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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 22, 2019

Knew in stores this week.

Regardless of whether you made the Dean’s list or not in your school days, the Dean at the top of this list is ready to lead a strong pack of new albums and singles. These are all the notable releases hitting the market this Friday:

DEAN LEWIS – A Place We Knew (iTunes)
Features: “Be Alright”, the #1 song on the Hot AC chart with additional top ten action at AC radio/top 15 action at Top 40 radio

RICH THE KID – The World Is Yours 2 (iTunes)
Features: “Splashin'”, currently in the top 50 at Rhythmic and Urban radio

Notable albums out this week: Andrew Bird‘s My Finest Work Yet (iTunes), Bad Suns‘s Mystic Truth (iTunes), Jenny Lewis‘s On The Line (iTunes), Kevin Garrett‘s Hoax (iTunes), Mötley Crüe‘s The Dirt (Soundtrack) (iTunes), Nav‘s Bad Habits (iTunes), Wallows‘s Nothing Happens (iTunes), Yungblud‘s Live In Atlanta (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Adam Melchor‘s Plan On You (iTunes), Flora Cash‘s Press (iTunes), Ruth B‘s Where I’ll Find You Again (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“123456”, Fitz & The Tantrums (iTunes)
“2all”, Catfish And The Bottlemen (iTunes)
“24/7/365”, “Cry Baby”, “If It Ain’t Broke”, “One More Whiskey Song” and “These Days”, Mackenzie Porter (iTunes)
“85%”, Loote featuring gnash (iTunes)
“Almost There”, The NGHBRS (iTunes)
“Attitude”, Aaron Carpenter (iTunes)
“Better When You’re Gone (Nicky Romero Pop Edit)”, David Guetta, Brooks & Loote (iTunes)
“Bitter Love”, Pia Mia (iTunes)
“Coke & Henny Pt. 1”, Pink Sweat$ (iTunes)
“Come Along”, Pentatonix (iTunes)
“Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind”, Logic (iTunes)
“Cruel”, Glowie (iTunes)
“Do It Yourself”, ILIRA (iTunes)
“Don’t Feel Like Crying (Live/LIFT)”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Don’t Speak”, Stefan Alexander (iTunes)
“Drugs (KBAYE Remix)”, Upsahl (iTunes)
“Edit You”, KREAM featuring Stela Cole (iTunes)
“Fantasy”, Soki Tukker (iTunes)
“Friends Go”, Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“Go Out And Get It”, Devon Gilfillian (iTunes)
“Green Light Go”, Becky G (iTunes)
“Headcase”, Kailee Morgue featuring Hayley Kiyoko (iTunes)
“Home”, SMALLTALK (iTunes)
“I Don’t Belong In This Club”, Why Don’t We & Macklemore (iTunes)
“I Like Girls”, PnB Rock featuring Lil Skies (iTunes)
“I Need To Know”, Tim Chadwick (iTunes)
“I Want You (2019)”, Wrabel (iTunes)
“If I Ain’t Got You”, Dan Talevski (iTunes)
“Karma (Alpharock & Devan Remix)”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Lay With Me”, Moontower (iTunes)
“Lion”, Hearts & Colors (iTunes)
“Lookin’ For (The Wild Remix)”, Digital Farm Animals featuring Danny Ocean (iTunes)
“Lovely”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Lover Lover”, Nicopop x Tyler Mann (iTunes)
“More”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
“Movement (Maya Jane Coles Remix)”, Hozier (iTunes)
“Never Go Back”, BRUNS (iTunes)
“Obsessed”, Dynoro & Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“OH MY!”, O.A.R. (iTunes)
“On My Way”, Alan Walker featuring Sabrina Carpenter & Farruko (iTunes)
“Open Up (Acoustic)”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Orange Trees”, MARINA (iTunes)
“Out Of Love (Devault Remix)”, Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Phases”, Ashlee + Evan (iTunes)
“Play It Cool”, Steve Aoki & Monsta X (iTunes)
“Pray”, Illenium featuring Kameron Alexander (iTunes)
“Pretty Shining People (Acoustic)”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“Ready To Love”, The Magician (iTunes)
“Rival”, LANCO (iTunes)
“Saint Honesty”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Sanjake”, Cleopatrick (iTunes)
“So Close”, Kyle Lionhart (iTunes)
“Stand Up (Show Love)”, The O’Jays (iTunes)
“Style”, Foster The People (iTunes)
“Swan Song (Acoustic)”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Undo”, Naughty Boy featuring Calum Scott & Shenseea (iTunes)
“Unemployed”, Tierra Whack (iTunes)
“Talk Slow”, Cody Lovaas (iTunes)
“Tempo”, Lizzo featuring Missy Elliott (iTunes)
“The Only Ones”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Vendetta”, UNSECRET featuring Krigarè (iTunes)
“Waiting For Love”, Openside (iTunes)
“Wake Me When It’s Over”, The Cranberries (iTunes)
“Watch Me (Remix)”, Jaden Smith (iTunes)
“What I Like About You”, Jonas Blue featuring Theresa Rex (iTunes)
“Who Do You Love (R3HAB Remix)”, The Chainsmokers featuring 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
“Your Peace”, Jacquees featuring Lil Baby (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums and EPs from Ben Platt, Billie Eilish, George Strait and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 5, 2017

