Friday, October 24, 2014

twostepcub's music chart for October 24, 2014...


Hey folks, it's Friday, and time to run down my top 100 tunes from the past week. Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" is #1 for a fourth week, while Mary Lambert (pictured above), climbs four spots within the top-10. Songs from Maroon 5, Sam Smith, and Rosabel make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Demi Lovato, Mr. Probz, and Ariana Grande drop out. All aboard!

This Week               Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor (1)
2. Rather Be - Clean Bandit f/Jess Glynne (4)
3. Stolen Dance - Milky Chance (3)
4. Riptide - Vance Joy (2)
5. Roller Coaster - Luke Bryan (5)
6. Secrets - Mary Lambert (10)
7. Don't - Ed Sheeran (9)
8. Stay With Me - Sam Smith (6)
9. Cool Kids - Echosmith (12)
10. Dangerous - Big Data f/Joywave (8)
11. Maps - Maroon 5 (7)
12. Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj (14)
13. Chandelier - Sia (13)
14. Break Free - Ariana Grande f/Zedd (16)
15. A Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay (11)
16. Superheroes - The Script (22)
17. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift (17)
18. Back To The Shack - Weezer (26)
19. Hope You Get Lonely Tonight - Cole Swindell (19)
20. Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Mix) - Lilly Wood & The Prick (15)
21. Take Me To Church - Hozier (23)
22. Do You - Spoon (32)
23. Rude - Magic! (18)
24. My Sweet Summer - Dirty Heads (24)
25. Never Say Never - Basement Jaxx (21)
26. Boom Clap - Charli XCX (28)
27. I'm Not The Only One - Sam Smith (47)
28. Left Hand Free - alt-J (40)
29. Angel In Blue Jeans - Train (29)
30. Lovers On The Run - David Guetta f/Sam Martin (20)
31. Gotta Get Away - The Black Keys (41)
32. Good Kisser - Usher (36)
33. Gimme Something Good - Ryan Adams (33)
34. Latch - Disclosure f/Sam Smith (27)
35. PAINKILLR - Erika Jayne (35)
36. Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz (31)
37. Shelter Me - Lee Dagger & Inaya Day (39)
38. Burnin' It Down - Jason Aldean (42)
39. Try - Colbie Caillat (43)
40. Somethin' Bad - Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood (45)
41. Black Widow - Iggy Azalea f/Rita Ora (46)
42. Habits (Stay High) - Tove Lo (50)
43. Come With Me Now - KONGOS (38)
44. Where It's At (Yep Yep) - Dustin Lynch (34)
45. Bailando - Enrique Iglesias f/Descemer Bueno or Sean Paul & Gente De Zona (59)
46. Love Runs Out - OneRepublic (30)
47. Day Drinknig - Little Big Town (57)
48. Small Town Throwdown - Brantley Gilbert f/Justin Moore & Thomas Rhett (54)
49. Tear The Roof Up - Alesso (64)
50. Animals - Maroon 5 (80)
51.  It's You - Kem (51)
52. Back Home - Andy Grammer (52)
53. Blame - Calvin Harris f/John Newman (71)
54. Hideaway - Kiesza (48)
55. Stand Strong - Rosabel f/Jeanie Tracy (74)
56. Ghost - Ella Henderson (56)
57. Won't Look Back - Duke Dumont (75)
58. Ready Set Roll - Chase Rice (62)
59. Leave The Night On - Sam Hunt (63)
60. Dirt - Florida Georgia Line (60)
61. Messed Up World - The Pretty Reckless (61)
62. Neon Light - Blake Shelton (66)
63. Somewhere In My Car - Keith Urban (73)
64. This Is How We Do - Katy Perry (68)
65. Body Needs - Consuelo Costin (65)
66. Bartender - Lady Antebellum (44)
67. Parachute - Olivia Somerlyn (82)
68. World On Fire - Slash f/Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators (78)
69. First Love - Jennifer Lopez (37)
70. Later On - Swon Brothers (70)
71. Bad Blood - Bastille (87)
72. Sunshine & Whiskey - Frankie Ballard (72)
73. What's Best For You - Trey Songz (77)
74. Flaws - Bastille (85)
75. Battleships - Daughtry (79)
76. I Wanna Feel - SecondCity (90)
77. Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake (67)
78. Believer - American Authors (58)
79. American Kids - Kenny Chesney (69)
80. Elevation - Erasure (DEBUT)
81. Scarecrow - Counting Crows (81)
82. Don't Tell 'Em - Jeremih f/YG (86)
83. Rainbow - Robert Plant (83)
84. Think About You - Jade Starling (84)
85. One Life - Chris Willis & Joachim Garraud (DEBUT)
86. Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys (76)
87. Close Your Eyes - Parmalee (91)
88. Let Me Down Easy - Paolo Nutini (88)
89. Heroes (We Could Be) - Alesso f/Tove Lo (99)
90. Girl In A Country Song - Maddie & Tae (92)
91. Faded - Zhu (96)
92. Changing - Sigma f/Paloma Faith (93)
93. Angel - Yoko Ono (DEBUT)
94. Burning Gold - Christina Perri (94)
95. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) - U2 (95)
96. Fade Out Lines - The Avener (DEBUT)
97. Look At You - Big & Rich (97)
98. Unpack My Heart - Phillip Phillips (DEBUT)
99. Drunk On A Plane - Dierks Bentley (89)
100. Wasted Love - Steve Angello f/Dougy (DEBUT)

