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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 12)

The Pitch is back.

The Pitch is back.

Another big soundtrack is ready to hit the top of the charts this week, so get ready to fill up your “Cups” with popcorn and fill up a playlist with some new tunes. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of May 12:

  • Back in 2012, the first Pitch Perfect film became a sleeper hit at the box office thanks to word of mouth and a steady record of DVD and soundtrack purchases. Of course, Anna Kendrick‘s “Cups (When I’m Gone)” became a national top ten hit as the sales continued. We’ll see if that happens again with the soundtrack to Pitch Perfect 2, out this week. “Flashlight” is the current single from it, performed by Jessie J. (iTunes)
  • Led by the recent Rhythmic and Urban radio single “Peaches And Cream”, featuring album producer Pharrell, the rapper named Snoop Dogg barks up a new release with BUSH, his thirteenth studio album. Will it rank him in the top ten for the first time in four years? Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • 37-year-old dance producer Steve Aoki is out with Neon Future II, which follows last fall’s first edition. The current radio single from it is “I Love It When You Cry (Moxoki)”, featuring Moxie Raia. Look for it somewhere in the top 40. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Beba Rexha‘s I Don’t Wanna Grow Up (EP) (iTunes), David Duchovny‘s Hell Or Highwater (iTunes), Della Mae‘s Della Mae (iTunes), Ed Sheeran‘s 5 (EPs) (iTunes), Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell‘s The Traveling Kind (iTunes), Hinder‘s When The Smoke Clears (iTunes), Incubus‘s Trust Fall (Side A – EP) (iTunes), JD Souther‘s Tenderness (iTunes), Leonard Cohen‘s Can’t Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour (iTunes), Surfer Blood‘s 1000 Palms (iTunes), The Tallest Man On Earth‘s Dark Bird Is Home (iTunes) and Veil Of Maya‘s Matriarch (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Crave”, the new single from Parachute. (iTunes)
  • “Eventually”, an instant grat track from Tame Impala. (iTunes)
  • “F**ked Up”, a fan favorite from Young Rising Sons. (iTunes)
  • “Stronger”, new from Kiesza. (iTunes)
  • “Verge”, a collaboration by Owl City and Aloe Blacc. (iTunes)
  • “West End Kids”, the new single from New Politics. (iTunes)
  • the three American Idol coronation song choices: “Beautiful Life” by Nick Fradiani (iTunes), “Champion” by Clark Beckham (iTunes) and “Force Field” by Jax (iTunes)

Next week is a Monday release date, which features albums from Mariah Carey, twenty one pilots, Zedd and more! Preview these and more releases coming on Sunday night.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 10, 2015

They've booked a few nights here.

Mo’ time in the Motel.

DEBUTS
38. Ed Sheeran – Photograph
37. Little Big Town – Girl Crush | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Walk The Moon – Different Colors (40)
29. Adam Lambert – Ghost Town (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
28. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (33)
23. Jason French – You Just Want My Money (29)
22. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (27)
14. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (20)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Martin Luke Brown – Take Out Of Me (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Delta Rae – Scared (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Life Of Dillon – Overload (05) | PEAK: #02
06. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
05. The Script – Man On A Wire (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (07) | PEAK: #04
03. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Years & Years – King (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Saint Motel – My Type (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Bleachers – Like A River Runs (6)
2. Neon Trees – Songs I Can’t Listen To (-)
3. Rixton – We All Want The Same Thing (8)
4. Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (4)
5. needtobreathe featuring Gavin DeGraw – Brother (2)
6. Oh Honey – Sugar, You (5)
7. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (9)
8. Taylor Swift – Bad Blood (-)
9. twenty one pilots – Tear In My Heart (7)
10. Allen Stone – Freedom (10)

In The Mix:
American Authors – Go Big Or Go Home (new)
Anderson East – Satisfy Me
Barenaked Ladies – Say What You Want
Charli XCX – Famous
for KING & COUNTRY – Fix My Eyes
Grace Potter – Alive Tonight
Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach
Hilary Duff – Sparks
IAMDYNAMITE – In The Summer
James Taylor – Today Today Today
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Kelly Clarkson – Invincible (new)
Leslie Clio – My Heart Ain’t That Broken
Modest Mouse – The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box
Nathan Sykes – Kiss Me Quick
O.A.R. – Two Hands Up
Olly Murs – Beautiful To Me (new)
Passion Pit – Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)
Plain White T’s – Pause
Saints Of Valory – Fighting (new)
Third Eye Blind – Everything Is Easy (new)
U2 – Song For Someone
Walk Off The Earth – Rule The World
Will Young – Love Revolution

