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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 10, 2008

"Lost" in the music of 2008.

“Lost” in the music of 2008.

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 early February in my last year of high school and revisit the top songs from this GRAMMY week in 2008…

Debuts:
39. PANIC AT THE DISCO, “Nine In The Afternoon”
38. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Wow”
36. GOLDFRAPP, “A&E”

Biggest Mover(s):
LEONA LEWIS, “Bleeding Love” (27-13, fourteen spots)

10. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Lost” (down 1)
Album: Call Me Irresponsible (2007, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

09. ADELE, “Chasing Pavements” (up 1)
Album: 19 (2008, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. ONEREPUBLIC, “Stop And Stare” (down 1)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash” (down 2)
Album: Some Mad Hope (2007, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

06. LIFEHOUSE, “Whatever It Takes” (up 2)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

05. MAROON 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You” (up 1)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

04. TIMBALAND presents ONEREPUBLIC, “Apologize” (steady, second week)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Teardrops On My Guitar” (steady, second week)
Album: Taylor Swift (2006, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. EMERSON HART, “I Wish The Best For You” (down 1)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

01. GRAHAM COLTON, “Best Days” (up 1)
Album: Here Right Now (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 9, 2008

"Chasing" those girls.

“Chasing” those girls.

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. It was the last few months of high school and we were just wrapping up a run of the musical that year, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Meanwhile, here’s a look at my top 40 from March 9, 2008:

Debuts:
40. RYAN CABRERA, “Say”
34. JASON MRAZ, “I’m Yours”

Biggest Mover:
FERRAS, “Hollywood’s Not America” (35-28) (7 spots)

10. ONEREPUBLIC, “Stop And Stare”
Their former hit “Apologize” couldn’t have been too sorry that it was falling down the chart when followup “Stop” was also making a decent run. Lifted from their debut album, Dreaming Out Loud, the group’s newfound popularity, along with a particularly visual-driven clip brought it up to #6 for two weeks. It stopped, it stared; the goal here was fulfilled.

09. JOHN MAYER, “Say”
Originally written for the 2007 film The Bucket List, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, “Say” was included on a deluxe edition of Mayer’s album Continuum. Some may say it’s a little bit repetitive, and so they say what they need to say. What do you say? I say that #9 is where it peaked on my top 40 for two weeks. He last made my survey in 2012.

08. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Teardrops On My Guitar”
Young Miss Swift always seems to break up with someone every few months or so. This time, it’s her longtime publicist of seven years. However, six years ago, things were looking mighty fine for the singer as she scored her first crossover hit. “Teardrops” spent three weeks at #3, while it climbed to #2 on the Country radio chart during the summer of 2007.

07. ADELE, “Chasing Pavements”
Before she scored three #1 singles in a row from 21, “Chasing” was the first appearance on my chart for the Tottenham born singer, who is in the process of making her third album, due in the next few months. It peaked at #6 for two weeks. In the U.K., it rose to the runner-up spot on the Singles Chart, and also went top ten in Ireland and Italy, among others.

06. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “These Hard Times”
In 2008, the Orlando band were in the middle of promoting their greatest hits effort, Exile On Mainstream. Lead single “How Far We’ve Come” spent a total of five weeks at #1, and this followup would land at a solid peak of #2. Their recent North era is done after three singles, but Rob Thomas is currently recording for a new solo album, out later this year.

05. MAROON 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You”
Adam Levine and the boys were riding high on my top 40 with the third single from their sophomore album It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. Though “Won’t” garnered significant play on the AC and Hot AC formats, as expected, it wasn’t a national hit on the Hot 100 like several of their singles. However, it did manage top ten peaks in Australia and Belgium.

04. EMERSON HART, “I Wish The Best For You”
Of the ten acts on the list this week, Hart is the only one currently in my top 40 with his latest single, “The Best That I Can Give”. It’s taken from his forthcoming album, Beauty In Disrepair, due April 15. Back in 2008, it was another “Best” that would rank as the best single on my chart for four weeks beginning in January. The 44-year-old is still going strong.

03. GRAHAM COLTON, “Best Days”
Coming off a three week run at #1, the Oklahoma singer/songwriter’s biggest song to make my chart to date was slowly falling out of the top 5. You may remember that it was featured on American Idol that season. Now an independent act, he recently released his latest album, Lonely Ones, and issued the single “Hands Untied” to AAA radio a few weeks ago.

