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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 15, 2019

Pop charts and portraits.

Take a Chance on these new albums and you may just have yourself a fabulous New Music Friday. As SXSW starts to come to a close, these are all the notable releases hitting the market this Friday:

Notable albums out this week: Benjamin Francis Leftwich‘s Gratitude (iTunes), Greyson Chance‘s Portraits (iTunes), Jack Savoretti‘s Singing To Strangers (iTunes), Karen O & Danger Mouse‘s Lux Prima (iTunes), Lauren Jenkins‘s No Saint (iTunes), Nico Santos‘s Streets Of Gold (Unforgettable Edition) (iTunes), Steve Perry‘s Traces (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Cody Simpson‘s B-Sides: Part The Seas (iTunes), Huntly‘s Low Grade Buzz (iTunes), Johnny Orlando‘s Teenage Fever (iTunes), Rachel Wammack‘s Enough (iTunes), Spencer Sutherland‘s NONE of this has been about you (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“90’s Country (Remix)” and “You Broke Up With Me (Remix)”, Walker Hayes (iTunes)
“All My Friends Are Rich”, Filous featuring Louis III (iTunes)
“All The Lies”, Alok, Felix Jaehn & The Vamps (iTunes)
“Babe, It Just Happens”, Trent Dabbs (iTunes)
“Baby Mine”, Arcade Fire (iTunes)
“Bacc At It Again”, Yella Beezy featuring Gucci Mane & Quavo (iTunes)
“Birthday Party”, AJR (iTunes)
“Bitch (Takes One To Know One)”, Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“BKLYNLDN”, Shura (iTunes)
“Bust Down Cartier”, Lil Mosey (iTunes)
“Call Back”, nothing,nowhere. (iTunes)
“Contra La Pared”, Sean Paul & J Balvin (iTunes)
“Dancing On My Own”, Elle Fanning (iTunes)
“Después Que Te Perdí”, Enrique Iglesias & Jon Z (iTunes)
“Dirty AF1s”, Alexander 23 (iTunes)
“DNA”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“Fawn”, Crywolf (iTunes)
“Fear Of Lonely”, Benedict Cork (iTunes)
“Heavy Snow”, Christian French (iTunes)
“Hideaway”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Horrid”, Lady Leshurr (iTunes)
“Hypnotized”, The Giving Moon (iTunes)
“I Need To Be Alone”, Girl In Red (iTunes)
“I See You”, Missio (iTunes)
“King James”, Anderson .Paak (iTunes)
“Knock Knock”, Laleh (iTunes)
“Lemonade”, Alec Bailey (iTunes)
“Lonely Baby”, Hyphen Hyphen featuring Kiiara (iTunes)
“Lost”, Clara Mae (iTunes)
“Love Again”, RuthAnne (iTunes)
“Miles Apart”, Dante Palminteri (iTunes)
“Missed Connection”, The Head And The Heart (iTunes)
“My Miracle”, Brad Paisley (iTunes)
“My Motto”, Jade Bird (iTunes)
“Nervous”, Juliander (iTunes)
“Nikes”, Jake Miller (iTunes)
“Never Really Liked Your Friends”, Mags (iTunes)
“No New Friends”, LSD (iTunes)
“No One (Jonas Blue Remix)”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Numb Numb Juice”, ScHoolboy Q (iTunes)
“Playas Ball”, T.I. featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“R.I.P.”, Sofia Reyes featuring Rita Ora & Anitta (iTunes)
“Running From”, Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
“Sally Walker”, Iggy Azalea (iTunes)
“Say (Acoustic)”, Ruel featuring Jake Meadows (iTunes)
“Sparrow”, Emeli Sandé (iTunes)
“Starry Eyes”, Young Bombs (iTunes)
“Swear To God”, Blackbear (iTunes)
“The Bed You Made”, Hannah Grace (iTunes)
“Tic Toc”, Rich The Kid & Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“Told You So”, HRVY (iTunes)
“Turn It Up”, Armin Van Buuren (iTunes)
“Violet Sky”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“Wasteland”, Tierra Whack (iTunes)
“When Love Don’t Love Your Back”, Christian Paul (iTunes)
“When You Leave”, Nikki Vianna x Matoma (iTunes)
“Who’s Got Your Love”, Cheat Codes featuring Daniel Blume (iTunes)
“Win”, Nasty Cherry (iTunes)
“Without Me (Live/Orpheum)”, The Maine (iTunes)
“Your Love”, Drama Relax featuring Tory Lanez & Lil Tjay (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums and EPs from Flora Cash, Wallows 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 October 5, 2018

Star is bright.

