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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: May 14, 2006

The “Wonder” of 2006.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back eleven years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of May 14, 2006…

Debuts:
40. STACIE ORRICO, “I’m Not Missing You”
23. PET SHOP BOYS, “I’m With Stupid”

Biggest Mover(s):
NERINA PALLOT, “Everybody’s Gone To War” (28-17, eleven spots)

10. RASCAL FLATTS, “What Hurts The Most” (steady, third week)
Album: Me And My Gang (2006, Lyric Street Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

09. NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “Unwritten” (down 3)
Album: Unwritten (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for ten weeks

08. BON JOVI featuring JENNIFER NETTLES, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home?” (up 1)
Album: Have A Nice Day (2005, Island Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. JEWEL, “Again And Again” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Goodbye Alice In Wonderland (2006, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for five weeks

06. JAMES BLUNT, “Wisemen” (down 1)
Album: Back To Bedlam (2006, Custard/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. KEANE, “Is It Any Wonder?” (up 3)
Album: Under The Iron Sea (2006, Interscope Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

04. DANIEL POWTER, “Lie To Me” (steady, second week)
Album: Daniel Powter (2006, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

03. ROB THOMAS, “Ever The Same” (steady, second week)
Album: …Something To Be (2005, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

02. BO BICE, “The Real Thing” (steady, second week)
Album: The Real Thing (2005, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. DANIEL POWTER, “Bad Day” (steady, second week)
Album: Daniel Powter (2006, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks (2005) and ten weeks (2006)

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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FLASHBACK: Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit Of Chart History

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“Meant for” a top ten record.

The CHR/Top 40 airwaves were starting to rebuild their identity by the end of 1996, after a tumultuous few years of ratings slides, faceless new acts and lost songs. Before the Spice Girls swept the nation with “girl power”, and Lillith Fair ruled the summer tour season, a number of female singers began to perform well at the format. During that year, Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion and Donna Lewis (and others) had a super run at the top, leaving only two published charts with a #1 song by a male soloist. Then, as the hits kept piling up, the inevitable result occurred: just as 1997 began, the top ten songs on the pop chart were all sung by female soloists or female-led bands. It’s the only time this kind of event took place on the format, pre-PPW (plays per week) or PPW era.

Now, just because it’s been two decades since this historic chart week, that doesn’t mean that female-led top threes, fours and fives are going away anytime soon. An all-female top seven occurred on the pop chart as recently as September 2014, which included big hits by acts like Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift. So, keep that dream of a top ten led by the ladies alive. It may just happen again when you least expect it…

Let’s get into those sensational songs that gave the top ten a special feminine touch for a little Throwback Thursday action:

(Stats taken from: Radio & Records – issue dated January 10, 1997, airplay period of December 30, 1996 – January 5, 1997)

10. CELINE DION, “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” (down 3)
Album: Falling Into You
Label: 550 Music/Epic

1996 was a year of sevens for Dion on the pop chart. “Because You Loved Me” spent seven weeks at #1, and “All” spent seven at #2.

09. JEWEL, “You Were Meant For Me” (up 10)
Album: Pieces Of You
Label: Atlantic

Though 1996 was her breakout year, 1997 was even more successful for this singer. Her two #1 songs totaled nine weeks at the top.

08. GINA G, “Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit” (up 6)
Album: Fresh!
Label: Eternal/Warner Bros.

The number of U.S. hits that originated at Eurovision is quite small, but “Ooh” connected with pop radio’s audience, peaking at #5.

07. THE CARDIGANS, “Lovefool” (up 9)
Album: First Band On The Moon
Label: Mercury

Nina Persson led this Swedish group to a huge smash in early 1997, spending six weeks at #1. They never made the pop chart again.

06. ALANIS MORISSETTE, “Head Over Feet” (=)
Album: Jagged Little Pill
Label: Maverick/Reprise

With her third in a run of five consecutive #1 singles on the pop chart, Morissette dominated the airwaves across multiple formats.

05. SHERYL CROW, “If It Makes You Happy” (=)
Album: Sheryl Crow
Label: A&M

Crow was likely “Happy” to reach the top five again after a couple of misses. “If” also went top ten at Alternative and Hot AC radio.

04. MERRIL BAINBRIDGE, “Mouth” (=)
Album: The Garden
Label: Universal

This Australian singer’s biggest U.S. hit held at #2 for four weeks in late 1996. Her two other chart singles stalled below the top 40.

