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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 23, 2018

Fall in “Love” this Thanksgiving.

Pass the turkey, stuffing and the new albums… it might be a slow date, but these are the notable digital and physical releases out this Friday:

RITA ORA – Phoenix (iTunes)
Ora has largely struggled with a U.S. audience; her latest radio single, “Let You Love Me”, is charting below the top 40 at Top 40 radio. Still, as one of the bigger titles this week, it could attain a decent debut on the Billboard 200 list.

Notable albums out this week: Amy Macdonald‘s Woman Of The World: The Best Of 2007-2018 (iTunes), Chic‘s The Chic Organization: 1977-1979 (iTunes), Cliff Richard‘s Rise Up (iTunes), Take That‘s Odyssey (iTunes), William Beckmann‘s Outskirts Of Town (iTunes), 10 Years Of Mom+Pop (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Hunter Hayes‘s This Christmas (iTunes), Ward Davis‘s Asunder (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1999 (Michael Calfan Remix)”, Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Ballers And Skaters”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Bite My Tongue”, Sam Bluer (iTunes)
“Body”, Glowie featuring Saweetie (iTunes)
“Business”, Call Me Loop (iTunes)
“Cheering For Me Now”, John Kander & Lin-Manuel Miranda (iTunes)
“Come Out And Play”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Control”, Feder featuring Bryce Vine & Dan Caplen (iTunes)
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, Brett Eldredge (iTunes)
“Don’t Call Me Back”, LA WOMEN (iTunes)
“Friends”, Jai Waetford (iTunes)
“Gold & Blue”, Van Bellman (iTunes)
“Goodbye (R3HAB Remix)”, Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William (iTunes)
“It Is What It Is”, RuthAnne (iTunes)
“Kelly”, Kelly Rowland (iTunes)
“LA On A Saturday Night (Acoustic)”, Hearts & Colors (iTunes)
“Lay Your Worry Down (Acoustic Version)”, Milow featuring Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Leave Me Lonely”, Hilltop Hoods (iTunes)
“Mine”, VINCINT (iTunes)
“New Crowned King”, Cody Simpson (iTunes)
“Not At Peace”, Ria Mae (iTunes)
“On The 5 (RAC Remix)”, Winnetka Bowling League (iTunes)
“Perfect To Me (Back N Fourth Remix)”, Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Piano Man (BBC Live)”, Tom Odell (iTunes)
“Polaroid (Acoustic)”, Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Reel It In (Remix)”, Aminé featuring Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“Run In The Rain (Acoustic)”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Solitude”, JXN (iTunes)
“Stand Out Fit In”, ONE OK ROCK (iTunes)
“Stuck In The Middle”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Sundress”, A$AP Rocky (iTunes)
“Testify”, Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
“Thursday (Acoustic)”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Use Me”, Shaggy (iTunes)
“Vámonos”, Kris Kross Amsterdam, Ally Brooke & Messiah (iTunes)
“When We Were Young”, M-Phazes featuring Luke Steele (iTunes)
“Zombie Bastards”, Weezer (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Alessia Cara, Clean Bandit, The 1975 and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 6)

Wants to be a Hunter again.

Wants to be a Hunter again.

One third of the year is over and album sales overall are looking… well, not so great at this point. However, with a bunch of bigger releases this week, you never know what will happen. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of May 6:

