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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 3, 2018

A worldly hit indeed.

Great Scott! It’s another Friday in August, and that means it’s time for some fresh singles and albums. These are the notable digital and physical releases headed into the market this Friday:

TRAVIS SCOTT – Astroworld (iTunes)
Scott’s latest album comes on a busy week for hip-hop and rap releases, though it’s likely to finish as one of the top debuts on the album chart next week. With huge expectations for its streaming presence in the market, will the set have enough momentum to pass Drake‘s powerful Scorpion and reign at #1?

Notable albums out this week: Houndmouth‘s Golden Age (iTunes), Lovelytheband‘s Finding It Hard To Smile (iTunes), Mac Miller‘s Swimming (iTunes), YG‘s Stay Dangerous (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Baka Not Nice‘s 4Milli (iTunes), Forest Blakk‘s Minutes (iTunes), H.E.R.‘s I Used To Know Her: The Prelude (iTunes), Iggy Azalea‘s Survive The Summer (iTunes), Ruelle‘s Emerge (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Ashes (Riddler Remix)”, Celine Dion (iTunes)
“Australia”, Ari Zizzo (iTunes)
“Autumn Love”, Death Cab For Cutie (iTunes)
“Beautiful”, Bazzi featuring Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Big Deal”, Kid Ink (iTunes)
“Blame It On The Freak”, DJ Cassidy featuring Royal Love (iTunes)
“Dear God”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Dinner”, Kacy Hill (iTunes)
“Drunk Girls, Drunk Boys”, Frills (iTunes)
“Expectations”, MAGIC! (iTunes)
“Fallen Angels”, Ayo & Teo (iTunes)
“Fascinating Rhythm”, Tony Bennett & Diana Krall (iTunes)
“Get Up”, Nick Wilson (iTunes)
“Glitter & Gold”, RØMANS (iTunes)
“Goodbye Summer”, Danielle Bradbery with Thomas Rhett (iTunes)
“Here’s Looking At You Kid”, Brett Dennen (iTunes)
“High On Life”, Martin Garrix featuring Bonn (iTunes)
“Home”, John Butler Trio (iTunes)
“I Don’t Want To See You Anymore”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“I Want You” / “Rose-Colored Glasses”, Whissell (iTunes) (iTunes)
“KindaYeahSorta”, Dashboard Confessional (iTunes)
“Kong”, Neneh Cherry (iTunes)
“Let Somebody Love You”, Boy George & Culture Club (iTunes)
“Liquor Store”, Anna Shoemaker (iTunes)
“Messages From Her”, Sabrina Claudio (iTunes)
“Missing U”, Robyn (iTunes)
“My Generation”, Emma Zander (iTunes)
“Never Call Me (Remix)”, Jhene Aiko featuring YG (iTunes)
“No Ordinary Life”, Matt Corby (iTunes)
“Now & Then”, H. Kenneth (iTunes)
“One Last Song”, Gorgon City, JP Cooper & Yungen (iTunes)
“Only You (Wideboys Remix)” Cheat Codes & Little Mix (iTunes)
“Please”, Jordan Smith (iTunes)
“Quiero Volver”, TINI & Sebastian Yatra (iTunes)
“Radio Silence”, R3HAB x Jocelyn Alice (iTunes)
“Show You”, CXLOE (iTunes)
“Sleepless Nights”, ayokay featuring Nightly (iTunes)
“Solo (Seeb Remix), Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Space”, Capital Cities (iTunes)
“Tie Me Down”, Gryffin with Elley Duhé (iTunes)
“Too Much”, ZAYN featuring Timbaland (iTunes)
“Trip”, Ella Mai (iTunes)
“UDK”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Uh Huh”, Jade Bird (iTunes)
“Underwater”, Cody Simpson (iTunes)
“What She Wants”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Jason Mraz, Jordan Smith and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 16, 2016

Working Hard to hit the top.

Working Hard to hit the top.

