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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 5, 2021

What’s “Up” this week?

The big game is this weekend, but the big releases for New Music Friday include winning albums from the Foo Fighters and Hayley Williams and touchdown-worthy tracks from Cardi B and Dan + Shay. Now, let’s get to the play-by-play action:

Notable albums out this week: Apollo LTD‘s Nothing Is Ordinary. Everything Is Beautiful. (iTunes), Black Coffee‘s Subconsciously (iTunes), Foo Fighters‘s Medicine At Midnight (iTunes), Hayley Williams‘s Flowers For Vases/Descansos (iTunes), Jimi Somewhere‘s Nothing Gold Can Stay (iTunes), Pooh Shiesty‘s Shiesty Season (iTunes), Smith & Thell‘s Pixie’s Parasol (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Hope D‘s Cash Only (iTunes), Jeremy Zucker & Chelsea Cutler‘s Brent II (iTunes), Sarah Barrios‘s Conversations With Myself (iTunes), The Aces‘s Under My Influence (Bonus Tracks) (iTunes), VanJess‘s Homegrown (iTunes), We The Kings‘s Saga (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“5 To 9”, Dolly Parton (iTunes)
“80’s Movie”, Pilar Victoria (iTunes)
“American Cliché”, FINNEAS (iTunes)
“Bad Bad News”, Tai Verdes (iTunes)
“Bad Girl”, Daya (iTunes)
“Beautiful Things Can Happen”, Leslie Odom, Jr. (iTunes)
“Blueberry”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Daughters”, Neil Young (iTunes)
“Easier Said Than Done”, Dreamer Boy (iTunes)
“Every Small Town”, Ben Gallaher (iTunes)
“Fancy”, Xie (iTunes)
“Floating Through Space”, Sia x David Guetta (iTunes)
“Get High”, Chet Faker (iTunes)
“Glad You Exist”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
“Glam!”, Allie X (iTunes)
“GNF (OKOKOK)”, Polo G (iTunes)
“Good Problems (Remix)”, Scott Helman (iTunes)
“Happy Hour”, Felix Cartal & Kiiara (iTunes)
“Hate You + Love You”, Cheat Codes featuring AJ Mitchell (iTunes)
“Headsick”, USERx featuring Manchester Orchestra (iTunes)
“Heathen”, Lauren Auder (iTunes)
“Hoopla”, KyleYouMadeThat & NLE Choppa (iTunes)
“I’m A King”, Bobby Sessions & Megan Thee Stallion (iTunes)
“Insane”, Sky McCreery (iTunes)
“Isabelle”, Zach Hood (iTunes)
“Last Day”, Two Friends featuring Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Let’s Buy A House”, Tony Ferrari featuring Grace Grundy (iTunes)
“Line Without A Hook”, Ricky Montgomery featuring Mxmtoon (iTunes)
“Mama Don’t Know”, Ruben (iTunes)
“Moon”, Karl Benjamin (iTunes)
“My Bad”, Teddy Swims (iTunes)
“Not Around”, Ritt Momney (iTunes)
“Not Usually Like This”, Cian Ducrot (iTunes)
“One More”, SG Lewis featuring Nile Rodgers (iTunes)
“Out In The Cold”, Carole King (iTunes)
“Out Of Ordinary”, Oliver Tree (iTunes)
“Pine”, Unusual Demont (iTunes)
“Pressure”, Martin Garrix featuring Tove Lo (iTunes)
“Provide”, G-Eazy featuring Chris Brown & Mark Morrison (iTunes)
“Something Stupid”, Jonas Blue featuring AWA (iTunes)
“Somewhere Else”, Louis The Child & BabyJake (iTunes)
“Stay Close”, SYML (iTunes)
“Stay In”, Llusion featuring LoveLeo (iTunes)
“Strangers”, Black Pumas featuring Lucius (iTunes)
“That Ain’t Me No More”, Matt Stell (iTunes)
“The Great Divide”, Luke Combs & Billy Strings (iTunes)
“Things Are Different”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Time Today”, Moneybagg Yo (iTunes)
“Trombone”, AronChupa & Little Sis Nora (iTunes)
“Up”, Cardi B (iTunes)
“We Outside”, Smokepurpp & Lil Mosey (iTunes)
“What Other People Say”, Sam Fischer & Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“You Still Think Of Me”, Jordin Sparks (iTunes)

Next week, the current albums by Florida Georgia Line, Pale Waves and Pentatonix 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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 1, 2021

These are the potential bops to start 2021.

