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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 23, 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. Yesterday was Record Store Day, and I certainly got a lot of great singles from artists like Deee-Lite, Madonna and Prince. Hey, it’s always best to have more wax in your hands than in your ears, even with a Q-Tip in my RSD collection. So, listen up as we rewind the week, then hit play and slay through the latest stats from the pop radio survey:

CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY ED: …and here we are again, folks. For the tenth week in a row, Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You” stays at that top spot on the CHR/Top 40 chart. It’s the third ten-week #1 so far this decade, and the only one that isn’t a collaboration. (In 2008, Leona Lewis‘s “Bleeding Love” was the last double-digit leader by a sole performer, also spending ten weeks at the top.) The song in second place for the fourth week, Bruno Mars‘s “That’s What I Like”, should finally get its first frame at #1 next week. Will I be rejoicing? No tea, no shade, but that’s an affirmative. Sheeran’s “Castle On The Hill” makes a notable jump from 30-22 on the list, while also rising 22-18 at the Hot AC format. At this rate, I’d expect that “Castle” will likely be in the top ten by the end of May, due to a number of summer single premieres (you know they’re all coming!) over the next few weeks.

“Shape” is still in the top five on at least four radio formats this week (beyond the aforementioned charts, AC and Rhythmic), while it also maintains a top 20 placing on, believe it or not, the Spanish chart. How’s it doing so well there? Well, thanks to a remix featuring reggae duo Zion & Lennox, the mass appeal hit continues to be, well, even more mass appeal. Will it ever stop? Ay, Dios mío…

EVEN “STRANGERS” NEED A “CURE”: Two of the most talked about tracks on the pop radio chart this week really know how to make an entrance, shooting straight into the top 40. The higher of the twosome is “Kissing Strangers” by DNCE, bowing in at #36 on the chart. It’s the group’s fifth top 40 hit since 2015, while featured artist Nicki Minaj scores her 34th top 40 entry at the format since 2010. Needless to say, neither act is a stranger to the top 40, though DNCE is a stranger when it comes to #1 songs, as “Cake By The Ocean” (#2, 4/10-17/16 MB) could only nibble at the pop pastry supreme at the top of the bakery… erm, could only knock on the door to the top of the chart, but were turned away by a pair of performers who only cared about themselves.

Lady Gaga‘s surprise single “The Cure” enters one spot below “Kissing”, rushing into the top 40 at #37. This means that the Joanne era is likely over after two radio singles, but we’ll always remember that pink hat in our hearts, though probably not in our closets. At 18 top 40 singles since 2008, including seven chart-toppers, the Lady continues to get her fill of pop success. Her next project? A new spin on the classic film A Star Is Born. No, I’m not expecting her to take on “Evergreen” anytime soon; let’s save that in 1977, please.

WHO’S YOUR DADDY?: Fathering a new top 50 song this week is a collaboration featuring 40-year-old rapper Daddy Yankee, a bilingual performer from Puerto Rico who last appeared on the chart with “Rompe” (#19, 5/19-26/06 R&R) off his Barrio Fino En Directo album. This week, he and fellow Puerto Rican Luis Fonsi take a Spanglish mix of their international hit “Despacito” into the top 50 at #47. Of course, Canadian singer Justin Bieber is also on that version, singing in both English and Spanish. By the way, for all of you chart buffs out there, the first bilingual rapper to ever reach the pop chart was Cuba-born Mellow Man Ace, who charted with “Mentirosa” (#34, 7/6/90 R&R) in his only top 40 appearance.

Though “Despacito” is the first chart entry to use that word in its title, it’s not the first to use it in the lyrics of a top 40 song. In fact, it was just a few months ago that “Bailar” (#35, 11/13/16 MB) by DJ Deorro and featured artist Elvis Crespo opened on that word. A remix featuring Pitbull aided its performance at the pop format, because I’m sure he had zero other hits to ruin at that time. I mean, who else could have done it? Gerardo?

SHAWN’S GOT YOUR “BACK”: After “Mercy” peaked at #6 six weeks ago, 18-year-old singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes gets off to a good start with his latest single, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”. It enters at #49 on this week’s CHR chart, ranking after a little over three days of airplay. Now, in anticipation of this song dropping a few days ago, yours truly dipped into the archives of pop perfection and through the undervalued “holding back” category, stopping at huge songs like “Holding Back The Years” (#3, 6/27/86 R&R) by Simply Red, “I Can’t Hold Back” (#10, 11/30/84 R&R) by Survivor and “I Won’t Hold You Back” (#4, 4/22-5/6/83 R&R) by Toto. So, if you weren’t holding back something in the 80’s, I’m not sure what you were doing. Hey, where’d my Jane Fonda tapes go?

