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

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

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

American Authors
AMERICAN AUTHORS – “Go Big Or Go Home” (June 2) (* + **)
Label: Island/Republic
The latest single from the quartet that gave us 2014’s most-played song on Hot AC radio is simultaneously heading to CHR radio, making for one big impact date. Of course, that song was “Best Day Of My Life”, which continues to get play every day, even if it’s not the best one. “Go” has already earned a good placement with the NBA Playoffs. Now, let’s see if it’s a slam dunk on the charts.

Mark Ronson and Mystikal
MARK RONSON featuring MYSTIKAL – “Feel Right” (June 2) (*)
Label: RCA
Though “Uptown Funk” has faded from the top of the radio and sales charts after a huge run, Ronson is looking to funk things up again with his latest track, which features a New Orleans rapper on a comeback. Born Michael Tyler, he was last in the top 40 way back in 2001 on the Double Take remix of Joe‘s “Stutter”, peaking at #11 on the format. It’s unexpected, but definitely very cool.

O.A.R.
O.A.R. – “Two Hands Up” (June 2) (**)
Label: Vanguard
“Two” is the third single to be released from the group’s 2014 album The Rockville LP, which also includes “Peace” and “Favorite Song”. The latter of those two singles barely touched the top 40 on Hot AC late last year and earlier this year, so the prospect of a third single is a bit perplexing. That being said, it’s another good song from the quintet and should garner some good action here.

Prince Royce and Pitbull
PRINCE ROYCE featuring PITBULL – “Back It Up” (June 2) (*)
Label: RCA
For a singer that’s notched high peaks on the Latin and Tropical charts with relative ease over the past few years, it was definitely a disappointment to see his first English single, “Stuck On A Feeling”, stall halfway up the CHR chart, even with its status as an On The Verge pick for iHeartMedia stations. Still on the prowl for his pop throne, this new collaboration is a sizzling summer sound.

Rob Thomas
ROB THOMAS – “Trust You” (June 2) (**)
Label: Atlantic
It’s been a long time coming for fans of the 43-year-old singer, songwriter and leader of Matchbox Twenty, but the release of a leadoff single is always welcome news. “Trust” is the first to be issued from the forthcoming The Great Unknown album, which is due to be released later this year. You can also see him on a tour of the same name. Let’s hope that Hot AC puts their trust in this.

Tori Kelly
TORI KELLY – “Should’ve Been Us” (June 2) (*)
Label: Capitol
Much like “Back It Up” earlier in this post, “Should’ve” is the followup to another On The Verge selection that stalled in the teens, Kelly’s being “Nobody Love”. With just weeks until the release of her debut album, Unbreakable Smile, the label may be working overtime to get her name back out there on the airwaves. Luckily, the R&B-influenced single should fit well on most CHR outlets.

MKTO
MKTO – “Bad Girls” (June 9) (*)
Label: Columbia
If you’ve seen the advertisement for the upcoming season of ABC’s Mistresses, then you’ve heard a portion of the latest single for the duo that’s seeking their fourth top 40 single at the radio format. Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller return with a song that might give “Classic” a run from its… well, classic status. (There can be two classics in their catalog, yes?) Look for it to soar very quickly.

Daya
DAYA – “Hide Away” (June 16) (*)
Label: Artbeatz/Z-Entertainment
It started on SiriusXM’s Venus last month, and now a dozen independent radio stations (and YouTube’s Tyler Oakley) are leading the way on this girl’s debut single. She’s a 16-year-old singer and multi-instrumentalist based in Pittsburgh, PA and her single was just featured on iTunes in their New Artists feature. With sales and streams going up, this could be a dark horse in the radio race.

Sage The Gemini and Nick Jonas
SAGE THE GEMINI featuring NICK JONAS – “Good Thing” (June 16) (*)
Label: Republic
Here’s a hot pairing with a jam that’s bound to be big over the summer months at several formats. It teams the California rapper, featured on Flo Rida‘s recent top ten hit, “G.D.F.R.”, and the New Jersey singer, currently falling in the top ten with “Chains”. It already has a good thing going on the sales side and will likely rise even higher once stations get on board closer to the adds date.

