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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 10, 2018

Get to Know this release.

You can have it all this week: pop, rock, rap and more! The schedule may be light, but there’s plenty of variety in the mix. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

JASON MRAZ – Know. (iTunes)
Mraz’s first studio album in just over four years features the top ten Hot AC hit “Have It All”, his first to reach the region since 2012’s “I Won’t Give Up”. Though its lack of streaming (compared to some of the larger rap titles as of late) will prevent it from debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 list, we’ll have to wait and see if the set becomes his third studio album in a row to enter and peak at #2.

Notable albums out this week: Capital Cities‘s Solarize (iTunes), Jordan Smith‘s Only Love (iTunes), Medasin‘s Irene (iTunes), Trippie Redd‘s Life’s A Trip (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Elley Duhé‘s Dragon Mentality (iTunes), Maty Noyes‘s Love Songs From A Lolita (iTunes), Morgan Evans‘s EP (iTunes), Stela Cole‘s Throwing Up Butterflies (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“8 Letters”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“Album Of The Year (Freestyle)”, J. Cole (iTunes)
“All Of It”, Cole Swindell (iTunes)
“All Washed Out”, DREAMERS (iTunes)
“Animal”, Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Baby, You Make Me Crazy (Fiction Remix)”, Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Back To You (Joey Pecoraro Remix)”, Selena Gomez (iTunes)
“Before U I Didn’t Exist”, FRND (iTunes)
“Better”, Chantel Jeffries featuring BlocBoy JB & Vory (iTunes)
“Between You & Me”, One Bit + Louisa (iTunes)
“Bloom”, Adam Friedman (iTunes)
“Bury Me”, Plain White T’s (iTunes)
“Car Confessions”, Young M.A (iTunes)
“Capricorn”, Elderbrook (iTunes)
“Coming Home”, ZHU featuring Majid Jordan (iTunes)
“Dance Away My Broken Heart”, Abby Anderson (iTunes)
“dear insecurity”, gnash featuring Ben Abraham (iTunes)
“Dear Sense”, Louis The Child with MAX (iTunes)
“Do You Think About Me”, Captain Cuts & Zookëper featuring Georgia Ku (iTunes)
“Drink About (Clean Bandit Remix)”, Seeb & Dagny (iTunes)
“Excuse Me”, Ro James (iTunes)
“Fool”, Jetta (iTunes)
“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”, Cher (iTunes)
“Goldchains (Acoustic)”, Tyde Levi (iTunes)
“Gold Rush (Photay Remix)”, Death Cab For Cutie (iTunes)
“Hash Pipe”, Toto (iTunes)
“I Don’t Want To”, Be The Bear (iTunes)
“I Need To Know” and “Right Here”, R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“I’m Good”, Wafia (iTunes)
“Like Everybody Else (Acoustic)”, Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Liquid”, RuthAnne (iTunes)
“Lonely Girls”, Vanessa Carlton (iTunes)
“Loyal To Me”, Nina Nesbitt (iTunes)
“Mean To Me”, StayLoose & ROZES (iTunes)
“Monsters”, Seafret (iTunes)
“My Story”, Loren Gray (iTunes)
“New Light (Zookëper Remix)”, John Mayer (iTunes)
“No Getting Older”, Mitch James (iTunes)
“Numb”, Sabrina Claudio (iTunes)
“On My Way To You”, Cody Johnson (iTunes)
“Peach”, Broods (iTunes)
“Phantom Of The Dance Floor”, Kiesza (iTunes)
“Play”, Dave Grohl (iTunes)
“Pretty Girl”, Stefflon Don featuring Tiggs Da Author (iTunes)
“Saltwater”, Jeffrey James (iTunes)
“Shame”, Elle King (iTunes)
“Sharna”, WSTRN (iTunes)
“Sola”, Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Summer Days (Galantis Remix)”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Swimming With Sharks”, Dave Edwards x Fly By Midnight (iTunes)
“Téquila Limonada”, Netsky featuring A.CHAL (iTunes)
“Thunderclouds”, LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) (iTunes)
“To Be Free”, Passenger (iTunes)
“Trouble”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Weekend”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
“Whiplash”, R3HAB x Kaela Sinclair (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj 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 July 7, 2017

Something worth listening to…

Still nursing that hangover from Tuesday? It’s okay, the music world is too. However, let me tempt you with some fresh releases on the schedule this week, including a little sibling love in the spotlight! Check out all the fun below:

HAIM – Something To Tell You (iTunes)
Other than the wide release of JAY-Z‘s latest album, a Tidal and Sprint exclusive for the past seven days, the sophomore album by these three sisters will certainly be doing some damage on the charts next week. Their debut album, Days Are Gone, debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 in 2013. Single “Want You Back” is approaching the top ten on my chart, so you know I’ll be checking it out.

