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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (August 20)

Makin' "Paper".

Another day in Paradise.

Whether you’re running to the rodeo or cuddling up at the coffee shop, it’s music connecting those two hot spots this week for your list of releases out today, August 20:

  • Biggest week of the release comes from GRAMMY-winning singer and songwriter John Mayer. His sixth studio album, Paradise Valley, features collaborations with Frank Ocean and girlfriend Katy Perry. Two singles from it have been released thus far: “Paper Doll” and “Wildfire”. It will likely open at #2 behind Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Party, though it does have a slight chance of debuting at #1. (iTunes)
  • He’s wasted away again, but not in Margaritaville. Jimmy Buffett continues his island party with Songs From St. Somewhere, featuring a recent duet with Toby Keith, “Too Drunk To Karaoke”. It’s a hot seller on Amazon and could be top ten next week.  (iTunes)
  • Denver-based band The Lumineers have already gone Platinum with their debut self-titled album; now, a deluxe edition is out this week featuring a few new tracks and[ a cover of “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” by Talking Heads. (iTunes)
  • Combining the talents of Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank, TGT is all over Urban AC radio with their first project together. Three Kings is out, which includes current hit, “I Need”. (iTunes)
  • Two movie soundtracks leap from the silver screen into stores this week: Kick Ass 2 (iTunes) and The Mortal Instruments. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include A$AP Ferg‘s Trap Lord (iTunes), Blue October‘s Sway (iTunes), Frames by Lee DeWyze (iTunes) and Where You Stand by Travis. (iTunes)

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

  • “Hurt You”, a classic R&B duet between Toni Braxton and Babyface. (iTunes)
  • “Loving You”, the first U.S. single release for Matt Cardle along with duet partner Melanie C. (iTunes)
  • “Next To Me”, already a hit in the U.S. for Emeli Sandé in a new mix with Alejandro Sanz. (iTunes)
  • “Pass Me By”, the latest single from the Lynch siblings, R5. (iTunes)
  • “That Girl”, the first solo single for Sugarland‘s vocalist Jennifer Nettles. (iTunes)
  • “Trying To Be Cool”, an Alternative hit for Phoenix as remixed by R. Kelly. (iTunes)

Rockers Avenged Sevenfold and rapper Big Sean top the list of new releases for next week… can either make it to #1? Stay tuned for our next update!

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POP! Goes The Interview: Kevin Rudolf

"Don't Give Up" on him.

“Don’t Give Up” on him.

In 2008, a then 25-year-old Kevin Rudolf landed all over the airwaves with the hit “Let It Rock”, featuring rapper Lil Wayne. It went to #5 on the Hot 100 and garnered download sales of over 4 million copies in the U.S. alone. Though he had been in the industry for several years prior as a session musician, most notably on Timbaland‘s 2007 album Shock Value, “Rock” gave Rudolf his first taste of success as a solo act. Through collaborations with acts like Birdman and Jay Sean (“I Made It”) and Flo Rida (“You Make The Rain Fall”), he built up his name in the industry and on both the sales and airplay charts. He’s accumulated five top 50 entries on CHR radio to date. He was also behind hits for Cobra Starship, Lifehouse and Selena Gomez & The Scene, and the guy keeps on working at it as he should.

Although Rudolf originally brought a sound that mixed rock and R&B elements, that has evolved over the years. In 2012, he released the light and poppy “Don’t Give Up”, and though it wasn’t an overwhelming success, it did show another side to him. Now, he returns with the single “Here’s To Us”, co-written by Rudolf and Larry Nacht, a song reminiscent of offerings by the Plain White T’s (“1, 2, 3, 4”) and The Lumineers (“Ho Hey”). It may be familiar musically, but at the core of it, the song is a genuine reminder to live for the good times even in the worst of them. It’s an anthem for the underdog and the misunderstood. So far, radio seems to like both the message and the single: in the past three weeks, “Us” has accumulated adds at 18 CHR stations and currently sits in the top 100 at the format. I talked the him via email about his latest project and this fine change in direction — but don’t call it mellow yellow (as I did not so quite rightly.) Read on below:

PGTC: “Here’s To Us” takes you in a new direction musically, which is a lot mellower than some of your past material. What inspired the change?
KR: Things change; if you stand still, you die. Besides, what’s mellow about it? I mean, anything you play on an acoustic guitar’s gonna sound “mellower.” Or folkier. Or whatever. Nirvana sounded softer when they played acoustically, but it still kicked ass. It’s the words, the feelings, the whole idea – and if anything, it comes out more when you strip it down a little. That’s where the real power is. When you really listen, I’d actually say this rocks harder than anything I’ve ever done.

