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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 13, 2020

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You’ve got the power to check out this week’s batch of New Music Friday releases, including huge albums from 2 Chainz, AC/DC and Chris Stapleton, as well as fresh singles from Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X and Tones And I. It’s a hit holiday and we’re here to celebrate:

Notable albums out this week: 2 Chainz‘s So Help Me God! (iTunes), AC/DC‘s Power Up (iTunes), BENEE‘s Hey U X (iTunes), Blac Youngsta‘s F*ck Everybody 3 (iTunes), Chris Stapleton‘s Starting Over (iTunes), DaniLeigh‘s Movie (iTunes), Duncan Laurence‘s Small Town Boy (iTunes), Gerry Cinnamon‘s The Bonny (Reissue) (iTunes), John K‘s Love + Everything Else (iTunes), Kodak Black‘s Bill Israel (iTunes), Lime Cordiale‘s 14 Steps To A Better You (Relapse) (iTunes), Marc Scibilia‘s Seed Of Joy (iTunes), McFly‘s Young Dumb Thrills (iTunes), Nav‘s Emergency Tsunami (Bonus) (iTunes), Paloma Faith‘s Infinite Things (iTunes), Paris Jackson‘s Wilted (iTunes), Pentatonix‘s We Need A Little Christmas (iTunes), Salaam Remi‘s Black On Purpose (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Ben Rector‘s A Ben Rector Christmas (iTunes), Emily Weisband‘s Not Afraid To Say Goodbye (iTunes), Gavin Haley‘s Unfolding (iTunes), Gracey‘s The Art Of Closure (iTunes), Katya‘s Vampire Fitness (iTunes), Lauren Aquilina‘s Ghost World (iTunes), Masego‘s Studying Abroad (iTunes), Sam DeRosa‘s The Medicine (iTunes), Sandro Cavazza‘s Weird & Talkative (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Little Bit Yours (Dave Audé Remix)”, JP Saxe (iTunes)
“All I Want For Christmas Is You”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“August Is A Fever”, Ella Jane (iTunes)
“Back Then”, Quinn Lewis (iTunes)
“Be Somebody”, Dillon Francis featuring Evie Irie (iTunes)
“Better Together (Acoustic)”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Blink-182 + U”, Cali Rodi (iTunes)
“Blue Shell”, Al Calderon (iTunes)
“Blueberry Eyes (Steve Aoki Remix)”, MAX featuring SUGA (of BTS) (iTunes)
“Bridged By A Lightwave”, Deadmau5 featuring Kiesza (iTunes)
“Broke”, Ryan Mack (iTunes)
“Calling”, Verzache (iTunes)
“Can’t Feel A Thing”, Justice Carradine (iTunes)
“Casualty”, Julia Brennan (iTunes)
“Dance With My Demons”, Blame My Youth (iTunes)
“F2020 (Remix)”, Avenue Beat featuring Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Fade”, George Maple (iTunes)
“Fade Away”, SIX60 (iTunes)
“Fall Back”, Maths Time Joy featuring Matt Woods (iTunes)
“Feel Good”, Command Sisters (iTunes)
“Feel The Thunder”, Haim (iTunes)
“Feeling Dynamite”, Joe Stone & Ally Brooke (iTunes)
“Fixerupper”, Tayla Parx (iTunes)
“Fly Away”, Tones And I (iTunes)
“Fools (Can’t Help Falling In Love)”, Foster featuring Sody (iTunes)
“Forever”, End Of The World featuring NIKI (iTunes)
“Get Me So High”, Eves Karydas (iTunes)
“Girl On TV”, Chloe Moriondo (iTunes)
“Happy”, Young Rising Sons (iTunes)
“He Don’t Know Nothin’ Bout It”, Jam & Lewis featuring Babyface (iTunes)
“Heartbeat”, Ziggy Alberts (iTunes)
“Hold In, Hold On”, Kid Bloom (iTunes)
“Hold On”, Douwe Bob (iTunes)
“Hold My Heart”, Steps (iTunes)
“Holiday”, Lil Nas X (iTunes)
“Home Sweet Home”, Sam Feldt featuring ALMA & Digital Farm Animals (iTunes)
“Hoodies”, JayXander (iTunes)
“How Could This Be Christmas?” and “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”, Mandy Moore (iTunes)
“Huck It”, The Offspring (iTunes)
“I Left A Party For You”, Pilar Victoria (iTunes)
“Impulsive”, Jared Gelman (iTunes)
“In My Car”, Jimi Somewhere (iTunes)
“It’s Christmas Time”, Matoma & Michael Bolton (iTunes)
“Jumpin Out The Face”, Lil Mosey (iTunes)
“Let Me Feel Low”, Cavetown featuring Miloe (iTunes)
“Lonely”, Confetti (iTunes)
“Lonely Machines”, 3OH!3 featuring 100gecs (iTunes)
“Lonely Too Long”, Mullally (iTunes)
“Lost”, The Hunna featuring OMB Peezy (iTunes)
“Love Is A Compass”, Griff (iTunes)
“Lovefool”, Twocolors featuring Pia Mia (iTunes)
“My Guitar”, New Rules (iTunes)
“No 1 Like U”, We The Kings (iTunes)
“No Save Point”, Run The Jewels (iTunes)
“Nothing Left”, POORSTACY & Travis Barker (iTunes)
“OHFR?”, Rico Nasty (iTunes)
“One More Dance”, R3HAB & Alida (iTunes)
“Out Da Oven”, StaySolidRocky (iTunes)
“Problems”, Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Redneck Girl”, Tim McGraw featuring Midland (iTunes)
“Resilient (Tiësto Remix)”, Katy Perry featuring Aitana (iTunes)
“Rock ‘N’ Roll”, Alice Cooper (iTunes)
“Roller Coaster”, Omi (iTunes)
“Seasonal Depression”, Mary Lambert (iTunes)
“Shady”, Alfie Templeman (iTunes)
“She (Stripped)”, Winona Oak (iTunes)
“Single AF”, Fousheé (iTunes)
“Sleepwalking”, Mokita featuring Mike Kinsella (iTunes)
“Sober”, Bri Steves (iTunes)
“Starry Eyed”, Liza Owen (iTunes)
“Stop Crying Your Heart Out”, BBC Radio 2’s Allstars (iTunes)
“Suzanne”, Passenger (iTunes)
“The One”, Rea Garvey x VIZE (iTunes)
“The Reason”, Hariz (iTunes)
“The Show”, Qveen Herby (iTunes)
“Therefore I Am”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“This Is My Time”, Gary Barlow (iTunes)
“Through The Phone”, Wild Youth (iTunes)
“‘Til I Found You”, Jeremy Loops (iTunes)
“Times Like This”, Diane Warren featuring Darius Rucker (iTunes)
“Train Wreck (Acoustic)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Trust Issues”, Liv Dawson (iTunes)
“Uh-Oh”, Cyn (iTunes)
“Under The Moon”, Foster The People (iTunes)
“Under The Sun (Acoustic)”, Rhys Lewis (iTunes)
“Wait For Me”, Conor Matthews (iTunes)
“We Did It!!!”, Grandson (iTunes)
“What’s Your Country Song”, Thomas Rhett (iTunes)
“When The Hospital Was My Home”, Powfu featuring Rxseboy (iTunes)
“Who You Are”, Loote (iTunes)
“Wonder”, Spencer Sutherland (iTunes)
“Yesterday”, Loyle Carner (iTunes)

