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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 9, 2021

This Friday is for the kids.

You have permission to dance to and stream these top New Music Friday releases, including the current albums from Jam & Lewis, The Maine and Tom Odell, as well as fresh singles from Billie Eilish, Post Malone and The Kid LAROI. So, let’s get to it, kids:

Notable albums out this week: Charlotte Day Wilson‘s Alpha (Stream), Dylan Cartlidge‘s Hope Above Adversity (Stream), IDK‘s USEE4YOURSELF (Stream), Inhaler‘s It Won’t Always Be Like This (Stream), Jam & Lewis‘s Vol. 1 (Stream), Joy Oladokun‘s In Defense Of My Own Happiness (Deluxe) (Stream), Mariah The Scientist‘s Ry Ry World (Stream), Snoh Aalegra‘s Temporary Highs In The Violet Skies (Stream), The Maine‘s XOXO: From Love & Anxiety In Real Time (Stream), The Wallflowers‘s Exit Wounds (Stream), Tom Odell‘s Monsters (Stream), Twin Shadow‘s Twin Shadow (Stream), Vince Staples‘s Vince Staples (Stream), Cinderella (Original Cast Soundtrack) (Stream), Space Jam: A New Legacy (Soundtrack) (Stream)

Notable EPs out this week: 44Phantom‘s Die Sometime, It’s Good For U (Stream), Adore Delano‘s Dirty Laundry (Stream), Almost Monday‘s ‘Til The End Of Time (Stream), Bahari‘s Forget You (Stream), Brynn Elliott‘s Can I Be Real? (Stream), Claire Rosinkranz‘s 6 Of A Billion (Stream), Dylan Fraser‘s The World Isn’t Big When You Know How It Works (Stream), Frances Forever‘s Paranoia Party (Stream), Olivia Lunny‘s Olivia Lunny (Stream), Prateek Kuhad‘s Shehron Ke Raaz (Stream), Scott Quinn‘s Better For Me (Stream)

