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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 19, 2018

2 heads for 1.

Shore looks like a good week on the chart waters for all the top albums and singles on the schedule. These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LIL YACHTY – Nuthin 2 Prove (iTunes)
Docking his lil boat in stores this week, the latest set from this popular performer will certainly be in the running for the top spot next week, especially if attracts a large streaming audience. The album features collaborations with Kevin Gates, Lil Baby and others.

FUTURE & JUICE WRLD WRLD On Drugs (iTunes)
After the debut of lead single “Fine China” earlier this week, this collaborative album is expected to drop on Friday, which should fuel some larger streaming numbers. Both artists reached the top five on the Billboard 200 list with separate sets in the summer.

DISTURBED – Evolution (iTunes)
Led by the single “Are You Ready?”, which remains at #1 on the Active Rock chart, the group’s seventh studio album is looking to continue a streak of five chart-topping albums in a row on the Billboard 200 list. Will that total evolve into six? It’ll be close.

GRETA VAN FLEET – Anthem Of The Peaceful Army (iTunes)
After two successful EPs, the first full-length album from these rockers hits stores today. The current single from it is “When The Curtain Falls”, a minor top 40 entry on the Alternative chart that holds in the top three at the Active Rock format.

Notable albums out this week: Ace Frehley‘s Spaceman (iTunes), Arkells‘s Rally Cry (iTunes), Dua Lipa‘s Dua Lipa (Complete Edition) (iTunes), Elle King‘s Shake The Spirit (iTunes), Empress Of‘s Us (iTunes), Major Lazer‘s Major Lazer Essentials (iTunes), ‘s Forever Neverland (iTunes), Neneh Cherry‘s Broken Politics (iTunes), Phony Ppl‘s mō’zā-ik. (iTunes), Queen‘s Bohemian Rhapsody (Soundtrack) (iTunes), RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s Solace (iTunes)

Notable holiday albums out this week: Lindsey Stirling‘s Warmer In The Winter (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes), Martina McBride‘s It’s The Holiday Season (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: 2CELLOS‘s Let There Be Cello (iTunes), Abir‘s Mint (iTunes), Au/Ra‘s X Games (iTunes), Dominic Fike‘s Don’t Forget About Me (Demos) (iTunes), Jesse Ruben‘s Hope (iTunes), Jessie Reyez‘s Being Human In Public (iTunes), Khalid‘s Suncity (iTunes), Martin Garrix‘s Bylaw (iTunes), Minus The Bear‘s Fair Enough (iTunes), Nothing But Thieves‘s What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way? (iTunes), Scott Helman‘s Hang Ups (iTunes), ZOLA‘s Everything I Know (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“All The Time”, SoMo (iTunes)
“Angels (Acoustic)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Arrows”, Missy Higgins (iTunes)
“Bad Side”, Girl Wilde (iTunes)
“Blue Vacation”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“Breakaway”, Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Carmelo”, HOLYCHILD (iTunes)
“Chasing Parties”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“Conversations With My Wife”, Jon Bellion (iTunes)
“Cry Alone”, Lil Peep (iTunes)
“Details”, Maisie Peters (iTunes)
“Down For Me”, Dev (iTunes)
“DrIP Drip Drip”, Tory Lanez featuring Meek Mill (iTunes)
“Electricity (Acoustic)”, Silk City & Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Empty Space”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Ever Young”, Marisa Maino (iTunes)
“Fake Love (Japanese Version)”, BTS (iTunes)
“Fighting”, Tep No (iTunes)
“Fingers”, ZAYN (iTunes)
“Friends House” and “Split In Two”, Broken Hands (iTunes)
“Go Tell Her Now”, Tom Odell (iTunes)
“Hands Dirty”, Delta Rae (iTunes)
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, Mitchell Tenpenny (iTunes)
“Horizons”, Super Duper (iTunes)
“How Did I Find You”, NEIKED featuring Miriam Bryant (iTunes)
“I Love”, Joyner Lucas (iTunes)
“It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“Just A Little Crush”, Malia Civetz (iTunes)
“Let’s Fall In Love For The Night”, FINNEAS (iTunes)
“Loyal To Me (Acoustic)”, Nina Nesbitt (iTunes)
“Moves (Sebastian Perez Remix)”, Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Neon Prayer Flags”, The Wind + The Wave (iTunes)
“Nervous Energy”, Glades (iTunes)
“No Matter What”, Calum Scott (iTunes)
“Nobody”, Kiya Lacey featuring Jeffrey James (iTunes)
“None Of My Business”, Cher Lloyd (iTunes)
“One Drink”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Party Of One”, Brandi Carlile featuring Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Power Over Me”, Dermot Kennedy (iTunes)
“Real Friends”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Revelation”, Troye Sivan & Jónsi (iTunes)
“Ruin My Life”, Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“Show Me Love”, Isaac Gracie (iTunes)
“Sucker Punch (Four Tet Remix)”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Sugar Daddy”, Pistol Annies (iTunes)
“Sunflower”, Post Malone featuring Swae Lee (iTunes)
“Sweet Sunshine (Acoustic)”, NUUXS (iTunes)
“The Distance”, Mariah Carey featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“The Heights”, Thomston (iTunes)
“The Unfortunate Gent”, Ed Drewett (iTunes)
“Thinking Bout U”, Kodie Shane (iTunes)
“Toxins”, Carlie Hanson (iTunes)
“Truth”, Devon Gilfillian featuring Tate Tucker (iTunes)
“Vibe”, Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“Vices”, John Splithoff (iTunes)
“When The Party’s Over”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Why Does It Hurt”, JHart (iTunes)
“With You”, Mokita (iTunes)
“You Belong”, Rachel Platten (iTunes)
“You Come First”, Zak Abel featuring Saweetie (iTunes)

