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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 28, 2018

Just a Lil taste of this week.

It’s one of the most exciting chart battles of the year! Three prominent rap titles are set to shake up the top three spots on the album chart. Get ready, because these are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LIL WAYNE – Tha Carter V (iTunes)
Seven years after Tha Carter IV arrived and following a series of delays in the past few years, this rapper is back with what’s sure to be one of the biggest streaming debuts of the year so far. Though little is known about the tracklisting, perhaps that mystery will prove to be a key in driving listeners to check out the set. How high will it go? We can only guess.

KANYE WEST – Yandhi (iTunes)
After a performance on Saturday Night Live this coming weekend, this effort should see a good boost on the sales and streaming charts. It comes during a very active year for West musically, who released his own studio album, followed by an album as one half of a new duo and then produced two other albums during the summer months.

LOGIC – Young Sinatra 4 (iTunes)
On any other week, this set probably would’ve debuted at #1. In fact, the rapper’s Bobby Tarantino II mixtape did so earlier this year. This album should still have a solid debut, regardless, becoming his fifth top five entry on the Billboard 200 chart.

Notable albums out this week: Against The Current‘s Past Lives (iTunes), alt-J‘s Reduxer (iTunes), Beartooth‘s Disease (iTunes), Benjamin Ingrosso‘s Identification (iTunes), Cher‘s Dancing Queen (iTunes), Cypress Hill‘s Elephants On Acid (iTunes), Dillon Francis‘s WUT WUT (iTunes), Eves Karydas‘s summerskin (iTunes), Hippo Campus‘s Bambi (iTunes), John Mullaney‘s Kid Gorgeous At Radio City (iTunes), Kevin Gates‘s Luca Brasi 3 (iTunes), Kodaline‘s Politics Of Living (iTunes), Kyan Palmer‘s Burn Mona Lisa (iTunes), Marsha Ambrosius‘s Nyla (iTunes), Nile Rodgers & Chic‘s It’s About Time (iTunes), NONONO‘s Undertones (iTunes), Phil Collins‘s Plays Well With Others (iTunes), Rod Stewart‘s Blood Red Roses (iTunes), Sigala‘s Brighter Days (iTunes), The Knocks‘s New York Narcotic (iTunes), Tom Petty‘s An American Treasure (iTunes), Tyler Shaw‘s Intuition (iTunes), Rick And Morty (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: AURORA‘s Infections Of A Different Kind – Step 1 (iTunes), Jeremy Zucker‘s summer, (iTunes), Jocelyn Alice‘s Little Devil (iTunes), Lido‘s I O U 1 (iTunes), Zoey Dollaz‘s Who Don’t Like Dollaz 2 (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“8 Letters (R3HAB Remix)”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“42 (Grown Up Tipsy)”, Brian McKnight (iTunes)
“123”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Africa (RAC Remix)”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Baby Don’t Talk”, LÉON (iTunes)
“Best Years Of My Lives”, “Got My Name Changed Back” and “Interstate Gospel”, Pistol Annies (iTunes)
“Better Me”, SoMo (iTunes)
“Black And Blue”, Savoir Adore (iTunes)
“Burn The Ships”, for KING & COUNTRY (iTunes)
“Cherish You”, Mikky Ekko (iTunes)
“Daybreak”, Cody Simpson & The Tide (iTunes)
“Dear God”, Confetti (iTunes)
“Dear God (Live Acoustic)”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Diamond Heart”, Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo (iTunes)
“Different Beds”, Matt Nathanson (iTunes)
“Don’t Leave Me Alone (Acoustic)”, David Guetta featuring Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Don’t Lie To Me”, Barbra Streisand (iTunes)
“Door Swing”, Lil Reek (iTunes)
“Fake Smile”, New Dialogue (iTunes)
“Faking It”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“Fifth Avenue”, Walk Off The Earth (iTunes)
“High Hopes (White Panda Remix)”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“Higher”, Social House (iTunes)
“Hollering Love”, Dylan Joel (iTunes)
“Honey”, Robyn (iTunes)
“I Want You To Freak”, Rak-Su (iTunes)
“Lay With Me”, Phantoms featuring Vanessa Hudgens (iTunes)
“Leave But Don’t Go”, Violet Days (iTunes)
“Listen Closely”, DVBBS featuring SAFE (iTunes)
“Lost In Japan (Zedd Remix)”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Love Ain’t Enough”, Jacob Banks (iTunes)
“Love For Me”, Empress Of (iTunes)
“Loving U Blind”, Elle Varner (iTunes)
“Making Christmas”, Pentatonix (iTunes)
“Maybe It Was Me”, Sody (iTunes)
“Moves”, Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Not Cool”, More Giraffes (iTunes)
“Oh Hello”, Nico Santos (iTunes)
“One By One”, Rationale (iTunes)
“Outrunning Karma”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“Paradise”, Nicky Romero & Deniz Koyu featuring Walk Off The Earth (iTunes)
“Perfect Strangers”, ARTY (iTunes)
“Pressure”, Muse (iTunes)
“Put It To Bed (Frank Walker/Ryan Riback Remixes)”, JHart (iTunes)
“Sad (Clap Your Hands)” and “Scatterbrain”, Young Rising Sons (iTunes)
“Scars”, TobyMac (iTunes)
“September”, Campsite Dream (iTunes)
“Shallow”, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (iTunes)
“Sibling Love”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Slow Slow Disco”, St. Vincent (iTunes)
“Solita”, PRETTYMUCH featuring Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Strangers Again”, Sophia Scott (iTunes)
“Taki Taki”, DJ Snake featuring Cardi B, Ozuna and Selena Gomez (iTunes)
“Teach You”, Tiffany Young (iTunes)
“The Real Thing”, Kyle Reynolds (iTunes)
“The Weekend”, T.I. featuring Young Thug (iTunes)
“There’s No Way”, Lauv featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Tied Up”, Major Lazer featuring Mr. Eazi and Raye (iTunes)
“We Won’t Back Down”, Dirtier Blonde featuring Sam Fischer (iTunes)
“We Won’t Move”, Arlissa (iTunes)
“When I Fall In Love”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
“Where Have You Gone (Anywhere)”, Lucas & Steve (iTunes)
“Vegas”, Cody Fry (iTunes)
“Young Love”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Eric ChurchSteve Perry, Twenty One Pilots 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 100 OF 2017: Part One, 100-61

