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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 14, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: it’s raining, it’s pouring, but Nicki Minaj and Stargate are scoring with pop panel breakouts, while the usual suspects keep things busy in the top ten. Time to get wet (no, not that Get Wet) and splash around with some station stats:

IN THE P!NK: They’ve been hitting as writers and producers on the CHR chart since the fall of 2000, but Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen weren’t content with just that. So, the guys from Norway, together as Stargate, are now on the verge of their first top 40 hit as artists. “Waterfall”, featuring pop superstars P!nk and Sia, has a good start with the (star)gatekeepers of the format this week, launching with a very healthy 41 adds — the Most Added song of the week. Coincidentally, this was the week in 2000 (the 3/17/00 issue of Radio & Records, to be exact) that P!nk’s debut hit, “There You Go”, first reached the top 40 at the format. So, here she goes again! Stations in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco are among the 41, so watch out for this song and its potential fast ascent up the survey.

Two of Stargate’s recent compositions are currently top 40 on the format: “Issues” (#14) by Julia Michaels, and “Run Up” (#35) by Major Lazer featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj. The duo both co-wrote and co-produced the singles. (More on Minaj below!) No word on when any additional music by the two men will be coming out, regardless of whether it’s under their own name or a production for another act. Either way, we’ll be looking out for it.

Not many Norwegian acts are able to break the U.S. charts, though a-ha, M2M and Madcon are among them. Of course, a-ha is the most successful of the bunch, as “Take On Me” (driven by its iconic music video) spent three weeks at #1 on Radio & Records in October 1985. They can stick to drawing comic books; I’ll stick to drawing conclusions for the pop world.

“TEARS” FOR FEARS: Everybody wants to rule the adds report, but just one song can make it to the top. However, a top five placing on Tuesday is still worth shouting about. Rapper and singer Nicki Minaj sows some seeds and comes up with a winner, “Regret In Your Tears”. It’s new on 23 stations, good for the fourth Most Added song of the week. “Regret” is one of three songs that Minaj issued on Friday as a part of a surprise release; one of them, “No Frauds” (with Drake and Lil Wayne), is the Most Added record at Rhythmic and Urban radio this week. That song addresses two recent diss records by Remy Ma, who reached a peak of #45 at the CHR/Top 40 format last year with “All The Way Up”, a collaboration with Fat Joe. All three of Minaj’s tracks remain in the top 40 overall on iTunes.

Raised in Queens, she first hit the CHR/Top 40 chart as a main-credited act in June 2010 with “Your Love”, which got as high as #21 that August. She’s the only act with two songs in this week’s top ten Most Added tracks at the format, which also includes her feature on Jason Derulo‘s “Swalla”. Needless to say, radio is head over heels for her once again. (No, Tears For Fears isn’t making a CHR comeback… at least not yet. I’m looking at you, The Weeknd.)

STARGATE featuring P!NK and SIA“Waterfall” (RCA)
THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY“Something Just Like This” (Disruptor/Columbia)
LORDE, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic)
NICKI MINAJ, “Regret In Your Tears” (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic)
ZEDD & ALESSIA CARA, “Stay” (Def Jam-Interscope)
AXWELL & INGROSSO featuring KID INK, “I Love You” (Def Jam)
JASON DERULO featuring NICKI MINAJ and TY DOLLA $IGN, “Swalla” (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
FLO RIDA & 99 PERCENT, “Cake” (APG/Atlantic)
CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
MARTIN GARRIX & DUA LIPA, “Scared To Be Lonely” (RCA)

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The “Thrill” Isn’t Gone: 40’s In The 40

"Time" is on their side.

“Time” is on their side.

Making the top five on the Top 40 radio chart is no cheap thrill, so Sia and Sean Paul have reason to be very excited right now. In fact, “Cheap Thrills” looks like it may rise to #1 later this month, which could solidify its status as 2016’s Song Of The Summer. As a dark horse contender, one that entered the top 50 in early March and is now surging months later, it’s a pretty cool sight to see. It’s also a great turnaround for the Australian singer/songwriter, who just missed the top 40 late last year with “Alive”. (The two songs can be found on her This Is Acting album, released in January.)

Will it rank among the weirdest hit collaborations ever? Perhaps it’s not at the The KLF and Tammy Wynette level, but it’s still an odd one. Even more notable than that, both acts are scoring this massive single at age 40 (Sia) or higher (43, Sean Paul.) For a format that’s often seen as ageist, you’d think that a combination like that may not get a fair shake with the gatekeepers of the large U.S. radio companies. However, “Cheap” has persevered, and it won’t stop until it reaches the top.

