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A Gaye Old Time: The Battle Of Two “Healing” Hits

Movin' to some Marvin.

Movin’ to some Marvin.

The music of the legendary Motown singer Marvin Gaye has been appreciated by many fans and many more musicians over the years. It’s also gotten a few of those acts into some notable legal issues, but there’s no need to blur the lines here: Gaye, his music and his message remain a key part of the songs we enjoy in 2015. So, I guess it was inevitable that he’s being covered and sampled again even after some people might have been (at least temporarily) scared away from utilizing music of his catalog. In fact, we’re coming upon two different singles, both fighting for pop radio glory, that sample his 1982 smash “Sexual Healing”. Yet, this leads us to a few questions, though the answers won’t reveal themselves for some time. Will both tracks be able to coexist in the top 40 at one time? Will they cancel each other out? Will Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor‘s recent smash “Marvin Gaye”, which is now descending the chart, play any role in how these two chart runs play out? Let’s take a look at what may happen.

Already rising up into the top 20 at Rhythmic radio and heading upward is “The Fix”, a new release from Nelly that also features Jeremih. The latest tune from the St. Louis rapper has also picked up a small group of stations on the CHR radio panel, where it finds itself just below the top 50 and making some gains, albeit much smaller ones. “Fix” marks the debut single for a record label called RECORDS, which is a new partnership between SONGS Publishing and RED Music in the Sony family. Of course, this does mean that the performer is no longer with Universal, whom he was signed to for over a decade. Nearing his 41st birthday in just a few weeks, the ageism of pop radio is likely to take its toll on this track, at least to an extent, but consistent sales in the top 100 on iTunes and almost 7.5 million streams on Spotify are proving that this has some strength in the marketplace. Give it some time; it may just be a surprise sleeper song for the fall.

Of course, that sleeper status will, no doubt, be affected by the other single searching for open slots on radio playlists. This one is heading for adds at CHR radio on October 20, but it will potentially start gaining some spins earlier than that. It’s “Try Me”, sung by Jason Derulo and featuring Jennifer Lopez, along DJ/producer Matoma, who you may know from his tropical house flip of a Notorious B.I.G./Ja Rule/Ralph Tresvant song, titled as “Old Thing Back” for the new release. That single was a big hit in Norway and Sweden earlier this year. Derulo’s third single from the album Everything Is 4 is his followup to “Cheyenne”, a top 20 single that recently crashed hard due to a lack of sales momentum (and a number of late Q3 singles by top-tier acts debuting at the same time.) We’ll see if that stalling has done any damage to the era, or if “Try” can carry Derulo and company back to the top again. It’s now at 45 million streams on Spotify.

This is an interesting situation, to say the least, and it’s one where anything can truly happen given the track records of both main acts involved. We’ll keep you updated on how these new releases do at radio as the year goes on! Until then, follow and like us on various social media sites for more musical mending and record rejuvenation by clicking the Get Social! tab above.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 27, 2015

Another Big #1 for Chad and Ian.

A second Big #1 for Chad and Ian.