Karmin
KARMIN – “Didn’t Know You” (June 30) (*)
Label: P.I.C/in2une
After one EP and an album with Epic Records, Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan are keeping it independent as they move onto a new era. Can they work their way back up without a major backing? Well, the duo does have five top 40 releases to their credit on CHR radio (three peaked in the 30’s) and some decent support from core fans. We’ll see if they “Know” the right buttons to push.

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

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 3, 2015

They've booked a few nights here.

The Saints are coming.

DEBUTS
40. Walk The Moon – Different Colors
36. Adam Lambert – Ghost Town | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (39) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
29. Jason French – You Just Want My Money (34)
27. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (33) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
20. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (25)
13. Matt Woods – In The Dark (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Delta Rae – Scared (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Mat Kearney – Billion (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (06) | PEAK: #06
07. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (08) | PEAK: #07
06. The Script – Man On A Wire (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Life Of Dillon – Overload (02) | PEAK: #02
04. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Years & Years – King (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Saint Motel – My Type (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Ed Sheeran – Photograph (10)
2. needtobreathe featuring Gavin DeGraw – Brother (2)
3. Little Big Town – Girl Crush (-)
4. Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (1)
5. Oh Honey – Sugar, You (5)
6. Bleachers – Like A River Runs (-)
7. twenty one pilots – Tear In My Heart (4)
8. Rixton – We All Want The Same Thing (9)
9. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (-)
10. Allen Stone – Freedom (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – Satisfy Me
Barenaked Ladies – Say What You Want
Charli XCX – Famous
for KING & COUNTRY – Fix My Eyes (new)
Grace Potter – Alive Tonight
Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach
Hilary Duff – Sparks
IAMDYNAMITE – In The Summer
James Taylor – Today Today Today
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Leslie Clio – My Heart Ain’t That Broken
Modest Mouse – The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box (new)
Nathan Sykes – Kiss Me Quick (new)
O.A.R. – Two Hands Up
Passion Pit – Until We Can’t (Let’s Go) (new)
Plain White T’s – Pause
Shift K3y – Name And Number
Taylor Swift – Bad Blood
U2 – Song For Someone
Walk Off The Earth – Rule The World
Will Young – Love Revolution

Chart Notes:

  • Two songs tie for the Biggest Mover this week: Sam Hunt‘s recent #1 on country radio is up six spaces to #27. “Take Your Time” is currently being promoted to CHR and Hot AC radio via Capitol Records, and while the single is currently charting at the latter format, it has yet to debut on the former. Also up six, from 39-33, is “The Book Of Love” from Irish newcomer Gavin James. That title was also a hit on the Hot 100 (#5) for a totally different song by The Monotones in 1958.
  • This week’s Highest Debut marks the fifth chart single for former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert. He comes in at #36 with “Ghost Town”, the leadoff release from his forthcoming third studio album, The Original High, due June 16. It was the second most added song on CHR radio during last week. Lambert’s first entry remains his biggest so far, the chart-topping “Whataya Want From Me”, a two-week #1 from April 2010.
  • They’ve been up and down the chart with their former #1, “Shut Up And Dance”, for 34 weeks now. Of course, the record is a much higher total for the most weeks on my top 40, but Walk The Moon‘s certainly got one of the biggest tracks of this year. Their followup, “Different Colors”, debuts this week at #40. It’s already got the support of SiriusXM’s Alt Nation.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 26, 2015

They've booked a few nights here.

They’ve booked a few nights here.

DEBUTS
40. Jakubi – Couch Potato
39. Gavin James – The Book Of Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (39)
25. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (34) | BIGGEST MOVER
18. Matt Woods – In The Dark (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Delta Rae – Scared (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Mat Kearney – Billion (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (11) | PEAK: #08
07. The Script – Man On A Wire (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Years & Years – King (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Life Of Dillon – Overload (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Saint Motel – My Type (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (2)
2. needtobreathe featuring Gavin DeGraw – Brother (4)
3. Adam Lambert – Ghost Town (-)
4. twenty one pilots – Tear In My Heart (5)
5. Oh Honey – Sugar, You (8)
6. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (3)
7. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (-)
8. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (7)
9. Rixton – We All Want The Same Thing (-)
10. Ed Sheeran – Photograph (-)

