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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 30, 2018

The Lady is a champ (again.)

DEBUTS
39. Stephen Puth – Sexual Vibe

TOP GAINERS
33. Seeb x Bastille – Grip (39)
28. Avril Lavigne – Tell Me It’s Over (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Greg Holden – Something Beautiful (31)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (08) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
09. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (07) | PEAK: #08
07. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Backstreet Boys – Chances (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Maggie Rogers – Light On (04) | PEAK: #03
03. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (1)
2. Jess Glynne – Thursday (4)
3. Sara Bareilles – Armor (2)
4. American Authors featuring Bear Rinehart – Neighborhood (9)
5. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (3)
6. Kian – Waiting (7)
7. Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (6)
8. Alice Merton – Funny Business (8)
9. Elle King – Baby Outlaw (10)
10. half•alive – Still Feel (-)

In The Mix:
Drax Project – Woke Up Late (new)
Sasha Sloan – Older
We Three – Heaven’s Not Too Far (new)

Chart Notes:

  • This will probably be Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper‘s last week atop my chart with their hit “Shallow”, which holds for a fourth week at the summit, losing its bullet in the process. As for a second radio single off the soundtrack to A Star Is Born, there’s no word yet if something will be serviced in the new year. Meanwhile, “Shallow” is still charting at three formats, ranking the highest (#7) on the Hot AC list. Newcomer Stephen Puth bows at #39 with the only debut on the chart this week: “Sexual Vibe”, his first release for a major label. Singer Charlie Puth is his older brother; he’s a writer on my current #8 song, “Love You Anymore” by Michael Bublé.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 23, 2018

The Star of Christmas week.

DEBUTS
39. Seeb x Bastille – Grip
37. Ariana Grande – Imagine | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Avril Lavigne – Tell Me It’s Over (40)
31. Greg Holden – Something Beautiful (37)
24. The Strumbellas – Salvation (32) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan – 1999 (25)
11. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (08) | PEAK: #07
08. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Backstreet Boys – Chances (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Maggie Rogers – Light On (03) | PEAK: #03
03. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week
01. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (4)
2. Sara Bareilles – Armor (2)
3. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (5)
4. Jess Glynne – Thursday (9)
5. Stephen Puth – Sexual Vibe (-)
6. Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (7)
7. Kian – Waiting (-)
8. Alice Merton – Funny Business (-)
9. American Authors featuring Bear Rinehart – Neighborhood (-)
10. Elle King – Baby Outlaw (-)

In The Mix:
James TW – Soldier
Sasha Sloan – Older

Chart Notes:

  • On this week’s survey, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper hold firmly at #1 for the third consecutive week with “Shallow”, while The Strumbellas claim the Biggest Mover with “Salvation”, up eight spots to #24 in its second week on the list. At #37, Ariana Grande has the week’s Highest Debut with “Imagine”, another cut from her forthcoming studio album. The tune hasn’t officially been serviced to any radio format yet, though several stations have it in a more consistent rotation. A new collaboration from Seeb x Bastille also bows in the top 40: “Grip” starts at #39. The latter band is coming off the #1 song “Happier” with Marshmello, still in the top ten, which spent four weeks at the top. Have a lovely Christmas!

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2018: Part One, 100-61

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual Top 100 of the year! According to my tabulations, these titles ranked as the most successful on my personal chart. 2018 may have been a doozy on the political front, but in the musical world, plenty of great singles and performers made their mark on my listening habits this year. “Love” was a constant presence in the top 40 for much of the last twelve months, from “Love So Soft” to “Love Someone” to “Say Love” and many others. We also found a “New” perspective from big titles like “New Light” and “New Rules”. “High Hopes”, “High Horse” and “Hell Or High Water” kept us in the heights of a diverse year for sounds, while “You”, “Me” and everybody in-between got their equal share of pop pronouns. Phew… that was a lot, and there’s much more to come! Who will spread the word and have my #1 song at the end of the countdown?

Well, grab your headphones and let’s get to counting. Check out the first 40 songs on my Top 100 of 2018…

The 2018 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 3, 2017 to the chart dated November 25, 2018. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with the higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks at a song’s peak position and the amount of time charted in the top 40. 171 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, a decrease from the 176 that did so in 2017.

