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 May in this month’s Radio Report:
INGRID MICHAELSON – “Hell No” (May 2) (Hot AC)
Label: Cabin 24/RED
If you use the app Snapchat, you’ll probably love the music video for Michaelson’s latest track, which features her having some fun with the many filters on the service. “No” is already on many radio stations in large markets, so expect a nice first week of adds. It’s the first single to be taken from It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense, but what does make sense is that it will be released later this year.
MARIAN HILL – “I Want You” (May 2 / 3) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Photo Finish/Republic
This Philadelphia duo of Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol first released music together in 2013, but it wasn’t until late last year that they first made the Alternative top 40 with “One Time”. It stalled in the 30’s, and fell off after the Christmas freeze. Now, they soldier on with this single, taken from their album ACT ONE. The June 24 release date should give this enough time to get started.
DISTURBED – “The Sound Of Silence” (May 3) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Warner Bros.
A few weeks ago, I highlighted “Sound” and many of the other chart-topping Active Rock crossovers since 2000. Record Store Day brought us a 12″ picture disc of the single, which I may have purchased a copy of. This is the closest the four men have come to pop success in their long career, and it’s performing in the few markets that have been playing it (and their label wants you to know it!)
SOFIA CARSON – “Love Is The Name” (May 3) (CHR/Top 40)
Nothing says “song of the summer” like a looped sample of Opus’s 1986 hit “Live Is Life”… at least that’s what Carson and her team are hoping. The Austrian act’s only U.S. entry topped out at #36 on the Radio & Records pop listing, but it was a much bigger hit in Europe. Carson was previously featured on the soundtrack to Descendants, which entered at #1 on the Billboard 200 list last year.
COLDPLAY – “Up&Up” (May 9 / 10) (Triple A / Alternative)
While “Hymn For The Weekend” continues to climb at Hot AC radio, “Up&Up” is scheduled to head to these two formats. For that single release, nearly three minutes of the track were shaved off the version found on A Head Full Of Dreams. Until “Adventure Of A Lifetime” hit the top spot earlier in 2016, the guys had been without a #1 at the format since 2011. Can they make it two in a row?
BAHARI – “Dancing On The Sun” (May 10) (CHR/Top 40)
This California trio’s song has already been on my chart for a month now, and it’s looking to heat up the pop airwaves later in May. The group consists of members Natalia Panzarella, Ruby Carr and Sidney Sartini, and all three ladies met in California with a little help from the production duo Rock Mafia. They’re currently on an extensive radio tour (dubbed the Bahari Safari) at the moment.
KIIARA – “Gold” (May 10) (CHR/Top 40)
“Gold” has been a huge hit on the blogs since its release last year. On Spotify, it’s accumulated nearly 84 million streams, which is a pretty large number for the little airplay it’s gained so far. The question is, will the online buzz translate into a pop radio hit for the summer? It’s hard to tell at this point, but there are several early believers spinning it. We’ll see if she, indeed, goes for the “Gold”.
COBI – “Darker Than Dawn” (May 16) (Triple A)
Label: 300 Entertainment
Formerly of Gentlemen Hall, Cobi had a couple of SoundCloud songs that I enjoyed about a year ago called “Walking Through The Fire” and “First Snow”. (Both were credited to Cobi Mike at the time.) Since then, he’s signed with 300 Entertainment, and while it appears he won’t have the next “Trap Queen” on his hands, it’s certainly great to see that he’ll be getting another shot at some play.
BØRNS – “American Money” (May 17) (Alternative)
24-year-old Garrett Borns has a solid following and solid sales to date… so, why has a top ten single at the format eluded him? It is a little surprising that “Electric Love” stalled in the teens, given all the co-signs and acclaim. “10,000 Emerald Pools” never made a big splash when it charted late in 2015 and earlier this year. They say that third time is the charm, so let’s hope it’s on the “Money”.
ST. LUCIA – “Help Me Run Away” (May 17) (Alternative)
South African musician Jean-Philip Grobler’s act is back for a second taste of the Alternative chart with a new song from Matter. It follows “Dancing On Glass”, which slowly hit top 30 at the format (but should’ve done way better!) The band performed “Help” on Jimmy Kimmel Live a month ago, and tour dates/steady summer festival dates should help the song grow at both radio and retail.
ZAYN – “Like I Would” (May 17) (CHR/Top 40)
“Pillowtalk” is at the top of the CHR radio listing for the second week, but Malik’s record label is wasting no time in getting his next single out there and on the air. “Like” is featured on the deluxe edition of Mind Of Mine, a peculiar move, even if it was available as an instant grat song prior to the album’s release. It’s sure to be another notable radio hit for the 23-year-old singer from Bradford.
X AMBASSADORS featuring JAMIE N COMMONS – “Low Life” (May 24) (Alternative)
After an 11-week #1 in “Renegades” last year and a recent #3 in “Unsteady”, the Ithaca quartet is aiming high with “Low”. The track features Commons, who has previously worked with the band, and had a Triple A hit in 2013 with “Rumble And Sway”. Both of the previous singles continue to get substantial recurrent play, and that may become an issue during the “Life” of this one. Stay tuned!
May is an unpredictable month when it comes to A-list releases… so, expect a few surprises along the way!
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