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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 12, 2019

Mapping out a chart win.

When the world’s biggest K-pop group maps out a route to the top of the charts, everyone else should move out of the way… here are this week’s top new albums and singles hitting the market:

BTS – Map Of The Soul: Persona (EP) (iTunes)
Features: The Halsey-assisted “Boy With Luv”, which impacts at Top 40 radio this coming Tuesday

Notable albums out this week: Aaron Lewis‘s State I’m In (iTunes), Anderson .Paak‘s Ventura (iTunes), Andy Black‘s The Ghost Of Ohio (iTunes), Bruce Hornsby‘s Absolute Zero (iTunes), Danny Gokey‘s Haven’t Seen It Yet (iTunes), Emma Bunton‘s My Happy Place (iTunes), Glen Hansard‘s This Wild Willing (iTunes), Jackie Evancho‘s The Debut (iTunes), John Paul White‘s The Hurting Kind (iTunes), LSD‘s Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present… (iTunes), Melissa Etheridge‘s The Medicine Show (iTunes), Missio‘s The Darker The Weather // The Better The Man (iTunes), Nicklas Sahl‘s Planets (iTunes), Tommee Profitt x Fleurie‘s Gloria Regali (iTunes), Walking On Cars‘s Colours (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Hannah Jane Lewis‘s Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes), Leaving Austin‘s Southern Gold (iTunes), Norah Jones‘s Begin Again (iTunes), Ofenbach‘s Ofenbach (iTunes), Omar Apollo‘s Friends (iTunes), Theia‘s Not Your Princess (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Nighter”, Overstreet (iTunes)
“Back To Love”, Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Better By Myself”, Hey Violet (iTunes)
“Between The Lines (Louie Vega Remix)”, Robyn (iTunes)
“Borderline”, Tame Impala (iTunes)
“Can We Pretend”, P!nk featuring Cash Cash (iTunes)
“Can’t Come Back”, Myzica (iTunes)
“Dead To Me”, Blackbear (iTunes)
“Don’t Give Up On Me (R3HAB Remix)”, Andy Grammer (iTunes)
“Every Boy”, Miss Benny (iTunes)
“Favourite Ex”, Maisie Peters (iTunes)
“Fifteen”, Johan (iTunes)
“Free To Go”, Seeb x Highasakite (iTunes)
“F*ck”, Oliver Tree (iTunes)
“Heroes Never Die”, UNSECRET featuring Krigarè (iTunes)
“Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)”, The Raconteurs (iTunes)
“I Just Wanted You”, Openside (iTunes)
“I’m Not Coming Back”, Meg Mac (iTunes)
“Imported”, Jessie Reyez & 6LACK (iTunes)
“Kingdom Of One”, Maren Morris (iTunes)
“Late Night Feelings”, Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li (iTunes)
“Make Up”, Landon Cube (iTunes)
“Nightshade”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“One Thought Away”, Asher Angel featuring Wiz Khalifa (iTunes)
“Ride”, Lolo Zouaï (iTunes)
“Roll The Dice”, Marshmello & SOBxRBE (iTunes)
“Roots And Wings”, Jessie James Decker (iTunes)
“Sanguine Paradise”, Lil Uzi Vert (iTunes)
“Sixteen”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
“SOS”, Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“Summer Love”, Oliver Heldens featuring Devin & Nile Rodgers (iTunes)
“Sunday”, Jessica Mauboy (iTunes)
“Talk (Remix)”, Khalid featuring Megan Thee Stallion & Yo Gotti (iTunes)
“The Bully”, Sody (iTunes)
“Think About You (Galantis Remix)”, Kygo featuring Valerie Broussard (iTunes)
“Til I Don’t”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Timeless”, Rob Thomas (iTunes)
“Ugly”, Anitta (iTunes)
“Up All Night”, Harrison Wheeler featuring Magic Marshall (iTunes)
“Waiting Tables”, Fly By Midnight (iTunes)
“Wreck”, Hux (iTunes)
“You The One”, EBEN (iTunes)
“Zelda Mae”, Fergus (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums and EPs from Cage The Elephant, Lizzo 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: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (February 4-5, 2019)

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 this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are four new titles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DRAX PROJECT featuring HAILEE STEINFELD – “Woke Up Late” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
Album: Noon (EP) (2018)
Past T40 History: Originally a top 20 hit in their native New Zealand, the Drax Project hopes to attain their first U.S. top 40 entry.

