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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 13, 2019

Lining up a #1 bow.

Things are looking mighty Fine for this week’s edition of the new releases post. These albums and singles hit stores this Friday:

HARRY STYLES – Fine Line (iTunes)
Features: “Adore You”, which is charting in the top 40 on both the Hot AC and Top 40 radio lists

Notable albums out this week: Blake Shelton‘s Fully Loaded: God’s Country (iTunes), Kyan Palmer‘s It’s Called Branding, Sweetie (iTunes), Stormzy‘s Heavy Is The Head (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Chloe Fredericks‘s Chloe Fredericks (iTunes), Jax Jones‘s Midnight Snacks (iTunes), Outasight‘s No Vacancy (iTunes), Sody‘s I’m Sorry, I’m Not Sorry (iTunes), Spies In Disguise (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Is On My Side”, Sam Fender (iTunes)
“Animal”, Kayden (iTunes)
“Billboard”, Jonas Blue & Tifa Chen (iTunes)
“Blue”, Tiësto featuring Stevie Appleton (iTunes)
“Bulletproof”, The Score featuring XYLØ (iTunes)
“Change Your Heart”, Audrey Mika (iTunes)
“Collect Calls”, Quando Rondo (iTunes)
“Daphne Blue (Acoustic)”, The Band CAMINO (iTunes)
“Dark Thoughts”, Kyd The Band (iTunes)
“Don’t Waste My Time”, Usher featuring Ella Mai (iTunes)
“Evil Twin”, Meghan Trainor (iTunes)
“Famous Hoes”, NLE Choppa (iTunes)
“Favorite Part Of Me (R3HAB Remix)”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Fill The Crown”, Poppy (iTunes)
“Forever Young (Triple J)”, Tones And I (iTunes)
“Friends Don’t Kiss Friends (Measure For Measure Remix)”, Studio Black featuring Emily Burns (iTunes)
“Future Nostalgia”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Gimme Brain”, Travis Barker featuring Lil Wayne & Rick Ross (iTunes)
“Go In”, Lil Tjay (iTunes)
“Hearts In Halves”, Cub Sport (iTunes)
“Here Comes A Feeling”, Louis The Child, Naomi Wild & Couros (iTunes)
“I Don’t Wanna Know”, Goldhouse & Mokita (iTunes)
“I Love Sausage Rolls”, LadBaby (iTunes)
“I Luv U”, Sofia Carson & R3HAB (iTunes)
“Ice Cold”, K CAMP (iTunes)
“It’s Christmas Time”, Macklemore featuring Dan Caplen (iTunes)
“Jungle Out There”, UNSECRET featuring Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Lonely”, Jay Sean (iTunes)
“Love No More (Duet)”, Cody Lovaas & Cailin Russo (iTunes)
“Mad (Stripped)”, Brandon Colbein (iTunes)
“Magic”, Gabrielle Aplin (iTunes)
“Make You Mine”, PUBLIC & Danielle Bradbery (iTunes)
“Memories (Dillion Francis Remix)”, Maroon 5 (iTunes)
“Mind Is A Prison”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“Montage”, Super Duper (iTunes)
“No One’s Gonna Ever Love U”, Delacey (iTunes)
“Overthink”, GRAACE (iTunes)
“Pearl Cadillac”, Gary Clark Jr. featuring Andra Day (iTunes)
“Pick U Up (Dr. Iceman Remix)”, Foster The People (iTunes)
“Please Don’t Touch”, RAYE (iTunes)
“Red Eye”, 7715 (iTunes)
“Resentment”, Kesha featuring Brian Wilson & Sturgill Simpson (iTunes)
“Run It”, Midnight Kids featuring Annika Wells (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Hayley Kiyoko (iTunes)
“Salt”, Ava Max (iTunes)
“Sex & Stardust”, ZZ Ward (iTunes)
“So I Don’t Let Me Down”, Clinton Kane (iTunes)
“Someone To Break Your Heart”, Emma Jensen (iTunes)
“Sweater”, Codeko featuring Stela Cole (iTunes)
“Sweettalk My Heart (Jeremy Olander Remix)”, Tove Lo (iTunes)
“The Christmas Song”, Alicia Keys (iTunes)
“Trying My Best”, Anson Seabra (iTunes)
“Under The Moon”, 070 Shake (iTunes)
“Warned You”, Carly Rose (iTunes)
“We Got Love (Joel Corry Remix)”, Sigala featuring Ella Henderson (iTunes)
“You Have Stolen My Heart”, Brian Fallon (iTunes)
“You Win”, Olivia Noelle (iTunes)

Expect some smaller updates during the next few weeks as we head closer to the holiday season. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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

Will he Thrill the buying public?

