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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 18, 2015

Gettin' "Loud" at the top.

Gettin’ “Loud” at the top.

DEBUTS
32. Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song

TOP GAINERS
31. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
28. Maroon 5 – Sugar (35)
22. Taylor Swift – Style (30)
13. Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (06) | PEAK: #05
09. Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Take That – These Days (07) | PEAK: #01 for one week
07. One Direction – Night Changes (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Take That – Get Ready For It (1)
2. Train – Bulletproof Picasso (2)
3. Madonna – Living For Love (3)
4. Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson – Go All Night (5)
5. Brandi Carlile – Wherever Is Your Heart (4)
6. Charli XCX – Doing It (8)
7. Years & Years – King (10)
8. Coldplay – Miracles (6)
9. Kim Churchill – Backwards Head (7)
10. Kid Rock – First Kiss (-)

In The Mix:
Bea Miller – Fire N Gold
Dreamers – Wolves
Echosmith – Bright
Life Of Dillon – Overload (new)
Matt McAndrew – Wasted Love
Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (new)
Mikey Wax – Only One
Neon Dreams – Love Experts
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart (new)
Saint Motel – My Type (new)
Scars On 45 – Take You Home (new)
The Arkells – Leather Jacket
Waters – I Feel Everything
Young Summer – Severing Ties (new)
Zara Larsson – Uncover (new)

Chart Notes:

  • After three weeks at #1, Taylor Swift‘s “Blank Space” falls back to #3, and replacing it is Ed Sheeran‘s “Thinking Out Loud”, up 2-1. This is the second chart-topper for the 23-year-old English singer/songwriter, who spent a frame at #1 back in April 2012 with “The A Team”. It’s also his first #1 of the era: previous singles “Sing” and “Don’t” could only go as high as #2, the former for two weeks and the latter for one. All three can be found on X.
  • Looking to break into next week’s top ten are three tracks: “All About It” by Hoodie Allen and the aforementioned Ed Sheeran is up 13-11, while another collaboration, Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne‘s “Real Love”, advances up two from 14-12. Also, leaping 18-13 this week is “Honey, I’m Good” from Andy Grammer. Everyone except Allen has at least one top ten to their name, so we’ll see how the battle continues in seven days.
  • The week’s only debut comes from superstar Kelly Clarkson, bowing in at #32 with “Heartbeat Song”. It’s the first single to be taken from her forthcoming album Piece By Piece, due in March. After reaching the top ten on iTunes at the first part of the week, it’s fallen back some, but with strong radio data, it should see a nice debut on the Hot 100.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 19, 2003

It's a Chick thing.

It’s a Chick thing.

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 middle of January in seventh grade and revisit the top songs from this week in 2003…

Debuts:
40. BOOMKAT, “The Wreckoning”

Biggest Mover(s):
DF DUB, “Country Girl” (30-23, seven spots)

10. JC CHASEZ, “Blowin’ Me Up (With Her Love)” (up 2)
Album: Drumline (Soundtrack) (2002, Jive/Zomba Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

09. DIXIE CHICKS, “Landslide” (up 4)
Album: Home (2002, Open Wide/Columbia Records)
Peak: #4

08. NIVEA featuring BRIAN & BRANDON CASEY of JAGGED EDGE, “Don’t Mess With My Man” (down 2)
Album: Nivea (2002, Jive/Zomba Records)
Peak: #5

07. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Beautiful” (down 3)
Album: Stripped (2002, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

06. COUNTING CROWS featuring VANESSA CARLTON, “Big Yellow Taxi” (up 2)
Album: Hard Candy (2002, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

05. PUDDLE OF MUDD, “She Hates Me” (down 4)
Album: Come Clean (2001, Flawless/Geffen Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

04. JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring LL COOL J, “All I Have” (up 3)
Album: This Is Me… Then (2002, Epic Records)
Peak: #3 for five weeks

03. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “I’m With You” (up 2)
Album: Let Go (2002, Arista/RMG Records)
Peak: #3

02. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Cry Me A River” (down 1)
Album: Justified (2002, Jive/Zomba Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. GOOD CHARLOTTE, “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous” (up 1)
Album: The Young And The Hopeless (2002, Daylight/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 (January 13)

Sweet times ahead for Title.

Sweet times ahead for Title.

The girl who championed “bringing booty back” is set to be the champion of one major music chart next week. Who are the other contenders training for an entry? Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of January 13:

