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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 23, 2015

Sounds like a #1 album.

“Sounds” like a #1 album.

This week’s New Music Friday makes the Summer roll along into the fall, with a number of potential top ten entries making their debuts online and in stores. Who’s bringing the most heat? Here’s a look at the week’s top new album and single releases:

  • 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER — Sounds Good Feels Good (iTunes)
    • Last year, this Australian band and their passionate fans took their self-titled effort to #1 in the U.S. and around the world. Now, with a new album and singles like “Hey Everybody!” and “She’s Kinda Hot”, look for the four men to be seated at a real Good place next week, the top of the chart. How high is it destined to go? Stay tuned to find out.
  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD — Storyteller (iTunes)
    • Former American Idol winner Underwood has five #1 debuts (four studio albums and a hits compilation) in a row to her credit on the Top Country Albums survey, three of which have also topped the mighty Billboard 200. This could very well be her sixth set to top the genre chart, with “Smoke Break” still gaining well at radio.
  • BLAKE SHELTON — Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits (iTunes)
    • Shelton’s newest hits compilation features his 20 #1 singles from the Country radio chart, as well as his latest single, “Gonna”, which just broke the top ten at the format. It should be a consistent seller throughout the holiday season.
  • ANDREA BOCELLI — Cinema (iTunes)
    • Bocelli’s latest collection of songs features music of both stage and screen, and includes duets with Ariana Grande and Nicole Scherzinger. A top ten debut should be attainable for opera singer once again.
  • More albums out this week: Bizzle‘s Surrender (iTunes), Born Of Osiris‘s Soul Sphere (iTunes), Chris Tomlin‘s Adore: Christmas Songs Of Worship (Live) (iTunes), Dave Gahan & Soulsavers‘s Angels & Ghosts (iTunes), DJ Khaled‘s I Changed A Lot (iTunes), Half Moon Run‘s Sun Leads Me On (iTunes), Harry Connick, Jr.‘s That Would Be Me (iTunes), Joanna Newsom‘s Divers (iTunes), Kyle Park‘s Blue Roof Sessions (iTunes), Marianas Trench‘s Astoria (iTunes), Omarion‘s Reasons (iTunes), Outasight‘s Big Trouble (iTunes), Rod Stewart‘s Another Country (iTunes), Seinabo Sey‘s Pretend (iTunes), Vanessa Carlton‘s Liberman (iTunes), Walter Trout‘s Battle Scars (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Country Christmas (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Coleman Hell‘s Coleman Hell (iTunes), DNCE‘s SWAAY (iTunes), love+war‘s Hue (iTunes), POWERS‘s Legendary (iTunes), The Chainsmokers‘s Bouquet (iTunes), The Mosers‘s Ticonderoga (iTunes), Whisperer‘s Whisperer (iTunes)

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

  • “Bad Idea”, Sara Bareilles featuring Jason Mraz (iTunes)
  • “Dancing On Glass”, St. Lucia (iTunes)
  • “Emperor’s New Clothes”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
  • “End Of The World”, A Great Big World (iTunes)
  • “GoGo!”, Baauer (iTunes)
  • “Hello”, Adele (iTunes)
  • “Hollow”, Tori Kelly (iTunes)
  • “Home”, One Direction (iTunes)
  • “Looking Up”, Elton John (iTunes)
  • “Lost And Found”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
  • “One”, Esperanza Spalding (iTunes)
  • “Slow Down Time”, Us The Duo (iTunes)
  • “Snapback”, Old Dominion (iTunes)
  • “Sorry”, Justin Bieber (iTunes)
  • “Think Of You”, Chris Young featuring Cassadee Pope (iTunes)
  • “Used To Love You”, Gwen Stefani (iTunes)
  • “Used To Love You Sober”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
  • “When The Truth Hunts You Down”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
  • “Working For It”, Zhu x Skrillex x They (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Chris Janson, Def LeppardThe Neighbourhood and much more. See you then!

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Striving For Perfection: The Chase For Chart Excellence

Flawless fellows and females.

Flawless fellows and females.

As expected, boy band One Direction‘s latest single “Perfect” is already a worldwide hit and currently sits at #1 on iTunes here in the States. Co-written by two of the quartet’s members (among its seven listed co-writers), it follows “Drag Me Down” (now at #3 on my top 40) as the second radio single from their upcoming Made In The A.M. album, due on November 13. Of course, like the majority of their singles, a splashy opening doesn’t guarantee that it’s an automatic top ten on the pop radio survey, but we’ll have to wait and see how this one does in the long run.

