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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 24, 2020

X marks the Scotts.

Staying inside this weekend? Yeah, you are. Well, you’re in luck! The brand new sets by Fivio Foreign, Lennon Stella, The Used and Wiz Khalifa, as well as songs from Charli XCX, Kane Brown, Keith Urban, The 1975 and The Rolling Stones, are all here. Roll down and check them all out:

AWOLNATION – Angel Miners & The Lightning Riders (iTunes)
Features: “The Best”, a recent top five song on the Alternative radio chart

WIZ KHALIFA – The Saga Of Wiz Khalifa (iTunes)
Features: collaborations with Logic, Megan Thee Stallion, Quavo, Tyga and more

Notable albums out this week: Alina Baraz‘s It Was Divine (iTunes), Fivio Foreign‘s 800 BC (iTunes), K CAMP‘s Kiss 5 (iTunes), Lennon Stella‘s Three. Two. One. (iTunes), Lili Kendall‘s Love, Herself. (iTunes), Rufus Wainwright‘s Unfollow The Rules (iTunes), The Used‘s Heartwork (iTunes), Trivium‘s What The Dead Men Say (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this weekAlaina Castillo‘s The Voicenotes (iTunes), Chelsea Peretti‘s Foam And Flotsam (iTunes), Day Wave‘s Crush (iTunes), Dermot Kennedy‘s Lost In The Soft Light (iTunes), Jack Garratt‘s Love, Death & Dancing (Vol. 2) (iTunes), Kailee Morgue‘s Here In Your Bedroom (iTunes), Kali Uchis‘s To Feel Alive (iTunes), Kina‘s Things I Wanted To Tell You (iTunes), Lonr.‘s Land Of Nothing Real (iTunes), Loote‘s Heart Eyes (iTunes), MXMToon‘s Dawn (iTunes), Zachary Knowles‘s Magnolia (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“5 Stars”, Toosii (iTunes)
“Aftermath”, The Ghost Inside (iTunes)
“All In”, Lil Baby (iTunes)
“Best Part”, The Score (iTunes)
“Blind”, Jordyn Jones (iTunes)
“Body Language”, ELIO (iTunes)
“Born Yesterday”, Tritonal featuring Brigetta (iTunes)
“Boys!”, Bronze Avery (iTunes)
“Break Up Song (Steve Void Remix)”, Little Mix (iTunes)
“Channel Orange In Your Living Room”, Charlie Burg (iTunes)
“Chase The Light”, Matt Wertz (iTunes)
“Cheesin'”, Cautious Clay featuring Still Woozy, Sophie Meiers, Remi Wolf, Claud, Melanie Faye & HXNS (iTunes)
“Chemicals”, SG Lewis (iTunes)
“Closer”, Mario (iTunes)
“Claws”, Charli XCX (iTunes)
“Come Back”, Sheppard (iTunes)
“Cool Again”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
“Covid Mansion”, Hopsin (iTunes)
“Crush”, Souly Had & Melii (iTunes)
“Dead Horse”, Hayley Williams (iTunes)
“Devotion”, Taylor Janzen (iTunes)
“Diagnosis”, Alanis Morissette (iTunes)
“Dive”, Victoria Monét (iTunes)
“Downhill From Everywhere”, Jackson Browne (iTunes)
“Eat It Up”, Flo Milli (iTunes)
“Every Other Memory”, Ryan Hurd (iTunes)
“Fidget”, Lil Skies (iTunes)
“Fire In Bone”, The Killers (iTunes)
“First Aid”, Gus Dapperton (iTunes)
“Gangstas & Sippas”, Shoreline Mafia featuring Q Da Fool (iTunes)
“Gimme A Minute”, PVRIS (iTunes)
“Girls Go Wild”, LP featuring Ximena Sariñana (iTunes)
“Good Job”, Alicia Keys (iTunes)
“God Took A Bow”, Jacob Whitesides (iTunes)
“Heart Broke”, Malia Civetz (iTunes)
“Heavy Weather”, The Rubens (iTunes)
“Help”, Spencer Sutherland (iTunes)
“House Party”, New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks (iTunes)
“How Bout Now”, Grandson featuring Phem (iTunes)
“I Am America”, Shea Diamond (iTunes)
“I Could Die Right Now”, Camden Welles (iTunes)
