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

The radio airwaves are looking ripe this summer as plenty of new acts and established artists crash the party with new tunes. Which ones will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of my favorites being serviced in July on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Kiesza
KIESZA – “Hideaway” (July 1) (*)
Label: Lokal Legend/4th & B’way/Island/Republic
If you’ve been following the European charts as of late, then you knew this one was eventually coming. In late April, it spent a week atop the U.K. Singles Chart and also charted well in a handful of other countries, including her home up north in Canada. (I mean, it does qualify for CanCon, kids.) Look out for a digital EP featuring the single in early July.

The Madden Brothers
THE MADDEN BROTHERS – “We Are Done” (July 1) (*)
Label: Capitol
It’s been just under four years since Good Charlotte last made the CHR top 40 with “Like It’s Her Birthday”, but the brothers Madden, Benji and Joel, are channeling their inner Smash Mouth on their first hit as a duo. Already gaining airplay at three formats, this could be one of the more unexpected comebacks of 2014. An album is due in September.

Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora
IGGY AZELEA featuring RITA ORA – “Black Widow” (July 8) (*)
Label: Def Jam
She’s so “Fancy”, but you already know that. Straight off her breakout #1 on both CHR radio and the Hot 100, Azalea is rapping up a storm just in time for her followup release. Singer Ora is also currently in the top 40 with a former #1 in the U.K., “I Will Never Let You Down”. It’s a fan favorite and could be another big smash. Let’s hope for “Work” next.

The 1975
THE 1975 – “Girls” (July 15) (*)
Label: Vagrant/Interscope
This single landed a week at #1 on my chart in December during its U.K. run, so I’m happily surprised that the track is getting a shot her in the U.S. months later. Though “Chocolate” was only a moderate radio success earlier this year, at least I’ve always had a preference to “Girls”, and maybe programmers will too. We’ll see. The video clip is pretty good.

Kim Cesarion
KIM CESARION – “Undressed” (July 22) (*)
Label: Columbia
23-year-old Cesarion is already getting significant support from SiriusXM’s Hits 1 and 20 on 20 for his debut single, a former top five record in his native Australia from earlier this year. It was co-written with the talented Gary Clark; I’m a fan of he and his former band Danny Wilson‘s 1987 hit, “Mary’s Prayer”. Does this one have a prayer to blow up?

The Script

THE SCRIPT – “Superheroes” (July 29) (**)
Label: Columbia
I’m really looking forward to the return of these three guys; they have four #1 songs on my personal chart to date. As it’s been pointed out by now, the trio has joined with Columbia Records after leaving Epic, who botched a U.S. release of “If You Could See Me Now” at Hot AC radio last year as the result of a downsizing. Time for some pop power, guys!

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

KONGOS
KONGOS – “I’m Only Joking” (July 1) (*)
Label: Epic
Thanks to a lot of buzz and a Clear Channel deal, this South African band’s first U.S. hit, “Come With Me Now”, easily went to #1 on the Alternative chart and stayed there for five weeks. This former Free Single of the Week on iTunes is already top 50 at the format and it should start posting some bigger gains soon. It’s no joke: these four are doing fine.

Bastille
BASTILLE – “Flaws” (July 8) (*)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
This past year has been an outstanding one for this British four piece. Not only did they take over Europe, but they’ve also accomplished a lot Stateside. This marks their third U.S. single and the followup to “Bad Blood”, which narrowly missed the top of the Alternative survey. Originally released overseas three years ago, is it too late for the U.S. crowd?

Ryan Adams
RYAN ADAMS – “Gimme Something Good” (July 15) (**)
Label: PAX-AM/Blue Note
Adams is a favorite on AAA radio, so I’m sure the community is very happy to see his rocking return to the scene. Out on his label, along with a partnership with the classic Blue Note Records, “Good” could likely follow in the footsteps of “Lucky Now”, the leadoff release from Adams’s Ashes & Fire in 2011. That held a week at #1 in November of that year.

Scars On 45
SCARS ON 45 – “Crazy For You” (July 15) (**)
Label: Nettwerk
In 2011, the then Irish quartet gained some AAA play with “Give Me Something” and also made it into the Hot AC top 30 with “Heart On Fire”. Now a quartet with a new label and single, the band hopes to get back on the airwaves with the first single from their forthcoming album Safety In Numbers, due this fall. The group is on a U.S. tour through August.

Jason Mraz
JASON MRAZ – “Love Someone” (July 22) (**)
Label: Atlantic
For several weeks now, a new digital single from Mraz’s forthcoming album, simply titled Yes!, has been out and ready to be downloaded. This was the first of them back in May and it’s been slowly rolled out at radio, but is finally seeing a little traction at both the AAA format and at Hot AC. The hit maker won’t take no for an answer; it’s simple and lovely.

Twin Shadow
TWIN SHADOW – “To The Top” (July 29) (*)
Label: 4AD
The performer born George Lewis Jr. has recorded two well-received albums since 2010, but despite all the attention, it hasn’t translated into airplay or sales figures. That could change. Label 4AD doesn’t particularly have a strong radio presence here (see Lo-Fang‘s “When We’re Fire” from earlier in 2014) but this would sound awesome on Alternative.

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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