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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 27)

Carey on, Mimi.

Carey on, Mimi.

Memorial Day may be over for this year, but some chart veterans are hitting the scene with new efforts this week, along with a few newcomers to the Billboard 200. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of May 27:

  • After delays, single changes and scanning childhood self-portraits for the better part of two years, the diva is back and ready to roll. Mariah Carey returns with her first studio album since 2010, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse. Though she’ll likely claim the week’s top debut, Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories should be strong enough to hold her back from #1. Nevertheless, the Lambs are ready to strike for their shepherd. (iTunes)
  • Speaking of fanbases, the Mahomies are another strong one. Luckily, their leader, Austin Mahone, is finally out with an EP titled The Secret, which comes nearly two years after his first radio single release. His most recent single, a collaboration with Pitbull titled “Mmm Yeah”, is on there, along with a few extra nu sounds. Look for it to debut somewhere in the top ten with a really front-loaded first day sales total. (iTunes)
  • Former U.K. X Factor finalist Cher Lloyd is hearing those “Sirens” go off today as her second album, Sorry, I’m Late, finally arrives in stores this week after a six month delay. The set was postponed after single “I Wish” failed to chart significantly, although that aforementioned second single isn’t doing much either. Don’t count the Brats out, though – they could deliver a solid entry for her. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Crowder‘s Neon Steeple (iTunes), Hercules and Love Affair‘s The Fest Of The Broken Heart (iTunes), Kisss Kiss 40 (iTunes), Neil Young‘s A Letter Home (iTunes), Röyksopp & Robyn‘s Do It Again (EP) (iTunes), Sharon Van Etten‘s Are We There? (iTunes), The Ready Set‘s The Bad & The Better (iTunes) and the original Broadway soundtrack to The Bridges Of Madison County (iTunes).

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

  • “Hello, You Beautiful Thing”, a digital single from Jason Mraz‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “I Wanna Feel”, already storming the top in the U.K. for producer SecondCity. (iTunes)
  • “Shades Of Cool”, a digital release from Lana Del Rey‘s Ultraviolence album. (iTunes)
  • “XO”, a remake of a Beyoncé underperforming single by John Mayer. (iTunes)

Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum debuts next week and makes its way towards that lofty certification, while new albums from 50 Cent and The Orwells also try to break ahead of the pack. A full preview is coming on Tuesday!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 6)

Wants to be a Hunter again.

Wants to be a Hunter again.

One third of the year is over and album sales overall are looking… well, not so great at this point. However, with a bunch of bigger releases this week, you never know what will happen. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of May 6:

  • After the Platinum-selling success of his self-titled 2011 album, Country youngster Hunter Hayes is back with his followup release, Storyline. Leadoff single and ballad “Invisible” remains bulleted on the Country chart around the top 20. (You may remember Hayes debuted it at the GRAMMY Awards.) Look for it to debut in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 and at #1 on the Country survey. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Tech N9ne has been charting on the Billboard 200 since 2001 and his latest effort is titled Strangeulation. A single from it, “Fragile”, is just below the top ten on Rhythmic radio and ranks as his biggest airplay hit to date. Last year, he had an album debut at #4; expect another high entry from this one, probably in the top 5 again. (iTunes)
  • Last summer, Naughty Boy‘s Hotel Cabana debuted at #2 in the United Kingdom on the strength of a handful of top ten singles, including his current U.S. hit with Sam Smith, “La La La”. That same album, with a slightly altered tracklisting, is now out here. It will likely debut somewhere in the lower regions of the chart – there’s clearly more interest in the single at this point. (iTunes)
  • Though none of its singles have charted Stateside, the first album in five years for singer Lily Allen, Sheezus, is out this week. The effort is currently top ten in over two dozen countries. “Air Balloon” is currently at U.S. radio, but is not showing much action as of recent. (iTunes)
  • Singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan has been making music for over 25 years now. Her latest effort, Shine On, is her first for Verve after splitting with longtime Canadian label Nettwerk and U.S. label Arista. “In Your Shoes” is the current AC/Hot AC single from the project. (iTunes)
  • It’s also a crazy week for compilation albums, the biggest of which is the 50th (!) edition of the Now! That’s What I Call Music! series (iTunes). Those kids grow up so quickly. Also on the menu: Kidz Bop Party Bop! from the Kidz Bop Kids (iTunes) and the various stars of Nashville with their second music set from the second season of the show (iTunes).
  • Other releases out this week include: Gregg Allman‘s All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman (iTunes), Lykke Li‘s I Never Learn (iTunes), Natalie Merchant‘s Natalie Merchant (iTunes) and Santana‘s Corazón (iTunes).