03. TONI BRAXTON, “Un-Break My Heart” (=)
Album: Secrets
Label: LaFace/Arista

This iconic ballad became Braxton’s penultimate top ten hit on the pop listing, later making it there with “He Wasn’t Man Enough”.

02. EN VOGUE, “Don’t Let Go (Love)” (=)
Album: EV3
Label: EastWest/EEG

Shortly before the messy circumstances that made them a trio, this soundtrack cut gave the girls their biggest pop hit in four years.

01. NO DOUBT, “Don’t Speak” (=)
Album: Tragic Kingdom
Label: Trauma/Interscope

With a giant 11 (two frozen) weeks at #1, “Don’t” became the group’s signature song and one of the biggest radio hits of the decade.

Listen to Ooh Aah… A #TBT List on Spotify, featuring these songs and more top tunes from this week in 1996!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: June 15, 2003

One potent chart "Remedy".

One potent chart “Remedy”.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back thirteen years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of June 15, 2003…

Debuts:
40. MADONNA, “Hollywood”
37. SKYE SWEETNAM, “Billy S.”
35. LIZ PHAIR, “Why Can’t I?”
30. CLAY AIKEN, “This Is The Night”

Biggest Mover(s):
(see below, #4)

10. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Fighter” (down 3)
Album: Stripped (2002, RCA Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

09. HILARY DUFF, “Why Not” (up 2)
Album: The Lizzie McGuire Movie (Soundtrack) (2003, Buena Vista/Hollywood Records)
Peak: #8

08. LILLIX, “It’s About Time” (up 2)
Album: Falling Uphill (2003, Maverick Records)
Peak: #7

07. JASON MRAZ, “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)” (down 3)
Album: Waiting For My Rocket To Come (2002, Elektra Records)
Peak: #1 for seven weeks

06. THALIA featuring FAT JOE, “I Want You” (steady, second week)
Album: Thalia (2003, Virgin Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

05. BLACK EYED PEAS featuring JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Where Is The Love?” (steady, second week)
Album: Elephunk (2003, A&M Records)
Peak: #4

04. BOOMKAT, “What U Do 2 Me” (up 18)
Album: Boomkatalog.One (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. KELLY CLARKSON, “Miss Independent” (steady, second week)
Album: Thankful (2003, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

02. THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS, “Swing, Swing” (steady, second week)
Album: The All-American Rejects (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. JEWEL, “Intuition” (steady, second week)
Album: 0304 (2003, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 11, 2015

His "Lose" is winning.

His “Lose” is winning.

This week’s New Music Friday takes us to the Prairie State and beyond with a solid pack of releases, including a number of great new singles and instant grat tracks. Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • BRETT ELDREDGE — Illinois (iTunes)
    • His last studio album just missed the top ten on the Billboard 200 a few years ago, but I think Eldredge has a great chance to make it in this time around. Of course, his latest effort is being aided by the single “Lose My Mind”, a top five single on the Country radio chart that could grab the top spot come October. We shall see pretty soon.
  • BRING ME THE HORIZON — That’s The Spirit (iTunes)
    • This English quintet has a bigger following overseas, especially in Australia, than in the United States, but they get a fair amount of fans out for the first week. Like Eldredge, they’ve debuted in the top 20 on the Billboard 200, but a top ten set has yet to happen. Perhaps their spirits will be lifted with the final result this time.
  • DURAN DURAN — Paper Gods (iTunes)
    • It’s incredible to see this act still putting out great music several decades into their career. If you read up on my top 40 chart, you know that their single “Pressure Off” has been #1 for three weeks now. There are many shining tunes in this set of songs and it’s definitely my pick of the week.
  • More albums out this week: Austin Plaine‘s Austin Plaine (iTunes), Beirut‘s No No No (iTunes), Ben Folds‘s So There (iTunes), Colton Dixon‘s The Calm Before The Storm (iTunes), Gary Clark Jr.‘s The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim (iTunes), Hollywood Vampires‘s Hollywood Vampires (iTunes), Jay Rock‘s 90059 (iTunes), Jess Glynne‘s I Cry When I Laugh (U.S. edition) (iTunes), Jewel‘s Picking Up The Pieces (iTunes), Leona Lewis‘s I Am (iTunes), Nero‘s Between II Worlds (iTunes), Slayer‘s Repentless (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Aaron Krause‘s Jade (iTunes), Dallas Smith‘s Kids With Cars (iTunes), Francesco Yates‘s Francesco Yates (iTunes), Marty‘s Marty For President (iTunes)

