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Monday, July 15, 2019

Hot This Week: July 15

Two new movies make the list this week, with the top spot being help by a new action flick starring Sylvester Stallone alongside 50 Cent and Dave Bautista. Chris Brown and rock duo the Black Keys land new albums on the music chart. Riley Sager and Chandler Baker's new novels are new on the fiction list, while a story of heroism in Afghanistan is the only newcomer in non-fiction.

Movies 
  1. Escape Plan: The Extractors (Blu-ray)
  2. Dumbo (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Captain Marvel (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Us (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. The Best of Enemies (Blu-ray)
  6. Wonder Park (Blu-ray)
  7. The Poison Rose (Blu-ray)
  8. The Upside (Blu-ray)
  9. Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (Blu-ray)
  10. Five Feet Apart (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Chris Brown, Indigo
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. The Black Keys, Let's Rock
  4. Khalid, Free Spirit
  5. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  6. Jonas Brothers, Happiness Begins
  7. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
  8. Luke Combs, This One's for You
  9. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  10. Drake, Scorpion
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Summer of '69, Elin Hilderbrand
  3. Backlash, Brad Thor
  4. City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. Lost and Found, Danielle Steel
  6. Mrs. Everything, Jennifer Weiner
  7. Unsolved, James Patterson and David Ellis
  8. Lock Every Door, Riley Sager
  9. Tom Clancy: Enemy Contact, Mike Maden
  10. Whisper Network, Chandler Baker
Non-Fiction 
  1. Educated, Tara Westover
  2. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  3. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  4. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  5. The British Are Coming, Rick Atkinson
  6. The Man Who Sold America, Joy-Ann Reid
  7. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  8. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  9. Shortest Way Home, Pete Buttigieg
  10. Alone at Dawn, Dan Schilling and Lori Chapman Longfritz

Monday, July 8, 2019

Hot This Week: July 8

We hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday weekend! We charge into the height of summer with two new movies, including Dumbo, Disney's latest live-action version of one of its animated classics. Rockers the Raconteurs top the music chart with their new album release. In fiction, new novels from Brad Thor, Danielle Steel, and Kate Atkinson make for great summer reading, and in non-fiction, a political examination from MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid joins the list.

Movies 
  1. Captain Marvel (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Us (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. The Poison Rose (Blu-ray)
  4. Wonder Park (Blu-ray)
  5. Dumbo (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. The Upside (Blu-ray)
  7. Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (Blu-ray)
  8. Five Feet Apart (Blu-ray)
  9. Isn't It Romantic (Blu-ray)
  10. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. The Raconteurs, Help Us Stranger
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Jonas Brothers, Happiness Begins
  4. Khalid, Free Spirit
  5. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  6. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  7. Luke Combs, This One's for You
  8. Drake, Scorpion
  9. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  10. DJ Khaled, Father of Asahd
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Backlash, Brad Thor
  3. Summer of '69, Elin Hilderbrand
  4. Lost and Found, Danielle Steel
  5. City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert
  6. Unsolved, James Patterson and David Ellis
  7. Mrs. Everything, Jennifer Weiner
  8. Big Sky, Kate Atkinson
  9. Tom Clancy: Enemy Contact, Mike Maden
  10. The Oracle, Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell
Non-Fiction 
  1. Educated, Tara Westover
  2. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  3. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  4. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  5. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  6. The Man Who Sold America, Joy-Ann Reid
  7. Sea Stories, William H. McRaven
  8. The British Are Coming, Rick Atkinson
  9. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  10. Siege, Michael Wolff

Monday, July 1, 2019

Hot This Week: July 1

We kick off the month of July with four new movies, with the horror movie Us and the animated flick Wonder Park leading the way just behind the Captain Marvel juggernaut. The music chart is topped by new tunes from iconic performers Madonna and Bruce Springsteen. In fiction, bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's new novel debuts at #1, while the non-fiction list remains largely the same.

