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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 28, 2018

Just a Lil taste of this week.

It’s one of the most exciting chart battles of the year! Three prominent rap titles are set to shake up the top three spots on the album chart. Get ready, because these are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LIL WAYNE – Tha Carter V (iTunes)
Seven years after Tha Carter IV arrived and following a series of delays in the past few years, this rapper is back with what’s sure to be one of the biggest streaming debuts of the year so far. Though little is known about the tracklisting, perhaps that mystery will prove to be a key in driving listeners to check out the set. How high will it go? We can only guess.

KANYE WEST – Yandhi (iTunes)
After a performance on Saturday Night Live this coming weekend, this effort should see a good boost on the sales and streaming charts. It comes during a very active year for West musically, who released his own studio album, followed by an album as one half of a new duo and then produced two other albums during the summer months.

LOGIC – Young Sinatra 4 (iTunes)
On any other week, this set probably would’ve debuted at #1. In fact, the rapper’s Bobby Tarantino II mixtape did so earlier this year. This album should still have a solid debut, regardless, becoming his fifth top five entry on the Billboard 200 chart.

Notable albums out this week: Against The Current‘s Past Lives (iTunes), alt-J‘s Reduxer (iTunes), Beartooth‘s Disease (iTunes), Benjamin Ingrosso‘s Identification (iTunes), Cher‘s Dancing Queen (iTunes), Cypress Hill‘s Elephants On Acid (iTunes), Dillon Francis‘s WUT WUT (iTunes), Eves Karydas‘s summerskin (iTunes), Hippo Campus‘s Bambi (iTunes), John Mullaney‘s Kid Gorgeous At Radio City (iTunes), Kevin Gates‘s Luca Brasi 3 (iTunes), Kodaline‘s Politics Of Living (iTunes), Kyan Palmer‘s Burn Mona Lisa (iTunes), Marsha Ambrosius‘s Nyla (iTunes), Nile Rodgers & Chic‘s It’s About Time (iTunes), NONONO‘s Undertones (iTunes), Phil Collins‘s Plays Well With Others (iTunes), Rod Stewart‘s Blood Red Roses (iTunes), Sigala‘s Brighter Days (iTunes), The Knocks‘s New York Narcotic (iTunes), Tom Petty‘s An American Treasure (iTunes), Tyler Shaw‘s Intuition (iTunes), Rick And Morty (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: AURORA‘s Infections Of A Different Kind – Step 1 (iTunes), Jeremy Zucker‘s summer, (iTunes), Jocelyn Alice‘s Little Devil (iTunes), Lido‘s I O U 1 (iTunes), Zoey Dollaz‘s Who Don’t Like Dollaz 2 (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“8 Letters (R3HAB Remix)”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“42 (Grown Up Tipsy)”, Brian McKnight (iTunes)
“123”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Africa (RAC Remix)”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Baby Don’t Talk”, LÉON (iTunes)
“Best Years Of My Lives”, “Got My Name Changed Back” and “Interstate Gospel”, Pistol Annies (iTunes)
“Better Me”, SoMo (iTunes)
“Black And Blue”, Savoir Adore (iTunes)
“Burn The Ships”, for KING & COUNTRY (iTunes)
“Cherish You”, Mikky Ekko (iTunes)
“Daybreak”, Cody Simpson & The Tide (iTunes)
“Dear God”, Confetti (iTunes)
“Dear God (Live Acoustic)”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Diamond Heart”, Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo (iTunes)
“Different Beds”, Matt Nathanson (iTunes)
“Don’t Leave Me Alone (Acoustic)”, David Guetta featuring Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Don’t Lie To Me”, Barbra Streisand (iTunes)
“Door Swing”, Lil Reek (iTunes)
“Fake Smile”, New Dialogue (iTunes)
“Faking It”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“Fifth Avenue”, Walk Off The Earth (iTunes)
“High Hopes (White Panda Remix)”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“Higher”, Social House (iTunes)
“Hollering Love”, Dylan Joel (iTunes)
“Honey”, Robyn (iTunes)
“I Want You To Freak”, Rak-Su (iTunes)
“Lay With Me”, Phantoms featuring Vanessa Hudgens (iTunes)
“Leave But Don’t Go”, Violet Days (iTunes)
“Listen Closely”, DVBBS featuring SAFE (iTunes)
“Lost In Japan (Zedd Remix)”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Love Ain’t Enough”, Jacob Banks (iTunes)
“Love For Me”, Empress Of (iTunes)
“Loving U Blind”, Elle Varner (iTunes)
“Making Christmas”, Pentatonix (iTunes)
“Maybe It Was Me”, Sody (iTunes)
“Moves”, Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Not Cool”, More Giraffes (iTunes)
“Oh Hello”, Nico Santos (iTunes)
“One By One”, Rationale (iTunes)
“Outrunning Karma”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“Paradise”, Nicky Romero & Deniz Koyu featuring Walk Off The Earth (iTunes)
“Perfect Strangers”, ARTY (iTunes)
“Pressure”, Muse (iTunes)
“Put It To Bed (Frank Walker/Ryan Riback Remixes)”, JHart (iTunes)
“Sad (Clap Your Hands)” and “Scatterbrain”, Young Rising Sons (iTunes)
“Scars”, TobyMac (iTunes)
“September”, Campsite Dream (iTunes)
“Shallow”, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (iTunes)
“Sibling Love”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Slow Slow Disco”, St. Vincent (iTunes)
“Solita”, PRETTYMUCH featuring Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Strangers Again”, Sophia Scott (iTunes)
“Taki Taki”, DJ Snake featuring Cardi B, Ozuna and Selena Gomez (iTunes)
“Teach You”, Tiffany Young (iTunes)
“The Real Thing”, Kyle Reynolds (iTunes)
“The Weekend”, T.I. featuring Young Thug (iTunes)
“There’s No Way”, Lauv featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Tied Up”, Major Lazer featuring Mr. Eazi and Raye (iTunes)
“We Won’t Back Down”, Dirtier Blonde featuring Sam Fischer (iTunes)
“We Won’t Move”, Arlissa (iTunes)
“When I Fall In Love”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
“Where Have You Gone (Anywhere)”, Lucas & Steve (iTunes)
“Vegas”, Cody Fry (iTunes)
“Young Love”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Eric ChurchSteve Perry, Twenty One Pilots and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 2, 2017

