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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 5, 2018

Star is bright.

Go Gaga over this week’s top new releases, including a buzzing soundtrack, the latest set for a country hitmaker and duos galore! These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER – A Star Is Born (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
Debuting the same weekend that its parent film opens at the box office, both the soundtrack and movie will attract a lot of people in the next few days. On the music side, “Shallow”, which was released last week, remains strong at #1 on iTunes. Also, the ballad “I’ll Never Love Again”, a radio single from the album, is expected to have one of the larger spikes following the film’s debut. Will it be enough to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200? We’ll see how well or not the movie does.

ERIC CHURCH – Desperate Man (iTunes)
Country star Church is well on his way to another high-charting entry, given his four top ten releases since the start of the decade on the Billboard 200 list. Led by the title track, a top 20 hit on the country radio survey, a combination of his passionate fan base and a lot of critical love should make the performer’s latest era a long and lasting one.

TWENTY ONE PILOTS – Trench (iTunes)
The duo’s new album is led by the radio singles “Jumpsuit”, which spent a week at #1 on the Alternative chart, and “My Blood”, a top ten song at the same format and now crossing to the Hot AC and Top 40 airwaves. Will it do as well as Blurryface, which had a string of huge crossover hits like “Stressed Out” and “Ride”? Stay tuned.

FOR KING & COUNTRY – Burn The Ships (iTunes)
Brother, can you spare a hit? The Australian siblings had a joyful time atop the Christian AC chart with “joy.”, which is also rising in the lower rungs of the Hot AC survey. The duo’s last studio album in 2014 just missed the top ten on the Billboard 200, but it’s likely that this one will enter the region.

Notable albums out this week: Castlecomer‘s Castlecomer (iTunes), Cat Power‘s Wanderer (iTunes), Emily Warren‘s Quiet Your Mind (iTunes), Eric Hutchinson & The Believers‘s Modern Happiness (iTunes), KT Tunstall‘s Wax (iTunes), LANY‘s Malibu Nights (iTunes), Mario‘s Dancing Shadows (iTunes), Matt Nathanson‘s Sings His Sad Heart (iTunes), Max Frost‘s Gold Rush (iTunes), Steve Perry‘s Traces (iTunes), T.I.‘s Dime Trap (iTunes), You Me At Six‘s VI (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: AlunaGeorge‘s Champagne Eyes (iTunes), Daniella Mason‘s Emotional State (iTunes), Ivy Adara‘s Intraduction (iTunes), Kim Petras‘s Turn Off The Light, Vol. 1 (iTunes), Marc E. Bassy‘s Postmodern Depression (iTunes), Morgan Saint‘s Alien (iTunes), Niykee Heaton‘s Starting Over (iTunes), Two Feet‘s A 20 Something F**k (iTunes), Will Hoge‘s My American Dream (iTunes), Wingtip‘s Ghosts Of Youth (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1999”, Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Alien Boy (Big Data Remix)”, Oliver Tree (iTunes)
“All Right”, Cisco Adler & gnash (iTunes)
“All That I See”, Matt Corby (iTunes)
“Anthem”, Greta Van Fleet (iTunes)
“Baby (Sofi Tukker Remix)”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Bicycle”, filous featuring klei (iTunes)
“Bitch, Bitch, Bitch”, Hailey Knox (iTunes)
“Build”, Justine Skye featuring Arin Ray (iTunes)
“Can’t Be You”, L Devine (iTunes)
“Close To Me”, Isaiah (iTunes)
“Do You Think About Me (Wuki Remix)”, Captain Cuts & Zookëper featuring Georgia Ku (iTunes)
“Endless Summer (Freestyle)”, G-Eazy & YG (iTunes)
“Every Step That I Take”, Tom Morello featuring Portugal. The Man & Whethan (iTunes)
“Fake Friends”, Joel Adams (iTunes)
“Fire (Part 1)”, The Struts (iTunes)
“Generation Why”, Conan Gray (iTunes)
“Girls In Their 20s”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“GOKU”, Jaden Smith (iTunes)
“Has Ended”, Thom Yorke (iTunes)
“Heaven (Don’t Have A Name)”, Sam Feldt featuring Jeremy Renner (iTunes)
“Hoovela”, Steve Aoki & TWIIG (iTunes)
“Hosanna”, Dan Caplen featuring Dave B. (iTunes)
“I Want You”, Ashlee + Evan (iTunes)
“Imported”, Jessie Reyez featuring JRM (iTunes)
“In My Head”, Maisie Peters (iTunes)
“Jaleo”, Nicky Jam & Steve Aoki (iTunes)
“Just Begun”, WILD (iTunes)
“Like I Did”, JC Stewart (iTunes)
“Little Bit Of Lovin'”, Elle King (iTunes)
“Long Hair”, Moontower (iTunes)
“Lost In You”, Jai Waetford (iTunes)
“Love”, Boyzone (iTunes)
“Madeline”, Causes (iTunes)
“Making Love”, Tenacious D (iTunes)
“Neon Church” and “Thought About You”, Tim McGraw (iTunes)
“No One Compares To You”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Overtime”, Jessie Ware (iTunes)
“People”, RØMANS (iTunes)
“Polaroid”, Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Remind Me”, Emily King (iTunes)
“Ruler”, GOLDHOUSE & Be The Bear (iTunes)
“Soprano”, Duckwrth (iTunes)
“Sucker Punch”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Teenage Rockstars”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“The Moment”, Fickle Friends (iTunes)
“Trust My Lonely”, Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Walls”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“What Do U Like”, Jesse Saint John (iTunes)
“What Do We Do”, Hazers featuring Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“Whatchamacallit”, Ella Mai featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
“While Away”, Eagle-Eye Cherry (iTunes)
“Who Am I To You”, Nightly (iTunes)
“With My Words”, R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“With You”, Mariah Carey (iTunes)
“Without Me”, Halsey (iTunes)
“Who’s At The Door”, Unsecret featuring Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Worship”, MAX (iTunes)
“You’re Gonna Break My Heart Tonight”, Tom Odell (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Ella Mai, Young The Giant 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 June 30, 2017

