Saturday, May 30, 2015

Dance Sweep: June 6, 2015...


I'm ready to wrap up this week's "chart sweeps" of the Billboard charts with the latest dance jams in the clubs and on the radio...

On the DJ-polled Dance Club Play chart, British neo-house artist Duke Dumont makes it four #1 hits in a row out of four releases as "The Giver (Reprise)" climbs to the top...

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea team up for the highest new entry at #41 with "Pretty Girls"...


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Country Sweep: June 6, 2015...


Part four of this week's 'chart sweeps' checking out the songs making the radio charts in Billboard is up next with the latest on country radio...

On their Country Airplay chart, Billy Currington lands his ninth #1 hit (and third in a row) with "Don't It"...

Luke Bryan nabs my "Country Pick of the Week" and leaps in at #19 with the first single from his upcoming Kill The Lights album, "Kick the Dust Up". His last studio album, Crash My Party, sent five singles to #1 here (and a sixth to #2)...


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Soul Sweep: June 6, 2015...


We're at the "hump" of today's "chart sweeps", sampling the songs making their debut on the singles charts in Billboard magazine, and this time I'm serving up the latest on R&B radio...

On their main R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart, the Weeknd spends a seventh week at #1 with "Earned It"...

Newbie rap duo Cool Amerika come in at #47 with "Make Sum Shake"...


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Rock Sweep: June 6, 2015...


Round two of today's "chart sweeps" is up, checking out the songs making their way on to the various singles charts in Billboard magazine, and this time out I've got the latest on rock radio.

On their main Rock Airplay chart Muse spends a third week at #1 with "Dead Inside"...

South African post-grunge band Seether enter at #41 with "Nobody Praying For Me", the third single from their Isolate and Medicate album. The first, "Words As Weapons", peaked at #12 on this list. The track also moves up to #14 on the Mainstream Rock chart.


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Pop Sweep: June 6, 2015...


It's time to kick off the first of today's five "chart sweeps", checking out the songs making the charts in Billboard magazine. As usual, I'll begin with the pop side of things, then later in the day move on to the latest in rock, R&B, country, and dance music...

On the "big" chart, Billboard's Hot 100, which combines tallies of sales, internet streaming, and radio airplay from all formats, Taylor Swift rockets from #53 to #1 to land her fourth #1 pop hit with "Bad Blood" featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar. Three of those #1s are from her current "pop" project 1989. It's also Lamar's first #1 hit as well..

While Swift may have given up the "country" life, current genre A-lister Luke Bryan scores the highest new entry on the chart with "Kick The Dust Up" at #26. It's the first single from his upcoming fifth studio album Kill The Lights. It marks his 13th trip into the top-40 on the Hot 100; he peaked at #15 with "That's My Kind Of Night" in 2013...


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Songoftheday 5/30/15 - I gave up on lovin' a long long time ago, I had myself believing I'd rather be on my own...


"Get That Love" - Thompson Twins
from the album Close To The Bone (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #31 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's SOTD comes from the new wave group Thompson Twins, who were last seen with their Here's To Future Days album, which spun off a pair of top-10 pop hits in America with "Lay Your Hands On Me" and "King For A Day". Member Joe Leeway left the band in 1985, reducing them to a "true" duo of Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie. The two released their next album, Close To The Bone, in 1987, with the first single, "Get That Love", sounding not too far off from "King...."...


"Get That Love" reached the American top-40 in May of 1987, while in their native Britain the single stalled down at #66.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

twostepcub's music chart for May 29, 2015...


Friday is here, and I'm ready to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Andy Grammer hangs in at #1 for a second week, while the Weeknd (pictured above) slides into my top-5. Former big hits from Imagine Dragons, Calvin Harris/Ellie Goulding, Salt Ashes, and Cole Swindell drop off my list, while songs from Duke Dumont, Axwell & Ingrosso, and Little Big Town make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red).

