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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 19, 2017

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Another awesome May weekend is upon us, and the weather, much like the music, is getting hotter and hotter. Take a dip inside this pool of pop, rock, country and more, as we serve up the action on this week’s notable releases:

LINKIN PARK – One More Light (iTunes)
This California band is out with their seventh studio album, and while it’s not the next Hybrid Theory, one could theorize that it is a strong contender for the top slot on next week’s Billboard 200 listing. It’s led by a polarizing first single, “Heavy”, featuring faceless favorite Kiiara. It tanked at the Alternative format, but it remains in the top 20 at both Hot AC and Top 40 radio. We shall see how the album performs soon.

RASCAL FLATTS – Back To Us (iTunes)
The 11th studio album from this enduring trio follows a seasonal album from last fall, which reached the top ten on the Country list. This set is also led by an interesting single, “Yours If You Want It”, which has struggled with a sluggish run (at least, for a lead single by the group) up the Country airplay chart. However, their fan base is strong enough to lead the band to another solid debut.

More albums out this week: A R I Z O N A‘s Gallery (iTunes), Fastball‘s Step Into The Light (iTunes), Missio‘s Loner (iTunes), MisterWives‘s Connect The Dots (iTunes), Papa Roach‘s Crooked Teeth (iTunes), Snoop Dogg‘s Neva Left (iTunes), Dirty Dancing (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: David Archuleta‘s Orion (iTunes), Jasmine Thompson‘s Wonderland (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Around The World”, Mura Masa featuring Desiigner (iTunes)
“Automatic”, Mondo Cozmo (iTunes)
“Baby Who”, The Aces (iTunes)
“Bad Liar”, Selena Gomez (iTunes)
“Bones”, Dotan (iTunes)
“California Numb”, Cloves (iTunes)
“Can’t Believe”, Kranium featuring Ty Dolla $ign & WizKid (iTunes)
“Castle On The Hill (Seeb Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Crying In The Club”, Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Dead”, Madison Beer (iTunes)
“Death Wish”, Terror Jr (iTunes)
“Dig Down”, Muse (iTunes)
“Dime”, Rachel Crow (iTunes)
“Girlhood”, The Preatures (iTunes)
“Hands”, Mike Perry featuring The Vamps and Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Heavy”, Oh Wonder (iTunes)
“Higher”, Lemaitre featuring Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Hold On (Deepend Remix)”, Chord Overstreet (iTunes)
“I Like Me Better”, Lauv (iTunes)
“I Need You”, Win And Woo x Bryce Fox (iTunes)
“Light Us Up”, Matrix & Futurebound featuring Calum Scott (iTunes)
“No Love For The Wild”, HAERTS (iTunes)
“No Vacancy”, OneRepublic featuring Sebastian Yatra (iTunes)
“OK”, Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt (iTunes)
“Party’s Over”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Passport Home (Deepend Remix)”, JP Cooper (iTunes)
“Shape Of You”, EZA (iTunes)
“Stay Another Night”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“Strip That Down”, Liam Payne featuring Quavo (iTunes)
“Switch”, Iggy Azalea featuring Anitta (iTunes)
“The Line”, RAYE (iTunes)
“The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)”, Bebe Rexha featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Tired”, Alan Walker featuring Gavin James (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Lil Yachty and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 1, 2016

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At this time one year ago, the last New Music Tuesday (technically, a special Monday date on June 29) was taking place. It certainly was an interesting transition to Friday, but we got through it! Back then, rapper Meek Mill rocketed to #1 on the album chart. It’s time to see which acts are in the mix for the next chart-topper on the Billboard 200:

  • MAXWELL — blackSUMMERS’night (iTunes)
    • Waiting seven years to release an album is a mighty long time. I suppose that wait is better than the eight years that it took for his 2009 album to see the light of day. The leadoff single from the second album in this R&B singer’s trilogy, “Lake By The Ocean”, holds at #1 on the Urban AC chart. Can this set finally knock Drake off the top?
  • SNOOP DOGG — COOLAID (iTunes)
    • The legendary rapper’s latest set is an Apple Music exclusive, where it’s been streaming in full for the last two days. It features “Point Seen Money Gone”, featuring Jeremih, which was recently serviced to Rhythmic and Urban radio. A good look across iTunes could give this a larger total than expected, so stay tuned.
  • BLINK-182 — California (iTunes)
    • They’ve got their first #1 single on the Alternative chart since 2004’s “I Miss You”, and the California trio is definitely excited about having their first album in nearly five years hit stores. Look for it somewhere in the top five next week.
  • AMERICAN AUTHORS — What We Live For (iTunes)
    • The New York quartet is out with their second album, featuring three singles that hit the top 30 on Hot AC radio. The most recent of the three is the title track. You can also find the act in a media campaign for Wendy’s.
  • More albums out this week: Bat For Lashes‘s The Bride (iTunes), Grace‘s FMA (iTunes), MAGIC!‘s Primary Colours (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Secret Weapons‘s SW (iTunes)

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

  • “Alright”, Young Summer (iTunes)
  • “Backroad”, VOKES featuring Nevve (iTunes)
  • “Body Say”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
  • “Christina’s Song”, MAX (iTunes)
  • “Fool’s Gold”, Dagny featuring BØRNS (iTunes)
  • “Good Company”, Jake Owen (iTunes)
  • “Mad About U”, CAPPA (iTunes)
  • “Sunshine”, POWERS (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Kenny Chesney, ScHoolboy Q, Switchfoot and more.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 12)

The Pitch is back.

