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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 5, 2015

It's the Ghost wonderful time of the year.

Another post, another Ghost.

DEBUTS
40. Jake Owen – Real Life
39. Family Of The Year – Make You Mine | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. X Ambassadors – Renegades (39)
22. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (32) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
17. Matt Nathanson – Gold In The Summertime (22)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Kelly Clarkson – Invincible (12) | PEAK: #10
09. ROMANS – Uh Huh (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Parachute – Crave (05) | PEAK: #04
07. American Authors – Go Big Or Go Home (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Maroon 5 – This Summer’s Gonna Hurt… (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Causes – Walk On Water (1)
2. Hoodie Allen – Dumb For You (2)
3. Meg Mac – Roll Up Your Sleeves (3)
4. Daya – Hide Away (7)
5. Life Of Dillon – Dreams (10)
6. Jarryd James – Do You Remember (8)
7. New Politics – West End Kids (5)
8. Nate Ruess – Great Big Storm (-)
9. The Heydaze – Dumb (-)
10. Little Mix – Black Magic (-)

In The Mix:
Atlas Genius – Molecules
Austin Mahone – Dirty Work (new)
Beck – Dreams
Brandon Flowers – Lonely Town
Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me
Coasts – Oceans
CRO – Dream (new)
Day Wave – Drag
Demi Lovato – Cool For The Summer (new)
Django Django – Shake And Tremble
Fairground Saints – Can’t Control The Weather
FLETCHER – War Paint (new)
Freddy’s Dilemma – Only On A Saturday Night
Hunter Hunted – Lucky Day (new)
Janet Jackson – No Sleeep
Jasmine Thompson – Adore
Langhorne Slim & The Law – Strangers
Martin Luke Brown – Scars On Scars (new)
Michael Franti & Spearhead featuring Sonna Rele – Once A Day
Mother Mother – Monkey Tree
Robin Thicke – Morning Sun (new)
Scott Helman – That Sweater
The Karma Killers – Coming Of Age
The Script – Paint The Town Green
Third Eye Blind – Everything Is Easy
Toad The Wet Sprocket – Architect Of Ruin
Walk Off The Earth – Hold On (The Break) (new)
Years & Years – Shine

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s top ten is pretty active with several songs headed upward, including two tracks entering into the region. Up 11-9 is newcomer ROMANS with “Uh Huh”, now officially impacting Hot AC radio in the U.S. in two weeks. Also up two spots is the latest from Kelly Clarkson, “Invincible”, moving 12-10. She’ll be looking for her third #1 with the song that is now her 17th top ten hit on my chart.
  • The California group named Family Of The Year has this week’s Highest Debut, coming in at #39 with “Make You Mine”. It’s the first single from their forthcoming self-titled album, due September 4. It’s also their first release to make my top 40 since the fall of 2013, when former top ten “St. Croix” (#7) fell out of the survey.
  • One notch below them is Jake Owen‘s “Real Life”, new at #40 this week. The Florida performer has been making Country hits since 2006, but this is his first to break my chart. It has a strong mid-to-late 90’s Alternative radio production to it, and that could lead to some big crossover play soon. Stay tuned.
  • Next week should see at least two debuts lighting up the chart, with potential second hits from two bands, Causes and Life Of Dillon, looking like frontrunners at the moment. Could newcomers Daya or The Heydaze steal one of those coveted slots? Find out on Sunday.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 28, 2015

It's the Ghost wonderful time of the year.

Another toast to the Ghost.

DEBUTS
39. X Ambassadors – Renegades
38. Lions Head – Begging | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. John Newman – Come And Get It (38)
32. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Tori Kelly – Should’ve Been Us (31)
11. ROMANS – Uh Huh (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. American Authors – Go Big Or Go Home (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (07) | PEAK: #01 for one week
08. Saint Motel – My Type (06) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. Maroon 5 – This Summer’s Gonna Hurt… (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (10) | PEAK: #06
05. Parachute – Crave (04) | PEAK: #04
04. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Causes – Walk On Water (7)
2. Hoodie Allen – Dumb For You (2)
3. Meg Mac – Roll Up Your Sleeves (4)
4. Family Of The Year – Make You Mine (6)
5. New Politics – West End Kids (5)
6. Allen Stone – Freedom (3)
7. Daya – Hide Away (8)
8. Jarryd James – Do You Remember (10)
9. Jake Owen – Real Life (-)
10. Life Of Dillon – Dreams (-)