Next week, the current albums from Josh Groban, Koe Wetzel and Megan Thee Stallion 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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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2019: #50-41

As 2019 and the decade draw to a close, it’s time for the annual Top 100 of the year! According to my tabulations, these titles ranked as the most successful on my personal chart. The year was full of love, found and lost, from “Higher Love” and “Lover” to “Somebody You Loved” and more. Time was the essence, whether it was “All The Time” or “The Last Time”, and the light guided the way towards the upper half of the list, including “Light On” and “Lights Up”.

So, come along with “ME!” as I count down the hits, won’t you? Let’s get some numbers rolling…

The 2019 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 2, 2018 to the chart dated November 24, 2018. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with the higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks at a song’s peak position and the amount of time charted in the top 40. 167 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, a decrease from the 171 that did so in 2018.

50. NORMANI, “Motivation”
Album: (single only)
Label: Keep Cool/RCA
Peak: #3

49. AVA MAX, “Sweet But Psycho”
Album: (single only)
Label: Artist Partner Group/Atlantic
Peak: #6

48. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Head Above Water”
Album: Head Above Water
Label: BMG
Peak: #1 for one week
2018 YE: #72

47. SMITH & THELL, “Hotel Walls”
Album: (single only)
Label: Arista
Peak: #9

46. P!NK featuring CHRIS STAPLETON, “Love Me Anyway”
Album: Hurts 2B Human
Label: RCA
Peak: #9

45. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life”
Album: (single only)
Label: Epic
Peak: #5

44. KEANE, “Love Too Much”
Album: Cause And Effect
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #3

43. INGRID MICHAELSON, “Missing You”
Album: Stranger Songs
Label: Cabin 24/RED
Peak: #9

42. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Lover”
Album: Lover
Label: Republic
Peak: #2

