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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 25, 2019

Big album bows are in their DNA.

There won’t be any million-sellers this week, but there are plenty of lovely releases that are on the money. Here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

BACKSTREET BOYS – DNA (iTunes)
Features: “Chances”, currently in the top 20 at Hot AC and top 50 on Top 40 radio (as well as prior single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”)

BRING ME THE HORIZON – Amo (iTunes)
Features: “Mantra”, currently in the top five at Active Rock radio

VARIOUS ARTISTS – 2019 Grammy Nominees (iTunes)
Features: chart hits from the likes of Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Taylor Swift and others

Notable albums out this week: Boogie‘s Everything’s For Sale (iTunes), Dreezy‘s Big Dreez (iTunes), FIDLAR‘s Almost Free (iTunes), Jack & Jack‘s A Good Friend Is Nice (iTunes), Keuning‘s Prismism (iTunes), Kiss‘s Kissworld – The Best Of Kiss (iTunes), Michael Franti & Spearhead‘s Stay Human Vol. 2 (iTunes), Rat Boy‘s Internationally Unknown (iTunes), Rudimental‘s Toast To Our Differences (iTunes), Say Anything‘s Oliver Appropriate (iTunes), Terror Jr‘s Unfortunately, Terror Jr (iTunes), Weezer‘s Weezer (The Teal Album) (iTunes), Wrabel‘s One Nite Only (Live) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Frank Turner‘s Don’t Worry (iTunes), Julia Michaels‘s Inner Monologue Part I (iTunes), Santana‘s In Search Of Mona Lisa (iTunes), Slenderbodies‘s Soraya (iTunes), Sunflower‘s King Of The Dudes (iTunes), Wild Youth‘s The Last Goodbye (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week: TBA‘s TBA (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2021” / “Harmony Hall”, Vampire Weekend (iTunes)
“Against Me”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“American Dream”, Sultan + Shepard (iTunes)
“Back To The Start”, Michael Schulte (iTunes)
“Blind”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“BOOM”, X Ambassadors (iTunes)
“Bug A Boo”, Joe Stone (iTunes)
“Change Your Mind”, Tori Kelly (iTunes)
“Cool As Hell”, Baker Boy (iTunes)
“Crashing”, Illenium featuring Bahari (iTunes)
“Distance”, Nicky Romero x Olivia Holt (iTunes)
“Don’t Leave Me Waiting”, Newton Faulkner (iTunes)
“Excuses (Acoustic)”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“Exits”, Foals (iTunes)
“Everybody Wants You”, Black Saint featuring Sam Fischer (iTunes)
“Falling Apart”, Broods (iTunes)
“Fake Louis”, Girl Wilde (iTunes)
“Fire Is Love”, SAARLOOS (iTunes)
“Give You Up”, Dido (iTunes)
“Haunted House” and “Moderation”, Florence + The Machine (iTunes)
“Headlights (Madison Mars Remix)”, Hellberg & Leona Lewis (iTunes)
“Heal Me”, Grace Carter (iTunes)
“Heavy Crown”, Grizfolk (iTunes)
“Here Come The Warriors”, UNSECRET featuring Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“I’m So Tired…”, Lauv & Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Joy (R3HAB Remix)”, for KING & COUNTRY (iTunes)
“Karma”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Like That”, Eva Simons (iTunes)
“Listen To Me”, Dirty Heads (iTunes)
“Loca”, Alvaro Soler (iTunes)
“Lost In Translation”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Love Me & Let Me Go”, Ashley Tisdale (iTunes)
“Love Me Back”, RITUAL with Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“Middle Child”, J. Cole (iTunes)
“Monster (Under My Bed)”, Call Me Karizma (iTunes)
“Nothing Breaks Like a Heart (Don Diablo Remix)”, Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“Out Of Love” and “You Don’t Know Me”, Peter Manos (iTunes)
“Red Bull & Hennessy”, Jenny Lewis (iTunes)
“S.O.S.”, Spazz Cardigan (iTunes)
“Save Me Tonight”, ARTY (iTunes)
“Savior”, No/Me (iTunes)
“Sexual Vibe (Acoustic)”, Stephen Puth (iTunes)
“Slow Fade”, Ruth B. (iTunes)
“Strangers”, Vigiland featuring A7S (iTunes)
“Swan Song”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“The First To Know”, Robin Bengtsson (iTunes)
“Think About Us”, Little Mix featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Undrunk”, FLETCHER (iTunes)
“Velvet”, LINES (iTunes)
“Watching The Waves”, David Gray (iTunes)
“Wicked Hearts”, Junge Junge featuring Jamie Hartman (iTunes)
“Woke Up Late”, Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Won’t Let Go”, Jamie N Commons (iTunes)
“You Say (Piano Version)”, Lauren Daigle (iTunes)
“You’re In His Bed, I’m In His Head”, Mags (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from American Authors, Broods and many more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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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 10, 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: Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa pucker up for a pop event, delivering their smooches (and stations) to the top of the report, while Charlie Puth and Kehlani fall just behind. Let’s add ’em up:

“ONE” ON ONE: After landing just shy of the top 30 on last Sunday’s published update, “One Kiss” plants a smooch at the top of the current adds report at the CHR/Top 40 format. Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s collaboration starts with 87 stations, which is a notable sum on this very slow week. (Just three songs make it over a dozen adds this week. Yikes!) The hot song is expected to be on Harris’s next studio album, due sometime later this year. It reached the top ten on iTunes when it debuted on Friday.

After landing in sixth place last week, “Done For Me” from Charlie Puth featuring Kehlani moves up to the runner-up slot, with a total of 45 stations on impact. Puth’s collaboration with G-Eazy, “Sober”, still ranks in the top ten, with another nine stations (in eighth place) this Tuesday, while Kehlani’s collaboration with Eminem, “Nowhere Fast”, just missed the top ten.

Let’s hope the format comes back to life on Tax Day…

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA, “One Kiss” (Columbia)
2. CHARLIE PUTH featuring KEHLANI, “Done For Me” (APG/Atlantic)
3. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Everybody Hates Me” (Disruptor/Columbia)
4-T. ECHOSMITH, “Over My Head” (Warner Bros.)
4-T. HALSEY featuring BIG SEAN and STEFFLON DON, “Alone” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
4-T. KHALID & NORMANI, “Love Lies” (Right Hand/Keep Cool/RCA)
4-T. MADISON BEER, “Home With You” (First Access)
8. G-EAZY featuring CHARLIE PUTH, “Sober” (RCA)
9-T. LOGIC & MARSHMELLO, “Everyday” (Def Jam)
9-T. NOAH KAHAN & JULIA MICHAELS, “Hurt Somebody” (Republic)
9-T. RUDIMENTAL featuring JESS GLYNNE, MACKLEMORE & DAN CAPLEN, “These Days” (Big Beat/RRP)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 2, 2015

Don't sleeep on this one.

Don’t sleeep on this one.

