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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 18, 2002

“You” know these 2002 hits.

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 fifteen years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 18, 2002…

Debuts:
39. THICKE, “When I Get You Alone”
33. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Like I Love You”

Biggest Mover:
WESTLIFE, “World Of Our Own” (35-26, nine spots)

10. ELVIS PRESLEY vs. JXL, “A Little Less Conversation” (up 6)
Album: ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits (2002, RCA Records)
Peak: #7

09. SEVEN AND THE SUN, “Walk With Me” (down 2)
Album: Back To The Innocence (2002, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #5

08. DANIEL BEDINGFIELD, “Gotta Get Thru This” (up 5)
Album: Gotta Get Thru This (2002, Island Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. BBMAK, “Out Of My Heart (Into Your Head)” (up 1)
Album: Into Your Head (2002, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. BRYAN ADAMS, “Here I Am” (down 4)
Album: Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron (2002, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

05. OUR LADY PEACE, “Somewhere Out There” (up 1)
Album: Gravity (2002, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2

04. NELLY featuring KELLY ROWLAND, “Dilemma” (steady, second week)
Album: Nellyville (2002, Fo’ Reel/Universal Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. PINK, “Just Like A Pill” (steady, fourth week)
Album: M!ssundaztood (2001, Arista Records)
Peak: #2

02. MICHELLE BRANCH, “Goodbye To You” (up 3)
Album: The Spirit Room (2001, Maverick/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. VANESSA CARLTON, “Ordinary Day” (steady, second week)
Album: Be Not Nobody (2002, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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A Gaye Old Time: The Battle Of Two “Healing” Hits

Movin' to some Marvin.

Movin’ to some Marvin.

The music of the legendary Motown singer Marvin Gaye has been appreciated by many fans and many more musicians over the years. It’s also gotten a few of those acts into some notable legal issues, but there’s no need to blur the lines here: Gaye, his music and his message remain a key part of the songs we enjoy in 2015. So, I guess it was inevitable that he’s being covered and sampled again even after some people might have been (at least temporarily) scared away from utilizing music of his catalog. In fact, we’re coming upon two different singles, both fighting for pop radio glory, that sample his 1982 smash “Sexual Healing”. Yet, this leads us to a few questions, though the answers won’t reveal themselves for some time. Will both tracks be able to coexist in the top 40 at one time? Will they cancel each other out? Will Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor‘s recent smash “Marvin Gaye”, which is now descending the chart, play any role in how these two chart runs play out? Let’s take a look at what may happen.

Already rising up into the top 20 at Rhythmic radio and heading upward is “The Fix”, a new release from Nelly that also features Jeremih. The latest tune from the St. Louis rapper has also picked up a small group of stations on the CHR radio panel, where it finds itself just below the top 50 and making some gains, albeit much smaller ones. “Fix” marks the debut single for a record label called RECORDS, which is a new partnership between SONGS Publishing and RED Music in the Sony family. Of course, this does mean that the performer is no longer with Universal, whom he was signed to for over a decade. Nearing his 41st birthday in just a few weeks, the ageism of pop radio is likely to take its toll on this track, at least to an extent, but consistent sales in the top 100 on iTunes and almost 7.5 million streams on Spotify are proving that this has some strength in the marketplace. Give it some time; it may just be a surprise sleeper song for the fall.

Of course, that sleeper status will, no doubt, be affected by the other single searching for open slots on radio playlists. This one is heading for adds at CHR radio on October 20, but it will potentially start gaining some spins earlier than that. It’s “Try Me”, sung by Jason Derulo and featuring Jennifer Lopez, along DJ/producer Matoma, who you may know from his tropical house flip of a Notorious B.I.G./Ja Rule/Ralph Tresvant song, titled as “Old Thing Back” for the new release. That single was a big hit in Norway and Sweden earlier this year. Derulo’s third single from the album Everything Is 4 is his followup to “Cheyenne”, a top 20 single that recently crashed hard due to a lack of sales momentum (and a number of late Q3 singles by top-tier acts debuting at the same time.) We’ll see if that stalling has done any damage to the era, or if “Try” can carry Derulo and company back to the top again. It’s now at 45 million streams on Spotify.

