Tag Archives: Tove Lo

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 22, 2020

Raining on the competition’s parade.

We’re dedicated to providing you with the best music from this week’s new release schedule, including new albums from Carly Rae Jepsen and The 1975 and big singles from Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding, Lady Gaga, Sia and more. New Music Friday is raining down hits:

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – 6-Pack (EP) (iTunes)
Features: “I Love My Country”, a current top 20 entry on the Country radio chart

THE 1975 – Notes On A Conditional Form (iTunes)
Features: “Me & You Together Song”, a recent top 20 entry on the Alternative chart

Notable albums out this week: Ben Platt‘s Sing To Me Instead (Deluxe) (iTunes), Carly Rae Jepsen‘s Dedicated (Side B) (iTunes), Craig Morgan‘s God, Family, Country (iTunes), David Archuleta‘s Therapy Sessions (iTunes), Russ‘s Shake The Snow Globe (Deluxe) (iTunes), The Airborne Toxic Event‘s Hollywood Park (iTunes), Tove Lo‘s Sunshine Kitty (Paw Prints Edition) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Breland‘s Breland (iTunes), Dagny‘s Strangers/Lovers (Side A) (iTunes), Isabela Merced‘s The Better Half Of Me (iTunes), John-Robert‘s Bailey Barely Knew Me (iTunes), Tomorrow x Together‘s The Dream Chapter: Eternity (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Angels & Demons”, Jxdn (iTunes)
“Anyone But Her”, Cian Ducrot (iTunes)
“Be Me”, VINCINT (iTunes)
“Be Okay”, R3HAB & HRVY (iTunes)
“Better Days”, OneRepublic featuring KHEA (iTunes)
“Black And White (Stripped)”, Niall Horan (iTunes)
“Break My Heart (Jax Jones Remix)”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Can’t Fight”, Lianne La Havas (iTunes)
“Don’t Stop”, Cobi (iTunes)
“Don’t Wanna”, HAIM (iTunes)
“Dreaming”, Green Day (iTunes)
“Driverless Cars”, Will Joseph Cook (iTunes)
“Empty Love”, Gracey & Ruel (iTunes)
“Energy”, Disclosure (iTunes)
“Fade To Black”, Corey Harper (iTunes)
“Falling In”, Inhaler (iTunes)
“Find Yourself”, Thunder Jackson (iTunes)
“Friends”, Jesse McCartney (iTunes)
“Give It Up”, Wanderer (iTunes)
“Green Eyes”, Will McCarry (iTunes)
“Hickory Dickory Dock”, Fredo (iTunes)
“How We Care”, Ben Hobbs (iTunes)
“I Am King”, Nasty Cherry (iTunes)
“I Don’t Really Like Your Boyfriend”, Avenue Beat (iTunes)
“I Need You To Hate Me”, JC Stewart (iTunes)
“I See You”, Phoebe Bridgers (iTunes)
“I Wanna Go Outside”, Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“In Your Eyes (Remix)”, The Weeknd featuring Doja Cat (iTunes)
“Insecurities”, Chris Wallace (iTunes)
“Karma”, Tipling Rock (iTunes)
“Lamb’s Wool”, Foster The People (iTunes)
“Leap Of Faith”, Christopher (iTunes)
“Like U Do (Clear Eyes Remix)”, Marian Hill (iTunes)
“London In The Spring (Acoustic)”, Passenger (iTunes)
“Long Sleeves”, Gracie Abrams (iTunes)
“Love Not Loving You”, Foxes (iTunes)
“MadHappySad”, BabyJake (iTunes)
“Melt”, Twin XL (iTunes)
“Naïve”, Gia Woods (iTunes)
“Need It”, Migos featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again (iTunes)
“New Best Friend”, Neon Trees (iTunes)
“No Chorus Pt. 12”, BlocBoy JB & Tay Keith (iTunes)
“Nobody Like You”, Louis The Child & Vera Blue (iTunes)
“Nobody Likes Moving On”, SHY Martin (iTunes)
“On The Line”, San Cisco (iTunes)
“Open Up”, Umi (iTunes)
“Over You”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Overused”, Clara Mae featuring Gnash (iTunes)
“Pillow”, Wolf (iTunes)
“Power”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
“Prospect”, Iann Dior featuring Lil Baby (iTunes)
“Rabbit Hole”, Jake Bugg (iTunes)
“Rain On Me”, Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“Rescue Dog”, Train (iTunes)
“Rise Up”, Just Sam (iTunes)
“Rope”, Guccihighwaters (iTunes)
“Serpentine Prison”, Matt Berninger (iTunes)
“Slow Down (P2J Remix)”, Skip Marley & H.E.R. featuring DaVido & Oxlade (iTunes)
“So We Won’t Forget”, Khruangbin (iTunes)
“Strike”, Call Me Loop (iTunes)
“Surrender (Martin Jensen Remix)”, Natalie Taylor (iTunes)
“The Bottom (Let’s Eat Grandma Rework)”, Michelle (iTunes)
“The Truth”, Kygo & Valerie Broussard (iTunes)
“This Is What I Live For”, Blue October (iTunes)
“Together”, Sia (iTunes)
“Too Much”, Ro James featuring Miguel (iTunes)
“Two Of Us”, Alice Chater (iTunes)
“Until We Meet Again”, Nick Jonas (iTunes)
“Used To Love Me”, Kandi featuring Todrick Hall & Precious (iTunes)
“Welcome To My Mind”, Spencer Barnett (iTunes)
“What It Is”, KYLE (iTunes)
“Wunna”, Gunna (iTunes)
“You Should Probably Just Hang Up”, Nightly (iTunes)

