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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 31, 2017

Black is back.

We’ve made it through a quarter of the year, and the hits just keep on coming in this week’s report. Let’s check out all the action right here:

KODAK BLACK – Painting Pictures (iTunes)
The 19-year-old Florida performer is riding the success of the viral hit “Tunnel Vision” with his debut album, which follows his set of mixtapes over the last few years. The song just impacted at Urban radio, and should be charting rather soon. With a healthy amount of sale and stream equivalent units being added to its total, it should have a large debut on the album survey next week.

TRACE ADKINS – Something’s Going On (iTunes)
This is the fifteenth studio album for the Country star, who made his debut in 1996 and topped the chart with tracks like “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing” and “You’re Gonna Miss This”. His current album features the song “Watered Down”, which is in the lower rungs of the survey. Look for it somewhere in the top 40.

LA’PORSHA RENAE – Already All Ready (iTunes)
Former American Idol runner-up Renae is out with her debut album, which features the top ten Urban AC hit “Good Woman”. It’s at #9 currently. Though the buzz from the show is largely gone, there should still be some interest in the release.

More albums out this week: Aimee Mann‘s Mental Illness (iTunes), Bob Dylan‘s Triplicate (iTunes), Fleetwood Mac‘s Tango In The Night (Deluxe) (iTunes), Goldfrapp‘s Silver Eye (iTunes), Jackie Evancho‘s Two Hearts (iTunes), Jamiroquai‘s Automaton (iTunes), Jennifer Paige‘s Starflower (iTunes), MercyMe‘s Lifer (iTunes), Nelly Furtado‘s The Ride (iTunes), Phantoms‘s Phantoms (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Matt Maeson‘s Who Killed Matt Maeson? (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“9 (After Coachella)”, Cashmere Cat featuring & SOPHIE (iTunes)
“Always Summer”, Jordan Fisher (iTunes)
“Breathe (HEDEGAARD Remix)”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Do You Love Me”, Jay Sean (iTunes)
“Don’t Love Me”, Janine (iTunes)
“Don’t Take The Money”, Bleachers (iTunes)
“Ex (Acoustic)”, James TW (iTunes)
“Fault Line”, Michelle Branch (iTunes)
“Good Morning (Acoustic)”, Grouplove (iTunes)
“Happy Love”, ROMANS (iTunes)
“Humble.”, Kendrick Lamar (iTunes)
“In Cold Blood”, alt-J (iTunes)
“Keep In Line”, Maybird (iTunes)
“Low Blows”, Meg Mac (iTunes)
“Need You Now”, Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“No Promises”, Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Oh Love”, MisterWives (iTunes)
“Plastic”, Will Joseph Cook (iTunes)
“Same Dark Place”, JR JR (iTunes)
“Same Mistakes”, Seramic (iTunes)
“Sunrise Sunset”, Benny Cassette (iTunes)
“The One”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)
“The Other (Stripped)”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Ultralife”, Oh Wonder (iTunes)
“Vitamin D”, Ludacris featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“When You’re Gone”, VÉRITÉ (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Michelle Branch, PentatonixThe Chainsmokers and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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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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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (February 3)

Bob's on the job.

Bob’s on the job.

The times they are a-changin’, and so is the music scene. Luckily, there are some legacy acts to balance everything out. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of February 3:

  • He’s been putting out big sellers for five decades now, but Bob Dylan is taking a slightly different approach with this latest album of his, Shadows In The Night. A strictly covers project, Dylan takes on classic tracks from Ol’ Blue Eyes, the legendary Frank Sinatra. Just about six years ago, Dylan last debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with Together Through Life; will this bring him back to the top and earn him his sixth chart-topper? Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • Due for a strong debut thanks a fan group known as the Harmonizers, pop quintet and former X Factor finalists Fifth Harmony release their first full-length album today, Reflection. Recent single “Sledgehammer” is now done on CHR radio, though it did reach a higher peak than “BO$$” and “Miss Movin’ On”. Given the weak sales period every year at this time, a #1 debut is possible with this set. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Kid Ink peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 last year with My Own Lane, and he’ll be trying to break the same region again with Full Speed. Two songs have charted at both Rhythmic and Urban radio from the new project: “Body Language” (with Usher and Tinashe) and “Hotel” (with Chris Brown.) (iTunes)
  • Once again, the music compilations are taking over the new releases schedule, as NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 53 (iTunes) and NOW That’s What I Call Movies! (iTunes) both debut, as well as WOW Gospel 2015. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Butch Walker‘s Afraid Of Ghosts (iTunes), Diana Krall‘s Wallflower (iTunes), Jeremy Camp‘s I Will Follow (iTunes), LeAnn Rimes‘s All-Time Greatest Hits (iTunes), Skizzy Mars‘s The Red Balloon Project (iTunes), Tor Miller‘s Headlights (EP) (iTunes) and Two Gallants‘s We Are Undone (iTunes).

