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

Bravely entering the release ring.

Bravely entering the release ring.

After a few weeks of lighter lists, we get back to the good stuff this week. Here’s your releases report for music out today, July 16:

  • With her single “Brave” lighting up the airwaves on a few formats, Sara Bareilles puts out her latest album, The Blessed Unrest. Her last album debuted at #1; this won’t do the same, but it should enter in the top 5. (iTunes)
  • With his first album in two years, singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson is out with Last Of The Great Pretenders, his third album with Vanguard Records. The single “Mission Bells” is still climbing at AAA radio. (iTunes)
  • He may not be a kangaroo, but one of Australia’s hottest exports lately is hopping about in the States. 16-year-old Cody Simpson is back with his latest album, Surfer’s Paradise, featuring “Pretty Brown Eyes”. (iTunes)
  • Also from the land down under, rockers Sick Puppies release Connect, featuring the single “There’s No Going Back”. It’s their first album since 2009’s Tri-Polar. (iTunes)
  • Dancing their way back on the scene, the Pet Shop Boys are Electric on their new album. It’s their twelfth studio album and their first to be self-released. (iTunes)
  • Probably my favorite releases of the week, though it won’t do nearly as well as some of the ones listed here, is Mayer Hawthorne‘s Where Does This Door Go? First single “Her Favorite Song” and current single “The Stars Are Ours” are both on here. (iTunes)
  • For the kiddos this week, two albums are making the cut: the still-popular Kidz Bop 24 (iTunes) and the soundtrack to Disney’s forthcoming TV special, Teen Beach Movie (iTunes).
  • Other albums out this week include Amelita by the Court Yard Hounds (iTunes), Lickety Split by Robert Randolph and the Family Band (iTunes), This Song Is For You by Ronald Isley (iTunes) and With The Whole World Watching (EP) by Tony Lucca (iTunes).

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

  • “Mind Your Manners”, a fresh rocking hit from Pearl Jam. (iTunes)
  • “Miss Movin’ On”, new from The X Factor‘s Fifth Harmony. (iTunes)
  • “Replay”, from Disney actress and now singer Zendaya. (iTunes)
  • “The Heart Of Dixie”, from recent The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery. (iTunes)

Queen of the tweens Selena Gomez will likely be next week’s top debut… but can she make it to #1? A preview is coming in seven!

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SINGLE REVIEW: Tony Lucca – “Never Gonna Let You Go” (+ Lyrics)

Another voice from The Voice.

Another voice from The Voice.

37-year-old Tony Lucca has been in the music business for over twenty years now and has seen and done a lot, from a children’s television show to commercials and eventually a music-based reality competition. A generation grew up with him for four season of The New Mickey Mouse Club, and while his friends and fellow actors Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake would become superstars in the world of music, Lucca struggled with an acting career and recorded independently to little buzz, although he did open for *NSYNC on their 2001 tour, a group that featured Timberlake and another Mouseketeer, JC Chasez. Chasez would come in handy, inviting Lucca out on tour with him and co-producing his first album for Lightyear Records in 2004, Shotgun. A single, “Catch Me” was promoted, and even made my New & Active for six weeks during that summer, but it was largely ignored by radio. He continued to record both solo and with others and managed to find some placement on a few shows here and there.

Then, in 2011, everything changed when Lucca auditioned for the television show The Voice, with Aguilera as a judge. All four judges turned around for him, though he ended up with judge Adam Levine, and the tensions between Aguilera and Lucca ramped up, especially during a performance of Jay-Z‘s “99 Problems” during one of the later rounds. He eventually ended up in third place. Following the show, Levine signed him to a new startup label called 222 Records, which recently released a Matthew Morrison album, Where It All Began. An album from Lucca will be coming later this year, but for now, he and his label are trying for a radio hit with his brand new single, “Never Gonna Let You Go”.

“Never” is your standard mid-to-uptempo pop/rock fare with a guitar-driven arrangement, which is right genre for Lucca to be heading in. I ultimately think it’s one of the best post-The Voice singles that’s out there right now. If you’re a fan of the recent Phillip Phillips album and singles like “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Home”, then this will probably be right up your alley. Luckily, this song isn’t as folky as his stuff, because you know how over-saturated the airwaves are right now with twangy guitars and mandolins from the recent explosion of those types of acts. No, this one’s solid the way it is, with a catchy melody and a great set of lyrics about a guy who is almost ready to give up from the fatigue of his actions, but can’t when he’s with the girl in his life; he won’t let her get away from him. It’s short and sweet at just over three minutes in length, but is certainly a great introduction of what will be coming our way.

Here’s the problem: 222 Records doesn’t have a proven hit yet, and while this could be it for them, it generally only appeals to two radio formats: Hot Adult Contemporary (Hot AC) and Adult Album Alternative (AAA). I think it has potential at both of them, but it’s not up to me to decide the hits, and name alone from both Levine and the television show can get it so far. It’s a quality song, so I’m hoping for the best. Now, go out and download it to support Tony and his music! He’ll be performing on The Voice tonight, so make sure to tune at 8PM Eastern on NBC.

Listen to the premiere of “Never Gonna Let You Go”. / Download “Never Gonna Let You Go” on iTunes.

“NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO”

[Verse 1]
My legs are getting tired of running
Running at the speed of sound
But all I ever wanted was to not have nothing
And try to make it through the crowd
My eyes have been weighing heavy
Everything has changed for me
With all the bright lights in the city at night
It’s still too dark to see

[Pre-Chorus]
And if you take me by the hand with the whole world watching
Never gonna let you go

[Chorus]
‘Cause only you know
How to save my soul
I hope you know
Never gonna let you go
So, if you take me by the hand with the whole world watching
I just wanna let you know
Oh-oh-oh oh
Never gonna let you go

[Verse 2]
My head has been spilling over
It’s too much for me to take
If I could send myself back home for a minute
Maybe it would be OK
I know it’s been a long time coming
It will never be the same
Been waiting on the edge of nothing
Maybe nothing’s really changed

[Pre-Chorus]
And if you take me by the hand with the whole world watching
Never gonna let you go

[Chorus]
‘Cause only you know
How to save my soul
I hope you know
Never gonna let you go
So, if you take me by the hand with the whole world watching
I just wanna let you know
Oh-oh-oh oh
Never gonna let you go

Oh-oh-oh oh (x4)

[Middle 8]
So, if you take me by the hand with the whole world watching
I just wanna let you know
That if you take me by the hand with the whole world watching
Never gonna let you go

[Chorus]
‘Cause only you know
How to save my soul
I hope you know
Never gonna let you go
So, if you take me by the hand with the whole world watching
I just wanna let you know
Oh-oh-oh oh
Never gonna let you go

[End]
Oh-oh-oh oh (x4)

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