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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 5, 2018

Star is bright.

Go Gaga over this week’s top new releases, including a buzzing soundtrack, the latest set for a country hitmaker and duos galore! These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER – A Star Is Born (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
Debuting the same weekend that its parent film opens at the box office, both the soundtrack and movie will attract a lot of people in the next few days. On the music side, “Shallow”, which was released last week, remains strong at #1 on iTunes. Also, the ballad “I’ll Never Love Again”, a radio single from the album, is expected to have one of the larger spikes following the film’s debut. Will it be enough to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200? We’ll see how well or not the movie does.

ERIC CHURCH – Desperate Man (iTunes)
Country star Church is well on his way to another high-charting entry, given his four top ten releases since the start of the decade on the Billboard 200 list. Led by the title track, a top 20 hit on the country radio survey, a combination of his passionate fan base and a lot of critical love should make the performer’s latest era a long and lasting one.

TWENTY ONE PILOTS – Trench (iTunes)
The duo’s new album is led by the radio singles “Jumpsuit”, which spent a week at #1 on the Alternative chart, and “My Blood”, a top ten song at the same format and now crossing to the Hot AC and Top 40 airwaves. Will it do as well as Blurryface, which had a string of huge crossover hits like “Stressed Out” and “Ride”? Stay tuned.

FOR KING & COUNTRY – Burn The Ships (iTunes)
Brother, can you spare a hit? The Australian siblings had a joyful time atop the Christian AC chart with “joy.”, which is also rising in the lower rungs of the Hot AC survey. The duo’s last studio album in 2014 just missed the top ten on the Billboard 200, but it’s likely that this one will enter the region.