Though Mediabase 24/7 doesn’t credit Paul at the moment, despite the fact that it’s the top-selling and top-played version at radio here, the Hot 100 and its airplay components do. So, because it ranks #6 on the Hot 100 and looks to break the top five, let’s take a look back at some of the big songs including two credited solo acts over 40 on that list, as well as Radio & Records and Mediabase:

Here are five, beginning in the 1970’s…

“Nadia’s Theme (The Young And The Restless)”, Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr. (1976)
Hot 100: #8, December 12
R&R: #5, November 19

This song has quite a story, which begins in 1971 with the film Bless The Beasts And Children. Then, it was called “Cotton’s Dream”. From there, it became the theme of the daytime soap opera featured in its title, and finally, ABC used the tune in a montage of clips featuring gymnast Nadia Comăneci and her routines for the 1976 Olympics. When it charted, De Vorzon was 42 and Botkin was 43.

“To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before”, Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson (1984)
Hot 100: #5, May 19
R&R: #15, May 4 and 11

One of the most polarizing ballads of the 80’s didn’t have the strength to hit the top ten on R&R, but strong sales certainly made up the difference when it came to Billboard’s rankings. Iglesias’s largely English 1100 Bel Air Place became a multi-Platinum success, a real breakthrough during that year. The Madrid-born singer was 40 then, and Nelson turned 51 the month before the song peaked.

“(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life”, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (1987)
Hot 100: #1 for one week, November 28
R&R: #1 for one week, November 20

When we think of iconic movie songs, this has to be one of them. Dirty Dancing swept the nation in the fall of 1987, and this cut off the wildly successful soundtrack was the first single, reaching #1 in November. It was the first chart-topper for 47-year-old Medley since his 1966 hit with The Righteous Brothers, “(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration”. Warnes, who also had a #1 hit in 1982, was 40.

“Don’t Know Much”, Linda Ronstadt featuring Aaron Neville (1989)
Hot 100: #2, December 22
R&R: #4, December 8

After several versions of this song failed to break the top 40, including a solo version by the aforementioned Medley earlier in that decade, the song finally became a hit at the very end of the 80’s as a male-female duet. Ronstadt was 43, and Neville was 48 for the majority of its run, turning 49 just two days before its last week on R&R’s CHR chart. “All My Life” just missed the top ten in 1990.

“All For Love”, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting (1994)
Hot 100: #1 for three weeks, January 22 – February 5
R&R: #1 for four weeks, January 14 – February 4

“All” was featured in Disney’s The Three Musketeers, starring Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland. The film was not a hit with the critics, but it managed to propel this collaboration to the top of the charts, marking the last #1 for all three acts on the CHR survey. (Adams hit #1 on the Hot 100 again the next year.) Stewart turned 49 in the days before it climbed to #1 on R&R, and Sting was 42.

Now, you can decide for yourself whether these entries should count or not…

“That’s What Friends Are For”, Dionne & Friends (featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder) (1986)
Hot 100: #1 for four weeks, January 18 – February 8
R&R: #1 for two weeks, January 17 + 24

The single’s jacket credits the three “Friends” with a featured billing individually. However, neither trade chart chose to list all four performers, opting for the “Dionne & Friends” credit. Warwick turned 45 a few weeks before her final #1 song, while Knight was 41 at the time. (The two men, John and Wonder, were both younger than 40 then.)

“Get Lucky”, Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers (2013)
Hot 100: #2 for five weeks, June 29 – July 27
Mediabase: #2 for two weeks, July 14 + 21

The current digital release of Random Access Memories credits both featured acts. However, the initial release didn’t, only naming them in the writing and production credits. Some sources, including my personal chart, credit Williams and not Rodgers. Confused yet? If both acts count, Williams was 40 and Rodgers was 63 when the song peaked.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 29, 2016

This Is looking at a high debut.

This Is looking like a notable entry.

As January comes to a close, we have our last New Music Friday of the month, featuring big hair and big releases. Here are this week’s notable albums and singles:

  • SIA — This Is Acting (iTunes)
    • Singer/songwriter Furler’s latest album revolves around the concept of tracks that were written with other acts in mind; thus, it’s acting. Several instant grat tracks have been released from the album, but only “Alive” has gone to radio, receiving minor support on both the CHR and Hot AC panels. With big streaming numbers, it could land in the top five on next week’s chart.
  • RIHANNA — ANTI (iTunes)
    • It’s hard to tell how this Barbadian singer’s latest effort is going to perform this week in terms of sales numbers. A messy rollout of singles, an accidental album leak on Wednesday and some free giveaways could hinder its overall performance. Still, it could debut at #1, much like her newest single “Work” flew to the top of the sales chart.
  • CHARLIE PUTH — Nine Track Mind (iTunes)
    • Originally intended for release back in November, the New Jersey performer’s first full-length set is out this week and features “One Call Away”, his current radio hit. Puth has his mind on a top ten debut on the Billboard 200.
  • KEVIN GATES — Islah (iTunes)
    • This Louisiana rapper has been putting out mixtapes since 2006, but this is his first proper album. Two tracks are selling quite well from the set: current radio single “2 Phones” and the viral hit “Really Really”.
  • More albums out this week: Bloc Party‘s Hymns (iTunes), Dream Theater‘s The Astonishing (iTunes), J. Cole‘s Forest Hills Drive: Live From Fayetteville, NC (iTunes), Phil Collins‘s deluxe reissues of Both Sides (iTunes) and Face Value (iTunes), St. Lucia‘s Matter (iTunes), Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s Let Me Get By (iTunes), Tori Kelly‘s Unbreakable Smile (reissue) (iTunes), Wet‘s Don’t You (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Massive Attack‘s Ritual Spirit (iTunes)

