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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 8, 2011

Grabbin’ spots in the top ten.

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 May 8, 2011…

Debuts:
39. KEVIN HAMMOND, “Broken Down”
38. TRAIN, “Save Me, San Francisco”
36. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Just A Kiss”

Biggest Mover(s):
TAYLOR SWIFT, “The Story Of Us” (40-32, eight spots)

10. MATT NATHANSON, “Faster” (up 4)
Album: Modern Love (2011, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

09. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “MoneyGrabber” (up 3)
Album: Pickin’ Up The Pieces (2010, Dangerbird Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

08. DURAN DURAN, “All You Need Is Now” (down 4)
Album: All You Need Is Now (2010, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. ANDY GRAMMER, “Keep Your Head Up” (down 1)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #2 for eight weeks

06. MAROON 5, “Never Gonna Leave This Bed” (up 2)
Album: Hands All Over (2010, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #5

05. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Do” (up 2)
Album: All Of You (2011, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. PARACHUTE, “Something To Believe In (Jeremiah)” (up 1)
Album: The Way It Was (2011, Mercury Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. JESSIE J featuring B.O.B, “Price Tag” (steady, third week)
Album: Who You Are (2011, Lava/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #2

02. THE BAND PERRY, “If I Die Young” (steady, second week)
Album: The Band Perry (2010, Republic Nashville Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

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

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 25, 2018

When you’re ready, bop away.

Memorial Day calls for some music that reaches the beaches, and you can’t go wrong with a number of the selections below. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

SHAWN MENDES – Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
The self-titled release from this Canadian singer and songwriter shall make all the young girls scream and stream with joy. The first single off it, “In My Blood”, is still gaining nicely at several U.S. radio formats, and a handful of other instant grat tracks have reacted well across the many digital services, including the Khalid-assisted “Youth”. Unless Post Malone‘s recent album decides to challenge it, you should expect Mendes’s set to be a strong contender to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.

A$AP ROCKY – Testing (iTunes)
After two #1 solo albums in 2013 and 2015, respectively, this Harlem performer is hoping to score his third with a set that features several interesting collaborations, including artists like Lauryn Hill and Moby. With a streaming advantage, could it blow past Mendes’s album to become the top release in the land, or will it fall just short of the prize? Stay tuned.