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

  • “A Sky Full Of Stars”, the second radio single from Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories. (iTunes)
  • “First Love”, a new CHR radio single from Jennifer Lopez. (iTunes)
  • “Get My Name”, a single from Mark Ballas of Dancing With The Stars fame. (iTunes)
  • “Good Kisser”, new from R&B star Usher. (iTunes)
  • “Love Never Felt So Good”, the first single from the late Michael Jackson‘s Xscape album. (iTunes)
  • “M.F.P.O.T.Y.”, another digital track from Cher Lloyd‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Superbad”, the latest single from Jesse McCartney. (iTunes)
  • “They Don’t Love You No More”, the latest from DJ Khaled featuring Jay Z, Meek Mill, Rick Ross and French Montana. (iTunes)

Michael Jackson, Rascal Flatts and The Black Keys take center stage next week, along with Chromeo, Dolly Parton and more. It’s going to be another busy week — a full preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (March 18)

What's my "Age" again?

Foster on the roster.

Feels like, feels like it’s coming… that is, a rush to buy some new singles and albums this week, right? Here’s what you need to know about on the schedule for the week of March 18:

  • In 2011, Foster The People scored a major pop and rock hit with “Pumped Up Kicks” from their album Torches. Three years later, the trio returns with their sophomore album, Supermodel, and are currently riding high on the Alternative chart with the top 5 single “Coming Of Age”. Look for the album to debut at #1 next week ahead of the soundtrack to Frozen; the cold never bothered them anyways. (iTunes)
  • After several EPs released over the past few years, DJ and GRAMMY winner Skrillex is out with his first full-length album, Recess, which was just announced mere days ago. Pre-orders have been strong on this one; I’m expecting it to be top 5 on the album chart next week. (iTunes)
  • SEX + LOVE is the title of the latest album from Enrique Iglesias, but he hasn’t been receiving the latter at radio. All three of the English singles from the record have tanked, largely due to their generic nature. However, with the kind of fan base he has, they may come through for him and deliver a top ten debut. (iTunes)
  • Believe it or not, superstar George Michael has a new effort out this week, titled Symphonica. The largely live album features new takes on some of his hits, as well as cover versions, as performed on his tour of the same name. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Black Lips‘s Underneath The Rainbow (iTunes), Jo Dee Messina‘s Me (iTunes), John Oates‘s Good Road To Follow (iTunes), Ronnie Milsap‘s Summer Number Seventeen (iTunes), Taking Back Sunday‘s Happiness Is (iTunes), The Pretty Reckless‘s Going To Hell (iTunes), The War On Drugs‘s Lost In The Dream (iTunes), YG‘s My Krazy Life (iTunes) and the soundtrack from Muppets Most Wanted (iTunes).

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

  • “Chandelier”, a new release from super songwriter and singer Sia. (iTunes)
  • “Me And My Broken Heart” (+ EP), the first release from new U.K. boy band Rixton. (iTunes)
  • “Sirens”, a second single from Cher Lloyd‘s delayed Sorry, I’m Late album. (iTunes)
  • “Summer”, the first single from Calvin Harris‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Surfboard”, a new single from teen singer Cody Simpson. (iTunes)

Next week, Shakira shakes it up with a self-titled album on the schedule, plus Karmin and the soundtrack from Rio 2 arrive in stores. A full preview is coming in seven!

