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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 24, 2021

The universe of releases is expanding for this week’s New Music Friday recap, which includes the current albums from G-Eazy, X Ambassadors and YoungBoy Never Broke Again, as well as new singles from Coldplay, GIVĒON and Kelly Clarkson. These records are rocketing to you:

Notable albums out this week: Alessia Cara‘s In The Meantime (Stream), Angels & Airwaves‘s Lifeforms (Stream), Arkells‘s Blink Once (Stream), Carrie Underwood‘s My Gift (Reissue) (Stream), Des Rocs‘s A Real Good Person In A Real Bad Place (Stream), G-Eazy‘s These Things Happen Too (Stream), Kidd G‘s Down Home Boy (Stream), Lakeyah & DJ Drama‘s My Time (Stream), Larry Fleet‘s Stack Of Records (Stream), Mickey Guyton‘s Remember Her Name (Stream), Nao‘s And Then Life Was Beautiful (Stream), Natalie Imbruglia‘s Firebird (Stream), RaeLynn‘s Baytown (Stream), The Greeting Committee‘s Dandelion (Stream), Third Eye Blind‘s Our Bande Apart (Stream), Tremonti‘s Marching In Time (Stream), Unto Others‘s Strength (Stream), Wrabel‘s These Words Are All For You (Stream), X Ambassadors‘s The Beautiful Liar (Stream), YoungBoy Never Broke Again‘s Sincerely, Kentrell (Stream), Zac Clark‘s Holy Sh*t (Stream), Dear Evan Hansen (Soundtrack) (Stream), I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute To The Velvet Underground & Nico (Stream)

Notable EPs out this week: Alina Bariz‘s Sunbeam (Stream), Ben Chandler‘s Unity (Stream), Cold War Kids‘s New Age Norms 3 (Stream), Eves Karydas‘s Reruns (Stream), L Devine‘s Near Life Experience (Part Two) (Stream), Larry June & Cardo‘s Into The Late Night (Stream), Matilda Mann‘s Sonder (Stream), Midwxst‘s Back In Action (Stream), Ringo Starr‘s Change The World (Stream), Sam Ryder‘s The Sun’s Gonna Rise (Stream), Sheppard‘s Love Was Never Easy (Stream), The Score‘s Chrysalis (Stream)

New digital singles that you can buy/stream this week include:
“22 Break”, Oh Wonder (Stream)
“A Hunger In Your Haunt”, Biffy Clyro (Stream)
“A Woman’s World”, Amy Allen (Stream)
“After All”, Elton John & Charlie Puth (Stream)
“All Damn Day!”, Ant Saunders (Stream)
“Alone”, Trevor Daniel (Stream)
“Asking For A Friend”, Brigetta (Stream)
“Asylum”, Vended (Stream)
“Bad Situations”, Morray (Stream)
“Besito”, BIA featuring G Herbo (Stream)
“Better Days”, NEIKED x Mae Muller x Polo G (Stream)
“Better Days (Galantis Remix)”, Dermot Kennedy (Stream)
“Big Energy”, Latto (Stream)
“Blame”, Gabriels (Stream)
“Boys Are From Mars”, Princess Nokia featuring Yung Baby Tate (Stream)
“Brainless” and “L$D”, DREAMERS (Stream)
“Brightside”, The Lumineers (Stream)
“Can We Be Friends?”, KIRBY (Stream)
“Chips”, Royal & The Serpent featuring American Teeth (Stream)
“Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You)”, Kelly Clarkson (Stream)
“Cloudy Day (Acoustic)”, Tones And I (Stream)
“Come Through”, Bankrol Hayden & Lil Tecca (Stream)
“Country Outta My Girl”, Morgan Evans (Stream)
“Crimson Blue”, Keith Urban (Stream)
“Day At A Time”, Sebastian Javier (Stream)
“Death Wish”, Role Model (Stream)