  • After the Platinum-selling success of his self-titled 2011 album, Country youngster Hunter Hayes is back with his followup release, Storyline. Leadoff single and ballad “Invisible” remains bulleted on the Country chart around the top 20. (You may remember Hayes debuted it at the GRAMMY Awards.) Look for it to debut in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 and at #1 on the Country survey. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Tech N9ne has been charting on the Billboard 200 since 2001 and his latest effort is titled Strangeulation. A single from it, “Fragile”, is just below the top ten on Rhythmic radio and ranks as his biggest airplay hit to date. Last year, he had an album debut at #4; expect another high entry from this one, probably in the top 5 again. (iTunes)
  • Last summer, Naughty Boy‘s Hotel Cabana debuted at #2 in the United Kingdom on the strength of a handful of top ten singles, including his current U.S. hit with Sam Smith, “La La La”. That same album, with a slightly altered tracklisting, is now out here. It will likely debut somewhere in the lower regions of the chart – there’s clearly more interest in the single at this point. (iTunes)
  • Though none of its singles have charted Stateside, the first album in five years for singer Lily Allen, Sheezus, is out this week. The effort is currently top ten in over two dozen countries. “Air Balloon” is currently at U.S. radio, but is not showing much action as of recent. (iTunes)
  • Singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan has been making music for over 25 years now. Her latest effort, Shine On, is her first for Verve after splitting with longtime Canadian label Nettwerk and U.S. label Arista. “In Your Shoes” is the current AC/Hot AC single from the project. (iTunes)
  • It’s also a crazy week for compilation albums, the biggest of which is the 50th (!) edition of the Now! That’s What I Call Music! series (iTunes). Those kids grow up so quickly. Also on the menu: Kidz Bop Party Bop! from the Kidz Bop Kids (iTunes) and the various stars of Nashville with their second music set from the second season of the show (iTunes).
  • Other releases out this week include: Gregg Allman‘s All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman (iTunes), Lykke Li‘s I Never Learn (iTunes), Natalie Merchant‘s Natalie Merchant (iTunes) and Santana‘s Corazón (iTunes).

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

  • “A Sky Full Of Stars”, the second radio single from Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories. (iTunes)
  • “First Love”, a new CHR radio single from Jennifer Lopez. (iTunes)
  • “Get My Name”, a single from Mark Ballas of Dancing With The Stars fame. (iTunes)
  • “Good Kisser”, new from R&B star Usher. (iTunes)
  • “Love Never Felt So Good”, the first single from the late Michael Jackson‘s Xscape album. (iTunes)
  • “M.F.P.O.T.Y.”, another digital track from Cher Lloyd‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Superbad”, the latest single from Jesse McCartney. (iTunes)
  • “They Don’t Love You No More”, the latest from DJ Khaled featuring Jay Z, Meek Mill, Rick Ross and French Montana. (iTunes)

Michael Jackson, Rascal Flatts and The Black Keys take center stage next week, along with Chromeo, Dolly Parton and more. It’s going to be another busy week — a full preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: GRAMMY Winners + What’s New In Stores This Week (January 28)

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Play that Punky music.

Music’s Biggest Night gave us some amazing performances and some huge winners racking up the Awards, but let’s not forget, we do have a few albums and singles keeping things fresh this week. Here are all the big GRAMMY surges and new releases you need to know about for January 28:

  • ALBUM / RECORD OF THE YEAR: Daft Punk took home five statutes last night, the most of any act there. Two were for the #2 hit “Get Lucky” (iTunes), featuring Pharrell Williams, including Record Of The Year, while parent album Random Access Memories (iTunes) accumulated the other three, including Album Of The Year.
  • SONG OF THE YEAR: 17-year-old Lorde beat out a lot of musical heavyweights for this year’s Song Of The Year, “Royals” (iTunes). The multi-format #1 song was also a winner for Best Solo Pop Performance and comes from album Pure Heroine (iTunes).
  • BEST NEW ARTIST: In addition to their win in the Big Four, duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also took three out of the four Rap categories, including Rap Performance and Song for “Thrift Shop” (iTunes), featuring Wanz, and Best Rap Album for The Heist (iTunes). They’ll certainly be able to buy some more new threads soon.
  • Other records reacting well to last night’s show include: Beyoncé‘s self-titled effort (iTunes), Bruno Mars‘s Unorthodox Jukebox (iTunes), Imagine Dragons‘s Night Visions (iTunes) and Kacey Musgraves‘s Same Trailer Different Park (iTunes). Of course, you can also download the 2014 GRAMMY Nominees album (iTunes), featuring a nice selection of songs from all different genres.
  • Of this week’s selections, you can check out Casting Crowns‘s Thrive (iTunes), Dave Barnes‘s Golden Days (iTunes), David Crosby‘s Croz (iTunes), Of Mice And Men‘s Restoring Force (iTunes), Red Dragon Cartel‘s self-titled album (iTunes) and Smith & Myers (from Shinedown)’s Acoustic Sessions (EP) (iTunes).