Two solo males with previous #1 albums are going head-to-head in a battle for the top spot this week. Will either performer get that coveted #1? Will a surprise knock both of them out of the fight? Here are the notable albums and singles out this week:

USHER — Hard II Love (iTunes)
22 (!) years after his self-titled set was released in stores, the 37-year-old R&B singer is still going strong with his latest offering. Though several cuts from the album have seen airplay across multiple formats, the biggest of them is “No Limit”, which remains in the top five on Rhythmic and Urban radio. Could this become his fifth #1 on the Billboard 200? We’ll find out soon.

MAC MILLER — The Divine Feminine (iTunes)
Miller’s hit the top five three times on the Billboard 200 since 2011, and this could very well be his fourth trip into the region. In this set, seven of the ten songs are collaborations with other artists, including Ariana Grande and Kendrick Lamar.

More albums out this week: Aaron Lewis‘s Sinner (iTunes), Against Me!‘s Shape Shift With Me (iTunes), AlunaGeorge‘s I Remember (iTunes), Bad Suns‘s Disappear Here (iTunes), Meat Loaf‘s Braver Than We Are (iTunes), Michael Chiklis‘s Influence (iTunes), Taking Back Sunday‘s Tidal Wave (iTunes), Willie Nelson‘s For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: CAPPA‘s Queen Of Hearts (iTunes), EZA‘s Dead Reckoning (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Don’t Be A Fool”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Hurts”, Emeli Sandé (iTunes)
“Lemonade”, Skylar Grey (iTunes)
“Love Me In A Field”, Luke Bryan (iTunes)
“Mad Love”, JoJo (iTunes)
“My Way”, Calvin Harris (iTunes)
“Our Town”, Tyler Farr (iTunes)
“Root Beer Float”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Same Old Blues”, Phantogram (iTunes)
“Shine On Rainy Day”, Brent Cobb (iTunes)
“Star Crossed Lovers”, Barry Gibb (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Idina Menzel, Luke Bryan, Shawn Mendes and more.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 18, 2015

"Beach" better have her money.

“Beach” better have her money.

This week’s New Music Friday leads us on a holiday for music lovers (because, well, we are married to music.) On this stay, we’ll take in a little pop, some rock, some rap and much more. Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • LANA DEL REY — Honeymoon (iTunes)
    • From “High By The Beach” to high on the charts, Del Rey’s third major-label studio set should have a similar debut to her previous two studio albums, which both entered in the top two. Notably, the effort features her cover of the song “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, originally recorded by Nina Simone in 1964. It was then a hit on several occasions in the years to come.
  • MAC MILLER — GO:OD AM (iTunes)
    • 23-year-old Pittsburgh rapper Miller has had some great success and a responsive fanbase since his debut in 2011, including a #1 on the Billboard 200 with his Blue Slide Park album that year. This is his first major-label set, while bringing his total studio albums to three overall. Single “100 Grandkids” barely cracked the Hot 100 at #100.
  • SHINEDOWN — Threat To Survival (iTunes)
    • They’ve had a lock on a spot in the top two on Active Rock radio with “Cut The Cord” for about two months now. A Threat to the top spot on the Billboard 200, you ask? Probably not, but a solid top five debut is not a bad guess. It remains to be seen if any songs will crossover from their latest album.
  • More albums out this week: Alabama‘s Southern Drawl (iTunes), Andy Mineo‘s Uncomfortable (iTunes), Atreyu‘s Long Live (iTunes), Black Violin‘s Stereotypes (iTunes), blessthefall‘s To Those Left Behind (iTunes), Chris Cornell‘s Higher Truth (iTunes), Darlene Love‘s Introducing Darlene Love (iTunes), David Cook‘s Digital Vein (iTunes), David Gilmour‘s Rattle That Lock (iTunes), Judy Collins‘s Strangers Again (iTunes), Katharine McPhee‘s Hysteria (iTunes), Keith Richards‘s Crosseyed Heart (iTunes), Meg Myers‘s Sorry (iTunes), PHASES‘s For Life (iTunes), Ryan Adams‘s 1989 (out 9/21) (iTunes), The Front Bottoms‘s Back On Top (iTunes), Timeflies‘s Just For Fun (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Jasmine Thompson‘s Adore (iTunes), Transviolet‘s Transviolet (iTunes)

