RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (April 2016)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in April in this month’s supersized Radio Report:

Corinne Bailey Rae
CORINNE BAILEY RAE – “Stop Where You Are” (April 4) (Triple A)
Label: Capitol
Bailey Rae’s been away for some time, but it’s great to have her back. Her forthcoming set is The Heart Speaks In Whispers, due to be released on May 13, and “Stop” is one of two singles to be issued from the project so far. (The other one is “Green Aphrodisiac”, a top 30 hit on the Urban AC chart.) The Grammy darling may not have another “Put Your Records On”, but her music is still cool.

Genevieve
GENEVIEVE – “Show Your Colors” (formerly “Colors”) (April 4) (Hot AC)
Label: Wind-up/Concord
What happens when another song called “Colors” charts at multiple formats before your own song does? Well, if you’re this singer from Chicago, change isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “Show Your Colors”, as it’s titled currently, is still putting up decent numbers at the various streaming services. A remix was also heard in a Hershey’s ad recently. Will that translate into some sweet airplay here?

The Young Wild
THE YOUNG WILD – “Not A One” (April 4) (Triple A) / (April 5) (Alternative)
Label: Fairfax/Hollywood
I’ve covered this band several times in the past, and each time I do, they seem to go down a member. They appeared as a quintet in August 2014 when I wrote about “Moment Goes”, then as a quartet when I covered the release of “Not” in March 2015. I guess this means it’s only fair to have them here as a trio! It’s been a long time coming, but it’s nice to finally see them get a shot at radio play.

Alan Walker
ALAN WALKER – “Faded” (April 5) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: RCA
At just 18 years old, this producer, based in Norway, has accomplished a lot as a teenager. “Faded” has been a Gold or Platinum hit in over a dozen countries, and it’s achieved a #1 peak in countries like Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland. An absolutely Viral success at 200 million streams on Spotify alone, this has all the makings of what should be a solid hit this summer.

AlunaGeorge
ALUNAGEORGE featuring POPCAAN – “I’m In Control” (April 5) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Interscope
The duo of Aluna Francis and George Reid are best known for their featured vocal on “You Know You Like It”, which reached #7 at the format for four weeks last year. “Control” has been building nicely at streaming services since the beginning of the year, and an assortment of stations on the panel in both large and small markets have added the song pre-impact. It’s one to watch for summer.

Jason Derulo
JASON DERULO – “If It Ain’t Love” (April 5) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Warner Bros.
Already surging onto the pop radio chart, thanks in part to iHeartMedia hourly spins on Friday, Derulo’s latest single at the format follows two releases (both from his Everything Is 4 set) that couldn’t wait to peak in the top 20 and crash hard soon afterwards. As expected, that era appears to be over, but a fifth album announcement from Derulo has yet to surface. Will it come later this year?

Rihanna
RIHANNA – “Kiss It Better” (April 5) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Roc Nation
Yes, the promotional run for “Work” is done. Yes, that means you can stop making YouTube videos in an attempt to poke fun at its lyrics, which are difficult to comprehend to many people. (Really, guys, don’t we have better things to do?) “Kiss” is already kissing playlists from coast to coast, and it should chart in the next few days. Her Anti world tour continues its U.S. run through mid-May.

Broods
BROODS – “Free” (April 11) (Triple A) / (April 12) (Alternative)
Label: Capitol
Remember when we had a surge of acts from New Zealand a few years ago? This brother-sister duo from the city of Nelson was an essential part of those imports, charting two songs on Alternative radio in 2014. An album, Evergreen, did well in their homeland, but it couldn’t quite match that #1 peak there on our chart. “Free” leads an exciting second era, and there’s certainly more to come.

Sawyer Fredericks
SAWYER FREDERICKS – “Take It All” (April 11) (Triple A)
Label: Republic
Fredericks’s first EP under his major label deal was released late last year, so it seems a little peculiar that the label would wait this long to launch a single from it to radio. Anyways, this former The Voice winner, who just celebrated his 17th birthday, fits perfectly at Triple A radio with his sound and image. However, some may think this tune is a little too poppy here. We’ll see if they “Take” it.

Bebe Rexha
BEBE REXHA featuring NICKI MINAJ – “No Broken Hearts” (April 12) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Warner Bros.
Rexha’s featured credits have given her several big pop radio hits in the last few years, but only one minor entry as a main-credited artist. That will hopefully change this summer with this Minaj-assisted single, taken from her upcoming studio album. Of course, it helps that the two women have collaborated together on a hot single in the past. However, will lightning strike twice for the ladies?

