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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 21, 2015

You'll really really really really really really enjoy it.

You’ll really really really really really really enjoy it.

This week’s New Music Friday takes us to an e·mo·tion·al level unlike any other this year, as we travel to a great and wild world full of musical mysteries and savage songs. Ooh, sounds good to me. Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • CARLY RAE JEPSEN — E·MO·TION (iTunes)
    • It may be the perfect pop album of 2015, although one that will, sadly, not reach its full potential at both retail and radio. The 29-year-old’s slick songs from her sophomore major label set are grabbing a lot of positive press on the web, with a fair amount of fans and critics scoring the album higher than her debut, 2012’s Kiss. No, a splashy new entry is not in the cards for this one, but #1 in our hearts is better than no #1 at all.
  • DISTURBED — Immortalized (iTunes)
    • These four guys from Chicago have been rocking the music world since the 90’s, and after a hiatus, the group finds themselves disturbing the peace on the Active Rock chart once again. “The Vengeful One” now stands at #1 on that survey. The quartet’s last four albums all debuted at the top, though you can probably up that number to five next week.
  • ROB THOMAS — The Great Unknown (iTunes)
    • “Trust You” may have under-performed at Thomas’s core radio format, Hot AC, but he still has another solid solo effort out this week, including several tracks like “Hold On Forever” and “One Shot” (which you may have heard in the last few weeks as instant grats for pre-ordering his album.) It’ll likely enter in the top 20.
  • KIP MOORE — Wild Ones (iTunes)
    • After three consecutive top five singles at Country radio in 2012-13, Moore has been struggling at the format as of late. The title song from his new set is barely top 20 despite having ranked on the survey for almost seven months. Look for this to open with less than his last album, Up All Night.
  • BON JOVI — Burning Bridges (iTunes)
    • Promoted as a “fan album” and not a regular studio release, this set won’t do nearly as well as the #1 debuts of The Circle or What About Now, but some bigger fans will likely snap it up. Single “We Don’t Run” has yet to make it on any radio chart.
  • More albums out this week: Buckcherry‘s Rock ‘N’ Roll (iTunes), Ghost B.C.‘s Meliora (iTunes), Jordin Sparks‘s Right Here, Right Now (iTunes), Lynch Mob‘s Rebel (iTunes), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats‘s Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (iTunes), Noah Gundersen‘s Carry The Ghost (iTunes), P.O.D.‘s The Awakening (iTunes), Pop Evil‘s Up (iTunes), Radkey‘s Dark Black Makeup (iTunes), Rend Collective‘s As Family We Go (iTunes), Tasha Cobbs‘s One Place Live (iTunes), The Bohicas‘s The Making Of (iTunes), The Sword‘s High Country (iTunesTrevor Hall‘s KALA (iTunes)
  • More EPs/other collections out this week: Grace Mitchell‘s Raceday (iTunes), Jojo‘s III (iTunes)

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

  • “Break A Sweat”, a new single from Becky G. (iTunes)
  • “Conviction”, the debut single from Mackenzie Thoms. (iTunes)
  • “Levels”, new from Nick Jonas. (iTunes)
  • “One Call Away”, an instant grat track from Charlie Puth. (iTunes)
  • “RIP 2 My Youth”, a new single from The Neighbourhood. (iTunes)
  • “Smoke Break”, new from Carrie Underwood. (iTunes)
  • “The Emotion”, an instant grat track from BØRNS. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Halsey, Maddie & Tae and The Weeknd. See you then!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 16, 2015

All chart roads lead to ROMANS.

Saying “uh huh” to a second week at the top.

DEBUTS
40. Jarryd James – Do You Remember
39. Saint Motel – Cold Cold Man
37. FLETCHER – War Paint
36. Gavin James – Bitter Pill | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Years & Years – Desire (40)
33. Conrad Sewell – Hold Me Up (39)
32. Hunter Hunted – Lucky Day (37)
26. Nate Ruess – Great Big Storm (31)
23. Causes – Walk On Water (29)
18. One Direction – Drag Me Down (27) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
12. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Kelly Clarkson – Invincible (07) | PEAK: #07
09. Matt Nathanson – Gold In The Summertime (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (06) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
06. American Authors – Go Big Or Go Home (04) | PEAK: #04
05. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. John Newman – Come And Get It (08) | PEAK: #04
03. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (02) | PEAK: #02
01. ROMANS – Uh Huh (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Heydaze – Dumb (3)
2. Maroon 5 – Feelings (6)
3. Little Mix – Black Magic (5)
4. Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That (-)
5. Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson – Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) (9)
6. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself (-)
7. Joe Stone featuring Montell Jordan – The Party (This Is How We Do It) (10)
8. Wylder – Sunstroke (-)
9. Connell Cruise – Into The Wild (-)
10. Grace – You Don’t Own Me (-)

