Monday, December 21, 2009

twostepcub's music chart for December 18, 2009...

Hey everyone, it's almost Christmas, I'm finally dug out from the snowstorm, and it's time for my tunes for the week. This week Whitney Houston stays on top, while Kelly Clarkson (pictured above) is waiting in the wings. Lady GaGa, Lolene, and Rihanna makes the biggest jumps, while former big hits by Ameerah and the Zac Brown Band drop off. Let It Snow!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Million Dollar Bill - Whitney Houston (1)
2. Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson (2)
3. Fireflies - Owl City (7)
4. Uprising - Muse (3)
5. Sexy Bitch/Sexy Chick - David Guetta f/Akon (4)
6. Fallin' For You - Colbie Caillat (6)
7. Someday - Rob Thomas (8)
8. Paparazzi - Lady GaGa (5)
9. Fuck You - Lily Allen (10)
10. Never Gonna Be Alone - Nickelback (11)
11. Cowboy Casanova - Carrie Underwood (15)
12. Chances - Five For Fighting (12)
13. (If You're Wondering...) I Want You To - Weezer (9)
14. Did You See Me Coming? - Pet Shop Boys (14)
15. Savior - Rise Against (16)
16. Bad Habit - Maxwell (19)
17. Bad Romance - Lady GaGa (57)
18. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (23)
19. Perfect - Depeche Mode (29)
20. S.O.S. (Let The Music Play) - Jordin Sparks (20)
21. Consider Me Gone - Reba McEntire (26)
22. We Weren't Born To Follow - Bon Jovi (24)
23. Do I - Luke Bryan (25)
24. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon (21)
25. Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti & Spearhead (13)
26. Party In The USA - Miley Cyrus (18)
27. We Are Golden - MIKA (28)
28. White Liar - Miranda Lambert (33)
29. Hang On - Plumb (39)
30. Empire State Of Mind - Jay-Z f/Alicia Keys (40)
31. Down - Jay Sean f/Lil' Wayne (27)
32. I'm Alive - Kenny Chesney F/Dave Matthews (22)
33. Sweet Dreams - Beyonce (31)
34. Whatcha Say - Jason Derulo (35)
35. Maybe - Ingrid Michaelson (36)
36. I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes - Dierks Bentley (38)
37. I Want To Know What Love Is - Mariah Carey (44)
38. Smile - Uncle Kracker (34)
39. Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas (45)
40. Come On - Green River Ordinance (410
41. Hey Soul Sister - Train (42)
42. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas (32)
43. I Will Be Here - DJ Tiesto f/Sneaky Sound System (30)
44. Kings & Queens - 30 Seconds To Mars (52)
45. Breakeven - The Script (46)
46. If You Only Knew - Shinedown (50)
47. Wheels - Foo Fighters (37)
48. Bodies - Robbie Williams (49)
49. Smoke - Jus Jack (53)
50. Release Me - Agnes (17)
51. Red Light - David Nail (51)
52. Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble (58)
53. Sexy People - Lolene (73)
54. I Will Not Bow - Breaking Benjamin (56)
55. Fifteen - Taylor Swift (55)
56. Fight For You - Morgan Page (62)
57. Do What U Like - Bad Boy Bill (47)
58. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift (54)
59. Outta Here - Esmee Denters (71)
60. Southern Voice - Tim McGraw (60)
61. History In The Making - Darius Rucker (63)
62. Halfway Gone - Lifehouse (64)
63. Bonfire - Craig Morgan (65)
64. Live Like We're Dying - Kris Allen (69)
65. Turn It Out - Altar f/Jeanie Tracy (66)
66. Doesn't Mean Anything - Alicia Keys (68)
67. Body Language - Jesse McCartney f/T-Pain (67)
68. Kiss Me Back (Cry Tonight) - Kim Sozzi (82)
69. Break - Three Days Grace (80)
70. All The Right Moves - OneRepublic (70)
71. Make Me - Janet Jackson (DEBUT)
72. The Truth - Jason Aldean (76)
73. Who Says - John Mayer (43)
74. Love Songs - Anjulie (59)
75. All I Ask For Anymore - Trace Adkins (75)
76. Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon (79)
77. Meet Me On The Equinox - Death Cab For Cutie (77)
78. Why - Rascal Flatts (78)
79. Twang - George Strait (83)
80. Can't Live Without You - Charlie Wilson (72)
81. Pretty Wings - Maxwell (81)
82. Rain - Creed (84)
83. Life After You - Daughtry (93)
84. Every Morning - Basshunter (88)
85. Russian Roulette - Rihanna (100)
86. Why Don't We Just Dance - Josh Turner (91)
87. J'aimerais Tellement - Jena Lee (87)
88. Eight Second Ride - Jake Owen (90)
89. You & Me - Dave Matthews Band (89)
90. Mistake - Moby (DEBUT)
91. 1901 - Phoenix (DEBUT)
92. Replay - Iyaz (92)
93. 3 - Britney Spears (DEBUT)
94. Wake Up - Sliimy (100)
95. Pflaster - Ich + Ich (96)
96. Hurry Home - Jason Michael Carroll (DEBUT)
97. The Official BBC Children In Need Medley - Peter Kay's Animated All Stars (DEBUT)
98. You Are Not Alone - X Factor 2009 Finalists
99. That's How Country Boys Roll - Billy Currington (DEBUT)
100. Tik Tok - Ke$ha (DEBUT)