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

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Songoftheday 10/24/14 - If you disappear then nothing will be clear, and if you go away then where am I to stay?


Julian Lennon - "Stick Around"
from the album The Secret Value Of Daydreaming (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #32 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's Song of the Day is by British singer/songwriter Julian Lennon, whose uncanny vocal resemblance to father John helped a bit in the success of his debut album, which placed two singles in the top-10 in America with "Valotte" and "Too Late For Goodbyes", and a third, "Say You're Wrong" in the top-40. For his sophomore effort, The Secret Value Of Daydreaming, Julian went a little "harder" in sound (just a little) with the first single, "Stick Around", which fit in the radio atmosphere in the mid-80s dominated by the likes of Mr. Mister...


"Stick Around" became Julian's first single to reach #1 on the Mainstream Rock radio chart, as it reached the top-40 in America in May of 1986. Although it was a top-40 pop hit in Canada (going one notch higher than in the U.S.), the record stalled out down at #86 in his native Britain, while the album only went to #93.

Julian would wait another three years to release his third album, Mr. Jordan. While it scored him a second #1 rock hit with "Now You're In Heaven", that song would only nick the pop chart at #93. In 1991, with his fourth release, his fortunes returned in England, hitting the top-10 with the single "Saltwater" (which also went to #1 in Australia), while another track from the Help Yourself album, "Listen", made an appearance on the American rock radio chart at #31. He stayed away from the limelight for a little bit, returning for a minor hit in the UK with "Day After Day" in 1998.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

8 of the 80s: 10/23/14 (1981)


It's throwback Thursday time again, and this week's 80s helping is eight more nuggets from 1981, the year the Police released their Ghost In The Machine album (one of the first albums I ever bought myself)...

Kim Carnes - "Bette Davis Eyes"
from the album Mistaken Identity (1981)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1
Songwriters: Jackie DeShannon, Donna Weiss


Kylie Minogue recorded a pretty respectable version of this 80s classic this year: if only she would've used it on her tour. In the States. For real.

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Aussie Sweep: October 23, 2014...


It's time to head Down Under to check out the songs making the official singles sales chart in Australia this week, as Ed Sheeran nabs his second #1 hit (after "Sing") with "Thinking Out Loud"...

Electro-house duo Peking Duk, who hail from the capital city of Canberra, land at #15 with their latest, "Take Me Over" featuring Safia. It follows "High", which peaked at #5 earlier this year...


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Songoftheday 10/23/14 - I never wanted to be a hero, I never wanted to be a man...


