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

Some Jungle fever this week.

You can break out the sunblock, but don’t block out the hits! Another summer weekend brings up fresh new releases from many great acts. Check out the notable albums and singles this week:

FRENCH MONTANA – Jungle Rules (iTunes)
Can’t speak French? Let this funky music do the talking. Hot off his crossover smash “Unforgettable”, featuring Swae Lee from Rae Sremmurd, this album is poised to be a top-seller next week. The rapper’s previous album, Excuse My French, entered at #4 on the Billboard 200 four years ago, though he’s released a number of mixtapes and collaborations since that effort. Will this debut at the top? We’ll find out very soon.

COLDPLAY – Kaleidoscope (iTunes)
With their first new music since the A Head Full Of Dreams album at the end of 2015, this popular English band is searching for their fifth #1 release on the Billboard 200 chart. Unfortunately, it’s likely not going to happen, but its sales should be fairly solid. One of the tracks on this EP is a remix of “Something Just Like This”, with The Chainsmokers, which got to #1 on the Hot AC and Top 40 charts earlier this year.

More albums out this week: Astrid S‘s Party’s Over (Acoustic) (iTunes), Meg Mac‘s Low Blows (iTunes), Mura Masa‘s Mura Masa (iTunes), Oh Wonder‘s Ultralife (iTunes), The Vamps‘s Night & Day (iTunes), WizKid‘s Sounds From The Other Side (iTunes), Kidz Bop Kids 35 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Kirstin‘s LOVE (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Brave”, Zayde Wolf (iTunes)
“Come Back For You”, Grace Mitchell (iTunes)
“Close Enough”, R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“COPYCAT”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Dark Four Door”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Found What I’ve Been Looking For”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Goodbye”, Echosmith (iTunes)
“I Like Me Better (Cheat Codes Remix)”, Lauv (iTunes)
“King Is Born”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“Lay It On Me”, Vance Joy (iTunes)
“Lucid”, Mitch James (iTunes)
“My Little Corner Of The World”, Gin Wigmore (iTunes)
“Not Over Yet”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“One Night Only”, The Struts (iTunes)
“Paradise”, MNEK (iTunes)
“Rich Love”, OneRepublic & Seeb (iTunes)
“RIP”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Show Me”, John Splithoff featuring Madison Ryann Ward (iTunes)
“Sit Next To Me”, Foster The People (iTunes)
“Sorry Not Sorry”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Those Were The Days”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Tired (Kygo Remix)”, Alan Walker featuring Gavin James (iTunes)
“True Feeling”, Galantis (iTunes)
“Warriors”, Tigertown (iTunes)
“Woman”, Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns (iTunes)
“Your Song (Cheat Codes Remix)”, Rita Ora (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Foster The People, Lana Del Rey and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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Vital Titles: The CHRonicles Of A “Night”

Here comes the "Night".

Here comes the “Night”.

As it sometimes happens on the CHR/Top 40 format, there are two songs with the same title, but a different melody, competing for slots across the panel. In this case, there are two “All Night” releases freshly reaching the top 60, with each steadily gaining week-to-week. I think I’ll grab some popcorn while they duke it out. (Just grab the fat-free kind, I’m on a diet after award season.)

These acts, a solo rapper and a pop quartet, may not share the same fan base in terms of core demographics and other statistics, but they do have plenty of supporters globally. Will radio’s gatekeepers give them the green light? Let me know what you think!

CHANCE THE RAPPER featuring KNOX FORTUNE – “All Night” (in2une)

PEAK: #56 (as of 2/26/17)

KEY STATIONS TO DATE: WBMP/New York, WBBM and WKSC/Chicago, KMVQ/San Francisco, additional airplay in Boston and Orlando
PRIOR CHART ACTION: no top 50 hits to date; “No Problem” (featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) and his feature on “All My Friends” (Snakehips) impacted at the format, but failed to chart.
STREAMS TO DATE: 43+ million on Spotify
ADDITIONAL INFO: “All Night” now ranks in the top 30 on Rhythmic radio, where it’s being played in some prominent markets.

PREDICTION: Cloudy with a chance of Chance; in2une’s inconsistent track record at the format with independent artists could be the biggest issue holding “Night” back, but the Best New Artist winner may surprise with a sleeper hit. Stream a little stream of him.

