Sunday, November 23, 2014

Album Sweep: November 29, 2014 - Part One...

Hey gang, I'm ready to roll out the first half of this week's "album sweep", sampling the records making the Top 200 Albums sales chart in Billboard magazine this week. This is the last week the "Top 200" will be a reliable sales chart, since the editors announced that they are changing the makeup of the chart to include not only individual track sales (where ten "singles"-like sales will equal an album), but internet streaming (where 1500 song streams will equal an album). Seriously. Maybe I should send them a dictionary to look up what an "album" is. Or are they so craven for a market that they'll never have since absolutely nobody pays any attention to their totally fictional "Artist 100" list they rolled out recently? Shit, make it easier and just ask a group of twelve-year-olds who they think should have the #1 album each week. I know that album sales are down, but we're still the biggest market in the world, and there's no reason to just shoot up numbers like that. Supposedly, they are retaining a sales-only chart on the side, but I'm still on the fence to whether I'll continue this part of the bloggie. But hey, I'm sure my OCD will just kick in..

Although three new albums sell over 100,000 copies in their first week, none of them could top Taylor Swift, who spends a third week on top with 1989 with over 300K sold. So after only three weeks that puts her probably only behind the soundtrack to Frozen and Beyonce's self-titled album in the year-end sales chart (which counts sales from December 2013 to November 2014)...

The alt-rock band Foo Fighters return at #2 with their eighth studio album Sonic Highways, which sold 190,000 copies in its first week. Seven of those eight have made the top-ten, with their last set Wasting Light going to #1 in 2011...

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Songoftheday 11/23/14 - I'd say, "Her values are corrupted but she's open to change", then one day she's satisfied and the next I'll find her cryin'...

Bangles - "If She Knew What She Wants"
from the album Different Light (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #29 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's Song of the Day comes from the all-woman rock band the Bangles, who got some help from "the purple one" as Prince wrote their breakthrough hit "Manic Monday". Their next single, "If She Knew What She Wants", was also written by a critically heralded artist, Jules Shear, whose love song turns more observational as they sing in the third person. The music video was directed by lead singer Susannah Hoffs' mom, Tamar...

"If She Knew What She Wants" became the Bangles' second top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in July of 1986. The single also crossed over to the adult contemporary (or "easy listening") chart at #24. Internationally, the song went top-20 in Germany and Switzerland, and top-40 in England, Australia, and Austria.

And truthfully, it's my favorite single from their Different Light album. The call and response over the jangly guitars just gets me every time.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dance Sweep: November 29, 2014...

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

On the DJ-polled Dance Club Play chart, Australian singer Vassy nabs her second #1 hit with "Hustlin'" with Crazibiza and remixer supreme Dave Aude'...

Gia follows up her #4 hit "Bombs Away" with "World" as the highest debut at #41...

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Country Sweep: November 29, 2014...

Part four of today's "chart sweeps" has the latest songs on country radio as monitored by Billboard magazine.

On their Country Airplay chart, Frankie Ballard scores his second (and consecutive) #1 hit with "Sunshine & Whiskey"...

Blake Shelton returns at #38 with "Lonely Tonight" featuring Ashley Monroe. It follows up his #1 single "Neon Light", and it's my "Country Pick of the Week"...

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Soul Sweep: November 29, 2014...

We're at the "hump" of today's "chart sweeps", checking out the songs making the various radio charts in Billboard magazine, and this time out I'm serving up the latest hits on R&B stations...

On the main R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart, DJ Khaled spends a third week at #1 with "Hold You Down"...

Rapped Schoolboy Q claims the top entry of the week at #45 with "Hell Of A Night". It's the sixth single from his #1 album Oxymoron. He took "Studio" to #10 earlier this year...

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Rock Sweep: November 29, 2014....

Round two of today's "chart sweeps" is up, sampling the songs making the radio charts in Billboard magazine, and this time it's the latest hits on rock radio...

On the main Rock Airplay chart, the Foo Fighters spend a fourth week at #1 with "Something From Nothing"...

