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Record Store Day, Black Friday 2014: What I’m Looking At

Viva la Vinyl.

Back in Black Friday.

Just when you thought it was safe to put away your wallet — no, it’s back. I’m talking about the 2014 edition of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. You’ll remember the regular Record Store Day that happened back in April; I managed to find the majority of items on my list and got to see a lot of people helping the cause. Once again, RSD is getting in on the holiday rush with another set of exclusive cassette, CD, vinyl and other pieces ready to crawl out of the chimney and onto your player of choice. Just remember to get in line early, or you could miss out on some things you are searching for! Here are ten acts and their releases that you may be hunting for on Friday, November 28:

AFRIKA BAMBAATAA & THE SOUL SONIC FORCE – “Planet Rock”
Format: 12″ vinyl single
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Though this 1982 song just squeaked into the top 50 on the Hot 100 in its original run, its impact has been felt in the hip-hop community for decades. It would be cool to have a copy of such a classic record. Oh, by the way, it’s glow in the dark. Sweet.

BLEACHERS – Strange Desire (The Demos)
Format: 12″ vinyl EP
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Strange Desire remains one of my favorite albums of the year thus far, and its two singles have both done well on my top 40 chart. I found a copy of the limited release of “I Wanna Get Better” earlier this year, so I’d love to find this six song EP next.

BON JOVI – Live 2
Format: 12″ vinyl EP
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The first Live EP, another Record Store Day release, featured four live versions of classics like “Keep The Faith” and “Livin’ On A Prayer”. This four song set features another bunch of big songs, including “Bad Medicine” and “I’ll Be There For You”.

ECHOSMITH – “Cool Kids”
Format: 12″ vinyl single
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This former On The Verge sponsored quartet has a top ten smash on both the CHR and Hot AC surveys, and their first single to be issued on vinyl could be yours on the 28th. The 12″ piece includes the radio mix of “Kids” and a new mix done by RAC.

ED SHEERAN – “Thinking Out Loud” / “I’m A Mess”
Format: 7″ single
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“Thinking” is already a hit overseas and it’s likely to achieve the same status over here next year. Much like the previous art during this era, the sleeve is green (though the record itself likely isn’t) and its b-side, found on his album X, is in a live form.

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – 5 Seconds Of Summer
Format: 12″ vinyl LP
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I don’t have any physical product from them… yet. However, that could change on Black Friday. Of course, the tweens can’t get enough of them, especially with a #1 album and two top ten EPs (a third is on the way.) This picture disc could be a start.

RUN DMC – “Christmas In Hollis”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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Back in 1987, you could find this festive rap on the first A Very Special Christmas compilation, which benefitted the Special Olympics. This re-release features the added b-side “Peter Piper” from 1986’s Raising Hell, as well as an “audible postcard”.

VARIOUS ARTISTS – American Hustle (Soundtrack)
Format: 2 x 12″ vinyl LP
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It was partially filmed in my hometown of Worcester, MA in the spring of 2013 and the extended version of this soundtrack is definitely near the top of my list this time around. Bringing back the sounds of decades past, it is worth the hustle to get it.

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1
Format: Cassette
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The film did big numbers at the box office during the summer and the soundtrack from it topped the Billboard 200 chart for two weeks in August. Featuring jams from the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Peter Quill’s musical memories tape is a fun find.

WHAM! – “Last Christmas”
Format: 12″ vinyl single
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I’ve enjoyed a handful of versions of this annual treat, but nothing beats the original, which climbed as high as #2 in the U.K. in 1984. Needless to say, you’ll be hearing it on many stations soon enough. This is specially printed on green and red vinyl.

What else is looking good?
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Recently (EP) (10″ vinyl EP)
DAVID BOWIE – “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)” (10″ vinyl single)
HOZIER – In The Woods Somewhere (EP) (10″ vinyl EP)
IMAGINE DRAGONS – Night Visions (12″ vinyl LP – picture disc)
PHIL SPECTOR/VARIOUS ARTISTS – A Christmas Gift For You (12″ vinyl LP)
THE BEATLES – Long Tall Sally (EP) (7″ vinyl EP)
VARIOUS ARTISTS (FROZEN) – “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” / “In Summer” (7″ vinyl single – picture disc)

For a full list of all the special stuff, it’s all up on Record Store Day’s website. Are you getting pumped for RSD’s Black Friday festivities and is there another release not listed here that you’ve got to have? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter: click the “Get Social!” tab above to find us on there.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 25, 2005

Get the "Feeling".

