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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 6, 2017

Music is our religion.

Say a few pop prayers for our contenders this week, as they all compete for the top debut on next week’s Billboard 200. Here are the albums and singles you need to know:

NF – Perception (iTunes)
The Contemporary Christian hip-hop artist is poised to score his highest-charting album to date with his latest effort, as he looks to score his first crossover hit with “Let You Down”, impacting at CHR/Top 40 radio on Halloween. The album includes the song “10 Feet Down”, featuring PGTC favorite Ruelle, the only collaboration in the mix. Just how high will it go? Stay tuned.

AUGUST BURNS RED – Phantom Anthem (iTunes)
From Pennsylvania, this heavy metal quintet has gone as high as #9 on the Billboard 200 with their last two studio albums, both of them topping the Independent Albums chart. Like NF, they also have a Christian fanbase driving their sales numbers. It could rise above that #9 high mark, assuming streaming numbers are solid for it.

MARILYN MANSON – Heaven Upside Down (iTunes)
Manson and his group have been hitting the Billboard 200 for over 20 years now, and their tenth studio effort is likely to reach a top ten peak next week. Of course, they have two #1 albums to date, their last coming in 2003. Lead single “KILL4ME” is headed toward the top 20 on the Active Rock chart.

More albums out this week: Cody Fry‘s Flying (iTunes), Jeremy Camp‘s The Answer (iTunes), JP Cooper‘s Raised Under Grey Skies (iTunes), Kane Brown‘s Kane Brown (deluxe edition) (iTunes), Liam Gallagher‘s As You Were (iTunes), Lil Pump‘s Lil Pump (iTunes), New Politics‘s Lost In Translation (iTunes), Rationale‘s Rationale (iTunes), Zak Abel‘s Only When We’re Naked (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: Blake Shelton‘s Cheers, It’s Christmas. (reissue) (iTunes), Elvis Presley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra‘s Christmas (iTunes), Fantasia‘s Christmas After Midnight (iTunes), Frank Sinatra‘s Ultimate Christmas (iTunes), Gwen Stefani‘s You Make It Feel Like Christmas (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bea Miller‘s chapter three: yellow (iTunes), filous‘s For Love (iTunes), Gabrielle Aplin‘s Avalon (iTunes), Jacob Sartorius‘s Left Me Hangin’ (iTunes), LÉON‘s Surround Me (iTunes), XXXTENTACION/Ski Mask The Slump God‘s Members Only, Vol. 1 (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All The Love”, SAARA featuring Jillionaire (iTunes)
“Bad Habit”, Kid Ink (iTunes)
“Be My Lover”, Sam Feldt x Alex Schulz (iTunes)
“Black And White”, Rudy Mancuso x Poo Bear (iTunes)
“Can’t Lie”, MiC LOWRY (iTunes)
“Control (Secretly Sorry)”, JR JR (iTunes)
“Dear Hate”, Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill (iTunes)
“Easy Love”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Escape My Mind”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Eyes Shut”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“Fade”, Lewis Capaldi (iTunes)
“Fantasies”, Biyo (iTunes)
“Fly With You”, The Last Bandoleros (iTunes)
“For The Gram”, Craig David (iTunes)
“For You”, James TW (iTunes)
“Go To Work (Acoustic)”, Nadine (iTunes)
“Good Ol’ Boys”, Gazzo & American Authors (iTunes)
“Hair Down (Xenomania Remix)”, Mollie King (iTunes)
“Help Me Out”, Maroon 5 and Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Hey”, Matthew Young (iTunes)
“How Long”, Charlie Puth (iTunes)
“Ill Nana”, DRAM featuring Trippie Redd (iTunes)
“James Has Changed”, Phoebe Ryan (iTunes)
“Like A Riddle”, Felix Jaehn featuring Hearts & Colors & Adam Trigger (iTunes)
“Love So Soft (Cash Cash & Ryan Riback Remixes)”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“Más De Lo Que Sabes (More Than You Know)”, Axwell /\ Ingrosso featuring Sebastian Yatra and Cali Y El Dandee (iTunes)
“Mess”, Jordan Fisher (iTunes)
“Milk”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“Mystik”, Tash Sultana (iTunes)
“Nobody Compares To You”, Gryffin featuring Katie Pearlman (iTunes)
“Not My Ex”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Only You”, Zara Larsson featuring Nena (iTunes)
“Perfect For You”, Rachel Platten (iTunes)
“Raincheck (Jack Fickle Friends Remix)”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Right To It”, Louis The Child featuring Ashe (iTunes)
“Thin”, Aquilo (iTunes)
“Til I Get Found”, Marc E. Bassy (iTunes)
“Vesuvius”, Guy Sebastian (iTunes)
“Weekend Woman”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Whatever You Want”, P!nk (iTunes)
“Who Am I”, Tayler Buono (iTunes)
“Wild Animal”, Whissell (iTunes)
“Wonder Years”, Fedde Le Grand featuring Adam McInnis (iTunes)
“You Should Be Loved”, Hunter Hayes featuring The Shadowboxers (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Beck, P!nk and more. 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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 11, 2016