Punk/hardcore rock act Rise Against claim the top new entry of the week at #47 with "Tragedy + Time", my "Rock Pick of the Week". It's the second single from their Black Market album; the first, "I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore", went to #10 on this chart...

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Pop Sweep: November 29, 2014...

It's time to kick off the first of today's five "chart sweeps", sampling the songs making the various singles charts in Billboard magazine this week. As usual, I'll start out with the latest on the pop charts, then move on later in the day to the newest on rock, R&B, country, and dance radio (and clubs). And away we go..

On the "big" chart, Billboard's Hot 100, which combines tallies of sales, internet streaming (like YouTube and Spotify), and radio airplay of all formats, Taylor Swift manages to be the first woman to succeed herself at #1 as "Blank Space" leaps from #13 to the top replacing her "Shake It Off" after four non-consecutive weeks (it falls to #3)...

The top entry of the week at #65 is the first American hit for British producer Mark Ronson, whose work with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars has already been big hits here. He brings Bruno along for the ride for "Uptown Funk", my "pop pick of the week". (Mark's had four top-ten hits in the UK...)

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Songoftheday 11/22/14 - World turns black and white pictures in an empty room, your love starts fallin' down better change your tune...

Van Halen - "Dreams"
from the album 5150 (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #22 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's Song of the Day is from the hard rock band Van Halen, who recruited Sammy Hagar to be their new lead singer after David Lee Roth's departure, and scored a top-3 pop hit with the synthtastic "Why Can't This Be Love?". The most widely seen video for the second single, "Dreams", brought in the Blue Angels flying squad, catching the Top Gun fever without having to be a part of the movie....

"Dreams" became the second "Van Hagar" top-40 pop hit in July of 1986. The record also climbed to #6 on the Mainstream Rock radio charts. Internationally, though, the macho adrenaline kick didn't really transfer, as it missed the top-40 in Canada, Australia, and England.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

twostepcub's music chart for November 21, 2014...

Friday is finally here, so time to run down my top 100 tunes from the past week. Ed Sheeran scores his first #1 on my chart, while Sam Smith (pictured above) lands in the top-5. Songs from Chris Willis, Vassy, and OneRepublic make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Weezer and Miranda Lambert drop off the list.

