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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 2, 2017

Hopelessly looking for #1.

The June tunes are in effect, blazing a path towards the top of the album list. This week, there’s a nice amount of pop and alternative music in the mix, with a hint of country to spice it up. Here are the notable releases for this Friday:

HALSEY – Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (iTunes)
Led by the top 15 pop radio hit “Now Or Never”, the sophomore album by this performer is starting to get some positive coverage. A rabid fanbase like hers will likely turn this into a front-loaded release, which shouldn’t be too surprising, but just how far will it go? I think this is the strongest candidate to debut at the top of the chart next week, barring some surprise release, so stay tuned!

BLEACHERS – Gone Now (iTunes)
“Don’t Take The Money” has topped my personal chart for the last four weeks, so I might be a little excited about the sophomore set from Jack Antonoff’s project. Of course, “Don’t” is also a top ten single on the Alternative airwaves. Three years ago, Strange Desire debuted and peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200, and I’m hoping his new set can crack the top ten.

LUKE COMBS – This One’s For You (iTunes)
Combs recently topped the Country chart with “Hurricane”, which was aided by iHeartMedia’s On The Verge program at the format. The 27-year-old singer will likely make a nice splash on the Country list next week, though it should have a solid entry overall.

More albums out this week: All Time Low‘s Last Young Renegade (iTunes), Alt-J‘s Relaxer (iTunes), Dan Auerbach‘s Waiting On A Song (iTunes), Dua Lipa‘s Dua Lipa (iTunes), Housefires‘s We Say Yes (iTunes), U2‘s The Joshua Tree (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Wheeler Walker Jr.‘s Ol’ Wheeler (iTunes), Wonder Woman (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Major Lazer‘s Know No Better (iTunes), Qveen Herby‘s EP 1 (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“13”, LANY (iTunes)
“Another Love Song”, Ne-Yo (iTunes)
“Bad Drug”, Cosmos & Creature (iTunes)
“Boys In The Street (Seeb Remix)”, Greg Holden (iTunes)
“Bring Me Home”, Sam Martin (iTunes)
“Broken Clocks”, SZA (iTunes)
“Champagne, Secrets, And Chanel”, Giorgio Moroder & Phantoms featuring Prince Charlez (iTunes)
“Change It All”, Harrison Storm (iTunes)
“Down”, Fifth Harmony featuring Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“Endless Summer”, Absofacto (iTunes)
“Everything Now”, Arcade Fire (iTunes)
“Golden Dandelions”, Barns Courtney (iTunes)
“Good Kids”, Alex Mattson (iTunes)
“I Don’t Know”, Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“Little White Lies”, Betsy (iTunes)
“Llama In My Living Room”, AronChupa featuring Little Sis Nora (iTunes)
“Maderas”, Saint Mesa (iTunes)
“Maybe It’s My First Time”, Meg Mac (iTunes)
“O.D.D.”, Hey Violet (iTunes)
“Perfect Places”, Lorde (iTunes)
“Persistence”, Albin Lee Meldau (iTunes)
“Places We Won’t Walk”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Reborn”, Rae Morris (iTunes)
“Right Now”, Snakehips featuring Elhae, D.R.A.M. & H.E.R. (iTunes)
“Run”, Foo Fighters (iTunes)
“Saint”, VÉRITÉ (iTunes)
“Shame”, Hearts & Colors (iTunes)
“Sign Of The Times”, Jasmine Thompson and Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Staring At The Sun”, Vanic featuring Clara Mae (iTunes)
“Stone”, Jaymes Young (iTunes)
“Summer Hangover”, Nause featuring OMVR (iTunes)
“The Only High”, The Veronicas (iTunes)
“The Only Reason”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“The Other Side”, Ruelle (iTunes)
“Truth To Power”, OneRepublic (iTunes)
“Uh Huh”, Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Unpredictable”, Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson (iTunes)
“Used To It”, Ashe (iTunes)
“Wall Of Glass”, Liam Gallagher (iTunes)
“We Could Run”, Beth Ditto (iTunes)
“You Can Count On Me”, Ansel Elgort featuring Logic (iTunes)
“Your Fan”, The Preatures (iTunes)