Happy New Year from PGTC! Despite a limited number of releases for the holiday, these new tunes are bringing the fireworks as we ring in 2021:

Notable albums out this week: Ben Kweller‘s Circuit Boredom (iTunes), The Black Keys‘s Brothers (Deluxe/Anniversary) (iTunes), The Dirty Nil‘s F**k Art (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: DYLN‘s DYLN_02 (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2020”, Mitch Rossell (iTunes)
“2021”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Adrenaline”, You Me At Six (iTunes)
“Afterparty”, Abigail Barlow & Ariza (iTunes)
“Anyone”, Justin Bieber (iTunes)
“Better Life”, Joshua Radin (iTunes)
“Better Than Feeling Lonely”, Olivia O’ Brien (iTunes)
“Bucket List”, Mitchell Tenpenny (iTunes)
“Don’t Wanna Stop”, Alphalove featuring Conor Maynard (iTunes)
“Falling Apart”, Scott Finck (iTunes)
“Family Values (Acoustic)”, R3HAB x Nina Nesbitt (iTunes)
“Feel The Love”, Daði Freyr & ÁSDÍS (iTunes)
“Fillin’ My Cup”, Hailey Whitters featuring Little Big Town (iTunes)
“Good Day”, Apollo LTD featuring Social Club Misfits (iTunes)
“I Don’t Want Another Sorry”, Dax & Trippie Redd (iTunes)
“I Miss U (Chaya Remix)”, Jax Jones featuring Au/Ra (iTunes)
“Love Is Back”, Celeste (iTunes)
“Love Not War (The Tampa Beat) (Show N Prove Remix)”, Jason Derulo x Nuka (iTunes)
“More Than A Vow”, Cait Fairbanks (iTunes)
“New Year Song”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“No Son Of Mine”, Foo Fighters (iTunes)
“No Time For Tears (Acoustic)”, Nathan Dawe & Little Mix (iTunes)
“Overload (Todd Terry Remix)”, Melanie C (iTunes)
“Potential Breakup Song (2020)”, Aly & AJ (iTunes)
“Radioactive Rain”, Smith & Thell (iTunes)
“Real Groove (Studio 2054 Remix)”, Kylie Minogue x Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Sober”, Bailey Bryan (iTunes)
“That’s All”, Amanda Shires (iTunes)
“The Sun Is Coming Up”, Newton Faulkner (iTunes)
“The Sun Is In Your Eyes (Voice Memo)”, Jacob Collier (iTunes)
“Town Home”, Austin Burke (iTunes)
“True”, SYML (iTunes)
“Up To You”, Stefan Benz (iTunes)
“Weluvthat”, Che (iTunes)
“When The Lights Go Out”, Gabrielle Aplin (iTunes)
“Wonderful Way”, Hannah Grace (iTunes)
“Words”, Barry Gibb & Dolly Parton (iTunes)

Next week, the latest albums from Barry Gibb and Morgan Wallen 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!

(PGTC supports the fight against racial inequality in our country: please use this resources website and help where you can.)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 15, 2017

Fightin’ for the top.

Are you ready for another exciting week of new music? Rock bands lead the charge, but there’s plenty of pop and R&B in the mix as well. Here are the notable albums and singles out now:

FOO FIGHTERS – Concrete And Gold (iTunes)
Featuring “Run” and “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”, the former reaching #1 on the Active Rock survey, the new album from these rock giants should be in the running for #1 on next week’s Billboard 200. The group last debuted atop the album chart in 2011.