FLETCHER – “Undrunk” (Snapback/Capitol)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Known for streaming hits like “I Believe You” and “War Paint”, this marks the artist’s first single to impact here.

IMAGINE DRAGONS – “Bad Liar” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
Album: Origins (2018)
Past T40 History: Though “Natural” narrowly missed the top ten here, the band can easily return to the region with this future hit.

LSD (LABRINTH/SIA/DIPLO) featuring LIL WAYNE – “Genius” (RECORDS/Columbia)
Album: LSD (2019)
Past T40 History: The trio’s previous single, “Thunderclouds”, which was featured in a Samsung commercial, went to #22 last fall.

Next week: A collaboration from Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke and Tyga leads the pack next Tuesday, as duo MKTO is on the hunt for their first top 40 entry in 3-1/2 years.

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (August 28, 2018)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday 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: established collaborations continue to lead the way, though some reactive Alternative crossovers from Imagine Dragons and Panic! At The Disco are hoping to break through. Let’s add ’em up:

HAPPIER TIMES ARE HERE: Results were slower than last week across the Top 40 panel, as many outlets opted not to report ahead of the holiday weekend. That being said, for those stations that did submit their adds, it was a mixed bag of proven pop titles and some solid impacting songs in the top ten. Last week’s leader, “Happier” by Marshmello and Bastille, secured another week at the top, picking up 34 more stations. Just behind that collaboration is the hit that landed in second place a week ago, “Promises” from Calvin Harris and Sam Smith, in with 29 stations this time around. Tied for third at 27 stations, “Beautiful” by Bazzi and Camila Cabello and “Natural” by Imagine Dragons, which had a last-minute impact scheduled, were also solid for the day.

For other songs officially going for adds this week, BTS‘s first collaboration with Nicki Minaj, “Idol”, picked up a nice 23 stations in its first week, just ahead of “Thunderclouds” by LSD (the act featuring Labrinth, Sia and Diplo) and “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco with 20 stations each. Respectively, the first title ranks in fifth, while the other two are tied for sixth. All three songs should appear in the top 50 at the format in the next couple of weeks.

Have a great Labor Day weekend and enjoy the extra time off!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. MARSHMELLO x BASTILLE, “Happier” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
2. CALVIN HARRIS & SAM SMITH, “Promises” (Capitol-Columbia)
3-T. BAZZI featuring CAMILA CABELLO, “Beautiful” (APG/Atlantic)
3-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Natural” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5. BTS featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Idol” (BigHit/Columbia-YMCMB/Republic)
6-T. LOGIC featuring RYAN TEDDER, “One Day” (Def Jam)
6-T. LSD (LABRINTH/SIA/DIPLO), “Thunderclouds” (RECORDS/Columbia)
6-T. PANIC! AT THE DISCO, “High Hopes” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
9-T. JUICE WRLD, “Lucid Dreams” (Grade A/Interscope)
9-T. WEEZER, “Africa” (Crush Music/RRP)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 27-28, 2018)

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 this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are the three titles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BTS featuring NICKI MINAJ – “Idol” (BigHit/Columbia)
Album: Love Yourself: Answer (2018)
Past T40 History: The popular K-pop act has appeared in the top 40 at the format twice this year. Will the panel idolize this song?

LSD (LABRINTH/SIA/DIPLO) – “Thunderclouds” (RECORDS/Columbia)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: While this trio’s latest track attempts to reach the Top 40 list, “Genius” is now in the top 50 at Alternative radio.

PANIC! AT THE DISCO – “High Hopes” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
Album: Pray For The Wicked (2018)
Past T40 History: On the verge of their fourth top 40 hit at the format, the act’s last chart single here, 2016’s “Victorious”, hit #30.

Next week: “Goodbye” says hello to the panel, as the Jason Derulo, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Willy William hit heads for some adds after the Labor Day holiday.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (June 25-26, 2018)

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 this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are three new hits impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BEBE REXHA – “I’m A Mess” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Expectations (2018)
Past T40 History: Rexha is fresh off her album release on Friday and a recent #2 entry, “Meant To Be”, with Florida Georgia Line.

LOVELYTHEBAND – “Broken” (RED)
EP: everything i could never say… (2017)
Past T40 History: This is the act’s first song to impact here; member Mitchy Collins previously entered the top 50 with Oh Honey.

LSD (LABRINTH/SIA/DIPLO) – “Audio” (RECORDS/Columbia)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: All three members of this new act have charted as soloists, but this is their first single together to head for adds.

