Monthly Archives: August 2014

“Shake” For The Sheik: Taylor Swiftly Tops The Pops

Girl's got her groove on.

Girl’s got her groove on.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock as of late, you and your pals likely know that Taylor Swift‘s latest single is “Shake It Off”. It is not “off”, but very much on… the charts, that is. It has a massive lead on iTunes over Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass”, which has been all about that runner-up slot for the last day and a half. It’s also landing huge gains across multiple radio formats, making it what could be her most successful launch of all-time. The song, itself, is catchy, a bouncy pop anthem reminiscent of “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne and “That’s Not My Name” by The Ting Tings, mixed with a healthy portion of late 80’s pop girls like Debbie Gibson, Martika and The Bangles. It’s a hot hit in the making.

This isn’t the first time that a song called “Shake It Off” has made it onto the pop airwaves, but this could be the most talked about one when all is said and done. Remember these movers and shakers?

“Shake It Off”, Take 5 (2000, Elektra)
Lost in the boy band invasion of the late 90’s, this five man band from Florida was yet another Lou Pearlman outfit, though they only lasted a few years together before breaking up. Reaching the top 20 in sales (yes, I still have my copy) during the summer, it peaked at #47 on CHR radio in July. A follow-up, “Can I Come Over?”, was released that fall, but failed to chart.

“Shake It Off”, Jarvis Church (2002, RCA)
Singer Gerald Eaton of the Canadian band The Philosopher Kings took on his stage name for this solo effort in 2002. It didn’t quite shake a lot of attention its way at radio, however. Serviced in July, the song maxed out at a few dozen spins per week before virtually disappearing from the airwaves. Luckily, Church was able to chart in his home country several times.

“Shake It Off”, Mariah Carey (2005, Island)
Call it “Mariah’s impact” if you will, but when it comes to shaking it off, Carey sure some action on the charts. Following the massive ballad that was “We Belong Together”, “Shake” zoomed up in spins, leading to a massive 7-1 leap and a total of five weeks at the top. To date, it’s her last song to reach #1 at the CHR format, though she made the top 40 as recently as 2014.

Check back this weekend to see where Swift’s “Shake It Off” debuts on my personal chart and watch out for her new album, 1989, in stores on October 27. You can follow the blog below or click the “Get Social!” page to find PGTC on social media.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (August 19)

Back in Blacc.

Back in Blacc.

This week’s schedule is all about “dem boyz”, from rap superstars to country folk and everything in between. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of August 19:

  • Currently on the Urban survey with the singles “We Dem Boyz” and followup “You And Your Friends”, rapper Wiz Khalifa huffs and puffs into stores with his newest album, Blacc Hollywood. It’s his first studio effort in a year and a half. That set, O.N.I.F.C., debuted and peaked at #2, but this one, looks like it has a chance to become his first #1 on the Billboard 200. We’ll see! (iTunes)
  • Former reality show contestant and now Country act Chase Rice goes for the Bro on his first major label release, Ignite The Night. It features “Ready Set Roll”, which is edging closer to the top ten at the radio format. Given the size of his fan base, this will probably debut somewhere in the top ten (or top five with the slow competition as it is.) (iTunes)
  • The legendary Smokey Robinson is back with some pals on Smokey & Friends, a duets album full of remakes of tunes that Robinson had a hand in, whether writing, producing or singing on. Elton John and John Legend are just two acts that feature on it. This should also break into the top ten given the older audience appeal. (iTunes)
  • If you’re a fan of the band Mötley Crüe, you’ll want to check out Nashville Outlaws – A Tribute to Mötley Crüe, a compilation of Country artists like Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts doing their takes on the classics. A cover of “Home Sweet Home” by Justin Moore is currently on the Country chart. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Buckcherry‘s F–k (EP) (iTunes), Colton Dixon‘s Anchor (iTunes), Dr. John‘s Ske-Dat-De-Dat… The Spirit Of Satch (iTunes), DragonForce‘s Maximum Overload (iTunes), Imogen Heap‘s Sparks (iTunes), Joel Crouse‘s Even The River Runs (iTunes), Kimbra‘s The Golden Echo (iTunes) and the K. Michelle soundtrack to VH1’s Rebellious Soul – The Musical (iTunes).

