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Vital Titles: The CHRonicles Of A “Night”

Here comes the "Night".

Here comes the “Night”.

As it sometimes happens on the CHR/Top 40 format, there are two songs with the same title, but a different melody, competing for slots across the panel. In this case, there are two “All Night” releases freshly reaching the top 60, with each steadily gaining week-to-week. I think I’ll grab some popcorn while they duke it out. (Just grab the fat-free kind, I’m on a diet after award season.)

These acts, a solo rapper and a pop quartet, may not share the same fan base in terms of core demographics and other statistics, but they do have plenty of supporters globally. Will radio’s gatekeepers give them the green light? Let me know what you think!

CHANCE THE RAPPER featuring KNOX FORTUNE – “All Night” (in2une)

PEAK: #56 (as of 2/26/17)

KEY STATIONS TO DATE: WBMP/New York, WBBM and WKSC/Chicago, KMVQ/San Francisco, additional airplay in Boston and Orlando
PRIOR CHART ACTION: no top 50 hits to date; “No Problem” (featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) and his feature on “All My Friends” (Snakehips) impacted at the format, but failed to chart.
STREAMS TO DATE: 43+ million on Spotify
ADDITIONAL INFO: “All Night” now ranks in the top 30 on Rhythmic radio, where it’s being played in some prominent markets.

PREDICTION: Cloudy with a chance of Chance; in2une’s inconsistent track record at the format with independent artists could be the biggest issue holding “Night” back, but the Best New Artist winner may surprise with a sleeper hit. Stream a little stream of him.

VS.

THE VAMPS & MATOMA – “All Night” (Island/Republic)

PEAK: #57 (as of 2/26/17)

KEY STATIONS TO DATE: Hits 1/SiriusXM, Radio Disney/Los Angeles, additional airplay in Las Vegas and Phoenix
PRIOR CHART ACTION: “Somebody To You” (featuring Demi Lovato) got as high as #50 for two weeks in September 2014; a reissued uptempo remix of “Can We Dance” and “Wake Up” failed to chart.
STREAMS TO DATE: 143+ million on Spotify
ADDITIONAL INFO: “All Night” has reached the top 40 in four countries overseas, including a lone top ten (#6) peak in Ireland.

PREDICTION: Re-vamped image and sound is a streaming winner, but minimal U.S. support makes this “Night” less memorable. Will the U.S. audience ever fully appreciate The Vamps? It is just too hard to tell at the moment. Hey, there’s always the next single.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 23, 2003

"Girls" of the 40.

“Girls” of the 40.

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 14 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of February 23, 2003…

Debuts:
40. GINUWINE, “Hell Yeah”
38. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “Unwell”
37. OK GO, “Get Over It”

Biggest Movers:
STACIE ORRICO, “Stuck” (24-18, six spots)

10. 3 DOORS DOWN, “When I’m Gone” (up 3)
Album: Away From The Sun (2002, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

09. DIXIE CHICKS, “Landslide” (down 3)
Album: Home (2002, Columbia Records)
Peak: #4

08. 50 CENT, “In Da Club” (up 6)
Album: Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2003, Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

07. COUNTING CROWS featuring VANESSA CARLTON, “Big Yellow Taxi” (down 3)
Album: Hard Candy (2002, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. TELEPOPMUSIK, “Breathe” (up 1)
Album: Genetic World (2002, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6

05. LUCY WOODWARD, “Dumb Girls” (up 6)
Album: While You Can (2003, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. VI3, “Eyes Closed So Tonight” (up 8)
Album: …So Tight (2002, MCA Records)
Peak: #3

03. JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring LL COOL J, “All I Have” (steady, fifth week)
Album: This Is Me… Then (2002, Epic Records)
Peak: #3 for five weeks

02. DF DUB, “Country Girl” (steady, second week)
Album: Country Girl (2003, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. BOOMKAT, “The Wreckoning” (steady, second week)
Album: Boomkatalog.One (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 15, 2009

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Sobering chart stats and more.

