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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 9, 2018

A logical March week.

You might not find 44 more releases you like this week, or on any given week, but there are certainly a lot of great albums and singles ready to hit the market. Here’s what you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

LOGIC – Bobby Tarantino II (iTunes)
Announced on social media yesterday, this mixtape (a sequel to a 2016 album) is expected this week. The rapper has released several tracks over the last few weeks, including “44 More”, “Overnight” and “Everyday”, a collaboration with DJ/producer Marshmello, which now has airplay at several radio formats. Given that momentum, there’s a good chance it could debut at the top of next week’s album survey.

LIL YACHTY – Lil Boat 2 (iTunes)
This popular rapper is sailing the chart waters once again with a sequel to his 2016 mixtape, featuring collaborations with performers like 2 Chainz, Offset and Quavo of Migos and many others. (A radio single hasn’t been named from the set as of yet.) His last studio album hit #5 in its opening week on the Billboard 200, and this release should easily return him to the top five.

Notable albums out this week: Calum Scott‘s Only Human (iTunes), Jake Miller‘s Silver Lining (iTunes), Liza Anne‘s Fine But Dying (iTunes), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats‘s Tearing At The Seams (iTunes), The Neighbourhood‘s The Neighbourhood (iTunes), Three Days Grace‘s Outsider (iTunes), A Wrinkle In Time (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Apollo LTD‘s Out Of Body (iTunes), Jeremih‘s The Chocolate Box (iTunes), MUNA‘s One Year On (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Acoustic”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Aftershock (Acoustic)”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Always”, Dan Farber featuring Boy Matthews (iTunes)
“Baby I’m A Queen”, Sofi Tukker (iTunes)
“Colors”, Jason Derulo (iTunes)
“Dreams (Acoustic)”, Harrison Storm (iTunes)
“Episode”, Spazz Cardigan (iTunes)
“Fire In Me”, John Newman (iTunes)
“Fly”, Marshmello featuring Leah Culver (iTunes)
“Get The F**k Off My D**k”, Vince Staples (iTunes)
“Girl Gang”, Gin Wigmore (iTunes)
“Higher” and “Three”, Lily Allen (iTunes)
“Hold My Girl”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“I Believe You”, FLETCHER (iTunes)
“Just Like That”, The Aces (iTunes)
“Look Back”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Love Blows”, Lissie (iTunes)
“Minimum Wage”, REMMI (iTunes)
“Miss You More At Night”, Wanderer (iTunes)
“Morning Is Coming”, Sting & Shaggy (iTunes)
“New York City”, Owl City (iTunes)
“No”, Alison Wonderland (iTunes)
“OKOKOK”, Jaira Burns (iTunes)
“Once In My Life”, The Decemberists (iTunes)
“Our Favourite Song (Acoustic)”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Panic Attacks”, Elohim featuring Yoshi Flower (iTunes)
“Pink Lemonade”, James Bay (iTunes)
“Remedy”, Kiah Victoria (iTunes)
“Ride Or Die”, The Knocks featuring Foster The People (iTunes)
“Sanctify”, Years & Years (iTunes)
“Space For Two”, Mr. Probz (iTunes)
“Super Cool”, Prelow (iTunes)
“Supercut (El-P Remix)”, Lorde featuring Run The Jewels (iTunes)
“There’s A Reason”, Wet (iTunes)
“Understood”, Rich Homie Quan (iTunes)
“We Got Love”, Jessica Mauboy (iTunes)
“Young & Free”, Dermot Kennedy (iTunes)
“Your Side Of The Bed”, Loote (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Scotty McCreery, The Decemberists 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 January 12, 2018

Camila conquers the chart.

A harmonic week awaits for the latest new releases, both albums and singles, as the industry warms up to some sizzling January jams. Here’s what you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

CAMILA CABELLO – Camila (iTunes)
From the original lineup of Fifth Harmony to slaying the charts a solo artist, Cabello has been all over the place lately with her multi-format, multi-week #1 single “Havana”. This album also includes her follow-up, “Never Be The Same”, which is headed up the Top 40 radio chart. With a number of prominent looks in the next week, and a passionate group of fans, Cabello has a pretty good chance at leading the Billboard 200 next week.

