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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 22, 2015

Are you “Good” now?

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 22, 2015…

Debuts:
38. WHO IS FANCY, “Goodbye”
37. HUDSON TAYLOR, “World Without You”
36. TAKE THAT, “Let In The Sun”
35. THE SCRIPT, “Man On A Wire”

Biggest Mover(s):
TORI KELLY, “Nobody Love” (up 33-23, ten spots)

10. MAROON 5, “Sugar” (up 1)
Album: V (2015, 222/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

09. ANDY GRAMMER, “Honey, I’m Good” (steady, second week)
Album: Magazines Or Novels (2014, S-Curve/Hollywood Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

08. ONE DIRECTION, “Night Changes” (down 2)
Album: FOUR (2014, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

07. MARTIN LUKE BROWN, “Nostalgia” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Nostalgia (Single) (2014, Parlophone Records)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

06. MARK RONSON featuring BRUNO MARS, “Uptown Funk” (down 2)
Album: Uptown Special (2015, RCA Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. ED SHEERAN, “Thinking Out Loud” (down 2)
Album: x (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

04. ELLIE GOULDING, “Love Me Like You Do” (up 4)
Album: Fifty Shades Of Grey (Soundtrack) (2015, CT/Republic-Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Style” (up 2)
Album: 1989 (2014, Big Machine/Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. MAT KEARNEY, “Heartbeat” (steady, second week)
Album: JUST KIDS (2015, Republic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. THE SCRIPT, “No Good In Goodbye” (steady, second week)
Album: No Sound Without Silence (2014, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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2016 GRAMMY Awards: Adam Predicts The Winners

And the winner is...

And the winner is…

It’s almost time for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, airing live on CBS tonight at 8PM Eastern. We’ll witness greatness from a whole lot of acts, superstars and newcomers, all in the hunt for their chance to take home the big prize. Alabama Shakes, Chris StapletonKendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and The Weekend are among the performers for the big show, and rank among the nominees in a number of categories, many of which you’ll see below. From “Blank Space” to “Can’t Feel My Face”, this race is a cool chase. (I’ll leave the rhyming to them next time.)

At the same time that we’ll be celebrating the artists and music of the last year, it’s also been a rough year in terms of losses within the music community. Since December, those acts include names like Lemmy Kilmister, Natalie Cole, David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Maurice White. Remember, that’s just in the last seven weeks. Many more musicians have passed since the last award show. It’ll be interesting to see how the committee responds with tribute performances and the In Memoriam section. I imagine it will be an especially sad one.

So, without further ado, here’s what I’m thinking for this year’s potential winners. Note that the choices I’ve predicted are in bold, with a spot marked “WINNER” below each category. Those blank slots will be updated once the actual winners are revealed in the Premiere Ceremony (3:30 – 6:30 Eastern, watch here) or on the CBS telecast. Though I’m not making a prediction for every single category, let’s hope I get some right…

THE BIG FOUR (with commentary)

Record Of The Year
“Really Love”, D’Angelo & The Vanguard
“Uptown Funk”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
“Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space”, Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face”, The Weeknd

Four out of the five nominees in this category were mass appeal hits that topped both domestic and international charts, while it’s still a surprise to “Really Love” up for the award, even if it did have some success on the Urban AC listing. “Uptown Funk” seemed to cross over seamlessly from format to format, and its U.S. sales total is approaching seven million copies. Needless to say, a few members on the voting panel aren’t going to stop the majority of them from feeling totally funky during this GRAMMY season.

WINNER: “Uptown Funk”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Album Of The Year
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Taylor Swift, 1989
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

1989 and Beauty Behind The Madness are safe choices to win the award given how many hit singles each set has pumped out thus far. Swift’s effort, in particular, saw its first five singles go to #1 on the pop radio chart, and is currently certified 5x Platinum. It is entirely possible for them to pull off a win, but I’m more interested in the other three sets. I’ve gone back and forth between all of them, but Stapleton’s three wins at the CMA Awards and his momentum (at both radio and retail) since then give him my vote.

