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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (Mar. 26)

Sure be cool if he was #1.

Sure be cool if he was #1.

There’s a hodgepodge of hits on the radar this week; lots of big releases across all genres. Here’s some of what you’ll find in stores this Tuesday, March 26:

  • Country singer Blake Shelton has a new studio album out today, Based On A True Story…, his eighth full-length album. Lead single “Sure Be Cool If You Did” is the current #1 Country single. It comes out just as the fourth season of The Voice premiered last night, on which Shelton is a judge. (iTunes)
  • After a serious issue for which he was hospitalized just a week ago, Lil Wayne puts out a sequel to his 2010 album, I Am Not A Human Being. “Love Me”, featuring rappers Drake and Future, is the big single from I Am Not A Human Being II, currently at #2 on Urban radio and #9 on the Hot 100. (iTunes)
  • Married Country duo Thompson Square, best known for their 2011 Country #1 hit, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?”, are back with their second album this week. Just Feels Good features their current top ten single on the same chart, “If I Didn’t Have You”. (iTunes)
  • With their first album since 2009, English electro-rockers Depeche Mode release their thirteenth album to date, Delta Machine. Two singles have been released from the effort to date: “Heaven” and “Soothe My Soul”. (iTunes)
  • The third album from electro-pop band OneRepublic is out today, Native. “If I Lose Myself” is the current single from the album, and it’s not the monster that “Apologize” was. (iTunes)
  • Rockers The Strokes are back with another album, Comedown Machine. Lead single “All The Time” is garnering some minor airplay at Alternative radio. (iTunes)
  • Already a top-ten selling album in many European countries, singer-songwriter Dido is out with her newest release in North America, Girl Who Got Away. (iTunes)
  • Metal band Sevendust are back with their first album since 2010, Black Out The Sun. It’s their ninth studio album overall. (iTunes)
  • Newcomer to the Country chart Maggie Rose, who previously charted under the name Margaret Durante, puts out her first full-length album this week, Cut To Impress. (iTunes)
  • Alan Jackson, who’s been faltering recently on the Country chart, goes for gospel this time on the more traditional-sounding Precious Memories, Volume II. (iTunes)
  • Finally, former American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox trades All This For That on her second album, released today. (iTunes)

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

  • “Boomerang”, a great new single from Canada’s Barenaked Ladies. (iTunes)
  • “The Way”, a single from Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande and rapper Mac Miller. (iTunes)
  • “We Up”, another release from 50 Cent‘s forthcoming Street King Immortal. It features Kendrick Lamar. (iTunes)

The Band Perry delivers their sophomore album next week… will it top the charts? See you in seven with a preview!

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Consciously Charting: A Reasonable Roundup Of Hits

Even more reasons.

Even more reasons.

As the Pink and Nate Ruess duet, “Just Give Me A Reason”, spends a third week at #1 on my chart, as well as becomes the brand new #1 song on iTunes, I figured it was a good time to dip into the archives to see where it fit among the other voices of “Reason”. It turns out that the song becomes the eleventh title in the history of the Hot 100 (1958 onward) to feature the word and make the top 40. It’s currently at #8 thanks to already strong sales and a major lift at radio. Will it eventually beat some of these reasonable releases? Let’s take a look back at what’s happened so far.

The top tens:
“THE REASON”, Hoobastank (#2, 2004)
After a few years of charting on Alternative radio and one minor crossover single (2002’s “Running Away”), this California band had a huge pop breakthrough with this ballad. It remains the band’s biggest crossover single, spending eight weeks at #1 on CHR radio. They never recovered from the success of it; their singles had lower peaks on rock radio and album sales diminished. They still remain together.

“GIVE ME ONE REASON”, Tracy Chapman (#3, 1996)
In 1988, Chapman released her debut album, a self-titled effort which hit #1 on the strength of the story song “Fast Car”, which went to #6 on the Hot 100. Fast forward to 1996 and in a surprisingly return, “Give” managed to peak even higher with this bluesy number, going so far as the #1 spot on mainstream radio. It also achieved some R&B success. Chapman’s last studio album, Our Bright Future, was released in 2008.

