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Top Of The Pops: The Race For The U.K.’s Christmas Number One

On the other side of the pond in the United Kingdom, where the music charts are solely determined by sales, there’s always a fun competition each year for the Christmas Number One — the single that tops the chart during the Christmas holiday. Acts have come and gone and a long period of The X Factor winner releases on the date almost ended the whole thing years ago, but now, there’s a spirit renewed in this exciting race. So, what’s on the menu this year? Here’s what you may find yourself purchasing during the week of December 15:

We like to "Party".

A dose of Christmas cheer.

CIARA – “Overdose”

From her self-titled album, neither of the releases so far from it have gone top 40 in this territory. In fact, the last time the singer had a hit in the U.K. was in 2009 when “Love Sex Magic”, a collaboration with Justin Timberlake, peaked at #5. While this is her best chance at a mainstream success, it’s too late in the era for this to smash.

Another "Impossible" feat.

Another “Impossible” feat.

JAMES ARTHUR – “Recovery”

Following a series of outspoken Twitter comments and controversial diss track, Arthur recently performed this on The X Factor and sales have skyrocketed since that appearance, so it looks like his apologies might have worked with a few people. With top 2 singles under his belt, it looks like he’ll have a third hit on the charts.

He's not giving in.

Even the best need a little rest.

JOHN NEWMAN – “Losing Sleep”

Newman’s third single from his #1 album Tribute is also out, the followup to his recent #9 song called “Cheating”. “Losing” is sonically different from the first two single releases, which should work in his favor, but its peak may be dwarfed by the fact that his album has been out for two months now. We’ll have to see what happens then.

The pop princess of Prism.

A very Katy Khristmas.

KATY PERRY – “Unconditionally”

After a #1 single in “Roar”, Perry’s album PRISM just debuted at #1 in seven countries. The song is already charting as the second radio release from the album in several countries, including Australia and the United States, so it’ll ultimately rank somewhere in the top 40 over there. It’ll likely land somewhere in the middle of the pack.

Rolling through the Strangeland of charts.

Keen to stuff your stocking.

KEANE – “Won’t Be Broken”

This is the second of two new songs to be included on The Best Of Keane and follows “Higher Than The Sun”, officially out on the same date. Though “Sun” won’t be a significant hit, as seen by the results thus far across Europe, both it and “Broken” are enjoyable and will be charting nicely on my personal top 40 soon.

Not so mellow #Yellow.

Not so mellow #Yellow.

LIL’ CHRIS with LLOYD WILKINSON – “Christmas Number One (#FeedEmYellowSnow)”

If there ever was to be a release that addressed The X Factor singles dominating the Christmas Chart, you’ve got your wish. Best known for his 2006 hit “Checkin’ It Out” (#3) and his Christmas release that year called “Gettin’ Enough??” (#17), the former Rock School star and amigo could have a viral hit on his hands. Kiss his #YellowSong.

Ship happens.

Ship happens at holiday time.

RICHARD & ADAM – “I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In (On Christmas Day)”

Reality television buff? You might recognize this duo who came in third place on the latest season of Britain’s Got Talent. Their debut album, the Gold certified The Impossible Dream, went to #1 in the United Kingdom in August; expect similar results with their newest release, The Christmas Album. It’s now in stores.

Swingin' on by.

Swingin’ on by.

ROBBIE WILLIAMS featuring LILY ALLEN – “Dream A Little Dream Of Me”

Taken from his former #1 album, Swings Both Ways, this is a great take on a classic. Plus, Allen is red hot on the charts again with her cover of Keane‘s “Somewhere Only We Know”, featured in an advertisement, and a recent top ten in “Hard Out Here”. The terrific twosome’s single should appeal to the older buying audience.

A "Wish" for #1.

A “Wish” for #1 this year.

THE BIG REUNION – “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”

If you watched the ITV2 show this year, then you know all about the groups that the program brought together. The all-star lineup of Atomic Kitten, Blue, B*Witched, 5ive and Liberty X are doing a take on the Wizzard classic, a #4 in 1973 that re-charts annually at the holidays. Will they both end up in the top 40 this year?

