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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 2, 2015

Don't sleeep on this one.

Don’t sleeep on this one.

This week’s New Music Friday leads our rhythm nation into one of the cool comeback stories of the year, with a handful of other new sets trying to take control from Miss Jackson (if they’re nasty.) Here’s a look at the week’s new album and single releases:

  • JANET JACKSON — Unbreakable (iTunes)
    • It’s been all work and “No Sleeep” for the legendary performer as she continues her World Tour through the end of November before a break until the start of the year. Meanwhile, her first studio album in seven years is in stores. It features the aforementioned “Sleeep”, a #1 on the Urban AC chart, while second single “BURNITUP!” (with Missy Elliott) was recently serviced to radio. Look for it to be one of next week’s top debuts.
  • TAMAR BRAXTON — Calling All Lovers (iTunes)
    • With her role on the daytime talk show The Real and her new single gaining at radio called “Catfish”, Braxton has a good presence in the media today. Back in 2013, her Love And War album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, and though her opening frame may not be as large this time, she could potentially find herself in the top five again.
  • AVICII — Stories (iTunes)
    • It’s been a rough time for this DJ/producer at radio here over the past year or so, with two singles pulled at the last minute, another single that stalled beneath the top 40 and a current one (“For A Better Day”) that’s doing very little outside of overnight spins. Perhaps his latest studio album will perform slightly better.
  • SEVENDUST — Kill The Flaw (iTunes)
    • This Atlanta group has been on the rock scene since the mid-90’s, and their latest effort is their first studio set since the spring of 2013. Single “Thank You” is in the top 20 on the Active Rock chart. Since 2003, they’ve had a string of top 20 debuts (six studio albums in a row.) Will this be the seventh to do so?
  • More albums out this week: Clutch‘s Psychic Warfare (iTunes), Collective Soul‘s See What You Started By Continuing (iTunes), Dave East‘s Hate Me Now (iTunes), Eagles Of Death Metal‘s Zipper Down (iTunes), Falls‘s Omaha (iTunes), For Today‘s Wake (iTunes), Joe Bonamassa‘s Live At Radio City Music Hall (iTunes), Matt Nathanson‘s Show Me Your Fangs (iTunes), Paul McCartney‘s reissues of Pipes Of Peace (iTunes) and Tug Of War (iTunes), Queensryche‘s Condition Human (iTunes), Rudimental‘s We The Generation (iTunes), The Winery Dogs‘s Hot Streak (iTunes), Trivium‘s Silence In The Snow (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week:

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

  • “Carter & Cash”, Tor Miller (iTunes)
  • “Me & The Rhythm”, Selena Gomez (iTunes)
  • “Player”, Tinashe (iTunes)
  • “Something To Believe In”, A Silent Film (iTunes)
  • “Testarossa Music”, ZHU (iTunes)
  • “Victorious”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
  • “Wake Up”, The Vamps (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from R. City, Selena Gomez, The Game and more. See you then!

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GRAMMY WEEK: Adam Picks The Winners for R&B/Rap Fields

Gram bam, thank you, ma'am.

Gram bam, thank you, ma’am.

It’s finally here… the week before the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, airing on Sunday, January 26 at 8PM Eastern on CBS. This week on POP! Goes The Charts, we’ll be taking a look at nearly half the categories on the list and laying out who I think will taking home a prize or two or five (maybe!) on the big day. Today, we continue with the fields for R&B and Rap music.

(For a full list of nominations, check it out on GRAMMY.com along with more interactive features. You can also order the 2014 GRAMMY Nominees album, from Atlantic Records.)

17. Best R&B Performance

“Love And War”, Tamar Braxton
“Best Of Me”, Anthony Hamilton
“Nakamarra”, Hiatus Kaiyote featuring Q-Tip
“How Many Drinks?”, Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Something”, Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: Many of the winners in this category are generally successful on the R&B survey, and with a former top 5 hit on the Urban airwaves as well as a #2 album, singer Tamar Braxton stands out with her single “Love And War”. It is one smooth track.

18. Best Traditional R&B Performance

“Please Come Home”, Gary Clark, Jr. (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“Get It Right”, Fantasia
“Quiet Fire”, Maysa
“Hey Laura”, Gregory Porter
“Yesterday”, Ryan Shaw

PREDICTION: A few of these acts really don’t have a lot of coverage out on social media. Fantasia, a prior nominee in this category, has a good shot, but if he isn’t a winner in Best Rock Song, I think Gary Clark, Jr. may take this one with “Please Come Home”.

