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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 30, 2014

Doin' their "dance" at #1.

Doin’ their “dance” at #1.

DEBUTS
39. Coldplay – Ink
38. Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good
37. Christian Burghardt – Safe Place To Land
35. A Great Big World – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Shawn Mendes – Something Big (39)
33. Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran – All About It (38)
22. One Direction – Night Changes (28)
21. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (30) | BIGGEST MOVER
20. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (25)
11. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (19)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (08) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
09. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (10) | PEAK: #09
08. One Direction – Steal My Girl (07) | PEAK: #07
07. Take That – These Days (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Maroon 5 – Animals (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (03) | PEAK: #03
03. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
01. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Sheppard – Smile (3)
2. Nick Gardner – Lose You (10)
3. The Avener – Fade Out Lines (-)
4. Rixton – Hotel Ceiling (-)
5. Ben Howard – Conrad (8)
6. Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In Red (-)
7. American Authors – Luck (4)
8. Big Data featuring White Sea – The Business Of Emotion (7)
9. Matt Hires – Hold You Up (9)
10. Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind (-)

In The Mix:
Lifehouse – Flight
Maroon 5 – Sugar
Max Frost – Paranoia
Mikey Wax – Only One
Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato – Up (new)
Prince Royce featuring Snoop Dogg – Stuck On A Feeling (new)
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On
The Decemberists – Make You Better
The Griswolds – If You Wanna Stay
Train – Bulletproof Picasso
U2 – Every Breaking Wave

Chart Notes:

  • With the end of the chart year comes the changing of the guard at #1 as Ohio quartet Walk The Moon rise a notch to the top with “Shut Up And Dance”. This is the band’s first single to reach the position, having previously charted in the top ten with “Anna Sun” during the fall of 2012. It appears that the track is also likely to become the act’s biggest hit to date on Alternative radio and a potential crossover record. Their newest album, Talking Is Hard, is due this Tuesday.
  • The year’s first Christmas song of the season bows in at #35 as the Highest Debut on the chart. New York duo A Great Big World have a great big cover of “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”, an amusing and lovable take on Gayla Peevey‘s classic from 1953. The tune is featured on the EP I’ll Be Home For Christmas, released this past Monday. Be sure to look out for “Already Home” and “Say Something” on my year-end survey.
  • Newcomer Christian Burghardt enters at #37 with “Safe Place To Land”. The 26-year-old is one of two performers from Oregon in the countdown; the other is Mat Kearney. One spot down from there is Andy Grammer, coming in at #38 with “Honey, I’m Good”. It’s his second single to chart from Magazines Or Novels. Finally, at #39, Coldplay is new to the chart with “Ink” from the album Ghost Stories.
  • Thanks for another amazing year! With the 52 weeks completed in my 2014 Chart Year, I’ll be tabulating away to rank my annual Top 100. The official reveal will begin in about two weeks, so stay tuned for an official start date. Can’t wait to begin counting ’em down!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 28, 2004

Into the "darkness" of the chart.

Sons and “daughters” of the chart.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest 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. Alright, let’s get a move on back to my high school days and revisit the top songs from this week in 2004…

Debuts:
39. TIGER ARMY, “Rose Of The Devil’s Garden”
38. DURAN DURAN, “What Happens Tomorrow”
37. MAROON 5, “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)”
33. GWEN STEFANI featuring EVE, “Rich Girl”

Biggest Mover(s):
BOWLING FOR SOUP, “1985” (34-29, five spots)
and GREEN DAY, “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” (15-10, five spots)

10. GREEN DAY, “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” (up 5)
Album: American Idiot (2004, Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

09. U2, “Vertigo” (down 1)
Album: How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (2004, Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

08. SEAL, “Walk On By” (up 1)
Album: Best 1991–2004 (2004, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

07. HALL & OATES, “I’ll Be Around” (steady, second week)
Album: Our Kind Of Soul (2004, U-Watch Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. MARC BROUSSARD, “Where You Are” (down 1)
Album: Carencro (2004, Island Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

05. BRYAN ADAMS, “Open Road” (down 1)
Album: Room Service (2004, Mercury Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

04. GWEN STEFANI, “What You Waiting For?” (down 2)
Album: Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (2004, Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

03. PHIL COLLINS, “Don’t Let Him Steal Your Heart Away” (up 3)
Album: Love Songs: A Compilation… Old And New (2004, Atlantic/Rhino Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. DARREN HAYES, “Darkness” (up 1)
Album: The Tension And The Spark (2004, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. JOHN MAYER, “Daughters” (steady, second week)
Album: Heavier Things (2003, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two 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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TOP TEN: Sleighing The Charts

Singles all the way.

Singles all the way.

The holidays seem to come earlier and earlier each year; unfortunately, it’s just what happens. I know that I’m not one for buying candy canes in September or hearing “Jingle Bell Rock” on the radio in October, but the Christmas spirit is a strong one. With Thanksgiving dinner sitting in our stomachs and December just around the corner, it is time to properly roll out the holiday celebrations with a playlist of some of my favorite seasonal selections for 2014.

