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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 1, 2016

Firing up the top spot.

Firing up the top spot.

DEBUTS
(none)

TOP GAINERS
34. Ellie Goulding – Army (39)
32. Tegan And Sara – Boyfriend (37)
17. P!nk – Just Like Fire (27) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — two weeks
14. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (24) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — two weeks
07. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (12)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. BANNERS – Start A Riot (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Tryon – Somebody To Love Me (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Troye Sivan – Youth (06) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
07. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (12) | PEAK: #07
06. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week
05. The Strumbellas – Spirits (08) | PEAK: #05
04. The 1975 – The Sound (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Zayn – Pillowtalk (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Barns Courtney – Fire (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jordan Fisher – All About Us (5)
2. Parachute – Without You (3)
3. MUNA – Loudspeaker (6)
4. Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (4)
5. Anderson East – Devil In Me (1)
6. Coldplay – Up&Up (7)
7. Gwen Stefani – Misery (9)
8. Haley Reinhart – Better (8)
9. Zayn – Like I Would (-)
10. Ingrid Michaelson – Hell No (-)

In The Mix:
American Authors – What We Live For (new)
Andy Black – We Don’t Have To Dance
Cobi – Darker Than Dawn (new)
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Finish Ticket – Color
Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y. (new)
Garbage – Empty
Justin Klump – Loved You Good (new)
Kris Allen – Waves
Låpsley – Love Is Blind
Max Jury – Beg & Crawl (new)
Paper Route – Laugh About It
Rooney – My Heart Beats 4 U
Sawyer Fredericks – Take It All
St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Rebel Light – Strangers
Tom Odell – Magnetised
Tyler Glenn – Trash (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Newcomer Barns Courtney lands the new #1 song on my chart this week with “Fire”. It’s taken from the forthcoming EP titled Hands, due out May 27. The English singer was born in Ipswich, and is now based in London. Titles containing “fire” within them appear pretty regularly on the countdown, but this is the first song simply called “Fire” to ever make my chart. (Of course, songs with the title by bands like the Ohio Players, the Pointer Sisters and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown were massive national hits decades ago.)
  • Despite a change at the top, there isn’t much change down below it. The two singles tied for the Biggest Mover last week? It remains a tie this week for P!nk‘s “Just Like Fire” (27-17) and Adele‘s “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” (24-14), both up an impressive ten notches. No debut song from last week moves up more than five spots. Plus, there are no new entries at all this week. Don’t worry, there will be some nice turnover by the next update, so stay tuned for what happens!
  • Misc. chart notes: Fitz & The Tantrums earn their fifth top ten in a row on my chart, as “HandClap” advances 12-7. It’s a single from their forthcoming self-titled album, due June 10. DNCE scrub up another three spots (22-19) to grab a second top 20 hit in “Toothbrush”. It follows “Cake By The Ocean”, which went to #4. Newcomer Jordan Fisher, who played the role of Doody in Grease: Live, looks chartbound next week as the #1 Next In Line with “All About Us”.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 24, 2016

Make it Zayn.

Zayn and simple.

DEBUTS
40. Broods – Free
39. Ellie Goulding – Army
37. Tegan And Sara – Boyfriend

TOP GAINERS
27. P!nk – Just Like Fire (37) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
24. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (34) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
16. Nick Fradiani – Get You Home (21)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. BANNERS – Start A Riot (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Tryon – Somebody To Love Me (09) | PEAK: #09
08. The Strumbellas – Spirits (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Taylor Swift – New Romantics (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Troye Sivan – Youth (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
05. The 1975 – The Sound (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week
03. Barns Courtney – Fire (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Zayn – Pillowtalk (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Anderson East – Devil In Me (1)
2. Matt Nathanson – Giants (3)
3. Parachute – Without You (6)
4. Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (8)
5. Jordan Fisher – All About Us (-)
6. MUNA – Loudspeaker (-)
7. Coldplay – Up&Up (-)
8. Haley Reinhart – Better (9)
9. Gwen Stefani – Misery (-)
10. Oh Wonder – Lose It (10)

In The Mix:
Andy Black – We Don’t Have To Dance
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Finish Ticket – Color
Garbage – Empty (new)
Kris Allen – Waves
Låpsley – Love Is Blind
Paper Route – Laugh About It
Rooney – My Heart Beats 4 U (new)
Sawyer Fredericks – Take It All
St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man (new)
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Rebel Light – Strangers (new)
The Rubens – Hoops
Tom Odell – Magnetised
Zayn – Like I Would