“Don’t Say You Love Me”, JC Stewart (Stream)
“Don’t Stop Loving Me”, Joshua Speers featuring SKAAR (Stream)
“Dragonball”, McFly (Stream)
“Driving Me Crazy”, Toian (Stream)
“Drum Dummy”, Sheff G (Stream)
“Emily”, James Arthur (Stream)
“Fake”, Lola Young (Stream)
“Fall Into Me”, Forest Blakk (Stream)
“Fire”, Joesef (Stream)
“First Call”, JESSIA (Stream)
“Flow HP”, Don Omar & Residente (Stream)
“For Tonight”, GIVĒON (Stream)
“Good Morning”, Matt Maltese (Stream)
“Good Times”, Chord Overstreet (Stream)
“Goodbye”, Nathan Dawe x T. Matthias (Stream)
“Grow Old”, Matt Cooper (Stream)
“Gullible”, Sam Gellaitry (Stream)
“Hard Skool”, Guns N’ Roses (Stream)
“Headcase”, Matthew Young (Stream)
“Here Goes Nothing”, Michael Schulte (Stream)
“How Will I Know”, Whitney Houston & Clean Bandit (Stream)
“Howling”, Mehro (Stream)
“I Remember”, BBNO$ (Stream)
“If He’s In Your Bed”, JORDY (Stream)
“If You Loved Me Right”, Beth McCarthy (Stream)
“It Only Gets Worse, I Promise”, EKKSTACY (Stream)
“LDQ (Little Drama Queen)”, PUBLIC (Stream)
“Life’s A B*tch (L.A.B.)”, Nina Nesbitt (Stream)
“LMAO%%%”, Drippin’ So Pretty (Stream)
“Lose You Too”, Harley Alaska (Stream)
“Main Character”, Zach Hood (Stream)
“Monday”, The Regrettes (Stream)
“Mood Swings”, Scotty Sire (Stream)
“My Universe”, Coldplay & BTS (Stream)
“Next Girlfriend”, Gia Woods (Stream)
“Nicer”, Katelyn Tarver (Stream)
“Not In Love With You”, Jessie James Decker (Stream)
“OK”, TooManyLeftHands (Stream)
“Okay With It”, Blame My Youth (Stream)
“On My Knees”, RÜFÜS DU SOL (Stream)
“Only One”, Pia Mia (Stream)
“Out Of My League”, Brando x Kiesza (Stream)
“Over”, Lucky Daye (Stream)
“Overloved”, Greyson Chance (Stream)
“Paradise”, Alan Walker, K-391 & Boy In Space (Stream)
“Party ‘Round My Place”, Aitch featuring Avelino (Stream)
“Passing By”, Keenan Te (Stream)
“Peachi”, Chloe George (Stream)
“Pleasures”, Jordan Hollywood (Stream)
“Popstar”, Remme (Stream)
“Right On Time (In Symphony)”, Brandi Carlile (Stream)
“Royal Morning Blue”, Damon Albarn (Stream)
“Sejodioto”, Karol G (Stream)
“Shotgun Blues”, Volbeat (Stream)
“Sleepy People”, Peach Martine (Stream)
“Slow Separation”, Fergus James (Stream)
“Sosa Flow”, SpotemGottem (Stream)
“Strawberry Huracan”, MASN (Stream)
“Sunshine (Billen Ted Remix), Liam Payne (Stream)
“Take Me On”, Pixey (Stream)
“Talk”, Budjerah featuring MAY-A (Stream)
“Thanks A Lot, Now I Can’t Smile”, Rhys (Stream)
“That’s How It Goes”, Zoe Wees featuring 6LACK (Stream)
“The Internet”, GRACEY (Stream)
“Tonight United”, Duran Duran (Stream)
“Twinnem”, Coi Leray (Stream)
“U&Me”, alt-J (Stream)
“Up In Flames”, B3N & Bella Thorne (Stream)
“Valkyrie”, Lou Roy (Stream)
“Vampire”, Payday featuring Danny Brown (Stream)
“Voices”, Jana Kramer (Stream)
“War Outside”, Kojey Radical featuring Lex Amor (Stream)
“What If”, Ne-Yo (Stream)
“What If I Told You”, Daya (Stream)
“What It Is”, Amber Mark (Stream)
“Whiter Shade Of Pale”, Santana featuring Steve Winwood (Stream)
“Wings”, Montell Fish (Stream)
“You & I (All I Need)”, Karen Harding (Stream)
“You Don’t Have A Heart”, Skinny Days, CLMD & JOP (Stream)
“Your Heart”, Joyner Lucas & J. Cole (Stream)