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 February 15, 2009…

Debuts:
40. SIMPLY RED, “Go Now”

Biggest Movers:
RYAN STAR, “Last Train Home” (39-30, nine spots)

10. KELLY CLARKSON, “My Life Would Suck Without You” (up 5)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

09. KAISER CHIEFS, “Good Days Bad Days” (up 1)
Album: Off With Their Heads (2008, Universal Motown Records)
Peak: #8

08. TAKE THAT, “Greatest Day” (down 3)
Album: The Circus (2008, Polydor Records – U.K.)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

07. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Circus” (steady, second week)
Album: Circus (2008, Jive Records)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

06. LILY ALLEN, “The Fear” (up 3)
Album: It’s Not Me, It’s You (2009, Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

05. DAVID COOK, “Light On” (down 1)
Album: David Cook (2008, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

04. PINK, “Sober” (up 2)
Album: Funhouse (2008, LaFace Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. THE FRAY, “You Found Me” (steady, second week)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. NICKELBACK, “Gotta Be Somebody” (down 1)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Love Story” (up 1)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 11, 2007

All about that chart "Life".

All about that chart “Life”.

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 ten years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of February 11, 2007…

Debuts:
39. SCISSOR SISTERS, “She’s My Man”
38. ROBIN THICKE, “Lost Without You”
37. TAYLOR HICKS, “Just To Feel That Way”
35. TAKE THAT, “Shine”

Biggest Movers:
ROB THOMAS, “Little Wonders” (32-23, nine spots)

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

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

08. DAUGHTRY, “It’s Not Over” (up 3)
Album: Daughtry (2006, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for six weeks

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

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

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

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

03. BLUE OCTOBER, “Into The Ocean” (up 3)
Album: Foiled (2006, Universal Motown Records)
Peak: #3

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

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

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 2, 2014

A Perri good flashback.

A Perri good flashback.

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 three years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of February 2, 2014…

Debuts:
40. ROYAL WOOD, “Forever And Ever”
39. ERIC HUTCHINSON, “Tell The World”

Biggest Movers:
ONE DIRECTION, “Midnight Memories” (40-33)
THE 1975, “Settle Down” (37-30)
FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Coming Of Age” (28-21)
NEON TREES, “Sleeping With A Friend” (18-11, seven spots)

10. TAYLOR HENDERSON, “Borrow My Heart” (up 1)
Album: Taylor Henderson (2013, Sony Music Australia)
Peak: #10

09. GARY BARLOW, “Let Me Go” (down 2)
Album: Since I Saw You Last (2013, Polydor Records U.K.)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

08. BOY & BEAR, “Southern Sun” (up 1)
Album: Harlequin Dream (2013, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #8 for three weeks

07. ONE DIRECTION, “Story Of My Life” (down 1)
Album: Midnight Memories (2013, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

06. GROUPLOVE, “Shark Attack” (up 2)
Album: Spreading Rumours (2013, Canvasback/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. MAGIC!, “Rude” (steady, second week)
Album: Don’t Kill The Magic (2014, Latium/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

04. THE FRAY, “Love Don’t Die” (down 1)
Album: Helios (2014, Epic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

03. BASTILLE, “Of The Night” (down 1)
Album: All This Bad Blood (2013, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “The Walker” (up 2)
Album: More Than Just A Dream (2013, Elektra Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. CHRISTINA PERRI, “Human” (steady, third week)
Album: Head Or Heart (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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FLASHBACK: Groundhog Gems And Shadowy Songs

Divas gone dark.

Dark ditties for the day.

Happy Groundhog Day! Yes, February 2 is here, a day when our favorite furry pal, Punxsutawney Phil, lets us have the answer to a burning question: are we due for an early spring or six more weeks of winter? It’s a very important one. Of course, that depends on whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not. If Punxsutawney Phil does indeed view his shadow, winter’s sticking around for six more weeks. If he doesn’t see his shadow, put away those heavy sweaters and long pants, because spring is coming sooner than you think. Well, relatively soon. For the record, he didn’t see his shadow last year, and I’m hopeful that the trend continues this year.

So, before the groundhog and his family come out of their home before a crowd of people, we thought it was only right to rewind a little bit and check out the top “shadow” titles from the archives of the pop radio chart. We’ve had six shady songs reach the top 40 during the last four decades, with half of them making the top ten. Not bad. Do you remember them all? Take a listen below:

(All chart data is taken from the CHR/Pop listing published by trade magazine Radio & Records, except for Linkin Park, which is taken from Mediabase 24/7.)