WINNER: Taylor Swift, 1989

Song Of The Year
“Alright”, Kendrick Lamar (Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams)
“Blank Space”, Taylor Swift (Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift)
“Girl Crush”, Little Big Town (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose)
“See You Again”, Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz)
“Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge)

If Record Of The Year has a strong chance of going “Uptown Funk”, this category will likely go to “Thinking Out Loud” (though it’s possible that Sheeran’s song could take home both.) It’s a well-crafted torch song, and one that continues to be bought and played on many different platforms. “Girl Crush” may also be in the running, as it won the same category at the CMA Awards, but it has a much better chance of scooping up a win in the Country field (where I am predicting at least one win for the Alabama quartet.)

WINNER: “Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge)

Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Meghan Trainor
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly

This category is a tough one this year… well, for me, at least. Many people seem to think Trainor is a shoo-in for this category; I’m not one of them. She’s actually been nominated in similar categories on other U.S. shows and hasn’t won at all. If that does change for the GRAMMY Awards, it’ll be a good look for her new single in March and upcoming album later this year. However, I’m going to give this to Kelly. She’s not had the biggest radio airplay or single sales, but she’s liked by many audiences and does well live.

WINNER: Meghan Trainor

POP

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Heartbeat Song”, Kelly Clarkson
“Love Me Like You Do”, Ellie Goulding
“Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space”, Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face”, The Weeknd

WINNER: “Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Ship To Wreck”, Florence + The Machine
“Sugar”, Maroon 5
“Uptown Funk”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
“Bad Blood”, Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
“See You Again”, Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

WINNER: “Uptown Funk”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece
Florence + The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Mark Ronson, Uptown Special
Taylor Swift, 1989
James Taylor, Before This World

WINNER: Taylor Swift, 1989

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern
Bob Dylan, Shadows In The Night
Josh Groban, Stages
Seth MacFarlane, No One Ever Tells You
Barry Manilow with various artists, My Dream Duets

WINNER: Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern

DANCE/ELECTRONIC

Best Dance Recording
“We’re All We Need”, Above & Beyond featuring Zoë Johnston
“Go”, The Chemical Brothers
“Never Catch Me”, Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Runaway (U & I)”, Galantis
“Where Are Ü Now”, Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber

WINNER: “Where Are Ü Now”, Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Caribou, Our Love
The Chemical Brothers, Born In The Echoes
Disclosure, Caracal
Jamie xx, In Colour
Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

WINNER: Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

ROCK

Best Rock Performance
“Don’t Wanna Fight”, Alabama Shakes
“What Kind Of Man”, Florence + The Machine
“Something From Nothing”, Foo Fighters
“Ex’s & Oh’s”, Elle King
“Moaning Lisa Smile”, Wolf Alice

WINNER: “Don’t Wanna Fight”, Alabama Shakes

Best Rock Song
“Don’t Wanna Fight”, Alabama Shakes (Alabama Shakes)
“Ex’s & Oh’s”, Elle King (Dave Bassett and Elle King)
“Hold Back The River”, James Bay (Iain Archer and James Bay)
“Lydia”, Highly Suspect (Richard Meyer, Ryan Meyer and Johnny Stevens)
“What Kind Of Man”, Florence + The Machine (John Hill, Tom Hull and Florence Welch)

WINNER: “Don’t Wanna Fight”, Alabama Shakes (Alabama Shakes)

Best Rock Album
James Bay, Chaos And The Calm
Death Cab For Cutie, Kintsugi
Highly Suspect, Mister Asylum
Muse, Drones
Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter

WINNER: Muse, Drones

ALTERNATIVE

Best Alternative Music Album
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Björk, Vulnicura
My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall
Tame Impala, Currents
Wilco, Star Wars

WINNER: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color

R&B

Best R&B Performance
“If I Don’t Have You”, Tamar Braxton
“Rise Up”, Andra Day
“Breathing Underwater”, Hiatus Kaiyote
“Planes”, Jeremih featuring J. Cole
“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)”, The Weeknd

WINNER: “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)”, The Weeknd

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“He Is”, Faith Evans
“Little Ghetto Boy”, Lalah Hathaway
“Let It Burn”, Jazmine Sullivan
“Shame”, Tyrese
“My Favorite Part Of You”, Charlie Wilson

WINNER: “Little Ghetto Boy”, Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song
“Coffee”, Miguel (Brook Davis & Miguel Pimentel)
“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)”, The Weeknd (Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville & Abel Tesfaye)
“Let It Burn”, Jazmine Sullivan (Kenny B. Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan & Dwane M. Weir II)
“Really Love”, D’Angelo & The Vanguard (D’Angelo & Kendra Foster)
“Shame”, Tyrese (Warryn Campbell, Tyrese Gibson & DJ Rogers Jr.)