19. Best R&B Song

“Best Of Me”
Performed by: Anthony Hamilton
Written by: Hamilton & Jairus Mozee

“Love And War”
Performed by: Tamar Braxton
Written by: Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels & Makeba Riddick

“Only One”
Performed by: PJ Morton featuring Stevie Wonder
Written by: Morton

“Pusher Love Girl”
Performed by: Justin Timberlake
Written by: James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Timberlake (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“Without Me”
Performed by: Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott
Written by: Barrino, Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart

PREDICTION: Even though he was shut out of the Big Four, a huge shock to many, Justin Timberlake‘s “Pusher Love Girl” was a fan favorite from his album. Hard to believe it didn’t even get an Urban AC servicing. I think it will pull off the trick here.

20. Best Urban Contemporary Album

Love And War, Tamar Braxton
Side Effects Of You, Fantasia
One: In The Chamber, Salaam Remi
Unapologetic, Rihanna (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
New York: A Love Story, Mack Wilds

PREDICTION: This category is probably going to end up being won by a female; I was initially going to pick Rihanna for the win, but I think this is Tamar Braxton‘s year to shine at The GRAMMY’s. Otherwise, this may be some bull you know what.com.

21. Best R&B Album

R&B Divas, Faith Evans
Girl On Fire, Alicia Keys (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
Love In The Future, John Legend
BetterChrisette Michele
Three Kings, TGT

PREDICTION: Both Keys and Legend are prior winners here, so the choice is ultimately between them. However, this is the only award that John Legend is up for and he’s singing “All Of Me” on the show, so be prepared for him to walk away with this one.

22. Best Rap Performance

“Started From The Bottom”Drake
“Berzerk”, Eminem
“Tom Ford”Jay Z
“Swimming Pools (Drank)”Kendrick Lamar
“Thrift Shop”Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: Heavy hitters are a-plenty here, a few of whom could win in bigger categories. However, given the rock field and all the older acts there, the Billy Squier sample and Rick Rubin production on “Berzerk” by Eminem could help secure a win.

23. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

“Power Trip”J. Cole featuring Miguel
“Part II (On The Run)”Jay Z featuring Beyoncé
“Holy Grail”, Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“Now Or Never”Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige
“Remember You”Wiz Khalifa featuring The Weeknd

PREDICTION: I’m convinced that one of the Jay Z collaborations is going to win here — question is, which one? “Holy Grail” was the hit, but “Part II (On The Run)” packs some marriage power and a potential performance. However, I’m going with “Grail”.

24. Best Rap Song

“F***in’ Problems”
Performed by: A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar
Written by: Tauheed Epps, Graham, Lamar, Rakim Mayers & Noah Shebib

“Holy Grail”
Performed by: Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
Written by: Carter, Terius Nash, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Timberlake & Ernest Wilson (sample: “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Nirvana – Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic)

“New Slaves”
Performed by: Kanye West
Written by: Christopher Breaux, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Louis Johnson, Malik Jones, Sham Joseph, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Travis Scott, Che Smith, West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser, songwriters)

“Started From The Bottom”
Performed by: Drake
Written by: W. Coleman, Graham & Noah Shebib

“Thrift Shop”
Performed by: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
Written by: Haggerty & Lewis (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: Since 2010, either Jay Z or Kanye West have won this particular award, both separately and together. Once again, they’re competing against each other. Yet, this category usually goes to a hit song, so “Holy Grail” is your best best for the win.

25. Best Rap Album

Nothing Was The Same, Drake
Magna Carta… Holy GrailJay Z
Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityKendrick Lamar
The HeistMacklemore & Ryan Lewis (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
YeezusKanye West

PREDICTION: Best Rap Album hasn’t gone to a newcomer in some time, and it generally goes to an act with a large first-week, which should pit Drake vs. Jay Z. The Canadian rapper won last year for Take Care; I’m guessing that a repeat is in the cards.
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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 11)

Treat her like a Lady.

Treat her like a Lady.

