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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 17, 2017

Get your Life.

The musical madness of March continues, and you can expect some notable jump shots and layups this week. Who’s got the sound of a slam dunk success? Enough alliteration, Adam, let’s check out all the action right here:

DRAKE – More Life (iTunes) – release date: 3/18 (Saturday)
What exactly is this? An album? A mixtape? A playlist? Whatever it is, it’s going to debut at #1. Of course, you’ll have to wait an extra day to actually listen to it. The biggest song from it thus far is “Fake Love”, which recently topped the Rhythmic and Urban charts. (A CHR/Top 40 run maxed out in the top 20.) Will it be able to pass Ed Sheeran‘s recent bow to become the biggest of 2017 so far? It certainly has the potential, given all the hype surrounding the release. Stay tuned.

DEPECHE MODE – Spirit (iTunes)
It’s hard to believe that these guys have been releasing albums since 1981, but this is the English group’s 14th full-length set. It might become their eighth top ten album in a row, a chain that started with 1990’s Violator. Lead single “Where’s The Revolution” is in the top 40 on Alternative radio. Considering the amount of older acts with new material that the format won’t play anymore, that’s very cool.

RICK ROSS – Rather You Than Me (iTunes)
Five out of Ross’s first six studio albums reached #1 on the Billboard 200, a very impressive feat at the time. His opening frames are still fairly solid, but he probably won’t be in the running for the top spot this time around. Single “I Think She Like Me” is just below the top 20 at Urban radio. Look for this set in the top ten.

MILKY CHANCE – Blossom (iTunes)
The German duo’s second album features the single “Cocoon”, which recently made the top 20 on the Alternative chart. Hey, it’s not “Stolen Dance”, but then again, what is? If their last set could reach the top 20, we’re expecting this one somewhere in the top 40.

More albums out this week: 2Cellos‘s Score (iTunes), Conor Oberst‘s Salutations (iTunes), Frances‘s Things I’ve Never Said (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Climate Change (iTunes), SoMo‘s The Answers (iTunes), Spoon‘s Hot Thoughts (iTunes), Zara Larsson‘s So Good (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: TBA

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“1 Night”, Mura Masa featuring Charli XCX (iTunes)
“A Long And Happy Life”, Delta Rae (iTunes)
“Anything’s Possible”, Lea Michele (iTunes)
“At My Best”, Machine Gun Kelly featuring Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Battle Symphony”, Linkin Park (iTunes)
“Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea”, MISSIO (iTunes)
“Can’t Bring This Down”, Bridgit Mendler & Pell (iTunes)
“Chained To The Rhythm (Hot Chip Remix)”, Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Coldhearted”, Bryce Fox (iTunes)
“Dennis Rodman”, Mansionz featuring Dennis Rodman (iTunes)
“Feeling Pretty Good”, Deorro (iTunes)
“Feels Like Summer”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Flame”, Tinashe (iTunes)
“Good Life”, G-Eazy & Kehlani (iTunes)
“Kinda Complicated”, Scott Helman (iTunes)
“Let Go”, Sody (iTunes)
“Like I Did (Acoustic)”, Shane Harper (iTunes)
“Mama Say”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Man On The Moon”, POWERS (iTunes)
“Million Reasons (Andrelli Remix)”, Lady Gaga (iTunes)
“Pleasure”, Feist (iTunes)
“Solid Gold”, Tom Chaplin & JONES (iTunes)
“Superpowers”, SAARA (iTunes)
“Symphony”, Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“Weekends”, Amy Shark (iTunes)
“You”, Greta Isaac (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from James Blunt, RaeLynnTrey Songz and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 29, 2016

Views to a kill.

Views to a kill.

