Friday, October 09, 2015

twostepcub's music chart for October 9, 2015...

Friday's here and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. The Weeknd reigns for an eighth week with "Can't Feel My Face", while Demi Lovato (pictured above) climbs up a couple notches in the top-10. Former big hits from Imagine Dragons, Andy Grammer, Nathan Sykes, Frankie Ballard, Jason Derulo, and Jazmine Sullivan drop off my chart, while songs from Ultra Nate, Calvin Harris, and Disclosure/Sam Smith make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). It's puppy boarding time!

This Week                Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
1. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd (1)
2. Ex's & Oh's - Elle King (3)
3. Photograph - Ed Sheeran (2)
4. Uma Thurman - Fall Out Boy (4)
5. Ship To Wreck - Florence + The Machine (5)
6. Renegades - X Ambassadors (6)
7. Cool For The Summer - Demi Lovato (9)
8. Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift (12)
9. Like I'm Gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainor f/John Legend (13)
10. First - Cold War Kids (14)
11. Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth f/Meghan Trainor (7)
12. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Mix) - OMI (8)
13. Fight Song - Rachel Platten (11)
14. Black Magic - Little Mix (18)
15. Dreams - Beck (10)
16. Could Have Been Me - The Struts (20)
17. Lose My Mind - Brett Eldredge (21)
18. Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake f/MO (16)
19. Crash and Burn - Thomas Rhett (19)
20. Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - Jess Glynne (25)
21. Tear In Your Heart - twenty-one pilots (17)
22. Watch Me - Silento (26)
23. The Wolf - Mumford & Sons (15)
24. Something Better - Audien f/Lady Antebellum (34)
25. Save It For A Rainy Day - Kenny Chesney (30)
26. Cecilia and the Satellite - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (24)
27. Fly - Maddie & Tae (31)
28. Emergency - Icona Pop (28)
29. How Deep Is Your Love - Calvin Harris f/Disciples (43)
30. There Must Be Love - David Morales f/Janice Robinson (35)
31. Someone New - Hozier (40)
32. Beautiful Now - Zedd f/Jon Bellion (22)
33. Holding On - Disclosure f/Gregory Porter (23)
34. No Sleeep - Janet Jackson (38)
35. Worth It - Fifth Harmony f/Kid Ink (36)
36. I Am - AWOLnation (44)
37. Invincible - Kelly Clarkson (27)
38. What A Day - Fantine f/Wyclef Jean (42)
39. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon (33)
40. Shame - Tyrese (32)
41. Ghost Town - Adam Lambert (29)
42. Nothin' Like You - Dan +  Shay (47)
43. Strip It Down - Luke Bryan (51)
44. Locked Away - R. City f/Adam Levine (48)
45. Sweet Escape - Alesso f/Sirena (50)
46. Break Up With Him - Old Dominion (52)
47. Omen - Disclosure f/Sam Smith (61)
48. Summerthing! - Afrojack f/Mike Taylor (53)
49. The Hills - The Weeknd (59)
50. Hold Each Other - A Great Big World f/FUTURISTIC (54)
51. House Party - Sam Hunt (39)
52. Smoke Break - Carrie Underwood (62)
53. Sun Is Shining - Axwell & Ingrosso (49)
54. Earned It - The Weeknd (48)
55. Buy Me A Boat - Chris Janson (56)
56. Gonna Wanna Tonight - Chase Rice (60)
57. Cut The Cord - Shinedown (57)
58. Wasn't Expecting That - Jamie Lawson (64)
59. Gonna - Blake Shelton (69)
60. Hell Of A Night - Dustin Lynch (45)
61. Feelings - Maroon 5 (DEBUT)
62. Unconditional - Ultra Nate' (77)
63. Footsteps - Pop Evil (68)
64. Bad Blood - Taylor Swift f/Kendrick Lamar (58)
65. Where Are U Now - Skrillex & Diplo f/Justin Bieber (55)
66. Out Of My Mind - ARCS (70)
67. Song For Someone - U2 (79)
68. Anything Goes - Florida Georgia Line (72)
69. Sparks - Hilary Duff (81)
70. S.O.B. - Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (75)
71. Morning Sun - Robin Thicke (78)
72. Thunder - Leona Lewis (82)
73. Coming Home - Leon Bridges (73)
74. Good For You - Selena Gomez f/A$AP Rocky (74)
75. Long Stretch Of Love - Lady Antebellum (83)
76. Love Is Free - Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique f/Maluca (DEBUT)
77. Stitches - Shawn Mendes (87)
78. Let Me See Ya Girl - Cole Swindell (80)
79. I'm Comin' Over - Chris Young (DEBUT)
80. OXO - Olivia Somerlyn (90)
81. Feel The Vibe - Bob Sinclar f/Dawn Tallman (DEBUT)
82. Top Of The World - Tim McGraw (DEBUT)
83. Red Lips - Aggro Santos f/Andreea Banica (84)
84. Real Life - Jake Owen (88)
85. 2 Heads - Coleman Hell (89)
86. 24 Frames - Jason Isbell (DEBUT)
87. Drag Me Down - One Direction (97)
88. Jeckyll and Hyde - Five Finger Death Punch (92)
89. El Perdon (Forgiveness) - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias (93)
90. Love 3X - ZZ Ward (94)
91. Great Big Storm - Nate Ruess (DEBUT)
92. Different Colors - Walk The Moon (DEBUT)
93. Special - Avant (DEBUT)
94. Let's Love - Echosmith (DEBUT)
95. Peanut Butter Jelly - Galantis (96)
96. Downtown - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/Eric Nally et al (DEBUT)
97. Queen Of Peace - Florence + The Machine (DEBUT)
98. Easy Love - Sigala (98)
99. Outside - Foo Fighters (DEBUT)
100. The Party (This Is How We Do It) - Joe Stone f/Montell Jordan