Hopelessly looking for #1.

The June tunes are in effect, blazing a path towards the top of the album list. This week, there’s a nice amount of pop and alternative music in the mix, with a hint of country to spice it up. Here are the notable releases for this Friday:

HALSEY – Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (iTunes)
Led by the top 15 pop radio hit “Now Or Never”, the sophomore album by this performer is starting to get some positive coverage. A rabid fanbase like hers will likely turn this into a front-loaded release, which shouldn’t be too surprising, but just how far will it go? I think this is the strongest candidate to debut at the top of the chart next week, barring some surprise release, so stay tuned!

BLEACHERS – Gone Now (iTunes)
“Don’t Take The Money” has topped my personal chart for the last four weeks, so I might be a little excited about the sophomore set from Jack Antonoff’s project. Of course, “Don’t” is also a top ten single on the Alternative airwaves. Three years ago, Strange Desire debuted and peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200, and I’m hoping his new set can crack the top ten.

LUKE COMBS – This One’s For You (iTunes)
Combs recently topped the Country chart with “Hurricane”, which was aided by iHeartMedia’s On The Verge program at the format. The 27-year-old singer will likely make a nice splash on the Country list next week, though it should have a solid entry overall.

More albums out this week: All Time Low‘s Last Young Renegade (iTunes), Alt-J‘s Relaxer (iTunes), Dan Auerbach‘s Waiting On A Song (iTunes), Dua Lipa‘s Dua Lipa (iTunes), Housefires‘s We Say Yes (iTunes), U2‘s The Joshua Tree (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Wheeler Walker Jr.‘s Ol’ Wheeler (iTunes), Wonder Woman (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Major Lazer‘s Know No Better (iTunes), Qveen Herby‘s EP 1 (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“13”, LANY (iTunes)
“Another Love Song”, Ne-Yo (iTunes)
“Bad Drug”, Cosmos & Creature (iTunes)
“Boys In The Street (Seeb Remix)”, Greg Holden (iTunes)
“Bring Me Home”, Sam Martin (iTunes)
“Broken Clocks”, SZA (iTunes)
“Champagne, Secrets, And Chanel”, Giorgio Moroder & Phantoms featuring Prince Charlez (iTunes)
“Change It All”, Harrison Storm (iTunes)
“Down”, Fifth Harmony featuring Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“Endless Summer”, Absofacto (iTunes)
“Everything Now”, Arcade Fire (iTunes)
“Golden Dandelions”, Barns Courtney (iTunes)
“Good Kids”, Alex Mattson (iTunes)
“I Don’t Know”, Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“Little White Lies”, Betsy (iTunes)
“Llama In My Living Room”, AronChupa featuring Little Sis Nora (iTunes)
“Maderas”, Saint Mesa (iTunes)
“Maybe It’s My First Time”, Meg Mac (iTunes)
“O.D.D.”, Hey Violet (iTunes)
“Perfect Places”, Lorde (iTunes)
“Persistence”, Albin Lee Meldau (iTunes)
“Places We Won’t Walk”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Reborn”, Rae Morris (iTunes)
“Right Now”, Snakehips featuring Elhae, D.R.A.M. & H.E.R. (iTunes)
“Run”, Foo Fighters (iTunes)
“Saint”, VÉRITÉ (iTunes)
“Shame”, Hearts & Colors (iTunes)
“Sign Of The Times”, Jasmine Thompson and Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Staring At The Sun”, Vanic featuring Clara Mae (iTunes)
“Stone”, Jaymes Young (iTunes)
“Summer Hangover”, Nause featuring OMVR (iTunes)
“The Only High”, The Veronicas (iTunes)
“The Only Reason”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“The Other Side”, Ruelle (iTunes)
“Truth To Power”, OneRepublic (iTunes)
“Uh Huh”, Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Unpredictable”, Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson (iTunes)
“Used To It”, Ashe (iTunes)
“Wall Of Glass”, Liam Gallagher (iTunes)
“We Could Run”, Beth Ditto (iTunes)
“You Can Count On Me”, Ansel Elgort featuring Logic (iTunes)
“Your Fan”, The Preatures (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from BleachersHalsey and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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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.

