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RECORD REWIND 2020: PGTC Picks, Week Twenty Six

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite small label and independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…


PHANGS – “When I’m All Alone” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Tenth appearance

Nashville’s Jake Germany is ready to slay the world with his album Who’s Gonna Break Your Heart Tonight? later this summer, as we get a nice slice of perfect pop for an appetizer. Co-written by songwriting wizard Bonnie McKee, it’s a tasty and tantalizing tune!

WOLF – “Play Dead” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Third appearance

New York singer/songwriter Julia Wolf has been putting out some really great music so far this year, including her last two releases “Ghost” and “Pillow”, which both were included in the Rewind. The mellow sound of this song is fresh yet familiar and quality stuff.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BLAKE ROSE – “Ordinary People”
CARO – “Part Of Me”
CONOR MAYNARD – “Nothing But You”
JAMIE SCOTT – “Third Time Lucky”
MARC SCIBILIA – “Wild World”

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

(PGTC supports the fight against racial inequality in our country: please use this resources website and help where you can.)

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2015: #100-81

Pop 'til you drop.

Pop ’til you drop.

Here it is, the annual countdown of the top 100 hits based on my weekly personal charts from the first week of December in 2014 to the last week of November in 2015. It was another great year for both chart veterans and newcomers, novelty hits and timeless ballads, country, pop, rock, and everything in between. We have them all, from “Hello” to “No Good In Goodbye”. Now, it is time to say “hello” to the Top 100 and “goodbye” to the year that was 2015.

In the first 20 songs on the countdown, our entries include a boy band who just gave their last live performance before a hiatus, a high school student with some boy trouble, the first fully a cappella track on the pop radio survey since the mid-90’s, a singer and songwriter that kept it smooth on my very first chart in 1999, and a bunch of singles that aren’t Cheap Trick, Lionel Richie and/or Morris Albert remakes. Confused? Let’s clear it all up, from #100 to #81:

Songs with a + denote chart peaks as of the top 40 dated November 29, 2015
Ties broken by: 1) chart peak (and) 2) number of weeks to reach peak points

One Direction
100. ONE DIRECTION – “Perfect”
Label: Syco/Columbia
Album: Made In The A.M.
Peak: #8+

099. LAWSON – “Roads”
Label: Global Entertainment
Album: (single only)
Peak: #20

Jake Owen
098. JAKE OWEN – “Real Life”
Label: RCA Nashville
Album: (single only)
Peak: #21 for two weeks

James Blunt
097. JAMES BLUNT – “When I Find Love Again”
Label: Atlantic
Album: Moon Landing – Apollo Edition (or) Smoke Signals (EP)
Peak: #11

Boy & Bear
096. BOY & BEAR – “Walk The Wire”
Label: Nettwerk
Album: Limit Of Love
Peak: #20

Prince Royce
095. PRINCE ROYCE featuring SNOOP DOGG – “Stuck On A Feeling”
Label: RCA
Album: Double Vision
Peak: #19

094. PENTATONIX – “Can’t Sleep Love”
Label: RCA
Album: Pentatonix
Peak: #15+

Maroon 5
093. MAROON 5 – “Animals”
Label: 222/Interscope
Album: V
Peak: #5 for two weeks [2014 CY]

092. DNCE – “Cake By The Ocean”
Label: Republic
Album: SWAAY (EP)
Peak: #11+

The 1975
091. THE 1975 – “Love Me”
Label: Dirty Hit/Interscope
Album: I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
Peak: #7 for two weeks+

Take That
090. TAKE THAT – “Let In The Sun”
Label: Polydor (U.K.)
Album: III
Peak: #17

Maroon 5
089. MAROON 5 – “Feelings”
Label: 222/Interscope
Album: V
Peak: #15

088. DAYA – “Hide Away”
Label: Artbeatz/RED
Album: Daya (EP)
Peak: #19 for two weeks

087. PHASES – “I’m In Love With My Life”
Label: Warner Bros.
Album: For Life
Peak: #18 for two weeks

Adam Lambert
086. ADAM LAMBERT – “Ghost Town”
Label: Warner Bros.
Album: The Original High
Peak: #19 for two weeks