Culture Club - "Move Away"
from the album From Luxury To Heartache (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's Song of the Day comes from the British pop band Culture Club, whose third album Waking Up With The House On Fire had racked up two top-40 hits with "The War Song" and "Mistake No. 3", but their momentum definitely was slowed from their first two huge album successes. Adding to their problems was lead singer Boy George's descent into major drug addiction, which hampered the recording of their fourth album From Luxury To Heartache, and ultimately broke up the band. The lead single from the project, "Move Away", was written by the band with touring keyboardist Phil Pickett (who also co-wrote their "Karma Chameleon"), and produced by lite-soul master Arif Mardin, giving a mid-80's electrofunk sheen to the album, As for the video, I think it's rather hilarious that the record company was still trying to sell George as an "androgynous straight guy"...


"Move Away" became Culture Club's tenth and so-far last top-40 pop hit in America in May of 1986. The single also crossed over to the Adult Contemporary (#11) and the R&B (#87) radio charts in Billboard magazine. It was most successful in the clubs, climbing to #4 on the dance club play list. Internationally, the song did rather well, going top ten in England, (#7), Canada (#4), Ireland, Norway, Sweden, and Belgium. However that success didn't last, as George's problems got worse, culminating in the death of friend and studio musician Michael Rudetsky in his home, and George's subsequent arrest for heroin possession. After a second top-40 hit in England, "God Thank You Woman", the quartet couldn't even make it to tour, with George heading off for a solo career.

In 1998 the four original members of Culture Club reunited for a very successful tour and a new single for their hits collection, "I Just Wanna Be Loved", which scaled to #4 on the British singles charts. Getting together for another album, Damned If I Do, they scrambled up another British top-40 single with "Your Kisses Are Charity". This past year saw the band back together yet again for another tour, and a forthcoming album at the beginning of 2015...

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

7 of the 70s: 10/22/14 (1971)


Hey guys, it's hump day 70s time, and this week I'm back to 1971, the year Walt Disney World opened in Orlando....

James Taylor - "You've Got A Friend"
from the album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon (1971)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1
Songwriter: Carole King


If the religion of rock and roll had a "Lord's Prayer" hymn, this would be it. King's words with Taylor's voice is simply transcendent. Tears every time.

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German Sweep: October 22, 2014...


Here's the top-ten singles on the official singles chart in Germany this week, as Meghan Trainor spends a second week at #1 with "All About That Bass"...

1. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor (1)
2. "Fade Out Lines" - The Avener (3)
3. "Lovers On The Sun" - David Guetta featuring Sam Martin (2)
4. "Geronimo" - Sheppard (5)
5. "Blame" - Calvin Harris featuring John Newman (6)
6. "Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift (8)
7. "The Days" - Avicii (DEBUT)
8. "Ghost" - Ella Henderson (4)
9. "Amoi seg' ma uns wieder" - Andreas Gabalier (DEBUT)
10. "Lass Uns Gehen" - Revolverheld (7)

Swedish DJ and producer Avicii returns at #7 with his latest single "The Days", with uncredited vocals from British pop star Robbie Williams. This is Avicii's fifth top-10 hit in Germany; his last album True sent two singles to #1 with "Wake Me Up" and "Hey Brother"...


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Songoftheday 10/22/14 - Runnin' out of self-control gettin' close to an overload, up against a no win situation...


Journey - "Be Good To Yourself"
from the album Raised On Radio (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's Song of the Day comes from the arena-rock band Journey, who last were on my blog with a song from the movie Vision Quest, "Only The Young", reuniting lead singer Steve Petty with the group after his successful solo album in 1984. However not long after, Perry ended up canning bass player Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith, wanting a more professional rather than organic sound for the next record. Enlisting  Randy Jackson  (the pre-American Idol guy, not the Jackson Five brother) and Larrie London, the band recorded Raised On Radio, which owed more to ZZ Top's synth-rock work than their lite-prog rock roots. The first single from the project, "Be Good To Yourself", was another generic mid-80s anthem-style rock song like "Only The Young", with pre-programmed rhythm section backing up the Perry, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, and guitarist Neal Schon..


