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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 11, 2017

The Rainbow leads to #1.

The music world is looking very colorful this week, as a pop performer shows strength with her powerful new album. Grab that, and the other titles below, because here are the albums and singles you need to know this Friday:

KESHA – Rainbow (iTunes)
Kesha’s highly-anticipated comeback album will come in at #1 on next week’s Billboard 200 list, assuming there are no surprise releases along the way. The set features “Praying”, a multi-format radio hit that also ranks in the top ten at iTunes. A number of cuts from the album, including “Learn To Let Go” and “Woman”, saw notable sales and streaming action as instant grats.

More albums out this week: Hinder‘s The Reign (iTunes), Lindsay Ell‘s The Project (iTunes), NEEDTOBREATHE‘s H A R D L O V E (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Will Hoge‘s Anchors (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Avicii‘s AVĪCI (01) (iTunes), Bebe Rexha‘s All Your Fault – Pt. 2 (iTunes), Becky Hill‘s Eko (iTunes), Billie Eilish‘s dont smile at me (iTunes), R.LUM.R‘s AFTERIMAGE (iTunes), The Score‘s Stripped (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“2U (FRNDS Remix)”, David Guetta featuring Justin Bieber (iTunes)
“Alone”, Cyrus (iTunes)
“Angel”, Fifth Harmony (iTunes)
“As You Are (Live at State Of The Ark Studios)”, Rag’n’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Be Your Man”, Rhys Lewis (iTunes)
“Casual”, Alex Adair (iTunes)
“Ego”, Ella Eyre featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Even If It Hurts”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Eyes On The Highway”, Robbie Williams (iTunes)
“For What It’s Worth”, Liam Gallagher (iTunes)
“Good Thing”, Tritonal featuring Laurell (iTunes)
“Hurtin’ Me”, Stefflon Don featuring French Montana (iTunes)
“Jungle”, Loreen x Elliphant (iTunes)
“Limousine”, Secret Weapons (iTunes)
“Little Of Your Love (BloodPop Remix)”, HAIM (iTunes)
“Miles”, Phillip Phillips (iTunes)
“Nasty (Who Dat)”, A$AP Ferg featuring Migos (iTunes)
“Nervous”, Matt Woods (iTunes)
“Nobody Has To Know”, Timeflies (iTunes)
“No People”, Brandon Beal (iTunes)
“No Promises (Stripped)”, Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Obsession (25/7)”, Vice featuring Jon Bellion & KYLE (iTunes)
“Real Deal”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Savage”, Lights (iTunes)
“Shape Of You (Yxng Bane Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Sick Of Being Told”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Silence”, Marshmello featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“Something Right”, Andreas Moe (iTunes)
“Sorry Not Sorry (Freedo Remix)”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Space”, Prince Fox featuring Quinn XCII (iTunes)
“Stay”, Elliot Root (iTunes)
“Summer Days (Acoustic Guitar)”, Milow (iTunes)
“Summer Of Love”, NOTD featuring Dagny (iTunes)
“Touch Me (Acoustic)”, Starley (iTunes)
“Unapologetically”, Kelsea Ballerini (iTunes)
“Up The Creek”, Tori Amos (iTunes)
“Waking Up Slow”, Gabrielle Aplin (iTunes)
“What About Us”, P!nk (iTunes)
“What We’re Looking For”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Why Did You Lie?”, Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Wicked (Loote Mix)”, Mansionz (iTunes)
“You”, Morgan Saint (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from A$AP Ferg and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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Shot In The Chart: “Arrows” With A Top 40 Target

Pointed pop power.

Some pointed pop power.

You may be hearing a lot of “Broken Arrows” on your radio this spring and summer. It is a new collaboration from Avicii and Zac Brown, with the latter performer being uncredited. It goes for adds today at the CHR/Pop format. Brown’s never had a profile at CHR radio, though his band did find some minor crossover airplay on the Hot AC chart several years ago. Meanwhile, the Swedish producer continues on a cold streak, last making the top 40 as a main-credited artist nearly two years ago. (A series of singles were pulled or under-performed in the meantime.) The odd pairing may not have created the next “Justified And Ancient”, but it will be interesting to see what happens with it.

