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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 22, 2009

Gettin' their chart "Life".

Gettin’ their chart “Life”.

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 second half of my Freshman year of college and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2009…

40. SEETHER, “Careless Whisper”
39, KAISER CHIEFS, “You Want History”
38. U2, “Magnificent”

Biggest Mover(s):
BETTER THAN EZRA, “Absolutely Still” (39-26, thirteen spots)

10. PINK, “Sober” (down 1)
Album: Funhouse (2008, LaFace/Zomba Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

09. COLDPLAY, “Life In Technicolor II” (up 7)
Album: Prospekt’s March (EP) (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6

08. O.A.R., “This Town” (steady, second week)
Album: All Sides (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

07. SHINEDOWN, “Second Chance” (steady, second week)
Album: The Sound Of Madness (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. JASON MRAZ featuring COLBIE CAILLAT, “Lucky” (steady, second week)
Album: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

05. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Love Story” (down 2)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. LILY ALLEN, “The Fear” (up 1)
Album: It’s Not Me, It’s You (2009, Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. THE SCRIPT, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” (up 1)
Album: The Script (2008, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

02. KELLY CLARKSON, “My Life Would Suck Without You” (steady, second week)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

01. THE FRAY, “You Found Me” (steady, third week)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 6)

Wants to be a Hunter again.

Wants to be a Hunter again.

One third of the year is over and album sales overall are looking… well, not so great at this point. However, with a bunch of bigger releases this week, you never know what will happen. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of May 6:

  • After the Platinum-selling success of his self-titled 2011 album, Country youngster Hunter Hayes is back with his followup release, Storyline. Leadoff single and ballad “Invisible” remains bulleted on the Country chart around the top 20. (You may remember Hayes debuted it at the GRAMMY Awards.) Look for it to debut in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 and at #1 on the Country survey. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Tech N9ne has been charting on the Billboard 200 since 2001 and his latest effort is titled Strangeulation. A single from it, “Fragile”, is just below the top ten on Rhythmic radio and ranks as his biggest airplay hit to date. Last year, he had an album debut at #4; expect another high entry from this one, probably in the top 5 again. (iTunes)
  • Last summer, Naughty Boy‘s Hotel Cabana debuted at #2 in the United Kingdom on the strength of a handful of top ten singles, including his current U.S. hit with Sam Smith, “La La La”. That same album, with a slightly altered tracklisting, is now out here. It will likely debut somewhere in the lower regions of the chart – there’s clearly more interest in the single at this point. (iTunes)
  • Though none of its singles have charted Stateside, the first album in five years for singer Lily Allen, Sheezus, is out this week. The effort is currently top ten in over two dozen countries. “Air Balloon” is currently at U.S. radio, but is not showing much action as of recent. (iTunes)
  • Singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan has been making music for over 25 years now. Her latest effort, Shine On, is her first for Verve after splitting with longtime Canadian label Nettwerk and U.S. label Arista. “In Your Shoes” is the current AC/Hot AC single from the project. (iTunes)
  • It’s also a crazy week for compilation albums, the biggest of which is the 50th (!) edition of the Now! That’s What I Call Music! series (iTunes). Those kids grow up so quickly. Also on the menu: Kidz Bop Party Bop! from the Kidz Bop Kids (iTunes) and the various stars of Nashville with their second music set from the second season of the show (iTunes).
  • Other releases out this week include: Gregg Allman‘s All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman (iTunes), Lykke Li‘s I Never Learn (iTunes), Natalie Merchant‘s Natalie Merchant (iTunes) and Santana‘s Corazón (iTunes).