Looking for “Room” at the top.

It’s a logical fight between a traveller and a logician this week, as two big releases attempt to steal the #1 spot away from Kendrick Lamar‘s hot set. Can one of them pull it off? Here’s all the action from this week’s schedule:

CHRIS STAPLETON – From A Room: Volume 1 (iTunes)
Stapleton’s sophomore album follows 2015’s Traveller, which garnered universal acclaim and a number of awards. It also ranked at #4 on the list of 2016’s best-selling albums here in the States. Lead single “Either Way”, which wasn’t released prior to the album in an unusual move, impacts at Country radio on Monday. It’s pretty clear that this will be a contender for #1, but it’ll have to compete with…

LOGIC – Everybody (iTunes)
The third studio album for this Maryland rapper is also looking at a notable first week, thanks to a lot of positive buzz and a nice list of collaborators. Of course, his first two albums reached the top five in the last few years, but his following continues to expand. “1-800-273-8255”, both the radio single and the number for the Suicide Prevention Hotline, is headed to the Rhythmic format.

More albums out this week: Blondie‘s Pollinator (iTunes), Day Wave‘s The Days We Had (iTunes), Diana Krall‘s Turn Up The Quiet (iTunes), Goodbye June‘s Magic Valley (iTunes), LP‘s Lost On You (iTunes), Mac DeMarco‘s This Old Dog (iTunes), Patti LaBelle‘s Bel Hommage (iTunes), Russ‘s There’s Really A Wolf (iTunes), Ruth B.‘s Safe Haven (iTunes), The Head And The Heart‘s Stinson Beach Sessions (iTunes), Vinyl Theatre‘s Origami (iTunes), Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years Of The Story (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 62 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: James Hersey‘s Pages (iTunes), Kita Alexander‘s Hotel (iTunes), Sigrid‘s Don’t Kill My Vibe (iTunes), Tim Chadwick‘s Early Days (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Falls Down”, Paul Rey (iTunes)
“Bring It Back”, Lil Yachty (iTunes)
“Bout You”, VÉRITÉ (iTunes)
“Call The Police” / “American Dream”, LCD Soundsystem (iTunes)
“Caramel”, Terror Jr (iTunes)
“Dear Ana (Acoustic)”, Matthew Koma (iTunes)
“Despacito (Major Lazer & MOSKA Remix)”, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (iTunes)
“Do You Think About Me”, Benjamin Ingrosso (iTunes)
“Driver”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Electric Touch (Ayokay Remix)”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Eyes Closed”, Halsey (iTunes)
“Eyes Closed”, Tyga (iTunes)
“Fair-Weather Friend”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Got A Little Drunk”, Madcon (iTunes)
“High Without Your Love”, Loote (iTunes)
“Hunter”, Galantis (iTunes)
“Hurt By You”, Emily Warren (iTunes)
“Issues (Alan Walker Remix)”, Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Killing Time”, Serena Ryder (iTunes)
“Mama”, Jonas Blue featuring William Singe (iTunes)
“Moonlight”, Dan Owen (iTunes)
“On The Charts”, DREAMCAR (iTunes)
“Perfect Color”, SafetySuit (iTunes)
“SHE”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“Sink”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Slow Hands”, Niall Horan (iTunes)
“Sundays”, Tom Prior (iTunes)
“Sweet Creature”, Harry Styles (iTunes)
“Tears Gone Bad”, Mr. Probz (iTunes)
“The Breakup”, LANY (iTunes)
“Told You So”, Paramore (iTunes)
“Want You Back”, Haim (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Harry Styles, Zac Brown Band and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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