“YOU’RE THE REASON I’M LIVING”, Bobby Darin (#3, 1963)
In an accomplished career full of big hits like “Mack The Knife” and “Splish Splash”, “Living” was another of Darin’s ten top ten and twenty-two top 40 hits between 1958 and 1966. He last made the Hot 100 in 1973 with the #67 “Happy” and died several months later during a heart operation. He received a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

“SIXTEEN REASONS”, Connie Stevens (#3, 1960)
Best known as an actress, Stevens starred on the television show Hawaiian Eye from 1959 to 1962. She also appeared in several movies. In 1958, she recorded her first album, and launched several songs onto the Hot 100 over the next few years. This was her biggest single to make the chart. She occasionally directs now.

“LOVE ME FOR A REASON”, The Osmonds (#10, 1974)
The brothers from Utah became huge starting in 1971 with songs like “One Bad Apple” (#1) and “Yo-Yo” (#3), but as fast they took the charts by storm, they were dumped pretty quickly as well. “Love” was their last top ten hit. Brother Donny continued to hit the charts with sister Marie and also as a solo act. The other four brothers took on a Country sound and had some limited success on that survey in the 80’s.

The top forties:
“YOU’RE THE REASON”, Bobby Edwards (#11, 1961)
Edwards was born in Alabama and had a number of regional singles before scoring his biggest hit with Crest Records in 1961. It was one of two singles to make the Hot 100 for him, though “You’re” was the only one to hit the top 40. He retired from music shortly afterwards after his singles failed to chart. He’s still around, currently at the age of 87, though he hasn’t performed live in some time.

“REASON TO BELIEVE (UNPLUGGED)”, Rod Stewart (#19, 1993)
Stewart’s original version of “Believe” was released in 1971 from Every Picture Tells A Story, peaking at #62. It also became the b-side of his #1 hit “Maggie May” after the two swapped sides. However, it finally became a top-40 hit on its own in 1993 when it was released as a single from his MTV Unplugged performance. Stewart’s latest album, Time, is out May 7; believe that it’ll sell well on the album chart.

“ONE GOOD REASON”, Paul Carrack (#28, 1988)
Carrack’s voice has been behind classics for Ace (“How Long”), Mike + The Mechanics (“Silent Running” and “The Living Years”) and Squeeze (“Tempted”), but he scored the most U.S. top-40 hits as a solo act. “Good” was the title track to his third solo album and the followup to “Don’t Shed A Tear”, which went to #9 a few months earlier. Carrack still records and performs today.

“TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE)”, Frankie Valli (#29, 1967)
In era where both his solo records and his songs with the Four Seasons were charting concurrently, this became a minor hit for the singer. Shortly after this, he and the group would not make the to 40 again until the mid-70s, when they enjoyed several big charting singles. Valli still performs today and his songs, along with many by the Four Seasons, are featured in the musical Jersey Boys.

“I’LL THINK OF A REASON LATER”, Lee Ann Womack (#38, 1999)
Beginning in 1997, Womack had a string of singles make the top 40 on the Country chart, including this one, which became her fourth #2 on that survey. She finally hit #1 the next year with “I Hope You Dance”. Womack last released an album in 2008, Call Me Crazy, best known for the single “Last Call”. She currently has a new full-length effort in the works.

Honorable Mention: Though this came way before the Hot 100 even existed, one of the best known “Reason” titles is “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons”, which was written back in 1945. A version by Nat King Cole went to #1 when Billboard had a Best Sellers Chart (only ten positions) in early 1947 and versions by Eddy Howard, Dinah Shore and Charlie Spivak also made the top ten.

Keep watching the charts to see how “Just Give Me A Reason” ranks among not only these titles, but the current big national hits as well. For more chart stories just like this, follow the blog using the tab below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 24, 2013

Just give me a #1.

Change of season, same “Reason”.