Nick Fradiani
NICK FRADIANI – “Get You Home” (April 12) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Former Idol champ Fradiani seems to have lost a fair amount of momentum following his win last year. Even then, “Beautiful Life” was barely a top 40 hit at CHR radio, which was thanks to an assist by the group of Cumulus Media stations on the panel. His latest single is even better than “Beautiful”, but with a delayed impact date beyond the show’s series finale this week, it might be too late.

Weezer
WEEZER – “King Of The World” (April 12) (Alternative)
Label: Crush Music/Atlantic
It was back in 1994 that “Undone (The Sweater Song)” made it into the top ten on the Alternative chart, giving this group their first of 24 top 40 hits at the format thus far. Their most recent was “Thank God For Girls”, which hit #10 a few months ago. Predictions thus far for their latest album suggest it’ll debut in the top five on the Billboard 200, giving them a total of six to reach that region.

BANNERS
BANNERS – “Start A Riot” (April 18) (Triple A) / (April 19) (Alternative)
Label: Island/Republic
Well into the top 20 on my chart is another great single from this Canadian-based musician, who released a self-titled EP earlier in 2016. He went to #1 on the Alternative chart up north with “Shine A Light”, which didn’t shine as brightly here. (I’m still upset over it!) Luckily, Mike Nelson is getting another shot to break the U.S. charts. Go ahead and “Riot” if this track doesn’t become a big hit.

Lapsley
LÅPSLEY – “Love Is Blind” (April 18) (Hot AC)
Label: XL/Beggars/in2une
This is the first time at the format for this British singer/songwriter, who recently released an album titled Long Way Home. She’s done some great numbers at Spotify, where this single recently surpassed four million streams, but her first full-length set has just been a moderate success in some overseas territories. It’s too early to tell if the push is premature, but it’s a good song for Hot AC.

Cheerleader
CHEERLEADER – “A Million Ways” (April 19) (Alternative)
Label: Bright Antenna/CO5
As far as underrated Alternative radio singles go, this quintet definitely has one of them. Last year, the title cut from The Sunshine Of Your Youth only received some minor airplay. This one could go the same way, but I really hope it doesn’t. The Philadelphia act is on tour with one of our blog favorites, Paperwhite, as they hit up the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states in the latter part of May.

DNCE
DNCE – “Toothbrush” (April 19) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Republic
It took months of pushing and prodding, but both CHR and Hot AC radio were able to make “Cake By The Ocean” a top ten success for the Joe Jonas-led band this year. Now, their follow-up single heads to the former format this month. Both singles are taken off the EP SWAAY, which peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200 chart. Though “Cake” should be a strong recurrent, this could do nicely.

The Summer Set
THE SUMMER SET – “Missin’ You” (April 19) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Fearless/Concord
You saw “Missin'” when it debuted on my personal chart this past weekend, and now, the Arizona quintet looks to conquer the pop airwaves with their first single at the format since 2013. Three years ago, it was “Boomerang” that stalled underneath the top 50 in the spring and summer months, despite some solid coverage from iHeartRadio at the time. How set will radio be for this summer?

Tom Odell
TOM ODELL – “Magnetized” (April 25) (Triple A)
Label: RCA
It’s been nearly three years since Odell released his Long Way Down album overseas, a set that wasn’t properly appreciated on the U.S. charts. Unfortunately, it happens to a lot of performers, regardless of whether they’re domestic or not. “Wrong Crowd” is set to be released today, per his social media accounts, but that won’t be the radio single here. Hey, more music is always a good thing.

Andy Black
ANDY BLACK – “We Don’t Have To Dance” (April 26) (Alternative)
Label: Lava/Republic
25-year-old Andrew Biersack has been the leader of Black Veil Brides for many years now, but the time has come for him to take an adventure as a solo star. His recent Spotify Viral chart-topper in the U.S. does its “Dance” at radio later this month. It’s Alternative radio that will hear this track first, a change for Black, who is more accustomed to an exclusively Active Rock crowd with the group.

Chairlift
CHAIRLIFT – “Romeo” (April 26) (Alternative)
Label: Columbia
A decade after this act first formed, the duo of Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly has scored major syncs and built up plenty of buzz, but they have yet to score a radio hit. Their newest album, Moth, has plenty of jams, and “Romeo” is one of the top cuts of the bunch. This may be a good indicator of whether their stats can get them strong airplay, or if they continue as a streaming band.

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

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