May is just around the corner… may we have some more superstar releases? Of course! Canada, country and compilations take over the list on this fine Friday. Here are this week’s new releases:

  • DRAKE — Views (iTunes)
    • Featuring the current radio hit “One Dance”, this Canadian rapper’s latest effort is going to have a giant debut on a number of charts next week. The album is an Apple exclusive for its first seven days, but is expected on both digital (outside of Apple) and physical platforms after that. Will it hit a million copies sold first week?
  • MARTINA MCBRIDE — Reckless (iTunes)
    • The title track from this set has been spinning on Cumulus’s dozens of country radio stations. The single isn’t going to make the top 40 at the format, but the album is a different story. It should make the top 15 on the Billboard 200 chart, or even the top ten.
  • More albums out this week: Haley Reinhart‘s Better (iTunes), Lonestar‘s Never Enders (iTunes), Pepper‘s Ohana (iTunes), Rob Zombie‘s The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (iTunes), Rogue Wave‘s Delusions Of Grand Fur (iTunes), The Boxer Rebellion‘s Ocean By Ocean (iTunes), Empire (Original Soundtrack – Season 2, Volume 2) (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music, Volume 58 (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Broadway (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Carmody‘s Skin (iTunes), Stone Cold Fox‘s Tunnel Vision (iTunes)

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

  • “Baby Baby”, Amy Grant featuring Tori Kelly (iTunes)
  • “Beautiful Pain”, Andy Black (iTunes)
  • “Bored To Death”, Blink-182 (iTunes)
  • “Cool Papa Bell”, Paul Simon (iTunes)
  • “Fireproof”, Coleman Hell (iTunes)
  • “H.O.L.Y.”, Florida Georgia Line (iTunes)
  • “Hey Heartbreak”, Jennifer Nettles (iTunes)
  • “How To Love”, Cash Cash featuring Sofia Reyes (iTunes)
  • “Love, Hope and Misery”, Jake Bugg (iTunes)
  • “My Blood”, AlunaGeorge featuring ZHU (iTunes)
  • “Not Today”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
  • “Pick Up”, Dierks Bentley (iTunes)
  • “Something To Believe In”, Young The Giant (iTunes)
  • “This Is What You Came For”, Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna (iTunes)
  • “Trash”, Tyler Glenn (iTunes)
  • “True Colors”, Zedd & Kesha (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Cole SwindellKeith UrbanMike Posner and more.

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

Extending their chart "Life".

Extending their chart “Life”.

When you’re hot, you’re hot, and sometimes you’re so burning that you “make a dragon want to retire.” However, dragons of a different kind come out of a funk this time around and add fuel to the flame. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of February 17:

  • You know them from big hits like “Demons” and “Radioactive”, as well as “I Bet My Life”, their current radio cut. Now, the fiery four fellows who call themselves Imagine Dragons spark a sizzling set of songs entitled Smoke + Mirrors. It will likely debut at #1 given the well-promoted Target campaign for the album and strong pre-order numbers. (iTunes)
  • In case you missed them over the weekend when they were released, check out rapper Drake‘s new mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (iTunes), as well as an EP from independent Jacob Whitesides, A Piece Of Me. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Colin Hay‘s Next Year People (iTunes), Elle King‘s Love Stuff (iTunes), Estelle‘s True Romance (iTunes), Kate Pierson‘s Guitars And Microphones (iTunes), The Juliana Hatfield Three‘s Whatever, My Love (iTunes) and The Wind + The Wave‘s Covers One (EP) (iTunes).

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

  • “Let’s Not Be Alone Tonight”, a new single from Disney’s R5. (iTunes)
  • “Lifted Up (1985)”, the new single from Passion Pit. (iTunes)
  • “Never Alone”, an instant grat single from Shawn Mendes. (iTunes)
  • “Scared”, a brand new song from Delta Rae. (iTunes)
  • “The Weekend”, new from Eden XO. (iTunes)

Next week, fresh new albums from Big Sean and Kid Rock should dominate with solid top five debuts, but can anyone else light up the list? A full preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 24)

Same love, different album.

Same love, different album.

