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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 1, 2019

Rap or go to the top.

Happy birthday to PGTC owner Adam! Who’s coming out with new music for his big day? Well, quite a few performers! These are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

2 CHAINZ – Rap Or Go To The League (iTunes)
Features: collaborations with Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Travis Scott and more

Notable albums out this week: Bryan Adams‘s Shine A Light (iTunes), Citizen Cope‘s Heroin And Helicopters (iTunes), DaBaby‘s Baby On Baby (iTunes), Doja Cat‘s Amala (Deluxe) (iTunes), Hozier‘s Wasteland, Baby! (iTunes), LÉON‘s LÉON (iTunes), Lil Skies‘s Shelby (iTunes), Mansionair‘s Shadowboxer (iTunes), Queensrÿche‘s The Verdict (iTunes), Solange‘s When I Get Home (iTunes), T-Pain‘s 1UP (iTunes), Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers‘s The Best Of Everything – The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection, 1976-2016 (iTunes), Tom Walker‘s What A Time To Be Alive (iTunes), Weezer‘s Weezer (Black Album) (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week:
“Good Time (Remixes)”, Ocean Park Standoff (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Freya Ridings‘s You Mean The World To Me (iTunes), XYLØ‘s Pretty Sad (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“4 Phones”, Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“A Big World”, Joel Adams (iTunes)
“All My Friends”, AJ Mitchell (iTunes)
“Apology” and “Mad Eye”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“Baby Please Don’t Stop”, Emma Bunton (iTunes)
“Backwards”, Alexander Stewart (iTunes)
“Bad Vibes”, K.Flay (iTunes)
“Blast Off”, Gesaffelstein featuring Pharrell Williams (iTunes)
“Dead Ringer”, Des Rocs (iTunes)
“Edge Of A Riot”, Secondhand Serenade (iTunes)
“Feel Nothing”, ASTN (iTunes)
“Find Someone”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Flux”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
“Friends”, Ayo & Teo featuring B Smyth (iTunes)
“Giant (Audien Remix)”, Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Girls Need Love”, Summer Walker x Drake (iTunes)
“Got It In You (Acoustic)”, BANNERS (iTunes)
“Grow As We Go”, Ben Platt (iTunes)
“Grip (Alternate)”, Seeb x Bastille (iTunes)
“Had It All”, Parachute (iTunes)
“Half Gone”, Stephen Puth (iTunes)
“Hear Me Calling”, Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Heartshaker”, Tom Speight (iTunes)
“HIGH1X”, blackbear (iTunes)
“HP”, Maluma (iTunes)
“I Can’t Get Enough”, Benny Blanco, J Balvin, Selena Gomez & Tainy (iTunes)
“I’m So Tired… (MNEK Remix)”, Lauv & Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“In The Garden”, BRUNS (iTunes)
“It’s Not U It’s Me”, Bea Miller featuring 6LACK (iTunes)
“Johnny Run Away”, Tones And I (iTunes)
“La La Land”, Bryce Vine featuring YG (iTunes)
“Little Things”, Maddie Poppe (iTunes)
“Look What God Gave Her”, Thomas Rhett (iTunes)
“Mess”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Never Going Back”, Hoodie Allen (iTunes)
“New Girlfriend”, Gia Woods (iTunes)
“No Drug Like Me” and “Now That I Found You”, Carly Rae Jepsen (iTunes)
“Nobody”, Martin Jensen & James Arthur (iTunes)
“Not Your Princess”, Theia (iTunes)
“Not Yours Never Was”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Only Want You”, Rita Ora featuring 6LACK (iTunes)
“Prom Night”, Catie Turner (iTunes)
“Remind You”, FRENSHIP (iTunes)
“Sad Songs”, Kwassa (iTunes)
“Shadows”, Alphabeat (iTunes)
“Sight Of You”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Somebody Like Me”, State Of Sound featuring ORKID (iTunes)
“Start From Here”, Justin Klump (iTunes)
“STFU”, Julie Bergan (iTunes)
“Still On My Mind”, Dido (iTunes)
“Sucker”, Jonas Brothers (iTunes)
“Superstar”, MARINA (iTunes)
“Take Care”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
“Tell Your Friends”, The Him featuring Loote (iTunes)
“The Pressure”, The Cranberries (iTunes)
“Too Cool”, Emily Burns (iTunes)
“Young”, Oli Fox (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from Dido, Maren Morris, Sigrid and many more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 7, 2018

