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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 16, 2019

The Streets are talking this week.

If you want another quality week of cool releases, then look no further than these top titles, which look to take control of the top spot on the biggest charts in the world. Here are all the top new albums and singles hitting stores for Friday:

ILLENIUM – Ascend (iTunes)
Features: The Jon Bellion-assisted “Good Things Fall Apart”, which is currently approaching the top ten on the Alternative radio chart

VARIOUS ARTISTS (QUALITY CONTROL) – Control The Streets, Vol. 2 (iTunes)
Features: Collaborations with artists like City Girls, Lil Yachty, Migos (and its individual members) and many more

Notable albums out this week: A$AP Ferg‘s Floor Seats (iTunes), Curren$y‘s Hot August Nights (iTunes), Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors‘s Dragons (iTunes), Frank Turner‘s No Man’s Land (iTunes), Killswitch Engage‘s Atonement (iTunes), King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard‘s Infest The Rats Nest (iTunes), Lionel Richie‘s Hello From Las Vegas (iTunes), Red Hearse‘s Red Hearse (iTunes), Rodney Crowell‘s Texas (iTunes), Sleater-Kinney‘s The Center Won’t Hold (iTunes), Snoh Aalegra‘s – Ugh, Those Feels Again (iTunes), Snoop Dogg‘s I Wanna Thank Me (iTunes), The Hold Steady‘s Thrashing Thru The Passion (iTunes), Tracy Lawrence‘s Made In America (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Benedict Cork‘s Letters To Strangers (iTunes), Dylan Scott‘s An Old Memory (iTunes), FLETCHER‘s You Ruined New York City For Me (iTunes), Sara Bareilles‘s What’s Not Inside: The Lost Songs From Waitress (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Lot On Ur Plate”, Father (iTunes)
“Ain’t Nobody’s Baby”, Frawley (iTunes)
“Be Honest”, Jorja Smith featuring Burna Boy (iTunes)
“Beer Drinkin’ Weather”, Canaan Smith (iTunes)
“Benjamin”, Akon (iTunes)
“Better For Ya”, OMI (iTunes)
“Black Hole”, HANA (iTunes)
“Boy Bye”, BROCKHAMPTON (iTunes)
“Change”, Arin Ray & Kehlani (iTunes)
“Cool 4 Me”, Stefan Benz (iTunes)
“Crazy Enough”, Julie Bergan (iTunes)
“Cross You Out”, Charli XCX featuring Sky Ferreira (iTunes)
“Dollar (Lemaitre Remix)”, Electric Guest (iTunes)
“Dream Boy”, Waterparks (iTunes)
“Easier (Remix)”, 5 Seconds Of SummerCharlie Puth (iTunes)
“Fly Like An Eagle”, Stereophonics (iTunes)
“Go Somewhere”, KREAM & RANI (iTunes)
“God’s Favorite”, Travis Thompson (iTunes)
“Hallucinations”, PVRIS (iTunes)
“Hate Me (R3HAB Remix)”, Ellie Goulding & Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Heart Explodes”, The Darkness (iTunes)
“Heartless”, Diplo featuring Morgan Wallen (iTunes)
“Heavy Sh*t”, Blake Rose (iTunes)
“Hell Right”, Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins (iTunes)
“Higher”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Highwomen”, The Highwomen (iTunes)
“Home”, Martin Garrix featuring Bonn (iTunes)
“How Do You Sleep? (Acoustic)”, Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Hot (AZTX Remix)”, Kenzie (iTunes)
“How To Be Human”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“Ice Cream”, Ambjaay (iTunes)
“Indigo”, 88rising & NIKI (iTunes)
“Keeping It In The Dark”, Daya (iTunes)
“Left For Denver”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“Legend”, SOB x RBE (iTunes)
“Let’s Lay Low”, Plain White T’s (iTunes)
“Like The Way I Do”, Cascada (iTunes)
“Lose You”, Noah Gundersen (iTunes)
“Losing Me”, Gabrielle Aplin & JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Love Got You”, Clear Six (iTunes)
“Lover”, Taylor Swift (iTunes)
“Magic”, Wrabel (iTunes)
“Malicious”, Bruce Wiegner (iTunes)
“Middle Of Somewhere”, The Neighbourhood (iTunes)
“MLK BLVD”, Jeezy featuring Meek Mill (iTunes)
“Motivation”, Normani (iTunes)
“My Brother” / “So Cal”, Cal (iTunes)
“Need U”, DVBBS (iTunes)
“Nobody Wins”, WhoHurtYou (iTunes)
“Ocean”, VÉRITÉ (iTunes)
“One Of Us”, Liam Gallagher (iTunes)
“Ooh La La (Another Version – Acoustic)”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Playing Games”, Anna Of The North (iTunes)
“Pretty Please”, Allan Rayman (iTunes)
“Ransom (Remix)”, Lil Tecca & Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Retrograde”, Hardwell (iTunes)
“Rock Bottom”, Grandson (iTunes)
“Rock Witchu”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Roots”, Valerie Broussard & Galantis (iTunes)
“Rumble”, ZAYDE WØLF (iTunes)
“Running”, Arlissa (iTunes)
“Sextasy”, Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Shadow”, Macklemore featuring IRO (iTunes)
“Skinny Boys”, Myylo (iTunes)
“Something To Believe In”, Jackson Harris (iTunes)
“Stayaway”, MUNA (iTunes)
“Stranger’s Arms (Remix)”, Lo Lo featuring DCF (iTunes)
“Strong (Dexter Remix)”, Christian Paul (iTunes)
“Sweater”, Phem (iTunes)
“There For You”, Gorgon City & MK (iTunes)
“Tiny Love”, MIKA (iTunes)
“Title”, Kiana Ledé (iTunes)
“To The Ground”, Death Cab For Cutie (iTunes)
“Trustfall”, Peter Wise (iTunes)
“Waiting Game”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“We’re Gonna Make It”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“We’re Not Friends”, Ingrid Andress (iTunes)
“Welcome To The Party (Remix)”, Pop Smoke featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“What Am I Gonna Do With You”, Sophia Messa (iTunes)
“What’s It Like”, You Me At Six (iTunes)
“Wild Blue”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Yo x Ti, Tú x Mí”, ROSALÍA x Ozuna (iTunes)
“You Ain’t The Problem”, Michael Kiwanuka (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from artists like Midland, Taylor Swift and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (December 2, 2018)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Hope you’re enjoying the start of Hanukkah and the rest of the holiday season. Let’s see what’s burning in the musical menorah this week:

A HAPPIER HANUKKAH: Starting to lose some ground at this format, but still solidly at #1 again, “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille leads the Top 40 survey for the third consecutive week. Though the song may be spinning a Gimel this weekend, that could change by next Sunday, as “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco looks to collect some coins (and the act’s first #1 at the format.) I think it’s safe to say that those hopes won’t be dashed at all, considering that the tune has also topped the Alternative chart and rises to #1 on this week’s Hot AC update. That’s hotter than a fresh batch of latkes. Speaking of which, my stomach is rumbling…

This week’s debut action is pretty light once again, with “There’s No Way” by Lauv featuring Julia Michaels being the only top 40 entry, jumping from 41-39. It’s the second hit to enter the region for Lauv and the fourth for Michaels. For top 50 entries, Madison Beer‘s new single featuring Offset of the trio Migos, “Hurts Like Hell”, bows at #48, as the former #1 Urban hit “Smile (Living My Best Life)” is in at #50 for Lil Duval featuring Snoop Dogg and Ball Greezy. Both Lil Duval and Ball Greezy are appearing at the format for the first time, while Beer is searching for her second top 40 entry, the other being “Home With You” from earlier in 2018.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 29-30, 2018)

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 this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are six new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AVA MAX – “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Just in time for Halloween, Ava’s spooky single impacts at the Top 40 format. It’s her first radio release to date.

LIL DUVAL featuring SNOOP DOGG & BALL GREEZY – “Smile (Living My Best Life)” (EMPIRE)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Dogg’s last chart entry here was in 2015 as a featured artist on Prince Royce‘s “Stuck On A Feeling”, a #16 hit.

LIVVIA – “Damn” (12 Tone)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: This performer’s last release at the format, the Quavo-assisted “Catch A Body”, reached #37 for a week in May.