Brandon Flowers
085. BRANDON FLOWERS – “Can’t Deny My Love”
Label: Island/Republic
Album: The Desired Effect
Peak: #17

Christina Perri
084. CHRISTINA PERRI – “The Words”
Label: Atlantic
Album: Head Or Heart
Peak: #17

Rob Thomas
083. ROB THOMAS – “Hold On Forever”
Label: Atlantic
Album: The Great Unknown
Peak: #12+

Conor Maynard
082. CONOR MAYNARD – “Talking About”
Label: Parlophone (U.K.)
Album: (single only)
Peak: #15 for two weeks

081. ADELE – “Hello”
Label: XL/Columbia
Album: 25
Peak: #1 for two weeks+

Tomorrow, we’ll reveal #’s 80 through 61, so check back then! You can always follow and listen to the Top 100 reveal on Spotify.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 22, 2015

A new "Love" for Ellie.

Showered with more “Love”.

40. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You
39. Martin Luke Brown – Take Out Of Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

35. North Of Nine – Can It Be You? (40)
33. BØRNS – Electric Love (39)
30. Lawson – Roads (36)
29. Conor Maynard – Talking About (34)
17. Mat Kearney – Billion (24) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

10. Scott Helman – Bungalow (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (08) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (07) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. Life Of Dillon – Overload (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Saint Motel – My Type (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Maroon 5 – Sugar (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Years & Years – King (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Taylor Swift – Style (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MAGIC! – No Way No (1)
2. Eden XO – The Weekend (2)
3. Nickelback – She Keeps Me Up (3)
4. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (6)
5. Matt Woods – In The Dark (-)
6. Olly Murs – Seasons (8)
7. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (7)
8. Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (-)
9. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (5)
10. Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun (10)

In The Mix:
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers – I’ll Be There (new)
Coin – Run
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Florida Georgia Line – Sun Daze (new)
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jacquie Lee – Tears Fall
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (new)
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Madonna – Ghosttown (new)
Mumford & Sons – Believe
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Parachute – Crave (new)
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)
Sam Hunt – Take Your Time
Shift K3y – Name And Number
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
Tuxedo – Do It (new)
U2 – Song For Someone (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Leading off this week’s top ten is the first hit for Scott Helman, “Bungalow”, up 12-10 in its 11th week. The song is now in the top 40 across three formats up north after first breaking on the Alternative airwaves. Helman is the first Canadian newcomer to reach my top ten since the Toronto group MAGIC! entered the region with “Rude” in January of last year. That song topped out at #2 for a week. We’ll see if the singer, based in the same city, can match or eclipse that peak.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the second charting single for English singer/songwriter Martin Luke Brown. His recent top ten hit “Nostalgia” is still making its home in the top 20 as “Take Out Of Me” bows in at #39 after a video premiere in the earlier part of the week. The single and title track from Brown’s forthcoming EP is due in his native U.K. on April 26, though a U.S. release date has yet to be announced. (Let’s hope that it’s real soon!)
  • A new quartet who call themselves Causes have a song that keeps on growing in The Netherlands titled “Teach Me How To Dance With You”, and that tune now enters on my chart at #40. Though it has yet to be picked up here, it is available for download and it sure sounds like it could do something. Lead singer Rupert Blackman, originally from London, was a solo act for a few years before the band formed.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 22, 2013

Third time lucky.

Holed up at #1.

