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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 30, 2018

What’s new for this Weeknd.

The weekend has finally arrived, and so has The Weeknd with an unexpected gift for Passover and Easter. Don’t be melancholy; here are the albums and singles you need to know on digital services and in stores this Friday:

THE WEEKND – My Dear Melancholy (iTunes)
Confirmed mid-Thursday on his social media accounts, the Canadian superstar delivers his first album since the fall of 2016. Don’t call it a comeback, however: The Weeknd’s soundtrack hit with Kendrick Lamar, “Pray For Me”, is still performing well at several radio formats here and up north, as Black Panther continues to dominate at the box office. Few details are known about the project at this time. Look for it to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, replacing Jack White.

KACEY MUSGRAVES – Golden Hour (iTunes)
Backed by a healthy dose of critical acclaim and a passionate fan base, this album by Musgraves should become her third top five title since 2013 on the Billboard 200 chart. All three songs released prior to the album’s debut, “Butterflies”, “High Horse” and “Space Cowboy”, have performed solidly at both sales and streaming services. It’ll likely top the country-specific survey with ease.

RICH THE KID – The World Is Yours (iTunes)
After a series of notable mixtapes in the last few years, this performer puts his first studio album out into the World, featuring appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Khalid and many others. With streaming hit “Plug Walk” leading the way, look for consumption units of this effort to trend significantly higher than pure album sales.

Notable albums out this week: Ashley McBryde‘s Girl Going Nowhere (iTunes), Hayley Kiyoko‘s Expectations (iTunes), Her‘s Her (iTunes), Jukebox The Ghost‘s Off To The Races (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Harrison Brome‘s Body High (iTunes), Weathers‘s Kids In The Night, Pt. 1 (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Backbone”, Daughtry (iTunes)
“Bad Company”, A$AP Rocky featuring BlocBoy JB (iTunes)
“Better With You”, Michl (iTunes)
“bitches broken hearts”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Carry You”, Ruelle featuring Fleurie (iTunes)
“Change”, Charlie Puth featuring James Taylor (iTunes)
“Chasing Fire”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Clearly”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Crossing A Line” and “Nothing Makes Sense Anymore”, Mike Shinoda (iTunes)
“For The F^_^k Of It”, Snakehips featuring Jeremih & Tinashe (iTunes)
“Glass Houses”, The Beach (iTunes)
“GoodMorning, Goodbye”, FRENSHIP (iTunes)
“Hallucinogenics”, Matt Maeson (iTunes)
“Holding On”, Phora (iTunes)
“I Do”, Kyle Reynolds featuring Kirsten Arian (iTunes)
“I Don’t Want To Know”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”, Andra Day (iTunes)
“Like They Do On The TV”, Kimbra (iTunes)
“Long Live The Billionaire”, Sam Martin (iTunes)
“Long Way Down”, Taylor Phelan (iTunes)
“Love Song”, Zak Abel (iTunes)
“Me So Bad”, Tinashe featuring Ty Dolla $ign & French Montana (iTunes)
“My Name Is Mars”, Capital Cities (iTunes)
“Never Say Die”, CHVRCHES (iTunes)
“Nostalgia”, (iTunes)
“On The Line”, Julian Perretta (iTunes)
“Philly, Forget Me Not”, Daryl Hall & John Oates with Train (iTunes)
“Pray”, Sam Smith featuring Logic (iTunes)
“Push Back”, Ne-Yo featuring Bebe Rexha & Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Queue Jumping”, Plan B (iTunes)
“Raining Glitter”, Kylie Minogue (iTunes)
“Rescue Me”, Thirty Seconds To Mars (iTunes)
“Room Service”, Emily Vaughn (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Tayla Parx featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“Say It”, Daniel Skye & Baby Ariel (iTunes)
“Say Love”, James TW (iTunes)
“Say My Name” and “Tokyo Nights”, Digital Farm Animals featuring IMAN / featuring Shaun Frank & Dragonette (iTunes)
“Somebody Special (R3hab Remix)”, Nina Nesbitt (iTunes)
“Sweet Sensation”, Flo Rida (iTunes)
“that was then”, isaac gracie (iTunes)
“the broken hearts club”, gnash (iTunes)
“TMYLM (Tell Me You Love Me)”, Brasko (iTunes)
“Too Late”, Janine (iTunes)
“Two High (Sofi Tukker Remix)”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“Us”, James Bay (iTunes)
“Victory”, Safetysuit (iTunes)
“What Kind Of Love”, TOMI (iTunes)
“When The Night Is Over”, Lord Huron (iTunes)
“Your Song”, Lady Gaga (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Kylie Minogue, Thirty Seconds To Mars and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (July 2016)

