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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
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
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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 8, 2016

Back in Blackstar.

Back in Blackstar.

Welcome to New Music Friday in 2016! On the menu this week, a legendary English singer wishes on a star and several new artists hit the scene with promising singles and EPs. Here’s a look at this week’s top new albums and singles:

  • DAVID BOWIE — Blackstar (iTunes)
    • Bowie’s latest studio set is his first since 2013’s The Next Day, which debuted and peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Though he won’t be able to push Adele out of the top spot, he could have a solid debut in the top five.
  • VARIOUS ARTISTS — Straight Outta Compton (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
    • With the hit movie now out to buy digitally, an official soundtrack has just been released, which features the music of N.W.A and more. A DVD release is scheduled for January 19.
  • More albums out this week: Grizfolk‘s Waking Up The Giants (iTunes – Apple Music exclusive until 1/15), The Lion Guard (Music From The TV Series) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: AudioDamn!‘s AudioDamn! (iTunes), Conrad Sewell‘s All I Know (iTunes)

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

  • “All The Ways”, Wet (iTunes)
  • “#BDAY”, Tank featuring Chris Brown, Siya and Sage The Gemini (iTunes)
  • “Fast Car”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
  • “Freedom”, Pitbull (iTunes)
  • “God Fearin’ Man”, Hank Williams Jr. (iTunes)
  • “Lonely Girl”, Charles Kelley (iTunes)
  • “Lost Weekend”, Pete Yorn (iTunes)
  • “Love Somebody”, St. Lucia (iTunes)
  • “Reaper”, Sia (iTunes)
  • “Throw Down Your Guns”, Wild Belle (iTunes)
  • “Whole Lotta Lovin’”, DJ Mustard featuring Travi$ Scott (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Brothers OsbornePanic! At The Disco and more.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 8, 2015

A new "High" for Andrew.

A new “High” for Andrew.

DEBUTS
29. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime

TOP GAINERS
35. Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece (40)
34. Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night (39)
26. Gwen Stefani – Used To Love You (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
24. Take That – Hey Boy (29)
20. Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love (25)
14. The 1975 – Love Me (19)
05. Adele – Hello (10)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Conrad Sewell – Hold Me Up (09) | PEAK: #09
09. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (06) | PEAK: #02
08. BANNERS – Shine A Light (08) | PEAK: #08
07. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
06. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Adele – Hello (10) | PEAK: #05
04. One Direction – Drag Me Down (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. Years & Years – Desire (02) | PEAK: #02
02. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Secret Weapons – Something New (1)
2. The Score – Oh My Love (2)
3. The Front Bottoms – HELP (9)
4. Matt Woods – Blue Skies (5)
5. Lipstick Gypsy – The Cure (8)
6. Jeff Lynne’s ELO – When I Was A Boy (3)
7. Tori Kelly – Hollow (10)
8. Harry Connick Jr. – (I Do) Like We Do (4)
9. The Vamps – Wake Up (6)
10. Carly Rae Jepsen – Your Type (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew Ripp – Hole In My Heart
Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson – Second Hand Heart
BØRNS – 10,000 Emerald Pools
Bronze Radio Return – Light Me Up
Causes – To The River
Duran Duran – What Are The Chances (new)
Elton John – Looking Up
Hippo Campus – South
HØØNCH – Top
JoJo – When Love Hurts
Marianas Trench – One Love
Matt Nathanson – Adrenaline
Nathan Sykes – Over And Over Again
Olly Murs – Kiss Me
Patrick James – In New Light
Phoebe Ryan – Mine
Royal Wood – Long Way Out
Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran – Lay It All On Me
Ruen Brothers – Aces
SafetySuit – Looking Up
St. Lucia – Dancing On Glass (new)
The All-American Rejects – There’s A Place
Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (new)
Tor Miller – Carter & Cash
X Ambassadors – Unsteady
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • A little over seven years ago, the band Jack’s Mannequin first made my survey with their song called “The Resolution”. It topped out at #17. They eventually charted three other singles, but none could go as high as their first. Now, lead singer Andrew McMahon (and his new project In The Wilderness) is doing even better. He went to #3 last November with “Cecilia And The Satellite”, and now, he finally has his first #1 on my top 40 with “High Dive”, advancing 3-1. The single is also nearing the top 30 on Alternative radio.
  • This week’s only debut makes a big splash at #29. It’s “Adventure Of A Lifetime”, the latest single to reach my chart for the quartet Coldplay. It leads their forthcoming album titled A Head Full Of Dreams, due on December 4. Thus far, the band has accumulated six #1 singles, all since 2008, and should this hit the top, it’ll be a record-breaker. It might be too early to tell what the end result is going to be, but it’s off to a nice start.
  • As we continue through November, there are just three more Adam’s Top 40 charts until the end of the 2015 Chart Year. I know it’s going to be another great year-end chart. Stay tuned for more updates on the Top 100 of 2015 survey, which will be counted down in mid-December here on PGTC.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 1, 2015

"Down" is the new up.