40. Pink – Walk Of Shame
37. Daughtry – Waiting For Superman
36. Bastille – Laura Palmer | HIGHEST DEBUT

35. Conor Maynard – R U Crazy (40)
30. John Newman – Cheating (35)
25. Walk Off The Earth – Gang Of Rhythm (30)
24. Passenger – The Wrong Direction (31) | BIGGEST MOVER
22. American Authors – Best Day Of My Life (28)
15. Sheppard – Hold My Tongue (20)
07. Coldplay – Atlas (12)

10. Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World (14) | PEAK: #10
09. Pink featuring Lily Rose Cooper – True Love (07) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
08. Mika featuring Ariana Grande – Popular Song (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Coldplay – Atlas (12) | PEAK: #07
06. Passenger – Let Her Go (04) | PEAK: #01 for twelve weeks
05. Grouplove – Ways To Go (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Katy Perry – Roar (05) | PEAK: #04
03. The 1975 – Chocolate (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Bastille – Pompeii (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Passenger – Holes (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. NONONO – Pumpin’ Blood (4)
2. John Mayer featuring Katy Perry – Who You Love (1)
3. The 1975 – Girls (-)
4. Hudson Taylor – Care (-)
5. Phillip Phillips – Where We Came From (3)
6. Eminem – Berzerk (6)
7. Bruno Mars – Gorilla (9)
8. Kings Of Leon – Supersoaker (5)
9. Switchfoot – Who We Are (-)
10. A Great Big World – Say Something (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew Allen – Play With Fire
Atlas Genius – If So
Britney Spears – Work Bitch (new)
Bronze Radio Return – Further On (new)
Cedric Gervais & Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better
Celine Dion – Loved Me Back To Life
Daft Punk featuring Panda Bear – Doin’ It Right
David Myles featuring Classified – So Blind
Emblem3 – 3,000 Miles (new)
Hunter Hunted – Keep Together (new)
Justin Timberlake – TKO (new)
Kacey Musgraves – Follow Your Arrow (new)
Lee DeWyze – Fight (new)
Lily Kershaw – As It Seems
Lorde – Team
Marie Miller – You’re Not Alone
Mayer Hawthorne – Crime (new)
OneRepublic – Something I Need
Pet Shop Boys – Love Is A Bourgeois Construct
Plain White T’s – The Giving Tree
The Feeling – Rescue
The Killers – Shot At The Night (new)
Tom Odell – Hold Me (new)
Yuna – Rescue

Chart Notes:

  • From the Fun With Numbers department, ten of the songs on this week’s chart are either by or feature an act in my top 40 for the first time. Five are bands, including Bastille and The 1975, three are solo males, like Mayer Hawthorne and Passenger and two are solo females, Ariana Grande and Ashley Monroe.
  • The Biggest Mover of the week belongs to a familiar fellow; that would be Passenger with “The Wrong Direction”, up 31-24. Ironically, he took a bigger leap up the chart last week of nine spots, but that was squashed by the massive jump of 31-12 by Coldplay‘s “Atlas”. Each of the singer’s three singles thus far have held the title of Biggest Mover for at least one week during their chart run.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the second hit in a row for the British quartet Bastille, “Laura Palmer”, which enters at #36. The song’s based off of a character from the 1990 television series Twin Peaks, in which the manners of her death during the first episode became one of the main arcs for the show. It was a minor hit earlier this year in several European countries, and is now actively charting in places like Belgium and Italy.
  • At #37 is the latest by Daughtry, who have gone a bit electro-pop on their latest single, “Waiting For Superman”. It’s from their forthcoming album titled Baptized. The debut of “Waiting” marks the band’s eleventh song to make my chart, two of which went to #1: 2009’s “No Surprise” and 2011’s “Crawling Back To You”.
  • Finally, at #40, is the latest song by Pink. “Walk Of Shame” is the fifth single to chart from The Truth About Love and is the followup to her recent #1 with Lily Rose Cooper, “True Love”. It’s already been serviced to radio in Australia and looks to be climbing up iTunes there as well.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 15, 2013

His single is smoking.

Puffin’ at the top of the pops.