Other contenders out for the Christmas Chart (so far):
A3 – “Come With Me”
AC/DC – “Highway To Hell”
Agnes Obel“Dorian”
Altern8“Activ-8 (Come With Me)”
The Call Centre – “SWSWSWN/Mr. Brightside”
Celine Dion“Breakaway”
Chase & Status featuring Jacob Banks“Alive”
Deacon Blue“You’ll Know It’s Christmas”
Ella Eyre“Deeper”
KT Tunstall“Made Of Glass”
Lewis WatsonSome Songs With Some Friends EP
Lucy Spraggan“Tea And Toast”
Nerina Pallot – “We Made It Through Another Year”
Ninetoes featuring James Newman – “Silver & Gold (Finder)”
Olabean & GAZ“Party Like a Rockstar (Up Your Game)”
Overtones“Smile”
Pitbull featuring Ke$ha“Timber”
Sam Bailey – “Skyscraper”
Sigma featuring Doctor“Rudeboy”
Sir Terry Wogan, Aled Jones & Hayley Westenra featuring Bond with the Portsmouth Citadel Salvation Army Band“Christmas Dream”
The Retrobot“Christmas Robot”

So, who else will crash this party? Anything can and will happen. Be sure to check back in the next few weeks as the schedule is updated! Don’t forget to click the “Get Social!” tab at top or the “Follow” tab at bottom to get all the news.

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CONCERT: Olly Murs (Acoustic), 9/11/13 – Worcester, MA

Right picture right time.

Right picture right time.

He took the tube by storm on The X Factor in the United Kingdom in 2009, and he even though he finished as a runner-up, he’s clearly a winner to a lot of people. 29-year-old Olly Murs is now back to promoting his Right Place Right Time album here in the U.S. after a successful summer tour with Robbie Williams in Europe. Although Murs isn’t a household name here at the moment, he and his label, Syco/Columbia, are doing their best to keep his name out there as he’s transitioning between singles and eras in different countries, with a new album in the works for next summer. Nevertheless, this was his time to shine for a small radio event in central Massachusetts and what a buzz it was.

First of all, I have to give props to his two backing singers, Darren and John, who were so on point during the sound check when I was checking people in that I was blown away. Their sound reminds me a lot of an early 90’s flavor a la P.M. Dawn or Seal. They have something special, and that two-part harmony was killer. I think they’ll eventually make it on their own, but they certainly have a good opportunity at the moment.

As expected, the gals (kids, were you cutting class?) were all excited for the show, coming up one by one to ask if they could take pictures, get signatures, etc. They love their boy, what can I say? After peeking through a side curtain about a half-dozen times, there he was, Olly Murs, the troublemaker himself on stage. He thanked everybody for coming out, noted that he was still getting over a little jet lag, but was happy to be back in America to play a few shows. I believe this was his first stop following the flight. Appropriately, he began with “Troublemaker”, his biggest hit to date so far here in the States. I have to admit, I think it sounded better in acoustic setting than on the record, but he sounds vocally exactly like he does on the record. That’s a good problem, folks. Instantly impressed, I was. He’s quite the charmer and his energy filled up the small room we were in, and as you might expect, everyone was singing along. Everything just jived together.

Between songs, Murs talked about his wearing of hats, noting that the grey fedora he had on was bought at a vintage shop in New York City and it was love at first sight. A question was then asked about how he loses his English accent when he sings, and mentioned a few other musicians who experience the same thing. He then broke out onto a few bars of “Troublemaker” with his thicker speaking accent, which got a few laughs from the crowd and a “Yeah, that doesn’t feel the same, does it?” out of him. At this point, a young girl who couldn’t have been more than 10 asked him to marry her, to which he replied that there might be some “legal complications”. However, she did manage to sneak a peck out of him at the end and an autograph on her red Murs t-shirt. Lucky, lucky.

Up next was “Heart Skips A Beat”, the song that was released as his debut single here last year. It went to #1 in the U.K. a year prior in the fall of 2011 as the leadoff single from his second album. Unfortunately, it didn’t so well on this side of the pond and a remix with Chiddy Bang and two different music videos for the U.S. didn’t help the matter, but it still gave Murs a bit of radio time as he opened for boy band One Direction. This was the most interactive song of the afternoon, as Murs played off the crowd’s call-and-response “oh-oh” chants and swayed a bit around the stage. Again, solid vocal and presence, even if it wasn’t the most familiar song of the event.

