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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 23, 2018

You don’t know Jack about this week’s releases.

It’s looking white outside after another snowstorm on the East Coast, and next week’s album chart is looking pretty White too. Here are the albums and singles you need to know on digital services and in stores this Friday:

JACK WHITE – Boarding House Reach (iTunes)
Featuring the radio singles “Connected By Love” and “Over And Over And Over”, the former in the top 20 at Triple A radio and the latter in the top 30 at Alternative radio, White hopes to bring his streak of solo #1 albums to three with his current set. Can he do it? Stay tuned.

JORDAN DAVIS – Home State (iTunes)
Davis’s first single to make the Country radio chart, “Singles You Up”, has enjoyed a slow ride into the top ten and is currently closing in on the top five. Look for this set to have a good chance of becoming the top title on that genre’s album chart next week.

Notable albums out this week: Chloe x Halle‘s The Kids Are Alright (iTunes), George Ezra‘s Staying At Tamara’s (iTunes), Jordan Feliz‘s Future (iTunes), Lissie‘s Castles (iTunes), Toni Braxton‘s Sex And Cigarettes (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Diplo‘s California (iTunes), Hudson Taylor‘s Feel It Again (iTunes), Svrcina‘s Svrcina (iTunes), Timeflies‘s To Dream (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“(F*ck A) Silver Lining” and “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“Back In The Water”, HAEVN (iTunes)
“Bad In Common”, SHY Martin (iTunes)
“Battlefield”, Joe Taylor (iTunes)
“Believe”, Don Diablo featuring Ansel Elgort (iTunes)
“Better With You”, Jesse McCartney (iTunes)
“Blind To You/Simple Life”, Ben Hobbs (iTunes)
“Bridges Burn”, NEEDTOBREATHE (iTunes)
“Candy”, Doja Cat (iTunes)
“Coming Home”, Keith Urban featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Crash”, Burak Yeter (iTunes)
“Creeping”, Lil Skies featuring Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Danger in Me”, 7Chariot (iTunes)
“Diamonds Or Twine”, Ryan Hurd (iTunes)
“Differently”, Marian Hill (iTunes)
“Endless Summer”, Grizfolk (iTunes)
“Father Father”, Cole Redding (iTunes)
“Flames”, David Guetta & Sia (iTunes)
“Follow Your Fire”, Kodaline (iTunes)
“Friends”, NONONO (iTunes)
“FRIENDS (R3hab Remix)”, Marshmello & Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“H.O.L.Y.”, Alle Farben & RHODES (iTunes)
“Hide”, Rainbow Kitten Surprise (iTunes)
“High Horse”, Kacey Musgraves (iTunes)
“Holding On”, Nightly (iTunes)
“Honest”, Bazzi (iTunes)
“I Don’t Know”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Imagination”, Lovespeake (iTunes)
“In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Kansas City”, The Mowgli’s (iTunes)
“Let It Rain”, Causes (iTunes)
“Lonely”, Matoma featuring MAX (iTunes)
“Love Me Still”, BLVK JVCK featuring Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Love Struck”, WSTRN featuring Tiwa Savage & Mr Eazi (iTunes)
“One Track Mind”, Thirty Seconds To Mars featuring A$AP Rocky (iTunes)
“Over You”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Playinwitme”, KYLE featuring Kehlani (iTunes)
“Running Up That Hill”, Matthew Young (iTunes)
“Sanctuary”, Welshly Arms (iTunes)
“Self Control”, Lion (iTunes)
“Signs”, Chris Watts (iTunes)
“Such A Simple Thing”, Ray LaMontagne (iTunes)
“Symphony”, Josh Groban (iTunes)
“Take You Back (To Basics)”, Cale Dodds (iTunes)
“The Vow”, RuthAnne (iTunes)
“Think About You (Olsen Remix)”, Delta Goodrem (iTunes)
“This Is Me (Alan Walker Remix)”, Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble (iTunes)
“This Morning”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Thoughts & Prayers”, grandson (iTunes)
“Time”, Colouring (iTunes)
“Waiting For You”, The Aces (iTunes)
“You From The Rest”, Adam French (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Hayley Kiyoko, Kacey Musgraves and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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FLASHBACK: Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit Of Chart History

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“Meant for” a top ten record.

The CHR/Top 40 airwaves were starting to rebuild their identity by the end of 1996, after a tumultuous few years of ratings slides, faceless new acts and lost songs. Before the Spice Girls swept the nation with “girl power”, and Lillith Fair ruled the summer tour season, a number of female singers began to perform well at the format. During that year, Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion and Donna Lewis (and others) had a super run at the top, leaving only two published charts with a #1 song by a male soloist. Then, as the hits kept piling up, the inevitable result occurred: just as 1997 began, the top ten songs on the pop chart were all sung by female soloists or female-led bands. It’s the only time this kind of event took place on the format, pre-PPW (plays per week) or PPW era.

