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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 12, 2019

Mapping out a chart win.

When the world’s biggest K-pop group maps out a route to the top of the charts, everyone else should move out of the way… here are this week’s top new albums and singles hitting the market:

BTS – Map Of The Soul: Persona (EP) (iTunes)
Features: The Halsey-assisted “Boy With Luv”, which impacts at Top 40 radio this coming Tuesday

Notable albums out this week: Aaron Lewis‘s State I’m In (iTunes), Anderson .Paak‘s Ventura (iTunes), Andy Black‘s The Ghost Of Ohio (iTunes), Bruce Hornsby‘s Absolute Zero (iTunes), Danny Gokey‘s Haven’t Seen It Yet (iTunes), Emma Bunton‘s My Happy Place (iTunes), Glen Hansard‘s This Wild Willing (iTunes), Jackie Evancho‘s The Debut (iTunes), John Paul White‘s The Hurting Kind (iTunes), LSD‘s Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present… (iTunes), Melissa Etheridge‘s The Medicine Show (iTunes), Missio‘s The Darker The Weather // The Better The Man (iTunes), Nicklas Sahl‘s Planets (iTunes), Tommee Profitt x Fleurie‘s Gloria Regali (iTunes), Walking On Cars‘s Colours (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Hannah Jane Lewis‘s Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes), Leaving Austin‘s Southern Gold (iTunes), Norah Jones‘s Begin Again (iTunes), Ofenbach‘s Ofenbach (iTunes), Omar Apollo‘s Friends (iTunes), Theia‘s Not Your Princess (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Nighter”, Overstreet (iTunes)
“Back To Love”, Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Better By Myself”, Hey Violet (iTunes)
“Between The Lines (Louie Vega Remix)”, Robyn (iTunes)
“Borderline”, Tame Impala (iTunes)
“Can We Pretend”, P!nk featuring Cash Cash (iTunes)
“Can’t Come Back”, Myzica (iTunes)
“Dead To Me”, Blackbear (iTunes)
“Don’t Give Up On Me (R3HAB Remix)”, Andy Grammer (iTunes)
“Every Boy”, Miss Benny (iTunes)
“Favourite Ex”, Maisie Peters (iTunes)
“Fifteen”, Johan (iTunes)
“Free To Go”, Seeb x Highasakite (iTunes)
“F*ck”, Oliver Tree (iTunes)
“Heroes Never Die”, UNSECRET featuring Krigarè (iTunes)
“Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)”, The Raconteurs (iTunes)
“I Just Wanted You”, Openside (iTunes)
“I’m Not Coming Back”, Meg Mac (iTunes)
“Imported”, Jessie Reyez & 6LACK (iTunes)
“Kingdom Of One”, Maren Morris (iTunes)
“Late Night Feelings”, Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li (iTunes)
“Make Up”, Landon Cube (iTunes)
“Nightshade”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“One Thought Away”, Asher Angel featuring Wiz Khalifa (iTunes)
“Ride”, Lolo Zouaï (iTunes)
“Roll The Dice”, Marshmello & SOBxRBE (iTunes)
“Roots And Wings”, Jessie James Decker (iTunes)
“Sanguine Paradise”, Lil Uzi Vert (iTunes)
“Sixteen”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
“SOS”, Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“Summer Love”, Oliver Heldens featuring Devin & Nile Rodgers (iTunes)
“Sunday”, Jessica Mauboy (iTunes)
“Talk (Remix)”, Khalid featuring Megan Thee Stallion & Yo Gotti (iTunes)
“The Bully”, Sody (iTunes)
“Think About You (Galantis Remix)”, Kygo featuring Valerie Broussard (iTunes)
“Til I Don’t”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Timeless”, Rob Thomas (iTunes)
“Ugly”, Anitta (iTunes)
“Up All Night”, Harrison Wheeler featuring Magic Marshall (iTunes)
“Waiting Tables”, Fly By Midnight (iTunes)
“Wreck”, Hux (iTunes)
“You The One”, EBEN (iTunes)
“Zelda Mae”, Fergus (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums and EPs from Cage The Elephant, Lizzo and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: December 6, 2009

Break out the soft pop 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 nine years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of December 6, 2009…

Debuts:
40. COBRA STARSHIP, “Hot Mess”
38. JOHN MAYER, “Heartbreak Warfare”

Biggest Mover(s):
ADAM LAMBERT, “Whataya Want From Me” (38-27, eleven spots)

10. NORAH JONES, “Chasing Pirates” (up 2)
Album: The Fall (2009, Blue Note Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

09. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (steady, second week)
Album: Slice (2009, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

