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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 14, 2018

Pretty solid effort.

Don’t cry! It’s another fabulous Friday with plenty of goodies hitting the market, from alternative to country to dance. These are the notable digital and physical releases landing on shelves this Friday:

CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Cry Pretty (iTunes)
Though this era has proven to be a mixed bag of results on the charts, including its title cut missing the top five at the Country radio format, Underwood should pull through and deliver a solid opening week on the Billboard 200 list. Will it be able to pass the recent #1 album by Eminem to secure the top spot? Stay tuned.

DAVID GUETTA – 7 (iTunes)
Guetta’s new set includes the radio singles “Don’t Leave Me Alone”, featuring Anne-Marie, and “Flames”, a duet with Sia, both of  which have received minor airplay at the Hot AC and Top 40 radio formats in the States. Expect this to be one of the top EDM titles on next week’s Billboard 200 list.

Notable albums out this week: 6LACK‘s East Atlanta Love Letter (iTunes), Felix Sandman‘s EMOTIONS (iTunes), Good Charlotte‘s Generation Rx (iTunes), Jungle‘s Forever (iTunes), Mitch James‘s Mitch James (iTunes), Tony Bennett & Diana Krall‘s Love Is Here To Stay (iTunes), Tori Kelly‘s Hiding Place (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Clara Mae‘s Sorry For Writing All The Songs About You (iTunes), Firekid‘s XY (iTunes), Wale‘s Free Lunch (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“16 Steps”, Martin Jensen & Olivia Holt featuring Yxng Bane (iTunes)
“4AM”, Dan Caplen featuring Caitlyn Scarlett (iTunes)
“Bad”, Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Better”, Khalid (iTunes)
“Big”, Lemaitre (iTunes)
“Big Love”, Black Eyed Peas (iTunes)
“Blacklight”, The Ting Tings (iTunes)
“Break Up A Bit”, Peg Parnevik (iTunes)
“Bulletproof Baby”, The Struts (iTunes)
“Burn Out”, Martin Garrix & Justin Mylo featuring Dewain Whitmore (iTunes)
“Call Me When You’re Sober”, Kevin George (iTunes)
“Canceled”, Bryson Tiller (iTunes)
“Crazy”, Cypress Hill (iTunes)
“Crazy”, New Hope Club (iTunes)
“Cut & Run”, Call Me Loop (iTunes)
“Dose”, Ciara (iTunes)
“Fool”, Alyson Stoner (iTunes)
“Found What I’ve Been Looking For (Friction “Back to 92″ Mix)”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Freedom”, Kris Wu featuring Jhené Aiko (iTunes)
“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Extended)”, Cher (iTunes)
“Girl”, Jess Kent (iTunes)
“GTFO”, Mariah Carey (iTunes)
“Here I Am”, Dolly Parton and Sia (iTunes)
“I Don’t Exist”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“I Want You”, Daniel Skye (iTunes)
“I’d Rather Go Blind”, Grace Potter (iTunes)
“Joshua Tree”, Rozzi (iTunes)
“Just Wanna Love You”, Cris Cab featuring J Balvin (iTunes)
“Like I Love You”, Lost Frequencies featuring The NGHBRS (iTunes)
“Livin’ In A Dream”, The Neighbourhood featuring Nipsey Hussle (iTunes)
“Mariners Apartment Complex”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“Me Vs. Us”, Tayla Parx (iTunes)
“Might Not Like Me (MOTi Remix)”, Brynn Elliott (iTunes)
“Next To You”, St. Lucia (iTunes)
“No Drama”, James Hype & Craig David (iTunes)
“NOLA”, Asiahn (iTunes)
“On Fire”, Morgan Saint (iTunes)
“Paris”, Ashlee + Evan (iTunes)
“Pistol On My Side (P.O.M.S.)”, Swizz Beatz featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Ready To Go”, Bronze Radio Return (iTunes)
“Reasons Not To Die (Demo)”, Ryn Weaver (iTunes)
“Rewind”, G-Eazy featuring Anthony Russo (iTunes)
“Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)”, The Smashing Pumpkins (iTunes)
“Sincerity Is Scary”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“Situation”, Stefan James (iTunes)
“So Real (Warriors)”, Too Many Zooz vs. KDA featuring Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Song About You”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Sprinkle”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Survive”, Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sandé & Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“Tears & Tantrums”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Thick And Thin”, LANY (iTunes)
“Too Turnt”, Lougotcash featuring Trippie Redd (iTunes)
“Voices”, Against The Current (iTunes)
“Wake Up In The Sky”, Gucci Mane x Bruno Mars x Kodak Black (iTunes)
“Wasted”, Jesse McCartney (iTunes)
“Worst”, BURNS featuring Johnny Yukon (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Josh Groban, St. Lucia 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 October 23, 2015

