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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 13, 2015

Their new era is "Off" to a good start.

Four times the “Pressure”.

40. Paul Rey – Good As Hell
39. Outasight – The Wild Life | HIGHEST DEBUT

35. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (40)
29. Boy & Bear – Walk The Wire (35) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
22. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (28) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

10. Lions Head – Begging (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Causes – Walk On Water (12) | PEAK: #09
08. ROMANS – Uh Huh (07) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. X Ambassadors – Renegades (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (05) | PEAK: #05
05. One Direction – Drag Me Down (06) | PEAK: #05
04. John Newman – Come And Get It (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (04) | PEAK: #03
02. A Great Big World – Hold Each Other (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Marc Scibilia – How Bad We Need Each Other (7)
2. Wylder – Sunstroke (3)
3. Mackenzie Thoms – Conviction (6)
4. Rob Thomas – Hold On Forever (8)
5. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself (4)
6. Joe Stone featuring Montell Jordan – The Party (This Is How We Do It) (2)
7. David Cook – Criminals (9)
8. Andy Grammer – Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah) (10)
9. Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love (-)
10. Grace Mitchell – Jitter (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night
Ben Rector – Brand New
Bryan Adams – Brand New Day (new)
Grace – You Don’t Own Me
Grace Potter – Empty Heart
Grizfolk – Troublemaker
Halsey – New Americana
James Morrison – Demons (new)
John Newman featuring Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game
JoJo – When Love Hurts
JR JR – Gone
Matthew Koma – So F***in’ Romantic
Max Frost – Withdrawal
Melanie Martinez – Pity Party
Nick Jonas – Levels
Rachel Platten – Stand By You (new)
Robin Thicke – Back Together
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – Sugar
The Band Perry – Live Forever
The Score – Oh My Love
Tony Lucca – Paint A Picture
Tori Kelly featuring Ed Sheeran – I Was Made For Loving You
Walk Off The Earth – Hold On (The Break)
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • Two new songs make the top ten this week, including the second top ten in a row for the band Causes. They climb 12-9 with with “Walk On Water”, the same title that hit the top 40 in the past for Neil Diamond (#17, 1972) and Eddie Money (#9, 1988) on the Hot 100. We’ll see if the quartet’s splashy single can break the American charts soon. Also up a notch this week is the first hit for the duo Lions Head, climbing 11-10 with “Begging”. They’ve been roaring up a storm in concert overseas as of late.
  • 32-year-old Richard Andrew calls himself Outasight, but he’s in plain sight on my top 40 with this week’s Highest Debut at #39. “The Wild Life” is the first radio single from his forthcoming effort, Big Trouble, due on October 23. In 2011, “Tonight Is The Night”, his debut single, was featured in a Pepsi commercial. It went to #14 on the pop radio survey in March 2012. It was followed by “Now Or Never”, which peaked at #25 four months later. Neither song broke my chart.
  • A notch below that is this week’s only other debut, which comes from Swedish newcomer Paul Rey. “Good As Hell” grabs a good hold on the countdown, entering at #40. The musician, born Pauli Jokela, is originally from the city of Lund. That city is also the hometown of DJ/producer Axwell (from Axwell Λ Ingrosso) and recent Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw.

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“Begging” For Love: Five Top Tracks From Around The Globe

With music becoming so global nowadays, more than a few artists are given the chance to shine on a worldwide level. However, we do miss out on a lot of great music here in the U.S. that isn’t picked up from other countries. Though there’s so much to pick from, here are five current singles from overseas that are selling and streaming and should, at least in my opinion, be given the chance to shine on the charts here:


FAYDEE – “Lullaby” (iTunes)
Origin: Sydney, Australia
Label: Buckle Up Entertainment (Australia)

There’s a little song called “I Need Your Love” that’s become a solid hit on the U.S. pop airwaves, and this 28-year-old is one of the featured acts on it. So, with his profile raised here, who says he can’t be a solo success in the States? With a combined social media audience of over 600,000 followers worldwide, it’s clear that something’s working. Plus, some of his past work is selling again thanks his feature. The tropical pop song does feel like it could fit on CHR and Rhythmic outlets if given the right backing.

Lions Head

LIONS HEAD – “Begging” (iTunes)
Origin: Berlin, Germany
Label: Tanz Dich Glücklich (Germany)

Roaring onto the web a few months ago, this track from New York singer and songwriter Ignacio Uriarte and German producer Filip Bakija spread via SoundCloud in its original form and several remixes onto German radio, where it’s now building an even larger audience. For a smooth summer soundtrack, it’s a gentle three minute glide into the pop world with a hook that’ll remain in your head. It’s unexpected and understated. With more quality songs like this, these two men will be at the Head of the class.

Luke Million

LUKE MILLION featuring JESSE DAVIDSON – “Fear The Night” (iTunes)
Origin: Adelaide, Australia
Label: etcetc Music (Australia)

Feeling like a million is all about a sense of confidence, but this DJ and producer from down under is feeling like a Million more than you or I. With big support from influential radio station Triple J and a budding fan base of thousands, the track (featuring fellow Australian Davidson) is one of those slick and synth-filled sounds meant for early morning cruising. Sure, pop radio may be filled with a few other dance tunes, but “you’ve got the right” to let this one get you moving. Let’s see if it can make the jump.

Skinny Days

SKINNY DAYS – “Alright Right Now” (iTunes)
Origin: Oslo, Norway
Label: Warner Music (Norway)

If you take a peek at the Spotify Viral charts like I do, you may have noticed this song atop the lists in Denmark and Norway late in April and through the first half of May. It is the first major label release for Dag Holtan-Hartwig and Halvor Folstad, who are largely known as producers and writers for local artists. Not only is it a great electronic song, but it also has an intense and very strange video that involves an older man’s contact and some wild flailing about. I’ll leave it at that, but check it out if you desire.


TOOMANYLEFTHANDS – “Too Young To Die” (iTunes)
Origin: Copenhagen, Denmark
Label: Warner Music (Denmark)

The duo of Anders K and Martin Nick have been making music together since 2009 and in the past year, they’ve successfully hit the top 40 twice in their homeland with “Dancing In The Fire” and “Trouble”. Third time’s the charm, as they say, and the latest song from the two is a total summer anthem about living life to the fullest. It’s already showing nice signs of growth on that side of the world and could become their biggest single thus far when all is said and done. Will time be good to them here? We’ll see.

Check out these other great songs from across the world:
Aston Merrygold – “Get Stupid” (United Kingdom) (Warner Music – U.K.)
CAUSES – “Walk On Water” (The Netherlands) (PIAS)
Jocelyn Alice – “Jackpot” (Canada) (Tandemtracks)
Kita Alexander – “My Own Way” (Australia) (self-released)
Sandra Lyng – “Play My Drum” (Norway) (Mer Musikk)

Which of these solid songs will make it to the U.S. first and do the best here? Let me know! Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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