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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 26, 2017

Swiftly taking the top spot.

In-Zayn in the brain.

DEBUTS
40. Noah Kahan – Young Blood
37. JP Cooper – September Song | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Take That – Giants (39)
28. Maroon 5 – Cold (35)
25. James TW – Ex (32)
21. Michael Bublé – I Believe In You (33) | BIGGEST MOVER
17. Imagine Dragons – Believer (22)
(see #10)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (16) | PEAK: #10
09. Julia Michaels – Issues (10) | PEAK: #09
08. OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (08) | PEAK: #08
07. LP – Lost On You (04) | PEAK: #02
06. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Daniel Powter – Delicious (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (03) | PEAK: #03
03. MUNA – I Know A Place (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (02) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
01. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jonathan Roy – Good Things (1)
2. The Strumbellas – Young & Wild (4)
3. Michelle Branch – Hopeless Romantic (3)
4. Skip Marley – Lions (8)
5. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (7)
6. Lady Antebellum – You Look Good (10)
7. Walk Off The Earth – Fire In My Soul (9)
8. The Band Perry – Stay In The Dark (-)
9. MisterWives – Machine (-)
10. Wrabel – Bloodstain (-)

In The Mix:
Adele – All I Ask (new)
Bea Miller – Song Like You (new)
FRENSHIP – 1000 Nights
Gavin DeGraw – Making Love With The Radio On
John Mayer – Still Feel Like Your Man (new)
LeAnn Rimes – Long Live Love
Ruth B – Superficial Love
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Two newcomers make their way into the top 40 this week. The higher of the two is English performer JP Cooper, coming in at #37 with “September Song”. You might know the name from Jonas Blue‘s single “Perfect Strangers”, which was released last year and charted well across Europe. Though a number of “September” titles have hit the top 40 over the decades, many of them have peaked in other months. (For example, Earth, Wind & Fire‘s “September” reached #5 in Radio & Records in January 1979, while Neil Diamond‘s “September Morn” hit #6 in February 1980.) We’ll see how Cooper’s track does at the Hot AC format very soon.
  • At #40 is the week’s other entry, “Young Blood” by Vermont native Noah Kahan. His debut track recently topped a million streams at Spotify, while it impacts at the Triple A radio format on March 13. (A late birthday present, perhaps?) Kahan is on the road with Milky Chance for several shows next month. By the way, it was in 2004 that Vermont-born JoJo reached #2 on my chart with “Leave (Get Out)”, which remains the highest-charting song by an act from the state.
  • As I turn 27 (eek!) on Wednesday, I feel that it’s best to remind you that I’ve had two chart songs since 1999 that contain “27” in their titles. In December 2014, Passenger hit #10 with “27”, and in December 2007, Mike Doughty peaked at #28 with “27 Jennifers”. I know what you’re saying, “27! That’s still young!” Just wait, 30 is coming up in a few years…

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 19, 2017

Swiftly taking the top spot.

Swiftly taking the top spot.

DEBUTS
39. Take That – Giants
35. Maroon 5 – Cold
33. Michael Bublé – I Believe In You
32. James TW – Ex | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
22. Imagine Dragons – Believer (28)
16. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (31) | BIGGEST MOVER
(see #7 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Julia Michaels – Issues (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Passenger – Anywhere (11) | PEAK: #09
08. OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (12) | PEAK: #07
06. Daniel Powter – Delicious (06) | PEAK: #06
05. MUNA – I Know A Place (05) | PEAK: #05
04. LP – Lost On You (03) | PEAK: #02
03. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
01. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jonathan Roy – Good Things (2)
2. Sigma featuring Birdy – Find Me (1)
3. Michelle Branch – Hopeless Romantic (5)
4. The Strumbellas – Young & Wild (4)
5. JP Cooper – September Song (-)
6. Alice Merton – No Roots (3)
7. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (9)
8. Skip Marley – Lions (-)
9. Walk Off The Earth – Fire In My Soul (6)
10. Lady Antebellum – You Look Good (10)

