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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 16, 2018

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As the competitors begin their quest to claim the greatest consumption total of the week, only one will win the challenge. Who is vying for first place? Take a look below, because these are the notable digital and physical releases out this Friday:

VARIOUS ARTISTS – The Greatest Showman: Reimagined (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
Given how huge the original soundtrack to this film was in the last year, as well as the artists featured on this set, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be seeing this title at #1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Featuring covers by artists like Kelly Clarkson and P!nk, along with many others, the release should have a solid hold on the charts through the holiday season.

MARIAH CAREY – Caution (iTunes)
With a fan-led campaign lifting the 2001 soundtrack to Glitter to #1 on iTunes and “All I Want For Christmas Is You” making its annual spike ahead of the holidays, look for Carey’s latest set to have a solid debut in the coming days. The album features “With You”, a current top ten hit on the AC chart that’s also nearing the region at Urban AC radio.

After an unexpected label shift in their native U.K., the four-woman group is ready to slay the charts with their new release. That album is led by the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Woman Like Me”, a top five smash in England that hasn’t done nearly as well here. A decent sales week is still likely for the ladies.

MUMFORD & SONS Delta (iTunes)
Now out with their fourth studio album, the British act shines a “Guiding Light” towards #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The lead single from the project is a very strong chart-topper on the Triple A survey, while also entering the top five at Alternative radio.

Canadian singer Bublé is learning about emojis just like the rest of us; in fact, he’s named his newest album with one of them. Its radio single, “Love You Anymore”, impacts at the AC format in January. (It’s already charting up north.)

Notable albums out this week: Alec Benjamin‘s Narrated For You (iTunes), Allan Rayman‘s Harry Hard-On (iTunes), Fly By Midnight‘s Rerunning (iTunes), Hailey Knox‘s Hardwired (iTunes), Just Loud‘s Just Loud (iTunes), Paloma Faith‘s The Architect (Zeitgeist Edition) (iTunes), Rozzi‘s Bad Together (iTunes), Trent Dabbs‘s Postiano (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Conan Gray‘s Sunset Season (iTunes), FRND‘s Before U I Didn’t Exist (iTunes), Isaac Gracie‘s Close Up – Looking Down (iTunes), Kulick‘s Hydroplane (iTunes), L Devine‘s Peer Pressure (iTunes), Lennon Stella‘s Love, me (iTunes), Leo Kalyan‘s The Edge (iTunes), Lido‘s I O U 2 (iTunes), Marc Scibilia‘s 7th & Christopher (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Baby (Acoustic)”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Beach House”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)
“Believe”, Chez Moi (iTunes)
“Between You & Me”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Black Magic”, Ed Drewett (iTunes)
“Breathe”, CamelPhat x Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke (iTunes)
“Cemetery”, COIN (iTunes)
“Closer To You”, Dan Caplen featuring Sinead Harnett (iTunes)
“Cold In December”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Control”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Count On You”, Paperwhite (iTunes)
“Creatures Of The Night”, AFSHeeN featuring Rebecca Ferguson (iTunes)
“Do It Without You”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Doidoit”, Spazz Cardigan (iTunes)
“Downtown Fool Around”, Smallpools (iTunes)
“Everything Goes (Wow)”, Broods (iTunes)
“For Me, It’s You”, Lo Moon (iTunes)
“Ghost”, Magdalena Bay (iTunes)
“Heaven Knows”, Joe Janiak (iTunes)
“Hurricanes”, Dido (iTunes)
“I’m Yours”, Mashd N Kutcher featuring False Rumours & Alex Holmes (iTunes)
“Jolene (String Version)”, Dolly Parton (iTunes)
“Kick You Out”, Loren Gray (iTunes)
“Last Christmas”, Ally Brooke (iTunes)
“Light Me Up”, Max Styler & The Griswolds (iTunes)
“Limitless”, Jennifer Lopez (iTunes)
“Love Me For The Weekend”, Party Pupils & Ashe (iTunes)
“Moonwalking”, Kwassa (iTunes)
“Movement”, Hozier (iTunes)
“Nervous Breakdown”, Girl Wilde (iTunes)
“No Candle No Light”, ZAYN featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Not Today”, Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Please Don’t Try To Stop Me”, Kirsten Arian (iTunes)
“Poor Boy”, The Regrettes (iTunes)
“Put It All On Me”, Phil Good (iTunes)
“Ready To Break”, Wylder (iTunes)
“Say Amen”, American Authors featuring Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Somebody I’m Not”, Martin Jensen x Bjørnskov (iTunes)
“Speechless”, Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola (iTunes)
“Spiritual Man”, LANKS (iTunes)
“Stay”, Le Youth featuring Karen Harding (iTunes)
“Trouble”, Parov Stelar featuring Nikki Williams (iTunes)
“Waves”, Normani x 6LACK (iTunes)
“What Are We Waiting For”, Fergus James (iTunes)
“Who’s Left Behind”, Ryan Egan (iTunes)
“Wintertime”, Norah Jones (iTunes)
“Won’t”, Darci (iTunes)
“Would I”, Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“Wrap Me Up Under The Christmas Tree”, A Great Big World (iTunes)
“You Decided”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“You Make My Dreams”, Tim Halperin (iTunes)
“You Might Be Better”, Anna Mae (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Kanye WestRita Ora and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (September 2, 2018)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Hope you’re enjoying the extended weekend due to the Labor Day holiday, because things are really heating up here on the pop chart. Here’s what’s burning on the latest report:

HITTING THE POST: After a month at #2, “Better Now” by Post Malone finally reaches the top of the pops, marking the second #1 on the Top 40 survey for the performer in 2018. It follows the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Psycho”, which had a four-week run at #1 from mid-June to early July. Both songs are taken from the album Beerbongs & Bentleys, which also topped the Billboard 200 chart earlier this year. Making our way around the other radio charts, “Better” checks in #3 at the Rhythmic list, #23 at Hot AC and #43 at Urban. You can also find Malone on the Tiësto & Dzeko single “Jackie Chan”, which rises to #17 at Top 40 this week and leaps into the top 40 on the Rhythmic chart at #36. It’s unclear what’ll happen beyond this week; Malone has enough of a distance between the next bulleted song in the top five and his “Better” to stay at the top for a second week, but anything could happen. Stay tuned!

HELLO, “GOODBYE”: Riding some killer waves into the top 40 on the latest chart, it’s surf’s up for “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille, serving a gnarly move from 41-30. It’s Marshmello’s fifth top 40 song at the format and Bastille’s third hit. Meanwhile, the “Ocean” comes to the region, courtesy of Martin Garrix featuring Khalid, up 42-38. It’s also Garrix’s fifth top 40 entry here, while Khalid grabs his seventh hit. Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” is next into the water, climbing 47-39 to become their fourth top 40 release at the format, as Cheat Codes x Little Mix splash up from 44-40 with their first collaboration together, “Only You”. It’s the trio’s third top 40 single here, and the quartet’s fifth.

This week’s highest new entry in the top 50 is a four-way collaboration called “Goodbye”, as we say hello, hola and bonjour to Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William. It checks in at #41. Derulo and Minaj previously teamed up a year ago on the song “Swalla”, which spent three non-consecutive weeks at #19 last May and June. Guetta and Minaj have now made the top 50 together on four different entries, a run that started with 2011’s “Where Them Girls At”, a #12 hit that August, followed by “Turn Me On”, reaching #2 that March, and most recently “Light My Body Up”, which stumbled to #48 last April. That’s not all for a Queen like Minaj this week, as she also enters at #46 on a remix of the BTS hit “IDOL”. It’s the K-pop act’s third single to debut here since late last year, when they first entered the list with the Desiigner-assisted remix of “MIC Drop”, spending two non-consecutive weeks at #24 this past January. Other entries in the region this week include Ariana Grande‘s “Breathin” (#48), which is receiving unsolicited airplay, as well as the latest single from The Vamps, “Just My Type”, at #49. Finally, from the “Who?” file, two acts who haven’t previously entered here before, Bobby Green and featured artist Midian, rank at #50 with a song called “Warrior”. Except for a handful of spins, the majority of the airplay for this song is in overnight rotation in low rank markets.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (August 5, 2018)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. August is here, and the end of summer may be a hard subject to think about. However, there are still plenty of nice summer songs in the top 40, some of which should carry into the fall months. Let’s see what’s popping this Sunday:

THIS ONE’S FOR THE “GIRLS”: Girls run the world, and “Girls Like You” is still running the pop world, as the current hit from Maroon 5 and Cardi B has a strong hold at #1 for its second week. It eclipses the 19,000 spin mark, which is due in part to a panel shift last month that allowed several new stations to report to the format. “Girls” climbs from 3-1 at the Hot AC format, their 13th on that particular chart. Elsewhere, the track rises from 18-15 on the AC chart, while moving up one spot to #24 on the Rhythmic chart. Look out for Post Malone‘s “Better Now”, which vaults from 7-2 on the Top 40 list, following a weakened top five over the past few weeks. When it hits the top spot later this month, it will officially become Malone’s second #1 song of the 2018 calendar year.

“HAPPY” TO BE HERE: Blasting onto the countdown at #31, “Side Effects” pairs EDM duo The Chainsmokers with one of the frequent collaborators from their catalog, popular songwriter Emily Warren. It’s the ninth top 40 release for the two men, but just second for Warren, who was last credited as a featured artist on “Capsize” by pop duo FRENSHIP, which got as high as #21 for two weeks in November 2016. She was also heard (in an uncredited appearance) on another big hit by The Chainsmokers, “Paris”, which spent three weeks at #3 in April of last year. Newcomers Lovelytheband also break the top 40 with “Broken”, up 42-39. It held the #1 spot on the Alternative radio chart for six weeks this past spring. Lead singer Mitchy Collins just missed the top 40 four years ago as one half of the duo Oh Honey, whose “Be Okay” reached #46 on the Top 40 survey that June, spurred by satellite radio play and a sync on Glee.

Headed lower in the top 50, we find another four debuts, led by “Happy Now” from Zedd and Elley Duhé at #43. This track marks the latter performer’s first entry at the format. Tyga‘s current Rhythmic and Urban radio hit with Offset, “Taste”, is new at #47. It’s the first single by the lead artist to chart here in over three years; his prior entry, “Ayo”, a collaboration with Chris Brown, reached #27 in April 2015. New duo Social House takes “Magic In The Hamptons”, featuring Lil Yachty, into a magical spot at #48. Their first single has slowly crept its way onto the chart, having been released two months ago before its impact during the second week of July. Lastly, at #50, the first collaboration from Cheat Codes and Little Mix, “Only You”, is now officially on the Top 40 chart. On the U.K. singles chart, it’s still on the rise, having reached a new peak of #14 on the most recent update.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (July 30-31, 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 five new tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CHEAT CODES & LITTLE MIX – “Only You” (300 Ent.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Little Mix has struggled with the U.S. radio audience, with four minor top 40 tunes to date. Will this go further?

CHILDISH GAMBINO – “Summertime Magic” (Wolf & Rothstein/RCA)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Though “This Is America” just missed the top 40 here, it stormed into the top ten at Rhythmic and Urban radio.

DJ KHALED featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, CHANCE THE RAPPER & QUAVO – “No Brainer” (We The Best/Epic)
Album: Father Of Asahd (2018)
Past T40 History: This lineup previously entered the top 40 last summer with the hit “I’m The One”, which spent five weeks at #3.

THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring EMILY WARREN – “Side Effects” (Disruptor/Columbia)
EP: Sick Boy… Side Effects (2018)
Past T40 History: Warren last sang on a chart song by the duo as an unbilled performer on 2017’s “Paris”, which got as high as #3.

ZEDD & ELLEY DUHÉ – “Happy Now” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Zedd’s been hitting the pop survey since 2012, scoring a pair of #1 hits in the process. Duhé is a newcomer here.

Next week: Anne-Marie takes us back to “2002”, while Logic and Ryan Tedder wonder if for “One Day” that they’ll the #1 song on the Most Added list. We’ll see next Tuesday.

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

Back in Blackbear.

Still awake after all that turkey and late-night shopping? We’re doing our best here. Here are the albums and singles you need to know about this Friday:

BLACKBEAR – Cybersex (iTunes) (release date: November 27)
Though this album doesn’t feature his current radio hit “Do Re Mi”, the instant grat cuts from it have been generating some nice streaming action over the last few weeks. With the lack of big releases this week, it should have a solid debut on the charts.