Go Gaga over this week’s top new releases, including a buzzing soundtrack, the latest set for a country hitmaker and duos galore! These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER – A Star Is Born (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
Debuting the same weekend that its parent film opens at the box office, both the soundtrack and movie will attract a lot of people in the next few days. On the music side, “Shallow”, which was released last week, remains strong at #1 on iTunes. Also, the ballad “I’ll Never Love Again”, a radio single from the album, is expected to have one of the larger spikes following the film’s debut. Will it be enough to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200? We’ll see how well or not the movie does.

ERIC CHURCH – Desperate Man (iTunes)
Country star Church is well on his way to another high-charting entry, given his four top ten releases since the start of the decade on the Billboard 200 list. Led by the title track, a top 20 hit on the country radio survey, a combination of his passionate fan base and a lot of critical love should make the performer’s latest era a long and lasting one.

TWENTY ONE PILOTS – Trench (iTunes)
The duo’s new album is led by the radio singles “Jumpsuit”, which spent a week at #1 on the Alternative chart, and “My Blood”, a top ten song at the same format and now crossing to the Hot AC and Top 40 airwaves. Will it do as well as Blurryface, which had a string of huge crossover hits like “Stressed Out” and “Ride”? Stay tuned.

FOR KING & COUNTRY – Burn The Ships (iTunes)
Brother, can you spare a hit? The Australian siblings had a joyful time atop the Christian AC chart with “joy.”, which is also rising in the lower rungs of the Hot AC survey. The duo’s last studio album in 2014 just missed the top ten on the Billboard 200, but it’s likely that this one will enter the region.

Notable albums out this week: Castlecomer‘s Castlecomer (iTunes), Cat Power‘s Wanderer (iTunes), Emily Warren‘s Quiet Your Mind (iTunes), Eric Hutchinson & The Believers‘s Modern Happiness (iTunes), KT Tunstall‘s Wax (iTunes), LANY‘s Malibu Nights (iTunes), Mario‘s Dancing Shadows (iTunes), Matt Nathanson‘s Sings His Sad Heart (iTunes), Max Frost‘s Gold Rush (iTunes), Steve Perry‘s Traces (iTunes), T.I.‘s Dime Trap (iTunes), You Me At Six‘s VI (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: AlunaGeorge‘s Champagne Eyes (iTunes), Daniella Mason‘s Emotional State (iTunes), Ivy Adara‘s Intraduction (iTunes), Kim Petras‘s Turn Off The Light, Vol. 1 (iTunes), Marc E. Bassy‘s Postmodern Depression (iTunes), Morgan Saint‘s Alien (iTunes), Niykee Heaton‘s Starting Over (iTunes), Two Feet‘s A 20 Something F**k (iTunes), Will Hoge‘s My American Dream (iTunes), Wingtip‘s Ghosts Of Youth (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1999”, Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Alien Boy (Big Data Remix)”, Oliver Tree (iTunes)
“All Right”, Cisco Adler & gnash (iTunes)
“All That I See”, Matt Corby (iTunes)
“Anthem”, Greta Van Fleet (iTunes)
“Baby (Sofi Tukker Remix)”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Bicycle”, filous featuring klei (iTunes)
“Bitch, Bitch, Bitch”, Hailey Knox (iTunes)
“Build”, Justine Skye featuring Arin Ray (iTunes)
“Can’t Be You”, L Devine (iTunes)
“Close To Me”, Isaiah (iTunes)
“Do You Think About Me (Wuki Remix)”, Captain Cuts & Zookëper featuring Georgia Ku (iTunes)
“Endless Summer (Freestyle)”, G-Eazy & YG (iTunes)
“Every Step That I Take”, Tom Morello featuring Portugal. The Man & Whethan (iTunes)
“Fake Friends”, Joel Adams (iTunes)
“Fire (Part 1)”, The Struts (iTunes)
“Generation Why”, Conan Gray (iTunes)
“Girls In Their 20s”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“GOKU”, Jaden Smith (iTunes)
“Has Ended”, Thom Yorke (iTunes)
“Heaven (Don’t Have A Name)”, Sam Feldt featuring Jeremy Renner (iTunes)
“Hoovela”, Steve Aoki & TWIIG (iTunes)
“Hosanna”, Dan Caplen featuring Dave B. (iTunes)
“I Want You”, Ashlee + Evan (iTunes)
“Imported”, Jessie Reyez featuring JRM (iTunes)
“In My Head”, Maisie Peters (iTunes)
“Jaleo”, Nicky Jam & Steve Aoki (iTunes)
“Just Begun”, WILD (iTunes)
“Like I Did”, JC Stewart (iTunes)
“Little Bit Of Lovin'”, Elle King (iTunes)
“Long Hair”, Moontower (iTunes)
“Lost In You”, Jai Waetford (iTunes)
“Love”, Boyzone (iTunes)
“Madeline”, Causes (iTunes)
“Making Love”, Tenacious D (iTunes)
“Neon Church” and “Thought About You”, Tim McGraw (iTunes)
“No One Compares To You”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Overtime”, Jessie Ware (iTunes)
“People”, RØMANS (iTunes)
“Polaroid”, Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Remind Me”, Emily King (iTunes)
“Ruler”, GOLDHOUSE & Be The Bear (iTunes)
“Soprano”, Duckwrth (iTunes)
“Sucker Punch”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Teenage Rockstars”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“The Moment”, Fickle Friends (iTunes)
“Trust My Lonely”, Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Walls”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“What Do U Like”, Jesse Saint John (iTunes)
“What Do We Do”, Hazers featuring Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“Whatchamacallit”, Ella Mai featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
“While Away”, Eagle-Eye Cherry (iTunes)
“Who Am I To You”, Nightly (iTunes)
“With My Words”, R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“With You”, Mariah Carey (iTunes)
“Without Me”, Halsey (iTunes)
“Who’s At The Door”, Unsecret featuring Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Worship”, MAX (iTunes)
“You’re Gonna Break My Heart Tonight”, Tom Odell (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Ella Mai, Young The Giant and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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REWIND: “Don’t Stop” This Song’s Journey

