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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 8, 2017

Rhett’s a good bet.

Keep it country with this week’s batch of hot new releases, featuring several hitmakers from the genre, both old and new. There’s plenty more from outside of that world, so check out this week’s notable albums and singles:

THOMAS RHETT – Life Changes (iTunes)
Rhett’s star continues to rise in the Country world, with a number of chart-topping singles to his credit since 2013. His new set is already off to a good start, containing the Maren Morris-assisted “Craving You” (a #1 single at Country radio) and his latest hit at the format, “Unforgettable”, which is just below the top ten. It could very well be next week’s highest new entry.

JACK JOHNSON – All The Light Above It Too (iTunes)
Johnson is back and riding a wave into the top ten at the Triple A format with “My Mind Is For Sale”, and his latest studio album is also for sale (and streaming) at your favorite digital platform. Johnson’s last four studio releases, including one soundtrack, all went to #1 on the Billboard 200. We’ll see if this makes it five.

DUSTIN LYNCH – Current Mood (iTunes)
Lynch just scored his latest #1 at the Country format with “Small Town Boy”, with previous single “Seein’ Red” topping the list in February. Both songs are featured on this set, which should be one of the top new entries on both the overall and country charts.

More albums out this week: Gregg Allman‘s Southern Blood (iTunes), Hanson‘s Middle Of Nowhere – The Greatest Hits (iTunes), Kip Moore‘s Slowheart (iTunes), Leikeli47‘s Wash & Set (iTunes), Odesza‘s A Moment Apart (iTunes), The National‘s Sleep Well Beast (iTunes), Toby Keith‘s The Bus Songs (iTunes), Tori Amos‘s Native Invader (iTunes), Twin Peaks (Music From The Limited Event Series) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: TOMI‘s Used To (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“2U (Seeb Remix)”, David Guetta featuring Justin Bieber (iTunes)
“Another Shot”, Vigiland (iTunes)
“Be Real”, Phoebe Ryan (iTunes)
“Bringing It Home” and “Lookin’ Up”, Barenaked Ladies (iTunes)
“Come Together”, Gary Clark Jr. (iTunes)
“Craving”, Matt Woods (iTunes)
“Dusk Till Dawn”, ZAYN featuring Sia (iTunes)
“Echoes”, Theory Of A Deadman (iTunes)
“Everyday”, The Americanos featuring D.R.A.M & Kyle (iTunes)
“Fantasy”, George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers (iTunes)
“Flowers”, Cape Cub (iTunes)
“Go To Work”, Nadine (iTunes)
“Holding Your Tongue”, Terror Jr. (iTunes)
“Hurry Up!”, Superfruit (iTunes)
“I Believe I’m Fine”, Robin Schulz & Hugel (iTunes)
“I’ll Name The Dogs”, Blake Shelton (iTunes)
“Let Me Go”, Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt (iTunes)
“Love”, iLoveMakonnen featuring Rae Sremmurd (iTunes)
“Love So Soft” and “Move You”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“Mattress (Valley Girl Remix)”, Leland featuring Allie X (iTunes)
“Miles (Acoustic)”, Phillip Phillips (iTunes)
“More More More”, Dagny (iTunes)
“More Than You Know (Acoustic)”, Axwell /\ Ingrosso (iTunes)
“Never Going Back”, The Score (iTunes)
“Out Of My Head”, Loote (iTunes)
“Red Bow”, Union Moon (iTunes)
“Rocket”, Miriam Bryant featuring NEIKED (iTunes)
“Say It To My Face”, Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Selfish Love (Acoustic)”, Jessie Ware (iTunes)
“Swerve”, Starrah & Diplo (iTunes)
“The Line”, Foo Fighters (iTunes)
“Too Good At Goodbyes”, Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Up All Night”, Beck (iTunes)
“What Good Is Love”, Paul Rey (iTunes)
“You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“You’re The Best Thing About Me”, U2 (iTunes)

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

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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 29)

That's a Wrap.

That’s a Wrap.

Another week of hot and big new releases? Snow way! The flakes are gonna fly and so are some of these albums (up the chart), all out today, October 29:

  • This one won’t have its biggest sales week until just before the holidays wrap up, but you know Kelly Clarkson‘s Wrapped In Red will be stuffed in a lot of stockings around the globe this year. The disc is garnering rave reviews and first single “Underneath The Tree” is an absolute gem. Way to go, Kelly! (iTunes)
  • Three years after the release of their GRAMMY-winning The Suburbs, indie rockers Arcade Fire are back with Reflektor, with the title song in the top 20 at Alternative radio. Look for it to be the highest debut on next week’s chart. (iTunes)
  • Coming off the electro rockin’ “A Light That Never Comes” with DJ and producer Steve Aoki, Linkin Park is out with Recharged, a remixes album featuring that single and other tracks from their album of last year, Living Things. (iTunes)
  • Mixing hip-hop, jazz and soul music, the Robert Glasper Experiment releases a sequel to his Black Radio album, this one being Black Radio 2. The leadoff single from it, “Calls”, featuring vocalist Jill Scott, is a top 30 single at Urban AC radio. (iTunes)
  • Looking to twang things up this week? Newcomer Thomas Rhett is coming off a #1 Country radio single and title track of It Goes Like This (iTunes) and superstar Toby Keith is packing the bar for his 17th studio album, Drinks After Work (iTunes).
  • …and on the Christmas circuit this week, beyond the aforementioned Wrapped In Red by Kelly Clarkson, are a whole bunch of these tasty treats: Bad Religion‘s Christmas Songs (iTunes), Johnny Mathis‘s Sending You A Little Christmas (iTunes), Nick Lowe‘s Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family (iTunes), Susan Boyle‘s Home For Christmas (iTunes), Trace Adkins‘s The King’s Gift (iTunes) and the soundtrack to The Best Man Holiday (iTunes).
  • Other albums out this week include Ed Kowalczyk‘s The Flood And The Mercy (iTunes), Hellogoodbye‘s Everything Is Debatable (iTunes), Seether‘s 2002-2013 (iTunes), Sky Ferriera‘s Night Time, My Time (iTunes) and Yuna‘s Nocturnal (iTunes).