New digital singles that you can buy/stream this week include:
“Ain’t Got No Friends”, Conor Maynard (Stream)
“Always On My Mind”, Shane Codd featuring Charlotte Haining (Stream)
“Anything”, Ben Chandler (Stream)
“Baby Don’t Let Me Go”, Oslo Ibrahim (Stream)
“Bad Habits (Acoustic)”, Ed Sheeran (Stream)
“Being Together”, Donovan Woods (Stream)
“Bless His Soul”, Fredo Bang featuring Polo G (Stream)
“Body Love High”, Aubrey O’Day (Stream)
“Boring”, Confetti (Stream)
“Bouncin'”, Tinashe (Stream)
“Butterfly”, Emily Weisband featuring Karen Fairchild (Stream)
“Cambia El Paso”, Jennifer Lopez & Rauw Alejandro (Stream)
“Can’t Give Up”, The New Coast (Stream)
“Children Of The Dark”, POORSTACY (Stream)
“Chrome Hearts”, YSN Flow (Stream)
“Clash”, Dave & Stormzy (Stream)
“Coming To Life”, Lane Norberg (Stream)
“Could Cry Just Thinkin’ About You (2021)”, Troye Sivan (Stream)
“Crystal Ball”, Sebastian Javier (Stream)
“Cure For Me”, AURORA (Stream)
“Damsel In This Dress”, Gray Robinson (Stream)
“De Museo”, Bad Bunny (Stream)
“Digital Age”, PHANGS & LFO (Stream)
“Don’t Be Afraid”, Nico & Vinz featuring Bow Anderson (Stream)
“Drive Away”, Payton (Stream)
“Dumb Dumb”, Mazie (Stream)
“Family”, Badflower (Stream)
“Feed Your Love”, Spice Girls (Stream)
“Feel A Thing (Acoustic)”, Meet Me @ The Altar featuring Dan Campbell (Stream)
“For The Last Time”, Melissa Etheridge (Stream)
“F**k Him All Night”, Azealia Banks (Stream)
“F**k This Town”, Glaive & Ericdoa (Stream)
“Girls Outside”, Monaleo (Stream)
“Glimmer”, Nicole Serrano (Stream)
“Go Away”, Omar Apollo (Stream)
“Goodbye”, LP (Stream)
“Hangin’ On”, Justin Holt (Stream)
“Hell Is A Crowded Room”, Allison Ponthier (Stream)
“Here’s Your Perfect (Acoustic)”, Jamie Miller (Stream)
“Holiday (A7S Remix)”, KSI (Stream)
“Holier Than Thou”, Biffy Clyro (Stream)
“How High”, The Record Company (Stream)
“Howdon Aldi Death Queue” and “Seventeen Going Under”, Sam Fender (Stream)
“Hurt Like ___”, OSTON (Stream)
“I Don’t Wanna Know You Anymore”, Kate The Dreamer (Stream)
“I Love You, I Hate You”, Little Simz (Stream)
“I Need Love”, Zara Larsson featuring Trevor Daniel (Stream)
“I Need Your Love”, Charley Crockett (Stream)
“If I Were A Friend”, BLÜ EYES (Stream)
“I’m So Happy (Acoustic)”, Emily Burns (Stream)
“In The Court Of The Dragon”, Trivium (Stream)
“Indian Summer”, Shuba (Stream)
“Kayla”, Stephen Sanchez (Stream)
“Lemon Love Affair”, Burrito Brown (Stream)
“Live A Little”, 99 Neighbors (Stream)
“Lost Keys”, Delilah Montagu (Stream)
“Love And Hate”, Camylio (Stream)
“Love Signs”, The Jungle Giants (Stream)
“Love You Right”, Walk Off The Earth x Lukas Graham (Stream)
“Mafiosa”, Nathy Peluso (Stream)
“Make Up Your Mind”, Quix featuring Jaden Michaels (Stream)
“Me, Myself And Adderall”, Lost Kings featuring Goody Grace (Stream)
“Memory”, Kane Brown x Blackbear (Stream)
“Mental Wealth”, Davin Kingston (Stream)
“MIA”, RAY BLK featuring Kaash Paige (Stream)
“Miracle, Baby”, Nothing But Thieves (Stream)
“Mirror (Maliboux Remix)”, Sigrid (Stream)
“Mn Gheirik Enti”, Issam Alnajjar (Stream)
“Mosh Pit”, Miles (Stream)
“Motley Crew”, Post Malone (Stream)
“Mr. Perfect”, RANI (Stream)
“My House”, Declan McKenna (Stream)
“NDA”, Billie Eilish (Stream)
“Nice To Meet Ya”, Wes Nelson featuring Loredana (Stream)
“Night Terrors”, MNYS (Stream)
“Nothin’ I Won’t Do”, Russ (Stream)
“Odd One Out”, Morgen (Stream)
“Off Of My Mind”, Icona Pop & VIZE (Stream)
“Old Love Song” and “Out In The Middle”, Zac Brown Band (Stream)
“One Last Try”, ReN featuring Maisie Peters (Stream)
“One Thing I Know”, Arkells (Stream)
“Open Your Mouth”, Chelsea Collins (Stream)
“Palm Reader”, LOVER (Stream)
“Party”, Kid Ink featuring RMR (Stream)
“Permission To Dance”, BTS (Stream)
“Piece Of Work”, Loren Gray (Stream)
“Please Put Me In A Medically Induced Coma”, Carolesdaughter (Stream)
“Polaris”, Damon Albarn (Stream)
“Pop Song”, Lost Stars (Stream)
“Rae Street”, Courtney Barnett (Stream)
“Rollercoaster”, Arden Jones (Stream)
“Romeo”, Jungle featuring Bas (Stream)
“Ryder”, Emily Vaughn & Lil Xan (Stream)
“Say So”, Masked Wolf (Stream)
“Section”, Ant Clemons featuring Kehlani (Stream)
“September (Majestic Remix)”, James Arthur (Stream)
“Slowly”, Olivia Dean (Stream)
“Sobrio”, Maluma (Stream)
“Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World”, Robin Schulz, Alle Farben & Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (Stream)
“Stay”, The Kid LAROI featuring Justin Bieber (Stream)
“Sticky”, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (Stream)
“Summer Fling”, Nina Nesbitt (Stream)
“Swing Of Things (Remix)”, MAY-A featuring Powfu (Stream)
“Take My Name”, Parmalee (Stream)
“Teenage Dirtbag”, Lou Elliotte (Stream)
“Thank You”, Oscar Lang (Stream)
“The Feel”, Kid Brunswick (Stream)
“The Jackie”, Bas featuring J. Cole & Lil Tjay (Stream)
“The Kid That You Loved”, Matt Haughey (Stream)
“Thief”, Ella Jane (Stream)
“Times Have Changed”, Matt Rosa (Stream)
“To Get Over You”, ROSIE (Stream)
“Try Missing You”, Jon Langston (Stream)
“Tryst”, Grace Mitchell (Stream)
“Wandsworth To Bullingdon”, Fredo featuring Headie One (Stream)
“Wasted”, Loud Luxury featuring WAV3POP (Stream)
“What’s Coming To Me”, Dorothy (Stream)
“When I’m Gone”, Eva Rose (Stream)
“Where Do You Wanna Go?”, 98° (Stream)
“Wishin’ I Was Him”, Bryan Andrews (Stream)
“Who Needs You”, Jordan Rowe featuring Ashland Craft (Stream)
“You’re Not Special, Babe”, Orla Gartland (Stream)

Next week, the new albums from John Mayer, Pop Smoke and Tones And I are among the larger releases 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 23, 2018

Fall in “Love” this Thanksgiving.