You say she’ll be #1…

Ooh, child, it’s another fantastic Friday in the music world with a fresh batch of new albums hitting the scene. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

LAUREN DAIGLE – Look Up Child (iTunes)
Daigle is dominating the Christian charts with the lead single from this album, “You Say”, which looks poised to cross to other radio formats, having already reached the top five on iTunes and the middle portion of the Hot 100. It’s a very likely contender for #1, but there are several releases competing for the title, including a few steady streaming winners that could interfere.

PAUL MCCARTNEY – Egypt Station (iTunes)
Get in the carpool and sing along to McCartney’s newest album, which features the top ten Triple A radio song “Come On To Me”. It has a pretty good shot at becoming his third top five album on the Billboard 200 during the past decade, especially as one of the top upper demo records of the week.

Notable albums out this week: Case‘s Therapy (iTunes), Clutch‘s Book Of Bad Decisions (iTunes), Estelle‘s Lovers Rock (iTunes), Joey Purp‘s QUARTERTHING (iTunes), Lenny Kravitz‘s Raise Vibration (iTunes), MAGIC!‘s Expectations (iTunes), MNEK‘s Language (iTunes), Paul Simon‘s In The Blue Light (iTunes), Russ‘s ZOO (iTunes), Ruston Kelly‘s Dying Star (iTunes), Suicidal Tendencies‘s Still Cyco Punk After All These Years (iTunes), $uicideBoy$‘s I Want To Die In New Orleans (iTunes), Tamia‘s Passion Like Fire (iTunes), Sierra Burgess Is A Loser (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Aaron Taos‘s August. (iTunes), DREAMERS‘s Fly (iTunes), Hozier‘s Nina Cried Power (iTunes), Lion‘s Lion (iTunes), Phangs‘s N°1 Loves You (iTunes), The Faim‘s Summer Is A Curse (iTunes), Wanderer‘s Skyline (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Fired Up”, Matt Corby (iTunes)
“Angels”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“A$$hole (No Apologies)”, Max Frost (iTunes)
“Back & Forth”, MK featuring Jonas Blue and Becky Hill (iTunes)
“Be Alright (Acoustic)”, Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“Be Somebody”, Steve Aoki + Nicky Romero featuring Kiiara (iTunes)
“Blood // Water (AWOLNATION Remix)”, grandson (iTunes)
“Body And Soul”, teddy<3 (iTunes)
“Changing”, Conrad Sewell (iTunes)
“Cold Showers”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“College”, FINNEAS (iTunes)
“comethru”, Jeremy Zucker (iTunes)
“Consistent”, No/Me (iTunes)
“Crashing Waves” and “Perfect”, RØMANS (iTunes)
“Do You Ever Dream?”, Delta Rae (iTunes)
“Electricity”, Silk City featuring Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“End Up With You”, Carrie Underwood (iTunes)
“Everybody Dies”, Logic (iTunes)
“Eyes Wide Shut”, Glades (iTunes)
“Fake It”, Wingtip (iTunes)
“Feeling California”, Winnetka Bowling League (iTunes)
“F**k Being Friends”, Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Glow”, Gavin James (iTunes)
“Good Thing Gone”, Elle King (iTunes)
“Happy Now (Acoustic)”, Zedd & Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“Homesick”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
“How Can I Forget”, MKTO (iTunes)
“I Do”, Ashlee Simpson + Evan Ross (iTunes)
“I Feel It”, Fly By Midnight x Carly Paige (iTunes)
“Just Got Paid”, Sigala featuring Meghan Trainor, Ella Eyre and French Montana (iTunes)
“Karma”, Top Bunk (iTunes)
“Like I Used To”, Julia Knight (iTunes)
“Look In Her Eyes”, Rod Stewart (iTunes)
“Love Someone”, Lukas Graham (iTunes)
“Mad At You”, Noah Cyrus with Gallant (iTunes)
“Maybe, I”, Des Rocs (iTunes)
“No More Cryin'”, Steve Perry (iTunes)
“Psycho”, Lauren Aqualina (iTunes)
“Sober”, Tyde Levi (iTunes)
“Stronger”, The Score (iTunes)
“Superior Emotion”, AlunaGeorge featuring Cautious Clay (iTunes)
“Surprise Me”, Mahalia (iTunes)
“The Man”, Jamie Cullum (iTunes)
“The Only”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“The Way I Am (Acoustic)”, Charlie Puth (iTunes)
“Want To”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Watching Over”, Greta Van Fleet (iTunes)
“Way Down”, (iTunes)
“Why So Serious”, Alice Merton (iTunes)
“Willow”, FERGUS (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Carrie Underwood, David Guetta and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (May 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 May on the Alternative and AAA formats in the second part of this month’s Radio Report:


