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TOP TEN: Record Store Day, 2016

Viva la Vinyl.

Another RSDelight.

It’s another year, and another round of Record Store Day shopping is on the schedule today, April 16. The annual event is once again taking place all over the world, and the massive music fest is sure to bring out even more people than last year, so make it to your local store or stores early enough so that you don’t get caught behind the huge lines. With another diverse collection of exclusive CD and vinyl pieces across all genres and eras, there’s something for everyone, but quantities are limited.

In honor of the ninth national day, I’ve decided to highlight ten of my favorite vinyl-exclusive releases that you’ll be able to buy in stores very shortly. This year, I’m focused on more current releases and artists than last year, as you’ll see below. However, I may not be able to locate them all; indeed, the challenge is on. Searching high and low, far and wide, I’ll be on the hunt for great finds like these ten:

(Check out the full list of U.S. releases for RSD here.)

Florence + The Machine
10. FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – “Delilah” / “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” (Link)
Label: Republic
Format: 12″ single

Disturbed
09. DISTURBED – “The Sound Of Silence” (Link)
Label: Warner Bros.
Format: 12″ single

Andra Day
08. ANDRA DAY – Live! (Link)
Label: Buskin’/Warner Bros.
Format: 12″ EP

Jack Ü
07. SKRILLEX & DIPLO (as JACK Ü) featuring JUSTIN BIEBER – “Where Are Ü Now?” (Link)
Label: OWSLA/Mad Decent/Atlantic
Format: 12″ single

Madonna
06. MADONNA – Like A Virgin & Other Hits (Link)
Label: Warner Bros./Rhino
Format: 12″ EP

Talking Heads
05. TALKING HEADS / ECHOSMITH – “This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)” (Link)
Label: Warner Bros./Rhino
Format: 7″ single

Lukas Graham
04. LUKAS GRAHAM“7 Years” (Link)
Label: Warner Bros.
Format: 12″ single

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
03. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESSThe Canyons EP (RSD First) (Link)
Label: Vanguard
Format: 10″ EP

Walk The Moon
02. WALK THE MOONYou Are Not Alone (Live At The Greek) (Link)
Label: RCA
Format: 2 x LP (album)

Bleachers
01. BLEACHERSTerrible Thrills, Vol. 2 (Link)
Label: RCA
Format: LP (album)

Are you looking forward to the RSD celebration and is there another cool release not listed here that you’ve got to buy? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter: click the “Get Social!” tab above to find us on there.

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Where The “Wild Wild” Things Are: Solidly Savage Singles

Some real wild children.

Some real wild children.

Plenty of “wild” songs have given us some reckless records in the national spotlight over the decades, titles like “Wild Night”, “Wild Ones”, “Wild Thing”, etc. I could go on for hours, but I won’t. However, the latest track to make its way onto radio and retail services is a song title that pulls double duty. It’s “Wild Wild Love”, performed by pop mainstay Pitbull and the relatively new G.R.L., who are essentially dancer/choreographer Robin Antin’s latest attempt to try to make some form of the Pussycat Dolls happen. (Spoiler alert: they probably won’t, even if this song is a big hit.)

It’s doing decent numbers so far on both iTunes (currently top 40) and on CHR radio (bulleted in the top 50.) Should the collaboration between the rapper and the quintet chart on the Hot 100 this coming week, it will only be the fifth song since the survey began in 1958 to use that “wild” word twice in a song title. In fact, three of those five use the same title, and two of those climbed into the #1 spot. I say we get to these chaotic chart stats, shall we? Here are those berserk Billboard hits:

“WILD WILD LIFE”
Taken from their 1986 album True Stories, which also served as a “soundtrack” to the David Byrne film of the same title, New York’s rocking Talking Heads took their last top 40 single to #25 during the fall of that year. It is notable for winning Best Group Video and Best Video From A Film at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. (Remember when MTV played music videos?) It also went top ten in Ireland and New Zealand. A cover by reggae group The Wailing Souls hit the Alternative chart in late 1993, but failed to enter the Hot 100; it was featured in the film Cool Runnings.

“WILD WILD WEST”
As I mentioned, three songs with this title entered the Hot 100, two in 1988 and one in 1999. The first was by rapper Kool Moe Dee, who took his song to #62 in May. It was his first of two top 5 singles on the R&B chart. A few months later, British rockers The Escape Club scored a #1 hit with their debut single for Atlantic Records. Both it and the album (of the same name) went Gold. Lastly, there’s rapper/actor Will Smith; his hit from the film Wild Wild West sampled Dee’s song and Stevie Wonder‘s “I Wish”. With Dru Hill on the chorus, it spent a week at the top in July.

Which one of these winners is wild enough for your playlist? Let me know! Follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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