In The Mix:
Atlas Genius – Molecules
Beck – Dreams
Brandon Flowers – Lonely Town (new)
Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me (new)
Coasts – Oceans
Day Wave – Drag
Django Django – Shake And Tremble
Fairground Saints – Can’t Control The Weather
Freddy’s Dilemma – Only On A Saturday Night (new)
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Janet Jackson – No Sleeep (new)
Jasmine Thompson – Adore
Karmin – Didn’t Know You
Langhorne Slim & The Law – Strangers
Little Mix – Black Magic (new)
Michael Franti & Spearhead featuring Sonna Rele – Once A Day
Modest Mouse – The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box
Mother Mother – Monkey Tree
Nate Ruess – Great Big Storm (new)
Scott Helman – That Sweater
Skinny Days – Alright Right Now
The Heydaze – Dumb (new)
The Karma Killers – Coming Of Age
The Script – Paint The Town Green
Third Eye Blind – Everything Is Easy
Toad The Wet Sprocket – Architect Of Ruin
Years & Years – Shine

Chart Notes:

  • Locked in at #1 for a fifth week is the trio Jukebox The Ghost and “Postcard”, which now gives them the longest-running #1 song during the 2015 chart year (at least thus far.) The last song to spend that much time at the top was by singer Jamie Scott and “Unbreakable”, which lasted six weeks in late 2014. How long will this Ghost haunt my house of hits? Their treat may pull off more tricks, so stay tuned!
  • Duran Duran, Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers land this week’s Biggest Mover, “Pressure Off”, up 40-32. It leads off Paper Gods, which is out in the U.S. on September 18, though it’ll be released in Europe a week earlier. Though the group’s biggest hits ranked in the 1980’s, they’ve collected two #1’s on my chart with 2005’s “What Happens Tomorrow” and 2011’s “All You Need Is Now”.
  • Both of the week’s debuts are by new duos or groups to my top 40, and the highest, at #38, is by the American-German duo called Lions Head, consisting of Ignacio Uriarte and Filip Bakija. “Begging” is reacting nicely on sites such as SoundCloud, where the original version and two remixes have been streamed in excess of 470,000 times. That’s a mighty musical roar.
  • The other entry on this week’s chart is the current #1 song on the Alternative chart. “Renegades” by X Ambassadors bows in at #39. The quartet’s album, VHS, is due on Tuesday. Though their run was heavily aided by iHeartMedia’s On The Verge artist integration program at the format, their crossover attempt at Hot AC radio is not.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 21, 2015

It's the Ghost wonderful time of the year.

They have one spooky single.

DEBUTS
40. Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers – Pressure Off
39. Anderson East – Satisfy Me
38. John Newman – Come And Get It
37. Nathan Sykes – Kiss Me Quick | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Phases – I’m In Love With My Life (38)
31. Tori Kelly – Should’ve Been Us (35)
26. Matt Nathanson – Gold In The Summertime (33) | BIGGEST MOVER
23. Rob Thomas – Trust You (27)
17. ROMANS – Uh Huh (21)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Years & Years – King (08) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
08. Maroon 5 – This Summer’s Gonna Hurt… (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (06) | PEAK: #01 for one week
06. Saint Motel – My Type (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
05. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Parachute – Crave (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Lions Head – Begging (8)
2. Hoodie Allen – Dumb For You (4)
3. Allen Stone – Freedom (3)
4. Meg Mac – Roll Up Your Sleeves (6)
5. New Politics – West End Kids (5)
6. Family Of The Year – Make You Mine (-)
7. Causes – Walk On Water (-)
8. Daya – Hide Away (9)
9. X Ambassadors – Renegades (-)
10. Jarryd James – Do You Remember (-)

In The Mix:
Atlas Genius – Molecules (new)
Beck – Dreams
Coasts – Oceans
Day Wave – Drag
Django Django – Shake And Tremble
Fairground Saints – Can’t Control The Weather
Jake Owen – Real Life (new)
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Jasmine Thompson – Adore
Karmin – Didn’t Know You
Katharine McPhee – Lick My Lips
Langhorne Slim & The Law – Strangers
Leslie Clio – My Heart Ain’t That Broken
Life Of Dillon – Dreams (new)
Mark Ronson featuring Mystikal – Feel Right
Michael Franti & Spearhead featuring Sonna Rele – Once A Day
Modest Mouse – The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box
Mother Mother – Monkey Tree
Olly Murs – Beautiful To Me
Scott Helman – That Sweater (new)
Skinny Days – Alright Right Now
The Karma Killers – Coming Of Age
The Script – Paint The Town Green
Third Eye Blind – Everything Is Easy
Toad The Wet Sprocket – Architect Of Ruin
Years & Years – Shine

