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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 26-27, 2021)

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 this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? This track is impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

MIMI WEBB, “Good Without” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2021)
Past T40 History: Webb is a newcomer here. Her latest release has already entered the top 20 in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Next week: no additional songs are currently listed as impacting for next week.

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Picture This: Pop Goes The Cinema This Summer

Time to put the pop in popcorn as we highlight some fabulous songs from the flickers to day on the blog. Last year, two songs written specifically for movies made it to #1 on mainstream radio: “It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars (from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1) and “Wide Awake” by Katy Perry (from Katy Perry: Part Of Me.) Will the same thing happen again this year? Here’s a preview of both current and future singles/movies ready to take on the charts before the credits roll.

"Young" song, old soul.

“Young” song, old soul.

LANA DEL REY – “Young And Beautiful”
(From the Original Soundtrack to The Great Gatsby)
Release Date: Out now; CHR radio impact on May 21

Lana Del Rey: you either love her or you hate her. She’s one of the more polarizing singers to come out in the last few years, and I’ll admit, even though I liked “Video Games late in 2011, I haven’t been impressed with anything from her since then, including that Saturday Night Live performance that nearly everyone was trashing. Any press is good press, as they say, and she’s maintained a good-size fanbase as she weathers the storm that is the music industry. So, color me surprised when hearing this new song of hers for the first time and I… actually thought it was decent? Shock! “Young And Beautiful” comes from the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. Two songs from the movie are currently in the top 40 on iTunes, but this is doing the best of the pair. The main version of “Young” is still sitting in the top ten, but there are two other versions of the song at the retailer, and the combined sales of all three ranks the song in the top 5. “Young” also appears to be seeing some sort of promotion at radio, with two Hot Adult Contemporary adds in the past week, including one at top-ten market KDMX in Dallas. That’s pretty huge to secure a big station like that out of the gate for a relatively unknown singer at the format. (None of her singles have charted there, but a few have seen some minor airplay from AAA-leaning stations.) Can this become the breakout single for the 26-year-old from New York City? With a lush orchestration backing her and a dramatic vocal reminiscent of Cilla Black or Petula Clark, the placement of it and sales so far could lead her to an unexpected and big hit.

This is smurfing awesome.

This is smurfing awesome.

(From the Original Soundtrack to The Smurfs 2)
Release Date: June 16

Ooh la la is right. The femme fatale herself is back, Britney Spears, releasing a new solo single from the soundtrack to The Smurfs 2, which comes out at the end of July. Spears says the song was “recorded for [her] boys”, who I’m sure are looking forward to watching the movie. This isn’t the first time Spears has recorded or promoted a song attached to a movie. Two songs from her Britney album, “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman” and “Overprotected”, were recorded for her 2002 Crossroads film before being slapped onto her album. “Not” was her current single when the movie was released. Later that year, a remixed version of “Boys”, featuring Pharrell Williams, was promoted as a single from the Austin Powers In Goldmember soundtrack. None of these song releases were major successes on the national charts, but there’s been a lot of attention building on this one particular song. We know that the song was co-produced by Ammo and Dr. Luke, with writing credits going to Dr. Luke, along with Bonnie McKee, Fransisca Hall, J. Kash and Lola Blanc. It could be a winning combination, although Dr. Luke hasn’t been as consistent lately in terms of both chart positions and quality of music, so I don’t have the highest of expectations of this, but I think it’ll be a fun summer track that gets a lot of airplay in anticipation for the animated flick and for a forthcoming Spears studio album, which I hope we see by the end of the year. If the movie is out on July 31 here in the States, I would suspect that the song is going to be out about six weeks before it, so be ready to scream and shout for the song as it goes to radio and iTunes on June 16. Get ready for it!

So, what else could we see released from movies this summer? Look out for Beyoncé‘s “Rise Up” from the soundtrack to the movie Epic, in which she voices the character of Queen Tara. It’s unclear whether it will be a single from the effort or just a song recorded from the movie, which is out May 24. One Direction‘s This Is Us movie, recorded live in concert, is released in theaters on August 30. Their Take Me Home era may be over, but perhaps something could be pushed to generate buzz for the film. Plus, who knows what else could be announced? We’ll see as the months go on. Any other films with good soundtracks coming out that you can think of? Let me know. Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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“Strike” It Up: A Lighter Shade of Alternative

We’re a month and a half into 2013 and it’s already proven to be a spectacular year so far for music, from Pop to R&B to Rock. We’ve seen big returns and great new artists, all with solid singles. Here are three more from a mix of folk and soft rock acts, all chart veterans in their own right and looking to score on their Alternative scene.

