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

Make it Zayn.

Blame it on the Zayn.

DEBUTS
40. Bahari – Dancing On The Sun
37. Chris Ayer – On The Blvd | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. The Summer Set – Missin’ You (40) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
28. Demi Lovato – Stone Cold (33)
20. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (26) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
18. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty (23)
07. Barns Courtney – Fire (13) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Tryon – Somebody To Love Me (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Taylor Swift – New Romantics (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (06) | PEAK: #04
07. Barns Courtney – Fire (13) | PEAK: #07
06. The 1975 – The Sound (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Ben Rector – Brand New (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Troye Sivan – Youth (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
03. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
01. Zayn – Pillowtalk (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Anderson East – Devil In Me (2)
2. The Score – On And On (3)
3. Ellie Goulding – Army (9)
4. Matt Nathanson – Giants (7)
5. Jordan Smith – Stand In The Light (5)
6. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids (6)
7. MAGIC! – Lay You Down Easy (10)
8. Disturbed – The Sound Of Silence (-)
9. Parachute – Without You (-)
10. Goo Goo Dolls – So Alive (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert featuring Laleh – Welcome To The Show
Alex & Sierra – Little Do You Know
Andy Black – We Don’t Have To Dance
BØRNS – Past Lives
Brendan James – Bring My Love Home
Broods – Free
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Finish Ticket – Color
Haley Reinhart – Better
Kris Allen – Waves
Låpsley – Love Is Blind (new)
Oh Wonder – Lose It
Paper Route – Laugh About It
Sawyer Fredericks – Take It All (new)
Tegan And Sara – Boyfriend (new)
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Rubens – Hoops

Chart Notes:

  • Former One Direction member Zayn Malik grabs his first solo #1 on my top 40 with “Pillowtalk”, up 2-1 this week. That song is taken from the album Mind Of Mine, which recently entered atop the Billboard 200 and similar album charts in the world, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Malik’s last #1 as a member of the boy band was “Story Of My Life”, which spent three weeks at the top of my chart in December 2013.
  • Two newcomers make their chart debut this week. The highest is from Los Angeles singer Chris Ayer, who bows in at #37 with “On The Blvd”. He’s currently on tour with Matt Simons in Europe, and I’m sure he’ll be playing “Blvd” quite a bit in concert. The song does have a fair amount of road to cover before it reaches the biggest “boulevard” title ever on my chart, “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”, a seven-week #1 in 2004 and 2005 for Green Day.
  • Do you recall a song by DJ/producer Zedd called “Addicted To A Memory”? Released in 2015 on his True Colors album, it featured a California trio that’s now looking to launch a big summer sound at CHR/Pop radio in a month. They’re Bahari, and they debut at #40 with “Dancing On The Sun”. The group consists of Natalia Panzarella, Ruby Carr and Sidney Sartini. “Sun” was co-written by the girls and Rock Mafia.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 10, 2011

The "Price" is right.

The “Price” is right.

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 five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of April 10, 2011…

Debuts:
40. THREE DAYS GRACE, “Lost In You”
39. CHRISTINA PERRI, “Arms”
38. SELENA GOMEZ & THE SCENE, “Who Says”

Biggest Mover(s):
HANSON, “Give A Little” (34-29)
THE CARS, “Sad Song” (32-27)
FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “MoneyGrabber” (22-17, five spots)

10. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “What The Hell” (down 3)
Album: Goodbye Lullaby (2011, RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

09. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Do” (up 1)
Album: All Of You (2011, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

08. PARACHUTE, “Something To Believe In (Jeremiah)” (up 1)
Album: The Way It Was (2011, Mercury Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. THE BAND PERRY, “If I Die Young” (up 1)
Album: The Band Perry (2010, Republic Nashville Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

06. ADELE, “Rolling In The Deep” (down 1)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

05. JESSIE J featuring B.O.B, “Price Tag” (up 1)
Album: Who You Are (2011, Lava/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #2

04. JASON ALDEAN featuring KELLY CLARKSON, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” (steady, fourth week)
Album: My Kinda Party (2010, Broken Bow Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. ANDY GRAMMER, “Keep Your Head Up” (down 1)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #2 for eight weeks

02. PINK, “F**kin’ Perfect” (down 1)
Album: Greatest Hits… So Far!!! (2010, LaFace/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. DURAN DURAN, “All You Need Is Now” (up 2)
Album: All You Need Is Now (2010, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #1 for two 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 April 8, 2016

New Music Friday is 'neer at hand.

