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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 29)

It's the final countdown...

It’s the final countdown…

It’s the final week of Monday and Tuesday releases before our worldwide change to the Global Release Day, and several acts are looking at notable debuts on the Billboard 200. (NOTE: some of the items listed below may not be available until Monday night based on label response time and/or Apple Music’s launch this week.) Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of June 29/30:

  • 29-year-old singer Miguel had a huge era with 2012’s Gold-certified Kaleidoscope Dream, including the enduring Urban hit turned minor Pop crossover single “Adorn”. A number of featured appearances (and an award show mishap) followed that. Radio hasn’t been as reactive to “Coffee”, but retail should be pouring a little more love on Wildheart, new in stores today. It’s looking at potentially being next week’s top debut. (iTunes)
  • With his first studio album since the fall of 2012, the Philadelphia rapper named Meek Mill returns with Dreams Worth More Than Money, featuring the current Urban radio single “All Eyes On You”, which also includes rapper Nicki Minaj and singer Chris Brown. After several delays, the set is highly-anticipated, so look for it to make a splash in the top five next week. (iTunes)
  • Officially spending their third week in a row atop the Alternative radio chart with “Renegades”, the New York band called X Ambassadors pop in a VHS for your buying pleasure… on a compact disc or in a digital download, of course. The new set also features “Jungle”, which charted lowly on the Hot 100 last year. (iTunes)
  • Country star Easton Corbin is enjoying success on both the dance circuit, with his sped-up vocal on “Are You With Me” by Lost Frequencies, and in his regular musical space, where “Baby Be My Love Song” is an airplay hit. Containing that latter song is About To Get Real, out this week. (iTunes)
  • Singer Joy Williams, now solo again after two albums with The Civil Wars, is back with her latest outing, Venus. The album features the single “Woman (Oh Mama)” and it’s doing fairly well with the critics thus far. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: August Burns Red‘s Found In Far Away Places (iTunes), Bassnectar‘s Into The Sun (iTunes), Good Old War‘s Broken Into Better Shape (iTunes), Neil Young + Promise Of The Real‘s The Monsanto Years (iTunes), Slightly Stoopid‘s Meanwhile… Back At The Lab (iTunes), Vince Staples‘s Summertime ’06 (iTunes) and the Various Artists compilation from the upcoming film Magic Mike XXL (iTunes).

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

  • “Cool For The Summer”, new from Demi Lovato. (iTunes – Wednesday)
  • “Freedom”, a new single by Pharrell Williams. (iTunes)
  • “Locked Away”, new from R. City and Adam Levine. (iTunes)
  • “Nothing But Trouble”, a collaboration from Lil Wayne and Charlie Puth. (iTunes)

We’ll see you on July 10 for the first Friday edition of our weekly new releases post, featuring acts like R5, Years & Years and more! Until then, have a great Fourth Of July weekend.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 28, 2015

It's the Ghost wonderful time of the year.

Another toast to the Ghost.

DEBUTS
39. X Ambassadors – Renegades
38. Lions Head – Begging | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. John Newman – Come And Get It (38)
32. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Tori Kelly – Should’ve Been Us (31)
11. ROMANS – Uh Huh (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. American Authors – Go Big Or Go Home (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (07) | PEAK: #01 for one week
08. Saint Motel – My Type (06) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. Maroon 5 – This Summer’s Gonna Hurt… (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (10) | PEAK: #06
05. Parachute – Crave (04) | PEAK: #04
04. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Causes – Walk On Water (7)
2. Hoodie Allen – Dumb For You (2)
3. Meg Mac – Roll Up Your Sleeves (4)
4. Family Of The Year – Make You Mine (6)
5. New Politics – West End Kids (5)
6. Allen Stone – Freedom (3)
7. Daya – Hide Away (8)
8. Jarryd James – Do You Remember (10)
9. Jake Owen – Real Life (-)
10. Life Of Dillon – Dreams (-)

In The Mix:
Atlas Genius – Molecules
Beck – Dreams
Brandon Flowers – Lonely Town (new)
Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (new)
Coasts – Oceans
Day Wave – Drag
Django Django – Shake And Tremble
Fairground Saints – Can’t Control The Weather
Freddy’s Dilemma – Only On A Saturday Night (new)
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Janet Jackson – No Sleeep (new)
Jasmine Thompson – Adore
Karmin – Didn’t Know You
Langhorne Slim & The Law – Strangers
Little Mix – Black Magic (new)
Michael Franti & Spearhead featuring Sonna Rele – Once A Day
Modest Mouse – The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box
Mother Mother – Monkey Tree
Nate Ruess – Great Big Storm (new)
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Skinny Days – Alright Right Now
The Heydaze – Dumb (new)
The Karma Killers – Coming Of Age
The Script – Paint The Town Green
Third Eye Blind – Everything Is Easy
Toad The Wet Sprocket – Architect Of Ruin
Years & Years – Shine

