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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 8, 2018

Tomorrow slays today.

Will a jam band keep it sticky on the survey? Will two ghost hunters chase their way to #1? So many questions and not enough answers to them! These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Come Tomorrow (iTunes)
The ninth studio album, and first in nearly six years, from this enduring live favorite hits the market this week. The first single from the set, “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)”, is now in the top ten on the Triple A chart. With another huge tour ahead, look for this title to reach the top five on the Billboard 200 next week (with a chance at #1.)

DIERKS BENTLEY – The Mountain (iTunes)
Led by the single “Woman, Amen”, which is approaching the top spot on the Country radio chart, Bentley’s newest studio album will be competing (or, rather, scaling a musical mountain) with Sugarland’s new set (see below) for #1 on that genre-specific survey. However, it should also debut in the top ten overall.

KIDS SEE GHOSTS – Kids See Ghosts (iTunes)
After releasing his ye album last week, Kanye West and collaborator Kid Cudi make their debut as this new duo. With West’s certain chart-topping bow propel this effort to the top? Expect significant streaming action for this release.

Notable albums out this week: Jorga Smith‘s Lost & Found (iTunes), Lily Allen‘s No Shame (iTunes), Lykke Li‘s So Sad So Sexy (iTunes), Ne-Yo‘s Good Man (iTunes), Sheppard‘s Watching The Sky (iTunes), Sugarland‘s Bigger (iTunes), Tremonti‘s A Dying Machine (iTunes), Zayde Wølf‘s Modern Alchemy (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: bülow‘s Damaged, Vol. 2 (iTunes), Chelsea Cutler‘s Sleeping With Roses (iTunes), Matt Nathanson‘s Pyromattia (iTunes), Michael Blume‘s Cynicism & Sincerity (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Almost Love”, Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Bitches”, Tove Lo featuring Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant & ALMA (iTunes)
“Bring It Back”, Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Can’t Do Better”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Day Drunk”, Morgan Evans (iTunes)
“Deep End”, Daughtry (iTunes)
“Don’t Turn Around”, Amy Shark (iTunes)
“Find Me”, Forest Blakk (iTunes)
“Forever”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Forever Animal”, Blair (iTunes)
“Ghosts”, Mike Shinoda (iTunes)
“Good As Gold”, Greyson Chance (iTunes)
“Granted”, Josh Groban (iTunes)
“Here We Go”, WILD (iTunes)
“Hooked”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“I Know How To Speak”, Manchester Orchestra (iTunes)
“I’ll Always Be The One Who Makes You Cry”, Eric Hutchinson (iTunes)
“If You’re Over Me (NOTD Remix)”, Years & Years (iTunes)
“Imagine If”, gnash (iTunes)
“Into Your Arms”, Witt Lowry featuring Ava Max (iTunes)
“Kiss Me”, MAGIC! (iTunes)
“Let It Go”, R3HAB & Skytech (iTunes)
“Liberated”, DeJ Loaf featuring Leon Bridges (iTunes)
“Like I Do”, Christina Aguilera featuring GoldLink (iTunes)
“Live In The Moment (Superorganism Remix)”, Portugal. The Man (iTunes)
“Lose It”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
“Lost In Translation”, Youngr (iTunes)
“Louder”, PHANGS featuring Mystery Skulls (iTunes)
“Love Is Love”, Starley (iTunes)
“Love Sick Blues”, Mason Ramsey (iTunes)
“Mary Don’t You Weep (Piano & A Microphone – 1983)”, Prince (iTunes)
“Middle Finger”, Phoebe Ryan + Quinn XCII (iTunes)
“My Heart Is Full”, Norah Jones (iTunes)
“No Deeper We Can Fall”, Elias (iTunes)
“Oh My My (What A Life)”, MILCK (iTunes)
“One Kiss (R3HAB Remix)”, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Pa Mí”, Tory Lanez & Ozuna (iTunes)
“Pops”, THEY. (iTunes)
“Prima Donna”, Tipling Rock (iTunes)
“Reverse”, Vic Mensa featuring G-Eazy (iTunes)
“Right Now”, Confetti (iTunes)
“Saturday Sun (Luca Schreiner Remix)”, Vance Joy (iTunes)
“Signs”, HUGEL & Taio Cruz (iTunes)
“Solara”, The Smashing Pumpkins (iTunes)
“Stampede”, Alexander Jean x Lindsey Stirling (iTunes)
“Summer Fever”, Little Big Town (iTunes)
“Tell Me”, Marshmello (iTunes)
“Tension”, CAPPA (iTunes)
“The Light”, JeremihTy Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Tough”, Lewis Capaldi (iTunes)
“Trouble”, Dan Caplen featuring Ms. Banks (iTunes)
“Used To You”, Dagny (iTunes)
“Why Can’t I Change”, Passenger (iTunes)
“Younger”, Ruel (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from the 5 Seconds Of Summer, Christina Aguilera, Nas and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 6, 2018)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. All partied out after Cinco De Mayo? Worry not, as you’ll be in party mode once again when the pop parade comes to town. If you’re ready, let’s get to this week’s chart stats:

ONE IN THE “SAME”: It’s finally Camila Cabello‘s turn at the top with “Never Be The Same”, advancing 2-1 on this week’s pop list. It’s her third #1 title at the format as a soloist, following a collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly (“Bad Things”) and her own “Havana”, featuring Young Thug. Across some of the other radio charts, “Never” is also gaining nicely in the top ten on the Hot AC (#7) and Rhythmic (#10) formats, entering the region on the latter tally, but it won’t be nearing the top 60 at Country radio anytime soon, where a new version with Kane Brown (a former #1 on iTunes in the U.S.) has been serviced. Expect “Never” to stay at #1 on the pop chart for at least a few weeks, as none of its competitors appear to be in any hurry to surge to the top.

HIT THE “LIKE” BUTTON: There’s little chart action of note this week, with two new top 40 entries from LIVVIA and Big Boi, the former featuring Migos member Quavo. However, two titles do stick out among the latest round of top 50 debuts. Coming into the countdown at #48, Cardi B returns with “I Like It”, which many fans indeed seem to like. The track is a collaboration with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, the latter of whom now has three hits, all duets, currently positioned just below the top 50. It’s an interesting coincidence, and it’ll get even more intriguing if all three manage to enter the top 40 during the same week. (It doesn’t seem likely at this point, but you never know!) One notch lower, at #49, is another bad act doing good numbers. “Zombie” is currently at #1 on the Active Rock chart, and it’s new on the pop survey for the quintet who call themselves Bad Wolves. As most people know, the single is a cover of the 1994 song by The Cranberries, and was meant to feature that band’s leader Dolores O’Riordan before she died suddenly in January. Now, the Wolves find themselves with a surprise hit ahead of their debut album Disobey, due next week. You’ll also find Ne-Yo‘s new collaboration with Bebe Rexha and Stefflon Don, “Push Back”, sneaking in at #50. Ne-Yo’s Good Man set is due this summer. Rexha’s springtime hit with Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”, slips to #5 on the latest update.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 24, 2018)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Ariana Grande stocks up on Top 40 tissues for her new track “No Tears Left To Cry”, as adds for the single flood this Tuesday’s report. Stay dry, because we’re about to add ’em up:

WHO’S CRYING NOW?: Leading her forthcoming studio album, due sometime later this year, “No Tears Left To Cry” from pop singer Ariana Grande is well ahead at the top spot on this week’s Top 40 report, landing 156 stations on impact. Grande’s largest adds week to date at the format was for “Focus”, which took in 158 stations during its first week on a run toward #13 for two weeks in November and December 2015. (Hey, we can only hope for a better result with this song.) “Tears” debuted way up at #30 on the weekend’s published update, thanks in part to hourly airplay from iHeartMedia stations throughout the day on Friday. The release also tops this week’s station leaderboards at the Hot AC and Rhythmic formats.