New Music Friday is ‘neer at hand.

A musical Alternative makes its return on this April week, bringing electronic, folk and rock music back to the forefront. Grab a banjo, a guitar and a synthesizer, because here are this week’s album and single releases:

  • THE LUMINEERS — Cleopatra (iTunes)
    • No, they aren’t just the “Ho Hey” trio anymore, even if that remains their signature song. The lead single from the new album is “Ophelia”, a current top ten hit at Alternative radio, which gives them their third single at the format to reach those heights. Without a crossover single, this probably won’t do as well as their debut effort in 2012, but we’ll see what happens as the era goes on.
  • DEFTONES — Gore (iTunes)
    • This California band has been putting out music for two decades now, and they have their first hit in three years at Alternative radio with “Prayers/Triangles”. They scored four top ten albums between 2000 and 2010, but they’ve had much more radio and sales support in the past. Can this bring them back to the region, or fall short again?
  • M83 — Junk (iTunes)
    • This French group had a big Alternative hit several years ago with “Midnight City”. Their latest release, “Do It, Try It”, isn’t quite charting at the moment, but there’s still time. Their latest album will perhaps score a top 20 entry, a career-high peak if they achieve it.
  • More albums out this week: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals‘s Call It What It Is (iTunes), Eliza And The Bear‘s Eliza And The Bear (iTunes), Filter‘s Crazy Eyes (iTunes), Frightened Rabbit‘s Painting Of A Panic Attack (iTunes), Gallant‘s Ology (iTunes), MAX‘s Hell’s Kitchen Angel (iTunes), Mayer Hawthorne‘s Man About Town (iTunes), Skizzy Mars‘s Alone Together (iTunes), The Ready Set‘s I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: PHASES‘s Afterparty (iTunes)

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

  • “Ain’t Your Mama”, Jennifer Lopez (iTunes)
  • “Boyfriend” and “U-turn”, Tegan & Sara (iTunes)
  • “Champagne Problems”, Nick Jonas (iTunes)
  • “Crazy”, Lido (iTunes)
  • “Crazy For You”, Michael Franti & Spearhead (iTunes)
  • “Falling”, Trent Harmon (iTunes)
  • “Friends”, Blake Shelton (iTunes)
  • “I Want You”, Marian Hill (iTunes)
  • “If Your Man Only Knew”, Erik Hassle (iTunes)
  • “I’ll Be Standin’ Tall”, Josh Kelley (iTunes)
  • “I’m Born To Run”, American Authors (iTunes)
  • “Lake By The Ocean”, Maxwell (iTunes)
  • “So Alive”, Goo Goo Dolls (iTunes)
  • “That’s The Thing About Love”, Martina McBride (iTunes)
  • “Ugly”, Fantasia (iTunes)
  • “Wristband”, Paul Simon (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Bear HandsSturgill SimpsonWild Belle and more.

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Enjoy The “Silence”: An Active Look At Rock Crossovers

Disturbed, but determined.

Disturbed, but determined.

It’s one of those surprising sales stories of 2016. How could a metal band doing a Simon & Garfunkel cover sell 370,000 copies of their single with minuscule pop airplay? Well, it’s happening to Disturbed, the group from Chicago that’s had many hits on the Active Rock listing since 2000. Given their dark imagery and loud sound, it’s no surprise that the act performs well there, but stays well away from any format where it would be played next to the likes of… oh, you know, Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift. Well, it appears that may be changing, as their record label, Reprise, is beginning to test the waters at CHR/Pop (and Hot AC) radio with a very reactive record.