“I Didn’t Mean To”, Sarah Barrios (iTunes)
“I Love Your Smile”, Campsite Dream (iTunes)
“I Should Probably Go To Therapy”, Nicole Millar (iTunes)
“If I Want To”, Goody Grace (iTunes)
“If You Never Broke My Heart”, “It Didn’t” and “Kiss Kiss”, Madeline Merlo (iTunes)
“If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“It’s My Fault”, Lolo Zouaï (iTunes)
“Know Your Worth”, Khalid & Disclosure featuring Davido & Tems (iTunes)
“Lemons”, LoveLeo (iTunes)
“Level Up”, Bobby Sessions (iTunes)
“Living In A Ghost Town”, The Rolling Stones (iTunes)
“Lonely Hearts”, JoJo (iTunes)
“Lost”, Cher Lloyd (iTunes)
“Love Life”, Bryce Drew (iTunes)
“Love Me Better”, Joan (iTunes)
“Lovers For The Weekend”, John De Sohn (iTunes)
“Married To The Music”, Will Jay (iTunes)
“Men Are Trash” and “Samurai”, Scotty Sire (iTunes)
“Moments”, Alextbh (iTunes)
“Monsters”, Midnight Kids (iTunes)
“My Truck”, Breland featuring Sam Hunt (iTunes)
“Never Let It Go”, Clear Six (iTunes)
“Never Let Me Down”, VIZE & Tom Gregory (iTunes)
“No-One”, The Psychedelic Furs (iTunes)
“No Fun”, Katie MAC (iTunes)
“No Hook”, Mulatto (iTunes)
“Not Gonna Be There”, Peg Parnevik (iTunes)
“Not OK”, Maria Mena (iTunes)
“OD”, DDG (iTunes)
“Oh Please”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Oh, What A World 2.0 (Earth Day Edition)”, Kacey Musgraves (iTunes)
“On My Life”, Cheat Codes (iTunes)
“Ooh La La”, Jessie Ware (iTunes)
“Party Girl”, StaySolidRocky (iTunes)
“Pelican”, John-Robert (iTunes)
“Perfect Is Boring”, Leven Kali & Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Pictures”, Devon Ervin (iTunes)
“Polaroid”, Keith Urban (iTunes)
“Press Pause”, Emily Burns (iTunes)
“Pretty MF”, Rubi Rose (iTunes)
“Rescue Me”, James Gillespie (iTunes)
“Righteous”, Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Rock Bottom”, MisterWives (iTunes)
“Sad Song”, EBEN (iTunes)
“Saviours Of The City”, Jake Bugg (iTunes)
“SBCNCSLY”, Black Coffee & Sabrina Claudio (iTunes)
“Secrets”, Regard & RAYE (iTunes)
“Seen It All”, Mushroomhead (iTunes)
“Selfish”, Svrcina (iTunes)
“Shoulda Known Better”, Nasty Cherry (iTunes)
“Shrug”, Oston (iTunes)
“So Good”, Whethan featuring Bülow (iTunes)
“Stand”, Welshly Arms (iTunes)
“Stay Away”, MOD SUN featuring Machine Gun Kelly & Goody Grace (iTunes)
“Straight To You”, Stephanie Poetri (iTunes)
“Summertime”, Overstreet (iTunes)
“Sway”, Luis Fonsi (iTunes)
“Tangerine Skies”, Declan J Donovan (iTunes)
“That’s What I Said”, Bhad Bhabie (iTunes)
“The Bender”, Matoma & Brando (iTunes)
“The Curse”, Will Hoge (iTunes)
“The Lake”, Galantis & Wrabel (iTunes)
“The Other Girl (The Other Remix)”, Kelsea Ballerini & Halsey (iTunes)
“The Other Side (Ovy On The Drums Remix)”, SZA & Justin Timberlake (iTunes)
“The Scotts”, Travis Scott & Kid Cudi (iTunes)
“The World Keeps Spinning On”, Gavin Haley (iTunes)
“Tuesdays (String Version)”, Jake Scott featuring RØRE (iTunes)
“Wasted On You”, Evanescence (iTunes)
“We Are Warriors”, Avril Lavigne (iTunes)
“We Don’t Get High (Like We Used To)”, Griffin Oskar (iTunes)
“Weird!”, YUNGBLUD (iTunes)
“What If”, CORii featuring Bruce Wiegner (iTunes)
“Whole World”, Earl Sweatshirt featuring Maxo (iTunes)
“Why Worry”, Isaiah Rashad (iTunes)
“Without You”, Tana Mongeau (iTunes)
“Worse”, New Hope Club (iTunes)
“You Got Me, Pt. II”, Mýa (iTunes)
“You’re Too Precious”, James Blake (iTunes)

