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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 14, 2017

Lamar goes far.

A bit of K-Dot and J-May is just the right combination for this week’s New Music Friday report, featuring those big releases and a lot of fresh singles you need to know about! Let’s check out all the action right here:

KENDRICK LAMAR – Damn. (iTunes)
Aiming for his third #1 album in a row on the Billboard 200, Lamar’s latest set is led by “Humble.”, which is soaring up the Rhythmic and Urban radio charts. Even the competition is really excited about it! The album features collaborations with Rihanna and U2. A big Apple Music and Spotify presence is likely with this one, driving consumption units up, but it should also have a nice sales debut.

JOHN MAYER – The Search For Everything (iTunes)
Mayer’s latest studio album, which comes after two EPs from earlier this year, should have a solid top five debut next week. The new single from it is “Still Feel Like Your Man”, and it’s currently approaching the top ten on my own personal chart. (You’ll also find it in the top 50 on the Hot AC chart.) Just how high will it be searching for its first-week unit total? Stay tuned.

VARIOUS ARTISTS – The Fate Of The Furious (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
No, there’s no “See You Again” on here, but you’ll find many top latin and rap acts on this compilation from the upcoming movie. On the pop radio chart, “Good Life” by G-Eazy and Kehlani recently hit the top 40 and continues to rise. We’ll see how the movie does in its first weekend, and how it affects the soundtrack’s entry on the album chart.

More albums out this week: Tinie Tempah‘s Youth (iTunes), Will Joseph Cook‘s Sweet Dreamer (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bishop Briggs‘s Bishop Briggs (iTunes), Jeffrey James‘s Unsaid (iTunes), The Score‘s Myths & Legends (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Of The Dead Girls”, DREAMCAR (iTunes)
“All Night”, The Vamps & Matoma featuring Astrid S (iTunes)
“Be Myself”, Sheryl Crow (iTunes)
“Breathe (Lauv Remix)”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Broken”, Lovely.The.Band (iTunes)
“Can I Be Him (Sjur Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Cold (Ashworth Remix)”, Maroon 5 featuring Future (iTunes)
“Don’t Cry, 2020”, COIN (iTunes)
“Electric Love”, Serena Ryder (iTunes)
“Electric Touch”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Gold All Over The Ground”, Brad Paisley (iTunes)
“In My World”, Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie (iTunes)
“Kissing Strangers”, DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Lights Out”, Royal Blood (iTunes)
“Lost On You”, Lena (iTunes)
“Praying (Acoustic)”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”, John Gibbons (iTunes)
“Real Name”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“Ride”, ZZ Ward featuring Gary Clark Jr. (iTunes)
“See It So Clear (Acoustic)”, Tom Chaplin (iTunes)
“Show You Love (Acoustic)”, Kato & Sigala featuring Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Stay Together”, Noah Cyrus (iTunes)
“Swalla (Wideboys Remix)”, Jason Derulo featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Sweet Disaster (Acoustic)”, DREAMERS (iTunes)
“Thankful”, New Kids On The Block (iTunes)
“The Other Side”, Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Trap Paris”, Machine Gun Kelly featuring Quavo & Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Versailles”, Leo Kalyan (iTunes)
“Way Back”, TLC featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Whippin”, Kiiara featuring Felix Snow (iTunes)
“You Make Me Whole”, Steps (iTunes)

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

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 23, 2016

A "Treat" for this week.

A “Treat” for this week.

Vine stars and Broadway stars are among the acts looking to grab some streams and sales this week. What music will move you? Here are the notable albums and singles out this week:

SHAWN MENDES — Illuminate (iTunes)
Led by the multi-format hit “Treat You Better”, 18-year-old Mendes is looking for his second #1 album on the Billboard 200. Of course, his first chart-topper was Handwritten, which took a massive slide in its second week on the chart. Should we expect the new set to be front-loaded as well? You bet! However, there should be radio hits from it through the new year.

IDINA MENZEL — idina. (iTunes)
If you’re looking for another “Let It Go”, it’s probably not on Menzel’s new album. Plus, do we really need another one? Still, it’s worth a listen to her new set for a bunch of other great songs. “Queen Of Swords” is the current single from it, recently making a splash in the top 30 on the AC survey.

PASSENGER — Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea (iTunes)
One of my top picks for this week is the new effort from this English singer/songwriter. Leadoff single “Somebody’s Love” spent a week at #1 on my personal chart, and it’s still climbing up the top 20 at Triple A radio. It’ll likely hit the top 40 on the Billboard 200… well, at least I hope it will.

