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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 2, 2020

New releases in your area.

It’s the final quarter of the year and New Music Friday has a few delicious discoveries this week, including some tasty new studio albums from BLACKPINK, Dolly Parton and Mariah Carey, as well as hot new songs from BTS, Shawn Mendes and Why Don’t We. A little wonder and some winners should make this one sweet streaming day:

Notable albums out this week: 21 Savage & Metro Boomin‘s Savage Mode 2 (iTunes), Aloe Blacc‘s All Love Everything (iTunes), BLACKPINK‘s The Album (iTunes), Bon Jovi‘s 2020 (iTunes), Brent Cobb‘s Keep ‘Em On They Toes (iTunes), Corey Taylor‘s CMFT (iTunes), Dagny‘s Strangers/Lovers (iTunes), Dawes‘s Good Luck With Whatever (iTunes), Dolly Parton‘s A Holly Dolly Christmas (iTunes), Halsey‘s Manic (Reissue) (iTunes), Ingrid Andress‘s Lady Like (Deluxe) (iTunes), Kelsy Karter‘s Missing Person (iTunes), LANY‘s Mama’s Boy (iTunes), Louis The Child‘s Candy II (Beat Tape) (iTunes), Mariah Carey‘s The Rarities (iTunes), Melanie C‘s Melanie C (iTunes), YG‘s My Life 4Hunnid (iTunes), Yung Gravy‘s Gasanova (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Benedict Cork‘s Piano Tapes, Vol. 2 (iTunes), CARYS‘s To Anyone Like Me (iTunes), Gavin James‘s Boxes (iTunes), Giveon‘s When It’s All Said And Done (iTunes), Laura Marano‘s You (iTunes), MXMToon‘s Dusk (iTunes), Riley‘s Riley (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“4AM”, Kid Brunswick (iTunes)
“1,000,000 X Better”, Griff & HONNE (iTunes)
“Amen”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Any Way You Wanna Love”, Meg Myers (iTunes)
“Backyard Boy (Stripped)”, Claire Rosinkranz (iTunes)
“Better”, The Vamps (iTunes)
“Better Than We Found It”, Maren Morris (iTunes)
“Body Loose”, Dizzee Rascal (iTunes)
“Bop It”, Fivio Foreign featuring Polo G (iTunes)
“Breathe Me”, Jonathan Roy (iTunes)
“Californian Soil”, London Grammar (iTunes)
“Chocolate Pomegranate”, Ari Lennox (iTunes)
“Cold”, Leslie Odom, Jr. & Sia (iTunes)
“Confleis (No Soy Santa)”, Snow Tha Product (iTunes)
“Dance Away These Days”, Harper Finn (iTunes)
“Demons And Monsters”, 347Aidan (iTunes)
“Do Not Mess With Me”, Tiagz (iTunes)
“Don’t Ever Leave”, Dan Talevski (iTunes)
“Don’t Stop”, Megan Thee Stallion (iTunes)
“Dream On Me”, Ella Henderson & Roger Sanchez (iTunes)
“Elita”, Gary Barlow featuring Michael Bublé & Sebastián Yatra (iTunes)
“Everyone Changes”, Kodaline featuring Gabrielle Aplin (iTunes)
“Fallin'”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“Feel”, Matt Ryder (iTunes)
“Forever Isn’t Long Enough”, Alfie Templeman (iTunes)
“Friends (1994)”, La Bouquet, Jez Dior & Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“Haunt You”, X Lovers & Chloe Moriondo (iTunes)
“Have U Found What Ur Looking For?”, Ashton Irwin (iTunes)
