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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 16, 2016

Working Hard to hit the top.

Working Hard to hit the top.

Two solo males with previous #1 albums are going head-to-head in a battle for the top spot this week. Will either performer get that coveted #1? Will a surprise knock both of them out of the fight? Here are the notable albums and singles out this week:

USHER — Hard II Love (iTunes)
22 (!) years after his self-titled set was released in stores, the 37-year-old R&B singer is still going strong with his latest offering. Though several cuts from the album have seen airplay across multiple formats, the biggest of them is “No Limit”, which remains in the top five on Rhythmic and Urban radio. Could this become his fifth #1 on the Billboard 200? We’ll find out soon.

MAC MILLER — The Divine Feminine (iTunes)
Miller’s hit the top five three times on the Billboard 200 since 2011, and this could very well be his fourth trip into the region. In this set, seven of the ten songs are collaborations with other artists, including Ariana Grande and Kendrick Lamar.

More albums out this week: Aaron Lewis‘s Sinner (iTunes), Against Me!‘s Shape Shift With Me (iTunes), AlunaGeorge‘s I Remember (iTunes), Bad Suns‘s Disappear Here (iTunes), Meat Loaf‘s Braver Than We Are (iTunes), Michael Chiklis‘s Influence (iTunes), Taking Back Sunday‘s Tidal Wave (iTunes), Willie Nelson‘s For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: CAPPA‘s Queen Of Hearts (iTunes), EZA‘s Dead Reckoning (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Don’t Be A Fool”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Hurts”, Emeli Sandé (iTunes)
“Lemonade”, Skylar Grey (iTunes)
“Love Me In A Field”, Luke Bryan (iTunes)
“Mad Love”, JoJo (iTunes)
“My Way”, Calvin Harris (iTunes)
“Our Town”, Tyler Farr (iTunes)
“Root Beer Float”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Same Old Blues”, Phantogram (iTunes)
“Shine On Rainy Day”, Brent Cobb (iTunes)
“Star Crossed Lovers”, Barry Gibb (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Idina Menzel, Luke Bryan, Shawn Mendes and more.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 7, 2004

One more "Try".

One more “Try”.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back twelve years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of March 7, 2004…

Debuts:
38. HANSON, “Penny & Me”
33. FRANKEE, “F.U.R.B. (F U Right Back)”

Biggest Mover(s):
JOEY MCINTYRE, “L.A. Blue” (38-25, thirteen spots)

10. NELLY FURTADO, “Try” (up 1)
Album: Folklore (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #6

09. EVANESCENCE, “My Immortal” (down 2)
Album: Fallen (2003, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

08. JANET JACKSON, “Just A Little While” (down 3)
Album: Damita Jo (2004, Virgin Records)
Peak: #5

07. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Toxic” (down 3)
Album: In The Zone (2003, Jive Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

06. THE DARKNESS, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (up 3)
Album: Permission To Land (2003, Must Destroy/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

05. USHER featuring LUDACRIS and LIL’ JON, “Yeah!” (up 1)
Album: Confessions (2004, LaFace Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. JOHN MAYER, “Clarity” (up 4)
Album: Heavier Things (2003, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. THREE DAYS GRACE, “(I Hate) Everything About You” (steady, second week)
Album: Three Days Grace (2003, Jive Records)
Peak: #3 for six weeks

02. SWITCHFOOT, “Meant To Live” (steady, second week)
Album: The Beautiful Letdown (2003, Red Ink/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. MAROON 5, “This Love” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, J/Octone Records)
Peak: #1 for nine weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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

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 April on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats in this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Martin Garrix and Usher
MARTIN GARRIX featuring USHER – “Don’t Look Down” (April 7) (*)
Label: Spinnin’/RCA
It was last year that teenage Dutch DJ/producer Garrix took a fairly slow ride up to #12 on the pop survey with the instrumental titled “Animals”. How did he get some studio time with an R&B legend at his young age? No idea, but the unusual pair is working.

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
WIZ KHALIFA featuring CHARLIE PUTH – “See You Again” (April 7) (*)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
The soundtrack to Furious 7 debuted a few weeks ago, and “Again” is currently seeing traction at multiple formats in advance of the film’s premiere this Friday. It’s Puth’s radio debut here and could become Khalifa’s fifth main-credited top 40 track on CHR.

Ne-Yo
NE-YO – “Coming With You” (April 14) (*)
Label: Motown/Capitol
Despite a last-ditch attempt to save “She Knows” at pop radio amidst its negative callout scores, that single is tumbling down and brings us to the follow-up from Non-Fiction. It’s far from the ideal era, but some initial moderate airplay should carry it upward.