This week’s New Music Friday leads our rhythm nation into one of the cool comeback stories of the year, with a handful of other new sets trying to take control from Miss Jackson (if they’re nasty.) Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • JANET JACKSON — Unbreakable (iTunes)
    • It’s been all work and “No Sleeep” for the legendary performer as she continues her World Tour through the end of November before a break until the start of the year. Meanwhile, her first studio album in seven years is in stores. It features the aforementioned “Sleeep”, a #1 on the Urban AC chart, while second single “BURNITUP!” (with Missy Elliott) was recently serviced to radio. Look for it to be one of next week’s top debuts.
  • TAMAR BRAXTON — Calling All Lovers (iTunes)
    • With her role on the daytime talk show The Real and her new single gaining at radio called “Catfish”, Braxton has a good presence in the media today. Back in 2013, her Love And War album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, and though her opening frame may not be as large this time, she could potentially find herself in the top five again.
  • AVICII — Stories (iTunes)
    • It’s been a rough time for this DJ/producer at radio here over the past year or so, with two singles pulled at the last minute, another single that stalled beneath the top 40 and a current one (“For A Better Day”) that’s doing very little outside of overnight spins. Perhaps his latest studio album will perform slightly better.
  • SEVENDUST — Kill The Flaw (iTunes)
    • This Atlanta group has been on the rock scene since the mid-90’s, and their latest effort is their first studio set since the spring of 2013. Single “Thank You” is in the top 20 on the Active Rock chart. Since 2003, they’ve had a string of top 20 debuts (six studio albums in a row.) Will this be the seventh to do so?
  • More albums out this week: Clutch‘s Psychic Warfare (iTunes), Collective Soul‘s See What You Started By Continuing (iTunes), Dave East‘s Hate Me Now (iTunes), Eagles Of Death Metal‘s Zipper Down (iTunes), Falls‘s Omaha (iTunes), For Today‘s Wake (iTunes), Joe Bonamassa‘s Live At Radio City Music Hall (iTunes), Matt Nathanson‘s Show Me Your Fangs (iTunes), Paul McCartney‘s reissues of Pipes Of Peace (iTunes) and Tug Of War (iTunes), Queensryche‘s Condition Human (iTunes), Rudimental‘s We The Generation (iTunes), The Winery Dogs‘s Hot Streak (iTunes), Trivium‘s Silence In The Snow (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week:

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

  • “Carter & Cash”, Tor Miller (iTunes)
  • “Me & The Rhythm”, Selena Gomez (iTunes)
  • “Player”, Tinashe (iTunes)
  • “Something To Believe In”, A Silent Film (iTunes)
  • “Testarossa Music”, ZHU (iTunes)
  • “Victorious”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
  • “Wake Up”, The Vamps (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from R. City, Selena Gomez, The Game and more. See you then!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (August 6)

This ain't no Teenage Dream.

Number “One”, perhaps?

From the fine folks in the world of folk to the pop acts who pop, here are all the releases you need to know about for the week of August 6:

  • Americana and folk duo The Civil Wars have this week’s biggest release with their second full-length album, a self-titled effort. With first single, “The One That Got Away”, currently in the top 100 on iTunes, it’s sure to debut high and be on the minds of the GRAMMY committee during award season. Look for it to potentially debut at #1, kicking out Robin Thicke from the top. (iTunes)
  • His single took several months to break at Country radio, but Brett Eldredge is looking at a winner this time around with the song “Don’t Ya”. You can find it on the album Bring You Back, which is out this week. (iTunes)
  • The 47th edition in the Now! That’s What I Call Music series is in stores today. The 20-song compilation features recent hits by Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons and Selena Gomez, among others. (iTunes)
  • After a European release in June, KT Tunstall‘s latest album, Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon, is landing on shelves. It’s her first album to be co-released in the U.S. through jazz label Blue Note Records. (iTunes)
  • Best known as an actor, but also an accomplished musician, Hugh Laurie issues his second album, Didn’t It Rain. It recently hit the top 5 in the United Kingdom. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include a deluxe edition of Elvis Presley‘s Elvis At Stax (iTunes), Home by Rudimental (iTunes) and the Animal EP by Ryan Star (iTunes).

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

  • “Days Of Gold”, a new track from Jake Owen. (iTunes)
  • “Shake”, the first single from The Head And The Heart‘s forthcoming album Let’s Be Still. (iTunes)
  • “The Wire”, another taste of Haim‘s album, Days Are Gone. (iTunes)
  • “Wild Child”, a new song from Brett Dennen. (iTunes)

Next week, it’s all about country superstar Luke Bryan and his Crash My Party album, but Glen Campbell could offer up a surprise hit in See You There as he reinterprets his past singles. We’ll give you a preview next Tuesday!

