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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 28, 2017

There’s something about Mary…

When the Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul faces off against other chart royalty in the battle for the week’s highest debut, you know it is going to be a good fight. Get your downloads and streams ready, because here comes the latest new releases update:

MARY J. BLIGE – Strength Of A Woman (iTunes)
Blige should show some notable Strength in the marketplace with her latest studio album, which comes after a pair of #1 songs at the Urban AC format: “Thick Of It” and “U + Me (Love Lesson)”. It also includes “Love Yourself”, featuring Kanye West, which is on its way up the Urban chart. A dozen of her previous studio albums, dating back to 1992, have hit the top ten on the Billboard 200, and a top five debut is certainly possible for her latest effort.

WALE – Shine (iTunes)
Pushed up a week from its initial release date, perhaps due to a battle brewing between new sets from Chris Stapleton and Logic, this popular rapper’s fifth studio album is his first in two years. The lead single from it, “Fashion Week” (featuring G-Eazy), ranks in the top 30 at Urban radio, and sits just outside the top 40 at the Rhythmic format. The album will likely debut in the top five.

GORILLAZ – Humanz (iTunes)
The animated band is back with their first album in six years. Single “We Got The Power”, featuring Jehnny Beth, quickly reached its top 40 peak on the Alternative chart, though it’s not so powerful now, as it tumbles down the survey. Will this release return them to the top ten for the first time since 2010? We’ll see soon.

CASHMERE CAT – 9 (iTunes)
He’s one cool Cat. This album features collaborations with a number of popular acts, including Ariana Grande and The Weeknd. One single from it, the Selena Gomez and Tory Lanez-assisted “Trust Nobody”, received some minor pop airplay last year.

More albums out this week: All That Remains‘s Madness (iTunes), Feist‘s Pleasure (iTunes), John Mellencamp‘s Sad Clowns & Hillbillies (iTunes), Lea Michele‘s Places (iTunes), New Found Glory‘s Makes Me Sick (iTunes), Old Crow Medicine Show‘s 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde (iTunes), Sylvan Esso‘s What Now (iTunes), The Cranberries‘s Something Else (iTunes), Trombone Shorty‘s Parking Lot Symphony (iTunes), Willie Nelson‘s God’s Problem Child (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Foster The People‘s III (iTunes), JP Cooper‘s Passport Home (iTunes), Take That‘s Giants (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“1995”, Emmit Fenn (iTunes)
“Always Been U”, PHANGS featuring R.Lum.R (iTunes)
“Another Life”, Afrojack & David Guetta featuring Ester Dean (iTunes)
“Bend Or Break (Acoustic)”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Belong”, gnash featuring DENM (iTunes)
“Blessings”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Body”, Sean Paul featuring Migos (iTunes)
“Bon Appétit”, Katy Perry featuring Migos (iTunes)
“Calm Down”, Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Dandelions”, Ruth B. (iTunes)
“Deep Water”, Alisan Porter (iTunes)
“Electric Intercourse”, Prince (iTunes)
“First Time”, Kygo x Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
“Friday Night”, Vigiland (iTunes)
“I Hear Your Song, Sweetness”, George Taylor (iTunes)
“I Know A Place (Remix)”, MUNA x MNEK (iTunes)
“I’ll Give You Love”, Clear Six (iTunes)
“I’m The One”, DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“It’s You”, Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“J-Boy”, Phoenix (iTunes)
“Land Of The Living”, Plain White T’s (iTunes)
“Let You Go”, Machine Gun Kelly (iTunes)
“Maxine”, Benny Cassette (iTunes)
“Middle Of The Night”, The Vamps & Martin Jensen (iTunes)
“Most Girls”, Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“My Friends”, Oh Wonder (iTunes)
“No Vacancy”, OneRepublic (iTunes)
“Now (Acoustic)”, Grace Mitchell (iTunes)
“Old Friends”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
“Sandcastle State Of Mind”, Peter Wise (iTunes)
“Saw You In A Dream”, The Japanese House (iTunes)
“Say My Name”, Tove Stryke (iTunes)
“Song On Fire”, Nickelback (iTunes)
“Take On The World (AlunaGeorge Remix)”, You Me At Six (iTunes)
“The One That Got Away”, Skinny Days featuring Emilie Adams (iTunes)
“Thinking Of A Place”, The War On Drugs (iTunes)
“Thinking Of You”, Elias (iTunes)
“Torches”, X Ambassadors (iTunes)
“Without U”, Steve Aoki & DVBBS featuring 2 Chainz (iTunes)
“Young And Menace”, Fall Out Boy (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Chris Stapleton, Logic and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (March 3)

I'm not Frontin'...

“Happy” to be back.

