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!
Her hits (and hips) don’t lie.
Rumor has it that there’s a she wolf in the closet and yet another animal on the loose in record stores today. Welcome to the jungle. Here’s what you need to know about on the schedule for the week of March 25:
- Her collaboration with Rihanna, “Can’t Remember To Forget You”, may have been a dud on the radio charts, but Colombian singer Shakira is still soldiering with her new self-titled album. The current single from it is titled “Empire”. It will likely debut somewhere in the top 5 with a smaller sales total from her last English effort, 2009’s She Wolf. (iTunes)
- Already responsible for a pair of big hits on the R&B survey, “Gas Pedal” and “Red Nose”, California rapper Sage The Gemini is out with his debut album, Remember Me. This will also likely find a spot in the top 5 as a third single makes it onto radio. (iTunes)
- As singer Jerrod Niemann once sang, “What’s so wrong with one more drinkin’ song?” Well, “Drink To That All Night” is now a major Country hit, and his High Noon album makes it into stores this week. It should break into the top 15, if not the top ten. (iTunes)
- Swag pop duo Karmin wanna raise Pulses with their debut album and first major release since their EP Hello two years ago. Unfortunately, given their relationship with the record label, that probably isn’t going to happen. The has produced two charting U.S. singles, “Acapella” and “I Want It All”. (iTunes) (My review of Pulses)
- Can you believe that Elton John‘s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is 40 years old? Featuring classics like “Candle In The Wind”, the title track and “Harmony”, it deserves to be celebrated. So, a new deluxe edition is out in several different packages, including a remastered edition with bonus tracks and a companion disc with acts like Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy and The Band Perry all putting their own spin on cuts from the album. (iTunes)
- From out of the archives and now out to the public, a series of shelved recordings dating back to the 80’s from the late Johnny Cash, titled Out Among The Stars, is now available. (iTunes)
- For soundtrack releases this week, check out the compilation from the upcoming film Rio 2 (iTunes), featuring songs from Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe, as well as second volume of music from the fourth season of AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead. (iTunes)
- Other releases out this week include: Animals As Leaders‘s The Joy Of Motion (iTunes), Asia‘s Gravitas (iTunes), Barry Manilow‘s Night Songs (iTunes), Miles Davis‘s The Bootleg Series, Vol. 3: Miles At The Fillmore (iTunes), My Chemical Romance‘s May Death Never Stop You (The Greatest Hits 2001 – 2013) (iTunes), QUE‘s Who Is QUE. (EP) (iTunes), Rod Stewart‘s Live 1976-1998: Tonight’s The Night (iTunes), Sleeper Agent‘s About Last Night (iTunes) and The Hold Steady‘s Teeth Dreams (iTunes).
New digital-only EPs and singles that you can buy this week include:
- “Crazy Lucky”, a new single from rockers Better Than Ezra. (iTunes)
- “Crazy Stupid Love”, the first radio release from newcomers My Crazy Girlfriend. (iTunes)
- “Fever”, the first single from The Black Keys‘s new Turn Blue album. (iTunes)
- “Whispers”, a new track from Passenger‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
Next week, Christina Perri‘s Head Or Heart leads the pack of new albums, with the She Looks So Perfect (EP) from 5 Seconds Of Summer also making some waves. How will they chart, along with Dan & Shay and MKTO? A full preview is coming in seven!