The superstars come out to play this week with the likes of a Dark Lady and a Rocket Man on the schedule. Here are all the releases you need to know about for September 24:

  • This should be a shock to no one, but rapper and singer Drake will take the crown on next week’s Billboard 200 album chart with his latest album, Nothing Was The Same. His last album debuted with 631,000 copies sold in its first week. Can this do even better? With two top ten singles in a row from the effort, you better believe those numbers will be stacking up. Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • It’s hard to tell what will be the next highest debut, but here’s an act whose last album entered at #2, 2010’s Come Around Sundown. Kings Of Leon emerge once again with Mechanical Bull, featuring the recent Alternative single “Supersoaker”. The sales of this will almost certainly be down when compared to their last album, but they do have a good pack of fans to at least get them top 5. (iTunes)
  • She’s a queen on the music scene and now her 26th (!) studio album is up for purchase today. She’s Cher and her album is titled Closer To The Truth, featuring the Dance hit “Woman’s World” and a new single, a ballad called “I Hope You Find It”. (iTunes)
  • Swedish duo Icona Pop follow the success of their summer smash “I Love It” with their first full-length album to be released in the U.S., This Is… Icona Pop. The current single from it is “All Night”. (iTunes)
  • Also dancing up the charts this week are Chicago trio Krewella with a full-length album Get Wet (iTunes), which features the singles “Alive” and “Live For The Night”, plus DJ Zedd is out with a deluxe edition of his album Clarity. The latest single from that is “Stay The Night”, a collaboration with Hayley Williams of Paramore (iTunes).
  • Singer and songwriter Sting is out with The Last Ship, inspired by his play of the same name which is due to open next year. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include Alan Jackson‘s The Bluegrass Album (iTunes), Jason Derulo‘s Tattoos (EP) (iTunes), Metallica‘s soundtrack from Through The Never (iTunes), R5‘s Louder (iTunes) and Sammy Hagar‘s Sammy Hagar And Friends (iTunes).

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

  • “Champagne”, another album cut from the forthcoming Frame By Frame by Cassadee Pope. (iTunes)
  • “Genius”, the latest single from R&B crooner R. Kelly. (iTunes)
  • “O Come All Ye Faithful”, a Christmas standard as performed by Britt Nicole. Yes, we’re already getting holiday releases in late September. Sigh. (iTunes)
  • “You’re Not The One”, a new single from Sky Ferreira. (iTunes)

We’ve all been waiting for the second half of The 20/20 Experience to arrive… what kind of numbers will Justin Timberlake do next week? A preview is coming in six on a special Music Monday!

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Something To “Believe” In: Three Times A Bieber

There's gonna be one less lonely format.

There’s gonna be one less lonely format.

A few of you have been searching the blog lately in an attempt to find some confirmation of what Justin Bieber‘s next single release. Problem is, depending on what country or radio format you’re looking at, there are three different choices from two different albums, which just makes things more complicated. Crazy! So, Beliebers, you’re Justin time for some important news from the blogosphere as The Biebs is hosting Saturday Night Live. Here’s a rundown of what’s to come for the singer and his radio releases for the spring season, and believe it will be another successful one for him.

“ALL AROUND THE WORLD” (featuring Ludacris)
This will be Bieber’s fourth single from Believe at CHR radio and internationally, at least in the United Kingdom at this point. In the U.K., it gets a single release on March 25. As for our friends at pop radio, it doesn’t have an adds date quite yet, mainly because his previous single, “Beauty And A Beat” (featuring Nicki Minaj), is still in the top ten. I’m sure we’ll see a listing for it pretty soon. It has a simple message in that “all around the world, people want to be loved/they’re no different than us,” which is a relatable and positive message for all audiences. It’s his most dance-driven single yet and features a guest appearance by his grandfather Ludacris, who also appeared on his 2010 single, “Baby”. It likely won’t approach the commercial status of that release, though it did manage a #22 peak on the Hot 100 based on downloads alone when the album was first released. It should be a hit at the format where all three singles from the album have gone top ten, his first to do so, though I wonder if the general audience is getting tired of the idea of Bieber’s label picking single releases with a featured rapper. We’ll have to see if it helps him or hurts him.