Next week, the latest albums from JoJo and PVRIS are among the major titles on the schedule. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 5, 2016

On "Sale" this week.

On “Sale” this week.

Snow may be hitting the Northeast again overnight, but this week’s New Music Friday will keep you nice and toasty with all the hottest new jams. Here are this week’s notable albums and singles:

  • WIZ KHALIFA — Khalifa (iTunes)
    • Six months ago, Khalifa’s Blacc Hollywood entered at #1 on the Billboard 200 list, so it’s a bit of surprise to see a new set from him this soon. We’ll see if his recent Twitter fight gets him any added sales. Nothing from the album is currently at radio, but “Bake Sale”, an instant grat at the time of release, is still in the top 100 on iTunes.
  • FUTURE — EVOL (iTunes)
    • This album is a Saturday release, and though Khalifa has a one-day advantage, this will certainly be an interesting race to #1 for both rappers. The Georgia performer’s DS2 and collaboration on What A Time To Be Alive came in at #1 on the Billboard 200 last year, and his hot streak is definitely burning.
  • CHARLES KELLEY — The Driver (iTunes)
    • Kelley is at the wheel as his first solo effort travels the road to retail. The title track serves as the lead single, a top 50 hit at Country radio, and the set features several collaborations. It should be able to make the top 20 in sales.
  • More albums out this week: DIIV‘s Is The Is Are (iTunes), Drowning Pool‘s Hellelujah (iTunes), Elevation Worship‘s Here As In Heaven (iTunes), Elton John‘s Wonderful Crazy Night (iTunes), Foxes‘s All I Need (iTunes), Lucinda Williams‘s The Ghosts Of Highway 20 (iTunes), Majid Jordan‘s Majid Jordan (iTunes), Nothing But Thieves‘s Nothing But Thieves (iTunes), SWV‘s Still (iTunes), The Cult‘s Hidden City (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music 57 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Tigertown‘s Lonely Cities (iTunes)

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

  • “Don’t Let Me Down”, The Chainsmokers featuring Daya (iTunes)
  • “From The Ground Up”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
  • “Jimmy Choo”, Fetty Wap (iTunes)
  • “Ophelia”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
  • “Make My Love Go”, Jay Sean featuring Sean Paul (iTunes)
  • “Nervous”, Gavin James (iTunes)
  • “New Year’s Eve”, (iTunes)
  • “Pause”, SafetySuit (iTunes)
  • “Prayers/Triangle”, Deftones (iTunes)
  • “Smoke”, Brian Fallon (iTunes)
  • “Something New”, Zendaya featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
  • “The Broken”, 3 Doors Down (iTunes)
  • “Voodoo”, Allen Stone (iTunes)
  • “Whisper”, Chase Rice (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Kanye West, Lissie, Vince Gill and more.

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The “Gold” Standard: Slow Runs Up The Pop Radio Survey

The waiting is the hardest part.

The waiting is the hardest part.

The first studio album from 16-year-old Bea Miller was released nearly a month ago and debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200, Not An Apology. The set has given us two singles thus far on the CHR radio airwaves. First came “Young Blood”, which took a run up to #38 in December before falling off after the holidays. Now, “Fire N Gold” is burning on pop playlists and providing an interesting piece of chart trivia that may flicker for a while.

