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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 31, 2016

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Still feeling “Young”.

DEBUTS
39. One Direction – History
37. Zayn – Pillowtalk | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Andra Day – Rise Up (39)
29. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (36)
12. Troye Sivan – Youth (20) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
11. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (19) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
10. American Authors – Pride (15)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. American Authors – Pride (15) | PEAK: #10
09. A Great Big World – Oasis (13) | PEAK: #09
08. DNCE – Cake By The Ocean (06) | PEAK: #04
07. Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Justin Timberlake – Drink You Away (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Adele – Hello (04) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
04. Taylor Swift – Out Of The Woods (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Adele – When We Were Young (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Strumbellas – Spirits (2)
2. That Poppy – Lowlife (6)
3. The 1975 – The Sound (-)
4. Grace Mitchell – Nolo (1)
5. Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up (3)
6. Family Of The Year – Carry Me (5)
7. Jonathan Roy – Daniella Denmark (4)
8. Lucius – Born Again Teen (7)
9. Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez (9)
10. Julian Taylor Band – Just A Little Bit (10)

In The Mix:
Aurora – Conqueror
BANNERS – Start A Riot
Boy & Bear – Where’d You Go
Bryan Adams – You Belong To Me (new)
Chef’special – In Your Arms
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend (new)
Conrad Sewell – Remind Me
DNCE – Toothbrush (new)
Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream
Grace Potter – Nobody’s Born With A Broken Heart
Jamie Lawson – Cold In Ohio
Jess Glynne – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
Matt Nathanson – Giants (new)
New District – Closer
R5 – Dark Side (new)
The Heavy – Since You Been Gone
The Karma Killers – Domino (new)
The Saint Johns – Lost The Feeling (new)
Transviolet – New Bohemia
Tryon – Somebody To Love Me
X Ambassadors – Unsteady

Chart Notes:

  • Talk about a notable debut! This week’s Highest Debut at #37 is “Pillowtalk”, the first solo single by Zayn Malik, who is just going by Zayn nowadays. It’s the first single from Mind Of Mine, which is released on March 25. The single’s already hit #1 in dozens of countries on iTunes, including the U.S. chart, and Spotify streams total a massive five million globally in just a day or so. A few acquaintances of his are also taking their spot on the chart…
  • As their former #3 hit, “Perfect”, continues to fall down the chart, One Direction find themselves on the countdown with a debut at #39, “History”. It’s the third single to chart from their Made In The A.M. album. Of course, their newest single is a top 40 entry in the same week that one of their former members also enters, and we’ll see how fiercely they compete on a run towards the top.
  • Next week, it looks like it’ll be a battle between The Strumbellas, That Poppy and The 1975 for the highest new entry. Find out who takes it on my first February chart!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 28, 2007

"Into" this week's top ten.

“Into” this week’s top ten.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for 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 feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back nine years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of January 28, 2007…

Debuts:
40. JANN ARDEN, “Bring The Boys Home”
39. JOSS STONE, “Tell Me ‘Bout It”
38. ROB THOMAS, “Little Wonders”
37. ROBBIE WILLIAMS featuring PET SHOP BOYS, “She’s Madonna”

Biggest Mover(s):
DBCLIFFORD, “Simple Things” (36-21, fifteen spots)

10. MIKA, “Grace Kelly” (up 1)
Album: Life In Cartoon Motion (2007, Casablanca Records)
Peak: #10 for three weeks

09. THE FRAY, “Look After You” (up 1)
Album: How To Save A Life (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #2

08. JOHN MAYER, “Belief” (up 1)
Album: Continuum (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

07. BLUE OCTOBER, “Into The Ocean” (steady, second week)
Album: Foiled (2006, Universal Motown Records)
Peak: #3

06. MAT KEARNEY, “Nothing Left To Lose” (steady, second week)
Album: Nothing Left To Lose (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

05. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Hurt” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Back To Basics (2006, RCA/RMG Records)
Peak: #5 for four weeks

04. THE FRAY, “How To Save A Life” (steady, fifth week)
Album: How To Save A Life (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. AUGUSTANA, “Boston” (down 2)
Album: All The Stars And Boulevards (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

02. DANIEL POWTER, “Love You Lately” (up 1)
Album: Daniel Powter (re-release) (2006, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

01. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “World” (up 1)
Album: Two Lights (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 29, 2016

This Is looking at a high debut.

