Friday, July 31, 2015

twostepcub's music chart for July 31, 2015...


Friday's here and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. OMI remains at #1 for a third week with "Cheerleader", while Little Big Town (pictured above) climb into the top-5. A former big hit from Houndmouth drops off my list, while songs from Mumford & Sons, Jessica Sutta, and Giorgio Moroder/Sia  make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). No contract, no peace!

This Week             Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Mix) - Omi (1)
2. Honey, I'm Good. - Andy Grammer (2)
3. Renegades - X Ambassadors (3)
4. Fight Song - Rachel Platten (4)
5. Girl Crush - Little Big Town (7)
6. Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake f/MO (8)
7. Tear In My Heart - twenty-one pilots (11)
8. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon (6)
9. Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo (5)
10. Photograph - Ed Sheeran (12)
11. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd (16)
12. Bad Blood - Taylor Swift f/Kendrick Lamar (18)
13. Crystals - Of Monsters and Men (9)
14. Take Your Time - Sam Hunt (10)
15. Tonight Looks Good On You - Jason Aldean (19)
16. Like I Can - Sam Smith (24)
17. Earned It - The Weeknd (15)
18. Hold Back The River - James Bay (14)
19. Uma Thurman - Fall Out Boy (26)
20. Invincible - Kelly Clarkson (25)
21. Mr. Put It Down - Ricky Martin f/Pitbull (17)
22. This Summer's Gonna Hurt - Maroon 5 (23)
23. Dead Inside - Muse (13)
24. Talking Body - Tove Lo (20)
25. Baby Be My Love Song - Easton Corbin (21)
26. You Know You Like It - DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge (22)
27. Dreams - Beck (41)
28. Circles - Dave Aude f/Cierra Sample (32)
29. House On Fire - Ryan Cabrera (29)
30. Ghost Town - Adam Lambert (31)
31. Cecelia and the Satellites - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (39)
32. Blame It On Me - George Ezra (33)
33. Shame - Tyrese (38)
34. Loving You Easy - The Zac Brown Band (44)
35. Trust You - Rob Thomas (42)
36. Hey Mama - David Guetta f/Afrojack & Nicki Minaj (36)
37. Believe - Mumford & Sons (27)
38. Sangria - Blake Shelton (34)
39. Young & Crazy - Frankie Ballard (49)
40. Bright - Echosmith (30)
41. Deja Vu - Giorgio Moroder f/Sia (61)
42. Little Toy Guns - Carrie Underwood (28)
43. Let It Burn - Jazmine Sullivan (57)
44. Haute Mess - NERVO (48)
45. I'll Be There - Chic f/Nile Rodgers (35)
46. Ex's and Oh's - Elle King (58)
47. If You Say It Again - Rozalla (40)
48. My Type - Saint Motel (60)
49. See You Again - Wiz Khalifa f/Charlie Puth (49)
50. Sugar - Maroon 5 (37)
51. Love You Like That - Canaan Smith (55)
52. Let It Be Love - Jessica Sutta (74)
53. The Wolf - Mumford & Sons (78)
54. Shots - Imagine Dragons (68)
55. Failure - Breaking Benjamin (45)
56. Fool For Love - Lord Huron (56)
57. Ship To Wreck - Florence + The Machine (75)
58. Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding (43)
59. Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better) - Felix Jaehn f/Jasmine Thompson (59)
60. Crushin' It - Brad Paisley (62)
61. Fools Gold - Jill Scott (66)
62. Kiss Me Quick - Nathan Sykes (76)
63. This Feeling - L'Tric (65)
64. Beggin' For Thread - Banks (64)
65. Where Are U Now - Skrillex & Diplo f/Justin Bieber (69)
66. Little Monster - Royal Blood (81)
67. Kick The Dust Up - Luke Bryan (67)
68. Hell of A Night - Dustin Lynch (73)
69. Kiss You In The Morning - Michael Ray (71)
70. Go Big Or Go Home - American Authors (70)
71. Style - Taylor Swift (51)
72. Savages - Five Knives (47)
73. Brother - NEEDTOBREATHE f/Gavin DeGraw (77)
74. Love Me Like You Mean It - Kelsea Ballerini (54)
75. Shine - Years & Years (85)
76. Crash and Burn - Thomas Rhett (84)
77. Black Magic - Little Mix (87)
78. One Hell of an Amen - Brantley Gilbert (80)
79. Another You - Armin van Buuren f/Mr. Probz (79)
80. Don't It - Billy Currington (72)
81. Dear Future Husband - Meghan Trainor (46)
82. Goodbye - Feder f/Lyse (82)
83. Angel - Theory Of A Deadman (83)
84. House Party - Sam Hunt (88)
85. Show Some Love - First Ladies of Disco (93)
86. Elastic Heart - Sia (86)
87. Watch Me - Silento (89)
88. Like A Wrecking Ball - Eric Church (92)
89. Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth f/Meghan Trainor (DEBUT)
90. Are You With Me - Lost Frequencies (91)
91. Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne (63)
92. Reality - Lost Frequencies (96)
93. Let It Go - James Bay (97)
94. Not Letting Go - Tinie Tempah f/Jess Glynne (94)
95. Lose My Mind - Brett Eldredge (DEBUT)
96. Come & Get It - John Newman (100)
97. Rooftop - Skylar Stecker (DEBUT)
98. Supergirl - Anna Naklab f/Alle Farben & Younotus (98)
99. House Every Weekend - David Zowie (DEBUT)
100. Buy Me A Boat - Chris Janson

