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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 12, 2017

A Stylish chart-topper.

Choose your musical direction, even a member of One Direction, and you shall be rewarded this week. With so many new albums and singles to choose from, there’s no way to go wrong. Here’s all the action from this week’s schedule:

HARRY STYLES – Harry Styles (iTunes)
Styles is the second member of One Direction (following ZAYN) to put out a solo album, and the highly-anticipated set could get a brisk sales week at the top of the chart. It’s led by the epic track “Sign Of The Times”, which is climbing towards the top ten at both Hot AC and Top 40 radio. With a residency on James Corden’s late night show coming next week, the latest in some larger looks for the performer on television, as well as plenty of digital and streaming promotion, the album’s progress will be interesting to watch.

PARAMORE – After Laughter (iTunes)
Released just under a month after the debut of single “Hard Times”, this trio’s fifth studio album marks the return of drummer Zac Farro, who left the band in 2010. (Feel free to insert your best “they’ve had more band members than hits” one-liner.) Recorded in Nashville, this release is looking to debut in the top five, which would be their third album in a row to hit the region.

MACHINE GUN KELLY – Bloom (iTunes)
After a chart-topping collaboration with Camila Cabello and a solid follow-up with Hailee Steinfeld, the Texas rapper is out to reach the top three on the Billboard 200, having previously peaked at #4 twice, with his third studio album. Expect him to continue to perform well at radio with this set through the end of the year.

ZAC BROWN BAND – Welcome Home (iTunes)
Going back to their roots on their latest studio release, this Georgia group is currently in the top 20 on the Country radio chart with the lead single from that effort, “My Old Man”. Brown and the boys likely won’t capture their fourth #1 on the Billboard 200, but at least the set will break the top ten.

More albums out this week: Dreamcar‘s Dreamcar (iTunes), LeToya Luckett‘s Back 2 Life (iTunes), Scott Helman‘s Hôtel de Ville (iTunes), Hello, Dolly! (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Goo Goo Dolls‘s You Should Be Happy (iTunes), Ingrid Michaelson‘s Alter Egos (iTunes), New Kids On The Block‘s Thankful (iTunes), Seramic‘s I Got You (iTunes), Tom Walker‘s Blessings (iTunes), Wrabel‘s We Could Be Beautiful (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Friend Like You”, Andy Grammer (iTunes)
“Aye”, Fetty Wap (iTunes)
“Coloring Outside The Lines”, MisterWives (iTunes)
“Creatures Of The Night”, Hardwell featuring Austin Mahone (iTunes)
“Don’t You Know”, Jaymes Young (iTunes)
“Drama”, AJR (iTunes)
“Everybody Lost Somebody”, Bleachers (iTunes)
“Friday Night Majic”, Kat Dahlia (iTunes)
“Hard To Love”, Kacy Hill (iTunes)
“Heart Break”, Lady Antebellum (iTunes)
“Hot2Touch”, Felix Jaehn featuring Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“Hungry Eyes”, Greyson Chance (iTunes)
“I Know You Won’t”, Rascal Flatts (iTunes)
“Invisible”, Linkin Park (iTunes)
“Keep It From You”, Glades (iTunes)
“Laugh”, Mackenzie Sol (iTunes)
“Legs Crossed”, Whissell (iTunes)
“Malibu”, Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“Mama Say (Scavenger Hunt Remix)”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Never Change”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Oh Lord”, In This Moment (iTunes)
“Raincoat”, Timeflies featuring Shy Martin (iTunes)
“Renegade”, Axwell /\ Ingrosso (iTunes)
“Right Now”, HAIM (iTunes)
“Rollin”, Calvin Harris featuring Future & Khalid (iTunes)
“Symphony (R3hab Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“That Would Be Nice”, Floduxe featuring Kyle Reynolds (iTunes)
“The Long Way”, Brett Eldredge (iTunes)
“There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (NOTD Remix)”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“These Days”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Want You Back”, Citizen Four (iTunes)
“Whatever It Takes”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Work Is A Four Letter Word”, THØSS (iTunes)

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

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POP! Goes The Discovery: A First Spin Of Spotify’s Discover Weekly

Wide awake and streaming.

Wide awake and streaming.

