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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 15, 2016

Who ya gonna buy?

Who ya gonna buy?

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nice after this tragic evening. As you know, music can heal during these sad times, and I hope you’ll find something positive in the mix this week. Here are the new and notable albums and singles:

  • NEEDTOBREATHE — H A R D L O V E (iTunes)
    • Sometimes, our favorite acts forget to switch off the Caps Lock button when typing. In the case of this South Carolina band, they seem to be embracing it. THE LEAD– ahem, the lead single from their latest album, “HAPPINESS”, is top five at Christian CHR/Hot AC radio, and in the top 50 at regular Hot AC radio. Look for this to score a top ten debut.
  • VARIOUS ARTISTS — Ghostbusters (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
    • Featuring singles from 5 Seconds Of Summer, Elle King and G-Eazy, one of the summer’s hottest soundtracks is now in stores and scaring up a storm. (Proton packs sold separately.) Look for the set to score some heavy stream and track-equivalent units, with a final total depending on how large the opening weekend for the film is.
  • DAVID NAIL — Fighter (iTunes)
    • Nail’s “Night’s On Fire” has been in the top 50 on Country radio for 45 (!) weeks, and it still hasn’t made the top ten. A bit much, yes? You can find that, and collaborations with acts like the Brothers Osborne and Vince Gill, on here.
  • DIRTY HEADS — Dirty Heads (iTunes)
    • The California band is still climbing up the Alternative chart with their latest hit, “That’s All I Need”. Two years ago, it was Sound Of Change that gave them their first top ten album on the Billboard 200. Can they make it 2-for-2?
  • More albums out this week: Bright Light Bright Light‘s Choreography (iTunes), Clams Casino‘s 32 Levels (iTunes), Dreezy‘s No Hard Feelings (iTunes), Good Charlotte‘s Youth Authority (iTunes), Hillsong United‘s Of Dirt And Grace (Live From The Land (iTunes), Jeff Beck‘s Loud Hailer (iTunes), Steven Tyler‘s We’re All Somebody From Somewhere (iTunes), Kidz Bop 32 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Cardboard Kids‘s Mint (iTunes)

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

  • “Cruel”, Snakehips featuring Zayn (iTunes)
  • “F**k With Myself”, BANKS (iTunes)
  • “If He Ain’t Gonna Love You”, Jake Owen (iTunes)
  • “In My Blood”, Leo Stannard (iTunes)
  • “Jungle Youth”, Young The Giant (iTunes)
  • “Make Me”, Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy (iTunes)
  • “Rise”, Katy Perry (iTunes)
  • “Romantic”, Stanaj (iTunes)
  • “She Sets The City On Fire”, Gavin DeGraw (iTunes)
  • “Solving Problems”, Brent Cobb (iTunes)
  • “Something Wild”, Lindsey Sterling featuring Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
  • “Starving”, Hailee Steinfeld & Grey featuring Zedd (iTunes)
  • “Superlove”, Tinashe (iTunes)
  • “Unstoppable”, The Score (iTunes)
  • “Welcome To Your Life”, Grouplove (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from HONNE, Keith SweatLil Durk and more.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (September 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 September on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Calvin Harris and John Newman
CALVIN HARRIS featuring JOHN NEWMAN – “Blame” (September 9) (*)
Label: Columbia
Coming off a recent top 5 smash in “Summer”, Harris is obviously red-hot at CHR radio. Newman, however, could only break the U.S. with “Love Me Again”, a moderate success on the charts last year. Though the pair should do just fine in Europe, it’ll be interesting to see if that lack of recognition in the States could affect it in the long run. Get ready to jam.

Cobra Starship and Icona Pop
COBRA STARSHIP featuring ICONA POP – “Never Been In Love” (September 9) (*)
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
The last time Gabe Saporta and friends hit the pop survey was in 2012 with “Middle Finger”, while the Swedish duo just edged in the top 40 this past spring with “Just Another Night”. Sure, it’s an odd combination on paper, but the two acts and producer Ricky Reed (from the group Wallpaper.) have a hot song on their hands with this adorable pop anthem.

