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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 4)

"Blame" it on the reign.

“Blame” it on the reign.

We took a trip back to 1989 last week, but this week, we’re back to the future with several releases that definitely belong in 2014. Then again, there are some older acts on the schedule that may take us time traveling again. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of November 4:

  • He’s one of the hottest DJ’s and music producers on the charts today: 30-year-old Calvin Harris is taking over the world and he pulls into power with his latest album, Motion. It includes the current worldwide hit “Blame”, featuring John Newman, as well as his big song of a few months ago, “Summer”. His last album went top 20 on the Billboard 200, but this is due for a much better peak. (iTunes)
  • Continuing with a set of bootleg recordings that have been released for over two decades, the legendary Bob Dylan is out in stores with The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete, an astounding six disc collection of original recordings by he and The Band that were produced during the summer of 1967. This is an essential for the Dylan fan in the family. (iTunes)
  • Covering tunes from some of the greatest girl groups in all of music history, a certain Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, is out with It’s The Girls! This is the performer’s first studio album in eight years, and while it may not rank as well as the classics in her catalogue, the older demo will definitely be out for this one. (iTunes)
  • Two rereleases from Paul McCartney and Wings take flight into stores this week: the former #1 sets Venus And Mars (iTunes) and Wings At The Speed Of Sound (iTunes) see deluxe editions with additional discs with bonus cuts and hardcover books documenting the making of each album.
  • Other releases out this week include: Ani DiFranco‘s Allergic To Water (iTunes), Dirty South‘s With You (iTunes), Jake Miller‘s Lion Heart (EP) (iTunes), Janine And The Mixtape‘s Dark Mind (EP) (iTunes), Maddie & Tae‘s Maddie & Tae (EP) (iTunes), Neil Young‘s Storytone (iTunes), Teyana Taylor‘s VII (iTunes), Theophilus London‘s Vibes (iTunes), The Doobie Brothers‘s Southbound (iTunes), The Rolling Stones‘s From The Vault: Hampton Coliseum (iTunes), The Vamps‘s Meet The Vamps (iTunes) and T-Pain‘s T-Pain Presents Happy Hour: The Greatest Hits (iTunes).

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

  • “Heartbeat”, the new single from Mat Kearney. (iTunes)
  • “Maybe I Should Call”, a pre-release single from singer K. Michelle. (iTunes)

It’s another stack of Monday releases for the next (at least) three weeks, with new albums from the Foo Fighters, Garth Brooks, Nick Jonas and more on deck. See you on Sunday night.

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 27)

She's one electric youth.

She’s one electric youth.

Someone appears to be ready to “shake” up the competition on the Billboard 200 and I think we’ll need a time machine to get there. (NOTE: some of the week’s music releases may not be out until Tuesday dependent on label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 27:

  • Going for her third million-selling opening in a row is country star turned pop star Taylor Swift, turning back the hands of time with her latest effort, 1989. Lead single “Shake It Off” debuted at #1 on the Hot 100 and also climbed atop several airplay formats. There is no doubt that this will come in at #1 on the albums survey and hold there for multiple weeks, but that opening number is key. It will be watched – and analyzed – very closely. (iTunes)
  • Looking like a future country crossover star is 29-year-old newcomer Sam Hunt; his debut album, Montevallo, is in stores this week. Former On The Verge sponsored single “Leave The Night On” is currently standing at #2 on the Country chart and looks to be #1 next week. A handful of Hot AC stations are also spinning the song. Watch for it in the top five when the official results come in. (iTunes)
  • It wouldn’t be Q4 without some music compilations making their move on the chart, one of them being a new NOW That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 52 (iTunes) set. The hits are all there and will probably bow in the top five. It should also be noted that it’s being issued with a new NOW That’s What I Call Disney 3 (iTunes) album, though that’s likely to end up in the lower rungs.
  • Christian singer Chris Tomlin arrived at #1 with his last album in 2013 in a week following the Christmas holiday. He won’t make it that far this time around, but he’ll still have a solid debut with Love Ran Red (iTunes). Two singles from it have hit the Christian charts. Rapper Trip Lee also releases this week with his latest effort, Rise. (iTunes)
  • After a series of successful remastered albums earlier this year, rockers Led Zeppelin put out two more for 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV and 1973’s Houses Of The Holy. The earlier set features classics like “Black Dog” and “Stairway To Heaven”, while the latter is best known for “D’yer Maker” and “The Ocean”. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Barry Manilow‘s My Dream Duets (iTunes), Black Veil Brides‘s Black Veil Brides (iTunes), Cold War Kids‘s Hold My Home (iTunes), Darius Rucker‘s Home For The Holidays (iTunes), Home Free‘s Full Of Cheer (iTunes), Jagged Edge‘s J.E. Heartbreak Too (iTunes), Mystery Skulls‘s Forever (iTunes), Rancid‘s …Honor Is All We Know (iTunes), The Flaming Lips‘s With A Little Help From My Fwends (iTunes), The Who‘s The Who Hits 50! (iTunes) and Yusuf‘s Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (iTunes).

