Sunday, December 21, 2014

Brit Sweep: December 21, 2014...

Hey folks, the weekend is almost at a close, and it's time to check out the songs making their debut on the just-released official singles chart in Britain this week, the week dubbed the annual "Christmas Week" in the UK, the most highly coveted race for the top of the year. As in previous years, there's been campaigns to keep the "winner's single" of the X Factor UK take the crown, which actually happened when Joe McElderry was kept at #2 by Rage Against The Machine's "Killing In The Name". This year, although there were some valiant efforts (like Iron Maiden's "The Number Of The Beast", which re-enters at #44 this week), Cowell's juggernaut couldn't be stopped, as winner Ben Haenow's cover of OneRepublic's "Something I Need" comes in at #1. Like his appearance on the show, which week by week was outshined by former backup singer Fleur East and Italian cub Andrea Faustini, the blandest of pop/rock acts is what gets covered...

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Album Sweep: December 27, 2014...

I'm ready to roll out this week's "album sweep", sampling the records making their debut on Billboard magazine's album sales chart this week (and not their ratchet Top 200 including streaming and singles sales). As usual, I've included links to buy any of the new sets, along with some of the artists' other major work. But if you can, drop on down to an indie record store and stock up for Christmas!

R&B/Hip Hop singer and rapper J. Cole lands his third #1 album out of three tries as 2014 Forest Hills Drive sold over 350,000 copies in its first week. He also topped the album chart with his debut Cole World: The Sideline Story in 2011 and Born Sinner in 2013...

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Songoftheday 12/21/14 - What would you say if I told you I've always wanted to hold you...

Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson - "Friends & Lovers"
from the albums Gloria Loring (1986) and Carl Anderson (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's Song of the Day is a song made popular by the soap opera one of the singers starred in during the 80s. Gloria Loring started on Days Of Our Lives as lounge singer Liz Chandler, and it allowed her to showcase music on the show. One of the songs she performed, "Friends And Lovers", was a duet with Broadway star Carl Anderson, who had rose to fame appearing as Judas Iscariot on the stage and in the movie version of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1973. Although the song was recorded in 1985, legal wranglings delayed the release of the single, allowing a country version by Eddie Rabbitt and Juice Newton to come out first, though by that time pop radio was completely ignoring country music. So when "Friends And Lovers" finally got a release, fans (especially from the soap) bought it in droves, sending it to #1 on the sales chart....

"Friends And Lovers" went to the runner-up spot on the Hot 100 in September of 1986, while topping the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart for two weeks. It would be the only pop charting hit for either singer; Gloria would leave Days Of Our Lives to concentrate on her music career shortly after, but now is probably better known as Robin Thicke's mom (she was married to Growing Pains' Alan Thicke in the early 80s). Carl would go on to have a few R&B hits, including the top-30 "How Deep Does It Go" in 1990. He also made bank by reprising his Jesus Christ Superstar role until his death from leukemia in 2004. 

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dance Sweep: December 27, 2014...

I'm at the home stretch of today's "chart sweeps" covering the songs making their way on to the singles charts in Billboard magazine, and I'll close with the latest dance jams in the clubs and on the radio...

On the DJ-polled Dance Club Play chart, Danish singer Nabiha lands her first #1 hit with "Animals"...

Erasure follow up their #3 hit "Elevation" with the highest debut and my "Dance Pick of the Week", "Reason"...

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Country Sweep: December 27, 2014...

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

On their Country Airplay chart, Tim McGraw lands his 27th #1 hit single with "Shotgun Rider". His first, "Don't Take The Girl", came 20 years ago...

Vocal quartet Little Big Town follow up their #2 hit "Day Drinking" with the highest debut of the week, "Girl Crush" at #55. It's my "Country Pick of the Week"...

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Soul Sweep: December 27, 2014...

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

On the main R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart, ILOVEMAKONNEN returns to #1 for a second non-consecutive week with "Tuesday"...

The man with the #1 record in America, J. Cole, also scores the highest debut at #40 with the radio single from the set, "Apparently"...

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Rock Sweep: December 27, 2014...

Round two of today's 'chart sweeps' is up, with the latest songs to reach rock radio as monitored by Billboard magazine...