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is a new single from Canadian sisters Tegan and Sara Quin. “Boyfriend” is already soaring up the radio listings in their home country, and it comes in at #37 on my own chart. In 2007, the two girls scored their biggest hit on my chart with “Back In Your Head”, which went to #12. Will this track from Love You To Death stay alive and get its time in the top ten? Stay tuned!
  • Following “On My Mind” (#2) and “Something In The Way You Move” (#10) is Ellie Goulding‘s newest single, “Army”, a debut at #39 this week. “Army” previously made the top 40 in Scotland and the United Kingdom, and now, it’s looking at a nice run on the pop airwaves here in the States. Goulding has a number of U.S. tour dates in May and June.
  • Finally, the New Zealand act called Broods debuts this week with “Free”. It’s the first single from their forthcoming album Conscious. Entering at #40, this isn’t the first time “Free” has appeared as a title on my chart. In 2001, it hit the top ten for Mya, and in 2012, it was a minor top 40 entry for Haley Reinhart.
  • The late Prince bubbled under my chart several times, but never quite made it in. However, covers of his material by acts like Jordan Knight (1999) and Alicia Keys (2002) did break my top 40. Still, we salute this great musician and all of his superb albums and songs over the many decades of his career.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 17, 2016

Make it Zayn.

Joy and Zayn.

DEBUTS
40. Disturbed – The Sound Of Silence
39. Goo Goo Dolls – So Alive
37. P!nk – Just Like Fire
35. MAGIC! featuring Sean Paul – Lay You Down Easy
34. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Bahari – Dancing On The Sun (40) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
29. Chris Ayer – On The Blvd (37) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
24. DNCE – Toothbrush (29)
14. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (20)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. The Strumbellas – Spirits (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Tryon – Somebody To Love Me (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Taylor Swift – New Romantics (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Ben Rector – Brand New (05) | PEAK: #05
06. The 1975 – The Sound (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Troye Sivan – Youth (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Barns Courtney – Fire (07) | PEAK: #04
03. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Zayn – Pillowtalk (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Anderson East – Devil In Me (1)
2. Ellie Goulding – Army (3)
3. Matt Nathanson – Giants (4)
4. The Score – On And On (2)
5. Tegan And Sara – Boyfriend (-)
6. Parachute – Without You (9)
7. Broods – Free (-)
8. Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (-)
9. Haley Reinhart – Better (-)
10. Oh Wonder – Lose It (-)

In The Mix:
Andy Black – We Don’t Have To Dance
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Coldplay – Up&Up (new)
Finish Ticket – Color
Gwen Stefani – Misery (new)
Jordan Fisher – All About Us (new)
Kris Allen – Waves
Låpsley – Love Is Blind
MUNA – Loudspeaker (new)
Paper Route – Laugh About It
Sawyer Fredericks – Take It All
St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away (new)
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Rubens – Hoops
Tom Odell – Magnetised (new)
Zayn – Like I Would (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Forget the endless weeks of seeing two debuts on my usual update: it’s a spring cleaning week on my personal chart, as five new songs hop aboard the survey. The highest of the five entries is “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”, new at #34 for a singer I’ve never heard of before… do you know Adele? No? She must be a music industry secret. Jokes aside, “Love” isn’t officially confirmed as the third single from 25, but it has seen some key spins at a couple of big Hot AC stations during the last tracking week. Can it become her third chart-topper in a row from the album on my chart? Stay tuned.
  • From the forthcoming motion picture Alice Through The Looking Glass, P!nk is back on the countdown with a new one at #37. “Just Like Fire” is, well, on fire at radio thanks to sponsored airplay on stations owned by iHeartMedia, and is blazing in the top ten on iTunes. The singer has been a part of movie hits before, like her feature on “Lady Marmalade” in 2001, as well as “Feel Good Time” in 2003. (Moulin Rouge‘s “Lady” spent five weeks at #1, while “Feel” from Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle reached #7.)
  • A decade ago, even five years ago, if you had asked me about Disturbed ever reaching my chart, I would’ve laughed. Now, the band gets their first entry on here. Who knew? Their cover of “The Sound Of Silence” is an unexpected crossover hit in the making. At #40, “Sound” is the first #1 at Active Rock radio to reach my chart since Shinedown‘s “Second Chance”. It peaked at #2 in 2009 on both the weekly and year-end chart.
  • More chart notes: MAGIC!‘s fourth top 40 hit is new at #35 this week. “Lay You Down Easy” features Sean Paul. “Rude” remains their biggest single on my chart, a #2 hit in 2014. The Goo Goo Dolls feel “So Alive” with their debut at #39. It’s the band’s first entry in three years, and leads Boxes, out May 6. Two future summer songs from Bahari and Chris Ayer tie for the week’s Biggest Mover, both up eight.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 10, 2016

Make it Zayn.

