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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 29, 2015

"Hello" from the top spot.

“Hello” from the top spot.

DEBUTS
40. Lukas Graham – 7 Years
39. Marianas Trench – One Love
38. Duran Duran – What Are The Chances?
37. St. Lucia – Dancing On Glass
35. Justin Timberlake – Drink You Away | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (39)
31. Carly Rae Jepsen – Your Type (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
27. Secret Weapons – Something New (32)
25. The Score – Oh My Love (31)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Sara Bareilles – She Used To Be Mine (10) | PEAK: #10
09. One Direction – Drag Me Down (08) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
08. One Direction – Perfect (11) | PEAK: #08
07. The 1975 – Love Me (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (04) | PEAK: #02
05. BANNERS – Shine A Light (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Adele – Hello (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Train – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (6)
2. The Front Bottoms – HELP (1)
3. Matt Woods – Blue Skies (3)
4. Band Of Merrymakers featuring Natasha Bedingfield – Wishlist (7)
5. Train – Merry Christmas Everybody (10)
6. Adele – When We Were Young (-)
7. Cam – Burning House (-)
8. AudioDamn! – Radar (-)
9. Marc Broussard – Almost Christmas (-)
10. FLETCHER – Live Young Die Free (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew Ripp – Hole In My Heart
Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson – Second Hand Heart
BØRNS – 10,000 Emerald Pools
Carly Rae Jepsen – Last Christmas
Causes – To The River
Elton John – Looking Up
Grace Mitchell – Nolo (new)
HØØNCH – Top
JoJo – When Love Hurts
Matt Nathanson – Adrenaline
Nathan Sykes – Over And Over Again
Olly Murs – Kiss Me
Phoebe Ryan – Mine
Royal Wood – Long Way Out
Ruen Brothers – Aces
SafetySuit – Looking Up
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – I Know What You Did Last Summer
Tor Miller – Carter & Cash
Transviolet – New Bohemia
X Ambassadors – Unsteady
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • The Highest Debut on this week’s chart comes from Justin Timberlake, debuting at #35 with “Drink You Away”. After a recent performance on the CMA Awards, the two-year-old album cut has found a second life and was recently serviced as a radio single (with a new edit) to several formats. Though no other promotion is expected for the tune, it will be interesting to see how it does in the end.
  • Singer Jean-Philip Grobler makes his debut on my chart as St. Lucia, new at #37 with “Dancing On Glass”. It’s currently a top gaining song on the Alternative radio format and has already accumulated two million plays (and counting) on Spotify. Grobler and his band begin a tour in New York City in late January before moving across the country.
  • Though they’re falling down my chart with a former #1 titled “Pressure Off”, Duran Duran is turning the pressure up, as they enter at #38 with a new release from Paper Gods. It’s “What Are The Chances?” and it’s listed on the release schedule in the U.K. for next week, though details beyond that aren’t available.
  • Rounding out this week’s five new entries are “One Love” by Canadian group Marianas Trench at #39, which is also just under the top 40 at Hot AC radio, and “7 Years” by Danish quartet Lukas Graham at #40, a viral hit that’s been aided by major playlists on Spotify. Both acts are newcomers to the chart.
  • That’s going to do it for the 2015 Chart Year! Come back next week for the first survey of December and the 2016 Year. An update on the Top 100 of 2015 will also be coming.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 25, 2007

"Taking" it back.

“Taking” it back to ’07.

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 weekend of Thanksgiving during my last year of high school and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2007…

Debuts:
39. SHAYNE WARD, “Breathless”
38. NLT, “She Said, I Said (Time We Let Go)”

Biggest Mover(s):
TAYLOR SWIFT, “Teardrops On My Guitar” (33-25, eight spots)

10. DAUGHTRY, “Over You” (down 1)
Album: Daughtry (2006, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #9 for four weeks

09. CELINE DION, “Taking Chances” (up 6)
Album: Taking Chances (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

08. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Bubbly” (down 1)
Album: Coco (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #6 for four weeks

07. PAT MONAHAN, “Her Eyes” (down 2)
Album: Last Of Seven (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

06. DURAN DURAN, “Falling Down” (up 5)
Album: Red Carpet Massacre (2007, Epic Records)
Peak: #4

05. ROZ BELL, “Papercut” (up 1)
Album: The First Sunbeams (2007, Universal Records – Canada)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

04. MAROON 5, “Wake Up Call” (down 1)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #3

03. TIMBALAND presents ONEREPUBLIC, “Apologize” (up 1)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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

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

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback 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 November 27, 2015

A Vamp of approval.

A Vamp of approval.