  • She’s had two big hits in a row with “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin'”, and now, Meghan Trainor will be movin’ a significant amount of first week copies for her first full-length album, Title. (Yes, that is the actual title of it. Not the most creative name for an album, but there have been much worse.) Look for it to have a strong debut at the top of the album chart, reminiscent of Ke$ha‘s January debut of Animal back in 2010. (iTunes).
  • Bumped up two weeks from its original release date at the end of the month, DJ and producer Mark Ronson is now out with his first studio album since 2010, Uptown Special. It includes the recent Hot 100 #1 hit with Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”. This will easily be Ronson’s highest-charting U.S. album with a solid pre-order count, thanks in part to sale pricing. (iTunes)
  • Also new to the U.S. market this week is Ella Henderson‘s first album, Chapter One, which is already a Gold album in the United Kingdom after three months on sale. It features “Ghost”, slowly turning into a hit after the song’s initial choice for Clear Channel/iHeartMedia’s On The Verge program for Hot AC radio last year. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: DMX‘s Redemption Of The Beast (iTunes), Donny Osmond‘s The Soundtrack Of My Life (iTunes), Jazmine Sullivan‘s Reality Show (iTunes), Kat Dahlia‘s My Garden (iTunes), Kidz Bop‘s Kidz Bop 27 (iTunes), Panda Bear‘s Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper (iTunes) and a Various Artists effort, Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating The Music Of Inside Llewyn Davis (iTunes).

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

  • “Apocalyptic”, new from rockers Halestorm. (iTunes)
  • “Heartbeat Song”, new from Kelly Clarkson. (iTunes)
  • “Homegrown”, a new single from Zac Brown Band. (iTunes)
  • “Uma Thurman”, the latest pre-release album track from Fall Out Boy. (iTunes)

Next week, Fall Out Boy, Lupe Fiasco and The Decemberists are all fighting for top ten debuts on the Billboard 200, but the ladies of the moment, Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift, will be staying strong against the guys. A full preview is coming in seven days!

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SINGLE REVIEW: Kelly Clarkson – “Heartbeat Song”

Can't compete with this 'beat.

Can’t compete with this ‘beat.

(Purchase “Heartbeat Song” on iTunes)

It’s been about eighteen months since the first American Idol champ, Kelly Clarkson, trotted her way onto the Top 40 airwaves with “People Like Us”. Though the single easily made the top ten (#7) at Hot AC radio, it barely touched top 30 on the CHR chart, and the anthemic song quickly faded away. After a minor Country chart entry (“Tie It Up”) and a successful Christmas album in Wrapped In Red, the 32-year-old chanteuse is once again ready to take over the national surveys, leading off her forthcoming studio set with a pulsing pop single about the unexpected rekindling of one’s romance and the joys and passion that come with it.

“Heartbeat Song” was co-written by Clarkson, along with Audra Mae, Kara DioGuardi and Jason Evigan. Both Evigan and Mae have been active on the top 40 scene as of recent, but “Heartbeat” marks a bit of a comeback for DioGuardi, previously a co-writer on the singles “Walk Away” (Breakaway) and “I Do Not Hook Up” (All I Ever Wanted). Timed at 3:18, Clarkson begins with a cold opening: “This is my heartbeat song and I’m gonna play it / Been so long, I forgot how to turn it up.” Over a percussive, electro-pop beat, the protagonist notes that she’s met someone who possesses a “different, different kind of fun”, when she’s “used to feeling numb.” Excited by the prospect of the occurrence, she’s “anticipating what’s to come / like a finger on a loaded gun.” It is then that the inevitable emotional rush commences: “I can feel it / rising temperature inside me / haven’t felt it for a long time.”

During the second verse, Clarkson continues to tell about the surprise nature of the budding relationship, but realizes in retrospect that “I never would have had a doubt / if I’d have known where I’d be now.” The physicality of love now plays into it, from “hands on my hips” to a “kiss on your lips.” She also reflects on the nostalgia of a once-present idea of young love and the dream of finding that special person, relaying that “I can’t believe I ever breathed without you” and that she is “alive and brand new” with the man she chose. It’s quite a sweet and tender message, one that is sure to resonate with a varied audience that is thirsty to hear a new single from their beloved hitmaker.

All wrapped up in the production of the All I Ever Wanted and Greatest Hits – Chapter One eras, the song doesn’t find any new ground musically, but certainly fits in with the sound of most of the big songs today. Yet, it’s safe; though it’s a leadoff single, something a little bit riskier could’ve been just as well-received. It’s Kelly Clarkson, after all. Gloss is the way pop music goes, and the 80’s driven synth and guitar arrangement suits her voice. Vocally on point, it’s not her most strenuous affair, but the results are still solid. The initial reaction across social media and forums is positive thus far.

On CHR radio, I’m expecting a giant debut with a peak somewhere in the range of “Catch My Breath” or “Mr. Know It All”, both of which made it into the high teens. On the Hot AC chart, we have an interesting case in which “Heartbeat” by Mat Kearney is already charting within the top 40, but Clarkson is about to steamroll over that with another top five winner. Sorry, man. This is one “Song” that will rule radio and retail for the first half of the year whether you like it or not. Now, are you “gonna play it?”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 11, 2015

A "Space" at the top (and I'll write her name.)

More “Space” for Taylor.

