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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 12, 2016

Rock and Troll dreams come through.

Rock and Troll dreams come through.

DEBUTS
40. AudioDamn! – Don’t Call Me When It’s Over
37. Wrabel – 11 Blocks | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
27. LÉON – Tired Of Talking (34)
26. Gwen Stefani – Misery (31)
25. Parachute – Without You (30)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Tegan And Sara – Boyfriend (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Jordan Fisher – All About Us (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty (08) | PEAK: #08
07. The Strumbellas – Spirits (06) | PEAK: #02
06. DNCE – Toothbrush (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (05) | PEAK: #03
04. Barns Courtney – Fire (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. P!nk – Just Like Fire (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y. (3)
2. MUNA – Loudspeaker (1)
3. Cobi – Darker Than Dawn (Don’t You Cry For Me) (2)
4. The Wind + The Wave – Grand Canyon (7)
5. Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (5)
6. St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away (6)
7. X Ambassadors featuring Jamie N Commons – Low Life (9)
8. Sara Hartman – Satellite (8)
9. Weathers – Happy Pills (-)
10. Tom Odell – Magnetised (-)

In The Mix:
COIN – Talk Too Much (new)
Elton John – A Good Heart
Haley Reinhart – Better
Lukas Graham – Mama Said (new)
Mary Lambert – Hang Out With You (new)
Miike Snow – My Trigger (new)
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man

Chart Notes:

  • It’s a speedy rise to the top for Justin Timberlake‘s international smash, “Can’t Stop The Feeling”. It advances 2-1 in its sixth week on the chart. “Can’t” is featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming film Trolls, which isn’t out until November. (Spoiler alert: the song probably won’t be at #1 then.) Timberlake first hit #1 on my personal chart in 2000 as a part of the boy band *NSYNC.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is from 27-year-old Wrabel. He’s new at #37 with “11 Blocks”. Nearly two years ago, he was on this very blog when his Sideways EP was released. I enjoyed the interview then, and I’m really enjoying his latest song. It’s not available to purchase or stream yet, but it has debuted on a few Hot AC radio stations in the last few days.
  • The only other debut is the second chart single from AudioDamn!, “Don’t Call Me When It’s Over”. The German act calls in at #40 this week. This past January, they reached #31 with “Radar”. The trio recently shot a video for their latest single.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 5, 2016

Send my song (to your new record book.)

The “Love” for Adele continues.

DEBUTS
40. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better
39. Dagny – Backbeat | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. LÉON – Tired Of Talking (39)
32. FRANKIE – New Obsession (38)
23. American Authors – What We Live For (29)
21. Zayn – Like I Would (28) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Bahari – Dancing On The Sun (11) | PEAK: #10
09. BANNERS – Start A Riot (07) | PEAK: #07
08. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty (08) | PEAK: #08
07. DNCE – Toothbrush (09) | PEAK: #07
06. The Strumbellas – Spirits (06) | PEAK: #02
05. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (05) | PEAK: #03
04. P!nk – Just Like Fire (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Barns Courtney – Fire (02) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MUNA – Loudspeaker (1)
2. Cobi – Darker Than Dawn (Don’t You Cry For Me) (2)
3. Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y. (4)
4. AudioDamn! – Don’t Call Me When It’s Over (6)
5. Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (3)
6. St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away (5)
7. The Wind + The Wave – Grand Canyon (8)
8. Sara Hartman – Satellite (9)
9. X Ambassadors featuring Jamie N Commons – Low Life (10)
10. Wrabel – 11 Blocks (-)

In The Mix:
Elton John – A Good Heart (new)
Garbage – Empty
Greyson Chance – Back On The Wall
Haley Reinhart – Better
Justin Klump – Loved You Good
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities
Six60 – Don’t Forget Your Roots
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man
Tom Odell – Magnetised
Weathers – Happy Pills (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Chart action: New trio Bahari‘s first top 40 hit becomes their first top ten, as “Dancing On The Sun” climbs 11-10. It sits a few spots below the top 50 on the pop radio chart. Zayn claims the week’s Biggest Mover with “Like I Would”, up 28-21, a gain of seven notches. Most chart movement is slow to moderate this week, thanks in part to few new releases and the day off on Monday.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is from newcomer Dagny, who bows at #39 with “Backbeat”. She’s from Norway, and her song has already racked up some major streams at Spotify since it was released in the fall of last year. In a few weeks, it goes for adds at Hot AC radio. Other Norwegian acts to make my chart include a-haA1, and M2M.
  • One notch below that is the latest from Shawn Mendes. “Treat You Better” debuts at #40, and it leads his upcoming set, due sometime later this year. The song was co-written by Teddy Geiger, who also co-wrote “Stitches” (#5) and had a pair of top 40 hits on my chart in 2006. “These Walls” was the bigger hit, peaking at #3.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 29, 2016

Send my song (to your new record book.)

