There comes a time every year when the wind becomes colder and leaves fall off the trees, but luckily, things are just heating up on the fall music scene, a land which isn’t barren at all. These two acts hail from two different musical landscapes, but their music resonates with millions of people, who this week will likely be raking up loose branches and even stringing together some Christmas lights. That is life in suburbia, but this is life on the charts. “Feel” these two new releases out:
ROBIN THICKE (featuring KENDRICK LAMAR) – “Feel Good”
Release Date: November 12 (CHR radio) / Label: Star Trak/Interscope
It wouldn’t be a proper look back at 2013 without acknowledging the huge impact that Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, featuring Pharrell and T.I., had on the airplay and sales charts, and most of all, pop culture. From the viral video to the countless appearances and maybe a big number which featured the singer in a suit straight out of Beetlejuice with Miley Cyrus rubbing against him, you can’t deny that the song was the biggest hit of this year, whether you love it or you hate it. It’ll forever be his signature song. Unfortunately, followup single “Give It 2 U”, which also featured Lamar, stalled out recently on the charts due to dropping sales and the steady airplay of “Blurred”. It just wasn’t meant to be. Now comes this third mainstream single from the album; the original version features just Thicke only, while the remix with Compton rapper has yet to be released, but should be out closer to the adds date. Some people are getting hung up on the fact that this was produced and co-written by will.i.am, and while I’m generally not a fan of his, this is a disco smash, from that funky and fresh beat to the thin, high-pitched vocals reminiscent of early Prince. You’re going to boogie down into the new year. While it can’t compete with “Blurred”, this is another great surprise from the talented soulful singer.
MICHAEL BUBLÉ – “You Make Me Feel So Young”
Release Date: December 2 (United Kingdom) / Label: 143/Reprise
2013 was also quite a year for Mr. Bublé, who finds himself touring around the U.S. until the end of the month before racking up some frequent flyer miles in Europe early next year. Not only did he gain another #1 album this year which earned a Gold certification, but he also welcomed his first child into the world, a son named Noah. Well, now, the Canadian singer has a new release internationally, which I’m sure he’ll be performing to those sold-out crowds. “Young” is the fourth European single from the crooner’s most recent album To Be Loved, following “It’s A Beautiful Day”, “Close Your Eyes”, and a collaboration with Bryan Adams, “After All”. “Beautiful” has become the only hit of the bunch, either a big or moderate success depending on what territory you’re examining, so there’s likely little chance that this will come in and reignite the era at least in terms of high peaks and sales. However, he has a great take on a Frank Sinatra classic, originally introduced in the 1946 film Three Little Girls In Blue. The orchestra sounds impeccable on this one; big band fever is in full swing, and Bublé couldn’t sound any better on this album opener and highlight. Rich in tone and character, it’ll absolutely be a winner with the older audiences who know the original, and perhaps a few youngsters as well.
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