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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (August 2015) (Part One)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in August on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Felix Jaehn and Jasmine Thompson
FELIX JAEHN featuring JASMINE THOMPSON – “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” (August 4) (*)
Label: Casablanca/Republic
14-year-old Thompson has been covering songs for years, and one such remake of the 1983 Rufus and Chaka Khan hit is taking a second chart run on. In October 2013, her original version peaked at #32 in the U.K. thanks to a Sainsbury’s ad for pizza. Now, a tropical house remix by the German DJ/producer Jaehn hopes to chew on the charts globally. Yummy. Ready for a musical meal?

Conrad Swwell
CONRAD SEWELL – “Hold Me Up” (August 11) (*)
Label: 300 Entertainment
After blazing a “Firestone” of a song up the European charts with DJ/producer Kygo, the 27-year-old Australian singer is looking to set pop radio chart on fire in the U.S. without the help of that introduction. (RCA’s Stateside release is just below the top 50 on the format.) His solo single went to #1 in his native country in June, where it is certified Platinum. He can only go “Up” from here.

Disclosure and Sam Smith
DISCLOSURE featuring SAM SMITH – “Omen” (August 11) (*)
Label: Capitol
Some say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but in the case of the English duo out of Reigate and their good pal from London, it is perhaps a good time to try and dispel that notion. The brother act was previously on Interscope in the U.S., though they opted for a label switch to Capitol for their new set; Smith is already on there, and his In The Lonely Hour era was massive. Watch out for it.

Echosmith
ECHOSMITH – “Let’s Love” (August 11) (* + **)
Label: Warner Bros.
The four Sierota siblings keep it all in the family, and their Warner family is issuing this third single from Talking Dreams to both radio formats this month as the followup to recent hit “Bright”. Several live videos for the song were released in late 2013, but it’s unclear when an official music video for it will be premiering given its new status. Will the dream continue for this young quartet?

Hailee Steinfeld
HAILEE STEINFELD – “Love Myself” (August 11) (*)
Label: Republic
Earlier this week, the Pitch Perfect 2 actress and singer appeared in a clip with Canadian singer and Vine star Shawn Mendes, as the two teens sang a new acoustic version of his latest single, “Stitches”. Now, her first solo single, which will be released to iTunes next Friday, looks like it could be a fall hit based on some early radio reaction. Yet, it’s still too soon to tell if the “Love” continues.

Robin Thicke and Nicki Minaj
ROBIN THICKE featuring NICKI MINAJ – “Back Together” (August 11) (*)
Label: Star Trek/Interscope
Thicke is currently climbing up the Urban AC survey with “Morning Sun”, which seems to be responding nicely given the response to his legal issues earlier this year over the case concerning his hit “Blurred Lines”. Now, he looks to capture the pop audience and he’ll be bringing in Minaj to help. You may remember that the two worked together before on his 2009 song “Shakin’ It 4 Daddy”.

Gavin James
GAVIN JAMES – “Bitter Pill” (August 25) (**)
Label: Capitol
With the huge support of Beats 1 beginning a month ago and his current U.S. tour with the aforementioned Smith (see “Omen”), a push at the Hot AC format seems like the next logical step for this Irish newcomer and his label. Of course, his lovely cover of “The Book Of Love” has been #1 on my personal chart for two weeks, but this “Pill” isn’t hard to swallow, and it should be ranking soon.

Ryn Weaver
RYN WEAVER – “Promises” (August 25) (*)
Label: Mad Love/Interscope
After a surge of blog coverage and notable hype in the summer of 2014, it was disappointing to see Weaver’s song “OctaHate” stall down in the 20’s on the pop radio chart earlier this year after an initial bump from a Cumulus block add. Nevertheless, her second radio single is being serviced later this month in both its original version and a new dance mix by French producer Norman Doray.

Which of these new songs would you like to see on top of the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 1)

Touchin', lovin' his chances at a big debut.

Touchin’, lovin’ his chances at a high debut.

