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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 2, 2014

“Coming” to a countdown near you.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of March 2, 2014…

39. OH HONEY, “Be Okay”
36. BLEACHERS, “I Wanna Get Better”

Biggest Mover(s):
DJ CASSIDY featuring JESSIE J & ROBIN THICKE, “Calling All Hearts” (31-24, seven spots)

10. KARMIN, “I Want It All” (up 1)
Album: Pulses (2014, Epic Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

09. BOY & BEAR, “Southern Sun” (steady, second week)
Album: Harlequin Dream (2013, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #8 for three weeks

08. GARY BARLOW & ELTON JOHN, “Face To Face” (steady, second week)
Album: Since I Saw You Last (2013, Polydor Records)
Peak: #4

07. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “The Walker” (down 1)
Album: More Than Just A Dream (2013, Elektra Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Coming Of Age” (up 1)
Album: Supermodel (2014, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

05. BASTILLE, “Bad Blood” (steady, second week)
Album: Bad Blood (2013, Virgin/Capitol Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

04. MAGIC!, “Rude” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Don’t Kill The Magic (2014, Latium/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

03. GROUPLOVE, “Shark Attack” (steady, third week)
Album: Spreading Rumours (2013, Canvasback/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. CHRISTINA PERRI, “Human” (down 1)
Album: Head Or Heart (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

01. NEON TREES, “Sleeping With A Friend” (up 1)
Album: Pop Psychology (2014, Island Records/IDJMG)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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

Bryan Adams
BRYAN ADAMS – “You Belong To Me” (February 8) (AC)
Label: UMe
Last year, Adams scored his latest top 30 entry on the AC chart with “Brand New Day”, and though he’s had dozens of hits over the decades, he’s not ready to stop. “You” is the second single from Get Up!, which was produced by Jeff Lynne. (It barely made it into the top 100 on the Billboard 200.) He has a string of live dates planned on the East Coast, beginning in New York City on the 11th.

The Heavy
THE HEAVY – “Since You Been Gone” (February 8-9) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Bad Son/ADA
This British rock and soul quartet out of Bath is back on the block with their first new tunes since 2012. It was that year that the act scored their only Alternative top 40 hit to date, “What Makes A Good Man”, which peaked at #32 in October. It’s hard to tell if this single will be well-received after all that time away, but it’s a pretty good sound and one that fits on both formats. Watch out for it.

AURORA – “Conqueror” (February 9) (Alternative)
Label: Glassnote
From Norway, this 19-year-old singer, born in Bergen, has already hit the charts in Ireland and the United Kingdom with a remake of “Half The World Away” by Oasis. It was featured in a prominent Christmas advertisement for the John Lewis stores. Though it didn’t hit here, her latest single off All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend is receiving some good early support from Alt Nation.

Brandy Clark
BRANDY CLARK – “Girl Next Door” (February 15) (Country)
Label: Warner Bros.
Clark’s been a high-profile writer in the Nashville community for many years now, and her independent album 12 Stories got good reviews when it was released in the fall of 2013. She now finds herself with a major level and a single at Country radio, and reviews once more have been overwhelmingly positive for the Jay Joyce-produced cut. Will radio’s “Door” swing open for this sassy song?

CAM – “Mayday” (February 15) (Country)
Label: Arista/RCA
December was an awesome month for this California singer. Her album Untamed debuted in the top 20 on the Billboard 200, and her single “Burning House” got a week at #1 on Country radio. (It’s now crossing over to the Hot AC format.) There’s no need for a distress signal, at least not yet, for Camaron Ochs should be able to sail the choppy chart seas towards a second sales and radio hit.

American Authors
AMERICAN AUTHORS – “Pride” (February 22) (Hot AC)
Label: Island/Republic
Despite “Go Big Or Go Home” narrowly missing the top 20 at the Hot AC format last year, that’s not going to get this New York act down. In fact, their song about self-respect is an early add at stations in Denver and Orlando on the panel. Of course, the four guys are best known for “Best Day Of My Life”, which spent a week at #1 in 2014. Hopefully, the song will also do its “best” on the chart.

