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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 27, 2018

Malone again (naturally).

New post, new Post! Perhaps it’s a little oversimplified, but it is true. Send your driver for your bentley, or at least your computer or mobile device, because here are the albums and singles you need to check out on digital services and in stores this Friday:

POST MALONE – Beerbongs & Bentleys (iTunes)
In the current era of giant streaming debuts, this highly-anticipated release will likely be the latest to score hundreds of millions of streams during its first week in the market (and, ultimately, much further than that.) At 18 tracks in length, including the songs “Psycho” (featuring Ty Dolla $ign) and “Rockstar” (featuring 21 Savage), it will open at #1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Does this debut affect the artist’s previous set, 2016’s Stoney, in a positive way? How many new songs from Beerbongs will enter the equivalent Hot 100? Stay tuned.

KEITH URBAN – Graffiti U (iTunes)
If Malone isn’t your thing, then country and pop fans should welcome the latest album from Urban, which features the songs “Female” and his current hit with Julia Michaels, “Coming Home”. It should oust Jason Aldean‘s current release to become the top country album in the land next week.

Notable albums out this week: Anne-Marie‘s Speak Your Mind (iTunes), Blossoms‘s Cool Like You (iTunes), Elohim‘s Elohim (iTunes), Godsmack‘s When Legends Rise (iTunes), Janelle Monáe‘s Dirty Computer (iTunes), Poo Bear‘s Presents: Bearthday Music (iTunes), Twin Shadow‘s Caer (iTunes), Willie Nelson‘s Last Man Standing (iTunes), YoungBoy Never Broke Again‘s Until Death Call My Name (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Matt Maeson‘s The Hearse (iTunes), Steve Aoki‘s 5Oki (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1Night”, Stargate featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR, 21 Savage & Murda Beatz (iTunes)
“About You”, Mike Shinoda featuring blackbear (iTunes)
“Almost Back”, Kaskade, Phoebe Ryan & LöKii (iTunes)
“Believer”, Cyn (iTunes)
“Brooklyn In The Summer”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“Collide”, GIVERS (iTunes)
“Come Home Soon”, Brent Cobb (iTunes)
“Company”, Remy Ma featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (iTunes)
“Darling”, needtobreathe (iTunes)
“Dazed & Confused”, Ruel (iTunes)
“El Anillo”, Jennifer Lopez (iTunes)
“Faded Away”, Sweater Beats featuring Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Fallin”, Liza Owen (iTunes)
“Famous”, Mason Ramsey (iTunes)
“Figure It Out”, Top Bunk (iTunes)
“F**k U”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“Ghost”, Kulick (iTunes)
“Got You”, Michael Calfan (iTunes)
“Hasta Luego”, HRVY & Malu Trevejo (iTunes)
“Have It All”, Jason Mraz (iTunes)
“I Am Free”, Cosmos & Creature (iTunes)
“I Need Your Love”, Albin Lee Meldau (iTunes)
“I Will”, Alex Adair featuring Eves Karydas (iTunes)
“If You Were Mine”, Ocean Park Standoff featuring Lil Yachty (iTunes)
“Mattress (High As A Kite)”, Leland (iTunes)
“Melody”, Lost Frequencies featuring James Blunt (iTunes)
“Mi Amore”, FRENSHIP (iTunes)
“Money”, Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Needles”, BAD WITH PHONES (iTunes)
“Numb”, Meg Myers (iTunes)
“One Percent”, Taylor Girlz featuring Kap G (iTunes)
“Open Arms”, John Ondrasik/Five For Fighting (iTunes)
“Quiz”, cupcakKe (iTunes)
“Rich”, Gladius James featuring Wiz Khalifa (iTunes)
“Right Moves”, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (iTunes)
“Roll (Burbank Funk)”, The Internet (iTunes)
“Thank You”, BROADHURST (iTunes)
“Troublemaker”, Devon Gilfillian (iTunes)
“Void”, Sj & Zookëper featuring Emmalyn (iTunes)
“Wasted Time”, Overstreet (iTunes)
“Weekend Luv”, Quinn Lewis (iTunes)
“William”, Moontower (iTunes)
“With a Little Help From My Friends”, The Spencer Lee Band (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Leon Bridges, Mat Kearney, Shinedown 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 May 6, 2016

Listening All Night and all day.

“Here” to entertain.