“Down” is back up at the top.

DEBUTS
40. Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece
39. Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
36. Gwen Stefani – Used To Love You | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Martin Luke Brown – Knife Edge (35)
29. Take That – Hey Boy (37)
23. One Direction – Perfect (31)
10. Adele – Hello (25) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Adele – Hello (25) | PEAK: #10
09. Conrad Sewell – Hold Me Up (10) | PEAK: #09
08. BANNERS – Shine A Light (11) | PEAK: #08
07. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (05) | PEAK: #02
05. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Years & Years – Desire (02) | PEAK: #02
01. One Direction – Drag Me Down (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Secret Weapons – Something New (1)
2. The Score – Oh My Love (4)
3. Jeff Lynne’s ELO – When I Was A Boy (2)
4. Harry Connick Jr. – (I Do) Like We Do (3)
5. Matt Woods – Blue Skies (9)
6. The Vamps – Wake Up (6)
7. James Morrison – Demons (5)
8. Lipstick Gypsy – The Cure (-)
9. The Front Bottoms – HELP (-)
10. Tori Kelly – Hollow (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew Ripp – Hole In My Heart
Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson – Second Hand Heart
BØRNS – 10,000 Emerald Pools
Bronze Radio Return – Light Me Up
Carly Rae Jepsen – Your Type
Causes – To The River
Elton John – Looking Up
Hilary Duff and Jem & The Holograms – Youngblood
Hippo Campus – South
HØØNCH – Top
JoJo – When Love Hurts
Marianas Trench – One Love
Matt Nathanson – Adrenaline
Nathan Sykes – Over And Over Again
Olly Murs – Kiss Me
Patrick James – In New Light
Phoebe Ryan – Mine
Royal Wood – Long Way Out
Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran – Lay It All On Me
Ruen Brothers – Aces
SafetySuit – Looking Up
The All-American Rejects – There’s A Place (new)
Tor Miller – Carter & Cash
X Ambassadors – Unsteady
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut at #36 is from Gwen Stefani and her new ballad called “Used To Love You”. It’s scheduled to be on her forthcoming studio album, although there have been a few attempts to launch it in the last year with singles that just fizzled out. This song, however, could be a different story. Stefani’s last tune to reach my chart was “Settle Down” as a part of No Doubt, which went to #9 in the summer of 2012.
  • Former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert brings his total to six top 40 singles on my chart with his debut at #39 this week, “Another Lonely Night”. It’s the second cut from his album The Original High to make it on, the other being the top 20 hit “Ghost Town” from earlier this year. Lambert’s sole #1 for me thus far is 2010’s “Whataya Want From Me”.
  • Finally, at #40, another Idol, first season winner Kelly Clarkson, enters with the title track from her album from earlier this year, Piece By Piece. Both of the prior singles to be released from it, “Heartbeat Song” and “Invincible”, made my top ten, though neither one was a longevity champ. We’ll see if this track can stay around a little longer.
  • As we enter the month of November, and the sweaters and snow boots start to come out, there are only four more Adam’s Top 40 charts until the end of the 2015 Chart Year. Who is gonna rank at #1? Stay tuned for more updates on the Top 100 of 2015 survey, which will be counted down in mid-December here on PGTC.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 25, 2015

"Down" is the new up.

They’re “Down” with a second chart-topper.

