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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 20, 2018

The Cole wide world is listening.

As the second weekend of Coachella gets closer, make the most of this massive musical madness before you reach the festival. Here are the albums and singles you need to check out on digital services and in stores this Friday:

J. COLE – KOD (iTunes)
With his first album since 4 Your Eyez Only, which topped the Billboard 200 in December 2016, the popular hip-hop performer should get his fifth #1 title next week, with a very healthy boost from streaming-equivalent units. No radio single has been announced as of yet, but its cuts should receive quite a few spins at Rhythmic and Urban radio over the weekend, as well as plenty of playlist love.

Notable albums out this week: A Perfect Circle‘s Eat The Elephant (iTunes), Ashley Monroe‘s Sparrow (iTunes), Bishop Briggs‘s Church Of Scars (iTunes), Black Stone Cherry‘s Family Tree (iTunes), Brothers Osborne‘s Port Saint Joe (iTunes), Donovan Woods‘s Both Ways (iTunes), Kimbra‘s Primal Heart (iTunes), Lord Huron‘s Vide Noir (iTunes), Sting & Shaggy‘s 44/876 (iTunes), Stryper‘s God Damn Evil (iTunes), Upchurch‘s Creeker (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Bad Wolves‘s False Flags, Vol. 2 (iTunes), PRETTYMUCH‘s PRETTYMUCH (iTunes), Sasha Sloan‘s Sad Girl (iTunes), Seeb’s Nice To Meet You (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2002”, Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Alone (Calvin Harris Remix)”, Halsey featuring Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Basement”, Russ & Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Best Friend”, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie featuring Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“Better Off”, Jeremy Zucker & Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“Better Off Alone”, Ryan Pulford (iTunes)
“Beyond”, Leon Bridges (iTunes)
“Can’t Do It Alone”, Peter Wise & Tiger Darrow (iTunes)
“Chasing Fire (Robin Schulz Remix)”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Control”, Lemaitre with Jerry Folk (iTunes)
“End Of Time”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Familiar”, Liam Payne & J Balvin (iTunes)
“Fix Me Up”, Matthew Young (iTunes)
“Game Over”, Martin Garrix & LOOPERS (iTunes)
“Good Boys”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Hair Too Long”, The Vamps (iTunes)
“Hands On Me”, BURNS featuring Maluma & Rae Sremmurd (iTunes)
“I Like That”, Janelle Monáe (iTunes)
“I Love You (All The Way)”, Luke Elliot (iTunes)
“Let Her Go”, Family Of The Year (iTunes)
“Little Victories”, Malia Civetz (iTunes)
“Lovely”, Billie Eilish & Khalid (iTunes)
“LY4L”, Katelyn Tarver (iTunes)
“Mind Eraser”, CRUISR (iTunes)
“Need You Right Now”, HEDEGAARD featuring Hayley Warner (iTunes)
“Nightclub Love”, Matt Maltese (iTunes)
“No Tears Left To Cry”, Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“One”, VHS Collection (iTunes)
“OTW”, Khalid, 6LACK and Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Over You (Acoustic)”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Palace”, Cam (iTunes)
“Perdido”, Poo Bear & J Balvin (iTunes)
“Pink Lemonade (Acoustic)”, James Bay (iTunes)
“Push And Pull”, Hey Monea (iTunes)
“Queendom”, AURORA (iTunes)
“Rule The World”, ZAYDE WØLF (iTunes)
“Sin Pijama”, Becky G & Natti Natasha (iTunes)
“Somebody”, The Chainsmokers featuring Drew Love (iTunes)
“Something True”, Jon Lemmon (iTunes)
“Stay With Me”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Tip Pon It”, Sean Paul & Major Lazer (iTunes)
“Too Fat”, Sage The Gemini featuring Trina (iTunes)
“Trust Fund Baby (Acoustic)”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“Two Shots (Acoustic)”, Goody Grace (iTunes)
“When I Grow Up”, Confetti (iTunes)
“Who’s Up”, LunchMoney Lewis (iTunes)
“Winnebago”, Gryffin featuring Quinn XCII & Daniel Wilson (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Janelle Monáe, Post Malone and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 24, 2015

Going for "Gold".

Going for “Gold”.