Sounds like a #1 album.

“Sounds” like a #1 album.

This week’s New Music Friday makes the Summer roll along into the fall, with a number of potential top ten entries making their debuts online and in stores. Who’s bringing the most heat? Here’s a look at the week’s top new album and single releases:

  • 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER — Sounds Good Feels Good (iTunes)
    • Last year, this Australian band and their passionate fans took their self-titled effort to #1 in the U.S. and around the world. Now, with a new album and singles like “Hey Everybody!” and “She’s Kinda Hot”, look for the four men to be seated at a real Good place next week, the top of the chart. How high is it destined to go? Stay tuned to find out.
  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD — Storyteller (iTunes)
    • Former American Idol winner Underwood has five #1 debuts (four studio albums and a hits compilation) in a row to her credit on the Top Country Albums survey, three of which have also topped the mighty Billboard 200. This could very well be her sixth set to top the genre chart, with “Smoke Break” still gaining well at radio.
  • BLAKE SHELTON — Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits (iTunes)
    • Shelton’s newest hits compilation features his 20 #1 singles from the Country radio chart, as well as his latest single, “Gonna”, which just broke the top ten at the format. It should be a consistent seller throughout the holiday season.
  • ANDREA BOCELLI — Cinema (iTunes)
    • Bocelli’s latest collection of songs features music of both stage and screen, and includes duets with Ariana Grande and Nicole Scherzinger. A top ten debut should be attainable for opera singer once again.
  • More albums out this week: Bizzle‘s Surrender (iTunes), Born Of Osiris‘s Soul Sphere (iTunes), Chris Tomlin‘s Adore: Christmas Songs Of Worship (Live) (iTunes), Dave Gahan & Soulsavers‘s Angels & Ghosts (iTunes), DJ Khaled‘s I Changed A Lot (iTunes), Half Moon Run‘s Sun Leads Me On (iTunes), Harry Connick, Jr.‘s That Would Be Me (iTunes), Joanna Newsom‘s Divers (iTunes), Kyle Park‘s Blue Roof Sessions (iTunes), Marianas Trench‘s Astoria (iTunes), Omarion‘s Reasons (iTunes), Outasight‘s Big Trouble (iTunes), Rod Stewart‘s Another Country (iTunes), Seinabo Sey‘s Pretend (iTunes), Vanessa Carlton‘s Liberman (iTunes), Walter Trout‘s Battle Scars (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Country Christmas (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Coleman Hell‘s Coleman Hell (iTunes), DNCE‘s SWAAY (iTunes), love+war‘s Hue (iTunes), POWERS‘s Legendary (iTunes), The Chainsmokers‘s Bouquet (iTunes), The Mosers‘s Ticonderoga (iTunes), Whisperer‘s Whisperer (iTunes)