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

  • “Aftershock”, Cash Cash featuring Jacquie Lee (iTunes)
  • “Do Me All Again”, Mackenzie Thoms (iTunes)
  • “Graffiti”, The Cadillac Three (iTunes)
  • “Hypnotized”, Akon (iTunes)
  • “In The Name Of You”, Elton John (iTunes)
  • “LA Confidential”, Tory Lanez (iTunes)
  • “Lean On”, Campsite Dream (iTunes)
  • “Learning”, Anderson East (iTunes)
  • “Pillowtalk”, Zayn Malik (iTunes)
  • “Rita Mae Young”, The Record Company (iTunes)
  • “Southern Boy”, Jordan Rager featuring Jason Aldean (iTunes)
  • “Torches”, Daughtry (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Charles Kelley, Elton John, Wiz Khalifa and more.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (July 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 July on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Demi Lovato
DEMI LOVATO – “Cool For The Summer” (July 7) (*)
Label: Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood
We have a number of singers on the chart at the moment that are (or were) associated with the Walt Disney family, as Lovato has a partnership with both her longtime label and a new home that was set by her manager, Phil McIntyre. “Cool” is a slick single for the season that was co-written and produced by Max Martin. Fun and fresh, it’s bound to be a big hit in her catalog. Soak it all up.

AFROJACK featuring MIKE TAYLOR – “SummerThing!” (July 14) (*)
Label: Def Jam
Dutch DJ/producer Nick van de Wall stands a very tall 6′ 10″, and his last main-credited single to reach this particular chart, “Ten Feet Tall”, propelled him to new heights when it peaked at #19 last year. Now, he’s throwing his hat into the ring with a “summer” title that could face some competition from Lovato’s new song. However, he and newcomer Taylor are ready for some radio rays.

Alessia Cara
ALESSIA CARA – “Here” (July 14) (*)
Label: Def Jam/EP Entertainment
Newcomer Cara, born and raised in the Toronto area, is poised to see some huge numbers later this year as her single develops at radio across several formats. (It is also building at Rhythmic and Urban radio at the moment.) Spotify has been one of the driving forces behind its success, having accumulated millions of streams before ever being serviced. She and her song are “Here” to stay.

AVICII (uncredited vocal by SIMON ALDRED) – “Waiting For Love” (July 14) (*)
Label: PRMD/Island/Republic
Late last year, the Swedish DJ/producer released an EP called The Days / Nights, which featured two cuts that were either pulled (“The Days”) or tanked (“The Nights”) when released to radio despite positive streaming numbers. The latest attempt to launch a new album titled Stories is this single, already a #1 in Austria, Norway and his native Sweden. Let’s hope U.S. radio remembers it.

Little Mix
LITTLE MIX – “Black Magic” (July 14) (*)
Label: Syco/Columbia
The former The X Factor winners from the U.K. have been very successful across the pond and on the Billboard 200, where their two studio albums thus far have both debuted in the top ten, but the quartet has yet to receive a big pop radio hit here. “Wings” is still their highest charting cut, peaking at #24 on the format in 2013. Still, this pop potion may cast a spell on more programmers.

Travie McCcoy
TRAVIE MCCOY featuring SIA – “Golden” (July 14) (*)
Label: Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic
After McCoy’s “Rough Water” swam up to #20 in late 2013, things have been, well, rough for the performer at pop radio. After a second single failed to chart, two of his features stalled in the 40’s earlier this year. Luckily, things are shining brighter for the 33-year-old now that he’s teamed up with the red hot Australian singer/songwriter. It could be a fall favorite for fans and radio alike.

Icona Pop
ICONA POP – “Emergency” (July 21) (*)
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic
It felt like you couldn’t escape this duo’s “I Love It” in the spring and summer of 2013 as it slowly climbed up to a peak of #2 at the format. Though the two have managed a pair of charting singles since then, nothing’s come close to the love for “Love”. The latest single from them could ring the musical alarm, a solid dance sound sprinkled with an uncredited vocal from the great Erik Hassle.