“Heart Of Glass (Live)”, Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“Higher”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“How Was Your Day?”, Beabadoobee (iTunes)
“I Got You”, Disciples (iTunes)
“I Miss The Days”, Galxara featuring Party Pupils (iTunes)
“If You Love Her”, Forest Blakk (iTunes)
“I’m Feeling It (In The Air)”, Cascada (iTunes)
“Indiana (No More)”, Chris Wallace (iTunes)
“It Would Be You (Acoustic)”, Ben Rector featuring Ingrid Michaelson (iTunes)
“Kill Me”, Sundara Karma (iTunes)
“Last Night”, Duncan Laurence (iTunes)
“Leave Virginia Alone”, Tom Petty (iTunes)
“Let Your Heart Dance With Me”, Roxette (iTunes)
“Levitating”, Dua Lipa featuring DaBaby (iTunes)
“Lie Like This”, Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Lie To Me”, Queen Naija featuring Lil Durk (iTunes)
“Lifetime”, Romy (iTunes)
“Low”, Chet Faker (iTunes)
“Lowkey”, Maty Noyes & Franke (iTunes)
“Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)”, Devon Gilfillian (iTunes)
“Money On My Mind”, Upsahl (iTunes)
“Motive”, Confetti (iTunes)
“Must Stop”, ONR featuring Sarah Barthel (iTunes)
“My Head Is A Crowded Train”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Never Call Me Again”, SVEA (iTunes)
“Not Another Love Song”, Ella Mai (iTunes)
“OK Not To Be OK (Duke & Jones Remix)”, Marshmello & Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“One Drink Away”, Cher Lloyd (iTunes)
“Outside”, Oliver Malcolm (iTunes)
“Piano In The Sky”, Winona Oak (iTunes)
“Rockstar”, Mallrat (iTunes)
“Roller Rink”, Dempsey Hope (iTunes)
“Savage Love”, Jawsh 685 x Jason Derulo x BTS (iTunes)
“Say It Over”, Ruel featuring Cautious Clay (iTunes)
“Sea And Fire (Chill Version)”, Harrison Storm (iTunes)
“Shot In The Dark”, AC/DC (iTunes)
“Sofia”, Tiny Meat Gang (iTunes)
“Someone Special”, Anna Of The North (iTunes)
“Something You Like”, Merci, Mercy (iTunes)
“Space”, Becky Hill (iTunes)
“Still Have Me”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Swap Places”, Lauren Aquilina (iTunes)
“The Change”, JoJo (iTunes)
“The Impossible Dream”, Josh Groban (iTunes)
“The Past Is Passed!”, Kinneret (iTunes)
“The Pink Phantom”, Gorillaz featuring Elton John & 6LACK (iTunes)
“The Standard For Kids In The USA”, Brasko (iTunes)
“Think I’m Crazy”, Two Feet (iTunes)
“This Is Christmas”, Goo Goo Dolls (iTunes)
“This Is Our Life”, Des Rocs (iTunes)
“Timbo”, Are We In London? (iTunes)
“Tiny Life”, Evan Giia (iTunes)
“Tonight Is The Night”, McFly (iTunes)
“Too Many Friends”, Spencer Sutherland (iTunes)
“Two Steps”, Maths Time Joy & Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
“Virtual Aerobics”, Wallows (iTunes)
“Wonder”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Wow (Imanbel Remix)”, Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“You”, Link Lauren (iTunes)
“You & I”, G Flip (iTunes)
“You Were Meant For Me (Demo)”, Jewel (iTunes)

