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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 14, 2020

Change is coming to the charts.

There are some changes happening this New Music Friday, both big and small. Check out the new releases from Justin Bieber and Monsta X, as well as new singles from Alec Benjamin, Billie Eilish, Sam Smith and more. Manifest your intentions and start listening below:

A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE – Artist 2.0 (iTunes)
Features: “King Of My City”, which saw a release two weeks ago, as well as collaborations with DaBaby, Khalid and Summer Walker

CARLY PEARCE – Carly Pearce (iTunes)
Features: “I Hope You’re Happy Now”, a duet with Lee Brice that currently sits in the top 20 on the Country radio chart

JUSTIN BIEBER – Changes (iTunes)
Features: “Yummy” and the Quavo-assisted “Intentions”, which have charted at the Hot AC, Rhythmic and Top 40 formats

Notable albums out this week: Beach Bunny‘s Honeymoon (iTunes), Eden‘s No Future (iTunes), Hollywood Undead‘s New Empire, Vol. 1 (iTunes), Monsta X‘s All About Luv (iTunes), New Hope Club‘s New Hope Club (iTunes), Pentagon‘s Universe: The Black Hall (iTunes), PJ Morton‘s The Piano Album (iTunes), Puss N Boots‘s Sister (iTunes), Tame Impala‘s The Slow Rush (iTunes), Tennis‘s Swimmer (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Chaz Cardigan‘s Vulnerabilia (iTunes), Huey Lewis & The News‘s Weather (iTunes), Kard‘s Red Moon (iTunes), Robinson‘s Watching You (iTunes), The Griswolds‘s All My Friends (iTunes), Vincint‘s The Feeling (iTunes), Willie Shaw‘s Oxytocin (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“10 Years Ago”, Britnee Kellogg (iTunes)
“100 Preguntas”, Ozuna (iTunes)
“Always (Alan Walker Remix)”, Gavin James (iTunes)
“At The Door”, The Strokes (iTunes)
“Attention”, Max Rae (iTunes)
“Bang!”, AJR (iTunes)
“Be Afraid”, Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit (iTunes)
“Be Slow”, Harrison Storm (iTunes)
“Beautiful Moonlight” and “Sing & Smile!!”, QU4RTZ (iTunes)
“Beautiful Woman, Happy Man”, Tony Lucca (iTunes)
“Because Of You”, Kodak Black (iTunes)
“Because Of You”, Lewis Watson (iTunes)
“Betterman”, Virginia To Vegas (iTunes)
“Born Here Live Here Die Here”, Luke Bryan (iTunes)
“Born To Love”, Meduza featuring Shells (iTunes)
“Boy, You Can Keep It”, Alex Newell (iTunes)
“Cheer For You!!” and “Dream Land! Dream World!”, A・ZU・NA (iTunes)
“Cold”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Cold Feet”, Loud Luxury (iTunes)
“Concave”, Fergus (iTunes)
“Conversations In The Dark (David Guetta Remix)”, John Legend (iTunes)
“Copy Cat”, Melanie Martinez featuring Tierra Whack (iTunes)
“Coronao Now (Remix)”, El Alfa, Sech & Myke Towers featuring Vin Diesel & Lil Pump (iTunes)
“Delete Forever”, Grimes (iTunes)
“Do You Love Me” and “Touch”, Stephanie Poetri (iTunes)
“Drive”, Ryann (iTunes)
“Fifteen”, Mandy Moore (iTunes)
“Forget”, Shallou (iTunes)
