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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 24, 2005

Another Day, another hit.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back 13 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of April 24, 2005…

Debuts:
40. MARIAH CAREY, “We Belong Together”
38. THE WALLFLOWERS, “Beautiful Side Of Somewhere”
29. CARBON LEAF, “What About Everything”

Biggest Mover(s):
BACKSTREET BOYS, “Incomplete” (28-22)
AVION, “Beautiful” (20-14)
LOW MILLIONS, “Statue” (18-12, six spots)

10. KEANE, “Everybody’s Changing” (steady, second week)
Album: Hopes And Fears (2004, Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

09. BRYAN ADAMS, “This Side Of Paradise” (up 3)
Album: Room Service (2004, Mercury Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

08. THE KILLERS, “Mr. Brightside” (down 4)
Album: Hot Fuss (2004, Island Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. TIM MCGRAW, “Live Like You Were Dying” (down 4)
Album: Live Like You Were Dying (2004, Curb Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

06. HALL & OATES, “I Can Dream About You” (up 2)
Album: Our Kind Of Soul (2004, U-Watch Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, “American Baby” (up 2)
Album: Stand Up (2005, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for four weeks

04. GAVIN DEGRAW, “Chariot” (up 2)
Album: Chariot (2003, J Records)
Peak: #2

03. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Home” (up 2)
Album: It’s Time (2005, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

02. HOWIE DAY, “Collide” (steady, second week)
Album: Stop All The World Now (2003, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. DURAN DURAN, “What Happens Tomorrow” (steady, second week)
Album: Astronaut (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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

A new chart “Life”.

Just before we head into the Thanksgiving break, you’ll be happy to know there’s plenty cooking when it comes to giant releases for the week. Here are the albums and singles you need to know about this Friday:

TIM MCGRAW & FAITH HILL – The Rest Of Our Life (iTunes)
One of Country music’s most iconic couples is out with their joint release this week, their first full-length set together. “Speak To A Girl” and the title track have both hit the top 40 at the radio format, the latter of which is currently charting. It will likely settle for a top five peak on the Billboard 200, though it should lead the genre-specific chart (unless Garth Brooks‘s book/CD combo is eligible to enter the list.)

More albums out this week: Barenaked Ladies‘s Fake Nudes (iTunes), Chase Rice‘s Lambs & Lions (iTunes), Green Day‘s Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band (iTunes), Jaden Smith‘s SYRE (iTunes), Jimmy Buffett‘s Buried Treasure: Volume 1 (iTunes), Morrissey‘s Low In High School (iTunes), Paloma Faith‘s The Architect (iTunes), Tove Lo‘s Blue Lips (iTunes), T-Pain‘s Oblivion (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: Sia‘s Everyday Is Christmas (iTunes), Tom Chaplin‘s Twelve Tales Of Christmas (iTunes), Us The Duo‘s Our Favorite Time Of Year (Amazon)

More EPs out this week: Aly & AJ‘s Ten Years (iTunes), Dean Lewis‘s Same Kind Of Different (Acoustic) (iTunes), Olivia O’Brien‘s It’s Not That Deep (iTunes), State Of Sound‘s High On You (iTunes), Tigertown‘s Warriors (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All Night”, Steve Aoki x Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“Alone”, Aaron Taos featuring Shane Stokes (iTunes)
“American Soul”, U2 (iTunes)
“Cabrona”, Gin Wigmore (iTunes)
“Can’t Trust A Soul”, Dreezy featuring PnB Rock (iTunes)
“Coping”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Desires”, LCAW featuring WhoMadeWho (iTunes)
“Ding-A-Ling”, Stefflon Don & Skepta (iTunes)
“Dream (Acoustic)”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Easy To Hate”, VOKES (iTunes)
“Echame La Culpa”, Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Energia”, Sofi Tukker (iTunes)
“Freeze”, Andy Grammer (iTunes)
“g2g ttyl”, blackbear featuring THEY. (iTunes)
“Get It Right”, Diplo featuring (iTunes)
“Giants (Lūn Remix)”, Lights (iTunes)
“Hola”, Flo Rida featuring Maluma (iTunes)
“Hold Me Tight Or Don’t”, Fall Out Boy (iTunes)
“Home”, Machine Gun Kelly & X Ambassadors featuring Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
“I Say So”, Chloe x Halle (iTunes)
“I Wrote A Song For You”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“Let The Record Play”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“Love You Like That (Acoustic)”, Dagny (iTunes)
“Medusa (Manila Killa Remix)”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“My Friends”, Bohnes (iTunes)
“New (Ryan Riback Remix)”, Daya (iTunes)
“Number One”, Massari featuring Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“Obsessed”, Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“Only You”, Parson James (iTunes)
“Paris In The Rain”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Party Up”, Osmo featuring Spencer Ludwig (iTunes)
“PDA”, Day Wave & Hazel English (iTunes)
“Pineapple Skies”, Miguel (iTunes)
“Queen”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Raincheck (Embody Remix)”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Searchlight”, Cape Cub (iTunes)
“Slow”, Matoma featuring Noah Cyrus (iTunes)
“The Beautiful & Damned”, G-Eazy featuring Zoe Nash (iTunes)
“The Bravest”, Sir Rosevelt (iTunes)
“U. R. Beautiful”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Waste My Time”, CAPPA (iTunes)
“We Fight”, Dashboard Confessional (iTunes)
“Whatever It Takes (Miss Congeniality Remix)”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Where I First Found You”, Forest Blakk (iTunes)
“You Are The Reason”, Calum Scott (iTunes)