Will Nicky Jam and J Balvin‘s “X” be the next successful Latin crossover? With a new version in English, the collaboration takes 21 stations from the panel this week, tying for a third place finish. The two soloists have previously charted at the format in the last couple of years, but not on the same top 40 song. Tying for ninth place, with ten stations, is another terrific twosome that regularly records as a duo: Loote, new with “Your Side Of The Bed”. The New York act has yet to make the top 40 here, though they have as co-writers and producers of “No Promises” by Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato, which got to #6 last September.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ARIANA GRANDE, “No Tears Left To Cry” (Republic)
2. ZAYN, “Let Me” (RCA)
3-T. DRAKE, “Nice For What” (YMCMB/Republic)
3-T. NICKY JAM & J BALVIN, “X” (Sony Latin/RCA)
5-T. CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA, “One Kiss” (Columbia)
5-T. CHARLIE PUTH featuring KEHLANI, “Done For Me” (APG/Atlantic)
7. RUDIMENTAL featuring JESS GLYNNE, MACKLEMORE & DAN CAPLEN, “These Days” (Big Beat/RRP)
8. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)
9-T. LOOTE, “Your Side Of The Bed” (Island/Republic)
9-T. NE-YO, BEBE REXHA & STEFFLON DON, “Push Back” (Motown/Capitol)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 17, 2018)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: ZAYN proclaims that it’s all about “Me”, but does his latest track take the Most Added title, or will one of last week’s delicious duets eat up the adds toward a #1 finish? Let’s add ’em up:

“ME” TWO: The top tier of this week’s Top 40 adds update definitely has a “Me” thing going on, even without the myself or I. For most of the day, “Done For Me” by Charlie Puth featuring Kehlani, last week’s runner-up single, and the impacting “Let Me” by ZAYN saw a decent amount of action from the panel, the former receiving 56 stations in the week after its official impact, with the latter collecting 48 stations. Look for ZAYN’s new release on his forthcoming studio album, due later this year. Meanwhile, Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa slip to third place with the Most Added song from a week ago, “One Kiss”, new at 28 more stations.

The only other significant impacting song of note is “Push Back”, a collaboration by Ne-Yo, Bebe Rexha and Stefflon Don. In a fourth place finish, it pulls in 18 adds during its first week. Ne-Yo’s upcoming album, Good Man, is due this summer. Rexha’s song “Meant To Be”, featuring Florida Georgia Line, recently peaked at #2 on the pop chart, though it’s still up in spins for the week. Stefflon Don has yet to enter the top 50 here, though she has seen some moderate chart results on the Rhythmic and Urban lists.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (TWELVE)
1. CHARLIE PUTH featuring KEHLANI, “Done For Me” (APG/Atlantic)
2. ZAYN, “Let Me” (RCA)
3. CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA, “One Kiss” (Columbia)
4. NE-YO, BEBE REXHA & STEFFLON DON, “Push Back” (Motown/Capitol)
5. DRAKE, “Nice For What” (YMCMB/Republic)
6. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Delicate” (Big Machine/Republic)
7-T. AJR featuring RIVERS CUOMO, “Sober Up” (S-Curve/Hollywood)
7-T. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)
9-T. BIG BOI, “All Night” (HitCo)
9-T. BÜLOW, “Not A Love Song” (Wax/Republic)
9-T. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Sit Next To Me” (Columbia)
9-T. MADISON BEER, “Home With You” (First Access)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 16-17, 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 three new hits impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BIG BOI – “All Night” (HitCo, formerly Epic)
Album: BOOMIVERSE (2017)
Past T40 History: This artist was last heard on a #1 hit in 2004 when OutKast’s “The Way You Move” had a three-week run there.

NE-YO, BEBE REXHA & STEFFLON DON – “Push Back” (Motown/Capitol)
Album: Good Man (2018)
Past T40 History: Ne-Yo’s last top 40 song to date at the format was “She Knows”, featuring Juicy J, reaching #17 three years ago.

ZAYN – “Let Me” (RCA)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: “Let” is likely to become Zayn’s fifth solo top 40 song at the format. His next studio album is due later this year.

Next week: a collaboration from Kygo and Miguel is the only song (so far) impacting at the format. Does anyone else land on the date? Stay tuned!

