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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 26, 2021

The musical forecast looks cloudy.

This orchestral New Music Friday is sounding like a winner and that’s OK with us. Check out the latest albums by 24KGoldn, Carrie Underwood and NF, as well as the latest singles from All Time Low, Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift. Keep your head (and volume) up high:

Notable albums out this week: 24KGoldn‘s El Dorado (iTunes), AJR‘s OK Orchestra (iTunes), Ali Gatie‘s The Idea Of Her (iTunes), Ben Howard‘s Collections From The Whiteout (iTunes), Bren Joy‘s Twenties (Deluxe) (iTunes), Carrie Underwood‘s My Savior (iTunes), Chloe Angelides‘s Friends Who Failed At Love (iTunes), Death From Above 1979‘s Is 4 Lovers (iTunes), Donovan Woods‘s Without People (Deluxe) (iTunes), Evanescence‘s The Bitter Truth (iTunes), Fitz‘s Head Up High (iTunes), Justin Bieber‘s Justice (Deluxe) (iTunes), Karol G‘s KG0516 (iTunes), Louis The Child‘s Here For Now (Deluxe) (iTunes), Major Lazer‘s Music Is The Weapon (Reloaded) (iTunes), NF‘s Clouds (Mixtape) (iTunes), Rod Wave‘s SoulFly (iTunes), Train‘s Drops Of Jupiter (20th Anniversary) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Gallant‘s Neptune (iTunes), Midwxst‘s Summer03 (iTunes), NewDad‘s Waves (iTunes), Peach Tree Rascals‘s Camp Nowhere (iTunes), Scarypoolparty‘s Los Angeles (iTunes), Tate McRae‘s Too Young To Be Sad (iTunes), Vic Mensa‘s I Tape (iTunes), Wild Youth‘s Forever Girl (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2 Sauce”, Sleepy Hallow (iTunes)
“90s Kids”, Jax (iTunes)
“Afraid Of The Dark”, Chef’Special (iTunes)
“All Your Exes”, Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“ASAP”, Milow (iTunes)
“Astronaut In The Ocean”, Our Last Night (iTunes)
“Bankrupt”, Russ (iTunes)
“Be Kind (Acoustic)”, Zak Abel (iTunes)
“B*tch On Heels”, The Vivienne (iTunes)
“Bored”, Thomas Headon & Lizzy McAlpine (iTunes)
“Body”, Elderbrook (iTunes)
“Boy With The Blues”, Delacey (iTunes)
“Buzzcut”, BROCKHAMPTON featuring Danny Brown (iTunes)
“Cheers To Us”, Haywood featuring Loote (iTunes)
“Chivalry”, Audrey Mika (iTunes)
“Control”, Kid Bloom (iTunes)
“Crocodiles”, Cian Ducrot (iTunes)
“Crystal Ball”, Jake Miller (iTunes)
“Dancing With The Devil”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Don’t Back Down”, Mammoth WVH (iTunes)
“Fall In Love Again”, Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Fangs”, Maddie Walker (iTunes)
“Find My Way”, Paul McCartney featuring Beck (iTunes)
“Fool’s Gold”, Sofia Carson (iTunes)
“Godzilla”, The Veronicas (iTunes)
“Good Without”, Mimi Webb (iTunes)
“Hard For The Next”, Moneybagg Yo & Future (iTunes)
“Heat Waves”, Glass Animals & Iann Dior (iTunes)
“Here’s To Another”, Anna Of The North (iTunes)
“Hey, What’s Up”, Munn (iTunes)
“Higher Love”, Will Hyde (iTunes)
“Hit Like A Girl”, Meet Me @ The Altar (iTunes)
“Home”, JVKE (iTunes)
“Honey”, Derivakat (iTunes)
“Hurt U”, Devin Kennedy (iTunes)
“Hurts So Good (Maximillian & Kina Version)”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Hydra”, Wolf (iTunes)
“I Don’t”, Johnny Orlando & DVBBS (iTunes)
“I Don’t Mind”, Props (iTunes)
“I Will Help You”, Ilse DeLange (iTunes)
“Ice Cream”, Teenage Joans (iTunes)
“Identity Crisis”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Indica”, Alaina Castillo (iTunes)
“It’s Not My Fault”, Princess Nokia (iTunes)
“Jealous Boy Anthem”, Wes Period (iTunes)
“Jenn!fer An!ston”, Evann McIntosh (iTunes)
“Jenny”, Studio Killers featuring Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Jetski”, Internet Money featuring Lil Tecca & Lil Mosey (iTunes)
“John Hughes Movie (Oliver Nelson Remix)”, Maisie Peters (iTunes)
“Last Day On Earth”, Beabadoobee (iTunes)
“Last Time”, Becky Hill (iTunes)
“Let It Ring”, Reiley (iTunes)
“Limbo”, Royal Blood (iTunes)
“Love & Roulette”, Izzi De-Rosa (iTunes)
“Mango”, Grace Mitchell (iTunes)
“Mirror Mirror”, Kamille (iTunes)
“Miseducation”, Calboy featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Mojave”, Jad Saad (iTunes)
“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”, Lil Nas X (iTunes)
“My Only Mistake”, Elliana (iTunes)
“Naive”, The Kooks x Seeb (iTunes)
“New Person, Old Place”, Madi Diaz (iTunes)
“No Diggity”, Lucas & Steve & Blackstreet (iTunes)
“Notorious”, Elliphant (iTunes)
“Once In A Lifetime”, All Time Low (iTunes)
“Part Of You”, 19&YOU featuring Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Patchwerk”, Sub Urban & Two Feet (iTunes)
“Pretty In Pink”, Sarah Barrios (iTunes)
“Pretty Little Lies”, Marco Luka (iTunes)
“Pump The Brakes”, Dom Dolla (iTunes)
“Push & Pull”, Georgia Webster (iTunes)
“R U High”, The Knocks featuring Mallrat (iTunes)
“Roll The Dice”, Arden Jones (iTunes)
“Romeo & Juliet (Acoustic)”, Peter McPoland (iTunes)
“Sex”, Alle Farben featuring Theresa Rex (iTunes)
“Sex Is Good (But Have You Tried)”, Donna Missal (iTunes)
“Sky Is Crying”, ZHU & Yuna (iTunes)
“So Sorry”, J. Scott & Joey Fleming (iTunes)
“Stay”, Saint Nomad (iTunes)
“Still In Love”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Supposed To”, BLÜ EYES (iTunes)
“Tell Me I’m Pretty (Icona Pop Remix)”, Brynn Elliott (iTunes)
“The Friend Space”, Ryan Woods (iTunes)
“Things You Said”, Griff Clawson (iTunes)
“This Will Be My Year”, Two Friends featuring Point North (iTunes)
“Thru The Fire”, Grace Weber featuring Chance The Rapper (iTunes)
“Tiny Riot”, Sam Ryder (iTunes)
“Tired”, Alt Bloom (iTunes)
“Too Many Problems”, Ouse featuring Powfu (iTunes)
“Unlearn”, Benny Blanco & Gracie Abrams (iTunes)
“Wear It Like A Crown”, Sarah Harding (iTunes)
“When She’s Dancing”, Fly By Midnight (iTunes)
“Wild Parts”, Maddie Medley (iTunes)
“You All Over Me”, Taylor Swift featuring Maren Morris (iTunes)
“You Can Get It”, Arkells featuring K.Flay (iTunes)