Movies 
  1. Captain Marvel (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Us (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Wonder Park (Blu-ray)
  4. Five Feet Apart (Blu-ray)
  5. The Upside (Blu-ray)
  6. Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (Blu-ray)
  7. Hotel Mumbai (Blu-ray)
  8. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Isn't It Romantic (Blu-ray)
  10. The Beach Bum (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Madonna, Madame X
  2. Bruce Springsteen, Western Stars
  3. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  4. Jonas Brothers, Happiness Begins
  5. Bastille, Doom Days
  6. Khalid, Free Spirit
  7. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  8. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  9. Drake, Scorpion
  10. Elton John, Diamonds
Fiction
  1. Summer of '69, Elin Hilderbrand
  2. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  3. City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert
  4. Unsolved, James Patterson and David Ellis
  5. Mrs. Everything, Jennifer Weiner
  6. Tom Clancy: Enemy Contact, Mike Maden
  7. The Oracle, Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell
  8. Queen Bee, Dorothea Benton Frank
  9. Redemption, David Baldacci
  10. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
Non-Fiction
  1. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  4. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  5. Sea Stories, William H. McRaven
  6. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  7. The British Are Coming, Rick Atkinson
  8. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  9. Siege, Michael Wolff
  10. The Conservative Sensibility, George F. Will

Monday, June 24, 2019

Hot This Week: June 24

We hope you and your patrons like new titles, because there are a whole slew of them on the docket this week. The superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel leads three new movies on the list. Likewise, the first new music from the Jonas Brothers in ten years tops three new albums on this week's chart. Five of the fiction titles are new this week, with bestselling author Jennifer Weiner's new novel leading the way at #3. In non-fiction, two new titles include a book from CNN anchor Jim Acosta.

Movies 
  1. Captain Marvel (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (Blu-ray)
  3. Five Feet Apart (Blu-ray)
  4. The Upside (Blu-ray)
  5. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Isn't It Romantic (Blu-ray)
  7. Cold Pursuit (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Captive State (Blu-ray)
  9. Drunk Parents
  10. Fighting with My Family (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Jonas Brothers, Happiness Begins
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Santana, Africa Speaks
  4. Khalid, Free Spirit
  5. DJ Khaled, Father of Asahd
  6. Elton John, Diamonds
  7. Avicii, Tim
  8. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  9. Luke Combs, This One's for You
  10. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Unsolved, James Patterson and David Ellis
  3. Mrs. Everything, Jennifer Weiner
  4. City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. Tom Clancy: Enemy Contact, Mike Maden
  6. The Oracle, Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell
  7. Recursion, Blake Crouch
  8. Redemption, David Baldacci
  9. The Summer Guests, Mary Alice Monroe
  10. Queen Bee, Dorothea Benton Frank
Non-Fiction
  1. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  2. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  5. Sea Stories, William H. McRaven
  6. Siege, Michael Wolff
  7. The British Are Coming, Rick Atkinson
  8. The Enemy of the People, Jim Acosta
  9. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  10. Every Man a Hero, Ray Lambert and Jim DeFelice

Monday, June 17, 2019

Hot This Week: June 17

There are two new movies your patrons will be clamoring for this week, led by the final outing of Tyler Perry's beloved Madea. Thomas Rhett lands a new album at the top of the music chart, while Rocketman brings Elton John's latest compilation into the spotlight as well. Fully half of the fiction list is made up of new novels, while three new books make their way onto the non-fiction list.

Movies 
  1. Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (Blu-ray)
  2. The Upside (Blu-ray)
  3. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Isn't It Romantic (Blu-ray)
  5. Drunk Parents
  6. Cold Pursuit (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. The Kid (Blu-ray)
  8. Fighting with My Family (Blu-ray)
  9. Aquaman (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. The Mule (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Thomas Rhett, Center Point Road
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. DJ Khaled, Father of Asahd
  4. Khalid, Free Spirit
  5. Elton John, Diamonds
  6. Aladdin Soundtrack
  7. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  8. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  9. Luke Combs, This One's for You
  10. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. Unsolved, James Patterson and David Ellis
  4. Fall, Neal Stephenson
  5. Queen Bee, Dorothea Benton Frank
  6. The Guest Book, Sarah Blake
  7. Redemption, David Baldacci
  8. Skin Game, Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall
  9. Sunset Beach, Mary Kay Andrews
  10. Searching for Sylvie Lee, Jean Kwok
Non-Fiction
  1. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  2. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. Siege, Michael Wolff
  5. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  6. Sea Stories, William H. McRaven
  7. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  8. The British Are Coming, Rick Atkinson
  9. Naturally Tan, Tan France
  10. The Conservative Sensibility, George F. Will

Friday, June 14, 2019

Big Franchises Wind Down in 2019

Written by Jon Williams

There are certain media franchises that become so popular that they transcend just the world of entertainment and become cultural touchstones. For three such franchises, 2019 is they year in which they will come to an end—or at least wind down their current iterations. Let’s take a look at them.