WINNER: “Really Love”, D’Angelo & The Vanguard (D’Angelo & Kendra Foster)

Best Urban Contemporary Album
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness
Lianne La Havas, Blood
Miguel, Wildheart
Kehlani, You Should Be Here
The Internet, Ego Death

WINNER: The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

Best R&B Album
Leon Bridges, Coming Home
D’Angelo & The Vanguard, Black Messiah
Andra Day, Cheers To The Fall
Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show
Charlie Wilson, Forever Charlie

WINNER: D’Angelo & The Vanguard, Black Messiah

RAP

Best Rap Performance
“Apparently”, J. Cole
“Back To Back”, Drake
“Trap Queen”, Fetty Wap
“Alright”, Kendrick Lamar
“Truffle Butter”, Nicki Minaj featuring Drake and Lil Wayne
“All Day”, Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney

WINNER: “Alright”, Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“One Man Can Change The World”, Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend
“Glory”, Common featuring John Legend
“Classic Man”, Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur
“These Walls”, Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
“Only”, Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

WINNER: “These Walls”, Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat

Best Rap Song
“All Day”, Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney (Ernest Brown, Tyler Bryant, Sean Combs, Mike Dean, Rennard East, Noah Goldstein, Malik Yusef Jones, Karim Kharbouch, Allan Kyariga, Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Victor Mensah, Charles Njapa, Che Pope, Patrick Reynolds, Allen Ritter, Kanye West, Mario Winans and Cydel Young)
“Alright”, Kendrick Lamar (Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears and Pharrell Williams)
“Energy”, Drake (Richard Dorfmeister, A. Graham, Markus Kienzl, M. O’Brien, M. Samuels and Phillip Thomas)
“Glory”, Common featuring John Legend (Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith and John Stephens)
“Trap Queen”, Fetty Wap (Tony Fadd and Willie J. Maxwell)

WINNER: “Alright”, Kendrick Lamar (Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears and Pharrell Williams)

Best Rap Album
J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Dr. Dre, Compton
Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint

WINNER: Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly

COUNTRY

Best Country Solo Performance
“Burning House”, Cam
“Traveller”, Chris Stapleton
“Little Toy Guns”, Carrie Underwood
“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”, Keith Urban
“Chances Are”, Lee Ann Womack

WINNER: “Traveller”, Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Stay A Little Longer”, Brothers Osborne
“If I Needed You”, Joey + Rory
“The Driver”, Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay
“Girl Crush”, Little Big Town
“Lonely Tonight”, Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe

WINNER: “Girl Crush”, Little Big Town

Best Country Song
“Chances Are”, Lee Ann Womack (Hayes Carll)
“Diamond Rings And Old Barstools”, Tim McGraw featuring Catherine Dunn (Barry Dean, Luke Laird & Jonathan Singleton)
“Girl Crush”, Little Big Town (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose)
“Hold My Hand”, Brandy Clark (Brandy Clark & Mark Stephen Jones)
“Traveller”, Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton)

WINNER: “Girl Crush”, Little Big Town (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose)

Best Country Album
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Little Big Town, Pain Killer
Ashley Monroe, The Blade
Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material
Chris Stapleton, Traveller

WINNER: Chris Stapleton, Traveller

MUSICAL THEATER

Best Musical Theater Album
An American in Paris
Fun Home
Hamilton
The King And I
Something Rotten!

WINNER: Hamilton

MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Visual Media
Empire: Season 1
Fifty Shades Of Grey
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Pitch Perfect 2
Selma

WINNER: Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Fifty Shades Of Grey: “Earned It”, The Weeknd (Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville & Abel Tesfaye)
Selma: “Glory”, Common featuring John Legend (Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith & John Stephens)
Fifty Shades Of Grey: “Love Me Like You Do”, Ellie Goulding (Savan Kotecha, Max Martin, Tove Lo, Ali Payami & Ilya Salmanzadeh)
Furious 7: “See You Again”, Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charlie Puth & Cameron Thomaz)
The Hunting Ground: “Til It Happens To You”, Lady Gaga (Lady Gaga & Diane Warren)

