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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 21, 2013

“Easy” choices for my top picks.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for 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 feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back six years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of July 21, 2013…

40. TOAD THE WET SPROCKET, “New Constellation”
39. ONE DIRECTION, “Best Song Ever”
36. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN, “Everything Has Changed”

Biggest Mover(s):
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Take Back The Night” (37-25, twelve spots)

10. SHEPPARD, “Let Me Down Easy” (steady, second week)
Album: Sheppard (EP) (2012, Empire Of Song Records)
Peak: #10 for three weeks

09. TRAIN featuring ASHLEY MONROE, “Bruises” (up 2)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

08. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “What If” (up 4)
Album: Bookmarks (2013, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

07. MAROON 5, “Love Somebody” (steady, second week)
Album: Overexposed (2012, A&M/Octone/Interscope Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. BRUNO MARS, “Treasure” (down 2)
Album: Unorthodox Jukebox (2012, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3

05. SARA BAREILLES, “Brave” (steady, third week)
Album: The Blessed Unrest (2013, Epic Records)
Peak: #4

04. DAFT PUNK featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, “Get Lucky” (down 1)
Album: Random Access Memories (2013, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

03. P!NK featuring LILY ROSE COOPER, “True Love” (up 3)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. MAYER HAWTHORNE, “Her Favorite Song” (steady, second week)
Album: Where Does This Door Go (2013, Republic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. PASSENGER, “Let Her Go” (steady, eleventh week)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for twelve weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 18, 2013

What if we head back to 2013?

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for 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 feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 18, 2013…

40. SHANE FILAN, “Everything To Me”
39. SHEPPARD, “Hold My Tongue”

Biggest Mover(s):
KATY PERRY, “Roar” (40-25, 15 spots)

10. GROUPLOVE, “Ways To Go” (up 1)
Album: Spreading Rumours (2013, Canvasback/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #4

09. FAMILY OF THE YEAR, “St. Croix” (steady, second week)
Album: Loma Vista (2012, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

08. DAFT PUNK featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, “Get Lucky” (steady, second week)
Album: Random Access Memories (2013, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

07. MAYER HAWTHORNE, “Her Favorite Song” (down 2)
Album: Where Does This Door Go (2013, Republic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. TRAIN featuring ASHLEY MONROE, “Bruises” (steady, second week)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. PASSENGER, “Holes” (up 2)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

04. PASSENGER, “Let Her Go” (down 2)
Album: All The Little Lights (2012, Nettwerk Records)
Peak: #1 for twelve weeks

03. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “What If” (steady, second week)
Album: Bookmarks (2013, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

02. BASTILLE, “Pompeii” (up 2)
Album: Bad Blood (2014, Virgin/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. P!NK featuring LILY ROSE COOPER, “True Love” (steady, third week)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 8, 2016

New Music Friday is 'neer at hand.

New Music Friday is ‘neer at hand.

A musical Alternative makes its return on this April week, bringing electronic, folk and rock music back to the forefront. Grab a banjo, a guitar and a synthesizer, because here are this week’s album and single releases:

  • THE LUMINEERS — Cleopatra (iTunes)
    • No, they aren’t just the “Ho Hey” trio anymore, even if that remains their signature song. The lead single from the new album is “Ophelia”, a current top ten hit at Alternative radio, which gives them their third single at the format to reach those heights. Without a crossover single, this probably won’t do as well as their debut effort in 2012, but we’ll see what happens as the era goes on.
  • DEFTONES — Gore (iTunes)
    • This California band has been putting out music for two decades now, and they have their first hit in three years at Alternative radio with “Prayers/Triangles”. They scored four top ten albums between 2000 and 2010, but they’ve had much more radio and sales support in the past. Can this bring them back to the region, or fall short again?
  • M83 — Junk (iTunes)
    • This French group had a big Alternative hit several years ago with “Midnight City”. Their latest release, “Do It, Try It”, isn’t quite charting at the moment, but there’s still time. Their latest album will perhaps score a top 20 entry, a career-high peak if they achieve it.
  • More albums out this week: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals‘s Call It What It Is (iTunes), Eliza And The Bear‘s Eliza And The Bear (iTunes), Filter‘s Crazy Eyes (iTunes), Frightened Rabbit‘s Painting Of A Panic Attack (iTunes), Gallant‘s Ology (iTunes), MAX‘s Hell’s Kitchen Angel (iTunes), Mayer Hawthorne‘s Man About Town (iTunes), Skizzy Mars‘s Alone Together (iTunes), The Ready Set‘s I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: PHASES‘s Afterparty (iTunes)