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

  • “Billion”, a pre-release track from Mat Kearney. (iTunes)
  • “Brother”, a new version of a needtobreathe album cut, featuring Gavin DeGraw. (iTunes)
  • “Clint Eastwood”, a new single from Jessie James Decker. (iTunes)
  • “Hurricane”, new from the group MisterWives. (iTunes)
  • “I’m A Ruin”, the latest pre-release song by Marina & The Diamonds. (iTunes)
  • “Knock Me Out”, the debut release from Fancy Reagan. (iTunes)
  • “Let Me Down Easy”, a new single from Max Frost. (iTunes)

Next week, the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Of Grey debuts, and with several hit singles to date, it is sure to make a big splash on the charts. How will it do against Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and other big albums? A full preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 4)

"Blame" it on the reign.

“Blame” it on the reign.

We took a trip back to 1989 last week, but this week, we’re back to the future with several releases that definitely belong in 2014. Then again, there are some older acts on the schedule that may take us time traveling again. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of November 4:

  • He’s one of the hottest DJ’s and music producers on the charts today: 30-year-old Calvin Harris is taking over the world and he pulls into power with his latest album, Motion. It includes the current worldwide hit “Blame”, featuring John Newman, as well as his big song of a few months ago, “Summer”. His last album went top 20 on the Billboard 200, but this is due for a much better peak. (iTunes)
  • Continuing with a set of bootleg recordings that have been released for over two decades, the legendary Bob Dylan is out in stores with The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete, an astounding six disc collection of original recordings by he and The Band that were produced during the summer of 1967. This is an essential for the Dylan fan in the family. (iTunes)
  • Covering tunes from some of the greatest girl groups in all of music history, a certain Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, is out with It’s The Girls! This is the performer’s first studio album in eight years, and while it may not rank as well as the classics in her catalogue, the older demo will definitely be out for this one. (iTunes)
  • Two rereleases from Paul McCartney and Wings take flight into stores this week: the former #1 sets Venus And Mars (iTunes) and Wings At The Speed Of Sound (iTunes) see deluxe editions with additional discs with bonus cuts and hardcover books documenting the making of each album.
  • Other releases out this week include: Ani DiFranco‘s Allergic To Water (iTunes), Dirty South‘s With You (iTunes), Jake Miller‘s Lion Heart (EP) (iTunes), Janine And The Mixtape‘s Dark Mind (EP) (iTunes), Maddie & Tae‘s Maddie & Tae (EP) (iTunes), Neil Young‘s Storytone (iTunes), Teyana Taylor‘s VII (iTunes), Theophilus London‘s Vibes (iTunes), The Doobie Brothers‘s Southbound (iTunes), The Rolling Stones‘s From The Vault: Hampton Coliseum (iTunes), The Vamps‘s Meet The Vamps (iTunes) and T-Pain‘s T-Pain Presents Happy Hour: The Greatest Hits (iTunes).

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

  • “Heartbeat”, the new single from Mat Kearney. (iTunes)
  • “Maybe I Should Call”, a pre-release single from singer K. Michelle. (iTunes)

It’s another stack of Monday releases for the next (at least) three weeks, with new albums from the Foo Fighters, Garth Brooks, Nick Jonas and more on deck. See you on Sunday night.

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REWIND: Four Guys In Disguise… Wonder Who?

I hear these guys change with the Seasons...

I hear these guys change with the Seasons…


You’ve probably seen the advertisements for the Clint Eastwood directed Jersey Boys film, which opens in movie theaters  today. It’s based on the successful musical of the same name and tells the story of pop quartet The Four Seasons, their run of hits and the troubles within the band. Now, being that Frankie Valli and his group were so iconic and certainly left a number of musical memories, I guess I could’ve picked anything to highlight in their decades long career. However, it’s one from deep into their chart success that may be the most intriguing and probably one of the strangest cases in chart history, a two-horse race that will have you seeing doubling. Wonder who’s causing some trouble here?

By 1964, the group had made the jump from Vee-Jay Records to Phillips after their former label was dealt several financial issues, though both labels managed to chart top 40 singles by the act during that year. Luckily, those released on their new home were significantly larger, including the #1 hit “Rag Doll”, which spent two weeks at the top in July. In the months after this, an executive from Phillips heard a recording that Valli and the boys had made two years prior for what was supposed to be an album to fulfill their contract with Vee-Jay, specifically built around various songs of Bob Dylan. The effort was not released, but a song from it, meant as a joke, ended up as one of “The Four Seasons” bigger hits of 1965.