Here’s an interesting development from our friends at blog Video Static. They noted a few weeks ago that a video is in production for this new track from Bieber’s recently released Believe Acoustic, which largely consists of stripped-down versions of his songs from the Believe album. It’s being directed by Colin Tilley, who previously shot three music videos for the young singer, including radio single “U Smile”. The piano-driven ballad is believed to be aimed at Selena Gomez, whom Bieber previously romanced and I guess may still be. Who knows? It’s a deeply personal song for him, and regardless of whether you like him or not, you can tell that a lot of time and effort was put into the song. Perhaps it’ll just be a video-only single or maybe we’ll be surprised and get a full release out of it if the album lasts in the top ten for a while. There also a movie based off of his tour coming at some point during the summer, so it may be specially for that, airing during the opening or closing credits. Stay tuned for more news on it.

“RIGHT HERE” (featuring Drake)
While “World” goes to CHR radio, this collaboration with Canadian rapper Drake is going to radio at the Rhythm and Urban formats as their fourth single from Believe, where the edgier sound of it will likely be fully embraced by both audiences. This one’s more a female-targeted record too, as Bieber appeals as the knight in shining armor who will protect his fair maiden by, well, being by her. It’s currently top 50 on the Rhythm chart with a sizable bullet, though its audience is a little low given the two names on the track, though I’m sure it’ll pick up easily. Again, there’s the potential for listener fatigue with this track also being his third release at these two formats to feature a guest rapper, but even if it gives him more street cred, then, so be it, and if it works against him, maybe we’ll see less of it on his next studio album. If this becomes a major hit at these formats, don’t be surprised if it crosses to CHR radio. I’m just not sure if it quite fits there at this point.

Well, that’s it from Bieberland Day at the blog. Let me know which one of these songs you like best in the comments below!

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2013 GRAMMY Awards: The Picks According To Adam (+ COMPLETE WINNERS)

Carry on wayward Sons.

Carry on wayward Sons.

We’re nearing the end of GRAMMY Week! Thanks for sticking with the blog as we count down the days until music’s biggest night on Sunday at 8PM eastern on CBS.

Now, for the topic of all GRAMMY topics, my predictions for all of the categories. This took a while to compile, so I hope you enjoy and let me know your predictions in the comments or on Twitter at @AdamFSoybel. You’ll see some general notes from me in the categories I know best. Check back on Sunday to see how well I did! (Original Big Four post) (Second Big Four post)

FULLY BOLD = I picked the winner correctly. CROSSED OUT = I did not pick the winner correctly. I got 35 out of 81 correct.

GENERAL FIELD (winners complete)
Record Of The Year: fun. featuring Janelle Monáe – “We Are Young” Gotye featuring Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Album Of The Year: Mumford & Sons – Babel
Song Of The Year: Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” fun. featuring Janelle Monáe – “We Are Young”
Best New Artist: fun.

First of all, you’re probably saying, where is Frank Ocean? To be honest, I have no clue where to put him, because I can’t see him winning any of the Big Four. I know people generally think he’ll take Best New Artist over fun., but considering how commercial the picks have been leaning recently, I think they can pull it off. (I do have Ocean winning for a feature and genre-specific award later on.) My only change from December is that I think “We Are Young” will win Record Of The Year rather than “Somebody That I Used To Know”. Gotye and Kimbra aren’t performing on the broadcast, which is usually an indication that they didn’t win any of the big ones.