Chart Notes:

  • Locked in at #1 for a fifth week is the trio Jukebox The Ghost and “Postcard”, which now gives them the longest-running #1 song during the 2015 chart year (at least thus far.) The last song to spend that much time at the top was by singer Jamie Scott and “Unbreakable”, which lasted six weeks in late 2014. How long will this Ghost haunt my house of hits? Their treat may pull off more tricks, so stay tuned!
  • Duran Duran, Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers land this week’s Biggest Mover, “Pressure Off”, up 40-32. It leads off Paper Gods, which is out in the U.S. on September 18, though it’ll be released in Europe a week earlier. Though the group’s biggest hits ranked in the 1980’s, they’ve collected two #1’s on my chart with 2005’s “What Happens Tomorrow” and 2011’s “All You Need Is Now”.
  • Both of the week’s debuts are by new duos or groups to my top 40, and the highest, at #38, is by the American-German duo called Lions Head, consisting of Ignacio Uriarte and Filip Bakija. “Begging” is reacting nicely on sites such as SoundCloud, where the original version and two remixes have been streamed in excess of 470,000 times. That’s a mighty musical roar.
  • The other entry on this week’s chart is the current #1 song on the Alternative chart. “Renegades” by X Ambassadors bows in at #39. The quartet’s album, VHS, is due on Tuesday. Though their run was heavily aided by iHeartMedia’s On The Verge artist integration program at the format, their crossover attempt at Hot AC radio is not.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: June 29, 2008

"Kissed" by the "Summertime".

“Kissed” by the “Summertime”.

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 last weekend of June and check out my favorite songs from this week in 2008…

Debuts:
40. O.A.R., “Shattered (Turn The Car Around)”
39. RICK SPRINGFIELD, “What’s Victoria’s Secret?”

Biggest Mover(s):
JON MCLAUGHLIN, “Beating My Heart” (31-21, ten spots)

10. 3 DOORS DOWN, “It’s Not My Time” (steady, fourth week)
Album: 3 Doors Down (2008, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #10 for four weeks

09. KATY PERRY, “I Kissed A Girl” (up 2)
Album: One Of The Boys (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. GAVIN DEGRAW, “In Love With A Girl” (down 3)
Album: Gavin DeGraw (2008, J/RMG Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

07. COLDPLAY, “Viva La Vida” (up 1)
Album: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008, Parlophone/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. DAVID COOK, “The Time Of My Life” (up 1)
Album: David Cook (2008, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, “Summertime” (up 1)
Album: The Block (2008, Interscope Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

04. LEONA LEWIS, “Bleeding Love” (down 1)
Album: Spirit (2008 – U.S. release, Syco/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for fourteen weeks

03. JASON MRAZ, “I’m Yours” (up 1)
Album: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (2008, Atlantic/RRP Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. DUFFY, “Mercy” (steady, third week)
Album: Rockferry (2008, Mercury/IDJMG Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Realize” (steady, third week)
Album: Coco (2007, Universal Republic 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 TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 23)

Chart-topping Material.

Chart-topping Material.

The musical “Merry Go ‘Round” keeps swinging this summer, as two lovely ladies of different genres and a band of heavy hitters sit at the top of the stack this week. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of June 23:

  • Though her leadoff release “Biscuits” struggled into the 40’s on the Country radio chart, fans of singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves will make sure that her latest album will go much higher than that on the Billboard 200. The title of the set is Pageant Material, and it’s bound to be a good seller, especially at digital outlets. We’ll see if #1 is in reach soon. (iTunes)
  • Currently climbing the pop radio chart with her second single, “Should’ve Been Us”, 22-year-old Tori Kelly is out with a debut album this week, Unbreakable Smile. It also features the recent hit and iHeartMedia On The Verge choice “Nobody Love”. It’ll likely debut in the top ten and possibly the top five next week. (iTunes)
  • With their first studio album in nearly six years, Pennsylvania rockers Breaking Benjamin are searching for their third top ten album in a row with Dark Before Dawn, featuring the recent Active Rock radio chart-topper “Failure”. Catch them on the road beginning next week. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Alaska Thunderfuck‘s Anus (iTunes), Bully‘s Feels Like (iTunes), Canaan Smith‘s Bronco (iTunes), Elijah Blake‘s Shadows & Diamonds (iTunes), Emily King‘s The Switch (iTunes), Leon Bridges‘s Coming Home (iTunes), Mike Posner‘s The Truth (EP) (iTunes), The Heydaze‘s The Heydaze (EP) (iTunes) and Wolf Alice‘s My Love Is Cool (iTunes).