Miller’s song debuted in the top 50 on the pop survey dated June 14, 2015, and thus far, her chart log looks like this:
4648474849484946464244-45-44-45 (14 weeks as of September 13, 2015)

Despite some instances of falling a position or two week-to-week, Miller’s single has managed to gain in spins every week… except for this week (though it’s just a minor loss.) However, it’s the number of weeks that it’s been on the list, a dozen so far, that stands out, as “Fire” has been between #42 and #49 for all of them. It’s a pretty unusual situation; most labels would give up on a release if it wasn’t showing a lot of progress for some time. However, it’s also indicative of the status of radio today and the small amount of locally-programmed outlets that can help a single along. Remember, there was a time before the plays-per-week era began that some top ten hits couldn’t last twelve weeks in the top 40 period, and the ownership situation was much different back then.

As far as “Fire N Gold” is concerned, I’m not sure that it will make the top 40. Hollywood Records has its faults (as any label does) and with the Labor Day holiday coming up, new music slots may be few and far between. I guess we’ll see. In the meantime, here is where the song may be headed, a Longevity Hall Of Fame of sorts of the longest runs for songs that peaked outside of the top 40:

(Week counts marked with an asterisk represent chart runs that were non-consecutive. Statistics prior to August 2006 are from the CHR/Top 40 chart as published in Radio & Records, while data after that time is from Mediabase 24/7.)

“808”, Blaque (#46 – 18 weeks* – 1999-2000)
This one has a huge total thanks to two runs, one part of it occurring during in its initial release in 1999, and then most of it taking place in the summer and fall of 2000 as a reissue after “I Do” was pulled. Oddly enough, its first week in the top 50 was in October 1999 and its last week on was in October 2000. What a wild ride!

“Back That Thang Up”, Juvenile featuring Mannie Fresh and Lil Wayne (#45 – 17 weeks, 1999-2000)
“Crawling Back To You”, Daughtry (#44 – 17 weeks, 2011-2012)
It’s pretty impressive that these two songs were able to spend 17 weeks in a row in the chart, with each of them crossing two years before completing their respective streaks. “Back” was huge on Rhythmic and Urban radio, while “Crawling” spent a few weeks in the top ten at Hot AC radio. Neither record was the act’s biggest hit.

“Work Hard, Play Hard”, Wiz Khalifa (#41 – 16 weeks*, 2012)
Khalifa may have just hit #1 on the pop radio listing for a few weeks with “See You Again”, but in 2012, this single from the album O.N.I.F.C. struggled to find a place at the format. Then again, the rapper wasn’t as well-known here three years ago. However, the single did zoom into the top ten at both Rhythmic and Urban radio.

“Sex On Fire”, Kings Of Leon (#42 – 15 weeks, 2009-2010)
Perhaps we can blame this one stalling on the title, right? I think it’s fairly evident that some markets weren’t interested in adding this single, especially in more conservative places. Though “Use Somebody” spent a week at the top of the pop radio survey, “Sex” was tossed around for weeks until its run concluded in March 2010.

“Fire N Gold”, Bea Miller (#42, 14+ weeks, 2015)
“Bad”, The Cab (#44 – 14 weeks, 2011-2012)
Partnered with promotion man Steven Zap and his newly created Z-Entertainment label, the band from Las Vegas placed three of the singles from their Symphony Soldier album onto the pop radio survey, each taking their time to climb a bit. Zap now manages Daya, who is just below the top 40 at CHR with her hit “Hide Away”.

“All Or Nothing”, Theory Of A Deadman (#41 – 12 weeks, 2010)
“Everything”, Stereo Fuse (#43 – 12 weeks, 2002-2003)
“Got Your Money”, Ol’ Dirty Bastard featuring Kelis (#42 – 12 weeks*, 2000)
“La La”, The Cab (#43 – 12 weeks, 2012)
“Walk It Out”, DJ Unk (#47 – 12 weeks*, 2006-2007)
A number of songs are tied at 12 weeks, most of which were consecutive runs. DJ Unk and Stereo Fuse never charted again, and in the case of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, it was his only main-credited single to reach the chart. Theory Of A Deadman remains a staple on the Active Rock chart, though “All” is still their last pop crossover to date.