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

  • “Edge Of A Revolution”, the latest from rockers Nickelback. (iTunes)
  • “Homegrown Honey”, leading off the latest album by Darius Rucker. (iTunes)
  • “Neon Light”, a new single from Country star Blake Shelton. (iTunes)
  • “Shake It Off”, a hot new single from Taylor Swift. (iTunes)

Petite pop powerhouse Ariana Grande comes back in a grande way with My Everything next week, but how will others like Brad Paisley and Kem rank in the race? A full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 17, 2014

Scott storms the top this week.

Great Scott! He’s thrice as nice this week.

DEBUTS
38. The Young Wild – Moment Goes
36. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (40)
34. Boy & Bear – Three Headed Woman (39)
24. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (31) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
20. Rixton – Wait On Me (27) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
14. Mary Lambert – Secrets (19)
05. The Script – Superheroes (11)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Graffiti6 – The Bridge (06) | PEAK: #02
09. Milky Chance – Stolen Dance (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Young Rising Sons – High (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
06. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans (07) | PEAK: #06
05. The Script – Superheroes (11) | PEAK: #05
04. Charli XCX – Boom Clap (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Maroon 5 – Maps (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The 1975 – Heart Out (6)
2. Cold War Kids – All This Could Be Yours (5)
3. Alex & Sierra – Scarecrow (9)
4. Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy (10)
5. Matt Nathanson featuring Lolo – Headphones (7)
6. Grouplove – I’m With You (3)
7. Bastille – Flaws (4)
8. Jungle – Busy Earnin’ (8)
9. The Fray – Hold My Hand (-)
10. Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach (-)

In The Mix:
Bleachers – Rollercoaster (new)
Coldplay – True Love (new)
Counting Crows – Scarecrow
Foster The People – Are You What You Want To Be? (new)
Francesco Yates – Call
Graffiti6 – U Got The Sunshine
Hilary Duff – All About You (new)
Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me (new)
MAGIC! – Let Your Hair Down (new)
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Ryn Weaver – OctaHate
Todd Carey – Nintendo
Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
Weezer – Back To The Shack

Chart Notes:

  • Two songs tie for this week’s Biggest Mover, both of which made significant jumps on the chart last week. Up seven spots are “Unpack Your Heart” by Phillip Phillips (31-24) and “Wait On Me” by Rixton (27-20). “Unpack” may give Phillips his third top ten hit by the end of the summer, while “Wait” could be the second in a row for the British four piece.
  • Jamie Scott may top the chart for a third week in a row with “My Hurricane”, but his new release, “Unbreakable”, is breaking into the countdown this week at #36, making it the Highest Debut. Both are taken from his forthcoming album, also titled My Hurricane, due this October. Scott has now charted five singles between his solo material and his tunes with the duo Graffiti6.
  • Newcomers The Young Wild also go wild on the survey this week, in at #38 with “Moment Goes”. The California quintet is at radio with the single and you can find it on their forthcoming EP, For Now Not Forever, out September 2. The band has a series of concert dates in their home state, Arizona and Texas over the next few weeks.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 17, 2003

Can't hold Stacy down.

Can’t hold Stacy down.

After a little time off, we’re back with another round of way back wonders on 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. Let’s take a trip back to a few weeks before the start of eighth grade (cringe) and revisit the top songs from this week in 2003…

Debuts:
39. STING, “Send Your Love”

38. BEYONCÉ featuring SEAN PAUL, “Baby Boy”
36. GAVIN DEGRAW, “Follow Through”
35. M.V.P. featuring STAGGA LEE, “Roc Ya Body Mic Check 1, 2”
34. BOWLING FOR SOUP, “…Baby One More Time”
32. JENNIFER LOPEZ, “Baby I Love U!”
28. MICHELLE BRANCH, “Breathe”

Biggest Mover:
MARIA, “I Give, You Take” (28-18) (10 spots)

