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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 14, 2020

Change is coming to the charts.

There are some changes happening this New Music Friday, both big and small. Check out the new releases from Justin Bieber and Monsta X, as well as new singles from Alec Benjamin, Billie Eilish, Sam Smith and more. Manifest your intentions and start listening below:

A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE – Artist 2.0 (iTunes)
Features: “King Of My City”, which saw a release two weeks ago, as well as collaborations with DaBaby, Khalid and Summer Walker

CARLY PEARCE – Carly Pearce (iTunes)
Features: “I Hope You’re Happy Now”, a duet with Lee Brice that currently sits in the top 20 on the Country radio chart

JUSTIN BIEBER – Changes (iTunes)
Features: “Yummy” and the Quavo-assisted “Intentions”, which have charted at the Hot AC, Rhythmic and Top 40 formats

Notable albums out this week: Beach Bunny‘s Honeymoon (iTunes), Eden‘s No Future (iTunes), Hollywood Undead‘s New Empire, Vol. 1 (iTunes), Monsta X‘s All About Luv (iTunes), New Hope Club‘s New Hope Club (iTunes), Pentagon‘s Universe: The Black Hall (iTunes), PJ Morton‘s The Piano Album (iTunes), Puss N Boots‘s Sister (iTunes), Tame Impala‘s The Slow Rush (iTunes), Tennis‘s Swimmer (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Chaz Cardigan‘s Vulnerabilia (iTunes), Huey Lewis & The News‘s Weather (iTunes), Kard‘s Red Moon (iTunes), Robinson‘s Watching You (iTunes), The Griswolds‘s All My Friends (iTunes), Vincint‘s The Feeling (iTunes), Willie Shaw‘s Oxytocin (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“10 Years Ago”, Britnee Kellogg (iTunes)
“100 Preguntas”, Ozuna (iTunes)
“Always (Alan Walker Remix)”, Gavin James (iTunes)
“At The Door”, The Strokes (iTunes)
“Attention”, Max Rae (iTunes)
“Bang!”, AJR (iTunes)
“Be Afraid”, Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit (iTunes)
“Be Slow”, Harrison Storm (iTunes)
“Beautiful Moonlight” and “Sing & Smile!!”, QU4RTZ (iTunes)
“Beautiful Woman, Happy Man”, Tony Lucca (iTunes)
“Because Of You”, Kodak Black (iTunes)
“Because Of You”, Lewis Watson (iTunes)
“Betterman”, Virginia To Vegas (iTunes)
“Born Here Live Here Die Here”, Luke Bryan (iTunes)
“Born To Love”, Meduza featuring Shells (iTunes)
“Boy, You Can Keep It”, Alex Newell (iTunes)
“Cheer For You!!” and “Dream Land! Dream World!”, A・ZU・NA (iTunes)
“Cold”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Cold Feet”, Loud Luxury (iTunes)
“Concave”, Fergus (iTunes)
“Conversations In The Dark (David Guetta Remix)”, John Legend (iTunes)
“Copy Cat”, Melanie Martinez featuring Tierra Whack (iTunes)
“Coronao Now (Remix)”, El Alfa, Sech & Myke Towers featuring Vin Diesel & Lil Pump (iTunes)
“Delete Forever”, Grimes (iTunes)
“Do You Love Me” and “Touch”, Stephanie Poetri (iTunes)
“Drive”, Ryann (iTunes)
“Fifteen”, Mandy Moore (iTunes)
“Forget”, Shallou (iTunes)
“From One Woman To Another”, Delta Rae featuring The McCrary Sisters (iTunes)
“Give No Fxk”, Migos, Young Thug & Travis Scott (iTunes)
“Go Stupid”, Polo G featuring NLE Choppa & Stunna 4 Vegas (iTunes)
“Golf On TV”, Lennon Stella featuring JP Saxe (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Sj & Katelyn Tarver (iTunes)
“Hold Out”, Sam Fender (iTunes)
“Home To Me”, Ross Ellis (iTunes)
“Honey Go Home”, Flora Cash (iTunes)
“Honeymoon Fades”, Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Hundred Feet Tall”, Benjamin Scheuer (iTunes)
“I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, The Shadowboxers (iTunes)
“I Do”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“I Don’t Want To Be Right”, JD Eicher (iTunes)
“I Hate You So Much”, Alexander 23 (iTunes)
“If Love Is Overrated”, Gregory Porter (iTunes)
“If We Never Met”, John K x Sigala (iTunes)
“It’s Getting Worse”, Gavin Haley & Mokita (iTunes)
“Jack”, Kream & Black Caviar (iTunes)
“Just F**king Let Me Love You”, Lowen (iTunes)
“Konclusions”, YG & Kehlani (iTunes)
“Last Laugh”, Illy (iTunes)
“Let Me Down”, Oliver Tree (iTunes)
“Life Of The Party”, Ingrid Andress (iTunes)
“Little Luck”, James Cherry (iTunes)
“Living For Yesterday”, Jamie Webster (iTunes)
“Love Triangle” and “Super Nova”, DiverDiva (iTunes)
“Love You Like I Used To”, Russell Dickerson (iTunes)
“Magnetic”, Seafret (iTunes)
“Maria”, Christian Paul (iTunes)
“Me Because Of You”, HRVY (iTunes)
“Nasty”, Lil Duval, Jacquees & Tank (iTunes)
“Never Let You Go”, RAC x Matthew Koma x Hilary Duff (iTunes)
“No Time To Die”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Nothing Matters Then We Die”, Trove & James Droll (iTunes)
“Oh My God”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“Ohio”, King Princess (iTunes)
“One Of A Kind”, Ronan Keating & Emeli Sandé (iTunes)
“Ordinary”, PnB Rock featuring Pop Smoke (iTunes)
“Our House (The Mess We Made)”, You Me At Six (iTunes)
“Pick Sides”, Sabina Ddumba (iTunes)
“Reasons”, San Cisco (iTunes)
“Reminds Me”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Rerun”, Moontower (iTunes)
“Runnin'”, MOONZz (iTunes)
“Selfish”, Madison Beer (iTunes)
“Sex On The River”, Popcaan (iTunes)
“Sound Of Your Name”, Josh Cumbee (iTunes)
“Superblood Wolfmoon”, Pearl Jam (iTunes)
“Sweet Tooth”, Cavetown (iTunes)
“The Drug In Me Is Reimagined”, Falling In Reverse (iTunes)
“The Power Of Love II”, Calvin Harris & Love Regenerator (iTunes)
“They Don’t Want What We Want (And They Don’t Care)”, Asking Alexandria (iTunes)
“Till There’s Nothing Left”, Cam (iTunes)
“To Die For”, Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Used To Love (Acoustic)”, Martin Garrix & Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“Valentine”, Coin (iTunes)
“Valentine”, Soulex & Mike WiLL Made-It (iTunes)
“Was It Not”, Marian Hill (iTunes)
“Who You Loving?”, DreamDoll featuring Rahky & G-Eazy (iTunes)
“Whoa (Remix)”, Snoh Aalegra featuring Pharrell Williams (iTunes)
“Y.O.U.”, Luh Kel (iTunes)