Next week, the latest albums from Brothers Osborne and Smith & Myers are among the larger releases on the schedule. 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 November 1, 2019

All we want for Christmas.

Goodbye to Halloween, hello to… Christmas? This week’s schedule is jingling all the way, but there are many other regular albums in the mix as well. Here are all the notable albums and singles hitting stores this Friday:

MARIAH CAREY – Merry Christmas (25th Anniversary Edition) (iTunes)
Features: “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, the annual classic that will likely return to the Hot 100 in the coming weeks

MIRANDA LAMBERT – Wildcard (iTunes)
Features: “It All Comes Out In The Wash”, the lead single, which is approaching the top ten on the Country radio chart

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Charlie’s Angels (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
Features: “Don’t Call Me Angel”, a collaboration from Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey, which is approaching the top 20 on the Top 40 radio chart

Notable albums out this week: Alphabeat‘s Don’t Know What’s Cool Anymore (iTunes), Cold War Kids‘s New Age Norms 1 (iTunes), Future‘s Monster (iTunes), Gang Starr‘s One Of The Best Yet (iTunes), Highly Suspect‘s MCID (iTunes), Hootie & The Blowfish‘s Imperfect Circle (iTunes), Jeff Lynne’s ELO‘s From Out Of Nowhere (iTunes), Michael Kiwanuka‘s Kiwanuka (iTunes), ‘s Walshy Fire Presents: MMMMØ – The Mix (iTunes), Monsta X‘s Follow – Find You (iTunes), New Politics‘s An Invitation To An Alternate Reality (iTunes), Patrick Stump‘s Spell (Soundtrack) (iTunes), R.LUM.R‘s Surfacing (iTunes), Yelawolf‘s Ghetto Cowboy (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: ALMA‘s Have U Seen Her? (Part I) (iTunes), Fergus James‘s All Of The Colours (iTunes), Frenship‘s Vacation (Versions) (iTunes), Lil Peep‘s Goth Sinner Angel (iTunes), Todrick Hall‘s Haus Party 3 (iTunes), WhoHurtYou‘s Stages (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“All The F–king Time”, Loote (iTunes)
“All Summer Long”, Connell Cruise featuring Charlie Finch (iTunes)
“Another Place”, Bastille featuring Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Better Day”, Young Bombs featuring Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“Carrie”, Landon Cube featuring Lil Skies (iTunes)
“Checklist”, MAX featuring Chromeo (iTunes)
“Click”, Madison Kozak (iTunes)
“Colorblind”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Do You Ever?”, Phil Good (iTunes)
“Dominos”, Northeast Party House (iTunes)
“Don’t Say (PBH & Jack Remix)”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Don’t Start Now”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Dream Boy”, Beach Bunny (iTunes)
“Famous”, Vardaan Arora (iTunes)
“Fine”, Mike Shinoda (iTunes)
“Flying (Daniel Allan Remix)”, Wrabel (iTunes)
“For My Daughter”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
“Frío”, Omar Apollo (iTunes)
“F–kyounoah”, Noah Cyrus featuring London On Da Track (iTunes)
“Funeral”, Miguel (iTunes)
“Ghosts”, Six60 (iTunes)
“Gold”, Digital Farm Animals (iTunes)
“Good For Me”, Harper Finn (iTunes)
“Graveyard (Axwell Remix)”, Halsey (iTunes)
“Heartbeats”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Heartstrings”, Felly featuring Santana (iTunes)
“Home To You”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“I Feel Love”, Sam Smith (iTunes)
“I Wanna Be Yours”, Pink Sweat$ featuring Crush (iTunes)
“International Woman Of Leisure”, La Roux (iTunes)
“Is It Just Me?”, Emily Burns (iTunes)
“It Might Be Time”, Tame Impala (iTunes)
“Kissing Other People”, Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Lalala (Remix)”, Y2K & Bbno$ with Enrique Iglesias & Carly Rae Jepsen (iTunes)
“Let It Happen”, Violet Days (iTunes)
“Lose Myself”, Faustix (iTunes)
“Love Me More”, Trippie Redd (iTunes)
“Lucky”, Chelsea Cutler & Alexander 23 (iTunes)
“Messy”, Twin XL (iTunes)
“Monsta”, BENEE (iTunes)
“Morning”, Teyana Taylor & Kehlani (iTunes)
“Motivation (Remix)”, Normani featuring 21 Savage (iTunes)
“Now I’m In It”, Haim (iTunes)
“On A Prayer”, Boy In Space featuring Shy Martin (iTunes)
“Own”, Hartley (iTunes)
“Play With Fire”, Nico Santos (iTunes)
“Rich”, Kid Ink (iTunes)
“Scumbag”, Goody Grace featuring Blink-182 (iTunes)
“Sideshow”, Jutes (iTunes)
“So Good”, Dove Cameron (iTunes)
“Somebody Else”, Katelyn Tarver (iTunes)
“Someone Else”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Something Unreal”, The Script (iTunes)
“Teeth (Live From The Vault)”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
“That Bitch”, Bea Miller (iTunes)
“The Greatest”, John Lindahl (iTunes)
“Unbroken”, Bon Jovi (iTunes)
“Used To Love”, Martin Garrix & Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“Villains”, Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“We Got Love”, Sigala featuring Ella Henderson (iTunes)
“We’re Just Kids”, Call Me Karizma (iTunes)
“What You Did (Preditah Remix)”, Mahalia featuring Ella Mai (iTunes)
“Where The Wild Things”, Labrinth (iTunes)
“Winter Wonderland”, Sam Feldt (iTunes)
“You And Me As One (Acoustic)”, Sigma & Jack Savoretti (iTunes)
“You’re The Best”, Kiesza (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from artists like Bishop Briggs, Luke Combs, Snow Patrol 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 November 16, 2018