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual Top 100 of the year! According to my tabulations, these titles ranked as the most successful on my personal chart. 2017 was certainly a year of considerable change in many different industries: media, politics, etc., and that change was reflected in much of the music that was released this year. In fact, “Never Change” gives a new Irish duo, Picture This, their first song to reach my year-end survey. Luckily, “Love” was still felt throughout the year, featured in the titles of songs from Andy Grammer, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson and more. “Money” was on the mind of Jack Antonoff from Bleachers, as well as the four guys from Foster The People. You already know that I played songs from Harry Styles and Paramore about a million “Times”, while Lorde and MUNA found “Places” to rest on the survey earlier this year, but where will they “Place” here?

Well, grab your headphones and let’s start the countdown. Check out the first 40 songs on my Top 100 of 2017…

The 2017 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 4, 2016 to the chart dated November 26, 2017. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with a higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks charted in the top 40 and top ten. 176 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, an increase from the 168 that did so in 2016.

100. SHEPPARD, “Keep Me Crazy”
Album: Watching The Sky
Label: Republic
Peak: #20

99. LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM & CHRISTINE MCVIE, “In My World”
Album: Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #20

98. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Nobody But Me”
Album: Nobody But Me
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #1 for four weeks (2016 Chart Year)

97. MAROON 5, “Don’t Wanna Know”
Album: Red Pill Blues (Deluxe)
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #10 (2016 Chart Year)

96. THE HEAD AND THE HEART, “Don’t Dream It’s Over”
Album: TBA
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #13+ (as of 11/26/17)

95. SHAWN HOOK featuring VANESSA HUDGENS, “Reminding Me”
Album: My Side Of Your Story (EP)
Label: Hollywood
Peak: #19

94. WRABEL, “Bloodstain”
Album: We Could Be Beautiful (EP)
Label: Republic
Peak: #19

93. MONDO COZMO, “Automatic”
Album: Plastic Soul
Label: Republic
Peak: #19

92.  ZAYN featuring SIA, “Dusk Till Dawn”
Album: TBA
Label: RCA
Peak: #16

91. JAMES TW, “Please Keep Loving Me”
Album: TBA
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #19

90. PICTURE THIS, “Never Change”
Album: Picture This
Label: Republic
Peak: #17

89. NOAH KAHAN, “Hurt Somebody”
Album: TBA
Label: Republic
Peak: #8+ (as of 11/26/17)

88. SCOTT HELMAN, “PDA”
Album: Hôtel de Ville
Label: Warner Music Canada
Peak: #12+ (as of 11/26/17)

87. THE HEAD AND THE HEART, “All We Ever Knew”
Album: Signs Of Light
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #18

86. LUKAS GRAHAM, “You’re Not There”
Album: Lukas Graham
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #11

85. TAKE THAT, “Giants”
Album: Wonderland
Label: Polydor
Peak: #14

84. CALUM SCOTT, “Dancing On My Own”
Album: Only Human
Label: Capitol
Peak: #9 (2016 Chart Year)

83. STING, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”
Album: 57th & 9th
Label: A&M/Interscope
Peak: #4

82. ROD STEWART featuring DNCE, “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”
Album: TBA
Label: Republic
Peak: #14

81. SIGRID, “Don’t Kill My Vibe”
Album: Don’t Kill My Vibe (EP)
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #16

80. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “Fire Escape”
Album: Zombies On Broadway
Label: Crush Music/Vanguard
Peak: #4 (2016 Chart Year)

79. ALEX DA KID featuring X AMBASSADORS & ELLE KING, “Not Easy”
Album: TBA
Label: RCA
Peak: #13

78. MISTERWIVES, “Machine”
Album: Connect The Dots
Label: Republic
Peak: #15

77. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask”
Album: Flicker
Label: Capitol
Peak: #2+ (as of 11/26/17)