“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Alright”, originally recorded for The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan in 1963, was issued in that fall as just “Don’t Think Twice” for The Wonder Who?, a name created by the label as they couldn’t credit the quartet or even Valli himself. Given the much higher falsetto performance by the singer, it sounded different enough to be a “new act”, yet recognizable to those who could figure out the mystery. After all, both it and “Let’s Hang On”, the current single at the time by The Four Seasons, were on the same label (Phillips) and produced by the same man, Bob Crewe.


While “Hang” made its debut in October after two failed single, “Twice” did not enter the Hot 100 until early November and at lowly #90, while the former song was solidly headed into the top ten. However, by Thanksgiving (and the chart dated on the 27th of the month), “Twice” took several leaps up and landed at #32, making the group the first act in history to achieve two different top 40 singles consecutively under two different names. On the Christmas chart of 1965, “Hang” and “Twice” made their closest pass to one another; the former was holding steady at #4, while the latter peaked at #12, increasing that record to the top 20. Both began falling the next week, but not before they solidified their entry in a pretty interesting piece of chart trivia that’s not often remembered.

In the years to come, The Four Seasons had several other hits for Phillips before fading until the mid-70’s, during which Frankie Valli scored several hits on Private Stock, while The Four Seasons signed to Curb/Warner and also launched a comeback with 1975’s “Who Loves You” and 1976’s “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)”, which topped the Hot 100 that March for three weeks. Meanwhile, The Wonder Who? didn’t have to wonder much longer; after their sole top 40 entry, three additional singles reached the Hot 100 but stalled out far below. Much like the official revelation of their identity, it was no real surprise that the singles didn’t stand a chance.

For more on those four Jersey Boys and their rise to stardomcheck out the new movie and/or download one of their hits collections via iTunes. You’ll be beggin’ for more.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 5)

All that Mathers this week.

All that Mathers this week.

Ready to go berzerk over another week of big releases? Of course you are. Here are all the albums and singles you need to know about for the week of November 5:

  • With four songs floating around the top ten on iTunes, including the new radio hit “The Monster” (featuring Rihanna), rapper Eminem is set to have a huge opening frame with next week’s #1 album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Reviews have been generally favorable thus far; only question is, how high will it go? Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • After all the push backs and changes in singles, Avril Lavigne‘s self-titled album is out this week, likely aiming for a top 5 debut. The current single from the project is “Let Me Go”, a duet with husband Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. (iTunes) (Read my review!)
  • Canada’s out in full force this week; diva Celine Dion also wants to wake up the industry with Loved Me Back To Life, with the title track getting some airplay at Adult Contemporary radio. Look for it to enter in the top ten, if not higher. (iTunes)
  • Singer-songwriter James Blunt returns this week with Moon Landing, featuring the single “Bonfire Heart”. The song is beautiful, it’s true. (iTunes)
  • They own the night, at least in song, but they won’t be owning the charts this time around. After two underperforming singles, “I Found You” and “We Own The Night”, The Wanted are out with Word Of Mouth, likely to flop here but  still doing well overseas. (iTunes)
  • Just looking for the classics this week? Look no further than Bob Dylan‘s The Complete Album Collection, available digitally by decade: 60’s (iTunes), 70’s (iTunes), 80’s (iTunes) and 90’s (iTunes). Also of note this week is Miami Pop Festival, recorded live in 1968 from the Jimi Hendrix Experience (iTunes).
  • Other albums out this week include Il Divo‘s A Musical Affair (iTunes), Jake Miller‘s Us Against Them (iTunes), Luscious Jackson‘s Magic Hour (iTunes), M.I.A.‘s Matangi (iTunes), Scott Stapp‘s Proof Of Life (iTunes) and Stryper’s No More Hell To Pay (iTunes).

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

  • “Bad Day”, the latest Music Mondays track from Justin Bieber. (iTunes)
  • “Courage”, a new single from legendary artist Peter Gabriel. (iTunes)
  • “Dope”, another album track from Lady Gaga‘s ARTPOP. (iTunes)
  • “I Do”, a new track from country and pop singer Jessie James Decker. (iTunes)
  • “I See Fire”, a soundtrack release from Ed Sheeran from The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. (iTunes)
  • “Move”, already lighting up the charts in Australia and the United Kingdom for Little Mix. (iTunes)
  • “Perfume”, the second scentimental single from Britney Spears‘s Britney Jean. (iTunes)
  • “Say Something”, a new version of the A Great Big World single featuring Christina Aguilera. (iTunes)
  • “Talk About It”, a great new single from Swedish singer-songwriter Erik Hassle. (iTunes)

Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP will be the talk of the town next week; find out about it and more coming up next Tuesday!

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PREDICTION: Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons Could Be Among Top GRAMMYs Nominees

Thinking bout some GRAMMY wins.

Thinking bout some GRAMMY wins.

