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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 24, 2017

Ready to paint the Town.

Ready to paint the Town.

We all try to look to the future in some way or another, but this week, we can really look to the Future (and plenty of other acts!) on the new releases schedule. Here are some of this week’s new albums and singles:

LITTLE BIG TOWN – The Breaker (iTunes)
From “Better Man” to even better results, this group’s newest hit looks to be a multi-week #1 on the Country radio chart. Though the set may fall short of #1 on the Billboard 200, it’ll definitely be a strong chart-topper on the Country albums list. It should be another great era for the quartet, who released their first album in 2002.

FUTURE – HNDRXX (iTunes)
I know what you’re saying: “Didn’t he just release an album last week?” He did. Going for two consecutive #1 albums in two weeks is a huge challenge, but this Atlanta rapper certainly has the potential to do it. He does face some competition, however, so stay tuned!

JOHN MAYER – The Search For Everything – Wave Two (EP) (iTunes)
Another month, another Mayer EP. This blog certainly approves! This one features the single “Still Feel Like Your Man”, one of four new songs. It should start out in the top five, just as his last EP did. It’s one of our top choices for the week.

More albums out this week: Aaron Watson‘s Vaquero (iTunes), Old 97’sGraveyard Whistling (iTunes), Prince Royce‘s FIVE (iTunes), The Shack (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bea Miller‘s Chapter One: Blue (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Bellyache”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Buttons”, Emma Dewing (iTunes)
“By Your Side”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“Celebrate”, Hundred Handed (iTunes)
“Crazy (Alison Wonderland Remix)”, Lido (iTunes)
“Focus”, BIYO (iTunes)
“Get Closer (Joe Mason Remix)”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Going To Mars”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“Heavy”, POWERS (iTunes)
“Heartlines (Mount Remix)”, Broods (iTunes)
“I’m A Lady”, Meghan Trainor (iTunes)
“Just The Same”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Light Outside”, Absofacto (iTunes)
“Lonely Again”, gnash (iTunes)
“Open Your Eyes”, Sam Feldt & Hook N Sling (iTunes)
“Playboy”, Trey Songz (iTunes)
“Redrum”, Era Istrefi featuring Felix Snow (iTunes)
“Rocks”, Life Of Dillon (iTunes)
“Say Love”, Julian Jordan featuring Sj (iTunes)
“Secondhand Hurt”, Devin Dawson (iTunes)
“Shape Of You (Major Lazer Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Slide”, Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean & Migos (iTunes)
“Some Kinda Wonderful (Pretty Sister Remix)”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Something Just Like This”, The Chainsmokers and Coldplay (iTunes)
“Stay”, ZeddAlessia Cara (iTunes)
“Strangers”, Tritonal (iTunes)
“Superficial Love (2.0)”, Ruth B. (iTunes)
“Swalla”, Jason Derulo featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Wave Your Flag”, Afrojack featuring Luis Fonsi (iTunes)
“Where The Girls Are”, Josh Turner (iTunes)

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

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 10, 2016

Is Nick your pick?

Is Nick your pick?

When it comes to the current state of politics, we can’t offer you an alternative candidate. However, when it comes to new releases, we’ll give you plenty of Alternative candidates (and some presidential Pop too.) Here are this week’s new albums and singles:

  • NICK JONAS — Last Year Was Complicated (iTunes)
    • A little under two years ago, Jonas released his self-titled album, which entered in the top ten and featured the singles “Jealous” and “Chains”. The former title was the larger hit, going to #1 on the pop radio chart in its 19th week. “Close” seems to be, well, close to officially becoming his third top ten at the format (sorry, “Levels”) and the rest of the era is bound to keep the momentum going. Look for the set to debut in the top ten.
  • FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS — Fitz And The Tantrums (iTunes)
    • It’s a big week for prominent Alternative chart acts, and this Los Angeles band is looking for the third #1 at the format with “HandClap”. They’re just a few spots away now, but, in the meantime, I think we can clap our hands for the other tasty jams on the group’s latest set. Will they be able to score their first top ten album on the Billboard 200?
  • KONGOS — Egomaniac (iTunes)
    • South Africa has given us a lot of great musical acts in the last few years, and this quartet of brothers is rocking its way up the charts with “Take It From Me” and their third studio album. Their last effort cracked the top 40 overall. This is due for the same results (and probably higher.)
  • KALEO — A/B (iTunes)
    • “Way Down We Go” is way up in the Alternative radio top ten for this Icelandic act, as “No Good” continues its run at the Active Rock format. Will that double trouble double their first-week sales frame? Kannski.
  • More albums out this week: Band Of Horses‘s Why Are You OK (iTunes), Brandy Clark‘s Big Day In A Small Town (iTunes), Colvin & Earle‘s Colvin & Earle (iTunes), Drew Baldridge‘s Dirt On Us (iTunes), Frankie Ballard‘s El Rio (iTunes), Garbage‘s Strange Little Birds (iTunes), Jon Bellion‘s The Human Condition (iTunes), Little Big Town‘s Wanderlust (iTunes), Motörhead‘s Clean Your Clock (Live In Munich 2015) (iTunes), Paul McCartney‘s Paul McCartney (iTunes), The Shelters‘s The Shelters (iTunes), The Temper Trap‘s Thick As Thieves (iTunes), Tom Odell‘s Wrong Crowd (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Country, Vol. 9 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Coming soon…

