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

A new "Love" for Ellie.

Showered with more “Love”.

DEBUTS
40. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You
39. Martin Luke Brown – Take Out Of Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. North Of Nine – Can It Be You? (40)
33. BØRNS – Electric Love (39)
30. Lawson – Roads (36)
29. Conor Maynard – Talking About (34)
17. Mat Kearney – Billion (24) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Scott Helman – Bungalow (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (08) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (07) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. Life Of Dillon – Overload (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Saint Motel – My Type (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Maroon 5 – Sugar (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Years & Years – King (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Taylor Swift – Style (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MAGIC! – No Way No (1)
2. Eden XO – The Weekend (2)
3. Nickelback – She Keeps Me Up (3)
4. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (6)
5. Matt Woods – In The Dark (-)
6. Olly Murs – Seasons (8)
7. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (7)
8. Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (-)
9. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (5)
10. Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun (10)

In The Mix:
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers – I’ll Be There (new)
Coin – Run
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Florida Georgia Line – Sun Daze (new)
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jacquie Lee – Tears Fall
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (new)
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Madonna – Ghosttown (new)
Mumford & Sons – Believe
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Parachute – Crave (new)
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)
Sam Hunt – Take Your Time
Shift K3y – Name And Number
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
Tuxedo – Do It (new)
U2 – Song For Someone (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Leading off this week’s top ten is the first hit for Scott Helman, “Bungalow”, up 12-10 in its 11th week. The song is now in the top 40 across three formats up north after first breaking on the Alternative airwaves. Helman is the first Canadian newcomer to reach my top ten since the Toronto group MAGIC! entered the region with “Rude” in January of last year. That song topped out at #2 for a week. We’ll see if the singer, based in the same city, can match or eclipse that peak.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the second charting single for English singer/songwriter Martin Luke Brown. His recent top ten hit “Nostalgia” is still making its home in the top 20 as “Take Out Of Me” bows in at #39 after a video premiere in the earlier part of the week. The single and title track from Brown’s forthcoming EP is due in his native U.K. on April 26, though a U.S. release date has yet to be announced. (Let’s hope that it’s real soon!)
  • A new quartet who call themselves Causes have a song that keeps on growing in The Netherlands titled “Teach Me How To Dance With You”, and that tune now enters on my chart at #40. Though it has yet to be picked up here, it is available for download and it sure sounds like it could do something. Lead singer Rupert Blackman, originally from London, was a solo act for a few years before the band formed.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 22, 2009

Gettin' their chart "Life".

Gettin’ their chart “Life”.

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 second half of my Freshman year of college and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2009…

Debuts:
40. SEETHER, “Careless Whisper”
39, KAISER CHIEFS, “You Want History”
38. U2, “Magnificent”

Biggest Mover(s):
BETTER THAN EZRA, “Absolutely Still” (39-26, thirteen spots)

10. PINK, “Sober” (down 1)
Album: Funhouse (2008, LaFace/Zomba Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

09. COLDPLAY, “Life In Technicolor II” (up 7)
Album: Prospekt’s March (EP) (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6

08. O.A.R., “This Town” (steady, second week)
Album: All Sides (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

07. SHINEDOWN, “Second Chance” (steady, second week)
Album: The Sound Of Madness (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. JASON MRAZ featuring COLBIE CAILLAT, “Lucky” (steady, second week)
Album: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

05. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Love Story” (down 2)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. LILY ALLEN, “The Fear” (up 1)
Album: It’s Not Me, It’s You (2009, Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. THE SCRIPT, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” (up 1)
Album: The Script (2008, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

02. KELLY CLARKSON, “My Life Would Suck Without You” (steady, second week)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

01. THE FRAY, “You Found Me” (steady, third week)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three 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 (March 17)

The "Butterfly" effect.

The “Butterfly” effect.

