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Boys Beyond The Band: Three Pop Players This Summer

If you know and love your boy bands, you’re aware that they’re striking it big around the world. From 5 Seconds Of Summer to One Direction to Rixton and beyond, the dudes are still doing it and making the girls swoon from coast to coast. However, going to radio over the next few weeks are a few singles from soloists shedding that sweet image for a more adult sound. Check ’em all out:

They've got the Drive.

They’ve got the Drive.

HEFFRON DRIVE – “Parallel”
Adds Date: May 6 —- Label: TOLBooth

In 2008, friends Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt, both living around the same area in Burbank, CA, formed this duo and started promoting their music via social media. Soon after, Schmidt was cast as Kendall Knight on the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush, and this project was put on hold until the TV show ended production last year. Now, the performer has a release on his own label, TOLBooth Records, which recently picked up a handful of stations, including one in Las Vegas. Comparable to some of the recent singles out of the folk pop renaissance, including One Direction‘s “Story Of My Life”, “Parallel” lands in familiar territory, but is still a pleasant little ditty. Support from the BTR crowd should help this along.

Free from the Factory.

Free from the Factory.

ASHER MONROE featuring CHRIS BROWN – “Memory”
Adds Date: May 13 —- Label: D Empire

This 25-year-old performer from Virginia has been going at it for some time in the entertainment business, from roles on TV shows like Parenthood and The Mentalist to becoming a member in V Factory, a quintet that dented the CHR top 40 in the spring of 2009 with “Love Struck”. Lately, Monroe’s been seeing some action on the Dance Club Songs survey with two #10 singles in a row: “Here With You” and “Hush Hush”. Neither saw much crossover airplay in the process, so could a collaboration with one of the bad boys of R&B help him out? As far as his streak of Dance hits, the song landed at #5 last week, making it his biggest song to date. With over a million views to date, this could be a “Memory” worth remembering.

Looking to "Shake" things up.

Looking to “Shake” things up.

Adds Date: June 10 —- Label: EightOEight/INgrooves

Last year, you may have been grooving to this guy’s danceable number “Back Together”. It got a ton of attention over on satellite radio and picked up some spins in a few minor markets. However, for the former Dream Street vocalist, going the independent route hasn’t proven to be as popular on the charts as his music with the Mouse. It’s been three and a half years since McCartney last garnered a significant amount of CHR airplay with “Shake”, which cracked the top 20 during November of 2010. What was supposed to be his fourth studio album on Hollywood, Have It All, was shelved after many delays, but eventually leaked. Of all of his post-Disney material, this is the strongest yet. Let’s hope it gets a super boost.

Which of these three acts do you thonk will push their pop prowess onto playlists in the next few months? Let me know! Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #100 to #86 (Post 1 of 11)

Don't "try" to knock her down.

Don’t “try” to knock her down.

From now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be counting down my top 100 songs of the year as I’ve been tabulating over the past few weeks. Every week, I make a top 40 list, and each position gets a certain amount of points, plus, I add in some extra points for weeks at #1, which goes towards their yearly total. The survey period is from December 4, 2011 to November 25, 2012. 177 songs ranked in the top 40 at some point this year, an increase of eleven from last year, which means that the pace picked up a little bit. Ties are broken by (1) peak position, then (2) weeks at peak position, and then (3) number of weeks on chart should it go that far. Everything from the top of the pops is in here: boy bands, bubblegum, country, dance, rock, and all the surprise hits and major under-performers in-between. Of course, I’ll be commenting on them as well, but I’m saving the good stuff until we get towards the top tier of the top 100. Let’s start the countdown!

100. Martin Solveig – The Night Out (138 points) (PEAK: #22)
Second top-40 hit on my chart for this French DJ, the first of which earned him a main credit without him singing a note. That was “Hello”, which featured vocals by Canadian band Dragonette; it peaked at #9 for two weeks last year.

099. Green Day – Oh Love (142 points) (PEAK: #22)
2012 was an eventful one for the band which saw their lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, go to rehab after a tantrum seen around the world at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. This was the band’s only charting single from the era.

098. Big Time Rush – Windows Down (143 points) (PEAK: #21)
Originally recorded as a demo by Ke$ha, this became the boy band’s biggest hit on my survey to date. It samples “Song 2” by Blur.

097. Neon Trees – Lessons In Love (All Day, All Night) (151 points) (PEAK: #18)
This Utah-based band just missed the top 100 with “Everybody Talks” (#101), a song that became their second big mainstream hit. “Lessons” peaked at #17 a week after the 2012 chart year ended. It also shares its main title with a #12 Hot 100 hit for Level 42 back in 1987.

096. Matt Cardle – Amazing (156 points) (PEAK: #21)
Final single from Cardle’s debut album Letters. It was the highest charting release from it.

095. Pink – Try (161 points) (PEAK: #7)
This was #7 at the close of the chart year in November, but has since gone onto make the top 3. Four of her songs have spent time at the top of my top 40. Nelly Furtado also appeared in the top ten with a separate song also called “Try” in 2004.

094. Bridgit Mendler – Ready Or Not (162 points) (PEAK: #21)
Mendler is the latest Disney kid to make my personal chart. This one also became a minor hit on the CHR survey; the first Disney-related act to make it there was quintet The Party, who made the top 20 in early 1992 with “In My Dreams”.

093. Taylor Swift – Eyes Open [from “The Hunger Games”] (162 points) (PEAK: #21)
First of a handful of songs written for motion pictures in the top 100 this year. The rest will be coming in a few posts’ time.

092. Jon McLaughlin featuring Sara Bareilles – Summer Is Over (164 points) (PEAK: #23)
Lowest peaking song in the top 100 of the year; it spent two weeks at #23. It was the third charting hit for McLaughlin and the seventh for Bareilles. It peaked during the Spring, a good enough reason for it to chart so low.

091. Lady Antebellum – We Owned The Night (165 points) (PEAK: #5)
This hit #5 back in November of 2011. The group has one other song in the top 100 of the year.

090. Javier Colon featuring Natasha Bedingfield – As Long As We Got Love (167 points) (PEAK: #20)
Colon made my New & Active between August and October 2003 with his major-label debut single, “Crazy”. (He was just credited as Javier back then.) Bedingfield has one more song to come.

089. Zedd featuring Matthew Koma – Spectrum (168 points) (PEAK: #19)
First charting single for the Russian-born and German-raised DJ and the New York-born singer. Koma’s current girlfriend, Carly Rae Jepsen, will be charting much later on with two entries.

088. David Cook – Fade Into Me (171 points) (PEAK: #15)
Last single for the American Idol winner before he was dropped by RCA Records. Of his five charting singles, this was the lowest ranking in terms of weekly peak.

087. Matt Cardle – It’s Only Love (173 points) (PEAK: #20)
This is Cardle’s highest of two songs on the year-end survey. “Anyone Else”, his current single, should be a safe bet to make the top 100 next year.

086. Jason Mraz – 93 Million Miles (173 points) (PEAK: #10)
This was at #10 at the close of the chart year in November. It has since risen to #7. Mraz has one more song to go in the top 100.

Join me back here tomorrow as I reveal #85 through #71. What’s coming up, you ask? How about a glam fam, pom-poms and shopping carts? Intrigued? Stay tuned…

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