IAMDYNAMITE – “In The Summer” (May 5) (*)
Label: Brando
High school friends Christopher Martin and Chris Phillips founded their act in 2008 and released the album Supermegafantastic four years later. Chart numbers have been limited for the duo; they were last seen on Alternative with “Where Will We Go”. After a few months in the top 40, it peaked at #31 in March 2013. As the temperature continues to grow, it’ll be great to hear on the air.

Jukebox The Ghost
JUKEBOX THE GHOST – “Postcard” (May 5) (**)
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope
On the verge of entering the top 20 on my weekly survey is a great radio single from this Washington, DC trio. The band began to play together while at college in 2003 and just came out their fourth studio album last fall (and reissued it in a deluxe edition this year after signing their label deal.) It’s a solid record, and you can catch the guys as an opener for Ingrid Michaelson this summer.

Walk The Moon
WALK THE MOON – “Different Colors” (May 5) (* + **)
Label: RCA
This Ohio band may have us wondering if Talking Is Hard, but they certainly won’t be talking about a sophomore slump for their second major label album. It’s given them their biggest hit to date, “Shut Up And Dance”, a former #1 on the Alternative chart, as well as a big crossover single on the CHR and Hot AC lists. With early support from Alt Nation, these “Colors” are shining bright.

ALT-J – “Hunger Of The Pine” (May 12) (*)
Label: Canvasback/Atlantic
If you ever pondered the thought of Miley Cyrus charting at Alternative radio, then you’re onto an idea that may become a reality soon. An interesting sample of her song “4×4” appears on the latest airplay single by this English quartet, the third to be lifted off  This Is All Yours. The band takes their show to Australia for several gigs later this month. They’re hungry for more chart success.

U2 – “Song For Someone” (May 12) (**)
Label: Interscope
So, this whole Songs Of Innocence era has been memorable for all the wrong reasons, including the largely critical reaction to the free giveaway of their album on iTunes and lead singer Bono’s bicycle injury in New York last fall. Still, their core fans are around and AAA radio has been the most accepting of the new songs, with two top tens from the album to date. This “Song” may be third.

Coleman Hell
COLEMAN HELL – “Two Heads” (May 19) (*)
Label: Columbia
Recently signed to Columbia Records, Toronto’s Hell may be new to a mainstream audience, but he is certainly no stranger to the blog world. It was last year that he collaborated with producer La+ch on the song “You Are My Summer”, which received support from the online community and led to radio play in Australia and New Zealand. Now, he is poised for a big breakout in the States.

HOZIER – “Someone New” (May 19) (*)
Label: Columbia
You couldn’t escape “Take Me To Church” for some time last year and into this year as it crossed to several formats. However, it’s been striking to see the followups to that international smash largely go unnoticed outside of the AAA format thanks to the label’s indecision on what to work. There seems to be a consensus on this track impacting this month, but given the change, is it too late?

Neon Trees
NEON TREES – “Songs I Can’t Listen To” (May 19) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
Well, that was quick. Who knew the Pop Psychology era would come and go like that? “Sleeping With A Friend”, the leadoff song from it, landed at #1 on my chart for six weeks. However, a last-minute single change for its followup ultimately killed any kind of momentum the band had garnered earlier in the year. Let’s hope that this song is one you can listen to… and maybe dance a little.

