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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 17, 2016

One crazy "Adventure".

The “Adventure” goes on.

DEBUTS
40. Brian Fallon – A Wonderful Life
38. Miike Snow – Genghis Khan
37. Ruth B – Lost Boy | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (40)
30. Ellie Goulding – Something In The Way You Move (39)
28. Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Ben Rector – Brand New (32)
24. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (30)
15. A Great Big World – Oasis (20)
11. Taylor Swift – Out Of The Woods (16)

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

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Andra Day – Rise Up (8)
2. Grace Mitchell – Nolo (6)
3. FLETCHER – Live Young Die Free (2)
4. HØØNCH – Top (1)
5. Jonathan Roy – Daniella Denmark (7)
6. Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up (10)
7. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (9)
8. Family Of The Year – Carry Me (-)
9. Lucius – Born Again Teen (-)
10. The Strumbellas – Spirits (-)

In The Mix:
Aurora – Conqueror (new)
BANNERS – Start A Riot
Chef’special – In Your Arms
Jamie Lawson – Cold In Ohio (new)
Jess Glynne – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
Julian Taylor Band – Just A Little Bit (new)
New District – Closer
Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez (new)
Transviolet – New Bohemia
X Ambassadors – Unsteady

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by newcomer Ruth B and her six-second Vine turned single titled “Lost Boy”. It enters at #37 in the countdown. Born Ruth Berhe, the performer from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is well on her way to becoming one of 2016’s top new breakouts. Her EP, The Intro, was released in November, and both the single and set are still selling well.
  • A notch lower is the debut of Miike Snow‘s “Genghis Khan”, new at #38. The trio has had several singles rank on overseas charts, but this is their first time successfully climbing the Alternative radio chart (as well as my own.) iii is due on March 4.
  • Lastly, at #40, it’s Brian Fallon with his first entry outside of The Gaslight Anthem, “A Wonderful Life”. The 35-year-old New Jersey singer celebrates his birthday on the 28th. His solo album, Painkillers, heads into stores on March 11.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 15, 2012

A "Fine" week four years ago.

A “Fine” week four years ago.

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 four years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of January 15, 2012…

Debuts:
38. JASON MRAZ, “I Won’t Give Up”
35. ED SHEERAN, “The A Team”
29. TRAIN, “Drive By”

Biggest Mover(s):
ONE DIRECTION, “One Thing” (34-26)
GOTYE featuring KIMBRA, “Somebody That I Used To Know” (22-14)
KELLY CLARKSON, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (18-10, eight spots)

10. KELLY CLARKSON, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (up 8)
Album: Stronger (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

09. CHRISTINA PERRI, “A Thousand Years” (up 1)
Album: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2011, Chop Shop/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #9 for three weeks

08. DAUGHTRY, “Crawling Back To You” (down 2)
Album: Break The Spell (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. ANDY GRAMMER, “Fine By Me” (up 1)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

06. THE FRAY, “Heartbeat” (down 1)
Album: Scars & Stories (2012, Epic Records)
Peak: #5 for five weeks

05. OLLY MURS, “Dance With Me Tonight” (up 2)
Album: In Case You Didn’t Know (2011, Syco/Epic Records – U.K.) / Right Place Right Time (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

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

03. COLDPLAY, “Paradise” (up 1)
Album: Mylo Xyloto (2011, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

02. ADELE, “Set Fire To The Rain” (up 1)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. GRAFFITI6, “Free” (steady, third week)
Album: Colours (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 15, 2016

Your Disco needs you.

Your Disco needs you.

It’s another edition of New Music Friday, chock-full of boogie shoes, brokers and bodacious stuff for the musical buff. Sounds like an interesting mix of sounds, yes? Here’s a look at this week’s top new albums and singles:

  • PANIC! AT THE DISCO — Death Of A Bachelor (iTunes)
    • The Nevada act, which is now down to just original member Brendon Urie, has seen two of their studio albums debut and peak at #2 on the Billboard 200 listing. Now, Bachelor is up against Adele‘s massive 25 and the first full week of sales for the late David Bowie‘s catalog. Will Death live at #1? Will there be panic over a third #2 set? Stay tuned.
  • BROTHERS OSBORNE — Pawn Shop (iTunes)
    • The Maryland duo has their biggest hit to date on the Country radio listing with “Stay A Little Longer”, and it’s still in the running to become their first #1 at the format. Look for the set to be a possible top ten entry next week.
  • More albums out this week: Anderson .Paak‘s Malibu (iTunes), Daughter‘s Not To Disappear (iTunes), Dylan LeBlanc‘s Cautionary Tale (iTunes), Hank Williams Jr.‘s It’s About Time (iTunes), Randy Rogers Band‘s Nothing Shines Like Neon (iTunes), Stacey Kent‘s Tenderly (iTunes), 5 Years Of Big Beat (iTunes), Kidz Bop 31 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: BANNERS‘s Banners (iTunes), Lewis Del Mar‘s EP (iTunes), Lostboycrow‘s Sigh For Me (iTunes)

