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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 1, 2016

It's good to be "King".

It’s good to be “King”.

This April Fools Day, there will be no pop pranks or jazzy jokes on the release schedule. (Well, there may be, but not while this post is going up initially. Stay tuned…) Get movin’ to this music, because here are this week’s album and single releases:

  • WEEZER — Weezer (The White Album) (iTunes)
    • Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that it’s been just under 22 years since these Alternative mainstays first made that format’s chart with “Undone (The Sweater Song)”. Now, they’re up to two dozen top 40 hits. Very impressive! So far, two radio singles from the album have been released: “Thank God For Girls”, which reached #10 in February, and “King Of The World”, which sits below the top 50 at the moment.
  • LUKAS GRAHAM — Lukas Graham (iTunes)
    • They have the top-selling single in the U.S. with the multi-format smash “7 Years”, and now, the Danish quartet is looking to score a nice debut next week with their self-titled set. The 11-track album features songs from their two previous albums, both self-titled, that were released in Europe in 2012 and 2015, respectfully.
  • More albums out this week: Andrew Bird‘s Are You Serious? (iTunes), Bleached‘s Welcome The Worms (iTunes), Cheap Trick‘s Bang Zoom Crazy… Hello (iTunes), Pet Shop Boys‘s Super (iTunes), The Heavy‘s Hurt & The Merciless (iTunes), The Summer Set‘s Stories For Monday (iTunes), The Used‘s Live And Acoustic At The Palace (iTunes), Yeasayer‘s Amen & Goodbye (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Levi Hummon‘s Levi Hummon (iTunes), ZAYDE WØLF‘s Rare Breed (iTunes)

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

  • “Angela”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
  • “Dreamland”, Wild Belle (iTunes)
  • “Free”, Broods (iTunes)
  • “Happiness” and “Money & Fame”, needtobreathe (iTunes)
  • “I Found A Girl”, The Vamps featuring OMI (iTunes)
  • “I Wanna Know”, Alesso featuring Nico & Vinz (iTunes)
  • “I’ll Be The Moon”, Dierks Bentley featuring Maren Morris (iTunes)
  • “If It Ain’t Love”, Jason Derulo (iTunes)
  • “Inside Out”, The Chainsmokers featuring Charlee (iTunes)
  • “Just Around The Corner”, Martina McBride (iTunes)
  • “Lights Come On”, Jason Aldean (iTunes)
  • “Love Can Go To Hell”, Brandy Clark (iTunes)
  • “Money On Me”, Snakehips featuring Anderson.Paak (iTunes)
  • “Moving Mountains”, Skylar Grey (iTunes)
  • “No Money”, Galantis (iTunes)
  • “Raging”, Kygo featuring Kodaline (iTunes)
  • “Recognize”, Skizzy Mars featuring JoJo (iTunes)
  • “Stand Up For It”, Brett Dennen (iTunes)
  • “Stay Alive”, Andy Black featuring Matt Skiba (iTunes)
  • “Wasted Time”, Keith Urban (iTunes)
  • “What We Live For”, American Authors (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from DeftonesMayer HawthorneThe Lumineers and more.

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A “Town” For Two: Twice The Top 40 Titles

A toast to ghosts.

A toast to ghosts.

In the last day, it was announced that Adam Lambert‘s first single from his Warner Bros. debut, The Original High, is a song titled “Ghost Town”. It will be released on April 21. This comes at the same time that Madonna‘s current release, title stylized as “Ghosttown”, is charting at both AC and Hot AC radio outlets thanks to an iHeartMedia campaign that bares a similar feel to the one U2‘s “Every Breaking Wave” utilized from late last year to early this year. Needless to stay, the stan reaction has been mixed thus far, but I think we’ll all survive and both singles can co-exist together… right? Now, can they rank together?

(By the way, ghost towns are nothing new when it comes to the top 40; just ask “Ghost Town” by Cheap Trick, which hit #33 in late 1988. Yes, I know it’s not remembered well and I would be the one to cite that. Ghost Town DJ’s, anyone?)

So, with this case in mind, I figured we could take a look at some classic examples that put two singles with the same title, but a different composition, in the top 40 of the Hot 100 at the same time. It’s pretty rare, but the few times it’s happened are pretty interesting to any chart buff. Here are some of the notable ones:

*** Dates listed next to each title indicate the first week of the songs appearing together in the top 40

“Crazy Love” (April 7, 1979)
Poco (#33) (Peak: #17) (Listen)
The Allman Brothers Band (#39) (Peak: #29) (Listen)

The first documented case of this occurrence goes back nearly 36 years to when these two bands appeared with their hit songs in the top 40 for just one frame. At the time, it was a pretty remarkable chart achievement given the turnover rate and heavier competition during those disco days. Both acts would score their final hits in the next decade, the former after nearly a decade away from the top 40.

“Don’t Be Cruel” (August 20, 1988)
Cheap Trick (#37) (Peak: #4) (Listen)
Bobby Brown (#38) (Peak: #8) (Listen)

Here’s what may be the most unusual case of the ones presented here. Both “Cruel” cuts debuted in the top 40 during the same week and next to each other! For two weeks in October, they both resided in the top ten, including a week when the former fell to #9, while the latter jumped to #8 (October 22, 1988). Of course, the band covered an Elvis Presley tune, while Brown’s hit was an original song.