The year is halfway done! Hard to believe it’s gone by so fast, but the music keeps on rolling and the summer releases are just heating up. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of July 1:

  • Two years ago, R&B star Trey Songz scored his first #1 album with Chapter V. Now, he returns with his sixth effort, Trigga. There are four active singles from it at the moment: “Foreign” at Rhythm radio, “Na Na” at CHR, “SmartPhones” at Urban and “What’s Best For You” at Urban AC.v That’s a whole lot of songs. Look for it to be the top #1 contender on next week’s chart, but it could mark his lowest first week sales since 2007. (iTunes)
  • In what could be the most desperate release of all-time, and I mean all-time, singer Robin Thicke tries to woo his woman back on new album Paula. Lead single “Get Her Back” is a recent top ten hit on the Urban AC chart. It’s no Blurred Lines, but then again, do we really need that in our lives? The album will probably go top five but have no legs. As for Thicke and Paula Patton’s relationship… can we just not anymore? (iTunes)
  • They aren’t rude, but their hit song is. First a smash in Australia last year and now topping the digital charts in the U.S., MAGIC! is simply making magic with the public, and now Don’t Kill The Magic is in stores this week. In addition to “Rude”, the title track has achieved some minor success. This one is the wild card to watch given how new the band is, but with sale pricing in effect, it could make for a sizable debut. (iTunes)
  • Currently at #2 on the Active Rock list with “Words As Weapons”, South African rockers Seether return with Isolate and Medicate, their first effort for the Concord Music Group. After three consecutive top ten albums on the Billboard 200, this will probably place in the same region, though sales should be off from their last album in 2011. (iTunes)
  • Several older albums see deluxe reissues this week, including the 25th Anniversary edition of Bon Jovi‘s New Jersey (iTunes), the 30th Anniversary edition of Bob Marley & The Wailers‘s Legend (iTunes), as well as Jethro Tull‘s A Passion Play (iTunes) and Pink Floyd‘s The Division Bell. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Colt Ford‘s Thanks For Listening (iTunes), Jenni Rivera‘s 1969 – Siempre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 2 (iTunes), NONONO‘s We Are Only What We Feel (iTunes), Old Crow Medicine Show‘s Remedy (iTunes) and the original soundtrack to Begin Again (iTunes).

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

  • “All About That Bass”, the first single from newcomer Meghan Trainor. (iTunes)
  • “Calm Down”, new from rapper Busta Rhymes and Eminem. (iTunes)
  • “Headphones”, a new single from Matt Nathanson and featuring LOLO. (iTunes)
  • “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday”, this week’s album cut (and remake) from Jason Mraz‘s forthcoming Yes! album. (iTunes)
  • “New Flame”, the latest single from Chris Brown; it features Usher and Rick Ross. (iTunes)
  • “Weekend”, the first song from Alternative newcomers Priory. (iTunes)

Hit maker and singer Sia leads next week’s releases with the album 1,000 Forms Of Fear — how will she do against heavy rockers Judas Priest? A preview is coming in seven!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (April 2014)

If you follow the radio charts like I do, you’ll want to be on top of only the freshest music being serviced across the nation. So, I’m bringing back an early PGTC feature with a bit of a revamp. With this monthly series, I’ll be highlighting some great tracks at a few different radio formats I enjoy that will be fighting for airspace over the next few months. So, what are we waiting for? Let the battles begin.

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

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A song in the “Wrong”.

NICO & VINZ – “Am I Wrong?” (April 1) (*)
Label: Warner Bros.
Already a top ten hit in several European territories, “Wrong” is currently gaining at the Hot AC format and ranking in the lower rungs of the top 40. The duo was formerly known as Envy and consists of Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery. It may already be touted as the “Song of the Summer” by the label, but this still has a ways to go. We’ll see what happens.

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Bringing cartoons to the tunes.

AJR – “I’m Ready” (April 8) (*)
Label: AJR/Warner Bros.
After months of airplay on SiriusXM’s Hits 1 and 20 on 20 as an independent act, the trio of brothers from New York City are partnering with Warner Bros. to bring “Ready” onto the terrestrial airwaves. Looks like they’ll find some life on the charts thanks a guy who lives in a pineapple under the sea. The catchy single is bound to be a summer favorite.

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Looking for a H.I.T on the chart.

