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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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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (March 31)

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Looking for some “Sun” at the top.

Another month of the year is nearly done, which means a quarter of 2015 has come and gone. Crazy, right? Luckily, some solid releases are ready to close things out. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of March 31:

  • Kintsugi is the name of the latest effort for Washington rockers Death Cab For Cutie, and it marks a pretty big change for the group as longtime member Chris Walla decided to part ways with the act last year. Now playing as a trio, the guys look to land the fourth top five album of their career. Of course, it is led by “Black Sun”, which climbed to #1 on Triple A radio last week and is trending towards the top five on the Alternative survey. (iTunes)
  • Inspired by a friendship with popular comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his series Seinfeld, American rapper Wale returns to the charts with The Album About Nothing, featuring the recent Urban radio single “The Body” (featuring Jeremih) and current hit “The Matrimony” (featuring Usher.) It is certainly a unique project that taps into multiple fan bases and this support should propel it to a top five debut next week. (iTunes)
  • It was a very tight race on Country radio between two “Homegrown” titles recently, but Darius Rucker‘s “Homegrown Honey” made it to the top first and he’ll be bringing his Southern Style to the Billboard 200 next week. This makes three years in a row now that Rucker has released an album; last year, it was the seasonal Home For The Holidays. (iTunes)
  • Three Days Grace recently scored a #1 song on the Active Rock chart with “I Am Machine”. The quartet’s fifth studio album, Human, their first to feature lead vocalist Matt Walst, is out this week. The guys have had three consecutive sets debut in the top five, and they’re hoping this will be their fourth. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Boz Scaggs‘s A Fool To Care (iTunes), Death Grips‘s The Powers That B (iTunes), Erica Campbell‘s Help 2.0 (iTunes), Hollywood Undead‘s Day Of The Dead (iTunes), Hudson Taylor‘s Singing For Strangers (iTunes), Jodeci‘s The Past, The Present, The Future (iTunes), Ludacris‘s Ludaversal (iTunes), Madeon‘s Adventure (iTunes), New Motion‘s Anyway (EP) (iTunes), Nightwish‘s Endless Forms Most Beautiful (iTunes), Ringo Starr‘s Postcards From Paradise (iTunes), Ron Sexsmith‘s Carousel One (iTunes), Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts‘s Blaster (iTunes), Sufjan Stevens‘s Carrie & Lowell (iTunes), The Maine‘s American Candy (iTunes), The Prodigy‘s The Day Is My Enemy (iTunes), Van Halen‘s Tokyo Dome, Live In Concert (iTunes), We Are Harlot‘s We Are Harlot (iTunes) and the Various Artists compilation, NOW That’s What I Call ACM Awards – 50 Years (iTunes).

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

  • “I Don’t Like It, I Love It”, an instant grat track from Flo Rida, Robin Thicke and Verdine White. (iTunes)
  • “Woman (Oh Mama)”, the new single from Joy Williams. (iTunes)

Next week, it’ll likely be rockers All Time Low taking the top chart debut with Future Hearts. Who else makes it into the top ten? A full preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 27)

She's one electric youth.

She’s one electric youth.

Someone appears to be ready to “shake” up the competition on the Billboard 200 and I think we’ll need a time machine to get there. (NOTE: some of the week’s music releases may not be out until Tuesday dependent on label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 27:

  • Going for her third million-selling opening in a row is country star turned pop star Taylor Swift, turning back the hands of time with her latest effort, 1989. Lead single “Shake It Off” debuted at #1 on the Hot 100 and also climbed atop several airplay formats. There is no doubt that this will come in at #1 on the albums survey and hold there for multiple weeks, but that opening number is key. It will be watched – and analyzed – very closely. (iTunes)
  • Looking like a future country crossover star is 29-year-old newcomer Sam Hunt; his debut album, Montevallo, is in stores this week. Former On The Verge sponsored single “Leave The Night On” is currently standing at #2 on the Country chart and looks to be #1 next week. A handful of Hot AC stations are also spinning the song. Watch for it in the top five when the official results come in. (iTunes)
  • It wouldn’t be Q4 without some music compilations making their move on the chart, one of them being a new NOW That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 52 (iTunes) set. The hits are all there and will probably bow in the top five. It should also be noted that it’s being issued with a new NOW That’s What I Call Disney 3 (iTunes) album, though that’s likely to end up in the lower rungs.
  • Christian singer Chris Tomlin arrived at #1 with his last album in 2013 in a week following the Christmas holiday. He won’t make it that far this time around, but he’ll still have a solid debut with Love Ran Red (iTunes). Two singles from it have hit the Christian charts. Rapper Trip Lee also releases this week with his latest effort, Rise. (iTunes)
  • After a series of successful remastered albums earlier this year, rockers Led Zeppelin put out two more for 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV and 1973’s Houses Of The Holy. The earlier set features classics like “Black Dog” and “Stairway To Heaven”, while the latter is best known for “D’yer Maker” and “The Ocean”. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Barry Manilow‘s My Dream Duets (iTunes), Black Veil Brides‘s Black Veil Brides (iTunes), Cold War Kids‘s Hold My Home (iTunes), Darius Rucker‘s Home For The Holidays (iTunes), Home Free‘s Full Of Cheer (iTunes), Jagged Edge‘s J.E. Heartbreak Too (iTunes), Mystery Skulls‘s Forever (iTunes), Rancid‘s …Honor Is All We Know (iTunes), The Flaming Lips‘s With A Little Help From My Fwends (iTunes), The Who‘s The Who Hits 50! (iTunes) and Yusuf‘s Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (iTunes).

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

  • “I Bet My Life”, the latest single from rockers Imagine Dragons. (iTunes)
  • “Only”, new from Nicki Minaj and featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown. (iTunes)
  • “Open Wide”, a collaboration from DJ/producer Calvin Harris and rapper Big Sean. (iTunes)

Bob Dylan and Calvin Harris are among next week’s top new entries — I say a collaboration is in their future, or maybe not. A full preview is coming on Monday night!

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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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