Pass the turkey, stuffing and the new albums… it might be a slow date, but these are the notable digital and physical releases out this Friday:

RITA ORA – Phoenix (iTunes)
Ora has largely struggled with a U.S. audience; her latest radio single, “Let You Love Me”, is charting below the top 40 at Top 40 radio. Still, as one of the bigger titles this week, it could attain a decent debut on the Billboard 200 list.

Notable albums out this week: Amy Macdonald‘s Woman Of The World: The Best Of 2007-2018 (iTunes), Chic‘s The Chic Organization: 1977-1979 (iTunes), Cliff Richard‘s Rise Up (iTunes), Take That‘s Odyssey (iTunes), William Beckmann‘s Outskirts Of Town (iTunes), 10 Years Of Mom+Pop (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Hunter Hayes‘s This Christmas (iTunes), Ward Davis‘s Asunder (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1999 (Michael Calfan Remix)”, Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Ballers And Skaters”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Bite My Tongue”, Sam Bluer (iTunes)
“Body”, Glowie featuring Saweetie (iTunes)
“Business”, Call Me Loop (iTunes)
“Cheering For Me Now”, John Kander & Lin-Manuel Miranda (iTunes)
“Come Out And Play”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Control”, Feder featuring Bryce Vine & Dan Caplen (iTunes)
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, Brett Eldredge (iTunes)
“Don’t Call Me Back”, LA WOMEN (iTunes)
“Friends”, Jai Waetford (iTunes)
“Gold & Blue”, Van Bellman (iTunes)
“Goodbye (R3HAB Remix)”, Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William (iTunes)
“It Is What It Is”, RuthAnne (iTunes)
“Kelly”, Kelly Rowland (iTunes)
“LA On A Saturday Night (Acoustic)”, Hearts & Colors (iTunes)
“Lay Your Worry Down (Acoustic Version)”, Milow featuring Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Leave Me Lonely”, Hilltop Hoods (iTunes)
“Mine”, VINCINT (iTunes)
“New Crowned King”, Cody Simpson (iTunes)
“Not At Peace”, Ria Mae (iTunes)
“On The 5 (RAC Remix)”, Winnetka Bowling League (iTunes)
“Perfect To Me (Back N Fourth Remix)”, Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Piano Man (BBC Live)”, Tom Odell (iTunes)
“Polaroid (Acoustic)”, Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Reel It In (Remix)”, Aminé featuring Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“Run In The Rain (Acoustic)”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Solitude”, JXN (iTunes)
“Stand Out Fit In”, ONE OK ROCK (iTunes)
“Stuck In The Middle”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Sundress”, A$AP Rocky (iTunes)
“Testify”, Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
“Thursday (Acoustic)”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Use Me”, Shaggy (iTunes)
“Vámonos”, Kris Kross Amsterdam, Ally Brooke & Messiah (iTunes)
“When We Were Young”, M-Phazes featuring Luke Steele (iTunes)
“Zombie Bastards”, Weezer (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Alessia Cara, Clean Bandit, The 1975 and more. 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 October 26, 2018

“Someone” has a new release…

Tricks and treats and plenty of ear candy is on the schedule this week, as we enter the last Friday before Halloween. Who’s going to spook the top spot? These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LUKAS GRAHAM – 3 (The Purple Album) (iTunes)
Best known for the international smash “7 Years”, which topped the Hot AC and Top 40 radio charts here in the U.S., the Danish band is back with their newest album. It features the radio single “Love Someone”, which is currently climbing through top 20 at the former format and impacting at the latter this coming Tuesday.

THE STRUTS Young & Dangerous (iTunes)
Featuring the Alternative radio hit “Body Talks”, which sits just below the top ten at the format, these rockers are turning up the volume on the chart with their new set. It should easily surpass the peak of their last album, which barely cracked the top 100.

TORY LANEZ Love Me Now? (iTunes)
With “Talk To Me”, a collaboration with Rich The Kid, now in the top ten at Urban radio, Canadian performer Lanez will likely have a good opening week for his second album of 2018. Will it continue his top five streak on the Billboard 200?

