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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 14, 2017

Some Jungle fever this week.

You can break out the sunblock, but don’t block out the hits! Another summer weekend brings up fresh new releases from many great acts. Check out the notable albums and singles this week:

FRENCH MONTANA – Jungle Rules (iTunes)
Can’t speak French? Let this funky music do the talking. Hot off his crossover smash “Unforgettable”, featuring Swae Lee from Rae Sremmurd, this album is poised to be a top-seller next week. The rapper’s previous album, Excuse My French, entered at #4 on the Billboard 200 four years ago, though he’s released a number of mixtapes and collaborations since that effort. Will this debut at the top? We’ll find out very soon.

COLDPLAY – Kaleidoscope (iTunes)
With their first new music since the A Head Full Of Dreams album at the end of 2015, this popular English band is searching for their fifth #1 release on the Billboard 200 chart. Unfortunately, it’s likely not going to happen, but its sales should be fairly solid. One of the tracks on this EP is a remix of “Something Just Like This”, with The Chainsmokers, which got to #1 on the Hot AC and Top 40 charts earlier this year.

More albums out this week: Astrid S‘s Party’s Over (Acoustic) (iTunes), Meg Mac‘s Low Blows (iTunes), Mura Masa‘s Mura Masa (iTunes), Oh Wonder‘s Ultralife (iTunes), The Vamps‘s Night & Day (iTunes), WizKid‘s Sounds From The Other Side (iTunes), Kidz Bop Kids 35 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Kirstin‘s LOVE (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Brave”, Zayde Wolf (iTunes)
“Come Back For You”, Grace Mitchell (iTunes)
“Close Enough”, R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“COPYCAT”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Dark Four Door”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Found What I’ve Been Looking For”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Goodbye”, Echosmith (iTunes)
“I Like Me Better (Cheat Codes Remix)”, Lauv (iTunes)
“King Is Born”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“Lay It On Me”, Vance Joy (iTunes)
“Lucid”, Mitch James (iTunes)
“My Little Corner Of The World”, Gin Wigmore (iTunes)
“Not Over Yet”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“One Night Only”, The Struts (iTunes)
“Paradise”, MNEK (iTunes)
“Rich Love”, OneRepublic & Seeb (iTunes)
“RIP”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Show Me”, John Splithoff featuring Madison Ryann Ward (iTunes)
“Sit Next To Me”, Foster The People (iTunes)
“Sorry Not Sorry”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Those Were The Days”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Tired (Kygo Remix)”, Alan Walker featuring Gavin James (iTunes)
“True Feeling”, Galantis (iTunes)
“Warriors”, Tigertown (iTunes)
“Woman”, Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns (iTunes)
“Your Song (Cheat Codes Remix)”, Rita Ora (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Foster The People, Lana Del Rey and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (May 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 May in this month’s Radio Report:

TRAIN – “Drink Up” (Columbia, May 1 – Hot AC)
Album: a girl a bottle a boat (2017)
Past HAC History: Leader Pat Monahan and the San Francisco group have been a mainstay on the Hot AC chart since 1999, and at the beginning of the year, “Play That Song” became their 14th top ten single on the survey. We’ll see if the panel takes a sip of this.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE – “Doing It For The Money” (Columbia, May 2 – Alternative)
Album: III (EP) (2017)
Past ALT History: The California quartet, who previously charted as a trio, has a total of six top 40 hits to date at the format, with four breaking into the top ten. The lone #1, “Pumped Up Kicks”, spent six sensational weeks at the summit in the summer of 2011.

OH WONDER – “Ultralife” (Republic, May 2 – Alternative)
Album: Ultralife (2017)
Past ALT History: This London duo, who built a following on various streaming services and Hype Machine blogs, put out a single per month for one year, which began in the fall of 2014. One of them, “Lose It”, received some minor airplay in the spring of 2016.

HAILEE STEINFELD – “Most Girls” (Republic, May 2 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Actress and singer Steinfeld’s had three top 40 pop hits since 2015, including the #14 single “Love Myself” and the Zedd and Grey-assisted “Starving”, which held for three weeks at #5 earlier this year. There’s no word yet on her debut album.

KATY PERRY featuring MIGOS – “Bon Appétit” (Capitol, May 2 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Perry’s “Chained To The Rhythm” lost its rhythm in the #8 spot recently, despite one of the biggest batches of first week adds (174) in the history of the PPW era. Even with a few social media missteps, the singer (and rap trio) will soldier on.

CLEAN BANDIT featuring ZARA LARSSON – “Symphony” (Big Beat/Atlantic, May 16 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Daily struggle! This English trio’s “Rockabye”, featuring Anne-Marie and Sean Paul, recently reached #4 at the format. They have yet to hit #1. Larsson got to #5 in a duet with MNEK last year, “Never Forget You”, and has five entries to date.