On April 26, Avengers: Endgame was released into theaters in North America. It debuted with a bang, taking in the largest opening-weekend box office gross of all time with more than $350 million. It has steadily added to that total and now stands as the second on the list of highest-grossing films of all time. While it seems unlikely to take over the top spot, it’s still in theaters and will definitely add to its total, currently over $825 million. Endgame is the culmination of 22 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that started with Iron Man in 2008. While this movie may have brought the story of the Avengers to a close, the same certainly can’t be said for the MCU as a whole. On the immediate horizon is Spider-Man: Far from Home, the sequel to 2017’s Homecoming, with Tom Holland starring as the titular webslinger. This will mark the formal end to “Phase Three” of the MCU, but future plans include a Black Widow movie featuring Scarlett Johansson’s character, a Black Panther sequel, a third Guardians of the Galaxy installment, and plenty more on screens both big and small. There is definitely plenty to look forward to from Marvel in the future, although whether it continues to work together toward one cohesive story remains to be seen.

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones premiered before that, on April 14, and came to its conclusion on May 19. Before the season began, we examined the likelihood of broken ratings records, particularly for the series finale. Those predictions came true, as the season’s sixth episode, the show’s last, drew more than 19.3 million viewers, making it the most-watched series finale in history for a show on cable. While the final season drew mixed reviews from fans and critics, viewership numbers remained strong throughout, and hunger for related content has kept author George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, a tale that begins centuries before the events of the show, on the bestseller list since its publication last November. With the show in the rearview mirror, fans will have to be content with Fire & Blood to hold them over for now, but there are more stories to come. For one thing, Martin still has two books left in his Song of Ice & Fire, the novel series that inspired the show. It has been eight years since the last, A Dance with Dragons, was published, and while no date has yet been announced for the arrival of the next, The Winds of Winter, recent updates from Martin have fans optimistic that it will be finished in the not-too-distant future. HBO also has plans for a number of companion shows, with at least one currently going forward with Naomi Watts set to star.

Then, later this year, the Star Wars sequel trilogy will come to a close when Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker comes out on December 20. Of course, this echoes 1983, when Return of the Jedi concluded the original trilogy, and 2005, when Revenge of the Sith did the same for the prequel trilogy; however, it’s actually a culmination of all three, as The Rise of Skywalker will drop the curtain on the saga of Anakin Skywalker and his offspring. The current trilogy began in 2015 with The Force Awakens, the one film that Avengers: Endgame trails on the all-time box office list, and continued with The Last Jedi in 2017. After this film there will be a short hiatus for Star Wars on the big screen, but it definitely will be back—a new film series, set in a different era from the Skywalker films, is set to begin in December 2022 with Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss at the helm. In the meantime, Pedro Pascal will star in the upcoming TV show The Mandalorian, to premiere November 12 of this year, and Diego Luna will reprise his role from the standalone blockbuster Rogue One in another, as-yet-unnamed TV series.

So while these beloved franchises may be coming to a close, each in its own way, fans can take comfort in the fact that there are still plenty of stories to come in the respective universes. And patrons will always be eager to revisit these favorites or immerse themselves for the first time. Use the links above to put these great movies and TV shows on your shelves, and SmartBrowse on our website for a plethora of related content.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Hot This Week: June 10

The top titles from last week remained strong, including the top four movies. The soundtrack to the hit remake of the Disney classic Aladdin joins the music chart. In fiction, Dorothea Benton Frank and Mary Beth Keane land new titles on the list, while non-fiction sees the addition of a book from Tony Horwitz.

Movies 
  1. The Upside (Blu-ray)
  2. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Isn't It Romantic (Blu-ray)
  4. Cold Pursuit (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Drunk Parents
  6. Fighting with My Family (Blu-ray)
  7. What Men Want (Blu-ray)
  8. Greta (Blu-ray)
  9. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Aquaman (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  2. DJ Khaled, Father of Asahd
  3. Khalid, Free Spirit
  4. Aladdin Soundtrack
  5. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  6. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  7. NCT 127, We Are Superhuman
  8. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  9. Drake, Scorpion
  10. Luke Combs, This One's for You
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. Queen Bee, Dorothea Benton Frank
  3. The 18th Abduction, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  4. The Guest Book, Sarah Blake
  5. Ask Again, Yes, Mary Beth Keane
  6. Redemption, David Baldacci
  7. Sunset Beach, Mary Kay Andrews
  8. Fire & Blood, George R.R. Martin
  9. The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
  10. Blessing in Disguise, Danielle Steel
Non-Fiction
  1. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  2. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  5. Sea Stories, William H. McRaven
  6. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  7. The British Are Coming, Rick Atkinson
  8. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  9. Spying on the South, Tony Horwitz
  10. Furious Hours, Casey Cep