On their main Rock Airplay chart, the Foo Fighters stay on top for an eighth week with "Something From Nothing"....

Nickelback come in at #48 with "Million Miles An Hour". It replaces their "Edge Of A Revolution", which peaked at #22 and drops off the chart this week...

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Pop Sweep: December 27, 2014...

Hey gang, it's time to kick off my five-part "chart sweeps", checking out the songs making their debut on the various singles charts in Billboard magazine. After a week off (I was away in the Midwest), I'll start up again with the pop charts, and then later in the day move on to the newest on rock, R&B, country and dance radio.

On the "big" chart, Billboard's Hot 100, Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" remains on top for a fifth week, making it her longest stay at #1...

The highest new entry at #58 belongs to the newly-crowned winner of this season's The Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd, with the gospel standard "The Old Rugged Cross". Last week it was runner-up Jersey boy Matt McAndrew that scored higher at #40 with "The Blower's Daughter"...

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Songoftheday 12/20/14 - You always say you like my style, you say I'm tough and kind of wild...

The Monkees - "That Was Then, This Is Now"
from the album Then & Now...The Best Is The Monkees (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #20 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's Song of the Day was a "comeback" hit of sorts for an act that started out as a television concept more than a band, The Monkees made its debut in September of 1966, with four musicians cast as bandmates in a California pop outfit patterned after the comical film hijinks of the Beatles movie efforts. By that time, their first single "Last Train To Clarksville" was climbing the charts, eventually reaching #1 in America that November. Sounding like the Fab Four's work from a couple years before, the new sets of teens ate it up, and in no time a second album and another #1 hit in America, "I'm A Believer", that also topped the chart in Britain as well. By the time twelve months passed by, the "Pre-Fab Four" had four #1 albums under their belt, and not long after nabbed a third U.S. #1 hit with "Daydream Believer". Originally using behind the scenes studio musicians, the actor/singers new clout allowed them to delve into their own music, which became progressively experimental and downright trippy. Like most teen idols, their success on television didn't last, with the "musical sitcom" being cancelled in 1968 and the band going on to film the psychedelic freak-out of Head. Bowl-haired guitarist Peter Tork then left the Monkees, followed by Michael Nesmith, with the act sputtering out at the turn of the decade.

Funny thing is, television just couldn't let go of the Monkees, and reruns showing in the 80s on nascent cable channels like MTV reignited interest in the band, so much so that their older albums started charting again. Capitalizing on this, the band (minus a couple of members at times) started touring again. A new greatest hits collection was released with three "new" tracks, with only drummer/singer Mickey Dolenz and Tork recording. One of the songs, "That Was Then, This Is Now" (written by Vance Brescia originally for his own group the Mosquitos), was released as a single, and with MTV behind them, they made it back on the pop charts...

"That Was Then, This Is Now" went to the top-20 on the American pop chart in August of 1986, while climbing to #24 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart. Internationally, the single came one notch from making the top-40 in Canada, and charted in the low sixties in Britain and Australia.

With original singer Davy Jones back on board for a tour, the Monkees recorded a new album, Ppol It, but by that time their star had faded yet again, nicking the Hot 100 in 1987 with "Heart And Soul".  In 1996, Rhino Records would release a new Monkees album, Justus, with Michael Nesmith finally reuniting with the others, but it sadly stiffed. They would tour, though Nesmith would again exit, only to return after the death of Davy Jones in 2012.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

twostepcubchart's Best of 2014: Part Three - #80 to #71...

I'm back with part three of my recap of the biggest songs on my weekly personal music chart this year. You can check out the first two parts by clicking here...

#80 - "Into The Blue" - Kylie Minogue
          from the album Kiss Me Once (2014)
          twostepcubchart peak: #3 (two weeks)
          weeks on the chart: 12

After parting ways with career-long manager Terry Blamey, switching to Americentric Roc Nation, she again seemed to try to capture the Western audience with her 12th album Kiss Me Once, which harkened back to her "see what sticks" effort X but with a bit more vivaciousness and overt sexuality (three songs had sex in the title), but still included a club anthem in this single that should've at least hit the top-40 if not for American pop radio's ageism, and young gay men's infatuation with slutty younger girls.

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twostepcub's music chart for December 19, 2014...

