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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 2, 2014

“Coming” to a countdown near you.

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 five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of March 2, 2014…

Debuts:
39. OH HONEY, “Be Okay”
36. BLEACHERS, “I Wanna Get Better”

Biggest Mover(s):
DJ CASSIDY featuring JESSIE J & ROBIN THICKE, “Calling All Hearts” (31-24, seven spots)

10. KARMIN, “I Want It All” (up 1)
Album: Pulses (2014, Epic Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

09. BOY & BEAR, “Southern Sun” (steady, second week)
Album: Harlequin Dream (2013, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #8 for three weeks

08. GARY BARLOW & ELTON JOHN, “Face To Face” (steady, second week)
Album: Since I Saw You Last (2013, Polydor Records)
Peak: #4

07. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “The Walker” (down 1)
Album: More Than Just A Dream (2013, Elektra Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Coming Of Age” (up 1)
Album: Supermodel (2014, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

05. BASTILLE, “Bad Blood” (steady, second week)
Album: Bad Blood (2013, Virgin/Capitol Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

04. MAGIC!, “Rude” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Don’t Kill The Magic (2014, Latium/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

03. GROUPLOVE, “Shark Attack” (steady, third week)
Album: Spreading Rumours (2013, Canvasback/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. CHRISTINA PERRI, “Human” (down 1)
Album: Head Or Heart (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

01. NEON TREES, “Sleeping With A Friend” (up 1)
Album: Pop Psychology (2014, Island Records/IDJMG)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 19, 2014

“Go” back to 2014.

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 four years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of January 19, 2014…

Debuts:
40. EMERSON HART, “The Best That I Can Give”
34. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Coming Of Age”

Biggest Mover(s):
NEON TREES, “Sleeping With A Friend” (39-26, thirteen spots)

10. THE 1975, “Girls” (down 3)
Album: The 1975 (2013, Dirty Hit/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

09. BOY & BEAR, “Southern Sun” (up 1)
Album: Harlequin Dream (2013, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #8 for three weeks

08. A GREAT BIG WORLD (featuring CHRISTINA AGUILERA), “Say Something” (down 2)
Album: Is There Anybody Out There? (2014, Black Magnetic/Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

07. MAGIC!, “Rude” (up 4)
Album: Don’t Kill The Magic (2014, Latium/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

06. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “The Walker” (up 2)
Album: More Than Just A Dream (2013, Elektra Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

05. GARY BARLOW, “Let Me Go” (steady, second week)
Album: Since I Saw You Last (2013, Polydor Records – U.K.)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. ONE DIRECTION, “Story Of My Life” (steady, second week)
Album: Midnight Memories (2013, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. THE FRAY, “Love Don’t Die” (steady, second week)
Album: Helios (2014, Epic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. BASTILLE, “Of The Night” (down 1)
Album: All This Bad Blood (2013, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. CHRISTINA PERRI, “Human” (up 1)
Album: Head Or Heart (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 2, 2014

A Perri good flashback.

A Perri good flashback.

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 three years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of February 2, 2014…

Debuts:
40. ROYAL WOOD, “Forever And Ever”
39. ERIC HUTCHINSON, “Tell The World”

Biggest Movers:
ONE DIRECTION, “Midnight Memories” (40-33)
THE 1975, “Settle Down” (37-30)
FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Coming Of Age” (28-21)
NEON TREES, “Sleeping With A Friend” (18-11, seven spots)

10. TAYLOR HENDERSON, “Borrow My Heart” (up 1)
Album: Taylor Henderson (2013, Sony Music Australia)
Peak: #10

09. GARY BARLOW, “Let Me Go” (down 2)
Album: Since I Saw You Last (2013, Polydor Records U.K.)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

08. BOY & BEAR, “Southern Sun” (up 1)
Album: Harlequin Dream (2013, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #8 for three weeks

07. ONE DIRECTION, “Story Of My Life” (down 1)
Album: Midnight Memories (2013, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

06. GROUPLOVE, “Shark Attack” (up 2)
Album: Spreading Rumours (2013, Canvasback/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. MAGIC!, “Rude” (steady, second week)
Album: Don’t Kill The Magic (2014, Latium/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

04. THE FRAY, “Love Don’t Die” (down 1)
Album: Helios (2014, Epic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

03. BASTILLE, “Of The Night” (down 1)
Album: All This Bad Blood (2013, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “The Walker” (up 2)
Album: More Than Just A Dream (2013, Elektra Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. CHRISTINA PERRI, “Human” (steady, third week)
Album: Head Or Heart (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 1, 2016