(Check this post for the actual nominations.)

It’s almost time once again for the GRAMMY Awards, “Music’s Biggest Night”, celebrating the best in music from the past year of many musical genres. The ceremony will take place on February 10, 2013, but on Wednesday night, December 5, CBS will be broadcasting the GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!, a one-hour event beginning at 10 PM Eastern and featuring performances by Dierks Bentley, Fun., Hunter Hayes, Luke Bryan, Maroon 5, Ne-Yo, The Band Perry, and The Who. Now, obviously, not every award will be announced during the telecast, but many where these performers are actually nominated in will be presented in full, and the complete list is usually updated online shortly afterwards. This means that’s it’s time to make some predictions. Continuing a trend over the past few years, I’m thinking that the nominations will trend more commercial as a whole, though there could be surprises as usual. Here’s what I’m anticipating for the Big Four Awards: Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist.

(The actual eligibility period for the releases in contention for nominations is October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012, so keep that in mind as you read these predictions.)

Bob Dylan – Tempest
Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
Frank Ocean – Channel ORANGE
Mumford & Sons – Babel
The Black Keys – El Camino

Close Calls:
Bonnie Raitt – Slipstream
Dave Matthews Band – Away From The World
Drake – Take Care
Fun. – Some Nights
Lionel Richie – Tuskegee

They’ve been nominated for six awards and lost all of them, so I’m thinking this will be the year for Mumford & Sons to finally clinch a big one with Album Of The Year for Babel. With the second-best opening of 2012 on the Album Chart (600,000 copies sold), it’s a commercial and critical success, the perfect storm for them to receive the win. Frank Ocean is my backup choice to win the Award. Ocean, who made waves in July when he came out in a blog note, has done alright commercially, but has been a huge critical effort, with glowing reviews from a number of writers. A win would push the album past Gold status and possibly to Platinum, while at the same time, make a huge statement for the R&B and hip-hop community. Past GRAMMY nominees for Album Of The Year Bob Dylan and Coldplay will most likely secure nominations once again, and The Black Keys, who won Best Alternative Album for Brothers in 2011, will most likely get their first nod for Album Of The Year with El Camino, which gained them an even bigger audience.

Adele – Set Fire To The Rain
Drake featuring Rihanna – Take Care
fun. featuring Janelle Monae – We Are Young
Gotye featuring Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know
Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait

Close Calls:
Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Frank Ocean – Thinking Bout You
Katy Perry – Wide Awake
The Black Keys – Lonely Boy

Gotye and Kimbra are pretty much a lock for winning with their international smash. Mumford & Sons would be a backup as “I Will Wait” is another solid single for the band and would only ensure them winning Album Of The Year. The other three nominees were all commercial successes but even Adele, who swept at last year’s ceremony, won’t see a win this year in the category, though she’ll probably easily get a win for her Live At The Royal Albert Hall DVD in the Long Form Video category.

Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Frank Ocean – Thinking Bout You
Katy Perry – Wide Awake
Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait

Close Calls:
Drake featuring Rihanna – Take Care
Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
Phillip Phillips – Home
The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
The Lumineers – Ho Hey

This one is a tough choice because “Set Fire To The Rain” and “Somebody That I Used To Know” weren’t submitted by their respective labels to be considered for this Award. That being said, I think Frank Ocean will be walking away with this one. It’s been a slow burner at Urban radio and a win would probably guarantee at least a minor CHR radio crossover. The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, would be my second choice, which was included in the soundtrack to President Obama’s successful reelection campaign and saw notable gains because of it. Though Wrecking Ball won’t likely be nominated anywhere near the top tier of awards, the single is strong enough to hold its ground in this category. Mumford & Sons is another obvious nominee and would probably have an easier time winning Song Of The Year, but they’ll be denied. The two poppier releases by Carly Rae Jepsen and Katy Perry could pull off a surprise, but I have serious doubts about it. They would be lucky enough to be nominated.

Frank Ocean
Hunter Hayes
One Direction

Close Calls:
Alabama Shakes
Carly Rae Jepsen
Christina Perri
Ed Sheeran
Ellie Goulding

Best New Artist is for sure going to be a competitive category this year. Frank Ocean is a given, so is Gotye, but I’m predicting the Award goes to Fun. as they have two big hits under the belt and I’m pretty sure this category is going to skew way more commercial this year after two consecutive years of wins by artists far outside the mainstream, Esperanza Spalding in 2010 and Bon Iver in 2011. Hunter Hayes will be the token Country nominee, and yes, One Direction will get a nominee for Best New Artist. Even Justin Bieber got nominated for the category in 2010. The boy band has a better chance of collecting it than Bieber did, but they won’t.

Come back on December 5 to see how I did! If you have any alternative predictions for these four categories, let me know in the comments!


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