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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 6, 2018

No need to keep this schedule private; the public needs to know about these hot new releases! Here are the albums and singles you need to check out on digital services and in stores this Friday:

CARDI B – Invasion Of Privacy (iTunes)
After a giant breakout year in 2017, this performer continues to deliver with her debut project, which features “Bodak Yellow” and “Bartier Cardi”, a collaboration with 21 Savage. With massive streaming potential, and a solid sales total, this set will likely top the album chart on next week’s update (and might reign for more than one week.) Look for potential boosts to come from a highly-anticipated performance on Saturday Night Live and a co-hosting slot on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night.

THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS – America (iTunes)
Featuring the Alternative hit “Walk On Water”, which spent four weeks at #1 on that survey last fall, and current single “Dangerous Night”, the current set from this trio should become their first top ten title in nearly five years (and perhaps their first top five album ever.)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Restoration / Revamp: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin (iTunes) (iTunes)
Ahead of Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute, which airs Tuesday night on CBS, these two compilations hit the market. The former set features largely country acts, while the latter set features a mix of pop, rap and rock artists.

Notable albums out this week: Alison Wonderland‘s Awake (iTunes), Blackberry Smoke‘s Find A Light (iTunes), BTS‘s Face Yourself (iTunes), En Vogue‘s Electric Café (iTunes), Flatbush Zombies‘s Vacation In Hell (iTunes), Gin Wigmore‘s Ivory (iTunes), Kylie Minogue‘s Golden (iTunes), Lil Xan‘s Total Xanarchy (iTunes), Rainbow Kitten Surprise‘s How To: Friend, Love, Freefall (iTunes), The Aces‘s When My Heart Felt Volcanic (iTunes), WINNER‘s EVERYD4Y (iTunes), Jesus Christ Superstar – Live In Concert (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Ben Hobbs’s Blue Sky (iTunes), Dermot Kennedy‘s Mike Dean Presents: Dermot Kennedy (iTunes), Snakehips‘s STAY HOME TAPES (= –__– =) (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“44/876”, Sting & Shaggy featuring Morgan Heritage & Aidonia (iTunes)
“A Boat To An Island On The Wall”, Ben Howard (iTunes)
“A Good Night”, John Legend featuring BloodPop (iTunes)
“Anna Wintour”, Azealia Banks (iTunes)
“A$AP Forever”, A$AP Rocky featuring Moby (iTunes)
“Before & After”, Albin Lee Meldau (iTunes)
“Boujee”, Sage The Gemini (iTunes)
“Campfire”, Aminé featuring Injury Reserve (iTunes)
“Chanel”, Rae Sremmurd featuring Pharrell (iTunes)
“Closure”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Do You Think About Me”, Francesco Yates (iTunes)
“Drink About”, Seeb featuring Dagny (iTunes)
“Famous”, Serena Ryder featuring Simon Ward of The Strumbellas (iTunes)
“Freaky With You”, Nelly featuring Jacquees (iTunes)
“Friends”, Kevin “K.O.” Olusola (iTunes)
“Gentleman”, Gallant (iTunes)
“Go To Sleep”, Bearson featuring Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“Hands Up”, Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE (iTunes)
“Hard 2 Face Reality”, Poo Bear featuring Justin Bieber and Jay Electronica (iTunes)
“Hold Me Down (Gazzo Remix)”, Family Of The Year (iTunes)
“Hold My Sauce”, Ayo & Teo (iTunes)
“Insecurities”, LOVA (iTunes)
“Into My Arms” and “No One’s Gonna Love You (Stockholm Version)”, Band Of Horses (iTunes)
“Lash Out”, Alice Merton (iTunes)
“Meant To Be (Acoustic)”, Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
“Must’ve Been”, Chromeo featuring DRAM (iTunes)
“Not Over You”, Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“On The Low”, Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“One Kiss”, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Rich Kid$”, Jay Pryor (iTunes)
“Rumours”, Leslie Clio (iTunes)
“Start Over Again”, New Hope Club (iTunes)
“Supposed To Do”, Stevie Appleton (iTunes)
“Sweet Coffee”, Mullally featuring Bassette (iTunes)
“The Human Radio”, Shinedown (iTunes)
“The One”, Eva Simons (iTunes)
“The Way Things Change”, Yellow Days (iTunes)
“Thunderpussy”, Thunderpussy (iTunes)
“Villain”, Yellow Claw & Valentina (iTunes)
“We Can Do Better”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Welcome To Earth”, Delta Goodrem (iTunes)
“What’s It Like Now”, Mikky Ekko (iTunes)
“YES (Zac Samuel Remix)”, Louisa featuring 2 Chainz (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Bazzi, Jason Aldean and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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FLASHBACK: Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit Of Chart History

