RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (November 2014)

The radio airwaves are looking ripe this autumn as plenty of new acts and established artists crash the party with new tunes. Which ones will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of my favorites being serviced in October on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Sia
SIA – “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” (November 4) (*)
Label: RCA
After a painfully slow ride up the airplay charts, “Chandelier” finally made the top ten at several formats and got people wondering what the second single from 1000 Forms Of Fear would be. Well, the answer is… nothing? It’s a strange one, but the soundtrack cut from the upcoming remake of Annie is going to radio. Is “Smile” due for a hard knock chart life?

Fifth Harmony
FIFTH HARMONY – “Sledgehammer” (November 11) (*)
Label: Epic
Ally, Camila, Dinah, Lauren and Normani were all a few years away from being born when Peter Gabriel took his song of the same title to #1 during the summer of 1986. However, this one will be able to rank on the Hot 100 as well with its strong initial sales. (It’s since slowed down.) With a good impact week, this can go top 40 before their new album drops.

Taylor Swift
TAYLOR SWIFT – “Blank Space” (November 11) (* + **)
Label: Big Machine/Republic
One million Swifties can’t be wrong… yes, Swift is about to go over the one million mark again in her first week for 1989 and she’s looking for another #1 in this song, the followup to “Shake It Off”. Already holding firm in the runner-up spot on iTunes and looking chartbound on CHR radio for the coming Sunday update, there’s no stopping this superstar now.

Mat Kearney
MAT KEARNEY – “Heartbeat” (November 18) (**)
Label: Republic
I’m extremely excited to see Kearney out with a new single, the first from his forthcoming studio album Just Kids. Hard to believe that it’s been almost three years since the 35-year-old singer from Oregon first entered the Hot AC chart with “Ships In The Night”, which also reached the top ten on my personal top 40. The song is available digitally on Tuesday.

Michelle Chamuel
MICHELLE CHAMUEL – “Face The Fire” (November 18) (**)
Label: The End/ADA
You likely remember Chamuel from the fourth season of NBC’s show The Voice. She made it to the finals and in the end placed in second. “Fire” is her first radio single for the independent record label, which also carried “Crazy Lucky” from Better Than Ezra on the Hot AC chart during the summer. The hype may be gone, but maybe radio will feel the burn.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Imagine Dragons
IMAGINE DRAGONS – “I Bet My Life” (November 4) (* + **)
Label: Interscope
The leadoff single from the group’s second full-length album, due early next year, is already soaring towards the top 20 on Alternative and picking up quickly on AAA, so an adds date really isn’t the most necessary thing for it at this point. I think a crossover is pretty much inevitable by the end of November, so these Dragons will be breathing fire once more.

London Grammar
LONDON GRAMMAR – “Wasting My Young Years” (November 11) (**)
Label: Columbia
With an album title like If You Wait, there was going to be some waiting before the English trio could finally make a trip to the U.S., but they’re here. “Years” is the followup to their minor AAA entry “Strong”, but it was originally released in Europe back in June of 2013 when it edged into the top 40 in the United Kingdom. We’ll see what it does anything now.

The Decemberists
THE DECEMBERISTS – “Make You Better” (November 11) (**) + November 18 (*)
Label: Capitol
It’s been just under four years since The King Is Dead was released and atop the mighty Billboard 200 list. “This Is How We Fight” gave their biggest single to date. Now, they return with What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, due out in January. Hopefully, the run for this is more beautiful and not so terrible, with both formats embracing the single.

Coldplay
COLDPLAY – “Ink” (November 18) (*)
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic
They’ve had two top ten singles in a row from their album Ghost Stories: “Magic” and “A Sky Full Of Stars”, the latter of which is also their second biggest single on pop radio behind 2008’s “Viva La Vida”. Their third U.S. single is somewhat of a curious choice since “True Love” was given a music video recently, but “Ink” is another solid track from the effort.