More albums out this week: 21 Savage‘s Issa (iTunes), Sundara Karma‘s Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Capital Cities‘s Swimming Pool Summer (iTunes), Dia Frampton‘s Bruises Wild (iTunes), Sweater Beats‘s For The Cold (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“2U (Robin Schulz Remix)”, David Guetta featuring Justin Bieber (iTunes)
“A L I E N S”, Coldplay (iTunes)
“All My Love”, Cash Cash featuring Conor Maynard (iTunes)
“Alive”, Ben Haenow (iTunes)
“Always Be My Baby”, Tim Halperin (iTunes)
“Bad Boys (Février 17)”, Ofelia K (iTunes)
“Bring Dem Things”, French Montana featuring Pharrell Williams (iTunes)
“Close Your Eyes” and “Sweat”, The All-American Rejects (iTunes)
“Don’t Delete The Kisses”, Wolf Alice (iTunes)
“Get Low”, Zedd & Liam Payne (iTunes)
“Iditarod”, Cape Francis (iTunes)
“Just Dance”, HONNE (iTunes)
“L.A. Models”, Hudson Thames (iTunes)
“Last Kiss” and “Turn Up The Love”, AlunaGeorge (iTunes)
“Lit”, Steve Aoki & Yellow Claw featuring Gucci Mane and T-Pain (iTunes)
“Lost On You”, Lewis Capaldi (iTunes)
“Move To L.A.”, Tyga featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Ni Tú Ni Yo”, Jennifer Lopez featuring Gente De Zona (iTunes)
“No Vacancy”, OneRepublic featuring Tiziano Ferro (iTunes)
“Old Flame”, Tom Speight (iTunes)
“Play With Fire”, Sam Tinnesz featuring Yacht Money (iTunes)
“Plot Twist”, Marc E. Bassy featuring KYLE (iTunes)
“Praying”, Kesha (iTunes)
“Saving Time”, Mitch James (iTunes)
“SmallTown”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Surrond Me”, LÉON (iTunes)
“Sweetie Little Jean (Unpeeled)”, Cage The Elephant (iTunes)
“Take ‘Em Down”, Whissell (iTunes)
“Waiting For The Summer”, Deepend featuring Graham Candy (iTunes)
“Wearing Nothing (Cheat Codes X CADE Remix)”, Dagny (iTunes)
“Why”, Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Wot U Gonna Do?”, Dizzee Rascal (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new EPs from Coldplay, Kirstin and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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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.

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 (March 11)

They're in the Money.

They’re in the Money.

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but you sure are going to need some with all the new albums and singles bouncing into stores today. Here’s what you need to know about on the schedule for the week of March 11:

  • In late 2009, the crew from Young Money Entertainment released a compilation album called We Are Young Money, which features various rappers and singers from the group on hits like “Bedrock” and “Every Girl”. This week, their second release of solely acts from that label is in stores, subtitled Rise Of An Empire. Two singles from the effort are currently charting at Urban radio. Look for it to debut in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • Why not cater to the college crowd at this time of year? Luke Bryan‘s latest Spring Break EP is his sixth, subtitled …Like We Ain’t Ever. Given how hot the guy’s been lately, this could make its way into the top spot. Crack open a few cold cans: it’s time for some finger lickin’ fun. (iTunes)
  • If you’re a fan of Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up!”, then you already know singer Aloe Blacc and his new hit, “The Man”. Released in a handful of European territories last fall to mixed results, Lift Your Spirit is the singer’s third album and “Man” is the leadoff release from it. However, it may not lift up the charts that easily. (iTunes)
  • Country superstar Sara Evans is back with her seventh studio album, Slow Me Down; the title track is currently at Country radio and climbing through the top 30. Her opening numbers won’t be as big as her last album, Stronger, but they should solidly put her in the top 10 or 15. (iTunes)
  • After partnering with ATO Records on their last release, Alternative rockers 311 go totally independent on their new album, titled Stereolithic. “Five Of Everything” is the lead release from it, which recently entered the top 50 at the format. (iTunes)
  • Looking for a little Latin flavor this week? A new album from Juanes reaches stores this week, the muy bueno Loco De Amor. It should do better in the U.S. than his last album, P.A.R.C.E., which barely charted during the Christmas season in 2010. (iTunes)
  • Currently charting at the Urban AC format with “I Blame You”, R&B singer Ledisi is out with her latest, The Truth. It’s her first album in nearly three years. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Capital Cities‘s In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Cowboy Troy‘s King Of Clubs (iTunes), Don Williams‘s Reflections (iTunes), Elbow‘s The Take Off And Landing Of Everything (iTunes), KXM‘s KXM (iTunes), Ozomatli‘s Place In The Sun (iTunes) and Tensnake‘s Glow (iTunes).