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

  • “As Time Goes”, JR JR (iTunes)
  • “Big Trouble”, Outasight (iTunes)
  • “Book Of Love”, Felix Jaehn featuring Polina (iTunes)
  • “Catfish”, Tamar Braxton (iTunes)
  • “Clean”, The Japanese House (iTunes)
  • “Clearest Blue”, CHVRCHES (iTunes)
  • “Crazy”, Timeflies (iTunes)
  • “Do You Ever” and “Every Time I’m With You”, Seal (iTunes)
  • “Fell In The Sun”, Big Grams (iTunes)
  • “Friends”, Raury featuring Tom Morello (iTunes)
  • “I Feel Good”, Thomas Rhett featuring LunchMoney Lewis (iTunes)
  • “Movin’ On”, Firekid (iTunes)
  • “Music To Watch Boys To”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
  • “Never Forget You”, MNEK and Zara Larsson (iTunes)
  • “No Harm Is Done”, Christine And The Queens featuring Tunji Ige (iTunes)
  • “Ooh Girl”, Jovanie (iTunes)
  • “Outcast”, Shinedown (iTunes)
  • “Rum Is The Reason”, Toby Keith (iTunes)
  • “Same Old Love”, Selena Gomez (iTunes)
  • “Stand By You”, Rachel Platten (iTunes)
  • “Story To Tell”, Alicia Keys featuring QB (iTunes)
  • “Today’s The Day”, P!nk (iTunes)
  • “Train In The Distance”, Don Henley (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Andy Mineo, Mac MillerShinedown and more. See you then!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 9, 2006

The jewels of the chart.

The jewels of the chart.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the middle of my high school days and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2006…

Debuts:
40. TYLER HILTON, “Missing You”
39. NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “Single”
38. THE WRECKERS, “Leave The Pieces”
34. CHRIS ISAAK, “King Without A Castle”

Biggest Mover(s):
RASCAL FLATTS, “What Hurts The Most” (32-23)
NICKELBACK, “Savin’ Me” (28-19, nine spots)

10. DANIEL POWTER, “Bad Day” (up 1)
Album: Daniel Powter (2006 – U.S. release, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks (2005) and ten weeks (2006)

09. JOSH KELLEY, “Almost Honest” (down 3)
Album: Almost Honest (2005, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #6

08. JEWEL, “Again And Again” (up 1)
Album: Goodbye Alice In Wonderland (2006, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for five weeks

07. KELLY CLARKSON, “Walk Away” (up 1)
Album: Breakaway (2004, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #7

06. ROB THOMAS, “Ever The Same” (up 1)
Album: …Something To Be (2005, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

05. JAMES BLUNT, “You’re Beautiful” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Back To Bedlam (2006 – U.S. release, Custard/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

04. KT TUNSTALL, “Black Horse And The Cherry Tree” (down 1)
Album: Eye To The Telescope (2006 – U.S. release, Relentless/Virgin Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

03. JAMES BLUNT, “Wisemen” (up 1)
Album: Back To Bedlam (2006 – U.S. release, Custard/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. BO BICE, “The Real Thing” (steady, third week)
Album: The Real Thing (2005, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “Unwritten” (steady, seventh week)
Album: Unwritten (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for ten weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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FRIDAY FORTY: Just A Fool Or Forty

Happy Friday! Welcome to another special edition of an occasional segment I’m putting together called The Friday Forty. Consider it a definitive list on all sorts of music-related topics (and much better than those VH1 lists!)

It’s still a few days before you have to put your April Fool’s Day pranks into action, so make it a good one this year. I’m sure you’ll come up with something extra special. In the meantime, there’s been some foolish behavior on the music charts for years, from dancing fools to fools in the rain. We’ve kissed them and believed them. We’ve even questioned ourselves about being the fool. Everybody plays the fool, and we played these records a lot, even if they didn’t peak around the Day. (Some of them indeed did.) So, instead of my yapping and fooling around, I present to you the Friday Forty: The Top 40 Fools of the Rock Era.

(I’m still figuring out the best way to compile these lists. In this case, songs are ranked by peak from the Hot 100 (1958-1973) or the CHR airplay chart (1974-present.) Ties in peak are broken up by year-end positions on the respective survey. Enjoy!)

