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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 1, 2016

It's good to be "King".

It’s good to be “King”.

This April Fools Day, there will be no pop pranks or jazzy jokes on the release schedule. (Well, there may be, but not while this post is going up initially. Stay tuned…) Get movin’ to this music, because here are this week’s album and single releases:

  • WEEZER — Weezer (The White Album) (iTunes)
    • Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that it’s been just under 22 years since these Alternative mainstays first made that format’s chart with “Undone (The Sweater Song)”. Now, they’re up to two dozen top 40 hits. Very impressive! So far, two radio singles from the album have been released: “Thank God For Girls”, which reached #10 in February, and “King Of The World”, which sits below the top 50 at the moment.
  • LUKAS GRAHAM — Lukas Graham (iTunes)
    • They have the top-selling single in the U.S. with the multi-format smash “7 Years”, and now, the Danish quartet is looking to score a nice debut next week with their self-titled set. The 11-track album features songs from their two previous albums, both self-titled, that were released in Europe in 2012 and 2015, respectfully.
  • More albums out this week: Andrew Bird‘s Are You Serious? (iTunes), Bleached‘s Welcome The Worms (iTunes), Cheap Trick‘s Bang Zoom Crazy… Hello (iTunes), Pet Shop Boys‘s Super (iTunes), The Heavy‘s Hurt & The Merciless (iTunes), The Summer Set‘s Stories For Monday (iTunes), The Used‘s Live And Acoustic At The Palace (iTunes), Yeasayer‘s Amen & Goodbye (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Levi Hummon‘s Levi Hummon (iTunes), ZAYDE WØLF‘s Rare Breed (iTunes)

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

  • “Angela”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
  • “Dreamland”, Wild Belle (iTunes)
  • “Free”, Broods (iTunes)
  • “Happiness” and “Money & Fame”, needtobreathe (iTunes)
  • “I Found A Girl”, The Vamps featuring OMI (iTunes)
  • “I Wanna Know”, Alesso featuring Nico & Vinz (iTunes)
  • “I’ll Be The Moon”, Dierks Bentley featuring Maren Morris (iTunes)
  • “If It Ain’t Love”, Jason Derulo (iTunes)
  • “Inside Out”, The Chainsmokers featuring Charlee (iTunes)
  • “Just Around The Corner”, Martina McBride (iTunes)
  • “Lights Come On”, Jason Aldean (iTunes)
  • “Love Can Go To Hell”, Brandy Clark (iTunes)
  • “Money On Me”, Snakehips featuring Anderson.Paak (iTunes)
  • “Moving Mountains”, Skylar Grey (iTunes)
  • “No Money”, Galantis (iTunes)
  • “Raging”, Kygo featuring Kodaline (iTunes)
  • “Recognize”, Skizzy Mars featuring JoJo (iTunes)
  • “Stand Up For It”, Brett Dennen (iTunes)
  • “Stay Alive”, Andy Black featuring Matt Skiba (iTunes)
  • “Wasted Time”, Keith Urban (iTunes)
  • “What We Live For”, American Authors (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from DeftonesMayer HawthorneThe Lumineers and more.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 27, 2016

Let's hear it for the Troye.

An egg-cellent Easter #1 for Troye.

DEBUTS
40. Duran Duran featuring Kiesza – Last Night In The City
39. Demi Lovato – Stone Cold
36. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Melanie Martinez – Pity Party (40)
32. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
21. BANNERS – Start A Riot (27)
19. Barns Courtney – Fire (24)
09. The 1975 – The Sound (14)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Ruth B – Lost Boy (12) | PEAK: #10
09. The 1975 – The Sound (14) | PEAK: #09
08. Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. Ben Rector – Brand New (07) | PEAK: #05
05. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (06) | PEAK: #04
04. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Zayn – Pillowtalk (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Troye Sivan – Youth (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. X Ambassadors – Unsteady (1)
2. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids (2)
3. Anderson East – Devil In Me (3)
4. The Score – On And On (6)
5. Jordan Smith – Stand In The Light (4)
6. Conrad Sewell – Remind Me (9)
7. Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez (5)
8. Addison Scott – I Came Alive (8)
9. The Summer Set – Missin’ You (-)
10. Matt Nathanson – Giants (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert featuring Laleh – Welcome To The Show
Alex & Sierra – Little Do You Know (new)
Bahari – Dancing On The Sun (new)
BØRNS – Past Lives
Bryan Adams – You Belong To Me
Chris Ayer – On The Blvd (new)
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Ellie Goulding – Army
Finish Ticket – Color
Goo Goo Dolls – Over And Over (new)
Kris Allen – Waves
MAGIC! – Lay You Down Easy (new)
Oh Wonder – Lose It
Paper Route – Laugh About It
The Heavy – Since You Been Gone
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Rubens – Hoops
Transviolet – New Bohemia