Get the “Feeling”.

After a little time off, we’re back with another round of way back wonders on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my new top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Let’s take a trip back to sophomore year of high school and revisit the top songs from this week in 2005…

Debuts:
40. ASHLEE SIMPSON, “Boyfriend”
39. JAMES BLUNT, “High”
37. NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “Unwritten”
26. CHARLOTTE CHURCH, “Call My Name”

Biggest Mover:
JAMIE CULLUM, “Get Your Way” (30-19, 11 spots)

10. D.H.T., “Listen To Your Heart” (down 4)
Album: Listen To Your Heart (2005, Robbins Entertainment)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

09. SANTANA featuring MICHELLE BRANCH and THE WRECKERS, “I’m Feeling You” (up 3)
Album: All That I Am (2005, Arista/RMG Records)
Peak: #3

08. RACHEL STEVENS, “I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)” (up 1)
Album: Come And Get It (2005, 19/Polydor Records)
Peak: #6

07. BON JOVI, “Have A Nice Day” (up 1)
Album: Have A Nice Day (2005, Island/IDJMG Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. NICKELBACK, “Photograph” (up 1)
Album: All The Right Reasons (2005, Roadrunner Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

05. KELLY CLARKSON, “Because Of You” (steady, third week)
Album: Breakaway (2004, RCA/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH, “One Love” (steady, third week)
Album: Looking For Lucky (2005, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

03. JOSH KELLEY, “Only You” (steady, third week)
Album: Almost Honest (2005, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #3 for five weeks

02. DANIEL POWTER, “Bad Day” (steady, second week)
Album: Daniel Powter (2005, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks (2005) + #1 for ten weeks (2006)

01. DARREN HAYES, “So Beautiful” (steady, second week)
Album: Truly Madly Completely: The Best of Savage Garden (2005, Sony BMG Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 1)

Touchin', lovin' his chances at a big debut.

Touchin’, lovin’ his chances at a high debut.

The year is halfway done! Hard to believe it’s gone by so fast, but the music keeps on rolling and the summer releases are just heating up. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of July 1:

  • Two years ago, R&B star Trey Songz scored his first #1 album with Chapter V. Now, he returns with his sixth effort, Trigga. There are four active singles from it at the moment: “Foreign” at Rhythm radio, “Na Na” at CHR, “SmartPhones” at Urban and “What’s Best For You” at Urban AC.v That’s a whole lot of songs. Look for it to be the top #1 contender on next week’s chart, but it could mark his lowest first week sales since 2007. (iTunes)
  • In what could be the most desperate release of all-time, and I mean all-time, singer Robin Thicke tries to woo his woman back on new album Paula. Lead single “Get Her Back” is a recent top ten hit on the Urban AC chart. It’s no Blurred Lines, but then again, do we really need that in our lives? The album will probably go top five but have no legs. As for Thicke and Paula Patton’s relationship… can we just not anymore? (iTunes)
  • They aren’t rude, but their hit song is. First a smash in Australia last year and now topping the digital charts in the U.S., MAGIC! is simply making magic with the public, and now Don’t Kill The Magic is in stores this week. In addition to “Rude”, the title track has achieved some minor success. This one is the wild card to watch given how new the band is, but with sale pricing in effect, it could make for a sizable debut. (iTunes)
  • Currently at #2 on the Active Rock list with “Words As Weapons”, South African rockers Seether return with Isolate and Medicate, their first effort for the Concord Music Group. After three consecutive top ten albums on the Billboard 200, this will probably place in the same region, though sales should be off from their last album in 2011. (iTunes)
  • Several older albums see deluxe reissues this week, including the 25th Anniversary edition of Bon Jovi‘s New Jersey (iTunes), the 30th Anniversary edition of Bob Marley & The Wailers‘s Legend (iTunes), as well as Jethro Tull‘s A Passion Play (iTunes) and Pink Floyd‘s The Division Bell. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Colt Ford‘s Thanks For Listening (iTunes), Jenni Rivera‘s 1969 – Siempre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 2 (iTunes), NONONO‘s We Are Only What We Feel (iTunes), Old Crow Medicine Show‘s Remedy (iTunes) and the original soundtrack to Begin Again (iTunes).

