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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 14, 2018

A web of new music.

‘Tis the season for some jolly gifts from the musical gods, including several notable rap albums and the big soundtrack to one of this weekend’s hottest films. Here are all the albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
Featuring new songs from Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone and many other artists, the soundtrack to this animated movie (which opens tomorrow) should receive a nice boost if the film performs at the box office. Malone’s “Sunflower” (with Swae Lee) is currently charting at several radio formats.

KODAK BLACK – Dying To Live (iTunes)
This album features the Travis Scott and Offset-assisted “Zeze”, a recent #2 single on the Billboard Hot 100 that continues its run in the top ten on the Rhythmic and Urban charts. Given that song’s success, the entire set is likely to be fairly reactive in the market.

MITCHELL TENPENNY – Telling All My Secrets (iTunes)
Tenpenny recently topped the Country radio survey with the hit “Drunk Me”, which is to be followed with “Alcohol You Later” in the new year. We’re sure plenty of his fans will be taking a sip of his latest album in the next few days.

Notable albums out this week: Alan Walker‘s Different World (iTunes), Bay Faction‘s Florida Guilt (iTunes), Bruce Springsteen‘s Springsteen On Broadway (iTunes), Kid Ink‘s Missed Calls (iTunes), The Chainsmokers‘s Sick Boy (iTunes), Vic Mensa‘s Hooligans (iTunes), Volbeat‘s Let’s Boogie! Live From Telia Parken (iTunes), We Three‘s We Three (iTunes), Wisin Y Yandel‘s Los Campeones Del Pueblo (The Big Leagues) (iTunes), ZAYN‘s Icarus Falls (iTunes), Ninjawerks (Vol. 1) (iTunes), Vox Lux (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Chris Ayer‘s Holiday (iTunes), Daniel Powter‘s Giants (iTunes), Gryffin‘s Gravity, Pt. 1 (iTunes), Netsky‘s Abbot Kinney (iTunes), The Decemberists‘s Traveling On (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“100 Ways”, Zhavia Ward (iTunes)
“All I Want For Christmas Is You”, New Hope Club (iTunes)
“Back & Forth (Acoustic)”, Becky Hill (iTunes)
“Behave (James Carter Remix)”, Benjamin Ingrosso (iTunes)
“Cheerleader (Demo)”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Dasher”, Gerard Way featuring Lydia Night (iTunes)
“Dirty Blonde”, Eden xo (iTunes)
“Don’t F–k With My Money”, Mystery Skulls (iTunes)
“Done (R3HAB Remix)”, Nikki Vianna (iTunes)
“Elevate”, Papa Roach (iTunes)
“Excuses (Kia Love Remix)”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“Give It”, Betta Lemme (iTunes)
“Glitch”, Martin Garrix & Julian Jordan (iTunes)
“Imagine”, Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“Jello”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Last Xmas”, Allie X (iTunes)
“London”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Loneliness”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Man To Man”, Dorian Electra (iTunes)
“No Plans”, AJ Mitchell featuring Marteen (iTunes)
“Numb”, Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Other Side Of Love”, Anderson East (iTunes)
“Paradise (Acoustic)”, Ofenbach featuring Benjamin Ingrosso (iTunes)
“Pep Talk” and “Quarter-Life Crisis”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“Pretty Paper”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“Psycho”, Delaney Jane (iTunes)
“Rewrite The Stars (Wideboy’s Hands In The Air Remix)”, James Arthur & Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Shivers”, JT Roach (iTunes)
“Speechless (Lucas & Steve Remix)”, Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola (iTunes)
“Stop Believing In Santa”, MNEK (iTunes)
“Strangers In The Night”, Fergus (iTunes)
“Sunday Morning (Alyx Ander Remix)”, Matoma featuring Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Tell Me It’s Over”, Avril Lavigne (iTunes)
“Testify”, Robin Thicke (iTunes)
“That’s Yo Money”, T-Pain (iTunes)
“The Mask”, Matt Maeson (iTunes)
“Tired Of Being Lonely”, Jackson Harris (iTunes)
“Tough”, Quinn XCII featuring Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Used To Love”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Voicebreaks”, Sofi De La Torre (iTunes)
“War Cry”, Queen Naija (iTunes)
“Waste It On Me (Cheat Codes Remix)”, Steve Aoki featuring BTS (iTunes)
“What Happens In a Small Town”, Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell (iTunes)
“What’s Goin’ On”, Vigiland (iTunes)
“Woman Like Me (Banx & Ranx Remix)”, Little Mix (iTunes)
“Xmas Trees”, Bibi Bourelly (iTunes)
“Yesterday”, Justin Klump (iTunes)
“You Mean The Whole Wide World To Me”, Christina Perri (iTunes)

You’ll have to wait until January for some larger albums to appear on the schedule again; a condensed post for next week is TBD for now. Until then, thanks for another great musical year. 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 September 23, 2016

A "Treat" for this week.

