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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 12, 2016

Go West.

Go West.

The Grammy Awards are coming up on Monday night, and though many albums will lift up the charts with soaring sales, we do have a handful of notable debuts in the mix to compete with them. Here are this week’s album and single releases:

  • KANYE WEST — The Life Of Pablo (iTunes)
    • The title’s changed, the listing’s changed, but West… well, his antics haven’t changed at all. Whether it’s Cruise or Escobar or Neruda, Pablo seems to have many people interested, and it’ll likely debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. An album cut, “Real Friends”, has some airplay at the Urban radio format.
  • More albums out this week: Daughtry‘s It’s Not Over…The Hits So Far (iTunes), Joey+Rory‘s Hymns (iTunes), Lee DeWyze‘s Oil & Water (iTunes), Lissie‘s My Wild West (iTunes), The Record Company‘s Give It Back To You (iTunes), The Suffers‘s self-titled set (iTunes), Vince Gill‘s Down To My Last Bad Habit (iTunes), Wynonna & The Big Noise‘s self-titled set (iTunes), Vinyl (Music From The Original HBO Series, Vol. 1) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Lianne La Havas‘s Blood Solo (iTunes), Round2Crew‘s Your Girlfriend Thinks I’m The Sh*t (iTunes), That Poppy‘s Bubblebath (iTunes)

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

  • “Cheap Thrills”, Sia featuring Sean Paul (iTunes)
  • “Closer”, Cape Cub (iTunes)
  • “Fire”, Jack Garratt (iTunes)
  • “I Get To Love You”, Ruelle (iTunes)
  • “Long Live Tonight”, LANco (iTunes)
  • “Make Me Like You”, Gwen Stefani (iTunes)
  • “On And On”, The Score (iTunes)
  • “Stranger In A Room”, Sara Hartman (iTunes)
  • “The New Cupid”, BJ The Chicago Kid featuring Kendrick Lamar (iTunes)
  • “What Side Of Love”, Parachute (iTunes)
  • “Wild Child”, Cardiknox (iTunes)
  • “You Can’t Save Me”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Alex Newell, Simple Plan, Yo Gotti and more.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 31, 2015

They've Led the chart before.

They’ve Led the chart before.

This week’s New Music Friday is a little slow given the usual summer sales drought, but there’s still enough of a pop punch from both classic hitmakers and chart newcomers. So, sit back and enjoy this week’s new album and single releases:

  • LED ZEPPELIN — Coda, In Through The Out Door, Presence (reissues) (iTunes, iTunesiTunes)
    • The classic rock band’s final three studio albums are all coming out in deluxe editions this week, which concludes a series of reissues of all eight of their studio efforts that began in June 2014. The latter two titles reached #1 on the Billboard 200 in 1979 and 1976, respectfully.
  • MIGOS — Y.R.N.: Yung Rich Nation (iTunes)
    • Though the Atlanta trio went through legal troubles earlier this year, their first studio album is set to be out today. The single “One Time” reached the top 20 on the Urban chart. The set features collaborations with Chris Brown and Young Thug.
  • SAINT ASONIA — Saint Asonia (iTunes)
    • This Canadian quartet is the combination of four members who all found success with other groups, including lead singer Adam Gontier, formerly of Three Days Grace. Their “Better Place” is currently #10 on Active Rock radio.
  • More albums out this week: Albert Hammond Jr.‘s Momentary Masters (iTunes), Buddy Guy‘s Born To Play Guitar (iTunes), Finger Eleven‘s Five Crooked Lines (iTunes), Joss Stone‘s Water For The Soul (iTunes), Lianne La Havas‘s Blood (iTunes), Lil Dicky‘s Professional Rapper (iTunes), Natalie Imbruglia‘s Male (iTunes), The Maccabees‘s Marks To Prove It (iTunes) (We’ll see if an untitled Dr. Dre album (iTunes) or Frank Ocean‘s Boys Don’t Cry (iTunes) make the deadline.)
  • More EPs out this week: Meghan Linsey‘s Believer (iTunes)

