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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 12, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a new weekly report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. When we hear the forecast calls for twelve inches of snow, we usually reach for “Girl, I’ve Been Hurt” and “Informer”. So, let’s shovel some song stats into a blizzard of bops that we call our pop radio review:

SHEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS: Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran is at #1 for the fourth week in a row with “Shape Of You”. This much isn’t strange, right? However, this week is a slightly different one for the chart hit. It ends this particular frame with the largest weekly spin total on a published update in CHR history, accumulating a massive 19,603 spins. That beats the previous record, 19,518 spins on the 7/12/15 chart for “Bad Blood”, performed by Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar. Gee, does that mean he’s no longer a member of Swift’s squad? I guess we’ll see. Of course, the cuts from Sheeran’s Divide are taking over the charts globally, so it won’t be a surprise to see “Shape” back at the top for a fifth week next Sunday.

To put this momentous musical moment in perspective, it was 20 years ago this week that “Lovefool” by The Cardigans was in the top spot on the pop radio chart for its fourth of six weeks. It totaled 6,527 spins from the panel in that seven-day period. Needless to say, I could rant about the major radio companies and PPM, among other things, but I’ll save that for another post. In the meantime, we’ll see if Sheeran eclipses the 20,000 spin mark in the coming weeks. The task is quite difficult at this point, but not impossible.

A PERRY GOOD WEEK: 32-year-old hitmaker Katy Perry pops into the top ten for the 16th time since her 2008 debut with her politically-charged “Chained To The Rhythm”, up a single notch to #10. The hit features newcomer Skip Marley, who has a song at the Alternative and Triple A formats called “Lions”. Perry has eleven #1 songs to her credit on the CHR chart, with an amazing set of seven between 2009 and 2012. Will her latest make it to the top? If it doesn’t, it will take the PPW era record for the song with the most adds in one week (174) that didn’t reach #1. That’s a pretty unfortunate title, so let’s hope it doesn’t happen.

The Perry and Marley collaboration is the first top ten single with a rhythmically-themed title since 1995, when Brazilian singer Olga Souza made her debut as Corona with “The Rhythm Of The Night”. The dance anthem peaked at #8 (1/27/95) on Radio & Records. Overall, there have been twelve such top 40 titles on both R&R and Mediabase 24/7 since 1973.

LONG TRAIN CHARTIN’: Two of the debuts in this week’s top 40 are sung by lead or featured performers that began their CHR chart career in the late 90’s. Chart conductor Pat Monahan and his band Train are headed up the tracks with their tenth top 40 song since 1999. “Play That Song” advances 42-37, marking the group’s first top 40 hit at the format since “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” got to #17 (10/14 and 10/28-11/4/12) just over four years ago. Of course, the group’s made the Hot AC chart several times since that hit, but nothing’s come close to charting here. I think this deserves an upgrade to first class chart trivia, don’t you? Let me know.

At ten top 40 songs, Train becomes the latest San Francisco band to surpass the double-digit threshold, a list that includes bands like Huey Lewis And The News, Journey and more. Don’t stop believin’ in these kids, kids, because they come back with a hit when you least expect it!

MAJOR BEY ALERT: Record producer and professional screamer DJ Khaled claims his fourth top 40 entry on this week’s CHR chart with “Shining”, up 44-39. Though the 41-year-old has been releasing music since 2006, it wasn’t until 2011 that he grabbed his first charting song at the format with “I’m On One” (#32, 9/18/11), which featured Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne. His latest release features married couple Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Jay Z (Sean Carter), giving Knowles her 24th top 40 entry as a solo artist since 2002, and Carter his 26th top 40 hit since 1999. I’m sure the Beyhive will be happy to know about their girl’s latest feat.

As far as a new album, the DJ has anotha one coming later this year, titled Grateful. I’m hopeful that this set will have nothing to do with the Grateful Dead. After all, what would you call a Jerry Garcia song with DJ Khaled yelling all over it? “Touch Of K”? (Don’t make this a reality, please.)