08. INGRID MICHAELSON, “Maybe” (steady, second week)
Album: Everybody (2009, Cabin 24 Records)
Peak: #7

07. NICKELBACK, “Never Gonna Be Alone” (steady, third week)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for three weeks

06. TRAIN, “Hey, Soul Sister” (steady, second week)
Album: Save Me, San Francisco (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

05. ROB THOMAS, “Someday” (down 1)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

04. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Haven’t Met You Yet” (down 2)
Album: Crazy Love (2009, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

03. THE SCRIPT, “Breakeven” (up 2)
Album: The Script (2008, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. KELLY CLARKSON, “Already Gone” (up 1)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

01. OWL CITY, “Fireflies” (steady, second week)
Album: Ocean Eyes (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six 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.

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: January 24, 2010

You, you, you.

We all “Need” a flashback this weekend.

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 7 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of January 24, 2010…

Debuts:
40. GLORIANA, “How Far Do You Wanna Go?”
39. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Never Told You”
38. BARENAKED LADIES, “You Run Away”
37. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Slice”

Biggest Mover:
MELISSA ETHERIDGE, “Fearless Love” (39-33, six spots)

10. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Fifteen” (down 1)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #9

09. ADAM LAMBERT, “Whataya Want From Me” (up 1)
Album: For Your Entertainment (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

08. MUSE, “Uprising” (steady, third week)
Album: The Resistance (2009, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #8 for three weeks

07. ORIANTHI, “According To You” (steady, second week)
Album: Believe (2009, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. NORAH JONES, “Chasing Pirates” (down 1)
Album: The Fall (2009, Blue Note Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

05. DAUGHTRY, “Life After You” (up 1)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for six weeks

04. OWL CITY, “Fireflies” (steady, second week)
Album: Ocean Eyes (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

03. LIFEHOUSE, “Halfway Gone” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Smoke And Mirrors (2010, Geffen Records)
Peak: #3 for eight weeks

02. THE SCRIPT, “Breakeven” (steady, second week)
Album: The Script (2008, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now” (steady, second week)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #1 for eleven 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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 7, 2016

The Day has come.

The Day has come.

Plenty of rockin’ albums on the schedule this week, as alternative sounds fill your ears for some Friday fun. However, we always have some competition in the mix. Will the pop acts prevail instead? Here are the latest notable albums and singles:

GREEN DAY — Revolution Radio (iTunes)
“Bang Bang” goes the start of this week’s releases review, and it’s about to get loud up in here. California’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool deliver their twelfth studio album since 1990, and they hope that it will become their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 since 2009. As far as their radio game goes, “Bang” is currently #3 on the Alternative chart. It should hit #1 a few weeks from now (if the current trends continue.)

ONEREPUBLIC — Oh My My (iTunes)
This Colorado band has been making hits since 2007, like “Apologize”, “Counting Stars” and “Good Life”. Perhaps they’re about to make a few more! The group’s current radio single is “Kids”, which stands in the top 20 on the Hot AC chart, but, surprisingly finds itself below the top 50 on CHR/Top 40 radio. Can they climb to the top of the pop playground? We’ll see very soon.

PHANTOGRAM — Three (iTunes)
The New York duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter is back with their first album in over two years. As the title states, this is the act’s third studio effort (and their second for a major label.) Lead single “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” is still high up in the top ten on the Alternative chart, where it’s their biggest hit since “Fall In Love” (#3) in 2014.

More albums out this week: Alter Bridge‘s The Last Hero (iTunes), Brent Cobb‘s Shine On Rainy Day (iTunes), Britt Nicole‘s Britt Nicole (iTunes), Colbie Caillat‘s The Malibu Sessions (iTunes), Daya‘s Sit Still, Look Pretty (iTunes), Melissa Etheridge‘s Memphis Rock And Soul (iTunes), Norah Jones‘s Day Breaks (iTunes), Phish‘s Big Boat (iTunes), Sum 41‘s 13 Voices (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Buddy Brown‘s I Call BS On That (iTunes), Lizzo‘s Coconut Oil (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“24k Magic”, Bruno Mars (iTunes)
“Before The World Explodes”, The Wind + The Wave (iTunes)
“Born Again Tomorrow”, Bon Jovi (iTunes)
“Don’t Stop Me Now”, MNEK (iTunes)
“Drum”,  (iTunes)
“Gates”, Tyler Glenn (iTunes)
“Grow Up”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“Million Reasons”, Lady Gaga (iTunes)
“Love Me Now”, John Legend (iTunes)
“Piece Of Mind”, The Killers (iTunes)
“Reverend”, Kings Of Leon (iTunes)
“You With Me”, Jimmy Eat World (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Chris Young, French MontanaKings Of Leon and more.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: December 27, 2009

2015 is nearly "Gone".