As the SXSW festivities get people loaded into Austin, the album chart is about to get loaded with a number of big releases. It’s certainly a diverse list, much like the conference. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of March 17:

  • It was quite a roller coaster ride last night as Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp A Butterfly album was uploaded, then erased and then uploaded again at iTunes in multiple versions, followed by Spotify, Amazon and other retailers. It appears that everything is now in place for proper sales and data numbers to take effect and the album will almost certainly be at the top of next week’s Billboard 200. Given the early kerfuffle, it’s unclear just how well this will do, but plan on some good commercial and critical love. (iTunes)
  • Moved up after an album leak several weeks ago, Welsh singer and songwriter Marina & The Diamonds is back with FROOT, her first album since 2012. No singles have been issued to radio from the set, but several songs blasted into the top ten on iTunes upon their release. Look for the album to easily rank in the top ten (or even top five) when the official results are revealed. (iTunes)
  • Currently on top of the Alternative chart with “Lampshades On Fire”, their second #1 at the format and first in 11 years, Washington rockers Modest Mouse make their return with Strangers To Ourselves. Amazingly, this is their first set in eight long years. Despite a delay of two weeks from its original date, this should have a strong finish. (iTunes)
  • The soundtrack from Furious 7 is out this week, notable as the final film appearance of actor Paul Walker, who died in a car accident in late 2013. The album features many urban acts, including rapper Wiz Khalifa‘s single “See You Again”, featuring newcomer Charlie Puth. The movie opens in two weeks. (iTunes)
  • Sleeping With Sirens had a real breakout with their last album, Feel, and after a change in label, they’re now out with Madness. Given how popular the instant grat cuts from this have been over the past few weeks, another top ten debut is likely for them. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Great Good Fine OK‘s 2M2H (EP) (iTunes), Liz Longley‘s Liz Longley (iTunes), Marcus Miller‘s Afrodeezia (iTunes), Mark Knopfler‘s Tracker (iTunes), Passion‘s Even So Come (Live) (iTunes), Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield‘s Sing Elliott Smith (iTunes), Tobias Jesso Jr.‘s Goon (iTunes) and Twin Shadow‘s Eclipse (iTunes).

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

  • “Bethlehem Steel”, a pre-release track from Delta Rae. (iTunes)
  • “Biscuits”, the new single from Kacey Musgraves. (iTunes)
  • “Cliché”, new from Christina Grimmie. (iTunes)
  • “Entropy”, a collaboration of Grimes and Bleachers. (iTunes)
  • “My House”, another instant grat track from Flo Rida. (iTunes)
  • “Stitches”, a new pre-release track from Shawn Mendes. (iTunes)

With Lamar’s album moved up one full week, next week’s schedule will definitely feature new albums from Action Bronson, Big Data and more. A full preview is coming in seven!

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

A new "Love" for Ellie.

A new “Love” for Ellie.

DEBUTS
40. North Of Nine – Can It Be You?
39. BØRNS – Electric Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Conor Maynard – Talking About (40)
31. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (36)
26. Delta Rae – Scared (33)
24. Mat Kearney – Billion (32) | BIGGEST MOVER
16. The Script – Man On A Wire (21)
14. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (20)
06. Life Of Dillon – Overload (11)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. Life Of Dillon – Overload (11) | PEAK: #06
05. Saint Motel – My Type (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Maroon 5 – Sugar (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Years & Years – King (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Taylor Swift – Style (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MAGIC! – No Way No (2)
2. Eden XO – The Weekend (6)
3. Nickelback – She Keeps Me Up (7)
4. Kid Rock – First Kiss (4)
5. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (5)
6. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (9)
7. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (8)
8. Olly Murs – Seasons (10)
9. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (-)
10. Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun (-)

In The Mix:
Coin – Run
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jacquie Lee – Tears Fall (new)
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Matt Woods – In The Dark
Mumford & Sons – Believe (new)
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)
Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (new)
Scars On 45 – Tasted Every Tear
Shift K3y – Name And Number
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (new)
Zara Larsson – Uncover

Chart Notes:

  • After two weeks at #1, Taylor Swift‘s “Style”, her third chart-topper in a row from 1989, is replaced at the top spot by Ellie Goulding‘s “Love Me Like You Do”, advancing 2-1. “Love” is taken from the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Of Grey, which continues to sell well despite the film’s front-loaded box office earnings. On my chart, this is the singer’s first time at #1, though she previously went to #1 at CHR radio in 2012 with “Lights” (which peaked at #9 on my top 40 during the year prior.) How long will she reign before a “King” or other chart royalty push her off the throne? Stay tuned!
  • The week’s Biggest Mover is from singer/songwriter Mat Kearney, who leaps 32-24 in his third week on the chart with “Billion”, one of his two songs currently in the countdown. That number, written out as 1,000,000,000, is the largest to appear in the title of a chart entry on the Hot 100. Two such songs are responsible for that record: 1973’s “Billion Dollar Babies” (#57) by Alice Cooper and 2010’s “Billionaire” (#4) by Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars. We’ll see if there’ll soon be this third song to add to the list.
  • Released last year, the first EP from BØRNS, titled Candy, got a hefty boost thanks to this Instagram post from a singer mentioned above (you know, the stylish one) and with a radio date in place, “Electric Love” finally makes it onto my list, new at #39 as the week’s Highest Debut. Singer and songwriter Garrett Borns is originally from Michigan and now based in California.
  • Also new to the survey this week is a quintet who call themselves North Of Nine. The five guys bow in at #40 with the current single from their EP Alive, titled “Can It Be You?” The track is currently being worked to Hot AC radio, but lead singer Jackson Guthy saw some minor CHR airplay last year with a song called “Young & Single”.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 14, 2004