More albums out this week: Galantis‘s The Aviary (iTunes), Michael McDonald‘s Wide Open (iTunes), Musiq Soulchild‘s Feel The Real (iTunes), Prophets Of Rage‘s Prophets Of Rage (iTunes), Quinn XCII‘s The Story Of Us (iTunes), Ringo Starr‘s Give More Love (iTunes), Superfruit‘s Future Friends (iTunes), The Lone Bellow‘s Walk Into A Storm (iTunes), Wyclef Jean‘s Carnival III: The Fall And Rise Of A Refugee (iTunes), Yusuf/Cat Stevens‘s The Laughing Apple (iTunes), This Is Us (Music From The Series) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Cobi‘s Songs From The Ashes, Pt. 1 (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Alone”, Jessie Ware (iTunes)
“Bones”, Kenzie Nimmo (iTunes)
“Build A Fire After Dark”, Union Moon (iTunes)
“Color”, Carly Pearce (iTunes)
“Deadwood”, Toni Braxton (iTunes)
“Dear World”, Echosmith (iTunes)
“Do It”, Rae Morris (iTunes)
“Does It Feel Like Falling”, Alex Aiono featuring Trinidad Cardona (iTunes)
“Fall Into Me”, Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
“Find You”, Nick Jonas (iTunes)
“Firefly”, BANNERS (iTunes)
“Heartline”, Craig David (iTunes)
“Hole In The Weather”, David Gray (iTunes)
“Homemade Dynamite (Remix)”, Lorde featuring Khalid, Post Malone and SZA (iTunes)
“Hurt Somebody”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Hurts Good”, R5 (iTunes)
“I Believe In Us”, LÉON (iTunes)
“If I Dare”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Imperfection”, Evanescence (iTunes)
“In My Way”, MUNA (iTunes)
“It Was A Very Good Year” and “Luck Be A Lady”, Seal (iTunes)
“Kaleidoscope”, Donkeyboy (iTunes)
“Madeline”, New Politics (iTunes)
“Misbehaving”, Labrinth (iTunes)
“Mistakes”, Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“Momma’s Prayers”, JP Cooper featuring Stormzy (iTunes)
“Nostalgia”, NAO (iTunes)
“Nothing”, The Rasmus (iTunes)
“Opalite”, Martin Luke Brown (iTunes)
“Party Animal”, Charly Black & Luis Fonsi (iTunes)
“Radio”, Mohombi (iTunes)
“Rainbow”, Sia (iTunes)
“Raincheck”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Ride The Wave”, Cosmos & Creature (iTunes)
“rockstar”, Post Malone featuring 21 Savage (iTunes)
“Saint (Tigertown Remix)”, VÉRITÉ (iTunes)
“She Don’t Know Me (Wookie Remix)”, Mullally (iTunes)
“So Much More Than This”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Some Kind Of Love”, The Killers (iTunes)
“STFU & Hold Me (Acoustic)”, Liz Huett (iTunes)
“Temptation”, Leo Kalyan (iTunes)
“The Gate”, Björk (iTunes)
“The Last Of The Real Ones”, Fall Out Boy (iTunes)
“The Spectre”, Alan Walker (iTunes)
“Think About That”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Too Much To Ask”, Niall Horan (iTunes)
“We Got Something They Don’t”, Shania Twain (iTunes)
“You’re The Best Thing About Me (Kygo Remix)”, U2 (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Chris Janson, Fergie, Macklemore, The Killers and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 10)

"Something" to contend for #1.

“Something” to contend for #1.

We have some Fighters battling for the top spot on the chart this week… if only these five can resist the urge to travel back to 1989. (NOTE: some of this week’s music releases may not be out until Tuesday dependent on label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of November 10:

  • They roared back on iTunes and on Alternative radio with “Something From Nothing” and the hype is real for Sonic Highways, the latest album from the Foo Fighters. This is their first studio album since 2011’s Wasting Light, and as we know, it became the group’s first album to enter at #1 on the Billboard 200. If a certain Swift seller can slow it down a bit, then this will surely be their second to do it. (iTunes)
  • It wasn’t the best look for Garth Brooks when a recent single titled “People Loving People” garnered a huge debut on the Country airplay chart and then stalled out just weeks later. However, he doesn’t seem too down about it as he is in stores with a new album, Man Against Machine. Fans keep coming out for a Brooks set, new material or not, so expect this one near the top. (Amazon)
  • When he’s not showing some skin and transforming his image, Nick Jonas likes to record a tune or two. In fact, his new album, a self-titled release, is out this week. The lead single from it is “Jealous” and it currently stands at #11 on CHR radio. Though it won’t open as well as some of the later Jonas Brothers albums, it should land in the top five. (iTunes)
  • I’m not sure that the term “new Pink Floyd album” fully registers in 2014, but here we are with the group’s new set titled The Endless River. Most of it was completed by 1993, near the release of their last studio effort, The Division Bell. The pre-order count is strong, so maybe it will surprise when the numbers come out. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Big K.R.I.T.‘s Cadillactica (iTunes), Bobby Shmurda‘s Shmurda She Wrote (EP) (iTunes), BØRNS‘s Candy (EP) (iTunes), Damien Rice‘s My Favourite Faded Fantasy (iTunes), G-Unit‘s The Beauty Of Independence (EP) (iTunes), Hail Mary Mallon‘s Bestiary (iTunes), Machine Head‘s Bloodstone & Diamonds (iTunes), Queen‘s Forever (iTunes), Röyksopp‘s The Inevitable End (iTunes), The New Basement Tapes‘s Lost On The River (iTunes), Whitney Houston‘s Her Greatest Performances (Live) (iTunes) and the Zac Brown Band‘s Greatest Hits So Far… (iTunes).

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

  • “Paranoia”, new from singer/songwriter Max Frost. (iTunes)
  • “Uptown Funk”, a collaboration from producer Mark Ronson and singer Bruno Mars. (iTunes)

One Direction has more than Four reasons to be #1 next week (after all, there’s five of them in the band) and they will be facing some hot soundtracks from Annie and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 along the way. See you next Sunday for the full details… may the odds be ever in their favor.

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Not Enough Time: Short Singles In The Top 40

The stars of the show.

The stars of the show.

