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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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 1, 2016

It's good to be "King".

It’s good to be “King”.

This April Fools Day, there will be no pop pranks or jazzy jokes on the release schedule. (Well, there may be, but not while this post is going up initially. Stay tuned…) Get movin’ to this music, because here are this week’s album and single releases:

  • WEEZER — Weezer (The White Album) (iTunes)
    • Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that it’s been just under 22 years since these Alternative mainstays first made that format’s chart with “Undone (The Sweater Song)”. Now, they’re up to two dozen top 40 hits. Very impressive! So far, two radio singles from the album have been released: “Thank God For Girls”, which reached #10 in February, and “King Of The World”, which sits below the top 50 at the moment.
  • LUKAS GRAHAM — Lukas Graham (iTunes)
    • They have the top-selling single in the U.S. with the multi-format smash “7 Years”, and now, the Danish quartet is looking to score a nice debut next week with their self-titled set. The 11-track album features songs from their two previous albums, both self-titled, that were released in Europe in 2012 and 2015, respectfully.
  • More albums out this week: Andrew Bird‘s Are You Serious? (iTunes), Bleached‘s Welcome The Worms (iTunes), Cheap Trick‘s Bang Zoom Crazy… Hello (iTunes), Pet Shop Boys‘s Super (iTunes), The Heavy‘s Hurt & The Merciless (iTunes), The Summer Set‘s Stories For Monday (iTunes), The Used‘s Live And Acoustic At The Palace (iTunes), Yeasayer‘s Amen & Goodbye (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Levi Hummon‘s Levi Hummon (iTunes), ZAYDE WØLF‘s Rare Breed (iTunes)

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

  • “Angela”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
  • “Dreamland”, Wild Belle (iTunes)
  • “Free”, Broods (iTunes)
  • “Happiness” and “Money & Fame”, needtobreathe (iTunes)
  • “I Found A Girl”, The Vamps featuring OMI (iTunes)
  • “I Wanna Know”, Alesso featuring Nico & Vinz (iTunes)
  • “I’ll Be The Moon”, Dierks Bentley featuring Maren Morris (iTunes)
  • “If It Ain’t Love”, Jason Derulo (iTunes)
  • “Inside Out”, The Chainsmokers featuring Charlee (iTunes)
  • “Just Around The Corner”, Martina McBride (iTunes)
  • “Lights Come On”, Jason Aldean (iTunes)
  • “Love Can Go To Hell”, Brandy Clark (iTunes)
  • “Money On Me”, Snakehips featuring Anderson.Paak (iTunes)
  • “Moving Mountains”, Skylar Grey (iTunes)
  • “No Money”, Galantis (iTunes)
  • “Raging”, Kygo featuring Kodaline (iTunes)
  • “Recognize”, Skizzy Mars featuring JoJo (iTunes)
  • “Stand Up For It”, Brett Dennen (iTunes)
  • “Stay Alive”, Andy Black featuring Matt Skiba (iTunes)
  • “Wasted Time”, Keith Urban (iTunes)
  • “What We Live For”, American Authors (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from DeftonesMayer HawthorneThe Lumineers and more.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 16)

Bravely entering the release ring.

Bravely entering the release ring.

After a few weeks of lighter lists, we get back to the good stuff this week. Here’s your releases report for music out today, July 16:

  • With her single “Brave” lighting up the airwaves on a few formats, Sara Bareilles puts out her latest album, The Blessed Unrest. Her last album debuted at #1; this won’t do the same, but it should enter in the top 5. (iTunes)
  • With his first album in two years, singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson is out with Last Of The Great Pretenders, his third album with Vanguard Records. The single “Mission Bells” is still climbing at AAA radio. (iTunes)
  • He may not be a kangaroo, but one of Australia’s hottest exports lately is hopping about in the States. 16-year-old Cody Simpson is back with his latest album, Surfer’s Paradise, featuring “Pretty Brown Eyes”. (iTunes)
  • Also from the land down under, rockers Sick Puppies release Connect, featuring the single “There’s No Going Back”. It’s their first album since 2009’s Tri-Polar. (iTunes)
  • Dancing their way back on the scene, the Pet Shop Boys are Electric on their new album. It’s their twelfth studio album and their first to be self-released. (iTunes)
  • Probably my favorite releases of the week, though it won’t do nearly as well as some of the ones listed here, is Mayer Hawthorne‘s Where Does This Door Go? First single “Her Favorite Song” and current single “The Stars Are Ours” are both on here. (iTunes)
  • For the kiddos this week, two albums are making the cut: the still-popular Kidz Bop 24 (iTunes) and the soundtrack to Disney’s forthcoming TV special, Teen Beach Movie (iTunes).
  • Other albums out this week include Amelita by the Court Yard Hounds (iTunes), Lickety Split by Robert Randolph and the Family Band (iTunes), This Song Is For You by Ronald Isley (iTunes) and With The Whole World Watching (EP) by Tony Lucca (iTunes).