AARON’S CHARTER (COME GET IT): Yes, it’s still 2017, so don’t go breaking out your HitClips and Wonder Balls quite yet. In one of the more bizarre chart events of the year so far, 29-year-old Aaron Carter has his first top 50 entry in just under 15 (!) years with “Sooner Or Later”, debuting at #49 this week. It’s taken from the EP titled LØVË, which was released last month. The tune has a total of 25 million streams and counting on Spotify, which means that Carter himself isn’t the only one hitting the replay button. (I’m looking at you, Nick.)

Despite Carter’s popularity with a young fan base in the late 90’s and early 00’s, CHR radio programmers largely ignored the singer. His only previous chart history at the format was the one week “I’m All About You” spent at #49 (4/5/02) on Radio & Records. You probably shouldn’t hold out for Dream Street or Myra or Play to come back and conquer the pop airwaves anytime soon. (Sorry to burst your bubbles, kids. Hoku, if you’re out there, we need some new jams already!)

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Eye For An “I”: Personal Pop In The Top 40

Healthy hit music.

Healthy hit music.

One of the records looking to break the top 40 on the pop radio chart in the next week or so is “Me, Myself & I”, a song off rapper G-Eazy‘s When It’s Dark Out albumIt features Bebe Rexha. The lead performer, born Gerald Gillum, has never charted at the format before, while Rexha has a few featured credits (and one main credit) to her name on pop radio. It’s also a top seller, now a top ten hit on iTunes. For someone that’s been releasing mixtapes since 2007, it’s been a long time coming, and I’m sure he’s very excited at what’s happening across the multiple formats that his single is gaining airplay on.

When it hits the region, the latest “Me, Myself & I” will be the fourth such single with that title to reach the top 40 since 1999, and though there are more common song titles out there, it’s pretty rare for a four-word title like this one to rank as often as it has. As it is Thursday, a day of throwbacks galore, we thought we’d throw it back to check out the remaining three songs the collaboration will be joining in that small club. Let’s see if you remember them all…

**All statistics are taken from the CHR/Pop chart archives of Radio & Records magazine.

Vitamin C, “Me, Myself And I” (1999/2000) (#31, Dec. 17)
Colleen Fitzpatrick, now a music executive at Nickelodeon, enjoyed a couple of good years on the pop radio survey, with this song becoming the second of three to hit the listing from her self-titled debut era. It peaked during the last reporting week of 1999, but it did spend three weeks in the top 40 in January 2000. The cut contains an interpolation of Santana‘s “No One To Depend On”.

Jive Jones, “Me, Myself & I” (2001) (#40, Sep. 14)
The Miami-born act began his music career as a co-writer and producer before recording his own material. This was his only song to chart in the U.S., and it just missed the top ten in The Netherlands. The printed chart of September 14 represented the week of data prior to the 9/11 attacks, and after the tragic events of that day, Jones’s song (along with many other songs) never recovered.

Beyoncé, “Me, Myself And I” (2003/2004) (#18, Feb. 6 + Feb. 20)
After two back-to-back #1 singles in 2003 with “Crazy In Love” and “Baby Boy”, Knowles couldn’t quite reach the same heights on the pop radio chart with this slower song. However, it was still a big Urban radio hit, where it reached the top three. Dangerously In Love, its parent album, recently crossed five million albums sold in the U.S. alone, remaining her top solo release in the States.

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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)

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 24)

The gals of Q4.

The gals of Q4.

Black Friday is a few days away, which means the usual deals and steals are here. Get your wallets ready, kids. (NOTE: some of this week’s music releases may not be out until Tuesday dependent on label availability / iTunes response time.) Here are the albums and singles in stores for the week of November 24:

  • Said the industry to its superstars, do you smell what I smell? Ah, yes, that would be the scent of rereleases shining on the schedule this week, along with a few hits compilations. For reissues, Beyoncé‘s Beyoncé (Platinum Edition) tacks on two new tracks, several remixes and a series of live performances, while Iggy Azalea‘s Reclassified pairs the tried and true “Fancy” and “Black Widow” with new tunes like the current single “Beg For It”. (Beyoncé – iTunes) (Azalea – iTunes)
  • For all you greatest hits enthusiasts, Eminem and his music pals head into stores with Shady XV, which includes one disc of new music and a second disc featuring some of the label’s classic cuts over the past fifteen years. Also new this week: Selena Gomez‘s For You, her final release for Hollywood Records before her move to Interscope. The young singer’s set features “The Heart Wants What It Wants” and her big singles. (Eminem – iTunes) (Gomez – iTunes)
  • Looking at some strong pre-order sales, the latest album from popular French DJ and producer David Guetta is out, Listen. It includes a number of interesting duets, as well as “Dangerous”, his recent single with singer Sam Martin. It should at least debut in the top ten, though top five isn’t out of the question yet. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: deadmau5‘s 5 Years of mau5 (iTunes), Elevation Worship‘s Wake Up The Wonder (iTunes), Paramore‘s Paramore (Deluxe) (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Globalization (iTunes), Rick Ross‘s Hood Billionaire (iTunes), Soundgarden‘s Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path (iTunes), Tokio Hotel‘s Kings Of Suburbia (iTunes) and the Epic Records compilation I’ll Be Home For Christmas (iTunes).

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

  • “Santa Tell Me”, a new holiday single from Ariana Grande. (iTunes)
  • “Stuck On A Feeling”, new from Prince Royce and Snoop Dogg. (iTunes)

AC/DC and Mary J. Blige top next week’s (lighter) Tuesday schedule, but don’t forget about Walk The Moon too! Find out more next Monday night.

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GRAMMY WATCH: Adam Predicts The Big Four at the 57th Annual Grammys

A Gram slam.

A Gram slam.

When good ol’ September 30 comes around again, we all know that it marks the completion of the eligibility period for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. So, being that it’s the day after, it’s the perfect time to make some new predictions and take a look what’s been happening this year in music. Though the big show doesn’t air until February 8 and a usual nominations special doesn’t air until December (I think it’s been renewed), here are some of my early favorites, and let me know what you think below!

Here’s what I’m thinking could be in this year’s Big Four awards…

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Barbra Streisand, Partners (Columbia)
Beyoncé, Beyoncé (Columbia)
Coldplay, Ghost Stories (Parlophone/Atlantic)
Ed Sheeran, X (Atlantic)
Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour (Capitol)

Given Streisand’s recent strong sales for her effort and that shining achievement of having #1 albums in six decades, I think the upper demo will get in on this one for a nod. (It would be her first nomination since The Broadway Album in 1987 and seventh overall.) The surprise release Beyoncé put out last December and the multi-Platinum success of the album should carry it to a nod, as well as some key nods in the R&B and Rap fields. Of course, Coldplay are GRAMMY darlings at this point, so it’ll likely be between them and U2 for who gets nominated. I’ll give the edge to the Brits; they have the biggest opening of 2014 so far and their biggest hit since “Viva La Vida” on the charts. The debut of Sheeran’s second album was also notable – he’s been nominated two years in a row in the Big Four, so he shouldn’t miss it. Lastly, there’s Sam Smith, another given. Obviously, this was a huge breakout year for him and he’ll be rewarded well.

Other contenders:
Eric Church, The Outsiders (EMI Nashville)
Jack White, Lazaretto (Third Man/Columbia)
Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence (Interscope)
Smokey Robinson, Smokey & Friends (Verve)
U2, Songs Of Innocence (Interscope)

RECORD OF THE YEAR
Coldplay, “A Sky Full Of Stars” (Parlophone/Atlantic)
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy” (Def Jam)
Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse” (Capitol)
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (Capitol)
Sia, “Chandelier” (RCA)

SONG OF THE YEAR
Eminem featuring Rihanna, “The Monster” (Aftermath/Interscope)
Idina Menzel, “Let It Go” (Walt Disney)
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy” (Def Jam)
Lorde, “Team” (Lava/Republic)
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (Capitol)

