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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 27, 2020)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Ariana Grande knows her way around the top position, as she earns the most adds this week by far. Let’s add ’em up, shall we?

THE RIGHT “POSITIONS”: Ariana Grande had a huge week at the Top 40 format with “Positions”, picking up 167 stations and the Most Added title. It was the second Most Added song on yesterday’s Hot AC log with another 18 adds there. The song landed at #28 on this past Sunday’s published report and is headed towards the top 20 by this weekend.

Meanwhile, Harry Styles finished in second place this week with “Golden”, picking up another 51 stations for a total of 114 so far. The track climbed to #39 on the same published report and should continue to fly through the fall.

Charting singles from G-Eazy, Jason Derulo and Why Don’t We returned to the top ten on the adds report this week.

Next week: as we head out to the polls for Election Day, David Guetta and Sia are up against Ritt Momney in the battle to grab pop radio’s vote for president(s) of the adds report.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ARIANA GRANDE, “Positions” (Republic)
2. HARRY STYLES, “Golden” (Erskine/Columbia)
3. JASON DERULO, “Take You Dancing” (APG/Atlantic)
4. WHY DON’T WE, “Fallin'” (Signature Ent./Atlantic)
5. INTERNET MONEY featuring GUNNA, DON TOLIVER & NAV, “Lemonade” (10K Projects/Capitol)
6. MACHINE GUN KELLY x BLACKBEAR, “My Ex’s Best Friend” (Bad Boy/Interscope)
7-T. BEBE REXHA featuring DOJA CAT, “Baby, I’m Jealous” (Warner)
7-T. G-EAZY featuring BLACKBEAR, “Hate The Way” (RCA-Interscope)
9. CHRIS BROWN x YOUNG THUG, “Go Crazy” (RCA-300 Ent.)
10. JUSTIN BIEBER & BENNY BLANCO, “Lonely” (Def Jam-Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 25, 2020)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. We hope you’re in the mood for some songs and stats. Let’s see what’s popping at the format this week:

HEART OF GOLDN: Format newcomers 24KGoldn and Iann Dior leap from 3-1 on the Top 40 chart with “Mood”. The song is doing well across several other U.S. formats: it climbs to #2 on this week’s Rhythmic chart and is moving through the top 15 and top 25 on the Alternative and Hot AC radio charts, respectively.

Ariana Grande has the week’s top new entry with “Positions”, a song that blasts into the #28 spot after only two days of airplay. It marks the singer’s 23rd top 40 single at this format. It’s also the title cut from her upcoming album, which is out on Friday. Up from 45-34 on the survey, Bebe Rexha and Doja Cat are moving quickly with “Baby, I’m Jealous”. The entry gives the two women their 17th and fourth top 40 hits, respectively. Harry Styles is next in line, as he rises from 47-39 with his sixth solo top 40 hit and third from his Fine Line album, “Golden”. Lastly, up a single notch to #40, Madison Beer achieves her third top 40 single with “Baby”.

In the top 50, G-Eazy and Blackbear come in at #42 with “Hate The Way”, their first charting collaboration. Joji checks in at #47 with the song he hopes will become his second top 40 single at the format, “Your Man”. Singer and songwriter Julia Michaels also makes it onto the list this week with “Lie Like This”, which starts at #48, while Bea Miller sneaks in at #49 with “Feel Something”.

For those of you craving some Ocean Spray and a little Fleetwood Mac, the legendary group’s 1977 chart-topper turned 2020 viral hit “Dreams” would’ve been at #52 this week if it was converted back to current status. If any changes are made, we’ll let you know.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 19-20, 2020)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are five singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BEBE REXHA featuring DOJA CAT – “Baby, I’m Jealous” (Warner)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: The collaboration was last week’s Most Added song at the format. The early action helped it earn a top 50 entry.

G-EAZY featuring BLACKBEAR – “Hate The Way” (RCA-Interscope)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: Though Blackbear is still a regular presence at the format, G-Eazy last ranked on the list in the summer of 2018.

JASON DERULO – “Take You Dancing” (APG/Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: On Sunday’s published update, Derulo earned both his 22nd top 40 hit to date and the #1 song for a third week!