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

  • “Bad Idea”, Sara Bareilles featuring Jason Mraz (iTunes)
  • “Dancing On Glass”, St. Lucia (iTunes)
  • “Emperor’s New Clothes”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
  • “End Of The World”, A Great Big World (iTunes)
  • “GoGo!”, Baauer (iTunes)
  • “Hello”, Adele (iTunes)
  • “Hollow”, Tori Kelly (iTunes)
  • “Home”, One Direction (iTunes)
  • “Looking Up”, Elton John (iTunes)
  • “Lost And Found”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
  • “One”, Esperanza Spalding (iTunes)
  • “Slow Down Time”, Us The Duo (iTunes)
  • “Snapback”, Old Dominion (iTunes)
  • “Sorry”, Justin Bieber (iTunes)
  • “Think Of You”, Chris Young featuring Cassadee Pope (iTunes)
  • “Used To Love You”, Gwen Stefani (iTunes)
  • “Used To Love You Sober”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
  • “When The Truth Hunts You Down”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
  • “Working For It”, Zhu x Skrillex x They (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Chris Janson, Def LeppardThe Neighbourhood and much more. See you then!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 21, 2015

You'll really really really really really really enjoy it.

You’ll really really really really really really enjoy it.

This week’s New Music Friday takes us to an e·mo·tion·al level unlike any other this year, as we travel to a great and wild world full of musical mysteries and savage songs. Ooh, sounds good to me. Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • CARLY RAE JEPSEN — E·MO·TION (iTunes)
    • It may be the perfect pop album of 2015, although one that will, sadly, not reach its full potential at both retail and radio. The 29-year-old’s slick songs from her sophomore major label set are grabbing a lot of positive press on the web, with a fair amount of fans and critics scoring the album higher than her debut, 2012’s Kiss. No, a splashy new entry is not in the cards for this one, but #1 in our hearts is better than no #1 at all.
  • DISTURBED — Immortalized (iTunes)
    • These four guys from Chicago have been rocking the music world since the 90’s, and after a hiatus, the group finds themselves disturbing the peace on the Active Rock chart once again. “The Vengeful One” now stands at #1 on that survey. The quartet’s last four albums all debuted at the top, though you can probably up that number to five next week.
  • ROB THOMAS — The Great Unknown (iTunes)
    • “Trust You” may have under-performed at Thomas’s core radio format, Hot AC, but he still has another solid solo effort out this week, including several tracks like “Hold On Forever” and “One Shot” (which you may have heard in the last few weeks as instant grats for pre-ordering his album.) It’ll likely enter in the top 20.
  • KIP MOORE — Wild Ones (iTunes)
    • After three consecutive top five singles at Country radio in 2012-13, Moore has been struggling at the format as of late. The title song from his new set is barely top 20 despite having ranked on the survey for almost seven months. Look for this to open with less than his last album, Up All Night.
  • BON JOVI — Burning Bridges (iTunes)
    • Promoted as a “fan album” and not a regular studio release, this set won’t do nearly as well as the #1 debuts of The Circle or What About Now, but some bigger fans will likely snap it up. Single “We Don’t Run” has yet to make it on any radio chart.
  • More albums out this week: Buckcherry‘s Rock ‘N’ Roll (iTunes), Ghost B.C.‘s Meliora (iTunes), Jordin Sparks‘s Right Here, Right Now (iTunes), Lynch Mob‘s Rebel (iTunes), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats‘s Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (iTunes), Noah Gundersen‘s Carry The Ghost (iTunes), P.O.D.‘s The Awakening (iTunes), Pop Evil‘s Up (iTunes), Radkey‘s Dark Black Makeup (iTunes), Rend Collective‘s As Family We Go (iTunes), Tasha Cobbs‘s One Place Live (iTunes), The Bohicas‘s The Making Of (iTunes), The Sword‘s High Country (iTunesTrevor Hall‘s KALA (iTunes)
  • More EPs/other collections out this week: Grace Mitchell‘s Raceday (iTunes), Jojo‘s III (iTunes)

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

  • “Break A Sweat”, a new single from Becky G. (iTunes)
  • “Conviction”, the debut single from Mackenzie Thoms. (iTunes)
  • “Levels”, new from Nick Jonas. (iTunes)
  • “One Call Away”, an instant grat track from Charlie Puth. (iTunes)
  • “RIP 2 My Youth”, a new single from The Neighbourhood. (iTunes)
  • “Smoke Break”, new from Carrie Underwood. (iTunes)
  • “The Emotion”, an instant grat track from BØRNS. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Halsey, Maddie & Tae and The Weeknd. See you then!

