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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 1, 2015

#1 never goes out of

Being #1 never goes out of “Style”.

DEBUTS
40. Delta Rae – Scared
39. Mat Kearney – Billion
30. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Take That – Let In The Sun (36)
27. Lifehouse – Hurricane (33)
26. The Script – Man On A Wire (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
18. Fancy Reagan – Knock Me Out (24)
16. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (23)
14. Life Of Dillon – Overload (19)
06. Years & Years – King (11)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Saint Motel – My Type (14) | PEAK: #10
09. Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Maroon 5 – Sugar (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (06) | PEAK: #03
06. Years & Years – King (11) | PEAK: #06
05. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (02) | PEAK: #02
03. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Style (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Lawson – Roads (6)
2. MAGIC! – No Way No (4)
3. BØRNS – Electric Love (9)
4. Kid Rock – First Kiss (2)
5. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (8)
6. Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson – Go All Night (3)
7. North Of Nine – Can It Be You? (-)
8. Nickelback – She Keeps Me Up (-)
9. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (-)
10. Eden XO – The Weekend (-)

In The Mix:
Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You
Coin – Run
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love
Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (new)
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Mark Ronson featuring Kevin Parker – Daffodils
Matt Woods – In The Dark
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Olly Murs – Seasons
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)
Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun
Scars On 45 – Take You Home
Scars On 45 – Tasted Every Tear
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
Zara Larsson – Uncover

Chart Notes:

  • After two weeks at #1, The Script say “Goodbye” to the top spot as Taylor Swift advances 3-1 with “Style”. Swift has now reached the top with the first three singles from her album 1989 and gives her a fifth career #1 atop my chart. Even more stylish than that, “Style” is now the biggest song to use that word in its title, topping the #2 peak of Blu Cantrell‘s “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” on my top 40 during the summer of 2001. That’s real fashionable, folks. A fourth release off Swift’s album has not been named as of yet.
  • The week’s Highest Debut, roaring in at #30, is “Nothing Without Love”, a solo hit from fun. frontman Nate Ruess. It comes in the middle of a hiatus for the trio, though Ruess’s forthcoming solo effort is sure to satisfy fans of the group. It isn’t the first time Ruess has appeared as a solo on the top 40: back in 2013, he, along with Pink, spent five weeks at the top with “Just Give Me A Reason”. We’ll see if his latest single can repeat that run.
  • Further down the list at #39 is this week’s second debut, “Billion” by Mat Kearney. This is the second song to chart off his recent album, Just Kids. The first, “Heartbeat”, is still in the top five, though that single was recently pulled from the air when “Heartbeat Song” by Kelly Clarkson (which enters my top ten this week) quickly leaped on the Hot AC chart.  The set will likely see a top 20 debut on the album chart.
  • Finally, coming in at #40, is the new single from the six-piece act out of North Carolina who call themselves Delta Rae. It’s great to have them back on the chart with “Scared”, taken from their forthcoming album titled After It All. The band last made the top 40 a year ago with “Chasing Twisters”, which is also included on the tracklisting. Look for the single at radio in two weeks.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 27, 2005

Making the chart their "Home".

Making the chart their “Home”.

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 colder times at the end of February and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2005…

Debuts:
39. KEANE, “Everybody’s Changing”
36. ALY & A.J., “Do You Believe In Magic?”
33. GARBAGE, “Why Do You Love Me?”
28. INGRAM HILL, “Almost Perfect”

Biggest Mover(s):
HALL & OATES, “I Can Dream About You” (33-23, ten spots)

10. GWEN STEFANI featuring EVE, “Rich Girl” (down 2)
Album: Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (2004, Interscope Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

09. HOWIE DAY, “Collide” (up 2)
Album: Stop All The World Now (2003, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

08. DARREN HAYES, “Darkness” (down 2)
Album: The Tension And The Spark (2004, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. JACK JOHNSON, “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” (up 2)
Album: In Between Dreams (2005, Brushfire/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

06. THE KILLERS, “Mr. Brightside” (up 1)
Album: Hot Fuss (2004, Island Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. CARBON LEAF, “Life Less Ordinary” (down 2)
Album: Indian Summer (2004, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #2

04. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Home” (up 1)
Album: It’s Time (2005, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

03. DURAN DURAN, “What Happens Tomorrow” (up 1)
Album: Astronaut (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

02. LOW MILLIONS, “Eleanor” (steady, second week)
Album: Ex-Girlfriends (2004, EMI/Manhattan Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. ROB THOMAS, “Lonely No More” (steady, fourth week)
Album: …Something To Be (2005, Melisma/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (February 24)

Sky high on the charts.

Sky high on the charts.

