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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 10, 2021

“Cold” remains hot for another week.

DEBUTS
39. Tears For Fears – The Tipping Point
38. John Mellencamp & Bruce Springsteen – Wasted Days
33. Sting – Rushing Water | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Whitney Houston & Clean Bandit – How Will I Know (40) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
25. Andy Grammer – Damn It Feels Good To Be Me (30)
21. Coldplay x BTS – My Universe (27) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
17. John Mayer – Wild Blue (22)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Olivia Rodrigo – Traitor (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Duran Duran – Anniversary (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Milky Chance – Colorado (05) | PEAK: #05
07. Walk The Moon – Can You Handle My Love?? (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits (06) | PEAK: #02
05. Ed Sheeran – Shivers (09) | PEAK: #05
04. Imagine Dragons – Wrecked (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Kacey Musgraves – Justified (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Silk Sonic – Skate (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Clinton Kane – I Guess I’m In Love (1)
2. Eddie Vedder – Long Way (3)
3. January Jane – I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (8)
4. Sting – If It’s Love (4)
5. TWICE – The Feels (9)
6. Noah Kahan featuring Joy Oladokun – Someone Like You (-)
7. Lorde – Mood Ring (5)
8. Kylie Minogue and Years & Years – A Second To Midnight (-)
9. Trevor Daniel – Alone (-)
10. Tom Grennan – Don’t Break The Heart (-)

In The Mix:
Duran Duran – Tonight United
Forest Blakk – Fall Into Me
Jesy Nelson featuring Nicki Minaj – Boyz (new)
Mimi Webb – 24/5
Patrick Droney – Like The Water
Rod Stewart – One More Time
The Anxiety – Meet Me At Our Spot

Chart Notes:

  • Starting a super retro countdown this week, Elton John and Dua Lipa hold at the top for the fifth consecutive week with “Cold Heart”. It’s their collaboration from John’s The Lockdown Sessions project, which is due in less than two weeks. Tied for the week’s Biggest Mover, Coldplay and BTS leap from 27-21 on the chart with “My Universe”, while the late Whitney Houston rises from 40-34 with a Clean Bandit remix of 1986’s “How Will I Know”. Sting leads a batch of three debuts that could be from 1985 or 2021, as “Rushing Water” (from his upcoming album The Bridge) flows onto the chart at #33. John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen debut at #38 with “Wasted Days”, while Tears For Fears are in at #39 with the title cut from The Tipping Point, their first studio album since 2004.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 3, 2021

“Cold” is still bold.

DEBUTS
40. Whitney Houston & Clean Bandit – How Will I Know
35. Charli XCX – Good Ones
34. Jax – Like My Father | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
27. Coldplay x BTS – My Universe (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
22. John Mayer – Wild Blue (27)
19. The Script – I Want It All (24)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Olivia Rodrigo – Traitor (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Ed Sheeran – Shivers (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Walk The Moon – Can You Handle My Love?? (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Dua Lipa – Love Again (05) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
06. Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits (02) | PEAK: #02
05. Milky Chance – Colorado (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Imagine Dragons – Wrecked (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Kacey Musgraves – Justified (07) | PEAK: #03
02. Silk Sonic – Skate (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Clinton Kane – I Guess I’m In Love (2)
2. Saint Phnx – Happy Place (1)
3. Eddie Vedder – Long Way (4)
4. Sting – If It’s Love (3)
5. Lorde – Mood Ring (8)
6. Olivia Vedder – My Father’s Daughter (5)
7. FINNEAS – The 90s (6)
8. January Jane – I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (-)
9. TWICE – The Feels (-)
10. Sting – Rushing Water (-)

