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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (February 2017)

Radio Report - February 2017

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 February in this month’s Radio Report:

GNASH featuring JOHNNY YUKON – “Home” (Atlantic, February 7 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Singer Garrett Nash, along with Olivia O’Brien, had a slow ride up the chart in 2016 with “i hate u, i love u” (#5).

JAMES HERSEY – “Miss You” (Glassnote, February 7 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Hersey was the vocalist on Dillon Francis and Kygo’s “Coming Over”, which quickly peaked at #36 in April 2016.

THE VAMPS & MATOMA – “All Night” (Island/Republic, February 7 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The British group has struggled at the format; their biggest hit, “Somebody To You”, briefly got to #50 in 2014.

HARDWELL featuring JAY SEAN – “Thinking About You” (Epic, February 14 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Sean had a run of five top 40 hits between 2009 and 2011, but has struggled to find an audience in recent years.

GROUPLOVE – “Good Morning” (Canvasback/Atlantic, February 7 – Alternative)
Album: Big Mess (2016)
Past ALT History: The California band was in the top five late last year with “Welcome To Your Life”. Will they be welcomed back?

AMERICAN AUTHORS – “I’m Born To Run” (Island/Republic, February 14 – Alternative)
Album: What We Live For (2016)
Past ALT History: The quartet last charted at this format in 2014 with “Best Day Of My Life” (#18), a #1 song on the Hot AC listing.

COLD WAR KIDS – “Love Is Mystical” (Capitol, February 14 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: Some stations just can’t get rid of “First”, which spent seven weeks at #1 in 2015. Hope they make room for this!

DEPECHE MODE – “Where’s The Revolution” (Columbia, February 14 – Alternative)
Album: Spirit (2017)
Past ALT History: They’ve had an incredible stretch of 19 chart singles since 1989, with four reaching #1. They last charted in 2013.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (January 2017)

Radio Report - January 2017

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 January in this month’s Radio Report:

ONEREPUBLIC – “Let’s Hurt Tonight” (Mosley/Interscope, January 9 – Hot AC)
Album: Oh My My (2016)
Past HAC History: Since 2007, Ryan Tedder and crew have been regulars on the chart. This should become their 14th top 40 song.

HEMBREE – “Holy Water” (Ribbon Music, January 10 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: From Kansas City, this male trio is a new name here. A handful of tastemakers on the panel have started to air it.

NOAH CYRUS featuring LABRINTH – “Make Me (Cry)” (RECORDS, January 10 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Cyrus will become the fourth member of that family to chart with her first hit. Labrinth had a minor hit in 2013.

BROODS – “Heartlines” (Capitol, January 16 – Hot AC)
Album: Conscious (2016)
Past HAC History: This New Zealand sibling duo has no prior history at this format, but they do have three top 40 Alternative hits.

BASTILLE – “Blame” (Capitol, January 17 – Alternative)
Album: Wild World (2016)
Past ALT History: This quartet is 4-for-4 as far as top five singles at the format, with two reaching #1: “Pompeii” and “Good Grief”.

LITTLE MIX – “Shout Out To My Ex” (Syco/Columbia, January 17 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: Glory Days (2016)
Past CHR History: The popular U.K. girl group has three top 40 hits so far, the biggest being “Black Magic”, which hit #23 in 2015.

MAGGIE LINDEMANN – “Pretty Girl” (300 Entertainment/in2une, January 17 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: It’s the first time at the format for the 18-year-old artist. The track is approaching six million streams at Spotify.

LINDSEY STIRLING featuring ZZ WARD – “Hold My Heart” (Lindseystomp/in2une, January 23 – Hot AC)
Album: Brave Enough (2016)
Past HAC History: This is the first collaboration for the two female soloists, who each have two minor top 40 singles at the format.

PASSENGER – “Anywhere” (Nettwerk, January 30 – Triple A)
Album: Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea (2016)
Past AAA History: Mike Rosenberg got to #1 in 2013 with a reissue of “Let Her Go”. “Somebody’s Love” went top five late last year.

OCEAN PARK STANDOFF – “Good News” (Hollywood, January 31 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: California’s had many acts make their debut at the format. We’ll see if this Santa Monica trio is the next to chart.

