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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 27, 2017

Coming down the track with new tracks...

Coming down the track with new tracks…

When it comes to executive orders to better the state of our music industry, I think we can sign off on getting all of you readers out in the blog world up-to-date with the latest releases. After all, it’s not a wall. Here are some of this week’s new album and singles:

TRAIN – a girl a bottle a boat (iTunes)
All aboard! The latest set from this San Francisco band features “Play That Song”, which recently went top ten on Hot AC radio. That sounds like some chart and soul to me! It also features a collaboration with Priscilla Renea, who hit the pop chart as an artist in 2009 with “Dollhouse”. Pat Monahan and crew have earned five top ten albums on the Billboard 200 since 2001, and the sixth could be on its way soon.

MIGOS – Culture (iTunes)
If you’re into raindrops and drop-tops, then you probably know the chart-topping song “Bad And Boujee” by this Georgia rap trio. As it ranks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, it’s also a top ten hit on the Rhythmic and Urban radio listings. This album will receive a large boost due to stream and track-equivalent units, which is not “Bad” at all when it comes to chart placement.

KEHLANI – SweetSexySavage (iTunes)
With cuts like “CRZY” and “Distraction” building up millions of plays at streaming services, the California performer is bound to find some nice support at those platforms for release week. It’s likely to perform much better than her last mixtape, You Should Be Here.

More albums out this week: Aquilo‘s Silhouettes (iTunes), Bell Biv Devoe‘s Three Stripes (iTunes), Brantley Gilbert‘s The Devil Don’t Sleep (iTunes), Erik Hassle‘s Innocence Lost (iTunes), Japandroids‘s Near To The Wild Heart Of Life (iTunes), Joshua Radin‘s The Fall (iTunes), Lauren Alaina‘s Road Less Traveled (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 61 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Stanaj‘s From A Distance (iTunes), Whissell‘s Old Souls, Young Bodies (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“21 Days”, Scott Helman (iTunes)
“Anymore”, Goldfrapp (iTunes)
“Be The 1”, Ricky Reed (iTunes)
“Don’t Speak For Me (True)”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“Hand Grenade”, Jeffrey James (iTunes)
“Love Is The Beast”, RØMANS featuring Avelino (iTunes)
“Love Me Better”, James Blunt (iTunes)
“Medicine”, KNGDAVD (iTunes)
“Mercy (Acoustic Guitar Version)”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Natural”, Russ Macklin featuring Kyle Reynolds (iTunes)
“No Matter”, Frances (iTunes)
“Off My Mind”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Pipe Dreams”, Nelly Furtado (iTunes)
“Play”, SoMo featuring Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Run Up”, Major Lazer featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Scared To Be Lonely”, Martin Garrix featuring Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Skin”, Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Sleep Deprived”, LÉON (iTunes)
“So Good”, Zara Larsson featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Testify”, Citizen Four (iTunes)
“Young Blood”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Big Sean, MUNAReba McEntire and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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This Is Gonna “Hurt”: Harmful, But Charmful Hot AC Hits

The pain of pop music.

The pain of pop music.

Just below the top 40 on Hot AC radio, and heading for adds at the top of the year, is “Let’s Hurt Tonight” by OneRepublic. It has the potential to be the band’s biggest hit from their Oh My My era, and as the third single from this album, it would follow a similar pattern that the guys have been involved in for several cycles now. (Remember how “Counting Stars” was the biggest song from the album Native, and “Good Life” was the biggest from Waking Up?) You can also find an alternate mix of the song on the soundtrack to Collateral Beauty, the Will Smith film that hasn’t had such a beautiful run at the box office.

At the band’s core format, there have been a number of hurtful hits over the years. In fact, if (more like when) this track breaks into the top 40 next year, it would be the third year in a row that “hurt”, or a variation of the word, was included in a charting song. This year brought us a lot of it, so let’s hope that in 2017, it’s just a function of song theme and not in the news every second. Check them all out below:

(Stats taken from: Radio & Records – April 1994 to August 2006, Mediabase 24/7 – August 2006 to current)

“Tell Me Where It Hurts”, Kathy Troccoli (#23, 1994)
Prior to the creation of the Hot AC listing in April, this performer’s “Everything Changes” hit the top ten on both Pop and AC radio.

“Why Does It Hurt So Bad”, Whitney Houston (#23, 1996)
Houston’s final (and least successful) release from the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack had a solid top ten charting on the AC survey.

“Hurt By Love”, BoDeans (#27, 1997)
From “Closer To Free” to farther from charting, the Wisconsin band wouldn’t release another album until 2004. No songs charted.

“What Hurts The Most”, Rascal Flatts (#10, 2006)
In a year dominated by Nickelback and The Fray, this country trio scored at several formats with their biggest crossover hit to date.