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s top new entry is from a solo singer who once charted as a part of The Wanted. The English quintet went on a hiatus last year, but 22-year-old Nathan Sykes is ready to go with some solo material. “Kiss Me Quick” debuts at #37 and goes for adds at CHR radio on Tuesday, though it’s already been added to a few stations before its impact. “Kiss” is also the second song to make my chart through Global Entertainment’s label, the first being Lawson‘s “Roads” (#20) in March.
  • The last time John Newman charted on my top 40 was in the spring of 2014, when he went to #14 with “Losing Sleep”. It was one of three singles to ride the survey from his debut album, Tribute, though only one of them, “Love Me Again”, was a pop radio hit in the States. Now, his fourth top 40 hit and first from his forthcoming sophomore set lands at #38 this week, “Come And Get It”. For the record, it’s not a hot Badfinger or Selena Gomez cover.
  • Newcomer Anderson East is about to release his album titled Delilah on July 10, and the first single from it is new at #39 this week. “Satisfy Me” is current gaining at Triple A radio as the performer continues on tour with the John Butler Trio  through the middle of July. It was also just announced this week that he will be touring with The Lone Bellow in the fall.
  • Finally, new at #40 is a superstar collaboration from Duran Duran, Janelle Monáe and Nile Rodgers. “Pressure Off” just premiered on Friday, so expect a quick climb for the single in the coming weeks. It leads off Paper Gods, which is out in the U.S. on September 18. “Pressure” is the band’s first entry on my chart since 2011’s “Leave A Light On” (#22).

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 14, 2015

It's the Ghost wonderful time of the year.

The hits from Ghost to Ghost.

DEBUTS
38. Phases – I’m In Love With My Life

TOP GAINERS
35. Tori Kelly – Should’ve Been Us (40)
33. Matt Nathanson – Gold In The Summertime (39)
30. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (35)
27. Rob Thomas – Trust You (33)
21. ROMANS – Uh Huh (28) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
18. Kelly Clarkson – Invincible (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Maroon 5 – This Summer’s Gonna Hurt… (15) | PEAK: #10
09. Martin Luke Brown – Take Out Of Me (08) | PEAK: #08
08. Years & Years – King (06) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
05. Saint Motel – My Type (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Parachute – Crave (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (07) | PEAK: #03
02. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Anderson East – Satisfy Me (1)
2. Nathan Sykes – Kiss Me Quick (3)
3. Allen Stone – Freedom (2)
4. Hoodie Allen – Dumb For You (4)
5. New Politics – West End Kids (5)
6. Meg Mac – Roll Up Your Sleeves (8)
7. John Newman – Come And Get It (10)
8. Lions Head – Begging (-)
9. Daya – Hide Away (9)
10. Hilary Duff – Sparks (6)

In The Mix:
Beck – Dreams (new)
Causes – Walk On Water
Coasts – Oceans
Day Wave – Drag
Django Django – Shake And Tremble
Fairground Saints – Can’t Control The Weather
Family Of The Year – Make You Mine (new)
for KING & COUNTRY – Fix My Eyes
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Jarryd James – Do You Remember
Jasmine Thompson – Adore (new)
Karmin – Didn’t Know You
Katharine McPhee – Lick My Lips
Langhorne Slim & The Law – Strangers
Leslie Clio – My Heart Ain’t That Broken
Mark Ronson featuring Mystikal – Feel Right
Michael Franti & Spearhead featuring Sonna Rele – Once A Day (new)
Modest Mouse – The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box
Mother Mother – Monkey Tree
Olly Murs – Beautiful To Me
Skinny Days – Alright Right Now (new)
Steven Tyler – Love Is Your Name
The Karma Killers – Coming Of Age
The Script – Paint The Town Green
Third Eye Blind – Everything Is Easy
Toad The Wet Sprocket – Architect Of Ruin (new)
X Ambassadors – Renegades
Years & Years – Shine

Chart Notes:

  • It’s a truly international top three again this week, with Jukebox The Ghost representing for the United States at #1, the quartet Causes out of the Netherlands at #2, and Ireland’s Gavin James jumping up four spots to #3. “Postcard” is stuck like a stamp to my musical memo for the third week in a row, but both “Teach Me How To Dance With You” and “The Book Of Love” could become #1 contenders in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to see what happens on the top 40.
  • For the second week in a row, newcomer ROMANS says “Uh Huh” to taking the week’s Biggest Mover, leaping seven spots to #21. The English singer/songwriter shared a few pictures this week of his time working in the studio with Naughty Boy and Labrinth. Two songs also move up six notches: “Gold In The Summertime” by Matt Nathanson (39-33) and “Trust You” by Rob Thomas (33-27). Look for all three to keep moving in the right direction next week.
  • This week’s sole new entry is from an act that used to call themselves JJAMZ, but none of their jams made it onto my chart. Fast forward to the current day and they’re now called Phases, a Los Angeles quartet led by Z Berg, who is the daughter of music exec and producer Tony Berg. He’s best known for his part in top 40 tracks for acts like Bette Midler and Michael Penn. Berg’s daughter’s band lands at at #38 with “I’m In Love With My Life”.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 7, 2015

It's the Ghost wonderful time of the year.

A Ghost with the most.

