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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 19, 2016

Bravely battling for #1.

Bravely battling for #1.

Some of you may be headed back to college in the coming days, but before you hit the books, study up on these top new releases! I think it’ll be easier than a midterm, don’t you? Here are the new and notable albums and singles up for sale this week:

  • LINDSEY STIRLING — Brave Enough (iTunes)
    • Violinist Stirling is back with her third studio album, her first since 2014’s Shatter Me. That set entered at #2, and it’s looking like she could be in the running for a large sales frame next week. Will it debut at #1? Time will tell. The radio single from it is “Something Wild”, a Hot AC hit that features Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness.
  • TORY LANEZ — I Told You (iTunes)
    • Lanez is best known for radio hits like “Say It”, which topped both the Rhythmic and Urban charts, and “LUV”, a song that’s accumulating major gains at those two formats and the Top 40 airwaves. Stream and track-equivalent units are likely to boost its placement on the Billboard 200.
  • DOLLY PARTON — Pure & Simple (iTunes)
    • With a new joint venture in place, Parton releases her latest studio album. Though she’s far beyond the days of major hits on the Country radio chart, this one will certainly rank high on the albums survey.
  • More albums out this week: Amos Lee‘s Spirit (iTunes), Crystal Castles‘s Amnesty (iTunes), Kiefer Sutherland‘s Down In A Hole (iTunes), The Color Morale‘s Desolate Divine (iTunes), Thom Sonny Green‘s High Anxiety (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: EDEN‘s I Think You Think Too Much Of Me (iTunes), Jake Miller‘s Overnight (iTunes), Jordan Fisher‘s Jordan Fisher (iTunes)

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

  • “Ain’t Got Money”, New District (iTunes)
  • “Anywhere”, Passenger (iTunes)
  • “It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am”, KT Tunstall (iTunes)
  • “Mercy”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
  • “Nobody But Me”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
  • “Out Of My System (Galantis Remix)”, Youngr (iTunes)
  • “Precious”, Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
  • “Still Falling For You”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
  • “The Long Goodbye”, Sarah McLachlan (iTunes)
  • “The Very Thought Of You”, Kristen Chenoweth featuring Dave Koz (iTunes)
  • “Whiskey And You”, Aaron Lewis (iTunes)
  • “You Don’t Know Love (Cheat Codes Remix)”, Olly Murs (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Barbra Streisand, Britney Spears, Florida Georgia Line, Ingrid Michaelson and more.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 13)

They have a "Fever" for big sales.

They have a “Fever” for big sales.

April showers bring May flowers and the garden of new releases this week is looking a lot healthier thanks to some Q2 stars with new music. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of May 13:

  • Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are doing their thing once again as The Black Keys with their fifth full-length release for Nonesuch Records, Turn Blue. Their last album, El Camino, sold over 200,000 copies in its first week during the holiday music rush in 2011. Can their newest effort do the same kind of numbers? With a #1 song at Alternative radio in “Fever”, that total will definitely be up there. (iTunes)
  • Nearly five years after his passing, the public has shown that interest is still present for unreleased material from the legendary Michael Jackson. His second posthumous compilation, titled Xscape, hits shelves this week. First single “Love Never Felt So Good”, which comes in both a solo version and as a duet with Justin Timberlake, is floating around the top ten on iTunes. Look for it to be in the top 2 next week with a chance at #1. (iTunes)
  • Due for a top 5 debut on the Billboard 200 is another album from Country trio Rascal Flatts. Their ninth effort is Rewind, and the title track is rising up the charts. Their numbers have dwindled over the years, but this should be pretty close to a six figure start. (iTunes)
  • Released a day early to a #1 debut on iTunes Albums survey, Chromeo‘s White Women is in stores now. It’s the duo’s first album since 2010. The lead single from it is “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”, which is currently gaining airplay in both the U.S. and Canada. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Blondie‘s Blondie 4(0)-Ever: Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux / Ghosts of Download (iTunes), Dolly Parton‘s Blue Smoke (iTunes), Down‘s Down IV, Pt. II (iTunes), Little Dragon‘s Nabuma Rubberband (iTunes), Sturgill Simpson‘s Metamodern Sounds In Country Music (iTunes), Tori Amos‘s Unrepentant Geraldines (iTunes), the original Broadway soundtrack to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (iTunes) and a various artists compilation, One Love, One Rhythm: The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Album (iTunes).