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

  • “A Sky Full Of Stars”, the second radio single from Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories. (iTunes)
  • “First Love”, a new CHR radio single from Jennifer Lopez. (iTunes)
  • “Get My Name”, a single from Mark Ballas of Dancing With The Stars fame. (iTunes)
  • “Good Kisser”, new from R&B star Usher. (iTunes)
  • “Love Never Felt So Good”, the first single from the late Michael Jackson‘s Xscape album. (iTunes)
  • “M.F.P.O.T.Y.”, another digital track from Cher Lloyd‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Superbad”, the latest single from Jesse McCartney. (iTunes)
  • “They Don’t Love You No More”, the latest from DJ Khaled featuring Jay Z, Meek Mill, Rick Ross and French Montana. (iTunes)

Michael Jackson, Rascal Flatts and The Black Keys take center stage next week, along with Chromeo, Dolly Parton and more. It’s going to be another busy week — a full preview is coming in seven!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 8, 2009

Takin' it day by day.

Takin’ it day by day.

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. Freshmen Year was all sorts of brutal, especially during the second half of it, from an 8:30 AM math lab to lousy meals in the dining hall at night. Yikes. Here’s a look at my top 40 from February 8, 2009:

39. RYAN STAR, “Last Train Home”

Biggest Mover:
KELLY CLARKSON, “My Life Would Suck Without You” (23-15) (8 spots)

10. KAISER CHIEFS, “Good Days Bad Days”
Two years after rising into my top ten with “Ruby”, the English quintet from Leeds finally made it back in early 2009 with this second single from their album Off With Their Heads. Lead singer Ricky Wilson is a judge on the third season of the U.K. edition of The Voice. The band is out with a new effort, Education, Education, Education & War, on April 1.

09. LILY ALLEN, “The Fear”
Her latest single called “Air Balloon” is out in the United Kingdom early next month, but back in 2009, Allen was just beginning her It’s Not Me, It’s You era. “Fear” went to #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart for four consecutive weeks, while it managed a peak of #5 on my own survey. Allen last charted as a featured act on Pink’s #1 song “True Love” last year.

08. COLDPLAY, “Lovers In Japan”
After the massive success of “Viva La Vida”, a #1 on my top 40 for two weeks the previous year, this four man band was turning Japanese. (I really think so!) Originally featured on their big album Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, then remixed in hit form as the Osaka Mix on the EP Prospekt’s March, “Lovers” climbed to a peak of #5 on my survey.

07. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Circus”
Don’t call it a comeback – or perhaps do. After the disaster that was the Blackout era, which yielded no top 40 singles on my chart, previous single “Womanizer” became Spears’s first hit on my top 40 since “My Prerogative” in 2004. This title song from Circus also climbed into the top ten, at its peak this week. She’s currently selling out shows in Las Vegas.

06. PINK, “Sober”
This title almost hit the CHR top 40 back in 1999 when Jennifer Paige released a song of the same name; it topped out at #48 in February of that year. From the girl who sang “Crush”, I’m sure she was crushed. Ten years later, the singer born Alecia Moore easily carried it up the charts as the followup to “So What”. On my survey, it spent two weeks at #4.

05. TAKE THAT, “Greatest Day”
They sell bucket loads of albums in Europe, but here in the States, would you believe that they’re still a one hit wonder? It was 1995’s “Back For Good” that did the trick. Luckily, I kept up with most of their European efforts. This first single from The Circus spent four weeks at #4. Two additional singles, “Up All Night” and “Said It All”, also charted in 2009.

04. DAVID COOK, “Light On”
If you’re looking for your American Idol fix, look no further than this former #1 single on my chart. Cook had two of them in a row, and then a #2 hit in “Come Back To Me”, making his debut era one of the most successful in my chart’s history. Cook last appeared in my top 40 in January 2012 with “Fade Into Me”, his fifth hit, which went as high as #15.

03. THE FRAY, “You Found Me”
Of all the acts represented in this week’s top ten, this is the only one that also has a current top ten single on my chart. That would be “Love Don’t Die”, the leadoff release from the band’s forthcoming Helios album, due on the 25th of this month. “Found” would become my top single of the year 2009, spending three weeks at #1 and 37 within the top 40.

02. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Love Story”
It’s off to the land of Country crossovers for this hit in the countdown. Young Miss Swift had previously peaked at #3 with “Teardrops On My Guitar” in early 2008; thus, “Story” marked a new peak for her, settling on three frames at #1. New music is coming from the gal later this year; can she capture her fourth #1 with a song from it? We’ll find out soon.

