Adam Feeney Rockets to No. 1 As My Dear Melancholy Conquers Billboard Hot 100

Apr 12, 2018

It's no small wonder for every song from a single album to break the Billboard Hot 100; for any artist to do it twice is unheard of, until now. The Weeknd (AKA Abel Tesfaye) makes chart history this week, with his newest album, My Dear Melancholy, in no small part due to producer Adam Feeney (AKA Frank Dukes). 

Feeney, with such production credits as Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP 2, had no intention of being a record producer, but skateboarding as a teenager turned him on to rap. The beats fascinated him, so he studied them intently in order to recreate them, and eventually his own. Pulling inspiration from not only the hip hop greats, but also the likes of Phil Spector, David Axelrod, and Gamble & Huff, Feeney went on to work with everyone from 50 Cent to Camila Cabello. 

In recent years, Adam has made his talents all the more accessible, with The Kingsway Library. A response to his own difficulty clearing samples, this resource allows creators access to affordable 'stock' beats (all created by Feeney) without the hassle of the typical clearance process. In fact, Feeney himself has stated that he "created the Kingsway Music Library as an archive of ideas for producers to access, knowing that they’re going to be able to sample something and get a fair split on the publishing.” Even Drake has used a number of them in his releases.

The Toronto producer's recent visibility can only help his cause - fostering new creative minds, even as a hitmaker-for-hire.

New to the chart this week is Queen Naija, a former American Idol finalist, with her song "Medicine."

Hot Hitmakers

Recognizing the songwriters behind the biggest hits of the week

April 14, 2018
1

Adam Feeney

"Never Be The Same"   Camila Cabello
"Havana"   Camila Cabello
"Pray For Me"   The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
"Be Careful"   Cardi B
"Broken Clocks"   SZA
"Call Out My Name"   The Weeknd
"Privilege"   The Weeknd
"Wasted Times"   The Weeknd
"Hurt You"   The Weeknd [ft. Gesaffelstein]
"I Was Never There"   The Weeknd [ft. Gesaffelstein]
"Try Me"   The Weeknd
2

Abel Tesfaye

"Call Out My Name"   The Weeknd
"Privilege"   The Weeknd
"Wasted Times"   The Weeknd
"Hurt You"   The Weeknd [ft. Gesaffelstein]
"I Was Never There"   The Weeknd [ft. Gesaffelstein]
"Try Me"   The Weeknd
"Pray For Me"   The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
3

Ed Sheeran

"Perfect"   Ed Sheeran
4

David Burd

"Freaky Friday"   Lil Dicky [ft. Chris Brown]
5

Pharrell Williams

"Havana"   Camila Cabello [ft. Young Thug]
"Lemon"   N*E*R*D & Rihanna
"Stir Fry"   Migos
6

Aubrey Graham

"God's Plan"   Drake
"Walk It Talk It"   Migos [ft. Drake]
"Look Alive"   BlocBoy JB [ft. Drake]
7

Nathan Feuerstein

"Let You Down"   NF
8

Kendrick Duckworth

"All The Stars"   Kendrick Lamar & SZA
"Pray For Me"   The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
"King's Dead"   Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, & James Blake
"New Freezer"   Rich The Kid [ft. Kendrick Lamar]
9

Jahseh Onfroy & John Cunningham

"Changes"   XXXTentacion
"Sad!"   XXXTentacion
"Moonlight"   XXXTentacion
10

Austin Post

"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"I Fall Apart"   Post Malone
"Psycho"   Post Malone [ft. Ty Dolla $ign]
11

Dimitri Roger

"Plug Walk"   Rich the Kid
"New Freezer"   Rich the Kid [ft. Kendrick Lamar]
12

Kentrell Gaulden

"No Smoke"   YoungBoy Never Broke Again
"Outside Today"   YoungBoy Never Broke Again
"NBAYoungboat"   Lil Yachty [ft. NBA YoungBoy]
13

Kiari Cephus

"Ric Flair Drip"   Offset & Metro Boomin
"Stir Fry"   Migos
"Walk It Talk It"   Migos [ft. Drake]
"Proud"   2 Chainz [ft. YG & Offset]
14

Queen Naija

"Medicine"   Queen Naija
15

Louis Bell

"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"Psycho"   Post Malone [ft. Ty Dolla $ign]
16

Dexter Gore Jr

"Japan"   Famous Dex
17

James Baker

"Look Alive"   BlocBoy JB [ft. Drake]
18

Grant Dickinson

"Plug Walk"   Rich the Kid
19

Christopher Comstock

"Everyday "   Logic & Marshmello
"Friends"   Marshmello & Anne-Marie
20

Tyler Hubbard

"Meant To Be"   Bebe Rexha X Florida Georgia Line
"You Make It Easy"   Jason Aldean