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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 19, 2017

Parkin’ in the top lot.

Another awesome May weekend is upon us, and the weather, much like the music, is getting hotter and hotter. Take a dip inside this pool of pop, rock, country and more, as we serve up the action on this week’s notable releases:

LINKIN PARK – One More Light (iTunes)
This California band is out with their seventh studio album, and while it’s not the next Hybrid Theory, one could theorize that it is a strong contender for the top slot on next week’s Billboard 200 listing. It’s led by a polarizing first single, “Heavy”, featuring faceless favorite Kiiara. It tanked at the Alternative format, but it remains in the top 20 at both Hot AC and Top 40 radio. We shall see how the album performs soon.

RASCAL FLATTS – Back To Us (iTunes)
The 11th studio album from this enduring trio follows a seasonal album from last fall, which reached the top ten on the Country list. This set is also led by an interesting single, “Yours If You Want It”, which has struggled with a sluggish run (at least, for a lead single by the group) up the Country airplay chart. However, their fan base is strong enough to lead the band to another solid debut.

More albums out this week: A R I Z O N A‘s Gallery (iTunes), Fastball‘s Step Into The Light (iTunes), Missio‘s Loner (iTunes), MisterWives‘s Connect The Dots (iTunes), Papa Roach‘s Crooked Teeth (iTunes), Snoop Dogg‘s Neva Left (iTunes), Dirty Dancing (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: David Archuleta‘s Orion (iTunes), Jasmine Thompson‘s Wonderland (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Around The World”, Mura Masa featuring Desiigner (iTunes)
“Automatic”, Mondo Cozmo (iTunes)
“Baby Who”, The Aces (iTunes)
“Bad Liar”, Selena Gomez (iTunes)
“Bones”, Dotan (iTunes)
“California Numb”, Cloves (iTunes)
“Can’t Believe”, Kranium featuring Ty Dolla $ign & WizKid (iTunes)
“Castle On The Hill (Seeb Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Crying In The Club”, Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Dead”, Madison Beer (iTunes)
“Death Wish”, Terror Jr (iTunes)
“Dig Down”, Muse (iTunes)
“Dime”, Rachel Crow (iTunes)
“Girlhood”, The Preatures (iTunes)
“Hands”, Mike Perry featuring The Vamps and Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Heavy”, Oh Wonder (iTunes)
“Higher”, Lemaitre featuring Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Hold On (Deepend Remix)”, Chord Overstreet (iTunes)
“I Like Me Better”, Lauv (iTunes)
“I Need You”, Win And Woo x Bryce Fox (iTunes)
“Light Us Up”, Matrix & Futurebound featuring Calum Scott (iTunes)
“No Love For The Wild”, HAERTS (iTunes)
“No Vacancy”, OneRepublic featuring Sebastian Yatra (iTunes)
“OK”, Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt (iTunes)
“Party’s Over”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Passport Home (Deepend Remix)”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Shape Of You”, EZA (iTunes)
“Stay Another Night”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“Strip That Down”, Liam Payne featuring Quavo (iTunes)
“Switch”, Iggy Azalea featuring Anitta (iTunes)
“The Line”, RAYE (iTunes)
“The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)”, Bebe Rexha featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Tired”, Alan Walker featuring Gavin James (iTunes)

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

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FLASHBACK: Groundhog Gems And Shadowy Songs

Divas gone dark.

Dark ditties for the day.

Happy Groundhog Day! Yes, February 2 is here, a day when our favorite furry pal, Punxsutawney Phil, lets us have the answer to a burning question: are we due for an early spring or six more weeks of winter? It’s a very important one. Of course, that depends on whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not. If Punxsutawney Phil does indeed view his shadow, winter’s sticking around for six more weeks. If he doesn’t see his shadow, put away those heavy sweaters and long pants, because spring is coming sooner than you think. Well, relatively soon. For the record, he didn’t see his shadow last year, and I’m hopeful that the trend continues this year.

So, before the groundhog and his family come out of their home before a crowd of people, we thought it was only right to rewind a little bit and check out the top “shadow” titles from the archives of the pop radio chart. We’ve had six shady songs reach the top 40 during the last four decades, with half of them making the top ten. Not bad. Do you remember them all? Take a listen below:

(All chart data is taken from the CHR/Pop listing published by trade magazine Radio & Records, except for Linkin Park, which is taken from Mediabase 24/7.)

