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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 27, 2018

It’s all in the right Song.

There’s a song (or album) for everyone in this week’s batch of Friday releases, including major country and rock sets and plenty of fresh bops from emerging artists. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

KENNY CHESNEY – Songs For The Saints (iTunes)
Chesney’s latest album includes his recent Country radio chart-topper “Get Along”, and it’ll easily top that genre-specific list next week. Will it have enough momentum to displace Drake‘s Scorpion at #1 on the Billboard 200? If Chesney’s release includes a ticket bundle, things could get close.

Notable albums out this week: Cody Jinks‘s Lifers (iTunes), Daughtry‘s Cage To Rattle (iTunes), Halestorm‘s Vicious (iTunes), RL Grime‘s NOVA (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Emily Burns‘s Seven Scenes From The Same Summer (iTunes), Jaira Burns‘s Burn Slow (iTunes), NUUXS‘s Red Tape [Mixtape, Vol. 1] (iTunes), Queen Naija‘s Queen Naija (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“All This Love”, JP Cooper featuring Mali-Koa (iTunes)
“Bad Habit”, Your Smith (iTunes)
“Better Off Alone (GRXTZ Remix)”, Ryan Pulford (iTunes)
“California Looks Good On You”, Wanderer (iTunes)
“Can’t Help Myself”, Mitch James (iTunes)
“Come Down (Acoustic)”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Darkside”, Alan Walker featuring Au/Ra and Tomine Harket (iTunes)
“Don’t Leave Me Alone”, David Guetta featuring Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Eighteen”, Pale Waves (iTunes)
“Eleven Days”, Max Frost (iTunes)
“Enemy”, Sweater Beats featuring Sorana (iTunes)
“Feel Good”, Jordan Smith (iTunes)
“Feels”, SafetySuit (iTunes)
“Girls Night Out”, Charli XCX (iTunes)
“Give A Little”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“Hollywood Forever”, FINNEAS (iTunes)
“I Don’t Dance (Without You)”, Matoma + Enrique Iglesias featuring Konshens (iTunes)
“I Go Crazy (Acoustic)”, Orla Gartland (iTunes)
“If We Have Each Other”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“In A Minute”, Poppy (iTunes)
“Just Say When”, Capital Cities (iTunes)
“Landslide”, Dagny (iTunes)
“Level Up (Remix)”, Ciara featuring Missy Elliott & Fatman Scoop (iTunes)
“Lose You Too”, SHY Martin (iTunes)
“Make It Up”, Kyan Palmer (iTunes)
“Mine” and “Used To Be”, Matt Nathanson (iTunes)
“More Than Friends”, Jason Mraz featuring Meghan Trainor (iTunes)
“Nephew”, Smokepurpp featuring Lil Pump (iTunes)
“Never Gonna Quit”, Royal Teeth (iTunes)
“New Fire”, Pretty Sister featuring MarcLo (iTunes)
“No Brainer”, DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper and Quavo (iTunes)
“Numb”, Declan J Donovan (iTunes)
“Oh God”, Era Istrefi featuring Koshens (iTunes)
“One Day”, Logic & Ryan Tedder (iTunes)
“Overdose”, Agnez Mo featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Out Of The Blue”, Fleurie (iTunes)
“Over”, Spazz Cardigan (iTunes)
“Pavement”, Wingtip (iTunes)
“Pity Party”, Lovelytheband (iTunes)
“Save Me From L.A.”, Fefe Dobson (iTunes)
“Side Effects”, The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren (iTunes)
“Solo (Yxng Bane Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Stitch”, The Ready Set (iTunes)
“Still Let You Down”, Day Wave (iTunes)
“Tell Me Why”, Russ (iTunes)
“The Way I Am (Eden Prince Remix)”, Charlie Puth (iTunes)
“Throw A Fit”, Tinashe (iTunes)
“Throwing Up Butterflies”, Stela Cole (iTunes)
“Too High”, Goody Grace featuring Jesse Rutherford (iTunes)
“Way Down Low”, Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“We Don’t Care”, Sigala & The Vamps (iTunes)
“We’re Tired”, The Blancos featuring Joyner Lucas (iTunes)
“Wine”, Sam Setton (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from lovelytheband, Mac Miller and 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 October 27, 2017

A meaningful new release.

