The Radar: This Week's Tunes You Need To Know – October 27

27 October 2023 | 12:33 pm | Ellie Robinson

From bubblegum bangers to ripping rock, cruisy country and rousing rap, here are the tracks that should be on your radar for this week.


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Every Friday in The Radar, The Music breaks down the week’s top performers and the breaking new music you need to be across.


The Kid LAROI is in full swing with his debut album era, finally announcing The First Time yesterday (October 26) with a release date of Friday 10. The news was followed this morning by the album’s fifth single, WHAT JUST HAPPENED, which Spotify have popped at the top of this week’s New Music Friday playlist. It’s ranked second on Apple Music’s own flagship playlist, New Music Daily, which is headlined this week by Hass Hass (a summery new collab between Diljit Dosanjh, Sia and Greg Kurstin).

Apple’s #3 spot went to the only other song shared between their Top Ten and Spotify’s, Father’s Eyes by Kobie Dee (featuring Stan Walker); Spotify has it listed at #6 on their spread. The green streaming giant – which is reportedly set to shake up its royalty payout system – has Hass Hass ranked at #3, with their Top Five rounded out by the new songs from Angie McMahon (Making It Through), the trio of David Guetta, Ayra Starr and Lil Durk (Big FU), and Green Day (The American Dream Is Killing Me).

Elsewhere in Spotify’s Top Ten, we see the fresh new tunes from Rema (Don’t Leave), Nathan Dawe and Bebe Rexha (Heart Still Beating), Mia Wray (Tell Her) and Brent Faiyaz (Upset, featuring Tommy Richman and FELIX!).

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Apple’s list is similarly diverse, with a decent mix of hyperpop from daine (CUT MY HEART OUT), rap from J-MILLA (Gammon) and Future (Low Life, featuring The Weeknd) and punk from FIDLAR (Get Free, a cover of The Vines’ 2002 hit recorded for the Mushroom 50 compilation). Their Top Ten is rounded out with Paradise by Glades, Control by 44phantom, and Summer You by Route 33.


The NOVA Network added one new song across the board (ATB) this week – P!nk’s Marshmello- and Sting-assisted Dreaming – while Smallzy’s Surgery showed some love to The Kid LAROI’s TOO MUCH (a joint effort with Jung Kook and Central Cee) and the late-night rotation gained Perfect by The Veronicas and Interstellar by Y.O.G.A. and Jimi The Kween.

Dreaming and TOO MUCH both made it to the Hit Network’s national nighttime rotation, where they were joined by the latest singles from Doechii (What It Is) and the powerhouse trio of cassö, RAYE and D-Block Europe (Prada). All but the lattermost track was migrated to The FOX’s ATB spread in Melbourne, where the fourth spot was filled in by Jason Derulo’s Hands On Me (featuring Meghan Trainor).

Over on triple j, this week’s feature album is Paint My Bedroom Black by Holly Humberstone, and the spotlight is Something To Give Each Other by Troye Sivan. There were eight new adds ATB this week, five of which were Australian: OUR PEOPLE by 3% (the new supergroup of Nooky, Dallas Woods and Angus Field), TOO MUCH by The Kid LAROI (with Jung Kook and Central Cee), Desert Land by Matt Corby, Silver Lining by merci, mercy, Dramamine by Middle Kids.

The remaining adds came from international heavyweights like Bring Me The Horizon (DArkSide), Chappell Roan (HOT TO GO!) and Skepta (Can’t Play Myself, a tribute to Amy Winehouse that features a posthumous guest spot from the late soul-pop icon). Spot adds from across the pond came courtesy of Tai Verdes (Sunset) and the duo of venbee and DJ Ss (rampage), while local spots were given to Carla Wehbe (You Make Me Sick), Logan (Famous) and Vacations (Close Quarters).

This week’s Radio Monitor Hot 50 chart brings a huge update, with Taylor Swift’s Cruel Summer finally knocked from the top spot. Olivia Rodrigo’s vampire now reigns supreme, while Swift’s undying Lover hit slipped all the way down to #4. The Top Three is rounded out by Doja Cat’s Paint The Town Red (#2) and Paul Russell’s Lil Boo Thang (#3), while Popular by The Weeknd (featuring Playboi Carti and Madonna) also took a hit down from #2 to #5.

New entries this week include Dreaming by P!nk, Marshmello and Sting (debuting at #17), TOO MUCH by The Kid LAROI, Jung Kook and Central Cee (#22), Prada by cassö, RAYE and D-Block Europe (#44), and Hands On Me by Jason Derulo and Meghan Trainor (#50). And in the way of returning numbers, we have Taylor Swift’s Anti-Hero at #40, and Remember by Becky Hill and David Guetta at #49.


Hear the big new country tunes of the week on the Countrytown Hot Country Hits Playlist.

Spotify swung through with three country tunes in this week’s New Music Friday playlist: Somebody by Darlinghurst, Too Far Gone by the Zac Cross Band, and Summer You by Route 33.

Apple Music’s own New Music Daily roundup featured all three of those gems, as well as another seven: John Doe by Southbound xo, Reason To Believe by Angela Rose, Don’t Wanna Meet Your Parents by Emmagen Rain, Mama He’s Crazy by Lainey Wilson and Dolly Parton, Boys Back Home by Dylan Marlowe and Dylan Scott, Blackbird by Josh Pyke, and City Lights by Germein.

After a single week at #1 on the Countrytown Hot 50 chart, Casey BarnesNever Give Up On A Good Time has been knocked back down to #3. Lainey Wilson takes over the top spot with Watermelon Sunshine (up from last week’s #4 spot, which is now occupied by Dustin Lynch’s Stars Like Confetti), while Morgan Wallen’s Everything I Love holds steady at #2.

There are five new entries in this week’s chart: Love You Back by Lady A at #27, Country Girls (Just Wanna Have Fun) Mackenzie Carpenter at #30, Thank God She’s A Country Girl by Morgan Evans at #43, Wondering by The Buckleys at #44, and Think I’m In Love With You by Chris Stapleton at #47. And in the way of re-entries, we have To The Limit by Hinterland at #38, and Fall In Love by Bailey Zimmerman at #49.

Hear the big new tunes of the week now on The Music Hit List.
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