A handful of promising newcomers and a family friendly soundtrack with some big name stars lead the pack of the week’s fresh releases. (NOTE: some items may not be available until Tuesday based on label response status, but most should be up for sale today.) Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of March 23:
- Already charting well all over Europe is the debut album from James Bay, Chaos And The Calm. Bay’s first single from the set was largely ignored by AAA, “Let It Go”, but the second release from it, “Hold Back The River”, is gaining ground at several radio formats. Thanks to strong pre-order numbers, aided by iTunes’s First Play program for albums, it might have a chance to be next week’s top debut. Even if it isn’t, look for a significant entry. (iTunes)
- Featuring new cuts from artists like Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna, the soundtrack to the DreamWorks film Home will be moving into its new home on the charts real soon. “Towards The Sun” from the latter artist is the set’s first single, but with “FourFiveSeconds” still dominating in the top ten, its radio airtime is limited. Sales may spike on the weekend if the movie performs well at the box office. (iTunes)
- You know his #1 single on the Alternative chart from last year titled “Dangerous”, and now Alan Wilkis, better known as Big Data, releases 2.0. The set is largely a collection of collaborations, including the aforementioned hit with Joywave and tracks with Kimbra, Rivers Cuomo and more. The current single from it is “The Business Of Emotion”, featuring White Sea. (iTunes)
- The legendary Van Morrison returns with Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue, featuring new versions of album cuts as done with Joss Stone, Michael Bublé and more. Though the songs are not as well-known, that’s not stopping a strong physical pre-order peak on sites like Amazon. (iTunes)
- Other releases out this week include: Action Bronson‘s Mr. Wonderful (iTunes), Buena Vista Social Club‘s Lost And Found (iTunes), Canaan Smith‘s Canaan Smith (EP) (iTunes), Courtney Barnett‘s Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (iTunes), Earl Sweatshirt‘s I Don’t Like Sh-t, I Don’t Go Outside (iTunes), Joe Bonamassa‘s Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks (Live) (iTunes), Kansas‘s Miracles Out Of Nowhere (iTunes), Kidz Bop Kids‘s Kidz Bop 28 (iTunes), Laura Marling‘s Short Movie (iTunes), Oh Honey‘s Wish You Were Here (EP) (iTunes), Smallpools‘s LOVETAP! (iTunes) and Toto‘s Toto XIV (iTunes).
New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
- “Can’t Deny My Love”, the new single from Brandon Flowers. (iTunes)
- “Somewhere To Run”, the new single from Krewella. (iTunes)
Death Cab For Cutie‘s Kintsugi and Wale‘s The Album About Nothing are among next Tuesday’s top new album releases. Is either one capable of making it to the top? A full preview is coming on Monday night.