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“Meant for” a top ten record.

The CHR/Top 40 airwaves were starting to rebuild their identity by the end of 1996, after a tumultuous few years of ratings slides, faceless new acts and lost songs. Before the Spice Girls swept the nation with “girl power”, and Lillith Fair ruled the summer tour season, a number of female singers began to perform well at the format. During that year, Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion and Donna Lewis (and others) had a super run at the top, leaving only two published charts with a #1 song by a male soloist. Then, as the hits kept piling up, the inevitable result occurred: just as 1997 began, the top ten songs on the pop chart were all sung by female soloists or female-led bands. It’s the only time this kind of event took place on the format, pre-PPW (plays per week) or PPW era.

Now, just because it’s been two decades since this historic chart week, that doesn’t mean that female-led top threes, fours and fives are going away anytime soon. An all-female top seven occurred on the pop chart as recently as September 2014, which included big hits by acts like Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift. So, keep that dream of a top ten led by the ladies alive. It may just happen again when you least expect it…

Let’s get into those sensational songs that gave the top ten a special feminine touch for a little Throwback Thursday action:

(Stats taken from: Radio & Records – issue dated January 10, 1997, airplay period of December 30, 1996 – January 5, 1997)

10. CELINE DION, “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” (down 3)
Album: Falling Into You
Label: 550 Music/Epic

1996 was a year of sevens for Dion on the pop chart. “Because You Loved Me” spent seven weeks at #1, and “All” spent seven at #2.

09. JEWEL, “You Were Meant For Me” (up 10)
Album: Pieces Of You
Label: Atlantic

Though 1996 was her breakout year, 1997 was even more successful for this singer. Her two #1 songs totaled nine weeks at the top.

08. GINA G, “Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit” (up 6)
Album: Fresh!
Label: Eternal/Warner Bros.

The number of U.S. hits that originated at Eurovision is quite small, but “Ooh” connected with pop radio’s audience, peaking at #5.

07. THE CARDIGANS, “Lovefool” (up 9)
Album: First Band On The Moon
Label: Mercury

Nina Persson led this Swedish group to a huge smash in early 1997, spending six weeks at #1. They never made the pop chart again.

06. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Head Over Feet” (=)
Album: Jagged Little Pill
Label: Maverick/Reprise

With her third in a run of five consecutive #1 singles on the pop chart, Morissette dominated the airwaves across multiple formats.

05. SHERYL CROW, “If It Makes You Happy” (=)
Album: Sheryl Crow
Label: A&M

Crow was likely “Happy” to reach the top five again after a couple of misses. “If” also went top ten at Alternative and Hot AC radio.

04. MERRIL BAINBRIDGE, “Mouth” (=)
Album: The Garden
Label: Universal

This Australian singer’s biggest U.S. hit held at #2 for four weeks in late 1996. Her two other chart singles stalled below the top 40.

03. TONI BRAXTON, “Un-Break My Heart” (=)
Album: Secrets
Label: LaFace/Arista

This iconic ballad became Braxton’s penultimate top ten hit on the pop listing, later making it there with “He Wasn’t Man Enough”.

02. EN VOGUE, “Don’t Let Go (Love)” (=)
Album: EV3
Label: EastWest/EEG

Shortly before the messy circumstances that made them a trio, this soundtrack cut gave the girls their biggest pop hit in four years.