76. CHORD OVERSTREET, “Hold On”
Album: TBA
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #14

75. SERENA RYDER, “Electric Love”
Album: Electric Love (EP)
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #13

74. OCEAN PARK STANDOFF, “Good News”
Album: Ocean Park Standoff (EP)
Label: Hollywood
Peak: #14

73. BASTILLE, “Blame”
Album: Wild World
Label: Capitol
Peak: #14

72. ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE, “Get Low”
Album: TBA
Label: Interscope
Peak: #12

71. GROUPLOVE, “Good Morning”
Album: Big Mess
Label: Canvasback/Atlantic
Peak: #12

70. JP COOPER, “September Song”
Album: Raised Under Grey Skies
Label: Republic
Peak: #14

69. X AMBASSADORS, “Ahead Of Myself”
Album: TBA
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
Peak: #15

68. U2, “You’re The Best Thing About Me”
Album: Songs Of Experience
Label: Interscope
Peak: #6+ (as of 11/26/17)

67. TAYLOR SWIFT, “…Ready For It?”
Album: reputation
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Peak: #10

66. BON JOVI, “Roller Coaster”
Album: This House Is Not For Sale
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #11

65. EMELI SANDÉ, “Hurts”
Album: Long Live The Angels
Label: Capitol
Peak: #2 (2016 Chart Year)

64. PRETTYMUCH, “Would You Mind”
Album: TBA
Label: Syco/Columbia
Peak: #10

63. DNCE, “Kissing Strangers”
Album: TBA
Label: Republic
Peak: #9

62. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot”
Album: What If Nothing
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for two weeks (as of 11/26/17)

61. SHAWN MENDES, “Mercy”
Album: Illuminate
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #9

Stay tuned for more of the Top 100 of 2017 tomorrow…

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 1, 2017

Swiftly taking seconds.

DEBUTS
38. Scott Helman – PDA
36. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. ZAYN featuring Sia – Dusk Till Dawn (40)
31. Nick Jonas – Find You (39)
25. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me (30)
21. Walk The Moon – One Foot (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
20. Taylor Swift – …Ready For It? (25)
08. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (15)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (06) | PEAK: #06
09. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (15) | PEAK: #08
07. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Dua Lipa – New Rules (07) | PEAK: #06
05. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (04) | PEAK: #02
04. P!nk – What About Us (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Kesha – Praying (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. The Script – Rain (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Wrabel – The Village (1)
2. Paramore – Fake Happy (2)
3. Julia Michaels – Worst In Me (4)
4. Andreas Moss – Stuck In My Feelings (8)
5. Noah Kahan – Hurt Somebody (-)
6. Pat Benatar – Dancing Through The Wreckage (-)
7. Bleachers – I Miss Those Days (9)
8. Astrid S – Think Before I Talk (10)
9. The Head And The Heart – Don’t Dream It’s Over (-)
10. Delta Rae – No Peace In Quiet (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind
Cody Fry – Nobody But You (new)
Loote – Out Of My Head
Secondhand Serenade – Lost (new)

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s pair of debuts are by solo males with their third top 40 singles: Niall Horan, at #36 with “Too Much To Ask”, and Scott Helman, at #38 with “PDA”. Horan’s two previous chart hits, “This Town” and “Slow Hands”, went to #1, with the latter single spending seven weeks at the top. (It’s currently at #13.) The three songs can found on his upcoming album Flicker, due October 20. Helman’s new one is the second single from Hôtel de Ville and follow-up to “Kinda Complicated”, a #4 hit from earlier this year. Two years ago, he peaked at #8 with “Bungalow” from an EP titled Augusta.
  • Due to Yom Kippur, commentary is limited this week, but it will return in full next week!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 24, 2017

“Look” out below.

DEBUTS
40. ZAYN featuring Sia – Dusk Till Dawn
39. Nick Jonas – Find You
35. Walk The Moon – One Foot | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me (36)
27. Rod Stewart featuring DNCE – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (32)
25. Taylor Swift – …Ready For It? (33) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. James TW – Please Keep Loving Me (24)
07. Dua Lipa – New Rules (12)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Lights – Giants (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (07) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
07. Dua Lipa – New Rules (12) (06) | PEAK: #07
06. Harry Styles – Two Ghosts (06) | PEAK: #06
05. P!nk – What About Us (05) | PEAK: #05
04. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now (04) | PEAK: #02
03. Kesha – Praying (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. The Script – Rain (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Wrabel – The Village (2)
2. Paramore – Fake Happy (1)
3. Foster The People – Sit Next To Me (3)
4. Julia Michaels – Worst In Me (8)
5. Grouplove – Remember That Night (4)
6. Neon Trees – Feel Good (6)
7. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (10)
8. Andreas Moss – Stuck In My Feelings (-)
9. Bleachers – I Miss Those Days (-)
10. Astrid S – Think Before I Talk (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – All On My Mind
Loote – Out Of My Head (new)
Pat Benatar – Dancing Through The Wreckage (new)
Scott Helman – PDA (new)

