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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 21, 2017

Take the good with the Brad.

It may be the end of 420, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some smokin’ releases on this week’s schedule. (I tried, I really did.) If you’re ready for all that new music, let’s check out all the action right here:

BRAD PAISLEY – Love And War (iTunes)
Last month, this Country star’s “Today” topped that radio format, while follow-up single “Last Time For Everything” is set to rise up the charts in the coming weeks. His eleventh studio album features guests like John FogertyMick Jagger and Timbaland, but a duet with Demi Lovato from last year didn’t make the cut. Paisley’s past four studio releases have debuted and peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200, while topping the Country survey.

COIN – How Will You Know If You Never Try (iTunes)
Nashville’s quirky pop/rockers opened their musical mouths and produced a top ten Alternative hit called “Talk Too Much” recently, but will tongues be wagging about their second studio album? Well, I sure hope so! It’s their first set in two years, and there’s a solid buzz headed into their first week. We’ll see if this release can bounce off of the Heatseekers survey and onto the Billboard 200.

INCUBUS – 8 (iTunes)
This California group has been reaching the Active Rock and Alternative charts for nearly two decades now, with their current single,  “Nimble Bastard”, becoming their latest top ten entry on the former. Their past four studio albums have debuted in the top two, but a heavy streaming presence for acts like Drake and Kendrick Lamar will probably deny any chance of that for this set.

More albums out this week: Barry Manilow‘s This Is My Town: Songs Of New York (iTunes), Jessie Reyez‘s Kiddo (iTunes), Sheryl Crow‘s Be Myself (iTunes), Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Amy Shark‘s Night Thinker (iTunes), Christina Grimmie‘s Side B (iTunes), Greta Van Fleet‘s Black Smoke Rising (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All The Best”, Zac Brown Band (iTunes)
“Attention”, Charlie Puth (iTunes)
“BDY ON ME”, Omarion (iTunes)
“Beautiful Ones”, Hurts (iTunes)
“Breathe (Shura Remix)”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Dear Ana”, Matthew Koma featuring Jai Wolf (iTunes)
“Despacito (Remix)”, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber (iTunes)
“Drummer Boy”, MisterWives (iTunes)
“Feel Something”, Jaymes Young (iTunes)
“Hard Times”, Paramore (iTunes)
“I Don’t Know Why (Acoustic)”, Gavin James (iTunes)
“Lost In Your Light”, Dua Lipa featuring Miguel (iTunes)
“Lottery”, Kid Ink (iTunes)
“Lust For Life”, Lana Del Rey featuring The Weeknd (iTunes)
“Monsters”, Youngr (iTunes)
“Murder To The Mind”, Tash Sultana (iTunes)
“New Religion”, The Heydaze (iTunes)
“Nights With You”, (iTunes)
“Oh Man Oh Woman”, London Grammer (iTunes)
“Plot Twist”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Problems Problems”, FRANKIE featuring Marc E. Bassy (iTunes)
“Question”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“Reminding Me”, Shawn Hook featuring Vanessa Hudgens (iTunes)
“The Cure”, Lady Gaga (iTunes)
“There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Together”, Ardyn (iTunes)
“Trick Me”, Sarah Solovay (iTunes)
“Wind Up”, Keke Palmer featuring Quavo (iTunes)
“Wonderland (Intro)”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Gorillaz, Mary J. Blige and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (April 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 April in this month’s Radio Report:

BLEACHERS – “Don’t Take The Money” (RCA, April 4 – Alternative)
Album: Everybody Lost Somebody (2017)
Past ALT History: Jack Antonoff’s popular project has stormed the top five on the Alternative chart with two tracks: “I Wanna Get Better” (#1, one week) and “Rollercoaster” (#3). With a strong start over the past few days, I expect this release to join them soon.

COIN – “I Don’t Wanna Dance” (Columbia, April 4 – Alternative)
Album: How Will You Know If You Never Try (2017)
Past ALT History: This Nashville group’s breakout hit, “Talk Too Much”, talked its way up to #8 earlier this year. Despite the slow run of that song, the band now has some momentum ahead of their album release later this month. We’ll see how this tune moves.

HEY VIOLET – “Break My Heart” (Caroline, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The California group, previously known as Cherri Bomb, reached a peak of #18 earlier this year with “Guys My Age”. Their label, also responsible for Ben Rector’s “Brand New” (#26) from last summer, doesn’t have much pull on the pop side.