There are five 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. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 7/31/15 Each time the wind blows I hear your voice so I call your name...


"I Just Can't Stop Loving You" - Michael Jackson
from the album Bad (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's SOTD comes from the "King of Pop", Michael Jackson, who in 1987 was poised for a return since his landmark Thriller album which spun off a record seven top-10 singles. After an album with his Jacksons brothers and a reissue from Motown that placed a remixed "Farewell My Summer Love" on to the Top-40 in 1984, he had been relatively quiet, musically. However, Jackson was getting more attention from his personal life than his work, between buying the Beatles' publishing catalog (which was reported to have caused a rift in his friendship with Paul McCartney), his outlandish estate (complete with pet monkey), but most prominently his change of appearance, between clearly visible signs of multiple plastic surgeries he denied but also the color of his skin itself, which he explained was caused by the disease vitiligo (which half the world wasn't buying). So by 1987, the celebrity of Michael Jackson was overpowering the musician of Michael Jackson. Just in time for his next solo album Bad.

The first single released from the set, like "The Girl is Mine" on Thriller, was a relatively easygoing soft-pop duet, which was originally intended for Barbra Streisand, but instead given to upcoming session backup singer Siedah Garrett, who wrote another track, "Man In The Mirror", for the album. Without even a music video to support it, it was a very unconventional choice to open the promotion of the album, but at that time his name-clout alone was pure gold, and between fans rushing to buy the single and radio putting the song immediately on high rotation, the track rocketed on to the Billboard Hot 100 inside the top-40 before racing to #1...


"I Just Can't Stop Loving You" became Michael's seventh #1 pop hit in America apart from the Jacksons in September of 1987. The single also topped the R&B and Adult Contemporary radio charts in Billboard as well, while a translated Spanish version just missed the top-10 on the Latin Songs list. Internationally, the single went to #1 in most of the rest of the world as well, like the UK, Canada, Italy, Ireland, and Japan, though surprisingly missing the top-10 in France at #12. The song only spent 14 weeks on the Hot 100 since his next single "Bad" got much, much more attention rather quickly....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Aussie Sweep: July 30, 2015...






I'm ready to head Down Under to check out the songs making their debut on the official singles chart in Australia this week, as Belgian DJ/producer Lost Frequencies (aka Felix De Laet) moves to #1 with "Are You With Me"...

Homegrown "boy-band" 5 Seconds of Summer claim the top debut in their own country as "She's Kinda Hot" rockets in at #6. It becomes their fourth top-10 hit in Australia; they topped the chart with their breakthrough single "She Looks So Perfect"...