Speaking of the pop radio chart, we’ve had a bunch of “perfect” pop titles hit both the Radio & Records and Mediabase listings. I think it’s time to relive some of those musical moments. From the beginning of the archives in the fall of 1973 and into 2015, this list of seven splendid singles (which will soon be growing to eight) keeps it ideal:

1985
“Perfect Way”, Scritti Politti (#10, December 10)
A variation on the Italian phrase scritti politici, or political writings, this English act wrote a place for themselves on the charts in 1985 with this fun synthpop sound. “Way” remains the group’s only top 40 hit in the U.S., though their had five in the U.K. (with this single, surprisingly, a miss on that side of the pond.)

1988
“Perfect World”, Huey Lewis & The News (#2, August 26 – September 9)
They dominated the national charts in the 80’s with huge top ten singles over several album cycles, though it was Small World in 1988 that essentially marked a downturn in popularity for the California act. “World” remains their last top five single. The guys still play together, but not at the rate they did years ago.

2003
“Perfect”, Simple Plan (#4, December 19)
It may be one of the best album titles of the 00’s: No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls. Taken from it, this tune is still their highest-charting release at the format, and though the Canadian band hasn’t ranked on this particular survey in years, they’re continuing to crank out the jams ahead of a forthcoming studio set.

2010
“The Perfect Mistake”, Cartel (#39, June 10)
Two minor titles made the top 40 during 2010, with this single being one of them. It was the second of two songs to chart for the band from Georgia, who peaked with their previous albums. Though Will Pugh and the guys built up a sizable following, it never fully translated into the best radio play or sales numbers.

“Perfect Nightmare”, Shontelle (#38, October 17)
After a not-so-“Impossible” run up to the top ten that summer, this performer from Barbados couldn’t pull off the same trick, as her follow-up single barely edged into the top 40 at the format. She’s been absent from pop radio since the conclusion of her No Gravity era in 2011, though it appears she is still singing.

2011
“F**kin’ Perfect”, Pink (#1, March 20)
Two number-one singles from a hits compilation doesn’t happen too often nowadays, but this Pennsylvania singer did it in 2010 and 2011 with “Raise Your Glass” and this song. Her newest release is called “Today’s The Day”, and it was recently picked as the new theme song of daytime’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

2014
“She Looks So Perfect”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (#17, June 8)
Hey everybody, it wasn’t too long ago that this release was cruising up radio lists everywhere as the first major label single from the young and popular Aussie band. To date, it’s their only multi-Platinum hit in the U.S., but that can obviously change. Fans of the act have under a week until their newest album release.

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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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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (December 2014)

The end of the year brings many a holiday song to the airwaves, and while the fear of getting lost in the shuffle may turn  some acts away, there are others venturing out into the icy chart waters to try their luck at some frosty feedback. What singles will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of the releases being serviced in December on the AAA, Alternative and CHR formats in this month’s (abbreviated) Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

5 Seconds Of Summer
5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – “What I Like About You” (December 2) (*)
Label: Capitol
Since the original version just missed the top 40 in 1980 for rockers The Romantics, “Like” continues to be played at radio through cover versions and commercials, and now the Australian quartet updates it for yet another spin. A recent trade site banner highlights adds in several top ten markets for the new remake. Look for the official count on Tuesday.

Hoodie Allen and Ed Sheeran
HOODIE ALLEN featuring ED SHEERAN – “All About It” (December 2) (*)
Label: Atlantic
Already in the top 50 at the CHR and Rhythmic (due in part to its On The Verge selection) formats, “All” is on its way to becoming a major hit in 2015 and the first significant one for the 26-year-old rapper Allen, born Steven Markowitz. It’s all paid off for the performers and social stars, further proof that two heads are better than one at this musical moment.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Bahamas
BAHAMAS – “All The Time” (December 9) (*)
Label: Brushfire/Republic
If you’ve seen the Verizon commercial where actor James Franco falls off a building and then lands in slow motion, you have found the song that accompanies that advertisement. A 69-cent sale at iTunes propelled the single upward, though it has since fallen back due to the lack of airplay thus far. No worries: it has “all the time in the world” to rise once more.

Counting Crows
COUNTING CROWS – “Earthquake Driver” (December 9) (**)
Label: Capitol
The AAA airwaves remain a welcome home for the California group’s Somewhere Under Wonderland album, including a recent top ten single in “Scarecrow”. Their followup is just as capable of hitting the region during the springtime when it can draw a little more traction here. Then again… who knows what Mother Nature has in store for 2015? Get shaking!

Ryan Adams
RYAN ADAMS – “Stay With Me” (December 16) (**)
Label: PAX-AM/Blue Note
Just popping up in the top 50 is the second single from Adams’s self-titled album from earlier this year, and no, it’s not a remake of a certain British soul singer’s international smash. (That would be rather intriguing if it was, however.) Given the early results, this should make for another lasting chart tune for the 40-year-old North Carolina singer/songwriter.