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

  • “Find You”, a collaboration between Zedd and vocalists Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant. (iTunes)
  • “Girls”, a new single from Jennifer Lopez. (iTunes)
  • “Into The Blue”, the first single from Kylie Minogue‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Invisible”, the first single from Hunter Hayes‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “I Want It All”, the latest from swag pop duo Karmin. (iTunes)
  • “MMM Yeah”, a new track from teen singer Austin Mahone and rapper Pitbull. (iTunes)
  • “Radioactive”, a big hit from Imagine Dragons in a new remix with Kendrick Lamar following their GRAMMY performance. (iTunes)

Next week, we’ll look at new albums from Toni Braxton & Babyface, Broken Bells, Eric Paslay and more. See you in seven!

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GRAMMY WEEK: Adam Picks The Winners for Alternative/Rock/Country Fields

Gram bam, thank you, ma'am.

Gram bam, thank you, ma’am.

It’s finally here… the week before the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, airing on Sunday, January 26 at 8PM Eastern on CBS. This week on POP! Goes The Charts, we’ll be taking a look at nearly half the categories on the list and laying out who I think will taking home a prize or two or five (maybe!) on the big day. Today, we continue with the fields for Alternative, Rock and Country.

(For a full list of nominations, check it out on GRAMMY.com along with more interactive features. You can also order the 2014 GRAMMY Nominees album, from Atlantic Records.)

12. Best Rock Performance

“Always Alright”, Alabama Shakes
“The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”, David Bowie
“Radioactive”, Imagine Dragons (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“Kashmir (Live)”, Led Zeppelin
“My God Is The Sun”Queens Of The Stone Age
“I’m Shakin'”Jack White

PREDICTION: It’s hard to deny the overwhelming success of “Radioactive” during the past year, but it’s only up for two categories, one being Record Of The Year, which is out of the question. (To me, at least.) This is the safer bet for the Las Vegas band.

13. Best Metal Performance

“T.N.T.”Anthrax
“God Is Dead?”, Black Sabbath (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“The Enemy Inside”Dream Theater
“In Due Time”Killswitch Engage
“Room 24”Volbeat featuring King Diamond

PREDICTION: While metal isn’t a genre of choice when it comes to my listening habits, I do know a little bit about the acts in this category. With their first studio album in 18 years, I’m hoping the reformed trio of Black Sabbath is rewarded with this.

14. Best Rock Song

“Ain’t Messin ‘Round”
Performed and Written by: Gary Clark Jr.

“Cut Me Some Slack”
Performed and Written by: Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“Doom And Gloom”
Performed by: Rolling Stones
Written by: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

“God Is Dead?”
Performed and Written by: Black Sabbath (Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne)

“Panic Station”
Performed by: Muse
Written by: Matthew Bellamy

PREDICTION: There are classic acts galore in this category, along with a few newcomers. Gary Clark, Jr. would be a good choice for the win, but I think Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear have this. Just keepin’ it Reel.

15. Best Rock Album

13Black Sabbath
The Next DayDavid Bowie
Mechanical BullKings Of Leon
Celebration Day, Led Zeppelin (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
…Like Clockwork, Queens Of The Stone Age
Psychedelic Pill, Neil Young with Crazy Horse

PREDICTION: I’ll say this category is probably going to be a fight between Bowie and Zeppelin – both albums did well. Though they have several entries in the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, wouldn’t it be cool to see Led Zeppelin win their first regular award?

16. Best Alternative Music Album

The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Neko Case
Trouble Will Find Me, The National
Hesitation Marks, Nine Inch Nails
Lonerism, Tame Impala
Modern Vampires Of The City, Vampire Weekend (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: There’s quite a few buzzworthy acts in this category, but people seemed rather surprised that Vampire Weekend was shut out of the Big Four. This is their only chance to win an award as a band this year, so I think it will easily go to them.

26. Best Country Solo Performance

“I Drive Your Truck”, Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy”, Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart”Miranda Lambert
“Wagon Wheel”Darius Rucker (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“Mine Would Be You”Blake Shelton

PREDICTION: It’s a man’s, man’s, man’s year for this category, and while all five did particularly well on the Country chart, Hayes will probably take this honor. He’s the youngest in the pack and “Crazy” managed some minor crossover airplay in 2013.