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

  • “Ain’t Your Mama”, Jennifer Lopez (iTunes)
  • “Boyfriend” and “U-turn”, Tegan & Sara (iTunes)
  • “Champagne Problems”, Nick Jonas (iTunes)
  • “Crazy”, Lido (iTunes)
  • “Crazy For You”, Michael Franti & Spearhead (iTunes)
  • “Falling”, Trent Harmon (iTunes)
  • “Friends”, Blake Shelton (iTunes)
  • “I Want You”, Marian Hill (iTunes)
  • “If Your Man Only Knew”, Erik Hassle (iTunes)
  • “I’ll Be Standin’ Tall”, Josh Kelley (iTunes)
  • “I’m Born To Run”, American Authors (iTunes)
  • “Lake By The Ocean”, Maxwell (iTunes)
  • “So Alive”, Goo Goo Dolls (iTunes)
  • “That’s The Thing About Love”, Martina McBride (iTunes)
  • “Ugly”, Fantasia (iTunes)
  • “Wristband”, Paul Simon (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Bear HandsSturgill SimpsonWild Belle and more.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (March 2016)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in March in this month’s Radio Report:

The 1975
THE 1975 – “The Sound” (March 1) (Alternative)
Label: Dirty Hit/Interscope
Their album is titled I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. Try to say that five times fast. The new set is looking like it’ll debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, which is great to hear. Previous single “Love Me” cracked the top 20 on the format, their biggest U.S. hit so far, but they still deserve more. With a notable debut week ahead, their “Sound” is loud and clear.

TRYON – “Somebody To Love Me” (March 1) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Noiseblock/Alert/Lakeside
Already making its way up my chart (#32 on the latest update) is the first radio single from this Nashville duo. Brothers Justin and Stephen Kirk are already getting some airplay at Hits 1 and Radio Disney ahead of the song’s impact date, and look to pick up a few more believers as their radio tour continues. “Somebody” was written by the two Kirks and Canadian songwriter Karen Kosowski.

Jordan Smith
JORDAN SMITH – “Stand In The Light” (March 7) (Hot AC)
Label: Republic
Smith is the latest winner of The Voice, which doesn’t exactly have a great track record at this format. Only one winner has ever hit the top 50 (Javier Colon), and one additional finalist (Vicci Martinez) had a top 20 single that’s largely forgotten about today. So, I don’t think we should be getting our hopes up about this one. That being said, it’s a pretty number that should get a few adds here.

Mayer Hawthorne
MAYER HAWTHORNE – “Love Like That” (March 7) (Triple A)
Label: Vagrant
The diverse musical palette that is Hawthorne’s discography has shined for years now. It was Where Does This Door Go in 2013, a super album that was definitely overlooked, that gave him a breakthrough era on my chart. Now, his Man About Town album, out on April 8, is ready to capture my attention. I’m looking forward to it. “Love” was the highest debut on my chart this past weekend.

Avicii / Zac Brown
AVICII (featuring ZAC BROWN) – “Broken Arrows” (March 8) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Island/Republic
It’s an unusual musical pairing, to say the least, but the two men actually work well together. Unfortunately, “Broken” is headed to radio at a time when the Swedish producer’s star has faded a bit. His last top ten hit at the format was nearly two years ago, and an ongoing chain of pulled singles and flat-out flops is not a good look for the artist nor his label. Can this single save the era? Maybe.

That Poppy
THAT POPPY – “Lowlife” (March 8) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Island/Republic
This new act grew up in Nashville and began her musical career several years ago under a slightly different name, but after signing her record deal, That changed. Still, her poppy music sounds great, and it’s attracted pop stations in Chattanooga and Nashville to add her song before it officially impacts in a week. (It’s been pushed back several times now.) Her recent EP release is Bubblebath.

