Tag Archives: Beck

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 13, 2017

Think P!nk!

What a Beautiful week for a new batch of excellent releases in the music world… question is, which one will you dive into first? I have some suggestions! Here are the albums and singles you need to know this Friday:

P!NK – Beautiful Trauma (iTunes)
What about us? What about her new album? The pop superstar returns with her first studio release in just over five years, and at this point, it should be a worthy contender for the #1 spot on next week’s Billboard 200. Of course, it’s led by ‘What About Us”, a hit at AC, Hot AC and Top 40 radio (and still building nicely.) I’ll certainly be picking up a physical copy.

BECK – Colors (iTunes)
Making his way up the top ten on Alternative and Triple A top ten with “Up All Night”, this performer’s 13th studio album comes just under four years after his last one. It also features “Dreams” and “Wow”, two of his previous hits at the formats over the past couple of years. Could this set make a run for #1? Stay tuned.

GUCCI MANE – Mr. Davis (iTunes)
Mane’s Droptopwop mixtape narrowly missed the top ten on the Billboard 200 earlier this year, so the rapper is likely to get this release, at the very least, well into the region. His new studio album is led by the Migos-assisted “I Get The Bag”, bulleted at #11 on the most recent Urban chart.

CARLY PEARCE – Every Little Thing (iTunes)
Pearce is one of 2017’s most promising newcomers at Country radio format, as she climbs the top ten there with her track “Every Little Thing”. It should have a solid entry on the overall chart, and could be in the mix for #1 on the Country-specific survey.

More albums out this week: Courtney Barnett/Kurt Vile‘s Lotta See Lice (iTunes), Jessie James Decker‘s Southern Girl City Lights (iTunes), Marc E. Bassy‘s Gossip Columns (iTunes), Robert Plant‘s Carry Fire (iTunes), Russell Dickerson‘s Yours (iTunes), The Score‘s Atlas (iTunes), Wu-Tang‘s The Saga Continues (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Kodaline‘s I Wouldn’t Be (iTunes), Nick Fradiani‘s Where We Left Off (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Blood On The Surface”, Mikky Ekko (iTunes)
“Dream”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Fall From Glory”, Causes (iTunes)
“Feels Great”, Cheat Codes featuring Fetty Wap and CVBZ (iTunes)
“Find You (Acoustic)”, Nick Jonas (iTunes)
“First Love”, Lost Kings featuring Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Headphones”, Walk The Moon (iTunes)
“High End”, Chris Brown featuring Future and Young Thug (iTunes)
“Higher Than Higher”, ZAYDE WØLF (iTunes)
“Holy Mountain”, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (iTunes)
“House Party”, The Knocks featuring Captain Cuts (iTunes)
“I Love You But I’m Lost”, Tears For Fears (iTunes)
“If You Want To Make Money”, Will Joseph Cook (iTunes)
“Just Like You”, Louis Tomlinson (iTunes)
“Leave A Light On”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Let You Down”, Peking Duk featuring Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Love You Like That”, Dagny (iTunes)
“Medusa”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“Must Be Hard Being You”, Clark Beckham (iTunes)
“My Name (Say It)”, Citizen Four (iTunes)
“New”, Daya (iTunes)
“No Man’s Land”, Leo Kalyan (iTunes)
“Paper Doll”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Passion”, AWOLNATION (iTunes)
“Personal”, The Vamps featuring Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“Please Stay”, Bryan Adams (iTunes)
“Phone Calls”, Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Playboy Sh*t”, Blackbear featuring Lil Aaron (iTunes)
“Poking Holes”, Emily Warren (iTunes)
“Real Thing”, Tory Lanez featuring Future (iTunes)
“Same Boat”, Albin Lee Meldau (iTunes)
“Secrets”, Lukr (iTunes)
“Silence (Tiësto’s Big Room Remix)”, Marshmello featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“Sucker for You”, Matt Terry (iTunes)
“Take Me”, Brasko (iTunes)
“That Don’t Impress Me Much (Like A Version)”, HAIM (iTunes)
“Thorns”, Lo Moon (iTunes)
“Too Much To Ask (Cedric Gervais Remix)”, Niall Horan (iTunes)
“Touch”, Kehlani (iTunes)
“Under A Million Lights”, Tom Chaplin (iTunes)
“Vault”, Keyshia Cole (iTunes)
“We Could Go Back”, Jonas Blue featuring Moelogo (iTunes)
“Wishlist”, Kiiara (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Lindsey Stirling, Niall Horan and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews

RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (June 2016)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in June in this month’s Radio Report:

Tegan And Sara
TEGAN AND SARA – “Boyfriend” (June 6) (Hot AC)
Label: Warner Bros.
Already in the top 20 on my personal chart is this great song by the Canadian sisters, a single that’s already a radio hit up north. It’s going to be awesome to hear their album Love You To Death later today. “Boyfriend” packs a pop punch that may be more suitable for a CHR/Top 40 station, but there should definitely be some Hot AC interest come Monday. Check out their U.S. tour in the fall.

