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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 28, 2019

The chart World is theirs.

Scene any good collaborations lately? With these K-pop guys sticking around, it’s likely that a few have appeared on your radar. So, here are the top new albums and singles hitting stores this Friday:

BTS – BTS World (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
Features: Collaborations with Charli XCX, Juice WRLD and Zara Larsson, which all sported strong debuts on the iTunes all-genre chart

THE BLACK KEYS – “Let’s Rock” (iTunes)
Features: “Lo/Hi”, a recent #1 song on the Alternative radio chart

Notable albums out this week: Chris Brown‘s Indigo (iTunes), Foy Vance‘s From Muscle Shoals (iTunes), Ingrid Michaelson‘s Stranger Songs (iTunes), Kim Petras‘s Clarity (iTunes), Kylie Minogue‘s Step Back In Time: The Definitive Collection (iTunes), Pepper‘s Local Motion (iTunes), Shane Smith & The Saints‘s Hail Mary (iTunes), The B-52’s‘ Cosmic Thing (30th Anniversary Edition) (iTunes), The Driver Era‘s X (iTunes), Thom Yorke‘s ANIMA (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: BENEE‘s Fire On Marzz (iTunes), Eden XO‘s The Question (iTunes), G-Eazy‘s B-Sides (iTunes), Great Good Fine OK‘s GGFOUR (iTunes), Julia Michaels‘s Inner Monologue – Part 2 (iTunes), Mat Kearney‘s City Of Black & White (Revisited) (iTunes), Moby Rich‘s Our First Second (iTunes), Violet Skies‘s I’ll Buy A House (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Thousand Ways (Acoustic)”, Phoebe Ryan (iTunes)
“Actually”, Valerie Broussard (iTunes)
“All I Know”, Violet Days (iTunes)
“All The Feels”, Fitz & The Tantrums (iTunes)
“Beautiful People”, Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“Boys In The Street”, A Great Big World (iTunes)
“Can We Pretend (Sigala Remix)”, P!nk featuring Cash Cash (iTunes)
“Checkmate”, Conan Gray (iTunes)
“Come To Brazil”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“Comin In Hot”, Adam Lambert (iTunes)
“Criminal”, Grey (iTunes)
“Dancing In The Street”, The Struts (iTunes)
“Dancing With Your Ghost”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“Don’t Dream It’s Over”, Liv Dawson (iTunes)
“Fast (Remix)”, Sueco The Child featuring Offset & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (iTunes)
“Flying On My Own (Dave Audé Remix)”, Celine Dion (iTunes)
“Get Like Me”, Bhad Bhabie featuring NLE Choppa (iTunes)
“Give”, Stan Walker (iTunes)
“Going Off”, JXN featuring A$AP Twelvyy (iTunes)
“Hate How Much I Love You”, Conor Maynard (iTunes)
“Hate Me”, Ellie Goulding & Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Higher Love”, Kygo x Whitney Houston (iTunes)
“History Repeats”, Brittany Howard (iTunes)
“Honey” and “Red Hearse”, Red Hearse (iTunes)
“Hurt Me”, Meghan Trainor (iTunes)
“Icon”, Benjamin Poss (iTunes)
“Just Wanna”, Iggy Azalea (iTunes)
“Losers”, Frawley (iTunes)
“Love Me”, Stanaj (iTunes)
“Love On Myself”, Felix Jaehn featuring Calum Scott (iTunes)
“Not In California”, K.Flay (iTunes)
“Oh Love”, Parson James, Wrabel & VINCINT (iTunes)
“Ooh La La”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Pink Youth”, Yuna featuring Little Simz (iTunes)
“Racks”, H.E.R. featuring YBN Cordae (iTunes)
“Restless”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“Rewind”, Christian Paul (iTunes)
“Same Room”, JP Saxe (iTunes)
“Simple Things”, Alexander Cardinale featuring Christina Perri (iTunes)
“Some Girl”, Andy Grammer (iTunes)
“Sorry Would Go A Long Way”, Tori Kelly (iTunes)
“The Game”, Mayer Hawthorne (iTunes)
“The Subway Song”, Delacey (iTunes)
“The Wave (Acoustic)”, R3HABLia Marie Johnson (iTunes)
“Things Fall Apart”, Ayokay (iTunes)
“Tonight”, Scarypoolparty (iTunes)
“Ur So Beautiful”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Wait For Me”, Carnage featuring G-Eazy & Wiz Khalifa (iTunes)
“When I Grow Up”, NF (iTunes)
“Who”, MUNA (iTunes)
“Without You Now”, Digital Farm Animals featuring AJ Mitchell (iTunes)
“Youth & Love”, Jack Savoretti featuring MIKA (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums like the soundtrack to Stranger Things 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 4, 2004

All “Love” for these jams.

