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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 1, 2017

Experiencing a comeback.

It’s the last month of the year! Here come some of the biggest releases of 2017, all available for your listening pleasure! Now, the weekly look at the albums and singles you need to know about this Friday:

U2 – Songs Of Experience (iTunes)
The legendary Irish quartet returns with their 14th studio album, and first in three years, which includes single “You’re The Best Thing About Me”. Charting across three formats, it performed best on the Triple A chart, where it was #1 for two weeks. Though you won’t find this one free in your iTunes library, it should be a strong contender for #1 on the Billboard 200.

MIGUEL – War & Leisure (iTunes)
The newest studio album by this R&B singer features the hit “Sky Walker”, featuring Travis Scott, which is either inside or just outside the top ten at both Rhythmic and Urban radio. Will it become his third set to reach the top five overall? Could happen!

CHRIS STAPLETON – From A Room: Volume 2 (iTunes)
As “Broken Halos”, off the first volume, continues its slow ascent up the Country radio survey, Stapleton’s second album of 2017 arrives in stores. It’s sure to be the top Country album in the land next week, with a notable debut overall as well.

More albums out this week: Andy Grammer‘s The Good Parts (iTunes), Danielle Bradbery‘s I Don’t Believe We’ve Met (iTunes), Five Finger Death Punch‘s A Decade Of Destruction (iTunes), Pitbull‘s Greatest Hits (iTunes), Robbie Williams‘s Under The Radar, Vol. 2 (Deluxe) (iTunes), Roy Woods‘s Say Less (iTunes), The Rolling Stones‘s On Air (iTunes), Van Morrison‘s Versatile (iTunes), Ferdinand (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: TBA

More EPs out this week: Black Veil Brides‘s Rebels (iTunes), Lions Head‘s Golden / The Night B4 Xmas (iTunes), Owl City‘s Reel 1 (iTunes), Sheppard‘s Uncover (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“1000”, N.E.R.D & Future (iTunes)
“All Falls Down (Remixes)”, Alan Walker, Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals (iTunes)
“All On My Mind (Acoustic)”, Anderson East (iTunes)
“Asking For A Friend”, Devin Dawson (iTunes)
“Aww”, Baby Ariel (iTunes)
“Been Meaning To Tell You (Reinvented, Pt. 1 – Remixes)”, Starley (iTunes)
“Better Than I Used To Be (Acoustic)”, Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Blood & Muscle”, Lissie (iTunes)
“Boy Like You”, WESLEE (iTunes)
“Breathe”, Jax Jones featuring Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“Broken People”, Logic & Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Cotton Candy”, Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Cozy”, Jacob Sartorius (iTunes)
“Don’t Look Down”, Nicholas Roberts (iTunes)
“Fallin’ 4 U”, Will Heard (iTunes)
“Fireworks”, First Aid Kit (iTunes)
“First Love (Remixes)”, Lost Kings & Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Footprints In The Snow”, Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
“Friends”, Otto Knows (iTunes)
“Halo (Live)”, LP (iTunes)
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, MiC LOWRY (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“Hello Shadow”, Kiesza & SKYGGE (iTunes)
“Him & I”, G-Eazy & Halsey (iTunes)
“House Party (Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Club Mix)”, The Knocks & Captain Cuts (iTunes)
“I Know You (Acoustic)”, Craig David featuring Bastille (iTunes)
“I Miss You (Matoma Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“I Think It Must Be Christmas”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Islands”, R3HAB & KSHMR (iTunes)
“Leave A Light On (Acoustic)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Little Drummer Boy (Lema x Savi Remix)”, Pentatonix (iTunes)
“Love So Soft (Mark Knight & Ben Remember Remix)”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“Miss You”, Louis Tomlinson (iTunes)
“Mouth To Mouth”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“Mucho Booty”, Pitbull & Micha featuring Farruko (iTunes)
“Naked (CADE Remix)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“No More”, PRETTYMUCH featuring French Montana (iTunes)
“No Pressure”, Mahalia (iTunes)
“Off My Feet”, Pia Mia (iTunes)
“One Chance To Dance (Remixes)”, Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas (iTunes)
“Perfect”, Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé (iTunes)
“Personal (Acoustic)”, The Vamps (iTunes)
“So Far Away”, Martin Garrix & David Guetta featuring Jamie Scott & Romy Dya (iTunes)
“Stand Up Tragedy”, The Fratellis (iTunes)
“Strangers (Remixes)”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Strongest (Alan Walker Remix)”, Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“Take Her Place (VIP Mix)”, Don Diablo featuring A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“Vanilla / What’s So Entertaining”, The Orwells (iTunes)
“Way With Words”, Bahamas (iTunes)
“We Could Go Back (Remixes)”, Jonas Blue featuring Moelogo (iTunes)
“Whoever He Is”, New Hope Club (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from K. Michelle, Luke BryanWalker Hayes and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (March 23)

Down by the Bay.

