Monthly Archives: September 2014

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

The radio airwaves are looking ripe this autumn as plenty of new acts and established artists crash the party with new tunes. Which ones will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of my favorites being serviced in October on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Charli XCX
CHARLI XCX – “Break The Rules” (October 6) (*)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
2014 has been a huge year so far for this singer. She’s dominated the top spot at CHR for six weeks since June between her collaboration with Iggy Azalea, “Fancy”, and her own solo single from The Fault In Our Stars, “Boom Clap”. Now, from her effort due in December, Sucker, the pop airwaves should lick “Break” up like a Tootsie Pop. Now that’s sweet.

Train
TRAIN – “Cadillac, Cadillac” (October 6) (**)
Label: Columbia
“Angel In Blue Jeans” may not have experienced a heavenly ascent to top of the charts, but a top ten peak at their core format is nothing to be ashamed of. They’re quickly following it up with this track from their newest album Bulletproof Picasso. It’s no “Pink Cadillac”, but hey, what is? The song’s not my favorite cut from it, but Hot AC will still jump at it.

Better Than Ezra
BETTER THAN EZRA – “Gonna Get Better” (October 13) (**)
Label: The End/ADA
Hard to believe that it’s been almost twenty years since “Good” shot to #1 on the Alternative survey for five weeks, but the Louisiana trio keeps on rocking with a new effort, All Together Now. Lead single “Crazy Lucky” just dented the Hot AC top 40, and they will try once again with this slower number. Anybody for another spin for “Desperately Wanting”?

Gwen Stefani
GWEN STEFANI – “Baby Don’t Lie” (October 13) (*)
Label: Interscope
It’s one of the biggest Q4 surprises of the bunch and a particularly exciting one given Stefani’s bolstered profile on The Voice. It’s been eight years since The Great Escape hit shelves, and though a No Doubt comeback stalled out in 2012, people genuinely seem excited for this. Hey, Gwen, I think we could all use the single right now. What you waiting for?

Eden XO
EDEN XO – “Too Cool To Dance” (October 20) (*)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
Singer and songwriter Jessie Malakouti has been through several labels and a few groups, even an opening spot on tour for Britney Spears, but the 25-year-old from California could have her most accessible song yet. Fun, flirty and most of all, fabulous, this shiny and irresistible dance record is bound to get some boys and girls on the floor. Look out for it.

O.A.R.
O.A.R. – “Favorite Song” (October 27) (**)
Label: Vanguard
Taken from The Rockville LP, “Favorite” is the followup to “Peace”, which recently went top 20 after a slow ride up the chart. It was co-written by Kevin Kadish, who some might call the ace of “Bass” as of late, if you know what I mean. It’s another change of pace, but one that should do well for the fall, a cute and upbeat ode to some good musical memories.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Elle King
ELLE KING – “Ex’s & Oh’s” (October 6) (**)
Label: RCA
During the summer of 2012, King released an EP which included the song “Playing For Keeps”, which was picked up by VH1 as the theme for Mob Wives Chicago, which last just one season. Luckily, the singer’s had better luck, back for the second season of her musical mission with a sizzling stomper of a song that’s poised to pack a punch with programmers.

Hozier
HOZIER – “From Eden” (October 6) (**)
Label: Columbia
With “Take Me To Church” crossing over to multiple formats after its #1 success at the AAA format, things are looking super for the setup of the young Irish singer’s debut album next week. “Eden” first appeared as the title track of his EP from earlier this year and already went to #2 in Ireland, matching his highest peak there. Expect a solid outcome here.

Damien Rice
DAMIEN RICE – “I Don’t Want To Change You” (October 13) (**)
Label: Warner Bros.
The 40-year-old Irish performer has been away from the charts for some time now: his last studio album was 9 back in 2006, featuring the single “9 Crimes”. Although his success in the U.S. has been limited, he’s obviously done quite well in parts of Europe, including the U.K. and his native Ireland. However, AAA radio really ought to pay attention to this.