A “Treat” for this week.

Vine stars and Broadway stars are among the acts looking to grab some streams and sales this week. What music will move you? Here are the notable albums and singles out this week:

SHAWN MENDES — Illuminate (iTunes)
Led by the multi-format hit “Treat You Better”, 18-year-old Mendes is looking for his second #1 album on the Billboard 200. Of course, his first chart-topper was Handwritten, which took a massive slide in its second week on the chart. Should we expect the new set to be front-loaded as well? You bet! However, there should be radio hits from it through the new year.

IDINA MENZEL — idina. (iTunes)
If you’re looking for another “Let It Go”, it’s probably not on Menzel’s new album. Plus, do we really need another one? Still, it’s worth a listen to her new set for a bunch of other great songs. “Queen Of Swords” is the current single from it, recently making a splash in the top 30 on the AC survey.

PASSENGER — Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea (iTunes)
One of my top picks for this week is the new effort from this English singer/songwriter. Leadoff single “Somebody’s Love” spent a week at #1 on my personal chart, and it’s still climbing up the top 20 at Triple A radio. It’ll likely hit the top 40 on the Billboard 200… well, at least I hope it will.

More albums out this week: Brian McKnight‘s An Evening With Brian McKnight (iTunes), Bruce Springsteen‘s Chapter And Verse (iTunes), Kristin Chenoweth‘s The Art Of Elegance (iTunes), MUTEMATH‘s Changes (iTunes), My Chemical Romance‘s The Black Parade / Living With Ghosts (The 10th Anniversary Edition) (iTunes), Skylar Grey‘s Natural Causes (iTunes), Ty Dolla $ign‘s Campaign (iTunes), Trolls (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Luke Bryan‘s Farm Tour… Here’s To The Farmer (iTunes), The Score‘s Unstoppable (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“50,000”, Sting (iTunes)
“All Fall Down”, Tor Miller (iTunes)
“Be Your Love”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“FAB.”, JoJo featuring Remy Ma (iTunes)
“Guys My Age”, Hey Violet (iTunes)
“Labor Of Love”, Bon Jovi (iTunes)
“Older And Taller”, Regina Spektor (iTunes)
“On An Evening In Roma (Sott’er Celo De Roma)”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
“Signs”, Cherub featuring T.I. (iTunes)
“Spiderweb”, The Mowgli’s (iTunes)
“Starboy”, The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (iTunes)
“Still Breathing”, Green Day (iTunes)
“Sweet Dreamer”, Will Joseph Cook (iTunes)
“Tear Up This Town”, Keane (iTunes)
“WALLS”, Kings Of Leon (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from BANKS, Regina Spektor, William Michael Morgan and more.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 4, 2015

Will their Dreams come true?

Will their Dreams come true?

This week’s New Music Friday is Full of notable releases for the first week of December. After all, it is the heart of Q4 and there’s a need for new music before Christmas. Here’s a look at this week’s top new albums and singles:

  • COLDPLAY — A Head Full Of Dreams (iTunes)
    • It’s looking like Adele will likely grab a third week at #1 with 25, which means a second-place finish for this group is a sad end to their streak of four chart-topping studio albums in a row. That being said, I think they’re doing just fine. It is led by “Adventure Of A Lifetime”, the current #2 song on AAA radio and a top ten on the Alternative chart. Will the bevy of featured artists and poppier sound give this era some longevity? Stay tuned.
  • TROYE SIVAN — Blue Neighbourhood (iTunes)
    • Sivan has built up a huge following on YouTube in the past several years, and his two major-label EPs both peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 about a year apart. Despite this, he’s had no major radio play here, and that could ultimately shift some units. We’ll see what happens when “Youth” is sent to pop radio in January. Look for this in the top five.
  • RICK ROSS — Black Market (iTunes)
    • Thus far, five out of Ross’s seven studio albums have debuted at #1 on the album chart, which is a pretty solid batting average. This one is going to miss, but it’ll definitely keep his top ten streak alive at eight. “Sorry” is the current radio single from it, a current top 20 hit (and climbing) at Urban radio, and it features Chris Brown.
  • G-EAZY — When It’s Dark Out (iTunes)
    • The 26-year-old hip hop artist from Oakland is out with his second major-label album today, which features the song “Me, Myself & I”, a collaboration with Beba Rexha. It’s approaching the top 30 at Rhythmic radio. Look for it in the top ten, but it’ll likely have a lower entry than the #3 debut of his last effort.
  • More albums out this week: Babyface‘s Return Of The Tender Lover (iTunes), Bette Midler‘s A Gift Of Love (iTunes), Bruce Springsteen‘s The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (iTunes), Curren$y‘s Canal Street Confidential (iTunes), Fleetwood Mac‘s Tusk (Deluxe Reissue) (iTunes), Jeremih‘s Late Nights (iTunes), Kid Cudi‘s Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven (iTunes), Pimp C‘s Long Live The Pimp (iTunes), The Music of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 4, Volume 1 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: FERN‘s 68 And Douglas (iTunes), Jessie James Decker‘s This Christmas (iTunes), Mainland‘s Outcast (iTunes)

