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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 4, 2016

Looking for a Home at the top.

House hunters.

What’s new in November? Mix some rockers and R&B stars, some pop singers and producers, and you’ll get a healthy hit mix for this weekend. Here are the notable albums and singles released this week:

BON JOVI — This House Is Not For Sale (iTunes)
After a “fan album” release in 2015, which you likely forgot about or didn’t realize happened, the iconic New Jersey rockers have a new set out this week. Once again, it was produced by leader Jon Bon Jovi and John Shanks. Songwriter Billy Falcon returns as well. The title track is a solid top ten single on the AC chart, while it continues to slowly rise into the top 30 on Hot AC radio. (It’s also in the top ten on my personal chart!) Look for a top ten debut next week.

ALICIA KEYS — Here (iTunes)
This is Keys’s first studio album in four years, but the radio singles from it haven’t done nearly as well as her past material. On a deluxe version of the set, you’ll find “In Common”, which was a moderate Urban hit, as well as a top ten song at Urban AC. Now, “Blended Family (What You Do For Love)” (featuring A$AP Rocky) is trying to find its footing. Though it’s been a messy era, a top ten bow on the Billboard 200 is probably a safe bet.

KUNGS — Layers (iTunes)
This French DJ and producer’s single “This Girl”, a remix of a song originally performed by Australia’s Cookin’ On 3 Burners, hit the top 15 on CHR/Top 40 radio recently. However, it fell short of the huge success it experienced in Europe, including #1 peaks in France, Germany and Scotland. Don’t expect this set to do huge numbers in the U.S., but it could do well digitally.

Christmas albums out this week: Kris Allen‘s Somethin’ About Christmas (iTunes)

More albums out this week: Birds Of Tokyo‘s BRACE (iTunes), Common‘s Black America Again (iTunes), Jim James‘s Eternally Even (iTunes), Lions Head‘s LNZHD (iTunes), Mother Love Bone‘s On Earth As It Is: The Complete Works (iTunes), Robbie Williams‘s Heavy Entertainment Show (iTunes), Susan Boyle‘s A Wonderful World (iTunes), The Fray‘s Through The Years: The Best Of The Fray (iTunes), ZAYDE WØLF‘s Golden Age (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music!, Vol. 60 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Badflower‘s Temper (iTunes), Beach Weather‘s Chit Chat (iTunes), Cape Cub‘s 6AM (iTunes), Keke Palmer‘s Lauren (iTunes), TENDER‘s III (iTunes), The Chainsmokers‘s Collage (iTunes), The New Coast‘s Paraga Beach (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Back Around”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“Ballroom Blitz”, The Struts (iTunes)
“Dog Years”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“dopemang”, Kiiara featuring Ashley All Day (iTunes)
“Easy”, Kingsbury (iTunes)
“F.U.”, Little Mix (iTunes)
“Faith”, Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“Find Me”, Sigma featuring Birdy (iTunes)
“Good Day”, DNCE (iTunes)
“Jericho (Recycle Jordan Remix)”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Kisses Back”, Matthew Koma (iTunes)
“Let Me Know”, Lonely Benson (iTunes)
“Memory Makin’”, High Valley (iTunes)
“Numb”, David Archuleta (iTunes)
“Old Souls, Young Bodies”, Whissell (iTunes)
“Petrol Head”, Sting (iTunes)
“Queen Elizabeth”, Cheat Codes (iTunes)
“Ritual”, Marshmello featuring Wrabel (iTunes)
“The First Thing You See”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“The Only One”, Bobby Bazini (iTunes)
“Therapy”, Kim Cesarion (iTunes)
“Versace On The Floor”, Bruno Mars (iTunes)
“Wasting Time”, Day Wave (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Emeli Sandé, Ronnie Dunn, Sting and more.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 22)

It's about time this came out.

It’s about time this came out.

While you’re out shopping for some American Apparel underwear down at the mall, you’ll need a designer CD or two to complete the trip. (Maybe.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of July 22:

  • Get ready to scream your lungs out: the Australian boy band known as 5 Seconds Of Summer have a hot album on shelves this week, their self-titled full-length set. The current radio release from it is “Amnesia”, which recently went top 50 at CHR radio. There’s no doubt that the quartet’s set will enter at #1 on the Billboard 200 and replace whomever wins this week’s battle for the top between Jason Mraz and “Weird Al” Yankovic. (iTunes)
  • In a relatively quiet week, there aren’t a whole lot of notable releases, but one that’s caught my attention as of late is Jesse McCartney‘s In Technicolor, featuring a great single in “Superbad”. It’s an independent release, so don’t expect it to be debuting pretty high up, but given the pre-release tracks from the effort so far, it sounds like a very exciting set. Definitely check this one out. (iTunes)
  • There’s Trouble In Paradise… at least that’s the title of La Roux‘s latest album. Best known for their 2010 single “Bulletproof”, the former duo is now just soloist Elly Jackson. Unlikely to repeat success of their self-titled set, it’s still garnering praise from the blogosphere and critics. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Anberlin‘s Lowburn (iTunes), Common‘s Nobody’s Smiling (iTunes), Fozzy‘s Do You Wanna Start A War (iTunes), Kaskade‘s I Remember (iTunes), R5‘s Heart Made Up On You (EP) (iTunes), Yes‘s Heaven & Earth (iTunes) and Young Rising Sons‘s Young Rising Sons (EP) (iTunes).

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

  • “Bend Ova”, the new single from rapper Lil Jon featuring Tyga. (iTunes)
  • “Burnin’ It Down”, new from Country star Jason Aldean. (iTunes)
  • “Cool Kid”, a debut from rockers The Eeries. (iTunes)
  • “Shell Shocked”, a collaboration between Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign. (iTunes)
  • “Tough Love”, the latest single from singer Jessie Ware. (iTunes)
  • “Wait On Me”, a new U.S. release from U.K. band Rixton. (iTunes)

Next week, both Eric Clapton and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers try for the crown on the album chart — you’d think it was 1978 all over again. How will they do against newcomer Shawn Mendes and hard rockers Theory Of A Deadman? A preview is coming in seven!

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