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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 19)

Viva la Coldplay.

They keep it chill.

There’s a battle brewing on the schedule this week with at least three acts looking to put up six figure numbers — perhaps one would call it “a sky full of stars”, yes? (NOTE: some releases may still not be out until Tuesday dependent on record label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of May 19:

  • Call it “Magic”, call it new: today marks the release of the new album from Coldplay, Ghost Stories, which has been streaming on iTunes for the past few days. At nine tracks in length, it’s the band’s shortest album to date. (A Target exclusive deluxe edition lifts that total to twelve.) The current radio single from it is “A Sky Full Of Stars”, co-produced with Avicii. Expect this to debut at #1 on the album chart just as their last three albums have. (iTunes) (Read my review of Ghost Stories)
  • Following in a close second place is the latest effort from Country singer Brantley Gilbert, titled Just As I Am. Lead single “Bottoms Up” recently topped the Country chart and second single “Small Town Throwdown”, a collaboration with Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, just made a significant debut on that same chart as aided by a first day Clear Channel deal. Will it reach Platinum status as Halfway To Heaven did? It could happen. (iTunes)
  • Former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips goes Behind The Light on his sophomore album, which features the current top ten Hot AC hit, “Raging Fire”. Though the song hasn’t garnered as much airplay or sales as “Home” or “Gone, Gone, Gone” as of yet, the album is a lock for a high debut thanks to his large fan base. (iTunes)
  • Looking to score their seventh top ten album on the Billboard 200, The Roots are out with their latest effort, …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. I’m sure you’ll be seeing them promote it at their late night home, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, this week. No singles from it have charted thus far. (iTunes)
  • Move over, Frozen, there’s a new soundtrack in town catching a lot of early attention. It’s a collection of songs from the forthcoming film The Fault In Our Stars, due in movie theaters on June 6. The set features all original songs by acts like Birdy, Ed Sheeran, Grouplove and more. (Feels sold separately.) (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Afrojack‘s Forget The World (iTunes), Conor Oberst‘s Upside Down Mountain (iTunes), Hedley‘s Wild Life (iTunes), Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band‘s Goin’ Home (iTunes), Melanie Martinez‘s Dollhouse (EP) (iTunes) and the original Broadway soundtrack to The Bridges Of Madison County (iTunes).

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

  • “Bartender”, the first single from the forthcoming album by Lady Antebellum. (iTunes)
  • “Keep Us Safe”, a live track from Country singer Carrie Underwood. (iTunes)
  • “Get Her Back”, a new single from Robin Thicke. Wonder who this song is about? (iTunes)
  • “Love Someone”, new from Jason Mraz‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Mission”, a new single from rapper Lupe Fiasco. (iTunes)
  • “Somethin’ Bad”, a collaboration between Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. (iTunes)

Mariah Carey‘s Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse comes into the light next week, while Austin Mahone makes a splash with his EP titled The Secret. Which musical mystery will take the crown? A full preview is coming on Tuesday!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 17)

Making his dreams come True.

Making his dreams come True.

September’s picking up speed with quite a few big releases this week – here are all the ones you need to know about for this Tuesday, September 17:

  • The first full-length album by DJ and producer Avicii is making a lot of waves on the internet and could surprise on next week’s chart. His album is called True and it features the international smash “Wake Me Up!”, with a vocal done by Aloe Blacc. The album also includes collaborations with Adam Lambert and the Imagine Dragons. If David Guetta‘s Nothing But The Beat could open in the top 5 in the U.S. two years ago, I think this will, at the very least, go top ten in its opening frame. (iTunes)
  • Their single “Ways To Go” is securely top 5 on Alternative radio; now, California rockers Grouplove chit chat up the chart with Spreading Rumours, their second studio album. Seems like it’s been getting favorable reviews thus far (including my own) and should debut in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • Three Country crooners tip their ten-gallon hats to the release schedule this week and look to ride their buckin’ broncos into the top stable. They would be Billy Currington with We Are Tonight (iTunes), which includes the single “Hey Girl”, Chris Young‘s A.M. (iTunes), led off by the single “Aw Naw”, and Justin Moore‘s Off The Beaten Path, featuring “Point At You” (iTunes). Currington and Moore are doing better in airplay, but Young’s last album, Neon, achieved more in first week sales. Hard to tell which singer will do best this time around at the moment.
  • Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik, better known as Five For Fighting, returns with Bookmarks. First single “What If” has been accumulating some minor spin totals at the AC formats. (Read my review here!) (iTunes)
  • Surfing the chart waves this week is Hawaiian singer-songwriter Jack Johnson‘s latest album, From Here To Now To You. Lead single “I Got You” went to #1 on the AAA chart and next single “Radiate” is serviced in two weeks. (iTunes)
  • Elvis Costello and The Roots tag team it up on a collaboration album titled Wake Up Ghost. It’s Costello’s first album in three years and the first for the band in nearly two. (iTunes)
  • Certified Gold in his native United Kingdom, Tom Odell brings his piano pop to the States on Long Way Down, featuring the single “Another Love”. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include Jonny Lang‘s Fight For My Soul (iTunes), MGMT‘s Optimizer (iTunes), Said The Whale‘s Hawaii (iTunes) and Switchfoot‘s Fading West (EP) (iTunes).

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

  • “Collide”, by 20-year-old rapper and singer Jake Miller. (iTunes)
  • “Sorry”, a big R&B tune for Glee actress Naya Rivera and featuring boyfriend and rapper Big Sean. (iTunes)
  • “Waiting For Superman”, the first single from Daughtry‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Work Bitch”, dancing up a storm from superstar Britney Spears. (iTunes)
  • “Wu-Tang Forever”, a digital single from the album Nothing Was The Same by Drake. (iTunes)

All the legends are coming out next week — Cher, Elton John and Sting are all releasing on the same Tuesday together! How will they fare against youngsters like Icona Pop and R5? A preview is coming in seven!

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