DEBUTS
25. Adele – Hello

TOP GAINERS
31. One Direction – Perfect (37)
21. The 1975 – Love Me (31) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks (tie)
20. DNCE – Cake By The Ocean (30) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
11. BANNERS – Shine A Light (21) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
09. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind (14)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Conrad Sewell – Hold Me Up (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind (14) | PEAK: #09
08. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (06) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
07. Gavin James – Bitter Pill (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (02) | PEAK: #02
04. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (05) | PEAK: #04
03. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Years & Years – Desire (04) | PEAK: #02
01. One Direction – Drag Me Down (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Secret Weapons – Something New (1)
2. Jeff Lynne’s ELO – When I Was A Boy (2)
3. Harry Connick Jr. – (I Do) Like We Do (3)
4. The Score – Oh My Love (7)
5. James Morrison – Demons (6)
6. The Vamps – Wake Up (9)
7. Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night (-)
8. Gwen Stefani – Used To Love You (-)
9. Matt Woods – Blue Skies (-)
10. Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew Ripp – Hole In My Heart
Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson – Second Hand Heart
BØRNS – 10,000 Emerald Pools
Bronze Radio Return – Light Me Up
Bryan Adams – Brand New Day
Carly Rae Jepsen – Your Type
Causes – To The River
Demi Lovato – Confident
Elton John – Looking Up (new)
Hilary Duff and Jem & The Holograms – Youngblood (new)
Hippo Campus – South
HØØNCH – Top
JoJo – When Love Hurts
Lipstick Gypsy – The Cure (new)
Marianas Trench – One Love
Matt Nathanson – Adrenaline
Nathan Sykes – Over And Over Again (new)
Olly Murs – Kiss Me
Patrick James – In New Light
Phoebe Ryan – Mine
Royal Wood – Long Way Out
Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran – Lay It All On Me
Ruen Brothers – Aces
SafetySuit – Looking Up (new)
Sia – Alive
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Front Bottoms – HELP
Tor Miller – Carter & Cash
Tori Kelly – Hollow (new)
X Ambassadors – Unsteady
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • There’s a new one at the top this week, as One Direction advances 3-1 with “Drag Me Down”. Of course, they’re also back at #31 with their newest single, “Perfect”, up from #37 last week. Both songs appear on their forthcoming album, Made In The A.M., out in stores on November 13. “Drag” is the band’s second #1 single on my personal chart: they previously spent three weeks at the summit with “Story Of My Life” (from Midnight Memories) in December 2013.
  • Three songs are tied for the Biggest Mover title this week and each of them lands in double-digit territory, up ten spots. If you think that sounds pretty rare, it is. We’re lucky to get one over ten nowadays. Anyways, those three tunes are “Shine A Light” by BANNERS (21-11), “Cake By The Ocean” by DNCE (30-20) and “Love Me” by The 1975 (31-21). All three look good for top ten ranks by the end of November, unless a certain someone changes the plan…
  • …and that someone is the current queen of the music industry, Adele, who rockets onto the survey at #25 with this week’s only debut, “Hello”. The single leads off her forthcoming set, 25, due on November 20. Obviously, the slayage is huge, and it won’t be stopping anytime soon. Question is, will the singer be able to grab her fifth #1 on my chart? I think we will know the answer very soon.
  • There were a number of new singles by some of my chart favorites that were either announced or received radio dates this week, so watch out for the latest tunes from Adam Lambert, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson and more to jockey for a debut on the chart. I’ll also be starting up the Christmas Corner section again soon should anything catch my attention.
  • Only five more top 40 charts left until the end of the 2015 Chart Year, and the competition is real hot. Stay tuned for more updates on the Top 100 of 2015 survey, which will be counted down in December here on PGTC.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 18, 2015

Another Big #1 for Chad and Ian.

Still at the top, four the record.

DEBUTS
40. Take That – Hey Boy
39. Martin Luke Brown – Knife Edge
37. One Direction – Perfect | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. The 1975 – Love Me (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
30. DNCE – Cake By The Ocean (35)
21. BANNERS – Shine A Light (28)
19. Sara Bareilles – She Used To Be Mine (24)
14. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind (19)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Conrad Sewell – Hold Me Up (10) | PEAK: #10
09. X Ambassadors – Renegades (05) | PEAK: #05
08. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (12) | PEAK: #08
07. Gavin James – Bitter Pill (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (04) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
05. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (09) | PEAK: #05
04. Years & Years – Desire (06) | PEAK: #04
03. One Direction – Drag Me Down (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (02) | PEAK: #02
01. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Secret Weapons – Something New (2)
2. Jeff Lynne’s ELO – When I Was A Boy (3)
3. Harry Connick Jr. – (I Do) Like We Do (4)
4. Grace Mitchell – Jitter (1)
5. John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game (5)
6. James Morrison – Demons (6)
7. The Score – Oh My Love (9)
8. Patrick James – In New Light (8)
9. The Vamps – Wake Up (10)
10. Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran – Lay It All On Me (7)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
Andrew Ripp – Hole In My Heart (new)
Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson – Second Hand Heart (new)
Ben Rector – Brand New
BØRNS – 10,000 Emerald Pools (new)
Bronze Radio Return – Light Me Up
Bryan Adams – Brand New Day
Carly Rae Jepsen – Your Type (new)
Causes – To The River
Demi Lovato – Confident
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Hippo Campus – South
HØØNCH – Top
JoJo – When Love Hurts
Marianas Trench – One Love (new)
Matt Nathanson – Adrenaline
Matt Woods – Blue Skies
Olly Murs – Kiss Me
Phoebe Ryan – Mine
Rachel Platten – Stand By You
Royal Wood – Long Way Out (new)
Ruen Brothers – Aces
Ryan Corn – White Flag
Sia – Alive
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Front Bottoms – HELP
Tor Miller – Carter & Cash
X Ambassadors – Unsteady
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • The week’s Biggest Mover belongs to The 1975. They debuted at #40 last week with “Love Me”, and this week, they keep it moving up to #31. The band will be looking for their fourth top ten on my chart later this year. Now, from the useless trivia department, no songs called “Love Me” or song titles containing the two words in that sequence within a larger phrase ever ranked in the national top 40 in 1975. However, two did in 1974 and another two did in 1976. That’s just the way love goes.
  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to One Direction and their new one, “Perfect”, bowing in at #37. It’s the second single to be issued from their Made In The A.M. album, due November 13. Leadoff single “Drag Me Down” holds at #3 for a third week. The act’s latest single was co-written by group members Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, along with Jesse Shatkin, Jacob Kasher, John Ryan, Maureen Anne McDonald and Julian Bunetta.
  • He’s currently falling with his prior single, “Scars On Scars”, but singer Martin Luke Brown edges into the countdown at #39 with his fourth charting song, “Knife Edge”. It’s another sharp sound from Brown, who released an EP earlier this year and should have some more music coming out next year, at least I hope so. Of course, I will stan when appropriate.
  • They last hit my chart in the spring with “Let In The Sun”, which peaked at #17. Now, from the expanded reissue of their III album, Take That come in at #40 with “Hey Boy”. They’ve now charted three songs as a trio, which is the same number of songs they charted as a quintet in 2010 and 2011 when all of their original members were in tact.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 11, 2015