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

  • “Good For You”, a new single from Selena Gomez and A$AP Rocky. (iTunes)
  • “No Drama Queen”, a new song from Grouplove. (iTunes)
  • “No Sleep”, the new single from Janet Jackson. (iTunes)
  • “Worse Things Than Love”, a single from Timeflies and Natalie La Rose. (iTunes)

Just before the Global Release Day takes place in a little over two weeks, we have one more set of Monday releases on the 29th, including Joy Williams, Miguel and more. Look for a preview coming on Sunday night!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 21, 2015

It's the Ghost wonderful time of the year.

They have one spooky single.

DEBUTS
40. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off
39. Anderson East – Satisfy Me
38. John Newman – Come And Get It
37. Nathan Sykes – Kiss Me Quick | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Phases – I’m In Love With My Life (38)
31. Tori Kelly – Should’ve Been Us (35)
26. Matt Nathanson – Gold In The Summertime (33) | BIGGEST MOVER
23. Rob Thomas – Trust You (27)
17. ROMANS – Uh Huh (21)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Years & Years – King (08) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
08. Maroon 5 – This Summer’s Gonna Hurt… (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (06) | PEAK: #01 for one week
06. Saint Motel – My Type (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
05. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Parachute – Crave (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Lions Head – Begging (8)
2. Hoodie Allen – Dumb For You (4)
3. Allen Stone – Freedom (3)
4. Meg Mac – Roll Up Your Sleeves (6)
5. New Politics – West End Kids (5)
6. Family Of The Year – Make You Mine (-)
7. Causes – Walk On Water (-)
8. Daya – Hide Away (9)
9. X Ambassadors – Renegades (-)
10. Jarryd James – Do You Remember (-)

In The Mix:
Atlas Genius – Molecules (new)
Beck – Dreams
Coasts – Oceans
Day Wave – Drag
Django Django – Shake And Tremble
Fairground Saints – Can’t Control The Weather
Jake Owen – Real Life (new)
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Jasmine Thompson – Adore
Karmin – Didn’t Know You
Katharine McPhee – Lick My Lips
Langhorne Slim & The Law – Strangers
Leslie Clio – My Heart Ain’t That Broken
Life Of Dillon – Dreams (new)
Mark Ronson featuring Mystikal – Feel Right
Michael Franti & Spearhead featuring Sonna Rele – Once A Day
Modest Mouse – The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box
Mother Mother – Monkey Tree
Olly Murs – Beautiful To Me
Scott Helman – That Sweater (new)
Skinny Days – Alright Right Now
The Karma Killers – Coming Of Age
The Script – Paint The Town Green
Third Eye Blind – Everything Is Easy
Toad The Wet Sprocket – Architect Of Ruin
Years & Years – Shine

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s top new entry is from a solo singer who once charted as a part of The Wanted. The English quintet went on a hiatus last year, but 22-year-old Nathan Sykes is ready to go with some solo material. “Kiss Me Quick” debuts at #37 and goes for adds at CHR radio on Tuesday, though it’s already been added to a few stations before its impact. “Kiss” is also the second song to make my chart through Global Entertainment’s label, the first being Lawson‘s “Roads” (#20) in March.
  • The last time John Newman charted on my top 40 was in the spring of 2014, when he went to #14 with “Losing Sleep”. It was one of three singles to ride the survey from his debut album, Tribute, though only one of them, “Love Me Again”, was a pop radio hit in the States. Now, his fourth top 40 hit and first from his forthcoming sophomore set lands at #38 this week, “Come And Get It”. For the record, it’s not a hot Badfinger or Selena Gomez cover.
  • Newcomer Anderson East is about to release his album titled Delilah on July 10, and the first single from it is new at #39 this week. “Satisfy Me” is current gaining at Triple A radio as the performer continues on tour with the John Butler Trio  through the middle of July. It was also just announced this week that he will be touring with The Lone Bellow in the fall.
  • Finally, new at #40 is a superstar collaboration from Duran Duran, Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers. “Pressure Off” just premiered on Friday, so expect a quick climb for the single in the coming weeks. It leads off Paper Gods, which is out in the U.S. on September 18. “Pressure” is the band’s first entry on my chart since 2011’s “Leave A Light On” (#22).