New Politics
NEW POLITICS – “West End Kids” (May 19) (*)
Label: Crush/Warner Bros.
A swap in record labels last year saw the trio based in Copenhagen issuing “Tonight You’re Perfect” during the spring on RCA and “Everywhere I Go (Kings & Queens)” in the fall on Warner. Both made the top 20 on the Alternative survey, but neither one stuck around. The band is hoping that this release can be their first top ten since “Harlem”. Will radio help these “Kids” on their quest?

Oh Hellos
THE OH HELLOS – “Hello My Old Heart” (May 19) (*)
Label: Elektra/ADA
From San Marcos, TX, siblings Maggie and Tyler Heath have been performing as a duo since 2011. Believe it or not, “Hello” dates back to that year, but it’s fresh to even more people now thanks to its upcoming run at radio. You might recall that it was included in a set of free downloads on iTunes back in February. Thanks to that feature, their fan base is up and their spin totals will be too.

Which of these new songs would you like to see on top of the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 7)

"Down" for the top spot.

“Down” for the top spot.

It’s October already? Crazy how time flies and how many copies are gonna fly off the shelves when the big boys and girls come out to play in Q4. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 7:

  • Expectations are very high for the sixth studio album by Country supestar Jason Aldean. Those last five sets, at the very least, have been certified Platinum and he’s hoping that his latest, Old Boots, New Dirt, will continue that trend. Single “Burnin’ It Down” is preparing for a run atop the Country chart in a few weeks. Time to throw a lasso around this winner. (iTunes)
  • Following a well-deserved break after a three year period (2008-2010) when rockers Weezer released one album a year, they return to stores with Everything Will Be Alright In The End, featuring the current Alternative top ten hit “Back To The Shack”. They’ve been welcomed back by their core format, so expect this one to do moderately well. (iTunes)
  • She’s been all over the Rhythmic and Urban airwaves (and creeping up the CHR survey) with her debut release “2 On”. Now, R&B singer Tinashe gets her zodiac on with Aquarius, which also features the followup “Pretend”. It’s likely to debut high based on that success, but we’ll see if she can sustain herself on the radio. (iTunes)
  • Coming off his #1 AAA hit “Take Me To Church” and its subsequent crossover, Irish singer Hozier is out with his debut self-titled album. With strong pre-orders already securing a top ten debut for the effort, it’s anyone guess as to how high this one will go. Look for it to be strong through the holidays. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Alex & Sierra‘s It’s About Us (iTunes), Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn‘s Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (iTunes), Betty Who‘s Take Me When You Go (iTunes), Broods‘s Evergreen (iTunes), Flying Lotus‘s You’re Dead! (iTunes), Jackson Browne‘s Standing In The Breach (iTunes), Jim Brickman‘s On A Winter’s Night: The Songs And Spirit Of Christmas (iTunes), Keyshia Cole‘s Point Of No Return (iTunes), Minnie Driver‘s Ask Me To Dance (iTunes), New Found Glory‘s Resurrection (iTunes), Sixx: AM‘s Modern Vintage (iTunes), Stevie Nicks‘s 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault (iTunes), The Piano Guys‘s Wonders (iTunes), Yellowcard‘s Lift A Sail (iTunes) and the original soundtrack to The Best Of Me (iTunes).

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

  • “Dangerous”, the second collaboration from DJ David Guetta and singer Sam Martin. (iTunes)

Next week, Florida-Georgia Line, Hoodie Allen, Jessie J and U2 are among the likely top ten debuts of the pack. A full preview, including more great albums from Andrew McMachon In The Wilderness, Idina Menzel and Mary Lambert, is coming in seven!

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

The radio airwaves are looking ripe this autumn as plenty of new acts and established artists crash the party with new tunes. Which ones will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of my favorites being serviced in October on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Charli XCX
CHARLI XCX – “Break The Rules” (October 6) (*)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
2014 has been a huge year so far for this singer. She’s dominated the top spot at CHR for six weeks since June between her collaboration with Iggy Azalea, “Fancy”, and her own solo single from The Fault In Our Stars, “Boom Clap”. Now, from her effort due in December, Sucker, the pop airwaves should lick “Break” up like a Tootsie Pop. Now that’s sweet.

TRAIN – “Cadillac, Cadillac” (October 6) (**)
Label: Columbia
“Angel In Blue Jeans” may not have experienced a heavenly ascent to top of the charts, but a top ten peak at their core format is nothing to be ashamed of. They’re quickly following it up with this track from their newest album Bulletproof Picasso. It’s no “Pink Cadillac”, but hey, what is? The song’s not my favorite cut from it, but Hot AC will still jump at it.