40. Conor Maynard – R U Crazy

31. Passenger – The Wrong Direction (40)
30. Walk Off The Earth – Gang Of Rhythm (37)
14. Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World (21)
12. Coldplay – Atlas (31) | BIGGEST MOVER

10. One Direction – Best Song Ever (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Mika featuring Ariana Grande – Popular Song (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Justin Timberlake – Take Back The Night (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Pink featuring Lily Rose Cooper – True Love (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
06. Grouplove – Ways To Go (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Katy Perry – Roar (07) | PEAK: #07
04. Passenger – Let Her Go (04) | PEAK: #01 for twelve weeks
03. The 1975 – Chocolate (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Bastille – Pompeii (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Passenger – Holes (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. John Mayer featuring Katy Perry – Who You Love (1)
2. Bastille – Laura Palmer (8)
3. Phillip Phillips – Where We Came From (3)
4. NONONO – Pumpin’ Blood (10)
5. Kings Of Leon – Supersoaker (4)
6. Eminem – Berzerk (9)
7. Olly Murs – Right Place Right Time (5)
8. Pet Shop Boys – Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (6)
9. Bruno Mars – Gorilla (-)
10. Daft Punk featuring Panda Bear – Doin’ It Right (-)

In The Mix:
A Great Big World – Say Something
Andrew Allen – Play With Fire (new)
Atlas Genius – If So
Cedric Gervais & Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better (new)
Celine Dion – Loved Me Back To Life
Cold War Kids – Miracle Mile
David Myles featuring Classified – So Blind (new)
Kaskade – Atmosphere
Lily Kershaw – As It Seems (new)
Lorde – Team (new)
Marie Miller – You’re Not Alone
OneRepublic – Something I Need
Pink – Walk Of Shame (new)
Plain White T’s – The Giving Tree (new)
Switchfoot – Who We Are (new)
The Feeling – Rescue
Tom Odell – Grow Old With Me
Yuna – Rescue

Chart Notes:

  • Driving it home once again this week is Passenger, #1 for a second week with his song “Holes”. It’s the second number one in a row from his album All The Little Lights, and a third single from it may just do the same as “The Wrong Direction” leaps from 40-31. By the way, the last “hole” song to make my chart, not that you were likely wondering about it, was “Hole In The Head” by everyone’s favorite revolving door girl group, the Sugababes. After a minor American crossover during the summer of 2004, it went to #12 on my chart and remains their biggest single to rank in my top 40.
  • Two songs make it into the top ten this week. Mika and Ariana Grande rise from 11-9 with “Popular Song”. It’s the third top ten single for the Lebanese-born performer following “Grace Kelly” in 2006 and “We Are Golden” in 2009. It’s the first for Grande. Also jumping in with their now sixth top ten is One Direction, up 12-10 with “Best Song Ever”. It will be on their third studio album, Midnight Memories, due out in November.
  • I’m guessing that there weren’t any doubts that Coldplay would have this week’s Biggest Mover. The question was, by just how much would they climb? The answer is nineteen spots, as “Atlas” soars from 31-12. The song is the first single from the forthcoming motion picture, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. This one is firing up real fast and looks like it’s on target to hit the top relatively soon.
  • Only one debut this week, which is the third top 40 hit for young Conor Maynard, “R U Crazy”. The song lands at #40. It’s released digitally in the United Kingdom on October 8. Maynard’s biggest single so far is “Vegas Girl”, which peaked at #18 last year during a 14-week run.
  • Next week is filled with a plethora of new songs debuting, including “Work Bitch” by Britney Spears on Monday, “Waiting For Superman” by Daughtry on Tuesday, as well “TKO” by Justin Timberlake, “Higher Than The Sun” by Keane and “Shot At The Night” by The Killers all potentially making their debut later on in the week. Stay tuned to see where a few of them may debut on the chart come Sunday.