Marlon Roudette
MARLON ROUDETTE – “When The Beat Drops Out” (April 21) (*)
Label: Columbia
The 32-year-old singer and songwriter from London saw his song “New Age” become a big single across Europe in 2011, but that never made it to the States. Now, coming off a U.K. top ten entry, Roudette is ready for his “Beat” to bring the heat this summer.

Years & Years
YEARS & YEARS – “King” (April 21) (*)
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope
Actor and singer Olly Alexander has been leading this trio for five years and their perseverance led them to a chart-topping song in the U.K. from just a few weeks ago. After a series of successful SXSW showcases, the royalty shall rule over the record charts.

Galantis
GALANTIS – “Runaway (U & I)” (April 28) (*)
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic
Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw have been big as writers and in the dance world, but this marks their first song to go for adds here. “Runaway” was co-written by Cathy Dennis, who went to #1 on R&R’s CHR chart with 1991’s “Touch Me (All Night Long)”.

Olly Murs and Demi Lovato
OLLY MURS featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Up” (April 28) (*)
Label: Syco/Columbia
“Wrapped Up” may have wrapped up its run in the U.S. without any big numbers, but “Up” has been waiting in the wings since it broke the top five (#4) in the U.K. in December of last year. At least this is enough to tide the Lovatics over until her next effort.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Halsey
HALSEY – “Ghost” (April 7) (*)
Label: Astralwerks/Capitol
19-year-old Ashley Frangipane has been honing her craft for some time now, but everything began to work out nicely during the past year as she signed her record deal and began getting regular play on SiriusXM’s Hits 1 channel. A spooky summer awaits us.

Kaiser Chiefs
KAISER CHIEFS – “Falling Awake” (April 7) (**)
Label: ATO
The sounds of Education, Education, Education & War failed to light up the album and radio charts in the States like they did in Europe, but the quintet’s latest single might turn things around. It certainly blends in well with its hooky late 80’s pop influence.

Joy Williams
JOY WILLIAMS – “Woman (Oh Mama)” (April 14) (**)
Label: Columbia
Her days in a duo are, sadly, finished for now, but we haven’t seen a solo set from Williams in some time. Well, that changes with Venus, due out this summer. The tribal pop sound of it may stand out next to her past work, but it’s a total jam and sounds fresh.

Wolf Alice
WOLF ALICE – “Moaning Lisa Smile” (April 7) (*)
Label: RCA
Here’s a buzzworthy band based in London who have several early supporters behind them at Alternative radio. However, it was the BBC station network that aided them across the pond. As far as a U.S. breakthrough, they’re hungry like the… oh, you know.

twenty | one | pilots
TWENTY ONE PILOTS – “Tear In My Heart” (April 14) (*)
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are fairly local to Alternative radio after scoring with three top 40 singles from Vessel, including the #10’s “Holding On To You” and “House Of Gold”. Does this have the “Heart” to grow into their biggest song to date? Stay tuned!

Kaleo
KALEO – “All The Pretty Girls” (April 21) (**)
Label: Elektra/Atlantic
Iceland has given us a number of solid bands over the past few years, and this male quartet from the small southwestern town of Mosfellsbær may be the next to deliver a hit with their American debut. SiriusXM’s The Spectrum is leading the pack on “Girls”.

Walk Off The Earth
WALK OFF THE EARTH – “Rule The World” (April 28) (*)
Label: Columbia
Several years ago, this Canadian quintet built up a following on YouTube after posting a series of well-received cover videos. An album followed, R.E.V.O., and “Red Hands” spread across AAA and Hot AC radio. Their anthemic new single could do the same.

Which songs would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 14, 2004

Big "Bounce" into the top ten.

Big “Bounce” into the top ten.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the middle of March and take a look at my favorite songs from this week at age 14 in 2004…

Debuts:
40. OUTKAST, “Roses”
39, FINGER ELEVEN, “One Thing”
38. HOOBASTANK, “The Reason”
37. USHER, “Burn”
36. D12, “My Band”
26. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Everything”

Biggest Mover(s):
(see #8 and #9 below)

10. EVANESCENCE, “My Immortal” (down 1)
Album: Fallen (2003, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

09. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Don’t Tell Me” (up 8)
Album: Under My Skin (2004, Arista/RMG Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

08. SARAH CONNOR, “Bounce” (up 8)
Album: Sarah Connor (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

07. NELLY FURTADO, “Try” (up 3)
Album: Folklore (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #6

06. THE DARKNESS, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (steady, second week)
Album: Permission To Land (2003, Must Destroy/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

05. USHER featuring LUDACRIS and LIL’ JON, “Yeah!” (steady, second week)
Album: Confessions (2004, LaFace/Zomba Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. JOHN MAYER, “Clarity” (steady, second week)
Album: Heavier Things (2003, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. THREE DAYS GRACE, “(I Hate) Everything About You” (steady, third week)
Album: Three Days Grace (2003, Jive/Zomba Records)
Peak: #3 for six weeks

02. SWITCHFOOT, “Meant To Live” (steady, third week)
Album: The Beautiful Letdown (2003, Red Ink/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. MAROON 5, “This Love” (steady, sixth week)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for nine weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: December 16, 2001

Whenever, wherever they will chart.