Chart Notes:

  • The winner of this year’s top 40 egg hunt is Fitz & The Tantrums, who just debuted their latest single on Thursday. The song is called “HandClap”, and it extends its hands out to reach the #36 spot. It leads their forthcoming album, a self-titled effort, due on June 10. The band’s biggest song on my chart remains their first, “MoneyGrabber”, which spent a week at #1 in 2011.
  • Former Disney star Demi Lovato also enters on this week’s countdown, new at #39 with “Stone Cold”. Her pretty ballad, co-written by Lovato, can be found on the album Confident, which contains two prior radio hits in the title track and “Cool For The Summer”. A video for it premiered in late February.
  • The third top 40 entry from Duran Duran‘s Paper Gods album is this week’s final debut. “Last Night In The City” has yet to paint the town red, at least at U.S. radio, but it enters at #40 on my chart. The song features Kiesza, who hit the top 20 in 2014 with “Hideaway”.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 26, 2005

Now, "Tomorrow" was yesterday.

Now, “Tomorrow” is so yesterday.

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 eleven years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of March 26, 2005…

Debuts:
40. GWEN STEFANI, “Hollaback Girl”
39. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Giving You Up”
36. WEEZER, “Beverly Hills”
35. KELLY CLARKSON, “Behind These Hazel Eyes”

Biggest Mover(s):
MICHAEL TOLCHER, “Mission Responsible” (40-32, eight spots)

10. LOW MILLIONS, “Eleanor” (down 5)
Album: Ex-Girlfriends (2004, EMI/Manhattan Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

09. INGRAM HILL, “Almost Perfect” (down 1)
Album: June’s Picture Show (2004, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

08. U2, “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own” (steady, third week)
Album: How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (2004, Interscope Records)
Peak: #8 for four weeks

07. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Home” (down 1)
Album: It’s Time (2005, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

06. TIM MCGRAW, “Live Like You Were Dying” (up 3)
Album: Live Like You Were Dying (2004, Curb Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. HOWIE DAY, “Collide” (up 2)
Album: Stop All The World Now (2003, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. JACK JOHNSON, “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” (down 1)
Album: In Between Dreams (2005, Brushfire/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

03. ROB THOMAS, “Lonely No More” (down 2)
Album: …Something To Be (2005, Melisma/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

02. DURAN DURAN, “What Happens Tomorrow” (up 2)
Album: Astronaut (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

01. THE KILLERS, “Mr. Brightside” (up 1)
Album: Hot Fuss (2004, Island Records)
Peak: #1 for three 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 March 25, 2016

He's gonna blow your Mind.

He’s gonna blow your Mind.

Don’t piss off the neighbors by blasting any old music on this New Music Friday. There are plenty of great selections in the mix to make both you, and those around you, content. Here are this week’s album and single releases:

  • ZAYN — Mind Of Mine (iTunes)
    • The first solo album from the former boy bander leads him in many directions musically, but in just one direction when it comes to where he’s headed on the charts. If you said the top, you’re right. Mind is led by the recent #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 called “Pillowtalk”, which is still surging at radio across several formats. How high will it go in its first sales frame? Stay tuned.
  • K. MICHELLE — More Issues Than Vogue (iTunes)
    • With a reality series airing on VH1, My Life, and a new album in stores today, this Memphis singer is covering the core media outlets quite easily. A single from the set, “Not A Little Bit”, recently went top 20 at the Urban format and looks to keep climbing. This should be her third top ten album in a row.
  • ANTHONY HAMILTON — What I’m Feelin’ (iTunes)
    • Hamilton’s single “Amen” is yet another top ten for him on Urban AC radio. Shockingly, he’s never debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 in his two decades of recording and releasing music. This could change very soon.
  • More albums out this week: Birdy‘s Beautiful Lies (iTunes), Elliphant‘s Living Life Golden (iTunes), Judas Priest‘s Battle Cry (Live) (iTunes), Sammy Adams‘s The Long Way (iTunes), The Joy Formidable‘s Hitch (iTunes), Young Thug‘s Slime Season 3 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Cape Cub‘s Closer (iTunes), Kiiara‘s low kii savage (iTunes), RØMANS‘s Silence (iTunes)

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

  • “American Oxygen”, X Ambassadors (iTunes)
  • “Blood Red Lips”, Cheap Trick (iTunes)
  • “Cleopatra”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
  • “Close”, Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo (iTunes)
  • “HandClap”, Fitz & The Tantrums (iTunes)
  • “Lay You Down Easy”, MAGIC! featuring Sean Paul (iTunes)
  • “Lingerie & Candlewax”, Mayer Hawthorne (iTunes)
  • “Noise”, Kenny Chesney (iTunes)
  • “Over And Over”, Goo Goo Dolls (iTunes)
  • “Stop Where You Are”, Corinne Bailey Rae (iTunes)
  • “The Life”, Fifth Harmony (iTunes)
  • “Wasteland”, Against The Current (iTunes)
  • “Watch Me Do”, Meghan Trainor (iTunes)
  • “Who’s With Me”, Flo Rida (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Lukas GrahamThe Summer Set, Weezer and more.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 20, 2016

Let's hear it for the Troye.

Two times the Troye.

DEBUTS
40. Melanie Martinez – Pity Party
39. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty
38. DNCE – Toothbrush | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Nick Fradiani – Get You Home (39)
28. Daughtry – Torches (33)
27. BANNERS – Start A Riot (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
18. Tryon – Somebody To Love Me (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (12) | PEAK: #10
09. A Great Big World – Oasis (07) | PEAK: #03
08. Adele – When We Were Young (08) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
07. Ben Rector – Brand New (05) | PEAK: #05
06. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (04) | PEAK: #04
05. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You (09) | PEAK: #05
04. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. Zayn – Pillowtalk (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Troye Sivan – Youth (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. X Ambassadors – Unsteady (2)
2. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids (4)
3. Anderson East – Devil In Me (3)
4. Jordan Smith – Stand In The Light (5)
5. Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez (6)
6. The Score – On And On (-)
7. Demi Lovato – Stone Cold (-)
8. Addison Scott – I Came Alive (10)
9. Conrad Sewell – Remind Me (-)
10. Duran Duran featuring Kiesza – Last Night In The City (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert featuring Laleh – Welcome To The Show (new)
BØRNS – Past Lives (new)
Boy & Bear – Where’d You Go
Bryan Adams – You Belong To Me
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Ellie Goulding – Army (new)
Finish Ticket – Color
Kris Allen – Waves (new)
Lawson – Money
Matt Nathanson – Giants
Oh Wonder – Lose It
Paper Route – Laugh About It
The Heavy – Since You Been Gone
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Rubens – Hoops
The Summer Set – Missin’ You
Transviolet – New Bohemia

Chart Notes:

  • The second top 40 hit from American quartet DNCE is this week’s Highest Debut. Coming in at #38, “Toothbrush” can be found on the group’s EP titled SWAAY. Their first hit, “Cake By The Ocean”, recently peaked at #4 and is still in the top 40 at #33 in its 25th week. A full-length album from the act has yet to be announced, but perhaps we’ll see one later this year.
  • One of the biggest sleeper hits of 2015 and early this year was “Hide Away”, the first top 40 song for 17-year-old Daya. It’s looking like 2016 will be a great one for the Philadelphia singer, as she enters at #39 with “Sit Still, Look Pretty”. Both cuts are featured on her self-titled EP, which was released last fall. The song goes for CHR/Top 40 adds next Tuesday.
  • Also heading to that format is Melanie Martinez‘s “Pity Party”, a single that was supposed to go to radio in September. I guess it’s better late than never, for it goes for adds this Tuesday. It becomes her first track to reach my top 40, new at #40 this week. Martinez is one of the few former contestants from The Voice to make my chart.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 18, 2012

The shape of my chart.