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

  • “All About That Bass”, the first single from newcomer Meghan Trainor. (iTunes)
  • “Calm Down”, new from rapper Busta Rhymes and Eminem. (iTunes)
  • “Headphones”, a new single from Matt Nathanson and featuring LOLO. (iTunes)
  • “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday”, this week’s album cut (and remake) from Jason Mraz‘s forthcoming Yes! album. (iTunes)
  • “New Flame”, the latest single from Chris Brown; it features Usher and Rick Ross. (iTunes)
  • “Weekend”, the first song from Alternative newcomers Priory. (iTunes)

Hit maker and singer Sia leads next week’s releases with the album 1,000 Forms Of Fear — how will she do against heavy rockers Judas Priest? A preview is coming in seven!

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 80-61

They're here...

They can’t stop, and they won’t stop…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… no, forget about Christmas, it’s time for another Top 100 of the year based on my personal charts for the 2013 chart year! It’s everything from the year that was, from “Crazy All My Life” to “I Want Crazy” to “Keep Me Crazy”. We had passengers, pits and punks all rank among the top 40 this year, as well as dolls, dragons and more. We travelled to “Pompeii” and “St. Croix”, and now we’re on our way to the “Best Song Ever” on the “Best Day Of My Life”. It could very well be the “Best I Ever Had”. Alright, enough of my yapping, now.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 24, 2013. Those marked with a plus had not yet reached their highest position as of that date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

Now, let’s get back to the countdown and pick it up at #80 with one of Canada’s most successful exports…

Just like that title, they keep comin' around.

080. Barenaked Ladies – “Boomerang” (#14)
Writer: Zac Maloy, Ed Robertson/Producer: Gavin Brown

Related Posts: Single Review (March 21, 2013)

Turn the "Beat" around.

079. Goo Goo Dolls – “Rebel Beat” (#18)
Writers: John Rzeznik, Gregg Wattenberg/Producer: Wattenberg

Related Posts: On The Rebound (January 23, 2013)

History in the making.

078. Bastille – “Laura Palmer” (#13)
Writer: Dan Smith/Producers: Mark Crew, Smith

**First of two songs in the top 100

Andy Grammer

077. Andy Grammer – “Miss Me” (#1 for two weeks, 2012)
Writer: Andy Grammer, Boots Ottestad / Producers: Adam Pallin, S*A*M & Sluggo

Related Posts: Concert Review (December 10, 2012), Interview with Matt Rad (December 4, 2013)

Daughtry

076. Daughtry – “Waiting For Superman” (#9+) [2014 chart year: #6]
Writers: Chris Daughtry, Sam Hollander, Martin Johnson/Producers: Daughtry, Johnson

Related Posts: Single Premiere (September 16, 2013), Album Review of Baptized (November 13, 2013)

Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
075. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – “Lose Yourself To Dance” (#15)
Writers: Daft Punk (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo), Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams/Producers: Daft Punk

Related Posts: Just Got Lucky (July 5, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100 (both acts)

Down with the kids.

074. Tom Odell – “Another Love” (#16)
Writers: Tom Odell / Producers: Dan Grech-Marguerat

Time to "Rock" it.

073. Avril Lavigne – “Here’s To Never Growing Up” (#13)
Writers: David Hodges, Martin Johnson, Jacob Kasher, Chad Kroeger, Avril Lavigne / Producer: Johnson

Related Posts: Single Premiere (April 8, 2013), Growing Pains (April 22, 2013), Album Review of Avril Lavigne (October 26, 2013)

Everybody plays the "Fool".

