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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 22, 2020

Raining on the competition’s parade.

We’re dedicated to providing you with the best music from this week’s new release schedule, including new albums from Carly Rae Jepsen and The 1975 and big singles from Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding, Lady Gaga, Sia and more. New Music Friday is raining down hits:

Features: “I Love My Country”, a current top 20 entry on the Country radio chart

THE 1975 – Notes On A Conditional Form (iTunes)
Features: “Me & You Together Song”, a recent top 20 entry on the Alternative chart

Notable albums out this week: Ben Platt‘s Sing To Me Instead (Deluxe) (iTunes), Carly Rae Jepsen‘s Dedicated (Side B) (iTunes), Craig Morgan‘s God, Family, Country (iTunes), David Archuleta‘s Therapy Sessions (iTunes), Russ‘s Shake The Snow Globe (Deluxe) (iTunes), The Airborne Toxic Event‘s Hollywood Park (iTunes), Tove Lo‘s Sunshine Kitty (Paw Prints Edition) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Breland‘s Breland (iTunes), Dagny‘s Strangers/Lovers (Side A) (iTunes), Isabela Merced‘s The Better Half Of Me (iTunes), John-Robert‘s Bailey Barely Knew Me (iTunes), Tomorrow x Together‘s The Dream Chapter: Eternity (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Angels & Demons”, Jxdn (iTunes)
“Anyone But Her”, Cian Ducrot (iTunes)
“Be Me”, VINCINT (iTunes)
“Be Okay”, R3HAB & HRVY (iTunes)
“Better Days”, OneRepublic featuring KHEA (iTunes)
“Black And White (Stripped)”, Niall Horan (iTunes)
“Break My Heart (Jax Jones Remix)”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Can’t Fight”, Lianne La Havas (iTunes)
“Don’t Stop”, Cobi (iTunes)
“Don’t Wanna”, HAIM (iTunes)
“Dreaming”, Green Day (iTunes)
“Driverless Cars”, Will Joseph Cook (iTunes)
“Empty Love”, Gracey & Ruel (iTunes)
“Energy”, Disclosure (iTunes)
“Fade To Black”, Corey Harper (iTunes)
“Falling In”, Inhaler (iTunes)
“Find Yourself”, Thunder Jackson (iTunes)
“Friends”, Jesse McCartney (iTunes)
“Give It Up”, Wanderer (iTunes)
“Green Eyes”, Will McCarry (iTunes)
“Hickory Dickory Dock”, Fredo (iTunes)
“How We Care”, Ben Hobbs (iTunes)
“I Am King”, Nasty Cherry (iTunes)
“I Don’t Really Like Your Boyfriend”, Avenue Beat (iTunes)
“I Need You To Hate Me”, JC Stewart (iTunes)
“I See You”, Phoebe Bridgers (iTunes)
“I Wanna Go Outside”, Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“In Your Eyes (Remix)”, The Weeknd featuring Doja Cat (iTunes)
“Insecurities”, Chris Wallace (iTunes)
“Karma”, Tipling Rock (iTunes)
“Lamb’s Wool”, Foster The People (iTunes)
“Leap Of Faith”, Christopher (iTunes)
“Like U Do (Clear Eyes Remix)”, Marian Hill (iTunes)
“London In The Spring (Acoustic)”, Passenger (iTunes)
“Long Sleeves”, Gracie Abrams (iTunes)
“Love Not Loving You”, Foxes (iTunes)
“MadHappySad”, BabyJake (iTunes)
“Melt”, Twin XL (iTunes)
“Naïve”, Gia Woods (iTunes)
“Need It”, Migos featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again (iTunes)
“New Best Friend”, Neon Trees (iTunes)
“No Chorus Pt. 12”, BlocBoy JB & Tay Keith (iTunes)
“Nobody Like You”, Louis The Child & Vera Blue (iTunes)
“Nobody Likes Moving On”, SHY Martin (iTunes)
“On The Line”, San Cisco (iTunes)
“Open Up”, Umi (iTunes)
“Over You”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Overused”, Clara Mae featuring Gnash (iTunes)
“Pillow”, Wolf (iTunes)
“Power”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
“Prospect”, Iann Dior featuring Lil Baby (iTunes)
“Rabbit Hole”, Jake Bugg (iTunes)
“Rain On Me”, Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“Rescue Dog”, Train (iTunes)
“Rise Up”, Just Sam (iTunes)
“Rope”, Guccihighwaters (iTunes)
“Serpentine Prison”, Matt Berninger (iTunes)
“Slow Down (P2J Remix)”, Skip Marley & H.E.R. featuring DaVido & Oxlade (iTunes)
“So We Won’t Forget”, Khruangbin (iTunes)
“Strike”, Call Me Loop (iTunes)
“Surrender (Martin Jensen Remix)”, Natalie Taylor (iTunes)
“The Bottom (Let’s Eat Grandma Rework)”, Michelle (iTunes)
“The Truth”, Kygo & Valerie Broussard (iTunes)
“This Is What I Live For”, Blue October (iTunes)
“Together”, Sia (iTunes)
“Too Much”, Ro James featuring Miguel (iTunes)
“Two Of Us”, Alice Chater (iTunes)
“Until We Meet Again”, Nick Jonas (iTunes)
“Used To Love Me”, Kandi featuring Todrick Hall & Precious (iTunes)
“Welcome To My Mind”, Spencer Barnett (iTunes)
“What It Is”, KYLE (iTunes)
“Wunna”, Gunna (iTunes)
“You Should Probably Just Hang Up”, Nightly (iTunes)