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

  • “Beautiful Thing”, The Stone Roses (iTunes)
  • “Crash”, Usher (iTunes)
  • “East Coast Girl”, Butch Walker (iTunes)
  • “Geronimo”, The Beach (iTunes)
  • “Heartlines”, Broods (iTunes)
  • “In My Blood”, The Veronicas (iTunes)
  • “Off The Record”, Eza (iTunes)
  • “Quest?on”, Lauv featuring Travis Mills (iTunes)
  • “Red Dress”, MAGIC! (iTunes)
  • “Satan Pulls The Strings”, The Avett Brothers (iTunes)
  • “The Love We’re Hoping For”, Jake Bugg (iTunes)
  • “Thinking About It (Let It Go)”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
  • “Too Cruel”, Dirty Heads (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Jake Bugg, Jon PardiRed Hot Chili Peppers and more.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2015: #80-61

Pop 'til you drop.

Pop ’til you drop.

Here it is, the annual countdown of the top 100 hits based on my weekly personal charts from the first week of December in 2014 to the last week of November in 2015. It was another great year for both chart veterans and newcomers, novelty hits and timeless ballads, country, pop, rock, and everything in between. We have them all, from “Hello” to “No Good In Goodbye”. Now, it is time to say “hello” to the Top 100 and “goodbye” to the year that was 2015.

In the next 20 songs on the countdown, our entries include a controversial Country crossover, a trio named after a male who isn’t actually in the group, the first single from a musical to hit my chart in four years, a Best New Artist nominee and a song title that I will get to experience for the first time on March 1, 2017. Age is just a number, by the way, but it’s a countdown; we have plenty of numbers to go. Let’s get back to counting backwards, from #80 down to #61:

Songs with a + denote chart peaks as of the top 40 dated November 29, 2015
Ties broken by: 1) chart peak (and) 2) number of weeks to reach peak points

Modest Mouse
080. MODEST MOUSE – “Lampshades On Fire”
Label: Epic
Album: Strangers To Ourselves
Peak: #18

Shawn Mendes
079. SHAWN MENDES – “Something Big”
Label: Island/Republic
Album: Handwritten
Peak: #14

Eden XO
078. EDEN XO – “Too Cool To Dance”
Label: Capitol
Album: (single only)
Peak: #6 for two weeks [2014 CY]

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
077. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS – “Cecilia And The Satellite”
Label: Vanguard
Album: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
Peak: #3 for three weeks [2014 CY]

Sara Bareilles
076. SARA BAREILLES – “She Used To Be Mine”
Label: Epic
Album: What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress
Peak: #10 for three weeks+

Life Of Dillon
075. LIFE OF DILLON – “Dreams”
Label: Epic
Album: Prologue (EP)
Peak: #15

Train
074. TRAIN – “Bulletproof Picasso”
Label: Columbia
Album: Bulletproof Picasso
Peak: #15

Martin Luke Brown
073. MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Scars On Scars”
Label: Parlophone (U.K.)
Album: (single only)
Peak: #16 for two weeks

BANNERS
072. BANNERS – “Shine A Light”
Label: Island/Republic
Album: (single only)
Peak: #5 for two weeks+

Bleachers
071. BLEACHERS – “Rollercoaster”
Label: RCA
Album: Strange Desire
Peak: #3 for two weeks [2014 CY]

BØRNS
070. BØRNS – “Electric Love”
Label: Interscope
Album: Dopamine
Peak: #16 for three weeks

The Avener
069. THE AVENER – “Fade Out Lines”
Label: Republic
Album: The Wanderings Of The Avener
Peak: #15 for two weeks

Tori Kelly
068. TORI KELLY – “Should’ve Been Us”
Label: Capitol
Album: Unbreakable Smile
Peak: #13

Little Big Town
067. LITTLE BIG TOWN – “Girl Crush”
Label: Capitol Nashville/Interscope
Album: Pain Killer
Peak: #14 for three weeks