This week’s New Music Friday serves a small order of releases after that big Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s a look at this week’s top new albums and singles:

  • THE VAMPS — Wake Up (iTunes)
    • Though the title track tanked at pop radio, where the group has yet to see a song peak above #50, it’s currently being used in a Hulu commercial. Their last full-length set hit the top 40 on the Billboard 200 a year ago, but this might be a miss for the four guys. We’ll see soon.
  • DAVID GUETTA — Listen Again (iTunes)
    • Guetta’s Listen was first released a year ago following the moderate U.S. success of “Dangerous”, though it was “Hey Mama” that became a huge hit during the summer, the DJ’s biggest since the spring of 2012. This reissue features six new songs, remixes and edits.
  • More albums out this week: Danzig‘s Skeletons (iTunes), Dre Murray‘s 34 (iTunes), Goo Goo Dolls‘s A Boy Named Goo (20th Anniversary Edition) (iTunes), Major Lazer‘s Peace Is The Mission (Extended) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Johnnie Guilbert‘s Not So Perfect (iTunes), Kita Alexander‘s Like You Want To (iTunes), Ruth B‘s The Intro (iTunes)

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

  • “Blank Space”, Michael Ray (iTunes)
  • “Don’t Want To Fight”, Kaya Stewart (iTunes)
  • “Everglow”, Coldplay (iTunes)
  • “Fine By Me”, Chris Brown (iTunes)
  • “Home”, Shanice Williams (iTunes)
  • “Honey, I’m Good”, The Railers (iTunes)
  • “L.A. Devotee”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
  • “One Million Bullets”, Sia (iTunes)
  • “Pull Me Up”, KYKO (iTunes)
  • “Ruby”, Foster The People (iTunes)
  • “Running Out”, Matoma & Astrid S. (iTunes)
  • “Sad Boy”, G-Eazy (iTunes)
  • “Stitches”, Francesco Yates (iTunes)
  • “Superstar”, Curren$y featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
  • “The More You Give (The More You’ll Have)”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)

Next week, we’ll have a bigger update for you, with new albums from Coldplay, G-EazyTroye Sivan and more. See you then!

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Record Store Day, Black Friday 2015: Seven 7″ Selections

Viva la Vinyl.

For the record…

This Thanksgiving, you’ll probably be going through many a leftover when the big meal is done: the turkey, the stuffing… it’ll be there for a while. However, these items available for this year’s Black Friday edition of Record Store Day won’t be there for a lot of time. Of course, this has been happening for several years now, so expect lines anywhere you head out to. Trust me, all will be well when you’re holding those glorious gifts from the musical gods in your hands. Here are seven 7″ singles (and more) that you may be hunting for, and I’ll definitely be hunting for, on Friday, November 27:

ALAN PARSONS PROJECT/The Turn of A Friendly Card — The Singles (EP) (Legacy)
The original Turn set gave this act their first two top 20 singles on the Hot 100 survey, one being “Games People Play” on side B, but how are you not going to put “Time” on this EP? That had an edit too! Anyways, the set is being released on cool green vinyl.

ELVIS PRESLEY/If I Can Dream (Legacy)
A new posthumous Presley album was recently released, featuring new arrangements of some of his classic singles by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The title track and previously unreleased b-side “Anything That’s Part Of You” are from those sessions.

FALCO/Rock Me Amadeus/Vienna Calling (Legacy)
Nothing says “#1 single in 1986” like a German-sung single about Mozart. It is a part of a double a-side with the followup release, which climbed to #18 that June. Both of the mixes featured on this red vinyl release were the single versions for the U.S. market.

JEFF BUCKLEY/SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE/Everyday People (Legacy)
The ongoing Side By Side series for RSD is always a hit with consumers, and this one should be no different. The original release spent four weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 in 1969. Buckley’s remake is also featured on a lost album called You And I, due March 11.

NEIL HEFTI/Batman Theme Song (Legacy)
Doesn’t everyone want to channel the inner superhero inside of them? Hefti’s theme was barely a national top 40 hit when it was released, going to #35 in 1966, but reducing this to a chart peak doesn’t do it justice. Catch this classic before it flies out of stock!

PHIL COLLINS/In The Air Tonight (Rhino)
It wasn’t Collins’s first solo single ever, but it’s certainly a notable one that keeps new generations of fans listening to his songs. I think this could be my top release of the bunch. It features the original b-side titled “The Roof Is Leaking” and a new comic book.

THE KINKS/Dedicated Kinks (EP) (Sanctuary)
Dedicated is one of two EPs by the act to be released for Black Friday, and was originally released in July 1966. All four cuts saw some U.S. success, with three of them making the Hot 100. The highest, “Set Me Free”, went to #23 during the summer of 1965.