“Hold On” (May 12, 1990)
Wilson Phillips (#6) (Peak: #1) (Listen)
En Vogue (#32) (Peak: #2) (Listen)

Much like the previous 1988 example, these two female groups both crossed paths in the top ten later that summer and spent a week back-to-back for the chart date of June 30, 1990 (the former down to #5, while the latter climbed to #6.) Both California acts were on the Hot 100 with their debut singles and the trio and quartet, respectively, would have a number of other songs in the top five nationally.

“Beautiful” (March 1, 2003)
Christina Aguilera (#8) (Peak: #2) (Listen)
Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell and Uncle Charlie Wilson (#37) (Peak: #6) (Listen)

It was during the first weeks of 2003 that the pop chanteuse shined with her strong multi-format ballad, a song that would turn into one of the biggest singles of her career. However, when the big Dogg comes barking into town, people will be tuning in. So, both appeared in the top 40 together through mid-May. On CHR radio, Aguilera’s hit spent four weeks at #1, while the trio just broke into the top 30.

Besides the chart collisions listed above, several other CHR radio only chart events happened, including two “Runaway” songs in October 1995 by Janet Jackson (#2) (Listen) and The Corrs (#37) (Listen) as well as two “Stop” songs in June 1998 from Meredith Brooks (#36) (Listen) and the Spice Girls (#38) (Listen). (These stats are based on the Radio & Records survey.)

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Record Store Day, Black Friday 2013: What I’m Looking At

Viva la Vinyl.

Viva la Vinyl.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but if you’re a music fan, it’s time to get insightful about the 2013 edition of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. You’ll remember the regular Record Store Day back on April 20, and once again, RSD is getting in on the holiday rush with another set of exclusive vinyl pieces ready to be stuffed in your stockings. Just remember to get there early, or you may miss out on what you want! Here are ten acts and their releases that you may be hunting for on Friday, November 29:

ATLAS GENIUS – So Electric! When It Was Now (The Remixes)
Format: 12″ vinyl EP
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This Australian trio based out of Adelaide has been having a great year on the Alternative survey with top ten hits like “If So” and “Trojans” and remixes of their two big singles thus far, along with some assorted album cuts, are included on this new eight song EP.

CHEAP TRICK – Classic Albums 1977-1979
Format: Five x 12″ vinyl LP box set
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If you’re a fan of the band’s early sound, you’ll love this. Five of their albums are included in this set, four studio recordings and one live collection: 1977’s Cheap Trick and In Color, 1978’s Heaven Tonight and 1979’s Cheap Trick At Budokan and Dream Police.

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Live Trax Vol 2: 9-12-04 Golden Gate Park, San Francisco CA + Live Trax Vol 3: 8-27-00 Meadows Music Theater, Hartford CT
Format: 12″ vinyl LP
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From their series of live releases, the latest of which came out earlier this week, come these two albums which were released digitally in late 2004 and early 2005, respectively. Vol. 2 is a five LP set, while Vol. 3 is just four. Both the releases are foil numbered.

DURAN DURAN – No Ordinary EP
Format: 10″ vinyl EP
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Recorded live at the now-defunct Tower Records in Hollywood in the spring of 1993, this set was only previously available as a cassette given away as a freebie with a purchase of their 1993 single, “Too Much Information”. It includes three of the band’s hits.

LADY GAGA – “Applause” Remixes EP
Format: 12″ vinyl single; picture disc
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The Lady’s recent single went top 5 on the Billboard 100, though she has since moved onto “Do What U Want”, a collaboration with R. Kelly. The set of eight remixes was released digitally in late September and features DJ White Shadow, Goldhouse and more.

PAUL SIMON – Paul Simon + Still Crazy After All These Years + There Goes Rhymin’ Simon
Format: Three x 12″ vinyl LP
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Every good Jewish boy needs some of Simon’s music in their collection, and his first three solo releases offer up diverse sounds. All three LPs are numbered and digital copies are included. They are Record Store Day exclusive releases through the start of 2014.

TEGAN & SARA – “Guilty As Charged”/”I Run Empty”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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The duo finally had a pop breakthrough this year with the song “Closer”, featured on their album of earlier this year, Heartthrob. This is the first time the tracks have been issued on vinyl; both appeared as bonus tracks on the deluxe edition of their new album.

THE CIVIL WARS – Between The Bars EP
Format: 10″ vinyl EP
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The folk duo released their sophomore album during the summer. This four track covers EP includes Elliott Smith‘s “Between The Bars”, “Billie Jean” by Michael JacksonPortishead‘s “Sour Times” and “Talking In Your Sleep” by The Romantics.

THE SURFARIS – “Wipe Out”/”Surfer Joe”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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Featuring one of the most remembered drum solos of all-time, “Wipe Out” managed to chart twice on the Hot 100, hitting #2 in the 1963 and then to #16 in 1966. Released on Dot Records, it features the original b-side, “Surfer Joe”, along with a fresh cover sleeve.

U2 – “Ordinary Love”
Format: 10″ vinyl single
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This is the Irish band’s first new material in several years. “Love” was written and recorded specifically for the forthcoming movie Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, and the b-side, “Breathe”, is a new take of an album track from 2009’s No Line On The Horizon.

For a full list of special items, it’s all up on Record Store Day’s website. Are you looking forward to RSD’s Black Friday celebration and is there another release not listed here that you’ve got to have? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter: click the “Get Social!” tab above to find us on there.

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