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

  • “All For Love”, Madison Beer featuring Jack & Jack (iTunes)
  • “Automatic”, Zhu x AlunaGeorge (iTunes)
  • “Born To Lose”, Cast Of Empire (iTunes)
  • “Cake By The Ocean”, DNCE (iTunes)
  • “Confident”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
  • “Don’t You Worry” and “Make Up”, R. City (iTunes)
  • “Freaks Like Me”, Joe Nichols (iTunes)
  • “Hold Me Now”, Eden XO (iTunes)
  • “Lay By Me”, Firekid (iTunes)
  • “Let’s Go”, Def Leppard (iTunes)
  • “Money”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
  • “Natural Born Lovers”, Erik Hassle (iTunes)
  • “On My Mind”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
  • “Party Favors”, Tinashe featuring Young Thug (iTunes)
  • “RGF Island”, Fetty Wap (iTunes)
  • “Runnin’ (Lose It All)”, Naughty Boy featuring Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin (iTunes)
  • “Shine A Light”, BANNERS (iTunes)
  • “The Agony And The Ecstasy”, ROMANS (iTunes)
  • “Until You Were Gone”, The Chainsmokers & Tritonal featuring Emily Warren (iTunes)
  • “Zero”, Chris Brown (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from CHVRCHES, DisclosureFetty Wap and more. See you then!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 18)

Yeezus take the wheel.

Yeezus take the wheel.

It’s a rapper’s delight this week as three of them go head-to-head on the charts. Only one can wrap themselves around the top spot. Here’s what is in stores this week, June 18:

  • Both his album and his new baby with Kim Kardashian leaked over the weekend, but that’s not going to stop Kanye West from being the highest new entry on next week’s album chart. His Yeezus is released today, one of the most-highly anticipated releases this summer. (iTunes)
  • Rapper J. Cole is out with his second album, Born Sinner, which features recent R&B hit “Power Trip” with Miguel and new single “Crooked Smile” with TLC. His last album debuted at #1 and was certified Gold. (iTunes)
  • Currently featured on Ariana Grande‘s hit “The Way”, Mac Miller serves up his second album, Watching Movies With The Sound Off. Two digital singles from the effort have charted just below the Hot 100. (iTunes)
  • Former Destiny’s Child singer and now solo artist Kelly Rowland is giving us lessons on how to Talk A Good Game this week. The effort features “Dirty Laundry” and “Kisses Down Low”. (iTunes)
  • Country cutie Hunter Hayes is back with an Encore edition of his self-titled debut album, which features the current Country radio single, “I Want Crazy”. (iTunes)
  • They took the world by storm with “Mmmbop” back in 1997. Now, Hanson return with their latest studio set, Anthem. (iTunes)
  • Pop and rap duo 3OH!3 are back with their third major label album and first in three years, Omens. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include: BWB‘s Human Nature (iTunes), Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark‘s Blind, Crippled and Crazy (iTunes), a self-titled album by the LoCash Cowboys (iTunes) and Kveikur by Iceland’s Sigur Rós. (iTunes)

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

  • “Best I Ever Had”, the first single from Gavin DeGraw‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Bourbon In Kentucky”, a new one from Dierks Bentley featuring background vocals from Kacey Musgraves. (iTunes)
  • “Made In America”, a new song from the family band Cimorelli. (iTunes)
  • “Ooh La La”, from the soundtrack to The Smurfs 2, from pop goddess Britney Spears. (iTunes)
  • “Paper Doll”, the highly anticipated new single from John Mayer. (iTunes)
  • “Woman’s World”, a return to music for legend Cher. (iTunes)

Next week’s schedule isn’t particularly exciting, but do look for albums from Mavis Staples, Wale and more on our next update!

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BEHIND THE GROOVE: “A Little Bit Of” Sampling Power

That's "the way" to sample.

That’s “the way” to sample.

Nickelodeon star turned singer Ariana Grande is officially a hit on the charts. After failing to make the top 40 in a few previous attempts like 2011’s “Put Your Hearts Up”, her “The Way”, the first single from her forthcoming album, rose to #1 on iTunes and just debuted at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 this past week. It’s now gaining quickly in radio airplay. The song also includes rapper Mac Miller who is enjoying his first top 40 hit, albeit as a featured artist. However, you may find yourself recognizing that “Way” samples another song that’s been included in two other hits to make the Hot 100. You probably just don’t know what it’s called or who sings it. Let’s go behind the groove and see where our sample takes us.