This Week              Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
1. Don't - Ed Sheeran (2)
2. Take Me To Church - Hozier (6)
3. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor (1)
4. Secrets - Mary Lambert (4)
5. I'm Not The Only One - Sam Smith (9)
6. Stolen Dance - Milky Chance (3)
7. Rather Be - Clean Bandit f/Jess Glynne (5)
8. Riptide - Vance Joy (8)
9. Cool Kids - Echosmith (7)
10. Elevation - Erasure (15)
11. Gotta Get Away - The Black Keys (14)
12. Superheroes - The Script (12)
13. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift (13)
14. Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj (10)
15. Stay With Me - Sam Smith (11)
16. Left Hand Free - alt-J (16)
17. Blame - Calvin Harris f/John Newman (19)
18. Do You - Spoon (18)
19. Animals - Maroon 5 (23)
20. Habits (Stay High) - Tove Lo (21)
21. Dangerous - Big Data f/Joywave (20)
22. Something From Nothing  - Foo Fighters (30)
23. Good Kisser - Usher (24)
24. Roller Coaster - Luke Bryan (17)
25. Black Widow - Iggy Azalea f/Rita Ora (27)
26. Chandelier - Sia (26)
27. Day Drinking - Little Big Town (31)
28. Neon Light - Blake Shelton (36)
29. Try - Colbie Caillat (39)
30. Break Free - Ariana Grande f/Zedd (22)
31. One Life - Chris Willis & Joachin Gerraud (46)
32. Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Mix) - Lilly Wood & The Prick (32)
33. Boom Clap - Charli XCX (33)
34. Somewhere In My Car - Keith Urban (38)
35. Rude - Magic! (35)
36. Flaws - Bastille (48)
37. Won't Look Back - Duke Dumont (37)
38. Maps - Maroon 5 (28)
39. Parachute - Olivia Somerlyn (43)
40. Burnin' It Down - Jason Aldean (34)
41. Sunshine & Whiskey - Frankie Ballard (51)
42. Leave The Night On - Sam Hunt (49)
43. A Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay (29)
44. Let Me Down Easy - Paolo Nutini (56)
45. I Wanna Feel - SecondCity (45)
46. This Is How We Do - Katy Perry (50)
47. Wasted Love - Steve Angello f/Dougy (47)
48. Angel - Yoko Ono (52)
49. What's Best For You - Trey Songz (53)
50. Don't Tell 'Em - Jeremih f/YG (60)
51. Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz (44)
52. Ghost - Ella Henderson (62)
53. Heroes (We Could Be) - Alesso f/Tove Lo (65)
54. Hustlin' - Vassy, Crazibiza & Dave Aude (69)
55. Bad Blood - Bastille (55)
56. Budapest - George Ezra (66)
57. Close Your Eyes - Parmalee (61)
58. Centuries - Fall Out Boy (68)
59. In Your Arms - Nico & Vinz (63)
60. Dirt - Florida Georgia Line (57)
61. I Lived - OneRepublic (76)
62. Rock This Party - Fuzztroniks (74)
63. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran (67)
64. Bailando - Enrique Iglesias f/Descemer Bueno or Sean Paul and Gente De Zona (40)
65. Girl In A Country Song - Maddie & Tae (75)
66. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) - U2 (80)
67. Something In The Water - Carrie Underwood (82)
68. Ready Set Roll - Chase Rice (54)
69. Look At You - Big & Rich (83)
70. Battleships - Daughtry (72)
71. Shotgun Rider - Tim McGraw (79)
72. Wrapped Up - Olly Murs f/Travie McCoy (DEBUT)
73. Where It's At (Yep Yep) - Dustin Lynch (73)
74. Feelin' It - Scotty McCreery (84)
75. Perfect Storm - Brad Paisley (87)
76. Latch - Disclosure f/Sam Smith (71)
77. Sex Machine - Ralphi Rosario & HiFi Sean (78)
78. Yellow Flicker Beat - Lorde (88)
79. Tear The Roof Up - Alesso (59)
80. Headphones - Matt Nathanson f/Lolo (92)
81. Faded - Zhu (81)
82. You & I (Nobody In The World) - John Legend (86)
83. Cadillac Cadillac - Train (DEBUT)
84. Til It's Gone - Kenny Chesney (DEBUT)
85. Call My Name - Avery Sunshine (DEBUT)
86. Talladega - Eric Church (DEBUT)
87. Wrong Side Of Heaven - Five Finger Death Punch (DEBUT)
88. Trumpets - Jason DeRulo (100)
89. Fire - Gavin DeGraw (89)
90. What Are You Waiting For - Nickelback (91)
91. Waves (Robin Schulz Mix) - Mr. Probz (RE-ENTRY)
92. From Eden - Hozier (DEBUT)
93. Dangerous - David Guetta f/Sam Martin (95)
94. Fade Out Lines - The Avener (94)
95. The Devil In I - Slipknot (97)
96. Geronimo - Sheppard (DEBUT)
97. American Kids - Kenny Chesney (93)
98. Baby Don't Lie - Gwen Stefani (DEBUT)
99. Up All Night - Arty f/Angel Taylor (RE-ENTRY)
100. These Days - Take That (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 their official website for more info, music, tour dates, and more. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 11/21/14 - You fell out of the clear blue sky to the darkness below, the smell of your flesh excites me blood starts to flow...

The Rolling Stones - "One Hit (To The Body)"
from the album Dirty Work (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's Song of the Day comes from the rock and roll legends the Rolling Stones, whose 20th American album, Dirty Work, had already scored them a top-5 pop hit with a cover of the soul nugget "Harlem Shuffle", although it came during a tumultuous time in the band's history, as lead singer Mick Jagger and lead guitarist Keith Richards were feuding over Jagger's solo side-career among other things. The second single from the album, although still credited to Mick as well, was written by Richards with Ronnie Wood. Led Zeppelin axe-man Jimmy Page donated a guitar solo to "One Hit (To The Body)", and Springsteen's future wife Patti Scialfa and Kirsty MacColl (the wife of the song's producer) sang backup...