Notable albums out this week: Andrea Bocelli‘s (iTunes), Boy George & Culture Club‘s Life (iTunes), Causes‘s Wake Me Up So I Can Dream (iTunes), Chris Tomlin‘s Holy Roar (iTunes), Dillon Carmichael‘s Hell On An Angel (iTunes), Eagle-Eye Cherry‘s Streets Of You (iTunes), Francesca Battistelli‘s Own It (iTunes), Gavin James‘s Only Ticket Home (iTunes), Joji‘s Ballads 1 (iTunes), Monsta X‘s Take.1 Are You There? (iTunes), Robyn‘s Honey (iTunes), Tom Odell‘s Jubilee Road (iTunes), Zayde Wølf‘s Modern Alchemy (Deluxe) (iTunes)

Notable holiday albums out this week: Brett Eldredge‘s Glow (Deluxe) (iTunes), Gwen Stefani‘s You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Deluxe) (iTunes), Jessie J‘s This Christmas Day (iTunes), Jessie James Decker‘s On This Holiday (iTunes), John Legend‘s A Legendary Christmas (iTunes), Pentatonix‘s Christmas Is Here! (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Bronze Radio Return‘s Check One (iTunes), FERGUS‘s Purple Road (iTunes), Kimbra‘s Songs From Primal Heart: Reimagined (iTunes), Louis The Child‘s Kids At Play (iTunes), RAY BLK‘s Empress (iTunes), Royal Wood‘s Love Will Linger (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1%” and “L*** Is A Bad Word”, Kiiara (iTunes)
“A Million Dollars A Day” and “I Count On Me”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“A Million Dreams”, P!nk (iTunes)
“Armor”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Arms Around You”, XXXTentacion x Lil Pump featuring Maluma & Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Bamboo”, Far East Movement featuring Jason Zhang & Kina Grannis (iTunes)
“Below The Ceiling”, nicopop. featuring Tyler Mann (iTunes)
“Checklist” and “Slow Down”, Normani x Calvin Harris (iTunes)
“Close To Me”, Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Cool With It (Acoustic)”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Come Again”, Swizz Beatz featuring Giggs (iTunes)
“Death Of Me”, David Cook (iTunes)
“Don’t Know You”, Justin Caruso featuring Jake Miller (iTunes)
“Dream”, Birthday (iTunes)
“Electricity (Black Madonna Remix)”, Silk City & Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Empty Space (Digital Farm Animals & Franklin Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Expectations”, Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“Faded/2AM”, Lila Drew featuring GoldLink (iTunes)
“Freak”, Black Caviar (iTunes)
“Girl”, BRUNS (iTunes)
“Girl Of The Year”, Allie X (iTunes)
“Good And Lasting”, Trent Dabbs (iTunes)
“Goodbyes (Yung Bae Remix)”, The Knocks featuring Method Man (iTunes)
“Got Love”, The Revivalists (iTunes)
“Grapevine”, Tiësto (iTunes)
“Happy Now”, Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza (iTunes)
“Headlights”, Hellberg & Leona Lewis (iTunes)
“Heaven”, The Shantics (iTunes)
“Human”, Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“If I Say”, Mumford & Sons (iTunes)
“In Case I Don’t Feel”, Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
“JT”, Jon Bellion (iTunes)
“Killer Queen”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
“Lady Liberty”, Barbra Streisand (iTunes)
“Lay Your Worry Down”, Milow featuring Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Llegaste Tú”, CNCO & Prince Royce (iTunes)
“Made For Now (Benny Benassi x Canova Remix)”, Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee (iTunes)
“Make Up”, Vice & Jason Derulo featuring Ava Max (iTunes)
“Medicine (Acoustic)”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Money”, Cardi B (iTunes)
“Nervous”, L Devine (iTunes)
“No Drama”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“On The Way Up”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“One Last Time”, Tyron Hapi & Lucas Marx (iTunes)
“Paris”, Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Remember”, Gryffin with ZOHARA (iTunes)
“Rhythm In My Blood”, Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Hailey Knox (iTunes)
“Savior”, Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“Siren”, The Chainsmokers & AAZAR (iTunes)
“Song About You (Digital Farm Animals & Franklin Remix)”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Survivor”, Daniel Powter & Kelly Yu (iTunes)
“Take Your Love”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“The Fear”, The Score (iTunes)
“The First Noel”, Tyler Farr (iTunes)
“Up All Night”, R3HAB x MOTi featuring Fiora (iTunes)
“Walk Alone”, Rudimental featuring Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Waste It On Me”, Steve Aoki featuring BTS (iTunes)
“Werewolf”, Quinn XCII featuring Yoshi Flower (iTunes)
“What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get? (Mike Crossley Mix)”, Snow Patrol (iTunes)
“Wildest Dreams”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, Tyler, The Creator (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Barbra Streisand, the Pistol AnniesTakeoff 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 2013: 80-61

They're here...