More albums out this week: Anderson East‘s Encore (iTunes), Black Veil Brides‘s Vale (iTunes), BØRNS‘s Blue Madonna (iTunes), Lil Skies‘s Life Of A Dark Rose (iTunes), The Academic‘s Tales From The Backseat (iTunes), 2018 Grammy Nominees (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Noah Kahan‘s Hurt Somebody (iTunes), Ryan Egan‘s Fever & Bloom (iTunes), SYML‘s In My Body (iTunes), The Neighbourhood‘s To Imagine (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“After The Storm”, Kali Uchis featuring Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins (iTunes)
“Avalanche”, Avi On Fire (iTunes)
“Capital Letters”, Hailee Steinfeld & BloodPop (iTunes)
“Chloraseptic (Remix)”, Eminem featuring 2 Chainz & Phresher (iTunes)
“Connected By Love” and “Respect Commander”, Jack White (iTunes)
“Curious”, Hayley Kiyoko (iTunes)
“Don’t Go”, Goldhouse featuring CAPPA (iTunes)
“EL BAÑO”, Enrique Iglesias featuring Bad Bunny (iTunes)
“En La Cara (Sua Cara Remix)”, Major Lazer featuring Karol G (iTunes)
“Flickin’ Your Hair”, The Hunna (iTunes)
“Gold”, Rayvon Owen (iTunes)
“Hardest Part”, KAPTAN (iTunes)
“Heartworms (Flipped)”, The Shins (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Justine Skye (iTunes)
“Heavy (Acoustic)”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“How Long (Jerry Folk Remix)”, Charlie Puth (iTunes)
“Hurtin’ Me (The Remix)”, Stefflon Don featuring Sean Paul, Popcaan and Sizzla (iTunes)
“I’m Evil”, Tep No (iTunes)
“Into The Wild”, Phillip Phillips (iTunes)
“Like We Do” and “Take You Back”, Cale Dodds (iTunes)
“Live In The Moment”, Craig David featuring GoldLink (iTunes)
“My My My!”, Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“My Side (Acoustic)”, Tom Speight (iTunes)
“Not Too Late”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“Oh My Dear Lord”, The Unlikely Candidates (iTunes)
“PARAD(w/m)E”, Sylvan Esso (iTunes)
“Ruins”, First Aid Kit (iTunes)
“Run With Me”, Hudson Taylor (iTunes)
“Smoke”, Sam Fischer (iTunes)
“Song For You”, Rhye (iTunes)
“Spotlight”, Marshmello x Lil Peep (iTunes)
“STREET LIVIN'”, Black Eyed Peas (iTunes)
“Streets Of Gold (Ryan Riback Remix)”, Isaiah (iTunes)
“Supernova”, Ansel Elgort (iTunes)
“Symphony”, Towkio featuring Teddy Jackson (iTunes)
“Tequila”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
“The Champion”, Carrie Underwood featuring Ludacris (iTunes)
“Thinking About You”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“This Girl”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Time Machine”, Fancy Cars & Sophie Rose (iTunes)
“To Rome”, Deepend & Janieck (iTunes)
“Torn Up”, Denny White (iTunes)
“Uphill Battle”, Rozzi (iTunes)
“We’re Going Home”, Vance Joy (iTunes)
“Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)”, Fall Out Boy (iTunes)
“Yellow Lights”, Harry Hudson (iTunes)
“You Worry Me”, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Devin Dawson, Fall Out Boy, LANCO 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 30, 2015

A spooky set of new releases.

A spooky set of new releases.

This week’s New Music Friday is a good one for all the ghouls and girls of the world, with many treats to be devoured. Is a trick or two in the works as well? Get your costume ready — here’s a look at the week’s top new album and single releases for Halloween:

  • FALL OUT BOY — Make America Psycho Again (iTunes)
    • Earlier this year, the Illinois rockers debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with American Beauty/American Psycho, a set that featured hit singles like “Centuries” and “Uma Thurman”. This new release is a totally remixed version, with urban acts appearing on all of the cuts, including Migos and Wiz Khalifa. It may be polarizing for many, but it will likely debut well (for a remixes album, at least) next week.
  • CHRIS JANSON — Buy Me A Boat (iTunes)
    • The title track from Janson’s debut album recently topped the Country radio survey, and now, second single “Power Of Positive Drinkin'” hopes to continue that momentum as it grows at the format. It likely won’t be strong enough to grab the top spot on the Country albums chart, though a top five entry is possible.
  • THE NEIGHBOURHOOD — Wiped Out! (iTunes)
    • “R.I.P. 2 My Youth” is the name of their latest single, which is just inside the top 30 on Alternative radio, but there’s no need to bury this era just yet. Aided by some Beats 1 action, the California act should see a solid turnout for their first studio album in two years.
  • VARIOUS ARTISTS — We Love Disney (iTunes)
    • The latest Disney covers album is a goldmine of top artists like Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani, Tori Kelly and a lot more doing their takes on the classics. It’s a cool collection and among the most intriguing releases of the week.
  • More albums out this week: Alanis Morissette‘s Jagged Little Pill (Collector’s Edition) (iTunes), Bryan Adams‘s Get Up (iTunes), Car Seat Headrest‘s Teens Of Style (iTunes), Carnage‘s Papi Gordo (iTunes), Crown The Empire‘s The Resistance (Deluxe) (iTunes), Def Leppard‘s Def Leppard (iTunes), Drive-By Truckers‘s It’s Great To Be Alive! (iTunes), Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra‘s If I Can Dream (iTunes), EL VY‘s Return To The Moon (iTunes), Imagine Dragons‘s Smoke + Mirrors (Deluxe) (iTunes), Josh Ward‘s Holding Me Together (iTunes), Jovanie‘s What’s The Move, Pt. II (iTunes), Marc Scibilia‘s Out Of Style (iTunes), Puscifer‘s Money Shot (iTunes), Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings‘s It’s A Holiday Soul Party (iTunes), Steve Martin and Edie Brickell‘s So Familiar (iTunes), Straight No Chaser‘s The New Old Fashioned (iTunes), Trey Anastasio‘s Paper Wheels (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music! 56 (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Disney Princess! (iTunes), Original Soundtrack to “AMY” (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Bruns‘s Bruns (iTunes), Kelley Stoltz‘s 4 New Cuts (iTunes), LoCash‘s I Love This Life (iTunes)

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

  • “All I Want Is Love”, A Great Big World (iTunes)
  • “Army”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
  • “Black & Blue”, James TW (iTunes)
  • “Door Number Three”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
  • “Ego”, Bibi Bourelly (iTunes)
  • “Fix”, Chris Lane (iTunes)
  • “Focus”, Ariana Grande (iTunes)
  • “Gold”, Kiiara (iTunes)
  • “Grown”, Little Mix (iTunes)
  • “Heart Is Full”, Miike Snow (iTunes)
  • “Humble And Kind”, Tim McGraw (iTunes)
  • “I Don’t Belong To You”, Keke Palmer (iTunes)
  • “I Know A Guy”, Chris Young (iTunes)
  • “I Want To Love You”, Mat Kearney (iTunes)
  • “Let The Games Begin”, AJR (iTunes)
  • “Mess Around”, Cage The Elephant (iTunes)
  • “One Step At A Time”, Jeff Lynne’s ELO (iTunes)
  • “Random”, G-Eazy (iTunes)
  • “Thank God For Girls”, Weezer (iTunes)
  • “There’s A Place”, The All-American Rejects (iTunes)
  • “You Look Like I Need a Drink”, Justin Moore (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from notable artists like Ellie Goulding, Little Mix, Old Dominion, Tim McGraw and many more. See you then!

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Hitting The Airwaves This Month (December 2012)

Every month, dozens of singles are sent to radio and are put up for adds, meaning that stations can choose to put them in rotation and they’ll be reported to airplay services like BDS and Mediabase/Media Monitors. Not every new single gets an adds date, but many do. I’ll be shifting through everything from my music sources and highlighting some of the top songs being sent to their respective formats. Here’s what’s hitting the airwaves in December 2012:

All that glitters is "Gold".

All that glitters is “Gold”.

CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio)
CHR, like all the formats I’m about to highlight, doesn’t take in many new singles in the month of December given the increase in holiday music airplay and year-end freeze effect, when station playlists are affected by year-end broadcasts, giving newer songs less of a chance of gaining airplay and giving the top hits much more room for spins. However, on the week of December 4, two established artists and one newcomer take their chances with new releases.

Capitol Records is banking on Britt Nicole to become the next Christian crossover success story. Her first mainstream release, “Gold”, packs a positive message into a three-minute tune, proclaiming “from the inside-out it shows/you’re worth more than gold.” Other solo females to make successful leaps to the national Pop surveys include Amy Grant (best known for her 1991 Hot 100 #1 “Baby Baby”) and Stacie Orrico (who scored a pair of hits, including a CHR top ten from 2003, “(There’s Gotta Be) More To Life”.) “Gold” will most likely be a slow-burner as the label attempts to get her on smaller market stations before charging forward with major markets.

Now that her first single “Your Body” is long gone from the airwaves, Christina Aguilera and RCA Records are putting out a second single from Lotus, “Just A Fool”, which features fellow The Voice judge and Country crooner Blake Shelton. It’s quite a change from her dance material of late as the two trade off vocals in a smooth power ballad. It’s easy enough to compare this to last year’s token Country crossover duet, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, so expect similar results after the holiday freeze, maybe a tad less in the peak position department because (a) Aguilera is taking a break from the show after this season finishes, thus, less national television coverage (b) her album is underperforming, and (c) at the moment, this isn’t actively being promoted to Country radio, where the Aldean/Clarkson duet quickly hit #1.