The sample:
“A Little Bit Of Love”, Brenda Russell
In this particular case, we’ll be taking a trip back into the late 70’s. R&B singer Russell was just about 30 when her debut self-titled album hit the shelves on Horizon Records. Among the songs on the effort was “So Good So Right”, which became a #30 hit on the Hot 100 in the fall of 1979. “Love” was the fifth song on the track listing, and although it didn’t become a single when the album was released, it has managed a chart life all on its own as a sample. It was written and produced by Russell herself. It is the most interpolated song in her catalogue now. Of note, this is the second song by the performer to be sampled on a song in the top ten this year. Earlier in January, “I Cry” by Flo Rida, which sampled her 1988 hit “Piano In The Dark”, climbed to a peak of #6 on the Hot 100, the same as the original song.

The samplers:
“Still Not A Player”, Big Pun featuring Joe (#24, 1998)
Rapper Christopher Rios, born in The Bronx, New York, made a name for himself as Big Pun, a shortened version of Big Punisher. He signed to Loud Records in 1997 and began to record for his debut album, 1998’s Capital Punishment. First single “I’m Not A Player” went to #57 on the Hot 100, a decent start for the new talent, but it was a remix featuring our sampled song in question and R&B singer Joe‘s “Don’t Wanna Be A Player” that brought both of them into the top 40. While Joe sang the hook, Big Pun rapped, and the track managed a peak of #24 on the Hot 100. It was also Pun’s biggest hit on the R&B survey, going to #6. Sadly, the performer lost his life in 2000, and a posthumous album was released after his death to moderate sales and single peaks. “Player” remains his signature song.

“I Want You”, Thalia featuring Fat Joe (#22, 2003)
After the success of singers like Paulina Rubio and Shakira into the American market in 2001-2002 with albums and singles in English, Mexican performer Thalia decided to try to break the U.S. with her 2003 self-titled album. This first single from the effort features rapper Fat Joe, a longtime friend and collaborator with Big Pun. Looks like Joe was inspired by that previous hit of his with the Brenda Russell sample; not only is it used in the song, but he even mentions the late rapper’s song in his rap in “Want”: “We could maybe elope, have a baby and all/’Cause I don’t want to be a player no more.” Though it became a top ten single on CHR radio, it only managed a peak of #22 on the Hot 100, Thalia‘s only top-40 hit to date in the States. She’s still having hits in regular ol’ Spanish nowadays.

“The Way”Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller (#10, 2013)
So, now we get to the current incarnation of the song that came out nearly thirty-five years ago. Once again, the Big Pun song is name-checked by Mac Miller in his opening rap of the song: “Do she love me, do she love me not?/I ain’t a player, I just crush a lot.” Grande is now the third act from a Nickelodeon-based series to go onto hit the Hot 100 as a recording artist, following Miranda Cosgrove and Big Time Rush. However, she is the first of the three to successfully make the top 40 and she’s done it with a bang. Will she go any higher than #10 on the big chart? She may be down to #25 on iTunes, but her radio gains are just taking off. Look out for it on the airwaves all summer long and an album to follow at the end of it. Her new series, Sam & Cat, will also debut sometime later this year.

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Shop Around: A Trip To The Musical Mini-Mart

"Shop" 'til you drop.

“Shop” ’til you drop.

Ready to pop some tags? Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘s “Thrift Shop” has been one of the big breakout records so far this year, already in the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s a novelty record, and though that’s not the tone of their whole collaborative album, The Heist, it’s the song that’s seemed to catch the attention of fans and radio programmers alike. However, with a #5 peak thus far, it’s not the biggest single to mention a retail store in the history of the charts. Grab your cart and your list because we’ll be spending this next post looking at some different locations and “shop”-titled hits that rang up on the registers.

