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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 19, 2014

Shut up and go back in time.

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

Debuts:
40. TRAIN, “Cadillac, Cadillac”
39. ED SHEERAN, “Thinking Out Loud”
38. PASSENGER, “27”

Biggest Mover(s):
TAKE THAT, “These Days” (40-35)
OLLY MURS featuring TRAVIE MCCOY, “Wrapped Up” (38-33)
JAMES BLUNT, “When I Find Love Again” (33-28)
ONE DIRECTION, “Steal My Girl” (25-20, five spots)

10. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “Fools Gold” (steady, second week)
Album: More Than Just A Dream (2013, Elektra Records)
Peak: #10 for three weeks

09. MARY LAMBERT, “Secrets” (down 1)
Album: Heart On My Sleeve (2014, Capitol Records)
Peak: #8

08. ED SHEERAN, “Don’t” (down 1)
Album: x (2014, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2

07. RIXTON, “Wait On Me” (down 1)
Album: Let The Road (2015, Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for five weeks

06. WALK THE MOON, “Shut Up And Dance” (up 3)
Album: Talking Is Hard (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. THE SCRIPT, “Superheroes” (down 1)
Album: No Sound Without Silence (2014, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

04. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “Cecilia And The Satellite” (up 1)
Album: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (2014, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

03. PHILLIP PHILLIPS, “Unpack Your Heart” (steady, second week)
Album: Behind The Light (2014, 19/Interscope Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

02. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Shake It Off” (down 1)
Album: 1989 (2014, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. JAMIE SCOTT, “Unbreakable” (up 1)
Album: My Hurricane (2015, Virgin/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #40-31

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.

With all that in mind, I think it’s time to rejoin the countdown at #40…

A Great Big World
040. A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Say Something” (#2 for two weeks)
Writers: Ian Axel, Chad Vaccarino, Mike Campbell / Producer: Dan Romer
Label: Epic

Karmin
039. KARMIN, “I Want It All” (#9 for two weeks)
Writers: Amy Heidemann, Nick Noonan, Ester Dean, Ryan Williamson / Producer: Williamson
Label: Epic

Phillip Phillips
038. PHILLIP PHILLIPS, “Raging Fire” (#3 for two weeks)
Writers: Phillip Phillips, Todd Clark, Gregg Wattenberg, Derek Fuhrmann / Producer: Wattenberg
Label: Interscope

The 1975
037. THE 1975, “Settle Down” (#5 for two weeks)
Writers: George Daniel, Matthew Healy, Adam Hann and Ross MacDonald / Producers: Daniel, Healy, Hann, MacDonald, Mike Crossey
Label: Interscope

Mary Lambert
036. MARY LAMBERT, “Secrets” (#8)
Writers: Mary Lambert, Eric Rosse, Benny Cassette, MoZella / Producers: Rosse, Cassette
Label: Capitol

Milky Chance
035. MILKY CHANCE, “Stolen Dance” (#9 for two weeks)
Writers/Producers: Clemens Rehbein, Philipp Dausch
Label: Republic

Boy & Bear
034. BOY & BEAR, “Southern Sun” (#8 for three weeks)
Writers: Dave Hosking, Killian Gavin, Tim Hart, Jon Hart, Dave Symes / Producer: Wayne Connolly
Label: Nettwerk

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
033. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “Cecilia And The Satellite” (#3 for three weeks)
Writers: Andrew McMahon, James Flannigan, Anders Grahn / Producers: McMahon, Flannigan, Mike Viola
Label: Vanguard

Foster The People
032. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Coming Of Age” (#3 for two weeks)
Writers: Mark Foster, Isom Innis, Jacob Fink, Sean Cimino, Paul Epworth / Producers: Epworth, Foster
Label: Columbia

Phillip Phillips
031. PHILLIP PHILLIPS, “Unpack Your Heart” (#3 for four weeks)
Writers: Phillip Phillips, Todd Clark, Gregg Wattenberg, Derek Fuhrmann / Producer: Wattenberg
Label: Interscope

Check back tomorrow for 30-21 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 19, 2014

Scott storms the top this week.

This Hurricane is back on the radar.