This is an interesting situation, to say the least, and it’s one where anything can truly happen given the track records of both main acts involved. We’ll keep you updated on how these new releases do at radio as the year goes on! Until then, follow and like us on various social media sites for more musical mending and record rejuvenation by clicking the Get Social! tab above.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 11, 2002

No "Ordinary" countdown.

No “Ordinary” countdown.

It is time for yet 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’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Alright, let’s get a move on back to a few weeks before the start of middle school (7th grade!) and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2002…

Debuts:
40. LEANN RIMES, “Life Goes On”
39. OAKENFOLD featuring SHIFTY SHELLSHOCK, “Starry Eyed Surprise”
37. JUSTINCASE, “Don’t Cry For Us”
35. WESTLIFE, “World Of Our Own”

Biggest Mover:
NO DOUBT featuring LADY SAW, “Underneath It All” (25-15) (ten spots)

10. JACK JOHNSON, “Flake” (down 3)
Album: Brushfire Fairytales (2001, Enjoy/Universal Records)
Peak: #7

09. ANASTACIA, “One Day In Your Life” (down 5)
Album: Freak Of Nature (2002, Daylight/Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

08. BBMAK, “Out Of My Heart (Into Your Head)” (up 3)
Album: Into Your Head (2002, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

07. SEVEN AND THE SUN, “Walk With Me” (down 2)
Album: Back To The Innocence (2002, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #5

06. OUR LADY PEACE, “Somewhere Out There” (up 2)
Album: Gravity (2002, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2

05. MICHELLE BRANCH, “Goodbye To You” (up 5)
Album: The Spirit Room (2001, Maverick/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. NELLY featuring KELLY ROWLAND, “Dilemma” (up 2)
Album: Nellyville (2002, Fo’ Reel/Universal Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. PINK, “Just Like A Pill” (steady, third week)
Album: M!ssundaztood (2001, Arista Records)
Peak: #2

02. BRYAN ADAMS, “Here I Am” (down 1)
Album: Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron (2002, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. VANESSA CARLTON, “Ordinary Day” (up 1)
Album: Be Not Nobody (2002, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 19, 2002

"Herre" they are.

“Herre” they are.

It is time for yet 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’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the middle of May and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2002…

Debuts:
38. SEVEN & THE SUN, “Walk With Me”
37. DROPLINE, “Fly Away From Here (Graduation Day)”
33. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Love At First Sight”
32. KELLY OSBOURNE, “Papa Don’t Preach”

Biggest Mover(s):
WILL SMITH, “Black Suits Comin’ (Nod Ya Head)” (30-21, nine spots)

10. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Complicated” (up 5)
Album: Let Go (2002, Arista/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

09. EMINEM, “Without Me” (up 4)
Album: The Eminem Show (2002, Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records)
Peak: #3

08. PINK, “Don’t Let Me Get Me” (down 4)
Album: M!ssundaztood (2001, Arista Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

07. JADE ANDERSON, “Sugarhigh” (up 1)
Album: Dive Deeper (2002 – import, Columbia Records)
Peak: #7

06. NICKELBACK, “Too Bad” (steady, second week)
Album: Silver Side Up (2001, Roadrunner/IDJMG Records)
Peak: #5

05. NELLY, “Hot In Herre” (up 4)
Album: Nellyville (2002, Fo’ Reel/Universal Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. NO DOUBT, “Hella Good” (up 1)
Album: Rock Steady (2001, Interscope Records)
Peak: #2

03. JIMMY EAT WORLD, “The Middle” (steady, second week)
Album: Bleed American/Jimmy Eat World (2001, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

02. ALICIA KEYS, “How Come You Don’t Call Me?” (steady, third week)
Album: Songs In A Minor (2001, J/RMG Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. GOO GOO DOLLS, “Here Is Gone” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Gutterflower (2002, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 30)

He's a Soul survivor.

