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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Avengers: Endgame Crushes Box Office Records

Written by Jon Williams

Eleven years and twenty-two movies in, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is stronger than ever. In its first weekend of release, the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame set a record with over $356 million made at the box office. That’s nearly $100 million more than the previous record holder for opening weekend box office gross—last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, which this movie follows on from. And with the entire weekend box office totaling $392 million, Endgame enjoyed a staggering 90% market share.1 (It’s also worth noting that the weekend’s second place movie was also from Marvel—Captain Marvel, adding $8 million to its current $414 million total in its eighth weekend of release.)

The numbers are even more astounding on a global scale. Endgame brought in over $1.2 billion around the globe. Fewer than 40 movies have made over a billion dollars in the entirety of their theatrical runs, and Endgame did it in just one weekend.2 Infinity War was the previous record holder in this regard as well; it took 11 days to cross the billion dollar-mark.3

Ticket sales for Endgame are likely to remain strong for the foreseeable future, as those who weren’t able to secure tickets for opening weekend look to see it for the first time and as die-hard Marvel fans return for repeat viewings. With that being the case, more box office records are sure to fall, with all-time marks in its sights. Topping the $937 million domestic record of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the $2.8 billion global record of Avatar will be a tall order, but both are certainly within the realm of possibility.

These films are popular with library patrons as well as moviegoers. Use the links above to pre-order Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel and get them on your shelves as soon as they are available, and SmartBrowse on our website to find other entries in the ever-popular MCU.


Monday, April 29, 2019

Hot This Week: April 29

We wind down the month of April with three new movies on the list, led by the conclusion to M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable trilogy. The K-pop sensation BTS skyrockets to the top of the music chart with their latest release. In fiction, David Baldacci bumps Delia Owens to take over the top spot, while in non-fiction, while a new book from New York Times columnist David Brooks wins the week.

Movies 
  1. Glass (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. The Mule (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Holmes & Watson (Blu-ray)
  4. Replicas (Blu-ray)
  5. Bumblebee (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Aquaman (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. A Dog's Way Home (Blu-ray)
  8. The Kid Who Would Be King (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Second Act (Blu-ray)
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. BTS, Map of the Soul: Persona
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Khalid, Free Spirit
  4. Andersoon .Paak, Ventura
  5. Nipsey Hussle, Victory Lap
  6. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  7. Juice WRLD, Death Race for Love
  8. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  9. Drake, Scorpion 
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
Fiction
  1. Redemption, David Baldacci
  2. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  3. Lost Roses, Martha Hall Kelly
  4. Star Wars: Master & Apprentice, Claudia Gray
  5. Someone Knows, Lisa Scottoline
  6. Run Away, Harlan Coben
  7. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  8. Celtic Empire, Clive and Dirk Cussler
  9. The Cornwalls Are Gone, James Patterson and Brendan DuBois
  10. Miracle at St. Andrews, James Patterson and Peter de Jonge
Non-Fiction
  1. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. Life Will Be the Death of Me, Chelsea Handler
  5. Shortest Way Home, Pete Buttigieg
  6. The Matriarch, Susan Page
  7. Lessons from Lucy, Dave Barry
  8. The Right Side of History, Ben Shapiro
  9. Falter, Bill McKibben
  10. Commander in Cheat, Rick Reilly

Friday, April 26, 2019

New Music on the Horizon from Taylor Swift

Written by Jon Williams

Taylor Swift has had social media buzzing lately. Starting on April 13, each day she posted a cryptic photo to her Twitter and Instagram accounts with the caption “4.26.” It culminated on Thursday with the unveiling of a butterfly mural by artist Kelsey Montague at Nashville’s famed Gulch neighborhood, and the wait ended at midnight with the release of her new video and single, “Me!” Full details on her forthcoming seventh album haven’t yet been announced, but she has assured fans that it will be releasing soon.

