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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 20, 2017

Horan is scorin’ this week.

Picking apples at the orchard? Carving pumpkins with the kids? Whatever you’re doing this weekend, don’t forget to refresh that playlist of yours with some new tunes! Here are the albums and singles you need to know this Friday:

NIALL HORAN – Flicker (iTunes)
Of course, it’s the One Direction member gone solo leading off this week’s post, now in stores with his debut album. The latest single from it is “Too Much To Ask”, but “This Town” and “Slow Hands” (a #1 single on both the Hot AC and Top 40 lists) can be found on here as well. Will it give him the edge for #1? Will that surprise mixtape dash his hopes of the top spot? Stay tuned.

CHRIS YOUNG – Losing Sleep (iTunes)
The title track from Young’s latest studio album has been struggling up the Country radio survey for several months now, though it’s currently in the top 20 and building. All six of Young’s studio albums thus far, including a Christmas set from last year, made their way into the top ten on the genre-specific albums chart, three hitting the top five on the Billboard 200.

DARIUS RUCKER – When Was The Last Time (iTunes)
Along with Young’s new album, another notable release from the genre this week comes from the Hootie & The Blowfish lead singer, who got his first break at the format in 2008. It features “If I Told You”, which had a slow rise to #1 earlier this year. (The current single off it, “For The First Time”, is below the top 40.)

More albums out this week: Future & Young Thug‘s Super Slimey (iTunes), Jessie Ware‘s Glasshouse (iTunes), Keyshia Cole‘s 11:11 Reset (iTunes), Margo Price‘s All American Made (iTunes), Tyminski‘s Southern Gothic (iTunes), Tegan And Sara Present The Con X: Covers (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: 98°‘s Let It Snow (iTunes), Cheap Trick‘s Christmas Christmas (iTunes), Lindsey Stirling‘s Warmer In The Winter (iTunes), Pentatonix‘s A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bryce Fox‘s Heaven On Hold (iTunes), Lewis Capaldi‘s Bloom (iTunesMiC LOWRY‘s Mood (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Anywhere”, Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Badi Boum”, Felix Snow featuring Tsunami (iTunes)
“Bedroom Floor”, Liam Payne (iTunes)
“Before Anyone Knew Our Name”, Stereophonics (iTunes)
“Blackout”, Erin McCarley featuring Bodytalkr (iTunes)
“Bloodstone”, Guy Sebastian (iTunes)
“bright pink tims”, blackbear featuring Cam’ron (iTunes)
“Buttons”, Sara Hartman (iTunes)
“Candy Paint”, Post Malone (iTunes)
“Caving”, Justin Caruso featuring James Droll (iTunes)
“Christmas Eve” and “Meaning Of Life”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“Collide”, Rachel Platten (iTunes)
“Confidence” and “Only 4 Me”, Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Darts In The Dark”, MAGIC! (iTunes)
“Don’t Be A Fool (Unplugged)”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Don’t Turn Around”, Milow (iTunes)
“Everybody Here Wants You”, George Maple (iTunes)
“Forever”, Martin Garrix and Matisse & Sadko (iTunes)
“Forever”, Sigma featuring Quavo & Sebastian Kole (iTunes)
“Friends (Remix)”, Justin Bieber & BloodPop® featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Gorgeous”, Taylor Swift (iTunes)
“Happy Hour”, Weezer (iTunes)
“High Rollin'”, Jaira Burns (iTunes)
“Home”, Nick Jonas (iTunes)
“It’s My House”, MIKA (iTunes)
“Kids In Love”, Kygo featuring The Night Game & Maja Francis (iTunes)
“Light The Way”, Mikky Ekko (iTunes)
“Lose My Mind (Acoustic)”, Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“Mamita”, CNCO (iTunes)
“Miss Me More”, Kelsea Ballerini (iTunes)
“New Rules (Acoustic)”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“One Chance To Dance”, Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas (iTunes)
“Sunglasses In The Rain”, John Gibbons (iTunes)
“Take Me With You”, Fleurie x Dalton Diehl x Ruslan (iTunes)
“The Star”, Mariah Carey (iTunes)
“Tongues”, Matt Woods (iTunes)
“What About Us (Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS Remix)”, P!nk (iTunes)
“Whiskey”, Maroon 5 featuring A$AP Rocky (iTunes)
“You & Me”, Marshmello (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 14, 2016

Will they be Kings of the chart?

Will they be Kings of the chart?