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THE VAMPS & MATOMA – “All Night” (Island/Republic)

PEAK: #57 (as of 2/26/17)

KEY STATIONS TO DATE: Hits 1/SiriusXM, Radio Disney/Los Angeles, additional airplay in Las Vegas and Phoenix
PRIOR CHART ACTION: “Somebody To You” (featuring Demi Lovato) got as high as #50 for two weeks in September 2014; a reissued uptempo remix of “Can We Dance” and “Wake Up” failed to chart.
STREAMS TO DATE: 143+ million on Spotify
ADDITIONAL INFO: “All Night” has reached the top 40 in four countries overseas, including a lone top ten (#6) peak in Ireland.

PREDICTION: Re-vamped image and sound is a streaming winner, but minimal U.S. support makes this “Night” less memorable. Will the U.S. audience ever fully appreciate The Vamps? It is just too hard to tell at the moment. Hey, there’s always the next single.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (February 2017)

Radio Report - February 2017

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 February in this month’s Radio Report:

GNASH featuring JOHNNY YUKON – “Home” (Atlantic, February 7 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Singer Garrett Nash, along with Olivia O’Brien, had a slow ride up the chart in 2016 with “i hate u, i love u” (#5).

JAMES HERSEY – “Miss You” (Glassnote, February 7 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Hersey was the vocalist on Dillon Francis and Kygo’s “Coming Over”, which quickly peaked at #36 in April 2016.

THE VAMPS & MATOMA – “All Night” (Island/Republic, February 7 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The British group has struggled at the format; their biggest hit, “Somebody To You”, briefly got to #50 in 2014.

HARDWELL featuring JAY SEAN – “Thinking About You” (Epic, February 14 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Sean had a run of five top 40 hits between 2009 and 2011, but has struggled to find an audience in recent years.

GROUPLOVE – “Good Morning” (Canvasback/Atlantic, February 7 – Alternative)
Album: Big Mess (2016)
Past ALT History: The California band was in the top five late last year with “Welcome To Your Life”. Will they be welcomed back?

AMERICAN AUTHORS – “I’m Born To Run” (Island/Republic, February 14 – Alternative)
Album: What We Live For (2016)
Past ALT History: The quartet last charted at this format in 2014 with “Best Day Of My Life” (#18), a #1 song on the Hot AC listing.

COLD WAR KIDS – “Love Is Mystical” (Capitol, February 14 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: Some stations just can’t get rid of “First”, which spent seven weeks at #1 in 2015. Hope they make room for this!

DEPECHE MODE – “Where’s The Revolution” (Columbia, February 14 – Alternative)
Album: Spirit (2017)
Past ALT History: They’ve had an incredible stretch of 19 chart singles since 1989, with four reaching #1. They last charted in 2013.

Which of these new songs would you like to see on the charts later this year? Let me know!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 27, 2015

A Vamp of approval.

A Vamp of approval.

This week’s New Music Friday serves a small order of releases after that big Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s a look at this week’s top new albums and singles:

  • THE VAMPS — Wake Up (iTunes)
    • Though the title track tanked at pop radio, where the group has yet to see a song peak above #50, it’s currently being used in a Hulu commercial. Their last full-length set hit the top 40 on the Billboard 200 a year ago, but this might be a miss for the four guys. We’ll see soon.
  • DAVID GUETTA — Listen Again (iTunes)
    • Guetta’s Listen was first released a year ago following the moderate U.S. success of “Dangerous”, though it was “Hey Mama” that became a huge hit during the summer, the DJ’s biggest since the spring of 2012. This reissue features six new songs, remixes and edits.
  • More albums out this week: Danzig‘s Skeletons (iTunes), Dre Murray‘s 34 (iTunes), Goo Goo Dolls‘s A Boy Named Goo (20th Anniversary Edition) (iTunes), Major Lazer‘s Peace Is The Mission (Extended) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Johnnie Guilbert‘s Not So Perfect (iTunes), Kita Alexander‘s Like You Want To (iTunes), Ruth B‘s The Intro (iTunes)

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

  • “Blank Space”, Michael Ray (iTunes)
  • “Don’t Want To Fight”, Kaya Stewart (iTunes)
  • “Everglow”, Coldplay (iTunes)
  • “Fine By Me”, Chris Brown (iTunes)
  • “Home”, Shanice Williams (iTunes)
  • “Honey, I’m Good”, The Railers (iTunes)
  • “L.A. Devotee”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
  • “One Million Bullets”, Sia (iTunes)
  • “Pull Me Up”, KYKO (iTunes)
  • “Ruby”, Foster The People (iTunes)
  • “Running Out”, Matoma & Astrid S. (iTunes)
  • “Sad Boy”, G-Eazy (iTunes)
  • “Stitches”, Francesco Yates (iTunes)
  • “Superstar”, Curren$y featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
  • “The More You Give (The More You’ll Have)”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)