DEBUTS
40. Matt Nathanson – Mission Bells
39. Walk Off The Earth – Red Hands
36. Passenger – Let Her Go | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors (36)
23. Daniel Powter – Crazy All My Life (32) | BIGGEST MOVER
11. fun. – Why Am I The One? (19)
06. Fitz & The Tantrums – Out Of My League (11)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Passion Pit – Carried Away (12) | PEAK: #10
09. One Direction – Kiss You (10) | PEAK: #09
08. fun. – Carry On (06) | PEAK: #01 for eight weeks
07. Train – Mermaid (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
06. Fitz & The Tantrums – Out Of My League (11) | PEAK: #06
05. Olly Murs – Army Of Two (07) | PEAK: #05
04. OneRepublic – If I Lose Myself (03) | PEAK: #03
03. Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie (04) | PEAK: #04
02. Phillip Phillips – Gone, Gone, Gone (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Pink featuring Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. A Great Big World – This Is The New Year (1)
2. Churchill – Change (4)
3. Barenaked Ladies – Boomerang (-)
4. Chris Wallace – Keep Me Crazy (-)
5. Nikki Williams – Glowing (7)
6. Labrinth featuring Emeli Sandé – Beneath Your Beautiful (9)
7. The Script – If You Could See Me Now (3)
8. Vampire Weekend – Diane Young (-)
9. Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us (-)
10. Classified featuring David Myles – Inner Ninja (-)

In The Mix:
98 Degrees – Microphone (new)
Christina Aguilera – Let There Be Love
Frank Turner – Recovery (new)
Hanson – Get The Girl Back
Jessica Sanchez featuring Ne-Yo – Tonight (new)
Joe King featuring Trombone Shorty – Need A Woman By Friday
Joshua Radin – When We’re Together (new)
Junior Doctor – Falling To Pieces
Maroon 5 – Love Somebody
Matchbox Twenty – Our Song (new)
Paloma Faith – Just Be
Parachute – Hearts Go Crazy
Rod Stewart – She Makes Me Happy (new)
Sheryl Crow – Easy
Snow Patrol – The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends)
The Band Perry – Better Dig Two
The Wanted – All Time Low

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SINGLE PREMIERE: 98 Degrees – “Microphone” (+ Lyrics)

Give them just one spot (un lugar.)

Sing while you’re winning.

Here’s the latest episode in the soap opera of the music industry that we call As The Boy Band World Turns. The next comeback comes from Ohio band 98 Degrees, with their first single release since “Why (Are We Still Friends?)” in the spring of 2002. The quartet is getting a little (and a mean really) dirty on their latest single, “Microphone”, which premiered earlier today on Z100 in New York City and is now online. It’s the first single release from their first studio album since 2000, 2.0, out May 7 via eOne Records. Be prepared to take a shower afterwards. Listen here.

“Microphone” goes to iTunes on April 2 and goes for CHR radio adds on April 9.

(Will update with more information! If there are corrections to the lyrics, let me know.)

“MICROPHONE”

[Verse 1]
When I’m done with you
You’ll be able to carry a tune
I’mma take you to school
And teach you how to use this microphone

[Bridge]
Oh oh oh
Like oh oh oh
I’ll make you scream at the top of your lungs
Like oh oh oh whoa

[Chorus]
Hey lady, grab the microphone
And say “do-re-mi-fa-so-oh-oh-oh”
Yeah baby, you’re warmed up and ready to blow
Like do-re-mi-fa-so-oh-oh-oh
Oh oh oh-oh oh
Oh oh oh-oh-oh
Hey lady, grab the microphone
And say “do-re-mi-fa-so-oh-oh-oh”

[Verse 2]
Put this in your hands (Put this in your hands!)
And hold it up to your lips
We can be a two-piece band
And make some hits while you sing in this microphone

[Bridge]
Oh oh oh
Like oh oh oh
I’ll make you scream at the top of your lungs
Like oh oh oh whoa

[Chorus]
Hey lady, grab the microphone
And say “do-re-mi-fa-so-oh-oh-oh”
Yeah baby, you’re warmed up and ready to blow
Like do-re-mi-fa-so-oh-oh-oh
Oh oh oh-oh oh
Oh oh oh-oh-oh
Hey lady, grab the microphone
And say “do-re-mi-fa-so-oh-oh-oh”

[Middle 8]
How would it taste?
Can you put your money where your mouth is?
You can make no mistakes
You got a promise to try and do the best you can
The best you can
You better do your best
The best you can
So come and sing in this microphone oh oh oh

[1/2 Chorus to end]
Hey lady, grab the microphone (Like oh oh oh)
And say “do-re-mi-fa-so-oh-oh-oh” (I’ll make you scream at the top of your lungs)
Yeah baby, you’re warmed up and ready to blow (Like oh oh oh)
Like do-re-mi-fa-so-oh-oh-oh (In this microphone oh oh oh)
Hey lady, grab the microphone (Like oh oh oh)
And say “do-re-mi-fa-so-oh-oh-oh” (I’ll make you scream at the top of your lungs)
Yeah baby, you’re warmed up and ready to blow (Like oh oh oh)
Like do-re-mi-fa-so-oh-oh-oh (Oh oh)

Are you feeling the song or do you think this microphone should cut out early? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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PROFILE: Will Passenger “Go” On To The U.S.?