It’s the last Friday music update before Halloween… who’s going to serve the treats this week? Put on your costume and find out, because here are the eerie albums and spooky singles you need to know:

KELLY CLARKSON – Meaning Of Life (iTunes)
The most Kelegendary release this week, to no one’s surprise, is the latest album from the original American Idol herself. The set is led by “Love So Soft”, which is approaching the top ten at Hot AC radio, while also ranking on the AC and Top 40 charts. Three of her studio albums have hit #1 since 2003, but the competition is tough this time, as you’ll see below. Still, it should have a nice opening week.

YO GOTTI – I Still Am (iTunes)
Featuring the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Rake It Up”, which recently hit #1 on both Rhythmic and Urban radio, this rapper could be looking at his second top five album next week. His previous release, 2016’s The Art Of Hustle, debuted and peaked at #4. (You’ll recall the big single from that set was “Down In The DM”, with Minaj appearing on a remix of it.)

THEORY OF A DEADMAN – Wake Up Call (iTunes)
Currently at #1 on the Active Rock list with their biggest hit in several years, “Rx (Medicate)”, the Canadian group just celebrated the 15th anniversary of their self-titled debut album. Their last two studio albums have peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200.

KENNY CHESNEY – Live In No Shoes Nation: 10 Years Of Concerts (iTunes)
Chesney’s double album is in the mix for #1, due in large part to a stadium tour bundle that allows buyers to get a physical album for every seat purchased online. His “All The Pretty Girls” recently topped the Country radio list.

More albums out this week: 112‘s Q Mike Slim Daron (iTunes), Granger Smith‘s When The Good Guys Win (iTunes), Hollywood Undead‘s Five (iTunes), Lee Ann Womack‘s The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone (iTunes), Majid Jordan‘s The Space Between (iTunes), Ninja Sex Party‘s Under The Covers, Vol. II (iTunes), Rachel Platten‘s Waves (iTunes), Red‘s Gone (iTunes), Ty Dolla $ign‘s Beach House 3 (iTunes), Weezer‘s Pacific Daydream (iTunes), Yelawolf‘s Trial By Fire (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: for KING & COUNTRY‘s Christmas, Live In Phoenix (iTunes), Hanson‘s Finally It’s Christmas (iTunes), The Piano Guys‘s Christmas Together (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: ‘s When I Was Young (iTunes), Phoebe Ryan‘s James (iTunes), Sleeping With Sirens‘s Live & Acoustic From NYC (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Achoo”, Keith Ape and Ski Mask The Slump God (iTunes)
“All About You”, Alex Mattson featuring Lucas Marx (iTunes)
“All Falls Down”, Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus and Digital Farm Animals (iTunes)
“Always Ascending”, Franz Ferdinand (iTunes)
“Autumn Leaves”, Seal (iTunes)
“Been Meaning To Tell You”, Starley (iTunes)
“Boom Boom”, RedOne featuring Daddy Yankee, French Montana & Dinah Jane (iTunes)
“Broken Summer”, DJ Snake featuring Max Frost (iTunes)
“Burning”, Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Champagne Clouds”, Malia (iTunes)
“City Song”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Come My Way”, Tigertown (iTunes)
“Diane”, Cam (iTunes)
“Easy Love (Dipha Barus Remix)”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Forget Me Not”, Brian Fallon (iTunes)
“Fort Knox”, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (iTunes)
“Find Yourself (Ashworth Remix)”, Great Good Fine OK & Before You Exit (iTunes)
“Generous (Martin Jensen Remix)”, Olivia Holt (iTunes)
“Grace (We All Try)”, Rag’n’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Guilty”, Paloma Faith (iTunes)
“H8U”, Liz Huett (iTunes)
“Heartbeat”, Plan B (iTunes)
“Hearts On Fire”, Gavin James (iTunes)
“I Miss You”, Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Lonely Together (Acoustic)”, Avicii featuring Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Moving On”, KAPTAN (iTunes)
“Never Give Up On Me”, MisterWives (iTunes)
“Never Let You Go”, Kygo featuring John Newman (iTunes)
“Open Arms”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Por Favor”, Pitbull x Fifth Harmony (iTunes)
“Postcard”, First Aid Kit (iTunes)
“Squeeze”, Aminé (iTunes)
“Surrender”, Walk The Moon (iTunes)
“Take Her Place”, Don Diablo featuring A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Think Before I Talk (Acoustic)”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“This Is How You Walk On”, Gary Lightbody & Johnny McDaid (iTunes)
“up in this”, blackbear & Tinashe (iTunes)
“Waiting”, Tom Speight (iTunes)
“Wolves”, Selena Gomez x Marshmello (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Blake SheltonMaroon 5, Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 28, 2016

