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Going Up The Country: A Twist Of Twang At Pop Radio

Howdy, cowboys and cowgirls. Much like last year, there’s about to be a honky tonk hollering onto the pop charts thanks to a few remixed versions of recent hits at the Country format. There’s sure to be a few thousand groans along the way, but it’s anyone’s guess as to how these songs will actually do. It’s also anyone’s guess as to which idea is the worse concept. The whole process seems outdated and unneccessary. Then again, the public likes what the public likes. Get ready to see these new edits on that achy breaky chart we call the Billboard Hot 100 soon:

One more "Drink".

One more “Drink”.

JERROD NIEMANN featuring PITBULL – “Drink To That All Night”
Release Date: May 19 / at CHR radio now, adds date: June 10

Now that “Wild Wild Love” has seen the last of its love on the pop airwaves, rapper Pitbull is making his way to the Wild Wild West along with singer/songwriter Jerrod Niemann. The 34-year-old performer from Kansas recently scored his second #1 on the Country survey with this for two weeks, a far different sound from his first chart-topper, 2010’s “Lover, Lover”. With the recent trend of so-called “Bro Country” and all the criticism hurled towards it, perhaps this song isn’t the worst offender of all, but it’s certainly seen its share of disparagers. Label Sea Gayle/Arista failed to cross “Lover” to Hot AC radio four years ago… can Mr. Worldwide guide Judge Jerrod through the dog eat dog world that awaits them on these outlets? With digital sales surging and spins on a dozen (mostly Southern) stations to date, this “Night” is looking notable.

They're on a "Roll".

They’re on a “Roll”.

Release Date: June 5 / Adds Date: June 17

Well, they’ve done it! Over on the Mediabase chart, “Roll” just topped the list for a week, marking five number one singles in a row at Country radio for the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley since their debut release “Cruise”. Of course, that single weathered a pop run in a remix with Nelly, took on a second chart life and forever complicated the history of what is now Billboard’s Hot Country Songs survey. (There’s already been enough said about that heated issue.) So, now the two men are out to prove that lightning does strike twice with this rerelease. This story started over the weekend when Derulo posted this on Instagram with a caption referring the title, along with the hashtags “#comingsoon” and “#countrymusic”. I guess there’s no reason to believe it could lead to anything else. You know what to do with this idea… Giggle, giggle, giggle.

Two songs making the jump is significant enough for the early summer months, but we may not be done entirely. A single like Dan + Shay‘s recent release “19 You + Me” has enough crossover potential in it, while Luke Bryan‘s new #1 on the Country chart, “Play It Again”, is already receiving some unsolicited play at Hot AC radio. We’ll see what happens! For now, you can let me know what you think about these records on the range by commenting below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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One Crazy Party: Taking A Trip To The Country

Since I started to break up my usual Radio Report into small posts over the last few weeks, I haven’t done nearly enough entries about Country music as I should. Just as in the Pop world, there are a lot of big releases coming now that the second quarter has started in the business. Two of these big singles are being introduced on Sunday night and you’ll be hearing a lot about them in the next few days. They are from two solo males that have been burning up on the format recently. Will they go back to #1 with their newest Country confections? Let’s find out together.

He wants what he wants.

He wants what he wants.

HUNTER HAYES – “I Want Crazy”

21-year-old Hayes has found his groove at country radio with two number-one singles in a row: “Wanted”, and this week, “Somebody’s Heartbreak”. He’s the youngest solo male to hit the top spot on that chart. Hayes is also opening for Carrie Underwood on her tour, which continues through mid-May. In the meantime, his label will be releasing a deluxe edition of his self-titled debut album, subtitled (Encore), to be released on June 18. It will feature seven new and/or re-recorded tracks. The first single from it is a song called “I Want Crazy”, which was announced on Monday. Hayes will debut the song live in a performance at the ACM Awards at 8PM Eastern on Sunday night on CBS. The song will be available at digital retailers immediately afterwards and it will be serviced to radio on the following morning. I haven’t heard any sort of clip of it, so I can’t give any hints as to what the song may or may not sound like. However, I’m sure it will be just as great as the rest of the stuff. Looks like we are getting a preview of some of the lyrics in the single, however. In the top left corner of the single, which I’ve posted a portion of above, are the following lines: “Who cares if you’re all I think about?/I’ve searched the world and I know now/It ain’t right and if you ain’t lost your mind/I don’t want easy, I want crazy/You with me baby, let’s be crazy.” Could be the chorus. It might be an uptempo one at that. Who knows? Find out on Sunday night when he performs it!

DOWNLOAD “I Want Crazy” on iTunes. / PRE-ORDER Hunter Hayes: Encore.

We like to "Party".

We like to “Party”.

LUKE BRYAN – “Crash My Party”

Georgia native Bryan has been kicking up dirt on the charts since 2007 when his debut single, “All My Friends Say”, talked its way into the top 5. He’s become a darling at the format with five number-one songs to his credit on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, including his last three singles from Tailgates & Tanlines: “I Don’t Want This Night To End”, “Drunk On You” and “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”. He recently released Spring Break… Here to Party just in time for those crazy college kids, a compilation of several digital EPs and a few new tracks, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 without any active single at radio. He’s that hot. (“Buzzkill” did get a video release.) So, following that impressive effort, he’s finished the work on his latest studio album with Capitol Nashville and it will be out during the summer. The first single from it, “Party”, like the Hayes song above, will be performed by the singer at the ACM Awards, go to AmazonMP3 and iTunes immediately following the performance, and then go for adds the next day. Judging by the title, it sounds like it’s going to be a real summer anthem: twangy guitars, drums and more. It’s the perfect time of the year. I’m sure the video will be one rockin’ clip. Knowing it’s a leadoff single from an album, I’m sure it could go to the top fairly easily, yet, something like “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” just missed the spot. We’ll have to wait and see to hear what it actually sounds like very soon.

DOWNLOAD “Crash My Party” on iTunes.

Look out for new singles by Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum, as well as the Pistol Annies coming to a radio near you soon. Meanwhile, are you looking forward to either one of these releases from Hayes or Bryan? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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