DEBUTS
40. BANNERS – Shine A Light
39. Sara Bareilles – She Used To Be Mine
38. Andy Grammer – Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)
37. Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
22. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (28)
13. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Gavin James – Bitter Pill (14) | PEAK: #10
09. Nate Ruess – Great Big Storm (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Years & Years – Desire (12) | PEAK: #08
07. John Newman – Come And Get It (05) | PEAK: #02
06. Causes – Walk On Water (07) | PEAK: #06
05. X Ambassadors – Renegades (06) | PEAK: #05
04. One Direction – Drag Me Down (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
02. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (03) | PEAK: #02
01. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Wylder – Sunstroke (1)
2. Mackenzie Thoms – Conviction (2)
3. DNCE – Cake By The Ocean (-)
4. JR JR – Gone (-)
5. Grace Mitchell – Jitter (6)
6. John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game (8)
7. James Morrison – Demons (9)
8. Grizfolk – Troublemaker (-)
9. Harry Connick Jr. – (I Do) Like We Do (-)
10. David Cook – Criminals (7)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
Ben Rector – Brand New
Bronze Radio Return – Light Me Up (new)
Bryan Adams – Brand New Day
Demi Lovato – Confident
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Green River Ordinance – Maybe It’s Time (Gravity)
Jeff Lynne’s ELO – When I Was A Boy (new)
JoJo – When Love Hurts
Matthew Koma – So F***in’ Romantic
Matt Nathanson – Adrenaline (new)
Max Frost – Withdrawal
Melanie Martinez – Pity Party
Rachel Platten – Stand By You
Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran – Lay It All On Me (new)
Ryan Adams – Bad Blood
Ryan Corn – White Flag (new)
Sia – Alive (new)
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Score – Oh My Love
Tori Kelly featuring Ed Sheeran – I Was Made For Loving You
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • We have a new one at the top this week, which marks the second #1 for the New York duo A Great Big World. They climb 2-1 with “Hold Each Other”, the first release from their forthcoming album Won’t Stop Running, which is due on November 13. The last time the guys were at the top was with “Already Home”, a single that landed them at #1 for seven weeks in a row and earned it the runner-up slot on my Top 100 of 2014. Of course, member Chad King was still Chad Vaccarino at the time, but hey, some things are bound to change in the process. Can’t wait to hear more music from them!
  • This week’s Highest Debut on my chart is by the American a cappella group that had one of the biggest-selling albums of last year, a seasonal effort called That’s Christmas To Me. It reached Platinum status and will likely sell well once again during a period around the holidays, though none of its tracks made my survey. Now, the four men and one woman who call their act Pentatonix have an original tune getting airplay at two formats called “Can’t Sleep Love”, and it enters my chart at #37. An album full of all new songs from the five performers is due out on October 16.
  • 31-year-old singer Andy Grammer had a huge era on my chart with his self-titled debut album, which featured the singles “Keep Your Head Up” (#2), “Fine By Me” (#4) and “Miss Me” (#1 for two weeks). His sophomore era has been a little more, how should I say it… inconsistent, perhaps? “Back Home” (#10) and “Honey, I’m Good” (#9) saw lower peaks, and the latest single from him at #38, “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)”, still isn’t his best work. Nevertheless, it seems as though radio is at least starting it off well. How far will it go for me? Stay tuned.
  • Four years ago, a song called “Rise Above 1” made it up to #6 on my weekly top 40 for actor/singer Reeve Carney and two featured members of the group U2, leader Bono and guitarist The Edge. It was also a minor hit on the Hot AC chart. That release marked the last song from the score of a musical (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark) to hit my chart… until now. Sara Bareilles enters at #39 with “She Used To Be Mine”, from the musical Waitress. Bareilles wrote the music and lyrics to the whole show.
  • Finally, down at #40, is the first chart hit for the singer/songwriter named BANNERS. His song is called “Shine A Light”, a glistening gem that hits radio in October. The act is just one person, Mike Nelson, who was raised in Liverpool and now lives in Toronto. You might remember his song “Ghosts” that debuted earlier this year under the name RAINES, though it’s been reissued recently under his new name.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 26, 2010

Two Killer chart hits.

Two Killer chart hits.

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 take a trip back to a month into my junior year of college and revisit the top songs from this week in 2010…

Debuts:
38. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Get Outta My Way”

Biggest Mover(s):
MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Hollywood” (39-27, 12 spots)

10. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, “I Like It” (down 3)
Album: Euphoria (2010, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

09. DAUGHTRY, “September” (up 3)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #7

08. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “I Run To You” (up 2)
Album: Lady Antebellum (2008, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

07. ADAM LAMBERT, “If I Had You” (down 1)
Album: For Your Entertainment (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #6

06. ONEREPUBLIC, “Secrets” (up 3)
Album: Waking Up (2009, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4

05. MAROON 5, “Misery” (down 3)
Album: Hands All Over (2010, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

04. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Mine” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Speak Now (2010, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. KATY PERRY, “Teenage Dream” (up 2)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

02. NEON TREES, “Animal” (up 1)
Album: Habits (2010, Mercury Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

01. BRANDON FLOWERS, “Crossfire” (steady, third week)
Album: Flamingo (2010, Island Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 25, 2015

Fetty, set, go.