Notable albums out this week: Castlecomer‘s Castlecomer (iTunes), Cat Power‘s Wanderer (iTunes), Emily Warren‘s Quiet Your Mind (iTunes), Eric Hutchinson & The Believers‘s Modern Happiness (iTunes), KT Tunstall‘s Wax (iTunes), LANY‘s Malibu Nights (iTunes), Mario‘s Dancing Shadows (iTunes), Matt Nathanson‘s Sings His Sad Heart (iTunes), Max Frost‘s Gold Rush (iTunes), Steve Perry‘s Traces (iTunes), T.I.‘s Dime Trap (iTunes), You Me At Six‘s VI (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: AlunaGeorge‘s Champagne Eyes (iTunes), Daniella Mason‘s Emotional State (iTunes), Ivy Adara‘s Intraduction (iTunes), Kim Petras‘s Turn Off The Light, Vol. 1 (iTunes), Marc E. Bassy‘s Postmodern Depression (iTunes), Morgan Saint‘s Alien (iTunes), Niykee Heaton‘s Starting Over (iTunes), Two Feet‘s A 20 Something F**k (iTunes), Will Hoge‘s My American Dream (iTunes), Wingtip‘s Ghosts Of Youth (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1999”, Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Alien Boy (Big Data Remix)”, Oliver Tree (iTunes)
“All Right”, Cisco Adler & gnash (iTunes)
“All That I See”, Matt Corby (iTunes)
“Anthem”, Greta Van Fleet (iTunes)
“Baby (Sofi Tukker Remix)”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Bicycle”, filous featuring klei (iTunes)
“Bitch, Bitch, Bitch”, Hailey Knox (iTunes)
“Build”, Justine Skye featuring Arin Ray (iTunes)
“Can’t Be You”, L Devine (iTunes)
“Close To Me”, Isaiah (iTunes)
“Do You Think About Me (Wuki Remix)”, Captain Cuts & Zookëper featuring Georgia Ku (iTunes)
“Endless Summer (Freestyle)”, G-Eazy & YG (iTunes)
“Every Step That I Take”, Tom Morello featuring Portugal. The Man & Whethan (iTunes)
“Fake Friends”, Joel Adams (iTunes)
“Fire (Part 1)”, The Struts (iTunes)
“Generation Why”, Conan Gray (iTunes)
“Girls In Their 20s”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“GOKU”, Jaden Smith (iTunes)
“Has Ended”, Thom Yorke (iTunes)
“Heaven (Don’t Have A Name)”, Sam Feldt featuring Jeremy Renner (iTunes)
“Hoovela”, Steve Aoki & TWIIG (iTunes)
“Hosanna”, Dan Caplen featuring Dave B. (iTunes)
“I Want You”, Ashlee + Evan (iTunes)
“Imported”, Jessie Reyez featuring JRM (iTunes)
“In My Head”, Maisie Peters (iTunes)
“Jaleo”, Nicky Jam & Steve Aoki (iTunes)
“Just Begun”, WILD (iTunes)
“Like I Did”, JC Stewart (iTunes)
“Little Bit Of Lovin'”, Elle King (iTunes)
“Long Hair”, Moontower (iTunes)
“Lost In You”, Jai Waetford (iTunes)
“Love”, Boyzone (iTunes)
“Madeline”, Causes (iTunes)
“Making Love”, Tenacious D (iTunes)
“Neon Church” and “Thought About You”, Tim McGraw (iTunes)
“No One Compares To You”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Overtime”, Jessie Ware (iTunes)
“People”, RØMANS (iTunes)
“Polaroid”, Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Remind Me”, Emily King (iTunes)
“Ruler”, GOLDHOUSE & Be The Bear (iTunes)
“Soprano”, Duckwrth (iTunes)
“Sucker Punch”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Teenage Rockstars”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“The Moment”, Fickle Friends (iTunes)
“Trust My Lonely”, Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Walls”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“What Do U Like”, Jesse Saint John (iTunes)
“What Do We Do”, Hazers featuring Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“Whatchamacallit”, Ella Mai featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
“While Away”, Eagle-Eye Cherry (iTunes)
“Who Am I To You”, Nightly (iTunes)
“With My Words”, R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“With You”, Mariah Carey (iTunes)
“Without Me”, Halsey (iTunes)
“Who’s At The Door”, Unsecret featuring Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Worship”, MAX (iTunes)
“You’re Gonna Break My Heart Tonight”, Tom Odell (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Ella Mai, Young The Giant 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 September 25, 2015

Fetty, set, go.

Fetty, set, go.

