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 another diverse week for Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist, headlined by Hooligan Hefs’ Masi Rooc and NASA NOVA-assisted Proper (pulled from his just-released Sinning Winning Living mixtape). Also ranked high is Saving Up by Dom Dolla (a cut he’s been hyping up for the last few months), the grungy title track from Teen Jesus And The Jean Teasers’ crash-hot debut album I Love You, Tkay Maidza’s Lolo Zouaï-assisted Out Of Luck, and Royel Otis’ cruisy Fried Rice.
Tkay and Teen Jesus stand out among the pack, as they also made the Top Five in Apple Music’s New Music Daily playlist (respectively at #2 and #4). Their list is topped by Tems’ Me & U, with James Hype and Kim Petras’ Drums rolling in at #3, and YES by A.B. Original, DJ Total Eclipse and MARLON at #5. There’s a bit more overlap between the rest of the two streaming giants’ Top Tens, both of which feature the latest cuts from Blink-182 (DANCE WITH ME), Kenya Grace (Only In My Mind) and Omar Apollo (Live For Me).
Notable too is that both Top Tens feature a different country song: Spotify gave the #9 spot to She Calls Me Back by Noah Kahan (featuring Kacey Musgraves), while Apple swung for Morgan Evans’ Thank God She’s A Country Girl at #7.
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This week saw the NOVA Network add two new tracks across the board (ATB), Ed Sheeran’s American Town and NSYNC’s Better Place (no, that’s not a typo, NSYNC really are back). Dean Lewis’ Trust Me Mate was also added to NOVA’s late-night rotation, while both the former tracks were added to the Hit Network’s national drive slot. They made it ATB on Hit’s city-based stations B105 (Meanjin/Brisbane) and The Fox (Naarm/Melbourne), where they were joined by a couple other tracks: Melbourne got Tate McRae’s Greedy, while Brisbane heard get him back! by Olivia Rodrigo and adore u by Fred again.. and Obongjayar.
triple j are on a bit of a British kick right now – this week’s feature album is falling or flying by R&B stalwart Jorja Smith, and the secondary spotlight album is Halo by rapper Bakar. As for the national youth broadcaster’s ATB adds, one came from the UK (Mosquito by PinkPantheress), one from the US (MORE THAN YOU KNOW by Blink-182) and six from Down Under: Broke My Heart by Alice Ivy (featuring Mallrat and Jelani Blackman), Cruise Control by Asha Jefferies, Boys Light Up by ChillinIt, Op Shop Lover by grentperez (featuring Lime Cordiale), PLAYLIST by PANIA, and Daydreaming by Young Franco (featuring Franc Moody).
Additionally there were five spot adds this week, with three being Australian: Roach Queen by Future Static, bored by tiffi and SCANDAL by ŪLA.
As for this week’s Radio Monitor Hot 50 chart, every song in the Top Five – and #6 to boot – remain unchanged. There was, however, a solid boost for Doja Cat with Paint The Town Red rising from #13 to #7.
Elsewhere on the chart, both the new Ed Sheeran and *NSYNC tracks had strong debuts – respectively coming in at #14 and #17 – while the sole two re-entries came from Morgan Wallen (Last Night at #46) and Peking Duk (I Want You, featuring Darren Hayes, at #50).
Hear the big new country tunes of the week on the Countrytown Hot Country Hits Playlist.
In addition to those aforementioned cuts from Morgan Evans and Noah Kahan, Spotify and Apple Music both used their flagship playlists to spotlight Wild Ones, the new gem from Jessie Murph featuring Jelly Roll. Apple did, as usual, platform more country music than its main competitor – this week they’ve chosen tracks by Abby Christo (Shouldn’t Be Doing This), Chayce Beckham (23), Sabrina Durante (Hold On, We’re Going Home) and Kingswood (Glass Half Full).
Over on the Countrytown Hot 50 chart, there’s been some huge movement in the Top Five. For starters, Sara Berki has leapt up from #6 to #2 with A Boy That’s Into Trucks – an impressive feat on its own, but one that’s hugely usurped by Casey Barnes (with Never Give Up On A Good Time surging from #24 to #3) and Lainey Wilson (whose Watermelon Moonshine surged from #28 to 4). Morgan Wallen is also back in the Top Five with Everything I Love rounding it out – and of course, the #1 spot is held once again by Travis Collins and The Wolfe Brothers with Runnin’ The Country.
This week’s chart brings us three new debuts – Someone For Everyone by Andrew Farriss at #30, Save Me by Jelly Roll at #38, and Stars Like Confetti by Dustin Lynch at #43. There are also four re-entries: Everything She Ain’t by Hailey Whitters at #25, Livin’ The Low Life by Rhinestoned at #39, Size Up by Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham at #49, and When I Die by Fanny Lumsden at #50.