072. Christina Aguilera featuring Blake Shelton – “Just A Fool” (#13)
Writers: Wayne Hector, Claude Kelly, Steve Robson / Producer: Kelly, Robson

Related Posts: Quick Hits (December 14, 2012)

Lifehouse and Natasha Bedingfield

071. Lifehouse featuring Natasha Bedingfield – “Between The Raindrops” (#7)
Writers: Jude Cole, Jacob Kasher, Jason Wade / Producer: Cole

Don't Walk away from this one.

070. Walk Off The Earth – “Gang Of Rhythm” (#10)
Writers: Sarah Blackwood, Ryan Marshall, Giovanni Nicassio, Thomas Salter / Producers: Blackwood, Nicassio, Salter

**First of two songs in the top 100

Something happened on the way to "Heaven".

069. Bruno Mars – “When I Was Your Man” (#13)
Writers: Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Andrew Wyatt / Producers: The Smeezingtons

**First of two songs in the top 100

Lawson

068. Lawson – “Brokenhearted” (#14)
Writers: Duck Blackwell, Andy Brown, Paddy Dalton, Ki Fitzgerald / Producers: Harry Sommerdahl

**Second of three songs in the top 100

Bon Jovi

067. Bon Jovi – “Because We Can” (#14)
Writers: Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Falcon, Richie Sambora / Producer: Bon Jovi, John Shanks

Related Posts: Single Review (January 7, 2013)

Bust a Move.

066. Gavin DeGraw – “Best I Ever Had” (#13)
Writers: Gavin DeGraw, Martin Johnson / Producer: Johnson

Related Posts: Single Premiere (June 17, 2013), Album Review of Make A Move (October 9, 2013)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

It's all in the Mix.

065. Little Mix – “Wings” (#12)
Writers: Tom Barnes, Iain James, Peter Kelleher, Ben Kohn, Little Mix (Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall) / Producer: TMS

Related Posts: Winging It (March 7, 2013)

"Girl", you know it's true.

064. Hanson – “Get The Girl Back” (#11)
Writers/Producers: Hanson (Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson and Zac Hanson)

Related Posts: Single Review (March 30, 2013)

I think she'll have a chart attack.

I think she’ll have a chart attack.

063. Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack” (#13)
Writers: Mitch Allan, Sean Douglas, Jason Evigan, Demi Lovato, Aaron Phillips, Nikki Williams / Producers: The Suspex

Related Posts: Single Premiere (February 24, 2013)

Simply the "Best".

062. One Direction – “Kiss You” (#9)
Writers: Cagaanan, Carl Falk, Kristoffer Fogelmark, Savan Kotecha, Kristian Lundin, Albin Nedler, Shellback, Rami Yacoub / Producers: Falk, Yacoub

**Second of four songs in the top 100

"Story" time.

061. One Direction – “Best Song Ever” (#10)
Writers: Julian Bunetta, Ed Drewett, Wayne Hector, John Ryan / Producers: Bunetta, Matt Radosevich, Ryan

Related Posts: Single Premiere (July 17, 2013), Album Review of Midnight Memories (November 20, 2013), Interview with Matt Rad (December 4, 2013)
**Third of four songs in the top 100

Check back tomorrow for 60-41 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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Record Store Day 2013: What I’m Looking At

Viva la Vinyl.

Viva la Vinyl.

Ah, yes, it’s a nice spring day. The birds are singing and the sun is shining… but wait, where are all the people to enjoy this? Well, duh, they’re waiting in line outside their local record store for Record Store Day! The 2013 edition of RSD is tomorrow, April 20, and big things are going down once again. The Day was founded back in 2007 in a more regional form before it expanded nationally in 2008. I remember buying my first two vinyl singles then: 7″ records of “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz and “Supernatural Superserious” by R.E.M., both songs I loved at the time. Today, there are hundreds of items available for purchase, from pop to rock to soul to country and everything in-between. Just, remember to get there early, or you may miss out on what you want! I thought I’d highlight some of the pieces that I’m looking to find on my hunt around some of the stores here. I’m up for the challenge — are you? Then, let’s get groovy.