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 July in this month’s Radio Report:

Kungs
KUNGS vs. COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS – “This Girl” (July 5) (Alternative)
Label: Casablanca/Republic
What happens when a French DJ/producer remixes a 2009 album cut by an Australian soul trio? Well, you may just get a global hit out of it. 19-year-old Valentin Brunel has been creating remixes for several years, but this his been his biggest mix by far. Now, that international smash is coming to the U.S., where it’s gaining airplay at several formats. Will “Girl” become the queen of the charts?

Adam Friedman
ADAM FRIEDMAN featuring MIKE POSNER – “Lemonade” (July 11) (Triple A)
Label: Backtrack Music/INgrooves
Last month, Friedman performed this single on the TODAY Show as a part of Elvis Duran’s Artist Of The Month program. After the airing, it soared all the way into the top 200 on iTunes. Both this single and prior release “Pretty Things”, another Posner co-write, managed to score major Spotify playlists. The sweet sound of summer pop is ready to burst, so keep an eye out for Friedman’s rise.

Rob Thomas
ROB THOMAS – “Pieces” (July 11) (Hot AC)
Label: Atlantic
After two top 20 singles from his latest album, The Great Unknown, Thomas is looking for more chart success with the third. For a change of pace, this single is available in its original form, a radio mix and a remix by Dutch DJ/producer Sam Feldt. So, if you’re in the club and turnt up, or in the car and turning up the stereo, you’ve got options. The format truly needs his voice to stay on the air.

Tinie Tempah
TINIE TEMPAH featuring ZARA LARSSON – “Girls Like” (July 12) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Warner Bros.
Though he’s had eight top ten singles on the U.K. Singles Chart as a main-credited artist, and plenty of other hit songs in a featured role, only one of them managed to hit the CHR top ten here. It was “Written In The Stars”, which went to #7 in 2011. Larsson is one of this year’s top breakouts at the format, after a few misfires in 2015. Together, these two could deliver one of the fall’s top tracks.

Weathers
WEATHERS – “Happy Pills” (July 12) (Alternative)
Label: RCA
Fresh off an early add in Los Angeles, the L.A.-based quartet has some great early buzz heading into their impact date. The group is quickly picking up some streaming support for both “Happy” and their previous single, “I Don’t Wanna Know”, while also prepping for a handful of U.S. dates in July and August. I think a hit doctor could easily prescribe them a massive run in the next few months.

Grouplove
GROUPLOVE – “Welcome To Your Life” (July 19) (Alternative)
Label: Canvasback/Atlantic
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from this group, who scored three top tens in a row on the Alternative chart in 2012 and 2013. Is “Welcome” ready to bring them back to a region? After a few smaller chart singles, it’ll certainly be a welcome sight. The track leads their upcoming album Big Mess, produced by Captain Cuts and Phil Ek. It is due at retailers and streaming outlets on September 9.

Nathan Sykes
NATHAN SYKES featuring G-EAZY – “Give It Up” (July 19) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Global Entertainment
Former boy-bander Sykes is still looking for his first big U.S. hit as a solo artist. “Give” comes after “Kiss Me Quick” and “Over And Over Again” made a small splash at pop radio, with the latter song currently in the top 20 on the AC chart. With 2.5 million streams in three months on Spotify, the two guys certainly have some numbers to prove their case at radio. Will that momentum continue?

The Struts
THE STRUTS – “Put Your Money On Me” (July 19) (Alternative)
Label: FreeSolo/Interscope
The four English rockers have really been rockin’ on the Alternative chart, where their first two singles, “Could Have Been Me” and “Kiss This”, both reached the top ten. “Money” is from their album Everybody Wants, which was reissued earlier this year. Should the quartet film a new music video for it, I’m expecting cash cubes and dollar bills with “United Struts of America” printed on them.

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

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