41. GEORGE EZRA, “Hold My Girl”
Album: Staying At Tamara’s
Label: Columbia
Peak: #8

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 13, 2018)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: several of last week’s fierce competitors have their eye on #1, while plenty of impacting releases, including cuts from Imagine Dragons and a collaboration from Marshmello and Anne-Marie, want to crash the party. Let’s add it all up:

“SOMETHING” TO TALK ABOUT: After his chart-topping debut for Man Of The Woods on the newest Billboard 200, Justin Timberlake leads yet another list, this week’s adds report at the Top 40 format, for “Say Something”, the second pop radio single from the project. (“Supplies” never officially went for adds, though it was in the top 50 for a few weeks.) The single, which features country star Chris Stapleton, takes in another 70 adds during the session. Stapleton is hoping to reach #1 on the country airplay list within the next few weeks with his latest hit there, “Broken Halos”.

Below the top spot on the list, “Friends” has an impressive debut for Marshmello and Anne-Marie, reacting with 46 stations on impact, good for second place this week. The DJ/producer is currently on a hot streak with the Top 40 audience, still way up in the top ten with a collaboration with Selena Gomez titled “Wolves”, while his lead vocalist, who collaborated with Clean Bandit on “Rockabye” last year, is still relatively new to this format. Rockers Imagine Dragons also score with their current crossover from the Alternative airwaves called “Whatever It Takes”, placing fourth with 41 stations on impact. It follows “Thunder”, which spent a week at #1 in November on the pop chart.

2. MARSHMELLO & ANNE-MARIE, “Friends” (Warner Bros.)
3. THE WEEKND & KENDRICK LAMAR, “Pray For Me” (Interscope-Republic)
4. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Whatever It Takes” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5. ZEDD, MAREN MORRIS & GREY, “The Middle” (Interscope)
6. DRAKE, “God’s Plan” (YMCMB/Republic)
7. WHY DON’T WE, “Trust Fund Baby” (Atlantic)
8. TROYE SIVAN, “My My My!” (Capitol)
9. FOSTER THE PEOPLE, “Sit Next To Me” (Columbia)
10. BAZZI, “Mine” (APG/Atlantic)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (February 11, 2018)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. While you were watching a curling match at the Olympics, I was curling up on the couch to look at some pop stats. So, be a good sport and check out all the good music below:

ALL IN DUA TIME: No new song at the top this Sunday, but there is a “New” song that once again holds at #1. Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules” just won’t let go, and becomes her label’s first three-week chart-topper at the format since 2013. As mentioned last week, the nearest bulleted entry below #1, Charlie Puth‘s “How Long”, is still 3,400 spins away from unseating whomever may be at the top, though it rises from 5-3 this week. Lipa’s smash becomes her first top ten on the Hot AC chart this week, up a single notch to #10. It also sits just below the top ten on the Rhythmic survey, where it also climbs just one spot to #12. “New” recently topped a giant 650 million streams on Spotify for its main version, while its music video should be over the one billion (!) mark very soon.

A “BABY” CHANGES EVERYTHING: There’s relatively little action in the lower rungs of this week’s top 50, though it’s a pretty great week for Justin Timberlake‘s newest single “Say Something”, featuring Chris Stapleton, which soars from 46-32. “Say” is now the 30th solo top 40 hit at the format for Timberlake, while Stapleton, whose work is primarily known at the Country format, is in with his first appearance. Another soloist, Kent Jones, leads a two-pack of debuts in the top 50, dancing in at #47 with the track that could become his second big hit: “Merengue”. The singer last showed off his moves in 2016 with “Don’t Mind”, which spent two weeks at #8 that July. Another act looking for their second top 40 single comes in at #50: popular boy band Why Don’t We is new with “Trust Fund Baby”. Last September and October, the group spent three weeks at #33 with “Something Different”. Their newest chart song was co-written by Ed Sheeran, who sits at #2 once more with “Perfect”, and is featured on Taylor Swift‘s “End Game” at #13 and Eminem‘s “River” at #20.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (February 6, 2018)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar pray to the pop gods and receive a nice answer in return, while Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton say the words and bask in some magical momentum. It’s not the iHeartSummit, but we’re climbing toward that summit of hearts, as we add it all up:

READY FOR THE WEEKND: The anticipation for the film Black Panther is building, and the charts are full of songs off the set that accompanies the movie, due to be released this Friday. The first single to hit the Top 40 format from it, “Pray For Me”, is a big collaboration from The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar. Unsurprisingly, a big track deserves some big numbers, and it becomes this week’s Most Added song at the format with a giant 126 stations on impact. Lamar curated the entire soundtrack, and serves in several other writing and production roles, in addition to his handful of vocal performances on the album. “Pray” also top the adds reports at the Rhythmic (68 stations) and Urban (55 stations) formats, clearing a significant portion of those panels (much like the result here.)