20/20 on 9/30.

Turn it up… Monday? It’s true! Thanks to one superstar release this week, many albums and singles are out early. (NOTE: some releases may still not be out until Tuesday dependent on record label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what you need to know about musically for the week of September 30:

  • We’ve been waiting for this one for months now. It’s the second half of Justin Timberlake‘s soulful strut through the musical landscape, The 20/20 Experience, 2 of 2. The album will no doubt debut at #1 on next week’s album chart, albeit with a lesser total than the first part of the series. Still, it’s Justin Timberlake. You know it will smash and smash hard. (iTunes)
  • Newcomer Lorde is trading in her gold teeth and Grey Goose for some big potential album sales this week with Pure Heroine, her debut album. It features the international hit “Royals” as well as new single “Team”. Look for it to be a strong #2 next week. (iTunes)
  • Country singer Tyler Farr, who is driving radio “Redneck Crazy” with his current top 3 single, is out with his Redneck Crazy album. It will likely pull in some decent numbers, perhaps enough to go top ten. (iTunes)
  • He cruised up the Hot 100 with his boys Florida-Georgia Line earlier this summer; now, Nelly has his newest studio album released this week, M.O., with single “Get Like Me” (featuring Nicki Minaj and Pharrell) at Urban radio.  (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include HAIM‘s Days Are Gone (iTunes), Joan Jett and the Heartbreakers‘s Unvarnished (iTunes), K-Ci and JoJo‘s My Brother’s Keeper (iTunes), Moby‘s Innocents (iTunes) and Randy Travis‘s Influence, Vol. 1: The Man I Am (iTunes).

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

  • “Army Of 3 (EP)”, a new release from singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson. (iTunes)
  • “I’ll Wait For You”, from “A Thousand Miles” hit maker Vanessa Carlton. (iTunes)
  • “Love, Sex, Death”, new from indie rockers Fall Out Boy. (iTunes)
  • “Walking On Air”, another digital single from Katy Perry‘s latest album PRISM. (iTunes)

Next week, Miley Cyrus looks to twerk to the top with Bangerz, while Cassadee Pope and Panic! At The Disco also take flight with their new releases. Who will make it and where? Find out soon — a preview is coming on Tuesday, the 8th!

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Hot Fun In The Summertime: What Is This Year’s Song Of The Summer?

These hits are hotter than the sun.

These hits are hotter than the sun.

Summer is almost upon us and things are just heating up on the music charts. There are so many fresh sounds on the radio and at retail, but some of them will succeed, while others will fade, never to be heard from again. Only one can be the Song Of The Summer, and the list is the endless this year.

Your typical Song of The Summer would debut in the CHR top 40/50 sometime between mid-April and early May and go to #1 between late June and mid-July, holding its grip on that top spot for at least five or six weeks, sometimes eight, sometimes more. Some classics include *NSYNC‘s “It’s Gonna Be Me” (2000), Mariah Carey‘s “We Belong Together” (2005) and Katy Perry/Snoop Dogg‘s “California Gurls” (2010). Not all years are this clean-cut, but this is just your average situation. With the rapid pace of the CHR format now, including number-one songs that don’t have long runs at the top, anything can happen. Some of these songs made the top 50 in late March; others may not peak until August. Who knows? It’s still early, but here are ten songs I’m thinking could take the title of Song Of The Summer (and why they should and shouldn’t be it) and a few others I considered:

ANNA KENDRICK – “Cups (When I’m Gone)”
Current Position: #27 (CHR) / #41 iTunes
Why It Should: It’s simple, it’s fun and it’s catchy. Plus, don’t you want to brag to your friends about how you can do the clap-slap routine from the Pitch Perfect movie when they can’t? They’ll get pitch slapped.
Why It Shouldn’t: Pitch Perfect was out in October of last year. That seven-month long wait has cost it some valuable time. Plus, the new folky sounding instrumental just makes the song sound juvenile. Eh.