Blame it on the Zayn.

DEBUTS
40. Bahari – Dancing On The Sun
37. Chris Ayer – On The Blvd | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. The Summer Set – Missin’ You (40) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
28. Demi Lovato – Stone Cold (33)
20. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (26) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
18. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty (23)
07. Barns Courtney – Fire (13) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Tryon – Somebody To Love Me (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Taylor Swift – New Romantics (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (06) | PEAK: #04
07. Barns Courtney – Fire (13) | PEAK: #07
06. The 1975 – The Sound (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Ben Rector – Brand New (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Troye Sivan – Youth (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
03. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
01. Zayn – Pillowtalk (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Anderson East – Devil In Me (2)
2. The Score – On And On (3)
3. Ellie Goulding – Army (9)
4. Matt Nathanson – Giants (7)
5. Jordan Smith – Stand In The Light (5)
6. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids (6)
7. MAGIC! – Lay You Down Easy (10)
8. Disturbed – The Sound Of Silence (-)
9. Parachute – Without You (-)
10. Goo Goo Dolls – So Alive (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert featuring Laleh – Welcome To The Show
Alex & Sierra – Little Do You Know
Andy Black – We Don’t Have To Dance
BØRNS – Past Lives
Brendan James – Bring My Love Home
Broods – Free
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Finish Ticket – Color
Haley Reinhart – Better
Kris Allen – Waves
Låpsley – Love Is Blind (new)
Oh Wonder – Lose It
Paper Route – Laugh About It
Sawyer Fredericks – Take It All (new)
Tegan And Sara – Boyfriend (new)
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Rubens – Hoops

Chart Notes:

  • Former One Direction member Zayn Malik grabs his first solo #1 on my top 40 with “Pillowtalk”, up 2-1 this week. That song is taken from the album Mind Of Mine, which recently entered atop the Billboard 200 and similar album charts in the world, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Malik’s last #1 as a member of the boy band was “Story Of My Life”, which spent three weeks at the top of my chart in December 2013.
  • Two newcomers make their chart debut this week. The highest is from Los Angeles singer Chris Ayer, who bows in at #37 with “On The Blvd”. He’s currently on tour with Matt Simons in Europe, and I’m sure he’ll be playing “Blvd” quite a bit in concert. The song does have a fair amount of road to cover before it reaches the biggest “boulevard” title ever on my chart, “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”, a seven-week #1 in 2004 and 2005 for Green Day.
  • Do you recall a song by DJ/producer Zedd called “Addicted To A Memory”? Released in 2015 on his True Colors album, it featured a California trio that’s now looking to launch a big summer sound at CHR/Pop radio in a month. They’re Bahari, and they debut at #40 with “Dancing On The Sun”. The group consists of Natalia Panzarella, Ruby Carr and Sidney Sartini. “Sun” was co-written by the girls and Rock Mafia.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 20, 2016

Let's hear it for the Troye.

Two times the Troye.

DEBUTS
40. Melanie Martinez – Pity Party
39. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty
38. DNCE – Toothbrush | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Nick Fradiani – Get You Home (39)
28. Daughtry – Torches (33)
27. BANNERS – Start A Riot (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
18. Tryon – Somebody To Love Me (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (12) | PEAK: #10
09. A Great Big World – Oasis (07) | PEAK: #03
08. Adele – When We Were Young (08) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
07. Ben Rector – Brand New (05) | PEAK: #05
06. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (04) | PEAK: #04
05. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You (09) | PEAK: #05
04. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. Zayn – Pillowtalk (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Troye Sivan – Youth (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. X Ambassadors – Unsteady (2)
2. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids (4)
3. Anderson East – Devil In Me (3)
4. Jordan Smith – Stand In The Light (5)
5. Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez (6)
6. The Score – On And On (-)
7. Demi Lovato – Stone Cold (-)
8. Addison Scott – I Came Alive (10)
9. Conrad Sewell – Remind Me (-)
10. Duran Duran featuring Kiesza – Last Night In The City (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert featuring Laleh – Welcome To The Show (new)
BØRNS – Past Lives (new)
Boy & Bear – Where’d You Go
Bryan Adams – You Belong To Me
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Ellie Goulding – Army (new)
Finish Ticket – Color
Kris Allen – Waves (new)
Lawson – Money
Matt Nathanson – Giants
Oh Wonder – Lose It
Paper Route – Laugh About It
The Heavy – Since You Been Gone
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Rubens – Hoops
The Summer Set – Missin’ You
Transviolet – New Bohemia