Discovery Weekly premiered on Spotify feeds everywhere on Monday, a “weekly mixtape” (as determined by the service) that is specially focused on exposing listeners to newer acts and album tracks/one-off releases that are customized to their tastes. With many streaming choices for consumers at the moment, including a huge competitor in the recently launched Apple Music, I have decided to stay with Spotify and keep my usual lists updated on there. (Of course, I’ll take up as many free trials as I can.) So, off I went into the unknown to check out what I could discover…

Due to most of my streaming activity coming from current-based lists, it’s no surprise that this affected my Discovery picks; they managed to assemble a collection of songs that were all released either this and last year. I’m sure this will change as my streams vary in the future. For now, the series of 28 (now 29, see below) songs chosen for me this week looks like this:

SAM DEW – “Air” (RCA)
ZAK WATERS – “Pony”
(Faux)
YOUNG RISING SONS – “F**ked Up”
(Interscope)
IMAGINARY FUTURE featuring KINA GRANNIS – “Forever On Your Side”
(self-released)
KOPECKY – “Talk To Me”
(ATO)
THE MOWGLI’S – “Whatever Forever”
(Photo Finish/Republic)
GIN WIGMORE – “New Rush”
(Island/Republic)
SACHAL – “Cover The Water” 
(OKeh/Sony Music)
ELLE KING – “America’s Sweetheart”
 (RCA)
ZAC BROWN BAND – “Beautiful Drug”
(Southern Ground/Big Machine/Republic/John Varvatos)
HILARY DUFF – “My Kind”
(RCA)
LORD HURON – “Louisa”
(IAMSOUND)
JON BELLION – “All Time Low” 
(Capitol)
SISTER SPARROW AND THE DIRTY BIRDS – “Sugar”
(Party Fowl)
ALESSO featuring RYAN TEDDER – “Scars”
(Def Jam)
SHEPPARD – “Find Someone”
(Republic)
ELLIPHANT – “Never Been In Love (RAC Remix)”
(Kemosabe/TEN Music)
KID ASTRAY – “It’s Alright”
(Cosmos)
ANGEL SNOW – “Secret”
(self-released)
RYAN CABRERA – “House On Fire”
(Dynamite Music)
ZERBIN – “Worlds On Fire”
(self-released)
JORDAN BRATTON – “Victoria”
(RCA)
COLEMAN HELL – “Take Me Up” 
(Columbia) **
MISS E – “Hummingbird”
(Tilted Prod.)
CRUISR – “Go For It”
(Vagrant)
BEN SCHULLER – “Breaking Out”
(self-released)
OH HONEY – “Sugar, You”
(Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic)
RACHEL PLATTEN – “Lone Ranger”
(Columbia)
KIESZA – “Stronger”
(Island/Republic)

** This song was added on Tuesday after the initial batch of songs appeared, with no reason given.

Label Breakdown
Independent: 12
Sony Music: 7 (8 counting “Take”)
Universal Music: 8
Warner Music: 1

Top 5 Picks
1. Elle King: as “Ex’s And Oh’s” goes to CHR radio, “America’s Sweetheart” could be the followup to maintain her momentum.
2. Zac Brown Band: “Beautiful Drug” is an obvious crossover single that should work well for the upcoming autumn months.
3. Young Rising Sons: I’ve been a fan of this New Jersey act since last year, and “F**ked Up” is a highlight of their live shows.
4. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds: This buzzy band based in the Big Apple hits a sweet spot with “Sugar”, a tasty tune.
5. Miss E: A sync for “Hummingbird” on the series Orange Is The New Black put this music into motion, and it is a solid single.

Though only a handful of the acts were new to me, mostly independent ones at that, I wasn’t familiar with fifteen of the songs on the playlist, which definitely showcases the strength of selection in terms of deeper cuts and/or under-appreciated album cuts. I thought that it was particularly interesting that one of the major labels, Warner Music, was only allotted one slot in the over two dozen songs. I’m not sure that the snub was intentional, but a better distribution of bigger and smaller labels is something that a next update could improve upon. I also think the length of the playlist should be slightly longer, but that’s coming from a person who builds much longer playlists and listens to them for hours at a time. That being said, somewhere between 32-38 songs (let’s call it between 2 hours and 2 hours, 20 minutes) would be a little more ideal for me, especially given the familiarity of the acts in round one of this experiment.

Given the results so far, I would certainly use the playlist again, though probably more for finding or rediscovering songs from a band or singer I’m already familiar with rather than a totally new act. As a listener who views the radio, sales and streaming lists, reactions in the statistics from these mixtape additions could help to identify tracks that could work at the many formats or sync in advertising, both of which could lead to other opportunities and bumps in numbers, whether it be in social media, spins, etc. I shall be keeping a list handy; you never know when something might come back up on a blog post here!

