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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 14, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: it’s raining, it’s pouring, but Nicki Minaj and Stargate are scoring with pop panel breakouts, while the usual suspects keep things busy in the top ten. Time to get wet (no, not that Get Wet) and splash around with some station stats:

IN THE P!NK: They’ve been hitting as writers and producers on the CHR chart since the fall of 2000, but Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen weren’t content with just that. So, the guys from Norway, together as Stargate, are now on the verge of their first top 40 hit as artists. “Waterfall”, featuring pop superstars P!nk and Sia, has a good start with the (star)gatekeepers of the format this week, launching with a very healthy 41 adds — the Most Added song of the week. Coincidentally, this was the week in 2000 (the 3/17/00 issue of Radio & Records, to be exact) that P!nk’s debut hit, “There You Go”, first reached the top 40 at the format. So, here she goes again! Stations in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco are among the 41, so watch out for this song and its potential fast ascent up the survey.

Two of Stargate’s recent compositions are currently top 40 on the format: “Issues” (#14) by Julia Michaels, and “Run Up” (#35) by Major Lazer featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj. The duo both co-wrote and co-produced the singles. (More on Minaj below!) No word on when any additional music by the two men will be coming out, regardless of whether it’s under their own name or a production for another act. Either way, we’ll be looking out for it.

Not many Norwegian acts are able to break the U.S. charts, though a-ha, M2M and Madcon are among them. Of course, a-ha is the most successful of the bunch, as “Take On Me” (driven by its iconic music video) spent three weeks at #1 on Radio & Records in October 1985. They can stick to drawing comic books; I’ll stick to drawing conclusions for the pop world.

“TEARS” FOR FEARS: Everybody wants to rule the adds report, but just one song can make it to the top. However, a top five placing on Tuesday is still worth shouting about. Rapper and singer Nicki Minaj sows some seeds and comes up with a winner, “Regret In Your Tears”. It’s new on 23 stations, good for the fourth Most Added song of the week. “Regret” is one of three songs that Minaj issued on Friday as a part of a surprise release; one of them, “No Frauds” (with Drake and Lil Wayne), is the Most Added record at Rhythmic and Urban radio this week. That song addresses two recent diss records by Remy Ma, who reached a peak of #45 at the CHR/Top 40 format last year with “All The Way Up”, a collaboration with Fat Joe. All three of Minaj’s tracks remain in the top 40 overall on iTunes.

Raised in Queens, she first hit the CHR/Top 40 chart as a main-credited act in June 2010 with “Your Love”, which got as high as #21 that August. She’s the only act with two songs in this week’s top ten Most Added tracks at the format, which also includes her feature on Jason Derulo‘s “Swalla”. Needless to say, radio is head over heels for her once again. (No, Tears For Fears isn’t making a CHR comeback… at least not yet. I’m looking at you, The Weeknd.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
STARGATE featuring P!NK and SIA“Waterfall” (RCA)
THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY“Something Just Like This” (Disruptor/Columbia)
LORDE, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic)
NICKI MINAJ, “Regret In Your Tears” (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic)
ZEDD & ALESSIA CARA, “Stay” (Def Jam-Interscope)
AXWELL & INGROSSO featuring KID INK, “I Love You” (Def Jam)
JASON DERULO featuring NICKI MINAJ and TY DOLLA $IGN, “Swalla” (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
FLO RIDA & 99 PERCENT, “Cake” (APG/Atlantic)
CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
MARTIN GARRIX & DUA LIPA, “Scared To Be Lonely” (RCA)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 7, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Lorde hits the big board, “Swalla” gets added to the Top 40 Thesaurus and we dive into the usual trivia bag of tunes. So, take a break and grab some “Cake”, either song or pastry, and grab my hand as we go for miles on the FM dial:

OH MY, LORDE: “Green Light” means go, and Lorde certainly hits the gas, finishing the Record Race with the Most Added title at CHR/Top 40 radio this week. Her song receives 116 adds in its debut frame. That total crushes her prior highest one-week add total for “Team”, which scored 43 adds (MB 11/19/13) on impact.

That total also establishes “Green” as Lava’s biggest impact week of the Mediabase era, running from August 2006 onward, and it falls just short of the label’s biggest weeks in the PPW era: 134 adds (5/18/01 R&R) for Sugar Ray’s “When It’s Over” and 140 adds (4/21/00 R&R) for Matchbox Twenty’s “Bent”. (Both of those releases occurred during a time when Lava was distributed by Atlantic Records.)

