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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 23, 2016

A "Treat" for this week.

A “Treat” for this week.

Vine stars and Broadway stars are among the acts looking to grab some streams and sales this week. What music will move you? Here are the notable albums and singles out this week:

SHAWN MENDES — Illuminate (iTunes)
Led by the multi-format hit “Treat You Better”, 18-year-old Mendes is looking for his second #1 album on the Billboard 200. Of course, his first chart-topper was Handwritten, which took a massive slide in its second week on the chart. Should we expect the new set to be front-loaded as well? You bet! However, there should be radio hits from it through the new year.

IDINA MENZEL — idina. (iTunes)
If you’re looking for another “Let It Go”, it’s probably not on Menzel’s new album. Plus, do we really need another one? Still, it’s worth a listen to her new set for a bunch of other great songs. “Queen Of Swords” is the current single from it, recently making a splash in the top 30 on the AC survey.

PASSENGER — Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea (iTunes)
One of my top picks for this week is the new effort from this English singer/songwriter. Leadoff single “Somebody’s Love” spent a week at #1 on my personal chart, and it’s still climbing up the top 20 at Triple A radio. It’ll likely hit the top 40 on the Billboard 200… well, at least I hope it will.

More albums out this week: Brian McKnight‘s An Evening With Brian McKnight (iTunes), Bruce Springsteen‘s Chapter And Verse (iTunes), Kristin Chenoweth‘s The Art Of Elegance (iTunes), MUTEMATH‘s Changes (iTunes), My Chemical Romance‘s The Black Parade / Living With Ghosts (The 10th Anniversary Edition) (iTunes), Skylar Grey‘s Natural Causes (iTunes), Ty Dolla $ign‘s Campaign (iTunes), Trolls (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Luke Bryan‘s Farm Tour… Here’s To The Farmer (iTunes), The Score‘s Unstoppable (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“50,000”, Sting (iTunes)
“All Fall Down”, Tor Miller (iTunes)
“Be Your Love”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“FAB.”, JoJo featuring Remy Ma (iTunes)
“Guys My Age”, Hey Violet (iTunes)
“Labor Of Love”, Bon Jovi (iTunes)
“Older And Taller”, Regina Spektor (iTunes)
“On An Evening In Roma (Sott’er Celo De Roma)”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
“Signs”, Cherub featuring T.I. (iTunes)
“Spiderweb”, The Mowgli’s (iTunes)
“Starboy”, The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (iTunes)
“Still Breathing”, Green Day (iTunes)
“Sweet Dreamer”, Will Joseph Cook (iTunes)
“Tear Up This Town”, Keane (iTunes)
“WALLS”, Kings Of Leon (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from BANKS, Regina Spektor, William Michael Morgan and more.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 9)

We like to "Party".

We like to “Party”.

Did you see that tumbleweed roll across your screen? Yeah, that’s what it’s looking like this week. Here’s your retail report for the small pack of releases for July 9:

  • If you’re still partying like it’s Independence Day, then you might wanna give a listen to “Body Party” hitmaker Ciara‘s latest album, a self-titled effort. It also features a new collaboration with Nicki Minaj, “I’m Out”. It should be the second highest debut on next week’s survey next to Jay-Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail, which was a Samsung exclusive freebie on July 4 and went to retail on this week. I featured that as the top release on last week’s update. [Ciara: (iTunes)] [Jay-Z: (iTunes)]
  • Featuring the top 40 pop single “C’mon Let Me Ride”, Skylar Grey‘s album, Don’t Look Down, is out this week. She previously released an album in 2006 as Holly Brook. (iTunes)
  • He hit the Country charts plenty in the 90’s and now, Travis Tritt is out with The Calm After…, featuring a cover of the Don Henley/Patty Smyth duet, “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough”, featuring his daughter Tyler Reese. (iTunes)
  • Climbing the Urban AC chart with “Beautiful”, R&B singer Donell Jones is back with Forever, his first album in three years. (iTunes)

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

  • “Acapella”, finally hitting digital retailers from the swag pop duo Karmin. (iTunes)
  • “Exotic”, new from Priyanka Chopra featuring rapper Pitbull. (iTunes)
  • “How Long Has This Been Going On?” from latin superstar Gloria Estefan. (iTunes)
  • “Overcomer”, new from gospel singer and former American Idol contestant Mandisa. (iTunes)

We pick up some speed again next week with singer-songwriters like Matt Nathanson and Sara Bareilles and dance legends like the Pet Shop Boys, but will the Kidz Bop Kids school them and hit the top? Find out in seven!