01. NICKELBACK, “Gotta Be Somebody”
It’s easy to hate on these guys, but no matter what poll you try to bring up, I still enjoy listening to their music. There, I said it. It was the leadoff single from the 3x Platinum album Dark Horse, and thus far, it’s the quartet’s last top ten single on the Hot 100 with a #10 peak. Their tour has come to an end, and perhaps they’ll be back in the studio to work on a new album. Meanwhile, their first greatest hits effort, The Best of Nickelback, Volume 1, was released last November.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: #8, Pink featuring Lily Rose Cooper (Lily Allen) – “True Love”

Flower power.

Flower power in the top ten.

First Chart Entry for Pink: “There You Go” (#2, 2000)
Biggest Hit To Date: “So What” (#1 for six weeks, 2008)

First Chart Entry for Lily Rose Cooper (Lily Allen): “LDN” (#16, 2006)
Biggest Hit To Date: “True Love” (#1 for three weeks, 2013)

#1 for three weeks, 24 weeks in the top 40

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No need to lie about this one, and that’s the cold hard truth. The bubbly song with just the right amount of angst was a winner, at least on my personal chart.

“True Love” marked the fourth consecutive hit on my chart from Pink‘s The Truth About Love, her first album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. It was co-written by the two singers and producer Greg Kurstin. I first highlighted the song on the blog on May 2 when it was about to see some overseas action, but several weeks later, U.S. radio got on top of it. This was also the first chart hit in four years for Cooper; last time around, it was “The Fear” that broke into the top 5. About halfway through the chart run of this duet, Cooper began using her professional name, Lily Allen, once again, creating a whole bunch of confusion on how to actually credit it. Nevertheless, even that couldn’t stop it from spending three weeks at #1 on my survey, one of the top collaborations of the year.

After three significant radio and sales releases from her album, this particular song couldn’t match Pink‘s previous success on a national level in the States, missing the top 40 on the Hot 100. However, as the Queen of Australia (let’s face it, she is), she managed a #5 peak in that territory, as well as higher peaks in Belgium and the Czech Republic. In short, the “Love” fest went on.

Pink has one more song in this year’s top ten, which happens to be another duet with a male counterpart. Stay tuned as we continue to count them down tomorrow…

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TOP TEN + 1: Adam’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2014

2014 is almost upon us, and so, it’s only fitting to get excited about the new music that’s coming in the new year. Before I reveal my top 20 albums of 2013 on Thursday and Friday, I thought it would be cool to give you a list of some of the acts I’m definitely looking forward to hearing from next year. Now, there are endless options when it comes to forthcoming albums in the works by pop divas like Gwen Stefani and Lea Michele, groups like Karmin and One Direction, newcomers like Betty Who and Sam Smith, etc. However, as far as my pop/rock tastes go, these are who I am craving…

Some close calls to start…
15. Olly Murs – TBA (Summer)
14. Colbie CaillatTBA (Spring)
13. American AuthorsTBA (March)
12. Christina PerriHead Or Heart (March)
11. SheppardTBA (Spring)

…and now, on with the countdown.

"Here" for this new album.

“Here” for this new album.

10. Lily Allen – TBA (unknown)
Can you believe it’s been nearly five years since the release of It’s Not Me, It’s You? After a feature on Pink‘s single “True Love” earlier this year, Allen hit the studio once again, and is preparing a new album under Warner Bros. Records, her first with them. Lead single “Hard Out Here” recently went top ten in the United Kingdom. She’s just as saucy and biting as ever.

Number "One" on the list.

U need 2 check this one out.

9. U2 – 10 Reasons To Exist (April)
If you’re planning to watch the Super Bowl, you want to watch out for an advertisement from these guys promoting their new material. This will be the band’s first album since 2009’s No Line On The Horizon, which debuted at #1 but didn’t have much longevity. Only one single, “Magnificent” entered my top 40. Three decades after their debut, they are still rocking it.