The musical “arrow” doesn’t really point itself towards pop potential anymore. In fact, there have only been five titles in pop radio and Hot 100 history to include the word in them. Hey, even Cupid gets hit by the recession once in a while. So, watch out while the latest one launches, but keep these musical missiles in mind:

HOT 100

“Little Arrows”, Leapy Lee (#16, 1968)
Lee’s only charting hit on the Hot 100 nearly made the top ten on the Country chart. Two of his later singles also hit that survey. A limited amount of overseas success followed that hit through the 70’s, but the Gold-certified release remains his best-known song.

“Me And My Arrow”, Nilsson (#34, 1971)
After a reissue of “Everybody’s Talkin'” made the top ten, thanks to the movie Midnight Cowboy, the New York singer struggled a little to find his next big hit. This was another minor entry along the way, but his epic ballad “Without You” was just months away.

RADIO & RECORDS (CHR/Pop)

“Arrow Through Me”, Wings (#17, 1979)
This “Arrow” was the final chart hit in the U.S. for Paul McCartney’s successful band, as he would be credited as a solo act with his next single, the chart-topping “Coming Up”. Parent album Back To The Egg got as high as #6, their lowest-charting set since 1971.

“Poison Arrow”, ABC (#17, 1983)
The English band’s second top 40 hit in the U.S., which peaked in the spring of 1983, became their first top ten in the U.K. about a year earlier. At the time, the band was playing as a quartet. Currently, lead vocalist Martin Fry is the only member using the name.

“Broken Arrow”, Rod Stewart (#9, 1991)
Though it’s largely forgotten about in 2016, this legendary singer’s hit helped his Vagabond Heart set to become a Platinum seller in the States. 1991 marked Stewart’s first year with three top ten hits at CHR radio (“Rhythm Of My Heart”, “The Motown Song”.)

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (March 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 March in this month’s Radio Report:

The 1975
THE 1975 – “The Sound” (March 1) (Alternative)
Label: Dirty Hit/Interscope
Their album is titled I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. Try to say that five times fast. The new set is looking like it’ll debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, which is great to hear. Previous single “Love Me” cracked the top 20 on the format, their biggest U.S. hit so far, but they still deserve more. With a notable debut week ahead, their “Sound” is loud and clear.

Tryon
TRYON – “Somebody To Love Me” (March 1) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Noiseblock/Alert/Lakeside
Already making its way up my chart (#32 on the latest update) is the first radio single from this Nashville duo. Brothers Justin and Stephen Kirk are already getting some airplay at Hits 1 and Radio Disney ahead of the song’s impact date, and look to pick up a few more believers as their radio tour continues. “Somebody” was written by the two Kirks and Canadian songwriter Karen Kosowski.

Jordan Smith
JORDAN SMITH – “Stand In The Light” (March 7) (Hot AC)
Label: Republic
Smith is the latest winner of The Voice, which doesn’t exactly have a great track record at this format. Only one winner has ever hit the top 50 (Javier Colon), and one additional finalist (Vicci Martinez) had a top 20 single that’s largely forgotten about today. So, I don’t think we should be getting our hopes up about this one. That being said, it’s a pretty number that should get a few adds here.

Mayer Hawthorne
MAYER HAWTHORNE – “Love Like That” (March 7) (Triple A)
Label: Vagrant
The diverse musical palette that is Hawthorne’s discography has shined for years now. It was Where Does This Door Go in 2013, a super album that was definitely overlooked, that gave him a breakthrough era on my chart. Now, his Man About Town album, out on April 8, is ready to capture my attention. I’m looking forward to it. “Love” was the highest debut on my chart this past weekend.