LADY GAGA – “G.U.Y” (April 8) (*)
Label: Streamline/Interscope
Much has been said about ARTPOP era, but it continues to move on despite the mixed reaction. The third single from the album ranks as one of my top tracks from the disc, and a short film for it (and a few other clips from the effort) is racking up millions of views online. You can currently find her playing a set of shows to close the Roseland Ballroom.

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It has a ring to it.

DJ CASSIDY featuring ROBIN THICKE and JESSIE J – “Calling All Hearts” (April 15) (*)
Label: Columbia
It’s rising up the top ten on my personal chart, but a few delays have pushed its radio release to this month. The crazy hot disco jam leads off Paradise Royale, now due in June. A promotional single featuring R. Kelly, “Make The World Go Round”, is also out on the web. The DJ’s debut project is quite an ambitious one, but it sounds like a winner to me.

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Keeping things bright.

BIRDS OF TOKYO – “Lanterns” (April 22) (*)
Label: Loma Vista/Republic
Last year, March Fires became the first #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart for this five man band out of Perth. This single was the second lifted from it, peaking at #3 down there and achieving a 3x Platinum certification. With growing spin counts at Alternative and AAA radio, a crossover was bound to happen. It may be a tad bit soon, but the song is good.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

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Water you waiting for?

VANCE JOY – “Riptide” (April 1) (*)
Label: Atlantic
This former top ten single in Australia and the United Kingdom recently broke the top five on the AAA survey. Now, it’s been picked up by a handful of Alternative stations before its official impact date this Tuesday. It also charted at #1 on the yearly Triple J Hottest 100, one of the most influential radio stations out of Australia. Blimey! That’s great.

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Ain’t no other “Man”.

NEULORE – “Shadow Of A Man” (April 8) (**)
Label: Island
Bandmates Adam Agin and William T. Cook formed this act five years ago and have been going steady since it. Back in 2010, they released the independent Apples & Eve, with this single being their first major label release. It was used on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy last year and Hart Of Dixie a few months ago. It’s a solid folk song with great potential.

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This is the new year.

NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927 – “Dust And Bones” (April 15) (*)
Label: Atlantic
What’s in a name? Theirs is certainly an intriguing one. Rilo Kiley lead guitarist Blake Sennett and The Honorary Title lead singer Jarrod Gorbel put their talents together two years ago for this project, and following an EP release in November, it’s time to break them on the Alternative survey. Just watch out for that music video… it’s a little freaky.

La la late to the party, we are.

Not so Lonely anymore.

SAM SMITH – “Stay With Me” (April 15) (**)
Label: Capitol
He’s also over pop radio thanks to hits from Disclosure and Naughty Boy, but we’ve yet to see a solo release from Smith on the radio… until now. Thanks to a well-received Saturday Night Live performance, “Stay” is riding a digital boost, along with the forthcoming album In The Lonely Hour. Like it or not, Smith is coming, and he won’t back down.

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More than a feeling…

THE PREATURES – “Is This How You Feel?” (April 22) (*)
Label: Harvest
I first saw these guys at CMJ back in October and they had an awesome performance. After a few more gigs at SXSW, the quintet is ready to go to radio via Harvest Records, a name relaunched a year ago by Capitol. Harvest has yet to place a single at the format, but that certainly doesn’t mean it can’t happen with this. Watch out for more from them.

Which track(s) would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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GRAMMY WEEK: Adam Picks The Winners for The Big Four

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.

As you may remember, I did my predictions for who was going to be nominated for the Big Four way back in October. As it turns out, I wasn’t 100% right, not that I was expecting to be. (For the record, I wasn’t 100% wrong either.) So, for the final GRAMMY Week post, let’s deal with the actual nominations and see who I think will be taking home the night’s top prizes at the big show!

(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.)

