Hope you had an awesome Labor Day weekend! Now that the barbecue’s over, let’s take a look at what’s grilling on the album survey this week with all the notable releases for September 3:
- She’s also over Nickelodeon with her latest series Sam & Cat and now actress and singer Ariana Grande will be starring on the Billboard 200 next week with her first album, Yours Truly. It features singles “Baby I”, “The Way” and her collaboration with Mika, “Popular Song”. The album’s already top 5 in several dozen countries as is, so look for it to do big numbers in the U.S. as well. (iTunes)
- With their first major label recording in six years, Nine Inch Nails are back with Hesitation Marks, featuring the recent top ten Alternative single “Came Back Haunted”. It should debut in the top 5 as most of their albums have. (iTunes)
- My picks of the week come from two bands out of the United Kingdom who are just breaking here in the States. Bastille is out with the U.S. release of Bad Blood (iTunes), led by “Pompeii” (the current #1 single on my chart), while The 1975 debut with a self-titled album featuring the #5 song my top 40, “Chocolate”. (iTunes) Both are favorites on Alternative radio and should do well with the public both first week and in the long term.
- With a pack of big solo singles behind her in the past few months, Tamar Braxton is feeling the groove on Love And War, her first album in thirteen years. New single “All The Way Home” is already lighting up the Urban AC airwaves. (iTunes)
- Also on the R&B side of things, John Legend gets experimental on his latest album, Love In The Future. With five top ten albums since 2005, this one could see similar results, though it will likely fade away quickly due to little radio play at the moment. (iTunes)
- Rockers Pepper make it to stores with a self-titled album, their first full-length release in five years. “FKARND”, the lead single, is just below the top 20 on Alternative radio. (iTunes)
- His album Time went to #7 earlier this year; now, from Mercury Records, comes a Rarities album from Rod Stewart. It features material recorded by the singer from 1969 to 1974. (iTunes)
- Two original soundtracks from television programs are out this week: a second volume of songs from Boardwalk Empire (iTunes) and Songs From Scandal: Music For Gladiators. (iTunes)
- Other albums out this week include Craig Morgan‘s The Journey: Livin’ Hits (iTunes), One Day I’m Going To Soar by Dexys (formerly Dexys Midnight Runners of “Come On Eileen” fame) (iTunes), Trouble by Natalia Kills (iTunes) and UB40‘s Getting Over The Storm (iTunes).
New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
- “ATM Jam”, fresh from rapper Azealia Banks and Pharrell. (iTunes)
- “Come Walk With Me”, a new single from M.I.A.‘s forthcoming album, Matangi. (iTunes)
- “I Wish”, from former U.K. X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd and American rapper T.I. from Lloyd’s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
- “Loved Me Back To Life”, a return from the girl who sank the Titanic with her voice (or maybe just sang the theme from it) Celine Dion. (iTunes)
- “New”, new from the legend himself, Paul McCartney. (iTunes)
- “Slow Me Down”, the latest single from Country singer Sara Evans. (iTunes)
Next week, the players include hot country star Keith Urban and the funky futuristic Janelle Monáe — will either go to #1 with their latest releases? A preview is coming in seven!