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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 October 9, 2015

Looking "Good" for the top spot.

Looking “Good” for the top spot.

This week’s New Music Friday lands some pop music punches, with two big releases on the docket that feature recent #1 tunes on the CHR radio survey. Add a little country and some rock, and you have a look at the week’s top new album and single releases:

  • SELENA GOMEZ — Revival (iTunes)
    • Out of the Disney bubble and doing things her way, 23-year-old Gomez has a hot new album in stores this week that should be on top of next week’s list. Of course, the set features “Good For You” (a three-week #1 at pop radio) and a new hit in “Same Old Love”. With a number of big names writing and producing for her, could it become her biggest era yet? Stay tuned.
  • R. CITY — What Dreams Are Made Of (iTunes)
    • Though the duo Rock City is fairly well known in the writing and production world, the two guys from Saint Thomas never had a hit as an act until this year, when “Locked Away” locked up the top spot on the pop radio chart. The men are still unknown to many listeners, so we’ll see if they become any less faceless as the singles go on.
  • JANA KRAMER — Thirty One (iTunes)
    • Kramer’s currently climbing up the Country chart with her song “I Got The Boy”, which is selling quite well given its current position outside the top 20. She’s currently pregnant with a baby girl. Look for the set to have a small entry.
  • More albums out this week: Boy & Bear‘s Limit Of Love (iTunes), City And Colour‘s If I Should Go Before You (iTunes), Jason Boland & The Stragglers‘s Squelch (iTunes), Jon McLaughlin‘s Like Us (iTunes), Mayday Parade‘s Black Lines (iTunes), Prozak‘s Black Ink (iTunes), The Game‘s The Documentary 2 (iTunes), Toby Keith‘s 35 MPH Town (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Josh Thompson‘s Change: The Lost Record Vol. 1 (iTunes), No Wyld‘s Ascension (iTunes), Rozzi Crane‘s Time (iTunes), The Decemberists‘s Florasongs (iTunes)

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

  • “Cheater”, The Vamps (iTunes)
  • “Heartbeat”, Carrie Underwood (iTunes)
  • “Hey Everybody”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
  • “Hold Up, Wait A Minute”, ZHU featuring Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Trombone Shorty (iTunes)
  • “Kiss Me”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
  • “Love Me”, The 1975 (iTunes)
  • “Me, Myself & I”, G-Eazy featuring Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
  • “Over And Over Again”, Nathan Sykes (iTunes)
  • “Paint It Black”, Ciara (iTunes)
  • “Really Really”, Kevin Gates (iTunes)
  • “Something In The Way You Move”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Demi Lovato, Machine Gun Kelly, Pentatonix and more. See you then!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (January 20)

A Beauty of an opening week.

A Beauty of an opening week.

This ain’t a scene, but it is a race to get to the top of the Billboard 200, as a male group goes up against two fierce females in a January sales battle. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of January 20:

  • It won’t be #1 for “Centuries”, but hey, a week will do just as well. Rockers Fall Out Boy start the year out on a good note with American Beauty/American Psycho, expected to be next week’s top seller after strong pre-order data. The album would be the band’s third studio album to reach #1 and their first since 2013’s Save Rock And Roll. We will see if it opens any stronger than that last effort. (iTunes)
  • The latest from The Decemberists makes its debut on shelves and may just have the best title of the week: What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. It features the single “Make You Better”, which stays put in the #3 position at AAA radio. Four years ago, the January release of The King Is Dead gave them a #1 debut, but they’ll have to settle for the top five this time. (iTunes)
  • As always during this time of year, a compilation of some of the 2015 GRAMMY Nominees is out today as the big day approaches on February 8. Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus and Sia are among the set’s choices from the Big Four and Pop categories. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Belle And Sebastian‘s Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance (iTunes), Enter Shikari‘s The Mindsweep (iTunes), Jamie Scott‘s My Hurricane (iTunes), Joey Bada$$‘s B4.DA.$$ (iTunes), Lupe Fiasco‘s Tetsuo & Youth (iTunes), Marilyn Manson‘s The Pale Emperor (iTunes), Mikky Ekko‘s Time (iTunes), Ryan Bingham‘s Fear And Saturday Night (iTunes) and Sleater-Kinney‘s No Cities To Love (iTunes).

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

  • “Last Damn Night”, a pre-release single from Elle King. (iTunes)
  • “Los Angeles”, the latest pre-release album track from Mat Kearney. (iTunes)
  • “Number One”, new from the duo Tuxedo. (iTunes)
  • “One More”, a new track from Ne-Yo and T.I. as a featured artist. (iTunes)
  • “Stay With Me”, an album cut from Bob Dylan. (iTunes)
  • “Wait For Me”, a collaboration from Emile Haynie and Lana Del Rey. (iTunes)
  • “Worth It”, new from girl group Fifth Harmony. (iTunes)

Next week, it’ll be George Ezra‘s U.S. edition of Wanted On Voyage vs. Ne-Yo‘s Non-Fiction for the top new entry of the week. Will either one grab a seat at the summit? A full preview is coming in seven days!

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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.

Which track(s) would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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