ARIANA GRANDE featuring MAC MILLER – “The Way”
Current Position: #15 (CHR) / #14 iTunes
Why It Should: She’s being touted as the next Mariah Carey and she’s got the chops to prove it. Grande’s first chart hit is a winner with teens, especially those who know her from Nickelodeon’s Victorious.
Why It Shouldn’t: Will she weather the storm of other young singers like Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez? The Disney girls have a leg up on her. Miller as a guest rapper probably wasn’t the best selection.

BRUNO MARS – “Treasure”
Current Position: #31 (CHR) / #119 iTunes
Why It Should: Ahoy, mateys! Cap’n Mars is sailing his soulful ship into treacherous waters, but his retro feel and lyric about finding a female first mate should guide his crew as they charter this hot charter.
Why It Shouldn’t: The last third single by Mars, “The Lazy Song”, broke his streak of #1 singles. Will history repeat itself? Download sales are a bit low at this point, with the song ranking below the top 100.

DAFT PUNK featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS – “Get Lucky”
Current Position: #21 (CHR) / #9 iTunes
Why It Should: If you wanna funk things up, then this is your song. It’s a groovy gem that brings the French duo and American producer/singer together. The clubs love it and so does the mainstream audience.
Why It Shouldn’t: We suddenly care about Daft Punk now? The 70’s influence may not appeal to a younger audience. Plus, Pharrell Williams, though hot again, will be played out by the end of the summer.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE featuring NELLY – “Cruise”
Current Position: #14 (CHR) / #8 and #25 iTunes
Why It Should: It’s going to be everybody’s new driving song. You’ll be rolling your windows down in no time. Oh, and you know you want to imitate their thick Southern accents. “Baby, you a sawng.” Exactly.
Why It Shouldn’t: To a Country audience, this was their “Song Of The Winter”. It peaked at #1 in December. “Cruise” is one of the more polarizing records of the bunch; you either love that twang or despise it.

IMAGINE DRAGONS – “Radioactive”
Current Position: #23 (CHR) / #6 iTunes
Why It Should: It’s part rock, part dubstep and wholly a hit. It spent three months at the top of the Alternative chart and is moving fast at the CHR format. It’s been a pretty consistent top ten seller as well.
Why It Shouldn’t: “Radioactive” doesn’t feel like a CHR #1 in the making. Plus, did we all forget that Alex Clare‘s “Too Close” came out year and is essentially the same song? It may be too brash for some ears.

JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring PITBULL – “Live It Up”
Current Position: #30 (CHR) / #27 iTunes
Why It Should: After a hot performance on American Idol, it looks like Lopez is back in the spotlight. It’s a dance-pop anthem about being carefree and seems to be catching on alright. Make love, don’t fight.
Why It Shouldn’t: RedOne’s sound is tired, and this is the third top-40 single for both artists together. Also, your typical CHR teenager isn’t going to understand at least half of Pitbull‘s rap for being in Spanish.

MARIAH CAREY featuring MIGUEL – “#Beautiful”
Current Position: #19 (CHR) / #13 iTunes
Why It Should: This is probably the most understated song out of the bunch. The modern-day equivalent of a Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell duet, it’s got every social media site and music world buzzing.
Why It Shouldn’t: Now the American Idol is done for the year, Carey has lost a large platform to promote her material. Plus, on a format that is ageist, wouldn’t a younger artist easily be able to take the title?

ROBIN THICKE featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS and T.I. – “Blurred Lines”
Current Position: #41 (CHR) / #3 iTunes
Why It Should: “Blurred” is Thicke’s most pop-friendly single to date and with a viral video approaching 20 million views, its audience keeps growing. A performance on The Voice recently helped substantially.
Why It Shouldn’t: Thicke’s only had one minor top 40 entry before at the format and that was a ballad. The T.I. features skews the track to an Urban audience, which may turn off a more conservative station.