LUKAS GRAHAM – “Love Someone” (Warner Bros.)
Album: 3 (The Purple Album) (2018)
Past T40 History: The Danish band is searching for their fourth top 40 song at the format. “7 Years” spent one week at #1 in 2016.

STEVE AOKI featuring BTS – “Waste It On Me” (Ultra)
Album: Neon Future III (2018)
Past T40 History: The popular DJ/producer and K-pop act have four top 40 tracks at the format between them. How will this do?

ZARA LARSSON – “Ruin My Life” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Larsson has six top 40 songs to date, led by “Never Forget You” (with MNEK), which got as high as #5 in 2016.

Next week: collaborations led by DJ Snake and Ellie Goulding are among the top titles impacting at the format next Tuesday.

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 16, 2018

A Change at the top.

It’s time for another week of winners from the music world, including notable names from the genres of country, rap, rock and more. Here are the albums and singles you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

SCOTTY MCCREERY – Seasons Change (iTunes)
Former American Idol winner McCreery recently topped the Country radio list for the first time with “Five More Minutes”, with “This Is It” (the follow-up single) ready to take over the charts when it impacts in late April. The performer’s now had four albums reach the top ten on the Billboard 200 list, and this is pretty likely to make it five.

Notable albums out this week: Dorothy‘s 28 Days In The Valley (iTunes), Fickle Friends‘s You Are Someone Else (iTunes), Rich Homie Quan‘s Rich As In Spirit (iTunes), Saweetie‘s High Maintenance (iTunes), Snoop Dogg‘s Bible Of Love (iTunes), Stone Temple Pilots‘s Stone Temple Pilots (2018) (iTunes), The Decemberists‘s I’ll Be Your Girl (iTunes), XXXTENTACION‘s ? (iTunes), Love, Simon (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: TBA

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Alien”, Sabrina Carpenter x Jonas Blue (iTunes)
“Alone”, Halsey featuring Big Sean and Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Back When”, Prelow (iTunes)
“Bad Bad News” / “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand”, Leon Bridges (iTunes)
“Be Like You”, Whethan featuring Broods (iTunes)
“Blackout”, Frank Turner (iTunes)
“Bonita”, CNCO (iTunes)
“Brace”, Twin Shadow featuring Rainsford (iTunes)
“Burn The House Down”, AJR (iTunes)
“Call On Me”, Kim Cesarion (iTunes)
“Cold As Stone”, Kaskade featuring Charlotte Lawrence (iTunes)
“Come Kiss Me”, Tryon (iTunes)
“Crazy World (Live From Dublin)”, The Script featuring Christy Dignam (iTunes)
“Cruzin'”, Snakehips featuring St Rulez (iTunes)
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, Q-Tip & Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Done For Me”, Charlie Puth featuring Kehlani (iTunes)
“Early Morning Trappin”, Rich The Kid featuring Trippie Redd (iTunes)
“Everyone Hates Me”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)
“Freaky Friday”, Lil Dicky featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Freshman List”, NAV (iTunes)
“Gimme A Break”, Nicole Millar (iTunes)
“Girlfriend At The Time”, Emily Burns (iTunes)
“Grit Your Teeth”, Martin Luke Brown (iTunes)
“Healthy”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Here” and “Hurt”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“I Owe You Nothing” / “Remember”, Seinabo Sey (iTunes)
“I Wanna Know”, NOTD featuring Bea Miller (iTunes)
“I Wanna Know”, RL Grime featuring Daya (iTunes)
“I Want A Miracle”, Fred Rister featuring Sam Martin & Chris Willis (iTunes)
“Let It Be”, Hayley Kiyoko (iTunes)
“Life In Pink”, Kate Nash (iTunes)
“Memorized”, Mat Kearney & RAC (iTunes)
“Mind On It”, Yungen featuring Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“My My My! (Throttle Remix)”, Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Old Soul”, Hudson Taylor (iTunes)
“Over My Head”, Echosmith (iTunes)
“Preacher Man”, The Driver Era (iTunes)
“Raw”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Remind Me To Forget”, Kygo featuring Miguel (iTunes)
“Saviour”, George Ezra featuring First Aid Kit (iTunes)
“Sex & Cigarettes”, Toni Braxton (iTunes)
“Somebody New”, VASSY featuring Sultan + Shepard (iTunes)
“Spy”, Kira Kosarin (iTunes)
“With You”, Griffin Stoller featuring Molly Moore (iTunes)
“YES”, Louisa Johnson featuring 2 Chainz (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from George Ezra, Jack White 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 19, 2017

Parkin’ in the top lot.