DEBUTS
40. Train – Cadillac, Cadillac
39. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
38. Passenger – 27 | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Take That – These Days (40)
33. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (38)
28. James Blunt – When I Find Love Again (33)
20. One Direction – Steal My Girl (25)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Fitz & The Tantrums – Fools Gold (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Mary Lambert – Secrets (08) | PEAK: #08
08. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (07) | PEAK: #02
07. Rixton – Wait On Me (06) | PEAK: #06
06. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (09) | PEAK: #06
05. The Script – Superheroes (04) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
04. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Ingrid Michaelson – Afterlife (5)
2. Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (3)
3. Hilary Duff – All About You (4)
4. OneRepublic – I Lived (7)
5. Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia (-)
6. American Authors – Luck (10)
7. Bryan Adams – She Knows Me (8)
8. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Real Love (-)
9. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (-)
10. U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) (9)

In The Mix:
A Great Big World – Rockstar
AJR – Infinity
Avicii featuring Robbie Williams – The Days
Better Than Ezra – Gonna Get Better
Big Data featuring White Sea – The Business Of Emotion (new)
Brian Wilson and Various Artists – God Only Knows
Coldplay – Ink (new)
David Guetta featuring Sam Martin – Dangerous
Goo Goo Dolls – Caught In The Storm
Grizfolk – Hymnals
Gwen Stefani – Baby Don’t Lie (new)
Neil Diamond – Nothing But A Heartache (new)
Nick Gardner – Lose You
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On (new)
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
Sheppard – Smile
You+Me – You And Me

Chart Notes:

  • It was back in August that Jamie Scott spent his final of four weeks at #1 with “My Hurricane”, the title track from his forthcoming album. Now, he’s back with his second solo chart-topper in “Unbreakable”, which advances 2-1. It’s the fourth total #1 for the 30-year-old British performer, who also scored two in a row with Graffiti6 in 2012. Scott still has three songs on the chart this week, with “Hurricane” at #15 and his duo’s “The Bridge” at #36.
  • If you’re looking for big movers on the countdown, you’re out of luck, at least this week. There are four songs tied at a movement of five spots upward, with an additional three songs up four spots. Maybe there will be some shaking up on the next chart. However, James Blunt, Olly Murs / Travie McCoy and Take That all look top 20 bound in the coming weeks, while One Direction could break the top ten.
  • This week’s Highest Debut saw a video premiere this week: it’s “27” by my top artist of last year, Passenger, bowing in at #38. This marks the third release to chart from his album Whispers, following “Scare Away The Dark” (#1) and “Heart’s On Fire” (#9). The singer and songwriter is currently on tour on Europe and heads to Australia in 2015.
  • Also debuting with a third single is Ed Sheeran, in at #39 with “Thinking Out Loud”, from the album X. Though the song isn’t actively being promoted in the U.S. while “Don’t” continues to build at radio, “Loud” is #1 in Australia and New Zealand and top five in the United Kingdom. I’m sure it will smash here during the spring.
  • Finally, at #40, is the latest from the those Golden Gate guys, the band Train. Their second single from Bulletproof Picasso is “Cadillac, Cadillac”. The luxury car previously rode into the top 40 on the Hot 100 for Michael Martin Murphey and Natalie Cole, and perhaps the band’s new one will drive the same route.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 14)

They've got friends in bro places.

They’ve got friends in bro places.

The autumn leaves are dropping, just like those big releases that Q4 is all about. Get ready, partners, because here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 14:

  • Their last album was full of hits like “Cruise”, “Stay” and “This Is How We Roll”, to name just a few. Now, the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, better known as Florida Georgia Line, are back on the scene (though I suppose they never left) with Anything Goes, featuring a recent #1 on the Country chart, “Dirt”. Their last album is at about two million copies sold to date, so expect this one to head to the top (and Platinum status) real quickly. (iTunes)
  • Millions of music fans came out to download the new U2 album, Songs Of Innocence, when it was offered for free in an iTunes giveaway, although millions more wanted to get rid of it altogether. Granted, it was not the same as Oprah Winfrey telling you that you got a new car, but not much can match that. Nonetheless, a physical edition is in stores today with some added tunes and art that weren’t previously available. (iTunes)
  • Some would call her a Sweet Talker, but that also happens to be the name of the latest album from Jessie J. It’s her second album to be released here after a U.S. release of Alive (out last year in Europe) was shelved. (The only single to be issued from it was “Wild”, but it was later pulled.) Smashing with “Bang Bang”, featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, this one also looks like a hit. (iTunes)
  • New York rapper Hoodie Allen has been hitting the Billboard 200 for a few years now with a series of EPs despite little recognition on any singles survey. This week, he’s out with his first full-length album, People Keep Talking. It features a collaboration with Ed Sheeran. Will it crash the top ten? It may very well happen. (iTunes)
  • You’ve probably seen their song “Stolen Dance” at #1 on the Alternative chart after some big international success. Now, German duo Milky Chance unleash their album Sadnecessary in the States as “Dance” crosses over. I think they’ll find that their first week sales are gut, as they might say. (iTunes)
  • Singers Pink (Alecia Moore) and City And Colour (Dallas Green) combine to form the duo You+Me and release their first set together, rose ave., featuring the single “You And Me”. Strong pre-orders should land it in the top five digitally and near the top ten on the Billboard 200. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness‘s Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes), Angaleena Presley‘s American Middle Class (iTunes), Bob Seger‘s Ride Out (iTunes), Exodus‘s Blood In Blood Out (iTunes), Fit For A King‘s Slave To Nothing (iTunes), Idina Menzel‘s Holiday Wishes (iTunes), Mary Lambert‘s Heart On My Sleeve (iTunes), Michael Feinstein‘s Christmas (iTunes), Nico & Vinz‘s Black Star Elephant (iTunes), Oh Honey‘s Sincerely Yours (EP) (iTunes), OK Go‘s Hungry Ghosts (iTunes), Ozzy Osbourne‘s Memoirs Of A Madman (iTunes), Renée Fleming‘s Christmas In New York (iTunes), Sammy Hagar‘s Lite Roast (iTunes), Stars‘s No One Is Lost (iTunes), The Dubarrys‘s The Dubarrys (EP) (iTunes), The Game‘s Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf (iTunes) and The Swon Brothers‘s The Swon Brothers (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:

  • “Drunk Americans”, the new single from Country singer Toby Keith. (iTunes)
  • “Need You Right Now”, from YouTube star Bethany Mota and Mike Tompkins. (iTunes)
  • “Not For Long”, a new single from rapper B.o.B and singer Trey Songz. (iTunes)
  • “Out Of The Woods”, a digital single from Taylor Swift. (iTunes)
  • “XIX”, a digital single from rockers Slipknot. (iTunes)

It’s another mixed bag on the schedule next time, with Aretha Franklin, Little Big Town, Neil Diamond, Slipknot and Susan Boyle among the week’s top contenders. A full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 12, 2014

Charters gonna chart (chart, chart, chart, chart.)

Swiftly taking the top again.

DEBUTS
40. Take That – These Days
38. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (40)
33. James Blunt – When I Find Love Again (38)
31. MAGIC! – Let Your Hair Down (36)
28. Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz – Prayer In C (34)
25. One Direction – Steal My Girl (30)
21. O.A.R. – Favorite Song (27)
15. Maroon 5 – Animals (22) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Fitz & The Tantrums – Fools Gold (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (13) | PEAK: #09
08. Mary Lambert – Secrets (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (04) | PEAK: #02
06. Rixton – Wait On Me (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (07) | PEAK: #05
04. The Script – Superheroes (03) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
03. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Passenger – 27 (4)
2. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (5)
3. Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (3)
4. Hilary Duff – All About You (2)
5. Ingrid Michaelson – Afterlife (9)
6. Train – Cadillac, Cadillac (10)
7. OneRepublic – I Lived (8)
8. Bryan Adams – She Knows Me (6)
9. U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) (7)
10. American Authors – Luck (-)

In The Mix:
A Great Big World – Rockstar
AJR – Infinity
Avicii featuring Robbie Williams – The Days
Bea Miller – Young Blood
Better Than Ezra – Gonna Get Better
Brian Wilson and Various Artists – God Only Knows (new)
Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Real Love
David Guetta featuring Sam Martin – Dangerous (new)
Goo Goo Dolls – Caught In The Storm
Grizfolk – Hymnals
Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia (new)
Nick Gardner – Lose You
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
Sheppard – Smile
You+Me – You And Me (new)

Chart Notes:

  • In just under a month, the latest release from Maroon 5 leaps to #15 as “Animals” claims the week’s Biggest Mover title, up seven spots. It’s the second single to chart from V; it follows “Maps”, and that former #2 is located back-to-back with it at #14. Will the animal kingdom devour its competition and take control of the chart throne? They are certainly hungry for more and could do it.
  • After charging into the chart last week at #30, One Direction climb modestly this week with “Steal My Girl”, up to #25. It just missed debuting in the top ten on the Hot 100, coming in at #13. Should it rise there or make the top ten at CHR radio, it will join only a few titles to “steal” a place that high, like Robbie Dupree‘s “Steal Away” (1980) and Len‘s “Steal My Sunshine” (1999).
  • Olly Murs earns this week’s Highest Debut with a little help from Travie McCoy. In at #38, “Wrapped Up” marks the leadoff single from Murs’s forthcoming album, Never Been Better, due for release in Australia and in the U.K. in late November. Look for it to be another big success for the 30-year-old singer. (No Stateside date has been decided as of yet.)
  • Also dancing onto the countdown is the latest single from former quintet turned quartet turned quintet and now trio Take That. “These Days” jumps aboard at #40, the first release from their appropriately titled forthcoming album III. Last time out in 2011, the group hit #18 with a song called “When We Were Young”.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 5, 2014

Charters gonna chart (chart, chart, chart, chart.)

Charters gonna chart (chart, chart, chart, chart.)

DEBUTS
40. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance
39. Charli XCX – Break The Rules
38. James Blunt – When I Find Love Again
34. Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz – Prayer In C
30. One Direction – Steal My Girl | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
27. O.A.R. – Favorite Song (32)
25. Nickelback – What Are You Waiting For? (31)
22. Maroon 5 – Animals (28)
13. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (20) | BIGGEST MOVER

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

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (-)
2. Hilary Duff – All About You (3)
3. Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (4)
4. Passenger – 27 (-)
5. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (8)
6. Bryan Adams – She Knows Me (5)
7. U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) (7)
8. OneRepublic – I Lived (10)
9. Ingrid Michaelson – Afterlife (-)
10. Train – Cadillac, Cadillac (-)

In The Mix:
A Great Big World – Rockstar
AJR – Infinity
American Authors – Luck (new)
Bea Miller – Young Blood
Better Than Ezra – Gonna Get Better
Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Real Love (new)
Goo Goo Dolls – Caught In The Storm
Grizfolk – Hymnals (new)
Nick Gardner – Lose You
O-Town – Chasin’ After You
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
Sheppard – Smile

Chart Notes:

  • It started with “Love Story”, then “You Belong With Me” and then “Mine”, and now Taylor Swift earns her latest and fourth #1 on my chart with “Shake It Off”, advancing 2-1 in only its seventh week. “Shake” leads off 1989, due on October 27 in what very well could be the largest opening week of 2014. Of course, we are all curious if this will be Swift’s third consecutive million seller within that first frame. Stay tuned!
  • In a pretty packed week with five new entries on the chart, One Direction leaps in at #30 with the Highest Debut, “Steal My Girl”. It’s the first release to be issued from their forthcoming album Four, due on November 17. “Steal” marks their 12th song to reach my top 40, seven of which have gone top ten. The biggest, “Story Of My Life”, held the #1 spot for three weeks in December.
  • 27-year-old German DJ Robin Schulz has really made a name for himself in 2014 with several hit remixes across the European charts. His recent #1 in the United Kingdom, a remix of a four-year-old recording by Lilly Wood & The Prick called “Prayer In C”, is new this week at #34. The single now begins its quest at radio here with adds in several major markets this far.
  • Further down, singer/songwriter James Blunt comes in at #38 with “When I Find Love Again”. It’s his 11th entry to make my chart, two of which went to #1: “You’re Beautiful” in 2005 and “Stay The Night” in 2010. Below him is Charli XCX, new at #39 with “Break The Rules”, the followup to “Boom Clap”. Lastly, newcomer Eden XO bows in at #40 with “Too Cool To Dance”.
  • On next week’s survey, watch out for potential debuts from Olly Murs, along with Travie McCoy on “Wrapped Up”, and Passenger‘s latest single, simply called “27”. What other surprises does Q4 have up its sleeves for us? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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

It's a band, it's a plane...

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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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 31, 2014

It's a band, it's a plane...

