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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 10)

"Something" to contend for #1.

“Something” to contend for #1.

We have some Fighters battling for the top spot on the chart this week… if only these five can resist the urge to travel back to 1989. (NOTE: some of this week’s music releases may not be out until Tuesday dependent on label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of November 10:

  • They roared back on iTunes and on Alternative radio with “Something From Nothing” and the hype is real for Sonic Highways, the latest album from the Foo Fighters. This is their first studio album since 2011’s Wasting Light, and as we know, it became the group’s first album to enter at #1 on the Billboard 200. If a certain Swift seller can slow it down a bit, then this will surely be their second to do it. (iTunes)
  • It wasn’t the best look for Garth Brooks when a recent single titled “People Loving People” garnered a huge debut on the Country airplay chart and then stalled out just weeks later. However, he doesn’t seem too down about it as he is in stores with a new album, Man Against Machine. Fans keep coming out for a Brooks set, new material or not, so expect this one near the top. (Amazon)
  • When he’s not showing some skin and transforming his image, Nick Jonas likes to record a tune or two. In fact, his new album, a self-titled release, is out this week. The lead single from it is “Jealous” and it currently stands at #11 on CHR radio. Though it won’t open as well as some of the later Jonas Brothers albums, it should land in the top five. (iTunes)
  • I’m not sure that the term “new Pink Floyd album” fully registers in 2014, but here we are with the group’s new set titled The Endless River. Most of it was completed by 1993, near the release of their last studio effort, The Division Bell. The pre-order count is strong, so maybe it will surprise when the numbers come out. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Big K.R.I.T.‘s Cadillactica (iTunes), Bobby Shmurda‘s Shmurda She Wrote (EP) (iTunes), BØRNS‘s Candy (EP) (iTunes), Damien Rice‘s My Favourite Faded Fantasy (iTunes), G-Unit‘s The Beauty Of Independence (EP) (iTunes), Hail Mary Mallon‘s Bestiary (iTunes), Machine Head‘s Bloodstone & Diamonds (iTunes), Queen‘s Forever (iTunes), Röyksopp‘s The Inevitable End (iTunes), The New Basement Tapes‘s Lost On The River (iTunes), Whitney Houston‘s Her Greatest Performances (Live) (iTunes) and the Zac Brown Band‘s Greatest Hits So Far… (iTunes).

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

  • “Paranoia”, new from singer/songwriter Max Frost. (iTunes)
  • “Uptown Funk”, a collaboration from producer Mark Ronson and singer Bruno Mars. (iTunes)

One Direction has more than Four reasons to be #1 next week (after all, there’s five of them in the band) and they will be facing some hot soundtracks from Annie and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 along the way. See you next Sunday for the full details… may the odds be ever in their favor.

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

The radio airwaves are looking ripe this autumn 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 October on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Charli XCX
CHARLI XCX – “Break The Rules” (October 6) (*)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
2014 has been a huge year so far for this singer. She’s dominated the top spot at CHR for six weeks since June between her collaboration with Iggy Azalea, “Fancy”, and her own solo single from The Fault In Our Stars, “Boom Clap”. Now, from her effort due in December, Sucker, the pop airwaves should lick “Break” up like a Tootsie Pop. Now that’s sweet.

Train
TRAIN – “Cadillac, Cadillac” (October 6) (**)
Label: Columbia
“Angel In Blue Jeans” may not have experienced a heavenly ascent to top of the charts, but a top ten peak at their core format is nothing to be ashamed of. They’re quickly following it up with this track from their newest album Bulletproof Picasso. It’s no “Pink Cadillac”, but hey, what is? The song’s not my favorite cut from it, but Hot AC will still jump at it.

Better Than Ezra
BETTER THAN EZRA – “Gonna Get Better” (October 13) (**)
Label: The End/ADA
Hard to believe that it’s been almost twenty years since “Good” shot to #1 on the Alternative survey for five weeks, but the Louisiana trio keeps on rocking with a new effort, All Together Now. Lead single “Crazy Lucky” just dented the Hot AC top 40, and they will try once again with this slower number. Anybody for another spin for “Desperately Wanting”?

Gwen Stefani
GWEN STEFANI – “Baby Don’t Lie” (October 13) (*)
Label: Interscope
It’s one of the biggest Q4 surprises of the bunch and a particularly exciting one given Stefani’s bolstered profile on The Voice. It’s been eight years since The Great Escape hit shelves, and though a No Doubt comeback stalled out in 2012, people genuinely seem excited for this. Hey, Gwen, I think we could all use the single right now. What you waiting for?

Eden XO
EDEN XO – “Too Cool To Dance” (October 20) (*)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
Singer and songwriter Jessie Malakouti has been through several labels and a few groups, even an opening spot on tour for Britney Spears, but the 25-year-old from California could have her most accessible song yet. Fun, flirty and most of all, fabulous, this shiny and irresistible dance record is bound to get some boys and girls on the floor. Look out for it.

O.A.R.
O.A.R. – “Favorite Song” (October 27) (**)
Label: Vanguard
Taken from The Rockville LP, “Favorite” is the followup to “Peace”, which recently went top 20 after a slow ride up the chart. It was co-written by Kevin Kadish, who some might call the ace of “Bass” as of late, if you know what I mean. It’s another change of pace, but one that should do well for the fall, a cute and upbeat ode to some good musical memories.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Elle King
ELLE KING – “Ex’s & Oh’s” (October 6) (**)
Label: RCA
During the summer of 2012, King released an EP which included the song “Playing For Keeps”, which was picked up by VH1 as the theme for Mob Wives Chicago, which last just one season. Luckily, the singer’s had better luck, back for the second season of her musical mission with a sizzling stomper of a song that’s poised to pack a punch with programmers.