BON JOVI – Live EP
Format: 12″ vinyl EP
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On the heels of their latest studio album, What About Now, comes this EP exclusively for Record Store Day. It contains four tracks, including hits like “Keep The Faith” and “Livin’ On A Prayer”. This has the distinction of being one of the few picture disc releases up for purchase, which is very cool.

CHEECH & CHONG featuring ALICE BOWIE – “Earache My Eye”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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It wouldn’t be 4/20 without an offering from Cheech & Chong, am I right? Their biggest hit, a top ten single in 1974, comes in its original form with the same picture sleeve and tracklisting: “Earache My Eye” as the a-side; “Turn That Thing Down” as the b-side. Did I mention it’s on green-colored vinyl? Wicked, man.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS – “Out Of My League”
Format: 12″ vinyl single
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“Out Of My League” is currently occupying the #2 spot on my personal chart, so I’d love to find a copy of it on Saturday. The 12″ single is pressed on a clear-colored vinyl with “League” as the a-side and a song called “Spark” as the b-side. Both songs appear on the band’s forthcoming album, More Than Just A Dream, which is out on May 7.

FRANK TURNER – “Recovery”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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Turner’s single is making some waves at Alternative and Adult Alternative radio and I’ve been liking it for a few weeks now. “Recovery” is on the a-side, while a song called “We Shall Not Overcome” is on the flip side. The English singer releases Tape Deck Heart on April 23, the Tuesday after Record Store Day.

MUMFORD & SONS – Live At Bull Moose EP
Format: 10″ vinyl EP, CD
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This four-track effort was recorded last year at the Bull Moose location in Scarborough, Maine. It features three tracks from their Grammy-winning album Babel, including the single “I Will Wait”, as well as one from their debut album, Sigh No More. There are more pressed copies on CD than vinyl, so be on the lookout.

PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS – “Maybe I’m Amazed (Live)”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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I’m sure you hear this song quite a lot of Adult Contemporary and Classic Hits stations. It peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 in 1977. The short and long versions on both sides of this single are of the live version from the Wings Over America LP. Last year, McCartney put out another 7″ single for the Day, “Another Day”, backed with “Oh Woman Oh Why”.

TEGAN & SARA – “Closer”
Format: 12″ vinyl single
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This one recently made it as high as #26 on my personal chart, but I would definitely purchase it on vinyl. I believe this is meant to bear the same tracklisting as this six-song EP released digitally last month. This comes from their album entitled Heartthrob, which recently debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 album chart.

There are a few other things I’m looking at, including releases from David Bowie and Walk The Moon, but of course, I don’t think I’ll be able to find everything on my wish list. I’ll update this on Saturday. Are you looking forward to Record Store Day and is there a release that you’ve got to have? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

EDIT: The only release I didn’t find out of the eight was the Frank Turner 7″ single. Otherwise, I found everything I wanted, plus more! You can view pictures of what I purchased here, here and here.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (Mar. 12)

The star (is out today.)

The star (is out today.)

This is Ground Control to Major Releases: go ahead and strut those sales. Here are the new albums orbiting the music universe for the week of March 12:

  • Ziggy Stardust is back with his first album since 2003’s Reality. David Bowie makes a triumphant return with The Next Day, a huge critical success and likely a commercial one too. Two singles from the effort have charted at AAA radio. It will almost certainly be in the top two on next week’s album chart. (iTunes)
  • Challenging Mr. Bowie and going for their fifth number-one album, Bon Jovi release What About Now, featuring leadoff single “Because We Can”. It’s seeing moderate airplay on the adult contemporary formats. (iTunes)
  • The compilation Sound City: Real To Reel is out today, a musical companion to the Dave Grohl-directed film, which features collaborations with him and artists like Paul McCartney and Stevie Nicks. (iTunes)
  • The latest from the man they call Slowhand, Eric Clapton‘s Old Sock, is in stores. It’s his 20th studio album. Current single “Gotta Get Over” is at AAA radio now. (iTunes)
  • R&B boy band Mindless Behavior are back with an Urban hit, “Keep Her On The Low”, and their second full-length release, All Around The World. (iTunes)
  • Christian supergroup Audio Adrenaline puts out their first studio album in five years, Kings & Queens. (iTunes)
  • As the soundtrack to the annual Passion conference, Let The Future Begin puts together top talent and speakers in the world of Christian music. (iTunes)
  • Rockers Adrenaline Mob get their adrenaline pumpin’ with a seven-song covers EP appropriately titled Coverta. (iTunes)
  • Smash‘s Megan Hilty is smashing on her solo release, It Happens All The Time. (iTunes)
  • Guitarist Orianthi, probably best known for her participation in the late Michael Jackson‘s This Is It tour, is out with Heaven In This Hell today. (Amazon)