These past picks are headed to additional formats this month:
CALUM SCOTT – “Dancing On My Own” (Capitol, 1/10 – CHR/Top 40) (See October 2016 Report for Hot AC date)
KALEO – “All The Pretty Girls” (Elektra/Atlantic, 1/17 – Alternative)
(See April 2015 Report for Triple A date)
LP – “Lost On You” (Vagrant/BMG, 1/17 – Alternative)
(See November 2016 Report for Triple A date)
THE SCORE – “Unstoppable” (Republic, 1/24 re-service – Alternative)
(See September 2016 Report for initial Alternative date)

Which of these new songs would you like to see on the charts later this year? Let me know!

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

Radio Report - December 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 December in this month’s Radio Report.

BEBE REXHA – “I Got You” (Warner Bros., December 6 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Despite her various accomplishments as a writer and a featured singer, Rexha’s two main-credited chart entries have barely scratched the top 30 at the format. This one is gaining some solid early stations, but will radio give her another chance?

PHANTOGRAM – “Same Old Blues” (Republic, December 6 – Alternative)
Album: Three (2016)
Past ALT History: This New York City duo, consisting of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, recently hit the top ten on this format with a song that also reached #2 on my personal chart, “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”. Their latest single should be another winner.

RAG’N’BONE MAN – “Human” (RCA, December 6 – Alternative)
Album: Human (2017)
Past ALT History: This massive international single is currently top ten on iTunes in at least 20 countries around the globe, with #1 peaks in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. Needless to say, all that momentum should help spread the buzz here quickly.

LOST KINGS featuring EMILY WARREN – “Phone Down” (Disruptor/RCA, December 13 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Robert Gainley and Dr. No are best known for their remixes, much like how The Chainsmokers began. (The two acts share a manager.) Warren was the featured vocalist on FRENSHIP’s “Capsize”, which just missed the top 20 several weeks ago.

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

Radio Report - November 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 November in this month’s Radio Report.

CAPTAIN CUTS featuring NATEUR – “Love Like We Used To” (Epic, November 1 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The Los Angeles songwriting/production trio has achieved some success at the format, most notably with “Shut Up And Dance” for Walk The Moon, which reached #2 for three weeks last year. Nateur, writer Nate Cyphert, has not charted here.

JACOB WHITESIDES – “Focus” (Double U/ADA, November 1 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: Why? (2016)
Past CHR History: Tennessee teen Whitesides, who turns 19 later this month, stalled out just below the top 50 here earlier in 2016 with “Lovesick”. Though it likely won’t do much heading into the holidays, the singer has a large group of fans to support the single.

ALEX DA KID featuring X AMBASSADORS & ELLE KING – “Not Easy” (RCA, November 7 / 8 – Triple A / Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past AAA/ALT History: Both featured acts are known at the two formats, the former for hits like “Renegades” and “Unsteady”, and the latter for “Ex’s And Oh’s” and “Under The Influence”. With a strong team, it should be an “Easy” sell for crossover play in 2017.

LP – “Lost On You” (Vagrant/BMG, November 7 – Triple A)
Album: Death Valley (EP) (2016)
Past AAA History: Four years ago, “Into The Wild” achieved some airplay at the format after being featured in a Citibank ad, and it had a brief run in the top 40. However, this release comes to the U.S. with huge chart success across Europe. Don’t let it get “Lost”.

LUKAS GRAHAM – “You’re Not There” (Warner Bros., November 7 / 8 – Hot AC / CHR/Top 40)
Album: Lukas Graham (2016)
Past HAC/CHR History: The Danish band has two U.S. hits to date, the larger of the two being chart-topper “7 Years”, which spent three weeks at #1 on the Hot AC chart and one week on the CHR chart. Their newest single will be “There” in the top 40 quite soon.

STING – “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” (A&M/Interscope, November 7 – Hot AC)
Album: 57th & 9th (2016)
Past HAC History: The 65-year-old musician was last on the chart a decade ago, when he collaborated with Sheryl Crow on “Always On Your Side”. It reached #10. His biggest Hot AC hit is “Desert Rose”, featuring Cheb Mami, which spent ten weeks at #3 in 2000.

CHARLI XCX featuring LIL YACHTY – “After The Afterparty” (Atlantic, November 15 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: It’s been nearly two years since this English singer appeared in the top 40 with “Break The Rules”, which peaked at #23 (and was largely forgotten about after the holiday freeze.) With two #1 songs to her credit, we’ll see how this party plays out.