Another Big #1 for Chad and Ian.

They’ve got a “Hold” on the top.

DEBUTS
40. The 1975 – Love Me
39. Grizfolk – Troublemaker | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love (34)
28. BANNERS – Shine A Light (36)
24. Sara Bareilles – She Used To Be Mine (33) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
19. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind (25)
12. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Conrad Sewell – Hold Me Up (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Gavin James – Bitter Pill (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Causes – Walk On Water (06) | PEAK: #06
06. Years & Years – Desire (07) | PEAK: #06
05. X Ambassadors – Renegades (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (04) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
03. One Direction – Drag Me Down (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (02) | PEAK: #02
01. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Grace Mitchell – Jitter (1)
2. Secret Weapons – Something New (10)
3. Jeff Lynne’s ELO – When I Was A Boy (8)
4. Harry Connick Jr. – (I Do) Like We Do (7)
5. John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game (5)
6. James Morrison – Demons (6)
7. Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran – Lay It All On Me (9)
8. Patrick James – In New Light (-)
9. The Score – Oh My Love (-)
10. The Vamps – Wake Up (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
Ben Rector – Brand New
Bronze Radio Return – Light Me Up
Bryan Adams – Brand New Day
Causes – To The River (new)
Demi Lovato – Confident
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Green River Ordinance – Maybe It’s Time (Gravity)
Hippo Campus – South
HØØNCH – Top
JoJo – When Love Hurts
Martin Luke Brown – Knife Edge (new)
Matt Nathanson – Adrenaline
Matt Woods – Blue Skies (new)
Max Frost – Withdrawal
Olly Murs – Kiss Me (new)
Phoebe Ryan – Mine (new)
Rachel Platten – Stand By You
Ruen Brothers – Aces
Ryan Corn – White Flag
Sia – Alive
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Front Bottoms – HELP
Tori Kelly featuring Ed Sheeran – I Was Made For Loving You
Tor Miller – Carter & Cash
X Ambassadors – Unsteady
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by an act out to prove that the third time’s the charm, at least on my personal chart. Their two previous releases bubbled under my top 40 last year, those songs being “The Struggle” and  “Hymnals”. Now, the Swedish-American band known as Grizfolk breaks into my countdown at #39 with “Troublemaker”, which is also on the rise on the top 50 at Alternative radio. That title was also a #1 hit on my survey for Olly Murs in early 2013.
  • At #40 is this week’s other debut, “Love Me” by The 1975. After its premiere on Thursday, it went as high as #2 on iTunes. The guitar work on the song is straight late 80’s funk/pop, inspired by an era that brought us music such as the 1987 singles “Big Time” by Peter Gabriel and “Need You Tonight” by INXS. You might also hear a nod to The Isley Brothers‘s “It’s Your Thing” in the lead melody of the chorus; no word on if it’s a credited interpolation or not.
  • Several recent blog and Spotify items are on the rise just below the top 40, with the New York duo Secret Weapons close to entering the chart with their debut single, “Something New”, while English singer/songwriter Matt Woods is new to In The Mix with “Blue Skies”. You may remember that he went to #10 earlier this year with “In The Dark”. We’ll see how these two songs do later this fall.

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