They can’t stop, and they won’t stop…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… no, forget about Christmas, it’s time for another Top 100 of the year based on my personal charts for the 2013 chart year! It’s everything from the year that was, from “Crazy All My Life” to “I Want Crazy” to “Keep Me Crazy”. We had passengers, pits and punks all rank among the top 40 this year, as well as dolls, dragons and more. We travelled to “Pompeii” and “St. Croix”, and now we’re on our way to the “Best Song Ever” on the “Best Day Of My Life”. It could very well be the “Best I Ever Had”. Alright, enough of my yapping, now.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 24, 2013. Those marked with a plus had not yet reached their highest position as of that date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

Now, let’s get back to the countdown and pick it up at #80 with one of Canada’s most successful exports…

Just like that title, they keep comin' around.

080. Barenaked Ladies – “Boomerang” (#14)
Writer: Zac Maloy, Ed Robertson/Producer: Gavin Brown

Related Posts: Single Review (March 21, 2013)

Turn the "Beat" around.

079. Goo Goo Dolls – “Rebel Beat” (#18)
Writers: John Rzeznik, Gregg Wattenberg/Producer: Wattenberg

Related Posts: On The Rebound (January 23, 2013)

History in the making.

078. Bastille – “Laura Palmer” (#13)
Writer: Dan Smith/Producers: Mark Crew, Smith

**First of two songs in the top 100

Andy Grammer

077. Andy Grammer – “Miss Me” (#1 for two weeks, 2012)
Writer: Andy Grammer, Boots Ottestad / Producers: Adam Pallin, S*A*M & Sluggo

Related Posts: Concert Review (December 10, 2012), Interview with Matt Rad (December 4, 2013)


076. Daughtry – “Waiting For Superman” (#9+) [2014 chart year: #6]
Writers: Chris Daughtry, Sam Hollander, Martin Johnson/Producers: Daughtry, Johnson

Related Posts: Single Premiere (September 16, 2013), Album Review of Baptized (November 13, 2013)

Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
075. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – “Lose Yourself To Dance” (#15)
Writers: Daft Punk (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo), Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams/Producers: Daft Punk

Related Posts: Just Got Lucky (July 5, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100 (both acts)

Down with the kids.

074. Tom Odell – “Another Love” (#16)
Writers: Tom Odell / Producers: Dan Grech-Marguerat

Time to "Rock" it.

073. Avril Lavigne – “Here’s To Never Growing Up” (#13)
Writers: David Hodges, Martin Johnson, Jacob Kasher, Chad Kroeger, Avril Lavigne / Producer: Johnson

Related Posts: Single Premiere (April 8, 2013), Growing Pains (April 22, 2013), Album Review of Avril Lavigne (October 26, 2013)

Everybody plays the "Fool".

072. Christina Aguilera featuring Blake Shelton – “Just A Fool” (#13)
Writers: Wayne Hector, Claude Kelly, Steve Robson / Producer: Kelly, Robson

Related Posts: Quick Hits (December 14, 2012)

Lifehouse and Natasha Bedingfield

071. Lifehouse featuring Natasha Bedingfield – “Between The Raindrops” (#7)
Writers: Jude Cole, Jacob Kasher, Jason Wade / Producer: Cole

Don't Walk away from this one.

070. Walk Off The Earth – “Gang Of Rhythm” (#10)
Writers: Sarah Blackwood, Ryan Marshall, Giovanni Nicassio, Thomas Salter / Producers: Blackwood, Nicassio, Salter

**First of two songs in the top 100

Something happened on the way to "Heaven".

069. Bruno Mars – “When I Was Your Man” (#13)
Writers: Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Andrew Wyatt / Producers: The Smeezingtons

**First of two songs in the top 100


068. Lawson – “Brokenhearted” (#14)
Writers: Duck Blackwell, Andy Brown, Paddy Dalton, Ki Fitzgerald / Producers: Harry Sommerdahl

**Second of three songs in the top 100

Bon Jovi

067. Bon Jovi – “Because We Can” (#14)
Writers: Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Falcon, Richie Sambora / Producer: Bon Jovi, John Shanks

Related Posts: Single Review (January 7, 2013)

Bust a Move.