JOJI – “Your Man” (88rising/12Tone)
Album: Nectar (2020)
Past T40 History: Joji is hoping for his second top 40 single here. The 88rising collaboration “Walking” peaked at #37 in January.

JUSTIN BIEBER & BENNY BLANCO – “Lonely” (Def Jam-Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: The track recently entered the survey, giving Bieber his 31st top 40 hit on the Top 40 chart. Blanco is up to four.

Next week: new singles from Ariana Grande and Harry Styles are headed for high positions on the adds report.

How will these songs perform on the adds report? Let me know!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 16, 2020

A New Music Friday that won’t leave you lonely.

Justin time for another good fall weekend come all of this week’s New Music Friday releases, including the latest albums from Beabadoobee, Sasha Sloan and the late Tom Petty, as well as songs from Demi Lovato, G-Eazy and Justin Bieber. Don’t be lonely, get streaming:

Notable albums out this week: Annie‘s Dark Hearts (iTunes), Astrid S‘s Leave It Beautiful (iTunes), Beabadoobee‘s Fake It Flowers (iTunes), Black Thought‘s Streams Of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane And Abel (iTunes), Gucci Mane & The New 1017‘s So Icy Gang (Vol. 1) (iTunes), Guy Sebastian‘s T.R.U.T.H. (iTunes), Lucas & Steve‘s Letters To Remember (iTunes), Matt Berninger‘s Serpentine Prison (iTunes), Omar Apollo‘s Apolonio (iTunes), Sasha Sloan‘s Only Child (iTunes), The Reklaws‘s Sophomore Slump (iTunes), The Struts‘s Strange Days (iTunes), The Vamps‘s Cherry Blossom (iTunes), Tom Petty‘s Wildfowers & All The Rest (iTunes), Tommee Profitt‘s The Birth Of A King (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Betcha‘s Feels Like We’ve Been Here Before (iTunes), CXLOE‘s Heavy, Pt. 1 (iTunes), James Blake‘s Before (iTunes), Malia Civetz‘s The Flip (iTunes), María Isabel‘s Stuck In The Sky (iTunes), Matt Stell‘s Better Than That (iTunes), Parker McCollum‘s Hollywood Gold (iTunes), PartyNextDoor‘s Partypack (iTunes), Runaway June‘s When I Think About Christmas (iTunes), Sara Kays‘s Camera Shy (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Boy Named Pluto”, Hailey Knox (iTunes)
“Afterthoughts”, Renforshort (iTunes)
“All About You”, Leon Bridges & Lucky Daye (iTunes)
“All That”, Emotional Oranges & Channel Tres (iTunes)
“All We Got”, Robin Schulz featuring KIDDO (iTunes)
“Alright”, Qveen Herby (iTunes)
“Baby (Jonas Blue Remix)”, Madison Beer (iTunes)
“Backyard Boy”, Claire Rosinkranz & Jeremy Zucker (iTunes)
“Be My Eyes”, Pentatonix (iTunes)
“Breakin’ U Off”, TM88 & Rich The Kid featuring Ty Dolla $ign, 2 Chainz & Southside (iTunes)
“By Yourself”, Ty Dolla $ign featuring Jhené Aiko & Mustard (iTunes)
“Can’t Let You Go”, Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Care For You”, The Marías (iTunes)
“Champagne Problems”, Hugo Helmig (iTunes)
“Chasing_(Demo)”, NF featuring Mikayla Sippel (iTunes)
“Christmas Without You”, Ava Max (iTunes)
“Closely”, Beyries (iTunes)
“Commander In Chief”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Crazy”, Hope Tala (iTunes)
“Crazy”, Kelly Rowland (iTunes)
“Devil That I Know”, Jacob Banks (iTunes)
“Don’t Let Me Go”, Kelvin Jones (iTunes)
“Downhill”, Lund (iTunes)
“Eat My Brain”, ILIRA (iTunes)
“Every Time I Look At You”, Shenandoah & Lady A (iTunes)
“Everyone But Me”, Quinn Lewis (iTunes)
“Fake”, Lauv & Conan Gray (iTunes)
“False Art”, Ben Kessler & Lizzy McAlpine (iTunes)
“Feels Like Dying”, Ally Nicholas (iTunes)
“Getting To Getting”, Alt Bloom (iTunes)
“Graveyard Shift”, Stela Cole (iTunes)