Send my song (to your new archiver.)

DEBUTS
40. A Great Big World – Won’t Stop Running
39. LÉON – Tired Of Talking
38. FRANKIE – New Obsession | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Gwen Stefani – Misery (40)
33. Parachute – Without You (39)
31. Coldplay – Up&Up (37)
20. OneRepublic – Wherever I Go (27) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Zayn – Pillowtalk (07) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
09. DNCE – Toothbrush (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty (10) | PEAK: #08
07. BANNERS – Start A Riot (08) | PEAK: #07
06. The Strumbellas – Spirits (02) | PEAK: #02
05. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (03) | PEAK: #03
04. P!nk – Just Like Fire (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Barns Courtney – Fire (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
01. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MUNA – Loudspeaker (1)
2. Cobi – Darker Than Dawn (Don’t You Cry For Me) (2)
3. Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (3)
4. Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y. (6)
5. St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away (5)
6. AudioDamn! – Don’t Call Me When It’s Over (8)
7. Dagny – Backbeat (-)
8. The Wind + The Wave – Grand Canyon (-)
9. Sara Hartman – Satellite (9)
10. X Ambassadors featuring Jamie N Commons – Low Life (10)

In The Mix:
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Garbage – Empty
Greyson Chance – Back On The Wall
Haley Reinhart – Better
Justin Klump – Loved You Good
Max Jury – Beg & Crawl
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities
Six60 – Don’t Forget Your Roots
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man
Tom Odell – Magnetised
Tyler Glenn – Trash

Chart Notes:

  • In what may be the least-surprising announcement of the year, for its second time, Adele has one more #1 single to add to her files on my personal chart. Leaping from #4 to #1, “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” is the third consecutive #1 off her 25 album, which matches the same number of chart-toppers she had from 21. No artist or band has done that before in the time I’ve been compiling my survey. Also, “Send” represents her seventh #1 overall, which ties her with Coldplay for a heated battle in the category of Most #1 Songs. (The band is currently climbing with “Up&Up”.) What else can I say? She is still the queen.
  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to FRANKIE, who comes in at #38 with “New Obsession”. It’s featured on an EP titled Dreamstate. Only three chart hits with “obsession” in their titles have gone top 40 on CHR radio since that listing began in 1973, and should this title make it four, it’ll be the first since another Frankie — Frankie J, that is. The Mexican singer had his biggest hit with “Obsession (No Es Amor)”, which went to #3 in the spring of 2005. (Mariah Carey did hit #8 with her “Obsessed” in 2009, but with its use as a verb rather than a noun, I’ve counted it separately.)
  • Swedish singer LÉON makes her chart debut this week at #39. She may be “Tired Of Talking”, but I think she knows that a lot of people aren’t “tired” of hearing her music. In fact, more of them will be exposed to it when her first radio single goes for Hot AC adds in two weeks. You can find “Tired” on her Treasure EP, which has done big streaming numbers.
  • Lastly, at #40, is the duo A Great Big World and “Won’t Stop Running”. It follows “Oasis”, which went to #3 earlier this year. This is the first “running” title to sprint onto the survey in three years. Do you remember “We Come Running” by the band Youngblood Hawke? The top ten Alternative hit peaked at #34 on my chart in early 2013.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 22, 2016

Firing up the top spot.

A fiery four-week run for Barns.

DEBUTS
40. Gwen Stefani – Misery
39. Parachute – Without You
37. Coldplay – Up&Up | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. American Authors – What We Live For (38)
27. OneRepublic – Wherever I Go (36)
20. Ingrid Michaelson – Hell No (30) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Jordan Fisher – All About Us (26)
18. Goo Goo Dolls – So Alive (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty (11) | PEAK: #10
09. The 1975 – The Sound (05) | PEAK: #03
08. BANNERS – Start A Riot (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Zayn – Pillowtalk (06) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
06. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (10) | PEAK: #06
05. P!nk – Just Like Fire (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (03) | PEAK: #03
02. The Strumbellas – Spirits (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Barns Courtney – Fire (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MUNA – Loudspeaker (2)
2. Cobi – Darker Than Dawn (Don’t You Cry For Me) (6)
3. Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (4)
4. Frankie – New Obsession (10)
5. St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away (7)
6. Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y. (9)
7. LÉON – Tired Of Talking (-)
8. AudioDamn! – Don’t Call Me When It’s Over (-)
9. Sara Hartman – Satellite (-)
10. X Ambassadors featuring Jamie N Commons – Low Life (-)

