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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 23, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Selena Gomez finds that “Bad” is good, Camila Cabello brings a flavor of the weep, Liam Payne proves that “Down” is up and Katy Perry swishes upon a musical star. We extend our condolences and prayers to those affected by the tragedy in Manchester last night, and hope that a speedy recovery is on the way. Concert halls need to be a safe space for everyone; music heals all of us. Now, if it’s okay to have a few laughs after such a dark day yesterday, let’s take some stats and some shade and mix it all together into one ridiculous report:

“BAD” OF THE CHART: I don’t think anyone is looking for a George Lamond and Selena Gomez collaboration at this point in time, but you never know what’ll happen in the pop world. Her “Bad Liar” is, truthfully, the Most Added tune at pop radio, with a total of 133 stations on board in its first week. Gomez has a total of seven top ten songs at the format since 2011, four of which have climbed to #1, with three of those coming from her last set, Revival. Gomez also appears as the vocalist on Kygo‘s hit “It Ain’t Me”, which was #3 (and bulleted) on last Sunday’s official update. Now is certainly a super time to be a Selenator. (By the way, Lamond’s “Bad Of The Heart” reached #26 on Radio & Records in July 1990. It was his only CHR hit.)

TWO AND A FIFTH: Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello has her eye on some Top 40 tears, so grab a tissue or two before you press play. “Crying In The Club” is a part of the Most Added Club this week, a very exclusive society, scoring 81 adds on impact in the runner-up slot. Earlier this year, Cabello spent two weeks at the top as a part of a duet with Machine Gun Kelly, “Bad Things”. That single is based around an interpolation of “Out Of My Head” by Fastball, a #8 hit from August 1999. Her latest hit samples another smash from the same time period, Christina Aguilera‘s “Genie In A Bottle”, a four-week #1 from September of that year. Wanna guess who feels old right about now? Cabello’s solo debut, The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving., is due later this year.

JOY AND PAYNE: The final member of One Direction to reach the CHR/Top 40 format as a soloist is Liam Payne, and he is making quite the impact with his impacting single, “Strip That Down”. It takes the third Most Added spot this week, starting with 55 stations. Payne’s first single from his forthcoming album features rapper Quavo of the trio Migos, who’s been putting in the extra hours lately as the rent-a-rapper of choice for those pop songs with barren middle eight sections. (Do I need to start a campaign for saving the middle eight? #SaveTheM8) “Down” spent some time at #1 on the U.S.-based iTunes chart upon its release, though it no longer appears there.

FROM “SWISH” TO “SWITCH”: Just a few weeks after “Bon Appétit” ranked on the Most Added list, Katy Perry returns to a familiar spot with “Swish Swish”, the third single from her upcoming album Witness. With 51 stations on impact, it slips into fourth place this week. The new track features Nicki Minaj, who also appears as a featured artist on two other top 40 tracks on the chart: “Kissing Strangers” (#26) by DNCE and “Swalla” (#19) by Jason Derulo featuring Ty Dolla $ign. A little further down, we find “Switch”, a new collaboration from Iggy Azalea and featured artist Anitta. It’s in the eighth Most Added spot, receiving a total of 25 adds. Anitta is a Brazilian singer who is unknown to the U.S. pop audience, but we’ll see if this single provides a new opportunity for her to launch a career here.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. SELENA GOMEZ, “Bad Liar” (Interscope)
2. CAMILA CABELLO
, “Crying In The Club” (Epic)
3. LIAM PAYNE featuring QUAVO, “Strip That Down” (Republic)
4. KATY PERRY featuring NICKI MINAJ, “Swish Swish” (Capitol)
5. MILEY CYRUS, “Malibu” (RCA)
6. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands” (Capitol)
7. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER, “Despacito (Remix)” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
8. IGGY AZALEA featuring ANITTA“Switch” (Def Jam)
9. KYGO & ELLIE GOULDING, “First Time” (Interscope/RCA)
10. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “Redbone” (Glassnote)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 21, 2017

Hot for Bleacher(s).