If All goes well, we’ll be seeing a popular British singer at the top of the charts next week. However, as November begins, there is plenty of new music across all genres in stores now. Here are the albums and singles you need to know about:

SAM SMITH – The Thrill Of It All (iTunes)
Smith looks none too thrilled on the cover art and promotional pictures from his new era, but I’m sure he was overjoyed to make a new album for his many fans. The anticipated set is led by “Too Good At Goodbyes”, a top ten AC and Hot AC single that is just below the region on the Top 40 airwaves. It likely has the best shot of a #1 debut, though there are several more choices below.

MAROON 5 – Red Pill Blues (iTunes)
Beyond the controversy over its title, this album features several big hits from over the last year, including “Don’t Wanna Know”, “Cold” and “What Lovers Do”. Given the continued streaming and sales numbers on those singles, as well as a number of notable collaborations on the set, there’s potential for this release to exceed current expectations. We’ll see soon.

BLAKE SHELTON – Texoma Shore (iTunes)
This singer’s “I’ll Name The Dogs” is barking up the Country airplay survey, as the popular judge from The Voice prepares for the release of his 11th studio album. It’s almost certain that the album will top the genre-specific chart next week, though it may have to settle for the lower part of the top five (which is still solid enough) on the Billboard 200.

More albums out this week: 21 Savage/Offset/Metro Boomin‘s Without Warning (iTunes), Bryan Adams‘s Ultimate (iTunes), Chris Brown‘s Heartbreak On A Full Moon (iTunes), Grace VanderWaal‘s Just The Beginning (iTunes), Josh Groban‘s Noel (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Kelsea Ballerini‘s Unapologetically (iTunes), Kid Rock‘s Sweet Southern Sugar (iTunes), Kygo‘s Kids In Love (iTunes), Lalah Hathaway‘s honestly (iTunes), Lee Brice‘s Lee Brice (iTunes), Shawn Mendes‘s MTV Unplugged (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music! 64 (iTunes), Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (iTunes), Served Like A Girl (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: TBA

More EPs out this week: BANNERS‘s Empires On Fire (iTunes), Emeli Sandé‘s Kingdom Coming (iTunes), Nico & Vinz‘s Elephant In The Room (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Again (Acoustic)” and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”, Noah Cyrus (iTunes)
“All My Friends”, Owl City (iTunes)
“Beam”, Petit Biscuit (iTunes)
“Call It What You Want”, Taylor Swift (iTunes)
“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, Olivia Holt (iTunes)
“Christmas Where You Are”, Five For Fighting featuring Jim Brickman (iTunes)
“Come December”, Jordan Fisher (iTunes)
“Dirty Sexy Money”, David Guetta x Afrojack featuring Charli XCX & French Montana (iTunes)
“Do You Care”, Ryan Riback featuring Iselin (iTunes)
“False Information”, Future Fathers (iTunes)
“Get Out Of Your Own Way”, U2 (iTunes)
“Good Good”, Lo (iTunes)
“Heavy”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye”, Feist (iTunes)
“High On You”, State Of Sound (iTunes)
“I Know”, Aly & AJ (iTunes)
“King For A Day”, Anderson East (iTunes)
“Lemon”, N.E.R.D featuring Rihanna (iTunes)
“Lifting You”, Michael Blume (iTunes)
“Like Gold”, Vance Joy (iTunes)
“Love So Soft (Dave Aude Remix)”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“Money For Tonight”, Kyle Reynolds (iTunes)
“No Love”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Quiet”, MILCK (iTunes)
“Run It Wild”, Robbie Williams (iTunes)
“santa monica & la brea”, blackbear (iTunes)
“Santa’s Coming For Us”, Sia (iTunes)
“Say It To My Face”, Madison Beer (iTunes)
“Say That Again”, Eden xo featuring Travis Mills (iTunes)
“Smoke Clears” and “The Good Parts”, Andy Grammer (iTunes)
“Strangers”, Before You Exit (iTunes)
“Stuck On You”, Daniel Skye featuring PnB Rock (iTunes)
“Talk”, 5 After Midnight (iTunes)
“Telluride”, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill (iTunes)
“The Way Life Goes (Remix)”, Lil Uzi Vert featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Told You So”, Miguel (iTunes)
“Two High (Ashworth Remix)”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“We Are Fire”, Saint Raymond (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Taylor Swift, Walk The Moon and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 25, 2017

Goin’ four the top.