Meanwhile, following the mixed reviews for his halftime show, Justin Timberlake also smashes the the runner-up spot with the third release from Man Of The Woods: the Chris Stapleton-assisted “Say Something”. It scores a plentiful 62 stations on impact. Timberlake didn’t actually perform the tune during his Super Bowl medley, though it remains his top song on most digital services at the moment. Man is expected to debut at #1 on next week’s Billboard 200 chart, displacing Migos‘s Culture II. New songs from Iggy Azalea featuring Quavo (16 stations), Kent Jones (15 stations) and Why Don’t We (10 stations) make the top ten for the first time, and you can hear/watch them below!

1. THE WEEKND & KENDRICK LAMAR, “Pray For Me” (Interscope-Republic)
3. ZEDD, MAREN MORRIS & GREY, “The Middle” (Interscope)
4. JACK & JACK, “Beg” (Island/Republic)
5. DRAKE, “God’s Plan” (YMCMB/Republic)
6. TROYE SIVAN, “My My My!” (Capitol)
7. IGGY AZALEA featuring QUAVO, “Savior” (Island/Republic)
8. KENT JONES, “Merengue” (We The Best/Epic)
9. KESHA featuring THE DAP-KINGS HORNS, “Woman” (RCA)
10. WHY DON’T WE, “Trust Fund Baby” (Atlantic)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 1, 2017

Experiencing a comeback.

It’s the last month of the year! Here come some of the biggest releases of 2017, all available for your listening pleasure! Now, the weekly look at the albums and singles you need to know about this Friday:

U2 – Songs Of Experience (iTunes)
The legendary Irish quartet returns with their 14th studio album, and first in three years, which includes single “You’re The Best Thing About Me”. Charting across three formats, it performed best on the Triple A chart, where it was #1 for two weeks. Though you won’t find this one free in your iTunes library, it should be a strong contender for #1 on the Billboard 200.

MIGUEL – War & Leisure (iTunes)
The newest studio album by this R&B singer features the hit “Sky Walker”, featuring Travis Scott, which is either inside or just outside the top ten at both Rhythmic and Urban radio. Will it become his third set to reach the top five overall? Could happen!

CHRIS STAPLETON – From A Room: Volume 2 (iTunes)
As “Broken Halos”, off the first volume, continues its slow ascent up the Country radio survey, Stapleton’s second album of 2017 arrives in stores. It’s sure to be the top Country album in the land next week, with a notable debut overall as well.

More albums out this week: Andy Grammer‘s The Good Parts (iTunes), Danielle Bradbery‘s I Don’t Believe We’ve Met (iTunes), Five Finger Death Punch‘s A Decade Of Destruction (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Greatest Hits (iTunes), Robbie Williams‘s Under The Radar, Vol. 2 (Deluxe) (iTunes), Roy Woods‘s Say Less (iTunes), The Rolling Stones‘s On Air (iTunes), Van Morrison‘s Versatile (iTunes), Ferdinand (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: TBA

More EPs out this week: Black Veil Brides‘s Rebels (iTunes), Lions Head‘s Golden / The Night B4 Xmas (iTunes), Owl City‘s Reel 1 (iTunes), Sheppard‘s Uncover (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“1000”, N.E.R.D & Future (iTunes)
“All Falls Down (Remixes)”, Alan Walker, Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals (iTunes)
“All On My Mind (Acoustic)”, Anderson East (iTunes)
“Asking For A Friend”, Devin Dawson (iTunes)
“Aww”, Baby Ariel (iTunes)
“Been Meaning To Tell You (Reinvented, Pt. 1 – Remixes)”, Starley (iTunes)
“Better Than I Used To Be (Acoustic)”, Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Blood & Muscle”, Lissie (iTunes)
“Boy Like You”, WESLEE (iTunes)
“Breathe”, Jax Jones featuring Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“Broken People”, Logic & Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Cotton Candy”, Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Cozy”, Jacob Sartorius (iTunes)
“Don’t Look Down”, Nicholas Roberts (iTunes)
“Fallin’ 4 U”, Will Heard (iTunes)
“Fireworks”, First Aid Kit (iTunes)
“First Love (Remixes)”, Lost Kings & Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Footprints In The Snow”, Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
“Friends”, Otto Knows (iTunes)
“Halo (Live)”, LP (iTunes)
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, MiC LOWRY (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“Hello Shadow”, Kiesza & SKYGGE (iTunes)
“Him & I”, G-Eazy & Halsey (iTunes)
“House Party (Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Club Mix)”, The Knocks & Captain Cuts (iTunes)
“I Know You (Acoustic)”, Craig David featuring Bastille (iTunes)
“I Miss You (Matoma Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“I Think It Must Be Christmas”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Islands”, R3HAB & KSHMR (iTunes)
“Leave A Light On (Acoustic)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Little Drummer Boy (Lema x Savi Remix)”, Pentatonix (iTunes)
“Love So Soft (Mark Knight & Ben Remember Remix)”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“Miss You”, Louis Tomlinson (iTunes)
“Mouth To Mouth”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“Mucho Booty”, Pitbull & Micha featuring Farruko (iTunes)
“Naked (CADE Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“No More”, PRETTYMUCH featuring French Montana (iTunes)
“No Pressure”, Mahalia (iTunes)
“Off My Feet”, Pia Mia (iTunes)
“One Chance To Dance (Remixes)”, Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas (iTunes)
“Perfect”, Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé (iTunes)
“Personal (Acoustic)”, The Vamps (iTunes)
“So Far Away”, Martin Garrix & David Guetta featuring Jamie Scott & Romy Dya (iTunes)
“Stand Up Tragedy”, The Fratellis (iTunes)
“Strangers (Remixes)”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Strongest (Alan Walker Remix)”, Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“Take Her Place (VIP Mix)”, Don Diablo featuring A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Vanilla / What’s So Entertaining”, The Orwells (iTunes)
“Way With Words”, Bahamas (iTunes)
“We Could Go Back (Remixes)”, Jonas Blue featuring Moelogo (iTunes)
“Whoever He Is”, New Hope Club (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from K. Michelle, Luke BryanWalker Hayes and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 5, 2017

