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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 21, 2017

A Rey of light on the charts.

It’s the middle of July, so get stuck in the middle of all these grand rock and rap releases hitting stores today. It’s sure to be one mighty musical match for #1! Here are the notable albums and singles this week:

LANA DEL REY – Lust For Life (iTunes)
After taking a small Honeymoon two years ago, the New York City singer and songwriter is ready for more love from the buying public with her fourth major-label album. It features a number of interesting collaborations, with performers like Stevie Nicks and The Weekend (on the title track) in the mix. Del Rey’s fan base is pretty big at this point, and I imagine they’ll be doing all they can to ensure a #1 debut for their queen.

MEEK MILL – Wins & Losses (iTunes)
This popular rapper is just below the top ten on Urban radio with the single “Whatever You Need”, featuring Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign. His previous set, Dreams Worth More Than Money, netted him some money when it debuted at #1 in 2015. On this particular week, it’s going to be harder to reach the top spot, but Mill could pull it off again.

TYLER, THE CREATOR – Flower Boy (iTunes)
Since 2011, all three of this rapper’s studio albums have reached the top five on the Billboard 200 chart with minimal radio play. So, this one should be another easy top five for the 26-year-old, given the millions of streams from his previous sets. “I Ain’t Got Time!” was the most recent single from the release, coming out earlier this week.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE – Sacred Hearts Club (iTunes)
Featuring “Doing It For The Money”, which ranks in the top 15 on the Alternative chart, this quartet (once a trio) is looking for a third top ten album on the Billboard 200. Three songs on this album appeared on an EP called III, which was released in April.

More albums out this week: Declan McKenna‘s What Do You Think About The Car? (iTunes), In This Moment‘s Ritual (iTunes), Romeo Santos‘s Golden (iTunes), Sage The Gemini‘s Morse Code (iTunes), Vera Blue‘s Perennial (iTunes), Descendants 2 (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: TBA

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“’93 (Acoustic)”, Youngr (iTunes)
“Ahead Of Myself”, X Ambassadors (iTunes)
“Back To You”, Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals (iTunes)
“Body And Soul”, Kat Dahlia (iTunes)
“Dance with A Ghost”, Sara Hartman (iTunes)
“Edge Of The Night”, Sheppard featuring Sebastian Yatra (iTunes)
“Fine”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Golden Age”, Late Night Episode (iTunes)
“idontwannabeyouanymore”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Legends Are Made”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Mattress”, Leland (iTunes)
“Poor Me”, Shania Twain (iTunes)
“Raincoat (Loote Remix)”, Timeflies featuring Shy Martin (iTunes)
“She’s On My Mind”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Something To Hold On To”, Emily Warren (iTunes)
“The Way I Love Her (Acoustic)”, Stanaj (iTunes)
“Wedding Crashers”, Aminé featuring Offset (iTunes)
“Would You Mind”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Arcade Fire, Cage The Elephant and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (June 2015) (Part One)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in June on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

American Authors
AMERICAN AUTHORS – “Go Big Or Go Home” (June 2) (* + **)
Label: Island/Republic
The latest single from the quartet that gave us 2014’s most-played song on Hot AC radio is simultaneously heading to CHR radio, making for one big impact date. Of course, that song was “Best Day Of My Life”, which continues to get play every day, even if it’s not the best one. “Go” has already earned a good placement with the NBA Playoffs. Now, let’s see if it’s a slam dunk on the charts.

Mark Ronson and Mystikal
MARK RONSON featuring MYSTIKAL – “Feel Right” (June 2) (*)
Label: RCA
Though “Uptown Funk” has faded from the top of the radio and sales charts after a huge run, Ronson is looking to funk things up again with his latest track, which features a New Orleans rapper on a comeback. Born Michael Tyler, he was last in the top 40 way back in 2001 on the Double Take remix of Joe‘s “Stutter”, peaking at #11 on the format. It’s unexpected, but definitely very cool.

O.A.R. – “Two Hands Up” (June 2) (**)
Label: Vanguard
“Two” is the third single to be released from the group’s 2014 album The Rockville LP, which also includes “Peace” and “Favorite Song”. The latter of those two singles barely touched the top 40 on Hot AC late last year and earlier this year, so the prospect of a third single is a bit perplexing. That being said, it’s another good song from the quintet and should garner some good action here.

Prince Royce and Pitbull
PRINCE ROYCE featuring PITBULL – “Back It Up” (June 2) (*)
Label: RCA
For a singer that’s notched high peaks on the Latin and Tropical charts with relative ease over the past few years, it was definitely a disappointment to see his first English single, “Stuck On A Feeling”, stall halfway up the CHR chart, even with its status as an On The Verge pick for iHeartMedia stations. Still on the prowl for his pop throne, this new collaboration is a sizzling summer sound.

Rob Thomas
ROB THOMAS – “Trust You” (June 2) (**)
Label: Atlantic
It’s been a long time coming for fans of the 43-year-old singer, songwriter and leader of Matchbox Twenty, but the release of a leadoff single is always welcome news. “Trust” is the first to be issued from the forthcoming The Great Unknown album, which is due to be released later this year. You can also see him on a tour of the same name. Let’s hope that Hot AC puts their trust in this.

