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Up The Waterspout: Chart Hits On The Crawl

These hits have legs.

These hits have legs. (Kind of.)

What’s that creeping and crawling onto the airplay survey? Why, it’s “Black Widow” from rapper Iggy Azalea and singer Rita Ora, the second big hit from Azalea’s recent album The New Classic. A music video for the song is set to be released soon, and with a single cover looking straight out of Kill Bill, we’ll have the see if the big film influences the clip.

With the Azalea/Ora collaboration about to climb up the waterspout we call the national charts, at both radio and retail, it seems like the perfect time to take a trip into the animal kingdom and go from iPods to arthropods. They might’ve scared Little Miss Muffet, but don’t you be getting arachnophobia. These are just song titles! From the cobwebs to the charts, the  sound of spiders in music history:

“Spiders & Snakes”, Jim Stafford (#4 R&R / #3 Hot 100, 1974)
From 1973 until 1975, Stafford hit the top 40 with a series of comedic songs, six in total on Billboard. This was the biggest of them, a Gold certified record that was produced by another big pop artist, Lobo, and written by David Bellamy of The Bellamy Brothers. By 1976, the shtick that made him famous had worn thin to both a fading pop and country audience.

“Coming Around Again/Itsy Bitsy Spider”, Carly Simon (#22 R&R / #18 Hot 100, 1987)
Sometimes they’re listed together and sometimes they’re not, but you can find both tracks sharing the same melody in the film Heartburn and on Simon’s 1987 comeback album Coming Around Again. After a jump in label from Epic to Arista, it did the performer well; the single and album were her first top 40 entries in six years and her biggest sellers with the label.

“Spiderwebs”, No Doubt (#11 R&R / #18 Hot 100 Airplay, 1996)
1995’s Tragic Kingdom became a major breakout for this California band, and with one smash under their belts in “Just A Girl”, they returned for some more fun with this hit. Although not eligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 due to a lack of physical single, “Spiderwebs” gained both Alternative and CHR airplay, making it one of their most recognizable songs.

Other creepy crawlers on and up the Hot 100:
“Inky Dinky Spider (The Spider Song)”, The Kids Next Door (#84, 1965)
“The Red Back Spider”, Brownsville Station (#96, 1972)
“Spider Jiving”, Andy Fairweather Low (#87, 1975)
“Tarantula”, The Smashing Pumpkins (#54, 2007)

Of course, there’s always the band Spider if you need an extra shot that’s too cool for spool. With a handful of charters in the 80’s, they made the top 40 once in 1980 with “New Romance (It’s A Mystery)”.

Which act or song will you spin your web around? Let me know! Comment below or find me on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab above.

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A Deeper Love: The House For House This Summer

Those great grooves out of Europe keep coming this summer as house music, aided by sampled compositions, continue to dominate the surveys. Credit it under as many sub-categories as you wish: deep house, electro house, handbag house, etc.: it’s whatever gets people onto the floor and swaying to the beat. Here are two more releases to check out, and they keep it “deep”, to the point that both are out the same week. How deep is their love? I really need to learn and so do you too. Here we are then:

It's always darkest before the Dawn.

It’s always darkest before the Dawn.

FERRECK DAWN & REDONDO – “Love Too Deep”
Label: 3 Beat/Spinnin’ / Release Date: August 11

Sometimes, it’s all about collaboration, and this one’s certainly got many layers to it. Holland-based producer Dawn mixes it up with the Netherlands duo on this single, sampling both Keyshia Cole‘s “Shoulda Let You Go” and an absolute dance classic, “Show Me Love” from Robin S. “Deep” may have been pushed back two weeks from in its initial July 28 date, but the hot track is already in the top 100 on Shazam in the U.K. and is looking forward to a lofty debut on the charts once it’s released in August. Some may say that it comes to soon after SecondCity‘s “I Wanna Feel”; less than two months ago, the song went onto the Singles Chart at #1 and was heavily based around a loop of Toni Braxton‘s “You’re Makin’ Me High”. However, this very much stands on its own, and the reaction thus far from both tagging and streaming of the music video is extremely encouraging. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it just debuted on my personal chart this week. Be on the lookout for it.