The Pitch is back.

Another big soundtrack is ready to hit the top of the charts this week, so get ready to fill up your “Cups” with popcorn and fill up a playlist with some new tunes. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of May 12:

  • Back in 2012, the first Pitch Perfect film became a sleeper hit at the box office thanks to word of mouth and a steady record of DVD and soundtrack purchases. Of course, Anna Kendrick‘s “Cups (When I’m Gone)” became a national top ten hit as the sales continued. We’ll see if that happens again with the soundtrack to Pitch Perfect 2, out this week. “Flashlight” is the current single from it, performed by Jessie J. (iTunes)
  • Led by the recent Rhythmic and Urban radio single “Peaches And Cream”, featuring album producer Pharrell, the rapper named Snoop Dogg barks up a new release with BUSH, his thirteenth studio album. Will it rank him in the top ten for the first time in four years? Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • 37-year-old dance producer Steve Aoki is out with Neon Future II, which follows last fall’s first edition. The current radio single from it is “I Love It When You Cry (Moxoki)”, featuring Moxie Raia. Look for it somewhere in the top 40. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Beba Rexha‘s I Don’t Wanna Grow Up (EP) (iTunes), David Duchovny‘s Hell Or Highwater (iTunes), Della Mae‘s Della Mae (iTunes), Ed Sheeran‘s 5 (EPs) (iTunes), Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell‘s The Traveling Kind (iTunes), Hinder‘s When The Smoke Clears (iTunes), Incubus‘s Trust Fall (Side A – EP) (iTunes), JD Souther‘s Tenderness (iTunes), Leonard Cohen‘s Can’t Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour (iTunes), Surfer Blood‘s 1000 Palms (iTunes), The Tallest Man On Earth‘s Dark Bird Is Home (iTunes) and Veil Of Maya‘s Matriarch (iTunes).

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

  • “Crave”, the new single from Parachute. (iTunes)
  • “Eventually”, an instant grat track from Tame Impala. (iTunes)
  • “F**ked Up”, a fan favorite from Young Rising Sons. (iTunes)
  • “Stronger”, new from Kiesza. (iTunes)
  • “Verge”, a collaboration by Owl City and Aloe Blacc. (iTunes)
  • “West End Kids”, the new single from New Politics. (iTunes)
  • the three American Idol coronation song choices: “Beautiful Life” by Nick Fradiani (iTunes), “Champion” by Clark Beckham (iTunes) and “Force Field” by Jax (iTunes)

Next week is a Monday release date, which features albums from Mariah Carey, twenty one pilots, Zedd and more! Preview these and more releases coming on Sunday night.

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GRAMMY Flashback: Decades Of Hits, No GRAMMY Wins

The Dogg days aren't over yet.

The Dogg days aren’t over yet.

Welcome to GRAMMY Week! This week, from Monday to Friday, you’ll be treated to some special GRAMMY related topics, from the past to the present, all leading up to the music’s biggest night on Sunday at 8PM eastern on CBS. Let’s dive into today’s post…

A lot of pages are out there about classic acts who never had the chance to win a GRAMMY for one reason or another. Some of those artists and bands include Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Queen. This post, however, is focused on the acts who have been in the industry for at least a decade yet are still recording new material and making the hits. One big thing has eluded them: a win at the GRAMMY Awards. In fact, a few of the performers on this list haven’t even been nominated before. Here are ten acts of different genres who you swore won something, but came up empty:

BLAKE SHELTON
Born in Oklahoma, Shelton’s racked up 12 number-one hits on the Country chart since his debut single, “Austin”, in 2001. He’s also a judge on NBC’s hit reality series The Voice. Shelton’s won plenty of Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Awards, and though he had three GRAMMY nominations last year, he lost all of them. This year, he’s up for Best Country Solo Performance for his #1 single, “Over”. I don’t think this is going to be one to do it for him, but he’s on such a hit streak now that a win can’t be far behind. Besides, his wife, Miranda Lambert, won a GRAMMY Award two years ago. He has to catch up while he still can!

DIERKS BENTLEY
Hard to believe that it was 2003 when Dierks Bentley scored a #1 single on the Country Chart with his first record, “What Was I Thinkin'”. Bentley’s had nine nominations over four different ceremonies, all in various Country categories, but he’s hasn’t picked up one single Award. Bentley has one nomination this year, his tenth, for Best Country Solo Performance for the #1 hit, “Home”. That one is a pretty strong contender and could be the one to break his losing streak. Bentley will be performing with Miranda Lambert on the live broadcast (perhaps a sign of a win?) and they’ll be in tour together this year.