PGTC: Since you’re in the process of putting together a third album, is “Us” indicative the sound of it or is it more of a mix of genres?
KR: I let the marketing people figure out the genre. The sound is really dictated by whatever gets the idea across better, and that’s not really up to me either. I mean, I could craft a good song, but, to get the magic, you gotta just leave yourself open to it. I’m not thinking, “Is it hip hop? Is it rock?” etc. I’m thinking, “Is it true to me?” Whatever I gotta do to get at that truth, I’ll do.

PGTC: Most people know you as a singer, but you also produce, write and play the guitar. Which one of these do you like to do best?
KR: Wait, I do all those things? Then, I gotta get paid more, man. No, I don’t think of it that way. They all go hand in hand. If I’m playing a riff on guitar, I’m already producing it, ’cause I’m thinking about how I’m going to make this sound like what’s in my head, you know? So, yeah, I’m kind of a one-man band when I’m writing, playing and producing, but I don’t really separate it into different jobs like that. It all kind of happens simultaneously.

PGTC: This summer now marks 5 years since “Let It Rock” first made the airplay charts, which is amazing, but a lot has changed in the industry since it was released. Would you change anything about your career if you could go back and fix it?
KR: A lot’s changed and nothing’s changed. It’s still about doing a good song and getting it listened to. It’s still about trying to reach a lot of people with your message. There’s just a lot more ways to do that now, and that’s cool. “Rock” was massive, which is why we’re talking about it. Luckily, there were quite a few other hits that I either wrote or produced, plus a few more of my own. So, that paid the bills and I’m able to do what I want on this album. I wouldn’t change anything. I’m quite happy where things are.

PGTC: Alright, last question, since everybody seems to be fixated on it at the moment. Weigh in: the duel of the divas. Katy Perry’s “Roar” vs. Lady Gaga’s “Applause”. Which one are you liking better?
KR: Well, Gaga was just starting when I had “Rock” blowing up. She actually went and bought it at the time. So, I kind of owe her.

So, he might live for the “Applause”, but he also lives to entertain, as he’s doing on his new single. Thanks to Mr. Rudolf for his sense of humor and for willing to do this! You can watch the video for “Here’s To Us” and download it below. Plus, keep looking for more interviews and music news right here on PGTC!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 18, 2013

Flower power.

Truly topping the chart.

40. Shane Filan – Everything To Me
39. Sheppard – Hold My Tongue | HIGHEST DEBUT

34. Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World (39)
25. Katy Perry – Roar (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Mika featuring Ariana Grande – Popular Song (27)

10. Grouplove – Ways To Go (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Family Of The Year – St. Croix (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky (08) | PEAK: #02
07. Mayer Hawthorne – Her Favorite Song (05) | PEAK: #02
06. Train featuring Ashley Monroe – Bruises (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Passenger – Holes (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Passenger – Let Her Go (02) | PEAK: #01 for twelve weeks
03. Five For Fighting – What If (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Bastille – Pompeii (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Pink featuring Lily Rose Cooper – True Love (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Phillip Phillips – Where We Came From (2)
2. James Blunt – Bonfire Heart (8)
3. Emeli Sandé – My Kind Of Love (-)
4. Capital Cities – Kangaroo Court (4)
5. MKTO – Classic (5)
6. Kings Of Leon – Supersoaker (9)
7. Ed Sheeran – You Need Me, I Don’t Need You (6)
8. American Authors – Best Day Of My Life (-)
9. Olly Murs – Right Place Right Time (-)
10. Pet Shop Boys – Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (-)