Looking for “Room” at the top.

It’s a logical fight between a traveller and a logician this week, as two big releases attempt to steal the #1 spot away from Kendrick Lamar‘s hot set. Can one of them pull it off? Here’s all the action from this week’s schedule:

CHRIS STAPLETON – From A Room: Volume 1 (iTunes)
Stapleton’s sophomore album follows 2015’s Traveller, which garnered universal acclaim and a number of awards. It also ranked at #4 on the list of 2016’s best-selling albums here in the States. Lead single “Either Way”, which wasn’t released prior to the album in an unusual move, impacts at Country radio on Monday. It’s pretty clear that this will be a contender for #1, but it’ll have to compete with…

LOGIC – Everybody (iTunes)
The third studio album for this Maryland rapper is also looking at a notable first week, thanks to a lot of positive buzz and a nice list of collaborators. Of course, his first two albums reached the top five in the last few years, but his following continues to expand. “1-800-273-8255”, both the radio single and the number for the Suicide Prevention Hotline, is headed to the Rhythmic format.

More albums out this week: Blondie‘s Pollinator (iTunes), Day Wave‘s The Days We Had (iTunes), Diana Krall‘s Turn Up The Quiet (iTunes), Goodbye June‘s Magic Valley (iTunes), LP‘s Lost On You (iTunes), Mac DeMarco‘s This Old Dog (iTunes), Patti LaBelle‘s Bel Hommage (iTunes), Russ‘s There’s Really A Wolf (iTunes), Ruth B.‘s Safe Haven (iTunes), The Head And The Heart‘s Stinson Beach Sessions (iTunes), Vinyl Theatre‘s Origami (iTunes), Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years Of The Story (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 62 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: James Hersey‘s Pages (iTunes), Kita Alexander‘s Hotel (iTunes), Sigrid‘s Don’t Kill My Vibe (iTunes), Tim Chadwick‘s Early Days (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Falls Down”, Paul Rey (iTunes)
“Bring It Back”, Lil Yachty (iTunes)
“Bout You”, VÉRITÉ (iTunes)
“Call The Police” / “American Dream”, LCD Soundsystem (iTunes)
“Caramel”, Terror Jr (iTunes)
“Dear Ana (Acoustic)”, Matthew Koma (iTunes)
“Despacito (Major Lazer & MOSKA Remix)”, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (iTunes)
“Do You Think About Me”, Benjamin Ingrosso (iTunes)
“Driver”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Electric Touch (Ayokay Remix)”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Eyes Closed”, Halsey (iTunes)
“Eyes Closed”, Tyga (iTunes)
“Fair-Weather Friend”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Got A Little Drunk”, Madcon (iTunes)
“High Without Your Love”, Loote (iTunes)
“Hunter”, Galantis (iTunes)
“Hurt By You”, Emily Warren (iTunes)
“Issues (Alan Walker Remix)”, Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Killing Time”, Serena Ryder (iTunes)
“Mama”, Jonas Blue featuring William Singe (iTunes)
“Moonlight”, Dan Owen (iTunes)
“On The Charts”, DREAMCAR (iTunes)
“Perfect Color”, SafetySuit (iTunes)
“SHE”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“Sink”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Slow Hands”, Niall Horan (iTunes)
“Sundays”, Tom Prior (iTunes)
“Sweet Creature”, Harry Styles (iTunes)
“Tears Gone Bad”, Mr. Probz (iTunes)
“The Breakup”, LANY (iTunes)
“Told You So”, Paramore (iTunes)
“Want You Back”, Haim (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Harry Styles, Zac Brown Band and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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2016 GRAMMY Awards: Adam Predicts The Winners

And the winner is...

