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 July on the Alternative and Triple A formats in the second part of this month’s Radio Report:
ALTERNATIVE (*) and TRIPLE A (**)
BRANDON FLOWERS – “Lonely Town” (July 14) (*)
It was very disappointing to see “Can’t Deny My Love” being, well, denied entrance into the Alternative top 40 after a tough battle earlier this year. With the second single from his The Desired Effect album, 34-year-old Flowers appeals for the format’s support with another tasty new wave inspired cut with a lovely kick of brass for good measure. It might be his only chance to save this era.
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive” (July 14) (*)
With “Black Sun” having recently gone recurrent at the format after climbing as high as #2, the Washington trio follows it up with a spooky single about a prior relationship from Gibbard’s past. Beverly Drive, of course, refers to the street that runs through the California cities of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. It is a needed change of pace and should pump that pedal as the fall approaches.
FAMILY OF THE YEAR – “Make You Mine” (July 14) (* + **)
Label: Warner Bros./Nettwerk
It’s been quite a ride for this quartet and their single “Hero” over the past three years. Originally an Alternative and Triple A hit in the spring of 2013, months after the summer 2012 release of their album Loma Vista, the track returned last summer when it was used to promote the film Boyhood. Hopefully, their latest single also sticks around, a classic California record that is burning hot.
JARRYD JAMES – “Do You Remember?” (July 14) (**)
Six months ago, James was totally unknown to fair amount of people and quietly released a single that was produced by the noted Joel Little, best known for his work with singer Lorde. Then, he pulled off an awesome feat: a #2 chart peak in his native Australia without any major label backing. Of course, one has picked it up for a U.S. release. It’s a record to watch for the fall, so stay tuned.
LIANNE LA HAVAS – “What You Don’t Do” (July 14) (**)
Label: Warner Bros.
The English singer/songwriter from London got the critics buzzing with her debut album from 2012, Is Your Love Big Enough? It was a top five success in the U.K. despite a trio of singles that stalled underneath the top 100 in that country, while both the songs and the album went largely unnoticed here. Her album Blood will be seeping into our musical veins later this month. It’s a winner.
MUSE – “Mercy” (July 21) (**)
Label: Warner Bros.
From the concept album Drones, which recently became the trio’s first #1 album on the Billboard 200, this single is already doing well on streaming platforms and will no doubt bolt its way up the Alternative survey in mere weeks. However, the adds date listed is only for Triple A radio, where “Dead Inside” was just a mid-charting hit at best. Nevertheless, it’s a great choice from the effort.
WALK OFF THE EARTH – “Hold On (The Break)” (July 21) (**)
Rather than ruling the world with their last single, this Canadian band was ruling the headlines when singer Sarah Blackwood and her son were kicked off a United Airlines flight because of his fussy behavior. Luckily, since the story has faded, the quintet is able to return to what they do best and perform. “Hold” is a mellower choice, but one that lends itself well to a potential crossover hit.
RYAN CORN – “White Flag” (July 28) (**)
Missouri singer/songwriter Corn got his first taste of radio play last year when an original song called “Wonderful Things” briefly touched the top 40 at the Triple A format before Christmas. Now, he’s heading back to radio with a remake that’s become a staple in his recent sets, “White Flag”, originally a hit for Dido in 2003. Corn puts a nice pop/rock spin on the track. I’ll be rooting for it.
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