Big "Bounce" into the top ten.

Big “Bounce” into the top ten.

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 March and take a look at my favorite songs from this week at age 14 in 2004…

Debuts:
40. OUTKAST, “Roses”
39, FINGER ELEVEN, “One Thing”
38. HOOBASTANK, “The Reason”
37. USHER, “Burn”
36. D12, “My Band”
26. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Everything”

Biggest Mover(s):
(see #8 and #9 below)

10. EVANESCENCE, “My Immortal” (down 1)
Album: Fallen (2003, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

09. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Don’t Tell Me” (up 8)
Album: Under My Skin (2004, Arista/RMG Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

08. SARAH CONNOR, “Bounce” (up 8)
Album: Sarah Connor (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

07. NELLY FURTADO, “Try” (up 3)
Album: Folklore (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #6

06. THE DARKNESS, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (steady, second week)
Album: Permission To Land (2003, Must Destroy/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

05. USHER featuring LUDACRIS and LIL’ JON, “Yeah!” (steady, second week)
Album: Confessions (2004, LaFace/Zomba Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. JOHN MAYER, “Clarity” (steady, second week)
Album: Heavier Things (2003, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. THREE DAYS GRACE, “(I Hate) Everything About You” (steady, third week)
Album: Three Days Grace (2003, Jive/Zomba Records)
Peak: #3 for six weeks

02. SWITCHFOOT, “Meant To Live” (steady, third week)
Album: The Beautiful Letdown (2003, Red Ink/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. MAROON 5, “This Love” (steady, sixth week)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for nine weeks

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ON THE RISE: Cool Tunes, Hot New Acts (March Update)

The PGTC SoundCloud page is still going strong with updated songs from some great talents, both in the U.S. and abroad. I certainly enjoy posting about my favorites here on the blog, and this new artist spotlight has become a semi-regular feature since the summer of 2014. There have been several artists I’ve covered with new songs in the last few weeks, so in case you missed them, listen to these great tunes ready to spruce up your spring playlist:

Matt WoodsMATT WOODS – “Impression” (iTunes)
Location: London, England
First Featured: “In The Dark” (January 2015)

You know a gorgeous voice just mere seconds into a song, and those chills were coming fast and furious listening to “In The Dark” for the first time. That soul-stirring experience has touched a lot of new fans since the track was first uploaded about six weeks ago, and the feelings continue on his latest, another vulnerable vocal paired with that mysterious musical quality. It’s everything, even as he’s “losing all control.” Woods has knocked two home runs out of the park and the game is sizzling.

New MotionNEW MOTION – “Honesty” (iTunes)
Location: Hitchin, England
First Featured: “Anyway” and “She Said” (January 2015)

Just weeks away from their EP debut at the end of the month, this English quartet caught my attention with their glossy hits and colorful image. Now that the band’s tour schedule has finally gone into, well, motion, the four guys have one more solid sound on their hands with “Honesty”, an unabashedly great pop song that expands the group’s reach beyond the first pieces of their project. Look out for the final track “Caught In The Middle” very soon, and check out their forthcoming dates here.

The ScoreTHE SCORE – “Catching Fire” (iTunes)
Location: Los Angeles, California
First Featured: “Don’t Wanna Wake Up” (May 2014)“Oh My Love” (January 2015)

These two guys have become regulars on my blog, but their profile is still on the rise after a massive online reaction for “Oh My Love”, which just passed 175,000 plays on SoundCloud. It looks like the song could become their biggest original track to date. With that in mind, I guess their latest song’s title makes sense; coming at a hot time in their career, “Fire” is another pleasant pop ditty with a radio-friendly touch that accompanies much of their material. In short, the duo scores once more.

