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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 8, 2020

U got a winner, kids.

You’re stuck with us as we travel through a land of new releases, including top albums from Hayley Williams, Kehlani and Nav, as well as the latest singles from Ariana Grande, Arizona Zervas, Charli XCX, Justin Bieber, Kim Petras and more. Sample all the sticky sounds:

HAYLEY WILLIAMS – Petals For Armor (iTunes)
Features: “Simmer”, a recent top 20 entry on the Alternative radio chart

KEHLANI – It Was Good Until It Wasn’t (iTunes)
Features: Collaborations with James Blake, Jhené Aiko, Tory Lanez and more

Notable albums out this week: Anson Seabra‘s Songs I Wrote In My Bedroom (iTunes), Butch Walker‘s American Love Story (iTunes), Chris Brown & Young Thug‘s Slime & B (iTunes), Lil Durk‘s Just Cause Y’all Waited 2 (iTunes), Nav‘s Good Intentions (iTunes), Nico Santos‘s Nico Santos (iTunes), RAC‘s Boy (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Easy Life‘s See You Later Maybe Never (Demos) (iTunes), Hailee Steinfeld‘s Half Written Story (iTunes), Jufu‘s Get Used To Me (iTunes), Lil Tjay‘s State Of Emergency (iTunes), Matoma‘s RYTME (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“07 Britney”, Chelsea Collins (iTunes)
“1 x 1”, Cold War Kids featuring Wesley Schultz (iTunes)
“24”, Arizona Zervas (iTunes)
“All My Friends (Stripped)”, The Griswolds (iTunes)
“Always And Never”, Zac Brown (iTunes)
“Anything Could Happen”, The Academic (iTunes)
“Beautiful”, Rhye (iTunes)
“Better Together”, UNSECRET featuring Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Burnt Out”, VOKES (iTunes)
“Ceramic Real Estate”, Riley Pearce (iTunes)
“Champion”, FRND (iTunes)
“Chiquitita (Spanish Version)”, Cher (iTunes)
“Cuss You Out”, Reo Cragun (iTunes)
“Daze Inn (Acoustic)”, Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Dealer”, RMR featuring Lil Baby & Future (iTunes)
“Distance”, Yebba (iTunes)
“Don’t Say It”, L Devine (iTunes)
“Edge Off”, Ted When (iTunes)
“Eight”, IU featuring SUGA (iTunes)
“Entertain You”, Within Temptation (iTunes)
“False Prophet”, Bob Dylan (iTunes)
“Fake Friends”, Lo Lind (iTunes)
“Forever (Stripped)”, FLETCHER (iTunes)
“Friends*”, Moby Rich & Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Girls”, Jutes & Stay Over (iTunes)
“Girls Like Me”, Martina McBride (iTunes)
“Guilty”, Asher Angel (iTunes)
“Heartbreak Anthem”, Kyd The Band x Gnash (iTunes)
“Hero”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Highwater”, Sj featuring JMR (iTunes)
“Hollywood Love”, A.CHAL featuring Gunna (iTunes)
“Honey In The Summer”, PUBLIC (iTunes)
“Honeysuckle”, Greyson Chance (iTunes)
“Horseride”, Breland (iTunes)
“How True Is Your Love”, Hannah Grace (iTunes)
“Hurt By You (Stripped)”, Donna Missal (iTunes)
“I Called Mama”, Tim McGraw (iTunes)
“I Don’t Know Why”, NOTD & Astrid S (iTunes)
“I Don’t Want To Watch The World End With Someone Else”, Clinton Kane (iTunes)
“I Finally Understand”, Charli XCX (iTunes)
“I Got You”, Michael Franti & Spearhead (iTunes)
“I Love Me (Travis Barker Remix)”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“I Should Be Happy”, Lovelytheband (iTunes)
“Joan Of Arc On The Dance Floor”, Aly & AJ (iTunes)
“Just Friends”, Audrey Mika (iTunes)
“Kitchen Table”, Somegirlnamedanna (iTunes)
“Let You Down”, L.A. Guns (iTunes)
“Little Bit Of Love”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Lost”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“L.O.V.(e).”, Ella Eyre (iTunes)
“Love Like That”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Lownely”, BENEE (iTunes)
“Malibu”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Mean It (Piano Version)”, Wrabel (iTunes)
“Memories”, Buju Banton featuring John Legend (iTunes)
“My Phone Is Trying To Kill Me”, The Aces (iTunes)
“Never Have I Ever”, Danielle Bradbery (iTunes)
“Paper Thin”, Lianne La Havas (iTunes)
“Peaked”, EDEN (iTunes)
“Phobias (Bedroom Remix)”, Johnny Orlando (iTunes)
“Pick Me”, Wafia (iTunes)
“Pressure”, Snow Tha Product (iTunes)
“Problems”, Bryce Vine featuring Grady (iTunes)
“Running”, Ralph Castelli (iTunes)
“Savage (Major Lazer Remix)”, Megan Thee Stallion (iTunes)
“Save A Kiss”, Jessie Ware (iTunes)
“Sick Of Feeling Useless”, Neon Dreams (iTunes)
“Smile”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“So Will I”, Ben Platt (iTunes)
“Somebody Else”, Tensnake featuring Boy Matthews (iTunes)
“Stuck With U”, Justin Bieber & Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“Sun God”, NUUXS (iTunes)
“Taco Tuesday”, Migos (iTunes)
“Taste”, Ian Abel (iTunes)
“Tear Us Apart”, The New Coast (iTunes)
“Tennessee”, Peter Manos (iTunes)
“Thank You”, Sheppard (iTunes)
“The Sun Will Rise”, Rhys Lewis (iTunes)
“There With You Baby”, CAPPA (iTunes)
“There’s Still A Light In The House (Chill Remix)”, Valley (iTunes)
“Tomorrow’s World”, Matt Bellamy (iTunes)
“Way Out”, Conor Matthews (iTunes)
“We’ll Make It Through”, Ray LaMontagne (iTunes)
“What You Need”, Chord Overstreet (iTunes)
“When All My Friends Move Away”, Caro (iTunes)
“Wise Woman”, Jason Mraz (iTunes)

