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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 5, 2012

Landing “Close” to the top of my chart.

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 seven years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 5, 2012…

Debuts:
40. CHEYENNE JACKSON, “Before You”
39. KARMIN, “Hello”

Biggest Mover(s):
THE SCRIPT featuring WILL.I.AM, “Hall Of Fame” (36-24)
NO DOUBT, “Settle Down” (24-12, twelve spots)

10. P!NK, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” (up 2)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

09. CHRIS WALLACE, “Remember When (Push Rewind)” (up 1)
Album: Push Rewind (2012, ThinkSay Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

08. ALEX CLARE, “Too Close” (up 1)
Album: The Lateness Of The Hour (2012, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #7

07. MAROON 5, “Payphone” (down 2)
Album: Overexposed (2012, A&M/Octone/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

06. OWL CITY & CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Good Time” (up 1)
Album: The Midsummer Station (2012, Republic Records) and Kiss (2012, 604/School Boy/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

05. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “She’s So Mean” (up 1)
Album: North (2012, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #5 for five weeks

04. KATY PERRY, “Wide Awake” (steady, second week)
Album: Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. TRAIN, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” (steady, second week)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

02. GROUPLOVE, “Tongue Tied” (steady, third week)
Album: Never Trust A Happy Song (2011, Canvasback/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. FUN., “Some Nights” (steady, third week)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight 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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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 29, 2012

"Close" to the top.

“Close” to the top.

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 four years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of July 29, 2012…

Debuts:
40. MAT KEARNEY, “Sooner Or Later”
39. BIG TIME RUSH, “Windows Down”
38. GREEN DAY, “Oh Love”
37. ANDY GRAMMER, “Miss Me”
36. THE SCRIPT featuring WILL.I.AM, “Hall Of Fame”

Biggest Mover(s):
NO DOUBT, “Settle Down” (34-24, ten spots)

10. CHRIS WALLACE, “Remember When (Push Rewind)” (up 3)
Album: Push Rewind (2012, ThinkSay Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

09. ALEX CLARE, “Too Close” (up 1)
Album: The Lateness Of The Hour (2012, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #7

08. GRAFFITI6, “Stare Into The Sun” (down 3)
Album: Colours (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. OWL CITY & CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Good Time” (up 4)
Album: The Midsummer Station (2012, Republic Records) and Kiss (2012, 604/School Boy/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “She’s So Mean” (up 1)
Album: North (2012, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #5 for five weeks

05. MAROON 5, “Payphone” (down 3)
Album: Overexposed (2012, A&M/Octone/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

04. KATY PERRY, “Wide Awake” (up 2)
Album: Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. TRAIN, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” (up 1)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

02. GROUPLOVE, “Tongue Tied” (steady, second week)
Album: Never Trust A Happy Song (2011, Canvasback/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. FUN., “Some Nights” (steady, second week)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight 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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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 26, 2012

A "rewind" to three years ago.

A “rewind” to three years ago.

It is time for yet 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’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. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the summer after I graduated from college and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2012…

Debuts:
40. AEROSMITH, “What Could Have Been Love”
39. ONEREPUBLIC, “Feel Again”
38. ZEDD featuring MATTHEW KOMA, “Spectrum”

Biggest Mover:
KARMIN, “Hello” (29-20) (9 spots)

10. MAROON 5, “One More Night” (up 1)
Album: Overexposed (2012, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #7 for three weeks

09. NO DOUBT, “Settle Down” (up 1)
Album: Push And Shove (2012, Interscope Records)
Peak: #9 for three weeks

08. KATY PERRY, “Wide Awake” (down 2)
Album: Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

07. GROUPLOVE, “Tongue Tied” (down 3)
Album: Never Trust A Happy Song (2011, Canvasback/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. PINK, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” (up 3)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

05. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “She’s So Mean” (steady, fourth week)
Album: North (2012, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #5 for five weeks

04. CHRIS WALLACE, “Remember When (Push Rewind)” (up 3)
Album: Push Rewind (2012/2014, ThinkSay Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. OWL CITY & CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Good Time” (steady, second week)
Album: The Midsummer Station (2012, Republic Records) and Kiss (2012, 604/School Boy/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. TRAIN, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” (steady, second week)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

01. FUN., “Some Nights” (steady, sixth week)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight 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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Wishing On A Star: Fighting For The Festival

It’s back again! For the fourth year in a row, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will be taking place in Las Vegas. Since the 2012 edition of the now annual event, newer acts have received the chance to perform a small set during the first night of the big event through a partnership with Macy’s and their Rising Star contest. (Check their official website for more information.) It’s any artist’s dream to perform in front of such a wide audience, so the opportunity is huge.