HAIM
HAIM – “Don’t Save Me” (October 13) (*)
Label: Columbia
Just when we thought the Days Are Gone era was over, Alana, Danielle and Este are looking for their second top 40 hit at Alternative radio with this song. It’s the followup to “Forever”, which also crossed to pop radio after it was placed in an ad for Target. I am not sure there’s much momentum left in the era, but it’d be nice to have more ladies on the radio.

Night Terrors of 1927
NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927 featuring TEGAN & SARA – “When You Were Mine” (October 13) (*)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Back in April, this duo went to Alternative radio with another song called “Dust And Bones”. Although it didn’t become their breakout song at the format, members Blake Sennett and Jarrod Gorbel have teamed up on their next single with the sisters Quin in an attempt to prove that two is definitely better than one. The result? Their point is a very valid one.

Grizfolk
GRIZFOLK – “Hymnals” (October 20) (**)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
“The Struggle”, well, struggled to gather a lot of attention in the airplay department, but that is not stopping the quintet from going forth with an even stronger song from their EP From The Spark. Though it’s not go to radio for another few weeks, a video for the song is in production and coming soon. I’m rooting for the band and hoping this can break them.

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

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 30)

Royalty on the record charts.

Royalty on the record charts.

The time has come for a mighty mix of music releases to hit retailers in what can only be described as… epic. (The large amount of items, that is, not the record label.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 30:

  • Who needs just one new album when you can drop two in a week? That is the case with the legendary Prince, new to stores this week with a solo set, Art Official Age (iTunes), and a set of collaborations with the Purple One’s latest protégés, trio 3rdEyeGirl, titled PlectrumElectrum (iTunes). Neither release has produced any hit singles on the Hot 100, but the initial buzz should carry the two up the album survey.
  • For those of you loving some Country music, two new albums by superstar acts will be going for six figure opening weeks. “Neon Light” singer and longtime The Voice judge Blake Shelton is Bringing Back The Sunshine (iTunes) with his newest album, while Lady Antebellum is aboard a 747 (iTunes) to the #1 spot. Either one could enter at the top, though Shelton seems the more likely of the two.
  • Representing for the solo females on the schedule this week are California singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat with the delayed Gypsy Heart (iTunes), featuring recent single “Try”, while newcomer Tove Lo looks to be the Queen Of The Clouds (iTunes) with her debut full-length album. “Habits (Stay High)” is the hit from that one. Both might debut in the top ten when all is said and done.
  • Other releases out this week include: Boyz II Men‘s Collide (iTunes), Bryan Adams‘s Tracks Of My Years (iTunes), Gerard Way‘s Hesitant Alien (iTunes), Jeff Bridges and the Abiders‘s Live (iTunes), Lucinda Williams‘s Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone (iTunes), Melissa Etheridge‘s This Is M.E. (iTunes), Steve Aoki‘s Neon Future I (iTunes) and The Script‘s No Sound Without Silence (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:

  • “L.A.LOVE (la la)”, new from singer Fergie. (iTunes)
  • “Something In The Water”, a new single from Country star Carrie Underwood. (iTunes)
  • “Steal My Girl”, a brand new single from boy band One Direction. (iTunes)
  • “Yellow Flicker Beat”, a soundtrack cut from Lorde. (iTunes)

Next week, the madness continues with a huge release from Jason Aldean, plus newcomers Betty Who, Hozier and Tinashe all hit the scene with their debut full-length albums. A full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 28, 2014

It's a band, it's a plane...

Fightin’ crime for five weeks.

