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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 1, 2017

Experiencing a comeback.

It’s the last month of the year! Here come some of the biggest releases of 2017, all available for your listening pleasure! Now, the weekly look at the albums and singles you need to know about this Friday:

U2 – Songs Of Experience (iTunes)
The legendary Irish quartet returns with their 14th studio album, and first in three years, which includes single “You’re The Best Thing About Me”. Charting across three formats, it performed best on the Triple A chart, where it was #1 for two weeks. Though you won’t find this one free in your iTunes library, it should be a strong contender for #1 on the Billboard 200.

MIGUEL – War & Leisure (iTunes)
The newest studio album by this R&B singer features the hit “Sky Walker”, featuring Travis Scott, which is either inside or just outside the top ten at both Rhythmic and Urban radio. Will it become his third set to reach the top five overall? Could happen!

CHRIS STAPLETON – From A Room: Volume 2 (iTunes)
As “Broken Halos”, off the first volume, continues its slow ascent up the Country radio survey, Stapleton’s second album of 2017 arrives in stores. It’s sure to be the top Country album in the land next week, with a notable debut overall as well.

More albums out this week: Andy Grammer‘s The Good Parts (iTunes), Danielle Bradbery‘s I Don’t Believe We’ve Met (iTunes), Five Finger Death Punch‘s A Decade Of Destruction (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Greatest Hits (iTunes), Robbie Williams‘s Under The Radar, Vol. 2 (Deluxe) (iTunes), Roy Woods‘s Say Less (iTunes), The Rolling Stones‘s On Air (iTunes), Van Morrison‘s Versatile (iTunes), Ferdinand (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: TBA

More EPs out this week: Black Veil Brides‘s Rebels (iTunes), Lions Head‘s Golden / The Night B4 Xmas (iTunes), Owl City‘s Reel 1 (iTunes), Sheppard‘s Uncover (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“1000”, N.E.R.D & Future (iTunes)
“All Falls Down (Remixes)”, Alan Walker, Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals (iTunes)
“All On My Mind (Acoustic)”, Anderson East (iTunes)
“Asking For A Friend”, Devin Dawson (iTunes)
“Aww”, Baby Ariel (iTunes)
“Been Meaning To Tell You (Reinvented, Pt. 1 – Remixes)”, Starley (iTunes)
“Better Than I Used To Be (Acoustic)”, Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Blood & Muscle”, Lissie (iTunes)
“Boy Like You”, WESLEE (iTunes)
“Breathe”, Jax Jones featuring Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“Broken People”, Logic & Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Cotton Candy”, Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Cozy”, Jacob Sartorius (iTunes)
“Don’t Look Down”, Nicholas Roberts (iTunes)
“Fallin’ 4 U”, Will Heard (iTunes)
“Fireworks”, First Aid Kit (iTunes)
“First Love (Remixes)”, Lost Kings & Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Footprints In The Snow”, Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
“Friends”, Otto Knows (iTunes)
“Halo (Live)”, LP (iTunes)
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, MiC LOWRY (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“Hello Shadow”, Kiesza & SKYGGE (iTunes)
“Him & I”, G-Eazy & Halsey (iTunes)
“House Party (Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Club Mix)”, The Knocks & Captain Cuts (iTunes)
“I Know You (Acoustic)”, Craig David featuring Bastille (iTunes)
“I Miss You (Matoma Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“I Think It Must Be Christmas”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Islands”, R3HAB & KSHMR (iTunes)
“Leave A Light On (Acoustic)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Little Drummer Boy (Lema x Savi Remix)”, Pentatonix (iTunes)
“Love So Soft (Mark Knight & Ben Remember Remix)”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“Miss You”, Louis Tomlinson (iTunes)
“Mouth To Mouth”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“Mucho Booty”, Pitbull & Micha featuring Farruko (iTunes)
“Naked (CADE Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“No More”, PRETTYMUCH featuring French Montana (iTunes)
“No Pressure”, Mahalia (iTunes)
“Off My Feet”, Pia Mia (iTunes)
“One Chance To Dance (Remixes)”, Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas (iTunes)
“Perfect”, Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé (iTunes)
“Personal (Acoustic)”, The Vamps (iTunes)
“So Far Away”, Martin Garrix & David Guetta featuring Jamie Scott & Romy Dya (iTunes)
“Stand Up Tragedy”, The Fratellis (iTunes)
“Strangers (Remixes)”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Strongest (Alan Walker Remix)”, Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“Take Her Place (VIP Mix)”, Don Diablo featuring A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Vanilla / What’s So Entertaining”, The Orwells (iTunes)
“Way With Words”, Bahamas (iTunes)
“We Could Go Back (Remixes)”, Jonas Blue featuring Moelogo (iTunes)
“Whoever He Is”, New Hope Club (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from K. Michelle, Luke BryanWalker Hayes and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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“Shake” It Up: Will Baauer Bounce At Radio?

