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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 11, 2017

Hit ’em up, Styles.

DEBUTS
40. James Arthur – Can I Be Him
39. Andy Grammer – Give Love
37. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Lorde – Perfect Places (39)
31. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
28. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – So Close (33)
24. Chord Overstreet – Hold On (29)
18. Tom Walker – Just You And I (24)
(see #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (14) | PEAK: #10
09. Train – Drink Up (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (15) | PEAK: #08
07. Paramore – Hard Times (07) | PEAK: #07
06. New Politics – One Of Us (05) | PEAK: #05
05. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Scott Helman – Kinda Complicated (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
02. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. John Mayer – In The Blood (1)
2. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (4)
3. Picture This – Never Change (7)
4. Hanson – I Was Born (5)
5. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (2)
6. Ingrid Michaelson – Celebrate (6)
7. LeAnn Rimes – Love Is Love Is Love (10)
8. Billy Raffoul – Driver (9)
9. Barns Courtney – Golden Dandelions (-)
10. Loote – High Without Your Love (-)

In The Mix:
All Time Low – Good Times (new)
BANNERS – Someone To You (new)
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Jennifer Hudson – Remember Me
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass
Rachel Crow – Dime
Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (new)
Welshly Arms – Legendary

Chart Notes:

  • After five huge weeks at #2, Harry Styles makes it to the top of my personal chart with “Sign Of The Times”, the first single from his self-titled solo album. Together with Niall Horan and ZAYN, pop group One Direction becomes the first act to send three of its members to #1 on my chart in solo projects. By the way, the record for the most weeks spent at #2 prior to a run at #1 on my personal chart is seven, which is held by two tracks: Darren Hayes‘s “Darkness” (2004-2005, two weeks at #1) and Natasha Bedingfield‘s “Unwritten” (2005-2006, ten nonconsecutive weeks at #1).
  • Earlier this year, singer and songwriter Julia Michaels had no “Issues” squeezing into the #1 spot on my top 40 for a week. Now, she’s looking to repeat that feat with her follow-up single, “Uh Huh”, which is the week’s Highest Debut at #37. Believe it or not, this is the third top 40 song called “Uh Huh” to make my chart in the past 15 years, following hits from B2K (2002) and ROMANS (2015). (The latter entry spent two weeks at #1 that August.) Michaels’s original song goes for adds at Top 40 radio on June 20.
  • As for this week’s other two debuts, both songs are impacting at the Hot AC format later this month. Launching on June 19 is “Give Love” by Andy Grammer, which enters at #39. The 33-year-old scores his eighth top 40 hit on my chart, with five of those entries becoming top ten hits. A notch lower, and going for adds a week later, is “Can I Be Him” by James Arthur. He hit my top ten earlier this year with “Say You Won’t Let Go”, which reached #1 at the format recently.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (June 2017)

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 June in this month’s Radio Report:

ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS – “So Close” (Crush/Vanguard/Concord, June 6 – Alternative)
Album: Zombies On Broadway (2017)
Past ALT History: McMahon has the distinction of reaching the top 40 at the format with three acts: Something Corporate, Jack’s Mannequin and his latest solo project. He has two top five hits to date, including “Fire Escape”, which went to #4 earlier this year.

ARCADE FIRE – “Everything Now” (Columbia, June 6 – Alternative)
Album: Everything Now (2017)
Past ALT History: Since 2007, this Canadian act has entered the Alternative survey with a handful of singles, two of which made it through the top 20: “Ready To Start” (#16, 2010) and “Reflektor” (#17, 2013). Though reaction is mixed, it should do nicely here.

LORDE – “Perfect Places” (Lava/Republic, June 6 – Alternative)
Album: Melodrama (2017)
Past ALT History: This is the second single from the New Zealand performer’s forthcoming set, with “Green Light” riding up to its #8 peak several weeks ago. Out of six top 40 entries at the format, her first was her biggest, “Royals”, a seven-week #1 from 2013.