27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“From This Valley”The Civil Wars (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“Don’t Rush”Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill
“Your Side Of The Bed”Little Big Town
“Highway Don’t Care”, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
“You Can’t Make Old Friends”Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton

PREDICTION: It would be fantastic to see The Civil Wars win this one. That being said, if Taylor Swift is going to be at the show and performing, I’ll give her this one. (cue Swift’s shocked face) “Highway” was a #1 Country hit for the three performers.

28. Best Country Song

“Begin Again”
Performed and Written by: Taylor Swift

“I Drive Your Truck”
Performed by: Lee Brice
Written by: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy Yeary

“Mama’s Broken Heart”
Performed by: Miranda Lambert
Written by: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves

“Merry Go ‘Round”
Performed by: Kacey Musgraves
Written by: Shane McAnally, Musgraves & Josh Osborne (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“Mine Would Be You”
Performed by: Blake Shelton
Written by: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Deric Ruttan

PREDICTION: This category is a little more balanced than the Performance award. I could conceivably see the lyric-driven “I Drive Your Truck” winning, but Kacey Musgraves is up twice here and I think she’ll be able to win for the song she performed.

29. Best Country Album

Night Train, Jason Aldean
Two Lanes Of Freedom, Tim McGraw
Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
Based On A True Story, Blake Shelton
Red, Taylor Swift

PREDICTION: Aldean, McGraw and Shelton have never won this category despite being nominated before, and don’t get me started about Red being classified as “Country album.” So, under careful consideration, Kacey Musgraves shall be the winner here.
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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 30-21

They're here...

Oh, what fun it is to ride while these acts sleigh.

Single bells, single bells, singles all the way! Oh, what fun is to rank all my favorites from the past 365 days. You’ve seen the songs from 100-31 so far, and now, we keep on climbing into the top 30. It’s the cream of the pop as we head towards the top. All the big songs are here, from a “Restless Heart” to “True Love”. Get ready to “Cruise” until the countdown is “Gone, Gone, Gone”. So, be “Brave” and read on through this jungle of jams into the house of hits.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 24, 2013. Those marked with a plus had not yet reached their highest position as of that date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

We start off this section with a Country cutie with a crossover, his biggest pop hit to date…

Hunter Hayes

030. Hunter Hayes – “Wanted” (#5)
Writers: Hunter Hayes, Troy Verges / Producers: Hayes, Dann Huff

Originally a #1 hit on the Country chart in September 2012, Atlantic Records managed to bring this young star onto the CHR and Hot AC airwaves with a minor entry on both formats. In total, three of his songs ranked in my top 40 during 2013.

**Second of two songs in the top 100

Something happened on the way to "Heaven".

029. Bruno Mars – “Treasure” (#3)
Writers: Phredley Brown, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars / Producers: The Smeezingtons

The planets of pop aligned when this jam was released, becoming Mars’s biggest hit on my chart. He’s onto his fifth single from Unorthodox Jukebox, “Young Girls”, and he will be the halftime performer at Super Bowl XLVIII in early February.

**Second of two songs in the top 100

Train and Ashley Monroe

028. Train featuring Ashley Monroe – “Bruises” (#6)
Writers: Amund Bjørklund, Espen Lind, Patrick Monahan / Producers: Espionage, Butch Walker

As “Mermaid” went to mainstream radio during the winter months, this song became the trio’s first song to chart at Country radio, barely missing the top 40. Their California 37 era may be over now, but with four charting singles, it was a good one.

**First of two songs in the top 100 (Train)

A page-turner.

027. Five For Fighting – “What If” (#3)
Writer: John Ondrasik / Producer: Gregg Wattenberg

Last time he charted, he was looking for a “Slice” of the action. This time around, he was a little more inquisitive. “What” became Ondrasik’s fifth top ten release on my survey. A second single from album Bookmarks has not been released yet.

Related Posts: Single Review (June 8, 2013), Album Review of Bookmarks (September 11, 2013)

"Are" you keeping up with her?

