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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 8, 2018

Tomorrow slays today.

Will a jam band keep it sticky on the survey? Will two ghost hunters chase their way to #1? So many questions and not enough answers to them! These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Come Tomorrow (iTunes)
The ninth studio album, and first in nearly six years, from this enduring live favorite hits the market this week. The first single from the set, “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)”, is now in the top ten on the Triple A chart. With another huge tour ahead, look for this title to reach the top five on the Billboard 200 next week (with a chance at #1.)

DIERKS BENTLEY – The Mountain (iTunes)
Led by the single “Woman, Amen”, which is approaching the top spot on the Country radio chart, Bentley’s newest studio album will be competing (or, rather, scaling a musical mountain) with Sugarland’s new set (see below) for #1 on that genre-specific survey. However, it should also debut in the top ten overall.

KIDS SEE GHOSTS – Kids See Ghosts (iTunes)
After releasing his ye album last week, Kanye West and collaborator Kid Cudi make their debut as this new duo. With West’s certain chart-topping bow propel this effort to the top? Expect significant streaming action for this release.

Notable albums out this week: Jorga Smith‘s Lost & Found (iTunes), Lily Allen‘s No Shame (iTunes), Lykke Li‘s So Sad So Sexy (iTunes), Ne-Yo‘s Good Man (iTunes), Sheppard‘s Watching The Sky (iTunes), Sugarland‘s Bigger (iTunes), Tremonti‘s A Dying Machine (iTunes), Zayde Wølf‘s Modern Alchemy (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: bülow‘s Damaged, Vol. 2 (iTunes), Chelsea Cutler‘s Sleeping With Roses (iTunes), Matt Nathanson‘s Pyromattia (iTunes), Michael Blume‘s Cynicism & Sincerity (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Almost Love”, Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Bitches”, Tove Lo featuring Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Elliphant & ALMA (iTunes)
“Bring It Back”, Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Can’t Do Better”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Day Drunk”, Morgan Evans (iTunes)
“Deep End”, Daughtry (iTunes)
“Don’t Turn Around”, Amy Shark (iTunes)
“Find Me”, Forest Blakk (iTunes)
“Forever”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Forever Animal”, Blair (iTunes)
“Ghosts”, Mike Shinoda (iTunes)
“Good As Gold”, Greyson Chance (iTunes)
“Granted”, Josh Groban (iTunes)
“Here We Go”, WILD (iTunes)
“Hooked”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“I Know How To Speak”, Manchester Orchestra (iTunes)
“I’ll Always Be The One Who Makes You Cry”, Eric Hutchinson (iTunes)
“If You’re Over Me (NOTD Remix)”, Years & Years (iTunes)
“Imagine If”, gnash (iTunes)
“Into Your Arms”, Witt Lowry featuring Ava Max (iTunes)
“Kiss Me”, MAGIC! (iTunes)
“Let It Go”, R3HAB & Skytech (iTunes)
“Liberated”, DeJ Loaf featuring Leon Bridges (iTunes)
“Like I Do”, Christina Aguilera featuring GoldLink (iTunes)
“Live In The Moment (Superorganism Remix)”, Portugal. The Man (iTunes)
“Lose It”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
“Lost In Translation”, Youngr (iTunes)
“Louder”, PHANGS featuring Mystery Skulls (iTunes)
“Love Is Love”, Starley (iTunes)
“Love Sick Blues”, Mason Ramsey (iTunes)
“Mary Don’t You Weep (Piano & A Microphone – 1983)”, Prince (iTunes)
“Middle Finger”, Phoebe Ryan + Quinn XCII (iTunes)
“My Heart Is Full”, Norah Jones (iTunes)
“No Deeper We Can Fall”, Elias (iTunes)
“Oh My My (What A Life)”, MILCK (iTunes)
“One Kiss (R3HAB Remix)”, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Pa Mí”, Tory Lanez & Ozuna (iTunes)
“Pops”, THEY. (iTunes)
“Prima Donna”, Tipling Rock (iTunes)
“Reverse”, Vic Mensa featuring G-Eazy (iTunes)
“Right Now”, Confetti (iTunes)
“Saturday Sun (Luca Schreiner Remix)”, Vance Joy (iTunes)
“Signs”, HUGEL & Taio Cruz (iTunes)
“Solara”, The Smashing Pumpkins (iTunes)
“Stampede”, Alexander Jean x Lindsey Stirling (iTunes)
“Summer Fever”, Little Big Town (iTunes)
“Tell Me”, Marshmello (iTunes)
“Tension”, CAPPA (iTunes)
“The Light”, JeremihTy Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Tough”, Lewis Capaldi (iTunes)
“Trouble”, Dan Caplen featuring Ms. Banks (iTunes)
“Used To You”, Dagny (iTunes)
“Why Can’t I Change”, Passenger (iTunes)
“Younger”, Ruel (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from the 5 Seconds Of Summer, Christina Aguilera, Nas and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 27, 2016

Puttin' in that "Work" for #1.