This week’s New Music Friday gives us a Woman or two and some record royalty in our music collection. So, put on your crown and take the throne, because here are this week’s new album and single releases:

  • JILL SCOTT — Woman (iTunes)
    • R&B and soul singer Scott hasn’t released an album of original material since 2011’s The Light Of The Sun, and the set became her first to enter at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. She hopes to continue to shine brightly with a new album, her fifth and latest, featuring the single “Fool’s Gold”, which is currently #3 on the Urban AC survey. It should be next week’s top debut.
  • PRINCE ROYCE — Double Vision (iTunes)
    • This hot Latin star enters the English market for the first time, having accumulated eight #1 singles on the Tropical Airplay chart. Single “Stuck On A Feeling” stuck it out on the pop survey, breaking into top 20 after a jump start via iHeartMedia’s On The Verge program, but followup “Back It Up” seems to be stuck below the top 40 at the format.
  • BEA MILLER — Not An Apology (iTunes)
    • 16-year-old Miller appeared on the U.S. version of The X Factor in 2012 and is currently on the pop radio airwaves with “Fire N Gold”, the followup to a minor top 40 hit, “Young Blood”. No need to be sorry for enjoying this one.
  • More albums out this week: Ashley Monroe‘s The Blade (iTunes), Joe Satriani‘s Shockwave Supernova (iTunes), Lamb Of God‘s VII: Sturm Und Drang (iTunes), Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s One More For The Fans (iTunes), Roger Waters‘s Amused To Death (iTunes), Symphony X‘s Underworld (iTunes) and the original soundtrack to Southpaw (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Elbow‘s Lost Worker Bee (iTunes), MKTO‘s Bad Girls (iTunes), Vanessa Carlton‘s Blue Pool (iTunes)

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

  • “Hold Each Other”, new from A Great Big World and Futuristic. (iTunes)
  • “I Am Invincible”, new from Cassadee Pope. (iTunes)
  • “Lemon Eyes”, a new single from Meg Myers. (iTunes)
  • “Sugar”, a new single from Jennifer Nettles. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include fresh releases from Migos, Saint Asonia and more. See you then!

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 30-21

They're here...

Oh, what fun it is to ride while these acts sleigh.

Single bells, single bells, singles all the way! Oh, what fun is to rank all my favorites from the past 365 days. You’ve seen the songs from 100-31 so far, and now, we keep on climbing into the top 30. It’s the cream of the pop as we head towards the top. All the big songs are here, from a “Restless Heart” to “True Love”. Get ready to “Cruise” until the countdown is “Gone, Gone, Gone”. So, be “Brave” and read on through this jungle of jams into the house of hits.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 24, 2013. Those marked with a plus had not yet reached their highest position as of that date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

We start off this section with a Country cutie with a crossover, his biggest pop hit to date…

Hunter Hayes

030. Hunter Hayes – “Wanted” (#5)
Writers: Hunter Hayes, Troy Verges / Producers: Hayes, Dann Huff

Originally a #1 hit on the Country chart in September 2012, Atlantic Records managed to bring this young star onto the CHR and Hot AC airwaves with a minor entry on both formats. In total, three of his songs ranked in my top 40 during 2013.

**Second of two songs in the top 100

Something happened on the way to "Heaven".

029. Bruno Mars – “Treasure” (#3)
Writers: Phredley Brown, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars / Producers: The Smeezingtons

The planets of pop aligned when this jam was released, becoming Mars’s biggest hit on my chart. He’s onto his fifth single from Unorthodox Jukebox, “Young Girls”, and he will be the halftime performer at Super Bowl XLVIII in early February.

**Second of two songs in the top 100

Train and Ashley Monroe

028. Train featuring Ashley Monroe – “Bruises” (#6)
Writers: Amund Bjørklund, Espen Lind, Patrick Monahan / Producers: Espionage, Butch Walker

As “Mermaid” went to mainstream radio during the winter months, this song became the trio’s first song to chart at Country radio, barely missing the top 40. Their California 37 era may be over now, but with four charting singles, it was a good one.

**First of two songs in the top 100 (Train)

A page-turner.

027. Five For Fighting – “What If” (#3)
Writer: John Ondrasik / Producer: Gregg Wattenberg

Last time he charted, he was looking for a “Slice” of the action. This time around, he was a little more inquisitive. “What” became Ondrasik’s fifth top ten release on my survey. A second single from album Bookmarks has not been released yet.

Related Posts: Single Review (June 8, 2013), Album Review of Bookmarks (September 11, 2013)

"Are" you keeping up with her?

026. Pink – “Try” (#2)
Writers: Busbee, Ben West / Producer: Greg Kurstin

The first two singles from her album The Truth About Love peaked at #2: “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” and this, which spent four weeks in the runner-up spot. Next time we’ll see this colorful singer in the countdown is when the digits turn singular.

**First of three songs in the top 100

They've lost that lovin' feeling (again.)

025. OneRepublic – “If I Lose Myself” (#3)
Writers: Zach Filkins, Brent Kutzle, Benjamin Levin, Ryan Tedder / Producers: Kutzle, Levin, Tedder

No matter what it is, there will always be winners and “lose”-rs. Though it tanked in the U.S., it was the biggest hit from Native on my chart, going to #3. It’s now the band’s new single in the U.K. with a release during the first week of February.

