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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 14, 2018

Pretty solid effort.

Don’t cry! It’s another fabulous Friday with plenty of goodies hitting the market, from alternative to country to dance. These are the notable digital and physical releases landing on shelves this Friday:

CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Cry Pretty (iTunes)
Though this era has proven to be a mixed bag of results on the charts, including its title cut missing the top five at the Country radio format, Underwood should pull through and deliver a solid opening week on the Billboard 200 list. Will it be able to pass the recent #1 album by Eminem to secure the top spot? Stay tuned.

DAVID GUETTA – 7 (iTunes)
Guetta’s new set includes the radio singles “Don’t Leave Me Alone”, featuring Anne-Marie, and “Flames”, a duet with Sia, both of  which have received minor airplay at the Hot AC and Top 40 radio formats in the States. Expect this to be one of the top EDM titles on next week’s Billboard 200 list.

Notable albums out this week: 6LACK‘s East Atlanta Love Letter (iTunes), Felix Sandman‘s EMOTIONS (iTunes), Good Charlotte‘s Generation Rx (iTunes), Jungle‘s Forever (iTunes), Mitch James‘s Mitch James (iTunes), Tony Bennett & Diana Krall‘s Love Is Here To Stay (iTunes), Tori Kelly‘s Hiding Place (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Clara Mae‘s Sorry For Writing All The Songs About You (iTunes), Firekid‘s XY (iTunes), Wale‘s Free Lunch (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“16 Steps”, Martin Jensen & Olivia Holt featuring Yxng Bane (iTunes)
“4AM”, Dan Caplen featuring Caitlyn Scarlett (iTunes)
“Bad”, Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“Better”, Khalid (iTunes)
“Big”, Lemaitre (iTunes)
“Big Love”, Black Eyed Peas (iTunes)
“Blacklight”, The Ting Tings (iTunes)
“Break Up A Bit”, Peg Parnevik (iTunes)
“Bulletproof Baby”, The Struts (iTunes)
“Burn Out”, Martin Garrix & Justin Mylo featuring Dewain Whitmore (iTunes)
“Call Me When You’re Sober”, Kevin George (iTunes)
“Canceled”, Bryson Tiller (iTunes)
“Crazy”, Cypress Hill (iTunes)
“Crazy”, New Hope Club (iTunes)
“Cut & Run”, Call Me Loop (iTunes)
“Dose”, Ciara (iTunes)
“Fool”, Alyson Stoner (iTunes)
“Found What I’ve Been Looking For (Friction “Back to 92″ Mix)”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Freedom”, Kris Wu featuring Jhené Aiko (iTunes)
“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (Extended)”, Cher (iTunes)
“Girl”, Jess Kent (iTunes)
“GTFO”, Mariah Carey (iTunes)
“Here I Am”, Dolly Parton and Sia (iTunes)
“I Don’t Exist”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“I Want You”, Daniel Skye (iTunes)
“I’d Rather Go Blind”, Grace Potter (iTunes)
“Joshua Tree”, Rozzi (iTunes)
“Just Wanna Love You”, Cris Cab featuring J Balvin (iTunes)
“Like I Love You”, Lost Frequencies featuring The NGHBRS (iTunes)
“Livin’ In A Dream”, The Neighbourhood featuring Nipsey Hussle (iTunes)
“Mariners Apartment Complex”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“Me Vs. Us”, Tayla Parx (iTunes)
“Might Not Like Me (MOTi Remix)”, Brynn Elliott (iTunes)
“Next To You”, St. Lucia (iTunes)
“No Drama”, James Hype & Craig David (iTunes)
“NOLA”, Asiahn (iTunes)
“On Fire”, Morgan Saint (iTunes)
“Paris”, Ashlee + Evan (iTunes)
“Pistol On My Side (P.O.M.S.)”, Swizz Beatz featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Ready To Go”, Bronze Radio Return (iTunes)
“Reasons Not To Die (Demo)”, Ryn Weaver (iTunes)
“Rewind”, G-Eazy featuring Anthony Russo (iTunes)
“Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)”, The Smashing Pumpkins (iTunes)
“Sincerity Is Scary”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“Situation”, Stefan James (iTunes)
“So Real (Warriors)”, Too Many Zooz vs. KDA featuring Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Song About You”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“Sprinkle”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Survive”, Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sandé & Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“Tears & Tantrums”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Thick And Thin”, LANY (iTunes)
“Too Turnt”, Lougotcash featuring Trippie Redd (iTunes)
“Voices”, Against The Current (iTunes)
“Wake Up In The Sky”, Gucci Mane x Bruno Mars x Kodak Black (iTunes)
“Wasted”, Jesse McCartney (iTunes)
“Worst”, BURNS featuring Johnny Yukon (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Josh Groban, St. Lucia and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 23)

Two Cheeks, one week.

Two Cheeks, one week.

It’s a snazzy and jazzy update this week, with two unlikely superstars paired together for a collection of covers, along with one of Country’s leading men and one of England’s hottest indie trios. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of September 23:

  • After a week which will see Barbra Streisand top the Billboard 200, who’s to say that Tony Bennett will not be the next to top the survey? His long-delayed duets album with Lady Gaga, titled Cheek To Cheek, is now in stores. Several digital cuts from it have made the Jazz charts in the last few weeks. Reviews have been generally solid for it and the effort should have enough strength to enter at #1 next week. (iTunes)
  • Just off another #1 single at Country radio with “American Kids”, still selling well in the top 40 on iTunes, hitmaker Kenny Chesney is back with The Big Revival, which also features the followup “Til It’s Gone”. Last time around, Chesney’s Life On A Rock debuted north of six figures last year and could hit that same amount this year as a strong #2. We’ll see. (iTunes)
  • Currently riding up the Alternative survey with their biggest hit to date, “Left Hand Free”, the band known as alt-J (or ) is back with This Is All Yours, the act’s first studio album since 2012’s An Awesome Wave. Pre-release tracks from it have already ranked highly on iTunes stores across the globe. It will likely debut in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • In our former reality show contestants roundup, and there are quite a few this week, look out for new releases from America’s Got Talent‘s Jackie Evancho and her latest, Awakening (iTunes), American Idol‘s Jennifer Hudson with JHUD (iTunes) and The Sing-Off‘s Pentatonix with PTX, Vol. III (iTunes). Hudson’s “It’s Your World”, with R. Kelly, is now a top 20 hit at Urban AC radio.
  • Other releases out this week include: Aphex Twin‘s Syro (iTunes), Chad Lawson‘s The Chopin Variations (iTunesGary Clark Jr.‘s Gary Clark Jr. Live (iTunes), George Harrison‘s The Apple Years 1968-75 (iTunes), Joe Bonamossa‘s Different Shades Of Blue (iTunes), John Mellencamp‘s Plain Spoken (iTunes), Lee Ann Womack‘s The Way I’m Livin’ (iTunes), Lenny Kravitz‘s Strut (iTunes), Leonard Cohen‘s Popular Problems (iTunes), Luke James‘s Luke James (iTunes) and Tweedy‘s Sukierae (iTunes).

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

  • “Burnin’ Up”, new from singer Jessie J and rapper 2 Chainz. (iTunes)
  • “Carry You Home”, a digital single from Jamie Scott. (iTunes)
  • “Maps (Rumba Whoa Mix)”, the Maroon 5 hit with a new feature by Latin star J Balvin. (iTunes)
  • “Something Blue”, a digital single from the forthcoming album by Neil Diamond. (iTunes)
  • “When You Were Mine”, a collaboration from Night Terrors of 1927 and Tegan & Sara. (iTunes)

It’s a crazy week as the labels prepare for their final shot at a GRAMMY nomination for acts with new albums like Blake Shelton, Colbie Caillat, Lady Antebellum, Prince and more. So many releases, so little time, but a full preview is coming in seven!

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GRAMMY Flashback: Who? What? How Did That Win?

An unjustified loss.

An unjustified loss.

Welcome to GRAMMY Week! This week, from Monday to Friday, you’ll be treated to some special GRAMMY related topics, from the past to the present, all leading up to the music’s biggest night on Sunday at 8PM eastern on CBS. Let’s dive into today’s post…

Now, time for some GRAMMY wins from the weird and wacky corner of the music universe. Over the past fifty-four years, some of these choices haven’t exactly held up well are still criticized to this day. How and why did these happen? The voting committee shows us that, sometimes, they might just be a bit out of touch with the mainstream with a few of the results in these six different categories. Take a look.

THE BIG FOUR
A few entries have won Song Of The Year without hitting the top 40 on the Hot 100. In fact, they barely made the Hot 100 as is. 1966’s winner, “The Shadow Of Your Smile” by Tony Bennett, peaked at #95. Forty years later, “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own” by U2 only went to #97. Both are GRAMMY darlings, but it seems sort of weird to have won such an honor without being a big national hit. Several Record Of The Year winners never made the Hot 100 at all: 2002’s “Walk On” by U2,  2005’s “Here We Go Again” by the late Ray Charles and Norah Jones and 2009’s “Please Read The Letter” by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. I think we’re at the point where this phase is over… for now.

There have been some really questionable choices for Best New Artist since the category’s been around. In 1961, television’s Bob Newhart pulled off a win, the only time a comedian has won Best New Artist. Then, in 1963, Robert Goulet took Best New Artist in one of the stranger wins, beating out Peter, Paul and Mary and The Four Seasons. Goulet only had one big hit, but it was one year after the win. 2001’s winner, Shelby Lynne, had been making the Country chart since 1989… I mean, because getting an award twelve years after your first hit is really new. We’ve also had two really left-of-center choices in the past two years: 2011’s Esperanza Spalding and 2012’s Bon Iver. We won’t have this same kind of situation this year, even if Alabama Shakes wins. I don’t need to bring up Milli Vanilli once again. Cringe all you want.

I think we’d rather forget 2008 when Herbie Hancock and friends won for River: The Joni Letters, a jazz album that beat out the late Amy Winehouse, the Foo Fighters and Kanye West. It was one of the few times in recent years that an Album Of The Year failed to certify even Gold for shipments of 500,000 copies. I think the Academy learned from their mistake. There have been other peculiar choices, especially in last decade or so, but none as much as Hancock’s win.

GENRE-SPECIFIC CATEGORIES
Lots of great R&B songs came out in 1977, but for Best R&B Song at the 1978 ceremony, the winner ending up being “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” by Leo Sayer, beating out big hits by The Emotions, Thelma Houston and two songs by The Commodores. Decent song, but one problem: it never made the R&B chart. Oops! It was Sayer’s only GRAMMY win and his charting days were done in the States by 1981.

Probably the worst offender in a genre category happened at the 1989 GRAMMY Awards with Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental. Metallica, who were the front-runners to win for their 1988 album, …And Justice For All, were defeated by Jethro Tull and their album Crest Of A Knave. Who knew a flute was metal? Guess this was a prime example of the panel “living in the past”. The controversy was well-publicized and it was such a joke that the category was dropped altogether at the next ceremony and split up into two distinct Awards.

They don’t always get it right, but at least we can look back and laugh once in a while. Any other outcomes at the GRAMMYs that you thought were totally wrong, whether in a big category or in a genre one? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel. All of my GRAMMY predictions for the upcoming ceremony are coming tomorrow! Better get to working on that post, right?

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