Swift is hardly a stranger to buzz, as she’s been a sensation for most of her life. Developing a passion for music at a young age, she signed her first record deal when she was just fourteen years old. After developing her songwriting voice and her musical chops, she burst onto the country music scene in 2006 with her self-titled debut album at the age of sixteen. While it never made to the top of the U.S. album charts (it peaked at #5), its staying power made it the longest-charting album of the 2000s, and it has been certified 7X platinum. She followed that up in 2008 with Fearless, a diamond-selling monster hit that won two Grammy Awards (including Album of the Year) and made her a bona fide star. Then two years later, in 2010, came Speak Now, which sold more than a million copies in its first week alone and has since gone platinum six times over.

Through her first three albums, Swift’s sound was primarily country, with more and more pop sensibility being added on each disc. That pop sound came even more into the forefront on 2012’s Red, another multiplatinum-selling success. She left the country sound behind altogether on her fifth album, 1989, and was rewarded with a 9X platinum smash hit that gave her a second Album of the Year Grammy and which was covered in its entirety by Ryan Adams. She gave her pop sound a darker edge on 2017’s Reputation, which is her most recent album release leading into her much-anticipated seventh. If the candy-colored video and bright tones of “Me!” are any indication, the tone of her upcoming album will be a 180-degree departure from Reputation.

As if her stellar music career weren’t enough, Swift has also dabbled in the acting side of the entertainment industry. She started with a role in a 2009 episode of CSI, and made her feature film debut as part of the ensemble cast of 2010’s Valentine’s Day. In 2012 she voiced the character of Audrey in the animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. She returned to TV for an episode of New Girl in 2013, and appeared in the 2014 adaptation of the beloved YA novel The Giver. She has taken a break since then, but will be starring alongside such names as Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, and Ian McKellen in the upcoming movie version of Cats, coming to theaters this December.

Taylor Swift’s new album will be one of the biggest music releases of the year. Your patrons will be looking for it as soon as it is released, and her back catalog will be in demand as well. Stay tuned for more information on the album as it becomes available, and SmartBrowse her name on our website for live albums, karaoke and lullaby discs, bio videos, and more. Also, make sure to let your patrons know that her music and plenty of other content is available for checkout from hoopla digital, all with no waiting or late fees!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Hot This Week: April 22

New titles about on this week's hot list, beginning with movies, which is topped by Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly's comedic take on Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson. In music, Khalid's new album tops the chart, with new offerings from pop songstress Sara Bareilles and country superstars Brooks & Dunn also making their debuts. Delia Owens holds onto the coveted top spot in audiobook fiction, but five new novels are scattered throughout the rest of the list. And in non-fiction, a new book from comedian Chelsea Handler lands at #1.

Movies 
  1. Holmes & Watson (Blu-ray)
  2. The Mule (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Bumblebee (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Aquaman (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. A Dog's Way Home (Blu-ray)
  6. Welcome to Marwen (Blu-ray)
  7. Second Act (Blu-ray)
  8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Mary Poppins Returns (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Instant Family (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Khalid, Free Spirit
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Nipsey Hussle, Victory Lap
  4. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  5. Juice WRLD, Death Race for Love
  6. Sara Bareilles, Amidst the Chaos
  7. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  8. Brooks & Dunn, Reboot
  9. Drake, Scorpion 
  10. Luke Combs, This One's for You
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Someone Knows, Lisa Scottoline
  3. Lost Roses, Martha Hall Kelly
  4. The Cornwalls Are Gone, James Patterson and Brendan DuBois
  5. Two Weeks, Karen Kingsbury
  6. Run Away, Harlan Coben
  7. The Tale Teller, Anne Hillerman
  8. Celtic Empire, Clive and Dirk Cussler
  9. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  10. Metropolis, Philip Kerr
Non-Fiction
  1. Life Will Be the Death of Me, Chelsea Handler
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. The Matriarch, Susan Page
  5. The Right Side of History, Ben Shapiro
  6. Commander in Cheat, Rick Reilly
  7. American Moonshot, Douglas Brinkley
  8. Ladies Who Punch, Ramin Setoodeh
  9. Accidental Presidents, Jared Cohen
  10. Doing Justice, Preet Bharara

