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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 21, 2017

A Rey of light on the charts.

It’s the middle of July, so get stuck in the middle of all these grand rock and rap releases hitting stores today. It’s sure to be one mighty musical match for #1! Here are the notable albums and singles this week:

LANA DEL REY – Lust For Life (iTunes)
After taking a small Honeymoon two years ago, the New York City singer and songwriter is ready for more love from the buying public with her fourth major-label album. It features a number of interesting collaborations, with performers like Stevie Nicks and The Weekend (on the title track) in the mix. Del Rey’s fan base is pretty big at this point, and I imagine they’ll be doing all they can to ensure a #1 debut for their queen.

MEEK MILL – Wins & Losses (iTunes)
This popular rapper is just below the top ten on Urban radio with the single “Whatever You Need”, featuring Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign. His previous set, Dreams Worth More Than Money, netted him some money when it debuted at #1 in 2015. On this particular week, it’s going to be harder to reach the top spot, but Mill could pull it off again.

TYLER, THE CREATOR – Flower Boy (iTunes)
Since 2011, all three of this rapper’s studio albums have reached the top five on the Billboard 200 chart with minimal radio play. So, this one should be another easy top five for the 26-year-old, given the millions of streams from his previous sets. “I Ain’t Got Time!” was the most recent single from the release, coming out earlier this week.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE – Sacred Hearts Club (iTunes)
Featuring “Doing It For The Money”, which ranks in the top 15 on the Alternative chart, this quartet (once a trio) is looking for a third top ten album on the Billboard 200. Three songs on this album appeared on an EP called III, which was released in April.

More albums out this week: Declan McKenna‘s What Do You Think About The Car? (iTunes), In This Moment‘s Ritual (iTunes), Romeo Santos‘s Golden (iTunes), Sage The Gemini‘s Morse Code (iTunes), Vera Blue‘s Perennial (iTunes), Descendants 2 (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: TBA

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“’93 (Acoustic)”, Youngr (iTunes)
“Ahead Of Myself”, X Ambassadors (iTunes)
“Back To You”, Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals (iTunes)
“Body And Soul”, Kat Dahlia (iTunes)
“Dance with A Ghost”, Sara Hartman (iTunes)
“Edge Of The Night”, Sheppard featuring Sebastian Yatra (iTunes)
“Fine”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“Golden Age”, Late Night Episode (iTunes)
“idontwannabeyouanymore”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Legends Are Made”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Mattress”, Leland (iTunes)
“Poor Me”, Shania Twain (iTunes)
“Raincoat (Loote Remix)”, Timeflies featuring Shy Martin (iTunes)
“She’s On My Mind”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Something To Hold On To”, Emily Warren (iTunes)
“The Way I Love Her (Acoustic)”, Stanaj (iTunes)
“Wedding Crashers”, Aminé featuring Offset (iTunes)
“Would You Mind”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Arcade Fire, Cage The Elephant and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 18, 2015

"Beach" better have her money.

“Beach” better have her money.

This week’s New Music Friday leads us on a holiday for music lovers (because, well, we are married to music.) On this stay, we’ll take in a little pop, some rock, some rap and much more. Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • LANA DEL REY — Honeymoon (iTunes)
    • From “High By The Beach” to high on the charts, Del Rey’s third major-label studio set should have a similar debut to her previous two studio albums, which both entered in the top two. Notably, the effort features her cover of the song “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, originally recorded by Nina Simone in 1964. It was then a hit on several occasions in the years to come.
  • MAC MILLER — GO:OD AM (iTunes)
    • 23-year-old Pittsburgh rapper Miller has had some great success and a responsive fanbase since his debut in 2011, including a #1 on the Billboard 200 with his Blue Slide Park album that year. This is his first major-label set, while bringing his total studio albums to three overall. Single “100 Grandkids” barely cracked the Hot 100 at #100.
  • SHINEDOWN — Threat To Survival (iTunes)
    • They’ve had a lock on a spot in the top two on Active Rock radio with “Cut The Cord” for about two months now. A Threat to the top spot on the Billboard 200, you ask? Probably not, but a solid top five debut is not a bad guess. It remains to be seen if any songs will crossover from their latest album.
  • More albums out this week: Alabama‘s Southern Drawl (iTunes), Andy Mineo‘s Uncomfortable (iTunes), Atreyu‘s Long Live (iTunes), Black Violin‘s Stereotypes (iTunes), blessthefall‘s To Those Left Behind (iTunes), Chris Cornell‘s Higher Truth (iTunes), Darlene Love‘s Introducing Darlene Love (iTunes), David Cook‘s Digital Vein (iTunes), David Gilmour‘s Rattle That Lock (iTunes), Judy Collins‘s Strangers Again (iTunes), Katharine McPhee‘s Hysteria (iTunes), Keith Richards‘s Crosseyed Heart (iTunes), Meg Myers‘s Sorry (iTunes), PHASES‘s For Life (iTunes), Ryan Adams‘s 1989 (out 9/21) (iTunes), The Front Bottoms‘s Back On Top (iTunes), Timeflies‘s Just For Fun (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Jasmine Thompson‘s Adore (iTunes), Transviolet‘s Transviolet (iTunes)