Avicii / Zac Brown
AVICII (featuring ZAC BROWN) – “Broken Arrows” (March 8) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Island/Republic
It’s an unusual musical pairing, to say the least, but the two men actually work well together. Unfortunately, “Broken” is headed to radio at a time when the Swedish producer’s star has faded a bit. His last top ten hit at the format was nearly two years ago, and an ongoing chain of pulled singles and flat-out flops is not a good look for the artist nor his label. Can this single save the era? Maybe.

That Poppy
THAT POPPY – “Lowlife” (March 8) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Island/Republic
This new act grew up in Nashville and began her musical career several years ago under a slightly different name, but after signing her record deal, That changed. Still, her poppy music sounds great, and it’s attracted pop stations in Chattanooga and Nashville to add her song before it officially impacts in a week. (It’s been pushed back several times now.) Her recent EP release is Bubblebath.

Barns Courtney
BARNS COURTNEY – “Fire” (March 14) (Triple A)
Label: Capitol
This London-based newcomer had an exciting 2015, and it could be an even bigger 2016. His first single in the U.S. was featured in the film Burnt last year. “Fire” is now over 250,000 streams on Spotify. It also debuted last weekend on my own survey. Courtney was just on tour in England and Scotland in February and is scheduled to play some music festivals during the spring and summer.

Birdy
BIRDY – “Keeping Your Head Up” (March 14) (Hot AC)
Label: Atlantic
This English performer has chalked up plenty of followers and praise in her native U.K., but in the U.S., we’ve yet to fully embrace the 19-year-old. Two radio pushes for her cover of “Skinny Love” came up with skinny results, though it did earn a Platinum single certification last summer. “Keeping” is one of 14 tunes included on her upcoming Beautiful Lies album, which is due out March 25.

The Rubens
THE RUBENS – “Hoops” (March 14 / 15) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Warner Bros.
Many Australian groups have tried to break the U.S. in the past few years, and the latest band carries a lot of buzz with them. They recently topped the annual Hottest 100 countdown on radio station Triple J, and their album, also titled Hoops, reached a peak of #2 on the ARIA chart, one notch higher than their previous effort. The U.S. may not know them now, but watch out for this single.

Melanie Martinez
MELANIE MARTINEZ – “Pity Party” (March 22) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Atlantic
Martinez’s debut album Cry Baby was released last August to a top ten debut on the Billboard 200, but there’s been a notable lack of radio support since then. “Dollhouse” (the title cut from a prior EP) hit #49 on the Hot AC chart a year ago, and the original run for “Pity” at pop radio, scheduled for September of last year, was cancelled. We’ll see if the party gets going in the next few weeks.

Oh Wonder
OH WONDER – “Lose It” (March 22 / 28) (Alternative / Triple A)
Label: Republic
Those Hype Machine wonders are finally heading to radio with one of the cuts that topped the music blog aggregator’s main list. It was the sixth single to be released in their monthly song project, and has over nine million streams on Spotify. Though a self-titled debut album based on their project was fairly unsuccessful last year, perhaps this push will drive some new sales in their direction.

We The Kings
WE THE KINGS – “The Story Of Tonight” (March 22) (CHR/Pop)
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
This group from Florida is back on the scene and looking to score their first top 40 single in just over four years. Of their five prior chart singles, “We’ll Be A Dream” was the biggest, reaching a peak of #21 in 2010. Extremely slow chart runs have always hindered the quintet’s potential at CHR radio. Their last entry, “Say You Like Me”, took 21 (!) weeks of crawling up the top 50 to get to #32.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 2, 2015

Don't sleeep on this one.

Don’t sleeep on this one.

