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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 1, 2017

Swiftly taking seconds.

DEBUTS
38. Scott Helman – PDA
36. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. ZAYN featuring Sia – Dusk Till Dawn (40)
31. Nick Jonas – Find You (39)
25. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me (30)
21. Walk The Moon – One Foot (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
20. Taylor Swift – …Ready For It? (25)
08. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (15)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (06) | PEAK: #06
09. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (15) | PEAK: #08
07. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Dua Lipa – New Rules (07) | PEAK: #06
05. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (04) | PEAK: #02
04. P!nk – What About Us (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Kesha – Praying (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. The Script – Rain (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Wrabel – The Village (1)
2. Paramore – Fake Happy (2)
3. Julia Michaels – Worst In Me (4)
4. Andreas Moss – Stuck In My Feelings (8)
5. Noah Kahan – Hurt Somebody (-)
6. Pat Benatar – Dancing Through The Wreckage (-)
7. Bleachers – I Miss Those Days (9)
8. Astrid S – Think Before I Talk (10)
9. The Head And The Heart – Don’t Dream It’s Over (-)
10. Delta Rae – No Peace In Quiet (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind
Cody Fry – Nobody But You (new)
Loote – Out Of My Head
Secondhand Serenade – Lost (new)

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s pair of debuts are by solo males with their third top 40 singles: Niall Horan, at #36 with “Too Much To Ask”, and Scott Helman, at #38 with “PDA”. Horan’s two previous chart hits, “This Town” and “Slow Hands”, went to #1, with the latter single spending seven weeks at the top. (It’s currently at #13.) The three songs can found on his upcoming album Flicker, due October 20. Helman’s new one is the second single from Hôtel de Ville and follow-up to “Kinda Complicated”, a #4 hit from earlier this year. Two years ago, he peaked at #8 with “Bungalow” from an EP titled Augusta.
  • Due to Yom Kippur, commentary is limited this week, but it will return in full next week!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 24, 2017

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DEBUTS
40. ZAYN featuring Sia – Dusk Till Dawn
39. Nick Jonas – Find You
35. Walk The Moon – One Foot | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me (36)
27. Rod Stewart featuring DNCE – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (32)
25. Taylor Swift – …Ready For It? (33) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. James TW – Please Keep Loving Me (24)
07. Dua Lipa – New Rules (12)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Lights – Giants (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (07) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
07. Dua Lipa – New Rules (12) (06) | PEAK: #07
06. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (06) | PEAK: #06
05. P!nk – What About Us (05) | PEAK: #05
04. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (04) | PEAK: #02
03. Kesha – Praying (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. The Script – Rain (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Wrabel – The Village (2)
2. Paramore – Fake Happy (1)
3. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (3)
4. Julia Michaels – Worst In Me (8)
5. Grouplove – Remember That Night (4)
6. Neon Trees – Feel Good (6)
7. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (10)
8. Andreas Moss – Stuck In My Feelings (-)
9. Bleachers – I Miss Those Days (-)
10. Astrid S – Think Before I Talk (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind
Loote – Out Of My Head (new)
Pat Benatar – Dancing Through The Wreckage (new)
Scott Helman – PDA (new)

Chart Notes:

  • How does it feel to have eight #1 singles on my chart? Well, last week, just one performer could’ve given you the answer to that: Adele, who scored her first of eight in 2011 with “Rolling In The Deep”. However, this week, that achievement is tied by the one and only Taylor Swift, who rises 3-1 with “Look What You Made Me Do”, the first single from reputation. Her first #1 on my chart was “Love Story”, which spent three weeks at #1 in 2009. That single is tied with “Blank Space”, which had a three-week run in 2014-15, as her longest stretch at the top to date. Way to go, Taylor!
  • Ohio’s Walk The Moon scored three consecutive #1 songs on my chart from their last album, Talking Is Hard: “Shut Up And Dance” (three weeks, 2014), “Different Colors” (one week, 2015) and “Work This Body” (one week, 2016). That streak could continue with this week’s Highest Debut, “One Foot”, the first single from their forthcoming set. It’s new at #35. The song impacts at both Alternative and Triple A radio this week, and should perform well at both formats. Can the hot single also cross to Hot AC and Top 40 radio? Stay tuned.
  • Just a few spots below that band are this week’s two other debuts: “Find You” (#39) by Nick Jonas and “Dusk Till Dawn” (#40) by ZAYN featuring Sia. Jonas’s track is his second single to be released this year, with a full-length album expected in the next few months, while the latter track, though expected on ZAYN’s second solo album, is also featured in the trailer for the upcoming film titled The Mountain Between Us. All five members of One Direction now appear as soloists in the top 40, a chart first.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 22, 2017

Mmmm… it’s New Music Friday.

A very happy Rosh Hashanah to all of those celebrating, and the new year calls for some big new releases to top the charts. Here are the albums and singles you need to know this week:

ALTERNATIVE / ROCK
If you feel like rocking out to new music by a couple of hot bands, notable Alternative and Rock albums this week include Gossip (iTunes) by Sleeping With Sirens and Wonderful Wonderful (iTunes) by The Killers. The latter group recently hit #1 on the Triple A chart with the lead single from that set, “The Man”.

