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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 18, 2016

Now and Gwen.

Now and Gwen.

The month of March continues on with some cool music across the genres, and that’s the Truth. From pop to R&B and country too, there are plenty of quality albums out in stores now. Here are this week’s album and single releases:

  • GWEN STEFANI — This Is What The Truth Feels Like (iTunes)
    • Featuring the hits “Used To Love You” and “Make Me Like You”, Stefani’s first solo album since 2006 has been in the works for some time now, and it’s gone through several versions. Despite a few missteps, it’s worth the wait. It should debut at (or be a strong contender for) #1 next week, unless there’s a surprise album in the works.
  • JAHEIM — Struggle Love (iTunes)
    • The title track from this New Jersey singer’s latest album is in the top 20 on the Urban AC chart. His last album in 2013 debuted at #6 on the album survey, and should this make the top ten, it’ll be his sixth studio release to reach the region since 2001.
  • VARIOUS ARTISTS — Southern Family (iTunes)
    • Inspired by the 1978 concept album White Mansions, producer Dave Cobb’s new compilation features songs from acts like Brandy Clark, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown and more. It’s likely to be a critical hit.
  • More albums out this week: Iggy Pop‘s Post Pop Depression (iTunes), iLoveMakonnen‘s Drink More Water 6 (iTunes), Jordan Smith‘s Something Beautiful (iTunes), Kris Allen‘s Letting You In (iTunes), Redfoo‘s Party Rock Mansion (iTunes), She Is We‘s War (iTunes), Soul Asylum‘s Change Of Fortune (iTunes), The Passion: New Orleans (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: William Michael Morgan‘s William Michael Morgan (iTunes)

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

  • “BASMF”, 3OH!3 (iTunes)
  • “BeFoUr”, ZAYN (iTunes)
  • “Be Alright”, Ariana Grande (iTunes)
  • “Drunk In The Morning”, Lukas Graham (iTunes)
  • “Fragile”, Kygo featuring Labrinth (iTunes)
  • “No Broken Hearts”, Bebe Rexha featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
  • “Our Love Will Survive”, Wild Belle (iTunes)
  • “Roll Me”, Cheap Trick (iTunes)
  • “Team”, Iggy Azalea (iTunes) (Friday morning)
  • “This Is For My Girls”, Various Artists (iTunes)
  • “Welcome To The Show”, Adam Lambert featuring Laleh (iTunes)
  • “What If I Go?”, Mura Masa (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from BirdyK. Michelle, Zayn and more.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (August 12)

The burning (sales) of Troye.

The burning of Troye.

A hot web star brings some fire to the scene, but not before some more established acts claw their way up the chart. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of August 12:

  • This week’s biggest new release may be an EP that isn’t out until Friday, but it’s sure to make people take notice. I think you know who 19-year-old singer Troye Sivan is; he’s all over YouTube (and the charts) and he makes his major label debut with TRXYE. Single “Happy Little Pill” cracked the top ten overall on iTunes a few weeks back. With top ten pre-order sales in a dozen countries, this is headed for a lofty entry. (iTunes)
  • After an album with the trio TGT last year, R&B singer Tank returns on his own with his latest, Stronger, featuring the single “You’re My Star”. It recently reached the top ten on the Urban AC airwaves. We’ll likely be seeing this one debut in the top ten on the Billboard 200; four of his previous solo efforts have done the same. (iTunes)
  • With their first album in two years, New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem are back with Get Hurt; the title track is currently top 50 on the Alternative chart. Handwritten missed the top ten on the Billboard 200, debuting at #14, but this one should garner enough first week sales to get to job done. (iTunes)
  • Recent American Idol winner Caleb Johnson is out with his debut album, Testify. I can testify to the fact that it won’t do well. With no prominent singles from the effort or promotion outside of a faltering summer tour with the other show finalists, the bargain bin is calling. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Dilated Peoples‘s Directors Of Photography (iTunes), FKA twigs‘s LP1 (iTunes), Kris Allen‘s Horizons (iTunes), Maurico‘s I Am Maurico (EP) (iTunesPorter Robinson‘s Worlds (iTunes), Randy Travis‘s Influence, Vol. 2: The Man I Am (iTunes), Sam Hunt‘s X2C (EP) (iTunes), Sinead O’Connor‘s I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (iTunes), SOJA‘s Amid The Noise And Haste (iTunes), Twista‘s The Dark Horse (iTunes) and Watsky‘s All You Can Do (iTunes).

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

  • “All About You”, the second new song in the last few weeks for Hilary Duff. (iTunes)
  • “Classic”, new from The Knocks and featuring Powers. (iTunes)
  • “Fire”, a new single from singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw. (iTunes)
  • “Geronimo” (+ EP), a new release from Aussie sextet Sheppard. (iTunes)
  • “Promises” (+ EP), the debut effort from Ryn Weaver. (iTunes)

Rapper Wiz Khalifa leads the pack of new releases next week with his album Blacc Hollywood, while Chase Rice, Kimbra and Smokey Robinson all land in stores as well. A full preview is coming in seven!

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #85 to #71 (Post 2 of 11)

Open your chart to me.

Open your chart to me.

