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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 26, 2018

“Someone” has a new release…

Tricks and treats and plenty of ear candy is on the schedule this week, as we enter the last Friday before Halloween. Who’s going to spook the top spot? These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LUKAS GRAHAM – 3 (The Purple Album) (iTunes)
Best known for the international smash “7 Years”, which topped the Hot AC and Top 40 radio charts here in the U.S., the Danish band is back with their newest album. It features the radio single “Love Someone”, which is currently climbing through top 20 at the former format and impacting at the latter this coming Tuesday.

THE STRUTS Young & Dangerous (iTunes)
Featuring the Alternative radio hit “Body Talks”, which sits just below the top ten at the format, these rockers are turning up the volume on the chart with their new set. It should easily surpass the peak of their last album, which barely cracked the top 100.

TORY LANEZ Love Me Now? (iTunes)
With “Talk To Me”, a collaboration with Rich The Kid, now in the top ten at Urban radio, Canadian performer Lanez will likely have a good opening week for his second album of 2018. Will it continue his top five streak on the Billboard 200?

Notable albums out this week: Andrea Bocelli‘s (iTunes), Boy George & Culture Club‘s Life (iTunes), Causes‘s Wake Me Up So I Can Dream (iTunes), Chris Tomlin‘s Holy Roar (iTunes), Dillon Carmichael‘s Hell On An Angel (iTunes), Eagle-Eye Cherry‘s Streets Of You (iTunes), Francesca Battistelli‘s Own It (iTunes), Gavin James‘s Only Ticket Home (iTunes), Joji‘s Ballads 1 (iTunes), Monsta X‘s Take.1 Are You There? (iTunes), Robyn‘s Honey (iTunes), Tom Odell‘s Jubilee Road (iTunes), Zayde Wølf‘s Modern Alchemy (Deluxe) (iTunes)

Notable holiday albums out this week: Brett Eldredge‘s Glow (Deluxe) (iTunes), Gwen Stefani‘s You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Deluxe) (iTunes), Jessie J‘s This Christmas Day (iTunes), Jessie James Decker‘s On This Holiday (iTunes), John Legend‘s A Legendary Christmas (iTunes), Pentatonix‘s Christmas Is Here! (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Bronze Radio Return‘s Check One (iTunes), FERGUS‘s Purple Road (iTunes), Kimbra‘s Songs From Primal Heart: Reimagined (iTunes), Louis The Child‘s Kids At Play (iTunes), RAY BLK‘s Empress (iTunes), Royal Wood‘s Love Will Linger (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1%” and “L*** Is A Bad Word”, Kiiara (iTunes)
“A Million Dollars A Day” and “I Count On Me”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“A Million Dreams”, P!nk (iTunes)
“Armor”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Arms Around You”, XXXTentacion x Lil Pump featuring Maluma & Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Bamboo”, Far East Movement featuring Jason Zhang & Kina Grannis (iTunes)
“Below The Ceiling”, nicopop. featuring Tyler Mann (iTunes)
“Checklist” and “Slow Down”, Normani x Calvin Harris (iTunes)
“Close To Me”, Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Cool With It (Acoustic)”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Come Again”, Swizz Beatz featuring Giggs (iTunes)
“Death Of Me”, David Cook (iTunes)
“Don’t Know You”, Justin Caruso featuring Jake Miller (iTunes)
“Dream”, Birthday (iTunes)
“Electricity (Black Madonna Remix)”, Silk City & Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Empty Space (Digital Farm Animals & Franklin Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Expectations”, Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“Faded/2AM”, Lila Drew featuring GoldLink (iTunes)
“Freak”, Black Caviar (iTunes)
“Girl”, BRUNS (iTunes)
“Girl Of The Year”, Allie X (iTunes)
“Good And Lasting”, Trent Dabbs (iTunes)
“Goodbyes (Yung Bae Remix)”, The Knocks featuring Method Man (iTunes)
“Got Love”, The Revivalists (iTunes)
“Grapevine”, Tiësto (iTunes)
“Happy Now”, Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza (iTunes)
“Headlights”, Hellberg & Leona Lewis (iTunes)
“Heaven”, The Shantics (iTunes)
“Human”, Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“If I Say”, Mumford & Sons (iTunes)
“In Case I Don’t Feel”, Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
“JT”, Jon Bellion (iTunes)
“Killer Queen”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
“Lady Liberty”, Barbra Streisand (iTunes)
“Lay Your Worry Down”, Milow featuring Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Llegaste Tú”, CNCO & Prince Royce (iTunes)
“Made For Now (Benny Benassi x Canova Remix)”, Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee (iTunes)
“Make Up”, Vice & Jason Derulo featuring Ava Max (iTunes)
“Medicine (Acoustic)”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Money”, Cardi B (iTunes)
“Nervous”, L Devine (iTunes)
“No Drama”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“On The Way Up”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“One Last Time”, Tyron Hapi & Lucas Marx (iTunes)
“Paris”, Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Remember”, Gryffin with ZOHARA (iTunes)
“Rhythm In My Blood”, Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Hailey Knox (iTunes)
“Savior”, Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“Siren”, The Chainsmokers & AAZAR (iTunes)
“Song About You (Digital Farm Animals & Franklin Remix)”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Survivor”, Daniel Powter & Kelly Yu (iTunes)
“Take Your Love”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“The Fear”, The Score (iTunes)
“The First Noel”, Tyler Farr (iTunes)
“Up All Night”, R3HAB x MOTi featuring Fiora (iTunes)
“Walk Alone”, Rudimental featuring Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Waste It On Me”, Steve Aoki featuring BTS (iTunes)
“Werewolf”, Quinn XCII featuring Yoshi Flower (iTunes)
“What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get? (Mike Crossley Mix)”, Snow Patrol (iTunes)
“Wildest Dreams”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, Tyler, The Creator (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Barbra Streisand, the Pistol AnniesTakeoff and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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How Swede It Is: The Icon(a)ic Hit Parade