NEIL SEDAKA – “Love In The Shadows”
Album: Steppin’ Out
Label: Rocket/MCA
CHR/Top 40 peak and date: #18, May 12, 1976

ANDY GIBB – “Shadow Dancing”
Album: Shadow Dancing
Label: RSO
CHR/Top 40 peak and date: #1 for four weeks, May 26 – June 16, 1978

ANNE MURRAY – “Shadows In The Moonlight”
Album: New Kind Of Feeling
Label: Capitol
CHR/Top 40 peak and date: #22 for two weeks, July 6 – 13, 1979

PAT BENATAR – “Shadows Of The Night”
Album: Get Nervous
Label: Chrysalis
CHR/Top 40 peak and date: #8, December 10, 1982

ASHLEE SIMPSON – “Shadow”
Album: Autobiography
Label: Geffen
CHR/Top 40 peak and date: #15 for two weeks, October 22 – 29, 2004

LINKIN PARK – “Shadow Of The Day”
Album: Minutes To Midnight
Label: Warner Bros.
CHR/Top 40 peak and date: #10 for three weeks, February 24 – March 9, 2008

Make sure you wake up early to catch all the action down in Punxsutawney, PA! We’re hoping for some early spring vibes as well…

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Kings Of The Hill: Touring The Top 40 Terrain

Chill with the Hills.

Chill with the Hills.

After some massive gains all week long at the CHR/Top 40 format, the Philadelphia duo Marian Hill, consisting of Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol, soars into the top 40 with the song “Down”. You’ve probably heard it in the latest Apple commercial. When the spot first began to air, the track shot into the top five on iTunes, and it continues to sit in the top ten as of the published time. I think it’ll stick around, even if it was initially released nearly a year ago. (Don’t we all just to want to dance on walls and cars while a song like that plays?)

As the latest Hill act collects their first top 40 single, let’s take a look back at some of the other musical mounds to reach the king of the hill, a dune full of ditties that we call the pop chart:

(All chart data is taken from the CHR/Pop listing published by trade magazine Radio & Records, which ran from 1973 to 2009.)

DAN HILL
Toronto’s Hill was on Canada’s national charts by the mid-70’s, but it wasn’t until 1977 that “Sometimes When We Touch” touched U.S. radio, reaching #2 on the CHR list in February 1978. By September 1987, he returned to the top ten with a surprise hit: “Can’t We Try”, a #8 duet with Vonda Shepard. “Never Thought (That I Could Love)” (#36, February 1988) marked his last chart song.

FAITH HILL
She made her debut on the Country chart in 1993 with “Wild One”, but it wasn’t until 1998 that she crossed to the CHR survey with a catchy track called “This Kiss”. It peaked at #12 in October 1998. In April 2000, she achieved her only top ten single at the format with “Breathe”, a #8 hit. “The Way You Love Me” (#19, January 2001) and “There You’ll Be” (#22, June 2001) also had good runs.

JORDAN HILL
This Hill was 17 when her first (and only) top 40 hit, “Remember Me This Way”, was featured on the soundtrack to Casper. Well, a friendly ghost couldn’t quite help her get a friendly reaction at CHR radio, and the song stalled at #36 in July 1995. A second entry, “For The Love Of You”, did even worse, topping out at #48 nearly a year later. She would find some larger success on the AC chart.

LAURYN HILL
After rising to #1 in June 1996 with “Killing Me Softly”, as a part of the Fugees, Hill reached the top 50 two times on her own. Just as her cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” peaked at #46 in September 1998, single “Doo Wop (That Thing)” entered and began a slow climb to #29 by January 1999. The two singles were featured on her chart-topping album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.

Of course, you can always count on some “Hill” hits to extend your Top 40 excursion: “The Fool On The Hill”, “The Hills”, etc., but I’m sure these Hill acts are more than enough to get you started.

So, where will Marian Hill‘s “Down” peak at the format? Only time will tell. However, I’ll be telling you all over our social feeds…

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