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

  • “Ain’t Too Cool”, LunchMoney Lewis (iTunes)
  • “FloiDada”, Animal Collective (iTunes)
  • “Genghis Khan”, Miike Snow (iTunes)
  • “Livin’ The Dream”, Drake White (iTunes)
  • “My D**k”, 3OH!3 (iTunes)
  • “New York City”, The Knocks featuring Cam’Ron (iTunes)
  • “One And Only”, Royal Tongues (iTunes)
  • “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree/Winter Wonderland”, Straight No Chaser (iTunes)
  • “Seasick Dream”, Jack Johnson (iTunes)
  • “Start A Riot”, BANNERS (iTunes)
  • “Stay”, Kygo featuring Maty Noyes (iTunes)
  • “Steady”, Chrisette Michele (iTunes)
  • “Too Late To Say Goodbye”, Cage The Elephant (iTunes)

Next week, we’ll have an update with new albums from August Alsina, CamR. Kelly and more. See you then!

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Are You Afraid Of The “Dark”? Songs In The Shadows

Lighting up the charts.

Lighting up the charts.

In the middle of a U.S. promotional tour and raking in some new stations at both the AAA and Hot AC formats, the singer and songwriter known as Passenger (born Mike Rosenberg) is looking to score his second big Stateside hit with “Scare Away The Dark”. Now, of course, when he’s had three #1 singles in a row on my personal chart, you can probably figure that “Scare” is bound to be another big record on my top 40. (Spoiler Alert: it looks like it’s going to be just outside the top ten on my next update.) However, when it comes to a national audience, things could look mighty different.

Sometimes, it’s a dark world out there, and in the world of charts, it can also be a “dark” one. Since the Hot 100 began back in 1958, there have been plenty of murky musical sensations to rank, but only a handful of them have cast their shadows up into the top ten. Grab a flashlight as we take a look back:

“Reach Out Of The Darkness”, Friend And Lover (#10, 1968)
This was only big single for this once-married duo of Cathy and Jim Post, the latter of whom was inspired to write this song from his experience at a peaceful gathering in New York City. The folky “Reach” spent three straight weeks at #10 in June.

“Dark Lady”, Cher (#1, 1974)
Nearly a decade after first charting as one half of Sonny & Cher, the legendary Mrs. Sarkisian put her solo career into full gear with two consecutive #1 singles, 1973’s “Half-Breed” and this. She’s currently performing on her Dressed To Kill tour.

“Dancing In The Dark”, Bruce Springsteen (#2, 1984)
They call him The Boss, and given the seven top ten singles in a row from Born In The U.S.A., that nickname was especially true then. “Dancing” stalled out in the #2 spot on the Hot 100 for four weeks, but it spent two weeks at #1 on rival Cashbox.

“On The Dark Side”, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (#7, 1984)
Originally from the soundtrack to Eddie And The Cruisers, “On” originally peaked at a lowly #64 in 1983 and the film didn’t do much better. Thanks to some help from HBO, the song earned a second run based on the repeat airings and went top ten.

“Piano In The Dark”, Brenda Russell featuring Joe Esposito (#6, 1988)
In perhaps one of the most interesting comeback stories of the 80’s, Russell trumped her #30 peak for 1979’s “So Good, So Right” with this big top ten ballad in 1988. It hit the top ten once again in 2012 as a sample on rapper Flo Rida‘s hit “I Cry”.

“Coming Out Of The Dark”, Gloria Estefan (#1, 1991)
After a pretty serious bus accident in March 1990 during the promotion of her Cuts Both Ways album, Estefan spent much time in rehabilitation before returning the studio to record Into The Light. “Coming” is her last #1 on the Hot 100 thus far.