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Insane In The Brain: New Music Gone Nuts

The world’s gone madly lately; so have some of the songs that made my top 40 since the beginning of the year. I’ve gone from “Crazy All My Life” by Daniel Powter to “Keep Me Crazy” by Chris Wallace and finally, “I Want Crazy” by Hunter Hayes. That is crazy, at least it’s certainly more “crazy” titles than I can remember in any given chart year. Luckily, if you’re a fan of all the madness, the songs aren’t getting more sane anytime soon. Behold, the latest in silly singles, singers gone screwy and all that is mental in the music industry:

Bad to the bone.

Bad to the bone.

Release Date: October 6 (U.K.)

Here’s the young singer who many liken as the British equivalent of Justin Bieber, but Conor Maynard has proven that he has a musical identity of his own, and one that many people like. His debut album, Animal, debuted at #1 in his native U.K. and was certified Silver. Though a push in the U.S. was attempted late last year and earlier this year, things didn’t really pan out as the label wanted, and he never got his due justice on the charts. However, last time around, Maynard peaked at #6 in the United Kingdom with the title track in a new version featuring British rapper Wiley. It was his fourth consecutive top ten single in a row there. Now, he looks to extend that streak to five with his newest single, “R U Crazy?” It leads off his second album, due this fall. He promised a new sound on this record and he’s definitely achieved it with this single, which begins as a more traditional swing number before transitioning into a hard-hitting urban beat. (The video version I’m describing his a slightly different feel than the radio version, but both are online.) It appears that Maynard wants to be a bad boy of pop now given a darker shift in image and music. I mean, where did “I ain’t your mister/’Cause I’m breakin’ up with ya/Shoulda hooked up with your sister/Go now, here’s my middle finger” come from? Complete 180 right there. However, it works for him. It’s a hit, and should the time come to try the U.S. once again, I think pop radio would embrace it fully.

A dire case of Squier.

A dire case of Squier.

EMINEM – “Berzerk”
Release Date: out now, September 8 (U.K.)

Guess who’s back? Yes, it’s the dude from Detroit who keeps turning out new music that brings the hype. His next album, a sequel to his Marshall Mathers LP, is due November 5 in the heart of Q4. Produced by the legendary Rick Rubin, the rapper’s latest track takes us back to the 1980’s and Def Jam Records, an homage of sorts to the unpolished, raw nature of some of the recordings from that era. It might be a little messy on first listen given the more street feel of it, but it’s for sure a grower and you’ll want to listen again and again. What works so best about it is the sampling in it: you can hear a small vocal sample of “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” by the Beastie Boys in the first verse (and a few variations of it) but taking prominence in the arrangement is 1981’s “The Stroke” by Billy Squier, which was a top 20 hit on the Hot 100. Primiarly a rock musicians, he did very well for himself for a while on that survey and on the national scene, but since he began, the hip-hop community has taken even more of a liking to Squier’s work. Think of how many acts over the years took a sample of the drum break in his song “The Big Beat”, including Jay-Z on 2004’s “99 Problems” and Alicia Keys on her hit of last year, “Girl On Fire”. You may hear Squier’s material all over the classic hits airwaves nowadays, but this one will certainly bring him back on the pop scene. It’s a cool idea that sounds fresh even though it’s rooted in the decades past.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (Jan. 8)

He's a Mayniac at your door.

He’s a Mayniac at your door.

New year, new releases. It’s always a slow start in January, but here are the new releases out in stores on Tuesday:

  • U.K. import Conor Maynard releases his debut album, Contrast, on Capitol Records. Thus far, he’s released two singles in the States, “Vegas Girl”, which hit last year, and “Turn Around”, featuring Ne-Yo, which is currently on the radio. The album has already been a big hit in his native United Kingdom, going to #1 back in August.
  • Rapping rockers Hollywood Undead put out their third studio album, Notes From The Underground. Lead single “We Are” has been a minor hit on rock radio.
  • Popular Christian contemporary artist Chris Tomlin releases Burning Lights; lead single “Whom Shall I Fear (God Of The Angel Armies)” has already been a top-5 hit on Christian radio.
  • Boston-based celtic rockers Dropkick Murphys recently scored a seasonal hit on the Alternative chart with “The Season’s Upon Us”. Parent album Signed and Sealed in Blood is out this week. As a part of the promotion of it, members of the band will be working at various New England-based Newbury Comics locations on the album release date.
  • Newcomers twenty | one | pilots put out Vessel, featuring the new Alternative single, “Holding On To You”.
  • The physical edition of Solange‘s EP True comes out today. A digital version became available several weeks ago.
  • Two soundtracks are out this week: the original soundtrack to television show Girls, featuring fun., Grouplove and Robyn, and the movie soundtrack to Stand Up Guys. It features Golden Globe nominated “Not Running Anymore” by Jon Bon Jovi.