Boy & Bear
BOY & BEAR – “Where’d You Go” (February 22) (Triple A)
Label: Nettwerk
The Australian quintet just missed the top ten at Triple A radio with their last single, “Walk The Wire”, but they’re hoping to climb back into the region with their next single. Both tracks are from their album Limit Of Love, which became their second set in a row to reach the top of the album listing in their home country. They begin a tour of the United Kingdom and Europe later this month.

The Saint Johns
THE SAINT JOHNS – “Lost The Feeling” (February 22) (Triple A)
Label: Kemosabe
Appearing for the first time on our Radio Report is this dynamic duo, Jordan Meredith and Louis Johnson. The Nashville act is on their way to a great era with their first full-length album, Dead Of Night, due March 4. Meredith and Johnson got some assistance from Vince Schumerman on the track, who records as Army Of Me. It recently received a few spins on SiriusXM station The Pulse.

Walk The Moon
WALK THE MOON – “Work This Body” (February 22-3) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: RCA
Already climbing quickly on my personal chart is the third single from this Ohio band’s Talking Is Hard album. Of course, the huge crossover hit “Shut Up And Dance” came from the effort, and “Different Colors”, which went top ten on Alternative radio. “Work” is already a favorite at their live shows and has great streaming stats behind it. I’m ready for this to get going and become a smash.

Conrad Sewell
CONRAD SEWELL – “Remind Me” (February 23) (CHR/Pop)
Label: 300 Entertainment
Last year, Sewell earned his first #1 single in his native Australia with “Start Again” and his first top ten on the album chart with an EP called All I Know. Two of his singles, “Hold Me Up” and a feature on Kygo‘s “Firestone”, have been minor CHR airplay entries at best. Though he’s not had a true breakout moment with the U.S. audience thus far, “Remind” could remind people of his talent.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 13, 2015

Their new era is "Off" to a good start.

Four times the “Pressure”.

40. Paul Rey – Good As Hell
39. Outasight – The Wild Life | HIGHEST DEBUT

35. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (40)
29. Boy & Bear – Walk The Wire (35) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
22. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (28) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

10. Lions Head – Begging (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Causes – Walk On Water (12) | PEAK: #09
08. ROMANS – Uh Huh (07) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. X Ambassadors – Renegades (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (05) | PEAK: #05
05. One Direction – Drag Me Down (06) | PEAK: #05
04. John Newman – Come And Get It (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (04) | PEAK: #03
02. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Marc Scibilia – How Bad We Need Each Other (7)
2. Wylder – Sunstroke (3)
3. Mackenzie Thoms – Conviction (6)
4. Rob Thomas – Hold On Forever (8)
5. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself (4)
6. Joe Stone featuring Montell Jordan – The Party (This Is How We Do It) (2)
7. David Cook – Criminals (9)
8. Andy Grammer – Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah) (10)
9. Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love (-)
10. Grace Mitchell – Jitter (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
Ben Rector – Brand New
Bryan Adams – Brand New Day (new)
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Grizfolk – Troublemaker
Halsey – New Americana
James Morrison – Demons (new)
John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game
JoJo – When Love Hurts
JR JR – Gone
Matthew Koma – So F***in’ Romantic
Max Frost – Withdrawal
Melanie Martinez – Pity Party
Nick Jonas – Levels
Rachel Platten – Stand By You (new)
Robin Thicke – Back Together
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – Sugar
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Score – Oh My Love
Tony Lucca – Paint A Picture
Tori Kelly featuring Ed Sheeran – I Was Made For Loving You
Walk Off The Earth – Hold On (The Break)
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • Two new songs make the top ten this week, including the second top ten in a row for the band Causes. They climb 12-9 with with “Walk On Water”, the same title that hit the top 40 in the past for Neil Diamond (#17, 1972) and Eddie Money (#9, 1988) on the Hot 100. We’ll see if the quartet’s splashy single can break the American charts soon. Also up a notch this week is the first hit for the duo Lions Head, climbing 11-10 with “Begging”. They’ve been roaring up a storm in concert overseas as of late.
  • 32-year-old Richard Andrew calls himself Outasight, but he’s in plain sight on my top 40 with this week’s Highest Debut at #39. “The Wild Life” is the first radio single from his forthcoming effort, Big Trouble, due on October 23. In 2011, “Tonight Is The Night”, his debut single, was featured in a Pepsi commercial. It went to #14 on the pop radio survey in March 2012. It was followed by “Now Or Never”, which peaked at #25 four months later. Neither song broke my chart.
  • A notch below that is this week’s only other debut, which comes from Swedish newcomer Paul Rey. “Good As Hell” grabs a good hold on the countdown, entering at #40. The musician, born Pauli Jokela, is originally from the city of Lund. That city is also the hometown of DJ/producer Axwell (from Axwell Λ Ingrosso) and recent Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #40-31