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PROFILE: James Arthur’s Nearly “Impossible” Trek To America

He's got the hit Factor.

He’s got the hit Factor.

James Arthur‘s life has changed significantly in the past few months. The 25-year-old born in Middlesbrough, England was in and out of bands and projects for most of his teens before deciding to tryout for the U.K. version of The X Factor. He was picked up by mentor Nicole Scherzinger, formerly of Eden’s Crush and the Pussycat Dolls, and he won the competition, beating another member of Scherzinger’s team, Jahméne Douglas. This was back on December 9 of last year. It was only just the beginning.

As in any singing competition, Arthur had a winning single to record, which for that season of the show was a remake of Shontelle‘s “Impossible”, which made her a hit in the U.S. for a hot minute before disappearing off the radar. It just missed the top ten on the Hot 100, though it crept in there on the Singles Chart in the United Kingdom, so it was already recognizable to most people before this new cover came out. Arthur’s version of the song was made for download almost immediately after his win on the show. No surprise there. It shot straight to #1 in countries like Ireland and Scotland, and spent three non-consecutive weeks at #1 in the United Kingdom with first week sales of 490,000 copies. It has since become the largest-selling winner’s single in the history of the show, with download sales over 1.3 million copies in that country alone. “Impossible” is also currently a Platinum-certified hit in Australia, where it recently peaked at #2 on the ARIA Singles Chart. (It’s top 5 on iTunes there currently.) It’s been great for the franchise, but it’s also been great for the singer himself. He’ll be putting out a followup single in Europe in May, no title determined yet. However, he’s not quite done with his first smash… yet.

There are now signs that James Arthur‘s hit overseas may be impacting North America this summer. The song is already being pushed to adult contemporary radio in Canada. It’s been added to four stations in Montreal and one in Ottawa in the past few weeks. Weekly detections currently put it just below the top 50 on Canada’s AC format chart with about 40 spins in the past seven days. This is small compared to the dozens of other current songs that are played on radio there every week. However, it’s a start, and an important one at that. A lot of Canadian releases that originate from overseas tend to make their way into the United States at some point or another. What I’m saying is, prepare yourselves. We may have another round of “Impossible” playing on our airwaves here in the next few months.

Should he successfully make it over here, he would only be the third X Factor winner to break the American market. We had Leona Lewis several years ago of “Bleeding Love” fame, a number-one hit back in 2008, but she’s been long gone from our shores after her second album was a dud. We now have Little Mix‘s “Wings” at our CHR format and it’s picking up a bit of steam, so perhaps they’ll be able to go ever higher. These two are, of course, in addition to the many finalists from that show who have come the United States. Some became big, like Cher Lloyd, Olly Murs and One Direction. Others faltered, like JLS and Rebecca Ferguson. Point is, it can go either way with these kinds of artists, but with the hype he currently has from the U.K., I’m guessing his label thinks that he could do pretty well here. I agree.

While it’s odd to hear an already popular and commercial song switch perspectives from female to male, Arthur has a good take on the song. His raspy and rough vocal make it an emotional experience, which is dramatized just enough without being too sappy. The arrangement itself is also augmented into a pop/rock feel, which does well against Arthur’s more soulful tone. It’s not dated in any particular way, it’s just pleasant. There will likely better songs on his album, but Arthur does all he can with his version of the song to turn it into a full-fledged power ballad that is honest and pure to the core. With slower songs doing well at the moment, it’s best to strike when the iron’s hot, and James Arthur is still boiling at the moment. Hopefully that’s the one thing that will make this trip to America a little less “impossible” and a lot more plausible.

Buy the music video for “Impossible”. (U.S. only – only the video is available here.)

