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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 13, 2018

He’s back in Town.

Coming to a town near you… only the best releases by the artists you know and love. (Just make sure you spend some of your tax refund on music, okay?) Here are the albums and singles you need to check out on digital services and in stores this Friday:

JASON ALDEAN – Rearview Town (iTunes)
Riding high on the Country survey with his smash “You Make It Easy”, Aldean is looking for his fourth consecutive #1 album of the decade. Driven by pure album sales rather than extensive streaming, it could accomplish that goal, though recent chart-topping sets from Cardi B and The Weekend may provide a bit of drama along the way. Stay tuned to see what happens.

BAZZI – Cosmic (iTunes)
Streaming breakout Bazzi has crossed over to the national charts with the hit “Mine”, and his first full-length release features a selection of proven winners, along with some new material to balance it out. Given his presence in the streaming world, expect this set to produce a big album-equivalent total, making a higher debut likely.

Notable albums out this week: Breaking Benjamin‘s Ember (iTunes), Isaac Gracie‘s Isaac Gracie (iTunes), Pentatonix‘s PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. I (iTunes), Sofi Tukker‘s Treehouse (iTunes), Tinashe‘s Joyride (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Emma McGrath‘s Silent Minds (iTunes), Ledger’s Ledger (iTunes), The Longshot‘s The Longshot (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2 Souls On Fire” and “Ferrari”, Bebe Rexha featuring Quavo / Rexha (iTunes)
“1942”, G-Eazy, Yo Gotti & YBN Nahmir (iTunes)
“2000 Angels”, Ben Khan (iTunes)
“Always”, Gavin James (iTunes)
“Bad”, Christopher (iTunes)
“Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li”, Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Better Not”, Louis The Child featuring Wafia (iTunes)
“Come Thru”, Phora (iTunes)
“Could You Be Mine?”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Cry Pretty”, Carrie Underwood (iTunes)
“Drive”, Youngr (iTunes)
“Even If”, Trinidad Cardona (iTunes)
“Every Morning I Feel Like Running Away”, TOMI (iTunes)
“Feel On Me”, Ghosted featuring JHart (iTunes)
“Finest Hour”, Cash Cash featuring Abir (iTunes)
“Get Lost”, Bearson featuring Ashe (iTunes)
“Guatemala”, Swae Lee featuring Slim Jxmmi (iTunes)
“High Five”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“I Said Hi”, Amy Shark (iTunes)
“Leave A Light On (Cheat Codes Remix)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Let Me”, ZAYN (iTunes)
“Life On Earth”, Snow Patrol (iTunes)
“Magic”, Craig David featuring Yxng Bane (iTunes)
“Miracles”, CHVRCHES (iTunes)
“No Good For Me”, NUUXS (iTunes)
“Out Of Order”, Highasakite (iTunes)
“Raye”, John Splithoff (iTunes)
“Rich & Famous”, SJUR & Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“Riding The Wave”, Sheppard (iTunes)
“Sanctify (Remix)”, Years & Years and ALMA (iTunes)
“Sea”, Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“Search”, Noah Carter (iTunes)
“She’s Got Love”, Frills (iTunes)
“Shoot Down The Sun”, Hook N Sling (iTunes)
“Silence”, DREAMS (iTunes)
“Since I Was Broke”, Russ (iTunes)
“Sky Full Of Song”, Florence + The Machine (iTunes)
“Softens”, Wet (iTunes)
“Talia”, King Princess (iTunes)
“Waiting For The Break Of Day”, Sting & Shaggy (iTunes)
“When You’re Wrong”, Twin Shadow (iTunes)
“Wish You Would”, Marian Hill (iTunes)
“Youngblood”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Ashley Monroe, Lord Huron, Sting & Shaggy and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 4, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Still thinking of London and the people that were affected by last night’s attacks, and wishing a speedy recovery to the dozens that were injured during them. Meanwhile, let’s get into the latest U.S. chart stats, from London, AR to London, OH to London, CA, for the first weekend of June:

WAY TO “STAY”: That terrific twosome, Zedd and Alessia Cara, holds at #1 for the second week with “Stay”. Back in February, the only other male-female collaboration to hit the top this year, Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello‘s “Bad Things”, spent two weeks at #1 as well. “Stay” should easily get a third frame in the slot next Sunday. Across the other radio lists, the song climbs to #11 on the Hot AC chart, slips to #16 at Rhythmic radio and sits just below the top 40 on the AC survey. Yes, those soccer moms sure love their Zeddlessia so far. The Russian-born DJ/producer has yet to announce a follow-up single, while the Canadian singer hasn’t announced a next single from her Know-It-All album, or if the era is completed. I guess we’ll know soon!

