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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 22, 2007

"Ruby" and some diamonds.

“Ruby” and some diamonds.

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 April 22, 2007…

Debuts:
39. TORI AMOS, “Big Wheel”
38. EMERSON HART, “If You’re Gonna Leave”
36. MARK RONSON featuring DANIEL MERRIWEATHER, “Stop Me”
33. KELLY CLARKSON, “Never Again”

Biggest Mover(s):
DARREN HAYES, “Who Would Have Thought?” (24-12, twelve spots)

10. PAOLO NUTINI, “New Shoes” (steady, second week)
Album: These Streets (2006, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #10 for two weeks

09. JOSS STONE, “Tell Me ‘Bout It” (down 1)
Album: Introducing Joss Stone (2007, Virgin Records)
Peak: #8

08. KAISER CHIEFS, “Ruby” (up 7)
Album: Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007, Universal Motown Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

07. DBCLIFFORD, “Simple Things” (down 2)
Album: Recyclable (2007, Sony BMG Records – Canada)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

06. THE FRAY, “Look After You” (down 2)
Album: How To Save A Life (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #2

05. DAUGHTRY, “It’s Not Over” (up 1)
Album: Daughtry (2006, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for six weeks

04. NICKELBACK, “If Everyone Cared” (up 3)
Album: All The Right Reasons (2005, Roadrunner Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

03. ROB THOMAS, “Little Wonders” (steady, second week)
Album: Meet The Robinsons (Soundtrack) (2007, Walt Disney/Melisma/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

02. JAMES MORRISON, “You Give Me Something” (steady, second week)
Album: Undiscovered (2007, Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. MAROON 5, “Makes Me Wonder” (steady, fourth week)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone 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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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (August 2014)

The radio airwaves are looking ripe this summer as plenty of new acts and established artists crash the party with new tunes. Which ones will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of my favorites being serviced in August on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

David Guetta
DAVID GUETTA featuring SAM MARTIN – “Lovers On The Sun” (August 5) (*)
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic
DJ Guetta’s latest U.S. single was co-produced and written by Avicii and features newcomer Martin, who has a couple of songwriting credits with Maroon 5. He hasn’t had a top ten single on the pop chart since 2012’s “Titanium”; have a bevy of younger producers and the ageism of radio caught up to the hitmaker or will the airwaves welcome him again?

Bebe Rexha
BEBE REXHA – “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You” (August 12) (*)
Label: Warner Bros.
24-year-old Rexha got her first taste of the charts earlier this year when her collaboration with Cash Cash, “Take Me Home”, went top 20 at CHR radio. Her first solo single, originally uploaded online this past spring, recently drew some attention when it was remixed by duo The Chainsmokers. We’ll see if this release’s success is worth a #selfie or two.

MKTO
MKTO – “American Dream” (August 12) (*)
Label: Columbia
After months of slowly climbing up the pop chart, this duo finally broken the top ten earlier this summer with the song “Classic”. Now, fueled by that long run, Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller are offering their “Dream” with the hopes that this time around, they won’t be finding a nightmare. No worries; it’s already gone top 40 in Australia and New Zealand.

Phillip Phillips
PHILLIP PHILLIPS – “Unpack Your Heart” (August 12) (**)
Label: Interscope
Following up his recent top five AAA and top ten Hot AC hit, “Raging Fire”, Phillips is moving quickly onto this second single from Behind The Light, written and produced by the same team behind “Fire”. The former American Idol champ should have a simple time landing on both formats and, like his other songs, find placement on television this autumn.

Rixton
RIXTON – “Wait On Me” (August 12) (*)
Label: School Boy/Mad Love/Giant Little Man/Interscope
A little trouble never hurt nobody… and neither does an Ace Of Base inspired followup from this British quartet. “Me And My Broken Heart” hit #1 in the United Kingdom last month and went top ten on a handful of radio formats here. I don’t think the four will have much trouble on the surveys with this or making a few new fans. It was worth the “Wait”.