Other assorted music DVDs and books out this week include:

  • Season one of the television show Smash, which stars former American Idol singer Katharine McPhee.

Lastly, the new digital-only singles that you can buy this week:

  • New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi return with the feel-good “Because We Can”, the leadoff single from What About Now. (Read my review here.)
  • Ryan Tedder and his group OneRepublic take on an electro-pop sound for “If I Lose Myself”, the second single from their forthcoming album, Native. (Read my review here.)
  • Country star Blake Shelton has a lighter release in “Sure Be Cool If You Did”.

See you next week for more releases!

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #85 to #71 (Post 2 of 11)

Open your chart to me.

Open your chart to me.

From now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be counting down my top 100 songs of the year as I’ve been tabulating over the past few weeks. Every week, I make a top 40 list, and each position gets a certain amount of points, plus, I add in some extra points for weeks at #1, which goes towards their yearly total. The survey period is from December 4, 2011 to November 25, 2012. 177 songs ranked in the top 40 at some point this year, an increase of eleven from last year, which means that the pace picked up a little bit. Ties are broken by (1) peak position, then (2) weeks at peak position, and then (3) number of weeks on chart should it go that far. Everything from the top of the pops is in here: boy bands, bubblegum, country, dance, rock, and all the surprise hits and major under-performers in-between. Of course, I’ll be commenting on them as well, but I’m saving the good stuff until we get towards the top-tier of the top 100. We’re 15 songs down and have 85 more hits to go. Let’s pick back up at #85…

085. Kris Allen – The Vision Of Love (174 points) (PEAK: #21)
Here’s another Idol winner that was dropped by his label this year after his sophomore release, Thank You Camellia, underperformed. It’s a shame as this one was probably his catchiest single to date. The label credit on his recent Christmas EP is independent My T Mouse Records, a play on the cartoon superhero from the 1940’s.

084. Karmin – Crash Your Party (189 points) (PEAK: #16)
First of three singles in the top 100 for this so-called swag pop duo hailing from Beantown. This was essentially a “promotional single” as it didn’t appear on their major label debut, an EP entitled Hello. The title track is the next one up of the three.

083. Will Young – Come On (189 points) (PEAK: #12)
From his album Echoes, Young has one more song in the top 100, coming up in this section, in fact. Of the four singles from the album, only one made my top ten ten: “Jealousy”, which peaked at #3 last year.

082. Dave Matthews Band – Mercy (195 points) (PEAK: #19)
Matthews and the band have always performed solidly on my chart, but this was the first DMB era without a top ten hit on my survey since 2002’s Busted Stuff. “Where Are You Going?” made my top twenty, but failed to make the top ten. It was sonically boring and after a while of just sitting there, I had to let it fall. Perhaps you can attribute this same sort of story with this year’s #82 song.

081. Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. – Give Me All Your Luvin’ (196 points) (PEAK: #15)
Despite a Clear Channel “artist integration” deal which enabled radio stations to play the song every hour on the hour for the better part of three days, this was a major disappointment for the Material Girl. Yes, the demo leaked late last year and yes, it did attain a peak of #9 on the Hot 100, but it got zero longevity beyond her Super Bowl performance. (A very good performance, by the way.) This is the only song by Her Madgesty in the year-end survey.

