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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 25, 2018

When you’re ready, bop away.

Memorial Day calls for some music that reaches the beaches, and you can’t go wrong with a number of the selections below. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

SHAWN MENDES – Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
The self-titled release from this Canadian singer and songwriter shall make all the young girls scream and stream with joy. The first single off it, “In My Blood”, is still gaining nicely at several U.S. radio formats, and a handful of other instant grat tracks have reacted well across the many digital services, including the Khalid-assisted “Youth”. Unless Post Malone‘s recent album decides to challenge it, you should expect Mendes’s set to be a strong contender to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.

A$AP ROCKY – Testing (iTunes)
After two #1 solo albums in 2013 and 2015, respectively, this Harlem performer is hoping to score his third with a set that features several interesting collaborations, including artists like Lauryn Hill and Moby. With a streaming advantage, could it blow past Mendes’s album to become the top release in the land, or will it fall just short of the prize? Stay tuned.

Notable albums out this week: CHVRCHES‘s Love Is Dead (iTunes), J Balvin‘s Vibras (iTunes), Janine‘s 99 (iTunes), Jessie J‘s R.O.S.E. (iTunes), Jonathan Davis‘s Black Labyrinth (iTunes), Juice WRLD‘s Goodbye & Good Riddance (iTunes), Pusha T‘s Daytona (iTunes), Snow Patrol‘s Wildness (iTunes), Thunderpussy‘s Thunderpussy (iTunes), Welshly Arms‘s No Place Is Home (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: LOVA‘s Scripted Reality (iTunes), Matthew Young‘s Fruit (iTunes), Sj‘s Calabasas (iTunes), Taylor Phillips‘s Six Strings Attached (iTunes), YUNGBLUD‘s 21st Century Liability (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Actual Pain”, Good Charlotte (iTunes)
“Against The Wall (Acoustic Version)”, Seether (iTunes)
“American Nights”, The Night Game (iTunes)
“Bracelet” and “Paranoid”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Broken Love”, The Him featuring Parson James (iTunes)
“Call Me Sir”, Train featuring Cam and Travie McCoy (iTunes)
“Castles”, Brother Oliver (iTunes)
“Cheat”, Emily Burns (iTunes)
“Come This Far”, Chloe Kohanski (iTunes)
“Deep Down Below”, Andreas Moss featuring Yacht Money (iTunes)
“Deep End”, KREAM (iTunes)
“Do You Feel This Way”, Kailee Morgue featuring Whethan (iTunes)
“Drink About (MOTi Remix)”, Seeb & Dagny (iTunes)
“Entertainer”, Zayn (iTunes)
“Fallingwater”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“February 3rd”, Jorja Smith (iTunes)
“Feeling You”, Harrison Storm (iTunes)
“Forget To Forget”, SHY Martin (iTunes)
“Girl”, Donna Missal (iTunes)
“Happier (Acoustic)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Have It All (Acoustic)”, Jason Mraz (iTunes)
“High Hopes”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“I Could Be Wrong”, Lucas & Steve x Brandy (iTunes)
“Icon (Remix)”, Jaden Smith featuring Nicky Jam (iTunes)
“Let Me Down Slowly”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“Like I Love U”, The Moffatts (iTunes)
“Live It Up (Official Song 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia)”, Nicky Jam featuring Will Smith & Era Istrefi (iTunes)
“Longer Than I Thought”, Loote featuring Joe Jonas (iTunes)
“Love Alone”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way”, U2 x Cheat Codes (iTunes)
“Love The Lie”, Call Me Loop (iTunes)
“Low”, Lenny Kravitz (iTunes)
“Medicine”, Spazz Cardigan (iTunes)
“New Compassion”, HAERTS (iTunes)
“Not About You”, Glades (iTunes)
“Only Can Get Better”, Silk City featuring Daniel Merriweather (iTunes)
“Rise”, Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Rosanna”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Run Into You”, Leland (iTunes)
“Screws”, DREAMERS (iTunes)
“Sleepwalking”, Elderbrook (iTunes)
“Solo (Wideboys Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Streets Of You”, Eagle-Eye Cherry (iTunes)
“Take This Ride”, Vigiland (iTunes)
“Tearing Down The Walls”, Elias (iTunes)
“Time Of Our Lives”, Brynn Elliott (iTunes)
“Toast To Our Differences”, Rudimental featuring Shungudzo, Protoje & Hak Baker (iTunes)
“Us”, James Bay & Alicia Keys (iTunes)
“Wasted Time”, CLOVES (iTunes)
“Water On The Bridge”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“What You Want”, Belly featuring The Weeknd (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from the Ben Howard, Kanye West 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 September 25, 2015

Fetty, set, go.