In The Mix:
Duran Duran – Tonight United
Forest Blakk – Fall Into Me
James Blunt – Love Under Pressure
John Mellencamp featuring Bruce Springsteen – Wasted Days (new)
Mimi Webb – 24/5
Patrick Droney – Like The Water (new)
Rod Stewart – One More Time
The Anxiety – Meet Me At Our Spot
Tom Grennan – Don’t Break The Heart
Trevor Daniel – Alone (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Frozen solid at #1 on my personal chart for the fourth consecutive week, “Cold Heart” is still beating at the top spot for Elton John and Dua Lipa. Their duet, which is featured on John’s The Lockdown Sessions compilation, should be safe at the summit for the next few weeks. Coldplay and BTS climb from 36-27 on the chart with “My Universe”, earning it the title of this week’s Biggest Mover. Three releases debut in the top 40: “Like My Father” is the highest at #34, as Jax earns her second top 40 single of 2021. Charli XCX is one notch lower with “Good Ones”, off to a fairly good start at #35. Finally, the late Whitney Houston debuts at #40 with a new remix of 1986’s “How Will I Know”, reimagined by Clean Bandit. The original song spent two weeks at #1 on the CHR radio chart.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 26, 2021

At the heart of the chart world.

DEBUTS
36. Coldplay x BTS – My Universe | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. MUNA featuring Phoebe Bridgers – Silk Chiffon (38)
27. John Mayer – Wild Blue (34)
12. Duran Duran – Anniversary (20)
11. Ed Sheeran – Shivers (21) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Olivia Rodrigo – Traitor (12) | PEAK: #10
09. John Mayer – Last Train Home (06) | PEAK: #03
08. Walk The Moon – Can You Handle My Love?? (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Kacey Musgraves – Justified (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Milky Chance – Colorado (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Dua Lipa – Love Again (03) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
04. Imagine Dragons – Wrecked (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Silk Sonic – Skate (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Saint Phnx – Happy Place (1)
2. Clinton Kane – I Guess I’m In Love (2)
3. Sting – If It’s Love (3)
4. Eddie Vedder – Long Way (4)
5. Olivia Vedder – My Father’s Daughter (6)
6. FINNEAS – The 90s (7)
7. Nessa Barrett – I Hope Ur Miserable Until Ur Dead (5)
8. Lorde – Mood Ring (8)
9. Jax – Like My Father (-)
10. Charli XCX – Good Ones (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Melchor – What A Damn Shame
Duran Duran – Tonight United (new)
Forest Blakk – Fall Into Me (new)
James Blunt – Love Under Pressure
Mimi Webb – 24/5
Rod Stewart – One More Time
Sabrina Carpenter – Skinny Dipping
The Anxiety – Meet Me At Our Spot (new)
Tom Grennan – Don’t Break The Heart
Whitney Houston & Clean Bandit – How Will I Know (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Chilling at #1 on my personal chart for the third week in a row, “Cold Heart” is frozen in place for Elton John and Dua Lipa. Lifting from 21-11, Ed Sheeran claims the Biggest Mover in the countdown for the second time with “Shivers”, as “Bad Habits” holds at #2 for the fourth nonconsecutive week. There’s just one new entry in the top 40 this week and it’s a noteworthy collaboration: at #36, “My Universe” pairs Coldplay and BTS on their first song together. The former’s “Higher Power”, a recent #1 hit on my chart, is down to #16.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 19, 2021

A #1 song with heart.

DEBUTS
38. MUNA featuring Phoebe Bridgers – Silk Chiffon | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. John Mayer – Wild Blue (40)
32. Troye Sivan – Angel Baby (38)
24. ABBA – Don’t Shut Me Down (30)
21. Ed Sheeran – Shivers (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
20. Duran Duran – Anniversary (27)
10. Kacey Musgraves – Justified (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Kacey Musgraves – Justified (17) | PEAK: #10
09. Walk The Moon – Can You Handle My Love?? (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Olivia Rodrigo – Good 4 U (08) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. Milky Chance – Colorado (10) | PEAK: #07
06. John Mayer – Last Train Home (04) | PEAK: #03
05. Silk Sonic – Skate (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Imagine Dragons – Wrecked (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Dua Lipa – Love Again (02) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
02. Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Saint Phnx – Happy Place (1)
2. Clinton Kane – I Guess I’m In Love (4)
3. Sting – If It’s Love (5)
4. Eddie Vedder – Long Way (9)
5. Nessa Barrett – I Hope Ur Miserable Until Ur Dead (6)
6. Olivia Vedder – My Father’s Daughter (7)
7. FINNEAS – The 90s (8)
8. Lorde – Mood Ring (-)
9. Sabrina Carpenter – Skinny Dipping (-)
10. Tom Grennan – Don’t Break The Heart (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Melchor – What A Damn Shame
James Blunt – Love Under Pressure
Justus Bennetts – Insomniac
Mimi Webb – 24/5
Rod Stewart – One More Time (new)
Sigrid – Burning Bridges
Young Bombs featuring JORDY – Summer In Brooklyn