Barns Courtney
BARNS COURTNEY – “Fire” (March 14) (Triple A)
Label: Capitol
This London-based newcomer had an exciting 2015, and it could be an even bigger 2016. His first single in the U.S. was featured in the film Burnt last year. “Fire” is now over 250,000 streams on Spotify. It also debuted last weekend on my own survey. Courtney was just on tour in England and Scotland in February and is scheduled to play some music festivals during the spring and summer.

BIRDY – “Keeping Your Head Up” (March 14) (Hot AC)
Label: Atlantic
This English performer has chalked up plenty of followers and praise in her native U.K., but in the U.S., we’ve yet to fully embrace the 19-year-old. Two radio pushes for her cover of “Skinny Love” came up with skinny results, though it did earn a Platinum single certification last summer. “Keeping” is one of 14 tunes included on her upcoming Beautiful Lies album, which is due out March 25.

The Rubens
THE RUBENS – “Hoops” (March 14 / 15) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Warner Bros.
Many Australian groups have tried to break the U.S. in the past few years, and the latest band carries a lot of buzz with them. They recently topped the annual Hottest 100 countdown on radio station Triple J, and their album, also titled Hoops, reached a peak of #2 on the ARIA chart, one notch higher than their previous effort. The U.S. may not know them now, but watch out for this single.

Melanie Martinez
MELANIE MARTINEZ – “Pity Party” (March 22) (CHR/Pop)
Label: Atlantic
Martinez’s debut album Cry Baby was released last August to a top ten debut on the Billboard 200, but there’s been a notable lack of radio support since then. “Dollhouse” (the title cut from a prior EP) hit #49 on the Hot AC chart a year ago, and the original run for “Pity” at pop radio, scheduled for September of last year, was cancelled. We’ll see if the party gets going in the next few weeks.

Oh Wonder
OH WONDER – “Lose It” (March 22 / 28) (Alternative / Triple A)
Label: Republic
Those Hype Machine wonders are finally heading to radio with one of the cuts that topped the music blog aggregator’s main list. It was the sixth single to be released in their monthly song project, and has over nine million streams on Spotify. Though a self-titled debut album based on their project was fairly unsuccessful last year, perhaps this push will drive some new sales in their direction.

We The Kings
WE THE KINGS – “The Story Of Tonight” (March 22) (CHR/Pop)
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
This group from Florida is back on the scene and looking to score their first top 40 single in just over four years. Of their five prior chart singles, “We’ll Be A Dream” was the biggest, reaching a peak of #21 in 2010. Extremely slow chart runs have always hindered the quintet’s potential at CHR radio. Their last entry, “Say You Like Me”, took 21 (!) weeks of crawling up the top 50 to get to #32.

Which of these new singles would you like to see on top of the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 28, 2016

Haven't met you Rhett.

Haven’t met you Rhett.

40. Barns Courtney – Fire
39. Mayer Hawthorne – Love Like That | HIGHEST DEBUT

31. Taylor Swift – New Romantics (39)
24. The 1975 – The Sound (30)
15. Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You (25) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

10. Ellie Goulding – Something In The Way You Move (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Walk The Moon – Work This Body (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (06) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
07. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Ben Rector – Brand New (07) | PEAK: #06
05. A Great Big World – Oasis (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Taylor Swift – Out Of The Woods (03) | PEAK: #03
03. Adele – When We Were Young (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
02. Troye Sivan – Youth (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up (3)
2. Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez (1)
3. X Ambassadors – Unsteady (4)
4. Anderson East – Devil In Me (7)
5. Daughtry – Torches (8)
6. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids (9)
7. Lucius – Born Again Teen (5)
8. BANNERS – Start A Riot (-)
9. DNCE – Toothbrush (-)
10. New District – Closer (-)