He's got U.

He’s got U.

JAX JONES – “Go Deep”
Label: Blasé Boys Club / Release Date: August 11

If you’re familiar with Duke Dumont, then you probably know who Jones is. Earlier this year, he served as the featured guest and producer on a former U.K. #1 tune, “I Got U”. It also topped the U.S. based Hot Dance/Club Play chart in June. The vocalist on that and “Deep” is Kelli-Leigh Henry-Davila; she also performed the female lead on the aforementioned “I Wanna Feel” and provides background vocals on a track on Iggy Azalea‘s The New Classic. She’s certainly getting lots of attention, and when it comes to this latest release, I hope that momentum keeps on building. Sampling a piece of the 1998 single by Janet Jackson, also titled “Go Deep”, Jones’s single is a nice and chilled-out summer cut that’s ready for some serious action on the radio and in the clubs… at least in Europe. Given the familiarity of the names, this should start to lift off sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, you can catch Jones enjoying the sun and playing the occasional set over in Ibiza.

Once those two go head-to-head in a month’s time, which one will end up on top? Let me know! Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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

Nobody does it "Better".

Nobody does it “Better”.

Summer is all about fun, and while you can’t have fun. this summer (at least when it comes to a brand new studio album), there’s plenty of great tunes to go around. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of July 15:

  • Currently standing at #2 on the Alternative chart with the single “I Wanna Get Better”, Bleachers, a new project from Jack Antonoff, is out with Strange Desire. Several other digital singles have been released from the set in the past few months. Though “Better” hasn’t accumulated much crossover play at the moment, both that Alternative audience and fans of the trio fun. should give the singer a solid first week, likely in the top five or so. (iTunes)
  • Keeping it mellow on a musical level, the latest effort from singer/songwriter Jason Mraz arrives in stores today. It’s simply titled Yes! Yes, that’s really the title. No, really, Yes! Yes? Okay. Now that we have that established, the first single from it, “Love Someone”, is currently at AAA and Hot AC radio. His last album in 2012 debuted at #1; this could do it with a lower total, but it’s hard to tell at this point. Top five is a given, however. (iTunes)
  • Their name is Rise Against, and rising is, indeed, their speciality… at least when it comes to the rock crowd. The band’s latest single, “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore”, is top ten on the Active Rock survey and just below there at Alternative radio. Their first album in three years is The Black Market, and in the music market, this will be the act’s fourth top ten album on the Billboard 200. Their previous effort went to #2. (iTunes)
  • On the “Run” and looking for her second solo success, former Floetry vocalist Marsha Ambrosius returns with Friends & Lovers. The single hasn’t been as well received on the Urban AC airwaves as her output from three years ago, but the singer still has a fan base that will come out for it. Look for it to be solidly in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • Looking for a wild card this week? Look no further than Mandatory Fun, another album from singer and parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic. This one features songs by acts like Iggy Azalea, Lorde and Pharrell all receiving the classic treatment. It’s sure to be good, but will he laugh all the way to the top? (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: John Hiatt‘s Terms Of My Surrender (iTunes), Kidz Bop Kids‘s Kidz Bop 26 (iTunes), Morrissey‘s World Peace Is None Of Your Business (iTunes), Puss N Boots‘s No Fools, No Fun (iTunes), Suicide Silence‘s You Can’t Stop Me (iTunes) and Trampled By Turtles‘s Wild Animals (iTunes).

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

  • “Girl In A Country Song”, the first radio single from duo Maddie & Tae. (iTunes)
  • “Only Love Can Hurt Like This”, a recent top ten single in the U.K. from Paloma Faith. (iTunes)

Next week, time is of the essence as 5 Seconds Of Summer make their chart debut and a lofty one at that. Who else can beat the clock? A preview is coming in seven!