More albums out this week: Brian McKnight‘s An Evening With Brian McKnight (iTunes), Bruce Springsteen‘s Chapter And Verse (iTunes), Kristin Chenoweth‘s The Art Of Elegance (iTunes), MUTEMATH‘s Changes (iTunes), My Chemical Romance‘s The Black Parade / Living With Ghosts (The 10th Anniversary Edition) (iTunes), Skylar Grey‘s Natural Causes (iTunes), Ty Dolla $ign‘s Campaign (iTunes), Trolls (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Luke Bryan‘s Farm Tour… Here’s To The Farmer (iTunes), The Score‘s Unstoppable (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“50,000”, Sting (iTunes)
“All Fall Down”, Tor Miller (iTunes)
“Be Your Love”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“FAB.”, JoJo featuring Remy Ma (iTunes)
“Guys My Age”, Hey Violet (iTunes)
“Labor Of Love”, Bon Jovi (iTunes)
“Older And Taller”, Regina Spektor (iTunes)
“On An Evening In Roma (Sott’er Celo De Roma)”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
“Signs”, Cherub featuring T.I. (iTunes)
“Spiderweb”, The Mowgli’s (iTunes)
“Starboy”, The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (iTunes)
“Still Breathing”, Green Day (iTunes)
“Sweet Dreamer”, Will Joseph Cook (iTunes)
“Tear Up This Town”, Keane (iTunes)
“WALLS”, Kings Of Leon (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from BANKS, Regina Spektor, William Michael Morgan and more.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (September 2016)

Radio Report - September 2016

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 September in this month’s Radio Report.


MARTIN GARRIX & BEBE REXHA – “In The Name Of Love” (RCA, September 6)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Garrix reached #12 in 2014 with the largely-instrumental dance hit “Animals”, while “Don’t Look Down” hit #31 in 2015. Some of Rexha’s featured appearances have charted well, but her main-credited songs usually hit a brick wall in the top 30.

JORDAN FISHER – “Lookin’ Like That” (Hollywood, September 13)
Album: Jordan Fisher – EP (2016)
Past CHR History: “All About Us” topped Adam’s Top 40 for a week, and despite a huge radio push, that song just didn’t get tagged or sell enough to warrant a run beyond the mid-20’s at CHR radio. I’m rooting for Fisher to get that big radio smash later this year.

ZARA LARSSON – “Ain’t My Fault” (Epic, September 20)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Her label was able to break “Never Forget You” at the format earlier this year, hitting #5, but a reissue of “Lush Life” lost its momentum upon reaching the top 40 (after an initial run outside the top 50 last fall.) We’ll see if this has a solid climb.


THE GRISWOLDS – “Out Of My Head” (Wind-up/Concord, September 13)
Album: TBA
Past Alternative History: These Aussie rockers made the top 20 in 2014 with the catchy “Beware The Dog”, a #9 hit on Adam’s Top 40, while “If You Wanna Stay” stalled in the 30’s for two to three months. “Out” has already seen some early action from the panel.

THE SCORE – “Unstoppable” (Republic, September 13)
Album: Unstoppable – EP (2016)
Past Alternative History: “Oh My Love” (which reached the Hot AC top 40) and “On And On” both failed to chart here. However, a number of syncs for this release, including YouTube’s Dude Perfect series, have helped it to surge in both sales and streaming stats.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS – “Roll Up” (Elektra/Atlantic, September 20)
Album: Fitz & The Tantrums (2016)
Past Alternative History: Leadoff single “HandClap” recently high-fived the top five, peaking at #4. They led this chart with two #1 songs in a row, “Out Of My League” (2013, two weeks) and “The Walker” (2014, one week). Can they “roll up” to the top spot again?


FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – “Wish That You Were Here” (Republic, September 6)
Album: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (Soundtrack) (2016)
Past AAA History: Just last year, the English band sent two singles (“What Kind Of Man” and “Ship To Wreck”) to the top of the list here, so there’s a good chance that this soundtrack cut will post some solid numbers. The Tim Burton film opens on September 30.

STING – “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” (A&M/Interscope, September 6)
Album: 57th & 9th (2016)
Past AAA History: Though the format plays plenty of his tracks with The Police and his first few solo albums, there should be some interest in this song. In the 2000’s, his hits here include “Desert Rose” (#1 for four weeks, 2000) and “Send Your Love” (#5, 2003).

BARNS COURTNEY – “Glitter & Gold” (Capitol, September 19)
Album: Hands – EP (2016)
Past AAA History: Courtney’s “Fire”, a former #1 on Adam’s Top 40, reached #2 at the format. That single is still making its way up the Alternative chart, where it sits in the top 20. Can one of my favorite newcomers of 2016 get his second U.S. radio hit? I hope so.