Chart Notes:

  • Formed in The Netherlands in the city of Utrecht, the quartet called Causes (led by English singer Rupert Blackman) land their first top ten on my chart, advancing 12-9 this week with “Teach Me How To Dance With You”. The Dutch band’s hit is the fourth “Dance” cut to reach my top ten since last August, following “Stolen Dance” (#9) for Milky Chance, “Too Cool To Dance” (#6) from Eden XO and “Shut Up And Dance” (#1) by Walk The Moon. That’s a lot of movement there!
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the third Country crossover song to reach my chart in the last few weeks. This tune is the first for the group named Little Big Town, crashing in at #37 with “Girl Crush”. Though the song has faced some controversy since first being issued to Country outlets, it’s now a bonafide sales hit. “Crush” titles have also made my top 40 in the past for Mandy Moore (2001) and David Archuleta (2008).
  • Rolling in at #38 is the week’s other debut, “Photograph” by singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran. This marks the fourth single to come from his latest album, X, which includes a former #1 that’s still gliding down the top 40, “Thinking Out Loud”. The music video for the song was just released and features lots of home videos of a younger Sheeran.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 9, 2010

This chart was no Hassle to make.

This chart was no Hassle to make.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the start of May and Mother’s Day Weekend and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2010…

Debuts:
38. SARAH MCLACHLAN, “Loving You Is Easy”

Biggest Mover(s):
ALEX BAND, “Tonight” (39-29, ten spots)

10. ERIK HASSLE, “Hurtful” (down 2)
Album: Pieces (2010 – U.S. release, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

09. ADAM LAMBERT, “Whataya Want From Me” (down 4)
Album: For Your Entertainment (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

08. LA ROUX, “Bulletproof” (down 1)
Album: La Roux (2009, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #6

07. KEANE featuring K’NAAN, “Stop For A Minute” (up 2)
Album: Night Train (2010, Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4

06. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “American Honey” (up 4)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. NICKELBACK, “This Afternoon” (up 1)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. DANIEL MERRIWEATHER, “Red” (down 1)
Album: Love & War (2010 – U.S. release, J Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now” (down 1)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #1 for eleven weeks

02. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Never Told You” (up 1)
Album: Breakthrough (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #2

01. V.V. BROWN, “Shark In The Water” (up 3)
Album: Travelling Like The Light (2010 – U.S. release, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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Fifty Shades Of Play: Soundtrack “Love” At CHR Radio

"Earned" a new chart distinction.

“Earned” a new chart distinction.

One of this year’s biggest soundtracks thus far has been the compilation from the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie, a former #1 with traditional album sales in excess of 600,000 copies and growing. Several singles from the effort have been multi-format hits in the last few months, driving TEA sales for the set. One of the tunes, “Love Me Like You Do”, by English singer Ellie Goulding, topped the pop radio chart for its third frame on Sunday. However, another piece from the same soundtrack, “Earned It”, sung by Canadian singer The Weeknd, moved into the runner-up position and, according to the most recent trends, is set to rise to #1 this weekend and replace Goulding’s smash.

Multiple #1 singles on the CHR chart from a popular soundtrack is a rare accomplishment, but one that’s taken place on several occasions. Movies like Flashdance, Footloose and The Bodyguard are just a few of the titles that have achieved that goal. Yet, a look at the soundtracks that contain multiple #1 singles that replace one another atop the radio format whittles down the list. A combination of the archives from both Radio & Records and Mediabase brings us to just two additional cases of this chart event in the over four decades that the data has been published. Should the Goulding/Weeknd movements be solidified in a few days, the soundtrack (released on Republic Records) and its two acts will head into the record books with these musical memories:

Saturday Night Fever

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (1978)
Bee Gees – “Stayin’ Alive” (January 27 – March 3)
Bee Gees – “Night Fever” (March 10 – April 14)
Yvonne Elliman – “If I Can’t Have You” (April 21 – April 28)

The soundtrack from Saturday Night Fever, originally released on RSO Records, remains one of the biggest of all-time. The set spent 24 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 album listing and launched five original singles (and two reissues) into the top 40 in a span of six months on the Hot 100. (On R&R, one of the reissued singles, “Boogie Shoes”, failed to enter the survey for KC and the Sunshine Band. Additionally, the cut “More Than A Woman”, released by Tavares, charted in its original version by the Bee Gees from unsolicited airplay.) The uninterrupted 14-week run of three of its most classic numbers at #1 is just incredible.