Fetty, set, go.

This week’s New Music Friday is our last one for the month of September, and though the month has gone by quickly, we have a number of big releases to close out the third quarter. Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • FETTY WAP — Fetty Wap (iTunes)
    • This New Jersey rapper and singer is all about the numbers, at least to a certain extent. The 24-year-old, who gave us prior hits like “Trap Queen” and “My Way”, has a new hit in “679” and shows support to 1738, a shortened name for the squad that he’s involved with. However, he’s only looking for one number next week: #1. Destined to be this year’s top newcomer when all is said and done, a chart-topping album would be icing on the cake.
  • THOMAS RHETT — Tangled Up (iTunes)
    • Rhett recently hit #1 on the Country radio chart with “Crash And Burn”, which is sure to be a strong candidate for a crossover single in the coming months. The new album features some unlikely collaborations with Jordin Sparks and LunchMoney Lewis. Hey, Country music ain’t what it used to be. This set will likely enter in the top ten, and a top five debut is possible as well. Stay tuned to see how high it goes.
  • CHVRCHES — Every Open Eye (iTunes)
    • The Scottish trio out of Glasgow had a nice year in 2013 when their debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe, made the top 20 on the Billboard 200, while “The Mother We Share” did the same on the Alternative survey. They return with this effort, featuring the single “Leave A Trace”, which is currently in the top 30 at the format. Given a solid pre-order count, this should do moderately well.
  • DISCLOSURE — Caracal (iTunes)
    • Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence took a slow run up into the top five on the pop radio survey one year ago with “Latch”, thanks in part to a featured credit from the red-hot Sam Smith. Their latest collaboration, a single called “Omen”, proves the lightning doesn’t strike twice (at least on that particular chart.) Will they avoid the sophomore slump?
  • GEORGE STRAIT — Cold Beer Conversation (iTunes)
    • With the removal of older acts from many Country playlists as of late, Strait’s new material is stalling at the format that once treated him like a king. (The title track had a partial iHeartMedia hourly premiere earlier this week, but it is only a temporary boost.) That being said, this Apple Music/Wal-Mart exclusive will still do well with his fans.
  • More albums out this week: Avant‘s The VIII (iTunes), Casey Veggies‘s Live & Grow (iTunes), Don Henley‘s Cass County (iTunes), Dumblonde‘s Dumblonde (iTunes), Erick Sermon‘s E.S.P. (Erick Sermon’s Perception) (iTunes), Firekid‘s Firekid (iTunes), Il Volo‘s Grand Amore (iTunes), Jgivens‘s Fly Exam (iTunes), JR JR‘s JR JR (iTunes), Julia Holter‘s Have You In My Wilderness (iTunes), Kaskade‘s Automatic (iTunes), Kurt Vile‘s B’lieve I’m Goin Down… (iTunes), Los Lobos‘s Gates Of Gold (iTunes), New Order‘s Music Complete (iTunes), Parkway Drive‘s Ire (iTunes), Patty Griffin‘s Servant Of Love (iTunes), Peaches‘s Rub (iTunes), Silversun Pickups‘s Better Nature (iTunes), The Dead Weather‘s Dodge & Burn (iTunes), Widespread Panic‘s Street Dogs (iTunes), Various Artists‘s Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Soundtrack) (iTunes), Various Artists‘s We Will Stand (Live) (iTunes), Various Artists‘s WOW Hits 2016 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Big Grams‘s Big Grams (iTunes), Lauv‘s Lost In The Light (iTunes), Max Frost‘s Intoxication (iTunes), Ryan Egan‘s Postures (iTunes), The Score‘s Where Do You Run (iTunes)

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

  • “Alive”, Sia (iTunes)
  • “As Crazy As It Is”, ZHU x A-Trak x Keznamdi (iTunes)
  • “BURNITUP!”, Janet Jackson featuring Missy Elliott (iTunes)
  • “Infinity”, One Direction (iTunes)
  • “I Wish (My Taylor Swift)”, The Knocks and Matthew Koma (iTunes)
  • “Lay It All On Me”, Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
  • “She Used To Be Mine”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
  • “The Beach”, The Neighbourhood (iTunes)
  • “When I Was A Boy”, Jeff Lynne’s ELO (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Avicii, Janet Jackson, Tamar Braxton and more. See you then!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (March 2014)

If you follow the radio charts like I do, you’ll want to be on top of only the freshest music being serviced across the nation. So, I’m bringing back an early PGTC feature with a bit of a revamp. With this monthly series, I’ll be highlighting some great tracks at a few different radio formats I enjoy that will be fighting for airspace over the next few months. So, what are we waiting for? Let the battles begin.