In The Mix:
Atlas Genius – If So (new)
Avril Lavigne – Rock N Roll
Backstreet Boys – In A World Like This
Cold War Kids – Miracle Mile
Earth, Wind & Fire – My Promise
Ellie Goulding – Burn
Fitz & The Tantrums – 6AM
fun. – Out On The Town
Goo Goo Dolls – Come To Me
Hey Ocean! – Big Blue Wave
Kaskade – Atmosphere (new)
Michael Bublé featuring Bryan Adams – After All
Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight (re-entry)
R5 – Pass Me By (new)
Serena Ryder – What I Wouldn’t Do
Tony Lucca – Never Gonna Let You Go
Walk Off The Earth – Gang Of Rhythm (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Holding onto the top spot for a third week, Pink and Lily Rose Cooper continue to dominate, but it looks at though they may be knocked out next week by either Bastille or Five For Fighting. If it happens, it would be the first #1 for the British band or the fourth #1 for the California singer-songwriter.
  • Tacking on another achievement to his growing list of them, British singer-songwriter Passenger now has two songs in my top 5, with “Holes” climbing 7-5 and “Let Her Go” dropping 2-4 after a 12-week run at #1. Only a handful of acts have managed to pull this off in my chart’s history, including Daniel Powter and James Blunt in 2006.
  • It’s probably not the biggest shock that Katy Perry takes the title of this week’s Biggest Mover with “Roar”, leaping from 40-25. It’s the first single from her forthcoming album, Prism, due in October. It should be in the top ten by early September.
  • The Highest Debut of the Week belongs to Australian sextet Sheppard, who enter at #39 with “Hold My Tongue”. It’s the second single to chart from their self-titled EP. First single, “Let Me Down Easy”, falls  to #20 this week.
  • Also debuting this week is former Westlife member Shane Filan. His first solo single, “Everything To Me” is in at #40. Last time he was in with the band was back in 2002 when “World Of Our Own” peaked at #6.

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TOP TEN: A Keane Sense Of Music

Rolling through the Strangeland of charts.

Rolling through the Strangeland of charts.

In a few months, we’ll be able to purchase a new greatest hits compilation from British rockers Keane. Titled The Best Of Keane, it arrives in the United Kingdom on November 11 and in the United States on the following day. It’s hard to believe that the band’s been recording together for over a decade, so I guess now would be a good time for them to put all their best singles and a few great album tracks all on one album. In honor of that, I’m celebrating with the top ten Keane releases to make my personal top 40 chart. In fact, 14 of their singles have made my list between 2004 and the beginning of this year, one of the top bands in terms of total number of charted entries. So, let’s go, shall we? Starting off, we have…

10. “THE NIGHT SKY” [non-album release]
#19 for 1 week / 9 weeks on / 2007

Released as a charity single for the U.K. group War Child, “Sky” quickly rose up the chart, only to crash downward. It was deemed ineligible to chart in the U.K. because of an added poster in the 7″ single sleeve.

09. “PERFECT SYMMETRY” [from Perfect Symmetry]
#18 for 3 weeks / 14 weeks on / 2009

The title track from their third album was the first to miss the top 75 in the U.K. and failed to go top 40 in any one country. It was perhaps due to a shift in sound for the band into a more 1980’s synth-pop realm.

08. “CRYSTAL BALL” [from Under The Iron Sea]
#17 for 2 weeks / 10 weeks on / 2006

The Fortune Teller was foreseeing cloudy skies with this release. Although it did moderately well in Europe and on my personal chart, it wasn’t exactly their biggest hit. Two non-top 20 singles followed this one.

07. “THE LOVERS ARE LOSING” [from Perfect Symmetry]
#17 for 2 weeks / 15 weeks on / 2008

This era was the only one for the band that didn’t feature a first single going top ten, though I do like the song quite a bit. It was also one of their last singles to receive a physical release in some European countries.

06. “DISCONNECTED” [from Strangeland]
#8 for 1 week / 20 weeks on / 2012

The third and final song to make my chart from the band’s latest album ended the era on a high note, reaching as high as #8 that fall. It managed minor peaks on the official surveys of Belgium and The Netherlands.

05. “SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW” [from Hopes And Fears]
#7 for 2 weeks / 17 weeks on / 2004

Ah, yes, the debut single. Back in the fall of 2004, “Know” quickly hopped up to #7 before sliding down the chart before the year was over. Needless to say, this smash hit is most definitely their signature song.

04. “EVERYBODY’S CHANGING” [from Hopes And Fears]
#6 for 3 weeks / 24 weeks on / 2005

Though this second single from their first album peaked at #6, it spent 24 weeks in the top 40, the second longest run for any of their songs on my chart. A new radio mix of “Changing” accompanied its release.