In The Mix:
Addison Scott – I Came Alive (new)
Aurora – Conqueror
Boy & Bear – Where’d You Go
Bryan Adams – You Belong To Me
Chef’special – In Your Arms
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Conrad Sewell – Remind Me
David Cook – Broken Windows
Demi Lovato – Stone Cold
Family Of The Year – Carry Me
Finish Ticket – Color
Jess Glynne – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
Jordan Smith – Stand In The Light (new)
Jukebox The Ghost – Hollywood
Julian Taylor Band – Just A Little Bit
Lawson – Money
Matt Nathanson – Giants
Oh Wonder – Lose It
R5 – Dark Side
The Heavy – Since You Been Gone
The Karma Killers – Domino
The Lumineers – Ophelia
The Rubens – Hoops (new)
Transviolet – New Bohemia

Chart Notes:

  • Just under five years ago, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” from Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson had a four-week run on top of my chart, marking the last time my survey and the national Country radio listing shared a #1. That changes this week, as Thomas Rhett finally climbs to #1 (after four weeks at #2) with “Die A Happy Man”. It recently became his fifth #1 at the format, and his new single “T-Shirt” could become his sixth this spring.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is from the 37-year-old Michigan musician who calls himself Mayer Hawthorne. He comes in at #39 with “Love Like That”, the first radio single from his forthcoming Man About Town album. His last album gave him four top 40 singles on my chart, including the #2 hit “Her Favorite Song”. We’ll see if he can make it to the top this time.
  • Just below Hawthorne is the first top 40 hit for Barns Courtney. He debuts at #40 with “Fire”. If you saw the film Burnt sometime last fall, then you’ve known about the song for a few months. It was featured in both a scene and the credits. In a few weeks, it impacts at Triple A radio. Courtney is currently based in London.

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Record Store Day 2014: Adam’s Top Picks

Viva la Vinyl.

Shop ’til you drop.

It’s time yet again for another round of setting your Saturday morning alarm clock for 7AM, hopping out of bed and taking a trip to the local independent record store for another edition of Record Store Day. The seventh edition of this massive music fest is on April 19, so get ready to add to your collection with another set of exclusive CD and vinyl pieces. Heck, it may be even better than Christmas. Just remember to get there early, or you may miss out on what you want!

Later today, you’ll be able to see the full of release on the official RSD website. For now, here are ten vinyl releases that are already confirmed that I hope to pick up! (Thanks to Wax Poetic for their coverage as well.)

AMERICAN AUTHORS & THE MOWGLI’S – “In A Big Country”/”You Make My Dreams”
Format: 7″ single

It’s been four months since “Best Day Of My Life” hit #1 on my chart, but the band originally from Boston and now based in Brooklyn puts their spin on the 1983 Big Country single, which they performed on The Carrie Diaries last fall. On the flip side, the California pop septet take on a 1981 classic from Hall & Oates, a live favorite of theirs. It should be a fun release.

BASTILLE – Of The Night”
Format: 10″ EP
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“Night” is a former #1 single on my top 40 for two weeks and it also went top 5 in multiple European territories. The lineup on here is the same as its release overseas, with the album cut, the Icarus and MNEK mixes, and a live version of “Oblivion” recorded at the Capitol Studios in Hollywood. This is also one of the few picture discs of the bunch. I highly recommend it!

BLEACHERS – I Wanna Get Better”
Format: 7″ single
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In addition to an EP I’m looking at by fun., which you’ll see later down in the list, this new Jack Antonoff led band is also putting out a release of their own. “Better” is already soaring towards the top 20 on my weekly list and I’m quite excited to hear what the full album sounds like. The 7″ features an album version and a remix by Vince Clarke from the duo Erasure.

Format: 10″ EP
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They were one of the biggest acts of the late 60’s and today, they’re all over Classic Rock radio. Celebrating 45 years since some of their greatest successes, this 10″ EP combines four consecutive hit singles from the band: “Proud Mary”/”Born On The Bayou”, “Bad Moon Rising”/”Lodi”, “Green River”/”Commotion” and lastly, “Down On The Corner”/”Fortunate Son”.

FUN. – Point And Light
Format: 10″ EP

In 2012, the trio released a RSD-exclusive EP titled The Ghost That You Are To Me. (I was able to find a copy of it.) Their latest vinyl EP, five tracks in total, is a collection of demos from their first album, Aim and Ignite, released on Nettwerk in fall 2009. The track list includes “At Least I’m Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)”, “I Wanna Be The One” and “The Gambler”.