City Of Angels

CITY OF ANGELS (1998)
Alanis Morissette – “Uninvited” (July 3 – 10)
Goo Goo Dolls – “Iris” (July 17 – August 7)

Nearly two decades after the dancers cleared the disco, the seemingly impossible feat once again happened through the Warner Bros. Records release of the City Of Angels soundtrack. Though not the biggest compilation of 1998 (Titanic‘s soundtrack spent sixteen weeks at #1 versus its three), three of the set’s singles became bonafide CHR hits, including its two #1’s in a row. The six-week reign atop the pop radio chart was put to an end by another soundtrack’s big ballad: Armageddon‘s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith. Both Morissette and the trio would return to the top quickly with “Thank U” and “Slide”, respectively.

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 4)

"Wilder" and crazy kids.

“Wilder” and crazy kids.

Family rules on this week’s schedule, as those spectacular Sons return with some sizzling songs. (NOTE: some items may not be available until Monday night based on label response status, but most should be up now.) Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of May 4:

  • In what has the potential to land the biggest bow of the year so far, the four men of Mumford & Sons lay off the banjos and lay on the rock with their new studio album, Wilder Mind. The twelve track set features “Believe”, a former #1 on the Alternative chart, and new single “The Wolf”, climbing up quickly. Polarizing as it may be, it certainly will open at the top of the Billboard 200 next week. Will it rise above the 600k opening of Babel? Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • Kentucky rockers My Morning Jacket are back with their first new album in four years, The Waterfall, issued through Capitol Records in the States in a joint effort with longtime home ATO. Single “Big Decisions” is just below the top ten on the AAA survey. Though the album leaked a full month early, there should be enough support for a high debut. (iTunes)
  • Currently in the top ten on the Urban chart with “I Bet”, actress, dancer and singer Ciara is now out with her sixth studio album titled Jackie. Much of the effort was produced by Cirkut, Dr. Luke and Harmony Samuels. Her opening weeks may not be as large as they used to be, but this will likely put her in the top ten (or five) again. (iTunes)
  • If hit music compilations are your thing, check out NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 54 (iTunes) and the special NOW That’s What I Call #1’s (iTunes), both in stores this week. The former album should land a top five entry.
  • Other releases out this week include: Best Coast‘s California Nights (iTunes), Charlie Puth‘s Some Type Of Love (EP) (iTunes), Chris Stapleton‘s Traveller (iTunes), Django Django‘s Born Under Saturn (iTunes), Ivan & Alyosha‘s It’s All Just Pretend (iTunes), Kamelot‘s Haven (iTunes), Mikal Cronin‘s MCIII (iTunes), Other Lives‘s Rituals (iTunes), Palma Violets‘s Danger In The Club (iTunes), Penguin Prison‘s Lost In New York (iTunes), Plumb‘s Exhale (iTunes) and Tech N9ne‘s Special Effects (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Angels Of Fenway”, an instant grat track from James Taylor. (iTunes)
  • “Baby’s In Love”, a new track from Jamie Foxx and Kid Ink. (iTunes)
  • “Back It Up”, the new single from Prince Royce and Pitbull. (iTunes)
  • “I Can Change”, an instant grat track from Brandon Flowers. (iTunes)
  • “Pretty Girls”, a collaboration from Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea. (iTunes)
  • “Songs I Can’t Listen To”, the new single from Neon Trees. (iTunes)

Rapper Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Pitch Perfect 2 are among the top new releases next week. A full preview is coming on Monday night.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 3, 2015

They've booked a few nights here.

The Saints are coming.

