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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 17, 2017

A look into the Future...

A look into the Future…

Try to wrap your head around all these rap releases… some big names are in the mix this time around! For more Friday fun, here are some of this week’s new albums and singles:

FUTURE – Future (iTunes)
The release of this set was announced just days ago, but it looks like it could be the highest new entry (and likely #1) on the Billboard 200 next week. No tracks from it are currently on the radio, with “Used To This” remaining a stand-alone release, but I’m guessing a few of them will show up on the charts within the next few days. Look for a massive streaming presence for this album.

FAT JOE & REMY MA – Plata O Plomo (iTunes)
From last year’s “All The Way Up” to current single “Money Showers”, the two New York rappers have found some major success on the Rhythmic and Urban formats, which comes years after their last notable radio hits. Full of plenty of featured guests, this is likely to achieve some good numbers and placement next week. Just how high will it go? Stay tuned.

RYAN ADAMS – Prisoner (iTunes)
This is singer/songwriter Adams’s first studio album since the fall of 2015, and with four top ten albums to date, he’s hoping to make it five with this one. Lead single “Do You Still Love Me?” seems to have stalled just under the top ten on the Triple A chart, so I guess the answer is “maybe not.” However, the album should still have a solid debut.

CHARLIE WILSON – In It To Win It (iTunes)
Wilson, the former leader of The Gap Band, recently scored another top ten solo single on the Urban AC chart with “I’m Blessed”. At the current time, it’s at #10 and gaining. The 64-year-old singer’s album should debut in the top 40, perhaps closer to the top 20.

More albums out this week: Alison Krauss‘s Windy City (iTunes), Jidenna‘s The Chief (iTunes), Nikki Lane‘s Highway Queen (iTunes), The Orwells‘s Terrible Human Beings (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Animal Collective‘s The Painters (iTunes), Bebe Rexha‘s All Your Fault: Pt. 1 (iTunes), Jessie James Decker‘s Gold (iTunes), Maggie Rogers‘s Now That The Light Is Fading (iTunes), The Unlikely Candidates‘s Bed Of Liars (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Kindly Reminder”, Passenger (iTunes)
“All On Me”, Devin Dawson (iTunes)
“Bite My Tongue (Kat Krazy Remix)”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Cold”, Maroon 5 featuring Future (iTunes)
“Empty”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Everyone’s Talking”, James Hersey (iTunes)
“Ex”, James TW (iTunes)
“Fragments”, Jack Johnson (iTunes)
“Game Time”, Flo Rida featuring Sage The Gemini (iTunes)
“Giants”, Take That (iTunes)
“Hard To Love (Acoustic)”, Matthew Koma (iTunes)
“Heartlines (Acoustic)”, Broods (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Heavy”, Linkin Park featuring Kiiara (iTunes)
“How Would You Feel (Paean)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“I Don’t Wanna Dance”, Coin (iTunes)
“In The Arms Of A Stranger (Grey Remix)”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“It Ain’t Me”, Kygo featuring Selena Gomez (iTunes)
“London”, Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Love Less”, R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“Machine”, Misterwives (iTunes)
“Nimble Bastard”, Incubus (iTunes)
“Options”, Pitbull featuring Stephen Marley (iTunes)
“Praying”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Rough Draft”, Sarah Solovay (iTunes)
“Suit And Jacket”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“Till You’re Loved”, Mr. Probz (iTunes)
“Time Of Our Lives”, James Blunt (iTunes)
“When Someone Stops Loving You”, Little Big Town (iTunes)
“Work Of Art”, Jamie Cullum (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Aaron Watson, Little Big Town and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (December 2014)

The end of the year brings many a holiday song to the airwaves, and while the fear of getting lost in the shuffle may turn  some acts away, there are others venturing out into the icy chart waters to try their luck at some frosty feedback. What singles will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of the releases being serviced in December on the AAA, Alternative and CHR formats in this month’s (abbreviated) Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

5 Seconds Of Summer
5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – “What I Like About You” (December 2) (*)
Label: Capitol
Since the original version just missed the top 40 in 1980 for rockers The Romantics, “Like” continues to be played at radio through cover versions and commercials, and now the Australian quartet updates it for yet another spin. A recent trade site banner highlights adds in several top ten markets for the new remake. Look for the official count on Tuesday.

Hoodie Allen and Ed Sheeran
HOODIE ALLEN featuring ED SHEERAN – “All About It” (December 2) (*)
Label: Atlantic
Already in the top 50 at the CHR and Rhythmic (due in part to its On The Verge selection) formats, “All” is on its way to becoming a major hit in 2015 and the first significant one for the 26-year-old rapper Allen, born Steven Markowitz. It’s all paid off for the performers and social stars, further proof that two heads are better than one at this musical moment.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Bahamas
BAHAMAS – “All The Time” (December 9) (*)
Label: Brushfire/Republic
If you’ve seen the Verizon commercial where actor James Franco falls off a building and then lands in slow motion, you have found the song that accompanies that advertisement. A 69-cent sale at iTunes propelled the single upward, though it has since fallen back due to the lack of airplay thus far. No worries: it has “all the time in the world” to rise once more.