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

  • “I Bet My Life”, the latest single from rockers Imagine Dragons. (iTunes)
  • “Only”, new from Nicki Minaj and featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown. (iTunes)
  • “Open Wide”, a collaboration from DJ/producer Calvin Harris and rapper Big Sean. (iTunes)

Bob Dylan and Calvin Harris are among next week’s top new entries — I say a collaboration is in their future, or maybe not. A full preview is coming on Monday night!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 21)

Looking for some not-so-"Mediocre" numbers.

Looking for some not-so-“Mediocre” numbers.

Rappers, rockers, reindeer lovers: they’re all in the mix this week as Q4 keeps chugging along at a faster pace. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 21:

  • No longer a Trouble Man and putting in his Paperwork is T.I., who has been hot on Rhythmic and Urban radio with hit singles like “About The Money” and “No Mediocre”, the former featuring Young Thug and the latter featuring Iggy Azalea. This is the rapper’s first album in two years and first since making the leap from Atlantic to Columbia Records. Look for it to be a contender for #1 next week. (iTunes)
  • Metal monsters Slipknot haven’t released a new studio album since 2008, but that changes this week when .5: The Gray Chapter debuts in stores. A single from it, “The Devil In I”, is shooting towards the #1 spot on the Active Rock airwaves, currently positioned at #2. Given the extended gap of time and high-ranking pre-release singles, this may also be in reach of the top. (iTunes)
  • After finishing their last era with a minor chart single called “Sober”, country quartet Little Big Town go for some “Day Drinking” on their latest set, Pain Killer. “Day” is currently top ten at Country radio and it appears that they’re due for another successful era. It should make a run at the top five on the Billboard 200, though it’ll fall short of #1. (iTunes)
  • The 24-year-old rapper named Logic has been noted on the underground circuit and blogosphere for several years now with a series of Young Sinatra mixtapes. This week, his first full-length album, Under Pressure, is out. Likely to be the surprise of the week, you may see the set bowing in the top five when all is said and done. (iTunes)
  • Ho, ho, hold on one moment — we have some sensational stocking stuffers sizzling on the scene, including Anthony Hamilton‘s Home For The Holidays (iTunes), Earth, Wind & Fire‘s Holiday (iTunes) and Pentatonix‘s That’s Christmas To Me (iTunes).
  • Other releases out this week include: Andrea Bocelli‘s Opera, The Ultimate Collection (iTunes), Annie Lennox‘s Nostalgia (iTunes), Aretha Franklin‘s Sings The Great Diva Classics (iTunes), Billy Idol‘s Kings & Queens Of The Underground (iTunes), Boyz II Men‘s Collide (iTunes), Bush‘s Man On The Run (iTunes), Gavin DeGraw‘s Finest Hour: The Best Of Gavin DeGraw (iTunes), Jacquie Lee‘s Broken Ones (EP) (iTunes), Jerry Garcia‘s GarciaLive Volume 5: December 31st 1975, Keystone Berkeley (iTunes), Jessie Ware‘s Tough Love (iTunes), Kiesza‘s Sound Of A Woman (iTunes), Neil Diamond‘s Melody Road (iTunes), Primus‘s Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble (iTunes), Susan Boyle‘s Hope (iTunes) and Vérité‘s Echo (EP) (iTunes).

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

  • “Baby Don’t Lie”, the new single from singer Gwen Stefani. (iTunes)
  • “Lips Are Movin”, a movin’ musical moment from Meghan Trainor. (iTunes)
  • “Nobody”, a single from YouTube’s Ricky Dillon. (iTunes)
  • “Outside”, a collaboration from Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding. (iTunes)
  • “Welcome To New York”, a digital single from Taylor Swift. (iTunes)

A country chanteuse turned pop princess has a pretty huge album coming out on Monday… gee, I wonder who it could be? That swiftly approaching record, along with the rest of the new releases, are coming up in a full preview on Sunday night.

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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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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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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 30)

Royalty on the record charts.

Royalty on the record charts.