DEBUTS
40. Tori Kelly – Should’ve Been Us
39. Matt Nathanson – Gold In The Summertime | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Rob Thomas – Trust You (39)
28. ROMANS – Uh Huh (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
23. Kelly Clarkson – Invincible (28)
15. Maroon 5 – This Summer’s Gonna Hurt… (20)
07. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (13)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Matt Woods – In The Dark (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Martin Luke Brown – Take Out Of Me (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (13) | PEAK: #07
06. Years & Years – King (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Parachute – Crave (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Saint Motel – My Type (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Anderson East – Satisfy Me (1)
2. Allen Stone – Freedom (2)
3. Nathan Sykes – Kiss Me Quick (5)
4. Hoodie Allen – Dumb For You (7)
5. New Politics – West End Kids (6)
6. Hilary Duff – Sparks (8)
7. Phases – I’m In Love With My Life (-)
8. Meg Mac – Roll Up Your Sleeves (-)
9. Daya – Hide Away (-)
10. John Newman – Come And Get It (-)

In The Mix:
Barenaked Ladies – Say What You Want
Causes – Walk On Water (new)
Coasts – Oceans
Day Wave – Drag
Django Django – Shake And Tremble
Fairground Saints – Can’t Control The Weather
for KING & COUNTRY – Fix My Eyes
Grace Potter – Alive Tonight
Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Jarryd James – Do You Remember (new)
Karmin – Didn’t Know You
Katharine McPhee – Lick My Lips
Langhorne Slim & The Law – Strangers
Leslie Clio – My Heart Ain’t That Broken
Lions Head – Begging (new)
Mark Ronson featuring Mystikal – Feel Right
Modest Mouse – The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box
Mother Mother – Monkey Tree
O.A.R. – Two Hands Up
Olly Murs – Beautiful To Me
Steven Tyler – Love Is Your Name
The Karma Killers – Coming Of Age
The Script – Paint The Town Green
Third Eye Blind – Everything Is Easy
X Ambassadors – Renegades
Years & Years – Shine

Chart Notes:

  • Last week’s top new entry is now the Biggest Mover of the week, “Uh Huh”, by newcomer ROMANS. It leaps 36-28 on the chart and looks like it could be top ten bound next month. Other notable movers on the survey include “The Book Of Love” by Gavin James, climbing 13-7, and “Trust You” from Rob Thomas, up 39-33. James’s song is his first entry on my list, while Thomas’s hit is his 22nd to reach my chart.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is from a singer who was born in my home state: Massachusetts. Matt Nathanson is back with a great song for season, “Gold In The Summertime”, new at #39 this week. The singer originally from Lexington, but now a San Francisco, California resident, is looking for his third #1 on my top 40. His first two were “Car Crash” and “Faster”.
  • With two hits on this week’s survey, Tori Kelly may be falling with “Nobody Love”, but she debuts at #40 with the second single from Unbreakable Smile, “Should’ve Been Us”. It was the Most Added track on CHR radio during the past week, but with an unusually low total of 27 adds. The 22-year-old’s album is due out on June 23.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 31, 2015

It's the Ghost wonderful time of the year.

It’s the Ghost wonderful time of the year.

DEBUTS
40. Nick Fradiani – Beautiful Life
39. Rob Thomas – Trust You
38. Shawn Mendes – Stitches
36. ROMANS – Uh Huh | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Rixton – We All Want The Same Thing (40)
29. Taylor Swift – Bad Blood (35)
28. Kelly Clarkson – Invincible (33)
22. American Authors – Go Big Or Go Home (29)
20. Maroon 5 – This Summer’s Gonna Hurt… (28) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
18. Ed Sheeran – Photograph (24)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Matt Woods – In The Dark (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Martin Luke Brown – Take Out Of Me (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (06) | PEAK: #03
07. Delta Rae – Scared (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Parachute – Crave (10) | PEAK: #06
05. Years & Years – King (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. Saint Motel – My Type (02) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
01. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (05) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Anderson East – Satisfy Me (5)
2. Allen Stone – Freedom (4)
3. Tori Kelly – Should’ve Been Us (8)
4. Matt Nathanson – Gold In The Summertime (-)
5. Nathan Sykes – Kiss Me Quick (9)
6. New Politics – West End Kids (10)
7. Hoodie Allen – Dumb For You (-)
8. Hilary Duff – Sparks (-)
9. Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (6)
10. twenty one pilots – Tear In My Heart (7)