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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

"Knows" a bit about topping the charts.

“Knows” a bit about topping the charts.

Are you riding out the Blizzard of 2015 at home like millions of others in the U.S.? Need some new sounds while you shovel like never before? Chill out, man. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of January 27:

  • This week marks the return of R&B singer Ne-Yo and his new album Non-Fiction. It’s his first album in just over two years and features the hits “She Knows” (featuring Juicy J) and “Time Of Our Lives” (with Pitbull.) With airplay up at multiple formats, including CHR, Rhythmic and Urban radio, this should be the highest entry on the Billboard 200 next week. (iTunes)
  • You know his international hit “Budapest”, currently #1 on AAA radio in the States, and now George Ezra‘s Wanted On Voyage is finally out here after an international release last year. Look for the song to slowly crossover this spring and summer. As for the album, a top 20 debut should be in order, if not higher. (iTunes)
  • Currently approaching the Urban AC top ten with “Goodnight Kisses”, Charlie Wilson is spreading the love around on Forever Charlie as he looks to try and crack the top ten for the fourth time as a solo act. Will the upper demo come out for it? We’ll see. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Derek Minor‘s Empire (iTunes), Jamie Cullum‘s Interlude (iTunes), Kenny G‘s Brazilian Nights (iTunes), Milo Greene‘s Control (iTunes), Papa Roach‘s F.E.A.R. (iTunes), Prelow‘s Why Does Everything Happen So Much (EP) (iTunes), Punch Brothers‘s The Phosphorescent Blues (iTunes), Ricky Dillon‘s RPD (EP) (iTunes), The Lone Bellow‘s Then Came The Morning (iTunes) and Tony Lucca‘s Tony Lucca (iTunes).

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

  • “Black Sun”, a new single from Death Cab For Cutie. (iTunes)
  • “Hurricane”, the new single from the band Lifehouse. (iTunes)
  • “Shots”, new from Imagine Dragons. (iTunes)

Next week, Bob DylanFifth Harmony and the latest in the NOW That’s What I Call Music! series will be competing for top five debuts. Who takes the top spot? A full preview is coming in seven days!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (January 20)

A Beauty of an opening week.

A Beauty of an opening week.

This ain’t a scene, but it is a race to get to the top of the Billboard 200, as a male group goes up against two fierce females in a January sales battle. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of January 20:

  • It won’t be #1 for “Centuries”, but hey, a week will do just as well. Rockers Fall Out Boy start the year out on a good note with American Beauty/American Psycho, expected to be next week’s top seller after strong pre-order data. The album would be the band’s third studio album to reach #1 and their first since 2013’s Save Rock And Roll. We will see if it opens any stronger than that last effort. (iTunes)
  • The latest from The Decemberists makes its debut on shelves and may just have the best title of the week: What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. It features the single “Make You Better”, which stays put in the #3 position at AAA radio. Four years ago, the January release of The King Is Dead gave them a #1 debut, but they’ll have to settle for the top five this time. (iTunes)
  • As always during this time of year, a compilation of some of the 2015 GRAMMY Nominees is out today as the big day approaches on February 8. Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus and Sia are among the set’s choices from the Big Four and Pop categories. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Belle And Sebastian‘s Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance (iTunes), Enter Shikari‘s The Mindsweep (iTunes), Jamie Scott‘s My Hurricane (iTunes), Joey Bada$$‘s B4.DA.$$ (iTunes), Lupe Fiasco‘s Tetsuo & Youth (iTunes), Marilyn Manson‘s The Pale Emperor (iTunes), Mikky Ekko‘s Time (iTunes), Ryan Bingham‘s Fear And Saturday Night (iTunes) and Sleater-Kinney‘s No Cities To Love (iTunes).