This week eight new songs debut, starting with Janet Jackson, who has a greatest hits album out, which includes this great retro-disco nugget, "Make Me"...



Next up is Moby, who takes retro in a darker direction with the Human League/Information Society inflected "Mistake"..



French rock band Phoenix's "1901" is more recognizable as a car commercial soundtrack, but it's still cool (even for a Cadillac)...



Britney Spears is back with her ode to threesomes, "3"...



Country longhair Jason Michael Carroll debuts with the poignant tearjerker, "Hurry Home"...



Comedian Peter Kay last year brought us the drag alterego Geraldine, and this year goes animated for charity with the "Official BBC Children In Need Medley", which gathers the voices of decades of British Kid programming for a combo of rock songs by the Jacksons, the Beatles, Take That, Fleetwood Mac, and more...



Billy Currington's "That's How Country Boys Roll" takes him out of the bedroom crooning and into the barroom...



and finally, Ke$ha sang backup on Flo Rida's "Right Round", and now strikes out on her own with "Tik Tok"...



G'nite! and happy holidays!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

twostepcub's music chart for December 11. 2009...

It's been a crazy busy week, but it's time for my top tunes for the week. This week Whitney Houston (pictured above) jumps into the #1 spot. Former big hits by Daughtry, Eddie X, and Cascada drop out, while Kim Sozzi, Robbie Williams, and Plumb make the biggest moves.

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Million Dollar Bill - Whitney Houston (5)
2. Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson (4)
3. Uprising - Muse (2)
4. Sexy Bitch/Sexy Chick - David Guetta f/Akon (3)
5. Paparazzi - Lady GaGa (1)
6. Fallin' For You - Colbie Caillat (6)
7. Fireflies - Owl City (12)
8. Someday - Rob Thomas (9)
9. (If You're Wondering...) I Want You To - Weezer (10)
10. Fuck You - Lily Allen (11)
11. Never Gonna Be Alone - Nickelback (13)
12. Chances - Five For Fighting (14)
13. Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti & Spearhead (8)
14. Did You See Me Coming? - Pet Shop Boys (15)
15. Cowboy Casanova - Carrie Underwood (17)
16. Savior - Rise Against (16)
17. Release Me - Agnes (7)
18. Party In The USA - Miley Cyrus (20)
19. Bad Habits - Maxwell (21)
20. S.O.S. (Let The Music Play - Jordin Sparks (23)
21. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon (18)
22. I'm Alive - Kenny Chesney f/Dave Matthews (22)
23. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (26)
24. We Weren't Born To Follow - Bon Jovi (25)
25. Do I - Luke Bryan (27)
26. Consider Me Gone - Reba McEntire (28)
27. Down - Jay Sean f/Lil' Wayne (19)
28. We Are Golden - Mika (31)
29. Perfect - Depeche Mode (39)
30. I Will Be Here - DJ Tiesto f/Sneaky Sound System (30)
31. Sweet Dreams - Beyonce (29)
32. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas (24)
33. White Liar - Miranda Lambert (33)
34. Smile - Uncle Kracker (32)
35. Whatcha Say - Jason Derulo (35)
36. Maybe - Ingrid Michaelson (36)
37. Wheels - Foo Fighters (37)
38. I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes - Dierks Bentley (40)
39. Hang On - Plumb (53)
40. Empire State Of Mind - Jay-Z f/Alicia Keys (51)
41. Come On - Green River Ordinance (46)
42. Hey, Soul Sister - Train (42)
43. Who Says - John Mayer (43)
44. I Want To Know What Love Is - Mariah Carey (55)
45. Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas (56)
46. Breakeven - The Script (50)
47. Do What U Like - Bad Boy Bill (48)
48. The Sound Of Missing You - Ameerah (38)
49. Bodies - Robbie Williams (63)
50. If You Only Knew - Shinedown (57)
51. Red Light - David Nail (49)
52. Kings & Queens - 30 Seconds To Mars (58)
53. Smoke - Jus Jack (65)
54. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift (52)
55. Fifteen - Taylor Swift (55)
56. I Will Not Bow - Breaking Benjamin (60)
57. Bad Romance - Lady GaGa (DEBUT)
58. Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble (66)
59. Love Songs - Anjulie (45)
60. Southern Voice - Tim McGraw (61)
61. Toes - The Zac Brown Band (47)
62. Fight For You - Morgan Page (73)
63. History In The Making - Darius Rucker (64)
64. Halfway Gone - Lifehouse (69)
65. Bonfire - Craig Morgan (67)
66. Turn It Out - Altar f/Jeanie Tracy (71)
67. Body Language - Jesse McCartney f/T-Pain (77)
68. Doesn't Mean Anything - Alicia Keys (68)
69. Live Like We're Dying - Kris Allen (72)
70. All The Right Moves - OneRepublic (70)
71. Outta Here - Esmee Denters (76)
72. Can't Live Without You - Charlie Wilson (62)
73. Sexy People - Lolene (83)
74. Sad Song - Blake Lewis (74)
75. All I Ask For Anymore - Trace Adkins (75)
76. The Truth - Jason Aldean (82)
77. Meet Me On The Equinox - Death Cab For Cutie (81)
78. Why - Rascal Flatts (78)
79. Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon (79)
80. Break - Three Days Grace (80)
81. Pretty Wings - Maxwell (59)
82. Kiss Me Back (Cry Tonight) - Kim Sozzi (99)
83. Twang - George Strait (85)
84. Rain - Creed (84)
85. Happy - Leona Lewis (90)
86. I Just Call You Mine - Martina McBride (86)
87. J'aimerais Tellement - Jena Lee (88)
88. Every Morning - Basshunter (91)
89. You & Me - Dave Matthews Band (89)
90. Eight Second Ride - Jake Owen (94)
91. Why Don't We Just Dance - Josh Turner (93)
92. Replay - Iyaz (96)
93. Life After You - Daughtry (DEBUT)
94. Wake Up - Sliimy (100)
95. What I've Been Waiting For - Brian McKnight (95)
96. Pflaster - Ich + Ich (98)
97. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina (DEBUT)
98. You Are Not Alone - X Factor 2009 Finalists (DEBUT)
99. Miss You - Ron Perkov (DEBUT)
100. Russian Roulette - Rihanna (DEBUT)

