Saturday, November 28, 2015

Songoftheday 11/28/15 - I never knew what i was missing, love with no passion in the kissing...

"Some Kind Of Lover" - Jody Watley
from the album Jody Watley (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from Jody Watley, whose stellar solo debut album, which nabbed her a Grammy award for Best New Artist (even after years with Shalamar), already had netted her a pair of top-10 hits with "Looking For A New Love" and "Don't You Want Me". The fourth single from the record was the jubilant dance-pop love song of "Some Kind Of Lover". Written by Jody with Andre Cymone, who produced the track with Prince collaborator David Z, the keyboard-led track was the perfect culmination of the road to joy in the album's songs. She also got two nominations for the MTV Video Awards for the clip, featuring Jody's dancing as well as a slightly different mix which started with a throwback to the hook on "Looking For A New Love"...

"Some Kind Of Lover" became the third top-10 pop hit from Jody Watley in April of 1988. The song also was her third in a row (after "Still A Thrill" and "Don't You Want Me") to peak at #3 on Billboard's R&B chart, while it climbed all the way to #1 on their Dance Club Play list. North of the border in Canada, it surprisingly missed the top-40 at #47, while in England it didn't make the top-75 at all.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

twostepcub's music chart for November 27, 2015...

"Black" Friday is here, and I'm ready to roll out my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Taylor Swift holds tight at #1 for a fourth week, while Adele (pictured above werkin' it) rockets from #20 to #2. Songs from Thomas Rhett, Jess Glynne, and Vance Joy make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from the Struts, Bob Sinclar, Florence + The Machine, Disclosure with Sam Smith, and George Ezra drop off the list. Let the Christmas games begin!!!

This Week                    Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
1. Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift (1)
2. Hello - Adele (20)
3. S.O.B. - Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (5)
4. Ex's & Oh's - Elle King (2)
5. Nothin' Like You - Dan + Shay (6)
6. Like I'm Gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainor f/John Legend (4)
7. First - Cold War Kids (3)
8. Smoke Break - Carrie Underwood (12)
9. The Hills - The Weeknd (9)
10. Break Up With Him - Old Dominion (11)
11. Renegades - X Ambassadors (8)
12. How Deep Is Your Love - Calvin Harris f/Disciples (10)
13. I'm Comin' Over - Chris Young (17)
14. Stressed Out - twenty-one pilots (24)
15. Lay It All On Me - Rudimental f/Ed Sheeran (19)
16. Wasn't Expecting That - Jamie Lawson (18)
17. Something Better - Audien f/Lady Antebellum (13)
18. Hold Each Other - A Great Big World f/FUTURISTIC (22)
19. Someone New - Hozier (7)
20. On My Mind - Ellie Goulding (26)
21. Photograph - Ed Sheeran (16)
22. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd (14)
23. The Other Boys - NERVO f/Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears & Nile Rodgers (25)
24. Burning House - Cam (28)
25. Feelings - Maroon 5 (15)
26. Gonna - Blake Shelton (30)
27. Locked Away - R. City f/Adam Levine (23)
28. Top Of The World - Tim McGraw (38)
29. Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne (51)
30. Ocean Drive - Duke Dumont (40)
31. Stitches - Shawn Mendes (41)
32. Gonna Know We Were Here - Jason Aldean (42)
33. No Sleeep - Janet Jackson (29)
34. The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive - Death Cab For Cutie (46)
35. The Writing's On The Wall - Sam Smith (35)
36. 2 Heads - Coleman Hell (44)
37. Fight Song - Rachel Platten (31)
38. Thunder - Leona Lewis (43)
39. Stay A Little Longer - Brothers Osborne (49)
40. Hotline Bling - Drake (54)
41. I Am - AWOLnation (21)
42. Strip It Down - Luke Bryan (32)
43. Love Is Free - Robyn & La Bagatelle Musique f/Maluca (33)
44. Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake f/MO (34)
45. Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart - Chris Cornell (57)
46. Insomnia 2.0 - Faithless (64)
47. The Fire and the Flood - Vance Joy (67)
48. Shame - Tyrese (50)
49. Save It For A Rainy Day - Kenny Chesney (45)
50. Synergy - Sted-E & Hybrid Heights w/Crystal Waters (55)
51. Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth f/Meghan Trainor (37)
52. Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah) - Andy Grammer (62)
53. Anything Goes - Florida Georgia Line (53)
54. Let Me See Ya Girl - Cole Swindell (58)
55. You Have To Believe - Dave Aude f/Chloe Lattanzi & Olivia Newton-John (59)
56. Lose My Mind - Brett Eldredge (36)
57. Stand By You - Rachel Platten (63)
58. Die A Happy Man - Thomas Rhett (88)
59. Out Of My Mind - ARCS (47)
60. Levels - Nick Jonas (DEBUT)
61. Angels Fall - Breaking Benjamin (71)
62. Was It All It Was - Dirty Disco f/Debby Holiday (52)
63. Already Callin' You Mine - Parmalee (75)
64. OXO - Olivia Somerlyn (48)
65. Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - Jess Glynne (61)
66. Take You Over - Bleona (76)
67. Trust You - Rob Thomas (68)
68. Hold On Forever - Rob Thomas (80)
69. Drag Me Down - One Direction (73)
70. Bad Blood - Ryan Adams (70)
71. Earned It - The Weeknd (66)
72. Can't Sleep Love - Pentatonix (84)
73. Return To The Moon - EL VY (83)
74. Let's Love - Echosmith (74)
75. I Got The Boy - Jana Kramer (85)
76. Runnin' (Lose It All) - Naughty Boy f/Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin (82)
77. So F**kin' Romantic - Matthew Koma (77)
78. Forget To Breathe - Joe Bermudez f/Natasha Anderson (78)
79. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon (79)
80. La Jungla - Ralphi Rosario f/Julissa Veloz (95)
81. Let It Go - James Bay (89)
82. Run Away With You - Big & Rich (86)
83. Irresistible - Fall Out Boy (DEBUT)
84. Unconditional - Ultra Nate (72)
85. I Love This Life - LoCash (90)
86. Confident - Demi Lovato (DEBUT)
87. Special - Avant (91)
88. Used To Love You - Gwen Stefani (92)
89. Mess Around - Cage The Elephant (DEBUT)
90. Adventure Of A Lifetime - Coldplay (DEBUT)
91. Smooth Sailin' - Leon Bridges (DEBUT)
92. Dibs - Kelsea Ballerini (RE-ENTRY)
93. Love Me Like You - Little Mix (99)
94. Throne - Bring Me The Horizon (DEBUT)
95. Molecules - Atlas Genius (DEBUT)
96. Kiss Me - Olly Murs (DEBUT)
97. 27 Club - Ivy Levan (DEBUT)
98. Turn The Music Louder (Rumble) - KDA f/Tinie Tempah & Katy B (98)
99. Be Right There - Diplo & Sleepy Tom (DEBUT)
100. Heaven (Beautiful Life) - Punch Inc. (DEBUT)