This Is looking like a notable entry.

As January comes to a close, we have our last New Music Friday of the month, featuring big hair and big releases. Here are this week’s notable albums and singles:

  • SIA — This Is Acting (iTunes)
    • Singer/songwriter Furler’s latest album revolves around the concept of tracks that were written with other acts in mind; thus, it’s acting. Several instant grat tracks have been released from the album, but only “Alive” has gone to radio, receiving minor support on both the CHR and Hot AC panels. With big streaming numbers, it could land in the top five on next week’s chart.
  • RIHANNA — ANTI (iTunes)
    • It’s hard to tell how this Barbadian singer’s latest effort is going to perform this week in terms of sales numbers. A messy rollout of singles, an accidental album leak on Wednesday and some free giveaways could hinder its overall performance. Still, it could debut at #1, much like her newest single “Work” flew to the top of the sales chart.
  • CHARLIE PUTH — Nine Track Mind (iTunes)
    • Originally intended for release back in November, the New Jersey performer’s first full-length set is out this week and features “One Call Away”, his current radio hit. Puth has his mind on a top ten debut on the Billboard 200.
  • KEVIN GATES — Islah (iTunes)
    • This Louisiana rapper has been putting out mixtapes since 2006, but this is his first proper album. Two tracks are selling quite well from the set: current radio single “2 Phones” and the viral hit “Really Really”.
  • More albums out this week: Bloc Party‘s Hymns (iTunes), Dream Theater‘s The Astonishing (iTunes), J. Cole‘s Forest Hills Drive: Live From Fayetteville, NC (iTunes), Phil Collins‘s deluxe reissues of Both Sides (iTunes) and Face Value (iTunes), St. Lucia‘s Matter (iTunes), Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s Let Me Get By (iTunes), Tori Kelly‘s Unbreakable Smile (reissue) (iTunes), Wet‘s Don’t You (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Massive Attack‘s Ritual Spirit (iTunes)

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

  • “Aftershock”, Cash Cash featuring Jacquie Lee (iTunes)
  • “Do Me All Again”, Mackenzie Thoms (iTunes)
  • “Graffiti”, The Cadillac Three (iTunes)
  • “Hypnotized”, Akon (iTunes)
  • “In The Name Of You”, Elton John (iTunes)
  • “LA Confidential”, Tory Lanez (iTunes)
  • “Lean On”, Campsite Dream (iTunes)
  • “Learning”, Anderson East (iTunes)
  • “Pillowtalk”, Zayn Malik (iTunes)
  • “Rita Mae Young”, The Record Company (iTunes)
  • “Southern Boy”, Jordan Rager featuring Jason Aldean (iTunes)
  • “Torches”, Daughtry (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Charles Kelley, Elton John, Wiz Khalifa and more.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 24, 2016

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“Young” at chart.

DEBUTS
39. Andra Day – Rise Up
36. Walk The Moon – Work This Body | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (35)
29. Ruth B – Lost Boy (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Ellie Goulding – Something In The Way You Move (30)
19. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (24)
05. Taylor Swift – Out Of The Woods (11)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. One Direction – Perfect (07) | PEAK: #03
09. Gwen Stefani – Used To Love You (06) | PEAK: #06
08. Justin Timberlake – Drink You Away (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night (08) | PEAK: #07
06. DNCE – Cake By The Ocean (04) | PEAK: #04
05. Taylor Swift – Out Of The Woods (11) | PEAK: #05
04. Adele – Hello (03) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
03. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Adele – When We Were Young (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Grace Mitchell – Nolo (2)
2. The Strumbellas – Spirits (10)
3. Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up (6)
4. Jonathan Roy – Daniella Denmark (5)
5. Family Of The Year – Carry Me (8)
6. That Poppy – Lowlife (-)
7. Lucius – Born Again Teen (9)
8. FLETCHER – Live Young Die Free (3)
9. Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez (-)
10. Julian Taylor Band – Just A Little Bit (-)

