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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (September 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 September on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Avicii
AVICII – “For A Better Day” (September 8) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
This Swedish DJ/producer’s Stories album will finally be available on October 2, but with two singles pulled here (“The Days” and “Waiting For Love”) and another that didn’t perform well (“The Nights”) at the format, this era’s true potential outside of streams and some sales has yet to be seen. Perhaps this song, with an uncredited vocal by singer Alex Ebert, will find some positive results.

Andy Grammer
ANDY GRAMMER – “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)” (September 15) (* + **)
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
2015 has been as sweet as “Honey” for singer/songwriter Grammer thanks to his hit single about fidelity, a song that also saved an album era (Magazines Or Novels) that was off to a rocky start. Now, this bouncy tune heads to radio from the reissue of that set. I prefer that “Forever” or “Red Eye” from the original album get some airtime, but I am not in control here. Is it a “Good” decision?

Maroon 5
MAROON 5 – “Feelings” (September 15) (* + **)
Label: Interscope
“This Summer’s Gonna Hurt…” came and went pretty quickly, and that hurt on the way down stung real hard. In fact, for a top ten single to only spend 11 weeks in the top 40 nowadays is downright disastrous. Luckily, the group is moving onto this single from V, which has done modestly well in streaming. Sure, I might shed a tear for “It Was Always You” being shafted again, but this is solid.

David Cook
DAVID COOK – “Criminals” (September 22) (**)
Label: Analog Heart/INgrooves
The final season of American Idol begins in January, and this guy took home the title back in 2008. Cook last appeared on the Hot AC chart in early 2012 when “Fade Into Me”, his fifth top 40 single at the format, stalled in the 30’s, essentially marking the end of the This Loud Morning era (and his time signed to RCA Records.) It may not be big, but even a small group of outlets should help.

Ellie Goulding
ELLIE GOULDING – “On My Mind” (September 22) (*)
Label: Interscope
Goulding has a pair of releases going to CHR radio this month, with this and her feature on Major Lazer‘s “Powerful” competing for airplay at the format. (The latter song has the edge at the moment, but that can soon change.) In a recent magazine profile, the single was described as an “upbeat pop banger” and a “guitar led, Swiftian tale”. Sounds promising to me. Watch out for its debut.

Marc Scibilia
MARC SCIBILIA – “How Bad We Need Each Other” (September 22) (**)
Label: I.R.S. Nashville/Capitol
Raised in New York state and now based in Nashville, Scibilia’s rise to his first radio single was several years in the making. In fact, this song was first released in 2012 on a self-titled EP and scored several syncs along the way. Now, three years later, the song will be exposed to an even greater audience thanks to it being reissued up by a major label. We’ll see how urgent that “Need” becomes.

Years & Years
YEARS & YEARS – “Desire” (September 29) (*)
Label: Interscope
Earlier this year, it was really sad to see this trio’s single “King” stall out so low on the pop radio survey because of its huge success in the United Kingdom. However, it looks like their U.S. label is giving them a second chance to hit the airwaves with this song. It’s already gone top 40 in a few countries overseas and, hopefully, it can also make a nice dent here. It’s all we can desire at this point.

Which of these new singles 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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“Eyes” On The Prize: Pop Goes To The Pupils

To see or not to see… that’s not really a question, but it is the subject of today’s post. Two songs are taking the field with “eyes” in their song titles: two very different artists from two very different countries going to two very different formats. Whether you’re swaying to the summer breeze of a pop melody or swaying to the dreamy flavor of a romantic rendezvous, we’ve got all sorts of mood music packed up for the beach and the boats. So, take a swim into this look at two new singles and put your goggles on. Your eyes are going to need them. Let’s go on then.

"Pretty" serious stuff.

“Pretty” serious stuff.

CODY SIMPSON – “Pretty Brown Eyes”
Release Date: at radio now

16-year-old Cody Simpson has been recording for three years now, releasing his first single in Australia back in 2010, “iYiYi”, featuring Flo Rida. He’s gained a pretty large fanbase, and since 2011, has been managed by Scooter Braun, who also manages teen singer Justin Bieber. After a few EPs and one studio album last year called Paradise, Simpson is back with a second full-length release in stores on July 16, titled Surfer’s Paradise. I guess he really likes the idea of chilling in a pleasurable place. This is the first single from it, which is not a hot Mint Condition cover (for those of you 90’s fans out there), and was issued to mainstream radio during this past week. In a world of Justin Bieber, Austin Mahone and Conor Maynard, among other young male singers, Simpson has struggled just as the latter two have to break the American scene, especially when it comes to radio. Two of his prior singles have been serviced here, one in the summer of 2011 (“On My Mind”) and one late last year (“Wish U Were Here” featuring Becky G) that have struggled to pick up airplay and never really go anywhere with limited larger market support. A video for the song premiered late last month and has amassed three million views on YouTube thus far. It’s your typical summer video with Simpson shirtless at the pool, trying to impress a few ladies that just happen to be there. We’ll see if the results for this single are “pretty” for Mr. Simpson and crew.

No way to "Close" the era.

No way to “Close” the era.

MICHAEL BUBLÉ – “Close Your Eyes”
Release Date: June 24 (U.K.)

It’s been several months since singer Michael Bublé began on a peppy note with the lead single from To Be Loved: the international hit, “It’s A Beautiful Day”. It’s still going strong here in the U.S. at several music formats. Now comes word via a weekly release schedule that Bublé is moving onto a second single overseas. “Close Your Eyes” is a change of pace from that first release, a full-fledged ballad that’s based around a piano and string accompaniment before gradually adding guitar and drum. The song was co-written by our favorite Canadian crooner, long-time collaborator Alan Chang (who has been behind all of his original song releases) and, in a bit of a surprise, Jann Arden. She’s another Canadian singer, far more successful in her native country, but best known in the States for her 1996 hit in which she looks for some advice to give on how to be “Insensitive”. It went to #12 on the Hot 100. (Sadly, Bublé has never been that high, only going to #24 with his biggest single to date, “Haven’t Met You Yet”.) This choice should come as no surprise to his diehard fans; it’s a favorite among them, with a tender lyrics about a woman who is “one of a kind… an angel dressed an armor/You’re my life and my safe harbor.” Though “Close Your Eyes” only has a release date in Europe at this point, it will likely serve as the second single in the United States as well once 143 and Reprise stop pushing “Beautiful” at radio. His American tour begins in September.

What song will you be keeping your “eyes” on this summer? Don’t blink or you might miss them topping the charts. Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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