Another 25 acts have entered the ring, but only one of them can be victorious and win that coveted spot. Who will rise to the occasion and sing it out in Sin City this fall? Here are my top ten choices from the pack:

Before You Exit
BEFORE YOU EXIT (Independent)
The Orlando trio have a huge social media presence, though single “I Like That”, despite a servicing to radio, didn’t build much. “Dangerous” saw a digital release in mid-March. The guys are opening for Fifth Harmony on their summer tour.

(Vote for Before You Exit)

Cassio Monroe
CASSIO MONROE (HitShop/Warner Music)
Currently opening for Midnight Red and The Wanted on a tour wrapping up next week, the duo of Jeff Garrison and Tripp Weir are gaining pop airplay for single “Under The Lights”. The two performers have three singles total on iTunes.

(Vote for Cassio Monroe)

Chris Wallace
CHRIS WALLACE (ThinkSay)
Formerly with The White Tie Affair, best known for 2009 single “Candle (Sick And Tired)”, Wallace charted with two other slow-moving solo songs on the CHR airwaves since 2012: “Remember When (Push Rewind)” and “Keep Me Crazy”.

(Vote for Chris Wallace)

Hey Day
HEY DAY (Independent)
Andrew Spelman, Andrew Underberg and Jesse Fink are only two releases into their new project, but with a SoundCloud stream total over 250,000 so far, this New York trio is on the fast track to big success. “Adderall” was released last week.

(Vote for Hey Day)

Jillette Johnson
JILETTE JOHNSON (Wind-Up)
The New York based Johnson is still promoting her 2013 album Water In A Whale. First single “Torpedo” originally went to Hot AC radio last year during a tour with Kris Allen, but in its recent second run at the format, things are picking up.

(Vote for Jillette Johnson)

MAX
MAX (Crush Music/sayMAX)
Singer and YouTube celebrity Schneider is about to release an EP, Say Max, his first release with management company Crush Music. Single “Mug Shot” is already getting play on SiriusXM Hits 1 and his base is lifting him high in the rankings.

(Vote for MAX)

Paradise Fears
PARADISE FEARS (Independent)
Six high school friends from South Dakota have been kicking it together for a few years now in this band. They just ended a winter tour to support an acoustic version of their album Battle Scars. The current single from the project is “Lullaby”.

(Vote for Paradise Fears)

Scavenger Hunt
SCAVENGER HUNT (Independent)
The Los Angeles duo of Jill Lamoureux and Dan Mufson have tour stops opening for Capital Cities and HAERTS in the next few days, while their Hunt goes on for even more fans. Their electro-pop sound comes through in song “Dreamers”.

(Vote for Scavenger Hunt)

The Score
THE SCORE (Independent)
Edan Dover and Eddie Anthony took to YouTube with their #SCORESUNDAYS covers videos last year. 5,000 followers and 600,000 views later, something’s been working! A self-titled EP features nice originals like “Don’t Wanna Wake Up”.

(Vote for The Score)

We Are The In Crowd
WE ARE THE IN CROWD (Hopeless)
From Poughkeepsie, NY, the quintet led by Taylor Jardine has one of the biggest followings in my top ten list. Two years ago, single “Kiss Me Again” got some limited airplay, but songs from new album Weird Kids have kept their fans satisfied.

(Vote for We Are The In Crowd)

Remember, your vote counts! You have 50 votes per day for the next few weeks to get these acts one step closer to a major breakthrough. So, get clicking and let your fan flag fly! Good luck to everyone involved and stay tuned for any results that come in soon.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (January 14)

Hoping for a #1.

Hoping for a #1.