“Stay” remains the only track with a bullet in this week’s top five, but there’s plenty of positive action in the lower half of the top ten. Of note, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s remix of “Despacito”, featuring Justin Bieber, is up nearly 2400 spins from last week. However, it’s only up 10-9. (You can expect it to be a contender for the top spot next month.) The only new track reaching the region is “Now Or Never”, the second top ten hit for Halsey, advancing 12-10. Her hopeless fountain kingdom album will likely debut at #1 on next week’s Billboard 200 list.

PUMP UP THE LOGJAMS: The logjam at Top 40 radio this spring (and now, summer!) has been pretty well-documented, with a number of records losing steam in the teens prematurely. However, three tracks climb into the top 20 this week, looking to make the leap into the top ten later this summer. Leading the potential hit parade is Selena Gomez‘s “Bad Liar”, which jumps from 26-16. Of course, Gomez remains in the top five with the Kygo collaboration “It Ain’t Me”, which rises 3-2 without a bullet. (The DJ/producer is just below the top 50 with another single, “First Time”, with a lead vocal by Ellie Goulding.) Surfing up five notches to #18 is the first top 20 single in three years for Miley Cyrus, “Malibu”. The 24-year-old was one of the many performers at Ariana Grande‘s One Love Manchester benefit concert earlier today.

Finally, up 24-20, is Niall Horan‘s second solo hit at the format. “Slow Hands” also rises to #20 on the Hot AC chart this week. It is currently in the top ten on iTunes, thanks in part to deep discounting at digital platforms. The Irish singer made the top 20 with One Direction 11 times between 2012 and 2016. In January and February, he spent two nonconsecutive weeks at #12 with  “This Town”. Horan also performed at Grande’s benefit show in Manchester, where he sang both “Hands” and “Town”.

WHOLE LOTTA “HISTORY”: Four girls are allowed into the top 50 this week, as we begin a long hot summer on the charts. The highest of three top 50 entries starts at #47: “Switch”, by Iggy Azalea featuring Anitta. Azalea’s last top 40 hit was 2016’s “Team”, which reached #21 in May 2016. Anitta hasn’t previously charted in the U.S., though she’s well-known in her home country, Brazil. A couple of steps below that collaboration is Tinashe, stoking the fire at #49 with “Flame”. Earlier this year, she peaked at #29 as the featured artist on Britney Spears‘s “Slumber Party”. Her latest single will be on the upcoming album Joyride, due later this year.

Also entering the top 50 this week is newcomer Olivia Holt with “History”, bowing at #50. The 19-year-old singer is best known for appearing in a fair amount of Disney programming, including the series Kickin’ It. Holt’s stay in the chart could be short-lived, with a small loss in spins this week indicating that it could be due for greater losses next week. (It went for adds nearly two months ago.) On Spotify, the song has over 95 million streams.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 11, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Harry Styles sees the “Sign” (and it opened up the panel’s minds), belief powers some Imagine Dragons add activity, and the heat starts rising on Tinashe‘s “Flame”, and that’s no cheap trick. Don’t be cruel to a chart that’s true, even if you’re referencing a cover song from the fall of ’88. Anyways, fall into our radio report and get a pop punch for your Tuesday night:

HIT ‘EM UP, STYLES: Don’t be blu, Harry Styles. You didn’t clear the entire pop panel in your first week, but you done good there, kid. “Sign Of The Times” has a big week at CHR radio, scoring 127 adds on impact. That total is slightly less than the 129 add total of “Sign ‘O’ The Times”, the #6 hit (4/10-17/87 R&R) by Prince. Styles is the fourth member of One Direction to make the top 40 as a solo act, with Liam Payne now the lone member to not release any music outside of the band. (We’re waiting, hello!) In the top 30 already and making major gains, it’s looking like “Sign” will be a major hit into the summer. Also, yes, I still have the CD single of “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” that I bought back in 2001. I’m sure that Blu Cantrell will delight in knowing that she’s a tiny part of a chart recap for the first time in, well, a long time.

