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POP! Goes The Discovery: A First Spin Of Spotify’s Discover Weekly

Wide awake and streaming.

Wide awake and streaming.

Discovery Weekly premiered on Spotify feeds everywhere on Monday, a “weekly mixtape” (as determined by the service) that is specially focused on exposing listeners to newer acts and album tracks/one-off releases that are customized to their tastes. With many streaming choices for consumers at the moment, including a huge competitor in the recently launched Apple Music, I have decided to stay with Spotify and keep my usual lists updated on there. (Of course, I’ll take up as many free trials as I can.) So, off I went into the unknown to check out what I could discover…

Due to most of my streaming activity coming from current-based lists, it’s no surprise that this affected my Discovery picks; they managed to assemble a collection of songs that were all released either this and last year. I’m sure this will change as my streams vary in the future. For now, the series of 28 (now 29, see below) songs chosen for me this week looks like this:

SAM DEW – “Air” (RCA)
IMAGINARY FUTURE featuring KINA GRANNIS – “Forever On Your Side”
KOPECKY – “Talk To Me”
THE MOWGLI’S – “Whatever Forever”
(Photo Finish/Republic)
GIN WIGMORE – “New Rush”
SACHAL – “Cover The Water” 
(OKeh/Sony Music)
ELLE KING – “America’s Sweetheart”
ZAC BROWN BAND – “Beautiful Drug”
(Southern Ground/Big Machine/Republic/John Varvatos)
LORD HURON – “Louisa”
JON BELLION – “All Time Low” 
(Party Fowl)
ALESSO featuring RYAN TEDDER – “Scars”
(Def Jam)
SHEPPARD – “Find Someone”
ELLIPHANT – “Never Been In Love (RAC Remix)”
(Kemosabe/TEN Music)
KID ASTRAY – “It’s Alright”
ANGEL SNOW – “Secret”
RYAN CABRERA – “House On Fire”
(Dynamite Music)
ZERBIN – “Worlds On Fire”
COLEMAN HELL – “Take Me Up” 
(Columbia) **
MISS E – “Hummingbird”
(Tilted Prod.)
CRUISR – “Go For It”
BEN SCHULLER – “Breaking Out”
OH HONEY – “Sugar, You”
(Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic)
RACHEL PLATTEN – “Lone Ranger”
KIESZA – “Stronger”

** This song was added on Tuesday after the initial batch of songs appeared, with no reason given.

Label Breakdown
Independent: 12
Sony Music: 7 (8 counting “Take”)
Universal Music: 8
Warner Music: 1

Top 5 Picks
1. Elle King: as “Ex’s And Oh’s” goes to CHR radio, “America’s Sweetheart” could be the followup to maintain her momentum.
2. Zac Brown Band: “Beautiful Drug” is an obvious crossover single that should work well for the upcoming autumn months.
3. Young Rising Sons: I’ve been a fan of this New Jersey act since last year, and “F**ked Up” is a highlight of their live shows.
4. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds: This buzzy band based in the Big Apple hits a sweet spot with “Sugar”, a tasty tune.
5. Miss E: A sync for “Hummingbird” on the series Orange Is The New Black put this music into motion, and it is a solid single.

Though only a handful of the acts were new to me, mostly independent ones at that, I wasn’t familiar with fifteen of the songs on the playlist, which definitely showcases the strength of selection in terms of deeper cuts and/or under-appreciated album cuts. I thought that it was particularly interesting that one of the major labels, Warner Music, was only allotted one slot in the over two dozen songs. I’m not sure that the snub was intentional, but a better distribution of bigger and smaller labels is something that a next update could improve upon. I also think the length of the playlist should be slightly longer, but that’s coming from a person who builds much longer playlists and listens to them for hours at a time. That being said, somewhere between 32-38 songs (let’s call it between 2 hours and 2 hours, 20 minutes) would be a little more ideal for me, especially given the familiarity of the acts in round one of this experiment.

Given the results so far, I would certainly use the playlist again, though probably more for finding or rediscovering songs from a band or singer I’m already familiar with rather than a totally new act. As a listener who views the radio, sales and streaming lists, reactions in the statistics from these mixtape additions could help to identify tracks that could work at the many formats or sync in advertising, both of which could lead to other opportunities and bumps in numbers, whether it be in social media, spins, etc. I shall be keeping a list handy; you never know when something might come back up on a blog post here!