The Vamps
THE VAMPS featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Somebody To You” (August 19) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
This is the first time in the U.S. for this boy band, but they’ve already taken Europe by storm. All four singles from the debut set by the band, Meet The Vamps, have gone top five on the U.K. Singles Chart. “You” also became their first #1 in Scotland and went top 20 in Australia, their biggest hit to date. With Lovato’s help, they’ll be somebodies here soon.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Boy & Bear
BOY & BEAR – “Three Headed Woman” (August 5) (**)
Label: Nettwerk
The Australian quintet based in Sydney launched successfully at AAA radio earlier this year with “Southern Sun”. Also taken from the album Harlequin Dream, “Woman” is another great track and should be at least moderately successful on those same airwaves. After several dates abroad, the group return to the States on their worldwide tour in October.

Jungle
JUNGLE – “Busy Earnin'” (August 5) (*)
Label: XL/Beggars Group
At the moment, this new duo from London is busy earnin’ some decent peaks across the album charts in Europe, going as high as #7 in their native U.K., as well top 40 in Belgium and Switzerland. Their singles haven’t seen any substantial action, but their sound fits in neatly with the current flavor at Alternative radio, even if they themselves aren’t known.

Cold War Kids
COLD WAR KIDS – “All This Could Be Yours” (August 12) (*)
Label: Downtown
These guys have been around for some time, but their Alternative play has been limited to peaks down in the 20’s and 30’s. That may change with this single, which is featured in an advertisement for Milk Music, a new app from Samsung. The exposure’s been pretty wide thus far and with a new album due in October, the timing couldn’t be better for them.

Fitz and the Tantrums
FITZ & THE TANTRUMS – “Fools Gold” (August 12) (*)
Label: Elektra/Atlantic
More Than Just A Dream has been a fantastic era for the sextet from the Golden State, who now claim two consecutive #1’s on the Alternative chart with “Out Of My League” and “The Walker”. Their latest is certainly a standout and could continue to build up their stretch of crossover appeal as they tour the States through the fall. Let’s see how they medal.

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS – “Cecilia And The Satellite” (August 19) (*)
Label: Vanguard
With the end of Jack’s Mannequin several years ago, McMahon set out on a solo adventure and the 31-year-old has come up an album due later in 2014. “Cecilia” marks the first new material from the performer since his first daughter, also named Cecilia, was born in February. With a new label backing him and a very passionate base, the sky is the limit.

Paolo Nutini
PAOLO NUTINI – “Let Me Down Easy” (August 19) (**)
Label: Atlantic
Singer/songwriter Nutini continues to be huge across the pond; his album Caustic Love is already Platinum in the U.K. after peaking at #1 in April. Though “Down” missed the top 40 there, unlike first single “Scream (Funk My Life Up)”, it is much better suited for AAA. It’s been a while since “New Shoes” hit the top there, but he still has potential to do well.

Which track(s) would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (April 15)

Looking for breathing room.

Looking for breathing room in the top five.

Out of all the releases on the schedule this week, these ones get to the “Heart” of the charts. Where exactly will they land? Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of April 15:

  • One of this week’s top new releases comes from rockers NEEDTOBREATHE and their fifth studio album, Rivers In The Wasteland. Lead single “The Heart” is currently at AAA radio. Given that their last effort debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200, look for this to as well, with a good chance of entering the top five. (iTunes)
  • Singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson‘s Lights Out lights up record stores this week; it’s her first album release since 2012. “Girls Chase Boys” is currently gaining airplay at several formats and should carry the album to an easy top five debut given her decent fan base. (iTunes)
  • Last year, while Jason Derulo charted moderately in Europe with album called Tattoos, his U.S. audience only received a five song EP of the same name. Now, that full-length effort gets a Stateside release as Talk Dirty, named after his recent hit. Derulo’s never been a big seller when it comes to albums, so don’t except impressive numbers with this. Still, a top ten debut is very much in the cards. (iTunes)
  • Popular metal band Sevendust are back and their latest is titled Time Travelers & Bonfires. It’s an all acoustic album, featuring both new material and reworked versions of some of their classics. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Nas‘s classic Illmatic album turns 20 this month; now, Illmatic XX, a deluxe rerelease with new packaging and bonus material, is in stores today.  (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Afghan Whigs‘s Do To The Beast (iTunes), Billy Porter‘s Billy’s Back On Broadway (iTunes), Breathe Carolina‘s Savages (iTunes), Dan Wilson‘s Love Without Fear (iTunes), Emerson Hart‘s Beauty In Disrepair (iTunes), Ian Anderson‘s Homo Erraticus (iTunes), Justin Nozuka‘s Ulysses (iTunes), Paolo Nutini‘s Iron Sky (EP) (iTunes), Rodney Crowell‘s Tarpaper Sky (iTunes), Secret Sisters‘s Put Your Needle Down (iTunes) and The Both‘s The Both (iTunes).