What the Funk is going on?

Wav hello to all of this week’s new releases, giving you some fresh finds for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Celebrate the red, white and tunes all weekend long with music like this:

CALVIN HARRIS – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (iTunes)
One of next week’s top debuts will be from Scottish DJ/producer Harris and his fifth album, a star-studded set that features two big hits so far: “Slide”, featuring Frank Ocean and Migos, and “Feels”, featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean. A top five debut is likely for the album, due to potentially sizable streaming-equivalent units, which is the same region where his prior studio album (released in 2014) debuted.

JAY-Z – 4:44 (iTunes)
This album is sure to generate a lot of buzz over the weekend, given that it’s the rapper’s first set in four years, but being a Tidal and Sprint exclusive for its first week could hurt its chances of having a massive week. (It’ll still be pretty solid, regardless.) Could a 14th #1 album be in the cards? We’ll see soon.

More albums out this week: Baio‘s Man Of The World (iTunes), Kacy Hill‘s Like A Woman (iTunes), Klyne‘s Klyne (iTunes), LANY‘s LANY (iTunes), Sir Sly‘s Don’t You Worry, Honey (iTunes), Stone Sour‘s Hydrograd (iTunes), TLC‘s TLC (iTunes), ZZ Ward‘s The Storm (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Astrid S‘s Party’s Over (iTunes), Ruelle‘s Rival (iTunes), Superfruit‘s Future Friends – Part One (iTunes), The Japanese House‘s Saw You In A Dream (iTunes), Transviolet‘s Kaleidoscopes (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“’93”, Youngr (iTunes)
“Be My Girl”, WΛVE & ROME (iTunes)
“Bloodshot”, Albin Lee Meldau (iTunes)
“Brother (Acoustic)”, Kodaline (iTunes)
“Chinatown”, Liam Gallagher (iTunes)
“Don’t Give Up On Me”, Johnny Good featuring Jay Sean (iTunes)
“Don’t Matter Now (Acoustic)”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“Everything I Need”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Flame (Steve James Remix)”, Tinashe (iTunes)
“Glory Of War”, Rick Ross featuring Anthony Hamilton (iTunes)
“Hallelujah”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Here With You”, Lost Frequencies & Netsky (iTunes)
“Higher Places”, Myzica (iTunes)
“I Like Me Better (Ryan Riback Remix)”, Lauv (iTunes)
“If You’re Hearing This”, Hook N Sling x Parson James x Betty Who (iTunes)
“Just Call”, Prince Fox featuring Bella Thorne (iTunes)
“Loyal Like Sid & Nancy”, Foster The People (iTunes)
“Malibu (Alan Walker Remix)”, Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“Mama (Acoustic)”, Jonas Blue featuring William Singe (iTunes)
“New York”, St. Vincent (iTunes)
“Paradise”, MNEK (iTunes)
“Rescue”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Second Hand Car”, Kim Churchill (iTunes)
“Signs Of Life”, Arcade Fire (iTunes)
“Staring”, Tipling Rock (iTunes)
“Sun Comes Up”, Rudimental featuring James Arthur (iTunes)
“The Future”, San Holo featuring James Vincent McMorrow (iTunes)
“The Middle”, Kina Grannis (iTunes)
“The Way I Love Her”, Stanaj (iTunes)
“Too Young”, Ayokay featuring Baker Grace (iTunes)
“Truth To Power”, OneRepublic (iTunes)
“Two Fux”, Adam Lambert (iTunes)
“Unpredictable (Acoustic)”, Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson (iTunes)
“Vacation”, Dirty Heads (iTunes)
“Watch”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“We Stayed Up All Night”, Tourist featuring Ardyn (iTunes)
“We Were So Young”, Wanderer (iTunes)
“Wheels”, SomeKindaWonderful featuring Casey Veggies (iTunes)
“Wild Animals”, FJORA (iTunes)
“Won’t Bother Me”, Mitch James (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Haim and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (April 2017)