She & Him
SHE & HIM – “Stay Awhile” (November 18) (**)
Label: Columbia
The folk duo of actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and singer/songwriter M. Ward has garnered good reviews and several top 20 albums, but the two haven’t done particularly well when it comes to airplay. With a switch to a large record label comes more of an opportunity that will probably get them some decent traction. “Stay” is a Dusty Springfield cover.

Which track(s) would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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TOP TEN: The “Voices” Of ’89 — Should’ve Been A Top Ten Hit

"Secret" musical treasures.

“Secret” musical treasures.

Looking at a huge #1 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart next week is Taylor Swift‘s latest album 1989, inspired by the music that filled the mainstream airwaves during the latter part of the 80’s. It was a time of glossy production, strong hooks and energetic melodies. I was inspired myself, and so I had to take a dip back into the archives, specifically looking at those singles that didn’t get their due justice on the charts back then. There were dozens upon dozens on the shortlist of those songs I wished were top ten hits, and somehow, I whittled it down to ten. Crazy. Let’s see what you think of some of my favorite underrated musical memories of 1989:

(This list of singles was compiled by looking at the chart peaks on three active trade papers at the time: the Billboard Hot 100, the Cashbox Top 100 Singles chart and the Radio & Records CHR radio survey. Those songs that went top ten on at least one chart were not included. You’ll note their peaks in this order: (Billboard / Cashbox / Radio & Records). Enjoy!)

GRAYSON HUGH, “Talk It Over” (#19 / #19 / #23)
At 29 years old, the Connecticut born singer charted his sole top 40 single, a soulful tune that was originally recorded and released by Olivia Newton-John on The Rumour in 1988. Hugh’s song also went top ten on Adult Contemporary radio.

KON KAN, “I Beg Your Pardon” (#15 / #22 / #18)
The Canadian duo of producer Barry Harris and singer Kevin Wynne danced their way onto the charts with this energetic club track, sampling Lynn Anderson‘s 1971 crossover hit “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden”, among other cuts.

KYLIE MINOGUE, “It’s No Secret” (#37 / #32 / #32)
Well, it is no secret that Minogue should’ve been treated better by the U.S. market; alas, three singles from Kylie did rank on the national pop charts. The track is a great pop gem, but following “The Loco-Motion”, this one derailed the era here.

MARTIKA, “More Than You Know” (#18 / #17 / #16)
From the small screen of Kids Incorporated to the big boom of the music industry, “More” went top 40 before this young singer turned 20. She’s best known for its followup, single “Toy Soldiers”, an emotional ballad that spent two weeks at #1.

POCO, “Call It Love” (#18 / #18 / #20)
Ten years after launching a pair of singles into the top 20, 1979’s “Crazy Love” (#17) and “Heart Of The Night” (#20), the California supergroup, with a lead vocal by Rusty Young, made an unexpected comeback, but one of the best of the year.

ROACHFORD, “Cuddly Toy (Feel For Me)” (#25 / #30 / #22)
Led by singer Andrew Roachford, the initial release of “Cuddly” in the United Kingdom was a dud, only reaching a high of #61. The second time out, it went to #4 and led to a Stateside release. Their top 40 days continued in the U.K. until 1998.

SOULSISTER, “The Way To Your Heart” (#41 / #44 / #33)
Long forgotten by the U.S. charts, this amazing Motown throwback was a hit across some European countries in late 1988 before crossing here the next year to minimal results. The duo continued to release music in Europe though the mid-90’s.

THE BELLE STARS, “Iko Iko” (#14 / #16 / #17)
First a hit in the U.S. for The Dixie Cups (#20) in 1965, this version was originally released in 1982 before breaking out here in 1989 thanks to its inclusion in the successful film Rain Man. However, the septet was disbanded during its reissue.

THE OUTFIELD, “Voices Of Babylon” (#25 / #26 / #23)
Everyone sings along to the classic “Your Love”, their enduring top ten hit from 1986, but this is by far my favorite single from the English trio (now performing as a duo.) Though the album of the same name didn’t sell well, the song is a winner.