“Hurt”, Christina Aguilera (#14, 2007)
Aguilera’s Back To Basics era wasn’t nearly as big with Hot AC programmers, but this did manage to outpeak “Ain’t No Other Man”.

“Hurtful”, Erik Hassle (#31, 2010)
This song peaked at #8 on my chart, and I’m still disappointed that it didn’t have a true U.S. breakout. Hassle is now signed to RCA.

“This Summer’s Gonna Hurt…”, Maroon 5 (#7, 2015)
For an act that’s had plenty of big hits, this one came and went very quickly, largely due to overwhelmingly negative research. Ouch.

“Hurts”, Emeli Sandé (#31, 2016)
Sandé’s single recently peaked at #2 on my chart. Sadly, both this song and album tanked. I’m hopeful that the era will turn around.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 2, 2010

Taking a "Minute" to relive the past.

Taking a “Minute” to relive the past.

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 six years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of May 2, 2010…

Debuts:
39. ALEX BAND, “Tonight”
38. ORIANTHI, “Shut Up And Kiss Me”

Biggest Mover(s):
ROB THOMAS, “Mockingbird” (40-27, thirteen spots)

10. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “American Honey” (up 7)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

09. KEANE featuring K’NAAN, “Stop For A Minute” (up 2)
Album: Night Train (2010, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4

08. ERIK HASSLE, “Hurtful” (steady, second week)
Album: Pieces (2010, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

07. LA ROUX, “Bulletproof” (down 1)
Album: La Roux (2009, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #6

06. NICKELBACK, “This Afternoon” (up 1)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. ADAM LAMBERT, “Whataya Want From Me” (down 1)
Album: For Your Entertainment (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. V.V. BROWN, “Shark In The Water” (up 1)
Album: Travelling Like The Light (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Never Told You” (steady, third week)
Album: Breakthrough (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #2

02. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now” (steady, second week)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #1 for eleven weeks

01. DANIEL MERRIWEATHER, “Red” (steady, third week)
Album: Love & War (2010, J Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 9, 2010

This chart was no Hassle to make.

This chart was no Hassle to make.

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 start of May and Mother’s Day Weekend and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2010…

Debuts:
38. SARAH MCLACHLAN, “Loving You Is Easy”

Biggest Mover(s):
ALEX BAND, “Tonight” (39-29, ten spots)

10. ERIK HASSLE, “Hurtful” (down 2)
Album: Pieces (2010 – U.S. release, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

09. ADAM LAMBERT, “Whataya Want From Me” (down 4)
Album: For Your Entertainment (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

08. LA ROUX, “Bulletproof” (down 1)
Album: La Roux (2009, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #6

07. KEANE featuring K’NAAN, “Stop For A Minute” (up 2)
Album: Night Train (2010, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4

06. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “American Honey” (up 4)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. NICKELBACK, “This Afternoon” (up 1)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. DANIEL MERRIWEATHER, “Red” (down 1)
Album: Love & War (2010 – U.S. release, J Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now” (down 1)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #1 for eleven weeks

02. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Never Told You” (up 1)
Album: Breakthrough (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #2

01. V.V. BROWN, “Shark In The Water” (up 3)
Album: Travelling Like The Light (2010 – U.S. release, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 18, 2010

"Red" 'em and weep.

“Red” ’em and weep.

Welcome back for another edition of Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my new 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. The end of sophomore year of college was approaching and I was writing up a storm for final projects and such. Meanwhile, here’s what was happening on my chart dated April 18, 2010:

Debuts:
40. MIKE POSNER, “Cooler Than Me”
39. CHARICE, “Pyramid”
38. SCOUTING FOR GIRLS, “This Ain’t A Love Song”
34. JOHN MAYER featuring TAYLOR SWIFT, “Half Of My Heart”

Biggest Mover:
KEANE featuring K’NAAN, “Stop For A Minute” (25-14) (11 spots)

10. JOHN MAYER, “Heartbreak Warfare”
Mayer’s got double duties on the countdown this week with a debuting tune in “Half” and this former #3 hit, which was on its way down the top 40. Both singles were featured on his 2009 album Battle Studies, his second album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Though his mainstream heights are behind him today, he’s still doing great on the road overseas.

09. ERIK HASSLE, “Hurtful”
This Swedish singer was only 21 when he made his debut on my chart with this, quickly breaking the top ten and climbing up to #8 for two weeks. “Hurtful” was also a minor entry on the Hot AC survey. Hassle is currently with RCA and released an EP, Somebody’s Party, in March. A single from it, titled “Talk About It”, made my chart for a few weeks late last year.

08. CAVO, “Let It Go”
While Idina Menzel is still casting a chill on the charts with the same song title from the soundtrack to Frozen, this hard rocking band from Missouri was in the top ten with their first and only song to reach my chart. Two of their singles hit the Alternative top 40, while this managed a little traction on the Hot AC airwaves. The group remains together as a quartet.

