NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 2, 2016

Who hits, who flops, who tells your (chart) story?

Chart history has its eyes on you.

When it comes to the album chart, we have so many questions. Will it be a December to remember for new releases? Who’s going to surprise us with a new set? Will 2016’s Christmas albums ho-ho-hold the buying public’s attention and zoom to the top? I don’t have the answers to everything, but I do know this: here are the week’s notable album and single releases!

VARIOUS ARTISTS — The Hamilton Mixtape (iTunes)
Hamilton remains one of the most popular shows on Broadway, and this new set, featuring popular acts remaking songs from the original soundtrack, wants to be elected the president of the pop charts next week. Kelly Clarkson‘s take of “It’s Quiet Uptown” is charting in the lower rungs of the Hot AC chart. While it remains to be seen if these covers from Hamilton will chart as well as a musical like Hair‘s did, with four making the Hot 100’s top ten in 1969, the overall set is sure to be a winner with many.

JOHN LEGEND — Darkness And Light (iTunes)
You can find this performer on the above release, or you can check out his latest studio album this week. While radio shows him a little “Love”, as “Love Me Now” charts at multiple formats, the buying public should as well. Expect a debut somewhere in the top five on the Billboard 200, much like his other solo studio efforts.

THE ROLLING STONES — Blue & Lonesome (iTunes)
The Stones are the Stones, and even a full covers album is going to sell for the legendary rock group. “Just Your Fool” is receiving some minor airplay at the Triple A format. You’ll probably find this in the top ten, with the upper demo driving much of the total.

More albums out this week: Childish Gambino‘s “Awaken, My Love!” (iTunes), deadmau5‘s W:/2016ALBUM/ (iTunes), Kane Brown‘s Kane Brown (iTunes), Hairspray Live! (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Grace VanderWaal‘s Perfectly Imperfect (iTunes), Matt Woods‘s Ain’t No Use (iTunes), Wanderer‘s C I T Y (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Able”, Pharrell Williams (iTunes)
“Advice”, Kehlani (iTunes)
“Alone”, Alan Walker (iTunes)
“Angel By The Wings”, Sia (iTunes)
“Blue Christmas”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Christmas Everyday”, Simple Plan (iTunes)
“Driving Home For Christmas”, The Beach (iTunes)
“From The Other Side Of The World”, Sara Hartman (iTunes)
“Get Closer”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Good Die Young”, Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“Hallelujah”, Tori Kelly (iTunes)
“Hung Up”, Tritonal + SJ featuring Emma Gatsby (iTunes)
“I Know A Place”, MUNA (iTunes)
“Leave”, Post Malone (iTunes)
“Levitate”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Sad”, Adam Friedman (iTunes)
“Vacay”, Jake Troth (iTunes)
“War Paint”, BRUNS (iTunes)
“We Kept The Lights On”, Milo Greene (iTunes)
“Working Girl”, Train (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from J. Cole, Post Malone and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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