“The Sound Of Silence” is already in rotation at stations in Baltimore, New Orleans and San Francisco across the two panels, with a number of other markets likely to add the record soon enough. Considering it’s a few weeks away from achieving 500,000 in sales, not to mention its 20+ million Spotify streams and 30+ million video views, this one looks like a monster… literally. Interestingly, this comes at a time when a #1 at Active Rock radio (“Sound” has been atop that chart for five weeks) hasn’t charted in the CHR top 50 since the fall of 2012. The Pretty Reckless narrowly missed the chart in 2014 with “Heaven Knows”, but “Sound” is the more popular sound when it comes to pure statistics, and has a better shot at hitting the top 50 than “Heaven” did.

With the dry spell of Active Rock crossovers now versus the more accepting crossover runs of 10-15 years ago, let’s have a look at a list of the chart-topping Active hits that also grabbed some CHR ground from 2000 until the current day:

All data prior to the summer of 2006 is from Radio & Records, with Mediabase 24/7 used to the current day. Peaks marked with an * represent those with the addition of two frozen charts around the holidays. This freeze was discontinued in 2006.

2000
Creed – “Higher” (#1 for 17* weeks – Active, 1999-2000) (#3 – CHR, 2000)
3 Doors Down – “Kryptonite” (#1 for 10 weeks – Active, 2000) (#1 for five weeks – CHR, 2000)
Creed – “With Arms Wide Open” (#1 for two weeks – Active, 2000) (#1 for five weeks – CHR, 2000)
Papa Roach – “Last Resort” (#1 for eight weeks – Active, 2000) (#40 – CHR, 2000)
3 Doors Down – “Loser” (#1 for eight weeks – Active, 2000) (#39 – CHR, 2000)

2000 became a great breakout year at CHR radio for both 3 Doors Down and Creed, who would go onto several successful eras at the format. “Kryptonite” and “With Arms Wide Open” became back-to-back #1’s that fall, holding atop the list for ten big weeks.

2001
Staind – “It’s Been Awhile” (#1 for 11 weeks – Active, 2001) (#4 – CHR, 2001)
Nickelback – “How You Remind Me” (#1 for 11 weeks – Active, 2001) (#1 for ten* weeks – CHR, 2001-2)

Two more newcomers with massive Active Rock chart-toppers made crossover runs in 2001, with both becoming signature hits for Staind and Nickelback. “How You Remind Me” outlasted “It’s Been Awhile” after they fell off the survey, but both did very well.

2002
Linkin Park – “In The End” (#1 for seven* weeks – Active, 2001-2) (#1 for six weeks – CHR, 2002)
Puddle Of Mudd – “Blurry” (#1 for eight weeks – Active, 2002) (#4 – CHR, 2002)
Nickelback – “Too Bad” (#1 for one week – Active, 2002) (#25 – CHR, 2002)

Another two new groups broke through in 2002: two-hit wonder Puddle Of Mudd (“She Hates Me” hit #7 on CHR that year) and Linkin Park, with their combination of rap and rock proving likable for a mainstream audience. “In The End” is still their top hit.

2003
3 Doors Down – “When I’m Gone” (#1 for one week – Active, 2003) (#1 for one week – CHR, 2003)
Linkin Park – “Somewhere I Belong” (#1 for eight weeks – Active, 2003) (#47 – CHR, 2003)
Trapt – “Headstrong” (#1 for one week – Active, 2003) (#5 – CHR, 2003)
Audioslave – “Like A Stone” (#1 for one week – Active, 2003) (#29 – CHR, 2003)
Staind – “So Far Away” (#1 for four weeks – Active, 2003) (#18 – CHR, 2004)

By the end of 2003, 16 #1 songs on the Active Rock chart placed in the top 50 on the CHR/Pop chart, 15 of them making the top 40 and ten making the top ten. Audioslave and Trapt were fresh on the chart this year, while Active mainstays continued to do well.

2004
Linkin Park – “Numb” (#1 for ten* weeks – Active, 2003-4) (#5 – CHR, 2004)
Crossfade – “Cold” (#1 for two weeks – Active, 2004) (#22 – CHR, 2005)

After the success of “Numb”, an Urban-driven revival at many pop stations lead some harder rock material to be shunned, but that didn’t stop some songs from crossing over. “Cold” experienced two pushes at CHR, spending months on the list until August 2005.