DEBUTS
40. Katy Perry – Swish Swish
37. Liam Payne – Strip That Down | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Tom Walker – Just You And I (39)
28. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
20. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (27)
(see #10, #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. DNCE – Kissing Strangers (15) | PEAK: #10
09. Imagine Dragons – Believer (05) | PEAK: #03
08. Scott Helman – Kinda Complicated (13) | PEAK: #08
07. New Politics – One Of Us (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Lorde – Green Light (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Noah Kahan – Young Blood (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (07) | PEAK: #04
03. James TW – Ex (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LANY – ILYSB (1)
2. Jasmine Thompson – Old Friends (7)
3. TLC – Way Back (3)
4. Jukebox The Ghost – Stay The Night (2)
5. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (5)
6. John Mayer – In The Blood (8)
7. The 1975 – A Change Of Heart (4)
8. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – So Close (-)
9. Ingrid Michaelson – Celebrate (10)
10. Ruth B. – If This Is Love (6)

In The Mix:
Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
Billy Raffoul – Driver
Chord Overstreet – Hold On (new)
Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls
LeAnn Rimes – Love Is Love Is Love
Loote – High Without Your Love (new)
Mary Lambert – Know Your Name
Milky Chance – Blossom
Mondo Cozmo – Automatic (new)
Oh Wonder – Ultralife
Saint Motel – Destroyer
The Score – Legend (new)
Welshly Arms – Legendary
ZZ Ward – Help Me Mama

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut belongs to the fourth member of One Direction to hit my chart as a soloist. He’s Liam Payne, and he’s new at #37 with “Strip That Down”. The album version of this single features rapper Quavo of the trio Migos. The 23-year-old performer lands on the survey as Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” (#20) and Harry Styles‘s “Sign Of The Times” (#2) remain active, which could make for an interesting story later this summer. We’ll see how it goes. For now, Payne is off to a good start!
  • Katy Perry has this week’s other debut with “Swish Swish”, landing at #40. It’s the third radio single from her forthcoming album Witness, which you’ll witness in stores on June 9. The album version features rapper Nicki Minaj. This track comes about a month after “Bon Appétit” debuted, which stalled out at multiple formats following mixed research and tepid digital sales and streaming data. Will Perry’s new era get back on track? Stay tuned.
  • Next week, new radio songs from Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness and John Mayer, as well as a potential chart newcomer, Jasmine Thompson, should be among the stronger candidates in the running for a top 40 debut. However, as the number of big summer releases continues to grow, will anything pop up before the Memorial Day Weekend? Find out on Sunday!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (May 16, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Miley Cyrus makes that musical move to “Malibu”, Childish Gambino returns to the pop playground and more! It’s just a few days before my five year college reunion, and I’m ready to celebrate the hits from this week’s graduating gems on the honor roll we call the Most Added list. Grab your caps and gowns… and a few adds too:

HIGHLY MILEY: After debuting at #37 on the published update last Sunday, Miley Cyrus easily claims this week’s Most Added song at the CHR format with “Malibu”. The track surfs in with 116 adds. Hole‘s “Malibu”, which was mentioned briefly in Sunday’s post, received 42 adds on impact (the second Most Added song that week, behind Alanis Morissette‘s “Unsent” with 95 adds) on its way to a peak of #35 in February 1999. While the state of California resides in a number of top 40 titles throughout the decades, the cities and towns located on the musical map of The Golden State include Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco, San José, Sausalito and Ventura. (Of course, Malibu brings that total up by one.) Look out for Cyrus’s next studio album later this year, which you can purchase in Malibu, or pretty much anywhere else in the world.

CHILDISH BEHAVIOR: The performer known as Childish Gambino has charted with two minor singles so far this decade: a top 50 entry called “Heartbeat” (#43, 3/4/12) and the top 40 entry “V. 3005″ (#38, 9/14-21 and 10/5/14). Needless to say, the pop panel and the performer don’t exactly have a relationship that’s hand in Glover; at least, not at this point. However, that isn’t going to stop the California artist from trying for his second top 40 single at the format with “Redbone”. The current #1 on the Urban AC chart, which also ranks in the top ten at Urban radio and top 15 at Rhythmic, impacts with 14 stations this week, which gives it a tied total for the 8th Most Added spot. We’ll see if the children drive Childish to his biggest pop hit yet this summer.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (TWELVE)
1. MILEY CYRUS, “Malibu” (RCA)
2-T. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE featuring JUSTIN BIEBER
, “Despacito (Remix)” (UMLE/RBMG/Def Jam/Republic)
2-T. NIALL HORAN, “Slow Hands” (Capitol)
4. SHAWN MENDES, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (Island/Republic)
5. CHARLIE PUTH, “Attention” (Artist Partner/Atlantic)
6-T. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Believer” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)
6-T. KENDRICK LAMAR, “Humble.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
8-T. AJR“Weak” (RED)
8-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO, “Redbone” (Glassnote)
10-T. CHEAT CODES featuring DEMI LOVATO, “No Promises” (300 Ent.)
10-T. HAILEE STEINFELD, “Most Girls” (Republic)
10-T. SAM HUNT, “Body Like A Back Road” (MCA Nashville/Capitol)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (May 14, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a weekly report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. A very Happy Mother’s Day from PGTC to everybody celebrating out there, including my own Mom, my first blog fan and the best supporter out there! Now, it is time to let this baby into the world, give it some love and let it grow up to be a fantastic young pop chart report. (Someone pass the tissues!) Here is why CHR stands for can’t help reminiscing…