Next week: look out for seasonal albums from John Legend and Pentatonix and other studio releases from Andrea Bocelli, The Struts and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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Record Store Day, Black Friday 2015: Seven 7″ Selections

Viva la Vinyl.

For the record…

This Thanksgiving, you’ll probably be going through many a leftover when the big meal is done: the turkey, the stuffing… it’ll be there for a while. However, these items available for this year’s Black Friday edition of Record Store Day won’t be there for a lot of time. Of course, this has been happening for several years now, so expect lines anywhere you head out to. Trust me, all will be well when you’re holding those glorious gifts from the musical gods in your hands. Here are seven 7″ singles (and more) that you may be hunting for, and I’ll definitely be hunting for, on Friday, November 27:

ALAN PARSONS PROJECT/The Turn of A Friendly Card — The Singles (EP) (Legacy)
The original Turn set gave this act their first two top 20 singles on the Hot 100 survey, one being “Games People Play” on side B, but how are you not going to put “Time” on this EP? That had an edit too! Anyways, the set is being released on cool green vinyl.

ELVIS PRESLEY/If I Can Dream (Legacy)
A new posthumous Presley album was recently released, featuring new arrangements of some of his classic singles by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The title track and previously unreleased b-side “Anything That’s Part Of You” are from those sessions.

FALCO/Rock Me Amadeus/Vienna Calling (Legacy)
Nothing says “#1 single in 1986” like a German-sung single about Mozart. It is a part of a double a-side with the followup release, which climbed to #18 that June. Both of the mixes featured on this red vinyl release were the single versions for the U.S. market.

JEFF BUCKLEY/SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE/Everyday People (Legacy)
The ongoing Side By Side series for RSD is always a hit with consumers, and this one should be no different. The original release spent four weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 in 1969. Buckley’s remake is also featured on a lost album called You And I, due March 11.

NEIL HEFTI/Batman Theme Song (Legacy)
Doesn’t everyone want to channel the inner superhero inside of them? Hefti’s theme was barely a national top 40 hit when it was released, going to #35 in 1966, but reducing this to a chart peak doesn’t do it justice. Catch this classic before it flies out of stock!

PHIL COLLINS/In The Air Tonight (Rhino)
It wasn’t Collins’s first solo single ever, but it’s certainly a notable one that keeps new generations of fans listening to his songs. I think this could be my top release of the bunch. It features the original b-side titled “The Roof Is Leaking” and a new comic book.

THE KINKS/Dedicated Kinks (EP) (Sanctuary)
Dedicated is one of two EPs by the act to be released for Black Friday, and was originally released in July 1966. All four cuts saw some U.S. success, with three of them making the Hot 100. The highest, “Set Me Free”, went to #23 during the summer of 1965.

More from my must-haves list:
BECK/Dreams (12″, Capitol)
HOUNDMOUTH/Sedona (7″, Rough Trade)
OTIS REDDING/Shake (EP) (7″, Rhino)
PAUL MCCARTNEY & MICHAEL JACKSON/Say Say Say (12″, Concord/Hear Music)
QUEEN/Bohemian Rhapsody (12″, Hollywood)

(Check out the full list of RSD releases here!) (Listen to some of this year’s RSD releases on Spotify!)

Are you pumped for RSD’s Black Friday event? Is there another release (or set of releases) not listed above that you’ll be trying to find on Friday? 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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Turn It On Again: Spending A While On The Dial

Active on the airwaves.

Active on the airwaves.