The Wind + The Wave
THE WIND + THE WAVE – “Grand Canyon” (June 6) (Triple A)
Label: Island/Republic
Dwight Baker and Patricia Lynn put out From The Wreckage two years ago and Covers One last year, both of which contained sync and streaming hits. Unfortunately, radio wasn’t on their side: “With Your Two Hands” couldn’t get out of the 30’s at the format. As their latest album brings them to a new label, can the team deliver them a single that sticks at stations this summer? We’ll see soon.

FRANKIE
FRANKIE – “New Obsession” (June 7) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Gold’n Retriever/RCA
Frankie Miller and her Oakland boys are ready to bring that “New” sound to pop radio this month as the first release from the RCA imprint Gold’n Retriever, founded a year ago by EVP/GM Joe Riccitelli. The single (and debut EP Dreamstate) was first issued last year by the Nashville label South By Sea, which has placed a handful of indie pop and rock artists high on the Hype Machine charts.

Shawn Mendes
SHAWN MENDES – “Treat You Better” (June 7) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Hollywood/Republic
Hot teen star Mendes is in the middle of recording his second full-length album with producer Jake Gosling, which will likely see its release later this year. It took some time to break the singer at pop radio: the third single from his last set, “Stitches”, climbed to #1 in its 23rd week in the top 40, one of the top ten longest runs ever to chart’s summit. Let’s hope this new single peaks more quickly.

Switchfoot
SWITCHFOOT – “Float” (June 7 / June 20) (Alternative / Triple A)
Label: Vanguard
After three albums with Atlantic Records, this California band made the switch to Vanguard for their tenth studio album. The set is titled Where The Light Shines Through, and “Float” keeps it a funky affair for the mainstream outlets. The group has a dozen chart singles at Alternative, all of them hitting between 2003 and 2014. Can a lucky 13th give the act their first top ten here in five years?

Elle King
ELLE KING – “Good Girls” (June 13) (Triple A)
Label: RCA
King had a big breakout moment last year when her “Ex’s & Oh’s” got a second life at Triple A radio, eventually crossing to multiple formats and multi-Platinum success. Though “America’s Sweetheart” and “Under The Influence” weren’t able to replicate the same numbers, perhaps radio will have a “Good” time with this single, from the soundtrack to the film Ghostbusters. Who ya gonna call?

LÉON
LÉON – “Tired Of Talking” (June 13) (Hot AC)
Label: Columbia
This new Swedish singer recently made her debut on my personal chart. Her first EP is called Treasure, and that is certainly what it is. “Tired” is looking to awaken the Hot AC airwaves, with streaming services like Spotify leading the way on championing her and a majority of the songs on the EP on its more influential lists. I’ll be rooting for it! A full-length album is due sometime later in 2016.

Beck
BECK – “Wow” (June 14) (Alternative)
Label: Fonograf/Capitol
Reinventing his sound once again, this musician’s latest single seems to find his core fans remembering the Midnite Vultures era. It might be a struggle to get this played on Alternative radio. After all, it has a very poppy influence to it, and opinions may be divided among the gatekeepers at the format. Could this give him his first entry to chart at CHR radio since 1996? It would be quite a story.

Jordan Fisher
JORDAN FISHER – “All About Us” (June 14) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Hollywood
“All About Us” is the jam. No, seriously, it is. 22-year-old newcomer Fisher has a hot debut single that’s earning him a solid amount of pre-impact airplay at pop radio. On top of the leader list is, unsurprisingly, Radio Disney, but a couple of large markets have it in the mix as well. Though he’s past his Grease: Live image and sound, Fisher and his music should fit right in for the summer season.

RedOne
REDONE featuring ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, R. CITY, SHAGGY and SERAYAH – “Don’t You Need Somebody” (June 14) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Warner Bros.
Producer Nadir Khayat, better known as RedOne, has helped the careers of many acts on the U.S. charts in the last decade, but the 44-year-old has never had a hit as a main-credited act. Fast forward to 2016, and a few of his friends have joined the party for a cut from his forthcoming album, RedOne Presents. The track has more than three million streams in just under two weeks worldwide.

