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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 26, 2018

“Someone” has a new release…

Tricks and treats and plenty of ear candy is on the schedule this week, as we enter the last Friday before Halloween. Who’s going to spook the top spot? These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LUKAS GRAHAM – 3 (The Purple Album) (iTunes)
Best known for the international smash “7 Years”, which topped the Hot AC and Top 40 radio charts here in the U.S., the Danish band is back with their newest album. It features the radio single “Love Someone”, which is currently climbing through top 20 at the former format and impacting at the latter this coming Tuesday.

THE STRUTS Young & Dangerous (iTunes)
Featuring the Alternative radio hit “Body Talks”, which sits just below the top ten at the format, these rockers are turning up the volume on the chart with their new set. It should easily surpass the peak of their last album, which barely cracked the top 100.

TORY LANEZ Love Me Now? (iTunes)
With “Talk To Me”, a collaboration with Rich The Kid, now in the top ten at Urban radio, Canadian performer Lanez will likely have a good opening week for his second album of 2018. Will it continue his top five streak on the Billboard 200?

Notable albums out this week: Andrea Bocelli‘s (iTunes), Boy George & Culture Club‘s Life (iTunes), Causes‘s Wake Me Up So I Can Dream (iTunes), Chris Tomlin‘s Holy Roar (iTunes), Dillon Carmichael‘s Hell On An Angel (iTunes), Eagle-Eye Cherry‘s Streets Of You (iTunes), Francesca Battistelli‘s Own It (iTunes), Gavin James‘s Only Ticket Home (iTunes), Joji‘s Ballads 1 (iTunes), Monsta X‘s Take.1 Are You There? (iTunes), Robyn‘s Honey (iTunes), Tom Odell‘s Jubilee Road (iTunes), Zayde Wølf‘s Modern Alchemy (Deluxe) (iTunes)

Notable holiday albums out this week: Brett Eldredge‘s Glow (Deluxe) (iTunes), Gwen Stefani‘s You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Deluxe) (iTunes), Jessie J‘s This Christmas Day (iTunes), Jessie James Decker‘s On This Holiday (iTunes), John Legend‘s A Legendary Christmas (iTunes), Pentatonix‘s Christmas Is Here! (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Bronze Radio Return‘s Check One (iTunes), FERGUS‘s Purple Road (iTunes), Kimbra‘s Songs From Primal Heart: Reimagined (iTunes), Louis The Child‘s Kids At Play (iTunes), RAY BLK‘s Empress (iTunes), Royal Wood‘s Love Will Linger (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1%” and “L*** Is A Bad Word”, Kiiara (iTunes)
“A Million Dollars A Day” and “I Count On Me”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“A Million Dreams”, P!nk (iTunes)
“Armor”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Arms Around You”, XXXTentacion x Lil Pump featuring Maluma & Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Bamboo”, Far East Movement featuring Jason Zhang & Kina Grannis (iTunes)
“Below The Ceiling”, nicopop. featuring Tyler Mann (iTunes)
“Checklist” and “Slow Down”, Normani x Calvin Harris (iTunes)
“Close To Me”, Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Cool With It (Acoustic)”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Come Again”, Swizz Beatz featuring Giggs (iTunes)
“Death Of Me”, David Cook (iTunes)
“Don’t Know You”, Justin Caruso featuring Jake Miller (iTunes)
“Dream”, Birthday (iTunes)
“Electricity (Black Madonna Remix)”, Silk City & Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Empty Space (Digital Farm Animals & Franklin Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Expectations”, Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“Faded/2AM”, Lila Drew featuring GoldLink (iTunes)
“Freak”, Black Caviar (iTunes)
“Girl”, BRUNS (iTunes)
“Girl Of The Year”, Allie X (iTunes)
“Good And Lasting”, Trent Dabbs (iTunes)
“Goodbyes (Yung Bae Remix)”, The Knocks featuring Method Man (iTunes)
“Got Love”, The Revivalists (iTunes)
“Grapevine”, Tiësto (iTunes)
“Happy Now”, Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza (iTunes)
“Headlights”, Hellberg & Leona Lewis (iTunes)
“Heaven”, The Shantics (iTunes)
“Human”, Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“If I Say”, Mumford & Sons (iTunes)
“In Case I Don’t Feel”, Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
“JT”, Jon Bellion (iTunes)
“Killer Queen”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
“Lady Liberty”, Barbra Streisand (iTunes)
“Lay Your Worry Down”, Milow featuring Matt Simons (iTunes)
“Llegaste Tú”, CNCO & Prince Royce (iTunes)
“Made For Now (Benny Benassi x Canova Remix)”, Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee (iTunes)
“Make Up”, Vice & Jason Derulo featuring Ava Max (iTunes)
“Medicine (Acoustic)”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Money”, Cardi B (iTunes)
“Nervous”, L Devine (iTunes)
“No Drama”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“On The Way Up”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“One Last Time”, Tyron Hapi & Lucas Marx (iTunes)
“Paris”, Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Remember”, Gryffin with ZOHARA (iTunes)
“Rhythm In My Blood”, Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Hailey Knox (iTunes)
“Savior”, Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“Siren”, The Chainsmokers & AAZAR (iTunes)
“Song About You (Digital Farm Animals & Franklin Remix)”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Survivor”, Daniel Powter & Kelly Yu (iTunes)
“Take Your Love”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“The Fear”, The Score (iTunes)
“The First Noel”, Tyler Farr (iTunes)
“Up All Night”, R3HAB x MOTi featuring Fiora (iTunes)
“Walk Alone”, Rudimental featuring Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Waste It On Me”, Steve Aoki featuring BTS (iTunes)
“Werewolf”, Quinn XCII featuring Yoshi Flower (iTunes)
“What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get? (Mike Crossley Mix)”, Snow Patrol (iTunes)
“Wildest Dreams”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, Tyler, The Creator (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Barbra Streisand, the Pistol AnniesTakeoff and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 2, 2016