May the 6th be with you… eh, I guess it doesn’t work. Luckily, many of these new releases do work, including two major Country albums and a deeper dive into one singer’s current pop prescription. Here are this week’s new releases:

  • KEITH URBAN — Ripcord (iTunes)
    • You don’t see a lot of albums released after three radio singles nowadays, but Urban waited it out, and his album is now in stores. His current release at Country radio, “Wasted Time”, is just outside the top ten at the moment. That collaboration with Pitbull, co-produced by Nile Rodgers, is sure to be… interesting. Anyways, Urban’s set is likely to be the highest debut on next week’s Billboard 200, likely in the top five.
  • COLE SWINDELL — You Should Be Here (iTunes)
    • Last month, Swindell topped the Country airplay chart with the title song from his sophomore album. Now, he’s in the hunt for his next #1, perhaps with follow-up single “Middle Of A Memory”. You’ll find Dierks Bentley on one track, but most of the 14 cuts are sung by Swindell himself. Look for it to debut in the top ten (if it’s not top five.)
  • MIKE POSNER — At Night, Alone. (iTunes)
    • It was this week in 2010 that Posner’s breakthrough hit, “Cooler Than Me”, first entered the top 40 on CHR radio. Now, he has the biggest single of his career with a remix of “I Took A Pill In Ibiza”. Both that version, as mixed by a Norwegian duo named SeeB, and the original can be found on this album.
  • GOO GOO DOLLS — Boxes (iTunes)
    • Three decades after first forming, the Buffalo act is still going strong, recently reaching the top 20 on Hot AC radio with “So Alive”. They’ve had a nice run of top ten albums with their studio sets, and we’ll see if this can continue it.
  • More albums out this week: Andy Black‘s The Shadow Side (iTunes), Anohni‘s Hopelessness (iTunes), Cyndi Lauper‘s Detour (iTunes), Gregory Porter‘s Take Me To The Alley (iTunes), Holy White Hounds‘s Sparkle Sparkle (iTunes), KAYTRANADA‘s 99.9% (iTunes), Rooney‘s Washed Away (iTunes), Angry Birds (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: MUNA‘s Loudspeaker (iTunes), Vérité‘s Living (iTunes)

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

  • “Burn The Witch”, Radiohead (iTunes)
  • “Can’t Stop The Feeling”, Justin Timberlake (iTunes)
  • “Dark Necessities”, Red Hot Chili Peppers (iTunes)
  • “Darker Than Dawn”, Cobi (iTunes)
  • “Fragile”, Prince Fox featuring Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
  • “Grass Ain’t Greener”, Chris Brown (iTunes)
  • “Happy”, Annabel Jones (iTunes)
  • “Hotter Than Hell”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
  • “Into You”, Ariana Grande (iTunes)
  • “In Common”, Alicia Keys (iTunes)
  • “Me Too”, Meghan Trainor (iTunes)
  • “Take That”, CRUISR (iTunes)
  • “Talk Too Much”, COIN (iTunes)
  • “What Is And What Should Never Be”, Train (iTunes)
  • “Write On Me”, Fifth Harmony (iTunes)
  • “You And Me”, Marc E. Bassy featuring G-Eazy (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Jennifer NettlesKygoMeghan Trainor and more.

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Keepin’ It Kiwi: Poppin’ Over The Pacific Ocean

Well, well, Wellington.

Well, well, Wellington.

It’s bigger than she ever dreamed, and she’s in love with being queen. You know I’m talking about “Royals”, the current #3 on the Hot 100 from singer Lorde. If she makes it to the top of that chart, she could become only the second act from New Zealand to hit #1 in the U.S. and the first as a main-credited artist; this, while she’s only 16 years old. It’s quite the accomplishment and perhaps a sign of encouragement to other artists from the country to try their material out here. For now, here are some of the notable singers and bands to break in America and the Hot 100 from that land so far away:

New Zealander Neil Finn first made the American charts as a member of the group Split Enz, based out of Auckland, who reached #53 with “I Got You” in 1980. They parted ways by 1984.

Later, Finn led the Australian-formed group Crowded House, who charted a few years afterward. The trio’s biggest single was the classic “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, which spent a week at #2 on the Hot 100 in April 1987. Followup single “Something So Strong” landed at #7 in the summer, and after three other minor entries from through 1991, they failed to break the big chart. They last released an album in 2010.

Bedingfield was born in Auckland before moving to England with his family at age 3. Two of his songs did particularly well here: the dance anthem “Gotta Get Thru This”, which went to #10, and the ballad “If You’re Not The One”, which peaked at #15. Both were bigger on individual radio surveys. His second album was never released here. He appeared as a judge on The X Factor: New Zealand earlier this year.

Urban was born in the town of Whangarei but was later raised in Australia. After a few minor Country chart entries with a trio called The Ranch in 1997, he trekked out on his own in 1999 and hasn’t looked back since. Over two dozen top 40 singles later, 13 of which went to #1, he’s one of the top-selling acts in Country music today. His biggest thus far on the Hot 100 is 2009’s “Kiss A Girl”, which peaked at #16.

