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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 19)

Viva la Coldplay.

They keep it chill.

There’s a battle brewing on the schedule this week with at least three acts looking to put up six figure numbers — perhaps one would call it “a sky full of stars”, yes? (NOTE: some releases may still not be out until Tuesday dependent on record label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of May 19:

  • Call it “Magic”, call it new: today marks the release of the new album from Coldplay, Ghost Stories, which has been streaming on iTunes for the past few days. At nine tracks in length, it’s the band’s shortest album to date. (A Target exclusive deluxe edition lifts that total to twelve.) The current radio single from it is “A Sky Full Of Stars”, co-produced with Avicii. Expect this to debut at #1 on the album chart just as their last three albums have. (iTunes) (Read my review of Ghost Stories)
  • Following in a close second place is the latest effort from Country singer Brantley Gilbert, titled Just As I Am. Lead single “Bottoms Up” recently topped the Country chart and second single “Small Town Throwdown”, a collaboration with Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, just made a significant debut on that same chart as aided by a first day Clear Channel deal. Will it reach Platinum status as Halfway To Heaven did? It could happen. (iTunes)
  • Former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips goes Behind The Light on his sophomore album, which features the current top ten Hot AC hit, “Raging Fire”. Though the song hasn’t garnered as much airplay or sales as “Home” or “Gone, Gone, Gone” as of yet, the album is a lock for a high debut thanks to his large fan base. (iTunes)
  • Looking to score their seventh top ten album on the Billboard 200, The Roots are out with their latest effort, …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. I’m sure you’ll be seeing them promote it at their late night home, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, this week. No singles from it have charted thus far. (iTunes)
  • Move over, Frozen, there’s a new soundtrack in town catching a lot of early attention. It’s a collection of songs from the forthcoming film The Fault In Our Stars, due in movie theaters on June 6. The set features all original songs by acts like Birdy, Ed Sheeran, Grouplove and more. (Feels sold separately.) (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Afrojack‘s Forget The World (iTunes), Conor Oberst‘s Upside Down Mountain (iTunes), Hedley‘s Wild Life (iTunes), Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band‘s Goin’ Home (iTunes), Melanie Martinez‘s Dollhouse (EP) (iTunes) and the original Broadway soundtrack to The Bridges Of Madison County (iTunes).

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

  • “Bartender”, the first single from the forthcoming album by Lady Antebellum. (iTunes)
  • “Keep Us Safe”, a live track from Country singer Carrie Underwood. (iTunes)
  • “Get Her Back”, a new single from Robin Thicke. Wonder who this song is about? (iTunes)
  • “Love Someone”, new from Jason Mraz‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Mission”, a new single from rapper Lupe Fiasco. (iTunes)
  • “Somethin’ Bad”, a collaboration between Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. (iTunes)

Mariah Carey‘s Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse comes into the light next week, while Austin Mahone makes a splash with his EP titled The Secret. Which musical mystery will take the crown? A full preview is coming on Tuesday!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (March 2014)

If you follow the radio charts like I do, you’ll want to be on top of only the freshest music being serviced across the nation. So, I’m bringing back an early PGTC feature with a bit of a revamp. With this monthly series, I’ll be highlighting some great tracks at a few different radio formats I enjoy that will be fighting for airspace over the next few months. So, what are we waiting for? Let the battles begin.

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)


Parenting pop tunes.

CHVRCHES – “The Mother We Share” (March 4) (* + **)
Label: Glassnote
After a long run up the Alternative chart, the debut single by this Glasgow trio just missed the top ten (#11) two weeks ago before going recurrent. Showing some promising action already at both CHR and Hot AC radio, this could prove to be a moderate-sized crossover hit. It’s from The Bones Of What You Believe, which charted in the top 20 last fall.


More Idol than idle.

