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

"Someone" new at the top.

More “Love” to close out the chart year.

DEBUTS
40. Martin Luke Brown – Shadow & Light
39. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Daya – Words (37)
31. Milky Chance – Cocoon (38)
24. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (29)
19. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (27) | BIGGEST MOVER
(see #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Maroon 5 – Don’t Wanna Know (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (14) | PEAK: #08
07. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Train – Play That Song (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Niall Horan – This Town (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Emeli Sandé – Hurts (02) | PEAK: #02
01. James TW – When You Love Someone (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Tom Chaplin – Quicksand (1)
2. Bobby Bazini – C’est La Vie (4)
3. Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande – Faith (8)
4. Gabrielle Aplin – Miss You (7)
5. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (10)
6. Phantogram – Same Old Blues (9)
7. Jukebox The Ghost – Keys In The Car (Live) (-)
8. Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake – True Colors (-)
9. Lolo – Shine (-)
10. Britney Spears featuring Tinashe – Slumber Party (-)

In The Mix:
Calum Scott – Rhythm Inside (new)
Coldplay – Everglow
DNCE – Truthfully (new)
Jacob Whitesides – Focus
James Hersey – Miss You
MAGIC! – No Regrets
Måns Zelmerlöw – Glorious (new)
Matt Nathanson – Bill Murray (new)
matt pond PA – Whoa
Olly Murs – Grow Up
OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (new)
Passenger – When We Were Young
Ricky Reed – Express Myself
Ryan Corn – The Pressure (new)
Seeb featuring Jacob Banks – What Do You Love

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by a newcomer, Minnesota native Julia Brennan. She’s new at #39 with “Inner Demons”. It’s been a big year for Brennan, who recently signed to Columbia Records after her song was aired (and now, added) on KDWB, the influential CHR/Top 40 station in the Minneapolis area. “Demons” has also been spun during specialty programming on SiriusXM station The Pulse.
  • London singer Martin Luke Brown has his fifth top 40 entry on my chart with “Shadow & Light”, illuminating at #40. His biggest chart hit so far is “Nostalgia”, which reached #7. Though he’s back to independent status, Brown continues to make a lot of great (and meaningful) songs.
  • That’s it for the 2016 Chart Year, and what a year it’s been. Check back for more details on my Top 100 of 2016 soon!

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

"Someone" new at the top.

“Someone” is still at the top.

DEBUTS
40. Sheppard – We Belong
38. Milky Chance – Cocoon
27. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go (39)
29. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (31)
24. Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors & Elle King – Not Easy (30)
16. LP – Lost On You (21)
14. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (19)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Jordan Fisher – Lookin’ Like That (11) | PEAK: #10
09. OneRepublic – Kids (04) | PEAK: #03
08. Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Train – Play That Song (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Niall Horan – This Town (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Emeli Sandé – Hurts (02) | PEAK: #02
01. James TW – When You Love Someone (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Tom Chaplin – Quicksand (8)
2. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (6)
3. Matt Simons – Lose Control (2)
4. Bobby Bazini – C’est La Vie (1)
5. Martin Luke Brown – Shadow & Light (10)
6. Nathan Sykes – Famous (4)
7. Gabrielle Aplin – Miss You (9)
8. Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande – Faith (-)
9. Phantogram – Same Old Blues (-)
10. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (-)

In The Mix:
Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake – True Colors (new)
Britney Spears featuring Tinashe – Slumber Party (new)
Capital Cities – Vowels
Coldplay – Everglow
Jacob Whitesides – Focus
James Hersey – Miss You
Jukebox The Ghost – Keys In The Car (Live) (new)
Lolo – Shine (new)
MAGIC! – No Regrets (new)
matt pond PA – Whoa
Olly Murs – Grow Up
Passenger – When We Were Young
Ricky Reed – Express Myself
Seeb featuring Jacob Banks – What Do You Love

Chart Notes:

  • This week marks a huge return to the countdown for John Mayer, debuting all the way up at #27 with his new single “Love On The Weekend”. His forthcoming album, The Search For Everything, is due next year. Mayer last made my top ten with a single from the album Battle Studies, “Half Of My Heart”, which reached #3. Judging by his high entry this week, I think he’s due for a place in the top ten sometime next month.
  • The German act Milky Chance says “Guten tag” to the top 40 for the third time with “Cocoon”, new at #38. Their latest hit also jumps into the top 40 at Alternative radio this week. Will it reach the heights of their international hit “Stolen Dance” in the new year? Stay tuned!
  • Finally, at #40, is the fifth entry to reach my chart for Sheppard, the four-man, two-woman band from Brisbane, Australia. They’re in with “We Belong”, and no, it’s not a hot Pat Benatar remake. However, it is a great original song, so check it out.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 13, 2016

"Someone" new at the top.

“Love” is still in the air.