POP FIELD (winners complete)
Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele – “Set Fire To The Rain (Live at the Royal Albert Hall)”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Gotye featuring Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Best Pop Instrumental Album: Chris Botti – Impressions
Best Pop Vocal Album: fun. – Some Nights Kelly Clarkson – Stronger

Solo Performance is definitely going to Adele; remember that Train‘s “Hey, Soul Sister” won in a live version two years ago for a similar category. With my thinking that Gotye and Kimbra are going to lose out on Record Of The Year, they should win Pop Duo/Group Performance. Chris Botti‘s album did well commercially. Pop Vocal Album is tough; I’ve been going back and forth between fun., Kelly Clarkson and Pink, but I like Some Nights the most out of the three.

DANCE/ELECTRONICA FIELD (winners complete)
Best Dance Recording: Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin – “Don’t You Worry Child” Skrillex featuring Sirah – “Bangarang”
Best Dance/Electronica Album: The Chemical Brothers – Don’t Think  Skrillex – Bangarang

I still don’t know why the Academy liked Skrillex so much last year. He’s nominated again in both categories this year, but I think the Academy will sympathize with the fact that Swedish House Mafia is breaking up, plus The Chemical Brothers took home wins for the Album Award in 2006 and 2008.

TRADITIONAL POP FIELD (winners complete)
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Bublé – Christmas Paul McCartney – Kisses On The Bottom

Bublé’s won the Award three times in the past five years. It would be the first time a seasonal album wins in the category.

ROCK FIELD (winners complete)
Best Rock Performance: Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait” The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance: Iron Maiden – “Blood Brothers (Live)” Halestorm – “Love Bites (So Do I)”
Best Rock Song: The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
Best Rock Album: The Black Keys – El Camino

Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys should dominate this field; they were the two biggest rock releases in this period. Iron Maiden is a previous winner in that category and I think they’ll win, even if it’s with a live track.

ALTERNATIVE FIELD (winners complete)
Best Alternative Music Album: Gotye – Making Mirrors

Pretty sure Gotye can take this one home, which will bring his total to two Awards.

R&B FIELD (winners complete)
Best R&B Performance: Miguel – “Adorn” Usher – “Climax”
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Anita Baker – “Lately” Beyoncé – “Love On Top”
Best R&B Song: Miguel – “Adorn”
Best R&B Album: Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE

Miguel got a ton of nominations at this year’s ceremony, and I think he’ll take at least Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song. The song’s been at #1 forever on R&B radio. Anita Baker has won roughly half the time she’s been nominated; “Lately” was a great return for her and I’d like to see it win. Best R&B Album is sort of up in the air, but the Robert Glasper Experiment could perhaps take it. Ocean can probably take a win in that new Urban Contemporary category this year.

RAP FIELD (winners complete)
Best Rap Performance: Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – “Mercy” Jay-Z & Kanye West – “N****s In Paris”
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and The-Dream – “No Church In The Wild”
Best Rap Song: Jay-Z & Kanye West – “N****s In Paris”
Best Rap Album: Drake – Take Care

Last year’s Awards seemed to be a Jay-Z and Kanye West lovefest, so I’m keeping that trend going for this year. Since Drake got snubbed in the Big Four categories, I’m guessing he’ll take home Best Rap Album. It did well commercially.

Best Country Solo Performance: Dierks Bentley – “Home” Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars — “Safe & Sound” Little Big Town – “Pontoon”
Best Country Song: Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”
Best Country Album: Hunter Hayes — Hunter Hayes Zac Brown Band – Uncaged

With his performance slot, this should be Bentley’s year to pick up his first Award. The Civil Wars will likely pull off a repeat and Underwood’s always done well in the Country categories. Hayes will be blocked out of Best New Artist, so I’m really hoping he can take Country Album. He’s such a talented guy and the album’s great.

At this point, most of my nominees are based on either names I know or acts who have won the category before. If you need anything more specific on how I came to my decision, feel free to comment (as I mentioned above.)