Go on, "Stop".

Go on, “Stop”.

They were the boys from the Bay, the sultans of San Francisco rock. I’m talking about Journey, the band formerly led by Steve Perry. With over a dozen studio albums and two dozen charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100, we loved them and still love them; they’re a staple on Classic Rock radio and their 1988 Greatest Hits collection remains one of the top catalog releases. However, it’s back into the vault to remember, quite possibly, their most well-known song. It may not have peaked the highest or sold the most during its original run, but its impact through the media, especially in the past few years, has given it the new life it deserves. So, a little history on the anthem that is “Don’t Stop Believin'” and how we got to where it is now:

“Stop” is featured on Journey‘s album Escape, recorded in the spring of 1981 and released in late July of that same year. It was co-written by band members Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry and Neal Schon and co-produced by Kevin Elson (who worked with the band since 1980’s Departure) and Mike Stone, his first time recording them after previously working largely with Queen. In terms of a composition, it has the distinction of consisting of several verses and pre-choruses before one big chorus in the last-minute of the song. That section also proclaims the first uses of the title. Sounds weird on paper, but it worked. Columbia pushed the song as the second single after ballad “Who’s Crying Now?” climbed as high as #4 in October.

Today, on the chart dated November 7, 1981, “Don’t Stop Believin'” climbed to #40 on the Hot 100, moving up from #56 where it debuted the previous week. At the time, it was the group’s sixth top 40 hit. After peaking at #9 the week before Christmas, the song fell, finding itself back at #40 on the chart dated January 30, 1982. Though its time in the top 40 was short, it accumulated enough weeks in the top 100 to rank as the #73 single of 1982. It would also help extend the Escape era; followup single “Open Arms” became the band’s biggest single ever, reaching #2 a few months after “Stop” was off the charts.

Though it was a significant single in its own right, Journey went onto other big hits through 1987, when the group took a hiatus. They reunited in 1996 for Trial By Fire, but after lead singer Perry sustained an injury and a subsequent tour was postponed, the original lineup began to fall apart, including the dismissal of Perry, and a series of alternate singers combined with minimal airplay and sales for the new material left the group with no momentum. It was definitely one of their lows.

Things began to turn around several years later as “Stop” became popular with several sports teams on winning runs. Then, in 2007, “Stop” was used in that pivotal final scene of the HBO series The Sopranos and reaction was quick at digital retailers. In 2009, the song also gained new life when it was performed by the cast of Glee in their pilot episode. The cast version peaked at #4 on the Hot 100 and remains their highest peaking release on the chart to date. Countless other acts have covered the song, from Alvin and the Chipmunks to U.K. The X Factor winner Joe McElderry. From television placements to massive arenas around the country, the song is pretty much everywhere. Chances are, you probably have a copy of it in some form.

“Stop” is the biggest seller of all-time to have never been originally released during the digital era (from 2003), with total sales at nearly 5.9 million digital copies in the U.S.; couple that with another 500,000 copies in physical certifications and 1 million ringtones sold and you have what continues to be a monster sales hit over three decades after the song was first released. Escape is certified 9x Platinum domestically, their largest sum behind Greatest Hits. The dream era bloomed just perfectly.

It’s hard to imagine a world where this classic song was never as big as it is right now, but then again, Journey was a one of a kind act and this is certainly a one of a kind song. Thanks for the memories, and hold onto that feeling like we always will be.

Download Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin'” on iTunes.

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