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Worth The Wait: Showing Up Late For The States

In the United States, we often see delays in hit singles from British-based artists making it over to our part of the world, especially from brand new or newer acts. Sometimes a label tries to concentrate their artist in one part of the world and isn’t ready to break them anywhere else, but the results are often frustrating for American audiences who are ahead of what a record group intends to do. Take these two songs which were huge in the United Kingdom. One song reached the top there nearly a year ago and the other goes back even further to the fall of 2011. Gosh, someone took their sweet time in making these decisions. Well, wait no more. They’re finally here and ready to blow up:

"Feel" appeal.

“Feel” appeal.

RUDIMENTAL featuring JOHN NEWMAN – “Feel The Love”
Original Release Date: May 2012 (U.K.) / U.S. Release Date: June 25 (CHR radio)

Surprised about this one? I definitely was, and I’ll admit it, I didn’t exactly “get the song” when it first came out. I just thought it sounded like a messy, grimey drum and bass track, which I’m not the biggest fan of general. However, the more I listened to it, the more I enjoyed it. It really pumps you up and gets you energized. Both the quartet and solo singer Newman are originally from the United Kingdom, the former from London and the latter from Northern England. The song was originally released last May in the United Kingdom, debuting in the #1 spot, giving both Rudimental and John Newman their first ever #1 singles. Success was varied across the European countries, though it went top ten in a handful of countries, including down under in Australia and New Zealand. In fact, it proved so popular in Australia that it’s now been certified three-times Platinum alone there. Rudimental recently released an album Home in the U.K., featuring another top 20 single with Newman and Alex Clare, “Not Giving In”, and a #1 collaboration with Ella Eyre, “Waiting All Night”. Newman has also moved onto a solo career, launching his first single, the beautiful “Love Me Again”, next month. (You can view my profile on him here.) “Feel The Love” goes to radio on June 25 on Roadrunner Records, the same label that handles acts like Nickelback and other rock outfits. An edit has been serviced that reduces the song to just under three minutes long, which you can hear above. They’ve proven their success before on both on the Alternative and CHR surveys, but a hard-hitting dance single like this is a risk. Hopefully it works in their favor.

Dancing to his own drum.

Dancing to his own drum.

OLLY MURS – “Dance With Me Tonight”
Original Release Date: November 2011 (U.K.) / U.S. Release Date: at CHR radio now

You can rock it and you can roll it at the hop and Olly Murs knows a thing or two about hopping from shore to shore. After “Heart Skips A Beat” failed to blow up last fall, Syco and Columbia Records managed to make a hit out of “Troublemaker”, which peaked recently. That went to #1 in the United Kingdom, as did his new single here… only this new single was originally out in 2011. That would be “Dance With Me Tonight”, which hit the top for one week in December 2011. It’s a glossy swing-inspired number that is reminiscent of some of the big hits of the era like 1961’s “Quarter To Three” by Gary U.S. Bonds and “Runaround Sue” by Dion. “Tonight” has been slightly remixed for the U.S. radio release of it, and you can hear that new version of it. If you’re familiar with the album version that was out in Europe, I’ve managed to pick out some of the main differences. In the introduction, there’s now a solid piano line underneath the announcer where there was once a guitar line. You’ll probably notice there’s also more emphasis on a new percussive line, and volume on that has been increased in several places, including the chorus and middle eight. The horns are also lowered on the chorus. Lastly, at the end, the repetition of the “Girl just close your eyes/We can dance all through the night” line has been removed and replaced with a couple of newly recorded ad libs. It was hot in Europe and it has the potential to be bigger than in 1998 when the Brian Setzer Orchestra and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies hit it big. The new edit was serviced out earlier this week, so start perfecting your jitterbug, jive and lindy hop now.