Now, just because it’s been two decades since this historic chart week, that doesn’t mean that female-led top threes, fours and fives are going away anytime soon. An all-female top seven occurred on the pop chart as recently as September 2014, which included big hits by acts like Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift. So, keep that dream of a top ten led by the ladies alive. It may just happen again when you least expect it…

Let’s get into those sensational songs that gave the top ten a special feminine touch for a little Throwback Thursday action:

(Stats taken from: Radio & Records – issue dated January 10, 1997, airplay period of December 30, 1996 – January 5, 1997)

10. CELINE DION, “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” (down 3)
Album: Falling Into You
Label: 550 Music/Epic

1996 was a year of sevens for Dion on the pop chart. “Because You Loved Me” spent seven weeks at #1, and “All” spent seven at #2.

09. JEWEL, “You Were Meant For Me” (up 10)
Album: Pieces Of You
Label: Atlantic

Though 1996 was her breakout year, 1997 was even more successful for this singer. Her two #1 songs totaled nine weeks at the top.

08. GINA G, “Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit” (up 6)
Album: Fresh!
Label: Eternal/Warner Bros.

The number of U.S. hits that originated at Eurovision is quite small, but “Ooh” connected with pop radio’s audience, peaking at #5.

07. THE CARDIGANS, “Lovefool” (up 9)
Album: First Band On The Moon
Label: Mercury

Nina Persson led this Swedish group to a huge smash in early 1997, spending six weeks at #1. They never made the pop chart again.

06. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Head Over Feet” (=)
Album: Jagged Little Pill
Label: Maverick/Reprise

With her third in a run of five consecutive #1 singles on the pop chart, Morissette dominated the airwaves across multiple formats.

05. SHERYL CROW, “If It Makes You Happy” (=)
Album: Sheryl Crow
Label: A&M

Crow was likely “Happy” to reach the top five again after a couple of misses. “If” also went top ten at Alternative and Hot AC radio.

04. MERRIL BAINBRIDGE, “Mouth” (=)
Album: The Garden
Label: Universal

This Australian singer’s biggest U.S. hit held at #2 for four weeks in late 1996. Her two other chart singles stalled below the top 40.

03. TONI BRAXTON, “Un-Break My Heart” (=)
Album: Secrets
Label: LaFace/Arista

This iconic ballad became Braxton’s penultimate top ten hit on the pop listing, later making it there with “He Wasn’t Man Enough”.

02. EN VOGUE, “Don’t Let Go (Love)” (=)
Album: EV3
Label: EastWest/EEG

Shortly before the messy circumstances that made them a trio, this soundtrack cut gave the girls their biggest pop hit in four years.

01. NO DOUBT, “Don’t Speak” (=)
Album: Tragic Kingdom
Label: Trauma/Interscope

With a giant 11 (two frozen) weeks at #1, “Don’t” became the group’s signature song and one of the biggest radio hits of the decade.

Listen to Ooh Aah… A #TBT List on Spotify, featuring these songs and more top tunes from this week in 1996!

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Loop De Loop: Sampling The Latest Dance Hits

If you’re ready to dust off your boogie shoes and dance ’til the morning light to the soundtrack of some hot sounds, look no further than these two singles to get the party jumping. Both jams are flipping some older records around and making them fresh once more. Impacting U.K.-based digital retailers within the next few weeks, the U.S. will surely be missing out if these don’t reach our shores. Here’s a little sampler of the samples and the new songs that accompany them:

Leaders of the Quack.

Leaders of the Quack.

DUCK SAUCE – “NRG”
Release Date: June 23 (U.K.)

Never did I think that Melissa Manchester‘s name would ever come up in 2014, but here we are with the latest single from the New York DJ duo of Armand Van Helden and A-Trak. Just under four years since “Barbra Streisand” got a quack at the top of the charts in Europe (and just a minor peak on the pop survey here in the U.S.), the two are back with a dance song that samples a forgotten release from the former Bette Midler backup singer turned soloist. “Energy” was originally issued in 1985 as the second single from her album Mathematics; since the title track didn’t do a whole lot of damage on the Hot 100, it was never expected to do well. However, these two guys just happened to find something cool in that hook to play around with, and now it’s the basis for the massive tune. It may be that the project remains a one hit wonder given the novelty of “Barbra”, but this is a really fun way to spin a lost 80’s gem (and rock that neon gym outfit.)