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

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 25, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Shawn Mendes illuminates the Most Added leaderboard, Noah Cyrus achy breaks at the format and Paramore proves it’s easy to be “Hard”, even without a Hair-raising musical. This is the dawning of the new Tuesday adds report, new Tuesday adds repooooort… so, let the sunshine in already! Here’s what shining this week:

“NOTHING” BEATS MENDES: After quickly reaching the top 50 on last Sunday’s published update, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes continues to leave the CHR/Top 40 panel shook by its slayage (that’s what the kids tell me) on both sales and streaming platforms. So, it’s no wonder that the single impacts with 76 adds in its first frame, the Most Added record this week. That notable total matches the 76 adds that “Treat You Better” received on impact in June 2016, which reached a peak of #2 in October. The teenager’s Illuminate album, which features both tracks, was recently reissued digitally. Co-writer Teddy Geiger is up to his fourth chart song with Mendes, which is two times the amount of top 40 singles he had as an artist in 2006. (No tea, no shade to Mr. Geiger, by the way; I still enjoy a listen to “These Walls” now and again.)

DO YOU WANT TO NOAH SECRET?: She’s not crying anymore! 17-year-old Noah Cyrus is looking for her second chart hit with “Stay Together”, which stays around in the fourth Most Added spot this week, taking in 31 stations. (It is tied with “Attention” by Charlie Puth for the position; more on that one next week when it impacts!) Father Billy Ray Cyrus, brother Trace Cyrus (a member of Metro Station) and sister Miley Cyrus have all hit the top 40 at least once, with the latter Cyrus leading at eight hits since 2007. Of course, the newest musical member of the family made her top 40 debut three months ago with “Make Me (Cry)”, a song that features Labrinth. It peaked at #19 for two weeks. Does she noah way to the #1 spot this time? “Stay” tuned, chart fans.

LESS IS (PARA)MORE: After three years away from the Top 40 chart, and almost a decade after their first pop hit, Paramore is still serving up more hits. The trio returns with “Hard Times”, an easy sell for both Alternative and Top 40 fans. It tops the Most Added list at the former, while it’s tied for sixth Most Added at the latter, pulling in 29 stations on impact. The act’s After Laughter is due on May 12, and it features the group’s original drummer Zac Farro, who parted ways in 2010. While their sound is definitely a bit different from the Riot! days, when they first made the top 40 at the format with “Misery Business”, you shouldn’t riot or feel miserable about it. After all, the majority of our favorite bands adapt; it’s just a part of one’s musical career. (Just, you know, leave the Hot Topic obsession in 2007, if you would.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (Island/Republic)
2. LADY GAGA
, “The Cure” (Streamline/Interscope)
3. DNCE featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Kissing Strangers” (Republic)
4-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “Attention” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
4-T. NOAH CYRUS, “Stay Together” (RECORDS/Sony RED)
6-T. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
6-T. PARAMORE, “Hard Times” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
8. DRAKE, “Passionfruit” (YMCMB/Republic)
9. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “Despacito” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
10-T. HALSEY, “Now Or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
10-T. JON BELLION, “Overwhelming” (Capitol)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 18, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: DNCE and Nicki Minaj give us a musical mouth-to-mouth message, Ed Sheeran finds the courage to climb that hilly chart terrain, and Lady Gaga prescribes us a hit healing for aches, pains and album eras that it might be best to forget. (Let’s be fair: it wasn’t love, but it was a perfect dissolution.) So, pucker up for this week’s stats, because smooching some singles is all the rage in Chart Land:

“KISSING” TO BE CLEVER: Joining the real time culture club (sorry Boy George) this week is “Kissing Strangers” by DNCE and featured artist Nicki Minaj, which lands atop the Most Added report, scoring 47 adds on impact. It’s one of three singles tied for the title this week, which is a pretty rare achievement. The party pop group is looking for their fifth top 40 single at the format, and their first since “Body Moves”, which peaked at #28 back in November. Their debut single remains their biggest, “Cake By The Ocean”, which spent a pair of weeks at #2 (4/10-17/16) and established the Mediabase era record (but not the PPW era record) for the most top 40 weeks to reach its peak: 27 of them. We’ll see how many strangers discover their song in the coming weeks.