1. RECORD OF THE YEAR

“Get Lucky”, Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
Thomas Bangalter & Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, producers; Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert & Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“Radioactive”, Imagine Dragons
Alex Da Kid, producer; Manny Marroquin & Josh Mosser, engineers/mixers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer

“Royals”, Lorde
Joel Little, producer; Joel Little, engineer/mixer; Stuart Hawkes, mastering engineer

“Locked Out Of Heaven”, Bruno Mars
Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Mark Ronson & The Smeezingtons, producers; Alalal, Josh Blair, Wayne Gordon, Ari Levine, Manny Marroquin & Mark Ronson, engineers/mixers; David Kutch, mastering engineer

“Blurred Lines”, Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell
Pharrell, producer; Andrew Coleman & Tony Maserati, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

PREDICTION: I think the general consensus is that “Blurred Lines” has the best shot of winning this category. It was the biggest song of last year and gave Robin Thicke his biggest hit ever on the charts. However, I’m more inclined to think that “Get Lucky” is going to take this category and give Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers a big thrill. It was a slick and catchy summer hit and makes the French duo and American producer/singer my big winners of the night.

2. ALBUM OF THE YEAR

The Blessed Unrest, Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles, Mark Endert & John O’Mahony, producers; Jeremy Darby, Mark Endert & John O’Mahony, engineers/mixers; Greg Calbi, mastering engineer

Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
Julian Casablancas, DJ Falcon, Todd Edwards, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams & Pharrell Williams, featured artists; Thomas Bangalter, Julian Casablancas, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, DJ Falcon & Todd Edwards, producers; Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta, Guillaume Le Braz & Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert & Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityKendrick Lamar
Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Drake, Jay Rock, Jay Z, MC Eiht & Anna Wise, featured artists; DJ Dahi, Hit-Boy, Skhye Hutch, Just Blaze, Like, Terrace Martin, Dawaun Parker, Pharrell, Rahki, Scoop DeVille, Sounwave, Jack Splash, Tabu, Tha Bizness, THC & T-Minus, producers; Derek Ali, Dee Brown, Andrew Coleman, Dr. Dre, James Hunt, Mauricio ‘Veto”” Iragorri, Mike Larson, Jared Scott, Jack Splash & Andrew Wright, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi & Brian ‘Big Bass”” Gardner, mastering engineers

The HeistMacklemore & Ryan Lewis
Ab-Soul, Ben Bridwell, Ray Dalton, Eighty4 Fly, Hollis, Mary Lambert, Baffalo Madonna, Evan Roman, Schoolboy Q, Allen Stone, The Teaching & Wanz, featured artists; Ryan Lewis, producer; Ben Haggerty, Ryan Lewis, Amos Miller, Reed Ruddy & Pete Stewart, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Brian Gardner, mastering engineers

Red, Taylor Swift
Gary Lightbody & Ed Sheeran, featured artists; Jeff Bhasker, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker & Dan Wilson, producers; Joe Baldridge, Sam Bell, Matt Bishop, Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Sam Holland, Michael Ilbert, Tyler Johnson, Jacknife Lee, Steve Marcantonio, Manny Marroquin, Justin Niebank, John Rausch, Eric Robinson, Pawel Sek, Jake Sinclair, Mark “”Spike”” Stent & Andy Thompson, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Hank Williams, mastering engineers

PREDICTION: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s name has been tossed around a bit for the win here, but I’m not sure if the whole effort appeals to the committee. (I do think Best New Artist is theirs, however.) The most successful both on the Billboard 200 and on my own personal chart is Taylor Swift‘s Red, which I’m pegging as the winner. She may have won four years ago for Fearless, but she’s certainly grown since then, and scored major pop and country hits from this album.

3. SONG OF THE YEAR

“Just Give Me A Reason”, Pink featuring Nate Ruess
Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters

“Locked Out Of Heaven”, Bruno Mars
Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters

“Roar”, Katy Perry
Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters

“Royals”, Lorde
Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“Same Love”, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert
Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters

PREDICTION: Much like the huge Gotye and Kimbra duet of last year’s ceremony, “Somebody That I Used To Know”, Pink and Nate Ruess seems like a strong enough team to pull off double duty at this year’s show with Song of the Year, as well as Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Just Give Me A Reason”. Bruno Mars and Lorde will certainly stand their ground against the beautiful ballad, but “Reason” is such a timeless record that it will sway a lot of voters to get on its side.