Chart Notes:

  • For the second week in a row, “Cold Heart” leads my personal chart for Elton John and Dua Lipa. The latest release from Ed Sheeran is the Biggest Mover in the countdown, as “Shivers” jumps from 36-21 and paces well ahead of other notable moves for songs from Duran Duran and Kacey Musgraves, among others. Coming in at #38, this week’s only debut is from MUNA and Phoebe Bridgers with “Silk Chiffon”. The latter artist has never previously appeared on my chart, but the trio ranked at #1 for two weeks in 2017 with “I Know A Place”.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 12, 2021

The coldest chart-topper of the year.

DEBUTS
40. John Mayer – Wild Blue
39. Andy Grammer – Damn It Feels Good To Be Me
38. Troye Sivan – Angel Baby
36. Ed Sheeran – Shivers | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. ABBA – Don’t Shut Me Down (40) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
27. Duran Duran – Anniversary (34)
17. Kacey Musgraves – Justified (27) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Milky Chance – Colorado (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Ben Rector featuring Steve Winwood – Range Rover (05) | PEAK: #05
08. Olivia Rodrigo – Good 4 U (07) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. Tones And I – Cloudy Day (06) | PEAK: #05
06. Silk Sonic – Skate (09) | PEAK: #06
05. Imagine Dragons – Wrecked (08) | PEAK: #05
04. John Mayer – Last Train Home (03) | PEAK: #03
03. Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits (02) | PEAK: #02
02. Dua Lipa – Love Again (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
01. Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Saint Phnx – Happy Place (3)
2. MUNA featuring Phoebe Bridgers – Silk Chiffon (-)
3. Brandi Carlile – Right On Time (1)
4. Clinton Kane – I Guess I’m In Love (6)
5. Sting – If It’s Love (5)
6. Nessa Barrett – I Hope Ur Miserable Until Ur Dead (7)
7. Olivia Vedder – My Father’s Daughter (8)
8. FINNEAS – The 90s (-)
9. Eddie Vedder – Long Way (-)
10. Adam Melchor – What A Damn Shame (-)

In The Mix:
James Blunt – Love Under Pressure (new)
Justus Bennetts – Insomniac
Little Mix – Love (Sweet Love)
Lorde – Mood Ring
Mimi Webb – 24/5 (new)
Sabrina Carpenter – Skinny Dipping (new)
Sigrid – Burning Bridges
Tom Grennan – Don’t Break The Heart
Young Bombs featuring JORDY – Summer In Brooklyn (new)

Chart Notes:

  • It leaped from 34-21-10-4 over the last month, but this week, “Cold Heart” hits the top spot on my personal chart for Elton John and Dua Lipa. The song is the first #1 on my list for the legendary John and the record-breaking tenth for Lipa, who knocks her own “Love Again” off the top and down to #2. Two songs tie for this week’s Biggest Mover: up ten spots, “Justified” jumps from 27-17 for Kacey Musgraves, while the reunited ABBA climbs from 40-30 with “Don’t Shut Me Down”. Four songs reach the top 40 this week, all performed by solo men: Ed Sheeran has the top new entry at #36 with “Shivers”, Troye Sivan is in at #38 with “Angel Baby”, Andy Grammer debuts at #39 with “Damn It Feels Good To Be Me” and John Mayer lands at #40 with “Wild Blue”. The four have a combined eight prior #1 hits on my chart between them: Mayer with three, Sheeran and Sivan with two and Grammer with one.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 15, 2019

A new Dion has come.