Dagny
DAGNY – “Backbeat” (June 20) (Hot AC)
Label: Republic
Newcomer Dagny was featured on our 16 For ’16 emerging acts list back in December, and it’s great to see her single finally arriving at radio. The Norwegian performer has a very musical family: mother Marit is a jazz singer, and father Øystein is a guitarist. So far, the “Backbeat” goes on with spins at Alice/KLLC in San Francisco and SiriusXM’s The Pulse. Here’s hoping that it’ll be a fall smash.

COIN
COIN – “Talk Too Much” (June 21) (Alternative)
Label: Columbia
The Nashville quartet got a little Alternative play for their single “Run”, with huge support coming from SiriusXM’s Alt Nation, but the song never became the big hit that it should’ve been. Now, they’re trying again with their new track, which recently hit 800,000 streams on Spotify. That sounds like the start of some sweet success (at least as sweet as the cake on their single cover.) Stay tuned.

Which of these new songs would you like to see atop the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on social media.

Leave a comment

Filed under POP! Goes The Picks (Radio), Single Reviews

Record Store Day, Black Friday 2015: Seven 7″ Selections

Viva la Vinyl.

For the record…

This Thanksgiving, you’ll probably be going through many a leftover when the big meal is done: the turkey, the stuffing… it’ll be there for a while. However, these items available for this year’s Black Friday edition of Record Store Day won’t be there for a lot of time. Of course, this has been happening for several years now, so expect lines anywhere you head out to. Trust me, all will be well when you’re holding those glorious gifts from the musical gods in your hands. Here are seven 7″ singles (and more) that you may be hunting for, and I’ll definitely be hunting for, on Friday, November 27:

ALAN PARSONS PROJECT/The Turn of A Friendly Card — The Singles (EP) (Legacy)
The original Turn set gave this act their first two top 20 singles on the Hot 100 survey, one being “Games People Play” on side B, but how are you not going to put “Time” on this EP? That had an edit too! Anyways, the set is being released on cool green vinyl.

ELVIS PRESLEY/If I Can Dream (Legacy)
A new posthumous Presley album was recently released, featuring new arrangements of some of his classic singles by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The title track and previously unreleased b-side “Anything That’s Part Of You” are from those sessions.

FALCO/Rock Me Amadeus/Vienna Calling (Legacy)
Nothing says “#1 single in 1986” like a German-sung single about Mozart. It is a part of a double a-side with the followup release, which climbed to #18 that June. Both of the mixes featured on this red vinyl release were the single versions for the U.S. market.

JEFF BUCKLEY/SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE/Everyday People (Legacy)
The ongoing Side By Side series for RSD is always a hit with consumers, and this one should be no different. The original release spent four weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 in 1969. Buckley’s remake is also featured on a lost album called You And I, due March 11.

NEIL HEFTI/Batman Theme Song (Legacy)
Doesn’t everyone want to channel the inner superhero inside of them? Hefti’s theme was barely a national top 40 hit when it was released, going to #35 in 1966, but reducing this to a chart peak doesn’t do it justice. Catch this classic before it flies out of stock!

PHIL COLLINS/In The Air Tonight (Rhino)
It wasn’t Collins’s first solo single ever, but it’s certainly a notable one that keeps new generations of fans listening to his songs. I think this could be my top release of the bunch. It features the original b-side titled “The Roof Is Leaking” and a new comic book.

THE KINKS/Dedicated Kinks (EP) (Sanctuary)
Dedicated is one of two EPs by the act to be released for Black Friday, and was originally released in July 1966. All four cuts saw some U.S. success, with three of them making the Hot 100. The highest, “Set Me Free”, went to #23 during the summer of 1965.

More from my must-haves list:
BECK/Dreams (12″, Capitol)
HOUNDMOUTH/Sedona (7″, Rough Trade)
OTIS REDDING/Shake (EP) (7″, Rhino)
PAUL MCCARTNEY & MICHAEL JACKSON/Say Say Say (12″, Concord/Hear Music)
QUEEN/Bohemian Rhapsody (12″, Hollywood)

(Check out the full list of RSD releases here!) (Listen to some of this year’s RSD releases on Spotify!)

Are you pumped for RSD’s Black Friday event? Is there another release (or set of releases) not listed above that you’ll be trying to find on Friday? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter: click the “Get Social!” tab above to find us on there.

Leave a comment

Filed under Retro

GRAMMY WATCH: Adam’s Final Predictions for the 57th Annual Grammys

A Gram slam.

Who wins on Sunday?