And the winner is…

It’s almost time for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, airing live on CBS tonight at 8PM Eastern. We’ll witness greatness from a whole lot of acts, superstars and newcomers, all in the hunt for their chance to take home the big prize. Alabama Shakes, Chris StapletonKendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and The Weekend are among the performers for the big show, and rank among the nominees in a number of categories, many of which you’ll see below. From “Blank Space” to “Can’t Feel My Face”, this race is a cool chase. (I’ll leave the rhyming to them next time.)

At the same time that we’ll be celebrating the artists and music of the last year, it’s also been a rough year in terms of losses within the music community. Since December, those acts include names like Lemmy Kilmister, Natalie Cole, David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Maurice White. Remember, that’s just in the last seven weeks. Many more musicians have passed since the last award show. It’ll be interesting to see how the committee responds with tribute performances and the In Memoriam section. I imagine it will be an especially sad one.

So, without further ado, here’s what I’m thinking for this year’s potential winners. Note that the choices I’ve predicted are in bold, with a spot marked “WINNER” below each category. Those blank slots will be updated once the actual winners are revealed in the Premiere Ceremony (3:30 – 6:30 Eastern, watch here) or on the CBS telecast. Though I’m not making a prediction for every single category, let’s hope I get some right…

THE BIG FOUR (with commentary)

Record Of The Year
“Really Love”, D’Angelo & The Vanguard
“Uptown Funk”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
“Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space”, Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face”, The Weeknd

Four out of the five nominees in this category were mass appeal hits that topped both domestic and international charts, while it’s still a surprise to “Really Love” up for the award, even if it did have some success on the Urban AC listing. “Uptown Funk” seemed to cross over seamlessly from format to format, and its U.S. sales total is approaching seven million copies. Needless to say, a few members on the voting panel aren’t going to stop the majority of them from feeling totally funky during this GRAMMY season.

WINNER: “Uptown Funk”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Album Of The Year
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Taylor Swift, 1989
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

1989 and Beauty Behind The Madness are safe choices to win the award given how many hit singles each set has pumped out thus far. Swift’s effort, in particular, saw its first five singles go to #1 on the pop radio chart, and is currently certified 5x Platinum. It is entirely possible for them to pull off a win, but I’m more interested in the other three sets. I’ve gone back and forth between all of them, but Stapleton’s three wins at the CMA Awards and his momentum (at both radio and retail) since then give him my vote.

WINNER: Taylor Swift, 1989

Song Of The Year
“Alright”, Kendrick Lamar (Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams)
“Blank Space”, Taylor Swift (Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift)
“Girl Crush”, Little Big Town (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose)
“See You Again”, Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz)
“Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge)

If Record Of The Year has a strong chance of going “Uptown Funk”, this category will likely go to “Thinking Out Loud” (though it’s possible that Sheeran’s song could take home both.) It’s a well-crafted torch song, and one that continues to be bought and played on many different platforms. “Girl Crush” may also be in the running, as it won the same category at the CMA Awards, but it has a much better chance of scooping up a win in the Country field (where I am predicting at least one win for the Alabama quartet.)

WINNER: “Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge)

Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Meghan Trainor
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly

This category is a tough one this year… well, for me, at least. Many people seem to think Trainor is a shoo-in for this category; I’m not one of them. She’s actually been nominated in similar categories on other U.S. shows and hasn’t won at all. If that does change for the GRAMMY Awards, it’ll be a good look for her new single in March and upcoming album later this year. However, I’m going to give this to Kelly. She’s not had the biggest radio airplay or single sales, but she’s liked by many audiences and does well live.

WINNER: Meghan Trainor


Best Pop Solo Performance
“Heartbeat Song”, Kelly Clarkson
“Love Me Like You Do”, Ellie Goulding
“Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space”, Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face”, The Weeknd

WINNER: “Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Ship To Wreck”, Florence + The Machine
“Sugar”, Maroon 5
“Uptown Funk”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
“Bad Blood”, Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
“See You Again”, Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

WINNER: “Uptown Funk”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece
Florence + The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Mark Ronson, Uptown Special
Taylor Swift, 1989
James Taylor, Before This World

WINNER: Taylor Swift, 1989

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern
Bob Dylan, Shadows In The Night
Josh Groban, Stages
Seth MacFarlane, No One Ever Tells You
Barry Manilow with various artists, My Dream Duets