40. The Impressions – Fool For You (#22, 1968)
39. James Ray – If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody (#22, 1961)
38. Lulu – Oh Me, Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby) (#22, 1970)
37. Styx – Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) (#21, 1978)
36. The Rolling Stones – Fool To Cry (#19, 1976)
35. Frankie Valli – I Make A Fool Of Myself (#18, 1967)
34. Eddie Money – Maybe I’m A Fool (#18, 1979)
33. Dino, Desi and Billy – I’m A Fool (#17, 1965)
32. Sammy Davis, Jr. – What Kind Of Fool Am I (#17, 1962)
31. Wilson Pickett – Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You (#17, 1971)

30. Larsen-Feiten Band – Who’ll Be The Fool Tonight (#16, 1980)
29. Quarterflash – Find Another Fool (#16, 1982)
28. The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again (#15, 1971)
27. Foghat – Third Time Lucky (First Time I Was A Fool) (#14, 1980)
26. Andy Williams – A Fool Never Learns (#13, 1964)
25. Luther Vandross – Don’t Want To Be A Fool (#12, 1991)
24. Rick Nelson – Fools Rush In (#12, 1963)
23. Steve Perry – Foolish Heart (#10, 1985)
22. The Tams – What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am?) (#9, 1963)
21. Aaron Neville – Everybody Plays The Fool (#9, 1991)

20. Chris Rea – Fool (If You Think It’s Over) (#9, 1978)
19. Rick Springfield – What Kind Of Fool Am I? (#9, 1982)
18. Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb – What Kind Of Fool (#7, 1981)
17. Diana Ross – Why Do Fools Fall In Love? (#7, 1981)
16. Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 – The Fool On The Hill (#6, 1968)
15. George Michael – Kissing A Fool (#6, 1988)
14. Kenny Loggins – Nobody’s Fool (#6, 1988)
13. Lesley Gore – She’s A Fool (#5, 1963)
12. The Shirelles – Foolish Little Girl (#3, 1963)
11. Brenda Lee – Fool #1 (#3, 1961)

The top ten:
10. The Main Ingredient – “Everybody Plays The Fool”
PEAK: #3, 1972

9. Elvin Bishop – “Fooled Around And Fell in Love”
PEAK: #3, 1976

8. Elvis Presley – “A Fool Such As I”
PEAK: #2, 1959

7. Aretha Franklin – “Chain Of Fools”
PEAK: #2, 1968

6. Ashanti – “Foolish”
PEAK: #2, 2002

Not just a "Little" hit.

Not just a “Little” hit.

5. RICKY NELSON – “Poor Little Fool”
PEAK: #1 in 1958

Teen idol Ricky Nelson blew up at an early age, starring on the 50’s sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet along with the rest of his family. In 1957, Nelson began his recording career with a #1 album, Ricky, and a #2 single, “A Teenager’s Romance”. “Poor” was issued in the spring of 1958 and went to #1 for two weeks in August. It holds the distinction of being the first #1 song on the then newly introduced Billboard Hot 100 chart. Nelson had a number of big singles into the early 60’s, but by the middle of the decade, his success experienced a sharp cutoff. “Garden Party” became his final top-40 hit in 1972, peaking at #6, his biggest single in nearly a decade. He had 35 top-40 hits total. Nelson died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve, 1985.

"Somebody" familiar to the top ten.

“Somebody” familiar to the top ten.

4. CONNIE FRANCIS – “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool”
PEAK: #1 in 1960

She was on the last Friday Forty about fashion-themed hits, and now, Connie Francis is back again. Like Nelson at #5, Francis also hit the charts for the first time in 1957 with the #4 “Who’s Sorry Now?” but her track record was a little more inconsistent. “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” was originally the b-side of another single, “Jealous Of You”, which only went to #19. However, in this rare case, the song that was demoted to a b-side actually went to the top spot, spending two weeks there. Francis followed it up with “My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own”, which also went to #1. She last hit the top 40 in 1964, but she occasionally made the Hot 100 until the end of the decade. Francis is now 74 years old and sometimes performs.

Couldn't quite "Beat" the top two.

Couldn’t quite “Beat” the top two.

3. DEBBIE GIBSON – “Foolish Beat”
PEAK: #1 in 1988

New Yorker Debbie Gibson wanted to make it big very young, performing in community theater and playing multiple instruments. In 1987, Atlantic Records signed her, and her debut album Out Of The Blue became a multi-Platinum success. This fourth single from the effort became the only #1 hit from it, and, at the tender age of 17, made her the youngest act to write, produce and perform a chart-topping single. Electric Youth, released in 1989, went to #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart on the strength of “Lost In Your Eyes”, but her sales slowly diminished at this point. Gibson last cracked the national charts in 1993, though she’s made some genre-specific surveys since then. She still performs today; in fact, I’ll be seeing her on April 12 at a local event here.