Fetty, set, go.

This week’s New Music Friday is our last one for the month of September, and though the month has gone by quickly, we have a number of big releases to close out the third quarter. Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • FETTY WAP — Fetty Wap (iTunes)
    • This New Jersey rapper and singer is all about the numbers, at least to a certain extent. The 24-year-old, who gave us prior hits like “Trap Queen” and “My Way”, has a new hit in “679” and shows support to 1738, a shortened name for the squad that he’s involved with. However, he’s only looking for one number next week: #1. Destined to be this year’s top newcomer when all is said and done, a chart-topping album would be icing on the cake.
  • THOMAS RHETT — Tangled Up (iTunes)
    • Rhett recently hit #1 on the Country radio chart with “Crash And Burn”, which is sure to be a strong candidate for a crossover single in the coming months. The new album features some unlikely collaborations with Jordin Sparks and LunchMoney Lewis. Hey, Country music ain’t what it used to be. This set will likely enter in the top ten, and a top five debut is possible as well. Stay tuned to see how high it goes.
  • CHVRCHES — Every Open Eye (iTunes)
    • The Scottish trio out of Glasgow had a nice year in 2013 when their debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe, made the top 20 on the Billboard 200, while “The Mother We Share” did the same on the Alternative survey. They return with this effort, featuring the single “Leave A Trace”, which is currently in the top 30 at the format. Given a solid pre-order count, this should do moderately well.
  • DISCLOSURE — Caracal (iTunes)
    • Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence took a slow run up into the top five on the pop radio survey one year ago with “Latch”, thanks in part to a featured credit from the red-hot Sam Smith. Their latest collaboration, a single called “Omen”, proves the lightning doesn’t strike twice (at least on that particular chart.) Will they avoid the sophomore slump?
  • GEORGE STRAIT — Cold Beer Conversation (iTunes)
    • With the removal of older acts from many Country playlists as of late, Strait’s new material is stalling at the format that once treated him like a king. (The title track had a partial iHeartMedia hourly premiere earlier this week, but it is only a temporary boost.) That being said, this Apple Music/Wal-Mart exclusive will still do well with his fans.
  • More albums out this week: Avant‘s The VIII (iTunes), Casey Veggies‘s Live & Grow (iTunes), Don Henley‘s Cass County (iTunes), Dumblonde‘s Dumblonde (iTunes), Erick Sermon‘s E.S.P. (Erick Sermon’s Perception) (iTunes), Firekid‘s Firekid (iTunes), Il Volo‘s Grand Amore (iTunes), Jgivens‘s Fly Exam (iTunes), JR JR‘s JR JR (iTunes), Julia Holter‘s Have You In My Wilderness (iTunes), Kaskade‘s Automatic (iTunes), Kurt Vile‘s B’lieve I’m Goin Down… (iTunes), Los Lobos‘s Gates Of Gold (iTunes), New Order‘s Music Complete (iTunes), Parkway Drive‘s Ire (iTunes), Patty Griffin‘s Servant Of Love (iTunes), Peaches‘s Rub (iTunes), Silversun Pickups‘s Better Nature (iTunes), The Dead Weather‘s Dodge & Burn (iTunes), Widespread Panic‘s Street Dogs (iTunes), Various Artists‘s Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Soundtrack) (iTunes), Various Artists‘s We Will Stand (Live) (iTunes), Various Artists‘s WOW Hits 2016 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Big Grams‘s Big Grams (iTunes), Lauv‘s Lost In The Light (iTunes), Max Frost‘s Intoxication (iTunes), Ryan Egan‘s Postures (iTunes), The Score‘s Where Do You Run (iTunes)

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

  • “Alive”, Sia (iTunes)
  • “As Crazy As It Is”, ZHU x A-Trak x Keznamdi (iTunes)
  • “BURNITUP!”, Janet Jackson featuring Missy Elliott (iTunes)
  • “Infinity”, One Direction (iTunes)
  • “I Wish (My Taylor Swift)”, The Knocks and Matthew Koma (iTunes)
  • “Lay It All On Me”, Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
  • “She Used To Be Mine”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
  • “The Beach”, The Neighbourhood (iTunes)
  • “When I Was A Boy”, Jeff Lynne’s ELO (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Avicii, Janet Jackson, Tamar Braxton and more. See you then!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 20, 2015

Their new era is "Off" to a good start.