This Week                 Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Honey, I'm Good. - Andy Grammer (1)
2. Believe - Mumford & Sons (4)
3. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon (3)
4. Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding (2)
5. Earned It - The Weeknd (7)
6. Style - Taylor Swift (5)
7. Congregation - Foo Fighters (8)
8. Lay Me Down - Sam Smith (6)
9. Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf) - AWOLnation (9)
10. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran (10)
11. Sugar - Maroon 5 (11)
12. Take Your Time - Sam Hunt (12)
13. Black Sun - Death Cab For Cutie (13)
14. Don't Wanna Fight - Alabama Shakes (16)
15. Talking Body - Tove Lo (17)
16. Hold Back The River - James Bay (21)
17. Nothing Without Love - Nate Ruess (19)
18. Heartbeat Song - Kelly Clarkson (14)
19. Dear Future Husband - Meghan Trainor (29)
20. What Kind Of Man - Florence + The Machine (20)
21. Chains - Nick Jonas (28)
22. Sacred - Erasure (22)
23. Long Way Down - Robert Delong (23)
24. A Guy Walks Into A Bar - Tyler Farr (24)
25. Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne (25)
26. Mess Is Mine - Vance Joy (26)
27. Say You Do - Dierks Bentley (15)
28. Uptown Funk! - Mark Ronson f/Bruno Mars (18)
29. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Mix) - OMI (33)
30. Smoke - A Thousand Horses (34)
31. Dead Inside - Muse (43)
32. Homegrown - The Zac Brown Band (32)
33. Fight Song - Rachel Platten (39)
34. Raise 'Em Up - Keith Urban f/Eric Church (35)
35. Biscuit - Ivy Levan (36)
36. Nobody - Kem (31)
37. Right Here, Right Now - Giorgio Moroder f/Kylie Minogue (27)
38. Wild Child - Kenny Chesney f/Grace Potter (42)
39. Free People - Tony Moran f/Martha Wash (30)
40. Don't It - Billy Currington (40)
41. Crystals - Of Monsters and Men (46)
42. Cool - Alesso f/Roy English (48)
43. Bright - Echosmith (45)
44. Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo (55)
45. One Hot Mess - Malea (47)
46. Baby Be My Love Song - Easton Corbin (51)
47. Little Toy Guns - Carrie Underwood (59)
48. Lift - Dirty Disco f/Debby Holiday (56)
49. Drinking Class - Lee Brice (37)
50. Coming For You - The Offspring (44)
51. Budapest - George Ezra (49)
52. Woman Power - Yoko Ono (62)
53. Really Love - D'Angelo & The Vanguard (53)
54. Every Moment - Jodeci (58)
55. On My Way - Axwell & Ingrosso (73)
56. Wish You Were Mine - Philip George (50)
57. Wrong Club - The Ting Tings (57)
58. The Giver (Reprise) - Duke Dumont (78)
59. Overload - Life Of Dillon (69)
60. I Want You To Know - Zedd f/Selena Gomez (60)
61. Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake f/MO (75)
62. High - Young Rising Sons (66)
63. GDFR - Flo Rida f/Sage The Gemini (67)
64. Heavy Is The Head - The Zac Brown Band f/Chris Cornell (64)
65. Universe - Mohombi (65)
66. Stolen Dance - Milky Chance (54)
67. Diamond Rings and Old Barstools - Tim McGraw f/Catherine Dunn (71)
68. One Last Time - Ariana Grande (72)
69. Insomnia - Audien f/Parson James (77)
70. Sedona - Houndmouth (70)
71. Girl Crush - Little Big Town (86)
72. Sippin' On Fire - Florida Georgia Line (76)
73. Night Changes - One Direction (38)
74. She Don't Love You - Eric Paslay (74)
75. Ghosttown - Madonna (87)
76. Somebody - Natalie La Rose f/Jeremih (84)
77. Sangria - Blake Shelton (89)
78. See You Again - Wiz Khalifa f/Charlie Puth (82)
79. Beggin' For Thread - Banks (79)
80. Crushin' It - Brad Paisley (81)
81. I'll Be There - Chic f/Nile Rodgers (DEBUT)
82. Failure - Breaking Benjamin (96)
83. My Type - Saint Motel (83)
84. Love You Like That - Canaan Smith (88)
85. Time Of Our Lives - Pitbull f/Ne-Yo (61)
86. Big Decisions - My Morning Jacket (68)
87. Love Me Like You Mean It - Kelsea Ballerini (91)
88. Fool For Love - Lord Huron (92)
89. Rise About The Game - Angel Moraes f/Neysa Malone (97)
90. FourFiveSeconds - Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney (85)
91. Cecilia and the Satellite - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (DEBUT)
92. Blame It On Me - George Ezra (RE-ENTRY)
93. Don't Look Down - Martin Garrix f/Usher (93)
94. Are You With Me - Lost Frequencies (94)
95. All Cried Out - Blonde f/Alex Newell (DEBUT)
96. Bills - Lunchmoney Lewis (DEBUT)
97. Tonight Looks Good On You - Jason Aldean (DEBUT)
98. I Really Like You - Carly Rae Jepsen (100)
99. Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better) - Felix Jaehn f/Jasmine Thompson (DEBUT)
100. Bent To Fly - Slash f/Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators (DEBUT)

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

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Songoftheday 5/29/15 - It's all the same only the names will change, everyday it seems we're wastin' away...