Next week, the latest albums from Lady Gaga and The Killers are among the larger releases on the schedule. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 20, 2019

Blink and you’ll miss it.

Time to make a whole lot of “Memories” and enjoy this week’s top new releases! If you’re ready for some cool tunes for your playlist, here are all the top new albums and singles hitting stores this Friday:

BLINK-182 – Nine (iTunes)
Features: “Blame It On My Youth”, a recent top ten hit on the Alternative chart, and “I Really Wish I Hated You”, the follow-up single

Notable albums out this week: Brasko‘s SexDreamSuperstar (iTunes), Brittany Howard‘s Jaime (iTunes), Colt Ford‘s We The People, Vol. 1 (iTunes), Fitz And The Tantrums‘s All The Feels (iTunes), Gnar‘s Fire Hazard (iTunes), Jeremy Camp‘s The Story’s Not Over (iTunes), Keane‘s Cause And Effect (iTunes), Kris Allen‘s 10 (iTunes), Kyle Lionhart‘s Too Young (iTunes), Liam Gallagher‘s Why Me? Why Not. (iTunes), Maxi Priest‘s It All Comes Back To Love (iTunes), Sueco The Child‘s Miscreant (iTunes), Tove Lo‘s Sunshine Kitty (iTunes), Zac Brown Band‘s The Owl (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Aaron Smith‘s Loveless (iTunes), Cashmere Cat‘s Princess Catgirl (iTunes), Cyn‘s Mood Swing (iTunes), Jake Miller‘s Summer 19 (iTunes), Rence‘s Fall 2019 (iTunes), Sofi Tukker‘s Dancing On The People (iTunes), We Three‘s We’re All Messed Up (But It’s Okay) (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Afterlife”, Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Ain’t The Same”, Lost Kings featuring CXLOE (iTunes)
“All These Parties”, Johnny Orlando (iTunes)
“Baggage”, Gryffin with Gorgon City and AlunaGeorge (iTunes)
“Bounce”, Samantha Jade (iTunes)
“Buying Time”, Lucky Daye (iTunes)
“Can’t Live Without”, Justin Caruso featuring Wyn Starks (iTunes)
“Courage”, “Imperfections” and “Lying Down”, Celine Dion (iTunes)
“Crown”, Russ (iTunes)
“Cruel Times”, Ryan Egan (iTunes)
“Don’t Believe The Things They Tell You (They Lie)”, Tegan & Sara (iTunes)
“Down In Flames”, AJ Mitchell (iTunes)
“Elephant”, Benjamin Francis Leftwich (iTunes)
“Encore”, EVAN GIIA (iTunes)
“Feelings”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Foolish”, OBB (iTunes)
“God Is A Dancer”, Tiësto & Mabel (iTunes)
“Haloes”, Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“Heavy Hitter”, Jack Harlow (iTunes)
“Higher”, Ally Brooke & Matoma (iTunes)
“Honey (Joe Goddard Remix)”, Robyn (iTunes)
“Hotel Walls (Acoustic)”, Smith & Thell (iTunes)
“I Don’t Miss You At All”, FINNEAS (iTunes)
“If I’m Being Honest”, Anna Clendening (iTunes)
“In The Mix”, Mariah Carey (iTunes)
“Innocence”, Tim Halperin (iTunes)
“Jump For X”, Marc E. Bassy featuring 070 Shake (iTunes)
“Let’s Get Married”, Yellow Claw featuring Offset & Era Istrefi (iTunes)
“Look Away (Acoustic)”, Stephen Puth (iTunes)
“Long Live”, Lights featuring Travis Barker (iTunes)
“Love U”, Monsta X (iTunes)
“Memories”, Maroon 5 (iTunes)
“Mind”, Hartley (iTunes)
“My Benz”, Wes Period (iTunes)