DEBUTS
40. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
39. The Griswolds – If You Wanna Stay
38. Scott Helman – Bungalow | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Maroon 5 – Sugar (39)
30. Taylor Swift – Style (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
28. Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire (32)
26. Prince Royce featuring Snoop Dogg – Stuck On A Feeling (30)
15. Shawn Mendes – Something Big (19)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Passenger – 27 (11) | PEAK: #10
09. One Direction – Night Changes (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Take That – These Days (05) | PEAK: #01 for one week
06. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (07) | PEAK: #05
05. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (06) | PEAK: #04
03. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Take That – Get Ready For It (5)
2. Train – Bulletproof Picasso (-)
3. Madonna – Living For Love (10)
4. Brandi Carlile – Wherever Is Your Heart (8)
5. Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson – Go All Night (-)
6. Coldplay – Miracles (7)
7. Kim Churchill – Backwards Head (9)
8. Charli XCX – Doing It (-)
9. Lifehouse – Flight (6)
10. Years & Years – King (-)

In The Mix:
Bea Miller – Fire N Gold (new)
Dreamers – Wolves (new)
Echosmith – Bright (new)
Kid Rock – First Kiss (new)
Matt McAndrew – Wasted Love (new)
Mikey Wax – Only One
Neon Dreams – Love Experts (new)
The Arkells – Leather Jacket (new)
Waters – I Feel Everything

Chart Notes:

  • Three songs debut on this week’s top 40 and the highest is from newcomer Scott Helman, a singer/songwriter out of Toronto, Canada. “Bungalow” comes in at #38 and can be found on the EP Augusta, only available up north (as of now, at least.) The single is also approaching the top 20 on Alternative radio in Canada with some nice weekly gains.
  • Aussie rockers The Griswolds were on the chart a few months ago with “Beware The Dog”, which climbed to #9 in August and stayed there for four weeks. Their follow-up, “If You Wanna Stay”, debuts at #39 this week. Both tracks  are from their Be Impressive album. “Stay” goes to Alternative radio in the States in just under two weeks.
  • Finally, at #40, is Ellie Goulding with an instant impact single, “Love Me Like You Do”. It’s this year’s first song to debut from a film soundtrack, featured on the forthcoming set from Fifty Shades Of Grey, out next month. You may remember that “Fade Out Lines” by The Avener, down at #22, will also be heard during the movie.
  • Monday marks the debut of Kelly Clarkson‘s “Heartbeat Song” and it’s sure to be a winner. How will it rank on the top 40 next week? Can Madonna, Take That or Train also join the party? Come back on Sunday to find out!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 14, 2007

One word says it all.

From “Boston” to the chart world.

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 middle of January and revisit the top songs from this week in 2007…

Debuts:
40. THE FEELING, “Sewn”
38. NERINA PALLOT, “Learning To Breathe”
31. JAMES MORRISON, “You Give Me Something”

Biggest Mover(s):
MIKA, “Grace Kelly” (29-19, ten spots)

10. THE FRAY, “Look After You” (up 6)
Album: How To Save A Life (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #2

09. JOHN MAYER, “Belief” (steady, second week)
Album: Continuum (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

08. BLUE OCTOBER, “Into The Ocean” (steady, second week)
Album: Foiled (2006, Universal Motown Records)
Peak: #3

07. MAT KEARNEY, “Nothing Left To Lose” (steady, third week)
Album: Nothing Left To Lose (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

06. JOHN MAYER, “Waiting On The World To Change” (steady, second week)
Album: Continuum (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

05. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Hurt” (steady, second week)
Album: Back To Basics (2006, RCA/RMG Records)
Peak: #5 for four weeks

04. THE FRAY, “How To Save A Life” (steady, third week)
Album: How To Save A Life (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. DANIEL POWTER, “Love You Lately” (steady, third week)
Album: Daniel Powter (re-release) (2006, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

02. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “World” (steady, third week)
Album: Two Lights (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. AUGUSTANA, “Boston” (steady, fifth week)
Album: All The Stars And Boulevards (2005, Epic 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 (January 6)

In the "Zone".

In the “Zone”.

Though the big albums of 2015 start hitting shelves next Tuesday, we have a few notable releases this week, including a big debut album from one of the top new names on Rhythmic and Urban radio. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of January 6:

  • Don’t ask me how to pronounce the name Rae Sremmurd — you may as well call the duo Kris Kross 2.0. Luckily, their album can be called SremmLife, which will be next week’s highest debut on the Billboard 200 (unless there’s an act secretly planning something I don’t know about.) It features the singles “No Flex Zone” and “No Type” (iTunes).
  • Other releases out this week include: Jim Brickman‘s Pure Romance (iTunes), Joshua Radin‘s Onward And Sideways (iTunes) and the physical release of Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross‘s soundtrack to Gone Girl (iTunes).

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

  • “Ayo”, a collaboration from Chris Brown and Tyga. (iTunes)
  • “Hard Work”, a pre-release single from Ella Henderson. (iTunes)
  • “Irresistible”, a pre-release album cut from Fall Out Boy. (iTunes)
  • “Somebody”, by newcomer Natalie La Rose and featuring Jeremih. (iTunes)

Next week, it’s all about Mark Ronson‘s Uptown Special vs. Meghan Trainor‘s Title on the album chart to see if either one can knock Taylor Swift‘s 1989 out of #1. A preview is coming next Monday night!

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