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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 1, 2019

The language of hits.

There’s an anticipated Latin album leading the way this week, but a new month means new titles from all genres to celebrate. Here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market today:

Notable albums out this week: American Authors‘s Seasons (iTunes), Big Wild‘s Superdream (iTunes), Broods‘s Don’t Feed The Pop Monster (iTunes), Busted‘s Half Way There (iTunes), Claire Richards‘s My Wildest Dreams (iTunes), Emily King‘s Scenery (iTunes), Girlpool‘s What Chaos Is Imaginary (iTunes), Linda Ronstadt‘s Live In Hollywood (iTunes), Luis Fonsi‘s Vida (iTunes), Nina Nesbitt‘s The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change (iTunes), The Moth & The Flame‘s Restless (iTunes), Within Temptation‘s Resist (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music! 20th Anniversary, Vol. 2 (iTunes), Rent: Live (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Reece‘s I’m Not Sure Yet (iTunes), The Score‘s Pressure (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week:
“Close To Me (Remixes)”, Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“5 Months Later”, Prince Fox (iTunes)
“7 Billion”, OBB (iTunes)
“7 Rings (Remix)”, Ariana Grande featuring 2 Chainz (iTunes)
“100 Bad Days”, AJR (iTunes)
“Apologize”, grandson (iTunes)
“Are You Bored Yet?”, Wallows featuring Clairo (iTunes)
“Bad Habit” and “Ease My Mind”, Ben Platt (iTunes)
“Bones”, Galantis featuring OneRepublic (iTunes)
“Bury A Friend”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Canons”, Super Duper featuring JMR (iTunes)
“Chrysalis”, Empire Of The Sun (iTunes)
“Decisions (Weiss Remix)”, KREAM featuring Maia Wright (iTunes)
“Dream Child”, ØZWALD (iTunes)
“Drive All Night”, Joan (iTunes)
“End Of The Night”, Taylor Noelle (iTunes)
“Facts”, Chantel Jeffries featuring YG, Rich The Kid & BIA (iTunes)
“Faith You Might”, Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
“Fast Lovers”, Lemaitre (iTunes)
“First Aid Kit”, Maddie Poppe (iTunes)
“Good On Me”, Vanic featuring Olivia Noelle (iTunes)
“Got To Keep On”, The Chemical Brothers (iTunes)
“Gucci Rock N Rolla”, Snakehips featuring Rivers Cuomo & KYLE (iTunes)
“Happy Now (R3HAB Remix)”, Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza (iTunes)
“Hard To Love”, The Mowgli’s (iTunes)
“Heaven (All Around You)”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“I Walk Alone”, Gary Clark Jr. (iTunes)
“I Walk Up”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“I’ve Been Waiting”, Lil Peep & ILoveMakonnen featuring Fall Out Boy (iTunes)
“Jump The Fence”, Gia Woods (iTunes)
“Karma (CLiQ Remix)”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Keep It Simple”, James Barker Band (iTunes)
“Let You Down”, Stirling (iTunes)
“Life Must Go On”, Quinn XCII (iTunes)
“Love Myself”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Low Key”, Ally Brooke featuring Tyga (iTunes)
“Medicate”, Gabbie Hanna (iTunes)
“Middle Name”, Kat Saul (iTunes)
“Mime”, Isaac Dunbar (iTunes)
“Money Lover”, Magdalena Bay (iTunes)
“Nobody’s Home”, Mallrat & Basenji (iTunes)
“Not Angry Anymore”, Thelma Plum (iTunes)
“Not Thinkin’ Bout You (Acoustic)”, Ruel featuring Billy Davis (iTunes)
“Numb”, Before You Exit (iTunes)
“On My Way”, Sheppard (iTunes)
“Open Up”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Permission”, New Hope Club (iTunes)
“Racks On Racks”, Lil Pump (iTunes)
“Ready To Let Go”, Cage The Elephant (iTunes)
“Slow Motion”, Jarryd James (iTunes)
“Someone New”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Splash”, Ty James x Unheard (iTunes)
“Suburban Girl”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“They Don’t Shine”, Tedeschi Trucks Band (iTunes)
“They Own This Town”, Flora Cash (iTunes)
“Trouble”, Omar Apollo (iTunes)
“What’s Up Danger (Black Caviar Remix)”, Blackway (iTunes)
“When I Die”, ALMA (iTunes)
“Wild Like The Wind”, Deorro (iTunes)
“Women”, Florida Georgia Line featuring Jason Derulo (iTunes)
“You And I”, LÉON (iTunes)
“Young Like This (HEDEGAARD Remix)”, Hugo Helmig (iTunes)
“Zero Gravity”, Kate Miller-Heidke (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from Ariana Grande and many more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 24, 2016

"Ain't" beating Drake, but still a strong competitor.

“Ain’t” beating Drake… or will it?