Let me show you the shape of my chart…

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 March 18, 2012…

Debuts:
(none!)

Biggest Mover(s):
KEANE, “Silenced By The Night” (39-29, ten spots)

10. NICKELBACK, “Lullaby” (steady, third week)
Album: Here And Now (2011, Roadrunner Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

09. THE SCRIPT, “If You Ever Come Back” (up 2)
Album: Science & Faith (2011, Epic Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

08. ADAM LAMBERT, “Better Than I Know Myself” (steady, second week)
Album: Trespassing (2012, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

07. ONE DIRECTION, “One Thing” (steady, third week)
Album: Up All Night (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #5

06. ADELE, “Set Fire To The Rain” (down 2)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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

04. ED SHEERAN, “The A Team” (up 2)
Album: + (2012, Asylum/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

03. KELLY CLARKSON, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (down 1)
Album: Stronger (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

02. TRAIN, “Drive By” (up 1)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. GOTYE featuring KIMBRA, “Somebody That I Used To Know” (steady, sixth week)
Album: Making Mirrors (2012, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for seven 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 March 18, 2016

Now and Gwen.

Now and Gwen.

The month of March continues on with some cool music across the genres, and that’s the Truth. From pop to R&B and country too, there are plenty of quality albums out in stores now. Here are this week’s album and single releases:

  • GWEN STEFANI — This Is What The Truth Feels Like (iTunes)
    • Featuring the hits “Used To Love You” and “Make Me Like You”, Stefani’s first solo album since 2006 has been in the works for some time now, and it’s gone through several versions. Despite a few missteps, it’s worth the wait. It should debut at (or be a strong contender for) #1 next week, unless there’s a surprise album in the works.
  • JAHEIM — Struggle Love (iTunes)
    • The title track from this New Jersey singer’s latest album is in the top 20 on the Urban AC chart. His last album in 2013 debuted at #6 on the album survey, and should this make the top ten, it’ll be his sixth studio release to reach the region since 2001.
  • VARIOUS ARTISTS — Southern Family (iTunes)
    • Inspired by the 1978 concept album White Mansions, producer Dave Cobb’s new compilation features songs from acts like Brandy Clark, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown and more. It’s likely to be a critical hit.
  • More albums out this week: Iggy Pop‘s Post Pop Depression (iTunes), iLoveMakonnen‘s Drink More Water 6 (iTunes), Jordan Smith‘s Something Beautiful (iTunes), Kris Allen‘s Letting You In (iTunes), Redfoo‘s Party Rock Mansion (iTunes), She Is We‘s War (iTunes), Soul Asylum‘s Change Of Fortune (iTunes), The Passion: New Orleans (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: William Michael Morgan‘s William Michael Morgan (iTunes)

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

  • “BASMF”, 3OH!3 (iTunes)
  • “BeFoUr”, ZAYN (iTunes)
  • “Be Alright”, Ariana Grande (iTunes)
  • “Drunk In The Morning”, Lukas Graham (iTunes)
  • “Fragile”, Kygo featuring Labrinth (iTunes)
  • “No Broken Hearts”, Bebe Rexha featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
  • “Our Love Will Survive”, Wild Belle (iTunes)
  • “Roll Me”, Cheap Trick (iTunes)
  • “Team”, Iggy Azalea (iTunes) (Friday morning)
  • “This Is For My Girls”, Various Artists (iTunes)
  • “Welcome To The Show”, Adam Lambert featuring Laleh (iTunes)
  • “What If I Go?”, Mura Masa (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from BirdyK. Michelle, Zayn and more.

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