RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (January 2014)

If you follow the radio charts like I do, you’ll want to be on top of only the freshest music being serviced across the nation. So, I’m bringing back an early PGTC feature with a bit of a revamp. With this monthly series, I’ll be highlighting some great tracks at a few different radio formats that will be fighting for airspace over the next few months. So, what are we waiting for? Let the battles begin.

CHR
Jason Derulo and 2 Chainz
JASON DERULO featuring 2 CHAINZ“Talk Dirty” (January 7)
Label: Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.
After the questionable release of the slower “Marry Me”, which ultimately lost the singer and his label some momentum here in the U.S., Derulo’s returned with the international hit, a #1 in Australia, the U.K. and many others. The jazzy R&B banger should be his biggest hit of this era so long as it is promoted correctly.

Naughty Boy and Sam Smith

NAUGHTY BOY featuring SAM SMITH“La La La” (January 7)
Label: Capitol
Though both are newcomers to the Stateside market, “La” did superb numbers internationally, giving the producer his biggest single to date and introducing Smith to a wider audience (and a solo U.S. deal also at Capitol.) The early adds on it look promising, and there will certainly be a pressure to break the song here.

Christina Perri

CHRISTINA PERRI“Human” (January 21)
Label: Atlantic/Roadrunner
Already at #5 on my personal chart, this is a surefire smash from Perri, her biggest hit yet on my top 40 and one of the great ballads out right now. Its genuine vocal and beautiful build are lovely, and the lyric set is sincere and well-crafted. “Human” is the first single from sophomore album Head Or Heart, due March 11.

ALTERNATIVE

Ready, set, "Go".

GROUPLOVE“Shark Attack” (January 14)
Label: Atlantic/Canvasback
“Ways To Go” did some damage on Alternative radio, going as high as #2, and this followup is already climbing into the top 30 on my personal chart. If a moderate rise is in order, the eccentric and fun “Shark” will be peaking around the start of summer begins. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

So far Gone.

HAIM“Forever” (January 21)
Label: Columbia
Currently garnering some minor airplay with “The Wire” at the AAA format, the critically acclaimed sisters out of Los Angeles will be back on U.S. radio with this one, which originally went to a lowly #75 in the U.K. early in 2013. The rock meets 80’s pop track lays down a funky vibe; it’s downright fun retro realness.

Max Frost

MAX FROST“White Lies” (January 21)
Label: Atlantic/Roadrunner
Frost is one of the newest signings to Atlantic, a native of Austin, TX. Garnering top rankings on site The Hype Machine, the performer released an EP, Low High Low, back in October. The song is currently being featured in an ad for Beats By Dre. “White” is an infectious dream pop sound bound for big action, and that’s no lie.

AAA (ADULT ALBUM ALTERNATIVE)

The South's gonna do it again.

BOY & BEAR“Southern Sun” (January 14)
Label: Nettwerk
I first wrote about this song in November and now, we’re just weeks away from the song actually going for adds. With Nettwerk’s recent successes, especially on AAA radio with male-led singles by Family Of The Year and Passenger, I have a feeling this record will be an easy sell. It’s already a big winner on my chart.

The Mowgli's

THE MOWGLI’S“Say It, Just Say It” (January 14)
Label: Photo Finish / Island Def Jam
The eight-piece band out of California are best known for “San Francisco”, which just missed the top ten on Alternative last year. A followup, “The Great Divide”, underperformed, but this next single from Waiting For The Dawn has already seen a lot of play on SiriusXM’s Hits 1. Let’s see if terrestrial radio will “say” anything.

Graham Colton

GRAHAM COLTON“Hands Untied” (January 21)
Label: United For Opportunity
He’s a talented guy and he’s responsible for two big hits on my chart — the #1 “Best Days” in 2008 and the #5 “Pacific Coast Eyes” in 2011. “Hands” is the first release from Colton’s Lonely Ones, due on that same date, which was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. He may be the underdog in this race, but this is a quality song.

Which track(s) would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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