In The Mix:
Aurora – Conqueror
BANNERS – Start A Riot
Boy & Bear – Where’d You Go (new)
Chef’special – In Your Arms
Conrad Sewell – Remind Me (new)
Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream (new)
Grace Potter – Nobody’s Born With A Broken Heart (new)
Jamie Lawson – Cold In Ohio
Jess Glynne – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
New District – Closer
The Heavy – Since You Been Gone (new)
Transviolet – New Bohemia
Tryon – Somebody To Love Me (new)
X Ambassadors – Unsteady

Chart Notes:

  • Just under five years ago, Adele scored her first #1 on my chart with “Rolling In The Deep”. It spent six weeks at the top. It comes as no surprise that she’s back on top, now with her sixth chart-topper and the second from her album 25. “When We Were Young” advances 2-1 this week, as “Hello” continues in the top five after seven weeks at #1. How long will this release lead the countdown before Taylor Swift or Thomas Rhett take over? Stay tuned!
  • It’s been a big era for Ohio’s Walk The Moon on my personal chart. The first two singles from Talking Is Hard, “Shut Up And Dance” and “Different Colors”, both reached the #1 spot, the former for three weeks and the latter for one. We’ll see if 2016 brings them another chart-topper in “Work This Body”, which enters at #36 as the Highest Debut of the week. It goes for Alternative adds in two weeks.
  • At #39 is this week’s other new entry, the first chart hit for Andra Day, a singer originally from Washington. Currently on the Urban AC chart, where it continues to climb the top 20, “Rise Up” heads to Hot AC radio on Monday. The single and its parent album, Cheers To The Fall, are both nominated at the upcoming Grammy Awards.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 20, 2008

Simply the "Best".

Simply the “Best”.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for 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 feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back eight years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of January 20, 2008…

Debuts:
40. NADA SURF, “Whose Authority”

Biggest Mover(s):
ADELE, “Chasing Pavements” (26-16, ten spots)

10. LIFEHOUSE, “Whatever It Takes” (up 3)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

09. ROZ BELL, “Papercut” (down 3)
Album: The First Sunbeams (2007, Universal Records – Canada)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

08. DURAN DURAN, “Falling Down” (down 3)
Album: Red Carpet Massacre (2007, Epic Records)
Peak: #4

07. MAROON 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You” (up 1)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

06. ONEREPUBLIC, “Stop And Stare” (up 1)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Teardrops On My Guitar” (up 4)
Album: Taylor Swift (2006, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

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

03. GRAHAM COLTON, “Best Days” (up 1)
Album: Here Right Now (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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

01. EMERSON HART, “I Wish The Best For You” (steady, second week)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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“Here” And There: Cara Crawls To The Top

Give this chart a break.

Leisurely ladies of the pop world.

A big congrats goes out to “Here” by 19-year-old Alessia Cara, which is on track to become the new #1 at CHR/Top 40 radio this weekend. It’s a huge moment for the Canadian singer, as she becomes the first act of 2016 to hit the top with their debut single. (It comes from her first album, Know-It-All, which recently reached the top ten.) However, this chart-topper also comes with a bit of a twist. “Here” tops the pop radio chart in its 26th week in the top 40, which is a new longevity record for the slowest rise to #1 on CHR radio in terms of top 40 weeks. Yes, that speaks more to the format’s turnover than the song, but it certainly raises a red flag that needs to be addressed. Do we really want songs spending 30 or 35 weeks in the top 40 to get to #1? I don’t think so.