Sunday night marks the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, honoring the best in music from the past year, and the artists will be out and about as they hope to earn enough votes to win their respective category. Back in October, I did alright at predicting some of the nominees for the Big Four categories: Album Of The Year, Best New Artist, as well as Record and Song Of The Year. Now, I’ve compiled a list of 40 categories I’ll be watching on GRAMMY Night to see who gets a prize and who walks empty. Hey, if I can do a top 40 every week, then predicting 40 categories should be easy enough to figure out, right? Ha, that was a good one…

Some fields were more difficult than others to decide, but my crystal ball isn’t 100% accurate, so anything can happen with these competitive races. I’m sure you’ll find that we differ on winners, and perhaps I will look pretty foolish when a winner comes in that I did not see coming. It happens! So, enough of me blabbering, here’s what I’m thinking for this year’s winners at the big show:

Note:
BOLD = my choice for the winner
ITALICS = the actual GRAMMY winner (check back on Sunday night, 2/8, for updates)

1. RECORD OF THE YEAR
“Fancy”, Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX (Def Jam)
“Chandelier”, Sia (RCA)
“Stay With Me [Darkchild Remix]”, Sam Smith (Capitol) (WINNER)
“Shake It Off”, Taylor Swift (Big Machine/Republic)
“All About That Bass”, Meghan Trainor (Epic)

2. ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Morning Phase, Beck (Capitol) (WINNER)
Beyoncé, Beyoncé (Columbia)
X, Ed Sheeran (Atlantic)
In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith (Capitol)
G I R L, Pharrell Williams (Columbia)

3. SONG OF THE YEAR
“All About That Bass”, Meghan Trainor (Epic)
“Chandelier”, Sia (RCA)
“Shake It Off”, Taylor Swift (Big Machine/Republic)
“Stay With Me [Darkchild Remix]”, Sam Smith (Capitol) (WINNER)
“Take Me To Church”, Hozier (Columbia)

4. BEST NEW ARTIST
Iggy Azalea (Def Jam)
Bastille (Virgin/Capitol)
Brandy Clark (Slate Creek)
Haim (Columbia)
Sam Smith (Capitol) (WINNER)

5. BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
“All Of Me (Live)”, John Legend (Columbia)
“Chandelier”, Sia (RCA)
“Stay With Me [Darkchild Remix]”, Sam Smith (Capitol)
“Shake It Off”, Taylor Swift (Big Machine/Republic)
“Happy (Live)”, Pharrell Williams (Columbia) (WINNER)

6. BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
“Fancy”, Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX (Def Jam)
“A Sky Full Of Stars”, Coldplay (Parlophone/Atlantic)
“Say Something”, A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera (Epic) (WINNER)
“Bang Bang”, Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj (Lava/Republic)
“Dark Horse”, Katy Perry featuring Juicy J (Capitol)

7. BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM
Cheek To Cheek, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga (Streamline/Columbia/RPM/Interscope) (WINNER)
Nostalgia, Annie Lennox (Blue Note/Capitol)
Night Songs, Barry Manilow (Stiletto Ent.)
Sending You A Little Christmas, Johnny Mathis (Columbia)
Partners, Barbra Streisand (Columbia)

8. BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
Ghost Stories, Coldplay (Parlophone/Atlantic)
Bangerz, Miley Cyrus (RCA)
My Everything, Ariana Grande (Republic)
Prism, Katy Perry (Capitol)
X, Ed Sheeran (Atlantic)
In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith (Capitol) (WINNER)

9. BEST DANCE RECORDING
“Never Say Never”, Basement Jaxx featuring ETML (Atlantic Jaxx/Play It Again Sam)
“Rather Be”, Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne (Big Beat/Atlantic) (WINNER)
“F For You”, Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige (Cherrytree/Interscope)
“I Got U”, Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones (Astralwerks/Capitol)
“Faded”, ZHU (Mind Of A Genius/TH3RD BRAIN/Columbia)

10. BEST DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM
Syro, Aphex Twin (Warp)  (WINNER)
While(1<2), Deadmau5 (Astralwerks/Capitol)
Nabuma Rubberband, Little Dragon (Loma Vista/Republic)
Do It Again, Röyksopp & Robyn (Cherrytree/Interscope)
Damage Control, Mat Zo (Astralwerks/Capitol)

12. BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE
“Gimme Something Good”, Ryan Adams (Blue Note/Capitol)
“Do I Wanna Know?”, Arctic Monkeys (Domino)
“Blue Moon”, Beck (Capitol)
“Fever”, The Black Keys (Nonesuch/Warner Bros.)
“Lazaretto”, Jack White (Third Man/Columbia) (WINNER)

