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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 19, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. This weekend, we’re mourning the losses of AC/DC rocker Malcolm Young and country singer Mel Tillis, both of whom charted for several decades. We’re also thinking of TV and music star David Cassidy, who remains in critical condition in a Florida hospital. Here’s this week’s report:

IMAGINE THAT: Congrats to Imagine Dragons who now have their second #1 at the pop format with “Thunder”, soaring from 4-1 this week. Previously, the Las Vegas band led for one week in December 2013 with “Demons”, which wasn’t necessarily the most memorable chart-topper this decade. (I suppose that’s because most people think “Radioactive” was some massive pop #1, though it actually spent three weeks at #2 behind Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines”, featuring Pharrell and T.I., in July and August 2013.) A second week at the top is possible for “Thunder”, though Camila Cabello‘s “Havana” (featuring Young Thug, up 5-3) could crash the party next week, given its gain of 2,500 spins in the last seven days.

Given the slower-than-normal week at the format, most likely due to the proximity to Thanksgiving, just a couple of singles take big leaps up the chart. One of them, the Selena Gomez and Marshmello collaboration called “Wolves”, howls up ten notches to #19. It’s Gomez’s fourth single to reach the region this year. However, sporting an even more impressive move is “End Game”, jumping a massive 17 spots from 50-33 for Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Future. “End” becomes the 28th top 40 hit for Swift, the 15th for Sheeran and the fourth for Future, all of which have come via features for the lattermost act. Will it reach the top spot? Stay tuned.

SOMEWHERE TO WALK: Whether it’s on water or the moon, there’s a whole lot of walking when it comes to top 50 debuts, and the two entries walking it out land back-to-back on this week’s chart. Ohio’s Walk The Moon are looking for their second chart hit in the top 40 with “One Foot”, which comes in at #43. It’s the first single from the quartet’s What If Nothing album, and it currently stands at #9 and #35 on the Alternative and Hot AC lists, respectively. Eminem‘s latest single with Beyoncé, “Walk On Water”, is one notch below that at #44. The rapper’s forthcoming Revival album had a reported November 17 release date across several trade sites, but has yet to surface at any retailer.

This week’s chart also gets collaborative with debuts from Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels, new at #47 with “I Miss You”, and a N.E.R.D and Rihanna single called “Lemon”, which squeezes in at #49. The latter song is N.E.R.D’s first to make the top 50 at the Top 40 format, though 2004’s “She Wants To Move” just missed charting in April 2004. (It peaked at #52 early that month.) One of the group’s members, Pharrell, has sung on twelve top 40 hits on the Top 40 airwaves, nine of which were featured appearances.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 24, 2017

Ready to paint the Town.

Ready to paint the Town.

We all try to look to the future in some way or another, but this week, we can really look to the Future (and plenty of other acts!) on the new releases schedule. Here are some of this week’s new albums and singles:

LITTLE BIG TOWN – The Breaker (iTunes)
From “Better Man” to even better results, this group’s newest hit looks to be a multi-week #1 on the Country radio chart. Though the set may fall short of #1 on the Billboard 200, it’ll definitely be a strong chart-topper on the Country albums list. It should be another great era for the quartet, who released their first album in 2002.

I know what you’re saying: “Didn’t he just release an album last week?” He did. Going for two consecutive #1 albums in two weeks is a huge challenge, but this Atlanta rapper certainly has the potential to do it. He does face some competition, however, so stay tuned!

JOHN MAYER – The Search For Everything – Wave Two (EP) (iTunes)
Another month, another Mayer EP. This blog certainly approves! This one features the single “Still Feel Like Your Man”, one of four new songs. It should start out in the top five, just as his last EP did. It’s one of our top choices for the week.