Putting in that “Work” for a #1.

It might be the start of Memorial Day Weekend on the calendar, but the date is a little different in the music world. In fact, we’ll be launching a full two months ahead… at least when it comes to the week’s biggest release. Here are all the notable new albums and singles:

  • FIFTH HARMONY — 7/27 (iTunes)
    • The female quintet, who formed on the U.S. version of The X Factor several years ago, is on the verge of their first #1 at pop radio with “Work From Home”. They may also have a chance at their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, but that’s going to depend on their stream counts and track sales during the week. Regardless of position, an exciting first week awaits them.
  • DIERKS BENTLEY — Black (iTunes)
    • Bentley recently hit #1 on the Country airplay listing with “Somewhere On A Beach”, which is a pretty popular spot on any holiday weekend. This is his eighth studio set under his major-label deal, and six of them (plus a seventh set in the form of a hits compilation) have gone top ten. Will that dark title see the light next week? Stay tuned.
  • CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN — The Ride (iTunes)
    • The British rockers have their biggest hit to date on our Alternative survey with “Soundcheck”, currently in the top 15. As far as album sales go, this group is much bigger in their homeland, but there should be a notable rise in sales and peak (compared to their last effort) on the Billboard 200.
  • More albums out this week: ABC‘s The Lexicon Of Love II (iTunes), Band Of Skulls‘s By Default (iTunes), Beth Orton‘s Kidsticks (iTunes), Flume‘s Skin (iTunes), Ro James‘s Eldorado (iTunes), The Monkees‘s Good Times! (iTunes), Alice Through the Looking Glass (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Barns Courtney‘s Hands (iTunes), The Rival‘s Waves (iTunes)

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

  • “80’s Films”, Jon Bellion (iTunes)
  • “All The Way Up (Remix)”, Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring Jay Z and French Montana (iTunes)
  • “Divorce Separation Blues”, The Avett Brothers (iTunes)
  • “Healing”, Vinyl Thief (iTunes) (available May 30)
  • “One Of Those Days”, Little Big Town (iTunes)
  • “Ramble On”, Train (iTunes)
  • “Solemn Oath”, Band Of Horses (iTunes)
  • “Unforgettable”, Sia (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Dan + ShayMaren MorrisTrain and more.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (February 25)

Truly where it's at.

Truly where it’s at.

From pop to rock to country and even a little bit of latin flair, it’s a mixed bag of music this week. Here’s everything you need to know about that’s in stores today, February 25:

  • 43-year-old Beck returns with his first album in 5 1/2 years titled Morning Phase, featuring the AAA hit “Blue Moon”. It’s his first release under his new home, Capitol Records. All four of his previous studio albums have debuted in the top ten, and given the long period of time since his latest release, this will very easily enter there. (iTunes)
  • If there is one thing that’s true… it’s that The Fray has a new album in stores this week, Helios. “Love Don’t Die” led the effort, which is now proceeding to crash off the charts. Whoops. Luckily, there are a few followups on there that could provide them with some more airtime. (iTunes) (My review of Helios)
  • Country star Dierks Bentley is out with his first album in two years, Riser. Though first single “Bourbon In Kentucky” was quickly pulled from radio due to some sort of issue, followup “I Hold On” is currently top ten at the format. (iTunes)
  • Former Aventura leader Romeo Santos is in stores with his second solo effort, Fórmula, Vol. 2. Vol. 1 made the Billboard 200’s top ten back in 2011. (iTunes)
  • Rapper ScHoolboy Q makes his major label debut on Interscope with Oxymoron, his third studio album overall. The current single from the project is “Man Of The Year”, which is a solid hit at both Rhythm and Urban radio. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Brian Culbertson‘s Another Long Night Out (iTunes), Celtic Woman‘s Emerald: Musical Gems (iTunes), Miner‘s Into The Morning (iTunes), Neneh Cherry‘s Blank Project (iTunes), Run River North‘s Run River North (iTunes), Skaters‘s Manhattan (iTunes), St. Vincent‘s St. Vincent (iTunes) and Twin Forks‘s Twin Forks (iTunes).

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

  • From The Spark (EP), featuring the single “The Struggle” from rockers Grizfolk. (iTunes)
  • “I Don’t Dance”, a fresh single from Country singer Lee Brice. (iTunes)
  • “Not A Bad Thing”, an edit of a third release from Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2. (iTunes)
  • “Peace”, a new single from the Maryland band O.A.R.. (iTunes)
  • “Stay”, a collaboration from tyDi and former The Voice finalist Dia Frampton. (iTunes)
  • “Wild Wild Love”, new from rapper Pitbull and G.R.L. (iTunes)

Next week, Pharrell keeps things “Happy” with a new solo effort, G I R L, while American Authors, David Nail and Lea Michele are also bringing cheerful contenders to the table. See you in seven!