“Guess I’m A Liar”, Sofia Carson (iTunes)
“Halloween”, Young Rising Sons (iTunes)
“Happiness”, Little Mix (iTunes)
“Hate The Way”, G-Eazy featuring Blackbear (iTunes)
“HBIC”, Gin Wigmore (iTunes)
“Healthy Baby Boy”, John-Robert (iTunes)
“Help”, Sarah Barrios featuring Rence (iTunes)
“HFBD”, Mae Muller (iTunes)
“Hold On To Your Heart”, Savannah Brennan (iTunes)
“I Blame You”, Paris Hilton & Lodato (iTunes)
“I See You”, Garrett Kato (iTunes)
“I Should Know”, Jake Etheridge (iTunes)
“I Should Probably Go To Bed (Acoustic)”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
“If This Is Now”, Birdy (iTunes)
“Imma Show You”, Maja Kristina (iTunes)
“In Your Eyes”, Better Than Ezra (iTunes)
“Juicy”, Tony Ferrari (iTunes)
“Let Go”, Sharon Van Etten (iTunes)
“Let Me Love You Like A Woman”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“Lie To Me”, Tate McRae featuring Ali Gatie (iTunes)
“Like That (Acoustic)”, Gracey & Alexander 23 (iTunes)
“Lonely”, Justin Bieber & Benny Blanco (iTunes)
“Lost Cause//”, KennyHoopla featuring Jesse (iTunes)
“Lovesick”, RAY BLK (iTunes)
“Lucky Streak”, Meg Toohey featuring Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Made”, Sophia Messa featuring Pink Sweat$ (iTunes)
“Maggie” and “Tokyo”, Jeremiah Fraites (iTunes)
“Mental”, Hux (iTunes)
“Miracles”, Jarryd James (iTunes)
“Newspaper Pane”, Elvis Costello (iTunes)
“No Other Way”, SHAED (iTunes)
“No Tomorrow (Part 2)”, Brandy featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Nobody’s Love (Remix)”, Maroon 5 featuring Popcaan (iTunes)
“One More Time”, Not3s featuring AJ Tracey (iTunes)
“Only Time Makes It Human”, King Princess (iTunes)
“Orange Skies”, Rozzi (iTunes)
“Overwhelmed”, Harry Hudson (iTunes)
“¡Párate!”, Alaina Castillo (iTunes)
“Phobia”, Nothing But Thieves (iTunes)
“Pretending”, Orla Gartland (iTunes)
“Producer Man”, Lyn Lapid (iTunes)
“QueLoQue”, Major Lazer featuring Paloma Mami (iTunes)
“Residue”, Tayla Parx (iTunes)
“Running Around”, J Ember (iTunes)
“Sad Faces”, Sam DeRosa (iTunes)
“Scar”, Ashton Irwin (iTunes)
“Scare Me”, Ludo (iTunes)
“Seasons”, The White Tie Affair (iTunes)
“See What You’ve Done”, Mary J. Blige (iTunes)
“Set It Free (MUNA Remix)”, Now, Now (iTunes)
“Self Care”, Louis The Child & Coin (iTunes)
“Sharpener”, Cavetown (iTunes)
“Sleigh Ride”, Gwen Stefani (iTunes)
“Slow Motion”, Lindsey Lomis featuring JoJo (iTunes)
“So What! (Acoustic)”, Jxdn (iTunes)
“Somebody’s Beloved”, Milck featuring Bipolar Sunshine (iTunes)
“Someone New”, Tayo Sound (iTunes)
“Sometimes”, Heather Sommer (iTunes)
“Spa”, Icona Pop & Sofi Tukker (iTunes)
“Stayaway (Now, Now Remix)”, MUNA (iTunes)
“Stopped Buying Diamonds”, YDE (iTunes)
“Summer Love”, Austin Mahone (iTunes)
“Sunshine”, Triple One (iTunes)
“Take Me Away”, Sinead Harnett featuring EARTHGANG (iTunes)
“The Broken Kind”, Lauren Duski (iTunes)
“The Sound”, Pluko & Moby Rich (iTunes)
“Trigger Of Love”, Jawny (iTunes)
“Way Too Soft”, Melii (iTunes)
“What Are We Waiting For?”, Ally Brooke x Afrojack (iTunes)
“West Coast”, DVBBS featuring Quinn XCII (iTunes)
“What Are We Standing For”, Bad Religion (iTunes)
“What You’re Leaving For“, Ben Brown (iTunes)
“Who Am I”, NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Elle King (iTunes)
“Who’s Gonna Stop Me”, Portugal. The Man featuring “Weird Al” Yankovic (iTunes)
“Whole Lotta Choppas (Remix)”, Sada Baby featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Why Do You Lie To Me (Twocolors Remix)”, Topic x A7S featuring Lil Baby (iTunes)
“You”, Boon (iTunes)
“Zombies”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)