GUY SEBASTIAN – “Like A Drum” (March 4) (*)
Label: Cherry Party/RAL/RCA
Sebastian was the winner of Australian Idol‘s debut season in 2003, but after twelve solo top ten singles on the ARIA chart, six of those going to #1, he has yet to establish himself here in the States. This is his second chance at a U.S. hit, which was recently added on SiriusXM 20 on 20. It pounds the pop to a steady beat; we’ll see if radio wants in as well.

"Rude" boys.

“Rude” boys.

MAGIC! – “Rude” (March 11) (**)
Label: RCA
After writing about this Canadian quartet in December, “Rude” has gone on to top ten peaks in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Now, the U.S. is due for a little reggae vibe this summer. Already in the midst of recording their debut album and featured on Shakira‘s new album, a self-titled effort due on the 25th, things are looking up for the boys.


Boy, oh boys.

RIXTON – “Me And My Broken Heart” (March 11) (*)
Label: Interscope
Manchester’s own quartet have been fully together for a year, growing a following on YouTube through cover videos and an original song or two. This is their first song to go to radio after signing with Interscope and bringing in Scooter Braun as their manager. With no hits in their collection to date, they may lonely no more, if you know what I mean.

On their own again.

Wild and “Crazy” kids.

HEDLEY – “Crazy For You” (March 18) (**)
Label: Capitol
A few months ago, this Canadian band went to Alternative radio with a song called “Anything”, which ultimately did nothing. Its poppy sound was no match for the format. Now, their latest hit up north goes to Hot AC radio, a far more reasonable choice. They certainly had Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky” in mind when approaching it, and the results are OK.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)


Bleach one, teach one moment.

BLEACHERS – “I Wanna Get Better” (March 11) (* + **)
Label: RCA
Between 2012 and 2013, pop trio fun. racked up a total of four top ten hits on my personal chart, three of them going to #1: “Carry On”, “Some Nights” and “We Are Young” (featuring Janelle Monáe.) Now, guitarist Jack Antonoff is releasing this side project, with an album and tour to come this spring. It’s a great start to a highly-anticipated effort.


Hail to the Chiefs.

KAISER CHIEFS – “Coming Home” (March 11) (* + **)
Label: ATO
Years after predicting riots and charging along with an angry mob, the five rockers from Leeds are out to try the U.S. market again. This is the first single from their new album, Education, Education, Education & War, which is due on April 1. Their biggest song to date, “Ruby”, went top 20 at Alternative in 2007. I could see this ranking in the top 50.


Serving up another single.

LORDE – “Glory And Gore” (March 11) (*)“Tennis Court” (April 8) (CHR)
Label: Lava/Republic
Everyone’s favorite New Zealand newcomer has a split single on her hands from her album Pure Heroine. “Glory” has been used in advertisements for the History Channel’s Vikings. “Tennis” is the second single about the sport to rank on the Hot 100: in 1968, the group Cream took the theme from The Savage Seven, “Anyone For Tennis”, up to #64.


Revolutionizing radio once again.

O.A.R. – “Peace” (March 18) (**)
Label: Vanguard
In 2011, this Maryland band released their last studio album, King, on Wind-Up after a long stint with Lava/Atlantic. Now, they find themselves recording for Vanguard. They’ve stripped it down on their newest single, going as far as the message, a very simple one. This should do very well here and climb to a minor peak at Hot AC radio later this spring.


“Young” at chart.

STRANGE TALK – “Young Hearts” (March 18) (*)
Label: Wind-Up
They come from a land Down Under, and you’ll be down with their sound as they attempt to make a mark here at the format. “Climbing Walls” was serviced last year to Alternative and picked up a handful of stations, but this followup track has way more potential in terms of commercial performance. Look for their debut album, Cast Away, in April.

Which track(s) would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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“Anything” Can Happen: Hedley Goes Stateside Once More

On their own again.

On their own again.