Next week, the latest albums from Brandi CarlileJoJo and Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga 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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 26, 2021

The musical forecast looks cloudy.

This orchestral New Music Friday is sounding like a winner and that’s OK with us. Check out the latest albums by 24KGoldn, Carrie Underwood and NF, as well as the latest singles from All Time Low, Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift. Keep your head (and volume) up high:

Notable albums out this week: 24KGoldn‘s El Dorado (iTunes), AJR‘s OK Orchestra (iTunes), Ali Gatie‘s The Idea Of Her (iTunes), Ben Howard‘s Collections From The Whiteout (iTunes), Bren Joy‘s Twenties (Deluxe) (iTunes), Carrie Underwood‘s My Savior (iTunes), Chloe Angelides‘s Friends Who Failed At Love (iTunes), Death From Above 1979‘s Is 4 Lovers (iTunes), Donovan Woods‘s Without People (Deluxe) (iTunes), Evanescence‘s The Bitter Truth (iTunes), Fitz‘s Head Up High (iTunes), Justin Bieber‘s Justice (Deluxe) (iTunes), Karol G‘s KG0516 (iTunes), Louis The Child‘s Here For Now (Deluxe) (iTunes), Major Lazer‘s Music Is The Weapon (Reloaded) (iTunes), NF‘s Clouds (Mixtape) (iTunes), Rod Wave‘s SoulFly (iTunes), Train‘s Drops Of Jupiter (20th Anniversary) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Gallant‘s Neptune (iTunes), Midwxst‘s Summer03 (iTunes), NewDad‘s Waves (iTunes), Peach Tree Rascals‘s Camp Nowhere (iTunes), Scarypoolparty‘s Los Angeles (iTunes), Tate McRae‘s Too Young To Be Sad (iTunes), Vic Mensa‘s I Tape (iTunes), Wild Youth‘s Forever Girl (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2 Sauce”, Sleepy Hallow (iTunes)
“90s Kids”, Jax (iTunes)
“Afraid Of The Dark”, Chef’Special (iTunes)
“All Your Exes”, Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“ASAP”, Milow (iTunes)
“Astronaut In The Ocean”, Our Last Night (iTunes)
“Bankrupt”, Russ (iTunes)
“Be Kind (Acoustic)”, Zak Abel (iTunes)
“B*tch On Heels”, The Vivienne (iTunes)
“Bored”, Thomas Headon & Lizzy McAlpine (iTunes)
“Body”, Elderbrook (iTunes)
“Boy With The Blues”, Delacey (iTunes)
“Buzzcut”, BROCKHAMPTON featuring Danny Brown (iTunes)
“Cheers To Us”, Haywood featuring Loote (iTunes)
“Chivalry”, Audrey Mika (iTunes)
“Control”, Kid Bloom (iTunes)
“Crocodiles”, Cian Ducrot (iTunes)
“Crystal Ball”, Jake Miller (iTunes)
“Dancing With The Devil”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Don’t Back Down”, Mammoth WVH (iTunes)
“Fall In Love Again”, Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Fangs”, Maddie Walker (iTunes)
“Find My Way”, Paul McCartney featuring Beck (iTunes)
“Fool’s Gold”, Sofia Carson (iTunes)
“Godzilla”, The Veronicas (iTunes)
“Good Without”, Mimi Webb (iTunes)
“Hard For The Next”, Moneybagg Yo & Future (iTunes)
“Heat Waves”, Glass Animals & Iann Dior (iTunes)
“Here’s To Another”, Anna Of The North (iTunes)
“Hey, What’s Up”, Munn (iTunes)
“Higher Love”, Will Hyde (iTunes)
“Hit Like A Girl”, Meet Me @ The Altar (iTunes)
“Home”, JVKE (iTunes)
“Honey”, Derivakat (iTunes)
“Hurt U”, Devin Kennedy (iTunes)
“Hurts So Good (Maximillian & Kina Version)”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Hydra”, Wolf (iTunes)
“I Don’t”, Johnny Orlando & DVBBS (iTunes)
“I Don’t Mind”, Props (iTunes)
“I Will Help You”, Ilse DeLange (iTunes)
“Ice Cream”, Teenage Joans (iTunes)
“Identity Crisis”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Indica”, Alaina Castillo (iTunes)
“It’s Not My Fault”, Princess Nokia (iTunes)
“Jealous Boy Anthem”, Wes Period (iTunes)
“Jenn!fer An!ston”, Evann McIntosh (iTunes)
“Jenny”, Studio Killers featuring Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Jetski”, Internet Money featuring Lil Tecca & Lil Mosey (iTunes)
“John Hughes Movie (Oliver Nelson Remix)”, Maisie Peters (iTunes)
“Last Day On Earth”, Beabadoobee (iTunes)
“Last Time”, Becky Hill (iTunes)
“Let It Ring”, Reiley (iTunes)
“Limbo”, Royal Blood (iTunes)
“Love & Roulette”, Izzi De-Rosa (iTunes)
“Mango”, Grace Mitchell (iTunes)
“Mirror Mirror”, Kamille (iTunes)
“Miseducation”, Calboy featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Mojave”, Jad Saad (iTunes)
“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”, Lil Nas X (iTunes)
“My Only Mistake”, Elliana (iTunes)
“Naive”, The Kooks x Seeb (iTunes)
“New Person, Old Place”, Madi Diaz (iTunes)
“No Diggity”, Lucas & Steve & Blackstreet (iTunes)
“Notorious”, Elliphant (iTunes)
“Once In A Lifetime”, All Time Low (iTunes)
“Part Of You”, 19&YOU featuring Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Patchwerk”, Sub Urban & Two Feet (iTunes)
“Pretty In Pink”, Sarah Barrios (iTunes)
“Pretty Little Lies”, Marco Luka (iTunes)
“Pump The Brakes”, Dom Dolla (iTunes)
“Push & Pull”, Georgia Webster (iTunes)
“R U High”, The Knocks featuring Mallrat (iTunes)
“Roll The Dice”, Arden Jones (iTunes)
“Romeo & Juliet (Acoustic)”, Peter McPoland (iTunes)
“Sex”, Alle Farben featuring Theresa Rex (iTunes)
“Sex Is Good (But Have You Tried)”, Donna Missal (iTunes)
“Sky Is Crying”, ZHU & Yuna (iTunes)
“So Sorry”, J. Scott & Joey Fleming (iTunes)
“Stay”, Saint Nomad (iTunes)
“Still In Love”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Supposed To”, BLÜ EYES (iTunes)
“Tell Me I’m Pretty (Icona Pop Remix)”, Brynn Elliott (iTunes)
“The Friend Space”, Ryan Woods (iTunes)
“Things You Said”, Griff Clawson (iTunes)
“This Will Be My Year”, Two Friends featuring Point North (iTunes)
“Thru The Fire”, Grace Weber featuring Chance The Rapper (iTunes)
“Tiny Riot”, Sam Ryder (iTunes)
“Tired”, Alt Bloom (iTunes)
“Too Many Problems”, Ouse featuring Powfu (iTunes)
“Unlearn”, Benny Blanco & Gracie Abrams (iTunes)
“Wear It Like A Crown”, Sarah Harding (iTunes)
“When She’s Dancing”, Fly By Midnight (iTunes)
“Wild Parts”, Maddie Medley (iTunes)
“You All Over Me”, Taylor Swift featuring Maren Morris (iTunes)
“You Can Get It”, Arkells featuring K.Flay (iTunes)

Next week, new albums from Demi Lovato and Lil Tjay 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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 25, 2020

The gift of New Music Friday.