“My Ex”, Overstreet (iTunes)
“My Type (Latin Remix)”, Saweetie featuring Becky G & Melii (iTunes)
“Never Gonna Like You”, Bea Miller + Snakehips (iTunes)
“Ocean”, Lady Antebellum (iTunes)
“Only One To Blame”, Samm Henshaw (iTunes)
“Proud”, John Splithoff (iTunes)
“Red Car”, Julian Lamadrid (iTunes)
“Rehab (Winter In Paris)”, Brent Faiyaz (iTunes)
“Rest”, Minke (iTunes)
“Robbery”, Lime Cordiale (iTunes)
“San Frandisco”, Dom Dolla (iTunes)
“Show Me Love”, Alicia Keys featuring Miguel (iTunes)
“Slow It Down”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Smiling When I Die”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“Sober”, Bad Wolves (iTunes)
“Soldiers”, GoldTop x Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Someday”, VINCINT (iTunes)
“Something’s Got To Give”, Labrinth (iTunes)
“Sore Loser”, KennyHoopla (iTunes)
“So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings”, Caroline Polachek (iTunes)
“Spark”, MOTi x Fly By Midnight (iTunes)
“Stack It Up”, Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (iTunes)
“The Bones (Dave Audé Remix)”, Maren Morris (iTunes)
“The Last Time”, The Script (iTunes)
“This Is On You”, Maisie Peters (iTunes)
“Tomorrow”, MIKA (iTunes)
“Transform”, Julianne Hough (iTunes)
“Treehouse”, James Arthur with Sofia Reyes (iTunes)
“Two Shots”, Vasco featuring Nikki Vianna (iTunes)
“Verify”, Jacquees featuring Young Thug & Gunna (iTunes)
“Virtual Healing”, Kyan Palmer & Nicopop. (iTunes)
“Waste My Youth”, Galxara (iTunes)
“Way Way Back”, Donovan Woods (iTunes)
“We Never Die (Acoustic)”, Juke Ross (iTunes)
“When I Wasn’t Watching”, Mandy Moore (iTunes)
“Where The Shadow Ends”, BANNERS & Young Bombs (iTunes)
“Wow”, All Talk (iTunes)
“You Can’t Stop The Girl”, Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
“You Don’t Even Know Me”, Faouzia (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from artists like Adam Lambert, Jon Pardi, Tegan & Sara and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews

RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 30, 2019)

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. A free-spirited performer is on top as we get closer to the holiday week, as more guests arrive for the pop pool party. Let’s see what’s popping at the Top 40 format this Sunday:

TALK TO YOUR TRAVEL AGENT: As vacation fever swells, this week’s pop paradise is led once again by Khalid, who earns his second week at #1 on the Top 40 airwaves with “Talk”. Given the usual holiday programming at this time of year, the cut could score a third week at the top, but Khalid’s competitors are beginning to sneak up on him in the top five. We’ll see what kind of gains they’ll receive in the next few days. Meanwhile, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello‘s hit “Señorita” storms into the top 40 with a move from #41 to #20, the biggest jump by far in the countdown this week. The collaboration is Mendes’s ninth top 40 entry at the format and Cabello’s 11th as a solo artist.

