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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 11, 2016

"Thinking" of a large debut.

“Thinking” of a large debut.

We occasionally have the quiet week in Q4, but there are still some great releases on the schedule this week. Here are the notable albums and singles to take a listen to:

STING — 57th & 9th (iTunes)
With the recent death of Leonard Cohen, next week’s chart is likely to be a little more unpredictable than expected. However, the new release by this performer will probably be in the running for a top ten debut, or possibly higher. The current single from it is “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, which is headed towards #1 on the Triple A radio chart.

EMELI SANDÉ — Long Live The Angels (iTunes)
Sandé’s latest set is her first studio album since 2012, but she’s worked with a number of different acts since that release. “Hurts” has been a mid-charting song in some countries, and it’s receiving some minor airplay at Hot AC radio here. This should do much better than the #28 peak of her debut effort.

Christmas albums out this week: Leslie Odom Jr.‘s Simply Christmas (iTunes)

More albums out this week: A Tribe Called Quest‘s We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (iTunes), Enigma‘s The Fall Of A Rebel Angel (iTunes), Joe‘s #MyNameIsJoeThomas (iTunes), Nathan Sykes‘s Unfinished Business (iTunes), Olly Murs‘s 24 HRS (iTunes), Ronnie Dunn‘s Tattooed Heart (iTunes), The Griswolds‘s High Times For Low Lives (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bibi Bourelly‘s Free The Real, Pt. #2 (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Be Mean”, DNCE (iTunes)
“Close”, Ryan Kinder (iTunes)
“Cocoon”, Milky Chance (iTunes)
“Dance”, Leon Else (iTunes)
“Ghost In The Wind”, Birdy (iTunes)
“Gravity”, Timeflies (iTunes)
“Human Touch”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“I Would Like”, Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“In My Dreams”, Ruth B (iTunes)
“Life Goes On”, Fergie (iTunes)
“Miss You”, Gabrielle Aplin (iTunes)
“On Hold”, The xx (iTunes)
“One Shot”, Robin Thicke featuring Juicy J (iTunes)
“Satisfied”, Sia featuring Miguel and Queen Latifah (iTunes)
“Shadow & Light”, Martin Luke Brown (iTunes)
“Too Keen”, Youngr (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Bruno Mars, DNCE, Metallica and more.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 11, 2001


A “Dream” became reality 14 years ago.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the third month of the year, my birthday month of March, and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2001…

40. TAMIA, “Stranger In My House”
32. AMANDA, “Everybody Doesn’t”

Biggest Mover(s):
JANET JACKSON, “All For You” (22-12, ten spots)

10. JOE featuring MYSTIKAL, “Stutter” (steady, second week)
Album: My Name Is Joe (2000, Jive/Zomba Records)
Peak: #10 for two weeks

09. A*TEENS, “Bouncing Off The Ceiling (Upside Down)” (up 4)
Album: Teen Spirit (2001, MCA/Stockholm Records)
Peak: #3

08. CRAZY TOWN, “Butterfly” (down 2)
Album: The Gift Of Game (1999, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

07. LIFEHOUSE, “Hanging By A Moment” (up 2)
Album: No Name Face (2000, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #2

06. DESTINY’S CHILD, “Survivor” (up 8)
Album: Survivor (2001, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. VERTICAL HORIZON, “Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)” (steady, second week)
Album: Everything You Want (1999, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. RICKY MARTIN featuring CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Nobody Wants To Be Lonely” (down 2)
Album: Sound Loaded (2000, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

03. SHAGGY featuring RAYVON, “Angel” (steady, second week)
Album: Hot Shot (2000, MCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. AEROSMITH, “Jaded” (down 1)
Album: Just Push Play (2001, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. S CLUB 7, “Never Had A Dream Come True” (up 3)
Album: 7 (2000, Interscope 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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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 23)

Sheer genius.

The coast is Sheer.

There’s a famous redhead who won’t be in the red with his latest album, but selling quite a few copies from coast to coast. Get a calculator out — it’s time to multiply. (NOTE: some releases may still not be out until Tuesday dependent on record label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of June 23:

  • He’s been all over iTunes lately with instant gratification songs from his album X (stated as “multiply”) and now the second full-length record from Ed Sheeran is in stores today. The leadoff single from the effort is “Sing”, which recently became his biggest radio hit to date, while “Don’t” is already on the airwaves internationally as the latest release from it. It should easily debut at #1 next week with a six figure total. (iTunes)
  • Heavy metal rockers Mastodon hit the top ten with their last album three years ago titled The Hunter. Now, the quartet returns with Once More ‘Round The Sun, their sixth studio album and fourth for Reprise Records. Can they go top five this time around? I’m sure they’ll be rocking steady regardless of what happens. (iTunes)
  • The Oakland rapper who calls himself G-Eazy has been garnering a large amount of online buzz for his new album out today, These Things Happen. It’s an independent release, though he’s being aided at radio via RCA Records. He hasn’t charted on the Billboard 200 thus far, but he’s sure to make a big splash on next week’s chart. (iTunes)
  • Fresh off a top five single at Urban AC radio with “Love And Sex”, a collaboration with Kelly Rowland, the singer simply named Joe is crossing some Bridges on his latest effort. He may not have the fan base he once did, but this could solidly put him back in the top ten once more. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Bad Suns‘s Language & Perspective (iTunes), Foxes‘s Glorious (iTunes), Kitten‘s Kitten (iTunes), Phish‘s Fuego (iTunes) and SomeKindaWonderful‘s SomeKindaWonderful (iTunes).

