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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 28, 2017

There’s something about Mary…

When the Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul faces off against other chart royalty in the battle for the week’s highest debut, you know it is going to be a good fight. Get your downloads and streams ready, because here comes the latest new releases update:

MARY J. BLIGE – Strength Of A Woman (iTunes)
Blige should show some notable Strength in the marketplace with her latest studio album, which comes after a pair of #1 songs at the Urban AC format: “Thick Of It” and “U + Me (Love Lesson)”. It also includes “Love Yourself”, featuring Kanye West, which is on its way up the Urban chart. A dozen of her previous studio albums, dating back to 1992, have hit the top ten on the Billboard 200, and a top five debut is certainly possible for her latest effort.

WALE – Shine (iTunes)
Pushed up a week from its initial release date, perhaps due to a battle brewing between new sets from Chris Stapleton and Logic, this popular rapper’s fifth studio album is his first in two years. The lead single from it, “Fashion Week” (featuring G-Eazy), ranks in the top 30 at Urban radio, and sits just outside the top 40 at the Rhythmic format. The album will likely debut in the top five.

GORILLAZ – Humanz (iTunes)
The animated band is back with their first album in six years. Single “We Got The Power”, featuring Jehnny Beth, quickly reached its top 40 peak on the Alternative chart, though it’s not so powerful now, as it tumbles down the survey. Will this release return them to the top ten for the first time since 2010? We’ll see soon.

CASHMERE CAT – 9 (iTunes)
He’s one cool Cat. This album features collaborations with a number of popular acts, including Ariana Grande and The Weeknd. One single from it, the Selena Gomez and Tory Lanez-assisted “Trust Nobody”, received some minor pop airplay last year.

More albums out this week: All That Remains‘s Madness (iTunes), Feist‘s Pleasure (iTunes), John Mellencamp‘s Sad Clowns & Hillbillies (iTunes), Lea Michele‘s Places (iTunes), New Found Glory‘s Makes Me Sick (iTunes), Old Crow Medicine Show‘s 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde (iTunes), Sylvan Esso‘s What Now (iTunes), The Cranberries‘s Something Else (iTunes), Trombone Shorty‘s Parking Lot Symphony (iTunes), Willie Nelson‘s God’s Problem Child (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Foster The People‘s III (iTunes), JP Cooper‘s Passport Home (iTunes), Take That‘s Giants (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“1995”, Emmit Fenn (iTunes)
“Always Been U”, PHANGS featuring R.Lum.R (iTunes)
“Another Life”, Afrojack & David Guetta featuring Ester Dean (iTunes)
“Bend Or Break (Acoustic)”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Belong”, gnash featuring DENM (iTunes)
“Blessings”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Body”, Sean Paul featuring Migos (iTunes)
“Bon Appétit”, Katy Perry featuring Migos (iTunes)
“Calm Down”, Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Dandelions”, Ruth B. (iTunes)
“Deep Water”, Alisan Porter (iTunes)
“Electric Intercourse”, Prince (iTunes)
“First Time”, Kygo x Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
“Friday Night”, Vigiland (iTunes)
“I Hear Your Song, Sweetness”, George Taylor (iTunes)
“I Know A Place (Remix)”, MUNA x MNEK (iTunes)
“I’ll Give You Love”, Clear Six (iTunes)
“I’m The One”, DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“It’s You”, Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“J-Boy”, Phoenix (iTunes)
“Land Of The Living”, Plain White T’s (iTunes)
“Let You Go”, Machine Gun Kelly (iTunes)
“Maxine”, Benny Cassette (iTunes)
“Middle Of The Night”, The Vamps & Martin Jensen (iTunes)
“Most Girls”, Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“My Friends”, Oh Wonder (iTunes)
“No Vacancy”, OneRepublic (iTunes)
“Now (Acoustic)”, Grace Mitchell (iTunes)
“Old Friends”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
“Sandcastle State Of Mind”, Peter Wise (iTunes)
“Saw You In A Dream”, The Japanese House (iTunes)
“Say My Name”, Tove Stryke (iTunes)
“Song On Fire”, Nickelback (iTunes)
“Take On The World (AlunaGeorge Remix)”, You Me At Six (iTunes)
“The One That Got Away”, Skinny Days featuring Emilie Adams (iTunes)
“Thinking Of A Place”, The War On Drugs (iTunes)
“Thinking Of You”, Elias (iTunes)
“Torches”, X Ambassadors (iTunes)
“Without U”, Steve Aoki & DVBBS featuring 2 Chainz (iTunes)
“Young And Menace”, Fall Out Boy (iTunes)

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

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (March 31)

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Looking for some “Sun” at the top.