MIIKE SNOW – “The Heart Of Me” (Downtown/Atlantic, November 15 – Alternative)
Album: iii (2016)
Past ALT History: After a year of tragic and senseless gun violence around the world, a single with a title like “My Trigger” had very little opportunity to become a huge hit at Alternative radio. Still, it made the top 40. Now, the trio hopes to reach the top ten again.

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

Radio Report - October 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 October in this month’s Radio Report.

CALUM SCOTT – “Dancing On My Own” (Capitol, October 3 – Hot AC)
Album: TBA
Past HAC History: This is Scott’s first single to be serviced to the format. The original song, recorded by Robyn, did not chart here.

TRAIN – “Play That Song” (Columbia, October 3 – Hot AC and Triple A)
Album: A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat. (2017)
Past HAC/AAA History: They first charted with 1999’s “Meet Virginia”, and the California group is ready for its latest chart “song”.

DNCE – “Body Moves” (Republic, October 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: DNCE (2016)
Past CHR History: “Cake By The Ocean” spent 27 weeks in the top 40 to reach its #2 peak. Let’s hope this song “moves” a bit faster.

ROYAL TEETH – “Kids Conspire” (Round Hill/CO5, October 4 – Alternative)
Album: Amateurs (EP) (2016)
Past ALT History: These Louisiana “Kids” have never made the top 40 at the format, but this release fits the sound at the moment.

GOO GOO DOLLS – “Over & Over” (Warner Bros., October 10 – Hot AC)
Album: Boxes (2016)
Past HAC History: With two decades of charting tracks, and a recent top 15 hit in “So Alive”, the format isn’t “over” them quite yet.

JAMES TW – “When You Love Someone” (Island/Republic, October 10 – Hot AC)
Album: First Impressions (EP) (2016)
Past HAC History: This is the 18-year-old singer’s first single to be serviced to Hot AC radio, and it’s a quality ballad for the format.

RIHANNA – “Love On The Brain” (Roc Nation/Def Jam, October 10/11 – CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC)
Album: Anti (2016)
Past CHR/HAC History: With a plentiful amount of hit singles at both formats, this ballad might become a career song for the star.

CAPITAL CITIES – “Vowels” (Lazy Hooks/Capitol, October 18 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: A, E, I, O and U better believe that this duo is “safe and sound” at the format. Y? They have another catchy track.

FOR KING & COUNTRY – “Priceless” (Word/ADA, October 24 – Hot AC)
Album: RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. (Deluxe Anniversary Edition) (2015)
Past HAC History: “Fix My Eyes” set its sights on the top 40, and it spent four weeks there. Put some faith in this song to chart too.

BISHOP BRIGGS – “Wild Horses” (Island/Republic, October 25 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: “River” (#3) made Briggs one of the top newcomers here this year. She’ll be galloping for chart glory once more.

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

Radio Report - September 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 September in this month’s Radio Report.

CHR/TOP 40

MARTIN GARRIX & BEBE REXHA – “In The Name Of Love” (RCA, September 6)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Garrix reached #12 in 2014 with the largely-instrumental dance hit “Animals”, while “Don’t Look Down” hit #31 in 2015. Some of Rexha’s featured appearances have charted well, but her main-credited songs usually hit a brick wall in the top 30.

JORDAN FISHER – “Lookin’ Like That” (Hollywood, September 13)
Album: Jordan Fisher – EP (2016)
Past CHR History: “All About Us” topped Adam’s Top 40 for a week, and despite a huge radio push, that song just didn’t get tagged or sell enough to warrant a run beyond the mid-20’s at CHR radio. I’m rooting for Fisher to get that big radio smash later this year.

ZARA LARSSON – “Ain’t My Fault” (Epic, September 20)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Her label was able to break “Never Forget You” at the format earlier this year, hitting #5, but a reissue of “Lush Life” lost its momentum upon reaching the top 40 (after an initial run outside the top 50 last fall.) We’ll see if this has a solid climb.

ALTERNATIVE

THE GRISWOLDS – “Out Of My Head” (Wind-up/Concord, September 13)
Album: TBA
Past Alternative History: These Aussie rockers made the top 20 in 2014 with the catchy “Beware The Dog”, a #9 hit on Adam’s Top 40, while “If You Wanna Stay” stalled in the 30’s for two to three months. “Out” has already seen some early action from the panel.