“From One Woman To Another”, Delta Rae featuring The McCrary Sisters (iTunes)
“Give No Fxk”, Migos, Young Thug & Travis Scott (iTunes)
“Go Stupid”, Polo G featuring NLE Choppa & Stunna 4 Vegas (iTunes)
“Golf On TV”, Lennon Stella featuring JP Saxe (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Sj & Katelyn Tarver (iTunes)
“Hold Out”, Sam Fender (iTunes)
“Home To Me”, Ross Ellis (iTunes)
“Honey Go Home”, Flora Cash (iTunes)
“Honeymoon Fades”, Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Hundred Feet Tall”, Benjamin Scheuer (iTunes)
“I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, The Shadowboxers (iTunes)
“I Do”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“I Don’t Want To Be Right”, JD Eicher (iTunes)
“I Hate You So Much”, Alexander 23 (iTunes)
“If Love Is Overrated”, Gregory Porter (iTunes)
“If We Never Met”, John K x Sigala (iTunes)
“It’s Getting Worse”, Gavin Haley & Mokita (iTunes)
“Jack”, Kream & Black Caviar (iTunes)
“Just F**king Let Me Love You”, Lowen (iTunes)
“Konclusions”, YG & Kehlani (iTunes)
“Last Laugh”, Illy (iTunes)
“Let Me Down”, Oliver Tree (iTunes)
“Life Of The Party”, Ingrid Andress (iTunes)
“Little Luck”, James Cherry (iTunes)
“Living For Yesterday”, Jamie Webster (iTunes)
“Love Triangle” and “Super Nova”, DiverDiva (iTunes)
“Love You Like I Used To”, Russell Dickerson (iTunes)
“Magnetic”, Seafret (iTunes)
“Maria”, Christian Paul (iTunes)
“Me Because Of You”, HRVY (iTunes)
“Nasty”, Lil Duval, Jacquees & Tank (iTunes)
“Never Let You Go”, RAC x Matthew Koma x Hilary Duff (iTunes)
“No Time To Die”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Nothing Matters Then We Die”, Trove & James Droll (iTunes)
“Oh My God”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“Ohio”, King Princess (iTunes)
“One Of A Kind”, Ronan Keating & Emeli Sandé (iTunes)
“Ordinary”, PnB Rock featuring Pop Smoke (iTunes)
“Our House (The Mess We Made)”, You Me At Six (iTunes)
“Pick Sides”, Sabina Ddumba (iTunes)
“Reasons”, San Cisco (iTunes)
“Reminds Me”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Rerun”, Moontower (iTunes)
“Runnin'”, MOONZz (iTunes)
“Selfish”, Madison Beer (iTunes)
“Sex On The River”, Popcaan (iTunes)
“Sound Of Your Name”, Josh Cumbee (iTunes)
“Superblood Wolfmoon”, Pearl Jam (iTunes)
“Sweet Tooth”, Cavetown (iTunes)
“The Drug In Me Is Reimagined”, Falling In Reverse (iTunes)
“The Power Of Love II”, Calvin Harris & Love Regenerator (iTunes)
“They Don’t Want What We Want (And They Don’t Care)”, Asking Alexandria (iTunes)
“Till There’s Nothing Left”, Cam (iTunes)
“To Die For”, Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Used To Love (Acoustic)”, Martin Garrix & Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“Valentine”, Coin (iTunes)
“Valentine”, Soulex & Mike WiLL Made-It (iTunes)
“Was It Not”, Marian Hill (iTunes)
“Who You Loving?”, DreamDoll featuring Rahky & G-Eazy (iTunes)
“Whoa (Remix)”, Snoh Aalegra featuring Pharrell Williams (iTunes)
“Y.O.U.”, Luh Kel (iTunes)