Mendes first entered the top 50 in November 2014 with “Something Big”, which peaked at #44 by the second week of January. It was the follow-up to “Life Of The Party”, which couldn’t break the top 50 in either of its two radio runs, along with a reissue of “Big”, with a slightly altered mix, in the spring of 2015. Of course, with four consecutive top ten releases since those days, it’s safe to say that he’s doing alright for himself now and not looking “back”. Can he make it five? I sure hope so.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (April 18, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly 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: DNCE and Nicki Minaj give us a musical mouth-to-mouth message, Ed Sheeran finds the courage to climb that hilly chart terrain, and Lady Gaga prescribes us a hit healing for aches, pains and album eras that it might be best to forget. (Let’s be fair: it wasn’t love, but it was a perfect dissolution.) So, pucker up for this week’s stats, because smooching some singles is all the rage in Chart Land:

“KISSING” TO BE CLEVER: Joining the real time culture club (sorry Boy George) this week is “Kissing Strangers” by DNCE and featured artist Nicki Minaj, which lands atop the Most Added report, scoring 47 adds on impact. It’s one of three singles tied for the title this week, which is a pretty rare achievement. The party pop group is looking for their fifth top 40 single at the format, and their first since “Body Moves”, which peaked at #28 back in November. Their debut single remains their biggest, “Cake By The Ocean”, which spent a pair of weeks at #2 (4/10-17/16) and established the Mediabase era record (but not the PPW era record) for the most top 40 weeks to reach its peak: 27 of them. We’ll see how many strangers discover their song in the coming weeks.

PAINT THE TOWN ED: As of now, Ed Sheeran still has the #1 song on the pop chart with “Shape Of You”, which really needs to go elsewhere at this point. I may as well call it “Shade Of You”, at least based on the number of times I’ve tried to drag it lately. I guess I’ll give Sheeran a break this time, as “Castle On The Hill”, a song that recently reached #2 on my chart, is part of a three-way tie for the Most Added song at Top 40 radio this week, also scoring 47 new stations. Halsey‘s “Now Or Never” is the final member of the Fantastic 47 on the latest report, the first single from hopeless fountain kingdom, which still sounds like a LiveJournal oasis for bad fanfiction. Anyways, look for all three songs to continue to bring the adds next week, though there are several singles from acts like Lady Gaga (see below) and Shawn Mendes that’ll be vying for the Most Added title next time around.

“CURE” AND SIMPLE: “Million Reasons”, the little engine the could, may be headed down the tracks now, but Lady Gaga has a cure for that… literally. Released after her performance at Coachella on Sunday morning, “The Cure” soared to #1 on iTunes in a few hours time. Though it officially impacts next week, the hit lands in the fifth Most Added slot this week, with 23 stations. A little under two years ago, an unrelated single called “The Cure” impacted at the format for an act called Lipstick Gypsy. Promoted by Epic Records, it received some action in smaller markets, but failed to chart. Of course, we have to talk about the band named The Cure as well, who totaled four top 40 entries between 1987 and 1992. Their biggest, “Friday, I’m In Love” (#4, 7/31-8/7/92 R&R), was also their last. (“Mint Car” did chart (#45, 7/12/96 R&R) shortly after the #25/26 week recurrent rule was introduced.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. DNCE featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Kissing Strangers” (Republic)
1-T. ED SHEERAN
, “Castle On The Hill” (Atlantic)
1-T. HALSEY, “Now Or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol)
4. HARRY STYLES, “Sign Of The Times” (Columbiia)
5. LADY GAGA, “The Cure” (Streamline/Interscope)
6. CHEAT CODES featuring DEMI LOVATO, “No Promises” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
7. CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN and MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
8. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
9. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring HAILEE STEINFELD, “At My Best” (Republic/Bad Boy/Interscope)
10-T. DRAKE, “Passionfruit” (YMCMB/Republic)
10-T. KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy” (Indie-Pop/Atlantic/Capitol)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 14, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: it’s raining, it’s pouring, but Nicki Minaj and Stargate are scoring with pop panel breakouts, while the usual suspects keep things busy in the top ten. Time to get wet (no, not that Get Wet) and splash around with some station stats:

IN THE P!NK: They’ve been hitting as writers and producers on the CHR chart since the fall of 2000, but Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen weren’t content with just that. So, the guys from Norway, together as Stargate, are now on the verge of their first top 40 hit as artists. “Waterfall”, featuring pop superstars P!nk and Sia, has a good start with the (star)gatekeepers of the format this week, launching with a very healthy 41 adds — the Most Added song of the week. Coincidentally, this was the week in 2000 (the 3/17/00 issue of Radio & Records, to be exact) that P!nk’s debut hit, “There You Go”, first reached the top 40 at the format. So, here she goes again! Stations in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco are among the 41, so watch out for this song and its potential fast ascent up the survey.

Two of Stargate’s recent compositions are currently top 40 on the format: “Issues” (#14) by Julia Michaels, and “Run Up” (#35) by Major Lazer featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj. The duo both co-wrote and co-produced the singles. (More on Minaj below!) No word on when any additional music by the two men will be coming out, regardless of whether it’s under their own name or a production for another act. Either way, we’ll be looking out for it.

Not many Norwegian acts are able to break the U.S. charts, though a-ha, M2M and Madcon are among them. Of course, a-ha is the most successful of the bunch, as “Take On Me” (driven by its iconic music video) spent three weeks at #1 on Radio & Records in October 1985. They can stick to drawing comic books; I’ll stick to drawing conclusions for the pop world.

“TEARS” FOR FEARS: Everybody wants to rule the adds report, but just one song can make it to the top. However, a top five placing on Tuesday is still worth shouting about. Rapper and singer Nicki Minaj sows some seeds and comes up with a winner, “Regret In Your Tears”. It’s new on 23 stations, good for the fourth Most Added song of the week. “Regret” is one of three songs that Minaj issued on Friday as a part of a surprise release; one of them, “No Frauds” (with Drake and Lil Wayne), is the Most Added record at Rhythmic and Urban radio this week. That song addresses two recent diss records by Remy Ma, who reached a peak of #45 at the CHR/Top 40 format last year with “All The Way Up”, a collaboration with Fat Joe. All three of Minaj’s tracks remain in the top 40 overall on iTunes.

Raised in Queens, she first hit the CHR/Top 40 chart as a main-credited act in June 2010 with “Your Love”, which got as high as #21 that August. She’s the only act with two songs in this week’s top ten Most Added tracks at the format, which also includes her feature on Jason Derulo‘s “Swalla”. Needless to say, radio is head over heels for her once again. (No, Tears For Fears isn’t making a CHR comeback… at least not yet. I’m looking at you, The Weeknd.)

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
STARGATE featuring P!NK and SIA“Waterfall” (RCA)
THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY“Something Just Like This” (Disruptor/Columbia)
LORDE, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic)
NICKI MINAJ, “Regret In Your Tears” (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic)
ZEDD & ALESSIA CARA, “Stay” (Def Jam-Interscope)
AXWELL & INGROSSO featuring KID INK, “I Love You” (Def Jam)
JASON DERULO featuring NICKI MINAJ and TY DOLLA $IGN, “Swalla” (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
FLO RIDA & 99 PERCENT, “Cake” (APG/Atlantic)
CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
MARTIN GARRIX & DUA LIPA, “Scared To Be Lonely” (RCA)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (March 7, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, a new weekly report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Lorde hits the big board, “Swalla” gets added to the Top 40 Thesaurus and we dive into the usual trivia bag of tunes. So, take a break and grab some “Cake”, either song or pastry, and grab my hand as we go for miles on the FM dial:

OH MY, LORDE: “Green Light” means go, and Lorde certainly hits the gas, finishing the Record Race with the Most Added title at CHR/Top 40 radio this week. Her song receives 116 adds in its debut frame. That total crushes her prior highest one-week add total for “Team”, which scored 43 adds (MB 11/19/13) on impact.

That total also establishes “Green” as Lava’s biggest impact week of the Mediabase era, running from August 2006 onward, and it falls just short of the label’s biggest weeks in the PPW era: 134 adds (5/18/01 R&R) for Sugar Ray’s “When It’s Over” and 140 adds (4/21/00 R&R) for Matchbox Twenty’s “Bent”. (Both of those releases occurred during a time when Lava was distributed by Atlantic Records.)

