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 September on the Alternative and Triple A formats in the second part of this month’s Radio Report:
ALTERNATIVE (*) and TRIPLE A (**)
PEKING DUK featuring BENJAMIN JOSEPH – “Say My Name” (September 8) (*)
If you pay attention to the ARIA charts out of Australia, you’re probably already familiar with this duo out of Canberra. Last year, two of their songs, “High” and “Take Me Over”, peaked in the top ten and reached multi-Platinum status. By comparison, this one didn’t do as well, going to #29 in late July. However, this is their first time at U.S. radio, and their “Name” is about to spread well.
FALL OUT BOY – “Irresistible” (September 15) (*)
This Illinois group is still in full crossover mode, as “Uma Thurman” steadily climbs through the top ten on both CHR and Hot AC radio. The song may not have been as big on the Alternative chart, where it stalled in the 20’s, but perhaps their followup will be a more instant success. Hey, it’s already over 20 million streams on Spotify without any significant play and headed for much more.
GRACE MITCHELL – “Jitter” (September 15) (* + **)
Prominent internet station Beats 1 has been all over this record since it debuted on there on August 18, and that’s big for a new act like Mitchell. Most teenagers can only dream of that kind of exposure, but she’s living the dream, as the Portland, OR native looks to bring her sound onto the FM dial. If you’re digging the single, check out her Design EP from last year and Raceday EP out now.
GRIZFOLK – “Troublemaker” (September 15) (* + **)
Based in Los Angeles, the quintet released an EP called From The Spark in August of last year. Although several of its tracks had a bit of buzz on the blogs thanks to popular remixes, like “Hymnals” and “The Struggle”, that didn’t translate into significant airplay at AAA radio. Luckily, the guys return with this great song and it is being sent to two formats this time. Will it cause some trouble?
CITY AND COLOUR – “Lover Come Back” (September 22) (**)
Label: Dine Alone/Caroline
Dallas Green’s solo act has been entertaining fans around the world for a decade now, and his latest release, If I Should Go Before You, lands in stores on October 9. Like Mitchell above, Beats 1 played a hand in providing some attention, though it was towards a cut titled “Woman”, which you receive with a pre-order digitally. We’ll see if it’s capable of giving him his first top ten album here.
JR JR – “Gone” (September 22) (*)
Label: Warner Bros.
They were once known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., but for their latest album, they’ve decided to shorten that name. To date, they’ve only had some minor success on Heatseekers survey, where they’ve charted two of their albums. Now, the guys from Detroit head back into the music scene with a self-titled album, due September 25, and this tune, which will hopefully get them some solid play.
MAC DEMARCO – “No Other Heart” (September 22) (**)
Label: Captured Tracks
Just under two months ago, this singer’s “The Way You’d Love Her” was sent for adds at the AAA format and started to gain some traction. However, it looks like it’s been quickly replaced with this, which is also another popular track from his mini-album called Another One. That set recently gave him his highest debut ever on the Billboard 200 and top 40 debuts in some other territories.
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