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iGEN by Ted Volk
The Place Where Radio and Records come Together Without Talking
  • Congrats to Bill Carroll and Howard Petruziello for a perfect launch on Beck’s new single, “Dreams” (Capitol), which was virtually added everywhere upon arrival 24 hours ago.

  • Did you know Beck’s had two #1’s at Modern Rock? I’m sure you remember 1994’s “Loser.” The other may escape you; it was “E-Pro” in 2005.

  • Beck will go for the rare trifecta of having #1s in three different decades. The only other acts that have done that at Modern Rock are BUSH, Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

  • I’ve never bought into the M-score data when evaluating records, but songs’ streaming numbers should be a valuable tool when deciding on new music to play.

  • Speaking of streaming numbers, there’s reason #26 that you should play Cold War Kids’ “First” (Downtown). The numbers are legit and the song is now inside the Top 20.

  • Congrats to KIDinaKORNER/Interscope’s X Ambassadors for going #1 this week with “Renegades.” I should let you know that my cohort Karen Glauber has been screaming at me for over a year now about the future greatness of X Ambassadors. 

  • Every year, she gives me one of these what I consider to be oddball predictions. The last two were Lumineers and Tame Impala.

  • Speaking of Lumineers, whenever I hear Houndmouth’s “Sedona” (Rough Trade), it reminds me of them. That’s a record to watch. There’s an instant Shazam reaction when it gets played.

  • RCA’s Walk The Moon have another chart-topper on their hands with “Different Colors,” which was among the Most Added again this week!

  • By the time it’s over, Elle King’s “Ex’ and Oh’s” (RCA) will end up on six formats. It’s a massive hit, and in just six weeks on the Modern Rock chart, it’s quickly approaching Top 10.

  • Epic made a real good hire with Drew Hauser, who spent many years at Wind Up. Drew’s first order of business is Modest Mouse’s new single, “The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box,” which, after just a couple of weeks, is already inside the Top 30.

  • Don’t sit on the sidelines for Florence + the Machine’s new single, “Ship to Wreck” (Republic). The new album has already sold 160k in two weeks. It’s big!

  • This week, Glassnote’s Mumford & Sons will do something you don’t see much anymore; they’re going to have two songs in the Top 10 at the same time. “The Wolf” will probably enter the Top 10 at #8, while “Believe” continues to hover around the Top 5 at #6.

  • Glassnote also has a record to watch in Robert DeLong’s new single, “Don’t Wait Up,” which was added at KROQ!

  • It’s great to see Of Monsters and Men’s “Crystals” (Republic) go Top 5 this week!  The callout is strong, as are their first-week album sales.

  • Another record to watch is Coleman Hell’s “2 Heads” (Columbia). It’s got what you want to see from a new band: immediate single sales and Shazams.