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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 29, 2018

Sting when you’re winning.

There’s a scorpion on the loose this week, as we enter the jungle of jams we call New Music Friday. Who else is joining the song safari? These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

DRAKE – Scorpion (iTunes)
Drake’s double album set, a total of 25 tracks, will storm the top of the Billboard 200 chart next week. Of course, the release features a pair of monster hits in “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What”, and plenty of future hits too. How giant will its first week be? Whatever it is, we’ll be watching.

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – High As Hope (iTunes)
Led by the single “Hunger”, which leads the current Triple A chart and is just inside the top ten on Alternative radio, there’s certainly a hope that this album will enter the top five next week. Should it happen, the album will become their second to reach the region.

Notable albums out this week: Blair St. Clair‘s Call My Life (iTunes), Bullet For My Valentine‘s Gravity (iTunes), Gorillaz‘s The Now Now (iTunes), Guns N’ Roses‘s Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded (iTunes), Leo Stannard‘s Maratea (iTunes), Sean Paul‘s Mad Love: The Prequel (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Gavin James‘s Always (iTunes), Ina Wroldsen‘s Hex (iTunes), Mondo Cozmo‘s Your Motherf*cker (iTunes), Riley Green‘s In A Truck Right Now (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“About Time” and “Stutter”, EDEN (iTunes)
“All For You”, Years & Years (iTunes)
“Alone Time”, Lovelytheband (iTunes)
“American Summer”, Giiants (iTunes)
“Be Alright”, Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“Careless Man”, Matthew Perryman Jones featuring Young Summer (iTunes)
“Connection”, OneRepublic (iTunes)
“Dinero (CADE Remix)”, Jennifer Lopez featuring DJ Khaled & Cardi B (iTunes)
“Don’t Panic”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Ego”, NONONO (iTunes)
“Eve”, KNGDAVD (iTunes)
“Everybody Needs A Kiss”, Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker (iTunes)
“Fallible Creatures”, Scott Quinn (iTunes)
“Focus” and “No Angel”, Charli XCX (iTunes)
“Gimme Gimme”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Girls”, AJ Mitchell (iTunes)
“Glory”, The Score (iTunes)
“Have It All (Easy Star All-Stars & Michael Goldwasser Reggae Mix)”, Jason Mraz (iTunes)
“I Only Need One”, Bearson featuring MNDR (iTunes)
“I See Love”, Jonas Blue featuring Joe Jonas (iTunes)
“Jambalaya (On The Bayou)” and “The Way I See It”, Mason Ramsey (iTunes)
“Jump (Acoustic)”, Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“La La Love”, Mono Mind (iTunes)
“Low (DIMMI Remix)”, Lenny Kravitz (iTunes)
“Miss You”, Jacob & Fanny (iTunes)
“Monogamy”, Christopher (iTunes)
“My Love”, Martin Solveig (iTunes)
“Not The Boy” and “Verified”, A$AP Ferg (iTunes)
“Not Too Late (Acoustic)”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“Numb”, Benjamin Francis Leftwich (iTunes)
“Only Love”, Jordan Smith (iTunes)
“Pirate Song”, Kenny Chesney (iTunes)
“Pyro Ting”, Rak-Su x Banx & Ranx (iTunes)
“R.I.P.”, Olivia O’Brien featuring G-Eazy & Drew Love (iTunes)
“Rooftop”, Nico Santos & Samantha Harvey (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Passenger (iTunes)
“Same Team”, Labrinth + Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Shades”, The Knocks (iTunes)
“So Far Under”, Alice In Chains (iTunes)
“Solo (M-22 Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Stay Woke”, Meek Mill featuring Miguel (iTunes)
“Still New York”, MAX featuring Joey Bada$$ (iTunes)
“Strange Magic”, Seramic (iTunes)
“The Last Of The Real Ones”, Fall Out Boy featuring MadeinTYO & bülow (iTunes)
“Warriors”, Allen Stone (iTunes)
“Way Way Back”, Matt Nathanson (iTunes)
“When All The Stars Have Died”, Kris Allen (iTunes)
“White Flag”, Daughtry (iTunes)
“Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You”, Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark (iTunes)
“You Deserve Better (Acoustic)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“You Don’t Know About Me (ACLU Remix)”, Ella Vos, Vérité, Icona Pop & Mija (iTunes)
“You Got Me Wrong (Aleksander Galoski Remix)”, Efraim Leo featuring Juliette Claire (iTunes)
“Youngblood (R3HAB Remix)”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
“Younger (Acoustic)”, A Great Big World (iTunes)

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

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (September 2016)

Radio Report - September 2016

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 during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in September in this month’s Radio Report.