This week’s New Music Friday is our last one for the month of September, and though the month has gone by quickly, we have a number of big releases to close out the third quarter. Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • FETTY WAP — Fetty Wap (iTunes)
    • This New Jersey rapper and singer is all about the numbers, at least to a certain extent. The 24-year-old, who gave us prior hits like “Trap Queen” and “My Way”, has a new hit in “679” and shows support to 1738, a shortened name for the squad that he’s involved with. However, he’s only looking for one number next week: #1. Destined to be this year’s top newcomer when all is said and done, a chart-topping album would be icing on the cake.
  • THOMAS RHETT — Tangled Up (iTunes)
    • Rhett recently hit #1 on the Country radio chart with “Crash And Burn”, which is sure to be a strong candidate for a crossover single in the coming months. The new album features some unlikely collaborations with Jordin Sparks and LunchMoney Lewis. Hey, Country music ain’t what it used to be. This set will likely enter in the top ten, and a top five debut is possible as well. Stay tuned to see how high it goes.
  • CHVRCHES — Every Open Eye (iTunes)
    • The Scottish trio out of Glasgow had a nice year in 2013 when their debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe, made the top 20 on the Billboard 200, while “The Mother We Share” did the same on the Alternative survey. They return with this effort, featuring the single “Leave A Trace”, which is currently in the top 30 at the format. Given a solid pre-order count, this should do moderately well.
  • DISCLOSURE — Caracal (iTunes)
    • Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence took a slow run up into the top five on the pop radio survey one year ago with “Latch”, thanks in part to a featured credit from the red-hot Sam Smith. Their latest collaboration, a single called “Omen”, proves the lightning doesn’t strike twice (at least on that particular chart.) Will they avoid the sophomore slump?
  • GEORGE STRAIT — Cold Beer Conversation (iTunes)
    • With the removal of older acts from many Country playlists as of late, Strait’s new material is stalling at the format that once treated him like a king. (The title track had a partial iHeartMedia hourly premiere earlier this week, but it is only a temporary boost.) That being said, this Apple Music/Wal-Mart exclusive will still do well with his fans.
  • More albums out this week: Avant‘s The VIII (iTunes), Casey Veggies‘s Live & Grow (iTunes), Don Henley‘s Cass County (iTunes), Dumblonde‘s Dumblonde (iTunes), Erick Sermon‘s E.S.P. (Erick Sermon’s Perception) (iTunes), Firekid‘s Firekid (iTunes), Il Volo‘s Grand Amore (iTunes), Jgivens‘s Fly Exam (iTunes), JR JR‘s JR JR (iTunes), Julia Holter‘s Have You In My Wilderness (iTunes), Kaskade‘s Automatic (iTunes), Kurt Vile‘s B’lieve I’m Goin Down… (iTunes), Los Lobos‘s Gates Of Gold (iTunes), New Order‘s Music Complete (iTunes), Parkway Drive‘s Ire (iTunes), Patty Griffin‘s Servant Of Love (iTunes), Peaches‘s Rub (iTunes), Silversun Pickups‘s Better Nature (iTunes), The Dead Weather‘s Dodge & Burn (iTunes), Widespread Panic‘s Street Dogs (iTunes), Various Artists‘s Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Soundtrack) (iTunes), Various Artists‘s We Will Stand (Live) (iTunes), Various Artists‘s WOW Hits 2016 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Big Grams‘s Big Grams (iTunes), Lauv‘s Lost In The Light (iTunes), Max Frost‘s Intoxication (iTunes), Ryan Egan‘s Postures (iTunes), The Score‘s Where Do You Run (iTunes)

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

  • “Alive”, Sia (iTunes)
  • “As Crazy As It Is”, ZHU x A-Trak x Keznamdi (iTunes)
  • “BURNITUP!”, Janet Jackson featuring Missy Elliott (iTunes)
  • “Infinity”, One Direction (iTunes)
  • “I Wish (My Taylor Swift)”, The Knocks and Matthew Koma (iTunes)
  • “Lay It All On Me”, Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
  • “She Used To Be Mine”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
  • “The Beach”, The Neighbourhood (iTunes)
  • “When I Was A Boy”, Jeff Lynne’s ELO (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Avicii, Janet Jackson, Tamar Braxton and more. See you then!

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #80-61

The cream of the pop!

The cream of the pop for 2014.

Another year is in the books and it’s time for the annual listing of the 100 biggest songs that ranked among my weekly top 40 chart from December 2013 to November 2014. It was magical year full of MAGIC! and “Magic” and a lovely twelve months of lovable hits from James Blunt and The Fray. We went “home” with A Great Big World and Andy Grammer, spun around in a “dance” with Milky Chance and Walk The Moon and ended up here with all that was awesome in the year we called 2014.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 30, 2014. Those entries marked with a plus sign (+) had not yet reached their peak position as of the date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

With all that in mind, I think it’s time to rejoin the countdown at #80…

Foster The People
080. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Are You What You Want To Be?” (#16 for three weeks)
Writers: Mark Foster, Greg Kurstin / Producer: Foster
Label: Columbia

Royal Wood
079. ROYAL WOOD, “Forever And Ever” (#15)
Writers/Producers: Bill Lefler, John Royal Wood Nicholson, Simon Wilcox
Label: MapleMusic

Colbie Caillat
078. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Hold On” (#15 for three weeks)
Writers: Colbie Caillat, Ryan Tedder / Producer: Tedder
Label: Republic