100. BÜLOW, “Two Punks In Love”
Album: (single only)
Label: Wax/Republic
Peak: #19

99. ALEC BENJAMIN, “Let Me Down Slowly”
Album: Narrated For You
Label: Artist Partner Group/Atlantic
Peak: #14+

98. P!NK, “What About Us”
Album: Beautiful Trauma
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for three weeks (2017 Chart Year)

97. OCEAN PARK STANDOFF, “If You Were Mine”
Album: (single only)
Label: Hollywood
Peak: #20

96. SNOW PATROL, “Empress”
Album: Wildness
Label: Republic
Peak: #20

95. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN & FUTURE, “End Game”
Album: Reputation
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Peak: #20

94. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Filthy”
Album: Man Of The Woods
Label: RCA
Peak: #15

93. MAROON 5 featuring SZA, “What Lovers Do”
Album: Red Pill Blues
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #6 (2017 Chart Year)

92. THE DRIVER ERA, “Preacher Man”
Album: (single only)
Label: TOO/Artist Cooperative
Peak: #19

91. THE HEAD AND THE HEART, “Don’t Dream It’s Over”
Album: (single only)
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #12

90. SERENA RYDER, “Ice Age”
Album: Electric Love (EP)
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #19

89. LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER, “Shallow”
Album: A Star Is Born (Soundtrack)
Label: Interscope
Peak: #5+

88. CHRISTINA AGUILERA featuring DEMI LOVATO, “Fall In Line”
Album: Liberation
Label: RCA
Peak: #16

87. SHERYL CROW featuring ANNIE CLARK, “Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You”
Album: (single only)
Label: Independent
Peak: #18

86. ARIANA GRANDE, “Breathin”
Album: Sweetener
Label: Republic
Peak: #18

85. REX ORANGE COUNTY featuring BENNY SINGS, “Loving Is Easy”
Album: (single only)
Label: AWAL
Peak: #17

84. ZEDD & ELLEY DUHÉ, “Happy Now”
Album: (single only)
Label: Interscope
Peak: #16

83. LIAM PAYNE & J BALVIN, “Familiar”
Album: (single only)
Label: Republic
Peak: #18

82. BISHOP BRIGGS, “Dream”
Album: Church Of Scars
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #15

81. ED SHEERAN, “Perfect”
Album: ÷
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #2 (2017 Chart Year)

80. SIGRID, “Sucker Punch”
Album: Sucker Punch
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #8+

79. BRYNN ELLIOTT, “Might Not Like Me”
Album: Time Of Our Lives (EP)
Label: Big Yellow Dog/Atlantic
Peak: #17

78. ANDY GRAMMER, “Smoke Clears”
Album: The Good Parts
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
Peak: #15

77. LUKAS GRAHAM, “Love Someone”
Album: 3 (The Purple Album)
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #14

76. WHY DON’T WE, “Trust Fund Baby”
Album: (single only)
Label: Signature Entertainment/Atlantic
Peak: #14

75. LENNY KRAVITZ, “Low”
Album: Raise Vibration
Label: Roxie/BMG
Peak: #15

74. MAT KEARNEY & RAC, “Memorized”
Album: Mat Kearney
Label: Tomorrow/Caroline
Peak: #12

73. LIAM PAYNE & RITA ORA, “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)”
Album: Fifty Shades Freed (Soundtrack)
Label: Universal Studios-Republic
Peak: #11

72. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Head Above Water”
Album: Head Above Water
Label: BMG
Peak: #2+

71. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor”
Album: (single only)
Label: Republic
Peak: #8

70. SNOW PATROL, “Don’t Give In”
Album: Wildness
Label: Republic
Peak: #14

69. PARAMORE, “Rose-Colored Boy”
Album: After Laughter
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
Peak: #13

68. JAMES ARTHUR, “Naked”
Album: (single only)
Label: Syco/Columbia
Peak: #12

67. BLUE OCTOBER, “I Hope You’re Happy”
Album: I Hope You’re Happy
Label: Up/Down-Brando/RED
Peak: #10

66. ANNE-MARIE, “2002”
Album: Speak Your Mind
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #14

65. KELLY CLARKSON, “Love So Soft”
Album: Meaning Of Life
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Peak: #2 (2017 Chart Year)

64. KT TUNSTALL, “The River”
Album: WAX
Label: Rostrum/INgrooves
Peak: #10

63. JESSE MCCARTNEY, “Better With You”
Album: (single only)
Label: Blue Suit/AWAL
Peak: #14

62. SILK CITY & DUA LIPA, “Electricity”
Album: Dua Lipa (Complete Edition)
Label: Columbia
Peak: #10

61. U2, “Get Out Of Your Own Way”
Album: Songs Of Experience
Label: Interscope
Peak: #13

Stay tuned for more of the Top 100 of 2018 tomorrow…

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 16, 2018

Born to be #1.