MARTIN GARRIX & BEBE REXHA – “In The Name Of Love” (RCA, September 6)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Garrix reached #12 in 2014 with the largely-instrumental dance hit “Animals”, while “Don’t Look Down” hit #31 in 2015. Some of Rexha’s featured appearances have charted well, but her main-credited songs usually hit a brick wall in the top 30.

JORDAN FISHER – “Lookin’ Like That” (Hollywood, September 13)
Album: Jordan Fisher – EP (2016)
Past CHR History: “All About Us” topped Adam’s Top 40 for a week, and despite a huge radio push, that song just didn’t get tagged or sell enough to warrant a run beyond the mid-20’s at CHR radio. I’m rooting for Fisher to get that big radio smash later this year.

ZARA LARSSON – “Ain’t My Fault” (Epic, September 20)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Her label was able to break “Never Forget You” at the format earlier this year, hitting #5, but a reissue of “Lush Life” lost its momentum upon reaching the top 40 (after an initial run outside the top 50 last fall.) We’ll see if this has a solid climb.


THE GRISWOLDS – “Out Of My Head” (Wind-up/Concord, September 13)
Album: TBA
Past Alternative History: These Aussie rockers made the top 20 in 2014 with the catchy “Beware The Dog”, a #9 hit on Adam’s Top 40, while “If You Wanna Stay” stalled in the 30’s for two to three months. “Out” has already seen some early action from the panel.

THE SCORE – “Unstoppable” (Republic, September 13)
Album: Unstoppable – EP (2016)
Past Alternative History: “Oh My Love” (which reached the Hot AC top 40) and “On And On” both failed to chart here. However, a number of syncs for this release, including YouTube’s Dude Perfect series, have helped it to surge in both sales and streaming stats.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS – “Roll Up” (Elektra/Atlantic, September 20)
Album: Fitz & The Tantrums (2016)
Past Alternative History: Leadoff single “HandClap” recently high-fived the top five, peaking at #4. They led this chart with two #1 songs in a row, “Out Of My League” (2013, two weeks) and “The Walker” (2014, one week). Can they “roll up” to the top spot again?


FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – “Wish That You Were Here” (Republic, September 6)
Album: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (Soundtrack) (2016)
Past AAA History: Just last year, the English band sent two singles (“What Kind Of Man” and “Ship To Wreck”) to the top of the list here, so there’s a good chance that this soundtrack cut will post some solid numbers. The Tim Burton film opens on September 30.

STING – “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” (A&M/Interscope, September 6)
Album: 57th & 9th (2016)
Past AAA History: Though the format plays plenty of his tracks with The Police and his first few solo albums, there should be some interest in this song. In the 2000’s, his hits here include “Desert Rose” (#1 for four weeks, 2000) and “Send Your Love” (#5, 2003).

BARNS COURTNEY – “Glitter & Gold” (Capitol, September 19)
Album: Hands – EP (2016)
Past AAA History: Courtney’s “Fire”, a former #1 on Adam’s Top 40, reached #2 at the format. That single is still making its way up the Alternative chart, where it sits in the top 20. Can one of my favorite newcomers of 2016 get his second U.S. radio hit? I hope so.

Which of these new songs would you like to see atop the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on social media.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (January 2016) (Part Two)

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 during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in January from four different radio formats in the second part of this month’s Radio Report:


Brian Fallon
BRIAN FALLON – “A Wonderful Life” (January 12) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
35-year-old Fallon is the leader of the The Gaslight Anthem, a New Jersey act whose last two albums debuted in the top five on the Billboard 200. The quintet is currently taking a hiatus, but Fallon is looking forward to seeing his first solo album reach stores in a few months. It’s called Painkillers. His tour across the States and then into Europe begins on January 7 and concludes on April 20.