Last week, the charts were rocking out to a big new sound. Now, it’s back to the urban side of music as the heavyweights come forward and set their sights on #1. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of February 24:

  • Rapper Big Sean hasn’t had an album out since the fall of 2013, but both of his previous sets have only gone as high as #3 on the Billboard 200 survey. That may now change with his latest effort, Dark Sky Paradise, led by a single that got onto three radio formats, the Platinum-selling “I Don’t F–k With You”. That new energy and momentum should help to boost numbers; we’ll see just how much of an effect it has very soon. (iTunes)
  • If you enjoy Chris Brown, Tyga, or a combination of the two performers, you may remember that they worked on a mixtape together several years back. Now, the two are back for an official studio release, Fan Of A Fan – The Album. It features the current Rhythm and Urban top ten single, “Ayo”. Given their respective fanbases, it’s clear that this one is due for a solid first week, probably inside the top five. (iTunes)
  • Still reliving the memories of young love, Kid Rock is back with an album entitled First Kiss. That title also happens to be the name of his latest single, currently top 20 at Active Rock radio and top 40 at Hot AC. Though he doesn’t possess the selling power that he once did, the set should make a solid debut in the top ten, if not higher. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: All That Remains‘s The Order Of Things (iTunes), Emile Haynie‘s We Fall (iTunes), Falling In Reverse‘s Just Like You (iTunes), Mat Kearney‘s Just Kids (iTunes), MisterWives‘s Our Own House (iTunes), Red‘s of Beauty and Rage (iTunes), The Airborne Toxic Event‘s Dope Machines (iTunes) and the soundtrack to television’s Sons Of Anarchy called Songs Of Anarchy, Volume 4 (iTunes).

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

  • “Invincible”, the first of five instant grat tracks this week from Kelly Clarkson. (iTunes)
  • “I Want You To Know”, a collaboration from rumored couple Zedd and Selena Gomez. (iTunes)
  • “Nothing Without Love”, a solo single from fun.‘s Nate Ruess. (iTunes)

Next week, former American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson and the comeback kids Modest Mouse will be among the top ten debuts on the Billboard 200. How high can they and newcomers like Rixton go? A full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 22, 2015

The start of something "Good".

Not saying “Goodbye” to the top… yet.

DEBUTS
38. Who Is Fancy – Goodbye
37. Hudson Taylor – World Without You
36. Take That – Let In The Sun
35. The Script – Man On A Wire | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Lifehouse – Hurricane (38)
24. Fancy Reagan – Knock Me Out (29)
23. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (33) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Life Of Dillon – Overload (24)
14. Saint Motel – My Type (21)
11. Years & Years – King (16)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Maroon 5 – Sugar (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good (09) | PEAK: #09
08. One Direction – Night Changes (06) | PEAK: #05
07. Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (04) | PEAK: #03
05. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (08) | PEAK: #04
03. Taylor Swift – Style (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (02) | PEAK: #02
01. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (-)
2. Kid Rock – First Kiss (3)
3. Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson – Go All Night (1)
4. MAGIC! – No Way No (8)
5. Mat Kearney – Billion (-)
6. Lawson – Roads (-)
7. Brandi Carlile – Wherever Is Your Heart (6)
8. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (9)
9. BØRNS – Electric Love (-)
10. Delta Rae – Scared (-)

In The Mix:
Bea Miller – Fire N Gold
Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You
Coin – Run
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love
Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun
Echosmith – Bright
Eden XO – The Weekend
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (new)
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Mark Ronson featuring Kevin Parker – Daffodils
Matt Woods – In The Dark
North Of Nine – Can It Be You?
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Olly Murs – Seasons
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985) (new)
Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun
Scars On 45 – Take You Home
Scars On 45 – Tasted Every Tear
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
Zara Larsson – Uncover

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is from the group that also holds the week’s #1 song, “No Good In Goodbye”. That’s the Irish trio The Script, and they enter at #35 with the follow-up, “Man On A Wire”. This marks the third release to hit the top 40 from their most recent album, No Sound Without Silence. The three men hail from Dublin, as do the two brothers of Hudson Taylor. They enter at #37 with “World Without You”, their third chart entry since the fall of 2013. The song is from Singing For Strangers, the duo’s debut album, a recent top five release in the home country.
  • At #36 is “Let In The Sun”, shining onto the survey from longtime British hitmakers Take That. “Sun” is the follow-up to “These Days”, which spent a week at #1 in December, becoming their biggest single thus far on my top 40. While lead singer Gary Barlow continues to promote with the band, he’s also getting ready for the big Broadway debut of Finding Neverland, based on the 2004 film, which he wrote the music for. It opens later this spring.
  • Down at #38 is the track from the mysterious campaign that’s being credited as just Who Is Fancy on most radio lists. The singer and writer from Nashville continues to gain at multiple formats with his debut single. As for whom this fancy fellow is, well, some of us who are in the know are aware. Otherwise, his identity will likely be revealed soon.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 21, 2010

The hits

The hits “according” to me.