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At this time one year ago, the last New Music Tuesday (technically, a special Monday date on June 29) was taking place. It certainly was an interesting transition to Friday, but we got through it! Back then, rapper Meek Mill rocketed to #1 on the album chart. It’s time to see which acts are in the mix for the next chart-topper on the Billboard 200:

  • MAXWELL — blackSUMMERS’night (iTunes)
    • Waiting seven years to release an album is a mighty long time. I suppose that wait is better than the eight years that it took for his 2009 album to see the light of day. The leadoff single from the second album in this R&B singer’s trilogy, “Lake By The Ocean”, holds at #1 on the Urban AC chart. Can this set finally knock Drake off the top?
  • SNOOP DOGG — COOLAID (iTunes)
    • The legendary rapper’s latest set is an Apple Music exclusive, where it’s been streaming in full for the last two days. It features “Point Seen Money Gone”, featuring Jeremih, which was recently serviced to Rhythmic and Urban radio. A good look across iTunes could give this a larger total than expected, so stay tuned.
  • BLINK-182 — California (iTunes)
    • They’ve got their first #1 single on the Alternative chart since 2004’s “I Miss You”, and the California trio is definitely excited about having their first album in nearly five years hit stores. Look for it somewhere in the top five next week.
  • AMERICAN AUTHORS — What We Live For (iTunes)
    • The New York quartet is out with their second album, featuring three singles that hit the top 30 on Hot AC radio. The most recent of the three is the title track. You can also find the act in a media campaign for Wendy’s.
  • More albums out this week: Bat For Lashes‘s The Bride (iTunes), Grace‘s FMA (iTunes), MAGIC!‘s Primary Colours (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Secret Weapons‘s SW (iTunes)

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

  • “Alright”, Young Summer (iTunes)
  • “Backroad”, VOKES featuring Nevve (iTunes)
  • “Body Say”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
  • “Christina’s Song”, MAX (iTunes)
  • “Fool’s Gold”, Dagny featuring BØRNS (iTunes)
  • “Good Company”, Jake Owen (iTunes)
  • “Mad About U”, CAPPA (iTunes)
  • “Sunshine”, POWERS (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Kenny Chesney, ScHoolboy Q, Switchfoot and more.

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Daze Of The Week: When The Calendar Meets The Charts

Weekend warriors.

Weekend warriors.

Friday marks the debut of the Canadian band MAGIC!‘s new single titled “Sunday Funday”, which a few stations on the pop panel have already jumped on (at least in overnight rotation.) The quartet’s previous radio single, “No Way No”, was pulled a few weeks ago in favor of this release. “Sunday” heads to the airwaves just as another song also hits the same format by an independent band (or so I think it’s a band, it’s all very mysterious right now) called Freddy’s Dilemma. Their “Only On A Saturday Night” found a handful of adds last week, and could produce some more stations this week.

These songs are just two of the many that have gone to radio (and, in most cases, charted) in an active year for songs about days of the week and the weekend. So, now is as good a time as any to update the biggest chart singles about all seven days of a given week and we’ll be looking at the results through peaks on different U.S. trade papers, plus a couple of extra international stats. So, get a pen and take down these tunes on the calendar:

SUNDAY
Cashbox: “Pleasant Valley Sunday” by The Monkees (#3, 1967)
Hot 100: “Pleasant Valley Sunday” by The Monkees (#3, 1967)
R&R/Mediabase: “Sunday Morning” by Earth, Wind and Fire (#18, 1993)
Australia (ARIA): “Sunday To Friday” by The Justice Crew (#18, 2011)
United Kingdom (OCC): “Sunday Girl” by Blondie (#1 for three weeks, 1979)

The act Spanky & Our Gang took their “Sunday Will Never Be the Same” to #9 on Cashbox and the Hot 100 in 1967. Just a year later, their “Sunday Mornin'” wasn’t nearly as well-received.

MONDAY
Cashbox: “Monday, Monday” by The Mamas & The Papas (#1 for three weeks, 1966)
Hot 100: “Monday, Monday” by The Mamas & The Papas (#1 for three weeks, 1966)
R&R/Mediabase: “Manic Monday” by The Bangles (#5, 1986)
Australia (ARIA): “Blue Monday ’88” by New Order (#4, 1988)
United Kingdom (OCC): “I Don’t Like Mondays” by The Boomtown Rats (#1 for four weeks, 1979)

A number of other big “Monday” titles made it into the top ten on the three U.S. charts, the most out of any day on here, including songs from the CarpentersDuran Duran and Fats Domino.