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POP! Goes The Country: Can These Tracks Hit Top 40 Radio?

Take a look at the current top 50 on the CHR chart and there’s not an ounce of country music to be found on the format. A few of the artists represented on the chart, like Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson, have both charted at country radio, however, I don’t think they’ll be returning there during their respective eras this time around. Still, the potential remains for the next big country crossover act or single during the summer and fall months of 2015. Given the most recent chart data, here are choices that I think could do very well with the right opportunity:

Carrie Underwood
CARRIE UNDERWOOD – “Little Toy Guns”
Label: 19/Arista Nashville

Since her chart debut in 2005, Underwood has been the golden girl of the airwaves with an outstanding total of 20 top ten hits, including 18 main credits that have all peaked at #1, #2 or #3. That’s incredible. Though “Something In The Water” seemed to be accessible to stations on the AC panel, it never went beyond her core format (except for some airtime at Christian stations.) However, it’s the followup that very much fits the model of a classic Underwood crossover: stellar lyrics and good production.

Florida-Georgia Line
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – “Sun Daze”
Label: Republic Nashville

Before you start screaming in horror about the thought of these two guys having a third single chart at mainstream radio (after “Cruise” and “This Is How We Roll”), this song is already getting enough flack from the country community, so maybe the pop outlets will jump on this one. Lyrical masterpiece, it’s certainly not, but is it catchy? Sure. It has the potential to serve between transition records (genre, tempo, etc.) well. KFMB/San Diego and WOMX/Orlando lead the way thus far on the Hot AC listing.

Kelsea Ballerini

KELSEA BALLERINI – “Love Me Like You Mean It”
Label: Black River Entertainment

One could say that a Swift co-sign is about to give this 21-year-old newcomer a great chance to go even further then she, or her label, expected to with the track, currently gaining in the top 25 at country radio. The song is already pop-driven in its original form and if sales and airplay numbers keep going in the right direction, AC and Hot AC radio could definitely pick up on this as well. Distribution for Black River is handled by RED; we’ll see if the label’s limited radio traction affects anything in the future.

Mickey Guyton
MICKEY GUYTON – “Better Than You Left Me”
Label: Capitol Nashville

Guyton is another newcomer on the scene, and with a huge impact week earlier this year thanks to an expansive radio tour, the  first time top 40 star is looking to solidly plant her feet in the upper rungs of the chart. She certainly has a powerful message in her debut single that is musically comparable to a more established mainstream name like Colbie Caillat. The singer needs to gain some country support in the next few months, but this is a relatable female record that shows major strength and courage.

Sam Hunt
SAM HUNT – “Take Your Time”
Label: MCA Nashville

If the Shawn Mullins‘s “Lullaby” formula ever sounded like it could be a country crossover hit, it would probably sound like the latest single from 30-year-old Hunt, who never managed to cross with his former #1 at the format, “Leave The Night On”. I still think that it would’ve been easier to push “Leave”, but it appears that “Take” is selling ever more than that song; lately, the track’s been hovering near the top 20 at iTunes. Hot AC station WBMX/Boston recently added the song into medium rotation.

Zac Brown Band
ZAC BROWN BAND – “Homegrown”
Label: Southern Ground/Varvatos/Big Machine

Though they moved after three albums with Atlantic Records into the Republic family last year, the Georgia octet is definitely due for another crossover single, which they had plenty of during their first three eras. Most recently, “Goodbye In Her Eyes” pulled off the trick during the spring of 2013 that garnered some play at Hot AC outlets, though it stopped just short of the top 40. People love a song about taking pride in one’s roots, and this has the feel to transcend several different types of audiences.

Which of these songs do you think will make the next best Country crossover? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media sites.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (December 9)

"Something" for the top ten.

“Something” for Billboard’s top ten.