From now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be counting down my top 100 songs of the year as I’ve been tabulating over the past few weeks. Every week, I make a top 40 list, and each position gets a certain amount of points, plus, I add in some extra points for weeks at #1, which goes towards their yearly total. The survey period is from December 4, 2011 to November 25, 2012. 177 songs ranked in the top 40 at some point this year, an increase of eleven from last year, which means that the pace picked up a little bit. Ties are broken by (1) peak position, then (2) weeks at peak position, and then (3) number of weeks on chart should it go that far. Everything from the top of the pops is in here: boy bands, bubblegum, country, dance, rock, and all the surprise hits and major under-performers in-between. Of course, I’ll be commenting on them as well, but I’m saving the good stuff until we get towards the top-tier of the top 100. We’re 15 songs down and have 85 more hits to go. Let’s pick back up at #85…

085. Kris Allen – The Vision Of Love (174 points) (PEAK: #21)
Here’s another Idol winner that was dropped by his label this year after his sophomore release, Thank You Camellia, underperformed. It’s a shame as this one was probably his catchiest single to date. The label credit on his recent Christmas EP is independent My T Mouse Records, a play on the cartoon superhero from the 1940’s.

084. Karmin – Crash Your Party (189 points) (PEAK: #16)
First of three singles in the top 100 for this so-called swag pop duo hailing from Beantown. This was essentially a “promotional single” as it didn’t appear on their major label debut, an EP entitled Hello. The title track is the next one up of the three.

083. Will Young – Come On (189 points) (PEAK: #12)
From his album Echoes, Young has one more song in the top 100, coming up in this section, in fact. Of the four singles from the album, only one made my top ten ten: “Jealousy”, which peaked at #3 last year.

082. Dave Matthews Band – Mercy (195 points) (PEAK: #19)
Matthews and the band have always performed solidly on my chart, but this was the first DMB era without a top ten hit on my survey since 2002’s Busted Stuff. “Where Are You Going?” made my top twenty, but failed to make the top ten. It was sonically boring and after a while of just sitting there, I had to let it fall. Perhaps you can attribute this same sort of story with this year’s #82 song.

081. Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. – Give Me All Your Luvin’ (196 points) (PEAK: #15)
Despite a Clear Channel “artist integration” deal which enabled radio stations to play the song every hour on the hour for the better part of three days, this was a major disappointment for the Material Girl. Yes, the demo leaked late last year and yes, it did attain a peak of #9 on the Hot 100, but it got zero longevity beyond her Super Bowl performance. (A very good performance, by the way.) This is the only song by Her Madgesty in the year-end survey.

080. Eric Hutchinson – Watching You Watch Him (201 points) (PEAK: #20)
Remember when Perez Hilton’s influence was so big that he could break an act? That’s what happened with this guy and his 2008 album, Sounds Like This, which launched “Rock & Roll” up to #14 for two weeks. His second hit on my chart was a decent one, but just didn’t muster enough chart power to rank any higher than it did.

079. Will Young – I Just Want A Lover (202 points) (PEAK: #18)
Ever wanted to see a guy romancing a shopping cart? Take a look at the odd video clip for this song. Just last month, Young switched labels from 19/RCA to Island, and hopes to have a new record out in 2013.

078. fun. – Carry On (214 points) (PEAK: #2)
Though it was #2 back in November, it’s now gone on to spend three weeks at #1 on my personal chart. That makes fun. the first group to score three number-ones consecutively in a calendar year since the Backstreet Boys did it back in 2001 with “The Call”, “More Than That” and “Drowning”.

077. Conor Maynard – Vegas Girl (221 points) (PEAK: #18)
He’s another YouTube discovery who has now garnered three top ten hits in the United Kingdom, this one peaking at #4 over there. He’s not quite the British version of Justin Bieber in terms of fandom and sales, but he does make a solid Pop record. His album, Contrast, gets a U.S. release in early January.

076. Rebecca Ferguson – Nothing’s Real But Love (223 points) (PEAK: #19)
This gal from Liverpool brings some soulful sounds to the countdown, peaking at #19 for four consecutive weeks. Though she hasn’t amassed a huge following in the States, her album has had a decent run in the United Kingdom. Hey, she beat Matt Cardle, who beat her to take the X Factor crown, on my year-end survey for the year. That’s pretty impressive.

075. Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own (236 points) (PEAK: #17)
What can you say about The Boss that hasn’t been said? He’s a legendary rocker, but, in terms of peak position, this is actually his best ranking song to make my top 40. It saw notable sales gains when promoted as a part of President Obama’s successful reelection campaign.

074. Colbie Caillat featuring Common – Favorite Song (239 points) (PEAK: #16)
This is the first time that a third single from any of Caillat’s three eras has entered the top 40. Caillat has had nine hits make my chart to date, with a tenth waiting in the wings: “We Both Know”, featuring Gavin DeGraw, from the soundtrack to Safe Haven.

073. Adam Lambert – Never Close Our Eyes (240 points) (PEAK: #15)
Alright, you Glamberts, here’s the first of two songs on the chart for the recent host of VH1 Divas 2012. Of his four songs to make my top 40, this is the only one that didn’t make the top ten, stalling out at that #15 peak for three weeks. The first single from Trespassing will be appearing in a little while.

072. Alanis Morissette – Guardian (245 points) (PEAK: #17)
After an era with no top-40 hits, Morissette landed one song in the survey this year, from her album Havoc and Bright Lights. She hasn’t scored a top ten hit on my chart since her remake of Seal‘s “Crazy” peaked at #8 for two weeks in January 2006.

071. Ellie Goulding – Lights (245 points) (PEAK: #9)
Goulding’s song was #78 on my 2011 year-end countdown with just five points less than it accumulated this year. It was off the charts months before it hit #1 on the CHR survey in August.

Join me back here tomorrow as I reveal #70 through #56, packed with shadows, darkness and falling skies. Not too optimistic looking, huh?

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