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 14 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of April 4, 2004…

Debuts:
37. THE CORRS, “Summer Sunshine”
36. BRANDY featuring KANYE WEST, “Talk About Our Love”
35. SIMPLY RED, “You Make Me Feel Brand New”

Biggest Mover(s):
YELLOWCARD, “Ocean Avenue” (37-24, thirteen spots)

10. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Everything” (down 2)
Album: So-Called Chaos (2004, Maverick/Reprise Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

09. BLINK-182, “I Miss You” (up 2)
Album: Blink-182 (2003, Geffen Records)
Peak: #5

08. 3 DOORS DOWN, “Away From The Sun” (up 5)
Album: Away From The Sun (2002, Republic/Universal Records)
Peak: #8

07. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Red Blooded Woman” (up 5)
Album: Body Language (2004, Parlophone/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

06. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Don’t Tell Me” (steady, second week)
Album: Under My Skin (2004, Arista/RMG Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

05. SARAH CONNOR, “Bounce” (steady, second week)
Album: Sarah Connor (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. THE DARKNESS, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (steady, third week)
Album: Permission To Land (2003, Must Destroy/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. THREE DAYS GRACE, “(I Hate) Everything About You” (steady, sixth week)
Album: Three Days Grace (2003, Jive/Zomba Records)
Peak: #3 for six weeks

02. SWITCHFOOT, “Meant To Live” (steady, sixth week)
Album: The Beautiful Letdown (2003, Red Ink/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. MAROON 5, “This Love” (steady, ninth week)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for nine 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 April 6, 2018

No need to keep this schedule private; the public needs to know about these hot new releases! Here are the albums and singles you need to check out on digital services and in stores this Friday:

CARDI B – Invasion Of Privacy (iTunes)
After a giant breakout year in 2017, this performer continues to deliver with her debut project, which features “Bodak Yellow” and “Bartier Cardi”, a collaboration with 21 Savage. With massive streaming potential, and a solid sales total, this set will likely top the album chart on next week’s update (and might reign for more than one week.) Look for potential boosts to come from a highly-anticipated performance on Saturday Night Live and a co-hosting slot on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night.

THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS – America (iTunes)
Featuring the Alternative hit “Walk On Water”, which spent four weeks at #1 on that survey last fall, and current single “Dangerous Night”, the current set from this trio should become their first top ten title in nearly five years (and perhaps their first top five album ever.)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Restoration / Revamp: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin (iTunes) (iTunes)
Ahead of Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute, which airs Tuesday night on CBS, these two compilations hit the market. The former set features largely country acts, while the latter set features a mix of pop, rap and rock artists.

Notable albums out this week: Alison Wonderland‘s Awake (iTunes), Blackberry Smoke‘s Find A Light (iTunes), BTS‘s Face Yourself (iTunes), En Vogue‘s Electric Café (iTunes), Flatbush Zombies‘s Vacation In Hell (iTunes), Gin Wigmore‘s Ivory (iTunes), Kylie Minogue‘s Golden (iTunes), Lil Xan‘s Total Xanarchy (iTunes), Rainbow Kitten Surprise‘s How To: Friend, Love, Freefall (iTunes), The Aces‘s When My Heart Felt Volcanic (iTunes), WINNER‘s EVERYD4Y (iTunes), Jesus Christ Superstar – Live In Concert (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Ben Hobbs’s Blue Sky (iTunes), Dermot Kennedy‘s Mike Dean Presents: Dermot Kennedy (iTunes), Snakehips‘s STAY HOME TAPES (= –__– =) (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“44/876”, Sting & Shaggy featuring Morgan Heritage & Aidonia (iTunes)
“A Boat To An Island On The Wall”, Ben Howard (iTunes)
“A Good Night”, John Legend featuring BloodPop (iTunes)
“Anna Wintour”, Azealia Banks (iTunes)
“A$AP Forever”, A$AP Rocky featuring Moby (iTunes)
“Before & After”, Albin Lee Meldau (iTunes)
“Boujee”, Sage The Gemini (iTunes)
“Campfire”, Aminé featuring Injury Reserve (iTunes)
“Chanel”, Rae Sremmurd featuring Pharrell (iTunes)
“Closure”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Do You Think About Me”, Francesco Yates (iTunes)
“Drink About”, Seeb featuring Dagny (iTunes)
“Famous”, Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward of The Strumbellas (iTunes)
“Freaky With You”, Nelly featuring Jacquees (iTunes)
“Friends”, Kevin “K.O.” Olusola (iTunes)
“Gentleman”, Gallant (iTunes)
“Go To Sleep”, Bearson featuring Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“Hands Up”, Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE (iTunes)
“Hard 2 Face Reality”, Poo Bear featuring Justin Bieber and Jay Electronica (iTunes)
“Hold Me Down (Gazzo Remix)”, Family Of The Year (iTunes)
“Hold My Sauce”, Ayo & Teo (iTunes)
“Insecurities”, LOVA (iTunes)
“Into My Arms” and “No One’s Gonna Love You (Stockholm Version)”, Band Of Horses (iTunes)
“Lash Out”, Alice Merton (iTunes)
“Meant To Be (Acoustic)”, Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
“Must’ve Been”, Chromeo featuring DRAM (iTunes)
“Not Over You”, Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“On The Low”, Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“One Kiss”, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Rich Kid$”, Jay Pryor (iTunes)
“Rumours”, Leslie Clio (iTunes)
“Start Over Again”, New Hope Club (iTunes)
“Supposed To Do”, Stevie Appleton (iTunes)
“Sweet Coffee”, Mullally featuring Bassette (iTunes)
“The Human Radio”, Shinedown (iTunes)
“The One”, Eva Simons (iTunes)
“The Way Things Change”, Yellow Days (iTunes)
“Thunderpussy”, Thunderpussy (iTunes)
“Villain”, Yellow Claw & Valentina (iTunes)
“We Can Do Better”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Welcome To Earth”, Delta Goodrem (iTunes)
“What’s It Like Now”, Mikky Ekko (iTunes)
“YES (Zac Samuel Remix)”, Louisa featuring 2 Chainz (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Bazzi, Jason Aldean 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: May 9, 2004

