NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 16, 2016

Working Hard to hit the top.

Working Hard to hit the top.

Two solo males with previous #1 albums are going head-to-head in a battle for the top spot this week. Will either performer get that coveted #1? Will a surprise knock both of them out of the fight? Here are the notable albums and singles out this week:

USHER — Hard II Love (iTunes)
22 (!) years after his self-titled set was released in stores, the 37-year-old R&B singer is still going strong with his latest offering. Though several cuts from the album have seen airplay across multiple formats, the biggest of them is “No Limit”, which remains in the top five on Rhythmic and Urban radio. Could this become his fifth #1 on the Billboard 200? We’ll find out soon.

MAC MILLER — The Divine Feminine (iTunes)
Miller’s hit the top five three times on the Billboard 200 since 2011, and this could very well be his fourth trip into the region. In this set, seven of the ten songs are collaborations with other artists, including Ariana Grande and Kendrick Lamar.

More albums out this week: Aaron Lewis‘s Sinner (iTunes), Against Me!‘s Shape Shift With Me (iTunes), AlunaGeorge‘s I Remember (iTunes), Bad Suns‘s Disappear Here (iTunes), Meat Loaf‘s Braver Than We Are (iTunes), Michael Chiklis‘s Influence (iTunes), Taking Back Sunday‘s Tidal Wave (iTunes), Willie Nelson‘s For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: CAPPA‘s Queen Of Hearts (iTunes), EZA‘s Dead Reckoning (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Don’t Be A Fool”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Hurts”, Emeli Sandé (iTunes)
“Lemonade”, Skylar Grey (iTunes)
“Love Me In A Field”, Luke Bryan (iTunes)
“Mad Love”, JoJo (iTunes)
“My Way”, Calvin Harris (iTunes)
“Our Town”, Tyler Farr (iTunes)
“Root Beer Float”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Same Old Blues”, Phantogram (iTunes)
“Shine On Rainy Day”, Brent Cobb (iTunes)
“Star Crossed Lovers”, Barry Gibb (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Idina Menzel, Luke Bryan, Shawn Mendes and more.

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