WINNER: Selma: “Glory”, Common featuring John Legend (Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith & John Stephens)

PRODUCER

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Jeff Bhasker
Dave Cobb
Diplo
Larry Klein
Blake Mills

WINNER: Jeff Bhasker

REMIXER

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
“Berlin By Overnight (CFCF Remix)”, Daniel Hope
“Hold On (Fatum Remix)”, JES, Shant & Clint Maximus
“Runaway (U & I) (Kaskade Remix)”, Galantis
“Say My Name (RAC Remix)”, Odesza featuring Zyra
“Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

WINNER: “Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM

Best Music Video
“LSD”, A$AP Rocky
“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)”, The Dead Weather
“Alright”, Kendrick Lamar
“Bad Blood”, Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Freedom”, Pharrell Williams

WINNER: “Bad Blood”, Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar

Best Music Film
James Brown, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways
Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone?
Roger Waters, The Wall
Amy Winehouse, Amy

WINNER: Amy Winehouse, Amy

Once again, the GRAMMY Awards air live at 8PM Eastern (5PM Pacific) on CBS. Enjoy the show and check back for the results!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (June 2015) (Part One)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in June on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

American Authors
AMERICAN AUTHORS – “Go Big Or Go Home” (June 2) (* + **)
Label: Island/Republic
The latest single from the quartet that gave us 2014’s most-played song on Hot AC radio is simultaneously heading to CHR radio, making for one big impact date. Of course, that song was “Best Day Of My Life”, which continues to get play every day, even if it’s not the best one. “Go” has already earned a good placement with the NBA Playoffs. Now, let’s see if it’s a slam dunk on the charts.

Mark Ronson and Mystikal
MARK RONSON featuring MYSTIKAL – “Feel Right” (June 2) (*)
Label: RCA
Though “Uptown Funk” has faded from the top of the radio and sales charts after a huge run, Ronson is looking to funk things up again with his latest track, which features a New Orleans rapper on a comeback. Born Michael Tyler, he was last in the top 40 way back in 2001 on the Double Take remix of Joe‘s “Stutter”, peaking at #11 on the format. It’s unexpected, but definitely very cool.

O.A.R.
O.A.R. – “Two Hands Up” (June 2) (**)
Label: Vanguard
“Two” is the third single to be released from the group’s 2014 album The Rockville LP, which also includes “Peace” and “Favorite Song”. The latter of those two singles barely touched the top 40 on Hot AC late last year and earlier this year, so the prospect of a third single is a bit perplexing. That being said, it’s another good song from the quintet and should garner some good action here.

Prince Royce and Pitbull
PRINCE ROYCE featuring PITBULL – “Back It Up” (June 2) (*)
Label: RCA
For a singer that’s notched high peaks on the Latin and Tropical charts with relative ease over the past few years, it was definitely a disappointment to see his first English single, “Stuck On A Feeling”, stall halfway up the CHR chart, even with its status as an On The Verge pick for iHeartMedia stations. Still on the prowl for his pop throne, this new collaboration is a sizzling summer sound.

Rob Thomas
ROB THOMAS – “Trust You” (June 2) (**)
Label: Atlantic
It’s been a long time coming for fans of the 43-year-old singer, songwriter and leader of Matchbox Twenty, but the release of a leadoff single is always welcome news. “Trust” is the first to be issued from the forthcoming The Great Unknown album, which is due to be released later this year. You can also see him on a tour of the same name. Let’s hope that Hot AC puts their trust in this.

Tori Kelly
TORI KELLY – “Should’ve Been Us” (June 2) (*)
Label: Capitol
Much like “Back It Up” earlier in this post, “Should’ve” is the followup to another On The Verge selection that stalled in the teens, Kelly’s being “Nobody Love”. With just weeks until the release of her debut album, Unbreakable Smile, the label may be working overtime to get her name back out there on the airwaves. Luckily, the R&B-influenced single should fit well on most CHR outlets.

MKTO
MKTO – “Bad Girls” (June 9) (*)
Label: Columbia
If you’ve seen the advertisement for the upcoming season of ABC’s Mistresses, then you’ve heard a portion of the latest single for the duo that’s seeking their fourth top 40 single at the radio format. Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller return with a song that might give “Classic” a run from its… well, classic status. (There can be two classics in their catalog, yes?) Look for it to soar very quickly.