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

  • “Cosmic Love”, Mayer Hawthorne (iTunes)
  • “Dying For You”, Otto Knows featuring Lindsey Stirling and Alex Aris (iTunes)
  • “Everything It Takes”, Loretta Lynn featuring Elvis Costello (iTunes)
  • “For You-Low Life”, Matthew Young (iTunes)
  • “Hurts”, The Dunwells (iTunes)
  • “In The Dark”, 3 Doors Down (iTunes)
  • “Into The Night”, Cardiknox (iTunes)
  • “MLK Song”, Mavis Staples (iTunes)
  • “Moth To The Flame”, Chairlift (iTunes)
  • “Overcome”, Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers (iTunes)
  • “Over And Over Again”, Nathan Sykes featuring Ariana Grande (iTunes)
  • “Relationship Goals”, Tank (iTunes)
  • “Something For Nothing”, Rationale (iTunes)
  • “Somewhere On A Beach” (out Jan. 19), Dierks Bentley (iTunes)
  • “The Sound”, The 1975 (iTunes)
  • “War”, She Is We (iTunes)
  • “Without You’”, Parachute (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Skizzy MarsTank, a GRAMMY Nominees compilation and more.

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Eye For An “I”: Personal Pop In The Top 40

Healthy hit music.

Healthy hit music.

One of the records looking to break the top 40 on the pop radio chart in the next week or so is “Me, Myself & I”, a song off rapper G-Eazy‘s When It’s Dark Out albumIt features Bebe Rexha. The lead performer, born Gerald Gillum, has never charted at the format before, while Rexha has a few featured credits (and one main credit) to her name on pop radio. It’s also a top seller, now a top ten hit on iTunes. For someone that’s been releasing mixtapes since 2007, it’s been a long time coming, and I’m sure he’s very excited at what’s happening across the multiple formats that his single is gaining airplay on.

When it hits the region, the latest “Me, Myself & I” will be the fourth such single with that title to reach the top 40 since 1999, and though there are more common song titles out there, it’s pretty rare for a four-word title like this one to rank as often as it has. As it is Thursday, a day of throwbacks galore, we thought we’d throw it back to check out the remaining three songs the collaboration will be joining in that small club. Let’s see if you remember them all…

**All statistics are taken from the CHR/Pop chart archives of Radio & Records magazine.

Vitamin C, “Me, Myself And I” (1999/2000) (#31, Dec. 17)
Colleen Fitzpatrick, now a music executive at Nickelodeon, enjoyed a couple of good years on the pop radio survey, with this song becoming the second of three to hit the listing from her self-titled debut era. It peaked during the last reporting week of 1999, but it did spend three weeks in the top 40 in January 2000. The cut contains an interpolation of Santana‘s “No One To Depend On”.

Jive Jones, “Me, Myself & I” (2001) (#40, Sep. 14)
The Miami-born act began his music career as a co-writer and producer before recording his own material. This was his only song to chart in the U.S., and it just missed the top ten in The Netherlands. The printed chart of September 14 represented the week of data prior to the 9/11 attacks, and after the tragic events of that day, Jones’s song (along with many other songs) never recovered.

Beyoncé, “Me, Myself And I” (2003/2004) (#18, Feb. 6 + Feb. 20)
After two back-to-back #1 singles in 2003 with “Crazy In Love” and “Baby Boy”, Knowles couldn’t quite reach the same heights on the pop radio chart with this slower song. However, it was still a big Urban radio hit, where it reached the top three. Dangerously In Love, its parent album, recently crossed five million albums sold in the U.S. alone, remaining her top solo release in the States.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 10, 2016

One crazy "Adventure".

One crazy “Adventure”.

DEBUTS
40. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
39. Ellie Goulding – Something In The Way You Move
38. Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Ben Rector – Brand New (38)
30. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
27. Troye Sivan – Youth (33)
21. American Authors – Pride (26)
16. Taylor Swift – Out Of The Woods (21)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Justin Timberlake – Drink You Away (13) | PEAK: #09
08. Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Gwen Stefani – Used To Love You (06) | PEAK: #06
05. DNCE – Cake By The Ocean (05) | PEAK: #05
04. One Direction – Perfect (04) | PEAK: #03
03. Adele – Hello (01) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
02. Adele – When We Were Young (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. HØØNCH – Top (4)
2. FLETCHER – Live Young Die Free (3)
3. Miike Snow – Genghis Khan (6)
4. Brian Fallon – A Wonderful Life (8)
5. Ruth B. – Lost Boy (-)
6. Grace Mitchell – Nolo (10)
7. Jonathan Roy – Daniella Denmark (7)
8. Andra Day – Rise Up (-)
9. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (9)
10. Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up (-)