It’s beginning to look a lot like… an adult contemporary radio station, at least when it comes to our biggest releases this week. Get out your phone and tune into something, because these albums and singles are new this Friday:

CELINE DION – Courage (iTunes)
Features: “Imperfections”, a top ten song on the AC radio chart

LADY ANTEBELLUM – Ocean (iTunes)
Features: “What If I Never Get Over You”, a top ten song on the Country radio chart

Notable albums out this week: Baylee Littrell‘s 770-Country (iTunes), DJ Shadow‘s Our Pathetic Age (iTunes), Fall Out Boy‘s Believers Never Die (Volume Two) (iTunes), Haley & Michaels‘s Hail Mary (iTunes), Lil Peep‘s Everybody’s Everything (iTunes), Madeon‘s Good Faith (iTunes), Meg & Dia‘s December, Darling (iTunes), Milky Chance‘s Mind The Moon (iTunes), Ninja Sex Party‘s Under The Covers, Vol. III (iTunes), NUUXS‘s Red Tape (iTunes), Straight No Chaser‘s Open Bar (iTunes), Tory Lanez‘s Chixtape 5 (iTunes), Westlife‘s Spectrum (iTunes), Frozen 2 (Soundtrack) (iTunes), Maverick City, Vol. 2 (iTunes), Queen & Slim (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Albin Lee Meldau‘s Merry Little Christmas (iTunes), BENEE‘s Stella & Steve (iTunes), Dillon Francis‘s Magic Is Real (iTunes), Fleurie‘s Portals: The B-Sides (iTunes), Hannah Grace & Gabrielle Aplin‘s December (iTunes), Juke Ross‘s Drifting Apart (iTunes), Kaash Paige‘s Parked Car Convos (iTunes), Olivia O’Brien‘s It Was A Sad F-cking Summer (iTunes), Role Model‘s Oh, How Perfect (iTunes), Violet Days‘s Lovers & Losers (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Ain’t No Sunshine”, Stevan (iTunes)
“All Night Long”, Jonas Blue & RetroVision (iTunes)
“Ayy Macarena”, Tyga (iTunes)
“Beautiful Ghosts”, Taylor Swift (iTunes)
“Bigger Than”, Justin Jesso & Seeb (iTunes)
“Blue Cellophane”, BabyJake (iTunes)
“Burning The Heather”, Pet Shop Boys (iTunes)
“Calling From The Heavens”, Skylar Grey (iTunes)
“Cántalo”, Ricky Martin, Residente & Bad Bunny (iTunes)
“Christmas Time”, Tyler Shaw (iTunes)
“Crazy”, Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Damn You For Breaking My Heart”, Caitlyn Smith (iTunes)
“Dictator”, Rei Ami (iTunes)
“Every Holiday”, Mt. Joy (iTunes)
“Everything I Wanted”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Fight”, Tayla Parx featuring Florida Georgia Line (iTunes)
“Flames”, R3HAB x Zayn x Jungleboi (iTunes)
“Generator”, Mondo Cozmo (iTunes)
“God Must Be Doing Cocaine”, Charlotte Lawrence (iTunes)
“Good Die Young”, Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“Graveyard (Acoustic)”, Halsey (iTunes)
“Hands On Me”, James Hersey & ELI (iTunes)
“Happy Pill”, Grandson & Moby Rich (iTunes)
“Heat”, Captain Cuts & Parson James (iTunes)
“I Don’t Think About U”, LVRBOY (iTunes)
“I Wish I Never Met You”, Oh Wonder (iTunes)
“Ice Cream Party”, Modest Mouse (iTunes)
“IDC”, Ren (iTunes)
“It’s Ok Not To Be Ok”, Little Hurt (iTunes)
“Kiss Like The Sun”, Jake Bugg (iTunes)
“L.O.V.E. Me”, Hayley Kiyoko (iTunes)
“Let It All Out (10:05)”, Coin (iTunes)
“Let Me Drink”, Guy Sebastian featuring The HamilTones & Wale (iTunes)
“Litmas”, DRAM (iTunes)
“Live Before I Die”, Naughty Boy x Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Living Proof”, Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Love Goes On”, Hannah Diamond (iTunes)
“Lovely”, Fly By Midnight x Betty Who (iTunes)
“Lover”, Taylor Swift featuring Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Lovers + Strangers (GATTÜSO Remix)”, Starley (iTunes)
“Lucid”, Quin (iTunes)
“Mai Tais”, Train featuring Skylar Grey (iTunes)
“Mean It”, Lauv & LANY (iTunes)
“Moonlight”, Lilly Ahlberg (iTunes)
“Moonlight”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“Never F-cking Fall In Love Again”, X Lovers (iTunes)
“Nobody Needs You Like I Do”, Milow (iTunes)
“One Too Many”, FLETCHER (iTunes)
“Original Material”, Colony House (iTunes)
“Rewind”, Absofacto (iTunes)
“River” and “Walking In The Snow”, Brynn Elliott (iTunes)
“Side Effects”, Owen Danoff (iTunes)
“Sweettalk My Heart (Team Salut Remix)”, Tove Lo (iTunes)
“Tattooed On My Heart (No Bills Remix)”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“This Time Of Year”, Rhys Lewis (iTunes)
“Tokyo Drifting”, Glass Animals & Denzel Curry (iTunes)
“Tongue Tied”, Marshmello, Blackbear & Yungblud (iTunes)
“Ugly”, The Veronicas (iTunes)
“Up All Night”, Khalid (iTunes)
“Used To Like”, Neon Trees (iTunes)
“Walls”, ROZES x Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Wandering Star”, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (iTunes)
“What Happened To Us”, Isaiah (iTunes)
“What We Had”, Sody (iTunes)
“You Are So Beautiful”, Tommee Profitt featuring Brooke (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from artists like Coldplay, Jason Aldean and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 17, 2017