Turn it up… Monday? Yes, once again this year, there’s a big Q4 release (art)popping into stores today, so, many albums and singles are out early. (NOTE: some releases may still not be out until Tuesday dependent on record label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what you need to know about on the schedule for the week of November 11:

  • Give her that thing she loves — album sales, of course, and maybe a little “Applause”. Lady Gaga‘s third studio album is ARTPOP, featuring current single “Do What U Want”, a collaboration with R. Kelly. Look for it to debut in the top 2, with Eminem‘s second week for The Marshall Mathers LP 2 determining whether the Lady makes it to the top or not. (iTunes)
  • Country hitmakers Lady Antebellum rerelease their album Golden in a deluxe edition, which features current radio hit “Compass”. The original disc went to #1 on the Billboard 200 in May. (iTunes)
  • Calling all Fab Four fans: straight from the vaults, over 60 previously unreleased session tracks from The Beatles will be available on On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2, a series of songs recorded in 1963 and 1964. (iTunes)
  • Two greatest hits compilations reach the public this week, both by bands I particularly like: Keane has The Best Of Keane (iTunes), led by single “Higher Than The Sun”, and The Killers go with Direct Hits (iTunes), featuring the Alternative single “Shot At The Night”.
  • Christmas is in the air once again with several releases out this week, including Erasure‘s Snow Globe (iTunes), Jewel‘s Let It Snow (iTunes) and Tamar Braxton‘s Winter Loversland (iTunes).
  • Other albums out this week include Kellie Pickler‘s The Woman I Am (iTunes), Passenger‘s iTunes Session EP (iTunes), the soundtrack to the film 12 Years A Slave (iTunes) and two NOW! That’s What I Call… compilations: Music, Volume 48 (iTunes) and Disney, Volume 2 (iTunes).

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

  • “All Bad”, the latest Music Mondays release from Justin Bieber. (iTunes)
  • “Banga Banga”, a new single from teen singer Austin Mahone. (iTunes)
  • “So Blue”, new from everybody’s favorite screeching cat, singer Akon. (iTunes)
  • “The Art Of Letting Go”, the second single from Mariah Carey‘s album of the same name. (iTunes; 11AM Monday.)

Next week, a few American Idol contestants are in the mix — a new album from Daughtry, plus a live EP from Phillip Phillips. How will they do against the legend herself, Barbra Streisand? A preview is coming next week!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 3)

That's "the way" to sample.

A Grande entrance to the album chart.

Hope you had an awesome Labor Day weekend! Now that the barbecue’s over, let’s take a look at what’s grilling on the album survey this week with all the notable releases for September 3:

  • She’s also over Nickelodeon with her latest series Sam & Cat and now actress and singer Ariana Grande will be starring on the Billboard 200 next week with her first album, Yours Truly. It features singles “Baby I”, “The Way” and her collaboration with Mika, “Popular Song”. The album’s already top 5 in several dozen countries as is, so look for it to do big numbers in the U.S. as well. (iTunes)
  • With their first major label recording in six years, Nine Inch Nails are back with Hesitation Marks, featuring the recent top ten Alternative single “Came Back Haunted”. It should debut in the top 5 as most of their albums have. (iTunes)
  • My picks of the week come from two bands out of the United Kingdom who are just breaking here in the States. Bastille is out with the U.S. release of Bad Blood (iTunes), led by “Pompeii” (the current #1 single on my chart), while The 1975 debut with a self-titled album featuring the #5 song my top 40, “Chocolate”. (iTunes) Both are favorites on Alternative radio and should do well with the public both first week and in the long term.
  • With a pack of big solo singles behind her in the past few months, Tamar Braxton is feeling the groove on Love And War, her first album in thirteen years. New single “All The Way Home” is already lighting up the Urban AC airwaves. (iTunes)
  • Also on the R&B side of things, John Legend gets experimental on his latest album, Love In The Future. With five top ten albums since 2005, this one could see similar results, though it will likely fade away quickly due to little radio play at the moment. (iTunes)
  • Rockers Pepper make it to stores with a self-titled album, their first full-length release in five years. “FKARND”, the lead single, is just below the top 20 on Alternative radio. (iTunes)
  • His album Time went to #7 earlier this year; now, from Mercury Records, comes a Rarities album from Rod Stewart. It features material recorded by the singer from 1969 to 1974. (iTunes)
  • Two original soundtracks from television programs are out this week: a second volume of songs from Boardwalk Empire (iTunes) and Songs From Scandal: Music For Gladiators. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include Craig Morgan‘s The Journey: Livin’ Hits (iTunes), One Day I’m Going To Soar by Dexys (formerly Dexys Midnight Runners of “Come On Eileen” fame) (iTunes), Trouble by Natalia Kills (iTunes) and UB40‘s Getting Over The Storm (iTunes).