This week’s top 50 action is led by Tove Lo, who starts at #44 with “Glad He’s Gone”. She was last in the top ten around this time in 2016 on the Nick Jonas solo hit “Close”, which spent four non-consecutive weeks at #10 that June and July. Meanwhile, Jonas and his two siblings, the Jonas Brothers, debut at #48 with “Only Human”, the third charting song from their recent #1 set Happiness Begins. Both “Sucker” (#2) and “Cool” (#10) are still in positive territory at the format, with the latter cut entering the region on this week’s chart. In-between those two singles, Ava Max‘s “So Am I” and the Ed Sheeran and Khalid collaboration “Beautiful People” are also new to the top 50, landing at #46 and #47, respectively. Look for “Beautiful”, along with “Only”, to appear on the weekly list of the Most Added songs at Top 40 radio on Tuesday evening.

Check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for more chart coverage and commentary.

Leave a comment

Filed under Charts/Trade Papers

ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 18, 2019)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday 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: Taylor Swift gets “Down” with the Top 40 crowd once more, blasting up to the top spot on the Tuesday report. Take a deep breath in and out and let’s add ’em up:

“YOU”-NITED AS ONE: After the Brendon Urie-assisted “ME!” cleared the entire panel in one week back in late April, it’s no surprise to see Taylor Swift picking up another giant total for the follow-up single, “You Need To Calm Down”. This tune earns 129 stations in its first week, which falls below the 183 for “ME!”, but is still quite significant. Both songs can be found on Lover, which hits stores on August 23. “You” squeaked into the top 40 on last Sunday’s update and should be well into the top 30 by the next list to be published. It also led the adds report at Hot AC radio yesterday, scoring 42 stations in total.

Swift’s current single lands well ahead of the other impacting records in the region, including songs by LIVVIATove Lo and We Three, though all three acts managed to successfully place their songs in the top ten. (More results are below.)

Next week, Ava Max (who already appears in this week’s top ten) leads a pack of at least five impacting songs, which also includes the latest releases from Cyn, MKTO and more. Curious about who will land on top? So am I! Check back next Tuesday!

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. TAYLOR SWIFT, “You Need To Calm Down” (Republic)
2-T. LIZZO, “Truth Hurts” (Atlantic)
2-T. TOVE LO, “Glad He’s Gone” (Island/Republic)
4. LEWIS CAPALDI, “Someone You Loved” (Capitol)
5. MARK RONSON featuring CAMILA CABELLO, “Find U Again” (RCA)
6. MILEY CYRUS, “Mother’s Daughter” (RCA)
7-T. AVA MAX, “So Am I” (APG/Atlantic)
7-T. LIVVIA, “Dizzy” (12Tone Music)
7-T. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring BEBE REXHA, “Call You Mine” (Disruptor/Columbia)
10. WE THREE, “Lifeline” (Palawan/JMA)

Check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for more adds coverage and commentary.

Leave a comment

Filed under Charts/Trade Papers

RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (June 17-18, 2019)

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 this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are three new hits impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

LIVVIA – “Dizzy” (12Tone)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Former Jonas camp member Olivia Somerlyn has charted with two minor top 40 singles. Will this be her third?

TAYLOR SWIFT – “You Need To Calm Down” (Republic)
Album: Lover (2019)
Past T40 History: With “ME!” looking stalled out just below the top five, this follow-up single (now in the top 40) is on its way up.

TOVE LO – “Glad He’s Gone” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: It’s been three years since Lo entered the top ten here. We’ll see if her new single earns her a seventh top 40 hit.

Next week: it’s a huge pop party with at least five impacting songs, including new releases from Ava Max, Avicii and MKTO. It’s anyone’s guess as to who the winner will be, so stay tuned for more.