Who will be the next X Factor finalist or winner from the United Kingdom to make it across the pond? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Hitting The Airwaves This Month (February 2013)

Every month, dozens of singles are sent to radio and are put up for adds, meaning that stations can choose to put them in rotation and they’ll be reported to airplay services like BDS and Mediabase/Media Monitors. Not every new single gets an adds date, but many do. I’ll be shifting through everything from my music sources and highlighting some of the top songs being sent to their respective formats. Here’s a sample of what’s hitting the airwaves in February:

It's all in the Mix.

It’s all in the Mix.

CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio) and Rhythmic CHR
A nice mix of older and new artists are coming your way at the CHR format. February 5 brings us three releases. Former X Factor U.K. contestant Cher Lloyd returns with a third single, “With Ur Love”, from her album Sticks + Stones. The original version featured a rap from Mike Posner, then a U.S. album version had Lloyd singing alone, and now it’s been remixed again for this new release with Juicy J. Lloyd’s biggest single, “Want U Back”, went top ten last year. (See my post on “Love”.) Newcomers Krewella, a two-woman, one-man group out of Chicago, make their CHR debut with “Alive”. It’s been garnering some Dance and Mix Show airplay for a few months now. Finally, rapper Nelly returns with “Hey Porsche”, already top 40 on the format pre-impact. The Rhythm impact date is the next week. Will it drive to the top like “Hot In Herre” and “Just A Dream” or stall out on the road like “E.I.” or “Tilt Ya Head Back”? Find out in the next few weeks. (“Porsche” was featured in a prior topic about car models in song titles.)

They hit the top ten with “Tonight Tonight”, and now Hot Chelle Rae returns with an equally catchy ditty called “Hung Up”. It goes for adds on February 12, along with newcomer Icona Pop with “I Love It”, featuring Charli XCX, actress and singer Kat Graham‘s “Wanna Say” and Ne-Yo‘s “Forever Now”, which is already in the top 50. It’s the follow-up to “Let Me Love You”, which recently hit #4. Look for it to become at least a mid-charting song at the format. “Now” also gets a Rhythm release the same week.

As for the last two adds dates of the month, two newer acts are competing for their first top-40 hit. For the featured single of the month, we have “Wings”, the debut U.S. single for the quartet Little Mix. They won the U.K. version of the X Factor in 2011. This single, from their debut album DNA, went to #1 on the Singles Chart there and also helped the album debut at #3. “Wings” goes for adds on February 19. Their attempt at a crossover into the States comes at the same time that rival girl group The Saturdays is on television with reality program Chasing The Saturdays, chronically their breakthrough. Lead single from that quintet, “What About Us?”, has not been serviced to the CHR radio yet. Here’s hoping the group consisting of Jade, Jesy, Leigh-Ann and Perrie can get some Stateside lovin’ with a good beat and a good message. Best of luck! (Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” is also being serviced on the date. Check out my review here.)

The other newcomer is Youngblood Hawke, a quintet out of California with a former top ten hit on Alternative radio, “We Come Running”. You’ve probably been hearing the song all over the advertisements for American Idol. It’s sent for adds on February 26.

Sheer genius.

The “House” that built him.

Hot AC (Hot Adult Contemporary)
The aforementioned Youngblood Hawke record goes for adds at the Hot AC format on February 5, in addition to “Troublemaker” by Olly Murs. The former #1 single in the United Kingdom is currently top 30 on the CHR format.

Following up his recent top ten hit, “The A Team”, Ed Sheeran is looking to score another big chart hit with “Lego House”. “House” is the second single in the States (bypassing “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You”) and is sent for radio adds on February 12. Since we just celebrated the 55th anniversary of Lego patent, perhaps that give the song a little extra luck on the airplay survey. The song’s already gone top 5 in countries like Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Whitney Wolanin‘s new single, “Wrong Guy (I Did It This Time)”, also goes to Adult Contemporary radio that week. She recently had a seasonal hit with a remixed version of the standard “Frosty The Snowman”.

Newcomer Jillette Johnson is opening up for Kris Allen on his latest tour. Her first radio single, “Torpedo”, goes for adds on February 26.

Closest thing to "Heaven".

Closest thing to “Heaven”.