A Cosmic chart debut.

A Cosmic chart debut.

It’s an early Christmas on the schedule this week, as this year’s big seasonal titles look to cheer up the chart with holiday hits. It’s time to deck the halls with ditties, because here are the notable albums and singles:

KENNY CHESNEY — Cosmic Hallelujah (iTunes)
He’s been a presence on the Country chart for decades now, and his recent #1 with P!nk, “Setting The World On Fire”, could set a few other formats on fire, including a current run inside the top 25 on the Hot AC listing. To date, he’s had seven #1 albums on the Billboard 200, and it looks like an eighth may be on its way.

EMPIRE OF THE SUN — Two Vines (iTunes)
Sydney’s dynamic duo of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore scored a surprise Alternative radio smash in 2016 with “Walking On A Dream”, a single that was originally released in 2008. Remember the Honda commercial? Their current radio single, “High And Low”, is top 15 at the format.

TOVE LO — Lady Wood (iTunes)
The Swedish singer is back with her second album, but the sophomore slump could be real with this set. “Cool Girl” barely made the top 40 at pop radio, and its international peaks are pretty low too. Can she turn things around?

Christmas albums out this week: Brett Eldredge‘s Glow (iTunes), Jackie Evancho‘s Someday At Christmas (iTunes), Jennifer Nettles‘s To Celebrate Christmas (iTunes), Jimmy Buffett‘s ‘Tis The SeaSon (iTunes), Jordan Smith‘s ‘Tis The Season (iTunes), Kacey Musgraves‘s A Very Kacey Christmas (iTunes), Neil Diamond‘s Acoustic Christmas (iTunes), She & Him‘s Christmas Party (iTunes), Straight No Chaser‘s I’ll Have Another… Christmas Album (iTunes)

More albums out this week: Cerrone‘s Red Lips (iTunes), CRX‘s New Skin (iTunes), James Arthur‘s Back From The Edge (iTunes), Jeezy‘s Trap Or Die (iTunes), Kate Voegele‘s Canyonlands (iTunes), Memphis May Fire‘s This Light I Hold (iTunes), The Piano Guys‘s Uncharted (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Cole Swindell’s Down Home Sessions III (iTunes), Kip Moore‘s Underground (iTunes), Maty Noyes‘s Noyes Complaint (iTunes), Tigertown‘s Papernote (iTunes), Young Summer‘s You Would Have Loved It Here (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“After The Afterparty”, Charli XCX featuring Lil Yachty (iTunes)
“Blown”, DNCE featuring Kent Jones (iTunes)
“Breathing Underwater”, Emeli Sandé (iTunes)
“By Your Side”, Jonas Blue featuring RAYE (iTunes)
“Holy War”, Alicia Keys (iTunes)
“I Got You”, Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
“Room For 2”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Scared Of America”, Jesse Ruben (iTunes)
“So Good”, Louisa Johnson (iTunes)
“You Gotta Not”, Little Mix (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, The Chainsmokers and more.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 23)

Two Cheeks, one week.

Two Cheeks, one week.