NEW AGE FIELD (winners complete)
Best New Age Album: Loreena McKennitt – Troubadours Of The Rhine  Omar Akram – Echoes Of Love

JAZZ FIELD (winners complete)
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Chick Corea – Alice in Wonderland Gary Burton & Chick Corea – Hot House
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Chick Corea & Gary Burton – Hot House Pat Metheny Unity Band – Unity Band
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Bob Mintzer Big Band – For The Moment Arturo Sandoval – Dear Diz (Everyday I Think Of You)
Best Latin Jazz Album: Luciana Souza – Duos III Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band – Ritmo!

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance: Mary Mary – “Go Get It” Matt Redman – “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)”
Best Gospel Song: Marvin Sapp – “My Testimony” Mary Mary – “Go Get It”
Best Contemporary Christian Music Song: Matt Redman – “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” / Israel Houghton – “Your Presence Is Heaven” (tie; I predicted Redman)
Best Gospel Album: Lecrae – Gravity
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Britt Nicole – Gold tobyMac – Eye On It

The title track from Nicole’s album is crossing over to mainstream radio; I think that’s grounds for her taking something in the field.

LATIN FIELD (winners complete)
Best Latin Pop Album: Juanes – MTV Unplugged: Deluxe Edition
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: Ana Tijoux – La Bala Quetzal – Imaginaries
Best Regional Mexican Album (Including Tejano): Lila Downs – Pecados y Milagros
Best Tropical Latin Album: Romeo Santos — Formula, Vol. 1 Marlow Rosado and La Riqueña Retro

Best Americana Album: Mumford & Sons – Babel  Bonnie Raitt – Slipstream
Best Bluegrass Album: Dailey & Vincent – The Gospel Side Of… Steep Canyon Rangers – Nobody Knows You
Best Blues Album: Dr. John – Locked Down
Best Folk Album: Carolina Chocolate Drops – Leaving Eden Yo-Yo Mama, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile – The Goat Radio Sessions
Best Regional Roots Music Album: Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Wilson Savoy – The Band Courtbouillon

Americana Album is probably either going to Mumford & Sons or The Lumineers, but I’m leaning towards the former, especially if they win Album Of The Year.

REGGAE FIELD (winners complete)
Best Reggae Album: Jimmy Cliff – Rebirth

WORLD MUSIC FIELD (winners complete)
Best World Music Album: Ravi Shankar – The Living Room Sessions, Part 1

Shankar recently passed away at the age of 92.

CHILDREN’S FIELD (winners complete)
Best Children’s Album: Bill Harley – High Dive and Other Things That Could Have Happened  The Okee Dokie Brothers – Can You Canoe?

SPOKEN WORD FIELD (winners complete)
Best Spoken Word Album: Michelle Obama – American Grown Janis IanSociety’s Child: My Autobiography

She’s back in the White House… that would probably help her chances, wouldn’t it?

COMEDY FIELD (winners complete)
Best Comedy Album: Jimmy Fallon – Blow Your Pants Off

Fallon has a strong chance of picking up the win for his collection of parodies and impressions of musicians singing television theme songs. Heck, I bought the “Tebowie” vinyl single at Record Store Day last year. Funny stuff.

MUSICAL THEATER FIELD (winners complete)
Best Musical Theater Album: Various Artists – Once: A New Musical

Haven’t seen the musical version, but the movie’s great, so I’m good with it getting a little more recognition.

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Original Soundtrack to The Muppets Midnight In Paris
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: Ludovic Bource – Original Score to The Artist Trent Reznor & Atticus RossThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Best Song Written For Visual Media: Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars – “Safe & Sound” (from The Hunger Games)

The only other potential nominee that could win Best Song is “Learn Me Right” by Birdy and Mumford & Sons, which would give the group four wins, the highest total of the night. We’ll have to wait and see.

Best Instrumental Composition: Chris Brubeck and Dave Brubeck for Music of Ansel Adams: America Chick CoreaMozart Goes Dancing
Best Instrumental Arrangement:
Gordon Goodwin, performed by Arturo Sandoval – Salt Peanuts! (Mani Salado) Gil Evans Project – How About You?
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals: Esperanza Spalding (with Thara Memory) – “City Of Roses”

The elder Brubeck, Dave, recently passed away at age 91.