Chart Notes:

  • How does it feel to have eight #1 singles on my chart? Well, last week, just one performer could’ve given you the answer to that: Adele, who scored her first of eight in 2011 with “Rolling In The Deep”. However, this week, that achievement is tied by the one and only Taylor Swift, who rises 3-1 with “Look What You Made Me Do”, the first single from reputation. Her first #1 on my chart was “Love Story”, which spent three weeks at #1 in 2009. That single is tied with “Blank Space”, which had a three-week run in 2014-15, as her longest stretch at the top to date. Way to go, Taylor!
  • Ohio’s Walk The Moon scored three consecutive #1 songs on my chart from their last album, Talking Is Hard: “Shut Up And Dance” (three weeks, 2014), “Different Colors” (one week, 2015) and “Work This Body” (one week, 2016). That streak could continue with this week’s Highest Debut, “One Foot”, the first single from their forthcoming set. It’s new at #35. The song impacts at both Alternative and Triple A radio this week, and should perform well at both formats. Can the hot single also cross to Hot AC and Top 40 radio? Stay tuned.
  • Just a few spots below that band are this week’s two other debuts: “Find You” (#39) by Nick Jonas and “Dusk Till Dawn” (#40) by ZAYN featuring Sia. Jonas’s track is his second single to be released this year, with a full-length album expected in the next few months, while the latter track, though expected on ZAYN’s second solo album, is also featured in the trailer for the upcoming film titled The Mountain Between Us. All five members of One Direction now appear as soloists in the top 40, a chart first.

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The “Thrill” Isn’t Gone: 40’s In The 40

"Time" is on their side.

“Time” is on their side.

Making the top five on the Top 40 radio chart is no cheap thrill, so Sia and Sean Paul have reason to be very excited right now. In fact, “Cheap Thrills” looks like it may rise to #1 later this month, which could solidify its status as 2016’s Song Of The Summer. As a dark horse contender, one that entered the top 50 in early March and is now surging months later, it’s a pretty cool sight to see. It’s also a great turnaround for the Australian singer/songwriter, who just missed the top 40 late last year with “Alive”. (The two songs can be found on her This Is Acting album, released in January.)

Will it rank among the weirdest hit collaborations ever? Perhaps it’s not at the The KLF and Tammy Wynette level, but it’s still an odd one. Even more notable than that, both acts are scoring this massive single at age 40 (Sia) or higher (43, Sean Paul.) For a format that’s often seen as ageist, you’d think that a combination like that may not get a fair shake with the gatekeepers of the large U.S. radio companies. However, “Cheap” has persevered, and it won’t stop until it reaches the top.

Though Mediabase 24/7 doesn’t credit Paul at the moment, despite the fact that it’s the top-selling and top-played version at radio here, the Hot 100 and its airplay components do. So, because it ranks #6 on the Hot 100 and looks to break the top five, let’s take a look back at some of the big songs including two credited solo acts over 40 on that list, as well as Radio & Records and Mediabase:

Here are five, beginning in the 1970’s…

“Nadia’s Theme (The Young And The Restless)”, Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr. (1976)
Hot 100: #8, December 12
R&R: #5, November 19

This song has quite a story, which begins in 1971 with the film Bless The Beasts And Children. Then, it was called “Cotton’s Dream”. From there, it became the theme of the daytime soap opera featured in its title, and finally, ABC used the tune in a montage of clips featuring gymnast Nadia Comăneci and her routines for the 1976 Olympics. When it charted, De Vorzon was 42 and Botkin was 43.

“To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before”, Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson (1984)
Hot 100: #5, May 19
R&R: #15, May 4 and 11

One of the most polarizing ballads of the 80’s didn’t have the strength to hit the top ten on R&R, but strong sales certainly made up the difference when it came to Billboard’s rankings. Iglesias’s largely English 1100 Bel Air Place became a multi-Platinum success, a real breakthrough during that year. The Madrid-born singer was 40 then, and Nelson turned 51 the month before the song peaked.

“(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life”, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (1987)
Hot 100: #1 for one week, November 28
R&R: #1 for one week, November 20

When we think of iconic movie songs, this has to be one of them. Dirty Dancing swept the nation in the fall of 1987, and this cut off the wildly successful soundtrack was the first single, reaching #1 in November. It was the first chart-topper for 47-year-old Medley since his 1966 hit with The Righteous Brothers, “(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration”. Warnes, who also had a #1 hit in 1982, was 40.

“Don’t Know Much”, Linda Ronstadt featuring Aaron Neville (1989)
Hot 100: #2, December 22
R&R: #4, December 8

After several versions of this song failed to break the top 40, including a solo version by the aforementioned Medley earlier in that decade, the song finally became a hit at the very end of the 80’s as a male-female duet. Ronstadt was 43, and Neville was 48 for the majority of its run, turning 49 just two days before its last week on R&R’s CHR chart. “All My Life” just missed the top ten in 1990.

