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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 13, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: David Guetta and Justin Bieber easily get 2R attention with a big song for the summer, while Bruno Mars comes close to hitting the ceiling with a “Floor”. Pucker up those lips for a tasty treat, because this week’s Add Lib report is freshly served and topped with plenty of sprinkles:

GUETT USED TO IT: Chances are that if you’re not a fan of Justin Bieber, you’ll be throwing your radio out the window soon. Bieber is featured on two current top ten tracks (“Despacito (Remix)” and “I’m The One”) and is poised to grab a third spot with the Most Added record at the format today, “2U” by David Guetta. It starts at a giant 147 stations on impact. The Canadian superstar has sung on five #1 hits, both main-credited and featured, since “What Do You Mean?” (10/18/15 MB) from his Purpose album. It’s been nearly six years since Guetta reached the top of the pop chart with the Usher-assisted “Without You” (11/20-27/11 MB) from his Nothing But The Beat album, though the 49-year-old French DJ/producer has stayed active since then. Will these international stars with an international smash take a flight to #1, much like where Bieber’s other two hits appear to be headed? Could a backlash throw a wrench into those plans? Ooh, the possibilities… we’ll get back to you soon with what develops!

A FORMAT FLOORED: With the new Top 40 smash from his top-selling 24K Magic album, Bruno Mars slows things down on his way to the crown with “Versace On The Floor”. On impact, the track takes in 47 new stations, good for the runner-up slot on this week’s report. Mars’s hit ranked just below the top 50 on last Sunday’s published update, but it’s sure to make a splashy debut now. The luxury brand turns 40 years old next year, and it’ll probably be another 40 years until I can afford something from them! Four years ago, a separate single simply called “Versace”, performed by Migos, peaked at #11 (9/29/13 MB) on the Urban list. A Drake remix aided that song’s run, though it didn’t crossover to the pop format. Coming off a #1 hit in “That’s What I Like”, Mars has a bit of momentum at the moment, so look out for this retro gem to soundtrack those steamy summer nights in the heart of the season.

1. DAVID GUETTA featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “2U” (Atlantic-Def Jam)
, “Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
3. FIFTH HARMONY featuring GUCCI MANE, “Down” (Epic)
4. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO, “Strip That Down” (Republic)
5-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, Redbone” (Glassnote)
5-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
7. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE, “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
8. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE“Unforgettable” (Eardrummers/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
9. MAJOR LAZER featuring TRAVIS SCOTT, CAMILA CABELLO & QUAVO, “Know No Better” (Mad Decent/in2une)
10. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA and KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 6, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Fifth Harmony goes four the Most Added title, while Bebe Rexha is at work on her “Dance” moves with Lil Wayne. Let’s dip back into those hot June tunes, even if the weather’s a bit on the cold side at the moment. (55 degrees and overcast? Really?) Here’s the forecast on these songs:

“DOWN” TO THE WIRE: It was another active week for both pre-impact and impacting singles this week, but Fifth Harmony takes the crown with “Down”. Their latest hit, featuring Gucci Mane, begins at 58 stations in its first frame, enough to become the Most Added song on the format. If that total feels underwhelming for a lead single from an album, it is. “Work From Home” scored 131 adds upon impact in March of last year. We’ll see if “Down” continues to go up on next week’s report. Meanwhile, former group member Camila Cabello ranks with the fourth Most Added title of the week, “Crying In The Club”, taking in 19 more stations. It’s closed just under 90% of the panel at this point, as it continues to build nicely.

“ARE” & BEBE: Singer and songwriter Bebe Rexha is back on the Most Added leaderboard with a new collaborator, rapper Lil Wayne, and a song title that combines two titles of previous #1 songs. “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” is on “the way” up the pop chart with a solid 25 adds this week, grabbing the 2nd Most Added spot. Of course, 2007’s “The Way I Are” by Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson and 1987’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston both spent multiple weeks atop the format’s chart, “Way” for six on Mediabase and “Dance” for three on Radio & Records. Will Rexha’s song reach that milestone as well? It’s too early to tell. Her last top 40 single, “I Got You”, peaked at #14 in March.

