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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 16, 2018

Show us a chart-topper…

As the competitors begin their quest to claim the greatest consumption total of the week, only one will win the challenge. Who is vying for first place? Take a look below, because these are the notable digital and physical releases out this Friday:

VARIOUS ARTISTS – The Greatest Showman: Reimagined (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
Given how huge the original soundtrack to this film was in the last year, as well as the artists featured on this set, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be seeing this title at #1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Featuring covers by artists like Kelly Clarkson and P!nk, along with many others, the release should have a solid hold on the charts through the holiday season.

MARIAH CAREY – Caution (iTunes)
With a fan-led campaign lifting the 2001 soundtrack to Glitter to #1 on iTunes and “All I Want For Christmas Is You” making its annual spike ahead of the holidays, look for Carey’s latest set to have a solid debut in the coming days. The album features “With You”, a current top ten hit on the AC chart that’s also nearing the region at Urban AC radio.

LITTLE MIX LM5 (iTunes)
After an unexpected label shift in their native U.K., the four-woman group is ready to slay the charts with their new release. That album is led by the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Woman Like Me”, a top five smash in England that hasn’t done nearly as well here. A decent sales week is still likely for the ladies.

MUMFORD & SONS Delta (iTunes)
Now out with their fourth studio album, the British act shines a “Guiding Light” towards #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The lead single from the project is a very strong chart-topper on the Triple A survey, while also entering the top five at Alternative radio.

MICHAEL BUBLÉ ❤️ (iTunes)
Canadian singer Bublé is learning about emojis just like the rest of us; in fact, he’s named his newest album with one of them. Its radio single, “Love You Anymore”, impacts at the AC format in January. (It’s already charting up north.)

Notable albums out this week: Alec Benjamin‘s Narrated For You (iTunes), Allan Rayman‘s Harry Hard-On (iTunes), Fly By Midnight‘s Rerunning (iTunes), Hailey Knox‘s Hardwired (iTunes), Just Loud‘s Just Loud (iTunes), Paloma Faith‘s The Architect (Zeitgeist Edition) (iTunes), Rozzi‘s Bad Together (iTunes), Trent Dabbs‘s Postiano (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Conan Gray‘s Sunset Season (iTunes), FRND‘s Before U I Didn’t Exist (iTunes), Isaac Gracie‘s Close Up – Looking Down (iTunes), Kulick‘s Hydroplane (iTunes), L Devine‘s Peer Pressure (iTunes), Lennon Stella‘s Love, me (iTunes), Leo Kalyan‘s The Edge (iTunes), Lido‘s I O U 2 (iTunes), Marc Scibilia‘s 7th & Christopher (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Baby (Acoustic)”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Beach House”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)
“Believe”, Chez Moi (iTunes)
“Between You & Me”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Black Magic”, Ed Drewett (iTunes)
“Breathe”, CamelPhat x Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke (iTunes)
“Cemetery”, COIN (iTunes)
“Closer To You”, Dan Caplen featuring Sinead Harnett (iTunes)
“Cold In December”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Control”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Count On You”, Paperwhite (iTunes)
“Creatures Of The Night”, AFSHeeN featuring Rebecca Ferguson (iTunes)
“Do It Without You”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Doidoit”, Spazz Cardigan (iTunes)
“Downtown Fool Around”, Smallpools (iTunes)
“Everything Goes (Wow)”, Broods (iTunes)
“For Me, It’s You”, Lo Moon (iTunes)
“Ghost”, Magdalena Bay (iTunes)
“Heaven Knows”, Joe Janiak (iTunes)
“Hurricanes”, Dido (iTunes)
“I’m Yours”, Mashd N Kutcher featuring False Rumours & Alex Holmes (iTunes)
“Jolene (String Version)”, Dolly Parton (iTunes)
“Kick You Out”, Loren Gray (iTunes)
“Last Christmas”, Ally Brooke (iTunes)
“Light Me Up”, Max Styler & The Griswolds (iTunes)
“Limitless”, Jennifer Lopez (iTunes)
“Love Me For The Weekend”, Party Pupils & Ashe (iTunes)
“Moonwalking”, Kwassa (iTunes)
“Movement”, Hozier (iTunes)
“Nervous Breakdown”, Girl Wilde (iTunes)
“No Candle No Light”, ZAYN featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Not Today”, Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Please Don’t Try To Stop Me”, Kirsten Arian (iTunes)
“Poor Boy”, The Regrettes (iTunes)
“Put It All On Me”, Phil Good (iTunes)
“Ready To Break”, Wylder (iTunes)
“Say Amen”, American Authors featuring Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Somebody I’m Not”, Martin Jensen x Bjørnskov (iTunes)
“Speechless”, Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola (iTunes)
“Spiritual Man”, LANKS (iTunes)
“Stay”, Le Youth featuring Karen Harding (iTunes)
“Trouble”, Parov Stelar featuring Nikki Williams (iTunes)
“Waves”, Normani x 6LACK (iTunes)
“What Are We Waiting For”, Fergus James (iTunes)
“Who’s Left Behind”, Ryan Egan (iTunes)
“Wintertime”, Norah Jones (iTunes)
“Won’t”, Darci (iTunes)
“Would I”, Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“Wrap Me Up Under The Christmas Tree”, A Great Big World (iTunes)
“You Decided”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“You Make My Dreams”, Tim Halperin (iTunes)
“You Might Be Better”, Anna Mae (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Kanye WestRita Ora 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 June 17, 2016

