This week, you can whip your hair back and forth even more than your wallet as there’s not a whole lot of selection on the menu. Nevertheless, in the salon we call the release schedule, here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of July 8:
- This week’s top new album comes from the songwriter behind dozens of hit singles and who now has her first effort out since 2010. That would be Sia and 1,000 Forms Of Fear, which features the current single “Chandelier”. Sales will likely be pretty dismal overall next week, so it wouldn’t take much for this to enter at #1. Question is, will the mystery behind her blonde wig and artful performances of the single propel it to the top? Stay tuned. (iTunes)
- Legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest are ready to rock once again with the album Redeemer Of Souls, their first release since 2008 and third for Epic Records. Their past two releases have marked debuts just outside the coveted top ten; will this be their first to hit the region in their four decade long career? It could happen. (iTunes)
- Just below the top ten on the Alternative chart with “My Sweet Summer”, the Dirty Heads are back with Sound Of Change. It’s their first studio album in two years. The band should have adecent chance of breaking the top ten on the album chart. (iTunes)
- With her fifth studio set, R&B and soul singer Leela James releases Fall For You; the title cut is charting at Urban AC radio. It’s only likely to make a minor splash, but this is headed towards the Billboard 200. (iTunes)
- Other releases out this week include: Chicago‘s Now (Chicago XXXVI) (iTunes), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young‘s CSNY 1974 (Live) (iTunes), John Mellencamp‘s Performs Trouble No More Live At Town Hall (iTunes), Kiesza‘s Hideaway (EP) (iTunes), Martin Garrix‘s Gold Skies (EP) (iTunes), Richard Marx‘s Beautiful Goodbye (iTunes) and Steve Earle‘s Live In Nashville, 1995 (iTunes).
New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
- “BO$$”, the first single from Fifth Harmony‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
- “Dirt”, the new single from Florida Georgia Line. (iTunes)
- “First Flight Home”, new from young performer Jake Miller. (iTunes)
- “Get Hurt”, new from rockers The Gaslight Anthem. (iTunes)
- “Left Hand Free”, the radio single from alt-J‘s new album. (iTunes)
Next week, the debut effort from Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers takes on Jason Mraz and the Kidz Bop Kids. Who leads the pack and who falls behind? A preview is coming in seven!