Down by the Bay.

A handful of promising newcomers and a family friendly soundtrack with some big name stars lead the pack of the week’s fresh releases. (NOTE: some items may not be available until Tuesday based on label response status, but most should be up for sale today.) Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of March 23:

  • Already charting well all over Europe is the debut album from James Bay, Chaos And The Calm. Bay’s first single from the set was largely ignored by AAA, “Let It Go”, but the second release from it, “Hold Back The River”, is gaining ground at several radio formats. Thanks to strong pre-order numbers, aided by iTunes’s First Play program for albums, it might have a chance to be next week’s top debut. Even if it isn’t, look for a significant entry. (iTunes)
  • Featuring new cuts from artists like Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna, the soundtrack to the DreamWorks film Home will be moving into its new home on the charts real soon. “Towards The Sun” from the latter artist is the set’s first single, but with “FourFiveSeconds” still dominating in the top ten, its radio airtime is limited. Sales may spike on the weekend if the movie performs well at the box office. (iTunes)
  • You know his #1 single on the Alternative chart from last year titled “Dangerous”, and now Alan Wilkis, better known as Big Data, releases 2.0. The set is largely a collection of collaborations, including the aforementioned hit with Joywave and tracks with Kimbra, Rivers Cuomo and more. The current single from it is “The Business Of Emotion”, featuring White Sea. (iTunes)
  • The legendary Van Morrison returns with Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue, featuring new versions of album cuts as done with Joss Stone, Michael Bublé and more. Though the songs are not as well-known, that’s not stopping a strong physical pre-order peak on sites like Amazon. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Action Bronson‘s Mr. Wonderful (iTunes), Buena Vista Social Club‘s Lost And Found (iTunes), Canaan Smith‘s Canaan Smith (EP) (iTunes), Courtney Barnett‘s Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (iTunes), Earl Sweatshirt‘s I Don’t Like Sh-t, I Don’t Go Outside (iTunes), Joe Bonamassa‘s Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks (Live) (iTunes), Kansas‘s Miracles Out Of Nowhere (iTunes), Kidz Bop Kids‘s Kidz Bop 28 (iTunes), Laura Marling‘s Short Movie (iTunes), Oh Honey‘s Wish You Were Here (EP) (iTunes), Smallpools‘s LOVETAP! (iTunes) and Toto‘s Toto XIV (iTunes).

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

  • “Can’t Deny My Love”, the new single from Brandon Flowers. (iTunes)
  • “Somewhere To Run”, the new single from Krewella. (iTunes)

Death Cab For Cutie‘s Kintsugi and Wale‘s The Album About Nothing are among next Tuesday’s top new album releases. Is either one capable of making it to the top? A full preview is coming on Monday night.

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Shamrock Of Ages: The Top Irish Acts To Hit The States

Top o’ the morning to ya, blog readers, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you’re celebrating with the Celtic or downing a few green beers, everybody is Irish today. Unfortunately, my pack of leprechauns had to leave early for the celebration, so I was left to come up with a post of the day. So, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, a tribute to ten of the most popular Irish acts (born and/or raised) to make the American charts, in alphabetical order.

Statistics are from the Hot 100 prior to 1990 and CHR radio afterwards, though if there are any exceptions, I’ll point them out below.

Also, a list of Irish one-hit wonders in States even if they’re not internationally: B*Witched (“C’est La Vie”, 1999), Boyzone (“No Matter What”, 1999), Sinead O’Connor (“Nothing Compares 2 U”, 1990), Thin Lizzy (“The Boys Are Back In Town”, 1976) and Westlife (“Swear It Again”, 2000).

He's seeing "Red".

He’s seeing “Red”.

CHRIS DE BURGH

This performer was technically born in Argentina, but he spent most of his life in County Wexford, so I think it’s fair to put him on the list. de Burgh first signed with A&M Records in 1974, but it wasn’t until 1983 that he first hit the top 40 on the Hot 100 with “Don’t Pay The Ferryman”. He’s best known for his 1987 ballad, “The Lady In Red”, which lifted him to #3 on the big chart. He never charted again after that huge single. He still records independently on his own label, Ferryman Records, though nothing has reached our shores.

The mysterious Miss herself.

The mysterious Miss herself.

ENYA

This musician from Gweedore has always been secretive about her personal life. Not much is known about her or her family. She was first introduced to American audiences via one of the top new age songs of all-time, “Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)”, which just missed the top 20 in 1989. Alternative radio touched a few of her singles after that, but it wasn’t until 2001 that “Only Time” amassed airplay on multiple formats as a post-9/11 anthem. It went to #12 on CHR radio. Her most recent studio recording, And Winter Came…, was released in 2008.