"Be Good To Yourself" became Journey's sixth top-10 pop hit in America in May of 1986, while climbing up to #2 on the Mainstream Rock radio chart in Billboard magazine. Internationally, the song peaked right under the top-40 in Canada (#43) as it only nicked the chart in England at #90.

However the success of the track it squarely moved Journey completely away from their status of a respected rock behemoth to more of a sugary, processed product. With a blinding tempo that prevailed in the decade of cocaine. In fact, the mere presence of "Only The Young" just makes this single redundant.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

6 of the 60s: 10/21/14 (1961)


Today's 60s trip goes back to 1961, the year the movie adaptation of West Side Story was released.

The Shirelles - "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
from the album Tonight's The Night (1961)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1
Songwriters: Gerry Goffin, Carole King


The first girl-group #1 was the classiest and sweet odes to a booty call that I can recall.

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French Sweep: October 21, 2014...






Here's the latest top-ten singles in France this week, as Lilly Wood and The Prick finally get knocked off the top spot (but will it return?)...

1. "Dangerous" - David Guetta featuring Sam Martin (DEBUT)
2. "Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix)" - Lilly Wood & The Prick (1)
3. "Chandelier" - Sia (2)
4. "Habits (Stay High)" - Tove Lo (3)
5. "Fade Out Lines" - The Avener (4)
6. "Cosmo" - Soprano (6)
7. "Budapest" - Georga Ezra (5)
8. "Lovers On The Sun" - David Guetta featuring Sam Martin (RE-ENTRY)
9. "A Sky Full Of Stars" - Coldplay (7)
10. "Andalouse" - Kendji Girac (DEBUT)

The biggest single of the week in France is by its most prominent dance music artist, David Guetta, who lands on top with "Dangerous" featuring vocals from Sam Martin. Their "Lovers On The Sun" also re-enters the top-10 at #8...


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Songoftheday 10/21/14 - Good times they come and they go, never going to know what fate is going to blow...


Sade - "Never As Good As The First Time"
from the album Promise (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #20 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-20: 7

Today's Song of the Day comes from a British jazz-soul outfit named for its beautiful and sweet-sounding lead singer, Sade, who had scored their second top-10 single in 1986 with "The Sweetest Taboo" from their sophomore album Promise. At that same time, the group earned the Best New Artist award at the 1986 Grammys.  The second single from the project upped the tempo slightly for a classy lite-disco treat called "Never As Good As The First Time". With Sade's vocals recalling the dark soulful moans of house music, over a percussive, bright musical backdrop, the single was as close as a club track that she would have at that point from a non-remixed offering. Perfect for your first-date dinner, the video had Sade out and about on horseback...


"Never As Good As The First Time" became the second top-40 pop hit from Promise in America in May of 1986. The song also reached the top-10 on both the R&B (#6) and Adult Contemporary (#8) charts in Billboard magazine. Internationally, the record went top-40 in Ireland, New Zealand, and the Netherlands, but was only a minor hit at #89 in their native Britain...

Up tomorrow: Bay Area Rockers recommend self-assurance.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Robbed hit of the week 10/20/14 - Jennifer Rush's "The Power Of Love"...


Jennifer Rush - "The Power Of Love"
from the album Jennifer Rush (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #57

This week's "robbed hit" was a song that made this artist, its songwriter, quite rich anyway. Jennifer Rush was born in Queens, but spent a big chunk of her life in Germany, where her musical career took off. Releasing her first single in 1982 (under her birth name Heidi Stern), it wasn't until 1984 that she landed her first hit in Germany, "25 Lovers" (#25, natch).

Another track from the album that single came from, her self-titled debut, was a stately ballad called "The Power Of Love". With Rush's soaring voice and anthemic chorus, the song was huge in Europe, becoming the biggest-selling single in England in 1985, and topping the charts in at least eight countries. Upon hearing it on the radio, I was certain it was going to be just as big over here in the States...