Worried about the “Brexit” situation overseas? Well, regardless of the result, we’ll “Remain” giving you the top new releases every week. On with the show! Here are this week’s new albums and singles:

  • THE AVETT BROTHERS — True Sadness (iTunes)
    • In one of the lighter weeks of 2016 thus far, the North Carolina foursome is looking to score the highest new entry on next week’s list. “Ain’t No Man” is currently in the runner-up spot on the Triple A chart, while it’s approaching the top 30 on Alternative radio. A top five entry is pretty much a given, but just how high will it land? Stay tuned.
  • BROODS — Conscious (iTunes)
    • The New Zealand sibling duo is back with their second album and a new single, “Free”, which is this close to reaching a new career peak for them on the Alternative chart. Their last album cracked the top 50 two years ago, and this one is a likely top 30 contender (if not greater.)
  • More albums out this week: Cash Cash‘s Blood, Sweat & 3 Years (iTunes), Hot Hot Heat‘s Hot Hot Heat (iTunes), Marian Hill‘s ACT ONE (iTunes), Mindless Behavior‘s #officialMBmusic (iTunes), Riff Raff‘s Peach Panther (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Brandyn Burnette‘s State I’m In (iTunes), Hailey Knox‘s A Little Awkward (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “11 Blocks”, Wrabel (iTunes)
  • “Closer”, Ferras (iTunes)
  • “Deserve Better”, Jump Smokers featuring Austin Mahone (iTunes)
  • “Everybody We Know Does”, Chase Rice (iTunes)
  • “Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)”, Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliott (iTunes)
  • “Gods”, Maxwell (iTunes)
  • “Got Your Number”, Serena Ryder (iTunes)
  • “Light Me Up”, Ingrid Michaelson (iTunes)
  • “Lost 2.0”, HØØNCH (iTunes)
  • “Make It Up”, Shura (iTunes)
  • “Oasis”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
  • “Rivals”, Usher featuring Future (iTunes)
  • “Six Feet Under”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
  • “Social”, Cardboard Kids (iTunes)
  • “Sucker For Pain”, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic & Ty Dolla $ign featuring X Ambassadors (iTunes)
  • “The Story”, LeAnn Rimes (iTunes)
  • “There’s A Girl”, Trent Harmon (iTunes)
  • “Where It All Goes”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
  • “Wild”, Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from American Authors, Blink-182, Maxwell and more.

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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 – “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 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 – “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 – “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 – “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 – “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.

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 – “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 – “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 – “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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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 7)

"Down" for the top spot.

“Down” for the top spot.

It’s October already? Crazy how time flies and how many copies are gonna fly off the shelves when the big boys and girls come out to play in Q4. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 7:

  • Expectations are very high for the sixth studio album by Country supestar Jason Aldean. Those last five sets, at the very least, have been certified Platinum and he’s hoping that his latest, Old Boots, New Dirt, will continue that trend. Single “Burnin’ It Down” is preparing for a run atop the Country chart in a few weeks. Time to throw a lasso around this winner. (iTunes)
  • Following a well-deserved break after a three year period (2008-2010) when rockers Weezer released one album a year, they return to stores with Everything Will Be Alright In The End, featuring the current Alternative top ten hit “Back To The Shack”. They’ve been welcomed back by their core format, so expect this one to do moderately well. (iTunes)
  • She’s been all over the Rhythmic and Urban airwaves (and creeping up the CHR survey) with her debut release “2 On”. Now, R&B singer Tinashe gets her zodiac on with Aquarius, which also features the followup “Pretend”. It’s likely to debut high based on that success, but we’ll see if she can sustain herself on the radio. (iTunes)
  • Coming off his #1 AAA hit “Take Me To Church” and its subsequent crossover, Irish singer Hozier is out with his debut self-titled album. With strong pre-orders already securing a top ten debut for the effort, it’s anyone guess as to how high this one will go. Look for it to be strong through the holidays. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Alex & Sierra‘s It’s About Us (iTunes), Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn‘s Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (iTunes), Betty Who‘s Take Me When You Go (iTunes), Broods‘s Evergreen (iTunes), Flying Lotus‘s You’re Dead! (iTunes), Jackson Browne‘s Standing In The Breach (iTunes), Jim Brickman‘s On A Winter’s Night: The Songs And Spirit Of Christmas (iTunes), Keyshia Cole‘s Point Of No Return (iTunes), Minnie Driver‘s Ask Me To Dance (iTunes), New Found Glory‘s Resurrection (iTunes), Sixx: AM‘s Modern Vintage (iTunes), Stevie Nicks‘s 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault (iTunes), The Piano Guys‘s Wonders (iTunes), Yellowcard‘s Lift A Sail (iTunes) and the original soundtrack to The Best Of Me (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Dangerous”, the second collaboration from DJ David Guetta and singer Sam Martin. (iTunes)

Next week, Florida-Georgia Line, Hoodie Allen, Jessie J and U2 are among the likely top ten debuts of the pack. A full preview, including more great albums from Andrew McMachon In The Wilderness, Idina Menzel and Mary Lambert, is coming in seven!

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