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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 10, 2019

Minding the store this week.

What’s the logical option for your Mother’s Day gift? New music, of course! From hot names to cool emerging artists, these are the top new albums and singles hitting the market:

CIARA – Beauty Marks (iTunes)
Features: “Thinkin Bout You”, a current top 50 entry on the Top 40 radio chart, as well as prior singles “Dose” and “Level Up”

LOGIC – Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (iTunes)
Features: “Homicide”, a collaboration with Eminem that reached #1 on iTunes earlier this month

Notable albums out this week: Ari Lennox‘s Shea Butter Baby (iTunes), Bear Hands‘s Fake Tunes (iTunes), Howard Jones‘s Transform (iTunes), Mac DeMarco‘s Here Comes The Cowboy (iTunes), Marc Anthony‘s Opus (iTunes), Parachute‘s Parachute (iTunes), Rodney Atkins‘s Caught Up In The Country (iTunes), Shaggy‘s Wah Gwaan?! (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: James Bay‘s Oh My Messy Mind (iTunes), Jesse Saint John‘s Don’t Stop Dancing. Life Gets Sad. (iTunes), JT Roach‘s Witches Lake (iTunes), Kian‘s Bliss (iTunes), Moontower‘s Season 1: The Ballad Of William Hollywood (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“:( (Sad Face)”, Bahari (iTunes)
“100 Bands”, Mustard featuring Quavo, 21 Savage, Meek Mill & YG (iTunes)
“A Whole New World”, ZAYN & Zhavia Ward (iTunes)
“Afterhours”, Teamwork featuring Nina Nesbitt x AJ Mitchell (iTunes)
“All That Matters (Acoustic)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Badass Woman”, Meghan Trainor (iTunes)
“Beer Never Broke My Heart”, Luke Combs (iTunes)
“Between You & I”, Kita Alexander (iTunes)
“BFA (Best Friend’s Ass)”, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike featuring Paris Hilton (iTunes)
“Bite”, Charlie Cunningham (iTunes)
“Blame It On My Youth”, Blink-182 (iTunes)
“Blow It All”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Body 2 Body”, MK (iTunes)
“Burned By The Love”, Juke Ross (iTunes)
“Can’t Take It From Me”, Major Lazer featuring Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Caroline”, Calboy featuring Polo G (iTunes)
“Civil War”, Russ (iTunes)
“Cologne”, Isaac Dunbar (iTunes)
“Crave”, Madonna featuring Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Dance Monkey”, Tones And I (iTunes)
“Death Of Me”, Brandon Jenner (iTunes)
“Diva”, Aazar featuring Swae Lee & Tove Lo (iTunes)
“Don’t Give Up On Me Now”, R3HAB x Julie Bergan (iTunes)
“Don’t Hurt Like It Used To”, Grace Carter (iTunes)
“Dreams”, Haley Reinhart (iTunes)
“Drunk On Saturday”, ILOVEMAKONNEN (iTunes)
“Evil Spider”, Bene (iTunes)
“Falling Like The Stars”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Flames”, SG Lewis featuring Ruel (iTunes)
“Fuckboy”, BAUM (iTunes)
“Go Slow”, Gorgon City & Kaskade featuring Roméo (iTunes)
“Happy Thoughts”, Benjamin Ingrosso & Felix Sandman (iTunes)
“Heart” / “No Vacancy”, Rainbow Kitten Surprise (iTunes)
“Hijack”, Hein Cooper (iTunes)
“I Don’t Care”, Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber (iTunes)
“I’m So Sad” and “Sunset”, Gnash (iTunes)
“Juice (Breakbot Remix)”, Lizzo (iTunes)
“Legendary”, Skillet (iTunes)
“Let Me Take You”, Whethan featuring Jeremih (iTunes)
“Low Blow”, CXLOE (iTunes)
“Mama”, Raveena (iTunes)
“Missing You”, Ingrid Michaelson (iTunes)
“On My Mind”, Sonny Alven (iTunes)
“On My Way”, Sophie Francis (iTunes)
“On The Beach”, Jubël (iTunes)
“One Big Party”, Gia Woods (iTunes)
“Pages”, SVRCINA (iTunes)
“Poison”, Allan Rayman (iTunes)
“Pups”, A$AP Ferg featuring A$AP Rocky (iTunes)
“Retrograde”, Dinah Jane (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Eric Nam (iTunes)
“Save Yourself”, Vanic featuring Gloria Kim (iTunes)
“She Live”, Maxo Kream featuring Megan Thee Stallion (iTunes)
“Shiny”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Sixteen (Don Diablo Remix)”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
“Song For Sammy”, Missy Higgins (iTunes)
“Stay (Don’t Go Away)”, David Guetta featuring RAYE (iTunes)
“The Big One”, Joe Janiak (iTunes)
“The River”, AURORA (iTunes)
“Too Much”, Carly Rae Jepsen (iTunes)
“Tough Love”, Avicii featuring Agnes and Vargas & Lagola (iTunes)
“Triggered (Freestyle)”, Jhené Aiko (iTunes)
“Walk Away (Martin Jensen Remix)”, Alle Farben featuring James Blunt (iTunes)
“We’re The Same”, Vigiland featuring Alexander Tidebrink (iTunes)
“What I Like About You (Acoustic)”, Jonas Blue featuring Theresa Rex (iTunes)
“Wink Emoji”, Yung Pinch featuring GASHI (iTunes)
“Wreck (Stripped)”, Hux (iTunes)
“Wrong One”, Seth Sentry (iTunes)
“You And I”, Barns Courtney (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums and EPs from Carly Rae Jepsen, Lewis Capaldi 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 May 5, 2017