This week there are six debuts, starting with Lady GaGa, who has the luck as to become engrained onto the American psyche. Her new single, "Bad Romance", sport a whacked video of some sort of space-age Russian sex slavery. Enjoy!



Next up is Daughtry, with the followup to their hit "No Surprises". It's a reflective ballad, "Life After You"...



DJ Edward Maya and singer Vika Jigulina are from the eastern European country of Romania, and their first big hit is the dance track "Stereo Love"..



The sixth season of the X Factor UK concluded earlier tonight with 18-year-old Joe McElderry triumphant. The second charity single featuring all 12 finalists debuts, and it's a remake of Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone"...



Dance singer Ron Perkov, a protege of DJ Tony Moran, comes on with his club hit "Miss You", and it takes me back to the late 80's and Latin House like Stevie B and the Cover Girls...



Lastly, is Rihanna, with her first single from her new album, Rated R. It's called "Russian Roulette", and the video's pretty intense...



Thanks for listening, and have an awesome night!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

twostepcub's music chart for December 4, 2009...

And now, the reason for the previous post, my weekly chart of top tunes. Link-O-Rama is in for the debuts this week, I'll try to update the whole chart next week. I really appreciate everyone who comes here, and I'd love to hear your thoughts (well non-just-"this sucks" comments :-) ).

This week Lady GaGa [pictured above] reaches the summit yet again with her fourth single. The biggest moves are by songs by Mariah Carey, Plumb, and Altar. It's been a month since my last chart post, so everything's shuffled up...