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

  • “Heart’s On Fire”, a new digital single from Passenger. (iTunes)
  • “Human”, the latest pre-release track from Cher Lloyd. (iTunes)
  • “Love Runs Out”, new from OneRepublic from the re-release of their album Native. (iTunes)
  • “Not In That Way”, another digital track from singer Sam Smith. (iTunes)
  • “West Coast”, the first single from Lana Del Rey‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)

Next week, rapper Iggy Azalea‘s The New Classic and electro-rockers Neon Trees‘s Pop Psychology are among the schedule’s top new releases. A full preview is coming in seven!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 15, 2007

All about "Me".

All about “Me”.

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. By this point in 2007, I was looking at colleges to apply to, and keeping busy with the Speech Team and our a cappella group, Uncommon Time. Meanwhile, here’s what was happening on my chart dated April 15, 2007:

Debuts:
40. BRANDI CARLILE, “The Story”
24. DARREN HAYES, “Who Would Have Thought?”

Biggest Mover:
MANDY MOORE, “Extraordinary” (33-25) (8 spots)

10. PAOLO NUTINI, “New Shoes”
Singer/songwriter Nutini was only 20 years old when his first single made my chart, which was at its peak position on this particular week. Though it just missed the Hot 100, it accumulated some minor airplay at the Hot AC format and landed in the #1 spot on AAA radio for four weeks. He recently entered my top 40 with new single “Scream (Funk My Life Up)”.

09. MODEST MOUSE, “Dashboard”
This band from Washington state broke my top ten three years prior with the song “Float On”, but it would take until their second album, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, to return to their upper reaches of the chart. The sextet hasn’t released a full-length effort since it, but they still perform live. No word on when new material from them will be coming.

08. JOSS STONE, “Tell Me ‘Bout It”
She bubbled under my chart a few times in 2004 with songs like “Fell In Love With A Boy” and “You Had Me”, but in the spring of 2007, Stone finally made my top 40 and the top ten with this leadoff single from her third album, Introducing… Joss Stone. The introduction didn’t last for long. Though she’s still recording, none of her songs since “Tell” have charted.

07. NICKELBACK, “If Everyone Cared”
With the fourth single from their biggest selling album ever, 2005’s All The Right Reasons, the Canadian group’s rocking song with a more politicized message took a long trip up on my chart, eventually topping out at #2 later that spring. They may no longer be with Roadrunner, their longtime record label since 1999, but they still had a fine chain of hits with them.

06. DAUGHTRY, “It’s Not Over”
It certainly was not over for the former American Idol finalist and his group, climbing into the countdown with their first single. “Over” spent five weeks at #5, their second highest peak from the Daughtry era behind “What About Now”, which rose to #3. The sextet released an album last year, the very poppy Baptized; single “Waiting For Superman” peaked at #6.

05. DBCLIFFORD, “Simple Things”
Watching the charts up in Canada brought this single to my attention, which spent six weeks at #1 earlier in 2007. Clifford was born in France and eventually moved up north before shifting his focuses on the United Kingdom during the past few years. A followup, “Don’t Wanna”, peaked at #2 on my survey that same year. The performer has yet to chart since then.

04. THE FRAY, “Look After You”
Back when they were touring behind their debut era, the Colorado band was one of the hottest new acts to rank on my top 40. This was the third of three top five hits for the band from How To Save To Life, peaking at #2 for a week. Though “All At Once” would break the streak later in 2007, they’re still very much active, scoring with the recent hit “Love Don’t Die”.

03. ROB THOMAS, “Little Wonders”
From the soundtrack to the Disney animated flick Meet The Robinsons, this was Thomas’s fifth consecutive single to rise into the top 3 following four releases from his 2005 Something To Be album. That’s one hot streak. “Wonders” ended up in the runner-up spot for a few frames before falling down. A third solo effort is expected from the singer later this year.

