Wednesday, March 22, 2017

German Sweep: March 22, 2017...


Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to their official singles chart, as Ed Sheeran takes a tenth week at #1...

1. "Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran (1)
2. "It Ain't Me" - Kygo & Selena Gomez (2)
3. "Tuesday" - Burak Yeter featuring Danelle Sandoval (6)
4. "Something Just Like This" - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (4)
5. "Galway Girl" - Ed Sheeran (8)
6. "You Don't Know Me" - Jax Jones featuring RAYE (DEBUT)
7. "Castle On The Hill" - Ed Sheeran (3)
8. "Chained To The Rhythm" - Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley (7)
9. "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" - Zayn & Taylor Swift (5)
10. "Paris" - The Chainsmokers (9)

British DJ/producer Jax Jones climbs into the top ten with "You Don't Know Me" featuring singer RAYE. Jones previously was a featured artist on Duke Dumont's "I Got U", which went to #22 in this country, while RAYE just missed the top-40 at #45 as the singer on Jonas Blue's "By Your Side"...


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Songoftheday 3/22/17 - Don't waste your time fighting blind minded thoughts of dispair...

"Hold On" - En Vogue
from the album Born To Sing (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 17

The song of the day for this "humpday" comes from the vocal group En Vogue, who were put together by the production/songwriting team of Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy. Foster & McElroy, who had been original members of Club Nouveau, who had scored a #1 hit with their remake of "Lean On Me" in 1987, and even released an album of their own in 1989. But their biggest success was behind the scenes, becoming one of the biggest forces in the new jack swing genre (along with the Teddy Riley/Guy crew). Assembling the four female singers about that same time, Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Cindy Herron, and Maxine Jones could have been strong solo singers in their own right, but put together they were miles above any of the current "girl-groups" of the time. Releasing their debut album, Born To Sing, at the start of the new decade, their slinky first single, "Hold On", was pretty understated for that time but belies a fun mid-tempo club jam that out-classed anything young kids were listening to. And it was the stunning acappella intro of the Jacksons' "Who's Lovin' You" by Terry Ellis that got everyone's ears and eyes pricked up watching MTV, before Herron took over on lead for the song itself...


"Hold On" became the group's first top-10 pop hit in the U.S. in July of 1990. The single not only spent two weeks atop Billboard's R&B chart, but ended up as their #1 song of the year on that list. The 12" remix single also went to #1 for a week on their Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, the record reached the top ten in the UK (#5), New Zealand (#5), Germany (#6), and the Netherlands (#10), got to #12 in Austria, and peaked at #18 in Ireland. The Born To Sing album would be nominated for a Grammy Award for R&B Duo/Group Performance, losing out to Quincy Jones/Chaka Khan/Ray Charles' remake of "I'll Be Good To You".

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

French Sweep: March 21, 2017...

Here's the top ten hits in France this week, according to their official singles chart, as Ed Sheeran makes it to double digits on top...

1. "Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran (1)
2. "Human" - Rag N' Bone Man (2)
3. "I Feel It Coming" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (4)
4. "Peine & Pitie'" - Vitaa (3)
5. "Be Mine" - Ofenbach (5)
6. "Sunset Lover" - Petit Biscuit (RE-ENTRY)
7. "Way Down We Go" - Kaleo (7)
8. "Je M'en Vais" - Vianney (6)
9. "Rockabye" - Clean Bandit featuring Anne-Marie & Sean Paul (RE-ENTRY)
10. "Chained To The Rhythm" - Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley (9)

Further down the chart, rapper Niska from the Parisian suburb of Évry enters the top-40 at #35 with "B.O.C."...


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Songoftheday 3/21/17 - The crime wave is high with mugging mysterious, All police and detectives are furious...

"Turtle Power" - Partners In Kryme
from the album Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Original Soundtrack) (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #13 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's song of the day was the theme to the first incarnation of the movie adaptation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, which came out in 1990, and ended up making huge bank in the top 10 films of that year. With no major stars and an independent production, the movie ended up reaping over 200 million at the box office. For the big song from the movie, "Turtle Power", two New Yorkers, rapper Richard Usher and DJ James Alpern came together as Partners In Kryme for the single they wrote and produced themselves...


"Turtle Power" climbed all the way into the pop top 20 in June of 1990. The single also made it to #23 on Billboard's R&B chart as well. But as well as it did here (and the album also reached the top-20 on the charts in America), the novelty number was a major smash overseas, with the record spending a whole month time at #1 in the UK. It also hit the top 10 in Ireland (#4) and New Zealand (#7), and peaked in the top-20 in Germany (#12), Switzerland (#14), and Australia (#15). The pair followed up with another single, "Undercover", which slipped on to the British chart for a week at #92. They continue to record together, and probably don't deserve the one-hit-wonder status they ended up with from the "Turtle Power" success.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 3/20/17 - Robert Plant's "Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes On You)"...

"Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes On You)" - Robert Plant
from the album Manic Nirvana (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #46

This week's "robbed hit" comes from rock legend Robert Plant, who had a rather successful solo career in the 1980's following the disbandment of Led Zeppelin. He racked up four top-20 albums in the U.S. as well as four top-40 solo pop hits (along with a pair from his Honeydrippers project), including the 1988 hit "Tall Cool One". In 1990, Plant released his fifth album, Manic Nirvana, and the first single from the set, "Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eye On You)", was another loud and rollicking hard rock number written by Plant with his backing bandmates Phil Johnstone, Doug Boyle, Charlie Jones, and Chris Blackwell, and fit in with the pre-grunge rock radio sound of the beginning of the new decade...


While "Hurting Kind" climbed all the way to #1 on Billboard magazine's Mainstream Rock radio chart (his fifth and most recent), the song stopped right under the pop top-40 in April of 1990. Internationally, the song did best in Canada, climbing to #14, and made the top-40 in New Zealand at #39, while in Plant's native England the single did one notch better at #45.


Songoftheday 3/20/17 - We've been through days where nothing would go right, in your arms your holding me so tight...

"Time After Time" - Timmy T
from the album Time After Time (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #40 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 1

Today's song of the day comes from Latin freestyle dance music artist Timmy T (T for Torres), who hails from Fresno, California, where he recorded and independently distributed his first single, "Time After Time". After regional success, Quality Records picked him up nationwide, and dance music stations gave Timmy his first hit single...


"Time After Time" became Timmy's first top-40 pop hit in May of 1990.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Songoftheday 3/19/17 - We never talked about it but I hear the blame was mine, I'd call you up to say I'm sorry but I wouldn't want to waste your time...

"Do You Remember?" - Phil Collins
from the album ...But Seriously (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from Phil Collins, whose fourth solo album apart from Genesis ...But Seriously had scored him a #1 pop hit single with "Another Day In Paradise" as well as a top-5 follow-up in the ballad "I Wish It Would Rain Down". The third single pulled from the record in America was yet another downtempo track, "Do You Remember?". Written by Collins who produced it with Hugh Padgham, the lyrics portray a guy whose been jilted by the love of his life, while the music video was another cinematic nostalgia concocted for MTV "special presentation" status...


In the U.S., "Do You Remember" became the third top-5 hit from ...But Seriously in June of 1990. The single spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, while it slipped on to their Mainstream Rock list for a week at #49. Internationally, the song went to #1 in Canada for a week, while in Europe, where it wasn't released as a single until a concert version from his ...Seriously Live album, it reached the top-40 in the Netherlands (#20), France (#22), and Ireland (#25), and was a minor hit in the UK (#57) and Germany (#46).

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Brit Sweep: March 18, 2017...


It's time to cross the Atlantic yet again to check out the notable songs and albums reaching the charts in the UK this week...

On the official singles chart in Britain, with Ed Sheeran claiming nine of the top ten spots, and "Shape Of You" at #1 for a tenth consecutive week...

Pop vocal group Steps reunite at #37 with their new single, "Scared Of The Dark". It's the first single from their much-anticipated first full non-seasonal album since 2000's Buzz. The last time they were in the top-40 in the UK was in 2001 with "Words Are Not Enough"/"I Know Him So Well", the last in their string of 14 top-10 hits...


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Songoftheday 3/18/17 - Gone the voice that used to fill the room is all but gone, an echo of a perfect love that ended wrong...

"I'll See You In My Dreams" - Giant
from the album Last Of the Runaways (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #20 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's song of the day comes from the hard rock band Giant, who came together in the mid-80s under two brothers, Dann and David Huff, who were Christian rock artists originally in the band White Heart at the beginning of the decade. With keyboardist Alan Pasqua and bass player Mike Brignardello, the Nashville-based group released their debut album Last Of The Runaways in 1989. The first single from the album, "I'm A Believer" was I guess a pun on their religious background, since it was by far not that but a raucous womanizing glam-metal-ish number, and it climbed to #13 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart and #56 on the American pop Hot 100. They followed with "Innocent Days", which came across like a Richard Marx outtake, which missed the pop chart but did do a little better at rock radio, peaking right under the top ten at #11. And as with a lot of those hard rock/metal acts, they went to the "power ballad" on the record for the "hat trick". This time it was "I'll See You In My Dreams", written by Pasqua with songwriter Mark Spiro. The single, like the rest of the album, was produced by Terry Thomas, leader of one of my favorite power-pop bands, Charlie. And it fit in the mold of a lot of the "heartbreak" songs that bands relied on...