I know what you’re saying — there are people not named Taylor Swift releasing music this week? Shocking, right? Here are the major releases you need to know for this Friday:

FIFTH HARMONY – Fifth Harmony (iTunes)
The current quartet, formerly quintet, is “Down” on their luck this era, as the lead single from their latest studio album stumbled on the charts. However, even without Camila Cabello in the mix, their fanbase remains strong and should lead them to a fairly solid debut. No new single from the set has been serviced to radio, though that could change following their VMA performance.

OLD DOMINION – Happy Endings (iTunes)
They’re at #1 on Country radio at the moment with “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart”, but they will be breaking into the charts in a nice position. The Nashville quintet, whose last album gave them three #1 songs on that airplay chart, is looking to reach the top ten on the Billboard 200 (and #1 on the format-specific list) for the first time.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – Villians (iTunes)
In 2013, this group’s last album became their first #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Now, with “The Way You Used To Do” having a good run in the top 15 on the Alternative survey, they could be headed for a second chart-topper on the Billboard 200. Watch out for it.

THE WAR ON DRUGS – A Deeper Understanding (iTunes)
The Philadelphia group, in its major label debut, is already garnering some great reviews for its latest set. Their previous album’s top 30 peak should easily be eclipsed by wherever this one lands, thanks to a top ten Triple A hit in “Holding On”.

More albums out this week: Action Bronson‘s Blue Chips 7000 (iTunes), Andrew Belle‘s Dive Deep (iTunes), A$AP Mob‘s Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy (iTunes), Elliot Root‘s Conjure (iTunes), Picture This‘s Picture This (iTunes), PVRIS‘s All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell (iTunes), The Cadillac Three‘s Legacy (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Angels & Airwaves‘s We Don’t Need To Whisper (Acoustic) (iTunes), Blake Shelton‘s Live (From The Wildhorse Saloon) (iTunes), Sam Tinnesz‘s Babel (iTunes), Timeflies‘s Too Much (iTunes), Welshly Arms‘s Legendary (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Almost Famous”, Noah Cyrus (iTunes)
“Always Been You”, Quinn XCII (iTunes)
“Body”, LÉON (iTunes)
“Bully”, John Butler Trio (iTunes)
“Color Green”, New Politics (iTunes)
“Cross Your Mind”, Wingtip featuring morgxn (iTunes)
“Da Ya Think I’m Sexy”, Rod Stewart featuring DNCE (iTunes)
“Dead (Acoustic)”, Madison Beer (iTunes)
“Diving”, Bridgit Mendler & RKCB (iTunes)
“Far Gone”, BURNS featuring Johnny Yukon & GoldLink (iTunes)
“Feel It Again”, Hudson Taylor (iTunes)
“Finger Tips”, Newton Faulkner (iTunes)
“Girlfriend”, Busta Rhymes featuring Vybz Kartel and Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“Hotel”, Breathe Carolina & Flatdisk (iTunes)
“Hungry” and “You Already Know”, Fergie (iTunes)
“Ins And Outs”, Sofia Carson (iTunes)
“If You Fall”, Ray Dalton (iTunes)
“Light It Up”, Luke Bryan (iTunes)
“Look What You Made Me Do”, Taylor Swift (iTunes)
“Lust For Life (BloodPop Remix)”, Lana Del Rey featuring The Weeknd (iTunes)
“Make A Little”, Midland (iTunes)
“Miles Apart”, Nick Wilson (iTunes)
“Miracle Of Love”, Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
“Never Gets Old”, Super Duper featuring Remmi (iTunes)
“Never Let You Down”, Barns Courtney (iTunes)
“New Rules (Alison Wonderland Remix)”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“One In A Million”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“Pizza”, Martin Garrix (iTunes)
“Raining”, The Front Bottoms (iTunes)
“Real Love” NUUXS (iTunes)
“Sky Walker”, Miguel featuring Travis Scott (iTunes)
“Sleeptalk”, The New Coast (iTunes)
“Staring At The Sun”, LCAW featuring Sophie Hintze (iTunes)
“Tell Me You Love Me”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“The Jungle”, ZAYDE WØLF (iTunes)
“Think Before I Talk”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Too Hotty”, Quality Control featuring Quavo, Takeoff and Offset (iTunes)
“Unforgettable (Tiësto & Dzeko’s AFTR:HRS Remix)”, French Montana featuring Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Wait”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Walk On Water”, Thirty Seconds To Mars (iTunes)
“Wicked (RatCity Remix)”, Mansionz (iTunes)
“Wonderful Wonderful”, The Killers (iTunes)
“Written In The Scars”, The Script (iTunes)
“You Can’t Control It”, Jack Johnson (iTunes)
“You Won’t Love Me”, BETSY (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from The Script and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 23, 2011

"Nothing" like 2011.

