From bubblegum bangers to ripping rock, cruisy country and rousing rap, here are the tracks that should be on your radar for this week.
Every Friday in The Radar, The Music breaks down the week’s top performers and the breaking new music you need to be across.
It’s been a hot minute since The Kid LAROI announced his debut album THE FIRST TIME (with the first teases coming all the way back in January 2022), but the ambitious 20-track effort finally arrived today via Columbia. Spotify and Apple Music both have songs from it ranked highly in their flagship playlists – the former topped their New Music Friday spread with the opening track SORRY, while the latter has WHAT’S THE MOVE? (featuring Future and BabyDrill) listed at #2 on the New Music Daily playlist (straight after Go To Hell by Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Cool and Dre, featuring BEAM).
Spotify also shook things up by including two back-to-back country songs in its Top Ten – What Am I Gonna Do by Chris Stapleton at #4 and Good Things by Kaylee Bell at #5 – with the big green streamer’s Top Three rounded out by the Jonas Brothers’ Bailey Zimmerman-assisted Strong Enough (at #2) and Peach PRC’s Like A Girl Does (#3). Ranked at #6 is I Believe In Love Again by Peggy Gou and Lenny Kravitz, which Apple has rounding out their own Top Three. The two playlists also share Jessica Mauboy’s Flashback (ranked #7 on Spotify and #10 on Apple) and PinkPantheress’ Central Cee-assisted Nice to meet you (#5 on Apple, #9 on Spotify).
There’s a bit more rap in Spotify’s Top Ten, with their last two stragglers being Daisy by Hp Boyz, HP ONIT and A.GIRL at #8, and Division by Barkaa at #10. Apple, on the other hand, take a few broader swings by fleshing their Top Ten out with the latest cuts from Tierra Whack (Chanel Pit at #4), Middle Kids (Driving Home For Christmas at #6), Fergus James (Let It Go at #7), Fanny Lumsden (Enjoy The Ride at #8), and Dove Cameron (Sand at #9).
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This week saw the NOVA Network add two new songs to their rotation across-the-board (ATB) – Is It Over Now? (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault) by Taylor Swift, and Too Much by The Kid LAROI (featuring Jung Kook and Central Cee) – while the late-night rotation gained Vance Joy’s cover of Little Red’s Rock It and Kylie Minogue’s Hold Onto Now. Meanwhile in Sydney, KIIS 1065 added Doechii’s Kodak Black-assisted What It Is (Block Boy) ATB, and both The Kid LAROI’s Too Much and Mia Wray’s Tell Her to the nighttime rotation. It’s a massive win for the lattermost artist, a fast-rising pop singer from Noosa.
This week’s triple j feature album is THE FIRST TIME – unsurprising, given the J’s have backed The Kid LAROI from day one – with a suite of tracks from JK-47’s crash-hot Revision For Regrowth album also given a spotlight. Eight songs were added ATB this week, with four coming from Australian artists – Darcie Heaven (Fallen For), Dave Winnel (Mind Control), Hockey Dad (Still Have Room) and Kita Alexander (Best You Ever Had) – and one technically falling into both the local and import categories: Fight Back Time, a joint effort from The Buoys out of Sydney and Sløtface out of Norway. The other three tracks came from Megan Thee Stallion (Cobra), Tai Verdes (Sunset), and the duo of venbee and DJ Ss (rampage).
Elsewhere on the national youth broadcaster, there were five spot adds, all but one coming from Australia (that outlier being Slipping Away by Love Fame Tragedy): CUT MY HEART OUT by daine, Badness Issa Habit by Gold Fang, Make It Somehow by Headaches and Golden Vessel, and Get Back To This by Newport.
Taking a peek at this week’s Radiomonitor Hot 50 chart, we see Paul Russell finally make it to #1 with his viral smash-hit Lil Boo Thang. Miley Cyrus’ Used To Be Young came in at #2, which was predictable enough – what wasn’t, though, was Ed Sheeran’s leap up from #8 to #3 with American Town. Last week’s #1 – Paint The Town Red by Doja Cat – slumped down to #4 this week, with the Top Five rounded out by Taylor Swift’s Cruel Summer.
There are two new entries in this week’s chart – Now And Then by The Beatles at #35 and Tell Her by Mia Wray at #36 – with no re-entries at all.
Hear the big new country tunes of the week on the Countrytown Hot Country Hits Playlist.
Spotify’s editors showed their growing love for country by throwing the new songs from Chris Stapleton (What Am I Gonna Do) and Kaylee Bell (Good Things) into the Top Ten of their flagship New Music Friday playlist. Further down the list were another four barnstormers: Ain’t Too Much To Ask by Lane Pittman, This Town by Brittany Maggs, The Cherry Tree Carol by Paul Kelly, and Out Of The Black by Shining Bird.
For their part, Apple Music’s editors looked elsewhere for the four country songs exclusive to their own New Music Daily playlist, opting for the new ones by Fanny Lumsden (Enjoy The Ride), Zac & George (Lovin’ In It), Alyssa Bonagura (End Of The World), and Joey Leigh Wagtail (Chaos). Also featured in both the two major playlists were Bryce Sainty’s Coast, Hurricane Fall’s Before You, and Troy Kemp’s On One Hand.
This week’s Countrytown Hot 50 chart brings us a brand-new #1, with a big leap up from #6 for Dustin Lynch’s Stars Like Confetti. It bumps Morgan Wallen back down to #2 with Everything I Love, and also knocks last week’s #2 and #3 placeholders – Never Give Up On A Good Time by Casey Barnes and Watermelon Moonshine by Lainey Wilson, respectively – down a spot. This week’s #5, however, is taken out by Sara Berki’s Favour, which hit #7 in last week’s chart.
There are no older songs re-entering the chart, but there are six debuting altogether: Nothing Better To Me by The Wolfe Bros at #29, Do Without by Denvah at #38, Where It Ends by Bailey Zimmerman at #39, Something's Gonna Kill Me by Corey Kent at #41, Chill by Travis Collins at #42, and Warm Love by Sweet Talk at #44.