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How About “That”: Will These Tunes Travel To The U.S.?

It’s another year of a big international presence at radio and sales as we continue to look to the overseas charts to see what’s in rotation across core playlists and services around the globe. Here in the U.S., George Ezra and James Bay are among many breakout stars in 2015, and already established European hits by Marlon Roudette and OMI are among this year’s Song Of The Summer contenders on the CHR radio chart. With so much new music out there in every country imaginable, the amount of acts and songs to go through can be overwhelming. However, here are three singles that are charting well elsewhere and not yet available in the States that I hope can make an impact later this year:

Jamie Lawson

JAMIE LAWSON – “Wasn’t Expecting That”
Origin: Plymouth, England

Opening for Ed Sheeran on his latest tour down under and being the first signing on his imprint, a label called Gingerbread, has some pretty nice benefits. Now, the 39-year-old English singer/songwriter is reaping the rewards of his cool connection with a major radio and sales hit in Australia and New Zealand. The tune originally charted in Ireland over four years ago, reaching its peak of #3 in February 2011. The understated song could break out here, much like “The A Team”. It’s perfect for AAA radio.

Leslie Clio

LESLIE CLIO – “My Heart Ain’t That Broken”
Origin: Berlin, Germany

Clio’s been making a name for herself overseas for several years now, releasing her first album in 2013 to modest numbers. At age 28, she’s moved onto her next album and her latest single in “Heart”, another moderate success in her home country and a more minor entry in nearby Austria and Luxembourg. Her sound is described as “bloodshot-eyed soul”, a modern twist on the classic vibe that many acts are embracing. However, this empowering pop song could easily sync and sit well on Hot AC radio.

Nickless

NICKLESS – “Waiting”
Origin: Zurich, Switzerland

There is not a lot out there on young Nickless, but he’s a 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Zurich and this is his debut single there, a top 20 digital hit with an even higher Shazam ranking just beneath the top ten. Swiss press has tried to compare he and fellow Swiss singer Bastian Baker, who had several songs chart in 2011 and 2012. The two also toured together in 2014. Baker never made his mark in the U.S., but this singer’s charming sound and image are ready to win over more fans across the world.

Which of these three cuts will make it to the U.S. first and do the best here? Let me know! Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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Start Spreading The News: Grouplove Have A “Ways To Go” With Second LP

Their name's on the tip of my "Tongue".

At least their fans will be Happy.

They were one of my top discoveries last year with their biggest U.S. single to date and now, they’ve returned with a potentially new sound. That would be Grouplove, the rock band out of Los Angeles. The beginning of their second era is dawning on us and expectations are high for the band to deliver another solid record. Well, at least my expectations are. Before their new stuff makes its way onto the ‘net, I’ll be providing you with some dates and a little information on some things to come. First, a little bit of history.

The group formed back in 2009, putting out a self-titled six song EP in the summer of 2010 and opening for several big acts before gaining the attention of Atlantic Records and the sub-label Canvasback, most notable for a few other indie acts. After signing with them later that year, their EP was re-released and a single from it, “Colours”, gained some minor attention on Alternative radio, peaking at #25 in the fall of 2011. That could’ve been it for them. However, their big break came last summer when the group’s “Tongue Tied” was featured on an episode of the television show Glee at the same time that it was climbing in airplay. That resulted in a #1 on the Alternative chart in June. It also achieved a top ten peak at AAA radio (#6), while become a moderate crossover on both the Hot AC (#18) and CHR (#20) radio surveys. Followup single “Itchin’ On A Photograph” moseyed its way to #10 by November at Alternative, but didn’t seem to catch on anywhere else, and that was the end of the era. Luckily, the group’s been on tour since then, and they have a few dates planned at festivals and other events through the month of June. Next month is when we’ll also be having our first taste of some new music from the quintet.

This first popped up under the radar about two weeks ago, so it came as a surprise to me when I heard about it. In another two weeks, we’ll be able to hear Grouplove‘s leadoff single from their forthcoming effort, titled “Ways To Go”. It’ll be on iTunes on June 11 and goes for adds at Adult Alternative and Alternative radio two weeks after that (though it’ll likely pick up a lot of action pre-adds date.) There are a few videos of the songs on YouTube from their concerts this past spring, with this one being a more recent clip of the full song. On first listen, the song seems to be a little more electro than some of their prior stuff, which was more straight-forward rock. I don’t think we really need another MGMT or Passion Pit at the moment, but let’s face it, every band is having their 80’s synthfest phase: Fitz & The Tantrums, Neon Trees, Phoenix, etc. There’s nothing wrong with it, but that being said, I wasn’t expecting it from Grouplove. I guess we’ll see if anything changes when the studio version comes out. It does seem like it could be a catchy song. I’m putting it in my “OK” category for now just because of the overall sound and the repetitiveness of it. (If you don’t know your name by now, you will never never never know it. Woo-ooh-ooh.)

The band’s second full-length album, Spreading Rumors, will be in stores on September 17 on Canvasback/Atlantic. This comes nearly two years to date from the release of their first album, Never Trust A Happy Song, released on September 13, 2011. Coincidence? Perhaps. I haven’t really seen any news on the direction of the album, tracklisting, and other general information, but a date is good enough for now. A pre-order for the album should hopefully be available soon. Sounds like the label is invested in it if there’s a three-month window from the single premiere to the album release. Let’s hope for the best.

Start marking your calendars up because time will fly and pretty soon, “Ways To Go” and Spreading Rumors may just be flying up the charts.

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