SELENA GOMEZ – “Come And Get It”
Current Position: #8 (CHR) / #4 iTunes
Why It Should: Oh, hello there. This is the highest of all the songs on the list, sliding into the top ten just over a month into its chart run. Jelena may be on and off, but this Indian-influenced song is definitely on.
Why It Shouldn’t: It’s trying too hard to be a Rihanna song (and music video as well.) While staying vague lyrically, it is a little more provocative for her; younger fans (and all of their parents) may not approve.

Other choices considered:
Avril Lavigne, “Here’s To Never Growing Up”
If you’re going to be singing Radiohead at the top of your lungs, make sure you don’t auto-tune it like Lavigne has. Radio, for the most part, gave up on this one quickly, but its sales are still moderately well.

Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding, “I Need Your Love”
“Lights” took forever to reach #1 on this format and radio hasn’t wanted anything from her since it. “Anything Could Happen” tanked; this collaboration with Harris could go top 20 before its chart run ends.

Jason Derülo, “The Other Side”
Doesn’t stray from his core sound, but the success of the single seems forced: a lot of label investment without substantial digital sales. Plus, the song is disposable. It won’t be remembered by the end of the year.

Maroon 5, “Love Somebody”
Though radio has recently picked up the song, its sales haven’t caught up to it yet. It follows three consecutive number-ones from the same album, but this one may not be so lucky in continuing that streak.

will.i.am featuring Justin Bieber, “#thatpower”
The hashtag hit is still going strong on the airwaves, but it seems to have peak digitally. will.i.am‘s album is also a dud. It’s loaded with other collaborations; something could easily replace this song.

Zedd featuring Foxes, “Clarity”
It’s a breakthrough single for Zedd and the EDM genre in general, but it appears that “Get Lucky” is going to be the dominant dance single this summer. This song’s also been around for several months now.

You’ll also be hearing new songs from Britney Spears, Demi LovatoMiley CyrusPitbull, and Rihanna on your radio this summer, but they’ll likely all be too late to be the biggest song of the season. It’s competitive out there! Let me know what song you think will come out on top in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (April 2)

Can you "Dig" it?

They’re not “Done” yet.

This week’s crop of new releases is looking perry, perry nice, if you know what I mean. Here they are for the week of April 2:

  • This week’s biggest new release comes from the trio of siblings called The Band Perry. Their sophomore album, Pioneer, is chock full of more hit singles, like the former #1 Country song “Better Dig Two” and second release “Done.” Look for it to have a good shot of being next week’s top debut. (iTunes)
  • Like the Red Sox and baked beans, these guys just scream Boston. Former boy band, now man band New Kids On The Block are out with 10, featuring the single “Remix (I Like The)”. (iTunes)
  • Controversial rapper Tyler, The Creator puts out his third album today, Wolf. (iTunes)
  • A special tribute album to the late John Denver, entitled The Music Is You, rolls into stores today, featuring remakes by Dave Matthews, Train and more.  (iTunes)
  • The fifth studio album from Country singer Gretchen Wilson is released this week, Right On Time. She’s still independent, releasing on her own Redneck Records. (iTunes)
  • Metal band Killswitch Engage put out their first album since 2009, Disarm The Descent. First single “In Due Time” is at Active Rock radio now. (iTunes)
  • The #1 song on Christian CHR radio right now belongs to trio Hawk Nelson. “Words” comes from their new studio album Made. (iTunes)
  • 80-year-old (!) Petula Clark, best known for hits like “Downtown” and “My Love” in the 1960’s, is out with Lost In You. It recently hit the top 40 on the album chart in the United Kingdom. (iTunes)
  • Rockers Alkaline Trio proclaim that My Shame Is True, their first album in two years. (iTunes)

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

It’s Paisley vs. Paramore next week — the Bradster goes up against the band, but who will triumph? A preview is coming in seven!

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