"One Hit" became the second top-40 pop hit from Dirty Work in America in June of 1986, while climbing all the way to #3 on Billboard magazine's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally the song went top-40 in Australia, but flopped out at #80 in their native Brtiain.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

8 of the 80s: 11/20/14 (1984)

It's Throwback Thursday 80s time, and this week I'm back to 1984, the year Bob Geldof and Midge Ure organize, write, and record the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?", which went on to be one of the biggest-selling singles of all time.

The Jacksons - "Body"
from the album Victory (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #47
Songwriter: Michael Jackson

Possibly the worst song the brothers ever released. Marlon sang lead, and Michael and Jermaine couldn't even be bothered to show for the video. Fun to watch for the 80s aerobics cheesiness though.

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Aussie Sweep: November 20, 2014...

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 Ed Sheeran hold at #1 for a fifth week with "Thinking Out Loud"...

Hometown hero rap star Iggy Azalea moves in at #29 with "Beg For It" featuring Danish singer/songwriter MØ. It's Iggy's seventh trip in the Aussie top-50 - surprisingly she only climbed to #5 here with "Fancy" (her collab with Ariana Grande, "Problem", which "Fancy" kept from the top in America, peaked at #2 here)

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Songoftheday 11/20/14 - You said the devil told you that another mount will appear everytime somebody broken your heart...

Prince & The Revolution - "Mountains"
from the album Parade (Music from Under The Cherry Moon) (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's Song of the Day is by Prince, who's second foray into the movies Under The Cherry Moon had returned him to #1 on the American pop chart with "Kiss". The follow-up track, "Mountains", harkened back to his psychedelic work on his last album, Around The World In A Day. Now of course, he's still got his team of lawyers tracking any YouTube presence, and refuses to have his own channel, and now even his MySpace music page links this song to a "review clip", so f it. In the words of Steve Albini,

Well anyway, if you want to watch a bad copy of the clip, click on here....

"Mountains" became the second top-40 hit from the film in July of 1985. The song also crossed over to #15 on the R&B and #11 on the Dance chart in Billboard magazine. Internationally, while the record went top-20 in the Netherlands and Ireland, and top-40 in Germany and New Zealand, it stalled at #45 in England.

All in all, it's one of my more liked of his psychedelic tracks, so it's a shame I can't post it here.

Up tomorrow: the Glimmer Twins get punched in the gut.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

7 of the 70s: 11/19/14 (1974)

Today's "hump-day" 70s flashback goes back to 1974, the year German electro-rock pioneers Kraftwerk release their classic album Autobahn...

Al Wilson - "Show And Tell"
from the album Show And Tell (1973)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1
Songwriter: Jerry Fuller

Although Wilson had the hit with this emotive mid-tempo wonder, I grew up listening to the Johnny Mathis version that my mother adored.

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German Sweep: November 19, 2014...

Here's the top-10 songs on the official singles chart in Germany this week, as Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" remains on top for a sixth week...

1. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor (1)
2. "Sun Goes Down" - Robin Schulz featuring Jasmine Thompson (2)
3. "Fade Out Lines" - The Avener (4)
4. "Geronimo" - Sheppard (3)
5. "Blame" - Calvin Harris featuring John Newman (6)
6. "Zeit Zu Gehen" - Unheilig (DEBUT)
7. "Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift (5)
8. "The Days" - Avicii (7)
9. "Auf Anderen Wegen" - Andreas Bourani (8)
10. "Lovers On The Sun" - David Guetta featuring Sam Martin (9)

German 'goth-rock' band Unheilig, from the Rhine-Westphalia region of the country, land at #6 with "Zeit Zu Gehen" ("Time To Go"). It's their sixth top-10 hit; they've been to #2 twice with "Geboren Um Zu Leben" and "So wie du warst"...

Songoftheday 11/19/14 - Hey hey honey when I`m without you I get a chill up and down my spine...

Models - "Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight"
from the album Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #37 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's Song of the Day comes from the Australian new wave band Models, Led by former Melbourne schoolmates Sean Kelly (guitars) and James Freud (bass), Releasing their first single at the end of the 70s, they scored their first top-40 hit in Australia with their "Cut Lunch" EP (#38) in 1981. Two years later, the single "I Hear Motion" climbed up to #12 there. Their sound was a primitive electro-pop in the OMD vein (who they would find themselves opening concerts for in due time).