In The Mix:
FRENSHIP – 1000 Nights
LeAnn Rimes – Long Live Love
MisterWives – Machine (new)
Ruth B – Superficial Love (new)
Tavish Crowe – Fire
The Band Perry – Stay In The Dark
Wrabel – Bloodstain (new)

Chart Notes:

  • There’s a new one at the top this week! ZAYN and Taylor Swift‘s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” marches up a notch, giving Malik his third #1 on my chart, while Swift lands her seventh. As a result, the Fifty Shades Of Grey franchise (this song being from Fifty Shades Darker) is now the only series of films to have #1 hits on my chart from each of its two (so far) companion soundtracks. “Don’t” is also in the top three on the CHR/Top 40 chart. Should it reach #1 there, it’ll be the first male-female duet from a film to hit the top since Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle‘s “A Whole New World” (from Aladdin) in 1993.
  • He has a former #1 track that’s still in the countdown after 26 weeks, and he takes this week’s Highest Debut. For 19-year-old James TW, I’d say that’s a pretty great start to his run on Adam’s Top 40. “Ex” marks the spot at #32, following “When You Love Someone”, which slips to #23 on the current chart. “Ex” was co-written with Nolan Sipe, who claims has fifth (including previous single “When”) top 40 single on my chart as a writer.
  • “I Believe In You” is the latest single from chart regular Michael Bublé, and I certainly believe in it. It makes its entrance at #33. Bublé topped my list for four weeks with “Nobody But Me” last September and October, becoming his fifth #1 since the single “Everything” reached the top in June 2007. A music video starring dancer Derek Hough debuted earlier this month. It looks to pass four million views on YouTube soon.
  • Though Maroon 5 continues to reach the top ten on my chart fairly consistently, they haven’t hit #1 in just under five years. Will their new single “Cold” be the one to make some moves into the top spot? It’s too early to tell, but the song does make a debut at #35 this week. Their previous single, “Don’t Wanna Know”, reached #1 on both the CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC charts recently.
  • Finally, at #39, is a new entry from Take That. “Giants” is the lead single from their upcoming album Wonderland, which is due on March 24. The guys are the only act in the history of my chart to reach the top ten as a trio, quartet and quintet. Their current single is the fourth to make my top 40 under their current arrangement as a trio, as well as their 12th overall.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 12, 2017

He's the Man.

In the mix for six.

DEBUTS
40. Depeche Mode – Where’s The Revolution
39. Blondie – Fun
38. Sting – One Fine Day
31. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. The Shins – Name For You (38)
28. Imagine Dragons – Believer (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. The Head And The Heart – All We Ever Knew (30)
13. Julia Michaels – Issues (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (06) | PEAK: #06
08. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (05) | PEAK: #03
07. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
06. Daniel Powter – Delicious (09) | PEAK: #06
05. MUNA – I Know A Place (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (07) | PEAK: #04
03. LP – Lost On You (02) | PEAK: #02
02. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Sigma featuring Birdy – Find Me (2)
2. Jonathan Roy – Good Things (4)
3. Alice Merton – No Roots (3)
4. The Strumbellas – Young & Wild (5)
5. Michelle Branch – Hopeless Romantic (10)
6. Walk Off The Earth – Fire In My Soul (7)
7. Michael Bublé – I Believe In You (-)
8. LeAnn Rimes – Long Live Love (-)
9. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (-)
10. Lady Antebellum – You Look Good (-)

In The Mix:
FRENSHIP – 1000 Nights (new)
James Blunt – Love Me Better
JP Cooper – September Song (new)
Skip Marley – Lions (new)
Tavish Crowe – Fire
The Band Perry – Stay In The Dark (new)
The Heydaze – Hurt Like Hell