More albums out this week: Björk‘s Utopia (iTunes), Jake Owen‘s Greatest Hits (iTunes), Little Mix‘s Glory Days: The Platinum Edition (iTunes), Luis Miguel‘s ¡MÉXICO Por Siempre! (iTunes), Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds‘s Who Built The Moon? (iTunes), Sam Feldt‘s Sunrise To Sunset (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: Dude York‘s Halftime For The Holidays (iTunes), Kaskade‘s Christmas (iTunes), Why Don’t We‘s A Why Don’t We Christmas (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Cole Swindell‘s Down Home Sessions IV (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Anywhere (Remixes)”, Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Bedroom Floor (Remixes)”, Liam Payne (iTunes)
“Both Of Us”, Yellow Claw featuring Stor-I (iTunes)
“Boxes (Acoustic)”, Goo Goo Dolls (iTunes)
“Caught”, The New Coast (iTunes)
“Crazy”, Lost Frequencies & Zonderling (iTunes)
“Difficult”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Gone Is The Night”, Kris Kross Amsterdam featuring Jorge Blanco (iTunes)
“I Know You”, Craig David featuring Bastille (iTunes)
“Krippy Kush (Remix)”, Farruko, Bad Bunny & Rvssian featuring Nicki Minaj & 21 Savage (iTunes)
“My God & Your God”, To Kill A King (iTunes)
“My Way”, One Bit & Noah Cyrus (iTunes)
“Naked”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“New Rules (Initial Talk Remix)”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“NOMAD”, Walk Off The Earth (iTunes)
“Only One”, Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Perfect (Robin Schulz Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Piñata”, Vice featuring BIA, Kap G & Justin Quiles (iTunes)
“Summer In December”, G-Eazy (iTunes)
“Strangers (R3hab Remix)”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Terrified”, Isaac Gracie (iTunes)
“Wait (Remixes)”, Martin Jensen featuring Loote (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Chris Stapleton, Post MaloneU2 and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 23-24, 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 this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are seven fresh singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALEX AIONO featuring TRINIDAD CARDONA – “Does It Feel Like Falling” (Interscope)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Both soloists are newcomers here. Cardona’s song “Jennifer” has some minor airplay from the Rhythmic panel.

BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
EP: All Your Fault: Pt. 2 (2017)
Past T40 History: Rexha’s had ten top 40 titles since her first in 2014, one going to #1. The country duo has three pop hits to date.

CHEAT CODES featuring FETTY WAP – “Feels Great” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: The EDM trio is coming off a #6 song in “No Promises”, while the New Jersey rapper looks for his sixth pop hit.

CNCO & LITTLE MIX – “Reggaetón Lento (Remix)” (Syco/Columbia)
Album: Primera Cita (2016) (original version)
Past T40 History: The male quintet is new here, while the female quartet has three top 40 singles to date. In the U.K., it got to #5.

LIAM PAYNE – “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Payne topped the pop chart two weeks ago with “Strip That Down”, which falls to #4 on the most recent survey.

LORDE featuring POST MALONE, KHALID & SZA – “Homemade Dynamite (Remix)” (Lava/Republic)
Album: Melodrama (2017) (original version)
Past T40 History: The New Zealand performer has four top 40 songs to date. Her previous entry, “Green Light”, hit #19 in March.

NF – “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
Album: Perception (2017)
Past T40 History: “Down” just made top 50 at this format, becoming his first chart single. His latest album recently entered at #1.

Next week: The latest singles from Avicii and Rita Ora, as well as Harry Styles, are among next Tuesday’s top contenders.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 22, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. With all the Christmas albums making their way into the marketplace this week, you’d hardly know that Halloween hasn’t even happened yet. Seriously, calm down, folks. There are no seasonal songs on the pop chart just yet, thankfully, but we can still unwrap the gift that is my weekly commentary:

“SORRY” SEEMS TO BE THE HOTTEST WORD: Some call her Demigod Lovatican, because her musical catalog is a religious experience. Others, well… others just say they’re casual fans of her material, which is perfectly fine too. Demi Lovato soars from 6-1 on this week’s CHR/Top 40 list with “Sorry Not Sorry”, marking the largest climb to #1 since 2005, when Mariah Carey‘s “Shake It Off” bolted from 7-1 (9/16/05 R&R) to begin a five-week stay. “Sorry” is the singer’s second #1 track at the format, following “Give Your Heart A Break” (9/2-9/12 MB) from her Unbroken album. You’ll recall that “Give” took 25 weeks in the top 40 to reach the top spot, the second-longest run in the history of the format behind Alessia Cara‘s 26 weeks for “Here” in 2016, so “Sorry” claiming #1 in its 14th week isn’t too bad at all.

