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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 7, 2018

A genius holiday gift.

The Evil forces are out to get you this Friday! Will they be strong enough to take the spot on the Billboard 200 survey? These are the notable digital and physical releases out this Friday:

GUCCI MANE – Evil Genius (iTunes)
Featuring the current #1 hit on the Rhythmic and Urban radio charts, “Wake Up In The Sky”, a collaboration with Bruno Mars and Kodak Black, the set could become Mane’s first #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. He’s had a pair of albums peak at #2 since 2016.

21 SAVAGE – I Am > I Was (iTunes)
This performer made the top five on the Billboard 200 survey twice in 2017 with a solo set and a collaborative effort with Offset and Metro Boomin. We’ll see if his latest solo outing is savage enough to return to the region. (It very likely will.)

Notable albums out this week: Bastille‘s Other People’s Heartache, Pt. 4 (iTunes), Brett Young‘s Ticket To L.A. (iTunes), Coldplay‘s Live In Buenos Aires (iTunes), Cold War Kids‘s This Will All Blow Over In Time (iTunes), John Mellencamp‘s Other People’s Stuff (iTunes), LP‘s Heart To Mouth (iTunes), Plested‘s First & Foremost (iTunes), XXXTentacion‘s Skins (iTunes), Mary Poppins Returns (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: AFI‘s The Missing Man (iTunes), Benny Blanco‘s Friends Keep Secrets (iTunes), Justin Jesso‘s Let It Be Me (iTunes), SHY Martin‘s Overthinking (iTunes), Smallpools‘s Social (iTunes), Tyde Levi‘s Tyde Levi (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“8 Letters (Party Pupils Remix)”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“All Into Nothing”, R3HAB & Mokita (iTunes)
“Alive” and “Wrapped Up”, Natalie Portman (iTunes)
“Animals”, RØMANS (iTunes)
“As Long As I’m With You”, Omi featuring CMC$ (iTunes)
“Bad Night”, Joshua Speers (iTunes)
“Better Now”, Yuna (iTunes)
“Call Your Girlfriend”, Clara Mae (iTunes)
“Catch Me If You Can”, Kelsy Karter (iTunes)
“Closer”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Come With Us”, Bronze Radio Return (iTunes)
“Cowboy (Just Kiddin Remix)”, ALMA (iTunes)
“Done (Acoustic)”, Nikki Vianna (iTunes)
“Dragonflies”, SVRCINA (iTunes)
“Emotional Karate”, Gracen Hill featuring Lukr (iTunes)
“Everything Or Nothing”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Feelin Like”, Flipp Dinero (iTunes)
“Gimme Your Love”, Stan Walker (iTunes)
“Glow (Acoustic)”, Gavin James (iTunes)
“Good Years”, ZAYN (iTunes)
“Grip”, Seeb x Bastille (iTunes)
“Hey Julie!”, KYLE featuring Lil Yachty (iTunes)
“How Can I Forget (Ryan Riback Remix)”, MKTO (iTunes)
“How You Love Me”, Hardwell featuring Conor Maynard & Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Hurt”, Oliver Tree (iTunes)
“I Don’t Think About You”, HRVY (iTunes)
“K For Christmas”, Lil Mosey (iTunes)
“Last Christmas”, James TW (iTunes)
“Let You Know”, Sody (iTunes)
“Losing My Mind (Acoustic)”, Betcha (iTunes)
“Love Has No Limits”, Fleurie (iTunes)
“Neighborhood”, American Authors featuring Bear Rinehart (iTunes)
“No Fun”, birthday (iTunes)
“Operate”, Vesperteen (iTunes)
“Prefer The Rain”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Project Dreams”, Marshmello x Roddy Ricch (iTunes)
“Real Estate”, Adam Melchor (iTunes)
“Ride Wit U”, Millie Go Lightly (iTunes)
“Sexual Vibe”, Stephen Puth (iTunes)
“Thursday (Nicky Romero Remix)”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Touch Down (Remix)”, Stylo G x The Fanatix featuring Nicki Minaj & Vybz Kartel (iTunes)
“Twenty One”, Greyson Chance (iTunes)
“White House”, Bibi Bourelly (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Bruce Springsteen, Mitchell Tenpenny, Offset, ZAYN 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 April 7, 2017

Open for business.

Make some musical memories with all the new releases in this week’s report, including chart-topping electronic and rock acts, and so much more. Let’s check out all the action right here:

THE CHAINSMOKERS – Memories…Do Not Open (iTunes)
Whether you love them or hate them, the duo of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart is essentially unavoidable at this point, with many hit songs and plenty of fans. The two are putting in overtime on the pop radio chart, with two concurrent top ten singles at the moment: “Paris” and “Something Just Like This”, a collaboration with Coldplay. The race for #1 between the duo and Drake, with all the big streaming support behind both acts, should be an interesting one to watch. So, bro, you should like, totally check this one out, bro.