PAINT THE TOWN ED: As of now, Ed Sheeran still has the #1 song on the pop chart with “Shape Of You”, which really needs to go elsewhere at this point. I may as well call it “Shade Of You”, at least based on the number of times I’ve tried to drag it lately. I guess I’ll give Sheeran a break this time, as “Castle On The Hill”, a song that recently reached #2 on my chart, is part of a three-way tie for the Most Added song at Top 40 radio this week, also scoring 47 new stations. Halsey‘s “Now Or Never” is the final member of the Fantastic 47 on the latest report, the first single from hopeless fountain kingdom, which still sounds like a LiveJournal oasis for bad fanfiction. Anyways, look for all three songs to continue to bring the adds next week, though there are several singles from acts like Lady Gaga (see below) and Shawn Mendes that’ll be vying for the Most Added title next time around.

“CURE” AND SIMPLE: “Million Reasons”, the little engine the could, may be headed down the tracks now, but Lady Gaga has a cure for that… literally. Released after her performance at Coachella on Sunday morning, “The Cure” soared to #1 on iTunes in a few hours time. Though it officially impacts next week, the hit lands in the fifth Most Added slot this week, with 23 stations. A little under two years ago, an unrelated single called “The Cure” impacted at the format for an act called Lipstick Gypsy. Promoted by Epic Records, it received some action in smaller markets, but failed to chart. Of course, we have to talk about the band named The Cure as well, who totaled four top 40 entries between 1987 and 1992. Their biggest, “Friday, I’m In Love” (#4, 7/31-8/7/92 R&R), was also their last. (“Mint Car” did chart (#45, 7/12/96 R&R) shortly after the #25/26 week recurrent rule was introduced.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. DNCE featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Kissing Strangers” (Republic)
1-T. ED SHEERAN
, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
1-T. HALSEY, “Now Or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
4. HARRY STYLES, “Sign Of The Times” (Columbiia)
5. LADY GAGA, “The Cure” (Streamline/Interscope)
6. CHEAT CODES featuring DEMI LOVATO, “No Promises” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
7. CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN and MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
8. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
9. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
10-T. DRAKE, “Passionfruit” (YMCMB/Republic)
10-T. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic/Capitol)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 16, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a weekly 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. Now, in my pursuit of cool deals, I will be roaming the shelves of CVS and Duane Reade for half-off peanut butter eggs and such tomorrow. You know how tired I am of matzah… However, just because the candy is half-off, doesn’t mean I’ll be giving you half the commentary this week. Oh no, every day is a holiday when a chart geek has that insatiable thirst to learn more. (Also, I can go on about “Insatiable” by Darren Hayes, but I’ll save it for another post.) Let’s hop with the hits on this week’s report:

BETTER OFF ED: If you said, “Oh no, it’s him again,” then you’re just as disappointed as I am that there’s no new #1 song. Yes, for a ninth week, “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran leads this week’s CHR/Top 40 chart. Last week, I thought that Bruno Mars‘s “That’s What I Like” would be able to close the gap, but I guess it’ll have to wait for Sheeran’s song to (hopefully, please) tumble next week. A new impact date for the follow-up single, “Castle On The Hill”, is now established for this Tuesday, but it isn’t exactly needed; that hit is up 36-30 in its second week in the top 40. It also recently spent four weeks at #2 on my chart, while “Galway Girl” is about a month into its run.

Five other songs are bulleted in this week’s top ten, but they’re too far away to start pegging which ones have a chance at the #1 spot a few weeks from now. However, I should point out that all of them are collaborations (four of the five are properly credited), and that trend is likely to continue. If Sheeran starts popping up on radio releases by Calvin Harris, Kygo, The Chainsmokers and Zedd at the same time, I’ll have to get the claws out. You know, at least use DJ Sammy or Robert Miles… where did they go?