By the way, if you’re wondering if any chart single has recovered from sliding around the 41-50 section for that long before its run in the top 40, take a listen to “Keep Me Crazy” by Chris Wallace. Two summers ago, it began a period of twelve weeks below the top 40 before eventually peaking at #32. The independent label that it was released on, ThinkSay Records, has not charted a song since then. You may also remember that Nickelback‘s “Rockstar” went top 50 through some unsolicited airplay in late 2006 and early 2007. It spent twelve weeks on, peaking at #42, and then re-entered during its official single release, eventually rising to #6.

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Song Of The Summer 2015: Who Will Shine This Year?

Jumpin' into the pool of pop.

Jumpin’ into the pool of pop.

Easter and Passover may be over and your taxes may be in, but the race is just beginning at radio and retail for the single that is bound to become the Song Of The Summer. Every year between early April and mid-May, a number of songs enter in the lower rungs of the chart, only to soar weeks later and deliver the jams for another fantastic summer season. Now, that does not mean that songs already high on radio playlists won’t dominate the airwaves, but the major labels are trying to keep things fresh, and so, a newer song is likely to burn up over the coming weeks. (You can’t listen to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars forever.)

Last year, we didn’t have one dominant Song Of The Summer as the turnover at #1 on CHR was pretty rapid. Two songs did get to spend three weeks at the top spot: “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX in June and “Rude” by MAGIC! in August. It’s been a rather slow year as far as the Hot 100 goes, with just three #1 singles at this point in April. We just hit six on CHR (which is one less song than this point last year.) I’m thinking we’ll have some more medium-sized reigns this year., though nothing too long. Remember, even “Uptown Funk” had six weeks at #1 on pop radio versus that humongous fourteen week total on the Hot 100, which probably won’t happen again for another few years.

So, get the surfboard out and get ready to surf the dial, kids, summer will be here before you know it. Here are my picks for the fifteen tasty tunes you need to listen out for on that long drive to the beach this summer:

Adam Lambert
ADAM LAMBERT – “Ghost Town”
Label: Warner Bros.
Radio: premiere on April 21

Press and radio outlets have responded very positively to this single early on. Will the pop chart accept him back into “Town”?

Bea Miller
BEA MILLER – “Fire N Gold”
Label: Hollywood
Radio: adds date on April 28

Miller’s “Young Blood” couldn’t quite seep into the veins of Top 40 programmers, but she has a new “Fire” that’s ready to burn.

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea
BRITNEY SPEARS featuring IGGY AZALEA – “Pretty Girls”
Label: RCA
Radio: premiere on May 5

Looks like we are in store for a retro clip for this hotly anticipated collaboration. It’s like the Britney Jean era never took place.

Calvin Harris and HAIM
CALVIN HARRIS featuring HAIM – “Pray To God”
Label: Columbia
Radio: adds date on May 5

The sister trio charted last year with “Forever”, while Harris’s career is still hot. Hopefully, their collective prayers will pay off.

Carly Rae Jepsen
CARLY RAE JEPSEN – “I Really Like You”
Label: School Boy/Interscope
Radio: as of April 12, #45 (759 spins, +143)

Jepsen’s single may have found its second wind thanks to a viral clip from Justin Bieber and manager Scooter Braun’s roster.

Fall Out Boy
FALL OUT BOY – “Uma Thurman”
Label: Island/Republic
Radio: as of April 12, #60 (232 spins, +92)

Moving on from the slow builder that was “Centuries”, the band’s second single is a cool twist on the theme from The Munsters.

Jason French
JASON FRENCH – “You Just Want My Money”
Label: Interscope
Radio: adds date on May 19

French’s debut release for the label is a solid summer jam that’s right on the “Money”. The Vine numbers for the track are huge.