"Me" in 2004.

“Me” in 2004.

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 twelve years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of May 9, 2004…

Debuts:
31. FEFE DOBSON, “Don’t Go (Girls & Boys)”
29. ASHLEE SIMPSON, “Pieces Of Me”

Biggest Mover(s):
RYAN CABRERA, “On The Way Down” (32-12, twenty spots)

10. MAROON 5, “This Love” (down 3)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, J/Octone Records)
Peak: #1 for nine weeks

09. YELLOWCARD, “Ocean Avenue” (steady, third week)
Album: Ocean Avenue (2003, Capitol Records)
Peak: #9 for three weeks

08. CHERIE, “I’m Ready” (up 3)
Album: Cherie (2004, Lava/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

07. JESSICA SIMPSON, “Take My Breath Away” (up 3)
Album: In This Skin: Collector’s Edition (2004, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. BLINK-182, “I Miss You” (down 1)
Album: Blink-182 (2003, Geffen Records)
Peak: #5

05. HANSON, “Penny & Me” (up 1)
Album: Underneath (2004, 3CG Records)
Peak: #2

04. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Everything” (steady, second week)
Album: So-Called Chaos (2004, Maverick/Reprise Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

03. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Red Blooded Woman” (down 2)
Album: Body Language (2004, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Don’t Tell Me” (steady, second week)
Album: Under My Skin (2004, Arista Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. HOOBASTANK, “The Reason” (up 2)
Album: The Reason (2003, Island Def Jam Music Group)
Peak: #1 for four 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: December 5, 2010

"More" where that came from.

“More” where that came from.

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 my junior year of college and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2010…

Debuts:
39. FAR EAST MOVEMENT featuring RYAN TEDDER, “Rocketeer”
38. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS featuring LUDACRIS, “Tonight”

Biggest Mover(s):
TAYLOR SWIFT, “Back To December” (39-29, ten spots)

10. MAROON 5, “Give A Little More” (up 3)
Album: Hands All Over (2010, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #8 for three weeks

09. KATY PERRY, “Firework” (up 6)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

08. SUGARLAND, “Stuck Like Glue” (down 3)
Album: The Incredible Machine (2010, Mercury Nashville Records)
Peak: #4

07. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Hello World” (up 4)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

06. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Get Outta My Way” (up 1)
Album: Aphrodite (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6 for four weeks

05. THE SCRIPT, “For The First Time” (up 1)
Album: Science & Faith (2011 – U.S. release, Epic Records)
Peak: #3

04. PINK, “Raise Your Glass” (steady, second week)
Album: Greatest Hits… So Far!!! (2010, LaFace/Jive Records)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

03. RYAN STAR, “Start A Fire” (steady, second week)
Album: 11:59 (2010, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

02. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Hollywood” (steady, second week)
Album: Crazy Love (Hollywood Edition) (2010, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. JAMES BLUNT, “Stay The Night” (steady, second week)
Album: Some Kind Of Trouble (2011 – U.S. release, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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TOP TEN: The “Voices” Of ’89 — Should’ve Been A Top Ten Hit

"Secret" musical treasures.

“Secret” musical treasures.