THE “LIKE” SPIKE: For the third week in a row, pop and R&B star Bruno Mars orbits around the #1 spot with his international smash “That’s What I Like”. The video for it will likely be closing in on 400 million views in the coming week, as it recently surpassed the 300 million stream mark on Spotify. (That’s a whole lot of millions, and they aren’t in my wallet. Can we change that?) The party is nearly over for Mars, as he’ll pass the baton next week to “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay. The song holds at #2 for the second week. By the way, the last time the top two tracks in the nation both had the word “like” in their titles was in October 2011, when “Moves Like Jagger” (#1) by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera and “Someone Like You” (#2) by Adele were ruling the radio. See, kids, liking is cool in any era.

Beyond those top two records, there isn’t much to “like” about the titles in this week’s chart. One of last week’s top 40 entries, “Body Like A Back Road” by Country crossover star Sam Hunt, is up 40-39 with a smaller gain in spins. At the present time, no additional titles with a likable sentiment are impacting at the format. However, the season is still young, and that’s certainly something to like.

NIALL AND ERROR: Three members of One Direction gone solo are bouncing around the Top 40 chart this week, but just one has a debut record, and it happens to be this week’s highest new entry. Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” jumps from outside the top 50, making a lofty entrance at #35. This is the Irish singer and songwriter’s second solo hit on the pop survey, with “This Town” reaching a #12 peak earlier this year. With 60% of the boy band in the top 40, we’re very close to achieving a week in which all of their original members find themselves somewhere in the top 40 with solo hits. This kind of occurrence has only happened once on the CHR list. I think you’re aware of which influential band pulled it off the last time. (Hint: it was an early Christmas/Hanukkah gift in 1974.) Look out for the debut of member Liam Payne‘s “Strip That Down”, featuring Quavo, on Friday. It’s sure to be a hot tune, so load up on those flame emojis.

Now, the only issue with this equation is that ZAYN‘s “Still Got Time”, which features PARTYNEXTDOOR, takes a nasty fall of 11 notches this week from its peak of #20. Needless to say, that single will likely be beneath the top 40 next week, and he would need to have a follow-up on the horizon in the next few weeks. Also, with Louis Tomlinson not announcing any singles as of late, though I presume he’s been working on material, he too would need to build up some buzz before properly launching some music here. It will take some teamwork, between the clients, their labels and the gatekeepers/programmers at the format, but I think it can be done. (It would be amazing if it happens!)

SWING OUT, SISTERS: Two breakouts on this week’s pop chart are by two sisters who found a way and said what they wanted to say, at least as far their current hits. The higher of the pair lands at #37: “Malibu” by Miley Cyrus, her ninth top 40 hit. No, it is not a hot Hole remake, but that “Malibu” hit #35 (2/12/99 R&R) and served as the rock group’s only successful crossover single. Well, I don’t think Cyrus was jamming to Courtney Love and company at age six, but who knows? In any case, that debut is bolstered by first day hourly airplay for the afternoon of its release. However, with a chart-topping bow on iTunes, and plenty of streaming during the last few days, this California confection is sure to strum up the charts and stick around for the summer.

Younger sister Noah Cyrus crawls into the countdown at #49 with “Stay Together”. You might recall that this entry was featured in the Add Lib report from about three weeks ago, and it continues to gain at the format, thanks in part to an upcoming appearance at a summer event sponsored by radio giant iHeartMedia. (In fact, both sisters will be there.) Previous single “Make Me (Cry)”, featuring Labrinth, reached #19 earlier this year. Two sisters debuting with separate solo chart entries in the same week is definitely a rarity. We’ll see if the panel can make room for both of them in the top tier of the chart very soon.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: May 14, 2017

“Money” changes everything.

