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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 16, 2017

Niall or nothing.

DEBUTS
39. The Script – Rain
38. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (40)
32. Zedd & Liam Payne – Get Low (38)
29. Katy Perry – Save As Draft (34)
28. Kesha – Praying (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Barns Courtney – Golden Dandelions (31)
21. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (27)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (08) | PEAK: #01 for one week
09. Tom Walker – Just You And I (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (07) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
07. Paramore – Hard Times (04) | PEAK: #04
06. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (10) | PEAK: #05
04. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (1)
2. Dean Lewis – Waves (2)
3. LP – No Witness (5)
4. Lights – Giants (9)
5. All Time Low – Good Times (6)
6. Billy Raffoul – Driver (4)
7. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (7)
8. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (8)
9. The All-American Rejects – Sweat (10)
10. BANNERS – Someone To You (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Two Fux
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Echosmith – Goodbye (new)
Jack Johnson – My Mind Is For Sale (new)
Jorge Blanco – Summer Soul
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Secret Weapons – Ghost
The Killers – The Man
The Struts – One Night Only (new)
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me (new)

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to “Sorry Not Sorry” from Demi Lovato, which definitely doesn’t have to apologize for it launching at the #38 position on the chart. The song debuted on Tuesday, hitting its #2 peak within hours on iTunes, while it impacts at the Top 40 format this coming Tuesday. (You’ll hear much more about it in the Add Lib report that night.) “Sorry” is expected to appear on her forthcoming sixth studio album, though a release date is not known at this time.
  • One spot below Lovato is the latest entry on my personal chart for The Script, the Irish trio with an impressive six #1 hits to date. The forecast calls for some “Rain”, as it falls on the #39 spot. The guys have ten top ten hits in a row, every single one of chart entries since 2009. By the way, this is not a hot Creed remake, but their “Rain” hit #20 on my chart in January 2010.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 9, 2017

Headed in a good Direction.

DEBUTS
40. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts
39. Loote – High Without Your Love
38. Zedd & Liam Payne – Get Low
37. Kesha – Praying | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Katy Perry – Save As Draft (40)
27. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (34) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
26. James Arthur – Can I Be Him (31)
23. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling (28)
21. Mondo Cozmo – Automatic (26)
12. Lorde – Perfect Places (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Arcade Fire – Everything Now (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Tom Walker – Just You And I (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week
07. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (03) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
06. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Paramore – Hard Times (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (2)
2. Dean Lewis – Waves (8)
3. Hanson – I Was Born (3)
4. Billy Raffoul – Driver (5)
5. LP – No Witness (9)
6. All Time Low – Good Times (6)
7. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (7)
8. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (10)
9. Lights – Giants (-)
10. The All-American Rejects – Sweat (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Two Fux
BANNERS – Someone To You
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Jorge Blanco – Summer Soul
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Secret Weapons – Ghost
The Killers – The Man

Chart Notes:

  • Two solo releases, two #1 songs: Niall Horan hits another home run with “Slow Hands”, up a notch from 2-1. His first track to reach the top spot on my chart was “This Town”, which spent its one week there in mid-December of last year. It looks like his first album won’t be out until the middle of the fall, so allow me to cry a few tears into my phone… (I’m sure it’ll be a great listen whenever it appears.) When it comes to Irish acts, The Script still leads with the most #1 songs (six) on my survey.
  • A powerful single from Kesha‘s upcoming album Rainbow premiered on Thursday, and it comes in as the Highest Debut on my personal chart this week. “Praying” leaps in at #37. The song was co-written by the singer, Ryan Lewis, Ben Abraham and Andrew Joslyn. The August 11 release looks to be a very diverse set, including collaborations with Dolly Parton and Eagles Of Death Metal, as well as the horn section from The Dap-Kings, who were led by the late Sharon Jones.
  • DJ/producer Zedd and singer Liam Payne team up on a hot new collaboration called “Get Low”, coming in at #38. Payne’s first solo hit, “Strip That Down”, advances from 8-5 this week and could reach the top spot sometime in August. The 23-year-old singer is one of two members from One Direction to debut on my latest chart, the second of whom also scores with two songs in the top 40. What can I say? It’s good to be them.
  • There are another two debuts below those titles in the countdown: at #39, Loote‘s “High Without Your Love” marks the first top 40 song for the male-female duo from New York City. A spot lower, at #40, Harry Styles claims his second solo hit with “Two Ghosts”. It’s the second radio single from his self-titled album; “Sign Of The Times”, a recent #1, now falls from 4-8.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 2, 2017