From a Jersey boy to a Country boy, and from pop queens to Dap-Kings, we’ve got a little bit of everything on the menu this week. Here are all the releases you need to know about for January 14:

  • The Boss is back to take his place at the top of the charts. With his first album since 2012, Bruce Springsteen returns with High Hopes, a collection of remakes, outtakes and re-recorded versions of songs from prior efforts. It’s a first for him, but one that should prove to be popular with his core fans. Look for it to debut at #1 or very close to it. (iTunes)
  • California rockers Switchfoot are Fading West on their latest album, featuring the Alternative single “Who We Are” and Christian radio hit “Love Alone Is Worth The Fight”. Much like their last album, 2011’s Vice Verses, a top ten debut on the Billboard 200 seems likely. (iTunes)
  • She sure is a trooper. Diagnosed with cancer last year and now returning to her musical group, the soulful sounds of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are back with Give The People What They Want, their latest for Daptone Records. (iTunes)
  • On the Country circuit this week, check out Jennifer Nettles‘s first solo album apart from Sugarland, That Girl (iTunes), and newcomer Jon Pardi hits the scene with Write You A Song. (iTunes) Both artists are currently on the Country chart with their respective singles; title track “That Girl” for Nettles and “Up All Night” for Pardi. (For some classic Country, you’ll want a listen to Mary Chapin Carpenter‘s Songs From The Movies (iTunes) and Rosanne Cash‘s River And The Thread. (iTunes))
  • Other albums out this week include the U.S. release of Bastille‘s All This Bad Blood (iTunes), James Vincent McMorrow‘s Post Tropical (iTunes), Kidz Bop Kids‘s Volume 25 (iTunes), Mindless Self Indulgence‘s F–k Machine (iTunes), Ryan Star‘s A N G E L S + A N I MA L S (iTunes) and The Crystal Method‘s The Crystal Method. (iTunes)

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

  • “Can’t Remember To Forget You”, a hot duet for Shakira and Rihanna. (iTunes)
  • “Coming Of Age”, new from California rockers Foster The People. (iTunes)
  • “Give Me Back My Hometown”, the latest single from Country singer Eric Church. (iTunes)
  • Hits Like A Hurricane (EP), a five-song effort of the singles and more from Chris Wallace. (iTunes)
  • “I’m A Freak”, a new track by Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull. (iTunes)
  • “Rewind”, already racing up the Country charts for Rascal Flatts. (iTunes)
  • “The Heart”, a new single from Southern rockers needtobreathe. (iTunes)

Next week, A Great Big World tries to take over the world with their debut album. Will they make it to #1? A preview is coming in seven.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 100-81

They're here...

They’re here…

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.

With all that in mind, let’s start that countdown!

They've lost that lovin' feeling (again.)

100. OneRepublic – “Feel Again” (#7, 2012)
Writers/Producers: Drew Brown, Brent Kutzle, Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Noel Zancanella

**First of two songs in the top 100

Darling Nikki.

099. Nikki Williams – “Glowing” (#23)
Writers: Arnthor Birgisson, Daniel James, Leah Haywood, Bebe Rexha, Sandy Vee / Producer: Vee

Related Posts: Profile on Williams (February 28, 2013)

Treat her like a Lady.

098. Lady Antebellum – “Downtown” (#23)
Writers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby / Producers: Lady Antebellum (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott), Paul Worley

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

No Taylor Swift remakes here.

097. Matchbox Twenty – “Our Song” (#21)
Writer: Rob Thomas / Producer: Matt Serletic

Related Posts: Third Time Is The Charm (March 27, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

They'll fight for this "Love".

096. Lawson – “Juliet” (#21)
Writers: Andy Brown, Carl Falk, Eric Turner, Michel Zitron / Producer: Falk

Related Posts: Star-Crossed Singles (August 30, 2013)
**First of three songs in the top 100

A Great Big World
095. A Great Big World – “Say Something” (#8+) [2014 chart year: #4+]
Writers: A Great Big World (Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino), Mike Campbell / Producer: Dan Romer

Related Posts: Profile on AGBW (January 31, 2013), “Something” Is Better Than Nothing (September 7, 2013)

He wants what he wants.

094. Hunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy” (#23)
Writers: Hunter Hayes, Lori McKenna, Troy Verges / Producers: Hayes, Dann Huff

Related Posts: One Crazy Party (April 5, 2013), Single Premiere (April 7, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

Feelin' the power of two.

093. Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie – “This Is What It Feels Like” (#22)
Writers: Benno De Goeij, John Ewbank, Trevor Guthrie, Luis Raposo, Armin Van Buuren, Jenson Vaughan / Producer: Van Buuren

Related Posts: Fall Into Dance (August 14, 2013)

Be my, be my beanie.

092. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran – “Everything Has Changed” (#21)
Writers: Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift / Producer: Butch Walker

Related Posts: “True” Twosomes (May 2, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100 (Sheeran) + **First of three songs in the top 100 (Swift)

Read up on this "Story".

091. One Direction – “Live While We’re Young” (#2, 2012)
Writers: Carl Falk, Savan Kotecha, Rami Yacoub, The Clash (Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer) for sample of “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?” / Producers: Falk/Yacoub

**First of four songs in the top 100

If you don't Know them by now...

090. Colbie Caillat featuring Gavin DeGraw – “We Both Know” (#18)
Writers/Producers: Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw

Related Posts: Quick Hits (December 14, 2012)
**First of two songs in the top 100 (DeGraw)

Sometimes you wanna go Ware everybody knows your name.

089. Jessie Ware – “Wildest Moments” (#19)
Writers: Tom Hull, Jessie Ware / Producers: Kid Harpoon, Dave Okumu

He's not giving in.

088. John Newman – “Cheating” (#18)
Writers: John Newman, Emily Phillips / Producers: Newman, Mike Spencer, Ant Whiting

Related Posts: Profile on Newman (May 24, 2013)

She's got a ticket to Ryde.

087. Serena Ryder – “Stompa” (#17)
Writers: Jerrod Bettis, Serena Ryder / Producer: Bettis

Related Posts: Easy Ryders (February 22, 2013)

Rolling through the Strangeland of charts.

086. Keane – “Higher Than The Sun” (#7)
Writers: Keane (Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin and Tim Rice-Oxley) / Producer: Dan Grech-Marguerat

Related Posts: Single Premiere (September 27, 2013)

Matt's what matters.

085. Matt Cardle – “Anyone Else” (#17)
Writers: Matt Cardle, Jeff Halatrax / Producer: Cardle

Related Posts: Single Review (December 14, 2012)

"Crazy" little thing called Chris.

084. Chris Wallace – “Keep Me Crazy” (#18)
Writers: Matt Radosevich, Chris Wallace / Producer: Radosevich

Related Posts: Wallace Keeps It “Crazy” (December 11, 2012), Interview with Matt Rad (December 4, 2013)

Blame it on the "Girls".

083. The 1975 – “Girls” (#2+) [2014 chart year: #1 for one week]
Writers/Producers: The 1975 (George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy and Ross MacDonald)

Related Posts: “Girls” Hits #1 (December 8, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

Oh say, can't you "See"?

082. The Script featuring will.i.am – “Hall Of Fame” (#1 for 4 weeks, 2012)
Writers/Producers: James Barry, Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan

**First of two songs in the top 100 (The Script)

Olly olly oxen free.

081. Olly Murs – “Dear Darlin’” (#17)
Writers: Ed Drewett, Jim Eliot, Olly Murs / Producers: Drewett, Eliot

**First of three songs in the top 100

Check back tomorrow for 80-61 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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POP! Goes The Interview: Matt Rad

Rad songs (say so much.)

Rad songs (say so much.)

His name is Matt, but most people call him… Matt. The engineer, producer, writer, food connoisseur and lover of all that is art has been in the music industry for over a decade now, but especially in the past few years, Matt Rad (born Matt Radosevich) has made a name for himself on the pop airwaves with content for acts like Andy Grammer, Chris Wallace and One Direction. Most recently, Rad’s been in the studio with Ohio rockers Walk The Moon, best known for a pair of Alternative hits: “Anna Sun” and “Tightrope”.

