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.

(See my full chart on the M4BCC message board) (Listen to this week’s chart and more on Spotify)

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