Got ’til it’s Shawn.

DEBUTS
40. Katy Perry – Save As Draft
39. Fitz & The Tantrums – Fool | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (40) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
23. Andy Grammer – Give Love (28)
20. Julia Michaels – Uh Huh (26) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
17. Lorde – Perfect Places (22)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Train – Drink Up (09) | PEAK: #09
09. Tom Walker – Just You And I (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Liam Payne – Strip That Down (11) | PEAK: #08
07. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Paramore – Hard Times (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
03. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (04) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
02. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Loote – High Without Your Love (3)
2. Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt – OK (5)
3. Hanson – I Was Born (1)
4. LeAnn Rimes – Love Is Love Is Love (2)
5. Billy Raffoul – Driver (6)
6. All Time Low – Good Times (9)
7. Shania Twain – Life’s About To Get Good (10)
8. Dean Lewis – Waves (-)
9. LP – No Witness (-)
10. Sheppard – Edge Of The Night (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Two Fux (new)
BANNERS – Someone To You
Dagny – Wearing Nothing
Jorge Blanco – Summer Soul
Lauv – I Like Me Better
Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass
Lights – Giants
Rachel Crow – Dime
Secret Weapons – Ghost
The Killers – The Man
Welshly Arms – Legendary

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is the seventh top 40 entry for Los Angeles’s Fitz And The Tantrums, the band that reached #1 on my chart with “MoneyGrabber” back in 2011. Since then, they’ve had four more top ten songs, with last year’s “HandClap” (#3) being the most recent. The group hasn’t announced a new album yet, but this looks to be the lead single from it. They’re on tour with James Arthur and OneRepublic this summer.
  • Katy Perry‘s fourth chart single from the #1 album Witness debuts at #40 this week, “Save As Draft”. The tune recently had a solid impact week at Hot AC radio, where it also sits just inside the top 40. The set’s third single, “Swish Swish”, looks to be over at the Top 40 format (and my own chart, where it falls 25-30 this week.) Thus, her era is still a mess. Congrats, I think…

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (June 2015) (Part Two)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in June on the Alternative and AAA formats in the second part of this month’s Radio Report:

ALTERNATIVE (*) and TRIPLE A (**)

Meg Mac
MEG MAC – “Roll Up Your Sleeves” (June 2) (**)
Label: 300 Entertainment
From Melbourne, Australia, Megan McInerney has seen quite a bit of buzz online thanks to love from station Triple J and several music blogs that have covered her since 2013’s “Known Better”, her debut song. “Roll” was first released last June and its Spotify numbers now stand at just under 1.9 million streams. Though her label is more known for its Urban roster, she’s amazing as well.

Phases
PHASES – “I’m In Love With My Life” (June 2) (* + **)
Label: Warner Bros.
In 2012, a group called JJAMZ made their debut with an album called Suicide Pact and a single titled “Heartbeat”, which was able to pick up a little bit of airplay. Unfortunately, not much happened after that. However, the band is back under a new name and a membership change, down to a quartet from a quintet. They also have a catchy hit on their hands with some nice synch potential.

ROMANS
ROMANS – “Uh Huh” (June 2) (**)
Label: Def Jam/Roc Nation
You may have seen this one debut on my top 40 recently as I’ve been enjoying it for a few weeks now. Formerly credited with first name intact, Sam, the performer now seeks to score at multiple radio formats with his first main-credited release, and it’s a lovely introduction to U.S. radio for the talented musician. Energetic and feel good, the song will definitely be riding up my chart nicely.

