Tag Archives: Luke Bryan

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 8, 2017

“You” better know this one.

Continuing with those stunning December releases, we frolic through finds of all kinds, from country to folk to pop to rap. With so much to explore, here’s the weekly look at the albums and singles you need to know about this Friday:

LUKE BRYAN – What Makes You Country (iTunes)
Well, it’s no surprise to see this country superstar at the top of his core format’s radio chart with “Light It Up” this week, so it’s a sure thing that Bryan’s latest album will have a strong showing in the marketplace in the coming days. Three of his releases, two studio albums and a compilation, have hit #1 on the Billboard 200 chart during the decade. We’ll see if this becomes his fourth.

BIG SEAN & METRO BOOMIN – Double Or Nothing (iTunes)
Following the release of the 21 Savage-assisted track “Pull Up N Wreck”, which is currently in the top 40 on both the Rhythmic and Urban charts, the duo’s first full-length album together is now in stores. This set also features collaborations with acts like 2 Chainz, Travis Scott and Young Thug. Look for it to be a streaming winner, though it’ll likely sell a little bit as well.

More albums out this week: Anggun‘s 8 (iTunes), Barbra Streisand‘s The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic! (Live In Concert) (iTunes), Chris Thile‘s Thanks For Listening (iTunes), K. Michelle‘s Kimberly: The People I Used To Know (iTunes), Walker Hayes‘s boom. (iTunes), The Greatest Showman (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: TBA

More EPs out this week: Dua Lipa‘s Live Acoustic (iTunes), Skrizzly Adams‘s Atlantic City (iTunes), Tom Speight‘s Waiting (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Ain’t That Why”, R3HAB & Krewella (iTunes)
“Arms Open (Benny Benassi x MazZz & Rivaz Remix)”, The Script (iTunes)
“Bedroom Floor (Acoustic)”, Liam Payne (iTunes)
“Before I Found You”, Van William (iTunes)
“Closest To Me”, Liza Anne (iTunes)
“Count To Five”, Rhye (iTunes)
“crash”, EDEN (iTunes)
“Danger”, Migos & Marshmello (iTunes)
“Darts In The Dark (FTAMPA Remix)”, MAGIC! (iTunes)
“Dembow”, Danny Ocean (iTunes)
“Discovery”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“Don’t Call”, Lost Kings (iTunes)
“Don’t Say Goodbye”, Aaron Carter (iTunes)
“Dreamer”, Axwell /\ Ingrosso featuring Trevor Guthrie (iTunes)
“Escape”, Avi On Fire (iTunes)
“Face To Face”, Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Georgie”, POWERS (iTunes)
“Goodlove”, Justine Skye (iTunes)
“Good As Gold”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“House Party (Doorly Afterparty Re-Rub)”, The Knocks & Captain Cuts (iTunes)
“I Could Always”, Le Youth featuring MNDR (iTunes)
“I Do”, Morgan Evans (iTunes)
“I Might”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“I Miss You (Acoustic/BLVK JVCK/Piano Version)”, Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Ins And Outs (Bruno Martini Remix)”, Sofia Carson (iTunes)
“International Blue”, Manic Street Preachers (iTunes)
“Love You Like That (Mark McCabe Remix)”, Dagny (iTunes)
“Low”, Greyson Chance (iTunes)
“Miss You (Luca Schreiner Remix)”, Louis Tomlinson (iTunes)
“Never Be The Same” and “Real Friends”, Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“No Fear”, Rudimental & The Martinez Brothers featuring Donna Missal (iTunes)
“O Holy Night”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
“Out Of My Head”, Charli XCX featuring Tove Lo and ALMA (iTunes)
“Personal (Jaded Remix)”, The Vamps featuring Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“…Ready For It? (BloodPop Remix)”, Taylor Swift (iTunes)
“rockstar (Remix)”, Post Malone featuring Nicky Jam and Ozuna (iTunes)
“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, Frank Sinatra & Seal (iTunes)
“Sober”, G-Eazy featuring Charlie Puth (iTunes)
“Space For Us”, Wingtip featuring Youngr (iTunes)
“Stargazing (Orchestral Version/Kaskade Remix)”, Kygo featuring Justin Jesso (iTunes)
“The Way”, HAERTS (iTunes)
“These Girls (Acoustic)”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“Walking Away (Mura Masa Remix)”, HAIM (iTunes)
“Waves”, Jeremy Loops (iTunes)
“Wonderful Christmastime”, The Beach (iTunes)
“YouWouldn’tLikeMeWhenI’mAngry”, Thom Yorke (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Eminem, G-Eazy and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 23, 2016