“All For Love”, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting (1994)
Hot 100: #1 for three weeks, January 22 – February 5
R&R: #1 for four weeks, January 14 – February 4

“All” was featured in Disney’s The Three Musketeers, starring Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland. The film was not a hit with the critics, but it managed to propel this collaboration to the top of the charts, marking the last #1 for all three acts on the CHR survey. (Adams hit #1 on the Hot 100 again the next year.) Stewart turned 49 in the days before it climbed to #1 on R&R, and Sting was 42.

Now, you can decide for yourself whether these entries should count or not…

“That’s What Friends Are For”, Dionne & Friends (featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder) (1986)
Hot 100: #1 for four weeks, January 18 – February 8
R&R: #1 for two weeks, January 17 + 24

The single’s jacket credits the three “Friends” with a featured billing individually. However, neither trade chart chose to list all four performers, opting for the “Dionne & Friends” credit. Warwick turned 45 a few weeks before her final #1 song, while Knight was 41 at the time. (The two men, John and Wonder, were both younger than 40 then.)

“Get Lucky”, Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers (2013)
Hot 100: #2 for five weeks, June 29 – July 27
Mediabase: #2 for two weeks, July 14 + 21

The current digital release of Random Access Memories credits both featured acts. However, the initial release didn’t, only naming them in the writing and production credits. Some sources, including my personal chart, credit Williams and not Rodgers. Confused yet? If both acts count, Williams was 40 and Rodgers was 63 when the song peaked.

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Shot In The Chart: “Arrows” With A Top 40 Target

Pointed pop power.

Some pointed pop power.

You may be hearing a lot of “Broken Arrows” on your radio this spring and summer. It is a new collaboration from Avicii and Zac Brown, with the latter performer being uncredited. It goes for adds today at the CHR/Pop format. Brown’s never had a profile at CHR radio, though his band did find some minor crossover airplay on the Hot AC chart several years ago. Meanwhile, the Swedish producer continues on a cold streak, last making the top 40 as a main-credited artist nearly two years ago. (A series of singles were pulled or under-performed in the meantime.) The odd pairing may not have created the next “Justified And Ancient”, but it will be interesting to see what happens with it.

The musical “arrow” doesn’t really point itself towards pop potential anymore. In fact, there have only been five titles in pop radio and Hot 100 history to include the word in them. Hey, even Cupid gets hit by the recession once in a while. So, watch out while the latest one launches, but keep these musical missiles in mind:

HOT 100

“Little Arrows”, Leapy Lee (#16, 1968)
Lee’s only charting hit on the Hot 100 nearly made the top ten on the Country chart. Two of his later singles also hit that survey. A limited amount of overseas success followed that hit through the 70’s, but the Gold-certified release remains his best-known song.

“Me And My Arrow”, Nilsson (#34, 1971)
After a reissue of “Everybody’s Talkin'” made the top ten, thanks to the movie Midnight Cowboy, the New York singer struggled a little to find his next big hit. This was another minor entry along the way, but his epic ballad “Without You” was just months away.

RADIO & RECORDS (CHR/Pop)

“Arrow Through Me”, Wings (#17, 1979)
This “Arrow” was the final chart hit in the U.S. for Paul McCartney’s successful band, as he would be credited as a solo act with his next single, the chart-topping “Coming Up”. Parent album Back To The Egg got as high as #6, their lowest-charting set since 1971.

“Poison Arrow”, ABC (#17, 1983)
The English band’s second top 40 hit in the U.S., which peaked in the spring of 1983, became their first top ten in the U.K. about a year earlier. At the time, the band was playing as a quartet. Currently, lead vocalist Martin Fry is the only member using the name.

“Broken Arrow”, Rod Stewart (#9, 1991)
Though it’s largely forgotten about in 2016, this legendary singer’s hit helped his Vagabond Heart set to become a Platinum seller in the States. 1991 marked Stewart’s first year with three top ten hits at CHR radio (“Rhythm Of My Heart”, “The Motown Song”.)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 23, 2015

Sounds like a #1 album.

“Sounds” like a #1 album.

This week’s New Music Friday makes the Summer roll along into the fall, with a number of potential top ten entries making their debuts online and in stores. Who’s bringing the most heat? Here’s a look at the week’s top new album and single releases:

  • 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER — Sounds Good Feels Good (iTunes)
    • Last year, this Australian band and their passionate fans took their self-titled effort to #1 in the U.S. and around the world. Now, with a new album and singles like “Hey Everybody!” and “She’s Kinda Hot”, look for the four men to be seated at a real Good place next week, the top of the chart. How high is it destined to go? Stay tuned to find out.
  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD — Storyteller (iTunes)
    • Former American Idol winner Underwood has five #1 debuts (four studio albums and a hits compilation) in a row to her credit on the Top Country Albums survey, three of which have also topped the mighty Billboard 200. This could very well be her sixth set to top the genre chart, with “Smoke Break” still gaining well at radio.
  • BLAKE SHELTON — Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits (iTunes)
    • Shelton’s newest hits compilation features his 20 #1 singles from the Country radio chart, as well as his latest single, “Gonna”, which just broke the top ten at the format. It should be a consistent seller throughout the holiday season.
  • ANDREA BOCELLI — Cinema (iTunes)
    • Bocelli’s latest collection of songs features music of both stage and screen, and includes duets with Ariana Grande and Nicole Scherzinger. A top ten debut should be attainable for opera singer once again.
  • More albums out this week: Bizzle‘s Surrender (iTunes), Born Of Osiris‘s Soul Sphere (iTunes), Chris Tomlin‘s Adore: Christmas Songs Of Worship (Live) (iTunes), Dave Gahan & Soulsavers‘s Angels & Ghosts (iTunes), DJ Khaled‘s I Changed A Lot (iTunes), Half Moon Run‘s Sun Leads Me On (iTunes), Harry Connick, Jr.‘s That Would Be Me (iTunes), Joanna Newsom‘s Divers (iTunes), Kyle Park‘s Blue Roof Sessions (iTunes), Marianas Trench‘s Astoria (iTunes), Omarion‘s Reasons (iTunes), Outasight‘s Big Trouble (iTunes), Rod Stewart‘s Another Country (iTunes), Seinabo Sey‘s Pretend (iTunes), Vanessa Carlton‘s Liberman (iTunes), Walter Trout‘s Battle Scars (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Country Christmas (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Coleman Hell‘s Coleman Hell (iTunes), DNCE‘s SWAAY (iTunes), love+war‘s Hue (iTunes), POWERS‘s Legendary (iTunes), The Chainsmokers‘s Bouquet (iTunes), The Mosers‘s Ticonderoga (iTunes), Whisperer‘s Whisperer (iTunes)

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

  • “Bad Idea”, Sara Bareilles featuring Jason Mraz (iTunes)
  • “Dancing On Glass”, St. Lucia (iTunes)
  • “Emperor’s New Clothes”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
  • “End Of The World”, A Great Big World (iTunes)
  • “GoGo!”, Baauer (iTunes)
  • “Hello”, Adele (iTunes)
  • “Hollow”, Tori Kelly (iTunes)
  • “Home”, One Direction (iTunes)
  • “Looking Up”, Elton John (iTunes)
  • “Lost And Found”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
  • “One”, Esperanza Spalding (iTunes)
  • “Slow Down Time”, Us The Duo (iTunes)
  • “Snapback”, Old Dominion (iTunes)
  • “Sorry”, Justin Bieber (iTunes)
  • “Think Of You”, Chris Young featuring Cassadee Pope (iTunes)
  • “Used To Love You”, Gwen Stefani (iTunes)
  • “Used To Love You Sober”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
  • “When The Truth Hunts You Down”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
  • “Working For It”, Zhu x Skrillex x They (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Chris Janson, Def LeppardThe Neighbourhood and much more. See you then!

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Take You “Downtown”: A Top 40 Travelogue

Top of the "Shop".

Top of the “Shop”.

If you’re a big fan of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, you likely know that their track with Ed Sheeran, “Growing Up”, is at six million plays on YouTube and two million streams on SoundCloud, where you can download it for free. With a substantial total through both services, radio has also welcomed the track, launching it into the top 40 at two different formats without any sort of paid sales data or a large airplay push. That strategy is most likely in place due to the official first release (and second overall single) from the duo’s forthcoming set, titled “Downtown”, going to radio next week.

As Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘s “Uptown Funk” was climbing the charts, I revisited all the “uptown” titles to rank on the radio, so I figured that it was only fitting to do the same for the “downtown” titles. No matter which way you’re headed, there is a great list of music to enjoy. Let’s travel on and examine the picks of the pop radio listing, shall we?

Hot 100 (pre-1973)
“Downtown”, Petula Clark (#1, 1965)

If the 2015 “Downtown” doesn’t become a classic, we’ll always have this one to look back on. English singer Clark just turned 22 when her first U.S. single entered the charts and it was a smash, spending two weeks at #1 in January 1965. “My Love” followed it to the top for two weeks in 1966. She last reached the Hot 100 in 1981.

Clark’s signature song was parodied by comedy star Allan Sherman as “Crazy Downtown”, which became his second and final top 40 hit. It peaked at #40 on the Hot 100 about three months after her song peaked, though it rose to #25 on Cashbox.

Radio & Records
“Downtown Life”, Daryl Hall and John Oates (#32, 1988)

This “Downtown” title was the third single from the duo’s Ooh Yeah! album, the same one that also gave them their last top five single ever, “Everything Your Heart Desires”. It barely missed the top 30 during the fourth quarter of 1988, giving the two guys their last top 40 hit of the 80’s. They would return in the fall of 1990.

“Downtown”, One 2 Many (#29, 1989)

You may be asking, who? The late 80’s were full of these kinds of international acts, this trio being from Norway, who landed in the top 40 for a brief few weeks. Though their album and single were successful in their native country, they did very little here, and the trio broke up in the middle of the promotional run for the set.