Looking for “Room” at the top.

It’s a logical fight between a traveller and a logician this week, as two big releases attempt to steal the #1 spot away from Kendrick Lamar‘s hot set. Can one of them pull it off? Here’s all the action from this week’s schedule:

CHRIS STAPLETON – From A Room: Volume 1 (iTunes)
Stapleton’s sophomore album follows 2015’s Traveller, which garnered universal acclaim and a number of awards. It also ranked at #4 on the list of 2016’s best-selling albums here in the States. Lead single “Either Way”, which wasn’t released prior to the album in an unusual move, impacts at Country radio on Monday. It’s pretty clear that this will be a contender for #1, but it’ll have to compete with…

LOGIC – Everybody (iTunes)
The third studio album for this Maryland rapper is also looking at a notable first week, thanks to a lot of positive buzz and a nice list of collaborators. Of course, his first two albums reached the top five in the last few years, but his following continues to expand. “1-800-273-8255”, both the radio single and the number for the Suicide Prevention Hotline, is headed to the Rhythmic format.

More albums out this week: Blondie‘s Pollinator (iTunes), Day Wave‘s The Days We Had (iTunes), Diana Krall‘s Turn Up The Quiet (iTunes), Goodbye June‘s Magic Valley (iTunes), LP‘s Lost On You (iTunes), Mac DeMarco‘s This Old Dog (iTunes), Patti LaBelle‘s Bel Hommage (iTunes), Russ‘s There’s Really A Wolf (iTunes), Ruth B.‘s Safe Haven (iTunes), The Head And The Heart‘s Stinson Beach Sessions (iTunes), Vinyl Theatre‘s Origami (iTunes), Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years Of The Story (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 62 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: James Hersey‘s Pages (iTunes), Kita Alexander‘s Hotel (iTunes), Sigrid‘s Don’t Kill My Vibe (iTunes), Tim Chadwick‘s Early Days (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Falls Down”, Paul Rey (iTunes)
“Bring It Back”, Lil Yachty (iTunes)
“Bout You”, VÉRITÉ (iTunes)
“Call The Police” / “American Dream”, LCD Soundsystem (iTunes)
“Caramel”, Terror Jr (iTunes)
“Dear Ana (Acoustic)”, Matthew Koma (iTunes)
“Despacito (Major Lazer & MOSKA Remix)”, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (iTunes)
“Do You Think About Me”, Benjamin Ingrosso (iTunes)
“Driver”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Electric Touch (Ayokay Remix)”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Eyes Closed”, Halsey (iTunes)
“Eyes Closed”, Tyga (iTunes)
“Fair-Weather Friend”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Got A Little Drunk”, Madcon (iTunes)
“High Without Your Love”, Loote (iTunes)
“Hunter”, Galantis (iTunes)
“Hurt By You”, Emily Warren (iTunes)
“Issues (Alan Walker Remix)”, Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Killing Time”, Serena Ryder (iTunes)
“Mama”, Jonas Blue featuring William Singe (iTunes)
“Moonlight”, Dan Owen (iTunes)
“On The Charts”, DREAMCAR (iTunes)
“Perfect Color”, SafetySuit (iTunes)
“SHE”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“Sink”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Slow Hands”, Niall Horan (iTunes)
“Sundays”, Tom Prior (iTunes)
“Sweet Creature”, Harry Styles (iTunes)
“Tears Gone Bad”, Mr. Probz (iTunes)
“The Breakup”, LANY (iTunes)
“Told You So”, Paramore (iTunes)
“Want You Back”, Haim (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Harry Styles, Zac Brown Band and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (September 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 September on the Alternative and Triple A formats in the second part of this month’s Radio Report:


Peking Duk
PEKING DUK featuring BENJAMIN JOSEPH – “Say My Name” (September 8) (*)
Label: RCA
If you pay attention to the ARIA charts out of Australia, you’re probably already familiar with this duo out of Canberra. Last year, two of their songs, “High” and “Take Me Over”, peaked in the top ten and reached multi-Platinum status. By comparison, this one didn’t do as well, going to #29 in late July. However, this is their first time at U.S. radio, and their “Name” is about to spread well.