COUNTRY
They’ve both hit #1 on the Country radio chart, and now, they’ll be competing for the top of that album chart. Notable releases in the genre this week include Everybody (iTunes) by Chris Janson and On The Rocks (iTunes) by Midland. “Drinkin’ Problem” landed the latter trio their first #1 single just a few weeks ago.

HIP-HOP / RAP
It’s a big week for a number of rappers and plenty of hip-hop and R&B projects, with some of the notable titles including By Any Means 2 (iTunes) by Kevin Gates, All Things Work Together (iTunes) by Lecrae and Gemini (iTunes) by Macklemore. Only Lecrae has previously hit #1 on the Billboard 200, with the other two performers going as high as #2.

POP
Of course, we couldn’t go without mentioning this week’s top pop sets, and those notable ones include Double Dutchess (iTunes) by Fergie and Skin&Earth (iTunes) by Lights. The latter title features the track “Giants”, which is making its way up the top 30 at the Hot AC format.

More albums out this week: Circa Survive‘s The Amulet (iTunes), Haley Reinhart‘s What’s That Sound? (iTunes), Ledisi‘s Let Love Rule (iTunes), Van Morrison‘s Roll With The Punches (iTunes), My Little Pony: The Movie (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Harrison Storm‘s Change It All (iTunes), Kygo‘s Stargazing (iTunes), NAWAS‘s Trouble (iTunes), Starrah & Diplo‘s Starrah x Diplo (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Different Way”, DJ Snake featuring Lauv (iTunes)
“Again”, Noah Cyrus featuring XXXTENTACION (iTunes)
“Beg”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Champion”, Barns Courtney (iTunes)
“Changes”, DeJ Loaf (iTunes)
“Don’t Tempt Me”, MiC LOWRY (iTunes)
“Generous”, Olivia Holt (iTunes)
“Heavy”, Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Hideaway”, Dan Owen (iTunes)
“Hillside Boys”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Hold On To Me”, Hurts (iTunes)
“Hollow”, Super Duper featuring Quinn Lewis (iTunes)
“I Found God”, Mainland (iTunes)
“Into The Blue”, Rationale (iTunes)
“Maybe”, Russ (iTunes)
“Northern Lights”, Jaymes Young (iTunes)
“One Foot”, Walk The Moon (iTunes)
“Phases”, ALMA & French Montana (iTunes)
“Royal Highness”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“See You”, Thriving Ivory (iTunes)
“Sexy Dirty Love”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Shy Love”, Sinclair (iTunes)
“Split Stones”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“Starlight”, Emeli Sandé (iTunes)
“Truth Hurts”, Lizzo (iTunes)
“Week Without You”, Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“What’s Next”, Youngr (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Shania Twain and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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“Here” And There: Cara Crawls To The Top

Give this chart a break.

Leisurely ladies of the pop world.

A big congrats goes out to “Here” by 19-year-old Alessia Cara, which is on track to become the new #1 at CHR/Top 40 radio this weekend. It’s a huge moment for the Canadian singer, as she becomes the first act of 2016 to hit the top with their debut single. (It comes from her first album, Know-It-All, which recently reached the top ten.) However, this chart-topper also comes with a bit of a twist. “Here” tops the pop radio chart in its 26th week in the top 40, which is a new longevity record for the slowest rise to #1 on CHR radio in terms of top 40 weeks. Yes, that speaks more to the format’s turnover than the song, but it certainly raises a red flag that needs to be addressed. Do we really want songs spending 30 or 35 weeks in the top 40 to get to #1? I don’t think so.

Though Cara’s multi-Platinum hit may hold a new record, one that someday may not be hers, it wasn’t too long ago that other cuts were crawling up the top 40 and landing at #1. What slow-moving songs could those be? You’ll get through this list gradually…

25 weeks to #1
“Give Your Heart A Break”, Demi Lovato (2012)
Lovato’s track was never the strongest seller at the time it was active, but it did ride a series of very positive callout scores to #1 on the pop radio chart in early September 2012, nearly six months after it first entered in mid-March. It remains her biggest hit here.

24 weeks
“Forget You”, Cee Lo Green (2010-2011)
“Lights”, Ellie Goulding (2012)
“Save Tonight”, Eagle-Eye Cherry (1998-1999)

Green’s single initially peaked at #16 in October during a nine-week run, then fell out of the top 40 quickly. Then, it was relisted in late December after it began gaining again, and by the first week of April, it spent its lone frame at the top. It’s his only #1 thus far.

Goulding’s first U.S. hit reached the top 20 at Hot AC radio by January 2012, but was sent recurrent in late February with a minor spin loss. It reappeared in late May (halfway up the top 30) as it slowly made its way to #1 on the CHR radio listing in mid-August.

Cherry’s biggest hit is the only one to appear from the Radio & Records archives, which includes a two-week period of frozen data during the holidays. Given the #25/26 weeks recurrent rule at the time, it spent a long 37 weeks in the top 40 prior to its removal.

