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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: June 19, 2011

Songs I was

Surviving in Adam’s musical land.

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 June 19, 2011…

Debuts:
40. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Brighter Than The Sun”
39. MICHELLE BRANCH, “Loud Music”
38. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Smile”
37. BRITNEY SPEARS, “I Wanna Go”

Biggest Movers:
(see #10 below)

10. KATY PERRY, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” (up 9)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

09. TAYLOR SWIFT, “The Story Of Us” (up 1)
Album: Speak Now (2010, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. BC JEAN, “I’ll Survive You” (up 1)
Album: I’ll Survive You – Single (2010, J Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

07. GRAHAM COLTON, “Pacific Coast Eyes” (down 2)
Album: Pacific Coast Eyes (2011, GC Records)
Peak: #5

06. ANDREW ALLEN, “Loving You Tonight” (up 1)
Album: Loving You Tonight – Single (2011, Epic Records)
Peak: #5

05. PARACHUTE, “Something To Believe In” (down 2)
Album: The Way It Was (2011, Mercury/IDJMG Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. MAT KEARNEY, “Hey Mama” (up 2)
Album: Young Love (2011, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

03. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “MoneyGrabber” (down 2)
Album: Pickin’ Up The Pieces (2010, Dangerbird Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. ONEREPUBLIC, “Good Life” (up 2)
Album: Waking Up (2009, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. MATT NATHANSON, “Faster” (up 1)
Album: Modern Love (2011, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 19, 2013

“Go” back with “Us”.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back four years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of May 19, 2013…

Debuts:
39. OLLY MURS, “Dear Darlin'”
38. TRAIN featuring ASHLEY MONROE, “Bruises”

Biggest Mover(s):
BRUNO MARS, “Treasure” (33-24, nine spots)

10. P!NK featuring NATE RUESS, “Just Give Me A Reason” (down 2)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

09. FUN., “Why Am I The One?” (steady, second week)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. KELLY CLARKSON, “People Like Us” (up 3)
Album: Greatest Hits – Chapter One (2012, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. MATT HIRES, “Restless Heart” (steady, second week)
Album: This World Won’t Last Forever, But Tonight We Can Pretend (2013, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE featuring NELLY, “Cruise (Remix)” (steady, second week)
Album: Here’s To The Good Times… This Is How We Roll (2013, Big Machine/Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “Out Of My League” (down 3)
Album: More Than Just A Dream (2013, Elektra Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

04. MICHAEL BUBLE, “It’s A Beautiful Day” (down 1)
Album: To Be Loved (2013, Reprise/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. DANIEL POWTER, “Crazy All My Life” (up 2)
Album: Turn On The Lights (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

02. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Mirrors” (up 2)
Album: The 20/20 Experience (2013, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. PASSENGER, “Let Her Go” (steady, second week)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for twelve weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: June 12, 2011

Songs I was "Loving" from five years ago.

Songs I was “Loving” from five years ago.

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 five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of June 12, 2011…

Debuts:
39. GAVIN DEGRAW, “Not Over You”
38. REEVE CARNEY featuring BONO & THE EDGE, “Rise Above 1”

Biggest Mover(s):
COLDPLAY, “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” (39-28, eleven spots)

10. TAYLOR SWIFT, “The Story Of Us” (up 5)
Album: Speak Now (2010, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

09. BC JEAN, “I’ll Survive You” (up 4)
Album: I’ll Survive You – Single (2010, J Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

08. JASON ALDEAN featuring KELLY CLARKSON, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” (down 3)
Album: My Kinda Party (2010, Broken Bow Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

07. ANDREW ALLEN, “Loving You Tonight” (up 1)
Album: Loving You Tonight – Single (2011, Epic Records)
Peak: #5

06. MAT KEARNEY, “Hey Mama” (steady, second week)
Album: Young Love (2011, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

05. GRAHAM COLTON, “Pacific Coast Eyes” (up 2)
Album: Pacific Coast Eyes (2011, GC Records)
Peak: #5

04. ONEREPUBLIC, “Good Life” (steady, second week)
Album: Waking Up (2009, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

03. PARACHUTE, “Something To Believe In” (down 2)
Album: The Way It Was (2011, Mercury/IDJMG Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. MATT NATHANSON, “Faster” (up 1)
Album: Modern Love (2011, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “MoneyGrabber” (up 1)
Album: Pickin’ Up The Pieces (2010, Dangerbird Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 10, 2016

Is Nick your pick?

Is Nick your pick?