WINNER: Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern


Best Dance Recording
“We’re All We Need”, Above & Beyond featuring Zoë Johnston
“Go”, The Chemical Brothers
“Never Catch Me”, Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Runaway (U & I)”, Galantis
“Where Are Ü Now”, Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber

WINNER: “Where Are Ü Now”, Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Caribou, Our Love
The Chemical Brothers, Born In The Echoes
Disclosure, Caracal
Jamie xx, In Colour
Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

WINNER: Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü


Best Rock Performance
“Don’t Wanna Fight”, Alabama Shakes
“What Kind Of Man”, Florence + The Machine
“Something From Nothing”, Foo Fighters
“Ex’s & Oh’s”, Elle King
“Moaning Lisa Smile”, Wolf Alice

WINNER: “Don’t Wanna Fight”, Alabama Shakes

Best Rock Song
“Don’t Wanna Fight”, Alabama Shakes (Alabama Shakes)
“Ex’s & Oh’s”, Elle King (Dave Bassett and Elle King)
“Hold Back The River”, James Bay (Iain Archer and James Bay)
“Lydia”, Highly Suspect (Richard Meyer, Ryan Meyer and Johnny Stevens)
“What Kind Of Man”, Florence + The Machine (John Hill, Tom Hull and Florence Welch)

WINNER: “Don’t Wanna Fight”, Alabama Shakes (Alabama Shakes)

Best Rock Album
James Bay, Chaos And The Calm
Death Cab For Cutie, Kintsugi
Highly Suspect, Mister Asylum
Muse, Drones
Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter

WINNER: Muse, Drones


Best Alternative Music Album
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Björk, Vulnicura
My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall
Tame Impala, Currents
Wilco, Star Wars

WINNER: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color


Best R&B Performance
“If I Don’t Have You”, Tamar Braxton
“Rise Up”, Andra Day
“Breathing Underwater”, Hiatus Kaiyote
“Planes”, Jeremih featuring J. Cole
“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)”, The Weeknd

WINNER: “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)”, The Weeknd

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“He Is”, Faith Evans
“Little Ghetto Boy”, Lalah Hathaway
“Let It Burn”, Jazmine Sullivan
“Shame”, Tyrese
“My Favorite Part Of You”, Charlie Wilson

WINNER: “Little Ghetto Boy”, Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song
“Coffee”, Miguel (Brook Davis & Miguel Pimentel)
“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)”, The Weeknd (Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville & Abel Tesfaye)
“Let It Burn”, Jazmine Sullivan (Kenny B. Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan & Dwane M. Weir II)
“Really Love”, D’Angelo & The Vanguard (D’Angelo & Kendra Foster)
“Shame”, Tyrese (Warryn Campbell, Tyrese Gibson & DJ Rogers Jr.)

WINNER: “Really Love”, D’Angelo & The Vanguard (D’Angelo & Kendra Foster)

Best Urban Contemporary Album
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness
Lianne La Havas, Blood
Miguel, Wildheart
Kehlani, You Should Be Here
The Internet, Ego Death

WINNER: The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

Best R&B Album
Leon Bridges, Coming Home
D’Angelo & The Vanguard, Black Messiah
Andra Day, Cheers To The Fall
Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show
Charlie Wilson, Forever Charlie

WINNER: D’Angelo & The Vanguard, Black Messiah


Best Rap Performance
“Apparently”, J. Cole
“Back To Back”, Drake
“Trap Queen”, Fetty Wap
“Alright”, Kendrick Lamar
“Truffle Butter”, Nicki Minaj featuring Drake and Lil Wayne
“All Day”, Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney

WINNER: “Alright”, Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“One Man Can Change The World”, Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend
“Glory”, Common featuring John Legend
“Classic Man”, Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur
“These Walls”, Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
“Only”, Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

WINNER: “These Walls”, Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat

Best Rap Song
“All Day”, Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney (Ernest Brown, Tyler Bryant, Sean Combs, Mike Dean, Rennard East, Noah Goldstein, Malik Yusef Jones, Karim Kharbouch, Allan Kyariga, Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Victor Mensah, Charles Njapa, Che Pope, Patrick Reynolds, Allen Ritter, Kanye West, Mario Winans and Cydel Young)
“Alright”, Kendrick Lamar (Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears and Pharrell Williams)
“Energy”, Drake (Richard Dorfmeister, A. Graham, Markus Kienzl, M. O’Brien, M. Samuels and Phillip Thomas)
“Glory”, Common featuring John Legend (Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith and John Stephens)
“Trap Queen”, Fetty Wap (Tony Fadd and Willie J. Maxwell)

WINNER: “Alright”, Kendrick Lamar (Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears and Pharrell Williams)