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

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: March 26, 2005

Now, "Tomorrow" was yesterday.

Now, “Tomorrow” is so yesterday.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back eleven years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of March 26, 2005…

Debuts:
40. GWEN STEFANI, “Hollaback Girl”
39. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Giving You Up”
36. WEEZER, “Beverly Hills”
35. KELLY CLARKSON, “Behind These Hazel Eyes”

Biggest Mover(s):
MICHAEL TOLCHER, “Mission Responsible” (40-32, eight spots)

10. LOW MILLIONS, “Eleanor” (down 5)
Album: Ex-Girlfriends (2004, EMI/Manhattan Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

09. INGRAM HILL, “Almost Perfect” (down 1)
Album: June’s Picture Show (2004, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

08. U2, “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own” (steady, third week)
Album: How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (2004, Interscope Records)
Peak: #8 for four weeks

07. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Home” (down 1)
Album: It’s Time (2005, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

06. TIM MCGRAW, “Live Like You Were Dying” (up 3)
Album: Live Like You Were Dying (2004, Curb Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

05. HOWIE DAY, “Collide” (up 2)
Album: Stop All The World Now (2003, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

04. JACK JOHNSON, “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” (down 1)
Album: In Between Dreams (2005, Brushfire/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

03. ROB THOMAS, “Lonely No More” (down 2)
Album: …Something To Be (2005, Melisma/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

02. DURAN DURAN, “What Happens Tomorrow” (up 2)
Album: Astronaut (2004, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

01. THE KILLERS, “Mr. Brightside” (up 1)
Album: Hot Fuss (2004, Island Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback and don’t forget to 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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 6, 2015

Keepin' it country.

Keepin’ it country.

This week’s New Music Friday is a real twang thang after this year’s ACM Awards aired on Wednesday night, which gave boosts in sales to big winners like Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town. Here’s a look at this week’s top new albums and singles:

  • ERIC CHURCH — Mr. Misunderstood (iTunes)
    • The latest surprise album in the industry is this new release from Church, which was first distributed to members of his fan club beginning on Tuesday. The title cut from it was just serviced to Country stations, which replaces “Roller Coaster Ride” from his previous album, a song that began to gain traction off unsolicited airplay in several markets. About a day of its purchases will count towards the previous week’s list, but this will still have a good uptick in sales.
  • TIM MCGRAW — Damn Country Music (iTunes)
    • McGraw’s had a huge career in Country Music since his first top 40 single in 1994, and his 14th studio album has yet another top ten song still rising at the format, “Top Of The World”. Though his opening week sales have been on the decline for over a decade, McGraw’s latest set should find a place in the top five, which may extend his streak to 13 in a row.
  • OLD DOMINION — Meat And Candy (iTunes)
    • They have the current #1 song (and perhaps a multi-week one) on Country radio with “Break Up With Him”, but the band’s relationship at radio and retail is just beginning. With an already successful EP under their belts, look for the album to debut nicely next week. No word yet on what the act’s next single will be.
  • ELLIE GOULDING — Delirium (iTunes)
    • For releases outside the Country world this week, Goulding’s latest studio album is set for a solid entry next week. It includes “On My Mind”, an international hit that’s still climbing up the charts here in the States. Halcyon debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 a little over three years ago.
  • LITTLE MIX — Get Weird (iTunes)
    • Their audience may not be as big in the U.S. as it certainly is across the pond, but the four women from the U.K. will be looking for their third top ten album here, even though single “Black Magic” hit a brick wall in the 20’s on the pop radio list. We’ll see what happens.
  • More albums out this week: Billy Gibbons and the BFG‘s Perfectamundo (iTunes), Bob Dylan‘s The Best Of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 (iTunes), CeeLo Green‘s Heart Blanche (iTunes), Grimes‘s Art Angels (iTunes), Hunter Hayes‘s 21 Project (iTunes), Josh Abbott Band‘s Front Row Seat (iTunes), Marc Broussard‘s Magnolias & Mistletoe (iTunes), Natalie Merchant‘s Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recording (iTunes), Sam Smith‘s In The Lonely Hour (Drowning Shadows Edition) (iTunes), Sara Bareilles‘s What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress (iTunes), Seal‘s 7 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Cole Swindell‘s Down Home Sessions II (iTunes), Day Wave‘s Come Here Now (iTunes), Hudson Thames‘s Lip Tricks (iTunes), Ofelia K‘s Plastic Flower (iTunes), REMMI‘s New America (iTunes), The Japanese House‘s Clean (iTunes)