The time has come for a mighty mix of music releases to hit retailers in what can only be described as… epic. (The large amount of items, that is, not the record label.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 30:

  • Who needs just one new album when you can drop two in a week? That is the case with the legendary Prince, new to stores this week with a solo set, Art Official Age (iTunes), and a set of collaborations with the Purple One’s latest protégés, trio 3rdEyeGirl, titled PlectrumElectrum (iTunes). Neither release has produced any hit singles on the Hot 100, but the initial buzz should carry the two up the album survey.
  • For those of you loving some Country music, two new albums by superstar acts will be going for six figure opening weeks. “Neon Light” singer and longtime The Voice judge Blake Shelton is Bringing Back The Sunshine (iTunes) with his newest album, while Lady Antebellum is aboard a 747 (iTunes) to the #1 spot. Either one could enter at the top, though Shelton seems the more likely of the two.
  • Representing for the solo females on the schedule this week are California singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat with the delayed Gypsy Heart (iTunes), featuring recent single “Try”, while newcomer Tove Lo looks to be the Queen Of The Clouds (iTunes) with her debut full-length album. “Habits (Stay High)” is the hit from that one. Both might debut in the top ten when all is said and done.
  • Other releases out this week include: Boyz II Men‘s Collide (iTunes), Bryan Adams‘s Tracks Of My Years (iTunes), Gerard Way‘s Hesitant Alien (iTunes), Jeff Bridges and the Abiders‘s Live (iTunes), Lucinda Williams‘s Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone (iTunes), Melissa Etheridge‘s This Is M.E. (iTunes), Steve Aoki‘s Neon Future I (iTunes) and The Script‘s No Sound Without Silence (iTunes).

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

  • “L.A.LOVE (la la)”, new from singer Fergie. (iTunes)
  • “Something In The Water”, a new single from Country star Carrie Underwood. (iTunes)
  • “Steal My Girl”, a brand new single from boy band One Direction. (iTunes)
  • “Yellow Flicker Beat”, a soundtrack cut from Lorde. (iTunes)

Next week, the madness continues with a huge release from Jason Aldean, plus newcomers Betty Who, Hozier and Tinashe all hit the scene with their debut full-length albums. A full preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 23)

Two Cheeks, one week.

Two Cheeks, one week.

It’s a snazzy and jazzy update this week, with two unlikely superstars paired together for a collection of covers, along with one of Country’s leading men and one of England’s hottest indie trios. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 23:

  • After a week which will see Barbra Streisand top the Billboard 200, who’s to say that Tony Bennett will not be the next to top the survey? His long-delayed duets album with Lady Gaga, titled Cheek To Cheek, is now in stores. Several digital cuts from it have made the Jazz charts in the last few weeks. Reviews have been generally solid for it and the effort should have enough strength to enter at #1 next week. (iTunes)
  • Just off another #1 single at Country radio with “American Kids”, still selling well in the top 40 on iTunes, hitmaker Kenny Chesney is back with The Big Revival, which also features the followup “Til It’s Gone”. Last time around, Chesney’s Life On A Rock debuted north of six figures last year and could hit that same amount this year as a strong #2. We’ll see. (iTunes)
  • Currently riding up the Alternative survey with their biggest hit to date, “Left Hand Free”, the band known as alt-J (or ) is back with This Is All Yours, the act’s first studio album since 2012’s An Awesome Wave. Pre-release tracks from it have already ranked highly on iTunes stores across the globe. It will likely debut in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • In our former reality show contestants roundup, and there are quite a few this week, look out for new releases from America’s Got Talent‘s Jackie Evancho and her latest, Awakening (iTunes), American Idol‘s Jennifer Hudson with JHUD (iTunes) and The Sing-Off‘s Pentatonix with PTX, Vol. III (iTunes). Hudson’s “It’s Your World”, with R. Kelly, is now a top 20 hit at Urban AC radio.
  • Other releases out this week include: Aphex Twin‘s Syro (iTunes), Chad Lawson‘s The Chopin Variations (iTunesGary Clark Jr.‘s Gary Clark Jr. Live (iTunes), George Harrison‘s The Apple Years 1968-75 (iTunes), Joe Bonamossa‘s Different Shades Of Blue (iTunes), John Mellencamp‘s Plain Spoken (iTunes), Lee Ann Womack‘s The Way I’m Livin’ (iTunes), Lenny Kravitz‘s Strut (iTunes), Leonard Cohen‘s Popular Problems (iTunes), Luke James‘s Luke James (iTunes) and Tweedy‘s Sukierae (iTunes).

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

  • “Burnin’ Up”, new from singer Jessie J and rapper 2 Chainz. (iTunes)
  • “Carry You Home”, a digital single from Jamie Scott. (iTunes)
  • “Maps (Rumba Whoa Mix)”, the Maroon 5 hit with a new feature by Latin star J Balvin. (iTunes)
  • “Something Blue”, a digital single from the forthcoming album by Neil Diamond. (iTunes)
  • “When You Were Mine”, a collaboration from Night Terrors of 1927 and Tegan & Sara. (iTunes)

It’s a crazy week as the labels prepare for their final shot at a GRAMMY nomination for acts with new albums like Blake Shelton, Colbie Caillat, Lady Antebellum, Prince and more. So many releases, so little time, but a full preview is coming in seven!

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