With Lovato’s song advancing to #1, “Sorry Not Sorry” swaps places with last week’s chart-topper, “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift, which tumbles to #6 after just one frame at the top. That giant fall ties the record for the largest drop from #1 during the PPW (or plays-per-week) era, which also occurred in July 1997, when “Mmmbop” by Hanson fell from 1-6 (7/18/97 R&R) after nine weeks at the summit. You might ask, “Where’s the love?” I will come to you with a weird answer this time aroundif only I can remember it. (The trio’s “I Was Born” is accumulating airplay at the Hot AC format, but hasn’t charted yet.)

WHAT’S “NEW” THIS WEEK?: Plenty to celebrate on the pop chart this week, as four new songs break into the top 50. Leading the latest batch of debuts is “Faking It”, new at #44 for Calvin Harris and featured artists Kehlani and Lil Yachty. Harris’s prior top ten track, “Feels”, narrowly snuck back into the top 40 for the published update, but it will be removed next Sunday. It’s likely to become Kehlani’s second top 40 single and Lil Yachty’s third, all three of which have been in a featured role. Christian hip-hop artist NF follows at #46 with “Let You Down”. It’s taken from his former #1 album, Perception, and impacts at the format this week. We’ll see if the performer can break away from the faith-based world for a moment to score a big pop hit.

Entering at #49 is another single that’s headed for adds this Tuesday: a remix of “Reggaetón Lento” by CNCO and Little Mix. That song has already been a smash across Latin America, and it even hit #5 in the U.K., largely due to the inclusion of the female quartet and their streak of hits in that country. (Of course, they won The X Factor there in 2011.) Lastly, at #50, is a new single called “New” from teen singer Daya. Several months ago, she just missed the top 50 at the format with “Talk”, the fourth single from her Sit Still, Look Pretty album (though it was released after she had already departed her former label for a new home, Interscope Records.) It’s looking to become her fifth top 40 hit sometime next month.

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

Radio Report - January 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 January in this month’s Radio Report:

ONEREPUBLIC – “Let’s Hurt Tonight” (Mosley/Interscope, January 9 – Hot AC)
Album: Oh My My (2016)
Past HAC History: Since 2007, Ryan Tedder and crew have been regulars on the chart. This should become their 14th top 40 song.

HEMBREE – “Holy Water” (Ribbon Music, January 10 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: From Kansas City, this male trio is a new name here. A handful of tastemakers on the panel have started to air it.

NOAH CYRUS featuring LABRINTH – “Make Me (Cry)” (RECORDS, January 10 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Cyrus will become the fourth member of that family to chart with her first hit. Labrinth had a minor hit in 2013.

BROODS – “Heartlines” (Capitol, January 16 – Hot AC)
Album: Conscious (2016)
Past HAC History: This New Zealand sibling duo has no prior history at this format, but they do have three top 40 Alternative hits.

BASTILLE – “Blame” (Capitol, January 17 – Alternative)
Album: Wild World (2016)
Past ALT History: This quartet is 4-for-4 as far as top five singles at the format, with two reaching #1: “Pompeii” and “Good Grief”.

LITTLE MIX – “Shout Out To My Ex” (Syco/Columbia, January 17 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: Glory Days (2016)
Past CHR History: The popular U.K. girl group has three top 40 hits so far, the biggest being “Black Magic”, which hit #23 in 2015.

MAGGIE LINDEMANN – “Pretty Girl” (300 Entertainment/in2une, January 17 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: It’s the first time at the format for the 18-year-old artist. The track is approaching six million streams at Spotify.

LINDSEY STIRLING featuring ZZ WARD – “Hold My Heart” (Lindseystomp/in2une, January 23 – Hot AC)
Album: Brave Enough (2016)
Past HAC History: This is the first collaboration for the two female soloists, who each have two minor top 40 singles at the format.