"Wanted Dead Or Alive" - Bon Jovi
from the album Slippery When Wet (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's SOTD comes from the Jersey-bred hard rock band Bon Jovi, whose third album Slippery When Wet had already scored them a pair of #1 pop hits with "You Give Love A Bad Name" and "Livin' On A Prayer". Their third single from the record took them to the "wild, wild west" with the gritty power-balladry of "Wanted Dead Or Alive". Comparing their life as rock stars to cowboys of old, it inspired a slew of metal acts in the 80s to follow...


"Wanted Dead Or Alive" became the third top-10 pop hit from Slippery... in June of 1987, while climbing to #13 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the single made the top-10 in Ireland and New Zealand, and top-20 in the UK, Canada, and the Netherlands.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Brit Sweep: May 28, 2015...


I'm just about done making up my bloggie posts from last weekend, and I'll be complete with my run-down of the songs making their debut on last Sunday's official singles chart in the UK, as OMI's "Cheerleader" spends a fourth week at #1...

Taylor Swift rockets in at #4 with her fourth single from her pop project 1989, "Bad Blood", in a new mix featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar. The first release, "Shake It Off", peaked at #2 last year...


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Aussie Sweep: May 28, 2015...


It's time to head Down Under to check out the songs making their debut on the official singles chart in Australia this week, as local newcomer Grace collects her first #1 with her remake of "You Don't Own Me" with American rapper G-Eazy...

Taylor Swift lands her fourth top-10 hit in this country from her pop excursion 1989 with "Bad Blood" featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar. The first two, "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space", both topped the list here...


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Songoftheday 5/28/15 - I was thinking about her visiting the past, reconstructing details with old photographs...


"If She Would Have Been Faithful" - Chicago
from the album Chicago 18 (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #17 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's SOTD comes from the veteran jazz-rock band turned soft-pop hitmakers Chicago, whose second David Foster-produced set Chicago 18 had scored them their first post-Peter Cetera hit with "Will You Still Love Me?". Their follow-up was yet another mid-tempo ballad, "If She Would Have Been Faithful". Written by Aussie Steve Kipner, who co-wrote Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" as well as Chicago's hit "Hard Habit To Break", along with Randy Goodrum, who penned fellow soft rock band Toto's "I'll Be Over You", the single was a "glass half full" of the remains of being cheating on, allowing the protagonist to find someone better. And the horn work in the background is quite sweet as well, and bandmates Jason Scheff and Bill Champlin trading vocals seamlessly...


"If She Would Have Been Faithful" became the second top-40 pop hit from the 18 album in May of 1987, while climbing up to #9 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dance Sweep: May 30, 2015...


I'm up to the last of my catch up "chart sweeps" of the singles charts in Billboard magazine with the latest dance jams in the clubs and on the radio...

On the DJ-polled Dance Club Play chart Madonna scores her record-extending 45th #1 hit with "Ghosttown". She's the artist with the most #1 hits on any one singles chart...

Newcomer Kat Solar nabs the highest debut at #42 with "Infinity", my "Dance Pick of the Week"...


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Country Sweep: May 30, 2015...






In this week's "catchup" country chart sweep, checking out the new songs on the charts in Billboard magazine, Tyler Farr scores his first #1 hit with "A Guy Walks Into A Bar"...

The solitary newbie on the Country Airplay chart is Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler's foray into country music, "Love Is Your Name", at #33...(here performed with "Piece Of My Heart" and "Walk This Way")


The last sweep on my catchup with the latest dance jams in the clubs and the radio will be coming up shortly...






Soul Sweep: May 30, 2015...


I'm at the "hump" of my catch-up of my "chart sweeps" from last week, sampling the songs making the Billboard singles charts, and this time out I've got the latest on R&B radio...

On their main R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart, The Weeknd is on top for a sixth week with "Earned It (50 Shades Of Grey)"...

DJ Khaled comes in at #30 with "How Many Times" featuring Chris Brown, Lil' Wayne, and Big Sean. It's the follow-up to his #1 hit "Hold You Down" (also with Brown)...