If you’re a regular PGTC reader from Canada, then I’m fairly sure you know who this quartet is. They’re the hit-making band out of British Columbia named Hedley. The current formation of the group includes Jacob Hoggard on lead vocals, Dave Rosin on guitar, Tommy Mac on bass and Chris Crippin on drums. Formed in 2004, Hoggard was a top 3 finalist on Canadian Idol before leading his group to four multi-Platinum albums and nine top ten hits in their native country. In fact, they’ll be releasing their fifth album, Wild Life, next week and the expectation is that it’ll be another top 5 album for the boys.

This is all great, but outside of Canada, the four-man band isn’t known well at all. While Universal Music has been handling their material up north, it’s been Capitol Records taking the reins in the U.S., and thus far, their attempts have gone largely unnoticed or haven’t held up well. They’re hoping to change that with the Stateside release of the band’s latest top ten single in Canada, “Anything”, with a presumed album release here in 2014. Will the fifth time be the charm for the label behind big acts like Katy Perry? Here’s a look back at their four previous singles here and what the chances look like for their new one:

U.S. radio date: Fall 2006

The band’s first single in America was also their debut release in Canada, which put them up on the map and soared up the charts there. However, in the States, “Own” was released nearly a year after its Canadian debut, going to CHR radio and picking up about thirty stations. It just missed the top 50 at the format and disappeared entirely after its run was completed.

On my top 40, “On My Own” spent a week at #25 during a 9 week run. Canada-only followup “Trip”  spent 6 weeks bubbling under my top 40, but did not chart.

U.S. radio date: Spring 2009

From their American compilation album, Never Too Late, this was another top ten hit in Canada. “Old” was delivered to radio here in March and did even worse, maxing out at just over a dozen stations before falling off the radio playlists. However, this release was split between both CHR and Hot AC radio, a difference that would impact Capitol’s push the next time around.

“Old School” spent 9 weeks bubbling under my top 40, but did not chart.

U.S. radio date: Summer/Fall 2010

Things began to change for the better with the label started promoting this ballad. Released in Canada at the beginning of the year, this song didn’t start showing up on the U.S. radar until July, and it slowly made its way up the Hot AC survey with no CHR crossover. Garnering about forty stations at its peak, it rose to #25 on the survey after some time, and went recurrent.

On my top 40, “Perfect” spent two weeks at #21 during a 13 week run. It ranked as my #85 song of that year.

U.S. radio date: Summer 2012

This single appears on a 2012 rerelease of the album Storms. It is their only release to be simultaneously promoted in Canada and the U.S., which worked to their advantage in both territories. It’s the biggest single the band’s issued in their homeland, peaking at #2. It’s also their biggest Hot AC single, a #24 entry, with a much faster run and more support than “Perfect” had.

“Kiss You Inside Out” spent 11 weeks bubbling under my top 40, but did not chart.

So, what about “Anything”? Can it do anything in the U.S.? The short answer is, in my opinion, a definitive yes. It’s a feel good song about not being pushed down by limitations and being driven to achieve your goal. Hoggard sings, “A thousand disbelievers couldn’t keep me on the ground/I’ve invented a momentum that will never slow me down/I believe it ’cause I feel it and I shout it out loud/I can, I can, I can so.” It sounds far different from their other singles released here, a quirky pop anthem with a heavy drum beat and a rotating cast of voices who come in and out in the chorus. The horn-intensive breakdown is also reminiscent of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘s “Can’t Hold Us”, so the familiarity factor is also present.

The game plan for Capitol Records begins with an Alternative radio adds date on November 19 and a likely Hot AC radio release in early 2014 before an eventual crossover to CHR. They should do OK with this one; it’s one of their better chances to finally break Hedley on a bigger level. Whether it actually happens, I can’t say for sure, but don’t stop dreaming about it. Yes, it’s an uphill battle, but as long as the band and label are focused, then anything could turn into everything next year.

Purchase Hedley‘s new album, Wild Life, on iTunes Canada. / Purchase Hedley‘s Anything EP on iTunes United States.


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