Thanks to a dashing Despicable fellow, most of this week’s releases are out a day early! (NOTE: some releases may still not be out until Tuesday dependent on record label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what you need to know about on the schedule for the week of March 3:

  • Clap along if you feel like this one’s going to grab some big sales next week. Pharrell Williams‘s G I R L (iTunes) is his first album since 2006 and features “Happy”, which is all over the radio and also received a nomination for Best Original Song at this year’s Academy Awards. The only thing that could thwart his plan is the ever-present Frozen, which won in the same category for Idina Menzel‘s “Let It Go”. Expect that these two releases will be the top two albums in the country next week, with the order TBD.
  • If you’re feeling might Country this week and want to wrangle some (w)releases, check out the new albums from David Nail, titled I’m A Fire (iTunes), and the Eli Young Band with 10,000 Towns (iTunes). Both acts have hit #1 on the Country chart with the leadoff singles (“Whatever She’s Got” and “Drunk Last Night”, respectively) from each of the releases.
  • Originally from Boston and now based in Brooklyn, twangy pop-rockers American Authors are in stores with their first full-length album, Oh, What A Life. It features the single “Best Day Of My Life”, which you’ve been hearing in the movies and on TV since the fall. (iTunes) (My review of Oh, What A Life)
  • Rapper Rick Ross is out with his sixth studio album, Mastermind. The current radio single from it, climbing up at Urban radio, is “The Devil Is A Lie”, which features Jay Z. (iTunes)
  • Glee‘s golden girl Lea Michele packs some pop on her debut solo effort, Louder. The first single from it is “Cannonball”, which hasn’t exactly been making waves on the radio. Alas, the Gleeks will be out for this one. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Ashanti‘s BraveHeart (iTunes), Bob Dylan‘s deluxe re-issue of 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (iTunes), Chris Wallace‘s re-release of Push Rewind (iTunes), Drive-By Truckers‘s English Oceans (iTunes), Fuel‘s Puppet Strings (iTunes) and Ghost Beach‘s Blonde (iTunes).

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

  • “Magic”, a new single from Coldplay. (iTunes)
  • “Raging Fire”, a new single from former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. (iTunes)
  • Somebody’s Party (EP), a six-song effort from Erik Hassle. (iTunes)

Next week, Aloe Blacc and the crew from Young Money have the biggest albums hitting stores; will either go to #1? A preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (December 10)

Back in Black.

Back in Black.

Only one more week left before we take a short pause as the industry takes a breather, but for now, those new releases keep jingling and jangling as they look to sleigh the charts. Here are all the new albums and singles you need to know about for December 10:

  • The biggest release of the week comes from R&B star R. Kelly, out with his latest album called Black Panties. Single “Genius” is currently top ten on the Urban AC chart. It will likely be the highest debut on the chart, but not #1, which will probably be reserved by one of the two big Christmas albums of the year by the cast of Duck Dynasty or Kelly Clarkson. (iTunes)
  • Community actor Donald Glover is back as rapper Childish Gambino for his latest full-length album, Because The Internet. This one’s been generating a lot of buzz and several tracks from it have charted well on iTunes in advance of it, so don’t be surprised to see this entering into the top ten on the Billboard 200. (iTunes)
  • With the current #1 song on Country radio, a slow burner called “Carolina”, Parmalee is out with Feels Like Carolina. It also features their previous single, “Musta Had A Good Time”. (iTunes)
  • Two EPs with a bit of a country twang see a release this week: duo The Civil Wars strip it down with Bare Bones (iTunes) and the Zac Brown Band is out with The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 (iTunes), as produced by Dave Grohl.
  • On the soundtrack circuit this week, there are four between the movies and television that you should be checking out: from the big screen, American Hustle (iTunes), Mandela – Long Walk To Freedom (iTunes) and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (iTunes), plus the first season two compilation from ABC’s Nashville (iTunes).
  • Other albums out this week include E-40‘s The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil, parts 4-6 (iTunes), Jesse McCartney‘s In Technicolor, Part 1 (iTunes), and Krystal Keith‘s Whiskey & Lace (iTunes).

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

  • “Cannonball”, a first single from Lea Michele‘s first album, Louder. (iTunes)
  • “Confident”, the latest Music Mondays release from Justin Bieber featuring Chance The Rapper. (iTunes)
  • “La La La”, an international smash for Naughty Boy and Sam Smith. (iTunes)
  • “R U Crazy?”, a former top ten hit in the U.K. for Conor Maynard. (iTunes)
  • “Santa Baby”, from Ariana Grande featuring Liz Gillies. (iTunes)

B.o.B. and Justin Bieber lead the pack next week on our final Turn It Up Tuesday of 2013. Get ready!

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Lea Michele (of Glee) – “Cannonball” (+ Lyrics)

Fierce and firing away.

Fierce and firing away.