Enjoy this mix of new tunes and a handful of cool updates to the classics. They’re all at retail now and the majority of these ten songs are also at radio, so be sure to get on those request lines (to Santa, of course.)

A GREAT BIG WORLD – “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”
Album: I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Label: Epic

BAND OF MERRYMAKERS – “Must Be Christmas”
Album: Must Be Christmas – Single
Label: The End/ADA

ELEVEN PAST ONE – “Merry Christmas Everybody”
Album: Merry Christmas Everybody – Single
Label: Warner Bros. Canada

IDINA MENZEL featuring MICHAEL BUBLÉ – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
Album: Holiday Wishes
Label: Warner Bros.

JILLETTE JOHNSON – “River”
Album: River – Single
Label: Wind-Up

JOHNNYSWIM – “Christmas Day”
Album: A Johnnyswim Christmas
Label: Big Picnic

JON MCLAUGHLIN – “Christmas Saved Us All”
Album: The Christmas EP
Label: Independent

KELLY CLARKSON – “Wrapped In Red” **
Album: Wrapped In Red
Label: RCA

** Clarkson’s album was originally released last year, but the title cut is being promoted to Adult Contemporary outlets for this season.

KENDALL SCHMIDT – “Blame It On The Mistletoe”
Album: Blame It On The Mistletoe – Single
Label: TOLbooth

STRAIGHT NO CHASER featuring KRISTEN BELL – “Text Me Merry Christmas”
Album: Under The Influence: Holiday Edition (2014 re-release)
Label: Atlantic

For some more festive fun, watch out for my weekly top 40 chart to see what ho-ho-hops into the survey. Until then, head to the “Get Social!” tab to connect with PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 24)

The gals of Q4.

The gals of Q4.

Black Friday is a few days away, which means the usual deals and steals are here. Get your wallets ready, kids. (NOTE: some of this week’s music releases may not be out until Tuesday dependent on label availability / iTunes response time.) Here are the albums and singles in stores for the week of November 24:

  • Said the industry to its superstars, do you smell what I smell? Ah, yes, that would be the scent of rereleases shining on the schedule this week, along with a few hits compilations. For reissues, Beyoncé‘s Beyoncé (Platinum Edition) tacks on two new tracks, several remixes and a series of live performances, while Iggy Azalea‘s Reclassified pairs the tried and true “Fancy” and “Black Widow” with new tunes like the current single “Beg For It”. (Beyoncé – iTunes) (Azalea – iTunes)
  • For all you greatest hits enthusiasts, Eminem and his music pals head into stores with Shady XV, which includes one disc of new music and a second disc featuring some of the label’s classic cuts over the past fifteen years. Also new this week: Selena Gomez‘s For You, her final release for Hollywood Records before her move to Interscope. The young singer’s set features “The Heart Wants What It Wants” and her big singles. (Eminem – iTunes) (Gomez – iTunes)
  • Looking at some strong pre-order sales, the latest album from popular French DJ and producer David Guetta is out, Listen. It includes a number of interesting duets, as well as “Dangerous”, his recent single with singer Sam Martin. It should at least debut in the top ten, though top five isn’t out of the question yet. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: deadmau5‘s 5 Years of mau5 (iTunes), Elevation Worship‘s Wake Up The Wonder (iTunes), Paramore‘s Paramore (Deluxe) (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Globalization (iTunes), Rick Ross‘s Hood Billionaire (iTunes), Soundgarden‘s Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path (iTunes), Tokio Hotel‘s Kings Of Suburbia (iTunes) and the Epic Records compilation I’ll Be Home For Christmas (iTunes).

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

  • “Santa Tell Me”, a new holiday single from Ariana Grande. (iTunes)
  • “Stuck On A Feeling”, new from Prince Royce and Snoop Dogg. (iTunes)

AC/DC and Mary J. Blige top next week’s (lighter) Tuesday schedule, but don’t forget about Walk The Moon too! Find out more next Monday night.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 23, 2014

Scott storms the top this week.

Six times the Scott.

DEBUTS
39. Shawn Mendes – Something Big
38. Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran – All About It | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (39)
29. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Real Love (34)
28. One Direction – Night Changes (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (32)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Take That – These Days (13) | PEAK: #09
08. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. One Direction – Steal My Girl (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Maroon 5 – Animals (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. A Great Big World – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas (-)
2. Coldplay – Ink (2)
3. Sheppard – Smile (3)
4. American Authors – Luck (1)
5. Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good (-)
6. Christian Burghardt – Safe Place To Land (10)
7. Big Data featuring White Sea – The Business Of Emotion (5)
8. Ben Howard – Conrad (8)
9. Matt Hires – Hold You Up (7)
10. Nick Gardner – Lose You (-)

In The Mix:
Grizfolk – Hymnals
Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In Red (new)
Lifehouse – Flight (new)
Maroon 5 – Sugar
Max Frost – Paranoia
Mikey Wax – Only One
Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind (new)
Rixton – Hotel Ceiling (new)
Ryan Cabrera – House On Fire
Saint Raymond – Fall At Your Feet
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On
The Avener – Fade Out Lines (new)
The Decemberists – Make You Better
The Griswolds – If You Wanna Stay (new)
Train – Bulletproof Picasso
U2 – Every Breaking Wave

