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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 1, 2018

Just West of the land of charts.

From the Equality State to the state of music today, it’s another interesting Friday for fresh singles and albums. What will you be listening to for the first day of June? These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

KANYE WEST – ye (iTunes)
Does anybody really know what these seven tracks will sound like? Probably not. Still, West’s name should carry this set toward the top of the charts, unless his outspoken political stance affects things severely. We hear sales in Wyoming will be through the roof!

Notable albums out this week: Albin Lee Meldau‘s About You (iTunes), Ben Howard‘s Noonday Dream (iTunes), Father John Misty‘s God’s Favorite Customer (iTunes), Ghost‘s Prequelle (iTunes), Luke Combs‘s This One’s For You Too (iTunes), Michael Ray‘s Amos (iTunes), Nicole Millar‘s Excuse Me (iTunes), Owl City‘s Cinematic (iTunes), Roger Daltrey‘s As Long As I Have You (iTunes), Ruen Brothers‘s All My Shades Of Blue (iTunes), Thompson Square‘s Masterpiece (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Josie Dunne‘s To Be The Little Fish (iTunes), Olivia Noelle‘s If Boys Could Cry (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“5 In The Morning”, Charli XCX (iTunes)
“Africa”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Again And Again”, Dave Matthews Band (iTunes)
“All The Feels”, Fly By Midnight (iTunes)
“All Things”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“At My Weakest” / “You Deserve Better”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Blindsided”, The New Coast (iTunes)
“Boys Like You (Pop Mix)”, Anna Clendening (iTunes)
“Colour”, MNEK featuring Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Come Over”, The Internet (iTunes)
“Dilemma”, Liv Miraldi (iTunes)
“Drive” / “Duo”, Ben Rector (iTunes)
“Enemies” / “Never Not”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Fast Slow Disco”, St. Vincent (iTunes)
“Focus”, Allie X (iTunes)
“Girls Like You (Remix)”, Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B (iTunes)
“Give Yourself A Try”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“Grateful”, Better Than Ezra (iTunes)
“Happier (Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Harlem Anthem”, A$AP Ferg (iTunes)
“Heaven Only Knows”, Bob Moses (iTunes)
“Hometown”, Sheppard (iTunes)
“How You’ve Been”, R3HAB x Quinn Lewis (iTunes)
“Humility”, Gorillaz featuring George Benson (iTunes)
“I Wish I Missed My Ex”, Mahalia (iTunes)
“Lost My Mind”, Lily Allen (iTunes)
“IDWK”, DVBBS x Blackbear (iTunes)
“Love Lasts Forever”, All Saints (iTunes)
“Lying To Myself” / “Waterbed”, Hearts & Colors (iTunes)
“Make It Happen”, John Splithoff (iTunes)
“Paranoid”, Emily Warren (iTunes)
“Remember Me”, VINCINT (iTunes)
“SAD AND BORED”, bülow featuring Duckwrth (iTunes)
“Someone Else”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“SUMMERTIME”, Ne-Yo (iTunes)
“Tension”, Pretty Sister featuring White Gold (iTunes)
“Youngblood (Acoustic)”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from the Dave Matthews Band, Kids See Ghost, Sugarland and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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PROFILE: Will Passenger “Go” On To The U.S.?

Driving his way around the world.

Driving his way around the world.

Seems like for at least the past few years, we’ve always had an international solo act that writes and sings their own material and dominates the charts with a breakup anthem that you just can’t escape. In 2011, it was Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep”. In 2012, it was Gotye‘s duet with Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”. Both sold bucket loads and won awards for their compositions, even if each act didn’t have the same level of success after their signature songs. While we have acts like Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sandé climbing the national surveys today, I’m inclined to think that there may be another act in the wings waiting to breakout and attain that same level of success. With that, let me introduce you to the singer and song that may do it: Passenger and his international hit, “Let Her Go”.

Passenger is a one-man band, 28-year-old British singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg. He started performing at age 16. Rosenberg previously fronted a band baring the same name that broke up in 2009, and he decided to carry the name with him as he began his solo career that same year. His first albums came and went with little notice, but it’s his third album, All The Little Lights, that seems to have everyone interested him. (It’s been out in the U.S. since late August of last year via Nettwerk Records.) A first single, “The Wrong Direction”, didn’t chart in any territory, but his second release, the aforementioned “Go”, became a major hit in Europe beginning in the summer of 2012. It’s already gone to #1 in Austria, Sweden and The Netherlands and now it’s securely at #1 on iTunes in Australia, which will likely take it to the top of the ARIA Singles Chart there. (UPDATE: It rose 23-2 in its second week on the chart, but is still #1 on iTunes.) In total, it’s charted in over a dozen countries so far, most within the top ten. His album has also been a top ten seller in countries like Germany and Ireland. He recently toured in Australia and New Zealand as the opening act for Ed Sheeran and is now on his own headlining tour in the same region. How fast those things seem to grow.