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Rock Sweep: May 30, 2015...


I'm continuing my catch up my "chart sweeps", sampling the songs making the various singles charts in Billboard magazine. This time out I've got the latest hits on rock radio...

On their main Rock Airplay chart, Muse spends a second week at #1 with "Dead Inside"...

Hard rock band Halestorm enter at #38 with "Amen". The track is already up to #15 on the Mainstream Rock chart...


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German Sweep: May 27, 2015...


Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to their official music singles chart, as Felix Jaehn's cover of "Ain't Nobody" remains on top for a third week...

1. "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" - Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson (1)
2. "Want To Want Me" - Jason Derulo (3)
3. "Don't Worry" - Madcon featuring Ray Dalton (5)
4. "Lean On" - Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MO (6)
5. "Are You With Me" - Lost Frequencies (2)
6. "Headlights" - Robin Schulz featuring Ilsey (7)
7. "See You Again" - Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (4)
8. "Wie schön du bist" - Sarah Connor (9)
9. "Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)" - OMI (8)
10. "Hero Of My Heart" - Severino (DEBUT)

The sole new entry in the top ten is the newly-crowned winner of the German TV singing competition Deutschland sucht den Superstar (their version of the Idol franchise), Severino (Seeger). The German/Italian singer from Frankfurt lands his first hit with the "winner's song" from the show...






Songoftheday 5/27/15 - Come with me my sweet let's go make a family and they will bring us joy...


"Always" - Atlantic Starr
from the album All In The Name Of Love (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's SOTD comes from the R&B band Atlantic Starr, who strayed from their funk and post-disco roots to score a mainstream pop hit with their 1985 single "Secret Lovers". However, none of the seven other singles from the record made more than a minor dent on pop radio. So when it came time to release their next album, All In The Name Of Love, they wasted no time, releasing another sugary ballad out of the box. In this case, as opposed to the cheating motif of "Secret Lovers", they went straight to the wedding chapel with the reception-ready "Always". Written and produced by sibling band members David, Wayne, and Jonathan Lewis, the song brought out every Hallmark cliche' you can conjure up, but as a "duet" between Lewis and co-lead singer Sharon Bryant it did have a sweetness that a mega-star collaboration would lack...


"Always" climbed all the way to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 pop chart in June of 1987. The single also topped the mag's R&B and Adult Contemporary charts as well. Internationally, the record went to #1 in Canada, and #3 in the UK.

Up tomorrow: A veteran jazz-rock band is thankful for infidelity.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pop Sweep: May 30, 2015...


It's time to start catching up from my weekend away with the first "make-up" "chart sweep", checking out the songs making their way on to the various singles charts in Billboard magazine. As usual I'll begin with the latest pop hits...

On the "Big" chart, Billboard's Hot 100, which combines tallies of radio airplay from all genres, sales, and internet streaming, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth spend a sixth week on top with "See You Again"...

The song making the highest debut this week is from country singer Chris Young, whose "I'm Coming Over" jumps in at #57. It's the first single from his upcoming fifth album. Three of his previous singles have made the top-40 on this chart with "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)" reaching #33 in 2009...


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Robbed Hit of the Week 5/26/15 - the Beastie Boys' "Brass Monkey"...


"Brass Monkey" - Beastie Boys
from the album Licensed To Ill (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #48

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the New York bratty-rap trio Beastie Boys, whose novelty rock-rap mashup "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" landed them a surprise top-10 pop hit as well as a crazy successful #1 album in Licensed To Ill. Instead of pushing out another ready-friendly single though, the Boys put out the street-silly "Brass Monkey". Named for a cocktail, the song had no form recognizable in pop but stayed metrically true to the hip hop they were enamored with...


"Brass Monkey" nearly got them another top-40 hit, landing below that level in April of 1987. The single also nicked the R&B chart in Billboard at #83.

French Sweep: May 26, 2015...


Here's the top ten hits in France this week, according to their official chart, as Marina Kaye jumps to #1 with "Homeless"...

