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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 16, 2017

Praise the Lorde.

Take a drive down the musical highway, hit the “Green Light” and speed off into a schedule full of great releases for this Friday. Here are the notable albums and singles you can check out now:

LORDE – Melodrama (iTunes)
My top pick for this week is the sophomore album by this New Zealand singer and songwriter, who is coming off a number of notable television and festival performances so far this year. The album’s first single, “Green Light”, climbed as high as #8 on the Alternative chart, as well as #19 at Top 40, while “Perfect Places” is just beginning its run at the former format. Though the era’s had its share of missteps, the album should have a good debut in the top five (or higher) next week.

2 CHAINZ – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music (iTunes)
This Georgia rapper has reached the top five on the Billboard 200 with 3 Albumz, but only his 2012 debut went all the way to the top of both that and the R&B survey. The set features former top ten Urban radio hit “Good Drank”, with Gucci Mane and Quavo, and current single “It’s A Vibe”, which features Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz and Jhené Aiko. It is a contender for the highest debut of the week, so stay tuned to see where it lands.

PORTUGAL. THE MAN – Woodstock (iTunes)
The new release from this Alaska band may not be as legendary as the 1969 musical festival, but it does have a lot of super music that you can experience. Of course, this album is led by “Feel It Still”, which is very close to reaching the #1 spot at the Alternative format. (It’s also beginning a cross to Hot AC.) You may recognize it from the new ad for Apple’s iPad Pro. It should have a nice debut.

ROYAL BLOOD – How Did We Get So Dark? (iTunes)
The English duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher made quite an impression on the rock world three years ago with a self-titled album. Now, they return with a highly-anticipated set, featuring the Active Rock hit “Lights Out”. Watch for Dark to see the light somewhere in the top ten.

More albums out this week: Beth Ditto‘s Fake Sugar (iTunes), Big Boi‘s BOOMIVERSE (iTunes), Cheap Trick‘s We’re All Alright! (iTunes), CKY‘s The Phoenix (iTunes), Crystal Bowersox‘s Alive (iTunes), Eli Young Band‘s Fingertips (iTunes), Fleet Foxes‘s Crack-Up (iTunes), Hey Violet‘s From The Outside (iTunes), Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit‘s The Nashville Sound (iTunes), Nickelback‘s Feed The Machine (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bassnectar‘s Reflective, Pt. 1 (iTunes), Shawn Hook‘s My Side Of Your Story (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Night”, Kirstin (iTunes)
“All Stars”, Martin Solveig featuring ALMA (iTunes)
“Baby It’s You”, Haley Reinhart (iTunes)
“Been Here Before”, Whissell (iTunes)
“Better Off”, Handsome Ghost (iTunes)
“Can’t Do”, Everything Everything (iTunes)
“Congratulations (Remix)”, Post Malone featuring Quavo and Future (iTunes)
“Creature Comfort”, Arcade Fire (iTunes)
“Despacito/I’m The One (Mashup)”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“Don’t Let Me Get Me”, James Gillespie (iTunes)
“Don’t Matter Now”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“Feelin’ You”, Daniel Skye featuring R. City (iTunes)
“Feels”, Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean (iTunes)
“Fine”, Tayler Buono (iTunes)
“Fuck With You”, Cardiknox (iTunes)
“Girls Girls”, Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Glorious”, Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey (iTunes)
“Glue”, Fickle Friends (iTunes)
“Harder”, Tiësto & KSHMR featuring Talay Riley (iTunes)
“Heartland”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Higher”, Eliza And The Bear (iTunes)
“Hometowns”, Jacob Jeffries (iTunes)
“Honeymoon”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Hope”, Elias (iTunes)
“I Know A Place (Miike Snow Remix)”, MUNA (iTunes)
“Instruction”, Jax Jones featuring Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Into Yellow”, Martin Luke Brown (iTunes)
“Just For One Night”, Blonde featuring Astrid S (iTunes)
“Let Me Breathe”, Action Bronson (iTunes)
“Life’s About To Get Good”, Shania Twain (iTunes)
“Love Again”, Hedley (iTunes)
“Moan”, VALNTN featuring Trevor Dering (iTunes)
“Night Call”, Steve Aoki featuring Lil Yachty and Migos (iTunes)
“No Fear”, DeJ Loaf (iTunes)
“Nobody Else But You”, LCAW (iTunes)
“Oh Devil”, Electric Guest featuring Devin Di Dakta (iTunes)
“One I Want”, Majid Jordan featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR (iTunes)
“Reverse”, Sage The Gemini (iTunes)
“Save A Way”, Wylder (iTunes)
“Snooze”, Johnny Yukon (iTunes)
“Stay The Same”, Fancy Cars featuring Neil Ormandy (iTunes)
“Strip That Down (Acoustic)”, Liam Payne (iTunes)
“Summer Days”, Milow featuring Sebastian Yatra (iTunes)
“Sunny Days”, Armin Van Buuren featuring Josh Cumbee (iTunes)
“The Man”, The Killers (iTunes)
“The Way You Used To Do”, Queens Of The Stone Age (iTunes)
“There’s Something Special”, Pharrell Williams (iTunes)
“Turf”, Aminé (iTunes)
“Walking The Wire”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Wild Thoughts”, DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller (iTunes)
“Your Song (Acoustic)”, Rita Ora (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from DJ Khaled, Imagine Dragons and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 4)