13. BEST METAL PERFORMANCE
“Neon Knights”, Anthrax (Rhino)
“High Road”, Mastodon (Reprise)
“Heartbreaker”, Motörhead (Udr)
“The Negative One”, Slipknot (Roadrunner)
“The Last In Line”, Tenacious D (Rhino) (WINNER)

14. BEST ROCK SONG
“Ain’t It Fun”, Paramore (Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic) (WINNER)
“Blue Moon”, Beck (Capitol)
“Fever”, The Black Keys (Nonesuch/Warner Bros.)
“Gimme Something Good”, Ryan Adams (Blue Note/Capitol)
“Lazaretto”, Jack White (Third Man/Columbia)

15. BEST ROCK ALBUM
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams (Blue Note/Capitol)
Morning Phase, Beck (Capitol) (WINNER)
Turn Blue, The Black Keys (Nonesuch/Warner Bros.)
Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Reprise)
Songs Of Innocence, U2 (Interscope)

16. BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
This Is All Yours, Alt-J (Canvasback/Atlantic)
Reflektor, Arcade Fire (Capitol)
Melophobia, Cage The Elephant (RCA)
St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista/Republic) (WINNER)
Lazaretto, Jack White (Third Man/Columbia)

17. BEST R&B PERFORMANCE
“Drunk In Love”, Beyoncé featuring Jay Z (Columbia) (WINNER)
“New Flame”, Chris Brown featuring Usher & Rick Ross (RCA)
“It’s Your World”, Jennifer Hudson featuring R. Kelly (RCA)
“Like This”, Ledisi (Verve)
“Good Kisser”, Usher (RCA)

19. BEST R&B SONG
“Drunk In Love”, Beyoncé featuring Jay Z (Columbia) (WINNER)
“Good Kisser”, Usher (RCA)
“New Flame”, Chris Brown featuring Usher & Rick Ross (RCA)
“Options [Wolfjames Version]”, Luke James (Island)
“The Worst”, Jhené Aiko (Def Jam)

20. BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
Sail Out, Jhené Aiko (Def Jam)
Beyoncé, Beyoncé (Columbia)
X, Chris Brown (RCA)
Mali Is…, Mali Music (RCA)
G I R L, Pharrell Williams (Columbia) (WINNER)

21. BEST R&B ALBUM
Islander, Bernhoft (Big Picnic)
Lift Your Spirit, Aloe Blacc (XIX/Interscope)
Love, Marriage & Divorce, Toni Braxton & Babyface (Def Jam) (WINNER)
Black Radio 2, Robert Glasper Experiment (Blue Note/Capitol)
Give The People What They Want, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Daptone)

22. BEST RAP PERFORMANCE
“3005”, Childish Gambino (Glassnote)
“0 To 100/The Catch Up”, Drake (Cash Money/Young Money/Republic)
“Rap God”, Eminem (Aftermath/Interscope)
“i”, Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Ent./Interscope Records) (WINNER)
“All I Need Is You”, Lecrae (Reach)

23. BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
“Blak Majik”, Common featuring Jhené Aiko (Def Jam)
“The Monster”, Eminem featuring Rihanna (Aftermath/Interscope) (WINNER)
“Tuesday”, iLoveMakonnen featuring Drake (OVO/Warner Bros.)
“Studio”, Schoolboy Q featuring BJ The Chicago Kid (Top Dawg Ent./Interscope Records)
“Bound 2”, Kanye West & Charlie Wilson (Def Jam)

24. BEST RAP SONG
“Anaconda”, Nicki Minaj (Cash Money/Young Money/Republic)
“Bound 2”, Kanye West & Charlie Wilson (Def Jam)
“i”, Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Ent./Interscope Records) (WINNER)
“We Dem Boyz”, Wiz Khalifa (Rostrum/Atlantic)
“0 To 100/The Catch Up”, Drake (Cash Money/Young Money/Republic)

25. BEST RAP ALBUM
The New Classic, Iggy Azalea (Def Jam)
Because The Internet, Childish Gambino (Glassnote)
Nobody’s Smiling, Common (Def Jam)
The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem (Aftermath/Intercope) (WINNER)
Oxymoron, Schoolboy Q (Top Dawg Ent./Interscope Records)
Blacc Hollywood, Wiz Khalifa (Rostrum/Atlantic)

26. BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
“Give Me Back My Hometown”, Eric Church (EMI Nashville)
“Invisible”, Hunter Hayes (Atlantic)
“Automatic”, Miranda Lambert (RCA Nashville)
“Something In The Water”, Carrie Underwood (Sony Nashville) (WINNER)
“Cop Car”, Keith Urban (Capitol Nashville)

27. BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
“Gentle On My Mind”, The Band Perry (Big Machine/Republic) (WINNER)
“Somethin’ Bad”, Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood (RCA Nashville)
“Day Drinking”, Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville)
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”, Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill (Big Machine/Republic)
“Raise ‘Em Up”, Keith Urban featuring Eric Church (Capitol Nashville)

28. BEST COUNTRY SONG
“American Kids”, Kenny Chesney (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville)
“Automatic”, Miranda Lambert (RCA Nashville)
“Give Me Back My Hometown”, Eric Church (EMI Nashville)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”, Glen Campbell (Big Machine/Republic) (WINNER)
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”, Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill (Big Machine/Republic)

29. BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Riser, Dierks Bentley (Capitol)
The Outsiders, Eric Church (EMI Nashville)
12 Stories, Brandy Clark (Slate Creek)
Platinum, Miranda Lambert (RCA Nashville) (WINNER)
The Way I’m Livin’, Lee Ann Womack (Sugar Hill)

47. BEST AMERICANA ALBUM
The River & The Thread, Rosanne Cash (Blue Note/Capitol) (WINNER)
Terms Of My Surrender, John Hiatt (New West)
Bluesamericana, Keb’ Mo’ (Kind Of Blue Music)
A Dotted Line, Nickel Creek (Nonesuch/Warner Bros.)
Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, Sturgill Simpson (High Top Mountain)

55. BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM (INCLUDES POETRY, AUDIO BOOKS & STORYTELLING)
Actors Anonymous, James Franco (Brilliance)
A Call To Action, Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster)
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, John Waters (Macmillan)
Diary Of A Mad Diva, Joan Rivers (Penguin) (WINNER)
A Fighting Chance, Elizabeth Warren (Macmillan)
We Will Survive: True Stories Of Encouragement, Inspiration, And The Power Of Song, Gloria Gaynor (Brilliance)

56. BEST COMEDY ALBUM
Mandatory Fun, “Weird Al” Yankovic (RCA) (WINNER)
Obsessed, Jim Gaffigan (Comedy Central)
Oh My God, Louis C.K. (Vagrant)
Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, Patton Oswalt (Comedy Central)
We Are Miracles, Sarah Silverman (Sub Pop)

57. BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM
Aladdin (Walt Disney)
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Ghostlight/Razor & Tie) (WINNER)
A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder (Ghostlight/Razor & Tie)
Hedwig And The Angry Inch (Atlantic)
West Side Story (SFS Media)

58. BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
American Hustle (Madison Gate/Legacy Recordings)
Frozen (Walt Disney) (WINNER)
Get On Up: The James Brown Story (Universal)
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Hollywood/Marvel Music)
The Wolf Of Wall Street (Virgin)

59. BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
Frozen (Walt Disney)
Gone Girl (Columbia)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Abkco Music) (WINNER)
Gravity (WaterTower Music)
Saving Mr. Banks (Walt Disney)

60. BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
“Everything Is Awesome!!!”, Tegan & Sara featuring The Lonely Island (WaterTower Music)
“I See Fire”, Ed Sheeran (WaterTower Music)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”, Glen Campbell (Big Machine/Republic)
“Let It Go”, Idina Menzel (Walt Disney) (WINNER)
“The Moon Song”, Scarlett Johansson & Joaquin Phoenix (WaterTower Music)

64. BEST RECORDING PACKAGE
Formosa Medicine Show, The Muddy Basin Ramblers (Hove)
Indie Cindy, The Pixies (Pixies Music/Play It Again Sam)
Lightning Bolt, Pearl Jam (Republic) (WINNER)
LP1, FKA Twigs (Young Turks/XL)
Whispers, Passenger (Nettwerk)

65. BEST BOXED OR SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE
Cities Of Darkscorch, Various Artists (Numero Group)
A Letter Home (Vinyl Box Set), Neil Young (Third Man)
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27), Various Artists (Third Man/Revenant) (WINNER)
Sparks (Deluxe Album Box Set), Imogen Heap (RCA/Megaphonic)
Spring 1990 (The Other One), The Grateful Dead (Rhino)

69. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL
Paul Epworth
John Hill
Jay Joyce
Greg Kurstin
Max Martin (WINNER)

70. BEST REMIXED RECORDING, NON-CLASSICAL
“All Of Me” (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix), John Legend (Columbia) (WINNER)
“Falling Out” (Ming Remix), Crossfingers featuring Danny Losito (Big Alliance)
“Pompeii” (Audien Remix), Bastille (Virgin/Capitol)
“The Rising” (Eddie Amador Remix), Five Knives (Red Bull)
“Smile” (Kaskade Edit), Galantis (Big Beat/Atlantic)
“Waves” (Robin Schulz Remix), Mr. Probz (Ultra/RCA)