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

Check out our Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, Spotify and Twitter pages!

Leave a comment

Filed under POP! Goes The Picks (Radio), Single Reviews

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 17, 2017

A new chart “Life”.

Just before we head into the Thanksgiving break, you’ll be happy to know there’s plenty cooking when it comes to giant releases for the week. Here are the albums and singles you need to know about this Friday:

TIM MCGRAW & FAITH HILL – The Rest Of Our Life (iTunes)
One of Country music’s most iconic couples is out with their joint release this week, their first full-length set together. “Speak To A Girl” and the title track have both hit the top 40 at the radio format, the latter of which is currently charting. It will likely settle for a top five peak on the Billboard 200, though it should lead the genre-specific chart (unless Garth Brooks‘s book/CD combo is eligible to enter the list.)

More albums out this week: Barenaked Ladies‘s Fake Nudes (iTunes), Chase Rice‘s Lambs & Lions (iTunes), Green Day‘s Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band (iTunes), Jaden Smith‘s SYRE (iTunes), Jimmy Buffett‘s Buried Treasure: Volume 1 (iTunes), Morrissey‘s Low In High School (iTunes), Paloma Faith‘s The Architect (iTunes), Tove Lo‘s Blue Lips (iTunes), T-Pain‘s Oblivion (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: Sia‘s Everyday Is Christmas (iTunes), Tom Chaplin‘s Twelve Tales Of Christmas (iTunes), Us The Duo‘s Our Favorite Time Of Year (Amazon)

More EPs out this week: Aly & AJ‘s Ten Years (iTunes), Dean Lewis‘s Same Kind Of Different (Acoustic) (iTunes), Olivia O’Brien‘s It’s Not That Deep (iTunes), State Of Sound‘s High On You (iTunes), Tigertown‘s Warriors (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Night”, Steve Aoki x Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“Alone”, Aaron Taos featuring Shane Stokes (iTunes)
“American Soul”, U2 (iTunes)
“Cabrona”, Gin Wigmore (iTunes)
“Can’t Trust A Soul”, Dreezy featuring PnB Rock (iTunes)
“Coping”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Desires”, LCAW featuring WhoMadeWho (iTunes)
“Ding-A-Ling”, Stefflon Don & Skepta (iTunes)
“Dream (Acoustic)”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Easy To Hate”, VOKES (iTunes)
“Echame La Culpa”, Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Energia”, Sofi Tukker (iTunes)
“Freeze”, Andy Grammer (iTunes)
“g2g ttyl”, blackbear featuring THEY. (iTunes)
“Get It Right”, Diplo featuring (iTunes)
“Giants (Lūn Remix)”, Lights (iTunes)
“Hola”, Flo Rida featuring Maluma (iTunes)
“Hold Me Tight Or Don’t”, Fall Out Boy (iTunes)
“Home”, Machine Gun Kelly & X Ambassadors featuring Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
“I Say So”, Chloe x Halle (iTunes)
“I Wrote A Song For You”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“Let The Record Play”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“Love You Like That (Acoustic)”, Dagny (iTunes)
“Medusa (Manila Killa Remix)”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“My Friends”, Bohnes (iTunes)
“New (Ryan Riback Remix)”, Daya (iTunes)
“Number One”, Massari featuring Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“Obsessed”, Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“Only You”, Parson James (iTunes)
“Paris In The Rain”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Party Up”, Osmo featuring Spencer Ludwig (iTunes)
“PDA”, Day Wave & Hazel English (iTunes)
“Pineapple Skies”, Miguel (iTunes)
“Queen”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Raincheck (Embody Remix)”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Searchlight”, Cape Cub (iTunes)
“Slow”, Matoma featuring Noah Cyrus (iTunes)
“The Beautiful & Damned”, G-Eazy featuring Zoe Nash (iTunes)
“The Bravest”, Sir Rosevelt (iTunes)
“U. R. Beautiful”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Waste My Time”, CAPPA (iTunes)
“We Fight”, Dashboard Confessional (iTunes)
“Whatever It Takes (Miss Congeniality Remix)”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Where I First Found You”, Forest Blakk (iTunes)
“You Are The Reason”, Calum Scott (iTunes)

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 28, 2016

A Cosmic chart debut.

