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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 5, 2001

Going "Up" the chart.

Going “Up” 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 the first days of August and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2001…

Debuts:
39. CAKE, “Short Skirt/Long Jacket”

38. GORILLAZ, “Clint Eastwood”
35. EDEN’S CRUSH, “Love This Way”
31. *NSYNC, “Gone”

Biggest Mover:
SAMANTHA MUMBA, “Don’t Need You To (Tell Me I’m Pretty)” (35-26) (nine spots)

10. SUGAR RAY, “When It’s Over” (down 4)
Album: Sugar Ray (2001, Lava/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3

09. USHER, “U Remind Me” (down 1)
Album: 8701 (2001, LaFace/Arista Records)
Peak: #8

08. DESTINY’S CHILD, “Bootylicious” (down 1)
Album: Survivor (2001, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. BLINK 182, “The Rock Show” (up 3)
Album: Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001, MCA Records)
Peak: #7

06. JANET JACKSON, “Someone To Call My Lover” (down 3)
Album: All For You (2001, Virgin Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

05. JENNIFER LOPEZ, “I’m Real” (up 4)
Album: J. Lo (2001, Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. LFO, “Every Other Time” (down 2)
Album: Life Is Good (2001, J Records)
Peak: #2

03. THE WISEGUYS, “Start The Commotion” (up 2)
Album: Zoolander: Music From The Motion Picture (2001, Mammoth/Hollywood Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. BLU CANTRELL, “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” (up 2)
Album: So Blu (2001, Arista Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. SMASH MOUTH, “I’m A Believer” (steady, third week)
Album: Shrek: Music From The Motion Picture (2001, DreamWorks/Interscope 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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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (August 2015) (Part Two)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in August on the Alternative and Triple A formats in the second part of this month’s Radio Report:

ALTERNATIVE (*) and TRIPLE A (**)

Mac Demarco
MAC DEMARCO – “The Way You’d Love Her” (August 4) (**)
Label: Captured Tracks
August 7 marks the release of DeMarco’s new mini-album, Another One, though the full set of eight songs is available to stream as of now. The 25-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter managed to crack the top 30 on the Billboard 200 last year with Salad Days and the new set should keep his days on the listing alive. The Current, based out of Minneapolis, added the cut several weeks ago.

Meg Myers
MEG MYERS – “Lemon Eyes” (August 4) (*)
Label: Atlantic
Tennessee-born Myers is on the verge of releasing a full-length album after a couple of successful EPs, and so far, the 28-year-old singer has managed two top 20 singles on the Alternative survey. Coincidentally, the two have one-word titles: “Desire” (from last year) and “Sorry” (from early this year.) I’m sure she won’t be too bitter if the single becomes another moderate hit at the format.

Rayland Baxter
RAYLAND BAXTER – “Yellow Eyes” (August 4) (**)
Label: ATO
Still deep into the optometry section of the monthly radio post, we find another musician based in Nashville, though one that’s on the hunt for their breakout hit on the airwaves. Coming from a musical family, the americana and folk singer definitely has a place waiting for him on the Triple A format. Baxter’s single is already spinning on Nashville’s Lightning 100 and Philadelphia’s WXPN.

Alabama Shakes
ALABAMA SHAKES – “Gimme All Your Love” (August 11) (* + **)
Label: ATO
Sharing the same label as Baxter is this quartet, who interrupt the short chart run of the album cut “Future People” (currently top 30 on the Triple A chart based off unsolicited airplay) with this official second single from the former #1 album Sound & Color. If some GRAMMY “Love” doesn’t come in for their material later this year, it will certainly be a disappointment. Watch out for this.

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
SISTER SPARROW & THE DIRTY BIRDS – “Sugar” (August 11) (**)
Label: Party Fowl/Thirty Tigers
Last week, this song came up in my Spotify Discovery Weekly review as one of my favorite selections on the playlist. However, the New York group is already being buzzed about for some great live performances, which is converting into adds and larger streams data at digital platforms. We’ve already had several “Sugar” titles at different radio formats this year, but this one is just as sweet.

Grace Potter
GRACE POTTER – “Empty Heart” (August 18) (**)
Label: Hollywood
32-year-old Potter and her group The Nocturnals have been rocking out together for over a decade, but for her latest release, it’s a solo outing. Midnight is the name of the album, which is due in a few weeks. First single “Alive Tonight” stalled out fairly quickly and, thus, with no single at radio, the time has come to get something out there. It certainly has a better chance to gain some play.

