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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 25, 2016

He's gonna blow your Mind.

He’s gonna blow your Mind.

Don’t piss off the neighbors by blasting any old music on this New Music Friday. There are plenty of great selections in the mix to make both you, and those around you, content. Here are this week’s album and single releases:

  • ZAYN — Mind Of Mine (iTunes)
    • The first solo album from the former boy bander leads him in many directions musically, but in just one direction when it comes to where he’s headed on the charts. If you said the top, you’re right. Mind is led by the recent #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 called “Pillowtalk”, which is still surging at radio across several formats. How high will it go in its first sales frame? Stay tuned.
  • K. MICHELLE — More Issues Than Vogue (iTunes)
    • With a reality series airing on VH1, My Life, and a new album in stores today, this Memphis singer is covering the core media outlets quite easily. A single from the set, “Not A Little Bit”, recently went top 20 at the Urban format and looks to keep climbing. This should be her third top ten album in a row.
  • ANTHONY HAMILTON — What I’m Feelin’ (iTunes)
    • Hamilton’s single “Amen” is yet another top ten for him on Urban AC radio. Shockingly, he’s never debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 in his two decades of recording and releasing music. This could change very soon.
  • More albums out this week: Birdy‘s Beautiful Lies (iTunes), Elliphant‘s Living Life Golden (iTunes), Judas Priest‘s Battle Cry (Live) (iTunes), Sammy Adams‘s The Long Way (iTunes), The Joy Formidable‘s Hitch (iTunes), Young Thug‘s Slime Season 3 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Cape Cub‘s Closer (iTunes), Kiiara‘s low kii savage (iTunes), RØMANS‘s Silence (iTunes)

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

  • “American Oxygen”, X Ambassadors (iTunes)
  • “Blood Red Lips”, Cheap Trick (iTunes)
  • “Cleopatra”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
  • “Close”, Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo (iTunes)
  • “HandClap”, Fitz & The Tantrums (iTunes)
  • “Lay You Down Easy”, MAGIC! featuring Sean Paul (iTunes)
  • “Lingerie & Candlewax”, Mayer Hawthorne (iTunes)
  • “Noise”, Kenny Chesney (iTunes)
  • “Over And Over”, Goo Goo Dolls (iTunes)
  • “Stop Where You Are”, Corinne Bailey Rae (iTunes)
  • “The Life”, Fifth Harmony (iTunes)
  • “Wasteland”, Against The Current (iTunes)
  • “Watch Me Do”, Meghan Trainor (iTunes)
  • “Who’s With Me”, Flo Rida (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Lukas GrahamThe Summer Set, Weezer and more.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 28)

It's all in the Mix.

Mixing it up.

The day after Memorial Day isn’t the most eventful for new music, but if you’re looking for something to freshen up your playlist, here are the new album and single releases for May 28:

  • My pick of the week is the first album by U.K. girl group Little Mix, titled DNA. It’s been out in Europe since November, where the group has now had four top-40 singles off the effort. The 12-track (standard) or 16-track (deluxe) album features the recent single “Wings”, which made the top 30 on CHR radio. (iTunes)
  • Rocker John Fogerty is back with his first album in four years, Wrote A Song For Everyone. It’s an album of collaborations with artists like Bob Seger and Keith Urban covering Fogerty’s classic cuts. (iTunes)
  • Seattle band Alice In Chains release their second album with singer William DuVall entitled The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Two songs have made the top 5 at Active Rock radio for the band, including newest single “Stone”, which is at #3. (iTunes)
  • R&B singer and hit songwriter The-Dream is out with his IV Play album. The current single is the title track, which is struggling at Urban radio. (iTunes)
  • A remastered edition of the classic 1976 album by Paul McCartney and Wings, the live Wings Over America, is out in several different digital and physical combinations this week. It went to #1 on the U.S. album chart back in 1977. (iTunes)
  • The Tony-nominated soundtrack to the play Kinky Boots, with music by Cyndi Lauper, is released this week. The production has a total of thirteen nominations. (iTunes)
  • The television show True Blood is out with a fourth compilation of songs from the series, including acts like Alabama Shakes and My Morning Jacket. (iTunes)
  • Legend Tony Bennett and late jazz icon Dave Brubeck release Bennett & Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live 1962, which features songs like ‘”I Left My Heart In San Francisco” and “Take Five”. (iTunes)
  • Lastly, British act BΔSTILLE are out with a new EP for the States, Haunt, featuring their international hit “Pompeii”. (iTunes)

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

  • “L.A. Story”, new from rapper Sammy Adams and singer Mike Posner. (iTunes)
  • “Walks Like Rihanna”, the latest single from boy band The Wanted. (iTunes)
  • “Wild”, a fresh new single from Jessie J featuring rapper Big Sean. A European version also features rapper Dizzee Rascal. (iTunes)

Next week features a ton of rock acts: Filter, Queens Of The Stone Age and Portugal. The Man are among them. Can any of them rock it to the top? A preview is coming in seven!