DEBUTS
40. MAGIC! – Let Your Hair Down

TOP GAINERS
31. Nickelback – What Are You Waiting For? (37)
28. Maroon 5 – Animals (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
22. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (28)
20. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (25)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (14) | PEAK: #10
09. Mary Lambert – Secrets (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. Maroon 5 – Maps (04) | PEAK: #02
06. Rixton – Wait On Me (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (07) | PEAK: #04
03. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (02) | PEAK: #02
02. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (03) | PEAK: #02
01. The Script – Superheroes (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Lilly Wood & The Prick featuring Robin Schulz – Prayer In C (3)
2. Charli XCX – Break The Rules (2)
3. Hilary Duff – All About You (4)
4. Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (5)
5. Bryan Adams – She Knows Me (8)
6. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (-)
7. U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) (9)
8. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (-)
9. James Blunt – When I Find Love Again (-)
10. OneRepublic – I Lived (-)

In The Mix:
A Great Big World – Rockstar
AJR – Infinity
Bea Miller – Young Blood
Better Than Ezra – Gonna Get Better
Goo Goo Dolls – Caught In The Storm
Hudson Taylor – Chasing Rubies
Ingrid Michaelson – Afterlife
Nick Gardner – Lose You
O-Town – Chasin’ After You
Ryn Weaver – OctaHate
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
Sheppard – Smile (new)
Train – Cadillac, Cadillac

Chart Notes:

  • Up from 8-5 this week, Phillip Phillips garners his third top five hit on my top 40 with “Unpack Your Heart”. It’s the followup to “Raging Fire”, which climbed to #3 in April. Both singles are from his sophomore effort Behind The Light. Only one other male American Idol winner can claim as many top five hits and that is David Cook: in 2008 and 2009, “The Time Of My Life” (#1), “Light On” (#1) and “Come Back To Me” (#2) landed him that feat.
  • He never landed in the top ten as the lead singer of the band Jack’s Mannequin, but as Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, the 32-year-old easily takes his latest single in there, climbing 14-10 in his eighth week on with “Cecilia And The Satellite”. The soloist’s self-titled album is due October 14 and several pre-release songs from the set, including newest release “Canyon Run”, are available now at digital retailers.
  • After debuting last week at #40, the latest entry from Maroon 5 takes a hefty 12 spot jump to #28, “Animals”. It’s the second single to chart from the group’s album V and you’ve likely heard it in a commercial for the new Kia Soul model. Radio has been responding to it quite well in the past week and it should quickly rise to the top of the pack.
  • The only debut this week is from the Canadian band MAGIC!, new at #40 with “Let Your Hair Down”. It’s the act’s third time on the chart; “Rude” reached #2 in March, while “Don’t Kill The Magic”, the title track from their album, topped out at #26 in June. “Hair” is serviced to Hot AC radio next month.
  • Next week could feature as many as five debuts in the top 40, with the majority of them by female acts like Charli XCX and Eden XO, both in the Top 10 Next In Line. Also, watch for the splashy debut of “Steal My Girl” by One Direction, which premieres on Monday.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 25, 2005

Get the "Feeling".

Get the “Feeling”.

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 sophomore year of high school and revisit the top songs from this week in 2005…

Debuts:
40. ASHLEE SIMPSON, “Boyfriend”
39. JAMES BLUNT, “High”
37. NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “Unwritten”
26. CHARLOTTE CHURCH, “Call My Name”

Biggest Mover:
JAMIE CULLUM, “Get Your Way” (30-19, 11 spots)

10. D.H.T., “Listen To Your Heart” (down 4)
Album: Listen To Your Heart (2005, Robbins Entertainment)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

09. SANTANA featuring MICHELLE BRANCH and THE WRECKERS, “I’m Feeling You” (up 3)
Album: All That I Am (2005, Arista/RMG Records)
Peak: #3

08. RACHEL STEVENS, “I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)” (up 1)
Album: Come And Get It (2005, 19/Polydor Records)
Peak: #6

07. BON JOVI, “Have A Nice Day” (up 1)
Album: Have A Nice Day (2005, Island/IDJMG Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. NICKELBACK, “Photograph” (up 1)
Album: All The Right Reasons (2005, Roadrunner Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

05. KELLY CLARKSON, “Because Of You” (steady, third week)
Album: Breakaway (2004, RCA/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH, “One Love” (steady, third week)
Album: Looking For Lucky (2005, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

03. JOSH KELLEY, “Only You” (steady, third week)
Album: Almost Honest (2005, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #3 for five weeks

02. DANIEL POWTER, “Bad Day” (steady, second week)
Album: Daniel Powter (2005, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks (2005) + #1 for ten weeks (2006)

01. DARREN HAYES, “So Beautiful” (steady, second week)
Album: Truly Madly Completely: The Best of Savage Garden (2005, Sony BMG 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 (September 23)

Two Cheeks, one week.