GAVIN DEGRAW
Singer-songwriter DeGraw signed to J Records and put his first album, Chariot, in 2003. He’s best known for his 2004 single “I Don’t Want To Be”, which went to #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 at CHR radio. The guy has a solid fan base, but he’s never been nominated for a GRAMMY Award. Though his album sales have diminished over the year, his leadoff singles still chart decently on the national charts, so perhaps he’ll be due for a nomination in a lesser category sometime in the future.

GOO GOO DOLLS
With a new single “Rebel Beat” picking up some airplay gains in the last few weeks, the band out of Buffalo is looking for another winner as they enter their nineteenth year on the charts. The Dolls have been nominated for four GRAMMY Awards, including Record and Song Of The Year for their 1998 hit, “Iris”, but the band lost all four and haven’t been nominated since 2000. However, they’ve still managed to release several top ten albums and a handful of Hot 100 entries since then. Clearly past their peak, they won’t likely receive any more nominations in the future, but they’ll still get some airplay here and there even if it’s not as impacting as their 90’s material.

JENNIFER LOPEZ
She’s an actress, a dancer, a singer, and a television personality and she’s excelled in all of those departments. When it comes to Awards, however, she sometimes falls a little bit short. Case in point: the GRAMMY Awards. Lopez has been nominated just twice even though she’s been on the charts since 1999, and both came in the field of Best Dance Recording. In 2000, it was “Waiting For Tonight”, and in 2001, it was “Let’s Get Loud”, both from her On The 6 album. None of her new material from last year received a nomination at the upcoming ceremony. With more music in the works for this year, Lopez should eventually get something. It’s just a matter of what the competition looks like.

KENNY CHESNEY
He’s been on the Country Chart cranking out top ten hits for nearly twenty years and he still hasn’t won a GRAMMY. Huh? He scored his first big single in 1995, but Chesney wasn’t even nominated for his first Award until 2005, and all four of his nominations have been limited to collaborations with other performers. His most recent, last year, was “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter. He isn’t up for anything this year. I’m sure that doesn’t bother him one bit, though. Someday, he might announce his retirement and only then will he win a GRAMMY. Yes, it’s bothersome, but the Academy will do what they do.

LIFEHOUSE
This quartet turned trio turned quartet again made their chart debut in 2001 with the mega-hit “Hanging By A Moment”, but the Academy left them hanging when the song couldn’t propel them to a Best New Artist nomination at the 2002 Awards. In fact, they’ve never received a single nomination to date, which is surprising considering that they’re six albums deep into their career. Their latest release, Almería, came out in December, though lead single “Between The Raindrops” with Natasha Bedingfield hasn’t seen much attention. Will they ever take home a coveted prize? It’s looking less likely as time goes on.

PITBULL
It was back in 2004 that a then 23-year-old Pitbull hit the scene with “Culo”, which sampled the Coolie Dance riddim which about a thousand different acts used around that time. (Nina Sky‘s “Move Ya Body” was the biggest, hitting #4 on the Hot 100.) The rapper’s developed a big following at popular radio since 2009 with big songs like “Give Me Everything” with Afrojack, Nayer and Ne-Yo. He’s been nominated at the Latin GRAMMY Awards in two categories, though he lost both of them. I can’t ever see him being nominated for Album or Song Of The Year, but you’d think he would’ve at least been nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at least once by now. I guess it just proves that it’s a dog eat dog world.

SNOOP DOGG
Now, this one is a head-scratcher. How the heck does Snoop Dogg not have a GRAMMY Award? The Doggfather has been nominated fourteen times since 1994 on both featured and main credit singles, but nothing has been able to win the Award. Twelve of those nominations were in rap categories, with the most recent two of the fourteen being for a guest appearance on Katy Perry‘s hit, “California Gurls”. He’s up for a fifteenth nomination at this year’s awards for Best Rap Song on “Young, Wild, and Free” with rapper Wiz Khalifa and singer Bruno Mars. Could this finally give the guy his long-awaited recognition by the Academy? Don’t count on it, but hey, it would be a nice surprise if it happened.

THE KILLERS
Brandon Flowers and the boys have been on the scene since 2004 with several big albums in a row and hit singles like “Human” and “Mr. Brightside”. Between 2005-2007, the quartet received seven nominations in genre-specific categories (four singles, one album), though nothing managed to pick up an Award. Flowers also put out a solo album that didn’t garner any nominations. Last year, the band released Battle Born, which hasn’t done particularly well commercially, so it’s no surprise that the Academy snubbed them for another year. Their material won’t be recognized for any of the big categories, but I think they’re bound to win a lesser category if they keep putting out the great material.

Are there any performers that you think should be highlighted? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel. Stay tuned for more GRAMMY posts as the week continues!

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