Looking at a huge #1 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart next week is Taylor Swift‘s latest album 1989, inspired by the music that filled the mainstream airwaves during the latter part of the 80’s. It was a time of glossy production, strong hooks and energetic melodies. I was inspired myself, and so I had to take a dip back into the archives, specifically looking at those singles that didn’t get their due justice on the charts back then. There were dozens upon dozens on the shortlist of those songs I wished were top ten hits, and somehow, I whittled it down to ten. Crazy. Let’s see what you think of some of my favorite underrated musical memories of 1989:

(This list of singles was compiled by looking at the chart peaks on three active trade papers at the time: the Billboard Hot 100, the Cashbox Top 100 Singles chart and the Radio & Records CHR radio survey. Those songs that went top ten on at least one chart were not included. You’ll note their peaks in this order: (Billboard / Cashbox / Radio & Records). Enjoy!)

GRAYSON HUGH, “Talk It Over” (#19 / #19 / #23)
At 29 years old, the Connecticut born singer charted his sole top 40 single, a soulful tune that was originally recorded and released by Olivia Newton-John on The Rumour in 1988. Hugh’s song also went top ten on Adult Contemporary radio.

KON KAN, “I Beg Your Pardon” (#15 / #22 / #18)
The Canadian duo of producer Barry Harris and singer Kevin Wynne danced their way onto the charts with this energetic club track, sampling Lynn Anderson‘s 1971 crossover hit “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden”, among other cuts.

KYLIE MINOGUE, “It’s No Secret” (#37 / #32 / #32)
Well, it is no secret that Minogue should’ve been treated better by the U.S. market; alas, three singles from Kylie did rank on the national pop charts. The track is a great pop gem, but following “The Loco-Motion”, this one derailed the era here.

MARTIKA, “More Than You Know” (#18 / #17 / #16)
From the small screen of Kids Incorporated to the big boom of the music industry, “More” went top 40 before this young singer turned 20. She’s best known for its followup, single “Toy Soldiers”, an emotional ballad that spent two weeks at #1.

POCO, “Call It Love” (#18 / #18 / #20)
Ten years after launching a pair of singles into the top 20, 1979’s “Crazy Love” (#17) and “Heart Of The Night” (#20), the California supergroup, with a lead vocal by Rusty Young, made an unexpected comeback, but one of the best of the year.

ROACHFORD, “Cuddly Toy (Feel For Me)” (#25 / #30 / #22)
Led by singer Andrew Roachford, the initial release of “Cuddly” in the United Kingdom was a dud, only reaching a high of #61. The second time out, it went to #4 and led to a Stateside release. Their top 40 days continued in the U.K. until 1998.

SOULSISTER, “The Way To Your Heart” (#41 / #44 / #33)
Long forgotten by the U.S. charts, this amazing Motown throwback was a hit across some European countries in late 1988 before crossing here the next year to minimal results. The duo continued to release music in Europe though the mid-90’s.

THE BELLE STARS, “Iko Iko” (#14 / #16 / #17)
First a hit in the U.S. for The Dixie Cups (#20) in 1965, this version was originally released in 1982 before breaking out here in 1989 thanks to its inclusion in the successful film Rain Man. However, the septet was disbanded during its reissue.

THE OUTFIELD, “Voices Of Babylon” (#25 / #26 / #23)
Everyone sings along to the classic “Your Love”, their enduring top ten hit from 1986, but this is by far my favorite single from the English trio (now performing as a duo.) Though the album of the same name didn’t sell well, the song is a winner.

XTC, ‘The Mayor Of Simpleton” (#72 / #67 / #–)
With a 40-position survey, this one didn’t quite make it onto R&R, but it did well with the college crowd and spent several weeks at #1 on the Modern Rock chart. The English quintet stayed together for three decades, but officially split in 2006.

Do you have a favorite underrated 1989 single from the selections above or one that I didn’t mention? Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 6, 2002

The "Party" goes on for "Days".

The “Party” goes on for “Days”.

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. Sixth grade was halfway over by the time I posted this chart, which pretty much mirrored the pop airwaves at the time. Here’s a look at my top 40 from January 6, 2002:

Debuts:
40. DEFAULT, “Wasting My Time”
38. IIO, “Rapture (Tastes So Sweet)”
35. DARREN HAYES, “Insatiable”

Biggest Mover:
*NSYNC featuring NELLY, “Girlfriend” (28-20) (8 spots)

10. AEROSMITH, “Just Push Play”
Who would have thunk that the band who produced big 70’s hits like “Dream On” and “Walk This Way” would be rocking steady in the 00’s? Well, these guys easily made it up my chart into the #10 spot this week. The legendary Boston band would hit my top ten once more in 2002 with “Girls Of Summer” and then wouldn’t chart again until 2012’s “What Could Have Been Love”, which got to #12.

09. SHAKIRA, “Whenever, Wherever”
In 2001, this successful Columbia performer decided to record her first English language album, Laundry Service, after a series of big albums in Spanish-speaking territories. Not only did the effort go 3x Platinum, but this single would also got top ten on the Hot 100. On my chart, it climbed as high as #2. The singer is expected to release a new single in a few weeks and an album later this year.