03. “STOP FOR A MINUTE” (featuring K’naan) [from Night Train EP]
#4 for 1 week / 21 weeks on / 2010

“Minute” is their only collaboration thus far to make my top 40 and, so far, is rapper K’naan‘s only appearance to date. It was their first official single in four years to reach the top ten, peaking at #4 for a week.

02. “IS IT ANY WONDER?” [from Under The Iron Sea]
#2 for 2 weeks / 20 weeks on / 2006

At the time, this was the band’s biggest by far on my chart, spending two weeks at #2 behind Daniel Powter‘s “Bad Day”. It remains tied as their highest charted position in the U.K. with “Know”, peaking at #3.

01. “SILENCED BY THE NIGHT” [from Strangeland]
#1 for 4 weeks / 26 weeks on / 2012

If you follow my chart, there’s no surprise that this song ranks up here as my favorite. It was just last year that Keane scored their first #1 single on here, which also did well at AAA radio here in the States. The four-week reign stretched from mid-May to mid-June, and after spending half a year in my top 40, it ranked as my #12 song of last year. We’ll see if a new single from The Best Of Keane can top this very soon.

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SONG PREMIERE: Michael Jackson & Justin Bieber – “Slave To The Rhythm” (+ Lyrics)

The collaboration between Jackson and Bieber leaked online Friday. It original exists as a solo version by Jackson that was unreleased, but came online last year. Listen here.

[Verse 1 – Bieber]
She dances in the sheets at night
She dances to his needs
She dances ’til he feels just right
Until he falls asleep
She dances at the crack of dawn
And quickly cooks his food
She can’t be late, can’t take too long
The kids must get to school

[Chorus (2x) – Bieber]
She’s a slave to the rhythm (3x)
A slave to the rhythm
The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love

[Verse 2 – Jackson]
She dances for the man at work
Who works on overtime
She can’t be rude as she says
“I must be home tonight”
She dances to the kitchen stove
Dinner is served by nine
He says his food’s an hour late
She must be out of her mind

[Chorus (2x) – Both]
She’s a slave to the rhythm (3x)
A slave to the rhythm
The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love

[Middle 8 – Bieber 1-2 + 5-8, Jackson 3-4]
She works so hard, just to make her way
For a man who just don’t appreciate
And though he takes her love in vain
Still she could not stop, couldn’t break his chains
She danced the night that they fell out
She swore she’d dance no more
But dance she did, he did not quit
As she ran out the door

[Bridge – Jackson]
She danced through the night in fear of her life
She danced to a beat of her own
She let out a cry and swallowed her pride
She knew she was needed back home, home, ’cause

[Chorus (4x)]
She’s a slave to the rhythm (3x)
A slave to the rhythm
The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love

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PROFILE: Martin Garrix And His “Animals” Break Loose

Building the house of House music.

Building the house of House music.

With all the talk of Katy Perry‘s “Roar” leaking over the weekend and then smashing, plus an additional feature I did on some EDM acts the other day, let’s combine the two into another grand post, shall we? Take a look at iTunes right now and you’ll see this single down in the lower rungs of the chart. Last time I checked, it was sailing across the 150’s, so the chances that you’ve already heard it are slim. It has next to no airplay, save for maybe a mix show spin here and there, but that’s not a given. Word of mouth is another story, however, and that is what’s going to spread this song all across North America as its done already in Europe. He’s the pride of the Netherlands, Martin Garrix, and he’s bringing the kingdom with him on a savage safari called “Animals”. Hold onto your hats and keep all arms and legs in the vehicle.

Garrix, born as Martijn Garritsen in Amsterdam, is only 18 years old. 18! What have I been doing with my life? He should be in high school, but now, he’s at the top of the class on the list of up-and-coming DJs and producers. He’s been with Spinnin’ Records since last year, which is distributed through other groups here in the U.S. depending on the act. He’s collaborated with a number of other producers over the past year, which are available to purchase at digital retailers. Garrix also responsible for a remix of the Christina Aguilera single, “Your Body”, featured on her album Lotus. It’s generally received a positive response from fans. With that much already accomplished, Garrix is now launching a solo career with the help of this first single and likely, a forthcoming album by the end of the year. He should have no trouble given the fantastic results overseas already.