Which of these new songs would you like to see atop the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on social media.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 29, 2015

"Hello" from the top spot.

“Hello” from the top spot.

40. Lukas Graham – 7 Years
39. Marianas Trench – One Love
38. Duran Duran – What Are The Chances?
37. St. Lucia – Dancing On Glass
35. Justin Timberlake – Drink You Away | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (39)
31. Carly Rae Jepsen – Your Type (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
27. Secret Weapons – Something New (32)
25. The Score – Oh My Love (31)

10. Sara Bareilles – She Used To Be Mine (10) | PEAK: #10
09. One Direction – Drag Me Down (08) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
08. One Direction – Perfect (11) | PEAK: #08
07. The 1975 – Love Me (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (04) | PEAK: #02
05. BANNERS – Shine A Light (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Adele – Hello (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Train – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (6)
2. The Front Bottoms – HELP (1)
3. Matt Woods – Blue Skies (3)
4. Band Of Merrymakers featuring Natasha Bedingfield – Wishlist (7)
5. Train – Merry Christmas Everybody (10)
6. Adele – When We Were Young (-)
7. Cam – Burning House (-)
8. AudioDamn! – Radar (-)
9. Marc Broussard – Almost Christmas (-)
10. FLETCHER – Live Young Die Free (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew Ripp – Hole In My Heart
Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson – Second Hand Heart
BØRNS – 10,000 Emerald Pools
Carly Rae Jepsen – Last Christmas
Causes – To The River
Elton John – Looking Up
Grace Mitchell – Nolo (new)
JoJo – When Love Hurts
Matt Nathanson – Adrenaline
Nathan Sykes – Over And Over Again
Olly Murs – Kiss Me
Phoebe Ryan – Mine
Royal Wood – Long Way Out
Ruen Brothers – Aces
SafetySuit – Looking Up
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – I Know What You Did Last Summer
Tor Miller – Carter & Cash
Transviolet – New Bohemia
X Ambassadors – Unsteady
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • The Highest Debut on this week’s chart comes from Justin Timberlake, debuting at #35 with “Drink You Away”. After a recent performance on the CMA Awards, the two-year-old album cut has found a second life and was recently serviced as a radio single (with a new edit) to several formats. Though no other promotion is expected for the tune, it will be interesting to see how it does in the end.
  • Singer Jean-Philip Grobler makes his debut on my chart as St. Lucia, new at #37 with “Dancing On Glass”. It’s currently a top gaining song on the Alternative radio format and has already accumulated two million plays (and counting) on Spotify. Grobler and his band begin a tour in New York City in late January before moving across the country.
  • Though they’re falling down my chart with a former #1 titled “Pressure Off”, Duran Duran is turning the pressure up, as they enter at #38 with a new release from Paper Gods. It’s “What Are The Chances?” and it’s listed on the release schedule in the U.K. for next week, though details beyond that aren’t available.
  • Rounding out this week’s five new entries are “One Love” by Canadian group Marianas Trench at #39, which is also just under the top 40 at Hot AC radio, and “7 Years” by Danish quartet Lukas Graham at #40, a viral hit that’s been aided by major playlists on Spotify. Both acts are newcomers to the chart.
  • That’s going to do it for the 2015 Chart Year! Come back next week for the first survey of December and the 2016 Year. An update on the Top 100 of 2015 will also be coming.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 22, 2015

It's so typical of her to top my chart.

It’s so typical of her to top my chart.

40. Carly Rae Jepsen – Your Type
39. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Secret Weapons – Something New (38)
31. The Score – Oh My Love (39)
28. Tori Kelly – Hollow (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece (30)
16. Gwen Stefani – Used To Love You (21)
06. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (12)

10. Sara Bareilles – She Used To Be Mine (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Years & Years – Desire (06) | PEAK: #02
08. One Direction – Drag Me Down (05) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. The 1975 – Love Me (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (12) | PEAK: #06
05. BANNERS – Shine A Light (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (03) | PEAK: #02
03. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – High Dive (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Adele – Hello (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Front Bottoms – HELP (1)
2. Duran Duran – What Are The Chances (4)
3. Matt Woods – Blue Skies (2)
4. Marianas Trench – One Love (6)
5. Justin Timberlake – Drink You Away (8)
6. Train – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (7)
7. Band Of Merrymakers featuring Natasha Bedingfield – Wishlist (9)
8. Lukas Graham – 7 Years (10)
9. St. Lucia – Dancing On Glass (-)
10. Train – Merry Christmas Everybody (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew Ripp – Hole In My Heart
AudioDamn! – Radar
Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson – Second Hand Heart
BØRNS – 10,000 Emerald Pools
Carly Rae Jepsen – Last Christmas (new)
Causes – To The River
Elton John – Looking Up
FLETCHER – Live Young Die Free (new)
JoJo – When Love Hurts
Marc Broussard – Almost Christmas
Matt Nathanson – Adrenaline
Nathan Sykes – Over And Over Again
Olly Murs – Kiss Me
Phoebe Ryan – Mine
Royal Wood – Long Way Out
Ruen Brothers – Aces
SafetySuit – Looking Up
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – I Know What You Did Last Summer (new)
The All-American Rejects – There’s A Place
Tor Miller – Carter & Cash
Transviolet – New Bohemia
X Ambassadors – Unsteady
Zac Brown Band – Beautiful Drug