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by pop superstar Katy Perry, who brings along newcomer Skip Marley on the song “Chained To The Rhythm”. It enters the chart at #31. Perry was in the top 40 last fall with a quick top ten hit called “Rise”, but it’s a far cry from her four #1 singles: “Waking Up In Vegas”, “California Gurls”, “Firework” and “The One That Got Away”. Marley’s a 20-year-old singer and songwriter, born in Jamaica, who just so happens to be the grandson of reggae icon Bob Marley. At the current time, the song ranks in the top five on iTunes.
  • No, don’t adjust your calendar. It’s still 2017, but in one chart week, Blondie, Depeche Mode and Sting have all managed to place debuting songs in the top 40. Hey, I have to serve that retro realness. Sting’s “One Fine Day” is new at #38, while the new one from Blondie, “Fun”, ranks at #39, and “Where’s The Revolution” from Depeche Mode revolutionizes the #40 spot. In all seriousness, it’s great that all three acts are still creating quality music in 2017. It’s Sting’s seventh chart song, Blondie’s first and Depeche Mode’s third.
  • New radio singles from JP Cooper and Michael Bublé are looking to make some moves in the top 40 soon, but new songs from James TW and Maroon 5 will be also be out by the end of the week. Tough one! Check back to see what gets onto the chart next Sunday.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 5, 2017

He's the Man.

Chart glory for Rory.

DEBUTS
39. Imagine Dragons – Believer
38. The Shins – Name For You | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Nathan Sykes – There’s Only One Of You (37)
30. The Head And The Heart – All We Ever Knew (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
24. Bon Jovi – Roller Coaster (30)
17. Julia Michaels – Issues (22)
(see #9 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Daniel Powter – Delicious (14) | PEAK: #09
08. MUNA – I Know A Place (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (06) | PEAK: #06
05. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (03) | PEAK: #03
04. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
03. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (05) | PEAK: #03
02. LP – Lost On You (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Sting – One Fine Day (6)
2. Sigma featuring Birdy – Find Me (5)
3. Alice Merton – No Roots (1)
4. Jonathan Roy – Good Things (8)
5. The Strumbellas – Young & Wild (9)
6. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (3)
7. Walk Off The Earth – Fire In My Soul (7)
8. Ryan Corn – The Pressure (4)
9. Blondie – Fun (-)
10. Michelle Branch – Hopeless Romantic (-)

In The Mix:
Depeche Mode – Where’s The Revolution (new)
James Blunt – Love Me Better
Lady Antebellum – You Look Good
LeAnn Rimes – Long Live Love
Michael Bublé – I Believe In You
Pat Benatar – Shine
Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin
Tavish Crowe – Fire
The Heydaze – Hurt Like Hell

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by a group that’s never hit my top 40 before, but they’ve had plenty of action on both the Triple A and Alternative charts. They are The Shins, and they’re new at #38 with “Name For You”. The tune is taken from the new album Heartworms, which is due next month. Look for it to hit the top of the Triple A survey soon.
  • Debuting a spot below them is “Believer” by Imagine Dragons, which rolls in at #39. You’ll be hearing this one in an ad for a video game company during the Super Bowl, which means it could see a big spike in sales and streams during the week. The release date and title of their third studio album have not been announced yet.
  • New singles and album cuts from Blondie, Depeche Mode and Michelle Branch all enter below the top 40 this week. It looks like there could be several debuts on the horizon next week, so check back to see what gets onto the chart!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 3, 2017

Big Sean, Big debut.

Big Sean, Big debut.

Flip for some February fun in our latest releases post, including top sets from the world of gospel, pop, rap and more. Here are some of this week’s new albums and singles:

BIG SEAN – I Decided. (iTunes)
The Santa Monica rapper last released an album in 2015, so he’s bouncing back into the spotlight with a fresh set that’s likely to be in the running for the top spot next week. “Bounce Back” is currently in the top five on both Rhythmic and Urban radio, while it starts a run at the CHR/Top 40 format. The album features additional collaborations with Eminem and Jeremih.