Monday, June 3, 2019

Hot This Week: June 3

We charge into June with a full slate of new media your patrons will be looking for. Three new movies are led by the Kevin Hart/Bryan Cranston drama/comedy The Upside. Four new albums make the chart in music, with the new disc from DJ Khaled taking #1. In fiction, a new thriller from Thomas Harris is the only newcomer, while non-fiction sees additions from Mark R. Levin and Admiral William H. McRaven.

Movies 
  1. The Upside (Blu-ray)
  2. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Isn't It Romantic (Blu-ray)
  4. Cold Pursuit (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Fighting with My Family (Blu-ray)
  6. What Men Want (Blu-ray)
  7. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Glass (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Happy Death Day 2U (Blu-ray)
  10. Serenity (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. DJ Khaled, Father of Asahd
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Khalid, Free Spirit
  4. The National, I Am Easy to Find
  5. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  6. Rammstein, Rammstein
  7. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  8. Drake, Scorpion
  9. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
  10. Luke Combs, This One's for You
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. The 18th Abduction, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  3. Cari Mora, Thomas Harris
  4. Fire & Blood, George R.R. Martin
  5. Redemption, David Baldacci
  6. The Guest Book, Sarah Blake
  7. Sunset Beach, Mary Kay Andrews
  8. Blessing in Disguise, Danielle Steel
  9. Neon Prey, John Sandford
  10. The Night Window, Dean Koontz
Non-Fiction
  1. Unfreedom of the Press, Mark R. Levin
  2. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  3. Sea Stories, William H. McRaven
  4. Educated, Tara Westover
  5. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  6. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  7. Furious Hours, Casey Cep
  8. The British Are Coming, Rick Atkinson
  9. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  10. Sacred Duty, Tom Cotton

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Springsteen Returning with Western Stars

Written by Jon Williams

Many performers approaching 70 years of age and nearly 50 years into their career would be slowing down and coasting on their past success. Many performers, but not Bruce Springsteen. The recent announcement of his upcoming solo album Western Stars, releasing June 14, came just a short time after the conclusion of Springsteen on Broadway, his intimate performance show that was originally planned to run for eight weeks and instead ran for well over a year. On top of that, Springsteen has also said that he’s written enough material for a new album with the E Street Band, so fans can be on the lookout for that (plus new tour dates) as well.

Springsteen’s passion for music began at a young age, and he started playing for audiences when he was in his teens. He performed with a number of different musicians over the next several years until signing his first record deal in 1972. That led to his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., in 1973. That was followed later that same year by The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. These albums were well received by critics but did not sell especially well, so Springsteen spent nearly a year and a half and recruited the help of his friend Steven Van Zandt as he threw everything he had into his next album.

These efforts paid off when Born to Run was released in August of 1975. On the strength of his incredible live performances, the album went to #3 on the Billboard 200 and a star was born. He built on that success with Darkness on the Edge of Town in 1978, The River in 1980, and Nebraska in 1982, three albums that helped to polish Springsteen’s image of a smart, soulful songwriter with their unflinching looks at working-class life and American politics.

Then in June of 1984 came the album Born in the USA. The iconic title track, along with smash singles like “Dancing in the Dark” and “Glory Days,” made Bruce Springsteen a household name and, over time, a rock n’ roll legend. Since its release it has sold more than 30 million copies, making it one of the bestselling albums of all time. Shortly thereafter, he played a prominent part of the star-studded charity hit “We Are the World,” further cementing his place in the music and pop culture pantheon of the 1980s. He then showed a more subdued side of his musical personality with the 1987 album Tunnel of Love.

The five-year break in albums following Tunnel of Love was Springsteen’s longest to date. He made up for it by releasing two albums, Human Touch and Lucky Town, on the same day in 1992. He would release just one more album in the ‘90s, 1995’s The Ghost of Tom Joad (currently unavailable), but the decade was notable for other reasons, among them an Academy Award and a slew of Grammy Awards for the song “Streets of Philadelphia” and his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. In the aftermath of 9/11, he made a triumphant return with the 2002 album The Rising.