08. THE CALLING, “Wherever You Will Go”
From the “You Couldn’t Escape It” department comes this pop/rock ballad, which took several months to break at radio in later 2001 and then just stuck around like it was glued onto every single radio playlist. AAA, AC, Alternative, CHR, Hot AC… it literally followed you wherever you would go. After a few other minor entries, the band split up in 2005, though they reunited in mid-2013.

07. JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring JA RULE, “Ain’t It Funny”
Remember when Lopez was scoring hit after hit on the pop charts? She was quite the music machine during her J. Lo days. For the second song in a row, she was assisted by rapper Ja Rule in creating a more urban image for her material and that Murder Remix was a big sell. It was yet another chart-topper for the two on the Hot 100. Lopez will be releasing a new single titled “Same Girl” soon.

06. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”
She ruled over the Australian and European buying public for decades, but surprisingly enough, this was Minogue’s first song to break my chart. After all, she hadn’t made the Hot 100 since 1989, and this was her first big attempt at a U.S. hit since then. Thankfully, it worked. “Can’t” would go top 5 on CHR radio and was on its way to five weeks at #1 on my survey. She last charted in early 2013.

05. PINK, “Get The Party Started”
Written and produced by Linda Perry, the singer born Alecia Moore had herself a poppin’ party with a big leadoff track from her second album, Missundaztood. Released on Arista, the song went to #4 on the Hot 100 and to #2 on my personal chart, tied for her second biggest hit at the time. Three further singles from it crashed the top 5. She recently placed two songs in my top ten of 2013.

04. NICKELBACK, “How You Remind Me”
Roadrunner Records already established the Canadian band at Alternative radio with 2000’s The State, but by the end of the following year, “Remind” was all over the mainstream airwaves and rising fast. It landed as the #1 Hot 100 song of 2002 and as the most played song of the decade, with 1.2 million spin detections between 2001 and 2009. They last made my chart in 2012 with “Lullaby”.

03. CRAIG DAVID, “7 Days”
In 2000, David took the U.K. charts by storm with multiple hits on the subsidiary Wildstar Records. In the U.S., Atlantic Records pushed his album in 2001, which featured “Fill Me In” (#6) and this, which was peaking. Third single “Walking Away” would also go top ten before a sharp slide during his next era, charting with two minor releases, 2002’s “What’s Your Flava?” and 2003’s “Hidden Agenda”.

02. LINKIN PARK, “In The End”
It was the fourth and final single from their debut album on Warner Bros., Hybrid Theory, and the California band did not disappoint. Mixing rock and rap, “End” remains their biggest song to reach my chart. Surprisingly, they haven’t made my top 40 since 2004 when “Numb” peaked at #3. They recently ranked on the Alternative survey with a Steve Aoki collaboration, “A Light That Never Comes”.

01. NO DOUBT featuring BOUNTY KILLER, “Hey Baby”
Interscope’s darlings had one of the big Q4 album releases of 2001 with Rock Steady, and steady it was, producing three significant hits on my top 40 and earning a 2X Platinum certification. This was the first, at #1 for its second of three weeks. They would go back to the top one last time in 2003 with “It’s My Life”. After an unfortunate failed comeback in 2012, the band is back on hiatus, though lead singer Gwen Stefani is in the process of recording a third solo album, her first in eight years. We’ll see how it turns out.

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TOP TEN: The Voices Within

You want a peace of this?

You want a peace of this?

In the past few days, there have been a few news stories out there about both the domestic and international versions of The Voice, the singing competition in which four coaches/judges rely on just a contestant’s voice in order to persuade them to turn their chair around and fight to add them onto their team. In the United Kingdom, singers Danny O’Donoghue of The Script and Jessie J are exiting the show, while Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs and Kylie Minogue will be their replacements. In the United States, original judges Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera are returning to the panel, leaving fill-ins Shakira and Usher out of a chair this season.

With all that shifting around, I thought I would do the same and compile another top ten list of the acts with the most top 40 singles to make my personal chart who have also coached on the show, whether here in the U.S. or abroad. In fact, 18 of them, both current or former, have managed at least one charting single. Can you guess which of them has the biggest voice of them all, at least on my survey? Check it all out below… but turn your chair around to face your computer, this isn’t a singing competition.

10. SHAKIRA (5)
Her hips don’t lie and neither do her chart stats. First a star in the Spanish-speaking world, she set her sights on the English market with 2001’s Laundry Service. Her first single to make it on remains her highest peaking release, “Whenever Wherever”. It went to #2 for two weeks. Although she’s had some massive worldwide hits since then, the Columbian singer hasn’t ranked on my top 40 since early 2006.