BEBE REXHA featuring LIL’ WAYNE – “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros., June 6 – Top 40)
Album: All Your Fault: Pt. 2 (EP) (2017)
Past T40 History: Rexha is still struggling at the format as a main-credited artist, though she continues to get closer to the top ten with each single release. She’ll get there! Most recently, “In The Name Of Love” (with Martin Garrix) and “I Got You” reached #14.

CHORD OVERSTREET & DEEPEND – “Hold On (Remix)” (4th & Broadway/Safehouse/Island/Republic, June 6 – Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Singer/songwriter Overstreet was one member of the credited Glee Cast, who made the top 50 twice with “Last Christmas” (#50, 2010) and “Loser Like Me” (#42, 2011). This is the first collaboration between he and the Dutch DJs/producers.

BRUNO MARS – “Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic, June 12 – Hot AC and June 13 – Top 40)
Album: 24K Magic (2016)
Past T40 History: Mars is coming off a #1 hit (three weeks) at Top 40 with “That’s What I Like”, which also reached #2 at Hot AC. Before “Like” was announced as a single, “Floor” received significant unsolicited spins at the Top 40 format. Summer smash alert!

ROBIN SCHULZ featuring JAMES BLUNT – “OK” (Big Beat/RRP, June 19 – Hot AC)
Album: Uncovered (2017)
Past HAC History: Schulz has charted as a main artist or producer of three top 40 entries at the format, his most recent being last year’s “Sugar” (#38) with singer Francesco Yates. Blunt spent five weeks at #1 in 2006 with the soft pop ballad “You’re Beautiful”.

TOM WALKER – “Just You And I” (Epic, June 19 – Hot AC)
Album: Blessings (EP) (2017)
Past HAC History: This is Walker’s first song to impact at the format, and it’s already seen some light and/or specialty airplay at a handful of stations on the panel. It’s accumulated nearly 17 million streams on Spotify, much of that coming from a U.K. audience.

JULIA MICHAELS – “Uh Huh” (Republic, June 20 – Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Michaels is still in the top ten on the chart (and gaining) with “Issues”, though it is eligible to go recurrent soon. She’s also co-written over a dozen top 40 entries at the format since 2013, including Selena Gomez’s current radio hit, “Bad Liar”.

ALL TIME LOW – “Good Times” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP, June 26 – Hot AC and June 27 – Top 40)
Album: Last Young Renegade (2017)
Past T40 History: Nearly six years ago, this band’s only charting song, “I Feel Like Dancin'”, spent three consecutive weeks at #41. One additional single, “Something’s Gotta Give”, narrowly missed the top 50 in 2015. Will this track become their first top 40 hit?

Plenty of unreleased summer singles are still on the way, so make sure you watch out for them as they debut…

Which of these new songs would you like to see on the charts later this year? Let me know!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 4, 2017

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick…

DEBUTS
40. Arcade Fire – Everything Now
39. Lorde – Perfect Places
38. Mondo Cozmo – Automatic | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. Chord Overstreet – Hold On (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
21. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (26)
15. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (22)
(see #6 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Lorde – Green Light (07) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
09. DNCE – Kissing Strangers (09) | PEAK: #09
08. James TW – Ex (06) | PEAK: #03
07. Paramore – Hard Times (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (12) | PEAK: #06
05. New Politics – One Of Us (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Scott Helman – Kinda Complicated (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. John Mayer – In The Blood (2)
2. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (3)
3. LANY – ILYSB (1)
4. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (6)
5. Hanson – I Was Born (8)
6. Ingrid Michaelson – Celebrate (4)
7. Picture This – Never Change (9)
8. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (-)
9. Billy Raffoul – Driver (10)
10. LeAnn Rimes – Love Is Love Is Love (-)

In The Mix:
Barns Courtney – Golden Dandelions (new)
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Jennifer Hudson – Remember Me
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass (new)
Loote – High Without Your Love
Rachel Crow – Dime
Saint Motel – Destroyer
The Score – Legend
Welshly Arms – Legendary