Show us a chart-topper…

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 REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 15-16, 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 four tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CAMILA CABELLO – “Consequences” (Syco/Epic)
Album: Camila (2018)
Past T40 History: Cabello is in the top 20 as a guest on Bazzi’s latest single “Beautiful”.  This could become her ninth top 40 entry.

LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER – “Shallow” (Interscope)
Album: A Star Is Born (Soundtrack) (2018)
Past T40 History: Already blasting into the top 40 on the Hot AC survey, this cut from A Star Is Born is holding onto #1 at iTunes.

MARIAH CAREY – “With You” (Epic)
Album: Caution (2018)
Past T40 History: Will this track become Carey’s 15th chart-topper at the format? The performer hasn’t charted here in four years.

RITA ORA – “Let You Love Me” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Phoenix (2018)
Past T40 History: Ora’s latest release is now a top ten hit in the U.K. and Ireland. She has five top 40 entries to date at this format.

Next week: no releases are scheduled as of yet. Stay tuned!

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 18)

Tearin' up the album chart.

Tearin’ up the album chart.

We’re piloting another pass into the pop stratosphere with a Monday date full of fresh releases. (NOTE: some items may not be available until Monday night based on label response time, but most of them are up now.) Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of May 18:

  • Having been in and out of the top ten on iTunes as a pre-order for weeks on end now, it’s very likely that Blurryface from twenty | one | pilots, the duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, will be the top entry on the Billboard 200. Looking at the potential of a top five debut and even a shot at #1, it would be a big boost from their last set, 2013’s Vessel, which peaked at #58. Lead single “Tear In My Heart” is a current top ten on Alternative radio. (iTunes)
  • Russian-born and German-raised DJ/producer Zedd may be in free fall on the CHR survey with “I Want You To Know”, his recent release with Disney star and singer Selena Gomez, but he’ll be back on playlists soon enough with a new Jon Bellion collaboration, “Beautiful Now”. Meanwhile, True Colors, his first album since 2012, is in stores and looking at a larger debut than Clarity. (iTunes)
  • With 25 years of music and 18 number one songs atop the Hot 100, Mariah Carey is one of the biggest-selling artists of all-time, dahling. #1 To Infinity is an updated collection of those chart-topping singles and also includes “Infinity”, which Carey recently performed on the Billboard Music Awards. It went to several radio formats earlier this month. (iTunes)
  • Led by “Can’t Deny My Love”, a recent entry on the Alternative survey that looks to have under-performed at the format, Brandon Flowers is back for his second solo effort away from The Killers, an album titled The Desired Effect. It may not do as well as 2010’s Flamingo, but it’s sure to attract his core fans. (iTunes)
  • 21-year-old newcomer Kelsea Ballerini has her first top ten single on Country radio with “Love Me Like You Mean It”. Now, her first album, The First Time, is in stores. Given her Taylor Swift co-sign from earlier this year, it should debut decently. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Brantley Gilbert‘s Just As I Am (Platinum Edition) (iTunes), Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!‘s Get Lost, Find Yourself (iTunes), Coal Chamber‘s Rivals (iTunes), Faith No More‘s Sol Invictus (iTunes), Hot Chip‘s Why Make Sense? (iTunes), Jamie Foxx‘s Hollywood: A Story Of A Dozen Roses (iTunes), Kopecky‘s Drug For The Modern Age (iTunes), Life Of Dillon‘s Prologue (EP) (iTunes), Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear‘s Skeleton Crew (iTunes), Murs‘s Have A Nice Life (iTunes), Paul Weller‘s Saturns Pattern (iTunes), Rico Love‘s Turn The Lights On (iTunes), Sammy Hagar & The Circle‘s At Your Service (Live) (iTunes), Shamir‘s Ratchet (iTunes), Silverstein‘s I Am Alive In Everything I Touch (iTunes), The Milk Carton Kids‘s Monterey (iTunes), The Story So Far‘s The Story So Far (iTunes) and Whitesnake‘s The Purple Album (iTunes).