TUESDAY
Cashbox: “Ruby Tuesday” by The Rolling Stones (#1 for two non-consecutive weeks, 1967)
Hot 100: “Ruby Tuesday” by The Rolling Stones (#1 for one week, 1967)
R&R/Mediabase: “Tuesday” by iLoveMakonnen featuring Drake (#22, 2015)
Australia (ARIA): “Tuesday” by You Am I (#29, 1997)
United Kingdom (OCC): “Ruby Tuesday” (as a double a-side with “Let’s Spend The Night Together”) by The Rolling Stones (#3, 1967)

“Ruby” is one gem of a title (in the U.K., a version by Rod Stewart also ranked in the mid-90’s) but the Stones original, believe it or not, could only climb as high as #3 in their home country.

WEDNESDAY
Cashbox: “Waiting For Wednesday” by Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories (#78, 1996)
Hot 100: “Waiting For Wednesday” by Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories (#83, 1996)
R&R/Mediabase: “Waiting For Wednesday” by Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories (#29, 1996)
Australia (ARIA): No middle of the week music here.
United Kingdom (OCC): “Wednesday Week” by The Undertones (#11, 1980)

The only other title with this day of the week is “Wednesday” by The Royal Guardsmen, which went to #97 on the Hot 100 and #101 (#1 Looking Ahead) on Cashbox in 1967.

THURSDAY
Cashbox: “Sweet Thursday” by Johnny Mathis (#75, 1962)
Hot 100: “Sweet Thursday” by Johnny Mathis (#99, 1962)
R&R/Mediabase: Songwriters, artists… there have been zero U.S. top 40 hits containing this day of the week, so get writing!
Australia (ARIA): Nothing down here as well…
United Kingdom (OCC): “Thursday’s Child” by David Bowie (#16, 1999)

In 2013, a song simply titled “Thursday” made the top 20 on the Dance Club Songs chart for the Pet Shop Boys, an duo that pop radio hasn’t sent into the top 40 since the fall of 1988.

FRIDAY
Cashbox: “Friday On My Mind” by The Easybeats (#16, 1967)
Hot 100: “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry (#1 for two weeks, 2011)
R&R/Mediabase: “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry (#1 for five weeks, 2011)
Australia (ARIA): “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry (#5, 2011)
United Kingdom (OCC): “Friday Night” (as a double a-side with “Sorry’s Not Good Enough”) by McFly (#3, 2006)

In 1992, “Friday, I’m In Love” by The Cure got enough love to reach #4 on R&R that July, but it charted just inside the top 20 on the other two trade papers (#18 on both, to be exact.)

SATURDAY
Cashbox: “Saturday Night” by The Bay City Rollers (#1 for one week, 1975)
Hot 100: “Saturday Night” by The Bay City Rollers (#1 for one week, 1976)
R&R/Mediabase: “Saturday Night” by The Bay City Rollers (#3, 1975)
Australia (ARIA): “Saturday Night” by Jessica Mauboy featuring Ludacris (#7, 2010)
United Kingdom (OCC): “Saturday Night” by Whigfield (#1 for four weeks, 1994)

Singles by both Chicago and Sam Cooke (as well as a cover of Cooke’s song by Cat Stevens) made the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, though nothing went beyond the #3 spot.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #10 – MAGIC!, “Rude”

The cream of the pop!

The cream of the pop for 2014.

Another year is in the books and it’s time for the annual listing of the 100 biggest songs that ranked among my weekly top 40 chart from December 2013 to November 2014. It was magical year full of MAGIC! and “Magic” and a lovely twelve months of lovable hits from James Blunt and The Fray. We went “home” with A Great Big World and Andy Grammer, spun around in a “dance” with Milky Chance and Walk The Moon and ended up here with all that was awesome in the year we called 2014.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 30, 2014. Those entries marked with a plus sign (+) had not yet reached their peak position as of the date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

Could this be the MAGIC! at last?

Could this be the MAGIC! at last?