Whenever, wherever they will chart.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the week just before the Christmas Break in sixth grade and revisit the top songs from this week in 2001…

Debuts:
40. MANDY MOORE, “Cry”
39. MICHELLE BRANCH, “All You Wanted”
37. LUDACRIS, “Roll Out (My Business)”
36. OUTKAST featuring KILLER MIKE, “The Whole World”
34. MARY J. BLIGE, “No More Drama”
32. BRITNEY SPEARS, “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman”

Biggest Mover(s):
RYAN ADAMS, “New York, New York” (29-22, seven spots)

10. AEROSMITH, “Just Push Play” (up 5)
Album: Just Push Play (2001, Columbia Records)
Peak: #5

09. JEWEL, “Standing Still” (down 3)
Album: This Way (2001, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #6

08. CRAIG DAVID, “7 Days” (up 4)
Album: Born To Do It (2001, Wildstar/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

07. USHER, “U Got It Bad” (steady, second week)
Album: 8701 (2001, Arista Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. LINKIN PARK, “In The End” (up 1)
Album: Hybrid Theory (2000, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

05. THE CALLING, “Wherever You Will Go” (down 2)
Album: Camino Palmero (2001, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. NO DOUBT featuring BOUNTY KILLER, “Hey Baby” (up 1)
Album: Rock Steady (2001, Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. SHAKIRA, “Whenever, Wherever” (up 1)
Album: Laundry Service (2001, Epic Records)
Peak: #3

02. PINK, “Get The Party Started” (steady, second week)
Album: M!ssundaztood (2001, Arista Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. NICKELBACK, “How You Remind Me” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Silver Side Up (2001, Roadrunner Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 6)

Wants to be a Hunter again.

Wants to be a Hunter again.

One third of the year is over and album sales overall are looking… well, not so great at this point. However, with a bunch of bigger releases this week, you never know what will happen. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of May 6:

  • After the Platinum-selling success of his self-titled 2011 album, Country youngster Hunter Hayes is back with his followup release, Storyline. Leadoff single and ballad “Invisible” remains bulleted on the Country chart around the top 20. (You may remember Hayes debuted it at the GRAMMY Awards.) Look for it to debut in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 and at #1 on the Country survey. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Tech N9ne has been charting on the Billboard 200 since 2001 and his latest effort is titled Strangeulation. A single from it, “Fragile”, is just below the top ten on Rhythmic radio and ranks as his biggest airplay hit to date. Last year, he had an album debut at #4; expect another high entry from this one, probably in the top 5 again. (iTunes)
  • Last summer, Naughty Boy‘s Hotel Cabana debuted at #2 in the United Kingdom on the strength of a handful of top ten singles, including his current U.S. hit with Sam Smith, “La La La”. That same album, with a slightly altered tracklisting, is now out here. It will likely debut somewhere in the lower regions of the chart – there’s clearly more interest in the single at this point. (iTunes)
  • Though none of its singles have charted Stateside, the first album in five years for singer Lily Allen, Sheezus, is out this week. The effort is currently top ten in over two dozen countries. “Air Balloon” is currently at U.S. radio, but is not showing much action as of recent. (iTunes)
  • Singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan has been making music for over 25 years now. Her latest effort, Shine On, is her first for Verve after splitting with longtime Canadian label Nettwerk and U.S. label Arista. “In Your Shoes” is the current AC/Hot AC single from the project. (iTunes)
  • It’s also a crazy week for compilation albums, the biggest of which is the 50th (!) edition of the Now! That’s What I Call Music! series (iTunes). Those kids grow up so quickly. Also on the menu: Kidz Bop Party Bop! from the Kidz Bop Kids (iTunes) and the various stars of Nashville with their second music set from the second season of the show (iTunes).
  • Other releases out this week include: Gregg Allman‘s All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman (iTunes), Lykke Li‘s I Never Learn (iTunes), Natalie Merchant‘s Natalie Merchant (iTunes) and Santana‘s Corazón (iTunes).

