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SINGLE PREMIERE: Matt Cardle – “When You Were My Girl” (+ Lyrics)

Matt's what matters.

Matt’s what matters.

Coming off his duet with Melanie C, “Loving You”, Matt Cardle is putting the pep back in his step with “When You Were My Girl”. “Girl” is the second single from Cardle’s forthcoming album titled Porcelain. It received its first full play on Ken Bruce’s BBC Radio 2 radio show this morning and now it’s available on YouTube via a video from Cardle. Thanks!

Listen to “When You Were My Girl”. / Purchase “When You Were My Girl” on U.S. iTunes.

“WHEN YOU WERE MY GIRL” (2:57)

(If there are any corrections, let me know below.)

[Verse 1]
You tell me that you want me
You’re thinking that you’ll walk back in my life again
Saying you need me
But I’ve been hearing stories from mistaken friends

[Bridge]
And someone said you sold me out, you sold me out
I try to shut it out, but it’s too late

[Chorus]
And all those tears I watched you fake
Thinking I was doing you wrong
But now I hear it’s my mistake
‘Cause you were never sleeping alone
When you were my girl (x2)

[Verse 2]
I told you I was sorry
How could you lie so easily right to the end?
You wanna hold me
But I don’t find it that easy to pretend

[Bridge – variation]
When someone says you sold me out, you sold me out
I try to shut it out, but it’s too late

[Chorus]
And all those tears I watched you fake
Thinking I was doing you wrong
But now I hear it’s my mistake
‘Cause you were never sleeping alone
When you were my girl (x3)

Oh, ooh
When you were my

[Chorus x2]
All those tears I watched you fake
Thinking I was doing you wrong
But now I hear it’s my mistake
‘Cause you were never sleeping alone
When you were my girl

When you were my girl
Oh, when you were my girl
Oh-oh-oh

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Christina Aguilera – “We Remain” (+ Lyrics)

Will the Lotus finally rise to the occasion?

Christina’s catching fire once again.

Diva Christina Aguilera is ready to light a fire on the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with her latest track. “We Remain” was written/produced by singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko and Brent Kutzle and Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic. “Remain” has been serviced to radio from the soundtrack, although it’s unclear at the moment to what formats (likely AC, CHR and Hot AC) and if there is an impact date. Stay tuned!

Listen to “We Remain”. / Purchase “We Remain” on U.S. iTunes.

“WE REMAIN”

(If there are any corrections, let me know below.)

[Verse 1]
All the ways that you think you know me
All the limits that you figured out
Limits that you figured out
Had to learn to keep it all below me
Just to keep from being thrown around (x2)

[Bridge]
Yeah
Every single time the wind blows (x2)
I see it in your face
In a cold light, there will be no fair fight
There will be no good night, to turn and walk away

[Chorus]
So, burn me with fire, drown me with rain
I’m gonna wake up screaming your name
Yes, I’m a sinner, yes I’m a saint
Whatever happens here (x2)
We remain

[Verse 2]
Now, we talk about our wasted future
But, we take a good look around
Yeah, we take a good look around
Yeah, we know it hasn’t been for nothing
‘Cause we never let it slow us down
No, we never let it slow us down

[Bridge]
Yeah
Every single time the wind blows (x2)
I see it in your face
In a cold light, there will be no fair fight
There will be no good night, to turn and walk away

[Chorus]
So, burn me with fire, drown me with rain
I’m gonna wake up screaming your name
Yes, I’m a sinner, yes I’m a saint
Whatever happens here (x2)
We remain

Said, we remain
We remain

[Chorus]
Burn me with fire, drown me with rain
I’m gonna wake up screaming your name
Yes, I’m a sinner, yes I’m a saint
Whatever happens here (x2)
We remain

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 30)

He's a Soul survivor.

20/20 on 9/30.

Turn it up… Monday? It’s true! Thanks to one superstar release this week, many albums and singles are out early. (NOTE: some releases may still not be out until Tuesday dependent on record label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what you need to know about musically for the week of September 30:

  • We’ve been waiting for this one for months now. It’s the second half of Justin Timberlake‘s soulful strut through the musical landscape, The 20/20 Experience, 2 of 2. The album will no doubt debut at #1 on next week’s album chart, albeit with a lesser total than the first part of the series. Still, it’s Justin Timberlake. You know it will smash and smash hard. (iTunes)
  • Newcomer Lorde is trading in her gold teeth and Grey Goose for some big potential album sales this week with Pure Heroine, her debut album. It features the international hit “Royals” as well as new single “Team”. Look for it to be a strong #2 next week. (iTunes)
  • Country singer Tyler Farr, who is driving radio “Redneck Crazy” with his current top 3 single, is out with his Redneck Crazy album. It will likely pull in some decent numbers, perhaps enough to go top ten. (iTunes)
  • He cruised up the Hot 100 with his boys Florida-Georgia Line earlier this summer; now, Nelly has his newest studio album released this week, M.O., with single “Get Like Me” (featuring Nicki Minaj and Pharrell) at Urban radio.  (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include HAIM‘s Days Are Gone (iTunes), Joan Jett and the Heartbreakers‘s Unvarnished (iTunes), K-Ci and JoJo‘s My Brother’s Keeper (iTunes), Moby‘s Innocents (iTunes) and Randy Travis‘s Influence, Vol. 1: The Man I Am (iTunes).

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

  • “Army Of 3 (EP)”, a new release from singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson. (iTunes)
  • “I’ll Wait For You”, from “A Thousand Miles” hit maker Vanessa Carlton. (iTunes)
  • “Love, Sex, Death”, new from indie rockers Fall Out Boy. (iTunes)
  • “Walking On Air”, another digital single from Katy Perry‘s latest album PRISM. (iTunes)

Next week, Miley Cyrus looks to twerk to the top with Bangerz, while Cassadee Pope and Panic! At The Disco also take flight with their new releases. Who will make it and where? Find out soon — a preview is coming on Tuesday, the 8th!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 29, 2013

Rosenbergs are red, violets are blue...

The Hole story and nothing but it.

DEBUTS
40. Keane – Higher Than The Sun
39. Hudson Taylor – Care
38. The 1975 – Girls | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Pink – Walk Of Shame (40)
29. Daughtry – Waiting For Superman (37)
28. Lawson – Juliet (33)
27. Bastille – Laura Palmer (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Passenger – The Wrong Direction (24)
14. New Politics – Harlem (20)
10. Sheppard – Hold My Tongue (15)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Sheppard – Hold My Tongue (15) | PEAK: #10
09. Mika featuring Ariana Grande – Popular Song (08) | PEAK: #08
08. Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Passenger – Let Her Go (06) | PEAK: #01 for twelve weeks
06. Grouplove – Ways To Go (05) | PEAK: #05
05. Bastille – Pompeii (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
04. Katy Perry – Roar (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Coldplay – Atlas (07) | PEAK: #03
02. The 1975 – Chocolate (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Passenger – Holes (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. NONONO – Pumpin’ Blood (1)
2. John Mayer featuring Katy Perry – Who You Love (2)
3. Eminem – Berzerk (6)
4. Phillip Phillips – Where We Came From (5)
5. Bruno Mars – Gorilla (7)
6. A Great Big World – Say Something (10)
7. Switchfoot – Who We Are (9)
8. Kacey Musgraves – Follow Your Arrow (-)
9. Mayer Hawthorne – Crime (-)
10. Bronze Radio Return – Further On (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew Allen – Play With Fire
Atlas Genius – If So
Britney Spears – Work Bitch
Butch Walker – Coming Home (new)
Cedric Gervais & Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better
Celine Dion – Loved Me Back To Life
David Myles featuring Classified – So Blind
Emblem3 – 3,000 Miles
Hunter Hunted – Keep Together
Justin Timberlake – TKO
Lee DeWyze – Fight
Lily Kershaw – As It Seems
Lorde – Team
Maroon 5 – Lucky Strike (new)
Matt Nathanson – Kinks Shirt (new)
Matt White – Gimme What You Got (new)
OneRepublic – Something I Need
Plain White T’s – The Giving Tree
The Feeling – Rescue
The Killers – Shot At The Night
Tom Odell – Hold Me
Vance Joy – Riptide (new)
Yuna – Rescue

Chart Notes:

  • At just four weeks old, Coldplay‘s “Atlas” is the fastest climbing song of the year by far, already up to #3. It comes from the soundtrack to the upcoming movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Last year, Adele‘s “Skyfall”, also from a movie (Skyfall, as if you couldn’t tell), made it to #1 in its sixth week. Can the band beat her by a week or tie the run she set last year? Will “Atlas” make it to #1 period? Stay tuned!
  • Rolling into this week’s top ten is the second hit in a row for the Australian sextet Sheppard, leaping 15-10 with “Hold My Tongue”. They previously made it to #10 for three weeks with “Let Me Down Easy” earlier this year. In the history of musical mouths, only one has tied its tongue around the top spot, appropriately titled “Tongue Tied” by Grouplove. It spent two weeks at #1 last year. As for the Hot 100, you have to go way back to 1971 to tickle the taste buds of top 40 hits; that’s when Brenda & The Tabulations went to #23 with “Right On The Tip Of My Tongue”. There’s your useless musical trivia for the day.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the second entry for The 1975, who debut at #38 with “Girls”. The four members in the band met at school in Wilmslow, England. Their first single, “Chocolate”, climbs to #2 after three consecutive weeks at #3.
  • There’s a new duo in at #39 this week. Hudson Taylor arrive from Dublin, Ireland consisting of 19-year-old Alfie and 21-year-old Harry Hudson-Taylor. The single is lifted from their forthcoming EP, Osea, due in the United Kingdom on October 13. (Read my profile on the duo.)
  • Lastly, at #40, is a song that just debuted on Friday from Keane, “Higher Than The Sun”. This is now the band’s fifteenth single to reach my top 40, several of which have hit the top ten, including 2004’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (#7), 2006’s “Is It Any Wonder?” (#2) and 2012’s “Silenced By The Night” (#1 for 4 weeks). (Listen to the single premiere of “Sun”.)

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Keane – “Higher Than The Sun” (+ Lyrics)

Rolling through the Strangeland of charts.

Rolling through the Strangeland of charts.

From the makers of “Somewhere Only We Know” and “Is It Any Wonder?” comes the latest by British rockers Keane. “Higher Than The Sun” is the leadoff single from The Best Of Keane, their upcoming greatest hits release, out November 11 in the United Kingdom and November 12 in the United States.

Listen to “Higher Than The Sun”. / Purchase “Higher Than The Sun” on U.K. iTunes.

“HIGHER THAN THE SUN”

(If there are any corrections, let me know below.)

[Verse 1]
Turn turn up the song
Takes me higher than the sun
Sing sing from your gut
Sing until we become one
Hold hold onto me
Stay with me until it’s time
‘Cause for tonight
Feels like everything could turn out fine

[Chorus]
We’re higher than the sun
And nothing’s gonna change the way I’m feeling now
May you go on and on
It’s never gonna fade the way I’m feeling

[Verse 2]
Sound sound like a storm
Rages in the shaken air
Or whispers low
Like a friend you never knew was there

[Chorus]
We’re higher than the sun
And nothing’s gonna change the way I’m feeling now
May you go on and on
It’s never gonna fade the way I’m feeling now

[Middle]
There’s a song to ease your fear
A song to take you far from here
One for joy, one for desire, one for despair, yeah

[Chorus]
We’re higher than the sun
And nothing’s gonna change the way I’m feeling now
May you go on and on
It’s never gonna fade the way I’m feeling

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh (x8)

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Take That! Barlow and Williams “Go” Their Own Ways This Fall

If you’re a child of the 90’s and you grew up in Europe, then you know how huge Take That were and are, dominating the charts and selling out massive tours. In 2010, their Progress album in which all five original members reunited became one of the fastest-selling albums of all-time in the U.K., with sales close to, if not over, 3 million copies. While the band isn’t putting out any new material until 2014, fear not. Both lead vocalists, Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams, are each putting out solo singles and albums in November for what’s sure to be a very exciting Q4 race in the industry. Are you prepared for the mania? Check out this preview of what’s to come from the band mates on the battlefield:

Not setting the bar low.

Not setting the bar low.

GARY BARLOW – “Let Me Go”
Release Date: November 18 (?) (U.K.)

Given how much he’s been in the public eye in the United Kingdom in the last few years, it’s hard to believe that Barlow hasn’t put out a solo album full of original material since 1999. After a largely successful era with 1997’s Open Road, his first solo album after the breakup of Take That, it was another two years before Twelve Months, Eleven Days reached stores and unfortunately, it was one of the low points of his career as both the singles from it and album itself failed to achieve significant peaks. You can blame it on the musical tides shifting and a so-so crossover into the States for the loss of momentum in his home country. He did go on to lead a successful reunion of Take That in 2005, then gained prominence as a songwriter, and now finds himself judging another season of The X Factor in the U.K. and promoting this new single of his. It’s the leadoff release from Future, due on November 25, just in time for the holiday rush. Barlow last made it onto the charts with a #1 single, “Sing”, a song to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee which was performed with a collective group of musicians, The Commonwealth Band. Can his foray back into pop music connect with the British public as he did in the 90’s? Look for it to premiere in early October with a potential release date of November 18, the week before the album. However, there’s no been confirmation of it; it’s just my expectation given the schedule right now.