"Chasing" down another hit single.

“Chasing” down another hit single.

SNOW PATROL – “The Lightning Strike (What If The Storm Ends?)”
Release Date: February 25 (U.S. AAA radio)

Here’s a bit of a surprise from the Scottish band, who haven’t announced any news in terms of a brand new studio album. Likewise, this isn’t going to be the leadoff single from it. “Strike” originates from the band’s 2008 album, A Hundred Million Suns, where it stands at sixteen minutes in length and divided into three segments. Part one of it, given the subtitle that you see above, encompasses about the first five minutes of the song, though even that will likely be reduced further for radio. So, why is a five-year-old song finally being released like it’s new? Well, it’s being promoted with an animated movie entitled Epic, featuring the voice of stars like Amanda Seyfried and Colin Farrell, along with musicians Beyoncé and Pitbull. The film isn’t in theaters until late May, so it looks like their label wants to, ahem, ride out the “storm” (admit it, that one wasn’t as bad as usual) and try to hit the top ten with it, at least on AAA radio. It sounds like a Coldplay record, especially if you go back to their X&Y album, but considering that this was recorded in the summer of 2008, I can see where the band would have drawn from them as an influence. “Strike” is a mellow turned hard and energetic turned mellow again track, where lead singer Gary Lightbody questions, “What if this storm ends/And leaves us nothing/Except a memory/A distant echo?” It’ll do well enough, perhaps providing for a good transition until the band’s next full-length release hits stores.

"King" of anything

“King” of anything.

OF MONSTERS AND MEN – “King And Lionheart”
Release Date: March 4 (U.K.)

Iceland is famous for hot springs, volcanoes, and a really bad banking system, but the music of the country hasn’t made a significant impact on the charts here beyond Björk or Sigur Rós. Last year, we finally had our first mainstream breakthrough from an Icelandic act: Of Monsters and Men, a quintet that first founded in 2010. Their newest release is the third European single from their album My Head Is An Animal, which has already been certified Gold here in the U.S. as well as in several other countries. “King” gets issued as download single in the United Kingdom on March 4, though no Stateside release has been announced yet as their label is busy crossing over “Little Talks” to mainstream radio and promoting “Mountain Sound” at alternative radio. It’ll likely get here just in time for summer. For you history buffs out there, I don’t think this song has anything to do with England’s Richard I, who was sometimes referred to as King Richard the Lionheart. It’s told as more of a fable or a myth, where “howling ghosts they reappear” when “the world comes to an end”, but the protagonist and his companion find a beacon of light in these troubling times that “you’re a king and I’m a lionheart.” It’ll no doubt be another Alternative smash for these rising stars after already hitting #1 in their native country.

Oh say, can't you "See"?

Oh say, can’t you “See”?

THE SCRIPT – “If You Could See Me Now”
Release Date: March 4 (U.K.)

I always like a new track from these guys, one of my favorite bands to get their start in the past few years. “See” is the third single in the United Kingdom for our Irish rockers, who have only seen one of those three hit the U.S. charts so far: their collaboration with will.i.am, “Hall Of Fame”. It appears that song now has a second wind at radio and retail after extensive placement in advertisements for the recent Super Bowl, and even though the game’s long done, the song just keeps on chugging along. Over in Europe, a second single, “Six Degrees Of Separation”, charted a few months ago. It’s unclear if that will be their next single for the States or this song, which gets a download release in the United Kingdom on March 4. It sounds like one of the group members is a fan of Bruce Hornsby & The Range, because the piano melody in this song sounds too close to “The Way It Is”, but I’ll give them a pass for having a good taste in music. Beyond that, it’s a heavily emotional song for the guys about the loss of loved ones and the questions and concerns that exist when thinking about their presence on the other side. For instance, “If you could see me now, would you recognize me?/Would you pat me on the back or would you criticize me?/Would you follow every line on my tear stained face?” It’s a little rap heavy for the trio, which makes me think that it won’t get released here, but it’s still a great song that strikes a chord with a large audience who have been through the same sort of experience.

Do you have a favorite of these three releases? Maybe another song or band that I should take a look at? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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