Monthly Archives: September 2015

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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 11, 2015

His "Lose" is winning.

His “Lose” is winning.

This week’s New Music Friday takes us to the Prairie State and beyond with a solid pack of releases, including a number of great new singles and instant grat tracks. Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • BRETT ELDREDGE — Illinois (iTunes)
    • His last studio album just missed the top ten on the Billboard 200 a few years ago, but I think Eldredge has a great chance to make it in this time around. Of course, his latest effort is being aided by the single “Lose My Mind”, a top five single on the Country radio chart that could grab the top spot come October. We shall see pretty soon.
  • BRING ME THE HORIZON — That’s The Spirit (iTunes)
    • This English quintet has a bigger following overseas, especially in Australia, than in the United States, but they get a fair amount of fans out for the first week. Like Eldredge, they’ve debuted in the top 20 on the Billboard 200, but a top ten set has yet to happen. Perhaps their spirits will be lifted with the final result this time.
  • DURAN DURAN — Paper Gods (iTunes)
    • It’s incredible to see this act still putting out great music several decades into their career. If you read up on my top 40 chart, you know that their single “Pressure Off” has been #1 for three weeks now. There are many shining tunes in this set of songs and it’s definitely my pick of the week.
  • More albums out this week: Austin Plaine‘s Austin Plaine (iTunes), Beirut‘s No No No (iTunes), Ben Folds‘s So There (iTunes), Colton Dixon‘s The Calm Before The Storm (iTunes), Gary Clark Jr.‘s The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim (iTunes), Hollywood Vampires‘s Hollywood Vampires (iTunes), Jay Rock‘s 90059 (iTunes), Jess Glynne‘s I Cry When I Laugh (U.S. edition) (iTunes), Jewel‘s Picking Up The Pieces (iTunes), Leona Lewis‘s I Am (iTunes), Nero‘s Between II Worlds (iTunes), Slayer‘s Repentless (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Aaron Krause‘s Jade (iTunes), Dallas Smith‘s Kids With Cars (iTunes), Francesco Yates‘s Francesco Yates (iTunes), Marty‘s Marty For President (iTunes)

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

  • “As Time Goes”, JR JR (iTunes)
  • “Big Trouble”, Outasight (iTunes)
  • “Book Of Love”, Felix Jaehn featuring Polina (iTunes)
  • “Catfish”, Tamar Braxton (iTunes)
  • “Clean”, The Japanese House (iTunes)
  • “Clearest Blue”, CHVRCHES (iTunes)
  • “Crazy”, Timeflies (iTunes)
  • “Do You Ever” and “Every Time I’m With You”, Seal (iTunes)
  • “Fell In The Sun”, Big Grams (iTunes)
  • “Friends”, Raury featuring Tom Morello (iTunes)
  • “I Feel Good”, Thomas Rhett featuring LunchMoney Lewis (iTunes)
  • “Movin’ On”, Firekid (iTunes)
  • “Music To Watch Boys To”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
  • “Never Forget You”, MNEK and Zara Larsson (iTunes)
  • “No Harm Is Done”, Christine And The Queens featuring Tunji Ige (iTunes)
  • “Ooh Girl”, Jovanie (iTunes)
  • “Outcast”, Shinedown (iTunes)
  • “Rum Is The Reason”, Toby Keith (iTunes)
  • “Same Old Love”, Selena Gomez (iTunes)
  • “Stand By You”, Rachel Platten (iTunes)
  • “Story To Tell”, Alicia Keys featuring QB (iTunes)
  • “Today’s The Day”, P!nk (iTunes)
  • “Train In The Distance”, Don Henley (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Andy Mineo, Mac MillerShinedown and more. See you then!

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You “Where” It Well: Posing Those Pop Chart Questions

He arrives Justin time.

He arrives Justin time.

The news arrived earlier today that singer Justin Bieber entered atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “What Do You Mean?”, which gives him his first #1 hit on that survey since his debut in 2009. “Mean” is the first cut to be released from his forthcoming album, title TBA, due on November 13. The song also follows shortly after his featured appearance on a recent top ten single “Where Are Ü Now”, credited to Skrillex and Diplo as the duo Jack Ü. It’s a bit of a career revitalization for Bieber, who hasn’t had a major hit on the radio for two years and has largely been on top of the tabloids for several legal issues and arrests.

As it’s been noted over the last few weeks, Bieber’s latest two singles pose different questions in their titles: “What do you mean?” and “Where are you now?” It certainly isn’t uncommon for a singer to ask a question in their song title, or to have multiple singles posed as questions throughout their career. However, for an act to have two back-to-back question titles, and to have those songs each reach the top ten, is an extremely rare situation. Since “Mean” will be storming the top ten on pop radio later this month, I’m giving you a few cases from the Radio & Records days to show you how few times it’s happened. Could it occur again with another feature/main credit combination? Stay tuned!

DEBARGE / EL DEBARGE
“Who’s Holding Donna Now” (as DeBarge) (#8, Aug. 1985)
“Who’s Johnny” (as El DeBarge) (#5, June 1986)

This one might be a little bit of a reach as two DeBarge (the group) singles were released after “Donna”, but as far as the pop chart archives go, neither charted in-between the two question singles. “Johnny” was the theme from the film Short Circuit. That movie may also describe his solo career on the pop survey… well, at least the short part. Both acts continued to get spins on R&B outlets.