Next week, the latest albums and EPs from BTS and Ozzy Osbourne are among the major titles on the schedule. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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Striving For Perfection: The Chase For Chart Excellence

Flawless fellows and females.

Flawless fellows and females.

As expected, boy band One Direction‘s latest single “Perfect” is already a worldwide hit and currently sits at #1 on iTunes here in the States. Co-written by two of the quartet’s members (among its seven listed co-writers), it follows “Drag Me Down” (now at #3 on my top 40) as the second radio single from their upcoming Made In The A.M. album, due on November 13. Of course, like the majority of their singles, a splashy opening doesn’t guarantee that it’s an automatic top ten on the pop radio survey, but we’ll have to wait and see how this one does in the long run.

Speaking of the pop radio chart, we’ve had a bunch of “perfect” pop titles hit both the Radio & Records and Mediabase listings. I think it’s time to relive some of those musical moments. From the beginning of the archives in the fall of 1973 and into 2015, this list of seven splendid singles (which will soon be growing to eight) keeps it ideal:

“Perfect Way”, Scritti Politti (#10, December 10)
A variation on the Italian phrase scritti politici, or political writings, this English act wrote a place for themselves on the charts in 1985 with this fun synthpop sound. “Way” remains the group’s only top 40 hit in the U.S., though their had five in the U.K. (with this single, surprisingly, a miss on that side of the pond.)

“Perfect World”, Huey Lewis & The News (#2, August 26 – September 9)
They dominated the national charts in the 80’s with huge top ten singles over several album cycles, though it was Small World in 1988 that essentially marked a downturn in popularity for the California act. “World” remains their last top five single. The guys still play together, but not at the rate they did years ago.

“Perfect”, Simple Plan (#4, December 19)
It may be one of the best album titles of the 00’s: No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls. Taken from it, this tune is still their highest-charting release at the format, and though the Canadian band hasn’t ranked on this particular survey in years, they’re continuing to crank out the jams ahead of a forthcoming studio set.

“The Perfect Mistake”, Cartel (#39, June 10)
Two minor titles made the top 40 during 2010, with this single being one of them. It was the second of two songs to chart for the band from Georgia, who peaked with their previous albums. Though Will Pugh and the guys built up a sizable following, it never fully translated into the best radio play or sales numbers.

“Perfect Nightmare”, Shontelle (#38, October 17)
After a not-so-“Impossible” run up to the top ten that summer, this performer from Barbados couldn’t pull off the same trick, as her follow-up single barely edged into the top 40 at the format. She’s been absent from pop radio since the conclusion of her No Gravity era in 2011, though it appears she is still singing.

“F**kin’ Perfect”, Pink (#1, March 20)
Two number-one singles from a hits compilation doesn’t happen too often nowadays, but this Pennsylvania singer did it in 2010 and 2011 with “Raise Your Glass” and this song. Her newest release is called “Today’s The Day”, and it was recently picked as the new theme song of daytime’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“She Looks So Perfect”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (#17, June 8)
Hey everybody, it wasn’t too long ago that this release was cruising up radio lists everywhere as the first major label single from the young and popular Aussie band. To date, it’s their only multi-Platinum hit in the U.S., but that can obviously change. Fans of the act have under a week until their newest album release.

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