Driving his way around the world.

Driving his way around the world.

Seems like for at least the past few years, we’ve always had an international solo act that writes and sings their own material and dominates the charts with a breakup anthem that you just can’t escape. In 2011, it was Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep”. In 2012, it was Gotye‘s duet with Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”. Both sold bucket loads and won awards for their compositions, even if each act didn’t have the same level of success after their signature songs. While we have acts like Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sandé climbing the national surveys today, I’m inclined to think that there may be another act in the wings waiting to breakout and attain that same level of success. With that, let me introduce you to the singer and song that may do it: Passenger and his international hit, “Let Her Go”.

Passenger is a one-man band, 28-year-old British singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg. He started performing at age 16. Rosenberg previously fronted a band baring the same name that broke up in 2009, and he decided to carry the name with him as he began his solo career that same year. His first albums came and went with little notice, but it’s his third album, All The Little Lights, that seems to have everyone interested him. (It’s been out in the U.S. since late August of last year via Nettwerk Records.) A first single, “The Wrong Direction”, didn’t chart in any territory, but his second release, the aforementioned “Go”, became a major hit in Europe beginning in the summer of 2012. It’s already gone to #1 in Austria, Sweden and The Netherlands and now it’s securely at #1 on iTunes in Australia, which will likely take it to the top of the ARIA Singles Chart there. (UPDATE: It rose 23-2 in its second week on the chart, but is still #1 on iTunes.) In total, it’s charted in over a dozen countries so far, most within the top ten. His album has also been a top ten seller in countries like Germany and Ireland. He recently toured in Australia and New Zealand as the opening act for Ed Sheeran and is now on his own headlining tour in the same region. How fast those things seem to grow.

As for the song itself, it’s a really pretty one. It has a minimal arrangement, at times entirely a capella, but is still commercial sounding in its own way. What really drives the song is that Rosenberg has a really distinctive voice, one that would especially stand out here, but in a good sense. It sort of reminds me of a mix of Ben Howard and Paolo Nutini, both of whom have had some degree of success here. It’s one of those songs you just want to listen to if you’re feeling down and can’t shake the memories of an old flame. In fact, that’s reflected in the lyrics pretty elegantly: “You see her when you fall asleep/But never to touch and never to keep.” As the expression goes, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. You realize that you need some essential quality, but it doesn’t happen until after it’s gone. He can put it better than I can: “You only need the light when it’s burning low/Only miss the sun when it starts to snow/Only know you love her when you let her go.” It’s a song that can touch a lot of people, like “Rolling” and “Somebody” did during their respective years in the spotlights. Watch out for Passenger to fill that void at some point.

So, what happens from here? It may be that the sudden sales in Australia translates into Nettwerk promoting “Go” to both Canada and the United States later this spring. It could be longer. It’s currently being considered for only Triple A radio here, but that could easily be expanded. Regardless of what it happens, it will happen, and then maybe you’ll be tired of it by the 200th time you hear it on the radio. For now, it’s a fresh sound that may be the next to pop on the mainstream circuit. You may “let her go”, but don’t let this one do the same.

Download “Let Her Go” on iTunes. / Download All The Little Lights on iTunes.

Are you already enjoying Passenger’s music? Think he can break the U.S. market successfully? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

UPDATE: “Let Her Go” goes for adds at hot adult contemporary radio on April 29! Here’s to a great U.S. run for it.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Barenaked Ladies – “Boomerang” (+ Lyrics)

Just like that title, they keep comin' around.

Just like that title, they keep comin’ around.

Listen to the studio version of “Boomerang”.

It’s likely been more than one week since you last thought of the Barenaked Ladies. The quartet out of Canada have been quiet lately, but are about to head back into the music world. The first signs of that come from a new single entitled “Boomerang”, which goes to radio in about a week-and-a-half at the AAA format here in the States. (It’ll probably have a wider release in Canada and an added Hot AC date here.) I recently had a chance to have a first listen of the full studio version of the single and thought it was one of their best releases in years, at least going back to the Everything To Everyone days. It’s short little ditty, and I’ll explain more about it below. First, a little bit of news on where the boys have been in the past few years.