In The Mix:
A Great Big World – Won’t Stop Running (new)
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Garbage – Empty
Greyson Chance – Back On The Wall
Haley Reinhart – Better
Justin Klump – Loved You Good
Max Jury – Beg & Crawl
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities
Six60 – Don’t Forget Your Roots
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man
The Wind + The Wave – Grand Canyon
Tom Odell – Magnetised
Tyler Glenn – Trash

Chart Notes:

  • Coldplay have a split single on their hands to follow their hit “Adventure Of A Lifetime”, a two-week #1 on my survey. The run for “Hymn For The Weekend” is just beginning at a few mainstream formats, but I’m on Team “Up&Up”, which lands a nice debut in the Alternative top 40 this week. It’s also my Highest Debut, coming in at #37. All three songs are featured on the A Head Full Of Dreams album, which hit #2 on the Billboard 200 last year.
  • The Virginia group called Parachute has accumulated five chart hits on my top 40, four as a quintet and one as a trio. The sixth entry for them is their second as a trio, and it’s titled “Without You”. It’s new at #39 this week. Interestingly, there’s a second radio single by a trio called The Rua of the same name, both at Hot AC radio and both being promoted by the very same marketing group. Seeing double yet?
  • Finally, at #40, is the third top 40 hit from Gwen Stefani‘s This Is What The Truth Feels Like album. It’s “Misery”, which is not a hot Soul Asylum or Maroon 5 cover. It goes for adds at Hot AC radio on Monday. Stefani has two singles on this week’s chart, with “Make Me Like You” (#2) heading downward.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 15, 2016

Firing up the top spot.

Quite the Barns burner.

DEBUTS
38. American Authors – What We Live For
36. OneRepublic – Wherever I Go | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Zayn – Like I Would (40)
30. Ingrid Michaelson – Hell No (38)
26. Jordan Fisher – All About Us (36)
15. Bahari – Dancing On The Sun (20)
10. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (26) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (26) | PEAK: #10
09. BANNERS – Start A Riot (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You (04) | PEAK: #02
07. P!nk – Just Like Fire (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Zayn – Pillowtalk (05) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
05. The 1975 – The Sound (03) | PEAK: #03
04. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (07) | PEAK: #04
03. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (06) | PEAK: #03
02. The Strumbellas – Spirits (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Barns Courtney – Fire (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Parachute – Without You (1)
2. MUNA – Loudspeaker (2)
3. Coldplay – Up&Up (3)
4. Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (4)
5. Gwen Stefani – Misery (5)
6. Cobi – Darker Than Dawn (8)
7. St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away (9)
8. Haley Reinhart – Better (7)
9. Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y. (10)
10. Frankie – New Obsession (-)

In The Mix:
AudioDamn! – Don’t Call Me When It’s Over
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Garbage – Empty
Greyson Chance – Back On The Wall
Justin Klump – Loved You Good
LÉON – Tired Of Talking (new)
Max Jury – Beg & Crawl
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities
Sara Hartman – Satellite (new)
Six60 – Don’t Forget Your Roots
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man
The Rebel Light – Strangers
The Wind + The Wave – Grand Canyon (new)
Tom Odell – Magnetised
Tyler Glenn – Trash
X Ambassadors featuring Jamie N Commons – Low Life (new)

Chart Notes:

  • When you’re hot, you’re hot! After climbing aboard at #26 last week, Justin Timberlake rockets to #10 with “Can’t Stop The Feeling”, featured in the upcoming animated film Trolls. The international hit is one of three songs from the movies in the top ten. (For those of you keeping score, Barns Courtney‘s “Fire” (Burnt) and P!nk‘s “Just Like Fire” (Alice Through The Looking Glass) are the other two.) That two-week run into the top ten matches the run for Adele‘s “Hello” six months ago, but that song jumped 25-10 for a gain of 15 notches.
  • OneRepublic‘s “Wherever I Go” is the Highest Debut on this week’s chart, coming in at #36. It’s the first single from their forthcoming album, due later this year. You’ll probably see and hear a lot of this song beginning on Tuesday. That’s when a music video for it premieres, the band performs it on The Voice and it debuts in a beer commercial. Pretty busy day!
  • The other new song in this week’s chart is “What We Live For”, the fifth top 40 single for American Authors. It enters at #38. It’s also the title of their sophomore album, which is due to be released on July 1. “Live” is the third single to be issued from the set; the others were “Go Big Or Go Home” (#4) and “Pride” (#10).