NEIL SEDAKA – “Love In The Shadows”
Album: Steppin’ Out
Label: Rocket/MCA
CHR/Top 40 peak and date: #18, May 12, 1976

ANDY GIBB – “Shadow Dancing”
Album: Shadow Dancing
Label: RSO
CHR/Top 40 peak and date: #1 for four weeks, May 26 – June 16, 1978

ANNE MURRAY – “Shadows In The Moonlight”
Album: New Kind Of Feeling
Label: Capitol
CHR/Top 40 peak and date: #22 for two weeks, July 6 – 13, 1979

PAT BENATAR – “Shadows Of The Night”
Album: Get Nervous
Label: Chrysalis
CHR/Top 40 peak and date: #8, December 10, 1982

ASHLEE SIMPSON – “Shadow”
Album: Autobiography
Label: Geffen
CHR/Top 40 peak and date: #15 for two weeks, October 22 – 29, 2004

LINKIN PARK – “Shadow Of The Day”
Album: Minutes To Midnight
Label: Warner Bros.
CHR/Top 40 peak and date: #10 for three weeks, February 24 – March 9, 2008

Make sure you wake up early to catch all the action down in Punxsutawney, PA! We’re hoping for some early spring vibes as well…

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Enjoy The “Silence”: An Active Look At Rock Crossovers

Disturbed, but determined.

Disturbed, but determined.

It’s one of those surprising sales stories of 2016. How could a metal band doing a Simon & Garfunkel cover sell 370,000 copies of their single with minuscule pop airplay? Well, it’s happening to Disturbed, the group from Chicago that’s had many hits on the Active Rock listing since 2000. Given their dark imagery and loud sound, it’s no surprise that the act performs well there, but stays well away from any format where it would be played next to the likes of… oh, you know, Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift. Well, it appears that may be changing, as their record label, Reprise, is beginning to test the waters at CHR/Pop (and Hot AC) radio with a very reactive record.

“The Sound Of Silence” is already in rotation at stations in Baltimore, New Orleans and San Francisco across the two panels, with a number of other markets likely to add the record soon enough. Considering it’s a few weeks away from achieving 500,000 in sales, not to mention its 20+ million Spotify streams and 30+ million video views, this one looks like a monster… literally. Interestingly, this comes at a time when a #1 at Active Rock radio (“Sound” has been atop that chart for five weeks) hasn’t charted in the CHR top 50 since the fall of 2012. The Pretty Reckless narrowly missed the chart in 2014 with “Heaven Knows”, but “Sound” is the more popular sound when it comes to pure statistics, and has a better shot at hitting the top 50 than “Heaven” did.

With the dry spell of Active Rock crossovers now versus the more accepting crossover runs of 10-15 years ago, let’s have a look at a list of the chart-topping Active hits that also grabbed some CHR ground from 2000 until the current day:

All data prior to the summer of 2006 is from Radio & Records, with Mediabase 24/7 used to the current day. Peaks marked with an * represent those with the addition of two frozen charts around the holidays. This freeze was discontinued in 2006.

2000
Creed – “Higher” (#1 for 17* weeks – Active, 1999-2000) (#3 – CHR, 2000)
3 Doors Down – “Kryptonite” (#1 for 10 weeks – Active, 2000) (#1 for five weeks – CHR, 2000)
Creed – “With Arms Wide Open” (#1 for two weeks – Active, 2000) (#1 for five weeks – CHR, 2000)
Papa Roach – “Last Resort” (#1 for eight weeks – Active, 2000) (#40 – CHR, 2000)
3 Doors Down – “Loser” (#1 for eight weeks – Active, 2000) (#39 – CHR, 2000)

2000 became a great breakout year at CHR radio for both 3 Doors Down and Creed, who would go onto several successful eras at the format. “Kryptonite” and “With Arms Wide Open” became back-to-back #1’s that fall, holding atop the list for ten big weeks.

2001
Staind – “It’s Been Awhile” (#1 for 11 weeks – Active, 2001) (#4 – CHR, 2001)
Nickelback – “How You Remind Me” (#1 for 11 weeks – Active, 2001) (#1 for ten* weeks – CHR, 2001-2)

Two more newcomers with massive Active Rock chart-toppers made crossover runs in 2001, with both becoming signature hits for Staind and Nickelback. “How You Remind Me” outlasted “It’s Been Awhile” after they fell off the survey, but both did very well.

2002
Linkin Park – “In The End” (#1 for seven* weeks – Active, 2001-2) (#1 for six weeks – CHR, 2002)
Puddle Of Mudd – “Blurry” (#1 for eight weeks – Active, 2002) (#4 – CHR, 2002)
Nickelback – “Too Bad” (#1 for one week – Active, 2002) (#25 – CHR, 2002)

Another two new groups broke through in 2002: two-hit wonder Puddle Of Mudd (“She Hates Me” hit #7 on CHR that year) and Linkin Park, with their combination of rap and rock proving likable for a mainstream audience. “In The End” is still their top hit.

