They’re calling it a mini-Super Tuesday, although if the results are right, it may be an Ultratuesday once all is said and done. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of June 17:
- Lana Del Rey makes her highly anticipated return with Ultraviolence, her first full-length set since 2012. The first single from it, “West Coast”, is enjoying play at both the AAA and Alternative formats. She may be a polarizing figure in the music world, but she’s got a big fan base to lead her to #1. Will it happen for the 27-year-old singer? Industry sources seem to think she’s got it and I believe them. Stay tuned to see! (iTunes)
- Released several weeks ago in the U.K. to massive success, the debut effort from singer Sam Smith is now out in the States, In The Lonely Hour. The U.S. leadoff “Stay With Me” has become a global smash, and the singer was also featured on top singles from Disclosure and Naughty Boy. It could be the surprise of the week, but it also may have to settle for #2. Still, the GRAMMY buzz is immense already. (iTunes)
- The once Alternative heavyweights Linkin Park have been limping to some paltry peaks at the format lately, and a harder sound on The Hunting Party may have something to do with it. Both “Guilty All The Same” and “Until It’s Gone” have charted, with the former topping the Active Rock survey. This should hit six figures and be safely in the top 3, but #1 won’t be theirs this time around. (iTunes)
- Papis around the globe are feeling the luh from Jennifer Lopez and her latest effort, A.K.A., featuring the new CHR radio hit “First Love”. Lopez’s first week sales are still on the decline, but a top ten opening is relatively possible with this album so long as it attracts a crowd. Just don’t expect it to have legs unless something major happens. (iTunes)
- DJ and producer Joel Zimmerman, who performs under the stage name deadmau5, is out with while(1<2), referring to a piece of programming code meaning “to loop indefinitely”. In 2012, he cracked the top ten on the Billboard 200 with > album title goes here <. His new set should find a place there as well… though not indefinitely. (iTunes)
- Other releases out this week include: Clean Bandit‘s New Eyes (iTunes), David Gray‘s Mutineers (iTunes), Mary J. Blige‘s soundtrack to Think Like A Man Too (iTunes), Tiesto‘s A Town Called Paradise (iTunes), Willie Nelson‘s Band Of Brothers (iTunes) and a various artists effort, Playing For Change 3: Songs Around The World (iTunes).
New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
- “3 Things”, this week’s album cut from Jason Mraz‘s forthcoming Yes! album. (iTunes)
- “Afire Love”, “Bloodstream”, etc., several digital tracks being released from Ed Sheeran‘s X album. (iTunes)
- “Maps”, the leadoff single from V for pop/rockers Maroon 5. (iTunes)
- “My Hurricane”, fresh from former Graffiti6 singer and now soloist Jamie Scott. (iTunes)
- “No Mediocre”, a collaboration between T.I. and Iggy Azalea. (iTunes)
Next week, it’s all about a potent pop punch from singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran — how will X do against rapper G-Eazy and heavy metal rockers Mastodon? A full preview is coming in seven!