10. 3 DOORS DOWN, “Here Without You” (up 1)
Album: Away From The Sun (2002, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #4

09. FEFE DOBSON, “Take Me Away” (up 3)
Album: Fefe Dobson (2003, Island Def Jam Records)
Peak: #7

08. SANTANA featuring ALEX BAND or CHAD KROEGER, “Why Don’t You & I” (down 2)
Album: Shaman (2002, Arista/RMG Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

07. VERTICAL HORIZON, “I’m Still Here” (up 3)
Album: Go (2003, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

06. MAROON 5, “Harder To Breathe” (up 1)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

05. CHRISTINA AGUILERA featuring LIL KIM, “Can’t Hold Us Down” (down 2)
Album: Stripped (2002, RCA Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

04. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE, “Stacy’s Mom” (up 5)
Album: Welcome Interstate Managers (2003, S-Curve/EMI Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

03. LIVE, “Heaven” (up 1)
Album: Birds Of Pray (2003, Radioactive/Geffen Records)
Peak: #3

02. HILARY DUFF, “So Yesterday” (steady, second week)
Album: Metamorphosis (2003, Buena Vista/Hollywood Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. JOHN MAYER, “Bigger Than My Body” (steady, second week)
Album: Heavier Things (2003, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown 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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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (August 12)

The burning (sales) of Troye.

The burning of Troye.

A hot web star brings some fire to the scene, but not before some more established acts claw their way up the chart. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of August 12:

  • This week’s biggest new release may be an EP that isn’t out until Friday, but it’s sure to make people take notice. I think you know who 19-year-old singer Troye Sivan is; he’s all over YouTube (and the charts) and he makes his major label debut with TRXYE. Single “Happy Little Pill” cracked the top ten overall on iTunes a few weeks back. With top ten pre-order sales in a dozen countries, this is headed for a lofty entry. (iTunes)
  • After an album with the trio TGT last year, R&B singer Tank returns on his own with his latest, Stronger, featuring the single “You’re My Star”. It recently reached the top ten on the Urban AC airwaves. We’ll likely be seeing this one debut in the top ten on the Billboard 200; four of his previous solo efforts have done the same. (iTunes)
  • With their first album in two years, New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem are back with Get Hurt; the title track is currently top 50 on the Alternative chart. Handwritten missed the top ten on the Billboard 200, debuting at #14, but this one should garner enough first week sales to get to job done. (iTunes)
  • Recent American Idol winner Caleb Johnson is out with his debut album, Testify. I can testify to the fact that it won’t do well. With no prominent singles from the effort or promotion outside of a faltering summer tour with the other show finalists, the bargain bin is calling. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Dilated Peoples‘s Directors Of Photography (iTunes), FKA twigs‘s LP1 (iTunes), Kris Allen‘s Horizons (iTunes), Maurico‘s I Am Maurico (EP) (iTunesPorter Robinson‘s Worlds (iTunes), Randy Travis‘s Influence, Vol. 2: The Man I Am (iTunes), Sam Hunt‘s X2C (EP) (iTunes), Sinead O’Connor‘s I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (iTunes), SOJA‘s Amid The Noise And Haste (iTunes), Twista‘s The Dark Horse (iTunes) and Watsky‘s All You Can Do (iTunes).

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

  • “All About You”, the second new song in the last few weeks for Hilary Duff. (iTunes)
  • “Classic”, new from The Knocks and featuring Powers. (iTunes)
  • “Fire”, a new single from singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw. (iTunes)
  • “Geronimo” (+ EP), a new release from Aussie sextet Sheppard. (iTunes)
  • “Promises” (+ EP), the debut effort from Ryn Weaver. (iTunes)

Rapper Wiz Khalifa leads the pack of new releases next week with his album Blacc Hollywood, while Chase Rice, Kimbra and Smokey Robinson all land in stores as well. A full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 10, 2014

Scott storms the top this week.

This “Hurricane” is blowing away the competition.

