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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 4, 2009

We’ve “Gone” back again.

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 ten years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of October 4, 2009…

Debuts:
39. LEONA LEWIS, “Happy”

Biggest Mover(s):
NICKELBACK, “Never Gonna Be Alone” (37-25, twelve spots)

10. TRAIN, “Hey, Soul Sister” (up 1)
Album: Save Me, San Francisco (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

09. KELLY CLARKSON, “Already Gone” (up 1)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

08. DAUGHTRY, “No Surprise” (down 3)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. UNCLE KRACKER, “Smile” (steady, second week)
Album: Happy Hour (2009, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

06. MIKA, “We Are Golden” (steady, second week)
Album: The Boy Who Knew Too Much (2009, Casablanca/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me” (down 1)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Haven’t Met You Yet” (up 5)
Album: Crazy Love (2009, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

03. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Fallin’ For You” (steady, second week)
Album: Breakthrough (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (steady, third week)
Album: Slice (2009, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. GARY GO, “Wonderful” (steady, third week)
Album: Gary Go (2008, Decca Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 13, 2009

Drunk on the hits.

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 nine years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of September 13, 2009:

Debuts:
40. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, “You And Me”
39. INGRID MICHAELSON, “Maybe”

Biggest Mover(s):
MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Haven’t Met You Yet” (37-29, eight spots)

10. MIKA, “We Are Golden” (up 2)
Album: The Boy Who Knew Too Much (2009, Casablanca/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

09. KATY PERRY, “Waking Up In Vegas” (down 2)
Album: One Of The Boys (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

08. UNCLE KRACKER, “Smile” (up 5)
Album: Happy Hour (2009, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

07. GREEN DAY, “21 Guns” (down 1)
Album: 21st Century Breakdown (2009, Reprise Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Fallin’ For You” (up 2)
Album: Breakthrough (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (steady, second week)
Album: Slice (2009, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. GARY GO, “Wonderful” (steady, second week)
Album: Gary Go (2008, Decca Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “Love Drunk” (steady, third week)
Album: Love Drunk (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me” (steady, second week)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. DAUGHTRY, “No Surprise” (steady, second week)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 20, 2009

A “Wonderful” look at 2009.

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 eight years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of September 20, 2009…

Debuts:
40. MARIAH CAREY, “I Want To Know What Love Is”
39. NICKELBACK, “Never Gonna Be Alone”

Biggest Mover(s):
MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Haven’t Met You Yet” (29-17, twelve spots)

10. KELLY CLARKSON, “Already Gone” (up 4)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

09. GREEN DAY, “21 Guns” (down 2)
Album: 21st Century Breakdown (2009, Reprise Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. UNCLE KRACKER, “Smile” (steady, second week)
Album: Happy Hour (2009, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

07. MIKA, “We Are Golden” (up 3)
Album: The Boy Who Knew Too Much (2009, Casablanca/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Fallin’ For You” (steady, second week)
Album: Breakthrough (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “Love Drunk” (down 2)
Album: Love Drunk (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

04. DAUGHTRY, “No Surprise” (down 3)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me” (down 1)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (up 3)
Album: Slice (2009, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. GARY GO, “Wonderful” (up 3)
Album: Gary Go (2008, Decca Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 6, 2009

A "Wonderful" set of songs.

A “Wonderful” set of songs.

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 seven years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of September 6, 2009…

Debuts:
40. GREEN RIVER ORDINANCE, “Come On”
39. JESSIE JAMES, “I Look So Good (Without You)”
38. ROB THOMAS, “Someday”
37. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Haven’t Met You Yet”

Biggest Mover(s):
BON JOVI, “We Weren’t Born To Follow” (38-30, eight spots)

10. COBRA STARSHIP featuring LEIGHTON MEESTER, “Good Girls Go Bad” (down 1)
Album: Hot Mess (2009, Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Records)
Peak: #9

09. ROB THOMAS, “Her Diamonds” (down 2)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

08. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Fallin’ For You” (up 2)
Album: Breakthrough (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

07. KATY PERRY, “Waking Up In Vegas” (down 3)
Album: One Of The Boys (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

06. GREEN DAY, “21 Guns” (steady, second week)
Album: 21st Century Breakdown (2009, Reprise Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (up 6)
Album: Slice (2009, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. GARY GO, “Wonderful” (up 1)
Album: Gary Go (2008, Decca Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “Love Drunk” (steady, second week)
Album: Love Drunk (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me” (down 1)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. DAUGHTRY, “No Surprise” (up 1)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 25, 2009

Chart and "Soul".