Are you a fan of either track? Can’t wait to see Rudimental and John Newman crack the U.S. market or Olly Murs pick up another hit? Let me know! Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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PROFILE: John Newman Looks For “Love” In The U.K. And Beyond

He's not giving in.

He’s not giving in.

He became one of last year’s breakout stars on the scene in the United Kingdom with one of the top 20 selling singles of 2012: quite the introduction to the industry from someone who was planning on being a mechanic after his schooling. Meet 23-year-old John Newman, a singer I hope is going to make 2013 shake, rattle and soul with his first release as a solo artist. It’s only a matter of time before he makes the United States fall in “love” with him.

Newman was born in the small town of Settle in the country of North Yorkshire in England and was largely into house music through his early teens, though he soon developed an affection for his mother’s record collection full of R&B music of the 70’s and 80’s. He also found a liking for singer-songwriters like Ben Harper and Damien Rice, so, he learned the guitar and built a small studio in his home in 2005. He went to the College Of Music in Leeds, then moved to London where he played live and was eventually signed by Island Records last year. It was also in 2012 that he got his big break singing on a number-one record.

Newman was approached by the British electronic quartet Rudimental to appear on two of their songs from their album released a few weeks ago, Home. They both became singles from the effort. The first, “Feel The Love”, a dubstep number with a jazzy twist, easily claimed the #1 spot on the Singles Chart in the United Kingdom for a week in May of last year. It also did well in Australia, Belgium and Netherlands. It was never released in the United States. This also occurred with the followup single, “Not Giving In”, which also featured a vocal from Alex Clare. That only rose to #14, but it did feature similar jazz and dubstep elements. Newman could’ve chosen to gone that route with his new solo deal, but he’s decided to go in a more traditional direction, and it serves him well.

With a full-length album in the pipeline and a couple of dates scheduled in July for performances in the United Kingdom, Island Records is releasing the first single from the effort, a song called “Love Me Again”. It gets a U.K. release on July 1. “Love” is one of the songs that represents a huge musical melting pot that doesn’t particularly represent one particular era or style. His voice has the grit and soul of the south in the 60’s, like James Brown or Alex Chilton of The Box Tops. The strings that come in at the end of the chorus are easily late 70’s disco, very much reminiscent of the 1979 hit for Gloria Gaynor, the classic “I Will Survive”. The keys give off an early 90’s house vibe, similar to “How To Dance” by the Bingoboys and Princessa (1991) or “What Is Love?” by Haddaway (1993). Then, there’s the drum, which I attribute to a more modern approach; listen to the 2011 single by Olly Murs and Rizzle Kicks, “Heart Skips A Beat” and you’ll recognize the percussion line.

Now, while this setup is perfect for the United Kingdom and will likely propel his single to the top of the charts, it’s more of a puzzle for our fragmented format system here in the United States. It could be serviced to the AAA format, but it might be seen as too commercial-sounding, especially with the really polished strings part. It could go to the Hot AC format, but again, it might be seen as too edgy because of the much-layered sound of it. Then, there’s the CHR format, who would probably pass on it for sounding too dated. There in lies the problem. I may not be picky when it comes to these kinds of songs, but certainly, a lot of people would skip right over it. However, it’s his most accessible single to date when it comes to worldwide potential. I loved it from the first listen. We’ll see if a U.S. release actually comes to fruition, because we’re definitely missing out on a good thing.

He has the style in his button down and jacket and he has the sound with his seamless ability to roll through the decades without missing a beat. With a video approaching 500,000 hits on YouTube and 125,000 streams on his SoundCloud account, Newman didn’t have to wait too long for the public to love him again. It’s all right there in front of him.

Watch the video for Newman’s debut solo single, “Love Me Again”. / Pre-order “Love Me Again” on iTunes (U.K. only.)

Are you already fan of Newman’s collaborations with Rudimental and looking forward to his solo material? Are you just discovering him for the first time? Let me know! Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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