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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 14, 2016

Will they be Kings of the chart?

Will they be Kings of the chart?

Now that Yom Kippur has passed and the fasting is done, feast on these musical treasures from your favorite artists, as well as a few newcomers. Here are the notable albums and singles out this week:

KINGS OF LEON — WALLS (We Are Like Love Songs) (iTunes)
The Followill family is back and ready to rock. Their last two studio albums have topped out at #2 on the Billboard 200, so their first potential #1 album is a pretty big deal for the boys. The lead single from it, “Waste A Moment”, didn’t waste any time in its quick run to #1 at Triple A radio. (It’s also currently climbing up the top ten at Alternative radio.)

THE GAME — 1992 (iTunes)
The California rapper has accumulated a string of seven top ten studio albums, including a pair of Documentary albums in 2015 and three #1 albums since 2005. His latest effort features the single “All Eyez” as a bonus track, which recently hit the top 30 on the Urban chart, though it appears to be sliding into a downward spin trend.

JOJO — Mad Love. (iTunes)
After a series of singles and mixtapes during the last decade, this 25-year-old returns with her first studio album since 2006. It’s led by “No Apologies”, which is receiving some minor airplay at both CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC stations. Will she be able to get a top ten album? A lot of fans have been waiting for this one.

More albums out this week: Chris Young‘s It Must Be Christmas (iTunes), Coleman Hell‘s Summerland (iTunes), Conor Oberst‘s Ruminations (iTunes), Hillsong United‘s Let There Be Light (iTunes), Sabrina Carpenter‘s EVOLution (iTunes), The Naked And Famous‘s Simple Forms (iTunes), Two Door Cinema Club‘s Gameshow (iTunes), Kidz Bop 33 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: LANKS‘s Viet Rose (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Night”, The Vamps featuring Matoma (iTunes)
“Blink”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Comeback Kid”, Golden Coast (iTunes)
“Don’t Wanna Know”, Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar (iTunes)
“Garden”, Emeli Sandé featuring Jay Electronica and Áine Zion (iTunes)
“High Times For Low Lives”, The Griswolds (iTunes)
“Love Like We Used To”, Captain Cuts featuring Nateur (iTunes)
“Midnight”, Tyler Glenn (iTunes)
“Sad Song”, Parson James (iTunes)
“Skin And Bones”, The Wind + The Wave (iTunes)
“True Disaster”, Tove Lo (iTunes)
“What Do You Love”, Seeb featuring Jacob Banks (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Jimmy Eat World, Lady GagaTyler Glenn and more.

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The “Gold” Standard: Slow Runs Up The Pop Radio Survey

The waiting is the hardest part.

The waiting is the hardest part.

The first studio album from 16-year-old Bea Miller was released nearly a month ago and debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200, Not An Apology. The set has given us two singles thus far on the CHR radio airwaves. First came “Young Blood”, which took a run up to #38 in December before falling off after the holidays. Now, “Fire N Gold” is burning on pop playlists and providing an interesting piece of chart trivia that may flicker for a while.

Miller’s song debuted in the top 50 on the pop survey dated June 14, 2015, and thus far, her chart log looks like this:
4648474849484946464244-45-44-45 (14 weeks as of September 13, 2015)

Despite some instances of falling a position or two week-to-week, Miller’s single has managed to gain in spins every week… except for this week (though it’s just a minor loss.) However, it’s the number of weeks that it’s been on the list, a dozen so far, that stands out, as “Fire” has been between #42 and #49 for all of them. It’s a pretty unusual situation; most labels would give up on a release if it wasn’t showing a lot of progress for some time. However, it’s also indicative of the status of radio today and the small amount of locally-programmed outlets that can help a single along. Remember, there was a time before the plays-per-week era began that some top ten hits couldn’t last twelve weeks in the top 40 period, and the ownership situation was much different back then.

As far as “Fire N Gold” is concerned, I’m not sure that it will make the top 40. Hollywood Records has its faults (as any label does) and with the Labor Day holiday coming up, new music slots may be few and far between. I guess we’ll see. In the meantime, here is where the song may be headed, a Longevity Hall Of Fame of sorts of the longest runs for songs that peaked outside of the top 40:

(Week counts marked with an asterisk represent chart runs that were non-consecutive. Statistics prior to August 2006 are from the CHR/Top 40 chart as published in Radio & Records, while data after that time is from Mediabase 24/7.)

“808”, Blaque (#46 – 18 weeks* – 1999-2000)
This one has a huge total thanks to two runs, one part of it occurring during in its initial release in 1999, and then most of it taking place in the summer and fall of 2000 as a reissue after “I Do” was pulled. Oddly enough, its first week in the top 50 was in October 1999 and its last week on was in October 2000. What a wild ride!

“Back That Thang Up”, Juvenile featuring Mannie Fresh and Lil Wayne (#45 – 17 weeks, 1999-2000)
“Crawling Back To You”, Daughtry (#44 – 17 weeks, 2011-2012)
It’s pretty impressive that these two songs were able to spend 17 weeks in a row in the chart, with each of them crossing two years before completing their respective streaks. “Back” was huge on Rhythmic and Urban radio, while “Crawling” spent a few weeks in the top ten at Hot AC radio. Neither record was the act’s biggest hit.