This week Song/Artist (Last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Paparazzi - Lady GaGa (2)
2. Uprising - Muse (3)
3. Sexy Bitch/Sexy Chick - David Guetta f/Akon (1)
4. Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson (8)
5. Million Dollar Bill - Whitney Houston (7)
6. Fallin' For You - Colbie Caillat (6)
7. Release Me - Agnes (5)
8. Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti & Spearhead (4)
9. Someday - Rob Thomas (9)
10. (If You're Wondering...) I Want You To - Weezer (10)
11. Fuck You - Lily Allen (19)
12. Fireflies - Owl City (20)
13. Never Gonna Be Alone - Nickelback (15)
14. Chances - Five For Fighting (14)
15. Did You See Me Coming? - Pet Shop Boys (16)
16. Savior - Rise Against (18)
17. Cowboy Casanova - Carrie Underwood (17)
18. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon (13)
19. Down - Jay Sean f/Lil' Wayne (11)
20. Party In The USA - Miley Cyrus (21)
21. Bad Habits - Maxwell (24)
22. I'm Alive - Kenny Chesney f/Dave Matthews (22)
23. S.O.S. (Let The Music Play) - Jordin Sparks (26)
24. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas (12)
25. We Weren't Born To Follow - Bon Jovi (25)
26. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (29)
27. Do I - Luke Bryan (31)
28. Consider Me Gone - Reba McEntire (32)
29. Sweet Dreams - Beyonce (28)
30. I Will Be Here - DJ Tiesto f/Sneaky Sound System (34)
31. We Are Golden - Mika (36)
32. Smile - Uncle Kracker (30)
33. White Liar - Miranda Lambert (41)
34. Evacuate The Dancefloor - Cascada (23)
35. Whatcha Say - Jason Derulo (43)
36. Maybe - Ingrid Michaelson (40)
37. Wheels - Foo Fighters (37)
38. The Sound Of Missing You - Ameerah (38)
39. Perfect - Depeche Mode (55)
40. I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes - Dierks Bentley (44)
41. This Time Baby - Eddie X f/Niki Haris (33)
42. Hey, Soul Sister - Train (46)
43. Who Says - John Mayer (47)
44. No Surprise - Daughtry (35)
45. Love Songs - Anjulie (45)
46. Come On - Green Rive Ordinance (48)
47. Toes - The Zac Brown Band (27)
48. Do What U Like - Bad Boy Bill (52)
49. Red Light - David Nail (49)
50. Breakeven - The Script (59)
51. Empire State Of Mind - Jay-Z f/Alicia Keys (66)
52. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift (50)
53. Hang On - Plumb (79)
54. I Want To Know What Love Is - Mariah Carey (82)
55. Fifteen - Taylor Swift (57)
56. Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas (76)
57. If You Only Knew - Shinedown (67)
58. Kings & Queens - 30 Seconds To Mars (74)
59. Pretty Wings - Maxwell (51)
60. I Will Not Bow - Breaking Benjamin (70)
61. Southern Voice - Tim McGraw (64)
62. Can't Live Without You - Charlie Wilson (60)
63. Bodies - Robbie Williams (65)
64. History In The Making - Darius Rucker (68)
65. Smoke - Jus Jack (DEBUT)
66. Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble (81)
67. Bonfire - Craig Morgan (69)
68. Doesn't Mean Anything - Alicia Keys (91)
69. Halfway Gone - Lifehouse (85)
70. All The Right Moves - OneRepublic (71)
71. Turn It Out - Altar f/Jeanie Tracy (93)
72. Live Like We're Dying - Kris Allen (84)
73. Fight For You - Morgan Page (DEBUT)
74. Sad Song - Blake Lewis (75)
75. All I Ask For Anymore - Trace Adkins (77)
76. Outta Here - Esmee Denters (DEBUT)
77. Body Language - Jesse McCartney f/T-Pain (DEBUT)
78. Why - Rascal Flatts (80)
79. Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon (86)
80. Break - Three Days Grace (83)
81. Meet Me On The Equinox - Death Cab For Cutie (DEBUT)
82. The Truth - Jason Aldean (96)
83. Sexy People - Lolene (DEBUT)
84. Rain - Creed (92)
85. Twang - George Strait (98)
86. I Just Call You Mine - Martina McBride (88)
87. Fight For This Love - Cheryl Cole (87)
88. J'aimerais Tellement - Jena Lee (90)
89. You & Me - Dave Matthews Band (89)
90. Happy - Leona Lewis (DEBUT)
91. Every Morning - Basshunter (DEBUT)
92. Lady Melody - Tom Frager & Gwayav (94)
93. Why Don't We Just Dance - Josh Turner (DEBUT)
94. Eight Second Ride - Jake Owen (DEBUT)
95. What I've Been Waiting For - Brian McKnight (DEBUT)
96. Replay - Iyaz (DEBUT)
97. Everybody In Love - JLS (97)
98. Pflaster - Ich + Ich (100)
99. Kiss Me Back (Cry Tonight) - Kim Sozzi (DEBUT)
100. Wake Up - Sliimy (DEBUT)

This week there are 14 songs that debut on my chart. What a week to come back!

The highest debut is by Jus Jack. Not the English musician who dabbles in the electronica field, Just Jack, but Jus Jack. He's a DJ from the New York club scene. Confusing, eh? Well JUS Jack's first single on my chart is a club filler featuring Phil Garant and Matina Parisi, and it reminds me of the deep house sound from the late 80's/early 90's. Here's "Smoke"...