1. FIFTH HARMONY featuring GUCCI MANE, “Down” (Epic)
, “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
3. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA and KHALID, “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
4. CAMILA CABELLO, “Crying In The Club” (Epic)
5-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, Redbone” (Glassnote)
5-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
5-T. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO, “Strip That Down” (Republic)
8-T. KATY PERRY featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Swish Swish” (Capitol)
8-T. KENDRICK LAMAR, “Humble.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
8-T. MØ, “Nights With You” (RCA)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 30, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a weekly report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Every Sunday night, I treat you to shade and statistics like I said I would two months ago; in other words, promises made, promises kept. That being said, no pop rallies in Pennsylvania are being planned at the current time. You know, I do actual work… anyways, jump aboard Airplay Force One with me, as we watch those pop songs fly across the sky, higher than one’s approval rating:

MARS LANDING: What a lovely Sunday it is… the sun is shining, the birds are singing and Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You” is down a notch to #2 on the pop radio chart. (Yes, it’s still #1 on the AC and Hot AC charts; don’t try it with me.) Climbing into the top spot is Bruno Mars‘s eighth #1 song at the format, “That’s What I Like”, up 2-1. It’s the second radio single from his 24K Magic album. It’ll be interesting to see how long this song can hold at the top; Mars has maxed out at six weeks at #1 with both “Locked Out Of Heaven” (12/16/12-1/20/13) and “Uptown Funk” (Mark Ronson featuring Mars, 1/25-3/1/15). I mean, you don’t really want me to highlight another #1 tune by The Chainsmokers too early, right? Anyways, regardless of what happens, Mars continues to shine, and he can sip on however much strawberry champagne he wants over his latest achievement.

Mars’s label, Atlantic, is responsible for another “That’s What I Like” that didn’t quite make the top 40 in early 1990. That single, one of the many medleys assembled by English act Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers, was a huge hit in the U.K., holding at the top for three weeks in the fall of 1989. In fact, the act had three chart-toppers in that country, making them one of 1989’s top newcomers across the pond. With fewer larger markets playing it, and slower sales, the song wasn’t able to repeat the Stateside success of “Swing The Mood” (#26, 12/22/89 R&R) and they faded from the pop airwaves.

JUSTIN CASE YOU MISSED HIM: Hey, throwing the pop audience for a loop is better than throwing eggs at people’s homes. It just so happens that Justin Bieber has done both. Luckily, he’s done with the latter, and focusing on the former. Bieber is featured on two songs that enter the top 40 this week on the CHR/Top 40 chart, simultaneously giving him his 20th and 21st top 40 hits. The higher of the two is “I’m The One” by professional screamer and sometime producer DJ Khaled, an entry that also features Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne. It’s new at #34. “I’m The One” is not to be confused with “I’m On One” (#32, 9/18/11), which gave the screamer/producer/DJ his first top 40 song at the format. (Feel free to insert your best “UH-nuh-thuh one” here.)

The other Bieber-affiliated single in this week’s top 40 debuted in the top 50 last week. Soaring from 47-37, the remix of “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee that features him is growing into a big hit across the spectrum of digital platforms. The original version of the song recently crossed one billion views on YouTube, and the remix reached the top tier of Spotify’s Global Viral list. It sure looks like the Canadian performer is headed for another “Cold Water” vs. “Let Me Love You” battle, though this one is still in its early stages. I’ll keep you updated as the spring and summer go on.

A DAMN. GOOD DEBUT: After a massive debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN. is unavoidable. In the pop world, this means that programmers are once again playing catch-up, with first single “HUMBLE.” entering this week at #49. The hot track, which already topped the Billboard Hot 100, is also in the top ten at both Rhythmic and Urban radio. Despite his huge sales and streaming presence over the last few years, Lamar has just one main-credited top 40 single at the format: “i”, which peaked at #30 in November 2014 and was later featured on the Grammy-winning set To Pimp A Butterfly. However, his featured slots on #1 songs like Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood” (6/21-7/26/15) and Maroon 5‘s “Don’t Wanna Know” (1/15/17) kept his name on the chart.

As far as hits about humility, there aren’t many to talk about. Mac Davis, who had both pop and country success, just missed the top 40 on the pop chart in 1980 with crossover single “It’s Hard To Be Humble”. The English group Humble Pie never made the top 40 in the United States, even though several of their members did outside of the band. Stay tuned for more moments in modest musical movements, as “HUMBLE.” takes a slice of the chart pie. (Just save the cherry pie for Katy Perry. Bon appétit, K-Dot.)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 14, 2017

Lamar goes far.