REBA MCENTIRE – Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope (iTunes)
Is it possible to hate Reba? I don’t think so. Though it’s getting increasingly harder for her new songs to hit the Country airwaves, the new studio album from the legendary singer is a Gospel one, featuring a surprise sales hit in “Back To God”. With a mix of traditional hymns and original songs, it’s sure to get some love from her fans. Look for a decent debut next week.

MUNA – About U (iTunes)
This trio has my top pick of the week, an amazing effort full of catchy pop songs that also deliver a musical message. Current single “I Know A Place” is getting some Hot AC airplay, while former single “Loudspeaker” touched the top 50 on Triple A radio.

More albums out this week: Kari Jobe‘s The Garden (iTunes), RuPaul‘s Remember Me: Essential, Vol. 1 (iTunes), Wyclef Jean‘s J’ouvert (iTunes), Young Dolph‘s Gelato (iTunes), Dear Evan Hansen (Cast Recording) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Alice Merton‘s No Roots (iTunes), Barns Courtney‘s The Dull Drums (iTunes), Griffin Oskar‘s Hostage (iTunes), Kevin Garrett‘s False Hope (iTunes), Ryan Corn‘s The Pressure (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“4AM”, The Mowgli’s (iTunes)
“Another Lover”, Pat Kiloran featuring Jordy Searcy (iTunes)
“Beauty And The Beast”, Ariana Grande and John Legend (iTunes)
“Believer”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Big Picture”, London Grammar (iTunes)
“Black Wave”, K.Flay (iTunes)
“Bound To You”, Jocelyn Alice (iTunes)
“Dark Side”, Phoebe Ryan (iTunes)
“Deeper”, SVRCINA (iTunes)
“Déjà Vu”, Ken Loi featuring Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Falling”, Alesso (iTunes)
“Feed The Machine”, Nickelback (iTunes)
“Fun”, Blondie (iTunes)
“Goodbye”, filous featuring Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Grace”, Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Happy People”, Little Big Town (iTunes)
“Hard To Love”, Matthew Koma (iTunes)
“Hold On”, Chord Overstreet (iTunes)
“Hopeless Romantic”, Michelle Branch (iTunes)
“I Don’t”, Mariah Carey featuring YG (iTunes)
“I Think Of You”, Jeremih featuring Chris Brown and Big Sean (iTunes)
“Lions”, Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Love Is Mystical”, Cold War Kids (iTunes)
“Mad World”, Jasmine Thompson x Eden Prince (iTunes)
“Paralyzed”, STOLAR (iTunes)
“Permission To Love”, SAARA (iTunes)
“Prom Queen”, Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“Rich White Girls”, Mansionz (iTunes)
“Safe Inside (Mark McCabe Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Something Here”, Day Wave (iTunes)
“Some Kinda Wonderful”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Stay In The Dark”, The Band Perry (iTunes)
“Thief”, Ansel Elgort (iTunes)
“Way You Are”, Fetty Wap featuring Monty (iTunes)
“Where’s The Revolution”, Depeche Mode (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Brett Young and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 29, 2017

He's the Man.

No Bone to pick with him, Man.

DEBUTS
40. Keith Urban – Blue Ain’t Your Color
38. The Head And The Heart – All We Ever Knew | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Bon Jovi – Roller Coaster (35)
24. Grouplove – Good Morning (32)
22. Julia Michaels – Issues (31) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go (13) | PEAK: #10
09. MUNA – I Know A Place (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Train – Play That Song (04) | PEAK: #02
06. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (07) | PEAK: #06
05. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (06) | PEAK: #05
04. LP – Lost On You (05) | PEAK: #04
03. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Alice Merton – No Roots (1)
2. The Shins – Name For You (7)
3. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (3)
4. Ryan Corn – The Pressure (4)
5. Sigma featuring Birdy – Find Me (6)
6. Sting – One Fine Day (8)
7. Walk Off The Earth – Fire In My Soul (10)
8. Jonathan Roy – Good Things (-)
9. The Strumbellas – Young & Wild (-)
10. Tavish Crowe – Fire (-)