Next week, new albums from Demi Lovato and Lil Tjay 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: January 24, 2021

A pair of pop prisoners.

DEBUTS
40. Jessia – I’m Not Pretty
37. Brynn Elliott – Tell Me I’m Pretty
36. Dayglow – Close To You | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Forest Blakk – If You Love Her (40)
31. JP Saxe & Maren Morris – Line By Line (37)
28. Zara Larsson – Talk About Love (34)
25. Passenger – Sword From The Stone (32)
18. Olivia Rodrigo – Driver’s License (29) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Fitz – Head Up High (09) | PEAK: #09
09. Chris Cornell – Watching The Wheels (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Dua Lipa – Levitating (05) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
07. Taylor Swift – Willow (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Harry Styles – Golden (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
05. Ed Sheeran – Afterglow (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Tones And I – Fly Away (06) | PEAK: #04
03. LANY – If This Is The Last Time (03) | PEAK: #03
02. JP Saxe – A Little Bit Yours (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Miley Cyrus featuring Dua Lipa – Prisoner (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Smith & Thell – Radioactive Rain (1)
2. Britney Spears & Backstreet Boys – Matches (2)
3. Anson Seabra – Walked Through Hell (4)
4. Taylor Swift featuring The National – Coney Island (5)
5. Sara Kays – Remember That Night? (-)
6. Duncan Laurence – Arcade (9)
7. Joshua Bassett – Lie Lie Lie (10)
8. Sabrina Carpenter – Skin (-)
9. Shawn Hook – Take Me Home (-)
10. Silk City & Ellie Goulding – New Love (-)