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

  • “Body Party”, another song off of Ciara‘s forthcoming album, One Woman Army. It samples “My Boo” by the Ghost Town DJ’s. (iTunes)
  • “Easy”, the first single by Sheryl Crow to be released exclusively to Country radio. (iTunes)
  • “Problem”, a new single from pop and dance singer Natalia Kills. (iTunes)

We’ll be back next week with a hot new release from Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience. It’s expected to be huge. Also, look out for new releases from Country singer Kacey Musgraves and Alternative rockers Walk Off The Earth. See you in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 20, 2013

Pretty "Young" things.

Eight is enough for this trio.

DEBUTS
40. Josh Groban – Brave
39. Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man
38. Olly Murs – Army Of Two
30. Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Bon Jovi – Because We Can (35)
28. Taylor Swift – 22 (32)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Kelly Clarkson – Catch My Breath (09) | PEAK: #09
09. Maroon 5 – Daylight (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Jason Mraz – 93 Million Miles (05) | PEAK: #05
07. Hunter Hayes – Wanted (08) | PEAK: #07
06. The Script – Six Degrees Of Separation (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Train – Mermaid (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Pink – Try (03) | PEAK: #02
02. Olly Murs – Troublemaker (02) | PEAK: #02
01. fun. – Carry On (01) | PEAK: #01 for eight weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Aerosmith featuring Carrie Underwood – Can’t Stop Lovin’ You (2)
2. The Saturdays – What About Us (4)
3. Of Monsters And Men – Mountain Sound (3)
4. Gentlemen Hall – Sail Into The Sun (-)
5. Kenny Chesney – El Cerrito Place (7)
6. Cassadee Pope – Over You (-)
7. Little Mix – Wings (-)
8. Train – This’ll Be My Year (9)
9. Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us (10)
10. Maroon 5 – Love Somebody (-)

In The Mix:
Carly Rae Jepsen – Tonight I’m Getting Over You
Caro Emerald – Back It Up
Cher Lloyd – With Ur Love (new)
Conor Maynard – Animal
Emeli Sandé – Clown
Goo Goo Dolls – Rebel Beat (new)
Jewel – Two Hearts Breaking (new)
Jilette Johnson – Torpedo (new)
Shiny Toy Guns – Somewhere To Hide
Stefano – Yes To Love
Tristan Prettyman – Say Anything

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 13, 2013

Holding up the #1 spot. Carry on, boys.

Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters.

DEBUTS
39. Youngblood Hawke – We Come Running
36. Pink featuring Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason
35. Bon Jovi – Because We Can | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Taylor Swift – 22 (37)
30. Passion Pit – Carried Away (38) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Robbie Williams – Candy (06) | PEAK: #04
09. Kelly Clarkson – Catch My Breath (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Hunter Hayes – Wanted (12) | PEAK: #08
07. Train – Mermaid (10) | PEAK: #07
06. The Script – Six Degrees Of Separation (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Jason Mraz – 93 Million Miles (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble (08) | PEAK: #04
03. Pink – Try (02) | PEAK: #02
02. Olly Murs – Troublemaker (03) | PEAK: #02
01. fun. – Carry On (01) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Josh Groban – Brave (2)
2. Aerosmith featuring Carrie Underwood – Can’t Stop Lovin’ You (6)
3. Of Monsters And Men – Mountain Sound (4)
4. The Saturdays – What About Us (-)
5. Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man (-)
6. Dido – Let Us Move On (5)
7. Kenny Chesney – El Cerrito Place (9)
8. Olly Murs – Army Of Two (-)
9. Train – This’ll Be My Year (10)
10. Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us (-)

In The Mix:
Carly Rae Jepsen – Tonight I’m Getting Over You
Caro Emerald – Back It Up
Cassadee Pope – Over You
Cheyenne Jackson – Don’t Wanna Know
Conor Maynard – Animal (new)
Emeli Sandé – Clown
Maroon 5 – Love Somebody (new)
Shiny Toy Guns – Somewhere To Hide
Stefano – Yes To Love (new)
Tristan Prettyman – Say Anything (new)

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SINGLE REVIEW: Bon Jovi – “Because We Can”

"Always" a favorite on the charts.