Since then, Bruce has been as prolific as ever, releasing six albums with no more than three years in between up through 2014. That year’s High Hopes was his most recent leading up to the release of Western Stars, but as noted above, he has been far from idle. The year of 2016 was particularly busy, seeing the release of Chapter and Verse, an 18-track career retrospective in conjunction with his autobiography, Born to Run—the audiobook, which he narrated, won the Audie Award for Best Memoir. That year he was also presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor for a civilian in the United States, by President Barack Obama.

Bruce Springsteen is a music icon and a rock n’ roll legend, and he’ll be in the forefront of pop culture for the foreseeable future. In addition to the release of Western Stars, he’s also promising a documentary on the making of the album, as well as a new album and tour with the E Street Band. With his popularity high and holding steady, now is a great time to make sure your library’s shelves are stocked with plenty of material relating to the Boss. SmartBrowse his name on our website to find his discography of studio and live albums, concert films, and much, much more from his acclaimed career.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Hot This Week: May 28

We hope everyone had a safe and fulfilling Memorial Day weekend! The unofficial start of summer brings plenty of new titles with it, including three new movies in the top half of the list. In music, new discs from Mac DeMarco and veteran rocker Sammy Hagar hit the chart. Dean Koontz and Jeffery Deaver land new novels on the fiction list, with new books from Rick Atkinson and Tom Cotton joining the fray in non-fiction.

Movies 
  1. Cold Pursuit (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Fighting with My Family (Blu-ray)
  3. What Men Want (Blu-ray)
  4. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Happy Death Day 2U (Blu-ray)
  6. Glass (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Serenity (Blu-ray)
  8. The Mule (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. Miss Bala (Blu-ray)
  10. A Dog's Way Home (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  2. Khalid, Free Spirit
  3. Sammy Hagar & the Circle, Space Between
  4. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  5. Queen, Greatest Hits - Platinum Collection
  6. Luke Combs, This One's for You
  7. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  8. Mac DeMarco, Here Comes the Cowboy
  9. Drake, Scorpion
  10. Juice WRLD, Death Race for Love
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. The 18th Abduction, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  3. The Night Window, Dean Koontz
  4. Redemption, David Baldacci
  5. Blessing in Disguise, Danielle Steel
  6. The Guest Book, Sarah Blake
  7. Sunset Beach, Mary Kay Andrews
  8. Neon Prey, John Sandford
  9. Fire & Blood, George R.R. Martin
  10. The Never Game, Jeffery Deaver
Non-Fiction
  1. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. The British Are Coming, Rick Atkinson
  5. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  6. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  7. Sacred Duty, Tom Cotton
  8. Furious Hours, Casey Cep
  9. Life Will Be the Death of Me, Chelsea Handler
  10. Commander in Cheat, Rick Reilly

Monday, May 20, 2019

Hot This Week: May 20

Movies 
  1. What Men Want (Blu-ray)
  2. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Serenity (Blu-ray)
  4. Glass (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Miss Bala (Blu-ray)
  6. The Prodigy (Blu-ray)
  7. The Mule (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Escape Room (Blu-ray)
  9. Aquaman (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Bumblebee (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Vampire Weekend, Father of the Bride
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Khalid, Free Spirit
  4. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  5. P!nk, Hurts 2B Human
  6. ScHoolboy Q, CrasH Talk
  7. BTS, Map of the Soul: Persona
  8. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  9. Juice WRLD, Death Race for Love
  10. Drake, Scorpion
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. The 18th Abduction, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  3. Blessing in Disguise, Danielle Steel
  4. Redemption, David Baldacci
  5. Sunset Beach, Mary Kay Andrews
  6. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs
  7. The Road Home, Richard Paul Evans
  8. The Big Kahuna, Janet and Peter Evanovich
  9. Neon Prey, John Sandford
  10. The Guest Book, Sarah Blake
Non-Fiction
  1. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  5. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  6. Furious Hours, Casey Cep
  7. Lake of the Ozarks, Bill Geist
  8. Every Tool's a Hammer, Adam Savage
  9. Life Will Be the Death of Me, Chelsea Handler
  10. Nanaville, Anna Quindlen

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!