DEBUTS
40. Skip Marley – Calm Down
39. Tom Walker – Just You And I
38. Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie – In My World
37. Miley Cyrus – Malibu | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
27. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Shawn Hook featuring Vanessa Hudgens – Reminding Me (31)
20. Foster The People – Doing It For The Money (28)
17. Paramore – Hard Times (24)
07. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (13)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. New Politics – One Of Us (10) | PEAK: #10
09. John Mayer – Still Feel Like Your Man (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Julia Michaels – Issues (06) | PEAK: #01 for one week
07. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (13) | PEAK: #07
06. Noah Kahan – Young Blood (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Imagine Dragons – Believer (05) | PEAK: #03
04. Lorde – Green Light (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. James TW – Ex (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Bleachers – Don’t Take The Money (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LANY – ILYSB (2)
2. Jukebox The Ghost – Stay The Night (1)
3. TLC – Way Back (5)
4. The 1975 – A Change Of Heart (4)
5. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (8)
6. Ruth B. – If This Is Love (7)
7. Jasmine Thompson – Old Friends (-)
8. John Mayer – In The Blood (-)
9. Oh Wonder – Ultralife (9)
10. Ingrid Michaelson – Celebrate (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – So Close (new)
Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
Billy Raffoul – Driver
Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls
LeAnn Rimes – Love Is Love Is Love
Mary Lambert – Know Your Name
Milky Chance – Blossom (new)
Saint Motel – Destroyer
Welshly Arms – Legendary (new)
ZZ Ward – Help Me Mama

Chart Notes:

  • Four new songs break into this week’s chart, led by Miley Cyrus‘s “Malibu” at #37. Cyrus’s single debuted on Thursday and climbed to #1 on iTunes, while also making a speedy entry on the pop radio chart thanks to hourly airplay from iHeartMedia stations on the afternoon of its release. Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie‘s “In My World” enters at #38; that marks the legendary Fleetwood Mac members’ first hit as a duo. At 73, McVie is now the oldest artist to ever appear on my list, besting 71-year-old Mike Love’s contribution to 2012’s “That’s Why God Made The Radio” (#28) by The Beach Boys.
  • Newcomer Tom Walker rolls into the #39 slot with “Just You And I”, which is featured on his recent EP release, Blessings. The Scottish singer/songwriter’s track heads to Hot AC radio in June, and then to Top 40 radio in July. Finally, entering this week at #40 is Skip Marley and his second top 40 single, “Calm Down”. You’ll recall that he’s featured on Katy Perry‘s #1 song “Chained To The Rhythm”, which recently spent four weeks atop my chart. (It drops to #11 this week.)

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The Girl Next “Adore”: Cherishing These Chart Hits

Hard at twerk.

Hard at twerk.

If you were hoping Miley Cyrus was going to take 2014 off, sorry, she’s not. In fact, it looks like she’ll be just as big this year as she was in 2013 with a sold out tour and her continued placement on the charts. Her third single from her album Bangerz, titled “Adore You”, just re-entered on the Hot 100 at #22 thanks to the premiere of a video clip for it on December 26, as well as increased airplay and sales. It’s now the fifth Hot 100 entry to adorn the big survey with an “Adore” title, which includes two #1 singles in two decades. Will Cyrus’s latest passionately pop to the top? We’ll see in a few months. For now, here are the other four singles to bang and bounce up the chart:

“I Adore Him”, The Angels (#25, 1963)
This American trio earned a couple of small to moderate entries before blasting to the top with the summer hit, “My Boyfriend’s Back”, in 1963. A few months afterwards, this single was released by their label at the time, Smash Records. While it wasn’t a big smash per se, it did provide the group with their last top 40 single. The three are still together today.

“My Eyes Adored You”, Frankie Valli (#1, 1975)
After failing to crack the top 40 in seven years, the lead singer of the Four Seasons finally made it back in 1975 and soared to the #1 spot. “Eyes” was technically a band recording, but only credited to Valli per a decision by label Private Stock. They finally returned to a full credit on singles like “Who Loves You” and “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)”.

