Meanwhile, back at Billboard…
Q4 will be here before you know it, but some bigger names are getting in on the action this week, including a Country star and a legendary chanteuse. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 16:
- Coming off a top-selling duet with wife Faith Hill in “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” and gliding up the Country chart once again with “Shotgun Rider”, Tim McGraw has quite the momentum going into the release week for Sundown Heaven Town, his second studio album for Big Machine Records. I’d like to think that McGraw has a decent chance of picking up his fifth #1 album on the Billboard 200. We shall see next week. (iTunes)
- Delayed several times over the last year or so and making its way into stores today is the sixth album by R&B singer Chris Brown, simply titled X. Singles like “Fine China”, “Love More” and “Loyal” have all garnered major play on Rhythmic and Urban radio, and new single “New Flame” is doing the same. Team Breezy will definitely get this one into the top two, but can it reach the top? (iTunes)
- There’s a locomotive on the loose! That would be Train‘s latest studio effort, Bulletproof Picasso, their first album in two years. It features the current AAA and Hot AC top ten hit “Angel In Blue Jeans”, but all you soul sisters knew that already. Though it won’t have as big an opening week as California 37, it should register solidly in the top ten. (iTunes)
- In stores with her second set of duets and her 34th (!) studio album overall… who else but Barbra Streisand? It’s Partners, matching her with superstars like Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder and newer artists like Blake Shelton and John Legend. It should be another top ten album for Babs and sell nicely through the holidays. (iTunes)
- Other releases out this week include: Cannibal Corpse‘s A Skeletal Domain (iTunes), Flyleaf‘s Between The Stars (iTunes), George Strait‘s The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium (iTunes), Jimi Hendrix‘s soundtrack to Rainbow Bridge (iTunes) and The Cry Of Love (iTunes), Sir Sly‘s You Haunt Me (iTunes), Slash / Myles Kennedy‘s World On Fire (iTunes) and The Madden Brothers‘s Greetings From California (iTunes).
New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:
- “Feels Like Vegas”, a digital single from R&B singer Tinashe. (iTunes)
- “Love ‘Em All”, a new single from R&B singer K. Michelle. (iTunes)
- “Nature Boy”, another digital single from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s Cheek To Cheek album. (iTunes)
- “Starshine”, new from the legendary Stevie Nicks. (iTunes)
- “Surrender”, new from the New Jersey trio Cash Cash. (iTunes)
Kenny Chesney brings The Big Revival to the charts next week; will it revive the top spot or will Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett get Cheek To Cheek with it? A full preview is coming in seven!
Reign is a good thing.
Take a break and head for Spring Break with these new releases for the week of March 5:
- Every year since 2009, Country singer Luke Bryan has been putting out an EP every spring season as high schoolers and college-age kids go off to Spring Break. This full-length release, Spring Break… Here To Party, is a compilation of the four EPs plus a few additional new tracks. It’ll likely debut pretty high on the album chart, perhaps even #1 considering that sales are pretty low right now. (iTunes)
- Long gone but certainly not forgotten, a new album full of lost tracks from Jimi Hendrix‘s later recordings, People, Hell and Angels, is released this week. This comes on the same week that two Jimi Hendrix Experience albums, Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold As Love, are rereleased on vinyl. (iTunes)
- Jazz and soul legend Boz Scaggs releases MEMPHIS today, his first album in five years. Scaggs, of course, is best known for hits like “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown”. (iTunes)
- Former X Factor contestant Marcus Canty puts out an EP today, This… Is Marcus Canty. Current single “Used By You” is a minor hit on Urban radio. (iTunes)
- The third compilation from Disney Channel’s television program Shake It Up, a 12-track effort called I ❤ Dance, is out in stores. It features songs from several characters on the show, as well as Disney artists like Bridgit Mendler and Selena Gomez. (iTunes)
- Country singer Ashley Monroe releases her second album today, Like A Rose. The title track was released to Country radio, and she is also featured on the band Train‘s current Country release, “Bruises”, which is slowly climbing into the top 50. (iTunes)
- Alternative and Country band Son Volt are back with Honky Tonk, their first album in four years. Their last one, American Central Dust, just missed the top 40 on the album chart. (iTunes)
- Swedish metal band Soilwork releases The Living Infinite, the band’s first album since 2010. (iTunes)
- How To Destroy Angels partners Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross, who scored the movie The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, in a new quintet that releases their first full-length album, Welcome oblivion. (iTunes)
- Singer-songwriter and Americana act Josh Ritter is out today with The Beast In Its Tracks, his seventh studio album. (iTunes)
- Finally, those happenin’ hipsters in the world of jazz will be enjoying Madeleine Peyroux‘s first album in two years, The Blue Room. (iTunes)
New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
- “Your Touch”, the return single from former American Idol contestant Blake Lewis. It’s being featured in advertisement for Internet Explorer. (AmazonMP3)
We’ll be back next week with new albums by some huge names all competing on one week. Bon Jovi. David Bowie. Eric Clapton. Who will come out on top? See you in seven with more details.