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Hitting The Airwaves This Month (January 2013)

Every month, dozens of singles are sent to radio and are put up for adds, meaning that stations can choose to put them in rotation and they’ll be reported to airplay services like BDS and Mediabase/Media Monitors. Not every new single gets an adds date, but many do. I’ll be shifting through everything from my music sources and highlighting some of the top songs being sent to their respective formats. Record labels start packing on the releases on the next few weeks, so here’s a sample of what’s hitting the airwaves in January 2013:

Hungry like the wolf.

Hungry like the wolf.

CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio)
The terrific twosome of David Guetta and Sia are hoping that lightning does strike twice for their new collaboration, “She Wolf (Falling To Pieces)”. This is not the same song that Shakira released in 2009, even if the main titles are the same. “Titanium” hit the top five for the pair back in August. Already a top ten hit in the United Kingdom and all across Europe during its release in the Fall, it goes for adds on January 8. That’s also the same day that Ke$ha‘s “C’mon” goes for adds, though it’s already firmly in the top 40 after first single “Die Young” was decreased or dropped by many stations following the Newtown school shooting two weeks ago. (See my full post on that topic.) A video will be released soon. Olly Murs looks to score his second hit with “Troublemaker”, featuring rapper Flo Rida, the last of the January 8 adds date singles. It’s my pick of the week, already up to #3 on my personal chart, and making sold gains at radio (currently #38 and building) with early adds on big name stations like Z100/New York City. Murs recently hit the top spot on the U.K. Singles Chart with the song. His album, Right Place, Right Time, is out in the States in April. (More here.) Finally, there’s “How To Be A Heartbreaker” by Marina & The Diamonds, the followup to “Primadonna”, which just dented the top 40 several months ago. She’s profiled in the same article as Murs is.

Two songs take to the airwaves during the next week, January 15, both by performers with underwhelming debut singles and even more subpar second releases. Teenage singer Austin Mahone has teamed up with rapper Flo Rida on “Say You’re Just A Friend”, which samples the Biz Markie classic from 1990. It’s just a bit of a mess, vocally and sonically, although it looks like there’s a little more money going into it than his debut single, “Say Somethin'”. Don’t expect a high placing for it. (Check out a more in-depth description of it here.) Worse, however, is “C’mon Let Me Ride”, a double entendre laden track by Skylar Grey and Eminem. By some accounts, it’s meant to be a joke song. I’m not quite sure, but how do you go from the hook of “Where’d You Go?” by Fort Minor (credited as Holly Brook) to this? You can’t convince me that Queen actually approved clearance of the sample. It’s appalling, and thus, the CHR programming gods command thee to go back to more serious songs because this little ditty you got here is not working. An album is likely coming from the performer this spring.

Finally, on January 29, OneRepublic goes to CHR radio with “If I Lose Myself”, the second single from their album, Native, which is released in March after being pushed back a few times. It’s a pretty decent track that’s likely to be another big hit for the group. I recently did a full review of the song, which you can view here.

They've got passion in their pit and they ain't afraid to show it.

They’ve got passion in their pit and they ain’t afraid to show it.

Alternative and Adult Album Alternative (AAA)
Already top 40 on the Alternative chart, Boston-based Passion Pit looks to score another hit from Gossamer with “Carried Away”, an 80’s-synthesizer jam that may just be the next hit from an advertisement. It’s the followup to “Take A Walk”, which recently went top ten on the format. I’ve been listening to it quite a bit in the past few days and I’m really loving it. It officially goes for adds on January 8, along with “Inhaler” by Foals, who have had limited success on the U.K. Singles Chart. This one recently peaked at #50 there.

January 15 brings us a whole bunch of releases at Alternative radio, including the latest from Bullet For My Valentine, “Riot”. It’s not my cup of tea, but if you have a hard rocker in the family, they’ll probably enjoy this one. Shiny Toy Guns returns with “Somewhere To Hide”. I really enjoyed their 2007 release, “You Are The One”, and this is another solid record for the band. (P.S. Can you believe the singer on this #41 Hot 100 single from the fall of 1991 now plays guitar in the band? Not like I’d remember a song that was out when I was 1, but it’s a cute Pop track.) Rockers The Airborne Toxic Event are looking for their fifth entry on Alternative radio with “Timeless”. Of their four so far, two have hit the top ten: “Sometime Around Midnight” in 2009 and “Changing” in 2011. Lastly, there’s “Keep You” by the new group Wild Belle. You may recognize their song from its placement in the movie Pitch Perfect. Who wouldn’t want to capitalize on the success of it? We’ll see if it helps the group in the long run.