Get your Life.

The musical madness of March continues, and you can expect some notable jump shots and layups this week. Who’s got the sound of a slam dunk success? Enough alliteration, Adam, let’s check out all the action right here:

DRAKE – More Life (iTunes) – release date: 3/18 (Saturday)
What exactly is this? An album? A mixtape? A playlist? Whatever it is, it’s going to debut at #1. Of course, you’ll have to wait an extra day to actually listen to it. The biggest song from it thus far is “Fake Love”, which recently topped the Rhythmic and Urban charts. (A CHR/Top 40 run maxed out in the top 20.) Will it be able to pass Ed Sheeran‘s recent bow to become the biggest of 2017 so far? It certainly has the potential, given all the hype surrounding the release. Stay tuned.

DEPECHE MODE – Spirit (iTunes)
It’s hard to believe that these guys have been releasing albums since 1981, but this is the English group’s 14th full-length set. It might become their eighth top ten album in a row, a chain that started with 1990’s Violator. Lead single “Where’s The Revolution” is in the top 40 on Alternative radio. Considering the amount of older acts with new material that the format won’t play anymore, that’s very cool.

RICK ROSS – Rather You Than Me (iTunes)
Five out of Ross’s first six studio albums reached #1 on the Billboard 200, a very impressive feat at the time. His opening frames are still fairly solid, but he probably won’t be in the running for the top spot this time around. Single “I Think She Like Me” is just below the top 20 at Urban radio. Look for this set in the top ten.

MILKY CHANCE – Blossom (iTunes)
The German duo’s second album features the single “Cocoon”, which recently made the top 20 on the Alternative chart. Hey, it’s not “Stolen Dance”, but then again, what is? If their last set could reach the top 20, we’re expecting this one somewhere in the top 40.