Daya
DAYA – “Hide Away” (June 16) (*)
Label: Artbeatz/Z-Entertainment
It started on SiriusXM’s Venus last month, and now a dozen independent radio stations (and YouTube’s Tyler Oakley) are leading the way on this girl’s debut single. She’s a 16-year-old singer and multi-instrumentalist based in Pittsburgh, PA and her single was just featured on iTunes in their New Artists feature. With sales and streams going up, this could be a dark horse in the radio race.

Sage The Gemini and Nick Jonas
SAGE THE GEMINI featuring NICK JONAS – “Good Thing” (June 16) (*)
Label: Republic
Here’s a hot pairing with a jam that’s bound to be big over the summer months at several formats. It teams the California rapper, featured on Flo Rida‘s recent top ten hit, “G.D.F.R.”, and the New Jersey singer, currently falling in the top ten with “Chains”. It already has a good thing going on the sales side and will likely rise even higher once stations get on board closer to the adds date.

Karmin
KARMIN – “Didn’t Know You” (June 30) (*)
Label: P.I.C/in2une
After one EP and an album with Epic Records, Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan are keeping it independent as they move onto a new era. Can they work their way back up without a major backing? Well, the duo does have five top 40 releases to their credit on CHR radio (three peaked in the 30’s) and some decent support from core fans. We’ll see if they “Know” the right buttons to push.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 15, 2015

A new "Love" for Ellie.

A new “Love” for Ellie.

DEBUTS
40. North Of Nine – Can It Be You?
39. BØRNS – Electric Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Conor Maynard – Talking About (40)
31. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (36)
26. Delta Rae – Scared (33)
24. Mat Kearney – Billion (32) | BIGGEST MOVER
16. The Script – Man On A Wire (21)
14. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (20)
06. Life Of Dillon – Overload (11)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. Life Of Dillon – Overload (11) | PEAK: #06
05. Saint Motel – My Type (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Maroon 5 – Sugar (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Years & Years – King (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Taylor Swift – Style (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MAGIC! – No Way No (2)
2. Eden XO – The Weekend (6)
3. Nickelback – She Keeps Me Up (7)
4. Kid Rock – First Kiss (4)
5. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (5)
6. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (9)
7. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (8)
8. Olly Murs – Seasons (10)
9. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (-)
10. Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun (-)

In The Mix:
Coin – Run
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jacquie Lee – Tears Fall (new)
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Matt Woods – In The Dark
Mumford & Sons – Believe (new)
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)
Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (new)
Scars On 45 – Tasted Every Tear
Shift K3y – Name And Number
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (new)
Zara Larsson – Uncover

Chart Notes:

  • After two weeks at #1, Taylor Swift‘s “Style”, her third chart-topper in a row from 1989, is replaced at the top spot by Ellie Goulding‘s “Love Me Like You Do”, advancing 2-1. “Love” is taken from the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Of Grey, which continues to sell well despite the film’s front-loaded box office earnings. On my chart, this is the singer’s first time at #1, though she previously went to #1 at CHR radio in 2012 with “Lights” (which peaked at #9 on my top 40 during the year prior.) How long will she reign before a “King” or other chart royalty push her off the throne? Stay tuned!
  • The week’s Biggest Mover is from singer/songwriter Mat Kearney, who leaps 32-24 in his third week on the chart with “Billion”, one of his two songs currently in the countdown. That number, written out as 1,000,000,000, is the largest to appear in the title of a chart entry on the Hot 100. Two such songs are responsible for that record: 1973’s “Billion Dollar Babies” (#57) by Alice Cooper and 2010’s “Billionaire” (#4) by Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars. We’ll see if there’ll soon be this third song to add to the list.
  • Released last year, the first EP from BØRNS, titled Candy, got a hefty boost thanks to this Instagram post from a singer mentioned above (you know, the stylish one) and with a radio date in place, “Electric Love” finally makes it onto my list, new at #39 as the week’s Highest Debut. Singer and songwriter Garrett Borns is originally from Michigan and now based in California.
  • Also new to the survey this week is a quintet who call themselves North Of Nine. The five guys bow in at #40 with the current single from their EP Alive, titled “Can It Be You?” The track is currently being worked to Hot AC radio, but lead singer Jackson Guthy saw some minor CHR airplay last year with a song called “Young & Single”.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 8, 2015

#1 never goes out of

Swiftly staying in “Style”.