At this point, Murs talked about his road to a third audition at The X Factor. Coming from the small town of Witham, he said that he wasn’t enjoying his job at a call center. So, after two failed attempts at auditions for the show in 2007 and 2008, he gave it one last go in 2009, competing in the Over 25s category rather than with the Boys as was the case the two prior times. It proved to be the right choice, as Murs came in second despite some fierce competition. Onto another tune it was, which he mentioned was inspired by his parents’ record collection with a bit of a modern twist.

As you can probably guess from that description, the last song of the afternoon was “Dance With Me Tonight”, which is finally being promoted to the hot adult contemporary format here in the States. I originally heard the remix which was serviced of “Tonight” back in June, which was then on target for an August radio date, only to be pulled until later this month. Missed opportunity? Perhaps. I always thought that the song would sound good in a medley with “Quarter To Three” by Gary “U.S.” Bonds and “Runaround Sue” by Dion, which both capture that same essence of the early 60’s swing sound. This was Murs at his best, having fun and gyrating all over the place like he was Elvis Presley. He’s got a few moves, and of course, the voice to boot. Plus, Darren and John got into the act too with some syncopated hip flips, which was cute. In fact, we were all clapping along and shaking it a bit, to be honest. How could you not? Just like “Three” or “Sue”, there’s no way you could just sit down to a jump jive an’ jam like that. Mission accomplished.

Unlike some of the other shows I’ve worked, because of the crowd, I wasn’t really able to chat it up with he or his team and, inevitably, push the fact that there was meant to be a write-up coming, which you’ve now read! So, if you’re out there, I hope I accurately captured what went on! He’s a great guy with a lot of appeal and, most importantly, he loves what he’s doing now. You have to root for him and I think he’ll be around for some time, at least in his native country. The U.S. market is so different that it’s hard to tell at this point whether Murs will have any staying power in the States in terms of the casual radio listener or retail buyer, although he has the fan base to back him up. Whatever the case, he’s making his case on this latest radio tour of his, ending with an appearance on CBS’s The Talk on September 27. So, keep talking him up until then — to the point where he’s “stuck in [your] brain.” I think this will be for me.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Fifth Harmony – “Miss Movin’ On” (+ Lyrics)

Don't "Miss" this new track.

Don’t “Miss” this new track.

They were one of the last groups standing on Simon Cowell’s team last season on the U.S. version of The X Factor. Now, quintet Fifth Harmony are out with their very first single, “Miss Movin’ On”. The fierce five ladies that are Ally, Camila, Dinah, Lauren and Normani have been putting up a number of cover videos on YouTube lately, but this is their first original song, a great and catchy pop single that sounds a bit like Demi Lovato‘s latest material and that’s sure to have a lot of support from Cowell’s Syco Music. Enjoy!

Listen to the premiere of “Miss Movin’ On”.

“MISS MOVIN’ ON”

[Verse 1]
I’m breaking down, gonna start from scratch
Shake it off like an Etch A Sketch
My lips are saying goodbye
My eyes are finally dry
I’m not the way that I used to be
I took the record off the page
You killed me but I survived
And now I’m coming alive

[Bridge]
I’ll never be that girl again
No oh oh
I’ll never be that girl again
No oh oh

[Chorus]
My innocence is wearing thin
But my heart is growing strong
So call me, call me, call me
Miss Movin’ On
Oh oh oh
Miss Movin’ On
Oh oh oh

[Verse 2]
I broke the glass that surrounded me
I ain’t the way you remember me
I was such a good girl
So fragile but no more
I jumped the fence to the other side
My whole world was electrified
Now I’m no longer afraid
It’s Independence Day
(Independence Day)

[Bridge]
I’ll never be that girl again
No oh oh
I’ll never be that girl again
No oh oh

[Chorus]
My innocence is wearing thin
But my heart is growing strong
So call me, call me, call me
Miss Movin’ On

[Middle 8]
Everything is changing and I never wanna go back to the way it was
I’m finding who I am and who I am from here on out is gonna be enough
It’s gonna be enough

[Bridge]
I’ll never be that girl again
No oh oh
I’ll never be that girl again
Oh oh oh

[Chorus]
My innocence is wearing thin
But my heart is growing strong
So call me, call me, call me
Miss Movin’ On
Oh oh oh
Miss Movin’ On (On and on and on and on)
Oh oh oh
Miss Movin’ On (On and on and on and on…)
Oh oh oh
Miss Movin’ On
Oh oh oh (Hey yeah yeah…)
I’m movin’ on

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Three, Four, Five: These New Hits And Members Keep Stacking Up

It’s boy bandemonium on the pop survey these days. We’ve had comeback singles just since the start of the year for 98 Degrees, Hanson, Jonas Brothers and New Kids On The Block. Don’t forget that One Direction‘s also put out a few more singles. Well, here are three more songs to add to the list, both Stateside and international releases. Be very afraid. They’re here to stay, at least through this year. Check out the newbies:

Looking for Number "One".