Chart and “Soul”.

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 and back to midterm season during my sophomore year of college with my top songs from this week in 2009…

Debuts:
38. NORAH JONES, “Chasing Pirates”
37. CREED, “Rain”
36. JOHN MAYER, “Who Says”
32. KRIS ALLEN, “Live Like We’re Dying”

Biggest Mover(s):
MUSE, “Uprising” (38-29, nine spots)

10. MIKA, “We Are Golden” (down 1)
Album: The Boy Who Knew Too Much (2009, Casablanca/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

09. UNCLE KRACKER, “Smile” (down 2)
Album: Happy Hour (2009, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

08. OWL CITY, “Fireflies” (up 2)
Album: Ocean Eyes (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

07. GARY GO, “Wonderful” (down 2)
Album: Gary Go (2008, Decca Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

06. KELLY CLARKSON, “Already Gone” (up 2)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

05. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Fallin’ For You” (down 2)
Album: Breakthrough (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

04. TRAIN, “Hey, Soul Sister” (up 2)
Album: Save Me, San Francisco (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

03. ROB THOMAS, “Someday” (up 1)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

02. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (down 1)
Album: Slice (2009, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Haven’t Met You Yet” (up 1)
Album: Crazy Love (2009, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 16, 2009

Kings of the top ten.

Kings of the top ten.

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 middle of August and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2009…

Debuts:
40. MADONNA, “Celebration”
39. PRISCILLA RENEA, “Dollhouse”

Biggest Mover:
FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (32-21) (11 spots)

10. COBRA STARSHIP featuring LEIGHTON MEESTER, “Good Girls Go Bad” (up 4)
Album: Hot Mess (2009, Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Records)
Peak: #9

09. GARY GO, “Wonderful” (steady, second week)
Album: Gary Go (2008, Decca Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

08. KINGS OF LEON, “Use Somebody” (down 2)
Album: Only By The Night (2008, RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. GREEN DAY, “21 Guns” (steady, second week)
Album: 21st Century Breakdown (2009, Reprise Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “Love Drunk” (up 2)
Album: Love Drunk (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. ROB THOMAS, “Her Diamonds” (down 1)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

04. DAUGHTRY, “No Surprise” (up 1)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. THE FRAY, “Never Say Never” (steady, second week)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

02. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me” (steady, second week)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. KATY PERRY, “Waking Up In Vegas” (steady, fifth week)
Album: One Of The Boys (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 23, 2009

Girls, girls, girls...

Girls, girls, girls…

After a little time off, we’re back with another round of way back wonders on 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. Let’s take a trip back to the first week of sophomore year of college and revisit the top songs from this week in 2009…

Debuts:
40. OWL CITY, “Fireflies”
39. PUSH PLAY, “Midnight Romeo”
36. TRAIN, “Hey, Soul Sister”

Biggest Mover:
FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (21-12) (9 spots)

10. COBRA STARSHIP featuring LEIGHTON MEESTER, “Good Girls Go Bad” (steady, second week)
Album: Hot Mess (2009, Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Records)
Peak: #9

09. KINGS OF LEON, “Use Somebody” (down 1)
Album: Only By The Night (2008, RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. GARY GO, “Wonderful” (up 1)
Album: Gary Go (2008, Decca Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. GREEN DAY, “21 Guns” (steady, third week)
Album: 21st Century Breakdown (2009, Reprise Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. ROB THOMAS, “Her Diamonds” (down 1)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

05. THE FRAY, “Never Say Never” (down 2)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

04. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “Love Drunk” (up 2)
Album: Love Drunk (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

03. DAUGHTRY, “No Surprise” (up 1)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. KATY PERRY, “Waking Up In Vegas” (down 1)
Album: One Of The Boys (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

01. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me” (up 1)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 11, 2009

The golden boys of Fall.

The golden boys of Fall.