01. NO DOUBT, “Don’t Speak” (=)
Album: Tragic Kingdom
Label: Trauma/Interscope

With a giant 11 (two frozen) weeks at #1, “Don’t” became the group’s signature song and one of the biggest radio hits of the decade.

Listen to Ooh Aah… A #TBT List on Spotify, featuring these songs and more top tunes from this week in 1996!

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A “Town” For Two: Twice The Top 40 Titles

A toast to ghosts.

A toast to ghosts.

In the last day, it was announced that Adam Lambert‘s first single from his Warner Bros. debut, The Original High, is a song titled “Ghost Town”. It will be released on April 21. This comes at the same time that Madonna‘s current release, title stylized as “Ghosttown”, is charting at both AC and Hot AC radio outlets thanks to an iHeartMedia campaign that bares a similar feel to the one U2‘s “Every Breaking Wave” utilized from late last year to early this year. Needless to stay, the stan reaction has been mixed thus far, but I think we’ll all survive and both singles can co-exist together… right? Now, can they rank together?

(By the way, ghost towns are nothing new when it comes to the top 40; just ask “Ghost Town” by Cheap Trick, which hit #33 in late 1988. Yes, I know it’s not remembered well and I would be the one to cite that. Ghost Town DJ’s, anyone?)

So, with this case in mind, I figured we could take a look at some classic examples that put two singles with the same title, but a different composition, in the top 40 of the Hot 100 at the same time. It’s pretty rare, but the few times it’s happened are pretty interesting to any chart buff. Here are some of the notable ones:

*** Dates listed next to each title indicate the first week of the songs appearing together in the top 40

“Crazy Love” (April 7, 1979)
Poco (#33) (Peak: #17) (Listen)
The Allman Brothers Band (#39) (Peak: #29) (Listen)

The first documented case of this occurrence goes back nearly 36 years to when these two bands appeared with their hit songs in the top 40 for just one frame. At the time, it was a pretty remarkable chart achievement given the turnover rate and heavier competition during those disco days. Both acts would score their final hits in the next decade, the former after nearly a decade away from the top 40.

“Don’t Be Cruel” (August 20, 1988)
Cheap Trick (#37) (Peak: #4) (Listen)
Bobby Brown (#38) (Peak: #8) (Listen)

Here’s what may be the most unusual case of the ones presented here. Both “Cruel” cuts debuted in the top 40 during the same week and next to each other! For two weeks in October, they both resided in the top ten, including a week when the former fell to #9, while the latter jumped to #8 (October 22, 1988). Of course, the band covered an Elvis Presley tune, while Brown’s hit was an original song.

“Hold On” (May 12, 1990)
Wilson Phillips (#6) (Peak: #1) (Listen)
En Vogue (#32) (Peak: #2) (Listen)

Much like the previous 1988 example, these two female groups both crossed paths in the top ten later that summer and spent a week back-to-back for the chart date of June 30, 1990 (the former down to #5, while the latter climbed to #6.) Both California acts were on the Hot 100 with their debut singles and the trio and quartet, respectively, would have a number of other songs in the top five nationally.

“Beautiful” (March 1, 2003)
Christina Aguilera (#8) (Peak: #2) (Listen)
Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell and Uncle Charlie Wilson (#37) (Peak: #6) (Listen)

It was during the first weeks of 2003 that the pop chanteuse shined with her strong multi-format ballad, a song that would turn into one of the biggest singles of her career. However, when the big Dogg comes barking into town, people will be tuning in. So, both appeared in the top 40 together through mid-May. On CHR radio, Aguilera’s hit spent four weeks at #1, while the trio just broke into the top 30.

Besides the chart collisions listed above, several other CHR radio only chart events happened, including two “Runaway” songs in October 1995 by Janet Jackson (#2) (Listen) and The Corrs (#37) (Listen) as well as two “Stop” songs in June 1998 from Meredith Brooks (#36) (Listen) and the Spice Girls (#38) (Listen). (These stats are based on the Radio & Records survey.)

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