Until then, let me know what you think of this new feature on Spotify. Click on the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter and follow the blog by using the tab below.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #60-41

The cream of the pop!

The cream of the pop for 2014.

Another year is in the books and it’s time for the annual listing of the 100 biggest songs that ranked among my weekly top 40 chart from December 2013 to November 2014. It was magical year full of MAGIC! and “Magic” and a lovely twelve months of lovable hits from James Blunt and The Fray. We went “home” with A Great Big World and Andy Grammer, spun around in a “dance” with Milky Chance and Walk The Moon and ended up here with all that was awesome in the year we called 2014.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 30, 2014. Those entries marked with a plus sign (+) had not yet reached their peak position as of the date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

With all that in mind, I think it’s time to rejoin the countdown at #60…

One Direction
060. ONE DIRECTION, “You & I” (#11 for two weeks)
Writers: Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott, John Ryan / Producers: Bunetta, Ryan
Label: Columbia

Eric Hutchinson
059. ERIC HUTCHINSON, “Tell The World” (#10 for three weeks)
Writers/Producers: Eric Hutchinson, Jerrod Bettis
Label: Let’s Break/Kobalt

American Authors
058. AMERICAN AUTHORS, “Best Day Of My Life” (#1 for one week – 2013)
Writers: Zac Barnett, James Shelley, Dave Rublin, Matthew Sanchez, Shep Goodman, Aaron Accetta / Producers: Goodman, Accetta
Label: Island/Republic

Ingrid Michaelson
057. INGRID MICHAELSON, “Girls Chase Boys” (#12)
Writers: Ingrid Michaelson, Trent Dabbs, Barry Dean / Producers: Cason Cooley, Katie Herzig
Label: Cabin 24/Mom + Pop

056. COLDPLAY, “True Love” (#11)
Writers: Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, and Chris Martin / Producers: Berryman, Buckland, Champion, Martin, Paul Epworth, Daniel Green, Rik Simpson
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic

055. BLEACHERS, “Rollercoaster” (#3 +)
Writers/Producers: John Hill, Jack Antonoff
Label: RCA

Taylor Henderson
054. TAYLOR HENDERSON, “Borrow My Heart” (#10)
Writers: Alex Hope, Hayley Warner, Louis Schoorl / Producer: Schoorl
Label: Sony Music (AUS)

Oh Honey
053. OH HONEY, “Be Okay” (#10)
Writers/Producers: Christian Medice, Phoebe Ryan, Mitchy Collins, Danielle Bouchard, Denis Lipari, Lawrence Principato
Label: Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic

Walk The Moon
052. WALK THE MOON, “Shut Up And Dance” (#1 for one week +)
Writers: Nicholas Petricca, Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman, Eli Maiman, Benjamin Berger, Ryan McMahon / Producer: Tim Pagnotta
Label: RCA

American Authors
051. AMERICAN AUTHORS, “Believer” (#8 for two weeks)
Writers: Zac Barnett, James Shelley, Dave Rublin, Matthew Sanchez, Shep Goodman, Aaron Accetta / Producers: Goodman, Accetta
Label: Island/Republic

DJ Cassidy, Jessie J and Robin Thicke
050. DJ CASSIDY featuring JESSIE J and ROBIN THICKE, “Calling All Hearts” (#6 for two weeks)
Writers: Cassidy Podell, Jessica Cornish, Claude Kelly, Gregory Cohen, Robin Thicke / Producers: Podell, Cohen
Label: Columbia

049. PASSENGER, “The Wrong Direction” (#1 for two weeks – 2013)
Writer: Mike Rosenberg / Producers: Chris Vallejo, Mike Rosenberg
Label: Nettwerk/Warner Bros.

The Griswolds
048. THE GRISWOLDS, “Beware The Dog” (#9 for four weeks)
Writers: Daniel Duque-Perez, Christopher Whitehall / Producer: Tony Hoffer
Label: Wind-Up

Fitz & The Tantrums
047. FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, “Fools Gold” (#10 for four weeks)
Writers: Michael Fitzpatrick, Noelle Scaggs, Joe Karnes, James King, Jeremy Ruzumna, John Wicks, Dave Bassett / Producer: Tony Hoffer
Label: Elektra/Atlantic

Young Rising Sons
046. YOUNG RISING SONS, “High” (#8 for two weeks)
Writers: Andy Tongren, Dylan Scott, Julian Dimagiba, Steve Patrick, Christian Medice, Shep Goodman, Aaron Accetta / Producers: Goodman, Accetta
Label: Dirty Canvas/Interscope

045. PASSENGER, “Heart’s On Fire” (#9)
Writer: Mike Rosenberg / Producers: Chris Vallejo, Mike Rosenberg
Label: Nettwerk/Warner Bros.