Chart Notes:

  • The second top 40 hit from American quartet DNCE is this week’s Highest Debut. Coming in at #38, “Toothbrush” can be found on the group’s EP titled SWAAY. Their first hit, “Cake By The Ocean”, recently peaked at #4 and is still in the top 40 at #33 in its 25th week. A full-length album from the act has yet to be announced, but perhaps we’ll see one later this year.
  • One of the biggest sleeper hits of 2015 and early this year was “Hide Away”, the first top 40 song for 17-year-old Daya. It’s looking like 2016 will be a great one for the Philadelphia singer, as she enters at #39 with “Sit Still, Look Pretty”. Both cuts are featured on her self-titled EP, which was released last fall. The song goes for CHR/Top 40 adds next Tuesday.
  • Also heading to that format is Melanie Martinez‘s “Pity Party”, a single that was supposed to go to radio in September. I guess it’s better late than never, for it goes for adds this Tuesday. It becomes her first track to reach my top 40, new at #40 this week. Martinez is one of the few former contestants from The Voice to make my chart.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 13, 2016

Let's hear it for the Troye.

Let’s hear it for the Troye.

DEBUTS
39. Nick Fradiani – Get You Home
37. BANNERS – Start A Riot | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Daughtry – Torches (40)
28. Barns Courtney – Fire (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. The Strumbellas – Spirits (32)
23. Tryon – Somebody To Love Me (28)
19. Taylor Swift – New Romantics (24)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Ellie Goulding – Something In The Way You Move (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Adele – When We Were Young (05) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
07. A Great Big World – Oasis (03) | PEAK: #03
06. Zayn – Pillowtalk (09) | PEAK: #06
05. Ben Rector – Brand New (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (07) | PEAK: #04
03. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Troye Sivan – Youth (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. DNCE – Toothbrush (6)
2. X Ambassadors – Unsteady (2)
3. Anderson East – Devil In Me (3)
4. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids (5)
5. Jordan Smith – Stand In The Light (10)
6. Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez (4)
7. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty (-)
8. New District – Closer (9)
9. Melanie Martinez – Pity Party (-)
10. Addison Scott – I Came Alive (-)

In The Mix:
Boy & Bear – Where’d You Go
Bryan Adams – You Belong To Me
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Conrad Sewell – Remind Me
Demi Lovato – Stone Cold
Finish Ticket – Color
Lawson – Money
Matt Nathanson – Giants
Oh Wonder – Lose It
Paper Route – Laugh About It (new)
R5 – Dark Side
The Heavy – Since You Been Gone
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Rubens – Hoops
The Score – On And On
The Summer Set – Missin’ You
Transviolet – New Bohemia

Chart Notes:

  • After two weeks at #1, Thomas Rhett‘s reign at the top is no more. However, another solo male performer replaces him. He’s Troye Sivan. Born in South Africa, raised in Australia, and now, taking over the world, he’s up 2-1 with “YOUTH”. It marks the first time that Sivan leads my chart, which also happens to be his first entry here. If you like a good discount, the song is on sale for 69 cents at iTunes, driving it into the top ten overall.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is from the Canadian-based musician named BANNERS. He makes the countdown at #37 with “Start A Riot”, while his former #4 hit, “Shine A Light”, falls off the top 40 this week. Talk about good timing! “Shine” took the #1 spot at Alternative radio up north, but it stalled in the 40’s at the format here. “Start” impacts at U.S. radio in April.
  • The week’s only other debut is from former American Idol winner Nick Fradiani and “Get You Home”. It’s new at #39. A little under a year ago, “Beautiful Life” (his coronation song) entered my chart and made the top 30. A live performance of “Get” on Idol recently boosted it into the top 200 on iTunes.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (March 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 March in this month’s Radio Report:

The 1975
THE 1975 – “The Sound” (March 1) (Alternative)
Label: Dirty Hit/Interscope
Their album is titled I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. Try to say that five times fast. The new set is looking like it’ll debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, which is great to hear. Previous single “Love Me” cracked the top 20 on the format, their biggest U.S. hit so far, but they still deserve more. With a notable debut week ahead, their “Sound” is loud and clear.

Tryon
TRYON – “Somebody To Love Me” (March 1) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Noiseblock/Alert/Lakeside
Already making its way up my chart (#32 on the latest update) is the first radio single from this Nashville duo. Brothers Justin and Stephen Kirk are already getting some airplay at Hits 1 and Radio Disney ahead of the song’s impact date, and look to pick up a few more believers as their radio tour continues. “Somebody” was written by the two Kirks and Canadian songwriter Karen Kosowski.

