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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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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 14, 2014

It's a band, it's a plane...

Flying high once again.

DEBUTS
40. Neon Trees – First Things First
38. O.A.R. – Favorite Song
37. Bleachers – Rollercoaster
33. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me (39)
31. Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop – Never Been In Love (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
24. Foster The People – Are You What You Want To Be? (30)
22. Coldplay – True Love (27)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart (13) | PEAK: #10
09. The Griswolds – Beware The Dog (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Charli XCX – Boom Clap (07) | PEAK: #04
07. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans (05) | PEAK: #05
06. Rixton – Wait On Me (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Maroon 5 – Maps (02) | PEAK: #02
01. The Script – Superheroes (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Nickelback – What Are You Waiting For? (-)
2. MAGIC! – Let Your Hair Down (5)
3. Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy (1)
4. Cold War Kids – All This Could Be Yours (2)
5. Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach (7)
6. Charli XCX – Break The Rules (-)
7. Hilary Duff – All About You (-)
8. Lilly Wood & The Prick featuring Robin Schulz – Prayer In C (-)
9. Jungle – Busy Earnin’ (10)
10. Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now? (-)

In The Mix:
A Great Big World – Rockstar (new)
AJR – Infinity (new)
Bea Miller – Young Blood
Bryan Adams – She Knows Me (new)
Goo Goo Dolls – Caught In The Storm
Hudson Taylor – Chasing Rubies
Maroon 5 – Animals
Nick Gardner – Lose You (new)
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Ryn Weaver – OctaHate
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Lots of action on the top 40 this weekend with four songs new to the countdown. Debuting at #33 is highest of them and the second hit for the Ohio band Walk The Moon, titled “Shut Up And Dance”. Their first, “Anna Sun”, went to #6 two years ago. The quartet is one of a handful of bands from the Buckeye State to reach my chart, which also includes 98 Degrees, Blessid Union Of Souls, Relient K and Youngstown.
  • At #37 is the second entry for Bleachers, led by fun.‘s Jack Antonoff. “Rollercoaster” is the followup to “I Wanna Get Better”, which spent a week at the top earlier this year. It’s also picking up strong gains this week on Alternative radio, where it will debut in the top 40 on the published update later today. Both are taken from the album Strange Desire, released back in July.
  • In one notch lower at #38 is a new release for Maryland rockers O.A.R., who bow in with “Favorite Song”. It’s their seventh time on the chart and four of those singles went top ten. Their biggest of the seven is “Shattered (Turn The Car Around)”, which spent five weeks at #2 in 2008. Will this one become a bigger favorite of mine as the year goes on? Stay tuned!
  • Finally, at #40, is a new song from Neon Trees, the quartet from Provo, UT. “First Things First” is the third single to be issued from their album Pop Psychology, the other two being “Sleeping With A Friend” (#1 for six weeks) and “Love In The 21st Century”. “First” goes to Alternative radio this week.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 7, 2014

It's a band, it's a plane...

Flying high once again.

DEBUTS
40. Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop – Never Been In Love
39. Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Foster The People – Are You What You Want To Be? (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
27. Coldplay – True Love (33)
24. Boy & Bear – Three Headed Woman (29)
20. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (25)
14. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (20)
06. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (11)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (06) | PEAK: #02
09. The Griswolds – Beware The Dog (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Rixton – Wait On Me (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Charli XCX – Boom Clap (04) | PEAK: #04
06. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (11) | PEAK: #06
05. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Ed Sheeran – Don’t (07) | PEAK: #03
02. Maroon 5 – Maps (02) | PEAK: #02
01. The Script – Superheroes (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy (1)
2. Cold War Kids – All This Could Be Yours (2)
3. Neon Trees – First Things First (9)
4. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (8)
5. MAGIC! – Let Your Hair Down (7)
6. The 1975 – Heart Out (3)
7. Heymous Molly – Life’s A Beach (5)
8. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (-)
9. O.A.R. – Favorite Song (-)
10. Jungle – Busy Earnin’ (6)

In The Mix:
Bea Miller – Young Blood
Charli XCX – Break The Rules (new)
Danny Mercer – Who Are You Loving Now?
Goo Goo Dolls – Caught In The Storm (new)
Hilary Duff – All About You
Hudson Taylor – Chasing Rubies
Lilly Wood & The Prick featuring Robin Schulz – Prayer In C
Maroon 5 – Animals
Nickelback – What Are You Waiting For? (new)
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Ryn Weaver – OctaHate
SecondCity featuring Ali Love – What Can I Do
Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine

Chart Notes:

  • Stay putting at #1 for the second week running is The Script with their fifth #1 single on my chart, “Superheroes”. This marks their 19th week total atop the survey, which started with the eight week run of “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” back in 2009. Look for the single to debut in the top three on the Singles Chart over in the United Kingdom this weekend, which will mark their third time entering in the region on that survey.
  • Just outside the top ten are three great songs looking to break in next week: “Secrets” by Mary Lambert, holding at #12 for the third week in a row, “Unpack Your Heart” by Phillip Phillips, climbing to #13, and “Unbreakable” by Jamie Scott, which takes a six notch leap to #14. All are very worthy contenders, though the two males have been there before, while newcomer Lambert hasn’t. We’ll see what happens.
  • After entering last week at #39, the current hit for Foster The People takes the title of this week’s Biggest Mover. The inquisitive “Are You What You Want To Be?” is up to #30 this week, a gain of nine notches for the third top 40 single from Supermodel. The song goes to Alternative radio on Tuesday and should rank there relatively quickly.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the second entry for Jessie Ware, who debuts at #39 with “Say You Love Me”. Ware rose to the top 20 last year with “Wildest Moments” and did an uncredited backing vocal on Mayer Hawthorne‘s “Her Favorite Song”, a #2 single. “Say” is taken from her forthcoming album Tough Love, due later next month.
  • Also, at #40 is this week’s second debut, “Never Been In Love” by American quintet Cobra Starship and Swedish duo Icona Pop, together for the first time. For you chart trivia buffs, the title has cracked the top 40 only once on the Hot 100: in 1982, former Eagles member Randy Meisner went to #28 with his song of the same name.

(See my full chart on the M4BCC message board)

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 100-81

They're here...

They’re here…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… no, forget about Christmas, it’s time for another Top 100 of the year based on my personal charts for the 2013 chart year! It’s everything from the year that was, from “Crazy All My Life” to “I Want Crazy” to “Keep Me Crazy”. We had passengers, pits and punks all rank among the top 40 this year, as well as dolls, dragons and more. We travelled to “Pompeii” and “St. Croix”, and now we’re on our way to the “Best Song Ever” on the “Best Day Of My Life”. It could very well be the “Best I Ever Had”. Alright, enough of my yapping, now.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 24, 2013. Those marked with a plus had not yet reached their highest position as of that date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

With all that in mind, let’s start that countdown!

They've lost that lovin' feeling (again.)

100. OneRepublic – “Feel Again” (#7, 2012)
Writers/Producers: Drew Brown, Brent Kutzle, Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Noel Zancanella

**First of two songs in the top 100

Darling Nikki.

099. Nikki Williams – “Glowing” (#23)
Writers: Arnthor Birgisson, Daniel James, Leah Haywood, Bebe Rexha, Sandy Vee / Producer: Vee

Related Posts: Profile on Williams (February 28, 2013)

Treat her like a Lady.

098. Lady Antebellum – “Downtown” (#23)
Writers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby / Producers: Lady Antebellum (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott), Paul Worley

Related Posts: On The Rebound (January 23, 2013)

No Taylor Swift remakes here.

097. Matchbox Twenty – “Our Song” (#21)
Writer: Rob Thomas / Producer: Matt Serletic

Related Posts: Third Time Is The Charm (March 27, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

They'll fight for this "Love".

096. Lawson – “Juliet” (#21)
Writers: Andy Brown, Carl Falk, Eric Turner, Michel Zitron / Producer: Falk

Related Posts: Star-Crossed Singles (August 30, 2013)
**First of three songs in the top 100

A Great Big World
095. A Great Big World – “Say Something” (#8+) [2014 chart year: #4+]
Writers: A Great Big World (Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino), Mike Campbell / Producer: Dan Romer

Related Posts: Profile on AGBW (January 31, 2013), “Something” Is Better Than Nothing (September 7, 2013)

He wants what he wants.

094. Hunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy” (#23)
Writers: Hunter Hayes, Lori McKenna, Troy Verges / Producers: Hayes, Dann Huff

Related Posts: One Crazy Party (April 5, 2013), Single Premiere (April 7, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

Feelin' the power of two.

093. Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie – “This Is What It Feels Like” (#22)
Writers: Benno De Goeij, John Ewbank, Trevor Guthrie, Luis Raposo, Armin Van Buuren, Jenson Vaughan / Producer: Van Buuren

Related Posts: Fall Into Dance (August 14, 2013)

Be my, be my beanie.

092. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran – “Everything Has Changed” (#21)
Writers: Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift / Producer: Butch Walker

Related Posts: “True” Twosomes (May 2, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100 (Sheeran) + **First of three songs in the top 100 (Swift)

Read up on this "Story".

091. One Direction – “Live While We’re Young” (#2, 2012)
Writers: Carl Falk, Savan Kotecha, Rami Yacoub, The Clash (Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer) for sample of “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?” / Producers: Falk/Yacoub

**First of four songs in the top 100

If you don't Know them by now...

090. Colbie Caillat featuring Gavin DeGraw – “We Both Know” (#18)
Writers/Producers: Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw

Related Posts: Quick Hits (December 14, 2012)
**First of two songs in the top 100 (DeGraw)

Sometimes you wanna go Ware everybody knows your name.

089. Jessie Ware – “Wildest Moments” (#19)
Writers: Tom Hull, Jessie Ware / Producers: Kid Harpoon, Dave Okumu

He's not giving in.

088. John Newman – “Cheating” (#18)
Writers: John Newman, Emily Phillips / Producers: Newman, Mike Spencer, Ant Whiting

Related Posts: Profile on Newman (May 24, 2013)

She's got a ticket to Ryde.

087. Serena Ryder – “Stompa” (#17)
Writers: Jerrod Bettis, Serena Ryder / Producer: Bettis

Related Posts: Easy Ryders (February 22, 2013)

Rolling through the Strangeland of charts.

086. Keane – “Higher Than The Sun” (#7)
Writers: Keane (Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin and Tim Rice-Oxley) / Producer: Dan Grech-Marguerat

Related Posts: Single Premiere (September 27, 2013)

Matt's what matters.

085. Matt Cardle – “Anyone Else” (#17)
Writers: Matt Cardle, Jeff Halatrax / Producer: Cardle

Related Posts: Single Review (December 14, 2012)

"Crazy" little thing called Chris.

084. Chris Wallace – “Keep Me Crazy” (#18)
Writers: Matt Radosevich, Chris Wallace / Producer: Radosevich

Related Posts: Wallace Keeps It “Crazy” (December 11, 2012), Interview with Matt Rad (December 4, 2013)

Blame it on the "Girls".

083. The 1975 – “Girls” (#2+) [2014 chart year: #1 for one week]
Writers/Producers: The 1975 (George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy and Ross MacDonald)

Related Posts: “Girls” Hits #1 (December 8, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

Oh say, can't you "See"?

082. The Script featuring will.i.am – “Hall Of Fame” (#1 for 4 weeks, 2012)
Writers/Producers: James Barry, Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan

**First of two songs in the top 100 (The Script)

Olly olly oxen free.

081. Olly Murs – “Dear Darlin’” (#17)
Writers: Ed Drewett, Jim Eliot, Olly Murs / Producers: Drewett, Eliot

**First of three songs in the top 100

Check back tomorrow for 80-61 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go?

Is he your "Favorite"?

Is he your “Favorite”?

So, you want to flex a musical muscle or two? Well, forget the stairs and hop aboard the eleva-tour of R&B. No doubt, a few albums out this year, like Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience, have got you thinking that a white boy may just have a little soul in him. As much as you may love Timberlake’s efforts, the latest LP from Mayer Hawthorne steamrolled all over it. Where Does This Door Go? (out July 16) is the title and quite frankly, where doesn’t it go? His fourth album, and second for Universal Republic, is inspired and well-crafted, taking on the rich and varied rhythms that made the careers of superstar acts in the Motown era and beyond. He may have been a small blip on the radar for me before, but the Door is wide open for this guy to be all over my summer playlist.

At 52 minutes and 15 tracks, two of which are interludes, it’s not a quick listen but it does suck you in almost immediately. Hawthorne’s influences are all over the place on this cohesive album, sounding a bit like a Daryl Hall meets Boz Scaggs type with a quirky and fiery personality that makes him his own. Although the shift in sound from his last effort has alienated some of his core fans, it’s also been embraced by many others, including myself. Radio unfortunately hasn’t been responsive to it, but that may change once the critical enthusiasm for it comes in, and it will. So, let’s Go on, shall we?

