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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 14)

They've got friends in bro places.

They’ve got friends in bro places.

The autumn leaves are dropping, just like those big releases that Q4 is all about. Get ready, partners, because here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 14:

  • Their last album was full of hits like “Cruise”, “Stay” and “This Is How We Roll”, to name just a few. Now, the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, better known as Florida Georgia Line, are back on the scene (though I suppose they never left) with Anything Goes, featuring a recent #1 on the Country chart, “Dirt”. Their last album is at about two million copies sold to date, so expect this one to head to the top (and Platinum status) real quickly. (iTunes)
  • Millions of music fans came out to download the new U2 album, Songs Of Innocence, when it was offered for free in an iTunes giveaway, although millions more wanted to get rid of it altogether. Granted, it was not the same as Oprah Winfrey telling you that you got a new car, but not much can match that. Nonetheless, a physical edition is in stores today with some added tunes and art that weren’t previously available. (iTunes)
  • Some would call her a Sweet Talker, but that also happens to be the name of the latest album from Jessie J. It’s her second album to be released here after a U.S. release of Alive (out last year in Europe) was shelved. (The only single to be issued from it was “Wild”, but it was later pulled.) Smashing with “Bang Bang”, featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, this one also looks like a hit. (iTunes)
  • New York rapper Hoodie Allen has been hitting the Billboard 200 for a few years now with a series of EPs despite little recognition on any singles survey. This week, he’s out with his first full-length album, People Keep Talking. It features a collaboration with Ed Sheeran. Will it crash the top ten? It may very well happen. (iTunes)
  • You’ve probably seen their song “Stolen Dance” at #1 on the Alternative chart after some big international success. Now, German duo Milky Chance unleash their album Sadnecessary in the States as “Dance” crosses over. I think they’ll find that their first week sales are gut, as they might say. (iTunes)
  • Singers Pink (Alecia Moore) and City And Colour (Dallas Green) combine to form the duo You+Me and release their first set together, rose ave., featuring the single “You And Me”. Strong pre-orders should land it in the top five digitally and near the top ten on the Billboard 200. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness‘s Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes), Angaleena Presley‘s American Middle Class (iTunes), Bob Seger‘s Ride Out (iTunes), Exodus‘s Blood In Blood Out (iTunes), Fit For A King‘s Slave To Nothing (iTunes), Idina Menzel‘s Holiday Wishes (iTunes), Mary Lambert‘s Heart On My Sleeve (iTunes), Michael Feinstein‘s Christmas (iTunes), Nico & Vinz‘s Black Star Elephant (iTunes), Oh Honey‘s Sincerely Yours (EP) (iTunes), OK Go‘s Hungry Ghosts (iTunes), Ozzy Osbourne‘s Memoirs Of A Madman (iTunes), Renée Fleming‘s Christmas In New York (iTunes), Sammy Hagar‘s Lite Roast (iTunes), Stars‘s No One Is Lost (iTunes), The Dubarrys‘s The Dubarrys (EP) (iTunes), The Game‘s Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf (iTunes) and The Swon Brothers‘s The Swon Brothers (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:

  • “Drunk Americans”, the new single from Country singer Toby Keith. (iTunes)
  • “Need You Right Now”, from YouTube star Bethany Mota and Mike Tompkins. (iTunes)
  • “Not For Long”, a new single from rapper B.o.B and singer Trey Songz. (iTunes)
  • “Out Of The Woods”, a digital single from Taylor Swift. (iTunes)
  • “XIX”, a digital single from rockers Slipknot. (iTunes)

It’s another mixed bag on the schedule next time, with Aretha Franklin, Little Big Town, Neil Diamond, Slipknot and Susan Boyle among the week’s top contenders. A full preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 12, 2014

Charters gonna chart (chart, chart, chart, chart.)

Swiftly taking the top again.