In The Mix:
BANNERS – Start A Riot
BØRNS – 10,000 Emerald Pools
Chef’special – In Your Arms (new)
Family Of The Year – Carry Me (new)
Jess Glynne – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself (new)
Lucius – Born Again Teen (new)
New District – Closer (new)
Transviolet – New Bohemia
X Ambassadors – Unsteady
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • Scoring their seventh #1 on my personal chart is Coldplay and “Adventure Of A Lifetime”, advancing 2-1 after three weeks in the runner-up spot. Their new #1 puts them ahead of the current record-holder, Maroon 5, and their six chart-toppers. The English group has also managed to score a #1 with each of their four leadoff singles dating back to 2008, with “Viva La Vida”, “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” and “Magic” being the first three.
  • This week’s Highest Debut, at #38, is the first charting hit since 2011 for Detroit’s Mike Posner. From The Truth, “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” has been putting up some big numbers overseas thanks to a remix by the Norway duo SeeB. He’s yet to find big success with the original or remix in the U.S., but with an impact date at pop radio this month, that could soon change.
  • She recently hit #2 with “On My Mind”, and now, Ellie Goulding is new in the top 40 at #39 with “Something In The Way You Move”. It’s the second charting single from Delirium, which recently landed at #3 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Is Goulding due for her second #1 on my chart this spring? Stay tuned to find out!
  • Finally, coming in at #40, it’s the Grammy-nominated Alabama Shakes with the title track from Sound & Color. It has an impressive six nods at this year’s ceremony, which takes place on February 15. Be sure to check it out to see how they do.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 7, 2001

"Me" and my favorite songs of the week.

“Me” and my favorite songs of the week.

Happy New Year! It’s 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 feature a past countdown straight from archives of my top 40 chart. 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 fifteen years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of January 7, 2001…

Debuts:
40. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, “I Did It”
37. DAFT PUNK, “One More Time”
35. AEROSMITH, “Jaded”

Biggest Mover(s):
SHAGGY featuring RAYVON, “Angel” (19-11, eight spots)

10. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Stronger” (down 2)
Album: Oops!… I Did It Again (2000, Jive Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

09. NELLY FURTADO, “I’m Like A Bird” (down 2)
Album: Whoa, Nelly! (2000, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #2

08. FUEL, “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” (up 3)
Album: Something Like Human (2000, Epic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. BACKSTREET BOYS, “The Call” (up 5)
Album: Black & Blue (2000, Jive Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. EVERCLEAR, “AM Radio” (down 3)
Album: Songs From An American Movie, Vol. One: Learning How To Smile (2000, Capitol Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

05. O-TOWN, “Liquid Dreams” (steady, second week)
Album: O-Town (2001, J Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. MADONNA, “Don’t Tell Me” (up 2)
Album: Music (2000, Maverick/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #2

03. OUTKAST, “Ms. Jackson” (down 1)
Album: Stankonia (2000, LaFace/Arista Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

02. JENNIFER LOPEZ, “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” (up 2)
Album: J. Lo (2001, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. SHAGGY featuring RIKROK, “It Wasn’t Me” (steady, sixth week)
Album: Hot Shot (2000, MCA Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 8, 2016

Back in Blackstar.

Back in Blackstar.

Welcome to New Music Friday in 2016! On the menu this week, a legendary English singer wishes on a star and several new artists hit the scene with promising singles and EPs. Here’s a look at this week’s top new albums and singles:

  • DAVID BOWIE — Blackstar (iTunes)
    • Bowie’s latest studio set is his first since 2013’s The Next Day, which debuted and peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Though he won’t be able to push Adele out of the top spot, he could have a solid debut in the top five.
  • VARIOUS ARTISTS — Straight Outta Compton (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
    • With the hit movie now out to buy digitally, an official soundtrack has just been released, which features the music of N.W.A and more. A DVD release is scheduled for January 19.
  • More albums out this week: Grizfolk‘s Waking Up The Giants (iTunes – Apple Music exclusive until 1/15), The Lion Guard (Music From The TV Series) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: AudioDamn!‘s AudioDamn! (iTunes), Conrad Sewell‘s All I Know (iTunes)

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

  • “All The Ways”, Wet (iTunes)
  • “#BDAY”, Tank featuring Chris Brown, Siya and Sage The Gemini (iTunes)
  • “Fast Car”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
  • “Freedom”, Pitbull (iTunes)
  • “God Fearin’ Man”, Hank Williams Jr. (iTunes)
  • “Lonely Girl”, Charles Kelley (iTunes)
  • “Lost Weekend”, Pete Yorn (iTunes)
  • “Love Somebody”, St. Lucia (iTunes)
  • “Reaper”, Sia (iTunes)
  • “Throw Down Your Guns”, Wild Belle (iTunes)
  • “Whole Lotta Lovin’”, DJ Mustard featuring Travi$ Scott (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Brothers OsbornePanic! At The Disco and more.

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