MIKE POSNER – “In The Arms Of A Stranger” (Island/Republic, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: At Night. Alone. (2016)
Past CHR History: Posner has eight top 50 appearances to date, half failing to reach the top 40. However, his 2016 comeback will be remembered as one of the most impressive of the decade, with a remix of “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” spending two weeks at the top.

OLIVIA HOLT – “History” (Hollywood, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: Olivia (EP) (2016)
Past CHR History: This is Holt’s first track to impact here. Is another classic top 30 brick wall in the works for Hollywood’s latest? Considering the results of other pop acts on their roster, like Jordan Fisher, Sabrina Carpenter and Shawn Hook, it could happen.

JAMES TW – “Ex” (Island/Republic, April 10 – Hot AC)
Album: TBA
Past HAC History: I was really rooting for his ballad “When You Love Someone”, which spent seven weeks atop my personal chart in 2016, when it was at the format. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, just edging into the top 30. I’m hoping this has a nice run.

RUTH B – “Superficial Love” (Columbia, April 10 – Hot AC)
Album: Safe Haven (2017)
Past HAC History: From Vine star to radio star, the Canadian singer and songwriter’s “Lost Boy” got found in the top ten, peaking at #6 last year. There’s been an unusually long amount of time between the two singles at Hot AC. How will it affect the chart run?

SIGRID – “Don’t Kill My Vibe” (Island/Republic, April 11 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: This Norwegian performer is headed to U.S. radio for the first time, and her debut single is already a sales and streaming hit in her home country. We’ll see if the newcomer can match the heights of a-ha and their #1 from 1985, “Take On Me”.

TINASHE – “Flame” (RCA, April 11 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: While not yet a prominent name on the CHR airwaves, this performer has achieved some success at the format in the last few years, including the #20 hit “2 On” in 2014. Plus, who doesn’t love an artist promoting her new song on a fire truck?

LANY – “ILYSB” (Interscope, April 17 – Hot AC)
Album: Make Out (EP) (2015)
Past HAC History: If you’re a happenin’ hipster in the SoundCloud universe, you’re probably wondering why a track from 2014 is headed to radio. Honestly, I am too, but it’s nice to see this California trio is finally getting their first shot at some notable airplay.

THE 1975 – “A Change Of Heart” (Interscope, April 18 – Alternative)
Album: I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it (2016)
Past ALT History: The four guys from Manchester must’ve been pretty frustrated seeing song after song of theirs miss the top ten at the format, so they did something about it. “Somebody Else”, their fifth top 40 single here, took its time and reached a #3 peak.

YOUNGR – “Out Of My System” (Island/Republic, April 25 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: What happens when the kid of Kid Creole takes on the playground we call Alternative radio? Format newcomer Dario Darnell is out to prove that his single is a wonderful thing, baby. This song’s been around for a year, but it still sounds fresh.

Which of these new songs would you like to see on the charts later this year? Let me know!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (June 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 June in this month’s Radio Report:

Tegan And Sara
TEGAN AND SARA – “Boyfriend” (June 6) (Hot AC)
Label: Warner Bros.
Already in the top 20 on my personal chart is this great song by the Canadian sisters, a single that’s already a radio hit up north. It’s going to be awesome to hear their album Love You To Death later today. “Boyfriend” packs a pop punch that may be more suitable for a CHR/Top 40 station, but there should definitely be some Hot AC interest come Monday. Check out their U.S. tour in the fall.

The Wind + The Wave
THE WIND + THE WAVE – “Grand Canyon” (June 6) (Triple A)
Label: Island/Republic
Dwight Baker and Patricia Lynn put out From The Wreckage two years ago and Covers One last year, both of which contained sync and streaming hits. Unfortunately, radio wasn’t on their side: “With Your Two Hands” couldn’t get out of the 30’s at the format. As their latest album brings them to a new label, can the team deliver them a single that sticks at stations this summer? We’ll see soon.

FRANKIE
FRANKIE – “New Obsession” (June 7) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Gold’n Retriever/RCA
Frankie Miller and her Oakland boys are ready to bring that “New” sound to pop radio this month as the first release from the RCA imprint Gold’n Retriever, founded a year ago by EVP/GM Joe Riccitelli. The single (and debut EP Dreamstate) was first issued last year by the Nashville label South By Sea, which has placed a handful of indie pop and rock artists high on the Hype Machine charts.