Andy Grammer
044. ANDY GRAMMER, “Back Home” (#10 for two weeks)
Writers: Andy Grammar, Ryan Met / Producers: Met, Jon Levine
Label: S-Curve

The 1975
043. THE 1975, “Girls” (#1 for one week – 2013)
Writers: George Daniel, Matthew Healy, Adam Hann and Ross MacDonald / Producers: Daniel, Healy, Hann, MacDonald, Mike Crossey
Label: Interscope

Gary Barlow
042. GARY BARLOW, “Let Me Go” (#5 for two weeks)
Writers: Gary Barlow / Producer: Steve Power
Label: Polydor (U.K.)

041. SECONDCITY, “I Wanna Feel” (#8 for four weeks)
Writers: Bryce Wilson, Toni Braxton, Adam Fenton, Kenneth Edmonds, Rowan Harrington, Daniel Bedingfield / Producer: Harrington
Label: Columbia

Check back tomorrow for 40-31 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 2, 2014

Catching ZZZ's and the #1 spot.

Catching ZZZ’s and the #1 spot.

39. Oh Honey – Be Okay
36. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better | HIGHEST DEBUT

30. Big Data – Dangerous (36)
24. DJ Cassidy featuring Jessie J & Robin Thicke – Calling All Hearts (31) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

10. Karmin – I Want It All (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Boy & Bear – Southern Sun (09) | PEAK: #08
08. Gary Barlow and Elton John – Face To Face (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Fitz & The Tantrums – The Walker (06) | PEAK: #02
06. Foster The People – Coming Of Age (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Bastille – Bad Blood (05) | PEAK: #05
04. MAGIC! – Rude (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Grouplove – Shark Attack (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Christina Perri – Human (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
01. Neon Trees – Sleeping With A Friend (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Aer – Says She Loves Me (2)
2. Kylie Minogue – Into The Blue (3)
3. Benny Tipene – Make You Mine (7)
4. Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up) (5)
5. OneRepublic – I Lived (10)
6. Daft Punk – Give Life Back To Music (6)
7. Justin Timberlake – Not A Bad Thing (9)
8. KONGOS – Come With Me Now (4)
9. Vance Joy – Riptide (-)
10. O.A.R. – Peace (-)

In The Mix:
5 Seconds Of Summer – She Looks So Perfect
Bastille – Flaws
Better Than Ezra – Crazy Lucky (new)
Betty Who – Heartbreak Dream
Birdy – Skinny Love
Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be (new)
Daughtry – Battleships
Grizfolk – The Struggle
Guy Sebastian – Like A Drum (new)
HAIM – Forever
Hedley – Crazy For You
Hot Chelle Rae – Don’t Say Goodnight
Hunter Hayes – Invisible
John Newman – Out Of My Head
Lo-Fang – When We’re Fire
Magic Man – Paris
Miner – Hey Love
needtobreathe – The Heart
Parmalee – Carolina
Ray LaMontagne – Supernova (new)
R5 – (I Can’t) Forget About You
Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart (new)
Strange Talk – Young Hearts

Chart Notes:

  • As the old Irish proverb states, “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” Well, not only are Neon Trees “sleeping” on their latest single, but they may as well be having a nice chuckle too. Their sixth top 40 entry becomes their second #1 single, as “Sleeping With A Friend” advances 2-1. It’s their first song to reach the top since debut single “Animal”, which spent four weeks at #1 in the fall of 2010. This, of course, displaces Christina Perri‘s “Human”, which falls to #2 after six weeks at the throne.
  • For the second week in a row, the Biggest Mover on the countdown belongs to newcomer DJ Cassidy, along with chart veterans Jessie J and Robin Thicke. “Calling All Hearts” leaps from 31-24, the first single from Paradise Royale, due in May. A video clip for the song debuts early this week.
  • This week’s Highest Debut at #36 belongs to Bleachers, a new project from fun.‘s Jack Antonoff. The trio was responsible for three back-to-back #1 singles in 2012; can his new act also reach the top? We’ll see. “I Wanna Get Better” goes to Alternative and AAA radio next month.
  • At #39 is the other debut this week, “Be Okay” by Oh Honey. The Brooklyn based duo of Danielle Bouchard and Mitchy Collins are the newest members of the Atlantic Records family after signing with the label late last month. I first heard the song about five weeks ago when it was added to Hits 1 on SiriusXM. Way to go, you two!