82. BEST MUSIC VIDEO
“We Exist”, Arcade Fire (Capitol)
“Turn Down For What”, DJ Snake & Lil Jon (Columbia)
“Chandelier”, Sia (RCA/Monkey Puzzle)
“Happy”, Pharrell Williams (Columbia) (WINNER)
“The Golden Age”, Woodkid featuring Max Richter (Interscope)

83. BEST MUSIC FILM
Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour, Beyoncé & Jay Z (Columbia)
Ghost Stories, Coldplay (Parlophone/Atlantic/Ja Digital)
20 Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill (Anchor Bay) (WINNER)
Metallica Through The Never, Metallica (Blackened Recordings)
The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne, Pink (RCA)

That’s it for now… once again, let me know you think below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab. Oh, and don’t forget to tune in for the GRAMMY Awards this Sunday night at 8PM (Eastern) on CBS.

Leave a comment

Filed under Charts/Trade Papers, GRAMMY Awards, Playlists

TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (February 25)

Truly where it's at.

Truly where it’s at.

From pop to rock to country and even a little bit of latin flair, it’s a mixed bag of music this week. Here’s everything you need to know about that’s in stores today, February 25:

  • 43-year-old Beck returns with his first album in 5 1/2 years titled Morning Phase, featuring the AAA hit “Blue Moon”. It’s his first release under his new home, Capitol Records. All four of his previous studio albums have debuted in the top ten, and given the long period of time since his latest release, this will very easily enter there. (iTunes)
  • If there is one thing that’s true… it’s that The Fray has a new album in stores this week, Helios. “Love Don’t Die” led the effort, which is now proceeding to crash off the charts. Whoops. Luckily, there are a few followups on there that could provide them with some more airtime. (iTunes) (My review of Helios)
  • Country star Dierks Bentley is out with his first album in two years, Riser. Though first single “Bourbon In Kentucky” was quickly pulled from radio due to some sort of issue, followup “I Hold On” is currently top ten at the format. (iTunes)
  • Former Aventura leader Romeo Santos is in stores with his second solo effort, Fórmula, Vol. 2. Vol. 1 made the Billboard 200’s top ten back in 2011. (iTunes)
  • Rapper ScHoolboy Q makes his major label debut on Interscope with Oxymoron, his third studio album overall. The current single from the project is “Man Of The Year”, which is a solid hit at both Rhythm and Urban radio. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Brian Culbertson‘s Another Long Night Out (iTunes), Celtic Woman‘s Emerald: Musical Gems (iTunes), Miner‘s Into The Morning (iTunes), Neneh Cherry‘s Blank Project (iTunes), Run River North‘s Run River North (iTunes), Skaters‘s Manhattan (iTunes), St. Vincent‘s St. Vincent (iTunes) and Twin Forks‘s Twin Forks (iTunes).

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

  • From The Spark (EP), featuring the single “The Struggle” from rockers Grizfolk. (iTunes)
  • “I Don’t Dance”, a fresh single from Country singer Lee Brice. (iTunes)
  • “Not A Bad Thing”, an edit of a third release from Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2. (iTunes)
  • “Peace”, a new single from the Maryland band O.A.R.. (iTunes)
  • “Stay”, a collaboration from tyDi and former The Voice finalist Dia Frampton. (iTunes)
  • “Wild Wild Love”, new from rapper Pitbull and G.R.L. (iTunes)

Next week, Pharrell keeps things “Happy” with a new solo effort, G I R L, while American Authors, David Nail and Lea Michele are also bringing cheerful contenders to the table. See you in seven!

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews, Music News

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

Gram bam, thank you, ma'am.

And the winner is…

In the middle of GRAMMY Week on the blog, let’s take a breather to see what’s new in stores this week. After all, the schedule goes on. Here are all the releases you need to know about for January 21:

  • This one is perhaps a little obvious, but the 2014 GRAMMY Nominees compilation is out today. It features top hits from Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and more, who could all be big winners come Sunday night. Look for it to debut somewhere in the top 5, if not top ten. (iTunes)
  • Here’s a fabulous collection for the Fab Four fan (say that three times fast.) The Beatles release The U.S. Albums collection, featuring all 13 of their Stateside-issued LPs with their original artwork, tracklistings and edits on top of remastered sound quality and more. All 13 are also being rereleased individually. With a hefty price tag, it may not debut the highest, but it sure is a treat. (iTunes)
  • I just reviewed their album last week; now, duo A Great Big World are out with Is There Anybody Out There?, their debut release for Epic Records. It features their hit duet with Christina Aguilera, “Say Something”. Given their newfound coverage, it could surprise on the charts. For now, I’ll say a top ten debut with potential to go higher. (iTunes)
  • Indie rockers Young The Giant are out with their second album, Mind Over Matter, their first since 2010. Lead single “It’s About Time” is currently top ten on Alternative radio. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include Aer‘s Aer (iTunes), Against Me!‘s Transgender Dysphoria Blues (iTunes), Graham Colton‘s Lonely Ones (iTunes), Los Lonely Boys‘s Revelation (iTunes), Mogwai‘s Rave Tapes (iTunes), Scorpions‘s MTV Unplugged (iTunes) and Ty Dolla $ign‘s Beach House (EP). (iTunes)

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

  • “All The Way”, a fresh track from the duo Timeflies. (iTunes)
  • “Blue Moon”, a new single from rocker Beck. (iTunes)
  • “Free/Into The Mystic”, a live medley from Zac Brown Band and Clare Bowen from Nashville. (iTunes)
  • “How I Feel (Remixes)”, a new six-song package from rapper Flo Rida. (iTunes)
  • “Me And Liza”, the latest single from singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. (iTunes)
  • “Walking On Air”, from former *NSYNC member Lance Bass along with Anise K and featuring Bella Blue and Snoop Dogg. (iTunes)
  • “Who We Are (Remixes)”, a three-song EP featuring the Alternative hit by Switchfoot. (iTunes)

Next week, we’ll see those classic post-GRAMMY sales swings, plus new albums from Casting Crowns, David Crosby and more. See you in seven!

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews, Music News

TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (Dec. 11)

Something happened on the way to "Heaven".

Something happened on the way to “Heaven”.

Need some rock without the jingle bells? Let me try and help. Here’s your roundup of some of the new music releases for this week, in stores on December 11.

  • Unorthodox Jukebox, the second studio album from Bruno Mars, hits stores today, featuring the smash “Locked Out Of Heaven”. “Young Girls”, released to digital outlets several weeks ago, is set to be the second radio single. Look for it to enter in the top 5 on the album chart.
  • Rapper The Game releases Jesus Piece, his fifth album, of which three have debuted at #1 on the album chart thus far. It’s currently #1 on iTunes, but it likely won’t debut near the top. However, a top 10 entry is possible.
  • Green Day release the third album in their 2012 trilogy, ¡Tré! However, their promotion vehicle is still stuck in park, so expect this one to be in the lower top ten or even miss it altogether.
  • Light rockers Lifehouse release their followup LP to Smoke & Mirrors called Almería. First single “Between The Raindrops”, featuring Natasha Bedingfield, is top 30 at Hot AC radio. Physical stock is a little low on this one, and there’s no first week sale price for it, so expect this one in perhaps the top 30.
  • The third Christmas album from the Glee franchise features their takes on standards like “White Christmas” and “The First Noel”, as well as a rendition of “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah”. Look for it to enter somewhere in the top 40; doesn’t look like this one will be as big as the first two, and considering how low the ratings have dropped this season, it’s understandble.
  • If you’re a fan of the television show Nashville, some of the songs featured on various episodes are on a compilation entitled The Music Of Nashville: Season 1, Volume 1. Star Hayden Panettiere sings the first single from it, “Telescope”, already top 40 at Country radio.
  • One half of the duo OutKast, Big Boi, releases a solo album this week, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.
  • Boston-based band Boys Like Girls release their new full-length studio album, Crazy World. Lead single “Be Your Everything” just missed the top 40 in CHR airplay.
  • For you movie buffs, the soundtracks to On The Road, The Hobbit, and This Is 40 are all out this week.

Other assorted music DVDs and books out this week include:

  • Quebec Magnetic, Metallica‘s latest live performance DVD, which was filmed three years ago.
  • Beck‘s Song Reader, which is a sheet-music album.
  • A paperback version of Josiah Howard’s biography of singer Cher, named after her 1999 hit Strong Enough.

Lastly, the new digital-only singles that you can buy this week:

  • A virtual duet between Bing Crosby and Michael Bublé, “White Christmas”, which has already garnered a lot of adult contemporary airplay.
  • “Mary And Joseph”, a Christmas tune from Country superstar Tim McGraw.
  • “Boyfriend” by new Country singer RaeLynn, formerly from the television show, The Voice.
  • “C’mon Let Me Ride” by singer-songwriter Skylar Grey and featuring Eminem.

Enjoy all the new music out this week!

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews, Charts/Trade Papers, Single Reviews