23 weeks
“U + Ur Hand”, Pink (2006-2007)
“Stitches”, Shawn Mendes (2015)

It’s not easy having three singles peak at #17 between 2003 and 2006, but the Pennsylvania pop performer and pop radio seemed to have a falling-out for a few years in the 2000’s. Luckily, the format held her “Hand” until the single climbed to #1 in May 2007.

After two of his tracks tanked at radio during two different chart runs, “Life Of The Party” and “Something Big”, Mendes’s touring gave his third single growing sales gains and positive callout scores. In early November, it finally stitched up the number one spot.

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Come And Get Your “Love”: The Divas Get Dancin’

I did a post just before Valentine’s Day about how “Love” titles were in the air, which included songs by Cher Lloyd and Maroon 5. Well, it’s not just them now! The big day may by over, but any day is good to spread some “Love”. So, here are two more songs that are looking to find a mate, that being mainstream radio. Get ready to shake a little to these super slick singles.

This collaboration is as good as Gould.

This collaboration is as good as Gould.

CALVIN HARRIS featuring ELLIE GOULDING – “I Need Your Love”
Release date: April 2 (CHR radio)

Calvin Harris is climbing all over the globe on the national charts. His latest offering in the States, “Sweet Nothing”, with Florence Welch, remains in the top ten in airplay. However, Harris is moving onto a new single from his album, 18 Months, which was released last year. The fourth U.S. single from it is officially “I Need Your Love”, with vocals by British singer Ellie Goulding. It’s a fan favorite. It’s already been a top-20 hit in New Zealand based on download sales alone, earning a Gold certification. It’s also had some minor chartings in other countries, though it will see a wider release starting next month. You may remember that Goulding had a slow rise to the top on the U.S. charts last year after a rerelease of her single, “Lights”. For some reason, it managed to catch on here while it generally flopped in Europe as it was the sixth release from her last album. It was the first (and only) radio single here. She released Halcyon in 2012, which launched one single at CHR radio, “Anything Could Happen”, missing the top 20 despite a lot of television placement including an advertisement for Beats By Dre headphones. It was also performed by Fifth Harmony two times on the X Factor. (They, like the song, weren’t a winner.) It wasn’t the most commercial-sounding thing, but I thought it would see some more action coming off a huge single. “Need”, on first listen, definitely has bigger things ahead of it. It’s a typical Harris beat, but it’s a really excellent one, and Goulding’s vocals match perfectly with it. Plus, it’s good to hear a little bit of piano and guitar mixed in with the EDM nature of it. There’s nothing especially interesting about the lyrics; it’s just about a girl who pleads, yet questions about the love from her significant other. She sings, “Am I dreaming? Will I ever find you now?/I walk in circles, but I’ll never figure out/What I mean to you, do I belong?/I try to fight this, but I know I’m not that strong.” Her distinct vocals really set her apart from other singers on the scene today; question is, will radio bite at her material again? Will it be another elongated rise and peak this fall? We’ll find out as it goes to radio in 2 1/2 weeks.

Will the Lotus finally rise to the occasion?

Will the Lotus finally rise to the occasion?

CHRISTINA AGUILERA – “Let There Be Love”
Release date: April 2013? (CHR radio)

“Just A Fool” may have been another dud from this little lady’s Lotus, but her record label isn’t stopping at two releases. It’s surprising given the underperformance of both singles and the effort itself, but I guess they are fully intent on getting a big hit. “Let” has been rumored to be a third single from the album for several weeks now after an add in early February by radio station B96 in Chicago, one of the top CHR stations in the nation. It then entered Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Chart. Now, a disc jockey at WKSE in Buffalo, NY has confirmed the radio release of the single via an RCA e-mail, and they generally jump on new songs pretty quickly. There was a suggestion that April 30 was the adds date for it at mainstream radio, but I can’t seem to find any confirmation of it. We’ll have to see if that holds true when some of the trade publications update in the next few weeks. However, that would make sense as to not interfere with Aguilera’s featured appearance on Pitbull‘s still-building single, “Feel This Moment”. It’s approaching the top ten at radio, a level Aguilera hasn’t seen since her 2011 collaboration with Maroon 5, “Moves Like Jagger”. It’s also a big sales hit. “Let” always had the biggest potential, at least in my opinion, to get Aguilera a solo success after several of her leadoff singles crashed out early. In fact, this totally should have started things off instead of “Your Body”. There’s a familiarity to it, sort of combination of Usher‘s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” meets Nicki Minaj‘s “Starships”, and the lyrics are slightly less explicit and sexually promiscuous as “Body”. She croons, “Let there be love/Here in the dark/Turnin’ me on/Not gonna fight anymore ’cause I want your touch.” Plus, it helps that the vocals aren’t all over the place. Yes, she has her moments where she belts it out, but it’s not overdone to a point where it’s unlistenable. Is it too late to save Lotus or will “Moment” be a launching pad for this song to travel towards the top? I’m really hoping that this can be the smash it deserves to be. With a series of remixes serviced and a bit of buzz building behind it, we’ll see how the summer treats it as it hits the airplay charts.

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