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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 29, 2016

Views to a kill.

Views to a kill.

May is just around the corner… may we have some more superstar releases? Of course! Canada, country and compilations take over the list on this fine Friday. Here are this week’s new releases:

  • DRAKE — Views (iTunes)
    • Featuring the current radio hit “One Dance”, this Canadian rapper’s latest effort is going to have a giant debut on a number of charts next week. The album is an Apple exclusive for its first seven days, but is expected on both digital (outside of Apple) and physical platforms after that. Will it hit a million copies sold first week?
  • MARTINA MCBRIDE — Reckless (iTunes)
    • The title track from this set has been spinning on Cumulus’s dozens of country radio stations. The single isn’t going to make the top 40 at the format, but the album is a different story. It should make the top 15 on the Billboard 200 chart, or even the top ten.
  • More albums out this week: Haley Reinhart‘s Better (iTunes), Lonestar‘s Never Enders (iTunes), Pepper‘s Ohana (iTunes), Rob Zombie‘s The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (iTunes), Rogue Wave‘s Delusions Of Grand Fur (iTunes), The Boxer Rebellion‘s Ocean By Ocean (iTunes), Empire (Original Soundtrack – Season 2, Volume 2) (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music, Volume 58 (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Broadway (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Carmody‘s Skin (iTunes), Stone Cold Fox‘s Tunnel Vision (iTunes)

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

  • “Baby Baby”, Amy Grant featuring Tori Kelly (iTunes)
  • “Beautiful Pain”, Andy Black (iTunes)
  • “Bored To Death”, Blink-182 (iTunes)
  • “Cool Papa Bell”, Paul Simon (iTunes)
  • “Fireproof”, Coleman Hell (iTunes)
  • “H.O.L.Y.”, Florida Georgia Line (iTunes)
  • “Hey Heartbreak”, Jennifer Nettles (iTunes)
  • “How To Love”, Cash Cash featuring Sofia Reyes (iTunes)
  • “Love, Hope and Misery”, Jake Bugg (iTunes)
  • “My Blood”, AlunaGeorge featuring ZHU (iTunes)
  • “Not Today”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
  • “Pick Up”, Dierks Bentley (iTunes)
  • “Something To Believe In”, Young The Giant (iTunes)
  • “This Is What You Came For”, Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna (iTunes)
  • “Trash”, Tyler Glenn (iTunes)
  • “True Colors”, Zedd & Kesha (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Cole SwindellKeith UrbanMike Posner and more.

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What About The “What About?” Questioning Chart Challenges

Vital titles.

Vital titles.

If you love your tween singers, then I’m pretty sure you know who Austin Mahone is. The 17-year-old originally from Texas generated millions of hits on YouTube beginning in 2010, eventually signing with Chase/Universal Republic. Though his first two radio singles generated little buzz on the charts, the third time appears to be the charm for him as “What About Love?” is quickly moving up the pop airplay chart. Now, this isn’t the first time this exact title has become a hit. In fact, it made me start to wonder about other similar questions from the chart confusion department. What about them? What about their multiple uses? So, after decoding and digging through the Top 100 Trivia files, here’s a little bit of hit history about those “what about” songs and which ones rank the highest in leaving our pop star protestors unanswered.

Since the Billboard Hot 100 began in 1958, sixteen such song titles have entered the chart with the words “what” and “about” placed next to each other. Those can then be broken down into six distinct questions, which I’ll display below. One, “Baby, What About You?” was a minor pop crossover single for Crystal Gayle, going to #83 in 1983. Another, “What About Your Friends?” gave TLC one of their earlier smashes, reaching #7 in 1992. In addition, two songs called “What About Now?” went into the top 40: the first by Lonestar, a #1 country song, rose to #30 in 2000, and then in 2008, a fifth single by Daughtry went to #18. (A recent song of the same title by Bon Jovi failed to chart.) So, now that we have those all squared away, we’re left with three song titles. Here’s how they stack up in terms of the total amount of entries:

3. “WHAT ABOUT LOVE?” (3 songs)
Besides the new single by Mahone, which has thus far peaked at #73 after five weeks, two other songs that get to the heart of this question made the top 40 in the 1980’s. One, in fact, was by the Seattle-based band Heart. Their “What About Love?” rose to #10 in 1985, which became their first top ten single in nearly five years and reignited their more pop-oriented sound and success for the rest of the decade. Just a year later, Boston band ‘Til Tuesday released their single of the same title, peaking at #26 on the Hot 100. It was their final of two top 40 hits, but they charted on the Hot 100 through 1988.

