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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 16, 2017

Praise the Lorde.

Take a drive down the musical highway, hit the “Green Light” and speed off into a schedule full of great releases for this Friday. Here are the notable albums and singles you can check out now:

LORDE – Melodrama (iTunes)
My top pick for this week is the sophomore album by this New Zealand singer and songwriter, who is coming off a number of notable television and festival performances so far this year. The album’s first single, “Green Light”, climbed as high as #8 on the Alternative chart, as well as #19 at Top 40, while “Perfect Places” is just beginning its run at the former format. Though the era’s had its share of missteps, the album should have a good debut in the top five (or higher) next week.

2 CHAINZ – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music (iTunes)
This Georgia rapper has reached the top five on the Billboard 200 with 3 Albumz, but only his 2012 debut went all the way to the top of both that and the R&B survey. The set features former top ten Urban radio hit “Good Drank”, with Gucci Mane and Quavo, and current single “It’s A Vibe”, which features Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz and Jhené Aiko. It is a contender for the highest debut of the week, so stay tuned to see where it lands.

PORTUGAL. THE MAN – Woodstock (iTunes)
The new release from this Alaska band may not be as legendary as the 1969 musical festival, but it does have a lot of super music that you can experience. Of course, this album is led by “Feel It Still”, which is very close to reaching the #1 spot at the Alternative format. (It’s also beginning a cross to Hot AC.) You may recognize it from the new ad for Apple’s iPad Pro. It should have a nice debut.

ROYAL BLOOD – How Did We Get So Dark? (iTunes)
The English duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher made quite an impression on the rock world three years ago with a self-titled album. Now, they return with a highly-anticipated set, featuring the Active Rock hit “Lights Out”. Watch for Dark to see the light somewhere in the top ten.

More albums out this week: Beth Ditto‘s Fake Sugar (iTunes), Big Boi‘s BOOMIVERSE (iTunes), Cheap Trick‘s We’re All Alright! (iTunes), CKY‘s The Phoenix (iTunes), Crystal Bowersox‘s Alive (iTunes), Eli Young Band‘s Fingertips (iTunes), Fleet Foxes‘s Crack-Up (iTunes), Hey Violet‘s From The Outside (iTunes), Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit‘s The Nashville Sound (iTunes), Nickelback‘s Feed The Machine (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bassnectar‘s Reflective, Pt. 1 (iTunes), Shawn Hook‘s My Side Of Your Story (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Night”, Kirstin (iTunes)
“All Stars”, Martin Solveig featuring ALMA (iTunes)
“Baby It’s You”, Haley Reinhart (iTunes)
“Been Here Before”, Whissell (iTunes)
“Better Off”, Handsome Ghost (iTunes)
“Can’t Do”, Everything Everything (iTunes)
“Congratulations (Remix)”, Post Malone featuring Quavo and Future (iTunes)
“Creature Comfort”, Arcade Fire (iTunes)
“Despacito/I’m The One (Mashup)”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“Don’t Let Me Get Me”, James Gillespie (iTunes)
“Don’t Matter Now”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“Feelin’ You”, Daniel Skye featuring R. City (iTunes)
“Feels”, Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean (iTunes)
“Fine”, Tayler Buono (iTunes)
“Fuck With You”, Cardiknox (iTunes)
“Girls Girls”, Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Glorious”, Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey (iTunes)
“Glue”, Fickle Friends (iTunes)
“Harder”, Tiësto & KSHMR featuring Talay Riley (iTunes)
“Heartland”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Higher”, Eliza And The Bear (iTunes)
“Hometowns”, Jacob Jeffries (iTunes)
“Honeymoon”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Hope”, Elias (iTunes)
“I Know A Place (Miike Snow Remix)”, MUNA (iTunes)
“Instruction”, Jax Jones featuring Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Into Yellow”, Martin Luke Brown (iTunes)
“Just For One Night”, Blonde featuring Astrid S (iTunes)
“Let Me Breathe”, Action Bronson (iTunes)
“Life’s About To Get Good”, Shania Twain (iTunes)
“Love Again”, Hedley (iTunes)
“Moan”, VALNTN featuring Trevor Dering (iTunes)
“Night Call”, Steve Aoki featuring Lil Yachty and Migos (iTunes)
“No Fear”, DeJ Loaf (iTunes)
“Nobody Else But You”, LCAW (iTunes)
“Oh Devil”, Electric Guest featuring Devin Di Dakta (iTunes)
“One I Want”, Majid Jordan featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR (iTunes)
“Reverse”, Sage The Gemini (iTunes)
“Save A Way”, Wylder (iTunes)
“Snooze”, Johnny Yukon (iTunes)
“Stay The Same”, Fancy Cars featuring Neil Ormandy (iTunes)
“Strip That Down (Acoustic)”, Liam Payne (iTunes)
“Summer Days”, Milow featuring Sebastian Yatra (iTunes)
“Sunny Days”, Armin Van Buuren featuring Josh Cumbee (iTunes)
“The Man”, The Killers (iTunes)
“The Way You Used To Do”, Queens Of The Stone Age (iTunes)
“There’s Something Special”, Pharrell Williams (iTunes)
“Turf”, Aminé (iTunes)
“Walking The Wire”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Wild Thoughts”, DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller (iTunes)
“Your Song (Acoustic)”, Rita Ora (iTunes)