010. MAGIC!, “Rude” (662 points)
Writers: Nasri Atweh, Adam Messinger, Mark Pellizzer, Ben Spivak, Alex Tanas / Producer: Messinger
Label: RCA

Debut Date: December 8, 2013
Peak Date: March 16, 2014
Peak: #2 for one week
Weeks on Chart: 26

Just a few years ago, Canadians Nasri Atweh and Adam Messinger were known to the industry as a successful production duo called The Messingers, creating Adam’s Top 40 hits for acts like New Kids On The Block (“Summertime”, #4 – 2008) and Kris Allen (“The Vision Of Love” – #21 in 2012.) Last year, they became one half of a quartet that was heavily influenced by reggae rockers The Police when creating their own sound, a sound that would (ahem) magically move the needle.

What started as a huge hit in Australia and New Zealand sailed across the world and eventually made it to the States, where it spent six weeks at #1 over the summer. For many, it was the Song Of The Summer. Sure, a number of critics weren’t into the song, but why did they have to be so rude? It’s catchy, it’s fun, and a little bit goofy too. After debuting on my top 40 late last year, “Rude” spent a week at #2 in March and exited in June, spending a half a year on the chart.

It remains to be seen whether MAGIC! will have an international smash beyond their signature song. With the truncated run of “Let Your Hair Down” at U.S. radio and the minimal results it produced, this era is likely done for them. However, I would not count them out in the long run. Between the tried and true team of Atweh and Messinger and what they’re capable of, the group may cast their spell on us once again when it’s least expected.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 28, 2014

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Fightin’ crime for five weeks.

DEBUTS
40. MAGIC! – Let Your Hair Down

TOP GAINERS
31. Nickelback – What Are You Waiting For? (37)
28. Maroon 5 – Animals (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
22. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (28)
20. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (25)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (14) | PEAK: #10
09. Mary Lambert – Secrets (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. Maroon 5 – Maps (04) | PEAK: #02
06. Rixton – Wait On Me (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (07) | PEAK: #04
03. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (02) | PEAK: #02
02. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (03) | PEAK: #02
01. The Script – Superheroes (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Lilly Wood & The Prick featuring Robin Schulz – Prayer In C (3)
2. Charli XCX – Break The Rules (2)
3. Hilary Duff – All About You (4)
4. Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (5)
5. Bryan Adams – She Knows Me (8)
6. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (-)
7. U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) (9)
8. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (-)
9. James Blunt – When I Find Love Again (-)
10. OneRepublic – I Lived (-)

In The Mix:
A Great Big World – Rockstar
AJR – Infinity
Bea Miller – Young Blood
Better Than Ezra – Gonna Get Better
Goo Goo Dolls – Caught In The Storm
Hudson Taylor – Chasing Rubies
Ingrid Michaelson – Afterlife
Nick Gardner – Lose You
O-Town – Chasin’ After You
Ryn Weaver – OctaHate
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
Sheppard – Smile (new)
Train – Cadillac, Cadillac

Chart Notes:

  • Up from 8-5 this week, Phillip Phillips garners his third top five hit on my top 40 with “Unpack Your Heart”. It’s the followup to “Raging Fire”, which climbed to #3 in April. Both singles are from his sophomore effort Behind The Light. Only one other male American Idol winner can claim as many top five hits and that is David Cook: in 2008 and 2009, “The Time Of My Life” (#1), “Light On” (#1) and “Come Back To Me” (#2) landed him that feat.
  • He never landed in the top ten as the lead singer of the band Jack’s Mannequin, but as Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, the 32-year-old easily takes his latest single in there, climbing 14-10 in his eighth week on with “Cecilia And The Satellite”. The soloist’s self-titled album is due October 14 and several pre-release songs from the set, including newest release “Canyon Run”, are available now at digital retailers.
  • After debuting last week at #40, the latest entry from Maroon 5 takes a hefty 12 spot jump to #28, “Animals”. It’s the second single to chart from the group’s album V and you’ve likely heard it in a commercial for the new Kia Soul model. Radio has been responding to it quite well in the past week and it should quickly rise to the top of the pack.
  • The only debut this week is from the Canadian band MAGIC!, new at #40 with “Let Your Hair Down”. It’s the act’s third time on the chart; “Rude” reached #2 in March, while “Don’t Kill The Magic”, the title track from their album, topped out at #26 in June. “Hair” is serviced to Hot AC radio next month.
  • Next week could feature as many as five debuts in the top 40, with the majority of them by female acts like Charli XCX and Eden XO, both in the Top 10 Next In Line. Also, watch for the splashy debut of “Steal My Girl” by One Direction, which premieres on Monday.

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