“Nothing” like 2011.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of October 23, 2011…

Debuts:
40. WILL YOUNG, “Come On”
39. GRAFFITI6, “Free”

Biggest Mover(s):
BRUNO MARS, “It Will Rain” (29-19, ten spots)

10. BLAKE SHELTON, “God Gave Me You” (steady, third week)
Album: Red River Blue (2011, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #10 for three weeks

09. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Brighter Than The Sun” (down 4)
Album: All Of You (2011, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

08. WILL YOUNG, “Jealousy” (down 2)
Album: Echoes (2011, RCA Records – U.K.)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

07. NICKELBACK, “When We Stand Together” (up 6)
Album: Here And Now (2011, Roadrunner Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. KELLY CLARKSON, “Mr. Know It All” (up 3)
Album: Stronger (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #3

05. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “We Owned The Night” (up 3)
Album: Own The Night (2011, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

04. COLDPLAY, “Paradise” (steady, second week)
Album: Mylo Xyloto (2011, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. ONE DIRECTION, “What Makes You Beautiful” (steady, second week)
Album: Up All Night (2011, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

02. THE SCRIPT, “Nothing” (steady, second week)
Album: Science & Faith (2011, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

01. ADELE, “Someone Like You” (steady, second week)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 20, 2016

One Dangerous debut.

One Dangerous debut.

Hold on tight, you know one of this week’s releases is a little bit hazardous, troubling… okay, just plain dangerous. (We warned you!) Luckily, there are plenty of risk-free options in the mix too. Here are this week’s new albums and singles:

  • ARIANA GRANDE — Dangerous Woman (iTunes)
    • She, perhaps, lost her “Focus” for a time last fall, but Q4 singles and brick walls are nothing new on the pop charts. However, Grande is back in the top ten with the title track from her latest set, and debuting at the top of the album chart would bring her count to three. Did we mention that Grande has a collaboration with Macy Gray?
  • BLAKE SHELTON — If I’m Honest (iTunes)
    • Shelton’s tenth studio album is quite the personal one, reflecting the major events of his past year, including a very public divorce. It features the single “Came Here To Forget”, a future #1 on the Country airplay list. It will likely do solid numbers in its first week; expect a top five debut.
  • More albums out this week: Against The Current‘s In Our Bones (iTunes), Bob Dylan‘s Fallen Angels (iTunes), Brett Dennen‘s Por Favor (iTunes), Eric Clapton‘s I Still Do (iTunes), Issues‘s Headspace (iTunes), Matt Wertz‘s Gun Shy (iTunes), Mudcrutch‘s 2 (iTunes), Saosin‘s Along The Shadow (iTunes), Yuna‘s Chapters (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Jamie N Commons‘s Jamie N Commons (iTunes), River Matthews‘s Feels Like Morning (iTunes)

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

  • “Ammunition”, Krewella (iTunes)
  • “Boyz N’ Poizn”, Phoebe Ryan (iTunes)
  • “Cherry Wine”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
  • “Feels Invincible”, Skillet (iTunes)
  • “Here I Am”, Tom Odell (iTunes)
  • “Kiss Me Goodbye”, ABC (iTunes)
  • “My P.Y.T.”, Wale (iTunes)
  • “One More Time”, Craig David (iTunes)
  • “Thank You”, Train (iTunes)
  • “The Show Must Go On”, Celine Dion featuring Lindsey Stirling (iTunes)
  • “Twice”, Catfish And The Bottlemen (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Catfish And The BottlemenDierks BentleyFifth Harmony and more.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 23, 2015

Sounds like a #1 album.

“Sounds” like a #1 album.