2003
3 Doors Down – “When I’m Gone” (#1 for one week – Active, 2003) (#1 for one week – CHR, 2003)
Linkin Park – “Somewhere I Belong” (#1 for eight weeks – Active, 2003) (#47 – CHR, 2003)
Trapt – “Headstrong” (#1 for one week – Active, 2003) (#5 – CHR, 2003)
Audioslave – “Like A Stone” (#1 for one week – Active, 2003) (#29 – CHR, 2003)
Staind – “So Far Away” (#1 for four weeks – Active, 2003) (#18 – CHR, 2004)

By the end of 2003, 16 #1 songs on the Active Rock chart placed in the top 50 on the CHR/Pop chart, 15 of them making the top 40 and ten making the top ten. Audioslave and Trapt were fresh on the chart this year, while Active mainstays continued to do well.

2004
Linkin Park – “Numb” (#1 for ten* weeks – Active, 2003-4) (#5 – CHR, 2004)
Crossfade – “Cold” (#1 for two weeks – Active, 2004) (#22 – CHR, 2005)

After the success of “Numb”, an Urban-driven revival at many pop stations lead some harder rock material to be shunned, but that didn’t stop some songs from crossing over. “Cold” experienced two pushes at CHR, spending months on the list until August 2005.

2005
Green Day – “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” (#1 for nine weeks – Active, 2005) (#1 for four weeks – CHR, 2005)
Staind – “Right Here” (#1 for two weeks – Active, 2005) (#9 – CHR, 2006)
Nickelback – “Photograph” (#1 for two weeks – Active, 2005) (#3 – CHR, 2005)

The rise of digital downloads helped some acts regain their footing at pop radio. Green Day‘s huge American Idiot album was the talk of the town, and singles from Nickelback (one of five top tens from All The Right Reasons) and Staind had stellar longevity.

2006
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dani California” (#1 for three weeks – Active, 2006) (#24 – CHR, 2006)
Stone Sour – “Through Glass” (#1 for six weeks – Active, 2006) (#23 – CHR, 2006-7)

2006 was another down year for Active Rock songs, even with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and their comeback. It dominated the rock world, but they were just “too old” for some pop stations to play. Stone Sour had their biggest crossover track during 2006.

2007
Three Days Grace – “Pain” (#1 for nine weeks – Active, 2006-7) (#47 – CHR, 2007)
Linkin Park – “What I’ve Done” (#1 for eight weeks – Active, 2007) (#18 – CHR, 2007)
Finger Eleven – “Paralyzer” (#1 for two weeks – Active, 2007) (#5 – CHR, 2007)
Three Days Grace – “Never Too Late” (#1 for six weeks – Active, 2007) (#14 – CHR, 2008)

After charting with “One Thing” in 2004, Finger Eleven struck the pop top ten with another big record. It hit 30 weeks in the top 50 in early 2008. Three Days Grace went top 40 for the first time since 2004, with “Never” being their final CHR single to date.

2008
3 Doors Down – “It’s Not My Time” (#1 for two weeks – Active, 2008) (#10 – CHR, 2008)
Theory Of A Deadman – “Bad Girlfriend” (#1 for four weeks – Active, 2008) (#46 – CHR, 2009)

After multiple top ten hits, including the aforementioned “Kryptonite” and “When I’m Gone”, 3 Doors Down had one last trip to the region in July. “It’s Not My Time” spent one week at #10. Theory Of A Deadman also made their crossover debut that year.

2009
Shinedown – “Second Chance” (#1 for eight weeks – Active, 2009) (#4 – CHR, 2009)
Linkin Park – “New Divide” (#1 for eight week – Active, 2009) (#27 – CHR, 2009)

The Florida group Shinedown had a career song beginning in late 2008 (and early 2009 at pop) with that big ballad, one of a few token rock hits to make their way to the pop airwaves towards the latter part of the decade. The band had a total of three CHR hits.

2012
Linkin Park – “Burn It Down” (#1 for two weeks – Active, 2012) (#23 – CHR, 2012)

Far from their glory days, but still making radio hits, Linkin Park landed the two most recent Active Rock chart-toppers to find a home on the CHR/Pop chart. Question is, will Disturbed claim the next one and put 2016 on the map for crossovers? Stay tuned.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: December 21, 2003

A Good mix of tunes from '03.