It’s a band, it’s a plane…

DEBUTS
40. The Fray – Hold My Hand
39. Foster The People – Are You What You Want To Be? | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Coldplay – True Love (40)
20. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (28)
11. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (22) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Rixton – Wait On Me (13) | PEAK: #10
09. The Griswolds – Beware The Dog (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (07) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (04) | PEAK: #02
05. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Charli XCX – Boom Clap (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Maroon 5 – Maps (03) | PEAK: #02
01. The Script – Superheroes (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy (3)
2. Cold War Kids – All This Could Be Yours (2)
3. The 1975 – Heart Out (1)
4. Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me (9)
5. Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach (5)
6. Jungle – Busy Earnin’ (7)
7. MAGIC! – Let Your Hair Down (10)
8. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (-)
9. Neon Trees – First Things First (-)
10. Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop – Never Been In Love (-)

In The Mix:
Bea Miller – Young Blood
Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (new)
Hilary Duff – All About You
Hudson Taylor – Chasing Rubies
Lilly Wood & The Prick featuring Robin Schulz – Prayer In C
Maroon 5 – Animals
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Ryn Weaver – OctaHate
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
Todd Carey – Nintendo
Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance

Chart Notes:

  • New at #1 this week is Irish trio The Script, climbing 2-1 with “Superheroes”. It’s their fifth single to reach the top of my chart and their quickest rise to the top at six weeks, replacing 2012’s “Hall Of Fame”, which hit #1 in its tenth week on. The song leads off their new album No Sound Without Silence, due in the U.S. on September 30. I’m sure it will be a great listen once it’s out, and perhaps give us a few more chart-worthy cuts.
  • As if there was any doubt, last week’s big debut from Taylor Swift all the way up at #22 with “Shake It Off” translates into this week’s Biggest Mover, up 11 spots to #11. It’s the first release from her forthcoming album 1989, due October 27. Two songs with “shake” in their titles cracked the Hot 100 in 1989: “Shake For The Sheik” by The Escape Club (#28) and “Shake It Up” by Bad Company (#82).
  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to California’s Foster The People. Their album Supermodel may have fallen off the radar, but their third single from it enters this week at #39, titled “Are You What You Want To Be?” The two prior releases, “Coming Of Age” and “Best Friend”, both went top ten earlier this year. Will this single do the same? We shall know soon — stay tuned.
  • Also, down at #40 in the latest entry for The Fray, “Hold My Hand”. It’s the third release from album Helios, though previous single “Break Your Plans” failed to go top 40. (It did reach the top 20 on the Hot AC survey.) “Hand” has also been a nationally charting title for Don Cornell (1954), Hootie & The Blowfish (1994) and Michael Jackson / Akon (2010).

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 3, 2014

Scott storms the top this week.

Scott storms the top this week.

DEBUTS
40. Moko – Your Love
37. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart
34. Rixton – Wait On Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Mausi – My Friend Has A Swimming Pool (40)
22. Mary Lambert – Secrets (29)
20. The Script – Superheroes (30) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Milky Chance – Stolen Dance (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Young Rising Sons – High (12) | PEAK: #09
08. American Authors – Believer (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Charli XCX – Boom Clap (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Maroon 5 – Maps (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Graffiti6 – The Bridge (04) | PEAK: #02
03. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Boy & Bear – Three Headed Woman (7)
2. Grouplove – I’m With You (3)
3. Bastille – Flaws (4)
4. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (10)
5. Matt Nathanson featuring Lolo – Headphones (9)
6. The Young Wild – Moment Goes (-)
7. Cold War Kids – All This Could Be Yours (-)
8. Jungle – Busy Earnin’ (-)
9. The 1975 – Heart Out (-)
10. Alex & Sierra – Scarecrow (-)

In The Mix:
Betty Who – Somebody Loves You
Counting Crows – Scarecrow
Francesco Yates – Call
Graffiti6 – U Got The Sunshine
Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach
Hilary Duff – Chasing The Sun (new)
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy
Sara Bareilles – Chasing The Sun
Scars On 45 – Crazy For You
Todd Carey – Nintendo
Twin Atlantic – Heart And Soul
Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
Weezer – Back To The Shack

Chart Notes:

  • 30-year-old singer and songwriter Jamie Scott claims this week’s new #1 with “My Hurricane”, the title track from his forthcoming album of the same name. Just under three years since first charting with his duo Graffiti6, he’s still creating the hits. This makes Scott one of only a handful of acts in my chart’s history to reach #1 as both a solo artist and in a group; others to pull off the trick include Brandon Flowers and The KillersPat Monahan and Train, as well as Rob Thomas and Matchbox Twenty.
  • Their “Broken Heart” may be breaking up with my top 40 as it continues to move down, but the quartet Rixton can feel relieved that their new song, “Wait On Me”, ranks as this week’s Highest Debut at #34. It’s expected to be on the band’s forthcoming album, due later this year. The boys are currently on a U.S. tour through the month of August.
  • With the second single from his sophomore album Behind The Light, former American Idol champ Phillip Phillips comes in at #37 with “Unpack Your Heart”. It’s the followup to “Raging Fire”, which peaked at #3 a few months ago. As you’d expect, it’s the first entry to use the verb unpack in its title, though it’s certainly packing hit potential.
  • Finally, at #40, is newcomer Moko with a song that’s bound to do some damage in the U.K. later this month, “Your Love”. The 22-year-old singer was first featured on a Chase & Status single, “Count On Me”, last year. It went top ten in several European territories, much like this solo release of hers should do.
  • You’ve likely heard the news by now that former American Idol contestant Michael Johns passed away Friday at the age of 35. Johns also made my personal top 40, peaking at #24 with his sole entry, a minor Adult Contemporary hit in 2009 titled “Heart On My Sleeve”. It charted in the U.K. two years later in a version by Olly Murs. Many acts from the show have posted tributes to the late singer.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 27, 2014

Viva la Coldplay.

They’re the eye (or eight) in the “Sky”.

DEBUTS
40. Mausi – My Friend Has A Swimming Pool
39. Fitz & The Tantrums – Fools Gold
30. The Script – Superheroes | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. Mary Lambert – Secrets (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
17. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (24)
12. Young Rising Sons – High (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Passenger – Scare Away The Dark (06) | PEAK: #01 for one week
09. A Great Big World – Already Home (05) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
08. American Authors – Believer (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Charli XCX – Boom Clap (10) | PEAK: #06
05. Maroon 5 – Maps (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Graffiti6 – The Bridge (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Rixton – Wait On Me (-)
2. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (-)
3. Grouplove – I’m With You (5)
4. Bastille – Flaws (6)
5. Moko – Your Love (-)
6. The Vamps featuring Demi Lovato – Somebody To You (3)
7. Boy & Bear – Three Headed Woman (-)
8. Stu Larsen – Thirteen Sad Farewells (4)
9. Matt Nathanson featuring Lolo – Headphones (9)
10. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (-)

In The Mix:
Alex & Sierra – Scarecrow (new)
Betty Who – Somebody Loves You
Cold War Kids – All This Could Be Yours (new)
Counting Crows – Scarecrow
Francesco Yates – Call
Graffiti6 – U Got The Sunshine
Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach
Jungle – Busy Earnin’ (new)
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy
Sara Bareilles – Chasing The Sun
Scars On 45 – Crazy For You
The 1975 – Heart Out (new)
The Young Wild – Moment Goes
Todd Carey – Nintendo (new)
Twin Atlantic – Heart And Soul
Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
Weezer – Back To The Shack (new)

Chart Notes:

  • After debuting last week at #38, “Secrets” from Mary Lambert takes the week’s Biggest Mover, up nine spots to #29. Earlier this year, the singer/songwriter bubbled under with “She Keeps Me Warm”, which accumulated some airplay at the Hot AC format. Lambert was originally born in the town of Everett, WA, just north of the Seattle area. Other female soloists from the state to hit my top 40 include A Fine Frenzy and Stacie Orrico.
  • Gliding onto the top 40 at #30, this week’s Highest Debut, is Irish trio The Script with “Superheroes”. This marks the eighth chart hit for the group, who went straight to #1 with their debut release “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” back in the spring of 2009. It spent eight frames there. All seven of their previous singles have reached a minimum peak of #6, with four going all the way to the top. We’ll see how high this one flies soon.
  • Their album is More Than Just A Dream and Fitz & The Tantrums have one more single to rank on the survey. This time around, I’m digging “Fools Gold”, which shines at #39. It’s their fourth top 40 single; their first, “MoneyGrabber”, spent a week at #1 in 2011. Their last two, “Out Of My League” and “The Walker”, both stalled at #2 for several weeks.
  • Lastly, down at #40, are newcomers Mausi from London; they make a splash with their debut chart single, “My Friend Has A Swimming Pool”. It’s out in the U.K. on August 17. It’s the second such title looking to front crawl up the top 40; the other, “Swim” by the rock band Jack’s Mannequin, peaked at #20 in 2009.
  • On next week’s chart, the first of August, look for debuts from singer/songwriter Phillip Phillips and U.K. based boy band Rixton, along with one to two other new entries. Tuesday also marks a big date for fresh pop releases, including the comeback single for Hilary Duff (“Chasing The Sun”) and a three-way collaboration featuring Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj (“Bang Bang”).

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