As for the song itself, it’s a really pretty one. It has a minimal arrangement, at times entirely a capella, but is still commercial sounding in its own way. What really drives the song is that Rosenberg has a really distinctive voice, one that would especially stand out here, but in a good sense. It sort of reminds me of a mix of Ben Howard and Paolo Nutini, both of whom have had some degree of success here. It’s one of those songs you just want to listen to if you’re feeling down and can’t shake the memories of an old flame. In fact, that’s reflected in the lyrics pretty elegantly: “You see her when you fall asleep/But never to touch and never to keep.” As the expression goes, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. You realize that you need some essential quality, but it doesn’t happen until after it’s gone. He can put it better than I can: “You only need the light when it’s burning low/Only miss the sun when it starts to snow/Only know you love her when you let her go.” It’s a song that can touch a lot of people, like “Rolling” and “Somebody” did during their respective years in the spotlights. Watch out for Passenger to fill that void at some point.

So, what happens from here? It may be that the sudden sales in Australia translates into Nettwerk promoting “Go” to both Canada and the United States later this spring. It could be longer. It’s currently being considered for only Triple A radio here, but that could easily be expanded. Regardless of what it happens, it will happen, and then maybe you’ll be tired of it by the 200th time you hear it on the radio. For now, it’s a fresh sound that may be the next to pop on the mainstream circuit. You may “let her go”, but don’t let this one do the same.

Download “Let Her Go” on iTunes. / Download All The Little Lights on iTunes.

Are you already enjoying Passenger’s music? Think he can break the U.S. market successfully? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

UPDATE: “Let Her Go” goes for adds at hot adult contemporary radio on April 29! Here’s to a great U.S. run for it.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 10, 2013

Life on Murs.

Olly’s jolly once again.

DEBUTS
39. Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up
38. Tegan & Sara – Closer | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Goo Goo Dolls – Rebel Beat (39)
24. One Direction – Kiss You (29)
15. Pink featuring Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason (24) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Britt Nicole – Gold (11) | PEAK: #10
09. OneRepublic – If I Lose Myself (13) | PEAK: #09
08. Pink – Try (05) | PEAK: #02
07. Ed Sheeran – Lego House (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Maroon 5 – Daylight (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Hunter Hayes – Wanted (06) | PEAK: #05
04. fun. – Carry On (02) | PEAK: #01 for eight weeks
03. Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Train – Mermaid (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Olly Murs – Troublemaker (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Saturdays – What About Us (1)
2. Robbie Williams – Be A Boy (3)
3. Jewel – Two Hearts Breaking (5)
4. Matt Hires – Restless Heart (-)
5. Aerosmith featuring Carrie Underwood – Can’t Stop Lovin’ You (2)
6. Cassadee Pope – Over You (4)
7. fun. – Why Am I The One? (9)
8. Fitz & The Tantrums – Out Of My League (-)
9. Carly Rae Jepsen – Tonight I’m Getting Over You (10)
10. A Great Big World – This Is The New Year (-)

In The Mix:
Benny Benassi featuring Gary Go – Cinema (new)
Bridgit Mendler – Hurricane
Cher Lloyd – With Ur Love
Depeche Mode – Heaven
Dido – No Freedom
Emeli Sandé – Clown
Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) (new)
Hot Chelle Rae – Hung Up
Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX – I Love It
Imagine Dragons – Demons
Jilette Johnson – Torpedo
Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us
Maroon 5 – Love Somebody
Serena Ryder – Stompa (new)
Stefano – Yes To Love
The Script – If You Could See Me Now (new)
Tristan Prettyman – The Rebound
Zedd featuring Foxes – Clarity

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Rock On, Radio: The Latest Alternative Releases

From singer-songwriters to pop/rock bands, these latest singles are all Adam Approved (always a good thing) and going to Alternative or AAA (Adult Album Alternative) radio within the next few weeks. They are just a small sample of the songs you may be seeing on next week’s Radio Report for the month of February. I give you these four great new tracks as an appetizer:

Can't get it out of my "Head".

Can’t get it out of my “Head”.

