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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 12, 2018

You Mai proceed.

Reactive R&B and rap titles lead this week’s New Music Friday report, as Q4 continues to bring on the hits. These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

ELLA MAI – Ella Mai (iTunes)
Mai has become one of the breakout R&B stars of 2018, with “Boo’d Up” and “Trip” scoring well at Rhythmic and Urban radio, as the former track slows down at the Top 40 format following a minor crossover. With notable playlisting already in effect overseas and solid sales and streaming expected here, the self-titled set should have one of next week’s higher debuts.

QUAVO – Quavo Huncho (iTunes)
From the rap trio Migos, this performer has often appeared as a featured artist on a growing list of big singles, but this release is his first solo studio album. Prominent features include Cardi B, Drake and Travis Scott, so expect streaming stats for the new release to be fairly high.

YOUNG THE GIANT – Mirror Master (iTunes)
Featuring the recent top 20 Alternative song “Simplify” and follow-up single “Superposition”, the fourth studio album for this act will look to break the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, much like their last album did two years ago.

Notable albums out this week: Basement‘s Beside Myself (iTunes), Belly‘s Immigrant (iTunes), Jess Glynne‘s Always In Between (iTunes), Jimmie Allen‘s Mercury Lane (iTunes), Kurt Vile‘s Bottle It In (iTunes), Morgan Evans‘s Things That We Drink To (iTunes), Nico Santos‘s Streets Of Gold (iTunes), TobyMac‘s The Elements (iTunes), Tom Morello‘s The Atlas Underground (iTunes)

Notable holiday albums out this week: Eric Clapton‘s Happy Xmas (iTunes), LeAnn Rimes‘s It’s Christmas, Eve (TV Soundtrack) (iTunes), The Monkees‘s Christmas Party (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Ashlee + Evan‘s Ashlee + Evan (iTunes), Kim Cesarion‘s Bleed (iTunes), Nicklas Sahl‘s Planets (iTunes), Youngr‘s Obsession (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“11:59” and “Ringing In My Ears”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“80’s Baby”, New Kids On The Block / Salt-N-Pepa / Naughty By Nature / Tiffany / Debbie Gibson (iTunes)
“Angels (Kia Love and M-22 Remixes)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Be Somebody (Tyron Hapi Remix)”, Steve Aoki + Nicky Romero featuring Kiiara (iTunes)
“Bells”, The Unlikely Candidates (iTunes)
“Bring Me Love” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, John Legend (iTunes)
“Can’t Knock The Hustle”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Come A Little Closer”, Skizzy Mars & Prelow (iTunes)
“Come Together”, SVRCINA (iTunes)
“Consequences (Orchestra)”, Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Cowboy”, ALMA (iTunes)
“Cycles”, ANNALIA (iTunes)
“Dazed & Confused (Acoustic)”, Ruel featuring Ezinma (iTunes)
“Don’t Look Me Over”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Drunk As Hell”, Lost Kings featuring Jesper Jenset (iTunes)
“Easy”, Great Good Fine OK (iTunes)
“Emotion”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Expectations”, Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“Fashion After All”, Poppy (iTunes)
“Give Me My Name Back”, Meg Mac (iTunes)
“Hold Me Up”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Home”, Cheat Codes (iTunes)
“I Wish You Were Here (Acoustic)”, HRVY (iTunes)
“Ice Cold”, Netsky & David Guetta (iTunes)
“If You Were Mine (KC Lights Remix)”, Ocean Park Standoff (iTunes)
“Last Call”, Hudson Thames (iTunes)
“Let Go”, James Hersey featuring Filous (iTunes)
“Light On”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“Lose Us”, Rozzi & Scott Hoying (iTunes)
“Loyal”, Paloma Faith (iTunes)
“Love You Anymore”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
“Luck Pusher”, FINNEAS (iTunes)
“Medicine (Just Kiddin Remix)”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Mia”, Bad Bunny featuring Drake (iTunes)
“Miss You All The Time”, O.A.R. (iTunes)
“Moves (Wideboys Remix)”, Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Nobody Knows You Anymore”, Kevin George (iTunes)
“Not A Damn Thing Changed”, Lukas Graham (iTunes)
“People”, LINES (iTunes)
“People You Love”, Matt Hartke (iTunes)
“Pieces”, Declan J Donovan (iTunes)
“Promises (David Guetta Remix)”, Calvin Harris & Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Recovery”, LP (iTunes)
“Rise & Fall”, Mike Perry featuring Cathrine Lassen (iTunes)
“Rose”, Allan Rayman (iTunes)
“Run That Back”, Sofi De La Torre (iTunes)
“Simple Romance”, Coin (iTunes)
“Table For One”, AWOLNATION featuring Elohim (iTunes)
“Telephone”, The Shadowboxers (iTunes)
“Telling All My Secrets”, Mitchell Tenpenny (iTunes)
“Under Pressure”, Shawn Mendes featuring teddy<3 (iTunes)
“When I’m Ready”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Wild And Free”, Kirsten Arian (iTunes)
“Woman Like Me”, Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Wondering”, M.O & Chip (iTunes)
“Wrapped Around The Axle”, Peter Bjorn & John (iTunes)
“Writer’s Song”, Bibi Bourelly (iTunes)
“Yesterday”, Virginia To Vegas (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Disturbed, Greta Van Fleet and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 12, 2016

Young and giants.