“Work Hard, Play Hard”, Wiz Khalifa (#41 – 16 weeks*, 2012)
Khalifa may have just hit #1 on the pop radio listing for a few weeks with “See You Again”, but in 2012, this single from the album O.N.I.F.C. struggled to find a place at the format. Then again, the rapper wasn’t as well-known here three years ago. However, the single did zoom into the top ten at both Rhythmic and Urban radio.

“Sex On Fire”, Kings Of Leon (#42 – 15 weeks, 2009-2010)
Perhaps we can blame this one stalling on the title, right? I think it’s fairly evident that some markets weren’t interested in adding this single, especially in more conservative places. Though “Use Somebody” spent a week at the top of the pop radio survey, “Sex” was tossed around for weeks until its run concluded in March 2010.

“Fire N Gold”, Bea Miller (#42, 14+ weeks, 2015)
“Bad”, The Cab (#44 – 14 weeks, 2011-2012)
Partnered with promotion man Steven Zap and his newly created Z-Entertainment label, the band from Las Vegas placed three of the singles from their Symphony Soldier album onto the pop radio survey, each taking their time to climb a bit. Zap now manages Daya, who is just below the top 40 at CHR with her hit “Hide Away”.

“All Or Nothing”, Theory Of A Deadman (#41 – 12 weeks, 2010)
“Everything”, Stereo Fuse (#43 – 12 weeks, 2002-2003)
“Got Your Money”, Ol’ Dirty Bastard featuring Kelis (#42 – 12 weeks*, 2000)
“La La”, The Cab (#43 – 12 weeks, 2012)
“Walk It Out”, DJ Unk (#47 – 12 weeks*, 2006-2007)
A number of songs are tied at 12 weeks, most of which were consecutive runs. DJ Unk and Stereo Fuse never charted again, and in the case of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, it was his only main-credited single to reach the chart. Theory Of A Deadman remains a staple on the Active Rock chart, though “All” is still their last pop crossover to date.

By the way, if you’re wondering if any chart single has recovered from sliding around the 41-50 section for that long before its run in the top 40, take a listen to “Keep Me Crazy” by Chris Wallace. Two summers ago, it began a period of twelve weeks below the top 40 before eventually peaking at #32. The independent label that it was released on, ThinkSay Records, has not charted a song since then. You may also remember that Nickelback‘s “Rockstar” went top 50 through some unsolicited airplay in late 2006 and early 2007. It spent twelve weeks on, peaking at #42, and then re-entered during its official single release, eventually rising to #6.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 16, 2009

Kings of the top ten.

Kings of the top ten.

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 middle of August and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2009…

Debuts:
40. MADONNA, “Celebration”
39. PRISCILLA RENEA, “Dollhouse”

Biggest Mover:
FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (32-21) (11 spots)

10. COBRA STARSHIP featuring LEIGHTON MEESTER, “Good Girls Go Bad” (up 4)
Album: Hot Mess (2009, Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Records)
Peak: #9

09. GARY GO, “Wonderful” (steady, second week)
Album: Gary Go (2008, Decca Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

08. KINGS OF LEON, “Use Somebody” (down 2)
Album: Only By The Night (2008, RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. GREEN DAY, “21 Guns” (steady, second week)
Album: 21st Century Breakdown (2009, Reprise Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “Love Drunk” (up 2)
Album: Love Drunk (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. ROB THOMAS, “Her Diamonds” (down 1)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

04. DAUGHTRY, “No Surprise” (up 1)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. THE FRAY, “Never Say Never” (steady, second week)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

02. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me” (steady, second week)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. KATY PERRY, “Waking Up In Vegas” (steady, fifth week)
Album: One Of The Boys (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 23, 2009

Girls, girls, girls...

Girls, girls, girls…

After a little time off, we’re back with another round of way back wonders on 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. Let’s take a trip back to the first week of sophomore year of college and revisit the top songs from this week in 2009…

Debuts:
40. OWL CITY, “Fireflies”
39. PUSH PLAY, “Midnight Romeo”
36. TRAIN, “Hey, Soul Sister”

Biggest Mover:
FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (21-12) (9 spots)

10. COBRA STARSHIP featuring LEIGHTON MEESTER, “Good Girls Go Bad” (steady, second week)
Album: Hot Mess (2009, Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen Records)
Peak: #9

09. KINGS OF LEON, “Use Somebody” (down 1)
Album: Only By The Night (2008, RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. GARY GO, “Wonderful” (up 1)
Album: Gary Go (2008, Decca Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. GREEN DAY, “21 Guns” (steady, third week)
Album: 21st Century Breakdown (2009, Reprise Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. ROB THOMAS, “Her Diamonds” (down 1)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

05. THE FRAY, “Never Say Never” (down 2)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

04. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “Love Drunk” (up 2)
Album: Love Drunk (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

03. DAUGHTRY, “No Surprise” (up 1)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. KATY PERRY, “Waking Up In Vegas” (down 1)
Album: One Of The Boys (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

01. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Belong With Me” (up 1)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 24)

Same love, different album.