2. “WHAT ABOUT US?” (4 songs)
A step up from there is this inquisitive title regarding the status of a couple. Four such songs have charted on the Hot 100 with this title, starting with “What About Us?” by The Coasters, a minor chart record (#47) for the group in 1959. It would take 35 years for it to appear again in a song by Jodeci, which landed at #74. Three years later, in 1997, the R&B trio Total went as high as #16 with the same title. Their song was featured on the soundtrack to Soul Food. Finally, there was the biggest of them all, a single by Brandy from her Full Moon album. That got to #7 in 2002, her last of seven top ten singles thus far in her career. (Earlier this year, a song containing the same title by The Saturdays did not chart.)

1. “WHAT ABOUT ME?” (5 songs)
Is it a self-interested thought? Maybe, but we do have to care for ourselves. Perhaps that’s why this comes in at the top spot on the list. The five songs to make Billboard’s big chart include entries by country singer Don Gibson (#100 in 1961), psychedelic rockers Quicksilver Messenger Service (#100 in 1971), Canada’s “Snowbird” Anne Murray (#64 in 1973), Australia’s pop-rockers Moving Pictures (#29 in 1983) and the ménage à trois that was Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes and James Ingram (#15 in 1984). As you can probably note, none of the five were really significant singles on the Hot 100, with Moving Pictures probably being the most memorable one as it had a long and slow first run and a re-release that just missed the top 40 in 1989. Still, as far as this list is concerned, it’s all about me, me, me.

For the latest in pop music that pops the questions and all the trivia and flashbacks in-between, don’t forget to follow the blog below and find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 4)

A "Safe" bet for some sales.

A “Safe” bet for some sales.

Five months down and we’re just getting started. Here’s your roundup of new releases out for the week of June 4:

  • In a week full of not-so-big releases, this is one of the larger ones. It’s the debut album from the duo Capital Cities, In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery. First single “Safe And Sound” is big at Alternative radio and is crossing over this summer. (iTunes)
  • My pick of the week belongs to Canada’s Barenaked Ladies, who are out with their first album since 2010, Grinning Streak. The lead single is “Boomerang”, a current top 20 single on my chart. (iTunes)
  • Queens Of The Stone Age are back together and putting out their first album in six years, …Like Clockwork. The ten track album contains current Alternative hit, “My God Is The Sun”. (iTunes)
  • Country singer turned tabloid item LeAnn Rimes is out with Spitfire, which was released in Australia and the United Kingdom back in April. There’s been limited promotion for the effort, which has pretty much been doomed from the start. (iTunes)
  • Heavy metal band Megadeth return with Super Collider, their fourteenth studio album since 1985. (iTunes)
  • The sixth studio album from the rock band Filter, Sun Comes Out Tonight, comes out today, featuring the single “What Do You Say”. (iTunes)
  • Oregon-based quintet Portugal. The Man man up once again for their second album on Atlantic Records, Evil Friends. (iTunes)
  • Another of the Tony nominees has an original soundtrack out this week: Motown: The Musical. The award show airs on Sunday night. (iTunes)
  • Glee star and singer Matthew Morrison does his take on some standard tunes on his second album, Where It All Began. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include: Disclosure‘s Settle (iTunes), George Benson‘s Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (iTunes), Ivy Levan‘s Introducing The Dame EP (iTunes), Lonestar‘s Life As We Know It (iTunes) and Quadron‘s Avalanche (iTunes).

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

  • “Can’t Help”, the second single from Virginia-based band Parachute‘s third studio album. (iTunes)
  • “Release You”, new from the pop duo Megan & Liz. (iTunes)
  • “Slow Down”, the followup single to Selena Gomez‘s potent pop ditty, “Come & Get It”. (iTunes)
  • “Wasting All These Tears”, from former Hey Monday singer and The Voice winner Cassadee Pope. (iTunes)
  • “We Can’t Stop”, the first single from Miley Cyrus‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)

Who will lead the pack next week? Big Time Rush? Goo Goo Dolls? A preview is coming in seven!

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