07. LA ROUX, “Bulletproof”
Nobody said it was easy to climb up the rankings; ask the Louisiana band Le Roux. The English duo of Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid with the same name, save for one letter, debuted in late December and was still climbing on this chart. The duo resurfaced recently with news of a new album, Trouble In Paradise, due in July. A first single should be issued soon.

06. BARENAKED LADIES, “You Run Away”
What happens when one of your lead vocalists decides to leave the group? Well, for this Canadian band, the departure of Steven Page could have led them to break up, but they soldiered on and have now released two studio albums playing as a four piece band. This single peaked at #5. They also made my top 40 last year with “Boomerang” and it peaked at #14.

05. V.V. BROWN, “Shark In The Water”
Born Vanessa Brown, the singer and songwriter from England made her chart debut with this track, which was a minor hit in several countries, including the United States, where it ranked on a few radio charts. After a shelved second album, she left her major label deal and independently released Samson & Delilah last year, which gained some buzz on music blogs.

04. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Never Told You”
Caillat’s been a mainstay on my chart for several years now and this was one of her biggest singles, rising to #2 for a week. The California singer/songwriter was originally discovered through MySpace, but in recent weeks, she hasn’t really found a space on the charts. With the underperformance of “Hold On” earlier this year, her latest album has yet to see a release.

03. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now”
Hey, Lady! It was the massive Country crossover smash of the year and took home several GRAMMY Awards, including Record and Song Of The Year. You can’t really get any bigger than that. Actually, maybe you can. “Need” spent a huge 11 weeks at #1 on my chart, easily becoming the year’s top single. They recently hit #1 on the Country chart with “Compass”.

02. ADAM LAMBERT, “Whataya Want From Me”
With the second single from his first album post-American Idol, titled For Your Entertainment, Lambert took a slow ride up to the top spot for two weeks, this week falling to #2. It remains his biggest entry to make my top 40. He begins a tour with Queen in June. He can also be heard on Avicii‘s “Lay Me Down”, the DJ/producer’s latest single down in Australia.

01. DANIEL MERRIWEATHER, “Red”
Produced by Mark Ronson, this week’s #1 song back in 2010 was a really pretty one about a not so pretty subject: as the singer puts it, “the blindness of war and the absence of compassion displayed by western administrations.” Although “Red” was a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom, it didn’t do nearly as much damage here, securing a small amount of Hot AC airplay before descending. Love & War remains his most significant project to date, though he is back in the studio and recording.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 17, 2013

"Best" chart on the web, would you agree?

“Best” chart on the web, would you agree?

DEBUTS
40. Smallpools – Over & Over
39. Taylor Henderson – Borrow My Heart
38. Erik Hassle – Talk About It | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Kelly Clarkson – Underneath The Tree (40)
31. HAIM – The Wire (36)
30. Gary Barlow – Let Me Go (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
21. Bastille – Of The Night (26)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World (06) | PEAK: #04
09. Passenger – Holes (07) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
08. Keane – Higher Than The Sun (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Emeli Sandé – My Kind Of Love (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Coldplay – Atlas (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
05. The 1975 – Girls (09) | PEAK: #05
04. Sheppard – Hold My Tongue (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. Passenger – The Wrong Direction (05) | PEAK: #03
02. New Politics – Harlem (03) | PEAK: #02
01. American Authors – Best Day Of My Life (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Basic Vacation – I Believe (2)
2. Colbie Caillat – Hold On (9)
3. Lily Allen – Hard Out Here (-)
4. Gavin DeGraw – Make A Move (6)
5. Hedley – Anything (10)
6. Cher – I Hope You Find It (8)
7. John Newman – Losing Sleep (-)
8. Kodaline – Love Like This (-)
9. Sam York – The Script (-)
10. Christina Perri – Human (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew Ripp – Falling For The Beat
Avril Lavigne featuring Chad Kroeger – Let Me Go
Backstreet Boys – Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of)
Britney Spears – Perfume
Cub Sport – Paradise
Dominique Pruitt – To Win Your Love (new)
Emblem3 – 3,000 Miles
Honor By August – Already Yours
Keane – Won’t Be Broken
Michael Bublé – You Make Me Feel So Young
Pink – Are We All We Are?
The Griswolds – Heart Of A Lion
twenty one pilots – House Of Gold
tyDi featuring Carmen Keigans – Live This Lie (new)
Tyson Ritter – Air
Vance Joy – Riptide
Young The Giant – It’s About Time

Chart Notes:

  • Displacing Sheppard at #1 after two weeks at the top is the quartet originally from Boston, now based in Brooklyn. American Authors are having a pretty great day with “Best Day Of My Life”, up 2-1, becoming the band’s first number one single on my survey. They’re currently on tour with Misterwives and The Royal Concept as they play up the East Coast this week.
  • Taking a leap from 37-30 is the Biggest Mover on the countdown, “Let Me Go” by Take That vocalist and X Factor U.K. judge Gary Barlow. Last time around, the quintet got as high as #18 in the fall of 2011 with “When We Were Young”. His first solo album in 14 years, Since I Saw You Last, is out next week.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is in at #38 by an act who I wasn’t sure would ever make my chart again. Back in 2010, “Hurtful” by a then 21-year-old Erik Hassle went as high as #8 and then he fell off my radar… until a few weeks ago. The now 25-year-old’s second single to make my top 40, “Talk About It”, was recently issued digitally on his new U.S. home, RCA Records.
  • 20-year-old Taylor Henderson becomes the first ever X Factor Australia act to rank in my top 40; his debut single, “Borrow My Heart”, debuts at #39. His self-titled album, featuring “Borrow” and ten cover songs as performed on the show, is released in Australia on November 29.
  • Finally, this week’s #40 debut belongs to newcomers Smallpools with “Over & Over”. Based in New Jersey, they made a minor dent on the Alternative chart earlier this year with “Dreaming”. This followup to it goes to radio in January.

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What’s The Hassle? Erik Hassle’s All “About It”

"Talk" about a comeback.

“Talk about” a comeback.

Several years ago, Erik Hassle made a spectacular debut onto the music scene with a pop and dance fusion that led to some big hype from the blogosphere. You can include me as one of those fans as well. His smooth vocals combined with some progressive-sounding arrangements was relatively new at the time, and although it garnered mixed reaction on the national surveys, it was very much ahead of its time. Sadly, his career largely dropped off after his first single, but now the performer returns with a track ready to deliver him a second chance at stardom, “Talk About It”, released on his new American home of RCA Records. It’s fresh and a banger ready to smash. First, a bit about Hassle’s story so far in the biz.

Hassle was born in 1988 in Katrineholm, Sweden, originally wanting to get into sports before going to a secondary school primarily focused around music. Taken with this new direction, he signed a deal with the TEN Music Group out of Sweden in his teens. His debut single, “Hurtful”, off of his eventual #2 album in that country, Hassle, was released in the fall of 2008 and went as high as #11 in his native land and to #2 in Denmark. This was followed by “Don’t Bring Flowers”, which went to #25 and #11, respectively, and then a few other minor singles from an EP entitled Taken.

Meanwhile, in the United States, “Hurtful” saw a radio release to the Hot AC format during the spring of 2010 on Universal Republic, landing at #30 on Billboard’s Adult Pop Songs survey at a peak of about 30 radio stations at the format. It initially crossed my radar in October 2009 before making my top 40 in February 2010, climbing as high as #8 for two frames. After a 20-week run on my chart, it ranked on my Top 100 of 2010 at #36, his only charting release to date. An international reworking of his album, Pieces, never made the Billboard 200 but I quite liked it. No followup single was issued in the States; there was no need given how little “Hurtful” actually accumulated both in airplay and sales, which is still a shame to this day.

Since then, Hassle’s continued to record for label Roxy Recordings over in Sweden, and although some his additional EPs and albums have achieved minor chart peaks outside the top ten, no singles from them have charted and these recordings generally aren’t remembered as well as his debut material. He was also featured as a vocalist on an English version of Stromae‘s “Alors On Danse”, which was a hit in its original form internationally, though the remix with Hassle did garner some airplay in various parts of Europe. Again, it never would’ve done well in the U.S. in any form. Otherwise, Hassle’s been on a break, still writing music, but mostly just lying low as he tells blog Pigeons and Planes in a recent chat. That is, until now.

Giving us a little taste of his forthcoming album, title yet to be announced, Hassle’s “About” is a great piece of pop, carefully put together and crafted so beautifully. Lyrically, the song tells of a male’s take on a relationship where he recognizes that he’s not been the only man in the picture and wants out, yet he can’t deny the feelings he once had and wants to carry on in his own ideal situation with his significant other. Hassle sings, “I don’t want to talk about it, no/Then nothing would be beautiful between us/I don’t want to think about it, no/Just let me know what would call this thing between us.” A crisp vocal with a strong lyrical set over a minimalist beat combine perfectly together, making for a rich composition without being overproduced or cluttered in multiple layers. It’s a great comeback for the young singer and one that should get him a lot of notice, especially with a proper backing from RCA. Let’s hope they actually go through with it.

Looking for more information regarding Erik Hassle‘s new album soon, as well as a forthcoming North American tour coming later in 2014. “Talk About It” is available at digital retailers on November 5 and look for it In The Mix for my top 40 this weekend.

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