Chart Notes:

  • New at the top, Adele scores her fifth #1 on my chart with “Hello”, up 2-1. It’s the first single from her latest set, 25, and a lot of copies have been flying off shelves for the last two days. First week predictions for the effort keep on going up, some at or just under the three million mark in just the U.S. at this point. It’s quite the phenomenon and very well-deserved. It’s been three years since the singer last reached the summit of my top 40 with the title theme from Skyfall.
  • The Highest Debut on this week’s chart is a recent top ten on the Country radio chart for 25-year-old Thomas Rhett. It’s “Die A Happy Man”, new at #39. The tune is taken from his recent album Tangled Up, which debuted and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200. Rhett’s single has yet to be officially serviced outside his home format, but “Happy” is being spun on at least five Hot AC stations.
  • Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen has scored with two big singles from her E•MO•TION album, “I Really Like You” (#1) and “Run Away With Me” (#2). Her latest, “Your Type”, is new at #40. A video recently premiered for it. Jepsen’s cover of the classic “Last Christmas” was also released this past Friday.
  • Just one more survey is left until the end of the 2015 Chart Year! It’s been another good year with a lot of great artists and singles. Stay tuned for more updates on the Top 100 of 2015, which will be counted down in mid-December on the blog.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 25, 2015

Fetty, set, go.

Fetty, set, go.

This week’s New Music Friday is our last one for the month of September, and though the month has gone by quickly, we have a number of big releases to close out the third quarter. Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • FETTY WAP — Fetty Wap (iTunes)
    • This New Jersey rapper and singer is all about the numbers, at least to a certain extent. The 24-year-old, who gave us prior hits like “Trap Queen” and “My Way”, has a new hit in “679” and shows support to 1738, a shortened name for the squad that he’s involved with. However, he’s only looking for one number next week: #1. Destined to be this year’s top newcomer when all is said and done, a chart-topping album would be icing on the cake.
  • THOMAS RHETT — Tangled Up (iTunes)
    • Rhett recently hit #1 on the Country radio chart with “Crash And Burn”, which is sure to be a strong candidate for a crossover single in the coming months. The new album features some unlikely collaborations with Jordin Sparks and LunchMoney Lewis. Hey, Country music ain’t what it used to be. This set will likely enter in the top ten, and a top five debut is possible as well. Stay tuned to see how high it goes.
  • CHVRCHES — Every Open Eye (iTunes)
    • The Scottish trio out of Glasgow had a nice year in 2013 when their debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe, made the top 20 on the Billboard 200, while “The Mother We Share” did the same on the Alternative survey. They return with this effort, featuring the single “Leave A Trace”, which is currently in the top 30 at the format. Given a solid pre-order count, this should do moderately well.
  • DISCLOSURE — Caracal (iTunes)
    • Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence took a slow run up into the top five on the pop radio survey one year ago with “Latch”, thanks in part to a featured credit from the red-hot Sam Smith. Their latest collaboration, a single called “Omen”, proves the lightning doesn’t strike twice (at least on that particular chart.) Will they avoid the sophomore slump?
  • GEORGE STRAIT — Cold Beer Conversation (iTunes)
    • With the removal of older acts from many Country playlists as of late, Strait’s new material is stalling at the format that once treated him like a king. (The title track had a partial iHeartMedia hourly premiere earlier this week, but it is only a temporary boost.) That being said, this Apple Music/Wal-Mart exclusive will still do well with his fans.
  • More albums out this week: Avant‘s The VIII (iTunes), Casey Veggies‘s Live & Grow (iTunes), Don Henley‘s Cass County (iTunes), Dumblonde‘s Dumblonde (iTunes), Erick Sermon‘s E.S.P. (Erick Sermon’s Perception) (iTunes), Firekid‘s Firekid (iTunes), Il Volo‘s Grand Amore (iTunes), Jgivens‘s Fly Exam (iTunes), JR JR‘s JR JR (iTunes), Julia Holter‘s Have You In My Wilderness (iTunes), Kaskade‘s Automatic (iTunes), Kurt Vile‘s B’lieve I’m Goin Down… (iTunes), Los Lobos‘s Gates Of Gold (iTunes), New Order‘s Music Complete (iTunes), Parkway Drive‘s Ire (iTunes), Patty Griffin‘s Servant Of Love (iTunes), Peaches‘s Rub (iTunes), Silversun Pickups‘s Better Nature (iTunes), The Dead Weather‘s Dodge & Burn (iTunes), Widespread Panic‘s Street Dogs (iTunes), Various Artists‘s Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Soundtrack) (iTunes), Various Artists‘s We Will Stand (Live) (iTunes), Various Artists‘s WOW Hits 2016 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Big Grams‘s Big Grams (iTunes), Lauv‘s Lost In The Light (iTunes), Max Frost‘s Intoxication (iTunes), Ryan Egan‘s Postures (iTunes), The Score‘s Where Do You Run (iTunes)