Chart Notes:

  • All three of this week’s new entries impact at the Alternative radio format in the next few weeks, but one’s had a head start at the Triple A format, where it was last week’s Most Added title. That song is “Automatic” by Mondo Cozmo, new at #38 this week. Singer and songwriter Josh Ostrander topped the latter format’s chart in January with previous single “Shine”, a track that also reached the top 15 at the former format in March. An album, Plastic Soul, is due in July.
  • While Lorde‘s “Green Light” remains in my top ten this week, her follow-up lands in the countdown at #39. “Perfect Places” can also be found on her forthcoming album, Melodrama, due on June 16. If you attended the Governors Ball Music Festival this weekend, you saw her perform it live with co-writer Jack Antonoff, who also co-wrote “Green” and claims my #1 spot for the fifth week in a row as Bleachers with “Don’t Take The Money”.
  • Finally, at #40, is Arcade Fire‘s “Everything Now”. It’s the title track from the Montreal group’s upcoming set, due July 28. They bubbled under my top 40 in the spring of 2007 with “Keep The Car Running”, which was a minor hit on the Alternative chart. Their Infinite Content Tour hits North America in September.

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PROFILE: A Great Big World Get A Gleeful Gain

"New" kids in town.

“New” kids in town.

Say hello to two guys who call themselves A Great Big World. Don’t know this duo yet? Well, they’re about to get their big introduction to the mainstream via a cover on the television show Glee. You may remember that a little song called “We Are Young” made its debut to a large audience on the same television show in December 2011, and now fun. is practically a household name with several GRAMMY nominations and two million-selling singles. Will the same overnight success happen with this duo’s “This Is The New Year”? The year is still young. Here’s a little background on the group and the song that you may be adding on your next playlist.

The duo of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino formed at New York University a few years back and they eventually formed a friendship while playing at the piano in the college’s practice spaces. Vaccarino found that Axel had a natural ability to sing and helped him to perfect his craft, going so far as to pay for his first professional vocal lesson. Axel started off as a solo artist, with Vaccarino managing him and writing his material. Axel put out “New Year” in a studio version to Adult Album Alternative, or AAA radio at this time last year, but the song never gained any traction on the airwaves and like a lot of songs, faded away, at least in the world of radio programmers. (The song dates back to at least 2008.) The song, however, provided them some online attention and the two set out on the road, opening for singer-songwriters like Five For Fighting and Ingrid Michaelson. It also got Axel’s material licensed to television shows like ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS’s The Amazing Race, among other well-known programs.

Last summer, Axel’s solo act turned into both performers being credit as a duo, A Great Big World, and the two created and released a six-song EP funded on the popular site Kickstarter. Vaccarino states, “It’s optimistic, hopeful pop music. There are fewer songs about heartbreak and more about the meaning of life, but even the most painful of our songs are hopeful.” That hopefulness is definitely heard in “New Year”, as Axel and Vaccarino sing, “‘Cause in the end we have each other/And that’s at least one thing worth living for.” It’s a soaring piano-lead number that recalls the classic mid-80s Americana anthem mixed with a contemporary vocal and other melodic elements. It would certainly fit in with the current sound of adult contemporary radio and also has big crossover potential. The Glee version doesn’t really compare to it, but the group does a decent rendition of it. There’s a lot of expectations following the sudden exposure of the song on a major TV show, but I think the boys will be able to follow through and deliver one of this year’s first big breakout singles.

Tune in and see the cast of Glee perform the song on the episode entitled “Naked”. It airs tonight at 9PM Eastern/8PM Central on FOX. Meanwhile, look for the original version on the charts in the next few weeks. By the way, if you get the chance, check out their whole EP, which is also available digitally. “I Really Want It” is another solid song from the effort, as well as “There Is The Answer”. Let’s hope that the answer is a good one following the show’s airing.

Buy “This Is The New Year” on iTunes:
A GREAT BIG WORLD VERSION
GLEE VERSION

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