More albums out this week: Aaron Watson‘s Vaquero (iTunes), Old 97’sGraveyard Whistling (iTunes), Prince Royce‘s FIVE (iTunes), The Shack (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bea Miller‘s Chapter One: Blue (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Bellyache”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Buttons”, Emma Dewing (iTunes)
“By Your Side”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“Celebrate”, Hundred Handed (iTunes)
“Crazy (Alison Wonderland Remix)”, Lido (iTunes)
“Focus”, BIYO (iTunes)
“Get Closer (Joe Mason Remix)”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Going To Mars”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“Heavy”, POWERS (iTunes)
“Heartlines (Mount Remix)”, Broods (iTunes)
“I’m A Lady”, Meghan Trainor (iTunes)
“Just The Same”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Light Outside”, Absofacto (iTunes)
“Lonely Again”, gnash (iTunes)
“Open Your Eyes”, Sam Feldt & Hook N Sling (iTunes)
“Playboy”, Trey Songz (iTunes)
“Redrum”, Era Istrefi featuring Felix Snow (iTunes)
“Rocks”, Life Of Dillon (iTunes)
“Say Love”, Julian Jordan featuring Sj (iTunes)
“Secondhand Hurt”, Devin Dawson (iTunes)
“Shape Of You (Major Lazer Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Slide”, Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean & Migos (iTunes)
“Some Kinda Wonderful (Pretty Sister Remix)”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Something Just Like This”, The Chainsmokers and Coldplay (iTunes)
“Stay”, ZeddAlessia Cara (iTunes)
“Strangers”, Tritonal (iTunes)
“Superficial Love (2.0)”, Ruth B. (iTunes)
“Swalla”, Jason Derulo featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Wave Your Flag”, Afrojack featuring Luis Fonsi (iTunes)
“Where The Girls Are”, Josh Turner (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Ed Sheeran, Khalid and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 17, 2017

A look into the Future...

A look into the Future…

Try to wrap your head around all these rap releases… some big names are in the mix this time around! For more Friday fun, here are some of this week’s new albums and singles:

FUTURE – Future (iTunes)
The release of this set was announced just days ago, but it looks like it could be the highest new entry (and likely #1) on the Billboard 200 next week. No tracks from it are currently on the radio, with “Used To This” remaining a stand-alone release, but I’m guessing a few of them will show up on the charts within the next few days. Look for a massive streaming presence for this album.

FAT JOE & REMY MA – Plata O Plomo (iTunes)
From last year’s “All The Way Up” to current single “Money Showers”, the two New York rappers have found some major success on the Rhythmic and Urban formats, which comes years after their last notable radio hits. Full of plenty of featured guests, this is likely to achieve some good numbers and placement next week. Just how high will it go? Stay tuned.

RYAN ADAMS – Prisoner (iTunes)
This is singer/songwriter Adams’s first studio album since the fall of 2015, and with four top ten albums to date, he’s hoping to make it five with this one. Lead single “Do You Still Love Me?” seems to have stalled just under the top ten on the Triple A chart, so I guess the answer is “maybe not.” However, the album should still have a solid debut.

CHARLIE WILSON – In It To Win It (iTunes)
Wilson, the former leader of The Gap Band, recently scored another top ten solo single on the Urban AC chart with “I’m Blessed”. At the current time, it’s at #10 and gaining. The 64-year-old singer’s album should debut in the top 40, perhaps closer to the top 20.

More albums out this week: Alison Krauss‘s Windy City (iTunes), Jidenna‘s The Chief (iTunes), Nikki Lane‘s Highway Queen (iTunes), The Orwells‘s Terrible Human Beings (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Animal Collective‘s The Painters (iTunes), Bebe Rexha‘s All Your Fault: Pt. 1 (iTunes), Jessie James Decker‘s Gold (iTunes), Maggie Rogers‘s Now That The Light Is Fading (iTunes), The Unlikely Candidates‘s Bed Of Liars (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Kindly Reminder”, Passenger (iTunes)
“All On Me”, Devin Dawson (iTunes)
“Bite My Tongue (Kat Krazy Remix)”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Cold”, Maroon 5 featuring Future (iTunes)
“Empty”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Everyone’s Talking”, James Hersey (iTunes)
“Ex”, James TW (iTunes)
“Fragments”, Jack Johnson (iTunes)
“Game Time”, Flo Rida featuring Sage The Gemini (iTunes)
“Giants”, Take That (iTunes)
“Hard To Love (Acoustic)”, Matthew Koma (iTunes)
“Heartlines (Acoustic)”, Broods (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Heavy”, Linkin Park featuring Kiiara (iTunes)
“How Would You Feel (Paean)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“I Don’t Wanna Dance”, Coin (iTunes)
“In The Arms Of A Stranger (Grey Remix)”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“It Ain’t Me”, Kygo featuring Selena Gomez (iTunes)
“London”, Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Love Less”, R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“Machine”, Misterwives (iTunes)
“Nimble Bastard”, Incubus (iTunes)
“Options”, Pitbull featuring Stephen Marley (iTunes)
“Praying”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Rough Draft”, Sarah Solovay (iTunes)
“Suit And Jacket”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“Till You’re Loved”, Mr. Probz (iTunes)
“Time Of Our Lives”, James Blunt (iTunes)
“When Someone Stops Loving You”, Little Big Town (iTunes)
“Work Of Art”, Jamie Cullum (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Aaron Watson, Little Big Town and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 5, 2016