After a brief interlude to get us in the mood, Hawthorne shines on the second track, “Back Seat Lover”, which perfectly blends the sounds of Smokey Robinson and Earth, Wind and Fire into one four-minute song. It’s a dirty groove with a dirty lyric to boot: “If I gotta be your cheap back seat lover/Man, well, let’s get it on.” Ooh, he’s hot alright. By track three, Hawthorne is taking on John Oates with the suspenseful yet satisfying “The Innocent”, comparable to “Maneater” by Hall & Oates (as NPR has pointed out) or perhaps Toto‘s darker catalogue. Extra points go to the warped vinyl sound at the end of the track; it probably makes a lot more sense if you’re playing an actual record of it, but I still think it’s pretty cool.

He’s certainly at his best when he’s chilling out and what’s better than a chilled drink with his “Wine Glass Woman”, who has “the fire in your eyes/But your victory will be your own demise”. With a soaring guitar line and a biting choice of words, track six is also a winner, which ends on an inquisitive note: “Can we just slow it down and make it funky? Like we always wanted it to be.” So, it was. The following track and first single, “Her Favorite Song”, is already a favorite of mine, which definitely resembles the smooth sound of Rufus and Chaka Khan, particularly on songs of theirs like “Tell Me Something Good”. Accompanied by British singer Jessie Ware on background vocals, it’s perfection. “Reach Out Richard” is also fantastic in this respect, but it’s more pop-driven than “Woman” and “Song”. Part of me wants to place it as post-disco early 80’s song (anybody else hear a bit of “Murphy’s Law” by Cheri?), but I’m not sure if that’s the inspiration behind it. Either way, it’s a repeat track, for sure.

He may be a soulful man, but that doesn’t that mean that every track is rooted in one particular area. Some of my other picks include “Robot Love”, which claps its way to the electronic funk of Prince, “The Stars Are Ours”, which treads on the rockier edge of Stevie Wonder‘s “Higher Ground” and closer “All Better”, rooted in the folksy pop of Elton John‘s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. It’s certainly the musical workout, but Hawthorne takes all of it on, and for the most part, does it effortlessly and without missing a beat. He’s that experienced even at his young age.

With any album, there’s bound to be a few tweaks that could’ve made it flawless. For me, the second half of the album drags a little in places, but there’s nothing particularly skip-worthy as a whole. Some of the songs are just so thick, you need a break, you know? I also find that his falsetto on maybe one or two tracks is grating, but that’s really picky of me. I think you’ll probably agree, however, that his middle range is his strength. Lastly, you could also argue that there’s perhaps one or two songs too much of Pharrell Williams involvement on this album, but that’s largely given that there’s so much of him out there right now, from producing to singing to writing. Does he bring it down? As a whole, no. Individually, I don’t need to go into depth about minute details. I can’t complain about much else; he’s gotta be doing something right.

The ride isn’t over ’til it’s over, but you may not want to get off after what you’ve experienced. Mayer Hawthorne‘s Where Does This Door Go?: it swings both ways, but don’t shut this guy out.

Listen to Where Does This Door Go? on NPR First Listen. / Pre-order Where Does This Door Go? on iTunes.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (April 16)

"Save" some room at the top for them.

“Save” some room at the top for them.

Boy, oh Boy, is it a good week to release. Well, it is for some acts on this list. These are the new album and singles in stores for the week of April 16:

  • Hard to believe it’s been nearly five years since Fall Out Boy put out their last studio album, Folie à Deux. Their latest bears the title Save Rock And Roll, but you can be the judge of whether they’ve actually saved it or not. Leadoff single “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” went top 20 at both Alternative and CHR radio. It’ll very likely be #1 next week. (iTunes)
  • After releasing this back in the United Kingdom last fall, the first U.S. album for Olly Murs, Right Place, Right Time, is in stores this week. The revised edition for us is a mix of tracks from the original album, as well as the singles from his last album, In Case You Didn’t Know. “Troublemaker” is still gaining in airplay and sales. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Kid Cudi releases his third full-length album, Indicud. The album features collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar and Michael Bolton. Yes, you read that correctly. (iTunes)
  • British soul singer Jessie Ware is devoted to breaking the U.S. with her debut album, Devotion, now out in a Stateside release. (iTunes)
  • Karen O and her trio called Yeah Yeah Yeahs release their fourth album this week, Mosquito. It’s their first album in four years. (iTunes)
  • He’s still cranking out that material decades after he began. Willie Nelson and Family are out with an album full of covers entitled Let’s Face The Music and Dance. (iTunes)
  • Just a year after their last album, rockers The Flaming Lips are back with The Terror, their fifteenth studio album overall since 1986. (iTunes)
  • Classical singer Sarah Brightman puts out her latest this week, Dreamchaser. (iTunes)
  • A digital version of Laura Mvula‘s Sing To The Moon is out this week. The singer-songwriter is originally from the United Kingdom. (iTunes)
  • Lastly, you’ve seen her credited on the current hit for Icona Pop, “I Love It”. Charli XCX is releasing a full-length album entitled True Romance. (iTunes)