DEBUTS
40. Take That – These Days
38. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (40)
33. James Blunt – When I Find Love Again (38)
31. MAGIC! – Let Your Hair Down (36)
28. Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz – Prayer In C (34)
25. One Direction – Steal My Girl (30)
21. O.A.R. – Favorite Song (27)
15. Maroon 5 – Animals (22) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Fitz & The Tantrums – Fools Gold (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (13) | PEAK: #09
08. Mary Lambert – Secrets (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (04) | PEAK: #02
06. Rixton – Wait On Me (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (07) | PEAK: #05
04. The Script – Superheroes (03) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
03. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Passenger – 27 (4)
2. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (5)
3. Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (3)
4. Hilary Duff – All About You (2)
5. Ingrid Michaelson – Afterlife (9)
6. Train – Cadillac, Cadillac (10)
7. OneRepublic – I Lived (8)
8. Bryan Adams – She Knows Me (6)
9. U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) (7)
10. American Authors – Luck (-)

In The Mix:
A Great Big World – Rockstar
AJR – Infinity
Avicii featuring Robbie Williams – The Days
Bea Miller – Young Blood
Better Than Ezra – Gonna Get Better
Brian Wilson and Various Artists – God Only Knows (new)
Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Real Love
David Guetta featuring Sam Martin – Dangerous (new)
Goo Goo Dolls – Caught In The Storm
Grizfolk – Hymnals
Martin Luke Brown – Nostalgia (new)
Nick Gardner – Lose You
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
Sheppard – Smile
You+Me – You And Me (new)

Chart Notes:

  • In just under a month, the latest release from Maroon 5 leaps to #15 as “Animals” claims the week’s Biggest Mover title, up seven spots. It’s the second single to chart from V; it follows “Maps”, and that former #2 is located back-to-back with it at #14. Will the animal kingdom devour its competition and take control of the chart throne? They are certainly hungry for more and could do it.
  • After charging into the chart last week at #30, One Direction climb modestly this week with “Steal My Girl”, up to #25. It just missed debuting in the top ten on the Hot 100, coming in at #13. Should it rise there or make the top ten at CHR radio, it will join only a few titles to “steal” a place that high, like Robbie Dupree‘s “Steal Away” (1980) and Len‘s “Steal My Sunshine” (1999).
  • Olly Murs earns this week’s Highest Debut with a little help from Travie McCoy. In at #38, “Wrapped Up” marks the leadoff single from Murs’s forthcoming album, Never Been Better, due for release in Australia and in the U.K. in late November. Look for it to be another big success for the 30-year-old singer. (No Stateside date has been decided as of yet.)
  • Also dancing onto the countdown is the latest single from former quintet turned quartet turned quintet and now trio Take That. “These Days” jumps aboard at #40, the first release from their appropriately titled forthcoming album III. Last time out in 2011, the group hit #18 with a song called “When We Were Young”.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 14, 2012

"Hall" to the chief.

“Hall” to the chief.

After a little time off, we’re back with another round of way back wonders on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my new 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. Let’s take a trip back to a few months after I graduated from college and revisit the top songs from this week in 2012…

Debuts:
40. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, “If Only”
37. PINK, “Try”
32. FUN., “Carry On”

Biggest Mover(s):
JASON MRAZ, “93 Million Miles” (38-29, 9 spots)

10. ONEREPUBLIC, “Feel Again” (steady, second week)
Album: Native (2013, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #7 for three weeks

09. TRAIN, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” (down 3)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

08. FUN., “Some Nights” (down 1)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

07. WALK THE MOON, “Anna Sun” (up 1)
Album: Walk The Moon (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

06. ONE DIRECTION, “Live While We’re Young” (up 3)
Album: Take Me Home (2012, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #2

05. OWL CITY & CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Good Time” (down 2)
Album: The Midsummer Station (2012, Republic Records) and Kiss (2012, 604/Schoolboy/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. TAYLOR SWIFT, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (steady, second week)
Album: Red (2012, Big Machine/Republic Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. ANDY GRAMMER, “Miss Me” (up 2)
Album: Andy Grammer (2011, S-Curve Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. PINK, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” (steady, second week)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. THE SCRIPT featuring WILL.I.AM, “Hall Of Fame” (steady, third week)
Album: #3 (2012, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 7)

"Down" for the top spot.

“Down” for the top spot.