From the other coast is Los Angeles-based DJ Morgan Page, who last year placed two songs on my list. "The Longest Road" featuring singer Lissie, which made my top-40, is nominated for a Grammy for Best Remixed Recording, announced this past week. How cool is that! Here is his latest single, "Fight For You"...



Now we hop a plane to the Netherlands, home of dance singer Esmee Denters, who came to fame with a series of YouTube covers of pop songs. Her first hit is an original, and co-written and co-produced by none other than Justin Timberlake. It has hit top-10 in Britain, Hungary, Croatia, and her home country, and has just done the same on the US Dance Club Play chart. Here's "Outta Here"...



Now for pairings I wouldn't have dreamed of, teen heartthrob Jesse McCartney (who's 22 actually) and the King of Auto-Tune, T-Pain. McCartney has proven his worth beyond the Disney crowd, penning Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" as well as racking up five US top-40 hits. This one is the latest, and its club remix has also made the top-10 in our country. Here's "Body Language"...



The Twilight juggernaut is still going strong, with the second movie installment New Moon making piles of money from wooed teens and their soccer-moms, and the soundtrack has produced another Alternative Rock hit (the first had Paramore's "Decode"). Fitting, since member Ben Girrard's side project, The Postal Service, has been cited (in a good and bad way) for resembling the music of top-20 artist Owl City. Here's "Meet Me On The Equinox"...



Lolene is an electro-dance singer from California, and her first song is a Lady GaGa-esque jam called "Sexy People". There's a real Mary Jane Girls/Sheila E groove to this I like..and her blog is called the Disco Vagina Blog...how great is that!



I had mentionned Leona Lewis before, and what do you know, but her first single from her second album, Echo, debuts. "Happy" was beat out for the UK #1 spot by the Black Eyed Peas, but she managed to hit #2, as well as top-10 in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, and Japan, and made the US top-40. It's co-written by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, also responsible for "Bleeding Love", and does resemble the former hit quite well..



Swedish DJ and singer Jonas Altberg goes by the moniker Basshunter, and in 2007 he made #1 in the UK with "Now You're Gone", which also made my top-40. His new single, "Every Morning", is much more pop-based, and while it's top-20 in the UK, it's making the top-5 in the US Dance Radio chart.



The Barry White (or Randy Travis, if you will) of current country music, Josh Turner, is back with his enticing baritone, with the plea of "Why Don't We Just Dance"...



Jake Owen's latest single, "Eight Second Ride", was also recorded on his first album. The second time around is the charm, as the country-rocker makes the top-20.



R&B balladeer Brian McKnight is back with an adult R&B jam, "What I've Been Waiting For", just in time for snuggling on those cold winter nights...



Next is Iyaz (Keidran Jones), a protege of Sean Kingston (of "Fire Burning"), with a US top-10 jam that's pop enough for middle school. Here's "Replay"..



Kim Sozzi's last song, "Feel Your Love", was a dance radio smash, and her new hit, "Kiss Me Back (Cry Tonight)", is following well, making her second #1 solo there.



Finally, French singer Sliimy, whose real name is Yanis Sahraoui, who gained the attention of Perez Hilton for his rendition of "Womanizer", but comes out the gate with the bouncy club track "Wake Up"...



I would love to know what you think...and if you like something here, head on over to Amazon.com or I-Tunes and buy it..support the artists! Thanks again, and peace out.

twostepcubchart - the evolution...



Hey, I'm trying to get my groove back on, and the biggest part of that is my music. Total geek admission: when I was a youngun I would be obsessed with Casey Kasem. With all the craziness around me, every Sunday for four hours there was a reliable pattern of "Shaggy" going through the 40 songs that Billboard magazine computed as the top songs in the country. Back then (the beginning of the 80s) pop, rock, disco, R&B, and country stood side by side, and Casey can go from Joan Jett to the Gap Band to A Flock Of Seagulls to Ronnie Milsap, and this little kid was exposed to all kinds of current music, when radio wasn't so compartmentalized as it is now. At the time, the Billboard chart was compiled by tabulating lists provided to them by radio stations and records stores of what they were playing or selling. Of course it wasn't even close to scientific, and prone to fudgery and speculation, but it produced week after week a chart that progressed like one of those perpetual movement displays at the museum. Songs would debut, slowly and progressively climb the chart, reach its peak (mostly staying there 2-4 weeks), then just as methodically descend. As a regular listener I would sit and right down the songs as he's counting down, predicting from the week before where each song would be, and since things were so methodical in those days it'd be pretty easy to be pretty close. And in those years I retained a memory of where songs peaked, and the current top 40, like some "Rain Man" of pop music history.