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

  • “Adventure Of A Lifetime”, Coldplay (iTunes)
  • “Been A Son”, Kurt Cobain (iTunes)
  • “Better”, BANKS (iTunes)
  • “Bird Set Free”, Sia (iTunes)
  • “Can’t Get Enough Of Myself”, Santigold featuring B.C. (iTunes)
  • “Do You Wanna Get High?”, Weezer (iTunes)
  • “I’ll Show You”, Justin Bieber (iTunes)
  • “It All Started With A Beer”, Frankie Ballard (iTunes)
  • “Kaleidoscope” and “Oasis”, A Great Big World (iTunes)
  • “Last Minute Late Night”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
  • “Makeshift Love”, Good Charlotte (iTunes)
  • “Naked (Live)”, Goo Goo Dolls (iTunes)
  • “Sober Saturday Night”, Chris Young featuring Vince Gill (iTunes)
  • “Summer Was A Day”, Pete Yorn (iTunes)
  • “Switch Up”, R. Kelly featuring Lil’ Wayne and Jeremih (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include a hot Q4 album battle between Justin Bieber and One Direction. See you then!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 16)

Meanwhile, back at Billboard...

Meanwhile, back at Billboard…

Q4 will be here before you know it, but some bigger names are getting in on the action this week, including a Country star and a legendary chanteuse. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 16:

  • Coming off a top-selling duet with wife Faith Hill in “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” and gliding up the Country chart once again with “Shotgun Rider”, Tim McGraw has quite the momentum going into the release week for Sundown Heaven Town, his second studio album for Big Machine Records. I’d like to think that McGraw has a decent chance of picking up his fifth #1 album on the Billboard 200. We shall see next week. (iTunes)
  • Delayed several times over the last year or so and making its way into stores today is the sixth album by R&B singer Chris Brown, simply titled X. Singles like “Fine China”, “Love More” and “Loyal” have all garnered major play on Rhythmic and Urban radio, and new single “New Flame” is doing the same. Team Breezy will definitely get this one into the top two, but can it reach the top? (iTunes)
  • There’s a locomotive on the loose! That would be Train‘s latest studio effort, Bulletproof Picasso, their first album in two years. It features the current AAA and Hot AC top ten hit “Angel In Blue Jeans”, but all you soul sisters knew that already. Though it won’t have as big an opening week as California 37, it should register solidly in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • In stores with her second set of duets and her 34th (!) studio album overall… who else but Barbra Streisand? It’s Partners, matching her with superstars like Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder and newer artists like Blake Shelton and John Legend. It should be another top ten album for Babs and sell nicely through the holidays. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Cannibal Corpse‘s A Skeletal Domain (iTunes), Flyleaf‘s Between The Stars (iTunes), George Strait‘s The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium (iTunes), Jimi Hendrix‘s soundtrack to Rainbow Bridge (iTunes) and The Cry Of Love (iTunes), Sir Sly‘s You Haunt Me (iTunes), Slash / Myles Kennedy‘s World On Fire (iTunes) and The Madden Brothers‘s Greetings From California (iTunes).

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

  • “Feels Like Vegas”, a digital single from R&B singer Tinashe. (iTunes)
  • “Love ‘Em All”, a new single from R&B singer K. Michelle. (iTunes)
  • “Nature Boy”, another digital single from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s Cheek To Cheek album. (iTunes)
  • “Starshine”, new from the legendary Stevie Nicks. (iTunes)
  • “Surrender”, new from the New Jersey trio Cash Cash. (iTunes)

Kenny Chesney brings The Big Revival to the charts next week; will it revive the top spot or will Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett get Cheek To Cheek with it? A full preview is coming in seven!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: April 3, 2005

No more Mr. Brightside.