There’s nothing like music as a present for the holidays, and if you’re looking for a few last-minute selections to stuff some stockings, notable Country and R&B releases are arriving just in time, among others. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of December 9:

  • Celebrating her many years of success on the Country survey is former American Idol winner and current superstar Carrie Underwood and her Greatest Hits: Decade #1 compilation. The two disc album features her recent top ten “Something In The Water”, several unreleased demos, and, of course, all of the big hits. It has a slightly higher price tag given the amount of material, but it should still make a good impact, especially physically. (iTunes)
  • With perhaps the wild card of this week’s schedule is rapper/singer J. Cole and his third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. No singles were released prior to the album’s release date, though “Apparently” will go to Rhythm radio and “GOMD” to Urban radio today. Both of his prior sets have sold north of 200,000 copies in their first frame: can this accomplish the same feat? We’ll see soon. (iTunes)
  • Climbing up the top 30 at Urban radio with “Love ‘Em All”, singer and reality TV star K. Michelle returns with her latest album, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? It follows Rebellious Soul, which debuted in the runner-up position on the Billboard 200 last year. This set should put her back in the top ten on the big list. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Angels & Airwaves‘s The Dream Walker (iTunes), Bastille‘s VS. (Other People’s Heartache, Pt. III) (iTunes), Cracker‘s Berkeley To Bakersfield (iTunes), E-40‘s Sharp On All 4 Corners (iTunes), Johnny Gill‘s Game Changer (iTunes) and the Smashing Pumpkins‘s Monuments To An Elegy (iTunes).

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

  • “Honest”, a new single from Kodaline. (iTunes)
  • “Like That”, new from the duo Jack & Jack featuring Skate Maloley. (iTunes)
  • “Under The Influence”, a pre-release single from Elle King. (iTunes)

Next week marks the last big release date of 2014, this time on Monday, with albums by Charli XCX and Nicki Minaj in the mix. We’ll see you on Sunday night for the full musical menu.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (December 3)

A scentimental affair from the "Perfume" singer.

Next one on my Brit list.

Can you believe it’s December already? Get your Christmas wish lists out because this week features one of the last big packs of releases for some time. Here are all the new albums and singles you need to know about for December 3:

  • With her first full-length album since 2011’s Femme Fatale, Britney Spears returns with Britney Jean, featuring the singles “Perfume” and “Work Bitch”. The singles haven’t performing as well from this one and the reviews are varied, but this should have a solid top 5 debut. (One Direction will likely be #1 for a second week with Midnight Memories.) (iTunes) (Read my review of Britney Jean.)
  • Country singer Jake Owen releases Days Of Gold, his latest studio album. The title track is a recent top 20 hit from the Country chart. (iTunes)
  • Coming off her #1 hit on the Urban chart, “It Won’t Stop”, the debut EP from Sevyn Streeter is out today. Call Me Crazy, But… features seven tracks, including that collaboration with Chris Brown. (iTunes)
  • The hills are alive with the sound of a remake… a live remake on television, at that. Carrie Underwood stars in an NBC live event telecast of the classic The Sound Of Music, and the cast soundtrack from it is available today. (iTunes)
  • On the Christmas circuit this week, check out the fourth Christmas compilation from the cast of Glee (iTunes) as well as Leona Lewis‘s Christmas, With Love (iTunes), featuring single “One More Sleep”.
  • Other albums out this week include Boston‘s Life, Love & Hope (iTunes), Glen Hensard‘s Drive All Night (EP) (iTunes) and a third television soundtrack from the show Sons Of Anarchy (iTunes).

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

  • “Anything”, a recent Canadian top ten hit from the band Hedley. (iTunes)
  • “Change Me”, the latest Music Mondays release from Justin Bieber. (iTunes)
  • “Christmas In L.A.”, this year’s holiday release from The Killers featuring Dawes. (iTunes)
  • “John Doe”, new from B.o.B. and Priscilla Renea. (iTunes)
  • “O Holy Night”, a cover of the holiday classic from Megan & Liz. (iTunes)
  • “Snow In California”, another Christmas track from Ariana Grande. (iTunes)
  • “This Christmas Song” and “O Holy Night”, from American Idol contestant Angie Miller. (iTunes – TCS) (iTunes – OHN)

R. Kelly is next week’s big release, along with Childish Gambino and a Season 2 soundtrack to ABC’s Nashville. How will they do? A preview is coming in seven.