It’s a snazzy and jazzy update this week, with two unlikely superstars paired together for a collection of covers, along with one of Country’s leading men and one of England’s hottest indie trios. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 23:

  • After a week which will see Barbra Streisand top the Billboard 200, who’s to say that Tony Bennett will not be the next to top the survey? His long-delayed duets album with Lady Gaga, titled Cheek To Cheek, is now in stores. Several digital cuts from it have made the Jazz charts in the last few weeks. Reviews have been generally solid for it and the effort should have enough strength to enter at #1 next week. (iTunes)
  • Just off another #1 single at Country radio with “American Kids”, still selling well in the top 40 on iTunes, hitmaker Kenny Chesney is back with The Big Revival, which also features the followup “Til It’s Gone”. Last time around, Chesney’s Life On A Rock debuted north of six figures last year and could hit that same amount this year as a strong #2. We’ll see. (iTunes)
  • Currently riding up the Alternative survey with their biggest hit to date, “Left Hand Free”, the band known as alt-J (or ) is back with This Is All Yours, the act’s first studio album since 2012’s An Awesome Wave. Pre-release tracks from it have already ranked highly on iTunes stores across the globe. It will likely debut in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • In our former reality show contestants roundup, and there are quite a few this week, look out for new releases from America’s Got Talent‘s Jackie Evancho and her latest, Awakening (iTunes), American Idol‘s Jennifer Hudson with JHUD (iTunes) and The Sing-Off‘s Pentatonix with PTX, Vol. III (iTunes). Hudson’s “It’s Your World”, with R. Kelly, is now a top 20 hit at Urban AC radio.
  • Other releases out this week include: Aphex Twin‘s Syro (iTunes), Chad Lawson‘s The Chopin Variations (iTunesGary Clark Jr.‘s Gary Clark Jr. Live (iTunes), George Harrison‘s The Apple Years 1968-75 (iTunes), Joe Bonamossa‘s Different Shades Of Blue (iTunes), John Mellencamp‘s Plain Spoken (iTunes), Lee Ann Womack‘s The Way I’m Livin’ (iTunes), Lenny Kravitz‘s Strut (iTunes), Leonard Cohen‘s Popular Problems (iTunes), Luke James‘s Luke James (iTunes) and Tweedy‘s Sukierae (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:

  • “Burnin’ Up”, new from singer Jessie J and rapper 2 Chainz. (iTunes)
  • “Carry You Home”, a digital single from Jamie Scott. (iTunes)
  • “Maps (Rumba Whoa Mix)”, the Maroon 5 hit with a new feature by Latin star J Balvin. (iTunes)
  • “Something Blue”, a digital single from the forthcoming album by Neil Diamond. (iTunes)
  • “When You Were Mine”, a collaboration from Night Terrors of 1927 and Tegan & Sara. (iTunes)

It’s a crazy week as the labels prepare for their final shot at a GRAMMY nomination for acts with new albums like Blake Shelton, Colbie Caillat, Lady Antebellum, Prince and more. So many releases, so little time, but a full preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (April 30)

A pirate looks at forty-four.

“Rock” on, Kenny.

Ready to get your country on? It’s not the most exciting week on the schedule, but there’s still a nice selection of new albums out for the week of April 30:

  • His tractor may be sexy, but so are these statistics. Kenny Chesney has accumulated six number one albums on the Billboard 200 album chart, and he’s going for his seventh with Life On A Rock. Lead single “Pirate Flag” recently became his 44th single to hit the top ten on Country radio. Whoa. He should easily take over the top spot next week. (iTunes)
  • American Idol season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez proclaims on her new single that she’s “on a planet where the dudes got money and they’re not afraid to spend it”, but unfortunately, they’re not throwing dollar bills at promoting her album. “Tonight” is the first single from Me, You And The Music, which hits stores this week. It’ll probably end up in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • After a title change and an album delay, the new album from rapper LL Cool J is out, titled Authentic. It features a number of collaborations with artists of all genres, including Brad Paisley and Snoop Dogg. (iTunes)
  • Hard rockers Deep Purple release their first album in nearly eight years, entitled Now What?!  They’re best known for hits like “Hush” and “Smoke On The Water”. (iTunes)
  • The soundtrack to future summer blockbuster Iron Man 3 is released to stores, along with an album inspired by the film, featuring songs by Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Passion Pit and others. (iTunes)
  • Los Angeles rock band The Airborne Toxic Event put out their third album this week, Such Hot Blood, featuring top 20 Alternative single “Timeless”. (iTunes)
  • Iggy Pop reunites with his band The Stooges on their new album, Ready To Die. It’s their first album together since 2007. (iTunes)
  • He led Cinderella to several top 40 hits in the 80’s; now, lead singer Tom Keifer emerges with his solo debut, The Way Life Goes. (iTunes)
  • Finally, for you 90’s bands enthusiasts, the Spin Doctors are out with If The River Was Whiskey. They may never have another “Two Princes”, but if you’re a fan, I’m sure you’ll enjoy their latest effort. (iTunes)