XTC, ‘The Mayor Of Simpleton” (#72 / #67 / #–)
With a 40-position survey, this one didn’t quite make it onto R&R, but it did well with the college crowd and spent several weeks at #1 on the Modern Rock chart. The English quintet stayed together for three decades, but officially split in 2006.

Do you have a favorite underrated 1989 single from the selections above or one that I didn’t mention? Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 27)

She's one electric youth.

She’s one electric youth.

Someone appears to be ready to “shake” up the competition on the Billboard 200 and I think we’ll need a time machine to get there. (NOTE: some of the week’s music releases may not be out until Tuesday dependent on label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 27:

  • Going for her third million-selling opening in a row is country star turned pop star Taylor Swift, turning back the hands of time with her latest effort, 1989. Lead single “Shake It Off” debuted at #1 on the Hot 100 and also climbed atop several airplay formats. There is no doubt that this will come in at #1 on the albums survey and hold there for multiple weeks, but that opening number is key. It will be watched – and analyzed – very closely. (iTunes)
  • Looking like a future country crossover star is 29-year-old newcomer Sam Hunt; his debut album, Montevallo, is in stores this week. Former On The Verge sponsored single “Leave The Night On” is currently standing at #2 on the Country chart and looks to be #1 next week. A handful of Hot AC stations are also spinning the song. Watch for it in the top five when the official results come in. (iTunes)
  • It wouldn’t be Q4 without some music compilations making their move on the chart, one of them being a new NOW That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 52 (iTunes) set. The hits are all there and will probably bow in the top five. It should also be noted that it’s being issued with a new NOW That’s What I Call Disney 3 (iTunes) album, though that’s likely to end up in the lower rungs.
  • Christian singer Chris Tomlin arrived at #1 with his last album in 2013 in a week following the Christmas holiday. He won’t make it that far this time around, but he’ll still have a solid debut with Love Ran Red (iTunes). Two singles from it have hit the Christian charts. Rapper Trip Lee also releases this week with his latest effort, Rise. (iTunes)
  • After a series of successful remastered albums earlier this year, rockers Led Zeppelin put out two more for 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV and 1973’s Houses Of The Holy. The earlier set features classics like “Black Dog” and “Stairway To Heaven”, while the latter is best known for “D’yer Maker” and “The Ocean”. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Barry Manilow‘s My Dream Duets (iTunes), Black Veil Brides‘s Black Veil Brides (iTunes), Cold War Kids‘s Hold My Home (iTunes), Darius Rucker‘s Home For The Holidays (iTunes), Home Free‘s Full Of Cheer (iTunes), Jagged Edge‘s J.E. Heartbreak Too (iTunes), Mystery Skulls‘s Forever (iTunes), Rancid‘s …Honor Is All We Know (iTunes), The Flaming Lips‘s With A Little Help From My Fwends (iTunes), The Who‘s The Who Hits 50! (iTunes) and Yusuf‘s Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “I Bet My Life”, the latest single from rockers Imagine Dragons. (iTunes)
  • “Only”, new from Nicki Minaj and featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown. (iTunes)
  • “Open Wide”, a collaboration from DJ/producer Calvin Harris and rapper Big Sean. (iTunes)

Bob Dylan and Calvin Harris are among next week’s top new entries — I say a collaboration is in their future, or maybe not. A full preview is coming on Monday night!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 26, 2014

Scott storms the top this week.

No breaks at the top for “Unbreakable”.