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 heart of the winter in mid-February and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2010…

Debuts:
40. DANIEL MERRIWEATHER, “Red”
39. ERIK HASSLE, “Hurtful”

Biggest Mover(s):
COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Never Told You” (30-17, thirteen spots)

10. JOSHUA RADIN, “I’d Rather Be With You” (up 6)
Album: Simple Times (2008, Mom + Pop Records)
Peak: #10 for two weeks

09. BARENAKED LADIES, “You Run Away” (up 1)
Album: All In Good Time (2010, Raisin’/EMI Records)
Peak: #5

08. THE FRAY, “Syndicate” (down 1)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

07. JOHN MAYER, “Heartbreak Warfare” (up 1)
Album: Battle Studies (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

06. DAUGHTRY, “Life After You” (down 1)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for six weeks

05. ADAM LAMBERT, “Whataya Want From Me” (up 1)
Album: For Your Entertainment (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. LIFEHOUSE, “Halfway Gone” (down 1)
Album: Smoke And Mirrors (2010, Geffen Records)
Peak: #3 for eight weeks

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

02. ORIANTHI, “According To You” (up 2)
Album: Believe (2009, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now” (steady, sixth week)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #1 for eleven weeks

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (February 17)

Extending their chart "Life".

Extending their chart “Life”.

When you’re hot, you’re hot, and sometimes you’re so burning that you “make a dragon want to retire.” However, dragons of a different kind come out of a funk this time around and add fuel to the flame. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of February 17:

  • You know them from big hits like “Demons” and “Radioactive”, as well as “I Bet My Life”, their current radio cut. Now, the fiery four fellows who call themselves Imagine Dragons spark a sizzling set of songs entitled Smoke + Mirrors. It will likely debut at #1 given the well-promoted Target campaign for the album and strong pre-order numbers. (iTunes)
  • In case you missed them over the weekend when they were released, check out rapper Drake‘s new mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (iTunes), as well as an EP from independent Jacob Whitesides, A Piece Of Me. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Colin Hay‘s Next Year People (iTunes), Elle King‘s Love Stuff (iTunes), Estelle‘s True Romance (iTunes), Kate Pierson‘s Guitars And Microphones (iTunes), The Juliana Hatfield Three‘s Whatever, My Love (iTunes) and The Wind + The Wave‘s Covers One (EP) (iTunes).

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

  • “Let’s Not Be Alone Tonight”, a new single from Disney’s R5. (iTunes)
  • “Lifted Up (1985)”, the new single from Passion Pit. (iTunes)
  • “Never Alone”, an instant grat single from Shawn Mendes. (iTunes)
  • “Scared”, a brand new song from Delta Rae. (iTunes)
  • “The Weekend”, new from Eden XO. (iTunes)

Next week, fresh new albums from Big Sean and Kid Rock should dominate with solid top five debuts, but can anyone else light up the list? A full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 15, 2015

The start of something "Good".

The start of something “Good”.

DEBUTS
38. Lifehouse – Hurricane
33. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Charli XCX – Doing It (40)
29. Fancy Reagan – Knock Me Out (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
28. Train – Bulletproof Picasso (33)
24. Life Of Dillon – Overload (29)
21. Saint Motel – My Type (28)
19. Scott Helman – Bungalow (24)
16. Years & Years – King (22)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (09) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
09. Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia (07) | PEAK: #07
06. One Direction – Night Changes (05) | PEAK: #05
05. Taylor Swift – Style (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (03) | PEAK: #03
03. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (04) | PEAK: #02
01. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson – Go All Night (1)
2. Fancy – Goodbye (4)
3. Kid Rock – First Kiss (5)
4. The Script – Man On A Wire (10)
5. Take That – Let In The Sun (-)
6. Brandi Carlile – Wherever Is Your Heart (3)
7. Hudson Taylor – World Without You (9)
8. MAGIC! – No Way No (-)
9. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (-)
10. Madonna – Living For Love (6)

In The Mix:
Bea Miller – Fire N Gold
BØRNS – Electric Love
Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (new)
Coin – Run
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love
Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun
Delta Rae – Scared (new)
Echosmith – Bright
Eden XO – The Weekend (new)
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream (new)
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Kim Churchill – Backwards Head
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills (new)
Mark Ronson featuring Kevin Parker – Daffodils
Mat Kearney – Billion (new)
Matt Woods – In The Dark
North Of Nine – Can It Be You?
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Olly Murs – Seasons (new)
Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun
Scars On 45 – Take You Home
Scars On 45 – Tasted Every Tear
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
Zara Larsson – Uncover

Chart Notes:

  • Extending their lead as the most successful Irish act in the history of my personal chart is trio The Script, climbing 2-1 with “No Good In Goodbye”. It’s their second chart-topping single from their fourth album, titled No Sound Without Silence, and it also marks the group’s second time scoring back-to-back #1’s from a given era (“The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” and “Breakeven” from their self-titled effort struck the same one-two punch six years ago.) Way to go, guys!
  • This week’s Highest Debut is from newcomer Tori Kelly, new at #33 with “Nobody Love”. It was recently picked as a new On The Verge selection for iHeartMedia’s CHR stations. Kelly released the EP Foreword in the fall of 2013, but no singles from it charted on any national survey. However, “Love” leads her first full-length album, which is due in stores later this year.
  • Further down at #38 is the week’s other new entry, “Hurricane” by Lifehouse. Last time around, the group rose to #7 with “Between The Raindrops”, a duet with Natasha Bedingfield. This track marks the first radio single from Out Of The Wasteland, an independent effort, which follows a run with both DreamWorks and Geffen Records.

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