DEBUTS
40. Conor Maynard – Talking About
39. Lawson – Roads
36. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Delta Rae – Scared (40)
32. Mat Kearney – Billion (39)
21. The Script – Man On A Wire (26)
20. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (30) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (07) | PEAK: #03
09. Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Saint Motel – My Type (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (04) | PEAK: #02
06. Maroon 5 – Sugar (08) | PEAK: #08
05. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Years & Years – King (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Style (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. BØRNS – Electric Love (3)
2. MAGIC! – No Way No (2)
3. North Of Nine – Can It Be You? (7)
4. Kid Rock – First Kiss (4)
5. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (5)
6. Eden XO – The Weekend (10)
7. Nickelback – She Keeps Me Up (8)
8. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (9)
9. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (-)
10. Olly Murs – Seasons (-)

In The Mix:
Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You
Coin – Run
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Mark Ronson featuring Kevin Parker – Daffodils
Matt Woods – In The Dark
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)
Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun
Scars On 45 – Tasted Every Tear
Shift K3y – Name And Number (new)
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
Zara Larsson – Uncover

Chart Notes:

  • No new songs break the top ten this week, but look for newcomers Life Of Dillon and Tori Kelly to take their chance  on next week’s chart. “Overload”, up 14-11, and “Nobody Love”, up 16-12, are both gaining nicely at radio, while Kelly’s single is in the top 100 on iTunes and moving up.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is from the Canadian singer who gave us two big hits in 2012: “Call Me Maybe”, which stalled out at #2 for four weeks on my chart, and “Good Time” (with Owl City), which spent two weeks at #1. She’s Carly Rae Jepsen and her very catchy new track is “I Really Like You”, new at #36. A video premiered for the song on Friday and features actor Tom Hanks in a leading role. Though it doesn’t impact CHR radio until later this month, it’s selling well so far.
  • Not much out there about the new single from Lawson at the moment, but if you are familiar with the U.S. radio scene, then you know it’s being serviced to the AAA format on Monday. The song is “Roads” and it debuts this week on my top 40 at #39. This is the group’s first release for Global Entertainment and their first proper single to make it to our shores after Mercury Records’s cancelled U.S. runs of “Brokenhearted” and “Learn To Love Again”.
  • Also debuting this week is the latest single from 22-year-old English singer Conor Maynard. “Talking About” enters at #40 and becomes his first chart entry since “R U Crazy” in late 2013 and fourth chart hit overall. Maynard’s latest lands Craig David back in the spotlight as a co-writer. Between 2001 and 2003, he made the top 40 with five entries, such as “Fill Me In” and “7 Days”, which also did well on the national lists here.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 1, 2015

#1 never goes out of

Being #1 never goes out of “Style”.

DEBUTS
40. Delta Rae – Scared
39. Mat Kearney – Billion
30. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Take That – Let In The Sun (36)
27. Lifehouse – Hurricane (33)
26. The Script – Man On A Wire (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
18. Fancy Reagan – Knock Me Out (24)
16. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (23)
14. Life Of Dillon – Overload (19)
06. Years & Years – King (11)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Saint Motel – My Type (14) | PEAK: #10
09. Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Maroon 5 – Sugar (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (06) | PEAK: #03
06. Years & Years – King (11) | PEAK: #06
05. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (02) | PEAK: #02
03. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Style (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Lawson – Roads (6)
2. MAGIC! – No Way No (4)
3. BØRNS – Electric Love (9)
4. Kid Rock – First Kiss (2)
5. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (8)
6. Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson – Go All Night (3)
7. North Of Nine – Can It Be You? (-)
8. Nickelback – She Keeps Me Up (-)
9. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (-)
10. Eden XO – The Weekend (-)

In The Mix:
Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You
Coin – Run
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love
Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (new)
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Mark Ronson featuring Kevin Parker – Daffodils
Matt Woods – In The Dark
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Olly Murs – Seasons
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)
Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun
Scars On 45 – Take You Home
Scars On 45 – Tasted Every Tear
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
Zara Larsson – Uncover

Chart Notes:

  • After two weeks at #1, The Script say “Goodbye” to the top spot as Taylor Swift advances 3-1 with “Style”. Swift has now reached the top with the first three singles from her album 1989 and gives her a fifth career #1 atop my chart. Even more stylish than that, “Style” is now the biggest song to use that word in its title, topping the #2 peak of Blu Cantrell‘s “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” on my top 40 during the summer of 2001. That’s real fashionable, folks. A fourth release off Swift’s album has not been named as of yet.
  • The week’s Highest Debut, roaring in at #30, is “Nothing Without Love”, a solo hit from fun. frontman Nate Ruess. It comes in the middle of a hiatus for the trio, though Ruess’s forthcoming solo effort is sure to satisfy fans of the group. It isn’t the first time Ruess has appeared as a solo on the top 40: back in 2013, he, along with Pink, spent five weeks at the top with “Just Give Me A Reason”. We’ll see if his latest single can repeat that run.
  • Further down the list at #39 is this week’s second debut, “Billion” by Mat Kearney. This is the second song to chart off his recent album, Just Kids. The first, “Heartbeat”, is still in the top five, though that single was recently pulled from the air when “Heartbeat Song” by Kelly Clarkson (which enters my top ten this week) quickly leaped on the Hot AC chart.  The set will likely see a top 20 debut on the album chart.
  • Finally, coming in at #40, is the new single from the six-piece act out of North Carolina who call themselves Delta Rae. It’s great to have them back on the chart with “Scared”, taken from their forthcoming album titled After It All. The band last made the top 40 a year ago with “Chasing Twisters”, which is also included on the tracklisting. Look for the single at radio in two weeks.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 22, 2015

The start of something "Good".

Not saying “Goodbye” to the top… yet.

DEBUTS
38. Who Is Fancy – Goodbye
37. Hudson Taylor – World Without You
36. Take That – Let In The Sun
35. The Script – Man On A Wire | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Lifehouse – Hurricane (38)
24. Fancy Reagan – Knock Me Out (29)
23. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (33) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Life Of Dillon – Overload (24)
14. Saint Motel – My Type (21)
11. Years & Years – King (16)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Maroon 5 – Sugar (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good (09) | PEAK: #09
08. One Direction – Night Changes (06) | PEAK: #05
07. Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (04) | PEAK: #03
05. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (08) | PEAK: #04
03. Taylor Swift – Style (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (02) | PEAK: #02
01. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (-)
2. Kid Rock – First Kiss (3)
3. Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson – Go All Night (1)
4. MAGIC! – No Way No (8)
5. Mat Kearney – Billion (-)
6. Lawson – Roads (-)
7. Brandi Carlile – Wherever Is Your Heart (6)
8. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (9)
9. BØRNS – Electric Love (-)
10. Delta Rae – Scared (-)

In The Mix:
Bea Miller – Fire N Gold
Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You
Coin – Run
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love
Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun
Echosmith – Bright
Eden XO – The Weekend
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (new)
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Mark Ronson featuring Kevin Parker – Daffodils
Matt Woods – In The Dark
North Of Nine – Can It Be You?
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Olly Murs – Seasons
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985) (new)
Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun
Scars On 45 – Take You Home
Scars On 45 – Tasted Every Tear
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
Zara Larsson – Uncover

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is from the group that also holds the week’s #1 song, “No Good In Goodbye”. That’s the Irish trio The Script, and they enter at #35 with the follow-up, “Man On A Wire”. This marks the third release to hit the top 40 from their most recent album, No Sound Without Silence. The three men hail from Dublin, as do the two brothers of Hudson Taylor. They enter at #37 with “World Without You”, their third chart entry since the fall of 2013. The song is from Singing For Strangers, the duo’s debut album, a recent top five release in the home country.
  • At #36 is “Let In The Sun”, shining onto the survey from longtime British hitmakers Take That. “Sun” is the follow-up to “These Days”, which spent a week at #1 in December, becoming their biggest single thus far on my top 40. While lead singer Gary Barlow continues to promote with the band, he’s also getting ready for the big Broadway debut of Finding Neverland, based on the 2004 film, which he wrote the music for. It opens later this spring.
  • Down at #38 is the track from the mysterious campaign that’s being credited as just Who Is Fancy on most radio lists. The singer and writer from Nashville continues to gain at multiple formats with his debut single. As for whom this fancy fellow is, well, some of us who are in the know are aware. Otherwise, his identity will likely be revealed soon.

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