MICHAEL BOLTON
“How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” (#1, Jan. 1990)
“How Can We Be Lovers” (#4, Apr. 1990)

After the title song off Soul Provider was provided a couple of weeks in the top 20 during the late summer of 1989, Bolton roared back with his first two of ten top ten hits on the pop radio survey between 1990 and 1993. Strangely enough, his last CHR entry to go top 40 in 1995 was also posed as a question: “Can I Touch You… There?” (It climbed to #28 in August. Listen at your own risk.)

MICHAEL JACKSON
“Who Is It” (#4, May 1993)
“Will You Be There” (#5, Sep. 1993)

The Dangerous era was another big one for Jackson on the pop chart, and the sixth and seventh (!) singles from the effort asked a few questions, returning with two more top five answers. The latter song was also featured on the soundtrack to Free Willy, and a year later, it won the MTV Movie Award for the category of Best Song In A Movie. Of course, the singer passed away six years ago.

PINK
“Who Knew” (re-issue) (#1, Sep. 2007)
“So What” (#1, Oct. 2008)

After “U + Ur Hand” took half a year to reach the top spot from its initial debut in the top 50, the 16 weeks this track took to reach the #1 spot in its second run seemed to breeze by (though it was 21 weeks if we include its prior time on in its initial release.) 2008 gave us a huge pop single with an attitude from this singer that landed her back at the summit. Will she hit the chart by year’s end?

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 6, 2015

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

This “Pressure” test gets a passing grade.

DEBUTS
40. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive
39. Maroon 5 – Feelings | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That (34)
28. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (36)
20. Gavin James – Bitter Pill (30) | BIGGEST MOVER
18. Years & Years – Desire (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. X Ambassadors – Renegades (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (09) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
08. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (07) | PEAK: #01 for one week
07. ROMANS – Uh Huh (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. One Direction – Drag Me Down (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (04) | PEAK: #04
03. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (03) | PEAK: #03
02. John Newman – Come And Get It (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Outasight – The Wild Life (6)
2. Joe Stone featuring Montell Jordan – The Party (This Is How We Do It) (2)
3. Wylder – Sunstroke (5)
4. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself (4)
5. Paul Rey – Good As Hell (9)
6. Mackenzie Thoms – Conviction (8)
7. Marc Scibilia – How Bad We Need Each Other (-)
8. Rob Thomas – Hold On Forever (-)
9. David Cook – Criminals (-)
10. Andy Grammer – Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah) (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
Ben Rector – Brand New (new)
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Grace Mitchell – Jitter
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Grizfolk – Troublemaker
Halsey – New Americana
John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game
JoJo – When Love Hurts
JR JR – Gone (new)
Leona Lewis – Thunder
Lost Element – Twenty Five
Matthew Koma – So F***in’ Romantic
Max Frost – Withdrawal (new)
Melanie Martinez – Pity Party
Nick Jonas – Levels
Patrick James – Bugs
Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love (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 (new)

Chart Notes:

  • After a couple of modest moves up the chart, Irish singer Gavin James has this week’s Biggest Mover with “Bitter Pill”. It’s a ten notch leap for the 24-year-old, up 30-20. The single is taken from James’s forthcoming album, due early next year. By the way, for all you chart enthusiasts who like a jaded jam or two, these are the previous “bitter” tracks to grab a place in the top 40: Dinah Washington‘s “This Bitter Earth” (#24, 1960), followed by “Bitter Bad” by Melanie (#36, 1973), then the 90’s brought INXS‘s “Bitter Tears” (#32, 1991), “Bittersweet Me” by R.E.M. (#25, 1996) and finally, The Verve and their hit “Bittersweet Symphony” (#22, 1998). (Peaks before Oct. 1973 are from the Hot 100; otherwise, peaks are from R&R.)
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the latest single from Maroon 5, “Feelings”, entering at #39. It is the band’s followup to “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt…”, which recently peaked at #5, but came and went very quickly. The group’s been charting since the summer of 2003, and this marks their 23rd top 40 song to reach my chart, an amazing feat. The single heads to radio in just over a week, so listen for it on your local station.
  • It spent month after month climbing the Alternative radio listing, but Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness‘s “Cecilia And The Satellite” was finally sent recurrent recently after hitting #5 in July. That being said, it did peak at #3 on my top 40 last November (not to toot my own horn, but toot toot.) His followup, “High Dive”, bows in at #40 this week on my chart. It goes to radio at the format on October 13.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 7, 2008

The "Heart" of the chart.

The “Heart” of 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 end of my second full week of college and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2008…

Debuts:
40. GABE DIXON BAND, “Till You’re Gone”
39. GAVIN DEGRAW, “Cheated On Me”

Biggest Mover:
SIMON COLLINS, “Unconditional” (38-30) (8 spots)

10. JASON MRAZ, “I’m Yours” (down 2)
Album: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

09. PINK, “So What” (up 3)
Album: Funhouse (2008, LaFace Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

08. KID ROCK, “All Summer Long” (up 3)
Album: Rock N Roll Jesus (2008, Top Dog/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #8

07. O.A.R., “Shattered (Turn The Car Around)” (steady, second week)
Album: All Sides (2008, Everfine/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

06. LEONA LEWIS, “Better In Time” (steady, second week)
Album: Spirit (2008, Syco/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

05. DELTA GOODREM, “In This Life” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Delta (2008, Mercury/Decca Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

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

03. JON MCLAUGHLIN, “Beating My Heart” (steady, sixth week)
Album: OK Now (2008, Island/IDJMG Records)
Peak: #3 for six weeks

02. COLDPLAY, “Viva La Vida” (steady, second week)
Album: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. DANIEL POWTER, “Next Plane Home” (steady, second week)
Album: Under The Radar (2008, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for six 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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