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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 31, 2015

They've Led the chart before.

They’ve Led the chart before.

This week’s New Music Friday is a little slow given the usual summer sales drought, but there’s still enough of a pop punch from both classic hitmakers and chart newcomers. So, sit back and enjoy this week’s new album and single releases:

  • LED ZEPPELIN — Coda, In Through The Out Door, Presence (reissues) (iTunes, iTunesiTunes)
    • The classic rock band’s final three studio albums are all coming out in deluxe editions this week, which concludes a series of reissues of all eight of their studio efforts that began in June 2014. The latter two titles reached #1 on the Billboard 200 in 1979 and 1976, respectfully.
  • MIGOS — Y.R.N.: Yung Rich Nation (iTunes)
    • Though the Atlanta trio went through legal troubles earlier this year, their first studio album is set to be out today. The single “One Time” reached the top 20 on the Urban chart. The set features collaborations with Chris Brown and Young Thug.
  • SAINT ASONIA — Saint Asonia (iTunes)
    • This Canadian quartet is the combination of four members who all found success with other groups, including lead singer Adam Gontier, formerly of Three Days Grace. Their “Better Place” is currently #10 on Active Rock radio.
  • More albums out this week: Albert Hammond Jr.‘s Momentary Masters (iTunes), Buddy Guy‘s Born To Play Guitar (iTunes), Finger Eleven‘s Five Crooked Lines (iTunes), Joss Stone‘s Water For The Soul (iTunes), Lianne La Havas‘s Blood (iTunes), Lil Dicky‘s Professional Rapper (iTunes), Natalie Imbruglia‘s Male (iTunes), The Maccabees‘s Marks To Prove It (iTunes) (We’ll see if an untitled Dr. Dre album (iTunes) or Frank Ocean‘s Boys Don’t Cry (iTunes) make the deadline.)
  • More EPs out this week: Meghan Linsey‘s Believer (iTunes)

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

  • “Classic”, a remix of a song from The Knocks and Powers, now featuring Fetty Wap. (iTunes)
  • “Drag Me Down”, new from One Direction. (iTunes)
  • “Friends With Enemies”, an instant grat track from Atlas Genius. (iTunes)
  • “Warm Blood”, an instant grat track from Carly Rae Jepsen. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include fresh releases from Frank Turner, Luke Bryan and tobyMac. See you then!

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 27)

She's one electric youth.

She’s one electric youth.

Someone appears to be ready to “shake” up the competition on the Billboard 200 and I think we’ll need a time machine to get there. (NOTE: some of the week’s music releases may not be out until Tuesday dependent on label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 27:

  • Going for her third million-selling opening in a row is country star turned pop star Taylor Swift, turning back the hands of time with her latest effort, 1989. Lead single “Shake It Off” debuted at #1 on the Hot 100 and also climbed atop several airplay formats. There is no doubt that this will come in at #1 on the albums survey and hold there for multiple weeks, but that opening number is key. It will be watched – and analyzed – very closely. (iTunes)
  • Looking like a future country crossover star is 29-year-old newcomer Sam Hunt; his debut album, Montevallo, is in stores this week. Former On The Verge sponsored single “Leave The Night On” is currently standing at #2 on the Country chart and looks to be #1 next week. A handful of Hot AC stations are also spinning the song. Watch for it in the top five when the official results come in. (iTunes)
  • It wouldn’t be Q4 without some music compilations making their move on the chart, one of them being a new NOW That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 52 (iTunes) set. The hits are all there and will probably bow in the top five. It should also be noted that it’s being issued with a new NOW That’s What I Call Disney 3 (iTunes) album, though that’s likely to end up in the lower rungs.
  • Christian singer Chris Tomlin arrived at #1 with his last album in 2013 in a week following the Christmas holiday. He won’t make it that far this time around, but he’ll still have a solid debut with Love Ran Red (iTunes). Two singles from it have hit the Christian charts. Rapper Trip Lee also releases this week with his latest effort, Rise. (iTunes)
  • After a series of successful remastered albums earlier this year, rockers Led Zeppelin put out two more for 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV and 1973’s Houses Of The Holy. The earlier set features classics like “Black Dog” and “Stairway To Heaven”, while the latter is best known for “D’yer Maker” and “The Ocean”. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Barry Manilow‘s My Dream Duets (iTunes), Black Veil Brides‘s Black Veil Brides (iTunes), Cold War Kids‘s Hold My Home (iTunes), Darius Rucker‘s Home For The Holidays (iTunes), Home Free‘s Full Of Cheer (iTunes), Jagged Edge‘s J.E. Heartbreak Too (iTunes), Mystery Skulls‘s Forever (iTunes), Rancid‘s …Honor Is All We Know (iTunes), The Flaming Lips‘s With A Little Help From My Fwends (iTunes), The Who‘s The Who Hits 50! (iTunes) and Yusuf‘s Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (iTunes).

