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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (July 2, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Wishing all the PGTC fans an early, but very happy Fourth Of July! I hope you get to spend some time with your family. I’ll certainly be relaxing, but only after I get to spend a bit of time in Chart Land. (It’s not quite Disney World, nor is it Six Flags, but it’s still worth an all-day pass.) So, as I settle into my inner tube and take a sip of sweet tea, here’s the actual tea on this week’s Top 40 rankings:

MORE REASONS TO “STAY”: Comfortably concluding its sixth week at the top spot is the second-longest running #1 of the year so far: “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara. The global hit is up another notch to #6 at Hot AC radio this week, though it falls 16-20 at Rhythmic and 29-31 at AC. Once again, we have two songs staying in the countdown from top-to-bottom, with Noah Cyrus‘s “Stay Together” rebounding 41-40 (without a bullet) this week. Zedd’s follow-up with Liam Payne, “Get Low”, impacts here on July 11. I guess it’s safe to assume that the song will be out on or before July 7, so stay tuned for further details!

As long as specialty programming from the extended holiday weekend doesn’t affect it too severely, the red hot remix of “Despacito”, by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, should grab the Top 40 throne next week. (This week, it stays at #2 for the second week.) Also of note, Halsey rises from 8-4 with “Now Or Never”. Her fourth chart hit is looking to become her second #1 at the format, following the ten big weeks that “Closer” (The Chainsmokers) held the top spot last year. Ed Sheeran‘s “Castle On The Hill” also reaches a new peak this week, climbing back up from 11-9. It previously went to #10, though it’s been sitting below the top ten for several weeks now.

MACKLE-MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM: After some strong early action from the pop panel, Macklemore‘s “Glorious” makes its glorious debut at #44 on this week’s Top 40 chart. The song features singer and songwriter Skylar Grey, who first hit the top 40 as Holly Brook on the Fort Minor single “Where’d You Go?”, which peaked at #2 (6/9-30/06 R&R) here. Without partner Ryan Lewis by his side, 34-year-old Macklemore is doing just fine, though I imagine the pair will be reunited at some point. (Break out the Peaches & Herb!) No word on a new album from the performer, but his only solo effort to date was released back in 2005.

As we celebrate the glory of our country (or, at least try to!) on the Fourth of July, feel free to include some “glory” titles on a playlist of yours. Just a handful have charted at the format, though they’re all pretty well-known: “Glory Days” (#3, 7/19/85 R&R) by Bruce Springsteen, “Blaze Of Glory” (#3, 9/7-14/90 R&R) by Jon Bon Jovi and “The Edge Of Glory” (6/26-7/3/11 MB) by Lady Gaga. Of course, we needn’t forget that glorious hit from The Karate Kid Part II, the two-week (7/25-8/1/86 R&R) chart-topper “Glory Of Love” by Peter Cetera. See, kids, stats are fun! (I need a social life, I know.)

FEELS SO WRITE: 2017 has been a giant year so far for Julia Michaels, having co-written four top 40 entries at the format, one being her own debut single. Now, she’s looking for more radio love with her latest track, “Uh Huh”, which enters at #50. The single’s first week of adds went well, as it took the fourth Most Added spot last Tuesday, while it also benefits from an early iHeartMedia add in their nationalized Premium Choice programming. Michaels’s Nervous System was pushed back from its initial release date, and a new date has yet to surface. (The eligibility period for 60th Grammy Awards goes through the end of September, so I’m sure the set’s due before then. After all, the girl’s gotta get her Best New Artist nod!)

Michaels also falls from 4-5 on this week’s chart with “Issues”, which reached that #4 peak in its 22nd week in the top 40. Talk about a long run! However, as I’ve noted before, DNCE‘s “Cake By The Ocean” (#2, 4/10-17/16 MB) has the Mediabase record for the song that totaled the most top 40 weeks before peaking, taking 27, but Edwin McCain‘s “I’ll Be” (#9, 10/2/98 R&R) holds the plays-per-week era record for the same achievement with its massive 33-week run. Drawn-out chart runs might be the new normal, but I think it’s time to shake things up, yes? (Who wants to make me a gatekeeper already?)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 25, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Pride is in the air across the nation, and the pop panel is certainly showing their colors as well. With so many genres and artists represented here, the ferociously fun summer of 2017 continues with a rainbow of hit songs and stats like these:

