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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 31, 2020

A futuristic New Music Friday.

Are you in love with the future of music? Good news: New Music Friday is here! Check out the week’s top releases, including notable albums and EPs from Brandy, Dominic Fike and Rascal Flatts, as well as the latest singles from Ava Max, Billie Eilish and Sam Smith. It’s another loaded week, so listen away:

Notable albums out this week: Alanis Morissette‘s Such Pretty Forks In The Road (iTunes), Beyoncé‘s The Lion King: The Gift (Deluxe) (iTunes), Brandy‘s B7 (iTunes), Chris Tomlin‘s & Friends (iTunes), City Morgue‘s Toxic Boogaloo (iTunes), Cory Asbury‘s To Love A Fool (iTunes), Dominic Fike‘s What Could Possibly Go Wrong (iTunes), Ella Vos‘s Turbulence (iTunes), Fontaines D.C.‘s A Hero’s Death (iTunes), Mabel‘s High Expectations… Stripped (iTunes), Mike Shinoda‘s Dropped Frames, Vol. 2 (iTunes), Phoebe Ryan‘s How It Used To Feel (iTunes), The Coronas‘s True Love Waits (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Anna Sofia‘s Broken Perfection (iTunes), BabyJake‘s Don’t Give Me Problems, Give Me Wine (iTunes), Ben Hobbs‘s Better Weather (iTunes), Lost Frequencies‘s Cup Of Beats (iTunes), Lulise‘s Even With No Makeup On (iTunes), Paige‘s Always Growing (iTunes), Rascal Flatts‘s How They Remember You (iTunes), Somegirlnamedanna‘s Twenty One, Twenty Two (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1:45AM”, No Rome featuring Bearface (iTunes)
“80’s”, Prettyboyshav (iTunes)
“Alcohol”, Holy Molly (iTunes)
“Always”, Keshi (iTunes)
“Antibodies (Do You Have The)”, Nicholas Braun (iTunes)
“Anything For You”, Ledisi & PJ Morton (iTunes)
“Bad Mother Trucker”, Eric Church (iTunes)
“Banks”, NEEDTOBREATHE (iTunes)
“Bigger”, Stan Walker (iTunes)
“Black Eyes Blue”, Corey Taylor (iTunes)
“Bodies”, The Knocks & MUNA (iTunes)
“Body (Acoustic)”, Jordan Suaste (iTunes)
“Bon Iver”, MXMToon (iTunes)
“Bottle Rocket”, Jimi Somewhere (iTunes)
“Buzz Cut”, Lovelytheband (iTunes)
“By Any Means”, Jorja Smith (iTunes)
“Cardigan (Cabin In Candlelight Version)”, Taylor Swift (iTunes)
“Careless”, Ella Eyre (iTunes)
“Caught In The Middle”, Alexander 23 (iTunes)
“Charlie Patton Highway (Turn It Up, Pt. 1)”, Robert Plant (iTunes)
“Cherry Flavoured”, The Neighbourhood (iTunes)
“Club Zero”, The Go-Go’s (iTunes)
“Concrete”, Ben Kessler (iTunes)
“Coolest Girl”, That Brunette (iTunes)
“Cry”, Gryffin & John Martin (iTunes)
“Crying Over You”, The Band CAMINO & Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“Damage Is Done”, Y2K featuring JoJo (iTunes)
“Damnboy”, Almondmilkhunni (iTunes)
“Dance”, Toni Braxton (iTunes)
“Difficult”, Amy Allen (iTunes)
“Don’t Blink”, Fancy Hagood (iTunes)
“Don’t Wanna Know”, Suriel Hess (iTunes)
“Doors Unlocked”, Murda Beatz featuring Ty Dolla $ign & Polo G (iTunes)
“Douha (Mali Mali)”, Disclosure featuring Fatoumata Diawara (iTunes)
“Empty”, Chloe Robertson (iTunes)
“Fake Plastic Trees”, Holly Humberstone (iTunes)
“Faking Love”, Tommee Profitt featuring Jung Youth & NAWAS (iTunes)
“Fool’s Love Affair”, Randy Travis (iTunes)
“For A Second”, Michael Schulte (iTunes)
“Forever”, Travis Barker featuring Run The Jewels (iTunes)
“Get On My Wave”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“Goofy”, MishCatt (iTunes)
“Happiness”, McFly (iTunes)
“Hard 2 Forget”, VINCINT (iTunes)
“Hatin’ Somebody”, Brothers Osborne (iTunes)
“Hawái”, Maluma (iTunes)
“Hero (Piano Version)”, Weezer (iTunes)
“I Should Probably Go To Bed”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
“Idol”, Hollywood Undead featuring Tech N9ne (iTunes)
“In And Out Of Love”, Melanie C (iTunes)
“Is Your Bedroom Ceiling Bored?”, Sody & Cavetown (iTunes)
“It’s All So Incredibly Loud”, Glass Animals (iTunes)
“Jewellery And Gold”, James Chatburn (iTunes)
“Just Because I Can”, Lissie (iTunes)
“Khaos x4”, Poppy (iTunes)
“LA Who Am I To Love You”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“Lazy Love”, Sheppard (iTunes)
“Leftover Love”, Lucas Estrada & Pawl featuring Clara Mae (iTunes)
“Let There Be Love”, Ananya (Birla) (iTunes)
“Lie For You”, Snakehips & Jess Glynne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Davido (iTunes)
“Lies”, GASHI (iTunes)
“Life Goes On”, Bryce Vine (iTunes)
“Live Out Your Love”, Kem featuring Toni Braxton (iTunes)
“Make Me Feel”, Skip Marley featuring Rick Ross & Ari Lennox (iTunes)
“Married In Vegas”, The Vamps (iTunes)
“Me And You”, Cold Hart & Lil Peep (iTunes)
“Monte Carlo”, Hux (iTunes)
“Move Ya Hips”, A$AP Ferg featuring Nicki Minaj & MadeinTYO (iTunes)
“My Future”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“My Oasis”, Sam Smith featuring Burna Boy (iTunes)
“Narrow Road”, NLE Choppa featuring Lil Baby (iTunes)
“No Dribble”, DaBaby & Stunna 4 Vegas (iTunes)
“Obsessed”, Claudia Valentina (iTunes)
“Only A Dream”, Zella Day (iTunes)
“Party Girl”, R3HAB (iTunes)
“Riptide”, Grandson (iTunes)
“Running Outta Love”, Jacob Collier featuring Tori Kelly (iTunes)
“Say It Again”, Griff (iTunes)
“Somebody”, Hurts (iTunes)
“Something Of Myself”, Peter Fenn (iTunes)
“Somewhere”, Surf Mesa featuring Gus Dapperton (iTunes)
“Space Truckin'”, Ace Frehley (iTunes)
“The Dark”, SYML (iTunes)
“The Feelings Tend To Stay The Same”, Curtis Waters (iTunes)
“The Usual”, Sam Fischer (iTunes)
“Torn”, KOLIDESCOPES (iTunes)
“Unbreakable”, BUNT. featuring Clarence Coffee Jr. (iTunes)
“Unsolvable”, Nicklas Sahl (iTunes)
“Used To Be”, Goody Grace (iTunes)
“Waking Up The Neighbors”, Bahari (iTunes)
“We Are Chaos”, Marilyn Manson (iTunes)
“Weird Leisure”, Biffy Clyro (iTunes)
“What You Gonna Do???”, Bastille featuring Graham Coxon (iTunes)
“Who’s Laughing Now?”, Ava Max (iTunes)
“Whole New Mess”, Angel Olsen (iTunes)
“Woman”, Lola Young (iTunes)
“Wrong”, Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“You And Islands”, Zac Brown Band (iTunes)