Jordan Smith
JORDAN SMITH – “Stand In The Light” (March 7) (Hot AC)
Label: Republic
Smith is the latest winner of The Voice, which doesn’t exactly have a great track record at this format. Only one winner has ever hit the top 50 (Javier Colon), and one additional finalist (Vicci Martinez) had a top 20 single that’s largely forgotten about today. So, I don’t think we should be getting our hopes up about this one. That being said, it’s a pretty number that should get a few adds here.

Mayer Hawthorne
MAYER HAWTHORNE – “Love Like That” (March 7) (Triple A)
Label: Vagrant
The diverse musical palette that is Hawthorne’s discography has shined for years now. It was Where Does This Door Go in 2013, a super album that was definitely overlooked, that gave him a breakthrough era on my chart. Now, his Man About Town album, out on April 8, is ready to capture my attention. I’m looking forward to it. “Love” was the highest debut on my chart this past weekend.

Avicii / Zac Brown
AVICII (featuring ZAC BROWN) – “Broken Arrows” (March 8) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Island/Republic
It’s an unusual musical pairing, to say the least, but the two men actually work well together. Unfortunately, “Broken” is headed to radio at a time when the Swedish producer’s star has faded a bit. His last top ten hit at the format was nearly two years ago, and an ongoing chain of pulled singles and flat-out flops is not a good look for the artist nor his label. Can this single save the era? Maybe.

That Poppy
THAT POPPY – “Lowlife” (March 8) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Island/Republic
This new act grew up in Nashville and began her musical career several years ago under a slightly different name, but after signing her record deal, That changed. Still, her poppy music sounds great, and it’s attracted pop stations in Chattanooga and Nashville to add her song before it officially impacts in a week. (It’s been pushed back several times now.) Her recent EP release is Bubblebath.

Barns Courtney
BARNS COURTNEY – “Fire” (March 14) (Triple A)
Label: Capitol
This London-based newcomer had an exciting 2015, and it could be an even bigger 2016. His first single in the U.S. was featured in the film Burnt last year. “Fire” is now over 250,000 streams on Spotify. It also debuted last weekend on my own survey. Courtney was just on tour in England and Scotland in February and is scheduled to play some music festivals during the spring and summer.

Birdy
BIRDY – “Keeping Your Head Up” (March 14) (Hot AC)
Label: Atlantic
This English performer has chalked up plenty of followers and praise in her native U.K., but in the U.S., we’ve yet to fully embrace the 19-year-old. Two radio pushes for her cover of “Skinny Love” came up with skinny results, though it did earn a Platinum single certification last summer. “Keeping” is one of 14 tunes included on her upcoming Beautiful Lies album, which is due out March 25.

The Rubens
THE RUBENS – “Hoops” (March 14 / 15) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Warner Bros.
Many Australian groups have tried to break the U.S. in the past few years, and the latest band carries a lot of buzz with them. They recently topped the annual Hottest 100 countdown on radio station Triple J, and their album, also titled Hoops, reached a peak of #2 on the ARIA chart, one notch higher than their previous effort. The U.S. may not know them now, but watch out for this single.

Melanie Martinez
MELANIE MARTINEZ – “Pity Party” (March 22) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Atlantic
Martinez’s debut album Cry Baby was released last August to a top ten debut on the Billboard 200, but there’s been a notable lack of radio support since then. “Dollhouse” (the title cut from a prior EP) hit #49 on the Hot AC chart a year ago, and the original run for “Pity” at pop radio, scheduled for September of last year, was cancelled. We’ll see if the party gets going in the next few weeks.

Oh Wonder
OH WONDER – “Lose It” (March 22 / 28) (Alternative / Triple A)
Label: Republic
Those Hype Machine wonders are finally heading to radio with one of the cuts that topped the music blog aggregator’s main list. It was the sixth single to be released in their monthly song project, and has over nine million streams on Spotify. Though a self-titled debut album based on their project was fairly unsuccessful last year, perhaps this push will drive some new sales in their direction.

We The Kings
WE THE KINGS – “The Story Of Tonight” (March 22) (CHR/Pop)
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
This group from Florida is back on the scene and looking to score their first top 40 single in just over four years. Of their five prior chart singles, “We’ll Be A Dream” was the biggest, reaching a peak of #21 in 2010. Extremely slow chart runs have always hindered the quintet’s potential at CHR radio. Their last entry, “Say You Like Me”, took 21 (!) weeks of crawling up the top 50 to get to #32.

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