NEVER GONNA LEAVE THIS ZEDD: Celebrating five weeks at #1, “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara continues to respond as well as it can across the format’s callout reports, though it’s long past its sales and streaming peaks of earlier this summer. Though it only loses a little ground this week, in terms of both spins and audience, expect some larger decreases in the coming days. “Stay” has a nice 9-7 move on the Hot AC chart, and you’ll also find it in the top 30 on the AC chart. (Yes, even your favorite soccer mom craves an EDM jam once in a while.) Zedd‘s collaboration with Liam Payne, “Get Low”, is likely to have a strong start when it debuts next month. Of course, it’ll have to contend with Payne’s own solo single, the Quavo-assisted “Strip That Down”, which rises 24-23.

As for the next #1 on the chart, look no further than “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, up 3-2 this week. Of course, that song is still about 2,500 spins away from the top spot, but once it takes the throne, a big fiesta is likely to occur. Bieber’s other feature on “I’m The One”, by DJ Khaled & New Brohemians, takes that track up 5-3 on the current survey. (I can’t write out all their names anymore, so I figured that I might as well just make them sound like a trendy band. I’m sorry, Edie.)

WHERE THE “WILD” THINGS ARE: When you’re hot, you’re hot! The 41-year-old producer and screaming champion (if ever a competition should arise) DJ Khaled knows that well. With the aforementioned “I’m The One” on the rise, his “Wild Thoughts” is also blazing up the chart, leaping 38-27 in its second week in the top 40. The tune featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, the latter performer scoring his first hit at the format after several big records at Rhythmic and Urban radio. Tiller’s True To Self album had a #1 debut on the Billboard 200 earlier this year, and the DJ’s new release, Grateful, could be headed there as well.

Lower in the top 40, Calvin Harris and the Sunshine Bland (“Really, Adam?”) aren’t afraid to catch up with “Feels”, launching up ten spots (42-32) on this week’s pop chart. It’s the 15th top 40 single for the Scottish performer, who first charted six years ago as a featured artist on the global hit “We Found Love”, a seven-week chart-topper (12/4/11-1/25/12 MB) for Rihanna. Joining “Feels” in the top 40 is the first main-credited hit for French Montana, “Unforgettable”, which climbs from 44-39. It features Swae Lee, who also performs with everyone’s favorite third-rate version of Kris Kross, the duo Rae Sremmurd. Of course, you’ll recall that they reached the chart with the Gucci Mane-assisted “Black Beatles”, which some people actually define as music, late last year and earlier this year, reaching a #14 peak (1/15/17 MB) at the format.

WHO’S ON “FIRST”?: Sneaking into the top 50 on the chart, DJ/producer Kygo and singer Ellie Goulding collaborate on their first track together, which just so happens to be called “First Time”. It’s already hit the top ten in countries like Belgium, Norway and Sweden, and with the Norwegian-based performer’s “It Ain’t Me” (with Selena Gomez) reaching #2 on the Top 40 chart just weeks ago, the momentum is there for this song to continue upward this summer. There’s no word on a new album from either artist, but I suppose that could change later this year. (I’m hopeful, at least.)

Previous entries at this format with the same title (excluding titles with an added “the”) include a bigger Hot AC song for Lifehouse (#16, 9/16/07 MB) and the last radio single (#36, 7/21 and 8/11-18/13 MB) from the ill-fated Jonas Brothers return album. Gee, I hope they didn’t blow a lot of money on all the unused pom poms… anyways, check back to see if Kyllie or Ellgo outpeak either song!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (June 18, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. This Sunday, you’ll find me on the way back to Chart Land via a family wedding, and while both husband and wife are doing nicely, it’s time once again for my weekly marriage of the pop airplay chart and all those lovable stats and banter. (It’s a hard job, but I do it for all of you readers!) So, send in your RSVP, because the ceremony is about to begin:

ZEDD OVER HEELS: Regaining its bullet after a small loss last week, “Stay” by DJ/producer Zedd and singer Alessia Cara has the staying power to make it a solid four weeks at #1, now the second-longest run at the top for any song in 2017. The track also rises 10-9 on Hot AC radio and 15-14 on Rhythmic radio for the week. The two performers recently recorded and released an acoustic mix of the song, perfect for all your Coffeehouse Feels or Hot slAyC playlists. (Not sure that either one exists, but feel free to make them and share away!) Cara now has seven career weeks at #1 at the pop format since last year, which means that Irene Cara‘s five weeks for the soundtrack single “Flashdance… What A Feeling” (5/27-6/24/83 R&R) will, unfortunately, leave her as the second-best Cara on the list. (It’s okay, she still has plenty of bops.)