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Songoftheday 7/30/15 - Oh Lord I pray you give me strength to carry on 'cause I know what it means to walk along the lonely street of dreams...


"Here I Go Again" - Whitesnake
from the album Whitesnake (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's SOTD comes from the British hard-rock band Whitesnake, who came together under lead singer David Coverdale after his departure from Deep Purple in the late 70s, adopting the name from his first solo album. They released their first album as a unit in 1978, but it wasn't until record number two that they got their stride, with Lovehunter reaching the UK top-40 albums chart and track "Long Way From Home" becoming a minor hit at #55 there. By the start of the 80s, two other former members of Deep Purple were part of the group, and they scored their first big pop hit in Britain with "Fool For Your Loving" at #13 (it also reached the American Hot 100 at #53, and in 1989 would be re-recorded to become a US top-40 hit).

In 1982, the band with a mostly new lineup save for DP'ers Coverdale and Lord and Micky Moody released their fifth album Saints & Sinners. The first single from the album was "Here I Go Again", a mid-tempo break-up number that made the top-40 again in Britain at #34...


The rest of the first half of the 80s saw Whitesnake continue their moderate success on the British singles chart, but scoring consecutive top-10 albums there. They also gained steam in the U.S. with their Slide It In album, reaching the top-20 on Billboard's rock radio chart in 1984 with "Slow An' Easy". After another band lineup overhaul much like Heart in that same period, the band became much more mainstream radio friendly and were poised to take on the American market seriously. In 1987 Coverdale and his new troup released Whitesnake, and with a layer of synths and a punchier mix, "Here I Go Again" was released as the second single (after Led Zeppelin-ish rock hit "Still of the Night" dented the pop chart at #79). But what sent "Here I Go Again" to the top of the charts this time wasn't just the production or the song, but the presence of model Tawny Kitaen writhing on top of and inside the sports car Coverdale is driving throughout the music video that ruled MTV...


"Here I Go Again" sped up the American pop chart all the way to #1 in October of 1987, while surprisingly stopping at #4 on Billboard's Rock chart. Internationally, the record topped the chart in Canada and made the top-10 in the Netherlands, Ireland, and their native Britain, reaching #9 on its second go.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

German Sweep: July 29, 2015...


Here's the top 10 hits in Germany this week, according to their official singles chart, as Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies scores his second #1 hit out of two releases (after "Are You With Me") with "Reality" featuring Dutch singer Janieck Devy...

1. "Reality" - Lost Frequencies featuring Janieck Devy (2)
2. "Bye Bye" - Cro (1)
3. "Sugar" - Robin Schulz featuring Francesco Yates (DEBUT)
4. "Supergirl" - Anna Naklab featuring Alle Farben and Younotus (3)
5. "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" - Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson (4)
6. "Stole The Show" - Kygo featuring Parson James (5)
7. "Unter Mein Haut - Gestört aber GeiL & Koby Funk featuring Wincent Weiss (6)
8. "Photograph" - Ed Sheeran (DEBUT)
9. "Lean On" - Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring MO (9)
10. "Waiting For Love" - Avicii (8)

German DJ, remixer, and producer Robin Schulz from the Lower Saxon city of Osnabrück lands his fifth top ten hit in this country with "Sugar" featuring vocals from Canadian singer Francesco Yates. It's the second single and title track from his upcoming sophomore album; the first, "Headlights", made it to #6...


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Songoftheday 7/29/15 - Everything is wonderful being here is heavenly, every single day she sends everything is free...


"Mary's Prayer" - Danny Wilson
from the album Meet Danny Wilson (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's SOTD comes from the Scottish "sophisti-pop" trio Danny Wilson, who came together in the northeast city of Dundee in the mid-80s as Spencer Tracy, before being forced to change to the titular character in a Frank Sinatra movie when their debut album, Meet Danny Wilson, was released in 1987. With brothers Gary and Kit Clark along with childhood friend and bassist Ged Grimes, their first offering was "Mary's Prayer", a smooth slice of pop that somehow tanked in Britain on its first go, not even making the top-40 on a second run before American pop radio found a home for the song....