02. LIFEHOUSE, “Whatever It Takes”
Back in 2008, the group from Los Angeles (a trio at that point) was still racking up a lot of hits; in fact, their Who We Are era was their biggest on my top 40. “Whatever” lasted just one week at the top, dropping to #2. In 2013, the band parted ways with longtime home Geffen, but lead singer Jason Wade is recording music for his first solo album, due this year.

01. LEONA LEWIS, “Bleeding Love”
Leaping from #5 into the #1 position was this international smash that reached the top in nearly three dozen countries. That’s huge! Co-written by Jesse McCartney and Ryan Tedder, its U.S. success translated into Platinum single sales and a record (at the time) for the largest one-week spin record at CHR radio. Although she’s largely forgotten here, her European success continues. Last year, she released Christmas, With Love, featuring the #3 U.K. hit “One More Sleep”.

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

If you follow the radio charts like I do, you’ll want to be on top of only the freshest music being serviced across the nation. So, I’m bringing back an early PGTC feature with a bit of a revamp. With this monthly series, I’ll be highlighting some great tracks at a few different radio formats that will be fighting for airspace over the next few months. So, what are we waiting for? Let the battles begin.

CHR
Jason Derulo and 2 Chainz
JASON DERULO featuring 2 CHAINZ“Talk Dirty” (January 7)
Label: Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.
After the questionable release of the slower “Marry Me”, which ultimately lost the singer and his label some momentum here in the U.S., Derulo’s returned with the international hit, a #1 in Australia, the U.K. and many others. The jazzy R&B banger should be his biggest hit of this era so long as it is promoted correctly.

Naughty Boy and Sam Smith

NAUGHTY BOY featuring SAM SMITH“La La La” (January 7)
Label: Capitol
Though both are newcomers to the Stateside market, “La” did superb numbers internationally, giving the producer his biggest single to date and introducing Smith to a wider audience (and a solo U.S. deal also at Capitol.) The early adds on it look promising, and there will certainly be a pressure to break the song here.

Christina Perri

CHRISTINA PERRI“Human” (January 21)
Label: Atlantic/Roadrunner
Already at #5 on my personal chart, this is a surefire smash from Perri, her biggest hit yet on my top 40 and one of the great ballads out right now. Its genuine vocal and beautiful build are lovely, and the lyric set is sincere and well-crafted. “Human” is the first single from sophomore album Head Or Heart, due March 11.

ALTERNATIVE

Ready, set, "Go".

GROUPLOVE“Shark Attack” (January 14)
Label: Atlantic/Canvasback
“Ways To Go” did some damage on Alternative radio, going as high as #2, and this followup is already climbing into the top 30 on my personal chart. If a moderate rise is in order, the eccentric and fun “Shark” will be peaking around the start of summer begins. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

So far Gone.

HAIM“Forever” (January 21)
Label: Columbia
Currently garnering some minor airplay with “The Wire” at the AAA format, the critically acclaimed sisters out of Los Angeles will be back on U.S. radio with this one, which originally went to a lowly #75 in the U.K. early in 2013. The rock meets 80’s pop track lays down a funky vibe; it’s downright fun retro realness.

Max Frost

MAX FROST“White Lies” (January 21)
Label: Atlantic/Roadrunner
Frost is one of the newest signings to Atlantic, a native of Austin, TX. Garnering top rankings on site The Hype Machine, the performer released an EP, Low High Low, back in October. The song is currently being featured in an ad for Beats By Dre. “White” is an infectious dream pop sound bound for big action, and that’s no lie.

AAA (ADULT ALBUM ALTERNATIVE)

The South's gonna do it again.

BOY & BEAR“Southern Sun” (January 14)
Label: Nettwerk
I first wrote about this song in November and now, we’re just weeks away from the song actually going for adds. With Nettwerk’s recent successes, especially on AAA radio with male-led singles by Family Of The Year and Passenger, I have a feeling this record will be an easy sell. It’s already a big winner on my chart.

The Mowgli's

THE MOWGLI’S“Say It, Just Say It” (January 14)
Label: Photo Finish / Island Def Jam
The eight-piece band out of California are best known for “San Francisco”, which just missed the top ten on Alternative last year. A followup, “The Great Divide”, underperformed, but this next single from Waiting For The Dawn has already seen a lot of play on SiriusXM’s Hits 1. Let’s see if terrestrial radio will “say” anything.

Graham Colton

GRAHAM COLTON“Hands Untied” (January 21)
Label: United For Opportunity
He’s a talented guy and he’s responsible for two big hits on my chart — the #1 “Best Days” in 2008 and the #5 “Pacific Coast Eyes” in 2011. “Hands” is the first release from Colton’s Lonely Ones, due on that same date, which was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. He may be the underdog in this race, but this is a quality song.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: December 9, 2007

"Better" with the both of them.