"I'll See You In My Dreams" became Giant's sole top-40 pop hit in June of 1990. The song also climbed to #7 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Over in Britain, the single popped on to the chart for a week at #96.

In 1992, the band released a second album, Time To Burn, in which the lead single, "Chained", only made it to the Mainstream Rock list at #16. Dann left shortly after to concentrate on writing and producing, which he was even more successful with in the country genre, aiding acts like Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, and Lonestar. Fusqua also departed at that time, with the other Huff and Brignardello reuniting with Dann for one more album in 2001, then recruiting Terry Brock and John Roth for another in 2010.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for March 17, 2017...


Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Rag N' Bone Man's "Human" reigns for an eighth week, while the Weeknd (pictured above) climbs into the top-5. Former big hits from blink-182, Mary J. Blige, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, DNCE, and k. flay drop off my list, while songs from twenty-one pilots, Bruno Mars, and LP make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Erin Go Bragh!

This Week              Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Human - Rag N' Bone Man (1)
2. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (3)
3. Rockabye - Clean Bandit f/Anne-Marie & Sean Paul (2)
4. Better Man - Little Big Town (5)
5. I Feel It Coming - The Weeknd f/Daft Punk (7)
6. Still Breathing - Green Day (5)
7. Scars To Your Beautiful - Alessia Cara (4)
8. Water Under The Bridge - Adele (8)
9. So I Can Have You Back - Joe (9)
10. Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran (11)
11. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur (11)
12. Chained To The Rhythm - Katy Perry f/Skip Marley (22)
13. Waste A Moment - Kings Of Leon (13)
14. Sober Saturday Night - Chris Young f/Vince Gill (15)
15. Love On The Brain - Rihanna (17)
16. Don't Wanna Know - Maroon 5 f/Kendrick Lamar (16)
17. Mercy - Shawn Mendes (19)
18. Cleopatra - The Lumineers (28)
19. Seein' Red - Dustin Lynch (12)
20. Star Of The Show - Thomas Rhett (14)
21. Million Reasons - Lady Gaga (25)
22. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars (20)
23. Fast - Luke Bryan (33)
24. Show Me Love - Brian Justin Crum f/Toy Armada & DJ Grind (36)
25. The Greatest - Sia f/Kendrick Lamar (21)
26. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (51)
27. Think A Little Less - Michael Ray (47)
28. Kill A Word - Eric Church f/Rhiannon Giddens (35)
29. Enough Is Enough 2017 - Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand (30)
30. Long Live Love - LeAnn Rimes (34)
31. Rhythm & Blues - The Head and the Heart (41)
32. Love Me Now - John Legend (27)
33. Trouble - Cage The Elephant (31)
34. Paris - The Chainsmokers (54)
35. Take It All Back - Judah & The Lion (29)
36. I Don't Wanna Live Forever - Zayn & Taylor Swift (46)
37. Dirt On My Boots - Jon Pardi (59)
38. A Guy With A Girl - Blake Shelton (38)
39. Somebody Else - The 1975 (43)
40. Move Your Body - Sia (32)
41. Side To Side - Ariana Grande f/Nicki Minaj (37)
42. This Town - Niall Horan (52)
43. Hot Thoughts - Spoon (63)
44. Wanna Be That Song - Brett Eldredge (40)
45. Heavydirtysoul - twenty-one pilots (73)
46. Call On Me - Starley (60)
47. You're Not There - Lukas Graham (39)
48. Road Less Traveled - Lauren Alaina (68)
49. Yeah Yeah 2016 - Luciana & Dave Aude' (53)
50. Heathens - twenty-one pilots (50)
51. Way Down We Go - Kaleo (55)
52. Closer - The Chainsmokers f/Halsey (42)
53. Distortion - Jessica Sutta (49)
54. On Hold - the xx (56)
55. Play That Song - Train (57)
56. Today - Brad Paisley (58)
57. Name For You - The Shins (61)
58. Dancing On My Own - Calum Scott (64)
59. Let's Hurt Tonight - OneRepublic (69)
60. In A Drawer - Band Of Horses (65)
61. Slumber Party - Britney Spears f/Tinashe (71)
62. The Urge In Me - Joe Gauthreaux f/Inaya Day (44)
63. Lost On You - LP (87)
64. Love Is Mystical - Cold War Kids (DEBUT)
65. How Did You Love - Shinedown (75)
66. Any Ol' Barstool - Jason Aldean (76)
67. Koinz - SR (67)
68. Long Song Away - Kevin Ross (84)
69. Believer - Imagine Dragons (DEBUT)
70. Oasis - Kendra Erika (80)
71. The Mack - Nevada f/Mark Morrison & Fetty Wap (85)
72. Yeah Boy - Kelsea Ballerini (82)
73. Bad Things - Machine Gun Kelly f/Camila Cabello (77)
74. Let Me Love You - DJ Snake f/Justin Bieber (66)
75. Cold - Maroon 5 f/Future (89)
76. Shine - Mondo Cozmo (72)
77. Watch Out - Glovibes & Gary Caos (91)
78. You Don't Know Me - Jax Jones f/RAYE (78)
79. The Weekend - Brantley Gilbert (79)
80. Touch - Little Mix (70)
81. May We All - Florida Georgia Line f/Tim McGraw (81)
82. Down - Marian Hill (DEBUT)
83. Atlas, Rise! - Metallica (83)
84. Hometown Girl - Josh Turner (88)
85. Fire Escape - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (95)
86. All Time Low - Jon Bellion (90)
87. Bar At The End Of The World - Kenny Chesney (97)
88. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (DEBUT)
89. Best Love - Yuna (DEBUT)
90. Just Hold On - Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson (94)
91. Baby, Let's Lay Down And Dance - Garth Brooks (DEBUT)
92. Just Say - KDA f/Tinashe (92)
93. Be The One - Dua Lipa (93)
94. Don't Want You Back - Leela James (DEBUT)
95. Do You Still Love Me? - Ryan Adams (96)
96. 7 - Catfish & The Bottlemen (RE-ENTRY)
97. I Got You - Bebe Rexha (DEBUT)
98. Issues - Julia Michaels (DEBUT)
99. Ritual - Marshmello f/Wrabel (99)
100. Gonna Be Power - Glenn Thornton f/Dawn Tallman (DEBUT)