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

  • “American Kids”, the first single from the forthcoming album by Kenny Chesney. (iTunes)

Next week, it’s the battle of the R&B stars as Robin Thicke returns with his ode to Paula, while Trey Songz brings the heat with an ode to… himself, Trigga. Which? A full preview is coming on Tuesday!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 2)

Holy moly.

Holy moly.

America The Beautiful isn’t looking so beautiful on the release schedule this week, but all those pretty pop releases will be out in no time. Meanwhile, these items are out today, July 2:

  • If you want to find next week’s big album release, it won’t be on iTunes, AmazonMP3 or even the charts… at least for another week. Jay-Z and Samsung have partnered together to give away 1,000,000 free copies of his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, via an application that can be downloaded on the Samsung Galaxy smartphone. It will be available on Thursday, July 4, before a digital release on July 7. No singles from it have been issued. (iTunes – coming soon)
  • Christian rockers Relient K are out with their first album of original material in four years, Collapsible Lung. It features a collaboration with Owl City, “That’s My Jam”. (iTunes)
  • With a new label behind him, soul singer Joe returns with DoubleBack: Evolution of R&B, featuring the single, “I’d Rather Have A Love”. (iTunes)
  • Two soundtracks to summer movies make their way into stores this week: The Lone Ranger (iTunes) and Way Way Back (iTunes).

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

  • “Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down)”, a benefit single for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings by Neil Diamond. (iTunes)
  • “Get Like Me”, the brand new single by Nelly featuring Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams. (iTunes)
  • “Give It 2 U”, a dance track from Robin Thicke and Kendrick Lamar. (iTunes)
  • “Live For The Night”, new from the dance trio Krewella. (iTunes)
  • “What Are You Listening To?”, the first solo single from country singer Chris Stapleton, formerly of The SteelDrivers. (iTunes)

R&B singer Ciara is trying for her fourth top ten album next week… will she make it? An update is coming in seven!

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BEHIND THE GROOVE: “A Little Bit Of” Sampling Power

That's "the way" to sample.

That’s “the way” to sample.

Nickelodeon star turned singer Ariana Grande is officially a hit on the charts. After failing to make the top 40 in a few previous attempts like 2011’s “Put Your Hearts Up”, her “The Way”, the first single from her forthcoming album, rose to #1 on iTunes and just debuted at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 this past week. It’s now gaining quickly in radio airplay. The song also includes rapper Mac Miller who is enjoying his first top 40 hit, albeit as a featured artist. However, you may find yourself recognizing that “Way” samples another song that’s been included in two other hits to make the Hot 100. You probably just don’t know what it’s called or who sings it. Let’s go behind the groove and see where our sample takes us.

The sample:
“A Little Bit Of Love”, Brenda Russell
In this particular case, we’ll be taking a trip back into the late 70’s. R&B singer Russell was just about 30 when her debut self-titled album hit the shelves on Horizon Records. Among the songs on the effort was “So Good So Right”, which became a #30 hit on the Hot 100 in the fall of 1979. “Love” was the fifth song on the track listing, and although it didn’t become a single when the album was released, it has managed a chart life all on its own as a sample. It was written and produced by Russell herself. It is the most interpolated song in her catalogue now. Of note, this is the second song by the performer to be sampled on a song in the top ten this year. Earlier in January, “I Cry” by Flo Rida, which sampled her 1988 hit “Piano In The Dark”, climbed to a peak of #6 on the Hot 100, the same as the original song.

The samplers:
“Still Not A Player”, Big Pun featuring Joe (#24, 1998)
Rapper Christopher Rios, born in The Bronx, New York, made a name for himself as Big Pun, a shortened version of Big Punisher. He signed to Loud Records in 1997 and began to record for his debut album, 1998’s Capital Punishment. First single “I’m Not A Player” went to #57 on the Hot 100, a decent start for the new talent, but it was a remix featuring our sampled song in question and R&B singer Joe‘s “Don’t Wanna Be A Player” that brought both of them into the top 40. While Joe sang the hook, Big Pun rapped, and the track managed a peak of #24 on the Hot 100. It was also Pun’s biggest hit on the R&B survey, going to #6. Sadly, the performer lost his life in 2000, and a posthumous album was released after his death to moderate sales and single peaks. “Player” remains his signature song.

“I Want You”, Thalia featuring Fat Joe (#22, 2003)
After the success of singers like Paulina Rubio and Shakira into the American market in 2001-2002 with albums and singles in English, Mexican performer Thalia decided to try to break the U.S. with her 2003 self-titled album. This first single from the effort features rapper Fat Joe, a longtime friend and collaborator with Big Pun. Looks like Joe was inspired by that previous hit of his with the Brenda Russell sample; not only is it used in the song, but he even mentions the late rapper’s song in his rap in “Want”: “We could maybe elope, have a baby and all/’Cause I don’t want to be a player no more.” Though it became a top ten single on CHR radio, it only managed a peak of #22 on the Hot 100, Thalia‘s only top-40 hit to date in the States. She’s still having hits in regular ol’ Spanish nowadays.

“The Way”Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller (#10, 2013)
So, now we get to the current incarnation of the song that came out nearly thirty-five years ago. Once again, the Big Pun song is name-checked by Mac Miller in his opening rap of the song: “Do she love me, do she love me not?/I ain’t a player, I just crush a lot.” Grande is now the third act from a Nickelodeon-based series to go onto hit the Hot 100 as a recording artist, following Miranda Cosgrove and Big Time Rush. However, she is the first of the three to successfully make the top 40 and she’s done it with a bang. Will she go any higher than #10 on the big chart? She may be down to #25 on iTunes, but her radio gains are just taking off. Look out for it on the airwaves all summer long and an album to follow at the end of it. Her new series, Sam & Cat, will also debut sometime later this year.

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