Next week, the latest albums and EPs from Bon Jovi, Jason Isbell, Noah Cyrus and Weezer are among the major titles 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 August 24, 2018

An answering machine.

Scene any good chart-topping contenders lately? We’ll see what happens with the new albums below. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

BTS – Love Yourself 結 ‘Answer’ (iTunes)
K-pop rules this week, as this popular seven-man band returns with their latest set. Three months ago, their Love Yourself 轉 ‘Tear’ set became the first K-pop album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Will this extend their streak, or will a recent title return to #1? We’ll get an answer to that important question soon.

Notable albums out this week: HONNE‘s Love Me / Love Me Not (iTunes), Interpol‘s Marauder (iTunes), Justice‘s Woman Worldwide (iTunes), Lucie Silvas‘s E.G.O. (iTunes), Matoma‘s One In A Million (iTunes), Plain White T’s‘ Parallel Universe (iTunes), R3HAB‘s The Wave (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Fall Out Boy‘s Lake Effect Kid (iTunes), Liam Payne‘s First Time (iTunes), Life Of Dillon‘s MIA (iTunes), ROZES‘s i don’t know where i’m going, but i’m on my way (iTunes), Third Eye Blind‘s Thanks For Everything (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“99” and “Good Thing”, Barns Courtney (iTunes)
“All The Time”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Been There Done That”, NOTD featuring Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“Being With You”, Per Gessle (iTunes)
“Better Off”, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine (iTunes)
“Big Mistake”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“Body Count (Remix)”, Jessie Reyez featuring Normani and Kehlani (iTunes)
“Boomerang”, Firekid featuring Rory Feek (iTunes)
“Boys (Pink Panda Remix)”, Lizzo (iTunes)
“Boys Like You (Sunrise Remix), Anna Clendening (iTunes)
“Damn Loyal”, Eves Karydas (iTunes)
“Death Of A Hero”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“Dominos”, Alex Adair & Delayers featuring Samantha Harvey (iTunes)
“Funky Sensation”, “Love Can Be So Hard”, “Where Angels Fear To Tread” and “Where You Come From”, Disclosure (iTunes)
“Gloe”, Kiiara (iTunes)
“Gold”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“Good In You”, Seinabo Sey (iTunes)
“Goodbye”, Jason Derulo x David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William (iTunes)
“Half As Good As You”, Tom Odell featuring Alice Merton (iTunes)
“Head Held High”, Kodaline (iTunes)
“High On Emotion”, Sultan + Shepard (iTunes)
“Hit Me Hard”, CLOVES (iTunes)
“I Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore”, LANY (iTunes)
“Ice Me Out”, Kash Doll (iTunes)
“Impress Myself”, LOVA (iTunes)
“Just For Tonight (Acoustic)”, James Bay (iTunes)
“Live Or Die”, Noah Cyrus & Lil Xan (iTunes)
“Love Is Love (MOTi Remix)”, Starley (iTunes)
“Love Will Save The World”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Might Be”, T-Pain featuring Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“New York At Night (Remix)”, Old Dominion (iTunes)
“One Shot”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Playinwitme (Remix)”, KYLE + Kehlani featuring Logic (iTunes)
“Polite”, Liza Owen (iTunes)
“Rebels”, Ivy Adara (iTunes)
“Right Now”, Nick Jonas vs. Robin Schulz (iTunes)
“Rooftop”, Clara Mae (iTunes)
“Sangria”, SAARA (iTunes)
“Save Yourself”, The Chainsmokers & NGHTMRE (iTunes)
“Siren”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“Sittin’ Pretty”, Florida Georgia Line (iTunes)
“Spin The Block”, Lil Durk featuring Future (iTunes)
“SOS”, Cher (iTunes)
“The 1”, Blackbear (iTunes)
“The Return”, Logic (iTunes)
“Time Is Up”, Poppy featuring Diplo (iTunes)
“Up Now”, Saweetie x London On Da Track featuring G-Eazy & Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Voodoo (Stripped)”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Wanted”, Tyler Shaw (iTunes)
“When I’m With Him”, Empress Of (iTunes)
“Wow”, Tiësto (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Meghan Trainor, Why Don’t We and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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Vital Titles: The CHRonicles Of A “Night”

