RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (March 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 I enjoy that will be fighting for airspace over the next few months. So, what are we waiting for? Let the battles begin.

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

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Parenting pop tunes.

CHVRCHES – “The Mother We Share” (March 4) (* + **)
Label: Glassnote
After a long run up the Alternative chart, the debut single by this Glasgow trio just missed the top ten (#11) two weeks ago before going recurrent. Showing some promising action already at both CHR and Hot AC radio, this could prove to be a moderate-sized crossover hit. It’s from The Bones Of What You Believe, which charted in the top 20 last fall.

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More Idol than idle.

GUY SEBASTIAN – “Like A Drum” (March 4) (*)
Label: Cherry Party/RAL/RCA
Sebastian was the winner of Australian Idol‘s debut season in 2003, but after twelve solo top ten singles on the ARIA chart, six of those going to #1, he has yet to establish himself here in the States. This is his second chance at a U.S. hit, which was recently added on SiriusXM 20 on 20. It pounds the pop to a steady beat; we’ll see if radio wants in as well.

"Rude" boys.

“Rude” boys.

MAGIC! – “Rude” (March 11) (**)
Label: RCA
After writing about this Canadian quartet in December, “Rude” has gone on to top ten peaks in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Now, the U.S. is due for a little reggae vibe this summer. Already in the midst of recording their debut album and featured on Shakira‘s new album, a self-titled effort due on the 25th, things are looking up for the boys.

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Boy, oh boys.

RIXTON – “Me And My Broken Heart” (March 11) (*)
Label: Interscope
Manchester’s own quartet have been fully together for a year, growing a following on YouTube through cover videos and an original song or two. This is their first song to go to radio after signing with Interscope and bringing in Scooter Braun as their manager. With no hits in their collection to date, they may lonely no more, if you know what I mean.

On their own again.

Wild and “Crazy” kids.

HEDLEY – “Crazy For You” (March 18) (**)
Label: Capitol
A few months ago, this Canadian band went to Alternative radio with a song called “Anything”, which ultimately did nothing. Its poppy sound was no match for the format. Now, their latest hit up north goes to Hot AC radio, a far more reasonable choice. They certainly had Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky” in mind when approaching it, and the results are OK.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

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Bleach one, teach one moment.

BLEACHERS – “I Wanna Get Better” (March 11) (* + **)
Label: RCA
Between 2012 and 2013, pop trio fun. racked up a total of four top ten hits on my personal chart, three of them going to #1: “Carry On”, “Some Nights” and “We Are Young” (featuring Janelle Monáe.) Now, guitarist Jack Antonoff is releasing this side project, with an album and tour to come this spring. It’s a great start to a highly-anticipated effort.

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Hail to the Chiefs.

KAISER CHIEFS – “Coming Home” (March 11) (* + **)
Label: ATO
Years after predicting riots and charging along with an angry mob, the five rockers from Leeds are out to try the U.S. market again. This is the first single from their new album, Education, Education, Education & War, which is due on April 1. Their biggest song to date, “Ruby”, went top 20 at Alternative in 2007. I could see this ranking in the top 50.

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Serving up another single.

LORDE – “Glory And Gore” (March 11) (*)“Tennis Court” (April 8) (CHR)
Label: Lava/Republic
Everyone’s favorite New Zealand newcomer has a split single on her hands from her album Pure Heroine. “Glory” has been used in advertisements for the History Channel’s Vikings. “Tennis” is the second single about the sport to rank on the Hot 100: in 1968, the group Cream took the theme from The Savage Seven, “Anyone For Tennis”, up to #64.

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Revolutionizing radio once again.

O.A.R. – “Peace” (March 18) (**)
Label: Vanguard
In 2011, this Maryland band released their last studio album, King, on Wind-Up after a long stint with Lava/Atlantic. Now, they find themselves recording for Vanguard. They’ve stripped it down on their newest single, going as far as the message, a very simple one. This should do very well here and climb to a minor peak at Hot AC radio later this spring.

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“Young” at chart.

STRANGE TALK – “Young Hearts” (March 18) (*)
Label: Wind-Up
They come from a land Down Under, and you’ll be down with their sound as they attempt to make a mark here at the format. “Climbing Walls” was serviced last year to Alternative and picked up a handful of stations, but this followup track has way more potential in terms of commercial performance. Look for their debut album, Cast Away, in April.

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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One response to “RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (March 2014)

  1. Jonathon Hansen

    I will be really pulling for “Tennis Court.” I had wanted it to be the follow-up single to “Royals” and was surpised when “Team” was chosen instead, but “Team” has worked out very well, and now I’m glad “Tennis Court” will finally be getting its chance. I’m not a huge fan of “Glory and Gore,” however, and although I know it currently has a lot of momentum (just outside the top 20 on iTunes), I wish they wouldn’t be releasing it as a single because now it has the potential to interfere with the rollout of “Tennis Court.”

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