Any New Music Friday can be a holiday, including this one, which includes the current studio albums from Carrie UnderwoodDeftones and Public Enemy, as well as the latest songs from Kylie Minogue, Travis Scott and ZAYN. Gift yourself with a streaming session:

Notable albums out this week: Carrie Underwood‘s My Gift (iTunes), Deftones‘s Ohms (iTunes), Fredo Bang‘s In The Name Of Gee (iTunes), Granger Smith‘s Country Things, Vol. 1 (iTunes), Jessie Reyez‘s Before Love Came To Kill Us+ (iTunes), Joji‘s Nectar (iTunes), Machine Gun Kelly‘s Tickets To My Downfall (iTunes), Public Enemy‘s What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? (iTunes), Starley‘s One Of One (iTunes), Sufjan Stevens‘s The Ascension (iTunes), Svrcina‘s Elysian Fields (iTunes), The Neighbourhood‘s Chip Chrome & The Mono-Tones (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this weekCaro‘s The Longest Year, Pt. 1 (iTunes), Jeremy Renner‘s Live For Now (iTunes), Melanie Martinez‘s After School (iTunes), Shaylen‘s Temporary Feelings (iTunes), Silver Sphere‘s All My Boyfriends (iTunes), Thomas Headon‘s Goodbye (iTunes), Will Hyde‘s Dark Until September (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“5”, Max Leone (iTunes)
“Alien (Acoustic)”, Dennis Lloyd (iTunes)
“Always Forever”, Bryson Tiller (iTunes)
“Bad Things”, Alison Wonderland (iTunes)
“Be With Me” and “Leave Me Alone!”, Boy Pablo (iTunes)
“Because I’m High”, Jake Etheridge (iTunes)
“Better”, ZAYN (iTunes)
“Between The Lines”, Gwen Bunn & Faith Evans (iTunes)
“Bitter”, FLETCHER featuring Trevor Daniel & Kito (iTunes)
“Borderline (Blood Orange Remix)”, Tame Impala (iTunes)
“Brand New”, Sheppard (iTunes)
“By My Side”, The Paper Kites featuring Rosie Carney (iTunes)
“Caffeine”, Fly By Midnight featuring Shoffy (iTunes)
“Changes”, Hayd (iTunes)
“Closing Doors”, Harry Hudson featuring Astrid S (iTunes)
“Come Give Me Love”, First Aid Kit (iTunes)
“Cotton Candy Lemonade”, Blu DeTiger (iTunes)
“Courage To Change”, Sia (iTunes)
“Crush”, Glades (iTunes)
“Dance Like No One’s Watching”, Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Dear First Love”, LØLØ (iTunes)
“Diablo”, Nea & Nio Garcia (iTunes)
“Dirty”, Grandson (iTunes)
“Don’t Call Me”, Brando (iTunes)
“Don’t Say Goodbye”, Alok & Ilkay Sencan featuring Tove Lo (iTunes)
“Drinkin’ Songs”, MacKenzie Porter (iTunes)
“Dropout”, Brakence & Blackbear (iTunes)
“Duele”, TINI featuring John C (iTunes)
“Earn It”, Austin Brown (iTunes)
“Ego”, Carlie Hanson featuring Iann Dior (iTunes)
“Epidemic”, Polo G (iTunes)
“Family Values”, R3HAB & Nina Nesbitt (iTunes)
“Fantastic”, Blame My Youth (iTunes)
“Franchise”, Travis Scott featuring Young Thug & M.I.A. (iTunes)
“Future”, Jesse Ruben (iTunes)
“Ghosts”, Bruce Springsteen (iTunes)
“Good Energy”, Mike Sabath (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Amy Allen (iTunes)
“Heavy”, CXLOE (iTunes)
“How Does It Feel”, Julia Brennan (iTunes)
“If The World Falls To Pieces”, Young Summer (iTunes)
“I’ll Stay”, Kyd The Band (iTunes)
“In And Out Of Love”, Medina (iTunes)
“Island Lights”, Birdy (iTunes)
“Jackie Onassis”, ELIO (iTunes)
“Keep In Touch”, Jake Scott (iTunes)
“Like A Man”, Thomas Mac (iTunes)
“Lonely” and “Pa’ Ti”, Jennifer Lopez & Maluma (iTunes)
“Look The Other Way”, Katie Pruitt (iTunes)
“Love On Display”, Guy Sebastian (iTunes)
“Mac & Cheese”, Rei Ami (iTunes)
“Madgical”, I Don’t Speak French (iTunes)
“Magic”, Kylie Minogue (iTunes)
“Maybe Don’t”, Maisie Peters & JP Saxe (iTunes)
“Money Up”, MadeinTYO featuring Toro Y Moi (iTunes)
“Old School”, Cassy London (iTunes)
“On Me”, Jada (iTunes)
“One (Monster & Infinity)”, SuperM (iTunes)
“Only Me”, Tim Chadwick (iTunes)
“Out On Bail”, YG (iTunes)
“Revolving”, Yung Bae featuring Marc E. Bassy (iTunes)
“RIP”, Arizona Zervas (iTunes)
“Room”, Chaz Cardigan (iTunes)
“Same Devil”, Brandy Clark featuring Brandi Carlile (iTunes)
“Same Hands”, BIA featuring Lil Durk (iTunes)
“She Waits For Me To Come Back Down”, Donovan Woods featuring Katie Pruitt (iTunes)
“Skinny Skinny”, Ashton Irwin (iTunes)
“So Annoying (Acoustic)”, Mae Muller (iTunes)
“Somewhere”, Hauskey (iTunes)
“Speechless”, Eddie Benjamin (iTunes)
“Sports”, Elah Hale (iTunes)
“Survivin'”, Bastille (iTunes)
“Talk About”, Seaforth (iTunes)
“The Business”, Tiësto (iTunes)
“That Guy”, Jack Gray (iTunes)
“The Great Divide”, The Shins (iTunes)
“The World’s Always Been Ending”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“Trouble’s Coming”, Royal Blood (iTunes)
“Tu Tu Tu (That’s Why We)”, Galantis & NGHTMRE featuring Liam O’Donnell (iTunes)
“Underwater”, Anabel Englund x MK (iTunes)
“Used To”, SayGrace (iTunes)
“Want To Know”, Phantoms (iTunes)
“What We Had”, Dylan Dunlap (iTunes)
“Wild Life”, OneRepublic (iTunes)
“Wow”, Zara Larsson featuring Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“You Time”, Scotty McCreery (iTunes)