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)


Parenting pop tunes.

CHVRCHES – “The Mother We Share” (March 4) (* + **)
Label: Glassnote
After a long run up the Alternative chart, the debut single by this Glasgow trio just missed the top ten (#11) two weeks ago before going recurrent. Showing some promising action already at both CHR and Hot AC radio, this could prove to be a moderate-sized crossover hit. It’s from The Bones Of What You Believe, which charted in the top 20 last fall.


More Idol than idle.

GUY SEBASTIAN – “Like A Drum” (March 4) (*)
Label: Cherry Party/RAL/RCA
Sebastian was the winner of Australian Idol‘s debut season in 2003, but after twelve solo top ten singles on the ARIA chart, six of those going to #1, he has yet to establish himself here in the States. This is his second chance at a U.S. hit, which was recently added on SiriusXM 20 on 20. It pounds the pop to a steady beat; we’ll see if radio wants in as well.

"Rude" boys.

“Rude” boys.

MAGIC! – “Rude” (March 11) (**)
Label: RCA
After writing about this Canadian quartet in December, “Rude” has gone on to top ten peaks in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Now, the U.S. is due for a little reggae vibe this summer. Already in the midst of recording their debut album and featured on Shakira‘s new album, a self-titled effort due on the 25th, things are looking up for the boys.


Boy, oh boys.

RIXTON – “Me And My Broken Heart” (March 11) (*)
Label: Interscope
Manchester’s own quartet have been fully together for a year, growing a following on YouTube through cover videos and an original song or two. This is their first song to go to radio after signing with Interscope and bringing in Scooter Braun as their manager. With no hits in their collection to date, they may lonely no more, if you know what I mean.

On their own again.

Wild and “Crazy” kids.

HEDLEY – “Crazy For You” (March 18) (**)
Label: Capitol
A few months ago, this Canadian band went to Alternative radio with a song called “Anything”, which ultimately did nothing. Its poppy sound was no match for the format. Now, their latest hit up north goes to Hot AC radio, a far more reasonable choice. They certainly had Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky” in mind when approaching it, and the results are OK.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)


Bleach one, teach one moment.

BLEACHERS – “I Wanna Get Better” (March 11) (* + **)
Label: RCA
Between 2012 and 2013, pop trio fun. racked up a total of four top ten hits on my personal chart, three of them going to #1: “Carry On”, “Some Nights” and “We Are Young” (featuring Janelle Monáe.) Now, guitarist Jack Antonoff is releasing this side project, with an album and tour to come this spring. It’s a great start to a highly-anticipated effort.


Hail to the Chiefs.

KAISER CHIEFS – “Coming Home” (March 11) (* + **)
Label: ATO
Years after predicting riots and charging along with an angry mob, the five rockers from Leeds are out to try the U.S. market again. This is the first single from their new album, Education, Education, Education & War, which is due on April 1. Their biggest song to date, “Ruby”, went top 20 at Alternative in 2007. I could see this ranking in the top 50.


Serving up another single.

LORDE – “Glory And Gore” (March 11) (*)“Tennis Court” (April 8) (CHR)
Label: Lava/Republic
Everyone’s favorite New Zealand newcomer has a split single on her hands from her album Pure Heroine. “Glory” has been used in advertisements for the History Channel’s Vikings. “Tennis” is the second single about the sport to rank on the Hot 100: in 1968, the group Cream took the theme from The Savage Seven, “Anyone For Tennis”, up to #64.


Revolutionizing radio once again.

O.A.R. – “Peace” (March 18) (**)
Label: Vanguard
In 2011, this Maryland band released their last studio album, King, on Wind-Up after a long stint with Lava/Atlantic. Now, they find themselves recording for Vanguard. They’ve stripped it down on their newest single, going as far as the message, a very simple one. This should do very well here and climb to a minor peak at Hot AC radio later this spring.


“Young” at chart.

STRANGE TALK – “Young Hearts” (March 18) (*)
Label: Wind-Up
They come from a land Down Under, and you’ll be down with their sound as they attempt to make a mark here at the format. “Climbing Walls” was serviced last year to Alternative and picked up a handful of stations, but this followup track has way more potential in terms of commercial performance. Look for their debut album, Cast Away, in April.

Which track(s) would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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