Two Cheeks, one week.

It’s a snazzy and jazzy update this week, with two unlikely superstars paired together for a collection of covers, along with one of Country’s leading men and one of England’s hottest indie trios. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 23:

  • After a week which will see Barbra Streisand top the Billboard 200, who’s to say that Tony Bennett will not be the next to top the survey? His long-delayed duets album with Lady Gaga, titled Cheek To Cheek, is now in stores. Several digital cuts from it have made the Jazz charts in the last few weeks. Reviews have been generally solid for it and the effort should have enough strength to enter at #1 next week. (iTunes)
  • Just off another #1 single at Country radio with “American Kids”, still selling well in the top 40 on iTunes, hitmaker Kenny Chesney is back with The Big Revival, which also features the followup “Til It’s Gone”. Last time around, Chesney’s Life On A Rock debuted north of six figures last year and could hit that same amount this year as a strong #2. We’ll see. (iTunes)
  • Currently riding up the Alternative survey with their biggest hit to date, “Left Hand Free”, the band known as alt-J (or ) is back with This Is All Yours, the act’s first studio album since 2012’s An Awesome Wave. Pre-release tracks from it have already ranked highly on iTunes stores across the globe. It will likely debut in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • In our former reality show contestants roundup, and there are quite a few this week, look out for new releases from America’s Got Talent‘s Jackie Evancho and her latest, Awakening (iTunes), American Idol‘s Jennifer Hudson with JHUD (iTunes) and The Sing-Off‘s Pentatonix with PTX, Vol. III (iTunes). Hudson’s “It’s Your World”, with R. Kelly, is now a top 20 hit at Urban AC radio.
  • Other releases out this week include: Aphex Twin‘s Syro (iTunes), Chad Lawson‘s The Chopin Variations (iTunesGary Clark Jr.‘s Gary Clark Jr. Live (iTunes), George Harrison‘s The Apple Years 1968-75 (iTunes), Joe Bonamossa‘s Different Shades Of Blue (iTunes), John Mellencamp‘s Plain Spoken (iTunes), Lee Ann Womack‘s The Way I’m Livin’ (iTunes), Lenny Kravitz‘s Strut (iTunes), Leonard Cohen‘s Popular Problems (iTunes), Luke James‘s Luke James (iTunes) and Tweedy‘s Sukierae (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:

  • “Burnin’ Up”, new from singer Jessie J and rapper 2 Chainz. (iTunes)
  • “Carry You Home”, a digital single from Jamie Scott. (iTunes)
  • “Maps (Rumba Whoa Mix)”, the Maroon 5 hit with a new feature by Latin star J Balvin. (iTunes)
  • “Something Blue”, a digital single from the forthcoming album by Neil Diamond. (iTunes)
  • “When You Were Mine”, a collaboration from Night Terrors of 1927 and Tegan & Sara. (iTunes)

It’s a crazy week as the labels prepare for their final shot at a GRAMMY nomination for acts with new albums like Blake Shelton, Colbie Caillat, Lady Antebellum, Prince and more. So many releases, so little time, but a full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 21, 2014

It's a band, it's a plane...

Sticking to the Script.