There are a dozen 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 websites for more information, tour dates, and more. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 11/27/15 - A million young poets screamin' out their words, to a world full of people just livin' to be heard...

"Check It Out" - John Cougar Mellencamp
from the album The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #14 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day is by rock singer/songwriter John "Cougar" Mellencamp, whose 1987 album The Lonesome Jubilee had already spun off a pair of top-10 pop hits in America with "Paper In Fire" and "Cherry Bomb". The third release from the record was yet another reflective song about the state of life in the poverty-stricken heartland of his youth...

"Check It Out" climbed into the pop top-20 in April of 1988, while rising up to #3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the song went to #12 in Canada, #18 in New Zealand, and #22 in Australia.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Aussie Sweep: November 26, 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 Adele's "Hello" hangs in at #1 for a fourth week...

As Justin Bieber's Purpose album is the top-selling record in the country in its first week, four of its track make their way on to the top-50, joining "Sorry" at #2, "What Do You Mean" at #7, and "I'll Show You" at #20. First at #3 is the presumed third radio single "Love Yourself"..

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Songoftheday 11/26/15 - Back then long time ago when grass was green, woke up in a daze...

"When We Was Fab" - George Harrison
from the album Cloud Nine (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's Song of the Day comes from the late George Harrison, who had a big "pop" comeback in 1987 with his pseudo-rockabilly hit cover of "Got My Mind Set On You".  The second single from his Cloud Nine album was a sonic throwback to his days with the Beatles, "When We Was Fab". Written and produced by Harrison with Jeff Lynne from ELO (and Harrison side-act The Traveling Wilburys), the song sounded plucked from one of the Fab Four's later psychedelic albums, while being accessible enough for the youngsters to sing along. The music video, directed by special effects and pop stars in their own right Godley and Creme, sported cameos from Lynne, fellow Beatle-mate Ringo Starr and Elton John...

"When We Was Fab" became George's thirteenth and final top-40 solo pop hit in America in March of 1988. The song climbed as high as #2 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart (his highest rank there), while stopping up at #10 on their Adult Contemporary (or 'easy listening') list. Internationally, the record made it to #25 in his native UK, #20 in Canada, #24 in Ireland, and #40 in Germany.

