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Monday, February 11, 2019

Hot This Week: February 11

An action flick starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman tops this week's movie listing, which sees two other new titles make it. In music, a new album from the Backstreet Boys jumps to #1. Fiction sees a couple of familiar favorites make a return, while in non-fiction a trio of new political audiobooks make their debuts.

Movies 
  1. Hunter Killer (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. First Man (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Night School (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Halloween (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Goosebumps 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Venom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. The Wife (Blu-ray)
  8. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. The Hate U Give (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. White Boy Rick (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Backstreet Boys, DNA
  2. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  3. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  4. Meek Mill, Championships
  5. 21 Savage, I Am > I Was
  6. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  7. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
  8. Drake, Scorpion
  9. Queen, Greatest Hits - Platinum Collection
  10. Bring Me the Horizon, Amo
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. An Anonymous Girl, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  3. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  4. Liar Liar, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  5. Crucible, James Rollins
  6. Fire and Blood, George R.R. Martin
  7. Circe, Madeline Miller
  8. Turning Point, Danielle Steel
  9. The New Iberia Blues, James Lee Burke
  10. Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
Non-Fiction
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. From the Ground Up, Howard Schultz and Joanne Gordon
  4. Team of Vipers, Cliff Sims
  5. Let Me Finish, Chris Christie
  6. The First Conspiracy, Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
  7. The Truths We Hold, Kamala Harris
  8. The Library Book, Susan Orlean
  9. Maid, Stephanie Land
  10. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari

Monday, February 4, 2019

Hot This Week: February 4

We kick off the month of February with three new movies on the list, led by the Neil Armstrong moon landing film First Man. Major label debut albums from Maggie Rogers and Cody Johnson are new this week on the music chart. James Rollins and Alan Bradley land new novels on the fiction list, while Stephanie Land's exploration of income inequality is the only non-fiction newcomer.

Movies 
  1. First Man (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Halloween (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Night School (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Goosebumps 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Venom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. The Hate U Give (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. American Renegades (Blu-ray)
  8. White Boy Rick (Blu-ray)
  9. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. The Equalizer 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Maggie Rogers, Heard It in a Past Life
  2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
  3. 21 Savage, I Am > I Was
  4. Meek Mill, Championships
  5. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  6. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  7. Cody Johnson, Ain't Nothin' to It
  8. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  9. Drake, Scorpion
  10. Queen, Greatest Hits - Platinum Collection
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Crucible, James Rollins
  3. An Anonymous Girl, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  4. Liar Liar, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  5. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  6. Turning Point, Danielle Steel
  7. The Golden Tresses of the Dead, Alan Bradley
  8. Fire and Blood, George R.R. Martin
  9. The New Iberia Blues, James Lee Burke
  10. Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks
Non-Fiction
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. Maid, Stephanie Land
  4. The First Conspiracy, Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
  5. The Truths We Hold, Kamala Harris
  6. The Library Book, Susan Orlean
  7. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari
  8. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  9. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  10. How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan

Friday, February 1, 2019

Super Bowl LIII Musical Performers

Written by Jon Williams

This coming weekend, the biggest sporting event of the year will take place. Super Bowl LIII will determine the year’s NFL championship in a matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots. Beyond its implications for the sport, the Super Bowl has become a huge cultural event, with over a hundred million people likely to watch in North America. Even people who normally don’t follow football tune in—for the camaraderie of sharing the event with friends, for the innovative commercials that air during the broadcast, and, of course, for the halftime musical entertainment.

With such a wide audience, it’s no wonder that the halftime show is such a coveted slot for musicians. The featured performer this year will be multiplatinum rock band Maroon 5. They’ve been a fixture in the music scene since 2004, when singles like “This Love” and “Sunday Morning” propelled their debut album, Songs About Jane, to multiplatinum status. They’ve released five more studio albums since then, all of them selling over a million copies. Their most recent, Red Pill Blues, was released in 2017, driven by singles like “What Lovers Do” (featuring SZA) and “Girls Like You” (featuring Cardi B). Singer Adam Levine has also helped to keep the band in the spotlight by serving as a judge on the hit musical talent show The Voice since its inception in 2011.

Traditionally the Super Bowl halftime show is a collaborative affair, and this year is no different. One musician joining Maroon 5 for the festivities will be rapper Travis Scott. After several EPs and mixtapes, his debut album Rodeo was released in 2015 and went platinum on the strength of singles “3500” and Antidote, as well as guest appearances from stars like Kanye West, Justin Bieber, and the Weekend, to name just a few. He followed that up in 2016 with Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, another platinum outing. His newest album, Astroworld, was released in August of last year and is still a staple near the top of the Billboard albums chart. Scott is nominated for three awards at this year’s Grammys, which will take place a week after the Super Bowl.

Another musician joining Maroon 5 and Travis Scott onstage will be Big Boi, who hails from the Super Bowl’s host city of Atlanta. Along with Andre 3000 as the multiplatinum hip-hop duo Outkast, Big Boi came into the spotlight in the mid-1990s. The duo has released six albums together and won six Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album and Album of the Year for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2003. Since their last album together in 2006, Big Boi has focused on his solo career. His debut, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, came out in 2010. He’s followed it up with two more albums, the most recent of which, Boomiverse, came out in 2017.

