RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (January 2015)

Happy New Year to all of the PGTC readers around the world! It’s time once again to search the airwaves and find out if your favorite songs will be lighting up the national charts in 2015. What singles will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of the singles being serviced in January on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats in this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Avicii and RAS
AVICII (featuring RAS) – “The Nights” (January 6) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
It was “The Days” that looked CHR-bound a few months ago, but that was abruptly pulled from the schedule. Maybe the change in time will change up the airwaves this spring. The Swedish DJ/producer’s latest single is already selling well on digital outlets like iTunes with a small amount of airplay thus far. Sure, this song is no “Wake Me Up!”, but hey, what is?

Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding
CALVIN HARRIS featuring ELLIE GOULDING – “Outside” (January 13) (*)
Label: Columbia
Some say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but Harris and Goulding are looking to prove that theory wrong. Two years ago, the Scottish DJ/producer and English chanteuse collaborated on “I Need Your Love”, climbing up into the top 5 on CHR radio late in the summer. This second pairing, a top ten single across the globe last year, has big potential here too.

Nicki Minaj and Skylar Grey
NICKI MINAJ featuring SKYLAR GREY – “Bed Of Lies” (January 13) (*)
Label: YMCMB/Republic
Though Urban radio has fully embraced Minaj’s latest era, The Pinkprint, programmers at pop radio haven’t warmed up to the new music. Even “Anaconda”, a big digital hit with an eye-popping music video to boot, missed the top 20 and fell sharply. “Bed” has been another strong streamer, but with CHR’s sleeping on prior releases, the dream is a difficult one.

Tove Lo
TOVE LO – “Talking Body” (January 20) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
If she’s gotta stay high, then this single could be the one to take her back to the top. “Talking” is the follow-up to “Habits (Stay High)”, which spent one week at #1 back in November, while parent album Queen Of The Clouds ascended the sky to #14 on the Billboard 200. Already playing on Hits 1 and other outlets, this “body” is exercising some musical muscle.

Olly Murs and Travie McCoy
OLLY MURS featuring TRAVIE MCCOY – “Wrapped Up” (January 27) (*)
Label: Columbia
This hit collaboration recently wrapped itself around the top 5 on the Singles Chart in the United Kingdom, entering the survey at #3. That region is also where it currently sits on my personal chart. (We’ll know shortly if “Wrapped” matches that high point.) Murs hasn’t been as consistent on this side of the world, but I’m certainly rooting for this to break here.

Rixton
RIXTON – “Hotel Ceiling” (mid-to-late January – TBD) (*)
Label: School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope
Last year, the English group went top ten on the CHR chart with “Me And My Broken Heart”, but their momentum came to a halt when followup “Wait On Me” stalled in the 30’s last fall. Despite their debut album being pushed back to March, the group is charging ahead with this cut and could be spinning on the air soon. We’ll see when they check into the chart.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Milky Chance
MILKY CHANCE – “Flashed Junk Mind” (January 6) (* + **)
Label: Republic
Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch have stolen more than a few dances recently, but the two German musicians aren’t looking for just one twirl at the top of the charts. They have more on their “Mind”. The second release to be issued from Sadnecessary fits the same folk-driven route as their international winner, but it has not ranked nearly as well overseas.

Brandi Carlile
BRANDI CARLILE – “Wherever Is Your Heart” (January 13) (**)
Label: ATO
After four albums with Columbia Records, including a big breakout with 2007’s The Story, singer and songwriter Carlile joins ATO for her latest offering, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Having been a consistent presence on the AAA scene for years, including two charted singles from her last album, radio is ready for a new song and this tune does not disappoint.

Vance Joy
VANCE JOY, “Mess Is Mine” (January 13) (*+ **)
Label: F-Stop/Atlantic
The Australian singer/songwriter born James Keogh got swept up in a “Riptide” in the chart waters they call Alternative radio, spending five weeks at the top over the summer. The song is now crossing over to Hot AC and CHR outlets, but in the meantime, his second single jumps onto the format that crowned his top tune. The song is off to a nice start thus far.

Smallpools
SMALLPOOLS – “Karaoke” (January 20) (*)
Label: RCA
It’s been a while since this quartet has been on the charts; you may remember “Dreaming”, a minor entry on Alternative radio during the summer of 2013. After a cancelled single in “Over & Over”, the band will finally be releasing their debut album on February 3. It’s titled LOVETAP! and hopefully “Karaoke” will tap its way to some major adds before the date.

The Avener
THE AVENER – “Fade Out Lines” (January 20) (*)
Label: Republic
Already a huge hit across Europe, including #1 success in Austria and Germany, this track makes its way to the States as part of the upcoming 50 Shades Of Grey film. 27-year-old DJ and producer Tristan Casara is behind the song, which is a reworking of “The Fade Out Line” by Phoebe Killdeer & The Short Straws, first issued in late 2011. “Out” is definitely in.

The Griswolds
THE GRISWOLDS – “If You Wanna Stay” (January 27) (*)
Label: Wind-Up
These four Aussie rockers broke the top 20 last year with their single “Beware The Dog”, and between that and their last release, “Heart Of A Lion”, you’d think they would be opening a zoo. However, that is not the case as their latest single is breaking the trend of animal anthems, but it’s still worth a listen. Look for it to chart at the format in the next few weeks.

Which songs 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.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Single Reviews

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s