It should be noted that the most covered “Shop” song to hit the charts used the word as a verb rather than a noun. It’s “Shop Around”, originally a #2 hit for The Miracles in 1960 and then covered by The Captain & Tennille in 1976, which got as high as #4. The song itself is a about a young man who is told by his mother that he though he’s older now, he still has time to “shop around” for girls before he “takes a bride”. For the 1976 remake, the gender roles were changed. An answer record, “Don’t Let Him Shop Around” by Debbie Dean, hit the charts for a few weeks in 1961. The same thing happened for the similarly titled “Don’t Have To Shop Around” by The Mad Lads in 1965. Both didn’t reach higher than #92.

Other more general titles to hit the charts include “Love In Store” by Fleetwood Mac (#22, 1983) and “Window Shopper” by 50 Cent (#20, 2006).

Let’s divide the rest of our charting hits into four different categories:

CAFÉ/COFFEE SHOP
Five songs fit into this category, which is the most out of the four. The first was “Old Home Filler-Up An’ Keep On A-Truckin’ Café” by C.W. McCall, a #54 entry in 1974. He’s best known for his #1 hit, “Convoy”. In 1977, Carole King charted with her penultimate top-40 hit, “Hard Rock Café”, which went as high as #30. Finally, in 1981, the last charting song for jazz group Spyro Gyra peaked at #77: “Café Amore”. They hit the top 40 two years earlier with their lone hit, “Morning Dance”. The two other titles in this group didn’t hit until late 2007 and early 2008: “Coffee Shop” by Yung Joc featuring Gorilla Zoe (#78) and “Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop” by Landon Pigg (#93). The latter gained some digital strength from its use in an AT&T commercial.

CLOTHING
Besides the thrift shopping we’ve been doing as of late, the only other song about shopping for clothes to make the charts was way back in 1960. The Coasters, the same group who landed a #1 hit with “Yakety Yak” in 1958, took “Shoppin’ For Clothes” to #83 two years later. Plenty of songs mentioning articles of clothing have hit the charts since then, but none about actually buying them. I’ll spare you the list of those until another time. It will happen.

FOOD/BEVERAGE
Although not specifically mentioned in the title of the song, Toni Basil took a crazy trip to the supermarket to #77 in 1983, a song called “Shoppin’ From A-Z”. It was the followup to her #1 hit, “Mickey”. (Toni, what are you wearing in that video?!) Basil would hit the charts once more with another underperforming single before disappearing from the music scene. In 2011, rapper Mac Miller took “Frick Park Market”, named after a supermarket near his hometown of Pittsburgh, to #60 on the Hot 100. He has yet to make the top 40.

The biggest food-specific store song to hit the charts is also the biggest one on this list. It hit #1 for nine weeks, but even with the kid-friendly title, I’m not sure you would want to be sending your children there. “Candy Shop”, by 50 Cent and Olivia, was one of the massive Urban hits that year. Cent has had several top-5 hits since then, but they’ve been largely forgettable. His current single featuring Adam Levine and Eminem, “My Life”, recently peaked at #27 on the Hot 100.

One other additional entry, a novelty spoken-word record about a drunken man calling into an alcoholic beverage store, made the top 100 in 1971. That was “Ajax Liquor Store”, a #43 hit for the comedic duo of Hudson & Landry. They hit the top 100 once more the following year.

LAUNDRY
Need some clean clothes? Two songs about the laundromat have hit the Hot 100. The highest-charting one was a parody of 1964’s “Leader Of The Pack”, a #1 hit by girl group The Shangri-La’s. “Leader Of The Laundromat”, as done by a vocal group called The Detergents (lot of originality there) hit #19 the following year. They didn’t hit the top 40 again. In 2003, Nivea followed up her big top ten hit, “Don’t Mess With My Man”, with the song “Laundromat”, featuring vocals from R. Kelly. It peaked at #58.

Still have some money left over? Well, then you can spend it at any of the top 100 hits about restaurants, hotels, vacation destinations, etc. Don’t forget to take your Grandma’s coat with you.

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EDIT: On January 23, it was announced that “Thrift Shop” hit the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s now the second “shop” title to reach the spot since the aforementioned “Candy Shop”.

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