The 23-year-old singer born in Hamilton also plays guitar and tambourine. She has only reached the U.S. charts as a featured act on Gotye‘s monster ballad, “Somebody That I Used To Know”. It totaled eight weeks at #1 and also ranked as the #1 song of last year. Her own solo single, “Settle Down”, saw some limited airplay here, but nothing substantial. Neither act has reached the Hot 100 since their duet.

The duo from Ōtara went from regional success to international buzz with “How Bizarre”, which hit the top ten in several countries. Due to a lack of CD single in the U.S., which was required to chart on the Hot 100 then, it only ranked on the radio surveys, going to #4 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. They are a one-hit wonder outside of New Zealand. Lead singer Pauly Fuemana passed away in 2010 at age 40.

Here’s the most obscure act on the list, but obscure as he is, he did go Platinum. His only single to chart so far was a remixed version of his song “Swing”, with added rapper Soulja Boy who was hot at the time. It peaked at #45 in the fall. Thus far, he’s the only rapper from New Zealand to ever make the U.S. charts. He’s managed to score a few other big singles down under, but nothing has reached our shores.

Other acts from New Zealand to release here but fail to make it outside the airplay charts include Gin Wigmore, Steriogram and The Naked And Famous, who have an active single on the Alternative chart this week with “Hearts Like Ours”. We’ll see how far it goes. For now, if there’s an act that I didn’t mention or you want to let me know who your favorite artist is on this list, comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 10)

It's "Electric"!

It’s “Electric”!

September’s picking up speed with quite a few big releases this week – here are all the ones you need to know about for this Tuesday, September 10:

  • This may not be the top-selling album of the week, but it’s certainly got the buzz to carry it up the chart. The Electric Lady is the second full-length album and third overall release for futuristic soul singer Janelle Monáe, which features a few singles including “Q.U.E.E.N.” with Erykah Badu and a recent collaboration with Miguel, “PrimeTime”. There may be GRAMMY potential for this one and it will almost certainly be the biggest album commercially of her career thus far. (iTunes)
  • Next in line is Country singer and American Idol judge Keith Urban, who lights a Fuse on this week’s schedule with his latest album. The leadoff single “Little Bit Of Everything” recently topped the Country chart and there may be some crossover potential with his latest material. (iTunes)
  • Rapper 2 Chainz (don’t yell it out, please) has a second album to add to his chain of releases, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time. His last album debuted at #1 and this one will likely enter in the top 5 as well. (iTunes)
  • With her first all-Country album, singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow strums along with Feels Like Home, featuring the recent hit “Easy”. It should enough support to debut in the top 10. (iTunes)
  • She taught us how to “Conga” and now Gloria Estefan is taking us back to the days of the The Great American Songbook. The Standards is her first English album since 2011 and is an all-covers release, including songs like “Smile” and “What A Wonderful World”. (iTunes)
  • Rockers Arctic Monkeys return with a new album, AM, featuring the singles “R U Mine?”, “Do I Wanna Know?” and “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” (and no, not every song title is in the form of a question.) (iTunes)
  • Canadian producer and performer The Weeknd released a compilation album called Trilogy last year; he now issues his first full studio album, Kiss Land, featuring a collaboration with rapper Drake. (iTunes)
  • They’re a legendary soul and R&B band and they just keep going. Out with their 20th studio album since 1971, Earth, Wind & Fire promise to be around Now, Then & Forever. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include Bowling For Soup‘s Lunch. Drunk. Love. (iTunes), BOY‘s Mutual Friends – Acoustic EP (iTunes), Goldfrapp‘s Tales Of Us (iTunes), London Grammar‘s If You Wait (iTunes) and Trombone Shorty‘s Say That To Say This (iTunes).

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

  • “Good Times”, another digital single from The Voice winner Cassadee Pope. (iTunes)
  • “Let’s Go There”, a hot Country single from new duo The Brothers Osborne. (iTunes)
  • “My Kind Of Love”, the new U.S. single from Emeli Sandé as remixed by RedOne and Alex P. (iTunes)
  • “Rough Water”, a new collaboration from Travie McCoy and Jason Mraz. (iTunes)
  • “Stay The Night”, a dance track from DJ Zedd and rocker Hayley Williams of Paramore. (iTunes)

There’s a huge week brewing next week with albums from acts like Avicii, Grouplove, Jack Johnson and much more. Who grabs hold of the top spot? Find out as we preview the week next Tuesday!

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We Are Golden: The Contenders For Best Original Song

She's the eye in the sky looking at you.

She’s the eye in the sky looking at you.