Next week, the latest albums and EPs from BTS and Ozzy Osbourne are among the major titles on the schedule. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 11, 2016

"Thinking" of a large debut.

“Thinking” of a large debut.

We occasionally have the quiet week in Q4, but there are still some great releases on the schedule this week. Here are the notable albums and singles to take a listen to:

STING — 57th & 9th (iTunes)
With the recent death of Leonard Cohen, next week’s chart is likely to be a little more unpredictable than expected. However, the new release by this performer will probably be in the running for a top ten debut, or possibly higher. The current single from it is “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, which is headed towards #1 on the Triple A radio chart.

EMELI SANDÉ — Long Live The Angels (iTunes)
Sandé’s latest set is her first studio album since 2012, but she’s worked with a number of different acts since that release. “Hurts” has been a mid-charting song in some countries, and it’s receiving some minor airplay at Hot AC radio here. This should do much better than the #28 peak of her debut effort.

Christmas albums out this week: Leslie Odom Jr.‘s Simply Christmas (iTunes)

More albums out this week: A Tribe Called Quest‘s We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (iTunes), Enigma‘s The Fall Of A Rebel Angel (iTunes), Joe‘s #MyNameIsJoeThomas (iTunes), Nathan Sykes‘s Unfinished Business (iTunes), Olly Murs‘s 24 HRS (iTunes), Ronnie Dunn‘s Tattooed Heart (iTunes), The Griswolds‘s High Times For Low Lives (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bibi Bourelly‘s Free The Real, Pt. #2 (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Be Mean”, DNCE (iTunes)
“Close”, Ryan Kinder (iTunes)
“Cocoon”, Milky Chance (iTunes)
“Dance”, Leon Else (iTunes)
“Ghost In The Wind”, Birdy (iTunes)
“Gravity”, Timeflies (iTunes)
“Human Touch”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“I Would Like”, Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“In My Dreams”, Ruth B (iTunes)
“Life Goes On”, Fergie (iTunes)
“Miss You”, Gabrielle Aplin (iTunes)
“On Hold”, The xx (iTunes)
“One Shot”, Robin Thicke featuring Juicy J (iTunes)
“Satisfied”, Sia featuring Miguel and Queen Latifah (iTunes)
“Shadow & Light”, Martin Luke Brown (iTunes)
“Too Keen”, Youngr (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Bruno Mars, DNCE, Metallica and more.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 11, 2016

11 at the 1.

“Blocks” rocks.

40. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You
38. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape
37. Barns Courtney – Glitter & Gold | HIGHEST DEBUT

30. Ellie Goulding – Still Falling For You (38) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
25. James TW – When You Love Someone (32)
20. The Griswolds – Out Of My Head (27)
13. Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me (21) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
(see #9, #10 below)

10. Gavin DeGraw – She Sets The City On Fire (15) | PEAK: #10
09. Colbie Caillat – Goldmine (14) | PEAK: #09
08. Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy – Make Me… (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara – Wild (06) | PEAK: #06
06. Serena Ryder – Got Your Number (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Passenger – Somebody’s Love (05) | PEAK: #01 for one week
04. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Bastille – Good Grief (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Wrabel – 11 Blocks (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Tegan And Sara – Stop Desire (1)
2. The Score – Unstoppable (4)
3. COIN – Talk Too Much (3)
4. The Strumbellas – We Don’t Know (5)
5. Judah & The Lion – Take It All Back (2)
6. Nick Fradiani – All On You (6)
7. Fitz & The Tantrums – Roll Up (-)
8. Matt Simons – Lose Control (10)
9. The Fray – Singing Low (-)
10. Tom Chaplin – Hardened Heart (7)

In The Mix:
Adele – Water Under The Bridge
Astrid S – Hurts So Good
Bastille – Send Them Off!
Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own
Celine Dion – Recovering (new)
Five For Fighting – Born To Win (new)
Idina Menzel – Queen Of Swords
Johnnyswim – Let It Matter (new)
JoJo – No Apologies
Joshua Radin – High & Low
Kris Allen – Love Will Find You (new)
KT Tunstall – Maybe It’s A Good Thing
Matt Hires – Fighting A Ghost (new)
Nathan Sykes – Famous (new)
New District – Ain’t Got Money
Royal Teeth – Kids Conspire (new)
The Mowgli’s – Bad Thing (new)
Third Eye Blind – Company Of Strangers (new)
Tom Chaplin – Quicksand
Tyler Glenn – Shameless
Young Rising Sons – Undefeatable