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

  • “I Bet My Life”, the latest single from rockers Imagine Dragons. (iTunes)
  • “Only”, new from Nicki Minaj and featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown. (iTunes)
  • “Open Wide”, a collaboration from DJ/producer Calvin Harris and rapper Big Sean. (iTunes)

Bob Dylan and Calvin Harris are among next week’s top new entries — I say a collaboration is in their future, or maybe not. A full preview is coming on Monday night!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 3)

Will she be an "Automatic" #1?

Will she be an “Automatic” #1?

June so soon? Hard to believe, but a new month is here, which means the end of Q2 is just a few weeks away. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of June 3:

  • If there’s no significant surprise release this week (see full article here), then #1 next week should belong to Country singer Miranda Lambert, who has gone Platinum with her latest release (at least in the title.) The lead single from the effort is “Automatic”, a current top 3 single on the Country survey, while a collaboration with Carrie Underwood, “Somethin’ Bad”, is also raking in the spins. Regardless of where it lands, this one will be a hot seller. (iTunes)
  • The legendary Led Zeppelin has a total of three deluxe rereleases out today of their their first three albums: Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III. There are several configurations available, including individual downloads, CDs and vinyl records, as well as CD and vinyl box sets. The band will be all over the Billboard 200 next week. (iTunes) (Physical editions)
  • Rapper 50 Cent, a long ways away from the days of hit singles and albums, is out with his last effort, Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win. A single from it, a collaboration with Trey Songz called “Smoke”, reached the top 20 at Urban radio. Yeah, this one’s not really going anywhere, and that makes dollars and sense. (iTunes)
  • TV star turned Country singer Lucy Hale releases her debut album this week, Road Between. “You Sound Good To Me”, the leadoff single from it, recently reached the Country chart. Though radio and retail haven’t put up big numbers for it, her fan base could lead the way in making this a first week success. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Birdy‘s Fire Within (iTunes), Bob Mould‘s Beauty & Ruin (iTunes), Dave and Phil Alvin‘s Common Ground (iTunes), Kelly Prices Sing Pray Love, Vol. 1: Sing (iTunes), L.P.‘s Forever For Now (iTunes), Matisyahu‘s Akeda (iTunes), Rush Of Fools‘s Carry Us Now (iTunes), The Orwells‘s Disgraceland (iTunes), the compilation NOW That’s What I Call Country, Vol. 7 (iTunes) and the original Broadway soundtrack to If/Then (iTunes).

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

  • “Beautiful Agony”, a digital track from singer/songwriter David Gray. (iTunes)
  • “Day Drinking”, a new single from Country quartet Little Big Town. (iTunes)
  • “Hurricane Heart”, new from Louisiana soul and rock singer Marc Broussard. (iTunes)
  • “Long Drive”, another album track from Jason Mraz‘s forthcoming Yes! album. (iTunes)
  • “Stay With Me (Remix)”, a new duet of Sam Smith‘s hit featuring singer Mary J. Blige. (iTunes)
  • “Wastelands”, a digital single from Linkin Park‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)

Next week, Jack White leads the pack of fresh releases and looks to take the top, while O.A.R. and Passenger also take a ride into stores. A full preview is coming on Tuesday!

