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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (March 23)

Down by the Bay.

Down by the Bay.

A handful of promising newcomers and a family friendly soundtrack with some big name stars lead the pack of the week’s fresh releases. (NOTE: some items may not be available until Tuesday based on label response status, but most should be up for sale today.) Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of March 23:

  • Already charting well all over Europe is the debut album from James Bay, Chaos And The Calm. Bay’s first single from the set was largely ignored by AAA, “Let It Go”, but the second release from it, “Hold Back The River”, is gaining ground at several radio formats. Thanks to strong pre-order numbers, aided by iTunes’s First Play program for albums, it might have a chance to be next week’s top debut. Even if it isn’t, look for a significant entry. (iTunes)
  • Featuring new cuts from artists like Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna, the soundtrack to the DreamWorks film Home will be moving into its new home on the charts real soon. “Towards The Sun” from the latter artist is the set’s first single, but with “FourFiveSeconds” still dominating in the top ten, its radio airtime is limited. Sales may spike on the weekend if the movie performs well at the box office. (iTunes)
  • You know his #1 single on the Alternative chart from last year titled “Dangerous”, and now Alan Wilkis, better known as Big Data, releases 2.0. The set is largely a collection of collaborations, including the aforementioned hit with Joywave and tracks with Kimbra, Rivers Cuomo and more. The current single from it is “The Business Of Emotion”, featuring White Sea. (iTunes)
  • The legendary Van Morrison returns with Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue, featuring new versions of album cuts as done with Joss Stone, Michael Bublé and more. Though the songs are not as well-known, that’s not stopping a strong physical pre-order peak on sites like Amazon. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Action Bronson‘s Mr. Wonderful (iTunes), Buena Vista Social Club‘s Lost And Found (iTunes), Canaan Smith‘s Canaan Smith (EP) (iTunes), Courtney Barnett‘s Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (iTunes), Earl Sweatshirt‘s I Don’t Like Sh-t, I Don’t Go Outside (iTunes), Joe Bonamassa‘s Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks (Live) (iTunes), Kansas‘s Miracles Out Of Nowhere (iTunes), Kidz Bop Kids‘s Kidz Bop 28 (iTunes), Laura Marling‘s Short Movie (iTunes), Oh Honey‘s Wish You Were Here (EP) (iTunes), Smallpools‘s LOVETAP! (iTunes) and Toto‘s Toto XIV (iTunes).

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

  • “Can’t Deny My Love”, the new single from Brandon Flowers. (iTunes)
  • “Somewhere To Run”, the new single from Krewella. (iTunes)

Death Cab For Cutie‘s Kintsugi and Wale‘s The Album About Nothing are among next Tuesday’s top new album releases. Is either one capable of making it to the top? A full preview is coming on Monday night.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (January 13)

Sweet times ahead for Title.

Sweet times ahead for Title.

The girl who championed “bringing booty back” is set to be the champion of one major music chart next week. Who are the other contenders training for an entry? Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of January 13:

  • She’s had two big hits in a row with “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin'”, and now, Meghan Trainor will be movin’ a significant amount of first week copies for her first full-length album, Title. (Yes, that is the actual title of it. Not the most creative name for an album, but there have been much worse.) Look for it to have a strong debut at the top of the album chart, reminiscent of Ke$ha‘s January debut of Animal back in 2010. (iTunes).
  • Bumped up two weeks from its original release date at the end of the month, DJ and producer Mark Ronson is now out with his first studio album since 2010, Uptown Special. It includes the recent Hot 100 #1 hit with Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”. This will easily be Ronson’s highest-charting U.S. album with a solid pre-order count, thanks in part to sale pricing. (iTunes)
  • Also new to the U.S. market this week is Ella Henderson‘s first album, Chapter One, which is already a Gold album in the United Kingdom after three months on sale. It features “Ghost”, slowly turning into a hit after the song’s initial choice for Clear Channel/iHeartMedia’s On The Verge program for Hot AC radio last year. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: DMX‘s Redemption Of The Beast (iTunes), Donny Osmond‘s The Soundtrack Of My Life (iTunes), Jazmine Sullivan‘s Reality Show (iTunes), Kat Dahlia‘s My Garden (iTunes), Kidz Bop‘s Kidz Bop 27 (iTunes), Panda Bear‘s Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper (iTunes) and a Various Artists effort, Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating The Music Of Inside Llewyn Davis (iTunes).

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

  • “Apocalyptic”, new from rockers Halestorm. (iTunes)
  • “Heartbeat Song”, new from Kelly Clarkson. (iTunes)
  • “Homegrown”, a new single from Zac Brown Band. (iTunes)
  • “Uma Thurman”, the latest pre-release album track from Fall Out Boy. (iTunes)

Next week, Fall Out Boy, Lupe Fiasco and The Decemberists are all fighting for top ten debuts on the Billboard 200, but the ladies of the moment, Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift, will be staying strong against the guys. A full preview is coming in seven days!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 16)

Bravely entering the release ring.

Bravely entering the release ring.