In The Mix:
Bon Jovi – Story Of Love (new)
Carolesdaughter – Violent (new)
Elijah Woods – Lights (new)
Grace Potter – Release
Kylie Minogue & Dua Lipa – Real Groove
Moon Taxi – Say (new)
Serena Ryder – Better Now (new)
The Band CAMINO – Roses
Why Don’t We – Slow Down
Zoe Wees – Girls Like Us

Chart Notes:

  • Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa secure the top spot on my personal chart for a third week with “Prisoner”, as Olivia Rodrigo soars from 29-18 with “Driver’s License”, making it the Biggest Mover in the countdown. Four additional tracks moved up at least six positions. There are three solid debuts in the top 40 this week: Dayglow‘s “Close To You” is the top new entry at #36, followed just behind by Brynn Elliott‘s “Tell Me I’m Pretty” at #37 and the antithetical “I’m Not Pretty” by Jessia at #40.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 17, 2021

Chart justice for the prisoners.

DEBUTS
40. Forest Blakk – If You Love Her
37. JP Saxe & Maren Morris – Line By Line
32. Passenger – Sword From The Stone
29. Olivia Rodrigo – Driver’s License | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Zara Larsson – Talk About Love (40)
26. Ava Max – My Head & My Heart (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Harry Styles – Treat People With Kindness (33)
07. Ed Sheeran – Afterglow (13)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Paris Jackson – Let Down (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Fitz – Head Up High (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Taylor Swift – Willow (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Ed Sheeran – Afterglow (13) | PEAK: #07
06. Tones And I – Fly Away (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Dua Lipa – Levitating (05) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
04. Harry Styles – Golden (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. LANY – If This Is The Last Time (03) | PEAK: #03
02. JP Saxe – A Little Bit Yours (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Miley Cyrus featuring Dua Lipa – Prisoner (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Smith & Thell – Radioactive Rain (3)
2. Britney Spears & Backstreet Boys – Matches (2)
3. Mammoth WVH – Distance (1)
4. Anson Seabra – Walked Through Hell (5)
5. Taylor Swift featuring The National – Coney Island (9)
6. Dayglow – Close To You (-)
7. Justin Bieber – Anyone (7)
8. Dixie D’Amelio – One Whole Day (4)
9. Duncan Laurence – Arcade (-)
10. Joshua Bassett – Lie Lie Lie (-)

In The Mix:
Grace Potter – Release
Kylie Minogue & Dua Lipa – Real Groove
Nothing, Nowhere. – Fake Friend
The Band CAMINO – Roses
Why Don’t We – Slow Down
Zoe Wees – Girls Like Us (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa hold steady at the top for a second week with “Prisoner”, the second #1 song from the former’s Plastic Hearts album on my personal chart. After debuting last week at #38, Ava Max takes a huge jump to #26 with “My Head & My Heart”, earning the title of this week’s Biggest Mover. Four new songs come onto the list, led by “Driver’s License” by newcomer Olivia Rodrigo at #29. Chart mainstay Passenger lands at #32 with “Sword From The Stone”, the second title to chart from his latest album Songs For The Drunk And Broken Hearted. The first collaboration together from JP Saxe and Maren Morris jumps in at #37: “Line By Line” is the follow-up to “A Little Bit Yours”, which holds at #2 for the former. Finally, Forest Blakk picks up his second chart entry at #40 with “If You Love Her”.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 10, 2021

Plastic hearts on personal charts.

DEBUTS
40. Zara Larsson – Talk About Love
38. Ava Max – My Head & My Heart | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Harry Styles – Treat People With Kindness (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
23. Taylor Swift featuring HAIM – No Body, No Crime (29)
18. Gwen Stefani – Let Me Reintroduce Myself (24)
15. Chris Cornell – Watching The Wheels (20)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky (08) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
09. Fitz – Head Up High (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Taylor Swift – Willow (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Ritt Momney – Put Your Records On (06) | PEAK: #06
06. Tones And I – Fly Away (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Dua Lipa – Levitating (02) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
04. Harry Styles – Golden (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. LANY – If This Is The Last Time (05) | PEAK: #03
02. JP Saxe – A Little Bit Yours (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Miley Cyrus featuring Dua Lipa – Prisoner (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Mammoth WVH – Distance (1)
2. Britney Spears & Backstreet Boys – Matches (3)
3. Smith & Thell – Radioactive Rain (6)
4. Dixie D’Amelio – One Whole Day (4)
5. Anson Seabra – Walked Through Hell (5)
6. Forest Blakk – If You Love Her (7)
7. Justin Bieber – Anyone (10)
8. Kylie Minogue & Dua Lipa – Real Groove (8)
9. Taylor Swift featuring The National – Coney Island (-)
10. Olivia Rodrigo – Driver’s License (-)