"Mary's Prayer" became Danny Wilson's sole American pop hit, reaching the top-40 in September of 1987. It naturally did even better on "easy listening" radio, climbing to #6 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. After its American success, the single was re-promoted in the UK, where it finally got the attention it deserved, peaking at #3 on the British chart in 1988. While other bands of the genre continued to gain favor at radio, the trio found less, with only "The Second Summer Of Love" from their sophomore album Bebop Moptop reaching the UK top 40 at #23 in 1989. After a few disagreements, the trio amicably split by the 90s, though they reunited periodically to appear on each others' musical projects. Gary Clark has since become a successful solo songwriter in his own right, collaborating with international acts like Natalie Imbruglia and Lawson. And ten years later, "Mary's Prayer" was given a new lease on life as it appeared prominently in the movie There's Something About Mary.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

French Sweep: July 28, 2015...


Here's the top ten hits in France this week, according to their official music chart, as Feder and Lyse spend a sixth week at #1 with "Goodbye"...

1. "Goodbye" - Feder featuring Lyse (1)
2. "Reality" - Lost Frequencies featuring Janieck Devy (4)
3. "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" - Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson (3)
4. "Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Mix)" - OMI (2)
5. "Lean On" - Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MO (6)
6. "Homeless" - Marina Kaye (5)
7. "Hey Mama" - David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Afrojack (7)
8. "Where Are U Now" - Skrillex & Diplo featuring Justin Bieber (DEBUT)
9. "Stole The Show" - Kygo featuring Parson James (9)
10. "Le Chant Des Sirenes" - Frero Delavega (RE-ENTRY)

Dubstep/alt-dance production kings Skrillex and Diplo, otherwise monikered as Jack U, land in the top 10 along with Justin Bieber for "Where Are U Now"...


Songoftheday 7/28/15 - Debonair lullabies in melodies revealed, in deep despair on lonely nights he knows just how you feel...


"When Smokey Sings" - ABC
from the album Alphabet City (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's SOTD comes from the English new wave group ABC, who had changed their sound dramatically on each of their first three albums, going from their stellar debut as a suave New Romantic quartet on The Lexicon Of Love, to their sophomore mainstream rock effort Beauty Stab (which flopped in the States), to the cartoonish pop-dance of How To Be A Zillionaire, which brought them back to American radio with the top-10 "Be Near Me" and top-20 follow-up "How To Be A Millionaire" in 1985. For their next release, the remaining duo of Martin Fry and Mark White went back to their roots with Alphabet City, a mature, lyrically entertaining batch of wit and storytelling that served as a much better followup to their debut. The first single, "When Smokey Sings", used a legend from the past that was just having his own revival on the charts with "Just To See Her", and paid reverence without being overly sugary...


"When Smokey Sings" became ABC's final triumph on American pop radio, climbing into the top-5 on the Hot 100 in September of 1987. The 12" remix went all the way to #1 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart, while the song also made it to #2 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio list. Internationally, while the single reached the top-10 in Canada (#5) and New Zealand (#9), it just missed that mark in their native Britain at #11.

Their next single, "The Night You Murdered Love", which could have been on The Lexicon Of Love, missed the pop chart completely, though scaling to #3 on the US dance chart. ( A crime, I tell you!). In 1989, they released Up!, but the lead single "One Better World" only get noticed in the UK, becoming their final top-40 hit there (#32). In 1992, the pair recruited the guys behind Black Box to remix their next album's first single "Say It", which made it to #3 on the American dance chart, but fizzled out elsewhere. Since then, White has left leaving Fry carrying on the ABC name with original drummer David Palmer showing up again on the act's most recent album in 2008, Traffic.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Robbed hit of the week 7/27/15 - Poison's "I Want Action"...