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

  • “Bad Blood (Remix)”, singer Taylor Swift‘s new single featuring Kendrick Lamar. (iTunes)
  • “Go Big Or Go Home”, a new single from American Authors. (iTunes)
  • “Kick The Dust Up”, the new single from Country star Luke Bryan. (iTunes)
  • “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt…”, already selling well for Maroon 5. (iTunes)
  • “We Went”, new from Randy Houser. (iTunes)

Next Tuesday won’t be nearly as eventful as this Monday’s bunch of releases, but new albums from Alesso and Lifehouse are on the horizon, among others. A full preview is coming on Monday night.

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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 – “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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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (April 28)


Brown wants the crown.

The last release date in the month of April turns the twang up to a ten, but that’s not everything that the schedule is strumming up. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of April 28:

  • You know them from Country smashes like “Chicken Fried”, “Toes” and “Goodbye In Her Eyes”, but the latest album in the Zac Brown Band catalog has the band going in a few different directions. Perhaps that’s why they called it Jekyll + Hyde. “Homegrown” recently hit #1 at the format, but they’re also on top of the Active Rock survey with “Heavy Is The Head”, featuring Chris Cornell. No matter what side you prefer, the set should be #1 in sales next week. (iTunes)
  • Close to landing his third #1 single at the Country format with “A Guy Walks Into A Bar”, 31-year-old Missouri musician Tyler Farr is out with Suffer In Peace, his first album in a year and a half. The song was recently certified Gold, and the top ten (or possibly top five) is looking good for the new full-length release. (iTunes)
  • Josh Groban‘s recent #1 album in the United Kingdom is now out here this week, Stages. The new set is a collection of songs from classic musicals and features a duet with original American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson. Look for the effort to crash the top ten next week. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Blur‘s The Magic Whip (iTunes), Eric Clapton‘s Forever Man (iTunes), Everclear‘s Black Is The New Black (iTunes), George FitzGerald‘s Fading Love (iTunes), Insane Clown Posse‘s The Marvelous Missing Link (Lost) (iTunes), Matthew West‘s Live Forever (iTunes), Mew‘s +- (iTunes), Pat Benatar‘s 35th Anniversary Tour (Live) (iTunes), Raekwon‘s Fly International Luxurious Art (iTunes) and The Weepies‘s Sirens (iTunes).

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

  • “Ah Ha”, new from Nate Ruess. (iTunes)
  • “Counting On Love”, a new single from Matt McAndrew. (iTunes)
  • “Infinity”, new from Mariah Carey. (iTunes)

It’s all about Mumford & Sons next week as Wilder Mind hits stores on Monday. A full preview of the week, including other new releases from Ciara and My Morning Jacket, comes on Sunday night.

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“Shake” For The Sheik: Taylor Swiftly Tops The Pops

Girl's got her groove on.