In The Mix:
A R I Z O N A – Oceans Away
Causes – Where Does Love Go
James Blunt – Love Me Better (new)
Lady Antebellum – You Look Good
LeAnn Rimes – Long Live Love
Michael Bublé – I Believe In You (new)
Pat Benatar – Shine
Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (new)
The Heydaze – Hurt Like Hell

Chart Notes:

  • For the second week in a row, singer and songwriter Julia Michaels has the week’s Biggest Mover with “Issues”. On my last chart, she tied for the title, moving 37-31. Now, she holds it by herself, jumping from 31-22. Michaels, born in Davenport, IA before moving west, also enters the top 40 on the CHR/Top 40 chart this week, joining a list of Iowa-born musicians to rank on the national pop list that includes Andy Williams, C.W. McCall, Glenn MillerNate Ruess and Tracie Spencer.
  • Two recent crossovers to the Hot AC format break into the top 40 this week: at #38, “All We Ever Knew” marks the debut of Seattle’s The Head And The Heart on my chart. The song topped the Alternative radio chart for a week in November. At #40 is the recent chart-topping Country hit by Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”. His song got some key adds recently, and it looks like it’s bound to see some more action in the coming weeks.
  • New singles from Sting and The Shins seem like the most likely candidates to debut in my top 40 next week, at least at the current time. Remember, anything can change. Check back next Sunday to see what happens!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 1, 2017

Eight is enough.

A “Bridge” to 2017.

DEBUTS
40. The Score – Unstoppable
39. Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake – True Colors
38. Molly Kate Kestner – Good Die Young | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
22. MUNA – I Know A Place (31) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
21. OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (26)
(see #10 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (15) | PEAK: #10
09. Shawn Mendes – Mercy (10) | PEAK: #09
08. LP – Lost On You (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Niall Horan – This Town (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week
06. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (06) | PEAK: #05
05. James TW – When You Love Someone (03) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
04. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (07) | PEAK: #04
03. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Train – Play That Song (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (3)
2. Phantogram – Same Old Blues (2)
3. Jukebox The Ghost – Keys In The Car (Live) (4)
4. Seeb featuring Jacob Banks – What Do You Love (9)
5. Tyler Hilton – Next To You (6)
6. Broods – Heartlines (-)
7. Alice Merton – No Roots (-)
8. Ryan Corn – The Pressure (-)
9. A R I Z O N A – Oceans Away (-)
10. Lolo – Shine (-)

In The Mix:
Calum Scott – Rhythm Inside
DNCE – Truthfully
James Hersey – Miss You
MAGIC! – No Regrets
Ryan Adams – Do You Still Love Me?
Walk Off The Earth – Fire In My Soul (new)

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by a chart newcomer, Molly Kate Kestner. She’s new at #38 with “Good Die Young”. The 21-year-old singer had a viral hit several years ago with “His Daughter”, which now has over 15 million views on YouTube. She’s a current Los Angeles resident, but her hometown is Austin, MN. A music video for “Good” debuted about two weeks ago.
  • Another soundtrack cut enters my chart this week, and this one is from the animated film Trolls. With their remake of “True Colors”, a #1 song on the pop chart in 1986 for Cyndi Lauper, Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake come in at #39. It has a small amount of airplay at AC and Hot AC radio, with syndicated night show Delilah supporting it regularly.
  • Last, but not least, is The Score, the duo of Eddie Anthony and Edan Dover. Their current single is “Unstoppable”, and it’ll be at Alternative radio and going for adds in just a few weeks. It debuts at #40 on my chart, making it their second chart hit.

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