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: June 17, 2007

An "Extraordinary" top ten from 2007.

An “Extraordinary” top ten from eight years ago.

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 a Father’s Day Weekend chart from the past and check out my favorite songs from this week in 2007…

Debuts:
40. VANESSA CARLTON, “Nolita Fairytale”
39. THE DECEMBERISTS, “The Perfect Crime #2”
38. DURAN DURAN, “Instant Karma”
37. THE BRAVERY, “Time Won’t Let Me Go”
35. CROWDED HOUSE, “Don’t Stop Now”

Biggest Mover(s):
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, “Hump De Bump” (37-28, nine spots)
AMY WINEHOUSE, “Rehab” (14-5, nine spots)

10. MANDY MOORE, “Extraordinary” (up 2)
Album: Wild Hope (2007, The Firm Music/EMI Records)
Peak: #7

09. LIFEHOUSE, “First Time” (up 4)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2

08. DARREN HAYES, “Who Would Have Thought?” (down 3)
Album: This Delicate Thing We’ve Made (2007, Powdered Sugar Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

07. NICKELBACK, “If Everyone Cared” (down 3)
Album: All The Right Reasons (2005, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

06. JON MCLAUGHLIN, “Beautiful Disaster” (up 1)
Album: Indiana (2007, Island/IDJMG Records)
Peak: #6

05. AMY WINEHOUSE, “Rehab” (up 9)
Album: Back To Black (2007 – U.S. release, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

04. BRANDI CARLILE, “The Story” (up 2)
Album: The Story (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

03. MAROON 5, “Makes Me Wonder” (down 2)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #1 for eleven weeks

02. DBCLIFFORD, “Don’t Wanna” (steady, second week)
Album: Recyclable (2007, Sony BMG Records – Canada)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Everything” (up 2)
Album: Call Me Irresponsible (2007, 143/Reprise 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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The Big Picture: A Snapshot Of Timeless Titles

Taking a survey selfie.

Taking a survey selfie.

Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has been burning up the pop radio chart in the last year with three top ten hits in a row, like his recent #1 titled “Thinking Out Loud”, which spent a week at the top back in March. His latest single, “Photograph”, is now firmly in the top 20 on the CHR chart, which will likely become official on Sunday night. Interestingly enough, this means that this title has now placed in the top 20 at the format in four decades, a pretty impressive feat given all the titles that enter at any time. It’s not the only one to have accomplished this rare occurrence, however; there are, at least, two others from the data that I’ve been able to sift through. So, grab your camera and look at this through the chart lens, starting with the latest combination:

(Statistics are based on the combined archives of Radio & Records and Mediabase.)

“Photograph”, Ringo Starr (#1 for three weeks, November 1973)
Though not Starr’s first solo hit, it was his first of six (and the biggest of them) to reach R&R’s airplay survey during the 1970’s.

“Photograph”, Def Leppard (#16, April-May 1983)
This group from Sheffield debuted during what was dubbed the Rock 40 era. Their final CHR hit was “Promises” (#33) in 1999.

“Photograph”, Nickelback (#3, November 2005)
Love them or hate them, the four rockers from Alberta had many big singles, including this leadoff from All The Right Reasons.

“Photograph”, Ed Sheeran (#20 +, June 2015)
Of course, Sheeran’s fourth single from X is still bulleted and bound to go further up the CHR listing. It is also top 15 at Hot AC.

So, what other titles were able to land four top 20 entries in four decades? For starters, these two…

“HOLD ON”
70’s: “Hold On” by Ian Gomm (#16, October 1979)
80’s: “Hold On” by Santana (#8, October 1982)
90’s: “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips (#3, June 1990) /  “Hold On” by En Vogue (#11, July 1990) / “Hold On” by Jamie Walters (#4, April 1995)
00’s: “Hold On” by Good Charlotte (#16, February 2004)

“LET’S GO”
70’s: “Let’s Go” by The Cars (#8, August 1979)
80’s: “Let’s Go!” by Wang Chung (#5, March 1987)
00’s: “Let’s Go” by Trick Daddy featuring Twista and Lil Jon (#11, December 2004)
10’s: “Let’s Go” by Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo (#6, August 2012)

There are a few other titles that have landed four top 40 entries in four decades or four top 20 entries with the aid of a Hot 100 peak, like “Angel”, “Dreams”, “Happy”, “Hey Baby”, “Love Song”, “Stay”, “Without You”, etc. With that said, one of these could come back when we least expect it and alter the list above. We’ll see. In the meantime, if I’ve missed a song title or you just want to chat about the charts, comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks!

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