DEBUTS
40. Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia
39. Ingrid Michaelson – Afterlife | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Passenger – 27 (38)
26. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (33) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
23. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (30) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Fitz & The Tantrums – Fools Gold (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Maroon 5 – Animals (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (08) | PEAK: #02
07. Rixton – Wait On Me (07) | PEAK: #06
06. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (06) | PEAK: #06
05. The Script – Superheroes (05) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
04. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (9)
2. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Real Love (8)
3. Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (2)
4. OneRepublic – I Lived (4)
5. American Authors – Luck (6)
6. Hilary Duff – All About You (3)
7. Big Data featuring White Sea – The Business Of Emotion (-)
8. Coldplay – Ink (-)
9. Bryan Adams – She Knows Me (7)
10. Sheppard – Smile (-)

In The Mix:
AJR – Infinity
Anthem Lights – Top Of The World (new)
Avicii featuring Robbie Williams – The Days
Better Than Ezra – Gonna Get Better
Brian Wilson and Various Artists – God Only Knows
Christina Perri – The Words (new)
David Guetta featuring Sam Martin – Dangerous
Goo Goo Dolls – Caught In The Storm
Grizfolk – Hymnals
Gwen Stefani – Baby Don’t Lie
Matt Hires – Hold You Up (new)
Mikey Wax – Only One (new)
Neil Diamond – Nothing But A Heartache
Nick Gardner – Lose You
Ryan Cabrera – House On Fire (new)
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
The Madden Brothers – Dear Jane (new)
Train – Bulletproof Picasso (new)
U2 – Every Breaking Wave (new)
You+Me – You And Me

Chart Notes:

  • Jamie Scott calls his latest single “Unbreakable”, and his run at the top likely won’t be broken for some time. This is the song’s second week at #1 and his sixth frame overall in 2014. Scott’s album, My Hurricane, has been pushed back again by Virgin/Capitol to January 20 of next year after previous dates of September 9, October 7 and November 10 of this year. It’s unfortunate, of course, but I still look forward to hearing the full thing.
  • Two songs tie for the week’s Biggest Mover, both up seven spots from the last chart. Charging ahead is “Wrapped Up” by Olly Murs and Travie McCoy, climbing 33-26, and newcomer Eden XO steps up with a 30-23 jump with “Too Cool To Dance”. The former song will be on Murs’s forthcoming album, Never Been Better, while the latter single was just serviced to pop radio to some very good initial numbers.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is from Ingrid Michaelson with the followup to “Girls Chase Boys”. Entering at #39, her latest is “Afterlife”, taken from her recent album Lights Out. A deluxe edition of that is released on November 10 and tacks on an additional second disc with six tracks, including some previously unreleased demos and much more.
  • You may have heard him on BBC Radio 1 earlier this month when he was playlisted as their newest Introducing artist. He’s 21-year-old English performer Martin Luke Brown, from Leicester, who debuts at #40 with “Nostalgia”. It is a great tune and I’m sure that we’ll hear even more fantastic originals from him in the new year.

(See my full chart on the M4BCC message board)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 29, 2006

My favorite songs lately... eight years ago.

My favorite songs lately… eight years ago.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Alright, let’s get a move on back to my third year of high school, a pretty solid junior year, and revisit the top songs from this week in 2006…

Debuts:
38. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “World”

Biggest Mover(s):
GOO GOO DOLLS, “Let Love In” (40-34)
OK GO, “Here It Goes Again” (38-32)
THE KILLERS, “Bones” (37-31, 6 spots)

10. ROD STEWART, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” (steady, second week)
Album: Still The Same… Great Rock Classics Of Our Time (2006, J Records)
Peak: #9

09. ROB THOMAS, “Streetcorner Symphony” (down 2)
Album: …Something To Be (2005, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

08. SNOW PATROL, “Chasing Cars” (down 2)
Album: Eyes Open (2006, A&M Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

07. SCISSOR SISTERS, “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'” (up 2)
Album: Ta-Dah (2006, Universal Motown Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. AUGUSTANA, “Boston” (up 2)
Album: All The Stars And Boulevards (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

05. EVANESCENCE, “Call Me When You’re Sober” (steady, second week)
Album: The Open Door (2006, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #4

04. THE FRAY, “How To Save A Life” (down 2)
Album: How To Save A Life (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. DANIEL POWTER, “Love You Lately” (up 1)
Album: Daniel Powter (re-release) (2006, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

02. NICKELBACK, “Far Away” (up 1)
Album: All The Right Reasons (2005, Roadrunner Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. JOHN MAYER, “Waiting On The World To Change” (steady, third week)
Album: Continuum (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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Record Store Day, Black Friday 2014: What I’m Looking At

Viva la Vinyl.