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“Cooler” Than Before: Mike Posner Looks To Pop Once More

Will he soar Sky High again?

Will he soar Sky High again?

25-year-old Mike Posner has been through a lot at his young age, from putting out mixtapes to getting signed just before his senior year at Duke University, but it all paid off when he struck big with the 2010 single “Cooler Than Me”, which became one of the hottest songs of that summer. It went to #6 on the Hot 100, and was certified 2x Platinum. An album, 31 Minutes To Takeoff, also debuted in the top ten. Yet, after the hype cooled off and several other mid-charting singles like “Please Don’t Go” later, Posner was nowhere to be seen on the American charts. He dropped off the national scene just like that. Although it seems like he’s been quiet lately, he’s actually been preparing a lot of material behind the scenes, and much of that hard work will be released soon as Posner looks to reclaim that success that he once was able to attain.

Things began to crumble in the fall of 2011. In Europe, he was featured on the Cher Lloyd single “With Ur Love”, which went top 5 in the United Kingdom. However, this version never made it to the U.S. shores at that time, and when it did earlier this year, Posner was replaced by Juicy J on a new version. You may also remember that late in 2011, RCA Records released the first single off what should have been Posner’s “new” Sky High album, entitled “Looks Like Sex”. This came several months after the shutdown of his original label, J, and as a result, the release got lost in the shuffle. Plus, saying that someone looks like sex is a little out there for some audiences. The song bubbled under the Hot 100 and missed the top 40 on CHR radio in early 2012. No followup singles were released and there was no sign of an album release date, but Posner remained active in the studio. This resulted in several big singles for other artists, including the U.K. #1 “Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth and Emeli Sandé (co-writer) and the international smash “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber (co-writer and co-producer).

So, fast forward to a month ago when it’s revealed that we’ll be hearing a second single from Sky High nearly a year and a half later. You should expect that there’s been some label drama, some cut tracks, sound changes, etc. It may be that his long-awaited single “The Way It Used To Be”, also came out of these sessions that I mentioned above, although it’s unclear because a tracklisting for the effort has never been released. The song is due in about three weeks, and writer Mike Stern at Billboard says that it’s “a great summer record with an amazing melody and lyric that will definitely appeal to women.” So, I guess that you should expect that it will lyrically be about recalling past memories of a relationship. Maybe it’ll be like “Summer Nights” from Grease. Tell me more, tell me more… well, I can’t. I haven’t heard the song, but, we’ll all hear it together by the end of the month. You would think that with a summer-sounding single that RCA could have issued it earlier; I mean, the guy’s not really been around recently, pad that release with some extra time. Oh well.

At the same time, RCA is working a new Sammy Adams song that features Posner entitled “L.A. Story”, with Ryan Tedder credited as a writer and likely had some involvement from Posner as well. As you can see from this video filmed a few weeks back in concert, Posner sings the pre-chorus, hook, and raps a bit of the second verse. Pretty good and catchy chorus, at least from what I can hear in the lyrics: “I’m waking up on Sunset Boulevard/Maxing out all my credit cards/Living my own L.A. story/Living it up ’til the morning/We’ll be taking shots under the stars/Living off the hotel mini-bar/Living my own L.A. story/Living it up.” Adams’s team tried to push his single “Only One” to mainstream radio last year, which ultimately ended with a peak in the 30’s. He then appeared as a featured rapper on the Enrique Iglesias song, “Finally Found You”, which just missed the top ten on the format. Stern writes once again, “This will be the song that punches Adams through in a big way at pop and rhythmic radio.” He’s originally from Cambridge, MA, so I’m rooting for him as the local boy. As to not interfere with Posner’s solo single, this will probably be issued midway through the summer, and once that’s hot, this can easily attract from stations.

(Edit: the studio version of “L.A. Story” is now out.)

Posner still has a pretty decent-sized social following, with over 2 million fans on Twitter and another 640,000 on Twitter. He can definitely build that up and get rank highly on the charts again. His comeback is mainly a question of whether his label can support his needs after such a long time away from the spotlight here. We’ll find out the answer in the next few months.

Ready for new material from Mike Posner? Leave a comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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