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

  • “Crazy Kids (Remix)”, a new remix of Ke$ha‘s third single from Warrior, featuring will.i.am. (iTunes)
  • “Hey Girl”, the return single for Country hitmaker Billy Currington. (iTunes)
  • “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)”, a great new single from Michael Franti & Spearhead. (iTunes)
  • “Laying Me Low”, the first single from the third album of former American Idol winner David Cook. (iTunes)
  • “Sad Angel” and the rest of Extended Play from legends Fleetwood Mac. (iTunes)

Can Lady Antebellum take advantage of a Golden opportunity and score another #1 album next week or will the Pistol Annies or Rod Stewart get there first? A preview is coming in seven!

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GRAMMY Flashback: Decades Of Hits, No GRAMMY Wins

The Dogg days aren't over yet.

The Dogg days aren’t over yet.

Welcome to GRAMMY Week! This week, from Monday to Friday, you’ll be treated to some special GRAMMY related topics, from the past to the present, all leading up to the music’s biggest night on Sunday at 8PM eastern on CBS. Let’s dive into today’s post…

A lot of pages are out there about classic acts who never had the chance to win a GRAMMY for one reason or another. Some of those artists and bands include Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Queen. This post, however, is focused on the acts who have been in the industry for at least a decade yet are still recording new material and making the hits. One big thing has eluded them: a win at the GRAMMY Awards. In fact, a few of the performers on this list haven’t even been nominated before. Here are ten acts of different genres who you swore won something, but came up empty:

BLAKE SHELTON
Born in Oklahoma, Shelton’s racked up 12 number-one hits on the Country chart since his debut single, “Austin”, in 2001. He’s also a judge on NBC’s hit reality series The Voice. Shelton’s won plenty of Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Awards, and though he had three GRAMMY nominations last year, he lost all of them. This year, he’s up for Best Country Solo Performance for his #1 single, “Over”. I don’t think this is going to be one to do it for him, but he’s on such a hit streak now that a win can’t be far behind. Besides, his wife, Miranda Lambert, won a GRAMMY Award two years ago. He has to catch up while he still can!

DIERKS BENTLEY
Hard to believe that it was 2003 when Dierks Bentley scored a #1 single on the Country Chart with his first record, “What Was I Thinkin'”. Bentley’s had nine nominations over four different ceremonies, all in various Country categories, but he’s hasn’t picked up one single Award. Bentley has one nomination this year, his tenth, for Best Country Solo Performance for the #1 hit, “Home”. That one is a pretty strong contender and could be the one to break his losing streak. Bentley will be performing with Miranda Lambert on the live broadcast (perhaps a sign of a win?) and they’ll be in tour together this year.

GAVIN DEGRAW
Singer-songwriter DeGraw signed to J Records and put his first album, Chariot, in 2003. He’s best known for his 2004 single “I Don’t Want To Be”, which went to #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 at CHR radio. The guy has a solid fan base, but he’s never been nominated for a GRAMMY Award. Though his album sales have diminished over the year, his leadoff singles still chart decently on the national charts, so perhaps he’ll be due for a nomination in a lesser category sometime in the future.

GOO GOO DOLLS
With a new single “Rebel Beat” picking up some airplay gains in the last few weeks, the band out of Buffalo is looking for another winner as they enter their nineteenth year on the charts. The Dolls have been nominated for four GRAMMY Awards, including Record and Song Of The Year for their 1998 hit, “Iris”, but the band lost all four and haven’t been nominated since 2000. However, they’ve still managed to release several top ten albums and a handful of Hot 100 entries since then. Clearly past their peak, they won’t likely receive any more nominations in the future, but they’ll still get some airplay here and there even if it’s not as impacting as their 90’s material.