Young and giants.

We have a mixed bag of music for the middle of August. On this week’s schedule, you’ll find fresh sounds in Rock, Rap, R&B… and there’s even Moore in the mix. (See what I did there?) Here are the new and notable albums and singles for the week:

  • YOUNG THE GIANT — Home Of The Strange (iTunes)
    • Looking to score one of next week’s top debuts is this California band’s third studio album, led by the new Alternative radio hit “Something To Believe In”. Their last set debuted in the top ten, and this one could get into the top five. The peak, should it be accomplished, would be a new high for them on the Billboard 200.
  • JUSTIN MOORE — Kinda Don’t Care (iTunes)
    • Moore recently hit the top ten on the Country radio chart with “You Look Like I Need A Drink”, but it took him a very long time (and maybe a few drinks) to get there. Will it be enough to propel his album up into the top ten next week?
  • RAE SREMMURD — SremmLife 2 (iTunes)
    • This Mississippi sibling duo had a big debut in 2014, and a very successful 2015, but their radio and retail success just hasn’t been the same in their sophomore era. Despite the slump, there’s still interest for the project.
  • More albums out this week: Atmosphere‘s Fishing Blues (iTunes), Blind Pilot‘s And Then Like Lions (iTunes), Cody Jinks‘s I’m Not The Devil (iTunes), Dylan Scott‘s Dylan Scott (iTunes), Of Montreal‘s Innocence Reaches (iTunes), PARTYNEXTDOOR‘s PARTYNEXTDOOR 3 (iTunes), The Amity Affliction‘s This Could Be Heartbreak (iTunes), The Get Down (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Florence + The Machine‘s Songs From Final Fantasy XV (iTunes), Kid Runner‘s Body Language (iTunes), Michl‘s Michl (iTunes), SonReal‘s The Name (iTunes), Stanaj‘s The Preview (iTunes)

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

  • “Alive”, EZA (iTunes)
  • “Anything But Words”, Banks & Steelz (iTunes)
  • “Back To Free”, Drake White (iTunes)
  • “Bang Bang”, Green Day (iTunes)
  • “Black Crow”, Brent Cobb (iTunes)
  • “Clumsy”, Britney Spears (iTunes)
  • “Cold Hard Love”, Tory Lanez (iTunes)
  • “Colors”, The Head And The Heart (iTunes)
  • “Cross My Mind”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
  • “Cruel World”, Phantogram (iTunes)
  • “Good Thing”, Jake Miller (iTunes)
  • “Grief And Praise”, Glen Phillips (iTunes)
  • “Gum (Everybody’s My Friend)”, Oyster Kids (iTunes)
  • “Hardened Heart”, Tom Chaplin (iTunes)
  • “Hide And Go Seek”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
  • “Hold On, I’m Coming”, Melissa Etheridge (iTunes)
  • “Island”, Florida Georgia Line (iTunes)
  • “Kids”, OneRepublic (iTunes)
  • “Live My Life”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
  • “Making Love With The Radio On”, Gavin DeGraw (iTunes)
  • “Move”, Saint Motel (iTunes)
  • “Out Of My Head”, The Griswolds (iTunes)
  • “Pray (Empty Gun)”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
  • “Pure”, Hey Violet (iTunes)
  • “Shameless”, Tyler Glenn (iTunes)
  • “Small Bill$”, Regina Spektor (iTunes)
  • “Speechless”, GLADES (iTunes)
  • “Super Natural”, Danny L Harle featuring Carly Rae Jepsen (iTunes)
  • “This House Is Not For Sale”, Bon Jovi (iTunes)
  • “Trust Issues”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
  • “Young Kids, Old Love”, Otis English (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Dolly Parton, French Montana, Tory Lanez and more.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (December 2014)

The end of the year brings many a holiday song to the airwaves, and while the fear of getting lost in the shuffle may turn  some acts away, there are others venturing out into the icy chart waters to try their luck at some frosty feedback. What singles will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of the releases being serviced in December on the AAA, Alternative and CHR formats in this month’s (abbreviated) Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

5 Seconds Of Summer
5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – “What I Like About You” (December 2) (*)
Label: Capitol
Since the original version just missed the top 40 in 1980 for rockers The Romantics, “Like” continues to be played at radio through cover versions and commercials, and now the Australian quartet updates it for yet another spin. A recent trade site banner highlights adds in several top ten markets for the new remake. Look for the official count on Tuesday.