When it comes to the current state of politics, we can’t offer you an alternative candidate. However, when it comes to new releases, we’ll give you plenty of Alternative candidates (and some presidential Pop too.) Here are this week’s new albums and singles:

  • NICK JONAS — Last Year Was Complicated (iTunes)
    • A little under two years ago, Jonas released his self-titled album, which entered in the top ten and featured the singles “Jealous” and “Chains”. The former title was the larger hit, going to #1 on the pop radio chart in its 19th week. “Close” seems to be, well, close to officially becoming his third top ten at the format (sorry, “Levels”) and the rest of the era is bound to keep the momentum going. Look for the set to debut in the top ten.
  • FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS — Fitz And The Tantrums (iTunes)
    • It’s a big week for prominent Alternative chart acts, and this Los Angeles band is looking for the third #1 at the format with “HandClap”. They’re just a few spots away now, but, in the meantime, I think we can clap our hands for the other tasty jams on the group’s latest set. Will they be able to score their first top ten album on the Billboard 200?
  • KONGOS — Egomaniac (iTunes)
    • South Africa has given us a lot of great musical acts in the last few years, and this quartet of brothers is rocking its way up the charts with “Take It From Me” and their third studio album. Their last effort cracked the top 40 overall. This is due for the same results (and probably higher.)
  • KALEO — A/B (iTunes)
    • “Way Down We Go” is way up in the Alternative radio top ten for this Icelandic act, as “No Good” continues its run at the Active Rock format. Will that double trouble double their first-week sales frame? Kannski.
  • More albums out this week: Band Of Horses‘s Why Are You OK (iTunes), Brandy Clark‘s Big Day In A Small Town (iTunes), Colvin & Earle‘s Colvin & Earle (iTunes), Drew Baldridge‘s Dirt On Us (iTunes), Frankie Ballard‘s El Rio (iTunes), Garbage‘s Strange Little Birds (iTunes), Jon Bellion‘s The Human Condition (iTunes), Little Big Town‘s Wanderlust (iTunes), Motörhead‘s Clean Your Clock (Live In Munich 2015) (iTunes), Paul McCartney‘s Paul McCartney (iTunes), The Shelters‘s The Shelters (iTunes), The Temper Trap‘s Thick As Thieves (iTunes), Tom Odell‘s Wrong Crowd (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Country, Vol. 9 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Coming soon…

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

  • “Beautiful Thing”, The Stone Roses (iTunes)
  • “Crash”, Usher (iTunes)
  • “East Coast Girl”, Butch Walker (iTunes)
  • “Geronimo”, The Beach (iTunes)
  • “Heartlines”, Broods (iTunes)
  • “In My Blood”, The Veronicas (iTunes)
  • “Off The Record”, Eza (iTunes)
  • “Quest?on”, Lauv featuring Travis Mills (iTunes)
  • “Red Dress”, MAGIC! (iTunes)
  • “Satan Pulls The Strings”, The Avett Brothers (iTunes)
  • “The Love We’re Hoping For”, Jake Bugg (iTunes)
  • “Thinking About It (Let It Go)”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
  • “Too Cruel”, Dirty Heads (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Jake Bugg, Jon PardiRed Hot Chili Peppers and more.

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CONCERT: Fitz & The Tantrums (Acoustic), 10/22/13 – Worcester, MA

A "League" of their own.

No tantrums here, just some good ol’ music.

Hailing from Los Angeles, soulful sextet Fitz & The Tantrums has been around for nearly five years now, but are still gaining new fans on a regular basis. From their humble beginnings playing small clubs in California to a big fall tour this year around the nation with the electro-pop duo Capital Cities, the group is making their mark on popular music with an authentic old school vibe that has shone through all aspects of the band, from their material to their look. Their biggest hit to date on my chart, “MoneyGrabber”, spent a week at the top back in 2011, a song I initially didn’t like but slowly grew into over time. That was from their first LP, 2010’s Pickin’ Up The Pieces. However, with a new album making waves on the Billboard 200 and a few songs over the radio, the five men and one woman that comprise the band are more popular than ever, having played around with their sound a bit on their most recent collection to skew in a new wave direction. However, it also remains true to their R&B roots.

Playing a short set on the fourth floor at Club Maxine’s in downtown Worcester, the band was split in half as what seems to be case with most of their radio gigs, with lead vocalist (and new father!) Michael Fitzpatrick, tambourine and vocalist Noelle Scaggs and bassist Joseph Karnes at the exclusive event with a trio of songs from their latest studio album, More Than Just A Dream, available on Elektra/Atlantic Records. With a retro-themed room at the venue and a retro-sounding band to boot, you couldn’t have asked for a better fit. Of course, the band took some pictures beforehand with several fans and were courteous about it before taking to the floor and getting down to business after a nice introduction.

First off was “The Walker”, which was recently announced as the second Alternative and AAA single from the record. It’s also received a few television placements in the last few weeks. Built around some steady whistling, the more bare arrangement still gave off as much as fun as the studio cut, with Fitzpatrick taking on a different melody. I was obviously jealous that I can’t whistle. “Walker” isn’t the only current release that’s trying to bring back that trend on the Alternative survey, but in my opinion, it’s the strongest of the bunch. (Feel free to disagree.) Next up was “Fools Gold”, another great track from the effort and very much a contender for a single down the line. I almost didn’t recognize as a stripped down piece, but it was by far the best performance of the three, with Fitzpatrick sounding more energetic vocally and Karnes plugging away at his guitar.