Originally released in July, “Animals” is charting all over Europe at the moment, with multiple versions attracting buyers in countries like Belgium, France, Switzerland and his home in The Netherlands. In total, there over two dozen countries that are currently supporting him in some way on iTunes, with official top ten placing in a few countries. Helping out in the matter is an interesting music video, which features a series of club goers in animal masks making their presence known on the floor before taking it outside a torching a car. I mean, kids, there are better ways of spending a night out without getting in trouble with the law, yes? Alas, those adventures have produced a total of nearly seven million views on YouTube and growing in the past two months. It’s a hit. It’s a “hate it or love it” type of record, but it’s a hit.

Garrix and his label are likely to have some time on their hands before the mainstream audience here accepts “Animals”. It’s largely instrumental in nature, which is always a hit or miss situation here, never mind that the arrangement goes harder and grimier than a lot of stuff  today. We just aren’t used to it as a whole. Now, this doesn’t mean that a decision should be made to get a rapper all over it because that would definitely harm it. (No Flo Rida or Pitbull, please.) It just needs to break here more carefully – first to the dance stations, then to the rhythmic outlets and eventually to the more progressive pop stations. It’ll work out to that effect, even if it’s not the biggest radio single. Sales and streaming are going to be the driving force behind it. (See Baauer‘s “Harlem Shake”.) With he, Avicii, Skrillex and Zedd all taking over the charts, the youngsters are really putting in some good work, and perhaps freaking us out with how successful they actually are. Garrix is very talented and the sky’s the limit once this single is done.

It may be a harsh noise to your ears, but it’s the noise of cash registers to the people working the single, and for good reason. The club crowd digs it and you may too soon as Martin Garrix prepares to uncage his international hit upon us.

Buy the original mix of “Animals” on iTunes.

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The Next Class Of Country Crossovers: Five Formidable Favorites

It took them a little time to fully embrace the digital era, but more and more Country fans are responding to their favorite acts on iTunes and other digital retailers to the point where those acts are on equal footing with dance, rock and pop singers and bands in single sales. Thus, record labels are promoting their rosters beyond the Country format, similar to the boom we saw about 30-35 years ago. What’s next in the world of crossover records? How many can hit at one time? Here are some recent Country songs and a few that are still building that I think could make an impact on a wider level by the end of the year:

Hitting the top again.

Hitting the top “Again”.

PEAK: #4+

Former American Idol winner Underwood is still racking up the hits on Country chart, which is surprising to a grand total of no one. “Again” is her 18th top 5 song at the format and was certified Gold not too long ago. It will likely be one of her last releases from this era, seeing that it is the fourth single. Pop radio should’ve latched onto title track and second single “Blown Away” earlier this era, but it would likely do nothing with this song. However, an AC release could result in another top ten single for her. It’s light and the message is relatable, plus it can probably be released there in its original form. There’s no real risk in doing so.

Time is "Wasting" away.

Time is “Wasting” away.

CASSADEE POPE – “Wasting All These Tears”
PEAK: #34+

The season 3 winner of NBC’s The Voice is about to release her debut solo album, Frame By Frame, on October 8. With a CMT reality series in the works to coincide with the release of that album and an opening spot on tour with the group Rascal Flatts, she has a lot of things going right for her. A crossover hit may be the icing on the cake. Her former group Hey Monday never got the chance to break out at pop radio even if they did pick up a little bit of airplay. Pope’s fan base was capable of getting “Tears” as high as #3 on iTunes during its debut week; there’s absolutely a strong connection there from all shades of music fans.

He wants what he wants.

Wild and “Crazy” Kid.

HUNTER HAYES – “I Want Crazy”
PEAK: #1 for one week

Hayes skyrocketed to the top of the Country chart with “Wanted” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak” and now his latest makes it three in a row. Not bad for a guy who turns 22 next month. His latest single at Country radio is a new version of “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” with Jason Mraz, and while Mraz is a pop artist, this song isn’t meant to go to mainstream radio. “Crazy”, however, has a youthful energy and playfulness about it that should connect. He has a chance considering “Wanted” only crossed over six months ago. I would highly encourage label Atlantic to get behind a full crossover for it with a nice little remix.

Can you "Dig" it?

Not so one and “Done.”