Looking at a red hot debut.

Looking at a Red Hot debut.

Rock it out on this hot June weekend, but keep it a little Country too. We have a lot of both in this week’s schedule, so let’s get to it! Here are this week’s new albums and singles:

  • RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS — The Getaway (iTunes)
    • They’ve had over two dozen top ten singles on the Alternative radio chart and a half-dozen top five albums. So, what’s the next challenge for this legendary rock band? Beating Drake, of course, and his six-week #1 album titled Views. At this time, it’s too close to call, but with “Dark Necessities” riding high at radio and retail, a #1 bow is a possibility.
  • JON PARDI — California Sunrise (iTunes)
    • Pardi’s latest single, “Head Over Boots”, recently reached the top ten on the Country radio chart after a very long run. The California singer has been charting at the format since 2012. Look for him to debut somewhere in the top 20, just as his last album did.
  • JAKE BUGG — On My One (iTunes)
    • Though this set will do much bigger numbers in the U.K., Bugg has a small U.S. audience that will come out in the first week for it. Single “Gimme The Love” tanked at Alternative radio, barely reaching the top 40.
  • More albums out this week: Bassnectar‘s Unlimited (iTunes), Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers‘s Rehab Reunion (iTunes), Gojira‘s Mafma (iTunes), Laura Mvula‘s The Dreaming Room (iTunes), LoCash‘s The Fighters (iTunes), Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs‘s case/lang/veirs (iTunes), Sarah Jarosz‘s Undercurrent (iTunes), The Tragically Hip‘s Man Machine Poem (iTunes), Thousand Foot Krutch‘s Exhale (iTunes), We The Kings‘s So Far (iTunes), YG‘s Still Brazy (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Disclosure‘s Moog For Love (iTunes), KT Tunstall‘s Golden State (iTunes), Mumford & Sons‘s Johannesburg (iTunes), Seramic‘s Found (iTunes)

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

  • “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
  • “Are We Ready? (Wreck)”, Two Door Cinema Club (iTunes)
  • “Better Love”, Hozier (iTunes)
  • “Broken Drum”, Cash Cash featuring Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick (iTunes)
  • “Flowerchild”, Coleman Hell (iTunes)
  • “Good Grief”, Bastille (iTunes)
  • “Hallelujah”, Alicia Keys (iTunes)
  • “Hope You Understand”, Grace (iTunes)
  • “Mamacita”, Tinie Tempah (iTunes)
  • “No English”, Juicy J featuring Travi$ Scott (iTunes)
  • “Pieces (Sam Feldt Remix)”, Rob Thomas (iTunes)
  • “She Thinks I Still Care (Alt. Version, Take 2)”, Elvis Presley (iTunes)
  • “Somebody’s Love”, Passenger (iTunes)
  • “Summer Nights”, Tiësto featuring John Legend (iTunes)
  • “Titus Was Born”, Young The Giant (iTunes)
  • “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”, Phantogram (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Broods, The Avett Brothers and more.

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 4)

"Wilder" and crazy kids.

“Wilder” and crazy kids.