More albums out this week: 2Cellos‘s Score (iTunes), Conor Oberst‘s Salutations (iTunes), Frances‘s Things I’ve Never Said (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Climate Change (iTunes), SoMo‘s The Answers (iTunes), Spoon‘s Hot Thoughts (iTunes), Zara Larsson‘s So Good (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: TBA

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“1 Night”, Mura Masa featuring Charli XCX (iTunes)
“A Long And Happy Life”, Delta Rae (iTunes)
“Anything’s Possible”, Lea Michele (iTunes)
“At My Best”, Machine Gun Kelly featuring Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Battle Symphony”, Linkin Park (iTunes)
“Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea”, MISSIO (iTunes)
“Can’t Bring This Down”, Bridgit Mendler & Pell (iTunes)
“Chained To The Rhythm (Hot Chip Remix)”, Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Coldhearted”, Bryce Fox (iTunes)
“Dennis Rodman”, Mansionz featuring Dennis Rodman (iTunes)
“Feeling Pretty Good”, Deorro (iTunes)
“Feels Like Summer”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Flame”, Tinashe (iTunes)
“Good Life”, G-Eazy & Kehlani (iTunes)
“Kinda Complicated”, Scott Helman (iTunes)
“Let Go”, Sody (iTunes)
“Like I Did (Acoustic)”, Shane Harper (iTunes)
“Mama Say”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Man On The Moon”, POWERS (iTunes)
“Million Reasons (Andrelli Remix)”, Lady Gaga (iTunes)
“Pleasure”, Feist (iTunes)
“Solid Gold”, Tom Chaplin & JONES (iTunes)
“Superpowers”, SAARA (iTunes)
“Symphony”, Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“Weekends”, Amy Shark (iTunes)
“You”, Greta Isaac (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from James Blunt, RaeLynnTrey Songz and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 4, 2015

A "Space" at the top (and I'll write her name.)

A “Space” at the top (and I’ll write her name.)

DEBUTS
40. Smallpools – Karaoke
39. Maroon 5 – Sugar
36. Taylor Swift – Style | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind (40)
15. Hoodie Allen featuring Ed Sheeran – All About It (21) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. One Direction – Night Changes (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (08) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
08. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (11) | PEAK: #08
07. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (05) | PEAK: #05
06. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Take That – These Days (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
04. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
03. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Scott Helman – Bungalow (2)
2. The Griswolds – If You Wanna Stay (6)
3. Sheppard – Smile (3)
4. Nick Gardner – Lose You (4)
5. Take That – Get Ready For It (8)
6. Lifehouse – Flight (7)
7. Coldplay – Miracles (9)
8. Brandi Carlile – Wherever Is Your Heart (-)
9. Kim Churchill – Backwards Head (10)
10. Madonna – Living For Love (-)

In The Mix:
Mikey Wax – Only One
Train – Bulletproof Picasso
Waters – I Feel Everything (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Two songs are new to the top ten this week: singer/songwriter Mat Kearney climbs a healthy three spots from 11-8 with “Heartbeat”, the leadoff single from his new album, titled Just Kids. Kearney’s highest ranking release to date is “Nothing Left To Lose”, which spent two weeks at #2 in 2007. Taking the same jump of three positions, up from #13 to #10, is One Direction‘s “Night Changes”. It’s the second top ten hit from FOUR and follow-up to “Steal My Girl” (#7).
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the third top 40 hit from Taylor Swift‘s 1989 album, “Style”, at #36. Though it hasn’t officially been announced as the set’s newest single, the song is just below the top 50 on CHR radio and its total spins are over double what they were last week. (It should chart there soon.) Meanwhile, Swift also commands the #1 spot as “Blank Space” holds there for a second week, while “Shake It Off” falls to #26.
  • Following “Maps” and “Animals”, Maroon 5 is new to the top 40 at #39 with “Sugar”, the third single to be released from V. Several sugary titles have gone to #1 on the Hot 100, including 1963’s “Sugar Shack” by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs, 1969’s “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies and 1971’s “Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones. Could the California sextet go all the way as well? We’ll see.
  • The week’s final entry at #40 is the second charting song for the quartet called Smallpools. “Karaoke” comes from the band’s debut album, LOVETAP!, due on February 3. The group last climbed onto the chart in late 2013 and early 2014 with “Over & Over”, which was taken from a self-titled EP. It peaked at #17 for two weeks.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (January 2015)