Until then, let me know what you think of this new feature on Spotify. Click on the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter and follow the blog by using the tab below.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (April 28)

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Brown wants the crown.

The last release date in the month of April turns the twang up to a ten, but that’s not everything that the schedule is strumming up. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of April 28:

  • You know them from Country smashes like “Chicken Fried”, “Toes” and “Goodbye In Her Eyes”, but the latest album in the Zac Brown Band catalog has the band going in a few different directions. Perhaps that’s why they called it Jekyll + Hyde. “Homegrown” recently hit #1 at the format, but they’re also on top of the Active Rock survey with “Heavy Is The Head”, featuring Chris Cornell. No matter what side you prefer, the set should be #1 in sales next week. (iTunes)
  • Close to landing his third #1 single at the Country format with “A Guy Walks Into A Bar”, 31-year-old Missouri musician Tyler Farr is out with Suffer In Peace, his first album in a year and a half. The song was recently certified Gold, and the top ten (or possibly top five) is looking good for the new full-length release. (iTunes)
  • Josh Groban‘s recent #1 album in the United Kingdom is now out here this week, Stages. The new set is a collection of songs from classic musicals and features a duet with original American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson. Look for the effort to crash the top ten next week. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Blur‘s The Magic Whip (iTunes), Eric Clapton‘s Forever Man (iTunes), Everclear‘s Black Is The New Black (iTunes), George FitzGerald‘s Fading Love (iTunes), Insane Clown Posse‘s The Marvelous Missing Link (Lost) (iTunes), Matthew West‘s Live Forever (iTunes), Mew‘s +- (iTunes), Pat Benatar‘s 35th Anniversary Tour (Live) (iTunes), Raekwon‘s Fly International Luxurious Art (iTunes) and The Weepies‘s Sirens (iTunes).

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

  • “Ah Ha”, new from Nate Ruess. (iTunes)
  • “Counting On Love”, a new single from Matt McAndrew. (iTunes)
  • “Infinity”, new from Mariah Carey. (iTunes)

It’s all about Mumford & Sons next week as Wilder Mind hits stores on Monday. A full preview of the week, including other new releases from Ciara and My Morning Jacket, comes on Sunday night.

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POP! Goes The Country: Can These Tracks Hit Top 40 Radio?

Take a look at the current top 50 on the CHR chart and there’s not an ounce of country music to be found on the format. A few of the artists represented on the chart, like Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson, have both charted at country radio, however, I don’t think they’ll be returning there during their respective eras this time around. Still, the potential remains for the next big country crossover act or single during the summer and fall months of 2015. Given the most recent chart data, here are choices that I think could do very well with the right opportunity:

Carrie Underwood
CARRIE UNDERWOOD – “Little Toy Guns”
Label: 19/Arista Nashville

Since her chart debut in 2005, Underwood has been the golden girl of the airwaves with an outstanding total of 20 top ten hits, including 18 main credits that have all peaked at #1, #2 or #3. That’s incredible. Though “Something In The Water” seemed to be accessible to stations on the AC panel, it never went beyond her core format (except for some airtime at Christian stations.) However, it’s the followup that very much fits the model of a classic Underwood crossover: stellar lyrics and good production.

Florida-Georgia Line
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – “Sun Daze”
Label: Republic Nashville

Before you start screaming in horror about the thought of these two guys having a third single chart at mainstream radio (after “Cruise” and “This Is How We Roll”), this song is already getting enough flack from the country community, so maybe the pop outlets will jump on this one. Lyrical masterpiece, it’s certainly not, but is it catchy? Sure. It has the potential to serve between transition records (genre, tempo, etc.) well. KFMB/San Diego and WOMX/Orlando lead the way thus far on the Hot AC listing.

Kelsea Ballerini

KELSEA BALLERINI – “Love Me Like You Mean It”
Label: Black River Entertainment

One could say that a Swift co-sign is about to give this 21-year-old newcomer a great chance to go even further then she, or her label, expected to with the track, currently gaining in the top 25 at country radio. The song is already pop-driven in its original form and if sales and airplay numbers keep going in the right direction, AC and Hot AC radio could definitely pick up on this as well. Distribution for Black River is handled by RED; we’ll see if the label’s limited radio traction affects anything in the future.