In The Mix:
Austin Mahone – Dirty Work
Bon Jovi – We Don’t Run
Boy & Bear – Walk The Wire (new)
Coasts – Oceans
Colbie Caillat – Never Gonna Let You Down
David Cook – Criminals (new)
Day Wave – Drag
Don Henley – Take A Picture Of Me
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Grizfolk – Troublemaker
Halsey – New Americana
Leona Lewis – Thunder
Lost Element – Twenty Five (new)
MAGIC! – Sunday Funday
Matthew Koma – So F***in’ Romantic (new)
Melanie Martinez – Pity Party (new)
Outasight – The Wild Life
Patrick James – Bugs
Robin Thicke – Back Together
Ryn Weaver – Promises
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – Sugar
Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams
The Band Perry – Live Forever (new)
The Score – Oh My Love (new)
Tony Lucca – Paint A Picture
Tyler Lyle – Feel Free
Walk Off The Earth – Hold On (The Break)

Chart Notes:

  • Irish singer Gavin James remains one of this year’s top newcomers on my personal chart, having just fallen out of #1 a few weeks ago with his remake of “The Book Of Love”. (It holds at #5 this week.) Although “Book” wasn’t pushed at radio here, a new single from James is. That would be “Bitter Pill”, which comes in at #36 as the Highest Debut in the top 40. “Bitter” was co-written by a chart favorite, Jamie Scott, who also had a hand in writing One Direction‘s “Drag Me Down”, up 27-18 as the week’s Biggest Mover for the second chart in a row.
  • Four years ago, a quartet called Lakoda Rayne was featured on the first season of the U.S. version of The X Factor, and they made the top ten in the competition. Unfortunately, the ladies took ninth place, and have since broken up. Now, 21-year-old Cari Fletcher, performing as FLETCHER, is buzzing as a solo act with a track that’s accumulated nearly 5.4 million plays on Spotify. She debuts at #37 with “War Paint”. Watch out for more on this glossy gem as the months go on.
  • The California band called Saint Motel spent four weeks at #1 with “My Type”, and while that falls out of the countdown, a second song from them enters at #39. “Cold Cold Man” is taken from the same EP as their prior single and heads for adds at Alternative radio in a week and a half. The group has a number of U.S. tour dates planned through the fall, including opener sets for Nate Ruess and Walk The Moon.
  • Finally, down at #40, is the first chart single for Jarryd James. The singer/songwriter from Brisbane climbed to a #2 peak in his native Australia with the independently-released “Do You Remember”, which has since been reissued by a major label. A full-length album is due this fall.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 16, 2009

Kings of the top ten.

Kings of 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 August and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2009…

Debuts:
40. MADONNA, “Celebration”
39. PRISCILLA RENEA, “Dollhouse”

Biggest Mover:
FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (32-21) (11 spots)

10. COBRA STARSHIP featuring LEIGHTON MEESTER, “Good Girls Go Bad” (up 4)
Album: Hot Mess (2009, Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Records)
Peak: #9

09. GARY GO, “Wonderful” (steady, second week)
Album: Gary Go (2008, Decca Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

08. KINGS OF LEON, “Use Somebody” (down 2)
Album: Only By The Night (2008, RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. GREEN DAY, “21 Guns” (steady, second week)
Album: 21st Century Breakdown (2009, Reprise Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “Love Drunk” (up 2)
Album: Love Drunk (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. ROB THOMAS, “Her Diamonds” (down 1)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

04. DAUGHTRY, “No Surprise” (up 1)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. THE FRAY, “Never Say Never” (steady, second week)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

02. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me” (steady, second week)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. KATY PERRY, “Waking Up In Vegas” (steady, fifth week)
Album: One Of The Boys (2008, Capitol 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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 14, 2015

Time to "Party".

Time to “Party”.