This week’s New Music Friday makes the Summer roll along into the fall, with a number of potential top ten entries making their debuts online and in stores. Who’s bringing the most heat? Here’s a look at the week’s top new album and single releases:

  • 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER — Sounds Good Feels Good (iTunes)
    • Last year, this Australian band and their passionate fans took their self-titled effort to #1 in the U.S. and around the world. Now, with a new album and singles like “Hey Everybody!” and “She’s Kinda Hot”, look for the four men to be seated at a real Good place next week, the top of the chart. How high is it destined to go? Stay tuned to find out.
  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD — Storyteller (iTunes)
    • Former American Idol winner Underwood has five #1 debuts (four studio albums and a hits compilation) in a row to her credit on the Top Country Albums survey, three of which have also topped the mighty Billboard 200. This could very well be her sixth set to top the genre chart, with “Smoke Break” still gaining well at radio.
  • BLAKE SHELTON — Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits (iTunes)
    • Shelton’s newest hits compilation features his 20 #1 singles from the Country radio chart, as well as his latest single, “Gonna”, which just broke the top ten at the format. It should be a consistent seller throughout the holiday season.
  • ANDREA BOCELLI — Cinema (iTunes)
    • Bocelli’s latest collection of songs features music of both stage and screen, and includes duets with Ariana Grande and Nicole Scherzinger. A top ten debut should be attainable for opera singer once again.
  • More albums out this week: Bizzle‘s Surrender (iTunes), Born Of Osiris‘s Soul Sphere (iTunes), Chris Tomlin‘s Adore: Christmas Songs Of Worship (Live) (iTunes), Dave Gahan & Soulsavers‘s Angels & Ghosts (iTunes), DJ Khaled‘s I Changed A Lot (iTunes), Half Moon Run‘s Sun Leads Me On (iTunes), Harry Connick, Jr.‘s That Would Be Me (iTunes), Joanna Newsom‘s Divers (iTunes), Kyle Park‘s Blue Roof Sessions (iTunes), Marianas Trench‘s Astoria (iTunes), Omarion‘s Reasons (iTunes), Outasight‘s Big Trouble (iTunes), Rod Stewart‘s Another Country (iTunes), Seinabo Sey‘s Pretend (iTunes), Vanessa Carlton‘s Liberman (iTunes), Walter Trout‘s Battle Scars (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Country Christmas (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Coleman Hell‘s Coleman Hell (iTunes), DNCE‘s SWAAY (iTunes), love+war‘s Hue (iTunes), POWERS‘s Legendary (iTunes), The Chainsmokers‘s Bouquet (iTunes), The Mosers‘s Ticonderoga (iTunes), Whisperer‘s Whisperer (iTunes)

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

  • “Bad Idea”, Sara Bareilles featuring Jason Mraz (iTunes)
  • “Dancing On Glass”, St. Lucia (iTunes)
  • “Emperor’s New Clothes”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
  • “End Of The World”, A Great Big World (iTunes)
  • “GoGo!”, Baauer (iTunes)
  • “Hello”, Adele (iTunes)
  • “Hollow”, Tori Kelly (iTunes)
  • “Home”, One Direction (iTunes)
  • “Looking Up”, Elton John (iTunes)
  • “Lost And Found”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
  • “One”, Esperanza Spalding (iTunes)
  • “Slow Down Time”, Us The Duo (iTunes)
  • “Snapback”, Old Dominion (iTunes)
  • “Sorry”, Justin Bieber (iTunes)
  • “Think Of You”, Chris Young featuring Cassadee Pope (iTunes)
  • “Used To Love You”, Gwen Stefani (iTunes)
  • “Used To Love You Sober”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
  • “When The Truth Hunts You Down”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
  • “Working For It”, Zhu x Skrillex x They (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Chris Janson, Def LeppardThe Neighbourhood and much more. See you then!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 30)

Royalty on the record charts.

Royalty on the record charts.

The time has come for a mighty mix of music releases to hit retailers in what can only be described as… epic. (The large amount of items, that is, not the record label.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 30:

  • Who needs just one new album when you can drop two in a week? That is the case with the legendary Prince, new to stores this week with a solo set, Art Official Age (iTunes), and a set of collaborations with the Purple One’s latest protégés, trio 3rdEyeGirl, titled PlectrumElectrum (iTunes). Neither release has produced any hit singles on the Hot 100, but the initial buzz should carry the two up the album survey.
  • For those of you loving some Country music, two new albums by superstar acts will be going for six figure opening weeks. “Neon Light” singer and longtime The Voice judge Blake Shelton is Bringing Back The Sunshine (iTunes) with his newest album, while Lady Antebellum is aboard a 747 (iTunes) to the #1 spot. Either one could enter at the top, though Shelton seems the more likely of the two.
  • Representing for the solo females on the schedule this week are California singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat with the delayed Gypsy Heart (iTunes), featuring recent single “Try”, while newcomer Tove Lo looks to be the Queen Of The Clouds (iTunes) with her debut full-length album. “Habits (Stay High)” is the hit from that one. Both might debut in the top ten when all is said and done.
  • Other releases out this week include: Boyz II Men‘s Collide (iTunes), Bryan Adams‘s Tracks Of My Years (iTunes), Gerard Way‘s Hesitant Alien (iTunes), Jeff Bridges and the Abiders‘s Live (iTunes), Lucinda Williams‘s Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone (iTunes), Melissa Etheridge‘s This Is M.E. (iTunes), Steve Aoki‘s Neon Future I (iTunes) and The Script‘s No Sound Without Silence (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:

  • “L.A.LOVE (la la)”, new from singer Fergie. (iTunes)
  • “Something In The Water”, a new single from Country star Carrie Underwood. (iTunes)
  • “Steal My Girl”, a brand new single from boy band One Direction. (iTunes)
  • “Yellow Flicker Beat”, a soundtrack cut from Lorde. (iTunes)

Next week, the madness continues with a huge release from Jason Aldean, plus newcomers Betty Who, Hozier and Tinashe all hit the scene with their debut full-length albums. A full preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (August 19)

Back in Blacc.

Back in Blacc.

This week’s schedule is all about “dem boyz”, from rap superstars to country folk and everything in between. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of August 19:

  • Currently on the Urban survey with the singles “We Dem Boyz” and followup “You And Your Friends”, rapper Wiz Khalifa huffs and puffs into stores with his newest album, Blacc Hollywood. It’s his first studio effort in a year and a half. That set, O.N.I.F.C., debuted and peaked at #2, but this one, looks like it has a chance to become his first #1 on the Billboard 200. We’ll see! (iTunes)
  • Former reality show contestant and now Country act Chase Rice goes for the Bro on his first major label release, Ignite The Night. It features “Ready Set Roll”, which is edging closer to the top ten at the radio format. Given the size of his fan base, this will probably debut somewhere in the top ten (or top five with the slow competition as it is.) (iTunes)
  • The legendary Smokey Robinson is back with some pals on Smokey & Friends, a duets album full of remakes of tunes that Robinson had a hand in, whether writing, producing or singing on. Elton John and John Legend are just two acts that feature on it. This should also break into the top ten given the older audience appeal. (iTunes)
  • If you’re a fan of the band Mötley Crüe, you’ll want to check out Nashville Outlaws – A Tribute to Mötley Crüe, a compilation of Country artists like Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts doing their takes on the classics. A cover of “Home Sweet Home” by Justin Moore is currently on the Country chart. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Buckcherry‘s F–k (EP) (iTunes), Colton Dixon‘s Anchor (iTunes), Dr. John‘s Ske-Dat-De-Dat… The Spirit Of Satch (iTunes), DragonForce‘s Maximum Overload (iTunes), Imogen Heap‘s Sparks (iTunes), Joel Crouse‘s Even The River Runs (iTunes), Kimbra‘s The Golden Echo (iTunes) and the K. Michelle soundtrack to VH1’s Rebellious Soul – The Musical (iTunes).

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

  • “Edge Of A Revolution”, the latest from rockers Nickelback. (iTunes)
  • “Homegrown Honey”, leading off the latest album by Darius Rucker. (iTunes)
  • “Neon Light”, a new single from Country star Blake Shelton. (iTunes)
  • “Shake It Off”, a hot new single from Taylor Swift. (iTunes)

Petite pop powerhouse Ariana Grande comes back in a grande way with My Everything next week, but how will others like Brad Paisley and Kem rank in the race? A full preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (Mar. 26)

Sure be cool if he was #1.

Sure be cool if he was #1.