Tori Kelly
TORI KELLY – “Should’ve Been Us” (June 2) (*)
Label: Capitol
Much like “Back It Up” earlier in this post, “Should’ve” is the followup to another On The Verge selection that stalled in the teens, Kelly’s being “Nobody Love”. With just weeks until the release of her debut album, Unbreakable Smile, the label may be working overtime to get her name back out there on the airwaves. Luckily, the R&B-influenced single should fit well on most CHR outlets.

MKTO – “Bad Girls” (June 9) (*)
Label: Columbia
If you’ve seen the advertisement for the upcoming season of ABC’s Mistresses, then you’ve heard a portion of the latest single for the duo that’s seeking their fourth top 40 single at the radio format. Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller return with a song that might give “Classic” a run from its… well, classic status. (There can be two classics in their catalog, yes?) Look for it to soar very quickly.

DAYA – “Hide Away” (June 16) (*)
Label: Artbeatz/Z-Entertainment
It started on SiriusXM’s Venus last month, and now a dozen independent radio stations (and YouTube’s Tyler Oakley) are leading the way on this girl’s debut single. She’s a 16-year-old singer and multi-instrumentalist based in Pittsburgh, PA and her single was just featured on iTunes in their New Artists feature. With sales and streams going up, this could be a dark horse in the radio race.

Sage The Gemini and Nick Jonas
SAGE THE GEMINI featuring NICK JONAS – “Good Thing” (June 16) (*)
Label: Republic
Here’s a hot pairing with a jam that’s bound to be big over the summer months at several formats. It teams the California rapper, featured on Flo Rida‘s recent top ten hit, “G.D.F.R.”, and the New Jersey singer, currently falling in the top ten with “Chains”. It already has a good thing going on the sales side and will likely rise even higher once stations get on board closer to the adds date.

KARMIN – “Didn’t Know You” (June 30) (*)
Label: P.I.C/in2une
After one EP and an album with Epic Records, Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan are keeping it independent as they move onto a new era. Can they work their way back up without a major backing? Well, the duo does have five top 40 releases to their credit on CHR radio (three peaked in the 30’s) and some decent support from core fans. We’ll see if they “Know” the right buttons to push.

Which of these new songs would you like to see on top of the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (March 25)

Her hits (and hips) don't lie.

Her hits (and hips) don’t lie.

Rumor has it that there’s a she wolf in the closet and yet another animal on the loose in record stores today. Welcome to the jungle. Here’s what you need to know about on the schedule for the week of March 25:

  • Her collaboration with Rihanna, “Can’t Remember To Forget You”, may have been a dud on the radio charts, but Colombian singer Shakira is still soldiering with her new self-titled album. The current single from it is titled “Empire”. It will likely debut somewhere in the top 5 with a smaller sales total from her last English effort, 2009’s She Wolf. (iTunes)
  • Already responsible for a pair of big hits on the R&B survey, “Gas Pedal” and “Red Nose”, California rapper Sage The Gemini is out with his debut album, Remember Me. This will also likely find a spot in the top 5 as a third single makes it onto radio. (iTunes)
  • As singer Jerrod Niemann once sang, “What’s so wrong with one more drinkin’ song?” Well, “Drink To That All Night” is now a major Country hit, and his High Noon album makes it into stores this week. It should break into the top 15, if not the top ten. (iTunes)
  • Swag pop duo Karmin wanna raise Pulses with their debut album and first major release since their EP Hello two years ago. Unfortunately, given their relationship with the record label, that probably isn’t going to happen. The has produced two charting U.S. singles, “Acapella” and “I Want It All”. (iTunes) (My review of Pulses)
  • Can you believe that Elton John‘s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is 40 years old? Featuring classics like “Candle In The Wind”, the title track and “Harmony”, it deserves to be celebrated. So, a new deluxe edition is out in several different packages, including a remastered edition with bonus tracks and a companion disc with acts like Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy and The Band Perry all putting their own spin on cuts from the album. (iTunes)
  • From out of the archives and now out to the public, a series of shelved recordings dating back to the 80’s from the late Johnny Cash, titled Out Among The Stars, is now available. (iTunes)
  • For soundtrack releases this week, check out the compilation from the upcoming film Rio 2 (iTunes), featuring songs from Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe, as well as second volume of music from the fourth season of AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Animals As Leaders‘s The Joy Of Motion (iTunes), Asia‘s Gravitas (iTunes), Barry Manilow‘s Night Songs (iTunes), Miles Davis‘s The Bootleg Series, Vol. 3: Miles At The Fillmore (iTunes), My Chemical Romance‘s May Death Never Stop You (The Greatest Hits 2001 – 2013) (iTunes), QUE‘s Who Is QUE. (EP) (iTunes), Rod Stewart‘s Live 1976-1998: Tonight’s The Night (iTunes), Sleeper Agent‘s About Last Night (iTunes) and The Hold Steady‘s Teeth Dreams (iTunes).

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

  • “Crazy Lucky”, a new single from rockers Better Than Ezra. (iTunes)
  • “Crazy Stupid Love”, the first radio release from newcomers My Crazy Girlfriend. (iTunes)
  • “Fever”, the first single from The Black Keys‘s new Turn Blue album. (iTunes)
  • “Whispers”, a new track from Passenger‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)

Next week, Christina Perri‘s Head Or Heart leads the pack of new albums, with the She Looks So Perfect (EP) from 5 Seconds Of Summer also making some waves. How will they chart, along with Dan & Shay and MKTO? A full preview is coming in seven!

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