“NEVER” A GOOD “SIGN”: The two hottest songs at the format this week belong to that pair of artists whose names start with an H and end with a y. Did you say Haddaway and Hipsway? You’re right, “What Is Love” and “The Honeythief” are still my jams; you know me too well. Oh, I’m sorry, I mean, no, those two performers with the current happening hits are Halsey and Harry Styles. It shouldn’t be a surprise, considering how well they’ve performed at sales and streaming platforms so far. Styles’s first solo entry has a nice climb from 29-19 in its second week on the chart. He recently played that and an album cut, “Ever Since New York”, on Saturday Night Live, and I’m sure millions of girls around the world swooned. (Did I swoon as well? I’ll never tell.) A self-titled album is out on May 12, which will likely debut at the top of the charts globally.

Halsey’s “Now Or Never” lifts from 38-26 in its second week, making it the biggest mover within the top 40. Her fourth chart entry is one spot away from tying her biggest main-credited hit to date, “New Americana”, which reached #25 during the last week of 2015. It will definitely surpass that next week, as it charges quickly toward the top ten. Will it be a Song Of The Summer contender? I’ll have a few picks of my own in a post coming very soon, so watch out for it!

THE CHEAT IS ON: You know, I was a good kid and didn’t use any cheat codes on my old Nintendo 64 games, but maybe I was too young to start researching what they actually were. Luckily, I do use the new Cheat Codes single called “No Promises”, which enters at #46 on this week’s CHR chart. The song features Demi Lovato, who’s looking to score her 11th top 40 hit since “Skyscraper”, her #34 entry (9/25/11 MB) from the Unbroken album. The label behind this single, 300 Entertainment, has yet to go higher than #19 at the format, a peak they reached on two occasions in 2015 with singles by rapper Fetty Wap.

Both the dance trio and Lovato are coming off radio singles that reached the top 50, but failed to break the top 40. For the former, it was the streaming hit “Sex” (#48, 7/10/16 MB), which sampled “Let’s Talk About Sex” (#28, 11/18/91 R&R) by Salt-N-Pepa. “Body Say” (#43, 8/21/16 MB) by the latter artist also started out strong at streaming services, where it was available before a digital single was able to be purchased, but it ultimately didn’t translate at the format.

HOME MALONE: I don’t know if we’ll be seeing Post Malone and Macaulay Culkin together anytime soon, but Malone is back on the CHR chart, overcoming those burglars who wanted to steal his spot in the top 50. “Congratulations”, featuring Quavo, makes its debut at #50 this week, as it also advances 13-10 on the Rhythmic airplay chart. Of course, he’s best known for the viral single “White Iverson”, which peaked at #28 here in January of last year. The 21-year-old released an album called Stoney in December, which was certified Platinum late last month, thanks to strong streaming results.

For those of you wondering, and there are probably very few of you out there, this is not a hot Vesta remake; that “Congratulations” was a top five Urban hit during the summer of 1989, before making a minor pop crossover that fall. Sadly, she passed away in 2011. I think it’s too early to tell whether the latest “Congratulations” will surpass the earlier one, but all that radio growth and consumption action seems to indicate that there’s certainly some life left in it for the spring and summer.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 11, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Harry Styles sees the “Sign” (and it opened up the panel’s minds), belief powers some Imagine Dragons add activity, and the heat starts rising on Tinashe‘s “Flame”, and that’s no cheap trick. Don’t be cruel to a chart that’s true, even if you’re referencing a cover song from the fall of ’88. Anyways, fall into our radio report and get a pop punch for your Tuesday night:

HIT ‘EM UP, STYLES: Don’t be blu, Harry Styles. You didn’t clear the entire pop panel in your first week, but you done good there, kid. “Sign Of The Times” has a big week at CHR radio, scoring 127 adds on impact. That total is slightly less than the 129 add total of “Sign ‘O’ The Times”, the #6 hit (4/10-17/87 R&R) by Prince. Styles is the fourth member of One Direction to make the top 40 as a solo act, with Liam Payne now the lone member to not release any music outside of the band. (We’re waiting, hello!) In the top 30 already and making major gains, it’s looking like “Sign” will be a major hit into the summer. Also, yes, I still have the CD single of “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” that I bought back in 2001. I’m sure that Blu Cantrell will delight in knowing that she’s a tiny part of a chart recap for the first time in, well, a long time.