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GRAMMY WEEK: Adam Picks The Winners for Alternative/Rock/Country 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 continue with the fields for Alternative, Rock and Country.

(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.)

12. Best Rock Performance

“Always Alright”, Alabama Shakes
“The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”, David Bowie
“Radioactive”, Imagine Dragons (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“Kashmir (Live)”, Led Zeppelin
“My God Is The Sun”Queens Of The Stone Age
“I’m Shakin'”Jack White

PREDICTION: It’s hard to deny the overwhelming success of “Radioactive” during the past year, but it’s only up for two categories, one being Record Of The Year, which is out of the question. (To me, at least.) This is the safer bet for the Las Vegas band.

13. Best Metal Performance

“T.N.T.”Anthrax
“God Is Dead?”, Black Sabbath (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“The Enemy Inside”Dream Theater
“In Due Time”Killswitch Engage
“Room 24”Volbeat featuring King Diamond

PREDICTION: While metal isn’t a genre of choice when it comes to my listening habits, I do know a little bit about the acts in this category. With their first studio album in 18 years, I’m hoping the reformed trio of Black Sabbath is rewarded with this.

14. Best Rock Song

“Ain’t Messin ‘Round”
Performed and Written by: Gary Clark Jr.

“Cut Me Some Slack”
Performed and Written by: Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“Doom And Gloom”
Performed by: Rolling Stones
Written by: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

“God Is Dead?”
Performed and Written by: Black Sabbath (Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne)

“Panic Station”
Performed by: Muse
Written by: Matthew Bellamy

PREDICTION: There are classic acts galore in this category, along with a few newcomers. Gary Clark, Jr. would be a good choice for the win, but I think Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear have this. Just keepin’ it Reel.

15. Best Rock Album

13Black Sabbath
The Next DayDavid Bowie
Mechanical BullKings Of Leon
Celebration Day, Led Zeppelin (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
…Like Clockwork, Queens Of The Stone Age
Psychedelic Pill, Neil Young with Crazy Horse

PREDICTION: I’ll say this category is probably going to be a fight between Bowie and Zeppelin – both albums did well. Though they have several entries in the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, wouldn’t it be cool to see Led Zeppelin win their first regular award?

16. Best Alternative Music Album

The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Neko Case
Trouble Will Find Me, The National
Hesitation Marks, Nine Inch Nails
Lonerism, Tame Impala
Modern Vampires Of The City, Vampire Weekend (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: There’s quite a few buzzworthy acts in this category, but people seemed rather surprised that Vampire Weekend was shut out of the Big Four. This is their only chance to win an award as a band this year, so I think it will easily go to them.

26. Best Country Solo Performance

“I Drive Your Truck”, Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy”, Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart”Miranda Lambert
“Wagon Wheel”Darius Rucker (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“Mine Would Be You”Blake Shelton

PREDICTION: It’s a man’s, man’s, man’s year for this category, and while all five did particularly well on the Country chart, Hayes will probably take this honor. He’s the youngest in the pack and “Crazy” managed some minor crossover airplay in 2013.

27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“From This Valley”The Civil Wars (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“Don’t Rush”Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill
“Your Side Of The Bed”Little Big Town
“Highway Don’t Care”, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
“You Can’t Make Old Friends”Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton

PREDICTION: It would be fantastic to see The Civil Wars win this one. That being said, if Taylor Swift is going to be at the show and performing, I’ll give her this one. (cue Swift’s shocked face) “Highway” was a #1 Country hit for the three performers.