Bringin' the Illinoise.

Tunes from that toddlin’ town.

SECONDCITY – “I Wanna Feel”
Release Date: May 25 (U.K.) / at U.K. radio now

I’ve been following this single since the end of last month and I’m quite excited at how it’s progressed since then. In four weeks, you will absolutely see this track dominating the U.K. charts; both pre-orders and Shazam counts are rising. This DJ and producer was born in Chicago before moving to London, where he’s currently based and making the rounds at all of the top dance clubs. “Feel” is his first single to be released on Ministry Of Sound, the well-known dance and electronic label from across the pond. His song is based around an interpolation of the 1995 hit by Toni Braxton, “You’re Makin’ Me High”. (You can find the original line sampled in the song’s middle eight.) Not only is the original version lovely, but a remix by the Brookes Brothers is excellent as well. Between the sample, the piano and that beat that just gets you back on the floor, it’s a winner. Last week, it entered my chart at #36. “I wanna feel” that it’ll be making some big moves soon.

Which of these two new singles will you be dancing to all summer long? Let me know! Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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

All about Love.

All about Love.

It’s a new month with new adventures and a lot of new albums and singles making their way into stores. Here are all the releases that you need to know about for the week of February 4:

  • After being delayed for a few months, the duets album between Toni Braxton and Babyface is finally here, titled Love, Marriage and Divorce. It features a recent #1 on the Urban AC chart, “Hurt You”, as well as the follow-up “Where Did We Go Wrong?”, currently top 20 on the same format. Look for it to debut in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • Indie rockers Broken Bells are back with their first album in four years, After The Disco, featuring the single “Holding On For Life”. The duo’s last effort entered in the top ten; this will also likely land a similar debut. (iTunes).
  • Newcomer Eric Paslay recently hit #1 on the Country chart with “Friday Night” in a ridiculous last ditch attempt by his label (A 900-spin gain? Really?) and now his self-titled album is out today. His new single from it is “Song About A Girl”. (iTunes)
  • They’re currently on the AAA survey with a song called “Only One”; now, Aussie band John Butler Trio releases Flesh & Blood, their first album since 2010. (iTunes)
  • Two big compilation series have new editions out today: NOW! That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 49 (iTunes) and WOW Gospel 2014 (iTunes).
  • Other releases out include: Jeremy Messersmith‘s Heart Murmurs (iTunes), Junior Prom‘s self-titled EP (iTunes), Little Mix‘s Salute (iTunes), Paul Rodgers‘s The Royal Sessions (iTunes), Ruben Studdard‘s Unconditional Love (iTunes), The Chain Gang of 1974‘s Daydream Forever (iTunes) and Within Temptation‘s Hydra (iTunes).

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

  • “Follow Me Down”, a new track from The Pretty Reckless. (iTunes)
  • “Girls Chase Boys”, a new single from singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson. (iTunes)
  • “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You”, the first single from The Hold Steady‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Invisible”, free for two days via iTunes and now a paid download from U2‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Once Upon A Dream”, a soundtrack single from Maleficent as performed by Lana Del Rey. (iTunes)
  • Polaroid Picture (EP), a five-song pack featuring the title track from Frank Turner. (iTunes)
  • “PretzelBodyLogic”, a digital release from Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL. (iTunes)
  • “Same Girl”, another digital single from singer and American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez. (iTunes)

It’s all about the guys of Country next week with new albums from Frankie Ballard and Eric Church, as well as the second soundtrack from the TV series Girls. See you in seven!

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Crown Of The Frowns: Pulling Off An Upset On The Charts

An expression of depression.

An expression of depression.

It might be a downer, but it’s rising up the chart for singer Lana Del Rey, who appears to finally be accepted by a mainstream audience in the United States. A Cedric Gervais remix has fueled the sudden hit status of “Summertime Sadness”, which is currently up to #16 on the Hot 100 as of last week. It could very well go top ten because it continues to make significant gains on both the airplay and sales chart. Should it achieve that, it would be only the seventh song in the history of the chart to reach that portion with a depressing ditty, at least in its title, sadly. In fact, all of those prior singles have gone top 7, so the lucky seventh one has to go to top, right? Maybe. We’ll have to wait and see. Grab onto these big hits and maybe a box of tissues as well:

“So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)”, The Everly Brothers (#7, 1960)
Don and Phil Everly were all over the place as the rock era began, cranking out material that charted on the adult contemporary, R&B and pop national surveys. In the middle of the terrific twosome’s hit streak in the 50’s and 60’s came this single, and while it’s not one of their most remembered, it did spend a few weeks in the top ten with a peak of #7. The b-side to it, “Lucille”, also cracked the top 40, going as high as #21.

“Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)”, Sue Thompson (#5, 1961)
Missouri-born Eva McKee first made a name for herself as Thompson in 1961 with this debut single, which went to #5 on the Hot 100. It was written by John D. Loudermilk, who was also behind the hits “Indian Reservation”, “Tobacco Road” and Thompson’s followup to “Movies”, the #3 “Norman”. After the pop charts ignored her efforts by the middle of the decade, she returned to Country music to some minor success.

“Sad Eyes”, Robert John (#1, 1979)
John first made the Hot 100 as 12-year-old Bobby Pedrick, Jr. in 1958 with a minor single, which was followed by a few more under a change of name in 1968. After garnering his first big hit with a cover of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” in 1972, which went to #3, he fell off the radar. This unexpected comeback song climbed the charts slowly, going top 40 in June and to #1 in October, rare for the time. He last charted in 1983.

“Sad Songs (Say So Much)”, Elton John (#5, 1984)
Now, from one John to another. The English star created some pretty sad songs in his career, but this was his only single release to contain the actual world. “Songs” was the first release from his 1984 album Breaking Hearts and it went to #5 on the Hot 100, his first leadoff single to make the top 5 in four years. It also managed high peaks in Austria, Canada, and Switzerland. A music video for it was filmed in Australia.

“There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)”, Billy Ocean (#1, 1986)
It was in 1984 that Ocean first saw the top of the charts with “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)”, his first top 40 single in eight years. Two years after that massive song, he went back to the #1 spot with this big ballad. After a single frame at the top, it was knocked out by Simply Red‘s “Holding Back The Years”. Ocean would go to #1 for a third and final time in 1988 with “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car”.

“Another Sad Love Song”, Toni Braxton (#7, 1993)
She’s one of the stars of Braxton Family Values and her music career took off in a big way in the 90’s. “Love” was the first single from Braxton’s self-titled debut album in 1993. The single went top ten and the album went to #1 for two weeks in 1994. Braxton is currently promoting a duets project with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, who featured Braxton on his 1992 hit, “Give U My Heart”, becoming her first top 40 single.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (August 20)

Makin' "Paper".

Another day in Paradise.

Whether you’re running to the rodeo or cuddling up at the coffee shop, it’s music connecting those two hot spots this week for your list of releases out today, August 20:

  • Biggest week of the release comes from GRAMMY-winning singer and songwriter John Mayer. His sixth studio album, Paradise Valley, features collaborations with Frank Ocean and girlfriend Katy Perry. Two singles from it have been released thus far: “Paper Doll” and “Wildfire”. It will likely open at #2 behind Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Party, though it does have a slight chance of debuting at #1. (iTunes)
  • He’s wasted away again, but not in Margaritaville. Jimmy Buffett continues his island party with Songs From St. Somewhere, featuring a recent duet with Toby Keith, “Too Drunk To Karaoke”. It’s a hot seller on Amazon and could be top ten next week.  (iTunes)
  • Denver-based band The Lumineers have already gone Platinum with their debut self-titled album; now, a deluxe edition is out this week featuring a few new tracks and[ a cover of “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” by Talking Heads. (iTunes)
  • Combining the talents of Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank, TGT is all over Urban AC radio with their first project together. Three Kings is out, which includes current hit, “I Need”. (iTunes)
  • Two movie soundtracks leap from the silver screen into stores this week: Kick Ass 2 (iTunes) and The Mortal Instruments. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include A$AP Ferg‘s Trap Lord (iTunes), Blue October‘s Sway (iTunes), Frames by Lee DeWyze (iTunes) and Where You Stand by Travis. (iTunes)

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

  • “Hurt You”, a classic R&B duet between Toni Braxton and Babyface. (iTunes)
  • “Loving You”, the first U.S. single release for Matt Cardle along with duet partner Melanie C. (iTunes)
  • “Next To Me”, already a hit in the U.S. for Emeli Sandé in a new mix with Alejandro Sanz. (iTunes)
  • “Pass Me By”, the latest single from the Lynch siblings, R5. (iTunes)
  • “That Girl”, the first solo single for Sugarland‘s vocalist Jennifer Nettles. (iTunes)
  • “Trying To Be Cool”, an Alternative hit for Phoenix as remixed by R. Kelly. (iTunes)

Rockers Avenged Sevenfold and rapper Big Sean top the list of new releases for next week… can either make it to #1? Stay tuned for our next update!

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