Making it five five weeks at the top top.

DEBUTS
39. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind
38. Rob Thomas – Hold On Forever
34. Marc Scibilia – How Bad We Need Each Other | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Outasight – The Wild Life (39)
30. Maroon 5 – Feelings (36)
28. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
18. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (22)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Nate Ruess – Great Big Storm (13) | PEAK: #10
09. ROMANS – Uh Huh (08) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
08. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (06) | PEAK: #05
07. Causes – Walk On Water (09) | PEAK: #07
06. X Ambassadors – Renegades (07) | PEAK: #06
05. John Newman – Come And Get It (04) | PEAK: #02
04. One Direction – Drag Me Down (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (03) | PEAK: #03
02. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Wylder – Sunstroke (2)
2. Mackenzie Thoms – Conviction (3)
3. Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love (9)
4. Andy Grammer – Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah) (8)
5. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself (5)
6. Grace Mitchell – Jitter (10)
7. David Cook – Criminals (7)
8. John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game (-)
9. James Morrison – Demons (-)
10. BANNERS – Shine A Light (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
Ben Rector – Brand New
Bryan Adams – Brand New Day
Demi Lovato – Confident (new)
DNCE – Cake By The Ocean (new)
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Green River Ordinance – Maybe It’s Time (Gravity) (new)
Grizfolk – Troublemaker
Halsey – New Americana
Harry Connick Jr. – (I Do) Like We Do (new)
JoJo – When Love Hurts
JR JR – Gone
Matthew Koma – So F***in’ Romantic
Max Frost – Withdrawal
Melanie Martinez – Pity Party
Nick Jonas – Levels
Rachel Platten – Stand By You
Robin Thicke – Back Together
Ryan Adams – Bad Blood (new)
Sara Bareilles – She Used To Be Mine (new)
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – Sugar
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Score – Oh My Love
Tori Kelly featuring Ed Sheeran – I Was Made For Loving You
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • Nashville newcomer Marc Scibilia first released “How Bad We Need Each Other” in 2012, and three years later, the single is finally headed to Hot AC radio. He lands this week’s Highest Debut on my top 40 at #34. The track can currently be found on an EP entitled Out Of Style, but it’s only available on Spotify. However, his forthcoming album of the same name, due at both purchase and streaming platforms, is out on October 30.
  • We say goodbye to Rob Thomas‘s “Trust You” this week, a song that just missed cracking the top ten, but his next single is taking its place in the countdown. “Hold On Forever” is the second release from The Great Unknown and bows in at #38. In a few weeks, Thomas will be back on the road to play a number of U.S. dates in both the South and the Midwest.
  • It just premiered a few days ago, and now, the latest single from Ellie Goulding makes its way onto my survey at #39. “On My Mind” marks the leadoff single from her forthcoming album, Delirium, due on November 6. Earlier this year, the singer landed at #1 on my chart for four weeks with “Love Me Like You Do”. Can she make it two in a row? We’ll see.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 18, 2011

Brits with hits.

Brits with hits.