Ah, yes, it’s Award Season once again. Time to break out the nomination sheets and the popcorn and find out if your favorites in the worlds of television and film have won awards for their work. Music plays a small role at the first major ceremony, the Golden Globe Awards, including the category of Best Original Song from a Motion Picture. Some of the biggest charting songs from films have won the award, though in recent years, the charts have played less of a role in who actually sways the voters. That is, perhaps, until this year.

This is the first time since the 54th Golden Globes (honoring releases from 1996) that at least three of the candidates for the award have made the Hot 100. The winner that year was Madonna‘s “You Must Love Me” from Evita, which peaked at #18 on the chart; it beat out “Because You Loved Me” (from Up Close and Personal) by Celine Dion (#1 for six weeks), “I Finally Found Someone” (from The Mirror Has Two Faces) by Bryan Adams and Barbra Streisand (#8), “That Thing You Do!” (from That Thing You Do!) by The Wonders (#41) and “For The First Time” (from One Fine Day) by Kenny Loggins. The Loggins song couldn’t hit the Hot 100 at the time because of rules barring songs without a physical CD or vinyl single from entering, but it was an adult contemporary radio number-one. In addition, one of this year’s candidates made the top ten, the first to garner a nomination since the 60th Awards (2002). Two top-ten singles were nominated that year, though neither actually won: “Die Another Day” (from Die Another Day) by Madonna (#8) and “Lose Yourself” (from 8 Mile) by Eminem (#1 for twelve weeks).

Here are this year’s five nominees:

ADELE – “Skyfall” (featured in Skyfall) (#8 Hot 100)
Who didn’t see this one coming? Adele‘s lush number from the latest James Bond film fits the mood perfectly and her vocal is spot-on. It was also the biggest commercial success out of all five nominees. Many a Bond theme have been nominated in the past, including the biggest ones from the likes of Carly Simon, Duran Duran, Madonna and Sheena Easton, but not one has come home with the prize. She’s conquered the GRAMMY Awards, but will she be able to snatch the Golden Globe too? With this being the franchise’s 50th year making films, it may just be the year for this entry to win.

HUGH JACKMAN – “Suddenly” (featured in Les Miserables)
Out of all the songs on the soundtrack, I would’ve expected that Anne Hathaway‘s soaring version of “I Dreamed A Dream” would be nominated for the award, but it wasn’t meant to be. However, this understated ballad performed by Jackman is also a pretty good composition. If the movie sweeps most of the major awards of the night, expect this one to also have a strong chance of winning. Alas, I don’t see that being the case. It just wasn’t meant to be the year of the musical. (I’m fine with being proven wrong, however.)

JON BON JOVI – “Not Running Anymore” (featured in Stand Up Guys)
Here’s a song from a movie that hasn’t even been released in the States yet, though it’s been receiving some mixed reviews thus far. He’s the only performer of the five to actually win the award before, which may prove to be an advantage for the singer; he won at the 49th Awards for “Blaze Of Glory”, the title theme from that film. This is a softer song that has a little bit of twang to it; not exactly surprising since his band scored some success with the sound on songs like “Who Says You Can’t Go Home?” This likely won’t win the Golden Globe, but it should have another attempt to capture an award at the Oscars.

KEITH URBAN – “For You” (featured in Act Of Valor) (#55 Hot 100)
Urban’s song from a film featuring the work of the Navy SEALs is a lighter tune with a really kickin’ chorus, combined with lyrics about sacrifice and selflessness in the face of danger. In addition to hitting the Hot 100, it was also a top ten single on the Country chart. “You” faces a challenge in that the movie wasn’t a critical success and just did OK at the box office. Even some of the biggest names in Country, like Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton, lost in their respective years. However, the song itself is solid, even with the outside shot that it has to win.

TAYLOR SWIFT & THE CIVIL WARS – “Safe & Sound” (featured in The Hunger Games) (#30 Hot 100)
Swift has had a few songs specifically written for films at this point, but this one by far gets the most praise among her fans. Perhaps it’s because the song is her least mainstream release to date, featuring the once-defunct and now possibly reconciled duo The Civil Wars. It’s another song with a simple arrangement and relatable lyrics, plus it has the youthful appeal with Swift singing the lead. Should she secure the award, she would be the youngest winner since Irene Cara won for “Fame” at the 38th Golden Globes (aired in January 1981); she was 21 at the time. Being from a teen-oriented film, it probably isn’t the top choice, but the unique sound of it could win over the voters.

Find out what happens at 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 13, at 8PM Eastern on NBC. Make your prediction in the comments below! (I’m hoping for Adele. Go Skyfall!)

EDIT: Adele indeed won the Award on this year’s telecast. Congrats!

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