MAYER HAWTHORNE & SHINTARO SAKAMOTO – Wine Glass Woman”/“In A Phantom Mood”
 Format: 7″ single

This split single featuring a cut from Hawthorne’s Where Does This Door Go? (a fantastic album, I might add) and a 2012 song from the Tokyo singer. Hawthorne has another RSD release this year as Jaded Incorporated, in which he partners with producer 14KT. That 7″ single, “Black Future”/”People Change”, is shaped like a triangle and costs significantly more.

NEON TREES – “Sleeping With A Friend”
Format: 7″ single
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This Utah band is also back for another RSD: two years ago, they issued a heart-shaped vinyl single of their hit “Everybody Talks.” However, not everybody was talking, because I was never able to find it. Very sad indeed. However, with this song being the current #1 single on my personal chart, I would hope there’s a better chance of locating this one. Stock up, folks.

ONE DIRECTION – “Midnight Memories”/“Rock Me (Live)”
Format: 10″ vinyl EP
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I know what you’re saying: this can’t be right, Adam. However, it very much is. The quintet is putting out a 10″ picture disc for the big day, which features their current U.K. single on the a-side and a live version of a fan favorite from their concert picture, One Direction: This Is Us, on the b-side. Have you seen the cover? It’s totally tubular, for sure. I love the 80’s fun.

RAY PARKER, JR. – “Ghostbusters”
Format: 10″ single
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Speaking of the 80’s, I think you better call someone to pick up this release, which turns 30 years old in 2014! I apologize if that makes you feel old. Containing the original edit and dance mixes/dubs, along with an instrumental version, the record itself is also glow in the dark, which is a cute little novelty. Plus, who can resist a classic pop song? Let’s party like it’s 1984.

R.E.M. – MTV Unplugged: The Complete 1991 And 2001 Sessions
Format: 4 LP set
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This is bound to be one of the most sought after releases this season, which combines both performances by the band from Unplugged in 1991 and 2001. In addition to what aired on MTV, there are eleven unaired numbers on here: five from the former show and six from the latter. The trio’s always been pretty generous with their RSD givings, and this is no different.

More awesome pop choices:
BETTY WHO“Heartbreak Dream”/”Somebody Loves You (Acoustic)” (7″ single)
COLDPLAY“Magic”/“Midnight” (7″ single)
HAIM“Forever” (12″ single)
MKTO“Classic” (7″ single)
PARAMORE“Ain’t It Fun” (12″ single)
RAY LAMONTAGNE“Supernova”/”Pick Up A Gun” (7″ single)
THE STANDELLS“Dirty Water”/”Twitchin’ Clear” (7″ single)

Are you looking forward to the RSD celebration and is there another release not listed here that you’ve got to have? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter: click the “Get Social!” tab above to find us on there.

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GRAMMY WEEK: Adam Picks The Winners for Packaging/Visual Media 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 start out with the fields for Packaging and Visual Media.

(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.)

56. Best Musical Theater Album

Kinky Boots (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
Matilda: The Musical
Motown: The Musical

PREDICTION: Much like the Tony Awards back in June, I think Best Musical winner Kinky Boots will be the winner in this category. This would mark singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper‘s first GRAMMY win since claiming Best New Artist way back in 1985.

57. Best Companion Soundtrack for Visual Media

Django Unchained
Quentin Tarantino, compilation producer

The Great Gatsby (Deluxe Edition)
Baz Luhrman, compilation producer

Les Misérables (Deluxe Edition)
Cameron Mackintosh, Lee McCutcheon & Stephan Metcalfe, compilation producers

Muscle Shoals
Stephan Badger & Greg Camalier, compilation producers

Sound City: Real To Reel
Butch Vig, compilation producer (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: I was going back and forth between Luhrman and Vig for this Award, as both soundtracks have the star power to win, but I’ll give the edge to The Great Gatsby on this one. As a stand-alone work, it’s quite inspired and did well commercially.

58. Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Alexandre Desplat, composer

The Great Gatsby
Craig Armstrong, composer

Life Of Pi
Mychael Danna, composer

John Williams, composer

Thomas Newman, composer (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

Zero Dark Thirty
Alexandre Desplat, composer

PREDICTION: Five out of the six nominations (minus Danna) are by previous winners in the category; that is some serious competition. However, I’m giving it to Lincoln. The movie was fantastic and Williams did an exceptional job setting the mood for it.