In The Mix:
Allen Stone – Freedom
Anderson East – Satisfy Me
Barenaked Ladies – Say What You Want (new)
Bleachers – Like A River Runs
Charli XCX – Famous
Grace Potter – Alive Tonight
Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach
Hilary Duff – Sparks
IAMDYNAMITE – In The Summer
Jacquie Lee – Tears Fall
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That (new)
James Taylor – Today Today Today
Leslie Clio – My Heart Ain’t That Broken (new)
Little Big Town – Girl Crush (new)
O.A.R. – Two Hands Up
Plain White T’s – Pause
Shawn Mendes – Stitches (new)
Shift K3y – Name And Number
Taylor Swift – Bad Blood
U2 – Song For Someone
Walk Off The Earth – Rule The World
Will Young – Love Revolution

Chart Notes:

  • In the 1980’s, a California band named The Motels had a string of four top 40 songs, including two top tens: 1982’s “Only The Lonely” and 1983’s “Suddenly Last Summer”. Three decades later, another California band called Saint Motel brings the word back and sings the words on this week’s new #1 song, “My Type”. The track is currently rising towards the top ten on Alternative radio and has some good crossover potential this summer.
  • Up nine notches to #25 is this week’s Biggest Mover, trio Jukebox The Ghost’s “Postcard”. It’s their first top 40 release and can be found on their self-titled album. Though the volume of postcards sent through the mail has decreased over time thanks to email and social media, you can still buy packs of them for use. I’m sure the three guys would appreciate some.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is from newcomer Gavin James, a 23-year-old from Dublin, Ireland who comes in at #39 with “The Book Of Love”. The song was originally recorded by Boston band The Magnetic Fields in 1999, and many covers of it have been issued throughout the years. James’s version is currently a hit in Belgium and The Netherlands.
  • Also debuting this week is another new act, Jakubi, a five-piece Australian group based in Melbourne. They’re new at #40 with “Couch Potato”. In a week, the five men begin a West Coast tour before making stops in the Midwest and Northeast in late May and June. A video clip for the song recently debuted.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 19, 2015

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Royalty rules again.

DEBUTS
40. Florida Georgia Line – Sun Daze
39. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (39)
30. MIKA – Talk About You (35)
27. Brandon Flowers – Can’t Deny My Love (32)
23. Matt Woods – In The Dark (28)
19. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (24)
16. Martin Luke Brown – Take Out Of Me (22) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Mat Kearney – Billion (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Taylor Swift – Style (06) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
08. Scott Helman – Bungalow (08) | PEAK: #08
07. The Script – Man On A Wire (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Life Of Dillon – Overload (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Saint Motel – My Type (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Years & Years – King (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (9)
2. Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (4)
3. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (5)
4. needtobreathe featuring Gavin DeGraw – Brother (7)
5. twenty one pilots – Tear In My Heart (10)
6. MAGIC! – No Way No (3)
7. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (8)
8. Oh Honey – Sugar, You (-)
9. Jacquie Lee – Tears Fall (-)
10. Jakubi – Couch Potato (-)

In The Mix:
Allen Stone – Freedom (new)
Anderson East – Satisfy Me (new)
Bleachers – Like A River Runs (new)
Charli XCX – Famous
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Grace Potter – Alive Tonight
Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach
Hilary Duff – Sparks
IAMDYNAMITE – In The Summer
James Taylor – Today Today Today
O.A.R. – Two Hands Up
Plain White T’s – Pause
Rixton – We All Want The Same Thing (new)
Shift K3y – Name And Number
Taylor Swift – Bad Blood
Tuxedo – Do It
U2 – Song For Someone
Walk Off The Earth – Rule The World
Will Young – Love Revolution

Chart Notes:

  • In his fifth week on the chart, Martin Luke Brown reclaims the title of Biggest Mover with “Take Out Of Me”, up 22-16. You’ll be able to purchase Brown’s debut EP, named after his latest single, within the next week in most countries. Brown’s former top ten entry, “Nostalgia”, drops four notches to #38 this week as it hits the half-year mark at 26 weeks on. Way to go, Martin! Look for more new music later this year.
  • Remember this post of a month ago where I predicted six Country hits that could make the jump to pop radio? Well, guess I made some guesses. Two of those tracks climb aboard this week, including Sam Hunt‘s “Take Your Time”, in at #39. It is the first chart single for Hunt, who claims this week’s #1 single at the radio format. He previously led on that survey last year with “Leave The Night On”.
  • Also debuting this week is the second crossover single to make my chart for the duo Florida Georgia Line. Bowing in at #40, it’s “Sun Daze”. Last time around, they hit #3 with “Cruise” in a remix with rapper Nelly. The two are currently up in the top ten on the Country chart with “Sippin’ On Fire”.
  • Next week may see a debut from Adam Lambert and his new single, “Ghost Town”, as an instant impact, but how will he do against newcomers like Gavin James and Jakubi? Stay tuned!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 12, 2015

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Just a few weeks (& weeks) to reach #1.