Counting Crows
COUNTING CROWS – “Earthquake Driver” (December 9) (**)
Label: Capitol
The AAA airwaves remain a welcome home for the California group’s Somewhere Under Wonderland album, including a recent top ten single in “Scarecrow”. Their followup is just as capable of hitting the region during the springtime when it can draw a little more traction here. Then again… who knows what Mother Nature has in store for 2015? Get shaking!

Ryan Adams
RYAN ADAMS – “Stay With Me” (December 16) (**)
Label: PAX-AM/Blue Note
Just popping up in the top 50 is the second single from Adams’s self-titled album from earlier this year, and no, it’s not a remake of a certain British soul singer’s international smash. (That would be rather intriguing if it was, however.) Given the early results, this should make for another lasting chart tune for the 40-year-old North Carolina singer/songwriter.

Young The Giant
YOUNG THE GIANT – “Crystalized” (December 16) (*)
Label: Roadrunner
It’s been another solid era for the California quintet, having recently seen the title track from Mind Over Matter peak in the top 20 on the Alternative chart. A clip for their third single from the set has been online for the better part of a year. After a series of station sponsored holiday concerts over the next two weeks, the group returns to the road in February.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 9)

Going up the Country.

Going up the Country.

After a lackluster Labor Day schedule, things pick up in a big way this week with releases in all genres. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 9:

  • That’s how Country boys roll: three acts take charge with their notable releases this week. Dustin Lynch is out with Where It’s At (iTunes), with the title track currently top five at Country radio. Coming off a recent #1 at the format with the title track from his album, Lee Brice is back with I Don’t Dance. (iTunes) Finally, we have The Brothers Osborne, debuting with a self-titled EP, which includes their current release “Rum”. (iTunes)
  • She made it to #1 on the Urban chart earlier this year with “The Worst”; that would be 26-year-old Jhené Aiko, who may now turn that worst into best with the release of her album Souled Out. It also features followup single “The Pressure”. With pre-order sales looking significant, this is likely good for a top five entry on next week’s list. (iTunes)
  • Christian hip hop artist Lecrae raps his way into stores with Anomaly, his first studio album in two years. His last three have debuted atop both the Christian and Gospel charts. Will this be his latest to pull off the feat? With some pop praise from above, perhaps he can do it. It should be top ten on the Billboard 200 regardless. (iTunes)
  • With his first album distributed through Blue Note Records, singer/songwriter Ryan Adams does the self-titled thing on his latest album, featuring the current AAA single “Gimme Something Good”. Much like his 2011 effort, Ashes & Fire, this should once again break the lower top ten. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Banks’s Goddess (iTunes), Better Than Ezra‘s All Together Now (iTunes), Death From Above 1979‘s The Physical World (iTunes), Interpol‘s El Pintor (iTunes), Robert Plant‘s lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar (iTunes), Switchfoot‘s The Edge of the Earth: Unreleased Songs From The Film ‘Fading West’ (EP) (iTunes), The Kooks‘s Listen (iTunes) and Vance Joy‘s Dream Your Life Away (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:

  • “Blame”, new from producer Calvin Harris and singer John Newman. (iTunes)
  • “Centuries”, new from rockers Fall Out Boy. (iTunes)
  • “Gold”, a great digital single from Jamie Scott and featuring Christina Perri. (iTunes)
  • “Hail Rain Or Sunshine”, a digital release from The Script‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Jealous”, a solo single from Nick Jonas. (iTunes)
  • “Shut Up And Dance”, a fantastic new single from Walk The Moon. (iTunes)
  • “The Only Way Out”, a new single from rockers Bush. (iTunes)
  • “Utopia”, the theme from the new FOX series by Daughtry. (iTunes)
  • “What Are You Waiting For?”, a new single from Nickelback. (iTunes)

Barbra Streisand, Chris Brown, Tim McGraw and Train are just a few of the artists vying for the top spot next week. Who gets the job done? A full preview is coming in seven!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (July 2014)

The radio airwaves are looking ripe this summer as plenty of new acts and established artists crash the party with new tunes. Which ones will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of my favorites being serviced in July on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Kiesza
KIESZA – “Hideaway” (July 1) (*)
Label: Lokal Legend/4th & B’way/Island/Republic
If you’ve been following the European charts as of late, then you knew this one was eventually coming. In late April, it spent a week atop the U.K. Singles Chart and also charted well in a handful of other countries, including her home up north in Canada. (I mean, it does qualify for CanCon, kids.) Look out for a digital EP featuring the single in early July.