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

  • “Last Damn Night”, a pre-release single from Elle King. (iTunes)
  • “Los Angeles”, the latest pre-release album track from Mat Kearney. (iTunes)
  • “Number One”, new from the duo Tuxedo. (iTunes)
  • “One More”, a new track from Ne-Yo and T.I. as a featured artist. (iTunes)
  • “Stay With Me”, an album cut from Bob Dylan. (iTunes)
  • “Wait For Me”, a collaboration from Emile Haynie and Lana Del Rey. (iTunes)
  • “Worth It”, new from girl group Fifth Harmony. (iTunes)

Next week, it’ll be George Ezra‘s U.S. edition of Wanted On Voyage vs. Ne-Yo‘s Non-Fiction for the top new entry of the week. Will either one grab a seat at the summit? A full preview is coming in seven days!

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BEHIND THE GROOVE: Better Off A Clone

That beat hits "Hard".

That beat hits “Hard”.

He may not create the most original production numbers, but somehow, he manages to keep cranking out the hits with no stop in sight. That would be the work of 45-year-old David Guetta, the DJ and producer originally from Paris, France. He’s collaborated with the top names in music, becoming one of the most recognizable names on the pop scene today. His latest single, “Play Hard”, features R&B singer Akon and Ne-Yo. It’s already charted internationally, with top ten peaks in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, just to name a few of the countries. Now, it’s headed for the United States this summer. “Hard” is based around a dance sample that you may recognize that also has some roots in the 80’s pop scene. Let’s go behind the groove and see how this record was spun together.

The vocal sample:
“Here Comes The Rain Again”, Eurythmics (#4, 1984)
Annie Lennox and David Stewart made quite a name for themselves in the 1980’s, forming as Eurythmics in 1980 after splitting from their bands at the time. The two are best known for their 1983 single, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”. It went to #1 on the Hot 100 in the fall. “Here Comes The Rain Again” was the third chart single for the duo, which mixed new wave production with the strings of a disco record, marrying them into a dramatic pop sound. The song debuted on the national charts just after the new year in 1984, peaking at #4 in late March and became their second biggest hit behind “Dreams”. They last hit the Hot 100 in 1989 with a minor single, though they’ve reunited on two occasions after taking a hiatus in 1990 to small sales. Both have also seen solo success, most notably for Lennox in the mid-90’s.

Followed by:
“Better Off Alone”, Alice Deejay (#27, 2000)
This group out of the Netherlands consisted of a pack of disc jockeys and producers, as well as one singer, Judith Pronk, who is heard on this recording and throughout their sole album, Who Needs Guitars Anyway? The group interpolated one phrase out of “Rain”, the simple “talk to me”, which was plucked out of the line “Talk to me like lovers do.” Combined with one other line, “Do you think you’re better off alone?”, and a thumping post-disco production, “Better Off Alone” became an international smash for the group. While it got a lot of play in major cities here in the United States, it didn’t catch on on a national level, and only peaked at #27 on the Hot 100 that summer. “Back In My Life”, the followup single to it, got limited mainstream airplay and a top 30 peak on the Dance/Club Play Chart. They broke up in 2002.

Samplers:
“Say Yeah”, Wiz Khalifa (#119, 2008)
After putting out a few mixtapes and independent albums, rapper Khalifa signed to Warner Brothers Records in 2007. “Say Yeah” was the first song to sample Alice Deejay‘s dance ditty, looping the instrumental part of it, but with little promotion, the song bubbled under the Hot 100 at #111 before falling off the radar. It was his only single to be released with the label as the two parties had disputes over promoting what would have been his major label record, First Flight. After parting with them in 2009, he soon signed to Atlantic Records and went to #1 on the Hot 100 with “Black And Yellow” in 2011. Though it appears the promotion of his latest album, O.N.I.F.C., has been halted after two singles, he still appears as a featured artist on Sean Kingston‘s newest release, “Beat It”, which also features Chris Brown.

“Play Hard”, David Guetta featuring Akon and Ne-Yo (2013)
Now, we come to 2013 and find this collaboration. David Guetta has been hitting in the U.S. charts since 2008 to varied success with an array of solo males and females. Guetta’s 2011 album, Nothing But The Beat, has been rereleased two times since it first came out. Five singles from that original album made it onto the Hot 100, including top ten hits with Nicki Minaj, Sia and Usher. A second collaboration with Sia from the 2.0 edition failed here several months ago, and now this seventh overall single from it goes to radio in about two and a half weeks. Akon, our favorite screeching cat, hasn’t gone top ten in three years – since the last song he did with Guetta, “Sexy Chick”. Ne-Yo‘s “Let Me Love You” went to #4 late last year, but a followup single failed, so it’s a mixed bag here. Stay tuned to see what happens with this.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Jessica Sanchez featuring Ne-Yo – “Tonight” (+ Lyrics)

Get down "Tonight".