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

  • “All For Love”, Madison Beer featuring Jack & Jack (iTunes)
  • “Automatic”, Zhu x AlunaGeorge (iTunes)
  • “Born To Lose”, Cast Of Empire (iTunes)
  • “Cake By The Ocean”, DNCE (iTunes)
  • “Confident”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
  • “Don’t You Worry” and “Make Up”, R. City (iTunes)
  • “Freaks Like Me”, Joe Nichols (iTunes)
  • “Hold Me Now”, Eden XO (iTunes)
  • “Lay By Me”, Firekid (iTunes)
  • “Let’s Go”, Def Leppard (iTunes)
  • “Money”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
  • “Natural Born Lovers”, Erik Hassle (iTunes)
  • “On My Mind”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
  • “Party Favors”, Tinashe featuring Young Thug (iTunes)
  • “RGF Island”, Fetty Wap (iTunes)
  • “Runnin’ (Lose It All)”, Naughty Boy featuring Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin (iTunes)
  • “Shine A Light”, BANNERS (iTunes)
  • “The Agony And The Ecstasy”, ROMANS (iTunes)
  • “Until You Were Gone”, The Chainsmokers & Tritonal featuring Emily Warren (iTunes)
  • “Zero”, Chris Brown (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from CHVRCHES, DisclosureFetty Wap and more. See you then!

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

A "Brooklyn Baby" rocks the cradle towards the top.

A “Brooklyn Baby” rocks the cradle towards the top.

They’re calling it a mini-Super Tuesday, although if the results are right, it may be an Ultratuesday once all is said and done. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of June 17:

  • Lana Del Rey makes her highly anticipated return with Ultraviolence, her first full-length set since 2012. The first single from it, “West Coast”, is enjoying play at both the AAA and Alternative formats. She may be a polarizing figure in the music world, but she’s got a big fan base to lead her to #1. Will it happen for the 27-year-old singer? Industry sources seem to think she’s got it and I believe them. Stay tuned to see! (iTunes)
  • Released several weeks ago in the U.K. to massive success, the debut effort from singer Sam Smith is now out in the States, In The Lonely Hour. The U.S. leadoff “Stay With Me” has become a global smash, and the singer was also featured on top singles from Disclosure and Naughty Boy. It could be the surprise of the week, but it also may have to settle for #2. Still, the GRAMMY buzz is immense already. (iTunes)
  • The once Alternative heavyweights Linkin Park have been limping to some paltry peaks at the format lately, and a harder sound on The Hunting Party may have something to do with it. Both “Guilty All The Same” and “Until It’s Gone” have charted, with the former topping the Active Rock survey. This should hit six figures and be safely in the top 3, but #1 won’t be theirs this time around. (iTunes)
  • Papis around the globe are feeling the luh from Jennifer Lopez and her latest effort, A.K.A., featuring the new CHR radio hit “First Love”. Lopez’s first week sales are still on the decline, but a top ten opening is relatively possible with this album so long as it attracts a crowd. Just don’t expect it to have legs unless something major happens. (iTunes)
  • DJ and producer Joel Zimmerman, who performs under the stage name deadmau5, is out with while(1<2), referring  to a piece of programming code meaning “to loop indefinitely”. In 2012, he cracked the top ten on the Billboard 200 with > album title goes here <. His new set should find a place there as well… though not indefinitely. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Clean Bandit‘s New Eyes (iTunes), David Gray‘s Mutineers (iTunes), Mary J. Blige‘s soundtrack to Think Like A Man Too (iTunes), Tiesto‘s A Town Called Paradise (iTunes), Willie Nelson‘s Band Of Brothers (iTunes) and a various artists effort, Playing For Change 3: Songs Around The World (iTunes).