BLESSED ARE THE BELIEVERS: Anne Murray and Imagine Dragons probably have nothing in common, outside of the multi-year top 40 runs, of course. That being said, you could say that the CHR panel just fell in love again with the band, while the four men replied, You needed us!” “Believer” grabs another 34 adds this week, which puts the single in the third Most Added spot on the latest report. It’s the current #1 song on the Alternative radio chart, a position that it’s held for three weeks now. The group only has one #1 single to date at the pop format, “Demons”, which spent a week at the top in December 2013. Will the guys make it to the top ten for the fourth time, or will they just have to imagine the result? I’m hoping it’s the former, but we’ll see soon.

“FLAME” ON THE SIDE OF THIS RACE: Some CHR programmers got a clue about Tinashe‘s new single this week, stoking that “Flame” to the tune of 16 stations and the ninth Most Added title. The singer has three top 40 tracks to date at the format, but none of the three have gone beyond a #20 peak. Perhaps we’ll need to get Professor Plum and Mrs. Peacock on the case… I bet the gatekeeper was in the conference room with the callout log. (Did I win?) Anyways, we’ll see if this fiery first shot at radio action has the means to keep the burning going in the coming weeks and months. Now, excuse me while I engage in my own kind of burning — some calories from all these Passover carbs!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. HARRY STYLES, “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia)
2. HALSEY
, “Now Or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
3. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
4. DRAKE, “Passionfruit” (YMCMB/Republic)
5. ZAYN featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR, “Still Got Time” (RCA)
6. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
7. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
8. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic)
9. TINASHE, “Flame” (RCA)
10. IGGY AZALEA, “Mo Bounce” (Def Jam)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 4, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Halsey gets “closer” to her fourth top 40 single, Hey Violet brings a bit of color to the adds report and newcomer Olivia Holt gets historical with the hits, but we are not going to be indulging in the sort of hit history you can read about in Hit Men. Ready to partake in some pop power? I know I am, so let’s dive in:

HAL OF FAME: After spending ten weeks at #1 as a featured guest on “Closer” by The Chainsmokers, it’s no surprise that the new single from Halsey would generate a lot of attention. That song is “Now Or Never”, and it’s now the Most Added track on this week’s report, launching with 54 CHR adds in its first frame. It sounds like it’s been a busy day for both she and her label, but, then again, she is used to busy days. Her forthcoming studio album is due June 2, titled Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which sounds like an out-of-service Disney World attraction. Luckily, her ride through the amusement park that we call the pop chart is just about to begin again. Prepare for liftoff! (Don’t come after me, Hallucinators, or whatever you call yourselves, it’s just a little fun.)

“BREAK MY” CHART: Roses are red, violets are blue, but Hey Violet had a nice adds week, and that’s good too. The quintet’s latest single is “Break My Heart”, the seventh Most Added song in the country this week, landing 18 CHR adds. Speaking of 18, that just so happens to be the peak of their last single, “Guys My Age”, which topped out at the position earlier this year. (The song also received some minor airplay at the Hot AC format.) Song titles about breaking hearts are commonplace at the format, from 1976’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John and Kiki Dee to 2010’s “Break Your Heart” by Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris, a #1 single (John/Dee for seven weeks, Cruz/Ludacris for three weeks) in both cases. How will this one fare? Stay tuned.

