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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 30, 2014

Doin' their "dance" at #1.

Doin’ their “dance” at #1.

DEBUTS
39. Coldplay – Ink
38. Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good
37. Christian Burghardt – Safe Place To Land
35. A Great Big World – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Shawn Mendes – Something Big (39)
33. Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran – All About It (38)
22. One Direction – Night Changes (28)
21. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (30) | BIGGEST MOVER
20. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (25)
11. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (19)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (08) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
09. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (10) | PEAK: #09
08. One Direction – Steal My Girl (07) | PEAK: #07
07. Take That – These Days (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Maroon 5 – Animals (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (03) | PEAK: #03
03. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
01. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Sheppard – Smile (3)
2. Nick Gardner – Lose You (10)
3. The Avener – Fade Out Lines (-)
4. Rixton – Hotel Ceiling (-)
5. Ben Howard – Conrad (8)
6. Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In Red (-)
7. American Authors – Luck (4)
8. Big Data featuring White Sea – The Business Of Emotion (7)
9. Matt Hires – Hold You Up (9)
10. Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind (-)

In The Mix:
Lifehouse – Flight
Maroon 5 – Sugar
Max Frost – Paranoia
Mikey Wax – Only One
Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato – Up (new)
Prince Royce featuring Snoop Dogg – Stuck On A Feeling (new)
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On
The Decemberists – Make You Better
The Griswolds – If You Wanna Stay
Train – Bulletproof Picasso
U2 – Every Breaking Wave

Chart Notes:

  • With the end of the chart year comes the changing of the guard at #1 as Ohio quartet Walk The Moon rise a notch to the top with “Shut Up And Dance”. This is the band’s first single to reach the position, having previously charted in the top ten with “Anna Sun” during the fall of 2012. It appears that the track is also likely to become the act’s biggest hit to date on Alternative radio and a potential crossover record. Their newest album, Talking Is Hard, is due this Tuesday.
  • The year’s first Christmas song of the season bows in at #35 as the Highest Debut on the chart. New York duo A Great Big World have a great big cover of “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”, an amusing and lovable take on Gayla Peevey‘s classic from 1953. The tune is featured on the EP I’ll Be Home For Christmas, released this past Monday. Be sure to look out for “Already Home” and “Say Something” on my year-end survey.
  • Newcomer Christian Burghardt enters at #37 with “Safe Place To Land”. The 26-year-old is one of two performers from Oregon in the countdown; the other is Mat Kearney. One spot down from there is Andy Grammer, coming in at #38 with “Honey, I’m Good”. It’s his second single to chart from Magazines Or Novels. Finally, at #39, Coldplay is new to the chart with “Ink” from the album Ghost Stories.
  • Thanks for another amazing year! With the 52 weeks completed in my 2014 Chart Year, I’ll be tabulating away to rank my annual Top 100. The official reveal will begin in about two weeks, so stay tuned for an official start date. Can’t wait to begin counting ’em down!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 23, 2014

Scott storms the top this week.

Six times the Scott.

DEBUTS
39. Shawn Mendes – Something Big
38. Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran – All About It | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (39)
29. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Real Love (34)
28. One Direction – Night Changes (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (32)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Take That – These Days (13) | PEAK: #09
08. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. One Direction – Steal My Girl (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Maroon 5 – Animals (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. A Great Big World – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas (-)
2. Coldplay – Ink (2)
3. Sheppard – Smile (3)
4. American Authors – Luck (1)
5. Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good (-)
6. Christian Burghardt – Safe Place To Land (10)
7. Big Data featuring White Sea – The Business Of Emotion (5)
8. Ben Howard – Conrad (8)
9. Matt Hires – Hold You Up (7)
10. Nick Gardner – Lose You (-)

In The Mix:
Grizfolk – Hymnals
Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In Red (new)
Lifehouse – Flight (new)
Maroon 5 – Sugar
Max Frost – Paranoia
Mikey Wax – Only One
Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind (new)
Rixton – Hotel Ceiling (new)
Ryan Cabrera – House On Fire
Saint Raymond – Fall At Your Feet
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On
The Avener – Fade Out Lines (new)
The Decemberists – Make You Better
The Griswolds – If You Wanna Stay (new)
Train – Bulletproof Picasso
U2 – Every Breaking Wave

Chart Notes:

  • After debuting last time at #38, the new single from One Direction, “Night Changes”, takes a massive leap to #28. It is the second radio release from the band’s FOUR album, which looks to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 survey. Last week, “Night” premiered via a partial hourly deal with iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) for the CHR format and remains below the top 40.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the first chart single for the 26-year-old rapper born Steven Markowitz, better known as Hoodie Allen. He teams up with Ed Sheeran on “All About It”, rolling in at #38. Allen’s recent album, People Keep Talking, debuted on the Billboard 200 at #8. Sheeran now totals three singles in the top 40 at once with this feature.
  • A notch below them is 16-year-old Shawn Mendes, new at #39 with “Something Big”. Discovered on Vine, his single “Life Of The Party” climbed to #24 on the Hot 100. It will be a while before he catches up to another Mendes, Sergio Mendes, best known for a pair of #4 hits: “The Look Of Love” (1968) and “Never Gonna Let You Go” (1983).
  • There are a total of seven unbulleted songs in the 31-40 section of my chart, so expect some big debut action through December. A Great Big World‘s first Christmas single, along with new ones from chart mainstay Andy Grammer and newcomer Christian Burghardt are likely to enter next week.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 16, 2014

Scott storms the top this week.

The Hurricane strikes once more.

DEBUTS
39. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat
38. One Direction – Night Changes
32. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Real Love (39)
27. Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia (33)
23. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (29)
22. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (31) | BIGGEST MOVER
21. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (26)
14. James Blunt – When I Find Love Again (19)
13. Take That – These Days (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. The Script – Superheroes (08) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
09. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (06) | PEAK: #03
08. One Direction – Steal My Girl (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Maroon 5 – Animals (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. American Authors – Luck (1)
2. Coldplay – Ink (2)
3. Sheppard – Smile (4)
4. Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran – All About It (10)
5. Big Data featuring White Sea – The Business Of Emotion (5)
6. Shawn Mendes – Something Big (-)
7. Matt Hires – Hold You Up (8)
8. Ben Howard – Conrad (9)
9. U2 – Every Breaking Wave (7)
10. Christian Burghardt – Safe Place To Land (-)

In The Mix:
Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good (new)
Anthem Lights – Top Of The World
Grizfolk – Hymnals
Maroon 5 – Sugar
Max Frost – Paranoia (new)
Mikey Wax – Only One
Nick Gardner – Lose You
Ryan Cabrera – House On Fire
Saint Raymond – Fall At Your Feet
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On
Selena Gomez – The Heart Wants What It Wants
The Decemberists – Make You Better
The Madden Brothers – Dear Jane
Train – Bulletproof Picasso

Chart Notes:

  • Seven songs land a Top Gainer title this week, but the biggest of the big is from The Script. They jump from 31-22, a gain of nine notches for “No Good In Goodbye”. It’s the follow-up to “Superheroes”, which marks its 14th week in the top ten on this chart. Though “Goodbye” has yet to see a U.S. release date with the trio’s previous single still climbing up, it should be here sometime in 2015.
  • The week’s Highest Debut is an amazing new song from English DJ and producer Mark Ronson and American singer Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”, which bows in at #32. It has been racing up the radio charts since its debut on Monday and is also in the top 40 on iTunes. “Funk” is the first release to be issued from Ronson’s forthcoming album, Uptown Special, due next year.
  • As they rise in the top ten with “Steal My Girl”, English boy band One Direction has yet another entry on the top 40 from their new album Four with “Night Changes”, in at #38. The song was co-written by Jamie Scott, who also lands at #1 for the fifth week running with “Unbreakable”. You certainly can’t break a winning combination like that.
  • Finally, at #39, is the first chart hit since the summer of 2012 for Mat Kearney. “Heartbeat” debuts at #39 this week for the Oregon-born performer as he looks to capture his fifth top ten single. His previous four were “Nothing Left To Lose” (#2), “Closer To Love” (#6), “Hey Mama” (#3) and “Ships In The Night” (#8).

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 9, 2014

Scott storms the top this week.

The Hurricane strikes once more.