Tove Lo
TOVE LO – “Timebomb” (July 28) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
The Queen of the Clouds has ruled over CHR radio since last year with the #1 “Habits (Stay High)” and a recent top five follow-up in “Talking Body”. Now, I suppose we’ll be talking about this third single, which has fans divided based on the reaction thus far. It may not be the most popular pick, but the tune will likely gain for some time given her momentum. Will it stay ticking or explode?

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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GRAMMY WATCH: Adam’s Final Predictions for the 57th Annual Grammys

A Gram slam.

Who wins on Sunday?

Sunday night marks the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, honoring the best in music from the past year, and the artists will be out and about as they hope to earn enough votes to win their respective category. Back in October, I did alright at predicting some of the nominees for the Big Four categories: Album Of The Year, Best New Artist, as well as Record and Song Of The Year. Now, I’ve compiled a list of 40 categories I’ll be watching on GRAMMY Night to see who gets a prize and who walks empty. Hey, if I can do a top 40 every week, then predicting 40 categories should be easy enough to figure out, right? Ha, that was a good one…

Some fields were more difficult than others to decide, but my crystal ball isn’t 100% accurate, so anything can happen with these competitive races. I’m sure you’ll find that we differ on winners, and perhaps I will look pretty foolish when a winner comes in that I did not see coming. It happens! So, enough of me blabbering, here’s what I’m thinking for this year’s winners at the big show:

BOLD = my choice for the winner
ITALICS = the actual GRAMMY winner (check back on Sunday night, 2/8, for updates)

“Fancy”, Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX (Def Jam)
“Chandelier”, Sia (RCA)
“Stay With Me [Darkchild Remix]”, Sam Smith (Capitol) (WINNER)
“Shake It Off”, Taylor Swift (Big Machine/Republic)
“All About That Bass”, Meghan Trainor (Epic)

Morning Phase, Beck (Capitol) (WINNER)
Beyoncé, Beyoncé (Columbia)
X, Ed Sheeran (Atlantic)
In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith (Capitol)
G I R L, Pharrell Williams (Columbia)

“All About That Bass”, Meghan Trainor (Epic)
“Chandelier”, Sia (RCA)
“Shake It Off”, Taylor Swift (Big Machine/Republic)
“Stay With Me [Darkchild Remix]”, Sam Smith (Capitol) (WINNER)
“Take Me To Church”, Hozier (Columbia)

Iggy Azalea (Def Jam)
Bastille (Virgin/Capitol)
Brandy Clark (Slate Creek)
Haim (Columbia)
Sam Smith (Capitol) (WINNER)

“All Of Me (Live)”, John Legend (Columbia)
“Chandelier”, Sia (RCA)
“Stay With Me [Darkchild Remix]”, Sam Smith (Capitol)
“Shake It Off”, Taylor Swift (Big Machine/Republic)
“Happy (Live)”, Pharrell Williams (Columbia) (WINNER)

“Fancy”, Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX (Def Jam)
“A Sky Full Of Stars”, Coldplay (Parlophone/Atlantic)
“Say Something”, A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera (Epic) (WINNER)
“Bang Bang”, Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj (Lava/Republic)
“Dark Horse”, Katy Perry featuring Juicy J (Capitol)

Cheek To Cheek, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga (Streamline/Columbia/RPM/Interscope) (WINNER)
Nostalgia, Annie Lennox (Blue Note/Capitol)
Night Songs, Barry Manilow (Stiletto Ent.)
Sending You A Little Christmas, Johnny Mathis (Columbia)
Partners, Barbra Streisand (Columbia)

Ghost Stories, Coldplay (Parlophone/Atlantic)
Bangerz, Miley Cyrus (RCA)
My Everything, Ariana Grande (Republic)
Prism, Katy Perry (Capitol)
X, Ed Sheeran (Atlantic)
In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith (Capitol) (WINNER)

“Never Say Never”, Basement Jaxx featuring ETML (Atlantic Jaxx/Play It Again Sam)
“Rather Be”, Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne (Big Beat/Atlantic) (WINNER)
“F For You”, Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige (Cherrytree/Interscope)
“I Got U”, Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones (Astralwerks/Capitol)
“Faded”, ZHU (Mind Of A Genius/TH3RD BRAIN/Columbia)

Syro, Aphex Twin (Warp)  (WINNER)
While(1<2), Deadmau5 (Astralwerks/Capitol)
Nabuma Rubberband, Little Dragon (Loma Vista/Republic)
Do It Again, Röyksopp & Robyn (Cherrytree/Interscope)
Damage Control, Mat Zo (Astralwerks/Capitol)