The Young WildTHE YOUNG WILD – “Not A One” (iTunes)
Location: San Diego, California
First Featured: “Moment Goes” (August 2014)

During the summer of last year, this California group’s first single got some nice love from radio station 91X (XTRA-FM) in San Diego, which then prompted me to chart it, making them one of the only fully independent acts to break my top 40 last year. The anthemic, in-your-face sound of their first single bares a slightly different energy than this, which builds and then deconstructs again, but “Not” is still done well. A new chapter for this quartet needs a new flavor and this cut does the trick.

For more great music (or at least I would like to think so) and/or to get in touch, you can find the appropriate link above or click the “About Us” section to email your act in. Until next time, keep making those tunes.

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POP! Goes The Country: Can These Tracks Hit Top 40 Radio?

Take a look at the current top 50 on the CHR chart and there’s not an ounce of country music to be found on the format. A few of the artists represented on the chart, like Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson, have both charted at country radio, however, I don’t think they’ll be returning there during their respective eras this time around. Still, the potential remains for the next big country crossover act or single during the summer and fall months of 2015. Given the most recent chart data, here are choices that I think could do very well with the right opportunity:

Carrie Underwood
CARRIE UNDERWOOD – “Little Toy Guns”
Label: 19/Arista Nashville

Since her chart debut in 2005, Underwood has been the golden girl of the airwaves with an outstanding total of 20 top ten hits, including 18 main credits that have all peaked at #1, #2 or #3. That’s incredible. Though “Something In The Water” seemed to be accessible to stations on the AC panel, it never went beyond her core format (except for some airtime at Christian stations.) However, it’s the followup that very much fits the model of a classic Underwood crossover: stellar lyrics and good production.

Florida-Georgia Line
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – “Sun Daze”
Label: Republic Nashville

Before you start screaming in horror about the thought of these two guys having a third single chart at mainstream radio (after “Cruise” and “This Is How We Roll”), this song is already getting enough flack from the country community, so maybe the pop outlets will jump on this one. Lyrical masterpiece, it’s certainly not, but is it catchy? Sure. It has the potential to serve between transition records (genre, tempo, etc.) well. KFMB/San Diego and WOMX/Orlando lead the way thus far on the Hot AC listing.

Kelsea Ballerini

KELSEA BALLERINI – “Love Me Like You Mean It”
Label: Black River Entertainment

One could say that a Swift co-sign is about to give this 21-year-old newcomer a great chance to go even further then she, or her label, expected to with the track, currently gaining in the top 25 at country radio. The song is already pop-driven in its original form and if sales and airplay numbers keep going in the right direction, AC and Hot AC radio could definitely pick up on this as well. Distribution for Black River is handled by RED; we’ll see if the label’s limited radio traction affects anything in the future.

Mickey Guyton
MICKEY GUYTON – “Better Than You Left Me”
Label: Capitol Nashville

Guyton is another newcomer on the scene, and with a huge impact week earlier this year thanks to an expansive radio tour, the  first time top 40 star is looking to solidly plant her feet in the upper rungs of the chart. She certainly has a powerful message in her debut single that is musically comparable to a more established mainstream name like Colbie Caillat. The singer needs to gain some country support in the next few months, but this is a relatable female record that shows major strength and courage.

Sam Hunt
SAM HUNT – “Take Your Time”
Label: MCA Nashville

If the Shawn Mullins‘s “Lullaby” formula ever sounded like it could be a country crossover hit, it would probably sound like the latest single from 30-year-old Hunt, who never managed to cross with his former #1 at the format, “Leave The Night On”. I still think that it would’ve been easier to push “Leave”, but it appears that “Take” is selling ever more than that song; lately, the track’s been hovering near the top 20 at iTunes. Hot AC station WBMX/Boston recently added the song into medium rotation.

Zac Brown Band
ZAC BROWN BAND – “Homegrown”
Label: Southern Ground/Varvatos/Big Machine

Though they moved after three albums with Atlantic Records into the Republic family last year, the Georgia octet is definitely due for another crossover single, which they had plenty of during their first three eras. Most recently, “Goodbye In Her Eyes” pulled off the trick during the spring of 2013 that garnered some play at Hot AC outlets, though it stopped just short of the top 40. People love a song about taking pride in one’s roots, and this has the feel to transcend several different types of audiences.

Which of these songs do you think will make the next best Country crossover? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media sites.

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