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Monday, February 19, 2018

Hot This Week: February 19

There is plenty for patrons to be excited about this week as four new movies make the list, led by the hit comedy A Bad Moms Christmas. Fresh off his performance at the Super Bowl halftime show, pop superstar Justin Timberlake lands his new album Man of the Woods atop the week's music chart, bookended at #10 by the latest installment in the ever-popular NOW That's What I Call Music series. Kristin Hannah's new novel leads the week in fiction, followed by the latest pick by Oprah Winfrey, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. In non-fiction, a new book on immigration provides a new perspective.

Movies
  1. A Bad Moms Christmas (Blu-ray)
  2. Only the Brave (Blu-ray)
  3. Geostorm (Blu-ray)
  4. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (Blu-ray)
  5. Blade Runner 2049 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. It (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Jigsaw (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. 24 Hours to Live (Blu-ray)
  9. Suburbicon (Blu-ray)
  10. American Made (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Justin Timberlake, Man of the Woods
  2. Migos, Culture II
  3. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  4. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  5. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  6. Post Malone, Stoney
  7. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  8. Camila Cabello, Camila
  9. Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
  10. NOW That's What I Call Music 65
Fiction
  1. The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah
  2. An American Marriage, Tayari Jones
  3. The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn
  4. Still Me, Jojo Moyes
  5. Look for Me, Lisa Gardner
  6. Dark in Death, J.D. Robb
  7. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  8. Origin, Dan Brown
  9. The Rooster Bar, John Grisham
  10. Fall from Grace, Danielle Steel
Non-Fiction
  1. Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff
  2. All-American Murder, James Patterson, Alex Abramovich, and Mike Harvkey
  3. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  4. Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson
  5. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  6. The Last Black Unicorn, Tiffany Haddish
  7. When, Daniel H. Pink
  8. Trumpocracy, David Frum
  9. Grant, Ron Chernow
  10. The Line Becomes a River, Francisco Cantu

Monday, February 12, 2018

Hot This Week: February 12

At the top of this week's movie list is Geostorm, a fast-paced action thriller starring Gerard Butler. In music, Migos's follow-up to their hit album Culture tops the chart. Perennial bestseller J.D. Robb leads the way for three newcomers in fiction with her new novel of suspense, while an exciting new biography from Dave Eggers makes the list in non-fiction.

Movies
  1. Geostorm (Blu-ray)
  2. Blade Runner 2049 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (Blu-ray)
  4. It (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Jigsaw (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. American Made (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. The Foreigner (Blu-ray)
  8. Despicable Me 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. The Mountain Between Us (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Happy Death Day (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Migos, Culture II
  2. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  3. Above & Beyond, Common Ground
  4. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  5. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  6. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  7. Camila Cabello, Camila
  8. Post Malone, Stoney
  9. Khalid, American Teen
  10. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
Fiction
  1. Dark in Death, J.D. Robb
  2. Still Me, Jojo Moyes
  3. The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn
  4. Fall from Grace, Danielle Steel
  5. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  6. Origin, Dan Brown
  7. The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  8. The Rooster Bar, John Grisham
  9. The Grave's a Fine and Private Place, Alan Bradley
  10. Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward
Non-Fiction
  1. Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff
  2. All-American Murder, James Patterson, Alex Abramovich, and Mike Harvkey
  3. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  4. Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
  5. When, Daniel H. Pink
  6. Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson
  7. The Last Black Unicorn, Tiffany Haddish
  8. Trumpocracy, David Frum
  9. Grant, Ron Chernow
  10. The Monk of Mokha, Dave Eggers

Monday, February 5, 2018

Hot This Week: February 5

The long-awaited sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner heats up the first hot list of February, as does the new installment in the Saw horror franchise. The new album from rockers Fall Out Boy makes it debut atop the music chart. New novels from Danielle Steel and Karen Cleveland make their mark in fiction, while perennial bestseller James Patterson makes a foray into non-fiction with an examination of the Aaron Hernandez case.