This week’s New Music Friday might make you cry, but it will hopefully leave your ears content with some fresh sounds for the weekend, including several sets from new and emerging acts. Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • MELANIE MARTINEZ — Cry Baby (iTunes)
    • Former The Voice contestant Martinez is out with her first studio album this week, which features a couple of cuts from her 2014 EP titled Dollhouse. Though the title track from that release went to radio and could not gain much traction, “Pity Party” will be heading to the CHR format next month. Look for a nice debut next week.
  • VARIOUS ARTISTS — Wondaland Presents: The Eephus (iTunes)
    • Featuring the radio singles “Classic Man” by Jidenna, a former #1 on the Rhythmic radio chart, and “Yoga” by he and Janelle Monáe, this EP marks a solid introduction to Wondaland Records, created and led by Monáe. Given added SEA and TEA sales, it should see a medium-sized debut.
  • NEW POLITICS — Vikings (iTunes)
    • After a label swap from RCA to Warner Bros. last year, this trio from Copenhagen has managed to place two songs on the Alternative chart, though neither one could make the top ten like 2013’s “Harlem”. Still, this set should give them a ride into the top 100 on the Billboard 200.
  • More albums out this week: Aer‘s One Of A Kind (iTunes), B.o.B‘s Psycadelik Thoughtz (iTunes), Bullet For My Valentine‘s Venom (iTunes), Chinx‘s Welcome To JFK (iTunes), Dillon Francis‘s This Mixtape Is Fire (iTunes), Emily West‘s All For You (iTunes), Grace Potter‘s Midnight (iTunes), Neck Deep‘s Life’s Not Out To Get You (iTunes), Rayland Baxter‘s Imaginary Man (iTunes), Soundtrack to True Detective (Music from the HBO Series) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: FKA twigs‘s M3LL155X (iTunes), Tyler Rich‘s Valerie (iTunes)

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

  • “Bitter Pill”, new from Gavin James. (iTunes)
  • “Black Cadillac”, an instant grat track from Shinedown. (iTunes)
  • “Honey I’m Home”, new from Francesco Yates. (iTunes)
  • “I’m In Love With A Monster”, new from Fifth Harmony. (iTunes)
  • “Live Forever”, new from The Band Perry. (iTunes)
  • “Walk The Wire”, a new single from Boy & Bear. (iTunes)
  • “You Kill Me With Silence”, an album cut from Duran Duran. (iTunes)
  • “Your Type”, an album cut from Carly Rae Jepsen. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Bon Jovi, Carly Rae Jepsen and Rob Thomas. See you then!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 9, 2015

All chart roads lead to ROMANS.

All chart roads lead to ROMANS.

DEBUTS
40. Years & Years – Desire
39. Conrad Sewell – Hold Me Up | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
27. One Direction – Drag Me Down (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
17. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (25)
15. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (20)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Matt Nathanson – Gold In The Summertime (09) | PEAK: #09
08. John Newman – Come And Get It (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Kelly Clarkson – Invincible (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (04) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
05. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. American Authors – Go Big Or Go Home (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (06) | PEAK: #02
01. ROMANS – Uh Huh (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jarryd James – Do You Remember (1)
2. FLETCHER – War Paint (2)
3. The Heydaze – Dumb (3)
4. Gavin James – Bitter Pill (8)
5. Little Mix – Black Magic (4)
6. Maroon 5 – Feelings (10)
7. Saint Motel – Cold Cold Man (9)
8. Austin Mahone – Dirty Work (7)
9. Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson – Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) (-)
10. Joe Stone featuring Montell Jordan – The Party (This Is How We Do It) (-)

In The Mix:
Bon Jovi – We Don’t Run
Brandon Flowers – Lonely Town
Coasts – Oceans
Colbie Caillat – Never Gonna Let You Down
Connell Cruise – Into The Wild
Day Wave – Drag
Don Henley – Take A Picture Of Me
Freddy’s Dilemma – Only On A Saturday Night
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Grizfolk – Troublemaker
Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself (new)
Halsey – New Americana
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Jasmine Thompson – Adore
Leona Lewis – Thunder
MAGIC! – Sunday Funday
Mother Mother – Monkey Tree
Outasight – The Wild Life (new)
Patrick James – Bugs (new)
Robin Thicke – Back Together (new)
Ryn Weaver – Promises
Sam Bruno – Search Party
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – Sugar
Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (new)
Tony Lucca – Paint A Picture
Tyler Lyle – Feel Free
Walk Off The Earth – Hold On (The Break)
Wylder – Sunstroke (new)

Chart Notes:

  • We have a new one at the top this week, as singer, songwriter and producer Sam Roman, better known as just ROMANS, is up 2-1 with his first single to reach my top 40, “Uh Huh”. That achievement makes him the fifth artist this year to hit the top of my chart during their first run up my list, which is an unusually high number of acts, but not a record (well, not yet.) Look out for the song at the Hot AC format when it goes for adds this week; fingers crossed that it will have an awesome result!
  • 27-year-old Australian singer Conrad Sewell lands this week’s Highest Debut at #39 with “Hold Me Up”. It’s the first time on the chart for the performer from Brisbane, though he’s already gone to #1 in his native country with another tune, “Start Again”. We’ll see what happens with Sewell’s first U.S. release when it goes for adds at pop radio this week. Additionally, it’s the first song to rank for label 300 Entertainment, who previously bubbled under with Jacquie Lee and Meg Mac.
  • Their former #1 song, “King”, is still in the countdown, but English trio Years & Years makes a desirable debut at #40 this week with the song “Desire”. It is their second U.S. single from the album Communion, which debuted just inside the top 50 on the Billboard 200 album chart a few weeks ago. However, the song entered and peaked at #22 in the U.K. late last year.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 11, 2002

No "Ordinary" countdown.