Notable albums out this week: CHVRCHES‘s Love Is Dead (iTunes), J Balvin‘s Vibras (iTunes), Janine‘s 99 (iTunes), Jessie J‘s R.O.S.E. (iTunes), Jonathan Davis‘s Black Labyrinth (iTunes), Juice WRLD‘s Goodbye & Good Riddance (iTunes), Pusha T‘s Daytona (iTunes), Snow Patrol‘s Wildness (iTunes), Thunderpussy‘s Thunderpussy (iTunes), Welshly Arms‘s No Place Is Home (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: LOVA‘s Scripted Reality (iTunes), Matthew Young‘s Fruit (iTunes), Sj‘s Calabasas (iTunes), Taylor Phillips‘s Six Strings Attached (iTunes), YUNGBLUD‘s 21st Century Liability (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Actual Pain”, Good Charlotte (iTunes)
“Against The Wall (Acoustic Version)”, Seether (iTunes)
“American Nights”, The Night Game (iTunes)
“Bracelet” and “Paranoid”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Broken Love”, The Him featuring Parson James (iTunes)
“Call Me Sir”, Train featuring Cam and Travie McCoy (iTunes)
“Castles”, Brother Oliver (iTunes)
“Cheat”, Emily Burns (iTunes)
“Come This Far”, Chloe Kohanski (iTunes)
“Deep Down Below”, Andreas Moss featuring Yacht Money (iTunes)
“Deep End”, KREAM (iTunes)
“Do You Feel This Way”, Kailee Morgue featuring Whethan (iTunes)
“Drink About (MOTi Remix)”, Seeb & Dagny (iTunes)
“Entertainer”, Zayn (iTunes)
“Fallingwater”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“February 3rd”, Jorja Smith (iTunes)
“Feeling You”, Harrison Storm (iTunes)
“Forget To Forget”, SHY Martin (iTunes)
“Girl”, Donna Missal (iTunes)
“Happier (Acoustic)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Have It All (Acoustic)”, Jason Mraz (iTunes)
“High Hopes”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“I Could Be Wrong”, Lucas & Steve x Brandy (iTunes)
“Icon (Remix)”, Jaden Smith featuring Nicky Jam (iTunes)
“Let Me Down Slowly”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“Like I Love U”, The Moffatts (iTunes)
“Live It Up (Official Song 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia)”, Nicky Jam featuring Will Smith & Era Istrefi (iTunes)
“Longer Than I Thought”, Loote featuring Joe Jonas (iTunes)
“Love Alone”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way”, U2 x Cheat Codes (iTunes)
“Love The Lie”, Call Me Loop (iTunes)
“Low”, Lenny Kravitz (iTunes)
“Medicine”, Spazz Cardigan (iTunes)
“New Compassion”, HAERTS (iTunes)
“Not About You”, Glades (iTunes)
“Only Can Get Better”, Silk City featuring Daniel Merriweather (iTunes)
“Rise”, Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Rosanna”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Run Into You”, Leland (iTunes)
“Screws”, DREAMERS (iTunes)
“Sleepwalking”, Elderbrook (iTunes)
“Solo (Wideboys Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Streets Of You”, Eagle-Eye Cherry (iTunes)
“Take This Ride”, Vigiland (iTunes)
“Tearing Down The Walls”, Elias (iTunes)
“Time Of Our Lives”, Brynn Elliott (iTunes)
“Toast To Our Differences”, Rudimental featuring Shungudzo, Protoje & Hak Baker (iTunes)
“Us”, James Bay & Alicia Keys (iTunes)
“Wasted Time”, CLOVES (iTunes)
“Water On The Bridge”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“What You Want”, Belly featuring The Weeknd (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from the Ben Howard, Kanye West and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 17, 2011

How well did they

“Something” about these bops…

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 April 17, 2011…

Debuts:
40. OWL CITY, “Alligator Sky”
39. BC JEAN, “I’ll Survive You”

Biggest Mover(s):
THE CARS, “Sad Song” (27-20, seven spots)

10. SARA BAREILLES, “Uncharted” (up 3)
Album: Kaleidoscope Heart (2010, Epic Records)
Peak: #10

09. ADELE, “Rolling In The Deep” (down 3)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

08. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Do” (up 1)
Album: All Of You (2011, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

07. THE BAND PERRY, “If I Die Young” (steady, second week)
Album: The Band Perry (2010, Republic Nashville Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

06. PARACHUTE, “Something To Believe In (Jeremiah)” (up 2)
Album: The Way It Was (2011, Mercury Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. JESSIE J featuring B.O.B, “Price Tag” (steady, second week)
Album: Who You Are (2011, Lava/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #2

04. PINK, “F**kin’ Perfect” (down 2)
Album: Greatest Hits… So Far!!! (2010, LaFace/Jive Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. ANDY GRAMMER, “Keep Your Head Up” (steady, second week)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #2 for eight weeks

02. JASON ALDEAN featuring KELLY CLARKSON, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” (up 2)
Album: My Kinda Party (2010, Broken Bow Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

01. DURAN DURAN, “All You Need Is Now” (steady, second week)
Album: All You Need Is Now (2010, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 3, 2011

Chart perfection from 2011.

