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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 21)

Looking for some not-so-"Mediocre" numbers.

Looking for some not-so-“Mediocre” numbers.

Rappers, rockers, reindeer lovers: they’re all in the mix this week as Q4 keeps chugging along at a faster pace. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 21:

  • No longer a Trouble Man and putting in his Paperwork is T.I., who has been hot on Rhythmic and Urban radio with hit singles like “About The Money” and “No Mediocre”, the former featuring Young Thug and the latter featuring Iggy Azalea. This is the rapper’s first album in two years and first since making the leap from Atlantic to Columbia Records. Look for it to be a contender for #1 next week. (iTunes)
  • Metal monsters Slipknot haven’t released a new studio album since 2008, but that changes this week when .5: The Gray Chapter debuts in stores. A single from it, “The Devil In I”, is shooting towards the #1 spot on the Active Rock airwaves, currently positioned at #2. Given the extended gap of time and high-ranking pre-release singles, this may also be in reach of the top. (iTunes)
  • After finishing their last era with a minor chart single called “Sober”, country quartet Little Big Town go for some “Day Drinking” on their latest set, Pain Killer. “Day” is currently top ten at Country radio and it appears that they’re due for another successful era. It should make a run at the top five on the Billboard 200, though it’ll fall short of #1. (iTunes)
  • The 24-year-old rapper named Logic has been noted on the underground circuit and blogosphere for several years now with a series of Young Sinatra mixtapes. This week, his first full-length album, Under Pressure, is out. Likely to be the surprise of the week, you may see the set bowing in the top five when all is said and done. (iTunes)
  • Ho, ho, hold on one moment — we have some sensational stocking stuffers sizzling on the scene, including Anthony Hamilton‘s Home For The Holidays (iTunes), Earth, Wind & Fire‘s Holiday (iTunes) and Pentatonix‘s That’s Christmas To Me (iTunes).
  • Other releases out this week include: Andrea Bocelli‘s Opera, The Ultimate Collection (iTunes), Annie Lennox‘s Nostalgia (iTunes), Aretha Franklin‘s Sings The Great Diva Classics (iTunes), Billy Idol‘s Kings & Queens Of The Underground (iTunes), Boyz II Men‘s Collide (iTunes), Bush‘s Man On The Run (iTunes), Gavin DeGraw‘s Finest Hour: The Best Of Gavin DeGraw (iTunes), Jacquie Lee‘s Broken Ones (EP) (iTunes), Jerry Garcia‘s GarciaLive Volume 5: December 31st 1975, Keystone Berkeley (iTunes), Jessie Ware‘s Tough Love (iTunes), Kiesza‘s Sound Of A Woman (iTunes), Neil Diamond‘s Melody Road (iTunes), Primus‘s Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble (iTunes), Susan Boyle‘s Hope (iTunes) and Vérité‘s Echo (EP) (iTunes).

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

  • “Baby Don’t Lie”, the new single from singer Gwen Stefani. (iTunes)
  • “Lips Are Movin”, a movin’ musical moment from Meghan Trainor. (iTunes)
  • “Nobody”, a single from YouTube’s Ricky Dillon. (iTunes)
  • “Outside”, a collaboration from Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding. (iTunes)
  • “Welcome To New York”, a digital single from Taylor Swift. (iTunes)

A country chanteuse turned pop princess has a pretty huge album coming out on Monday… gee, I wonder who it could be? That swiftly approaching record, along with the rest of the new releases, are coming up in a full preview on Sunday night.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 19, 2014

Scott storms the top this week.

This Hurricane is back on the radar.

DEBUTS
40. Train – Cadillac, Cadillac
39. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
38. Passenger – 27 | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Take That – These Days (40)
33. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (38)
28. James Blunt – When I Find Love Again (33)
20. One Direction – Steal My Girl (25)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Fitz & The Tantrums – Fools Gold (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Mary Lambert – Secrets (08) | PEAK: #08
08. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (07) | PEAK: #02
07. Rixton – Wait On Me (06) | PEAK: #06
06. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (09) | PEAK: #06
05. The Script – Superheroes (04) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
04. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Ingrid Michaelson – Afterlife (5)
2. Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (3)
3. Hilary Duff – All About You (4)
4. OneRepublic – I Lived (7)
5. Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia (-)
6. American Authors – Luck (10)
7. Bryan Adams – She Knows Me (8)
8. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Real Love (-)
9. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (-)
10. U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) (9)