DEBUTS
40. Avril Lavigne – Tell Me It’s Over
39. Kesha – Here Comes The Change
37. Greg Holden – Something Beautiful
32. The Strumbellas – Salvation | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
28. P!nk – A Million Dreams (33)
18. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (28) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
15. Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next (21)
(see #7 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (05) | PEAK: #03
08. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (07) | PEAK: #07
07. Backstreet Boys – Chances (15) | PEAK: #07
06. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (10) | PEAK: #06
05. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Maggie Rogers – Light On (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week
01. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Katy Perry – Cozy Little Christmas (1)
2. Sara Bareilles – Armor (3)
3. A Great Big World – Wrap Me Up Under The Christmas Tree (2)
4. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (10)
5. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (4)
6. Seeb x Bastille – Grip (8)
7. Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (7)
8. Ariana Grande – Imagine (-)
9. Jess Glynne – Thursday (9)
10. Ingrid Michaelson featuring Leslie Odom Jr. – All I Want For Christmas Is You (-)

In The Mix:
Alice Merton – Funny Business
Elle King – Baby Outlaw
James TW – Soldier
Sasha Sloan – Older
Stephen Puth – Sexual Vibe (new)
The Monkees – Unwrap You At Christmas

Chart Notes:

  • As Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper hold at #1 on my personal chart for the second week with “Shallow” from the film A Star Is Born, four new tracks land on my chart, a notable difference from last week. Coming in the highest, at #32, is a new one from the Canadian group The Strumbellas. “Salvation” is their third entry on my list; two years ago, “Spirits” reached #2 for three weeks, becoming their biggest hit so far. Landing at #37, songwriter Greg Holden debuts with his first top 40 hit as a singer with “Something Beautiful”. He’s previously written for acts such as A Great Big World and Phillip Phillips. A little further down the list, notable debuts from Kesha (“Here Comes The Change”, #39) and Avril Lavigne (“Tell Me It’s Over”, #40) also grace the chart, the former of which is featured in the film On The Basis Of Sex.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 9, 2018

Reaching for the Star.

DEBUTS
(none)

TOP GAINERS
31. James Arthur & Anne-Marie – Rewrite The Stars (36)
29. Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan – 1999 (38)
28. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
15. Backstreet Boys – Chances (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (06) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
08. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (07) | PEAK: #02
07. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (09) | PEAK: #06
05. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (04) | PEAK: #03
04. Maggie Rogers – Light On (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
01. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Katy Perry – Cozy Little Christmas (1)
2. A Great Big World – Wrap Me Up Under The Christmas Tree (2)
3. Sara Bareilles – Armor (3)
4. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (4)
5. The Strumbellas – Salvation (-)
6. Foster The People – Worst Nites (5)
7. Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (7)
8. Seeb x Bastille – Grip (-)
9. Jess Glynne – Thursday (9)
10. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (-)

In The Mix:
Alice Merton – Funny Business
Elle King – Baby Outlaw
Ingrid Michaelson featuring Leslie Odom Jr. – All I Want For Christmas Is You James TW – Soldier
Jim Brickman featuring Luke McMaster – Raise A Glass (It’s Christmastime!)
Sasha Sloan – Older
The Monkees – Unwrap You At Christmas

Chart Notes:

  • From A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper lead my personal chart this week with “Shallow”, rising 2-1. It marks the first duet from a movie to reach #1 on my chart since 2017’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” from Fifty Shades Darker, a two-week chart-topper for ZAYN and Taylor Swift. For more notable collaborations, one claims the title of my Biggest Mover for the week: “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” by Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus is up from 40-28. Though it’s an empty week for debuts this time around, look for some good action next Sunday. Additionally, watch out for my Top 100 of 2018 real soon: it’s starting up on December 17!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 16, 2018

Show us a chart-topper…

As the competitors begin their quest to claim the greatest consumption total of the week, only one will win the challenge. Who is vying for first place? Take a look below, because these are the notable digital and physical releases out this Friday:

VARIOUS ARTISTS – The Greatest Showman: Reimagined (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
Given how huge the original soundtrack to this film was in the last year, as well as the artists featured on this set, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be seeing this title at #1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Featuring covers by artists like Kelly Clarkson and P!nk, along with many others, the release should have a solid hold on the charts through the holiday season.

MARIAH CAREY – Caution (iTunes)
With a fan-led campaign lifting the 2001 soundtrack to Glitter to #1 on iTunes and “All I Want For Christmas Is You” making its annual spike ahead of the holidays, look for Carey’s latest set to have a solid debut in the coming days. The album features “With You”, a current top ten hit on the AC chart that’s also nearing the region at Urban AC radio.