SHAWN HOOK featuring VANESSA HUDGENS – “Reminding Me” (Hollywood, May 16 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Canadian singer Hook reached #21 last year with “Sound Of Your Heart”, a single that also made the top 30 on the Hot AC chart. American actress and singer Hudgens last hit the top 40 in 2006 with “Come Back To Me”, which peaked at #18.

RAG’N’BONE MAN – “Skin” (Columbia, May 23 – Alternative)
Album: Human (2017)
Past ALT History: The 32-year-old English performer is still climbing at the Hot AC and Top 40 formats with title track “Human”. The global hit, initially boosted by iHeartMedia’s On The Verge program, spent two weeks at #1 on the Alternative chart in March.

Plenty of unreleased summer singles are still on the way, so make sure you watch out for them as they debut…

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

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (March 2016)

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 March in this month’s Radio Report:

The 1975
THE 1975 – “The Sound” (March 1) (Alternative)
Label: Dirty Hit/Interscope
Their album is titled I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. Try to say that five times fast. The new set is looking like it’ll debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, which is great to hear. Previous single “Love Me” cracked the top 20 on the format, their biggest U.S. hit so far, but they still deserve more. With a notable debut week ahead, their “Sound” is loud and clear.

Tryon
TRYON – “Somebody To Love Me” (March 1) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Noiseblock/Alert/Lakeside
Already making its way up my chart (#32 on the latest update) is the first radio single from this Nashville duo. Brothers Justin and Stephen Kirk are already getting some airplay at Hits 1 and Radio Disney ahead of the song’s impact date, and look to pick up a few more believers as their radio tour continues. “Somebody” was written by the two Kirks and Canadian songwriter Karen Kosowski.

Jordan Smith
JORDAN SMITH – “Stand In The Light” (March 7) (Hot AC)
Label: Republic
Smith is the latest winner of The Voice, which doesn’t exactly have a great track record at this format. Only one winner has ever hit the top 50 (Javier Colon), and one additional finalist (Vicci Martinez) had a top 20 single that’s largely forgotten about today. So, I don’t think we should be getting our hopes up about this one. That being said, it’s a pretty number that should get a few adds here.

Mayer Hawthorne
MAYER HAWTHORNE – “Love Like That” (March 7) (Triple A)
Label: Vagrant
The diverse musical palette that is Hawthorne’s discography has shined for years now. It was Where Does This Door Go in 2013, a super album that was definitely overlooked, that gave him a breakthrough era on my chart. Now, his Man About Town album, out on April 8, is ready to capture my attention. I’m looking forward to it. “Love” was the highest debut on my chart this past weekend.

Avicii / Zac Brown
AVICII (featuring ZAC BROWN) – “Broken Arrows” (March 8) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Island/Republic
It’s an unusual musical pairing, to say the least, but the two men actually work well together. Unfortunately, “Broken” is headed to radio at a time when the Swedish producer’s star has faded a bit. His last top ten hit at the format was nearly two years ago, and an ongoing chain of pulled singles and flat-out flops is not a good look for the artist nor his label. Can this single save the era? Maybe.

That Poppy
THAT POPPY – “Lowlife” (March 8) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Island/Republic
This new act grew up in Nashville and began her musical career several years ago under a slightly different name, but after signing her record deal, That changed. Still, her poppy music sounds great, and it’s attracted pop stations in Chattanooga and Nashville to add her song before it officially impacts in a week. (It’s been pushed back several times now.) Her recent EP release is Bubblebath.

Barns Courtney
BARNS COURTNEY – “Fire” (March 14) (Triple A)
Label: Capitol
This London-based newcomer had an exciting 2015, and it could be an even bigger 2016. His first single in the U.S. was featured in the film Burnt last year. “Fire” is now over 250,000 streams on Spotify. It also debuted last weekend on my own survey. Courtney was just on tour in England and Scotland in February and is scheduled to play some music festivals during the spring and summer.

Birdy
BIRDY – “Keeping Your Head Up” (March 14) (Hot AC)
Label: Atlantic
This English performer has chalked up plenty of followers and praise in her native U.K., but in the U.S., we’ve yet to fully embrace the 19-year-old. Two radio pushes for her cover of “Skinny Love” came up with skinny results, though it did earn a Platinum single certification last summer. “Keeping” is one of 14 tunes included on her upcoming Beautiful Lies album, which is due out March 25.

The Rubens
THE RUBENS – “Hoops” (March 14 / 15) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Warner Bros.
Many Australian groups have tried to break the U.S. in the past few years, and the latest band carries a lot of buzz with them. They recently topped the annual Hottest 100 countdown on radio station Triple J, and their album, also titled Hoops, reached a peak of #2 on the ARIA chart, one notch higher than their previous effort. The U.S. may not know them now, but watch out for this single.