Movies
  1. Blade Runner 2049 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. It (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Jigsaw (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. American Made (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. The Foreigner (Blu-ray)
  6. The Mountain Between Us (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Happy Death Day (Blu-ray)
  8. Despicable Me 3 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. The Snowman (Blu-ray)
  10. Home Again (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Fall Out Boy, M A N I A
  2. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  3. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  4. Camila Cabello, Camila
  5. Post Malone, Stoney
  6. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  7. G-Eazy, The Beautiful & Damned
  8. Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
  9. Taylor Swift, Reputation
  10. Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
Fiction
  1. The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn
  2. Fall from Grace, Danielle Steel
  3. Origin, Dan Brown
  4. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  5. The Rooster Bar, John Grisham
  6. The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  7. City of Endless Night, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  8. Need to Know, Karen Cleveland
  9. Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward
  10. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
Non-Fiction
  1. Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff
  2. All-American Murder, James Patterson, Alex Abramovich, and Mike Harvkey
  3. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  4. Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson
  5. The Last Black Unicorn, Tiffany Haddish
  6. Grant, Ron Chernow
  7. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  8. When, Daniel H. Pink
  9. Happiness Is a Choice You Make, John Leland
  10. Trumpocracy, David Frum

Friday, February 2, 2018

Big Performances on Music’s Biggest Night

Written by Jon Williams

The Grammy Awards were handed out last weekend, in a ceremony held Sunday night at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City. The 60th annual event honored the best music of the past year (or, technically, from October of 2016 through September of 2017). Bruno Mars had an incredible night, winning all six categories in which he was nominated, including the coveted Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year awards.

If you watched the ceremony, it may seem like the Grammys only recognize a handful of categories, but that’s not the case at all. In fact, the vast majority of awards were given out at a Premiere Ceremony held earlier in the day. Only nine categories were held over for the main ceremony so the evening’s primary focus could be on the performances—which we will do here, as well. However, if you missed any of the winners, check out our website for a complete collection of all the year’s honorees, incredible music your patrons will definitely want to hear.

The night started off with a bang with multiple nominee Kendrick Lamar (seven nominations, five wins) taking the stage to perform a raucous mashup of songs, joined by Bono and the Edge of U2, as well as comedian Dave Chappelle (winner for Best Comedy Album). That was immediately followed by an intimate performance by Lady Gaga (two nominations) of two songs from her Joanne album, accompanied on acoustic guitar by Mark Ronson.

The Grammy Awards ceremony is known for performances featuring interesting collaborations, and that was certainly in evidence this year. The first after Kendrick’s opener was Gary Clark Jr. teaming up with Jon Batiste for a rockin’ remembrance of music pioneers Fats Domino and Chuck Berry, who both passed away in 2017. Later in the show, a more somber tribute took place, with Maren Morris (one nomination) and Eric Church taking the stage alongside Brothers Osborne (one nomination) to play Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting that happened in October. That was followed by one of the night’s most emotional moments, when Kesha (two nominations) came onstage for a powerhouse rendition of her song “Praying” backed by a chorus that included Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day (one nomination), Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels (two nominations), and Bebe Rexha. After Elton John sang “Tiny Dancer” with Miley Cyrus, the tribute to the late Tom Petty was handled by Chris Stapleton (three wins) and Emmylou Harris, who performed “Wildflowers.”

Even with all those team-ups, there was plenty of room for solo artists and regular bands and collaborations. The solo artists that performed included Sam Smith, Childish Gambino (five nominations, one win), Pink (one nomination), Ben Platt, Patti LuPone, and SZA (five nominations), while the bands were Little Big Town (two nominations, one win) and U2. As far as collaborations, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee performed their hit “Despacito,” which scored three nominations. The aforementioned Bruno Mars took the stage with Cardi B for “Finesse” off his 24K Magic album, calling to mind old-school R&B from the 1990s. Sting and Shaggy performed their new song “Don’t Make Me Wait” in advance of their forthcoming joint album, and then Rihanna and Bryson Tiller joined DJ Khaled for their song “Wild Thoughts.” Finally, the last performance of the night featured Logic (two nominations), Alessia Cara (Best New Artist), and Khalid (five nominations) on “1-800-273-8255,” promoting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

These incredible musicians put on a memorable show that was truly worthy of the Grammy Awards. Which performance was your favorite? As you consider, use the links above or visit our website to put together a wide selection of music from these iconic and up-and-coming artists for your music-loving patrons to discover and enjoy.