Young The Giant
YOUNG THE GIANT – “Crystalized” (December 16) (*)
Label: Roadrunner
It’s been another solid era for the California quintet, having recently seen the title track from Mind Over Matter peak in the top 20 on the Alternative chart. A clip for their third single from the set has been online for the better part of a year. After a series of station sponsored holiday concerts over the next two weeks, the group returns to the road in February.

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 17)

Four better or worse.

Four better or worse.

There’s only one direction that these overall sales are going… up! Q4 is in full effect with several six figure openings on tap for this batch of new releases. (NOTE: some of this 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 November 17:

  • From “Steal My Girl” to “Night Changes” and all the instant grat tracks still on the charts, One Direction has a nice thing going for them in promoting their latest set, FOUR. The English quintet’s had two consecutive albums sell over 500,000 copies in the first week — will this be their third? Hard to tell at this point, but you know that another #1 on the Billboard 200 is a lock. (iTunes)
  • With their first album since 2011, Canadian rockers Nickelback are back in stores with No Fixed Address, released on the band’s new label, Republic. Single “Edge Of A Revolution” leaped to #1 on the Active Rock survey, but “What Are You Waiting For?” has stalled out in the 20’s at Hot AC. Look for this to land in the top five. (iTunes)
  • Singer and songwriter Lorde is credited as the curator for the soundtrack to the upcoming blockbuster The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1. The set includes four songs by or featuring the teen star, as well as acts like Charli XCX, Tinashe, Tove Lo and others. This could also crash the top five on the chart. (iTunes)
  • Serving up a multi-disc compilation that spans his decades of rich music is the legend himself, David Bowie, now in stores with Nothing Has Changed. Each edition of it features a different cover of him looking into the mirror during a different album era. It’s a great gift for hardcore fans. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: 5 Seconds Of Summer‘s Good Girls (EP) (iTunes), Bruce Springsteen‘s The Album Collection, Vol. 1 (1973-1984) (iTunes), Bryan Ferry‘s Avonmore (iTunes), Depeche Mode‘s Live In Berlin (iTunes), In This Moment‘s Black Widow (iTunes), Kristin Chenoweth‘s Coming Home (iTunes), Trisha Yearwood‘s PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit (Amazon), TV On The Radio‘s Seeds (iTunes), Wilco‘s Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994 – 2014 (iTunes) and the following Various Artists compilations: Annie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (iTunes), Christmas At Downton Abbey (iTunes), Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6 (iTunes) and The Art Of McCartney (iTunes).

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

  • “Different Colors”, a pre-release single from Walk The Moon. (iTunes)
  • “Flight”, new from pop/rockers Lifehouse. (iTunes)
  • “Text Me Merry Christmas”, a new holiday single from Straight No Chaser and Kristen Bell. (iTunes)
  • “Wrapped Up”, a collaboration from Olly Murs and Travie McCoy. (iTunes)

See you next Sunday night with new releases from David Guetta, Eminem, Rick Ross, Selena Gomez and more!

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Record Store Day, Black Friday 2014: What I’m Looking At

Viva la Vinyl.

Back in Black Friday.

Just when you thought it was safe to put away your wallet — no, it’s back. I’m talking about the 2014 edition of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. You’ll remember the regular Record Store Day that happened back in April; I managed to find the majority of items on my list and got to see a lot of people helping the cause. Once again, RSD is getting in on the holiday rush with another set of exclusive cassette, CD, vinyl and other pieces ready to crawl out of the chimney and onto your player of choice. Just remember to get in line early, or you could miss out on some things you are searching for! Here are ten acts and their releases that you may be hunting for on Friday, November 28:

AFRIKA BAMBAATAA & THE SOUL SONIC FORCE – “Planet Rock”
Format: 12″ vinyl single
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Though this 1982 song just squeaked into the top 50 on the Hot 100 in its original run, its impact has been felt in the hip-hop community for decades. It would be cool to have a copy of such a classic record. Oh, by the way, it’s glow in the dark. Sweet.

BLEACHERS – Strange Desire (The Demos)
Format: 12″ vinyl EP
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Strange Desire remains one of my favorite albums of the year thus far, and its two singles have both done well on my top 40 chart. I found a copy of the limited release of “I Wanna Get Better” earlier this year, so I’d love to find this six song EP next.

BON JOVI – Live 2
Format: 12″ vinyl EP
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The first Live EP, another Record Store Day release, featured four live versions of classics like “Keep The Faith” and “Livin’ On A Prayer”. This four song set features another bunch of big songs, including “Bad Medicine” and “I’ll Be There For You”.

ECHOSMITH – “Cool Kids”
Format: 12″ vinyl single
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This former On The Verge sponsored quartet has a top ten smash on both the CHR and Hot AC surveys, and their first single to be issued on vinyl could be yours on the 28th. The 12″ piece includes the radio mix of “Kids” and a new mix done by RAC.