Welcome to the Houserwarming party.

You’re invited to the Houserwarming party.

After two surprise albums dropped last week, this week’s batch of releases may not seem as exciting. However, there are plenty of quality acts making their way into the music marketplace with new music. Here are this week’s album and single releases:

  • RANDY HOUSER — Fired Up (iTunes)
    • Houser’s certainly on a hot streak! His recent single “We Went” just went to the top of the Country radio chart. It gives him five top five hits in a row, which is, by far, the most successful period for the singer in his career. In fact, his latest album title seems like a pretty good indication of how he’s feeling. Look for it to reach the top ten.
  • 3 DOORS DOWN — Us And The Night (iTunes)
    • The Mississippi band is long past their glory days, but they still have an audience at Active Rock radio with “In The Dark”, currently rising in the top ten. Their last album managed a #3 bow in 2011. The new set will probably enter in the lower part of the top ten.
  • More albums out this week: AURORA‘s All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend (iTunes), Brian Fallon‘s Painkillers (iTunes), Cardiknox‘s Portrait (iTunes), Emmy The Great‘s Second Love (iTunes), Gavin James‘s U.S. release of Bitter Pill (iTunes), Jeff Buckley‘s You And I (iTunes), Killswitch Engage‘s Incarnate (iTunes), Lucius‘s Good Grief (iTunes), Matt Corby‘s Telluric (iTunes), Parachute‘s Wide Awake (iTunes), Pete Yorn‘s ArrangingTime (iTunes), The Wild Feathers‘s Lonely Is A Lifetime (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: gnash‘s Us (:):) (iTunes), Jukebox The Ghost‘s Thump Sessions (iTunes), Kane Brown‘s Chapter 1 (iTunes)

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

  • “Angel”, Jordan Smith (iTunes)
  • “Boombox”, Laura Marano (iTunes)
  • “California Kids”, Weezer (iTunes)
  • “Dangerous Woman”, Ariana Grande (iTunes)
  • “Get You Home”, Nick Fradiani (iTunes)
  • “Lights Down Low”, MAX (iTunes)
  • “Like I Would”, Zayn (iTunes)
  • “Misery”, Gwen Stefani (iTunes)
  • “Now That I’ve Found You”, Martin Garrix featuring John & Michel (iTunes)
  • “Sing My Blues Away”, Cheap Trick (iTunes)
  • “Soundtrack To A Six Pack”, The Cadillac Three (iTunes)
  • “Two Feet Off The Ground”, Sara Hartman (iTunes)
  • “Where The Hell Are My Friends”, LANY (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Gwen Stefani, Iggy Pop, Jordan Smith and more.

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