A Cosmic chart debut.

It’s an early Christmas on the schedule this week, as this year’s big seasonal titles look to cheer up the chart with holiday hits. It’s time to deck the halls with ditties, because here are the notable albums and singles:

KENNY CHESNEY — Cosmic Hallelujah (iTunes)
He’s been a presence on the Country chart for decades now, and his recent #1 with P!nk, “Setting The World On Fire”, could set a few other formats on fire, including a current run inside the top 25 on the Hot AC listing. To date, he’s had seven #1 albums on the Billboard 200, and it looks like an eighth may be on its way.

EMPIRE OF THE SUN — Two Vines (iTunes)
Sydney’s dynamic duo of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore scored a surprise Alternative radio smash in 2016 with “Walking On A Dream”, a single that was originally released in 2008. Remember the Honda commercial? Their current radio single, “High And Low”, is top 15 at the format.

TOVE LO — Lady Wood (iTunes)
The Swedish singer is back with her second album, but the sophomore slump could be real with this set. “Cool Girl” barely made the top 40 at pop radio, and its international peaks are pretty low too. Can she turn things around?

Christmas albums out this week: Brett Eldredge‘s Glow (iTunes), Jackie Evancho‘s Someday At Christmas (iTunes), Jennifer Nettles‘s To Celebrate Christmas (iTunes), Jimmy Buffett‘s ‘Tis The SeaSon (iTunes), Jordan Smith‘s ‘Tis The Season (iTunes), Kacey Musgraves‘s A Very Kacey Christmas (iTunes), Neil Diamond‘s Acoustic Christmas (iTunes), She & Him‘s Christmas Party (iTunes), Straight No Chaser‘s I’ll Have Another… Christmas Album (iTunes)

More albums out this week: Cerrone‘s Red Lips (iTunes), CRX‘s New Skin (iTunes), James Arthur‘s Back From The Edge (iTunes), Jeezy‘s Trap Or Die (iTunes), Kate Voegele‘s Canyonlands (iTunes), Memphis May Fire‘s This Light I Hold (iTunes), The Piano Guys‘s Uncharted (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Cole Swindell’s Down Home Sessions III (iTunes), Kip Moore‘s Underground (iTunes), Maty Noyes‘s Noyes Complaint (iTunes), Tigertown‘s Papernote (iTunes), Young Summer‘s You Would Have Loved It Here (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“After The Afterparty”, Charli XCX featuring Lil Yachty (iTunes)
“Blown”, DNCE featuring Kent Jones (iTunes)
“Breathing Underwater”, Emeli Sandé (iTunes)
“By Your Side”, Jonas Blue featuring RAYE (iTunes)
“Holy War”, Alicia Keys (iTunes)
“I Got You”, Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
“Room For 2”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Scared Of America”, Jesse Ruben (iTunes)
“So Good”, Louisa Johnson (iTunes)
“You Gotta Not”, Little Mix (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, The Chainsmokers and more.

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews

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.

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Single Reviews

RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (July 2015) (Part One)

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 July on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Demi Lovato
DEMI LOVATO – “Cool For The Summer” (July 7) (*)
Label: Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood
We have a number of singers on the chart at the moment that are (or were) associated with the Walt Disney family, as Lovato has a partnership with both her longtime label and a new home that was set by her manager, Phil McIntyre. “Cool” is a slick single for the season that was co-written and produced by Max Martin. Fun and fresh, it’s bound to be a big hit in her catalog. Soak it all up.

Afrojack
AFROJACK featuring MIKE TAYLOR – “SummerThing!” (July 14) (*)
Label: Def Jam
Dutch DJ/producer Nick van de Wall stands a very tall 6′ 10″, and his last main-credited single to reach this particular chart, “Ten Feet Tall”, propelled him to new heights when it peaked at #19 last year. Now, he’s throwing his hat into the ring with a “summer” title that could face some competition from Lovato’s new song. However, he and newcomer Taylor are ready for some radio rays.