This week’s New Music Friday leads our rhythm nation into one of the cool comeback stories of the year, with a handful of other new sets trying to take control from Miss Jackson (if they’re nasty.) Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • JANET JACKSON — Unbreakable (iTunes)
    • It’s been all work and “No Sleeep” for the legendary performer as she continues her World Tour through the end of November before a break until the start of the year. Meanwhile, her first studio album in seven years is in stores. It features the aforementioned “Sleeep”, a #1 on the Urban AC chart, while second single “BURNITUP!” (with Missy Elliott) was recently serviced to radio. Look for it to be one of next week’s top debuts.
  • TAMAR BRAXTON — Calling All Lovers (iTunes)
    • With her role on the daytime talk show The Real and her new single gaining at radio called “Catfish”, Braxton has a good presence in the media today. Back in 2013, her Love And War album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, and though her opening frame may not be as large this time, she could potentially find herself in the top five again.
  • AVICII — Stories (iTunes)
    • It’s been a rough time for this DJ/producer at radio here over the past year or so, with two singles pulled at the last minute, another single that stalled beneath the top 40 and a current one (“For A Better Day”) that’s doing very little outside of overnight spins. Perhaps his latest studio album will perform slightly better.
  • SEVENDUST — Kill The Flaw (iTunes)
    • This Atlanta group has been on the rock scene since the mid-90’s, and their latest effort is their first studio set since the spring of 2013. Single “Thank You” is in the top 20 on the Active Rock chart. Since 2003, they’ve had a string of top 20 debuts (six studio albums in a row.) Will this be the seventh to do so?
  • More albums out this week: Clutch‘s Psychic Warfare (iTunes), Collective Soul‘s See What You Started By Continuing (iTunes), Dave East‘s Hate Me Now (iTunes), Eagles Of Death Metal‘s Zipper Down (iTunes), Falls‘s Omaha (iTunes), For Today‘s Wake (iTunes), Joe Bonamassa‘s Live At Radio City Music Hall (iTunes), Matt Nathanson‘s Show Me Your Fangs (iTunes), Paul McCartney‘s reissues of Pipes Of Peace (iTunes) and Tug Of War (iTunes), Queensryche‘s Condition Human (iTunes), Rudimental‘s We The Generation (iTunes), The Winery Dogs‘s Hot Streak (iTunes), Trivium‘s Silence In The Snow (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week:

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

  • “Carter & Cash”, Tor Miller (iTunes)
  • “Me & The Rhythm”, Selena Gomez (iTunes)
  • “Player”, Tinashe (iTunes)
  • “Something To Believe In”, A Silent Film (iTunes)
  • “Testarossa Music”, ZHU (iTunes)
  • “Victorious”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
  • “Wake Up”, The Vamps (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from R. City, Selena Gomez, The Game and more. See you then!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (September 2015) (Part One)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in September on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Avicii
AVICII – “For A Better Day” (September 8) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
This Swedish DJ/producer’s Stories album will finally be available on October 2, but with two singles pulled here (“The Days” and “Waiting For Love”) and another that didn’t perform well (“The Nights”) at the format, this era’s true potential outside of streams and some sales has yet to be seen. Perhaps this song, with an uncredited vocal by singer Alex Ebert, will find some positive results.

Andy Grammer
ANDY GRAMMER – “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)” (September 15) (* + **)
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
2015 has been as sweet as “Honey” for singer/songwriter Grammer thanks to his hit single about fidelity, a song that also saved an album era (Magazines Or Novels) that was off to a rocky start. Now, this bouncy tune heads to radio from the reissue of that set. I prefer that “Forever” or “Red Eye” from the original album get some airtime, but I am not in control here. Is it a “Good” decision?

Maroon 5
MAROON 5 – “Feelings” (September 15) (* + **)
Label: Interscope
“This Summer’s Gonna Hurt…” came and went pretty quickly, and that hurt on the way down stung real hard. In fact, for a top ten single to only spend 11 weeks in the top 40 nowadays is downright disastrous. Luckily, the group is moving onto this single from V, which has done modestly well in streaming. Sure, I might shed a tear for “It Was Always You” being shafted again, but this is solid.