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

  • “Classic”, a remix of a song from The Knocks and Powers, now featuring Fetty Wap. (iTunes)
  • “Drag Me Down”, new from One Direction. (iTunes)
  • “Friends With Enemies”, an instant grat track from Atlas Genius. (iTunes)
  • “Warm Blood”, an instant grat track from Carly Rae Jepsen. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include fresh releases from Frank Turner, Luke Bryan and tobyMac. See you then!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (July 2015) (Part Two)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in July on the Alternative and Triple A formats in the second part of this month’s Radio Report:

ALTERNATIVE (*) and TRIPLE A (**)

Brandon Flowers
BRANDON FLOWERS – “Lonely Town” (July 14) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
It was very disappointing to see “Can’t Deny My Love” being, well, denied entrance into the Alternative top 40 after a tough battle earlier this year. With the second single from his The Desired Effect album, 34-year-old Flowers appeals for the format’s support with another tasty new wave inspired cut with a lovely kick of brass for good measure. It might be his only chance to save this era.

Death Cab For Cutie
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive” (July 14) (*)
Label: Atlantic
With “Black Sun” having recently gone recurrent at the format after climbing as high as #2, the Washington trio follows it up with a spooky single about a prior relationship from Gibbard’s past. Beverly Drive, of course, refers to the street that runs through the California cities of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. It is a needed change of pace and should pump that pedal as the fall approaches.

Family Of The Year
FAMILY OF THE YEAR – “Make You Mine” (July 14) (* + **)
Label: Warner Bros./Nettwerk
It’s been quite a ride for this quartet and their single “Hero” over the past three years. Originally an Alternative and Triple A hit in the spring of 2013, months after the summer 2012 release of their album Loma Vista, the track returned last summer when it was used to promote the film Boyhood. Hopefully, their latest single also sticks around, a classic California record that is burning hot.

Jarryd James
JARRYD JAMES – “Do You Remember?” (July 14) (**)
Label: Interscope
Six months ago, James was totally unknown to fair amount of people and quietly released a single that was produced by the noted Joel Little, best known for his work with singer Lorde. Then, he pulled off an awesome feat: a #2 chart peak in his native Australia without any major label backing. Of course, one has picked it up for a U.S. release. It’s a record to watch for the fall, so stay tuned.

Lianne La Havas
LIANNE LA HAVAS – “What You Don’t Do” (July 14) (**)
Label: Warner Bros.
The English singer/songwriter from London got the critics buzzing with her debut album from 2012, Is Your Love Big Enough? It was a top five success in the U.K. despite a trio of singles that stalled underneath the top 100 in that country, while both the songs and the album went largely unnoticed here. Her album Blood will be seeping into our musical veins later this month. It’s a winner.

Muse
MUSE – “Mercy” (July 21) (**)
Label: Warner Bros.
From the concept album Drones, which recently became the trio’s first #1 album on the Billboard 200, this single is already doing well on streaming platforms and will no doubt bolt its way up the Alternative survey in mere weeks. However, the adds date listed is only for Triple A radio, where “Dead Inside” was just a mid-charting hit at best. Nevertheless, it’s a great choice from the effort.

Walk Off The Earth
WALK OFF THE EARTH – “Hold On (The Break)” (July 21) (**)
Label: Columbia
Rather than ruling the world with their last single, this Canadian band was ruling the headlines when singer Sarah Blackwood and her son were kicked off a United Airlines flight because of his fussy behavior. Luckily, since the story has faded, the quintet is able to return to what they do best and perform. “Hold” is a mellower choice, but one that lends itself well to a potential crossover hit.

Ryan Corn
RYAN CORN – “White Flag” (July 28) (**)
Label: Curb
Missouri singer/songwriter Corn got his first taste of radio play last year when an original song called “Wonderful Things” briefly touched the top 40 at the Triple A format before Christmas. Now, he’s heading back to radio with a remake that’s become a staple in his recent sets, “White Flag”, originally a hit for Dido in 2003. Corn puts a nice pop/rock spin on the track. I’ll be rooting for it.

Which of these new songs would you like to see on top of the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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