The Ladies last put out an album in 2010 called All In Good Time, which was their first without founding member Steven Page, who has gone on to a few solo projects. They haven’t done extremely well or garnered a lot of attention. Meanwhile, the band’s album did moderately well, peaking at #3 in Canada (their highest peak in over a decade) and #23 in the United States, though it didn’t have any longevity. Lead single “You Run Away” hit the Hot AC survey here, though it failed to make the top 20. It did, however, make the top ten on my personal chart. Still, it was their biggest hit on the format since 2004’s “Testing 1, 2, 3”.

Since then, the guys have been on tour and in and out of the studio recording for their upcoming album, which is due this summer. No word on a specific release date or a title. “Boomerang” is one of the new songs they’ve been performing on tour since the summertime, and after watching some of the live videos on YouTube, the studio version stays pretty faithful to what you’ve been hearing in concert, both sonically and in length. It’s 2:36, which may actually be their shortest single ever. (I know “Maybe Katie” and “One Week” were just slightly under the three-minute mark.) It’s another pop/rock midtempo single, but there’s some good energy in it and doesn’t need a lot of time to pick up. There’s also a little bit of twangy guitar or banjo throughout the song, and while it’s not a full-blown folk number, it does give the song some character. I’m just glad it has a little bit of the quirk back that the older BNL releases had. Their last album felt like a totally different band to me; this is a great comeback for the guys, even if it’s not their best-charting single ever. Ed Robertson’s vocal is spot-on and the band sounds great. If you were caught off guard or even disappointed by their last effort, consider this a very welcome return and hopefully enough to convince radio to play that familiar sound once again.

“Boomerang” is available on AmazonMP3 from March 26 through Vanguard Records and I’ll update this post with a link to an iTunes download as soon it becomes available. Until then, enjoy this preview of the studio version of the single, along with the full set of lyrics. Meanwhile, you can catch Barenaked Ladies along with Ben Folds Five and Guster on their Last Summer On Earth Tour, which begins in mid-June. Check their official websites on dates and how to purchase tickets!

“BOOMERANG”

[Verse 1]
Moving at the speed of sound, you think I’d be slowing down
But I’m not losing my momentum
There are ways to turn around, so I don’t crash into the ground
I wish someone would invent them

[Bridge]
Despite the pretty dress and curls
You don’t throw like other girls
You follow through

[Chorus]
But I come on back, ’cause I know
That though you meant to let me go
I could always be your boomerang
I come on back, you will see
That all you said got through to me
And I would like to be your boomerang

[Verse 2]
Goin’ down but no one knew, I was losing altitude
I should’ve landed and I tried to
I never took my eyes off you, but I got dizzy and you threw
Me, you were right to

[Chorus]
But I come on back, ’cause I know
That though you meant to let me go
I could always be your boomerang
I come on back, you will see
That all you said got through to me
And I would like to be your boomerang

[Middle 8]
I flew apart but they reattached me
I’m coming in hot, hope you catch me

[Chorus X2]
But I come on back, ’cause I know
That though you meant to let me go
I could always be your boomerang
I come on back, you will see
That all you said got through to me
And I would like to be your boomerang

Yeah, I would like to be your boomerang
Let me be your boomerang
I would like to be your boomerang

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Pieces Of April: Three Hits To Look For Next Month

Forgot those April showers! From raining to reigning, a new crop of releases are already popping up like flowers on the release schedule. As we tend to the garden of sunny single choices, here are some picks from the pack that will be sprouting all summer long.

All rapped up.

All rapped up.