DEBUTS
40. Christina Perri – The Words
39. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Real Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (36)
29. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (31)
20. Passenger – 27 (27)
18. Take That – These Days (26)
14. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (20)
10. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (15)
09. One Direction – Steal My Girl (14)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (15) | PEAK: #10
09. One Direction – Steal My Girl (14) | PEAK: #09
08. The Script – Superheroes (06) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
07. Maroon 5 – Animals (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (03) | PEAK: #03
05. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (05) | PEAK: #02
01. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. American Authors – Luck (3)
2. Coldplay – Ink (4)
3. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (-)
4. Sheppard – Smile (8)
5. Big Data featuring White Sea – The Business Of Emotion (5)
6. Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (2)
7. U2 – Every Breaking Wave (9)
8. Matt Hires – Hold You Up (10)
9. Ben Howard – Conrad (-)
10. Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran – All About It (-)

In The Mix:
Anthem Lights – Top Of The World
Avicii featuring Robbie Williams – The Days
Christian Burghardt – Safe Place To Land (new)
Grizfolk – Hymnals
Gwen Stefani – Baby Don’t Lie
Maroon 5 – Sugar (new)
Mikey Wax – Only One
Nick Gardner – Lose You
One Direction – Night Changes (new)
Ryan Cabrera – House On Fire
Saint Raymond – Fall At Your Feet
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On
Selena Gomez – The Heart Wants What It Wants (new)
Shawn Mendes – Something Big (new)
The Decemberists – Make You Better (new)
The Madden Brothers – Dear Jane
Train – Bulletproof Picasso
You+Me – You And Me

Chart Notes:

  • Quite a bit of movement on the chart this week with eight songs moving up five spots or greater, with three of them at seven or more. The biggest is “Blank Space” from Taylor Swift‘s hot 1989 album, up 38-29 for a gain of nine. It’s no surprise that radio has taken to it very quickly, but it’s moving at a such an incredible pace that could bring it into the CHR top ten before Thanksgiving. That’s some serious turkey talk.
  • They peaked at #3 earlier this year with the international hit “Rather Be”, and now, Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne are reunited and feeling real good about “Real Love”, debuting this week at #39 on the countdown. The song is from a rerelease of the band’s New Eyes album, due on November 24 in the United Kingdom. It’s sure to be another huge hit for them there.
  • This week’s other new entry is from Pennsylvania-born singer/songwriter Christina Perri. She bows in at #40 with “The Words”. It marks the third song to chart from her Head Or Heart album of earlier this year, the other two being “Human” (#1) and “Burning Gold” (#2). Now at radio, we shall see how “Words” speaks to the Hot AC format.
  • American Authors and Coldplay are back in contention for an entry on the top 40 next weekend with “Luck” and “Ink”, respectively, while Mat Kearney makes a bold debut on the Next In Line with “Heartbeat”. Who gets in? Find out on Sunday for all the results.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 2, 2014

Scott storms the top this week.

Great Scott! He tops the chart again.

DEBUTS
38. Taylor Swift – Blank Space
36. The Script – No Good In Goodbye | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia (40)
27. Passenger – 27 (33)
26. Take That – These Days (31)
20. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (26)
15. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (23) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Fitz & The Tantrums – Fools Gold (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (08) | PEAK: #02
08. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (11) | PEAK: #08
07. Maroon 5 – Animals (09) | PEAK: #07
06. The Script – Superheroes (05) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
05. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Real Love (2)
2. Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (3)
3. American Authors – Luck (5)
4. Coldplay – Ink (8)
5. Big Data featuring White Sea – The Business Of Emotion (7)
6. Christina Perri – The Words (-)
7. OneRepublic – I Lived (4)
8. Sheppard – Smile (10)
9. U2 – Every Breaking Wave (-)
10. Matt Hires – Hold You Up (-)

In The Mix:
Anthem Lights – Top Of The World
Avicii featuring Robbie Williams – The Days
David Guetta featuring Sam Martin – Dangerous
Grizfolk – Hymnals
Gwen Stefani – Baby Don’t Lie
Mikey Wax – Only One
Neil Diamond – Nothing But A Heartache
Nick Gardner – Lose You
Ryan Cabrera – House On Fire
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On
The Madden Brothers – Dear Jane
Train – Bulletproof Picasso
You+Me – You And Me

Chart Notes:

  • Despite a slightly modest start, “Too Cool To Dance” from Eden XO is really rocketing up the chart now. After tying for the Biggest Mover on last week’s list, she holds the title by herself this week, up another eight notches from #23 to #15. The 25-year-old singer and songwriter from California is one of six solo females appearing in the top 40 and the highest newcomer of them.
  • The highest of this week’s two debuts jumps aboard at #36 for The Script and “No Good In Goodbye”. It is the Irish trio’s second charting single from their recent album No Sound Without Silence, the first being the #1 “Superheroes”, which is still in my top ten. Five of the band’s nine top 40 hits have gone to the top; we’ll see if this makes six.
  • Also entering this week on the chart is the second release from superstar Taylor Swift‘s 1989 album, which looks to sell over 1.3 million copies in its debut frame. That’s huge. “Blank Space” is already charging ahead at several airplay formats and comes in at #38 on my own top 40.
  • It appears that there will be room for two debuts on next week’s countdown — it will be a tossup between American Authors, Christina Perri, Clean Bandit / Jess Glynne, Coldplay and Sheppard for who actually makes it in there (at this point.) Stay tuned!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 26, 2014

Scott storms the top this week.

No breaks at the top for “Unbreakable”.

DEBUTS
40. Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia
39. Ingrid Michaelson – Afterlife | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Passenger – 27 (38)
26. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (33) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
23. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (30) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Fitz & The Tantrums – Fools Gold (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Maroon 5 – Animals (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (08) | PEAK: #02
07. Rixton – Wait On Me (07) | PEAK: #06
06. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (06) | PEAK: #06
05. The Script – Superheroes (05) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
04. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (9)
2. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Real Love (8)
3. Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (2)
4. OneRepublic – I Lived (4)
5. American Authors – Luck (6)
6. Hilary Duff – All About You (3)
7. Big Data featuring White Sea – The Business Of Emotion (-)
8. Coldplay – Ink (-)
9. Bryan Adams – She Knows Me (7)
10. Sheppard – Smile (-)

In The Mix:
AJR – Infinity
Anthem Lights – Top Of The World (new)
Avicii featuring Robbie Williams – The Days
Better Than Ezra – Gonna Get Better
Brian Wilson and Various Artists – God Only Knows
Christina Perri – The Words (new)
David Guetta featuring Sam Martin – Dangerous
Goo Goo Dolls – Caught In The Storm
Grizfolk – Hymnals
Gwen Stefani – Baby Don’t Lie
Matt Hires – Hold You Up (new)
Mikey Wax – Only One (new)
Neil Diamond – Nothing But A Heartache
Nick Gardner – Lose You
Ryan Cabrera – House On Fire (new)
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
The Madden Brothers – Dear Jane (new)
Train – Bulletproof Picasso (new)
U2 – Every Breaking Wave (new)
You+Me – You And Me

Chart Notes:

  • Jamie Scott calls his latest single “Unbreakable”, and his run at the top likely won’t be broken for some time. This is the song’s second week at #1 and his sixth frame overall in 2014. Scott’s album, My Hurricane, has been pushed back again by Virgin/Capitol to January 20 of next year after previous dates of September 9, October 7 and November 10 of this year. It’s unfortunate, of course, but I still look forward to hearing the full thing.
  • Two songs tie for the week’s Biggest Mover, both up seven spots from the last chart. Charging ahead is “Wrapped Up” by Olly Murs and Travie McCoy, climbing 33-26, and newcomer Eden XO steps up with a 30-23 jump with “Too Cool To Dance”. The former song will be on Murs’s forthcoming album, Never Been Better, while the latter single was just serviced to pop radio to some very good initial numbers.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is from Ingrid Michaelson with the followup to “Girls Chase Boys”. Entering at #39, her latest is “Afterlife”, taken from her recent album Lights Out. A deluxe edition of that is released on November 10 and tacks on an additional second disc with six tracks, including some previously unreleased demos and much more.
  • You may have heard him on BBC Radio 1 earlier this month when he was playlisted as their newest Introducing artist. He’s 21-year-old English performer Martin Luke Brown, from Leicester, who debuts at #40 with “Nostalgia”. It is a great tune and I’m sure that we’ll hear even more fantastic originals from him in the new year.

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

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

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Charli XCX
CHARLI XCX – “Break The Rules” (October 6) (*)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
2014 has been a huge year so far for this singer. She’s dominated the top spot at CHR for six weeks since June between her collaboration with Iggy Azalea, “Fancy”, and her own solo single from The Fault In Our Stars, “Boom Clap”. Now, from her effort due in December, Sucker, the pop airwaves should lick “Break” up like a Tootsie Pop. Now that’s sweet.