Next week, the latest albums from Lady Gaga and The Killers are among the larger releases on the schedule. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 3, 2020

“My Heart” will go on (at #1.)

39. Dagny – Somebody
37. The 1975 – If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)
35. ArtistsCAN – Lean On Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

34. Gabby Barrett featuring Charlie Puth – I Hope (39)
31. Niall Horan – Black And White (36)
21. Kelly Clarkson – I Dare You (28) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
(see #8/#10 below)

10. Benee featuring Gus Dapperton – Supalonely (16) | PEAK: #10
09. The 1975 – Me & You Together Song (07) | PEAK: #06
08. Tones And I – Bad Child (13) | PEAK: #08
07. Harry Styles – Falling (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Ashe – Moral Of The Story (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Sam Fischer – This City (05) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
04. The Killers – Caution (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Dua Lipa – Physical (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Lady Gaga – Stupid Love (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Dua Lipa – Break My Heart (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Alec Benjamin – Oh My God (3)
2. Jason Mraz – Look For The Good (6)
3. Lukas Graham – Scars (1)
4. Jamie Scott – Friendly Fire (-)
5. OneRepublic – Better Days (5)
6. Lindsay Lohan – Back To Me (2)
7. Natalie Taylor – Surrender (9)
8. The Pretenders – The Buzz (7)
9. The Rolling Stones – Living In A Ghost Town (10)
10. Avril Lavigne – We Are Warriors (-)

In The Mix:
Alec Benjamin – Six Feet Apart
Alesso featuring Liam Payne – Midnight
Ava Max – Kings & Queens
BANNERS – Always Yours (new)
Lukas Graham – Love Songs (new)
Maddie Medley – Coming Of Age
Passenger – London In The Spring (new)
Picture This – Troublemaker (new)
Sheppard – Come Back
Walk Off The Earth featuring Gnash – Nicknames

Chart Notes:

  • Dua Lipa‘s most recent single “Break My Heart” spends a second week at #1 on my personal chart, which also marks her seventh week at the top in total this year alone. Three debuts launch in the top 40 this week and it’s truly an international event: from Canada, ArtistsCAN starts at #35 with a remake of the Bill Withers classic “Lean On Me”. Benefitting Coronavirus relief up north, the tune features more than one dozen artists that have previously ranked on my list, ten of whom have reached the top ten, including Avril Lavigne, Bryan Adams and Michael Bublé. English rockers The 1975 debut at #37 with “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)”, the latest single from their forthcoming album Notes On A Conditional Form. The song reached the top 20 nationally in the U.K. and Ireland as of a few days ago. Norway’s Dagny also enters this week at #39 with “Somebody”, marking her first appearance on my chart since 2016. She’s expected to release a new EP later this month.

    (See my full chart on Crownnote)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 2, 2016

One release to Remember this week.

One release to Remember this week.

This year’s Labor Day release schedule is slower than the traffic you’ll inevitably be sitting in on the way to the beach. Will there be any surprise sets coming? We’ll keep you posted. For now, here are the notable albums and singles released this week:

  • A DAY TO REMEMBER — Bad Vibrations (iTunes)
    • This Florida act will likely land one of the week’s higher debuts with their first studio album since 2013. A radio single from it, “Paranoia”, recently reached the top ten on the Active Rock chart.
  • TRAVIS SCOTT — Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight (iTunes)
    • Scott has been teasing the release of this set on social media, which may be debuting on a Beats 1 special tomorrow. If it indeed comes out, look for it to be a contender for #1.
  • More albums out this week: Angel Olsen‘s My Woman (iTunes), Dallas Smith‘s Side Effects (iTunes), Izzy Bizu‘s A Moment Of Madness (iTunes), James Vincent McMorrow‘s We Move (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Dagny‘s Ultraviolet (iTunes), FRENSHIP‘s Truce (iTunes), Ryan Follese‘s Ryan Follese (iTunes)