Dirty Heads
DIRTY HEADS – “My Sweet Summer” (September 9) (**)
Label: Five Seven Music
Back on the Alternative scene in a big way, “Summer” is headed towards the top of that chart in the coming weeks. This could match the peak of their debut single, “Lay Me Down”, if that happens — that’s their only release to crossover onto Hot AC outlets thus far, which occurred in 2010. The seasons may be changing, but this could still pull in some airplay.

HOZIER – “Take Me To Church” (September 9 / 16) (** / *)
Label: Columbia
This one is a former chart-topper on the AAA chart and is already climbing the top ten at Alternative radio, thus, it’s no real surprise that label Columbia is jumping at a crossover sooner rather than later. The 24-year-old Irish performer is already a success in his homeland, where “Church” peaked at #2, and may be a Best New Artist contender. Stay tuned!

Bea Miller
BEA MILLER – “Young Blood” (September 23) (*)
Label: Hollywood
15-year-old Miller made her debut on the U.S. version of The X Factor two years ago, but just released her debut EP in the spring through Disney affiliated label. Though they’re somewhat inconsistent and often depend on elongated chart runs, this could break in a more impactful way into 2015 if her audience grows. It doesn’t seem like they’re in any rush.

NICKELBACK – “What Are You Waiting For?” (September 23) (**)
Label: Republic
I know, I know. “Adam, you’re excited about a Nickelback song? Really?” Yes, it’s true. The Canadian quartet has been rather consistent on my top 40 since they first began charting in 2001. Now off their old home Roadrunner and at new home Republic, the four are gearing up for a comeback. Will the format welcome them back with open arms? We’ll see.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

SHEPPARD – “Geronimo” (September 2) (*)
Label: Republic
It was nearly a year and a half ago that I first wrote about this Australian sextet after discovering their debut single “Let Me Down Easy” on the radio there. It peaked at #10 on my chart during the summer. Now, their music has reached the masses; the multi-Platinum “Geronimo” spent three weeks at #1 in that country earlier this year. Look out for this one.

BLEACHERS – “Rollercoaster” (September 9) (*)
Label: RCA
Their first big record was “I Wanna Get Better”, a #1 for a frame on the Alternative chart, but it became much worse as it crashed out of the top ten and into recurrent status in just about a month’s time. Major ouch. Luckily, Jack Antonoff has a followup in the wings with this track. It may not be as immediate, but it will certainly do the job as it rises upward.

Foster The People
FOSTER THE PEOPLE – “Are You What You Want To Be?” (September 9) (*)
Label: Columbia
You could call it a sophomore slump; the trio’s album sales haven’t been so good this era and there hasn’t been a major crossover smash like “Pumped Up Kicks”, but I may be in the minority liking Supermodel and the singles from it more than their debut album. This is the third single from it following “Coming Of Age” and “Best Friend”. It’s a solid choice.

Neon Trees
NEON TREES – “First Things First” (September 16) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
I’m not sure what it is with these four and second singles, but there have been some odd swap-outs. In 2011, “1983” was pulled in favor of “Your Surrender”, which did not peak high. This year, “Love In The 21st Century” was replaced with “Text Me In The Morning”, which rightfully tanked. Hopefully, this inspirational song can get the album back on track.

Sam Smith
SAM SMITH – “I’m Not The Only One” (September 23) (**)
Label: Capitol
This recent top ten hit in New Zealand, Scotland and the United Kingdom is finally on its way to the U.S. now that “Stay With Me” is beginning to fall in airplay. A clip for the song premiered a few weeks ago and guests two small screen stars from the FOX network, Glee‘s Dianna Agron and The Mindy Project‘s Chris Messina. The hype will carry this song well.

Walk The Moon
WALK THE MOON – “Shut Up And Dance” (September 23) (* / **)
Label: RCA
It’s been a little time since we’ve heard from this Ohio quartet, who had two solid singles make the AAA and Alternative charts in 2012-3: “Anna Sun” and “Tightrope”. There’s a radio rip of this song that hit the web a few months back, but a higher quality edit has yet to surface. We’ll likely be hearing it soon, but it sounds like another awesome cut from 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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