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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 28, 2016

A Cosmic chart debut.

A Cosmic chart debut.

It’s an early Christmas on the schedule this week, as this year’s big seasonal titles look to cheer up the chart with holiday hits. It’s time to deck the halls with ditties, because here are the notable albums and singles:

KENNY CHESNEY — Cosmic Hallelujah (iTunes)
He’s been a presence on the Country chart for decades now, and his recent #1 with P!nk, “Setting The World On Fire”, could set a few other formats on fire, including a current run inside the top 25 on the Hot AC listing. To date, he’s had seven #1 albums on the Billboard 200, and it looks like an eighth may be on its way.

EMPIRE OF THE SUN — Two Vines (iTunes)
Sydney’s dynamic duo of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore scored a surprise Alternative radio smash in 2016 with “Walking On A Dream”, a single that was originally released in 2008. Remember the Honda commercial? Their current radio single, “High And Low”, is top 15 at the format.

TOVE LO — Lady Wood (iTunes)
The Swedish singer is back with her second album, but the sophomore slump could be real with this set. “Cool Girl” barely made the top 40 at pop radio, and its international peaks are pretty low too. Can she turn things around?

Christmas albums out this week: Brett Eldredge‘s Glow (iTunes), Jackie Evancho‘s Someday At Christmas (iTunes), Jennifer Nettles‘s To Celebrate Christmas (iTunes), Jimmy Buffett‘s ‘Tis The SeaSon (iTunes), Jordan Smith‘s ‘Tis The Season (iTunes), Kacey Musgraves‘s A Very Kacey Christmas (iTunes), Neil Diamond‘s Acoustic Christmas (iTunes), She & Him‘s Christmas Party (iTunes), Straight No Chaser‘s I’ll Have Another… Christmas Album (iTunes)

More albums out this week: Cerrone‘s Red Lips (iTunes), CRX‘s New Skin (iTunes), James Arthur‘s Back From The Edge (iTunes), Jeezy‘s Trap Or Die (iTunes), Kate Voegele‘s Canyonlands (iTunes), Memphis May Fire‘s This Light I Hold (iTunes), The Piano Guys‘s Uncharted (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Cole Swindell’s Down Home Sessions III (iTunes), Kip Moore‘s Underground (iTunes), Maty Noyes‘s Noyes Complaint (iTunes), Tigertown‘s Papernote (iTunes), Young Summer‘s You Would Have Loved It Here (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“After The Afterparty”, Charli XCX featuring Lil Yachty (iTunes)
“Blown”, DNCE featuring Kent Jones (iTunes)
“Breathing Underwater”, Emeli Sandé (iTunes)
“By Your Side”, Jonas Blue featuring RAYE (iTunes)
“Holy War”, Alicia Keys (iTunes)
“I Got You”, Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
“Room For 2”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Scared Of America”, Jesse Ruben (iTunes)
“So Good”, Louisa Johnson (iTunes)
“You Gotta Not”, Little Mix (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, The Chainsmokers and more.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 2)

Following the "Maps" to a #1 debut.

Following the “Maps” to a #1 debut.

It may be back to work and back to school after Labor Day, but the music world is still on a little break with only a few releases on the schedule this time. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 2:

  • Still bringing the hits over a decade later, pop/rockers Maroon 5 are back with V, their first studio album since 2012. Unless anything crazy pops up over the next few days, this should be next week’s #1 on the Billboard 200. Two singles from the effort, “Maps” and “Animals”, are in the top 20 on iTunes at the moment. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Jeezy, no longer Young, is out with his first album since 2011, Seen It All: The Autobiography. “Seen” is currently trending towards the top ten on the Urban chart and features Jay Z. Look for it to be in the runner-up spot behind Adam Levine and the guys. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Counting Crows‘s Somewhere Under Wonderland (iTunes), Cris Cab‘s Where I Belong (iTunes), Johnny Winter‘s Step Back (iTunes) and Nick & Knight‘s Nick & Knight (iTunes).

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

  • “Dear Jane”, a new digital release from The Madden Brothers. (iTunes)
  • “La La Latch”, a digital single from a cappella group Pentatonix. (iTunes)

Things get more exciting next week with new albums from Country stars Dustin Lynch and Lee Brice, R&B singer Jhene Aiko and the legendary Robert Plant. Who scores the week’s top debut? A full preview is coming in seven!

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