Since my chart’s beginning in the fall of 1999, eight songs that Rad’s been involved in made it into my top 40, reaching a high of #4 three times in his career. (I think a #1 is not too far away, if you ask me.) Perhaps you’ve heard of some of these songs…

Engineering
GOOD CHARLOTTE, “Predictable” (#17, 2004)
THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS, “Gives You Hell” (#4, 2009) and “The Wind Blows” (#14, 2009)

Production and Writing
ANDY GRAMMER, “Fine By Me” (#4, 2012)
BONNIE MCKEE, “American Girl” (#31, 2013) (Production)
CHRIS WALLACE, “Keep Me Crazy” (#18, 2013) and “Remember When (Push Rewind)” (#4, 2012)
ONE DIRECTION, “Best Song Ever” (#10, 2013) (Production)

On 2012’s year-end survey, “Fine By Me” ranked at #22 and “Remember When (Push Rewind)” ranked at #26. This year, two out of his three songs (“Best Song Ever” and “Keep Me Crazy”) to make my weekly chart are in my Top 100 of 2013, which means two out of three ain’t Rad… uh, bad. They’re all rad and Rad. Yes, moving on.

Mr. Music Man himself with his seventy-six trombones leading the parade of pop hits was gracious enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer some of my questions about working with specific acts, message board fun and of course, what he might whip up for a meal. There’s no other way to describe him than as radiculously rad. Check it out below:

PGTC: Who were some of your favorite acts growing up and when did you decide to start making your own music?
Rad: I started classical piano lessons at five and my parents had everything from The Beatles to Stan Getz to The Jackson 5 playing constantly, so I had a pretty diverse musical landscape around me growing up. Being from Oakland, the first music that I really discovered on my own was rap and punk rock. I remember hearing a kid spitting Snoop Dogg’s version of “La Di Da Di” (as “Lodi Dodi” from 1993’s Doggystyle) on the playground in elementary school and I was just infected by it. At the same time, I discovered bands like Green Day, Nirvana and Weezer. I started making hip hop beats and playing in rock bands and it just spiralled from there.

PGTC: I imagine there was a transition for you working with rock acts like Good Charlotte and Taking Back Sunday and then finding yourself on the pop scene with bands like Emblem3 and One Direction. Was there any hesitation making the jump or do you feel just as comfortable working in either genre?
Rad: Honestly, there wasn’t much of a transition at all. I love working with creative people and I challenging myself, so it doesn’t matter much to me. It’s funny being known as a different type of record maker to different people. When I was 16, I was a white kid in Oakland who made beats and I was also a punk rock kid who went to 924 Gilman (a music club based in Berkeley, CA.) When I got to L.A. and started working for [producer] Eric Valentine (Smash Mouth, Third Eye Blind, etc.), I did nothing but live in his world, so I got known as a guy who made rock records. Now, I’m a pop guy. I’m happy to be thought of as any of those things, but I’ve also got some new projects brewing that don’t fall into any of those categories.

PGTC: You seem to have a pretty good relationship with Andy Grammer and Chris Wallace having produced and written on both their albums. Tell me about working with them. Are you working with Andy on his forthcoming second album?
Rad: I love working with both of those guys so much. Andy and I wrote “Fine By Me” the first day we met. We just had this great chemistry trying to impress each other. Chris and I had a similar thing, where we both came in trying to beat everything we’d done before, and we came out with his first two singles in the first three days we worked together. Both of those guys are crazy good writers and just great human beings all around.

I’ve written a bunch with Andy for his next record, but he’s still a ways away from putting the final touches on it. He and Chris and I actually got together and wrote a couple of songs. We’ll see where they end up, but the three of us together is such a fun combination.

PGTC: Your biggest song on my 2013 year-end chart and one that I’m sure gained you more followers is One Direction’s “Best Song Ever”. What was your experience like with that particular song and be honest, did you fan girl a bit when you heard you’d be co-producing one of their songs?
Rad: I enjoyed working on that song so much. I had worked on some other projects for Syco, and I got a call from Tyler Brown (A&R manager for Syco) in the U.K. about helping finish the production on a new song for the guys. I knew the band from “What Makes You Beautiful” but otherwise, I didn’t know their music that well. When they sent me the song, and I heard Harry (Styles)’s vocal in that first verse, and I had a real “woah” moment. He sounded like a badass rock frontman. Julian Bunetta and John Ryan put together such a dope production already and I just went with where they were headed and piled on guitars and distorted bass and drums. Credit to the band, Julian and John, and Tyler for having such a concrete vision for a big rock song. I loved the whole process.