Welcome back for the second edition of Adam’s Top 40 Flashback, now with a few added extra features. 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. This week, we’re going back to my sophomore year of college for a countdown full of singer-songwriters and the occasional euro-pop curveball. It’s my chart from October 11, 2009:

Debuts:
40. MUSE, “Uprising” (#8, January 2010)
39. MIKA, “Blame It On The Girls” (#11, November)
38. SNOW PATROL, “Just Say Yes” (#28, November)
37. SHINEDOWN, “If You Only Knew” (#17, December)

Biggest Mover(s):
ROB THOMAS, “Someday” (13-5) and THE SCRIPT, “Breakeven” (30-22) (8 spots)

10. KELLY CLARKSON, “Already Gone”
Ah, yes, the single that never should’ve been. Clarkson wasn’t a fan of the song from the beginning, producer Ryan Tedder was declared unoriginal in a fiasco over it and Beyoncé‘s “Halo” and the music video for it fell flat, which director Joseph Khan also ranted about. However, it was a hit. “Gone” would eventually rise to a peak of #3, her last top ten single from the All I Ever Wanted era.

09. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me”
Some say she’s had as many boyfriends as she’s had hit singles. I say, let’s keep it centered on the music, people. After two weeks at #1, this fell from 5-9 this week. It was her second pop single from Fearless following another song that went to #1, “Love Story”, which began a three-week run in February. Swift is going strong, charting four singles (so far) from her most recent album, Red.

08. MIKA, “We Are Golden”
Taken from his album The Boy Who Knew Too Much, this first single was a top 5 success in the United Kingdom, but saw limited peaks in other countries. In the U.S., it was released to radio and picked up a handful of radio stations, but never charted at any format. This would be his last top 10 record (#6) on my chart until his “Popular Song” with Ariana Grande hit #8 this year.

07. UNCLE KRACKER, “Smile”
He drifted away from the charts for several years after the disappointing sales of his 2004 Seventy Two And Sunny album, but he returned in a big way with this song, stuck at #7 for a third week. This remains his last song to crack the Hot 100. “Smile” was also remixed for Country radio and went top ten on that format, leading to a few other singles of his to pick up some airplay there.

06. TRAIN, “Hey, Soul Sister”
Leader Pat Monahan‘s solo single, “Her Eyes”, went to #1 on my personal chart in 2007, although it and its parent album are largely forgotten about nowadays. Thus, this single of theirs, up 10-6, was Monahan and the band’s reintroduction into the national spotlight, thrusting them into the top ten in many countries. “Sister” would spend four weeks at #4 on my survey in later 2009.

05. ROB THOMAS, “Someday”
Taking a huge leap of 13-5 was the followup to “Her Diamonds”, which hogged the top spot for eight weeks earlier that year. It was still in the top 40 that week dropping to #26. Both of these singles originate on Cradlesong, one of my favorite albums of 2009. This song would end up locked at #2 for four weeks behind Michael Bublé‘s “Haven’t Met You Yet” before descending the top 40.

04. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Fallin’ For You”
She was discovered off MySpace (remember when that could happen?) and signed to Universal Republic Records, who made her 2007 album Coco a major hit. This leadoff single from her next album, Breakthrough, was a strong seller and had some decent airplay across multiple formats. After two weeks at #3, “You” fell to #4 that week. Followup single “I Never Told You” went to #2.

03. GARY GO, “Wonderful”
Singer-songwriter Gary Baker took the name Gary Go and took this single of his all the way to #1 on my chart for three weeks, dropping out this week. During the song’s run here in the U.S., he actually stopped by the radio station I was working for to do a promotional appearance and he was quite nice in person. He would chart again earlier this year on Benny Benassi‘s “Cinema”.

02. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Haven’t Met You Yet”
Lifted from his 2009 album Crazy Love, this was the Canadian crooner’s third original song to make my chart following 2005’s “Home” (#3) and 2007’s “Everything” (#1). It climbed into the runner-up spot after only six weeks in the top 40 and would go to #1 later that month. It spent five weeks there, his longest run at the top. It’s also his biggest international hit thus far in his career.

01. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances”
After the Two Lights era gave him back-to-back number one singles on my survey, 2006’s “The Riddle (You And I)” and 2007’s “World”, this first single from Slice also made it to the top spot, advancing from 2-1 that week. Originally promoted by Columbia Records, their campaign to break Train‘s “Hey, Soul Sister” at radio left John Ondrasik’s song stalled out midway up the Hot AC chart, and he jumped to Wind-Up Records midway into the era. He’s currently on with a former #3 single, “What If”.

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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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Let’s Dance: Producers Taking Over The Pop Scene

Tired of hearing the same old Calvin Harris and David Guetta-produced songs on the radio day after day? After a while, they all seem to sound the same. Well, here are four producers who haven’t seen a lot of chart success to date in the U.S., but watch out! They’re climbing towards the top of the turntables (and station playlists) with their new releases to the CHR format. Check them out and don’t be afraid to shake a little something once you pump up the volume.