Combining all reported stations across North America this week, “Green” picks up nearly 280 adds. Good Lorde. (No, I haven’t used up all my religious puns yet, just you wait…)

DERULO AND BEHOLD: When he’s not singing his name, Jason Derulo is popularizing words that may soon become top 40 hits on Merriam-Webster’s countdown. “Swalla”, a variation on the word “swallow”, or so I think, drinks down 25 more stations on the panel this week, good for fourth Most Added. The song features Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. Derulo’s biggest impact week remains the 156 stations (3/17/15 MB) he achieved for “Want To Want Me”, which spent a week at the top that June. By the way, the only other song that comes to mind that got swallowed by the CHR charts was “Jupiter (Swallow The Moon)”, a #42 entry (7/30/99 R&R) for singer/songwriter Jewel.

Besides his current single, Derulo recently moved his Future History imprint from RCA to his current home, Warner Bros., after one unsuccessful single (“Chingalinga”) by Alyxx Dione in 2015. (I know what you’re saying, “Who?” or “Only Adam would remember that one…”) Let’s hope the actual future looks bright for the group.

ELECTRIC “SLIDE”: Ooh, it’s shocking… no, not you Marcia Griffiths, I’ll get to your bop later. I’m referring to Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean and Migos, who team up for “Slide”, grabbing another 24 new stations this week. It’s good for the fifth Most Added slot. Harris’s last top 40 single, “My Way”, made its way to #11 in October, and was pulled quickly afterwards when it didn’t test well. However, with a run of nine top ten singles at the format since 2011, as well as the usual sales and streaming power, I don’t think he’s hurting. Harris has yet to announce a new studio album, even with the handful of singles he’s issued since the summer of 2015.

Though this “Slide” is not a hot Goo Goo Dolls remake, I think we can appreciate both songs and chart eras. That song received 52 adds (10/2/98 R&R) on impact, eventually settling into the #1 spot for two weeks in early 1999. It’s electric!

THE LADY IS A CHAMP: For the first time in two months, Lady Gaga‘s “Million Reasons” has a very reasonable week in the Most Added column. The hit is new at 22 stations, which makes it the seventh Most Added song at the format this week. It continues to benefit from sale pricing across various online stores, though a number of outlets on the panel are still showing resistance when it comes to adding it or converting it to a higher rotation. C’mon, kids, it’s not that hard… she played the Super Bowl, for Pete’s sake. Actually, I don’t know any Petes who are struggling with a decision on the record. Eh, you know who you are.

Here’s something more positive to go gaga over: “Million” is the performer’s biggest single at the format since “Do What U Want” (featuring R. Kelly) spent three non-consecutive weeks at #7 in December 2013 and January 2014. It’s moving! Now, who stole my pink hat?

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
LORDE, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic)
ZEDD & ALESSIA CARA, “Stay” (Def Jam-Interscope)
THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY“Something Just Like This” (Disruptor/Columbia)
JASON DERULO featuring NICKI MINAJ and TY DOLLA $IGN, “Swalla” (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
LINKIN PARK featuring KIIARA, “Heavy” (Warner Bros.)
LADY GAGA, “Million Reasons” (Streamline/Interscope)
AXWELL & INGROSSO featuring KID INK, “I Love You” (Def Jam)
FLO RIDA & 99 PERCENT, “Cake” (APG/Atlantic)
BIG SEAN, “Bounce Back” (G.O.O.D./Def Jam)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 21, 2016

Going gaga for Bublé.

Going gaga for Michael.

Just as the leaves turn those vibrant colors, so too does the release schedule for new music, chock-full of bright young stars and shining established acts. Rake in those records, because here are the notable albums and singles out this week:

MICHAEL BUBLÉ — Nobody But Me (iTunes)
Canadian crooner Bublé hopes to grab his fifth #1 album in the U.S. with this effort, which is his first studio album in over three years. The title track from it is approaching the top ten on the AC chart, while it recently entered the top 50 on the Hot AC chart. There are a couple of collaborations of note, including one with pop singer Meghan Trainor on the cut “Someday”. Though it won’t approach the first week sales of some of his prior efforts, the upper demo will drive this record to a potential #1 entry.

LADY GAGA — Joanne (iTunes)
After the messy era that was ARTPOP, this New York performer has been making some big moves over the past few years, from a chart-topping jazz album with Tony Bennett, to a Golden Globe win for American Horror Story: Hotel, to big performances on the Grammy Awards and at the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, her latest musical era is off to a rocky start. “Perfect Illusion” has struggled, and reviews for the set are mixed. Still, it should earn a top five debut (#1 is possible!) on the album chart.