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

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Songoftheday 10/9/15 - You're a polished diamond now you're feeling kinda rough, yes I know how long you've been searching for the perfect touch...

"There's The Girl" - Heart
from the album Bad Animals (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's Song of the Day comes from the rock band Heart, whose second album after their successful transformation to a mainstream hitmaking machine, Bad Animals, had spun off yet another #1 hit with "Alone" along with a top-10 follow-up in "Who Will You Run To". Like their previous eponymous album, the third release from the set would feature lead vocals from sister Nancy Wilson, whose "These Dreams" became their first #1 pop hit back in 1985. The new track, "There's The Girl", written by Nancy with 'song doctor' Holly Knight, was more upbeat and in the vein of the band's recent hits "Never" and "Who Will You Run To". In fact, Ann got the "Carnie Wilson" treatment in the video, somehow being hidden by set designs and tubes...

"There's The Girl" became Heart's third hit from Bad Animals, reaching the top-20 on the American pop chart in January of 1988. The song also climbed to #16 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the track reached the top-40 in Britain (#34) and Canada (#31).

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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Aussie Sweep: October 8, 2015...

It's time to head Down Under to check out the songs making their way on to the official singles chart in Australia this week, as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis climb to #1 with "Downtown", their fourth single (out of six) to do so....

Local hero Sia, from Adelaide in South Australia, leaps on to the chart at #10 with her new track "Alive". It's her third top-tenner as a lead artist; she went to the top of the chart here as a featured artist on Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" in 2011...

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Songoftheday 10/8/15 - Goodbye Norma Jean though I never knew you at all you had the grace to hold yourself while those around you crawled...

"Candle In The Wind (Live)" - Elton John
from the album Live In Australia - with the Melbourne Symphony (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's Song of the Day comes from British pop superstar Elton John, whose fortunes in America were growing more modest by the mid-80s. After his 1985 album Ice On Fire was able to land a top-10 hit with "Nikita", his next release, Leather Jackets, was a relative flop. With single "Heartache All Over The World" missing the top-40 altogether, it was his first studio album since the concept piece Tumbleweed Connection in 1970 to fail to have a top-40 pop hit in the U.S. In fact, he almost broke his string of years with a top-40 hit except for his featured role on Jennifer Rush's "Power Of Love" in 1986 (he also earned an asterisk for his part in the "Friends" part of Dionne Warwick and Friends' "That's What Friends Are For"). The sole place "Heartache All Over The World" was successful was Australia, where it reached #7 in 1986. Elton's worldwide tour extended Down Under, where he recorded his third live album Live In Australia. His voice was just about shot, as he was set to undergo throat surgery in the following year that would sideline him for quite a while. To make the event (possibly with a chance of being his last) memorable, it would be his last time in his outrageous outfits that he sported throughout the 70s, and for the second half of the show he hired on the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra who with new arrangements from James Newton Howard of some of his classic songs. One of those, "Candle In The Wind", was from his 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, considered his masterpiece. The song had reached #11 on the British singles charts, and went top-10 in Ireland and Australia, but was never released before as a single in the United States.