Swingin' on by.

Swingin’ on by.

ROBBIE WILLIAMS – “Go Gentle”
Release Date: November 4 (U.K.)

Coming off a huge summer tour and his first #1 album in six years, Take The Crown, Williams is back on top of the British music scene again and looking to maintain that presence with his latest release. However, he won’t be doing it with his usual mainstream pop material; he’ll be going to back to the swing era once again with Swings Both Ways, on Island/Universal Records. It’s out on November 18, also cashing in on Christmas sales. The album features seven original songs and six covers and features a number of duets with popular acts like Kelly Clarkson, Lily AllenMichael Bublé and Olly Murs. It’s now been 12 years since his first fully swing album, Swing When You’re Winning, was released and certified 7x Platinum in the United Kingdom alone. A collaboration with actress Nicole Kidman, a cover of “Somethin’ Stupid” (originally recorded by Frank and Nancy Sinatra), went to #1 there for three weeks. Preview track “Shine My Shoes” from this album, not promoted as an official single, made the lower rungs of U.K. Singles Chart recently. “Gentle” was co-written by Williams along with Guy Chambers, a longtime collaborator with him on his first few albums like 1998’s I’ve Been Expecting You and 2002’s Escapology. Will the reunion of good friends and shift in sound give the superstar his eighth #1 single in the U.K.? We shall see as the track premieres tomorrow, September 27, on radio outlets there.

EDIT: It appears the release of “Gentle” has been pushed back. This was edited on September 22 stating that the single was meant to be out on the 27th, which has unfortunately not occurred. Apologies to all you fans out there, but it’ll be here pretty soon.

Do you have a favorite from the two singers above? Love Gary and Robbie just as equally? Still have their posters above your bed, the lunch boxes and bed spreads? Well then, you’re quite the fan, and you should still comment below and let me know what you think or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience, 2 of 2

Are you Experienced?

Are you Experienced?

Stream The 20/20 Experience, 2 of 2 via iTunes.

Just a six months ago, Justin Timberlake blasted onto the Billboard 200 at #1 with The 20/20 Experience, selling 968,000 copies in its first week. As if this wasn’t enough, now he delivers a second album this year, the second half of that Experience. Unlike its partner in crime, The 20/20 Experience, 2 of 2, is a more contemporary affair, filled with a much more hard-hitting urban sound rather than the breezy nature of the last album. Still, there are a few lighter numbers and pretty love songs to appease you. Here are my thoughts on the matter:

On the A side:

  • C-C-C-Changes in Genres: The most notable change between these two eras is that there’s a little more experimenting of this half, which results in a mixed bag. One of the standouts is “Drink You Away”, with its poppy-sounding arrangement that verges on late 60’s/early 70’s psychadelic music, particularly with the prominent organ. However, Timberlake also seems to channel a Raphael Saadiq/D’Angelo style vocal as he sings, “I can’t drink you away/On these rocks, I can’t swim/Out of this skin I’m living in.” “Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want)” is essentially the “Don’t Hold The Wall” of this album, with an animalistic feel and spacey vibe out of the 90’s, complete with samples of elephants and birds, oh my. No wonder that he, himself, wants to get animal: “Take me to your jungle, I’m not afraid… come here, gimme what I don’t know/I want.” I also enjoy the reggae influence and knocking beat on “Only When I Walk Away”, as well as the pop/rock “Not A Bad Thing”, which is the direction Timberlake should be going in in the future.
  • Dark Side of the Tune: Timberlake and Timbaland work best on some of the darker ditties, which seems to be a common theme at least on the first half of this. “True Blood” is a modern-day take on Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller”, an air of mystery surrounding it. The nine-and-a-half minute song is too long (it held my attention for the first five minutes) but it does several things really well, including that prominent guitar solo and the eerie violin reversed for even more effect. Timberlake attempts to do his best Vincent Price (I give it a C), but it is one of the more inviting songs on the album and is perfect with Halloween next month. In the same way, “Murder”, featuring Jay Z, is a hot banger flourished with the occasional brass boost. Yet, its lyrics are rooted in an evil woman on the prowl: “Ooh, that girl is murder/Everybody get down.” The rap break is actually enjoyable too, as Jay name-checks John Lennon, Yoko Ono and The Beatles. These are probably the two most inspired and best-sounding tracks on here and I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them becomes a single at one point.
  • Vulnerability on Vinyl: Saying that Timberlake thinks highly of himself is an understatement. Now, whether you call that confidence or cockiness, I’ll leave that up to you. However, it is nice to see him leave that on the back burner enough to be a little sensitive. Ballad “You Got It On” shows this tenderness off nicely, which verges into R. Kelly‘s steppin’ songs for a hot minute, but is also very much Timberlake. It’s a little old school for his younger listeners, but at the same time, it’s a heartfelt ode dedicated to his wife, Jessica Biel. The same is true of hidden track “Pair Of Wings”, with an understated guitar and vocal arrangement, a nice change of pace as Timberlake goes down the James Taylor/Jim Croce route. No wonder it isn’t listed just because it’s so different. He coos, “We keep getting older, the world keeps getting colder/Tell me when did we lose our way? … But if I had one wish, I know what I’d wish for/There’s only one thing that would do/I’d fly away on this pair of wings with you.” Hello! It’s sentimental enough without getting too cheesy. That’s the way to do it.