HOLT ON TIGHT: You know their names: Jordan Fisher, Sabrina Carpenter, Shawn Hook. They all share one thing: the CHR brick wall of doom. (scary fx) In reality, these three Hollywood Records acts all had significant starts at the format in the last year or so, only to have their debut singles fall apart in the same region. So, as far as the label’s newest pop radio single, newcomer Olivia Holt‘s “History”, I’d have to think that bringing up that terrible thought would only be natural. After massive pop playlists on Spotify aided it to its current total of 63+ million streams, we’ll see if Holt can successfully make it outside of that bubble. With a number of meaningful stations playing it, it can make the leap. Otherwise, a peak in the 20’s could be the endgame once again.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. HALSEY, “Now Or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
2-T. MACHINE GUN KELLY
featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
2-T. ZAYN featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR, “Still Got Time” (RCA)
4. DRAKE, “Passionfruit” (YMCMB/Republic)
5. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic)
6. DAVID GUETTA featuring NICKI MINAJ & LIL WAYNE, “Light My Body Up” (Parlophone/Big Beat/Atlantic)
7. HEY VIOLET, “Break My Heart” (Caroline)
8. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
9. CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
10. OLIVIA HOLT, “History” (Hollywood)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 28, 2015

Everybody's working for The Weeknd.

Everybody’s working for The Weeknd.

This week’s New Music Friday serves up some melodic madness, showcasing two notable sets that may stick around the top tier of the chart, and a number of big instant grat tracks and new singles. Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • THE WEEKND — Beauty Behind The Madness (iTunes)
    • It’s sure to have one of the biggest openings of the year, and given the Canadian performer’s two pop radio #1’s in the last three months, the hits are likely to keep on coming through next year. As this post goes up, “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills” occupy the top two positions on iTunes. Look for the album to easily be #1, and we’ll see if it can make it to a second week should its opening frame exceed expectations.
  • HALSEY — Badlands (iTunes)
    • After stalling beneath the top 50 on Alternative radio earlier this year with “Ghost”, which was first aired on Hits 1 last summer, this 20-year-old New Jersey singer, born Ashley Frangipane, is making waves with “New Americana” at both radio and retail. Her debut album should land in the runner-up spot on next week’s chart.
  • MADDIE & TAE — Start Here (iTunes)
    • They topped the Country survey for a week in December with the hit “Girl In A Country Song”, and after an album delay, these two ladies from Nashville are ready to start their journey on the Billboard 200. Current release “Fly” is flirting with the top ten on Country radio at the moment.
  • More albums out this week: Atlas Genius‘s Inanimate Objects (iTunes), Audra Day‘s Cheers To The Fall (iTunes), Beach House‘s Depression Cherry (iTunes), Ben Rector‘s Brand New (iTunes), Foals‘s What Went Down (iTunes), Kottonmouth Kings‘s Krown Power (iTunes), Motörhead‘s Bad Magic (iTunes), Soilwork‘s The Ride Majestic (iTunes), Van Morrison‘s The Essential Van Morrison (iTunes), the soundtrack (in a Special Version) to Pitch Perfect 2 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Alessia Cara‘s Four Pink Walls (iTunes), Frankie‘s Dreamstate (iTunes), Nichole Nordeman‘s The Unmaking (iTunes), ZZ Ward‘s Love And War (iTunes)

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

  • “Boom”, Simple Plan (iTunes)
  • “Boy And A Girl Thing”, Mo Pitney (iTunes)
  • “Change The Channel”, Francesco Yates (iTunes)
  • “Circles”, Jana Kramer (iTunes)
  • “Do It Now”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
  • “Downtown”, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz (iTunes)
  • “For A Better Day”, Avicii (iTunes)
  • “Friend Zone”, Danielle Bradbery (iTunes)
  • “Hair”, Little Mix (iTunes)
  • “Hula Hoop”, OMI (iTunes)
  • “Last Night In The City”, Duran Duran featuring Kiesza (iTunes)
  • “Roots”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
  • “Sign Of The Times”, Cee Lo Green (iTunes)
  • “State Of My Head”, Shinedown (iTunes)
  • “Until The World Goes Cold”, Trivium (iTunes)
  • “What Do You Mean”, Justin Bieber (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from The Arcs and Travi$ Scott, as well as an EP from Troye Sivan. See you then!

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