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.

With all that in mind, I think it’s time to rejoin the countdown at #40…

A Great Big World
040. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Say Something” (#2 for two weeks)
Writers: Ian Axel, Chad Vaccarino, Mike Campbell / Producer: Dan Romer
Label: Epic

039. KARMIN, “I Want It All” (#9 for two weeks)
Writers: Amy Heidemann, Nick Noonan, Ester Dean, Ryan Williamson / Producer: Williamson
Label: Epic

Phillip Phillips
038. PHILLIP PHILLIPS, “Raging Fire” (#3 for two weeks)
Writers: Phillip Phillips, Todd Clark, Gregg Wattenberg, Derek Fuhrmann / Producer: Wattenberg
Label: Interscope

The 1975
037. THE 1975, “Settle Down” (#5 for two weeks)
Writers: George Daniel, Matthew Healy, Adam Hann and Ross MacDonald / Producers: Daniel, Healy, Hann, MacDonald, Mike Crossey
Label: Interscope

Mary Lambert
036. MARY LAMBERT, “Secrets” (#8)
Writers: Mary Lambert, Eric Rosse, Benny Cassette, MoZella / Producers: Rosse, Cassette
Label: Capitol

Milky Chance
035. MILKY CHANCE, “Stolen Dance” (#9 for two weeks)
Writers/Producers: Clemens Rehbein, Philipp Dausch
Label: Republic

Boy & Bear
034. BOY & BEAR, “Southern Sun” (#8 for three weeks)
Writers: Dave Hosking, Killian Gavin, Tim Hart, Jon Hart, Dave Symes / Producer: Wayne Connolly
Label: Nettwerk

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
033. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “Cecilia And The Satellite” (#3 for three weeks)
Writers: Andrew McMahon, James Flannigan, Anders Grahn / Producers: McMahon, Flannigan, Mike Viola
Label: Vanguard

Foster The People
032. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Coming Of Age” (#3 for two weeks)
Writers: Mark Foster, Isom Innis, Jacob Fink, Sean Cimino, Paul Epworth / Producers: Epworth, Foster
Label: Columbia

Phillip Phillips
031. PHILLIP PHILLIPS, “Unpack Your Heart” (#3 for four weeks)
Writers: Phillip Phillips, Todd Clark, Gregg Wattenberg, Derek Fuhrmann / Producer: Wattenberg
Label: Interscope

Check back tomorrow for 30-21 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #80-61

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.