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 during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in April in this month’s Radio Report:

BLEACHERS – “Don’t Take The Money” (RCA, April 4 – Alternative)
Album: Everybody Lost Somebody (2017)
Past ALT History: Jack Antonoff’s popular project has stormed the top five on the Alternative chart with two tracks: “I Wanna Get Better” (#1, one week) and “Rollercoaster” (#3). With a strong start over the past few days, I expect this release to join them soon.

COIN – “I Don’t Wanna Dance” (Columbia, April 4 – Alternative)
Album: How Will You Know If You Never Try (2017)
Past ALT History: This Nashville group’s breakout hit, “Talk Too Much”, talked its way up to #8 earlier this year. Despite the slow run of that song, the band now has some momentum ahead of their album release later this month. We’ll see how this tune moves.

HEY VIOLET – “Break My Heart” (Caroline, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The California group, previously known as Cherri Bomb, reached a peak of #18 earlier this year with “Guys My Age”. Their label, also responsible for Ben Rector’s “Brand New” (#26) from last summer, doesn’t have much pull on the pop side.

MIKE POSNER – “In The Arms Of A Stranger” (Island/Republic, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: At Night. Alone. (2016)
Past CHR History: Posner has eight top 50 appearances to date, half failing to reach the top 40. However, his 2016 comeback will be remembered as one of the most impressive of the decade, with a remix of “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” spending two weeks at the top.

OLIVIA HOLT – “History” (Hollywood, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: Olivia (EP) (2016)
Past CHR History: This is Holt’s first track to impact here. Is another classic top 30 brick wall in the works for Hollywood’s latest? Considering the results of other pop acts on their roster, like Jordan Fisher, Sabrina Carpenter and Shawn Hook, it could happen.

JAMES TW – “Ex” (Island/Republic, April 10 – Hot AC)
Album: TBA
Past HAC History: I was really rooting for his ballad “When You Love Someone”, which spent seven weeks atop my personal chart in 2016, when it was at the format. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, just edging into the top 30. I’m hoping this has a nice run.

RUTH B – “Superficial Love” (Columbia, April 10 – Hot AC)
Album: Safe Haven (2017)
Past HAC History: From Vine star to radio star, the Canadian singer and songwriter’s “Lost Boy” got found in the top ten, peaking at #6 last year. There’s been an unusually long amount of time between the two singles at Hot AC. How will it affect the chart run?

SIGRID – “Don’t Kill My Vibe” (Island/Republic, April 11 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: This Norwegian performer is headed to U.S. radio for the first time, and her debut single is already a sales and streaming hit in her home country. We’ll see if the newcomer can match the heights of a-ha and their #1 from 1985, “Take On Me”.

TINASHE – “Flame” (RCA, April 11 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: While not yet a prominent name on the CHR airwaves, this performer has achieved some success at the format in the last few years, including the #20 hit “2 On” in 2014. Plus, who doesn’t love an artist promoting her new song on a fire truck?

LANY – “ILYSB” (Interscope, April 17 – Hot AC)
Album: Make Out (EP) (2015)
Past HAC History: If you’re a happenin’ hipster in the SoundCloud universe, you’re probably wondering why a track from 2014 is headed to radio. Honestly, I am too, but it’s nice to see this California trio is finally getting their first shot at some notable airplay.

THE 1975 – “A Change Of Heart” (Interscope, April 18 – Alternative)
Album: I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it (2016)
Past ALT History: The four guys from Manchester must’ve been pretty frustrated seeing song after song of theirs miss the top ten at the format, so they did something about it. “Somebody Else”, their fifth top 40 single here, took its time and reached a #3 peak.

YOUNGR – “Out Of My System” (Island/Republic, April 25 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: What happens when the kid of Kid Creole takes on the playground we call Alternative radio? Format newcomer Dario Darnell is out to prove that his single is a wonderful thing, baby. This song’s been around for a year, but it still sounds fresh.

Which of these new songs would you like to see on the charts later this year? Let me know!

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