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The Next Class Of Country Crossovers: Five Formidable Favorites

It took them a little time to fully embrace the digital era, but more and more Country fans are responding to their favorite acts on iTunes and other digital retailers to the point where those acts are on equal footing with dance, rock and pop singers and bands in single sales. Thus, record labels are promoting their rosters beyond the Country format, similar to the boom we saw about 30-35 years ago. What’s next in the world of crossover records? How many can hit at one time? Here are some recent Country songs and a few that are still building that I think could make an impact on a wider level by the end of the year:

Hitting the top again.

Hitting the top “Again”.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD – “See You Again”
PEAK: #4+

Former American Idol winner Underwood is still racking up the hits on Country chart, which is surprising to a grand total of no one. “Again” is her 18th top 5 song at the format and was certified Gold not too long ago. It will likely be one of her last releases from this era, seeing that it is the fourth single. Pop radio should’ve latched onto title track and second single “Blown Away” earlier this era, but it would likely do nothing with this song. However, an AC release could result in another top ten single for her. It’s light and the message is relatable, plus it can probably be released there in its original form. There’s no real risk in doing so.

Time is "Wasting" away.

Time is “Wasting” away.

CASSADEE POPE – “Wasting All These Tears”
PEAK: #34+

The season 3 winner of NBC’s The Voice is about to release her debut solo album, Frame By Frame, on October 8. With a CMT reality series in the works to coincide with the release of that album and an opening spot on tour with the group Rascal Flatts, she has a lot of things going right for her. A crossover hit may be the icing on the cake. Her former group Hey Monday never got the chance to break out at pop radio even if they did pick up a little bit of airplay. Pope’s fan base was capable of getting “Tears” as high as #3 on iTunes during its debut week; there’s absolutely a strong connection there from all shades of music fans.

He wants what he wants.

Wild and “Crazy” Kid.

HUNTER HAYES – “I Want Crazy”
PEAK: #1 for one week

Hayes skyrocketed to the top of the Country chart with “Wanted” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak” and now his latest makes it three in a row. Not bad for a guy who turns 22 next month. His latest single at Country radio is a new version of “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” with Jason Mraz, and while Mraz is a pop artist, this song isn’t meant to go to mainstream radio. “Crazy”, however, has a youthful energy and playfulness about it that should connect. He has a chance considering “Wanted” only crossed over six months ago. I would highly encourage label Atlantic to get behind a full crossover for it with a nice little remix.

Can you "Dig" it?

Not so one and “Done.”

THE BAND PERRY – “Done.”
PEAK: #1 for one week

The family band topped the Country chart with this single for a week in July, becoming their fourth song to pull off the trick. The first single from their album Pioneer,”Better Dig Two”, was supposed to see an adds date at pop radio in April. However, Republic decided to put all of their chips behind a remix of Florida-Georgia Line‘s “Cruise” with Nelly and ended up a with a huge summer single, which ultimately meant that “Dig” was pulled from the schedule. It was sad, but they can make it all better by releasing “Done.” It’s not a ballad like their signature song, “If I Die Young”, and you can just go out and pump your fists to it.

It grows like this.

It grows like this.

THOMAS RHETT – “It Goes Like This”
PEAK: #16+

Rhett is the son of Country musician Rhett Atkins, best known for his 1996 #1 “Don’t Get Me Started”. The 23-year-old charted two songs on Country radio last year, but “Goes” is his first song looking to make a run at the top. Despite being #16 on those airwaves thus far, he’s already up to #23 on iTunes. Only two other Country single releases are above him, which is outstanding for someone so new. He’s young and his song can be mixed with some pop-driven guitars against that already understated beat. I see it being a moderate AC/Hot AC hit, similar to the Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson duet, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”.

Which of these five singles do you think would make the next best Country crossover? Is there one not listed on here that you think could school them all? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media sites.

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