Well, I was wrong (well, sort of). Jennifer's version of "The Power Of Love" stalled on the Hot 100 in America at #57. However, three more versions of the song would make the pop charts in the U.S., with one a #1 smash....

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Album Sweep: October 25, 2014 - Part Two...






Part two of this week's "album sweep" is up, sampling the records making their first appearance on this week's Top 200 Albums sales chart in Billboard magazine. You can check out part one by clicking here, and as before I've included highlighted links to buy any of the new sets, as well as some of the artists' other major work. But if you can, get down to an indie record store and show some love...

Coming in at #54 is the soundtrack to the new Nicholas Sparks book-to-film adaptation The Best Of Me. The set is mostly country artists with new material, including Lady Antebellum, Kacey Musgraves, and Colbie Caillat...


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Songoftheday 10/20/14 - Ain't got no rap ain't got no line, but if you'll give me just a minute I'll be feelin' fine...


ZZ Top - "Rough Boy"
from the album Afterburner (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #22 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's Song of the Day comes from Texan rock trio and Duck Dynasty fashion inspiration ZZ Top, whose synth-heavy 1985 album Afterburner had already churned out a top-10 hit with "Sleeping Bag" and a top-40 followup in "Stages". For the third single to hit pop radio, the guys shifted down a peg for as much as a ballad as you're ever gonna get from them, "Rough Boy". Written by the band and produced by long-time collaborator Bill Ham, the track is actually more traditional in instrumentation than the rest of the album, focusing on the guitar solo in the middle. The almost soft-porn music video extended the "Eliminator car" theme with a much much bigger special effects budget.


"Rough Boy" became the third top-40 hit from Afterburner in May of 1986, while also climbing to #5 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the song was a top-40 hit in France, Ireland and England, the latter where it was the biggest hit from the record at #23.

Since then the song's aged pretty well, as the synthesizers are in the background (though that was one of my plusses for the album).

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Brit Sweep: October 19, 2014...


Well the weekend is almost over, and it's time to check out the songs making the official British singles chart this week, as Meghan Trainor spends a third week at #1 with "All About That Bass"...

The big debut of the week at #3 is the latest from One Direction, who preview their upcoming Four set with "Steal That Girl". They've been to #1 three times so far, with "What Makes You Beautiful", "Little Things", and their charity single "One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)"...


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Album Sweep: October 25, 2014 - Part One...






It's time for the first half of this week's "album sweep", sampling the records making their debut on the official Top 200 Albums sales chart in Billboard magazine. As usual, I've included highlighted links to buy any of the new sets when available. Support the talent!

The top-selling album of the previous week is the sixth album from country star Jason Aldean, as Old Boots, New Dirt sells over 278,000 copies in its first week. This makes it his second #1 album; he did the same with his last effort, Night Train, which topped the list in 2012 selling almost one and a half times more than his new one...




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Songoftheday 10/19/14 - I know where beauty lives I've seen it once I know the warmth she gives...


Madonna - "Live To Tell"
from the album True Blue (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)

Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's Song of the Day is by the queen of the 80s, Madonna, who's sophomore album Like A Virgin spun off four top-40 pop hits including the longest-staying #1 in 1984-1985 with the title track. She also topped the pop chart with a song from the movie Vision Quest, "Crazy For You". After a tour that took her from small clubs to sports arenas in no time, Madonna set out to record what would be her third album, True Blue. The first single from the project was an atypical somber ballad she co-wrote with her producer Patrick Leonard. "Live To Tell", used in the movie starring her husband Sean Penn, At Close Range, spotlighted her lower register, while the visuals kept her at a dark and rather plainly dressed yet still beautifully made up. And the complexity of the production, to the stark false ending that preceded the bridge, was miles beyond any of the dance music she's been peddling so far...


"Live To Tell" became Madonna's third America #1 pop hit in June of 1986, while also topping the Adult Contemporary radio chart in Billboard magazine. Internationally, the single went to #1 in Canada and Italy, as it reached the runner-up spot in England, Ireland and Norway, and pretty much top-ten everywhere else.