Here comes the "Night".

Here comes the “Night”.

As it sometimes happens on the CHR/Top 40 format, there are two songs with the same title, but a different melody, competing for slots across the panel. In this case, there are two “All Night” releases freshly reaching the top 60, with each steadily gaining week-to-week. I think I’ll grab some popcorn while they duke it out. (Just grab the fat-free kind, I’m on a diet after award season.)

These acts, a solo rapper and a pop quartet, may not share the same fan base in terms of core demographics and other statistics, but they do have plenty of supporters globally. Will radio’s gatekeepers give them the green light? Let me know what you think!

CHANCE THE RAPPER featuring KNOX FORTUNE – “All Night” (in2une)

PEAK: #56 (as of 2/26/17)

KEY STATIONS TO DATE: WBMP/New York, WBBM and WKSC/Chicago, KMVQ/San Francisco, additional airplay in Boston and Orlando
PRIOR CHART ACTION: no top 50 hits to date; “No Problem” (featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) and his feature on “All My Friends” (Snakehips) impacted at the format, but failed to chart.
STREAMS TO DATE: 43+ million on Spotify
ADDITIONAL INFO: “All Night” now ranks in the top 30 on Rhythmic radio, where it’s being played in some prominent markets.

PREDICTION: Cloudy with a chance of Chance; in2une’s inconsistent track record at the format with independent artists could be the biggest issue holding “Night” back, but the Best New Artist winner may surprise with a sleeper hit. Stream a little stream of him.


THE VAMPS & MATOMA – “All Night” (Island/Republic)

PEAK: #57 (as of 2/26/17)

KEY STATIONS TO DATE: Hits 1/SiriusXM, Radio Disney/Los Angeles, additional airplay in Las Vegas and Phoenix
PRIOR CHART ACTION: “Somebody To You” (featuring Demi Lovato) got as high as #50 for two weeks in September 2014; a reissued uptempo remix of “Can We Dance” and “Wake Up” failed to chart.
STREAMS TO DATE: 143+ million on Spotify
ADDITIONAL INFO: “All Night” has reached the top 40 in four countries overseas, including a lone top ten (#6) peak in Ireland.

PREDICTION: Re-vamped image and sound is a streaming winner, but minimal U.S. support makes this “Night” less memorable. Will the U.S. audience ever fully appreciate The Vamps? It is just too hard to tell at the moment. Hey, there’s always the next single.

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

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

GNASH featuring JOHNNY YUKON – “Home” (Atlantic, February 7 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Singer Garrett Nash, along with Olivia O’Brien, had a slow ride up the chart in 2016 with “i hate u, i love u” (#5).

JAMES HERSEY – “Miss You” (Glassnote, February 7 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Hersey was the vocalist on Dillon Francis and Kygo’s “Coming Over”, which quickly peaked at #36 in April 2016.