Tyler Lyle
TYLER LYLE – “Feel Free” (August 18) (**)
Label: All Who Wander
Independent singer Lyle, originally from Georgia, has been writing and recording music for some time now. You may remember a video for his song “Werewolf” that gained some nice coverage online in 2013. This past June, his latest album, The Native Genius Of Desert Plants, bloomed at digital retail and streaming, and it’s a solid batch of songs. This bluesy single is among the best on it.

Vance Joy
VANCE JOY – “Fire And The Flood” (August 25) (*)
Label: F-Stop/Atlantic
After the multi-format hit that was “Riptide” and the top five followup “Mess Is Mine” on Alternative radio, the Melbourne singer is now in stores with an expanded edition of his Dream Your Life Away album, originally released last September. Though “Great Summer” from the soundtrack to Paper Towns wasn’t included on it, this release was, and a music video debuted for it last week.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (August 2015) (Part One)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in August on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Felix Jaehn and Jasmine Thompson
FELIX JAEHN featuring JASMINE THOMPSON – “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” (August 4) (*)
Label: Casablanca/Republic
14-year-old Thompson has been covering songs for years, and one such remake of the 1983 Rufus and Chaka Khan hit is taking a second chart run on. In October 2013, her original version peaked at #32 in the U.K. thanks to a Sainsbury’s ad for pizza. Now, a tropical house remix by the German DJ/producer Jaehn hopes to chew on the charts globally. Yummy. Ready for a musical meal?

Conrad Swwell
CONRAD SEWELL – “Hold Me Up” (August 11) (*)
Label: 300 Entertainment
After blazing a “Firestone” of a song up the European charts with DJ/producer Kygo, the 27-year-old Australian singer is looking to set pop radio chart on fire in the U.S. without the help of that introduction. (RCA’s Stateside release is just below the top 50 on the format.) His solo single went to #1 in his native country in June, where it is certified Platinum. He can only go “Up” from here.

Disclosure and Sam Smith
DISCLOSURE featuring SAM SMITH – “Omen” (August 11) (*)
Label: Capitol
Some say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but in the case of the English duo out of Reigate and their good pal from London, it is perhaps a good time to try and dispel that notion. The brother act was previously on Interscope in the U.S., though they opted for a label switch to Capitol for their new set; Smith is already on there, and his In The Lonely Hour era was massive. Watch out for it.

Echosmith
ECHOSMITH – “Let’s Love” (August 11) (* + **)
Label: Warner Bros.
The four Sierota siblings keep it all in the family, and their Warner family is issuing this third single from Talking Dreams to both radio formats this month as the followup to recent hit “Bright”. Several live videos for the song were released in late 2013, but it’s unclear when an official music video for it will be premiering given its new status. Will the dream continue for this young quartet?

Hailee Steinfeld
HAILEE STEINFELD – “Love Myself” (August 11) (*)
Label: Republic
Earlier this week, the Pitch Perfect 2 actress and singer appeared in a clip with Canadian singer and Vine star Shawn Mendes, as the two teens sang a new acoustic version of his latest single, “Stitches”. Now, her first solo single, which will be released to iTunes next Friday, looks like it could be a fall hit based on some early radio reaction. Yet, it’s still too soon to tell if the “Love” continues.

Robin Thicke and Nicki Minaj
ROBIN THICKE featuring NICKI MINAJ – “Back Together” (August 11) (*)
Label: Star Trek/Interscope
Thicke is currently climbing up the Urban AC survey with “Morning Sun”, which seems to be responding nicely given the response to his legal issues earlier this year over the case concerning his hit “Blurred Lines”. Now, he looks to capture the pop audience and he’ll be bringing in Minaj to help. You may remember that the two worked together before on his 2009 song “Shakin’ It 4 Daddy”.

Gavin James
GAVIN JAMES – “Bitter Pill” (August 25) (**)
Label: Capitol
With the huge support of Beats 1 beginning a month ago and his current U.S. tour with the aforementioned Smith (see “Omen”), a push at the Hot AC format seems like the next logical step for this Irish newcomer and his label. Of course, his lovely cover of “The Book Of Love” has been #1 on my personal chart for two weeks, but this “Pill” isn’t hard to swallow, and it should be ranking soon.

Ryn Weaver
RYN WEAVER – “Promises” (August 25) (*)
Label: Mad Love/Interscope
After a surge of blog coverage and notable hype in the summer of 2014, it was disappointing to see Weaver’s song “OctaHate” stall down in the 20’s on the pop radio chart earlier this year after an initial bump from a Cumulus block add. Nevertheless, her second radio single is being serviced later this month in both its original version and a new dance mix by French producer Norman Doray.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 31, 2015

They've Led the chart before.

They’ve Led the chart before.