LITTLE MIX LM5 (iTunes)
After an unexpected label shift in their native U.K., the four-woman group is ready to slay the charts with their new release. That album is led by the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Woman Like Me”, a top five smash in England that hasn’t done nearly as well here. A decent sales week is still likely for the ladies.

MUMFORD & SONS Delta (iTunes)
Now out with their fourth studio album, the British act shines a “Guiding Light” towards #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The lead single from the project is a very strong chart-topper on the Triple A survey, while also entering the top five at Alternative radio.

MICHAEL BUBLÉ ❤️ (iTunes)
Canadian singer Bublé is learning about emojis just like the rest of us; in fact, he’s named his newest album with one of them. Its radio single, “Love You Anymore”, impacts at the AC format in January. (It’s already charting up north.)

Notable albums out this week: Alec Benjamin‘s Narrated For You (iTunes), Allan Rayman‘s Harry Hard-On (iTunes), Fly By Midnight‘s Rerunning (iTunes), Hailey Knox‘s Hardwired (iTunes), Just Loud‘s Just Loud (iTunes), Paloma Faith‘s The Architect (Zeitgeist Edition) (iTunes), Rozzi‘s Bad Together (iTunes), Trent Dabbs‘s Postiano (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Conan Gray‘s Sunset Season (iTunes), FRND‘s Before U I Didn’t Exist (iTunes), Isaac Gracie‘s Close Up – Looking Down (iTunes), Kulick‘s Hydroplane (iTunes), L Devine‘s Peer Pressure (iTunes), Lennon Stella‘s Love, me (iTunes), Leo Kalyan‘s The Edge (iTunes), Lido‘s I O U 2 (iTunes), Marc Scibilia‘s 7th & Christopher (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Baby (Acoustic)”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Beach House”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)
“Believe”, Chez Moi (iTunes)
“Between You & Me”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Black Magic”, Ed Drewett (iTunes)
“Breathe”, CamelPhat x Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke (iTunes)
“Cemetery”, COIN (iTunes)
“Closer To You”, Dan Caplen featuring Sinead Harnett (iTunes)
“Cold In December”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Control”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Count On You”, Paperwhite (iTunes)
“Creatures Of The Night”, AFSHeeN featuring Rebecca Ferguson (iTunes)
“Do It Without You”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Doidoit”, Spazz Cardigan (iTunes)
“Downtown Fool Around”, Smallpools (iTunes)
“Everything Goes (Wow)”, Broods (iTunes)
“For Me, It’s You”, Lo Moon (iTunes)
“Ghost”, Magdalena Bay (iTunes)
“Heaven Knows”, Joe Janiak (iTunes)
“Hurricanes”, Dido (iTunes)
“I’m Yours”, Mashd N Kutcher featuring False Rumours & Alex Holmes (iTunes)
“Jolene (String Version)”, Dolly Parton (iTunes)
“Kick You Out”, Loren Gray (iTunes)
“Last Christmas”, Ally Brooke (iTunes)
“Light Me Up”, Max Styler & The Griswolds (iTunes)
“Limitless”, Jennifer Lopez (iTunes)
“Love Me For The Weekend”, Party Pupils & Ashe (iTunes)
“Moonwalking”, Kwassa (iTunes)
“Movement”, Hozier (iTunes)
“Nervous Breakdown”, Girl Wilde (iTunes)
“No Candle No Light”, ZAYN featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Not Today”, Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Please Don’t Try To Stop Me”, Kirsten Arian (iTunes)
“Poor Boy”, The Regrettes (iTunes)
“Put It All On Me”, Phil Good (iTunes)
“Ready To Break”, Wylder (iTunes)
“Say Amen”, American Authors featuring Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Somebody I’m Not”, Martin Jensen x Bjørnskov (iTunes)
“Speechless”, Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola (iTunes)
“Spiritual Man”, LANKS (iTunes)
“Stay”, Le Youth featuring Karen Harding (iTunes)
“Trouble”, Parov Stelar featuring Nikki Williams (iTunes)
“Waves”, Normani x 6LACK (iTunes)
“What Are We Waiting For”, Fergus James (iTunes)
“Who’s Left Behind”, Ryan Egan (iTunes)
“Wintertime”, Norah Jones (iTunes)
“Won’t”, Darci (iTunes)
“Would I”, Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“Wrap Me Up Under The Christmas Tree”, A Great Big World (iTunes)
“You Decided”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“You Make My Dreams”, Tim Halperin (iTunes)
“You Might Be Better”, Anna Mae (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Kanye WestRita Ora and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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