One Direction
077. ONE DIRECTION, “Steal My Girl” (#7)
Writer: Wayne Hector, John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, Ed Drewett, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne / Producer: Bunetta, Pär Westerlund, Ryan
Label: Columbia

New Politics
076. NEW POLITICS, “Harlem” (#2 – 2013)
Writers: David Boyd, Søren Hansen, Louis Vecchio, Jake Sinclair, Mike Viola, Jack Ploch, Nelson Ploch, Roger Ploch, Sam Ploch and Sadler Vaden / Producers: Hansen, Sinclair
Label: RCA

One Direction
075. ONE DIRECTION, “Midnight Memories” (#14)
Writers: Julian Bunetta, Liam Payne, Jamie Scott, Louis Tomlinson / Producer: Bunetta
Label: Columbia

Kiesza
074. KIESZA, “Hideaway” (#15)
Writers: Kiesza Ellestad, Rami Samir Afuni / Producer: Afuni
Label: 4th & B’way/Island/Lokal Legend

O.A.R.
073. O.A.R., “Favorite Song” (#11 for two weeks)
Writers: Marc Roberge, Nathan Chapman, Kevin Kadish / Producers: Roberge, Chapman
Label: Vanguard

Chromeo
072. CHROMEO, “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” (#16)
Writers/Producers: David Macklovitch, Patrick Gemayel, Oliver Goldstein
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic

Jesse McCartney
071. JESSE MCCARTNEY, “Superbad” (#13 for two weeks)
Writers: Jesse McCartney, James G. Morales, Matt Morales, Julio Rodriguez, Shane Stevens, Autumn Rowe, Nikola Bedingfield / Producers: The Elev3n
Label: Eight0Eight

HAIM
070. HAIM, “The Wire” (#11)
Writers: Alana Haim, Danielle Haim, Este Haim / Producers: Ariel Rechtshaid, A. Haim, D. Haim, E. Haim
Label: Columbia

Daughtry
069. DAUGHTRY, “Waiting For Superman” (#6 – 2013)
Writers: Chris Daughtry, Martin Johnson, Sam Hollander / Producer: Johnson
Label: RCA

John Newman
068. JOHN NEWMAN, “Losing Sleep” (#14)
Writers: John Newman, Steve Booker, Benjamin Levin / Producers: Ant Whiting, Mike Spencer, Newman
Label: Republic

Better Than Ezra
067. BETTER THAN EZRA, “Crazy Lucky” (#14)
Writers: Kevin Griffin, Ryan Peterson, Nolan Sipe / Producer: Tony Hoffer
Label: The End/ADA

Shift K3Y
066. SHIFT K3Y, “Touch” (#13)
Writer/Producer: Lewis Jankel
Label: Columbia

Katy Perry
065. KATY PERRY, “Birthday” (#12 for two weeks)
Writers: Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Henry Walter / Producers: Gottwald, Martin, Walter
Label: Capitol

Boy & Bear
064. BOY & BEAR, “Three Headed Woman” (#12 for three weeks)
Writers: Dave Hosking, Killian Gavin, Tim Hart, Jon Hart, Dave Symes / Producer: Wayne Connolly
Label: Nettwerk

Max Frost
063. MAX FROST, “White Lies” (#11)
Writer/Producer: Max Frost
Label: Atlantic

Maroon 5
062. MAROON 5, “Animals” (#5 for two weeks +)
Writers: Adam Levine, Karl Schuster, Benjamin Levin / Producer: Schuster
Label: 222/Interscope

Mayer Hawthorne
061. MAYER HAWTHORNE, “Reach Out Richard” (#11)
Writers: Andrew Cohen, Pharrell Williams / Producer: Williams
Label: Republic

Check back tomorrow for 60-41 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (January 2014)

If you follow the radio charts like I do, you’ll want to be on top of only the freshest music being serviced across the nation. So, I’m bringing back an early PGTC feature with a bit of a revamp. With this monthly series, I’ll be highlighting some great tracks at a few different radio formats that will be fighting for airspace over the next few months. So, what are we waiting for? Let the battles begin.