1. "Homeless" - Marina Kaye (5)
2. "Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)" - OMI (1)
3. "Lean On" - Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MO (2)
4. "Est-ce que Tu M'aimes" - Maitre Gims (4)
5. "See You Again" - Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (3)
6. "Goodbye" - Feder featuring Lyse (6)
7. "Normal" - Alonzo & Jul (DEBUT)
8. "Jour 1" - Louane (7)
9. "Firestone" - Kygo featuring Conrad (10)
10. "Want To Want Me" - Jason Derulo (DEBUT)

French-Comoran rapper Alonzo, from the hip-hop group Psy De La Rime lands his second top-10 hit with fellow rapper Jul (his first) with "Normal". Last year Alonzo went to #7 with "Meme Tarif". (There's no official YouTube clip for this... boo!)

American R&B/pop singer Jason Derulo scores a fourth top-10 hit with "Want To Want Me". In 2013 he climbed to #3 with "Talk Dirty"...


Songoftheday 5/26/15 - Feel I'm getting harder now (Get off your back four, get on top more) ...


"The Right Thing" - Simply Red
from the album Men And Women (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #27 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's SOTD comes from the British "blue-eyed soul" band Simply Red, whose charismatic and vocally impressive lead singer Mick Hucknall led them to a #1 hit in America in 1986 with "Holding Back The Years" and a top-40 follow-up with "Money's Too Tight To Mention". The following year the group released their sophomore effort, Men And Women, which "cleaned up" their look and strengthened their R&B cred with a few tracks co-written by Motown songsmith Lamont Dozier. The first single from the set, "The Right Thing", was a slinky and suggestive number written by Hucknall that featured a brighter and funkier horn section in the back...


"The Right Thing" became Simply Red's third top-40 pop hit in America in May of 1987. In their native Britain the track made it to #11, and it was a top-10 success in Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and down in New Zealand. I bought this album on cassette in my Chicago days, and it remains a personal favorite.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Songoftheday 5/25/15 - Why do you keep a comin' around playin' with my heart? Why don't you get out of my life and let me make a new start?


"You Keep Me Hangin' On" - Kim Wilde
from the album Another Step (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's SOTD comes from British singer Kim Wilde, who was last seen riding the early new wave invasion from England in 1982 with her top-40 pop hit "Kids In America". After the follow-up single from her debut, "Chequered Love", also made the top-5 in the UK, she continued to have more moderate success there, only reappearing in America with a minor hit in "The Second Time (Go For It)" in 1984. Switching labels to MCA, Wilde released her fifth album Another Step in 1986. The first American single from the set was a HI-NRG cover of the Motown classic "You Keep Me Hangin' On", which Diana and the Supremes took to #1 in 1966 (when Kim was six years old)...


Kim's club version, produced by her brother Ricky, sped up the tempo to a frantic level, with her more "angry" delivery adapting to the bleeps and whirls in the background to make it palatable for the new-wave-raised audience...


Wilde's returned "You Keep Me Hangin' On" to the top of the American pop chart in June of 1987. The record also climbed to #6 on Billboard magazine's Dance Club Play chart, and even popped in on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio list at #30. Internationally, the single topped the chart in Canada and Australia, stopped at #2 in her native Britain as well as Ireland, and top-10 in Germany.

Kim's follow-up single, the original "Say You Really Want Me", barely missed the American top-40 at #44, as did the lead single from her next album, "You Came", which peaked at the frustrating #41. That latter song went to #3 in the UK, along with four other singles. She continued to have success in Europe through the 90s, returning to the British popand the American dance top-20 with another cover song, this time the disco nugget "If I Can't Have You" in 1993. Along with still releasing music, Kim has devoted a chunk of her life to gardening, writing a few books and appearing on TV.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Songoftheday 5/24/15 - You know sometimes I sit and wonder just how this world would be, if we had all the people laughing and everybody living in harmony...


"Se La" - Lionel Richie
from the album Dancing On The Ceiling (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #20 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's SOTD comes from 80s pop superstar Lionel Richie, whose Dancing On The Ceiling album had already spun off four top-10 pop hits with the title track, "Love Will Conquer All", "Ballerina Girl", and the #1 "Say You, Say Me". The fifth single pulled from the record was the reggae-lite of "Se La", written by Richie with Greg Phillinganes. Roughly translated from Spanish as "Is The", I guess he might have been goin' for the French phrase "C'est La Vie" ("That's Life")....


"Se La" became the fifth top-20 hit from Dancing On The Ceiling in May of 1987. The record did much better at the adult contemporary (or "easy listening") format, where it peaked at #5, and the R&B chart, where it stopped at #12. Internationally, the single went to #12 in the Netherlands, but just missed the top-40 in both England and Germany. It would be Lionel's last hit for five years, as he took time off on his career to care for his father and to rest.

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