PASSENGER – “Anywhere” (Nettwerk, January 30 – Triple A)
Album: Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea (2016)
Past AAA History: Mike Rosenberg got to #1 in 2013 with a reissue of “Let Her Go”. “Somebody’s Love” went top five late last year.

OCEAN PARK STANDOFF – “Good News” (Hollywood, January 31 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: California’s had many acts make their debut at the format. We’ll see if this Santa Monica trio is the next to chart.

These past picks are headed to additional formats this month:
CALUM SCOTT – “Dancing On My Own” (Capitol, 1/10 – CHR/Top 40) (See October 2016 Report for Hot AC date)
KALEO – “All The Pretty Girls” (Elektra/Atlantic, 1/17 – Alternative)
(See April 2015 Report for Triple A date)
LP – “Lost On You” (Vagrant/BMG, 1/17 – Alternative)
(See November 2016 Report for Triple A date)
THE SCORE – “Unstoppable” (Republic, 1/24 re-service – Alternative)
(See September 2016 Report for initial Alternative date)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 6, 2015

Keepin' it country.

Keepin’ it country.

This week’s New Music Friday is a real twang thang after this year’s ACM Awards aired on Wednesday night, which gave boosts in sales to big winners like Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town. Here’s a look at this week’s top new albums and singles:

  • ERIC CHURCH — Mr. Misunderstood (iTunes)
    • The latest surprise album in the industry is this new release from Church, which was first distributed to members of his fan club beginning on Tuesday. The title cut from it was just serviced to Country stations, which replaces “Roller Coaster Ride” from his previous album, a song that began to gain traction off unsolicited airplay in several markets. About a day of its purchases will count towards the previous week’s list, but this will still have a good uptick in sales.
  • TIM MCGRAW — Damn Country Music (iTunes)
    • McGraw’s had a huge career in Country Music since his first top 40 single in 1994, and his 14th studio album has yet another top ten song still rising at the format, “Top Of The World”. Though his opening week sales have been on the decline for over a decade, McGraw’s latest set should find a place in the top five, which may extend his streak to 13 in a row.
  • OLD DOMINION — Meat And Candy (iTunes)
    • They have the current #1 song (and perhaps a multi-week one) on Country radio with “Break Up With Him”, but the band’s relationship at radio and retail is just beginning. With an already successful EP under their belts, look for the album to debut nicely next week. No word yet on what the act’s next single will be.
  • ELLIE GOULDING — Delirium (iTunes)
    • For releases outside the Country world this week, Goulding’s latest studio album is set for a solid entry next week. It includes “On My Mind”, an international hit that’s still climbing up the charts here in the States. Halcyon debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 a little over three years ago.
  • LITTLE MIX — Get Weird (iTunes)
    • Their audience may not be as big in the U.S. as it certainly is across the pond, but the four women from the U.K. will be looking for their third top ten album here, even though single “Black Magic” hit a brick wall in the 20’s on the pop radio list. We’ll see what happens.
  • More albums out this week: Billy Gibbons and the BFG‘s Perfectamundo (iTunes), Bob Dylan‘s The Best Of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 (iTunes), CeeLo Green‘s Heart Blanche (iTunes), Grimes‘s Art Angels (iTunes), Hunter Hayes‘s 21 Project (iTunes), Josh Abbott Band‘s Front Row Seat (iTunes), Marc Broussard‘s Magnolias & Mistletoe (iTunes), Natalie Merchant‘s Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recording (iTunes), Sam Smith‘s In The Lonely Hour (Drowning Shadows Edition) (iTunes), Sara Bareilles‘s What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress (iTunes), Seal‘s 7 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Cole Swindell‘s Down Home Sessions II (iTunes), Day Wave‘s Come Here Now (iTunes), Hudson Thames‘s Lip Tricks (iTunes), Ofelia K‘s Plastic Flower (iTunes), REMMI‘s New America (iTunes), The Japanese House‘s Clean (iTunes)