The third release from the album, "This Is Love", reached the top-20 on the Rock (#17) and Adult Contemporary (#20) chart in America, while Cloud Nine album tracks "Devil's Radio" and the title song made the top ten on the rock list. In 1989, Harrison contributed the song "Cheer Down" to the soundtrack to Lethal Weapon 2, and was his last top-ten rock hit at #7. His greatest hits set did place a minor hit "Poor Little Girl" on the list at #21. George stayed pretty quiet after that, though he did collaborate with Lynne again with Paul McCartney for the Beatles' Anthology compilations project. George passed away from lung cancer in November of 2001; in memoriam, a re-release of his first solo hit "My Sweet Lord" lept back on to the singles charts topping the British chart in January of 2002 and popping in at #94 on the American Hot 100 pop chart.

Cloud Nine would be Harrison's final solo studio album released in his lifetime; in 2002 the posthumously completed Brainwashed was put out, and from it the single and Grammy nominated song "Any Road" went to #37 on the British chart, while "Stuck Inside A Cloud" made it to #27 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart.

(P.S. - this one's for Joe.)

Up tomorrow: a Midwesterner wants you to give it a looksie. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

German Sweep: November 25, 2015...

Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to the country's official singles chart, as Adele's "Hello" is on top for a fourth week...

1. "Hello" - Adele (1)
2. "Geiles Leben" - Glasperlenspiel (2)
3. "Avenir" - Louane (3)
4. "Sorry" - Justin Bieber (5)
5. "Astronaut" - Sido featuring Andreas Bourani (4)
6. "Lush Life" - Zara Larsson (7)
7. "Love Yourself" - Justin Bieber (DEBUT)
8. "What Do You Mean?" - Justin Bieber (RE-ENTRY)
9. "Lieblingsmensch" - Namika (6)
10. "Photograph" - Ed Sheeran (RE-ENTRY)

Justin Bieber finds himself with three songs from his Purpose album in the top ten as "Love Yourself" arrives at #7...

Songoftheday 11/25/15 - To believe or not to believe, that is the question it just takes a street degree...

"Girlfriend" - Pebbles
from the album Pebbles (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from R&B/dance singer Perri "Pebbles" Reid, who went from being a back-up singer for funk collective Confunkshun to a solo deal in the mid-80s. Her song "Love/Hate" was added to the soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop II, and reached the dance chart at #34 in 1987.  She released her debut album the same year, and the first single was written and produced by the duo of "Babyface" Edmonds and "L.A." Reid, who were members of the R&B group the Deele. "Girlfriend" was a sugary slice of dance-pop with a heap of soul sass that would lead to a score of Paula Abduls by the end of the decade...

"Girlfriend" became Pebbles' first top-10 pop hit in April of 1988. The song climbed all the way to #1 on Billboard's R&B chart for a couple weeks in February, while the extended version made it to #24 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the record reached the top ten in the UK (#8) and Ireland (#9), and in Canada, it peaked at #17.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

French Sweep: November 24, 2015...

Here's the top ten hits in France this week, according to the country's official singles chart, as Adele's "Hello" spends a fourth week at #1...

1. "Hello" - Adele (1)
2. "Working Class Hero" - John Lennon (DEBUT)
3. "Don't Worry" - Madcon featuring Ray Dalton (5)
4. "Sapes Comme Jamais" - Maitre Gims (3)
5. "The Writing's On The Wall" - Sam Smith (DEBUT)
6. "Marvin Gaye" - Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor (2)
7. "Summer 2015" - L.E.J. (6)
8. "What Do You Mean?" - Justin Bieber (RE-ENTRY)
9. "Stolen Car" - Mylene Farmer & Sting (7)
10. "Photograph" - Ed Sheeran (9)

John Lennon's classic song from 1971 "Working Class Hero" leaps onto the top ten at #2...

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Songoftheday 11/24/15 - Holding my check book got a leak in the pipe, food on the table but the landlord's knocked twice...

"Live Your Life" - Boy George
from the album Hiding Out (Original Soundtrack) (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #40 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 1

Today's song of the day comes from British singer Boy George, who had led the band Culture Club to ten top-40 pop hits in America in the early 80s. However, he left the band in a drug-fuel shambles of a life, entering rehab, then having to beat an addiction to the meds to beat the addiction. In 1987, he released his first solo album, Sold, which was pretty successful in the UK, spinning off four top-40 hits including a #1 cover of the soft-rock classic from Bread, "Everything I Own", done pop-reggae style. This didn't cross over to America, though, with the album being horribly overlooked.