A bit of K-Dot and J-May is just the right combination for this week’s New Music Friday report, featuring those big releases and a lot of fresh singles you need to know about! Let’s check out all the action right here:

KENDRICK LAMAR – Damn. (iTunes)
Aiming for his third #1 album in a row on the Billboard 200, Lamar’s latest set is led by “Humble.”, which is soaring up the Rhythmic and Urban radio charts. Even the competition is really excited about it! The album features collaborations with Rihanna and U2. A big Apple Music and Spotify presence is likely with this one, driving consumption units up, but it should also have a nice sales debut.

JOHN MAYER – The Search For Everything (iTunes)
Mayer’s latest studio album, which comes after two EPs from earlier this year, should have a solid top five debut next week. The new single from it is “Still Feel Like Your Man”, and it’s currently approaching the top ten on my own personal chart. (You’ll also find it in the top 50 on the Hot AC chart.) Just how high will it be searching for its first-week unit total? Stay tuned.

VARIOUS ARTISTS – The Fate Of The Furious (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
No, there’s no “See You Again” on here, but you’ll find many top latin and rap acts on this compilation from the upcoming movie. On the pop radio chart, “Good Life” by G-Eazy and Kehlani recently hit the top 40 and continues to rise. We’ll see how the movie does in its first weekend, and how it affects the soundtrack’s entry on the album chart.

More albums out this week: Tinie Tempah‘s Youth (iTunes), Will Joseph Cook‘s Sweet Dreamer (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bishop Briggs‘s Bishop Briggs (iTunes), Jeffrey James‘s Unsaid (iTunes), The Score‘s Myths & Legends (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Of The Dead Girls”, DREAMCAR (iTunes)
“All Night”, The Vamps & Matoma featuring Astrid S (iTunes)
“Be Myself”, Sheryl Crow (iTunes)
“Breathe (Lauv Remix)”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Broken”, Lovely.The.Band (iTunes)
“Can I Be Him (Sjur Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Cold (Ashworth Remix)”, Maroon 5 featuring Future (iTunes)
“Don’t Cry, 2020”, COIN (iTunes)
“Electric Love”, Serena Ryder (iTunes)
“Electric Touch”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Gold All Over The Ground”, Brad Paisley (iTunes)
“In My World”, Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie (iTunes)
“Kissing Strangers”, DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Lights Out”, Royal Blood (iTunes)
“Lost On You”, Lena (iTunes)
“Praying (Acoustic)”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”, John Gibbons (iTunes)
“Real Name”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“Ride”, ZZ Ward featuring Gary Clark Jr. (iTunes)
“See It So Clear (Acoustic)”, Tom Chaplin (iTunes)
“Show You Love (Acoustic)”, Kato & Sigala featuring Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Stay Together”, Noah Cyrus (iTunes)
“Swalla (Wideboys Remix)”, Jason Derulo featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Sweet Disaster (Acoustic)”, DREAMERS (iTunes)
“Thankful”, New Kids On The Block (iTunes)
“The Other Side”, Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Trap Paris”, Machine Gun Kelly featuring Quavo & Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Versailles”, Leo Kalyan (iTunes)
“Way Back”, TLC featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Whippin”, Kiiara featuring Felix Snow (iTunes)
“You Make Me Whole”, Steps (iTunes)

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2016 GRAMMY Awards: Adam Predicts The Winners

And the winner is...

And the winner is…

It’s almost time for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, airing live on CBS tonight at 8PM Eastern. We’ll witness greatness from a whole lot of acts, superstars and newcomers, all in the hunt for their chance to take home the big prize. Alabama Shakes, Chris StapletonKendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and The Weekend are among the performers for the big show, and rank among the nominees in a number of categories, many of which you’ll see below. From “Blank Space” to “Can’t Feel My Face”, this race is a cool chase. (I’ll leave the rhyming to them next time.)

At the same time that we’ll be celebrating the artists and music of the last year, it’s also been a rough year in terms of losses within the music community. Since December, those acts include names like Lemmy Kilmister, Natalie Cole, David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Maurice White. Remember, that’s just in the last seven weeks. Many more musicians have passed since the last award show. It’ll be interesting to see how the committee responds with tribute performances and the In Memoriam section. I imagine it will be an especially sad one.