BLEACHERS – “Don’t Take The Money” (RCA, April 4 – Alternative)
Album: Everybody Lost Somebody (2017)
Past ALT History: Jack Antonoff’s popular project has stormed the top five on the Alternative chart with two tracks: “I Wanna Get Better” (#1, one week) and “Rollercoaster” (#3). With a strong start over the past few days, I expect this release to join them soon.

COIN – “I Don’t Wanna Dance” (Columbia, April 4 – Alternative)
Album: How Will You Know If You Never Try (2017)
Past ALT History: This Nashville group’s breakout hit, “Talk Too Much”, talked its way up to #8 earlier this year. Despite the slow run of that song, the band now has some momentum ahead of their album release later this month. We’ll see how this tune moves.

HEY VIOLET – “Break My Heart” (Caroline, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The California group, previously known as Cherri Bomb, reached a peak of #18 earlier this year with “Guys My Age”. Their label, also responsible for Ben Rector’s “Brand New” (#26) from last summer, doesn’t have much pull on the pop side.

MIKE POSNER – “In The Arms Of A Stranger” (Island/Republic, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: At Night. Alone. (2016)
Past CHR History: Posner has eight top 50 appearances to date, half failing to reach the top 40. However, his 2016 comeback will be remembered as one of the most impressive of the decade, with a remix of “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” spending two weeks at the top.

OLIVIA HOLT – “History” (Hollywood, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: Olivia (EP) (2016)
Past CHR History: This is Holt’s first track to impact here. Is another classic top 30 brick wall in the works for Hollywood’s latest? Considering the results of other pop acts on their roster, like Jordan Fisher, Sabrina Carpenter and Shawn Hook, it could happen.

JAMES TW – “Ex” (Island/Republic, April 10 – Hot AC)
Album: TBA
Past HAC History: I was really rooting for his ballad “When You Love Someone”, which spent seven weeks atop my personal chart in 2016, when it was at the format. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, just edging into the top 30. I’m hoping this has a nice run.

RUTH B – “Superficial Love” (Columbia, April 10 – Hot AC)
Album: Safe Haven (2017)
Past HAC History: From Vine star to radio star, the Canadian singer and songwriter’s “Lost Boy” got found in the top ten, peaking at #6 last year. There’s been an unusually long amount of time between the two singles at Hot AC. How will it affect the chart run?

SIGRID – “Don’t Kill My Vibe” (Island/Republic, April 11 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: This Norwegian performer is headed to U.S. radio for the first time, and her debut single is already a sales and streaming hit in her home country. We’ll see if the newcomer can match the heights of a-ha and their #1 from 1985, “Take On Me”.

TINASHE – “Flame” (RCA, April 11 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: While not yet a prominent name on the CHR airwaves, this performer has achieved some success at the format in the last few years, including the #20 hit “2 On” in 2014. Plus, who doesn’t love an artist promoting her new song on a fire truck?

LANY – “ILYSB” (Interscope, April 17 – Hot AC)
Album: Make Out (EP) (2015)
Past HAC History: If you’re a happenin’ hipster in the SoundCloud universe, you’re probably wondering why a track from 2014 is headed to radio. Honestly, I am too, but it’s nice to see this California trio is finally getting their first shot at some notable airplay.