In The Mix:
Barenaked Ladies – Say What You Want
Coasts – Oceans (new)
Daya – Hide Away (new)
Day Wave – Drag (new)
Django Django – Shake And Tremble (new)
Fairground Saints – Can’t Control The Weather
for KING & COUNTRY – Fix My Eyes
Grace Potter – Alive Tonight
Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach
James Taylor – Today Today Today
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Karmin – Didn’t Know You (new)
Katharine McPhee – Lick My Lips (new)
Langhorne Slim & The Law – Strangers (new)
Leslie Clio – My Heart Ain’t That Broken
Mark Ronson featuring Mystikal – Feel Right
Meg Mac – Roll Up Your Sleeves (new)
Modest Mouse – The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box
Mother Mother – Monkey Tree
O.A.R. – Two Hands Up
Olly Murs – Beautiful To Me
Passion Pit – Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)
Phases – I’m In Love With My Life
Saints Of Valory – Fighting
Steven Tyler – Love Is Your Name
The Karma Killers – Coming Of Age
The Script – Paint The Town Green
Third Eye Blind – Everything Is Easy
X Ambassadors – Renegades (new)
Years & Years – Shine

Chart Notes:

  • Several newcomers have made it to the top this year and latest to do so is the trio Jukebox The Ghost, who fly 5-1 with a song called “Postcard”. That leap marks the biggest climb into the top spot since September 2012, when “Hall Of Fame” by The Script and will.i.am made a move of 6-1. The Washington, D.C. act has been together for over a decade, but this hit lands them their first single to make my top 40 thanks to a recent album reissue and radio push earlier this month.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is also from a newcomer, ROMANS. You may remember his collaboration with Naughty Boy called “Home”, when he was credited as Sam Romans, though it fell short of my top 40. The singer was born in the English town of Pinner. A handful of top 40 artists were also born there, including Charlie Dore (best known for 1980’s “Pilot Of The Airwaves”) and, most notably, pop superstar Elton John. “Uh Huh” bows in at #36.
  • In January 2006, a teenager from Buffalo, NY made his chart debut with a single called “For You I Will (Confidence)”. The song peaked at #15, and was followed by “These Walls”, which reached #3. However, Teddy Geiger fell off the radar very quickly afterwards. Now, he’s making a comeback as a songwriter, co-writing this week’s #38 entry, “Stitches”, by Vine star and singer Shawn Mendes. It’s his second top 40 hit here.
  • There’s only one act on the chart this week that was also present on my first official chart in September 1999. Back then, he was the featured vocalist on Santana‘s “Smooth”. Now, he debuts with tenth solo hit and his twenty-second overall with a catalog of huge songs with Matchbox Twenty. It’s Rob Thomas and his latest at #39, “Trust You”. His new album, The Great Unknown, will be released later this year.
  • Recent American Idol winner Nick Fradiani has the last of the four entries on the survey with “Beautiful Life”, coming in at #40. He’s a 2008 graduate of the college I once attended, Wheaton College in Norton, MA, though he was gone before I came in that fall as a freshman. It’s still a first for my chart. “Beautiful” is the fifth coronation song by a winner to reach my top 40.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 24, 2015

A Rae of light at the top.

A Rae of light at the top.

DEBUTS
40. Rixton – We All Want The Same Thing
39. Neon Trees – Songs I Can’t Listen To
35. Taylor Swift – Bad Blood
33. Kelly Clarkson – Invincible | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. American Authors – Go Big Or Go Home (35)
28. Maroon 5 – This Summer’s Gonna Hurt… (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
24. Ed Sheeran – Photograph (29)
16. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (23)
05. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (11)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Parachute – Crave (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Martin Luke Brown – Take Out Of Me (10) | PEAK: #09
08. The Script – Man On A Wire (06) | PEAK: #05
07. Delta Rae – Scared (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (04) | PEAK: #03
05. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (11) | PEAK: #05
04. Years & Years – King (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Saint Motel – My Type (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
01. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (3)
2. Nick Fradiani – Beautiful Life (10)
3. ROMANS – Uh Huh (-)
4. Allen Stone – Freedom (-)
5. Anderson East – Satisfy Me (-)
6. Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (7)
7. twenty one pilots – Tear In My Heart (9)
8. Tori Kelly – Should’ve Been Us (-)
9. Nathan Sykes – Kiss Me Quick (-)
10. New Politics – West End Kids (-)

In The Mix:
Barenaked Ladies – Say What You Want
Fairground Saints – Can’t Control The Weather
for KING & COUNTRY – Fix My Eyes
Grace Potter – Alive Tonight
Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach
Hilary Duff – Sparks
Hoodie Allen – Dumb For You
IAMDYNAMITE – In The Summer
James Taylor – Today Today Today
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Leslie Clio – My Heart Ain’t That Broken
Modest Mouse – The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box
Mark Ronson featuring Mystikal – Feel Right
Matt Nathanson – Gold In The Summertime (new)
Mother Mother – Monkey Tree (new)
O.A.R. – Two Hands Up
Olly Murs – Beautiful To Me
Passion Pit – Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)
Phases – I’m In Love With My Life
Saints Of Valory – Fighting
Steven Tyler – Love Is Your Name
The Karma Killers – Coming Of Age
The Script – Paint The Town Green (new)
Third Eye Blind – Everything Is Easy
Walk Off The Earth – Rule The World
Years & Years – Shine