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 my senior year of college and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2011…

Debuts:
40. ELLIE GOULDING, “Lights”
39. COLDPLAY, “Paradise”

Biggest Mover(s):
KELLY CLARKSON, “Mr. Know It All” (33-26, 7 spots)

10. OLLY MURS, “Heart Skips A Beat” (up 3)
Album: In Case You Didn’t Know (2011, Syco/Epic Records – U.K.) and Right Place Right Time (2013, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6

09. O.A.R., “Heaven” (up 2)
Album: King (2011, Wind-Up Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

08. GAVIN DEGRAW, “Not Over You” (up 2)
Album: Sweeter (2011, RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. WILL YOUNG, “Jealousy” (up 5)
Album: Echoes (2011, RCA Records – U.K.)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

06. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Brighter Than The Sun” (up 2)
Album: All Of You (2011, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

05. COLDPLAY, “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” (down 1)
Album: Mylo Xyloto (2011, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

04. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Just A Kiss” (up 1)
Album: Own The Night (2011, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #2

03. MAROON 5 featuring CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Moves Like Jagger” (down 2)
Album: Hands All Over (re-issue) (2011, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. ADELE, “Someone Like You” (up 1)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. THE SCRIPT, “Nothing” (up 1)
Album: Science & Faith (2011, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 18, 2015

"Beach" better have her money.

“Beach” better have her money.

This week’s New Music Friday leads us on a holiday for music lovers (because, well, we are married to music.) On this stay, we’ll take in a little pop, some rock, some rap and much more. Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • LANA DEL REY — Honeymoon (iTunes)
    • From “High By The Beach” to high on the charts, Del Rey’s third major-label studio set should have a similar debut to her previous two studio albums, which both entered in the top two. Notably, the effort features her cover of the song “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, originally recorded by Nina Simone in 1964. It was then a hit on several occasions in the years to come.
  • MAC MILLER — GO:OD AM (iTunes)
    • 23-year-old Pittsburgh rapper Miller has had some great success and a responsive fanbase since his debut in 2011, including a #1 on the Billboard 200 with his Blue Slide Park album that year. This is his first major-label set, while bringing his total studio albums to three overall. Single “100 Grandkids” barely cracked the Hot 100 at #100.
  • SHINEDOWN — Threat To Survival (iTunes)
    • They’ve had a lock on a spot in the top two on Active Rock radio with “Cut The Cord” for about two months now. A Threat to the top spot on the Billboard 200, you ask? Probably not, but a solid top five debut is not a bad guess. It remains to be seen if any songs will crossover from their latest album.
  • More albums out this week: Alabama‘s Southern Drawl (iTunes), Andy Mineo‘s Uncomfortable (iTunes), Atreyu‘s Long Live (iTunes), Black Violin‘s Stereotypes (iTunes), blessthefall‘s To Those Left Behind (iTunes), Chris Cornell‘s Higher Truth (iTunes), Darlene Love‘s Introducing Darlene Love (iTunes), David Cook‘s Digital Vein (iTunes), David Gilmour‘s Rattle That Lock (iTunes), Judy Collins‘s Strangers Again (iTunes), Katharine McPhee‘s Hysteria (iTunes), Keith Richards‘s Crosseyed Heart (iTunes), Meg Myers‘s Sorry (iTunes), PHASES‘s For Life (iTunes), Ryan Adams‘s 1989 (out 9/21) (iTunes), The Front Bottoms‘s Back On Top (iTunes), Timeflies‘s Just For Fun (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Jasmine Thompson‘s Adore (iTunes), Transviolet‘s Transviolet (iTunes)

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

  • “All For Love”, Madison Beer featuring Jack & Jack (iTunes)
  • “Automatic”, Zhu x AlunaGeorge (iTunes)
  • “Born To Lose”, Cast Of Empire (iTunes)
  • “Cake By The Ocean”, DNCE (iTunes)
  • “Confident”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
  • “Don’t You Worry” and “Make Up”, R. City (iTunes)
  • “Freaks Like Me”, Joe Nichols (iTunes)
  • “Hold Me Now”, Eden XO (iTunes)
  • “Lay By Me”, Firekid (iTunes)
  • “Let’s Go”, Def Leppard (iTunes)
  • “Money”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
  • “Natural Born Lovers”, Erik Hassle (iTunes)
  • “On My Mind”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
  • “Party Favors”, Tinashe featuring Young Thug (iTunes)
  • “RGF Island”, Fetty Wap (iTunes)
  • “Runnin’ (Lose It All)”, Naughty Boy featuring Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin (iTunes)
  • “Shine A Light”, BANNERS (iTunes)
  • “The Agony And The Ecstasy”, ROMANS (iTunes)
  • “Until You Were Gone”, The Chainsmokers & Tritonal featuring Emily Warren (iTunes)
  • “Zero”, Chris Brown (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from CHVRCHES, DisclosureFetty Wap and more. See you then!