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

  • “A Sky Full Of Stars”, the second radio single from Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories. (iTunes)
  • “First Love”, a new CHR radio single from Jennifer Lopez. (iTunes)
  • “Get My Name”, a single from Mark Ballas of Dancing With The Stars fame. (iTunes)
  • “Good Kisser”, new from R&B star Usher. (iTunes)
  • “Love Never Felt So Good”, the first single from the late Michael Jackson‘s Xscape album. (iTunes)
  • “M.F.P.O.T.Y.”, another digital track from Cher Lloyd‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Superbad”, the latest single from Jesse McCartney. (iTunes)
  • “They Don’t Love You No More”, the latest from DJ Khaled featuring Jay Z, Meek Mill, Rick Ross and French Montana. (iTunes)

Michael Jackson, Rascal Flatts and The Black Keys take center stage next week, along with Chromeo, Dolly Parton and more. It’s going to be another busy week — a full preview is coming in seven!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 29, 2004

Aren't they just lovable?

Aren’t they just lovable?

Welcome back for another edition of Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my new top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. I’m pretty sure this is my only personal chart ever that was dated February 29, and it came during the second half of eighth grade. Here’s a look at my top 40 from February 29, 2004:

Debuts:
38. JOEY MCINTYRE, “L.A. Blue”
37. BEYONCÉ, “Naughty Girl”
36. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Sway”
32. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Red Blooded Woman”
24. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Don’t Tell Me”

Biggest Mover:
3 DOORS DOWN, “Away From The Sun” (40-35) (5 spots)

10. EAMON, “F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back)”
No need to censor this description, although this song had a whole lot of editing for it to be played on the radio. More like a novelty song than a serious rap hit, the then 20-year-old spent three weeks at #1 on my top 40, and also topped a number of charts worldwide. The Staten Island native has yet to see another significant release reach the U.S. surveys.

09. THE DARKNESS, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”
These British glam rockers took the U.K. by storm in 2003 with their debut album, Permission To Land. In the fall of that year, “Believe” peaked at #2 on the Singles Chart there, but it took until 2004 to break the band here in the States.  It would climb to #4 on my top 40. They would chart once more in 2005 with “One Way Ticket”, which peaked at #16.

08. JOHN MAYER, “Clarity”
Between “Bigger Than My Body” in the fall of 2003 and “Daughters” in the fall of 2004 came this single, which didn’t receive nearly the amount of play those releases did. Still, it remains one of my favorite releases from Mayer’s Heavier Things. It spent two weeks at #4 on my survey and went top 15 at Hot AC. Sorry, Zedd and Foxes, this “Clarity” rules.

07. EVANESCENCE, “My Immortal”
Though the song’s earliest version dates back to 1997, the biggest hit for Amy Lee and the boys on my chart wasn’t out as a single until late 2003. After debuting in October, it spent four weeks at #1, and was a multi-format radio hit during the spring months. The band last charted with a pair of singles in 2011, but are currently on hiatus as of two years ago.

06. USHER featuring LUDACRIS and LIL’ JON, “Yeah!”
It wasn’t intended to be the lead single from Confessions, but once it hit the air, it took off like wildfire. Not only was it his biggest hit ever on the charts, but it also helped the album sell almost 1.1 million copies in its debut frame, his biggest opening to date. It was eventually Diamond. Now a judge on The Voice, new music is expected from the singer this year.

05. JANET JACKSON, “Just A Little While”
Shall we pretend that Nipplegate didn’t happen for a minute? It sure didn’t look that way when it came to my chart. The rise was quick on this one and went out at a pretty rapid rate as well. #5 would be its peak on my top 40, while it would only climb to #45 on the Hot 100. Jackson’s had a few songs bubble under since this, but none have reached my chart.

04. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Toxic”
After “Me Against The Music” quickly burned out at radio in late 2003, a #6 hit on my chart, Jive Records released this as the second single from Spears’s In The Zone album. The result was her first chart-topper at CHR radio since 2000’s “Oops!…  I Did It Again”. On my chart, it went to #2, but it was the biggest song from that era. Take that, Britney Jean.

03. THREE DAYS GRACE, “(I Hate) Everything About You”
With their debut single, the trio from Canada quickly leapt onto the rock charts and also managed to crossover to pop radio in early 2004. This was the peak of “Everything” on my chart, spending six consecutive weeks there, by far their largest single. Lead singer Adam Gontier left the group early last year; they have yet to find a permanent replacement.

02. SWITCHFOOT, “Meant To Live”
Beginning in the late 1990’s, this San Diego band catered to a Christian audience and achieved some minor positions on that album chart. Then, they signed to Columbia and released The Beautiful Letdown in spring 2003. With a new sound intact, the band scored two #1 singles on my chart, this and “Dare You To Move”. They are currently signed to Atlantic.

01. MAROON 5, “This Love”
They formed as the quartet Kara’s Flowers in 1994, but never found the momentum to hit the big time. However, under their current name and lineup, everything’s coming up roses. “Love” was the biggest #1 of the year, spending nine weeks at the top and landing at #1 for 2004. It’s their second longest running chart-topper on my top 40, just behind “Makes Me Wonder”, which spent 11 weeks there in 2007. Adam Levine and the guys continue to deliver the hits to this day.

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