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

Viva la Coldplay.

Written in the “Stars”.

DEBUTS
40. Ferreck Dawn & Redondo – Love Too Deep
39. Jason Mraz – Love Someone | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Shift K3y – Touch (40)
33. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (38)
22. Jess Glynne – Right Here (27)
21. The Madden Brothers – We Are Done (29) | BIGGEST MOVER
13. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans (19)
11. Maroon 5 – Maps (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. American Authors – Believer (14) | PEAK: #10
09. Passenger – Heart’s On Fire (11) | PEAK: #09
08. SecondCity – I Wanna Feel (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be (05) | PEAK: #03
06. Passenger – Scare Away The Dark (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
05. A Great Big World – Already Home (02) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
04. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (07) | PEAK: #03
02. Graffiti6 – The Bridge (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Vamps featuring Demi Lovato – Somebody To You (2)
2. Stu Larsen – Thirteen Sad Farewells (3)
3. Sheppard – Something’s Missing (8)
4. Grouplove – I’m With You (6)
5. Kim Churchill – Window To The Sky (7)
6. Bastille – Flaws (9)
7. Fitz & The Tantrums – Fools Gold (10)
8. Mausi – My Friend Has A Swimming Pool (-)
9. Mary Lambert – Secrets (-)
10. Matt Nathanson featuring Lolo – Headphones (-)

In The Mix:
Betty Who – Somebody Loves You
Connell Cruise – Into The Wild
Francesco Yates – Call
Graffiti6 – U Got The Sunshine
Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach
Leon Else – River Full Of Liquor
Moko – Your Love (new)
Neon Trees – Text Me In The Morning
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy (new)
Sander Kleinenberg – We-R-Superstars
Sara Bareilles – Chasing The Sun
Scars On 45 – Crazy For You
Twin Atlantic – Heart And Soul
Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine (new)
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance

Chart Notes:

  • Two acts rank in the top ten with two singles each this week, and both are no strangers to the region. Deep into the top three, we find Graffiti6 with “The Bridge” (#2) and Jamie Scott with “My Hurricane” (#3), both with a lead vocal by Scott. The former is from the duo’s second album of the same name, while the latter is from the solo act’s forthcoming album, now due October 7. Once again, at #6 and #9, we find two spots occupied by Passenger, with the higher position belonging to former #1 “Scare Away The Dark” and the other filled by “Heart’s On Fire”.
  • This week’s Biggest Mover comes from the Madden Brothers; they are up 29-21 in their fifth week with “We Are Done”. Benji and Joel Madden have their first chart entry as a duo, but as members of Good Charlotte, they went top 40 six times between 2003 – 2010. Three of those hits cracked the top ten, all from 2002’s The Young and the Hopeless: “Girls & Boys” (#4), “Hold On” (#6) and “Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous” (#1, four weeks).
  • After slowly making its way through the Mix and Next In Line, the tenth top 40 entry for singer/songwriter Jason Mraz is this week’s Highest Debut. Coming in at #39, “Love Someone” leads off Mraz’s Yes! album, due in stores on Tuesday. The set is a collaboration with the California quartet Raining Jane. Back in 2003, his debut single, “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)”, ranked as my #1 song of the year.
  • Down at #40 is this week’s second debut, an infectious dance track from two sets of the producers, soloist Ferreck Dawn and the duo Redondo. “Love Too Deep” is set for a release in the U.K. in just under a month through 3Beat Productions. Both acts are celebrating their first time in the top 40 with this single, whose music video is just under 300,000 views over two accounts.

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Ahead Of Their Time: Song Titles From The Future

What year is it again?

What year is it again?

Already a sleeper top ten hit on the Rhythmic survey, “3005” by Childish Gambino is set to crossover to CHR radio in roughly a week and a half as the first pop release from his album of last year, Because The Internet. You might remember that in 2012, his song “Heartbeat” gained some pop play and wound up just below the top 40. We’ll see what happens with Glassnote’s latest attempt to break the rapper at the format. (Thus far, it’s just scratched the Hot 100.)