Taking advantage of the weaker top five as of late, the hot remix of “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber makes a bold move of 8-3, as it looks to reach the top spot just days before the Fourth of July. Cue the fireworks! We’ll have to wait and see if it becomes the first largely Spanish-language #1 since 1987. At age 39, Fonsi would become the oldest newcomer to reach the top this year, not that 39 is that old at all. Ready to call it la canción del verano? Ah, quizás…

“FEELS” LIKE A “WILD” CHART: You know, I would’ve been totally good if DJ Company or DJ Encore or DJ Sammy got  a second or a third chart entry during their Top 40 runs, but out of all the DJs with extended runs at the format, are we really giving that shine to DJ Khaled? You know what… okay, okay, breathe… ahem, the 41-year-old yelling enthusiast, and sometime producer and/or disc jockey, has “anotha one” enter the chart with “Wild Thoughts”, featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. The new single from Grateful climbs aboard at #38, which was aided by hourly airplay at iHeartMedia-owned stations on Friday. This is the Miami-based performer’s sixth top 40 hit since 2011, though five of those entries have come since last year. (You’ll find “I’m The One” up 7-5 on the same survey.) Expect even more screaming when his album drops on Friday, the 23rd. (I’ll send out an S.O.S. immediately.)

Meanwhile, Calvin Harris packs another party onto the charts with a cast of characters like Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean. They all appear on “Feels”, which debuts at #42. Of course, the single appears on Harris’s forthcoming album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, which is due on June 30, and includes even more top artists across the genres. Both Harris and Perry hit a double on this week’s Top 40 chart, with his “Slide” sliding from 16-25, while her “Swish Swish” (featuring Nicki Minaj) slips a spot to #34. It appears to be doing moderately well in its first three days at both sales and streaming services, while “Wild Thoughts” maintains the strong lead it debuted with, so make sure you keep your eye on both multi-act collaborations as the summer heats up!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 5, 2017)

CHR/Top 40 Chart - March 5, 2017

Welcome to Radio Active, a new weekly report on 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. The kids say it’s lit. I say, “Yeah, but “My Own Worst Enemy” only reached #29 at the format in 1999.” Anyways, enough with the dad jokes; let’s see who’s fathering new top 40 hits and achievements this week:

THE GREAT DIVIDE: If you haven’t heard Ed Sheeran’s latest album, ÷ (Divide), it might be time to Ed-ucate yourself. You’ll be sure to see it at the top on the albums listing next week. Meanwhile, Sheeran schools the competition as far as this week’s CHR/Top 40 chart goes, holding at #1 for the third straight week with “Shape Of You” (Atlantic). It’s already eclipsed the one frame that “Thinking Out Loud” spent at the top, which occurred this week in 2015. This week’s #2 song, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” (RCA-Republic) by ZAYN & Taylor Swift, is still about 2,100 spins away from “Shape”, which is quite the gap. A fourth week at #1 should easily be achievable, unless the state of spins drastically changes in the next few days.

Ten songs from ÷ are currently in the top 100 on iTunes in the U.S., and fifteen are in the top 50 on Spotify. Needless to say, that’s a whole lot of Ed. Is it too early to start the Grammy buzz? The two-time winner is due for a few more awards, which sounds like a real possibility.

BIG GETS BIGGER: When it comes to taking L’s, I’m pretty sure I heard The Motels singing about it first. Rapper Big Sean was a few years away from being born when that song became a minor hit on the U.S. charts, but he’s had plenty of success (and, likely, plenty of motel stays) in the last few years. His latest CHR hit, “Bounce Back” (GOOD/Def Jam), advances 28-24 this week. It’s his highest-charting main-credited single at the format, besting the #27 peaks of 2012’s “Dance (A$$)”, featuring Nicki Minaj, and 2015’s “I Don’t F**k With You”, featuring E-40.