A Good mix of tunes from ’03.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Alright, let’s get a move on back to my last year of middle school in eighth grade and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2003…

Debuts:
37. THREE DAYS GRACE, “(I Hate) Everything About You”
36. MAROON 5, “This Love”
33. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Toxic”

Biggest Mover(s):
ALICIA KEYS, “You Don’t Know My Name” (29-17, twelve spots)

10. GOOD CHARLOTTE, “Hold On” (up 2)
Album: The Young And The Hopeless (2002, Epic Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

09. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “The Voice Within” (down 5)
Album: Stripped (2002, RCA Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

08. NELLY FURTADO, “Powerless (Say What You Want)” (down 3)
Album: Folklore (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

07. TRAIN, “When I Look To The Sky” (up 1)
Album: My Private Nation (2003, Columbia Records)
Peak: #7

06. NO DOUBT, “It’s My Life” (down 3)
Album: The Singles 1992–2003 (2003, Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

05. EAMON, “F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back)” (up 4)
Album: I Don’t Want You Back (2004, Jive Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. PINK, “God Is A DJ” (up 3)
Album: Try This (2003, Arista Records)
Peak: #3

03. LINKIN PARK, “Numb” (up 3)
Album: Meteora (2003, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

02. DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, “Hands Down” (down 1)
Album: A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar (2003, Vagrant Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. EVANESCENCE, “My Immortal” (up 1)
Album: Fallen (2003, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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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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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 6, 2002

The "Party" goes on for "Days".

The “Party” goes on for “Days”.

Welcome back for another edition of Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my new top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Sixth grade was halfway over by the time I posted this chart, which pretty much mirrored the pop airwaves at the time. Here’s a look at my top 40 from January 6, 2002:

Debuts:
40. DEFAULT, “Wasting My Time”
38. IIO, “Rapture (Tastes So Sweet)”
35. DARREN HAYES, “Insatiable”

Biggest Mover:
*NSYNC featuring NELLY, “Girlfriend” (28-20) (8 spots)

10. AEROSMITH, “Just Push Play”
Who would have thunk that the band who produced big 70’s hits like “Dream On” and “Walk This Way” would be rocking steady in the 00’s? Well, these guys easily made it up my chart into the #10 spot this week. The legendary Boston band would hit my top ten once more in 2002 with “Girls Of Summer” and then wouldn’t chart again until 2012’s “What Could Have Been Love”, which got to #12.

09. SHAKIRA, “Whenever, Wherever”
In 2001, this successful Columbia performer decided to record her first English language album, Laundry Service, after a series of big albums in Spanish-speaking territories. Not only did the effort go 3x Platinum, but this single would also got top ten on the Hot 100. On my chart, it climbed as high as #2. The singer is expected to release a new single in a few weeks and an album later this year.

08. THE CALLING, “Wherever You Will Go”
From the “You Couldn’t Escape It” department comes this pop/rock ballad, which took several months to break at radio in later 2001 and then just stuck around like it was glued onto every single radio playlist. AAA, AC, Alternative, CHR, Hot AC… it literally followed you wherever you would go. After a few other minor entries, the band split up in 2005, though they reunited in mid-2013.

07. JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring JA RULE, “Ain’t It Funny”
Remember when Lopez was scoring hit after hit on the pop charts? She was quite the music machine during her J. Lo days. For the second song in a row, she was assisted by rapper Ja Rule in creating a more urban image for her material and that Murder Remix was a big sell. It was yet another chart-topper for the two on the Hot 100. Lopez will be releasing a new single titled “Same Girl” soon.

06. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”
She ruled over the Australian and European buying public for decades, but surprisingly enough, this was Minogue’s first song to break my chart. After all, she hadn’t made the Hot 100 since 1989, and this was her first big attempt at a U.S. hit since then. Thankfully, it worked. “Can’t” would go top 5 on CHR radio and was on its way to five weeks at #1 on my survey. She last charted in early 2013.

05. PINK, “Get The Party Started”
Written and produced by Linda Perry, the singer born Alecia Moore had herself a poppin’ party with a big leadoff track from her second album, Missundaztood. Released on Arista, the song went to #4 on the Hot 100 and to #2 on my personal chart, tied for her second biggest hit at the time. Three further singles from it crashed the top 5. She recently placed two songs in my top ten of 2013.

04. NICKELBACK, “How You Remind Me”
Roadrunner Records already established the Canadian band at Alternative radio with 2000’s The State, but by the end of the following year, “Remind” was all over the mainstream airwaves and rising fast. It landed as the #1 Hot 100 song of 2002 and as the most played song of the decade, with 1.2 million spin detections between 2001 and 2009. They last made my chart in 2012 with “Lullaby”.