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

  • “Burning Gold”, a new single from Christina Perri from her new album, Head Or Heart. (iTunes)
  • “Guilty All The Same”, a collaboration from Linkin Park and Rakim. (iTunes)
  • “Higher”, new from Canadian rapper Classified featuring American rapper B.o.B. (iTunes)
  • “You’re My Star”, a first single from R&B singer Tank‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)

Next week, Foster The People has the most anticipated release with their sophomore album Supermodel, plus the latest from Enrique Iglesias also hits stores. A full preview is coming in seven!

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TOP TEN: Wondering About One Hit Wonders — 2013 Edition

The end of 2013 is just a few weeks away, and unfortunately, some acts just won’t be able to carry another single onto the charts in the new year. It’s the sad truth. Some may find success on genre-specific surveys or on small market panels, but it just isn’t the same. So, I must tackle the inevitable: acts who could be past their glory days, as small a time window as it was. Only one big song can do the trick, and for these artists and bands, that could be it. (Nothing to look down upon, however, some people can’t even get to that point.)

(NOTE: I did not include several acts who still have active singles at the moment. Those include American AuthorsEmblem3, NONONO and Zendaya, among others. You better watch out for 2014!)

Let’s start the top ten of the could-be one hit wonders of 2013 when it comes to popular music and the Hot 100…

That's "the way" to sample.

Her team has a Grande problem.

10. ARIANA GRANDE
The horror! Yes, as much as I know how many you like her, Grande’s team really can’t get it together when it comes to second significant radio hit. Though she will have an album out next year, I don’t feel she’ll have as big a hit as “The Way”.

Don't "Miss" this new track.

From #9 to Five.

09. FIFTH HARMONY
The X Factor gals had a good 2013 with a top ten EP. However, “Miss Movin’ On” is the only charting single from Better Together and I don’t think Syco/Epic know what to do with them. I am not expecting much from their full-length album.

That's "Who" he is.

That’s “Who” he is.

08. JONN HART
This is another Epic act who seems to have been lost in the shuffle. His hit “Who Booty” managed some airplay at the Rhythmic and Urban formats, plus a minor CHR crossover. Baby got back, but he hasn’t been back on the charts since.

Darling Nikki.

Darling Nikki.

07. NIKKI WILLIAMS
The South African singer took “Glowing” onto the pop airwaves but had its lights turned out midway up the survey. She plans to release a song called “Thank God It’s Friday” to CHR radio next year, but it’s very average and will underperform.

Livin' the life.

Not so “Alive” on the charts right now.

06. KREWELLA
They hit the top ten at pop radio in May with “Alive”, though sales of the songs were tepid. I actually thought the followup titled “Live For The Night” was a stronger song, but radio wasn’t a big fan. At least they’ll have DJ’ing gigs to fall back on.

I like it, "I Love It".

I like it, “I Love It”.

05. ICONA POP
They crashed their car into the bridge and wound up with a hit, “I Love It”, but when they wanted to do it “All Night”, radio and retail weren’t buying into it. Their album tanked and their buzz is largely gone. These two could only Pop for so long.

A "Safe" bet for some sales.

Their one and only “Safe” hit.

04. CAPITAL CITIES
The Los Angeles based duo had a major Alternative crossover smash in “Safe And Sound”. Its longevity was the main reason why followup “Kangaroo Court” quickly hopped on radio and was then pulled. I doubt they’re due for another hit.