Fall Out Boy
FALL OUT BOY – “Irresistible” (September 15) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
This Illinois group is still in full crossover mode, as “Uma Thurman” steadily climbs through the top ten on both CHR and Hot AC radio. The song may not have been as big on the Alternative chart, where it stalled in the 20’s, but perhaps their followup will be a more instant success. Hey, it’s already over 20 million streams on Spotify without any significant play and headed for much more.

Grace Mitchell
GRACE MITCHELL – “Jitter” (September 15) (* + **)
Label: Republic
Prominent internet station Beats 1 has been all over this record since it debuted on there on August 18, and that’s big for a new act like Mitchell. Most teenagers can only dream of that kind of exposure, but she’s living the dream, as the Portland, OR native looks to bring her sound onto the FM dial. If you’re digging the single, check out her Design EP from last year and Raceday EP out now.

GRIZFOLK – “Troublemaker” (September 15) (* + **)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
Based in Los Angeles, the quintet released an EP called From The Spark in August of last year. Although several of its tracks had a bit of buzz on the blogs thanks to popular remixes, like “Hymnals” and “The Struggle”, that didn’t translate into significant airplay at AAA radio. Luckily, the guys return with this great song and it is being sent to two formats this time. Will it cause some trouble?

City And Colour
CITY AND COLOUR – “Lover Come Back” (September 22) (**)
Label: Dine Alone/Caroline
Dallas Green’s solo act has been entertaining fans around the world for a decade now, and his latest release, If I Should Go Before You, lands in stores on October 9. Like Mitchell above, Beats 1 played a hand in providing some attention, though it was towards a cut titled “Woman”, which you receive with a pre-order digitally. We’ll see if it’s capable of giving him his first top ten album here.

JR JR – “Gone” (September 22) (*)
Label: Warner Bros.
They were once known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., but for their latest album, they’ve decided to shorten that name. To date, they’ve only had some minor success on Heatseekers survey, where they’ve charted two of their albums. Now, the guys from Detroit head back into the music scene with a self-titled album, due September 25, and this tune, which will hopefully get them some solid play.

Mac Demarco
MAC DEMARCO – “No Other Heart” (September 22) (**)
Label: Captured Tracks
Just under two months ago, this singer’s “The Way You’d Love Her” was sent for adds at the AAA format and started to gain some traction. However, it looks like it’s been quickly replaced with this, which is also another popular track from his mini-album called Another One. That set recently gave him his highest debut ever on the Billboard 200 and top 40 debuts in some other territories.

Which of these new singles 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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 7, 2015

It's Dre Day... and everybody's celebrating.

It’s Dre Day… and everybody’s celebrating.

This week’s New Music Friday is all rapped up, because the good Doctor is back in his office and ready for the people. However,  he’s not the only one with a musical memento coming to you today. So, take your vitamins and your wallet out, because here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • DR. DRE — Compton, A Soundtrack (iTunes)
    • I was 9 when 2001 came out nearly 16 years ago, and it’s hard to believe that the former N.W.A. rapper is putting out his first album since then (and final one) today. The head of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics is looking for his first #1 ever on the Billboard 200. It could very likely happen with this set, but it is also exclusive to Apple, which could hinder its performance versus a wide release.
  • LUKE BRYAN — Kill The Lights (iTunes)
    • Featuring his recent #1 on the Country survey, “Kick The Dust Up”, it’s no surprise that Bryan will have one of this year’s top opening weeks when all is said and done. The question is, can he beat Dre’s soundtrack? With radio on a roll for followup “Strip It Down” and some big promotional appearances on the schedule, he certainly could do it.
  • VARIOUS ARTISTS — NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 55 (iTunes)
    • I know what you’re saying: they’re on the 55th edition? It’s true. The newest compilation from the group should be heading for a top five debut. Look out for NOW What’s Next tracks from great new acts like Clairity and Conrad Sewell.
  • More albums out this week: Fear Factory‘s Genexus (iTunes), Frank Turner‘s Positive Songs For Negative People (iTunes), Health‘s Death Magic (iTunes), IAMDYNAMITE‘s Wasa Tusa (iTunes), Mac DeMarco‘s Another One (iTunes), Miss May I‘s Deathless (iTunes), Never Shout Never‘s Black Cat (iTunes), The Mynabirds‘s Lovers Know (iTunes), tobyMac‘s This Is Not A Test (iTunes), Vivian Green‘s Vivid (iTunes), Soundtrack to Ricki And The Flash (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Coucheron‘s Playground (iTunes), Jarryd James‘s Jarryd James (iTunes)