Starting in 1991, Billboard started using valid sales and airplay data collected by electronically scanning hundreds of radio stations and collected scans of sales of record stores, and everything changed. Songs could jump right up the list, and bounce up and down based on actual sales data. However, even then, since the sales were are physical, songs would still move slowly (and sometimes even slower), since peoples' tastes would hang on to songs much longer. The newest thing was that songs could debut really high, since the magazine had a policy that a song couldn't hit the chart until a single was physically available. Kasem was replaced by Shadoe Stevens , even though a growing amount of "gangsta rap" music crept in, the top-40 order kept everythng in my little mind "legitimate". AT40 stopped in 1995, and in no way was I succumbing to Rick Dees and a "bogus" chart.

Through the nineties as record companies held back releasing singles to pump up album/CD sales, and after the success of No Doubt's "Don't Speak", which topped the monitored airplay list for sixteen weeks but not to be found on Billboard's Top 40 (or 100) at all, the floodgates opened where at least five more singles were so massive as to top the airplay chart without being able to say it was a Billboard #1 Pop hit (well, unless they fudged the definition a little). All that changed in 1998, where songs could chart whether a physical single was released or not. That actually for a while "calmed" the charts down, where songs wouldn't just debut high the week a single was in stores.

Then came I-Tunes.

The biggest revolution in music sales came with the mass appeal of the music provider. There were three major attributes to buying music at I-Tunes that made it such a huge success. First, one wasn't constrained on what they could find at a record store. There was no "Out of stock" sign for something either too popular or too obscure. Second, albums can for the most part be bought track by track, so you don't have to wait for a single to be released to by it, and you don't have to buy the whole album if you like one or two songs on it. And third, the sales are instant. As opposed to ordering by mail, I-Tunes allowed you to purchase a song faster than any other method. If you hear a song on the radio, boom, you can buy it. See something on TV you liked? Get the song right away. That factor created chaos, where songs would bounce all over the chart like a pinball, and you'd never know when or where a song would peak.

I still am an "chart freak", as it were. I subscribe to Billboard, but I don't memorize the "Hot 100" like I used to. The closest thing to the "pop"chart in its purest form is the Adult Top 40, though it's only an airplay chart, and the country chart, adult R&B and dance airplay chart are great, though you can never extrapolate sales info into them. (Billboard's Dance Club Play is a totally separate animal, relying on reports from anonymous DJ's and only useful as a framework for what's out there. ).

Back in the day, I had made my own little top-40 lists, and in 2005 I revamped it to a weekly top-100 list, since I couldn't whittle the large amount of music I listened to to 40 songs. Gleaning from the pop, rock, country, dance, and R&B charts, I eventually dabbled into and included more international charts (France, Germany) as I explored music I never would've been been exposed to before the internet (and specifically YouTube).

I still look forward to getting the new charts (now online) every Thursday and compiling my own "twostepcubchart" every week. One of the first regular things I posted on the blog was this chart, and since I've been incorporating videos when I can find them, and hopefully can expose you to some music that you may not have heard before, and might like. I appreciate you reading, and feel free to comment on any of the new tunes I've posted. The next chart will be on the next post. See you there!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Distant Shores song for the night....525,600 minutes...


Tonight's DSS is by Danish singer Aura Dione, and her first big Euro-hit, "I Will Love You Monday (365)". It's a great bubbly kiss-off that should find a home in a fairer US radio world. If you liked KT Tunstall (Black Horse & The Cherry Tree/Suddenly I See), chances are you'll dig this...



Right now the only way to get Aura Dione is by import, you can find it on Amazon Germany by clicking here...

story of the day....and the beat goes on

As the majority of Americans seem to be transfixed on where golfers stick their clubs, the juggernaut of political self-serving molasses known as the US Senate is bouncing the healthcare reform dodgeball like a repressed goth girl at a Catholic elementary school.

I got to hand it to the politicians and pundits who have been able to convince middle to lower-but-think-they're-middle-class people that it's in their best interests to continue the clusterfuck of a crapshoot that the insurance industry has become. Without a bat of a eyelash, millions of dollars are being passed from the coffers of AIA members to your local Senator. Meanwhile, there is such an uproar over a misguided fear. Fear of losing their insurance? No. More like fear of someone they feel undeserving getting some "freebie". An unemployed person? Well, if it's someone you know, it's "Bobby's going through a tough time, he got laid off". Someone you don't? "Fucker should get a job!". I see this in the comments of people around me every day. If you bring up the fact that if they just show up an the emergency room, the cost gets passed to us ten-fold anyway, it's worth not having any entitlement to someone they feel isn't "worthy". Without breaking through this an really looking at why we subject our nations health to the free market, will this country make any progress.