PEAK: #1 for one week

The family band topped the Country chart with this single for a week in July, becoming their fourth song to pull off the trick. The first single from their album Pioneer,”Better Dig Two”, was supposed to see an adds date at pop radio in April. However, Republic decided to put all of their chips behind a remix of Florida-Georgia Line‘s “Cruise” with Nelly and ended up a with a huge summer single, which ultimately meant that “Dig” was pulled from the schedule. It was sad, but they can make it all better by releasing “Done.” It’s not a ballad like their signature song, “If I Die Young”, and you can just go out and pump your fists to it.

It grows like this.

It grows like this.

THOMAS RHETT – “It Goes Like This”
PEAK: #16+

Rhett is the son of Country musician Rhett Atkins, best known for his 1996 #1 “Don’t Get Me Started”. The 23-year-old charted two songs on Country radio last year, but “Goes” is his first song looking to make a run at the top. Despite being #16 on those airwaves thus far, he’s already up to #23 on iTunes. Only two other Country single releases are above him, which is outstanding for someone so new. He’s young and his song can be mixed with some pop-driven guitars against that already understated beat. I see it being a moderate AC/Hot AC hit, similar to the Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson duet, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”.

Which of these five singles do you think would make the next best Country crossover? Is there one not listed on here that you think could school them all? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media sites.


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Fall Into Dance: The Autumn’s Entertaining Electronic Hits

As pop radio transitions into a land of alternative crossovers and less of the 70’s soul throwback sound we’ve heard as of late, a lot of dance acts and DJs who haven’t quite made a name yet outside of the clubs are still holding their genre’s ground at the format. There’s Zedd and his breakout hit, “Clarity”, featuring Foxes. It’s one of four songs that gives Interscope Records a hold on the entire top 4 on the airwaves. Then, we have the surging “Wake Me Up!” by Avicii and Aloe Blacc, already top ten on iTunes and moving towards that top spot. Further down the chart, there are songs from Armin Van Buuren and Krewella, and now, it’s time to add some more names into the mix. Both singles are at radio on the same date at the end of the month, and they’ve got the beat to beat those other beats:

EDM gone sky high.

EDM gone sky high.

KASKADE – “Atmosphere”
Release Date: August 26 (CHR radio) / Ultra Records

Just like the waterfall in his name, the sudden rush of EDM acts at the pop format has got this guy wanting in too. Born Ryan Raddon just outside of Chicago, he became a club DJ at age 24 in Salt Lake City and pursued his own career as a producer and writer shortly afterwards. His first album, It’s Me, It’s You, came out in 2003 and two years later, he scored his only #1 (so far) on the Dance/Club Play chart, “Everything”. A total of seven of his songs have reached the 50-position list. Though he’s been appearing on this survey for nearly a decade to varying degrees of success, as well as remixing versions of songs that became major singles on the radio, he, himself, has never had a mainstream hit to call his own. Last year, he was credited as a featured artist on the Neon Trees single, “Lessons In Love (All Day, All Night)”, but it never managed to take off completely. Thus, “Atmosphere” will be the DJ’s true introduction to a wider audience. Much like Calvin Harris‘s “Feel So Close”, Kaskade is the one singing on this rather than featuring an additional vocalist. It worked for Harris, giving his first big hit in the U.S.; why can’t it work for Mr. Raddon? At age 42, he may not have a lot of time left to secure a big airplay and sales hit (although look at David Guetta still making it at age 45), but with an accessible and catchy song that starts out slow and then pops with a pulsating punch, I see a winner in this one. Look out for it in the next few months.

Locked and looking for a hit.

Locked and looking for a hit.

Release Date: August 26 (CHR radio) / Astralwerks and Capitol Records

Their names aren’t the most recognizable of the bunch, but put together their collective talents and they may be household names by the end of the year. Ingrosso was one-third of the group Swedish House Mafia, who split up earlier this year after what was their biggest international single, “Don’t You Worry Child”. It topped many charts and went to #6 on the Hot 100. The vocal on “Child” was done by Martin, and the singer also appears on this track. Then, there’s Tommy Trash, an Australian DJ and producer who is relatively unknown here in the U.S., save for on the club circuit. “Reload” was originally an instrumental track by just Ingrosso and Trash at over six minutes in length that became a minor single in Belgium last year, but with the mix they concocted with Martin, it ultimately charted much better. After placing at #3 in the United Kingdom and #1 in Scotland, it finally arrives here and at mainstream radio. It’s another great dance track with a little more of an edge that packs synthesizers and drums into a heavy beat. Martin’s vocals are once again unmistakable on this one; he’s such an emotive vocalist that I could easily see him taking on other genres. Like “Child”, “Reload” has a bit on an inspirational message, about not giving up in the face of fears and trouble and gaining the strength to pick yourself back up to try again. So, Ingrosso and Martin will try, try again for another hit, while adding on Trash on a single that’s far from disposable.