Chart Notes:

  • New at the top this week is Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen and “I Really Like You”, advancing 3-1 this week. The song marks her second time atop my chart following 2012’s “Good Time” with Owl City, which stayed there for two weeks. “Really” is the first single off her new album, E·MO·TION, which may or may not be released late next month. (A date for the U.S. has not been issued as of yet, likely due to the song’s slow performance at radio.)
  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to the original American Idol Kelly Clarkson and “Invincible”, the second single from her recent chart-topping album, Piece By Piece. It enters up at #33 and follows “Heartbeat Song”, which peaked at #9. If it also hits the top ten on my chart, it’ll be her 17th to do so, far more than any other contestant in the show’s history. We will see just how mighty it is in the coming weeks.
  • Last Sunday night, you may have tuned in for the splashy music video launch of Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood” (with cameos from everyone and their mother) at the beginning of the Billboard Music Awards. Now, that track debuts at #35 on the top 40 this week. It’s the fourth charting release from 1989, and all three previous singles reached the top spot.
  • Rolling in at #39 is the ninth chart hit Utah’s Neon Trees, the act led by 31-year-old Tyler Glenn. Their new one is “Songs I Can’t Listen To”, and it’s currently being tossed around the lower rungs of the Alternative chart. To date, the band’s had a #1 with two prior leadoff singles: “Animal” in 2010 and “Sleeping With A Friend” in 2014.
  • Lastly, down at #40, is Rixton and their fourth hit from the album Let The Road, titled “We All Want The Same Thing”. It is released in the U.K. on June 7, a day before their full-length set hits, which came out here in the States in early March.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (May 2015) (Part One)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in May on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea
BRITNEY SPEARS featuring IGGY AZALEA – “Pretty Girls” (May 5) (*)
Label: RCA
While she continues her latest run of performances at her Britney: Piece Of Me residency in Las Vegas, Spears is ready to top the charts once more after a disappointing era with Britney Jean. Her new single sees her collaborate with Aussie rapper Azalea, just coming off her sixth CHR radio hit, “Trouble”. Will Spears garner her first top ten single in two years? We’ll have to wait and see.

Little Big Town
LITTLE BIG TOWN – “Girl Crush” (May 5) (**)
Label: Capitol Nashville/Interscope
Comfortably in the top ten digital sellers for another week is this Country crossover, one that’s stirred up much reaction over the last month. It’s currently in the top 20 at Country radio, but testing has proven mixed with the audience, as the song registers the fifth highest negative score on the tally. It is easy to hear why this song could work at Hot AC radio, but it still may be a tough sell.

Mariah Carey
MARIAH CAREY – “Infinity” (May 5) (* + **)
Label: Epic
Just before she takes the stage in Las Vegas, the legendary Carey is out with her new single, the only new song to be featured on a compilation album titled #1 To Infinity. The album features her 18 chart-topping songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1990’s “Vision Of Love” and 2008’s “Touch My Body”. Her presence at radio may be diminished, but this should receive decent support.

Parachute
PARACHUTE – “Crave” (May 5) (**)
Label: Vanguard
Serviced to radio back in mid-March, the latest single by the incredible shrinking Virginia trio has been played on several Hot AC outlets, but isn’t being covered at all on the band’s social media profiles. It’s very peculiar. Well, now with a new record label, the home of many other acts at the format, their catchy sound is definitely a winner on my weekly chart. Will radio take to it as well?

Plain White T's
PLAIN WHITE T’S – “Pause” (May 5) (**)
Label: Proud Bird/Redjacket
The Illinois quintet, best known for hits like “Hey There Delilah” and “Rhythm Of Love”, hit a few bumps in the last few years. In early 2013, their “Should’ve Gone To Bed” was serviced at the same time that member Tim Lopez appeared on NBC’s Ready For Love. The series tanked; their single stalled, as did a followup. Independent but keeping strong, their new song is worth a replay.

Shawn Mendes
SHAWN MENDES – “Stitches” (May 5) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
It was quite the achievement when Mendes’s first album, Handwritten, entered the Billboard 200 at #1 last week. However, that second week drop was a tragic one. Front-loaded and lacking radio support on two singles with two pushes each, it may fall off in mere weeks at this point. Early adds at the two Los Angeles CHR stations is an encouraging sign, but it’s no guarantee of a smash.

Allen Stone
ALLEN STONE – “Freedom” (May 12) (**)
Label: Capitol
After the self-titled Allen Stone era with ATO Records, the 28-year-old Washington singer and songwriter lands at Capitol for his upcoming Radius set (due on May 26) and has a split single campaign at two formats to lead it off. As “Upside” continues to grow at AAA radio, picking up a pair of stations this week, “Freedom” is new at Hot AC. It’s a great retro pop record that deserves love.