In 1985 the band released their fourth album Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight, which spun off five chart hits Down Under. The second, "Barbados", became a huge hit in their country, cresting at #2. They followed with the title track, which amped up the energy and the guitars to sound like a knock-off INXS, and finally they got their big break in America. The song, co-produced by Madonna's guru Reggie Lucas, was written by bassist Freud..

"Out Of Mind..." became the Models sole American pop hit in June of 1986. The single also made it to #22 on the Mainstream Rock radio chart in Billboard. Their follow-up single, "Cold Fever", also hit the rock radio chart at #29. The next year the band released what would be their final studio album, Models Media, and while they faded from American shores, they racked up three more top-40 hits in Australia, with "Hold On" reaching #21 in 1987. While Kelly went on to form the successful band Absent Friends (with former Models bandmates in the mix), songwriter Freud wouldn't have as lucky a go, eventually committing suicide in 2010.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

6 fo the 60s: 11/18/14 (1964)

I'm ready to head back to the sixties with another half-dozen nuggets from 1964, the year the Verrazano Narrows Bridge opens to traffic between Staten Island and Brooklyn, the longest suspension bridge in the world.

Roy Orbison (and the Candy Men) - "Oh, Pretty Woman"
from the album Orbisongs (1964)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1
Songwriters: Bill Dees, Roy Orbison

After his death Roy earned a Grammy Award for his live version of this song in 1991.

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French Sweep: November 18, 2014...

Here's the top-10 singles on the official singles chart in France this week, as Sia spends a third non-consecutive week at #1 with "Chandelier"...

1. "Chandelier" - Sia (1)
2. "Dangerous" - David Guetta featuring Sam Martin (3)
3. "Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Mix)" - Lilly Wood & The Prick (2)
4. "Habits (Stay High)' - Tove Lo (4)
5. "Fade Out Lines" - The Avener (5)
6. "Andalouse" - Kendji Girac (7)
7. "Blame" - Calvin Harris featuring John Newman (9)
8. "Latch" - Disclosure featuring Sam Smith (DEBUT)
9. "Budapest" - George Ezea (6)
10. "Je Ne Dirai Rien" - Black M (DEBUT)

British neo-house sibling duo Disclosure pop on to the top-10 after almost four months on the chart with "Latch" featuring vocals from British singer Sam Smith. They've already been here before, with "You & Me" featuring Eliza Doolittle, which climbed to #2 in this country.

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Songoftheday 11/18/14 - She has a built in ability to take everything she sees and now it seems I'm falling for her...

Genesis - "Invisible Touch"
from the album Invisible Touch (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's Song of the Day comes from the British progressive rock band Genesis, who had a sizable fanbase throughout the world, but their mainstream pop success was more modest. Since Phil Collins had ascended to the lead singer role after the departure of Peter Gabriel, their music had become more mainstream pop inflected, though even their 1984 self-titled album only sent one single, "That's All", into the American top-40.

But a lot had changed between then and the time their next album would be released in 1986. Phil Collins' solo career had gotten a huge boost on his No Jacket Required album, scoring a pair of #1 hits and another duo of top-ten songs, as well as another chart-topper with "Separate Lives" from the White Nights movie. Also, guitarist Mike Rutherford's side-project Mike & The Mechanics had released a successful debut album that placed two singles into the American pop top-ten as well. So when it came time to reassemble Genesis, their profile couldn't have been higher. Instead of cashing in on that clout and evolving their music to bring up the "thinking man's rock" quotient on top-40 radio, the trio dumbed down for the incredibly basic "Invisible Touch". With a chorus that sounds like it was composed by a sixth-grader, the repetitive fluff grew out of jamming on another cut on the album, "Domino". But the mid-80s Reaganite kiddies just ate it up....