As much as "Like A Virgin" put Madonna at A-list status, it truly was this record that changed her the most as an artist, maturing her sound and putting no doubts as to her range and any reliance on gimmicks. And with it being released three months before the True Blue album, it allowed for the focus to be on her and that record for quite a while relatively, in the age before internet album leaks and what not. By the time the full record was out, her more evolved dance fare was much easier to sell.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dance Sweep: October 25, 2014...






I'm ready to end today's "chart sweeps" with the latest dance songs in the clubs and on the radio....

On Billboard magazine's DJ-polled Dance Club Play chart, British neo-house artist Duke Dumont nabs his third straight #1 hit with "Won't Look Back"...

The top debut of the week at #40 teams up Ibiza-based remixing act Aristofreeks with vocalist Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge for "Keep It Movin'"...


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Country Sweep: October 25, 2014...


Part four of this week's "chart sweeps" brings you the latest country songs on the radio as monitored by Billboard magazine....

On their Country Airplay chart, Florida Georgia Line land their fifth #1 hit with "Dirt"...

Meanwhile, the duo's latest single "Sun Daze" is the highest debut, coming in at #53...


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Soul Sweep: October 25, 2014...


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

On the main R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart, Chris Brown takes over at #1 with "New Flame"....

The only debut this week at #49 is female rapper Dej loaf with "Try Me"...

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Rock Sweep: October 25, 2014...


Round two of this week's "chart sweeps" is up, with the latest songs on rock radio as monitored by Billboard magazine....

On their main Rock Airplay chart, Milky Chance spends a third week on top with "Stolen Dance"...

The highest debut of the week up at #24 signals the return of heavy metal giants AC/DC with "Play Ball", the first single from their upcoming 15th album Rock or Bust. It's their first without rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who has been battling major health issues, and it's my "Rock Pick of the Week"...


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Pop Sweep: October 25, 2014...


I'm ready to kick off the first of today's five "chart sweeps", checking out the songs making the various singles charts in Billboard magazine. As usual, I'll start off on the pop side of things, then later in the day move on to the latest on rock, R&B, country, and dance radio...and away we go....

On the "big" chart, Billboard's Hot 100, which combines tallies of sales, internet streaming (like subscription services like Spotify or on-demand sites like YouTube), and radio airplay from all genres, Meghan Trainor stands firm at #1 for a sixth week with "All About That Bass", as the top-5 is again all female for the record-extending sixth week...

The (dubiously) highest debut of the week at #26 is the product of another "viral video" by late night talk show host and comedian Jimmy Fallon, who dons some bad drag and drags in will.i.am for "Ew!" at #26. I guess this is this generation's Chunky A, right? More Ugh! than Ew!.


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Songoftheday 10/18/14 - Now I know what loving you cost, now we're up to talking divorce and we weren't even married...


Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald - "On My Own"
from the album Winner In You (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's Song of the Day is a pairing of a veteran soul singer with a soft-rock journeyman for a duet that had neither of them meeting the other during the recording. Originally intended for Dionne Warwick, "On My Own", written by legendary songwriters Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager was then given to Patti LaBelle, who had enjoyed a mainstream top-40 breakthrough in 1985 with her contributions to the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, sending "New Attitude" to the top-20 and almost getting a second top-40 hit with "Stir It Up". Feeling it worked better as a duet, she recruited Michael McDonald, who was last seen in the top-40 with the title track to his second solo album No Lookin' Back that same year. Recording separately, the pair sounded no different than if they were in the same room...


"On My Own" became the pair's first solo-credit #1 in June of 1986 (Patti had previously went to the top as part of LaBelle with "Lady Marmalade", while McDonald did the same as part of the Doobie Brothers with "What A Fool Believes"). The single also topped the "Black Singles" (or R&B) chart and went to #2 on the Adult Contemporary radio chart in Billboard magazine. Internationally, the single went to #1 in Canada and #2 in England.

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