There’s a hodgepodge of hits on the radar this week; lots of big releases across all genres. Here’s some of what you’ll find in stores this Tuesday, March 26:

  • Country singer Blake Shelton has a new studio album out today, Based On A True Story…, his eighth full-length album. Lead single “Sure Be Cool If You Did” is the current #1 Country single. It comes out just as the fourth season of The Voice premiered last night, on which Shelton is a judge. (iTunes)
  • After a serious issue for which he was hospitalized just a week ago, Lil Wayne puts out a sequel to his 2010 album, I Am Not A Human Being. “Love Me”, featuring rappers Drake and Future, is the big single from I Am Not A Human Being II, currently at #2 on Urban radio and #9 on the Hot 100. (iTunes)
  • Married Country duo Thompson Square, best known for their 2011 Country #1 hit, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?”, are back with their second album this week. Just Feels Good features their current top ten single on the same chart, “If I Didn’t Have You”. (iTunes)
  • With their first album since 2009, English electro-rockers Depeche Mode release their thirteenth album to date, Delta Machine. Two singles have been released from the effort to date: “Heaven” and “Soothe My Soul”. (iTunes)
  • The third album from electro-pop band OneRepublic is out today, Native. “If I Lose Myself” is the current single from the album, and it’s not the monster that “Apologize” was. (iTunes)
  • Rockers The Strokes are back with another album, Comedown Machine. Lead single “All The Time” is garnering some minor airplay at Alternative radio. (iTunes)
  • Already a top-ten selling album in many European countries, singer-songwriter Dido is out with her newest release in North America, Girl Who Got Away. (iTunes)
  • Metal band Sevendust are back with their first album since 2010, Black Out The Sun. It’s their ninth studio album overall. (iTunes)
  • Newcomer to the Country chart Maggie Rose, who previously charted under the name Margaret Durante, puts out her first full-length album this week, Cut To Impress. (iTunes)
  • Alan Jackson, who’s been faltering recently on the Country chart, goes for gospel this time on the more traditional-sounding Precious Memories, Volume II. (iTunes)
  • Finally, former American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox trades All This For That on her second album, released today. (iTunes)

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

  • “Boomerang”, a great new single from Canada’s Barenaked Ladies. (iTunes)
  • “The Way”, a single from Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande and rapper Mac Miller. (iTunes)
  • “We Up”, another release from 50 Cent‘s forthcoming Street King Immortal. It features Kendrick Lamar. (iTunes)

The Band Perry delivers their sophomore album next week… will it top the charts? See you in seven with a preview!

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GRAMMY Flashback: Decades Of Hits, No GRAMMY Wins

The Dogg days aren't over yet.

The Dogg days aren’t over yet.

Welcome to GRAMMY Week! This week, from Monday to Friday, you’ll be treated to some special GRAMMY related topics, from the past to the present, all leading up to the music’s biggest night on Sunday at 8PM eastern on CBS. Let’s dive into today’s post…

A lot of pages are out there about classic acts who never had the chance to win a GRAMMY for one reason or another. Some of those artists and bands include Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Queen. This post, however, is focused on the acts who have been in the industry for at least a decade yet are still recording new material and making the hits. One big thing has eluded them: a win at the GRAMMY Awards. In fact, a few of the performers on this list haven’t even been nominated before. Here are ten acts of different genres who you swore won something, but came up empty:

BLAKE SHELTON
Born in Oklahoma, Shelton’s racked up 12 number-one hits on the Country chart since his debut single, “Austin”, in 2001. He’s also a judge on NBC’s hit reality series The Voice. Shelton’s won plenty of Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Awards, and though he had three GRAMMY nominations last year, he lost all of them. This year, he’s up for Best Country Solo Performance for his #1 single, “Over”. I don’t think this is going to be one to do it for him, but he’s on such a hit streak now that a win can’t be far behind. Besides, his wife, Miranda Lambert, won a GRAMMY Award two years ago. He has to catch up while he still can!

DIERKS BENTLEY
Hard to believe that it was 2003 when Dierks Bentley scored a #1 single on the Country Chart with his first record, “What Was I Thinkin'”. Bentley’s had nine nominations over four different ceremonies, all in various Country categories, but he’s hasn’t picked up one single Award. Bentley has one nomination this year, his tenth, for Best Country Solo Performance for the #1 hit, “Home”. That one is a pretty strong contender and could be the one to break his losing streak. Bentley will be performing with Miranda Lambert on the live broadcast (perhaps a sign of a win?) and they’ll be in tour together this year.

GAVIN DEGRAW
Singer-songwriter DeGraw signed to J Records and put his first album, Chariot, in 2003. He’s best known for his 2004 single “I Don’t Want To Be”, which went to #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 at CHR radio. The guy has a solid fan base, but he’s never been nominated for a GRAMMY Award. Though his album sales have diminished over the year, his leadoff singles still chart decently on the national charts, so perhaps he’ll be due for a nomination in a lesser category sometime in the future.