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

  • “3 Things”, this week’s album cut from Jason Mraz‘s forthcoming Yes! album. (iTunes)
  • “Afire Love”, “Bloodstream”, etc., several digital tracks being released from Ed Sheeran‘s X album. (iTunes)
  • “Maps”, the leadoff single from V for pop/rockers Maroon 5. (iTunes)
  • “My Hurricane”, fresh from former Graffiti6 singer and now soloist Jamie Scott. (iTunes)
  • “No Mediocre”, a collaboration between T.I. and Iggy Azalea. (iTunes)

Next week, it’s all about a potent pop punch from singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran — how will X do against rapper G-Eazy and heavy metal rockers Mastodon? A full preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 27)

Carey on, Mimi.

Carey on, Mimi.

Memorial Day may be over for this year, but some chart veterans are hitting the scene with new efforts this week, along with a few newcomers to the Billboard 200. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of May 27:

  • After delays, single changes and scanning childhood self-portraits for the better part of two years, the diva is back and ready to roll. Mariah Carey returns with her first studio album since 2010, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse. Though she’ll likely claim the week’s top debut, Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories should be strong enough to hold her back from #1. Nevertheless, the Lambs are ready to strike for their shepherd. (iTunes)
  • Speaking of fanbases, the Mahomies are another strong one. Luckily, their leader, Austin Mahone, is finally out with an EP titled The Secret, which comes nearly two years after his first radio single release. His most recent single, a collaboration with Pitbull titled “Mmm Yeah”, is on there, along with a few extra nu sounds. Look for it to debut somewhere in the top ten with a really front-loaded first day sales total. (iTunes)
  • Former U.K. X Factor finalist Cher Lloyd is hearing those “Sirens” go off today as her second album, Sorry, I’m Late, finally arrives in stores this week after a six month delay. The set was postponed after single “I Wish” failed to chart significantly, although that aforementioned second single isn’t doing much either. Don’t count the Brats out, though – they could deliver a solid entry for her. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Crowder‘s Neon Steeple (iTunes), Hercules and Love Affair‘s The Fest Of The Broken Heart (iTunes), Kisss Kiss 40 (iTunes), Neil Young‘s A Letter Home (iTunes), Röyksopp & Robyn‘s Do It Again (EP) (iTunes), Sharon Van Etten‘s Are We There? (iTunes), The Ready Set‘s The Bad & The Better (iTunes) and the original Broadway soundtrack to The Bridges Of Madison County (iTunes).

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

  • “Hello, You Beautiful Thing”, a digital single from Jason Mraz‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “I Wanna Feel”, already storming the top in the U.K. for producer SecondCity. (iTunes)
  • “Shades Of Cool”, a digital release from Lana Del Rey‘s Ultraviolence album. (iTunes)
  • “XO”, a remake of a Beyoncé underperforming single by John Mayer. (iTunes)

Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum debuts next week and makes its way towards that lofty certification, while new albums from 50 Cent and The Orwells also try to break ahead of the pack. A full preview is coming on Tuesday!

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GRAMMY WEEK: Adam Picks The Winners for Packaging/Visual Media Fields

Gram bam, thank you, ma'am.

Gram bam, thank you, ma’am.

It’s finally here… the week before the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, airing on Sunday, January 26 at 8PM Eastern on CBS. This week on POP! Goes The Charts, we’ll be taking a look at nearly half the categories on the list and laying out who I think will taking home a prize or two or five (maybe!) on the big day. Today, we start out with the fields for Packaging and Visual Media.

(For a full list of nominations, check it out on GRAMMY.com along with more interactive features. You can also order the 2014 GRAMMY Nominees album, from Atlantic Records.)