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

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 2, 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: DJ Khaled is “One” to scream about this new collaboration, Katy Perry is hungry for a hot hit, Charlie Puth attracts some new believers and Hailee Steinfeld gets the “Most” out of her new single. It may be May, but you may proceed with viewing my recap of the top Top 40 singles getting that add coverage this Tuesday. Phew… that was a tongue-twister. Wrap your tongues (and ears) around these songs:

“ONE” ON ONE: Do you think that DJ Khaled identifies with the book/film Old Yeller? You know, at least the title of it? I think you’ll hear him loud and clear this week. His latest single, “I’m The One”, is the Most Added title at CHR/Top 40 radio. The track is new at 140 stations on impact, giving the 41-year-old performer his largest frame of adds at the format. While that total is notable, it falls just short of the PPW era record for his label, Epic: 157, established last March by Meghan Trainor‘s “No”, which reached #7. Justin Bieber, Quavo (of Migos, more below), Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne all appear on the song, and Bieber is a huge part of why the single is a success out of the gate, as it competes with another single (a remix of “Despacito”, see below) that he features on. So, if you don’t like DJ Khaled or Justin Bieber, I would suggest staying away from your local pop outlet on the dial this summer. Hey, there’s always the jazz station…

LIFE GOES “BON”: What’s the recipe for a radio record? Katy Perry should know the answer to that; she’s been ranking at the format for almost nine years now. Her latest release, “Bon Appétit”, has a tasty turnout from the Top 40 panel, but second place is all that it’ll be serving this week. C’est la vie, kids. A total of 54 stations on the panel give it an add on impact. The track includes the latest struggle vocal rent-a-rappers, trio Migos, who have seemingly replaced Ty Dolla $ign‘s pointless features on a number of pop hits. (Seriously, kids, it’s 2017. Can we not write a proper middle eight?) Anyways, I shouldn’t be totally shady on this one, due to the fact that an edit without them is available to programmers. Anyways, I hope she has a perry good summer with this song. It’s a fun one. (Don’t go overboard on the cherry pie. There’s always the Warrant song.)

THE MOMENT OF PUTH: Singer and songwriter Charlie Puth proves he’s a chart survivor with a karate pop chop, making it on the Most Added report again with “Attention”. Upon impact, it’s new at 43 pop stations, landing it the third Most Added spot. It was recently promoted through an exhibit called The Attention Room in Los Angeles, which gave his fans the chance to step into an LED infinity tunnel that displays the brain’s reaction to receiving attention, while his song plays in the background. In other words, “Ooh! Look at the colors! Wait, who’s singing this song?” “Attention” is expected on his sophomore album, due sometime later this year. However, paying attention to my endless Survivor marathons on Spotify is optional. I can still bop to “Poor Man’s Son” and “American Heartbeat”, thank you very much.

DOING THE “MOST”: If you’re at or around my age, you know that when it comes to pop singles called “Most Girls”, we’re used to thinking that those girls want a man with the bling-bling, etc. It’s only natural, because we all love a great P!nk jam. Well, singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld is out to change that with her latest single, which grabs the fifth Most Added slot this week, starting out at 33 stations. The female empowerment anthem follows the Grey and Zedd-assisted “Starving”, which slowly reached a peak of #5 for three weeks earlier this year. Most girls are probably rooting for this one, and we’ll see how it does over the summer. The competition is pretty tough out there…