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

  • “ATM Jam”, fresh from rapper Azealia Banks and Pharrell. (iTunes)
  • “Come Walk With Me”, a new single from M.I.A.‘s forthcoming album, Matangi. (iTunes)
  • “I Wish”, from former U.K. X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd and American rapper T.I. from Lloyd’s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Loved Me Back To Life”, a return from the girl who sank the Titanic with her voice (or maybe just sang the theme from it) Celine Dion. (iTunes)
  • “New”, new from the legend himself, Paul McCartney. (iTunes)
  • “Slow Me Down”, the latest single from Country singer Sara Evans. (iTunes)

Next week, the players include hot country star Keith Urban and the funky futuristic Janelle Monáe — will either go to #1 with their latest releases? A preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 7)

Having the Time of his life.

Having the Time of his life.

Where has the year gone? We’re already into the month of May, and we kick it off with a bang this week. Lots of faces, including a former member of Faces, are all releasing albums this week. Let’s see how they stack up for the week of May 7:

  • He’s a legend, having recorded for over forty years and he’s still making hit albums. Rod Stewart releases his first album of original material since 2001’s Human, calling this one Time. The first single from it, “She Makes Me Happy”, is climbing up the Adult Contemporary survey. It’ll definitely be in contention for the #1 spot next week. (iTunes)
  • Also looking for another #1 album is Country trio Lady Antebellum with their fourth release, Golden. It’s led off by a former #1 Country single, “Downtown”, and their recently announced second single, “Goodbye Town”. It’s coming to a town near you on Tuesday. (iTunes)
  • Trio Pistol Annies are back with their second album, Annie Up. The group features Miranda Lambert, the wife of Blake Shelton, and known for her massive solo success. Single “Hush Hush” is approaching the top 40 at Country radio. (iTunes)
  • The soulful sounds of Fitz & The Tantrums are mixed with some rock influences on their second album, More Than Just A Dream, featuring “Out Of My League”. That song is currently #2 on my personal chart. (iTunes)
  • If you’re looking for the hits, there’s no better place than with this series. Two Now! albums are out this week: Now! That’s What I Call Music, Volume 46 (iTunes), and a genre-specific compilation, Now! That’s What I Call A Country Party. (iTunes)
  • With her first solo release outside of the Dixie Chicks, lead singer Natalie Maines is out with Mother, which was co-produced with Ben Harper. (iTunes)
  • With their first album since 2011, the indie pop duo of actress Zooey Deschanel and singer-songwriter M. Ward, better known as She & Him, release Volume 3 in stores today. (iTunes)
  • Known for big pop hits like “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” and “The Hardest Thing”, boy band 98 Degrees return with their first album together in thirteen years, 2.0. (iTunes)
  • For soundtracks this week, check out Nashville: Season 1, Volume 2 (iTunes), a compilation of songs from the television show, and artists like Beyoncé and Emeli Sandé on the soundtrack to the forthcoming film The Great Gatsby. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include: Craig Campbell‘s Never Regret (iTunes), Joe Satriani‘s Unstoppable Momentum (iTunes), Joshua Radin‘s Wax Wings (iTunes), Patty Griffin‘s American Kid (iTunes) and the Piano Guys with Piano Guys 2 (iTunes).

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

  • “#Beautiful”, a new duet between Mariah Carey and Miguel. (iTunes)
  • “Barefoot and Buckwild”, the leadoff single from former American Idol contestant Lauren Alaina‘s second studio album. (iTunes)
  • “The One”, new from Tamar Braxton and the second single from her forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Tonight I’m Getting Over You (Remix)”, which pairs Carly Rae Jepsen with rapper Nicki Minaj. If you’re expecting a hit, you should get over that notion. (iTunes)

It’s been almost five years since she made her debut on the album chart with her appearance on the Camp Rock soundtrack. Will Demi Lovato hit the top for the second time with Demi? A preview is coming in seven!

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