09. APL.DE.AP (6)
The first season of The Voice of the Philippines is currently underway, and Apl.De.Ap is the only judge from that version to appear on here. He’s one of two members of the Black Eyed Peas on the list, the other being will.i.am further up. The group’s biggest entry to date, 2003’s “Where Is The Love?”, went to #4 for a week and garnered a lot of airplay. The song features Justin Timberlake on the chorus.

08. JOEL MADDEN (6)
Madden’s been a judge for two years on Australia’s version of The Voice. As a member of pop-punk quartet Good Charlotte, Madden made my top 40 six times in the past decade or so. One single went to #1, “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous”, which spent four weeks there in 2003. Ah, the days of middle school. They last made my chart in the fall of 2010 and are in the process of recording once again.

07. USHER (7)
He’s a actor, dancer and a singer and last season, he filled in on the U.S. edition of The Voice. Though he first charted in 2000 with a single that was pulled from radio, his biggest success so far on my chart is “Yeah!”, featuring Lil’ Jon and Ludacris. His signature song rose to #5 in 2004. Usher largely missed my chart after the Confessions era, though he still pops up now and again with a song that I enjoy.

06. WILL.I.AM (7)
Back at #9 was this guy’s partner-in-crime from the Black Eyed Peas; now, will.i.am appears. His only solo single to make my top 40, in which he’s a featured performer, ended up being his lone #1 so far: “Hall Of Fame”, as done by The Script. It occupied the spot for four weeks last year. Since then, he released a solo album, #willpower, but nothing from it has even come remotely close to making my chart.

05. DANNY O’DONOGHUE (7)
O’Donoghue was on the U.K. edition of The Voice for two seasons before leaving this Spring. He first made the top 40 in the group MyTown, but he is primarily known as the leader of The Script, who have been massive on my chart since 2009. Of their seven charting songs, four went to #1, including “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” for eight weeks. They’re expected to release a fourth album early next year.

04. RICKY MARTIN (8)
The former Menudo singer and Latin heartthrob has been enjoying his time as a judge on The Voice in Australia. His self-titled debut English album broke him in a big way, but it was his followup release, Sound Loaded, that delivered his biggest hit thus far: “She Bangs”. It totaled four weeks at the top in 2000. Martin hasn’t been on since 2001, but a recent single, “Come With Me”, came out earlier this year.

03. KYLIE MINOGUE (15)
She’s a legend and she’ll be bringing the heat to the judging panel on The Voice in the U.K. in 2014 during the show’s third season. Though Minogue’s been hitting the charts since the late 80’s over in Europe, her first single to reach my top 40 was a #1 for five weeks, 2002’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”. 2004’s “Red Blooded Woman” also topped my list for three weeks. The singer last charted earlier this year.

02. ADAM LEVINE (17)
He’s been with the U.S. version of The Voice since its beginning, including this upcoming season, but you also know him as the leader of Maroon 5. The band has now been atop my chart six times, including the nine week “This Love” in 2004 and their biggest, 2007’s “Makes Me Wonder”, which spent eleven big weeks there. All in all, they’ve had 17 top 40 entries, one of the largest sums for a band to my chart.

01. CHRISTINA AGUILERA (20)
She’s got some big pipes and a big stack of hits too, and thus, Christina Aguilera glides into the #1 spot on my list. She had my very first #1 back in September 1999 with “Genie In A Bottle” and would later charge the chart summit with “What A Girl Wants”, “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)”, “Lady Marmalade” (with Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink), “Beautiful” and “Moves Like Jagger” (with Maroon 5).

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Lucky Charms: A Pack Of Fine And Fortunate Songs

They should be so lucky.

They’re magically delicious.

Just like that, the French electronic duo named Daft Punk have scored their very first top 40 hit as a main act on the Hot 100, “Get Lucky”, featuring a vocal from Pharrell Williams. Though they’ve managed to chart here with other songs like “Around The World”, “One More Time”, and “Stronger” (as a featured artist on Kanye West‘s #1 single), the group still aren’t a household name here, though this is anticipated to be their biggest era ever. “Get Lucky” has already made it up to #14 and with an album, Random Access Memories, a few days away, I thought we could look back at the luck that we listened to when we were little (and still do today.) At least two dozen titles have crashed the top 40 with “luck” or “lucky” in their title, but only seven has gone as high as Daft Punk‘s current record. So, take seven of those, plus seven more that I like, and I think we’ve got a whole lot of good luck to contend with. Let me share some with you:

“Lucky Ladybug”, Billy & Lillie (#14, 1959)
The duo of Billy Ford and Lillie Bryant got together in 1958 to record for Swan Records. Their debut single, “La Dee Dah”, written and produced by Bob Crewe and Frank C. Slay, Jr., went to #9 on the Hot 100 in 1958 and sold over 1 million copies. That pairing also wrote their second and final top 40 hit, “Lucky Ladybug”, which went to #14. The group split shortly afterwards after a few failed singles.