COLD WAR KIDS – LA DIVINE (iTunes)
These Kids are taking over the Alternative chart, per usual, with the top ten hit “Love Is Mystical”. It’s currently at #6. The group has just missed reaching the top 20 on the Billboard 200 on two occasions, and no, they’re not day and night. However, I’m sure it’ll be a a good day next week if their new set does officially reach that goal. We’ll see soon!

K.FLAY – Every Where Is Some Where (iTunes)
The Illinois performer has done very well on the Alternative radio chart in the past few months with two songs, including the top five hit “Blood In The Cut”. After her independent album missed the top 100 just about three years ago, this set will definitely be in there (and much higher!)

More albums out this week: Father John Misty‘s Pure Comedy (iTunes), Future Islands‘s The Far Field (iTunes), Joey Bada$$‘s ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ (iTunes), Michelle Branch‘s Hopeless Romantic (iTunes), The New Pornographers‘s Whiteout Conditions (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Alicia Keys‘s Vault Playlist Vol. 1 (iTunes), Pentatonix‘s PTX, Vol. IV – Classics (iTunes), Ryan Hurd‘s Ryan Hurd (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“A-Side / B-Side”, Tipling Rock (iTunes)
“Battle Cry”, Jack White (iTunes)
“Bloodstream”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Byte”, Martin Garrix & Brooks (iTunes)
“Call Me”, Kate Nash (iTunes)
“Crowded Places”, BANKS (iTunes)
“Don’t Kill My Vibe (Gryffin Remix)”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Don’t Let Our Love Grow Cold”, Red Rosamond (iTunes)
“Dream”, Diana Krall (iTunes)
“Everything Everything”, American Authors (iTunes)
“Find Me”, Tinie Tempah featuring Jake Bugg (iTunes)
“Fire”, Beth Ditto (iTunes)
“For You”, Benji Lewis (iTunes)
“Galway Girl (Martin Jensen Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Gravity”, Leo Stannard featuring Frances (iTunes)
“Grow (Stories)”, Frances (iTunes)
“Honor”, DJ Cassidy featuring Grace and Lil Yachty (iTunes)
“If This Is Love”, Ruth B (iTunes)
“It Ain’t Me (Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS Remix)”, Kygo & Selena Gomez (iTunes)
“It Was Love”, LANY (iTunes)
“Kryptonite”, George Maple (iTunes)
“Lifetimes”, Oh Wonder (iTunes)
“No Pressure”, French Montana featuring Future (iTunes)
“Now”, Grace Mitchell (iTunes)
“Now Or Never”, Halsey (iTunes)
“Passport Home”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Physical”, The Aces (iTunes)
“Promises”, Day Wave (iTunes)
“Scared To Be Lonely (Acoustic)”, Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Sign Of The Times”, Harry Styles (iTunes)
“Stay The Night”, Jukebox The Ghost (iTunes)
“Stoned On You”, Jaymes Young (iTunes)
“Testify (Beast Remix)”, Citizen Four (iTunes)
“Undefeated”, Incubus (iTunes)
“Unforgettable”, French Montana featuring Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Warm On A Cold Night”, HONNE featuring Aminé (iTunes)
“Wash Us Away”, Paperwhite (iTunes)
“Waterfall (Seeb Remix)”, Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia (iTunes)
“Whatcha Thinking About”, Denny White (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from John Mayer, The Fate Of The Furious and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (February 2017)

Radio Report - February 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 February in this month’s Radio Report:

GNASH featuring JOHNNY YUKON – “Home” (Atlantic, February 7 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Singer Garrett Nash, along with Olivia O’Brien, had a slow ride up the chart in 2016 with “i hate u, i love u” (#5).

JAMES HERSEY – “Miss You” (Glassnote, February 7 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Hersey was the vocalist on Dillon Francis and Kygo’s “Coming Over”, which quickly peaked at #36 in April 2016.

THE VAMPS & MATOMA – “All Night” (Island/Republic, February 7 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The British group has struggled at the format; their biggest hit, “Somebody To You”, briefly got to #50 in 2014.

HARDWELL featuring JAY SEAN – “Thinking About You” (Epic, February 14 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Sean had a run of five top 40 hits between 2009 and 2011, but has struggled to find an audience in recent years.

GROUPLOVE – “Good Morning” (Canvasback/Atlantic, February 7 – Alternative)
Album: Big Mess (2016)
Past ALT History: The California band was in the top five late last year with “Welcome To Your Life”. Will they be welcomed back?

AMERICAN AUTHORS – “I’m Born To Run” (Island/Republic, February 14 – Alternative)
Album: What We Live For (2016)
Past ALT History: The quartet last charted at this format in 2014 with “Best Day Of My Life” (#18), a #1 song on the Hot AC listing.

COLD WAR KIDS – “Love Is Mystical” (Capitol, February 14 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: Some stations just can’t get rid of “First”, which spent seven weeks at #1 in 2015. Hope they make room for this!

DEPECHE MODE – “Where’s The Revolution” (Columbia, February 14 – Alternative)
Album: Spirit (2017)
Past ALT History: They’ve had an incredible stretch of 19 chart singles since 1989, with four reaching #1. They last charted in 2013.