PGTC: Between Chris Wallace’s “Keep Me Crazy” (also in the year-end top 100) and Emblem3’s “3,000 Miles”, there are a few active singles that you’ve had some involvement in. I’m biased coming from a blog with “charts” in the name, but do you keep track of how your songs are doing?
Rad: Oh yeah! I love seeing how people respond to the records I work on. I’m forever trying to capture the feeling I had when I first discovered music for myself, and at the same time I’m trying to have other people feel that same excitement. When I see the audience go up on Mediabase, I definitely get excited. (laughs) That just means more people are hearing things that I’ve worked hard on!

PGTC: In a similar vein, I remember that the first time we spoke was after this tweet from July where you spoke of Pulse Music Board (and no, we don’t want you to hate yourself; we’re all love, or at least I am.) Are you out searching for blog and message board feedback on your work / are you secretly undercover on PMB stanning for your faves?
Rad: I check out PMB periodically because it has a huge education about how radio works. I don’t really seek out internet feedback on a creative level (though, of course, it’s nice to see people say nice things.) I love the discussions on PMB that involve the history and arc of hits and the threads where people analyze the trajectory of a song, like Ellie Goulding‘s “Lights” and how long it took to get to #1. I like when people discuss how fun. and Janelle Monáe‘s “We Are Young” was #1 at iTunes for a month before pop radio started playing it at all. It’s a great source of knowledge about how the business responds to what kinds of records. It can also drive you insane with the crazy debates people get into, so I sometimes take a break from it.

PGTC: Following that, if there was to be a Matt Rad fan or stan account, which of the following Twitter handles would be most desirable to you?
A. @RadToTheBone [Pretty self-explanatory. It’s r-r-r-rad.]
B. @TheRadMatter [The Mad Hatter ain’t got nothin’ on you as you travel through Wonderland.]
Or C. @BlazingRaddles [The Waco Kid to your Governer, from one Mel Brooks fan to another… but Young Frankenstein may top my list.]

Rad: As a giant Blazing Saddles fan, I think C is an easy choice. An alternate option: @CantYouSeeThisRadIsANit.

(Obviously, this labor of love’s just waiting for you all to follow it.)

PGTC: Since you like to eat and cook in addition to making good music, if I were to reserve a table at Chez Rad for the evening, what would be the signature dish and drink on the menu? (You can pick the music too, but the jazz tribute to Katy Perry is probably too much.)
Rad: I’m calling a slight audible and making the meal brunch. The food would include my dad’s french toast recipe, my grandmother’s pancakes, my mother’s eggs, some country ham, bacon, and a whole lot of seasonal California fruit. The drink is champagne (with or without orange juice). The music is something left of center and upbeat like Cornelius or Cashmere Cat.

PGTC: With the holidays approaching, besides admiring your newly pressed Platinum plaque for “Best Song Ever” (I mean, you need to at least once or twice), what other activities or traditions do you and your family have?
Rad: I spend the holidays in Oakland where I grew up. My parents are there, my brother is there, and many of my best friends are there. I’m very close with all my extended family too, and almost everyone ends up in the Bay Area this time of year. We spend lots of time together around the holidays just eating and drinking and catching up.

PGTC: Finally, what are you most excited about in 2014?
Rad: There are a couple of things I’ve worked on that I’m really excited for people to hear. First is this artist named Kes, who is like Prince meets The-Dream inside the movie Blade Runner. (Find more on Kes here.) He and I did a song called “Gimme Your Love” which is one of the best songs I’ve ever worked on. The other project is a rock band called “Mini Pig”; I don’t know that I’m allowed to say much more than that, but it’s the most visceral, frantic, gritty project I’ve worked on in a long time. (Rad also co-wrote “Cue The Rain”, which will appear on Glee star Lea Michele‘s upcoming album, Louder.)

I’m also excited to see whatever Kanye West does. He’s consistently the most exciting person in music and pop culture.

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Watch out for where Chris Wallace and One Direction end up on my Top 100 of 2013, beginning on December 15 and concluding on Christmas Eve, December 24. Thanks again to Matt Rad for the great chat, and continued success into 2014. We can’t wait to hear what’s coming next (and munch on that brunch, of course.)

View more about Matt Rad on: Elemental Music | Pulse Recordings | Facebook | Twitter | @BlazingRaddles (of course!)

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