"I Want Action" - Poison
from the album Look What The Cat Dragged In (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #50

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the glam-metal band Poison, whose extra spending in the hair and makeup department paid off in droves as their single "Talk Dirty To Me" climbed into the pop top 10 in America in the spring of 1987. Their next release was a natural progression as "I Want Action" signaled their next stop intentions....


While the song followed the template of their previous single, it stopped short at the halfway mark on Billboard's Hot 100 in July of 1987. However that slip wouldn't last as it would be their last to miss the top-40 for quite a while.

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Songoftheday 7/27/15 - Early in the morning I'm still in bed she comes to me with sweet affection...


"Doing It All For My Baby" - Huey Lewis & The News
from the album Fore! (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's SOTD comes from the mainstream pop/rock band Huey Lewis & The News, whose straight-laced offering Fore! had already rewarded them with four consecutive top-10 hits with "I Know What I Like", "Hip To Be Square", and a pair of #1s with "Jacob's Ladder" and "Stuck With You". The fifth single put out from the album was the doo-wop-ish "Doing It All For My Baby", along with the big-budget MTV video extravaganza...


"Doing It All..." became the fifth top-10 pop hit from Fore in the U.S. in September of 1987, while climbing to #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Brit Sweep: July 26, 2015...


It's time to check out the new songs making the official singles chart in the UK this week, as Little Mix holds tight at #1 for a second week with "Black Magic"...

British singer John Newman claims the top debut of the week at #5 with the first single from his upcoming sophomore album Revolve, "Come and Get It". John has topped the UK chart three times, once as a solo artist with "Love Me Again", once supporting Rudimental on "Feel The Love", and once as the vocalist on Calvin Harris' "Blame"...


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Songoftheday 7/26/15 - I can see that you've got fire in your eyes and pain inside your heart, so many things have come and torn your world apart...


"Give To Live" - Sammy Hagar
from the album I Never Said Goodbye (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23 (one week)
Weeks in the top-40: 7

Today's SOTD comes from the "Red Rocker" himself, Sammy Hagar, who after scoring a pair of top-40 pop hits in 1984 with "Two Sides Of Love" and "I Can't Drive 55" joined hard rock titans Van Halen after the departure of David Lee Roth. After contributing a song to the Sly Stallone movie Over The Top, "Winner Takes It All", which was a minor pop hit and a #3 rock hit. Still owing another solo album to his former record label, Sammy released his ninth studio set in 1987. With an MTV contest to name the record resulting in I Never Said Goodbye, the first single, "Give To Live", was a more serious choice of single than his normal fare...


Oh, that hair.

"Give To Live" became Sammy's fourth and so-far last top-40 solo pop hit in August of 1987, while landing him his first #1 Mainstream Rock single in Billboard magazine. His follow-up release, "Eagles Fly", was a minor hit on the Hot 100 at #82 (his last solo stint there). Ten years later, after an acrimonious split with Van Halen, Hagar returned to the top of the rock radio list with "Little White Lie". He's had a few more rock hits, most recently with "Things Changed" in 2002 (#35). He reunited with Van Halen again in the mid naughties but that ended even worse. Since then he's concentrated on his solo work, the "Cabo Wabo" resort, and his new band Chickenfoot.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dance Sweep: August 1, 2015...


I'm ready to wrap up this week's 'music sweeps' checking out the songs making the Billboard charts for the last couple weeks with the latest dance jams in the clubs and on the radio...

On the DJ-polled Dance Club Play chart newcomers L'Tric landed their first #1 with "This Feeling", and this week 75-year-old Giorgio Moroder takes over with "Deja Vu" featuring Sia...

Kelly Clarkson entered the chart last week with "Invincible" at #39 and rockets to #25 this time out. It follows her "Heartbeat Song", which went all the way to the top ...


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Country Sweep: August 1, 2015...


Part four of this week's "music sweeps" has the latest hits on country radio as monitored by Billboard magazine...

On their Country Airplay chart last week Canaan Smith scored his first #1 hit with "Love You Like That", which is replaced this time out by Jason Aldean with his fourteenth, "Tonight Looks Good On You"...