“Gimme Something Good”, Ryan Adams (Blue Note/Capitol)
“Do I Wanna Know?”, Arctic Monkeys (Domino)
“Blue Moon”, Beck (Capitol)
“Fever”, The Black Keys (Nonesuch/Warner Bros.)
“Lazaretto”, Jack White (Third Man/Columbia) (WINNER)

“Neon Knights”, Anthrax (Rhino)
“High Road”, Mastodon (Reprise)
“Heartbreaker”, Motörhead (Udr)
“The Negative One”, Slipknot (Roadrunner)
“The Last In Line”, Tenacious D (Rhino) (WINNER)

“Ain’t It Fun”, Paramore (Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic) (WINNER)
“Blue Moon”, Beck (Capitol)
“Fever”, The Black Keys (Nonesuch/Warner Bros.)
“Gimme Something Good”, Ryan Adams (Blue Note/Capitol)
“Lazaretto”, Jack White (Third Man/Columbia)

Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams (Blue Note/Capitol)
Morning Phase, Beck (Capitol) (WINNER)
Turn Blue, The Black Keys (Nonesuch/Warner Bros.)
Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Reprise)
Songs Of Innocence, U2 (Interscope)

This Is All Yours, Alt-J (Canvasback/Atlantic)
Reflektor, Arcade Fire (Capitol)
Melophobia, Cage The Elephant (RCA)
St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista/Republic) (WINNER)
Lazaretto, Jack White (Third Man/Columbia)

“Drunk In Love”, Beyoncé featuring Jay Z (Columbia) (WINNER)
“New Flame”, Chris Brown featuring Usher & Rick Ross (RCA)
“It’s Your World”, Jennifer Hudson featuring R. Kelly (RCA)
“Like This”, Ledisi (Verve)
“Good Kisser”, Usher (RCA)

“Drunk In Love”, Beyoncé featuring Jay Z (Columbia) (WINNER)
“Good Kisser”, Usher (RCA)
“New Flame”, Chris Brown featuring Usher & Rick Ross (RCA)
“Options [Wolfjames Version]”, Luke James (Island)
“The Worst”, Jhené Aiko (Def Jam)

Sail Out, Jhené Aiko (Def Jam)
Beyoncé, Beyoncé (Columbia)
X, Chris Brown (RCA)
Mali Is…, Mali Music (RCA)
G I R L, Pharrell Williams (Columbia) (WINNER)

Islander, Bernhoft (Big Picnic)
Lift Your Spirit, Aloe Blacc (XIX/Interscope)
Love, Marriage & Divorce, Toni Braxton & Babyface (Def Jam) (WINNER)
Black Radio 2, Robert Glasper Experiment (Blue Note/Capitol)
Give The People What They Want, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Daptone)

“3005”, Childish Gambino (Glassnote)
“0 To 100/The Catch Up”, Drake (Cash Money/Young Money/Republic)
“Rap God”, Eminem (Aftermath/Interscope)
“i”, Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Ent./Interscope Records) (WINNER)
“All I Need Is You”, Lecrae (Reach)

“Blak Majik”, Common featuring Jhené Aiko (Def Jam)
“The Monster”, Eminem featuring Rihanna (Aftermath/Interscope) (WINNER)
“Tuesday”, iLoveMakonnen featuring Drake (OVO/Warner Bros.)
“Studio”, Schoolboy Q featuring BJ The Chicago Kid (Top Dawg Ent./Interscope Records)
“Bound 2”, Kanye West & Charlie Wilson (Def Jam)

“Anaconda”, Nicki Minaj (Cash Money/Young Money/Republic)
“Bound 2”, Kanye West & Charlie Wilson (Def Jam)
“i”, Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Ent./Interscope Records) (WINNER)
“We Dem Boyz”, Wiz Khalifa (Rostrum/Atlantic)
“0 To 100/The Catch Up”, Drake (Cash Money/Young Money/Republic)

The New Classic, Iggy Azalea (Def Jam)
Because The Internet, Childish Gambino (Glassnote)
Nobody’s Smiling, Common (Def Jam)
The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem (Aftermath/Intercope) (WINNER)
Oxymoron, Schoolboy Q (Top Dawg Ent./Interscope Records)
Blacc Hollywood, Wiz Khalifa (Rostrum/Atlantic)

“Give Me Back My Hometown”, Eric Church (EMI Nashville)
“Invisible”, Hunter Hayes (Atlantic)
“Automatic”, Miranda Lambert (RCA Nashville)
“Something In The Water”, Carrie Underwood (Sony Nashville) (WINNER)
“Cop Car”, Keith Urban (Capitol Nashville)

“Gentle On My Mind”, The Band Perry (Big Machine/Republic) (WINNER)
“Somethin’ Bad”, Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood (RCA Nashville)
“Day Drinking”, Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville)
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”, Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill (Big Machine/Republic)
“Raise ‘Em Up”, Keith Urban featuring Eric Church (Capitol Nashville)