George did return to mainstream American radio the following year courtesy of his contribution to the Jon Cryer movie Hiding Out. "Live My Life", written by Danny Sembello ("Maniac" Michael's brother) and Ailee Willis, the lite-pop soundtrack fare was the safest best for George to take in the States, though he gets points for keeping his gender-intent intact in the lyrics ("phone don't ring got no man on the line. It would be the first track on the Hiding Out soundtrack, and the second single after Pretty Poison's "Catch Me (I'm Falling)"...

"Live My Life" became Boy George's first solo top-40 hit in America in February of 1988. The single also climbed to #21 on Billboard's R&B chart, while landing at #14 on their Dance Club Play list. It was also a minor hit in his native Britain at #62.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Robbed hit of the week 11/23/15 - Dan Hill's "Never Thought (That I Could Love)"...

"Never Thought (That I Could Love)" - Dan Hill
from the album Dan Hill (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #43

This week's 'robbed hit' comes from Canadian pop singer/songwriter Dan Hill, who had returned to the top ten on the American pop charts in 1987 with "Can't We Try". He released another self-penned ballad as a follow-up, the more optimistic "Never Thought (That I Could Love)"...

While "Never Thought" went all the way to #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart, the same as "Can't We Try", the song stalled right under the American Top-40 at #43. It stayed on the chart longer than any other that missed the top-40 in 1988 - 20 weeks.

Songoftheday 11/23/15 - I'll be the sun shining on you, hey Cinderella step in your shoe...

"Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" - Billy Ocean
from the album Tear Down These Walls (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's Song of the Day comes from Trinidadian pop/dance singer/songwriter Billy Ocean, whose 1986 album Love Zone rewarded him with four top-20 pop hits with "Love Is Forever", "When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going" (from The Jewel Of The Nile), the title track, and the #1 "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)". Billy started out 1988 by releasing Tear Down These Walls, his seventh studio album, in January, and the first single from the set, co-written by the artist with producer "Mutt" Lange, showed the latter's propensity for extended song titles (like "When The Going Gets Tough". "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" returned Billy to the top of the pops in America with a "safe" but foot-tapping slice of dance-pop...

"Get Outta My Dreams..." went all the way to #1 in the U.S. in April of 1988 on both the pop and R&B charts in Billboard. The song also crossed over to their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #5. The 12" remix made an appearance on the Dance Club Play list at #25. Internationally, the record topped the chart in Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, and Ireland, while stopping at #3 in the UK and Germany.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Songoftheday 11/22/15 - Time out world in a hurry, there's more love than money changing hands...

"Twilight World" - Swing Out Sister
from the album It's Better To Travel (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #31 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 3

Today's Song of the Day comes from the British jazz-pop ensemble Swing Out Sister, who had broke big in America with one of the freshest and enjoyable songs of the decade in "Breakout". While in their homeland the follow-up was the seductive "Surrender", which made the top-10 there, in the U.S. the second single was the epic "Twilight World", written by lead singer Corinne Drewery and bandmates Andy Connell and Martin Jackson. Produced lushly by Paul Staveley O'Duffy, it was meant to keep the momentum going with a more uptempo number...

Swing out sister - Twilight world from Jordan Victor Luciano on Vimeo.

"Twilight World" became Swing Out Sister's second and so-far most recent top-40 pop hit in February of 1988. The song also climbed to #7 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, while the 12" remix was the biggest club hit from the album, making it to #9. In the UK, as the third single, it did comparably, stopping at #32.

The trio would release "Surrender" in the States next, missing the pop chart but reaching #37 on the adult contemporary list. They put out their sophomore effort, Kaleidoscope World, in 1989; by that time Jackson left the act as a duo. While in Europe the lead track was "You On My Mind", which hit the top-10 in Germany and #28 in the UK, America received the more "Breakout"-sounding "Waiting Game", which stopped out at #86 on the pop chart, #33 Dance, and #6 AC. The pair started out the 90s with a revival of sorts, going to #1 on the American adult-contemporary list with their remake of "Am I The Same Girl", which almost gave them a top-40 hit at #45. With another soul cover, this time in 1994 of "La-La Means I Love You" from the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, SOS scored their most recent British top-40 hit at #37.  In American, Corinne and Andy popped on to the Adult chart at #30 with "Somewhere In The World" in 1997. They continue to record and tour, being very successful still in the Far East and preparing a new record as we speak.

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