Passenger
066. PASSENGER – “27”
Label: Nettwerk
Album: Whispers
Peak: #10 for two weeks

Taylor Swift
065. TAYLOR SWIFT – “Bad Blood”
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Album: 1989
Peak: #12

Rob Thomas
064. ROB THOMAS – “Trust You”
Label: Atlantic
Album: The Great Unknown
Peak: #12

Olly Murs and Demi Lovato
063. OLLY MURS featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Up”
Label: Columbia
Album: Never Been Better
Peak: #12 for two weeks

Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne
062. CLEAN BANDIT featuring JESS GLYNNE – “Real Love”
Label: Atlantic
Album: New Eyes
Peak: #12 for two weeks

Ellie Goulding
061. ELLIE GOULDING – “On My Mind”
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope
Album: Delirium
Peak: #2+

Tomorrow, we’ll reveal #’s 60 through 41, so check back then! You can always follow and listen to the Top 100 reveal on Spotify.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (May 2015) (Part One)

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 May on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea
BRITNEY SPEARS featuring IGGY AZALEA – “Pretty Girls” (May 5) (*)
Label: RCA
While she continues her latest run of performances at her Britney: Piece Of Me residency in Las Vegas, Spears is ready to top the charts once more after a disappointing era with Britney Jean. Her new single sees her collaborate with Aussie rapper Azalea, just coming off her sixth CHR radio hit, “Trouble”. Will Spears garner her first top ten single in two years? We’ll have to wait and see.

Little Big Town
LITTLE BIG TOWN – “Girl Crush” (May 5) (**)
Label: Capitol Nashville/Interscope
Comfortably in the top ten digital sellers for another week is this Country crossover, one that’s stirred up much reaction over the last month. It’s currently in the top 20 at Country radio, but testing has proven mixed with the audience, as the song registers the fifth highest negative score on the tally. It is easy to hear why this song could work at Hot AC radio, but it still may be a tough sell.

Mariah Carey
MARIAH CAREY – “Infinity” (May 5) (* + **)
Label: Epic
Just before she takes the stage in Las Vegas, the legendary Carey is out with her new single, the only new song to be featured on a compilation album titled #1 To Infinity. The album features her 18 chart-topping songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1990’s “Vision Of Love” and 2008’s “Touch My Body”. Her presence at radio may be diminished, but this should receive decent support.

Parachute
PARACHUTE – “Crave” (May 5) (**)
Label: Vanguard
Serviced to radio back in mid-March, the latest single by the incredible shrinking Virginia trio has been played on several Hot AC outlets, but isn’t being covered at all on the band’s social media profiles. It’s very peculiar. Well, now with a new record label, the home of many other acts at the format, their catchy sound is definitely a winner on my weekly chart. Will radio take to it as well?

Plain White T's
PLAIN WHITE T’S – “Pause” (May 5) (**)
Label: Proud Bird/Redjacket
The Illinois quintet, best known for hits like “Hey There Delilah” and “Rhythm Of Love”, hit a few bumps in the last few years. In early 2013, their “Should’ve Gone To Bed” was serviced at the same time that member Tim Lopez appeared on NBC’s Ready For Love. The series tanked; their single stalled, as did a followup. Independent but keeping strong, their new song is worth a replay.

Shawn Mendes
SHAWN MENDES – “Stitches” (May 5) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
It was quite the achievement when Mendes’s first album, Handwritten, entered the Billboard 200 at #1 last week. However, that second week drop was a tragic one. Front-loaded and lacking radio support on two singles with two pushes each, it may fall off in mere weeks at this point. Early adds at the two Los Angeles CHR stations is an encouraging sign, but it’s no guarantee of a smash.

Allen Stone
ALLEN STONE – “Freedom” (May 12) (**)
Label: Capitol
After the self-titled Allen Stone era with ATO Records, the 28-year-old Washington singer and songwriter lands at Capitol for his upcoming Radius set (due on May 26) and has a split single campaign at two formats to lead it off. As “Upside” continues to grow at AAA radio, picking up a pair of stations this week, “Freedom” is new at Hot AC. It’s a great retro pop record that deserves love.

Barenaked Ladies
BARENAKED LADIES – “Say What You Want” (May 19) (**)
Label: Vanguard
Back with a new studio album in June, the Canadian quartet gets their pinball on as they bounce back onto the music scene. Much like the arcade game, however, you can’t win every time, and the band has seen their airtime diminish quickly in the U.S. over the past decade (save for a play of “One Week” or “Pinch Me” occasionally.) Their sound is still solid and the live show is just as good.