Looking for Number “One”.

EMBLEM3 – “Chloe (You’re The One I Want)”
Release Date: April 16 (CHR radio, iTunes)

You saw them on the second season of the American version of The X Factor, mentored by Simon Cowell, and the young girls were swooning away. The trio of brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg, as well as friend Drew Chadwick, came in fourth place in the competition in the fall. Shortly after the show wrapped up, the group signed with by Syco Music and Columbia Records, and since then, they’ve been going across the country on a mini-tour. They also have a few promotional concerts lined up for summer events from radio stations in cities like Boston and New York City. On the heels of those forthcoming events, the group will be releasing their very first single on iTunes on April 16, a song called “Chloe (You’re The One I Want)”. It will also be going to radio on that same date, though it’s been registered to be monitored for airplay for some time now. They’ve been performing live now on virtually all of their tour dates and it seems to be getting a good reaction from their fan base. You can see a live lyric video from one of those concerts above. It’s part rapped and part sung, and it seems to be heavily influenced from the fields of both pop and reggae. Not a bad combination. It’s a catchy, summer-sounding song, so let’s hope for the best when the full studio version comes out in less than two weeks. (P.S. A note for all of you chart geeks like me. This “Chloe” isn’t the same one that Elton John took to #34 on the Hot 100 in the fall of 1981.)

They'll fight for this "Love".

Going, Going, “Gone”.

LAWSON – “Gone”
Release Date: May 13 (U.K.)

I wrote a single review on these guys a few months back, so I’m happy to feature the quartet out of the United Kingdom again for their newest release. This is now the fifth single from their debut album, Chapman Square, released in the fall of last year. Last time around, they just missed the top ten in their native country with “Learn To Love Again”, but with three prior singles to that solidly made the top ten there, they’ve not had a bad track record at all. They travelled to America several months ago to perform a few smaller dates in the U.S. and in Canada, but since then, nothing has come up in terms of a crossover to this side of the world. Now, it looks like they’re touring in Asia, where the album seems to be doing OK, according to HMV.  Then, they’ll be back in the U.K. for the summer. So, I guess they’ll make do with one more single in Europe, as I’m sure they’ll be going back to the studio to record their second album relatively soon. “Gone” is a change in direction from their last dance-oriented single, going back to their pop/rock roots which made them successful in the first place. It’s not my favorite song from the record, but it’s a solid one from a really great album. Being so far down the line in terms of single releases, it probably won’t do extremely well, but some sort of top 40 placing for it should be in order come May. No word if a CD single will be available for it like the four other singles; I’ll update this when I know.

Sweet and "Low".

Sweet and “Low”.

THE WANTED – “All Time Low”
Release Date: April 30 (CHR radio)

Alright, alright, I know what you’re going to say. “Puh-lease, Adam, this song isn’t new.” Yes, it’s true. “All Time Low” went to #1 in the United Kingdom… in the summer of 2010. Cue the sad trombone. On top of that, the song was actually released here in a remixed form during the summer of 2011, but it was only about to become a minor hit on the Dance/Club Play survey. (“Glad You Came” was issued shortly afterwards, though it didn’t take off right away.) However, the boys have moved to Los Angeles and are filming a Ryan Seacrest-produced reality series entitled The Wanted Life. It premieres in June, and “Low” will be used as the theme song for the show. So, in preparation for that, Def Jam is sending the song to radio. Unfortunately for them, they’ve been pretty indecisive about an adds date for the song. It was originally supposed to be out February 26, then it was moved to March 19, then to April 2, and now, April 30. I mean, really, if that doesn’t spell flop already, then I don’t know what does. The song itself is good and was a great debut single for the guys, but their core fans have known the song for verging on three years now. I just don’t think it’s going to work, but alas, someone thinks they know what they’re doing and is carrying on with re-repromoting their single. A live video was recently released for it, which you can see above. Their series, airing on E!, will debut sometime in June. We’ll see if radio actually wants it soon.