066. Gavin DeGraw – “Best I Ever Had” (#13)
Writers: Gavin DeGraw, Martin Johnson / Producer: Johnson

Related Posts: Single Premiere (June 17, 2013), Album Review of Make A Move (October 9, 2013)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

It's all in the Mix.

065. Little Mix – “Wings” (#12)
Writers: Tom Barnes, Iain James, Peter Kelleher, Ben Kohn, Little Mix (Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall) / Producer: TMS

Related Posts: Winging It (March 7, 2013)

"Girl", you know it's true.

064. Hanson – “Get The Girl Back” (#11)
Writers/Producers: Hanson (Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson and Zac Hanson)

Related Posts: Single Review (March 30, 2013)

I think she'll have a chart attack.

I think she’ll have a chart attack.

063. Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack” (#13)
Writers: Mitch Allan, Sean Douglas, Jason Evigan, Demi Lovato, Aaron Phillips, Nikki Williams / Producers: The Suspex

Related Posts: Single Premiere (February 24, 2013)

Simply the "Best".

062. One Direction – “Kiss You” (#9)
Writers: Cagaanan, Carl Falk, Kristoffer Fogelmark, Savan Kotecha, Kristian Lundin, Albin Nedler, Shellback, Rami Yacoub / Producers: Falk, Yacoub

**Second of four songs in the top 100

"Story" time.

061. One Direction – “Best Song Ever” (#10)
Writers: Julian Bunetta, Ed Drewett, Wayne Hector, John Ryan / Producers: Bunetta, Matt Radosevich, Ryan

Related Posts: Single Premiere (July 17, 2013), Album Review of Midnight Memories (November 20, 2013), Interview with Matt Rad (December 4, 2013)
**Third of four songs in the top 100

Check back tomorrow for 60-41 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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Adam’s Top Albums of 2013 — Part One (20-11)

Some say that the album is dead thanks to the usual excuses: complaints about filler and lackluster quality, the down trend of sales in the single heavy market we’re currently trapped in and fewer and fewer artists getting signed to major labels. To that I say, nonsense! Plenty of awesome albums came out this year chock full of great songs from both commercially successful acts and independent DIY musicians. From pop to rock to dance and everything in-between, I’ve ranked 20 of my favorites from the year that was.

For this survey, dozens of albums were considered, both those released this year and those released last year that I heard for the first time this year. (I did not compile any sort of albums year-end list in 2012.) About 30-35 made the shortlist, then that was eventually crammed down to the 20 you’re about to see over the next two days.

Just missing the chart:
25. The Band PerryPioneer
24. Barenaked LadiesGrinning Streak
23. New PoliticsA Bad Girl In Harlem
22. Jessie WareDevotion
21. John NewmanTribute

Let’s check off the first ten on the list and let you in on what ranks between 20-11 for 2013:

One step "Closer" to a hit.

“Closer” to the charts.

20. TEGAN & SARA – Heartthrob
Sisters Tegan and Sara Quin have had their share of musical ups and downs in the past 15 years; this year featured a change of sound into the pop world rather than their usual indie rock fare with the help of producer Greg Kurstin. The effort was both a critical and commercial success, including the hit “Closer” and the solid followup single, “I Was A Fool”.

Pop the Bublé.

Pop the Bublé.

19. MICHAEL BUBLÉ – To Be Loved
The Canadian crooner delivered another good effort, becoming his latest #1 album on the Billboard 200. Leadoff single “It’s A Beautiful Day”, adult contemporary speak for a four letter word followed by a “you”, topped my survey for four weeks, while remakes of “Somethin’ Stupid” (with Reese Witherspoon) and “Who’s Lovin’ You” were keeping it smooth.

Down with the kids.

Down with the kids.

18. TOM ODELL – Long Way Down
Odell just turned 23 in November, and a what year 2013 was for him. His first album debuted at #1 went Gold in his native U.K., with third release “Another Love” becoming a top ten record on the Singles Chart. It also ascended into the top 20 on my survey. From the mellow “Grow Old With Me” and title track to the rockier “Hold Me”, it’s a great start for the singer.

The pop princess of Prism.

This is how she do.

This year, Perry came back with a bang, or should I say a “Roar”, and filled the pop charts once again with joyous jams. While the first half of the album shines with a ton of potential radio-ready tracks like “Birthday” and “International Smile”, it falls off significantly in the second half, leading to an uneven album. It’s no Teenage Dream, but it’s no nightmare either.

"Girl", you know it's true.

Where’s the love?