No more Mr. Brightside.

Welcome back for another edition of Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my new top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. The first year of high school was an awkward one, especially in the spring, with physics labs and algebra tests galore. Let’s say I preferred experimenting with music and calculating my tastes. Here’s what was happening on my chart dated April 3, 2005:

Debuts:
40. BETTER THAN EZRA, “A Lifetime”
38. BRYAN ADAMS, “This Side Of Paradise”

Biggest Mover:
KELLY CLARKSON, “Behind These Hazel Eyes” (35-21) (14 spots)

10. GAVIN DEGRAW, “Chariot”
So, the Make A Move era went a little awry… but we can still remember the classics, including this, which was charging its way up into the top ten and eventually into the #2 spot. It remains DeGraw’s biggest single to date on my top 40, which I don’t think will be changing anytime soon. You can currently find the singer/songwriter on the road through the summer.

09. INGRAM HILL, “Almost Perfect”
Probably the most obscure out of this week’s top ten songs, this group from Tennessee was signed to Hollywood Records when they released June’s Picture Show, featuring “Will I Ever Make It Home?” (which just missed my chart) as well as this. It was at its peak, spending two weeks at #9. They haven’t charted since “Almost”, but they’re still together as a trio.

08. U2, “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own”
After shooting to the top with their international hit, “Vertigo”, the Irish band changed the pace a taste with their second single from How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. Leader Bono wrote the song as a tribute to his father, who passed away four years before this single saw its release. “Sometimes” spent four weeks in a row at #8 and went to #97 on the Hot 100.

07. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Home”
It’s hard to believe that the Canadian crooner has been making my top 40 for over a decade now, but it was back in 2003 that his remake of “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?” peaked just outside the top 20. His first original song to chart became his first top ten, climbing to #3. He’s now been to #1 four times, most recently with 2013’s “It’s A Beautiful Day”.

06. JACK JOHNSON, “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing”
Surf’s up! Surfer turned singer Johnson had just released his new album, In Between Dreams, a few weeks before this and caught a tasty wave into the runner-up spot behind 50 Cent’s The Massacre. “Sitting” remains Johnson’s only #1 to make my chart, though he’s gone top ten six times since 2002. The last, “You And Your Heart”, spent two weeks at #2 in 2010.

05. ROB THOMAS, “Lonely No More”
It was one of the most hyped-up releases during the spring of 2005, and it hit my chart with a bang. “Lonely” is Thomas’s second-longest running #1 on my survey at six weeks total, just eclipsed by the eight weeks that “Her Diamonds” led atop  in 2009. Parent album Something To Be also went to #1 on the Billboard 200. He continues on a solo tour through May.

04. HOWIE DAY, “Collide”
This may just be one of the musical equivalents of The Little Engine That Could. Co-written with Kevin Griffin of the trio Better Than Ezra, “Collide” slowly crept up the charts and topped my own for three weeks. Day is one of a handful acts to break nationally from the Pine Tree State, Maine. The others are Rick Pinette & Oak, Spose and Anna Kendrick.

03. TIM MCGRAW, “Live Like You Were Dying”
Yeehaw, kids. McGraw’s powerful ballad was the only Country hit in the top 40 that week, a huge #1 on that airplay chart during the prior year. Of course, he was also featured on Nelly‘s “Over And Over”, a chart-topping CHR record, but that didn’t end up on my list. “Live” is his biggest song to date. He’s now gaining on Country radio with “Lookin’ For That Girl”.

02. DURAN DURAN, “What Happens Tomorrow”
Talk about a huge surprise! After leadoff “(Reach Up For The) Sunrise” barely missed the top ten in 2004 with a still very respectable peak, “Tomorrow” became a monster smash and spent six weeks at #1. This enabled it to be ranked as the top song on my Top 100 of 2005. It also became a moderate entry on the Hot AC airwaves. The quartet last charted in 2011.

01. THE KILLERS, “Mr. Brightside”
Somebody told me that this song was riding high on my chart for a second week in a row. Gee, I wonder who it was? Well, the second charting single for this band from Las Vegas was indeed their biggest on my top 40, managing to hold onto the top spot for three weeks. The group’s had a pretty consistent output since then, including a few more top ten records, but “Brightside” remains their signature hit. Leader Brandon Flowers went to #1 for three weeks with “Crossfire” in 2010.

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback and don’t forget to 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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GRAMMY WEEK: Adam Picks The Winners for Alternative/Rock/Country 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 Alternative, Rock and Country.