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Off The Satellites: Some Siriusly Good New Tunes — Part Two

In a world of corporate playlists and tight rotations, traditional radio can sure get old fast. That’s where these guys come in with some original sounds that you’ve likely not heard of yet. Last time around, I let you in on two of these releases from Slovak singer Celeste Buckingham and Florida band Lovestruck Robot, with the former act seeing a more widespread push at Hot AC in the past few weeks. Today, I’m highlighting three more songs I’ve been hearing recently from the airwaves of SiriusXM, from the Alternative and CHR side of things. Even if they don’t make it on the FM dial, somebody saw a chance for them and now they’re beaming down into my stereo. Take a listen and see what you think:

Love is in the Aer.

Love is in the Aer.

AER – “Says She Loves Me”
Label: Aer/INgrooves  / Added on: Alt Nation (Channel 36)

With a few releases under their belts since 2010, these two guys may as well be veterans. David von Mering and Carter Schultz are originally from Wayland, MA, and being from Worcester, about a 45-minute drive away, I’m always glad to see an act from my home state being recognized on a much greater level. The duo has been performing live opening for a number of acts over the past few years, and most recently released a self-titled album two weeks ago. It debuted at #26 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on the Rap Albums survey, selling about 10,000 copies in its first week, their biggest frame and peak position to date. “Says” also debuted on Alt Nation in the past week and has quickly become one of the most played songs there. We’ll see if it enters on the Alt-18, a weekly countdown based on votes from listeners. They also recently partnered with national promotion group INgrooves towards a wider release. They have an awesome song with a great late 90’s rock throwback sound, like a Citizen King or Sugar Ray record, so look for it on the air this spring.

(Purchase “Says She Loves Me” and the Aer album on iTunes)

A taste of Honey.

A taste of Honey.

OH HONEY – “Be Okay”
Label: Independent  / Added on: Hits 1 + 20 on 20 (Channels 2 + 3)

The duo from Brooklyn is making some waves on both of SiriusXM’s two pop stations even though they haven’t signed to a label… yet. Comprised of Mitchy Collins on vocals and guitar and Danielle Bouchard also on vocals, the two have racked up nearly 20,000 views on their YouTube video for “Okay” thanks to the constant play and Twitter shout-outs from singers like Paramore‘s Hayley Williams and Hilary Duff, who attended their gig at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City recently. Plus, take a look at the comments on the video and you’ll see that the song is receiving the Glee treatment in late March, sung by Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera). They’ll have, oh, only a few million new friends along for the ride then. The song’s pretty catchy too, perfect for the upcoming summer. Crafted with a carefree vibe, sweet harmonies and a whistle or two, the two truly “can’t complain about much these days/I believe we’ll be okay,” and they will once a bigger audience comes flocking to it. It’s only a matter of time.

(Purchase “Be Okay” and the With Love EP on iTunes)

"Wanted" on satellite radio.

“Wanted” on satellite radio.

PLUG IN STEREO featuring MEGAN & LIZ – “To Be Wanted”
Label: Atlantic/ADA / Added on: 20 on 20

There must be something in the water if all these choices are by or involve a duo. In this collaboration, it’s Megan & Liz, known for their following on YouTube with a series of cover videos. They’ve teamed up with Plug In Stereo, the one-man act from Oregon whose name is Trevor Dahl. He just finished up a small tour in January with young Australian singer Cody Simpson. Both artists on this single have struggled to find support at pop radio in the past few years. For Dahl, it was 2011’s “Oh Darling”, featuring singer Cady Groves. Promoted by Triple Crown, the acoustic ballad picked up 17 stations at the height of its run, but missed the CHR top 50. For the two sisters, three of their singles have reached the pop airwaves: “Are You Happy Now?” (#50), “Bad For Me” (#33) and “Release You”, which failed to chart last year despite some major SiriusXM plugging on 20 on 20. Well, three is better than one or two, and combining forces on the more produced pop track with a positive message could set them soaring with proper placement. We’ll see how it goes.

(Purchase “To Be Wanted” and the A Little Peace EP on iTunes)

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