Cup, cup and away.

Cup, cup and away.

03. ANNA KENDRICK
This one should be no surprise as no one expected “Cups (When I’m Gone)” from Pitch Perfect to blow up. Even though there’s a sequel in the works, Kendrick is focused on making films. Plus, “Plates” or “Utensils” couldn’t follow it up, right?

He really shook it up in 2013.

Really shook it up in 2013.

02. BAAUER
He captivated work places everywhere to film their staff shaking it out to the “Harlem Shake”, and a large change in the Billboard Hot 100 methodology lifted it to a #1 debut. Unfortunately, the DJ hasn’t busted out any chart moves recently.

"Fox" on the run.

“Fox” on the run.

01. YLVIS
Admit it, you watched the video for “The Fox” a few times and tried to howl along. It was a viral sensation for the duo from Norway, who lit up YouTube and iTunes and cracked the Hot 100’s top ten. Though this song is over now, the two keep churning out videos on the ‘net, even if they don’t get the attention their one big hit received. At least they’re consistent.

Agree with my picks? Totally disagree? Want to make a suggestion for another act you think will be known for just one song? Comment below or find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the “Get Social!” tab.

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The State Of Pop: Hits Of The Geographical Survey

Rockin' the States.

Rockin’ the States.

California duo Capital Cities are all over the radio with their multi-format smash “Safe And Sound”. It’s worth noting that the act’s name is pretty unusual, but I guess that could be said of a lot of groups nowadays. Fact is, Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian are based out of Los Angeles, which is the biggest city in California, but isn’t the capital of it. That would be the much smaller Sacramento. That got me thinking about all of the capital cities in the United States and how well they’ve been represented by both top 40 artists and singles on the national music charts. As you might expect, it’s not that fairly distributed but it’s still an interesting look. Luckily, you don’t need a map for this one; I’ll be happy to map it out for you.

Of the 55 years that the Hot 100 has officially been around, I could only find ten state capital names that were featured in either or both categories, though not all of them actually reference the city or town in question. Some check out, like the catalog of John Denver, with Denver being the capital of Colorado (his birthplace), “Honolulu Lulu” by Jan & Dean (#11, 1963) representing Hawaii, and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” by Glen Campbell (#26, 1967) or Isaac Hayes (#37, 1969), the state capital of Arizona. Others, like the forgotten “Sink The Bismarck” by Johnny Harton (#3, 1960) is about the German ship rather than the capital of North Dakota. There are also the examples of capital names that are pretty common enough to be a first name or surname. When you hear the name Jackson, you may think of the last name for Janet, Joe, Michael, Wanda, etc. but they have nothing to do with the capital of Mississippi. The same is true of Austin, TX and Montgomery, AL; multiple chart examples, but they are names of people rather than the place. So, with all that said, we’re down to three, and all are major cities that have at least one band and one single named after them, so you get the best of both worlds. Let’s explore them:

ATLANTA
Founded in Doraville, GA in 1971, the Atlanta Rhythm Section took their Southern rock sound onto the charts in 1974 with their debut single, “Doraville” (#35). Seven of their songs made the top 40 on the Hot 100, including two #7 singles: “So Into You” (1977) and “Imaginary Lover” (1978). They last charted in 1981 with a release that’s gone obscure, but are still active on the live circuit. They haven’t recorded new material since the late 90’s.

The only song about Georgia’s capital to make the top 40 did it in the fall of 1981. After his departure from Jefferson Starship, Marty Balin‘s “Hearts” became a top ten single, followed by the #27 entry “Atlanta Lady (Something About Your Love)”. After one more minor single in 1983, his chart days were over.

BOSTON
Aerosmith and New Kids On The Block may have the bigger selection of hits, but how can you not love a band from Boston called Boston? The group led by the late Brad Delp burst onto the charts in 1976 with singles like “More Than A Feeling” (#5) and “Don’t Look Back” (#4) two years later. After much delay, their Third Stage album in 1986 provided them with the #1 hit “Amanda”. They still perform today with a different set of members.

Two songs name-checking Beantown also made the top 40. In 1974, “Please Come To Boston” became the first and only big single for Tenneessee born Dave Loggins. It went to #5. A followup release only managed a peak in the 50’s. Then, in 2007, Augustana slowly rose up to a peak of #34 with their first charting hit, “Boston”. They also charted only once more with a minor peaking single and have gone through a few lineup changes since then, though they appear to have a new record deal and album in the pipeline.