“Downtown Train”, Rod Stewart (#1, 1990)

Originally released by Tom Waits on his 1985 album Rain Dogs, several covers of his song charted nationally, including a minor one by Patty Smyth in 1987. Stewart’s version, taken from a greatest hits set, spent one week at the top of the pop radio chart in January 1990 and turned into one of his biggest singles of that decade.

“Downtown”, SWV (#37, 1993)

After three successful top five radio singles from their It’s About Time album, including the #1 song “Weak”, the female trio out of New York City couldn’t lift their fourth release to the same heights. However, it was a chart-topping R&B hit for seven weeks as one half of a double a-side single with “Right Here/Human Nature”.

“Downtown Venus”, P.M. Dawn (#19, 1995)

Brothers Attrell and Jarrett Cordes, originally from New Jersey, comfortably found a place at radio beginning in 1991 with such songs as “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” and “I’d Die Without You”, taken from soundtrack to the movie Boomerang. By the time this single appeared on the radio charts in 1995, their career was fading.

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REWIND: Rod Stewart’s “Reason”-able Debut On The Charts

One "Story" in the collection.

One “Story” in the collection.

Call him what you want. Rod Stewart. “Rod The Mod”. He’s sold millions of records and played thousands of shows. A few months back, he released Time, his 28th studio album, a top ten success in many countries that featured the Adult Contemporary entry, “She Makes Me Happy”. Yet, the happiness that came with awards and big albums didn’t come instantly to him, with his first top 40 single as a solo artist not coming until nearly a decade into his solo career.

In the 60’s, he jumped around from band to band, finding some acclaim as a member of the Jeff Beck Group, which he joined in 1966. Their first album, 1968’s Truth, resonated nicely with an audience in the States, eventually going top 20. However, they were never able to make the singles survey on their own; their only credited entry to date was backing up Donovan on “Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)”, which went to #36 in 1969. Stewart did not sing on it and he left that group shortly afterwards, going on to front Small Faces (later just Faces).

Much like Stewart’s other efforts, that band also took some time to develop, and so, he also recorded on his own, releasing An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down (1969) and Gasoline Alley (1970). The latter LP did moderately well, but it still wasn’t seeing the big numbers that he and his label had hoped. In 1971, Mercury Records was prepping the release of his third album, Every Picture Tells A Story, and in a case of third time being the charm, it was this and a first single with a twist that brought him to the top for the first time.

“Reason To Believe” (originally recorded by Tim Hardin) debuted on the Hot 100 today (July 17) in 1971 at position #98, the second-lowest entry on the charts. At this point, Story had been climbing the album chart for a few weeks, rising to #12 that week. In the next two weeks, the song went to #91 and then to #83, but on both charts, the song wasn’t bulleted. That is, until the next chart, dated August 7, where “Reason” is awarded a red star (at the time, indicating a big gainer) for moving to #65, a gain of eighteen spots. This is when things begin to change in a drastic manner.

Midway through August, it was clear that it wasn’t “Reason” fully selling the single; it’s the b-side, “Maggie May”, that has accumulated stronger airplay beginning in the Midwest and then eventually on a national level. On the August 14 chart, at #62, both sides are credited as “Reason To Believe/Maggie May”, but on the next chart (August 21), the songs are flipped: “Maggie May/Reason To Believe” is how it remains for the rest of the run. After six short weeks in the top 40, the song galloped to #1 on October 2, pausing there for five consecutive weeks. It would spend fifteen weeks in the top 40, falling out in early December. It ranked as the second-biggest single of the year.

You’re probably wondering why “Maggie May” wasn’t the a-side in the first place if it was to go onto become such a significant hit. I suppose there was some hesitance on behalf of Mercury Records because around the same time Stewart’s song debuted, another song called “Maggie” was also slowly rising up by the group Redbone via Epic Records, best known for their 1974 hit, “Come And Get Your Love”. It was on the chart for several months before creeping up to a peak of #45 and then disappearing. You just couldn’t tell where it was eventually going to bottom out looking at the charts back then. So, in the battle of the gals, Stewart’s won out by a landslide.

After this, I think you know what happened. Stewart became a multi-millionaire, reached the Hot 100 into the 90’s with 34 top 40 singles, and is still active today. He’s still got a bit of time left, so I’m sure we’ll see him reach the 30 album mark a few years down the line. As for “Reason To Believe”, the song that inspired this post, it got a chance at a chart life in 1993 when a version recorded on Stewart’s MTV Unplugged appearance was released as a single as the followup to his live rendition of “Have I Told You Lately”. Over a span of 22 years, his voice went from a unmistakable rasp to a much clearer vocal, and this was pretty noticable comparing the two versions. Luckily, it was a moderate hit the second time around, peaking at #19 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary survey. Both versions still gets a ton on radio play today.

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Lucky Charms: A Pack Of Fine And Fortunate Songs

They should be so lucky.

They’re magically delicious.