Next week, the new albums from Ashton Irwin, Luke Combs and Major Lazer are among the larger releases on the schedule. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 13, 2020)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Bebe Rexha and Doja Cat purr-fectly pull off an early win, as the top of the list finds some new friends in the mix. Let’s add ’em up:

“BABY” IS BORN: A week ahead of its official impact date, the Bebe Rexha and Doja Cat collaboration “Baby, I’m Jealous” earns the Most Added title at the Top 40 format with a very solid 40 stations this week. The song should enter the top 50 by Sunday, as it continues to pick up additional add action next week.

Tying for second place on the log, Dua Lipa‘s “Levitating” and Why Don’t We‘s “Fallin'” earned another 31 stations this week. It was also a good session for Machine Gun Kelly and Blackbear‘s “My Ex’s Best Friend”, landing in fourth place with 28 stations on impact.

Finishing in fifth place, Harry Styles and Julia Michaels picked up 20 stations for “Golden” and “Lie Like That”, respectively.

Next week: look for the new Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco collaboration to not feel so lonely at the top of the report.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. BEBE REXHA featuring DOJA CAT, “Baby, I’m Jealous” (Warner)
2-T. DUA LIPA, “Levitating” (Warner)
2-T. WHY DON’T WE, “Fallin'” (Signature Ent./Atlantic)
4. MACHINE GUN KELLY x BLACKBEAR, “My Ex’s Best Friend” (Bad Boy/Interscope)
5-T. HARRY STYLES, “Golden” (Erskine/Columbia)
5-T. JULIA MICHAELS, “Lie Like This” (Republic)
7. JASON DERULO, “Take You Dancing” (APG/Atlantic)
8. TRAVIS SCOTT featuring YOUNG THUG & M.I.A., “Franchise” (Cactus Jack/Epic)
9. JOEL CORRY featuring MNEK, “Head & Heart” (Big Beat/EMG)
10. POP SMOKE, “What You Know ‘Bout Love” (Victor Victor/Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 12-13, 2020)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are two singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

JULIA MICHAELS – “Lie Like This” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: She’s still in the top ten with her second tune to enter the region, the JP Saxe duet “If The World Was Ending”.

MACHINE GUN KELLY x BLACKBEAR – “My Ex’s Best Friend” (Bad Boy/Interscope)
Album: Tickets To My Downfall (2020)
Past T40 History: Yesterday, this collaboration officially reached the top 50 at the format. Kelly is looking for his second #1 single.

Next week: are you jealous of new releases from Bebe Rexha, Jason Derulo, Joji and more? We’ll find out on Tuesday.

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 11, 2020)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Plenty of huge releases are levitating up the chart this week, so let’s see what’s popping at the format:

“LOVE” GOES ON: Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo hold at #1 on the Top 40 radio chart with “Savage Love (Laxed-Siren Beat)”, a title that they share with BTS due to a new remix of it. The collaboration easily earned a second week at the top and it should grab a third week before its run concludes. “Savage” also ranks in the top ten at the Hot AC (#6) and Rhythmic (#10) formats.