2005
Green Day – “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” (#1 for nine weeks – Active, 2005) (#1 for four weeks – CHR, 2005)
Staind – “Right Here” (#1 for two weeks – Active, 2005) (#9 – CHR, 2006)
Nickelback – “Photograph” (#1 for two weeks – Active, 2005) (#3 – CHR, 2005)

The rise of digital downloads helped some acts regain their footing at pop radio. Green Day‘s huge American Idiot album was the talk of the town, and singles from Nickelback (one of five top tens from All The Right Reasons) and Staind had stellar longevity.

2006
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dani California” (#1 for three weeks – Active, 2006) (#24 – CHR, 2006)
Stone Sour – “Through Glass” (#1 for six weeks – Active, 2006) (#23 – CHR, 2006-7)

2006 was another down year for Active Rock songs, even with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and their comeback. It dominated the rock world, but they were just “too old” for some pop stations to play. Stone Sour had their biggest crossover track during 2006.

2007
Three Days Grace – “Pain” (#1 for nine weeks – Active, 2006-7) (#47 – CHR, 2007)
Linkin Park – “What I’ve Done” (#1 for eight weeks – Active, 2007) (#18 – CHR, 2007)
Finger Eleven – “Paralyzer” (#1 for two weeks – Active, 2007) (#5 – CHR, 2007)
Three Days Grace – “Never Too Late” (#1 for six weeks – Active, 2007) (#14 – CHR, 2008)

After charting with “One Thing” in 2004, Finger Eleven struck the pop top ten with another big record. It hit 30 weeks in the top 50 in early 2008. Three Days Grace went top 40 for the first time since 2004, with “Never” being their final CHR single to date.

2008
3 Doors Down – “It’s Not My Time” (#1 for two weeks – Active, 2008) (#10 – CHR, 2008)
Theory Of A Deadman – “Bad Girlfriend” (#1 for four weeks – Active, 2008) (#46 – CHR, 2009)

After multiple top ten hits, including the aforementioned “Kryptonite” and “When I’m Gone”, 3 Doors Down had one last trip to the region in July. “It’s Not My Time” spent one week at #10. Theory Of A Deadman also made their crossover debut that year.

2009
Shinedown – “Second Chance” (#1 for eight weeks – Active, 2009) (#4 – CHR, 2009)
Linkin Park – “New Divide” (#1 for eight week – Active, 2009) (#27 – CHR, 2009)

The Florida group Shinedown had a career song beginning in late 2008 (and early 2009 at pop) with that big ballad, one of a few token rock hits to make their way to the pop airwaves towards the latter part of the decade. The band had a total of three CHR hits.

2012
Linkin Park – “Burn It Down” (#1 for two weeks – Active, 2012) (#23 – CHR, 2012)

Far from their glory days, but still making radio hits, Linkin Park landed the two most recent Active Rock chart-toppers to find a home on the CHR/Pop chart. Question is, will Disturbed claim the next one and put 2016 on the map for crossovers? Stay tuned.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (April 2016)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in April in this month’s supersized Radio Report:

Corinne Bailey Rae
CORINNE BAILEY RAE – “Stop Where You Are” (April 4) (Triple A)
Label: Capitol
Bailey Rae’s been away for some time, but it’s great to have her back. Her forthcoming set is The Heart Speaks In Whispers, due to be released on May 13, and “Stop” is one of two singles to be issued from the project so far. (The other one is “Green Aphrodisiac”, a top 30 hit on the Urban AC chart.) The Grammy darling may not have another “Put Your Records On”, but her music is still cool.

Genevieve
GENEVIEVE – “Show Your Colors” (formerly “Colors”) (April 4) (Hot AC)
Label: Wind-up/Concord
What happens when another song called “Colors” charts at multiple formats before your own song does? Well, if you’re this singer from Chicago, change isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “Show Your Colors”, as it’s titled currently, is still putting up decent numbers at the various streaming services. A remix was also heard in a Hershey’s ad recently. Will that translate into some sweet airplay here?