On "Sale" this week.

On “Sale” this week.

Snow may be hitting the Northeast again overnight, but this week’s New Music Friday will keep you nice and toasty with all the hottest new jams. Here are this week’s notable albums and singles:

  • WIZ KHALIFA — Khalifa (iTunes)
    • Six months ago, Khalifa’s Blacc Hollywood entered at #1 on the Billboard 200 list, so it’s a bit of surprise to see a new set from him this soon. We’ll see if his recent Twitter fight gets him any added sales. Nothing from the album is currently at radio, but “Bake Sale”, an instant grat at the time of release, is still in the top 100 on iTunes.
  • FUTURE — EVOL (iTunes)
    • This album is a Saturday release, and though Khalifa has a one-day advantage, this will certainly be an interesting race to #1 for both rappers. The Georgia performer’s DS2 and collaboration on What A Time To Be Alive came in at #1 on the Billboard 200 last year, and his hot streak is definitely burning.
  • CHARLES KELLEY — The Driver (iTunes)
    • Kelley is at the wheel as his first solo effort travels the road to retail. The title track serves as the lead single, a top 50 hit at Country radio, and the set features several collaborations. It should be able to make the top 20 in sales.
  • More albums out this week: DIIV‘s Is The Is Are (iTunes), Drowning Pool‘s Hellelujah (iTunes), Elevation Worship‘s Here As In Heaven (iTunes), Elton John‘s Wonderful Crazy Night (iTunes), Foxes‘s All I Need (iTunes), Lucinda Williams‘s The Ghosts Of Highway 20 (iTunes), Majid Jordan‘s Majid Jordan (iTunes), Nothing But Thieves‘s Nothing But Thieves (iTunes), SWV‘s Still (iTunes), The Cult‘s Hidden City (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music 57 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Tigertown‘s Lonely Cities (iTunes)

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

  • “Don’t Let Me Down”, The Chainsmokers featuring Daya (iTunes)
  • “From The Ground Up”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
  • “Jimmy Choo”, Fetty Wap (iTunes)
  • “Ophelia”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
  • “Make My Love Go”, Jay Sean featuring Sean Paul (iTunes)
  • “Nervous”, Gavin James (iTunes)
  • “New Year’s Eve”, (iTunes)
  • “Pause”, SafetySuit (iTunes)
  • “Prayers/Triangle”, Deftones (iTunes)
  • “Smoke”, Brian Fallon (iTunes)
  • “Something New”, Zendaya featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
  • “The Broken”, 3 Doors Down (iTunes)
  • “Voodoo”, Allen Stone (iTunes)
  • “Whisper”, Chase Rice (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Kanye West, Lissie, Vince Gill and more.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 17, 2015

Back to the Future.

Back to the Future.

This week’s New Music Friday takes us on a ride into the Future, and pops into the present with some solid new releases across the genres. So, grab a seat and some coins, because here are this week’s new album and single releases:

  • FUTURE — DS2 (iTunes)
    • The rapper and singer from Atlanta is hoping the ol’ third time’s the charm expression will work in his favor for the release of his third studio album. His last set, Honest, reached a peak of #2 last year. With steady Urban radio play and a growing fan base, this could be the one to top the chart.
  • HIGHLY SUSPECT — Mister Asylum (iTunes)
    • This trio from Cape Cod is becoming one of the big breakouts at the Active Rock format this year with “Lydia”. It is currently surging through the top ten and aiming for the top five next week. Look out for the guys on tour during a busy month of August.
  • ALAN JACKSON — Angels & Alcohol (iTunes)
    • 25 years after his debut album was released, 56-year-old country superstar Jackson is out with his twentieth studio album this week. “Jim And Jack And Hank” is the leadoff single from it and is receiving some airplay at the format.
  • More albums out this week: Galactic‘s Into The Deep (iTunes), Iron & Wine and Bed Bridwell‘s Sing Into My Mouth (iTunes), Jason Isbell‘s Something More Than Free (iTunes), Miles Davis‘s At Newport: 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4 (iTunes), MS MR‘s How Does It Feel (iTunes), Papoose‘s You Can’t Stop Destiny (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Dale (iTunes), Ratatat‘s Magnifique (iTunes), Sublime With Rome‘s Sirens (iTunes), Tame Impala‘s Currents (iTunes), The Chemical Brothers‘s Born In The Echoes (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Clairity‘s Alienation (iTunes), Day Wave‘s Headcase (iTunes), Icona Pop‘s Emergency (iTunes), KYKO‘s Animals (iTunes), New Motion‘s Kiss (iTunes), Sevyn Streeter‘s Shoulda Been There, Pt. 1 (iTunes)

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

  • “How Deep Is Your Love”, new from Calvin Harris and Disciples. (iTunes)
  • “Leave A Trace”, new from CHVRCHES. (iTunes)
  • “Run Away With Me”, new from Carly Rae Jepsen. (iTunes)
  • “She’s Kinda Hot”, the hot new single from 5 Seconds Of Summer. (iTunes)
  • “Sugar”, a collaboration from Robin Schulz and Francesco Yates. (iTunes)
  • “Sunday Funday”, a new single from MAGIC! (iTunes)
  • “Swords”, new from M.I.A., along with an added visual. (iTunes)
  • “That’s How You Know”, new from Nico & Vinz and featured guests Bebe Rexha and Kid Ink. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include fresh releases from Bea Miller, Jill Scott and Prince Royce. See you then!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (April 22)

Footloose and "Fancy" free.

Footloose and “Fancy” free.

The Easter Bunny may be too late in delivering these musical delights, but they’re still worth a hop over to the record store (or digital store) to check out everything. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of April 22:

  • Burning up the charts with her collaboration with Charli XCX, “Fancy”, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea makes her debut with the long-awaited The New Classic. With a big fan base behind her, this should post some pretty solid numbers during its first week given its international performance thus far. Look for it to be in the top 5, if not higher. (iTunes)
  • With his second album and first since 2012, rapper Future is back with Honest. Two singles from the project are currently charting at Urban radio: “Move That Doh”, a top ten record with Pharrell Williams, and “I Won”, a recent top 50 entry featuring Kanye West. This should also be an easy top 5 album on the Billboard 200. (iTunes)
  • Utah electro-rockers Neon Trees are ready to school us all in Pop Psychology, their third studio album. It features the hit “Sleeping With A Friend”, which is currently top 40 at Alternative, CHR and Hot AC radio. It will very likely be their highest debuting album yet, although lack of placement in the weekend ads and limited sale pricing could hurt it. Still, a top ten debut remains in the cards. (iTunes) (Read my review of Pop Psychology)
  • I also wrote quite a bit about the second album from duo Graffiti6, out with The Bridge. It’s an independent release, so it’s not going to get a ton of coverage, but it’s definitely worth a few listens. Jamie Scott and Tommy Danvers knocked it out of the park once again with a solid set of pop, rock and R&B-influenced songs. (iTunes) (Read my review of The Bridge)
  • Flying into movie theaters next week, the soundtrack from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets caught in the web of new releases this week. “It’s On Again” by Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar is the lead radio cut from it. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Augustana‘s Life Imitating Life (iTunes), Bethel Music‘s You Make Me Brave (Live) (iTunes), Bruce Springsteen‘s American Beauty (EP) (iTunes), Francesca Battistelli‘s If We’re Honest (iTunes), G. Love and Special Sauce‘s Sugar (iTunes), Keb Mo‘s Bluesamericana (iTunes), Kelis‘s FOOD (iTunes), Little Feat‘s Live In Holland 1976 (iTunes), Sebastian Bach‘s Give ‘Em Hell (iTunes) and the Disney remixed compilation album Dconsctructed (iTunes).