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

  • Overtime (EP), a six song release from Cash Cash; single “Take Me Home”, featuring Bebe Rexha, is on here. (iTunes)
  • Peace Sword (EP), a five song release from rockers The Flaming Lips; the title song is off the soundtrack to Ender’s Game. (iTunes)
  • “It’s About Time”, the leadoff release from Young The Giant‘s newest studio album, Mind Over Matter. (iTunes)
  • “Recovery”, the latest Music Mondays track from Justin Bieber. (iTunes)
  • “Story Of My Life”, a new single from boy band One Direction. (iTunes)
  • “The Monster”, the second radio single from Eminem‘s forthcoming album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. It features Rihanna. (iTunes)
  • “Venus”, another digital single from Lady Gaga‘s forthcoming ARTPOP album. (iTunes)

Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion and Eminem light up the schedule next week — see a preview of who lands where in seven.

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The Sound Of The Sip: Serving Up Pop Potions

What's "Cup"?

What’s “Cup”?

It’s become the surprise breakout hit from a movie that’s taken on a life of its own even after it was in theaters. The song is “Cups (When I’m Gone)”, the current #30 on the Hot 100, performed by actress Anna Kendrick from the film Pitch Perfect. Interpolating the 1937 song by J.E. Mainer’s Mountaineers, “Miss Me When I’m Gone”, the song is climbing in both airplay and sales thanks to a radio remix which incorporates a folk backing behind Kendrick’s vocal and, of course, the sound of cups hitting the ground and her claps. It’s a rare hit for so many reasons, including the origin of the lyrics, the fact that the movie was screening last fall, and now Kendrick is just the fourth artist born in the state of Maine to have a top 40 hit behind Rick Pinette & Oak (1980), Howie Day (2004) and Spose (2010). It’s not every day that we have a popular single that has the word “cup” in the title either, so before you go spilling the tea on this one, drink a little of this chart concoction:

“I’ll Just Have A Cup Of Coffee (Then I’ll Go)”, Claude Gray (#84, 1961)
Country singer Gray had a handful of top ten hits on the Country survey, this one going to #4. It was his only song to crossover to the pop survey, albeit in a limited fashion. He last made the top 40 on his home format in 1970.

“Another Cup Of Coffee”, Brook Benton (#47, 1964)
Benton was successful on the R&B and pop surveys between the late 50’s and early 70’s with songs like “It’s Just A Matter Of Time” (#3, 1959) and “The Boll Weevil Song” (#2, 1961), although this wasn’t a big hit on either chart. His last top 40 single was a 1970 ballad titled “Rainy Night In Georgia” (#4).

“My Cup Runneth Over”, Ed Ames (#8, 1967)
Ames, an adult standards singer, recorded a version of this Biblical-inspired song, going top ten on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song originates from the 1966 musical I Do! I Do! Ames hit the top 40 once more in 1968 with an English translation of a Spanish song, “Who Will Answer?” (#19), but he continued to rank on the AC survey through 1970 to varying success.

“Paper Cup”, The 5th Dimension (#34, 1967)
Before the quintet from Los Angeles struck gold with two #1 singles, they struggled to get this song into the top 40. It was the followup to “Up, Up And Away”, which didn’t struggled at all and climbed to #7. Parent album The Magic Garden was a dud, failing to break the top 100 on the Billboard 200.

“The Cup Of Life (La Copa De La Vida)”, Ricky Martin (#60, 1998 / #45, 1999)
One of the more famous songs to come out of the World Cup (in this case, the 1998 FIFA World Cup), Martin’s song went to #60 on the Hot 100 in 1998. However, after “Livin’ La Vida Loca” soared to #1, “Life” was serviced back to radio and retail, going to #45 on the Hot 100 and top 30 at mainstream radio. Two versions, one recorded in English and one mixing English and Spanish, were both heard here.

“Drank In My Cup”, Kirko Bangz (#28, 2012)
This Texas rapper had one moderate single on the R&B survey before going top 5 with this hit, which also charted moderately on the Hot 100. It was certified Platinum for sales of 1 million copies. He is prepping for the release of his first studio album, Bigger Than Me, which is due out later this summer. A single from it should be available soon.

“Red Solo Cup”, Toby Keith (#15, 2012)
It’s perhaps one of the silliest songs to make the charts, but both the song and video went viral, and thus, radio had to pick up on it. It went to #9 on the Country chart. A version performed on Glee by Chord Overstreet went to #92 in late 2011. Keith’s label tried unsuccessfully to market the song to mainstream radio as a Spring Break anthem last year, but the format wasn’t sipping the Kool Aid.

In addition, two songs about the “buttercup” flower went top 40: “Pucker Up Buttercup” by Jr. Walker & The All-Stars from 1967 (#31) and the classic “Build Me Up Buttercup“, a #3 single for the The Foundations in 1969. Let’s not forget about the most successful “cup” act to hit the charts, The Dixie Cups. The trio had a handful of top 40 hits in the 60’s, including the #1 “Chapel Of Love” in 1964 and the first charting version of the song “Iko Iko” a year later (#20) which would also make the Hot 100 for Dr. John (#71, 1972) and The Belle Stars (#14, 1989).

Hope you enjoyed your fill of these poppin’ pieces and don’t forget to follow the blog below and find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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