Better Than Ezra
BETTER THAN EZRA – “Gonna Get Better” (October 13) (**)
Label: The End/ADA
Hard to believe that it’s been almost twenty years since “Good” shot to #1 on the Alternative survey for five weeks, but the Louisiana trio keeps on rocking with a new effort, All Together Now. Lead single “Crazy Lucky” just dented the Hot AC top 40, and they will try once again with this slower number. Anybody for another spin for “Desperately Wanting”?

Gwen Stefani
GWEN STEFANI – “Baby Don’t Lie” (October 13) (*)
Label: Interscope
It’s one of the biggest Q4 surprises of the bunch and a particularly exciting one given Stefani’s bolstered profile on The Voice. It’s been eight years since The Great Escape hit shelves, and though a No Doubt comeback stalled out in 2012, people genuinely seem excited for this. Hey, Gwen, I think we could all use the single right now. What you waiting for?

Eden XO
EDEN XO – “Too Cool To Dance” (October 20) (*)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
Singer and songwriter Jessie Malakouti has been through several labels and a few groups, even an opening spot on tour for Britney Spears, but the 25-year-old from California could have her most accessible song yet. Fun, flirty and most of all, fabulous, this shiny and irresistible dance record is bound to get some boys and girls on the floor. Look out for it.

O.A.R. – “Favorite Song” (October 27) (**)
Label: Vanguard
Taken from The Rockville LP, “Favorite” is the followup to “Peace”, which recently went top 20 after a slow ride up the chart. It was co-written by Kevin Kadish, who some might call the ace of “Bass” as of late, if you know what I mean. It’s another change of pace, but one that should do well for the fall, a cute and upbeat ode to some good musical memories.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Elle King
ELLE KING – “Ex’s & Oh’s” (October 6) (**)
Label: RCA
During the summer of 2012, King released an EP which included the song “Playing For Keeps”, which was picked up by VH1 as the theme for Mob Wives Chicago, which last just one season. Luckily, the singer’s had better luck, back for the second season of her musical mission with a sizzling stomper of a song that’s poised to pack a punch with programmers.

HOZIER – “From Eden” (October 6) (**)
Label: Columbia
With “Take Me To Church” crossing over to multiple formats after its #1 success at the AAA format, things are looking super for the setup of the young Irish singer’s debut album next week. “Eden” first appeared as the title track of his EP from earlier this year and already went to #2 in Ireland, matching his highest peak there. Expect a solid outcome here.

Damien Rice
DAMIEN RICE – “I Don’t Want To Change You” (October 13) (**)
Label: Warner Bros.
The 40-year-old Irish performer has been away from the charts for some time now: his last studio album was 9 back in 2006, featuring the single “9 Crimes”. Although his success in the U.S. has been limited, he’s obviously done quite well in parts of Europe, including the U.K. and his native Ireland. However, AAA radio really ought to pay attention to this.

HAIM – “Don’t Save Me” (October 13) (*)
Label: Columbia
Just when we thought the Days Are Gone era was over, Alana, Danielle and Este are looking for their second top 40 hit at Alternative radio with this song. It’s the followup to “Forever”, which also crossed to pop radio after it was placed in an ad for Target. I am not sure there’s much momentum left in the era, but it’d be nice to have more ladies on the radio.

Night Terrors of 1927
NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927 featuring TEGAN & SARA – “When You Were Mine” (October 13) (*)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Back in April, this duo went to Alternative radio with another song called “Dust And Bones”. Although it didn’t become their breakout song at the format, members Blake Sennett and Jarrod Gorbel have teamed up on their next single with the sisters Quin in an attempt to prove that two is definitely better than one. The result? Their point is a very valid one.

GRIZFOLK – “Hymnals” (October 20) (**)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
“The Struggle”, well, struggled to gather a lot of attention in the airplay department, but that is not stopping the quintet from going forth with an even stronger song from their EP From The Spark. Though it’s not go to radio for another few weeks, a video for the song is in production and coming soon. I’m rooting for the band and hoping this can break them.