Barenaked Ladies
BARENAKED LADIES – “Say What You Want” (May 19) (**)
Label: Vanguard
Back with a new studio album in June, the Canadian quartet gets their pinball on as they bounce back onto the music scene. Much like the arcade game, however, you can’t win every time, and the band has seen their airtime diminish quickly in the U.S. over the past decade (save for a play of “One Week” or “Pinch Me” occasionally.) Their sound is still solid and the live show is just as good.

Jason French
JASON FRENCH – “You Just Want My Money” (May 19) (*)
Label: Interscope
French is a 26-year-old newcomer who has already won over the social crowd with his first single, a hugely successful song on the video application Vine, and on streaming platforms, where “Money” has tallied 7.5 million plays thus far on Spotify. The singer is currently between a radio tour and recording his debut album, and if this is a preview of what’s to come, expect some good tunes.

Sam Hunt
SAM HUNT – “Take Your Time” (May 19) (*)
Label: MCA Nashville/Capitol
“Take” was one of the songs featured in this post from March in regards to recent Country hits that I thought could cross over to pop radio. Well, it’s all happening! Hunt’s tune is already gaining well at Hot AC radio and it received a decent amount of adds in the last CHR report. Hey, Shawn Mullins’s “Lullaby” spent seven weeks atop the chart in 1998-9; this could do some damage too.

Taylor Swift
TAYLOR SWIFT featuring KENDRICK LAMAR – “Bad Blood” (May 19) (*)
Label: Big Machine/Republic
“Blood” was one of the few songs on this month’s Radio Report to also be featured in my Song Of The Summer contenders list in mid-April. As I mentioned, Swift is coming off her third CHR #1 in a row with “Style”, making the 1989 era her most successful at the format so far. Will the forthcoming remix, with an artist yet to be identified, propel her back to #1 again? It may just happen.

Which of these new songs would you like to see on top of the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 24, 2011

How well did they "Do"?

How well did they “Do”?

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 my junior year of college and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2011…

Debuts:
40. MAT KEARNEY, “Hey Mama”
39. PLAIN WHITE T’s, “Boomerang”

Biggest Mover(s):
BC JEAN, “I’ll Survive You” (39-32, up 7 spots)

10. ADELE, “Rolling In The Deep” (down 1)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

09. MARTIN SOLVEIG featuring DRAGONETTE, “Hello” (up 4)
Album: Smash (2011, Big Beat/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

08. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Do” (steady, second week)
Album: All Of You (2011, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

07. PINK, “F**kin’ Perfect” (down 3)
Album: Greatest Hits… So Far!!! (2010, LaFace/Jive Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

06. ANDY GRAMMER, “Keep Your Head Up” (down 3)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #2 for eight weeks

05. PARACHUTE, “Something To Believe In (Jeremiah)” (up 1)
Album: The Way It Was (2011, Mercury Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. THE BAND PERRY, “If I Die Young” (up 3)
Album: The Band Perry (2010, Republic Nashville Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

03. JESSIE J featuring B.O.B, “Price Tag” (up 2)
Album: Who You Are (2011, Lava/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #2

02. DURAN DURAN, “All You Need Is Now” (down 1)
Album: All You Need Is Now (2010, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. JASON ALDEAN featuring KELLY CLARKSON, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” (up 1)
Album: My Kinda Party (2010, Broken Bow Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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REWIND: Memorial Day Goes Musical On Adam’s Top 40

If you’re a fan of my weekly top 40 chart, Adam’s Top 40, and want to push rewind for the upcoming holiday weekend, then it’s time to jump into the Way Back Machine and go full speed into the archives of my personal survey statistics before I post this weekend’s update. It’s hard to believe that I created these lists so long ago; there’s a lot of great music, some memorable hits and quite a few tracks that have been lost along the way. I’m afraid that’s how things go sometimes. These are all those Memorial Day top tens from the past ten years, covering 2004 through 2013. Enjoy!