The “Best” of 2007.

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. I was just about set to head onto Winter Break during my senior year of high school when I made these rankings. Here’s a look at my top 40 from December 9, 2007:

Debuts:
40. DARREN HAYES, “Casey”
38. JOHN MAYER, “Say”

Biggest Mover(s):
ONEREPUBLIC, “Stop And Stare” (37-28) (9 spots)

10. DARREN HAYES, “Me, Myself And (I)”
From his glorious double album, This Delicate Thing We’ve Made, this was one of three tracks by Hayes in the top 40 this week with the debuting “Casey” at #40 and a former #2 song, “On The Verge Of Something Wonderful”, falling to #39.  “Me” would end up stuck at #10 for three straight weeks. Four songs from his most recent album, 2011’s Secret Codes And Battleships, ranked on my weekly chart.

09. MAROON 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You”
Taking a leap up from #15, this is the first of two songs in the top ten for the band and their third consecutive top ten single from their first #1 album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. The era was led off by the funky “Makes Me Wonder”, which debuted in the top spot in April and stayed there for eleven weeks. “Won’t” was only a mid-charter on the Hot 100, but it did go top ten in Australia and Belgium.

08. CELINE DION, “Taking Chances”
The title track from Dion’s tenth English album was written by former American Idol judge and songwriter Kara DioGuardi and Eurythmics‘s Dave Stewart and originally recorded for their band Platinum Weird. HoweverDion ended up with the hit version during that fall, a big top ten single at her core radio format, AC. Her latest studio album, Loved Me Back To Life, was released in November.

07. MAROON 5, “Wake Up Call”
Here’s the second single by the band, which peaked at #3. A remix of the song featuring Mary J. Blige was released in November of that year as remixed by Mark Ronson. The band is currently receiving some limited airplay with “Lucky Strike”, an unofficial fifth single from their album, Overexposed. Lead singer Adam Levine is doing well on this season of The Voice with three finalists in the top 5.

06. DURAN DURAN, “Falling Down”
Co-produced and co-written by Justin Timberlake, who participated in a large chunk of their album Red Carpet Massacre, this was the first single from the set. While the single tanked globally, it did reach a surprisingly strong #2 in Italy. The parent album became the group’s ninth top 40 release on the Billboard 200. The now quartet last made my personal chart in 2011 with “Leave A Light On”.

05. ROZ BELL, “Papercut”
Canadian singer-songwriter Bell was one of the breakout stars on my chart in 2007, placing two consecutive singles in the top 5: “Yesterday Man” (#2) and this song, which got as high as #4. After one more minor entry in 2009 titled “Heart Attack”, which just missed the top 20, Bell has yet to make my chart again. However, he’s still uploading music on his SoundCloud account via his own label, Enacy.

04. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “How Far We’ve Come”
Back in 2007, Rob Thomas and the guys were promoting their first greatest hits compilation titled Exile On Mainstream. The single was a radical shift in sound for them, an energetic and quick-paced number that totaled five weeks at #1 on my chart, their biggest hit as a band to date. They’ve charted since and have a pair of singles vying for placement in my Top 100 of 2013: “Our Song” and “Overjoyed”.

03. TIMBALAND presents ONEREPUBLIC, “Apologize”
Originally out in 2006, “Apologize” didn’t become a hit until it was remixed by producer Timbaland and slapped onto his top 5 album Shock Value. Then, it burned up the radio charts, at one time holding an airplay record for the most spins in one week at the CHR format, and launched frontman Ryan Tedder‘s career as a star producer and writer. It topped my chart for three weeks, their only #1 thus far.

02. GRAHAM COLTON, “Best Days”
You might remember this song being featured on American Idol early on in its seventh season. “Best” remains Colton’s biggest single to reach my survey, spending three weeks at #1. In 2011, he rose to #5 with “Pacific Coast Eyes”, and that’s been his last charting to date. The Oklahoma singer is in the process of putting together a new album, Lonely Ones, due in 2014 after a successful fundraising project.

01. MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash”
Topping it all this week back in 2007 was this song from a local guy, born about 45 minutes from here in Lexington, MA. “Car” was the first single issued from Nathanson’s album Some Mad Hope, and while it only did modestly well at the AAA and Hot AC formats, it took a slow ascent up my chart and hit #1 in its 23rd week in the top 40, the longest run to reach the top ever. Both “Kinks Shirt” and “Mission Bells” from his most recent album, Last Of The Great Pretenders, made my chart and peaked in the 20’s earlier this year.

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