Wondering about the biggest Seans, Shauns and Shawns in pop chart history? Artists (in chronological order) like Shaun CassidyShawn Mullins, Sean Carter (Jay-Z), Sean Combs (P. Diddy), Sean PaulJay Sean and Shawn Mendes have all spent time at the top. Moral of the story: Big Sean isn’t the biggest Sean, but he’s not the smallest Sean, so perhaps he’s actually Average Sean? I’ll report back with more details as they come. (For the record, it took 28 L’s to complete this part of the report.)

HOW GREAT THOU CHART: Joy to the world, the Lorde is coming back to smash the charts with her latest single, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic). It zooms into the countdown at #25, while also instantly impacting at the Alternative (#29) and Hot AC (#31) formats. In a rush hour full of records, that’s pretty good. This is the New Zealand performer’s fourth top 40 hit on the CHR/Top 40 chart. Check back on Tuesday for the radio adds recap to see if Lava’s current high-water mark for impact weeks is “bent” out of shape. Either way, it has the potential to be the Most Added song at the format.

“Green Light” has unexpectedly become a popular top 40 title in the last decade: John Legend and Andre 3000 took their entry (GOOD/Columbia) to #20 in March 2009, while a Pitbull song (credited as “Greenlight”, Mr. 305/Polo Grounds/RCA) from last year, featuring Flo Rida and LunchMoney Lewis, peaked at #23 in November.

“SOMETHING” TO TALK ABOUT: Forgive me, Queen Bonnie Raitt, your song is far more iconic than what I’m about to speak of. (ahem) There have been a number of collaborations hitting CHR playlists recently, and one of the most unexpected comes from EDM duo and selfie aficionados The Chainsmokers and rockers Coldplay. Their musical moment together, “Something Just Like This” (Disruptor/Columbia), leaps from 42-26, while the duo’s “Paris” lifts 7-6. Those would be the fifth and sixth hits for the two American guys. This is also the British group’s twelfth top 40 hit at the format since 2001’s “Yellow”. Their biggest single to date, “Viva La Vida”, peaked at #11 in September 2008.

Though I haven’t yet decided on The Coldsmokers or Chainplay as their portmanteau, I am open to opinions and other name suggestions. Is broldplay a genre yet? Oh, I should stop? Alright, moving on…

FROM MY ZEDD TO MY CHART: Hey, someone has to remember that Evan & Jaron had top 40 singles beyond “Crazy For This Girl”. The two brothers had a short stay on the pop chart between 2000 and 2002. However, as far as the new single called “Stay” (Def Jam-Interscope), Zedd and Alessia Cara go “The Distance” (see what I did there?) and soar from 46-27 this week. Expect the song to reach the top 20 soon. This is the first collaboration from the Russian-German DJ/producer and the Canadian singer, and something tells me that it won’t be their last.

This is the ninth top 40 hit in Radio & Records/Mediabase history called “Stay”, which includes titles by Jackson Browne (#19, Aug. 1978), Shakespear’s Sister (#5, Sep. 1992), Eternal (#6, Feb. 1994), Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories (#1, Aug. 1994) and Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko (#1, Apr. 2013).

NEW IN THE MIX: After “Shout Out To My Ex” was pulled prematurely from the pop airwaves, to the shock and horror of Mixers around the Twitterverse, pop quartet Little Mix is back on the CHR airwaves with “Touch” (SYCO/Columbia). It, well, touches down at #49 this week. The group continues to struggle at U.S. radio, even as they score their fifth top 50 entry since 2013. (By comparison, they’ve had 15 singles reach the top 20 in the U.K. since their debut in 2011, plus additional charting album cuts and collaborations.) Let’s hope that their latest excursion in pop paradise yields larger than Little results.

Feeling our way through some touchy tunes, we’ve had six top 40 songs using the word (or a variant of it) in their titles since 2000, including two #7 hits: “Everytime We Touch” (Robbins Ent.) by Cascada (Apr. 2006) and “Touch My Body” (Island/IDJMG) by Mariah Carey (Apr. 2008). Of course, we’ve also heard a touch of The Bloodhound Gang (#22, Mar./Apr. 2000), Fall Out Boy (#32, June 2006), The Veronicas (#12, Feb. 2009) and Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj (#37, Nov. 2014).

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 3, 2017

Big Sean, Big debut.

Big Sean, Big debut.