03. CRAIG DAVID, “7 Days”
In 2000, David took the U.K. charts by storm with multiple hits on the subsidiary Wildstar Records. In the U.S., Atlantic Records pushed his album in 2001, which featured “Fill Me In” (#6) and this, which was peaking. Third single “Walking Away” would also go top ten before a sharp slide during his next era, charting with two minor releases, 2002’s “What’s Your Flava?” and 2003’s “Hidden Agenda”.

02. LINKIN PARK, “In The End”
It was the fourth and final single from their debut album on Warner Bros., Hybrid Theory, and the California band did not disappoint. Mixing rock and rap, “End” remains their biggest song to reach my chart. Surprisingly, they haven’t made my top 40 since 2004 when “Numb” peaked at #3. They recently ranked on the Alternative survey with a Steve Aoki collaboration, “A Light That Never Comes”.

01. NO DOUBT featuring BOUNTY KILLER, “Hey Baby”
Interscope’s darlings had one of the big Q4 album releases of 2001 with Rock Steady, and steady it was, producing three significant hits on my top 40 and earning a 2X Platinum certification. This was the first, at #1 for its second of three weeks. They would go back to the top one last time in 2003 with “It’s My Life”. After an unfortunate failed comeback in 2012, the band is back on hiatus, though lead singer Gwen Stefani is in the process of recording a third solo album, her first in eight years. We’ll see how it turns out.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 29)

That's a Wrap.

That’s a Wrap.

Another week of hot and big new releases? Snow way! The flakes are gonna fly and so are some of these albums (up the chart), all out today, October 29:

  • This one won’t have its biggest sales week until just before the holidays wrap up, but you know Kelly Clarkson‘s Wrapped In Red will be stuffed in a lot of stockings around the globe this year. The disc is garnering rave reviews and first single “Underneath The Tree” is an absolute gem. Way to go, Kelly! (iTunes)
  • Three years after the release of their GRAMMY-winning The Suburbs, indie rockers Arcade Fire are back with Reflektor, with the title song in the top 20 at Alternative radio. Look for it to be the highest debut on next week’s chart. (iTunes)
  • Coming off the electro rockin’ “A Light That Never Comes” with DJ and producer Steve Aoki, Linkin Park is out with Recharged, a remixes album featuring that single and other tracks from their album of last year, Living Things. (iTunes)
  • Mixing hip-hop, jazz and soul music, the Robert Glasper Experiment releases a sequel to his Black Radio album, this one being Black Radio 2. The leadoff single from it, “Calls”, featuring vocalist Jill Scott, is a top 30 single at Urban AC radio. (iTunes)
  • Looking to twang things up this week? Newcomer Thomas Rhett is coming off a #1 Country radio single and title track of It Goes Like This (iTunes) and superstar Toby Keith is packing the bar for his 17th studio album, Drinks After Work (iTunes).
  • …and on the Christmas circuit this week, beyond the aforementioned Wrapped In Red by Kelly Clarkson, are a whole bunch of these tasty treats: Bad Religion‘s Christmas Songs (iTunes), Johnny Mathis‘s Sending You A Little Christmas (iTunes), Nick Lowe‘s Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family (iTunes), Susan Boyle‘s Home For Christmas (iTunes), Trace Adkins‘s The King’s Gift (iTunes) and the soundtrack to The Best Man Holiday (iTunes).
  • Other albums out this week include Ed Kowalczyk‘s The Flood And The Mercy (iTunes), Hellogoodbye‘s Everything Is Debatable (iTunes), Seether‘s 2002-2013 (iTunes), Sky Ferriera‘s Night Time, My Time (iTunes) and Yuna‘s Nocturnal (iTunes).

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

  • Overtime (EP), a six song release from Cash Cash; single “Take Me Home”, featuring Bebe Rexha, is on here. (iTunes)
  • Peace Sword (EP), a five song release from rockers The Flaming Lips; the title song is off the soundtrack to Ender’s Game. (iTunes)
  • “It’s About Time”, the leadoff release from Young The Giant‘s newest studio album, Mind Over Matter. (iTunes)
  • “Recovery”, the latest Music Mondays track from Justin Bieber. (iTunes)
  • “Story Of My Life”, a new single from boy band One Direction. (iTunes)
  • “The Monster”, the second radio single from Eminem‘s forthcoming album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. It features Rihanna. (iTunes)
  • “Venus”, another digital single from Lady Gaga‘s forthcoming ARTPOP album. (iTunes)

Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion and Eminem light up the schedule next week — see a preview of who lands where in seven.

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