Hoodie Allen and Ed Sheeran
HOODIE ALLEN featuring ED SHEERAN – “All About It” (December 2) (*)
Label: Atlantic
Already in the top 50 at the CHR and Rhythmic (due in part to its On The Verge selection) formats, “All” is on its way to becoming a major hit in 2015 and the first significant one for the 26-year-old rapper Allen, born Steven Markowitz. It’s all paid off for the performers and social stars, further proof that two heads are better than one at this musical moment.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

BAHAMAS – “All The Time” (December 9) (*)
Label: Brushfire/Republic
If you’ve seen the Verizon commercial where actor James Franco falls off a building and then lands in slow motion, you have found the song that accompanies that advertisement. A 69-cent sale at iTunes propelled the single upward, though it has since fallen back due to the lack of airplay thus far. No worries: it has “all the time in the world” to rise once more.

Counting Crows
COUNTING CROWS – “Earthquake Driver” (December 9) (**)
Label: Capitol
The AAA airwaves remain a welcome home for the California group’s Somewhere Under Wonderland album, including a recent top ten single in “Scarecrow”. Their followup is just as capable of hitting the region during the springtime when it can draw a little more traction here. Then again… who knows what Mother Nature has in store for 2015? Get shaking!

Ryan Adams
RYAN ADAMS – “Stay With Me” (December 16) (**)
Label: PAX-AM/Blue Note
Just popping up in the top 50 is the second single from Adams’s self-titled album from earlier this year, and no, it’s not a remake of a certain British soul singer’s international smash. (That would be rather intriguing if it was, however.) Given the early results, this should make for another lasting chart tune for the 40-year-old North Carolina singer/songwriter.

Young The Giant
YOUNG THE GIANT – “Crystalized” (December 16) (*)
Label: Roadrunner
It’s been another solid era for the California quintet, having recently seen the title track from Mind Over Matter peak in the top 20 on the Alternative chart. A clip for their third single from the set has been online for the better part of a year. After a series of station sponsored holiday concerts over the next two weeks, the group returns to the road in February.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (May 2014)

If you follow the radio charts like I do, you’ll want to be on top of only the freshest music being serviced across the nation. So, I’m bringing back an early PGTC feature with a bit of a revamp. With this monthly series, I’ll be highlighting some great tracks at a few different radio formats I enjoy that will be fighting for airspace over the next few months. So, what are we waiting for? Let the battles begin.

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)


Running up the charts.

ONEREPUBLIC – “Love Runs Out” (May 6) (*)
Label: Mosley/Interscope
Giving up a release of “I Lived” for this “Rumour Has It” clone, Ryan Tedder and his crew are gaining early support at the band’s core radio formats as the song continues to sell at a moderate clip. You can find it on a rerelease of their 2013 album Native, complete with a fresh cover and added tracks. It’s far from their best, but it should do fairly well.

A standing O.

A standing O.

RITA ORA – “I Will Never Let You Down” (May 6) (*)
Label: Columbia
Before she heads to the big screen in a much-anticipated adaptation of best-seller Fifty Shades Of Grey, the performer born in Kosovo is laying some new songs down for an album due this fall. “Never” sounds like Ora’s best shot at a U.S. hit and could do better than her previous two singles, “How We Do (Party)” and “R.I.P.”, which charted back in 2012.

"Woe", he's back.

Set to be back.

THE READY SET – “Higher” (May 6) (*)
Label: Razor & Tie
It’s been a little over a year since the singer born Jordan Witzigreuter last hit the CHR chart with “Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever)”, which just dented the top 30. “Higher” marks his debut with Razor & Tie, known for a slew of rock bands like recent Active Rock chart-toppers The Pretty Reckless. Stay tuned to see if radio gives it love… like woe.

Finding a "Home" at Hot AC.

Finding a “Home” on air.

ANDY GRAMMER – “Back Home” (May 13) (**)
Label: S-Curve
Already out for a few weeks and currently top 50 at the Hot AC format, Grammer’s latest anthem is a folksy song and the official leadoff from his forthcoming second album, due later this year. The feel good single doesn’t compare with the material from his self-titled 2011 effort, but still has a resonating lyric and a growing fan base waiting to sing along.

"Waiting" for a hit this era.

“Waiting” for a hit this era.

DAUGHTRY – “Battleships” (May 13) (**)
Label: RCA
And the cannon goes… (not quite) boom. Given this group’s past radio history, first single “Waiting For Superman” off their latest album Baptized should’ve lifted them to a higher peak than #11 on the Hot AC chart. Well, it didn’t leap tall buildings in a single bound, and nor will this long rumored second release, but the waters should invite this in initially.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)


From whom the Bells toll.

