RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (November 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 November from four different radio formats in the second part of this month’s Radio Report:

ALTERNATIVE (*) and TRIPLE A (**)

Elton John
ELTON JOHN – “Looking Up” (November 2) (**)
Label: Island/Republic
Superstar, legend, icon… there are many more words to describe this man and his amazing musical career. Due on February 5, his album Wonderful Crazy Night is his first studio release since 2013’s The Diving Board. iHeartMedia has been aiding some legacy acts at radio as of late, so we’ll have to wait and see if John’s new song is a part of their program. It’s another good tune from him.

St. Lucia
ST. LUCIA – “Dancing On Glass” (November 2 / 9) (** / *)
Label: Columbia
South African musician Jean-Philip Grobler is back with this tasty tune, his first release in two years after some extensive touring. Grobler collaborated with Chris Zane on the single, who was also involved with the When The Night album two years ago. The act has never scored with a charting record at either of the two radio formats, but that glass may be shattered in the coming months.

The Front Bottoms
THE FRONT BOTTOMS – “HELP” (November 2) (*)
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
The quartet out of Woodcliff Lake originally formed in 2007 and built up a solid following in the last few years through a series of releases on local label Bar/None. It’s their first time headed to radio under their new home and follows shortly after Back On Top made its debut, breaking the top 40 on the Billboard 200 listing. Can they take it to the front of the Alternative survey? We’ll see.

HØØNCH
HØØNCH – “Top” (November 9) (*)
Label: 7S Management/TAC
You may have recently seen this song featured on some prominent Spotify playlists, and thanks to that effort, it just climbed over the 100,000 stream mark on that service. For an independent song, that’s not too bad at all. It’s now headed to Alternative, still a release with no major-label backing, but a solid promotion group behind it that can hopefully give it a good start in a few markets.

Mainland
MAINLAND – “Outcast” (November 9) (*)
Label: 300 Entertainment
Alt Nation is leading the way on the first radio single by this trio, who are currently based in New York City. The guys have been at it for four years now, releasing a lot of music in that time, and the buzz generated by two of their EPs in 2013 and 2014 got them a deal at their current label. A video for the song premiered recently, and much more will be coming from the three in the new year.

Matt Simons
MATT SIMONS – “Catch And Release” (November 9) (**)
Label: Republic
This song first made my top 40 nearly a year ago when it was starting to sell (in its original form) in The Netherlands. In March, a remix by Deepend began to circulate and expanded the track’s European success, recently hitting #1 for several weeks in Belgium. Though it’s unclear at this point which version will grab more airtime, I’m really rooting for Simons to have a big hit here in 2016.

Which of these new singles would you like to see on top of the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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