So many boy bands, so little time. Do you have a favorite one that’s highlighted in this post or one I should cover in the future? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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PROFILE: James Arthur’s Nearly “Impossible” Trek To America

He's got the hit Factor.

He’s got the hit Factor.

James Arthur‘s life has changed significantly in the past few months. The 25-year-old born in Middlesbrough, England was in and out of bands and projects for most of his teens before deciding to tryout for the U.K. version of The X Factor. He was picked up by mentor Nicole Scherzinger, formerly of Eden’s Crush and the Pussycat Dolls, and he won the competition, beating another member of Scherzinger’s team, Jahméne Douglas. This was back on December 9 of last year. It was only just the beginning.

As in any singing competition, Arthur had a winning single to record, which for that season of the show was a remake of Shontelle‘s “Impossible”, which made her a hit in the U.S. for a hot minute before disappearing off the radar. It just missed the top ten on the Hot 100, though it crept in there on the Singles Chart in the United Kingdom, so it was already recognizable to most people before this new cover came out. Arthur’s version of the song was made for download almost immediately after his win on the show. No surprise there. It shot straight to #1 in countries like Ireland and Scotland, and spent three non-consecutive weeks at #1 in the United Kingdom with first week sales of 490,000 copies. It has since become the largest-selling winner’s single in the history of the show, with download sales over 1.3 million copies in that country alone. “Impossible” is also currently a Platinum-certified hit in Australia, where it recently peaked at #2 on the ARIA Singles Chart. (It’s top 5 on iTunes there currently.) It’s been great for the franchise, but it’s also been great for the singer himself. He’ll be putting out a followup single in Europe in May, no title determined yet. However, he’s not quite done with his first smash… yet.

There are now signs that James Arthur‘s hit overseas may be impacting North America this summer. The song is already being pushed to adult contemporary radio in Canada. It’s been added to four stations in Montreal and one in Ottawa in the past few weeks. Weekly detections currently put it just below the top 50 on Canada’s AC format chart with about 40 spins in the past seven days. This is small compared to the dozens of other current songs that are played on radio there every week. However, it’s a start, and an important one at that. A lot of Canadian releases that originate from overseas tend to make their way into the United States at some point or another. What I’m saying is, prepare yourselves. We may have another round of “Impossible” playing on our airwaves here in the next few months.

Should he successfully make it over here, he would only be the third X Factor winner to break the American market. We had Leona Lewis several years ago of “Bleeding Love” fame, a number-one hit back in 2008, but she’s been long gone from our shores after her second album was a dud. We now have Little Mix‘s “Wings” at our CHR format and it’s picking up a bit of steam, so perhaps they’ll be able to go ever higher. These two are, of course, in addition to the many finalists from that show who have come the United States. Some became big, like Cher Lloyd, Olly Murs and One Direction. Others faltered, like JLS and Rebecca Ferguson. Point is, it can go either way with these kinds of artists, but with the hype he currently has from the U.K., I’m guessing his label thinks that he could do pretty well here. I agree.

While it’s odd to hear an already popular and commercial song switch perspectives from female to male, Arthur has a good take on the song. His raspy and rough vocal make it an emotional experience, which is dramatized just enough without being too sappy. The arrangement itself is also augmented into a pop/rock feel, which does well against Arthur’s more soulful tone. It’s not dated in any particular way, it’s just pleasant. There will likely better songs on his album, but Arthur does all he can with his version of the song to turn it into a full-fledged power ballad that is honest and pure to the core. With slower songs doing well at the moment, it’s best to strike when the iron’s hot, and James Arthur is still boiling at the moment. Hopefully that’s the one thing that will make this trip to America a little less “impossible” and a lot more plausible.

Buy the music video for “Impossible”. (U.S. only – only the video is available here.)

Who will be the next X Factor finalist or winner from the United Kingdom to make it across the pond? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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Just Joshin’: It’s Triple Trouble With These Tracks

Same first name, three different songs. It just so happens that these three singers are releasing new songs at the same time, but you won’t be hearing them all in the same place. Luckily, you can hear them all below. Enjoy this trip into the Wonderful World of Joshuas:

Somewhere I "Belong".