BROKEN BELLS – “Control” (May 6) (*)
Label: Columbia
With the second radio cut from their former top 5 album, After The Disco, the duo of Brian Burton and James Mercer are looking to keep their Alternative record as shiny as their platform shoes. “Control” is the followup to “Holding On For Life”, which recently rose to the top 20 at the format. It’s another solid song from them and should chart quickly.


Cat got your ears (but not your tongue.)

NIGHTMARE AND THE CAT – “Undercover” (May 6) (*)
Label: Capitol
This quintet from California are newcomers here, having recently opened for labelmates Bastille. A recent EP which features this new single, Simple, was released four weeks ago. Will the five members be able to join top artists like Cat Stevens, Curiosity Killed The Cat and the Stray Cats to purr to the peak of pop perfection? It may just happen.

Forever "Young".

Pacing towards popularity again.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND – “Step” (May 6) (*) + (**)
Label: XL
Two singles from the GRAMMY winner for Best Alternative Music Album, Modern Vampires Of The City, crashed the survey in recent months: “Diane Young” and “Unbelievers”. “Step” was originally the b-side of “Diane”, but given this song’s popularity, it’s a no-brainer to issue it as the third radio release. We’ll see how far that fast footwork gets them.


“It’s about time” their second single came out.

YOUNG THE GIANT – “Mind Over Matter” (May 6) (*)
Label: Roadrunner
This five-piece band from California has made Giant leaps over the past few years. Not only have they managed three top five singles on these airwaves since their debut three years prior, but their sophomore album, from which the title track is now being serviced, debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 this year. Rocking on is the most important “Matter”.


“Alive” and kicking.

SWITCHFOOT – “When We Come Alive” (May 13) (*)
Label: Atlantic
The last time these guys hit the top ten on Alternative radio was in the fall of 2011 when “Dark Horses” peaked at #5. I don’t what I would wager on this one for its peak on the Kentucky Derby we call the radio charts. Though reaction has been positive to the announcement, the era’s been a modest success. Much like that title, the spark is ready to return.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (January 21)

Gram bam, thank you, ma'am.

And the winner is…

In the middle of GRAMMY Week on the blog, let’s take a breather to see what’s new in stores this week. After all, the schedule goes on. Here are all the releases you need to know about for January 21:

  • This one is perhaps a little obvious, but the 2014 GRAMMY Nominees compilation is out today. It features top hits from Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and more, who could all be big winners come Sunday night. Look for it to debut somewhere in the top 5, if not top ten. (iTunes)
  • Here’s a fabulous collection for the Fab Four fan (say that three times fast.) The Beatles release The U.S. Albums collection, featuring all 13 of their Stateside-issued LPs with their original artwork, tracklistings and edits on top of remastered sound quality and more. All 13 are also being rereleased individually. With a hefty price tag, it may not debut the highest, but it sure is a treat. (iTunes)
  • I just reviewed their album last week; now, duo A Great Big World are out with Is There Anybody Out There?, their debut release for Epic Records. It features their hit duet with Christina Aguilera, “Say Something”. Given their newfound coverage, it could surprise on the charts. For now, I’ll say a top ten debut with potential to go higher. (iTunes)
  • Indie rockers Young The Giant are out with their second album, Mind Over Matter, their first since 2010. Lead single “It’s About Time” is currently top ten on Alternative radio. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include Aer‘s Aer (iTunes), Against Me!‘s Transgender Dysphoria Blues (iTunes), Graham Colton‘s Lonely Ones (iTunes), Los Lonely Boys‘s Revelation (iTunes), Mogwai‘s Rave Tapes (iTunes), Scorpions‘s MTV Unplugged (iTunes) and Ty Dolla $ign‘s Beach House (EP). (iTunes)

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

  • “All The Way”, a fresh track from the duo Timeflies. (iTunes)
  • “Blue Moon”, a new single from rocker Beck. (iTunes)
  • “Free/Into The Mystic”, a live medley from Zac Brown Band and Clare Bowen from Nashville. (iTunes)
  • “How I Feel (Remixes)”, a new six-song package from rapper Flo Rida. (iTunes)
  • “Me And Liza”, the latest single from singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. (iTunes)
  • “Walking On Air”, from former *NSYNC member Lance Bass along with Anise K and featuring Bella Blue and Snoop Dogg. (iTunes)
  • “Who We Are (Remixes)”, a three-song EP featuring the Alternative hit by Switchfoot. (iTunes)

Next week, we’ll see those classic post-GRAMMY sales swings, plus new albums from Casting Crowns, David Crosby and more. See you in seven!

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