BEN HOWARD – “Keep Your Head Up”
Adds Date: January 28 (AAA)

25-year-old Howard is originally from West London and released his only album to date, Every Kingdom, back in the fall of 2011. His biggest single thus far in the States, “Only Love”, recently went to #5 on the adult alternative chart. “Love” was also his only single to place in the top 40 in the U.K. Singles Chart. Howard is following it up in the States with the song “Keep Your Head Up”, which went to #74 in the U.K. in September 2011. For you pop music fans out there, no, this is not a hot Andy Grammer cover. Howard’s track is more along the lines of a David Gray or a Paolo Nutini song; a really organic sound with an emotive vocal as Howard appeals to the listener to “keep your head up, keep your heart strong/keep your mind set in your ways.” It’s a boost of encouragement when the protagonist is lost in his wicked ways and looking for a way out, only find that “all I was searchin’ for was me.” The song’s much more immediate for me than “Love” ever was. Since that slowly broke him on the AAA format, I would hope that this next release will rise a little bit faster and get Howard back to the top ten. He’s a hidden jewel in the world of singer-songwriters; you’ll keep coming back for another listen.

The element of "Freedom".

The element of “Freedom”.

DIDO – “No Freedom”
Adds Date: February 18 (AAA)

Hello there, old friend. The hitmaker behind “Thankyou” and “White Flag” came back with a not-so-eventful album in 2008 called Safe Trip Home. First single “Don’t Believe In Love” never saw any significant radio action and the album quickly faded away. Dido hopes that this will be a big return for her, which comes nearly ten years after their release of her last big chart hit in the States, “White Flag”. The first official single from her forthcoming album, Girl Who Got Away, is “No Freedom”, which sees the singer back to her familiar sound with perhaps a touch of an older R&B sound in elements of the composition. The song is about being constricted by a relationship, with the protagonist seemingly at the end of one: “Take it by your silence/I’m free to walk out the door/By the look of your eyes, I can tell/You don’t think I’ll be back for more.” She realizes that there’s “no love without freedom”, even if the two of them pass by each other in a more indirect way. The song will at least be enough to get her back on the airwaves, but, is it too little too late in the States or will she get the full embrace that she did in previous eras? Keep looking out on the charts to see what happens.

No need to horse around.

No need to horse around.

FUN. – “Why Am I The One?”
Adds Date: February 25 (Alternative)

What’s fun of having no new fun. songs on the radio? Good question. The band poses another one with “Why Am I The One?”, the fourth single from their album, Some Nights, and the followup to recent hit “Carry On”. It comes just in time for the GRAMMY Awards, where they’re up for a number of awards and will be performing on the live broadcast. (I’ll be posting all my picks for the ceremony in two weeks.) “One” sounds like an Elton John song hit the production of a mid-90’s rock band. I don’t know what it is, but there’s one distinctive part of the chorus that reminds me a lot of John’s “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” in the melody that Ruess is singing. The protagonist is bored of his situation, until he gets the “feeling that I’m right where I belong”, but he still manages to be on the losing end of a situation with his girl, asking “Why am I the one always packing all my stuff?” This may very well be the fourth top ten hit in a row for the group on the Alternative chart, which almost never happens with an act’s first four radio releases. We’ll see what happens! The radio adds date is still a month away, so “Carry” could still make some upward movement in the meantime. (It’s currently top ten on the Alternative chart and also charting on mainstream radio.)

Imagination's got the best of you.

Imagination’s got the best of you.

IMAGINE DRAGONS – “Demons”
Adds Date: at radio now (AAA/Alternative)

This quartet from Las Vegas has garnered two big hits on alternative radio within the past year: “It’s Time” and ‘Radioactive”, the former of which has become a sizeable crossover hit. This third release, also from their 2012 release Night Visions, the band’s debut album, is a little more mellow overall than their past two releases, but still finds the right amount of energy during the chorus to keep the song going. This isn’t exactly light stuff, taking place in a world where “days are cold” and “your dreams all fail”, but it’s the pre-chorus that really hits the message home in a very thought-provoking way: “No matter what we breed/We are still made of greed.” It’s sort of disturbing in a sense, but it rings frighteningly true given the world’s situation today. Still, there are demons present even in the protagonist’s eyes, even as he tries to “save the light” of another presence that he can make him pure again. It’s an outstanding lyric, and alternative radio will definitely make this another big hit for the band. They’ll be on tour for much of the first half of 2013 before potentially returning to the studio to record their second full-length album.

Do you have a favorite song out of the four highlighted here? Is there another artist that you think I should cover? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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