Same love, different album.

The superstars come out to play this week with the likes of a Dark Lady and a Rocket Man on the schedule. Here are all the releases you need to know about for September 24:

  • This should be a shock to no one, but rapper and singer Drake will take the crown on next week’s Billboard 200 album chart with his latest album, Nothing Was The Same. His last album debuted with 631,000 copies sold in its first week. Can this do even better? With two top ten singles in a row from the effort, you better believe those numbers will be stacking up. Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • It’s hard to tell what will be the next highest debut, but here’s an act whose last album entered at #2, 2010’s Come Around Sundown. Kings Of Leon emerge once again with Mechanical Bull, featuring the recent Alternative single “Supersoaker”. The sales of this will almost certainly be down when compared to their last album, but they do have a good pack of fans to at least get them top 5. (iTunes)
  • She’s a queen on the music scene and now her 26th (!) studio album is up for purchase today. She’s Cher and her album is titled Closer To The Truth, featuring the Dance hit “Woman’s World” and a new single, a ballad called “I Hope You Find It”. (iTunes)
  • Swedish duo Icona Pop follow the success of their summer smash “I Love It” with their first full-length album to be released in the U.S., This Is… Icona Pop. The current single from it is “All Night”. (iTunes)
  • Also dancing up the charts this week are Chicago trio Krewella with a full-length album Get Wet (iTunes), which features the singles “Alive” and “Live For The Night”, plus DJ Zedd is out with a deluxe edition of his album Clarity. The latest single from that is “Stay The Night”, a collaboration with Hayley Williams of Paramore (iTunes).
  • Singer and songwriter Sting is out with The Last Ship, inspired by his play of the same name which is due to open next year. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include Alan Jackson‘s The Bluegrass Album (iTunes), Jason Derulo‘s Tattoos (EP) (iTunes), Metallica‘s soundtrack from Through The Never (iTunes), R5‘s Louder (iTunes) and Sammy Hagar‘s Sammy Hagar And Friends (iTunes).

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

  • “Champagne”, another album cut from the forthcoming Frame By Frame by Cassadee Pope. (iTunes)
  • “Genius”, the latest single from R&B crooner R. Kelly. (iTunes)
  • “O Come All Ye Faithful”, a Christmas standard as performed by Britt Nicole. Yes, we’re already getting holiday releases in late September. Sigh. (iTunes)
  • “You’re Not The One”, a new single from Sky Ferreira. (iTunes)

We’ve all been waiting for the second half of The 20/20 Experience to arrive… what kind of numbers will Justin Timberlake do next week? A preview is coming in six on a special Music Monday!

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Kings Of Leon – “Supersoaker” (+ Lyrics)

This song is on fire.

This song is on fire.

Tenneesee’s Kings Of Leon have been laying low since the end of their last era, Come Around Sundown, which featured the singles “Radioactive” and “Pyro”. Both charted on Alternative radio, with the former single going to #1 on that format. The album itself topped out in the runner-up spot and eventually went Gold. This was unfortunately followed by a series of cancelled dates after an in-concert incident involving lead singer Caleb Followill, which then led to a short hiatus for the band. Now, the quartet is back and ready to release their sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull, on September 24. This first single is now at radio, which sounds like it was heavily influenced by Bruce Springsteen, especially in the chorus, but remains pretty faithful to their own catalogue. It’ll be flying up the charts in no time. Enjoy!

Listen to the premiere of “Supersoaker”.

“SUPERSOAKER” (3:50)

[Verse 1]
My motivation is gone too soon
Good vibrations all over you
Act like you mean it, you mean it
You gotta story you never tell
Down in the Delta, they’re ringing bells
I’ve never seen it, seen it
Back of my mind, I’m on my way
I see through smiles on every face
I don’t believe it, believe it

[Pre-Chorus]
‘Cause I’m the super soaker, red white and blew ’em all away
With the kisses unclean as the words that you say

[Chorus]
I don’t mind sentimental girls at times
Miss don’t walk away, walk away

[Verse 2]
The flags are flying across the Plains
I got a secret picking in my brain
I wanna see you, see you
Yes, the sign is on my face
I don’t know my home
I don’t know my place
I just wanna be there, be there

[Pre-Chorus]
‘Cause I’m the super soaker, red white and blew ’em all away
With the kisses unclean as the words that you say

[Chorus]
I don’t mind sentimental girls at times
Miss don’t walk away, walk away
I don’t mind sentimental girls at times
Miss don’t walk away, whoa oh oh

I don’t mind sentimental girls at times
I just lay it on the line, on the line

[Chorus]
I don’t mind sentimental girls at times
Miss don’t walk away, walk away
I don’t mind sentimental girls at times
Miss don’t walk away, oh oh oh oh

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