On the flip side:

  • Tiring of Timbaland (and Timberlake): The main criticism of this album, and I think enough people have already picked up on this, is that the Timbaland production sound is already starting to get really old and isn’t too much different from what we were hearing on FutureSex/LoveSounds back in 2006. “TKO” could have been on there; same with “Murder”, as well as “Amnesia”. It’s tired. There’s nothing new to discover. It’s likable to an extent, especially “Murder”, but some of these songs sound so phoned in that it’s frustrating. Timberlake’s songwriting is also not where it needs to be at this point in his career, and although it’s never been his strongest suit, there are some cringeworthy lines that just ruin the experience. This is a line in the song “Cabaret”: “I got you saying Jesus so much, it’s like we’re laying in a manger.” That’s an actual lyric, people. Stop the madness and stop getting trying to get your sexy on, you two. Go ‘head, be gone with it.
  • Song That Go Too Long: The interludes. Cut the interludes already. Some of them, especially the one on “True Blood” which extends it over nine minutes, are unnecessary and clog up the album. I don’t want to go on for too long about this since I already complained enough about it on the first album, but really? Since when do album cuts nowadays go six, seven, even nine minutes in length? I guess I wouldn’t have a problem with the concept so much if the ones on this album had some substance and weren’t just for show. You can still be a real artist without making things crazy long. I know Timberlake’s made some comments in the past about figuring out the single edits after the album is done, but why not be more conscious about it in the process? I’m just glad that this isn’t going to be a trend. Otherwise, everyone would be zoning out sooner rather than later.
  • RCA = Really Can’t Articulate (A Strategy): This whole era had some major problems which I think prevented it from being just a little bit bigger than it could’ve been. First of all, whomever decided to rush release a second part of the album in September to get it eligible for the GRAMMY Awards only to find that RCA didn’t submit the individual packages as entries and bundled them up needs to be canned. Whenever that person decided that, you ultimately didn’t factor in that “Take Back The Night” would be treated as a third radio single and not a first, and because of the hesitance radio had with “Suit & Tie” for a number of weeks before it went top ten because of the sound, it was doomed from day one. “TKO” is a forgettable followup single that, again, radio can’t behind fully because your editing skills need some improvement. Then again, maybe the men behind the song are responsible for that. Also, what was with not releasing the radio edits, or 7″ edits if we’re truly talking, of the songs digitally? Those single sales would’ve been so much higher. I could go on and on, but man, if only I was in charge… I guess I’ll have to daydream away on that one.

Verdict: At this point, I’m not ready to make a call on which of these two albums is the stronger half, but I guess I’ll sum it up this way: this may be The 20/20 Experience, but the vision is still cloudy. If having 20/20 vision means you have a normal vision, then with all the blurring of music tastes wrapped in two albums, I’m totally lost. This isn’t even a half-throwback, half-modern sort of album. Both parts of the era are so equally unbalanced and unfortunately, on the whole, that leaves this Experience as less than satisfying in the end result. Don’t get me wrong, this album is still worth a listen and purchase for everything that does it right. There are some really well-constructed songs. Next time around, however, I would suggest that Timberlake works with other producers and focuses on writing more quality material than leaving it up to the arrangers and musicians to save these songs. It was a nice try, it really was, but pack that top hat and shined shoes away for a while after the tour is over. You won’t realize it now, but we’ll all be thanking you for it later.

Download: “Drink You Away”, “Murder” (featuring Jay Z), “Pair Of Wings”, “Take Back The Night”, “True Blood”

Stream The 20/20 Experience, 2 of 2 via iTunes.

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