The Young Wild
THE YOUNG WILD – “Not A One” (April 4) (Triple A) / (April 5) (Alternative)
Label: Fairfax/Hollywood
I’ve covered this band several times in the past, and each time I do, they seem to go down a member. They appeared as a quintet in August 2014 when I wrote about “Moment Goes”, then as a quartet when I covered the release of “Not” in March 2015. I guess this means it’s only fair to have them here as a trio! It’s been a long time coming, but it’s nice to finally see them get a shot at radio play.

Alan Walker
ALAN WALKER – “Faded” (April 5) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: RCA
At just 18 years old, this producer, based in Norway, has accomplished a lot as a teenager. “Faded” has been a Gold or Platinum hit in over a dozen countries, and it’s achieved a #1 peak in countries like Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland. An absolutely Viral success at 200 million streams on Spotify alone, this has all the makings of what should be a solid hit this summer.

AlunaGeorge
ALUNAGEORGE featuring POPCAAN – “I’m In Control” (April 5) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Interscope
The duo of Aluna Francis and George Reid are best known for their featured vocal on “You Know You Like It”, which reached #7 at the format for four weeks last year. “Control” has been building nicely at streaming services since the beginning of the year, and an assortment of stations on the panel in both large and small markets have added the song pre-impact. It’s one to watch for summer.

Jason Derulo
JASON DERULO – “If It Ain’t Love” (April 5) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Warner Bros.
Already surging onto the pop radio chart, thanks in part to iHeartMedia hourly spins on Friday, Derulo’s latest single at the format follows two releases (both from his Everything Is 4 set) that couldn’t wait to peak in the top 20 and crash hard soon afterwards. As expected, that era appears to be over, but a fifth album announcement from Derulo has yet to surface. Will it come later this year?

Rihanna
RIHANNA – “Kiss It Better” (April 5) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Roc Nation
Yes, the promotional run for “Work” is done. Yes, that means you can stop making YouTube videos in an attempt to poke fun at its lyrics, which are difficult to comprehend to many people. (Really, guys, don’t we have better things to do?) “Kiss” is already kissing playlists from coast to coast, and it should chart in the next few days. Her Anti world tour continues its U.S. run through mid-May.

Broods
BROODS – “Free” (April 11) (Triple A) / (April 12) (Alternative)
Label: Capitol
Remember when we had a surge of acts from New Zealand a few years ago? This brother-sister duo from the city of Nelson was an essential part of those imports, charting two songs on Alternative radio in 2014. An album, Evergreen, did well in their homeland, but it couldn’t quite match that #1 peak there on our chart. “Free” leads an exciting second era, and there’s certainly more to come.

Sawyer Fredericks
SAWYER FREDERICKS – “Take It All” (April 11) (Triple A)
Label: Republic
Fredericks’s first EP under his major label deal was released late last year, so it seems a little peculiar that the label would wait this long to launch a single from it to radio. Anyways, this former The Voice winner, who just celebrated his 17th birthday, fits perfectly at Triple A radio with his sound and image. However, some may think this tune is a little too poppy here. We’ll see if they “Take” it.

Bebe Rexha
BEBE REXHA featuring NICKI MINAJ – “No Broken Hearts” (April 12) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Warner Bros.
Rexha’s featured credits have given her several big pop radio hits in the last few years, but only one minor entry as a main-credited artist. That will hopefully change this summer with this Minaj-assisted single, taken from her upcoming studio album. Of course, it helps that the two women have collaborated together on a hot single in the past. However, will lightning strike twice for the ladies?

Nick Fradiani
NICK FRADIANI – “Get You Home” (April 12) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Former Idol champ Fradiani seems to have lost a fair amount of momentum following his win last year. Even then, “Beautiful Life” was barely a top 40 hit at CHR radio, which was thanks to an assist by the group of Cumulus Media stations on the panel. His latest single is even better than “Beautiful”, but with a delayed impact date beyond the show’s series finale this week, it might be too late.

