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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:

ALTERNATIVE (*), TRIPLE A (**)

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
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?

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (September 2015) (Part Two)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in September on the Alternative and Triple A formats in the second part of this month’s Radio Report:

ALTERNATIVE (*) and TRIPLE A (**)

Peking Duk
PEKING DUK featuring BENJAMIN JOSEPH – “Say My Name” (September 8) (*)
Label: RCA
If you pay attention to the ARIA charts out of Australia, you’re probably already familiar with this duo out of Canberra. Last year, two of their songs, “High” and “Take Me Over”, peaked in the top ten and reached multi-Platinum status. By comparison, this one didn’t do as well, going to #29 in late July. However, this is their first time at U.S. radio, and their “Name” is about to spread well.

Fall Out Boy
FALL OUT BOY – “Irresistible” (September 15) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
This Illinois group is still in full crossover mode, as “Uma Thurman” steadily climbs through the top ten on both CHR and Hot AC radio. The song may not have been as big on the Alternative chart, where it stalled in the 20’s, but perhaps their followup will be a more instant success. Hey, it’s already over 20 million streams on Spotify without any significant play and headed for much more.

Grace Mitchell
GRACE MITCHELL – “Jitter” (September 15) (* + **)
Label: Republic
Prominent internet station Beats 1 has been all over this record since it debuted on there on August 18, and that’s big for a new act like Mitchell. Most teenagers can only dream of that kind of exposure, but she’s living the dream, as the Portland, OR native looks to bring her sound onto the FM dial. If you’re digging the single, check out her Design EP from last year and Raceday EP out now.

Grizfolk
GRIZFOLK – “Troublemaker” (September 15) (* + **)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
Based in Los Angeles, the quintet released an EP called From The Spark in August of last year. Although several of its tracks had a bit of buzz on the blogs thanks to popular remixes, like “Hymnals” and “The Struggle”, that didn’t translate into significant airplay at AAA radio. Luckily, the guys return with this great song and it is being sent to two formats this time. Will it cause some trouble?

City And Colour
CITY AND COLOUR – “Lover Come Back” (September 22) (**)
Label: Dine Alone/Caroline
Dallas Green’s solo act has been entertaining fans around the world for a decade now, and his latest release, If I Should Go Before You, lands in stores on October 9. Like Mitchell above, Beats 1 played a hand in providing some attention, though it was towards a cut titled “Woman”, which you receive with a pre-order digitally. We’ll see if it’s capable of giving him his first top ten album here.

JR JR
JR JR – “Gone” (September 22) (*)
Label: Warner Bros.
They were once known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., but for their latest album, they’ve decided to shorten that name. To date, they’ve only had some minor success on Heatseekers survey, where they’ve charted two of their albums. Now, the guys from Detroit head back into the music scene with a self-titled album, due September 25, and this tune, which will hopefully get them some solid play.

Mac Demarco
MAC DEMARCO – “No Other Heart” (September 22) (**)
Label: Captured Tracks
Just under two months ago, this singer’s “The Way You’d Love Her” was sent for adds at the AAA format and started to gain some traction. However, it looks like it’s been quickly replaced with this, which is also another popular track from his mini-album called Another One. That set recently gave him his highest debut ever on the Billboard 200 and top 40 debuts in some other territories.

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