There’s usually some overlap in these two categories, so don’t be surprised if some of my predictions swap places. For now, Coldplay and Sam Smith seem like no-brainers since both have albums that are early favorites for AOTY. There is certainly no denying that impact of “Fancy” and what it achieved on the charts this summer, so it may be that it ends up in both fields for Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, but it could also leave voters wondering about possibilities of Ariana Grande’s “Problem”, which features Azalea, and Charli XCX’s own “Boom Clap” for nods as well. I guess we’ll wait and see. Katy Perry’s collaboration with Juicy J and Sia’s solo track both stick out from a production standpoint and could make it in somewhere. Eminem and Rihanna were nominated for “Love The Way You Lie” several years ago, and since   “The Monster” was just as big, they’ll make it in. Finally, there’s the endless talk of “Let It Go” and Frozen. Singer Idina Menzel should at least catch a nomination, while the soundtrack won’t be as lucky (the panel’s pretty inconsistent over the years.) The only Disney affiliated song to win the prize was “A Whole New World” (from Aladdin) in 1994.

Other contenders:
A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera, “Say Something” (Epic)
Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea, “Problem” (Republic)
Beyoncé featuring Jay Z, “Drunk In Love” (Columbia)
Hozier, “Take Me To Church” (Columbia)
KONGOS, “Come With Me Now” (Epic)
MAGIC!, “Rude” (RCA)
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass” (Epic)
Nico & Vinz, “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros.)
Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun” (Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic)
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off” (Big Machine/Republic)

BEST NEW ARTIST
Charli XCX
Iggy Azalea
Jhene Aiko
KONGOS
Sam Smith

Three of the nominations are straight-forward in this category: Charli XCX, Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith were all strong on the charts this year and are all worthy contenders for the Award. The other two slots require a little more thinking. I’m going for Aiko because “The Worst” hit #1 at Urban radio and both her EP, Sail Out, and full-length album, Souled Out, had top ten debuts on the Billboard 200 within this period. KONGOS also makes for a solid rock entry here, only because “Come With Me Now” is going to have a hard time competing in the ROTY/SOTY categories. That being said, I think they’ll be around for a while on the Alternative scene and that should get them a second look over.

Other contenders:
A Great Big World
American Authors
Bastille
Cole Swindell
Vance Joy

Other notes:
Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys should see some major love in the Alternative/Rock categories. A.M. from the Monkeys isn’t eligible due to a release last September, but “Do I Wanna Know?” should get a nod or two, as well as “Fever” from the Keys.
– Really hoping to see “Hideaway” by Kiesza and “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne in the category of Best Dance Recording. Both were hugely successful in Europe and also crossed over here. (We’ll likely see some of the usual suspects as well: Avicii, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, etc.)
– The R&B field will be packed with Beyoncé a plenty, though male stars Trey Songz and Usher could get in on the action. “She Came To Give It To You” from the latter singer, featuring Nicki Minaj, would be a great candidate.
– I really want Barbra Streisand‘s Partners and Kelly Clarkson‘s Wrapped In Red locked in an epic battle for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga‘s Cheek To Cheek should pop up there too.

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.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (December 17)

Beysus rises again.

Beysus rises again.

Here it is, your preview of the last big new releases of the year, which included a major game changer out early last Friday morning. It’s the albums and singles you need to know about for the week of December 17:

  • Beyoncé stunned the industry when her long-awaited fifth solo album, a self-titled effort, dropped with no promotion, no singles, no nothing… except a solid effort of 14 tracks and 17 clips to accompany them, marketed as a “visual album”. With expected sales of 600,000 copies during just the past three days, it will be #1 on the latest Billboard 200 update later this week and most definitely next week too. Beyond that, it’s anyone guess. (iTunes)
  • Had Beyoncé’s surprise album not arrived last Friday, the big album this week would’ve been Justin Bieber‘s Journals, which has now been moved back a week due to an apparent last-minute track (and probably his team’s realization that a #1 album wasn’t going to happen against the Queen Bey.) However, there’s still a new album out from rapper B.o.B. titled Underground Luxury. The current single from it is “John Doe”, a collaboration with singer Priscilla Renea (credited as just Priscilla.) (iTunes)
  • The only other notable album releases this week are soundtracks, both from the movies and television: on the big screen, we have Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (iTunes) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (iTunes), plus a compilation from the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally (iTunes).
  • Other albums out this week include Mac Miller‘s Live From Space (iTunes) and Somewhere Somehow by We The Kings (iTunes).