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 8, 2016

Firing up the top spot.

Barns keeps the blaze going.

DEBUTS
40. Zayn – Like I Would
38. Ingrid Michaelson – Hell No
36. Jordan Fisher – All About Us
26. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
25. Goo Goo Dolls – So Alive (31)
24. Tegan And Sara – Boyfriend (32) | BIGGEST MOVER
20. Bahari – Dancing On The Sun (25)
18. Chris Ayer – On The Blvd (23)
10. P!nk – Just Like Fire (17)
07. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (14)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. P!nk – Just Like Fire (17) | PEAK: #10
09. BANNERS – Start A Riot (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (06) | PEAK: #01 for one week
07. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (14) | PEAK: #07
06. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Zayn – Pillowtalk (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You (02) | PEAK: #02
03. The 1975 – The Sound (04) | PEAK: #03
02. The Strumbellas – Spirits (05) | PEAK: #02
01. Barns Courtney – Fire (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Parachute – Without You (2)
2. MUNA – Loudspeaker (3)
3. Coldplay – Up&Up (6)
4. Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (4)
5. Gwen Stefani – Misery (7)
6. American Authors – What We Live For (-)
7. Haley Reinhart – Better (8)
8. Cobi – Darker Than Dawn (-)
9. St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away (-)
10. Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y. (-)

In The Mix:
Andy Black – We Don’t Have To Dance
AudioDamn! – Don’t Call Me When It’s Over (new)
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Finish Ticket – Color
Frankie – New Obsession (new)
Garbage – Empty
Greyson Chance – Back On The Wall (new)
Justin Klump – Loved You Good
Max Jury – Beg & Crawl
Paper Route – Laugh About It
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities (new)
Rooney – My Heart Beats 4 U
Sawyer Fredericks – Take It All
Six60 – Don’t Forget Your Roots (new)
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Rebel Light – Strangers
Tom Odell – Magnetised
Tyler Glenn – Trash

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut, and a very high one at that, comes in at #26. Justin Timberlake is back on my personal chart with that single everyone is talking about, “Can’t Stop The Feeling”, featured in the upcoming animated film Trolls. It’s had a huge lead on iTunes since it came out, and several million streams across various services. Will it be crowned the Song Of The Summer for 2016? We’ll see soon.
  • New at #36 is the first top 40 entry for Jordan Fisher, best known for his recent appearance on Grease: Live and several roles in Disney Channel shows and films. “All About Us” goes for adds at CHR/Top 40 radio in about five weeks, but it’s on a number of monitored stations already. I’m expecting big things for the song over the summer.
  • Two years ago, New York singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson just missed my top ten (#12) with “Girls Chase Boys”. At #38 this week, she’s back in the chase with the lovable “Hell No”, the leadoff single from It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense. A release date hasn’t been set for the album yet.
  • Finally, in at #40, is the second top 40 solo single for Zayn. “Like I Would” follows closely behind “Pillowtalk”, a recent #1 on my chart for three weeks. Both singles are found on Mind Of Mine, but “Like” is only available on the deluxe edition.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (May 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 May in this month’s Radio Report:

Ingrid Michaelson
INGRID MICHAELSON – “Hell No” (May 2) (Hot AC)
Label: Cabin 24/RED
If you use the app Snapchat, you’ll probably love the music video for Michaelson’s latest track, which features her having some fun with the many filters on the service. “No” is already on many radio stations in large markets, so expect a nice first week of adds. It’s the first single to be taken from It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense, but what does make sense is that it will be released later this year.

Marian Hill
MARIAN HILL – “I Want You” (May 2 / 3) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Photo Finish/Republic
This Philadelphia duo of Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol first released music together in 2013, but it wasn’t until late last year that they first made the Alternative top 40 with “One Time”. It stalled in the 30’s, and fell off after the Christmas freeze. Now, they soldier on with this single, taken from their album ACT ONE. The June 24 release date should give this enough time to get started.