David Cook
DAVID COOK – “Criminals” (September 22) (**)
Label: Analog Heart/INgrooves
The final season of American Idol begins in January, and this guy took home the title back in 2008. Cook last appeared on the Hot AC chart in early 2012 when “Fade Into Me”, his fifth top 40 single at the format, stalled in the 30’s, essentially marking the end of the This Loud Morning era (and his time signed to RCA Records.) It may not be big, but even a small group of outlets should help.

Ellie Goulding
ELLIE GOULDING – “On My Mind” (September 22) (*)
Label: Interscope
Goulding has a pair of releases going to CHR radio this month, with this and her feature on Major Lazer‘s “Powerful” competing for airplay at the format. (The latter song has the edge at the moment, but that can soon change.) In a recent magazine profile, the single was described as an “upbeat pop banger” and a “guitar led, Swiftian tale”. Sounds promising to me. Watch out for its debut.

Marc Scibilia
MARC SCIBILIA – “How Bad We Need Each Other” (September 22) (**)
Label: I.R.S. Nashville/Capitol
Raised in New York state and now based in Nashville, Scibilia’s rise to his first radio single was several years in the making. In fact, this song was first released in 2012 on a self-titled EP and scored several syncs along the way. Now, three years later, the song will be exposed to an even greater audience thanks to it being reissued up by a major label. We’ll see how urgent that “Need” becomes.

Years & Years
YEARS & YEARS – “Desire” (September 29) (*)
Label: Interscope
Earlier this year, it was really sad to see this trio’s single “King” stall out so low on the pop radio survey because of its huge success in the United Kingdom. However, it looks like their U.S. label is giving them a second chance to hit the airwaves with this song. It’s already gone top 40 in a few countries overseas and, hopefully, it can also make a nice dent here. It’s all we can desire at this point.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (July 2015) (Part One)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in July on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Demi Lovato
DEMI LOVATO – “Cool For The Summer” (July 7) (*)
Label: Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood
We have a number of singers on the chart at the moment that are (or were) associated with the Walt Disney family, as Lovato has a partnership with both her longtime label and a new home that was set by her manager, Phil McIntyre. “Cool” is a slick single for the season that was co-written and produced by Max Martin. Fun and fresh, it’s bound to be a big hit in her catalog. Soak it all up.

Afrojack
AFROJACK featuring MIKE TAYLOR – “SummerThing!” (July 14) (*)
Label: Def Jam
Dutch DJ/producer Nick van de Wall stands a very tall 6′ 10″, and his last main-credited single to reach this particular chart, “Ten Feet Tall”, propelled him to new heights when it peaked at #19 last year. Now, he’s throwing his hat into the ring with a “summer” title that could face some competition from Lovato’s new song. However, he and newcomer Taylor are ready for some radio rays.

Alessia Cara
ALESSIA CARA – “Here” (July 14) (*)
Label: Def Jam/EP Entertainment
Newcomer Cara, born and raised in the Toronto area, is poised to see some huge numbers later this year as her single develops at radio across several formats. (It is also building at Rhythmic and Urban radio at the moment.) Spotify has been one of the driving forces behind its success, having accumulated millions of streams before ever being serviced. She and her song are “Here” to stay.

Avicii
AVICII (uncredited vocal by SIMON ALDRED) – “Waiting For Love” (July 14) (*)
Label: PRMD/Island/Republic
Late last year, the Swedish DJ/producer released an EP called The Days / Nights, which featured two cuts that were either pulled (“The Days”) or tanked (“The Nights”) when released to radio despite positive streaming numbers. The latest attempt to launch a new album titled Stories is this single, already a #1 in Austria, Norway and his native Sweden. Let’s hope U.S. radio remembers it.

Little Mix
LITTLE MIX – “Black Magic” (July 14) (*)
Label: Syco/Columbia
The former The X Factor winners from the U.K. have been very successful across the pond and on the Billboard 200, where their two studio albums thus far have both debuted in the top ten, but the quartet has yet to receive a big pop radio hit here. “Wings” is still their highest charting cut, peaking at #24 on the format in 2013. Still, this pop potion may cast a spell on more programmers.