(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.)

12. Best Rock Performance

“Always Alright”, Alabama Shakes
“The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”, David Bowie
“Radioactive”, Imagine Dragons (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“Kashmir (Live)”, Led Zeppelin
“My God Is The Sun”Queens Of The Stone Age
“I’m Shakin'”Jack White

PREDICTION: It’s hard to deny the overwhelming success of “Radioactive” during the past year, but it’s only up for two categories, one being Record Of The Year, which is out of the question. (To me, at least.) This is the safer bet for the Las Vegas band.

13. Best Metal Performance

“T.N.T.”Anthrax
“God Is Dead?”, Black Sabbath (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“The Enemy Inside”Dream Theater
“In Due Time”Killswitch Engage
“Room 24”Volbeat featuring King Diamond

PREDICTION: While metal isn’t a genre of choice when it comes to my listening habits, I do know a little bit about the acts in this category. With their first studio album in 18 years, I’m hoping the reformed trio of Black Sabbath is rewarded with this.

14. Best Rock Song

“Ain’t Messin ‘Round”
Performed and Written by: Gary Clark Jr.

“Cut Me Some Slack”
Performed and Written by: Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“Doom And Gloom”
Performed by: Rolling Stones
Written by: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

“God Is Dead?”
Performed and Written by: Black Sabbath (Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne)

“Panic Station”
Performed by: Muse
Written by: Matthew Bellamy

PREDICTION: There are classic acts galore in this category, along with a few newcomers. Gary Clark, Jr. would be a good choice for the win, but I think Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear have this. Just keepin’ it Reel.

15. Best Rock Album

13Black Sabbath
The Next DayDavid Bowie
Mechanical BullKings Of Leon
Celebration Day, Led Zeppelin (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
…Like Clockwork, Queens Of The Stone Age
Psychedelic Pill, Neil Young with Crazy Horse

PREDICTION: I’ll say this category is probably going to be a fight between Bowie and Zeppelin – both albums did well. Though they have several entries in the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, wouldn’t it be cool to see Led Zeppelin win their first regular award?

16. Best Alternative Music Album

The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Neko Case
Trouble Will Find Me, The National
Hesitation Marks, Nine Inch Nails
Lonerism, Tame Impala
Modern Vampires Of The City, Vampire Weekend (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

PREDICTION: There’s quite a few buzzworthy acts in this category, but people seemed rather surprised that Vampire Weekend was shut out of the Big Four. This is their only chance to win an award as a band this year, so I think it will easily go to them.

26. Best Country Solo Performance

“I Drive Your Truck”, Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy”, Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart”Miranda Lambert
“Wagon Wheel”Darius Rucker (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“Mine Would Be You”Blake Shelton

PREDICTION: It’s a man’s, man’s, man’s year for this category, and while all five did particularly well on the Country chart, Hayes will probably take this honor. He’s the youngest in the pack and “Crazy” managed some minor crossover airplay in 2013.

27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“From This Valley”The Civil Wars (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
“Don’t Rush”Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill
“Your Side Of The Bed”Little Big Town
“Highway Don’t Care”, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
“You Can’t Make Old Friends”Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton

PREDICTION: It would be fantastic to see The Civil Wars win this one. That being said, if Taylor Swift is going to be at the show and performing, I’ll give her this one. (cue Swift’s shocked face) “Highway” was a #1 Country hit for the three performers.

28. Best Country Song

“Begin Again”
Performed and Written by: Taylor Swift

“I Drive Your Truck”
Performed by: Lee Brice
Written by: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy Yeary

“Mama’s Broken Heart”
Performed by: Miranda Lambert
Written by: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves

“Merry Go ‘Round”
Performed by: Kacey Musgraves
Written by: Shane McAnally, Musgraves & Josh Osborne (***ACTUAL WINNER***)

“Mine Would Be You”
Performed by: Blake Shelton
Written by: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Deric Ruttan

PREDICTION: This category is a little more balanced than the Performance award. I could conceivably see the lyric-driven “I Drive Your Truck” winning, but Kacey Musgraves is up twice here and I think she’ll be able to win for the song she performed.

29. Best Country Album

Night Train, Jason Aldean
Two Lanes Of Freedom, Tim McGraw
Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves (***ACTUAL WINNER***)
Based On A True Story, Blake Shelton
Red, Taylor Swift

PREDICTION: Aldean, McGraw and Shelton have never won this category despite being nominated before, and don’t get me started about Red being classified as “Country album.” So, under careful consideration, Kacey Musgraves shall be the winner here.
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