A girl in "Trouble" is a temporary thing.

A Swift return for her.

8. Taylor Swift – TBA (unknown)
After the tremendous success of her album Red and corresponding tour, Swift’s been back in the studio and was quoted as saying her next album is “way ahead of schedule”, according to publication Rolling Stone. It may end up as another fall release given her past Q4 experiences. The poppy Red polarized her country audience to an extent; will this do the same?

Just press Fray.

Just press Fray.

7. The Fray – Helios (February 25)
Their popularity was waning with me over the past few years; however, the first single from this, “Love Don’t Die”, got me interested in the guys once again. Originally due to be released on January 14, it’s been pushed back to work on a CHR radio run for the single, which is at #11 on Hot AC. While the entire album won’t be full of Mumford-lite songs, it should be solid.

He's a "Beautiful" boy.

Writing up some Rad songs.

6. Andy Grammer – TBA (unknown)
Beginning in the fall of 2010, Grammer and his playful lyrics landed him hits like “Fine By Me” and “Keep Your Head Up”. Over the summer, he released a new EP. It’s unclear whether this will be issued on S-Curve, like his debut, or ThinkSay, a label run by Brad Davidson (S-Curve’s EVP of Promotion) and Ben Singer (his manager.) Regardless, it’ll be great, and if you read my interview with producer and writer Matt Rad, he’s once again teamed with him. We’ll see what makes it on.

Sheer genius.

Sheer genius.

5. Ed Sheeran – TBA (Fall)
2013’s been another great year for Sheeran, with U.S. hits in “Lego House” and a duet with Taylor Swift, “Everything Has Changed”. He’s also up for Best New Artist at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, which he could very well win despite being a peculiar choice on the panel’s part. (He was nominated for Song Of The Year last year for “The A Team”.) Collaborating with superstar producer Rick Rubin, this will be huge. Given the release date, look out for a first single to come in January.

"New" kids in town.

There to stay.

4. A Great Big World – Is There Anybody Out There? (January 14)
Just a year ago, Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino were prepping for “This Is The New Year” to be featured on Glee. Now, they’re all over the place thanks a duet version of their song “Say Something” with Christina Aguilera. The duo’s album is one of the first big releases of the year and should be a big deal for Epic, especially in a slow sales period. If “Say” could rank as the top digital song in the U.S., who says their album can’t? Their pop/rock sound will make for an awesome set.

She sets fire to the reign.

She sets fire to the reign.

3. Adele – TBA (Summer)
The girl who saved the music biz with just her voice and, oh yeah, a Diamond-certified album in the U.S. will be returning to the throne in 2014 with her third studio release. Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic is confirmed to be involved with it, and we’ll likely see Paul Epworth return for the project. Coming off a monumental album in 21, there’s an immense amount of pressure for this to do well. If everything goes as planned, we may be witnessing the biggest first week sales in some time.

It's not easy being green.

Not so Little anymore.

2. Passenger – TBA (April/May)
Arguably the biggest act to hit my chart in some time, the 29-year-old singer and songwriter from Brighton, England managed three consecutive #1’s on my survey in 2013, totaling 19 weeks at the top. His album All The Little Lights was a favorite of mine this year, and I’ll have much more to say about the guy during the revelation of my year-end chart. Needless to say, I’m very excited to hear his next studio album on Nettwerk, due to be released in April or May. Will we see studio versions of some live favorites like “Riding To New York” or “Scare Away The Dark”? We’ll find out in a few months.

"Free" the music.

“Free” the music.

1. Graffiti6 – TBA (unknown) + Jamie Scott & The Town – TBA (unknown)
This one isn’t a surprise, but man, I am waiting on these two albums. 2014 will hopefully see the release of the duo’s next album (all mastered, but has yet to see a release on Capitol) but there will also be another effort by lead singer Scott and his old band. You may remember that they released Park Bench Theories in the U.K. in 2007. Overall, it’s going to be a big year full of some BiGLuV, or at least I hope it is. They didn’t get a chance to pull a repeat on my year-end chart, where “Free” was my #1 song last year, so keep checking on the status of these two projects; nothing means nothing at all without your love.