A "Treat" for this week.

A “Treat” for this week.

Vine stars and Broadway stars are among the acts looking to grab some streams and sales this week. What music will move you? Here are the notable albums and singles out this week:

SHAWN MENDES — Illuminate (iTunes)
Led by the multi-format hit “Treat You Better”, 18-year-old Mendes is looking for his second #1 album on the Billboard 200. Of course, his first chart-topper was Handwritten, which took a massive slide in its second week on the chart. Should we expect the new set to be front-loaded as well? You bet! However, there should be radio hits from it through the new year.

IDINA MENZEL — idina. (iTunes)
If you’re looking for another “Let It Go”, it’s probably not on Menzel’s new album. Plus, do we really need another one? Still, it’s worth a listen to her new set for a bunch of other great songs. “Queen Of Swords” is the current single from it, recently making a splash in the top 30 on the AC survey.

PASSENGER — Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea (iTunes)
One of my top picks for this week is the new effort from this English singer/songwriter. Leadoff single “Somebody’s Love” spent a week at #1 on my personal chart, and it’s still climbing up the top 20 at Triple A radio. It’ll likely hit the top 40 on the Billboard 200… well, at least I hope it will.

More albums out this week: Brian McKnight‘s An Evening With Brian McKnight (iTunes), Bruce Springsteen‘s Chapter And Verse (iTunes), Kristin Chenoweth‘s The Art Of Elegance (iTunes), MUTEMATH‘s Changes (iTunes), My Chemical Romance‘s The Black Parade / Living With Ghosts (The 10th Anniversary Edition) (iTunes), Skylar Grey‘s Natural Causes (iTunes), Ty Dolla $ign‘s Campaign (iTunes), Trolls (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Luke Bryan‘s Farm Tour… Here’s To The Farmer (iTunes), The Score‘s Unstoppable (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“50,000”, Sting (iTunes)
“All Fall Down”, Tor Miller (iTunes)
“Be Your Love”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“FAB.”, JoJo featuring Remy Ma (iTunes)
“Guys My Age”, Hey Violet (iTunes)
“Labor Of Love”, Bon Jovi (iTunes)
“Older And Taller”, Regina Spektor (iTunes)
“On An Evening In Roma (Sott’er Celo De Roma)”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
“Signs”, Cherub featuring T.I. (iTunes)
“Spiderweb”, The Mowgli’s (iTunes)
“Starboy”, The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (iTunes)
“Still Breathing”, Green Day (iTunes)
“Sweet Dreamer”, Will Joseph Cook (iTunes)
“Tear Up This Town”, Keane (iTunes)
“WALLS”, Kings Of Leon (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from BANKS, Regina Spektor, William Michael Morgan and more.

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 7, 2015

It's Dre Day... and everybody's celebrating.

It’s Dre Day… and everybody’s celebrating.