Country bear Tyler Farr follows up his first #1 hit "A Guy Walks Into A Bar" with "Withdrawals", which climbs from #58 to #52, and nabs my "Country Pick of the Week"...


 The king of traditional country these days, Alan Jackson, returns with "Jim And Jack and Hank" which scales from #56 to #54...


Mother-two-daughters trio Lucy Angel debuted last week at #59 with "Crazy Too", which moves a couple spots this time out...


Newcomer Clare Dunn lands her first hit this week with "Move On", which enters at #58...


The final newbie at #60 is Jackie Lee with "Headphones". Last year he took his "She Does" single to #49...


I'll be ready to wrap things up in an hour and a half with the latest dance jams in the clubs and on the radio...

Soul Sweep: August 1, 2015...


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

On the main R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart, Rihanna moved to #1 last week with "Bitch Better Have My Money", which holds on for week number two...

Last week's top debut, "Alright" from Kendrick Lamar, jumps ten spots to #30 this week. It's the third radio hit from his #1 album To Pimp A Butterfly; "i" made it to #11...


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Rock Sweep: August 1, 2015...


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

On their main Rock Airplay chart, "Renegades" from the X Ambassadors holds tight on top for a fifth week...

Singer/songwriter Halsey, from the New Jersey town of Washington, makes her debut at #40 with "New Americana". She's been opening for Imagine Dragons on tour...


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Pop Sweep: August 1, 2015...


Hey gang, I'm back after a week break with the first of today's five "music sweeps", checking out the songs making their debut on the various charts in Billboard magazine. As usual, I'll start out on the pop side of things, then later in the day move on to the latest in rock, R&B, country, and dance music. And away we gooooo...

On the "big" chart, Billboard's Hot 100, which combines tallies of radio airplay from all formats, sales (like iTunes and AmazonMp3 and the like), and internet streaming (from subscription services like Spotify and on-demand like YouTube), last week Jamaican pop-reggae artist OMI took over at #1 for the first time with "Cheerleader", and holds again this week...

Last week Meghan Trainor entered the chart at #95 with the fourth single from her debut album Title, "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" featuring John Legend. This week she leaps up to #71. Her last single, "Dear Future Husband", topped off at #14...


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Songoftheday 7/25/15 - Saw a psychic in LA was just the other day, and she told me what I knew was true...


"Love Power" - Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne
from the album Reservations For Two (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's SOTD comes from pop vocal icon Dionne Warwick, who landed the biggest hit of her career with the charity single "That's What Friends Are For", which topped the American singles chart for a month and became the biggest single of 1986. A year later, she released her Reservations For Two album, which included five duets among its ten tracks. One of them, "Love Power", was released as the first single. Written by the legendary duo of Burt Bacharach and Carol Bayer Sager, the record features R&B singer Jeffrey Osborne, who had also had the biggest solo hit so far with his "You Should Be Mine (Woo Woo Song)". Dionne even got to slip in a line about psychics, considering her future stint hawking the Psychic Friends Network..


"Love Power" climbed up to the top-20 on the American pop chart in August of 1987 (the single was Osborne's highest-charting pop hit). It would be the last for either Warwick or Osborne to reach the top-40 on the Hot 100. The breezy track (which sounds like the sonic counterpart to Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald's "On My Own") did even better on easy listening radio stations, making it to #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, and topped out at #5 on their R&B genre chart. Across the pond in England, the single was a minor hit at #63.

Dionne's next single, the title track from the album and another duet this time with producer/singer Kashif, was a minor pop hit at #62 while reaching #7 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #20 R&B. She would have a few more minor soul hits and popped into the Hot 100 chart one more time in 1998 with a cover of "What The World Needs Is Love" (#87), but sadly she was becoming more known to the younger folk as Whitney's aunt that was tied into the Psychic Network (the infomercial was inescapable in the 90s), getting busted for weed at an airport in Hawaii, and going bankrupt in 2002. But her status as a cornerstone of classic pop music from the 60s remains untouched to music fans worldwide.

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