No “Ordinary” countdown.

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 few weeks before the start of middle school (7th grade!) and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2002…

Debuts:
40. LEANN RIMES, “Life Goes On”
39. OAKENFOLD featuring SHIFTY SHELLSHOCK, “Starry Eyed Surprise”
37. JUSTINCASE, “Don’t Cry For Us”
35. WESTLIFE, “World Of Our Own”

Biggest Mover:
NO DOUBT featuring LADY SAW, “Underneath It All” (25-15) (ten spots)

10. JACK JOHNSON, “Flake” (down 3)
Album: Brushfire Fairytales (2001, Enjoy/Universal Records)
Peak: #7

09. ANASTACIA, “One Day In Your Life” (down 5)
Album: Freak Of Nature (2002, Daylight/Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

08. BBMAK, “Out Of My Heart (Into Your Head)” (up 3)
Album: Into Your Head (2002, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

07. SEVEN AND THE SUN, “Walk With Me” (down 2)
Album: Back To The Innocence (2002, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #5

06. OUR LADY PEACE, “Somewhere Out There” (up 2)
Album: Gravity (2002, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2

05. MICHELLE BRANCH, “Goodbye To You” (up 5)
Album: The Spirit Room (2001, Maverick/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. NELLY featuring KELLY ROWLAND, “Dilemma” (up 2)
Album: Nellyville (2002, Fo’ Reel/Universal Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. PINK, “Just Like A Pill” (steady, third week)
Album: M!ssundaztood (2001, Arista Records)
Peak: #2

02. BRYAN ADAMS, “Here I Am” (down 1)
Album: Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron (2002, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. VANESSA CARLTON, “Ordinary Day” (up 1)
Album: Be Not Nobody (2002, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 7, 2015

It's Dre Day... and everybody's celebrating.

It’s Dre Day… and everybody’s celebrating.

This week’s New Music Friday is all rapped up, because the good Doctor is back in his office and ready for the people. However,  he’s not the only one with a musical memento coming to you today. So, take your vitamins and your wallet out, because here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • DR. DRE — Compton, A Soundtrack (iTunes)
    • I was 9 when 2001 came out nearly 16 years ago, and it’s hard to believe that the former N.W.A. rapper is putting out his first album since then (and final one) today. The head of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics is looking for his first #1 ever on the Billboard 200. It could very likely happen with this set, but it is also exclusive to Apple, which could hinder its performance versus a wide release.
  • LUKE BRYAN — Kill The Lights (iTunes)
    • Featuring his recent #1 on the Country survey, “Kick The Dust Up”, it’s no surprise that Bryan will have one of this year’s top opening weeks when all is said and done. The question is, can he beat Dre’s soundtrack? With radio on a roll for followup “Strip It Down” and some big promotional appearances on the schedule, he certainly could do it.
  • VARIOUS ARTISTS — NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 55 (iTunes)
    • I know what you’re saying: they’re on the 55th edition? It’s true. The newest compilation from the group should be heading for a top five debut. Look out for NOW What’s Next tracks from great new acts like Clairity and Conrad Sewell.
  • More albums out this week: Fear Factory‘s Genexus (iTunes), Frank Turner‘s Positive Songs For Negative People (iTunes), Health‘s Death Magic (iTunes), IAMDYNAMITE‘s Wasa Tusa (iTunes), Mac DeMarco‘s Another One (iTunes), Miss May I‘s Deathless (iTunes), Never Shout Never‘s Black Cat (iTunes), The Mynabirds‘s Lovers Know (iTunes), tobyMac‘s This Is Not A Test (iTunes), Vivian Green‘s Vivid (iTunes), Soundtrack to Ricki And The Flash (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Coucheron‘s Playground (iTunes), Jarryd James‘s Jarryd James (iTunes)

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

  • “Again”, new from Fetty Wap. (iTunes)
  • “Back Together”, a new single from Robin Thicke and Nicki Minaj. (iTunes)
  • “Body On Me”, new from Rita Ora and Chris Brown. (iTunes)
  • “Devil”, a collaboration from Cash Cash, Busta Rhymes, B.o.B and Neon Hitch. (iTunes)
  • “Love Myself”, a single (and new iHeartMedia On The Verge track for CHR radio) from Hailee Steinfeld. (iTunes)
  • “Making The Most Of The Night”, an instant grat track from Carly Rae Jepsen. (iTunes)
  • “Way Down We Go” new from Kaleo. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from acts like Dillon Francis, Melanie Martinez and New Politics. See you then!

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