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

  • “Beat It”, a new single from Sean Kingston which features Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa. (iTunes)
  • “Chloe (You’re The One I Want)”, the debut single from boy band Emblem3. (iTunes)
  • “Fall Down”, a collaboration from will.i.am and Miley Cyrus. (iTunes)
  • “Final Warning”, a new release from singer-songwriter Skylar Grey.  (iTunes)
  • “Heart In My Hand”, the third single from teen singer Austin Mahone from his yet-to-be-released debut album. (iTunes)
  • “Ready To Go”, because we really needed a comeback single from Limp Bizkit. (iTunes)
  • “The Other Side”, the first single from Jason Derulo‘s as-yet-titled third studio album. (iTunes)

Will Snoop Lion get high enough to reach the top with his Reincarnation or can Canadian crooner Michael Bublé or France’s Phoenix spoil the party with their new albums? A preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (Jan. 15)

Sometimes you wanna go Ware everybody knows your name.

Home is Ware the chart is.

It’s that time once again! Here are the new releases out in stores on Tuesday, January 15:

  • My pick of the week is a digital-only EP: If You’re Never Gonna Move by British songstress Jessie Ware, a relative unknown in the U.S., though she’s had some international success in the past year. The five-track EP features one of her former singles, the title track (originally known as “110%”) and current release “Sweet Talk”, but I’m really intrigued by her take on the Bobby Caldwell 1979 classic “What You Won’t Do For Love”, which is given a 90’s experimental R&B-infused twist and remains just as smooth as the original jazz number. This EP won’t likely see a lot of chart action here in the States, but her full-length album, Devotion, may just be a decent-sized breakout for her here in this new year. It’s just too bad that “Love” isn’t on that one. It’s the real treat on this short trip through Ware’s musical identity, a brilliant concoction of the avant-garde mixed with the soul of the quiet storm. (iTunes)
  • The late Queen of Ivory Soul, Teena Marie, gets a posthumous release in Beautiful, an album she had just completed at the time of her death in late 2010. Lead single “Luv Letter” is receiving minor airplay at Urban Adult Contemporary radio. (AmazonMP3)
  • Rapper A$AP Rocky delivers his first album, LONG.LIVE.A$AP. “… Problems” has been a big hit at Rhythm and Urban radio. This may be the highest debut on next week’s chart, though given the low sales climate in January, it’s unclear whether it will be #1 yet. (iTunes)
  • Are you a kid who wants to sing along to watered down lyrics of your favorite songs as performed by other children with stage moms who wants all the glitz and glamour themselves? Well, look no further than the 23rd (how the hell did they get to 23?) edition of Kidz Bop, featuring mediocre renditions of big hits like “We Are Never Ever Wearing Black Together”, “Locked Out Of Homeroom”, and “Fail Again”. You’re sure to be schooled by this one. (iTunes… unfortunately)
  • Alternative band Yo La Tengo releases their thirteenth studio album, Fade. It’s their first since 2009. (iTunes)
  • A former American Idol contestant takes on the world of Christian music, though it’s not his first foray into the genre. Jason Castro‘s Only A Mountain is in stores this week. (AmazonMP3)
  • Already a big seller at Amazon, The Tenors (formerly The Canadian Tenors) are back with Lead With Your Heart, produced by the world-renowned David Foster. Expect this one to be a big hit with the older demographic. (AmazonMP3)
  • The duo 2Cellos put out their appropriately titled second album, In2ition, featuring their take on popular songs by AC/DC, Elton John and Rihanna and more as only they could. (AmazonMP3)
  • Former Danity Kane member Dawn Richard puts out GoldenHeart, her solo debut. (AmazonMP3)

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

  • “Suit & Tie”, the sexual and soulful new hit from Justin Timberlake, featuring Jay-Z. (iTunes)

Things begin to pick up a little bit more next Tuesday – we’ll see you then!

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