Alessia Cara
ALESSIA CARA – “Here” (July 14) (*)
Label: Def Jam/EP Entertainment
Newcomer Cara, born and raised in the Toronto area, is poised to see some huge numbers later this year as her single develops at radio across several formats. (It is also building at Rhythmic and Urban radio at the moment.) Spotify has been one of the driving forces behind its success, having accumulated millions of streams before ever being serviced. She and her song are “Here” to stay.

Avicii
AVICII (uncredited vocal by SIMON ALDRED) – “Waiting For Love” (July 14) (*)
Label: PRMD/Island/Republic
Late last year, the Swedish DJ/producer released an EP called The Days / Nights, which featured two cuts that were either pulled (“The Days”) or tanked (“The Nights”) when released to radio despite positive streaming numbers. The latest attempt to launch a new album titled Stories is this single, already a #1 in Austria, Norway and his native Sweden. Let’s hope U.S. radio remembers it.

Little Mix
LITTLE MIX – “Black Magic” (July 14) (*)
Label: Syco/Columbia
The former The X Factor winners from the U.K. have been very successful across the pond and on the Billboard 200, where their two studio albums thus far have both debuted in the top ten, but the quartet has yet to receive a big pop radio hit here. “Wings” is still their highest charting cut, peaking at #24 on the format in 2013. Still, this pop potion may cast a spell on more programmers.

Travie McCcoy
TRAVIE MCCOY featuring SIA – “Golden” (July 14) (*)
Label: Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic
After McCoy’s “Rough Water” swam up to #20 in late 2013, things have been, well, rough for the performer at pop radio. After a second single failed to chart, two of his features stalled in the 40’s earlier this year. Luckily, things are shining brighter for the 33-year-old now that he’s teamed up with the red hot Australian singer/songwriter. It could be a fall favorite for fans and radio alike.

Icona Pop
ICONA POP – “Emergency” (July 21) (*)
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic
It felt like you couldn’t escape this duo’s “I Love It” in the spring and summer of 2013 as it slowly climbed up to a peak of #2 at the format. Though the two have managed a pair of charting singles since then, nothing’s come close to the love for “Love”. The latest single from them could ring the musical alarm, a solid dance sound sprinkled with an uncredited vocal from the great Erik Hassle.

Tove Lo
TOVE LO – “Timebomb” (July 28) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
The Queen of the Clouds has ruled over CHR radio since last year with the #1 “Habits (Stay High)” and a recent top five follow-up in “Talking Body”. Now, I suppose we’ll be talking about this third single, which has fans divided based on the reaction thus far. It may not be the most popular pick, but the tune will likely gain for some time given her momentum. Will it stay ticking or explode?

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Single Reviews

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

Happy New Year to all of the PGTC readers around the world! It’s time once again to search the airwaves and find out if your favorite songs will be lighting up the national charts in 2015. What singles will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of the singles being serviced in January on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats in this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Avicii and RAS
AVICII (featuring RAS) – “The Nights” (January 6) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
It was “The Days” that looked CHR-bound a few months ago, but that was abruptly pulled from the schedule. Maybe the change in time will change up the airwaves this spring. The Swedish DJ/producer’s latest single is already selling well on digital outlets like iTunes with a small amount of airplay thus far. Sure, this song is no “Wake Me Up!”, but hey, what is?

Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding
CALVIN HARRIS featuring ELLIE GOULDING – “Outside” (January 13) (*)
Label: Columbia
Some say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but Harris and Goulding are looking to prove that theory wrong. Two years ago, the Scottish DJ/producer and English chanteuse collaborated on “I Need Your Love”, climbing up into the top 5 on CHR radio late in the summer. This second pairing, a top ten single across the globe last year, has big potential here too.

Nicki Minaj and Skylar Grey
NICKI MINAJ featuring SKYLAR GREY – “Bed Of Lies” (January 13) (*)
Label: YMCMB/Republic
Though Urban radio has fully embraced Minaj’s latest era, The Pinkprint, programmers at pop radio haven’t warmed up to the new music. Even “Anaconda”, a big digital hit with an eye-popping music video to boot, missed the top 20 and fell sharply. “Bed” has been another strong streamer, but with CHR’s sleeping on prior releases, the dream is a difficult one.