After a few weeks of lighter lists, we get back to the good stuff this week. Here’s your releases report for music out today, July 16:

  • With her single “Brave” lighting up the airwaves on a few formats, Sara Bareilles puts out her latest album, The Blessed Unrest. Her last album debuted at #1; this won’t do the same, but it should enter in the top 5. (iTunes)
  • With his first album in two years, singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson is out with Last Of The Great Pretenders, his third album with Vanguard Records. The single “Mission Bells” is still climbing at AAA radio. (iTunes)
  • He may not be a kangaroo, but one of Australia’s hottest exports lately is hopping about in the States. 16-year-old Cody Simpson is back with his latest album, Surfer’s Paradise, featuring “Pretty Brown Eyes”. (iTunes)
  • Also from the land down under, rockers Sick Puppies release Connect, featuring the single “There’s No Going Back”. It’s their first album since 2009’s Tri-Polar. (iTunes)
  • Dancing their way back on the scene, the Pet Shop Boys are Electric on their new album. It’s their twelfth studio album and their first to be self-released. (iTunes)
  • Probably my favorite releases of the week, though it won’t do nearly as well as some of the ones listed here, is Mayer Hawthorne‘s Where Does This Door Go? First single “Her Favorite Song” and current single “The Stars Are Ours” are both on here. (iTunes)
  • For the kiddos this week, two albums are making the cut: the still-popular Kidz Bop 24 (iTunes) and the soundtrack to Disney’s forthcoming TV special, Teen Beach Movie (iTunes).
  • Other albums out this week include Amelita by the Court Yard Hounds (iTunes), Lickety Split by Robert Randolph and the Family Band (iTunes), This Song Is For You by Ronald Isley (iTunes) and With The Whole World Watching (EP) by Tony Lucca (iTunes).

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

  • “Mind Your Manners”, a fresh rocking hit from Pearl Jam. (iTunes)
  • “Miss Movin’ On”, new from The X Factor‘s Fifth Harmony. (iTunes)
  • “Replay”, from Disney actress and now singer Zendaya. (iTunes)
  • “The Heart Of Dixie”, from recent The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery. (iTunes)

Queen of the tweens Selena Gomez will likely be next week’s top debut… but can she make it to #1? A preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 14)

I think she'll have a chart attack.

I think she’ll have a chart attack.

Mamma mia! Here we go again. Here are the albums rocking the record stores and intriguing the internet for the week of May 14:

  • Former Disney star turned pop princess Demi Lovato has a hot new album in stores today, simply titled Demi. First single, “Heart Attack”, was an instant hit at both radio and retail and is looking to become her biggest hit yet. Look for it to potentially debut at #1, knocking off the latest release from Lady Antebellum. (iTunes)
  • Country legend George Strait is back with his twenty-eighth album of original material, Love Is Everything. His label, MCA, has launched a “60 For 60” campaign for the set’s first single, “Give It All We Got Tonight”, which could mark the 60th number-one single for the performer across four trade charts: Billboard, Mediabase 24/7, and the-now defunct Gavin Report and Radio & Records. (iTunes)
  • They’re indie darlings and they recently performed on Saturday Night Live. New York-based band Vampire Weekend releases Modern Vampires Of The City, featuring one of the group’s biggest radio singles, “Diane Young”. (iTunes)
  • Another Country singer and current The Celebrity Apprentice finalist Trace Adkins is out with his latest, Love Will…, featuring current single “Watch The World End” with singer Colbie Caillat. (iTunes)
  • She made her way from the Christian music scene to the top of the pop charts and now she’s back to her home genre. Singer Amy Grant release How Mercy Looks From Here, her fifteenth studio album and second for Sparrow Records. Lead single “Don’t Try So Hard” features backing vocals from singer-songwriter James Taylor. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Eve is back with her first new album in eleven years, the long-delayed Lip Lock, which was once led off by the single “Tambourine” back in 2007. That song is no longer present on it. It’s her first album to be independently released. (iTunes)
  • He’s a God in the world of a cappella music, so don’t worry, be happy that he’s back with a new full-length album. Bobby McFerrin returns with Spirityouall. (iTunes)
  • Formerly of ABBA, Agnetha Fältskog releases her first solo album of original material in 25 years, A. (iTunes)
  • The disbanded R.E.M. is out with a twenty-fifth anniversary edition of their album Green, which featured the top ten hit, 1989’s “Stand”. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include: Mindless Self Indulgence‘s How I Learned To Stop Giving A Sh*t and Love Mindless Self Indulgence (iTunes) and MS MR‘s Secondhand Rapture (iTunes).

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

  • “Little Bit Of Everything”, a first single from Country singer Keith Urban‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Someone Somewhere Tonight”, a new single from former American Idol contestant and current Dancing With The Stars contestant Kellie Pickler. (iTunes)

Next week, it’s all about the punks as Daft Punk release their highly-anticipated album, Random Access Memories. Will it ram itself into the top spot or can Darius Rucker roll his wagon wheel their first? A preview is coming in seven!

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