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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 17, 2017

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The musical madness of March continues, and you can expect some notable jump shots and layups this week. Who’s got the sound of a slam dunk success? Enough alliteration, Adam, let’s check out all the action right here:

DRAKE – More Life (iTunes) – release date: 3/18 (Saturday)
What exactly is this? An album? A mixtape? A playlist? Whatever it is, it’s going to debut at #1. Of course, you’ll have to wait an extra day to actually listen to it. The biggest song from it thus far is “Fake Love”, which recently topped the Rhythmic and Urban charts. (A CHR/Top 40 run maxed out in the top 20.) Will it be able to pass Ed Sheeran‘s recent bow to become the biggest of 2017 so far? It certainly has the potential, given all the hype surrounding the release. Stay tuned.

DEPECHE MODE – Spirit (iTunes)
It’s hard to believe that these guys have been releasing albums since 1981, but this is the English group’s 14th full-length set. It might become their eighth top ten album in a row, a chain that started with 1990’s Violator. Lead single “Where’s The Revolution” is in the top 40 on Alternative radio. Considering the amount of older acts with new material that the format won’t play anymore, that’s very cool.

RICK ROSS – Rather You Than Me (iTunes)
Five out of Ross’s first six studio albums reached #1 on the Billboard 200, a very impressive feat at the time. His opening frames are still fairly solid, but he probably won’t be in the running for the top spot this time around. Single “I Think She Like Me” is just below the top 20 at Urban radio. Look for this set in the top ten.

MILKY CHANCE – Blossom (iTunes)
The German duo’s second album features the single “Cocoon”, which recently made the top 20 on the Alternative chart. Hey, it’s not “Stolen Dance”, but then again, what is? If their last set could reach the top 20, we’re expecting this one somewhere in the top 40.

More albums out this week: 2Cellos‘s Score (iTunes), Conor Oberst‘s Salutations (iTunes), Frances‘s Things I’ve Never Said (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Climate Change (iTunes), SoMo‘s The Answers (iTunes), Spoon‘s Hot Thoughts (iTunes), Zara Larsson‘s So Good (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: TBA

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“1 Night”, Mura Masa featuring Charli XCX (iTunes)
“A Long And Happy Life”, Delta Rae (iTunes)
“Anything’s Possible”, Lea Michele (iTunes)
“At My Best”, Machine Gun Kelly featuring Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Battle Symphony”, Linkin Park (iTunes)
“Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea”, MISSIO (iTunes)
“Can’t Bring This Down”, Bridgit Mendler & Pell (iTunes)
“Chained To The Rhythm (Hot Chip Remix)”, Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Coldhearted”, Bryce Fox (iTunes)
“Dennis Rodman”, Mansionz featuring Dennis Rodman (iTunes)
“Feeling Pretty Good”, Deorro (iTunes)
“Feels Like Summer”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Flame”, Tinashe (iTunes)
“Good Life”, G-Eazy & Kehlani (iTunes)
“Kinda Complicated”, Scott Helman (iTunes)
“Let Go”, Sody (iTunes)
“Like I Did (Acoustic)”, Shane Harper (iTunes)
“Mama Say”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Man On The Moon”, POWERS (iTunes)
“Million Reasons (Andrelli Remix)”, Lady Gaga (iTunes)
“Pleasure”, Feist (iTunes)
“Solid Gold”, Tom Chaplin & JONES (iTunes)
“Superpowers”, SAARA (iTunes)
“Symphony”, Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“Weekends”, Amy Shark (iTunes)
“You”, Greta Isaac (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from James Blunt, RaeLynnTrey Songz and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (April 8)

Three's company.

Three’s company.

There’s a whole lot of genres represented on the schedule this week, from country to rock to pop and more. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of April 8:

  • There are no huge releases in the bunch, but one of the most notable is a Duets album from new Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, Linda Ronstadt. The compilation features fifteen classic collaborations, including her big hits like “Somewhere Out There” (with James Ingram) and “Don’t Know Much” (with Aaron Neville.) (iTunes)
  • Taking on some of her favorite R&B and soul songs, Country singer Martina McBride returns with Everlasting. The album features duets with Gavin DeGraw and Kelly Clarkson. (iTunes)
  • Singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson is currently rising on the AAA and Hot AC charts with a single called “Tell The World”. This week, parent album Pure Fiction arrives in stores. (iTunes)
  • Coming off a top 20 Rhythm radio single “Ride”, Texas-born R&B singer SoMo is out with his debut album, a self-titled effort. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Avicii‘s True: Avicii by Avicii (iTunes), Betty Who‘s Slow Dancing (EP) (iTunes), Black Label Society‘s Catacombs Of The Black Vatican (iTunes), Carlene Carter‘s Carter Girl (iTunes), Emmylou Harris‘s Wrecking Ball (reissue) (iTunes), James Durbin‘s Celebrate (iTunes), Joan Osborne‘s Love And Hate (iTunes), Matt Hires‘s Heartache Machine (EP) (iTunes), MercyMe‘s Welcome To The New (iTunes) and Sza‘s (iTunes).

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

  • “Back Home”, a brand new single from Andy Grammer. (iTunes)
  • “Beautiful Times”, new from Owl City featuring Lindsey Stirling. (iTunes)
  • “Colour Blind”, the first single outside of Glee for Amber Riley. (iTunes)
  • “Golden”, teaming together Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks. (iTunes)
  • “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”, a new duet from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. (iTunes)
  • “River Bank”, the first single from Brad Paisley‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Sing”, a hot single from X, the sophomore album by Ed Sheeran. (iTunes) (Read my review of “Sing”)
  • “Storyline”, a digital single from Hunter Hayes‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)

Next week, singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, pop and R&B star Jason Derulo and southern rockers NEEDTOBREATHE are among the schedule’s top new releases. A full preview is coming in seven!

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