Best Rap Album
J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Dr. Dre, Compton
Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint

WINNER: Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly


Best Country Solo Performance
“Burning House”, Cam
“Traveller”, Chris Stapleton
“Little Toy Guns”, Carrie Underwood
“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”, Keith Urban
“Chances Are”, Lee Ann Womack

WINNER: “Traveller”, Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Stay A Little Longer”, Brothers Osborne
“If I Needed You”, Joey + Rory
“The Driver”, Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay
“Girl Crush”, Little Big Town
“Lonely Tonight”, Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe

WINNER: “Girl Crush”, Little Big Town

Best Country Song
“Chances Are”, Lee Ann Womack (Hayes Carll)
“Diamond Rings And Old Barstools”, Tim McGraw featuring Catherine Dunn (Barry Dean, Luke Laird & Jonathan Singleton)
“Girl Crush”, Little Big Town (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose)
“Hold My Hand”, Brandy Clark (Brandy Clark & Mark Stephen Jones)
“Traveller”, Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton)

WINNER: “Girl Crush”, Little Big Town (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose)

Best Country Album
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Little Big Town, Pain Killer
Ashley Monroe, The Blade
Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material
Chris Stapleton, Traveller

WINNER: Chris Stapleton, Traveller


Best Musical Theater Album
An American in Paris
Fun Home
The King And I
Something Rotten!

WINNER: Hamilton


Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Visual Media
Empire: Season 1
Fifty Shades Of Grey
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Pitch Perfect 2

WINNER: Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Fifty Shades Of Grey: “Earned It”, The Weeknd (Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville & Abel Tesfaye)
Selma: “Glory”, Common featuring John Legend (Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith & John Stephens)
Fifty Shades Of Grey: “Love Me Like You Do”, Ellie Goulding (Savan Kotecha, Max Martin, Tove Lo, Ali Payami & Ilya Salmanzadeh)
Furious 7: “See You Again”, Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charlie Puth & Cameron Thomaz)
The Hunting Ground: “Til It Happens To You”, Lady Gaga (Lady Gaga & Diane Warren)

WINNER: Selma: “Glory”, Common featuring John Legend (Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith & John Stephens)


Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Jeff Bhasker
Dave Cobb
Larry Klein
Blake Mills

WINNER: Jeff Bhasker


Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
“Berlin By Overnight (CFCF Remix)”, Daniel Hope
“Hold On (Fatum Remix)”, JES, Shant & Clint Maximus
“Runaway (U & I) (Kaskade Remix)”, Galantis
“Say My Name (RAC Remix)”, Odesza featuring Zyra
“Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

WINNER: “Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars


Best Music Video
“LSD”, A$AP Rocky
“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)”, The Dead Weather
“Alright”, Kendrick Lamar
“Bad Blood”, Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Freedom”, Pharrell Williams

WINNER: “Bad Blood”, Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar

Best Music Film
James Brown, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways
Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone?
Roger Waters, The Wall
Amy Winehouse, Amy

WINNER: Amy Winehouse, Amy

Once again, the GRAMMY Awards air live at 8PM Eastern (5PM Pacific) on CBS. Enjoy the show and check back for the results!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 2)

Holy moly.

Holy moly.

America The Beautiful isn’t looking so beautiful on the release schedule this week, but all those pretty pop releases will be out in no time. Meanwhile, these items are out today, July 2:

  • If you want to find next week’s big album release, it won’t be on iTunes, AmazonMP3 or even the charts… at least for another week. Jay-Z and Samsung have partnered together to give away 1,000,000 free copies of his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, via an application that can be downloaded on the Samsung Galaxy smartphone. It will be available on Thursday, July 4, before a digital release on July 7. No singles from it have been issued. (iTunes – coming soon)
  • Christian rockers Relient K are out with their first album of original material in four years, Collapsible Lung. It features a collaboration with Owl City, “That’s My Jam”. (iTunes)
  • With a new label behind him, soul singer Joe returns with DoubleBack: Evolution of R&B, featuring the single, “I’d Rather Have A Love”. (iTunes)
  • Two soundtracks to summer movies make their way into stores this week: The Lone Ranger (iTunes) and Way Way Back (iTunes).

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

  • “Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down)”, a benefit single for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings by Neil Diamond. (iTunes)
  • “Get Like Me”, the brand new single by Nelly featuring Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams. (iTunes)
  • “Give It 2 U”, a dance track from Robin Thicke and Kendrick Lamar. (iTunes)
  • “Live For The Night”, new from the dance trio Krewella. (iTunes)
  • “What Are You Listening To?”, the first solo single from country singer Chris Stapleton, formerly of The SteelDrivers. (iTunes)

R&B singer Ciara is trying for her fourth top ten album next week… will she make it? An update is coming in seven!

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