“American Kids”, Kenny Chesney (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville)
“Automatic”, Miranda Lambert (RCA Nashville)
“Give Me Back My Hometown”, Eric Church (EMI Nashville)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”, Glen Campbell (Big Machine/Republic) (WINNER)
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”, Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill (Big Machine/Republic)

Riser, Dierks Bentley (Capitol)
The Outsiders, Eric Church (EMI Nashville)
12 Stories, Brandy Clark (Slate Creek)
Platinum, Miranda Lambert (RCA Nashville) (WINNER)
The Way I’m Livin’, Lee Ann Womack (Sugar Hill)

The River & The Thread, Rosanne Cash (Blue Note/Capitol) (WINNER)
Terms Of My Surrender, John Hiatt (New West)
Bluesamericana, Keb’ Mo’ (Kind Of Blue Music)
A Dotted Line, Nickel Creek (Nonesuch/Warner Bros.)
Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, Sturgill Simpson (High Top Mountain)

Actors Anonymous, James Franco (Brilliance)
A Call To Action, Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster)
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, John Waters (Macmillan)
Diary Of A Mad Diva, Joan Rivers (Penguin) (WINNER)
A Fighting Chance, Elizabeth Warren (Macmillan)
We Will Survive: True Stories Of Encouragement, Inspiration, And The Power Of Song, Gloria Gaynor (Brilliance)

Mandatory Fun, “Weird Al” Yankovic (RCA) (WINNER)
Obsessed, Jim Gaffigan (Comedy Central)
Oh My God, Louis C.K. (Vagrant)
Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, Patton Oswalt (Comedy Central)
We Are Miracles, Sarah Silverman (Sub Pop)

Aladdin (Walt Disney)
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Ghostlight/Razor & Tie) (WINNER)
A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder (Ghostlight/Razor & Tie)
Hedwig And The Angry Inch (Atlantic)
West Side Story (SFS Media)

American Hustle (Madison Gate/Legacy Recordings)
Frozen (Walt Disney) (WINNER)
Get On Up: The James Brown Story (Universal)
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Hollywood/Marvel Music)
The Wolf Of Wall Street (Virgin)

Frozen (Walt Disney)
Gone Girl (Columbia)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Abkco Music) (WINNER)
Gravity (WaterTower Music)
Saving Mr. Banks (Walt Disney)

“Everything Is Awesome!!!”, Tegan & Sara featuring The Lonely Island (WaterTower Music)
“I See Fire”, Ed Sheeran (WaterTower Music)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”, Glen Campbell (Big Machine/Republic)
“Let It Go”, Idina Menzel (Walt Disney) (WINNER)
“The Moon Song”, Scarlett Johansson & Joaquin Phoenix (WaterTower Music)

Formosa Medicine Show, The Muddy Basin Ramblers (Hove)
Indie Cindy, The Pixies (Pixies Music/Play It Again Sam)
Lightning Bolt, Pearl Jam (Republic) (WINNER)
LP1, FKA Twigs (Young Turks/XL)
Whispers, Passenger (Nettwerk)

Cities Of Darkscorch, Various Artists (Numero Group)
A Letter Home (Vinyl Box Set), Neil Young (Third Man)
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27), Various Artists (Third Man/Revenant) (WINNER)
Sparks (Deluxe Album Box Set), Imogen Heap (RCA/Megaphonic)
Spring 1990 (The Other One), The Grateful Dead (Rhino)

Paul Epworth
John Hill
Jay Joyce
Greg Kurstin
Max Martin (WINNER)

“All Of Me” (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix), John Legend (Columbia) (WINNER)
“Falling Out” (Ming Remix), Crossfingers featuring Danny Losito (Big Alliance)
“Pompeii” (Audien Remix), Bastille (Virgin/Capitol)
“The Rising” (Eddie Amador Remix), Five Knives (Red Bull)
“Smile” (Kaskade Edit), Galantis (Big Beat/Atlantic)
“Waves” (Robin Schulz Remix), Mr. Probz (Ultra/RCA)

“We Exist”, Arcade Fire (Capitol)
“Turn Down For What”, DJ Snake & Lil Jon (Columbia)
“Chandelier”, Sia (RCA/Monkey Puzzle)
“Happy”, Pharrell Williams (Columbia) (WINNER)
“The Golden Age”, Woodkid featuring Max Richter (Interscope)

Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour, Beyoncé & Jay Z (Columbia)
Ghost Stories, Coldplay (Parlophone/Atlantic/Ja Digital)
20 Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill (Anchor Bay) (WINNER)
Metallica Through The Never, Metallica (Blackened Recordings)
The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne, Pink (RCA)

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (February 2015)

It’s time once again to analyze those airwaves and find out if your favorite songs will be lighting up the national charts in 2015. What singles will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of the new songs being serviced in February on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats in this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Charli XCX
CHARLI XCX featuring RITA ORA – “Doing It” (February 3) (*)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
A little extra girl power is never a bad option, and so Ora joins in on this already fun track from the Sucker album, due in several European territories in about two weeks. Hopefully this will be “doing” better than “Break The Rules” very soon.