Hozier
HOZIER – “From Eden” (October 6) (**)
Label: Columbia
With “Take Me To Church” crossing over to multiple formats after its #1 success at the AAA format, things are looking super for the setup of the young Irish singer’s debut album next week. “Eden” first appeared as the title track of his EP from earlier this year and already went to #2 in Ireland, matching his highest peak there. Expect a solid outcome here.

Damien Rice
DAMIEN RICE – “I Don’t Want To Change You” (October 13) (**)
Label: Warner Bros.
The 40-year-old Irish performer has been away from the charts for some time now: his last studio album was 9 back in 2006, featuring the single “9 Crimes”. Although his success in the U.S. has been limited, he’s obviously done quite well in parts of Europe, including the U.K. and his native Ireland. However, AAA radio really ought to pay attention to this.

HAIM
HAIM – “Don’t Save Me” (October 13) (*)
Label: Columbia
Just when we thought the Days Are Gone era was over, Alana, Danielle and Este are looking for their second top 40 hit at Alternative radio with this song. It’s the followup to “Forever”, which also crossed to pop radio after it was placed in an ad for Target. I am not sure there’s much momentum left in the era, but it’d be nice to have more ladies on the radio.

Night Terrors of 1927
NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927 featuring TEGAN & SARA – “When You Were Mine” (October 13) (*)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Back in April, this duo went to Alternative radio with another song called “Dust And Bones”. Although it didn’t become their breakout song at the format, members Blake Sennett and Jarrod Gorbel have teamed up on their next single with the sisters Quin in an attempt to prove that two is definitely better than one. The result? Their point is a very valid one.

Grizfolk
GRIZFOLK – “Hymnals” (October 20) (**)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
“The Struggle”, well, struggled to gather a lot of attention in the airplay department, but that is not stopping the quintet from going forth with an even stronger song from their EP From The Spark. Though it’s not go to radio for another few weeks, a video for the song is in production and coming soon. I’m rooting for the band and hoping this can break them.

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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PROFILE: John Newman Looks For “Love” In The U.K. And Beyond

He's not giving in.

He’s not giving in.

He became one of last year’s breakout stars on the scene in the United Kingdom with one of the top 20 selling singles of 2012: quite the introduction to the industry from someone who was planning on being a mechanic after his schooling. Meet 23-year-old John Newman, a singer I hope is going to make 2013 shake, rattle and soul with his first release as a solo artist. It’s only a matter of time before he makes the United States fall in “love” with him.

Newman was born in the small town of Settle in the country of North Yorkshire in England and was largely into house music through his early teens, though he soon developed an affection for his mother’s record collection full of R&B music of the 70’s and 80’s. He also found a liking for singer-songwriters like Ben Harper and Damien Rice, so, he learned the guitar and built a small studio in his home in 2005. He went to the College Of Music in Leeds, then moved to London where he played live and was eventually signed by Island Records last year. It was also in 2012 that he got his big break singing on a number-one record.

Newman was approached by the British electronic quartet Rudimental to appear on two of their songs from their album released a few weeks ago, Home. They both became singles from the effort. The first, “Feel The Love”, a dubstep number with a jazzy twist, easily claimed the #1 spot on the Singles Chart in the United Kingdom for a week in May of last year. It also did well in Australia, Belgium and Netherlands. It was never released in the United States. This also occurred with the followup single, “Not Giving In”, which also featured a vocal from Alex Clare. That only rose to #14, but it did feature similar jazz and dubstep elements. Newman could’ve chosen to gone that route with his new solo deal, but he’s decided to go in a more traditional direction, and it serves him well.

With a full-length album in the pipeline and a couple of dates scheduled in July for performances in the United Kingdom, Island Records is releasing the first single from the effort, a song called “Love Me Again”. It gets a U.K. release on July 1. “Love” is one of the songs that represents a huge musical melting pot that doesn’t particularly represent one particular era or style. His voice has the grit and soul of the south in the 60’s, like James Brown or Alex Chilton of The Box Tops. The strings that come in at the end of the chorus are easily late 70’s disco, very much reminiscent of the 1979 hit for Gloria Gaynor, the classic “I Will Survive”. The keys give off an early 90’s house vibe, similar to “How To Dance” by the Bingoboys and Princessa (1991) or “What Is Love?” by Haddaway (1993). Then, there’s the drum, which I attribute to a more modern approach; listen to the 2011 single by Olly Murs and Rizzle Kicks, “Heart Skips A Beat” and you’ll recognize the percussion line.

Now, while this setup is perfect for the United Kingdom and will likely propel his single to the top of the charts, it’s more of a puzzle for our fragmented format system here in the United States. It could be serviced to the AAA format, but it might be seen as too commercial-sounding, especially with the really polished strings part. It could go to the Hot AC format, but again, it might be seen as too edgy because of the much-layered sound of it. Then, there’s the CHR format, who would probably pass on it for sounding too dated. There in lies the problem. I may not be picky when it comes to these kinds of songs, but certainly, a lot of people would skip right over it. However, it’s his most accessible single to date when it comes to worldwide potential. I loved it from the first listen. We’ll see if a U.S. release actually comes to fruition, because we’re definitely missing out on a good thing.

He has the style in his button down and jacket and he has the sound with his seamless ability to roll through the decades without missing a beat. With a video approaching 500,000 hits on YouTube and 125,000 streams on his SoundCloud account, Newman didn’t have to wait too long for the public to love him again. It’s all right there in front of him.

Watch the video for Newman’s debut solo single, “Love Me Again”. / Pre-order “Love Me Again” on iTunes (U.K. only.)

Are you already fan of Newman’s collaborations with Rudimental and looking forward to his solo material? Are you just discovering him for the first time? Let me know! Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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