Next week, the latest albums from Bon Jovi, Dolly Parton, LANY and Mariah Carey 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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 14, 2018

Pretty solid effort.

Don’t cry! It’s another fabulous Friday with plenty of goodies hitting the market, from alternative to country to dance. These are the notable digital and physical releases landing on shelves this Friday:

CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Cry Pretty (iTunes)
Though this era has proven to be a mixed bag of results on the charts, including its title cut missing the top five at the Country radio format, Underwood should pull through and deliver a solid opening week on the Billboard 200 list. Will it be able to pass the recent #1 album by Eminem to secure the top spot? Stay tuned.

DAVID GUETTA – 7 (iTunes)
Guetta’s new set includes the radio singles “Don’t Leave Me Alone”, featuring Anne-Marie, and “Flames”, a duet with Sia, both of  which have received minor airplay at the Hot AC and Top 40 radio formats in the States. Expect this to be one of the top EDM titles on next week’s Billboard 200 list.

Notable albums out this week: 6LACK‘s East Atlanta Love Letter (iTunes), Felix Sandman‘s EMOTIONS (iTunes), Good Charlotte‘s Generation Rx (iTunes), Jungle‘s Forever (iTunes), Mitch James‘s Mitch James (iTunes), Tony Bennett & Diana Krall‘s Love Is Here To Stay (iTunes), Tori Kelly‘s Hiding Place (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Clara Mae‘s Sorry For Writing All The Songs About You (iTunes), Firekid‘s XY (iTunes), Wale‘s Free Lunch (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“16 Steps”, Martin Jensen & Olivia Holt featuring Yxng Bane (iTunes)
“4AM”, Dan Caplen featuring Caitlyn Scarlett (iTunes)
“Bad”, Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Better”, Khalid (iTunes)
“Big”, Lemaitre (iTunes)
“Big Love”, Black Eyed Peas (iTunes)
“Blacklight”, The Ting Tings (iTunes)
“Break Up A Bit”, Peg Parnevik (iTunes)
“Bulletproof Baby”, The Struts (iTunes)
“Burn Out”, Martin Garrix & Justin Mylo featuring Dewain Whitmore (iTunes)
“Call Me When You’re Sober”, Kevin George (iTunes)
“Canceled”, Bryson Tiller (iTunes)
“Crazy”, Cypress Hill (iTunes)
“Crazy”, New Hope Club (iTunes)
“Cut & Run”, Call Me Loop (iTunes)
“Dose”, Ciara (iTunes)
“Fool”, Alyson Stoner (iTunes)
“Found What I’ve Been Looking For (Friction “Back to 92″ Mix)”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Freedom”, Kris Wu featuring Jhené Aiko (iTunes)
“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Extended)”, Cher (iTunes)
“Girl”, Jess Kent (iTunes)
“GTFO”, Mariah Carey (iTunes)
“Here I Am”, Dolly Parton and Sia (iTunes)
“I Don’t Exist”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“I Want You”, Daniel Skye (iTunes)
“I’d Rather Go Blind”, Grace Potter (iTunes)
“Joshua Tree”, Rozzi (iTunes)
“Just Wanna Love You”, Cris Cab featuring J Balvin (iTunes)
“Like I Love You”, Lost Frequencies featuring The NGHBRS (iTunes)
“Livin’ In A Dream”, The Neighbourhood featuring Nipsey Hussle (iTunes)
“Mariners Apartment Complex”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“Me Vs. Us”, Tayla Parx (iTunes)
“Might Not Like Me (MOTi Remix)”, Brynn Elliott (iTunes)
“Next To You”, St. Lucia (iTunes)
“No Drama”, James Hype & Craig David (iTunes)
“NOLA”, Asiahn (iTunes)
“On Fire”, Morgan Saint (iTunes)
“Paris”, Ashlee + Evan (iTunes)
“Pistol On My Side (P.O.M.S.)”, Swizz Beatz featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Ready To Go”, Bronze Radio Return (iTunes)
“Reasons Not To Die (Demo)”, Ryn Weaver (iTunes)
“Rewind”, G-Eazy featuring Anthony Russo (iTunes)
“Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)”, The Smashing Pumpkins (iTunes)
“Sincerity Is Scary”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“Situation”, Stefan James (iTunes)
“So Real (Warriors)”, Too Many Zooz vs. KDA featuring Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Song About You”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Sprinkle”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Survive”, Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sandé & Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“Tears & Tantrums”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Thick And Thin”, LANY (iTunes)
“Too Turnt”, Lougotcash featuring Trippie Redd (iTunes)
“Voices”, Against The Current (iTunes)
“Wake Up In The Sky”, Gucci Mane x Bruno Mars x Kodak Black (iTunes)
“Wasted”, Jesse McCartney (iTunes)
“Worst”, BURNS featuring Johnny Yukon (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Josh Groban, St. Lucia and more. 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 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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 21, 2015

You'll really really really really really really enjoy it.