16. HANSON – Anthem
Long after the days of the 1997 pop anthem “Mmmbop”, the Oklahoma trio are still cranking out great music in 2013 on what could be their best album yet. Lead single “Get The Girl Back” rose to #11 on my chart, their biggest hit in nine years. Mixing elements of rock and soul with their nice nostalgic touch, tracks like “Fired Up” and “You Can’t Stop Us” shine on.

So far Gone.

So far Gone.

15. HAIM – Days Are Gone
You saw them appear on Saturday Night Live in November and a few months prior to that, their first album debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200. The brilliantly constructed ode to fun 80’s pop is felt throughout the entire effort, especially on the first few songs like “Forever”, “The Wire” and “Don’t Save Me”. Do save a place for this on your 2013 list, however.

Don't Walk away from this one.

Don’t Walk away from this one.

Their YouTube videos rank them highly in the viral community, and earlier this year, the quintet released their first album through Columbia Records. The Canadian band managed to put a pair of singles into my top ten this year: “Red Hands” (#5) and “Gang Of Rhythm” (#10). Mixing flavors of pop, reggae and ska, their breezy sound is as sunny as a summer day.

A page-turner.

A page-turner.

13. FIVE FOR FIGHTING – Bookmarks (PGTC Review)
48-year-old John Ondrasik took his time when recording his new album, and for the most part, the end product was satisfactory. Produced by longtime collaborator Gregg Wattenberg, the set captures great moments, including single “What If” and the soaring “Heaven Knows”, but also has its share of odd sequences and cheesy lyrics. It’s still worth a read.

Bravely entering the release ring.

Bravely entering the countdown.

12. SARA BAREILLES – The Blessed Unrest (PGTC Review)
Probably the most surprising nomination for a GRAMMY Award for Album Of The Year as announced last week, Bareilles’s third major label LP on Epic Records is a collection pleasant pop tunes mixed with a pinch of experimental choices. While it falls short of her previous albums, songs like “Chasing The Sun” and “I Choose You” are lovely selections.

They've lost that lovin' feeling (again.)

They’ll be “Counting” spots.

11. ONEREPUBLIC – Native
The band who said it’s too late to apologize doesn’t have to be sorry for this. Delayed until March, Native was their most critically successful album yet, and they’ll be “Counting Stars” for a while. While single “If I Lose Myself” is their highest ranked song on my Top 100 of 2013, I’m also a fan of “Burning Bridges” and “I Lived”, which haven’t seen a wide release.

Look out for my top ten albums of 2013 coming tomorrow on the blog. Until then, if you’re liking any of my choices so far, comment below or find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the “Get Social!” tab.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 17)

Making his dreams come True.

Making his dreams come True.

September’s picking up speed with quite a few big releases this week – here are all the ones you need to know about for this Tuesday, September 17:

  • The first full-length album by DJ and producer Avicii is making a lot of waves on the internet and could surprise on next week’s chart. His album is called True and it features the international smash “Wake Me Up!”, with a vocal done by Aloe Blacc. The album also includes collaborations with Adam Lambert and the Imagine Dragons. If David Guetta‘s Nothing But The Beat could open in the top 5 in the U.S. two years ago, I think this will, at the very least, go top ten in its opening frame. (iTunes)
  • Their single “Ways To Go” is securely top 5 on Alternative radio; now, California rockers Grouplove chit chat up the chart with Spreading Rumours, their second studio album. Seems like it’s been getting favorable reviews thus far (including my own) and should debut in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • Three Country crooners tip their ten-gallon hats to the release schedule this week and look to ride their buckin’ broncos into the top stable. They would be Billy Currington with We Are Tonight (iTunes), which includes the single “Hey Girl”, Chris Young‘s A.M. (iTunes), led off by the single “Aw Naw”, and Justin Moore‘s Off The Beaten Path, featuring “Point At You” (iTunes). Currington and Moore are doing better in airplay, but Young’s last album, Neon, achieved more in first week sales. Hard to tell which singer will do best this time around at the moment.
  • Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik, better known as Five For Fighting, returns with Bookmarks. First single “What If” has been accumulating some minor spin totals at the AC formats. (Read my review here!) (iTunes)
  • Surfing the chart waves this week is Hawaiian singer-songwriter Jack Johnson‘s latest album, From Here To Now To You. Lead single “I Got You” went to #1 on the AAA chart and next single “Radiate” is serviced in two weeks. (iTunes)
  • Elvis Costello and The Roots tag team it up on a collaboration album titled Wake Up Ghost. It’s Costello’s first album in three years and the first for the band in nearly two. (iTunes)
  • Certified Gold in his native United Kingdom, Tom Odell brings his piano pop to the States on Long Way Down, featuring the single “Another Love”. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include Jonny Lang‘s Fight For My Soul (iTunes), MGMT‘s Optimizer (iTunes), Said The Whale‘s Hawaii (iTunes) and Switchfoot‘s Fading West (EP) (iTunes).