D.R.A.M. — Big Baby D.R.A.M. (iTunes)
Ain’t no tellin’ what kind of numbers this album will do during the week, but given the big success of single “Broccoli”, its overall units are likely to be higher. Of course, this performer had a smaller radio hit in “Cha Cha” last year, although it was pulled from Urban radio as Drake‘s “Hotline Bling” began to take off. Luckily, the Virginia native is doing quite well for himself now.

JIMMY EAT WORLD — Integrity Blues (iTunes)
They’ve been charting in the States since 2001, and Blues marks the Arizona group’s ninth studio album since their self-titled set in 1994. First single “Sure And Certain” sits just below the top ten on Alternative radio, their highest-charting song in six years.

SAINT MOTEL — Saintmotelevision (iTunes)
This California band released their first album independently four years ago. Their latest set includes first single “Move”, which is moving along in the top 20 on the Alternative chart. Don’t change the channel yet; this album is bound to be a good one.

Christmas albums out this week: Amy Grant‘s Tennessee Christmas (iTunes), Pentatonix‘s A Pentatonix Christmas (iTunes), R. Kelly‘s 12 Nights Of Christmas (iTunes), Rascal Flatts‘s The Greatest Gift Of All (iTunes), Sarah McLachlan‘s Wonderland (iTunes)

More albums out this week: Chris Tomlin‘s Never Lose Sight (iTunes), Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra‘s The Wonder Of You (iTunes), Korn‘s The Serenity Of Suffering (iTunes), Leonard Cohen‘s You Want It Darker (iTunes), Sia‘s This Is Acting (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), The Pretty Reckless‘s Who You Selling For (iTunes), Tyler Glenn‘s Excommunication (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Nightly‘s Honest (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Time Low”, Kip Moore (iTunes)
“Better Man”, Little Big Town (iTunes)
“Body 2 Body”, Dragonette (iTunes)
“Everybody Wants To Be A Cat”, Jamie Cullum (iTunes)
“Find What You’re Looking For”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Good Time People” and “Midnight Special”, Spencer Ludwig (iTunes)
“Hometown”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
“Love My Life”, Robbie Williams (iTunes)
“Not Easy”, Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa (iTunes)
“Remember Who I Was”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Rockabye”, Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Take My Breath Away”, Alesso (iTunes)
“The Story Never Ends”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Think About You”, LÉON (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Jeezy, Kenny ChesneyTove Lo 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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A Musical Mystery: Is Someone Dropping A Surprise Album?

Tunes for June?

Tunes for June?

It started out as a blind item Thursday night on the trade site HITS Daily Double — the potential for a surprise album to be issued at some point during the first week of June. Immediately, music message boards were buzzing as to whom could be behind such a release. Now, this obviously has no confirmation, it’s merely a suggestion of a rumbling inside this industry, but the potential is huge for another blockbuster dependent on the soloist or band with such an album. I, myself, haven’t a clue as to who it actually is. However, I’m here to give suggestions! Let’s sort this one out together…

  • It could be a diva with a flashy new release. Should the mystery item be something like Adele‘s 25, it could save a 15% drop in albums year-to-date. It may even be capable of selling 1 million copies in its first week as the followup to the Diamond certified 21. There’s also singer Taylor Swift, who is due for a new album at some point this year. Both the country and pop communities would be excited by new music from her. We also have Rihanna, who last year was reported to be involved with two albums seeing a 2014 release date rather than completing a new set for a 2013 date. Finally, there’s Lady Gaga; we’ve heard whispers of an ARTPOP 2 coming at some point, and we’re also likely to see her collaboration effort with Tony Bennett, Cheek To Cheek, this year. Question is, will it be now?
  • It could be a solo rapper. Given the recent $3 billion deal between Apple and Beats By Dre, could we be upon the release of that decade-plus-in-the-making Detox by Dr. Dre? It certainly makes sense given all the news lately, but then again, it’s been pushed back so many times that it may never see the light of day. Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter V is also in the running given that a leadoff single is now on the charts; so is his cohort Nicki Minaj with The Pink Print. Both are anticipated after an underperforming Young Money compilation. We also can’t forget about rapper Wiz Khalifa‘s Blacc Hollywood; with no date yet, it could fit in here. Kanye West may be an option as well.
  • It could be act that’s had decades of success and is looking to making some sort of comeback. Madonna‘s name has been thrown around quite a bit since the announcement of a surprise release; she and Katy Perry have been working together recently, and she’s been in the studio with both Avicii and Natalia Kills. Prince recently signed a new deal with his old label Warner Bros. – could this be the first of his new albums for them? There’s also U2, who have released a few tunes since the beginning of the year: “Invisible” and “Ordinary Love” (from the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.) Was their album really pushed back to 2015… or is now the right time to put it out?
  • We also have the performers that could be the ultimate shock. Could you imagine if Gwen Stefani dropped an album out of nowhere? After all, she will be judging on The Voice this season and has been working on some sounds with the other new judge on the panel, Pharrell. Given all their playing at festivals in the last few months, wouldn’t it make sense for Outkast to release an album? Epic has a little momentum (can’t give them too much credit) with the Michael Jackson posthumous effort. What about Justin Bieber in his attempt to silence the critics? What about JoJo and her first album in eight years? Far too many options, so little time to analyze them all.