Disturbed
DISTURBED – “The Sound Of Silence” (May 3) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Warner Bros.
A few weeks ago, I highlighted “Sound” and many of the other chart-topping Active Rock crossovers since 2000. Record Store Day brought us a 12″ picture disc of the single, which I may have purchased a copy of. This is the closest the four men have come to pop success in their long career, and it’s performing in the few markets that have been playing it (and their label wants you to know it!)

Sofia Carson
SOFIA CARSON – “Love Is The Name” (May 3) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Hollywood/Republic
Nothing says “song of the summer” like a looped sample of Opus’s 1986 hit “Live Is Life”… at least that’s what Carson and her team are hoping. The Austrian act’s only U.S. entry topped out at #36 on the Radio & Records pop listing, but it was a much bigger hit in Europe. Carson was previously featured on the soundtrack to Descendants, which entered at #1 on the Billboard 200 list last year.

Coldplay
COLDPLAY – “Up&Up” (May 9 / 10) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic
While “Hymn For The Weekend” continues to climb at Hot AC radio, “Up&Up” is scheduled to head to these two formats. For that single release, nearly three minutes of the track were shaved off the version found on A Head Full Of Dreams. Until “Adventure Of A Lifetime” hit the top spot earlier in 2016, the guys had been without a #1 at the format since 2011. Can they make it two in a row?

Bahari
BAHARI – “Dancing On The Sun” (May 10) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Interscope
This California trio’s song has already been on my chart for a month now, and it’s looking to heat up the pop airwaves later in May. The group consists of members Natalia Panzarella, Ruby Carr and Sidney Sartini, and all three ladies met in California with a little help from the production duo Rock Mafia. They’re currently on an extensive radio tour (dubbed the Bahari Safari) at the moment.

Kiiara
KIIARA – “Gold” (May 10) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Atlantic
“Gold” has been a huge hit on the blogs since its release last year. On Spotify, it’s accumulated nearly 84 million streams, which is a pretty large number for the little airplay it’s gained so far. The question is, will the online buzz translate into a pop radio hit for the summer? It’s hard to tell at this point, but there are several early believers spinning it. We’ll see if she, indeed, goes for the “Gold”.

Cobi
COBI – “Darker Than Dawn” (May 16) (Triple A)
Label: 300 Entertainment
Formerly of Gentlemen Hall, Cobi had a couple of SoundCloud songs that I enjoyed about a year ago called “Walking Through The Fire” and “First Snow”. (Both were credited to Cobi Mike at the time.) Since then, he’s signed with 300 Entertainment, and while it appears he won’t have the next “Trap Queen” on his hands, it’s certainly great to see that he’ll be getting another shot at some play.

BØRNS
BØRNS – “American Money” (May 17) (Alternative)
Label: Interscope
24-year-old Garrett Borns has a solid following and solid sales to date… so, why has a top ten single at the format eluded him? It is a little surprising that “Electric Love” stalled in the teens, given all the co-signs and acclaim. “10,000 Emerald Pools” never made a big splash when it charted late in 2015 and earlier this year. They say that third time is the charm, so let’s hope it’s on the “Money”.

St. Lucia
ST. LUCIA – “Help Me Run Away” (May 17) (Alternative)
Label: Columbia
South African musician Jean-Philip Grobler’s act is back for a second taste of the Alternative chart with a new song from Matter. It follows “Dancing On Glass”, which slowly hit top 30 at the format (but should’ve done way better!) The band performed “Help” on Jimmy Kimmel Live a month ago, and tour dates/steady summer festival dates should help the song grow at both radio and retail.

Zayn Malik
ZAYN – “Like I Would” (May 17) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: RCA
“Pillowtalk” is at the top of the CHR radio listing for the second week, but Malik’s record label is wasting no time in getting his next single out there and on the air. “Like” is featured on the deluxe edition of Mind Of Mine, a peculiar move, even if it was available as an instant grat song prior to the album’s release. It’s sure to be another notable radio hit for the 23-year-old singer from Bradford.

X Ambassadors
X AMBASSADORS featuring JAMIE N COMMONS – “Low Life” (May 24) (Alternative)
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
After an 11-week #1 in “Renegades” last year and a recent #3 in “Unsteady”, the Ithaca quartet is aiming high with “Low”. The track features Commons, who has previously worked with the band, and had a Triple A hit in 2013 with “Rumble And Sway”. Both of the previous singles continue to get substantial recurrent play, and that may become an issue during the “Life” of this one. Stay tuned!

May is an unpredictable month when it comes to A-list releases… so, expect a few surprises along the way!

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