CLASSIFIED featuring DAVID MYLES – “Inner Ninja”
Label: Atlantic Records / Adds Date: April 2 (CHR)

Someone’s ready to kung-fu fight to the top. The 35-year-old Nova Scotia native has been charting in his Canada for the past four years, though he’s been recording independently since the mid-90’s. His biggest era by far has been his most recent one. Back in February, his self-titled album debuted at #1 in Canada, and this second single from the album made the top 5 on the Canadian Hot 100. However, here’s the big problem as Atlantic Records tries to take him down south. You’ll likely notice that a lot of Canadian rappers haven’t made it to the U.S. successfully, regardless of age or race. Yes, there’s Drake, who went from mixtapes to millionaire, but someone like Kardinal Offishall only had one big hit here and it was because of Akon. Dare I go back to the days of Snow and “Informer”? So, this puts him at a disadvantage as an act with his first release ever here. However, the only reason this is probably getting issued in the first place is because of a certain rap/sung novelty single that recently went to #1 here. Yes, I’m talking about “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. “Ninja” isn’t exactly a comedic song in that sense, but it is playful. It has a message behind it about defending yourself and standing your ground, but it’s done in a lighter sense, with whistles and children and a nice video to boot. Plus, if I wanted to hear a totally serious song related to fighting and ninjas, I’d rather turn to Peter Cetera. It has a pop sensibility, especially with a catchy chorus by Myles, rather than a hip-hop one, so I hope it succeeds at mainstream radio. A digital single was released two weeks ago.

"Crazy" little thing called Chris.

“Crazy” little thing called Chris.

CHRIS WALLACE – “Keep Me Crazy”
Label: THINKSAY Records / Adds Date: April 23 (CHR)

For those of us who heard Wallace’s debut single, “Remember When (Push Rewind)”, starting last summer, this second release has been a long time coming. It was the first ever release promoted by his label, THINKSAY Records, and while there was some indication in September that they would be pulling the single in favor “Crazy”, they ended up sticking with the song, slowly picking up big adds that eventually led to an impressive run of 28 weeks on Mediabase’s CHR chart. Furthermore, the song never went beyond a #24 peak. Now, here I was thinking that they were gunning for a record that’s been held by Edwin McCain for about fifteen years now. You may recall that in 1998, it took him 32 weeks to hit the CHR top ten with his classic “I’ll Be”. Well, that didn’t happen with Wallace this time around, but watch out – maybe it’ll happen this time around. (Please don’t.) “Crazy” is another solid tune from the singer who turns 28 on Friday, co-written with Matt Radosevich and Mick Coogan. While “Remember” leaned more dance, “Crazy” fits more nicely into the Andy Grammer/Hot Chelle Rae/(insert quirky pop-rock artist here) category, which makes sense given to co-writers since they’ve also worked with those acts. It’s a cute song about a girl who has her flaws and is maybe a little bipolar, but she keeps her fellow just a bit frenetic. It’s perfect for the summer drive or pool party… even if it doesn’t peak until Thanksgiving. Better jump on board the train now. Wallace’s album, Push Rewind, is out digitally now, where both an album and acoustic version appear. No word on a physical release.

Next best thing to the Justice League.

Next best thing to the Justice League.

JUSTICE CREW – “Boom Boom”
Label: Mr. 305/RCA Records / Adds Date: April 23 (CHR)

Here’s one of the first big acts to get a chance in the United States after winning a major music competition in Australia. They won the fourth season of Australia’s Got Talent in the summer of 2010. The group was once a nine-piece act (see above) and released three singles in Australia which became low and mid-charters in 2010 and 2011. Even Flo Rida couldn’t help them get a hit. After a few exits in 2011, the Crew is now down to seven members, not that it really makes a difference when you’re trying to remember their names, but it has helped them on the charts. This single went to #1 in Australia back in August of last year, and a followup single, “Best Night”, also made the top ten there. Rapper Pitbull saw a lot of potential in the group and said “Dale! Oye amigos, come over to Los Estados Unidos,” and signed them to his Mr. 305 Inc. label via RCA Records, who will be promoting them here in the U.S. this summer. (He didn’t actually say that, but he could’ve.) Something tells me we may be seeing a remix with him if the song starts stalling out. However, it’s a pretty hot song that fits in with all the urban-sounding stuff on the air today. It’ll probably do well, especially given the big backing from the start. There’s nothing really interesting lyrically, except for maybe a cringeworthy line or two about a girl who is looking “airplane fly up on cloud nine”. However, if you’re a teenage girl, you’re bound to find at least one of them attractive. They’re already started a promotional tour at radio here, hitting several major cities. Get ready to “boom boom” this one out of your car stereo.

Which song do you think will perform the best on the radio and the Hot 100? Let me know! Leave a comment below or contact me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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