THE 1975 – “A Change Of Heart” (Interscope, April 18 – Alternative)
Album: I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it (2016)
Past ALT History: The four guys from Manchester must’ve been pretty frustrated seeing song after song of theirs miss the top ten at the format, so they did something about it. “Somebody Else”, their fifth top 40 single here, took its time and reached a #3 peak.

YOUNGR – “Out Of My System” (Island/Republic, April 25 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: What happens when the kid of Kid Creole takes on the playground we call Alternative radio? Format newcomer Dario Darnell is out to prove that his single is a wonderful thing, baby. This song’s been around for a year, but it still sounds fresh.

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

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 3, 2016

Hard "Work" pays off.

Hard “Work” pays off.

DEBUTS
40. The Summer Set – Missin’ You
39. Conrad Sewell – Remind Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Demi Lovato – Stone Cold (39)
29. Melanie Martinez – Pity Party (34)
26. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
23. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty (32)
14. The Strumbellas – Spirits (20)
13. Barns Courtney – Fire (19)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Ruth B – Lost Boy (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (07) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
08. Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (08) | PEAK: #08
07. The 1975 – The Sound (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (05) | PEAK: #04
05. Ben Rector – Brand New (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Troye Sivan – Youth (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Zayn – Pillowtalk (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Chris Ayer – On The Blvd (-)
2. Anderson East – Devil In Me (3)
3. The Score – On And On (4)
4. X Ambassadors – Unsteady (1)
5. Jordan Smith – Stand In The Light (5)
6. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids (2)
7. Matt Nathanson – Giants (10)
8. Bahari – Dancing On The Sun (-)
9. Ellie Goulding – Army (-)
10. MAGIC! – Lay You Down Easy (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert featuring Laleh – Welcome To The Show
Alex & Sierra – Little Do You Know
Andy Black – We Don’t Have To Dance (new)
BØRNS – Past Lives
Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (new)
Broods – Free (new)
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Disturbed – The Sound Of Silence (new)
Finish Ticket – Color
Goo Goo Dolls – Over And Over
Haley Reinhart – Better (new)
Kris Allen – Waves
Oh Wonder – Lose It
Paper Route – Laugh About It
Parachute – Without You (new)
The Heavy – Since You Been Gone
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Rubens – Hoops
Transviolet – New Bohemia

Chart Notes:

  • We have a new song at the top this week, and it’s a fun one. “Work This Body” becomes another chart-topper on my list for Walk The Moon, the third single off their album Talking Is Hard.  The Ohio act becomes the first band to score three #1 singles from one album on my top 40 since fun. pulled off the trick in 2013. The other two were “Shut Up And Dance” and “Different Colors” in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
  • Last year, Conrad Sewell got as high at #9 with his first chart single, “Hold Me Up”. Now, the recent birthday boy is back in the countdown with his follow-up single, which takes the title of Highest Debut. In at #39, “Remind Me” comes from the EP titled All I Know, which landed in the top ten in his native Australia. (Unfortunately, it didn’t do nearly as well here.)
  • In 2013, The Summer Set stalled just under the top 50 at pop radio with the song “Boomerang”. They also performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival that year. They’ll be trying for better with their latest single, “Missin’ You”, new at #40. It’s the first radio release from Stories For Monday, which came out on Friday. It goes for adds on April 19.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 27, 2016

Let's hear it for the Troye.

An egg-cellent Easter #1 for Troye.