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

  • “Top Of The World”, the second single from Mike Posner‘s forthcoming album Pages, featuring Big Sean. (iTunes)
  • “You’re Always Here”, a new single from former High School Musical actress Ashley Tisdale. (iTunes)

We’ll see you in 2014! Don’t forget to check out my year-end chart — new updates are up daily.

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SONG PREMIERE: Beyoncé – “Grown Woman” (+ Lyrics)

Living for now.

Living for now.

Listen to the full version of “Grown Woman”.

After performing at the Super Bowl and reuniting with her old bandmates in Destiny’s Child, our favorite leading lady is back. She just released a promotional mashup, “Bow Down/I Been On”, on her SoundCloud account recently and it garnered some unsolicited airplay. “Grown Woman” is an track from Beyoncé‘s forthcoming studio album, rumored to be titled Mrs. Carter, which coincides with the name of her world tour. It will also be featured in an advertisement for Pepsi, which you can see above by clicking the link. The song was produced by Timbaland, who recently made a huge comeback as the producer of Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience. “Woman” was earlier reported to be the first single from the album, but her representatives have now stated the song is not.

“Grown Woman” combines both a pop sound with a tribal beat and lyrics about female empowerment and strength. Even if it’s not the single, it’s sure to be an anthem for the females.

(It’s of note that Child member and longtime friend Kelly Rowland had a solo track entitled “Grown Woman” out in 2010.)

“GROWN WOMAN”

[Verse 1]
I remember being young and talking back
I knew what I needed
I was spending all my nights and days laid back day dreaming (day dreaming, now)
But baby I’ma big girl now, so come do something
Told the world I would paint this town
Now, bitches I run this

[Bridge]
‘Cause I put it (down like that, down like that)
And I’m making (all these racks, all these racks)
And I’m moving (’round like that, ’round like that)
When I do it
I don’t look back (don’t look back)

[Chorus]
I’m a grown woman
I can do whatever I want
I’m a grown woman
Do whatever I want
I can be bad if I want
I can do wrong if I want
I can live fast if I want
I can go slow all night long
I’m a grown woman (Why, of course!)
I can do whatever I want

[Verse 2]
They love the way I walk
‘Cause I walk with a vengeance
And they listen to me when I talk ’cause I ain’t pretending
It took a while, now I understand just where I’m going
I know the world and I know who I am
‘Bout time I show it

[Bridge]
‘Cause I put it (down like that, down like that)
And I’m making (all these racks, all these racks)
And I’m moving (’round like that, ’round like that)
When I do it
I don’t look back (don’t look back)

[Chorus]
I’m a grown woman
I can do whatever I want
I’m a grown woman
Do whatever I want (Why, of course!)
I can be bad if I want
I can say what I want
I can live fast if I want
I can go slow all night long
I’m a grown woman (Why, of course!)
I can do whatever I want (Whatever it is!)

[Middle 8]
I’m a grown woman, so I know how to ride it
I’m a grown woman, and I’m so erotic
I’m a grown woman, now I got you so excited
I’m a grown woman, look at my body
It ain’t no fun if a girl can’t have one
You really wanna know how I got it like that
‘Cause I got a cute face and my booty so fat

Go girl (go girl) ’cause you got that bum, that bum
Go girl (go girl) you can get whatever she wants
Go girl (go girl) ’cause she got that tight, that tight
Them boys (them boys) they can do whatever she likes

[End, with musician in foreign language]
Grown woman
I’m a grown woman
I’m a grown woman, I can do whatever I want (I can do whatever I want)
I’m a grown woman, I can do whatever I want (Bitch, I’m grown)
I’m a grown woman, I can do whatever I want…

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