Friday, April 12, 2019

Game of Thrones Finale Set for Record Ratings

Written by Jon Williams

This Sunday begins the long-awaited and highly anticipated eighth season of the hit HBO show Game of Thrones. The abbreviated final season will consist of just six episodes (although four of those will run around 80 minutes, 20 more than the typical episode) and will culminate in the series finale on May 19. Over the course of the show’s seven seasons to date, its ratings have continued to climb, making it one of the most-watched cable series. With nearly two years of hype building up since the Season 7 finale that aired on August 27, 2017, plus the anticipation of who—if anyone—will survive to take the Iron Throne, the eighth season’s viewership numbers are sure to set new records, and the series finale will likely go down as one of the most watched of all time.

On network television, of course, those numbers are untouchable. The series finale of M*A*S*H on February 28, 1983, drew upwards of 105 million viewers, making it the most-watched television episode ever. The only other broadcasts that garner that type of viewership are the Super Bowl each year. The closest any show has come since was ten years later, with the series finale of the hit sitcom Cheers, which came in at 84 million on May 20, 1993. Before M*A*S*H, the record was held by the wrap-up of The Fugitive on August 29, 1967, watched by 78 million people. Rounding out the top five most-watched series finales are two more sitcoms: Seinfeld (May 14, 1998) with 76 million and Friends (May 16, 2004) with 52 million. In the realm of science fiction and fantasy, the record is held by Star Trek: The Next Generation, which came to an end on May 23, 1994, with an audience of 31 million.

Network broadcasts, though, have always had the advantage of being available to anyone with a television set, without the necessity of additional equipment or subscription fees. That’s why ratings for shows airing on cable networks are measured in a category of their own. For cable series, the top two most-watched series finales belong to HBO, the same network that airs Game of Thrones. First up is the mob drama The Sopranos, whose controversial blackout ending aired June 10, 2007, to 11.9 viewers. Coming in second, and holding the top spot until The Sopranos came along, is Sex and the City, which bowed to an audience of 10.6 million on February 22, 2004. Those numbers are especially impressive considering HBO is a premium network which has traditionally required an additional subscription fee on top of a cable package. Then in third place is the acclaimed AMC drama Breaking Bad, which, like Game of Thrones, started off to relatively modest ratings and then steadily built over time. That show finished up on September 29, 2013, with 10.3 million viewers.

So how will the Game of Thrones finale fare? Obviously it won’t approach the numbers of network shows like M*A*S*H or even Friends, but it has an excellent chance of setting a new record for cable shows. Season 7 averaged upwards of 10 million viewers, and the season finale drew over 12 million. With anticipation at an all-time high, the numbers for Season 8 should leave those behind easily. And with two more novels to come in George R.R. Martin’s novel series and a spinoff series in production from HBO, the fever is sure to last for years to come.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Hot This Week: April 8

The DC Comics superhero Aquaman comes to life in the blockbuster that tops this week's movie listing. In music, the glam metal stylings of Motley Crue come to the chart via the soundtrack to their hit streaming biopic. In fiction, Delia Owens stands strong at #1 for yet another week, followed by the latest collaborative effort from mega-bestseller James Patterson.

Movies 
  1. Aquaman (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Second Act (Blu-ray)
  3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Mary Poppins Returns (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Instant Family (Blu-ray)
  6. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Green Book (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Creed II (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Mortal Engines (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  2. Juice WRLD, Death Race for Love
  3. XXXTENTACION, ?
  4. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  5. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  6. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack
  7. Motley Crue, The Dirt Soundtrack
  8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
  9. Drake, Scorpion
  10. Meek Mill, Championships
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. The Cornwalls Are Gone, James Patterson and Brendan DuBois
  3. Run Away, Harlan Coben
  4. Celtic Empire, Clive and Dirk Cussler
  5. The American Agent, Jacqueline Winspear
  6. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  7. Wild Card, Stuart Woods
  8. Cemetery Road, Greg Iles
  9. Wolf Pack, C.J. Box
  10. Daisy Jones & the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid
Non-Fiction
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. The Right Side of History, Ben Shapiro
  4. Doing Justice, Preet Bharara
  5. Shortest Way Home, Pete Buttigieg
  6. Grateful American, Gary Sinise and Marcus Brotherton
  7. The Case for Trump, Victor Davis Hanson
  8. Spearhead, Adam Makos
  9. Kushner, Inc., Vicky Ward
  10. The Threat, Andrew G. McCabe