“Tonight” is the night.

LISTEN/WATCH “Tonight”.

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Well, what do you know? A few days ago, I posted a preview of Jessica Sanchez‘s new single in a topic about forthcoming songs going to radio in the next month. I just mentioned some general details about the releases and that there was a video in production, which has now been filmed. I was thinking it would be out during the last week of the month. After all, her album is out April 30; I was figuring the label would at least give her song six weeks at radio before putting out a full-length release. Around 5:30 Eastern time, a promotional account for Interscope Records posted the song on their SoundCloud account, which was then sent to me by a friend. Several hundred views later, I guess the label made a little error. The song is no longer available to listen to. However, keep this link here handy just in case they decide to put it back up. So, now, let’s see what I can remember from hearing the song about five times.

It’s an electropop and dance song that’s very different for Sanchez, with her impressive range that usually shines on ballads and slower songs, yet it still showcases her vocals pretty well and stays familiar with Ne-Yo‘s sound shift as of recent. I wouldn’t be surprised if StarGate had some sort of credit for production on the track. It vaguely reminds me vocal-wise of several of his past singles: 2008’s “Closer” and his feature on Conor Maynard‘s “Turn Around” from last year. It’s a very sassy song in terms of lyrics, as evidenced by the chorus that Sanchez pounds out, totally shedding that clean-cut image of her. I’m not sure I necessarily believe her when she sings about a place “where the dudes got money and they’re not afraid to spend it”, but I guess it could be worse. Otherwise, it’s a pretty harmless song with a length of just under four minutes (if I remember correctly.) It has an intro of about twenty seconds. Just to let you know, I am expecting a video in outer space with dancers in spacesuits and aliens ready to pounce, so these two better not let me down. (OK, they probably will.)

“TONIGHT”
(The two trade off vocals in the song, so Jessica‘s part is italicized and Ne-Yo‘s part is bolded.)

[VERSE]
It seems like every day is something else
Another reason to be stressing

And you wanna run away, said you just wanna run away
You try to get out and enjoy yourself
But everybody’s acting so depressing

And you wanna run away, yeah, said you just wanna run away

[BRIDGE]
Though we ’bout to hop up on this rocket
Get up outta here

Go somewhere where nothing ever goes wrong
‘Bout to hop up on this rocket
Take to the sky
Everything is fine

[CHORUS]
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where the dudes got money and they’re not afraid to spend it
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where there ain’t no drama and the party’s never ending
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh

[VERSE]
It seems like every day is something else
Another reason to be stressing

And you wanna run away, said you just wanna run away, woah-oh
You try to get out and enjoy yourself
But everybody’s acting so depressing

And you wanna run away, (oh oh), said you just wanna run away

[BRIDGE]
Though we ’bout to hop up on this rocket
Get up outta here
Go somewhere where nothing ever goes wrong
‘Bout to hop up on this rocket
Take to the sky
Everything is fine

[CHORUS]
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where the dudes got money and they’re not afraid to spend it
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where there ain’t no drama and the party’s never ending
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh

[POST-CHORUS]
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
Pretty baby, babe
No oh-oh-oh
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
Oh oh-oh

[MIDDLE 8]
And we’ll be dancing through the moments
Got my girls ’round me, just grab your boys from Mars
And we’ll get away, go somewhere and just get right

[CHORUS]
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where the dudes got money and they’re not afraid to spend it
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where there ain’t no drama and the party’s never ending
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh

Sanchez’s album will be released on April 30 through Interscope Records entitled Me, You and The Music. Enjoy!