With all that in mind, I think it’s time to rejoin the countdown at #80…

Foster The People
080. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Are You What You Want To Be?” (#16 for three weeks)
Writers: Mark Foster, Greg Kurstin / Producer: Foster
Label: Columbia

Royal Wood
079. ROYAL WOOD, “Forever And Ever” (#15)
Writers/Producers: Bill Lefler, John Royal Wood Nicholson, Simon Wilcox
Label: MapleMusic

Colbie Caillat
078. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Hold On” (#15 for three weeks)
Writers: Colbie Caillat, Ryan Tedder / Producer: Tedder
Label: Republic

One Direction
077. ONE DIRECTION, “Steal My Girl” (#7)
Writer: Wayne Hector, John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, Ed Drewett, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne / Producer: Bunetta, Pär Westerlund, Ryan
Label: Columbia

New Politics
076. NEW POLITICS, “Harlem” (#2 – 2013)
Writers: David Boyd, Søren Hansen, Louis Vecchio, Jake Sinclair, Mike Viola, Jack Ploch, Nelson Ploch, Roger Ploch, Sam Ploch and Sadler Vaden / Producers: Hansen, Sinclair
Label: RCA

One Direction
075. ONE DIRECTION, “Midnight Memories” (#14)
Writers: Julian Bunetta, Liam Payne, Jamie Scott, Louis Tomlinson / Producer: Bunetta
Label: Columbia

074. KIESZA, “Hideaway” (#15)
Writers: Kiesza Ellestad, Rami Samir Afuni / Producer: Afuni
Label: 4th & B’way/Island/Lokal Legend

073. O.A.R., “Favorite Song” (#11 for two weeks)
Writers: Marc Roberge, Nathan Chapman, Kevin Kadish / Producers: Roberge, Chapman
Label: Vanguard

072. CHROMEO, “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” (#16)
Writers/Producers: David Macklovitch, Patrick Gemayel, Oliver Goldstein
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic

Jesse McCartney
071. JESSE MCCARTNEY, “Superbad” (#13 for two weeks)
Writers: Jesse McCartney, James G. Morales, Matt Morales, Julio Rodriguez, Shane Stevens, Autumn Rowe, Nikola Bedingfield / Producers: The Elev3n
Label: Eight0Eight

070. HAIM, “The Wire” (#11)
Writers: Alana Haim, Danielle Haim, Este Haim / Producers: Ariel Rechtshaid, A. Haim, D. Haim, E. Haim
Label: Columbia

069. DAUGHTRY, “Waiting For Superman” (#6 – 2013)
Writers: Chris Daughtry, Martin Johnson, Sam Hollander / Producer: Johnson
Label: RCA

John Newman
068. JOHN NEWMAN, “Losing Sleep” (#14)
Writers: John Newman, Steve Booker, Benjamin Levin / Producers: Ant Whiting, Mike Spencer, Newman
Label: Republic

Better Than Ezra
067. BETTER THAN EZRA, “Crazy Lucky” (#14)
Writers: Kevin Griffin, Ryan Peterson, Nolan Sipe / Producer: Tony Hoffer
Label: The End/ADA

Shift K3Y
066. SHIFT K3Y, “Touch” (#13)
Writer/Producer: Lewis Jankel
Label: Columbia

Katy Perry
065. KATY PERRY, “Birthday” (#12 for two weeks)
Writers: Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Henry Walter / Producers: Gottwald, Martin, Walter
Label: Capitol

Boy & Bear
064. BOY & BEAR, “Three Headed Woman” (#12 for three weeks)
Writers: Dave Hosking, Killian Gavin, Tim Hart, Jon Hart, Dave Symes / Producer: Wayne Connolly
Label: Nettwerk

Max Frost
063. MAX FROST, “White Lies” (#11)
Writer/Producer: Max Frost
Label: Atlantic

Maroon 5
062. MAROON 5, “Animals” (#5 for two weeks +)
Writers: Adam Levine, Karl Schuster, Benjamin Levin / Producer: Schuster
Label: 222/Interscope

Mayer Hawthorne
061. MAYER HAWTHORNE, “Reach Out Richard” (#11)
Writers: Andrew Cohen, Pharrell Williams / Producer: Williams
Label: Republic

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 7, 2014

It's a band, it's a plane...

Flying high once again.

40. Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop – Never Been In Love
39. Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

30. Foster The People – Are You What You Want To Be? (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
27. Coldplay – True Love (33)
24. Boy & Bear – Three Headed Woman (29)
20. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (25)
14. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (20)
06. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (11)

10. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (06) | PEAK: #02
09. The Griswolds – Beware The Dog (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Rixton – Wait On Me (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Charli XCX – Boom Clap (04) | PEAK: #04
06. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (11) | PEAK: #06
05. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (07) | PEAK: #03
02. Maroon 5 – Maps (02) | PEAK: #02
01. The Script – Superheroes (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy (1)
2. Cold War Kids – All This Could Be Yours (2)
3. Neon Trees – First Things First (9)
4. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (8)
5. MAGIC! – Let Your Hair Down (7)
6. The 1975 – Heart Out (3)
7. Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach (5)
8. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (-)
9. O.A.R. – Favorite Song (-)
10. Jungle – Busy Earnin’ (6)

In The Mix:
Bea Miller – Young Blood
Charli XCX – Break The Rules (new)
Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now?
Goo Goo Dolls – Caught In The Storm (new)
Hilary Duff – All About You
Hudson Taylor – Chasing Rubies
Lilly Wood & The Prick featuring Robin Schulz – Prayer In C
Maroon 5 – Animals
Nickelback – What Are You Waiting For? (new)
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Ryn Weaver – OctaHate
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine

Chart Notes:

  • Stay putting at #1 for the second week running is The Script with their fifth #1 single on my chart, “Superheroes”. This marks their 19th week total atop the survey, which started with the eight week run of “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” back in 2009. Look for the single to debut in the top three on the Singles Chart over in the United Kingdom this weekend, which will mark their third time entering in the region on that survey.
  • Just outside the top ten are three great songs looking to break in next week: “Secrets” by Mary Lambert, holding at #12 for the third week in a row, “Unpack Your Heart” by Phillip Phillips, climbing to #13, and “Unbreakable” by Jamie Scott, which takes a six notch leap to #14. All are very worthy contenders, though the two males have been there before, while newcomer Lambert hasn’t. We’ll see what happens.
  • After entering last week at #39, the current hit for Foster The People takes the title of this week’s Biggest Mover. The inquisitive “Are You What You Want To Be?” is up to #30 this week, a gain of nine notches for the third top 40 single from Supermodel. The song goes to Alternative radio on Tuesday and should rank there relatively quickly.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the second entry for Jessie Ware, who debuts at #39 with “Say You Love Me”. Ware rose to the top 20 last year with “Wildest Moments” and did an uncredited backing vocal on Mayer Hawthorne‘s “Her Favorite Song”, a #2 single. “Say” is taken from her forthcoming album Tough Love, due later next month.
  • Also, at #40 is this week’s second debut, “Never Been In Love” by American quintet Cobra Starship and Swedish duo Icona Pop, together for the first time. For you chart trivia buffs, the title has cracked the top 40 only once on the Hot 100: in 1982, former Eagles member Randy Meisner went to #28 with his song of the same name.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (August 2014)

The radio airwaves are looking ripe this summer as plenty of new acts and established artists crash the party with new tunes. Which ones will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of my favorites being serviced in August on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

David Guetta
DAVID GUETTA featuring SAM MARTIN – “Lovers On The Sun” (August 5) (*)
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic
DJ Guetta’s latest U.S. single was co-produced and written by Avicii and features newcomer Martin, who has a couple of songwriting credits with Maroon 5. He hasn’t had a top ten single on the pop chart since 2012’s “Titanium”; have a bevy of younger producers and the ageism of radio caught up to the hitmaker or will the airwaves welcome him again?

Bebe Rexha
BEBE REXHA – “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You” (August 12) (*)
Label: Warner Bros.
24-year-old Rexha got her first taste of the charts earlier this year when her collaboration with Cash Cash, “Take Me Home”, went top 20 at CHR radio. Her first solo single, originally uploaded online this past spring, recently drew some attention when it was remixed by duo The Chainsmokers. We’ll see if this release’s success is worth a #selfie or two.