10 years ago… May 30, 2004

Hoobastank

1. Hoobastank – “The Reason” (fourth week at #1)
2. Alanis Morissette – “Everything”
3. Cherie – “I’m Ready”
4. Ryan Cabrera – “On The Way Down”
5. Avril Lavigne – “Don’t Tell Me”
6. Ashlee Simpson – “Pieces Of Me”
7. JoJo – “Leave (Get Out)”
8. Jessica Simpson – “Take My Breath Away”
9. Los Lonely Boys – “Heaven”
10. Mis-Teeq – “Scandalous”

9 years ago… May 29, 2005

Howie Day

1. Howie Day“Collide” (first week at #1)
2. Gavin DeGraw – “Chariot”
3. Duran Duran – “What Happens Tomorrow”
4. Kelly Clarkson – “Behind These Hazel Eyes”
5. Bryan Adams – “This Side Of Paradise”
6. Low Millions – “Statue”
7. Keane – “Everybody’s Changing”
8. Michael Bublé – “Home”
9. Weezer – “Beverly Hills”
10. Jason Mraz – “Wordplay”

8 years ago… May 28, 2006

Daniel Powter

1. Daniel Powter – “Bad Day” (fourth week at #1; tenth week non-consecutive overall)
2. Daniel Powter – “Lie To Me”
3. Bo Bice –  “The Real Thing”
4. Rob Thomas – “Ever The Same”
5. Keane – “Is It Any Wonder?”
6. Rascal Flatts – “What Hurts The Most”
7. Bon Jovi featuring Jennifer Nettles – “Who Says You Can’t Go Home?”
8. James Blunt – “Wisemen”
9. Nickelback – “Savin’ Me”
10. KT Tunstall – “Suddenly I See”

7 years ago… May 28, 2007

Maroon 5

1. Maroon 5 – “Makes Me Wonder” (ninth week at #1)
2. Nickelback – “If Everyone Cared”
3. Michael Bublé – “Everything”
4. Darren Hayes – “Who Would Have Thought?”
5. Elliott Yamin – “Wait For You”
6. Kaiser Chiefs – “Ruby”
7. dbClifford – “Don’t Wanna”
8. Jon McLaughlin – “Beautiful Disaster”
9. James Morrison – “You Give Me Something”
10. Brandi Carlile – “The Story”

6 years ago… May 28, 2008

Leona Lewis

1. Leona Lewis – “Bleeding Love” (twelfth week at #1)
2. Jason Mraz – “I’m Yours”
3. Duffy – “Mercy”
4. Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake – “4 Minutes”
5. The Last Goodnight – “Stay Beautiful”
6. The Bravery – “Believe”
7. R.E.M. – “Supernatural Superserious”
8. Gavin DeGraw – “In Love With A Girl”
9. Colbie Caillat – “Realize”
10. Ferras – “Hollywood’s Not America”

5 years ago… May 24, 2009

Rob Thomas

1. Rob Thomas – “Her Diamonds” (first week at #1)
2. David Cook – “Come Back To Me”
3. Shinedown – “Second Chance”
4. The Script – “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”
5. Pink – “Please Don’t Leave Me”
6. Mat Kearney – “Closer To Love”
7. Carolina Liar – “Show Me What I’m Looking For”
8. Nickelback – “If Today Was Your Last Day”
9. The Fray – “You Found Me”
10. Jason Mraz featuring Colbie Caillat – “Lucky”

4 years ago… May 30, 2010

V V Brown

1. V.V. Brown – “Shark In The Water” (fourth week at #1)
2. Nickelback – “This Afternoon”
3. Jack Johnson – “You And Your Heart”
4. Keane featuring K’naan – “Stop For A Minute”
5. Colbie Caillat – “I Never Told You”
6. Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”
7. Tonic – “Release Me”
8. Daniel Merriweather – “Red”
9. Rob Thomas – “Mockingbird”
10. Christina Aguilera – “Not Myself Tonight”

3 years ago… May 29, 2011

Parachute

1. Parachute – “Something To Believe In (Jeremiah)” (second week at #1)
2. Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson – “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
3. Fitz & The Tantrums – “MoneyGrabber”
4. Matt Nathanson – “Faster”
5. Jessie J featuring B.o.B – “Price Tag”
6. Maroon 5 – “Never Gonna Leave This Bed”
7. OneRepublic – “Good Life”
8. The Band Perry – “If I Die Young”
9. Britney Spears – “Till The World Ends”
10. Graham Colton – “Pacific Coast Eyes”

2 years ago… May 27, 2012

Keane

1. Keane – “Silenced By The Night” (third week at #1)
2. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
3. fun. featuring Janelle Monáe – “We Are Young”
4. Daniel Powter – “Cupid”
5. Ed Sheeran – “The A Team”
6. Gotye featuring Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used To Know”
7. Karmin – “Brokenhearted”
8. Graffiti6 – “Stare Into The Sun”
9. Maroon 5 – “Payphone”
10. Train – “Drive By”

1 year ago… May 26, 2013

Passenger

1. Passenger – “Let Her Go” (third week at #1)
2. Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
3. Daniel Powter – “Crazy All My Life”
4. Florida-Georgia Line featuring Nelly – “Cruise”
5. Michael Bublé – “It’s A Beautiful Day”
6. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky”
7. Fitz & The Tantrums – “Out Of My League”
8. Kelly Clarkson – “People Like Us”
9. Matt Hires – “Restless Heart”
10. Walk Off The Earth – “Red Hands”

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