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A Bakery Of Hits: “Cake” And Other Pop Pastries

Sweet, sweet singles.

Sweet, sweet singles.

After garnering a big add at Z100 in New York City after its premiere earlier this week, it looks like the debut single by DNCE, a song called “Cake By The Ocean”, may provide the perfect recipe for pop radio playlists. The lead singer of the new group brings a familiar name back to the music scene: Joe Jonas, brother of Nick and one of the three Jonas Brothers. The middle Jonas released his solo debut in the fall of 2011, Fastlife, but its two singles, “See No More” and “Just In Love”, just didn’t connect (the former went to #43 at pop radio and the latter didn’t chart) and the set came and went. In 2013, an ill-fated project that brought the brothers back together yielded two more self-released singles, “Pom Poms” (#45) and “First Time” (#36), before a cancelled album and tour derailed the whole thing. That essentially brings us to the current day, as DJ Jonas gets back into singing… and a potential run up the radio listings with a cool chart confection.

Now, you’re not likely going to find a baklava or an éclair or a macaron in the title of a charting single anytime soon, but when a cake comes into the picture, there have been some of those and more top treats providing a nice aroma in the air that we call the musical mesosphere. How will “Cake By The Ocean” fare over the next few weeks and will its chart peak be the icing on it? Will it taste like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, perhaps something else? Mmmm… I’m making myself hungry. Anyways, fresh out of an oven near you, a guide to this latest batch of sweet and successful singles:

* denotes peak from Radio & Records CHR/Pop chart (and later Mediabase 24/7)
** denotes peak from the Billboard Hot 100

CAKES
“Birthday Cake”, Rihanna featuring Chris Brown (#24**/#41*, 2012)
“Cut The Cake”, Average White Band (#10**/#34*, 1975)
“Hot Cakes”, Dave “Baby” Cortez (#91**, 1963)
“Strawberry Shortcake”, Jay & The Techniques (#39**, 1968)
“The Wedding Cake”, Connie Francis (#91**, 1969)

Honorable mention goes to Cake, who almost went top 40 (#44) on R&R in 1999 with “Never There”. A “Poundcake” also hit #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart in 1991 for Van Halen.

COOKIES
“Cookie Jar”, Gym Class Heroes featuring The-Dream (#47*/#59**, 2008)
“Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings”, LL Cool J (#96**, 1993)

Don’t forget about Cookie And The Cupcakes and their string of charting singles, or The Cookies and the one top ten hit of their career, 1963’s “Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad (About My Baby)”, a #7 record on the Hot 100.

PIES
“American Pie”, Don McLean (#1**, 1972)
“American Pie”, Madonna (#15*/#29**, 2000)
“Cherry Pie”, Warrant (#10**/#20*, 1990)
“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”, Bonnie Pointer (#40**, 1980)
“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”, Donnie Elbert (#22**, 1972)
“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”, The Four Tops (#1**, 1965)
“Sweet Potato Pie”, Domino (#27**, 1994)

Hot Apple Pie made the Country survey about a decade ago, and Humble Pie reached the Hot 100 four times in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Want a slice?

Sweet tooth still has you craving more music? Have a favorite pop pastry from the ones above? Let me know in the comments or on social media by using the “Get Social!” tab.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 13, 2015

Their new era is "Off" to a good start.

Four times the “Pressure”.