080. Eric Hutchinson – Watching You Watch Him (201 points) (PEAK: #20)
Remember when Perez Hilton’s influence was so big that he could break an act? That’s what happened with this guy and his 2008 album, Sounds Like This, which launched “Rock & Roll” up to #14 for two weeks. His second hit on my chart was a decent one, but just didn’t muster enough chart power to rank any higher than it did.

079. Will Young – I Just Want A Lover (202 points) (PEAK: #18)
Ever wanted to see a guy romancing a shopping cart? Take a look at the odd video clip for this song. Just last month, Young switched labels from 19/RCA to Island, and hopes to have a new record out in 2013.

078. fun. – Carry On (214 points) (PEAK: #2)
Though it was #2 back in November, it’s now gone on to spend three weeks at #1 on my personal chart. That makes fun. the first group to score three number-ones consecutively in a calendar year since the Backstreet Boys did it back in 2001 with “The Call”, “More Than That” and “Drowning”.

077. Conor Maynard – Vegas Girl (221 points) (PEAK: #18)
He’s another YouTube discovery who has now garnered three top ten hits in the United Kingdom, this one peaking at #4 over there. He’s not quite the British version of Justin Bieber in terms of fandom and sales, but he does make a solid Pop record. His album, Contrast, gets a U.S. release in early January.

076. Rebecca Ferguson – Nothing’s Real But Love (223 points) (PEAK: #19)
This gal from Liverpool brings some soulful sounds to the countdown, peaking at #19 for four consecutive weeks. Though she hasn’t amassed a huge following in the States, her album has had a decent run in the United Kingdom. Hey, she beat Matt Cardle, who beat her to take the X Factor crown, on my year-end survey for the year. That’s pretty impressive.

075. Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own (236 points) (PEAK: #17)
What can you say about The Boss that hasn’t been said? He’s a legendary rocker, but, in terms of peak position, this is actually his best ranking song to make my top 40. It saw notable sales gains when promoted as a part of President Obama’s successful reelection campaign.

074. Colbie Caillat featuring Common – Favorite Song (239 points) (PEAK: #16)
This is the first time that a third single from any of Caillat’s three eras has entered the top 40. Caillat has had nine hits make my chart to date, with a tenth waiting in the wings: “We Both Know”, featuring Gavin DeGraw, from the soundtrack to Safe Haven.

073. Adam Lambert – Never Close Our Eyes (240 points) (PEAK: #15)
Alright, you Glamberts, here’s the first of two songs on the chart for the recent host of VH1 Divas 2012. Of his four songs to make my top 40, this is the only one that didn’t make the top ten, stalling out at that #15 peak for three weeks. The first single from Trespassing will be appearing in a little while.

072. Alanis Morissette – Guardian (245 points) (PEAK: #17)
After an era with no top-40 hits, Morissette landed one song in the survey this year, from her album Havoc and Bright Lights. She hasn’t scored a top ten hit on my chart since her remake of Seal‘s “Crazy” peaked at #8 for two weeks in January 2006.

071. Ellie Goulding – Lights (245 points) (PEAK: #9)
Goulding’s song was #78 on my 2011 year-end countdown with just five points less than it accumulated this year. It was off the charts months before it hit #1 on the CHR survey in August.

Join me back here tomorrow as I reveal #70 through #56, packed with shadows, darkness and falling skies. Not too optimistic looking, huh?

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Kids These Days: The Latest Tweenage Hits

Headed in the right Direction.

Headed in the right Direction.

Every generation of teenage girls have their male teen idols. They include singing sensations like Elvis PresleyRick Nelson, The Beatles, The Jackson 5, The Osmonds, Shaun Cassidy, Rick Springfield, New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, The Jonas Brothers, etc. I could go on for ages listing them all out and I still wouldn’t get them all. Point is, one replaces the other, and several compete all at one time for our fair maiden’s attention.