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

Yeezus take the wheel.

Yeezus take the wheel.

It’s a rapper’s delight this week as three of them go head-to-head on the charts. Only one can wrap themselves around the top spot. Here’s what is in stores this week, June 18:

  • Both his album and his new baby with Kim Kardashian leaked over the weekend, but that’s not going to stop Kanye West from being the highest new entry on next week’s album chart. His Yeezus is released today, one of the most-highly anticipated releases this summer. (iTunes)
  • Rapper J. Cole is out with his second album, Born Sinner, which features recent R&B hit “Power Trip” with Miguel and new single “Crooked Smile” with TLC. His last album debuted at #1 and was certified Gold. (iTunes)
  • Currently featured on Ariana Grande‘s hit “The Way”, Mac Miller serves up his second album, Watching Movies With The Sound Off. Two digital singles from the effort have charted just below the Hot 100. (iTunes)
  • Former Destiny’s Child singer and now solo artist Kelly Rowland is giving us lessons on how to Talk A Good Game this week. The effort features “Dirty Laundry” and “Kisses Down Low”. (iTunes)
  • Country cutie Hunter Hayes is back with an Encore edition of his self-titled debut album, which features the current Country radio single, “I Want Crazy”. (iTunes)
  • They took the world by storm with “Mmmbop” back in 1997. Now, Hanson return with their latest studio set, Anthem. (iTunes)
  • Pop and rap duo 3OH!3 are back with their third major label album and first in three years, Omens. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include: BWB‘s Human Nature (iTunes), Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark‘s Blind, Crippled and Crazy (iTunes), a self-titled album by the LoCash Cowboys (iTunes) and Kveikur by Iceland’s Sigur Rós. (iTunes)

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

  • “Best I Ever Had”, the first single from Gavin DeGraw‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Bourbon In Kentucky”, a new one from Dierks Bentley featuring background vocals from Kacey Musgraves. (iTunes)
  • “Made In America”, a new song from the family band Cimorelli. (iTunes)
  • “Ooh La La”, from the soundtrack to The Smurfs 2, from pop goddess Britney Spears. (iTunes)
  • “Paper Doll”, the highly anticipated new single from John Mayer. (iTunes)
  • “Woman’s World”, a return to music for legend Cher. (iTunes)

Next week’s schedule isn’t particularly exciting, but do look for albums from Mavis Staples, Wale and more on our next update!

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GRAMMY Flashback: Decades Of Hits, No GRAMMY Wins

The Dogg days aren't over yet.

The Dogg days aren’t over yet.

Welcome to GRAMMY Week! This week, from Monday to Friday, you’ll be treated to some special GRAMMY related topics, from the past to the present, all leading up to the music’s biggest night on Sunday at 8PM eastern on CBS. Let’s dive into today’s post…

A lot of pages are out there about classic acts who never had the chance to win a GRAMMY for one reason or another. Some of those artists and bands include Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Queen. This post, however, is focused on the acts who have been in the industry for at least a decade yet are still recording new material and making the hits. One big thing has eluded them: a win at the GRAMMY Awards. In fact, a few of the performers on this list haven’t even been nominated before. Here are ten acts of different genres who you swore won something, but came up empty:

BLAKE SHELTON
Born in Oklahoma, Shelton’s racked up 12 number-one hits on the Country chart since his debut single, “Austin”, in 2001. He’s also a judge on NBC’s hit reality series The Voice. Shelton’s won plenty of Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Awards, and though he had three GRAMMY nominations last year, he lost all of them. This year, he’s up for Best Country Solo Performance for his #1 single, “Over”. I don’t think this is going to be one to do it for him, but he’s on such a hit streak now that a win can’t be far behind. Besides, his wife, Miranda Lambert, won a GRAMMY Award two years ago. He has to catch up while he still can!

DIERKS BENTLEY
Hard to believe that it was 2003 when Dierks Bentley scored a #1 single on the Country Chart with his first record, “What Was I Thinkin'”. Bentley’s had nine nominations over four different ceremonies, all in various Country categories, but he’s hasn’t picked up one single Award. Bentley has one nomination this year, his tenth, for Best Country Solo Performance for the #1 hit, “Home”. That one is a pretty strong contender and could be the one to break his losing streak. Bentley will be performing with Miranda Lambert on the live broadcast (perhaps a sign of a win?) and they’ll be in tour together this year.