Hey gang, Friday is here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the week. Sam Smith stays on top for a second week, while Calvin Harris (pictured above) climbs up a notch in the top-10. Songs from Hozier, the Decemberists, and Nabiha make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from the Black Keys, Iggy Azalea, and Jason Aldean drop out. Have you done all your Christmas shopping yet?

(PS I'm at the start of counting down my top 100 tunes from the year, and this is my last "chart week" of 2014. You can catch up by clicking here...)

This Week              Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
1. I'm Not The Only One - Sam Smith (1)
2. Take Me To Church - Hozier (2)
3. Something From Nothing - Foo Fighters (7)
4. Don't - Ed Sheeran (3)
5. Animals - Maroon 5 (5)
6. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor (4)
7. Blame - Calvin Harris f/John Newman (8)
8. Stolen Dance - Milky Chance (6)
9. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift (9)
10. Habits (Stay High) - Tove Lo (10)
11. Let Me Down Easy - Paolo Nutini (15)
12. Heroes (We Could Be) - Alesso f/Tove Lo (16)
13. Left Hand Free - alt-J (11)
14. Budapest - George Ezra (24)
15. Flaws - Bastille (20)
16. Riptide - Vance Joy (12)
17. Stay With Me - Sam Smith (17)
18. Wrapped Up - Olly Murs f/Travie McCoy (28)
19. Centuries - Fall Out Boy (29)
20. Try - Colbie Caillat (21)
21. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran (31)
22. Somewhere In My Car - Keith Urban (22)
23. Ghost - Ella Henderson (27)
24. Secrets - Mary Lambert (14)
25. Elevation - Erasure (13)
26. Cool Kids - Echosmith (18)
27. Day Drinking - Little Big Town (19)
28. Dangerous - Big Data f/Joywave (26)
29. Jealous - Nick Jonas (41)
30. Hustlin' - Vassy, Crazibiza & Dave Aude (30)
31. Superheroes - The Script (23)
32. Faded - Zhu (40)
33. In Your Arms - Nico & Vinz (37)
34. I Lived - OneRepublic (42)
35. Dangerous - David Guetta f/Sam Martin (51)
36. Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Mix) - Lilly Wood & The Prick (36)
37. Chandelier - Sia (32)
38. Waves (Robin Schulz Mix) - Mr. Probz (48)
39. Do You - Spoon (34)
40. Close Your Eyes - Parmalee (44)
41. Call My Name - Avery Sunshine (53)
42. Keep In Movin' - Aristofreeks f/Kathy Sledge (54)
43. What's Best For You - Trey Songz (43)
44. Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj (38)
45. Something In The Water - Carrie Underwood (49)
46. Girl In A Country Song - Maddie & Tae (52)
47. Love Come Home - Kristine W. (57)
48. Sunshine & Whiskey - Frankie Ballard (33)
49. Rather Be - Clean Bandit f/Jess Glynne (35)
50. Everybody Be Somebody 2014 - Ruffneck f/Yavahn (55)
51. One Life - Chris Willis & Joachim Gerraud (39)
52. Shotgun Rider - Tim McGraw (56)
53. Til It's Gone - Kenny Chesney (60)
54. Leave The Night On - Sam Hunt (47)
55. Look At You - Big & Rich (59)
56. Neon Light - Blake Shelton (46)
57. From Eden - Hozier (77)
58. Blank Space - Taylor Swift (66)
59. Perfect Storm - Brad Paisley (63)
60. Good Kisser - Usher (45)
61. These Days - Take That (71)
62. Talladega - Eric Church (72)
63. Cadillac Cadillac - Train (73)
64. I Bet My Life - Imagine Dragons (78)
65. Lionhearted - Porter Robinson f/Urban Cone (70)
66. Rock This Party - Fuzztroniks (58)
67. Feelin' It - Scotty McCreery (68)
68. Lips Are Movin' - Meghan Trainor (DEBUT)
69. Animals - Nabiha (87)
70. Afterlife - Ingrid Michaelson (80)
71. Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson f/Bruno Mars (DEBUT)
72. Figure It Out - Royal Blood (82)
73. Headphones - Matt Nathanson f/Lolo (75)
74. Make You Better - The Decemberists (94)
75. Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz (67)
76. Wrong Side Of Heaven - Five Finger Death Punch (81)
77. Boom Clap - Charli XCX  (62)
78. Take It On Back - Chase Bryant (88)
79. This Is How We Do - Katy Perry (65)
80. Baby Don't Lie - Gwen Stefani (84)
81. Like A Cowboy - Randy Houser (91)
82. Rude - Magic! (74)
83. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon (83)
84. Body Pop - Ranny f/Jipsta (96)
85. Do They Know It's Christmas 2014 - Band Aid 30 (85)
86. Cigarette Daydreams - Cage The Elephant (DEBUT)
87. Don't Tell 'Em - Jeremih f/YG (61)
88. Homegrown Honey - Darius Rucker (92)
89. Sun Daze - Florida Georgia Line (93)
90. It's Your World - Jennifer Hudson f/R. Kelly (DEBUT)
91. Take It All The Way - Todd Terry & Tony Moran (DEBUT)
92. Nobody - Kem (99)
93. Real Love - Clean Bandit f/Jess Glynne (95)
94. I See You - Luke Bryan (DEBUT)
95. Love Me Harder - Ariana Grande f/The Weeknd (97)
96. Rolling In The Deep - Aretha Franklin (DEBUT)
97. Booty - Jennifer Lopez f/Iggy Azalea & Pitbull (98)
98. Like I Can - Sam Smith (DEBUT)
99. Mean To Me - Brett Eldredge (DEBUT)
100. The Heart Wants What It Wants - Selena Gomez (DEBUT)