Back in Black Friday.

Just when you thought it was safe to put away your wallet — no, it’s back. I’m talking about the 2014 edition of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. You’ll remember the regular Record Store Day that happened back in April; I managed to find the majority of items on my list and got to see a lot of people helping the cause. Once again, RSD is getting in on the holiday rush with another set of exclusive cassette, CD, vinyl and other pieces ready to crawl out of the chimney and onto your player of choice. Just remember to get in line early, or you could miss out on some things you are searching for! Here are ten acts and their releases that you may be hunting for on Friday, November 28:

AFRIKA BAMBAATAA & THE SOUL SONIC FORCE – “Planet Rock”
Format: 12″ vinyl single
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Though this 1982 song just squeaked into the top 50 on the Hot 100 in its original run, its impact has been felt in the hip-hop community for decades. It would be cool to have a copy of such a classic record. Oh, by the way, it’s glow in the dark. Sweet.

BLEACHERS – Strange Desire (The Demos)
Format: 12″ vinyl EP
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Strange Desire remains one of my favorite albums of the year thus far, and its two singles have both done well on my top 40 chart. I found a copy of the limited release of “I Wanna Get Better” earlier this year, so I’d love to find this six song EP next.

BON JOVI – Live 2
Format: 12″ vinyl EP
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The first Live EP, another Record Store Day release, featured four live versions of classics like “Keep The Faith” and “Livin’ On A Prayer”. This four song set features another bunch of big songs, including “Bad Medicine” and “I’ll Be There For You”.

ECHOSMITH – “Cool Kids”
Format: 12″ vinyl single
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This former On The Verge sponsored quartet has a top ten smash on both the CHR and Hot AC surveys, and their first single to be issued on vinyl could be yours on the 28th. The 12″ piece includes the radio mix of “Kids” and a new mix done by RAC.

ED SHEERAN – “Thinking Out Loud” / “I’m A Mess”
Format: 7″ single
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“Thinking” is already a hit overseas and it’s likely to achieve the same status over here next year. Much like the previous art during this era, the sleeve is green (though the record itself likely isn’t) and its b-side, found on his album X, is in a live form.

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – 5 Seconds Of Summer
Format: 12″ vinyl LP
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I don’t have any physical product from them… yet. However, that could change on Black Friday. Of course, the tweens can’t get enough of them, especially with a #1 album and two top ten EPs (a third is on the way.) This picture disc could be a start.

RUN DMC – “Christmas In Hollis”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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Back in 1987, you could find this festive rap on the first A Very Special Christmas compilation, which benefitted the Special Olympics. This re-release features the added b-side “Peter Piper” from 1986’s Raising Hell, as well as an “audible postcard”.

VARIOUS ARTISTS – American Hustle (Soundtrack)
Format: 2 x 12″ vinyl LP
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It was partially filmed in my hometown of Worcester, MA in the spring of 2013 and the extended version of this soundtrack is definitely near the top of my list this time around. Bringing back the sounds of decades past, it is worth the hustle to get it.

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1
Format: Cassette
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The film did big numbers at the box office during the summer and the soundtrack from it topped the Billboard 200 chart for two weeks in August. Featuring jams from the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Peter Quill’s musical memories tape is a fun find.

WHAM! – “Last Christmas”
Format: 12″ vinyl single
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I’ve enjoyed a handful of versions of this annual treat, but nothing beats the original, which climbed as high as #2 in the U.K. in 1984. Needless to say, you’ll be hearing it on many stations soon enough. This is specially printed on green and red vinyl.