GOO GOO DOLLS
With a new single “Rebel Beat” picking up some airplay gains in the last few weeks, the band out of Buffalo is looking for another winner as they enter their nineteenth year on the charts. The Dolls have been nominated for four GRAMMY Awards, including Record and Song Of The Year for their 1998 hit, “Iris”, but the band lost all four and haven’t been nominated since 2000. However, they’ve still managed to release several top ten albums and a handful of Hot 100 entries since then. Clearly past their peak, they won’t likely receive any more nominations in the future, but they’ll still get some airplay here and there even if it’s not as impacting as their 90’s material.

JENNIFER LOPEZ
She’s an actress, a dancer, a singer, and a television personality and she’s excelled in all of those departments. When it comes to Awards, however, she sometimes falls a little bit short. Case in point: the GRAMMY Awards. Lopez has been nominated just twice even though she’s been on the charts since 1999, and both came in the field of Best Dance Recording. In 2000, it was “Waiting For Tonight”, and in 2001, it was “Let’s Get Loud”, both from her On The 6 album. None of her new material from last year received a nomination at the upcoming ceremony. With more music in the works for this year, Lopez should eventually get something. It’s just a matter of what the competition looks like.

KENNY CHESNEY
He’s been on the Country Chart cranking out top ten hits for nearly twenty years and he still hasn’t won a GRAMMY. Huh? He scored his first big single in 1995, but Chesney wasn’t even nominated for his first Award until 2005, and all four of his nominations have been limited to collaborations with other performers. His most recent, last year, was “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter. He isn’t up for anything this year. I’m sure that doesn’t bother him one bit, though. Someday, he might announce his retirement and only then will he win a GRAMMY. Yes, it’s bothersome, but the Academy will do what they do.

LIFEHOUSE
This quartet turned trio turned quartet again made their chart debut in 2001 with the mega-hit “Hanging By A Moment”, but the Academy left them hanging when the song couldn’t propel them to a Best New Artist nomination at the 2002 Awards. In fact, they’ve never received a single nomination to date, which is surprising considering that they’re six albums deep into their career. Their latest release, Almería, came out in December, though lead single “Between The Raindrops” with Natasha Bedingfield hasn’t seen much attention. Will they ever take home a coveted prize? It’s looking less likely as time goes on.

PITBULL
It was back in 2004 that a then 23-year-old Pitbull hit the scene with “Culo”, which sampled the Coolie Dance riddim which about a thousand different acts used around that time. (Nina Sky‘s “Move Ya Body” was the biggest, hitting #4 on the Hot 100.) The rapper’s developed a big following at popular radio since 2009 with big songs like “Give Me Everything” with Afrojack, Nayer and Ne-Yo. He’s been nominated at the Latin GRAMMY Awards in two categories, though he lost both of them. I can’t ever see him being nominated for Album or Song Of The Year, but you’d think he would’ve at least been nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at least once by now. I guess it just proves that it’s a dog eat dog world.

SNOOP DOGG
Now, this one is a head-scratcher. How the heck does Snoop Dogg not have a GRAMMY Award? The Doggfather has been nominated fourteen times since 1994 on both featured and main credit singles, but nothing has been able to win the Award. Twelve of those nominations were in rap categories, with the most recent two of the fourteen being for a guest appearance on Katy Perry‘s hit, “California Gurls”. He’s up for a fifteenth nomination at this year’s awards for Best Rap Song on “Young, Wild, and Free” with rapper Wiz Khalifa and singer Bruno Mars. Could this finally give the guy his long-awaited recognition by the Academy? Don’t count on it, but hey, it would be a nice surprise if it happened.

THE KILLERS
Brandon Flowers and the boys have been on the scene since 2004 with several big albums in a row and hit singles like “Human” and “Mr. Brightside”. Between 2005-2007, the quartet received seven nominations in genre-specific categories (four singles, one album), though nothing managed to pick up an Award. Flowers also put out a solo album that didn’t garner any nominations. Last year, the band released Battle Born, which hasn’t done particularly well commercially, so it’s no surprise that the Academy snubbed them for another year. Their material won’t be recognized for any of the big categories, but I think they’re bound to win a lesser category if they keep putting out the great material.

Are there any performers that you think should be highlighted? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel. Stay tuned for more GRAMMY posts as the week continues!

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