This week’s New Music Friday is all rapped up, because the good Doctor is back in his office and ready for the people. However,  he’s not the only one with a musical memento coming to you today. So, take your vitamins and your wallet out, because here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • DR. DRE — Compton, A Soundtrack (iTunes)
    • I was 9 when 2001 came out nearly 16 years ago, and it’s hard to believe that the former N.W.A. rapper is putting out his first album since then (and final one) today. The head of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics is looking for his first #1 ever on the Billboard 200. It could very likely happen with this set, but it is also exclusive to Apple, which could hinder its performance versus a wide release.
  • LUKE BRYAN — Kill The Lights (iTunes)
    • Featuring his recent #1 on the Country survey, “Kick The Dust Up”, it’s no surprise that Bryan will have one of this year’s top opening weeks when all is said and done. The question is, can he beat Dre’s soundtrack? With radio on a roll for followup “Strip It Down” and some big promotional appearances on the schedule, he certainly could do it.
  • VARIOUS ARTISTS — NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 55 (iTunes)
    • I know what you’re saying: they’re on the 55th edition? It’s true. The newest compilation from the group should be heading for a top five debut. Look out for NOW What’s Next tracks from great new acts like Clairity and Conrad Sewell.
  • More albums out this week: Fear Factory‘s Genexus (iTunes), Frank Turner‘s Positive Songs For Negative People (iTunes), Health‘s Death Magic (iTunes), IAMDYNAMITE‘s Wasa Tusa (iTunes), Mac DeMarco‘s Another One (iTunes), Miss May I‘s Deathless (iTunes), Never Shout Never‘s Black Cat (iTunes), The Mynabirds‘s Lovers Know (iTunes), tobyMac‘s This Is Not A Test (iTunes), Vivian Green‘s Vivid (iTunes), Soundtrack to Ricki And The Flash (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Coucheron‘s Playground (iTunes), Jarryd James‘s Jarryd James (iTunes)

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

  • “Again”, new from Fetty Wap. (iTunes)
  • “Back Together”, a new single from Robin Thicke and Nicki Minaj. (iTunes)
  • “Body On Me”, new from Rita Ora and Chris Brown. (iTunes)
  • “Devil”, a collaboration from Cash Cash, Busta Rhymes, B.o.B and Neon Hitch. (iTunes)
  • “Love Myself”, a single (and new iHeartMedia On The Verge track for CHR radio) from Hailee Steinfeld. (iTunes)
  • “Making The Most Of The Night”, an instant grat track from Carly Rae Jepsen. (iTunes)
  • “Way Down We Go” new from Kaleo. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from acts like Dillon Francis, Melanie Martinez and New Politics. See you then!

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews

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

This Cookie is looking sweet.

This Cookie is looking sweet.

A country star and a pop legend take center stage this week on the release schedule, but television’s top new show may give us the new #1 album atop the Billboard 200. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of March 10:

  • It’s been growing in audience every week since it began airing in January on the FOX network and its digital releases are soaring up the iTunes charts. Empire is simply a phenomenon. Now, the Original Soundtrack From Season 1 appears as though it will be another top-seller for the expanding brand and has a strong potential to debut at the top. Given that the season finale is still a week away, expect this to hang around for a while as people catch up on the action. (iTunes)
  • It wouldn’t be spring break without a new set of songs from one of country music’s biggest names, Luke Bryan. His set is titled Spring Break… Checkin’ Out, his seventh release in the series, issued as an EP and a full album (combining 2014 EP Spring Break… Like We Ain’t Ever.) The track “Games” is currently receiving some unsolicited radio play. If Empire can’t reach #1 with their release, Bryan will certainly take the title. (iTunes)
  • Well… Madonna‘s latest era hasn’t gone exactly as she planned. From leaks to singles underperforming at radio, things have been less than ideal over the last several months. Nevertheless, Rebel Heart makes its official debut today and still features “Living For Love”, which is (kind of) selling. Look for it to enter in the top five. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Fences‘s Lesser Oceans (iTunes), Kevin “K.O.” Olusola‘s Renegade (EP) (iTunes), Mod Sun‘s Look Up (iTunes), Olly Murs‘s U.S. release of Never Been Better (iTunes), Sheppard‘s U.S. release of Bombs Away (iTunes), Will Butler‘s Policy (iTunes) and the original soundtrack to the upcoming film Cinderella (iTunes).