DEBUTS
40. Jason French – You Just Want My Money
39. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Brandon Flowers – Can’t Deny My Love (38) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
30. Parachute – Crave (35)
24. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (29)
22. Martin Luke Brown – Take Out Of Me (27)
14. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (20) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Maroon 5 – Sugar (08) | PEAK: #04
09. The Script – Man On A Wire (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Scott Helman – Bungalow (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Taylor Swift – Style (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Life Of Dillon – Overload (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Saint Motel – My Type (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Years & Years – King (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Florida Georgia Line – Sun Daze (4)
2. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (7)
3. MAGIC! – No Way No (1)
4. Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (5)
5. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (3)
6. Olly Murs – Seasons (2)
7. needtobreathe featuring Gavin DeGraw – Brother (9)
8. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (8)
9. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (-)
10. twenty one pilots – Tear In My Heart (-)

In The Mix:
Charli XCX – Famous (new)
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Grace Potter – Alive Tonight (new)
Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach
Hilary Duff – Sparks (new)
IAMDYNAMITE – In The Summer
Jacquie Lee – Tears Fall
James Taylor – Today Today Today (new)
Madonna – Ghosttown
O.A.R. – Two Hands Up (new)
Oh Honey – Sugar, You (new)
Plain White T’s – Pause
Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun
Shift K3y – Name And Number
Taylor Swift – Bad Blood (new)
Tuxedo – Do It
U2 – Song For Someone
Walk Off The Earth – Rule The World
Will Young – Love Revolution

Chart Notes:

  • After four weeks at #1, the big hit from Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”, is knocked out of the top spot by a band of first-timers to the chart. English trio Years & Years advances 2-1 with their single “King”, a recent #1 hit in the United Kingdom. Royalty rightfully reigns atop the top 40 and becomes the highest “king” title to make my list, displacing 2010’s “King Of Anything” by Sara Bareilles, which peaked at #2.
  • Two newcomers are in with singles this week, the highest of which debuts at #39. The trio Jukebox The Ghost recently partnered with Cherrytree and Interscope Records, and their current single “Postcard” goes to radio next month. Though this marks their first time in my top 40, the band’s been around for over a decade. Look for it on the AAA airwaves soon.
  • A notch below them is Jason French, whose viral hit “You Just Want My Money” enters the chart at #40. It also goes to radio next month, but at the highly competitive CHR format. French is originally from the San Diego area and is currently in the process of recording a debut album (and perhaps making some nice “Money” along the way.)

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

A new "Love" for Ellie.

Four weeks of “Love”.

DEBUTS
39. MIKA – Talk About You
38. Brandon Flowers – Can’t Deny My Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Parachute – Crave (40)
31. Matt Woods – In The Dark (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
29. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (34)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. The Script – Man On A Wire (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Scott Helman – Bungalow (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Maroon 5 – Sugar (06) | PEAK: #04
07. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Taylor Swift – Style (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. Life Of Dillon – Overload (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Saint Motel – My Type (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Years & Years – King (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MAGIC! – No Way No (2)
2. Olly Murs – Seasons (4)
3. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (3)
4. Florida Georgia Line – Sun Daze (7)
5. Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (5)
6. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (9)
7. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (-)
8. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (6)
9. needtobreathe featuring Gavin DeGraw – Brother (-)
10. Jason French – You Just Want My Money (-)

In The Mix:
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers – I’ll Be There
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Gavin James – The Book Of Love
IAMDYNAMITE – In The Summer
Jacquie Lee – Tears Fall
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Madonna – Ghosttown
Mumford & Sons – Believe
Plain White T’s – Pause (new)
Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun
Shift K3y – Name And Number
Tuxedo – Do It
U2 – Song For Someone
Walk Off The Earth – Rule The World (new)
Will Young – Love Revolution

Chart Notes:

  • Though the pace of the chart this week is noticeably slower overall, several songs register moderate-sized moves. Leading the way is “In The Dark” by Matt Woods. After debuting last week at #37, he climbs to #31, a gain of six notches. His EP is out in two weeks, though “Dark” is available for purchase now. Just behind Woods’s hit are “Crave” by Parachute (40-35) and “Teach Me How To Dance With You” by Causes (34-29) with leaps of five spots on the countdown.
  • The highest of the week’s two debuts is in at #38 for Brandon Flowers and “Can’t Deny My Love”, the first release from his forthcoming second solo album, The Desired Effect. The track looks to push into the top 40 on the Alternative survey in the coming days. It was five years ago that Flowers spent three weeks at the top on my list with the amazing “Crossfire”. We’ll have to wait and see if his latest can do the same.
  • Also debuting this week is the latest top 40 hit from MIKA, “Talk About You”, in at #39. The singer and songwriter made his first appearance on my chart in late 2006 with the song “Grace Kelly”, which peaked at #10 for several weeks in 2007. “Talk” is the leadoff single from No Place In Heaven, due in June, though it’s not available as a pre-order here just yet.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 29, 2015

A new "Love" for Ellie.

The “Love” keeps coming.

DEBUTS
40. Parachute – Crave
39. Eden XO – The Weekend
37. Matt Woods – In The Dark | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (40)
30. Martin Luke Brown – Take Out Of Me (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Delta Rae – Scared (24)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. The Script – Man On A Wire (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Scott Helman – Bungalow (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (12) | PEAK: #08
07. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Maroon 5 – Sugar (04) | PEAK: #04
05. Life Of Dillon – Overload (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Saint Motel – My Type (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Taylor Swift – Style (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Years & Years – King (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Brandon Flowers – Can’t Deny My Love (-)
2. MAGIC! – No Way No (1)
3. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (4)
4. Olly Murs – Seasons (6)
5. Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (8)
6. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (7)
7. Florida Georgia Line – Sun Daze (-)
8. Mika – Talk About You (-)
9. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (-)
10. Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun (10)

In The Mix:
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers – I’ll Be There
Coin – Run
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Gavin James – The Book Of Love (new)
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
IAMDYNAMITE – In The Summer (new)
Jacquie Lee – Tears Fall
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Madonna – Ghosttown
Mumford & Sons – Believe
needtobreathe featuring Gavin DeGraw – Brother (new)
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Sam Hunt – Take Your Time
Shift K3y – Name And Number
Tuxedo – Do It
U2 – Song For Someone
Will Young – Love Revolution (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Two new songs break into the top ten on this week’s chart: “Nothing Without Love” bolts from 12-8 for Nate Ruess, the first release from his upcoming solo album. It’s currently in the top 40 at both Alternative and Hot AC radio and goes for adds at the CHR format on Tuesday. Rising 13-10 and earning their third top ten song from the album No Sound Without Silence, Irish trio The Script is as hot as ever with “Man On A Wire”. Also on the way up is this week’s Biggest Mover by Martin Luke Brown, “Take Out Of Me”. After debuting at #39, he climbs nine to #30 with the followup to “Nostalgia”.
  • Speaking of “Nostalgia”, you may remember that the song was featured on BBC Radio 1 last October in their Introducing rotation slot, which gives a particular newcomer seven spins across all day parts during a given week. This past week, the slot was given to English singer and songwriter Matt Woods, originally from Cornwall, and now “In The Dark” comes in at #37 as the Highest Debut on the chart. You might remember that I wrote about “Dark” in January, followed by the cut “Impression” two weeks ago. Look for his debut EP at digital retail on April 20; it’s a winner.
  • This June will mark the 20th anniversary since the theme song from the TV show Friends, “I’ll Be There For You” by Los Angeles duo The Rembrandts, spent an incredible eight weeks at #1 on the pop radio chart. Now, in 2015, we have the second single release from Eden XO, posing the question, “Wanna be Friends? Phoebe Buffay?” I suppose that my chart central doesn’t compare with Central Perk, but “The Weekend” is still a hot track and debuts at #39. It follows “Too Cool To Dance”, a #6 hit from last year.
  • Serviced to Hot AC radio last week, though the band doesn’t seem to be acknowledging it yet, Parachute return with the  first single from a likely forthcoming album. It’s called “Crave” and it enters the countdown this week at #40. It was back in 2011 that they last charted as a quintet with “Kiss Me Slowly”, which climbed to #9. After three albums with Island and Mercury Records, they now find themselves (with a few lineup changes) at Vanguard. Look for more information soon.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 22, 2015

A new "Love" for Ellie.