DEBUTS
40. Daya – Words
39. James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
37. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (36)
30. Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors & Elle King – Not Easy (37)
22. Shawn Mendes – Mercy (27)
21. LP – Lost On You (29) | BIGGEST MOVER
(see #10 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (15) | PEAK: #10
09. Saint Motel – Move (05) | PEAK: #05
08. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Train – Play That Song (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. OneRepublic – Kids (04) | PEAK: #03
03. Niall Horan – This Town (07) | PEAK: #03
02. Emeli Sandé – Hurts (02) | PEAK: #02
01. James TW – When You Love Someone (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Bobby Bazini – C’est La Vie (1)
2. Matt Simons – Lose Control (2)
3. Sheppard – We Belong (6)
4. Nathan Sykes – Famous (4)
5. Goo Goo Dolls – Over And Over (3)
6. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (10)
7. Milky Chance – Cocoon (-)
8. Tom Chaplin – Quicksand (-)
9. Gabrielle Aplin – Miss You (-)
10. Martin Luke Brown – Shadow & Light (-)

In The Mix:
Capital Cities – Vowels
Coldplay – Everglow (new)
for KING & COUNTRY – Priceless
Jacob Whitesides – Focus
James Hersey – Miss You
John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (new)
matt pond PA – Whoa
Olly Murs – Grow Up
Passenger – When We Were Young (new)
Phantogram – Same Old Blues (new)
Ricky Reed – Express Myself
Seeb featuring Jacob Banks – What Do You Love
Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande – Faith

Chart Notes:

  • In 2011, Reeve Carney and pals Bono and The Edge (of U2) took “Rise Above 1” to #6 on my chart. It was a song from a musical titled Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Last year, Sara Bareilles‘s “She Used To Be Mine”, featured in the musical Waitress, got as high as #10. Now, another song adapted from a musical makes into the top 40. “It’s Quiet Uptown” is a new entry at #37 this week for Kelly Clarkson, originally from Hamilton: An American Musical and included on The Hamilton Mixtape, due December 2.
  • “Say You Won’t Let Go” has already hit #1 in countries like Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden and the U.K., which means James Arthur is ready for some U.S. chart success. He debuts at #39 on my chart this week. In 2012, he won the ninth season of the U.K. version of The X Factor, and his new album, Back From The Edge, just debuted at #1 there.
  • Finally, at #40, is the third top 40 song from Daya‘s Sit Still, Look Pretty album, which was released last month. “Words” is about to impact at CHR/Top 40 radio this Tuesday. Both The Monkees (#11, 1967) and the Bee Gees (#15, 1968) charted in the top 40 on the Hot 100 with the same title, but all three songs are different.

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

Radio Report - November 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 November in this month’s Radio Report.

CAPTAIN CUTS featuring NATEUR – “Love Like We Used To” (Epic, November 1 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The Los Angeles songwriting/production trio has achieved some success at the format, most notably with “Shut Up And Dance” for Walk The Moon, which reached #2 for three weeks last year. Nateur, writer Nate Cyphert, has not charted here.

JACOB WHITESIDES – “Focus” (Double U/ADA, November 1 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: Why? (2016)
Past CHR History: Tennessee teen Whitesides, who turns 19 later this month, stalled out just below the top 50 here earlier in 2016 with “Lovesick”. Though it likely won’t do much heading into the holidays, the singer has a large group of fans to support the single.

ALEX DA KID featuring X AMBASSADORS & ELLE KING – “Not Easy” (RCA, November 7 / 8 – Triple A / Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past AAA/ALT History: Both featured acts are known at the two formats, the former for hits like “Renegades” and “Unsteady”, and the latter for “Ex’s And Oh’s” and “Under The Influence”. With a strong team, it should be an “Easy” sell for crossover play in 2017.

LP – “Lost On You” (Vagrant/BMG, November 7 – Triple A)
Album: Death Valley (EP) (2016)
Past AAA History: Four years ago, “Into The Wild” achieved some airplay at the format after being featured in a Citibank ad, and it had a brief run in the top 40. However, this release comes to the U.S. with huge chart success across Europe. Don’t let it get “Lost”.

LUKAS GRAHAM – “You’re Not There” (Warner Bros., November 7 / 8 – Hot AC / CHR/Top 40)
Album: Lukas Graham (2016)
Past HAC/CHR History: The Danish band has two U.S. hits to date, the larger of the two being chart-topper “7 Years”, which spent three weeks at #1 on the Hot AC chart and one week on the CHR chart. Their newest single will be “There” in the top 40 quite soon.

STING – “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” (A&M/Interscope, November 7 – Hot AC)
Album: 57th & 9th (2016)
Past HAC History: The 65-year-old musician was last on the chart a decade ago, when he collaborated with Sheryl Crow on “Always On Your Side”. It reached #10. His biggest Hot AC hit is “Desert Rose”, featuring Cheb Mami, which spent ten weeks at #3 in 2000.

CHARLI XCX featuring LIL YACHTY – “After The Afterparty” (Atlantic, November 15 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: It’s been nearly two years since this English singer appeared in the top 40 with “Break The Rules”, which peaked at #23 (and was largely forgotten about after the holiday freeze.) With two #1 songs to her credit, we’ll see how this party plays out.

MIIKE SNOW – “The Heart Of Me” (Downtown/Atlantic, November 15 – Alternative)
Album: iii (2016)
Past ALT History: After a year of tragic and senseless gun violence around the world, a single with a title like “My Trigger” had very little opportunity to become a huge hit at Alternative radio. Still, it made the top 40. Now, the trio hopes to reach the top ten again.

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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