JENNIFER LOPEZ
She’s an actress, a dancer, a singer, and a television personality and she’s excelled in all of those departments. When it comes to Awards, however, she sometimes falls a little bit short. Case in point: the GRAMMY Awards. Lopez has been nominated just twice even though she’s been on the charts since 1999, and both came in the field of Best Dance Recording. In 2000, it was “Waiting For Tonight”, and in 2001, it was “Let’s Get Loud”, both from her On The 6 album. None of her new material from last year received a nomination at the upcoming ceremony. With more music in the works for this year, Lopez should eventually get something. It’s just a matter of what the competition looks like.

KENNY CHESNEY
He’s been on the Country Chart cranking out top ten hits for nearly twenty years and he still hasn’t won a GRAMMY. Huh? He scored his first big single in 1995, but Chesney wasn’t even nominated for his first Award until 2005, and all four of his nominations have been limited to collaborations with other performers. His most recent, last year, was “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter. He isn’t up for anything this year. I’m sure that doesn’t bother him one bit, though. Someday, he might announce his retirement and only then will he win a GRAMMY. Yes, it’s bothersome, but the Academy will do what they do.

LIFEHOUSE
This quartet turned trio turned quartet again made their chart debut in 2001 with the mega-hit “Hanging By A Moment”, but the Academy left them hanging when the song couldn’t propel them to a Best New Artist nomination at the 2002 Awards. In fact, they’ve never received a single nomination to date, which is surprising considering that they’re six albums deep into their career. Their latest release, Almería, came out in December, though lead single “Between The Raindrops” with Natasha Bedingfield hasn’t seen much attention. Will they ever take home a coveted prize? It’s looking less likely as time goes on.

PITBULL
It was back in 2004 that a then 23-year-old Pitbull hit the scene with “Culo”, which sampled the Coolie Dance riddim which about a thousand different acts used around that time. (Nina Sky‘s “Move Ya Body” was the biggest, hitting #4 on the Hot 100.) The rapper’s developed a big following at popular radio since 2009 with big songs like “Give Me Everything” with Afrojack, Nayer and Ne-Yo. He’s been nominated at the Latin GRAMMY Awards in two categories, though he lost both of them. I can’t ever see him being nominated for Album or Song Of The Year, but you’d think he would’ve at least been nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at least once by now. I guess it just proves that it’s a dog eat dog world.

SNOOP DOGG
Now, this one is a head-scratcher. How the heck does Snoop Dogg not have a GRAMMY Award? The Doggfather has been nominated fourteen times since 1994 on both featured and main credit singles, but nothing has been able to win the Award. Twelve of those nominations were in rap categories, with the most recent two of the fourteen being for a guest appearance on Katy Perry‘s hit, “California Gurls”. He’s up for a fifteenth nomination at this year’s awards for Best Rap Song on “Young, Wild, and Free” with rapper Wiz Khalifa and singer Bruno Mars. Could this finally give the guy his long-awaited recognition by the Academy? Don’t count on it, but hey, it would be a nice surprise if it happened.

THE KILLERS
Brandon Flowers and the boys have been on the scene since 2004 with several big albums in a row and hit singles like “Human” and “Mr. Brightside”. Between 2005-2007, the quartet received seven nominations in genre-specific categories (four singles, one album), though nothing managed to pick up an Award. Flowers also put out a solo album that didn’t garner any nominations. Last year, the band released Battle Born, which hasn’t done particularly well commercially, so it’s no surprise that the Academy snubbed them for another year. Their material won’t be recognized for any of the big categories, but I think they’re bound to win a lesser category if they keep putting out the great material.

Are there any performers that you think should be highlighted? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel. Stay tuned for more GRAMMY posts as the week continues!

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Hitting The Airwaves This Month (February 2013)

Every month, dozens of singles are sent to radio and are put up for adds, meaning that stations can choose to put them in rotation and they’ll be reported to airplay services like BDS and Mediabase/Media Monitors. Not every new single gets an adds date, but many do. I’ll be shifting through everything from my music sources and highlighting some of the top songs being sent to their respective formats. Here’s a sample of what’s hitting the airwaves in February:

It's all in the Mix.