There are ten songs making their debut on my chart this week (highlighted in blue), and if you click on any of them, you'll connect to that artist's official website for more info. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 3/17/17 - Won't you pick up the phone ‘cause I know that you're home, too many words have not been said for us to be living alone...

"Baby It's Tonight" - Jude Cole
from the album A View From 3rd Street (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #16 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

The song of the day for this St. Patrick's Friday comes from singer/songwriter Jude Cole, who hails from a small town in the northwestern part of Illinois, in Rock Island County. After playing behind soft-rock artist Moon Martin, Cole joined the British power-pop band the Records for one album at the start of the 1980's before striking out on his own. His debut solo record, A View From 3rd Street, came in 1990, and it's a solid set of pop/rock tunes, including the first single, "Baby It's Tonight". Part of a group of semi-alternative rock solo men heralding in a new sound for the 90s, his looks definitely didn't hurt either...


"Baby, It's Tonight" became Cole's first top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in June of 1990. The song also climbed to #3 for a week on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, while it also crossed over to their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") list at #19.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Aussie Sweep: March 16, 2017...

Let's head Down Under yet again to check out the songs and albums from local albums reaching the chart in Australia this week....

On the Australian Artists singles chart, Pnau holds tight at #1 with "Chameleon"...

Indie-pop trio Methyl Ethel. from the western city of Perth, come in at #17 with "Ubu"...


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Songoftheday 3/16/17 - Her mother broke the news to my heart, she said theyre leaving and now I'm torn all apart...

"Ooh La La (I Can't Get Over You)" - Perfect Gentlemen
from the album Rated PG (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from the R&B/pop trio Perfect Gentleman, who were put together in Boston by producer/songwriter/manager Maurice Starr, who had huge success bringing together and producing acts like New Edition and New Kids On The Block. This time he kept it in the family, with his son Maurice Jr. joining Corey Blakely and Tyrone Sutton. Their first single was the mid-tempo kiddie break-up song "Ooh La La (I Can't Get Over You)". Produced and written by Maurice Sr., it filled the gap nicely between NKOTB albums, marketed to those same fans, with the pre-teen boys' voices not changed yet...


"Ooh La La" climbed all the way into the pop top-10 in the U.S. in June of 1990. The song also went to #12 on Billboard's R&B chart. They released a follow-up single, "One More Chance", which peaked at #33 R&B but missed the pop chart altogether. Three years later, a second album emerged, with Sutton replaced by two new members - Maurice Jr's brother Stephen and future Mayback Music mixtape artist "Masspike" Miles Wheeler - but that record was DOA.

Up tomorrow: The time has come for this pop/rock singer/songwriter.