Shawn Mendes
SHAWN MENDES – “Treat You Better” (June 7) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Hollywood/Republic
Hot teen star Mendes is in the middle of recording his second full-length album with producer Jake Gosling, which will likely see its release later this year. It took some time to break the singer at pop radio: the third single from his last set, “Stitches”, climbed to #1 in its 23rd week in the top 40, one of the top ten longest runs ever to chart’s summit. Let’s hope this new single peaks more quickly.

Switchfoot
SWITCHFOOT – “Float” (June 7 / June 20) (Alternative / Triple A)
Label: Vanguard
After three albums with Atlantic Records, this California band made the switch to Vanguard for their tenth studio album. The set is titled Where The Light Shines Through, and “Float” keeps it a funky affair for the mainstream outlets. The group has a dozen chart singles at Alternative, all of them hitting between 2003 and 2014. Can a lucky 13th give the act their first top ten here in five years?

Elle King
ELLE KING – “Good Girls” (June 13) (Triple A)
Label: RCA
King had a big breakout moment last year when her “Ex’s & Oh’s” got a second life at Triple A radio, eventually crossing to multiple formats and multi-Platinum success. Though “America’s Sweetheart” and “Under The Influence” weren’t able to replicate the same numbers, perhaps radio will have a “Good” time with this single, from the soundtrack to the film Ghostbusters. Who ya gonna call?

LÉON
LÉON – “Tired Of Talking” (June 13) (Hot AC)
Label: Columbia
This new Swedish singer recently made her debut on my personal chart. Her first EP is called Treasure, and that is certainly what it is. “Tired” is looking to awaken the Hot AC airwaves, with streaming services like Spotify leading the way on championing her and a majority of the songs on the EP on its more influential lists. I’ll be rooting for it! A full-length album is due sometime later in 2016.

Beck
BECK – “Wow” (June 14) (Alternative)
Label: Fonograf/Capitol
Reinventing his sound once again, this musician’s latest single seems to find his core fans remembering the Midnite Vultures era. It might be a struggle to get this played on Alternative radio. After all, it has a very poppy influence to it, and opinions may be divided among the gatekeepers at the format. Could this give him his first entry to chart at CHR radio since 1996? It would be quite a story.

Jordan Fisher
JORDAN FISHER – “All About Us” (June 14) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Hollywood
“All About Us” is the jam. No, seriously, it is. 22-year-old newcomer Fisher has a hot debut single that’s earning him a solid amount of pre-impact airplay at pop radio. On top of the leader list is, unsurprisingly, Radio Disney, but a couple of large markets have it in the mix as well. Though he’s past his Grease: Live image and sound, Fisher and his music should fit right in for the summer season.

RedOne
REDONE featuring ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, R. CITY, SHAGGY and SERAYAH – “Don’t You Need Somebody” (June 14) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Warner Bros.
Producer Nadir Khayat, better known as RedOne, has helped the careers of many acts on the U.S. charts in the last decade, but the 44-year-old has never had a hit as a main-credited act. Fast forward to 2016, and a few of his friends have joined the party for a cut from his forthcoming album, RedOne Presents. The track has more than three million streams in just under two weeks worldwide.

Dagny
DAGNY – “Backbeat” (June 20) (Hot AC)
Label: Republic
Newcomer Dagny was featured on our 16 For ’16 emerging acts list back in December, and it’s great to see her single finally arriving at radio. The Norwegian performer has a very musical family: mother Marit is a jazz singer, and father Øystein is a guitarist. So far, the “Backbeat” goes on with spins at Alice/KLLC in San Francisco and SiriusXM’s The Pulse. Here’s hoping that it’ll be a fall smash.