Next week: The schedule looks empty, as July 4th is just around the corner. If anything changes, it’ll be here next Monday!

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“Cooler” Than Before: Mike Posner Looks To Pop Once More

Will he soar Sky High again?

Will he soar Sky High again?

25-year-old Mike Posner has been through a lot at his young age, from putting out mixtapes to getting signed just before his senior year at Duke University, but it all paid off when he struck big with the 2010 single “Cooler Than Me”, which became one of the hottest songs of that summer. It went to #6 on the Hot 100, and was certified 2x Platinum. An album, 31 Minutes To Takeoff, also debuted in the top ten. Yet, after the hype cooled off and several other mid-charting singles like “Please Don’t Go” later, Posner was nowhere to be seen on the American charts. He dropped off the national scene just like that. Although it seems like he’s been quiet lately, he’s actually been preparing a lot of material behind the scenes, and much of that hard work will be released soon as Posner looks to reclaim that success that he once was able to attain.

Things began to crumble in the fall of 2011. In Europe, he was featured on the Cher Lloyd single “With Ur Love”, which went top 5 in the United Kingdom. However, this version never made it to the U.S. shores at that time, and when it did earlier this year, Posner was replaced by Juicy J on a new version. You may also remember that late in 2011, RCA Records released the first single off what should have been Posner’s “new” Sky High album, entitled “Looks Like Sex”. This came several months after the shutdown of his original label, J, and as a result, the release got lost in the shuffle. Plus, saying that someone looks like sex is a little out there for some audiences. The song bubbled under the Hot 100 and missed the top 40 on CHR radio in early 2012. No followup singles were released and there was no sign of an album release date, but Posner remained active in the studio. This resulted in several big singles for other artists, including the U.K. #1 “Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth and Emeli Sandé (co-writer) and the international smash “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber (co-writer and co-producer).

So, fast forward to a month ago when it’s revealed that we’ll be hearing a second single from Sky High nearly a year and a half later. You should expect that there’s been some label drama, some cut tracks, sound changes, etc. It may be that his long-awaited single “The Way It Used To Be”, also came out of these sessions that I mentioned above, although it’s unclear because a tracklisting for the effort has never been released. The song is due in about three weeks, and writer Mike Stern at Billboard says that it’s “a great summer record with an amazing melody and lyric that will definitely appeal to women.” So, I guess that you should expect that it will lyrically be about recalling past memories of a relationship. Maybe it’ll be like “Summer Nights” from Grease. Tell me more, tell me more… well, I can’t. I haven’t heard the song, but, we’ll all hear it together by the end of the month. You would think that with a summer-sounding single that RCA could have issued it earlier; I mean, the guy’s not really been around recently, pad that release with some extra time. Oh well.

At the same time, RCA is working a new Sammy Adams song that features Posner entitled “L.A. Story”, with Ryan Tedder credited as a writer and likely had some involvement from Posner as well. As you can see from this video filmed a few weeks back in concert, Posner sings the pre-chorus, hook, and raps a bit of the second verse. Pretty good and catchy chorus, at least from what I can hear in the lyrics: “I’m waking up on Sunset Boulevard/Maxing out all my credit cards/Living my own L.A. story/Living it up ’til the morning/We’ll be taking shots under the stars/Living off the hotel mini-bar/Living my own L.A. story/Living it up.” Adams’s team tried to push his single “Only One” to mainstream radio last year, which ultimately ended with a peak in the 30’s. He then appeared as a featured rapper on the Enrique Iglesias song, “Finally Found You”, which just missed the top ten on the format. Stern writes once again, “This will be the song that punches Adams through in a big way at pop and rhythmic radio.” He’s originally from Cambridge, MA, so I’m rooting for him as the local boy. As to not interfere with Posner’s solo single, this will probably be issued midway through the summer, and once that’s hot, this can easily attract from stations.

(Edit: the studio version of “L.A. Story” is now out.)

Posner still has a pretty decent-sized social following, with over 2 million fans on Twitter and another 640,000 on Twitter. He can definitely build that up and get rank highly on the charts again. His comeback is mainly a question of whether his label can support his needs after such a long time away from the spotlight here. We’ll find out the answer in the next few months.