“Always” a favorite on the charts.

The boys straight out of New Jersey are back. Jon Bon Jovi and the boys, straight off their performance at the 12-12-12 Concert, benefitting Hurricane Sandy relief, are prepping for their latest release and going back on tour to support it. Thankfully, the guys aren’t backed by a thumping electro-pop beat on this record as is what seems to be the case with most of what you hear on the radio today. Nope, Bon Jovi remain in their comfortable pop-rock zone with a new song that isn’t their hardest of the hard, but isn’t a quiet ballad either. For most Jovi fans, it should be more than enough to wet their appetites for what’s to come this era.

“Because We Can” is the leadoff single from the band’s forthcoming release, What About Now, their twelfth studio album, which will be out at the end of March. The song was written by band members Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora and Billy Falcon, who you may remember from his 1991 hit, “Power Windows”. It’s very much a socially conscious record for the band, who don’t really tread into that lyrical realm too often (at least in terms of their singles) but it seems to work at appealing to those affected by the economic times of late. You’d think that another rocker from New Jersey would pull off the message better, but the band is steadfast in remaining genuine on this record and the effort shows. It all goes back to a particularly strong chorus: “I don’t want to be a wave in the ocean/I am a rock, not just another grain of sand/Want to be the one you run to when you need a shoulder/I’m not a solider, but I’m here to take a stand/Because we can.” It’s not necessarily the best sing-along hook given the length of it, but the message is strong enough to lead the listener in, about supporting one another and having your voice heard. It’s a feel-good song, almost verging on anthemic or patriotic in a sense. You get into it after a few listeners, at least that was the case for me. However, they take a tad bit of a risk leading off the song with it. I understand the accessibility of leading off with it since it’s the first thing you hear, but I’m not sure that it totally works here. I think an instrumental opener would have sounded better; perhaps there will be a single edit that changes things around. If not, eh, I’ll get used to it.

The verses themselves talk about a couple (Tommy and Gina, is that you two?) who are fed up with their current status: the female is “living life in black and white” and the male, while struggling himself, feels like “a broken promise” but “he said forever and he’ll never let her down.” They live in a mess, but they console themselves in the sound of music (even though the bills are alive with the sound of it too) and rest in each other’s arms; they may not be able to keep up with all the challenges around them, but at least they have themselves. I think I just heard a collective “awww” somewhere.

Sonically, it’s not much of a departure from what they’re been putting out the past few years; a lot of guitar and drum, though the guitar solo is pretty good on this particular song. There’s a nice breakdown in the middle with just Jovi’s vocals against a hard drum beat, which I imagine will be a clapping extravaganza in concert. Jovi’s voice seems to get better with age. I think it’s great that he’s been able to keep it up both live and in the studio. If you’re expecting this to be another “Livin’ On A Prayer” or “Bad Medicine”, then you’re going to be sorely disappointed, but considering that the band has been doing this for the better part of thirty years, I think we can give them a break… because we can.

The band hasn’t had a top ten hit on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart since 2009 when “We Weren’t Born To Follow” did the trick, so I’m not expecting this one to be as big, but it should easily make the top 20. At least I think it’ll have a better chance of doing something than a recent attempt by Aerosmith, who got just short of it with a full-fledged ballad. All in all, it fits into the “good, not great” category, but I’ll take that over “bad”. I just hope their parent album has some harder stuff to show they still have a little bit of edge, but this will at least get them back in the mainstream. Alright, Jovi fans, rock on.

Listen to and purchase “Because We Can” on iTunes.

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