RCA Records is preparing two singles to go to radio during the next week: “Harlem” by Danish act New Politics, their first single in two years and “The High Road” by Three Days Grace, the second single from Transit Of Venus. Recent single “Chalk Outline” hit the top 15 on the Alternative chart. The third single from Papa Roach‘s album The Connection is also released on the date, entitled “Before I Die”. Then, on January 29, look out for “F— You” by Bad Religion, another hard single from the punk band, and “Two Fingers” by Jake Bugg. He’s been generating a lot of buzz over his native United Kingdom after his album debuted at #1. The singles haven’t done particularly well over there, but they may do something here. (You can find more on Bugg here.)

Over at Adult Album Alternative, a new one from Best New Artist nominee Alabama Shakes goes for adds on January 8, “Hang Loose”. Matt Costa also returns on the date with “Good Times”. The Neighbourhood, who went for Alternative adds with “Sweater Weather” back in December, also go for adds this week with the song at the AAA format. The band Stars release “Give It” the following week, along with Tristan Prettyman‘s “Say Anything”, and look for Bugg’s song at Adult Album Alternative on the same date it goes to Alternative.

That’s it for this month’s Radio Report. See you in February for even more releases.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (Dec. 11)

Something happened on the way to "Heaven".

Something happened on the way to “Heaven”.

Need some rock without the jingle bells? Let me try and help. Here’s your roundup of some of the new music releases for this week, in stores on December 11.

  • Unorthodox Jukebox, the second studio album from Bruno Mars, hits stores today, featuring the smash “Locked Out Of Heaven”. “Young Girls”, released to digital outlets several weeks ago, is set to be the second radio single. Look for it to enter in the top 5 on the album chart.
  • Rapper The Game releases Jesus Piece, his fifth album, of which three have debuted at #1 on the album chart thus far. It’s currently #1 on iTunes, but it likely won’t debut near the top. However, a top 10 entry is possible.
  • Green Day release the third album in their 2012 trilogy, ¡Tré! However, their promotion vehicle is still stuck in park, so expect this one to be in the lower top ten or even miss it altogether.
  • Light rockers Lifehouse release their followup LP to Smoke & Mirrors called Almería. First single “Between The Raindrops”, featuring Natasha Bedingfield, is top 30 at Hot AC radio. Physical stock is a little low on this one, and there’s no first week sale price for it, so expect this one in perhaps the top 30.
  • The third Christmas album from the Glee franchise features their takes on standards like “White Christmas” and “The First Noel”, as well as a rendition of “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah”. Look for it to enter somewhere in the top 40; doesn’t look like this one will be as big as the first two, and considering how low the ratings have dropped this season, it’s understandble.
  • If you’re a fan of the television show Nashville, some of the songs featured on various episodes are on a compilation entitled The Music Of Nashville: Season 1, Volume 1. Star Hayden Panettiere sings the first single from it, “Telescope”, already top 40 at Country radio.
  • One half of the duo OutKast, Big Boi, releases a solo album this week, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.
  • Boston-based band Boys Like Girls release their new full-length studio album, Crazy World. Lead single “Be Your Everything” just missed the top 40 in CHR airplay.
  • For you movie buffs, the soundtracks to On The Road, The Hobbit, and This Is 40 are all out this week.

Other assorted music DVDs and books out this week include:

  • Quebec Magnetic, Metallica‘s latest live performance DVD, which was filmed three years ago.
  • Beck‘s Song Reader, which is a sheet-music album.
  • A paperback version of Josiah Howard’s biography of singer Cher, named after her 1999 hit Strong Enough.

Lastly, the new digital-only singles that you can buy this week:

  • A virtual duet between Bing Crosby and Michael Bublé, “White Christmas”, which has already garnered a lot of adult contemporary airplay.
  • “Mary And Joseph”, a Christmas tune from Country superstar Tim McGraw.
  • “Boyfriend” by new Country singer RaeLynn, formerly from the television show, The Voice.
  • “C’mon Let Me Ride” by singer-songwriter Skylar Grey and featuring Eminem.

Enjoy all the new music out this week!

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