Half Moon Run
HALF MOON RUN – “Turn Your Love” (January 12) (*)
Label: Glassnote
The four man Montreal band have been hitting the Alternative survey in their homeland since 2012, and they’ve already had a few hits in Canada. Why are we so late to the party? Anyways, “Turn” is currently in the top ten up there, and that should give it a good opportunity to succeed here. The single is taken from an album titled Sun Leads Me On, which was a minor hit in some territories.

Panic Is Perfect
PANIC IS PERFECT – “You’re Alive” (January 12) (*)
Label: Strange Loop
This San Francisco act released an EP last year called Behind Your Eyelids, and a single from it, “Go Go Go”, managed to land on a few radio stations on the Alternative panel as an independent release. It’s also nearing four million streams on Spotify, thanks to a heavy playlist presence in South America. “Alive” faces some heavy competition on that date, but it’ll likely grab a handful of adds.

TRANSVIOLET – “New Bohemia” (January 12) (*)
Label: Epic
Sarah McTaggart and the guys of this L.A. quartet have been a buzzing group for several months now. Their self-titled EP includes online hits like “Girls Your Age”, which was huge on Hype Machine in 2015 in its original form and in remixed form, and this track, which officially heads to radio during the month. Some blog singles don’t translate at radio, it’s true, but this is too good to ignore.

Everything Everything
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING – “Distant Past” (January 19) (*)
Label: Big Picnic/RED
In the eight years that this English act has been together, they’ve managed to place a handful of minor-charting singles into the top 100 in the United Kingdom. This was one of them; it reached #88 last year as the leadoff single from Get To Heaven. Perhaps that statistic would make some wary of trying it at radio in another country. However, I think it’s a chance worth taking for this release.

Florence + The Machine
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – “Delilah” (January 19) (*)
Label: Republic
Singles “What Kind Of Man” and “Ship To Wreck” entered the top ten at this format from the How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful era, which is a first for the band, but it’s unclear if they’ll be able to score a third in a row. Sure, their four Grammy nominations in both song and album categories support another release, but it doesn’t seem certain right now. No, it’s not a hot Tom Jones cover.

Grace Mitchell
GRACE MITCHELL – “Nolo” (January 26) (*)
Label: Republic
We last featured Mitchell in September when her song “Jitter” was being serviced to the Alternative format. Sadly, the song didn’t go far, and it just missed the top 40 on my own personal chart. Luckily, with it being a new year and all, the singer has been given a second chance with this song, which is the most streamed cut from her Raceday EP. We hope radio says “Yes” to “No”, you know?

Which of these new singles would you like to see on top of the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 2)

A Beautiful release week.

A Beautiful release week.

June marks the last full month before the Global Release Day takes place, and we have a nice stack of releases to begin the month, including some big names on the pop and rock charts. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of June 2:

  • England’s Florence + The Machine return to the scene with a well-received (at least so far) third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Though “What Kind Of Man” stalled just after entering the top ten on Alternative radio, what kind of stan wouldn’t want new music from the group? Much like their last album, Ceremonials, look for the set to enter in the top ten and then go further into the top five. (iTunes)
  • 25-year-old singer and new So You Think You Can Dance judge Jason Derulo debuts his fourth album this week, and it is appropriately titled Everything Is 4. The leadoff single from it is “Want To Want Me”, which is approaching the top spot at CHR radio. With SEA and TEA sales included, it could give him his highest peak to date. (iTunes)
  • Featuring the current pop radio hit “Lean On”, a collaboration with DJ Snake and , the major electronic group known as Major Lazer is on a musical mission with Peace Is The Mission. It’s their third studio album and likely to be the highest charting of the three come next week. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Barenaked Ladies‘s Silverball (iTunes), Ben Lee‘s Love Is The Great Rebellion (iTunes), Billy Currington‘s Summer Forever (iTunes), Dawes‘s All Your Favorite Bands (iTunes), Dom Kennedy‘s By Dom Kennedy (iTunes), Gloriana‘s Three (iTunes), HOLYCHILD‘s The Shape Of Brat Pop To Come (iTunes), Indigo Girls‘s One Lost Day (iTunes), Jamie xx‘s In Colour (iTunes), Late Night Alumni‘s Eclipse (iTunes), Lil Durk‘s Remember My Name (iTunes), Marvin Sapp‘s You Shall Live (iTunes), Melody Gardot‘s Currency Of Man (iTunes), The Darkness‘s Last Of Our Kind (iTunes), The Tenors‘s Under One Sky (iTunes), Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard‘s Django And Jimmie (iTunes), Zella Day‘s Kicker (iTunes) and two compilation albums from films: Bessie (iTunes) and Entourage (iTunes).