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by one of this year’s top newcomers to my chart. In fact, later this year, he’ll probably be in the running for my #1 song of 2016. Of course, that’s with “Fire”, a former #1 that stands at #36 in its 29th week. Singer Barns Courtney lands his second hit here with “Glitter & Gold”, new at #37. It goes for adds at the Triple A format on the 19th. It remains to be seen whether or not “Fire” can climb any higher than the top 20 at Alternative radio, but I hope it does.
  • In 1998, the Texas band Fastball took a song called “Fire Escape” to #12 on the Alternative chart and #25 on the CHR/Top 40 chart. It was the follow-up to “The Way”, a big multi-format hit earlier that year. 18 years later, a different song with the same title is hitting the airwaves, performed by Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. It enters at #38 on my chart. A total of seven songs by McMahon (four under Jack’s Mannequin) have reached my top 40.
  • He’ll be 65 in a few weeks, and he’s still making great tunes. The legendary Sting returns to my chart with his first entry in a decade, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, entering at #40. It’s the leadoff single from 57th & 9th, due November 11. In the spring of 2006, he collaborated with Sheryl Crow on “Always On Your Side”, which peaked at #32.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (September 2016)

Radio Report - September 2016

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in September in this month’s Radio Report.


MARTIN GARRIX & BEBE REXHA – “In The Name Of Love” (RCA, September 6)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Garrix reached #12 in 2014 with the largely-instrumental dance hit “Animals”, while “Don’t Look Down” hit #31 in 2015. Some of Rexha’s featured appearances have charted well, but her main-credited songs usually hit a brick wall in the top 30.

JORDAN FISHER – “Lookin’ Like That” (Hollywood, September 13)
Album: Jordan Fisher – EP (2016)
Past CHR History: “All About Us” topped Adam’s Top 40 for a week, and despite a huge radio push, that song just didn’t get tagged or sell enough to warrant a run beyond the mid-20’s at CHR radio. I’m rooting for Fisher to get that big radio smash later this year.

ZARA LARSSON – “Ain’t My Fault” (Epic, September 20)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Her label was able to break “Never Forget You” at the format earlier this year, hitting #5, but a reissue of “Lush Life” lost its momentum upon reaching the top 40 (after an initial run outside the top 50 last fall.) We’ll see if this has a solid climb.


THE GRISWOLDS – “Out Of My Head” (Wind-up/Concord, September 13)
Album: TBA
Past Alternative History: These Aussie rockers made the top 20 in 2014 with the catchy “Beware The Dog”, a #9 hit on Adam’s Top 40, while “If You Wanna Stay” stalled in the 30’s for two to three months. “Out” has already seen some early action from the panel.

THE SCORE – “Unstoppable” (Republic, September 13)
Album: Unstoppable – EP (2016)
Past Alternative History: “Oh My Love” (which reached the Hot AC top 40) and “On And On” both failed to chart here. However, a number of syncs for this release, including YouTube’s Dude Perfect series, have helped it to surge in both sales and streaming stats.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS – “Roll Up” (Elektra/Atlantic, September 20)
Album: Fitz & The Tantrums (2016)
Past Alternative History: Leadoff single “HandClap” recently high-fived the top five, peaking at #4. They led this chart with two #1 songs in a row, “Out Of My League” (2013, two weeks) and “The Walker” (2014, one week). Can they “roll up” to the top spot again?


FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – “Wish That You Were Here” (Republic, September 6)
Album: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (Soundtrack) (2016)
Past AAA History: Just last year, the English band sent two singles (“What Kind Of Man” and “Ship To Wreck”) to the top of the list here, so there’s a good chance that this soundtrack cut will post some solid numbers. The Tim Burton film opens on September 30.

STING – “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” (A&M/Interscope, September 6)
Album: 57th & 9th (2016)
Past AAA History: Though the format plays plenty of his tracks with The Police and his first few solo albums, there should be some interest in this song. In the 2000’s, his hits here include “Desert Rose” (#1 for four weeks, 2000) and “Send Your Love” (#5, 2003).

BARNS COURTNEY – “Glitter & Gold” (Capitol, September 19)
Album: Hands – EP (2016)
Past AAA History: Courtney’s “Fire”, a former #1 on Adam’s Top 40, reached #2 at the format. That single is still making its way up the Alternative chart, where it sits in the top 20. Can one of my favorite newcomers of 2016 get his second U.S. radio hit? I hope so.

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

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 28, 2016

11 at the 1.

“Blocks” is a lock for #1 again.