Tove Lo
TOVE LO – “Talking Body” (January 20) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
If she’s gotta stay high, then this single could be the one to take her back to the top. “Talking” is the follow-up to “Habits (Stay High)”, which spent one week at #1 back in November, while parent album Queen Of The Clouds ascended the sky to #14 on the Billboard 200. Already playing on Hits 1 and other outlets, this “body” is exercising some musical muscle.

Olly Murs and Travie McCoy
OLLY MURS featuring TRAVIE MCCOY – “Wrapped Up” (January 27) (*)
Label: Columbia
This hit collaboration recently wrapped itself around the top 5 on the Singles Chart in the United Kingdom, entering the survey at #3. That region is also where it currently sits on my personal chart. (We’ll know shortly if “Wrapped” matches that high point.) Murs hasn’t been as consistent on this side of the world, but I’m certainly rooting for this to break here.

Rixton
RIXTON – “Hotel Ceiling” (mid-to-late January – TBD) (*)
Label: School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope
Last year, the English group went top ten on the CHR chart with “Me And My Broken Heart”, but their momentum came to a halt when followup “Wait On Me” stalled in the 30’s last fall. Despite their debut album being pushed back to March, the group is charging ahead with this cut and could be spinning on the air soon. We’ll see when they check into the chart.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Milky Chance
MILKY CHANCE – “Flashed Junk Mind” (January 6) (* + **)
Label: Republic
Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch have stolen more than a few dances recently, but the two German musicians aren’t looking for just one twirl at the top of the charts. They have more on their “Mind”. The second release to be issued from Sadnecessary fits the same folk-driven route as their international winner, but it has not ranked nearly as well overseas.

Brandi Carlile
BRANDI CARLILE – “Wherever Is Your Heart” (January 13) (**)
Label: ATO
After four albums with Columbia Records, including a big breakout with 2007’s The Story, singer and songwriter Carlile joins ATO for her latest offering, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Having been a consistent presence on the AAA scene for years, including two charted singles from her last album, radio is ready for a new song and this tune does not disappoint.

Vance Joy
VANCE JOY, “Mess Is Mine” (January 13) (*+ **)
Label: F-Stop/Atlantic
The Australian singer/songwriter born James Keogh got swept up in a “Riptide” in the chart waters they call Alternative radio, spending five weeks at the top over the summer. The song is now crossing over to Hot AC and CHR outlets, but in the meantime, his second single jumps onto the format that crowned his top tune. The song is off to a nice start thus far.

Smallpools
SMALLPOOLS – “Karaoke” (January 20) (*)
Label: RCA
It’s been a while since this quartet has been on the charts; you may remember “Dreaming”, a minor entry on Alternative radio during the summer of 2013. After a cancelled single in “Over & Over”, the band will finally be releasing their debut album on February 3. It’s titled LOVETAP! and hopefully “Karaoke” will tap its way to some major adds before the date.

The Avener
THE AVENER – “Fade Out Lines” (January 20) (*)
Label: Republic
Already a huge hit across Europe, including #1 success in Austria and Germany, this track makes its way to the States as part of the upcoming 50 Shades Of Grey film. 27-year-old DJ and producer Tristan Casara is behind the song, which is a reworking of “The Fade Out Line” by Phoebe Killdeer & The Short Straws, first issued in late 2011. “Out” is definitely in.

The Griswolds
THE GRISWOLDS – “If You Wanna Stay” (January 27) (*)
Label: Wind-Up
These four Aussie rockers broke the top 20 last year with their single “Beware The Dog”, and between that and their last release, “Heart Of A Lion”, you’d think they would be opening a zoo. However, that is not the case as their latest single is breaking the trend of animal anthems, but it’s still worth a listen. Look for it to chart at the format in the next few weeks.

Which songs would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

Leave a comment

Filed under Single Reviews