Combining all reported stations across North America this week, “Green” picks up nearly 280 adds. Good Lorde. (No, I haven’t used up all my religious puns yet, just you wait…)

DERULO AND BEHOLD: When he’s not singing his name, Jason Derulo is popularizing words that may soon become top 40 hits on Merriam-Webster’s countdown. “Swalla”, a variation on the word “swallow”, or so I think, drinks down 25 more stations on the panel this week, good for fourth Most Added. The song features Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. Derulo’s biggest impact week remains the 156 stations (3/17/15 MB) he achieved for “Want To Want Me”, which spent a week at the top that June. By the way, the only other song that comes to mind that got swallowed by the CHR charts was “Jupiter (Swallow The Moon)”, a #42 entry (7/30/99 R&R) for singer/songwriter Jewel.

Besides his current single, Derulo recently moved his Future History imprint from RCA to his current home, Warner Bros., after one unsuccessful single (“Chingalinga”) by Alyxx Dione in 2015. (I know what you’re saying, “Who?” or “Only Adam would remember that one…”) Let’s hope the actual future looks bright for the group.

ELECTRIC “SLIDE”: Ooh, it’s shocking… no, not you Marcia Griffiths, I’ll get to your bop later. I’m referring to Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean and Migos, who team up for “Slide”, grabbing another 24 new stations this week. It’s good for the fifth Most Added slot. Harris’s last top 40 single, “My Way”, made its way to #11 in October, and was pulled quickly afterwards when it didn’t test well. However, with a run of nine top ten singles at the format since 2011, as well as the usual sales and streaming power, I don’t think he’s hurting. Harris has yet to announce a new studio album, even with the handful of singles he’s issued since the summer of 2015.

Though this “Slide” is not a hot Goo Goo Dolls remake, I think we can appreciate both songs and chart eras. That song received 52 adds (10/2/98 R&R) on impact, eventually settling into the #1 spot for two weeks in early 1999. It’s electric!

THE LADY IS A CHAMP: For the first time in two months, Lady Gaga‘s “Million Reasons” has a very reasonable week in the Most Added column. The hit is new at 22 stations, which makes it the seventh Most Added song at the format this week. It continues to benefit from sale pricing across various online stores, though a number of outlets on the panel are still showing resistance when it comes to adding it or converting it to a higher rotation. C’mon, kids, it’s not that hard… she played the Super Bowl, for Pete’s sake. Actually, I don’t know any Petes who are struggling with a decision on the record. Eh, you know who you are.

Here’s something more positive to go gaga over: “Million” is the performer’s biggest single at the format since “Do What U Want” (featuring R. Kelly) spent three non-consecutive weeks at #7 in December 2013 and January 2014. It’s moving! Now, who stole my pink hat?

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
LORDE, “Green Light” (Lava/Republic)
ZEDD & ALESSIA CARA, “Stay” (Def Jam-Interscope)
THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY“Something Just Like This” (Disruptor/Columbia)
JASON DERULO featuring NICKI MINAJ and TY DOLLA $IGN, “Swalla” (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
CALVIN HARRIS featuring FRANK OCEAN & MIGOS, “Slide” (Columbia)
LINKIN PARK featuring KIIARA, “Heavy” (Warner Bros.)
LADY GAGA, “Million Reasons” (Streamline/Interscope)
AXWELL & INGROSSO featuring KID INK, “I Love You” (Def Jam)
FLO RIDA & 99 PERCENT, “Cake” (APG/Atlantic)
BIG SEAN, “Bounce Back” (G.O.O.D./Def Jam)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 21, 2016

Going gaga for Bublé.

Going gaga for Michael.

Just as the leaves turn those vibrant colors, so too does the release schedule for new music, chock-full of bright young stars and shining established acts. Rake in those records, because here are the notable albums and singles out this week:

MICHAEL BUBLÉ — Nobody But Me (iTunes)
Canadian crooner Bublé hopes to grab his fifth #1 album in the U.S. with this effort, which is his first studio album in over three years. The title track from it is approaching the top ten on the AC chart, while it recently entered the top 50 on the Hot AC chart. There are a couple of collaborations of note, including one with pop singer Meghan Trainor on the cut “Someday”. Though it won’t approach the first week sales of some of his prior efforts, the upper demo will drive this record to a potential #1 entry.

LADY GAGA — Joanne (iTunes)
After the messy era that was ARTPOP, this New York performer has been making some big moves over the past few years, from a chart-topping jazz album with Tony Bennett, to a Golden Globe win for American Horror Story: Hotel, to big performances on the Grammy Awards and at the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, her latest musical era is off to a rocky start. “Perfect Illusion” has struggled, and reviews for the set are mixed. Still, it should earn a top five debut (#1 is possible!) on the album chart.