It’s all in the Mix.

CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio) and Rhythmic CHR
A nice mix of older and new artists are coming your way at the CHR format. February 5 brings us three releases. Former X Factor U.K. contestant Cher Lloyd returns with a third single, “With Ur Love”, from her album Sticks + Stones. The original version featured a rap from Mike Posner, then a U.S. album version had Lloyd singing alone, and now it’s been remixed again for this new release with Juicy J. Lloyd’s biggest single, “Want U Back”, went top ten last year. (See my post on “Love”.) Newcomers Krewella, a two-woman, one-man group out of Chicago, make their CHR debut with “Alive”. It’s been garnering some Dance and Mix Show airplay for a few months now. Finally, rapper Nelly returns with “Hey Porsche”, already top 40 on the format pre-impact. The Rhythm impact date is the next week. Will it drive to the top like “Hot In Herre” and “Just A Dream” or stall out on the road like “E.I.” or “Tilt Ya Head Back”? Find out in the next few weeks. (“Porsche” was featured in a prior topic about car models in song titles.)

They hit the top ten with “Tonight Tonight”, and now Hot Chelle Rae returns with an equally catchy ditty called “Hung Up”. It goes for adds on February 12, along with newcomer Icona Pop with “I Love It”, featuring Charli XCX, actress and singer Kat Graham‘s “Wanna Say” and Ne-Yo‘s “Forever Now”, which is already in the top 50. It’s the follow-up to “Let Me Love You”, which recently hit #4. Look for it to become at least a mid-charting song at the format. “Now” also gets a Rhythm release the same week.

As for the last two adds dates of the month, two newer acts are competing for their first top-40 hit. For the featured single of the month, we have “Wings”, the debut U.S. single for the quartet Little Mix. They won the U.K. version of the X Factor in 2011. This single, from their debut album DNA, went to #1 on the Singles Chart there and also helped the album debut at #3. “Wings” goes for adds on February 19. Their attempt at a crossover into the States comes at the same time that rival girl group The Saturdays is on television with reality program Chasing The Saturdays, chronically their breakthrough. Lead single from that quintet, “What About Us?”, has not been serviced to the CHR radio yet. Here’s hoping the group consisting of Jade, Jesy, Leigh-Ann and Perrie can get some Stateside lovin’ with a good beat and a good message. Best of luck! (Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” is also being serviced on the date. Check out my review here.)

The other newcomer is Youngblood Hawke, a quintet out of California with a former top ten hit on Alternative radio, “We Come Running”. You’ve probably been hearing the song all over the advertisements for American Idol. It’s sent for adds on February 26.

Sheer genius.

The “House” that built him.

Hot AC (Hot Adult Contemporary)
The aforementioned Youngblood Hawke record goes for adds at the Hot AC format on February 5, in addition to “Troublemaker” by Olly Murs. The former #1 single in the United Kingdom is currently top 30 on the CHR format.

Following up his recent top ten hit, “The A Team”, Ed Sheeran is looking to score another big chart hit with “Lego House”. “House” is the second single in the States (bypassing “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You”) and is sent for radio adds on February 12. Since we just celebrated the 55th anniversary of Lego patent, perhaps that give the song a little extra luck on the airplay survey. The song’s already gone top 5 in countries like Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Whitney Wolanin‘s new single, “Wrong Guy (I Did It This Time)”, also goes to Adult Contemporary radio that week. She recently had a seasonal hit with a remixed version of the standard “Frosty The Snowman”.

Newcomer Jillette Johnson is opening up for Kris Allen on his latest tour. Her first radio single, “Torpedo”, goes for adds on February 26.

Closest thing to "Heaven".

Closest thing to “Heaven”.

Alternative and Adult Album Alternative (AAA)
(Since there are a lot of songs going to radio at these formats this month, I won’t be highlighting every single release, but you can find the full list for the respective format of choice here and here.)