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

This week, we stroll back six years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of April 3, 2011…

Debuts:
40. ANDREW ALLEN, “Loving You Tonight”
39. FINGER ELEVEN, “Stone Soul”

Biggest Mover(s):
MATT NATHANSON, “Faster” (30-21, nine spots)

10. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Do” (steady, second week)
Album: All Of You (2011, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

09. PARACHUTE, “Something To Believe In (Jeremiah)” (steady, second week)
Album: The Way It Was (2011, Mercury Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

08. THE BAND PERRY, “If I Die Young” (steady, second week)
Album: The Band Perry (2010, Republic Nashville Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

07. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “What The Hell” (down 1)
Album: Goodbye Lullaby (2011, RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. JESSIE J featuring B.O.B, “Price Tag” (up 1)
Album: Who You Are (2011, Lava/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #2

05. ADELE, “Rolling In The Deep” (down 2)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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

03. DURAN DURAN, “All You Need Is Now” (up 2)
Album: All You Need Is Now (2010, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. ANDY GRAMMER, “Keep Your Head Up” (steady, eighth week)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #2 for eight weeks

01. PINK, “F**kin’ Perfect” (steady, third week)
Album: Greatest Hits… So Far!!! (2010, LaFace/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 10, 2011

The "Price" is right.

The “Price” is right.

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

This week, we stroll back five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of April 10, 2011…

Debuts:
40. THREE DAYS GRACE, “Lost In You”
39. CHRISTINA PERRI, “Arms”
38. SELENA GOMEZ & THE SCENE, “Who Says”

Biggest Mover(s):
HANSON, “Give A Little” (34-29)
THE CARS, “Sad Song” (32-27)
FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “MoneyGrabber” (22-17, five spots)

10. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “What The Hell” (down 3)
Album: Goodbye Lullaby (2011, RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

09. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Do” (up 1)
Album: All Of You (2011, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

08. PARACHUTE, “Something To Believe In (Jeremiah)” (up 1)
Album: The Way It Was (2011, Mercury Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. THE BAND PERRY, “If I Die Young” (up 1)
Album: The Band Perry (2010, Republic Nashville Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

06. ADELE, “Rolling In The Deep” (down 1)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

05. JESSIE J featuring B.O.B, “Price Tag” (up 1)
Album: Who You Are (2011, Lava/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #2

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

03. ANDY GRAMMER, “Keep Your Head Up” (down 1)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #2 for eight weeks

02. PINK, “F**kin’ Perfect” (down 1)
Album: Greatest Hits… So Far!!! (2010, LaFace/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. DURAN DURAN, “All You Need Is Now” (up 2)
Album: All You Need Is Now (2010, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 14)

They've got friends in bro places.

They’ve got friends in bro places.

The autumn leaves are dropping, just like those big releases that Q4 is all about. Get ready, partners, because here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 14:

  • Their last album was full of hits like “Cruise”, “Stay” and “This Is How We Roll”, to name just a few. Now, the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, better known as Florida Georgia Line, are back on the scene (though I suppose they never left) with Anything Goes, featuring a recent #1 on the Country chart, “Dirt”. Their last album is at about two million copies sold to date, so expect this one to head to the top (and Platinum status) real quickly. (iTunes)
  • Millions of music fans came out to download the new U2 album, Songs Of Innocence, when it was offered for free in an iTunes giveaway, although millions more wanted to get rid of it altogether. Granted, it was not the same as Oprah Winfrey telling you that you got a new car, but not much can match that. Nonetheless, a physical edition is in stores today with some added tunes and art that weren’t previously available. (iTunes)
  • Some would call her a Sweet Talker, but that also happens to be the name of the latest album from Jessie J. It’s her second album to be released here after a U.S. release of Alive (out last year in Europe) was shelved. (The only single to be issued from it was “Wild”, but it was later pulled.) Smashing with “Bang Bang”, featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, this one also looks like a hit. (iTunes)
  • New York rapper Hoodie Allen has been hitting the Billboard 200 for a few years now with a series of EPs despite little recognition on any singles survey. This week, he’s out with his first full-length album, People Keep Talking. It features a collaboration with Ed Sheeran. Will it crash the top ten? It may very well happen. (iTunes)
  • You’ve probably seen their song “Stolen Dance” at #1 on the Alternative chart after some big international success. Now, German duo Milky Chance unleash their album Sadnecessary in the States as “Dance” crosses over. I think they’ll find that their first week sales are gut, as they might say. (iTunes)
  • Singers Pink (Alecia Moore) and City And Colour (Dallas Green) combine to form the duo You+Me and release their first set together, rose ave., featuring the single “You And Me”. Strong pre-orders should land it in the top five digitally and near the top ten on the Billboard 200. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness‘s Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes), Angaleena Presley‘s American Middle Class (iTunes), Bob Seger‘s Ride Out (iTunes), Exodus‘s Blood In Blood Out (iTunes), Fit For A King‘s Slave To Nothing (iTunes), Idina Menzel‘s Holiday Wishes (iTunes), Mary Lambert‘s Heart On My Sleeve (iTunes), Michael Feinstein‘s Christmas (iTunes), Nico & Vinz‘s Black Star Elephant (iTunes), Oh Honey‘s Sincerely Yours (EP) (iTunes), OK Go‘s Hungry Ghosts (iTunes), Ozzy Osbourne‘s Memoirs Of A Madman (iTunes), Renée Fleming‘s Christmas In New York (iTunes), Sammy Hagar‘s Lite Roast (iTunes), Stars‘s No One Is Lost (iTunes), The Dubarrys‘s The Dubarrys (EP) (iTunes), The Game‘s Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf (iTunes) and The Swon Brothers‘s The Swon Brothers (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:

  • “Drunk Americans”, the new single from Country singer Toby Keith. (iTunes)
  • “Need You Right Now”, from YouTube star Bethany Mota and Mike Tompkins. (iTunes)
  • “Not For Long”, a new single from rapper B.o.B and singer Trey Songz. (iTunes)
  • “Out Of The Woods”, a digital single from Taylor Swift. (iTunes)
  • “XIX”, a digital single from rockers Slipknot. (iTunes)

It’s another mixed bag on the schedule next time, with Aretha Franklin, Little Big Town, Neil Diamond, Slipknot and Susan Boyle among the week’s top contenders. A full preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 29)

The waiting is the hardest chart.

The waiting is the hardest chart.

Break out your best guitar because it’s all about rock music this week, from the enduring classics to the newcomers. (Maybe there’s a hint of pop too.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of July 29:

  • With their first album since 2010’s Mojo, the legendary rockers Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are back with a new album titled Hypnotic Eye. Single “U Get Me High” is currently rising up the top five on the AAA chart. Given that their last effort debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, I would venture that this one has a chance at #1 given the current pace of sales. We shall see. (iTunes)
  • Singer Shawn Mendes isn’t old enough to drink or even drive a car, but the 15-year-old sure is going places with the release of his self-titled EP. The lead single from it, “Life Of The Party”, goes to CHR radio this week. The numbers are going to be front-loaded, but this should easily debut in the top ten next week. Will it break the top five? Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • Rocking out and into record stores this week are new sets from Adelitas Way, Stuck (iTunes), and Theory Of A Deadman, Savages (iTunes). “Dog On A Leash” from the former effort and “Drown” from the latter recently went top ten on the Active Rock survey. Both should at least enter within the top 20.
  • Other releases out this week include: Eric Clapton and Friends‘s The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale (iTunes), Jenny Lewis‘s The Voyager (iTunes), Marc Broussard‘s A Life Worth Living (iTunes) and the soundtracks from Get On Up: The James Brown Story (iTunes) and Guardians Of The Galaxy (iTunes).