026. Pink – “Try” (#2)
Writers: Busbee, Ben West / Producer: Greg Kurstin

The first two singles from her album The Truth About Love peaked at #2: “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” and this, which spent four weeks in the runner-up spot. Next time we’ll see this colorful singer in the countdown is when the digits turn singular.

**First of three songs in the top 100

They've lost that lovin' feeling (again.)

025. OneRepublic – “If I Lose Myself” (#3)
Writers: Zach Filkins, Brent Kutzle, Benjamin Levin, Ryan Tedder / Producers: Kutzle, Levin, Tedder

No matter what it is, there will always be winners and “lose”-rs. Though it tanked in the U.S., it was the biggest hit from Native on my chart, going to #3. It’s now the band’s new single in the U.K. with a release during the first week of February.

Related Posts: Single Review (December 18, 2012)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

Blame it on the "Girls".

024. The 1975 – “Chocolate” (#2)
Writers/Producers: The 1975 (George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy and Ross MacDonald)

The indie rockers hit it big this year, especially in their native U.K., where their self-titled album went to #1. The U.S. hasn’t been as receptive to the song, rising to a minor peak at Alternative radio, though it’s off to an OK start on the CHR airwaves.

**Second of two songs in the top 100

Don't Walk away from this one.

Don’t Walk away from this one.

023. Walk Off The Earth – “Red Hands” (#5)
Writers: Sarah Blackwood, Ryan Marshall, Giovanni Nicassio, Thomas Salter / Producers: Blackwood, Nicassio, Salter

The YouTube darlings based in Canada made their debut on my chart this year with two of their original songs, this one ranking the highest at a peak of #5. It did particularly well at AAA radio, where it spent five weeks at #1 during the summer.

Related Posts: Easy Ryders (February 22, 2013)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

Bravely entering the release ring.

022. Sara Bareilles – “Brave” (#4)
Writers: Jack Antonoff, Sara Bareilles / Producer: Mark Endert

Say what you wanna say about this one, but it’s become a sleeper hit, especially at the CHR format and on iTunes after the release of Katy Perry‘s “Roar”. Yes, go on about how the two sound similar, but Bareilles clearly won my year-end battle.

Related Posts: Single Premiere (April 17, 2013), Album Review of The Blessed Unrest (July 10, 2013)

A good day for Mr. "Bad Day".

021. Daniel Powter – “Crazy All My Life” (#3)
Writer: Daniel Fields, John Fields, Bleu McAuley / Producer: Howard Benson

Powter may be a one hit wonder to most of the world, but big hit “Bad Day” was only just the start of the 42-year-old singer’s adventures on my survey. He’s now accumulated ten entries, nine of which have gone top ten. That’s “Crazy”, huh?

Related Posts: Ready To Pop (March 11, 2013)

Check back tomorrow for 20-11 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 100-81

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They’re here…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… no, forget about Christmas, it’s time for another Top 100 of the year based on my personal charts for the 2013 chart year! It’s everything from the year that was, from “Crazy All My Life” to “I Want Crazy” to “Keep Me Crazy”. We had passengers, pits and punks all rank among the top 40 this year, as well as dolls, dragons and more. We travelled to “Pompeii” and “St. Croix”, and now we’re on our way to the “Best Song Ever” on the “Best Day Of My Life”. It could very well be the “Best I Ever Had”. Alright, enough of my yapping, now.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 24, 2013. Those marked with a plus had not yet reached their highest position as of that date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

With all that in mind, let’s start that countdown!

They've lost that lovin' feeling (again.)

100. OneRepublic – “Feel Again” (#7, 2012)
Writers/Producers: Drew Brown, Brent Kutzle, Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Noel Zancanella

**First of two songs in the top 100

Darling Nikki.

099. Nikki Williams – “Glowing” (#23)
Writers: Arnthor Birgisson, Daniel James, Leah Haywood, Bebe Rexha, Sandy Vee / Producer: Vee

Related Posts: Profile on Williams (February 28, 2013)

Treat her like a Lady.