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

  • “Didn’t Know You”, the new single from Karmin. (iTunes)
  • “Feeling Tonight”, new from Kellie Pickler. (iTunes)
  • “Phenomenal”, a new song from Eminem. (iTunes)
  • “Pity Party”, new from Melanie Martinez. (iTunes)
  • “What This World Is Coming To”, a collaboration from Nate Ruess and Beck. (iTunes)

Next week, rockers Muse and Of Monsters And Men are likely to score two of the chart’s highest debuts. A full preview comes on Sunday night for the latest Monday release date.

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For The Record: Adam’s Pop Picks For Record Store Day 2015

Viva la Vinyl.

All the spin on RSD.

Another year, another round of Record Store Day shopping is on schedule for this Saturday, April 18. The annual event is once again taking place all over the world, and the massive music fest is sure to bring out even more people than last year, so make it to your local store or stores early enough so that you don’t get caught behind the huge lines. With another diverse collection of exclusive CD and vinyl pieces across all genres and eras, there’s something for everyone, but quantities are limited.

In honor of the eighth national day, I’ve managed to bring down my big list to the eight most essential pieces that I’m looking to find on my journey. It may be a struggle, but let’s hope for the best. Though a little more retro-skewed than last year’s list, here are my top pop picks:

(Check out the full list of U.S. releases for RSD here.)

A-HA, “Take On Me” (Image)
Format: 7″ Picture Disc
Label: Rhino
If “Feel This Moment” wasn’t a musical moment for you, there’s always the 1985 classic to look back on, a huge #1 for the band on the Billboard Hot 100. The best part about this release is it’s a picture disc with a frame from the iconic video. Radical, man.

BEE GEES, Extended (Image)
Format: 12″ EP
Label: Rhino
This special four song set from the phenomenal brother trio features some of their international hits from the RSO era, like the Saturday Night Fever cuts “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever”. In fact, all four songs can be found on that landmark soundtrack.

BIG DATA featuring JOYWAVE, “Dangerous” (Image)
Format: 7″ Single
Label: Warner Bros.
“Dangerous” is the biggest single to date for producer Alan Wilkis, a #1 song on the Alternative chart last summer and included on his recent 2.0 album. This release definitely has one of the coolest package designs for RSD as it looks like a big floppy disk.

DAVID BOWIE, “Changes” (Image)
Format: 7″ Picture Disc
Label: Rhino
The word legend gets thrown out a lot nowadays, but Bowie truly is one and this classic single is a reminder of that status. From the Hunky Dory album, it charted twice but never made the top 40. The picture used is a different one from the original sleeve.

Format: 7″ Single
Label: Atlantic
Johnston’s best-known song was a minor Alternative hit in the fall of 1994 before crossing over to the CHR chart in 1995. This split 7″ release concept has been one of the essentials throughout past events, including the always popular Mystery Artist one.

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE, “What Kind Of Man” (Image)
Format: 12″ Single
Label: Republic
“Man” is the leadoff single (and a top ten Alternative hit) from How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, scheduled to be released in early June. The 12″ single release comes on blue vinyl encased in a copper sleeve and features the b-side “As Far As I Can Get”.

GROUPLOVE, Under The Covers (Image)
Format: 10″ Single
Label: Atlantic
The California quintet is welcomed back onto the RSD list after appearing on a split single two years ago. This EP, a three track set strictly featuring covers, includes two unreleased songs and an additional remake recorded for a Spotify session last spring.

MUMFORD & SONS, “Believe” (Image)
Format: 7″ Single
Label: Glassnote
They may have lost the banjos, but they haven’t lost their enthusiasm for the holiday. I purchased a vinyl copy of their EP Live At Bull Moose in 2013 and I will be looking out for this. The jacket is not fancy, but the song is a solid Alternative chart-topper.

Are you looking forward to the RSD celebration and is there another cool release not listed here that you’ve got to buy? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter: click the “Get Social!” tab above to find us on there.

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