There are ten new songs entering my chart this week (highlighted in blue),  and if you click on any of them you'll connect to the artists' official website where you can find tour dates, music, pictures, and more. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 12/19/14 - All the leaves are green all my friends are gone, I'm livin' in my hometown I can barely get along...

John Cougar Mellencamp - "Rumbleseat"
from the album Scarecrow (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's Song of the Day comes from Indiana-bred rock singer/songwriter John "Cougar" Mellencamp, whose landmark Scarecrow album had already generated four top-40 pop hits with "Lonely Ol' Night", "Small Town", "R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.", and "Rain On The Scarecrow". With that momentum a fifth pop radio single was issued from the album. "Rumbleseat", written and co-produced by the artist, wasn't one of his more remembered songs, but it has a simple charm of equating being stuck in a rural town to being in the back of an old car....

"Rumbleseat" became the fifth and final top-40 pop hit from Scarecrow in August of 1986, while climbing all the way to #4 on the Mainstream Rock chart in Billboard magazine. Internationally, the song only nicked the Australian singles chart at #84.

Scarecrow remains one of my all-time favorite albums (even more so than Born In The U.S.A.), and proof of that is some of the non-single album cuts were even stronger than the hits, with "Minutes To Memories" and "Between A Laugh and A Tear" and "Justice and Independence '85" shoulda-been top-tenners...

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

twostepcubchart's Best of 2014: Part Two - #90 to #81...

It's time for round two of my year-end recap of the biggest hits on my weekend personal chart this year. You can catch up on part one by clicking here...

#90 - "We Are Tonight" - Billy Currington
         from the album We Are Tonight (2013)
         Highest Peak: #20 (one week)
         Weeks on the chart: 18

Currington had a wild 2013; as his "Hey Girl" ended up Billboard's Country Single of the Year (it ended up #81 on my year-end chart), he pleaded no contest to charges stemming from an altercation with a boat captain who was stalking his property with tourists. Moving onward, he returned to #1 on the country chart with this suburban-country rocker.

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Aussie Sweep: December 18, 2014...

It's time to head Down Under to check out the songs making the official singles chart in Australia this week, as British producer Mark Ronson lands his first #1 hit with "Uptown Funk" featuring Bruno Mars...

British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, who is at #4 with "Thinking Out Loud", nabs the highest debut of the week at #26 with "Make It Rain", a track from the TV series Sons Of Anarchy...

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Songoftheday 12/18/14 - Are you ready for the new sensation? Well here's the shot heard 'round the world, all you back room boys salute when her flag unfurls...