Another month of the year is nearly done, which means a quarter of 2015 has come and gone. Crazy, right? Luckily, some solid releases are ready to close things out. Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of March 31:

  • Kintsugi is the name of the latest effort for Washington rockers Death Cab For Cutie, and it marks a pretty big change for the group as longtime member Chris Walla decided to part ways with the act last year. Now playing as a trio, the guys look to land the fourth top five album of their career. Of course, it is led by “Black Sun”, which climbed to #1 on Triple A radio last week and is trending towards the top five on the Alternative survey. (iTunes)
  • Inspired by a friendship with popular comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his series Seinfeld, American rapper Wale returns to the charts with The Album About Nothing, featuring the recent Urban radio single “The Body” (featuring Jeremih) and current hit “The Matrimony” (featuring Usher.) It is certainly a unique project that taps into multiple fan bases and this support should propel it to a top five debut next week. (iTunes)
  • It was a very tight race on Country radio between two “Homegrown” titles recently, but Darius Rucker‘s “Homegrown Honey” made it to the top first and he’ll be bringing his Southern Style to the Billboard 200 next week. This makes three years in a row now that Rucker has released an album; last year, it was the seasonal Home For The Holidays. (iTunes)
  • Three Days Grace recently scored a #1 song on the Active Rock chart with “I Am Machine”. The quartet’s fifth studio album, Human, their first to feature lead vocalist Matt Walst, is out this week. The guys have had three consecutive sets debut in the top five, and they’re hoping this will be their fourth. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Boz Scaggs‘s A Fool To Care (iTunes), Death Grips‘s The Powers That B (iTunes), Erica Campbell‘s Help 2.0 (iTunes), Hollywood Undead‘s Day Of The Dead (iTunes), Hudson Taylor‘s Singing For Strangers (iTunes), Jodeci‘s The Past, The Present, The Future (iTunes), Ludacris‘s Ludaversal (iTunes), Madeon‘s Adventure (iTunes), New Motion‘s Anyway (EP) (iTunes), Nightwish‘s Endless Forms Most Beautiful (iTunes), Ringo Starr‘s Postcards From Paradise (iTunes), Ron Sexsmith‘s Carousel One (iTunes), Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts‘s Blaster (iTunes), Sufjan Stevens‘s Carrie & Lowell (iTunes), The Maine‘s American Candy (iTunes), The Prodigy‘s The Day Is My Enemy (iTunes), Van Halen‘s Tokyo Dome, Live In Concert (iTunes), We Are Harlot‘s We Are Harlot (iTunes) and the Various Artists compilation, NOW That’s What I Call ACM Awards – 50 Years (iTunes).

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

  • “I Don’t Like It, I Love It”, an instant grat track from Flo Rida, Robin Thicke and Verdine White. (iTunes)
  • “Woman (Oh Mama)”, the new single from Joy Williams. (iTunes)

Next week, it’ll likely be rockers All Time Low taking the top chart debut with Future Hearts. Who else makes it into the top ten? A full preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 25)

He's a "Bad" boy.

He’s a “Bad” boy.

There’s a little R&B and a little rock on the update this week, even if it’s not the most interesting set of releases. Here’s what’s in stores today, June 25:

  • Next week’s highest debut, though probably not at #1, will be the latest album by rapper Wale. His 2011 album Ambition went Gold, and now he returns with The Gifted. First single “Bad” features Tiara Thomas and a remix of it features Rihanna. (iTunes)
  • Christian rockers Skillet went to #2 with their last album, 2009’s Awake. Well, awake they are, as they Rise up the charts with their new album. (iTunes)
  • Performing her hits like “Girl On Fire” and “No One”, Alicia Keys is out with her session for VH1 Storytellers in a both a CD-only edition and CD/DVD combo. (iTunes)
  • Soul singer India.Arie is back this week with Songversation, her first effort in four years. The lead single, “Cocoa Butter”, is wrapping up a run at Urban AC radio. (iTunes)
  • She and her siblings lit up the Hot 100 in the 1970’s as the Staple Singers; now, 73-year-old Mavis Staples has a new studio album out, One True Vine. It’s produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. (iTunes)
  • With their first album featuring new lead singer Todd La Torre, Queensryche return with a self-titled effort that’s already garnering a lot of buzz in the rock world. (iTunes)
  • Rockers Middle Class Rut are out with Pick Up Your Head, featuring the recent Alternative single, “Aunt Betty”. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include: Amon Amarth‘s Deceiver Of The Gods (iTunes), the Jerry Garcia Band‘s Garcia Live Volume Two (iTunes) and the Mermaids Of Alcatraz Tour Edition of Train‘s California 37 (iTunes).

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

  • “Drinks After Work”, the latest from Country superstar Toby Keith. (iTunes)
  • “Drunk Last Night”, new from the Eli Young Band. (iTunes)
  • “Entertainment”, a fresh digital single from rapper Sean Paul‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “First Time”, the second single from a new album by the Jonas Brothers. (iTunes)
  • “Forget You”, from pop singer Cady Groves. (iTunes)
  • “Knock It Off”, the first single from K-Ci and JoJo in over a decade. (iTunes)
  • “Tie It Up”, a country ditty from Kelly Clarkson. (iTunes)

Next week’s big album is one you can get for free via Samsung: Jay-Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail. However, there are also new albums from Joe and Relient K, so come back in seven for all the new stuff!

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