“Happy-Go-Lucky Me”, Paul Evans (#10, 1960)
Queens-born Evans struck it big in his early 20’s with a handful of hit singles, including the 1959 record “Seven Little Girls (Sitting in the Back Seat)”, which went to #9. (You’d think it would’ve peaked at #7.) “Me” was his only other top ten hit, and after a couple more charting songs, he was done. He later went into songwriting and production of film and television scores, including CBS This Morning.

“Lady Luck”, Lloyd Price (#14, 1960)
R&B singer Price started making the R&B survey in the early 50’s, but it wasn’t until after a stint in the military that he began to crash the pop charts. He’s best known for his 1959 version of the song “Stagger Lee”, which went to #1 on the Hot 100. He last hit the top 40 in 1963 with a remake of the song “Misty”, though he continued to put out original music for some time. He continues to perform.

“Good Luck Charm”, Elvis Presley (#1, 1962)
He was the King of Rock and Roll and he was still at the top on his golden throne when this song came along, cut in 1961 and released the following spring. “Good” spent two weeks at #1 in April and was one of eighteen number ones on the Billboard Hot 100 for Mr. Presley. Long after his death in 1977, his songs are continually played on the radio, and his home, Graceland, remains a popular tourist spot.

“With A Little Luck”, Paul McCartney & Wings (#1, 1978)
1978 was another hot year on the charts for this group who released their latest studio album, London Town. This first single from the effort made a huge splash and quickly climbed into the #1 spot, which it held for two weeks, with its parent album going to #2. McCartney, having made music for over fifty years now, is still on tour frequently and making original material. There’s definitely no stopping him now.

“Lucky Star”, Madonna (#4, 1984)
The megastar from Michigan first made it into the top 40 a year prior with “Holiday”, but this was her first single to make the top 5 on the Hot 100. Featured on her self-titled album, it is one of her most remembered songs, thanks in part to a music video which established her as a fashion icon. It also prepared her for her forthcoming era, the Like A Virgin album, and a whole lot more luck on the singles survey.

“Some Guys Have All The Luck”, Rod Stewart (#10, 1984)
First done by R&B group The Persuaders in 1973, it became a minor single for them, peaking at #39 on the Hot 100. The Stewart version became the singer’s second top ten hit in a row from his Camouflage album, which was certified Gold in the United States. It still gets a bit of adult contemporary play today. Stewart recently released his first album of all original material in twelve years, Time, on Capitol Records.

BONUS: these singles could have used a little more luck (but I still enjoy them a lot):
“Hard Luck Woman”, KISS (#15, 1977) / remake by Garth Brooks (#45, 1994)
The original comes from the Platinum-certified Rock And Roll Over album; the Brooks remake appears on a tribute album, Classic KISS Regrooved.

“The Lucky One”, Amy Grant (#18, 1994)
Oh, baby baby, this one didn’t do as well as her #1 hit from 1991. This was one of her last major hits to see any attention from mainstream radio.

“Lucky”, Britney Spears (#23, 2000)
“This is a story about a girl named Lucky.” The down sides of fame couldn’t stop it from reaching the #2 spot on my personal chart in the summer of 2000.

“I Should Be So Lucky”, Kylie Minogue (#28, 1988)
She should be so lucky (lucky, lucky, lucky) to appear on the list. “Should” went to #1 in Australia and the United Kingdom, among other countries.

“Lucky Love”, Ace Of Base (#30, 1996)
Following “Beautiful Life”, which came and went, this single didn’t stay around for much time either. The group had one last top 40 hit here in 1998.

“Just Got Lucky”, JoBoxers (#36, 1983)
They were a little more “lucky” in their native United Kingdom where this hit #7 on the Singles Chart. This was their only charting release here.

“Lucky”, Jason Mraz featuring Colbie Caillat (#48, 2009)
This soft rock ballad blended their two voices perfectly and garnered a lot of adult contemporary airplay. It went to #2 on my personal chart for three weeks.

Which song is the luckiest of all in your book? Let me know! Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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Frolicking Through The Factory: PWL, SAW and the USA

Never gonna give them up.

Never gonna give them up.