DEBUTS
40. Duran Duran featuring Kiesza – Last Night In The City
39. Demi Lovato – Stone Cold
36. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Melanie Martinez – Pity Party (40)
32. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
21. BANNERS – Start A Riot (27)
19. Barns Courtney – Fire (24)
09. The 1975 – The Sound (14)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Ruth B – Lost Boy (12) | PEAK: #10
09. The 1975 – The Sound (14) | PEAK: #09
08. Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
06. Ben Rector – Brand New (07) | PEAK: #05
05. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (06) | PEAK: #04
04. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Zayn – Pillowtalk (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Troye Sivan – Youth (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. X Ambassadors – Unsteady (1)
2. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids (2)
3. Anderson East – Devil In Me (3)
4. The Score – On And On (6)
5. Jordan Smith – Stand In The Light (4)
6. Conrad Sewell – Remind Me (9)
7. Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez (5)
8. Addison Scott – I Came Alive (8)
9. The Summer Set – Missin’ You (-)
10. Matt Nathanson – Giants (-)

In The Mix:
Adam Lambert featuring Laleh – Welcome To The Show
Alex & Sierra – Little Do You Know (new)
Bahari – Dancing On The Sun (new)
BØRNS – Past Lives
Bryan Adams – You Belong To Me
Chris Ayer – On The Blvd (new)
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Ellie Goulding – Army
Finish Ticket – Color
Goo Goo Dolls – Over And Over (new)
Kris Allen – Waves
MAGIC! – Lay You Down Easy (new)
Oh Wonder – Lose It
Paper Route – Laugh About It
The Heavy – Since You Been Gone
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Rubens – Hoops
Transviolet – New Bohemia

Chart Notes:

  • The winner of this year’s top 40 egg hunt is Fitz & The Tantrums, who just debuted their latest single on Thursday. The song is called “HandClap”, and it extends its hands out to reach the #36 spot. It leads their forthcoming album, a self-titled effort, due on June 10. The band’s biggest song on my chart remains their first, “MoneyGrabber”, which spent a week at #1 in 2011.
  • Former Disney star Demi Lovato also enters on this week’s countdown, new at #39 with “Stone Cold”. Her pretty ballad, co-written by Lovato, can be found on the album Confident, which contains two prior radio hits in the title track and “Cool For The Summer”. A video for it premiered in late February.
  • The third top 40 entry from Duran Duran‘s Paper Gods album is this week’s final debut. “Last Night In The City” has yet to paint the town red, at least at U.S. radio, but it enters at #40 on my chart. The song features Kiesza, who hit the top 20 in 2014 with “Hideaway”.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 24, 2016

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“Young” at chart.

DEBUTS
39. Andra Day – Rise Up
36. Walk The Moon – Work This Body | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (35)
29. Ruth B – Lost Boy (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Ellie Goulding – Something In The Way You Move (30)
19. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (24)
05. Taylor Swift – Out Of The Woods (11)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. One Direction – Perfect (07) | PEAK: #03
09. Gwen Stefani – Used To Love You (06) | PEAK: #06
08. Justin Timberlake – Drink You Away (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Adam Lambert – Another Lonely Night (08) | PEAK: #07
06. DNCE – Cake By The Ocean (04) | PEAK: #04
05. Taylor Swift – Out Of The Woods (11) | PEAK: #05
04. Adele – Hello (03) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
03. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Adele – When We Were Young (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Grace Mitchell – Nolo (2)
2. The Strumbellas – Spirits (10)
3. Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up (6)
4. Jonathan Roy – Daniella Denmark (5)
5. Family Of The Year – Carry Me (8)
6. That Poppy – Lowlife (-)
7. Lucius – Born Again Teen (9)
8. FLETCHER – Live Young Die Free (3)
9. Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez (-)
10. Julian Taylor Band – Just A Little Bit (-)

In The Mix:
Aurora – Conqueror
BANNERS – Start A Riot
Boy & Bear – Where’d You Go (new)
Chef’special – In Your Arms
Conrad Sewell – Remind Me (new)
Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream (new)
Grace Potter – Nobody’s Born With A Broken Heart (new)
Jamie Lawson – Cold In Ohio
Jess Glynne – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
New District – Closer
The Heavy – Since You Been Gone (new)
Transviolet – New Bohemia
Tryon – Somebody To Love Me (new)
X Ambassadors – Unsteady

Chart Notes:

  • Just under five years ago, Adele scored her first #1 on my chart with “Rolling In The Deep”. It spent six weeks at the top. It comes as no surprise that she’s back on top, now with her sixth chart-topper and the second from her album 25. “When We Were Young” advances 2-1 this week, as “Hello” continues in the top five after seven weeks at #1. How long will this release lead the countdown before Taylor Swift or Thomas Rhett take over? Stay tuned!
  • It’s been a big era for Ohio’s Walk The Moon on my personal chart. The first two singles from Talking Is Hard, “Shut Up And Dance” and “Different Colors”, both reached the #1 spot, the former for three weeks and the latter for one. We’ll see if 2016 brings them another chart-topper in “Work This Body”, which enters at #36 as the Highest Debut of the week. It goes for Alternative adds in two weeks.
  • At #39 is this week’s other new entry, the first chart hit for Andra Day, a singer originally from Washington. Currently on the Urban AC chart, where it continues to climb the top 20, “Rise Up” heads to Hot AC radio on Monday. The single and its parent album, Cheers To The Fall, are both nominated at the upcoming Grammy Awards.

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16 FOR ’16: New Year, New Acts

Some of the sweet sixteen.

Some of the sweet sixteen for ’16.

After all the endless social media posts about our Spotify mixes and SoundCloud favorites, you’re probably wondering about the top acts in the bunch out of the hundreds of under the radar musicians that we’ve been going through all year. Well, here it is. All year long, we’ve been jamming to the killer tracks released by these great soloists and bands. They have the stats and the support on their side, and it looks like it’ll be a good 2016 for all them. (At least, we’re hoping that it will be.) Here’s the 16 For ’16, a small list of acts we think are due for even bigger success and breakout moments next year:

(Listen to our 16 For ’16 Playlist on Spotify)

A R I Z O N A
A R I Z O N A
Current Location: New Jersey
Most Recent Release: “Where I Wanna Be” (October) (BUY – single)

Recently signed at Atlantic Records, this band named after the Grand Canyon State, but currently based in the Garden State, saw their audience grow off of four ripe single releases. Both their original versions and remixes received love from the blogosphere.

Cape Cub
Cape Cub
Current Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Most Recent Release: “Keep Me In Mind” (October) (BUY – single)

Singer Chad Male released two stellar singles this year, “Swim” and the aforementioned “Keep”, both of which hit the blog world and achieved success. The latter tune was featured on Apple Music and BBC Radio 6. Will this Cub become a lion king? I hope so.

CAPPA
CAPPA
Current Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Most Recent Release: “Goddess” (December) (BUY – single)

Nashville’s Carla Cappa has had some huge support from Spotify’s weekly new releases playlist this year, which jump-started her “No Scrubs” interpolation to over 1.8 million streams, her most successful song in 2015. The pop goodness is bound to continue.

Dagny
Dagny
Current Location: Tromsø, Norway
Most Recent Release: “Backbeat” (September) (BUY – single)

She calls herself a “songbird from the north of Norway”, and just like her location, her stats are also headed north. Recently, her outstanding track exceeded 1.6 million streams on Spotify and grabbed some major support from Beats 1 around its launch time.

FLETCHER
FLETCHER
Current Location: New York City, New York
Most Recent Release: “Live Young Die Free” (November) (BUY – “War Paint”)

When your track has 21 million Spotify streams, 7 of which belong to a remix, you know you have a hit on your hands. This is not some “Paint”-by-numbers pop, people. It is a real story. With no label or radio, this independent campaign was a refreshing one.

FRENSHIP
FRENSHIP
Current Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent Release: “Knives” [with Matoma] (November) (BUY – single)

This duo returned in 2015 with a series of well-received remixes, an original single titled “Nowhere” and their collaboration with a Norwegian DJ/producer that’s still racking up streams everywhere. Two heads are better than one, and 2016 will be better too.

Lauv
Lauv
Current Location: New York City, New York
Most Recent Release: Lost In The Light EP (September) (BUY – EP)

Summing up Ari Leff’s 2015 as “big” would be an understatement. Four million Spotify streams and a publishing contract later, a lot has been happening for the college kid from New York. Choice cuts from his debut effort include “Reforget” and “The Other”.