You’ll really really really really really really enjoy it.

This week’s New Music Friday takes us to an e·mo·tion·al level unlike any other this year, as we travel to a great and wild world full of musical mysteries and savage songs. Ooh, sounds good to me. Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • CARLY RAE JEPSEN — E·MO·TION (iTunes)
    • It may be the perfect pop album of 2015, although one that will, sadly, not reach its full potential at both retail and radio. The 29-year-old’s slick songs from her sophomore major label set are grabbing a lot of positive press on the web, with a fair amount of fans and critics scoring the album higher than her debut, 2012’s Kiss. No, a splashy new entry is not in the cards for this one, but #1 in our hearts is better than no #1 at all.
  • DISTURBED — Immortalized (iTunes)
    • These four guys from Chicago have been rocking the music world since the 90’s, and after a hiatus, the group finds themselves disturbing the peace on the Active Rock chart once again. “The Vengeful One” now stands at #1 on that survey. The quartet’s last four albums all debuted at the top, though you can probably up that number to five next week.
  • ROB THOMAS — The Great Unknown (iTunes)
    • “Trust You” may have under-performed at Thomas’s core radio format, Hot AC, but he still has another solid solo effort out this week, including several tracks like “Hold On Forever” and “One Shot” (which you may have heard in the last few weeks as instant grats for pre-ordering his album.) It’ll likely enter in the top 20.
  • KIP MOORE — Wild Ones (iTunes)
    • After three consecutive top five singles at Country radio in 2012-13, Moore has been struggling at the format as of late. The title song from his new set is barely top 20 despite having ranked on the survey for almost seven months. Look for this to open with less than his last album, Up All Night.
  • BON JOVI — Burning Bridges (iTunes)
    • Promoted as a “fan album” and not a regular studio release, this set won’t do nearly as well as the #1 debuts of The Circle or What About Now, but some bigger fans will likely snap it up. Single “We Don’t Run” has yet to make it on any radio chart.
  • More albums out this week: Buckcherry‘s Rock ‘N’ Roll (iTunes), Ghost B.C.‘s Meliora (iTunes), Jordin Sparks‘s Right Here, Right Now (iTunes), Lynch Mob‘s Rebel (iTunes), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats‘s Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (iTunes), Noah Gundersen‘s Carry The Ghost (iTunes), P.O.D.‘s The Awakening (iTunes), Pop Evil‘s Up (iTunes), Radkey‘s Dark Black Makeup (iTunes), Rend Collective‘s As Family We Go (iTunes), Tasha Cobbs‘s One Place Live (iTunes), The Bohicas‘s The Making Of (iTunes), The Sword‘s High Country (iTunesTrevor Hall‘s KALA (iTunes)
  • More EPs/other collections out this week: Grace Mitchell‘s Raceday (iTunes), Jojo‘s III (iTunes)

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

  • “Break A Sweat”, a new single from Becky G. (iTunes)
  • “Conviction”, the debut single from Mackenzie Thoms. (iTunes)
  • “Levels”, new from Nick Jonas. (iTunes)
  • “One Call Away”, an instant grat track from Charlie Puth. (iTunes)
  • “RIP 2 My Youth”, a new single from The Neighbourhood. (iTunes)
  • “Smoke Break”, new from Carrie Underwood. (iTunes)
  • “The Emotion”, an instant grat track from BØRNS. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Halsey, Maddie & Tae and The Weeknd. See you then!

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POP! Goes The Country: Can These Tracks Hit Top 40 Radio?

Take a look at the current top 50 on the CHR chart and there’s not an ounce of country music to be found on the format. A few of the artists represented on the chart, like Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson, have both charted at country radio, however, I don’t think they’ll be returning there during their respective eras this time around. Still, the potential remains for the next big country crossover act or single during the summer and fall months of 2015. Given the most recent chart data, here are choices that I think could do very well with the right opportunity:

Carrie Underwood
CARRIE UNDERWOOD – “Little Toy Guns”
Label: 19/Arista Nashville

Since her chart debut in 2005, Underwood has been the golden girl of the airwaves with an outstanding total of 20 top ten hits, including 18 main credits that have all peaked at #1, #2 or #3. That’s incredible. Though “Something In The Water” seemed to be accessible to stations on the AC panel, it never went beyond her core format (except for some airtime at Christian stations.) However, it’s the followup that very much fits the model of a classic Underwood crossover: stellar lyrics and good production.