“Gold” was followed by a steady stream of questions from both audience members and on-air personalities – a bevy of musical influences (answers included hip-hop, soul, even a little Nirvana and Rush for Scaggs), playing with musical legend Daryl Hall on the web series Live At Daryl’s House (Fitzpatrick noted that Hall’s mother told him that he sounded like Hall, to which he responded, “Can I get a witness?”) and all the talk shows they’ve been on lately (Conan, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, etc.) Finally, they dug into “Out Of My League”, the song that recently became their first #1 song on the Alternative chart and biggest over all single of their career. We got some clapping involved, a little musical direction by Scaggs leading the crowd and the people were enjoying themselves. “League” spent five weeks at #2 on my chart back in April and May, so I’ve obviously been enjoying the song for some time, and they made sure to bring the flavor even in an acoustic setting. I’m sure it would rock more if I ever saw the full six-piece band live on stage.

The band and their label rep were in a rush to drive down to Providence for a gig after the end of this, so I wasn’t able to chat with the act or get any sort of photograph with them, but that sort of thing happens sometimes. I’m still content that I managed to see them if only for a short bit. Their smooth jams are going to continue on for a long while to come. Let’s just hope they get the same kind of embrace come the next era, especially if it’s in the same league as their latest.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 3, 2013

The Train pulls into the station one last time...

All aboard for a third week at the top.

DEBUTS
40. Anna Kendrick – Cups (When I’m Gone)
39. Demi Lovato – Heart Attack
37. Michael Bublé – It’s A Beautiful Day | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
28. fun. – Why Am I The One? (34) | BIGGEST MOVER (TIED)
11. Olly Murs – Army Of Two (17) | BIGGEST MOVER (TIED)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Britt Nicole – Gold (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble (07) | PEAK: #03
08. Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie (12) | PEAK: #08
07. Olly Murs – Troublemaker (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
06. Phillip Phillips – Gone, Gone, Gone (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Maroon 5 – Daylight (03) | PEAK: #03
04. OneRepublic – If I Lose Myself (04) | PEAK: #04
03. fun. – Carry On (02) | PEAK: #01 for eight weeks
02. Pink featuring Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason (06) | PEAK: #02
01. Train – Mermaid (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Script – If You Could See Me Now (1)
2. Serena Ryder – Stompa (2)
3. One Direction – One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks) (3)
4. Carly Rae Jepsen – Tonight I’m Getting Over You (5)
5. A Great Big World – This Is The New Year (6)
6. Florida-Georgia Line – Cruise (10)
7. Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) (8)
8. Tristan Prettyman – The Rebound (9)
9. Jewel – Two Hearts Breaking (4)
10. Walk Off The Earth – Red Hands (-)

In The Mix:
Bridgit Mendler – Hurricane
Churchill – Change (new)
Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us
Maroon 5 – Love Somebody
Matt Cardle – Lately
Nikki Williams – Glowing
Parachute – Hearts Go Crazy (new)
Sheryl Crow – Easy
Snow Patrol – The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends)
The Band Perry – Better Dig Two
The Wanted – All Time Low
Zac Brown Band – Goodbye In Her Eyes (new)
Zedd featuring Foxes – Clarity

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 24, 2013

Long Train runnin'.

Another Pat on the back.

DEBUTS
40. Robbie Williams – Be A Boy
39. Benny Benassi featuring Gary Go – Cinema | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Matt Hires – Restless Heart (39)
26. Fitz & The Tantrums – Out Of My League (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
17. Olly Murs – Army Of Two (22)
06. Pink featuring Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason (12)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Britt Nicole – Gold (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Hunter Hayes – Wanted (07) | PEAK: #05
08. Phillip Phillips – Gone, Gone, Gone (11) | PEAK: #08
07. Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble (04) | PEAK: #03
06. Pink featuring Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason (12) | PEAK: #06
05. Olly Murs – Troublemaker (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. OneRepublic – If I Lose Myself (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Maroon 5 – Daylight (05) | PEAK: #03
02. fun. – Carry On (02) | PEAK: #01 for eight weeks
01. Train – Mermaid (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Script – If You Could See Me Now (5)
2. Serena Ryder – Stompa (8)
3. One Direction – One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks) (-)
4. Jewel – Two Hearts Breaking (2)
5. Carly Rae Jepsen – Tonight I’m Getting Over You (7)
6. A Great Big World – This Is The New Year (6)
7. The Saturdays – What About Us (3)
8. Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) (10)
9. Tristan Prettyman – The Rebound (9)
10. Florida-Georgia Line – Cruise (-)

In The Mix:
Anna Kendrick – Cups (When I’m Gone) (new)
Bridgit Mendler – Hurricane
Cher Lloyd – With Ur Love
Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX – I Love It
Imagine Dragons – Demons
Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us
Maroon 5 – Love Somebody
Matt Cardle – Lately (new)
Nikki Williams – Glowing (new)
Sheryl Crow – Easy
Snow Patrol – The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends)
The Band Perry – Better Dig Two (new)
The Wanted – All Time Low
Walk Off The Earth – Red Hands
Zedd featuring Foxes – Clarity

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