28. Best Country Song

“Begin Again”
Performed and Written by: Taylor Swift

“I Drive Your Truck”
Performed by: Lee Brice
Written by: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy Yeary

“Mama’s Broken Heart”
Performed by: Miranda Lambert
Written by: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves

“Merry Go ‘Round”
Performed by: Kacey Musgraves
Written by: Shane McAnally, Musgraves & Josh Osborne (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“Mine Would Be You”
Performed by: Blake Shelton
Written by: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Deric Ruttan

PREDICTION: This category is a little more balanced than the Performance award. I could conceivably see the lyric-driven “I Drive Your Truck” winning, but Kacey Musgraves is up twice here and I think she’ll be able to win for the song she performed.

29. Best Country Album

Night Train, Jason Aldean
Two Lanes Of Freedom, Tim McGraw
Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
Based On A True Story, Blake Shelton
Red, Taylor Swift

PREDICTION: Aldean, McGraw and Shelton have never won this category despite being nominated before, and don’t get me started about Red being classified as “Country album.” So, under careful consideration, Kacey Musgraves shall be the winner here.
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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week

This chart's about to blow.

This chart’s about to blow.

Looking for some last-minute stocking stuffers? Here’s your roundup of some of the new music releases for this week, in stores on December 4.

  • Warrior is the new album from Ke$ha, her third release, and sadly, it doesn’t contain a hot and glittery remake of the Scandal hit from 1984. What a shame. However, if you’re looking for a solid pop and dance CD from your favorite Animal, then you’ve come to the right place. Highlights are “Crazy Kids” and “Supernatural”, plus, the album contains huge hit “Die Young” and second single “C’mon”. Iggy Pop is also featured on a track. Go figure. Warrior is a favorite for the #1 album in the land next week, unless Rod Stewart‘s Merry Christmas, Baby makes some significant gains.
  • O.N.I.F.C. is the latest release from rapper Wiz Khalifa, his second studio album. “Work Hard, Play Hard” led off the set, which also contains second single, “Remember You”, featuring The Weeknd. It should be top 5 on the album chart. Khalifa’s Rolling Papers debuted at #2 on the chart last year.
  • If you dig a little Country music, you’re probably familiar with the band Florida-Georgia Line. They recently hit #1 on the Country airplay chart with “Cruise” from their EP It’z Just What We Do. Well, now, their full-length album, Here’s To The Good Times, is released this week, featuring half a dozen new songs. You’ll probably find this album debuting somewhere in the top 15.
  • Gavin DeGraw is slowly rising up the Hot Adult Contemporary chart with his new single, “Soldier”. It’s one of the tracks performed on DeGraw’s new concert release, Sweeter Live. The CD/DVD set contains an eleven track audio CD, plus a concert filmed in Lancaster, CA in full.
  • Paloma Faith, who just performed on The Today Show, releases the Stateside version of her album Fall To Grace. “Picking Up The Pieces” is currently receiving Hot Adult Contemporary airplay. The album peaked at #2 in the United Kingdom.
  • Other audio releases this week include Blur‘s Parklife and Hinder‘s Welcome To The Freakshow. The former release is also available on DVD.

Other assorted music DVDs and books out this week include:

  • Live At Knebworth, 1979 by rock group Led Zeppelin. You’ll be seeing them in a few weeks being awarded at The Kennedy Center Honors.
  • Own The Night: World Tour, a live release from top-selling Country group Lady Antebellum. The concert was recorded live in Little Rock, AK, and this DVD contains several bonus features with the band.
  • Pearl Jam Twenty by Pearl Jam, a film directed by Cameron Crowe, plus a full performance from the band’s anniversary concert.
  • This book is often cited by a lot of musicians and industry types alike, but the eighth edition of All You Need To Know About The Music Business by Donald S. Passman is out this week. Could be an interesting read.

Lastly, the new digital-only singles that you can buy this week:

  • “I Feel It In My Bones”, this year’s annual Christmas single as put out by The Killers.
  • The U.S. release of “Troublemaker” by Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida. It’s already been a #1 hit in the United Kingdom and it’s currently at #9 on my personal chart. Highly recommend it.
  • “When I Was Your Man”, another digital single from the forthcoming Bruno Mars album, Unorthodox Jukebox.

Enjoy all the new music out this week!

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