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

  • “All I Ever Need”, a digital single from Austin Mahone. (iTunes)
  • “Real Girls Eat Cake”, a single from online comedy group The Janoskians. (iTunes)

Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories is looking at a spooky sales frame ahead, but how will it do against Brantley Gilbert‘s Just As I Am and Phillip Phillips‘s Behind The Light? A full preview is coming in seven!

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Wake Up Call: The Reemergence Of Countrified Dance

Where did you come from? Where did you go?

Where did you come from? Where did you go?

One of the newest songs to make onto the dance scene this summer is a bit of a surprise to those who know some previous material by Swedish DJ and EDM artist Avicii. His latest single features a vocal by California-born soul singer Aloe Blacc, best known for a song called “I Need A Dollar”. It never made it to the United States, but it went to #2 in the United Kingdom in the summer of 2011 and was generally big in Europe. Well, the two appear together on a new song entitled “Wake Me Up!”, which is already #1 on iTunes in Australia, Sweden, The Netherlands and four other countries, with a top ten placing in many others. However, it’s not strictly a soul record or a dance anthem, it’s a… folk meets house thingamajigger? I guess that’s the best way to describe it even if it’s not the clearest.

“Wake” begins as a guitar-driven track with Blacc delivering his verse, which leads into a steady handclap beat about 40 seconds in, only to transition into a full-out dance song a quarter of the way in. Yet, there’s a simplicity about it as it returns to its original arrangement, and even when you’re ready to rage when the energy of the song kicks in, that portion doesn’t seem as layered or as overbearing as a normal dance song on the radio or in the club. It’s actually pretty likable and will certainly appeal to a broader audience than who the two appeal to individually. So, what gives? With its huge popularity out of the gate, including a decent ranking in the United States, could we be seeing a successful new period mixing the two polar opposite genres? It could very well happen.

Combining the dance and country genres isn’t a new concept, but it doesn’t exactly come around that often, and when it does, the results are somewhat mixed. Country legend Dolly Parton did disco once – a song she recorded called “Baby I’m Burning” was a minor hit in 1979. In early 1980, Joyce Cobb just missed the top 40 with a song I quite like, “Dig The Gold”, which became the first disco song to prominently use a fiddle line. (You first hear it around the 1:05 mark.) Remember when The KLF and Tammy Wynette provided us with one of the oddest collaborations in music history? “Justified And Ancient” was even bigger, going to #11 on the Hot 100 in 1992. Then, of course, there was the novelty single “Cotton Eye Joe” by the Swedish band Rednex, which I still encounter at bar/bat mitzvahs, reunions, weddings, etc. The fiddle-full floorfiller was an international smash in 1995, though it only got to #25 here. Say it ain’t so, “Joe”. (I still know the dance routine. No, there will not be video to back that up.)

There are some holes that I’ve missed along the way, but that brief history shows why this fusion of two distinct styles doesn’t even have a name. It’s so scattered about that anybody could give it something and it would catch on. It also shows that “Wake Me Up!” is a totally different case; there are no country acts involved, each genre has an equal place in the composition and it’s not meant for consumption as a novelty song. So, wipe that slate clean, because this is a new beginning for everyone involved, and it’s beginning to pick up rather quickly.

With the rise in folk music in the mainstream consciousness thanks to acts like Mumford & Sons, Phillip Phillips and The Lumineers, among others, it makes sense that it would continue to influence acts and producers creating new material. That being said, no one could have expected this to come out of either act. While the song has its dissenters on both sides of the musical spectrum, reaction seems to be fairly positive, and the early signs of good download numbers in our neck of the woods likely means that the transition onto radio and other outlets may be easier than I’m thinking. At the same time, Blacc has never cracked the U.S. market and Avicii has had some minor chartings on a few radio formats without a true breakthrough. That could change later this year, and if it blows up like it has been internationally, this movement won’t be over for some time. Stay tuned… and don’t fiddle around in the meantime.

How do you feel about this new sound from Avicii and Aloe Blacc? Are you a fan? Do you think that country and folk has a place in dance music? Let me know! Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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