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“Beautiful” Sounds: Two Soulful Songs Hit The Airwaves

Springtime has got a whole lot of soul going on. At least, it may thanks to these two cool duets about to hit mainstream radio. One includes an artist who has already had a number-one song on the radio; the other features two relative newcomers to our shores, though it’s already hit the #1 spot in the United Kingdom. Does the format have enough room for these classy collaborations to hit the top of the chart? Let’s hope they dig these smooth grooves.

We couldn't "forget you".

We couldn’t “forget you”.

CEE LO GREEN featuring LAURIANA MAE – “Only You”
Release Date: at radio now (CHR radio)

It’s been nearly seven years since Cee Lo Green first made the transition from urban radio to the mainstream airwaves as one half of the duo Gnarles Barkley. Their one big hit in the U.S., “Crazy”, became a huge success. Five years after that, Green once again broke out with the viral hit, “Forget You”, which eventually went to #1 on CHR radio in April 2011 after an abbreviated top-40 run the prior fall. If you’re expecting this song to sound anything like those singles, that’s not happening. “Only” leads off Green’s forthcoming fifth studio album, Cee Lo Green… Is Everybody’s Brother, due out in the summer. You may remember that Green put out a holiday-themed disc last year, which did moderately well, thanks to some help from his judging role on NBC’s The Voice. Green has left the show for this season to pursue a residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The show’s entitled Cee Lo Green Is Loberace, a play on famous pianist’s Liberace’s name. This single, which he will likely be performing in his act, features a newcomer, Lauriana Mae, who was featured four years ago on the MTV reality series, P. Diddy’s Starmaker. She came in fourth place. She’s been recording since, putting out an EP called Love Mae a few months ago through Atlantic Records. She was also featured on a track by B.o.B. on his 2012 release, Strange Clouds. The Green and Mae collaboration is a sweet little number that picks up sonically where he left off from his featured appearance on the Vicci Martinez single, “Come Along”, very much old school-influenced. However, this song skews more towards the Urban crowd than it does a mainstream audience. Despite that, it has a charming lyric about the symptoms of love and how each perspective completes the other one. They sing, “When everybody says, time will clean up this mess / But only you / Only you can make it better put me back together.” It isn’t the most conventional love song, but it gets the job done. It probably would’ve done better around Valentine’s Day, but it’s off to a decent start, picking up about a dozen stations at CHR radio last week. We’ll see how far it goes. It’s not an instant record, so it may take time to get this one fully started.

Rising stars don't look down.

Climbing buildings and the charts.

LABRINTH featuring EMELI SANDÉ – “Beneath Your Beautiful”
Release Date: March 19 (CHR radio)

Finally! It’s been a long time coming for this producer and singer based out on London. “Beautiful” hit the top spot in the United Kingdom last November and also went top ten in Australia, New Zealand and Poland. It appeared on his album Electronic Earth, which has yet to see a release in the U.S., but look out for it to potentially come later this year. This single wouldn’t have made it to the States had it not been for the sudden rise of Emeli Sandé here recently, over a year after she first began regularly charting overseas. Her first single, “Next To Me”, is steadily increasing in airplay on nearly half a dozen radio formats after a failed attempt to promote the song last year. Due to the popularity of it, RCA Records, the U.S. label that Labrinth is signed to, is releasing his collaboration with Sandé to mainstream radio in two weeks. You probably don’t remember that the label was going to promote his 2011 single, “Earthquake”, featuring Tinie Tempah, to mainstream radio early last year. The rapper was on the charts with a few singles in 2011, so I suppose it was to jump on his bandwagon. It was a dubstep driven effort that was ultimately pulled for reasons unknown, but most likely because Tempah’s follow-ups couldn’t match the success of his sole top ten hit with Eric Turner, “Written In The Stars”. So, second chance it is for the artist originally born Timothy McKenzie. “Beautiful” is a soft ballad that slowly picks up in intensity thanks to a powerful vocal from both singers, who blend perfectly into the arrangement, as well a strong use of strings throughout the track. The two characters come from different backgrounds, which they express in their own verses. The male knows the female is “out of my league / But that won’t scare me way out,” while the female can see beyond his put-on façade: “Behind your Broadway show / I heard a voice say please don’t hurt me.” However, they both attempt to scale a “wall so high” of the fortresses they’ve built around one another, and if they fall, they’ll only be falling in love. It’s a really pretty song, but with an awkward-sounding title and the potential to get cancelled out with Sandé’s solo single, it may be a bit of a risk. I’m thinking that it’s one worth taking.

Are you a fan of either song? Could we see them on top of the Hot 100 this summer? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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