Just like that, the French electronic duo named Daft Punk have scored their very first top 40 hit as a main act on the Hot 100, “Get Lucky”, featuring a vocal from Pharrell Williams. Though they’ve managed to chart here with other songs like “Around The World”, “One More Time”, and “Stronger” (as a featured artist on Kanye West‘s #1 single), the group still aren’t a household name here, though this is anticipated to be their biggest era ever. “Get Lucky” has already made it up to #14 and with an album, Random Access Memories, a few days away, I thought we could look back at the luck that we listened to when we were little (and still do today.) At least two dozen titles have crashed the top 40 with “luck” or “lucky” in their title, but only seven has gone as high as Daft Punk‘s current record. So, take seven of those, plus seven more that I like, and I think we’ve got a whole lot of good luck to contend with. Let me share some with you:

“Lucky Ladybug”, Billy & Lillie (#14, 1959)
The duo of Billy Ford and Lillie Bryant got together in 1958 to record for Swan Records. Their debut single, “La Dee Dah”, written and produced by Bob Crewe and Frank C. Slay, Jr., went to #9 on the Hot 100 in 1958 and sold over 1 million copies. That pairing also wrote their second and final top 40 hit, “Lucky Ladybug”, which went to #14. The group split shortly afterwards after a few failed singles.

“Happy-Go-Lucky Me”, Paul Evans (#10, 1960)
Queens-born Evans struck it big in his early 20’s with a handful of hit singles, including the 1959 record “Seven Little Girls (Sitting in the Back Seat)”, which went to #9. (You’d think it would’ve peaked at #7.) “Me” was his only other top ten hit, and after a couple more charting songs, he was done. He later went into songwriting and production of film and television scores, including CBS This Morning.

“Lady Luck”, Lloyd Price (#14, 1960)
R&B singer Price started making the R&B survey in the early 50’s, but it wasn’t until after a stint in the military that he began to crash the pop charts. He’s best known for his 1959 version of the song “Stagger Lee”, which went to #1 on the Hot 100. He last hit the top 40 in 1963 with a remake of the song “Misty”, though he continued to put out original music for some time. He continues to perform.

“Good Luck Charm”, Elvis Presley (#1, 1962)
He was the King of Rock and Roll and he was still at the top on his golden throne when this song came along, cut in 1961 and released the following spring. “Good” spent two weeks at #1 in April and was one of eighteen number ones on the Billboard Hot 100 for Mr. Presley. Long after his death in 1977, his songs are continually played on the radio, and his home, Graceland, remains a popular tourist spot.

“With A Little Luck”, Paul McCartney & Wings (#1, 1978)
1978 was another hot year on the charts for this group who released their latest studio album, London Town. This first single from the effort made a huge splash and quickly climbed into the #1 spot, which it held for two weeks, with its parent album going to #2. McCartney, having made music for over fifty years now, is still on tour frequently and making original material. There’s definitely no stopping him now.

“Lucky Star”, Madonna (#4, 1984)
The megastar from Michigan first made it into the top 40 a year prior with “Holiday”, but this was her first single to make the top 5 on the Hot 100. Featured on her self-titled album, it is one of her most remembered songs, thanks in part to a music video which established her as a fashion icon. It also prepared her for her forthcoming era, the Like A Virgin album, and a whole lot more luck on the singles survey.

“Some Guys Have All The Luck”, Rod Stewart (#10, 1984)
First done by R&B group The Persuaders in 1973, it became a minor single for them, peaking at #39 on the Hot 100. The Stewart version became the singer’s second top ten hit in a row from his Camouflage album, which was certified Gold in the United States. It still gets a bit of adult contemporary play today. Stewart recently released his first album of all original material in twelve years, Time, on Capitol Records.

BONUS: these singles could have used a little more luck (but I still enjoy them a lot):
“Hard Luck Woman”, KISS (#15, 1977) / remake by Garth Brooks (#45, 1994)
The original comes from the Platinum-certified Rock And Roll Over album; the Brooks remake appears on a tribute album, Classic KISS Regrooved.

“The Lucky One”, Amy Grant (#18, 1994)
Oh, baby baby, this one didn’t do as well as her #1 hit from 1991. This was one of her last major hits to see any attention from mainstream radio.

“Lucky”, Britney Spears (#23, 2000)
“This is a story about a girl named Lucky.” The down sides of fame couldn’t stop it from reaching the #2 spot on my personal chart in the summer of 2000.

“I Should Be So Lucky”, Kylie Minogue (#28, 1988)
She should be so lucky (lucky, lucky, lucky) to appear on the list. “Should” went to #1 in Australia and the United Kingdom, among other countries.

“Lucky Love”, Ace Of Base (#30, 1996)
Following “Beautiful Life”, which came and went, this single didn’t stay around for much time either. The group had one last top 40 hit here in 1998.

“Just Got Lucky”, JoBoxers (#36, 1983)
They were a little more “lucky” in their native United Kingdom where this hit #7 on the Singles Chart. This was their only charting release here.

“Lucky”, Jason Mraz featuring Colbie Caillat (#48, 2009)
This soft rock ballad blended their two voices perfectly and garnered a lot of adult contemporary airplay. It went to #2 on my personal chart for three weeks.

Which song is the luckiest of all in your book? Let me know! Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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