Flip for some February fun in our latest releases post, including top sets from the world of gospel, pop, rap and more. Here are some of this week’s new albums and singles:

BIG SEAN – I Decided. (iTunes)
The Santa Monica rapper last released an album in 2015, so he’s bouncing back into the spotlight with a fresh set that’s likely to be in the running for the top spot next week. “Bounce Back” is currently in the top five on both Rhythmic and Urban radio, while it starts a run at the CHR/Top 40 format. The album features additional collaborations with Eminem and Jeremih.

REBA MCENTIRE – Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope (iTunes)
Is it possible to hate Reba? I don’t think so. Though it’s getting increasingly harder for her new songs to hit the Country airwaves, the new studio album from the legendary singer is a Gospel one, featuring a surprise sales hit in “Back To God”. With a mix of traditional hymns and original songs, it’s sure to get some love from her fans. Look for a decent debut next week.

MUNA – About U (iTunes)
This trio has my top pick of the week, an amazing effort full of catchy pop songs that also deliver a musical message. Current single “I Know A Place” is getting some Hot AC airplay, while former single “Loudspeaker” touched the top 50 on Triple A radio.

More albums out this week: Kari Jobe‘s The Garden (iTunes), RuPaul‘s Remember Me: Essential, Vol. 1 (iTunes), Wyclef Jean‘s J’ouvert (iTunes), Young Dolph‘s Gelato (iTunes), Dear Evan Hansen (Cast Recording) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Alice Merton‘s No Roots (iTunes), Barns Courtney‘s The Dull Drums (iTunes), Griffin Oskar‘s Hostage (iTunes), Kevin Garrett‘s False Hope (iTunes), Ryan Corn‘s The Pressure (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“4AM”, The Mowgli’s (iTunes)
“Another Lover”, Pat Kiloran featuring Jordy Searcy (iTunes)
“Beauty And The Beast”, Ariana Grande and John Legend (iTunes)
“Believer”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Big Picture”, London Grammar (iTunes)
“Black Wave”, K.Flay (iTunes)
“Bound To You”, Jocelyn Alice (iTunes)
“Dark Side”, Phoebe Ryan (iTunes)
“Deeper”, SVRCINA (iTunes)
“Déjà Vu”, Ken Loi featuring Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Falling”, Alesso (iTunes)
“Feed The Machine”, Nickelback (iTunes)
“Fun”, Blondie (iTunes)
“Goodbye”, filous featuring Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Grace”, Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Happy People”, Little Big Town (iTunes)
“Hard To Love”, Matthew Koma (iTunes)
“Hold On”, Chord Overstreet (iTunes)
“Hopeless Romantic”, Michelle Branch (iTunes)
“I Don’t”, Mariah Carey featuring YG (iTunes)
“I Think Of You”, Jeremih featuring Chris Brown and Big Sean (iTunes)
“Lions”, Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Love Is Mystical”, Cold War Kids (iTunes)
“Mad World”, Jasmine Thompson x Eden Prince (iTunes)
“Paralyzed”, STOLAR (iTunes)
“Permission To Love”, SAARA (iTunes)
“Prom Queen”, Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“Rich White Girls”, Mansionz (iTunes)
“Safe Inside (Mark McCabe Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Something Here”, Day Wave (iTunes)
“Some Kinda Wonderful”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Stay In The Dark”, The Band Perry (iTunes)
“Thief”, Ansel Elgort (iTunes)
“Way You Are”, Fetty Wap featuring Monty (iTunes)
“Where’s The Revolution”, Depeche Mode (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Brett Young and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (February 24)

Sky high on the charts.

Sky high on the charts.

Last week, the charts were rocking out to a big new sound. Now, it’s back to the urban side of music as the heavyweights come forward and set their sights on #1. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of February 24:

  • Rapper Big Sean hasn’t had an album out since the fall of 2013, but both of his previous sets have only gone as high as #3 on the Billboard 200 survey. That may now change with his latest effort, Dark Sky Paradise, led by a single that got onto three radio formats, the Platinum-selling “I Don’t F–k With You”. That new energy and momentum should help to boost numbers; we’ll see just how much of an effect it has very soon. (iTunes)
  • If you enjoy Chris Brown, Tyga, or a combination of the two performers, you may remember that they worked on a mixtape together several years back. Now, the two are back for an official studio release, Fan Of A Fan – The Album. It features the current Rhythm and Urban top ten single, “Ayo”. Given their respective fanbases, it’s clear that this one is due for a solid first week, probably inside the top five. (iTunes)
  • Still reliving the memories of young love, Kid Rock is back with an album entitled First Kiss. That title also happens to be the name of his latest single, currently top 20 at Active Rock radio and top 40 at Hot AC. Though he doesn’t possess the selling power that he once did, the set should make a solid debut in the top ten, if not higher. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: All That Remains‘s The Order Of Things (iTunes), Emile Haynie‘s We Fall (iTunes), Falling In Reverse‘s Just Like You (iTunes), Mat Kearney‘s Just Kids (iTunes), MisterWives‘s Our Own House (iTunes), Red‘s of Beauty and Rage (iTunes), The Airborne Toxic Event‘s Dope Machines (iTunes) and the soundtrack to television’s Sons Of Anarchy called Songs Of Anarchy, Volume 4 (iTunes).

