as black and white.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 20, 2014

The Hunger for more.

It’s a kind of “Magic”.

39. MAGIC! – Don’t Kill The Magic
36. SecondCity – I Wanna Feel | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. One Direction – You & I (40)
31. Katy Perry – Birthday (38)
27. Sheppard – Geronimo (32)
18. Ed Sheeran – Sing (30) | BIGGEST MOVER
15. Foster The People – Best Friend (20)
08. A Great Big World – Already Home (15)

10. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Passenger – Scare Away The Dark (12) | PEAK: #09
08. A Great Big World – Already Home (15) | PEAK: #08
07. Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart (11) | PEAK: #07
06. DJ Cassidy featuring Jessie J & Robin Thicke – Calling All Hearts (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Bastille – Bad Blood (02) | PEAK: #02
04. Neon Trees – Sleeping With A Friend (03) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
03. Phillip Phillips – Raging Fire (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Coldplay – Magic (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Taylor Henderson – When You Were Mine (1)
2. Disco Mystery – No Price (4)
3. Gary Barlow – Since I Saw You Last (3)
4. Donkeyboy – Crazy Something Normal (6)
5. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (7)
6. Saint Raymond – Everything She Wants (8)
7. The 1975 – Robbers (10)
8. Sebell – Till The Sun Burns Out (9)
9. Jeremy Redmore – Bad Philosophy (-)
10. The Seasons – Apples (-)

In The Mix:
Avril Lavigne – Give You What You Like
Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass – Extraordinary
Daughtry – Battleships
Imagine Dragons – Bleeding Out
Kylie Minogue – I Was Gonna Cancel
OneRepublic – Love Runs Out (new)
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Passenger – Heart’s On Fire (new)
Ray LaMontagne – Supernova
Red Wanting Blue – You Are My Las Vegas
Sam Smith – Stay With Me
Sarah McLachlan – In Your Shoes
The Fray – Break Your Plans

Chart Notes:

  • As predicted last week, it’s a particularly active top ten this week as four songs enter into it. Two are by newcomers: Clean Bandit/Jess Glynne at #10 and Rixton at #7. For duo A Great Big World at #8, it’s their second top ten to date following the #2 “Say Something” from a few months ago. Lastly, there’s Passenger at #9, who is now four for four with top ten records dating back to his chart debut last year. His previous three, “Let Her Go”, “Holes” and “The Wrong Direction”, all climbed to #1.
  • Moving up twelve spots to #18 is the week’s Biggest Mover, “Sing” by Ed Sheeran. With a fast start at both radio and retail, it is well on its way to becoming one of this summer’s hottest singles. He recently performed it and a new song, “Don’t”, on Saturday Night Live.
  • Two debuts enter the chart this week — the highest, at #36, is by newcomer SecondCity. The DJ and producer was born in Chicago and is now based in London. “I Wanna Feel” interpolates the classic 1995 single by Toni Braxton, “You’re Makin’ Me High.” The song is out in the U.K. on May 25 and is already looking like a future winner on the charts across the pond.
  • Down at #39 is the second top 40 hit for the Canadian band MAGIC!, who recently peaked at #2 with debut single “Rude”. Their latest is “Don’t Kill The Magic”, which gives us two magical titles on the chart this week. (The other, by Coldplay, is at #1 for a second frame and is simply titled “Magic”.)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 18, 2010

"Red" 'em and weep.

“Red” ’em and weep.

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. The end of sophomore year of college was approaching and I was writing up a storm for final projects and such. Meanwhile, here’s what was happening on my chart dated April 18, 2010:

40. MIKE POSNER, “Cooler Than Me”
39. CHARICE, “Pyramid”
38. SCOUTING FOR GIRLS, “This Ain’t A Love Song”
34. JOHN MAYER featuring TAYLOR SWIFT, “Half Of My Heart”

Biggest Mover:
KEANE featuring K’NAAN, “Stop For A Minute” (25-14) (11 spots)

10. JOHN MAYER, “Heartbreak Warfare”
Mayer’s got double duties on the countdown this week with a debuting tune in “Half” and this former #3 hit, which was on its way down the top 40. Both singles were featured on his 2009 album Battle Studies, his second album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Though his mainstream heights are behind him today, he’s still doing great on the road overseas.

