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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 14, 2016

Will they be Kings of the chart?

Will they be Kings of the chart?

Now that Yom Kippur has passed and the fasting is done, feast on these musical treasures from your favorite artists, as well as a few newcomers. Here are the notable albums and singles out this week:

KINGS OF LEON — WALLS (We Are Like Love Songs) (iTunes)
The Followill family is back and ready to rock. Their last two studio albums have topped out at #2 on the Billboard 200, so their first potential #1 album is a pretty big deal for the boys. The lead single from it, “Waste A Moment”, didn’t waste any time in its quick run to #1 at Triple A radio. (It’s also currently climbing up the top ten at Alternative radio.)

THE GAME — 1992 (iTunes)
The California rapper has accumulated a string of seven top ten studio albums, including a pair of Documentary albums in 2015 and three #1 albums since 2005. His latest effort features the single “All Eyez” as a bonus track, which recently hit the top 30 on the Urban chart, though it appears to be sliding into a downward spin trend.

JOJO — Mad Love. (iTunes)
After a series of singles and mixtapes during the last decade, this 25-year-old returns with her first studio album since 2006. It’s led by “No Apologies”, which is receiving some minor airplay at both CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC stations. Will she be able to get a top ten album? A lot of fans have been waiting for this one.

More albums out this week: Chris Young‘s It Must Be Christmas (iTunes), Coleman Hell‘s Summerland (iTunes), Conor Oberst‘s Ruminations (iTunes), Hillsong United‘s Let There Be Light (iTunes), Sabrina Carpenter‘s EVOLution (iTunes), The Naked And Famous‘s Simple Forms (iTunes), Two Door Cinema Club‘s Gameshow (iTunes), Kidz Bop 33 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: LANKS‘s Viet Rose (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Night”, The Vamps featuring Matoma (iTunes)
“Blink”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Comeback Kid”, Golden Coast (iTunes)
“Don’t Wanna Know”, Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar (iTunes)
“Garden”, Emeli Sandé featuring Jay Electronica and Áine Zion (iTunes)
“High Times For Low Lives”, The Griswolds (iTunes)
“Love Like We Used To”, Captain Cuts featuring Nateur (iTunes)
“Midnight”, Tyler Glenn (iTunes)
“Sad Song”, Parson James (iTunes)
“Skin And Bones”, The Wind + The Wave (iTunes)
“True Disaster”, Tove Lo (iTunes)
“What Do You Love”, Seeb featuring Jacob Banks (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Jimmy Eat World, Lady GagaTyler Glenn and more.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 16, 2015


“Cool” keeps this era burning.

This week’s New Music Friday is all about chart courage and musical morale, so pump up the pop with these sweet sets and more than two dozen other titles in the bunch. Here’s a look at the week’s top new album and single releases:

  • DEMI LOVATO — Confident (iTunes)
    • After Selena Gomez bowed at the top of the album chart, her former Disney mate is also looking for a #1 entry on the Billboard 200 with her fifth studio album. Two singles from the effort have already graced the charts: “Cool For The Summer” and the title track. Lovato usually opens well in her first frame, so expect this one to do the same.
  • PENTATONIX — Pentatonix (iTunes)
    • After years of covers and medleys, this a cappella act is out with their first album of predominantly original tunes. It also features guests like Jason Derulo and Tink, the latter of whom appears on a remix of first single “Can’t Sleep Love”. The set should register a top five debut on the album listing.
  • JAMIE LAWSON — Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
    • Lawson’s single “Wasn’t Expecting That” is a big #1 seller in the United Kingdom, and its recent status as the On The Verge song at Hot AC radio for radio giant iHeartMedia propelled into the top 20 at that format. Ed Sheeran gave him his seal of approval; will you?
  • OMI — Me 4 U (iTunes)
    • Singer Omar Paisley may like a “Cheerleader” or two, but he’s also hoping his debut set will get a rah-rah sis-boom-bah from music fans everywhere. The album also features followup single “Hula Hoop”, currently on the CHR radio chart.
  • More albums out this week: Andrew Ripp‘s Andrew Ripp (iTunes), Beach House‘s Thank Your Lucky Stars (iTunes), BØRNS‘s Dopamine (iTunes), Christine And The Queens‘s Christine And The Queens (iTunes), Coheed And Cambria‘s The Color Before The Sun (iTunes), Deerhunter‘s Fading Frontier (iTunes), Hillsong United‘s Open Heaven/River Wild (iTunes), India Arie & Joe Sample‘s Christmas With Friends (iTunes), Jenny & Tyler‘s Of This I’m Sure (iTunes), Joe Budden‘s All Love Lost (iTunes), Josh Ritter‘s Sermon On The Rocks (iTunes), Kidz Bop‘s Kidz Bop 30 (iTunes), LeAnn Rimes‘s Today Is Christmas (iTunes), Machine Gun Kelly‘s General Admission (iTunes), Majical Cloudz‘s Are You Alone? (iTunes), Neon Indian‘s VEGA INTL. Night School (iTunes), Oh Hellos‘s Dear Wormwood (iTunes), Raury‘s All We Need (iTunes), Son Little‘s Son Little (iTunes), State Champs‘s Around The World And Back (iTunes), Stoney LaRue‘s Us Time (iTunes), Stryper‘s Fallen (iTunes), The Game‘s The Documentary 2.5 (iTunes), YACHT‘s I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler (iTunes), Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy: Cosmic Mix, Vol. 1 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Jake Worthington‘s Jake Worthington (iTunes), Young Rising Sons‘s The Kids Will Be Fine (iTunes)