Weezer
WEEZER – “King Of The World” (April 12) (Alternative)
Label: Crush Music/Atlantic
It was back in 1994 that “Undone (The Sweater Song)” made it into the top ten on the Alternative chart, giving this group their first of 24 top 40 hits at the format thus far. Their most recent was “Thank God For Girls”, which hit #10 a few months ago. Predictions thus far for their latest album suggest it’ll debut in the top five on the Billboard 200, giving them a total of six to reach that region.

BANNERS
BANNERS – “Start A Riot” (April 18) (Triple A) / (April 19) (Alternative)
Label: Island/Republic
Well into the top 20 on my chart is another great single from this Canadian-based musician, who released a self-titled EP earlier in 2016. He went to #1 on the Alternative chart up north with “Shine A Light”, which didn’t shine as brightly here. (I’m still upset over it!) Luckily, Mike Nelson is getting another shot to break the U.S. charts. Go ahead and “Riot” if this track doesn’t become a big hit.

Lapsley
LÅPSLEY – “Love Is Blind” (April 18) (Hot AC)
Label: XL/Beggars/in2une
This is the first time at the format for this British singer/songwriter, who recently released an album titled Long Way Home. She’s done some great numbers at Spotify, where this single recently surpassed four million streams, but her first full-length set has just been a moderate success in some overseas territories. It’s too early to tell if the push is premature, but it’s a good song for Hot AC.

Cheerleader
CHEERLEADER – “A Million Ways” (April 19) (Alternative)
Label: Bright Antenna/CO5
As far as underrated Alternative radio singles go, this quintet definitely has one of them. Last year, the title cut from The Sunshine Of Your Youth only received some minor airplay. This one could go the same way, but I really hope it doesn’t. The Philadelphia act is on tour with one of our blog favorites, Paperwhite, as they hit up the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states in the latter part of May.

DNCE
DNCE – “Toothbrush” (April 19) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Republic
It took months of pushing and prodding, but both CHR and Hot AC radio were able to make “Cake By The Ocean” a top ten success for the Joe Jonas-led band this year. Now, their follow-up single heads to the former format this month. Both singles are taken off the EP SWAAY, which peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200 chart. Though “Cake” should be a strong recurrent, this could do nicely.

The Summer Set
THE SUMMER SET – “Missin’ You” (April 19) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Fearless/Concord
You saw “Missin'” when it debuted on my personal chart this past weekend, and now, the Arizona quintet looks to conquer the pop airwaves with their first single at the format since 2013. Three years ago, it was “Boomerang” that stalled underneath the top 50 in the spring and summer months, despite some solid coverage from iHeartRadio at the time. How set will radio be for this summer?

Tom Odell
TOM ODELL – “Magnetized” (April 25) (Triple A)
Label: RCA
It’s been nearly three years since Odell released his Long Way Down album overseas, a set that wasn’t properly appreciated on the U.S. charts. Unfortunately, it happens to a lot of performers, regardless of whether they’re domestic or not. “Wrong Crowd” is set to be released today, per his social media accounts, but that won’t be the radio single here. Hey, more music is always a good thing.

Andy Black
ANDY BLACK – “We Don’t Have To Dance” (April 26) (Alternative)
Label: Lava/Republic
25-year-old Andrew Biersack has been the leader of Black Veil Brides for many years now, but the time has come for him to take an adventure as a solo star. His recent Spotify Viral chart-topper in the U.S. does its “Dance” at radio later this month. It’s Alternative radio that will hear this track first, a change for Black, who is more accustomed to an exclusively Active Rock crowd with the group.

Chairlift
CHAIRLIFT – “Romeo” (April 26) (Alternative)
Label: Columbia
A decade after this act first formed, the duo of Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly has scored major syncs and built up plenty of buzz, but they have yet to score a radio hit. Their newest album, Moth, has plenty of jams, and “Romeo” is one of the top cuts of the bunch. This may be a good indicator of whether their stats can get them strong airplay, or if they continue as a streaming band.

Which of these new songs would you like to see atop the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on social media.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 3, 2016

Hard "Work" pays off.

Hard “Work” pays off.