Another awesome May weekend is upon us, and the weather, much like the music, is getting hotter and hotter. Take a dip inside this pool of pop, rock, country and more, as we serve up the action on this week’s notable releases:

LINKIN PARK – One More Light (iTunes)
This California band is out with their seventh studio album, and while it’s not the next Hybrid Theory, one could theorize that it is a strong contender for the top slot on next week’s Billboard 200 listing. It’s led by a polarizing first single, “Heavy”, featuring faceless favorite Kiiara. It tanked at the Alternative format, but it remains in the top 20 at both Hot AC and Top 40 radio. We shall see how the album performs soon.

RASCAL FLATTS – Back To Us (iTunes)
The 11th studio album from this enduring trio follows a seasonal album from last fall, which reached the top ten on the Country list. This set is also led by an interesting single, “Yours If You Want It”, which has struggled with a sluggish run (at least, for a lead single by the group) up the Country airplay chart. However, their fan base is strong enough to lead the band to another solid debut.

More albums out this week: A R I Z O N A‘s Gallery (iTunes), Fastball‘s Step Into The Light (iTunes), Missio‘s Loner (iTunes), MisterWives‘s Connect The Dots (iTunes), Papa Roach‘s Crooked Teeth (iTunes), Snoop Dogg‘s Neva Left (iTunes), Dirty Dancing (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: David Archuleta‘s Orion (iTunes), Jasmine Thompson‘s Wonderland (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Around The World”, Mura Masa featuring Desiigner (iTunes)
“Automatic”, Mondo Cozmo (iTunes)
“Baby Who”, The Aces (iTunes)
“Bad Liar”, Selena Gomez (iTunes)
“Bones”, Dotan (iTunes)
“California Numb”, Cloves (iTunes)
“Can’t Believe”, Kranium featuring Ty Dolla $ign & WizKid (iTunes)
“Castle On The Hill (Seeb Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Crying In The Club”, Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Dead”, Madison Beer (iTunes)
“Death Wish”, Terror Jr (iTunes)
“Dig Down”, Muse (iTunes)
“Dime”, Rachel Crow (iTunes)
“Girlhood”, The Preatures (iTunes)
“Hands”, Mike Perry featuring The Vamps and Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Heavy”, Oh Wonder (iTunes)
“Higher”, Lemaitre featuring Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Hold On (Deepend Remix)”, Chord Overstreet (iTunes)
“I Like Me Better”, Lauv (iTunes)
“I Need You”, Win And Woo x Bryce Fox (iTunes)
“Light Us Up”, Matrix & Futurebound featuring Calum Scott (iTunes)
“No Love For The Wild”, HAERTS (iTunes)
“No Vacancy”, OneRepublic featuring Sebastian Yatra (iTunes)
“OK”, Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt (iTunes)
“Party’s Over”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Passport Home (Deepend Remix)”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Shape Of You”, EZA (iTunes)
“Stay Another Night”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“Strip That Down”, Liam Payne featuring Quavo (iTunes)
“Switch”, Iggy Azalea featuring Anitta (iTunes)
“The Line”, RAYE (iTunes)
“The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)”, Bebe Rexha featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Tired”, Alan Walker featuring Gavin James (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Lil Yachty and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 1, 2016

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At this time one year ago, the last New Music Tuesday (technically, a special Monday date on June 29) was taking place. It certainly was an interesting transition to Friday, but we got through it! Back then, rapper Meek Mill rocketed to #1 on the album chart. It’s time to see which acts are in the mix for the next chart-topper on the Billboard 200:

  • MAXWELL — blackSUMMERS’night (iTunes)
    • Waiting seven years to release an album is a mighty long time. I suppose that wait is better than the eight years that it took for his 2009 album to see the light of day. The leadoff single from the second album in this R&B singer’s trilogy, “Lake By The Ocean”, holds at #1 on the Urban AC chart. Can this set finally knock Drake off the top?
  • SNOOP DOGG — COOLAID (iTunes)
    • The legendary rapper’s latest set is an Apple Music exclusive, where it’s been streaming in full for the last two days. It features “Point Seen Money Gone”, featuring Jeremih, which was recently serviced to Rhythmic and Urban radio. A good look across iTunes could give this a larger total than expected, so stay tuned.
  • BLINK-182 — California (iTunes)
    • They’ve got their first #1 single on the Alternative chart since 2004’s “I Miss You”, and the California trio is definitely excited about having their first album in nearly five years hit stores. Look for it somewhere in the top five next week.
  • AMERICAN AUTHORS — What We Live For (iTunes)
    • The New York quartet is out with their second album, featuring three singles that hit the top 30 on Hot AC radio. The most recent of the three is the title track. You can also find the act in a media campaign for Wendy’s.
  • More albums out this week: Bat For Lashes‘s The Bride (iTunes), Grace‘s FMA (iTunes), MAGIC!‘s Primary Colours (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Secret Weapons‘s SW (iTunes)

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

  • “Alright”, Young Summer (iTunes)
  • “Backroad”, VOKES featuring Nevve (iTunes)
  • “Body Say”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
  • “Christina’s Song”, MAX (iTunes)
  • “Fool’s Gold”, Dagny featuring BØRNS (iTunes)
  • “Good Company”, Jake Owen (iTunes)
  • “Mad About U”, CAPPA (iTunes)
  • “Sunshine”, POWERS (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Kenny Chesney, ScHoolboy Q, Switchfoot and more.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 12)

The Pitch is back.

The Pitch is back.

Another big soundtrack is ready to hit the top of the charts this week, so get ready to fill up your “Cups” with popcorn and fill up a playlist with some new tunes. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of May 12:

  • Back in 2012, the first Pitch Perfect film became a sleeper hit at the box office thanks to word of mouth and a steady record of DVD and soundtrack purchases. Of course, Anna Kendrick‘s “Cups (When I’m Gone)” became a national top ten hit as the sales continued. We’ll see if that happens again with the soundtrack to Pitch Perfect 2, out this week. “Flashlight” is the current single from it, performed by Jessie J. (iTunes)
  • Led by the recent Rhythmic and Urban radio single “Peaches And Cream”, featuring album producer Pharrell, the rapper named Snoop Dogg barks up a new release with BUSH, his thirteenth studio album. Will it rank him in the top ten for the first time in four years? Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • 37-year-old dance producer Steve Aoki is out with Neon Future II, which follows last fall’s first edition. The current radio single from it is “I Love It When You Cry (Moxoki)”, featuring Moxie Raia. Look for it somewhere in the top 40. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Beba Rexha‘s I Don’t Wanna Grow Up (EP) (iTunes), David Duchovny‘s Hell Or Highwater (iTunes), Della Mae‘s Della Mae (iTunes), Ed Sheeran‘s 5 (EPs) (iTunes), Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell‘s The Traveling Kind (iTunes), Hinder‘s When The Smoke Clears (iTunes), Incubus‘s Trust Fall (Side A – EP) (iTunes), JD Souther‘s Tenderness (iTunes), Leonard Cohen‘s Can’t Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour (iTunes), Surfer Blood‘s 1000 Palms (iTunes), The Tallest Man On Earth‘s Dark Bird Is Home (iTunes) and Veil Of Maya‘s Matriarch (iTunes).

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

  • “Crave”, the new single from Parachute. (iTunes)
  • “Eventually”, an instant grat track from Tame Impala. (iTunes)
  • “F**ked Up”, a fan favorite from Young Rising Sons. (iTunes)
  • “Stronger”, new from Kiesza. (iTunes)
  • “Verge”, a collaboration by Owl City and Aloe Blacc. (iTunes)
  • “West End Kids”, the new single from New Politics. (iTunes)
  • the three American Idol coronation song choices: “Beautiful Life” by Nick Fradiani (iTunes), “Champion” by Clark Beckham (iTunes) and “Force Field” by Jax (iTunes)

Next week is a Monday release date, which features albums from Mariah Carey, twenty one pilots, Zedd and more! Preview these and more releases coming on Sunday night.

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