The Madden Brothers
THE MADDEN BROTHERS – “We Are Done” (July 1) (*)
Label: Capitol
It’s been just under four years since Good Charlotte last made the CHR top 40 with “Like It’s Her Birthday”, but the brothers Madden, Benji and Joel, are channeling their inner Smash Mouth on their first hit as a duo. Already gaining airplay at three formats, this could be one of the more unexpected comebacks of 2014. An album is due in September.

Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora
IGGY AZELEA featuring RITA ORA – “Black Widow” (July 8) (*)
Label: Def Jam
She’s so “Fancy”, but you already know that. Straight off her breakout #1 on both CHR radio and the Hot 100, Azalea is rapping up a storm just in time for her followup release. Singer Ora is also currently in the top 40 with a former #1 in the U.K., “I Will Never Let You Down”. It’s a fan favorite and could be another big smash. Let’s hope for “Work” next.

The 1975
THE 1975 – “Girls” (July 15) (*)
Label: Vagrant/Interscope
This single landed a week at #1 on my chart in December during its U.K. run, so I’m happily surprised that the track is getting a shot her in the U.S. months later. Though “Chocolate” was only a moderate radio success earlier this year, at least I’ve always had a preference to “Girls”, and maybe programmers will too. We’ll see. The video clip is pretty good.

Kim Cesarion
KIM CESARION – “Undressed” (July 22) (*)
Label: Columbia
23-year-old Cesarion is already getting significant support from SiriusXM’s Hits 1 and 20 on 20 for his debut single, a former top five record in his native Australia from earlier this year. It was co-written with the talented Gary Clark; I’m a fan of he and his former band Danny Wilson‘s 1987 hit, “Mary’s Prayer”. Does this one have a prayer to blow up?

The Script

THE SCRIPT – “Superheroes” (July 29) (**)
Label: Columbia
I’m really looking forward to the return of these three guys; they have four #1 songs on my personal chart to date. As it’s been pointed out by now, the trio has joined with Columbia Records after leaving Epic, who botched a U.S. release of “If You Could See Me Now” at Hot AC radio last year as the result of a downsizing. Time for some pop power, guys!

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

KONGOS
KONGOS – “I’m Only Joking” (July 1) (*)
Label: Epic
Thanks to a lot of buzz and a Clear Channel deal, this South African band’s first U.S. hit, “Come With Me Now”, easily went to #1 on the Alternative chart and stayed there for five weeks. This former Free Single of the Week on iTunes is already top 50 at the format and it should start posting some bigger gains soon. It’s no joke: these four are doing fine.

Bastille
BASTILLE – “Flaws” (July 8) (*)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
This past year has been an outstanding one for this British four piece. Not only did they take over Europe, but they’ve also accomplished a lot Stateside. This marks their third U.S. single and the followup to “Bad Blood”, which narrowly missed the top of the Alternative survey. Originally released overseas three years ago, is it too late for the U.S. crowd?

Ryan Adams
RYAN ADAMS – “Gimme Something Good” (July 15) (**)
Label: PAX-AM/Blue Note
Adams is a favorite on AAA radio, so I’m sure the community is very happy to see his rocking return to the scene. Out on his label, along with a partnership with the classic Blue Note Records, “Good” could likely follow in the footsteps of “Lucky Now”, the leadoff release from Adams’s Ashes & Fire in 2011. That held a week at #1 in November of that year.

Scars On 45
SCARS ON 45 – “Crazy For You” (July 15) (**)
Label: Nettwerk
In 2011, the then Irish quartet gained some AAA play with “Give Me Something” and also made it into the Hot AC top 30 with “Heart On Fire”. Now a quartet with a new label and single, the band hopes to get back on the airwaves with the first single from their forthcoming album Safety In Numbers, due this fall. The group is on a U.S. tour through August.

Jason Mraz
JASON MRAZ – “Love Someone” (July 22) (**)
Label: Atlantic
For several weeks now, a new digital single from Mraz’s forthcoming album, simply titled Yes!, has been out and ready to be downloaded. This was the first of them back in May and it’s been slowly rolled out at radio, but is finally seeing a little traction at both the AAA format and at Hot AC. The hit maker won’t take no for an answer; it’s simple and lovely.

Twin Shadow
TWIN SHADOW – “To The Top” (July 29) (*)
Label: 4AD
The performer born George Lewis Jr. has recorded two well-received albums since 2010, but despite all the attention, it hasn’t translated into airplay or sales figures. That could change. Label 4AD doesn’t particularly have a strong radio presence here (see Lo-Fang‘s “When We’re Fire” from earlier in 2014) but this would sound awesome on Alternative.

Which track(s) would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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