Survivor: Civil Rights....


So the New York Senate pussied out and voted against marriage equality in New York. There were very brave souls there fighting for the rights of gays/Lesbians to marry, with emotional stories of family members and friends. More later, but leave it to say that this country has become a reality show, where people relish in voting on the unrelated fates of others, while salivating over the sordid tales of a golfer who banged a few chicks on the side.

Need some semi-mindless motivation, so here's Cheryl Cole..

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

so where the hell have I been?

Wow. It's been almost a month since my last post. I'm prone at times to a bit of writer's block, but I think between the vitriolic atmosphere politically in my state combined with my commitments to work and rodeo, I couldn't put myself in front of a computer to coherently write something worthwhile, and I thought about why I was doing this to begin with. I started this blog back in 2006, where my life was a lot different than it is now. A lot has changed, both with me and with my world around me. I loved this blog as a sounding board where I didn't have to go into my own facts and foibles, but can journal my thoughts on the stuff I get so obsessed with that I needed an outlet for. And I love doing it, as long as it's something I want to do, not what I'm expected to do. It seems that's been where I've been most of the time lately. And I've been overwhelmed with things I feel obligated to, and as much as it has been dominating my brain, I never wanted that part of my life to seep in to here.

I've been very disheartened over the recent events that set back the progress of civil equality, and I've been angry at both those who hypocritcally judge others as well as those in the GLBT community that are too apathetic to be concerned about nothing but their own selves.

I feel like I'm miles away from where I've been, and while I'm really proud of what I've done, I still am afraid of that creeping sense of inadequacy that I thought that I had beaten years ago.

Where am I leading with all this? I don't know. Though in order to move forward on this blog, I needed to release something to at least partially clear my head. There's been over 37,000 hits on this blog, and to everyone who has found me somewhat entertaining, I truly appreciate it. The best thing about the internet and blogging is that there's a way for minds to connect with ideas that never had such a forum before. And I hope to get my mojo back and get my life back to where I really am where I want to be, not where I have to be.

Peace out.
2sc

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

twostepcub's music chart for October 30, 2009...