It’s October already? Crazy how time flies and how many copies are gonna fly off the shelves when the big boys and girls come out to play in Q4. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 7:

  • Expectations are very high for the sixth studio album by Country supestar Jason Aldean. Those last five sets, at the very least, have been certified Platinum and he’s hoping that his latest, Old Boots, New Dirt, will continue that trend. Single “Burnin’ It Down” is preparing for a run atop the Country chart in a few weeks. Time to throw a lasso around this winner. (iTunes)
  • Following a well-deserved break after a three year period (2008-2010) when rockers Weezer released one album a year, they return to stores with Everything Will Be Alright In The End, featuring the current Alternative top ten hit “Back To The Shack”. They’ve been welcomed back by their core format, so expect this one to do moderately well. (iTunes)
  • She’s been all over the Rhythmic and Urban airwaves (and creeping up the CHR survey) with her debut release “2 On”. Now, R&B singer Tinashe gets her zodiac on with Aquarius, which also features the followup “Pretend”. It’s likely to debut high based on that success, but we’ll see if she can sustain herself on the radio. (iTunes)
  • Coming off his #1 AAA hit “Take Me To Church” and its subsequent crossover, Irish singer Hozier is out with his debut self-titled album. With strong pre-orders already securing a top ten debut for the effort, it’s anyone guess as to how high this one will go. Look for it to be strong through the holidays. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Alex & Sierra‘s It’s About Us (iTunes), Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn‘s Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (iTunes), Betty Who‘s Take Me When You Go (iTunes), Broods‘s Evergreen (iTunes), Flying Lotus‘s You’re Dead! (iTunes), Jackson Browne‘s Standing In The Breach (iTunes), Jim Brickman‘s On A Winter’s Night: The Songs And Spirit Of Christmas (iTunes), Keyshia Cole‘s Point Of No Return (iTunes), Minnie Driver‘s Ask Me To Dance (iTunes), New Found Glory‘s Resurrection (iTunes), Sixx: AM‘s Modern Vintage (iTunes), Stevie Nicks‘s 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault (iTunes), The Piano Guys‘s Wonders (iTunes), Yellowcard‘s Lift A Sail (iTunes) and the original soundtrack to The Best Of Me (iTunes).

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

  • “Dangerous”, the second collaboration from DJ David Guetta and singer Sam Martin. (iTunes)

Next week, Florida-Georgia Line, Hoodie Allen, Jessie J and U2 are among the likely top ten debuts of the pack. A full preview, including more great albums from Andrew McMachon In The Wilderness, Idina Menzel and Mary Lambert, is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 5, 2014

Charters gonna chart (chart, chart, chart, chart.)

Charters gonna chart (chart, chart, chart, chart.)

DEBUTS
40. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance
39. Charli XCX – Break The Rules
38. James Blunt – When I Find Love Again
34. Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz – Prayer In C
30. One Direction – Steal My Girl | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
27. O.A.R. – Favorite Song (32)
25. Nickelback – What Are You Waiting For? (31)
22. Maroon 5 – Animals (28)
13. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (20) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Maroon 5 – Maps (07) | PEAK: #02
09. Mary Lambert – Secrets (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (08) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Rixton – Wait On Me (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (03) | PEAK: #02
03. The Script – Superheroes (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
02. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (-)
2. Hilary Duff – All About You (3)
3. Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (4)
4. Passenger – 27 (-)
5. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (8)
6. Bryan Adams – She Knows Me (5)
7. U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) (7)
8. OneRepublic – I Lived (10)
9. Ingrid Michaelson – Afterlife (-)
10. Train – Cadillac, Cadillac (-)

In The Mix:
A Great Big World – Rockstar
AJR – Infinity
American Authors – Luck (new)
Bea Miller – Young Blood
Better Than Ezra – Gonna Get Better
Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Real Love (new)
Goo Goo Dolls – Caught In The Storm
Grizfolk – Hymnals (new)
Nick Gardner – Lose You
O-Town – Chasin’ After You
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
Sheppard – Smile

Chart Notes:

  • It started with “Love Story”, then “You Belong With Me” and then “Mine”, and now Taylor Swift earns her latest and fourth #1 on my chart with “Shake It Off”, advancing 2-1 in only its seventh week. “Shake” leads off 1989, due on October 27 in what very well could be the largest opening week of 2014. Of course, we are all curious if this will be Swift’s third consecutive million seller within that first frame. Stay tuned!
  • In a pretty packed week with five new entries on the chart, One Direction leaps in at #30 with the Highest Debut, “Steal My Girl”. It’s the first release to be issued from their forthcoming album Four, due on November 17. “Steal” marks their 12th song to reach my top 40, seven of which have gone top ten. The biggest, “Story Of My Life”, held the #1 spot for three weeks in December.
  • 27-year-old German DJ Robin Schulz has really made a name for himself in 2014 with several hit remixes across the European charts. His recent #1 in the United Kingdom, a remix of a four-year-old recording by Lilly Wood & The Prick called “Prayer In C”, is new this week at #34. The single now begins its quest at radio here with adds in several major markets this far.
  • Further down, singer/songwriter James Blunt comes in at #38 with “When I Find Love Again”. It’s his 11th entry to make my chart, two of which went to #1: “You’re Beautiful” in 2005 and “Stay The Night” in 2010. Below him is Charli XCX, new at #39 with “Break The Rules”, the followup to “Boom Clap”. Lastly, newcomer Eden XO bows in at #40 with “Too Cool To Dance”.
  • On next week’s survey, watch out for potential debuts from Olly Murs, along with Travie McCoy on “Wrapped Up”, and Passenger‘s latest single, simply called “27”. What other surprises does Q4 have up its sleeves for us? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 7, 2007

They're bubbly, to be Blunt.

They’re bubbly, to be Blunt.

After a little time off, we’re back with another round of way back wonders on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my new 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. Let’s take a trip back to fourth and final year of high school and revisit the top songs from this week in 2007…

Debuts:
40. DARREN HAYES, “Me, Myself And (I)”
37. TAKE THAT, “Rule The World”

Biggest Mover(s):
SCOUTING FOR GIRLS, “She’s So Lovely” (35-30)
KALAN PORTER, “Down In Heaven” (22-17, 5 spots)

10. BACKSTREET BOYS, “Inconsolable” (steady, second week)
Album: Unbreakable (2007, Jive/Zomba)
Peak: #10 for two weeks

09. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Bubbly” (up 2)
Album: Coco (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #6 for four weeks

08. JAMES BLUNT, “1973” (steady, second week)
Album: All The Lost Souls (2007, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #8 for four weeks

07. MAROON 5, “Wake Up Call” (down 1)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #3

06. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “The Great Escape” (down 3)
Album: Boys Like Girls (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash” (steady, third week)
Album: Some Mad Hope (2007, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. EMERSON HART, “If You’re Gonna Leave” (down 2)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

03. SILVERCHAIR, “Straight Lines” (up 4)
Album: Young Modern (2007, Eleven: A Music Company/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “How Far We’ve Come” (up 2)
Album: Exile On Mainstream (2007, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

01. PAT MONAHAN, “Her Eyes” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Last Of Seven (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

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GRAMMY WATCH: Adam Predicts The Big Four at the 57th Annual Grammys

A Gram slam.

A Gram slam.

When good ol’ September 30 comes around again, we all know that it marks the completion of the eligibility period for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. So, being that it’s the day after, it’s the perfect time to make some new predictions and take a look what’s been happening this year in music. Though the big show doesn’t air until February 8 and a usual nominations special doesn’t air until December (I think it’s been renewed), here are some of my early favorites, and let me know what you think below!

Here’s what I’m thinking could be in this year’s Big Four awards…

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Barbra Streisand, Partners (Columbia)
Beyoncé, Beyoncé (Columbia)
Coldplay, Ghost Stories (Parlophone/Atlantic)
Ed Sheeran, X (Atlantic)
Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour (Capitol)

Given Streisand’s recent strong sales for her effort and that shining achievement of having #1 albums in six decades, I think the upper demo will get in on this one for a nod. (It would be her first nomination since The Broadway Album in 1987 and seventh overall.) The surprise release Beyoncé put out last December and the multi-Platinum success of the album should carry it to a nod, as well as some key nods in the R&B and Rap fields. Of course, Coldplay are GRAMMY darlings at this point, so it’ll likely be between them and U2 for who gets nominated. I’ll give the edge to the Brits; they have the biggest opening of 2014 so far and their biggest hit since “Viva La Vida” on the charts. The debut of Sheeran’s second album was also notable – he’s been nominated two years in a row in the Big Four, so he shouldn’t miss it. Lastly, there’s Sam Smith, another given. Obviously, this was a huge breakout year for him and he’ll be rewarded well.