Now that Yom Kippur has passed and the fasting is done, feast on these musical treasures from your favorite artists, as well as a few newcomers. Here are the notable albums and singles out this week:

KINGS OF LEON — WALLS (We Are Like Love Songs) (iTunes)
The Followill family is back and ready to rock. Their last two studio albums have topped out at #2 on the Billboard 200, so their first potential #1 album is a pretty big deal for the boys. The lead single from it, “Waste A Moment”, didn’t waste any time in its quick run to #1 at Triple A radio. (It’s also currently climbing up the top ten at Alternative radio.)

THE GAME — 1992 (iTunes)
The California rapper has accumulated a string of seven top ten studio albums, including a pair of Documentary albums in 2015 and three #1 albums since 2005. His latest effort features the single “All Eyez” as a bonus track, which recently hit the top 30 on the Urban chart, though it appears to be sliding into a downward spin trend.

JOJO — Mad Love. (iTunes)
After a series of singles and mixtapes during the last decade, this 25-year-old returns with her first studio album since 2006. It’s led by “No Apologies”, which is receiving some minor airplay at both CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC stations. Will she be able to get a top ten album? A lot of fans have been waiting for this one.

More albums out this week: Chris Young‘s It Must Be Christmas (iTunes), Coleman Hell‘s Summerland (iTunes), Conor Oberst‘s Ruminations (iTunes), Hillsong United‘s Let There Be Light (iTunes), Sabrina Carpenter‘s EVOLution (iTunes), The Naked And Famous‘s Simple Forms (iTunes), Two Door Cinema Club‘s Gameshow (iTunes), Kidz Bop 33 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: LANKS‘s Viet Rose (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Night”, The Vamps featuring Matoma (iTunes)
“Blink”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Comeback Kid”, Golden Coast (iTunes)
“Don’t Wanna Know”, Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar (iTunes)
“Garden”, Emeli Sandé featuring Jay Electronica and Áine Zion (iTunes)
“High Times For Low Lives”, The Griswolds (iTunes)
“Love Like We Used To”, Captain Cuts featuring Nateur (iTunes)
“Midnight”, Tyler Glenn (iTunes)
“Sad Song”, Parson James (iTunes)
“Skin And Bones”, The Wind + The Wave (iTunes)
“True Disaster”, Tove Lo (iTunes)
“What Do You Love”, Seeb featuring Jacob Banks (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Jimmy Eat World, Lady GagaTyler Glenn and more.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 13, 2015

These boys are ready to battle.

These boys are ready to battle.

This week’s New Music Friday is a fight of the fan girls, a struggle of the stans… you know what I mean. All that pop goodness and more is on the schedule, so let’s take a look at this week’s top new albums and singles:

  • ONE DIRECTION — Made In The A.M. (iTunes)
    • It’s their last big release before a hiatus and the inevitable round of solo albums, so all eyes are on this release to see if the British band will go out on a high note and score their fifth #1 album in a row. The set’s already responsible for two big singles, “Drag Me Down” and “Perfect”, and there’s bound to be more on the way. It might be close, but with a big pre-order count, this may have just enough power to pull off a win.
  • JUSTIN BIEBER — Purpose (iTunes)
    • After several years of stumbling in the press and on the charts, Bieber’s return record is carrying a lot of buzz, which is due in part to two big singles, the chart-topping “What Do You Mean?” and new radio release “Sorry”. Though the era has had its public meltdowns on stage and other unfortunate on-camera moments, there is a lot support for him and his music. Will it land him the #1 spot instead?
  • ALESSIA CARA — Know-It-All (iTunes)
    • The 19-year-old Canadian performer is having a huge debut era thanks to “Here”, a multi-format radio record that’s also doing big streaming numbers. Several of the songs on here were already featured on her EP of earlier this year, Four Pink Walls. We’ll see if she’s able to crack the top ten overall given all the great attention.
  • CHRIS YOUNG — I’m Comin’ Over (iTunes)
    • The title track from Young’s latest effort is surging towards the top of the Country radio chart, and his new set could make it to the top of the Country albums survey… unless a certain CMA Award winner blocks him. Should it occur, it would mark Young’s third consecutive #2 album on that listing.
  • More albums out this week: A Great Big World‘s When The Morning Comes (iTunes), BOOTS‘s Aquaria (iTunes), Chris Isaak‘s First Comes The Night (iTunes), Ed Sheeran‘s x (Wembley Edition) (iTunes), Il Divo‘s Amor & Pasion (iTunes), Jeezy‘s Church In The Streets (iTunes), Jeff Lynne ELO‘s Alone In The Universe (iTunes), Kirk Franklin‘s Losing My Religion (iTunes), Kurt Cobain‘s Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings (iTunes), Kylie Minogue‘s Kylie Christmas (iTunes), Logic‘s The Incredible True Story (iTunes), MUTEMATH‘s Vitals (iTunes), Natalie Grant‘s Be One (iTunes), Neil Young‘s Bluenote Café (iTunes), Parquet Courts‘s Monastic Living (iTunes), Train‘s Christmas In Tahoe (Amazon), Trans-Siberian Orchestra‘s Letters From The Labyrinth (iTunes), Ty Dolla $ign‘s Free TC (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Hailee Steinfeld‘s Haiz (iTunes), Lawrence Taylor‘s Bang Bang (iTunes), Sawyer Fredericks‘s Sawyer Fredericks (iTunes), Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown‘s The Wayside (iTunes)