Better off "Alone".

Better off “Alone”.

GILBERT O’SULLIVAN

O’Sullivan was born in Waterford and took on the first name Gilbert as a play on the theater duo Gilbert and Sullivan. His first U.S. release, “Alone Again (Naturally)”, spent six weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 during the summer of 1972. Followup single “Clair” went to #2, and after three other top-40 hits, he was done. His track record remained spotty overseas in the years after, last charting anywhere in the world in 1980 in both the U.K. and his native Ireland. O’Sullivan is currently on tour in Asia.

From the top to the tub.

From the top to the tub.

SAMANTHA MUMBA

Mumba was originally discovered on an Irish talent show and was quickly snapped up by Polydor Records, making her U.S. debut in 2000. Lead single “Gotta Tell You” became an international smash, cracking the top 5 on CHR radio. “Baby Come Over (This Is Our Night)”, released in a remixed form, hit the top 20 the next year. Two more singles barely made the top 40, and her second album was shelved due to one of those underperforming songs. Mumba’s largely gone into acting since then. She appeared on U.K. show Dancing On Ice in 2008.

They're hardcorr.

They’re hardcorr.

THE CORRS

This is the only act entirely made up of siblings: Andrea, Caroline, Jim and Sharon. 1995 gave the group a minor top-40 hit, “Runaway”, which was overshadowed at the time by a Janet Jackson song with the same title. Jackson went to #2; the band stalled at #37. “Breathless” originally charted in 2000, but went largely unnoticed until some GRAMMYs buzz pushed the song back in the top 40 and up to #20 in 2001. They’ve had a handful of adult contemporary singles since then, the last in 2004. They’re currently on hiatus.

The chart goes tart.

The chart goes tart.

THE CRANBERRIES

Led by Dolores O’Riordan, the three men/one woman band from Limerick hit the top ten their first time with “Linger” in 1993. Followups like “Dreams” also made the top 20 at CHR radio, with two additional top-40 hits coming in 1995, and the following year, their third disc provided another three charting singles, bringing them to seven total. The band parted in 2003 after several underperforming releases. O’Riordan went solo, then the band got back together, issuing Roses last year. There have been no updates since then.

It's all in their name.

It’s all in their name.

THE IRISH ROVERS/THE ROVERS

All their original members were born in Ireland, but the band themselves formed in Canada in 1963. They’re best known for their 1967 hit, “The Unicorn”, which peaked at #7 on the Hot 100. It was based off of a poem by popular children’s author Shel Silverstein. They’re largely known as a one-hit wonder in the U.S., though they did have a minor top-40 hit in 1981 with “Wasn’t That A Party?” as the dropped the “Irish” from their name. The band is still together with a rotating membership.

Kids in the "Hall".

Kids in the “Hall”.

THE SCRIPT

Here’s the newest act on here, a trio from Dublin who formed in 2002. In 2009, they hit the U.S. charts, first breaking at the Hot AC format with a minor single. Their second release, “Breakeven”, became their first single to chart at mainstream radio, hitting the top ten in 2010. They’re still going strong, recently earning their fifth top-40 hit with the will.i.am collaboration called “Hall Of Fame”. (They’re up to six Hot AC singles.) The band is still actively promoting their third studio release, appropriately titled #3.

Number "One" on the list.

Number “One” on the list.

U2

Most of you were probably thinking these guys would be on here. From Dublin, the quartet first hit the top 40 in late 1984, and scored their best era with 1987’s The Joshua Tree, best known for #1 singles “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “With Or Without You”. The band’s had twenty singles make the airplay chart, the last top-40 hit being “Vertigo” in 2004. Several of their digital singles have ranked in the top 40 in the Hot 100 in the years following that. They’re expected to release an album later this year.

A "Wild" and crazy guy.

A “Wild” and crazy guy.

VAN MORRISON

From Belfast, Morrison signed to Bang Records with the help of producer Bert Berns. His first single, 1967’s “Brown Eyed Girl”, peaked at #10. The singer enjoyed a string of five top-40 singles, ending with “Wild Night” in 1971, which went to #28. (A version by John Mellencamp and Me’shell Ndegeocello later made the top 5 in 1994.) After charting in the Hot 100 for several more years, he no longer made the big chart, though he did make the Mainstream Rock survey a few times into the 90’s. His album, Born to Sing: No Plan B, was released last year.

Who is your favorite act to listen to on this St. Patty’s Day? Leave a comment below or contact me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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