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DJ KHALED featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, QUAVO, CHANCE THE RAPPER and LIL WAYNE, “I’m The One” (We The Best/Epic)
2. KATY PERRY featuring MIGOS
, “Bon Appétit” (Capitol)
3. CHARLIE PUTH, “Attention” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
4. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (Island/Republic)
5. HAILEE STEINFELD, “Most Girls” (Republic)
6. LADY GAGA, “The Cure” (Streamline/Interscope)
7. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “Despacito” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
8. HEY VIOLET“Break My Heart” (Caroline)
9. DNCE featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Kissing Strangers” (Republic)
10. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)

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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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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (April 2017)

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 April in this month’s Radio Report:

BLEACHERS – “Don’t Take The Money” (RCA, April 4 – Alternative)
Album: Everybody Lost Somebody (2017)
Past ALT History: Jack Antonoff’s popular project has stormed the top five on the Alternative chart with two tracks: “I Wanna Get Better” (#1, one week) and “Rollercoaster” (#3). With a strong start over the past few days, I expect this release to join them soon.

COIN – “I Don’t Wanna Dance” (Columbia, April 4 – Alternative)
Album: How Will You Know If You Never Try (2017)
Past ALT History: This Nashville group’s breakout hit, “Talk Too Much”, talked its way up to #8 earlier this year. Despite the slow run of that song, the band now has some momentum ahead of their album release later this month. We’ll see how this tune moves.

HEY VIOLET – “Break My Heart” (Caroline, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The California group, previously known as Cherri Bomb, reached a peak of #18 earlier this year with “Guys My Age”. Their label, also responsible for Ben Rector’s “Brand New” (#26) from last summer, doesn’t have much pull on the pop side.

MIKE POSNER – “In The Arms Of A Stranger” (Island/Republic, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: At Night. Alone. (2016)
Past CHR History: Posner has eight top 50 appearances to date, half failing to reach the top 40. However, his 2016 comeback will be remembered as one of the most impressive of the decade, with a remix of “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” spending two weeks at the top.

OLIVIA HOLT – “History” (Hollywood, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: Olivia (EP) (2016)
Past CHR History: This is Holt’s first track to impact here. Is another classic top 30 brick wall in the works for Hollywood’s latest? Considering the results of other pop acts on their roster, like Jordan Fisher, Sabrina Carpenter and Shawn Hook, it could happen.

JAMES TW – “Ex” (Island/Republic, April 10 – Hot AC)
Album: TBA
Past HAC History: I was really rooting for his ballad “When You Love Someone”, which spent seven weeks atop my personal chart in 2016, when it was at the format. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, just edging into the top 30. I’m hoping this has a nice run.

RUTH B – “Superficial Love” (Columbia, April 10 – Hot AC)
Album: Safe Haven (2017)
Past HAC History: From Vine star to radio star, the Canadian singer and songwriter’s “Lost Boy” got found in the top ten, peaking at #6 last year. There’s been an unusually long amount of time between the two singles at Hot AC. How will it affect the chart run?

SIGRID – “Don’t Kill My Vibe” (Island/Republic, April 11 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: This Norwegian performer is headed to U.S. radio for the first time, and her debut single is already a sales and streaming hit in her home country. We’ll see if the newcomer can match the heights of a-ha and their #1 from 1985, “Take On Me”.

TINASHE – “Flame” (RCA, April 11 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: While not yet a prominent name on the CHR airwaves, this performer has achieved some success at the format in the last few years, including the #20 hit “2 On” in 2014. Plus, who doesn’t love an artist promoting her new song on a fire truck?

LANY – “ILYSB” (Interscope, April 17 – Hot AC)
Album: Make Out (EP) (2015)
Past HAC History: If you’re a happenin’ hipster in the SoundCloud universe, you’re probably wondering why a track from 2014 is headed to radio. Honestly, I am too, but it’s nice to see this California trio is finally getting their first shot at some notable airplay.

THE 1975 – “A Change Of Heart” (Interscope, April 18 – Alternative)
Album: I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it (2016)
Past ALT History: The four guys from Manchester must’ve been pretty frustrated seeing song after song of theirs miss the top ten at the format, so they did something about it. “Somebody Else”, their fifth top 40 single here, took its time and reached a #3 peak.

YOUNGR – “Out Of My System” (Island/Republic, April 25 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: What happens when the kid of Kid Creole takes on the playground we call Alternative radio? Format newcomer Dario Darnell is out to prove that his single is a wonderful thing, baby. This song’s been around for a year, but it still sounds fresh.

Which of these new songs would you like to see on the charts later this year? Let me know!

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