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

  • “Adventure Of A Lifetime”, Coldplay (iTunes)
  • “Been A Son”, Kurt Cobain (iTunes)
  • “Better”, BANKS (iTunes)
  • “Bird Set Free”, Sia (iTunes)
  • “Can’t Get Enough Of Myself”, Santigold featuring B.C. (iTunes)
  • “Do You Wanna Get High?”, Weezer (iTunes)
  • “I’ll Show You”, Justin Bieber (iTunes)
  • “It All Started With A Beer”, Frankie Ballard (iTunes)
  • “Kaleidoscope” and “Oasis”, A Great Big World (iTunes)
  • “Last Minute Late Night”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
  • “Makeshift Love”, Good Charlotte (iTunes)
  • “Naked (Live)”, Goo Goo Dolls (iTunes)
  • “Sober Saturday Night”, Chris Young featuring Vince Gill (iTunes)
  • “Summer Was A Day”, Pete Yorn (iTunes)
  • “Switch Up”, R. Kelly featuring Lil’ Wayne and Jeremih (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include a hot Q4 album battle between Justin Bieber and One Direction. See you then!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (July 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 July on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Demi Lovato
DEMI LOVATO – “Cool For The Summer” (July 7) (*)
Label: Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood
We have a number of singers on the chart at the moment that are (or were) associated with the Walt Disney family, as Lovato has a partnership with both her longtime label and a new home that was set by her manager, Phil McIntyre. “Cool” is a slick single for the season that was co-written and produced by Max Martin. Fun and fresh, it’s bound to be a big hit in her catalog. Soak it all up.

AFROJACK featuring MIKE TAYLOR – “SummerThing!” (July 14) (*)
Label: Def Jam
Dutch DJ/producer Nick van de Wall stands a very tall 6′ 10″, and his last main-credited single to reach this particular chart, “Ten Feet Tall”, propelled him to new heights when it peaked at #19 last year. Now, he’s throwing his hat into the ring with a “summer” title that could face some competition from Lovato’s new song. However, he and newcomer Taylor are ready for some radio rays.

Alessia Cara
ALESSIA CARA – “Here” (July 14) (*)
Label: Def Jam/EP Entertainment
Newcomer Cara, born and raised in the Toronto area, is poised to see some huge numbers later this year as her single develops at radio across several formats. (It is also building at Rhythmic and Urban radio at the moment.) Spotify has been one of the driving forces behind its success, having accumulated millions of streams before ever being serviced. She and her song are “Here” to stay.

AVICII (uncredited vocal by SIMON ALDRED) – “Waiting For Love” (July 14) (*)
Label: PRMD/Island/Republic
Late last year, the Swedish DJ/producer released an EP called The Days / Nights, which featured two cuts that were either pulled (“The Days”) or tanked (“The Nights”) when released to radio despite positive streaming numbers. The latest attempt to launch a new album titled Stories is this single, already a #1 in Austria, Norway and his native Sweden. Let’s hope U.S. radio remembers it.

Little Mix
LITTLE MIX – “Black Magic” (July 14) (*)
Label: Syco/Columbia
The former The X Factor winners from the U.K. have been very successful across the pond and on the Billboard 200, where their two studio albums thus far have both debuted in the top ten, but the quartet has yet to receive a big pop radio hit here. “Wings” is still their highest charting cut, peaking at #24 on the format in 2013. Still, this pop potion may cast a spell on more programmers.

Travie McCcoy
TRAVIE MCCOY featuring SIA – “Golden” (July 14) (*)
Label: Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic
After McCoy’s “Rough Water” swam up to #20 in late 2013, things have been, well, rough for the performer at pop radio. After a second single failed to chart, two of his features stalled in the 40’s earlier this year. Luckily, things are shining brighter for the 33-year-old now that he’s teamed up with the red hot Australian singer/songwriter. It could be a fall favorite for fans and radio alike.

Icona Pop
ICONA POP – “Emergency” (July 21) (*)
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic
It felt like you couldn’t escape this duo’s “I Love It” in the spring and summer of 2013 as it slowly climbed up to a peak of #2 at the format. Though the two have managed a pair of charting singles since then, nothing’s come close to the love for “Love”. The latest single from them could ring the musical alarm, a solid dance sound sprinkled with an uncredited vocal from the great Erik Hassle.

Tove Lo
TOVE LO – “Timebomb” (July 28) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
The Queen of the Clouds has ruled over CHR radio since last year with the #1 “Habits (Stay High)” and a recent top five follow-up in “Talking Body”. Now, I suppose we’ll be talking about this third single, which has fans divided based on the reaction thus far. It may not be the most popular pick, but the tune will likely gain for some time given her momentum. Will it stay ticking or explode?

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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