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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 8, 2019

“Next” week’s best-seller.

Get ready for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards with the best new releases this week, including a highly-anticipated album that quite a few people will be particularly thankful for. Here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market today:

ARIANA GRANDE – thank u, next (iTunes)
Features: the title track, a recent #1 on the Top 40 chart, as well as “7 rings”, now in the top ten at the format

Notable albums out this week: Bob Mould‘s Sunshine Rock (iTunes), Michael Bolton‘s A Symphony Of Hits (iTunes), Sean McConnell‘s Secondhand Smoke (iTunes), Music Inspired By The Film Roma (iTunes), Wicked (15th Anniversary Special Edition) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Lucky Daye‘s II (iTunes), Meghan Trainor‘s The Love Train (iTunes), Pet Shop Boys‘s Agenda (iTunes), Qveen Herby‘s EP5 (iTunes), Sister Hazel‘s Fire (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week:
“Gucci Rock N Rolla (Remixes)”, Snakehips featuring Rivers Cuomo & KYLE (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Addicted To You”, UNSECRET featuring Anna Mae (iTunes)
“Aliens”, Jay Hardway (iTunes)
“Anybody Else”, Sophia Angeles (iTunes)
“Better When You’re Gone”, David Guetta, Brooks & Loote (iTunes)
“Blackjack (Remix)”, Aminé featuring YBN Cordae (iTunes)
“Can’t Bring Me Down”, Quintino (iTunes)
“Chase The Sun”, Hardwell & DANNIC featuring Kelli-Leigh (iTunes)
“Chi Chi”, Trey Songz featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Childism”, KIAN (iTunes)
“Coldest Water”, Walking On Cars (iTunes)
“Common”, Maren Morris featuring Brandi Carlile (iTunes)
“Complicated Love”, Wanderer & Justin Reece (iTunes)
“Crown”, Kelly Rowland (iTunes)
“Cry”, Chris Jobe (iTunes)
“Day In, Day Out” and “NYC”, JR JR (iTunes)
“Do Not Disturb”, Mahalia (iTunes)
“Drip”, Crywolf (iTunes)
“Ferrari”, Cheat Codes featuring Afrojack (iTunes)
“Floating (filous Remix)”, Alina Baraz featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“Good Time”, Ocean Park Standoff (iTunes)
“Grip (Jay Pryor Remix)”, Seeb x Bastille (iTunes)
“Handmade Heaven”, MARINA (iTunes)
“Hello My Love (John Gibbons Remix)”, Westlife (iTunes)
“Holding Hands”, Quinn XCII featuring Elohim (iTunes)
“Home To Momma”, Grant Landis (iTunes)
“Insecure”, SVRCINA (iTunes)
“La Di Da (Hibell Remix)”, Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Lay And Be Lonely”, Shy Girls (iTunes)
“Leaning On Myself”, Anna Of The North (iTunes)
“Like I Remember You”, Vera Blue (iTunes)
“Like This Like That”, MOTi (iTunes)
“Lost”, Blake Rose (iTunes)
“Lost”, Dermot Kennedy (iTunes)
“Love Me Like You Used To”, Kaskade featuring Cecilia Gault (iTunes)
“Messin With The Kid”, Jung Youth (iTunes)
“Missin’ You Crazy (Acoustic)”, Russ (iTunes)
“Moment Of Surrender”, Nick Mulvey (iTunes)
“My Name”, Tom Speight (iTunes)
“New Shapes”, Diplo featuring Octavian (iTunes)
“Pearl Cadillac”, Gary Clark Jr. (iTunes)
“Remember When (Acoustic)”, Bad Wolves (iTunes)
“Road”, Mark Diamond (iTunes)
“Shut Up”, Greyson Chance (iTunes)
“Something Tells Me”, Meg Mac (iTunes)
“Stay”, TOMI (iTunes)
“Talk”, Khalid (iTunes)
“Teenage Minds”, Jubël (iTunes)
“The Needle’s Eye”, Adia Victoria (iTunes)
“The Other Side”, Conan Gray (iTunes)
“Think”, H.E.R. (iTunes)
“Think About You”, Mullally (iTunes)
“This Is How We Party”, R3HAB x Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Three Hours Ahead”, Adam Melchor (iTunes)
“Trevi Fountain”, Leo Kalyan (iTunes)
“TV”, Elohim (iTunes)
“Vultures (Acoustic)”, Jeremy Loops (iTunes)
“Want You Back (Acoustic)”, Grey featuring LÉON (iTunes)
“We Talk All The Time”, The Japanese House (iTunes)
“When I’m Around You”, Running Touch (iTunes)
“Wherever You Are”, adam&steve featuring Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Who Do You Love”, The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
“Why Am I Like This?”, Orla Gartland (iTunes)
“Why Don’t We”, Austin Mahone (iTunes)
“Wicked Rhythm”, SKAAR (iTunes)
“Y’all Boys”, Florida Georgia Line featuring HARDY (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from Avril Lavigne, Florida Georgia Line and many more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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You “Where” It Well: Posing Those Pop Chart Questions

He arrives Justin time.

He arrives Justin time.