Monday, April 1, 2019

Hot This Week: April 1

April starts off in style with the Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature atop our Hot This Week movie listing, where it's joined by two other new family-friendly offerings, while the music chart remains largely the same from last week. In fiction, new novels from Harlan Coben and Clive and Dirk Cussler jump onto the list, while non-fiction gains four new political explorations.

Movies 
  1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Instant Family (Blu-ray)
  4. Green Book (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Mary Poppins Returns (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Mortal Engines (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Creed II (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. A Star Is Born (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Bohemian Rhapsody (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Juice WRLD, Death Race for Love
  2. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  3. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  4. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack
  5. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  6. Drake, Scorpion
  7. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  8. Meek Mill, Championships
  9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
  10. Luke Combs, This One's for You
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Run Away, Harlan Coben
  3. Celtic Empire, Clive and Dirk Cussler
  4. Wolf Pack, C.J. Box
  5. Cemetery Road, Greg Iles
  6. Daisy Jones & the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid
  7. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  8. The Island of Sea Women, Lisa See
  9. Silent Night, Danielle Steel
  10. The Chef, James Patterson and Max DiLallo
Non-Fiction
  1. The Right Side of History, Ben Shapiro
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. Doing Justice, Preet Bharara
  5. Kushner, Inc., Vicky Ward
  6. Shortest Way Home, Pete Buttigieg
  7. The Case for Trump, Victor Davis Hanson
  8. The Threat, Andrew G. McCabe
  9. Spearhead, Adam Makos
  10. Grateful American, Gary Sinise and Marcus Brotherton

Monday, March 25, 2019

Hot This Week: March 25

Three new movies this week are led by the second installment of the Fantastic Beasts series that explores the past of the Harry Potter universe. Rapper Juice WRLD takes over the music chart, joined by the new disc by Grammy Award-winning country star Maren Morris. In audiobooks, a new thriller from C.J. Box comes in at #2 for fiction, and a memoir from Olivia Newton-John joins the ranks in non-fiction.

Movies 
  1. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Green Book (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Instant Family (Blu-ray)
  4. Mortal Engines (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. A Star Is Born (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Creed II (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Venom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Bohemian Rhapsody (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Nobody's Fool (Blu-ray)
  10. Robin Hood (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Juice WRLD, Death Race for Love
  2. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  3. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  4. Maren Morris, Girl
  5. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack
  6. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  7. Drake, Scorpion
  8. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  9. Meek Mill, Championships
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Wolf Pack, C.J. Box
  3. Cemetery Road, Greg Iles
  4. Daisy Jones & the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid
  5. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  6. Silent Night, Danielle Steel
  7. The Chef, James Patterson and Max DiLallo
  8. The Last Romantics, Tara Conklin
  9. The Island of Sea Women, Lisa See
  10. The Border, Don Winslow
Non-Fiction
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. The Threat, Andrew G. McCabe
  4. The Case for Trump, Victor Davis Hanson
  5. Spearhead, Adam Makos
  6. Grateful American, Gary Sinise and Marcus Brotherton
  7. Mostly Sunny, Janice Dean
  8. Don't Stop Believin', Olivia Newton-John
  9. The Source of Self-Regard, Toni Morrison
  10. The First Conspiracy, Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch

Monday, March 18, 2019

Hot This Week: March 18

It's our last Hot This Week of the winter, and the media titles are warming up along with the weather. There are four new movies on the list, led by the Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne family comedy Instant Family. The music chart is bookended with new discs: the highly anticipated sophomore album from Hozier and a career-spanning hits collection from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. In fiction, five new novels are led by the latest suspense novel from Greg Iles, while three newcomers in non-fiction include a political exploration by Victor Davis Hanson.