CRAFTS FIELD (winners complete)
Best Album Notes: Holly George-Warren; Janis Joplin – The Pearl Sessions Billy Vera ‘Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles
Best Boxed/Special Limited Edition: Stephen Kennedy; Rolling Stones – Some Girls: Super Deluxe Edition Fritz KlaetkeWoody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection
Best Historical Album: Paul McCartney (producer), Simon Gibson, Guy Massey & Steve Rooke (mastering engineers) – Ram: Paul McCartney Archive Collection (Deluxe Edition) Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson & Dennis Wolfe (producers), Mark Linett (mastering engineer) for The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set) (Beach Boys)
Best Recording Package: Brett Kilroe; Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls  Michael Amzalag & Mathias AugustyniakBiophilia, performed by Bjork

Best Engineered Album, Classical: Jesse Lewis & John Newton (engineers), Jesse Brayman (mastering engineer); Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony – Music for a Time of War Tom Caulfield & John Newton (engineers), Mark Donahue (mastering engineer) for Life & Breath – Choral Works by René Clausen, performed by Charles Bruffy & the Kansas City Chorale
Best Engineered Album (Non-classical): Glyn Johns (engineer), Bob Ludwig (mastering engineer); Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire Richard KingThe Goat Road Sessions
Producer Of The Year, Classical: Blanton Alspaugh
Producer Of The Year (Non-classical): Jeff Bhasker  Dan Auerbach
Best Remixed Recording: Skrillex (remixer); Nero – “Promises”
Best Surround Sound Album: Morten Lindberg (engineer/mastering engineer/producer); Hoff Ensemble – Quiet Winter Night Jim Anderson (engineer), Darcy Proper (mastering engineer) and Michael Friedman (producer) for Modern Cool, performed by Patricia Barber

CLASSICAL FIELD (winners complete)
Best Orchestral Performance: Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor), San Francisco Symphony – Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Best Opera Recording: Vladimir Jurowski (conductor), Topi Lehtipuu, Miah Persson & Matthew Rose (soloists), Jean Chatauret (producer) – Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress James Levine & Fabio Luisi (conductors), Hans Peter König, Jay Hunter Morris, Bryn Terfel & Deborah Voigt (soloists), Jay David Saks (producer)Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Best Choral Performance: Charles Bruffy (conductor); Matthew Gladden, Lindsey Lang, Rebecca Lloyd, Sarah Tannehill & Pamela Williamson and the Kansas City Chorale – Life & Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Boston Symphony Chamber Players – Profanes et Sacrées Eighth BlackbirdMeanwhile
Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Andras Schiff – Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Clavier Kim KashkashianKurtág & Ligeti: Music for Viola
Best Classical Vocal Solo: Renee Fleming – Poèmes
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Ugis Praulins – The Nightingale Stephen HartkeMeanwhile – Incidental Music to Imaginary Puppet Plays
Best Classical Compendium: Partch (ensemble), John Schneider (producer) – Bitter Music Antoni Wit (conductor), Aleksandra Nagórko & Andrzej Sasin (producers) – Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; The Awakening of Jacob; Anaklasis

MUSIC VIDEO FIELD (winners complete)
Best Short Form Music Video: Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris – “We Found Love”
Best Long Form Music Video: U2 – From The Sky Down  Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros & Old Crow Medicine ShowBig Easy Express

So, as you can see, I have no runaway winners according to my predictions, though fun., Jay-Z, Kanye West and Mumford & Sons would all receive three wins, with a number of other acts like The Black Keys and Miguel getting two. Again, check back on Sunday night to see the actual winners. Thanks for checking out the post!Big hits have been winning the Short Form category is recent years; otherwise, “Bad Girls” by M.I.A. might have a chance. U2 won the Long Form Award with other time in 1995.

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