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

  • “Adrenaline”, Zedd featuring Grey (iTunes)
  • “Ain’t My Fault”, Zara Larsson (iTunes)
  • “Animals”, Ben Hobbs (iTunes)
  • “Come Up For Air”, Skylar Grey (iTunes)
  • “Hard Girls”, KT Tunstall (iTunes)
  • “Horizon”, KYKO (iTunes)
  • “I Believe In You”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
  • “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, Sting (iTunes)
  • “Kite Like Girl”, Gavin DeGraw (iTunes)
  • “Like Tomorrow Never Comes”, Colbie Caillat (iTunes)
  • “Mediator”, AlunaGeorge (iTunes)
  • “Radio”, Sylvan Esso (iTunes)
  • “Ring Around Your Heart”, Graham Colton (iTunes)
  • “Send Them Off!”, Bastille (iTunes)
  • “Undefeatable”, Young Rising Sons (iTunes)
  • “#WHERESTHELOVE”, Black Eyed Peas featuring The World (iTunes)
  • “Words Like Weapons”, Clairity (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Bastille, Jason Aldean, The Head And The Heart and more.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 26, 2016

Rock and Troll dreams come through.

“Feeling” real good.

39. The 1975 – Somebody Else
38. Lukas Graham – Mama Said
36. Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore
35. Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara – Wild | HIGHEST DEBUT

29. Dagny – Backbeat (34)
19. Bastille – Good Grief (31) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
17. Passenger – Somebody’s Love (29) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

10. OneRepublic – Wherever I Go (14) | PEAK: #10
09. Ingrid Michaelson – Hell No (13) | PEAK: #09
08. DNCE – Toothbrush (06) | PEAK: #06
07. Tegan And Sara – Boyfriend (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (07) | PEAK: #03
05. Barns Courtney – Fire (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Jordan Fisher – All About Us (05) | PEAK: #04
03. P!nk – Just Like Fire (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y. (1)
2. The Wind + The Wave – Grand Canyon (3)
3. MUNA – Loudspeaker (2)
4. Weathers – Happy Pills (8)
5. Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (5)
6. St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away (6)
7. Adam Friedman featuring Mike Posner – Lemonade (-)
8. Cobi – Darker Than Dawn (Don’t You Cry For Me) (4)
9. Rob Thomas – Pieces (-)
10. X Ambassadors featuring Jamie N Commons – Low Life (7)

In The Mix:
Christina Aguilera – Change
COIN – Talk Too Much
Elton John – A Good Heart
Eric Hutchinson – Anyone Who Knows Me
Hailey Knox – Geeks (new)
High Dive Heart – Misfit
Kungs vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl (new)
Mary Lambert – Hang Out With You
Miike Snow – My Trigger
Sara Hartman – Satellite
Serena Ryder – Got Your Number (new)
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man
Tom Odell – Magnetised

Chart Notes:

  • Troye Sivan has one of the biggest songs on my chart so far this year with “Youth”, a three-week #1 that currently falls to #37, down a spot from last week. This week, he lands my Highest Debut at #35 with an updated version of “Wild”. The new mix features singer Alessia Cara. Both of those tracks (“Wild” in its original form) can be found on Blue Neighbourhood, which Sivan released last year.
  • The New York duo Phantogram had a big top five Alternative hit in 2014 with “Fall In Love”. That song didn’t quite make my chart, but their new single is definitely catching on with me. “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” comes in at #36. It’s off to a great start at radio, and should continue to do well through the late summer and early fall.
  • Following their international smash “7 Years”, the Danish quartet Lukas Graham is hitting U.S. radio with “Mama Said”. It’s a new entry at #38 this week. The song interpolates the popular “It’s The Hard Knock Life” from the musical Annie.
  • Lastly, at #39, is the third top 40 single from The 1975‘s I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it album. “Somebody Else” follows “The Sound”, which recently hit #3 and comes in at #31 this week.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 5, 2016

Send my song (to your new record book.)

The “Love” for Adele continues.

40. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better
39. Dagny – Backbeat | HIGHEST DEBUT

34. LÉON – Tired Of Talking (39)
32. FRANKIE – New Obsession (38)
23. American Authors – What We Live For (29)
21. Zayn – Like I Would (28) | BIGGEST MOVER

10. Bahari – Dancing On The Sun (11) | PEAK: #10
09. BANNERS – Start A Riot (07) | PEAK: #07
08. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty (08) | PEAK: #08
07. DNCE – Toothbrush (09) | PEAK: #07
06. The Strumbellas – Spirits (06) | PEAK: #02
05. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (05) | PEAK: #03
04. P!nk – Just Like Fire (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Barns Courtney – Fire (02) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MUNA – Loudspeaker (1)
2. Cobi – Darker Than Dawn (Don’t You Cry For Me) (2)
3. Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y. (4)
4. AudioDamn! – Don’t Call Me When It’s Over (6)
5. Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (3)
6. St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away (5)
7. The Wind + The Wave – Grand Canyon (8)
8. Sara Hartman – Satellite (9)
9. X Ambassadors featuring Jamie N Commons – Low Life (10)
10. Wrabel – 11 Blocks (-)

In The Mix:
Elton John – A Good Heart (new)
Garbage – Empty
Greyson Chance – Back On The Wall
Haley Reinhart – Better
Justin Klump – Loved You Good
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities
Six60 – Don’t Forget Your Roots
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man
Tom Odell – Magnetised
Weathers – Happy Pills (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Chart action: New trio Bahari‘s first top 40 hit becomes their first top ten, as “Dancing On The Sun” climbs 11-10. It sits a few spots below the top 50 on the pop radio chart. Zayn claims the week’s Biggest Mover with “Like I Would”, up 28-21, a gain of seven notches. Most chart movement is slow to moderate this week, thanks in part to few new releases and the day off on Monday.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is from newcomer Dagny, who bows at #39 with “Backbeat”. She’s from Norway, and her song has already racked up some major streams at Spotify since it was released in the fall of last year. In a few weeks, it goes for adds at Hot AC radio. Other Norwegian acts to make my chart include a-haA1, and M2M.
  • One notch below that is the latest from Shawn Mendes. “Treat You Better” debuts at #40, and it leads his upcoming set, due sometime later this year. The song was co-written by Teddy Geiger, who also co-wrote “Stitches” (#5) and had a pair of top 40 hits on my chart in 2006. “These Walls” was the bigger hit, peaking at #3.

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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 – “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 – “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 – “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 – “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 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 – “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 – “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.

Which of these new songs would you like to see atop the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on social media.

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16 FOR ’16: New Year, New Acts

Some of the sweet sixteen.

Some of the sweet sixteen for ’16.

After all the endless social media posts about our Spotify mixes and SoundCloud favorites, you’re probably wondering about the top acts in the bunch out of the hundreds of under the radar musicians that we’ve been going through all year. Well, here it is. All year long, we’ve been jamming to the killer tracks released by these great soloists and bands. They have the stats and the support on their side, and it looks like it’ll be a good 2016 for all them. (At least, we’re hoping that it will be.) Here’s the 16 For ’16, a small list of acts we think are due for even bigger success and breakout moments next year:

(Listen to our 16 For ’16 Playlist on Spotify)

Current Location: New Jersey
Most Recent Release: “Where I Wanna Be” (October) (BUY – single)

Recently signed at Atlantic Records, this band named after the Grand Canyon State, but currently based in the Garden State, saw their audience grow off of four ripe single releases. Both their original versions and remixes received love from the blogosphere.

Cape Cub
Cape Cub
Current Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Most Recent Release: “Keep Me In Mind” (October) (BUY – single)

Singer Chad Male released two stellar singles this year, “Swim” and the aforementioned “Keep”, both of which hit the blog world and achieved success. The latter tune was featured on Apple Music and BBC Radio 6. Will this Cub become a lion king? I hope so.

Current Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Most Recent Release: “Goddess” (December) (BUY – single)

Nashville’s Carla Cappa has had some huge support from Spotify’s weekly new releases playlist this year, which jump-started her “No Scrubs” interpolation to over 1.8 million streams, her most successful song in 2015. The pop goodness is bound to continue.

Current Location: Tromsø, Norway
Most Recent Release: “Backbeat” (September) (BUY – single)

She calls herself a “songbird from the north of Norway”, and just like her location, her stats are also headed north. Recently, her outstanding track exceeded 1.6 million streams on Spotify and grabbed some major support from Beats 1 around its launch time.

Current Location: New York City, New York
Most Recent Release: “Live Young Die Free” (November) (BUY – “War Paint”)

When your track has 21 million Spotify streams, 7 of which belong to a remix, you know you have a hit on your hands. This is not some “Paint”-by-numbers pop, people. It is a real story. With no label or radio, this independent campaign was a refreshing one.