THE VAMPS & MATOMA – “All Night” (Island/Republic, February 7 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The British group has struggled at the format; their biggest hit, “Somebody To You”, briefly got to #50 in 2014.

HARDWELL featuring JAY SEAN – “Thinking About You” (Epic, February 14 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Sean had a run of five top 40 hits between 2009 and 2011, but has struggled to find an audience in recent years.

GROUPLOVE – “Good Morning” (Canvasback/Atlantic, February 7 – Alternative)
Album: Big Mess (2016)
Past ALT History: The California band was in the top five late last year with “Welcome To Your Life”. Will they be welcomed back?

AMERICAN AUTHORS – “I’m Born To Run” (Island/Republic, February 14 – Alternative)
Album: What We Live For (2016)
Past ALT History: The quartet last charted at this format in 2014 with “Best Day Of My Life” (#18), a #1 song on the Hot AC listing.

COLD WAR KIDS – “Love Is Mystical” (Capitol, February 14 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: Some stations just can’t get rid of “First”, which spent seven weeks at #1 in 2015. Hope they make room for this!

DEPECHE MODE – “Where’s The Revolution” (Columbia, February 14 – Alternative)
Album: Spirit (2017)
Past ALT History: They’ve had an incredible stretch of 19 chart singles since 1989, with four reaching #1. They last charted in 2013.

Which of these new songs would you like to see on the charts later this year? Let me know!

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A Gaye Old Time: The Battle Of Two “Healing” Hits

Movin' to some Marvin.

Movin’ to some Marvin.

The music of the legendary Motown singer Marvin Gaye has been appreciated by many fans and many more musicians over the years. It’s also gotten a few of those acts into some notable legal issues, but there’s no need to blur the lines here: Gaye, his music and his message remain a key part of the songs we enjoy in 2015. So, I guess it was inevitable that he’s being covered and sampled again even after some people might have been (at least temporarily) scared away from utilizing music of his catalog. In fact, we’re coming upon two different singles, both fighting for pop radio glory, that sample his 1982 smash “Sexual Healing”. Yet, this leads us to a few questions, though the answers won’t reveal themselves for some time. Will both tracks be able to coexist in the top 40 at one time? Will they cancel each other out? Will Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor‘s recent smash “Marvin Gaye”, which is now descending the chart, play any role in how these two chart runs play out? Let’s take a look at what may happen.

Already rising up into the top 20 at Rhythmic radio and heading upward is “The Fix”, a new release from Nelly that also features Jeremih. The latest tune from the St. Louis rapper has also picked up a small group of stations on the CHR radio panel, where it finds itself just below the top 50 and making some gains, albeit much smaller ones. “Fix” marks the debut single for a record label called RECORDS, which is a new partnership between SONGS Publishing and RED Music in the Sony family. Of course, this does mean that the performer is no longer with Universal, whom he was signed to for over a decade. Nearing his 41st birthday in just a few weeks, the ageism of pop radio is likely to take its toll on this track, at least to an extent, but consistent sales in the top 100 on iTunes and almost 7.5 million streams on Spotify are proving that this has some strength in the marketplace. Give it some time; it may just be a surprise sleeper song for the fall.

Of course, that sleeper status will, no doubt, be affected by the other single searching for open slots on radio playlists. This one is heading for adds at CHR radio on October 20, but it will potentially start gaining some spins earlier than that. It’s “Try Me”, sung by Jason Derulo and featuring Jennifer Lopez, along DJ/producer Matoma, who you may know from his tropical house flip of a Notorious B.I.G./Ja Rule/Ralph Tresvant song, titled as “Old Thing Back” for the new release. That single was a big hit in Norway and Sweden earlier this year. Derulo’s third single from the album Everything Is 4 is his followup to “Cheyenne”, a top 20 single that recently crashed hard due to a lack of sales momentum (and a number of late Q3 singles by top-tier acts debuting at the same time.) We’ll see if that stalling has done any damage to the era, or if “Try” can carry Derulo and company back to the top again. It’s now at 45 million streams on Spotify.

This is an interesting situation, to say the least, and it’s one where anything can truly happen given the track records of both main acts involved. We’ll keep you updated on how these new releases do at radio as the year goes on! Until then, follow and like us on various social media sites for more musical mending and record rejuvenation by clicking the Get Social! tab above.

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