In The Mix:
A Great Big World – Rockstar
AJR – Infinity
Avicii featuring Robbie Williams – The Days
Better Than Ezra – Gonna Get Better
Big Data featuring White Sea – The Business Of Emotion (new)
Brian Wilson and Various Artists – God Only Knows
Coldplay – Ink (new)
David Guetta featuring Sam Martin – Dangerous
Goo Goo Dolls – Caught In The Storm
Grizfolk – Hymnals
Gwen Stefani – Baby Don’t Lie (new)
Neil Diamond – Nothing But A Heartache (new)
Nick Gardner – Lose You
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On (new)
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
Sheppard – Smile
You+Me – You And Me

Chart Notes:

  • It was back in August that Jamie Scott spent his final of four weeks at #1 with “My Hurricane”, the title track from his forthcoming album. Now, he’s back with his second solo chart-topper in “Unbreakable”, which advances 2-1. It’s the fourth total #1 for the 30-year-old British performer, who also scored two in a row with Graffiti6 in 2012. Scott still has three songs on the chart this week, with “Hurricane” at #15 and his duo’s “The Bridge” at #36.
  • If you’re looking for big movers on the countdown, you’re out of luck, at least this week. There are four songs tied at a movement of five spots upward, with an additional three songs up four spots. Maybe there will be some shaking up on the next chart. However, James Blunt, Olly Murs / Travie McCoy and Take That all look top 20 bound in the coming weeks, while One Direction could break the top ten.
  • This week’s Highest Debut saw a video premiere this week: it’s “27” by my top artist of last year, Passenger, bowing in at #38. This marks the third release to chart from his album Whispers, following “Scare Away The Dark” (#1) and “Heart’s On Fire” (#9). The singer and songwriter is currently on tour on Europe and heads to Australia in 2015.
  • Also debuting with a third single is Ed Sheeran, in at #39 with “Thinking Out Loud”, from the album X. Though the song isn’t actively being promoted in the U.S. while “Don’t” continues to build at radio, “Loud” is #1 in Australia and New Zealand and top five in the United Kingdom. I’m sure it will smash here during the spring.
  • Finally, at #40, is the latest from the those Golden Gate guys, the band Train. Their second single from Bulletproof Picasso is “Cadillac, Cadillac”. The luxury car previously rode into the top 40 on the Hot 100 for Michael Martin Murphey and Natalie Cole, and perhaps the band’s new one will drive the same route.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 17, 2010

A trip from Mars to "Hollywood".

A trip from Mars to “Hollywood”.

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 the midterms season of my junior year of college and revisit the top songs from this week in 2010…

Debuts:
37. MAROON 5, “Give A Little More”
31. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Hello World”

Biggest Mover(s):
PINK, “Raise Your Glass” (35-20, 15 spots)

10. BRUNO MARS, “Just The Way You Are” (up 3)
Album: Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010, Atlantic/Elektra Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

09. MAROON 5, “Misery” (down 2)
Album: Hands All Over (2010, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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

07. DAUGHTRY, “September” (up 1)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #7

06. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Hollywood” (up 4)
Album: Crazy Love: Hollywood Edition (2010, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

05. ONEREPUBLIC, “Secrets” (down 1)
Album: Waking Up (2009, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4

04. RYAN STAR, “Start A Fire” (up 1)
Album: 11:59 (2010, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

03. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Mine” (steady, second week)
Album: Speak Now (2010, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. KATY PERRY, “Teenage Dream” (steady, third week)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

01. NEON TREES, “Animal” (steady, third week)
Album: Habits (2010, Mercury 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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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 14)

They've got friends in bro places.

They’ve got friends in bro places.

The autumn leaves are dropping, just like those big releases that Q4 is all about. Get ready, partners, because here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 14:

  • Their last album was full of hits like “Cruise”, “Stay” and “This Is How We Roll”, to name just a few. Now, the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, better known as Florida Georgia Line, are back on the scene (though I suppose they never left) with Anything Goes, featuring a recent #1 on the Country chart, “Dirt”. Their last album is at about two million copies sold to date, so expect this one to head to the top (and Platinum status) real quickly. (iTunes)
  • Millions of music fans came out to download the new U2 album, Songs Of Innocence, when it was offered for free in an iTunes giveaway, although millions more wanted to get rid of it altogether. Granted, it was not the same as Oprah Winfrey telling you that you got a new car, but not much can match that. Nonetheless, a physical edition is in stores today with some added tunes and art that weren’t previously available. (iTunes)
  • Some would call her a Sweet Talker, but that also happens to be the name of the latest album from Jessie J. It’s her second album to be released here after a U.S. release of Alive (out last year in Europe) was shelved. (The only single to be issued from it was “Wild”, but it was later pulled.) Smashing with “Bang Bang”, featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, this one also looks like a hit. (iTunes)
  • New York rapper Hoodie Allen has been hitting the Billboard 200 for a few years now with a series of EPs despite little recognition on any singles survey. This week, he’s out with his first full-length album, People Keep Talking. It features a collaboration with Ed Sheeran. Will it crash the top ten? It may very well happen. (iTunes)
  • You’ve probably seen their song “Stolen Dance” at #1 on the Alternative chart after some big international success. Now, German duo Milky Chance unleash their album Sadnecessary in the States as “Dance” crosses over. I think they’ll find that their first week sales are gut, as they might say. (iTunes)
  • Singers Pink (Alecia Moore) and City And Colour (Dallas Green) combine to form the duo You+Me and release their first set together, rose ave., featuring the single “You And Me”. Strong pre-orders should land it in the top five digitally and near the top ten on the Billboard 200. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness‘s Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes), Angaleena Presley‘s American Middle Class (iTunes), Bob Seger‘s Ride Out (iTunes), Exodus‘s Blood In Blood Out (iTunes), Fit For A King‘s Slave To Nothing (iTunes), Idina Menzel‘s Holiday Wishes (iTunes), Mary Lambert‘s Heart On My Sleeve (iTunes), Michael Feinstein‘s Christmas (iTunes), Nico & Vinz‘s Black Star Elephant (iTunes), Oh Honey‘s Sincerely Yours (EP) (iTunes), OK Go‘s Hungry Ghosts (iTunes), Ozzy Osbourne‘s Memoirs Of A Madman (iTunes), Renée Fleming‘s Christmas In New York (iTunes), Sammy Hagar‘s Lite Roast (iTunes), Stars‘s No One Is Lost (iTunes), The Dubarrys‘s The Dubarrys (EP) (iTunes), The Game‘s Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf (iTunes) and The Swon Brothers‘s The Swon Brothers (iTunes).

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

  • “Drunk Americans”, the new single from Country singer Toby Keith. (iTunes)
  • “Need You Right Now”, from YouTube star Bethany Mota and Mike Tompkins. (iTunes)
  • “Not For Long”, a new single from rapper B.o.B and singer Trey Songz. (iTunes)
  • “Out Of The Woods”, a digital single from Taylor Swift. (iTunes)
  • “XIX”, a digital single from rockers Slipknot. (iTunes)

It’s another mixed bag on the schedule next time, with Aretha Franklin, Little Big Town, Neil Diamond, Slipknot and Susan Boyle among the week’s top contenders. A full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 12, 2014

Charters gonna chart (chart, chart, chart, chart.)

Swiftly taking the top again.

DEBUTS
40. Take That – These Days
38. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (40)
33. James Blunt – When I Find Love Again (38)
31. MAGIC! – Let Your Hair Down (36)
28. Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz – Prayer In C (34)
25. One Direction – Steal My Girl (30)
21. O.A.R. – Favorite Song (27)
15. Maroon 5 – Animals (22) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Fitz & The Tantrums – Fools Gold (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (13) | PEAK: #09
08. Mary Lambert – Secrets (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (04) | PEAK: #02
06. Rixton – Wait On Me (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (07) | PEAK: #05
04. The Script – Superheroes (03) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
03. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Passenger – 27 (4)
2. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (5)
3. Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (3)
4. Hilary Duff – All About You (2)
5. Ingrid Michaelson – Afterlife (9)
6. Train – Cadillac, Cadillac (10)
7. OneRepublic – I Lived (8)
8. Bryan Adams – She Knows Me (6)
9. U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) (7)
10. American Authors – Luck (-)

In The Mix:
A Great Big World – Rockstar
AJR – Infinity
Avicii featuring Robbie Williams – The Days
Bea Miller – Young Blood
Better Than Ezra – Gonna Get Better
Brian Wilson and Various Artists – God Only Knows (new)
Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Real Love
David Guetta featuring Sam Martin – Dangerous (new)
Goo Goo Dolls – Caught In The Storm
Grizfolk – Hymnals
Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia (new)
Nick Gardner – Lose You
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
Sheppard – Smile
You+Me – You And Me (new)

Chart Notes:

  • In just under a month, the latest release from Maroon 5 leaps to #15 as “Animals” claims the week’s Biggest Mover title, up seven spots. It’s the second single to chart from V; it follows “Maps”, and that former #2 is located back-to-back with it at #14. Will the animal kingdom devour its competition and take control of the chart throne? They are certainly hungry for more and could do it.
  • After charging into the chart last week at #30, One Direction climb modestly this week with “Steal My Girl”, up to #25. It just missed debuting in the top ten on the Hot 100, coming in at #13. Should it rise there or make the top ten at CHR radio, it will join only a few titles to “steal” a place that high, like Robbie Dupree‘s “Steal Away” (1980) and Len‘s “Steal My Sunshine” (1999).
  • Olly Murs earns this week’s Highest Debut with a little help from Travie McCoy. In at #38, “Wrapped Up” marks the leadoff single from Murs’s forthcoming album, Never Been Better, due for release in Australia and in the U.K. in late November. Look for it to be another big success for the 30-year-old singer. (No Stateside date has been decided as of yet.)
  • Also dancing onto the countdown is the latest single from former quintet turned quartet turned quintet and now trio Take That. “These Days” jumps aboard at #40, the first release from their appropriately titled forthcoming album III. Last time out in 2011, the group hit #18 with a song called “When We Were Young”.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 14, 2012

"Hall" to the chief.

“Hall” to the chief.

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 months after I graduated from college and revisit the top songs from this week in 2012…

Debuts:
40. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, “If Only”
37. PINK, “Try”
32. FUN., “Carry On”

Biggest Mover(s):
JASON MRAZ, “93 Million Miles” (38-29, 9 spots)

10. ONEREPUBLIC, “Feel Again” (steady, second week)
Album: Native (2013, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #7 for three weeks

09. TRAIN, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” (down 3)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

08. FUN., “Some Nights” (down 1)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

07. WALK THE MOON, “Anna Sun” (up 1)
Album: Walk The Moon (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

06. ONE DIRECTION, “Live While We’re Young” (up 3)
Album: Take Me Home (2012, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #2

05. OWL CITY & CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Good Time” (down 2)
Album: The Midsummer Station (2012, Republic Records) and Kiss (2012, 604/Schoolboy/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. TAYLOR SWIFT, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (steady, second week)
Album: Red (2012, Big Machine/Republic Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. ANDY GRAMMER, “Miss Me” (up 2)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. PINK, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” (steady, second week)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. THE SCRIPT featuring WILL.I.AM, “Hall Of Fame” (steady, third week)
Album: #3 (2012, Epic 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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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 7)

"Down" for the top spot.

“Down” for the top spot.

It’s October already? Crazy how time flies and how many copies are gonna fly off the shelves when the big boys and girls come out to play in Q4. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 7:

  • Expectations are very high for the sixth studio album by Country supestar Jason Aldean. Those last five sets, at the very least, have been certified Platinum and he’s hoping that his latest, Old Boots, New Dirt, will continue that trend. Single “Burnin’ It Down” is preparing for a run atop the Country chart in a few weeks. Time to throw a lasso around this winner. (iTunes)
  • Following a well-deserved break after a three year period (2008-2010) when rockers Weezer released one album a year, they return to stores with Everything Will Be Alright In The End, featuring the current Alternative top ten hit “Back To The Shack”. They’ve been welcomed back by their core format, so expect this one to do moderately well. (iTunes)
  • She’s been all over the Rhythmic and Urban airwaves (and creeping up the CHR survey) with her debut release “2 On”. Now, R&B singer Tinashe gets her zodiac on with Aquarius, which also features the followup “Pretend”. It’s likely to debut high based on that success, but we’ll see if she can sustain herself on the radio. (iTunes)
  • Coming off his #1 AAA hit “Take Me To Church” and its subsequent crossover, Irish singer Hozier is out with his debut self-titled album. With strong pre-orders already securing a top ten debut for the effort, it’s anyone guess as to how high this one will go. Look for it to be strong through the holidays. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Alex & Sierra‘s It’s About Us (iTunes), Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn‘s Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (iTunes), Betty Who‘s Take Me When You Go (iTunes), Broods‘s Evergreen (iTunes), Flying Lotus‘s You’re Dead! (iTunes), Jackson Browne‘s Standing In The Breach (iTunes), Jim Brickman‘s On A Winter’s Night: The Songs And Spirit Of Christmas (iTunes), Keyshia Cole‘s Point Of No Return (iTunes), Minnie Driver‘s Ask Me To Dance (iTunes), New Found Glory‘s Resurrection (iTunes), Sixx: AM‘s Modern Vintage (iTunes), Stevie Nicks‘s 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault (iTunes), The Piano Guys‘s Wonders (iTunes), Yellowcard‘s Lift A Sail (iTunes) and the original soundtrack to The Best Of Me (iTunes).

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

  • “Dangerous”, the second collaboration from DJ David Guetta and singer Sam Martin. (iTunes)

Next week, Florida-Georgia Line, Hoodie Allen, Jessie J and U2 are among the likely top ten debuts of the pack. A full preview, including more great albums from Andrew McMachon In The Wilderness, Idina Menzel and Mary Lambert, is coming in seven!

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