56. Best Musical Theater Album

Kinky Boots (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
Matilda: The Musical
Motown: The Musical

PREDICTION: Much like the Tony Awards back in June, I think Best Musical winner Kinky Boots will be the winner in this category. This would mark singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper‘s first GRAMMY win since claiming Best New Artist way back in 1985.

57. Best Companion Soundtrack for Visual Media

Django Unchained
Quentin Tarantino, compilation producer

The Great Gatsby (Deluxe Edition)
Baz Luhrman, compilation producer

Les Misérables (Deluxe Edition)
Cameron Mackintosh, Lee McCutcheon & Stephan Metcalfe, compilation producers

Muscle Shoals
Stephan Badger & Greg Camalier, compilation producers

Sound City: Real To Reel
Butch Vig, compilation producer (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: I was going back and forth between Luhrman and Vig for this Award, as both soundtracks have the star power to win, but I’ll give the edge to The Great Gatsby on this one. As a stand-alone work, it’s quite inspired and did well commercially.

58. Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Argo
Alexandre Desplat, composer

The Great Gatsby
Craig Armstrong, composer

Life Of Pi
Mychael Danna, composer

Lincoln
John Williams, composer

Skyfall
Thomas Newman, composer (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

Zero Dark Thirty
Alexandre Desplat, composer

PREDICTION: Five out of the six nominations (minus Danna) are by previous winners in the category; that is some serious competition. However, I’m giving it to Lincoln. The movie was fantastic and Williams did an exceptional job setting the mood for it.

59. Best Song Written for Visual Media

“Atlas” (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Performed and Written by: Coldplay (Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin)

“Silver Lining (Crazy ‘Bout You)” (Silver Linings Playbook)
Performed by: Jessie J
Written by: Diane Warren

“Skyfall” (Skyfall)
Performed by: Adele
Written by: Adkins & Paul Epworth (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“We Both Know” (Safe Haven)
Performed and Written by: Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw

“Young And Beautiful” (The Great Gatsby)
Performed by: Lana Del Rey
Written by: Del Rey & Rick Nowels

“You’ve Got Time” (Orange Is The New Black)
Performed and Written by: Regina Spektor

PREDICTION: This is a pretty hard category – two of the selections in here went to #1 on my personal chart. As much as I want “Atlas” to take the prize, I am going with “Skyfall”. The GRAMMY’s wouldn’t be complete without an Adele win, would they?

63. Best Recording Package

Geneseo, Automatic Music Can Be Fun
Mike Brown, Zac DeCamp, Brian Grunert & Annie Stoll, art directors

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon
Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors  (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

Jay Z, Magna Carta… Holy Grail
Brian Roettinger, art director

Metallica, Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)
Bruce Duckworth, Sarah Moffat, Brian Steele & David Turner

David Bowie, The Next Day
Jonathan Barnbrook, art director

PREDICTION: All five sets have pretty unique artwork even though I don’t know two of the acts in the category. I do believe David Bowie has the best chance of a win here. I liked the campaign based around it; it’s a simple piece, yet it’s also mysterious.

64. Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Rolling Stones, The Brussels Affair
Charles Dooher & Scott Sandler, art directors

Mayer Hawthorne, How Do You Do (Limited Edition Box Set)
Mayer Hawthorne, art director

Mumford & Sons, The Road To Red Rocks (Special Edition)
Ross Stirling, art director

Various Artists, The Smith Tapes
Masaki Koike, art director

Wings, Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)
Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: There’s some major GRAMMY darlings in here, and of course, my dream win would be for Hawthorne. Yet, I’ll be realistic here and say Wings Over the other four. Hey, I even got the “Maybe I’m Amazed” 12″ for Record Store Day last year.

81. Best Music Video

“Safe And Sound”, Capital Cities
Grady Hall, video director; Buddy Enright, Javier Jimenez, Danny Lockwood & Daniel Weisman, video producers

“Picasso Baby” (A Performance Art Film), Jay Z
Mark Romanek, video director; Shawn Carter & Aristides McGarry, video producers

“Can’t Hold Us”, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
Jon Jon Augustavo, Jason Koenig & Ryan Lewis, video directors; Tricia Davis, Honna Kimmerer & Jenny Koenig, video producers

“Suit & Tie”, Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z
David Fincher, video director; Timory King, video producer (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“I’m Shakin'”, Jack White
Dori Oskowitz, video director; Saul Levitz & Candice OvaKnine, video producer

PREDICTION: Of the five entries here, only one music video helped me to like the song better, and that would be “Safe And Sound” by Capital Cities. With a clip featuring dancers from multiple eras, the nostalgia should prove to be positive with the committee.