THE SCORE – “Unstoppable” (Republic, September 13)
Album: Unstoppable – EP (2016)
Past Alternative History: “Oh My Love” (which reached the Hot AC top 40) and “On And On” both failed to chart here. However, a number of syncs for this release, including YouTube’s Dude Perfect series, have helped it to surge in both sales and streaming stats.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS – “Roll Up” (Elektra/Atlantic, September 20)
Album: Fitz & The Tantrums (2016)
Past Alternative History: Leadoff single “HandClap” recently high-fived the top five, peaking at #4. They led this chart with two #1 songs in a row, “Out Of My League” (2013, two weeks) and “The Walker” (2014, one week). Can they “roll up” to the top spot again?

TRIPLE A

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – “Wish That You Were Here” (Republic, September 6)
Album: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (Soundtrack) (2016)
Past AAA History: Just last year, the English band sent two singles (“What Kind Of Man” and “Ship To Wreck”) to the top of the list here, so there’s a good chance that this soundtrack cut will post some solid numbers. The Tim Burton film opens on September 30.

STING – “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” (A&M/Interscope, September 6)
Album: 57th & 9th (2016)
Past AAA History: Though the format plays plenty of his tracks with The Police and his first few solo albums, there should be some interest in this song. In the 2000’s, his hits here include “Desert Rose” (#1 for four weeks, 2000) and “Send Your Love” (#5, 2003).

BARNS COURTNEY – “Glitter & Gold” (Capitol, September 19)
Album: Hands – EP (2016)
Past AAA History: Courtney’s “Fire”, a former #1 on Adam’s Top 40, reached #2 at the format. That single is still making its way up the Alternative chart, where it sits in the top 20. Can one of my favorite newcomers of 2016 get his second U.S. radio hit? I hope so.

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

Radio Report - August 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 August in this month’s Radio Report.

(I’ve reorganized the report a little for August, highlighting two releases from each radio format that I usually cover. It’s just a test, so let me know what you think!)

CHR/TOP 40

FRENSHIP featuring EMILY WARREN – “Capsize” (Columbia, August 16)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Both acts are newcomers; Warren co-wrote the recent #1 “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers and Daya.
Adam’s Top 40: #35 as of July 31, 2016

ANNE-MARIE – “Alarm” (Major Tom’s/Asylum/RRP, August 23)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The Essex singer is new to U.S. radio entirely. Her single is a top ten hit in Australia thanks to iTunes discounts.

HOT AC

ANDY GRAMMER – “Fresh Eyes” (S-Curve/Hollywood, August 15)
Album: TBA (expected later this year)
Past Hot AC History: Grammer’s accumulated a string of six top 40 singles at the Hot AC format, including three top tens and a #1.
Adam’s Top 40: #39 as of July 31, 2016

AURORA – “I Went Too Far” (Glassnote, August 22)
Album: All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend (2016)
Past Hot AC History: AURORA has never charted at Hot AC, but “Conqueror” was a minor hit at Alternative radio this past spring.
Adam’s Top 40: #10 Next In Line as of July 31, 2016

ALTERNATIVE

JUDAH & THE LION – “Take It All Back” (Caroline, August 9)
Album: Folk Hop N’ Roll (2016)
Past Alternative History: Judah & The Lion has no prior chart history at any format, and only minor spins from the Triple A panel.
Adam’s Top 40: In The Mix as of July 31, 2016

DREAMERS – “Sweet Disaster” (Fairfax/Hollywood, August 16)
Album: This Album Does Not Exist (2016)
Past Alternative History: This trio has two minor charting songs to their credit at the format, “Wolves (You Got Me)” and “Drugs”.

TRIPLE A

O.A.R. – “I Go Through” (Vanguard/Concord, August 8)
Album: XX (2016)
Past AAA History: O.A.R. remains well-liked at Triple A; “Shattered (Turn The Car Around)” held at the top for five weeks in 2008.
Adam’s Top 40: #4 Next In Line as of July 31, 2016

THE SAINT JOHNS – “Testifier” (Kemosabe/RED, August 8)
Album: Dead Of Night (2016)
Past AAA History: The Nashville duo’s previous single, “Lost The Feeling”, made the top 50 earlier this year, their first chart entry.

What’s premiering later this month?
GREEN DAY – “Bang Bang” [Alternative] (Warner Bros., August 16)
NORAH JONES – “Carry On” [Triple A] (Blue Note/Capitol, August 15)
SAINT MOTEL – “Move” [Alternative and Triple A] (Elektra/RRP, August 22/23)

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