Next week, we’ll have a bigger update for you, with new albums from Coldplay, G-EazyTroye Sivan and more. See you then!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (October 2015)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in October, ten of the best from four different radio formats in this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Naughty Boy, Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin
NAUGHTY BOY featuring BEYONCÉ and ARROW BENJAMIN – “Runnin’ (Lose It All)” (October 6) (*)
Label: Capitol
English producer Shahid Khan has only one U.S. radio hit to his credit, the top ten “La La La” (with Sam Smith) from last year, an interesting fact considering he’s had four (and perhaps a fifth with this single) top tens on the U.K. chart since 2010 and many big co-writes with notable artists. The 30-year-old may be bound for a win with “Lose” given the featured star. We’ll see pretty soon.

Skrillex, Diplo and AlunaGeorge
SKRILLEX & DIPLO featuring ALUNAGEORGE – “To Ü” (October 6) (*)
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic
Justin Bieber has them to thank for reigniting his music career after a two-year absence from the pop radio chart with the top ten hit “Where Are Ü Now”, and now, it’s up “to ü” (and the rest of the American music-buying public) to make this next effort from a British duo and the two producers another big track. “You Know You Like It” from the duo reached a peak of #7 in May and June.

The Vamps
THE VAMPS – “Wake Up” (October 6) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
This British quartet has seen a fair amount of success in their native U.K. with five top ten singles in a row, but they’ve barely had a presence on the charts here, reaching #50 on the pop radio survey last fall with “Somebody To You”. Satellite station Hits 1 will probably become a leader on this song out of the gate, similar to their past singles, but will this finally be their big U.S. breakout?

Tove Lo
TOVE LO – “Moments” (October 13) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
Back in July, “Timebomb” was supposed to be serviced to the CHR airwaves as the followup to the top five single “Talking Body”. That ended up getting pulled at the last minute: you can’t say that it bombed out, but radio didn’t make time for it either. Now, in the fall, we finally have a third proper radio release from Queen Of The Clouds. The forecast looks slightly brighter for this track.

Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez and Matoma
JASON DERULO featuring JENNIFER LOPEZ and MATOMA – “Try Me” (October 20) (*)
Label: Warner Bros.
“Try” came up in a post I put up earlier this week regarding its sampling of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” and the competition it may face from another new single with the same sample. Derulo will have to work extra hard to get his new era back on track, due in part to “Cheyenne” recently crashing down the chart after a peak in the teens. Perhaps it can do well during the winter months.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and TRIPLE A (**)

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS – “High Dive” (October 13) (* + **)
Label: Crush Music/Vanguard/CMG
McMahon’s second single from his self-titled album is already climbing nicely on my top 40 and just came into the top 50 here on the Alternative chart. Of course, you’ll remember that “Cecilia And The Satellite” spent a record number of weeks rising up to the #5 spot on that survey and hit the 40-week mark overall before it was sent recurrent. Let’s hope this can also reach a “High” peak.

Jeff Lynne's ELO
JEFF LYNNE’S ELO – “When I Was A Boy” (October 13) (**)
Label: Columbia
Would you believe that it was back in 1986 that the Electric Light Orchestra had their last national hit? That was the song “Calling America”, and it made the top 20 before the band broke up. Now performing under a slightly different name, Lynne and the boys are back with a new album on Columbia, where they first released Discovery in 1979. It’s another great single from a great group.

X Ambassadors
X AMBASSADORS – “Unsteady” (October 13) (*)
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
It’s the song that keeps sticking around: “Renegades”. You know it well. It spent 11 weeks at #1 on the Alternative survey, marking the longest run at the top spot so far this year. Now, it’s set to become a huge crossover smash. Of course, the group is now trying to make it two in a row with this song, now above six million streams on Spotify. The title may not be steady, but the gains will be.

BANNERS
BANNERS – “Shine A Light” (October 20) (** + * 10/27)
Label: Island/Republic
“Shine” just debuted on my personal chart last week and I’m very excited to see this single from the British performer, now living in Canada, at radio so soon. Los Angeles’s two Alternative outlets are giving major early support to this song, but given his label’s inability to break releases by Brandon Flowers and Neon Trees here earlier in 2015, will that hinder its performance? I hope not.