4. BEST NEW ARTIST

James Blake (Day In The Life)
Kendrick Lamar (Day In The Life)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (DITL video not available) (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
Kacey Musgraves (Day In The Life)
Ed Sheeran (Day In The Life)

PREDICTION: This year’s pack, as many people have stated, is out of whack; what can you do? Of the five, the easiest choice for me is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who have four solid hits now and will likely produce a big second album. Ed Sheeran will too, but he would’ve made sense as a winner last year. Kacey Musgraves and Kendrick Lamar likely don’t stand a chance; however, James Blake could always be the Esperanza Spalding of this year. You never know!
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Watch to see how I did with my picks on Sunday night when the GRAMMY Awards air! Until then, follow the blog below and find us on social media by click the “Get Social!” tab.

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GRAMMY WEEK: Adam Picks The Winners for Dance/Pop 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. Let’s go for the Dance and Pop fields, shall we?

(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.)

5. Best Pop Solo Performance

Brave”, Sara Bareilles
“Royals”, Lorde (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“When I Was Your Man”, Bruno Mars
“Roar”, Katy Perry
“Mirrors”, Justin Timberlake

PREDICTION: Difficult decision right here. “Brave” and “Roar” will probably cancel each other out (if only Bareilles and Perry would do a medley on GRAMMY night!) A safer choice would be Bruno Mars‘s “When I Was Your Man”; it’s a classic ballad.

6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Get Lucky”, Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“Just Give Me A Reason”, Pink featuring Nate Ruess
“Stay”, Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines”, Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell
“Suit & Tie”, Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z

PREDICTION: This is tough too. Looks like we’re going to have another year where the winner of this category also wins one of the Big Four, whether it’s “Blurred Lines”, “Get Lucky” or “Just Give Me A Reason”. I’m going with the Pink and Nate Ruess duet.

7. Best Pop Instrumental Album

Steppin’ Out, Herb Alpert (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
The Beat, Boney James
Handpicked, Earl Klugh
Summer Horns, Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair & Richard Elliot
Hacienda, Jeff Lorber Fusion

PREDICTION: Again, this isn’t my best area of expertise, but I know a lot of these names from the occasional look at the Jazz survey. A version of “Puttin’ On The Ritz” from Alpert’s album just got serviced to AC radio; it could be a sign that this this one is his.

8. Best Pop Vocal Album

ParadiseLana Del Rey
Pure HeroineLorde
Unorthodox JukeboxBruno Mars (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke
The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience, Justin Timberlake

PREDICTION: Believe it or not, this is the only category in which Justin Timberlake‘s album is nominated for. Is that some major shade on the Academy’s part? Yet, the biggest album of last year has to win something, right? It would only seem fair to me.

9. Best Dance Recording

“Need U (100%)”Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E & MNEK
Adam Dyment & Tommy Forrest, producers and mixers

“Sweet Nothing”, Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch
Harris, producer and mixer

“Atmosphere”, Kaskade
Finn Bjarnson & Ryan Raddon, producers; Raddon, mixer

“This Is What It Feels Like”, Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie
Armin Van Buuren & Benno De Goeij, producers and mixers

“Clarity”, Zedd featuring Foxes
Zedd, producer and mixer (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: With no Skrillex in the mix (and no Al Wasser, thank God), this category is probably going to go back to one of the bigger hits of the bunch, most likely “Clarity” or “Sweet Nothing”. Of the two, I prefer the Calvin Harris and Florence Welch song.

10. Best Dance/Electronica Album

Random Access Memories, Daft Punk (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
SettleDisclosure
18 MonthsCalvin Harris
AtmosphereKaskade
A Color Map Of The SunPretty Lights

PREDICTION: There was no bigger Dance album in 2013 than Random Access Memories. Daft Punk didn’t just get lucky; they knocked it out of the park. The critical acclaim of Disclosure will keep it in the running, but the French duo will likely take it.

11. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Viva DuetsTony Bennett and Various Artists
To Be Loved, Michael Bublé (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
The StandardsGloria Estefan
Cee Lo’s Magic MomentCee Lo Green
NowDionne Warwick

PREDICTION: This category is usually a two horse race between Bennett and Bublé, and because the Canadian crooner didn’t win last year for his Christmas album, I think Michael Bublé is overdue for yet another win here. “It’s A Beautiful Day” indeed.

67. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Annie UpPistol Annies
Chuck Ainlay, engineer; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

The Blue RoomMadeleine Peyroux
Helik Hadar & Leslie Ann Jones, engineers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer

The Devil Put Dinosaurs HereAlice In Chains
Paul Figueroa & Randy Staub, engineers; Ted Jensen, mastering engineer

…Like ClockworkQueens Of The Stone Age
Joe Barresi & Mark Rankin, engineers; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer

The MooringsAndrew Duhon
Trina Shoemaker, engineer; Eric Conn, mastering engineer

Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert, Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: I don’t know a ton about this category, but the winners in past years have been a real mix of commercial releases and some lesser-known works. Though I’m placing Daft Punk for the win here, it could essentially be any one of these six.

68. Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Rob Cavallo
Dr. Luke
Ariel Rechtshaid
Jeff Tweedy
Pharrell Williams (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: I love Rob Cavallo and would be thrilled to see him win this category, but 2013 was clearly the year of Pharrell Williams, both as a producer and singer, and he’s very much deserving of this honor. Tell Dr. Luke to go back to medical school.

69. Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

“Days Turn Into Nights”, Delerium featuring Michael Logen
Andy Caldwell, remixer

“If I Lose Myself”, OneRepublic
Alesso, remixer

“Locked Out Of Heaven”, Bruno Mars
Ned Shepard & Sultan, remixers

“One Love/People Get Ready”, Bob Marley and The Wailers
Rupert Parkes (Photek), remixer

“Summertime Sadness”, Lana Del Rey
Cedric Gervais, remixer (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: Long after Lana Del Rey had been written off in the U.S., Interscope’s push of the Cedric Gervais remix of “Summertime Sadness” launched her at radio, selling over 2 million copies with all versions combined. Not so sad anymore, huh?
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Check back tomorrow to see what I take a second swing at predicting the Big Four! Until then, follow the blog below and find us on social media by click the “Get Social!” tab.

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GRAMMY WATCH: Nominations As They’re Announced (Complete)

A grand slammy for a GRAMMY or two.

A grand slammy for a GRAMMY or two.

Excited for this year’s GRAMMY Awards? I am as well, but we’ll have to wait until January 26 to find out the winners of this year’s prizes. Tonight, however, is all about the nominations in a one-hour program airing on CBS at 10PM Eastern. The special, The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night, will feature the unveiling of the nods in several categories, with a full update online sometime after the broadcast. Performances are due from Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift and more. So, stay tuned to my blog as the nominations come in… and see how I did at predicting the Big Four categories.

View the full nominations at GRAMMY.com.

LIVE BLOG — CURRENTLY UPDATING

(10:00 PM) PERFORMANCE – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Wanz are currently performing “Thrift Shop”.

(10:05 PM) LL Cool J is handling the nominees for Song Of The Year…

SONG OF THE YEAR
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out Of Heaven”
Katy Perry, “Roar”
Lorde, “Royals”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert, “Same Love”
Pink featuring Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”

I predicted:
Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man”
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams, “Get Lucky”
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Katy Perry, “Roar”
Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I., “Blurred Lines”
The Civil Wars, “The One That Got Away”

(10:08 PM) PERFORMANCE – Taylor Swift is currently performing “I Knew You Were Trouble” from Australia.

(10:15 PM) PERFORMANCE – Keith Urban and Miguel are currently duetting on a cover of Bill Withers‘s “Ain’t No Sunshine”.

(10:18 PM) Ed Sheeran is handling the next set of nominees…

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams, “Get Lucky”
Justin Timberlake featuring JAY Z, “Suit & Tie”
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko, “Stay”
Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I., “Blurred Lines”
Pink featuring Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”

(10:23 PM) Enrique Iglesias is presenting the nominees for Album Of The Year…

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, m.a.a.d City
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist
Sara Bareilles, The Blessed Unrest
Taylor Swift, Red

I predicted:
Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox
Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience: The Complete Experience
Taylor Swift, Red
The Civil Wars, The Civil Wars

(10:26) PERFORMANCE – Katy Perry is currently performing “Roar”.