Florida-Georgia Line
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – “Sun Daze”
Label: Republic Nashville

Before you start screaming in horror about the thought of these two guys having a third single chart at mainstream radio (after “Cruise” and “This Is How We Roll”), this song is already getting enough flack from the country community, so maybe the pop outlets will jump on this one. Lyrical masterpiece, it’s certainly not, but is it catchy? Sure. It has the potential to serve between transition records (genre, tempo, etc.) well. KFMB/San Diego and WOMX/Orlando lead the way thus far on the Hot AC listing.

Kelsea Ballerini

KELSEA BALLERINI – “Love Me Like You Mean It”
Label: Black River Entertainment

One could say that a Swift co-sign is about to give this 21-year-old newcomer a great chance to go even further then she, or her label, expected to with the track, currently gaining in the top 25 at country radio. The song is already pop-driven in its original form and if sales and airplay numbers keep going in the right direction, AC and Hot AC radio could definitely pick up on this as well. Distribution for Black River is handled by RED; we’ll see if the label’s limited radio traction affects anything in the future.

Mickey Guyton
MICKEY GUYTON – “Better Than You Left Me”
Label: Capitol Nashville

Guyton is another newcomer on the scene, and with a huge impact week earlier this year thanks to an expansive radio tour, the  first time top 40 star is looking to solidly plant her feet in the upper rungs of the chart. She certainly has a powerful message in her debut single that is musically comparable to a more established mainstream name like Colbie Caillat. The singer needs to gain some country support in the next few months, but this is a relatable female record that shows major strength and courage.

Sam Hunt
SAM HUNT – “Take Your Time”
Label: MCA Nashville

If the Shawn Mullins‘s “Lullaby” formula ever sounded like it could be a country crossover hit, it would probably sound like the latest single from 30-year-old Hunt, who never managed to cross with his former #1 at the format, “Leave The Night On”. I still think that it would’ve been easier to push “Leave”, but it appears that “Take” is selling ever more than that song; lately, the track’s been hovering near the top 20 at iTunes. Hot AC station WBMX/Boston recently added the song into medium rotation.

Zac Brown Band
ZAC BROWN BAND – “Homegrown”
Label: Southern Ground/Varvatos/Big Machine

Though they moved after three albums with Atlantic Records into the Republic family last year, the Georgia octet is definitely due for another crossover single, which they had plenty of during their first three eras. Most recently, “Goodbye In Her Eyes” pulled off the trick during the spring of 2013 that garnered some play at Hot AC outlets, though it stopped just short of the top 40. People love a song about taking pride in one’s roots, and this has the feel to transcend several different types of audiences.

Which of these songs do you think will make the next best Country crossover? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media sites.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (December 9)

"Something" for the top ten.

“Something” for Billboard’s top ten.

There’s nothing like music as a present for the holidays, and if you’re looking for a few last-minute selections to stuff some stockings, notable Country and R&B releases are arriving just in time, among others. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of December 9:

  • Celebrating her many years of success on the Country survey is former American Idol winner and current superstar Carrie Underwood and her Greatest Hits: Decade #1 compilation. The two disc album features her recent top ten “Something In The Water”, several unreleased demos, and, of course, all of the big hits. It has a slightly higher price tag given the amount of material, but it should still make a good impact, especially physically. (iTunes)
  • With perhaps the wild card of this week’s schedule is rapper/singer J. Cole and his third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. No singles were released prior to the album’s release date, though “Apparently” will go to Rhythm radio and “GOMD” to Urban radio today. Both of his prior sets have sold north of 200,000 copies in their first frame: can this accomplish the same feat? We’ll see soon. (iTunes)
  • Climbing up the top 30 at Urban radio with “Love ‘Em All”, singer and reality TV star K. Michelle returns with her latest album, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? It follows Rebellious Soul, which debuted in the runner-up position on the Billboard 200 last year. This set should put her back in the top ten on the big list. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Angels & Airwaves‘s The Dream Walker (iTunes), Bastille‘s VS. (Other People’s Heartache, Pt. III) (iTunes), Cracker‘s Berkeley To Bakersfield (iTunes), E-40‘s Sharp On All 4 Corners (iTunes), Johnny Gill‘s Game Changer (iTunes) and the Smashing Pumpkins‘s Monuments To An Elegy (iTunes).

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

  • “Honest”, a new single from Kodaline. (iTunes)
  • “Like That”, new from the duo Jack & Jack featuring Skate Maloley. (iTunes)
  • “Under The Influence”, a pre-release single from Elle King. (iTunes)

Next week marks the last big release date of 2014, this time on Monday, with albums by Charli XCX and Nicki Minaj in the mix. We’ll see you on Sunday night for the full musical menu.

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

A scentimental affair from the "Perfume" singer.

Next one on my Brit list.

Can you believe it’s December already? Get your Christmas wish lists out because this week features one of the last big packs of releases for some time. Here are all the new albums and singles you need to know about for December 3:

  • With her first full-length album since 2011’s Femme Fatale, Britney Spears returns with Britney Jean, featuring the singles “Perfume” and “Work Bitch”. The singles haven’t performing as well from this one and the reviews are varied, but this should have a solid top 5 debut. (One Direction will likely be #1 for a second week with Midnight Memories.) (iTunes) (Read my review of Britney Jean.)
  • Country singer Jake Owen releases Days Of Gold, his latest studio album. The title track is a recent top 20 hit from the Country chart. (iTunes)
  • Coming off her #1 hit on the Urban chart, “It Won’t Stop”, the debut EP from Sevyn Streeter is out today. Call Me Crazy, But… features seven tracks, including that collaboration with Chris Brown. (iTunes)
  • The hills are alive with the sound of a remake… a live remake on television, at that. Carrie Underwood stars in an NBC live event telecast of the classic The Sound Of Music, and the cast soundtrack from it is available today. (iTunes)
  • On the Christmas circuit this week, check out the fourth Christmas compilation from the cast of Glee (iTunes) as well as Leona Lewis‘s Christmas, With Love (iTunes), featuring single “One More Sleep”.
  • Other albums out this week include Boston‘s Life, Love & Hope (iTunes), Glen Hensard‘s Drive All Night (EP) (iTunes) and a third television soundtrack from the show Sons Of Anarchy (iTunes).