The news arrived earlier today that singer Justin Bieber entered atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “What Do You Mean?”, which gives him his first #1 hit on that survey since his debut in 2009. “Mean” is the first cut to be released from his forthcoming album, title TBA, due on November 13. The song also follows shortly after his featured appearance on a recent top ten single “Where Are Ü Now”, credited to Skrillex and Diplo as the duo Jack Ü. It’s a bit of a career revitalization for Bieber, who hasn’t had a major hit on the radio for two years and has largely been on top of the tabloids for several legal issues and arrests.

As it’s been noted over the last few weeks, Bieber’s latest two singles pose different questions in their titles: “What do you mean?” and “Where are you now?” It certainly isn’t uncommon for a singer to ask a question in their song title, or to have multiple singles posed as questions throughout their career. However, for an act to have two back-to-back question titles, and to have those songs each reach the top ten, is an extremely rare situation. Since “Mean” will be storming the top ten on pop radio later this month, I’m giving you a few cases from the Radio & Records days to show you how few times it’s happened. Could it occur again with another feature/main credit combination? Stay tuned!

“Who’s Holding Donna Now” (as DeBarge) (#8, Aug. 1985)
“Who’s Johnny” (as El DeBarge) (#5, June 1986)

This one might be a little bit of a reach as two DeBarge (the group) singles were released after “Donna”, but as far as the pop chart archives go, neither charted in-between the two question singles. “Johnny” was the theme from the film Short Circuit. That movie may also describe his solo career on the pop survey… well, at least the short part. Both acts continued to get spins on R&B outlets.

“How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” (#1, Jan. 1990)
“How Can We Be Lovers” (#4, Apr. 1990)

After the title song off Soul Provider was provided a couple of weeks in the top 20 during the late summer of 1989, Bolton roared back with his first two of ten top ten hits on the pop radio survey between 1990 and 1993. Strangely enough, his last CHR entry to go top 40 in 1995 was also posed as a question: “Can I Touch You… There?” (It climbed to #28 in August. Listen at your own risk.)

“Who Is It” (#4, May 1993)
“Will You Be There” (#5, Sep. 1993)

The Dangerous era was another big one for Jackson on the pop chart, and the sixth and seventh (!) singles from the effort asked a few questions, returning with two more top five answers. The latter song was also featured on the soundtrack to Free Willy, and a year later, it won the MTV Movie Award for the category of Best Song In A Movie. Of course, the singer passed away six years ago.

“Who Knew” (re-issue) (#1, Sep. 2007)
“So What” (#1, Oct. 2008)

After “U + Ur Hand” took half a year to reach the top spot from its initial debut in the top 50, the 16 weeks this track took to reach the #1 spot in its second run seemed to breeze by (though it was 21 weeks if we include its prior time on in its initial release.) 2008 gave us a huge pop single with an attitude from this singer that landed her back at the summit. Will she hit the chart by year’s end?

Have a favorite release or pairing of songs from the ones listed above? Let me know! Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter


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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (Feb. 26)

Give Peace a chance.

Give Peace a chance.

From rock to folk and a little bit of pop, here’s your guide to this week’s new releases for February 26:

  • Biggest release of the week belongs to the supergroup knows as Atoms For Peace, a side project from Thom Yorke of Radiohead. It also features Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Amok is their debut release, which is available in a few different configurations in both physical and digital form. Look for it to be strong enough for a #1 debut next week. (iTunes)
  • Emmylou Harris has been making the album chart since 1975, but her most recent release in 2011 was her first to make the top 20. On this effort, she collaborates with fellow Country singer Rodney Crowell on Old Yellow Moon. Can it break the top ten? (iTunes)
  • He’s already done a few albums of covers; why not one more? Balladeer Michael Bolton releases Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville U.S.A., featuring duets with Kelly Rowland and Melanie Fiona. (iTunes)
  • Christian crossover star Britt Nicole has a reissue of her album Gold out today. The title track is currently gaining at mainstream radio. (AmazonMP3)
  • Hillsong United, comprised of members of Australia’s Hillsong Church, release their third studio album, Zion. Their last studio album, Aftermath, made the top 20 two years ago. (iTunes)
  • Johnny Marr, formerly of The Smiths, releases The Messenger, his first album as a solo artist. (iTunes)
  • No reason to be moody or blue this time around. Lead singer for the Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, puts out Spirits Of The Western Sky today, his first solo effort since 1996. (AmazonMP3)
  • Country group The Mavericks are back in attack with In Time, their first album in ten years. Lead single “Born To Be Blue” recently made the top 50 on the Country chart, their first since 1999. (AmazonMP3)

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

  • “Heart Attack”, the sassy new song from Demi Lovato. Details about her forthcoming studio album have yet to be released. (iTunes)
  • “Hearts Go Crazy”, the first single from pop/rock group Parachute‘s forthcoming third album, title TBA. (AmazonMP3)
  • “It’s A Beautiful Day”, a new one from Canadian crooner Michael Bublé. It leads off To Be Loved, which is out April 23. (iTunes)
  • “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”, a digital single from David Bowie‘s first studio album in ten years, The Next Day. The album is released in two weeks. (iTunes)

We’ll be back next week with new albums by Country singers Ashley Monroe and Luke Bryan. See you in seven!

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