A "Safe" bet for some sales.

A “Safe” bet for some sales.

Five months down and we’re just getting started. Here’s your roundup of new releases out for the week of June 4:

  • In a week full of not-so-big releases, this is one of the larger ones. It’s the debut album from the duo Capital Cities, In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery. First single “Safe And Sound” is big at Alternative radio and is crossing over this summer. (iTunes)
  • My pick of the week belongs to Canada’s Barenaked Ladies, who are out with their first album since 2010, Grinning Streak. The lead single is “Boomerang”, a current top 20 single on my chart. (iTunes)
  • Queens Of The Stone Age are back together and putting out their first album in six years, …Like Clockwork. The ten track album contains current Alternative hit, “My God Is The Sun”. (iTunes)
  • Country singer turned tabloid item LeAnn Rimes is out with Spitfire, which was released in Australia and the United Kingdom back in April. There’s been limited promotion for the effort, which has pretty much been doomed from the start. (iTunes)
  • Heavy metal band Megadeth return with Super Collider, their fourteenth studio album since 1985. (iTunes)
  • The sixth studio album from the rock band Filter, Sun Comes Out Tonight, comes out today, featuring the single “What Do You Say”. (iTunes)
  • Oregon-based quintet Portugal. The Man man up once again for their second album on Atlantic Records, Evil Friends. (iTunes)
  • Another of the Tony nominees has an original soundtrack out this week: Motown: The Musical. The award show airs on Sunday night. (iTunes)
  • Glee star and singer Matthew Morrison does his take on some standard tunes on his second album, Where It All Began. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include: Disclosure‘s Settle (iTunes), George Benson‘s Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (iTunes), Ivy Levan‘s Introducing The Dame EP (iTunes), Lonestar‘s Life As We Know It (iTunes) and Quadron‘s Avalanche (iTunes).

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

  • “Can’t Help”, the second single from Virginia-based band Parachute‘s third studio album. (iTunes)
  • “Release You”, new from the pop duo Megan & Liz. (iTunes)
  • “Slow Down”, the followup single to Selena Gomez‘s potent pop ditty, “Come & Get It”. (iTunes)
  • “Wasting All These Tears”, from former Hey Monday singer and The Voice winner Cassadee Pope. (iTunes)
  • “We Can’t Stop”, the first single from Miley Cyrus‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)

Who will lead the pack next week? Big Time Rush? Goo Goo Dolls? A preview is coming in seven!

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