For your chart, your intuition...

“Games” people play.

2. JEWEL – “Foolish Games”
PEAK: #1 in 1997

After two big singles from her Pieces Of You album, this dark track from the Batman & Robin soundtrack was one of two from it to make the mainstream radio chart. (The other was the mid-charter “Gotham City” by R. Kelly.) “Foolish Games” spent four weeks at #1 in the fall, the most out of any song on the list. Jewel scored hits for a number of years afterwards, including 1998’s “Hands” and 2003’s “Intuition”, and also leaped into the world of Country music. Still, her days of big national hits are behind her. She recently put out a Greatest Hits album and a new song from it, “Two Hearts Breaking”, is receiving some minor airplay at the adult contemporary format. She’ll be on tour through the late spring and early summer.

You better "Believe" it.

You better “Believe” it.

1. THE DOOBIE BROTHERS – “What A Fool Believes”
PEAK: #1 in 1979

Now, the most foolish of the fools at #1 on the countdown. After lead singer Tom Johnston fell ill in 1975, The Doobie Brothers took on a different sound with new leader Michael McDonald. “What A Fool Believes” was the first single from Minute By Minute and was a huge and unexpected hit, spending three weeks at #1 on the airplay chart (including over April Fool’s Day) in the spring of 1979. (It only spent one week atop the Hot 100.) The group had a handful of other charting singles, then disbanded in 1982, until they reunited in 1987. They managed to take one more single into the top 40, 1989’s “The Doctor”, though McDonald had left the band at that point. The group still tours today with different lineups and Johnston reinstated as lead singer.

Thanks for logging on and checking out another of the Friday Forty posts and if you have any suggestions for themes or a favorite song on the list, let me know! Post away in the comments or find on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (Feb. 5)

Life in the fast "Lanes".

Life in the fast “Lanes”.

It’s a “Southern Voice” versus an opera voice in this week’s edition of Turn It Up Tuesday, featuring new releases in stores today, Tuesday, February 5:

  • Separated from his old label, Curb Records, and now recording for Big Machine, Tim McGraw releases his newest album, Two Lanes Of Freedom. Second single “One Of Those Nights” is currently top 5 on Country radio. The album features a duet with label mate Taylor Swift called “Highway Don’t Care”, a full circle moment for Swift considering that her debut hit was “Tim McGraw”. (iTunes)
  • After a disappointing era with his latest release, Illuminations, Josh Groban returns with All That Echoes, featuring single “Brave”. It’s top twenty at adult contemporary radio. The album is a mix of original songs and covers per usual. (iTunes)
  • R&B singer Avant returns with his first album since 2010, Face The Music. “You And I” (featuring Keke Wyatt), the set’s first single, is the singer’s highest-charting in four years. (iTunes)
  • The 45th edition of Now! That’s What I Call Music is released today, including big hits by Ke$ha and One Direction. (iTunes)
  • Singer-songwriter Jewel puts out Greatest Hits, her first compilation of past material. It features new single “Two Hearts Breaking” and a great duet with Kelly Clarkson on a re-recorded and remixed version of “Foolish Games”. (iTunes)
  • The soundtrack to the movie Safe Haven is out this week; leadoff single is “We Both Know”, a collaboration between Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Joe Budden returns with No Love Lost. Lead single “She Don’t Put It Down”, featuring Lil Wayne and Tank, is a hit on the Urban chart. (iTunes)
  • The daughter of Country singer Hank Williams Jr. released a full-length album today. The Highway is the new one from Holly Williams, featuring guests like Dierks Bentley and Gwenyth Paltrow.  (iTunes)
  • Christian rock band RED is back with a new release, Release The Panic. (iTunes)
  • After the release of Afterman: The Ascension last year, Coheed & Cambria release a follow-up in the series, Afterman: The Descension. (iTunes)
  • The latest disc from jazz singer, Harry Connick, Jr., swings into record shops today, titled Smokey Mary. (Amazon)

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

  • “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”, the comeback single by Fall Out Boy. If you thought they lost those long titled songs, think again. (iTunes)
  • “Downtown”, the latest single from Lady Antebellum. It’s getting a huge response on Country radio at the moment. (iTunes)
  • “Heaven” from rockers Depeche Mode. It was released digitally last Thursday, but two track listings of a physical single (!) are out today. It’s the 90’s all over again. (Amazon)

We’ll be back next week with new albums by LL Cool J and The Cast of Smash. See you then!

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