Elton's live take on his album in 1987 finally got a single release in America, and the timeless theme of fame taking a toll on the young and vulnerable rang true again, and even with his lowered pitch, it became the hit it deserved to be all along, without even the need for the orchestra...

The 1987 version of "Candle in the Wind" returned Elton to the U.S. pop top-10 in January of 1988. The single also made it to #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the song also made the top-10 in his native Britain at #5, #4 in Ireland, and #5 in Canada. Surprisingly in Australia itself the single stalled down at #92. This version was nominated for a Grammy for pop male vocal in 1988, losing out to Sting's Bring On The Night album.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

German Sweep: October 7, 2015...

Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to their official singles chart, as "Astronaut" from Sido and Andreas Bourani spends a fourth non-consecutive week at #1...

1. "Astronaut" - Sido featuring Andreas Bourani (1)
2. "Lieblingsmensch" - Namika (2)
3. "Sugar" - Robin Schulz featuring Francesco Yates (3)
4. "Photograph" - Ed Sheeran (4)
5. "Geiles Leben" - Glasperlenspiel (DEBUT)
6. "How Deep Is Your Love" - Calvin Harris featuring Disciples (5)
7. "Locked Away" - R. City featuring Adam Levine (6)
8. "Wild and Free" - Lena (9)
9. "What Do You Mean" - Justin Bieber (8)
10. "So Wie Du Bist" - MoTrip featuring Lary (7)

Electropop duo Glasperlenspiel, from the southern city of Stockach, leap into the top-10 at #5 with "Geiles Leben" ("Always Horny"). It's their third to reach this level in their home country (you can watch the lyric video by clicking here)...

Songoftheday 10/7/15 - All you got is this moment, the twenty-first century's yesterday...

"Need You Tonight" - INXS
from the album Kick (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 17

Today's SOTD is by the Australian new wave band INXS, who scored their first top-10 pop hit in America in the spring of 1986 with the ultra-funky "What You Need". They also teamed up with fellow Antipodean rocker Jimmy Barnes for the Lost Boys soundtrack cut "Good Times" which was a top-10 rock/top-50 pop hit as well. After their successful tour, the group recorded their sixth studio album Kick. A more soul and rock leaning than their previously synth-rock beginnings (but hinted on with "Good Times"), their record company foolishly attempted to reject what would become one of the biggest and best albums of the decade. The first single from the record, "Need You Tonight", was a slice of a different style of funk, with the bass line and guitar hook unencumbered by a wall of synth noise, allowing lead singer and co-writer Michael Hutchence's voice to snake around it with a winning set of come-ons that no woman could refuse. The music video combined "Need You Tonight" into the album track "Mediate", which had the band recreating the classic clip for Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" from 1965...

Despite that record exec's pessimism, "Need You Tonight" became INXS' first #1 pop hit in the U.S. in January of 1987. The single also climbed to #12 on Billboard's rock radio chart, while landing them their sole appearance on the R&B list at #73. The extended version (with "Mediate") claimed their best position on the Dance Club Play chart at #7. Internationally, the song stopped at the runner-up position in Canada, the UK, and Ireland, while peaking at #3 in their native Australia as well as New Zealand, and top-10 in France, Belgium, and Italy.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

French Sweep: October 6, 2015...

(ED: After breaking my hand a couple months ago, I'm finally getting back to my regular posting schedule incrementally. Thanks all for your patience!)

Here's the top ten hits in France this week, according to their official singles chart, as Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias spend a sixth non-consecutive week at #1...

