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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 22, 2012

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The dream “Team”.

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 22, 2012…

Debuts:
40. GROUPLOVE, “Tongue Tied”
39. SCISSOR SISTERS, “Only The Horses”
37. DELTA GOODREM, “Sitting On Top Of The World”
28. MAROON 5, “Payphone”

Biggest Mover(s):
(see #8 below)

10. GRAFFITI6, “Free” (steady, third week)
Album: Colours (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

09. KELLY CLARKSON, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (down 2)
Album: Stronger (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

08. KEANE, “Silenced By The Night” (up 6)
Album: Strangeland (2012, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

07. OLLY MURS, “Oh My Goodness” (up 1)
Album: Right Place Right Time (2013, Columbia Records)
Peak: #7

06. KATY PERRY, “Part Of Me” (steady, second week)
Album: Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #5

05. THE SCRIPT, “If You Ever Come Back” (steady, second week)
Album: Science & Faith (2011, Epic Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

04. GOTYE featuring KIMBRA, “Somebody That I Used To Know” (down 1)
Album: Making Mirrors (2012, Fairfax/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

03. TRAIN, “Drive By” (down 2)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. FUN. featuring JANELLE MONÁE, “We Are Young” (up 2)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. ED SHEERAN, “The A Team” (up 1)
Album: + (2012, Asylum/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

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: January 29, 2012

Headed for number “One”.

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 January 29, 2012…

Debuts:
40. O.A.R., “Gotta Be W
rong Sometimes”
39. THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS, “Beekeeper’s Daughter”
38. MATT CARDLE, “Amazing”
35. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, “We Take Care Of Our Own”

Biggest Mover(s):
NICKELBACK, “Lullaby” (29-20, nine spots)

10. THE FRAY, “Heartbeat” (down 2)
Album: Scars & Stories (2012, Epic Records)
Peak: #5 for five weeks

09. CHRISTINA PERRI, “A Thousand Years” (steady, third week)
Album: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2011, Chop Shop/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #9 for three weeks

08. KATY PERRY, “The One That Got Away” (down 2)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. COLDPLAY, “Paradise” (down 2)
Album: Mylo Xyloto (2011, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

06. GOTYE featuring KIMBRA, “Somebody That I Used To Know” (up 5)
Album: Making Mirrors (2012, Fairfax/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

05. KELLY CLARKSON, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (up 2)
Album: Stronger (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

04. ANDY GRAMMER, “Fine By Me” (steady, second week)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. OLLY MURS, “Dance With Me Tonight” (steady, second week)
Album: In Case You Didn’t Know (2011, Syco U.K./Epic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. GRAFFITI6, “Free” (down 1)
Album: Colours (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

01. ADELE, “Set Fire To The Rain” (up 1)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia 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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 20, 2018

The Cole wide world is listening.

As the second weekend of Coachella gets closer, make the most of this massive musical madness before you reach the festival. Here are the albums and singles you need to check out on digital services and in stores this Friday:

J. COLE – KOD (iTunes)
With his first album since 4 Your Eyez Only, which topped the Billboard 200 in December 2016, the popular hip-hop performer should get his fifth #1 title next week, with a very healthy boost from streaming-equivalent units. No radio single has been announced as of yet, but its cuts should receive quite a few spins at Rhythmic and Urban radio over the weekend, as well as plenty of playlist love.