CHR
Jason Derulo and 2 Chainz
JASON DERULO featuring 2 CHAINZ“Talk Dirty” (January 7)
Label: Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.
After the questionable release of the slower “Marry Me”, which ultimately lost the singer and his label some momentum here in the U.S., Derulo’s returned with the international hit, a #1 in Australia, the U.K. and many others. The jazzy R&B banger should be his biggest hit of this era so long as it is promoted correctly.

Naughty Boy and Sam Smith

NAUGHTY BOY featuring SAM SMITH“La La La” (January 7)
Label: Capitol
Though both are newcomers to the Stateside market, “La” did superb numbers internationally, giving the producer his biggest single to date and introducing Smith to a wider audience (and a solo U.S. deal also at Capitol.) The early adds on it look promising, and there will certainly be a pressure to break the song here.

Christina Perri

CHRISTINA PERRI“Human” (January 21)
Label: Atlantic/Roadrunner
Already at #5 on my personal chart, this is a surefire smash from Perri, her biggest hit yet on my top 40 and one of the great ballads out right now. Its genuine vocal and beautiful build are lovely, and the lyric set is sincere and well-crafted. “Human” is the first single from sophomore album Head Or Heart, due March 11.

ALTERNATIVE

Ready, set, "Go".

GROUPLOVE“Shark Attack” (January 14)
Label: Atlantic/Canvasback
“Ways To Go” did some damage on Alternative radio, going as high as #2, and this followup is already climbing into the top 30 on my personal chart. If a moderate rise is in order, the eccentric and fun “Shark” will be peaking around the start of summer begins. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

So far Gone.

HAIM“Forever” (January 21)
Label: Columbia
Currently garnering some minor airplay with “The Wire” at the AAA format, the critically acclaimed sisters out of Los Angeles will be back on U.S. radio with this one, which originally went to a lowly #75 in the U.K. early in 2013. The rock meets 80’s pop track lays down a funky vibe; it’s downright fun retro realness.

Max Frost

MAX FROST“White Lies” (January 21)
Label: Atlantic/Roadrunner
Frost is one of the newest signings to Atlantic, a native of Austin, TX. Garnering top rankings on site The Hype Machine, the performer released an EP, Low High Low, back in October. The song is currently being featured in an ad for Beats By Dre. “White” is an infectious dream pop sound bound for big action, and that’s no lie.

AAA (ADULT ALBUM ALTERNATIVE)

The South's gonna do it again.

BOY & BEAR“Southern Sun” (January 14)
Label: Nettwerk
I first wrote about this song in November and now, we’re just weeks away from the song actually going for adds. With Nettwerk’s recent successes, especially on AAA radio with male-led singles by Family Of The Year and Passenger, I have a feeling this record will be an easy sell. It’s already a big winner on my chart.

The Mowgli's

THE MOWGLI’S“Say It, Just Say It” (January 14)
Label: Photo Finish / Island Def Jam
The eight-piece band out of California are best known for “San Francisco”, which just missed the top ten on Alternative last year. A followup, “The Great Divide”, underperformed, but this next single from Waiting For The Dawn has already seen a lot of play on SiriusXM’s Hits 1. Let’s see if terrestrial radio will “say” anything.

Graham Colton

GRAHAM COLTON“Hands Untied” (January 21)
Label: United For Opportunity
He’s a talented guy and he’s responsible for two big hits on my chart — the #1 “Best Days” in 2008 and the #5 “Pacific Coast Eyes” in 2011. “Hands” is the first release from Colton’s Lonely Ones, due on that same date, which was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. He may be the underdog in this race, but this is a quality song.

Which track(s) would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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