“Dark Horse”, Katy Perry featuring Juicy J (#1, 2014)
Just a few weeks ago, this was the #1 single on both CHR radio and the Hot 100. It was the third to be released from Perry’s PRISM and is the biggest of the era so far. However, it’s now falling as “Birthday” unwraps the gift of fresh airplay and sales.

For more ditties that keep it “dark” and lyrics that let the light in, follow the blog below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (January 14)

Hoping for a #1.

Hoping for a #1.

From a Jersey boy to a Country boy, and from pop queens to Dap-Kings, we’ve got a little bit of everything on the menu this week. Here are all the releases you need to know about for January 14:

  • The Boss is back to take his place at the top of the charts. With his first album since 2012, Bruce Springsteen returns with High Hopes, a collection of remakes, outtakes and re-recorded versions of songs from prior efforts. It’s a first for him, but one that should prove to be popular with his core fans. Look for it to debut at #1 or very close to it. (iTunes)
  • California rockers Switchfoot are Fading West on their latest album, featuring the Alternative single “Who We Are” and Christian radio hit “Love Alone Is Worth The Fight”. Much like their last album, 2011’s Vice Verses, a top ten debut on the Billboard 200 seems likely. (iTunes)
  • She sure is a trooper. Diagnosed with cancer last year and now returning to her musical group, the soulful sounds of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are back with Give The People What They Want, their latest for Daptone Records. (iTunes)
  • On the Country circuit this week, check out Jennifer Nettles‘s first solo album apart from Sugarland, That Girl (iTunes), and newcomer Jon Pardi hits the scene with Write You A Song. (iTunes) Both artists are currently on the Country chart with their respective singles; title track “That Girl” for Nettles and “Up All Night” for Pardi. (For some classic Country, you’ll want a listen to Mary Chapin Carpenter‘s Songs From The Movies (iTunes) and Rosanne Cash‘s River And The Thread. (iTunes))
  • Other albums out this week include the U.S. release of Bastille‘s All This Bad Blood (iTunes), James Vincent McMorrow‘s Post Tropical (iTunes), Kidz Bop Kids‘s Volume 25 (iTunes), Mindless Self Indulgence‘s F–k Machine (iTunes), Ryan Star‘s A N G E L S + A N I MA L S (iTunes) and The Crystal Method‘s The Crystal Method. (iTunes)

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

  • “Can’t Remember To Forget You”, a hot duet for Shakira and Rihanna. (iTunes)
  • “Coming Of Age”, new from California rockers Foster The People. (iTunes)
  • “Give Me Back My Hometown”, the latest single from Country singer Eric Church. (iTunes)
  • Hits Like A Hurricane (EP), a five-song effort of the singles and more from Chris Wallace. (iTunes)
  • “I’m A Freak”, a new track by Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull. (iTunes)
  • “Rewind”, already racing up the Country charts for Rascal Flatts. (iTunes)
  • “The Heart”, a new single from Southern rockers needtobreathe. (iTunes)

Next week, A Great Big World tries to take over the world with their debut album. Will they make it to #1? A preview is coming in seven.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #85 to #71 (Post 2 of 11)

Open your chart to me.

Open your chart to me.

From now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be counting down my top 100 songs of the year as I’ve been tabulating over the past few weeks. Every week, I make a top 40 list, and each position gets a certain amount of points, plus, I add in some extra points for weeks at #1, which goes towards their yearly total. The survey period is from December 4, 2011 to November 25, 2012. 177 songs ranked in the top 40 at some point this year, an increase of eleven from last year, which means that the pace picked up a little bit. Ties are broken by (1) peak position, then (2) weeks at peak position, and then (3) number of weeks on chart should it go that far. Everything from the top of the pops is in here: boy bands, bubblegum, country, dance, rock, and all the surprise hits and major under-performers in-between. Of course, I’ll be commenting on them as well, but I’m saving the good stuff until we get towards the top-tier of the top 100. We’re 15 songs down and have 85 more hits to go. Let’s pick back up at #85…

085. Kris Allen – The Vision Of Love (174 points) (PEAK: #21)
Here’s another Idol winner that was dropped by his label this year after his sophomore release, Thank You Camellia, underperformed. It’s a shame as this one was probably his catchiest single to date. The label credit on his recent Christmas EP is independent My T Mouse Records, a play on the cartoon superhero from the 1940’s.

084. Karmin – Crash Your Party (189 points) (PEAK: #16)
First of three singles in the top 100 for this so-called swag pop duo hailing from Beantown. This was essentially a “promotional single” as it didn’t appear on their major label debut, an EP entitled Hello. The title track is the next one up of the three.