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“True” Twosomes: Doubling The Duets For Your Summer Playlist

Summer is all about catching up with friends and chilling out together, so why not tag team it up when it comes to music too? These are two high-profile collaborations that are sure to be all over the radio and your music player in the next few months. So, get your suntan lotion on and your board cleaned off because we’re about talk about what’s making waves in our musical ocean. Get ready to hang ten! Actually, just hang two. Surf’s up!

Flower power.

Flower power.

PINK featuring LILY ROSE COOPER (LILY ALLEN) – “True Love”
Release Date: TBD (Summer)

Coming off a #1 ballad with Nate Ruess of fun., “Just Give Me A Reason”, Pink is ready to get the summer started with her fourth single from The Truth About Love. Luckily, after two slower songs, her next release is an uptempo song, which just happens to be another collaboration. The choice is “True Love”, which features a middle section by the singer formerly known as Lily Allen, now being credited as Lily Rose Cooper after a marriage in 2011. Cooper was last seen on the charts here when her song “Who’d Have Known?” (from her second album, It’s Not Me, It’s You) was sampled in the T-Pain hit “5 O’Clock”, on which she is officially credited as a featured artist. It peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 early last year. She has yet to see one of her solo songs hit the top 40 nationally here, though several of her singles, including 2007’s “Smile” and 2009’s “The Fear”, have done slightly better on genre-specific radio charts. “True Love” doesn’t have a specific release date yet just because “Reason” is still ranking pretty highly in several countries, but the release has been confirmed by the label. Not only is it a great change of pace, but it’s perfect for the season, with a reggae-tinged beat and Pink‘s always edgy but meaningful lyrics (co-written with Greg Kurstin and Cooper) about a dysfunctional romance:  “At the same time, I wanna hug you/I wanna wrap my hands around your neck… I hate you, I really hate you/So much, I think it must be true love/No one else can break my heart like you.” Don’t be afraid to love this one; it’s one of the best on her album. Radio and retail should easily pick up on this one soon.

Be my, be my beanie.

Be my, be my beanie.

TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN – “Everything Has Changed”
Release Date: June 24 (U.K.), Summer (U.S.)

Raise your hand if you didn’t see this one coming… no one? Okay. The two of them are on tour together and there’s bound to be relationship rumors swirling around them for a while, so let’s take it to the next step by releasing this song which they sing together, as well as co-wrote. “Everything Has Changed” is the fourth mainstream single to be released from Swift’s Red album, which has already shipped in excess of 4 million copies in the U.S. alone. (A Country-only single, “Begin Again, was released in-between.) It has a release date of June 24 in the United Kingdom, where “22” is officially falling down the charts after a #9 peak. It looks to have hit a brick wall here in the States as well, so they may as well just rush this out. Duet partner Sheeran earned a Grammy nod for his ballad “The A Team”, which became a decent-sized radio hit, and followup single “Lego House” is taking a slow ride up the charts as well. Chances are that this duet will probably cancel out that song when it’s released, so be prepared to put your legos back in the bucket. It’s a noticeable change from the more polished-up pop product she’s been putting out lately, and thankfully this single, unlike her last two, doesn’t deal with Swift falling head over heels over some guy who looks “like bad news” or leaves her “lying on the cold hard ground”. Nope, this time both boy and girl think about each other and want to spend time together, despite their nerves. The two sing, “You’ll be mine and I’ll be yours/All I know since yesterday is everything has changed.” Sounds like things have changed for the good; hope that amounts to good results on the charts.

Don’t forget to look out for new collaborations between Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull and Mariah Carey and Miguel, both debuting next week! These new songs are coming fast, so don’t be surprised if you see a few posts pop up about them all.

Which song do you like better, “True Love” or “Everything Has Changed”? Are you in love with change and can’t choose? Let me know! Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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