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

The radio airwaves are looking ripe this autumn as plenty of new acts and established artists crash the party with new tunes. Which ones will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of my favorites being serviced in September on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Calvin Harris and John Newman
CALVIN HARRIS featuring JOHN NEWMAN – “Blame” (September 9) (*)
Label: Columbia
Coming off a recent top 5 smash in “Summer”, Harris is obviously red-hot at CHR radio. Newman, however, could only break the U.S. with “Love Me Again”, a moderate success on the charts last year. Though the pair should do just fine in Europe, it’ll be interesting to see if that lack of recognition in the States could affect it in the long run. Get ready to jam.

Cobra Starship and Icona Pop
COBRA STARSHIP featuring ICONA POP – “Never Been In Love” (September 9) (*)
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
The last time Gabe Saporta and friends hit the pop survey was in 2012 with “Middle Finger”, while the Swedish duo just edged in the top 40 this past spring with “Just Another Night”. Sure, it’s an odd combination on paper, but the two acts and producer Ricky Reed (from the group Wallpaper.) have a hot song on their hands with this adorable pop anthem.

Dirty Heads
DIRTY HEADS – “My Sweet Summer” (September 9) (**)
Label: Five Seven Music
Back on the Alternative scene in a big way, “Summer” is headed towards the top of that chart in the coming weeks. This could match the peak of their debut single, “Lay Me Down”, if that happens — that’s their only release to crossover onto Hot AC outlets thus far, which occurred in 2010. The seasons may be changing, but this could still pull in some airplay.

HOZIER – “Take Me To Church” (September 9 / 16) (** / *)
Label: Columbia
This one is a former chart-topper on the AAA chart and is already climbing the top ten at Alternative radio, thus, it’s no real surprise that label Columbia is jumping at a crossover sooner rather than later. The 24-year-old Irish performer is already a success in his homeland, where “Church” peaked at #2, and may be a Best New Artist contender. Stay tuned!

Bea Miller
BEA MILLER – “Young Blood” (September 23) (*)
Label: Hollywood
15-year-old Miller made her debut on the U.S. version of The X Factor two years ago, but just released her debut EP in the spring through Disney affiliated label. Though they’re somewhat inconsistent and often depend on elongated chart runs, this could break in a more impactful way into 2015 if her audience grows. It doesn’t seem like they’re in any rush.

NICKELBACK – “What Are You Waiting For?” (September 23) (**)
Label: Republic
I know, I know. “Adam, you’re excited about a Nickelback song? Really?” Yes, it’s true. The Canadian quartet has been rather consistent on my top 40 since they first began charting in 2001. Now off their old home Roadrunner and at new home Republic, the four are gearing up for a comeback. Will the format welcome them back with open arms? We’ll see.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

SHEPPARD – “Geronimo” (September 2) (*)
Label: Republic
It was nearly a year and a half ago that I first wrote about this Australian sextet after discovering their debut single “Let Me Down Easy” on the radio there. It peaked at #10 on my chart during the summer. Now, their music has reached the masses; the multi-Platinum “Geronimo” spent three weeks at #1 in that country earlier this year. Look out for this one.

BLEACHERS – “Rollercoaster” (September 9) (*)
Label: RCA
Their first big record was “I Wanna Get Better”, a #1 for a frame on the Alternative chart, but it became much worse as it crashed out of the top ten and into recurrent status in just about a month’s time. Major ouch. Luckily, Jack Antonoff has a followup in the wings with this track. It may not be as immediate, but it will certainly do the job as it rises upward.

Foster The People
FOSTER THE PEOPLE – “Are You What You Want To Be?” (September 9) (*)
Label: Columbia
You could call it a sophomore slump; the trio’s album sales haven’t been so good this era and there hasn’t been a major crossover smash like “Pumped Up Kicks”, but I may be in the minority liking Supermodel and the singles from it more than their debut album. This is the third single from it following “Coming Of Age” and “Best Friend”. It’s a solid choice.

Neon Trees
NEON TREES – “First Things First” (September 16) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
I’m not sure what it is with these four and second singles, but there have been some odd swap-outs. In 2011, “1983” was pulled in favor of “Your Surrender”, which did not peak high. This year, “Love In The 21st Century” was replaced with “Text Me In The Morning”, which rightfully tanked. Hopefully, this inspirational song can get the album back on track.