More from my must-haves list:
BECK/Dreams (12″, Capitol)
HOUNDMOUTH/Sedona (7″, Rough Trade)
OTIS REDDING/Shake (EP) (7″, Rhino)
PAUL MCCARTNEY & MICHAEL JACKSON/Say Say Say (12″, Concord/Hear Music)
QUEEN/Bohemian Rhapsody (12″, Hollywood)

(Check out the full list of RSD releases here!) (Listen to some of this year’s RSD releases on Spotify!)

Are you pumped for RSD’s Black Friday event? Is there another release (or set of releases) not listed above that you’ll be trying to find on Friday? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter: click the “Get Social!” tab above to find us on there.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 22, 2015

It's so typical of her to top my chart.

It’s so typical of her to top my chart.

DEBUTS
40. Carly Rae Jepsen – Your Type
39. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Secret Weapons – Something New (38)
31. The Score – Oh My Love (39)
28. Tori Kelly – Hollow (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece (30)
16. Gwen Stefani – Used To Love You (21)
06. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (12)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Sara Bareilles – She Used To Be Mine (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Years & Years – Desire (06) | PEAK: #02
08. One Direction – Drag Me Down (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. The 1975 – Love Me (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (12) | PEAK: #06
05. BANNERS – Shine A Light (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (03) | PEAK: #02
03. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Adele – Hello (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Front Bottoms – HELP (1)
2. Duran Duran – What Are The Chances (4)
3. Matt Woods – Blue Skies (2)
4. Marianas Trench – One Love (6)
5. Justin Timberlake – Drink You Away (8)
6. Train – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (7)
7. Band Of Merrymakers featuring Natasha Bedingfield – Wishlist (9)
8. Lukas Graham – 7 Years (10)
9. St. Lucia – Dancing On Glass (-)
10. Train – Merry Christmas Everybody (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew Ripp – Hole In My Heart
AudioDamn! – Radar
Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson – Second Hand Heart
BØRNS – 10,000 Emerald Pools
Carly Rae Jepsen – Last Christmas (new)
Causes – To The River
Elton John – Looking Up
FLETCHER – Live Young Die Free (new)
HØØNCH – Top
JoJo – When Love Hurts
Marc Broussard – Almost Christmas
Matt Nathanson – Adrenaline
Nathan Sykes – Over And Over Again
Olly Murs – Kiss Me
Phoebe Ryan – Mine
Royal Wood – Long Way Out
Ruen Brothers – Aces
SafetySuit – Looking Up
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – I Know What You Did Last Summer (new)
The All-American Rejects – There’s A Place
Tor Miller – Carter & Cash
Transviolet – New Bohemia
X Ambassadors – Unsteady
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • New at the top, Adele scores her fifth #1 on my chart with “Hello”, up 2-1. It’s the first single from her latest set, 25, and a lot of copies have been flying off shelves for the last two days. First week predictions for the effort keep on going up, some at or just under the three million mark in just the U.S. at this point. It’s quite the phenomenon and very well-deserved. It’s been three years since the singer last reached the summit of my top 40 with the title theme from Skyfall.
  • The Highest Debut on this week’s chart is a recent top ten on the Country radio chart for 25-year-old Thomas Rhett. It’s “Die A Happy Man”, new at #39. The tune is taken from his recent album Tangled Up, which debuted and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200. Rhett’s single has yet to be officially serviced outside his home format, but “Happy” is being spun on at least five Hot AC stations.
  • Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen has scored with two big singles from her E•MO•TION album, “I Really Like You” (#1) and “Run Away With Me” (#2). Her latest, “Your Type”, is new at #40. A video recently premiered for it. Jepsen’s cover of the classic “Last Christmas” was also released this past Friday.
  • Just one more survey is left until the end of the 2015 Chart Year! It’s been another good year with a lot of great artists and singles. Stay tuned for more updates on the Top 100 of 2015, which will be counted down in mid-December on the blog.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 20, 2011

You "Know" these hits.