While the halftime show is the musical focal point of the Super Bowl, it’s also an enormous honor for a musician to get the opportunity to sing the national anthem before the game kicks off. This year that honor goes to another Atlanta native, Gladys Knight. With a career dating back to the early 1960s, she is a true R&B/soul music legend, both with her band the Pips and on her own. Known for her early work, she has continued to record, with her most recent album, Where My Heart Belongs, coming in 2014.

With so many people watching the Super Bowl and its musical performances, patrons will no doubt be interested in hearing more from these incredible artists. Make sure to have plenty of their CDs on your shelves, and if your library is a hoopla Digital customer, don’t forget to direct your patrons there as well—they’ll find these artists and more, available with no holds, no waiting, and no late fees.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Hot This Week: January 28

Patrons looking for new titles this week would do well to check out the movie listing, which sees three new titles, led by the 40-years-on sequel to the original horror classic Halloween. The soundtrack to the acclaimed animated Spider-Man movie overtakes 21 Savage for the top spot in music. In fiction, a new James Patterson collaboration makes its debut while Delia Owens stands strong at #1 once more, while two favorites make a return to the list in non-fiction.

Movies 
  1. Halloween (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Goosebumps 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Night School (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Venom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Speed Kills (Blu-ray)
  6. White Boy Rick (Blu-ray)
  7. The Equalizer 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Smallfoot (Blu-ray)
  10. Peppermint (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
  2. 21 Savage, I Am > I Was
  3. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  4. Meek Mill, Championships
  5. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  6. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  7. Drake, Scorpion
  8. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  9. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack
  10. Lil Baby & Gunna, Drip Harder
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Liar Liar, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  3. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  4. Turning Point, Danielle Steel
  5. An Anonymous Girl, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  6. Fire and Blood, George R.R. Martin
  7. The New Iberia Blues, James Lee Burke
  8. Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks
  9. Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
  10. There There, Tommy Orange
Non-Fiction
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. The First Conspiracy, Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. The Truths We Hold, Kamala Harris
  5. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari
  6. How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan
  7. The Library Book, Susan Orlean
  8. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  9. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking
  10. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin

Friday, January 25, 2019

2019 Preview: Television

Written by Jon Williams

Last week we finally got a premiere date for the return of one of television’s most acclaimed and popular shows. On April 14, the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will debut on HBO. The finale of season seven aired on August 27, 2017, so fans have been not-so-patiently waiting for nearly two years for it to return. Game of Thrones has become known over the years for its shocking plot twists, and the six-episode final season is sure to deliver plenty of drama and action as the fate of Westeros is decided.

A number of beloved shows are coming to an end in 2019. Out today on Netflix are the final six episodes of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the award-winning comedy series created by Tina Fey. In the comedy realm, both Veep and Broad City will take a bow with one last season each. The currently airing season five of Gotham will be its last, while Elementary will wrap after its upcoming seventh season. The fifth season of zombie detective show iZombie will end that story. The streaming prison drama Orange Is the New Black will also come to a conclusion after its seventh season, while the action-packed spy series Homeland will finish with its eighth. Finally, Academy Award nominee Rami Malek is back for one last round of the acclaimed Mr. Robot as its fourth season will be its last.

However, for all the series coming to an end, there are a number of new shows premiering that will vie for the attention of viewers looking for something to watch. Coming next month is Miracle Workers, a Heaven-set comedy based on the novel What in God’s Name by Simon Rich and starring Steve Buscemi and Daniel Radcliffe. Also coming in February is Boomerang, which follows the 1992 Eddie Murphy movie of the same name. In March, look for Turn Up Charlie, a streaming comedy created by and starring Idris Elba as a washed-up DJ who takes on child care duties for his friend’s daughter. Horror fans can look forward to NOS4A2, a series based on the novel of the same name by Joe Hill. And later this year, live-action Star Wars finally comes to the small screen with The Mandalorian, a series created by Jon Favreau and set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

There are also a number of limited series and one-time television events for viewers to look forward to. This weekend will see a live production of Rent, the popular musical that made its stage debut in 1996 and came to theaters in 2005. On Monday comes the first episode of I Am the Night, a six-episode miniseries starring Chris Pine and directed by Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins. In March, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, starring Neil deGrasse Tyson, follows up the popular 2014 scientific series that itself followed on Carl Sagan’s 1980 show. Beginning in April is a six-episode miniseries adaptation of Les Miserables, a non-musical version based directly on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel. Then in May comes a live production of the musical Hair, which originally came to the stage in 1967 and was adapted for film in 1979.

And then there are the shows that are coming back for another season, but not ending. Next month The Walking Dead returns from its midseason hiatus, carrying on after the departure of Andrew Lincoln, whose character, Rick Grimes, has served as the show’s main character up to this point. When that season ends, the spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, will return for its fifth season. American Gods, adapted from Neil Gaiman’s novel, returns for a second season in March. Also in March comes the fourth season of the Showtime drama Billions, while April brings the return of the acclaimed Killing Eve. This year will also see the long-awaited third season of the hit sci-fi/horror series Stranger Things after a nearly two-year wait.

Television is in the middle of a golden age, with so many quality shows that it’s difficult to keep up with everything. With so many viewers perfectly content to sit down for marathon binge-watching sessions, you can help keep your patrons happy and entertained for hours on end by making sure your television collections are robust and up to date. Use the links above or SmartBrowse on our website to find more, and let us know what you and your patrons are looking forward to watching in 2019.