"Invisible Touch" became the band biggest American hit of their career, going to #1 on the pop chart in July of 1986. The record also topped the Mainstream Rock radio chart and climbed to #3 on the Adult Contemporary radio list in Billboard magazine. Internationally, while the single went top-ten in Australia and Canada, their fellow countrymen in Britain weren't as swayed (initially), stopping the song at #15.

And why do I have such a hatred towards "Invisible Touch"? Surely there's more painful records out there by lesser talent, but like "We Built This City", there is nothing that makes me hurl more than a band with a proven track record of goodness lower themselves to this type of sing-song drivel. But hey, it bought them plenty of houses, I'm sure...

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Robbed hit of the week 11/17/14 - Stephanie Mills' "I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love"...

Stephanie Mills - "I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love"
from the album Stephanie Mills (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: did not chart pop

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the singer and actress who got her start on the stage, Stephanie Mills. A child prodigy who wowed audiences at the Apollo in Harlem, Mills released her first album in 1974. But it wasn't until she starred on Broadway in The Wiz, an African-American take on the movie The Wizard Of Oz, that her career took off. Changing genres to disco and signing with 20th Century records, she landed her first top-40 pop hit/top-10 R&B hit with "What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'" in 1979. The follow-up single from the album, "You Can Get Over", got her on the dance club play top-ten as well. A year later, her career pinnacle, "Never Knew Love Like This Before", was released from her next album, and climbed to #6 on the pop chart and #5 on the dance and adult contemporary genre lists in Billboard. Another single, the lite-disco duet "Two Hearts" with Teddy Pendergrass, also made the pop top-40 and peaked at #3 on the R&B chart.

However, as the backlash against disco fired up the early 80s, Mills found herself in musical limbo, still enjoying success on R&B radio, but being ignored by mainstream pop stations. She had a minor hit in 1984 with her club chart-topper "The Medicine Song", but pop radio was growing cold. Rather than capitulate to the trends of the day (a la Patti LaBelle, who redeemed that with her voice), Stephanie evolved her sound into a more adult-soul direction, and the first big result of that is her 1986 single "I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love". Written by the recording duo Rene (Moore) and Angela (Winbush), who were riding high on the R&B charts with their Street Called Desire album, the song brought her to a new audience that was bringing the sophisticated side of soul into its own in the mid-80s...

While "I Have Learned To Respect..." became Mills' first #1 R&B record in May of 1986, the single failed to even dent the pop Hot 100. She would go on to top the R&B chart four more times, yet only managed to nick the pop chart with one of them, "(You're Puttin') A Rush On Me", which landed at #85 in 1987 (and damned well deserved to be a much bigger pop hit). She continued her success on soul radio up to her most recent top-40 R&B hit, "Never Do You Wrong" in 1993...

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Album Sweep: November 22, 2014 - Part Two...

Part two of this week's "album sweep" is up, sampling the record making their debut on Billboard magazine's official Top 200 Albums sales chart this week. You can check out part one by clicking here, and as before I've included highlighted links to buy any of the new sets when possible, as well as some of the artists' other major work. Support the talent!

Synthpop group PVRIS debut at #88 with their first release White Noise...

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Songoftheday 11/17/14 - Revvin' up your engine listen to her howlin' roar, metal under tension beggin' you to touch and go...

Kenny Loggins - "Danger Zone"
from the album Top Gun (Original Soundtrack) (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's Song of the Day comes from rock singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins, who had racked up another big soundtrack hit in 1984 with "Footloose", but his following album had more moderate success, though he still got two top-40 hits with "Vox Humana" and "Forever". So back to the movies it was for Kenny, as his next hit comes from another film soundtrack, this time for the Tom Cruise star-making vehicle Top Gun. And he wasn't even the first, second or third choice to record the song that was written by disco legend Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock (who also composed the movie's "Take My Breath Away"). So instead of Toto or REO Speedwagon, you've got Kenny growling his butchiness away on "Danger Zone"...

"Danger Zone" returned Loggins to the pop top ten in America in July of 1986, while scaling up to #7 on the Mainstream Rock radio chart in Billboard magazine. Internationally, while the single went top-10 in Germany, Switzerland, and Canada, it stalled under the top-40 in England at #45 (the macho rock hits weren't selling in the UK at that time).

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