You “Know” these 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 and back to the fall of my senior year of college with my top songs from this week in 2011…

Debuts:
40. BIG TIME RUSH, “Music Sounds Better With U”
39. ANDREW ALLEN, “I Want You”
38. JACK’S MANNEQUIN, “Release Me”
37. COLDPLAY featuring RIHANNA, “Princess Of China”
35. OLLY MURS, “Dance With Me Tonight”
30. ONE DIRECTION, “Gotta Be You”

Biggest Mover(s):
GRAFFITI6, “Free” (29-21, eight spots)

10. THE SCRIPT, “Nothing” (down 3)
Album: Science & Faith (2011, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

09. BRUNO MARS, “It Will Rain” (up 2)
Album: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (Soundtrack) (2011, Chop Shop/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #8 for four weeks

08. THE FRAY, “Heartbeat” (up 5)
Album: Scars & Stories (2012, Epic Records)
Peak: #5 for five weeks

07. KATY PERRY, “The One That Got Away” (up 2)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “We Owned The Night” (down 1)
Album: Own The Night (2011, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

05. DAUGHTRY, “Crawling Back To You” (up 3)
Album: Break The Spell (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. KELLY CLARKSON, “Mr. Know It All” (steady, second week)
Album: Stronger (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #3

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

02. NICKELBACK, “When We Stand Together” (steady, second week)
Album: Here And Now (2011, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. COLDPLAY, “Paradise” (steady, third week)
Album: Mylo Xyloto (2011, Capitol 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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 20, 2015

"Hello" there, #1.

“Hello” there, #1.

This week’s New Music Friday is going 0 to 25 real quick. This is potentially one for the record books, so hold onto your hats (and wigs.) Say “Hello” to our look at this week’s top new albums and singles:

  • ADELE — 25 (iTunes)
    • Two-and-a-half million copies: we’re lucky if one album sells that many copies in a calendar year in today’s industry. 25 has the potential to sell that many copies in one week. Led by the massive single “Hello”, which could be on top of four radio charts by the published Sunday update, this event record and the performer behind it stand in a league of its own. Get ready, because the fun has just begun.
  • ENYA — Dark Sky Island (iTunes)
    • Some artists that aren’t named Adele are attempting to release against the music industry’s savior this week. Well, it may not end well for this set in the U.S., but I’m sure this popular Irish singer will grab some high marks in her home country. After all, this is her first studio album release since 2008. No songs from the project are currently at radio.
  • SHAWN MENDES — Handwritten (Revisited) (iTunes)
    • Attention, shoppers: Christmas cash-in season is in full swing. Mendes’s set is the most notable as “Stitches” climbed to #1 on the pop radio format in its 23rd week recently, while new song “I Know What You Did Last Summer” finds a guest vocalist in Camila Cabello from the group Fifth Harmony. The tweens will be swooning.
  • More albums out this week: Andy Grammer‘s Magazines Or Novels (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Blue October‘s Things We Do At Night (Live From Texas) (iTunes), Carly Simon‘s Songs From The Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection (iTunes), Empire Cast‘s Original Soundtrack, Season 2, Vol. 1 (iTunes), Freddie Gibbs‘s Shadow Of A Doubt (iTunes), Grateful Dead‘s Fare Thee Well (Live 7/5/15) (iTunes) and The Best Of Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years (iTunes), Jadakiss‘s Top 5 Dead Or Alive (iTunes), Kalin And Myles‘s Kalin And Myles (iTunes), Leslie West‘s Soundcheck (iTunes), Nick Jonas‘s X2 (iTunes), Queen‘s A Night At The Odeon (iTunes), Roger Waters‘s The Wall (iTunes), Shovels & Rope‘s Busted Jukebox, Vol. 1 (iTunes), Take That‘s III (2015 Edition) (iTunes), Tech N9ne‘s Collabos: Strangeulation, Vol. II (iTunes), The Beach Boys‘s Beach Boys’ Party! Uncovered And Unplugged (iTunes), Tracy Chapman‘s Greatest Hits (iTunes), We The Kings‘s Strange Love (iTunes), Yellow Claw‘s Blood For Mercy (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: iLoveMakonnen‘s 2 (iTunes), Knife Party‘s Trigger Warning (iTunes), The Raging Idiots‘s Presents… The Raging Kidiots (iTunes), WatchTheDuck‘s The Trojan Horse (iTunes)

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

  • “Drifting”, G-Eazy featuring Chris Brown & Tory Lanez (iTunes)
  • “I’m Sayin’”, Omarion featuring Rich Homie Quan (iTunes)
  • “Last Christmas”, Carly Rae Jepsen (iTunes)
  • “Man With The Bag”, Jessie J (iTunes)
  • “No Good”, Kaleo (iTunes)
  • “Pelican”, David Guetta (iTunes)
  • “Rest Your Love”, The Vamps (iTunes)
  • “Smaller”, Erik Hassle (iTunes)
  • “So Long”, Leon Bridges (iTunes)
  • “Stick Around”, Akon & Matoma (iTunes)
  • “Trouble”, Cage The Elephant (iTunes)
  • “Used”, Jake Troth (iTunes)

Not many releases are out next week due to the Thanksgiving break, but we’ll have an update for you with new albums from The Vamps and more. See you then!

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