One third of the year is over and album sales overall are looking… well, not so great at this point. However, with a bunch of bigger releases this week, you never know what will happen. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of May 6:
- After the Platinum-selling success of his self-titled 2011 album, Country youngster Hunter Hayes is back with his followup release, Storyline. Leadoff single and ballad “Invisible” remains bulleted on the Country chart around the top 20. (You may remember Hayes debuted it at the GRAMMY Awards.) Look for it to debut in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 and at #1 on the Country survey. (iTunes)
- Rapper Tech N9ne has been charting on the Billboard 200 since 2001 and his latest effort is titled Strangeulation. A single from it, “Fragile”, is just below the top ten on Rhythmic radio and ranks as his biggest airplay hit to date. Last year, he had an album debut at #4; expect another high entry from this one, probably in the top 5 again. (iTunes)
- Last summer, Naughty Boy‘s Hotel Cabana debuted at #2 in the United Kingdom on the strength of a handful of top ten singles, including his current U.S. hit with Sam Smith, “La La La”. That same album, with a slightly altered tracklisting, is now out here. It will likely debut somewhere in the lower regions of the chart – there’s clearly more interest in the single at this point. (iTunes)
- Though none of its singles have charted Stateside, the first album in five years for singer Lily Allen, Sheezus, is out this week. The effort is currently top ten in over two dozen countries. “Air Balloon” is currently at U.S. radio, but is not showing much action as of recent. (iTunes)
- Singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan has been making music for over 25 years now. Her latest effort, Shine On, is her first for Verve after splitting with longtime Canadian label Nettwerk and U.S. label Arista. “In Your Shoes” is the current AC/Hot AC single from the project. (iTunes)
- It’s also a crazy week for compilation albums, the biggest of which is the 50th (!) edition of the Now! That’s What I Call Music! series (iTunes). Those kids grow up so quickly. Also on the menu: Kidz Bop Party Bop! from the Kidz Bop Kids (iTunes) and the various stars of Nashville with their second music set from the second season of the show (iTunes).
- Other releases out this week include: Gregg Allman‘s All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman (iTunes), Lykke Li‘s I Never Learn (iTunes), Natalie Merchant‘s Natalie Merchant (iTunes) and Santana‘s Corazón (iTunes).
New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
- “A Sky Full Of Stars”, the second radio single from Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories. (iTunes)
- “First Love”, a new CHR radio single from Jennifer Lopez. (iTunes)
- “Get My Name”, a single from Mark Ballas of Dancing With The Stars fame. (iTunes)
- “Good Kisser”, new from R&B star Usher. (iTunes)
- “Love Never Felt So Good”, the first single from the late Michael Jackson‘s Xscape album. (iTunes)
- “M.F.P.O.T.Y.”, another digital track from Cher Lloyd‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
- “Superbad”, the latest single from Jesse McCartney. (iTunes)
- “They Don’t Love You No More”, the latest from DJ Khaled featuring Jay Z, Meek Mill, Rick Ross and French Montana. (iTunes)
Michael Jackson, Rascal Flatts and The Black Keys take center stage next week, along with Chromeo, Dolly Parton and more. It’s going to be another busy week — a full preview is coming in seven!