Now, there are a few teen idols from the last wave of singers that are still around on the charts today. The most prominent one is Justin Bieber, but even Bieber is between his 3rd and 4th year mark on the charts and releasing the most urban sounding songs on his album Believe, which I guess happens to the best of them. Remember when the Backstreet Boys had The Neptunes remix “The Call” in 2001? Nelly featuring on *NSYNC‘s “Girlfriend” in 2002? Justin Timberlake followed in a similar vein for his solo career. Well, Bieber’s latest single is “Beauty And A Beat”, which features rappper Nicki Minaj, preceded by a single featuring rapper Big Sean. Followup and fourth single “All Around The World”, featuring Ludacris, is out in the United Kingdom in February, so expect it in the States in a few months.

Sadly, The Wanted‘s newest falsetto-laced release, “I Found You”, is struggling to find a wide American audience, though it essentially comes off as a part two continuation of their big hit “Glad You Came”, which is still regularly played on the radio. It did hit #3 in their native United Kingdom… before falling to #20 the next week, then to #29, and then straight out of the top 40. Expect them to have a few more hits before they call it a day. It’s not like they’ll be wanted forever. Cody Simpson‘s also been struggling on the radio here and Ryan Beatty never really caught on. Oh well.

Here are three new tween hits on the radar in the States that’ll crossover into 2013 – the good, the bad, and the ugly:

ONE DIRECTION – “Little Things”
The boys have changed it up on us! “Kiss You” was initially meant to be the second U.S. single from Take Me Home, but the boys have opted to release this pretty ballad in the States as it recently hit #1 in their native United Kingdom. This is their first slower song to get a release here (Ballad “Gotta Be You” off their last album hit #3 in the U.K. last year) so it will be interesting to see how radio reacts to it since lead single, “Live While We’re Young”, hit a brick wall before the top ten on radio. I actually liked that one a lot, but it did sound similar to some of their earlier material. Ed Sheeran co-wrote this song, but the lyrics aren’t exactly the strong point of this composition. Who has dimples on their back at the bottom of their spine? No, it’s the tenderness of their singing and their vulnerable side that will get the teenage girls swooning. I can hear the collective sighs of “Awww!” already. It’s already #32 on CHR radio and climbing. Look for it to make it through the winter season alright.

CONOR MAYNARD featuring NE-YO – “Turn Around”
This twenty-year-old British singer has three top ten hits under his belt in the U.K., including this recent one which is now just making it to the States. It’s been in the top 50 on the CHR chart for a few weeks now, but it’s only been making small gains as of recent. It has your typical Stargate produced-sound, but it’s a cute little Pop song that, at least to me, is more enjoyable than some of Bieber’s latest stuff, but because he’s still ruling the charts, Maynard can’t seem to break through. I mean, there’s even a floating elevator in the video, and it’s giving me Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory vibes without going too far. At least it didn’t end up like this. Maynard releases his fourth single in the United Kingdom, “Animal”, this month.

AUSTIN MAHONE featuring FLO RIDA – “Say You’re Just A Friend”
Sorry to be a heartbreaker, Mahomies, but this one just isn’t going to do it for me. Buzz single “Say Somethin'” was at least halfway decent because it was a essentially a second-rate version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”, but this one is even more generic and his vocals on the chorus are grating as hell. Plus, they got a rent-a-rapper, Flo Rida feature on this single, which means that his label is desperate for a hit. This “song” samples the classic Biz Markie track, “Just A Friend”, although Flo  can’t seem to figure out what year it came out as a single, based on his rap. It was 1990, two years after “Piano In The Dark” by Brenda Russell, the sample destroyed on his latest single, “I Cry”. (Blame that one primarily on the Bingo Players, though.) Try Mario’s 2002 remake of “Just A Friend” if you want something a little better. All things of this musical tragedy considered, it’ll probably be a minor hit, although I’d like to say you’re just a flop. Nothing against Mahone himself, but this is just bad. Better luck next time.

Who knows what could be next in the Pop world? I’m sure you’ll find out here first.


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