Travie McCcoy
TRAVIE MCCOY featuring SIA – “Golden” (July 14) (*)
Label: Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic
After McCoy’s “Rough Water” swam up to #20 in late 2013, things have been, well, rough for the performer at pop radio. After a second single failed to chart, two of his features stalled in the 40’s earlier this year. Luckily, things are shining brighter for the 33-year-old now that he’s teamed up with the red hot Australian singer/songwriter. It could be a fall favorite for fans and radio alike.

Icona Pop
ICONA POP – “Emergency” (July 21) (*)
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic
It felt like you couldn’t escape this duo’s “I Love It” in the spring and summer of 2013 as it slowly climbed up to a peak of #2 at the format. Though the two have managed a pair of charting singles since then, nothing’s come close to the love for “Love”. The latest single from them could ring the musical alarm, a solid dance sound sprinkled with an uncredited vocal from the great Erik Hassle.

Tove Lo
TOVE LO – “Timebomb” (July 28) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
The Queen of the Clouds has ruled over CHR radio since last year with the #1 “Habits (Stay High)” and a recent top five follow-up in “Talking Body”. Now, I suppose we’ll be talking about this third single, which has fans divided based on the reaction thus far. It may not be the most popular pick, but the tune will likely gain for some time given her momentum. Will it stay ticking or explode?

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #05 – Coldplay, “A Sky Full Of Stars”

The cream of the pop!

The cream of the pop for 2014.

Another year is in the books and it’s time for the annual listing of the 100 biggest songs that ranked among my weekly top 40 chart from December 2013 to November 2014. It was magical year full of MAGIC! and “Magic” and a lovely twelve months of lovable hits from James Blunt and The Fray. We went “home” with A Great Big World and Andy Grammer, spun around in a “dance” with Milky Chance and Walk The Moon and ended up here with all that was awesome in the year we called 2014.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 30, 2014. Those entries marked with a plus sign (+) had not yet reached their peak position as of the date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

Keep reaching for the "Stars".

Keep reaching for the “Stars”.

005. COLDPLAY, “A Sky Full Of Stars” (733 points)
Writers: Tim Bergling, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin / Producers: Bergling, Berryman, Buckland, Champion, Martin, Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, Rik Simpson
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic

Debut Date: May 4, 2014
Peak Date: July 6 to 27, 2014
Peak: #1 for four weeks
Weeks on Chart: 28

If you were expecting this band’s Ghost Stories album to be a cheery and energetic effort, then I’m afraid you may have been disappointed when hearing it in full. Written and recorded in the middle of a conscious uncoupling between lead singer Chris Martin and wife Gwyneth Paltrow, the songs are largely reflective of that mood, both experimental and particularly stripped back in arrangement. Yet, there was a spark in one track, and with the work of one of dance music’s top producers, positivity pulled through and launched their sound into the stratosphere.

After “Magic” quickly rose to #1 for three weeks before collapsing, “Sky” took slightly more time to reach the top and held it there for four weeks in July, giving the quartet their longest running #1 since 2011’s “Paradise”, which also spent four frames in the position. In many territories, it was the their biggest hit since the massive “Viva La Vida” in the summer of 2008. Did it irk some fans that the band released a full-on EDM track? Of course. However, I was really into it, and the seven months that the song spent in my top 40 is a strong indication of its impact.

2015 could mark the final studio album for the band. Martin revealed that its title is A Head Full Of Dreams, though a release date is not set in stone as of yet. Meanwhile, the four guys are still charting in some countries with “Ink” and a soundtrack cut called “Miracles”, taken from the Angelina Jolie directed film Unbroken. Their presence isn’t going away anytime soon, even if their original material does. (I’m sure that much could change as well. Stay tuned.)

Check back tomorrow for next part of the top ten on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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