82. Best Music Film

Coldplay, Live 2012
Paul Dugdale, video director; Jim Parsons, video producer

Green Day, ¡Cuatro!
Tim Wheeler, video director; Tim Lynch, video producer

Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite, I’m In, I’m Out And I’m Gone: The Making Of Get Up!
Danny Clinch, video director; Ben Harper, video producer

Paul McCartney, Live Kisses
Jonas Åkerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger, video producers (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

Mumford & Sons, The Road To Red Rocks
Nicolas Jack Davies & Frederick Scott, video directors; Dan Bowen, video producer

PREDICTION: I only own one of these (Coldplay), but I think Mumford & Sons will take it. I saw the special when it aired on HBO; besides being a fan of them, it’s a high quality film and edited together well. Their past GRAMMY history also helps the cause.
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Crown Of The Frowns: Pulling Off An Upset On The Charts

An expression of depression.

An expression of depression.

It might be a downer, but it’s rising up the chart for singer Lana Del Rey, who appears to finally be accepted by a mainstream audience in the United States. A Cedric Gervais remix has fueled the sudden hit status of “Summertime Sadness”, which is currently up to #16 on the Hot 100 as of last week. It could very well go top ten because it continues to make significant gains on both the airplay and sales chart. Should it achieve that, it would be only the seventh song in the history of the chart to reach that portion with a depressing ditty, at least in its title, sadly. In fact, all of those prior singles have gone top 7, so the lucky seventh one has to go to top, right? Maybe. We’ll have to wait and see. Grab onto these big hits and maybe a box of tissues as well:

“So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)”, The Everly Brothers (#7, 1960)
Don and Phil Everly were all over the place as the rock era began, cranking out material that charted on the adult contemporary, R&B and pop national surveys. In the middle of the terrific twosome’s hit streak in the 50’s and 60’s came this single, and while it’s not one of their most remembered, it did spend a few weeks in the top ten with a peak of #7. The b-side to it, “Lucille”, also cracked the top 40, going as high as #21.

“Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)”, Sue Thompson (#5, 1961)
Missouri-born Eva McKee first made a name for herself as Thompson in 1961 with this debut single, which went to #5 on the Hot 100. It was written by John D. Loudermilk, who was also behind the hits “Indian Reservation”, “Tobacco Road” and Thompson’s followup to “Movies”, the #3 “Norman”. After the pop charts ignored her efforts by the middle of the decade, she returned to Country music to some minor success.

“Sad Eyes”, Robert John (#1, 1979)
John first made the Hot 100 as 12-year-old Bobby Pedrick, Jr. in 1958 with a minor single, which was followed by a few more under a change of name in 1968. After garnering his first big hit with a cover of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” in 1972, which went to #3, he fell off the radar. This unexpected comeback song climbed the charts slowly, going top 40 in June and to #1 in October, rare for the time. He last charted in 1983.

“Sad Songs (Say So Much)”, Elton John (#5, 1984)
Now, from one John to another. The English star created some pretty sad songs in his career, but this was his only single release to contain the actual world. “Songs” was the first release from his 1984 album Breaking Hearts and it went to #5 on the Hot 100, his first leadoff single to make the top 5 in four years. It also managed high peaks in Austria, Canada, and Switzerland. A music video for it was filmed in Australia.

“There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)”, Billy Ocean (#1, 1986)
It was in 1984 that Ocean first saw the top of the charts with “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)”, his first top 40 single in eight years. Two years after that massive song, he went back to the #1 spot with this big ballad. After a single frame at the top, it was knocked out by Simply Red‘s “Holding Back The Years”. Ocean would go to #1 for a third and final time in 1988 with “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car”.

“Another Sad Love Song”, Toni Braxton (#7, 1993)
She’s one of the stars of Braxton Family Values and her music career took off in a big way in the 90’s. “Love” was the first single from Braxton’s self-titled debut album in 1993. The single went top ten and the album went to #1 for two weeks in 1994. Braxton is currently promoting a duets project with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, who featured Braxton on his 1992 hit, “Give U My Heart”, becoming her first top 40 single.