So, without further ado, here’s what I’m thinking for this year’s potential winners. Note that the choices I’ve predicted are in bold, with a spot marked “WINNER” below each category. Those blank slots will be updated once the actual winners are revealed in the Premiere Ceremony (3:30 – 6:30 Eastern, watch here) or on the CBS telecast. Though I’m not making a prediction for every single category, let’s hope I get some right…

THE BIG FOUR (with commentary)

Record Of The Year
“Really Love”, D’Angelo & The Vanguard
“Uptown Funk”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
“Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space”, Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face”, The Weeknd

Four out of the five nominees in this category were mass appeal hits that topped both domestic and international charts, while it’s still a surprise to “Really Love” up for the award, even if it did have some success on the Urban AC listing. “Uptown Funk” seemed to cross over seamlessly from format to format, and its U.S. sales total is approaching seven million copies. Needless to say, a few members on the voting panel aren’t going to stop the majority of them from feeling totally funky during this GRAMMY season.

WINNER: “Uptown Funk”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Album Of The Year
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Taylor Swift, 1989
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

1989 and Beauty Behind The Madness are safe choices to win the award given how many hit singles each set has pumped out thus far. Swift’s effort, in particular, saw its first five singles go to #1 on the pop radio chart, and is currently certified 5x Platinum. It is entirely possible for them to pull off a win, but I’m more interested in the other three sets. I’ve gone back and forth between all of them, but Stapleton’s three wins at the CMA Awards and his momentum (at both radio and retail) since then give him my vote.

WINNER: Taylor Swift, 1989

Song Of The Year
“Alright”, Kendrick Lamar (Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams)
“Blank Space”, Taylor Swift (Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift)
“Girl Crush”, Little Big Town (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose)
“See You Again”, Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz)
“Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge)

If Record Of The Year has a strong chance of going “Uptown Funk”, this category will likely go to “Thinking Out Loud” (though it’s possible that Sheeran’s song could take home both.) It’s a well-crafted torch song, and one that continues to be bought and played on many different platforms. “Girl Crush” may also be in the running, as it won the same category at the CMA Awards, but it has a much better chance of scooping up a win in the Country field (where I am predicting at least one win for the Alabama quartet.)

WINNER: “Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge)

Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Meghan Trainor
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly

This category is a tough one this year… well, for me, at least. Many people seem to think Trainor is a shoo-in for this category; I’m not one of them. She’s actually been nominated in similar categories on other U.S. shows and hasn’t won at all. If that does change for the GRAMMY Awards, it’ll be a good look for her new single in March and upcoming album later this year. However, I’m going to give this to Kelly. She’s not had the biggest radio airplay or single sales, but she’s liked by many audiences and does well live.

WINNER: Meghan Trainor


Best Pop Solo Performance
“Heartbeat Song”, Kelly Clarkson
“Love Me Like You Do”, Ellie Goulding
“Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space”, Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face”, The Weeknd

WINNER: “Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Ship To Wreck”, Florence + The Machine
“Sugar”, Maroon 5
“Uptown Funk”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
“Bad Blood”, Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
“See You Again”, Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

WINNER: “Uptown Funk”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece
Florence + The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Mark Ronson, Uptown Special
Taylor Swift, 1989
James Taylor, Before This World

WINNER: Taylor Swift, 1989

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern
Bob Dylan, Shadows In The Night
Josh Groban, Stages
Seth MacFarlane, No One Ever Tells You
Barry Manilow with various artists, My Dream Duets

WINNER: Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern


Best Dance Recording
“We’re All We Need”, Above & Beyond featuring Zoë Johnston
“Go”, The Chemical Brothers
“Never Catch Me”, Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Runaway (U & I)”, Galantis
“Where Are Ü Now”, Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber

WINNER: “Where Are Ü Now”, Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Caribou, Our Love
The Chemical Brothers, Born In The Echoes
Disclosure, Caracal
Jamie xx, In Colour
Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

WINNER: Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü


Best Rock Performance
“Don’t Wanna Fight”, Alabama Shakes
“What Kind Of Man”, Florence + The Machine
“Something From Nothing”, Foo Fighters
“Ex’s & Oh’s”, Elle King
“Moaning Lisa Smile”, Wolf Alice