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

  • “County Building Blues”, new from Kendrick Lamar. (iTunes)
  • “Fly”, new from the Florida band Sleeping With Sirens. (iTunes)
  • “For A Boy”, new from country newcomer RaeLynn. (iTunes)
  • “Kids In The Dark”, another album cut from All Time Low. (iTunes)
  • “Lay Me Down”, a new version of Sam Smith‘s latest single, featuring John Legend. (iTunes)
  • “Pure Imagination” and “What I Did For Love”, two instant grat tracks from Josh Groban‘s Stages. (iTunes)
  • “Wolves”, a new collaboration from Kanye West, Sia and Vic Mensa. (iTunes)

Another soundtrack, this one to the forthcoming action film Furious 7, will be among next week’s top entries, along with other new albums from acts like AWOLNATION and Marina & The Diamonds. A full preview is coming in seven!

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews

TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (August 13)

Reign is a good thing.

Party Time.

Whether you’re running to the rodeo or cuddling up at the coffee shop, it’s music connecting those two hot spots this week for your list of releases out today, August 13:

  • One of Country’s biggest singers today, Luke Bryan, offers up his Crash My Party album. The lead single and title track recently went to #1 on the Country chart, while followup single “That’s My Kind Of Night” is already making some big moves on the radio. It will likely become Bryan’s second #1 album this year after the compilation Spring Break… Here To Party spent a week there in March. (iTunes)
  • Their first album in 2009 was Losing Sleep. Now, they’re living in the Overnight. They are Parachute, and their third full-length release features the current Hot AC hit “Can’t Help”.  (iTunes)
  • Legendary Country singer Glen Campbell is back with See You There, featuring fresh updates to some of his biggest hits. It’s his first album for the independent Surfdog Records since 2011’s Ghost On The Canvas. (iTunes)
  • Florida singer-songwriter Matt Hires is out with his latest album, This World Won’t Last Forever, But Tonight We Can Pretend. It features the recent single “Restless Heart”. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include the late Johnny Cash‘s Unheard (Live) (iTunes), K. Michelle‘s Rebellious Soul (iTunes), Pushin’ Against A Stone by Valerie June (iTunes) and the self-titled album by Wild Feathers (iTunes).

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

  • “Applause”, a week early but still dancing up a storm for pop star Lady Gaga. You can also pre-order her album, ARTPOP. (iTunes)
  • “Roar”, the leadoff single from Katy Perry‘s forthcoming album Prism. (iTunes)
  • “You Hear A Song”, a new digital single from The Voice winner Cassadee Pope. (iTunes)

Next week, can John Mayer‘s Paradise Valley find paradise at the top of the album chart, or will Jimmy Buffett‘s Songs From St. Elsewhere own the coveted spot? Find out with a preview in seven!

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews, Music News

TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (April 9)

"Still Into" rocking out.

“Still Into” rocking out.

Country and rock take over on this edition of Turn It Up Tuesday. Here are the new releases in stores for the week of April 9:

  • Former rock quintet, now turned trio Paramore are back with their fourth album on Fueled By Ramen, the self-titled Paramore. “Now” is the first alternative radio single from it, while “Still Into You” goes to mainstream radio. Their last album debuted at #2 and went Gold. Could this one do the same? (iTunes)
  • You probably saw him perform with Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes on the ACM Awards on Sunday. Now, Brad Paisley‘s Wheelhouse is in stores. Current single “Beat This Summer” is beating up the competition on Country radio. (iTunes)
  • Speaking on Country acts, Eric Church has a new full-length album performed in concert coming out today, Live: Caught In The Act. (iTunes)
  • On the heels of single “Dope”, featuring Rick Ross, rapper Tyga releases Hotel California, his third album. (iTunes)
  • The folk quartet known as Dawes go “From A Window Seat” and out into record stores with Stories Don’t End, their third studio album. (iTunes)
  • After releasing a Part 1 last year, the rock group Stone Sour puts out House of Gold & Bones – Part 2 today. The first single, “Do Me A Favor”, is another top ten hit for them on Active Rock radio. (iTunes)
  • Danish metal band Volbeat return with their first album in three years, Outlaw Gentleman and Shady Ladies. (iTunes)
  • Legendary singer and songwriter Paul Anka releases his Duets album this week, featuring collaborations with Celine Dion, Willie Nelson and more classic artists. (iTunes)
  • Jazz man Boney James is swaying to The Beat, his new studio album, which includes the single “Maker Of Love” with singer Raheem Devaughn. (iTunes)

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

Their songs know what you did in the dark, but will Fall Out Boy‘s new album, Save Rock And Roll, see the light at #1 next week? A preview is coming in seven!