Girl’s got her groove on.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock as of late, you and your pals likely know that Taylor Swift‘s latest single is “Shake It Off”. It is not “off”, but very much on… the charts, that is. It has a massive lead on iTunes over Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass”, which has been all about that runner-up slot for the last day and a half. It’s also landing huge gains across multiple radio formats, making it what could be her most successful launch of all-time. The song, itself, is catchy, a bouncy pop anthem reminiscent of “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne and “That’s Not My Name” by The Ting Tings, mixed with a healthy portion of late 80’s pop girls like Debbie Gibson, Martika and The Bangles. It’s a hot hit in the making.

This isn’t the first time that a song called “Shake It Off” has made it onto the pop airwaves, but this could be the most talked about one when all is said and done. Remember these movers and shakers?

“Shake It Off”, Take 5 (2000, Elektra)
Lost in the boy band invasion of the late 90’s, this five man band from Florida was yet another Lou Pearlman outfit, though they only lasted a few years together before breaking up. Reaching the top 20 in sales (yes, I still have my copy) during the summer, it peaked at #47 on CHR radio in July. A follow-up, “Can I Come Over?”, was released that fall, but failed to chart.

“Shake It Off”, Jarvis Church (2002, RCA)
Singer Gerald Eaton of the Canadian band The Philosopher Kings took on his stage name for this solo effort in 2002. It didn’t quite shake a lot of attention its way at radio, however. Serviced in July, the song maxed out at a few dozen spins per week before virtually disappearing from the airwaves. Luckily, Church was able to chart in his home country several times.

“Shake It Off”, Mariah Carey (2005, Island)
Call it “Mariah’s impact” if you will, but when it comes to shaking it off, Carey sure some action on the charts. Following the massive ballad that was “We Belong Together”, “Shake” zoomed up in spins, leading to a massive 7-1 leap and a total of five weeks at the top. To date, it’s her last song to reach #1 at the CHR format, though she made the top 40 as recently as 2014.

Check back this weekend to see where Swift’s “Shake It Off” debuts on my personal chart and watch out for her new album, 1989, in stores on October 27. You can follow the blog below or click the “Get Social!” page to find PGTC on social media.

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Bringing ’88 Back: A “Fancy” Feast Of Sampled Songs

Flashing back like, totally!

They’re so antsy, you already know.

With huge gains in airplay and sales, it’s easy to see why the new #1 atop the Hot 100 this week is “Fancy” by rapper Iggy Azalea and singer Charli XCX. Despite the inevitable calls that R&B and rap music is being whitewashed (again), it’s quite the achievement for both performers, who each score their first chart-topper on the big list. In turn, Azalea becomes only the fourth female rapper to hit the summit following Lauryn Hill (1998), Lil’ Kim (2001) and Shawnna (2003). Since she’s also featured on the #2 single this week, singer Ariana Grande‘s “Problem”, I’d say she’s having a pretty good year so far and the successes will only continue for her.

In recognition of this story and the song, one line came to mind in the first verse. It’s borrowed from rapper Nas‘s 2003 hit “Made You Look”: “Rooftop like we bringin’ ’88 back.” Of course, this line refers to holding parties up on the rooftop of a building. However, Azalea wasn’t born in 1988 and the song certainly doesn’t date back to then. Luckily, there have been plenty of songs in the past few years that have been “bringin’ ’88 back” through a sample or cover of a prior hit. Even since her first EP release in the summer of 2012, we’ve had these fun flashbacks…

FLO RIDA – “I Cry” (2012)
Sample: “Piano In The Dark”, Brenda Russell featuring Joe Esposito (#6, June)

His songs have sampled everyone from Dead Or Alive to Eiffel 65 to Etta James, so I guess it’s not a surprise that the rapper made it on here. “Piano”, of course, was an unexpected comeback smash for Russell. “Cry” marks a rare case where both a single and the song it sampled climbed to the same peak on the Hot 100; it went to #6 just before Christmas in 2012.