Notable albums out this week: A Perfect Circle‘s Eat The Elephant (iTunes), Ashley Monroe‘s Sparrow (iTunes), Bishop Briggs‘s Church Of Scars (iTunes), Black Stone Cherry‘s Family Tree (iTunes), Brothers Osborne‘s Port Saint Joe (iTunes), Donovan Woods‘s Both Ways (iTunes), Kimbra‘s Primal Heart (iTunes), Lord Huron‘s Vide Noir (iTunes), Sting & Shaggy‘s 44/876 (iTunes), Stryper‘s God Damn Evil (iTunes), Upchurch‘s Creeker (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Bad Wolves‘s False Flags, Vol. 2 (iTunes), PRETTYMUCH‘s PRETTYMUCH (iTunes), Sasha Sloan‘s Sad Girl (iTunes), Seeb’s Nice To Meet You (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2002”, Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Alone (Calvin Harris Remix)”, Halsey featuring Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Basement”, Russ & Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Best Friend”, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie featuring Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“Better Off”, Jeremy Zucker & Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“Better Off Alone”, Ryan Pulford (iTunes)
“Beyond”, Leon Bridges (iTunes)
“Can’t Do It Alone”, Peter Wise & Tiger Darrow (iTunes)
“Chasing Fire (Robin Schulz Remix)”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Control”, Lemaitre with Jerry Folk (iTunes)
“End Of Time”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Familiar”, Liam Payne & J Balvin (iTunes)
“Fix Me Up”, Matthew Young (iTunes)
“Game Over”, Martin Garrix & LOOPERS (iTunes)
“Good Boys”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Hair Too Long”, The Vamps (iTunes)
“Hands On Me”, BURNS featuring Maluma & Rae Sremmurd (iTunes)
“I Like That”, Janelle Monáe (iTunes)
“I Love You (All The Way)”, Luke Elliot (iTunes)
“Let Her Go”, Family Of The Year (iTunes)
“Little Victories”, Malia Civetz (iTunes)
“Lovely”, Billie Eilish & Khalid (iTunes)
“LY4L”, Katelyn Tarver (iTunes)
“Mind Eraser”, CRUISR (iTunes)
“Need You Right Now”, HEDEGAARD featuring Hayley Warner (iTunes)
“Nightclub Love”, Matt Maltese (iTunes)
“No Tears Left To Cry”, Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“One”, VHS Collection (iTunes)
“OTW”, Khalid, 6LACK and Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Over You (Acoustic)”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Palace”, Cam (iTunes)
“Perdido”, Poo Bear & J Balvin (iTunes)
“Pink Lemonade (Acoustic)”, James Bay (iTunes)
“Push And Pull”, Hey Monea (iTunes)
“Queendom”, AURORA (iTunes)
“Rule The World”, ZAYDE WØLF (iTunes)
“Sin Pijama”, Becky G & Natti Natasha (iTunes)
“Somebody”, The Chainsmokers featuring Drew Love (iTunes)
“Something True”, Jon Lemmon (iTunes)
“Stay With Me”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Tip Pon It”, Sean Paul & Major Lazer (iTunes)
“Too Fat”, Sage The Gemini featuring Trina (iTunes)
“Trust Fund Baby (Acoustic)”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“Two Shots (Acoustic)”, Goody Grace (iTunes)
“When I Grow Up”, Confetti (iTunes)
“Who’s Up”, LunchMoney Lewis (iTunes)
“Winnebago”, Gryffin featuring Quinn XCII & Daniel Wilson (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Janelle Monáe, Post Malone 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 1, 2012

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The jams you “used to know.”

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 a few weeks before my college graduation and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2012…

Debuts:
40. GAVIN DEGRAW, “Sweeter”
39. EMELI SANDÉ, “Next To Me”

Biggest Mover(s):
DANIEL POWTER, “Cupid” (37-28, nine spots)

10. ADELE, “Set Fire To The Rain” (down 2)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

09. GRAFFITI6, “Free” (down 3)
Album: Colours (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

08. FUN. featuring JANELLE MONÁE, “We Are Young” (up 3)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. ONE DIRECTION, “One Thing” (down 2)
Album: Up All Night (2012 – U.S. release, Columbia Records)
Peak: #5

06. KATY PERRY, “Part Of Me” (up 3)
Album: Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #5

05. THE SCRIPT, “If You Ever Come Back” (up 2)
Album: Science & Faith (2011 – U.S. release, Epic Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

04. ED SHEERAN, “The A Team” (steady, third week)
Album: + (2012 – U.S. release, Asylum/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

03. KELLY CLARKSON, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (steady, third week)
Album: Stronger (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

02. GOTYE featuring KIMBRA, “Somebody That I Used To Know” (down 1)
Album: Making Mirrors (2012 – U.S. release, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

01. TRAIN, “Drive By” (up 1)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia 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 TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (August 19)

Back in Blacc.

Back in Blacc.

This week’s schedule is all about “dem boyz”, from rap superstars to country folk and everything in between. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of August 19:

  • Currently on the Urban survey with the singles “We Dem Boyz” and followup “You And Your Friends”, rapper Wiz Khalifa huffs and puffs into stores with his newest album, Blacc Hollywood. It’s his first studio effort in a year and a half. That set, O.N.I.F.C., debuted and peaked at #2, but this one, looks like it has a chance to become his first #1 on the Billboard 200. We’ll see! (iTunes)
  • Former reality show contestant and now Country act Chase Rice goes for the Bro on his first major label release, Ignite The Night. It features “Ready Set Roll”, which is edging closer to the top ten at the radio format. Given the size of his fan base, this will probably debut somewhere in the top ten (or top five with the slow competition as it is.) (iTunes)
  • The legendary Smokey Robinson is back with some pals on Smokey & Friends, a duets album full of remakes of tunes that Robinson had a hand in, whether writing, producing or singing on. Elton John and John Legend are just two acts that feature on it. This should also break into the top ten given the older audience appeal. (iTunes)
  • If you’re a fan of the band Mötley Crüe, you’ll want to check out Nashville Outlaws – A Tribute to Mötley Crüe, a compilation of Country artists like Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts doing their takes on the classics. A cover of “Home Sweet Home” by Justin Moore is currently on the Country chart. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Buckcherry‘s F–k (EP) (iTunes), Colton Dixon‘s Anchor (iTunes), Dr. John‘s Ske-Dat-De-Dat… The Spirit Of Satch (iTunes), DragonForce‘s Maximum Overload (iTunes), Imogen Heap‘s Sparks (iTunes), Joel Crouse‘s Even The River Runs (iTunes), Kimbra‘s The Golden Echo (iTunes) and the K. Michelle soundtrack to VH1’s Rebellious Soul – The Musical (iTunes).

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

  • “Edge Of A Revolution”, the latest from rockers Nickelback. (iTunes)
  • “Homegrown Honey”, leading off the latest album by Darius Rucker. (iTunes)
  • “Neon Light”, a new single from Country star Blake Shelton. (iTunes)
  • “Shake It Off”, a hot new single from Taylor Swift. (iTunes)

Petite pop powerhouse Ariana Grande comes back in a grande way with My Everything next week, but how will others like Brad Paisley and Kem rank in the race? A full preview is coming in seven!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 25, 2012

They're on each other's "Team".

They’re on each other’s “Team”.

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. The idea of graduating from college was all too real at this point during Senior Year. It was one crazy time. Meanwhile, here’s what was happening on my chart dated March 25, 2012:

Debuts:
40. THE FRAY, “Run For Your Life”
39. COLBIE CAILLAT (featuring COMMON), “Favorite Song”
37. DANIEL POWTER, “Cupid”
35. CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Call Me Maybe”

Biggest Mover:
GRAFFITI6, “Stare Into The Sun” (36-28) (8 spots)

10. ADAM LAMBERT, “Better Than I Know Myself”
Nowadays, you might call him Starchild, the nickname of his character on the FOX show Glee. However, in the spring of 2012, Lambert was in the middle of promoting his album Trespassing. “Better” peaked for two weeks at #8, his third top ten single on my chart. During the summer, he’ll be touring with Queen and then releasing his third album later in 2014.

09. KATY PERRY, “Part Of Me”
Originally written and recorded in 2010 for the album Teenage Dream, the finalized version of “Part” (with an alteration in both lyrics and production) didn’t see a release until early 2012 when the album was rereleased. It entered at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to strong digital sales and a pretty large airplay debut. She still tops the charts two years later.

08. ADELE, “Set Fire To The Rain”
From her sophomore album 21, you know this song well and yes, you can actually produce a flame in rain. It just takes a little bit of chemistry. No demonstrations, please. What this song was demonstrating, however, was mighty chart muscle. “Set” was the third #1 in a row from that album following “Rolling In The Deep” and “Someone Like You”. That’s too hot.

07. THE SCRIPT, “If You Ever Come Back”
Released as the third single from Science & Faith, “Back” became the fifth top 5 single in a row for this Irish trio, going as high as #4. It wasn’t nearly as successful on any national charts and was only released in a handful of countries. Several months later, the group would return to the #1 spot for four frames with “Hall Of Fame”, a collaboration with will.i.am.

06. GRAFFITI6, “Free”
Not only did the duo of Jamie Scott and Tommy Danvers have the week’s Biggest Mover with “Sun”, but they were also working their way down the top ten with their former #1. “Free” spent four weeks at the top and became my top single of 2012. Though a new album from the two has yet to be released, Scott is previewing material from a new solo project live.

05. ONE DIRECTION, “One Thing”
After the ballad “Gotta Be You” just missed making my top ten during the fall of 2011, the five guys from London headed in a, well, different Direction. The energetic and fun “Thing” was at its peak on my chart a few weeks before it started to build on U.S. radio. The quintet is currently on my survey with two songs, “Story Of My Life” and “Midnight Memories”.

04. ED SHEERAN, “The A Team”
Holding in place at #4 for a second week was the debut hit for Sheeran, whose song peaked at #3 the previous summer in the United Kingdom. “Team” would spend a week at #1 in April and earned him a nomination for Song Of The Year at the GRAMMY Awards. The performer returns with a second album later this year. Look for a new single in about two weeks.