40. Kenny Chesney featuring P!nk – Setting The World On Fire
39. Cody Fry – Go
38. James TW – When You Love Someone | HIGHEST DEBUT

35. Bon Jovi – This House Is Not For Sale (40)
29. The Griswolds – Out Of My Head (35)
27. Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Saint Motel – Move (31)
23. OneRepublic – Kids (28)

10. Katy Perry – Rise (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy – Make Me… (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Ingrid Michaelson – Hell No (07) | PEAK: #04
07. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (06) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
06. Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara – Wild (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Bastille – Good Grief (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
03. Passenger – Somebody’s Love (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Wrabel – 11 Blocks (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jordan Fisher – Lookin’ Like That (-)
2. Tegan And Sara – Stop Desire (4)
3. COIN – Talk Too Much (2)
4. Judah & The Lion – Take It All Back (5)
5. Ellie Goulding – Still Falling For You (-)
6. The Score – Unstoppable (10)
7. Tom Chaplin – Hardened Heart (9)
8. AURORA – I Went Too Far (8)
9. Nick Fradiani – All On You (-)
10. The Strumbellas – We Don’t Know (-)

In The Mix:
Adele – Water Under The Bridge
Astrid S – Hurts So Good (new)
Barns Courtney – Glitter & Gold
Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own
Idina Menzel – Queen Of Swords
JoJo – No Apologies
Joshua Radin – High & Low
KT Tunstall – Maybe It’s A Good Thing
Matt Simons – Lose Control (new)
New District – Ain’t Got Money
Norah Jones – Carry On
Olly Murs – You Don’t Know Love
Tom Chaplin – Quicksand (new)
Tyler Glenn – Shameless

Chart Notes:

  • The week’s Highest Debut is from 18-year-old singer/songwriter James Taylor-Watts, better known as James TW. New at #38, “When You Love Someone” marks his first time on my chart. The original version is on his EP First Impressions, and a new acoustic mix is available as a stand-alone single. It’s been a moment since James Taylor was on my chart; his last song to reach my top 40 was “It’s Growing”, which went to #25 for two weeks in late 2008.
  • Nashville newcomer Cody Fry makes my top 40 at #39 with his single “Go”. He appeared as a contestant on American Idol in 2015. You can catch Fry playing in Ben Rector‘s band on his The Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far Tour, which goes into the fall. We’ll see if he can beat Rector’s #5 peak for “Brand New” from earlier this year.
  • Finally, at #40, is a big hit from the Country radio listing. Looking to crossover to the pop world, it’s “Setting The World On Fire” by Kenny Chesney, which features P!nk. It’s Chesney’s second single to reach my chart; “Somewhere With You” hit #23 for two weeks in 2011. His Cosmic Hallelujah album is due October 28.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (January 2015)

Happy New Year to all of the PGTC readers around the world! It’s time once again to search the airwaves and find out if your favorite songs will be lighting up the national charts in 2015. What singles will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of the singles being serviced in January on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats in this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Avicii and RAS
AVICII (featuring RAS) – “The Nights” (January 6) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
It was “The Days” that looked CHR-bound a few months ago, but that was abruptly pulled from the schedule. Maybe the change in time will change up the airwaves this spring. The Swedish DJ/producer’s latest single is already selling well on digital outlets like iTunes with a small amount of airplay thus far. Sure, this song is no “Wake Me Up!”, but hey, what is?

Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding
CALVIN HARRIS featuring ELLIE GOULDING – “Outside” (January 13) (*)
Label: Columbia
Some say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but Harris and Goulding are looking to prove that theory wrong. Two years ago, the Scottish DJ/producer and English chanteuse collaborated on “I Need Your Love”, climbing up into the top 5 on CHR radio late in the summer. This second pairing, a top ten single across the globe last year, has big potential here too.

Nicki Minaj and Skylar Grey
NICKI MINAJ featuring SKYLAR GREY – “Bed Of Lies” (January 13) (*)
Label: YMCMB/Republic
Though Urban radio has fully embraced Minaj’s latest era, The Pinkprint, programmers at pop radio haven’t warmed up to the new music. Even “Anaconda”, a big digital hit with an eye-popping music video to boot, missed the top 20 and fell sharply. “Bed” has been another strong streamer, but with CHR’s sleeping on prior releases, the dream is a difficult one.