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

  • “Again”, new from Fetty Wap. (iTunes)
  • “Back Together”, a new single from Robin Thicke and Nicki Minaj. (iTunes)
  • “Body On Me”, new from Rita Ora and Chris Brown. (iTunes)
  • “Devil”, a collaboration from Cash Cash, Busta Rhymes, B.o.B and Neon Hitch. (iTunes)
  • “Love Myself”, a single (and new iHeartMedia On The Verge track for CHR radio) from Hailee Steinfeld. (iTunes)
  • “Making The Most Of The Night”, an instant grat track from Carly Rae Jepsen. (iTunes)
  • “Way Down We Go” new from Kaleo. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from acts like Dillon Francis, Melanie Martinez and New Politics. See you then!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (August 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 August on the Alternative and Triple A formats in the second part of this month’s Radio Report:


Mac Demarco
MAC DEMARCO – “The Way You’d Love Her” (August 4) (**)
Label: Captured Tracks
August 7 marks the release of DeMarco’s new mini-album, Another One, though the full set of eight songs is available to stream as of now. The 25-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter managed to crack the top 30 on the Billboard 200 last year with Salad Days and the new set should keep his days on the listing alive. The Current, based out of Minneapolis, added the cut several weeks ago.

Meg Myers
MEG MYERS – “Lemon Eyes” (August 4) (*)
Label: Atlantic
Tennessee-born Myers is on the verge of releasing a full-length album after a couple of successful EPs, and so far, the 28-year-old singer has managed two top 20 singles on the Alternative survey. Coincidentally, the two have one-word titles: “Desire” (from last year) and “Sorry” (from early this year.) I’m sure she won’t be too bitter if the single becomes another moderate hit at the format.

Rayland Baxter
RAYLAND BAXTER – “Yellow Eyes” (August 4) (**)
Label: ATO
Still deep into the optometry section of the monthly radio post, we find another musician based in Nashville, though one that’s on the hunt for their breakout hit on the airwaves. Coming from a musical family, the americana and folk singer definitely has a place waiting for him on the Triple A format. Baxter’s single is already spinning on Nashville’s Lightning 100 and Philadelphia’s WXPN.

Alabama Shakes
ALABAMA SHAKES – “Gimme All Your Love” (August 11) (* + **)
Label: ATO
Sharing the same label as Baxter is this quartet, who interrupt the short chart run of the album cut “Future People” (currently top 30 on the Triple A chart based off unsolicited airplay) with this official second single from the former #1 album Sound & Color. If some GRAMMY “Love” doesn’t come in for their material later this year, it will certainly be a disappointment. Watch out for this.

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
SISTER SPARROW & THE DIRTY BIRDS – “Sugar” (August 11) (**)
Label: Party Fowl/Thirty Tigers
Last week, this song came up in my Spotify Discovery Weekly review as one of my favorite selections on the playlist. However, the New York group is already being buzzed about for some great live performances, which is converting into adds and larger streams data at digital platforms. We’ve already had several “Sugar” titles at different radio formats this year, but this one is just as sweet.

Grace Potter
GRACE POTTER – “Empty Heart” (August 18) (**)
Label: Hollywood
32-year-old Potter and her group The Nocturnals have been rocking out together for over a decade, but for her latest release, it’s a solo outing. Midnight is the name of the album, which is due in a few weeks. First single “Alive Tonight” stalled out fairly quickly and, thus, with no single at radio, the time has come to get something out there. It certainly has a better chance to gain some play.

Tyler Lyle
TYLER LYLE – “Feel Free” (August 18) (**)
Label: All Who Wander
Independent singer Lyle, originally from Georgia, has been writing and recording music for some time now. You may remember a video for his song “Werewolf” that gained some nice coverage online in 2013. This past June, his latest album, The Native Genius Of Desert Plants, bloomed at digital retail and streaming, and it’s a solid batch of songs. This bluesy single is among the best on it.

Vance Joy
VANCE JOY – “Fire And The Flood” (August 25) (*)
Label: F-Stop/Atlantic
After the multi-format hit that was “Riptide” and the top five followup “Mess Is Mine” on Alternative radio, the Melbourne singer is now in stores with an expanded edition of his Dream Your Life Away album, originally released last September. Though “Great Summer” from the soundtrack to Paper Towns wasn’t included on it, this release was, and a music video debuted for it last week.

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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