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

  • “Collide”, by 20-year-old rapper and singer Jake Miller. (iTunes)
  • “Sorry”, a big R&B tune for Glee actress Naya Rivera and featuring boyfriend and rapper Big Sean. (iTunes)
  • “Waiting For Superman”, the first single from Daughtry‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Work Bitch”, dancing up a storm from superstar Britney Spears. (iTunes)
  • “Wu-Tang Forever”, a digital single from the album Nothing Was The Same by Drake. (iTunes)

All the legends are coming out next week — Cher, Elton John and Sting are all releasing on the same Tuesday together! How will they fare against youngsters like Icona Pop and R5? A preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 23, 2013

It's not easy being green.

It’s not easy being green.

40. The Civil Wars – The One That Got Away
39. John Newman – Love Me Again
38. Tom Odell – Another Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

33. Grouplove – Ways To Go (38)
21. Five For Fighting – What If (29) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
19. Lawson – Brokenhearted (25)
07. Sara Bareilles – Brave (12)

10. Daniel Powter – Crazy All My Life (08) | PEAK: #03
09. Plain White T’s – Should’ve Gone To Bed (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us (07) | PEAK: #06
07. Sara Bareilles – Brave (12) | PEAK: #07
06. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors (04) | PEAK: #02
05. Walk Off The Earth – Red Hands (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Bruno Mars – Treasure (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Florida-Georgia Line featuring Nelly – Cruise (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Passenger – Let Her Go (01) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Passenger – Holes (-)
2. Andy Grammer – Crazy Beautiful (2)
3. Rudimental featuring John Newman – Feel The Love (9)
4. Sammy Adams featuring Mike Posner – L.A. Story (3)
5. Fitz & The Tantrums – 6AM (10)
6. Savoir Adore – Dreamers (-)
7. Austin Mahone – What About Love? (7)
8. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran – Everything Has Changed (6)
9. Parachute – Can’t Help (5)
10. Tony Lucca – Never Gonna Let You Go (8)

In The Mix:
Backstreet Boys – In A World Like This (new)
Barenaked Ladies – Odds Are
Britney Spears – Ooh La La
Demi Lovato – Made In The USA
Gavin DeGraw – Best I Ever Had (new)
Jack Johnson – I Got You
John Mayer – Paper Doll (new)
Jonas Brothers – First Time
Justin Timberlake – Tunnel Vision
Kelly Clarkson – Tie It Up
Megan & Liz – Release You
Michael Bublé – Close Your Eyes
Mike Posner – The Way It Used To Be
MKTO – Classic (new)
Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight (re-entry)
Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
Skylar Grey – Wear Me Out
Tegan & Sara – I Was A Fool
Toad The Wet Sprocket – New Constellation

Chart Notes:

  • Leaping from 12-7, “Brave” becomes the fifth top ten single on my chart for Sara Bareilles, following “Love Song” (#8), “Bottle It Up” (#8), “King Of Anything” (#2) and “Uncharted” (#10). The 33-year-old singer will be releasing her latest album, The Blessed Unrest, on July 16.
  • For the second week in a row, Five For Fighting takes the Biggest Mover honor, climbing from 29-21 with “What If”. The song’s moved twenty spots upward in two weeks. He, John Ondrasik, also has the distinction of being the oldest musician in the countdown at age 48. Age is nothing but a number, people; it’s all about the quality of the music.
  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to newcomer Tom Odell from Chichester, England. His song recently went top ten on iTunes in the United Kingdom and this week enters my chart at #38, titled “Another Love”. His album, Long Way Down, is out Monday over there, and gets a release here in the United States in September.
  • Another new singer to the chart is John Newman, who comes in at #39 with “Love Me Again”. Last summer, he was featured on the Rudimental song, “Feel The Love”, which went to #1 in the U.K. and is just now being released here. “Again” has already charted in several European countries, including a top ten peak in Hungary.
  • Last but not least, duo The Civil Wars debut at #40 with “The One That Got Away”, a totally different song from the same title that went to #1 on my chart for Katy Perry in 2011. This single comes after the two cancelled their tour and broke up last year, although they’ve seemed to agree on a forthcoming album release, due August 6. It’s self-titled.

See my full chart on the M4BCC message board.

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