02. JAMES MORRISON, “You Give Me Something”
He’s one of the most underrated vocalists on the survey this week, especially from an American perspective. “Something” was a big hit across Europe, but U.S. radio largely ignored it beyond a few outlets here and there. Morrison has not issued an album out in three years, but he’s been cooking up some new material as of earlier this year. Hope to hear it very soon!

01. MAROON 5, “Makes Me Wonder”
The hype was huge on this record from the California group, who were a month away from the release of their sophomore effort, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. Needless to say, it zipped up the charts, both at radio and retail. “Wonder” was in its third of eleven weeks at #1 on my survey, and remains the last song in my chart’s history (at least thus far) to debut at the top spot. With six #1 songs and 18 entries since 2003, they’ll surely be reaching the 2-0 mark when their next album hits.

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PROFILE: Will Passenger “Go” On To The U.S.?

Driving his way around the world.

Driving his way around the world.

Seems like for at least the past few years, we’ve always had an international solo act that writes and sings their own material and dominates the charts with a breakup anthem that you just can’t escape. In 2011, it was Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep”. In 2012, it was Gotye‘s duet with Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”. Both sold bucket loads and won awards for their compositions, even if each act didn’t have the same level of success after their signature songs. While we have acts like Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sandé climbing the national surveys today, I’m inclined to think that there may be another act in the wings waiting to breakout and attain that same level of success. With that, let me introduce you to the singer and song that may do it: Passenger and his international hit, “Let Her Go”.

Passenger is a one-man band, 28-year-old British singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg. He started performing at age 16. Rosenberg previously fronted a band baring the same name that broke up in 2009, and he decided to carry the name with him as he began his solo career that same year. His first albums came and went with little notice, but it’s his third album, All The Little Lights, that seems to have everyone interested him. (It’s been out in the U.S. since late August of last year via Nettwerk Records.) A first single, “The Wrong Direction”, didn’t chart in any territory, but his second release, the aforementioned “Go”, became a major hit in Europe beginning in the summer of 2012. It’s already gone to #1 in Austria, Sweden and The Netherlands and now it’s securely at #1 on iTunes in Australia, which will likely take it to the top of the ARIA Singles Chart there. (UPDATE: It rose 23-2 in its second week on the chart, but is still #1 on iTunes.) In total, it’s charted in over a dozen countries so far, most within the top ten. His album has also been a top ten seller in countries like Germany and Ireland. He recently toured in Australia and New Zealand as the opening act for Ed Sheeran and is now on his own headlining tour in the same region. How fast those things seem to grow.

As for the song itself, it’s a really pretty one. It has a minimal arrangement, at times entirely a capella, but is still commercial sounding in its own way. What really drives the song is that Rosenberg has a really distinctive voice, one that would especially stand out here, but in a good sense. It sort of reminds me of a mix of Ben Howard and Paolo Nutini, both of whom have had some degree of success here. It’s one of those songs you just want to listen to if you’re feeling down and can’t shake the memories of an old flame. In fact, that’s reflected in the lyrics pretty elegantly: “You see her when you fall asleep/But never to touch and never to keep.” As the expression goes, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. You realize that you need some essential quality, but it doesn’t happen until after it’s gone. He can put it better than I can: “You only need the light when it’s burning low/Only miss the sun when it starts to snow/Only know you love her when you let her go.” It’s a song that can touch a lot of people, like “Rolling” and “Somebody” did during their respective years in the spotlights. Watch out for Passenger to fill that void at some point.

So, what happens from here? It may be that the sudden sales in Australia translates into Nettwerk promoting “Go” to both Canada and the United States later this spring. It could be longer. It’s currently being considered for only Triple A radio here, but that could easily be expanded. Regardless of what it happens, it will happen, and then maybe you’ll be tired of it by the 200th time you hear it on the radio. For now, it’s a fresh sound that may be the next to pop on the mainstream circuit. You may “let her go”, but don’t let this one do the same.

Download “Let Her Go” on iTunes. / Download All The Little Lights on iTunes.

Are you already enjoying Passenger’s music? Think he can break the U.S. market successfully? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

UPDATE: “Let Her Go” goes for adds at hot adult contemporary radio on April 29! Here’s to a great U.S. run for it.

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