Who hits, who flops, who tells your (chart) story?

Chart history has its eyes on you.

When it comes to the album chart, we have so many questions. Will it be a December to remember for new releases? Who’s going to surprise us with a new set? Will 2016’s Christmas albums ho-ho-hold the buying public’s attention and zoom to the top? I don’t have the answers to everything, but I do know this: here are the week’s notable album and single releases!

VARIOUS ARTISTS — The Hamilton Mixtape (iTunes)
Hamilton remains one of the most popular shows on Broadway, and this new set, featuring popular acts remaking songs from the original soundtrack, wants to be elected the president of the pop charts next week. Kelly Clarkson‘s take of “It’s Quiet Uptown” is charting in the lower rungs of the Hot AC chart. While it remains to be seen if these covers from Hamilton will chart as well as a musical like Hair‘s did, with four making the Hot 100’s top ten in 1969, the overall set is sure to be a winner with many.

JOHN LEGEND — Darkness And Light (iTunes)
You can find this performer on the above release, or you can check out his latest studio album this week. While radio shows him a little “Love”, as “Love Me Now” charts at multiple formats, the buying public should as well. Expect a debut somewhere in the top five on the Billboard 200, much like his other solo studio efforts.

THE ROLLING STONES — Blue & Lonesome (iTunes)
The Stones are the Stones, and even a full covers album is going to sell for the legendary rock group. “Just Your Fool” is receiving some minor airplay at the Triple A format. You’ll probably find this in the top ten, with the upper demo driving much of the total.

More albums out this week: Childish Gambino‘s “Awaken, My Love!” (iTunes), deadmau5‘s W:/2016ALBUM/ (iTunes), Kane Brown‘s Kane Brown (iTunes), Hairspray Live! (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Grace VanderWaal‘s Perfectly Imperfect (iTunes), Matt Woods‘s Ain’t No Use (iTunes), Wanderer‘s C I T Y (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Able”, Pharrell Williams (iTunes)
“Advice”, Kehlani (iTunes)
“Alone”, Alan Walker (iTunes)
“Angel By The Wings”, Sia (iTunes)
“Blue Christmas”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Christmas Everyday”, Simple Plan (iTunes)
“Driving Home For Christmas”, The Beach (iTunes)
“From The Other Side Of The World”, Sara Hartman (iTunes)
“Get Closer”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Good Die Young”, Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“Hallelujah”, Tori Kelly (iTunes)
“Hung Up”, Tritonal + SJ featuring Emma Gatsby (iTunes)
“I Know A Place”, MUNA (iTunes)
“Leave”, Post Malone (iTunes)
“Levitate”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Sad”, Adam Friedman (iTunes)
“Vacay”, Jake Troth (iTunes)
“War Paint”, BRUNS (iTunes)
“We Kept The Lights On”, Milo Greene (iTunes)
“Working Girl”, Train (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from J. Cole, Post Malone and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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GRAMMY WEEK: Adam Picks The Winners for R&B/Rap Fields

Gram bam, thank you, ma'am.