By now, you’re probably familiar with the Las Vegas band Imagine Dragons. Their first single, “It’s Time”, was a decent-sized hit nationally, and now they’ll at least be a two-hit wonder with their latest release, “Radioactive”. It’s already gone to #1 on the Alternative survey and to #7 on the Hot 100, making it the tenth such title to make the Hot 100’s top 40 portion with the word “radio” in it. Whether it’s on AM, FM, or satellite, millions of us turn to the radio every day for music, news, sports and more. Let’s see what songs freshened up the frequencies from the 1970’s up until now.

1973
Joni Mitchell, “You Turn Me On, I’m A Radio” (#25)
She’s probably best known for originating the song “Big Yellow Taxi” back in 1970, but it was “Turn” that was Mitchell’s first of three top 40 hits in the U.S., peaking at #25 for two weeks in early 1973. Parent album For The Roses went to #11, and she would do even better with her next release, the #2 Court And Spark, featuring top ten single “Help Me”. She last recorded original material in 2007.

1974
Reunion, “Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me)” (#8)
One of the big one-hit wonders from the 70’s, the band consisted of studio musicians and led by vocalist Joey Levine, who previously sang with groups like The Ohio Express. The unusual song was essentially rap-sung, with Levine name-dropping over 100 references in music history from the 50’s to the 70’s, including disc jockeys, singers, songs and musical instruments. It was the only song to chart for the group.

1979
Al Stewart, “Song On The Radio” (#29)
Scotsman Stewart was already known for the top ten hits “Year Of The Cat” (1977) and “Time Passages” (1978) at this point in his career, but the followup single to “Passages” wouldn’t do so well, just making the top 30 at #29. It was written by Stewart and produced by Alan Parsons. Though he continued to record well into the 2000’s on different labels, his charting days were over on the Hot 100 by the end of 1980.

The Buggles, “Video Killed The Radio Star” (#40)
Ah, yes, the first video ever to be played on MTV. That was in August 1981. “Video” actually charted at the end of 1979, peaking at #40 for one week in December. Though several minor followup singles charted in European territories, nothing ever matched the success of their most well-known single release. It was also sampled in the 2010 hit by will.i.am and Nicki Minaj, “Check It Out”, peaking at #24.

1980
Donna Summer, “On The Radio” (#5)
This is the biggest song with the word “radio” in it to make the Hot 100 so far in its nearly 55-year history. Even as disco experienced a backlash by the fall of 1979, the late Summer was able to hit the charts with a string of thumping dance numbers, including this one, co-written by her and longtime collaborator Giorgio Moroder. A greatest hits album named after the song went to #1 in January 1980.

1984
Queen, “Radio Ga Ga” (#16)
From their album The Works, this is one of the group’s most remembered hits, even influencing Lady Gaga‘s stage name. “Ga Ga” was ultimately the last top 40 single for the band while lead singer Freddy Mercury was alive, though a handful of other songs made the Hot 100 before he died in 1991. Following his passing, a 1992 rerelease of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which appeared in Wayne’s World, went to #2.

1985
The Firm, “Radioactive” (#28)
This British supergroup combined the rockin’ powers of Paul Rodgers (Bad Company/Free), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Chris Slade (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band/Urian Heep) and Tony Franklin. Their self-titled 1985 album hit the top 20, and this song became their only top 40 hit on the Hot 100, peaking at #28. They charted three songs in total. They group split up the next year.

Autograph, “Turn Up The Radio” (#29)
Out of Pasadena, CA, this quintet released this single as the first from their Gold-certified debut album, Sign In Please. The album peaked at #29 and single peaked at the same spot on the Hot 100. The band was dropped from RCA Records after three albums and broke up in 1989, but they recorded a few records together independently with different lineups years later. They last played together in 2003.

1989
Tiffany, “Radio Romance” (#35)
After taking ballad “All This Time” to #6 earlier that year, Tiffany decided to dance it up with her fifth and final top 40 hit. It leapt into the top 40 at the #35 spot during the first week of April and then crashed immediately afterward, spending one forgettable week in the top 40. Luckily, radio is still love with her #1 hits like “I Think We’re Alone Now”, which still get some play on 80’s mix shows now and again.

Some other “radio” ready titles I like:
“Who Listens To The Radio?”, The Sports (#45, 1978)
“Mexican Radio”, Wall Of Voodoo (#58, 1983)
“AM Radio”, Everclear (#101, 2000)
“…On The Radio (Remember The Days)”, Nelly Furtado (DNC, 2002)
“Radio Nowhere”, Bruce Springsteen (#102, 2007)

What’s your favorite tune that I highlighted in this salute to the stations? Any other “radio” song that I forgot to rank among the rest? Leave a comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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