The year 3005, as found in the title, doesn’t occur for another 991 years, and it got me thinking about other chart hits that were ahead of their time. Of course, I mean in terms of a year in the title, not in terms of content; that’s a whole other post or five. So, enjoy as I go reelin’ in the years from some of these Billboard top 40 time predictors:

“In The Year 2525”, Zager & Evans (1969)
Denny Zager and Rick Evans formed their duo several years before recording their epic hit, the tale about a world plagued by the dangers of technology and the future of a dehumanized race. Despite a dark message, the single connected with the buying public. “Year” spent six weeks at #1 during the summer of ’69; a followup, “Mr. Turnkey”, just missed the Hot 100.

“1999”, Prince and the Revolution (1982-3)
A funky party from the future came into our lives three decades ago and it’s still all over the airwaves in 2014. As much of a classic as it is today, the first single from the Purple One’s album of the same name actually peaked just below the top 40 in its first chart run during the fall of ’82. In a rerelease the next summer, it rose to a better #12 before it was “out of time.”

“Year 3000”, The Jonas Brothers (2007)
Remember when these guys were still around? Before the underwhelming solo careers and the messy group split before a series of concerts last year, the trio of Joe, Kevin and Nick were riding high on the Hot 100 with this song, originally done by another trio – the U.K. band Busted. With a few minor lyric adjustments, the three Brothers took their version to #31.

“2012 (It Ain’t The End)”, Jay Sean featuring Nicki Minaj (2010)
After two big U.S. radio hits with “Down” and “Do You Remember?”, this British performer played into the theory that the world would end on December 21, 2012 for his third Stateside single. However, like that daunting event, the notion of this song blowing up didn’t actually happen. Released too early to make a significant impact, it quickly peaked at #31 that fall.

Which one of these top hits from the time machine leaps forward on your playlist? Let me know! Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 8)

Hair today, gone tomorrow.

Hair today, gone tomorrow.

This week, you can whip your hair back and forth even more than your wallet as there’s not a whole lot of selection on the menu. Nevertheless, in the salon we call the release schedule, here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of July 8:

  • This week’s top new album comes from the songwriter behind dozens of hit singles and who now has her first effort out since 2010. That would be Sia and 1,000 Forms Of Fear, which features the current single “Chandelier”. Sales will likely be pretty dismal overall next week, so it wouldn’t take much for this to enter at #1. Question is, will the mystery behind her blonde wig and artful performances of the single propel it to the top? Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • Legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest are ready to rock once again with the album Redeemer Of Souls, their first release since 2008 and third for Epic Records. Their past two releases have marked debuts just outside the coveted top ten; will this be their first to hit the region in their four decade long career? It could happen. (iTunes)
  • Just below the top ten on the Alternative chart with “My Sweet Summer”, the Dirty Heads are back with Sound Of Change. It’s their first studio album in two years. The band should have adecent chance of breaking the top ten on the album chart. (iTunes)
  • With her fifth studio set, R&B and soul singer Leela James releases Fall For You; the title cut is charting at Urban AC radio. It’s only likely to make a minor splash, but this is headed towards the Billboard 200. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Chicago‘s Now (Chicago XXXVI) (iTunes), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young‘s CSNY 1974 (Live) (iTunes), John Mellencamp‘s Performs Trouble No More Live At Town Hall (iTunes), Kiesza‘s Hideaway (EP) (iTunes), Martin Garrix‘s Gold Skies (EP) (iTunes), Richard Marx‘s Beautiful Goodbye (iTunes) and Steve Earle‘s Live In Nashville, 1995 (iTunes).

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

  • “BO$$”, the first single from Fifth Harmony‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Dirt”, the new single from Florida Georgia Line. (iTunes)
  • “First Flight Home”, new from young performer Jake Miller. (iTunes)
  • “Get Hurt”, new from rockers The Gaslight Anthem. (iTunes)
  • “Left Hand Free”, the radio single from alt-J‘s new album. (iTunes)

Next week, the debut effort from Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers takes on Jason Mraz and the Kidz Bop Kids. Who leads the pack and who falls behind? A preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 6, 2014

Viva la Coldplay.