ECHOSMITH – “Bright” (February 3) (*)
Label: Warner Bros.
The “cool kids” of the Sierota family are looking to prove they’re still popular with pop radio program directors on their latest single from Talking Dreams. Co-written by MoZella, this stripped down song shows the quartet has versatile taste.

Sam Smith
SAM SMITH – “Lay Me Down” (February 3) (*)
Label: Capitol
Smith’s third CHR radio single from In The Lonely Hour is kind of a puzzling choice considering that it was originally out in 2013 and “Like I Can” just went top ten in Europe. However, the singer’s Grammy hype will push the track up quickly.

Ariana Grande
ARIANA GRANDE – “One Last Time” (February 10) (*)
Label: Republic
With a title that sounds so, well, final, the My Everything era may be coming to an end after its fourth official single. The release follows “Love Me Harder”, which recently broke the top 3 at CHR radio. Will Grande’s era go out on a high note?

Fancy Hagood
FANCY – “Goodbye” (February 10) (*)
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Though the label seems invested in a mysterious campaign, Jake “Fancy” Hagood has been known in Nashville for some time now and has a few cuts that have been recorded. As a pop newcomer on a country label, this is one release to watch.

Gorgon City
GORGON CITY featuring JENNIFER HUDSON – “Go All Night” (February 10) (*)
Label: Priority/Capitol
The English duo’s Sirens album has given them four top 40 hits in a row in the United Kingdom, the one being their most recent with a #14 peak. Hudson’s never been huge with CHR radio, but this 90’s house record is worthy of charting here.

MADONNA – “Living For Love” (February 10) (*)
Label: Interscope
Leaked onto the internet a few months ago and then released with an album pre-order for Rebel Heart in late December, “Living” is finally being serviced to radio this month, though it may be too late to receive the “Love” it desires. We’ll see.

SIA – “Elastic Heart” (February 10) (* + **)
Label: RCA
It’s the second time around for “Elastic” at radio, which initially garnered some pop play when it was featured in the film The Hunger Games – Catching Fire. Thanks to a new video clip and set of unusual performances, it’s buzzing once again.

Ryn Weaver
RYN WEAVER – “OctaHate” (February 24) (*)
Label: Interscope
Weaver’s first single was a huge streaming hit and exploded in the blogosphere thanks to several high-profile plugs. Now is the time for the American public to get behind the track and make the performer one of 2015’s big national breakouts.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Death Cab For Cutie
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – “Black Sun” (February 3) (* + **)
Label: Atlantic
Since we last saw the Washington band, they’ve lost a longtime member, but they are gaining very nicely at several radio formats thanks to a strong comeback single. “Sun” will be shining in the top ten at both Alternative and AAA this month.

The Mowgli's
THE MOWGLI’S – “I’m Good” (February 3) (* + **)
Label: Photo Finish/Republic
Two years ago, the group from California made their mark on the Alternative survey with “San Francisco”, breaking the top 20 in spring 2013. Back from the jungle and swinging swiftly from station to station, the septet is ready to roar again.

ÁSGEIR, “Torrent” (February 10) (**)
Label: Columbia
The country of Iceland has given us some pretty unique artists over the years and this 22-year-old is no exception. He is following up “King And Cross”, which received some minor AAA play, but this epic single will certainly do some damage.

Colony House
COLONY HOUSE – “Second Guessing Games” (February 10) (*)
Label: Descendant
The Tennessee rock trio went to radio last fall with “Silhouettes”, peaking just beneath the top 40 at Alternative, but the second single from their When I Was Younger set is just as great. This House is only getting settled in the neighborhood.

Fall Out Boy
FALL OUT BOY – “Uma Thurman” (February 10) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
This tune is like, totally psychedelic, man. Making creative use of the theme from the classic TV show The Munsters, the next radio single from American Beauty/American Psycho is ready for more crossover gains. Can someone say Smash?

In The Valley Below
IN THE VALLEY BELOW – “Peaches” (February 10) (*)
Label: Capitol/Caroline
The duo of Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob are new to the radio scene, though they’ve been performing together for many years. After building up press and additional mixes in the past year and a half, these “Peaches” are now ripe for spinning.

Saint Motel
SAINT MOTEL – “My Type” (February 10) (*)
Label: Elektra/RRP
Last summer, “Type” was a minor top 40 single in the United Kingdom, but it quickly faded away. Luckily, the energetic sound is back thanks to the new Stateside release and a solid base of Alternative stations playing it. Those horns are hot!