SEBASTIAN MIKAEL featuring WALE – “Last Night” (2013)
Sample: “Nite And Day”, Al B. Sure! (#7, July)

Originally born in Sweden and then based in Boston during his college years, this 24-year-old took on this classic from the New York singer, which also charted as a sample for acts like LL Cool J and P.M. Dawn. Mikael’s debut release went top ten on the Urban chart in December and broke the top 40 at Rhythm radio earlier this year. His current single is “Forever”.

TO BE ONE – “Please Don’t Go Girl” (2014)
Sample: “Please Don’t Go Girl”, New Kids On The Block (#10, October)

This trio of teens from New Jersey has yet to fully break on the pop scene, but with the longtime support of SiriusXM’s two pop channels, Atom Factory recently serviced this to CHR radio to minimal results. Unfortunately, it looks to be over. The original “Girl” put the New Kids on the map with their first of nine top ten hits in a row, all ranking between 1988 and 1990.

MARIAH CAREY – “One More Try” (2014)
Remake: “One More Try”, George Michael (#1, May)

As Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse prepares to debut in the top 3 on the Billboard 200, this remake seems to be a fan favorite from an otherwise troubling era. Carey has a history of bringing ’88 back when it comes to covering songs: in 1999, her take on Brenda K. Starr‘s #13 hit “I Still Believe” (which she originally sang backup on) eclipsed it, going to #4.

When it comes to my 1988 jams, I’ll still take those tunes from Breathe and Johnny Hates Jazz, with an occasional spin of Climie Fisher or Crowded House. That’s just a small sample of my favorites that colored the charts with “Electric Blue”, “Out Of The Blue” and “Pink Cadillac”. What’s your favorite ’88 throwback? Let me know! Comment below or find me on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 27)

Carey on, Mimi.

Carey on, Mimi.

Memorial Day may be over for this year, but some chart veterans are hitting the scene with new efforts this week, along with a few newcomers to the Billboard 200. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of May 27:

  • After delays, single changes and scanning childhood self-portraits for the better part of two years, the diva is back and ready to roll. Mariah Carey returns with her first studio album since 2010, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse. Though she’ll likely claim the week’s top debut, Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories should be strong enough to hold her back from #1. Nevertheless, the Lambs are ready to strike for their shepherd. (iTunes)
  • Speaking of fanbases, the Mahomies are another strong one. Luckily, their leader, Austin Mahone, is finally out with an EP titled The Secret, which comes nearly two years after his first radio single release. His most recent single, a collaboration with Pitbull titled “Mmm Yeah”, is on there, along with a few extra nu sounds. Look for it to debut somewhere in the top ten with a really front-loaded first day sales total. (iTunes)
  • Former U.K. X Factor finalist Cher Lloyd is hearing those “Sirens” go off today as her second album, Sorry, I’m Late, finally arrives in stores this week after a six month delay. The set was postponed after single “I Wish” failed to chart significantly, although that aforementioned second single isn’t doing much either. Don’t count the Brats out, though – they could deliver a solid entry for her. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Crowder‘s Neon Steeple (iTunes), Hercules and Love Affair‘s The Fest Of The Broken Heart (iTunes), Kisss Kiss 40 (iTunes), Neil Young‘s A Letter Home (iTunes), Röyksopp & Robyn‘s Do It Again (EP) (iTunes), Sharon Van Etten‘s Are We There? (iTunes), The Ready Set‘s The Bad & The Better (iTunes) and the original Broadway soundtrack to The Bridges Of Madison County (iTunes).

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

  • “Hello, You Beautiful Thing”, a digital single from Jason Mraz‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “I Wanna Feel”, already storming the top in the U.K. for producer SecondCity. (iTunes)
  • “Shades Of Cool”, a digital release from Lana Del Rey‘s Ultraviolence album. (iTunes)
  • “XO”, a remake of a Beyoncé underperforming single by John Mayer. (iTunes)

Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum debuts next week and makes its way towards that lofty certification, while new albums from 50 Cent and The Orwells also try to break ahead of the pack. A full preview is coming on Tuesday!

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