Mickey Guyton
MICKEY GUYTON – “Better Than You Left Me”
Label: Capitol Nashville

Guyton is another newcomer on the scene, and with a huge impact week earlier this year thanks to an expansive radio tour, the  first time top 40 star is looking to solidly plant her feet in the upper rungs of the chart. She certainly has a powerful message in her debut single that is musically comparable to a more established mainstream name like Colbie Caillat. The singer needs to gain some country support in the next few months, but this is a relatable female record that shows major strength and courage.

Sam Hunt
SAM HUNT – “Take Your Time”
Label: MCA Nashville

If the Shawn Mullins‘s “Lullaby” formula ever sounded like it could be a country crossover hit, it would probably sound like the latest single from 30-year-old Hunt, who never managed to cross with his former #1 at the format, “Leave The Night On”. I still think that it would’ve been easier to push “Leave”, but it appears that “Take” is selling ever more than that song; lately, the track’s been hovering near the top 20 at iTunes. Hot AC station WBMX/Boston recently added the song into medium rotation.

Zac Brown Band
ZAC BROWN BAND – “Homegrown”
Label: Southern Ground/Varvatos/Big Machine

Though they moved after three albums with Atlantic Records into the Republic family last year, the Georgia octet is definitely due for another crossover single, which they had plenty of during their first three eras. Most recently, “Goodbye In Her Eyes” pulled off the trick during the spring of 2013 that garnered some play at Hot AC outlets, though it stopped just short of the top 40. People love a song about taking pride in one’s roots, and this has the feel to transcend several different types of audiences.

Which of these songs do you think will make the next best Country crossover? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media sites.

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 10)

"Something" to contend for #1.

“Something” to contend for #1.

We have some Fighters battling for the top spot on the chart this week… if only these five can resist the urge to travel back to 1989. (NOTE: some of this week’s music releases may not be out until Tuesday dependent on label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of November 10:

  • They roared back on iTunes and on Alternative radio with “Something From Nothing” and the hype is real for Sonic Highways, the latest album from the Foo Fighters. This is their first studio album since 2011’s Wasting Light, and as we know, it became the group’s first album to enter at #1 on the Billboard 200. If a certain Swift seller can slow it down a bit, then this will surely be their second to do it. (iTunes)
  • It wasn’t the best look for Garth Brooks when a recent single titled “People Loving People” garnered a huge debut on the Country airplay chart and then stalled out just weeks later. However, he doesn’t seem too down about it as he is in stores with a new album, Man Against Machine. Fans keep coming out for a Brooks set, new material or not, so expect this one near the top. (Amazon)
  • When he’s not showing some skin and transforming his image, Nick Jonas likes to record a tune or two. In fact, his new album, a self-titled release, is out this week. The lead single from it is “Jealous” and it currently stands at #11 on CHR radio. Though it won’t open as well as some of the later Jonas Brothers albums, it should land in the top five. (iTunes)
  • I’m not sure that the term “new Pink Floyd album” fully registers in 2014, but here we are with the group’s new set titled The Endless River. Most of it was completed by 1993, near the release of their last studio effort, The Division Bell. The pre-order count is strong, so maybe it will surprise when the numbers come out. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Big K.R.I.T.‘s Cadillactica (iTunes), Bobby Shmurda‘s Shmurda She Wrote (EP) (iTunes), BØRNS‘s Candy (EP) (iTunes), Damien Rice‘s My Favourite Faded Fantasy (iTunes), G-Unit‘s The Beauty Of Independence (EP) (iTunes), Hail Mary Mallon‘s Bestiary (iTunes), Machine Head‘s Bloodstone & Diamonds (iTunes), Queen‘s Forever (iTunes), Röyksopp‘s The Inevitable End (iTunes), The New Basement Tapes‘s Lost On The River (iTunes), Whitney Houston‘s Her Greatest Performances (Live) (iTunes) and the Zac Brown Band‘s Greatest Hits So Far… (iTunes).

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

  • “Paranoia”, new from singer/songwriter Max Frost. (iTunes)
  • “Uptown Funk”, a collaboration from producer Mark Ronson and singer Bruno Mars. (iTunes)

One Direction has more than Four reasons to be #1 next week (after all, there’s five of them in the band) and they will be facing some hot soundtracks from Annie and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 along the way. See you next Sunday for the full details… may the odds be ever in their favor.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (December 10)

Back in Black.