In the top 40, Dua Lipa‘s “Levitating” leaps from 45-27 on this week’s Top 40 chart, becoming her 11th top 40 hit at the format. Up from 42-34, Travis Scott, Young Thug and M.I.A. roll in with “Franchise”. The track becomes their ninth, fourth and second top 40 entries, respectively, a week after the collaboration debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Why Don’t We lifts from 48-38 on the chart with “Fallin'”, their fifth top 40 entry to date. Finally, format newcomer Tate McRae is up from 41-39 with “You Broke Me First”, a song that is already a top ten hit in countries like Australia, Ireland, Norway and the United Kingdom.

The top 50 is also pretty busy this week: the Machine Gun Kelly and Blackbear collaboration “My Ex’s Best Friend” grabs a spot in the region before its impact date on Tuesday, debuting at #43. The single also lands just below the top 40 at Alternative radio. Ali Gatie and Alessia Cara are new at #44 with “Welcome Back”, followed by newcomer Salem Ilese‘s “Mad At Disney” at #46. New at #47 this week, Bastille is back in the top 50 on the pop survey for the first time in a year and a half with “Survivin'”, which is also growing at two other formats: Alternative and Hot AC. Lastly, Olivia Rox‘s “Shooting Star” is in at #50.

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TOP TEN: Record Store Day, 2016

Viva la Vinyl.

Another RSDelight.

It’s another year, and another round of Record Store Day shopping is on the schedule today, April 16. The annual event is once again taking place all over the world, and the massive music fest is sure to bring out even more people than last year, so make it to your local store or stores early enough so that you don’t get caught behind the huge lines. With another diverse collection of exclusive CD and vinyl pieces across all genres and eras, there’s something for everyone, but quantities are limited.

In honor of the ninth national day, I’ve decided to highlight ten of my favorite vinyl-exclusive releases that you’ll be able to buy in stores very shortly. This year, I’m focused on more current releases and artists than last year, as you’ll see below. However, I may not be able to locate them all; indeed, the challenge is on. Searching high and low, far and wide, I’ll be on the hunt for great finds like these ten:

(Check out the full list of U.S. releases for RSD here.)

Florence + The Machine
10. FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – “Delilah” / “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” (Link)
Label: Republic
Format: 12″ single

Disturbed
09. DISTURBED – “The Sound Of Silence” (Link)
Label: Warner Bros.
Format: 12″ single

Andra Day
08. ANDRA DAY – Live! (Link)
Label: Buskin’/Warner Bros.
Format: 12″ EP

Jack Ü
07. SKRILLEX & DIPLO (as JACK Ü) featuring JUSTIN BIEBER – “Where Are Ü Now?” (Link)
Label: OWSLA/Mad Decent/Atlantic
Format: 12″ single

Madonna
06. MADONNA – Like A Virgin & Other Hits (Link)
Label: Warner Bros./Rhino
Format: 12″ EP

Talking Heads
05. TALKING HEADS / ECHOSMITH – “This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)” (Link)
Label: Warner Bros./Rhino
Format: 7″ single

Lukas Graham
04. LUKAS GRAHAM“7 Years” (Link)
Label: Warner Bros.
Format: 12″ single

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
03. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESSThe Canyons EP (RSD First) (Link)
Label: Vanguard
Format: 10″ EP

Walk The Moon
02. WALK THE MOONYou Are Not Alone (Live At The Greek) (Link)
Label: RCA
Format: 2 x LP (album)

Bleachers
01. BLEACHERSTerrible Thrills, Vol. 2 (Link)
Label: RCA
Format: LP (album)

Are you looking forward to the RSD celebration and is there another cool release not listed here that you’ve got to buy? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter: click the “Get Social!” tab above to find us on there.

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (December 15)

Rapping up the year.

Rapping up the year.