Leave a comment

Filed under Album Reviews, Music News

One Crazy Party: Taking A Trip To The Country

Since I started to break up my usual Radio Report into small posts over the last few weeks, I haven’t done nearly enough entries about Country music as I should. Just as in the Pop world, there are a lot of big releases coming now that the second quarter has started in the business. Two of these big singles are being introduced on Sunday night and you’ll be hearing a lot about them in the next few days. They are from two solo males that have been burning up on the format recently. Will they go back to #1 with their newest Country confections? Let’s find out together.

He wants what he wants.

He wants what he wants.

HUNTER HAYES – “I Want Crazy”

21-year-old Hayes has found his groove at country radio with two number-one singles in a row: “Wanted”, and this week, “Somebody’s Heartbreak”. He’s the youngest solo male to hit the top spot on that chart. Hayes is also opening for Carrie Underwood on her tour, which continues through mid-May. In the meantime, his label will be releasing a deluxe edition of his self-titled debut album, subtitled (Encore), to be released on June 18. It will feature seven new and/or re-recorded tracks. The first single from it is a song called “I Want Crazy”, which was announced on Monday. Hayes will debut the song live in a performance at the ACM Awards at 8PM Eastern on Sunday night on CBS. The song will be available at digital retailers immediately afterwards and it will be serviced to radio on the following morning. I haven’t heard any sort of clip of it, so I can’t give any hints as to what the song may or may not sound like. However, I’m sure it will be just as great as the rest of the stuff. Looks like we are getting a preview of some of the lyrics in the single, however. In the top left corner of the single, which I’ve posted a portion of above, are the following lines: “Who cares if you’re all I think about?/I’ve searched the world and I know now/It ain’t right and if you ain’t lost your mind/I don’t want easy, I want crazy/You with me baby, let’s be crazy.” Could be the chorus. It might be an uptempo one at that. Who knows? Find out on Sunday night when he performs it!

DOWNLOAD “I Want Crazy” on iTunes. / PRE-ORDER Hunter Hayes: Encore.

We like to "Party".

We like to “Party”.

LUKE BRYAN – “Crash My Party”

Georgia native Bryan has been kicking up dirt on the charts since 2007 when his debut single, “All My Friends Say”, talked its way into the top 5. He’s become a darling at the format with five number-one songs to his credit on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, including his last three singles from Tailgates & Tanlines: “I Don’t Want This Night To End”, “Drunk On You” and “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”. He recently released Spring Break… Here to Party just in time for those crazy college kids, a compilation of several digital EPs and a few new tracks, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 without any active single at radio. He’s that hot. (“Buzzkill” did get a video release.) So, following that impressive effort, he’s finished the work on his latest studio album with Capitol Nashville and it will be out during the summer. The first single from it, “Party”, like the Hayes song above, will be performed by the singer at the ACM Awards, go to AmazonMP3 and iTunes immediately following the performance, and then go for adds the next day. Judging by the title, it sounds like it’s going to be a real summer anthem: twangy guitars, drums and more. It’s the perfect time of the year. I’m sure the video will be one rockin’ clip. Knowing it’s a leadoff single from an album, I’m sure it could go to the top fairly easily, yet, something like “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” just missed the spot. We’ll have to wait and see to hear what it actually sounds like very soon.

DOWNLOAD “Crash My Party” on iTunes.

Look out for new singles by Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum, as well as the Pistol Annies coming to a radio near you soon. Meanwhile, are you looking forward to either one of these releases from Hayes or Bryan? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

1 Comment

Filed under Single Reviews