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

  • “Anything Goes”, from the delayed Cheek To Cheek album by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. (iTunes)
  • “Bang Bang”, a collaboration from Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. (iTunes)
  • “Chasing The Sun”, a new single from former Disney star Hilary Duff. (iTunes)
  • “It Was Always You”, a pre-order track from Maroon 5. (iTunes)
  • “POP 101”, new from the Canadian group Marianas Trench. (iTunes)
  • “Stay Vicious”, a digital release from The Gaslight Anthem. (iTunes)
  • “Trailer Hitch”, a solo single from Sugarland‘s male half, Kristian Bush. (iTunes)
  • “You Got Me”, a soundtrack single from singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw. (iTunes)
  • “You Haunt Me”, new from rock trio Sir Sly. (iTunes)

Next week, heavy rockers Godsmack challenge singer/songwriter Andy Grammer and U.K. boy band The Vamps. Yet, will all three fall to the power of a new NOW That’s What I Call Music! collection? A preview is coming in seven!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (April 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 I enjoy that will be fighting for airspace over the next few months. So, what are we waiting for? Let the battles begin.

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

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A song in the “Wrong”.

NICO & VINZ – “Am I Wrong?” (April 1) (*)
Label: Warner Bros.
Already a top ten hit in several European territories, “Wrong” is currently gaining at the Hot AC format and ranking in the lower rungs of the top 40. The duo was formerly known as Envy and consists of Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery. It may already be touted as the “Song of the Summer” by the label, but this still has a ways to go. We’ll see what happens.

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Bringing cartoons to the tunes.

AJR – “I’m Ready” (April 8) (*)
Label: AJR/Warner Bros.
After months of airplay on SiriusXM’s Hits 1 and 20 on 20 as an independent act, the trio of brothers from New York City are partnering with Warner Bros. to bring “Ready” onto the terrestrial airwaves. Looks like they’ll find some life on the charts thanks a guy who lives in a pineapple under the sea. The catchy single is bound to be a summer favorite.

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Looking for a H.I.T on the chart.

LADY GAGA – “G.U.Y” (April 8) (*)
Label: Streamline/Interscope
Much has been said about ARTPOP era, but it continues to move on despite the mixed reaction. The third single from the album ranks as one of my top tracks from the disc, and a short film for it (and a few other clips from the effort) is racking up millions of views online. You can currently find her playing a set of shows to close the Roseland Ballroom.

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It has a ring to it.

DJ CASSIDY featuring ROBIN THICKE and JESSIE J – “Calling All Hearts” (April 15) (*)
Label: Columbia
It’s rising up the top ten on my personal chart, but a few delays have pushed its radio release to this month. The crazy hot disco jam leads off Paradise Royale, now due in June. A promotional single featuring R. Kelly, “Make The World Go Round”, is also out on the web. The DJ’s debut project is quite an ambitious one, but it sounds like a winner to me.

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Keeping things bright.

BIRDS OF TOKYO – “Lanterns” (April 22) (*)
Label: Loma Vista/Republic
Last year, March Fires became the first #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart for this five man band out of Perth. This single was the second lifted from it, peaking at #3 down there and achieving a 3x Platinum certification. With growing spin counts at Alternative and AAA radio, a crossover was bound to happen. It may be a tad bit soon, but the song is good.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

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Water you waiting for?

VANCE JOY – “Riptide” (April 1) (*)
Label: Atlantic
This former top ten single in Australia and the United Kingdom recently broke the top five on the AAA survey. Now, it’s been picked up by a handful of Alternative stations before its official impact date this Tuesday. It also charted at #1 on the yearly Triple J Hottest 100, one of the most influential radio stations out of Australia. Blimey! That’s great.

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Ain’t no other “Man”.

NEULORE – “Shadow Of A Man” (April 8) (**)
Label: Island
Bandmates Adam Agin and William T. Cook formed this act five years ago and have been going steady since it. Back in 2010, they released the independent Apples & Eve, with this single being their first major label release. It was used on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy last year and Hart Of Dixie a few months ago. It’s a solid folk song with great potential.

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This is the new year.

NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927 – “Dust And Bones” (April 15) (*)
Label: Atlantic
What’s in a name? Theirs is certainly an intriguing one. Rilo Kiley lead guitarist Blake Sennett and The Honorary Title lead singer Jarrod Gorbel put their talents together two years ago for this project, and following an EP release in November, it’s time to break them on the Alternative survey. Just watch out for that music video… it’s a little freaky.

La la late to the party, we are.

Not so Lonely anymore.

SAM SMITH – “Stay With Me” (April 15) (**)
Label: Capitol
He’s also over pop radio thanks to hits from Disclosure and Naughty Boy, but we’ve yet to see a solo release from Smith on the radio… until now. Thanks to a well-received Saturday Night Live performance, “Stay” is riding a digital boost, along with the forthcoming album In The Lonely Hour. Like it or not, Smith is coming, and he won’t back down.

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More than a feeling…

THE PREATURES – “Is This How You Feel?” (April 22) (*)
Label: Harvest
I first saw these guys at CMJ back in October and they had an awesome performance. After a few more gigs at SXSW, the quintet is ready to go to radio via Harvest Records, a name relaunched a year ago by Capitol. Harvest has yet to place a single at the format, but that certainly doesn’t mean it can’t happen with this. Watch out for more from them.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 27, 2011

From D to J.

From D to J – place your (alpha)bets.

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. This week, we go back to Junior Year of college, when I was studying hard during the day and fundraising on the telephone at night. Meanwhile, here’s what was happening on my chart dated March 27, 2011:

Debuts:
40. ONEREPUBLIC, “Good Life”
39. LIFEHOUSE, “Falling In”
38. HANSON, “Give A Little”
36. THE CARS, “Sad Song”

Biggest Mover:
BRITNEY SPEARS, “Till The World Ends” (31-23) (8 spots)

10. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Do”
The daughter of Fleetwood Mac producer Ken Caillat was making some moves with this sweet single. “Do” led Caillat’s third album All Of You and landed her a fourth top 40 hit on the Hot 100. On my chart, it was her fifth to go top ten. She last charted in early 2014 with “Hold On”, which quickly faded away. No plans have surfaced for a followup release yet.

09. PARACHUTE, “Something To Believe In (Jeremiah)”
Third time was the charm for this Virginia act, who previously charted in 2009 with “She Is Love” and “Under Control”. The leadoff single from The Way It Is climbed to #1 for three weeks and remains their biggest single to date. Their most recent album, 2013’s Overnight, didn’t place any singles on my survey. They’re currently touring with Gavin DeGraw.

08. THE BAND PERRY, “If I Die Young”
After “Hip To My Heart” became a minor single on the Country radio chart in early 2010, this Tennessee trio of talented siblings (say that five times fast) got a little musically morbid with this depressing ditty. However, the single impressed a few different audiences and crossed over to CHR radio. “Young” climbed to #2 on my top 40 and spent two weeks there.

07. JESSIE J featuring B.O.B, “Price Tag”
Her days of judging The Voice in the U.K. may be over, but the British singer is going back to what made her a star in the first place. Her second European single became her first song to rank on my chart. “Tag” peaked at #2, her biggest single on my top 40. She’s currently featured on the collaboration “Calling All Hearts” with DJ Cassidy and Robin Thicke.

06. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “What The Hell”
The name of her album was Goodbye Lullaby, and while Lavigne said goodbye to RCA after the release of this album, she certainly wasn’t done on the charts. She last made my top 40 a year ago with “Here’s To Never Growing Up”, which came close to a top ten peak, reaching #13. After touring South America, she’s opening for the Backstreet Boys this summer.

05. DURAN DURAN, “All You Need Is Now”
Nearly three decades after first hitting the Hot 100, the band from Birmingham, then recording as a quartet, was on the verge of scoring their first #1 on my chart since 2005’s “What Happens Tomorrow”, which became my top single of that year. “Now” was co-written by producer Mark Ronson. Is there anything new coming from the group in 2014? We’ll see.