Alternative and Adult Album Alternative (AAA)
(Since there are a lot of songs going to radio at these formats this month, I won’t be highlighting every single release, but you can find the full list for the respective format of choice here and here.)

Four years after their last release, Sounds Of The Universe, Depeche Mode returns with a new album on March 26 called Delta Machine. Lead single “Heaven” goes for Alternative and AAA adds on February 5. It’s a change of pace for the band, especially after their last leadoff single, “Wrong”, which peaked at #12 on Alternative radio, their biggest hit since 2001. Will this one hit the top ten? It would be their first since 1997 if it indeed happened. The new one from the Dropkick Murphys also goes for Alternative adds that week, appropriately titled “The Boys Are Back”. It’s just below the top 40 pre-impact.

Seven songs go for Alternative adds on February 12, three by bands that have previously charted at the format. , otherwise known as Alt-J, follow-up their recent top-30 hit, “Fitzpleasure”, with “Breezeblocks”. The song went to #75 on the U.K. Singles Chart last year. Proving that we apparently have the time to listen to them whine, another song from Green Day‘s three-part album series also goes for adds on the same date. “X-Kid” is the first radio single from the third part of the saga, ¡Tré!. There’s a new one from Soundgarden as well, “By Crooked Steps”. It’s the second single from King Animal, which was released late last year. Add in singles by newcomers like France’s C2C and South Africa’s The Parlotones and you have a whole mess of a week. Expect a whole bunch of under-performers out of this group, but perhaps one of the newer acts can manage to go as high as the top ten.

The week after that is the last significant one for Alternative-based singles this month. February 19 sees the return of the California-based band Cold War Kids with “Miracle Mile”, looking to be their fifth top-40 hit at the format. Their first one, “Hang Me Up To Dry”, peaked at #26 in 2007. It’s also going to AAA radio. The only other act on that impact date is newcomers The Stick People, another band out of California who release “Think About That” to radio, their first commercial release.

For AAA-exclusive releases, notable ones include the return of Boz Scaggs with “Mixed Up Shook Up Girl” on February 4, the most recent American Idol winner Phillip Phillips with “Gone, Gone, Gone” on February 11, Dido‘s “No Freedom” on February 18 (same date as AC and Hot AC), and singer-songwriter Matt Hires with his new one “Restless Heart” on February 25. Phillips recently hit #1 on the AAA chart with “Home”. Hires previously made the top 50 on the Hot AC format in 2011 with “Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song”. I enjoy both of these new releases better than the older singles.

A pirate looks at forty-four.

A pirate looks at forty-four.

Country
If you’re a fan of Kenny Chesney, you’ll be happy to know that his new single is at radio now and goes to iTunes next week, February 5. “Pirate Flag” is the leadoff single from his forthcoming album, Life On A Rock, out on April 30. Sounds like it might be one of his more island-themed singles. Also going to radio that week: newcomer Joel Crouse with his “epic” debut single, “If You Want Some”, on Show-Dog Universal, and “Carolina” by Parmalee on Stoney Creek. The group named after the hometown of Parmalee, North Carolina recently hit the top 40 in airplay with their debut single, “Musta Had A Good Time”.

Jake Owen‘s had three consecutive number-one hits on Country radio from his 2011 release, Barefoot Blue Jean Night. He looks to make it four with “Anywhere With You”, which goes for adds on February 12 along with “Fill In The Blank” by Greg Bates. Bates is a relative newcomer to the chart having just scored a top ten with his debut single, “Did It For The Girl”.

Three ladies who have yet to score a big hit on the Country chart will be battling it out on the 19th. Canadian Jaida Dreyer is jockeying for position with “Half Broke Horses”, her third single at the format. Both of her previous attempts peaked in the mid-50’s, but she looks to ride this one into the big races this time around. Her debut album, I Am Jaida Dreyer, is released at the end of February. Kristen Kelly follows her minor top-40 entry “Ex-Old Man” with “He Loves To Make Me Cry”. Third and last, new singer Rachel Farley releases “Ain’t Easy”.