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

  • “Alive”, Sia (iTunes)
  • “As Crazy As It Is”, ZHU x A-Trak x Keznamdi (iTunes)
  • “BURNITUP!”, Janet Jackson featuring Missy Elliott (iTunes)
  • “Infinity”, One Direction (iTunes)
  • “I Wish (My Taylor Swift)”, The Knocks and Matthew Koma (iTunes)
  • “Lay It All On Me”, Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
  • “She Used To Be Mine”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
  • “The Beach”, The Neighbourhood (iTunes)
  • “When I Was A Boy”, Jeff Lynne’s ELO (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Avicii, Janet Jackson, Tamar Braxton and more. See you then!

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ON THE RISE: Cool Tunes, Hot New Acts (March Update)

The PGTC SoundCloud page is still going strong with updated songs from some great talents, both in the U.S. and abroad. I certainly enjoy posting about my favorites here on the blog, and this new artist spotlight has become a semi-regular feature since the summer of 2014. There have been several artists I’ve covered with new songs in the last few weeks, so in case you missed them, listen to these great tunes ready to spruce up your spring playlist:

Matt WoodsMATT WOODS – “Impression” (iTunes)
Location: London, England
First Featured: “In The Dark” (January 2015)

You know a gorgeous voice just mere seconds into a song, and those chills were coming fast and furious listening to “In The Dark” for the first time. That soul-stirring experience has touched a lot of new fans since the track was first uploaded about six weeks ago, and the feelings continue on his latest, another vulnerable vocal paired with that mysterious musical quality. It’s everything, even as he’s “losing all control.” Woods has knocked two home runs out of the park and the game is sizzling.

New MotionNEW MOTION – “Honesty” (iTunes)
Location: Hitchin, England
First Featured: “Anyway” and “She Said” (January 2015)

Just weeks away from their EP debut at the end of the month, this English quartet caught my attention with their glossy hits and colorful image. Now that the band’s tour schedule has finally gone into, well, motion, the four guys have one more solid sound on their hands with “Honesty”, an unabashedly great pop song that expands the group’s reach beyond the first pieces of their project. Look out for the final track “Caught In The Middle” very soon, and check out their forthcoming dates here.

The ScoreTHE SCORE – “Catching Fire” (iTunes)
Location: Los Angeles, California
First Featured: “Don’t Wanna Wake Up” (May 2014)“Oh My Love” (January 2015)

These two guys have become regulars on my blog, but their profile is still on the rise after a massive online reaction for “Oh My Love”, which just passed 175,000 plays on SoundCloud. It looks like the song could become their biggest original track to date. With that in mind, I guess their latest song’s title makes sense; coming at a hot time in their career, “Fire” is another pleasant pop ditty with a radio-friendly touch that accompanies much of their material. In short, the duo scores once more.

The Young WildTHE YOUNG WILD – “Not A One” (iTunes)
Location: San Diego, California
First Featured: “Moment Goes” (August 2014)

During the summer of last year, this California group’s first single got some nice love from radio station 91X (XTRA-FM) in San Diego, which then prompted me to chart it, making them one of the only fully independent acts to break my top 40 last year. The anthemic, in-your-face sound of their first single bares a slightly different energy than this, which builds and then deconstructs again, but “Not” is still done well. A new chapter for this quartet needs a new flavor and this cut does the trick.

For more great music (or at least I would like to think so) and/or to get in touch, you can find the appropriate link above or click the “About Us” section to email your act in. Until next time, keep making those tunes.

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