Happy New Year to all of the PGTC readers around the world! It’s time once again to search the airwaves and find out if your favorite songs will be lighting up the national charts in 2015. What singles will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of the singles being serviced in January on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats in this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Avicii and RAS
AVICII (featuring RAS) – “The Nights” (January 6) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
It was “The Days” that looked CHR-bound a few months ago, but that was abruptly pulled from the schedule. Maybe the change in time will change up the airwaves this spring. The Swedish DJ/producer’s latest single is already selling well on digital outlets like iTunes with a small amount of airplay thus far. Sure, this song is no “Wake Me Up!”, but hey, what is?

Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding
CALVIN HARRIS featuring ELLIE GOULDING – “Outside” (January 13) (*)
Label: Columbia
Some say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but Harris and Goulding are looking to prove that theory wrong. Two years ago, the Scottish DJ/producer and English chanteuse collaborated on “I Need Your Love”, climbing up into the top 5 on CHR radio late in the summer. This second pairing, a top ten single across the globe last year, has big potential here too.

Nicki Minaj and Skylar Grey
NICKI MINAJ featuring SKYLAR GREY – “Bed Of Lies” (January 13) (*)
Label: YMCMB/Republic
Though Urban radio has fully embraced Minaj’s latest era, The Pinkprint, programmers at pop radio haven’t warmed up to the new music. Even “Anaconda”, a big digital hit with an eye-popping music video to boot, missed the top 20 and fell sharply. “Bed” has been another strong streamer, but with CHR’s sleeping on prior releases, the dream is a difficult one.

Tove Lo
TOVE LO – “Talking Body” (January 20) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
If she’s gotta stay high, then this single could be the one to take her back to the top. “Talking” is the follow-up to “Habits (Stay High)”, which spent one week at #1 back in November, while parent album Queen Of The Clouds ascended the sky to #14 on the Billboard 200. Already playing on Hits 1 and other outlets, this “body” is exercising some musical muscle.

Olly Murs and Travie McCoy
OLLY MURS featuring TRAVIE MCCOY – “Wrapped Up” (January 27) (*)
Label: Columbia
This hit collaboration recently wrapped itself around the top 5 on the Singles Chart in the United Kingdom, entering the survey at #3. That region is also where it currently sits on my personal chart. (We’ll know shortly if “Wrapped” matches that high point.) Murs hasn’t been as consistent on this side of the world, but I’m certainly rooting for this to break here.

Rixton
RIXTON – “Hotel Ceiling” (mid-to-late January – TBD) (*)
Label: School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope
Last year, the English group went top ten on the CHR chart with “Me And My Broken Heart”, but their momentum came to a halt when followup “Wait On Me” stalled in the 30’s last fall. Despite their debut album being pushed back to March, the group is charging ahead with this cut and could be spinning on the air soon. We’ll see when they check into the chart.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Milky Chance
MILKY CHANCE – “Flashed Junk Mind” (January 6) (* + **)
Label: Republic
Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch have stolen more than a few dances recently, but the two German musicians aren’t looking for just one twirl at the top of the charts. They have more on their “Mind”. The second release to be issued from Sadnecessary fits the same folk-driven route as their international winner, but it has not ranked nearly as well overseas.

Brandi Carlile
BRANDI CARLILE – “Wherever Is Your Heart” (January 13) (**)
Label: ATO
After four albums with Columbia Records, including a big breakout with 2007’s The Story, singer and songwriter Carlile joins ATO for her latest offering, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Having been a consistent presence on the AAA scene for years, including two charted singles from her last album, radio is ready for a new song and this tune does not disappoint.