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

  • “Mind Your Manners”, a fresh rocking hit from Pearl Jam. (iTunes)
  • “Miss Movin’ On”, new from The X Factor‘s Fifth Harmony. (iTunes)
  • “Replay”, from Disney actress and now singer Zendaya. (iTunes)
  • “The Heart Of Dixie”, from recent The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery. (iTunes)

Queen of the tweens Selena Gomez will likely be next week’s top debut… but can she make it to #1? A preview is coming in seven!

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Didn’t Win The Powerball Jackpot? Here’s A Playlist That’s On The Money

A little dinero would be nice.

Yes, it was a sad time for all as we watched the 11 o’clock newscast only to find that our $10 worth of lottery tickets didn’t get us any prizes. That’s okay, though, I’m sure you’ll hit the jackpot next time. In the meantime, here are sixteen tunes (since 16 was one of the lucky numbers) I enjoy on the wins and woes of money for you to savor while your fortune awaits.

BARRETT STRONG – “Money (That’s What I Want)” (1960)
One of Motown’s earliest releases, this straight-forward R&B tune has a simple lyric that resonates with many people. This was Strong’s only charting hit, but he became a successful songwriter in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, writing many hits for groups like The Temptations. This song was most notably covered on the cheap in 1979 by The Flying Lizards, who turned it into, well, something different. That version peaked in early 1980 but did not make the top 40.

“Money (That’s What I Want)” reached #23 on the Hot 100 way back in 1960.

PINK FLOYD – “Money” (1973)
Empty out your cash registers because we’re taking a trip to the Dark Side Of The Moon. An epic six-minute song from the landmark album, it still gets quite a bit airplay today.

For some time, “Money” was the group’s only top-40 hit, peaking at #13 in 1973. That is, until “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” stormed the top of the Hot 100 in 1980.

THE O’JAYS – “For The Love Of Money” (1974)
Here’s one that trumps them all… at least when it comes to The Apprentice. This socially-conscious hit about the effects of money packs a lot of funk into this R&B number.

“For The Love Of Money” rose to #3 on the Hot 100 in the summer of 1974.

STEVE MILLER BAND – “Take The Money And Run” (1976)
When they weren’t watching the tube, Billie Joe and Bobbie Sue decided to have some adventures, shot a man, and then took his money on the run with them. Kids these days. The Steve Miller Band are still rocking and rolling on Classic Rock radio today and have even put out some new material in the past few years.

“Take The Money And Run” got as high as #11 on the Hot 100 in the summer of 1976.

HALL & OATES – “Rich Girl” (1977)
There is something about that Philadelphia sound that’s extra smooth. There’s no denying that Daryl Hall is one of the best and charismatic vocalists of all-time and this song about a girl with rich parents is also rich in flavor.

“Rich Girl” hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in March 1977.

ABBA – “Money, Money, Money” (1977)
The Swedes just know how to make those great Pop tunes. ABBA stands among the best, and this song shows it, a dark tale of a woman who desperately wants a little bit of dough to compete “in a rich man’s world.” Key change included!

“Money, Money, Money” was the third and final release from Arrival, which provided the group’s first and only #1 on the Hot 100, “Dancing Queen”. It topped out at #56 in the fall of 1977.

DIRE STRAITS – “Money For Nothing” (1985)
The sultans of swing returned six years after their first hit only to find themselves critiquing the music video business. Their catchy sound, along with Sting’s of “I want my MTV”, propelled them back to commercial status with Brothers In Arms, which launched three singles into the top 40 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

“Money For Nothing” spent three weeks at #1 in September and October 1985.