Related Posts: Single Review (December 18, 2012)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

Blame it on the "Girls".

024. The 1975 – “Chocolate” (#2)
Writers/Producers: The 1975 (George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy and Ross MacDonald)

The indie rockers hit it big this year, especially in their native U.K., where their self-titled album went to #1. The U.S. hasn’t been as receptive to the song, rising to a minor peak at Alternative radio, though it’s off to an OK start on the CHR airwaves.

**Second of two songs in the top 100

Don't Walk away from this one.

Don’t Walk away from this one.

023. Walk Off The Earth – “Red Hands” (#5)
Writers: Sarah Blackwood, Ryan Marshall, Giovanni Nicassio, Thomas Salter / Producers: Blackwood, Nicassio, Salter

The YouTube darlings based in Canada made their debut on my chart this year with two of their original songs, this one ranking the highest at a peak of #5. It did particularly well at AAA radio, where it spent five weeks at #1 during the summer.

Related Posts: Easy Ryders (February 22, 2013)
**Second of two songs in the top 100

Bravely entering the release ring.

022. Sara Bareilles – “Brave” (#4)
Writers: Jack Antonoff, Sara Bareilles / Producer: Mark Endert

Say what you wanna say about this one, but it’s become a sleeper hit, especially at the CHR format and on iTunes after the release of Katy Perry‘s “Roar”. Yes, go on about how the two sound similar, but Bareilles clearly won my year-end battle.

Related Posts: Single Premiere (April 17, 2013), Album Review of The Blessed Unrest (July 10, 2013)

A good day for Mr. "Bad Day".

021. Daniel Powter – “Crazy All My Life” (#3)
Writer: Daniel Fields, John Fields, Bleu McAuley / Producer: Howard Benson

Powter may be a one hit wonder to most of the world, but big hit “Bad Day” was only just the start of the 42-year-old singer’s adventures on my survey. He’s now accumulated ten entries, nine of which have gone top ten. That’s “Crazy”, huh?

Related Posts: Ready To Pop (March 11, 2013)

Check back tomorrow for 20-11 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (Mar. 5)

Reign is a good thing.

Reign is a good thing.

Take a break and head for Spring Break with these new releases for the week of March 5:

  • Every year since 2009, Country singer Luke Bryan has been putting out an EP every spring season as high schoolers and college-age kids go off to Spring Break. This full-length release, Spring Break… Here To Party, is a compilation of the four EPs plus a few additional new tracks. It’ll likely debut pretty high on the album chart, perhaps even #1 considering that sales are pretty low right now. (iTunes)
  • Long gone but certainly not forgotten, a new album full of lost tracks from Jimi Hendrix‘s later recordings, People, Hell and Angels, is released this week. This comes on the same week that two Jimi Hendrix Experience albums, Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold As Love, are rereleased on vinyl. (iTunes)
  • Jazz and soul legend Boz Scaggs releases MEMPHIS today, his first album in five years. Scaggs, of course, is best known for hits like “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown”. (iTunes)
  • Former X Factor contestant Marcus Canty puts out an EP today, This… Is Marcus Canty. Current single “Used By You” is a minor hit on Urban radio. (iTunes)
  • The third compilation from Disney Channel’s television program Shake It Up, a 12-track effort called I ❤ Dance, is out in stores. It features songs from several characters on the show, as well as Disney artists like Bridgit Mendler and Selena Gomez. (iTunes)
  • Country singer Ashley Monroe releases her second album today, Like A Rose. The title track was released to Country radio, and she is also featured on the band Train‘s current Country release, “Bruises”, which is slowly climbing into the top 50. (iTunes)
  • Alternative and Country band Son Volt are back with Honky Tonk, their first album in four years. Their last one, American Central Dust, just missed the top 40 on the album chart. (iTunes)
  • Swedish metal band Soilwork releases The Living Infinite, the band’s first album since 2010. (iTunes)
  • How To Destroy Angels partners Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross, who scored the movie The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, in a new quintet that releases their first full-length album, Welcome oblivion. (iTunes)
  • Singer-songwriter and Americana act Josh Ritter is out today with The Beast In Its Tracks, his seventh studio album. (iTunes)
  • Finally, those happenin’ hipsters in the world of jazz will be enjoying Madeleine Peyroux‘s first album in two years, The Blue Room. (iTunes)

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

  • “Your Touch”, the return single from former American Idol contestant Blake Lewis. It’s being featured in advertisement for Internet Explorer. (AmazonMP3)

We’ll be back next week with new albums by some huge names all competing on one week. Bon Jovi. David Bowie. Eric Clapton. Who will come out on top? See you in seven with more details.

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