Showered with more “Love”.

DEBUTS
40. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You
39. Martin Luke Brown – Take Out Of Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. North Of Nine – Can It Be You? (40)
33. BØRNS – Electric Love (39)
30. Lawson – Roads (36)
29. Conor Maynard – Talking About (34)
17. Mat Kearney – Billion (24) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Scott Helman – Bungalow (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (08) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (07) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. Life Of Dillon – Overload (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Saint Motel – My Type (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Maroon 5 – Sugar (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Years & Years – King (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Taylor Swift – Style (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MAGIC! – No Way No (1)
2. Eden XO – The Weekend (2)
3. Nickelback – She Keeps Me Up (3)
4. Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (6)
5. Matt Woods – In The Dark (-)
6. Olly Murs – Seasons (8)
7. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (7)
8. Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (-)
9. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (5)
10. Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun (10)

In The Mix:
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers – I’ll Be There (new)
Coin – Run
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Florida Georgia Line – Sun Daze (new)
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jacquie Lee – Tears Fall
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (new)
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Madonna – Ghosttown (new)
Mumford & Sons – Believe
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Parachute – Crave (new)
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)
Sam Hunt – Take Your Time
Shift K3y – Name And Number
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
Tuxedo – Do It (new)
U2 – Song For Someone (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Leading off this week’s top ten is the first hit for Scott Helman, “Bungalow”, up 12-10 in its 11th week. The song is now in the top 40 across three formats up north after first breaking on the Alternative airwaves. Helman is the first Canadian newcomer to reach my top ten since the Toronto group MAGIC! entered the region with “Rude” in January of last year. That song topped out at #2 for a week. We’ll see if the singer, based in the same city, can match or eclipse that peak.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the second charting single for English singer/songwriter Martin Luke Brown. His recent top ten hit “Nostalgia” is still making its home in the top 20 as “Take Out Of Me” bows in at #39 after a video premiere in the earlier part of the week. The single and title track from Brown’s forthcoming EP is due in his native U.K. on April 26, though a U.S. release date has yet to be announced. (Let’s hope that it’s real soon!)
  • A new quartet who call themselves Causes have a song that keeps on growing in The Netherlands titled “Teach Me How To Dance With You”, and that tune now enters on my chart at #40. Though it has yet to be picked up here, it is available for download and it sure sounds like it could do something. Lead singer Rupert Blackman, originally from London, was a solo act for a few years before the band formed.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 1, 2015

#1 never goes out of

Being #1 never goes out of “Style”.

DEBUTS
40. Delta Rae – Scared
39. Mat Kearney – Billion
30. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Take That – Let In The Sun (36)
27. Lifehouse – Hurricane (33)
26. The Script – Man On A Wire (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
18. Fancy Reagan – Knock Me Out (24)
16. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (23)
14. Life Of Dillon – Overload (19)
06. Years & Years – King (11)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Saint Motel – My Type (14) | PEAK: #10
09. Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Maroon 5 – Sugar (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (06) | PEAK: #03
06. Years & Years – King (11) | PEAK: #06
05. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (02) | PEAK: #02
03. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Style (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Lawson – Roads (6)
2. MAGIC! – No Way No (4)
3. BØRNS – Electric Love (9)
4. Kid Rock – First Kiss (2)
5. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (8)
6. Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson – Go All Night (3)
7. North Of Nine – Can It Be You? (-)
8. Nickelback – She Keeps Me Up (-)
9. Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (-)
10. Eden XO – The Weekend (-)

In The Mix:
Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You
Coin – Run
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love
Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits (new)
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Mark Ronson featuring Kevin Parker – Daffodils
Matt Woods – In The Dark
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Olly Murs – Seasons
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)
Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun
Scars On 45 – Take You Home
Scars On 45 – Tasted Every Tear
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
Zara Larsson – Uncover

Chart Notes:

  • After two weeks at #1, The Script say “Goodbye” to the top spot as Taylor Swift advances 3-1 with “Style”. Swift has now reached the top with the first three singles from her album 1989 and gives her a fifth career #1 atop my chart. Even more stylish than that, “Style” is now the biggest song to use that word in its title, topping the #2 peak of Blu Cantrell‘s “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” on my top 40 during the summer of 2001. That’s real fashionable, folks. A fourth release off Swift’s album has not been named as of yet.
  • The week’s Highest Debut, roaring in at #30, is “Nothing Without Love”, a solo hit from fun. frontman Nate Ruess. It comes in the middle of a hiatus for the trio, though Ruess’s forthcoming solo effort is sure to satisfy fans of the group. It isn’t the first time Ruess has appeared as a solo on the top 40: back in 2013, he, along with Pink, spent five weeks at the top with “Just Give Me A Reason”. We’ll see if his latest single can repeat that run.
  • Further down the list at #39 is this week’s second debut, “Billion” by Mat Kearney. This is the second song to chart off his recent album, Just Kids. The first, “Heartbeat”, is still in the top five, though that single was recently pulled from the air when “Heartbeat Song” by Kelly Clarkson (which enters my top ten this week) quickly leaped on the Hot AC chart.  The set will likely see a top 20 debut on the album chart.
  • Finally, coming in at #40, is the new single from the six-piece act out of North Carolina who call themselves Delta Rae. It’s great to have them back on the chart with “Scared”, taken from their forthcoming album titled After It All. The band last made the top 40 a year ago with “Chasing Twisters”, which is also included on the tracklisting. Look for the single at radio in two weeks.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 22, 2015

The start of something "Good".

Not saying “Goodbye” to the top… yet.

DEBUTS
38. Who Is Fancy – Goodbye
37. Hudson Taylor – World Without You
36. Take That – Let In The Sun
35. The Script – Man On A Wire | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Lifehouse – Hurricane (38)
24. Fancy Reagan – Knock Me Out (29)
23. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (33) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Life Of Dillon – Overload (24)
14. Saint Motel – My Type (21)
11. Years & Years – King (16)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Maroon 5 – Sugar (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good (09) | PEAK: #09
08. One Direction – Night Changes (06) | PEAK: #05
07. Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (04) | PEAK: #03
05. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (08) | PEAK: #04
03. Taylor Swift – Style (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (02) | PEAK: #02
01. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (-)
2. Kid Rock – First Kiss (3)
3. Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson – Go All Night (1)
4. MAGIC! – No Way No (8)
5. Mat Kearney – Billion (-)
6. Lawson – Roads (-)
7. Brandi Carlile – Wherever Is Your Heart (6)
8. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (9)
9. BØRNS – Electric Love (-)
10. Delta Rae – Scared (-)

In The Mix:
Bea Miller – Fire N Gold
Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You
Coin – Run
Daniel Johns – Aerial Love
Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun
Echosmith – Bright
Eden XO – The Weekend
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Francesco Yates – Better To Be Loved (new)
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Mark Ronson featuring Kevin Parker – Daffodils
Matt Woods – In The Dark
North Of Nine – Can It Be You?
Oh Hellos – Hello My Old Heart
Olly Murs – Seasons
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985) (new)
Ruen Brothers – Summer Sun
Scars On 45 – Take You Home
Scars On 45 – Tasted Every Tear
The Mowgli’s – I’m Good
Zara Larsson – Uncover

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is from the group that also holds the week’s #1 song, “No Good In Goodbye”. That’s the Irish trio The Script, and they enter at #35 with the follow-up, “Man On A Wire”. This marks the third release to hit the top 40 from their most recent album, No Sound Without Silence. The three men hail from Dublin, as do the two brothers of Hudson Taylor. They enter at #37 with “World Without You”, their third chart entry since the fall of 2013. The song is from Singing For Strangers, the duo’s debut album, a recent top five release in the home country.
  • At #36 is “Let In The Sun”, shining onto the survey from longtime British hitmakers Take That. “Sun” is the follow-up to “These Days”, which spent a week at #1 in December, becoming their biggest single thus far on my top 40. While lead singer Gary Barlow continues to promote with the band, he’s also getting ready for the big Broadway debut of Finding Neverland, based on the 2004 film, which he wrote the music for. It opens later this spring.
  • Down at #38 is the track from the mysterious campaign that’s being credited as just Who Is Fancy on most radio lists. The singer and writer from Nashville continues to gain at multiple formats with his debut single. As for whom this fancy fellow is, well, some of us who are in the know are aware. Otherwise, his identity will likely be revealed soon.

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