09. ERIK HASSLE, “Hurtful”
This Swedish singer was only 21 when he made his debut on my chart with this, quickly breaking the top ten and climbing up to #8 for two weeks. “Hurtful” was also a minor entry on the Hot AC survey. Hassle is currently with RCA and released an EP, Somebody’s Party, in March. A single from it, titled “Talk About It”, made my chart for a few weeks late last year.

08. CAVO, “Let It Go”
While Idina Menzel is still casting a chill on the charts with the same song title from the soundtrack to Frozen, this hard rocking band from Missouri was in the top ten with their first and only song to reach my chart. Two of their singles hit the Alternative top 40, while this managed a little traction on the Hot AC airwaves. The group remains together as a quartet.

07. LA ROUX, “Bulletproof”
Nobody said it was easy to climb up the rankings; ask the Louisiana band Le Roux. The English duo of Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid with the same name, save for one letter, debuted in late December and was still climbing on this chart. The duo resurfaced recently with news of a new album, Trouble In Paradise, due in July. A first single should be issued soon.

06. BARENAKED LADIES, “You Run Away”
What happens when one of your lead vocalists decides to leave the group? Well, for this Canadian band, the departure of Steven Page could have led them to break up, but they soldiered on and have now released two studio albums playing as a four piece band. This single peaked at #5. They also made my top 40 last year with “Boomerang” and it peaked at #14.

05. V.V. BROWN, “Shark In The Water”
Born Vanessa Brown, the singer and songwriter from England made her chart debut with this track, which was a minor hit in several countries, including the United States, where it ranked on a few radio charts. After a shelved second album, she left her major label deal and independently released Samson & Delilah last year, which gained some buzz on music blogs.

04. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Never Told You”
Caillat’s been a mainstay on my chart for several years now and this was one of her biggest singles, rising to #2 for a week. The California singer/songwriter was originally discovered through MySpace, but in recent weeks, she hasn’t really found a space on the charts. With the underperformance of “Hold On” earlier this year, her latest album has yet to see a release.

03. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now”
Hey, Lady! It was the massive Country crossover smash of the year and took home several GRAMMY Awards, including Record and Song Of The Year. You can’t really get any bigger than that. Actually, maybe you can. “Need” spent a huge 11 weeks at #1 on my chart, easily becoming the year’s top single. They recently hit #1 on the Country chart with “Compass”.

02. ADAM LAMBERT, “Whataya Want From Me”
With the second single from his first album post-American Idol, titled For Your Entertainment, Lambert took a slow ride up to the top spot for two weeks, this week falling to #2. It remains his biggest entry to make my top 40. He begins a tour with Queen in June. He can also be heard on Avicii‘s “Lay Me Down”, the DJ/producer’s latest single down in Australia.

Produced by Mark Ronson, this week’s #1 song back in 2010 was a really pretty one about a not so pretty subject: as the singer puts it, “the blindness of war and the absence of compassion displayed by western administrations.” Although “Red” was a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom, it didn’t do nearly as much damage here, securing a small amount of Hot AC airplay before descending. Love & War remains his most significant project to date, though he is back in the studio and recording.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Neon Trees – Pop Psychology

Catching ZZZ's and the #1 spot.

Pop goes the album (and the charts.)

Almost six years ago, the Utah band Neon Trees signed to Mercury Records, beginning their trek onto the pop charts with smashes like “Animal”, “Everybody Talks” and their latest radio cut (and former #1 on my personal chart) “Sleeping With A Friend”. The quartet, consisting of Chris Allen, Elaine Bradley, Branden Campbell and Tyler Glenn, have been a favorite of mine since their major label debut; they also played Spring Weekend during my junior year of college in 2011. Firmly rooted in the golden age of new wave and dance, our masters students in music are now teaching a course in Pop Psychology, their third full-length album, out on Tuesday.