(10:35) PERFORMANCE – Lorde is currently performing “Royals”.

(10:40) Kelly Rowland is presenting the nominees next…

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Blake Shelton, Based On A True Story…
Jason Aldean, Night Train
Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer, Different Park
Taylor Swift, Red
Tim McGraw, Two Lanes Of Freedom

(10:48) Arsenio Hall is presenting for Best New Artist…

BEST NEW ARTIST
Ed Sheeran
James Blake
Kacey Musgraves
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

I predicted:
Emeli Sandé
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Lorde
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

(10:53) Melissa Etheridge is handling the nominees for Record Of The Year…

RECORD OF THE YEAR
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out Of Heaven”
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams, “Get Lucky”
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Lorde, “Royals”
Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I., “Blurred Lines”

I predicted:
Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man”
Lorde, “Royals”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert, “Same Love”
Passenger, “Let Her Go”
Pink featuring Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”

(10:55) Robin Thicke, T.I. and Earth, Wind and Fire end the show with a performance of “Blurred Lines”.

View the full nominations at GRAMMY.com.

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The “Feel” Of Fall: Just A Touch Of New Pop

There comes a time every year when the wind becomes colder and leaves fall off the trees, but luckily, things are just heating up on the fall music scene, a land which isn’t barren at all. These two acts hail from two different musical landscapes, but their music resonates with millions of people, who this week will likely be raking up loose branches and even stringing together some Christmas lights. That is life in suburbia, but this is life on the charts. “Feel” these two new releases out:

Layin' it on Thicke.

Layin’ it on Thicke.

ROBIN THICKE (featuring KENDRICK LAMAR) – “Feel Good”
Release Date: November 12 (CHR radio) / Label: Star Trak/Interscope

It wouldn’t be a proper look back at 2013 without acknowledging the huge impact that Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, featuring Pharrell and T.I., had on the airplay and sales charts, and most of all, pop culture. From the viral video to the countless appearances and maybe a big number which featured the singer in a suit straight out of Beetlejuice with Miley Cyrus rubbing against him, you can’t deny that the song was the biggest hit of this year, whether you love it or you hate it. It’ll forever be his signature song. Unfortunately, followup single “Give It 2 U”, which also featured Lamar, stalled out recently on the charts due to dropping sales and the steady airplay of “Blurred”. It just wasn’t meant to be. Now comes this third mainstream single from the album; the original version features just Thicke only, while the remix with Compton rapper has yet to be released, but should be out closer to the adds date. Some people are getting hung up on the fact that this was produced and co-written by will.i.am, and while I’m generally not a fan of his, this is a disco smash, from that funky and fresh beat to the thin, high-pitched vocals reminiscent of early Prince. You’re going to boogie down into the new year. While it can’t compete with “Blurred”, this is another great surprise from the talented soulful singer.

No way to "Close" the era.

“Young” single, older album.

MICHAEL BUBLÉ – “You Make Me Feel So Young”
Release Date: December 2 (United Kingdom) / Label: 143/Reprise

2013 was also quite a year for Mr. Bublé, who finds himself touring around the U.S. until the end of the month before racking up some frequent flyer miles in Europe early next year. Not only did he gain another #1 album this year which earned a Gold certification, but he also welcomed his first child into the world, a son named Noah. Well, now, the Canadian singer has a new release internationally, which I’m sure he’ll be performing to those sold-out crowds. “Young” is the fourth European single from the crooner’s most recent album To Be Loved, following “It’s A Beautiful Day”, “Close Your Eyes”, and a collaboration with Bryan Adams, “After All”. “Beautiful” has become the only hit of the bunch, either a big or moderate success depending on what territory you’re examining, so there’s likely little chance that this will come in and reignite the era at least in terms of high peaks and sales. However, he has a great take on a Frank Sinatra classic, originally introduced in the 1946 film Three Little Girls In Blue. The orchestra sounds impeccable on this one; big band fever is in full swing, and Bublé couldn’t sound any better on this album opener and highlight. Rich in tone and character, it’ll absolutely be a winner with the older audiences who know the original, and perhaps a few youngsters as well.

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