Tove Lo
TOVE LO – “Talking Body” (January 20) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
If she’s gotta stay high, then this single could be the one to take her back to the top. “Talking” is the follow-up to “Habits (Stay High)”, which spent one week at #1 back in November, while parent album Queen Of The Clouds ascended the sky to #14 on the Billboard 200. Already playing on Hits 1 and other outlets, this “body” is exercising some musical muscle.

Olly Murs and Travie McCoy
OLLY MURS featuring TRAVIE MCCOY – “Wrapped Up” (January 27) (*)
Label: Columbia
This hit collaboration recently wrapped itself around the top 5 on the Singles Chart in the United Kingdom, entering the survey at #3. That region is also where it currently sits on my personal chart. (We’ll know shortly if “Wrapped” matches that high point.) Murs hasn’t been as consistent on this side of the world, but I’m certainly rooting for this to break here.

RIXTON – “Hotel Ceiling” (mid-to-late January – TBD) (*)
Label: School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope
Last year, the English group went top ten on the CHR chart with “Me And My Broken Heart”, but their momentum came to a halt when followup “Wait On Me” stalled in the 30’s last fall. Despite their debut album being pushed back to March, the group is charging ahead with this cut and could be spinning on the air soon. We’ll see when they check into the chart.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Milky Chance
MILKY CHANCE – “Flashed Junk Mind” (January 6) (* + **)
Label: Republic
Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch have stolen more than a few dances recently, but the two German musicians aren’t looking for just one twirl at the top of the charts. They have more on their “Mind”. The second release to be issued from Sadnecessary fits the same folk-driven route as their international winner, but it has not ranked nearly as well overseas.

Brandi Carlile
BRANDI CARLILE – “Wherever Is Your Heart” (January 13) (**)
Label: ATO
After four albums with Columbia Records, including a big breakout with 2007’s The Story, singer and songwriter Carlile joins ATO for her latest offering, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Having been a consistent presence on the AAA scene for years, including two charted singles from her last album, radio is ready for a new song and this tune does not disappoint.

Vance Joy
VANCE JOY, “Mess Is Mine” (January 13) (*+ **)
Label: F-Stop/Atlantic
The Australian singer/songwriter born James Keogh got swept up in a “Riptide” in the chart waters they call Alternative radio, spending five weeks at the top over the summer. The song is now crossing over to Hot AC and CHR outlets, but in the meantime, his second single jumps onto the format that crowned his top tune. The song is off to a nice start thus far.

SMALLPOOLS – “Karaoke” (January 20) (*)
Label: RCA
It’s been a while since this quartet has been on the charts; you may remember “Dreaming”, a minor entry on Alternative radio during the summer of 2013. After a cancelled single in “Over & Over”, the band will finally be releasing their debut album on February 3. It’s titled LOVETAP! and hopefully “Karaoke” will tap its way to some major adds before the date.

The Avener
THE AVENER – “Fade Out Lines” (January 20) (*)
Label: Republic
Already a huge hit across Europe, including #1 success in Austria and Germany, this track makes its way to the States as part of the upcoming 50 Shades Of Grey film. 27-year-old DJ and producer Tristan Casara is behind the song, which is a reworking of “The Fade Out Line” by Phoebe Killdeer & The Short Straws, first issued in late 2011. “Out” is definitely in.

The Griswolds
THE GRISWOLDS – “If You Wanna Stay” (January 27) (*)
Label: Wind-Up
These four Aussie rockers broke the top 20 last year with their single “Beware The Dog”, and between that and their last release, “Heart Of A Lion”, you’d think they would be opening a zoo. However, that is not the case as their latest single is breaking the trend of animal anthems, but it’s still worth a listen. Look for it to chart at the format in the next few weeks.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #60-41

The cream of the pop!

The cream of the pop for 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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