Other contenders:
Eric Church, The Outsiders (EMI Nashville)
Jack White, Lazaretto (Third Man/Columbia)
Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence (Interscope)
Smokey Robinson, Smokey & Friends (Verve)
U2, Songs Of Innocence (Interscope)

RECORD OF THE YEAR
Coldplay, “A Sky Full Of Stars” (Parlophone/Atlantic)
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy” (Def Jam)
Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse” (Capitol)
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (Capitol)
Sia, “Chandelier” (RCA)

SONG OF THE YEAR
Eminem featuring Rihanna, “The Monster” (Aftermath/Interscope)
Idina Menzel, “Let It Go” (Walt Disney)
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy” (Def Jam)
Lorde, “Team” (Lava/Republic)
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (Capitol)

There’s usually some overlap in these two categories, so don’t be surprised if some of my predictions swap places. For now, Coldplay and Sam Smith seem like no-brainers since both have albums that are early favorites for AOTY. There is certainly no denying that impact of “Fancy” and what it achieved on the charts this summer, so it may be that it ends up in both fields for Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, but it could also leave voters wondering about possibilities of Ariana Grande’s “Problem”, which features Azalea, and Charli XCX’s own “Boom Clap” for nods as well. I guess we’ll wait and see. Katy Perry’s collaboration with Juicy J and Sia’s solo track both stick out from a production standpoint and could make it in somewhere. Eminem and Rihanna were nominated for “Love The Way You Lie” several years ago, and since   “The Monster” was just as big, they’ll make it in. Finally, there’s the endless talk of “Let It Go” and Frozen. Singer Idina Menzel should at least catch a nomination, while the soundtrack won’t be as lucky (the panel’s pretty inconsistent over the years.) The only Disney affiliated song to win the prize was “A Whole New World” (from Aladdin) in 1994.

Other contenders:
A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera, “Say Something” (Epic)
Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea, “Problem” (Republic)
Beyoncé featuring Jay Z, “Drunk In Love” (Columbia)
Hozier, “Take Me To Church” (Columbia)
KONGOS, “Come With Me Now” (Epic)
MAGIC!, “Rude” (RCA)
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass” (Epic)
Nico & Vinz, “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros.)
Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun” (Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic)
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off” (Big Machine/Republic)

BEST NEW ARTIST
Charli XCX
Iggy Azalea
Jhene Aiko
KONGOS
Sam Smith

Three of the nominations are straight-forward in this category: Charli XCX, Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith were all strong on the charts this year and are all worthy contenders for the Award. The other two slots require a little more thinking. I’m going for Aiko because “The Worst” hit #1 at Urban radio and both her EP, Sail Out, and full-length album, Souled Out, had top ten debuts on the Billboard 200 within this period. KONGOS also makes for a solid rock entry here, only because “Come With Me Now” is going to have a hard time competing in the ROTY/SOTY categories. That being said, I think they’ll be around for a while on the Alternative scene and that should get them a second look over.

Other contenders:
A Great Big World
American Authors
Bastille
Cole Swindell
Vance Joy

Other notes:
Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys should see some major love in the Alternative/Rock categories. A.M. from the Monkeys isn’t eligible due to a release last September, but “Do I Wanna Know?” should get a nod or two, as well as “Fever” from the Keys.
– Really hoping to see “Hideaway” by Kiesza and “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne in the category of Best Dance Recording. Both were hugely successful in Europe and also crossed over here. (We’ll likely see some of the usual suspects as well: Avicii, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, etc.)
– The R&B field will be packed with Beyoncé a plenty, though male stars Trey Songz and Usher could get in on the action. “She Came To Give It To You” from the latter singer, featuring Nicki Minaj, would be a great candidate.
– I really want Barbra Streisand‘s Partners and Kelly Clarkson‘s Wrapped In Red locked in an epic battle for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga‘s Cheek To Cheek should pop up there too.

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