BLESSED ARE THE BELIEVERS: Anne Murray and Imagine Dragons probably have nothing in common, outside of the multi-year top 40 runs, of course. That being said, you could say that the CHR panel just fell in love again with the band, while the four men replied, You needed us!” “Believer” grabs another 34 adds this week, which puts the single in the third Most Added spot on the latest report. It’s the current #1 song on the Alternative radio chart, a position that it’s held for three weeks now. The group only has one #1 single to date at the pop format, “Demons”, which spent a week at the top in December 2013. Will the guys make it to the top ten for the fourth time, or will they just have to imagine the result? I’m hoping it’s the former, but we’ll see soon.

“FLAME” ON THE SIDE OF THIS RACE: Some CHR programmers got a clue about Tinashe‘s new single this week, stoking that “Flame” to the tune of 16 stations and the ninth Most Added title. The singer has three top 40 tracks to date at the format, but none of the three have gone beyond a #20 peak. Perhaps we’ll need to get Professor Plum and Mrs. Peacock on the case… I bet the gatekeeper was in the conference room with the callout log. (Did I win?) Anyways, we’ll see if this fiery first shot at radio action has the means to keep the burning going in the coming weeks and months. Now, excuse me while I engage in my own kind of burning — some calories from all these Passover carbs!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. HARRY STYLES, “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia)
2. HALSEY
, “Now Or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
3. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
4. DRAKE, “Passionfruit” (YMCMB/Republic)
5. ZAYN featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR, “Still Got Time” (RCA)
6. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
7. ED SHEERAN, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
8. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic)
9. TINASHE, “Flame” (RCA)
10. IGGY AZALEA, “Mo Bounce” (Def Jam)

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (April 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 April in this month’s Radio Report:

BLEACHERS – “Don’t Take The Money” (RCA, April 4 – Alternative)
Album: Everybody Lost Somebody (2017)
Past ALT History: Jack Antonoff’s popular project has stormed the top five on the Alternative chart with two tracks: “I Wanna Get Better” (#1, one week) and “Rollercoaster” (#3). With a strong start over the past few days, I expect this release to join them soon.

COIN – “I Don’t Wanna Dance” (Columbia, April 4 – Alternative)
Album: How Will You Know If You Never Try (2017)
Past ALT History: This Nashville group’s breakout hit, “Talk Too Much”, talked its way up to #8 earlier this year. Despite the slow run of that song, the band now has some momentum ahead of their album release later this month. We’ll see how this tune moves.

HEY VIOLET – “Break My Heart” (Caroline, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The California group, previously known as Cherri Bomb, reached a peak of #18 earlier this year with “Guys My Age”. Their label, also responsible for Ben Rector’s “Brand New” (#26) from last summer, doesn’t have much pull on the pop side.

MIKE POSNER – “In The Arms Of A Stranger” (Island/Republic, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: At Night. Alone. (2016)
Past CHR History: Posner has eight top 50 appearances to date, half failing to reach the top 40. However, his 2016 comeback will be remembered as one of the most impressive of the decade, with a remix of “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” spending two weeks at the top.

OLIVIA HOLT – “History” (Hollywood, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: Olivia (EP) (2016)
Past CHR History: This is Holt’s first track to impact here. Is another classic top 30 brick wall in the works for Hollywood’s latest? Considering the results of other pop acts on their roster, like Jordan Fisher, Sabrina Carpenter and Shawn Hook, it could happen.

JAMES TW – “Ex” (Island/Republic, April 10 – Hot AC)
Album: TBA
Past HAC History: I was really rooting for his ballad “When You Love Someone”, which spent seven weeks atop my personal chart in 2016, when it was at the format. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, just edging into the top 30. I’m hoping this has a nice run.

RUTH B – “Superficial Love” (Columbia, April 10 – Hot AC)
Album: Safe Haven (2017)
Past HAC History: From Vine star to radio star, the Canadian singer and songwriter’s “Lost Boy” got found in the top ten, peaking at #6 last year. There’s been an unusually long amount of time between the two singles at Hot AC. How will it affect the chart run?