Gram bam, thank you, ma’am.

It’s finally here… the week before the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, airing on Sunday, January 26 at 8PM Eastern on CBS. This week on POP! Goes The Charts, we’ll be taking a look at nearly half the categories on the list and laying out who I think will taking home a prize or two or five (maybe!) on the big day. Today, we continue with the fields for R&B and Rap music.

(For a full list of nominations, check it out on GRAMMY.com along with more interactive features. You can also order the 2014 GRAMMY Nominees album, from Atlantic Records.)

17. Best R&B Performance

“Love And War”, Tamar Braxton
“Best Of Me”, Anthony Hamilton
“Nakamarra”, Hiatus Kaiyote featuring Q-Tip
“How Many Drinks?”, Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Something”, Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: Many of the winners in this category are generally successful on the R&B survey, and with a former top 5 hit on the Urban airwaves as well as a #2 album, singer Tamar Braxton stands out with her single “Love And War”. It is one smooth track.

18. Best Traditional R&B Performance

“Please Come Home”, Gary Clark, Jr. (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“Get It Right”, Fantasia
“Quiet Fire”, Maysa
“Hey Laura”, Gregory Porter
“Yesterday”, Ryan Shaw

PREDICTION: A few of these acts really don’t have a lot of coverage out on social media. Fantasia, a prior nominee in this category, has a good shot, but if he isn’t a winner in Best Rock Song, I think Gary Clark, Jr. may take this one with “Please Come Home”.

19. Best R&B Song

“Best Of Me”
Performed by: Anthony Hamilton
Written by: Hamilton & Jairus Mozee

“Love And War”
Performed by: Tamar Braxton
Written by: Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels & Makeba Riddick

“Only One”
Performed by: PJ Morton featuring Stevie Wonder
Written by: Morton

“Pusher Love Girl”
Performed by: Justin Timberlake
Written by: James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Timberlake (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“Without Me”
Performed by: Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott
Written by: Barrino, Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart

PREDICTION: Even though he was shut out of the Big Four, a huge shock to many, Justin Timberlake‘s “Pusher Love Girl” was a fan favorite from his album. Hard to believe it didn’t even get an Urban AC servicing. I think it will pull off the trick here.

20. Best Urban Contemporary Album

Love And War, Tamar Braxton
Side Effects Of You, Fantasia
One: In The Chamber, Salaam Remi
Unapologetic, Rihanna (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
New York: A Love Story, Mack Wilds

PREDICTION: This category is probably going to end up being won by a female; I was initially going to pick Rihanna for the win, but I think this is Tamar Braxton‘s year to shine at The GRAMMY’s. Otherwise, this may be some bull you know what.com.

21. Best R&B Album

R&B Divas, Faith Evans
Girl On Fire, Alicia Keys (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
Love In The Future, John Legend
BetterChrisette Michele
Three Kings, TGT

PREDICTION: Both Keys and Legend are prior winners here, so the choice is ultimately between them. However, this is the only award that John Legend is up for and he’s singing “All Of Me” on the show, so be prepared for him to walk away with this one.

22. Best Rap Performance

“Started From The Bottom”Drake
“Berzerk”, Eminem
“Tom Ford”Jay Z
“Swimming Pools (Drank)”Kendrick Lamar
“Thrift Shop”Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: Heavy hitters are a-plenty here, a few of whom could win in bigger categories. However, given the rock field and all the older acts there, the Billy Squier sample and Rick Rubin production on “Berzerk” by Eminem could help secure a win.

23. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

“Power Trip”J. Cole featuring Miguel
“Part II (On The Run)”Jay Z featuring Beyoncé
“Holy Grail”, Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“Now Or Never”Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige
“Remember You”Wiz Khalifa featuring The Weeknd

PREDICTION: I’m convinced that one of the Jay Z collaborations is going to win here — question is, which one? “Holy Grail” was the hit, but “Part II (On The Run)” packs some marriage power and a potential performance. However, I’m going with “Grail”.