COIN
COIN – “Talk Too Much” (June 21) (Alternative)
Label: Columbia
The Nashville quartet got a little Alternative play for their single “Run”, with huge support coming from SiriusXM’s Alt Nation, but the song never became the big hit that it should’ve been. Now, they’re trying again with their new track, which recently hit 800,000 streams on Spotify. That sounds like the start of some sweet success (at least as sweet as the cake on their single cover.) Stay tuned.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (June 2015) (Part Two)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in June on the Alternative and AAA formats in the second part of this month’s Radio Report:

ALTERNATIVE (*) and TRIPLE A (**)

Meg Mac
MEG MAC – “Roll Up Your Sleeves” (June 2) (**)
Label: 300 Entertainment
From Melbourne, Australia, Megan McInerney has seen quite a bit of buzz online thanks to love from station Triple J and several music blogs that have covered her since 2013’s “Known Better”, her debut song. “Roll” was first released last June and its Spotify numbers now stand at just under 1.9 million streams. Though her label is more known for its Urban roster, she’s amazing as well.

Phases
PHASES – “I’m In Love With My Life” (June 2) (* + **)
Label: Warner Bros.
In 2012, a group called JJAMZ made their debut with an album called Suicide Pact and a single titled “Heartbeat”, which was able to pick up a little bit of airplay. Unfortunately, not much happened after that. However, the band is back under a new name and a membership change, down to a quartet from a quintet. They also have a catchy hit on their hands with some nice synch potential.

ROMANS
ROMANS – “Uh Huh” (June 2) (**)
Label: Def Jam/Roc Nation
You may have seen this one debut on my top 40 recently as I’ve been enjoying it for a few weeks now. Formerly credited with first name intact, Sam, the performer now seeks to score at multiple radio formats with his first main-credited release, and it’s a lovely introduction to U.S. radio for the talented musician. Energetic and feel good, the song will definitely be riding up my chart nicely.

Anderson East
ANDERSON EAST – “Satisfy Me” (June 9) (**)
Label: Elektra/Atlantic
Here is a shining singer and songwriter who is currently based in Nashville, TN. East has been catching some attention with an EP he released to the streaming services in April, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, a five song set that was recorded at FAME Studios. He is also on the road with folk singer Brandi Carlile, so be sure to catch them during the month. I’m sure the show will satisfy you.

George Ezra
GEORGE EZRA – “Blame It On Me” (June 9) (*)
Label: Columbia
Turning 22 on the weekend, the English singer is still rising up the CHR and Hot AC lists with his previous track, the international smash called “Budapest”. Now, his former top ten in the United Kingdom makes its way to the Alternative airwaves this month. It is already making waves in the top five on the AAA survey. The only thing you may be blaming him for is a solid follow-up release.

Mike Posner
MIKE POSNER – “Be As You Are” (June 9) (**)
Label: Island/Republic
I know what you’re thinking — why is the guy who did “Cooler Than Me” going to a radio format that plays all that folk stuff? That would seem rather peculiar, but 27-year-old Posner has changed styles a bit since his pop days and his record label as well. With a lack of an album on the market since 2010, the odds are against him, but we’ve seen stranger comebacks in 2015. Watch out for it.

James Taylor
JAMES TAYLOR – “Today Today Today” (June 16) (**)
Label: Concord
The legendary singer/songwriter is back and his single title is so nice, he has to say it thrice. His new album, Before This World, is his first set of original material since 2002’s October Road, which included three minor AC tracks. “Today” is looking like it might also chart at the format, making Taylor one of only a few artists to rank in five consecutive decades. That is a very impressive stat.

COASTS
COASTS – “Oceans” (June 23) (*)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
Another English band makes their way to the Alternative airwaves this month, a quintet based in Bristol. With all the songs about rivers at the format right now, like “Hold Back The River” and “Like A River Runs”, it’ll be nice to have a single about an ocean. At the beginning of the year, they released a self-titled EP, and it’s a good listen if you’re liking “Oceans”. Time to quench your thirst.

Coin
COIN – “Run” (June 23) (*)
Label: Columbia
Grab your pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, because the quartet with a mint name and sound is headed to Alternative in a few weeks. “Run” is the first radio single from this Nashville group, though they’ve been churning out great songs for about two years now. A music video for this premiered back in March and they’ve been touring, currently opening for pop chanteuse Betty Who.

machineheart
MACHINEHEART featuring VANIC – “Circles” (June 30) (*)
Label: Columbia
This one’s been kicking around for over a year as a blog item with several popular remixes, but now that the band is signed, it’ll be off to radio this month. The Los Angeles act is led by Stevie Scott, a former member of the duo He Is We, who had a minor entry on the Hot AC chart in 2011 with “Happily Ever After”. Perhaps this ending will leave the act a little more content with the results.

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