Melanie Martinez
MELANIE MARTINEZ – “Pity Party” (March 22) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Atlantic
Martinez’s debut album Cry Baby was released last August to a top ten debut on the Billboard 200, but there’s been a notable lack of radio support since then. “Dollhouse” (the title cut from a prior EP) hit #49 on the Hot AC chart a year ago, and the original run for “Pity” at pop radio, scheduled for September of last year, was cancelled. We’ll see if the party gets going in the next few weeks.

Oh Wonder
OH WONDER – “Lose It” (March 22 / 28) (Alternative / Triple A)
Label: Republic
Those Hype Machine wonders are finally heading to radio with one of the cuts that topped the music blog aggregator’s main list. It was the sixth single to be released in their monthly song project, and has over nine million streams on Spotify. Though a self-titled debut album based on their project was fairly unsuccessful last year, perhaps this push will drive some new sales in their direction.

We The Kings
WE THE KINGS – “The Story Of Tonight” (March 22) (CHR/Pop)
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
This group from Florida is back on the scene and looking to score their first top 40 single in just over four years. Of their five prior chart singles, “We’ll Be A Dream” was the biggest, reaching a peak of #21 in 2010. Extremely slow chart runs have always hindered the quintet’s potential at CHR radio. Their last entry, “Say You Like Me”, took 21 (!) weeks of crawling up the top 50 to get to #32.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 4, 2015

A Wild child.

A real Wild child.

This week’s New Music Friday is a mixed bag of rock, rap and much more for the upcoming holiday weekend. For the tunes that will keep you tapping at that barbecue or beach party, here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • TROYE SIVAN — Wild (EP) (iTunes)
    • South African YouTube personality Sivan has over 3.5 million followers on his YouTube page. Unfortunately, only a fraction of them will be purchasing his new EP. You might remember that last year, his EP called TRYXE charted in the top five on just three days of sales. Though he’ll have a full week this time around, expect similar results.
  • FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH — Got Your Six (iTunes)
    • Currently in the top five on Active Rock radio with “Jekyll And Hyde”, these Nevada hard rockers return with their first album in nearly two years. The band’s last four releases have all cracked the top ten, and that streak should be very much alive come next week. How high will it go? Stay tuned.
  • TRAVI$ SCOTT — Rodeo (iTunes)
    • Saddle up for this one. 23-year-old rapper Scott issued mixtapes, one in 2013 and one in 2014, to positive reviews, but this release marks his debut album. Single “Antidote” is just under the top 40 on the Urban chart, but it should rise on the official update on Sunday night.
  • THE ARCS — Yours, Dreamily, (iTunes)
    • If you’re a fan of Dan Auerbach, then you likely know about this new side project of his. The single from it is “Outta My Mind”, a current top 20 hit on Alternative radio. Look for it to have a solid entry, with strong support from the fans of The Black Keys.
  • More albums out this week: Against Me!‘s 23 Live Sex Acts (iTunes), Family Of The Year‘s Family Of The Year (iTunes), FIDLAR‘s Too (iTunes), Iron Maiden‘s The Book Of Souls (iTunes), K CAMP‘s Only Way Is Up (iTunes), Lizz Wright‘s Freedom & Surrender (iTunes), Oh Wonder‘s Oh Wonder (iTunes), Scarface‘s Deeply Rooted (iTunes), The Wonder Years‘s No Closer To Heaven (iTunes), Thunderbitch‘s Thunderbitch (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Daya‘s Daya (iTunes), Finish Ticket‘s When Night Becomes Day (iTunes), Fleurie‘s Arrows (iTunes), Jon Foreman‘s The Wonderlands: Darkness (iTunes), Rivers & Rust‘s Rivers & Rust (iTunes)

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

  • “Ain’t About The Money”, Cast Of Empire (iTunes)
  • “Burn Slow”, Wiz Khalifa featuring Rae Sremmurd (iTunes)
  • “Can’t Sleep Love”, Pentatonix (iTunes)
  • “Crazy Over Me”, Dylan Scott (iTunes)
  • “Do It Right”, Austin Mahone (SoundCloud – free download)
  • “Head Over Boots”, Jon Pardi (iTunes)
  • “Hide & Freak”, SoMo featuring Trey Songz (iTunes)
  • “Jaded”, Disclosure (iTunes)
  • “Love Song To The Earth”, Various Artists (iTunes)
  • “No Doubt About It”, Cast Of Empire featuring Pitbull (iTunes)
  • “Power”, Leona Lewis (iTunes)
  • “Robbed Blind”, Keith Richards (iTunes)
  • “Spark”, PHASES (iTunes)
  • “Star”, Gary Clark Jr. (iTunes)
  • “T-Shirt”, Thomas Rhett (iTunes)
  • “Unbreakable”, Janet Jackson (iTunes)
  • “Wanna Be That Song”, Brett Eldredge (iTunes)
  • “Wishing Well”, The Moth & The Flame (iTunes)
  • “Withdrawal”, Max Frost (iTunes)
  • “Wonderful”, Casey Veggies featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Brett Eldredge, Bring Me The HorizonLeona Lewis and more. See you then!

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