2015 is nearly “Gone”.

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 holiday break in the middle of my sophomore year of college and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2009…

Debuts:
40. PHOENIX, “1901”
39. DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, “Belle Of The Boulevard”
38. VEDERA, “Satisfy”
37. LA ROUX, “Bulletproof”

Biggest Mover(s):
COLLECTIVE SOUL, “You” (36-29)
LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now” (22-15, seven spots)

10. NICKELBACK, “Never Gonna Be Alone” (steady, second week)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for three weeks

09. KELLY CLARKSON, “Already Gone” (down 3)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

08. INGRID MICHAELSON, “Maybe” (steady, second week)
Album: Everybody (2009, Cabin 24 Records)
Peak: #7

07. NORAH JONES, “Chasing Pirates” (up 2)
Album: The Fall (2009, Blue Note Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

06. TRAIN, “Hey, Soul Sister” (down 2)
Album: Save Me, San Francisco (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

05. ROB THOMAS, “Someday” (down 2)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

04. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Haven’t Met You Yet” (up 1)
Album: Crazy Love (2009, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

03. LIFEHOUSE, “Halfway Gone” (up 4)
Album: Smoke And Mirrors (2010, Geffen Records)
Peak: #3 for eight weeks

02. THE SCRIPT, “Breakeven” (up 1)
Album: The Script (2008, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. OWL CITY, “Fireflies” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Ocean Eyes (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 31, 2010

You, you, you.

You, you, you.

Welcome back for another edition of Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my new 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. This was the first full week back from Winter Break for Sophomore Year of college, which meant class was in session and my radio show, The Pop Stop, was back on the air. Here’s a look at my top 40 from January 31, 2010:

Debuts:
40. SADE, “Soldier Of Love”

Biggest Mover:
BARENAKED LADIES, “You Run Away” (38-28) (10 spots)

10. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Fifteen”
Here’s a girl who likes to have fun with numbers; she’s one of the only acts to make the charts with two numerical titles. Last year, she entered with “22”, which took a slow rise up to #12. In 2010, it was this hit, which would rise even higher than #15 and peak at #9. It was the lowest peaking of the three pop releases from the Fearless era on my survey.

09. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Haven’t Met You Yet”
Last time I did an update from the fall of 2009, this was at #2 on the weekly chart just before a five-week run at the #1 spot. It’s a classic, and still gets a significant amount of Adult Contemporary play today. Bublé just won a GRAMMY Award a week ago for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for To Be Loved. He remains on tour through summer 2014.

08. NORAH JONES, “Chasing Pirates”
In 2002, Jones burst onto the scene with Come Away With Me, a pop and jazz album that swept that GRAMMYs in 2003. “Pirates” was her last chart hit to date, although she did release a solo album two years ago titled Little Broken Hearts and an Everly Brothers tribute album with Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Foreverly, late last year.

07. ADAM LAMBERT, “Whataya Want From Me”
He’s one of the most successful runner-ups in American Idol‘s history, and it doesn’t hurt that we share the same first name. “Whataya” was the second single from For Your Entertainment and it entertained me to the point of two weeks at #1 that year. Thus far, Lambert’s charted four songs. His most recent, “Never Close Our Eyes”, hit #15 in 2012.

06. OWL CITY, “Fireflies”
Here’s another Adam in the countdown – you can’t have too many of them, or maybe you cane. Adam Young was 23 at the time when he totaled six weeks at #1 with his debut on my survey, “Fireflies”, which at this point was on the decline. The Minneapolis singer would return to the #1 spot for two weeks with Carly Rae Jepsen on “Good Time” in 2012.

05. DAUGHTRY, “Life After You”
Here’s the second act from American Idol in the top ten this week; Chris Daughtry came in fourth place on the fifth season of the program. He and his band were right in the middle of his second album era, Leave This Town, their second effort to reach the top of the Billboard 200. Leadoff “No Surprise” was #1 for two weeks, and this was at its peak.

04. ORIANTHI, “According To You”
Remember this Australian singer and musician who was picked as the lead guitarist for Michael Jackson’s ill-fated This Is It tour? After his death in 2009, she released an album several months later, Believe, and this first single from it rose to #2 on my top 40. She then charted with two other minor singles, “Shut Up And Kiss Me” (#26) and “Courage” (#20).