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

  • “C.U.R.E.”, Boots (iTunes)
  • “Perfect”, One Direction (iTunes)
  • “Prey”, The Neighbourhood (iTunes)
  • “Renegade Runaway”, Carrie Underwood (iTunes)
  • “Second Hand Heart”, Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
  • “Way Back Home”, Rod Stewart (iTunes)
  • “When the Night Comes”, Jeff Lynne’s ELO (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from 5 Seconds Of Summer, Carrie UnderwoodRod Stewart and a lot more. See you then!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 9, 2015

Looking "Good" for the top spot.

Looking “Good” for the top spot.

This week’s New Music Friday lands some pop music punches, with two big releases on the docket that feature recent #1 tunes on the CHR radio survey. Add a little country and some rock, and you have a look at the week’s top new album and single releases:

  • SELENA GOMEZ — Revival (iTunes)
    • Out of the Disney bubble and doing things her way, 23-year-old Gomez has a hot new album in stores this week that should be on top of next week’s list. Of course, the set features “Good For You” (a three-week #1 at pop radio) and a new hit in “Same Old Love”. With a number of big names writing and producing for her, could it become her biggest era yet? Stay tuned.
  • R. CITY — What Dreams Are Made Of (iTunes)
    • Though the duo Rock City is fairly well known in the writing and production world, the two guys from Saint Thomas never had a hit as an act until this year, when “Locked Away” locked up the top spot on the pop radio chart. The men are still unknown to many listeners, so we’ll see if they become any less faceless as the singles go on.
  • JANA KRAMER — Thirty One (iTunes)
    • Kramer’s currently climbing up the Country chart with her song “I Got The Boy”, which is selling quite well given its current position outside the top 20. She’s currently pregnant with a baby girl. Look for the set to have a small entry.
  • More albums out this week: Boy & Bear‘s Limit Of Love (iTunes), City And Colour‘s If I Should Go Before You (iTunes), Jason Boland & The Stragglers‘s Squelch (iTunes), Jon McLaughlin‘s Like Us (iTunes), Mayday Parade‘s Black Lines (iTunes), Prozak‘s Black Ink (iTunes), The Game‘s The Documentary 2 (iTunes), Toby Keith‘s 35 MPH Town (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Josh Thompson‘s Change: The Lost Record Vol. 1 (iTunes), No Wyld‘s Ascension (iTunes), Rozzi Crane‘s Time (iTunes), The Decemberists‘s Florasongs (iTunes)

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

  • “Cheater”, The Vamps (iTunes)
  • “Heartbeat”, Carrie Underwood (iTunes)
  • “Hey Everybody”, 5 Seconds Of Summer (iTunes)
  • “Hold Up, Wait A Minute”, ZHU featuring Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Trombone Shorty (iTunes)
  • “Kiss Me”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
  • “Love Me”, The 1975 (iTunes)
  • “Me, Myself & I”, G-Eazy featuring Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
  • “Over And Over Again”, Nathan Sykes (iTunes)
  • “Paint It Black”, Ciara (iTunes)
  • “Really Really”, Kevin Gates (iTunes)
  • “Something In The Way You Move”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from Demi Lovato, Machine Gun Kelly, Pentatonix and more. See you then!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 14)

They've got friends in bro places.