Rounding out the month is the third single by Tyler Farr, “Redneck Crazy”. His previous singles, “Hot Mess” and “Hello Goodbye”, just missed the top 40. We’ll see if third time is the charm for Farr as his song gets sent to radio on February 26.

That’s it for this month’s Radio Report. See you in March for some more springtime single madness.

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Pop About To Drop: Love Is In The Air

That's a whole lotta "Love".

That’s a whole lotta “Love”.

Valentine’s Day is under a month away, and while you’re out buying candy and flowers, here are some sweet new singles just in time for the big event:

CHER LLOYD – “With Ur Love”
Lloyd’s already had two charting songs at CHR radio: “Want U Back”, which hit the top ten, and “Oath”, which recently hit the top 30. This third single was already a top 5 seller in the United Kingdom way back in the fall of 2011, so it’s a little surprising that it’s getting a release in the States just now, but hey, I am totally not her record label. The former version featured American “singer” Mike Posner, but fortunately, he’s been dropped on this newer version. (Probably doesn’t look good that the promotion of his second album has been a dud. It has yet to be released.) The song has quite the hit team behind it, with writing and production credits for Shellback, and additional writing credits for Savan Kotecha and Max Martin. All three have had success independently, but have also worked together on big songs like “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” by Usher and “I Wanna Go” by Britney Spears. It’s a cute and catchy tune that should be a winner with the tween girls and fits in with the 80’s electronic inspired movement at mainstream radio with a drum and synth-heavy arrangement. Lyrically, Lloyd has just as much as attitude and edge as her previous stuff, although radio may be hesitant to play it with a lyric like “Used to always think I was bulletproof/But you got an AK and you’re blowing through,” given all the discussion lately about gun violence. I suppose it depends on the radio market. Other than that, it’s a harmless song that finds the girl bragging about the guy she has and how strong she feels her love is. Coming off an underperformer in “Oath”, this may not be the record that returns Lloyd to the top ten, but it should hopefully get some decent airplay during the spring. (P.S. a new video is coming soon for the solo version.)

MAROON 5 – “Love Somebody”
No, this is not a hot Rick Springfield remake. Their third single, “Daylight”, isn’t falling off the charts quite yet, but a music video is in production for this fourth single from their album Overexposed. The song was co-written and co-produced with Ryan Tedder, lead singer of OneRepublic and Nate Motte of the duo 3OH!3, along with lead singer/songwriter Adam Levine, songwriter Derrick Cagaanan and songwriter/producer Noel Zancanella (he’s a part of Tedder’s Patriot Records.) Most of the band’s albums have gone four singles deep, so expect this one to likely be the last release from it until their next studio release, which is already in the works. “Somebody” sees the group in a more dance direction than the previous hits, which are straight up pop/rock, but it’s an easy transition for Levine, who doesn’t miss a beat. Plus, I’m sure the fact that Motte and Tedder are behind the soundboard probably influenced the overall feel of the song. The song itself is about a guy looking for romance from a girl, who can “take [him] all the way” so that he can feel complete. Yet, he states, “if I fall for you, I’ll never recover/If I fall for you, I’ll never be the same,” which seems to indicate that the girl may be a risk for him. Oh, well, he still wants her, so don’t blame me if she turns out to be trouble. It’s a decent song, nothing new or great, but because it’s Maroon 5, it’ll probably be a mid-charter before leaving the national surveys in the spring. Levine should be back on television judging on the show The Voice by the time this song is gaining airplay, so at least it will be promoted well enough. Maybe the clip for it will premiere on there.

If you’re looking for a little more “Love”, here are some other songs to check out that are new on the radio:
LAWSON – “Learn To Love Again” (Single review!)
MUMFORD & SONS – “Lover Of The Light”
NEON TREES – “Lessons In Love (All Day, All Night)”
STEFANO – “Yes To Love”
THE LUMINEERS – “Stubborn Love”

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