It’s the last big date for 2014, and though the releases are few this week, there’s still something for everyone. (NOTE: some of the week’s music releases may not be out until Tuesday dependent on label availability/iTunes response time.) Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of December 15:

  • Sometimes it takes an “Anaconda” to slither up the charts and make an impact. Rapper and singer Nicki Minaj is in that jungle of jams once again with an Urban radio hit called “Only” and a brand new album called The Pinkprint, her first in two years. Though she’s lost some ground with the pop crowd as a main credited act lately, her core audience will come out for this and another top five album is likely once again. (iTunes)
  • In perhaps the one of the biggest surprises of this late Q4 season, R&B singer, songwriter and producer D’Angelo is back on track and coming out with his first studio set since 2000. Credited to he and a backing band, The Vanguard, Black Messiah is being released through his new home, RCA Records. A single titled “Really Love” is due at radio on Monday. Get ready for what could be a blockbuster. (iTunes)
  • Coming off two solid performances on Saturday Night Live, pop starlet Charli XCX brings some attitude to the pop world with her album titled SUCKER. It contains the single “Boom Clap”, featured on the soundtrack to The Fault In Our Stars, and current release “Break The Rules”. Originally due in mid-October, the singer should have a nice sales bump before Christmas. (iTunes)
  • One would be content if an act released three EP’s and a full studio album in a given year, right? Australian boy band 5 Seconds Of Summer disagrees with this and is now out with LIVESOS, an album full of songs recorded on their recent tour. It features a cover of “What I Like About You”, the group’s current radio single. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Grizfolk‘s From The Road (EP) (iTunes), James Blunt‘s Smoke Signals (EP) (iTunes), Starbomb‘s Player Select (iTunes), YG‘s Blame It On The Streets (iTunes) and the following Various Artists film soundtracks: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (iTunes) and Into The Woods (iTunes).

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

  • “American Beauty American Psycho”, a pre-release single from Fall Out Boy. (iTunes)
  • “It Ain’t You”, new from former American Idol champ Jordin Sparks. (iTunes)
  • “Just Kids”, a pre-release single from Mat Kearney. (iTunes)
  • “Lampshades On Fire”, the return single from rockers Modest Mouse. (iTunes)
  • “Let Me Down Easy”, another single from singer/songwriter Max Frost. (iTunes)
  • “The Wrong Year”, new from The Decemberists. (iTunes)
  • “Yours”, a pre-release single from Ella Henderson. (iTunes)

After some holiday cheer and time to rejuvenate, the normal schedule returns for the week of January 13 when releases by newcomers Fences and Meghan Trainor hit store shelves. Until then, my annual Top 100 of 2014 will be going up here on PGTC. Have a great few weeks and enjoy the countdown!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (December 9)

"Something" for the top ten.

“Something” for Billboard’s top ten.

There’s nothing like music as a present for the holidays, and if you’re looking for a few last-minute selections to stuff some stockings, notable Country and R&B releases are arriving just in time, among others. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of December 9:

  • Celebrating her many years of success on the Country survey is former American Idol winner and current superstar Carrie Underwood and her Greatest Hits: Decade #1 compilation. The two disc album features her recent top ten “Something In The Water”, several unreleased demos, and, of course, all of the big hits. It has a slightly higher price tag given the amount of material, but it should still make a good impact, especially physically. (iTunes)
  • With perhaps the wild card of this week’s schedule is rapper/singer J. Cole and his third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. No singles were released prior to the album’s release date, though “Apparently” will go to Rhythm radio and “GOMD” to Urban radio today. Both of his prior sets have sold north of 200,000 copies in their first frame: can this accomplish the same feat? We’ll see soon. (iTunes)
  • Climbing up the top 30 at Urban radio with “Love ‘Em All”, singer and reality TV star K. Michelle returns with her latest album, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? It follows Rebellious Soul, which debuted in the runner-up position on the Billboard 200 last year. This set should put her back in the top ten on the big list. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Angels & Airwaves‘s The Dream Walker (iTunes), Bastille‘s VS. (Other People’s Heartache, Pt. III) (iTunes), Cracker‘s Berkeley To Bakersfield (iTunes), E-40‘s Sharp On All 4 Corners (iTunes), Johnny Gill‘s Game Changer (iTunes) and the Smashing Pumpkins‘s Monuments To An Elegy (iTunes).

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

  • “Honest”, a new single from Kodaline. (iTunes)
  • “Like That”, new from the duo Jack & Jack featuring Skate Maloley. (iTunes)
  • “Under The Influence”, a pre-release single from Elle King. (iTunes)

Next week marks the last big release date of 2014, this time on Monday, with albums by Charli XCX and Nicki Minaj in the mix. We’ll see you on Sunday night for the full musical menu.

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