Though Cara’s multi-Platinum hit may hold a new record, one that someday may not be hers, it wasn’t too long ago that other cuts were crawling up the top 40 and landing at #1. What slow-moving songs could those be? You’ll get through this list gradually…

25 weeks to #1
“Give Your Heart A Break”, Demi Lovato (2012)
Lovato’s track was never the strongest seller at the time it was active, but it did ride a series of very positive callout scores to #1 on the pop radio chart in early September 2012, nearly six months after it first entered in mid-March. It remains her biggest hit here.

24 weeks
“Forget You”, Cee Lo Green (2010-2011)
“Lights”, Ellie Goulding (2012)
“Save Tonight”, Eagle-Eye Cherry (1998-1999)

Green’s single initially peaked at #16 in October during a nine-week run, then fell out of the top 40 quickly. Then, it was relisted in late December after it began gaining again, and by the first week of April, it spent its lone frame at the top. It’s his only #1 thus far.

Goulding’s first U.S. hit reached the top 20 at Hot AC radio by January 2012, but was sent recurrent in late February with a minor spin loss. It reappeared in late May (halfway up the top 30) as it slowly made its way to #1 on the CHR radio listing in mid-August.

Cherry’s biggest hit is the only one to appear from the Radio & Records archives, which includes a two-week period of frozen data during the holidays. Given the #25/26 weeks recurrent rule at the time, it spent a long 37 weeks in the top 40 prior to its removal.

23 weeks
“U + Ur Hand”, Pink (2006-2007)
“Stitches”, Shawn Mendes (2015)

It’s not easy having three singles peak at #17 between 2003 and 2006, but the Pennsylvania pop performer and pop radio seemed to have a falling-out for a few years in the 2000’s. Luckily, the format held her “Hand” until the single climbed to #1 in May 2007.

After two of his tracks tanked at radio during two different chart runs, “Life Of The Party” and “Something Big”, Mendes’s touring gave his third single growing sales gains and positive callout scores. In early November, it finally stitched up the number one spot.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 22, 2016

Eyes on the prize.

Eyes on the prize.

It’s another edition of New Music Friday, and while we won’t be winning any awards for this post, some of the acts featured in our new releases recap may be in possession of some trophies in a few weeks. Here are this week’s notable albums and singles:

  • VARIOUS ARTISTS — 2016 GRAMMY Nominees (iTunes)
    • The highest debut on next week’s chart (as Adele will likely return to #1) should be this album of nominees from the upcoming award show, which airs on February 15. The tracklisting includes songs from Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, The Weekend and much more.
  • MEGADETH — Dystopia (iTunes)
    • The Los Angeles hard rockers have been at it for over three decades now, and if their latest set makes the top ten, it’ll be their seventh title to do so on the Billboard 200. The title track from it is headed towards the top 40 on the Active Rock chart.
  • TANK — Sex, Love & Pain II (iTunes)
    • In 2007, the original Sex, Love & Pain debuted and peaked at #2 on the album chart, while also topping the R&B list. The latter may happen again, but it’ll likely only make the top 20 on the overall listing.
  • More albums out this week: Chairlift‘s Moth (iTunes), Coasts‘s Coasts (iTunes), Green River Ordinance‘s Fifteen (iTunes), King Charles‘s Gamble For A Rose (iTunes), RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s Bloom (iTunes), Savages‘s Adore Life (iTunes), Steve Angello‘s Wild Youth (iTunes), William McDowell‘s Sounds Of Revival (iTunes), The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Cast Recording) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Bird Dog‘s Misty Shrub (iTunes)

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

  • “Bake Sale”, Wiz Khalifa featuring Travi$ Scott (iTunes)
  • “Body”, Dreezy featuring Jeremih (iTunes)
  • “Dancing Around It”, Charles Kelley (iTunes)
  • “Figure Me Out”, The Summer Set (iTunes)
  • “Gingerbread Man”, Melanie Martinez (iTunes)
  • “Girl Next Door”, Brandy Clark (iTunes)
  • “I’m In Control” AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan (iTunes)
  • “In The Dark”, Montaigne (iTunes)
  • “Unstoppable”, Sia (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Charlie Puth, Kevin Gates, Sia and more.

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