GAVIN DEGRAW
Singer-songwriter DeGraw signed to J Records and put his first album, Chariot, in 2003. He’s best known for his 2004 single “I Don’t Want To Be”, which went to #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 at CHR radio. The guy has a solid fan base, but he’s never been nominated for a GRAMMY Award. Though his album sales have diminished over the year, his leadoff singles still chart decently on the national charts, so perhaps he’ll be due for a nomination in a lesser category sometime in the future.

GOO GOO DOLLS
With a new single “Rebel Beat” picking up some airplay gains in the last few weeks, the band out of Buffalo is looking for another winner as they enter their nineteenth year on the charts. The Dolls have been nominated for four GRAMMY Awards, including Record and Song Of The Year for their 1998 hit, “Iris”, but the band lost all four and haven’t been nominated since 2000. However, they’ve still managed to release several top ten albums and a handful of Hot 100 entries since then. Clearly past their peak, they won’t likely receive any more nominations in the future, but they’ll still get some airplay here and there even if it’s not as impacting as their 90’s material.

JENNIFER LOPEZ
She’s an actress, a dancer, a singer, and a television personality and she’s excelled in all of those departments. When it comes to Awards, however, she sometimes falls a little bit short. Case in point: the GRAMMY Awards. Lopez has been nominated just twice even though she’s been on the charts since 1999, and both came in the field of Best Dance Recording. In 2000, it was “Waiting For Tonight”, and in 2001, it was “Let’s Get Loud”, both from her On The 6 album. None of her new material from last year received a nomination at the upcoming ceremony. With more music in the works for this year, Lopez should eventually get something. It’s just a matter of what the competition looks like.

KENNY CHESNEY
He’s been on the Country Chart cranking out top ten hits for nearly twenty years and he still hasn’t won a GRAMMY. Huh? He scored his first big single in 1995, but Chesney wasn’t even nominated for his first Award until 2005, and all four of his nominations have been limited to collaborations with other performers. His most recent, last year, was “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter. He isn’t up for anything this year. I’m sure that doesn’t bother him one bit, though. Someday, he might announce his retirement and only then will he win a GRAMMY. Yes, it’s bothersome, but the Academy will do what they do.

LIFEHOUSE
This quartet turned trio turned quartet again made their chart debut in 2001 with the mega-hit “Hanging By A Moment”, but the Academy left them hanging when the song couldn’t propel them to a Best New Artist nomination at the 2002 Awards. In fact, they’ve never received a single nomination to date, which is surprising considering that they’re six albums deep into their career. Their latest release, Almería, came out in December, though lead single “Between The Raindrops” with Natasha Bedingfield hasn’t seen much attention. Will they ever take home a coveted prize? It’s looking less likely as time goes on.

PITBULL
It was back in 2004 that a then 23-year-old Pitbull hit the scene with “Culo”, which sampled the Coolie Dance riddim which about a thousand different acts used around that time. (Nina Sky‘s “Move Ya Body” was the biggest, hitting #4 on the Hot 100.) The rapper’s developed a big following at popular radio since 2009 with big songs like “Give Me Everything” with Afrojack, Nayer and Ne-Yo. He’s been nominated at the Latin GRAMMY Awards in two categories, though he lost both of them. I can’t ever see him being nominated for Album or Song Of The Year, but you’d think he would’ve at least been nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at least once by now. I guess it just proves that it’s a dog eat dog world.

SNOOP DOGG
Now, this one is a head-scratcher. How the heck does Snoop Dogg not have a GRAMMY Award? The Doggfather has been nominated fourteen times since 1994 on both featured and main credit singles, but nothing has been able to win the Award. Twelve of those nominations were in rap categories, with the most recent two of the fourteen being for a guest appearance on Katy Perry‘s hit, “California Gurls”. He’s up for a fifteenth nomination at this year’s awards for Best Rap Song on “Young, Wild, and Free” with rapper Wiz Khalifa and singer Bruno Mars. Could this finally give the guy his long-awaited recognition by the Academy? Don’t count on it, but hey, it would be a nice surprise if it happened.

THE KILLERS
Brandon Flowers and the boys have been on the scene since 2004 with several big albums in a row and hit singles like “Human” and “Mr. Brightside”. Between 2005-2007, the quartet received seven nominations in genre-specific categories (four singles, one album), though nothing managed to pick up an Award. Flowers also put out a solo album that didn’t garner any nominations. Last year, the band released Battle Born, which hasn’t done particularly well commercially, so it’s no surprise that the Academy snubbed them for another year. Their material won’t be recognized for any of the big categories, but I think they’re bound to win a lesser category if they keep putting out the great material.

Are there any performers that you think should be highlighted? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel. Stay tuned for more GRAMMY posts as the week continues!

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