DEBUTS
40. The Summer Set – Missin’ You
39. Conrad Sewell – Remind Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Demi Lovato – Stone Cold (39)
29. Melanie Martinez – Pity Party (34)
26. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
23. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty (32)
14. The Strumbellas – Spirits (20)
13. Barns Courtney – Fire (19)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Ruth B – Lost Boy (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (07) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
08. Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (08) | PEAK: #08
07. The 1975 – The Sound (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (05) | PEAK: #04
05. Ben Rector – Brand New (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Troye Sivan – Youth (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Zayn – Pillowtalk (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Chris Ayer – On The Blvd (-)
2. Anderson East – Devil In Me (3)
3. The Score – On And On (4)
4. X Ambassadors – Unsteady (1)
5. Jordan Smith – Stand In The Light (5)
6. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids (2)
7. Matt Nathanson – Giants (10)
8. Bahari – Dancing On The Sun (-)
9. Ellie Goulding – Army (-)
10. MAGIC! – Lay You Down Easy (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert featuring Laleh – Welcome To The Show
Alex & Sierra – Little Do You Know
Andy Black – We Don’t Have To Dance (new)
BØRNS – Past Lives
Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (new)
Broods – Free (new)
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Disturbed – The Sound Of Silence (new)
Finish Ticket – Color
Goo Goo Dolls – Over And Over
Haley Reinhart – Better (new)
Kris Allen – Waves
Oh Wonder – Lose It
Paper Route – Laugh About It
Parachute – Without You (new)
The Heavy – Since You Been Gone
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Rubens – Hoops
Transviolet – New Bohemia

Chart Notes:

  • We have a new song at the top this week, and it’s a fun one. “Work This Body” becomes another chart-topper on my list for Walk The Moon, the third single off their album Talking Is Hard.  The Ohio act becomes the first band to score three #1 singles from one album on my top 40 since fun. pulled off the trick in 2013. The other two were “Shut Up And Dance” and “Different Colors” in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
  • Last year, Conrad Sewell got as high at #9 with his first chart single, “Hold Me Up”. Now, the recent birthday boy is back in the countdown with his follow-up single, which takes the title of Highest Debut. In at #39, “Remind Me” comes from the EP titled All I Know, which landed in the top ten in his native Australia. (Unfortunately, it didn’t do nearly as well here.)
  • In 2013, The Summer Set stalled just under the top 50 at pop radio with the song “Boomerang”. They also performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival that year. They’ll be trying for better with their latest single, “Missin’ You”, new at #40. It’s the first radio release from Stories For Monday, which came out on Friday. It goes for adds on April 19.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 6, 2008

"Eyes" on 2008.

“Eyes” on 2008.

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 April 6, 2008…

Debuts:
40. PADDY CASEY, “Fear”
31. MADONNA featuring JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “4 Minutes”

Biggest Mover(s):
GAVIN DEGRAW, “In Love With A Girl” (28-24)
FERRAS, “Hollywood’s Not America” (16-12)
THE BRAVERY, “Believe” (9-5, four spots)

(If you’re wondering if a move of four notches is the smallest jump to ever earn a Biggest Mover title, it likely is. Pretty slow!)

10. THE LAST GOODNIGHT, “Stay Beautiful” (steady, second week)
Album: Poison Kiss (2007, Virgin Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

09. EMERSON HART, “I Wish The Best For You” (down 3)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

08. MAROON 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You” (down 3)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

07. JACK JOHNSON, “If I Had Eyes” (up 1)
Album: Sleep Through The Static (2008, Brushfire/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. ADELE, “Chasing Pavements” (up 1)
Album: 19 (2008, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. THE BRAVERY, “Believe” (up 4)
Album: The Sun And The Moon (2007, Island Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

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

03. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “These Hard Times” (down 1)
Album: Exile On Mainstream (2007, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

02. R.E.M., “Supernatural Superserious” (up 2)
Album: Accelerate (2008, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

01. LEONA LEWIS, “Bleeding Love” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Spirit (2008, Syco/J Records)
Peak: #1 for fourteen 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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