DEBUTS
40. Maroon 5 – Animals
37. Nickelback – What Are You Waiting For? | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
28. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (33)
24. Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop – Never Been In Love (31)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans (07) | PEAK: #05
09. The Griswolds – Beware The Dog (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Rixton – Wait On Me (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Maroon 5 – Maps (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (03) | PEAK: #02
01. The Script – Superheroes (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MAGIC! – Let Your Hair Down (2)
2. Charli XCX – Break The Rules (6)
3. Lilly Wood & The Prick featuring Robin Schulz – Prayer In C (8)
4. Hilary Duff – All About You (7)
5. Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (10)
6. Cold War Kids – All This Could Be Yours (4)
7. Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy (3)
8. Bryan Adams – She Knows Me (-)
9. U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) (-)
10. Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach (5)

In The Mix:
A Great Big World – Rockstar
AJR – Infinity
Bea Miller – Young Blood
Better Than Ezra – Gonna Get Better (new)
Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (new)
Goo Goo Dolls – Caught In The Storm
Hudson Taylor – Chasing Rubies
Ingrid Michaelson – Afterlife (new)
James Blunt – When I Find Love Again (new)
Nick Gardner – Lose You
OneRepublic – I Lived
O-Town – Chasin’ After You (new)
Ryn Weaver – OctaHate
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
Train – Cadillac, Cadillac (new)

Chart Notes:

  • After debuting last week at #37, the second top 40 single for Bleachers climbs nine notches to #28 to become this week’s Biggest Mover. “Rollercoaster” is the second single from Strange Desire, which just missed the top ten on the Billboard 200. In early 1976, the Ohio Players went to #1 on the Hot 100 with a song called “Love Rollercoaster”. Will Jack Antonoff and his act ride their way to the top as well? Stay tuned!
  • This week’s Highest Debut goes to Canada’s Nickelback, back on the chart after a little over two years away. They may get a bit of flack, but I’m liking their latest, “What Are You Waiting For?”, which debuts at #37. It’s taken from the forthcoming album No Fixed Address, due this November on Republic Records. Active Rock radio is currently spinning another single, “Edge Of A Revolution”.
  • Down at #40 is Maroon 5 with the second hit from their album V. Following the recent #2 “Maps” is a single called “Animals”, which is not a hot Martin Garrix remake. It’s already started to receive some pretty large adds at CHR radio and officially impacts the format this week. This marks the band’s 20th song to reach my top 40.
  • With new singles by acts like Fergie (“L.A.LOVE (La La)”), Gwen Stefani (“Baby Don’t Lie”) and One Direction (“Steal My Girl”) all debuting in the next few weeks, you never know what will happen on the countdown. Watch out as October rolls in – there’s bound to be a lot of action.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 23, 2001

Heroes of all kinds.

Heroes of all kinds.

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, way back, to a few weeks into sixth grade and revisit the top songs from this week in 2001…

Debuts:
40. LIFEHOUSE, “Breathing”
39. NELLY, “#1”
22. ALL-STAR TRIBUTE, “What’s Going On?”

Biggest Mover:
BACKSTREET BOYS, “Drowning” (34-19, 15 spots)

10. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, “Hero” (up 10)
Album: Escape (2001, Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

09. THE WISEGUYS, “Start The Commotion” (down 2)
Album: The Antidote (1998, Mammoth Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

08. JIVE JONES, “Me, Myself & I” (up 1)
Album: Me, Myself + I (2001, Jive Records)
Peak: #7

07. DESTINY’S CHILD, “Emotion” (up 4)
Album: Survivor (2001, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3

06. MICHELLE BRANCH, “Everywhere” (down 1)
Album: The Spirit Room (2001, Maverick Records)
Peak: #5

05. JENNIFER LOPEZ, “I’m Real” (down 3)
Album: J.Lo (2001, Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. *NSYNC, “Gone” (steady, second week)
Album: Celebrity (2001, Jive Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

03. MICHAEL JACKSON, “You Rock My World” (up 3)
Album: Invincible (2001, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” (up 1)
Album: America Town (2000, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. ALICIA KEYS, “Fallin'” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Songs In A Minor (2001, J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for four 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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