Eh, close enough, but not quite.

Eh, close enough, but not quite.

It’s exploded all over the Internet; in fact, your office may be next to upload a version on YouTube. One person is casually grooving to a funky-sounding song, and fifteen seconds in, a whole group of people are swaying to the beat in crazy costumes. In just thirty seconds, a viral sensation was born. Jimmy Fallon’s crew did it; so did Ryan Seacrest’s morning show. In fact, various versions have been popping up over the last two weeks, but it’s turned into a phenomenon over the last four or five days, totaling thousands of separate videos. It’s based off of the song “Harlem Shake”, credited to a 23-year-old producer from New York whose real name is Harry Rodrigues, but who goes by the stage name Baauer. It originally was released last spring but went largely unnoticed outside of a few compilation albums featuring mainly underground material. Now, it’s suddenly been rediscovered by millions of people watching all over the world, ready to boogie down to the infectious beat of the song and laugh a little bit at people’s creativity when it comes to making an Internet video.

In the States, Baauer is on Mad Decent Records, a company started by the producer Diplo, and its sub-label Jeffrees. He’s also signed to LuckyMe Records, a small company based out of the United Kingdom, where an EP of his is in production and will be out later this year. The song isn’t his first official release (a song called “Dum Dum” was issued last year) but it is the rising star’s first song to get some attention and in a big way. The song is obviously a hit at retail. “Harlem Shake” is now #3 on iTunes in the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom. (Look for a top 5 placing on the U.K. Singles Chart this weekend, which is purely sales-based.) It’s also #2 in Canada and #1 in Australia. Yet, with every huge song to come off of YouTube, there also a few problems associated with it.

First of all, it’s a viral hit and a novelty song all rolled into one. I mean, we just got over PSY‘s “Gangnam Style” recently, do we really need another one of these singles to blow up? It’s certainly not going to be easy following a music video that has over 1.3 billion hits on the web. Yet, they are two different songs incorporating two different styles of music. I guess we have no choice. The song’s already doomed to have a short shelf life, so we may as well enjoy it while it lasts and of course, prepare a spot for “Harlem” and Baauer on the list of the biggest one-hit wonders of all-time.

Then, there’s the composition itself. It’s a grimey-sounding record that’s largely instrumental in nature despite the “do the harlem shake” line and a few sound effects. Plus, people generally only know it from the first thirty seconds of the song; why would they be inclined to listen to the whole thing? That’s going to really hurt it, especially in leading into my last point. The last fully instrumental single to make the top 40 at CHR was “Sandstorm” by Darude in 2001. We’ve also had singles crossover from Europe to the States that are largely instrumental, but have a limited vocal in either a foreign or nonsensical language, like 2005’s “Axel F” by Crazy Frog and 2011’s “We No Speak Americano” by Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP. The thing is, neither of those three songs have made it out of the 30’s at this specific format despite a decent pace at retail. “Harlem Shake”, which is far bigger sales hit than any of these were, could likely do the same if the trend dies down faster than we think.

Lastly, as I began to explain, there’s the issue of radio. It’s not accumulating airplay very quickly here in the States, possibly because it hasn’t officially been serviced yet. It’s also on a really small label, so it would need to be picked up by a major one in order to get the proper promotion. The leader thus far at top-40 radio is WNOW-FM in New York City, with nine detections recorded in the past few days, followed by KHTT-FM/Tulsa and KSXY/Santa Rosa, CA with six, with additional small airplay in cities like Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Philadelphia, San Diego and Washington, DC. With all the electronic dance music on playlists at the format, it probably won’t struggle to fit in on the airwaves, but a #56 placing on the Hot 100 isn’t going to cut it when “Gangnam” just went to #2 for a month and a half on the Hot 100.

Whatever you may think of the song, it’s going to be around for a while and pushed to the point where you can’t stand it any longer. Hey, we could always have a rerelease of the “Harlem Shuffle” to counter it, couldn’t we?

Let me know what you think of the song and the trend based off of it in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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