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

  • “Don’t Blame Luv”, WatchTheDuck featuring T.I. (iTunes)
  • “I Run”, Jennifer Hudson (iTunes)
  • “New York Is My Home”, Dion & Paul Simon (iTunes)
  • “Order More”, G-Eazy featuring Starrah (iTunes)
  • “Spoiled”, Wale (iTunes)
  • “WTF (Where They From)”, Missy Elliott featuring Pharrell Williams (iTunes)
  • “YOUTH”, Troye Sivan (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include that much-anticipated 25 album from superstar Adele. See you then!

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High And Glow: Noises Gone “Neon”

Go for the glow.

Coloring the charts.

Television star and hit singer Demi Lovato is making waves on the national surveys with two songs as of recent: her version of “Let It Go”, featured on the soundtrack to Frozen, and the third single from her album simply titled Demi, “Neon Lights”. The latter release takes a big leap from 64-46 on the Hot 100 this week, marking a new peak for it. Looking to brighten and enlighten, it’s time to illuminate all there is in the electric and eclectic bunch of titles with “neon” in them. Let’s light it up:

“Neon Rainbow”, The Box Tops (#24, 1967)
This was another solid pop/rock tune from the Memphis band.”Rainbow” was the followup to their signature song “The Letter”, and this ultimately crashed out further down as it faded into the shadow of their #1 hit. They last hit the top 40 in 1969 with “Soul Deep” (#18) and entered the Hot 100 for the last time in 1970. Lead singer Alex Chilton died in 2010.

“Neon Nites”, Atlanta Rhythm Section (#42, 1977)
They’re the dudes from Doraville; in fact, their first top 40 hit was named after their hometown. Three years later, they were ranking with this single from A Rock and Roll Alternative, a followup to their top ten breakthrough, “So Into You”. It missed the top 40 in June, but remains in their concert sets today. The band hits a few spots in the Midwest this week.

“In Neon”, Elton John (#38, 1984)
The 66-year-old legend may be climbing my chart in a duet with Gary Barlow, but he was sure lighting up the lists years ago. Issued as the final U.S. single from 1984’s Breaking Hearts, this song barely dented the Hot 100, peaking in January 1985. He would chart again later that year with “Wrap Her Up”, a collaboration with George Michael, which did better.

“Neon Moonlight”, Rosco Martinez (#57, 1994)
A former member of the 80’s trio Bandera, who never charted on any of the big U.S. surveys, Martinez ventured out as a solo act with both an English and Spanish album in 1994 via label Zoo Entertainment. This song was his only significant success from either effort, just missing the top 20 on the CHR survey during the spring. A followup single failed to chart.

Neon”, Chris Young (#92, 2012)
From Nashville Star to superstar, Young’s career in music has had its ups and downs along the way, but it’s certainly been a ride to watch. After scoring five #1 singles in a row on the Country survey, this single faltered, peaking outside the top 20. The singer is currently on the same survey was “Who I Am With You”, which has been building for a few weeks.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 17)

Making his dreams come True.

Making his dreams come True.

September’s picking up speed with quite a few big releases this week – here are all the ones you need to know about for this Tuesday, September 17:

  • The first full-length album by DJ and producer Avicii is making a lot of waves on the internet and could surprise on next week’s chart. His album is called True and it features the international smash “Wake Me Up!”, with a vocal done by Aloe Blacc. The album also includes collaborations with Adam Lambert and the Imagine Dragons. If David Guetta‘s Nothing But The Beat could open in the top 5 in the U.S. two years ago, I think this will, at the very least, go top ten in its opening frame. (iTunes)
  • Their single “Ways To Go” is securely top 5 on Alternative radio; now, California rockers Grouplove chit chat up the chart with Spreading Rumours, their second studio album. Seems like it’s been getting favorable reviews thus far (including my own) and should debut in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • Three Country crooners tip their ten-gallon hats to the release schedule this week and look to ride their buckin’ broncos into the top stable. They would be Billy Currington with We Are Tonight (iTunes), which includes the single “Hey Girl”, Chris Young‘s A.M. (iTunes), led off by the single “Aw Naw”, and Justin Moore‘s Off The Beaten Path, featuring “Point At You” (iTunes). Currington and Moore are doing better in airplay, but Young’s last album, Neon, achieved more in first week sales. Hard to tell which singer will do best this time around at the moment.
  • Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik, better known as Five For Fighting, returns with Bookmarks. First single “What If” has been accumulating some minor spin totals at the AC formats. (Read my review here!) (iTunes)
  • Surfing the chart waves this week is Hawaiian singer-songwriter Jack Johnson‘s latest album, From Here To Now To You. Lead single “I Got You” went to #1 on the AAA chart and next single “Radiate” is serviced in two weeks. (iTunes)
  • Elvis Costello and The Roots tag team it up on a collaboration album titled Wake Up Ghost. It’s Costello’s first album in three years and the first for the band in nearly two. (iTunes)
  • Certified Gold in his native United Kingdom, Tom Odell brings his piano pop to the States on Long Way Down, featuring the single “Another Love”. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include Jonny Lang‘s Fight For My Soul (iTunes), MGMT‘s Optimizer (iTunes), Said The Whale‘s Hawaii (iTunes) and Switchfoot‘s Fading West (EP) (iTunes).

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

  • “Collide”, by 20-year-old rapper and singer Jake Miller. (iTunes)
  • “Sorry”, a big R&B tune for Glee actress Naya Rivera and featuring boyfriend and rapper Big Sean. (iTunes)
  • “Waiting For Superman”, the first single from Daughtry‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Work Bitch”, dancing up a storm from superstar Britney Spears. (iTunes)
  • “Wu-Tang Forever”, a digital single from the album Nothing Was The Same by Drake. (iTunes)

All the legends are coming out next week — Cher, Elton John and Sting are all releasing on the same Tuesday together! How will they fare against youngsters like Icona Pop and R5? A preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 21)

Play that Punky music.

Play that Punky music.

You ready to get lucky with some cool albums this week? Here’s what’s going down in Record Town for the week of May 21:

  • Huge release this week for the electronic duo Daft Punk as their first album since 2005, entitled Random Access Memories, hits stores today. First single “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams is an international smash and is by far their biggest hit yet in the United States. It will certainly translate into their highest debut sales week, but just how high will it go? We’ll just have to wait and see. (iTunes)
  • Rockers Thirty Seconds To Mars take flight with their fourth studio effort, Love Lust Faith + Dreams. Lead single “Up In The Air” is sitting comfortably in the top 5 on Alternative radio. (iTunes)
  • Originally due last year, the debut album by rapper French Montana is out this week, titled Excuse My French. New single “Freaks”, featuring Nicki Minaj, is currently at Urban radio and doing decently so far. (iTunes)
  • Indie rockers The National are out with their first album in three years, Trouble Will Find Me. Their last album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200. (iTunes)
  • Riding high on their Alternative hit called “Harlem”, Denmark-based trio New Politics are in stores this week with their second album, A Bad Girl In Harlem. (iTunes)
  • Hootie’s gone Country again. The third album from Darius Rucker, True Believers, is out this week, featuring the #1 Country song “Wagon Wheel”. (iTunes)
  • Singer-songwriter Beth Hart, best known for her 1999 single “L.A. Song”, and guitarist and singer Joe Bonamassa put out their second record together, SeeSaw. (iTunes)
  • From “Surfin’ U.S.A.” to surfing the web for their latest album, The Beach Boys are out with a 40+ song compilation from their recent concerts, Live – The 50th Anniversary Tour . (iTunes)
  • The jazzy and snazzy Jamie Cullum is back with his new album, Momentum. (iTunes)
  • Lastly, the soundtrack to the motion picture Fast And The Furious 6 is out this week, featuring 2 Chainz, T.I., and more. (iTunes)

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

  • “Aw Naw”, a new single from Country singer Chris Young. (iTunes)
  • “Diaper Money”, a comical concoction from The Lonely Island. (iTunes)
  • “Somebody Else”, new from R&B singer Mario and rapper Nicki Minaj. It samples “Remember The Rain” by 21st Century, which hit #100 on the Hot 100 in 1975. (iTunes)

Next week will likely see a holdover at #1, but count on new releases from Alice Chains, John Fogerty and Little Mix to shake things up. A preview is coming in seven!

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