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 (August 2014)

The radio airwaves are looking ripe this summer as plenty of new acts and established artists crash the party with new tunes. Which ones will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of my favorites being serviced in August on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

David Guetta
DAVID GUETTA featuring SAM MARTIN – “Lovers On The Sun” (August 5) (*)
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic
DJ Guetta’s latest U.S. single was co-produced and written by Avicii and features newcomer Martin, who has a couple of songwriting credits with Maroon 5. He hasn’t had a top ten single on the pop chart since 2012’s “Titanium”; have a bevy of younger producers and the ageism of radio caught up to the hitmaker or will the airwaves welcome him again?

Bebe Rexha
BEBE REXHA – “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You” (August 12) (*)
Label: Warner Bros.
24-year-old Rexha got her first taste of the charts earlier this year when her collaboration with Cash Cash, “Take Me Home”, went top 20 at CHR radio. Her first solo single, originally uploaded online this past spring, recently drew some attention when it was remixed by duo The Chainsmokers. We’ll see if this release’s success is worth a #selfie or two.

MKTO
MKTO – “American Dream” (August 12) (*)
Label: Columbia
After months of slowly climbing up the pop chart, this duo finally broken the top ten earlier this summer with the song “Classic”. Now, fueled by that long run, Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller are offering their “Dream” with the hopes that this time around, they won’t be finding a nightmare. No worries; it’s already gone top 40 in Australia and New Zealand.

Phillip Phillips
PHILLIP PHILLIPS – “Unpack Your Heart” (August 12) (**)
Label: Interscope
Following up his recent top five AAA and top ten Hot AC hit, “Raging Fire”, Phillips is moving quickly onto this second single from Behind The Light, written and produced by the same team behind “Fire”. The former American Idol champ should have a simple time landing on both formats and, like his other songs, find placement on television this autumn.

Rixton
RIXTON – “Wait On Me” (August 12) (*)
Label: School Boy/Mad Love/Giant Little Man/Interscope
A little trouble never hurt nobody… and neither does an Ace Of Base inspired followup from this British quartet. “Me And My Broken Heart” hit #1 in the United Kingdom last month and went top ten on a handful of radio formats here. I don’t think the four will have much trouble on the surveys with this or making a few new fans. It was worth the “Wait”.

The Vamps
THE VAMPS featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Somebody To You” (August 19) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
This is the first time in the U.S. for this boy band, but they’ve already taken Europe by storm. All four singles from the debut set by the band, Meet The Vamps, have gone top five on the U.K. Singles Chart. “You” also became their first #1 in Scotland and went top 20 in Australia, their biggest hit to date. With Lovato’s help, they’ll be somebodies here soon.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Boy & Bear
BOY & BEAR – “Three Headed Woman” (August 5) (**)
Label: Nettwerk
The Australian quintet based in Sydney launched successfully at AAA radio earlier this year with “Southern Sun”. Also taken from the album Harlequin Dream, “Woman” is another great track and should be at least moderately successful on those same airwaves. After several dates abroad, the group return to the States on their worldwide tour in October.

Jungle
JUNGLE – “Busy Earnin'” (August 5) (*)
Label: XL/Beggars Group
At the moment, this new duo from London is busy earnin’ some decent peaks across the album charts in Europe, going as high as #7 in their native U.K., as well top 40 in Belgium and Switzerland. Their singles haven’t seen any substantial action, but their sound fits in neatly with the current flavor at Alternative radio, even if they themselves aren’t known.

Cold War Kids
COLD WAR KIDS – “All This Could Be Yours” (August 12) (*)
Label: Downtown
These guys have been around for some time, but their Alternative play has been limited to peaks down in the 20’s and 30’s. That may change with this single, which is featured in an advertisement for Milk Music, a new app from Samsung. The exposure’s been pretty wide thus far and with a new album due in October, the timing couldn’t be better for them.

Fitz and the Tantrums
FITZ & THE TANTRUMS – “Fools Gold” (August 12) (*)
Label: Elektra/Atlantic
More Than Just A Dream has been a fantastic era for the sextet from the Golden State, who now claim two consecutive #1’s on the Alternative chart with “Out Of My League” and “The Walker”. Their latest is certainly a standout and could continue to build up their stretch of crossover appeal as they tour the States through the fall. Let’s see how they medal.

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS – “Cecilia And The Satellite” (August 19) (*)
Label: Vanguard
With the end of Jack’s Mannequin several years ago, McMahon set out on a solo adventure and the 31-year-old has come up an album due later in 2014. “Cecilia” marks the first new material from the performer since his first daughter, also named Cecilia, was born in February. With a new label backing him and a very passionate base, the sky is the limit.

Paolo Nutini
PAOLO NUTINI – “Let Me Down Easy” (August 19) (**)
Label: Atlantic
Singer/songwriter Nutini continues to be huge across the pond; his album Caustic Love is already Platinum in the U.K. after peaking at #1 in April. Though “Down” missed the top 40 there, unlike first single “Scream (Funk My Life Up)”, it is much better suited for AAA. It’s been a while since “New Shoes” hit the top there, but he still has potential to do well.

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