Every year since 2001 the rock band Ed Hale and Transcendence re-release the song and accompanying music video for the September 11th tribute song “Rebuild America” during this week. All proceeds from iTunes downloads of song go to New York’s Robin Hood Foundation which has a special fund for September 11th victims’ families. This year is no different. Though it’s hard to believe it’s been ten years.
Ed Hale’s new single “New Orleans Dreams,” the second from his latest solo album Ballad On Third Avenue album, can now officially be called “hit single” this week as it shot up 33 spots on the Adult Contemporary Top 200 Chart to land at #60 in only its second week, making it one of the biggest movers of the holiday weekend.
The poignant acoustic ballad with the potent message debuted on the Top 200 chart at #93 in its first week, which earned it the coveted #1 Most Added Song of the Week in the AC format, a rare feat for alt-rock crossover artists. But what nobody expected was that it would repeat the same move the following week. “Debuting in a new format as one of the Top 20 Most Added Songs is rare, let alone the #1 spot,” commented radio promotions veteran Tom Mazzetta, “which is usually reserved for artists already familiar to listeners of the format. Doing it twice consecutively is unheard of.”
This week Hale’s “New Orleans Dreams” more than doubled the number of stations who added the song to heavy rotation, making it the #2 Most Added Song of the Week, coming in a close second to Daryl Hall’s new single “Talking” (which holds the #73 spot on the Top 200). If the song continues at this pace, Hale might not only set a record for appearing in the Top 20 Most Added Chart three weeks in a row, but is almost assured to land somewhere in the Top 40 among AC regulars such as Adele, Train, and Bruno Mars. The song has already flown by AC favorites David Cook, Daughtry, Michael Buble and many others. Fans of Hale’s new “whisper pop” solo album who want to tune in and hear the alt-rock singer/songwriter live on the radio in their own hometown can find out which stations are playing the song by looking up the Adult Contemporary station(s) in their city by clicking here.
In the meantime, all this new-found glory at radio is helping the song rack up sales and downloads in record numbers for the singer on the iTunes Music Store and Amazon.com, proving that success and service to others are not mutually exclusive endeavors. Hale released the single originally to raise money to help disaster relief efforts to aid victims of several natural and man-made disasters that have befallen New Orleans and other Southern cities in the US by promising to donate a portion of all proceeds from sales of the song directly to the American Red Cross. So far the song is exceeding all expectations and just might land Ed Hale in a position he could never have dreamed of before the release of his Ballad On Third Avenue album: a bonafide Adult Contemporary Top Ten artist.
Janelle Rogers, Green Light Go PR
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