03. LIFEHOUSE, “Halfway Gone”
Their days of climbing up the top 40 with this song were certainly “Gone”; it was spending its sixth of eight weeks at #3. The group has since parted with their longtime record label, Geffen, after an unsuccessful album, Almería, last yearJason Wade has also expressed putting out a solo effort given the band’s hiatus, but that has yet to see the light of day.

02. THE SCRIPT, “Breakeven”
Coming off a huge chart-topper in “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”, an eight-week #1 in 2009, the trio based out of Dublin would also go to the top with this, albeit only for one frame this time around. The group is currently in the studio, presumably putting the finishing touches on their fourth studio album, due later this year. I’m looking forward to it.

01. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now”
Grab your ten gallon hat and some twang in your talk because this week back in 2010, Country was king, or shall I say queen. To date, “Need You Now” is the biggest Country crossover ever on my personal chart, spending 11 consecutive weeks at #1 and ending the year 2010 in that same position. “Now” those are some stats. The trio last entered with “Downtown”, which peaked at #23 in March. Their current single, “Compass”, is climbing up the Country chart.

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GRAMMY Flashback: Who? What? How Did That Win?

An unjustified loss.

An unjustified loss.

Welcome to GRAMMY Week! This week, from Monday to Friday, you’ll be treated to some special GRAMMY related topics, from the past to the present, all leading up to the music’s biggest night on Sunday at 8PM eastern on CBS. Let’s dive into today’s post…

Now, time for some GRAMMY wins from the weird and wacky corner of the music universe. Over the past fifty-four years, some of these choices haven’t exactly held up well are still criticized to this day. How and why did these happen? The voting committee shows us that, sometimes, they might just be a bit out of touch with the mainstream with a few of the results in these six different categories. Take a look.

THE BIG FOUR
A few entries have won Song Of The Year without hitting the top 40 on the Hot 100. In fact, they barely made the Hot 100 as is. 1966’s winner, “The Shadow Of Your Smile” by Tony Bennett, peaked at #95. Forty years later, “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own” by U2 only went to #97. Both are GRAMMY darlings, but it seems sort of weird to have won such an honor without being a big national hit. Several Record Of The Year winners never made the Hot 100 at all: 2002’s “Walk On” by U2,  2005’s “Here We Go Again” by the late Ray Charles and Norah Jones and 2009’s “Please Read The Letter” by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. I think we’re at the point where this phase is over… for now.

There have been some really questionable choices for Best New Artist since the category’s been around. In 1961, television’s Bob Newhart pulled off a win, the only time a comedian has won Best New Artist. Then, in 1963, Robert Goulet took Best New Artist in one of the stranger wins, beating out Peter, Paul and Mary and The Four Seasons. Goulet only had one big hit, but it was one year after the win. 2001’s winner, Shelby Lynne, had been making the Country chart since 1989… I mean, because getting an award twelve years after your first hit is really new. We’ve also had two really left-of-center choices in the past two years: 2011’s Esperanza Spalding and 2012’s Bon Iver. We won’t have this same kind of situation this year, even if Alabama Shakes wins. I don’t need to bring up Milli Vanilli once again. Cringe all you want.

I think we’d rather forget 2008 when Herbie Hancock and friends won for River: The Joni Letters, a jazz album that beat out the late Amy Winehouse, the Foo Fighters and Kanye West. It was one of the few times in recent years that an Album Of The Year failed to certify even Gold for shipments of 500,000 copies. I think the Academy learned from their mistake. There have been other peculiar choices, especially in last decade or so, but none as much as Hancock’s win.

GENRE-SPECIFIC CATEGORIES
Lots of great R&B songs came out in 1977, but for Best R&B Song at the 1978 ceremony, the winner ending up being “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” by Leo Sayer, beating out big hits by The Emotions, Thelma Houston and two songs by The Commodores. Decent song, but one problem: it never made the R&B chart. Oops! It was Sayer’s only GRAMMY win and his charting days were done in the States by 1981.

Probably the worst offender in a genre category happened at the 1989 GRAMMY Awards with Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental. Metallica, who were the front-runners to win for their 1988 album, …And Justice For All, were defeated by Jethro Tull and their album Crest Of A Knave. Who knew a flute was metal? Guess this was a prime example of the panel “living in the past”. The controversy was well-publicized and it was such a joke that the category was dropped altogether at the next ceremony and split up into two distinct Awards.

They don’t always get it right, but at least we can look back and laugh once in a while. Any other outcomes at the GRAMMYs that you thought were totally wrong, whether in a big category or in a genre one? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel. All of my GRAMMY predictions for the upcoming ceremony are coming tomorrow! Better get to working on that post, right?

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