WINNER: “Don’t Wanna Fight”, Alabama Shakes

Best Rock Song
“Don’t Wanna Fight”, Alabama Shakes (Alabama Shakes)
“Ex’s & Oh’s”, Elle King (Dave Bassett and Elle King)
“Hold Back The River”, James Bay (Iain Archer and James Bay)
“Lydia”, Highly Suspect (Richard Meyer, Ryan Meyer and Johnny Stevens)
“What Kind Of Man”, Florence + The Machine (John Hill, Tom Hull and Florence Welch)

WINNER: “Don’t Wanna Fight”, Alabama Shakes (Alabama Shakes)

Best Rock Album
James Bay, Chaos And The Calm
Death Cab For Cutie, Kintsugi
Highly Suspect, Mister Asylum
Muse, Drones
Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter

WINNER: Muse, Drones


Best Alternative Music Album
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Björk, Vulnicura
My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall
Tame Impala, Currents
Wilco, Star Wars

WINNER: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color


Best R&B Performance
“If I Don’t Have You”, Tamar Braxton
“Rise Up”, Andra Day
“Breathing Underwater”, Hiatus Kaiyote
“Planes”, Jeremih featuring J. Cole
“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)”, The Weeknd

WINNER: “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)”, The Weeknd

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“He Is”, Faith Evans
“Little Ghetto Boy”, Lalah Hathaway
“Let It Burn”, Jazmine Sullivan
“Shame”, Tyrese
“My Favorite Part Of You”, Charlie Wilson

WINNER: “Little Ghetto Boy”, Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song
“Coffee”, Miguel (Brook Davis & Miguel Pimentel)
“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)”, The Weeknd (Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville & Abel Tesfaye)
“Let It Burn”, Jazmine Sullivan (Kenny B. Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan & Dwane M. Weir II)
“Really Love”, D’Angelo & The Vanguard (D’Angelo & Kendra Foster)
“Shame”, Tyrese (Warryn Campbell, Tyrese Gibson & DJ Rogers Jr.)

WINNER: “Really Love”, D’Angelo & The Vanguard (D’Angelo & Kendra Foster)

Best Urban Contemporary Album
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness
Lianne La Havas, Blood
Miguel, Wildheart
Kehlani, You Should Be Here
The Internet, Ego Death

WINNER: The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

Best R&B Album
Leon Bridges, Coming Home
D’Angelo & The Vanguard, Black Messiah
Andra Day, Cheers To The Fall
Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show
Charlie Wilson, Forever Charlie

WINNER: D’Angelo & The Vanguard, Black Messiah


Best Rap Performance
“Apparently”, J. Cole
“Back To Back”, Drake
“Trap Queen”, Fetty Wap
“Alright”, Kendrick Lamar
“Truffle Butter”, Nicki Minaj featuring Drake and Lil Wayne
“All Day”, Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney

WINNER: “Alright”, Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“One Man Can Change The World”, Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend
“Glory”, Common featuring John Legend
“Classic Man”, Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur
“These Walls”, Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat
“Only”, Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

WINNER: “These Walls”, Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat

Best Rap Song
“All Day”, Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney (Ernest Brown, Tyler Bryant, Sean Combs, Mike Dean, Rennard East, Noah Goldstein, Malik Yusef Jones, Karim Kharbouch, Allan Kyariga, Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Victor Mensah, Charles Njapa, Che Pope, Patrick Reynolds, Allen Ritter, Kanye West, Mario Winans and Cydel Young)
“Alright”, Kendrick Lamar (Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears and Pharrell Williams)
“Energy”, Drake (Richard Dorfmeister, A. Graham, Markus Kienzl, M. O’Brien, M. Samuels and Phillip Thomas)
“Glory”, Common featuring John Legend (Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith and John Stephens)
“Trap Queen”, Fetty Wap (Tony Fadd and Willie J. Maxwell)

WINNER: “Alright”, Kendrick Lamar (Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears and Pharrell Williams)

Best Rap Album
J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Dr. Dre, Compton
Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint

WINNER: Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly


Best Country Solo Performance
“Burning House”, Cam
“Traveller”, Chris Stapleton
“Little Toy Guns”, Carrie Underwood
“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”, Keith Urban
“Chances Are”, Lee Ann Womack

WINNER: “Traveller”, Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Stay A Little Longer”, Brothers Osborne
“If I Needed You”, Joey + Rory
“The Driver”, Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay
“Girl Crush”, Little Big Town
“Lonely Tonight”, Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe

WINNER: “Girl Crush”, Little Big Town

Best Country Song
“Chances Are”, Lee Ann Womack (Hayes Carll)
“Diamond Rings And Old Barstools”, Tim McGraw featuring Catherine Dunn (Barry Dean, Luke Laird & Jonathan Singleton)
“Girl Crush”, Little Big Town (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose)
“Hold My Hand”, Brandy Clark (Brandy Clark & Mark Stephen Jones)
“Traveller”, Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton)

WINNER: “Girl Crush”, Little Big Town (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose)

Best Country Album
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Little Big Town, Pain Killer
Ashley Monroe, The Blade
Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material
Chris Stapleton, Traveller

WINNER: Chris Stapleton, Traveller


Best Musical Theater Album
An American in Paris
Fun Home
The King And I
Something Rotten!

WINNER: Hamilton


Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Visual Media
Empire: Season 1
Fifty Shades Of Grey
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Pitch Perfect 2

WINNER: Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Fifty Shades Of Grey: “Earned It”, The Weeknd (Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville & Abel Tesfaye)
Selma: “Glory”, Common featuring John Legend (Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith & John Stephens)
Fifty Shades Of Grey: “Love Me Like You Do”, Ellie Goulding (Savan Kotecha, Max Martin, Tove Lo, Ali Payami & Ilya Salmanzadeh)
Furious 7: “See You Again”, Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charlie Puth & Cameron Thomaz)
The Hunting Ground: “Til It Happens To You”, Lady Gaga (Lady Gaga & Diane Warren)

WINNER: Selma: “Glory”, Common featuring John Legend (Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith & John Stephens)


Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Jeff Bhasker
Dave Cobb
Larry Klein
Blake Mills

WINNER: Jeff Bhasker


Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
“Berlin By Overnight (CFCF Remix)”, Daniel Hope
“Hold On (Fatum Remix)”, JES, Shant & Clint Maximus
“Runaway (U & I) (Kaskade Remix)”, Galantis
“Say My Name (RAC Remix)”, Odesza featuring Zyra
“Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

WINNER: “Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)”, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars


Best Music Video
“LSD”, A$AP Rocky
“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)”, The Dead Weather
“Alright”, Kendrick Lamar
“Bad Blood”, Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Freedom”, Pharrell Williams

WINNER: “Bad Blood”, Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar

Best Music Film
James Brown, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways
Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone?
Roger Waters, The Wall
Amy Winehouse, Amy

WINNER: Amy Winehouse, Amy

Once again, the GRAMMY Awards air live at 8PM Eastern (5PM Pacific) on CBS. Enjoy the show and check back for the results!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (March 17)

The "Butterfly" effect.

The “Butterfly” effect.

As the SXSW festivities get people loaded into Austin, the album chart is about to get loaded with a number of big releases. It’s certainly a diverse list, much like the conference. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of March 17:

  • It was quite a roller coaster ride last night as Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp A Butterfly album was uploaded, then erased and then uploaded again at iTunes in multiple versions, followed by Spotify, Amazon and other retailers. It appears that everything is now in place for proper sales and data numbers to take effect and the album will almost certainly be at the top of next week’s Billboard 200. Given the early kerfuffle, it’s unclear just how well this will do, but plan on some good commercial and critical love. (iTunes)
  • Moved up after an album leak several weeks ago, Welsh singer and songwriter Marina & The Diamonds is back with FROOT, her first album since 2012. No singles have been issued to radio from the set, but several songs blasted into the top ten on iTunes upon their release. Look for the album to easily rank in the top ten (or even top five) when the official results are revealed. (iTunes)
  • Currently on top of the Alternative chart with “Lampshades On Fire”, their second #1 at the format and first in 11 years, Washington rockers Modest Mouse make their return with Strangers To Ourselves. Amazingly, this is their first set in eight long years. Despite a delay of two weeks from its original date, this should have a strong finish. (iTunes)
  • The soundtrack from Furious 7 is out this week, notable as the final film appearance of actor Paul Walker, who died in a car accident in late 2013. The album features many urban acts, including rapper Wiz Khalifa‘s single “See You Again”, featuring newcomer Charlie Puth. The movie opens in two weeks. (iTunes)
  • Sleeping With Sirens had a real breakout with their last album, Feel, and after a change in label, they’re now out with Madness. Given how popular the instant grat cuts from this have been over the past few weeks, another top ten debut is likely for them. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Great Good Fine OK‘s 2M2H (EP) (iTunes), Liz Longley‘s Liz Longley (iTunes), Marcus Miller‘s Afrodeezia (iTunes), Mark Knopfler‘s Tracker (iTunes), Passion‘s Even So Come (Live) (iTunes), Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield‘s Sing Elliott Smith (iTunes), Tobias Jesso Jr.‘s Goon (iTunes) and Twin Shadow‘s Eclipse (iTunes).