Lawrence Taylor
Lawrence Taylor
Current Location: London, United Kingdom
Most Recent Release: Bang Bang EP (November) (BUY – EP)

Taylor’s been posting music online and performing live since 2011, but it was in 2015 that his name really got out there. The buzz is certainly there now thanks to his playlisting across multiple services, syncs, acoustic clips and more. That is a really big “Bang”.

LÉON
LÉON
Current Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Most Recent Release: Treasure EP (December) (BUY – EP)

From the country that’s given us so many amazing pop acts over the last four decades comes another one that’s bound to become a big name in 2016. “Nobody Knows” and “Tired Of Talking” lead the way on this shiny set and what should be a solid full-length.

Lostboycrow
Lostboycrow
Current Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent Release: “Love Won’t Sleep” (December) (BUY – single)

Singer/songwriter Chris Blair has seen his star rise from even the beginning of this year, from mid-charting tracks to unanimous blog acclaim. It comes as no surprise that his most recent song is a former #1 on the Hype Machine survey. This bird is gonna fly.

Mackenzie Thoms
Mackenzie Thoms
Current Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent Release: “Hostage” (September) (BUY – “Conviction”)

Former American Idol contestant Thoms released “Conviction” for hot Nashville label South x Sea this year, and it soared to the top of the Hype Machine listing a few days later. Look for his forthcoming “Do Me All Again” to, well, do it all over again in 2016.

Maty Noyes
Maty Noyes
Current Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent Release: “Stay” [with Kygo] (December) (BUY – single)

Noyes signed with Lava Records in 2014, but now, she has an international hit on her hands with “Stay”, as mentioned above. On her own, she’s uploaded two songs on SoundCloud and has a soundtrack cut. 2016 is sounding nice if everything comes together.

Michael Blume
Michael Blume
Current Location: New York City, New York
Most Recent Release: “Colors” (October) (BUY – single)

Blume’s future R&B sound and loaded lyrics became a favorite on the blog circuit in July when “Manufactured Love” first hit the web, while follow-up “Colors” expanded his musical palette into the Alternative world. It’s aesthetically and musically intriguing.

Ruth B.
Ruth B.
Current Location: Alberta, Canada
Most Recent Release: The Intro EP (November) (BUY – EP)

Signed this year by Columbia Records, this young singer/songwriter’s “Lost Boy” has nearly 20 million streams on Spotify and is still selling several thousand downloads per week. With some early adds detected at the Hot AC format, this might be huge soon.

Secret Weapons
Secret Weapons
Current Location: New York City, New York
Most Recent Release: “Something New” (September) (BUY – single)

This duo’s catchy single was quickly snapped up by Epic Records a few months ago and finds itself north of 1.6 million streams, a total that continues to grow thanks to some Spotify playlisting. Next up for them… zombies? Get ready for another haunting hit.

Young Brother
Young Brother
Current Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Most Recent Release: Kamikaze EP (June) (BUY – EP)

Singer Dalton Diehl released one of my favorite EPs of 2015 with Kamikaze, and now, a remix of the title track is on the move on Spotify’s U.S. Viral 50 listing. He has an exciting pop and radio-ready sound, one that definitely needs more love in the new year.

(Listen to our 16 For ’16 Playlist on Spotify)

Sixteen more names to look out for in 2016:
Aaron Taos (SoundCloud)
Apollo LTD (SoundCloud)
BANNERS (SoundCloud)
Bibi Bourelly (SoundCloud)
BROADHURST (SoundCloud)
EDEN (SoundCloud)
Gnash (SoundCloud)
Harrison Brome (SoundCloud)
Harrison Storm (SoundCloud)
Jake Troth (SoundCloud)
KYKO (SoundCloud)
Matt Woods (SoundCloud)
Rationale (SoundCloud)
The Mosers (SoundCloud)
WΛVE & ROME (SoundCloud)
Whissell (SoundCloud)

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