In a world of corporate playlists and tight rotations, traditional radio can sure get old fast. That’s where these guys come in with some original sounds that you’ve likely not heard of yet. Last time around, I let you in on two of these releases from Slovak singer Celeste Buckingham and Florida band Lovestruck Robot, with the former act seeing a more widespread push at Hot AC in the past few weeks. Today, I’m highlighting three more songs I’ve been hearing recently from the airwaves of SiriusXM, from the Alternative and CHR side of things. Even if they don’t make it on the FM dial, somebody saw a chance for them and now they’re beaming down into my stereo. Take a listen and see what you think:
AER – “Says She Loves Me”
Label: Aer/INgrooves / Added on: Alt Nation (Channel 36)
With a few releases under their belts since 2010, these two guys may as well be veterans. David von Mering and Carter Schultz are originally from Wayland, MA, and being from Worcester, about a 45-minute drive away, I’m always glad to see an act from my home state being recognized on a much greater level. The duo has been performing live opening for a number of acts over the past few years, and most recently released a self-titled album two weeks ago. It debuted at #26 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on the Rap Albums survey, selling about 10,000 copies in its first week, their biggest frame and peak position to date. “Says” also debuted on Alt Nation in the past week and has quickly become one of the most played songs there. We’ll see if it enters on the Alt-18, a weekly countdown based on votes from listeners. They also recently partnered with national promotion group INgrooves towards a wider release. They have an awesome song with a great late 90’s rock throwback sound, like a Citizen King or Sugar Ray record, so look for it on the air this spring.
OH HONEY – “Be Okay”
Label: Independent / Added on: Hits 1 + 20 on 20 (Channels 2 + 3)
The duo from Brooklyn is making some waves on both of SiriusXM’s two pop stations even though they haven’t signed to a label… yet. Comprised of Mitchy Collins on vocals and guitar and Danielle Bouchard also on vocals, the two have racked up nearly 20,000 views on their YouTube video for “Okay” thanks to the constant play and Twitter shout-outs from singers like Paramore‘s Hayley Williams and Hilary Duff, who attended their gig at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City recently. Plus, take a look at the comments on the video and you’ll see that the song is receiving the Glee treatment in late March, sung by Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera). They’ll have, oh, only a few million new friends along for the ride then. The song’s pretty catchy too, perfect for the upcoming summer. Crafted with a carefree vibe, sweet harmonies and a whistle or two, the two truly “can’t complain about much these days/I believe we’ll be okay,” and they will once a bigger audience comes flocking to it. It’s only a matter of time.
PLUG IN STEREO featuring MEGAN & LIZ – “To Be Wanted”
Label: Atlantic/ADA / Added on: 20 on 20
There must be something in the water if all these choices are by or involve a duo. In this collaboration, it’s Megan & Liz, known for their following on YouTube with a series of cover videos. They’ve teamed up with Plug In Stereo, the one-man act from Oregon whose name is Trevor Dahl. He just finished up a small tour in January with young Australian singer Cody Simpson. Both artists on this single have struggled to find support at pop radio in the past few years. For Dahl, it was 2011’s “Oh Darling”, featuring singer Cady Groves. Promoted by Triple Crown, the acoustic ballad picked up 17 stations at the height of its run, but missed the CHR top 50. For the two sisters, three of their singles have reached the pop airwaves: “Are You Happy Now?” (#50), “Bad For Me” (#33) and “Release You”, which failed to chart last year despite some major SiriusXM plugging on 20 on 20. Well, three is better than one or two, and combining forces on the more produced pop track with a positive message could set them soaring with proper placement. We’ll see how it goes.
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