59. Best Song Written for Visual Media

“Atlas” (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Performed and Written by: Coldplay (Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin)

“Silver Lining (Crazy ‘Bout You)” (Silver Linings Playbook)
Performed by: Jessie J
Written by: Diane Warren

“Skyfall” (Skyfall)
Performed by: Adele
Written by: Adkins & Paul Epworth (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“We Both Know” (Safe Haven)
Performed and Written by: Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw

“Young And Beautiful” (The Great Gatsby)
Performed by: Lana Del Rey
Written by: Del Rey & Rick Nowels

“You’ve Got Time” (Orange Is The New Black)
Performed and Written by: Regina Spektor

PREDICTION: This is a pretty hard category – two of the selections in here went to #1 on my personal chart. As much as I want “Atlas” to take the prize, I am going with “Skyfall”. The GRAMMY’s wouldn’t be complete without an Adele win, would they?

63. Best Recording Package

Geneseo, Automatic Music Can Be Fun
Mike Brown, Zac DeCamp, Brian Grunert & Annie Stoll, art directors

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon
Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors  (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

Jay Z, Magna Carta… Holy Grail
Brian Roettinger, art director

Metallica, Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)
Bruce Duckworth, Sarah Moffat, Brian Steele & David Turner

David Bowie, The Next Day
Jonathan Barnbrook, art director

PREDICTION: All five sets have pretty unique artwork even though I don’t know two of the acts in the category. I do believe David Bowie has the best chance of a win here. I liked the campaign based around it; it’s a simple piece, yet it’s also mysterious.

64. Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Rolling Stones, The Brussels Affair
Charles Dooher & Scott Sandler, art directors

Mayer Hawthorne, How Do You Do (Limited Edition Box Set)
Mayer Hawthorne, art director

Mumford & Sons, The Road To Red Rocks (Special Edition)
Ross Stirling, art director

Various Artists, The Smith Tapes
Masaki Koike, art director

Wings, Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)
Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: There’s some major GRAMMY darlings in here, and of course, my dream win would be for Hawthorne. Yet, I’ll be realistic here and say Wings Over the other four. Hey, I even got the “Maybe I’m Amazed” 12″ for Record Store Day last year.

81. Best Music Video

“Safe And Sound”, Capital Cities
Grady Hall, video director; Buddy Enright, Javier Jimenez, Danny Lockwood & Daniel Weisman, video producers

“Picasso Baby” (A Performance Art Film), Jay Z
Mark Romanek, video director; Shawn Carter & Aristides McGarry, video producers

“Can’t Hold Us”, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
Jon Jon Augustavo, Jason Koenig & Ryan Lewis, video directors; Tricia Davis, Honna Kimmerer & Jenny Koenig, video producers

“Suit & Tie”, Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z
David Fincher, video director; Timory King, video producer (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“I’m Shakin'”, Jack White
Dori Oskowitz, video director; Saul Levitz & Candice OvaKnine, video producer

PREDICTION: Of the five entries here, only one music video helped me to like the song better, and that would be “Safe And Sound” by Capital Cities. With a clip featuring dancers from multiple eras, the nostalgia should prove to be positive with the committee.

82. Best Music Film

Coldplay, Live 2012
Paul Dugdale, video director; Jim Parsons, video producer

Green Day, ¡Cuatro!
Tim Wheeler, video director; Tim Lynch, video producer

Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite, I’m In, I’m Out And I’m Gone: The Making Of Get Up!
Danny Clinch, video director; Ben Harper, video producer

Paul McCartney, Live Kisses
Jonas Åkerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger, video producers (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

Mumford & Sons, The Road To Red Rocks
Nicolas Jack Davies & Frederick Scott, video directors; Dan Bowen, video producer

PREDICTION: I only own one of these (Coldplay), but I think Mumford & Sons will take it. I saw the special when it aired on HBO; besides being a fan of them, it’s a high quality film and edited together well. Their past GRAMMY history also helps the cause.

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