Video didn’t kill these “Stars”.

DEBUTS
40. Shift K3y – Touch
38. Ed Sheeran – Don’t | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
18. Charli XCX – Boom Clap (25)
17. Maroon 5 – Maps (27) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
07. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (12)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Foster The People – Best Friend (07) | PEAK: #06
09. Ed Sheeran – Sing (06) | PEAK: #02
08. SecondCity – I Wanna Feel (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (12) | PEAK: #07
06. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (09) | PEAK: #06
05. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be (05) | PEAK: #03
04. Graffiti6 – The Bridge (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Passenger – Scare Away The Dark (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. A Great Big World – Already Home (03) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
01. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jason Mraz – Love Someone (1)
2. The Vamps featuring Demi Lovato – Somebody To You (2)
3. Stu Larsen – Thirteen Sad Farewells (4)
4. Ferreck Dawn & Redondo – Love Too Deep (9)
5. George Ezra – Budapest (5)
6. Grouplove – I’m With You (7)
7. Kim Churchill – Window To The Sky (8)
8. Sheppard – Something’s Missing (-)
9. Bastille – Flaws (-)
10. Fitz & The Tantrums – Fools Gold (-)

In The Mix:
Betty Who – Somebody Loves You
Connell Cruise – Into The Wild
Emerson Hart – Hurricane
Francesco Yates – Call
Graffiti6 – U Got The Sunshine
Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach
Kaiser Chiefs – Meanwhile Up In Heaven
Lady Antebellum – Bartender
Leon Else – River Full Of Liquor
Mary Lambert – Secrets (new)
Matt Nathanson featuring Lolo – Headphones
Mausi – My Friend Has A Swimming Pool (new)
Neon Trees – Text Me In The Morning
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Sander Kleinenberg – We-R-Superstars
Sara Bareilles – Chasing The Sun
Scars On 45 – Crazy For You
Twin Atlantic – Heart And Soul
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (new)

Chart Notes:

  • For three weeks in April, Coldplay ruled the survey with the first single from their album Ghost Stories, “Magic”. Well, I guess the quartet has a #1 single for all seasons because as spring turned to summer, they’re back at the top with “A Sky Full Of Stars”, advancing 2-1 on this week’s chart. “Sky” is now their sixth chart-topper; their first was “Viva La Vida” in 2008. Their longest was 2011’s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”, which took in seven weeks.
  • 30-year-old Jamie Scott made his debut on my chart in October 2011, when he and Tommy Danvers, as the duo Graffiti6, worked their way up to #1 with the song “Free”. Three years later, a song from the now defunct act is up to #4 on my chart, titled “The Bridge” (from their second album of the same name) and Scott’s own solo song leaps from 12-7. “My Hurricane” leads his new effort, due September 9. Look out #1, he’s spinning towards you.
  • Once again, that hit-making quintet known as Maroon 5 is this week’s Biggest Mover, jumping from 27-17, a gain of ten notches, with “Maps”. It’s the first single taken from the forthcoming album V, their fifth set since 2003. The disc is set to hit retail on September 2. “Maps” was co-written by lead singer Adam Levine, as well as Ryan Tedder, Benjamin Levin, Ammar Malik and Noel Zancanella.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is from a familiar name; in fact, he’s still in the top ten with a former #2 hit “Sing”. With his new single from X, the talented Ed Sheeran enters at #38 with “Don’t”. That album of his recently debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, his first to do so. “Don’t” was recently used in a commercial for Beats By Dre.
  • At #40 is this week’s second debut by the artist who calls himself Shift K3y. “Touch” hit the top five in the United Kingdom back in April and was recently picked up in the U.S. via Columbia Records. The 21-year-old, born Lewis Jankel, releases a followup, “I Know”, in September.

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