1. "El Perdon (Forgiveness)" - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias (1)
2. "Sugar" - Robin Schulz featuring Francesco Yates (5)
3. "How Deep Is Your Love" - Calvin Harris featuring Disciples (2)
4. "Summer 2015" - L.E.J. (8)
5. "Can't Feel My Face" - The Weeknd (6)
6. "Marvin Gaye" - Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor (DEBUT)
7. "What Do You Mean" - Justin Bieber (RE-ENTRY)
8. "Brise" - Maitre Gims (9)
9. "Love D'un Voyou" - Fababy featuring Aya Nakamura (DEBUT)
10. "Reality" - Lost Frequencies featuring Janieck Devy (4)

New Jersey-born singer/songwriter Charlie Puth leaps into the top-10 with "Marvin Gaye" featuring Meghan Trainor (or "All About That Bass" fame). Puth already had been as high as #2 in this country as a featured performer on Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" (which he co-wrote and co-produced)...

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Songoftheday 10/6/15 - A wild ride over stony ground, such a lust for life the circus comes to town...

"Animal" - Def Leppard
from the album Hysteria (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #19 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's Song of the Day comes from the British pop-metal band Def Leppard, whose third album Pyromania became the first big success of the new heavy metal era, selling over ten million copies and spinning off three top-40 pop hits with "Photograph", "Rock Of Ages", and "Foolin". After touring behind the album, the band were set to record their next release when drummer Rick Allen lost his arm in an automobile accident on New Years Eve of 1984. Instead of replacing him, Allen learned to drum with his feet and one arm using a new kit, and a full five years after the release of Pyromania the band re-emerged with Hysteria. Slickly produced again by "Mutt" Lange, the record actually got off to a rather slow start, with the first single "Women" stalled on the American pop chart way down at #80 (it did climb to #7 on Billboard's Rock radio chart). Although that darker track harkened back to their previous work, their next single, "Animal", was a chunk of shiny, bright family-friendly metal, the song took years to complete and has the Mutt Lange touch that defined the band in the 80s. The video was shot at a traveling circus....

"Animal" became the band's third top-20 pop hit in America in December of 1987, while climbing to #5 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, where this song was the first to be released as a single from the album, the song was their first top-40 hit in their native UK at #6, while reaching the top-10 in Ireland (#3) and New Zealand (#8).

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Monday, October 05, 2015

Robbed hit of the week 10/5/15 - Noel's "Silent Morning"...

"Silent Morning" - Noel
from the album Noel (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #47

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the Bronx-born singer Noel (Pagan), whose first hit single started out as "Spanish Morning", before being changed up to fit the mainstream audiences listening to the formerly Latin-dominated 'freestyle' dance music, to "Silent Morning". Written by Noel and produced by future Information Society member Paul Robb, the song was a huge hit in New York and Chicago dance radio...

While "Silent Morning" spent over five months (22 weeks) on the pop chart, it didn't rise higher than #47 on the Hot 100 in November of 1987. The record did peak up at #6 on Billboard's Dance Club Play list, while the 12" single went to #7 on the sales chart.

Noel would follow up "Silent Morning" with two more freestyle classics from his debut album. First, "Like A Child", which became his first #1 club hit, stopped at #67 on the pop chart but did cross over to the R&B list at #88. Then "Out Of Time" also hit #1, but by the time the 90s harkened, his new single with the Concept of One, "the Question", just managed to make an appearance on the 12" singles sales chart at #24.  He still performs on the lucrative freestyle flashback concert circuit.

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Songoftheday 10/5/15 - Well I lived on the outskirts of town in an eight room farmhouse, baby...

"Cherry Bomb" - John Cougar Mellencamp
from the album The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's Song of the Day is by heartland rocker John "Cougar" Mellencamp, whose Lonesome Jubilee album had already scored him yet another top-10 pop hit with "Paper in Fire" in the fall of 1987. For the follow-up John went with another feel-good retro-style "Cherry Bomb". Written and co-produced by Mellencamp with Don Gehman, the song had that air of nostalgia carried over from songs like "Jack and Diane", "Small Town", and "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." but with a bit more laid-back approach. And on the video, which spotlights a mixed-race couple, John was at peak hair volume...