RUSH – “The Big Money” (1985)
The Canadian trio led by Geddy Lee shocked more than a few fans when this ditty came out, a distinctively more glossy sound than previous records, similar to The Police’s Synchronicity or Yes’s 90125. Lyrically, it’s holds up with the best of their material: “It’s the power and the glory/It’s a war in paradise/It’s a Cinderella story/On a tumble of the dice.”

“The Big Money” went as high as #45 on the Hot 100 in January 1986.

ABC – “(How To Be A) Millionaire” (1986)
ABC’s penultimate top-40 hit in the States was an energetic number about a man eager to earn his money and build it up. Unfortunately, the song didn’t earn them a lot of riches, but it remains one of the group’s best.

“(How To Be A) Millionaire” went to #20 on the Hot 100 in the spring of 1986.

PET SHOP BOYS – “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)” (1986)
One of the biggest Dance acts of all-time scored their second U.S. hit with this positive Pop track about a twosome who is one-half brains and one-half looks. Together, they’ll make it big, just like their stacks of bills.

“Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)” was a #10 hit on the Hot 100 in the summer of 1986. It was the followup to “West End Girls”, which hit #1.

SIMPLY RED – “Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)” (1986)
Mick Hucknall and the boys of Simply Red first hit the U.S. shores with their #1 hit “Holding Back The Years”, but this was the song that launched them in their native U.K., an attack on the Ronald Reagan era economic reforms. Did the Earth move for you, Nancy? Heavy stuff, but oh, but you can dance to it!

“Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)”, a remake of a minor early 80’s R&B entry for The Valentine Brothers, hit #28 on the Hot 100 in the fall of 1986.

CALLOWAY – “I Wanna Be Rich” (1990)
This duo became one of the biggest one-hit wonders of the 90’s with this song about a guy who wants some mean green. Looking for their “pie in the sky”, they got it, at least for one brief moment in Pop history.

“I Wanna Be Rich” made the runner-up spot on the Hot 100 in the spring of 1990.

TONY! TONI! TONE! – “If I Had No Loot” (1993)
One of the last big New Jack Swing hits, the song became the trio’s biggest crossover success. Once you start earning those dollars, “friends” just want your cash; the message seemed to resonate with a lot of people.

“If I Had No Loot” got as high as #7 on the Hot 100 in 1993.

BARENAKED LADIES – “If I Had A Million Dollars” (1996)
The boys of BNL liked to have a little fun and this one was no exception. Originally a hit in Canada in 1992, it never received a single release in the United States, but garnered some unsolicited airplay beginning in 1996 after a version recorded live at the Bryant Street Theatre in Chicago was featured on their release Rock Spectacle. You wouldn’t have to eat Kraft Dinner, but you would.

“If I Had A Million Dollars” hit #13 on Canada’s National Singles Chart in 1992 and was rereleased in the United Kingdom in 1996.

WHITNEY HOUSTON – “Million Dollar Bill” (2009)
The late Miss Houston may have passed away earlier this year, but she still managed to get up and boogie on one of the highlights from her last studio album, I Look To You. It’s a retro-tinged jam that’s more about feeling like a million rather than making it, but it’s still an anthem.

“Million Dollar Bill” only hit #100 on the Hot 100 back in September 2009. It became a top-20 R&B and number-one Dance hit as well.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS – “MoneyGrabber” (2011)
This group from Los Angeles have made a name for themselves recalling that classic Stax Records sound. “MoneyGrabber” was their breakout song, where the protagonist is fed up of their lover and kicking them to the curb. Way to go.

“MoneyGrabber” hit the top-40 on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart in 2011 and also hit #1 for a week on my own personal chart.

Further listening:
SHALAMAR – “Take That To The Bank” (1978)
DONNA SUMMER – “She Works Hard For The Money” (1983)
CYNDI LAUPER – “Money Changes Everything” (1985)
PRINCE & THE NEW POWER GENERATION – “Money Don’t Matter 2Night” (1992)
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE – “Strapped For Cash” (2007)

Did I miss anything? Have suggestions for other songs? Comment below or contact me: @AdamFSoybel on Twitter.

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