Which song will you be shaking it out to next season? Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab to connect with PGTC on social media.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (August 13)

Reign is a good thing.

Party Time.

Whether you’re running to the rodeo or cuddling up at the coffee shop, it’s music connecting those two hot spots this week for your list of releases out today, August 13:

  • One of Country’s biggest singers today, Luke Bryan, offers up his Crash My Party album. The lead single and title track recently went to #1 on the Country chart, while followup single “That’s My Kind Of Night” is already making some big moves on the radio. It will likely become Bryan’s second #1 album this year after the compilation Spring Break… Here To Party spent a week there in March. (iTunes)
  • Their first album in 2009 was Losing Sleep. Now, they’re living in the Overnight. They are Parachute, and their third full-length release features the current Hot AC hit “Can’t Help”.  (iTunes)
  • Legendary Country singer Glen Campbell is back with See You There, featuring fresh updates to some of his biggest hits. It’s his first album for the independent Surfdog Records since 2011’s Ghost On The Canvas. (iTunes)
  • Florida singer-songwriter Matt Hires is out with his latest album, This World Won’t Last Forever, But Tonight We Can Pretend. It features the recent single “Restless Heart”. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include the late Johnny Cash‘s Unheard (Live) (iTunes), K. Michelle‘s Rebellious Soul (iTunes), Pushin’ Against A Stone by Valerie June (iTunes) and the self-titled album by Wild Feathers (iTunes).

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

  • “Applause”, a week early but still dancing up a storm for pop star Lady Gaga. You can also pre-order her album, ARTPOP. (iTunes)
  • “Roar”, the leadoff single from Katy Perry‘s forthcoming album Prism. (iTunes)
  • “You Hear A Song”, a new digital single from The Voice winner Cassadee Pope. (iTunes)

Next week, can John Mayer‘s Paradise Valley find paradise at the top of the album chart, or will Jimmy Buffett‘s Songs From St. Elsewhere own the coveted spot? Find out with a preview in seven!

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Lady Gaga – “Applause” (+ Lyrics)

Treat her like a Lady.

Treat her like a Lady.

After debuting at the top of the charts with her 2011 album, Born This Way, Lady Gaga is back on the pop scene with “Applause”. It’s the first single from her forthcoming album entitled ARTPOP.

Listen to “Applause”. / Buy “Applause” and pre-order ARTPOP on iTunes.

(If you see any corrections, let me know.)

[Verse 1]
I stand here waiting
For you to bang the gong
To crash the critic saying
Is it right or is it wrong?
If only fame had an IV
Baby could I bear
Being away from you
I found the vein, put it in here

I live for the applause, applause, applause
I live for the applause-plause, live for the applause-plause
Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me
The applause, applause, applause

[Post-Chorus x2]
Give me that thing I love
(I’ll turn turn the lights out)
Put your hands up, make ’em touch
(Make it real loud)

[Verse 2]
I overheard your theory
‘Nostalgia’s for geeks!’
I guess sir, if you say so
Some of us just like to read
One second I’m a kunst
Then, suddenly, the kunst is me
Pop culture was in art, now
Art’s in pop culture, in me

I live for the applause, applause, applause
I live for the applause-plause, live for the applause-plause
Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me
The applause, applause, applause

[Post-Chorus x2]
Give me that thing I love
(I’ll turn turn the lights out)
Put your hands up, make ’em touch
(Make it real loud)

[Middle 8]
(Ooh) Touch, touch (x2)
Ooh ooh ooh ooh (x4)

I live for the applause, applause, applause
I live for the applause-plause, live for the applause-plause
Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me
The applause, applause, applause

[Post-Chorus x2]
Give me that thing I love
(I’ll turn turn the lights out)
Put your hands up, make ’em touch
(Make it real loud)


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