The curiosity factor is going to go on for some time and I’m not sure I’ve helped things totally, but we’ll see what happens this week! Think it may be someone else? Frank OceanJanet Jackson? Kesha? Let me know! Comment below or find me on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab above.

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Break The S-P-E-L-L: The Better The Letters

They've put a S.P.E.L.L. on you.

They’ve put a S.P.E.L.L. on you.

Last week, pop star Lady Gaga treated her fans to an ARTPOP film centered around the third release from her latest effort, “G.U.Y”, an acronym for “girl under you.” The clip has accumulated over 25 million views on YouTube thus far and is currently into the top 50 at CHR radio, meaning that it will likely make the Hot 100 in some capacity very soon. Considering the mixed reaction to this era in general, it could be the song to put it back on track.

This single from the performer features a title that is fully spelled out and vocally spelled out during the composition, which seems to be a rarity on the charts today. From the decades of archives, we find some cases where a song title is only partially spelled out, and others where it may not be fully sung the way it’s officially printed. Yes, it’s a little bit technical, but that’s the way these P-O-S-T-S work sometimes. In honor of the newest entry to the club, here are nine other top 40 hits with different titles from years past that I like, all spelled out for Y.O.U.:

“A-B-C”, The Jackson 5 (#1, 1970)
The quintet out of Gary, IN took the world by storm beginning in 1969 with four consecutive #1 single, with this being the second of them. It was fully written and produced, as many of their early hits were, by Motown’s The Corporation.

“W.O.L.D.”, Harry Chapin (#36, 1974)
Life as a traveling radio disc jockey takes its toll on you, and so, Chapin wrote this ode inspired by longtime Boston DJ Jim Connors of station WMEX. Connors helped break the performer’s first big song, “Taxi”, during the spring of 1972.

“L-O-V-E”, Al Green (#13, 1975)
Green put out some absolute classics in the 1970’s, and although wasn’t one of his biggest on the Hot 100, it was one of his last #1’s on the Soul chart. After several years of declining sales, he turned to gospel music and became a reverend.

“S.O.S.”, ABBA (#15, 1975)
The former Eurovision winners turned Swedish superstars made some of the best music of the decade, like this catchy tune. It remains the only entry ever on the Billboard Hot 100 to feature both an act and song title that are palindromes.

“T-R-O-U-B-L-E”, Elvis Presley (#35, 1976)
Recorded on his 1975 album, Today, one of the King’s final top 40 songs was written by Jerry Chesnut, who was hot on the Country charts at the time. It later became a minor Country hit in 1993 for Travis Tritt, but missed the Hot 100.

“Y.M.C.A.”, The Village People (#2, 1979)
If there’s any song that will make you boogie down (and maybe spell out the title with your arms up in the air), then this would be good. It was the signature hit for these costumed singers – now, it’s a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Wedding standard.

“C-I-T-Y”, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (#18, 1985)
The 1983 movie Eddie And The Cruisers made them stars and after living “on the dark side”, Scotti Bros. landed them a few other top 40 singles, including this, their final trek into the region. The Rhode Island sextet is still together today.

“P.A.S.S.I.O.N.”, Rythm Syndicate (#2, 1991)
The debut hit from this Connecticut sextet was huge on the pop charts, spending two weeks at #2 behind “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”, the huge ballad by Bryan Adams. They charted four singles through 1992 before disbanding.

“U-N-I-T-Y”, Queen Latifah (#23, 1994)
Before she hosted her own daytime television show or even married couples at the GRAMMY Awards, the Queen took her rapping flow onto the charts during the 1990’s. This was her biggest hit, which also peaked at #2 on the Rap chart.