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

  • “Fly”, a promotional track by former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. (iTunes)
  • “High Ball Stepper” and “Lazaretto”, two songs from the forthcoming album by Jack White. (iTunes)
  • “Midnight”, a promotional digital single from Coldplay. (iTunes)
  • “Shatter Me”, a collaboration between Lindsey Stirling and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm. (iTunes)
  • “You Think You Know Somebody”, a digital track from Country singer Hunter Hayes. (iTunes)

Next week, singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne and rap/pop duo Timeflies are among the schedule’s top new releases. A full preview is coming in seven!

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Take That! Barlow and Williams “Go” Their Own Ways This Fall

If you’re a child of the 90’s and you grew up in Europe, then you know how huge Take That were and are, dominating the charts and selling out massive tours. In 2010, their Progress album in which all five original members reunited became one of the fastest-selling albums of all-time in the U.K., with sales close to, if not over, 3 million copies. While the band isn’t putting out any new material until 2014, fear not. Both lead vocalists, Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams, are each putting out solo singles and albums in November for what’s sure to be a very exciting Q4 race in the industry. Are you prepared for the mania? Check out this preview of what’s to come from the band mates on the battlefield:

Not setting the bar low.

Not setting the bar low.

Release Date: November 18 (?) (U.K.)

Given how much he’s been in the public eye in the United Kingdom in the last few years, it’s hard to believe that Barlow hasn’t put out a solo album full of original material since 1999. After a largely successful era with 1997’s Open Road, his first solo album after the breakup of Take That, it was another two years before Twelve Months, Eleven Days reached stores and unfortunately, it was one of the low points of his career as both the singles from it and album itself failed to achieve significant peaks. You can blame it on the musical tides shifting and a so-so crossover into the States for the loss of momentum in his home country. He did go on to lead a successful reunion of Take That in 2005, then gained prominence as a songwriter, and now finds himself judging another season of The X Factor in the U.K. and promoting this new single of his. It’s the leadoff release from Future, due on November 25, just in time for the holiday rush. Barlow last made it onto the charts with a #1 single, “Sing”, a song to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee which was performed with a collective group of musicians, The Commonwealth Band. Can his foray back into pop music connect with the British public as he did in the 90’s? Look for it to premiere in early October with a potential release date of November 18, the week before the album. However, there’s no been confirmation of it; it’s just my expectation given the schedule right now.

Swingin' on by.

Swingin’ on by.

Release Date: November 4 (U.K.)

Coming off a huge summer tour and his first #1 album in six years, Take The Crown, Williams is back on top of the British music scene again and looking to maintain that presence with his latest release. However, he won’t be doing it with his usual mainstream pop material; he’ll be going to back to the swing era once again with Swings Both Ways, on Island/Universal Records. It’s out on November 18, also cashing in on Christmas sales. The album features seven original songs and six covers and features a number of duets with popular acts like Kelly Clarkson, Lily AllenMichael Bublé and Olly Murs. It’s now been 12 years since his first fully swing album, Swing When You’re Winning, was released and certified 7x Platinum in the United Kingdom alone. A collaboration with actress Nicole Kidman, a cover of “Somethin’ Stupid” (originally recorded by Frank and Nancy Sinatra), went to #1 there for three weeks. Preview track “Shine My Shoes” from this album, not promoted as an official single, made the lower rungs of U.K. Singles Chart recently. “Gentle” was co-written by Williams along with Guy Chambers, a longtime collaborator with him on his first few albums like 1998’s I’ve Been Expecting You and 2002’s Escapology. Will the reunion of good friends and shift in sound give the superstar his eighth #1 single in the U.K.? We shall see as the track premieres tomorrow, September 27, on radio outlets there.

EDIT: It appears the release of “Gentle” has been pushed back. This was edited on September 22 stating that the single was meant to be out on the 27th, which has unfortunately not occurred. Apologies to all you fans out there, but it’ll be here pretty soon.

Do you have a favorite from the two singers above? Love Gary and Robbie just as equally? Still have their posters above your bed, the lunch boxes and bed spreads? Well then, you’re quite the fan, and you should still comment below and let me know what you think or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab.

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