Jason French
JASON FRENCH – “You Just Want My Money” (May 19) (*)
Label: Interscope
French is a 26-year-old newcomer who has already won over the social crowd with his first single, a hugely successful song on the video application Vine, and on streaming platforms, where “Money” has tallied 7.5 million plays thus far on Spotify. The singer is currently between a radio tour and recording his debut album, and if this is a preview of what’s to come, expect some good tunes.

Sam Hunt
SAM HUNT – “Take Your Time” (May 19) (*)
Label: MCA Nashville/Capitol
“Take” was one of the songs featured in this post from March in regards to recent Country hits that I thought could cross over to pop radio. Well, it’s all happening! Hunt’s tune is already gaining well at Hot AC radio and it received a decent amount of adds in the last CHR report. Hey, Shawn Mullins’s “Lullaby” spent seven weeks atop the chart in 1998-9; this could do some damage too.

Taylor Swift
TAYLOR SWIFT featuring KENDRICK LAMAR – “Bad Blood” (May 19) (*)
Label: Big Machine/Republic
“Blood” was one of the few songs on this month’s Radio Report to also be featured in my Song Of The Summer contenders list in mid-April. As I mentioned, Swift is coming off her third CHR #1 in a row with “Style”, making the 1989 era her most successful at the format so far. Will the forthcoming remix, with an artist yet to be identified, propel her back to #1 again? It may just happen.

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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Go To “Church”: Chart Hits Worth The Worship

Songs at your service.

Songs at your service.

Everyone is buzzing about the debut single from 24-year-old Irish newcomer Hozier“Take Me To Church”. After a lengthy rise up the AAA survey, it’s finally made it to #1 as it continues to pile on airplay at the Alternative format, as well as begin its crossover to CHR and Hot AC radio. Now, while synagogue may be my place of choice when it comes to religious preference, there are still plenty of churchgoers around and a few of them have sung about it. So, while the latest “Church” sits just below the Hot 100, waiting to deliver its sermon upon the surveys, here are some of the other charting singles on the topic from the holy scripture we call Billboard:

“The Church Bells May Ring”, The Diamonds (#14, 1956)
Originally done by a group called The Willows, the version by this Canadian quartet broke the top 40 and became another moderate single for the four. One year later, they would score with their signature song, “Little Darlin'”, which climbed to #2.

“I Met Her In Church”, The Box Tops (#37, 1968)
“The Letter” (#1) and “Cry Like A Baby” (#2) put them in the national spotlight when it came to giant releases, but even their more obscure singles struck a chord with the buying public. Barely a top 40 entry, it was one of two charters from Non-Stop.

“Church Street Soul Revival”, Tommy James (#62, 1970)
After breaking off with his band The Shondells, James turned his attention to what should’ve been a decent-sized solo career, but the notable singles didn’t come easily. Unfortunately, this cut from 1971’s Christian Of The World isn’t well-remembered.

“I Hear Those Church Bells Ringing”, Dusk (#53, 1971)
Peggy Santiglia made it to #1 on the Hot 100 with The Angels on “My Boyfriend’s Back”, and years after that classic smash, she led this band to some minimal success. Followup “Angel Baby” stalled in the 50’s before the short-lived act called it quits.

“Church”, Bob Welch (#73, 1979)
After leaving Fleetwood Mac at the end of 1974, Welch had a small run of solo songs on the national pop survey. This was the followup to “Precious Love”, a top 20 hit, but this second single from Three Hearts didn’t do as well. He passed away in 2012.

“Church Of The Poison Mind”, Culture Club (#10, 1983)
The hype was big for Colour By Numbers, this quartet’s second album, and it was no sophomore slump. Climbing to a peak of #10 on the Hot 100 in December, it was their fourth consecutive top ten release. It also peaked at #2 in the United Kingdom.

“Church Of Your Heart”, Roxette (#36, 1992)
Sweden’s dynamic duo took a Joyride to the top in 1991, but their time on the highway to hits were numbered. “Church” went top 20 on CHR radio, though it just dented the top 40 on the Hot 100, becoming their lowest charting release up to that time.

“Little White Church”, Little Big Town (#59, 2010)
After the struggling A Place To Land era failed to answer their prayers, this “Church” became the first top ten on the Country chart for the group since 2006’s “Good As Gone”. It was their second certified single, selling 500,000 copies and going Gold.

“No Church In The Wild”, Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean (#72, 2012)
Taken from Watch The Throne, this certainly wasn’t the biggest in terms of peak position, but the collaboration between the two rappers and singer did sell enough to go Gold. It was put in several movie trailers and an advertising campaign for Dodge.

Which of these songs get you in the spirit of spirits? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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