Chart Notes:

  • After debuting last time at #38, the new single from One Direction, “Night Changes”, takes a massive leap to #28. It is the second radio release from the band’s FOUR album, which looks to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 survey. Last week, “Night” premiered via a partial hourly deal with iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) for the CHR format and remains below the top 40.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the first chart single for the 26-year-old rapper born Steven Markowitz, better known as Hoodie Allen. He teams up with Ed Sheeran on “All About It”, rolling in at #38. Allen’s recent album, People Keep Talking, debuted on the Billboard 200 at #8. Sheeran now totals three singles in the top 40 at once with this feature.
  • A notch below them is 16-year-old Shawn Mendes, new at #39 with “Something Big”. Discovered on Vine, his single “Life Of The Party” climbed to #24 on the Hot 100. It will be a while before he catches up to another Mendes, Sergio Mendes, best known for a pair of #4 hits: “The Look Of Love” (1968) and “Never Gonna Let You Go” (1983).
  • There are a total of seven unbulleted songs in the 31-40 section of my chart, so expect some big debut action through December. A Great Big World‘s first Christmas single, along with new ones from chart mainstay Andy Grammer and newcomer Christian Burghardt are likely to enter next week.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 22, 2009

Their chart wings aren't broken.

Their chart wings aren’t broken.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest 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. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the week before Thanksgiving and revisit the top songs from this week in 2009…

Debuts:
38. DAUGHTRY, “Life After You”

Biggest Mover(s):
LIFEHOUSE, “Halfway Gone” (27-18, nine spots)

10. PINK, “Funhouse” (down 1)
Album: Funhouse (2008, LaFace/Zomba Records)
Peak: #8

09. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, “You And Me” (up 1)
Album: Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #9

08. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (down 1)
Album: Slice (2009, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. NICKELBACK, “Never Gonna Be Alone” (up 1)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for three weeks

06. THE SCRIPT, “Breakeven” (steady, second week)
Album: The Script (2008, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

05. TRAIN, “Hey, Soul Sister” (steady, second week)
Album: Save Me, San Francisco (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

04. OWL CITY, “Fireflies” (steady, third week)
Album: Ocean Eyes (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

03. KELLY CLARKSON, “Already Gone” (steady, third week)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

02. ROB THOMAS, “Someday” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

01. MICHAEL BUBLE, “Haven’t Met You Yet” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Crazy Love (2009, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for five 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 MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 17)

Four better or worse.

Four better or worse.

There’s only one direction that these overall sales are going… up! Q4 is in full effect with several six figure openings on tap for this batch of new releases. (NOTE: some of this week’s music releases may not be out until Tuesday dependent on label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of November 17:

  • From “Steal My Girl” to “Night Changes” and all the instant grat tracks still on the charts, One Direction has a nice thing going for them in promoting their latest set, FOUR. The English quintet’s had two consecutive albums sell over 500,000 copies in the first week — will this be their third? Hard to tell at this point, but you know that another #1 on the Billboard 200 is a lock. (iTunes)
  • With their first album since 2011, Canadian rockers Nickelback are back in stores with No Fixed Address, released on the band’s new label, Republic. Single “Edge Of A Revolution” leaped to #1 on the Active Rock survey, but “What Are You Waiting For?” has stalled out in the 20’s at Hot AC. Look for this to land in the top five. (iTunes)
  • Singer and songwriter Lorde is credited as the curator for the soundtrack to the upcoming blockbuster The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1. The set includes four songs by or featuring the teen star, as well as acts like Charli XCX, Tinashe, Tove Lo and others. This could also crash the top five on the chart. (iTunes)
  • Serving up a multi-disc compilation that spans his decades of rich music is the legend himself, David Bowie, now in stores with Nothing Has Changed. Each edition of it features a different cover of him looking into the mirror during a different album era. It’s a great gift for hardcore fans. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: 5 Seconds Of Summer‘s Good Girls (EP) (iTunes), Bruce Springsteen‘s The Album Collection, Vol. 1 (1973-1984) (iTunes), Bryan Ferry‘s Avonmore (iTunes), Depeche Mode‘s Live In Berlin (iTunes), In This Moment‘s Black Widow (iTunes), Kristin Chenoweth‘s Coming Home (iTunes), Trisha Yearwood‘s PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit (Amazon), TV On The Radio‘s Seeds (iTunes), Wilco‘s Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994 – 2014 (iTunes) and the following Various Artists compilations: Annie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (iTunes), Christmas At Downton Abbey (iTunes), Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6 (iTunes) and The Art Of McCartney (iTunes).

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

  • “Different Colors”, a pre-release single from Walk The Moon. (iTunes)
  • “Flight”, new from pop/rockers Lifehouse. (iTunes)
  • “Text Me Merry Christmas”, a new holiday single from Straight No Chaser and Kristen Bell. (iTunes)
  • “Wrapped Up”, a collaboration from Olly Murs and Travie McCoy. (iTunes)

See you next Sunday night with new releases from David Guetta, Eminem, Rick Ross, Selena Gomez and more!

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