She’s still on Glee as the popular character Rachel Berry, but 27-year-old Lea Michele is moving onto bigger things in her music career with her first single outside of the show. As the leadoff release from her forthcoming album Louder, “Cannonball” was written by Sia and produced by Benny Blanco and Stargate. The eleven track album also features credits from Chris Braide (“If You Say So”), Christina Perri (“Empty Handed”) and Matt Rad (“Cue The Rain”), among others. It will out on March 4.

(Purchase “Cannonball” on iTunes) / (Listen to “Cannonball”)

“CANNONBALL”

[Intro]
Break down (x2)

[Verse 1]
(Break down)
I was scared to death, I was losing my mind
(Break down)
I couldn’t close my eyes, I was pacing all night
(But now)
I think I found the light at the end of the tunnel
(A light out)
I couldn’t find the truth, I was going under

[Pre-Chorus]
But I won’t hide inside
I’ve got to get out
Got to get out (x3)
Lonely inside and light the fuse
Light it now (x3)

[Chorus]
And now I will start living today
Today, today, I close the door
I’ve got this new beginning and I will fly
I’ll fly
Like a cannonball (x3)
I’ll fly (x3)
Like a cannonball

[Verse 2]
(Freedom)
I let go of fear and the peace came quickly
(Freedom)
I was in the dark and then it hit me
I chose suffering and pain and the fog and rain
I know I gotta get out into the world again

[Pre-Chorus]
But I won’t hide inside
I’ve got to get out
Got to get out (x3)
Lonely inside and light the fuse
Light it now (x3)

[Chorus]
And now I will start living today
Today, today, I close the door
I’ve got this new beginning and I will fly
I’ll fly
Like a cannonball (x3)
I’ll fly (x3)
Like a cannonball

[Middle 8]
(Break down)
I was scared to death, I was losing my mind
(Break down)
I gotta get out into the world again

[Chorus]
And now I will start living today
Today, today, I close the door
I’ve got this new beginning and I will fly
I’ll fly
Like a cannonball (x3)
I’ll fly (x3)
Like a cannonball (x3)
I’ll fly (x3)
Like a cannonball

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PROFILE: A Great Big World Get A Gleeful Gain

"New" kids in town.

“New” kids in town.

Say hello to two guys who call themselves A Great Big World. Don’t know this duo yet? Well, they’re about to get their big introduction to the mainstream via a cover on the television show Glee. You may remember that a little song called “We Are Young” made its debut to a large audience on the same television show in December 2011, and now fun. is practically a household name with several GRAMMY nominations and two million-selling singles. Will the same overnight success happen with this duo’s “This Is The New Year”? The year is still young. Here’s a little background on the group and the song that you may be adding on your next playlist.

The duo of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino formed at New York University a few years back and they eventually formed a friendship while playing at the piano in the college’s practice spaces. Vaccarino found that Axel had a natural ability to sing and helped him to perfect his craft, going so far as to pay for his first professional vocal lesson. Axel started off as a solo artist, with Vaccarino managing him and writing his material. Axel put out “New Year” in a studio version to Adult Album Alternative, or AAA radio at this time last year, but the song never gained any traction on the airwaves and like a lot of songs, faded away, at least in the world of radio programmers. (The song dates back to at least 2008.) The song, however, provided them some online attention and the two set out on the road, opening for singer-songwriters like Five For Fighting and Ingrid Michaelson. It also got Axel’s material licensed to television shows like ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS’s The Amazing Race, among other well-known programs.

Last summer, Axel’s solo act turned into both performers being credit as a duo, A Great Big World, and the two created and released a six-song EP funded on the popular site Kickstarter. Vaccarino states, “It’s optimistic, hopeful pop music. There are fewer songs about heartbreak and more about the meaning of life, but even the most painful of our songs are hopeful.” That hopefulness is definitely heard in “New Year”, as Axel and Vaccarino sing, “‘Cause in the end we have each other/And that’s at least one thing worth living for.” It’s a soaring piano-lead number that recalls the classic mid-80s Americana anthem mixed with a contemporary vocal and other melodic elements. It would certainly fit in with the current sound of adult contemporary radio and also has big crossover potential. The Glee version doesn’t really compare to it, but the group does a decent rendition of it. There’s a lot of expectations following the sudden exposure of the song on a major TV show, but I think the boys will be able to follow through and deliver one of this year’s first big breakout singles.

Tune in and see the cast of Glee perform the song on the episode entitled “Naked”. It airs tonight at 9PM Eastern/8PM Central on FOX. Meanwhile, look for the original version on the charts in the next few weeks. By the way, if you get the chance, check out their whole EP, which is also available digitally. “I Really Want It” is another solid song from the effort, as well as “There Is The Answer”. Let’s hope that the answer is a good one following the show’s airing.

Buy “This Is The New Year” on iTunes:
A GREAT BIG WORLD VERSION
GLEE VERSION

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