Family rules on this week’s schedule, as those spectacular Sons return with some sizzling songs. (NOTE: some items may not be available until Monday night based on label response status, but most should be up now.) Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of May 4:

  • In what has the potential to land the biggest bow of the year so far, the four men of Mumford & Sons lay off the banjos and lay on the rock with their new studio album, Wilder Mind. The twelve track set features “Believe”, a former #1 on the Alternative chart, and new single “The Wolf”, climbing up quickly. Polarizing as it may be, it certainly will open at the top of the Billboard 200 next week. Will it rise above the 600k opening of Babel? Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • Kentucky rockers My Morning Jacket are back with their first new album in four years, The Waterfall, issued through Capitol Records in the States in a joint effort with longtime home ATO. Single “Big Decisions” is just below the top ten on the AAA survey. Though the album leaked a full month early, there should be enough support for a high debut. (iTunes)
  • Currently in the top ten on the Urban chart with “I Bet”, actress, dancer and singer Ciara is now out with her sixth studio album titled Jackie. Much of the effort was produced by Cirkut, Dr. Luke and Harmony Samuels. Her opening weeks may not be as large as they used to be, but this will likely put her in the top ten (or five) again. (iTunes)
  • If hit music compilations are your thing, check out NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 54 (iTunes) and the special NOW That’s What I Call #1’s (iTunes), both in stores this week. The former album should land a top five entry.
  • Other releases out this week include: Best Coast‘s California Nights (iTunes), Charlie Puth‘s Some Type Of Love (EP) (iTunes), Chris Stapleton‘s Traveller (iTunes), Django Django‘s Born Under Saturn (iTunes), Ivan & Alyosha‘s It’s All Just Pretend (iTunes), Kamelot‘s Haven (iTunes), Mikal Cronin‘s MCIII (iTunes), Other Lives‘s Rituals (iTunes), Palma Violets‘s Danger In The Club (iTunes), Penguin Prison‘s Lost In New York (iTunes), Plumb‘s Exhale (iTunes) and Tech N9ne‘s Special Effects (iTunes).

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

  • “Angels Of Fenway”, an instant grat track from James Taylor. (iTunes)
  • “Baby’s In Love”, a new track from Jamie Foxx and Kid Ink. (iTunes)
  • “Back It Up”, the new single from Prince Royce and Pitbull. (iTunes)
  • “I Can Change”, an instant grat track from Brandon Flowers. (iTunes)
  • “Pretty Girls”, a collaboration from Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea. (iTunes)
  • “Songs I Can’t Listen To”, the new single from Neon Trees. (iTunes)

Rapper Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Pitch Perfect 2 are among the top new releases next week. A full preview is coming on Monday night.

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For The Record: Adam’s Pop Picks For Record Store Day 2015

Viva la Vinyl.

All the spin on RSD.

Another year, another round of Record Store Day shopping is on schedule for this Saturday, April 18. The annual event is once again taking place all over the world, and the massive music fest is sure to bring out even more people than last year, so make it to your local store or stores early enough so that you don’t get caught behind the huge lines. With another diverse collection of exclusive CD and vinyl pieces across all genres and eras, there’s something for everyone, but quantities are limited.

In honor of the eighth national day, I’ve managed to bring down my big list to the eight most essential pieces that I’m looking to find on my journey. It may be a struggle, but let’s hope for the best. Though a little more retro-skewed than last year’s list, here are my top pop picks:

(Check out the full list of U.S. releases for RSD here.)

A-HA, “Take On Me” (Image)
Format: 7″ Picture Disc
Label: Rhino
If “Feel This Moment” wasn’t a musical moment for you, there’s always the 1985 classic to look back on, a huge #1 for the band on the Billboard Hot 100. The best part about this release is it’s a picture disc with a frame from the iconic video. Radical, man.

BEE GEES, Extended (Image)
Format: 12″ EP
Label: Rhino
This special four song set from the phenomenal brother trio features some of their international hits from the RSO era, like the Saturday Night Fever cuts “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever”. In fact, all four songs can be found on that landmark soundtrack.

BIG DATA featuring JOYWAVE, “Dangerous” (Image)
Format: 7″ Single
Label: Warner Bros.
“Dangerous” is the biggest single to date for producer Alan Wilkis, a #1 song on the Alternative chart last summer and included on his recent 2.0 album. This release definitely has one of the coolest package designs for RSD as it looks like a big floppy disk.