"Cherry Bomb" became the second top-10 pop hit from The Lonesome Jubilee in January of 1988. The single topped Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart for a single week, while climbing to #12 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart. Internationally, the single made it to #4 in both Canada and New Zealand and #10 in Australia.

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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Songoftheday 10/4/15 - I feel the night expode when we're together, emotion overload in the heat of pleasure....

"Tell It To My Heart" - Taylor Dayne
from the album Tell It To My Heart (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's song of the day comes from Taylor Dayne, who started her career in Long Island, New York as a rock singer before going it solo as a dance act in the mid-80s. She released her debut album, Tell It To My Heart, in 1987, in the midst of the "freestyle" dance music boom, and the first single and title track drew from the genre's frenetic tempo and drama-filled chord changes and added her much-stronger voice which growled out like a lion, commanding, not asking. Written by Ernie Gold and Seth Swirsky, the track was clubby enough for dance stations, yet a bit hard enough for standard pop radio...

"Tell It To My Heart" became Taylor's first top-10 pop hit in America in January of 1988. The song also climbed to #4 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart as well. Internationally, the record topped the singles chart in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, while making it to #3 in the UK, and top-10 in Canada (#9), Australia (#10), Sweden (#3), Ireland (#2), Belgium (#2), and Spain (#5).

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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Songoftheday 10/3/15 - But it's gonna take money a whole lotta spending money, it's gonna take plenty of money to do it right child...

"Got My Mind Set On You" - George Harrison
from the album Cloud Nine (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's Song of the Day comes from 'fab' musician George Harrison, the "quiet one" of the Beatles. After his long stint with the biggest band in rock and roll history, Harrison was also the first of the four to release a solo album (be it an experimental 'art-rock' piece), Wonderwall Music, which made the top-50 of the American albums chart in 1968. After a second experimental synthesizer record, Harrison made his true standard debut solo effort in 1970 after the breakup of the Beatles. That album, All Things Must Pass, was a three-disc monument of music, anchored by the mantra of his first single, the #1 "My Sweet Lord", a simple proclamation that ended up embroiled in the worst legal court case in music history. Sued for being a rewrite of the Chiffons' "He's So Fine", the dispute carried on for over a decade, with Harrison's own (former) manager embroiled in the fray and eventually causing the song to be sold to Harrison himself. Instead to boiling on the impact of that, however, George went the charitable route, creating one of the first benefit singles, "Bangla Desh", which highlighted the plight of the ravaged former East Pakistan. That single went to #10 in the UK and #23 in the States, and inspired George to put together the huge musical even The Concert for Bangladesh, which produced another big album of superstars including Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, fellow Beatle Ringo Starr, and more. In 1973, Harrison claimed his second solo #1 pop hit in America with "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)", the lead track from his Living In The Material World album, which itself spent five weeks atop Billboard's albums chart in the U.S.. However, the remainder of the 70s found Harrison's pop work overshadowed by the other three Beatles. After John Lennon's death in 1980, George got together with Ringo and Paul McCartney for an unlisted reunion of sorts for "All Those Years Ago", which returned him to the top-10 for the first time in eight years, while topping the adult contemporary list as well in 1981. He wasn't able to properly follow that success up, and he took a five year break from recording before releasing his eleventh studio set Cloud Nine at the end of 1987. Produced by ELO's Jeff Lynne with cameos from Clapton, Elton John, and Ringo (again), the bright and shiny new version of George Harrison fit right in at the end of the Reagan Years. The first single, "Got My Mind Set On You", was a remake of a forgotten soul nugget recorded by Washington DC singer James Ray...

While George's version sounds more like a scaled-down ELO record than one of his own, the simplicity and sing-along-able quality of the track paired with the video ready-made for MTV with the trick of highlighted young actors/dancers over the decidedly older artist (though mind you, he was only 44 years old at the time)...

"Got My Mind Set On You" became Harrison's third and final solo #1 hit in America in January of 1988. The song also climbed to #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart for four weeks, while stopping at #4 on their Mainstream Rock radio list. Internationally, the record peaked at #2 for a month in his native Britain, as it topped the singles charts in Canada, Ireland, and Australia.

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