Vance Joy
VANCE JOY, “Mess Is Mine” (January 13) (*+ **)
Label: F-Stop/Atlantic
The Australian singer/songwriter born James Keogh got swept up in a “Riptide” in the chart waters they call Alternative radio, spending five weeks at the top over the summer. The song is now crossing over to Hot AC and CHR outlets, but in the meantime, his second single jumps onto the format that crowned his top tune. The song is off to a nice start thus far.

Smallpools
SMALLPOOLS – “Karaoke” (January 20) (*)
Label: RCA
It’s been a while since this quartet has been on the charts; you may remember “Dreaming”, a minor entry on Alternative radio during the summer of 2013. After a cancelled single in “Over & Over”, the band will finally be releasing their debut album on February 3. It’s titled LOVETAP! and hopefully “Karaoke” will tap its way to some major adds before the date.

The Avener
THE AVENER – “Fade Out Lines” (January 20) (*)
Label: Republic
Already a huge hit across Europe, including #1 success in Austria and Germany, this track makes its way to the States as part of the upcoming 50 Shades Of Grey film. 27-year-old DJ and producer Tristan Casara is behind the song, which is a reworking of “The Fade Out Line” by Phoebe Killdeer & The Short Straws, first issued in late 2011. “Out” is definitely in.

The Griswolds
THE GRISWOLDS – “If You Wanna Stay” (January 27) (*)
Label: Wind-Up
These four Aussie rockers broke the top 20 last year with their single “Beware The Dog”, and between that and their last release, “Heart Of A Lion”, you’d think they would be opening a zoo. However, that is not the case as their latest single is breaking the trend of animal anthems, but it’s still worth a listen. Look for it to chart at the format in the next few weeks.

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

A "Space" at the top (and I'll write her name.)

A “Space” at the top (and I’ll write her name.)

DEBUTS
40. Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind

TOP GAINERS
28. Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato – Up (34) BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
22. Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good (27)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Passenger – 27 (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (07) | PEAK: #03
08. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (06) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
07. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (09) | PEAK: #07
06. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
03. Take That – These Days (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Maroon 5 – Sugar (6)
2. Scott Helman – Bungalow (4)
3. Sheppard – Smile (3)
4. Nick Gardner – Lose You (2)
5. Smallpools – Karaoke (7)
6. The Griswolds – If You Wanna Stay (5)
7. Lifehouse – Flight (9)
8. Take That – Get Ready For It (-)
9. Coldplay – Miracles (10)
10. Kim Churchill – Backwards Head (-)

In The Mix:
Madonna – Living For Love
Mikey Wax – Only One
Taylor Swift – Style
Train – Bulletproof Picasso

Chart Notes:

  • Scoring her second #1 from the album 1989, Taylor Swift advances 2-1 with “Blank Space”. “Shake It Off”, falling quickly down the chart at this point, spent two weeks at #1 earlier this year. Both singles also reached the summit of the CHR and Hot AC format surveys, as well as the Hot 100. Will she make it three in a row this era? With songs like “Bad Blood” and “Style” still selling well, it could be quite possible.
  • New to this week’s top ten is “27” from Passenger, up 12-10 in its eleventh week on the chart. His latest song marks the third top ten single in a row from his album Whispers and his sixth overall since his debut in early 2013. Just for the record, singer and songwriter Mike Rosenberg is actually 30, but there are several 27-year-old musicians on the chart, including Matt Simons and Robin Schulz.
  • After moving 39-34 last week, Olly Murs and Demi Lovato take the title of Biggest Mover for a second week in a row. Unfortunately, it’s yet another soft week as they climb up to #28, a gain of six notches. The song remains in the top 5 on the Singles Chart in the United Kingdom. (Look for some bigger weekly gains next month.)
  • The only debut on this week’s top 40 belongs to the German duo Milky Chance. They’re new at #40 with “Flashed Junk Mind”, their followup to “Stolen Dance”. That song spent two weeks at #9 last summer. The two men, Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch, will be touring the U.S. again during the spring.

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