Train
TRAIN – “Cadillac, Cadillac” (October 6) (**)
Label: Columbia
“Angel In Blue Jeans” may not have experienced a heavenly ascent to top of the charts, but a top ten peak at their core format is nothing to be ashamed of. They’re quickly following it up with this track from their newest album Bulletproof Picasso. It’s no “Pink Cadillac”, but hey, what is? The song’s not my favorite cut from it, but Hot AC will still jump at it.

Better Than Ezra
BETTER THAN EZRA – “Gonna Get Better” (October 13) (**)
Label: The End/ADA
Hard to believe that it’s been almost twenty years since “Good” shot to #1 on the Alternative survey for five weeks, but the Louisiana trio keeps on rocking with a new effort, All Together Now. Lead single “Crazy Lucky” just dented the Hot AC top 40, and they will try once again with this slower number. Anybody for another spin for “Desperately Wanting”?

Gwen Stefani
GWEN STEFANI – “Baby Don’t Lie” (October 13) (*)
Label: Interscope
It’s one of the biggest Q4 surprises of the bunch and a particularly exciting one given Stefani’s bolstered profile on The Voice. It’s been eight years since The Great Escape hit shelves, and though a No Doubt comeback stalled out in 2012, people genuinely seem excited for this. Hey, Gwen, I think we could all use the single right now. What you waiting for?

Eden XO
EDEN XO – “Too Cool To Dance” (October 20) (*)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
Singer and songwriter Jessie Malakouti has been through several labels and a few groups, even an opening spot on tour for Britney Spears, but the 25-year-old from California could have her most accessible song yet. Fun, flirty and most of all, fabulous, this shiny and irresistible dance record is bound to get some boys and girls on the floor. Look out for it.

O.A.R.
O.A.R. – “Favorite Song” (October 27) (**)
Label: Vanguard
Taken from The Rockville LP, “Favorite” is the followup to “Peace”, which recently went top 20 after a slow ride up the chart. It was co-written by Kevin Kadish, who some might call the ace of “Bass” as of late, if you know what I mean. It’s another change of pace, but one that should do well for the fall, a cute and upbeat ode to some good musical memories.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Elle King
ELLE KING – “Ex’s & Oh’s” (October 6) (**)
Label: RCA
During the summer of 2012, King released an EP which included the song “Playing For Keeps”, which was picked up by VH1 as the theme for Mob Wives Chicago, which last just one season. Luckily, the singer’s had better luck, back for the second season of her musical mission with a sizzling stomper of a song that’s poised to pack a punch with programmers.

Hozier
HOZIER – “From Eden” (October 6) (**)
Label: Columbia
With “Take Me To Church” crossing over to multiple formats after its #1 success at the AAA format, things are looking super for the setup of the young Irish singer’s debut album next week. “Eden” first appeared as the title track of his EP from earlier this year and already went to #2 in Ireland, matching his highest peak there. Expect a solid outcome here.

Damien Rice
DAMIEN RICE – “I Don’t Want To Change You” (October 13) (**)
Label: Warner Bros.
The 40-year-old Irish performer has been away from the charts for some time now: his last studio album was 9 back in 2006, featuring the single “9 Crimes”. Although his success in the U.S. has been limited, he’s obviously done quite well in parts of Europe, including the U.K. and his native Ireland. However, AAA radio really ought to pay attention to this.

HAIM
HAIM – “Don’t Save Me” (October 13) (*)
Label: Columbia
Just when we thought the Days Are Gone era was over, Alana, Danielle and Este are looking for their second top 40 hit at Alternative radio with this song. It’s the followup to “Forever”, which also crossed to pop radio after it was placed in an ad for Target. I am not sure there’s much momentum left in the era, but it’d be nice to have more ladies on the radio.

Night Terrors of 1927
NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927 featuring TEGAN & SARA – “When You Were Mine” (October 13) (*)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Back in April, this duo went to Alternative radio with another song called “Dust And Bones”. Although it didn’t become their breakout song at the format, members Blake Sennett and Jarrod Gorbel have teamed up on their next single with the sisters Quin in an attempt to prove that two is definitely better than one. The result? Their point is a very valid one.

Grizfolk
GRIZFOLK – “Hymnals” (October 20) (**)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
“The Struggle”, well, struggled to gather a lot of attention in the airplay department, but that is not stopping the quintet from going forth with an even stronger song from their EP From The Spark. Though it’s not go to radio for another few weeks, a video for the song is in production and coming soon. I’m rooting for the band and hoping this can break them.

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