DEBUTS
40. Paul Rey – Good As Hell
39. Outasight – The Wild Life | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (40)
29. Boy & Bear – Walk The Wire (35) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
22. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (28) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Lions Head – Begging (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Causes – Walk On Water (12) | PEAK: #09
08. ROMANS – Uh Huh (07) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. X Ambassadors – Renegades (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (05) | PEAK: #05
05. One Direction – Drag Me Down (06) | PEAK: #05
04. John Newman – Come And Get It (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (04) | PEAK: #03
02. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Marc Scibilia – How Bad We Need Each Other (7)
2. Wylder – Sunstroke (3)
3. Mackenzie Thoms – Conviction (6)
4. Rob Thomas – Hold On Forever (8)
5. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself (4)
6. Joe Stone featuring Montell Jordan – The Party (This Is How We Do It) (2)
7. David Cook – Criminals (9)
8. Andy Grammer – Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah) (10)
9. Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love (-)
10. Grace Mitchell – Jitter (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
Ben Rector – Brand New
Bryan Adams – Brand New Day (new)
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Grizfolk – Troublemaker
Halsey – New Americana
James Morrison – Demons (new)
John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game
JoJo – When Love Hurts
JR JR – Gone
Matthew Koma – So F***in’ Romantic
Max Frost – Withdrawal
Melanie Martinez – Pity Party
Nick Jonas – Levels
Rachel Platten – Stand By You (new)
Robin Thicke – Back Together
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – Sugar
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Score – Oh My Love
Tony Lucca – Paint A Picture
Tori Kelly featuring Ed Sheeran – I Was Made For Loving You
Walk Off The Earth – Hold On (The Break)
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • Two new songs make the top ten this week, including the second top ten in a row for the band Causes. They climb 12-9 with with “Walk On Water”, the same title that hit the top 40 in the past for Neil Diamond (#17, 1972) and Eddie Money (#9, 1988) on the Hot 100. We’ll see if the quartet’s splashy single can break the American charts soon. Also up a notch this week is the first hit for the duo Lions Head, climbing 11-10 with “Begging”. They’ve been roaring up a storm in concert overseas as of late.
  • 32-year-old Richard Andrew calls himself Outasight, but he’s in plain sight on my top 40 with this week’s Highest Debut at #39. “The Wild Life” is the first radio single from his forthcoming effort, Big Trouble, due on October 23. In 2011, “Tonight Is The Night”, his debut single, was featured in a Pepsi commercial. It went to #14 on the pop radio survey in March 2012. It was followed by “Now Or Never”, which peaked at #25 four months later. Neither song broke my chart.
  • A notch below that is this week’s only other debut, which comes from Swedish newcomer Paul Rey. “Good As Hell” grabs a good hold on the countdown, entering at #40. The musician, born Pauli Jokela, is originally from the city of Lund. That city is also the hometown of DJ/producer Axwell (from Axwell Λ Ingrosso) and recent Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 16, 2007

"Eyes" on the prize.

“Eyes” on the prize.

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 final year of high school and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2007…

Debuts:
39. TIMBALAND presents ONEREPUBLIC, “Apologize”
38. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, “Radio Nowhere”

Biggest Mover(s):
ROZ BELL, “Papercut” (37-31)
FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “I Just Love You” (36-30, 6 spots)

10. LIFEHOUSE, “First Time” (down 1)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2

09. SARA BAREILLES, “Love Song” (down 1)
Album: Little Voice (2007, Epic Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

08. ROZ BELL, “Yesterday Man” (down 2)
Album: The First Sunbeams (2007, Universal Records – Canada)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

07. MAROON 5, “Wake Up Call” (up 3)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #3

06. MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash” (up 1)
Album: Some Mad Hope (2007, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. DARREN HAYES, “On The Verge Of Something Wonderful” (down 2)
Album: This Delicate Thing We’ve Made (2007, Powdered Sugar Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “How Far We’ve Come” (up 1)
Album: Exile On Mainstream (2007, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

03. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “The Great Escape” (up 1)
Album: Boys Like Girls (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. EMERSON HART, “If You’re Gonna Leave” (down 1)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

01. PAT MONAHAN, “Her Eyes” (up 1)
Album: Last Of Seven (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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