Back in Black.

Only one more week left before we take a short pause as the industry takes a breather, but for now, those new releases keep jingling and jangling as they look to sleigh the charts. Here are all the new albums and singles you need to know about for December 10:

  • The biggest release of the week comes from R&B star R. Kelly, out with his latest album called Black Panties. Single “Genius” is currently top ten on the Urban AC chart. It will likely be the highest debut on the chart, but not #1, which will probably be reserved by one of the two big Christmas albums of the year by the cast of Duck Dynasty or Kelly Clarkson. (iTunes)
  • Community actor Donald Glover is back as rapper Childish Gambino for his latest full-length album, Because The Internet. This one’s been generating a lot of buzz and several tracks from it have charted well on iTunes in advance of it, so don’t be surprised to see this entering into the top ten on the Billboard 200. (iTunes)
  • With the current #1 song on Country radio, a slow burner called “Carolina”, Parmalee is out with Feels Like Carolina. It also features their previous single, “Musta Had A Good Time”. (iTunes)
  • Two EPs with a bit of a country twang see a release this week: duo The Civil Wars strip it down with Bare Bones (iTunes) and the Zac Brown Band is out with The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 (iTunes), as produced by Dave Grohl.
  • On the soundtrack circuit this week, there are four between the movies and television that you should be checking out: from the big screen, American Hustle (iTunes), Mandela – Long Walk To Freedom (iTunes) and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (iTunes), plus the first season two compilation from ABC’s Nashville (iTunes).
  • Other albums out this week include E-40‘s The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil, parts 4-6 (iTunes), Jesse McCartney‘s In Technicolor, Part 1 (iTunes), and Krystal Keith‘s Whiskey & Lace (iTunes).

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

  • “Cannonball”, a first single from Lea Michele‘s first album, Louder. (iTunes)
  • “Confident”, the latest Music Mondays release from Justin Bieber featuring Chance The Rapper. (iTunes)
  • “La La La”, an international smash for Naughty Boy and Sam Smith. (iTunes)
  • “R U Crazy?”, a former top ten hit in the U.K. for Conor Maynard. (iTunes)
  • “Santa Baby”, from Ariana Grande featuring Liz Gillies. (iTunes)

B.o.B. and Justin Bieber lead the pack next week on our final Turn It Up Tuesday of 2013. Get ready!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: March 17, 2013

Just give me a #1.

Having some fun. at the top.

DEBUTS
40. Zac Brown Band – Goodbye In Her Eyes
36. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Daniel Powter – Crazy All My Life (38)
23. Michael Bublé – It’s A Beautiful Day (30)
19. fun. – Why Am I The One? (24)
11. Fitz & The Tantrums – Out Of My League (19) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Maroon 5 – Daylight (09) | PEAK: #03
09. One Direction – Kiss You (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Olly Murs – Troublemaker (08) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
07. Olly Murs – Army Of Two (07) | PEAK: #07
06. fun. – Carry On (05) | PEAK: #01 for eight weeks
05. Train – Mermaid (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie (06) | PEAK: #04
03. OneRepublic – If I Lose Myself (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Phillip Phillips – Gone, Gone, Gone (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Pink featuring Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. A Great Big World – This Is The New Year (3)
2. Walk Off The Earth – Red Hands (5)
3. The Script – If You Could See Me Now (1)
4. Churchill – Change (9)
5. Carly Rae Jepsen – Tonight I’m Getting Over You (2)
6. One Direction – One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks) (4)
7. Nikki Williams – Glowing (10)
8. Joe King featuring Trombone Shorty – Need A Woman By Friday (-)
9. Labrinth featuring Emeli Sandé – Beneath Your Beautiful (-)
10. Sheryl Crow – Easy (-)

In The Mix:
Christina Aguilera – Let There Be Love (new)
Classified featuring David Myles – Inner Ninja (new)
Hanson – Get The Girl Back (new)
Junior Doctor – Falling To Pieces (new)
Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us
Maroon 5 – Love Somebody
Matt Cardle – Lately
Matt Nathanson – Mission Bells (new)
Paloma Faith – Just Be (new)
Parachute – Hearts Go Crazy
Snow Patrol – The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends)
The Band Perry – Better Dig Two
The Wanted – All Time Low
Zedd featuring Foxes – Clarity

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