Movies 
  1. Instant Family (Blu-ray)
  2. Creed II (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. A Star Is Born (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Bohemian Rhapsody (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Venom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. The Favourite (Blu-ray)
  7. Robin Hood (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Ben Is Back (Blu-ray)
  9. Nobody's Fool (Blu-ray)
  10. The Possession of Hannah Grace (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Hozier, Wasteland, Baby!
  2. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  3. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  4. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack
  5. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  6. Drake, Scorpion
  7. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
  9. Meek Mill, Championships
  10. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Best of Everything
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Cemetery Road, Greg Iles
  3. Daisy Jones & the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid
  4. Silent Night, Danielle Steel
  5. The Chef, James Patterson and Max DiLallo
  6. The Last Romantics, Tara Conklin
  7. The Malta Exchange, Steve Berry
  8. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  9. The Island of Sea Women, Lisa See
  10. The Border, Don Winslow
Non-Fiction
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. The Case for Trump, Victor Davis Hanson
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. The Threat, Andrew G. McCabe
  5. Spearhead, Adam Makos
  6. Grateful American, Gary Sinise and Marcus Brotherton
  7. The Universal Christ, Richard Rohr
  8. Mostly Sunny, Janice Dead
  9. The First Conspiracy, Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
  10. The Source of Self-Regard, Toni Morrison

Monday, March 11, 2019

Hot This Week: March 11

There are a scattering of new titles across all media categories this week. Two are in movies, led by the horror flick The Possession of Hannah Grace. Music has the most new entries with three: new albums from Gary Clark Jr., Lil Pump, and Kehlani. Fiction and non-fiction have one new title apiece, with a new novel from Don Winslow and a memoir from fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi.

Movies 
  1. A Star Is Born (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Robin Hood (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. The Possession of Hannah Grace (Blu-ray)
  5. Night School (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Nobody's Fool (Blu-ray)
  7. Mary Queen of Scots (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Overlord (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Widows (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. The Grinch (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  2. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  3. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack
  4. Gary Clark Jr., This Land
  5. Lil Pump, Harverd Dropout
  6. Kehlani, While We Wait
  7. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  8. Queen, Greatest Hits: Platinum Collection
  9. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  10. Meek Mill, Championships
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. The Chef, James Patterson and Max DiLallo
  3. The Border, Don Winslow
  4. An Anonymous Girl, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  5. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  6. Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
  7. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  8. Never Tell, Lisa Gardner
  9. Fire and Blood, George R.R. Martin
  10. Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Marlon James
Non-Fiction
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. The Threat, Andrew G. McCabe
  4. Grateful American, Gary Sinise and Marcus Brotherton
  5. Spearhead, Adam Makos
  6. The Source of Self-Regard, Toni Morrison
  7. The First Conspiracy, Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
  8. I.M., Isaac Mizrahi
  9. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  10. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson

Monday, March 4, 2019

Hot This Week: March 4

Fresh off strong showings at the Academy Awards, A Star Is Born, which is new this week, and Bohemian Rhapsody hold the top two spots on the movie list. Their soundtracks also maintain their high places on the music chart, with a new disc from Florida Georgia Line joining them. A new James Patterson collaboration surges onto the fiction list, while a book from former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe takes over in non-fiction.