Somewhere I “Belong”.

JOSH KRAJCIK – “Back Where We Belong”
Release Date: at AAA radio now

April is a big month for former contestants from The X Factor. Season 2 winner Tate Stevens will be releasing his self-titled album on April 23. Boy band Emblem3 will be issuing their debut single, “Chloe (You’re The One I Want)”, in a few weeks. Then, there’s Season 1 runner-up artist Josh Krajcik, who you may remember performed on the show back in November. The song he sang, “One Thing She’ll Never Know”, was featured on a digital EP out late last year, and was pushed to Hot AC radio this year to no result. Now, a second single from Blindly, Lonely, Lovely, a song called “Back Where We Belong”, was sent for adds this week to AAA radio. His album is out next week. Whoops. Though the album will likely fail to capture a wide audience besides his core fan base, this track is very much suited to Krajcik’s style. The arrangement is reminiscent of a modern Bruce Springsteen or Steve Winwood album track, and Krajcik lays on a soulful vocal. He’s completely in his element, unlike the more forced “Know”, which was constructed in a more commercial way. This at least has a little bit of edge that we’re used to from the singer who was known for his emotive vocal performances on the show. At this stage of the game, however, it’s probably not going to be the big hit it should be at the format, which is a shame. You’d think his promotional team would get it together, or at least help him a bit. Whatever happens with both the album and the single, at least Krajcik stayed true to himself.

No "Fall" from grace.

No “Fall” from grace.

JOSH GROBAN – “I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)”
Release Date: May 13 (U.K.)

From caroling to contemporary, you know this guy can do it all. Groban’s album, All That Echoes, recently opened at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, his first album to pull off the trick and his first since 2007’s Noël to lead the chart. It’s sold over 300,000 copies in the U.S. thus far. The first single from the effort, “Brave” went top ten on AC radio here recently, though it’s fallen back a few spots in the last weeks or so. It sees Groban trying to adopt a more contemporary sound, though it hasn’t crossed over to mainstream radio, so, you won’t be hearing him between Pitbull and Taylor Swift anytime soon. His latest single overseas is a remake of the classic Stevie Wonder song from his 1972 album, Talking Book. It was never released as a commercial single back then, but it’s gotten a lot of coverage, from Art Garfunkel to Michael McDonald and now Josh Groban. While Wonder’s version is always going to remain my favorite, Groban does a nice job of adapting it to his style, with a gospel choir backing him and a stunning set of strings. It’s a lot much at times. The Wonder song was a simple ballad with a funky ending. This just comes off as a little schmaltzy at times, which is an acquired taste, but not one meant to be all over the radio. (It’s the last song on the CD, I get that it needs to end big.) Groban’s never had a top-40 hit in the United Kingdom, so a traditional-sounding effort like “Believe” will never make it that high… unless, of course, someone on a music talent show picks it up. A U.S. radio release has yet to be confirmed.

Come "Together".

Come “Together”.

JOSHUA RADIN – “When We’re Together”
Release Date: at AAA radio now

38-year-old Ohio native Joshua Radin has been putting out music for a number of years now on Mom & Pop Records. You may recall that he dented the Hot AC chart back in 2010 with a remixed version of “I’d Rather Be With You”, which also went to #10 for two weeks on my personal chart. It was originally released in 2008. It also became a huge hit in the United Kingdom, peaking just outside the top ten there. He also garnered some play for “Streetlight” in the U.S. during the same year. His albums have sold decently, and his songs are constantly being placed on television shows and advertisements in addition to his own performances on the small screen. Radin’s latest effort, Wax Wings, is a self-released record, which he purposely did to get his music out faster. It’s eleven tracks in total and “Together”, the first single, was recently sent for adds at the AAA format. It’s a simple little song about being in love and wanting to be in relationship “’cause we’re the best when we’re together.” Radin’s vocal is matched with an organic arrangement, less polished than some of his other singles, but the sound is familiar to his regular listeners. It’s a cute song for a spring wedding. Perhaps it will gain some online attention (as it really should.) It may not be a huge airplay single because of the independent distribution, but I admire him for putting out something in a timely manner without the final product suffering because of it. His album is out in May, so look out for more details on it.

Do you have a favorite of these three singers? Will radio make them a hit or will they be joshing around with them? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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