SIGRID – “Don’t Kill My Vibe” (Island/Republic, April 11 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: This Norwegian performer is headed to U.S. radio for the first time, and her debut single is already a sales and streaming hit in her home country. We’ll see if the newcomer can match the heights of a-ha and their #1 from 1985, “Take On Me”.

TINASHE – “Flame” (RCA, April 11 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: While not yet a prominent name on the CHR airwaves, this performer has achieved some success at the format in the last few years, including the #20 hit “2 On” in 2014. Plus, who doesn’t love an artist promoting her new song on a fire truck?

LANY – “ILYSB” (Interscope, April 17 – Hot AC)
Album: Make Out (EP) (2015)
Past HAC History: If you’re a happenin’ hipster in the SoundCloud universe, you’re probably wondering why a track from 2014 is headed to radio. Honestly, I am too, but it’s nice to see this California trio is finally getting their first shot at some notable airplay.

THE 1975 – “A Change Of Heart” (Interscope, April 18 – Alternative)
Album: I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it (2016)
Past ALT History: The four guys from Manchester must’ve been pretty frustrated seeing song after song of theirs miss the top ten at the format, so they did something about it. “Somebody Else”, their fifth top 40 single here, took its time and reached a #3 peak.

YOUNGR – “Out Of My System” (Island/Republic, April 25 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: What happens when the kid of Kid Creole takes on the playground we call Alternative radio? Format newcomer Dario Darnell is out to prove that his single is a wonderful thing, baby. This song’s been around for a year, but it still sounds fresh.

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

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 7)

"Down" for the top spot.

“Down” for the top spot.

It’s October already? Crazy how time flies and how many copies are gonna fly off the shelves when the big boys and girls come out to play in Q4. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 7:

  • Expectations are very high for the sixth studio album by Country supestar Jason Aldean. Those last five sets, at the very least, have been certified Platinum and he’s hoping that his latest, Old Boots, New Dirt, will continue that trend. Single “Burnin’ It Down” is preparing for a run atop the Country chart in a few weeks. Time to throw a lasso around this winner. (iTunes)
  • Following a well-deserved break after a three year period (2008-2010) when rockers Weezer released one album a year, they return to stores with Everything Will Be Alright In The End, featuring the current Alternative top ten hit “Back To The Shack”. They’ve been welcomed back by their core format, so expect this one to do moderately well. (iTunes)
  • She’s been all over the Rhythmic and Urban airwaves (and creeping up the CHR survey) with her debut release “2 On”. Now, R&B singer Tinashe gets her zodiac on with Aquarius, which also features the followup “Pretend”. It’s likely to debut high based on that success, but we’ll see if she can sustain herself on the radio. (iTunes)
  • Coming off his #1 AAA hit “Take Me To Church” and its subsequent crossover, Irish singer Hozier is out with his debut self-titled album. With strong pre-orders already securing a top ten debut for the effort, it’s anyone guess as to how high this one will go. Look for it to be strong through the holidays. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Alex & Sierra‘s It’s About Us (iTunes), Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn‘s Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (iTunes), Betty Who‘s Take Me When You Go (iTunes), Broods‘s Evergreen (iTunes), Flying Lotus‘s You’re Dead! (iTunes), Jackson Browne‘s Standing In The Breach (iTunes), Jim Brickman‘s On A Winter’s Night: The Songs And Spirit Of Christmas (iTunes), Keyshia Cole‘s Point Of No Return (iTunes), Minnie Driver‘s Ask Me To Dance (iTunes), New Found Glory‘s Resurrection (iTunes), Sixx: AM‘s Modern Vintage (iTunes), Stevie Nicks‘s 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault (iTunes), The Piano Guys‘s Wonders (iTunes), Yellowcard‘s Lift A Sail (iTunes) and the original soundtrack to The Best Of Me (iTunes).

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

  • “Dangerous”, the second collaboration from DJ David Guetta and singer Sam Martin. (iTunes)

Next week, Florida-Georgia Line, Hoodie Allen, Jessie J and U2 are among the likely top ten debuts of the pack. A full preview, including more great albums from Andrew McMachon In The Wilderness, Idina Menzel and Mary Lambert, is coming in seven!

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