098. Lady Antebellum – “Downtown” (#23)
Writers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby / Producers: Lady Antebellum (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott), Paul Worley

Related Posts: On The Rebound (January 23, 2013)

No Taylor Swift remakes here.

097. Matchbox Twenty – “Our Song” (#21)
Writer: Rob Thomas / Producer: Matt Serletic

Related Posts: Third Time Is The Charm (March 27, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

They'll fight for this "Love".

096. Lawson – “Juliet” (#21)
Writers: Andy Brown, Carl Falk, Eric Turner, Michel Zitron / Producer: Falk

Related Posts: Star-Crossed Singles (August 30, 2013)
**First of three songs in the top 100

A Great Big World
095. A Great Big World – “Say Something” (#8+) [2014 chart year: #4+]
Writers: A Great Big World (Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino), Mike Campbell / Producer: Dan Romer

Related Posts: Profile on AGBW (January 31, 2013), “Something” Is Better Than Nothing (September 7, 2013)

He wants what he wants.

094. Hunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy” (#23)
Writers: Hunter Hayes, Lori McKenna, Troy Verges / Producers: Hayes, Dann Huff

Related Posts: One Crazy Party (April 5, 2013), Single Premiere (April 7, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

Feelin' the power of two.

093. Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie – “This Is What It Feels Like” (#22)
Writers: Benno De Goeij, John Ewbank, Trevor Guthrie, Luis Raposo, Armin Van Buuren, Jenson Vaughan / Producer: Van Buuren

Related Posts: Fall Into Dance (August 14, 2013)

Be my, be my beanie.

092. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran – “Everything Has Changed” (#21)
Writers: Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift / Producer: Butch Walker

Related Posts: “True” Twosomes (May 2, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100 (Sheeran) + **First of three songs in the top 100 (Swift)

Read up on this "Story".

091. One Direction – “Live While We’re Young” (#2, 2012)
Writers: Carl Falk, Savan Kotecha, Rami Yacoub, The Clash (Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer) for sample of “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?” / Producers: Falk/Yacoub

**First of four songs in the top 100

If you don't Know them by now...

090. Colbie Caillat featuring Gavin DeGraw – “We Both Know” (#18)
Writers/Producers: Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw

Related Posts: Quick Hits (December 14, 2012)
**First of two songs in the top 100 (DeGraw)

Sometimes you wanna go Ware everybody knows your name.

089. Jessie Ware – “Wildest Moments” (#19)
Writers: Tom Hull, Jessie Ware / Producers: Kid Harpoon, Dave Okumu

He's not giving in.

088. John Newman – “Cheating” (#18)
Writers: John Newman, Emily Phillips / Producers: Newman, Mike Spencer, Ant Whiting

Related Posts: Profile on Newman (May 24, 2013)

She's got a ticket to Ryde.

087. Serena Ryder – “Stompa” (#17)
Writers: Jerrod Bettis, Serena Ryder / Producer: Bettis

Related Posts: Easy Ryders (February 22, 2013)

Rolling through the Strangeland of charts.

086. Keane – “Higher Than The Sun” (#7)
Writers: Keane (Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin and Tim Rice-Oxley) / Producer: Dan Grech-Marguerat

Related Posts: Single Premiere (September 27, 2013)

Matt's what matters.

085. Matt Cardle – “Anyone Else” (#17)
Writers: Matt Cardle, Jeff Halatrax / Producer: Cardle

Related Posts: Single Review (December 14, 2012)

"Crazy" little thing called Chris.

084. Chris Wallace – “Keep Me Crazy” (#18)
Writers: Matt Radosevich, Chris Wallace / Producer: Radosevich

Related Posts: Wallace Keeps It “Crazy” (December 11, 2012), Interview with Matt Rad (December 4, 2013)

Blame it on the "Girls".

083. The 1975 – “Girls” (#2+) [2014 chart year: #1 for one week]
Writers/Producers: The 1975 (George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy and Ross MacDonald)

Related Posts: “Girls” Hits #1 (December 8, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

Oh say, can't you "See"?

082. The Script featuring will.i.am – “Hall Of Fame” (#1 for 4 weeks, 2012)
Writers/Producers: James Barry, Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan

**First of two songs in the top 100 (The Script)

Olly olly oxen free.