ED SHEERAN – “Thinking Out Loud” / “I’m A Mess”
Format: 7″ single
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“Thinking” is already a hit overseas and it’s likely to achieve the same status over here next year. Much like the previous art during this era, the sleeve is green (though the record itself likely isn’t) and its b-side, found on his album X, is in a live form.

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – 5 Seconds Of Summer
Format: 12″ vinyl LP
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I don’t have any physical product from them… yet. However, that could change on Black Friday. Of course, the tweens can’t get enough of them, especially with a #1 album and two top ten EPs (a third is on the way.) This picture disc could be a start.

RUN DMC – “Christmas In Hollis”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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Back in 1987, you could find this festive rap on the first A Very Special Christmas compilation, which benefitted the Special Olympics. This re-release features the added b-side “Peter Piper” from 1986’s Raising Hell, as well as an “audible postcard”.

VARIOUS ARTISTS – American Hustle (Soundtrack)
Format: 2 x 12″ vinyl LP
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It was partially filmed in my hometown of Worcester, MA in the spring of 2013 and the extended version of this soundtrack is definitely near the top of my list this time around. Bringing back the sounds of decades past, it is worth the hustle to get it.

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1
Format: Cassette
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The film did big numbers at the box office during the summer and the soundtrack from it topped the Billboard 200 chart for two weeks in August. Featuring jams from the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Peter Quill’s musical memories tape is a fun find.

WHAM! – “Last Christmas”
Format: 12″ vinyl single
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I’ve enjoyed a handful of versions of this annual treat, but nothing beats the original, which climbed as high as #2 in the U.K. in 1984. Needless to say, you’ll be hearing it on many stations soon enough. This is specially printed on green and red vinyl.

What else is looking good?
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Recently (EP) (10″ vinyl EP)
DAVID BOWIE – “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)” (10″ vinyl single)
HOZIER – In The Woods Somewhere (EP) (10″ vinyl EP)
IMAGINE DRAGONS – Night Visions (12″ vinyl LP – picture disc)
PHIL SPECTOR/VARIOUS ARTISTS – A Christmas Gift For You (12″ vinyl LP)
THE BEATLES – Long Tall Sally (EP) (7″ vinyl EP)
VARIOUS ARTISTS (FROZEN) – “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” / “In Summer” (7″ vinyl single – picture disc)

For a full list of all the special stuff, it’s all up on Record Store Day’s website. Are you getting pumped for RSD’s Black Friday festivities and is there another release not listed here that you’ve got to have? 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 TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 22)

It's about time this came out.

It’s about time this came out.

While you’re out shopping for some American Apparel underwear down at the mall, you’ll need a designer CD or two to complete the trip. (Maybe.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of July 22:

  • Get ready to scream your lungs out: the Australian boy band known as 5 Seconds Of Summer have a hot album on shelves this week, their self-titled full-length set. The current radio release from it is “Amnesia”, which recently went top 50 at CHR radio. There’s no doubt that the quartet’s set will enter at #1 on the Billboard 200 and replace whomever wins this week’s battle for the top between Jason Mraz and “Weird Al” Yankovic. (iTunes)
  • In a relatively quiet week, there aren’t a whole lot of notable releases, but one that’s caught my attention as of late is Jesse McCartney‘s In Technicolor, featuring a great single in “Superbad”. It’s an independent release, so don’t expect it to be debuting pretty high up, but given the pre-release tracks from the effort so far, it sounds like a very exciting set. Definitely check this one out. (iTunes)
  • There’s Trouble In Paradise… at least that’s the title of La Roux‘s latest album. Best known for their 2010 single “Bulletproof”, the former duo is now just soloist Elly Jackson. Unlikely to repeat success of their self-titled set, it’s still garnering praise from the blogosphere and critics. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Anberlin‘s Lowburn (iTunes), Common‘s Nobody’s Smiling (iTunes), Fozzy‘s Do You Wanna Start A War (iTunes), Kaskade‘s I Remember (iTunes), R5‘s Heart Made Up On You (EP) (iTunes), Yes‘s Heaven & Earth (iTunes) and Young Rising Sons‘s Young Rising Sons (EP) (iTunes).

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

  • “Bend Ova”, the new single from rapper Lil Jon featuring Tyga. (iTunes)
  • “Burnin’ It Down”, new from Country star Jason Aldean. (iTunes)
  • “Cool Kid”, a debut from rockers The Eeries. (iTunes)
  • “Shell Shocked”, a collaboration between Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign. (iTunes)
  • “Tough Love”, the latest single from singer Jessie Ware. (iTunes)
  • “Wait On Me”, a new U.S. release from U.K. band Rixton. (iTunes)

Next week, both Eric Clapton and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers try for the crown on the album chart — you’d think it was 1978 all over again. How will they do against newcomer Shawn Mendes and hard rockers Theory Of A Deadman? A preview is coming in seven!

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