“I Adore Mi Amor”, Color Me Badd (#1, 1991)
With pencil thin mustaches and a pop-driven R&B sound, the quartet from Oklahoma City burst onto the scene with some big hits. “Amor” was the second single from C.M.B. following “I Wanna Sex You Up” and spent two weeks at #1 in September. Though they continued to chart through the late 1990’s, their presence was diminished after that first era.

“Ava Adore”, The Smashing Pumpkins (#42, 1998)
Recorded during a challenging time in the band’s history, this era ultimately showcased a darker side both in image and sonically. It just missed the top 40 and was their closest pass there since “Thirty-Three” peaked at… #39 (so close!) in 1997. Parent album Adore will be rereleased on both CD and vinyl with some special bonus material sometime this year.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 8)

Bangin' out the hits.

Bangin’ out the hits.

It’s back to the normal Tuesday schedule this week. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get straight to it! Here are all the releases you need to know about for October 8:

  • She’s twerkin’ for a livin’ and she has this week’s most hyped-up album release by far. It’s Bangerz by Miley Cyrus, featuring the hits “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball”. She’s caused just a little bit of controversy this era, and you know what? That will sell it. Look for it to be #1 on the Billboard 200 next week. (iTunes)
  • With their fourth studio album, rockers Panic! At The Disco remark that they’re Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! The set is led off by “Miss Jackson”, featuring Lolo, a current top 20 single on the Alternative chart. (iTunes)
  • Also ranking high on the rock surveys is Cage The Elephant, the quintet who returns with album Melophobia, featuring the single “Come A Little Closer”. By the way, melophobia is a fear of music, but don’t be afraid to buy this. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Pusha T, one half of duo The Clipse, makes his solo debut with My Name Is My Name. The album features collaborations with Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland and Rick Ross, among others. (iTunes)
  • If you’re going to be at CMJ in New York City like I will be next week, you may get a chance to see these guys at one of their showcases. Irish rockers Kodaline make their debut with In A Perfect World, which features singles like “All I Want” and “Love Like This”. (iTunes)
  • “Never Never” doubt these guys when it comes to some hard-rocking music. That current Active Rock hit from Korn can found on their new album, The Paradigm Shift. (iTunes)
  • Soul singer Lyfe Jennings goes Lucid on his latest album, which features the recent Urban AC hit, “Boomerang”. (iTunes)
  • Singer-songwriter Amos Lee returns with his first album since 2011, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. His last release debuted at #1; this will definitely not do the same. “The Man Who Wants You” is the first single from it, currently receiving AAA airplay. (iTunes)
  • In the world of Country music, check out The Voice winner Cassadee Pope‘s Frame By Frame (iTunes), “Sunny And 75” singer Joe Nichols‘s Crickets (iTunes) and superstar Kenny Rogers‘s You Can’t Make Old Friends (iTunes). The Pope release will likely make the largest bow, led by a well-performing Country single, “Wasting All These Tears”.
  • …and it’s October, so where would we be without a few early Christmas releases! (Really, guys?) Out this week are Country singer Gretchen Wilson‘s Christmas In My Heart (iTunes) and a 32-song compilation, Now Christmas (iTunes).
  • Other albums out this week include Alter Bridge‘s Fortress (iTunes), Lissie‘s Back To Forever (iTunes), Mayday Parade‘s Monsters In The Closet (iTunes), New Found Glory‘s Kill It Live (iTunes), Of Montreal‘s Lousy with Sylvianbriar (iTunes), Prince Royce‘s Soy El Mismo (iTunes), Sleigh Bells‘s Bitter Rivals (iTunes), St. Lucia‘s When The Night (iTunes), Vertical Horizon‘s Echoes From The Underground (iTunes) and V.V. Brown‘s Samson & Delilah (iTunes).

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

  • “Change Your Life (EP)”, a six-song release from rapper Iggy Azalea. (iTunes)
  • “Gone (EP)”, from newcomers Halo Circus and former American Idol contestant Alison Iraheta. (iTunes)
  • “Good Time”, the new single from socialite Paris Hilton and featuring Lil Wayne. (iTunes)
  • “Heartbreaker”, the first of ten Music Mondays tracks from Justin Bieber. (iTunes)
  • “High Rise (EP)”, a five-song EP from the Stone Temple Pilots and Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington. (iTunes)
  • “Timber”, a collaboration between rapper Pitbull and glitter aficionado Ke$ha. (iTunes)

You can look forward to albums next week from Gavin DeGraw, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam and more! A full preview is coming in seven.

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