If you’re a fan of Peter Waterman and his days with the writing team Stock, Aitken and Waterman, as well as his record label, Pete Waterman Entertainment, you probably know that many of his acts are participating in a winter extravaganza called PWL Hit Factory Live, a star-studded one-off concert featuring acts like Dead Or Alive, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley, Sonia and more. It’ll be taking place on December 21 at London’s O2 arena, a twenty-fifth celebration party of Waterman’s label. If you were living in the United Kingdom in the 1980’s, his compositions were inescapable, from television to the radio. If you were in the United States, maybe you know a handful of them, the bigger ones. Here’s a history of the damage they did in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

Stock, Aitken and Waterman began their musical partnership in 1984, writing and producing songs for many newcomers, successfully delivering them their biggest singles yet. SAW’s first big number to hit the U.S. shores was in the summer of 1985. That’s when Dead Or Alive‘s blockbuster single, “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)”, hit #11 on the Hot 100, though it hit the top spot in the group’s native United Kingdom a few months prior. Just as in the U.K., they scored their first #1 on the charts within a year, when a remake of Shocking Blue‘s “Venus” performed by female trio Bananarama hit #1 on the Hot 100 in September 1986. However, not everything the trio touched turned to gold in the States. A U.S. release of Mel & Kim‘s “Showing Out”, an easy top 5 in the U.K., only managed a #78 on the Hot 100 in early 1987. Several of their artists only managed to hit the dance chart before leaving the U.S. market, like Hazell Dean and Princess. However, things began to turn around rather quickly as the year went on.

In the spring of ’87, Dead Or Alive‘s second and final U.S. hit, “Brand New Lover”, became another top ten hit, which was followed by another top ten hit for SAW in the fall in the form of “I Heard A Rumour”, which would also be Bananarama‘s last top-40 single on the Hot 100, though SAW-engineered followups “I Can’t Help It” and “Love In The First Degree” just missed the top 40 several months later. 1988 was perhaps the biggest year for SAW and Pete Waterman in the States when their most successful act, Rick Astley, made his debut with two back-to-back number-one hits, “Never Gonna Give You Up” and “Together Forever”, followed by a #10 hit, “It Would Take A Strong, Strong Man”. ’88 also saw the debut of a little miss by the name of Kylie Minogue. Her first single, “I Should Be So Lucky”, barely scraped the top 30, but her followup, a remake of “The Loco-Motion”, hit #3 on the Hot 100. (By the way, around this time, some parodies started to pour in from people who were fed up with the Factory’s sound. “This Is The Chorus” by Morris Minor and the Majors comes to mind, which makes fun of SAW artist music videos, songs and how they were written. It was only a minor hit in Australia, just missing the top twenty.)

1989 started off relatively disappointing for the trio with two underperforming singles: “It’s No Secret” by the aforementioned Minogue, which topped out at #37 (her last U.S. entry until 2002), and a cover of “I Only Want To Be With You” done by Samantha Fox, her last charting song which hit a dismal #31. (Her other SAW single, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now”, did worse a year earlier.) That was no issue for the trio, who were still producing and writing for Minogue and acts like Jason Donovan, another Dance-only act in the States. Later in the year, they managed to take Donna Summer back to the top ten for the first time in six years with “This Time I Know It’s For Real”, which went as high as #6 on the Hot 100. It was her last top-40 smash in the U.S., though she managed several other minor entries into the 1990’s. (Noticing a pattern here?) PWL attempted a U.S. branch of their label around this time, skewing towards more Urban acts, but it folded within a few years time.

No PWL acts or SAW-produced singles managed to break the Hot 100’s top 40 from 1990 to 1992, a pretty sharp drop, though Lonnie Gordon and Pat & Mick scored really minor entries in-between that were far bigger U.K. hits. However, in 1993, the last Pete Waterman co-produced hit charted in the U.S., reaching #18 on the Hot 100, and #1 on the CHR airplay chart as reported by now-defunct Radio & Records (#2 on the corresponding Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart.) “That’s What Love Can Do”, a major disappointment in the U.K. for girl group Boy Krazy, somehow managed to become a breakout hit in the U.S. in a remixed version, though their fame was short-lived when “Good Times With Bad Boys” missed Billboard’s top 40 (though, again, Radio & Records reported it as a top-30 airplay hit.)

Long after the songwriting trio dissolved, Waterman’s last productions to hit the U.S. market altogether came in the fall of 1999, when hot quintet at the time Steps released “One For Sorrow”, followed by a cover of “Tragedy” by the Bee Gees in the spring of 2000. Despite an opening spot on Britney Spears‘s tour at the time, the group never garnered any significant airplay, and went back to the U.K., where they ruled the charts until early 2002. The debut single by Tina Cousins, “Pray”, another Waterman production, was sent to radio in the U.S. towards early summer 2000, but didn’t catch on, and that was basically it as far as Waterman productions being issued in the States.

He’s obviously done more work since then, working as a judge on Pop Idol and Popstars: The Rivals across the pond, but to many over here, the British version of Motown is a long distant memory, even though a lot of their hits are still in rotation today on the radio. Obviously, a concert of this magnitude would never work over here, but good on him for putting together what should be an awesome showcase. As his acts band together to hit the stage one more time as a group, it’s time to bust out the synthesizers and the jelly bands and jam out like it’s the electronic 80’s all over again.

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