Martin Garrix and Usher
MARTIN GARRIX featuring USHER – “Don’t Look Down”
Label: Spinnin’/RCA
Radio: as of April 12, #49 (609 spins, +420)

Dutch DJ/producer Garrix is back with the single that could become his second U.S. top 40 hit very soon. It’s all up from here.

Meghan Trainor
MEGHAN TRAINOR – “Dear Future Husband”
Label: Epic
Radio: as of April 12, #22 (3819 spins, +779)

Trainor’s third hit in a row went Gold before it even touched CHR lists this year. Perhaps radio is just the “Husband” she needs.

OMI – “Cheerleader” (Felix Jaehn Mix)
Label: Ultra/Columbia
Radio: adds date on May 19

This singer’s cut of three years ago was remixed and became an international smash. We’re up next. (Toni Basil not included.)

Pitbull featuring Chris Brown
PITBULL featuring CHRIS BROWN – “Fun”
Label: Mr. 305/Polo Grounds/RCA
Radio: adds date on April 21

This duo’s “International Love” peaked at #6 back in 2012. Can lightning strike twice for the two men? That sure would be fun.

Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber
SKRILLEX & DIPLO (as JACK Ü) featuring JUSTIN BIEBER – “Where Are Ü Now?”
Label: OWSLA/Mad Decent/Atlantic
Radio: as of April 12, #47 (618 spins, +285)

When two giants of EDM take on a bad boy of pop, they create a song that clicks on air. It’s Bieber’s first airplay hit since 2013.

Taylor Swift
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Radio: adds date on May 19

The 1989 era has given Swift her first era with three #1 CHR singles in a row. As for the special guest on this remix, who knows?

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
WIZ KHALIFA featuring CHARLIE PUTH – “See You Again”
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Radio: as of April 12, #34 (1723 spins, +1089)

After selling 464,000 copies digitally last week, we’ll be hearing this big track for months to come as Furious 7 keeps riding on.

Years & Years
YEARS & YEARS – “King”
Label: Interscope
Radio: adds date on April 21

Already receiving good adds in several notable markets, this English trio shall reign supreme, just as they did on the U.K. chart.

Also look out for:
ALESSO featuring ROY ENGLISH – “Cool”
DILLON FRANCIS & DJ SNAKE – “Get Low” (re-release)
JEREMIH featuring FLO RIDA – “Tonight Belongs To U!”
MARLON ROUDETTE – “When The Beat Drops Out”
OLLY MURS featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Up”
RIHANNA – “American Oxygen”

…and other Q2 singles that are yet to be announced.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (August 19)

Back in Blacc.

Back in Blacc.

This week’s schedule is all about “dem boyz”, from rap superstars to country folk and everything in between. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of August 19:

  • Currently on the Urban survey with the singles “We Dem Boyz” and followup “You And Your Friends”, rapper Wiz Khalifa huffs and puffs into stores with his newest album, Blacc Hollywood. It’s his first studio effort in a year and a half. That set, O.N.I.F.C., debuted and peaked at #2, but this one, looks like it has a chance to become his first #1 on the Billboard 200. We’ll see! (iTunes)
  • Former reality show contestant and now Country act Chase Rice goes for the Bro on his first major label release, Ignite The Night. It features “Ready Set Roll”, which is edging closer to the top ten at the radio format. Given the size of his fan base, this will probably debut somewhere in the top ten (or top five with the slow competition as it is.) (iTunes)
  • The legendary Smokey Robinson is back with some pals on Smokey & Friends, a duets album full of remakes of tunes that Robinson had a hand in, whether writing, producing or singing on. Elton John and John Legend are just two acts that feature on it. This should also break into the top ten given the older audience appeal. (iTunes)
  • If you’re a fan of the band Mötley Crüe, you’ll want to check out Nashville Outlaws – A Tribute to Mötley Crüe, a compilation of Country artists like Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts doing their takes on the classics. A cover of “Home Sweet Home” by Justin Moore is currently on the Country chart. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Buckcherry‘s F–k (EP) (iTunes), Colton Dixon‘s Anchor (iTunes), Dr. John‘s Ske-Dat-De-Dat… The Spirit Of Satch (iTunes), DragonForce‘s Maximum Overload (iTunes), Imogen Heap‘s Sparks (iTunes), Joel Crouse‘s Even The River Runs (iTunes), Kimbra‘s The Golden Echo (iTunes) and the K. Michelle soundtrack to VH1’s Rebellious Soul – The Musical (iTunes).