They’ve got friends in bro places.

The autumn leaves are dropping, just like those big releases that Q4 is all about. Get ready, partners, because here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of October 14:

  • Their last album was full of hits like “Cruise”, “Stay” and “This Is How We Roll”, to name just a few. Now, the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, better known as Florida Georgia Line, are back on the scene (though I suppose they never left) with Anything Goes, featuring a recent #1 on the Country chart, “Dirt”. Their last album is at about two million copies sold to date, so expect this one to head to the top (and Platinum status) real quickly. (iTunes)
  • Millions of music fans came out to download the new U2 album, Songs Of Innocence, when it was offered for free in an iTunes giveaway, although millions more wanted to get rid of it altogether. Granted, it was not the same as Oprah Winfrey telling you that you got a new car, but not much can match that. Nonetheless, a physical edition is in stores today with some added tunes and art that weren’t previously available. (iTunes)
  • Some would call her a Sweet Talker, but that also happens to be the name of the latest album from Jessie J. It’s her second album to be released here after a U.S. release of Alive (out last year in Europe) was shelved. (The only single to be issued from it was “Wild”, but it was later pulled.) Smashing with “Bang Bang”, featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, this one also looks like a hit. (iTunes)
  • New York rapper Hoodie Allen has been hitting the Billboard 200 for a few years now with a series of EPs despite little recognition on any singles survey. This week, he’s out with his first full-length album, People Keep Talking. It features a collaboration with Ed Sheeran. Will it crash the top ten? It may very well happen. (iTunes)
  • You’ve probably seen their song “Stolen Dance” at #1 on the Alternative chart after some big international success. Now, German duo Milky Chance unleash their album Sadnecessary in the States as “Dance” crosses over. I think they’ll find that their first week sales are gut, as they might say. (iTunes)
  • Singers Pink (Alecia Moore) and City And Colour (Dallas Green) combine to form the duo You+Me and release their first set together, rose ave., featuring the single “You And Me”. Strong pre-orders should land it in the top five digitally and near the top ten on the Billboard 200. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness‘s Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes), Angaleena Presley‘s American Middle Class (iTunes), Bob Seger‘s Ride Out (iTunes), Exodus‘s Blood In Blood Out (iTunes), Fit For A King‘s Slave To Nothing (iTunes), Idina Menzel‘s Holiday Wishes (iTunes), Mary Lambert‘s Heart On My Sleeve (iTunes), Michael Feinstein‘s Christmas (iTunes), Nico & Vinz‘s Black Star Elephant (iTunes), Oh Honey‘s Sincerely Yours (EP) (iTunes), OK Go‘s Hungry Ghosts (iTunes), Ozzy Osbourne‘s Memoirs Of A Madman (iTunes), Renée Fleming‘s Christmas In New York (iTunes), Sammy Hagar‘s Lite Roast (iTunes), Stars‘s No One Is Lost (iTunes), The Dubarrys‘s The Dubarrys (EP) (iTunes), The Game‘s Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf (iTunes) and The Swon Brothers‘s The Swon Brothers (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week (and there’s a whole lot of them) include:

  • “Drunk Americans”, the new single from Country singer Toby Keith. (iTunes)
  • “Need You Right Now”, from YouTube star Bethany Mota and Mike Tompkins. (iTunes)
  • “Not For Long”, a new single from rapper B.o.B and singer Trey Songz. (iTunes)
  • “Out Of The Woods”, a digital single from Taylor Swift. (iTunes)
  • “XIX”, a digital single from rockers Slipknot. (iTunes)

It’s another mixed bag on the schedule next time, with Aretha Franklin, Little Big Town, Neil Diamond, Slipknot and Susan Boyle among the week’s top contenders. A full preview is coming in seven!

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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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