DAVID BOWIE, “Changes” (Image)
Format: 7″ Picture Disc
Label: Rhino
The word legend gets thrown out a lot nowadays, but Bowie truly is one and this classic single is a reminder of that status. From the Hunky Dory album, it charted twice but never made the top 40. The picture used is a different one from the original sleeve.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE and FREEDY JOHNSTON, “Bad Reputation” (Image)
Format: 7″ Single
Label: Atlantic
Johnston’s best-known song was a minor Alternative hit in the fall of 1994 before crossing over to the CHR chart in 1995. This split 7″ release concept has been one of the essentials throughout past events, including the always popular Mystery Artist one.

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE, “What Kind Of Man” (Image)
Format: 12″ Single
Label: Republic
“Man” is the leadoff single (and a top ten Alternative hit) from How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, scheduled to be released in early June. The 12″ single release comes on blue vinyl encased in a copper sleeve and features the b-side “As Far As I Can Get”.

GROUPLOVE, Under The Covers (Image)
Format: 10″ Single
Label: Atlantic
The California quintet is welcomed back onto the RSD list after appearing on a split single two years ago. This EP, a three track set strictly featuring covers, includes two unreleased songs and an additional remake recorded for a Spotify session last spring.

MUMFORD & SONS, “Believe” (Image)
Format: 7″ Single
Label: Glassnote
They may have lost the banjos, but they haven’t lost their enthusiasm for the holiday. I purchased a vinyl copy of their EP Live At Bull Moose in 2013 and I will be looking out for this. The jacket is not fancy, but the song is a solid Alternative chart-topper.

Are you looking forward to the RSD celebration and is there another cool release not listed here that you’ve got to buy? 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

Argo
Alexandre Desplat, composer

The Great Gatsby
Craig Armstrong, composer

Life Of Pi
Mychael Danna, composer

Lincoln
John Williams, composer

Skyfall
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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Check back tomorrow to see what I’m thinking for the Alternative, Rock and Country categories! Until then, follow the blog below and find us on social media by click the “Get Social!” tab.

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Record Store Day 2013: What I’m Looking At

Viva la Vinyl.

Viva la Vinyl.

Ah, yes, it’s a nice spring day. The birds are singing and the sun is shining… but wait, where are all the people to enjoy this? Well, duh, they’re waiting in line outside their local record store for Record Store Day! The 2013 edition of RSD is tomorrow, April 20, and big things are going down once again. The Day was founded back in 2007 in a more regional form before it expanded nationally in 2008. I remember buying my first two vinyl singles then: 7″ records of “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz and “Supernatural Superserious” by R.E.M., both songs I loved at the time. Today, there are hundreds of items available for purchase, from pop to rock to soul to country and everything in-between. Just, remember to get there early, or you may miss out on what you want! I thought I’d highlight some of the pieces that I’m looking to find on my hunt around some of the stores here. I’m up for the challenge — are you? Then, let’s get groovy.

BON JOVI – Live EP
Format: 12″ vinyl EP
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On the heels of their latest studio album, What About Now, comes this EP exclusively for Record Store Day. It contains four tracks, including hits like “Keep The Faith” and “Livin’ On A Prayer”. This has the distinction of being one of the few picture disc releases up for purchase, which is very cool.

CHEECH & CHONG featuring ALICE BOWIE – “Earache My Eye”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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It wouldn’t be 4/20 without an offering from Cheech & Chong, am I right? Their biggest hit, a top ten single in 1974, comes in its original form with the same picture sleeve and tracklisting: “Earache My Eye” as the a-side; “Turn That Thing Down” as the b-side. Did I mention it’s on green-colored vinyl? Wicked, man.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS – “Out Of My League”
Format: 12″ vinyl single
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“Out Of My League” is currently occupying the #2 spot on my personal chart, so I’d love to find a copy of it on Saturday. The 12″ single is pressed on a clear-colored vinyl with “League” as the a-side and a song called “Spark” as the b-side. Both songs appear on the band’s forthcoming album, More Than Just A Dream, which is out on May 7.

FRANK TURNER – “Recovery”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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Turner’s single is making some waves at Alternative and Adult Alternative radio and I’ve been liking it for a few weeks now. “Recovery” is on the a-side, while a song called “We Shall Not Overcome” is on the flip side. The English singer releases Tape Deck Heart on April 23, the Tuesday after Record Store Day.

MUMFORD & SONS – Live At Bull Moose EP
Format: 10″ vinyl EP, CD
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This four-track effort was recorded last year at the Bull Moose location in Scarborough, Maine. It features three tracks from their Grammy-winning album Babel, including the single “I Will Wait”, as well as one from their debut album, Sigh No More. There are more pressed copies on CD than vinyl, so be on the lookout.

PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS – “Maybe I’m Amazed (Live)”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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I’m sure you hear this song quite a lot of Adult Contemporary and Classic Hits stations. It peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 in 1977. The short and long versions on both sides of this single are of the live version from the Wings Over America LP. Last year, McCartney put out another 7″ single for the Day, “Another Day”, backed with “Oh Woman Oh Why”.

TEGAN & SARA – “Closer”
Format: 12″ vinyl single
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This one recently made it as high as #26 on my personal chart, but I would definitely purchase it on vinyl. I believe this is meant to bear the same tracklisting as this six-song EP released digitally last month. This comes from their album entitled Heartthrob, which recently debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 album chart.

There are a few other things I’m looking at, including releases from David Bowie and Walk The Moon, but of course, I don’t think I’ll be able to find everything on my wish list. I’ll update this on Saturday. Are you looking forward to Record Store Day and is there a release that you’ve got to have? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

EDIT: The only release I didn’t find out of the eight was the Frank Turner 7″ single. Otherwise, I found everything I wanted, plus more! You can view pictures of what I purchased here, here and here.

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The Pitch Is Back: Two “Cups”, One Girl (And A Hit To Boot?)

Nobody's Perfect, but this might come close.

Nobody’s Perfect, but this might come close.

You may not have seen it when it was in movie theaters (though it earned just over $65 million at the North American box office), but Pitch Perfect has proven to be quite the hit on DVD, where it’s been exposed to a much wider audience than in its initial release. The film revolves around rival a cappella groups, the Barden Bellas and the Treblemakers, at several competitions, but this is no Glee. It’s a lot more comical, especially thanks to actress Rebel Wilson in the role of Fat Amy. The holiday season was good to it as people exchanged their gift cards for the film, and the soundtrack has also done phenomenally, cracking the top 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart a few weeks ago and selling over 250,000 copies to date. Three songs from that album cracked the Hot 100 in January, two of them medleys of prior songs as performed by the various groups.  Now, that third song, an original composition from the one of the biggest sleeper hits of last year is actually being sent to radio as a single and could end up on your local station.

Yes, that’s right, Anna Kendrick‘s solo song, “Cups”, is being sent to mainstream radio. The stripped-down ditty goes for adds on February 26 through Republic Records and will now bear the title “Cups (When I’m Gone)”, which I guess makes it sound more complete to those program directions on the fence about it. The album version runs just under 80 seconds (77 to be exact), which makes it the second-shortest song to ever hit the Billboard Hot 100. It recently peaked at #64 thanks to strong digital sales, though it has since fallen into the 70’s. Nevertheless, it’s managed to sell over 300,000 copies since it was first released digitally, a huge total for, basically, something that sounds like an unfinished demo of a song. (Here’s the scene of the movie where it’s used.)

As you can hear, the song only features Kendrick’s vocal and the sound of claps and cups hitting the table as the entirety of the arrangement, which is a little too light to get airplay on most cases. Cue a second edit of “Cups”, a new version which essentially sounds like it took a backing track by Mumford & Sons and slapped it onto the original edit. It doesn’t sound too strange, to be honest, but a song from a movie only has so much shelf life before it gets old, especially one that’s so short. (It’s extended in its second version.) However, given the picture’s growing audience, maybe it can continue to build throughout spring and lead Kendrick to a more consistent singing career. If Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan could all make the transition from acting to singing and score multiple top-40 hits, why can’t she? So far, the only station to pick it up is on satellite radio, but look for more adds to come closer to its add date.

If that’s not enough, here’s one more achievement for you. Should the song make the top 40 on CHR radio, Kendrick would be only the fourth act to hit the chart that was born in the state of Maine, following Rick Pinette and Oak (“King Of The Hill”, 1980), Howie Day (“Collide” and “She Says”, 2004-5), and Spose (“I’m Awesome”, 2010). Given that list, it would also make her the first solo female to pull off the trick. How about that? Kendrick’s a great vocalist, so I have no doubt that she’ll be given some sort of bigger recording contract after all is said and done, especially if the single does indeed become huge. Popular radio’s been taking some real chances lately. You may just be missing it when it’s gone.

Buy the original version of “Cups” on iTunes. Buy the new radio version of “Cups” on iTunes. Let me know what you think about this surprising news in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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