D.R.A.M. — Big Baby D.R.A.M. (iTunes)
Ain’t no tellin’ what kind of numbers this album will do during the week, but given the big success of single “Broccoli”, its overall units are likely to be higher. Of course, this performer had a smaller radio hit in “Cha Cha” last year, although it was pulled from Urban radio as Drake‘s “Hotline Bling” began to take off. Luckily, the Virginia native is doing quite well for himself now.

JIMMY EAT WORLD — Integrity Blues (iTunes)
They’ve been charting in the States since 2001, and Blues marks the Arizona group’s ninth studio album since their self-titled set in 1994. First single “Sure And Certain” sits just below the top ten on Alternative radio, their highest-charting song in six years.

SAINT MOTEL — Saintmotelevision (iTunes)
This California band released their first album independently four years ago. Their latest set includes first single “Move”, which is moving along in the top 20 on the Alternative chart. Don’t change the channel yet; this album is bound to be a good one.

Christmas albums out this week: Amy Grant‘s Tennessee Christmas (iTunes), Pentatonix‘s A Pentatonix Christmas (iTunes), R. Kelly‘s 12 Nights Of Christmas (iTunes), Rascal Flatts‘s The Greatest Gift Of All (iTunes), Sarah McLachlan‘s Wonderland (iTunes)

More albums out this week: Chris Tomlin‘s Never Lose Sight (iTunes), Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra‘s The Wonder Of You (iTunes), Korn‘s The Serenity Of Suffering (iTunes), Leonard Cohen‘s You Want It Darker (iTunes), Sia‘s This Is Acting (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), The Pretty Reckless‘s Who You Selling For (iTunes), Tyler Glenn‘s Excommunication (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Nightly‘s Honest (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Time Low”, Kip Moore (iTunes)
“Better Man”, Little Big Town (iTunes)
“Body 2 Body”, Dragonette (iTunes)
“Everybody Wants To Be A Cat”, Jamie Cullum (iTunes)
“Find What You’re Looking For”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Good Time People” and “Midnight Special”, Spencer Ludwig (iTunes)
“Hometown”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
“Love My Life”, Robbie Williams (iTunes)
“Not Easy”, Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa (iTunes)
“Remember Who I Was”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Rockabye”, Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Take My Breath Away”, Alesso (iTunes)
“The Story Never Ends”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Think About You”, LÉON (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Jeezy, Kenny ChesneyTove Lo and more.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 23)

Two Cheeks, one week.

Two Cheeks, one week.

It’s a snazzy and jazzy update this week, with two unlikely superstars paired together for a collection of covers, along with one of Country’s leading men and one of England’s hottest indie trios. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 23:

  • After a week which will see Barbra Streisand top the Billboard 200, who’s to say that Tony Bennett will not be the next to top the survey? His long-delayed duets album with Lady Gaga, titled Cheek To Cheek, is now in stores. Several digital cuts from it have made the Jazz charts in the last few weeks. Reviews have been generally solid for it and the effort should have enough strength to enter at #1 next week. (iTunes)
  • Just off another #1 single at Country radio with “American Kids”, still selling well in the top 40 on iTunes, hitmaker Kenny Chesney is back with The Big Revival, which also features the followup “Til It’s Gone”. Last time around, Chesney’s Life On A Rock debuted north of six figures last year and could hit that same amount this year as a strong #2. We’ll see. (iTunes)
  • Currently riding up the Alternative survey with their biggest hit to date, “Left Hand Free”, the band known as alt-J (or ) is back with This Is All Yours, the act’s first studio album since 2012’s An Awesome Wave. Pre-release tracks from it have already ranked highly on iTunes stores across the globe. It will likely debut in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • In our former reality show contestants roundup, and there are quite a few this week, look out for new releases from America’s Got Talent‘s Jackie Evancho and her latest, Awakening (iTunes), American Idol‘s Jennifer Hudson with JHUD (iTunes) and The Sing-Off‘s Pentatonix with PTX, Vol. III (iTunes). Hudson’s “It’s Your World”, with R. Kelly, is now a top 20 hit at Urban AC radio.
  • Other releases out this week include: Aphex Twin‘s Syro (iTunes), Chad Lawson‘s The Chopin Variations (iTunesGary Clark Jr.‘s Gary Clark Jr. Live (iTunes), George Harrison‘s The Apple Years 1968-75 (iTunes), Joe Bonamossa‘s Different Shades Of Blue (iTunes), John Mellencamp‘s Plain Spoken (iTunes), Lee Ann Womack‘s The Way I’m Livin’ (iTunes), Lenny Kravitz‘s Strut (iTunes), Leonard Cohen‘s Popular Problems (iTunes), Luke James‘s Luke James (iTunes) and Tweedy‘s Sukierae (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:

  • “Burnin’ Up”, new from singer Jessie J and rapper 2 Chainz. (iTunes)
  • “Carry You Home”, a digital single from Jamie Scott. (iTunes)
  • “Maps (Rumba Whoa Mix)”, the Maroon 5 hit with a new feature by Latin star J Balvin. (iTunes)
  • “Something Blue”, a digital single from the forthcoming album by Neil Diamond. (iTunes)
  • “When You Were Mine”, a collaboration from Night Terrors of 1927 and Tegan & Sara. (iTunes)

It’s a crazy week as the labels prepare for their final shot at a GRAMMY nomination for acts with new albums like Blake Shelton, Colbie Caillat, Lady Antebellum, Prince and more. So many releases, so little time, but a full preview is coming in seven!

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A Musical Mystery: Is Someone Dropping A Surprise Album?

Tunes for June?

Tunes for June?

It started out as a blind item Thursday night on the trade site HITS Daily Double — the potential for a surprise album to be issued at some point during the first week of June. Immediately, music message boards were buzzing as to whom could be behind such a release. Now, this obviously has no confirmation, it’s merely a suggestion of a rumbling inside this industry, but the potential is huge for another blockbuster dependent on the soloist or band with such an album. I, myself, haven’t a clue as to who it actually is. However, I’m here to give suggestions! Let’s sort this one out together…

  • It could be a diva with a flashy new release. Should the mystery item be something like Adele‘s 25, it could save a 15% drop in albums year-to-date. It may even be capable of selling 1 million copies in its first week as the followup to the Diamond certified 21. There’s also singer Taylor Swift, who is due for a new album at some point this year. Both the country and pop communities would be excited by new music from her. We also have Rihanna, who last year was reported to be involved with two albums seeing a 2014 release date rather than completing a new set for a 2013 date. Finally, there’s Lady Gaga; we’ve heard whispers of an ARTPOP 2 coming at some point, and we’re also likely to see her collaboration effort with Tony Bennett, Cheek To Cheek, this year. Question is, will it be now?
  • It could be a solo rapper. Given the recent $3 billion deal between Apple and Beats By Dre, could we be upon the release of that decade-plus-in-the-making Detox by Dr. Dre? It certainly makes sense given all the news lately, but then again, it’s been pushed back so many times that it may never see the light of day. Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter V is also in the running given that a leadoff single is now on the charts; so is his cohort Nicki Minaj with The Pink Print. Both are anticipated after an underperforming Young Money compilation. We also can’t forget about rapper Wiz Khalifa‘s Blacc Hollywood; with no date yet, it could fit in here. Kanye West may be an option as well.
  • It could be act that’s had decades of success and is looking to making some sort of comeback. Madonna‘s name has been thrown around quite a bit since the announcement of a surprise release; she and Katy Perry have been working together recently, and she’s been in the studio with both Avicii and Natalia Kills. Prince recently signed a new deal with his old label Warner Bros. – could this be the first of his new albums for them? There’s also U2, who have released a few tunes since the beginning of the year: “Invisible” and “Ordinary Love” (from the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.) Was their album really pushed back to 2015… or is now the right time to put it out?
  • We also have the performers that could be the ultimate shock. Could you imagine if Gwen Stefani dropped an album out of nowhere? After all, she will be judging on The Voice this season and has been working on some sounds with the other new judge on the panel, Pharrell. Given all their playing at festivals in the last few months, wouldn’t it make sense for Outkast to release an album? Epic has a little momentum (can’t give them too much credit) with the Michael Jackson posthumous effort. What about Justin Bieber in his attempt to silence the critics? What about JoJo and her first album in eight years? Far too many options, so little time to analyze them all.

The curiosity factor is going to go on for some time and I’m not sure I’ve helped things totally, but we’ll see what happens this week! Think it may be someone else? Frank OceanJanet Jackson? Kesha? Let me know! Comment below or find me on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab above.

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