083. Will Young – Come On (189 points) (PEAK: #12)
From his album Echoes, Young has one more song in the top 100, coming up in this section, in fact. Of the four singles from the album, only one made my top ten ten: “Jealousy”, which peaked at #3 last year.

082. Dave Matthews Band – Mercy (195 points) (PEAK: #19)
Matthews and the band have always performed solidly on my chart, but this was the first DMB era without a top ten hit on my survey since 2002’s Busted Stuff. “Where Are You Going?” made my top twenty, but failed to make the top ten. It was sonically boring and after a while of just sitting there, I had to let it fall. Perhaps you can attribute this same sort of story with this year’s #82 song.

081. Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. – Give Me All Your Luvin’ (196 points) (PEAK: #15)
Despite a Clear Channel “artist integration” deal which enabled radio stations to play the song every hour on the hour for the better part of three days, this was a major disappointment for the Material Girl. Yes, the demo leaked late last year and yes, it did attain a peak of #9 on the Hot 100, but it got zero longevity beyond her Super Bowl performance. (A very good performance, by the way.) This is the only song by Her Madgesty in the year-end survey.

080. Eric Hutchinson – Watching You Watch Him (201 points) (PEAK: #20)
Remember when Perez Hilton’s influence was so big that he could break an act? That’s what happened with this guy and his 2008 album, Sounds Like This, which launched “Rock & Roll” up to #14 for two weeks. His second hit on my chart was a decent one, but just didn’t muster enough chart power to rank any higher than it did.

079. Will Young – I Just Want A Lover (202 points) (PEAK: #18)
Ever wanted to see a guy romancing a shopping cart? Take a look at the odd video clip for this song. Just last month, Young switched labels from 19/RCA to Island, and hopes to have a new record out in 2013.

078. fun. – Carry On (214 points) (PEAK: #2)
Though it was #2 back in November, it’s now gone on to spend three weeks at #1 on my personal chart. That makes fun. the first group to score three number-ones consecutively in a calendar year since the Backstreet Boys did it back in 2001 with “The Call”, “More Than That” and “Drowning”.

077. Conor Maynard – Vegas Girl (221 points) (PEAK: #18)
He’s another YouTube discovery who has now garnered three top ten hits in the United Kingdom, this one peaking at #4 over there. He’s not quite the British version of Justin Bieber in terms of fandom and sales, but he does make a solid Pop record. His album, Contrast, gets a U.S. release in early January.

076. Rebecca Ferguson – Nothing’s Real But Love (223 points) (PEAK: #19)
This gal from Liverpool brings some soulful sounds to the countdown, peaking at #19 for four consecutive weeks. Though she hasn’t amassed a huge following in the States, her album has had a decent run in the United Kingdom. Hey, she beat Matt Cardle, who beat her to take the X Factor crown, on my year-end survey for the year. That’s pretty impressive.

075. Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own (236 points) (PEAK: #17)
What can you say about The Boss that hasn’t been said? He’s a legendary rocker, but, in terms of peak position, this is actually his best ranking song to make my top 40. It saw notable sales gains when promoted as a part of President Obama’s successful reelection campaign.

074. Colbie Caillat featuring Common – Favorite Song (239 points) (PEAK: #16)
This is the first time that a third single from any of Caillat’s three eras has entered the top 40. Caillat has had nine hits make my chart to date, with a tenth waiting in the wings: “We Both Know”, featuring Gavin DeGraw, from the soundtrack to Safe Haven.

073. Adam Lambert – Never Close Our Eyes (240 points) (PEAK: #15)
Alright, you Glamberts, here’s the first of two songs on the chart for the recent host of VH1 Divas 2012. Of his four songs to make my top 40, this is the only one that didn’t make the top ten, stalling out at that #15 peak for three weeks. The first single from Trespassing will be appearing in a little while.

072. Alanis Morissette – Guardian (245 points) (PEAK: #17)
After an era with no top-40 hits, Morissette landed one song in the survey this year, from her album Havoc and Bright Lights. She hasn’t scored a top ten hit on my chart since her remake of Seal‘s “Crazy” peaked at #8 for two weeks in January 2006.

071. Ellie Goulding – Lights (245 points) (PEAK: #9)
Goulding’s song was #78 on my 2011 year-end countdown with just five points less than it accumulated this year. It was off the charts months before it hit #1 on the CHR survey in August.

Join me back here tomorrow as I reveal #70 through #56, packed with shadows, darkness and falling skies. Not too optimistic looking, huh?

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