04. JASON ALDEAN featuring KELLY CLARKSON, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
Coming off a run of two weeks at #1 on the Country chart, “Stay” was crossing over to the mainstream airwaves, and was about to start its first of four weeks at the top of my own chart. It was one of the biggest duets of 2011. Clarkson remains a chart mainstay and while Aldean continues to regularly rank on Country radio, he hasn’t entered my survey since this.

03. ADELE, “Rolling In The Deep”
The last time I featured 2011 on the Flashback, this single was “rolling” its way up to six frames in the #1 spot. However, even musical miracle workers can’t rest at the top forever, and thus, it was holding at #3 and on its way down. What can I say that hasn’t been said about 21 and all the support for it and its singles? It was the kind of era we may never see again.

02. ANDY GRAMMER, “Keep Your Head Up”
One of the worst records I can think of when it comes to the charts is possessing the single that spends the most weeks at #2 without ever hitting #1. Well, Grammer holds it on my survey with this song, which spent eight weeks knocking on the door to the top, only to leave empty-handed. Luckily, he’s recovered very nicely with three consecutive top five singles.

01. PINK, “F**kin’ Perfect”
Spending a second week in a row at the top was this pop anthem, the first #1 for the singer on my top 40 since 2008’s “So What”. “Perfect” was the second of two songs released from Greatest Hits… So Far!!!, which has been certified Platinum in the States. I guess that proves she’s not just an acrobat in concert; she can really swing on those spectacular successes. The colorful chanteuse last charted last fall with “Walk Of Shame”, a single exclusive to Australia that missed my top 20.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 28)

It's all in the Mix.

Mixing it up.

The day after Memorial Day isn’t the most eventful for new music, but if you’re looking for something to freshen up your playlist, here are the new album and single releases for May 28:

  • My pick of the week is the first album by U.K. girl group Little Mix, titled DNA. It’s been out in Europe since November, where the group has now had four top-40 singles off the effort. The 12-track (standard) or 16-track (deluxe) album features the recent single “Wings”, which made the top 30 on CHR radio. (iTunes)
  • Rocker John Fogerty is back with his first album in four years, Wrote A Song For Everyone. It’s an album of collaborations with artists like Bob Seger and Keith Urban covering Fogerty’s classic cuts. (iTunes)
  • Seattle band Alice In Chains release their second album with singer William DuVall entitled The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Two songs have made the top 5 at Active Rock radio for the band, including newest single “Stone”, which is at #3. (iTunes)
  • R&B singer and hit songwriter The-Dream is out with his IV Play album. The current single is the title track, which is struggling at Urban radio. (iTunes)
  • A remastered edition of the classic 1976 album by Paul McCartney and Wings, the live Wings Over America, is out in several different digital and physical combinations this week. It went to #1 on the U.S. album chart back in 1977. (iTunes)
  • The Tony-nominated soundtrack to the play Kinky Boots, with music by Cyndi Lauper, is released this week. The production has a total of thirteen nominations. (iTunes)
  • The television show True Blood is out with a fourth compilation of songs from the series, including acts like Alabama Shakes and My Morning Jacket. (iTunes)
  • Legend Tony Bennett and late jazz icon Dave Brubeck release Bennett & Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live 1962, which features songs like ‘”I Left My Heart In San Francisco” and “Take Five”. (iTunes)
  • Lastly, British act BΔSTILLE are out with a new EP for the States, Haunt, featuring their international hit “Pompeii”. (iTunes)

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

  • “L.A. Story”, new from rapper Sammy Adams and singer Mike Posner. (iTunes)
  • “Walks Like Rihanna”, the latest single from boy band The Wanted. (iTunes)
  • “Wild”, a fresh new single from Jessie J featuring rapper Big Sean. A European version also features rapper Dizzee Rascal. (iTunes)

Next week features a ton of rock acts: Filter, Queens Of The Stone Age and Portugal. The Man are among them. Can any of them rock it to the top? A preview is coming in seven!

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