Of course, the group’s promoted their latest release through live appearances and such, but several moves on lead singer Glenn’s part have kept their name in the press, including a now deleted rant last October in which he called out members of the band’s management and his recent coming out last month to magazine Rolling Stone. How much these actions will affect the debut week sales of Pop Psychology (which has a good chance of debuting in the top ten regardless thanks to a low sales threshold) has yet to be fully determined. Luckily, the album itself is pretty solid. I think I’ll let the music speak for itself, as we take a ride into the electronic sonic atmosphere of Neon Trees‘s latest effort.

Highlights of the set include the pulsating pop opener “Love In The 21st Century”, which sets the mood with its portrayal of “broken heart technology”, a future concept of love that’s become material rather than physical. (This is also followed by the even more technologically savvy “Text Me In The Morning”, a 90’s Alternative-inspired ode to cellular crushes.) “Century” could lend itself well as a good followup to the aforementioned “Friend”, as well as fourth track “Teenager In Love”. With a power pop meets early 80’s rock vibe, much like a Greg Kihn or Tom Petty record, the glossy number takes a more negative outlook on the protagonist’s world: “He’s a teenager in love/What a tragic attraction/What’s the point of romance?” While not necessarily the darkest moment on here, it does seem to put a damper on things.

Other inspired tracks include the Depeche Mode flavor of “Unavoidable”, featuring a shared lead vocal by Bradley and Glenn. The lyrical content is oversimplified to an extent (“You are the magnet/I am metallic/So do what you do to me”) but overall, it does pop in the lineup. Next to it is the more mysterious “Voices In The Hall”, a song that wouldn’t sound out-of-place mashed with Alphaville‘s “Forever Young”. The synth-driven melody mixed with the recollections from a relationship long departed ends far too soon; it’s a more minimalist side to the band that isn’t really heard elsewhere on the album, and certainly would’ve benefitted from other vulnerable moments like this.

Although Pop Psychology is full of fun sounds and playful lyrics, the biggest downside to it all is that unlike some of the experiences in love detailed on here, the album suffers from material which isn’t so remarkable outside of the first listen. Now, this isn’t to say that the quartet plays it safe. They do have a comfortable zone musically, but they go outside it and generally have no huge issues. Unfortunately, songs like “I Love You (But I Hate Your Friends)” and “Foolish Behavior”, though worthy of being heard in the first place, are just not the most memorable pieces. They blend in quite easily to the Alternative musical movement at hand. Single “Sleeping With A Friend”, a lovable jam when it comes to my tastes, is also a victim of the same fate, struggling to break the top ten at the radio format. Does this mean the saturation point is near for 80’s pop on the airwaves? It could be. I hope it isn’t, but it isn’t helping these guys on a national level.

At this time, both Habits and Picture Show rank as stronger records for me, but this new album from Neon Trees could always be a grower. The concept of it is loud and clear: passion and romance have their ups and downs, as judged by the sequencing on here, but all in all, it’s a matter of taking care of yourself and finding “what you deserve”, as Glenn sings on “First Things First”. However, as far as “choosing where to go” in this album’s run on the charts, it’s only a matter of time before this follows a path similar to the first few eras. All is fair in love and worn out.

(Pre-order and stream Neon Trees’s Pop Psychology, due in stores on April 22)


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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (April 15)

Looking for breathing room.

Looking for breathing room in the top five.

Out of all the releases on the schedule this week, these ones get to the “Heart” of the charts. Where exactly will they land? Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of April 15:

  • One of this week’s top new releases comes from rockers NEEDTOBREATHE and their fifth studio album, Rivers In The Wasteland. Lead single “The Heart” is currently at AAA radio. Given that their last effort debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200, look for this to as well, with a good chance of entering the top five. (iTunes)
  • Singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson‘s Lights Out lights up record stores this week; it’s her first album release since 2012. “Girls Chase Boys” is currently gaining airplay at several formats and should carry the album to an easy top five debut given her decent fan base. (iTunes)
  • Last year, while Jason Derulo charted moderately in Europe with album called Tattoos, his U.S. audience only received a five song EP of the same name. Now, that full-length effort gets a Stateside release as Talk Dirty, named after his recent hit. Derulo’s never been a big seller when it comes to albums, so don’t except impressive numbers with this. Still, a top ten debut is very much in the cards. (iTunes)
  • Popular metal band Sevendust are back and their latest is titled Time Travelers & Bonfires. It’s an all acoustic album, featuring both new material and reworked versions of some of their classics. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Nas‘s classic Illmatic album turns 20 this month; now, Illmatic XX, a deluxe rerelease with new packaging and bonus material, is in stores today.  (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Afghan Whigs‘s Do To The Beast (iTunes), Billy Porter‘s Billy’s Back On Broadway (iTunes), Breathe Carolina‘s Savages (iTunes), Dan Wilson‘s Love Without Fear (iTunes), Emerson Hart‘s Beauty In Disrepair (iTunes), Ian Anderson‘s Homo Erraticus (iTunes), Justin Nozuka‘s Ulysses (iTunes), Paolo Nutini‘s Iron Sky (EP) (iTunes), Rodney Crowell‘s Tarpaper Sky (iTunes), Secret Sisters‘s Put Your Needle Down (iTunes) and The Both‘s The Both (iTunes).

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

  • “Heart’s On Fire”, a new digital single from Passenger. (iTunes)
  • “Human”, the latest pre-release track from Cher Lloyd. (iTunes)
  • “Love Runs Out”, new from OneRepublic from the re-release of their album Native. (iTunes)
  • “Not In That Way”, another digital track from singer Sam Smith. (iTunes)
  • “West Coast”, the first single from Lana Del Rey‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)

Next week, rapper Iggy Azalea‘s The New Classic and electro-rockers Neon Trees‘s Pop Psychology are among the schedule’s top new releases. A full preview is coming in seven!

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Better Off Bread: A Poppin’ Playlist For Matzah Monday

Well, at least you can listen to these guys...

At least you can listen to these guys…

To all of my Jewish readers out there, you know that tonight begins the holiday of Passover, an eight night celebration commemorating how Moses led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and to the Promised Land. Besides all of the prep work you’ll be doing for the seder, you also know that this marks the beginning of Matzahfest 2014. It’s not quite as hip as Coachella, but it’s something we have to eat instead of our usual round of bread and all the other products deemed as chametz for this period of time.

Now, even though bread can’t touch your plate around this time of year, it can touch your playlist. Thankfully, looking through the chart archives, we’ve certainly had our small fill of acts and songs that takes their names from nourishment and load their lyrics with loaves and lots of them. Don’t throw these treats out yet!

“Bread And Butter”, The Newbeats (#2, 1964)
The trio from Louisiana individually played in separate groups for several years before forming their most recognized configuration in the early 60’s. This was their biggest single together, which spent two weeks at #2 in September 1964. A few followups by the band charted until the end of the decade; three of those went top 40. A cover of “Bread” sung by Robert John peaked at #68 on the Hot 100 in 1983.

“Toast And Marmalade For Tea”, Tin Tin (#20, 1971)
Do you remember this four man band from Australia? During the summer of 1971, they hit with their only significant single, best known for its warbled piano melody. It was produced by Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees, who is also behind the bass on the song. A followup single, “Is That the Way?”, peaked at #59 later that year.

Outside of the top 40, a handful of other “Bread” titles charted in the 1960’s: “Jelly Bread” by Booker T. & The MG’s (#82 in 1963) and two versions of the same song, by Paul Chaplain and His Emeralds (as “Shortnin’ Bread”, #82 in 1960) and The Bell Notes (as “Shortenin’ Bread”, #96 in 1960).

This is probably the most obvious of the selections in this post; after all, look at the group’s name. The quartet from Los Angeles totaled 12 top 40 singles, including soft rock classics like the #1 “Make It With You” in 1970 and “Everything I Own”, a #5 hit in 1972. Leader David Gates also made the top 40 three times as a solo artist. He appears to be active as live act.

Cornbread and Jerry
Both of the charting singles from girl group The Dixiebelles gave a featured credit to this act, which were “(Down At) Papa Joe’s” (#9 in 1963) and “Southtown, U.S.A.” (#15 in 1964). After a third single failed to break the big Billboard survey, the group parted ways.