In The Mix:
Dayglow – Close To You (new)
Grace Potter – Release
Nothing, Nowhere. – Fake Friend
Passenger – Sword From The Stone (new)
Rina Sawayama – Lucid
The Band CAMINO – Roses
Why Don’t We – Slow Down

Chart Notes:

  • Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa jump from 4-1 with “Prisoner”, the second single and chart-topper from the former’s Plastic Hearts album. It marks the third #1 single on my personal chart for Cyrus and the eighth for Lipa. Harry Styles rises from 40-33 with the Biggest Mover in the countdown: “Treat People With Kindness”. New tunes by Ava Max and Zara Larsson glide into the top 40, as the former’s “My Head & My Heart” enters at #38 and the latter’s “Talk About Love” starts at #40. Both have been serviced to the Top 40 radio format, with “Talk” impacting on Tuesday.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Fitz and the Tantrums – “Out Of My League”

A "League" of their own.

A “League” of their own.

Download “Out Of My League” on iTunes.

It’s been almost two-and-a-half years since Fitz and the Tantrums released their first full-length set, Pickin’ Up The Pieces, which became one of my favorite discoveries of 2011. It was their blend of jazz, rock and soul that led them to big television appearances and an international tour. Last year, the sextet went back into the studio, and now, they’re putting out their second album, More Than Just A Dream, on May 7, which just so happens to be a lyric plucked out of this first single from the effort, “Out Of My League”. The song doesn’t officially go to radio until March 12, but I got my paws on a copy of the song and it may just be my favorite single from them yet. Plus, the group just posted this single cover on their Facebook page, and it’s now on YouTube! Sounds like some Fitz fans are pretty happy right now.

Clocking in at 3:13, the band keeps things short while still packing a major musical punch. Lyrics on this one are from Noelle Scaggs, with production by Michael Fitzpatrick and Tony Hoffer and additional writing provided by other members of the band. (Thanks to FATT Management for the update.) The sextet’s somehow found a way to merge an 80’s new wave sensibility with their more familiar 60’s sound to create a really catchy single that meets somewhere in the middle. It’s a noticeable change of pace for the band, but the energy they create is always enjoyable, and this single is certainly no different in that respect.

Our tale tells of a man who desperately wants to be in love; he’s waited “forty days and forty nights … for a girl like you to come and save my life.” Well, what luck! He finds a girl. However, the girl for him is no ordinary one… she’s “out of my league/got my heart beat racing/if I die, don’t wake me/’cause you were more than just a dream.” He’s clearly enamored with her, holding hands, analyzing that “all the wonders that remain become one simple plan.” In a simple song like this, there’s nothing overly deep to analyze, but it’s still a strong lyric. There’s no bitterness or tension as found in the singles on their prior effort, which is again, reflected in the arrangement and energy of the piece. It’s good to hear them sounding optimistic about a relationship! You know, maybe us listeners living the single life can find a little hope in that.

The only thing that’s missing on this is the brass section, which you can find quite a bit of their last album, and maybe it’ll show up on other cuts from their forthcoming record. On the other hand, the arrangement is already packed enough on this single that it doesn’t need them. Though it’s retro in nature, it’s still going to sound fresh on the radio; think Electric Guest‘s “This Head I Hold” with a peppy sounding organ, a few “ooh oohs” here and there and some excellent tambourine work, I must say. It’s enough of an appetizer to satisfy fans on their last album while still expanding their horizons into a generation where singles inspired by the heavy drum beats and synthesizers of the 80’s rule the charts. So, yes, it should and will be more successful than their breakthrough hit, “MoneyGrabber”, which ended up as the #5 single of the year 2011 at AAA radio. It’ll definitely do damage at Alternative and AAA radio and possibly Hot Adult Contemporary, where it’ll fit amongst the rank of other dated sounds by Muse and Neon Trees, among others.

It’s absolutely fantastic and so much more than I was expecting. Watch out, radio and retail, Fitz and the Tantrums is headed for the major “League”. –AFS

Find me on Twitter at @AdamFSoybel and let me know what you think of the song! (Pre-order: Standard album) (Pre-Order: Deluxe album)

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