24. Best Rap Song

“F***in’ Problems”
Performed by: A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar
Written by: Tauheed Epps, Graham, Lamar, Rakim Mayers & Noah Shebib

“Holy Grail”
Performed by: Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
Written by: Carter, Terius Nash, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Timberlake & Ernest Wilson (sample: “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Nirvana – Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic)

“New Slaves”
Performed by: Kanye West
Written by: Christopher Breaux, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Louis Johnson, Malik Jones, Sham Joseph, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Travis Scott, Che Smith, West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser, songwriters)

“Started From The Bottom”
Performed by: Drake
Written by: W. Coleman, Graham & Noah Shebib

“Thrift Shop”
Performed by: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
Written by: Haggerty & Lewis (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: Since 2010, either Jay Z or Kanye West have won this particular award, both separately and together. Once again, they’re competing against each other. Yet, this category usually goes to a hit song, so “Holy Grail” is your best best for the win.

25. Best Rap Album

Nothing Was The Same, Drake
Magna Carta… Holy GrailJay Z
Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityKendrick Lamar
The HeistMacklemore & Ryan Lewis (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
YeezusKanye West

PREDICTION: Best Rap Album hasn’t gone to a newcomer in some time, and it generally goes to an act with a large first-week, which should pit Drake vs. Jay Z. The Canadian rapper won last year for Take Care; I’m guessing that a repeat is in the cards.
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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 3)

That's "the way" to sample.

A Grande entrance to the album chart.

Hope you had an awesome Labor Day weekend! Now that the barbecue’s over, let’s take a look at what’s grilling on the album survey this week with all the notable releases for September 3:

  • She’s also over Nickelodeon with her latest series Sam & Cat and now actress and singer Ariana Grande will be starring on the Billboard 200 next week with her first album, Yours Truly. It features singles “Baby I”, “The Way” and her collaboration with Mika, “Popular Song”. The album’s already top 5 in several dozen countries as is, so look for it to do big numbers in the U.S. as well. (iTunes)
  • With their first major label recording in six years, Nine Inch Nails are back with Hesitation Marks, featuring the recent top ten Alternative single “Came Back Haunted”. It should debut in the top 5 as most of their albums have. (iTunes)
  • My picks of the week come from two bands out of the United Kingdom who are just breaking here in the States. Bastille is out with the U.S. release of Bad Blood (iTunes), led by “Pompeii” (the current #1 single on my chart), while The 1975 debut with a self-titled album featuring the #5 song my top 40, “Chocolate”. (iTunes) Both are favorites on Alternative radio and should do well with the public both first week and in the long term.
  • With a pack of big solo singles behind her in the past few months, Tamar Braxton is feeling the groove on Love And War, her first album in thirteen years. New single “All The Way Home” is already lighting up the Urban AC airwaves. (iTunes)
  • Also on the R&B side of things, John Legend gets experimental on his latest album, Love In The Future. With five top ten albums since 2005, this one could see similar results, though it will likely fade away quickly due to little radio play at the moment. (iTunes)
  • Rockers Pepper make it to stores with a self-titled album, their first full-length release in five years. “FKARND”, the lead single, is just below the top 20 on Alternative radio. (iTunes)
  • His album Time went to #7 earlier this year; now, from Mercury Records, comes a Rarities album from Rod Stewart. It features material recorded by the singer from 1969 to 1974. (iTunes)
  • Two original soundtracks from television programs are out this week: a second volume of songs from Boardwalk Empire (iTunes) and Songs From Scandal: Music For Gladiators. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include Craig Morgan‘s The Journey: Livin’ Hits (iTunes), One Day I’m Going To Soar by Dexys (formerly Dexys Midnight Runners of “Come On Eileen” fame) (iTunes), Trouble by Natalia Kills (iTunes) and UB40‘s Getting Over The Storm (iTunes).

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

  • “ATM Jam”, fresh from rapper Azealia Banks and Pharrell. (iTunes)
  • “Come Walk With Me”, a new single from M.I.A.‘s forthcoming album, Matangi. (iTunes)
  • “I Wish”, from former U.K. X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd and American rapper T.I. from Lloyd’s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Loved Me Back To Life”, a return from the girl who sank the Titanic with her voice (or maybe just sang the theme from it) Celine Dion. (iTunes)
  • “New”, new from the legend himself, Paul McCartney. (iTunes)
  • “Slow Me Down”, the latest single from Country singer Sara Evans. (iTunes)

Next week, the players include hot country star Keith Urban and the funky futuristic Janelle Monáe — will either go to #1 with their latest releases? A preview is coming in seven!

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