DEBUTS
40. Walk The Moon – Different Colors
36. Adam Lambert – Ghost Town | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Gavin James – The Book Of Love (39) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
29. Jason French – You Just Want My Money (34)
27. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time (33) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
20. Jukebox The Ghost – Postcard (25)
13. Matt Woods – In The Dark (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Delta Rae – Scared (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Mat Kearney – Billion (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Tori Kelly – Nobody Love (06) | PEAK: #06
07. Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (08) | PEAK: #07
06. The Script – Man On A Wire (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Life Of Dillon – Overload (02) | PEAK: #02
04. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Years & Years – King (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Saint Motel – My Type (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Ed Sheeran – Photograph (10)
2. needtobreathe featuring Gavin DeGraw – Brother (2)
3. Little Big Town – Girl Crush (-)
4. Vinyl Theatre – Breaking Up My Bones (1)
5. Oh Honey – Sugar, You (5)
6. Bleachers – Like A River Runs (-)
7. twenty one pilots – Tear In My Heart (4)
8. Rixton – We All Want The Same Thing (9)
9. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (-)
10. Allen Stone – Freedom (-)

In The Mix:
Anderson East – Satisfy Me
Barenaked Ladies – Say What You Want
Charli XCX – Famous
for KING & COUNTRY – Fix My Eyes (new)
Grace Potter – Alive Tonight
Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach
Hilary Duff – Sparks
IAMDYNAMITE – In The Summer
James Taylor – Today Today Today
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Leslie Clio – My Heart Ain’t That Broken
Modest Mouse – The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box (new)
Nathan Sykes – Kiss Me Quick (new)
O.A.R. – Two Hands Up
Passion Pit – Until We Can’t (Let’s Go) (new)
Plain White T’s – Pause
Shift K3y – Name And Number
Taylor Swift – Bad Blood
U2 – Song For Someone
Walk Off The Earth – Rule The World
Will Young – Love Revolution

Chart Notes:

  • Two songs tie for the Biggest Mover this week: Sam Hunt‘s recent #1 on country radio is up six spaces to #27. “Take Your Time” is currently being promoted to CHR and Hot AC radio via Capitol Records, and while the single is currently charting at the latter format, it has yet to debut on the former. Also up six, from 39-33, is “The Book Of Love” from Irish newcomer Gavin James. That title was also a hit on the Hot 100 (#5) for a totally different song by The Monotones in 1958.
  • This week’s Highest Debut marks the fifth chart single for former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert. He comes in at #36 with “Ghost Town”, the leadoff release from his forthcoming third studio album, The Original High, due June 16. It was the second most added song on CHR radio during last week. Lambert’s first entry remains his biggest so far, the chart-topping “Whataya Want From Me”, a two-week #1 from April 2010.
  • They’ve been up and down the chart with their former #1, “Shut Up And Dance”, for 34 weeks now. Of course, the record is a much higher total for the most weeks on my top 40, but Walk The Moon‘s certainly got one of the biggest tracks of this year. Their followup, “Different Colors”, debuts this week at #40. It’s already got the support of SiriusXM’s Alt Nation.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 1, 2005

"Eyes" on the top ten.

“Eyes” on the top ten.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the beginning on May and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2005…

Debuts:
35. COLDPLAY, “Speed Of Sound”

Biggest Mover(s):
CARBON LEAF, “What About Everything” (29-19, ten spots)

10. KEANE, “Everybody’s Changing” (steady, third week)
Album: Hopes And Fears (2004, Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

09. KELLY CLARKSON, “Behind These Hazel Eyes” (up 2)
Album: Breakaway (2004, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

08. LOW MILLIONS, “Statue” (up 4)
Album: Ex-Girlfriends (2004, EMI/Manhattan Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. BRYAN ADAMS, “This Side Of Paradise” (up 2)
Album: Room Service (2004, Mercury Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

06. HALL & OATES, “I Can Dream About You” (steady, second week)
Album: Our Kind Of Soul (2004, U-Watch Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, “American Baby” (steady, second week)
Album: Stand Up (2005, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for four weeks

04. GAVIN DEGRAW, “Chariot” (steady, second week)
Album: Chariot (2003, J Records)
Peak: #2

03. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Home” (steady, second week)
Album: It’s Time (2005, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

02. HOWIE DAY, “Collide” (steady, third week)
Album: Stop All The World Now (2003, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. DURAN DURAN, “What Happens Tomorrow” (steady, third week)
Album: Astronaut (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (May 2015) (Part Two)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in May on the Alternative and AAA formats in the second part of this month’s Radio Report:

ALTERNATIVE (*) and TRIPLE A (**)

IAMDYNAMITE
IAMDYNAMITE – “In The Summer” (May 5) (*)
Label: Brando
High school friends Christopher Martin and Chris Phillips founded their act in 2008 and released the album Supermegafantastic four years later. Chart numbers have been limited for the duo; they were last seen on Alternative with “Where Will We Go”. After a few months in the top 40, it peaked at #31 in March 2013. As the temperature continues to grow, it’ll be great to hear on the air.