I like it, "I Love It".

I like it, “I Love It”.

Whether it’s on the radio or in an advertisement, you know the sounds of Icona Pop and their hit song called “I Love It”. It’s currently #33 on the Hot 100 and #21 on mainstream radio. The all-female duo of Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt represents the 20th act from Sweden to hit the airplay chart (Radio & Records/Mediabase 24/7) since it began in 1973, though most of these artists also made the Hot 100 in one form or another. (I’ll be listing the peaks from both charts in some cases.) How swede it is to be loved by our American audience. From ABBA to Roxette to Swedish House Mafia, here’s the full list of acts who have charted with the times.

ABBA / AGNETHA FÄLTSKOG / FRIDA
By far the most successful act on the list, the quartet formed in Stockholm amassed twenty hits on the Hot 100 from 1974 to 1982, fourteen of them becoming top-40 entries. Of those, four made the top ten like “Waterloo” (1974) and “Take A Chance On Me” (1978), with “Dancing Queen” rising to #1 in 1977, their only chart-topper. After the group disbanded, the two female singers in the band each had one top-40 solo hit. Frida (Anni-Frid Lyngstad) went to #13 in the spring of 1983 with “I Know There’s Something Going On” (co-produced by Phil Collins) and Agentha Fältskog managed a #29 peak for “Can’t Shake Loose” during the fall of that same year. Fältskog has a new solo album due later this spring. The group has never performed together since they parted.

ACE OF BASE / YAKI-DA
Four performers from Gothenberg were all over the radio in 1993 and 1994 with songs like “All That She Wants”, “Don’t Turn Around” and “The Sign”. Five of their singles went top ten at CHR radio, but “Sign” was the only one to top the Hot 100, holding there for six weeks. Eight of their songs made the big chart, the final two coming in 1998. They’re currently together, but the two female singers were replaced during their most recent album in 2010. In 1995, member Jonas “Joker” Berggren put together the duo Yaki-Da, also from Gothenberg. Their lone hit, “I Saw You Dancing”, went to #52 on the Hot 100 and #20 on the CHR chart.

AVICII
The 23-year-old DJ from Stockholm has been mixing it up for several years now. Last year, his “Levels (ID)”, sampled in the arrangement of Flo Rida‘s “Good Feeling”, only reached #60 on the Hot 100 and #34 on CHR radio, largely overshadowed by the rapper’s hit. His current single, “I Could Be The One” (credited to Avicii vs. Nicky Romero), is top 40 at the radio format, but has yet to make Billboard’s list.

BLUE SWEDE
Ooga chaka, ooga ooga. The band from Stockholm led by Björn Skifs took their version of “Hooked On A Feeling” to #1 for a week in 1974. Four of their singles charted on the Hot 100, the last of them a medley of “Hush” by Deep Purple and “I’m Alive” by Tommy James & The Shondells, which went to #61 in 1975. They haven’t appeared together since then.