DEBUTS
40. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite
39. Boy & Bear – Three Headed Woman | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (37)
30. Mausi – My Friend Has A Swimming Pool (35)
27. Rixton – Wait On Me (34)
11. The Script – Superheroes (20) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. American Authors – Believer (08) | PEAK: #08
09. Milky Chance – Stolen Dance (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Young Rising Sons – High (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Graffiti6 – The Bridge (04) | PEAK: #02
05. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Charli XCX – Boom Clap (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Maroon 5 – Maps (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (-)
2. The Young Wild – Moment Goes (6)
3. Grouplove – I’m With You (2)
4. Bastille – Flaws (3)
5. Cold War Kids – All This Could Be Yours (7)
6. The 1975 – Heart Out (9)
7. Matt Nathanson featuring Lolo – Headphones (5)
8. Jungle – Busy Earnin’ (8)
9. Alex & Sierra – Scarecrow (10)
10. Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy (-)

In The Mix:
Counting Crows – Scarecrow
Francesco Yates – Call
Graffiti6 – U Got The Sunshine
Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach
Hilary Duff – Chasing The Sun
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Ryn Weaver – OctaHate (new)
The Fray – Hold My Hand (new)
Todd Carey – Nintendo
Twin Atlantic – Heart And Soul
Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
Weezer – Back To The Shack

Chart Notes:

  • For the second week in a row, Jamie Scott reigns supreme on the survey with “My Hurricane”, the title track from his forthcoming album. Though its U.S. run at radio is largely over at this point, a followup single titled “Unbreakable” was recently made available via an album pre-order and Scott recently shot a video for it. It will likely debut on next week’s top 40. Can he make it two solo chart-toppers in a row? We’ll see!
  • The Biggest Mover for the second week running is “Superheroes” from the trio The Script. After debuting at #30 two weeks ago, they climbed to #20 last week and to #11 this week, a gain of nine notches. This leads off No Sound Without Silence, due for a U.S. release in late September. As for actual superheroes, both Spider-Man and Superman have been in the title of at least one chart entry since 1999.
  • This week’s Highest Debut at #39 is the second single to chart this year for the Australian quintet Boy & Bear. “Three Headed Woman” is the followup to “Southern Sun”, which climbed to a peak of #8 for three weeks back in February. It was recently serviced to AAA radio, where “Sun” reached the same region. Both singles are taken from their Harlequin Dream, released last year.
  • Also, in at #40, is the first entry for Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, titled “Cecilia And The Satellite”. The 31-year-old singer/songwriter has been here before, however, as McMahon led the group Jack’s Mannequin to four top 40 singles like 2008’s “The Resolution” (#17) and 2009’s “Swim” (#20). It’s his first single with Vanguard Records.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 8, 2010

So cold, they're hot.

So cold, they’re hot.

After a little time off, we’re back with another round of way back wonders on 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. Let’s take a trip back to just before junior year of college and revisit the top songs from this week in 2010…

Debuts:
40. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Mine”

Biggest Mover:
KATY PERRY, “Teenage Dream” (33-19) (14 spots)

10. MIKE POSNER, “Cooler Than Me” (down 2)
Album: 31 Minutes To Takeoff (2010, J Records)
Peak: #4

09. ADAM LAMBERT, “If I Had You” (up 3)
Album: For Your Entertainment (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #6

08. NEON TREES, “Animal” (up 3)
Album: Habits (2010, Mercury Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

07. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, “I Like It” (down 1)
Album: Euphoria (2010, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

06. JOHN MAYER featuring TAYLOR SWIFT, “Half Of My Heart” (down 2)
Album: Battle Studies (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

05. LIFEHOUSE, “All In” (up 2)
Album: Smoke And Mirrors (2010, Geffen Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. SARA BAREILLES, “King Of Anything” (down 1)
Album: Kaleidoscope Heart (2010, Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

03. BRANDON FLOWERS, “Crossfire” (up 2)
Album: Flamingo (2010, Island Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. KATY PERRY, “California Gurls” (steady, second week)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

01. MAROON 5, “Misery” (steady, second week)
Album: Hands All Over (2010, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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