This week’s New Music Friday is a little slow given the usual summer sales drought, but there’s still enough of a pop punch from both classic hitmakers and chart newcomers. So, sit back and enjoy this week’s new album and single releases:

  • LED ZEPPELIN — Coda, In Through The Out Door, Presence (reissues) (iTunes, iTunesiTunes)
    • The classic rock band’s final three studio albums are all coming out in deluxe editions this week, which concludes a series of reissues of all eight of their studio efforts that began in June 2014. The latter two titles reached #1 on the Billboard 200 in 1979 and 1976, respectfully.
  • MIGOS — Y.R.N.: Yung Rich Nation (iTunes)
    • Though the Atlanta trio went through legal troubles earlier this year, their first studio album is set to be out today. The single “One Time” reached the top 20 on the Urban chart. The set features collaborations with Chris Brown and Young Thug.
  • SAINT ASONIA — Saint Asonia (iTunes)
    • This Canadian quartet is the combination of four members who all found success with other groups, including lead singer Adam Gontier, formerly of Three Days Grace. Their “Better Place” is currently #10 on Active Rock radio.
  • More albums out this week: Albert Hammond Jr.‘s Momentary Masters (iTunes), Buddy Guy‘s Born To Play Guitar (iTunes), Finger Eleven‘s Five Crooked Lines (iTunes), Joss Stone‘s Water For The Soul (iTunes), Lianne La Havas‘s Blood (iTunes), Lil Dicky‘s Professional Rapper (iTunes), Natalie Imbruglia‘s Male (iTunes), The Maccabees‘s Marks To Prove It (iTunes) (We’ll see if an untitled Dr. Dre album (iTunes) or Frank Ocean‘s Boys Don’t Cry (iTunes) make the deadline.)
  • More EPs out this week: Meghan Linsey‘s Believer (iTunes)

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

  • “Classic”, a remix of a song from The Knocks and Powers, now featuring Fetty Wap. (iTunes)
  • “Drag Me Down”, new from One Direction. (iTunes)
  • “Friends With Enemies”, an instant grat track from Atlas Genius. (iTunes)
  • “Warm Blood”, an instant grat track from Carly Rae Jepsen. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include fresh releases from Frank Turner, Luke Bryan and tobyMac. See you then!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 26, 2015

A "Book" worth reading.

Two times the “Love”.

DEBUTS
40. Nate Ruess – Great Big Storm
35. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Life Of Dillon – Dreams (35)
29. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
23. Lions Head – Begging (28)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Matt Nathanson – Gold In The Summertime (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (07) | PEAK: #02
08. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (12) | PEAK: #08
07. Kelly Clarkson – Invincible (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (03) | PEAK: #03
05. American Authors – Go Big Or Go Home (05) | PEAK: #05
04. ROMANS – Uh Huh (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (02) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
01. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Martin Luke Brown – Scars On Scars (4)
2. Jarryd James – Do You Remember (3)
3. Hunter Hunted – Lucky Day (5)
4. Meg Mac – Roll Up Your Sleeves (2)
5. The Heydaze – Dumb (7)
6. Little Mix – Black Magic (6)
7. FLETCHER – War Paint (8)
8. Austin Mahone – Dirty Work (9)
9. Saint Motel – Cold Cold Man (-)
10. Sam Bruno – Search Party (10)

In The Mix:
Atlas Genius – Molecules
Bon Jovi – We Don’t Run (new)
Brandon Flowers – Lonely Town
Coasts – Oceans
Colbie Caillat – Never Gonna Let You Down
Conrad Sewell – Hold Me Up (new)
CRO – Dream
Day Wave – Drag
Demi Lovato – Cool For The Summer
Don Henley – Take A Picture Of Me
Freddy’s Dilemma – Only On A Saturday Night
Gavin James – Bitter Pill (new)
Grace Potter – Empty Heart (new)
Grizfolk – Troublemaker (new)
Halsey – New Americana
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Janet Jackson – No Sleeep
Jasmine Thompson – Adore
KAPTAN – Anywhere We Go
Leona Lewis – Thunder
MAGIC! – Sunday Funday
Maroon 5 – Feelings (new)
Michael Franti & Spearhead featuring Sonna Rele – Once A Day
Mother Mother – Monkey Tree
Robin Thicke – Morning Sun
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – Sugar (new)
Tony Lucca – Paint A Picture
Tyler Lyle – Feel Free (new)
Walk Off The Earth – Hold On (The Break)
Years & Years – Desire (new)

Chart Notes:

  • After debuting on the top 40 last week at #39, “Run Away With Me” from Canadian performer Carly Rae Jepsen picks up the pace in this musical marathon and bolts up to #29, a gain of ten notches. This marks the second time in July that a single has managed to make a double-digit leap, the other one being “Pressure Off” by Duran Duran, Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers, which also climbed ten notches (32-22) on the chart dated July 5. Look out for more as its chart “Run” continues.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is by A Great Big World, the New York duo of Ian Axel and Chad King (formerly Vaccarino.) I was a huge fan of their single “Already Home”, a seven-week #1 on my chart that ended up as the #2 song on the Top 100 of 2014. Now, “Hold Each Other” holds down the #35 spot, and it should rise quickly in the coming weeks. There’s no word yet on when their second album will be released.
  • Also new this week is the second radio single from Nate Ruess‘s recent solo set, Grand Romantic. “Nothing Without Love” recently climbed to a peak of #3, and now, “Great Big Storm” brings a gust of wind and blows onto the chart at #40. A video for the single recently premiered and it continues to garner adds at the Hot AC format.

(See my full chart on the M4BCC message board)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 27, 2003

So "Happy" together.

So “Happy” together.

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 end of July and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2003…

Debuts:
39. SEAL, “Waiting For You”

36. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE, “Stacy’s Mom”

Biggest Mover:
MAROON 5, “Harder To Breathe” (27-17) (ten spots)

10. BLACK EYED PEAS featuring JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Where Is The Love?” (down 3)
Album: Elephunk (2003, A&M Records)
Peak: #4

09. HILARY DUFF, “So Yesterday” (up 5)
Album: Metamorphosis (2003, Buena Vista/Hollywood Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

08. SUGAR RAY, “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” (down 2)
Album: In The Pursuit Of Leisure (2003, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #6

07. MICHELLE BRANCH, “Are You Happy Now?” (up 4)
Album: Hotel Paper (2003, Maverick/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #5

06. BEYONCÉ featuring JAY-Z, “Crazy In Love” (up 2)
Album: Dangerously In Love (2003, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. GOOD CHARLOTTE, “Girls And Boys” (down 1)
Album: The Young And The Hopeless (2002, Daylight/Epic Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

04. THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS, “Swing, Swing” (down 1)
Album: The All-American Rejects (2002, Doghouse/DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. CHRISTINA AGUILERA featuring LIL KIM, “Can’t Hold Us Down” (up 2)
Album: Stripped (2002, RCA Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

02. SANTANA featuring ALEX BAND or CHAD KROEGER, “Why Don’t You & I” (steady, third week)
Album: Shaman (2002, Arista Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

01. BOOMKAT, “What U Do 2 Me” (steady, third week)
Album: Boomkatalog.One (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 24, 2015

Going for "Gold".

Going for “Gold”.

This week’s New Music Friday gives us a Woman or two and some record royalty in our music collection. So, put on your crown and take the throne, because here are this week’s new album and single releases:

  • JILL SCOTT — Woman (iTunes)
    • R&B and soul singer Scott hasn’t released an album of original material since 2011’s The Light Of The Sun, and the set became her first to enter at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. She hopes to continue to shine brightly with a new album, her fifth and latest, featuring the single “Fool’s Gold”, which is currently #3 on the Urban AC survey. It should be next week’s top debut.
  • PRINCE ROYCE — Double Vision (iTunes)
    • This hot Latin star enters the English market for the first time, having accumulated eight #1 singles on the Tropical Airplay chart. Single “Stuck On A Feeling” stuck it out on the pop survey, breaking into top 20 after a jump start via iHeartMedia’s On The Verge program, but followup “Back It Up” seems to be stuck below the top 40 at the format.
  • BEA MILLER — Not An Apology (iTunes)
    • 16-year-old Miller appeared on the U.S. version of The X Factor in 2012 and is currently on the pop radio airwaves with “Fire N Gold”, the followup to a minor top 40 hit, “Young Blood”. No need to be sorry for enjoying this one.
  • More albums out this week: Ashley Monroe‘s The Blade (iTunes), Joe Satriani‘s Shockwave Supernova (iTunes), Lamb Of God‘s VII: Sturm Und Drang (iTunes), Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s One More For The Fans (iTunes), Roger Waters‘s Amused To Death (iTunes), Symphony X‘s Underworld (iTunes) and the original soundtrack to Southpaw (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Elbow‘s Lost Worker Bee (iTunes), MKTO‘s Bad Girls (iTunes), Vanessa Carlton‘s Blue Pool (iTunes)

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

  • “Hold Each Other”, new from A Great Big World and Futuristic. (iTunes)
  • “I Am Invincible”, new from Cassadee Pope. (iTunes)
  • “Lemon Eyes”, a new single from Meg Myers. (iTunes)
  • “Sugar”, a new single from Jennifer Nettles. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include fresh releases from Migos, Saint Asonia and more. See you then!

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