You've got a "Friend".

You’ve got a “Friend”.

AFROJACK & CHRIS BROWN – “As Your Friend”
Current Position: #36

25-year-old Nick Van de Wall has been on the charts in his native Netherlands since 2006, but is slowly finding a following in the United States. You probably best know Afrojack from his 2011 single, “Take Over Control”, featuring vocalist Eva Simons, though he also had a featured credit on Pitbull‘s big smash “Give Me Everything”, which went to #1. His latest single is another big anthem featuring Chris Brown, which will likely discourage some listeners from pressing play. However, the guy’s a decent singer and I’m trying to separate the personality from the musician. (I obviously don’t condone what he’s done in his personal life in the last few years.) I’ve listened to his dance-leaning singles quite a bit like “Turn Up The Music” and “Yeah 3X”, and this one is no exception. It’s big and in-your-face, maybe a tad too harsh-sounding for mainstream radio, but it gets the job done. Brown hasn’t made the top ten on the format since 2011. Let’s see if this one gets the job done. It’s already entered the top 40 despite some fierce competition.

Boys on film.

Boys on film.

BENNY BENASSI featuring GARY GO – “Cinema”
Current Position: #50

Sometimes it takes mere weeks to have hit, sometimes it takes years. The latter statement neatly fits in with this song from Italian DJ Benny Benassi and English singer Gary Go that was originally released in Europe two years ago, yet is just now becoming a hit record at mainstream radio. The highest position it achieved in its initial release was #20 in the United Kingdom, though it made the top 40 in a few other European countries. The song’s sold north of one million copies in the United States as well, but has never made the Hot 100 or the Dance/Club Play Chart. How come? Lackluster radio support, especially at top-40 radio, though it finally seems to be picking up now. By the way, Gary Go‘s 2009 single, “Wonderful”, was a #1 hit on my personal chart. Great tune. The song’s been issued to radio in two forms: the original mix, and a remix done by Skrillex. It’s already built up a good-sized audience given its positioning on the chart, so, don’t be surprised if this one finally becomes the hit it was determined to be for the last twenty-odd months.

"One" more try at Pop success.

“One” more try at Pop success.

AVICII vs. NICKY ROMERO – “I Could Be The One”
Current Position: not listed; just released

Two producers, one track, and neither of them sing on it. Sweden’s Avicii meets Nicky Romero from the Netherlands on this single, which features a Swedish studio singer named Noonie Bao on it. Bao’s been credited as the main vocals on other album by Swedish acts in the past few years, though none of them have hit Stateside. Romero’s never released here either, and Avicii made a minor hit in the States out of “Levels”, the original composition that sampled Etta James‘s “Something’s Got A Hold Of Me” before Flo Rida started rapping all over it in “Good Feeling”. Of course, with that kind of feeling, it went to the top. “One” has already been a top five hit in Finland, Ireland and Sweden and is likely to be the new #1 single in the United Kingdom on this weekend’s chart reveal. Whether that will translate into perhaps a late spring or early summer hit in the U.S. has yet to be seen, but it’s already zipping up the Dance/Club Play survey with an impressive 44-22 leap on the February 16 edition. As the title suggests, it could be the one to break them all here.

Not a hot John Mayer remake.

Not a hot John Mayer remake.

ZEDD featuring FOXES – “Clarity”
Current Position: not listed; below the top 50

Anton Zaslavski is only 23-years-old, but he’s made a name for himself as Zedd, releasing singles for about three years now. He’s also the main producer behind Lady Gaga‘s forthcoming ARTPOP album, due later this year. The Russian-born producer made a minor splash on the mainstream scene last year with “Spectrum”, which featuring a vocal from Matthew Koma, but it quickly faded away despite a #1 placing on the Dance/Club Play chart. (Koma is best known as the boyfriend of pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen.) This new release topped the same chart, but this time, it’s Foxes singing the song, an English dance artist who hasn’t seen any exposure here before. His star is definitely climbing fast; in fact, he co-produced the recent Justin Bieber/Nicki Minaj top ten entry, “Beauty And A Beat”. The song goes for adds on March 5, but is already starting to rise on iTunes and get a little bit of pre-impact play. Look for this one to do the damage that “Spectrum” couldn’t last year.

Are there any other EDM favorites you could see doing well on popular radio and the Billboard Hot 100? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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