Jukebox The Ghost
JUKEBOX THE GHOST – “Postcard” (May 5) (**)
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope
On the verge of entering the top 20 on my weekly survey is a great radio single from this Washington, DC trio. The band began to play together while at college in 2003 and just came out their fourth studio album last fall (and reissued it in a deluxe edition this year after signing their label deal.) It’s a solid record, and you can catch the guys as an opener for Ingrid Michaelson this summer.

Walk The Moon
WALK THE MOON – “Different Colors” (May 5) (* + **)
Label: RCA
This Ohio band may have us wondering if Talking Is Hard, but they certainly won’t be talking about a sophomore slump for their second major label album. It’s given them their biggest hit to date, “Shut Up And Dance”, a former #1 on the Alternative chart, as well as a big crossover single on the CHR and Hot AC lists. With early support from Alt Nation, these “Colors” are shining bright.

alt-J
ALT-J – “Hunger Of The Pine” (May 12) (*)
Label: Canvasback/Atlantic
If you ever pondered the thought of Miley Cyrus charting at Alternative radio, then you’re onto an idea that may become a reality soon. An interesting sample of her song “4×4” appears on the latest airplay single by this English quartet, the third to be lifted off  This Is All Yours. The band takes their show to Australia for several gigs later this month. They’re hungry for more chart success.

U2
U2 – “Song For Someone” (May 12) (**)
Label: Interscope
So, this whole Songs Of Innocence era has been memorable for all the wrong reasons, including the largely critical reaction to the free giveaway of their album on iTunes and lead singer Bono’s bicycle injury in New York last fall. Still, their core fans are around and AAA radio has been the most accepting of the new songs, with two top tens from the album to date. This “Song” may be third.

Coleman Hell
COLEMAN HELL – “Two Heads” (May 19) (*)
Label: Columbia
Recently signed to Columbia Records, Toronto’s Hell may be new to a mainstream audience, but he is certainly no stranger to the blog world. It was last year that he collaborated with producer La+ch on the song “You Are My Summer”, which received support from the online community and led to radio play in Australia and New Zealand. Now, he is poised for a big breakout in the States.

Hozier
HOZIER – “Someone New” (May 19) (*)
Label: Columbia
You couldn’t escape “Take Me To Church” for some time last year and into this year as it crossed to several formats. However, it’s been striking to see the followups to that international smash largely go unnoticed outside of the AAA format thanks to the label’s indecision on what to work. There seems to be a consensus on this track impacting this month, but given the change, is it too late?

Neon Trees
NEON TREES – “Songs I Can’t Listen To” (May 19) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
Well, that was quick. Who knew the Pop Psychology era would come and go like that? “Sleeping With A Friend”, the leadoff song from it, landed at #1 on my chart for six weeks. However, a last-minute single change for its followup ultimately killed any kind of momentum the band had garnered earlier in the year. Let’s hope that this song is one you can listen to… and maybe dance a little.

New Politics
NEW POLITICS – “West End Kids” (May 19) (*)
Label: Crush/Warner Bros.
A swap in record labels last year saw the trio based in Copenhagen issuing “Tonight You’re Perfect” during the spring on RCA and “Everywhere I Go (Kings & Queens)” in the fall on Warner. Both made the top 20 on the Alternative survey, but neither one stuck around. The band is hoping that this release can be their first top ten since “Harlem”. Will radio help these “Kids” on their quest?

Oh Hellos
THE OH HELLOS – “Hello My Old Heart” (May 19) (*)
Label: Elektra/ADA
From San Marcos, TX, siblings Maggie and Tyler Heath have been performing as a duo since 2011. Believe it or not, “Hello” dates back to that year, but it’s fresh to even more people now thanks to its upcoming run at radio. You might recall that it was included in a set of free downloads on iTunes back in February. Thanks to that feature, their fan base is up and their spin totals will be too.

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