Sam Smith
SAM SMITH – “I’m Not The Only One” (September 23) (**)
Label: Capitol
This recent top ten hit in New Zealand, Scotland and the United Kingdom is finally on its way to the U.S. now that “Stay With Me” is beginning to fall in airplay. A clip for the song premiered a few weeks ago and guests two small screen stars from the FOX network, Glee‘s Dianna Agron and The Mindy Project‘s Chris Messina. The hype will carry this song well.

Walk The Moon
WALK THE MOON – “Shut Up And Dance” (September 23) (* / **)
Label: RCA
It’s been a little time since we’ve heard from this Ohio quartet, who had two solid singles make the AAA and Alternative charts in 2012-3: “Anna Sun” and “Tightrope”. There’s a radio rip of this song that hit the web a few months back, but a higher quality edit has yet to surface. We’ll likely be hearing it soon, but it sounds like another awesome cut from them.

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Go To “Church”: Chart Hits Worth The Worship

Songs at your service.

Songs at your service.

Everyone is buzzing about the debut single from 24-year-old Irish newcomer Hozier“Take Me To Church”. After a lengthy rise up the AAA survey, it’s finally made it to #1 as it continues to pile on airplay at the Alternative format, as well as begin its crossover to CHR and Hot AC radio. Now, while synagogue may be my place of choice when it comes to religious preference, there are still plenty of churchgoers around and a few of them have sung about it. So, while the latest “Church” sits just below the Hot 100, waiting to deliver its sermon upon the surveys, here are some of the other charting singles on the topic from the holy scripture we call Billboard:

“The Church Bells May Ring”, The Diamonds (#14, 1956)
Originally done by a group called The Willows, the version by this Canadian quartet broke the top 40 and became another moderate single for the four. One year later, they would score with their signature song, “Little Darlin'”, which climbed to #2.

“I Met Her In Church”, The Box Tops (#37, 1968)
“The Letter” (#1) and “Cry Like A Baby” (#2) put them in the national spotlight when it came to giant releases, but even their more obscure singles struck a chord with the buying public. Barely a top 40 entry, it was one of two charters from Non-Stop.

“Church Street Soul Revival”, Tommy James (#62, 1970)
After breaking off with his band The Shondells, James turned his attention to what should’ve been a decent-sized solo career, but the notable singles didn’t come easily. Unfortunately, this cut from 1971’s Christian Of The World isn’t well-remembered.

“I Hear Those Church Bells Ringing”, Dusk (#53, 1971)
Peggy Santiglia made it to #1 on the Hot 100 with The Angels on “My Boyfriend’s Back”, and years after that classic smash, she led this band to some minimal success. Followup “Angel Baby” stalled in the 50’s before the short-lived act called it quits.

“Church”, Bob Welch (#73, 1979)
After leaving Fleetwood Mac at the end of 1974, Welch had a small run of solo songs on the national pop survey. This was the followup to “Precious Love”, a top 20 hit, but this second single from Three Hearts didn’t do as well. He passed away in 2012.

“Church Of The Poison Mind”, Culture Club (#10, 1983)
The hype was big for Colour By Numbers, this quartet’s second album, and it was no sophomore slump. Climbing to a peak of #10 on the Hot 100 in December, it was their fourth consecutive top ten release. It also peaked at #2 in the United Kingdom.

“Church Of Your Heart”, Roxette (#36, 1992)
Sweden’s dynamic duo took a Joyride to the top in 1991, but their time on the highway to hits were numbered. “Church” went top 20 on CHR radio, though it just dented the top 40 on the Hot 100, becoming their lowest charting release up to that time.

“Little White Church”, Little Big Town (#59, 2010)
After the struggling A Place To Land era failed to answer their prayers, this “Church” became the first top ten on the Country chart for the group since 2006’s “Good As Gone”. It was their second certified single, selling 500,000 copies and going Gold.

“No Church In The Wild”, Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean (#72, 2012)
Taken from Watch The Throne, this certainly wasn’t the biggest in terms of peak position, but the collaboration between the two rappers and singer did sell enough to go Gold. It was put in several movie trailers and an advertising campaign for Dodge.

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