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

  • “Invincible”, the first of five instant grat tracks this week from Kelly Clarkson. (iTunes)
  • “I Want You To Know”, a collaboration from rumored couple Zedd and Selena Gomez. (iTunes)
  • “Nothing Without Love”, a solo single from fun.‘s Nate Ruess. (iTunes)

Next week, former American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson and the comeback kids Modest Mouse will be among the top ten debuts on the Billboard 200. How high can they and newcomers like Rixton go? A full preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (August 27)

The "King" takes its throne.

The “King” takes its throne.

Turn up the guitar or just get turnt up! These are all the new releases you need to know about for the week of August 27:

  • They made it to #1 last time around with Nightmare in 2010, so can rockers Avenged Sevenfold do it again? Their latest is Hail To The King and the title track is currently #1 at both Active and Mainstream Rock radio. If it’s not at the top, then it’ll definitely be somewhere in the top 3. (iTunes)
  • Big Sean made a Big Splash in 2011 with his debut album called Finally Famous. Now, he’s in the Hall Of Fame, which features the current Urban radio hit “Beware”, featuring Jhene Aiko and Lil Wayne. (iTunes)
  • “Bandz A Make Her Dance” and apparently also make her buy Juicy J‘s album. His Stay Trippy (what a title) release is out this week and could pick up some rather juicy sales. (iTunes)
  • Following the release of her recent #1 in the U.K., “Burn”, Ellie Goulding is firing up this New Release Tuesday with Halcyon Days, a deluxe edition of her 2012 album Halcyon.  (iTunes)
  • Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand are back with their first album in four years, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. “Right Action” is the first single from it, which is currently a minor hit on Alternative radio. (iTunes)
  • They’ve been performing together since the 90’s; now, they’re at it again. Jars Of Clay open the jar once more to reveal Inland, their newest full-length release. (iTunes)
  • Atlanta’s Goodie Mob, led by Cee Lo Green, returns with their first album of original material in 9 years, Age Against The Machine. (iTunes)
  • Former American Idol contestant Mandisa releases her fifth regular studio album this week, Overcomer. The gospel release is led by the title track, which is a top 5 hit on the Christian charts. (iTunes)
  • Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder brings her Harmony to the U.S., featuring the single “Stompa” and a followup, “What I Wouldn’t Do”. Both have been hits in her native Canada. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include Alabama‘s Alabama & Friends (iTunes), The Life Acoustic by Everlast (iTunes), Little River Band‘s Cuts Like A Diamond (iTunes), Famous by Marques Houston (iTunes) and a Various Artists compilation, Now! That’s What I Call Next (iTunes). There’s also a Target-exclusive release of Emeli Sandé‘s Live At The Royal Albert Hall available this week.

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

  • “Beneath Your Beautiful (EP)”, a new multi-track release featuring the hit by Labrinth and featuring Emeli Sandé. This features a few remixes of the track as well. (iTunes)
  • “Berzerk”, the crazy new single from Eminem‘s forthcoming studio album due in November. (iTunes)
  • “Best Day Of My Life”, by recent PGTC Profile act American Authors. Their self-titled EP makes its debut this week. (iTunes)
  • “Everything To Me”, from former Westlife member and now soloist Shane Filan. (iTunes)
  • “Marry Me”, a new release from pop and R&B singer Jason Derulo dedicated to his love, Jordin Sparks. (iTunes)
  • “Rock N Roll”, the latest single from pop punk princess Avril Lavigne. (iTunes)

Ariana Grande is hoping her first album, Yours Truly, brings out the teens to stores next week, but she faces some fierce competition from Nine Inch Nails and Tamar Braxton. Who will debut at the top? Stay tuned for our next update!

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