Which of these new songs 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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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 23)

Two Cheeks, one week.

Two Cheeks, one week.

It’s a snazzy and jazzy update this week, with two unlikely superstars paired together for a collection of covers, along with one of Country’s leading men and one of England’s hottest indie trios. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 23:

  • After a week which will see Barbra Streisand top the Billboard 200, who’s to say that Tony Bennett will not be the next to top the survey? His long-delayed duets album with Lady Gaga, titled Cheek To Cheek, is now in stores. Several digital cuts from it have made the Jazz charts in the last few weeks. Reviews have been generally solid for it and the effort should have enough strength to enter at #1 next week. (iTunes)
  • Just off another #1 single at Country radio with “American Kids”, still selling well in the top 40 on iTunes, hitmaker Kenny Chesney is back with The Big Revival, which also features the followup “Til It’s Gone”. Last time around, Chesney’s Life On A Rock debuted north of six figures last year and could hit that same amount this year as a strong #2. We’ll see. (iTunes)
  • Currently riding up the Alternative survey with their biggest hit to date, “Left Hand Free”, the band known as alt-J (or ) is back with This Is All Yours, the act’s first studio album since 2012’s An Awesome Wave. Pre-release tracks from it have already ranked highly on iTunes stores across the globe. It will likely debut in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • In our former reality show contestants roundup, and there are quite a few this week, look out for new releases from America’s Got Talent‘s Jackie Evancho and her latest, Awakening (iTunes), American Idol‘s Jennifer Hudson with JHUD (iTunes) and The Sing-Off‘s Pentatonix with PTX, Vol. III (iTunes). Hudson’s “It’s Your World”, with R. Kelly, is now a top 20 hit at Urban AC radio.
  • Other releases out this week include: Aphex Twin‘s Syro (iTunes), Chad Lawson‘s The Chopin Variations (iTunesGary Clark Jr.‘s Gary Clark Jr. Live (iTunes), George Harrison‘s The Apple Years 1968-75 (iTunes), Joe Bonamossa‘s Different Shades Of Blue (iTunes), John Mellencamp‘s Plain Spoken (iTunes), Lee Ann Womack‘s The Way I’m Livin’ (iTunes), Lenny Kravitz‘s Strut (iTunes), Leonard Cohen‘s Popular Problems (iTunes), Luke James‘s Luke James (iTunes) and Tweedy‘s Sukierae (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:

  • “Burnin’ Up”, new from singer Jessie J and rapper 2 Chainz. (iTunes)
  • “Carry You Home”, a digital single from Jamie Scott. (iTunes)
  • “Maps (Rumba Whoa Mix)”, the Maroon 5 hit with a new feature by Latin star J Balvin. (iTunes)
  • “Something Blue”, a digital single from the forthcoming album by Neil Diamond. (iTunes)
  • “When You Were Mine”, a collaboration from Night Terrors of 1927 and Tegan & Sara. (iTunes)

It’s a crazy week as the labels prepare for their final shot at a GRAMMY nomination for acts with new albums like Blake Shelton, Colbie Caillat, Lady Antebellum, Prince and more. So many releases, so little time, but a full preview is coming in seven!

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