David Lee Roth - "Yankee Rose"
from the album Eat 'Em and Smile (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #16 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's Song of the Day is by the flamboyant hard rock singer David Lee Roth, who left Van Halen in 1984 over conflicts over their musical direction, with Eddie Van Halen's growing use of synthesizers a stick in Roth's craw. Oddly, his first solo venture went to retro land, with two hit covers of "California Girls" and "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" straying far from his metal roots. But by the time his first full-length album would be released, he would be back in the hard rock fold, as evidenced by its first single, "Yankee Rose". Written by Roth with his band guitarist Steve Vai, the sassy rocker came equipped with an over-the-top mix of racist humor and concert swagger with his buns in view...

"Yankee Rose" became Roth's third pop top-20 hit in August of 1986, while scaling to #10 on the Mainstream Rock radio chart in Billboard magazine. The single also made the top-20 in Canada and Australia.

Up tomorrow: an Indiana rocker gets in the back of the car.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Brit Sweep: December 17, 2014...

Time to play a little catch up, as I check out the songs making the top-100 on the official singles chart in Britain from last week...

The new #1 hit in the UK this week is "Uptown Funk" from British producer Mark Ronson with vocals from American singer Bruno Mars. It's his first time at #1 as a lead artist, though he's made to #2 twice, with "Stop Me" and "Valerie" both in 2007. As for Bruno, it's his fifth time on top, but his first since 2011...

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twostepcubchart's Best of 2014: Part One - #100 to #91...

I cannot believe it's already time to start this year's rundown of the top 100 tunes of the year from my weekly blog. Where on earth did 2014 go? Well I tallied up all the numbers by rank each week and these are the songs that went the highest and/or stuck around the longest. And each weekday until New Years Eve (except Christmas) I'll bring out ten more until we get to the top. And away we go....

#100 - "I Got U" - Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones
          from the album EP1
          Highest Rank: 17 (two weeks)
          Weeks on the chart: 16

2014 was the year neo-house broke through in a big way, and I couldn't be more happier, as my garage-music days of the 90s finally made the tetro train. British DJ Adam Dyment, aka Duke Dumont, followed up his Grammy-nominated classic "Need U (100%)" from last year with this rework of Whitney Houston's "My Love Is Your Love" over breezy steel drums to make you feel like you're at the beach.

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German Sweep: December 17, 2014...

Here's the top ten hits in Germany on their official music singles chart, as the German version of the new "Do They Know It's Christmas" tops the list for a second week....

1. "Do They Know It's Christmas 2014 (Deutsche Version)" - Band Aid 30 (1)
2. "The Hanging Tree" - James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence (7)
3. "Dangerous" - David Guetta featuring Sam Martin (2)
4. "Walk" - Kwabs (5)
5. "Sun Goes Down" - Robin Schulz featuring Jasmine Thompson (6)
6. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor (4)
7. "I'm An Albatraoz" - AronChupa (8)
8. "Auf Angeren Wegen" - Andreas Bourani (10)
9. "Fade Out Lines" - The Avener (9)
10. "Masterpiece" - Jessie J (DEBUT)

British pop singer/songwriter Jessie J scores her second top ten hit in Germany with "Masterpiece". Back in 2011 she climbed to #3 with "Price Tag"...

Songoftheday 12/17/14 - I realize you're seein' someone new I don't believe she knows you like I do, your temperamental moody side the one you always try to hide from me...

Miami Sound Machine - "Words Get In The Way"
from the album Primitive Love (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's Song of the Day comes from the Cuban-American pop/dance group Miami Sound Machine, who got mainstream success beyond their Latin base with their second English album Primitive Love, scoring a pair of top-10 pop hits in America with "Conga" and "Bad Boy". The third single, "Words Got In The Way" took them off the dance floor and into the romance department, as lead singer Gloria Estefan plays a former lover trying to rekindle the flame, with vocals that remind me of Karen Carpenter at times....

The smooth ballad became the band's first to make the top-5 on the pop chart in September of 1986. The single went all the way to #1 on the adult contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, their first to do so, while the Spanish-language version climbed to #17 on the Latin Songs chart. Internationally, the record went top-10 in Canada and top-20 in the Netherlands..

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

French Sweep: December 16, 2014...

Here's the top ten hits in France this week according to their official music singles chart, as "Dangerous" from David Guetta is #1 for a fourth week...