Next week, the latest sets from Glass Animals and Luke Bryan are among the larger releases on the schedule. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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What About The “What About?” Questioning Chart Challenges

Vital titles.

Vital titles.

If you love your tween singers, then I’m pretty sure you know who Austin Mahone is. The 17-year-old originally from Texas generated millions of hits on YouTube beginning in 2010, eventually signing with Chase/Universal Republic. Though his first two radio singles generated little buzz on the charts, the third time appears to be the charm for him as “What About Love?” is quickly moving up the pop airplay chart. Now, this isn’t the first time this exact title has become a hit. In fact, it made me start to wonder about other similar questions from the chart confusion department. What about them? What about their multiple uses? So, after decoding and digging through the Top 100 Trivia files, here’s a little bit of hit history about those “what about” songs and which ones rank the highest in leaving our pop star protestors unanswered.

Since the Billboard Hot 100 began in 1958, sixteen such song titles have entered the chart with the words “what” and “about” placed next to each other. Those can then be broken down into six distinct questions, which I’ll display below. One, “Baby, What About You?” was a minor pop crossover single for Crystal Gayle, going to #83 in 1983. Another, “What About Your Friends?” gave TLC one of their earlier smashes, reaching #7 in 1992. In addition, two songs called “What About Now?” went into the top 40: the first by Lonestar, a #1 country song, rose to #30 in 2000, and then in 2008, a fifth single by Daughtry went to #18. (A recent song of the same title by Bon Jovi failed to chart.) So, now that we have those all squared away, we’re left with three song titles. Here’s how they stack up in terms of the total amount of entries:

3. “WHAT ABOUT LOVE?” (3 songs)
Besides the new single by Mahone, which has thus far peaked at #73 after five weeks, two other songs that get to the heart of this question made the top 40 in the 1980’s. One, in fact, was by the Seattle-based band Heart. Their “What About Love?” rose to #10 in 1985, which became their first top ten single in nearly five years and reignited their more pop-oriented sound and success for the rest of the decade. Just a year later, Boston band ‘Til Tuesday released their single of the same title, peaking at #26 on the Hot 100. It was their final of two top 40 hits, but they charted on the Hot 100 through 1988.

2. “WHAT ABOUT US?” (4 songs)
A step up from there is this inquisitive title regarding the status of a couple. Four such songs have charted on the Hot 100 with this title, starting with “What About Us?” by The Coasters, a minor chart record (#47) for the group in 1959. It would take 35 years for it to appear again in a song by Jodeci, which landed at #74. Three years later, in 1997, the R&B trio Total went as high as #16 with the same title. Their song was featured on the soundtrack to Soul Food. Finally, there was the biggest of them all, a single by Brandy from her Full Moon album. That got to #7 in 2002, her last of seven top ten singles thus far in her career. (Earlier this year, a song containing the same title by The Saturdays did not chart.)

1. “WHAT ABOUT ME?” (5 songs)
Is it a self-interested thought? Maybe, but we do have to care for ourselves. Perhaps that’s why this comes in at the top spot on the list. The five songs to make Billboard’s big chart include entries by country singer Don Gibson (#100 in 1961), psychedelic rockers Quicksilver Messenger Service (#100 in 1971), Canada’s “Snowbird” Anne Murray (#64 in 1973), Australia’s pop-rockers Moving Pictures (#29 in 1983) and the ménage à trois that was Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes and James Ingram (#15 in 1984). As you can probably note, none of the five were really significant singles on the Hot 100, with Moving Pictures probably being the most memorable one as it had a long and slow first run and a re-release that just missed the top 40 in 1989. Still, as far as this list is concerned, it’s all about me, me, me.

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