Anderson East
ANDERSON EAST – “Satisfy Me” (June 9) (**)
Label: Elektra/Atlantic
Here is a shining singer and songwriter who is currently based in Nashville, TN. East has been catching some attention with an EP he released to the streaming services in April, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, a five song set that was recorded at FAME Studios. He is also on the road with folk singer Brandi Carlile, so be sure to catch them during the month. I’m sure the show will satisfy you.

George Ezra
GEORGE EZRA – “Blame It On Me” (June 9) (*)
Label: Columbia
Turning 22 on the weekend, the English singer is still rising up the CHR and Hot AC lists with his previous track, the international smash called “Budapest”. Now, his former top ten in the United Kingdom makes its way to the Alternative airwaves this month. It is already making waves in the top five on the AAA survey. The only thing you may be blaming him for is a solid follow-up release.

Mike Posner
MIKE POSNER – “Be As You Are” (June 9) (**)
Label: Island/Republic
I know what you’re thinking — why is the guy who did “Cooler Than Me” going to a radio format that plays all that folk stuff? That would seem rather peculiar, but 27-year-old Posner has changed styles a bit since his pop days and his record label as well. With a lack of an album on the market since 2010, the odds are against him, but we’ve seen stranger comebacks in 2015. Watch out for it.

James Taylor
JAMES TAYLOR – “Today Today Today” (June 16) (**)
Label: Concord
The legendary singer/songwriter is back and his single title is so nice, he has to say it thrice. His new album, Before This World, is his first set of original material since 2002’s October Road, which included three minor AC tracks. “Today” is looking like it might also chart at the format, making Taylor one of only a few artists to rank in five consecutive decades. That is a very impressive stat.

COASTS
COASTS – “Oceans” (June 23) (*)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
Another English band makes their way to the Alternative airwaves this month, a quintet based in Bristol. With all the songs about rivers at the format right now, like “Hold Back The River” and “Like A River Runs”, it’ll be nice to have a single about an ocean. At the beginning of the year, they released a self-titled EP, and it’s a good listen if you’re liking “Oceans”. Time to quench your thirst.

Coin
COIN – “Run” (June 23) (*)
Label: Columbia
Grab your pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, because the quartet with a mint name and sound is headed to Alternative in a few weeks. “Run” is the first radio single from this Nashville group, though they’ve been churning out great songs for about two years now. A music video for this premiered back in March and they’ve been touring, currently opening for pop chanteuse Betty Who.

machineheart
MACHINEHEART featuring VANIC – “Circles” (June 30) (*)
Label: Columbia
This one’s been kicking around for over a year as a blog item with several popular remixes, but now that the band is signed, it’ll be off to radio this month. The Los Angeles act is led by Stevie Scott, a former member of the duo He Is We, who had a minor entry on the Hot AC chart in 2011 with “Happily Ever After”. Perhaps this ending will leave the act a little more content with the results.

Which of these new songs would you like to see on top of the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (January 27)

"Knows" a bit about topping the charts.

“Knows” a bit about topping the charts.

Are you riding out the Blizzard of 2015 at home like millions of others in the U.S.? Need some new sounds while you shovel like never before? Chill out, man. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of January 27:

  • This week marks the return of R&B singer Ne-Yo and his new album Non-Fiction. It’s his first album in just over two years and features the hits “She Knows” (featuring Juicy J) and “Time Of Our Lives” (with Pitbull.) With airplay up at multiple formats, including CHR, Rhythmic and Urban radio, this should be the highest entry on the Billboard 200 next week. (iTunes)
  • You know his international hit “Budapest”, currently #1 on AAA radio in the States, and now George Ezra‘s Wanted On Voyage is finally out here after an international release last year. Look for the song to slowly crossover this spring and summer. As for the album, a top 20 debut should be in order, if not higher. (iTunes)
  • Currently approaching the Urban AC top ten with “Goodnight Kisses”, Charlie Wilson is spreading the love around on Forever Charlie as he looks to try and crack the top ten for the fourth time as a solo act. Will the upper demo come out for it? We’ll see. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Derek Minor‘s Empire (iTunes), Jamie Cullum‘s Interlude (iTunes), Kenny G‘s Brazilian Nights (iTunes), Milo Greene‘s Control (iTunes), Papa Roach‘s F.E.A.R. (iTunes), Prelow‘s Why Does Everything Happen So Much (EP) (iTunes), Punch Brothers‘s The Phosphorescent Blues (iTunes), Ricky Dillon‘s RPD (EP) (iTunes), The Lone Bellow‘s Then Came The Morning (iTunes) and Tony Lucca‘s Tony Lucca (iTunes).

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

  • “Black Sun”, a new single from Death Cab For Cutie. (iTunes)
  • “Hurricane”, the new single from the band Lifehouse. (iTunes)
  • “Shots”, new from Imagine Dragons. (iTunes)

Next week, Bob DylanFifth Harmony and the latest in the NOW That’s What I Call Music! series will be competing for top five debuts. Who takes the top spot? A full preview is coming in seven days!

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A New “Dance” Or Three: Will The U.S. Step To These Global Hits?

It’s certainly not easy to break the music market in one country, but these fellows are doing it by the dozens. The three acts highlighted here have proven themselves worthy of the international crowd, but will it translate into yet another big success here in the U.S.? The time is ticking, but a combination of chart data and social stats has my pop prediction cap buzzing a little bit louder than usual. If you don’t know these guys by now, get ready to pump up the jams:

Sometimes he feels like the only Cab on the road.

Sometimes he feels like the only Cab on the road.

CRIS CAB featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS – “Liar Liar”
Album: Where I Belong (2014)

You may remember this now 21-year-old singer’s 2012 single “Good Girls (Don’t Grow on Trees)”, which featured rapper Big Sean. It was sent to radio in the U.S., but failed to pick up any traction. This new single of his, however, has been all over the global charts, breaking the top ten in Austria, France, Germany, Italy and more. It also ranks within the top 40 on iTunes currently in over a dozen countries, not to mention that the music video just passed ten million views. He may be singing about liars, but that success is the truth. 2014 looks to be another banner year for Williams, who co-wrote and co-produced this, so why not give it a shot in the States? With an island meets R&B sound, this will chill things right away.

Better than Ezra.

He may be better than Ezra.

GEORGE EZRA – “Budapest”
Album: Did You Hear The Rain? (EP) (2013)

Here’s another young musician who went from playing at Glastonbury last year to playing on his own headlining tour this year. It’s amazing what time can do, can it? The 21-year-old from Bristol has issued two EPs in the past six months and it is the former one that’s given him his breakout hit. Ezra’s single is climbing all over Europe, with top ten peaks in Belgium and The Netherlands and some modest action in Denmark and Switzerland. It’s also notable for a pretty simple clip with the performer strumming his guitar against various colored backgrounds, but three million views later… who needs a big budget to get attention? With a much older voice and a pleasant vibe, this feels like a promising AAA radio hit. We’ll see!

No use crying over spilt Milky.

No use crying over spilled Milky.

MILKY CHANCE – “Stolen Dance”
Album: Sadnecessary (2013)

If you’re not one of the 22 million views that this video has accumulated on YouTube, then what are you waiting for? The duo of singer and musician Clemens Rehbein and DJ Philipp Dausch formed just two years ago in Germany, but acclaim has come their way and quickly at that. The two have absolutely dominated the charts overseas with their rhythmic folk track, going to #1 in a handful of countries and top ten in many others. While a followup single, “Down By The River”, is being promoted in several territories (including the United Kingdom, where “Dance” has yet to be a hit), it would seem as though the bigger cut could fly onto the Alternative chart and beyond with a good push before its momentum is “stolen”.

Which of these three international smashes will make it to the U.S. first and potentially do the best here? Let me know! Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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