1. "Dangerous" - David Guetta featuring Sam Martin (1)
2. "Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (3)
3. "Petit Garcon" - Garou et Ryan (DEBUT)
4. "Jungle" - Emma Louise (4)
5. "Diamonds" - Josef Salvat (2)
6. "Andalouse" - Kendji Girac (7)
7. "Fade Out Lines" - The Avener (6)
8. "Chandelier" - Sia (5)
9. "Alone" - Selah Sue (DEBUT)
10. "Prayer In C" - Lilly Wood & The Prick (9)

Canadian singer Garou, from Quebec, leaps on to the whole top-100 at #3 with "Petit Garcon" ("Little Boy") featuring Ryan. Garou has topped the French chart four times, most recently with "La Rivière de notre enfance" ("The River Of Our Childhood") with Michel Sardou ten years ago. This song is a charity record for a telethon in the country..

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Songoftheday 12/16/14 - What is happening here, something's going on that's not quite clear...

Lionel Richie - "Dancing On The Ceiling"
from the album Dancing On The Ceiling (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (two weeks)

Weeks In The Top-40: 14

Today's Song of the Day is by Lionel Richie, who left his job as lead singer and songwriter for the R&B group the Commodores to go it solo, resulting in two hugely successful albums including the 10 million plus seller Can't Slow Down. In 1985 he contributed a song to the movie White Nights, "Say You, Say Me", that ended up the top single of that year, but instead of including it on the soundtrack, he squirreled it away for his next studio album. Dancing On The Ceiling, released in the summer of 1986, capitalized on Lionel's mainstream success, and veered totally away from his R&B roots. The title track, written by Richie with Mike Frenchik and Carlos Rios, is the epitome of a superstar going so white bread that it sounds like a commercial for some extra-sugary food. The video, involving a rotating set they danced around on to the befuddlement of Cheech Marin and Rodney Dangerfield, is the most energetic piece of bland fluff I've ever seen...

"Dancing On The Ceiling" climbed to #2 on the American pop chart in September of 1986, while landing at #3 on the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") and #6 (tellingly) on the R&B chart. Also, it must be noted that this "Dancing" song failed to make the dance chart. While it missed the top spot on the Hot 100 (kept out by 'Take My Breath Away"), his album went to #1 for four weeks. Internationally, the record went top ten in Britain, Australia, and the Netherlands.

And it also made another "top ten", as in my all-time most despised songs (led by "We Built This City" and "Invisible Touch", soundalikes to this).

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Robbed hit of the week 12/15/14 - John Eddie's "Jungle Boy"...

John Eddie - "Jungle Boy"
from the album John Eddie (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #52

This week's 'robbed hit' comes from rock singer John Eddie, who was born in Virginia but has always been associated with New Jersey, where he moved in his twenties. A fixture on the bar circuit with his band the Front Street Runners, Eddie opened for the likes of Springsteen back in the day. He got his own break in the mid-80s being signed to Columbia Records (Springsteen's label), releasing his debut album in 1986. With members of the E Street Band subbing in for Eddie's own, his first single, "Jungle Boy", was a big local hit here in the tri-state area...

"Jungle Boy" went to #17 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, but stalled out on the pop list at #52. It would be his only national hit, but he continues to perform and his local fanbase remains strong.

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Songoftheday 12/15/14 - Boy there's no one home tonight, the timing could be right o forget the blues,we're out of school until tomorrow...

Regina - "Baby Love"
from the album Curiosity (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's Song of the Day comes from dance-pop singer Regina (Richards), a Brooklyn native who hooked up with producer/songwriter Stephen Bray, who had played with Madonna in the Breakfast Club and produced hits like "Angel" and "Into The Groove" for her. In fact, "Baby Love" was meant to be recorded by Madonna, but by then her music had evolved far beyond the freestyle dance/pop vein, and Regina, who co-wrote the song with Bray, ended up releasing the song herself. A total ringer for something from Madge's first album, "Baby Love" still got an audience still yearning for that...

"Baby Love" made the American pop top-ten in September of 1986. The single would also reach the top of the Dance Club Play chart in Billboard magazine, and even climb to #30 on the R&B chart. Internationally, the single went to #20 in Canada and was a minor hit at #50 in England.

It would be Regina's sole pop success, though she would have a couple more club hits, with "Extraordinary Love" peaking at #11 in 1988.

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