Four years after their last release, Sounds Of The Universe, Depeche Mode returns with a new album on March 26 called Delta Machine. Lead single “Heaven” goes for Alternative and AAA adds on February 5. It’s a change of pace for the band, especially after their last leadoff single, “Wrong”, which peaked at #12 on Alternative radio, their biggest hit since 2001. Will this one hit the top ten? It would be their first since 1997 if it indeed happened. The new one from the Dropkick Murphys also goes for Alternative adds that week, appropriately titled “The Boys Are Back”. It’s just below the top 40 pre-impact.

Seven songs go for Alternative adds on February 12, three by bands that have previously charted at the format. , otherwise known as Alt-J, follow-up their recent top-30 hit, “Fitzpleasure”, with “Breezeblocks”. The song went to #75 on the U.K. Singles Chart last year. Proving that we apparently have the time to listen to them whine, another song from Green Day‘s three-part album series also goes for adds on the same date. “X-Kid” is the first radio single from the third part of the saga, ¡Tré!. There’s a new one from Soundgarden as well, “By Crooked Steps”. It’s the second single from King Animal, which was released late last year. Add in singles by newcomers like France’s C2C and South Africa’s The Parlotones and you have a whole mess of a week. Expect a whole bunch of under-performers out of this group, but perhaps one of the newer acts can manage to go as high as the top ten.

The week after that is the last significant one for Alternative-based singles this month. February 19 sees the return of the California-based band Cold War Kids with “Miracle Mile”, looking to be their fifth top-40 hit at the format. Their first one, “Hang Me Up To Dry”, peaked at #26 in 2007. It’s also going to AAA radio. The only other act on that impact date is newcomers The Stick People, another band out of California who release “Think About That” to radio, their first commercial release.

For AAA-exclusive releases, notable ones include the return of Boz Scaggs with “Mixed Up Shook Up Girl” on February 4, the most recent American Idol winner Phillip Phillips with “Gone, Gone, Gone” on February 11, Dido‘s “No Freedom” on February 18 (same date as AC and Hot AC), and singer-songwriter Matt Hires with his new one “Restless Heart” on February 25. Phillips recently hit #1 on the AAA chart with “Home”. Hires previously made the top 50 on the Hot AC format in 2011 with “Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song”. I enjoy both of these new releases better than the older singles.

A pirate looks at forty-four.

A pirate looks at forty-four.

Country
If you’re a fan of Kenny Chesney, you’ll be happy to know that his new single is at radio now and goes to iTunes next week, February 5. “Pirate Flag” is the leadoff single from his forthcoming album, Life On A Rock, out on April 30. Sounds like it might be one of his more island-themed singles. Also going to radio that week: newcomer Joel Crouse with his “epic” debut single, “If You Want Some”, on Show-Dog Universal, and “Carolina” by Parmalee on Stoney Creek. The group named after the hometown of Parmalee, North Carolina recently hit the top 40 in airplay with their debut single, “Musta Had A Good Time”.

Jake Owen‘s had three consecutive number-one hits on Country radio from his 2011 release, Barefoot Blue Jean Night. He looks to make it four with “Anywhere With You”, which goes for adds on February 12 along with “Fill In The Blank” by Greg Bates. Bates is a relative newcomer to the chart having just scored a top ten with his debut single, “Did It For The Girl”.

Three ladies who have yet to score a big hit on the Country chart will be battling it out on the 19th. Canadian Jaida Dreyer is jockeying for position with “Half Broke Horses”, her third single at the format. Both of her previous attempts peaked in the mid-50’s, but she looks to ride this one into the big races this time around. Her debut album, I Am Jaida Dreyer, is released at the end of February. Kristen Kelly follows her minor top-40 entry “Ex-Old Man” with “He Loves To Make Me Cry”. Third and last, new singer Rachel Farley releases “Ain’t Easy”.

Rounding out the month is the third single by Tyler Farr, “Redneck Crazy”. His previous singles, “Hot Mess” and “Hello Goodbye”, just missed the top 40. We’ll see if third time is the charm for Farr as his song gets sent to radio on February 26.

That’s it for this month’s Radio Report. See you in March for some more springtime single madness.

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