MKTO – “American Dream” (August 12) (*)
Label: Columbia
After months of slowly climbing up the pop chart, this duo finally broken the top ten earlier this summer with the song “Classic”. Now, fueled by that long run, Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller are offering their “Dream” with the hopes that this time around, they won’t be finding a nightmare. No worries; it’s already gone top 40 in Australia and New Zealand.

Phillip Phillips
PHILLIP PHILLIPS – “Unpack Your Heart” (August 12) (**)
Label: Interscope
Following up his recent top five AAA and top ten Hot AC hit, “Raging Fire”, Phillips is moving quickly onto this second single from Behind The Light, written and produced by the same team behind “Fire”. The former American Idol champ should have a simple time landing on both formats and, like his other songs, find placement on television this autumn.

RIXTON – “Wait On Me” (August 12) (*)
Label: School Boy/Mad Love/Giant Little Man/Interscope
A little trouble never hurt nobody… and neither does an Ace Of Base inspired followup from this British quartet. “Me And My Broken Heart” hit #1 in the United Kingdom last month and went top ten on a handful of radio formats here. I don’t think the four will have much trouble on the surveys with this or making a few new fans. It was worth the “Wait”.

The Vamps
THE VAMPS featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Somebody To You” (August 19) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
This is the first time in the U.S. for this boy band, but they’ve already taken Europe by storm. All four singles from the debut set by the band, Meet The Vamps, have gone top five on the U.K. Singles Chart. “You” also became their first #1 in Scotland and went top 20 in Australia, their biggest hit to date. With Lovato’s help, they’ll be somebodies here soon.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Boy & Bear
BOY & BEAR – “Three Headed Woman” (August 5) (**)
Label: Nettwerk
The Australian quintet based in Sydney launched successfully at AAA radio earlier this year with “Southern Sun”. Also taken from the album Harlequin Dream, “Woman” is another great track and should be at least moderately successful on those same airwaves. After several dates abroad, the group return to the States on their worldwide tour in October.

JUNGLE – “Busy Earnin'” (August 5) (*)
Label: XL/Beggars Group
At the moment, this new duo from London is busy earnin’ some decent peaks across the album charts in Europe, going as high as #7 in their native U.K., as well top 40 in Belgium and Switzerland. Their singles haven’t seen any substantial action, but their sound fits in neatly with the current flavor at Alternative radio, even if they themselves aren’t known.

Cold War Kids
COLD WAR KIDS – “All This Could Be Yours” (August 12) (*)
Label: Downtown
These guys have been around for some time, but their Alternative play has been limited to peaks down in the 20’s and 30’s. That may change with this single, which is featured in an advertisement for Milk Music, a new app from Samsung. The exposure’s been pretty wide thus far and with a new album due in October, the timing couldn’t be better for them.

Fitz and the Tantrums
FITZ & THE TANTRUMS – “Fools Gold” (August 12) (*)
Label: Elektra/Atlantic
More Than Just A Dream has been a fantastic era for the sextet from the Golden State, who now claim two consecutive #1’s on the Alternative chart with “Out Of My League” and “The Walker”. Their latest is certainly a standout and could continue to build up their stretch of crossover appeal as they tour the States through the fall. Let’s see how they medal.

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS – “Cecilia And The Satellite” (August 19) (*)
Label: Vanguard
With the end of Jack’s Mannequin several years ago, McMahon set out on a solo adventure and the 31-year-old has come up an album due later in 2014. “Cecilia” marks the first new material from the performer since his first daughter, also named Cecilia, was born in February. With a new label backing him and a very passionate base, the sky is the limit.

Paolo Nutini
PAOLO NUTINI – “Let Me Down Easy” (August 19) (**)
Label: Atlantic
Singer/songwriter Nutini continues to be huge across the pond; his album Caustic Love is already Platinum in the U.K. after peaking at #1 in April. Though “Down” missed the top 40 there, unlike first single “Scream (Funk My Life Up)”, it is much better suited for AAA. It’s been a while since “New Shoes” hit the top there, but he still has potential to do well.

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