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Picture This: Pop Goes The Cinema This Summer

Time to put the pop in popcorn as we highlight some fabulous songs from the flickers to day on the blog. Last year, two songs written specifically for movies made it to #1 on mainstream radio: “It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars (from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1) and “Wide Awake” by Katy Perry (from Katy Perry: Part Of Me.) Will the same thing happen again this year? Here’s a preview of both current and future singles/movies ready to take on the charts before the credits roll.

"Young" song, old soul.

“Young” song, old soul.

LANA DEL REY – “Young And Beautiful”
(From the Original Soundtrack to The Great Gatsby)
Release Date: Out now; CHR radio impact on May 21

Lana Del Rey: you either love her or you hate her. She’s one of the more polarizing singers to come out in the last few years, and I’ll admit, even though I liked “Video Games late in 2011, I haven’t been impressed with anything from her since then, including that Saturday Night Live performance that nearly everyone was trashing. Any press is good press, as they say, and she’s maintained a good-size fanbase as she weathers the storm that is the music industry. So, color me surprised when hearing this new song of hers for the first time and I… actually thought it was decent? Shock! “Young And Beautiful” comes from the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. Two songs from the movie are currently in the top 40 on iTunes, but this is doing the best of the pair. The main version of “Young” is still sitting in the top ten, but there are two other versions of the song at the retailer, and the combined sales of all three ranks the song in the top 5. “Young” also appears to be seeing some sort of promotion at radio, with two Hot Adult Contemporary adds in the past week, including one at top-ten market KDMX in Dallas. That’s pretty huge to secure a big station like that out of the gate for a relatively unknown singer at the format. (None of her singles have charted there, but a few have seen some minor airplay from AAA-leaning stations.) Can this become the breakout single for the 26-year-old from New York City? With a lush orchestration backing her and a dramatic vocal reminiscent of Cilla Black or Petula Clark, the placement of it and sales so far could lead her to an unexpected and big hit.

This is smurfing awesome.

This is smurfing awesome.

BRITNEY SPEARS – “Ooh La La”
(From the Original Soundtrack to The Smurfs 2)
Release Date: June 16

Ooh la la is right. The femme fatale herself is back, Britney Spears, releasing a new solo single from the soundtrack to The Smurfs 2, which comes out at the end of July. Spears says the song was “recorded for [her] boys”, who I’m sure are looking forward to watching the movie. This isn’t the first time Spears has recorded or promoted a song attached to a movie. Two songs from her Britney album, “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman” and “Overprotected”, were recorded for her 2002 Crossroads film before being slapped onto her album. “Not” was her current single when the movie was released. Later that year, a remixed version of “Boys”, featuring Pharrell Williams, was promoted as a single from the Austin Powers In Goldmember soundtrack. None of these song releases were major successes on the national charts, but there’s been a lot of attention building on this one particular song. We know that the song was co-produced by Ammo and Dr. Luke, with writing credits going to Dr. Luke, along with Bonnie McKee, Fransisca Hall, J. Kash and Lola Blanc. It could be a winning combination, although Dr. Luke hasn’t been as consistent lately in terms of both chart positions and quality of music, so I don’t have the highest of expectations of this, but I think it’ll be a fun summer track that gets a lot of airplay in anticipation for the animated flick and for a forthcoming Spears studio album, which I hope we see by the end of the year. If the movie is out on July 31 here in the States, I would suspect that the song is going to be out about six weeks before it, so be ready to scream and shout for the song as it goes to radio and iTunes on June 16. Get ready for it!

So, what else could we see released from movies this summer? Look out for Beyoncé‘s “Rise Up” from the soundtrack to the movie Epic, in which she voices the character of Queen Tara. It’s unclear whether it will be a single from the effort or just a song recorded from the movie, which is out May 24. One Direction‘s This Is Us movie, recorded live in concert, is released in theaters on August 30. Their Take Me Home era may be over, but perhaps something could be pushed to generate buzz for the film. Plus, who knows what else could be announced? We’ll see as the months go on. Any other films with good soundtracks coming out that you can think of? Let me know. Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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