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

  • “Anything”, a recent Canadian top ten hit from the band Hedley. (iTunes)
  • “Change Me”, the latest Music Mondays release from Justin Bieber. (iTunes)
  • “Christmas In L.A.”, this year’s holiday release from The Killers featuring Dawes. (iTunes)
  • “John Doe”, new from B.o.B. and Priscilla Renea. (iTunes)
  • “O Holy Night”, a cover of the holiday classic from Megan & Liz. (iTunes)
  • “Snow In California”, another Christmas track from Ariana Grande. (iTunes)
  • “This Christmas Song” and “O Holy Night”, from American Idol contestant Angie Miller. (iTunes – TCS) (iTunes – OHN)

R. Kelly is next week’s big release, along with Childish Gambino and a Season 2 soundtrack to ABC’s Nashville. How will they do? A preview is coming in seven.

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The Next Class Of Country Crossovers: Five Formidable Favorites

It took them a little time to fully embrace the digital era, but more and more Country fans are responding to their favorite acts on iTunes and other digital retailers to the point where those acts are on equal footing with dance, rock and pop singers and bands in single sales. Thus, record labels are promoting their rosters beyond the Country format, similar to the boom we saw about 30-35 years ago. What’s next in the world of crossover records? How many can hit at one time? Here are some recent Country songs and a few that are still building that I think could make an impact on a wider level by the end of the year:

Hitting the top again.

Hitting the top “Again”.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD – “See You Again”
PEAK: #4+

Former American Idol winner Underwood is still racking up the hits on Country chart, which is surprising to a grand total of no one. “Again” is her 18th top 5 song at the format and was certified Gold not too long ago. It will likely be one of her last releases from this era, seeing that it is the fourth single. Pop radio should’ve latched onto title track and second single “Blown Away” earlier this era, but it would likely do nothing with this song. However, an AC release could result in another top ten single for her. It’s light and the message is relatable, plus it can probably be released there in its original form. There’s no real risk in doing so.

Time is "Wasting" away.

Time is “Wasting” away.

CASSADEE POPE – “Wasting All These Tears”
PEAK: #34+

The season 3 winner of NBC’s The Voice is about to release her debut solo album, Frame By Frame, on October 8. With a CMT reality series in the works to coincide with the release of that album and an opening spot on tour with the group Rascal Flatts, she has a lot of things going right for her. A crossover hit may be the icing on the cake. Her former group Hey Monday never got the chance to break out at pop radio even if they did pick up a little bit of airplay. Pope’s fan base was capable of getting “Tears” as high as #3 on iTunes during its debut week; there’s absolutely a strong connection there from all shades of music fans.

He wants what he wants.

Wild and “Crazy” Kid.

HUNTER HAYES – “I Want Crazy”
PEAK: #1 for one week

Hayes skyrocketed to the top of the Country chart with “Wanted” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak” and now his latest makes it three in a row. Not bad for a guy who turns 22 next month. His latest single at Country radio is a new version of “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” with Jason Mraz, and while Mraz is a pop artist, this song isn’t meant to go to mainstream radio. “Crazy”, however, has a youthful energy and playfulness about it that should connect. He has a chance considering “Wanted” only crossed over six months ago. I would highly encourage label Atlantic to get behind a full crossover for it with a nice little remix.

Can you "Dig" it?

Not so one and “Done.”

THE BAND PERRY – “Done.”
PEAK: #1 for one week

The family band topped the Country chart with this single for a week in July, becoming their fourth song to pull off the trick. The first single from their album Pioneer,”Better Dig Two”, was supposed to see an adds date at pop radio in April. However, Republic decided to put all of their chips behind a remix of Florida-Georgia Line‘s “Cruise” with Nelly and ended up a with a huge summer single, which ultimately meant that “Dig” was pulled from the schedule. It was sad, but they can make it all better by releasing “Done.” It’s not a ballad like their signature song, “If I Die Young”, and you can just go out and pump your fists to it.

It grows like this.

It grows like this.

THOMAS RHETT – “It Goes Like This”
PEAK: #16+

Rhett is the son of Country musician Rhett Atkins, best known for his 1996 #1 “Don’t Get Me Started”. The 23-year-old charted two songs on Country radio last year, but “Goes” is his first song looking to make a run at the top. Despite being #16 on those airwaves thus far, he’s already up to #23 on iTunes. Only two other Country single releases are above him, which is outstanding for someone so new. He’s young and his song can be mixed with some pop-driven guitars against that already understated beat. I see it being a moderate AC/Hot AC hit, similar to the Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson duet, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”.

Which of these five singles do you think would make the next best Country crossover? Is there one not listed on here that you think could school them all? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media sites.

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