Current Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent Release: “Knives” [with Matoma] (November) (BUY – single)

This duo returned in 2015 with a series of well-received remixes, an original single titled “Nowhere” and their collaboration with a Norwegian DJ/producer that’s still racking up streams everywhere. Two heads are better than one, and 2016 will be better too.

Current Location: New York City, New York
Most Recent Release: Lost In The Light EP (September) (BUY – EP)

Summing up Ari Leff’s 2015 as “big” would be an understatement. Four million Spotify streams and a publishing contract later, a lot has been happening for the college kid from New York. Choice cuts from his debut effort include “Reforget” and “The Other”.

Lawrence Taylor
Lawrence Taylor
Current Location: London, United Kingdom
Most Recent Release: Bang Bang EP (November) (BUY – EP)

Taylor’s been posting music online and performing live since 2011, but it was in 2015 that his name really got out there. The buzz is certainly there now thanks to his playlisting across multiple services, syncs, acoustic clips and more. That is a really big “Bang”.

Current Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Most Recent Release: Treasure EP (December) (BUY – EP)

From the country that’s given us so many amazing pop acts over the last four decades comes another one that’s bound to become a big name in 2016. “Nobody Knows” and “Tired Of Talking” lead the way on this shiny set and what should be a solid full-length.

Current Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent Release: “Love Won’t Sleep” (December) (BUY – single)

Singer/songwriter Chris Blair has seen his star rise from even the beginning of this year, from mid-charting tracks to unanimous blog acclaim. It comes as no surprise that his most recent song is a former #1 on the Hype Machine survey. This bird is gonna fly.

Mackenzie Thoms
Mackenzie Thoms
Current Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent Release: “Hostage” (September) (BUY – “Conviction”)

Former American Idol contestant Thoms released “Conviction” for hot Nashville label South x Sea this year, and it soared to the top of the Hype Machine listing a few days later. Look for his forthcoming “Do Me All Again” to, well, do it all over again in 2016.

Maty Noyes
Maty Noyes
Current Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent Release: “Stay” [with Kygo] (December) (BUY – single)

Noyes signed with Lava Records in 2014, but now, she has an international hit on her hands with “Stay”, as mentioned above. On her own, she’s uploaded two songs on SoundCloud and has a soundtrack cut. 2016 is sounding nice if everything comes together.

Michael Blume
Michael Blume
Current Location: New York City, New York
Most Recent Release: “Colors” (October) (BUY – single)

Blume’s future R&B sound and loaded lyrics became a favorite on the blog circuit in July when “Manufactured Love” first hit the web, while follow-up “Colors” expanded his musical palette into the Alternative world. It’s aesthetically and musically intriguing.

Ruth B.
Ruth B.
Current Location: Alberta, Canada
Most Recent Release: The Intro EP (November) (BUY – EP)

Signed this year by Columbia Records, this young singer/songwriter’s “Lost Boy” has nearly 20 million streams on Spotify and is still selling several thousand downloads per week. With some early adds detected at the Hot AC format, this might be huge soon.

Secret Weapons
Secret Weapons
Current Location: New York City, New York
Most Recent Release: “Something New” (September) (BUY – single)

This duo’s catchy single was quickly snapped up by Epic Records a few months ago and finds itself north of 1.6 million streams, a total that continues to grow thanks to some Spotify playlisting. Next up for them… zombies? Get ready for another haunting hit.

Young Brother
Young Brother
Current Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Most Recent Release: Kamikaze EP (June) (BUY – EP)

Singer Dalton Diehl released one of my favorite EPs of 2015 with Kamikaze, and now, a remix of the title track is on the move on Spotify’s U.S. Viral 50 listing. He has an exciting pop and radio-ready sound, one that definitely needs more love in the new year.

(Listen to our 16 For ’16 Playlist on Spotify)

Sixteen more names to look out for in 2016:
Aaron Taos (SoundCloud)
Apollo LTD (SoundCloud)
BANNERS (SoundCloud)
Bibi Bourelly (SoundCloud)
EDEN (SoundCloud)
Gnash (SoundCloud)
Harrison Brome (SoundCloud)
Harrison Storm (SoundCloud)
Jake Troth (SoundCloud)
KYKO (SoundCloud)
Matt Woods (SoundCloud)
Rationale (SoundCloud)
The Mosers (SoundCloud)
WΛVE & ROME (SoundCloud)
Whissell (SoundCloud)

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