081. Olly Murs – “Dear Darlin’” (#17)
Writers: Ed Drewett, Jim Eliot, Olly Murs / Producers: Drewett, Eliot

**First of three songs in the top 100

Check back tomorrow for 80-61 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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The Next Class Of Country Crossovers: Five Formidable Favorites

It took them a little time to fully embrace the digital era, but more and more Country fans are responding to their favorite acts on iTunes and other digital retailers to the point where those acts are on equal footing with dance, rock and pop singers and bands in single sales. Thus, record labels are promoting their rosters beyond the Country format, similar to the boom we saw about 30-35 years ago. What’s next in the world of crossover records? How many can hit at one time? Here are some recent Country songs and a few that are still building that I think could make an impact on a wider level by the end of the year:

Hitting the top again.

Hitting the top “Again”.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD – “See You Again”
PEAK: #4+

Former American Idol winner Underwood is still racking up the hits on Country chart, which is surprising to a grand total of no one. “Again” is her 18th top 5 song at the format and was certified Gold not too long ago. It will likely be one of her last releases from this era, seeing that it is the fourth single. Pop radio should’ve latched onto title track and second single “Blown Away” earlier this era, but it would likely do nothing with this song. However, an AC release could result in another top ten single for her. It’s light and the message is relatable, plus it can probably be released there in its original form. There’s no real risk in doing so.

Time is "Wasting" away.

Time is “Wasting” away.

CASSADEE POPE – “Wasting All These Tears”
PEAK: #34+

The season 3 winner of NBC’s The Voice is about to release her debut solo album, Frame By Frame, on October 8. With a CMT reality series in the works to coincide with the release of that album and an opening spot on tour with the group Rascal Flatts, she has a lot of things going right for her. A crossover hit may be the icing on the cake. Her former group Hey Monday never got the chance to break out at pop radio even if they did pick up a little bit of airplay. Pope’s fan base was capable of getting “Tears” as high as #3 on iTunes during its debut week; there’s absolutely a strong connection there from all shades of music fans.

He wants what he wants.

Wild and “Crazy” Kid.

HUNTER HAYES – “I Want Crazy”
PEAK: #1 for one week

Hayes skyrocketed to the top of the Country chart with “Wanted” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak” and now his latest makes it three in a row. Not bad for a guy who turns 22 next month. His latest single at Country radio is a new version of “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” with Jason Mraz, and while Mraz is a pop artist, this song isn’t meant to go to mainstream radio. “Crazy”, however, has a youthful energy and playfulness about it that should connect. He has a chance considering “Wanted” only crossed over six months ago. I would highly encourage label Atlantic to get behind a full crossover for it with a nice little remix.

Can you "Dig" it?

Not so one and “Done.”

THE BAND PERRY – “Done.”
PEAK: #1 for one week

The family band topped the Country chart with this single for a week in July, becoming their fourth song to pull off the trick. The first single from their album Pioneer,”Better Dig Two”, was supposed to see an adds date at pop radio in April. However, Republic decided to put all of their chips behind a remix of Florida-Georgia Line‘s “Cruise” with Nelly and ended up a with a huge summer single, which ultimately meant that “Dig” was pulled from the schedule. It was sad, but they can make it all better by releasing “Done.” It’s not a ballad like their signature song, “If I Die Young”, and you can just go out and pump your fists to it.

It grows like this.

It grows like this.

THOMAS RHETT – “It Goes Like This”
PEAK: #16+

Rhett is the son of Country musician Rhett Atkins, best known for his 1996 #1 “Don’t Get Me Started”. The 23-year-old charted two songs on Country radio last year, but “Goes” is his first song looking to make a run at the top. Despite being #16 on those airwaves thus far, he’s already up to #23 on iTunes. Only two other Country single releases are above him, which is outstanding for someone so new. He’s young and his song can be mixed with some pop-driven guitars against that already understated beat. I see it being a moderate AC/Hot AC hit, similar to the Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson duet, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”.

Which of these five singles do you think would make the next best Country crossover? Is there one not listed on here that you think could school them all? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media sites.

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