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

  • “Edge Of A Revolution”, the latest from rockers Nickelback. (iTunes)
  • “Homegrown Honey”, leading off the latest album by Darius Rucker. (iTunes)
  • “Neon Light”, a new single from Country star Blake Shelton. (iTunes)
  • “Shake It Off”, a hot new single from Taylor Swift. (iTunes)

Petite pop powerhouse Ariana Grande comes back in a grande way with My Everything next week, but how will others like Brad Paisley and Kem rank in the race? A full preview is coming in seven!

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That beat hits "Hard".

That beat hits “Hard”.

He may not create the most original production numbers, but somehow, he manages to keep cranking out the hits with no stop in sight. That would be the work of 45-year-old David Guetta, the DJ and producer originally from Paris, France. He’s collaborated with the top names in music, becoming one of the most recognizable names on the pop scene today. His latest single, “Play Hard”, features R&B singer Akon and Ne-Yo. It’s already charted internationally, with top ten peaks in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, just to name a few of the countries. Now, it’s headed for the United States this summer. “Hard” is based around a dance sample that you may recognize that also has some roots in the 80’s pop scene. Let’s go behind the groove and see how this record was spun together.

The vocal sample:
“Here Comes The Rain Again”, Eurythmics (#4, 1984)
Annie Lennox and David Stewart made quite a name for themselves in the 1980’s, forming as Eurythmics in 1980 after splitting from their bands at the time. The two are best known for their 1983 single, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”. It went to #1 on the Hot 100 in the fall. “Here Comes The Rain Again” was the third chart single for the duo, which mixed new wave production with the strings of a disco record, marrying them into a dramatic pop sound. The song debuted on the national charts just after the new year in 1984, peaking at #4 in late March and became their second biggest hit behind “Dreams”. They last hit the Hot 100 in 1989 with a minor single, though they’ve reunited on two occasions after taking a hiatus in 1990 to small sales. Both have also seen solo success, most notably for Lennox in the mid-90’s.

Followed by:
“Better Off Alone”, Alice Deejay (#27, 2000)
This group out of the Netherlands consisted of a pack of disc jockeys and producers, as well as one singer, Judith Pronk, who is heard on this recording and throughout their sole album, Who Needs Guitars Anyway? The group interpolated one phrase out of “Rain”, the simple “talk to me”, which was plucked out of the line “Talk to me like lovers do.” Combined with one other line, “Do you think you’re better off alone?”, and a thumping post-disco production, “Better Off Alone” became an international smash for the group. While it got a lot of play in major cities here in the United States, it didn’t catch on on a national level, and only peaked at #27 on the Hot 100 that summer. “Back In My Life”, the followup single to it, got limited mainstream airplay and a top 30 peak on the Dance/Club Play Chart. They broke up in 2002.

“Say Yeah”, Wiz Khalifa (#119, 2008)
After putting out a few mixtapes and independent albums, rapper Khalifa signed to Warner Brothers Records in 2007. “Say Yeah” was the first song to sample Alice Deejay‘s dance ditty, looping the instrumental part of it, but with little promotion, the song bubbled under the Hot 100 at #111 before falling off the radar. It was his only single to be released with the label as the two parties had disputes over promoting what would have been his major label record, First Flight. After parting with them in 2009, he soon signed to Atlantic Records and went to #1 on the Hot 100 with “Black And Yellow” in 2011. Though it appears the promotion of his latest album, O.N.I.F.C., has been halted after two singles, he still appears as a featured artist on Sean Kingston‘s newest release, “Beat It”, which also features Chris Brown.