What else is looking good?
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Recently (EP) (10″ vinyl EP)
DAVID BOWIE – “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)” (10″ vinyl single)
HOZIER – In The Woods Somewhere (EP) (10″ vinyl EP)
IMAGINE DRAGONS – Night Visions (12″ vinyl LP – picture disc)
PHIL SPECTOR/VARIOUS ARTISTS – A Christmas Gift For You (12″ vinyl LP)
THE BEATLES – Long Tall Sally (EP) (7″ vinyl EP)
VARIOUS ARTISTS (FROZEN) – “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” / “In Summer” (7″ vinyl single – picture disc)

For a full list of all the special stuff, it’s all up on Record Store Day’s website. Are you getting pumped for RSD’s Black Friday festivities and is there another release not listed here that you’ve got to have? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter: click the “Get Social!” tab above to find us on there.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 21)

Looking for some not-so-"Mediocre" numbers.

Looking for some not-so-“Mediocre” numbers.

Rappers, rockers, reindeer lovers: they’re all in the mix this week as Q4 keeps chugging along at a faster pace. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 21:

  • No longer a Trouble Man and putting in his Paperwork is T.I., who has been hot on Rhythmic and Urban radio with hit singles like “About The Money” and “No Mediocre”, the former featuring Young Thug and the latter featuring Iggy Azalea. This is the rapper’s first album in two years and first since making the leap from Atlantic to Columbia Records. Look for it to be a contender for #1 next week. (iTunes)
  • Metal monsters Slipknot haven’t released a new studio album since 2008, but that changes this week when .5: The Gray Chapter debuts in stores. A single from it, “The Devil In I”, is shooting towards the #1 spot on the Active Rock airwaves, currently positioned at #2. Given the extended gap of time and high-ranking pre-release singles, this may also be in reach of the top. (iTunes)
  • After finishing their last era with a minor chart single called “Sober”, country quartet Little Big Town go for some “Day Drinking” on their latest set, Pain Killer. “Day” is currently top ten at Country radio and it appears that they’re due for another successful era. It should make a run at the top five on the Billboard 200, though it’ll fall short of #1. (iTunes)
  • The 24-year-old rapper named Logic has been noted on the underground circuit and blogosphere for several years now with a series of Young Sinatra mixtapes. This week, his first full-length album, Under Pressure, is out. Likely to be the surprise of the week, you may see the set bowing in the top five when all is said and done. (iTunes)
  • Ho, ho, hold on one moment — we have some sensational stocking stuffers sizzling on the scene, including Anthony Hamilton‘s Home For The Holidays (iTunes), Earth, Wind & Fire‘s Holiday (iTunes) and Pentatonix‘s That’s Christmas To Me (iTunes).
  • Other releases out this week include: Andrea Bocelli‘s Opera, The Ultimate Collection (iTunes), Annie Lennox‘s Nostalgia (iTunes), Aretha Franklin‘s Sings The Great Diva Classics (iTunes), Billy Idol‘s Kings & Queens Of The Underground (iTunes), Boyz II Men‘s Collide (iTunes), Bush‘s Man On The Run (iTunes), Gavin DeGraw‘s Finest Hour: The Best Of Gavin DeGraw (iTunes), Jacquie Lee‘s Broken Ones (EP) (iTunes), Jerry Garcia‘s GarciaLive Volume 5: December 31st 1975, Keystone Berkeley (iTunes), Jessie Ware‘s Tough Love (iTunes), Kiesza‘s Sound Of A Woman (iTunes), Neil Diamond‘s Melody Road (iTunes), Primus‘s Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble (iTunes), Susan Boyle‘s Hope (iTunes) and Vérité‘s Echo (EP) (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Baby Don’t Lie”, the new single from singer Gwen Stefani. (iTunes)
  • “Lips Are Movin”, a movin’ musical moment from Meghan Trainor. (iTunes)
  • “Nobody”, a single from YouTube’s Ricky Dillon. (iTunes)
  • “Outside”, a collaboration from Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding. (iTunes)
  • “Welcome To New York”, a digital single from Taylor Swift. (iTunes)

A country chanteuse turned pop princess has a pretty huge album coming out on Monday… gee, I wonder who it could be? That swiftly approaching record, along with the rest of the new releases, are coming up in a full preview on Sunday night.

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