Alabama Shakes
ALABAMA SHAKES – “Don’t Wanna Fight” (or) “I Don’t Want To Fight No More” (February 17) (* + **)
Label: ATO
I’ve seen both titles listed for this release, but regardless of which one is used, the quartet from the Heart of Dixie will be pumping out the new jams this spring, including a forthcoming album in April. Guess we will have to “Hold On” for more.

FENCES – “Sunburns” (February 24) (*)
Label: Elektra/RRP
The band led by singer and songwriter Christopher Mansfield released “Arrows” as a single last year, but it failed to take off with an audience here. After an album delay multiple times both this and last year, Lesser Oceans is out on March 10.

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

The radio airwaves are looking ripe this autumn 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 October on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

SIA – “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” (November 4) (*)
Label: RCA
After a painfully slow ride up the airplay charts, “Chandelier” finally made the top ten at several formats and got people wondering what the second single from 1000 Forms Of Fear would be. Well, the answer is… nothing? It’s a strange one, but the soundtrack cut from the upcoming remake of Annie is going to radio. Is “Smile” due for a hard knock chart life?

Fifth Harmony
FIFTH HARMONY – “Sledgehammer” (November 11) (*)
Label: Epic
Ally, Camila, Dinah, Lauren and Normani were all a few years away from being born when Peter Gabriel took his song of the same title to #1 during the summer of 1986. However, this one will be able to rank on the Hot 100 as well with its strong initial sales. (It’s since slowed down.) With a good impact week, this can go top 40 before their new album drops.

Taylor Swift
TAYLOR SWIFT – “Blank Space” (November 11) (* + **)
Label: Big Machine/Republic
One million Swifties can’t be wrong… yes, Swift is about to go over the one million mark again in her first week for 1989 and she’s looking for another #1 in this song, the followup to “Shake It Off”. Already holding firm in the runner-up spot on iTunes and looking chartbound on CHR radio for the coming Sunday update, there’s no stopping this superstar now.

Mat Kearney
MAT KEARNEY – “Heartbeat” (November 18) (**)
Label: Republic
I’m extremely excited to see Kearney out with a new single, the first from his forthcoming studio album Just Kids. Hard to believe that it’s been almost three years since the 35-year-old singer from Oregon first entered the Hot AC chart with “Ships In The Night”, which also reached the top ten on my personal top 40. The song is available digitally on Tuesday.

Michelle Chamuel
MICHELLE CHAMUEL – “Face The Fire” (November 18) (**)
Label: The End/ADA
You likely remember Chamuel from the fourth season of NBC’s show The Voice. She made it to the finals and in the end placed in second. “Fire” is her first radio single for the independent record label, which also carried “Crazy Lucky” from Better Than Ezra on the Hot AC chart during the summer. The hype may be gone, but maybe radio will feel the burn.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Imagine Dragons
IMAGINE DRAGONS – “I Bet My Life” (November 4) (* + **)
Label: Interscope
The leadoff single from the group’s second full-length album, due early next year, is already soaring towards the top 20 on Alternative and picking up quickly on AAA, so an adds date really isn’t the most necessary thing for it at this point. I think a crossover is pretty much inevitable by the end of November, so these Dragons will be breathing fire once more.

London Grammar
LONDON GRAMMAR – “Wasting My Young Years” (November 11) (**)
Label: Columbia
With an album title like If You Wait, there was going to be some waiting before the English trio could finally make a trip to the U.S., but they’re here. “Years” is the followup to their minor AAA entry “Strong”, but it was originally released in Europe back in June of 2013 when it edged into the top 40 in the United Kingdom. We’ll see what it does anything now.

The Decemberists
THE DECEMBERISTS – “Make You Better” (November 11) (**) + November 18 (*)
Label: Capitol
It’s been just under four years since The King Is Dead was released and atop the mighty Billboard 200 list. “This Is How We Fight” gave their biggest single to date. Now, they return with What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, due out in January. Hopefully, the run for this is more beautiful and not so terrible, with both formats embracing the single.

COLDPLAY – “Ink” (November 18) (*)
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic
They’ve had two top ten singles in a row from their album Ghost Stories: “Magic” and “A Sky Full Of Stars”, the latter of which is also their second biggest single on pop radio behind 2008’s “Viva La Vida”. Their third U.S. single is somewhat of a curious choice since “True Love” was given a music video recently, but “Ink” is another solid track from the effort.

She & Him
SHE & HIM – “Stay Awhile” (November 18) (**)
Label: Columbia
The folk duo of actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and singer/songwriter M. Ward has garnered good reviews and several top 20 albums, but the two haven’t done particularly well when it comes to airplay. With a switch to a large record label comes more of an opportunity that will probably get them some decent traction. “Stay” is a Dusty Springfield cover.

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