03. KELLY CLARKSON, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
Here’s one of the top singles to reach my chart from the former American Idol winner. She’s gone to the top three times, but unfortunately, “Stronger” got stuck at #2 for four weeks behind an even stronger #1. It was very close. The singer’s been back into the top ten two times since this song, going to #9 with “Catch My Breath” and to #6 with “People Like Us”.

02. TRAIN, “Drive By”
The Save Me, San Francisco did wonders for this trio, responsible for four consecutive top ten singles on my chart. Two years ago, they followed it up with California 37, and “Drive” took the highway to #1 for three weeks. All in all, this era also landed four songs in the top ten, and it sets up the band particularly well for whatever is next. Looking forward to it!

01. GOTYE featuring KIMBRA, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
It was the biggest duet of 2012 and with sales of 7.5 million copies in the U.S. alone, it also ranks as one of the top-selling hits of all-time. Who knew a simple song from Australia would travel around the world and strike it so big? Thankfully, it was an awesome tune, and it spent seven weeks at #1 on my personal chart. Both acts have made my top 40 since this fell off the chart: the former rose to #7 for three weeks with “Eyes Wide Open” and the latter got to #30 with “Settle Down”.

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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Keepin’ It Kiwi: Poppin’ Over The Pacific Ocean

Well, well, Wellington.

Well, well, Wellington.

It’s bigger than she ever dreamed, and she’s in love with being queen. You know I’m talking about “Royals”, the current #3 on the Hot 100 from singer Lorde. If she makes it to the top of that chart, she could become only the second act from New Zealand to hit #1 in the U.S. and the first as a main-credited artist; this, while she’s only 16 years old. It’s quite the accomplishment and perhaps a sign of encouragement to other artists from the country to try their material out here. For now, here are some of the notable singers and bands to break in America and the Hot 100 from that land so far away:

CROWDED HOUSE / SPLIT ENZ
New Zealander Neil Finn first made the American charts as a member of the group Split Enz, based out of Auckland, who reached #53 with “I Got You” in 1980. They parted ways by 1984.

Later, Finn led the Australian-formed group Crowded House, who charted a few years afterward. The trio’s biggest single was the classic “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, which spent a week at #2 on the Hot 100 in April 1987. Followup single “Something So Strong” landed at #7 in the summer, and after three other minor entries from through 1991, they failed to break the big chart. They last released an album in 2010.

DANIEL BEDINGFIELD
Bedingfield was born in Auckland before moving to England with his family at age 3. Two of his songs did particularly well here: the dance anthem “Gotta Get Thru This”, which went to #10, and the ballad “If You’re Not The One”, which peaked at #15. Both were bigger on individual radio surveys. His second album was never released here. He appeared as a judge on The X Factor: New Zealand earlier this year.

KEITH URBAN
Urban was born in the town of Whangarei but was later raised in Australia. After a few minor Country chart entries with a trio called The Ranch in 1997, he trekked out on his own in 1999 and hasn’t looked back since. Over two dozen top 40 singles later, 13 of which went to #1, he’s one of the top-selling acts in Country music today. His biggest thus far on the Hot 100 is 2009’s “Kiss A Girl”, which peaked at #16.

KIMBRA
The 23-year-old singer born in Hamilton also plays guitar and tambourine. She has only reached the U.S. charts as a featured act on Gotye‘s monster ballad, “Somebody That I Used To Know”. It totaled eight weeks at #1 and also ranked as the #1 song of last year. Her own solo single, “Settle Down”, saw some limited airplay here, but nothing substantial. Neither act has reached the Hot 100 since their duet.

OMC
The duo from Ōtara went from regional success to international buzz with “How Bizarre”, which hit the top ten in several countries. Due to a lack of CD single in the U.S., which was required to chart on the Hot 100 then, it only ranked on the radio surveys, going to #4 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. They are a one-hit wonder outside of New Zealand. Lead singer Pauly Fuemana passed away in 2010 at age 40.

SAVAGE
Here’s the most obscure act on the list, but obscure as he is, he did go Platinum. His only single to chart so far was a remixed version of his song “Swing”, with added rapper Soulja Boy who was hot at the time. It peaked at #45 in the fall. Thus far, he’s the only rapper from New Zealand to ever make the U.S. charts. He’s managed to score a few other big singles down under, but nothing has reached our shores.

Other acts from New Zealand to release here but fail to make it outside the airplay charts include Gin Wigmore, Steriogram and The Naked And Famous, who have an active single on the Alternative chart this week with “Hearts Like Ours”. We’ll see how far it goes. For now, if there’s an act that I didn’t mention or you want to let me know who your favorite artist is on this list, comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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