Not much else in the way of acts baked their way into the heat of the Hot 100 except for a spoken word record credited to Cornbread and Biscuits, who climbed to #75 in 1960 with a double-sided single titled “The Big Time Spender”.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 13, 2014

The Hunger for more.

Could this be the “Magic” at last?

40. One Direction – You & I
39. Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It)
38. Katy Perry – Birthday
30. Ed Sheeran – Sing | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Sheppard – Geronimo (38)
29. Andy Grammer – Back Home (35)
20. Foster The People – Best Friend (28)
15. A Great Big World – Already Home (24) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
12. Passenger – Scare Away The Dark (17)
04. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better (09)

10. Christina Perri – Human (10) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
09. Gary Barlow and Elton John – Face To Face (06) | PEAK: #04
08. Foster The People – Coming Of Age (04) | PEAK: #03
07. The 1975 – Settle Down (05) | PEAK: #05
06. DJ Cassidy featuring Jessie J & Robin Thicke – Calling All Hearts (07) | PEAK: #07
05. Phillip Phillips – Raging Fire (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better (09) | PEAK: #04
03. Neon Trees – Sleeping With A Friend (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
02. Bastille – Bad Blood (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Coldplay – Magic (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Taylor Henderson – When You Were Mine (2)
2. SecondCity – I Wanna Feel (10)
3. Gary Barlow – Since I Saw You Last (6)
4. Disco Mystery – No Price (-)
5. MAGIC! – Don’t Kill The Magic (-)
6. Donkeyboy – Crazy Something Normal (-)
7. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (8)
8. Saint Raymond – Everything She Wants (-)
9. Sebell – Till The Sun Burns Out (9)
10. The 1975 – Robbers (-)

In The Mix:
Avril Lavigne – Give You What You Like
Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass – Extraordinary (new)
Daughtry – Battleships
Grizfolk – The Struggle
Imagine Dragons – Bleeding Out
Jeremy Redmore – Bad Philosophy
Kylie Minogue – I Was Gonna Cancel (new)
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This (new)
Ray LaMontagne – Supernova
Red Wanting Blue – You Are My Las Vegas (new)
Sam Smith – Stay With Me
Sarah McLachlan – In Your Shoes (new)
The Fray – Break Your Plans
The Seasons – Apples

Chart Notes:

  • We have a new one at the top this week — leaping from 3-1 is Coldplay, who now have their fifth #1 on my top 40 with “Magic”. It’s the first radio single from the group’s forthcoming album, Ghost Stories, due on May 19. Their previous four chart-toppers were 2008’s “Viva La Vida”, 2011’s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” and “Paradise”, and 2013’s “Atlas”.
  • Look for four songs to jump into the top ten next week, the most action upward into that region during one frame in several years. Still, with hot singles by A Great Big World (which takes the Biggest Mover title for the second week in a row), Clean Bandit/Jess Glynne, Passenger and Rixton, it’s certainly worth accommodating for. Will all four be able to reach the top spot? Highly doubtful, but with a faster turnover rate, anything can happen.
  • Of this week’s four debuts, Ed Sheeran debuts the highest at #30 with “Sing”, and no, I’m afraid that it’s not a hot Carpenters remake. (That would sound pretty peculiar anyways.) It’s his fourth chart entry to date; his biggest, “The A Team”, spent a week at #1 in April 2012. His sophomore album, X (read as “multiply”), streets on June 23.
  • Further down are the other three debuts this week: Katy Perry lands at #38 with the latest single from PRISM, “Birthday”, while Canadian duo Chromeo enter the chart for the very first time at #39 with “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”. Finally, at #40, is one of three songs in the countdown for boy band One Direction. “You & I” is the U.S. followup to “Story Of My Life”, which recently spent three weeks at #1.
  • Next week looks like another hectic week for debuts with potential entries from British DJ/producer SecondCity, the yet-to-be-identified “disco supergroup” known as Disco Mystery and Canadian rockers MAGIC!. Who gets in and who gets shut out? Find out next Sunday.

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