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

If you follow the radio charts like I do, you’ll want to be on top of only the freshest music being serviced across the nation. So, I’m bringing back an early PGTC feature with a bit of a revamp. With this monthly series, I’ll be highlighting some great tracks at a few different radio formats I enjoy that will be fighting for airspace over the next few months. So, what are we waiting for? Let the battles begin.

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

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A song in the “Wrong”.

NICO & VINZ – “Am I Wrong?” (April 1) (*)
Label: Warner Bros.
Already a top ten hit in several European territories, “Wrong” is currently gaining at the Hot AC format and ranking in the lower rungs of the top 40. The duo was formerly known as Envy and consists of Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery. It may already be touted as the “Song of the Summer” by the label, but this still has a ways to go. We’ll see what happens.

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Bringing cartoons to the tunes.

AJR – “I’m Ready” (April 8) (*)
Label: AJR/Warner Bros.
After months of airplay on SiriusXM’s Hits 1 and 20 on 20 as an independent act, the trio of brothers from New York City are partnering with Warner Bros. to bring “Ready” onto the terrestrial airwaves. Looks like they’ll find some life on the charts thanks a guy who lives in a pineapple under the sea. The catchy single is bound to be a summer favorite.

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Looking for a H.I.T on the chart.

LADY GAGA – “G.U.Y” (April 8) (*)
Label: Streamline/Interscope
Much has been said about ARTPOP era, but it continues to move on despite the mixed reaction. The third single from the album ranks as one of my top tracks from the disc, and a short film for it (and a few other clips from the effort) is racking up millions of views online. You can currently find her playing a set of shows to close the Roseland Ballroom.

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It has a ring to it.

DJ CASSIDY featuring ROBIN THICKE and JESSIE J – “Calling All Hearts” (April 15) (*)
Label: Columbia
It’s rising up the top ten on my personal chart, but a few delays have pushed its radio release to this month. The crazy hot disco jam leads off Paradise Royale, now due in June. A promotional single featuring R. Kelly, “Make The World Go Round”, is also out on the web. The DJ’s debut project is quite an ambitious one, but it sounds like a winner to me.

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Keeping things bright.

BIRDS OF TOKYO – “Lanterns” (April 22) (*)
Label: Loma Vista/Republic
Last year, March Fires became the first #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart for this five man band out of Perth. This single was the second lifted from it, peaking at #3 down there and achieving a 3x Platinum certification. With growing spin counts at Alternative and AAA radio, a crossover was bound to happen. It may be a tad bit soon, but the song is good.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

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Water you waiting for?

VANCE JOY – “Riptide” (April 1) (*)
Label: Atlantic
This former top ten single in Australia and the United Kingdom recently broke the top five on the AAA survey. Now, it’s been picked up by a handful of Alternative stations before its official impact date this Tuesday. It also charted at #1 on the yearly Triple J Hottest 100, one of the most influential radio stations out of Australia. Blimey! That’s great.

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Ain’t no other “Man”.

NEULORE – “Shadow Of A Man” (April 8) (**)
Label: Island
Bandmates Adam Agin and William T. Cook formed this act five years ago and have been going steady since it. Back in 2010, they released the independent Apples & Eve, with this single being their first major label release. It was used on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy last year and Hart Of Dixie a few months ago. It’s a solid folk song with great potential.

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This is the new year.

NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927 – “Dust And Bones” (April 15) (*)
Label: Atlantic
What’s in a name? Theirs is certainly an intriguing one. Rilo Kiley lead guitarist Blake Sennett and The Honorary Title lead singer Jarrod Gorbel put their talents together two years ago for this project, and following an EP release in November, it’s time to break them on the Alternative survey. Just watch out for that music video… it’s a little freaky.

La la late to the party, we are.

Not so Lonely anymore.

SAM SMITH – “Stay With Me” (April 15) (**)
Label: Capitol
He’s also over pop radio thanks to hits from Disclosure and Naughty Boy, but we’ve yet to see a solo release from Smith on the radio… until now. Thanks to a well-received Saturday Night Live performance, “Stay” is riding a digital boost, along with the forthcoming album In The Lonely Hour. Like it or not, Smith is coming, and he won’t back down.

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More than a feeling…

THE PREATURES – “Is This How You Feel?” (April 22) (*)
Label: Harvest
I first saw these guys at CMJ back in October and they had an awesome performance. After a few more gigs at SXSW, the quintet is ready to go to radio via Harvest Records, a name relaunched a year ago by Capitol. Harvest has yet to place a single at the format, but that certainly doesn’t mean it can’t happen with this. Watch out for more from them.

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