If you aren’t familiar with the folky sound of The Lumineers yet, then you might be living under a rock. Their first single, “Ho Hey”, has become a massive crossover hit from the Alternative chart and into the world of Pop. The song clocks in at a short 2:34, a rarity for a radio single nowadays, but that’s not the shortest top 40 ever. In fact, several decades ago, staying under 3:00 was the standard if you wanted to get any sort of play on AM radio. The shortest of the short was “Stay”, a #1 on the Hot 100 for Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs from November 1960; it was just 1:38 in length. Well, none of the songs on this list are quite as a quick as that, but here’s a list of eleven songs from the past twenty or so years that became charting singles on the airplay survey (Mediabase/Radio & Records CHR chart) that were even shorter than “Hey”:

ASHLEE SIMPSON – “L.O.V.E.” (2:33) (#29, 2006)
This pint-sized pop ditty became the last CHR airplay hit for the younger sister of Jessica Simpson. Followup single “Invisible” became a digital hit, but didn’t gain any significant ground on the radio. Simpson is still making music today under an independent label.

SMASH MOUTH – “You Are My Number One” (2:33) (#37, 2003)
In 2001, Smash Mouth had a hit remake of The Monkees‘ “I’m A Believer”, featured in the movie Shrek, which was co-written by Neil Diamond. In turn, Diamond helped the band co-write this song, which became their last CHR hit. They’ve had a few minor Hot Adult Contemporary entries since then.

JONAS BROTHERS – “S.O.S.” (2:32) (#23, 2007)
The second coming of Hanson scored their first top-40 hit in 2007 with this song. They had several bigger hits in the years to come, including 2008’s “Burnin’ Up”. They reunited recently after two of the brothers pursued solo projects and the other got married, and look to have an album out in 2013.

THE WISEGUYS – “Start The Commotion” (2:32) (#11, 2001)
DJ Touché, born Theo Keating, scored his only hit in the United States when it was featured in an advertisement for Mitsubishi. Followup single “Ooh La La” had a little bit of airplay, but failed to make the top 40. Today, he records under the name Fake Blood.

SMASH MOUTH – “Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby” (2:30) (#17, 1998)
This is the only group with two songs on here. Originally a minor chart entry for ? and the Mysterians in 1967, the band updated this tune for the soundtrack to the film Can’t Hardly Wait, which starred Jennifer Love Hewitt. They would score their biggest success the following year in 1999 with the #1 hit “All Star”.

BLINK 182 – “What’s My Age Again?” (2:27) (#24, 1999)
These punk rockers went pop beginning in the late 90’s, when this song became a minor hit on the CHR survey. You probably remember the music video of them running around naked everywhere. The trio would score their biggest hit with their next single, “All The Small Things”, which hit #9 on the chart.

THE CRANBERRIES – “Salvation” (2:24) (#36, 1996)
The first single from To The Faithful Departed was a bit of a dud on CHR radio, mainly because the song was too hard for the mainstream listeners. However, two other singles from the album, “Free To Decide” and “When You’re Gone”, made the top 20.

PATTI ROTHBERG – “Inside” (2:23) (#36, 1996)
Singer-songwriter Rothberg has one of the more obscure songs on this list, which was featured on her debut album, Between The 1 And The 9. It was also a minor Alternative hit.

THE B-52’s (as THE BC-52’s) – “(Meet) The Flintstones” (2:21) (#21, 1994)
If you couldn’t tell already, this was the theme song to the live action adaptation of the cartoon, which starred John Goodman as Fred Flintstone. The band also had a small cameo in the film. This was the band’s last CHR hit, though they’ve had a few releases since then, including a 2008 comeback single entitled “Funplex”, the title song from that album.

DEL AMITRI – “Roll To Me” (2:12) (#6, 1995)
Third time was the charm for this Scottish band; their third top-40 hit became a top ten record, peaking at #6 for three weeks. It also spent 37 weeks in the top 40. The band was dropped by their label in 2002 when no more big hits rolled in.

FOO FIGHTERS – “Big Me” (2:11) (#10, 1996)
From their debut self-titled release, this was the biggest crossover single for Dave Grohl in the boys, which was accompanied by a hilarious music video. The band would hit the CHR chart one other time in 1999 with “Learn To Fly”. Grohl and the living members of Nirvana recently performed with Paul McCartney at a Hurricane Sandy relief concert.

FRENTE! – “Bizarre Love Triangle” (1:59) (#33, 1994)
This Australian band managed to make a charting song under two minutes, an acoustic version of a single originally performed by New Order. They had several other big hits in their native Australia, but this was their only one to make the charts in the States.

To keep things short, hope you’ve enjoyed this look back at the shortest songs to become radio hits, and keep an eye on “Ho Hey” to see if it keeps climbing or gets cut… you know… short. I’m here all week.


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