Movies 
  1. A Star Is Born (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Robin Hood (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Nobody's Fool (Blu-ray)
  5. Overlord (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  7. The Grinch (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Widows (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Searching (Blu-ray)
  10. Skyscraper (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  2. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack
  3. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  4. Florida Georgia Line, Can't Say I Ain't Country
  5. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  6. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  7. 21 Savage, I Am > I Was
  8. Meek Mill, Championships
  9. Drake, Scorpion
  10. Avril Lavigne, Head Above Water
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. The Chef, James Patterson and Max DiLallo
  3. Never Tell, Lisa Gardner
  4. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  5. Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Marlon James
  6. An Anonymous Girl, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  7. Connections in Death, J.D. Robb
  8. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  9. Fire and Blood, George R.R. Martin
  10. Circe, Madeline Miller
Non-Fiction
  1. The Threat, Andrew G. McCabe
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. Spearhead, Adam Makos
  5. Grateful American, Gary Sinise and Marcus Brotherton
  6. Maid, Stephanie Land
  7. The First Conspiracy, Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
  8. The Library Book, Susan Orlean
  9. The Source of Self-Regard, Toni Morrison
  10. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson

Monday, February 25, 2019

Hot This Week: February 25

The smash hit blockbuster following the life and career of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen tops the week's movie listing. Ariana Grande takes over the music chart with her newest release, while Kacey Musgraves returns following her big Grammy night, including Album of the Year. Yangsze Choo's new novel The Night Tiger debuts on the fiction list, while newcomers in non-fiction include books from actor Gary Sinise and author Toni Morrison, as well as a look at the aftermath of the Parkland shooting from Dave Cullen.

Movies 
  1. Bohemian Rhapsody (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Nobody's Fool (Blu-ray)
  3. The Grinch (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Widows (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. The Girl in the Spider's Web (Blu-ray)
  6. Hunter Killer (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Crazy Rich Asians (Blu-ray)
  8. Happy Death Day (Blu-ray)
  9. The Sisters Brothers (Blu-ray)
  10. A Simple Favor (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  2. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  3. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack
  4. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  5. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  6. 21 Savage, I Am > I Was
  7. Drake, Scorpion
  8. Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour
  9. Meek Mill, Championships
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Marlon James
  3. Connections in Death, J.D. Robb
  4. An Anonymous Girl, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  5. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  6. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  7. Fire and Blood, George R.R. Martin
  8. The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo
  9. Liar Liar, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  10. The Wedding Guest, Jonathan Kellerman
Non-Fiction
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. Grateful American, Gary Sinise and Marcus Brotherton
  4. The First Conspiracy, Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
  5. Maid, Stephanie Land
  6. Let Me Finish, Chris Christie
  7. Team of Vipers, Cliff Sims
  8. The Source of Self-Regard, Toni Morrison
  9. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  10. Parkland, Dave Cullen

Monday, February 18, 2019

Hot This Week: February 18

There are plenty of new titles this week in both movies and audiobook fiction. The top three movies are all new, led by the latest adaptation of Dr. Seuss's beloved Christmas story. Half of the fiction list is made up of newcomers, with Alex Michaelides taking the top spot and the buzzed-about fantasy novel from Marlon James making it as well.

Movies 
  1. The Grinch (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Widows (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. The Girl in the Spider's Web (Blu-ray)
  4. Hunter Killer (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. The Sisters Brothers (Blu-ray)
  6. First Man (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. The Hate U Give (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Crazy Rich Asians (Blu-ray)
  9. Venom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Halloween (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. 21 Savage, I Am > I Was
  2. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  3. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  4. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  5. Meek Mill, Championships
  6. Drake, Scorpion
  7. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
  8. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack
  9. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  10. Luke Combs, This One's for You
Fiction
  1. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  2. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  3. Connections in Death, J.D. Robb
  4. Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Marlon James
  5. An Anonymous Girl, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  6. The Wedding Guest, Jonathan Kellerman
  7. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  8. Fire and Blood, George R.R. Martin
  9. Liar Liar, James Patterson and Candice Fox
  10. The Last Romantics, Tara Conklin
Non-Fiction
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. From the Ground Up, Howard Schultz and Joanne Gordon
  4. The First Conspiracy, Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
  5. The Library Book, Susan Orlean
  6. Let Me Finish, Chris Christie
  7. The Truths We Hold, Kamala Harris
  8. Team of Vipers, Cliff Sims
  9. Maid, Stephanie Land
  10. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari

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