Finally, on Epic Records, the new Ciara record, “Got Me Good”, will be making its way to the mainstream airwaves soon. It’ll be an uphill battle for the R&B singer as she attempts to score her first CHR hit in nearly four years, never mind that the last one, “Love, Sex, Magic”, relied heavily on a feature from Justin Timberlake and still only topped out at #13. Her last solo hit, “Like A Boy”, went as high as #17 in CHR airplay in 2007. Sonically, it’s 80’s-freestyle inspired with a provocative lyric, which is too mature for the Justin Bieber/One Direction crowd, but who knows if others will latch onto it first.

He's coined a lot of hits.

He’s coined a lot of hits.

The only song going to Rhythm radio this month, on December 4, is “My Life” by 50 Cent featuring Adam Levine from Maroon 5 and Eminem, from Interscope Records. It’s the third attempt at launching a single from 50’s upcoming fifth studio album, Street King Immortal, due out in 2013. He’s obviously been struggling on the charts as of late, and perhaps he’ll benefit from the two additional artists on his single, but I wouldn’t bet any money on it.

Nothing but "Love".

Nothing but “Love”.

Alternative and Adult Album Alternative (AAA)
Three songs are going for adds on Alternative radio for the first week of December, all by relative unknown bands at least at this point. From Los Angeles, The Mowgli’s, on Photo Finish/Island, are california dreamin’ about their first big hit, “San Francisco”. With some advertisement placement, this one could do some major damage. It’s a rocking tune with an outstanding horn section that will definitely appeal to the Alternative crowd if the song is worked right.

From Columbia Records, The Neighbourhood puts forth their appropriately-titled “Sweater Weather”. It’s off an EP entitled I’m Sorry…, which is available now. It’s a part rap/part sung concoction with a nice dark flavor to it. Considering that the weather is going to be cold for a while, this one should fit in for a few months to come.

Lastly, there’s the duo who call themselves Twenty|one|pilots on Fueled By Ramen, who have already built up a big social following. “Holding On To You” is sort of reminiscent of an MGMT record with addition of some rap breaks, but it all fits together pretty well. The video is already over 200,000 hits on YouTube is just over two weeks, so expect the large fan presence to play a role in how well this song does.

The big Alternative release in December is, however, the follow-up to a #1 single: “I Will Wait”. Glassnote Records’s Mumford & Sons are back with their second single from Babel, the song “Lover Of The Light”. It goes for adds on December 18. It’s one of my favorites from the album and will for sure be another hit for the band. Question is, how much of a chopping will it get for play? The album version clocks in at five minutes and fourteen seconds. We’ll see.

Two other releases are going to AAA radio on December 4: Alpha Rev returns on Kirtland Records with “Sing Loud”. You may remember them when they were featured on VH1’s You Oughta Know breakout artist series back in 2010 with songs like “New Morning”. The other is from Fiction Family, the quartet spearheaded by singer Jon Foreman from Switchfoot and guitarist Sean Watkins from Nickel Creek. “Up Against The Wall” is the first single from Fiction Family Reunion, out in late January on Rock Ridge.

The Brice is right.

The Brice is right.

Lee Brice is coming off two consecutive number-one singles at Country radio: “A Woman Like You” and “Hard To Love”. His latest on Curb Records, “I Drive Your Truck”, is a poignant ballad where the protagonist tries to relive the memories of a lost one. This should have no problem becoming his third chart-topper in a row. A video, featuring Brice’s brother, will be premiering soon. It goes for adds on December 3.

Two additional songs go for adds on December 17. LeAnn Rimes, scandals and stories behind her, returns with “Borrowed”, also on Curb. Rimes hasn’t had a top ten hit on the Country chart since 2005, even before her times in the tabloids, so it’s hard to imagine that this will provide any sort of a comeback for her. However, the song is simply-arranged and is pretty enough for what it is. It’s a subtle reintroduction to radio for her, which is probably just what she needs.

Also out on radio is “American Beautiful” by The Henningsens on Arista, an ill-timed single by the band considering the titles “American Heart” and “American Beauty” are also on the survey at the moment. A few of their songs have been big hits for The Band Perry, and this one could do what “Love Don’t Live Here” did for Lady Antebellum: took a long time to get going for a debut single, but look where they are now.

That’s it for this month’s Radio Report. There are already big plans for January, so stay tuned for an update in a few weeks.

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