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

  • “Bethlehem Steel”, a pre-release track from Delta Rae. (iTunes)
  • “Biscuits”, the new single from Kacey Musgraves. (iTunes)
  • “Cliché”, new from Christina Grimmie. (iTunes)
  • “Entropy”, a collaboration of Grimes and Bleachers. (iTunes)
  • “My House”, another instant grat track from Flo Rida. (iTunes)
  • “Stitches”, a new pre-release track from Shawn Mendes. (iTunes)

With Lamar’s album moved up one full week, next week’s schedule will definitely feature new albums from Action Bronson, Big Data and more. A full preview is coming in seven!

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The “Feel” Of Fall: Just A Touch Of New Pop

There comes a time every year when the wind becomes colder and leaves fall off the trees, but luckily, things are just heating up on the fall music scene, a land which isn’t barren at all. These two acts hail from two different musical landscapes, but their music resonates with millions of people, who this week will likely be raking up loose branches and even stringing together some Christmas lights. That is life in suburbia, but this is life on the charts. “Feel” these two new releases out:

Layin' it on Thicke.

Layin’ it on Thicke.

ROBIN THICKE (featuring KENDRICK LAMAR) – “Feel Good”
Release Date: November 12 (CHR radio) / Label: Star Trak/Interscope

It wouldn’t be a proper look back at 2013 without acknowledging the huge impact that Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, featuring Pharrell and T.I., had on the airplay and sales charts, and most of all, pop culture. From the viral video to the countless appearances and maybe a big number which featured the singer in a suit straight out of Beetlejuice with Miley Cyrus rubbing against him, you can’t deny that the song was the biggest hit of this year, whether you love it or you hate it. It’ll forever be his signature song. Unfortunately, followup single “Give It 2 U”, which also featured Lamar, stalled out recently on the charts due to dropping sales and the steady airplay of “Blurred”. It just wasn’t meant to be. Now comes this third mainstream single from the album; the original version features just Thicke only, while the remix with Compton rapper has yet to be released, but should be out closer to the adds date. Some people are getting hung up on the fact that this was produced and co-written by will.i.am, and while I’m generally not a fan of his, this is a disco smash, from that funky and fresh beat to the thin, high-pitched vocals reminiscent of early Prince. You’re going to boogie down into the new year. While it can’t compete with “Blurred”, this is another great surprise from the talented soulful singer.

No way to "Close" the era.

“Young” single, older album.

MICHAEL BUBLÉ – “You Make Me Feel So Young”
Release Date: December 2 (United Kingdom) / Label: 143/Reprise

2013 was also quite a year for Mr. Bublé, who finds himself touring around the U.S. until the end of the month before racking up some frequent flyer miles in Europe early next year. Not only did he gain another #1 album this year which earned a Gold certification, but he also welcomed his first child into the world, a son named Noah. Well, now, the Canadian singer has a new release internationally, which I’m sure he’ll be performing to those sold-out crowds. “Young” is the fourth European single from the crooner’s most recent album To Be Loved, following “It’s A Beautiful Day”, “Close Your Eyes”, and a collaboration with Bryan Adams, “After All”. “Beautiful” has become the only hit of the bunch, either a big or moderate success depending on what territory you’re examining, so there’s likely little chance that this will come in and reignite the era at least in terms of high peaks and sales. However, he has a great take on a Frank Sinatra classic, originally introduced in the 1946 film Three Little Girls In Blue. The orchestra sounds impeccable on this one; big band fever is in full swing, and Bublé couldn’t sound any better on this album opener and highlight. Rich in tone and character, it’ll absolutely be a winner with the older audiences who know the original, and perhaps a few youngsters as well.

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