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Springtime Sizzlers: Get Ready For These Rising Releases

We’ve already had some big surprise hits on mainstream radio this year, but there are more hot singles on the horizon that have yet to premiere. It’s always a big battle to get onto those pop playlists, but these three acts may just have the right stuff to convince programmers to add them. From big voices to big fan bases, here are some interesting new releases to look forward to as spring comes around.

"Up" up and away.

“Up” up and away.

AVRIL LAVIGNE – “Here’s To Never Growing Up”
Epic Records

Ten years after she took over the pop world with songs like “Complicated” and “Sk8er Boi”, Canada’s pop punk princess has gone through a lot. After a disappointing era two years ago with Goodbye Lullaby, most known for lead single, “What The Hell”, Lavigne moved from RCA to Epic Records after two underperforming followup singles and finished work on this upcoming fifth album during the summer. She also broke up with boyfriend Brody Jenner and began a relationship with Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger. The two announced their engagement last August. Kroeger has also been involved in the writing and production on his girlfriend’s new effort. Something tells me we’ll be getting a breakup song or two on it. Lavigne’s first single from the album was written and produced by David Hodges, a former member of Evanescence and Martin Johnson, the lead singer for the pop band Boys Like Girls. It’s scheduled to be released to radio and iTunes on April 9. Based on the title, it doesn’t exactly sound like Lavigne has matured from the sound or image that made her famous a decade ago, but perhaps it can still work for her so far into her career. We’ll see. If not, maybe we could see her judging on a reality show competition in the future. She’s certainly been in the industry enough to mentor young performers.

Get down "Tonight".

Get down “Tonight”.

JESSICA SANCHEZ featuring NE-YO – “Tonight”
Interscope Records

We haven’t heard a lot about 17-year-old Sanchez since placing second on last season of American Idol, just losing out to singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips. Of course, a tour followed the show for several months, but since it’s been over, the singer has been working on a couple of different project. She’s signed on to appear in a four episode arc of the television show Glee, though a character name has not be identified, but her appearances should be airing in April or May. She’s also been working on original music for her first full-length album, reportedly a 16-track effort, which is tentatively due out May 7. Her runner-up single, “Change Nothing”, literally changed nothing for her, so she’s gone in a more dance-driven direction and has been previewing songs like “Fairytale” and “Jump In” in promotional appearances as of recent. However, her leadoff single is a song called “Tonight”, which features Ne-Yo. A video is production, directed by Justin Francis, who has been behind recent videos for Carly Rae Jepsen and Trey Songz. Sanchez also put out a casting notice on social media for backup dancers for the shoot. Will she and her Blujays set her flying to the top of the charts? Sanchez has a strong voice, so we’ll see how she does on this non-ballad. “Tonight” goes to radio by the end of the month.

Oh Brothers, where art thou?

Oh Brothers, where art thou?

JONAS BROTHERS – “Pom Poms”
Jonas Records

The JoBros are back together and ready to go burnin’ up the charts again with their first radio single release and full-length album (outside of a television soundtrack) in nearly four years. After their last album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, produced only a minor top-40 hit in “Paranoid”, the boys pursued other options, including two seasons of a Disney Channel scripted series called JONAS (later Jonas L.A.), which ran through the fall of 2010. Brothers Joe and Nick both released solo efforts, the former with a band called Nick Jonas and the Administration. Though both of their albums debuted decently, they failed to achieve any sort of longevity due to little radio support. Last year, oldest brother Kevin appeared on the reality show Married To Jonas with his wife Danielle, which was renewed for a second season several months ago. After a few one-off performances, one of which was highlighted on that show, the three boys finished cutting material for an album, which will likely be out this summer. It’s the first for the trio on their self-released label after a split from Hollywood Records last year. The video for “Pom Poms” was shot a few weeks back in New Orleans, and from a leaked video still, it appears that Joe is singing a lead and there’s at least a six-piece brass section, including a few saxophones and trombones. While this one won’t end up a cheerleading classic like “Be True To Your School” or “Mickey”, it’ll be a welcome return for all those tweenagers who need a jump-start back into their Jonai obsession. Look for it in the next few weeks.

Which release are you looking forward to most? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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