“Play Hard”, David Guetta featuring Akon and Ne-Yo (2013)
Now, we come to 2013 and find this collaboration. David Guetta has been hitting in the U.S. charts since 2008 to varied success with an array of solo males and females. Guetta’s 2011 album, Nothing But The Beat, has been rereleased two times since it first came out. Five singles from that original album made it onto the Hot 100, including top ten hits with Nicki Minaj, Sia and Usher. A second collaboration with Sia from the 2.0 edition failed here several months ago, and now this seventh overall single from it goes to radio in about two and a half weeks. Akon, our favorite screeching cat, hasn’t gone top ten in three years – since the last song he did with Guetta, “Sexy Chick”. Ne-Yo‘s “Let Me Love You” went to #4 late last year, but a followup single failed, so it’s a mixed bag here. Stay tuned to see what happens with this.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week

This chart's about to blow.

This chart’s about to blow.

Looking for some last-minute stocking stuffers? Here’s your roundup of some of the new music releases for this week, in stores on December 4.

  • Warrior is the new album from Ke$ha, her third release, and sadly, it doesn’t contain a hot and glittery remake of the Scandal hit from 1984. What a shame. However, if you’re looking for a solid pop and dance CD from your favorite Animal, then you’ve come to the right place. Highlights are “Crazy Kids” and “Supernatural”, plus, the album contains huge hit “Die Young” and second single “C’mon”. Iggy Pop is also featured on a track. Go figure. Warrior is a favorite for the #1 album in the land next week, unless Rod Stewart‘s Merry Christmas, Baby makes some significant gains.
  • O.N.I.F.C. is the latest release from rapper Wiz Khalifa, his second studio album. “Work Hard, Play Hard” led off the set, which also contains second single, “Remember You”, featuring The Weeknd. It should be top 5 on the album chart. Khalifa’s Rolling Papers debuted at #2 on the chart last year.
  • If you dig a little Country music, you’re probably familiar with the band Florida-Georgia Line. They recently hit #1 on the Country airplay chart with “Cruise” from their EP It’z Just What We Do. Well, now, their full-length album, Here’s To The Good Times, is released this week, featuring half a dozen new songs. You’ll probably find this album debuting somewhere in the top 15.
  • Gavin DeGraw is slowly rising up the Hot Adult Contemporary chart with his new single, “Soldier”. It’s one of the tracks performed on DeGraw’s new concert release, Sweeter Live. The CD/DVD set contains an eleven track audio CD, plus a concert filmed in Lancaster, CA in full.
  • Paloma Faith, who just performed on The Today Show, releases the Stateside version of her album Fall To Grace. “Picking Up The Pieces” is currently receiving Hot Adult Contemporary airplay. The album peaked at #2 in the United Kingdom.
  • Other audio releases this week include Blur‘s Parklife and Hinder‘s Welcome To The Freakshow. The former release is also available on DVD.

Other assorted music DVDs and books out this week include:

  • Live At Knebworth, 1979 by rock group Led Zeppelin. You’ll be seeing them in a few weeks being awarded at The Kennedy Center Honors.
  • Own The Night: World Tour, a live release from top-selling Country group Lady Antebellum. The concert was recorded live in Little Rock, AK, and this DVD contains several bonus features with the band.
  • Pearl Jam Twenty by Pearl Jam, a film directed by Cameron Crowe, plus a full performance from the band’s anniversary concert.
  • This book is often cited by a lot of musicians and industry types alike, but the eighth edition of All You Need To Know About The Music Business by Donald S. Passman is out this week. Could be an interesting read.

Lastly, the new digital-only singles that you can buy this week:

  • “I Feel It In My Bones”, this year’s annual Christmas single as put out by The Killers.
  • The U.S. release of “Troublemaker” by Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida. It’s already been a #1 hit in the United Kingdom and it’s currently at #9 on my personal chart. Highly recommend it.
  • “When I Was Your Man”, another digital single from the forthcoming Bruno Mars album, Unorthodox Jukebox.

Enjoy all the new music out this week!

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