Tor Miller
TOR MILLER – “Carter & Cash” (October 20) (**)
Label: Glassnote
This Brooklyn newcomer signed to Glassnote last year, but generated a bit of buzz earlier this week when “Carter” made its debut on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show as Monday’s World Record. Miller’s last single to hit the format was the song “Midnight” earlier this year, which spent several weeks in the top 30 in March and April before descending. How will his latest walk the line? Stay tuned.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 4)

"Blame" it on the reign.

“Blame” it on the reign.

We took a trip back to 1989 last week, but this week, we’re back to the future with several releases that definitely belong in 2014. Then again, there are some older acts on the schedule that may take us time traveling again. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of November 4:

  • He’s one of the hottest DJ’s and music producers on the charts today: 30-year-old Calvin Harris is taking over the world and he pulls into power with his latest album, Motion. It includes the current worldwide hit “Blame”, featuring John Newman, as well as his big song of a few months ago, “Summer”. His last album went top 20 on the Billboard 200, but this is due for a much better peak. (iTunes)
  • Continuing with a set of bootleg recordings that have been released for over two decades, the legendary Bob Dylan is out in stores with The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete, an astounding six disc collection of original recordings by he and The Band that were produced during the summer of 1967. This is an essential for the Dylan fan in the family. (iTunes)
  • Covering tunes from some of the greatest girl groups in all of music history, a certain Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, is out with It’s The Girls! This is the performer’s first studio album in eight years, and while it may not rank as well as the classics in her catalogue, the older demo will definitely be out for this one. (iTunes)
  • Two rereleases from Paul McCartney and Wings take flight into stores this week: the former #1 sets Venus And Mars (iTunes) and Wings At The Speed Of Sound (iTunes) see deluxe editions with additional discs with bonus cuts and hardcover books documenting the making of each album.
  • Other releases out this week include: Ani DiFranco‘s Allergic To Water (iTunes), Dirty South‘s With You (iTunes), Jake Miller‘s Lion Heart (EP) (iTunes), Janine And The Mixtape‘s Dark Mind (EP) (iTunes), Maddie & Tae‘s Maddie & Tae (EP) (iTunes), Neil Young‘s Storytone (iTunes), Teyana Taylor‘s VII (iTunes), Theophilus London‘s Vibes (iTunes), The Doobie Brothers‘s Southbound (iTunes), The Rolling Stones‘s From The Vault: Hampton Coliseum (iTunes), The Vamps‘s Meet The Vamps (iTunes) and T-Pain‘s T-Pain Presents Happy Hour: The Greatest Hits (iTunes).

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

  • “Heartbeat”, the new single from Mat Kearney. (iTunes)
  • “Maybe I Should Call”, a pre-release single from singer K. Michelle. (iTunes)

It’s another stack of Monday releases for the next (at least) three weeks, with new albums from the Foo Fighters, Garth Brooks, Nick Jonas and more on deck. See you on Sunday night.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (August 5)

Are people Lovin' this Spoonful?

Are people Lovin’ this Spoonful?

Now serving… only the top new releases from that music menu we call the official release schedule. Hope you get your fill. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of August 5:

  • Back on the block with their first effort in four years is the quintet Spoon, in stores this week with They Want My Soul. (iTunes) “Do You”, the current single from the album, is just below the top ten at AAA radio. Also bringing the rock and looking for a top five debut on the Billboard 200 is Godsmack; they’re just about to hit #1 on the Active Rock survey with the title track from 1000HP. (iTunes)
  • Are compilations still your thing? The boys and gals at NOW That’s What I Call Music! have what you’re looking for with their Vol. 51 of current hits (iTunes) and dance collection Party Anthems, Vol. 2 (iTunes) this week. Look for the former to have a good shot a #1, while the latter will chart much lower.
  • Other releases out this week include: Al Jarreau‘s My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke (iTunes), Andy Grammer‘s Magazines Or Novels (iTunes) and The Wind And The Wave‘s From The Wreckage (iTunes).

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

  • “Anaconda”, new from rapper Nicki Minaj. (iTunes)
  • “Chains”, a new solo single (and not a hot Tina Arena remake) from Nick Jonas. (iTunes)
  • “First Time”, new from Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy. (iTunes)
  • “God Of Ocean Tides”, new from the Counting Crows. (iTunes)
  • “Just Kids”, a digital pre-release track from Alex & Sierra. (iTunes)
  • “Promises”, a pre-release single from rapper Wiz Khalifa. (iTunes)
  • “Somebody To You”, a single and EP from boy band The Vamps. (iTunes)

No big names next week when it comes to new releases, but a small stack of Caleb Johnson, Porter Robinson, Tank and The Gaslight Anthem provides an interesting sample of what’s happening. A full preview is coming in seven!

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