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Atlantic Goes for the Gold with New Grammy Compilation

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2014 Grammy NomineesTo cap off a relatively all-over-the-place year in pop music for 2013, January 26 sees the 56th annual Grammy Awards, broadcast live as always from Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The competition is particularly heavy with nominations for rappers, both veterans (Jay-Z) and upstarts (Kendrick Lamar, indie sensations Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who continue to self-release their work without a major label behind them), but there’s a little something for everyone on the 2014 Grammy Nominees album, due January 21 from Atlantic Records.

The 18 tracks herein span dozens of categories and genres. Do you like R&B-flavored pop? Justin Timberlake, nominated for seven awards this year, offers “Mirrors,” a shimmering ballad off his 20/20 Experience double album, while future Super Bowl halftime performer Bruno Mars brings “Locked Out of Heaven” – the best Police song Sting never wrote – and Robin Thicke is represented by the year’s biggest chart hit, “Blurred Lines.” New Zealand’s iconoclastic Lorde, a Record of the Year and Song of the Year nominee at only 17, offers her inescapable “Royals,” while Daft Punk (who will perform with Stevie Wonder at the telecast) satisfy all ages with “Get Lucky,” a killer disco track bolstered by an immediately recognizable guitar riff from CHIC’s Nile Rodgers.

Other key tracks include “Brave,” from singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles’ The Blessed Unrest (a surprise nominee for Album of the Year), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ uplifting tolerance anthem “Same Love,” the excellent “Just Give Me a Reason” by pop survivor P!nk and Nate Ruess of fun., and “Merry Go Round,” a criminally underrated track by country singer Kacey Musgraves. (Her Same Trailer Different Park is up for Best Country Album, “Merry Go Round” is up for Best Country Song and Musgraves herself contends for a Best New Artist trophy.)

For the full track list, as well as a breakdown of nominations surrounding each song, hit the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

January 6, 2014 at 09:19

Release Round-Up: Week of November 30

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Dinah Washington, The Fabulous Miss D! The Keynote, Decca and Mercury Singles 1943-1953 (Verve/Hip-o Select)

The early, pre-LP singles of Dinah’s pre-Mercury career, on four discs in Verve Select style. (Hip-o Select)

The White Stripes, The White Stripes / De Stijl / White Blood Cells (Third Man/Warner Bros.)

Everyone’s favorite garage-blues band puts their first three albums back in print on 180-gram vinyl. (Amazon)

Tim McGraw, Number One Hits (Curb)

A straightforward package of McGraw’s thirty-something country chart-toppers, including a new remix of early hit “Indian Outlaw” and new single “Felt Good on My Lips.” (Amazon) Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

November 30, 2010 at 09:31

Tim McGraw’s Chart-Toppers Compiled on New Set

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Add another compilation to the holiday pile: Curb Records has planned #1 Hits from country star Tim McGraw on November 30.

The Louisiana-born singer/actor first rose to prominence in 1994 with the single “Indian Outlaw,” a controversial country tune that became McGraw’s first Top 10 country hit and a crossover single as well, peaking at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. His next single, “Don’t Take the Girl,” was the first of 22 solo singles to top the country charts. Along the way, he’s scored ten platinum or multiplatinum albums, branched into acting with roles in Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom and The Blind Side and enjoyed a long-running marriage with another country megastar, singer Faith Hill.

All 22 solo chart-toppers are included (the set does not include “Bring on the Rain,” a 2001 duet with Jo Dee Messina, nor the eyebrow-raising pop crossover No. 1 “Over and Over” with rapper Nelly), along with a new song, “Felt Good on My Lips,” and a dance mix of “Indian Outlaw.” Though McGraw has had no less than three other greatest hits albums in his career (all No. 1 country albums themselves), this set – arguably the most comprehensive thus far – will likely add another chart-topper to his resume.

#1 Hits can be ordered at Amazon, and the track list is after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

October 7, 2010 at 13:48