EAGLE-EYE CHERRY / NENEH CHERRY
The half-siblings of the Cherry family saw their biggest success in different decades. Neneh Cherry is best remembered for her 1989 hit “Buffalo Stance”, which climbed to #3 on the Hot 100. Five of her songs made the chart, four as a main credited artist. Eagle-Eye Cherry‘s biggest single was “Save Tonight”, which went to #5 on the Hot 100 and #1 on CHR radio in 1999. Two more of his songs garnered some airplay, the latter one peaking in 2002, but neither is remembered today. Neneh now performs with a band called The Thing; Eagle-Eye still records as a solo artist.

EMILIA
Emilia Rydberg, who recorded as Emilia, scored a huge hit in Europe with 1998’s “Big Big World”, which impacted the United States at end of the year. It barely cracked the Hot 100 at a peak of #92, though it rose to #19 on CHR radio before falling quickly falling out. She performs today as Emilia Mitiku.

EUROPE
How can you deny the epic synthesizer line in “The Final Countdown”? A classic in the world of pop, it reached a high of #8 on the Hot 100 in 1987 for the quintet from Upplands Väsby. Power ballad “Carrie” went to #3 later that year. A total of five of their songs reached the Hot 100, the last of them coming in the fall of 1988. The band is still active today with a different lineup.

LEGACY OF SOUND / MEJA
Dancing onto the scene in 1993, the group had only one song hit the U.S. market, “Happy”. It managed a lowly #68 on the Hot 100 and a #25 peak on CHR radio. Vocalist Meja cracked the CHR chart twice as a solo artist with “All ‘Bout The Money” (#36, 1999) and a duet with Ricky Martin, “Private Emotion” (#29, 2000). “Money” failed to make the Hot 100; “Emotion” rose to #67. She still sings today.

REDNEX
What the folk is going on? Marrying bluegrass with a eurodance beat, the novelty hit “Cotton Eye Joe”, based on the nineteenth-century southern song, went to #25 on the Hot 100 in 1995. It was certified Gold. They never charted again here, but they’ve hit the top ten in Sweden as recently as 2008. The group remains together.

ROBYN
The sweet pop sounds of Robyn were all over the U.S. by 1997 including “Do You Know (What It Takes?)” and “Show Me Love”, both going top ten. An additional airplay-only single, “Do You Really Want Me?”, made the top ten at CHR radio in 1998. She made a triumphant return with a dance sound in the 2000’s, scoring a handful of hits across Europe, but nothing charted nationally here. She last put out a series of EPs in 2010 and no new material has been announced as of yet.

ROXETTE
The duo of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle out of Halmstad took the U.S. by storm in 1989 with their #1 hit “The Look”, followed by two other #1’s: “It Must Have Been Love” in 1990 (featured in the movie Pretty Woman) and “Joyride” in 1991. Six of their songs made the top 2 in a two-year span, which gives the largest amount of top ten singles for a Swedish act. In total, twelve of their singles hit the Hot 100 through 1994, with a few additional releases receiving Adult Contemporary airplay in the years since then. The two continue to record, both solo and together, last putting out original material as a duo in 2012.

SEPTEMBER
Petra Marklund, who took the stage name September, started her career in Sweden in 2003, but the performer from Stockholm didn’t reach the Hot 100 until 2008 when “Cry For You” peaked at #74. It also spent three weeks at #29 on CHR radio, two of them dated on September charts. She hasn’t hit nationally since, but continues to make the top ten in her native country under her given name.

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA
The trio of DJs Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello have been together since 2008. They first made the the CHR chart in 2011 with “Save The World” (#37), but it failed to make the Hot 100 by just a few positions. Last year, “Don’t You Worry Child” became their biggest hit ever in almost every territory, including a #6 peak on the Hot 100 and a better #2 at CHR earlier this year. They’ve broken up for the time being.

THE CARDIGANS
From the city of Jönköping, this quintet led by Nina Persson scored an international hit with “Lovefool”. It wasn’t eligible for the Hot 100 at the time due to a rule barring airplay-only singles from charting, but it did climb to #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay survey and spent six weeks at #1 on CHR radio during the spring of 1997. They had several other hits in Europe, but broke up in 2006 before reuniting last year.

Who is your favorite act from Sweden to break in America? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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