NASHVILLE
The only group with the Tennessee’s capital in their name didn’t grow up in the United States at all. The Nashville Teens were based out of Surrey in the southern part of England. Their claim to fame was the 1964 hit “Tobacco Road”, which went as high as #14. “Find My Way Back Home” barely scratched the Hot 100 the following year, but they continued to record material into the early 70’s before splitting.

Also in the 60’s, “Nashville Cats” became a #8 single for quintet The Lovin’ Spoonful in 1967. Though it was far from their biggest release on the charts, the #1 “Summer In The City”, it was their sixth and last time charting in the top ten. They would be off the Hot 100 altogether by 1969, when the group parted ways.

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It’s A Zoo In Here: The Animals Of Alternative Radio

It’s a nice summer day out there… chances are that the kids want to go outside to explore and maybe go on a field trip, so, why not take them to the zoo? You went there yourself when you were younger. You’ll find it all there. The screaming children. The disgusting smells from the animal cages. The tourist trap gift shop. Oh, yes, the horrors. I think I have better solution to this issue. Why not let these two new singles give you some visuals without the driving around and blowing money? These jungle jams will rock the jungle gyms and everywhere in-between. Just, watch out for the manure….

A "Safe" bet for some sales.

All rise!

CAPITAL CITIES – “Kangaroo Court”
Release Date: August 6 (Alternative)

If you haven’t heard “Safe And Sound” by now, you might be living under a rock. The duo of Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian recorded it in 2011, but it wasn’t until this year that it went to #1 on the Alternative chart and is now crossing over to mainstream radio. Not bad for two guys who initially started as jingle writers before deciding that they wanted make an album together. That became In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery, released back in June on Lazy Hooks/Capitol Records, peaking at #66 on the Billboard 200. Perhaps it was meant to be that they’re going to primarily be a singles act. That should work in their favor because Merchant and Simonian are issuing the next radio release from the project, a quirky number called “Kangaroo Court”. Obviously, this is more about a proceeding gone wrong rather than our animal friend hopping about on the stand, but musically, it embodies the feel of both, jumping around from a synth line straight out of Mario Bros. to a heavier synth overlay to a brassy horn section with the thump of a memorable chorus: “Shut up, shut up, shut up/Sit up, sit up, sit up/It’s a kangaroo court.” It’s sonically similar to “Safe”, but I find it much more likable. It’s bound to repeat its success on the rockier side of radio, but the title might be a little out there to crossover, not that we should judge it by that alone. Plus, “Safe” is far from peaking there. They may be one of the more unusual breakouts in 2013, but the verdict’s looking good for them.

"Heart" of the chart.

“Heart” of the chart.

THE GRISWOLDS – “Heart Of A Lion”
Release Date: August 27 (Alternative)

With San Cisco breaking at Alternative radio with their song “Fred Astaire”, why not bring another group from Australia up with them to conquer the U.S.? The five-man group is originally from Sydney and formed last year, circulating in the blogosphere with a few promotional tracks before getting picking up for a record deal several months after. They ended up with Wind-Up Records (with some additional support by RED) and it appears they’ll now be making the rounds in the States with a single called “Heart Of A Lion”. It was released in their homeland in the fall of last year, but never charted. However, it’s done well in parts of Europe. Though they already have an EP out digitally, the song itself is not available yet to purchase – you’ll be able to get it from August 13, so says Amazon. Mixing the indie pop sound of Vampire Weekend with a dash of the punk rock vibrations of Green Day, they’ve created a track that’s tribal but is also familiar. They sing, “Heart of a lion, beating the drum/Fear of the hunted in his blood/The witch doctor is trying to smite you/So take the medicine that he gives you.” With the success of fun.‘s “Some Nights” and the recent gains by Bastille‘s “Pompeii”, all sharing a more primitive pulse, this song would fit right in there on playlists. It should draw a good audience, especially with the college crowd, who have already been receptive to their prior material. We’ll just have to wait and see how and if it roars onto the charts or not.

If this isn’t enough, look out for a new song by Cage The Elephant that will also be at radio next month, “Come A Little Closer”. Wild enough for you? Let me know which act/song is your favorite with a comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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