Hey guys...sorry for it being a sparse week. I've been backlogged at work, not to excuse, but I really thank you for coming back..and now for my top tunes from last week. This week Michael Franti & Spearhead log a second week on top, while Jennifer Aniston look-alike Colbie Caillat (pictured above), move up in the top-10 in it's sixth week there. The biggest moves are made by Foo Fighters, Whitney Houston, and Luke Bryan, while former big hits by Kings Of Leon, Kristinia DeBarge, BT, Collective Soul, and David Cook drop out. Link-O-Rama is back, so you can click on the highlighted name of any artist to go to their website. Go Phillies!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti & Spearhead (1)
2. Release Me - Agnes (5)
3. Evacuate The Dancefloor - Cascada (2)
4. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas (4)
5. 21 Guns - Green Day (6)
6. Fallin' For You - Colbie Caillat (7)
7. Celebration - Madonna (3)
8. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon (8)
9. She Wolf - Shakira (9)
10. Sexy Bitch/Sexy Chick - David Guetta f/Akon (14)
11. Uprising - Muse (13)
12. Paparazzi - Lady GaGa (22)
13. Never Say Never - The Fray (15)
14. Obsessed - Mariah Carey (10)
15. No Surprise - Daughtry (11)
16. Down - Jay Sean f/Lil' Wayne (18)
17. Battlefield - Jordin Sparks (12)
18. Would've Been The One - Solange (20)
19. Toes - Zac Brown Band (24)
20. Sweet Dreams - Beyonce (16)
21. (If You're Wondering...) I Want You To - Weezer (25)
22. Someday - Rob Thomas (34)
23. Savior - Rise Against (23)
24. Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson (30)
25. Please Don't Leave Me - Pink (21)
26. Chances - Five For Fighting (38)
27. Good Girls Go Bad - Cobra Starship f/Leighton Meester (28)
28. Million Dollar Bill - Whitney Houston (50)
29. Don't Upset The Rhythm - The Noisettes (19)
30. Cowboy Casanova - Carrie Underwood (40)
31. Only You Can Love Me This Way - Keith Urban (36)
32. Check My Brain - Alice in Chains (33)
33. The Real Thing - Vanessa Williams (37)
34. Let The Feelings Go - AnnaGrace (17)
35. Everybody Shake It - Ralphi Rosario f/Shawn Christopher (35)
36. I'm Alive - Kenny Chesney f/Dave Matthews (41)
37. Smile - Uncle Kracker (39)
38. Be There - Howie Day (43)
39. Pretty Wings - Maxwell (29)
40. Right Here - Carmen Reece (46)
41. Bulletproof - La Roux (27)
42. We Weren't Born To Follow - Bon Jovi (44)
43. Bad Habits - Maxwell (48)
44. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift (42)
45. Red Light - David Nail (49)
46. Never Gonna Be Alone - Nickelback (51)
47. Keep it Goin' Louder - Major Lazer f/Nina Sky (47)
48. Party In The USA - Miley Cyrus (52)
49. I Remember - Deadmau5 & Kaskade (55)
50. Fine Print - Nadia Ali (54)
51. The Sound Of Missing You - Ameerah (53)
52. Her Diamonds - Rob Thomas (32)
53. Waking Up In Vegas - Katy Perry (31)
54. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (58)
55. This Time Baby - Eddie X f/Niki Haris (59)
56. Runaway - Love & Theft (57)
57. New Divide - Linkin Park (45)
58. Did You See Me Coming? - Pet Shop Boys (71)
59. Welcome To The Future - Brad Paisley (62)
60. Why You Wanna Hurt Me So Bad? - Nicki Richards (61)
61. Hey, Soul Sister - Train (63)
62. Maybe - Ingrid Michaelson (66)
63. Jars - Chevelle (68)
64. Do I - Luke Bryan (84)
65. Consider Me Gone - Reba McEntire (77)
66. Can't Live Without You - Charlie Wilson (79)
67. Gettin' You Home (Black Dress Song) - Chris Young (69)
68. I Look To You - Whitney Houston (72)
69. Wheels - Foo Fighters (96)
70. Fame 2009 - Naturi Naughton (89)
71. S.O.S. (Let The Music Play) - Jordin Sparks (DEBUT)
72. Run This Town - Jay-Z f/Rihanna & Kanye West (73)
73. I Will Be There - DJ Tiesto f/Sneaky Sound System (88)
74. Love Songs - Anjulie (DEBUT)
75. I Wanna - All-American Rejects (82)
76. Come On - Green River Ordinance (81)
77. She Ain't Got... - LeToya (78)
78. Fifteen - Taylor Swift (86)
79. On The Ocean - K'Jon (74)
80. Fireflies - Owl City (DEBUT)
81. Who Says - John Mayer (DEBUT)
82. Bonfire - Craig Morgan (87)
83. Breakeven - The Script (DEBUT)
84. Medicate - AFI (99)
85. Wait For Me - Theory Of A Deadman (DEBUT)
86. I Didn't Know My Own Strength - Whitney Houston (91)
87. I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes - Dierks Bentley (98)
88. Whatcha Say - Jason Derulo (DEBUT)
89. Honky Tonk Stomp - Brooks & Dunn (94)
90. Say It - Blue October (95)
91. American Ride - Toby Keith (92)
92. All I Ask For Anymore - Trace Adkins (100)
93. Southern Voice - Tim McGraw (DEBUT)
94. I Will Not Bow - Breaking Benjamin (DEBUT)
95. Oopsy Daisy - Chipmunk (DEBUT)
96. History In The Making - Darius Rucker (DEBUT)
97. Forever Is Over - The Saturdays (DEBUT)
98. J'aimerais Tellement - Jena Lee (DEBUT)
99. I Just Call You Mine - Martina McBride (DEBUT)
100. Pussy - Rammstein (DEBUT)

This week there are fifteen new songs that enter my chart. I think that's the highest ever! This includes the current and former #1 songs on the pop chart...

I'll start out with American Idol sixth season winner Jordin Sparks. Arizona-born Sparks had 4 US top-40 songs from her self-titled debut album, with "No Air", a duet with Chris Brown, turning out to be one of the top 10 songs of 2008. The title song from her sophomore effort, Battlefield, is still in my top 20. Jordin's new single, "S.O.S. (Let The Music Play)", is one of three hits this year to sample a hit from 80's dance singer Shannon - "Give Me Tonight" has recently been used on songs by Frenchie Davis and Cazwell.



Next up is Anjulie, a singer from suburban Toronto, Canada, who recently had a #1 Billboard dance hit (and 2SC top-40 hit) "Boom". She also wrote "Don't Call Me Baby", which also made #1 in Billboard and top-40 on my chart. Her second single is "Love Songs", which merges nostaglic vocal stylings with a current dance thump on the remix. Here's both versions...





Minnesotan Adam Young goes by the stage moniker Owl City, and his little train that could single "Fireflies" made it to the #1 spot on Billboard's pop chart last week. People have compared Young's music to electronica-emo group The Postal Service, but I don't find that to be the knockdown possibly meant. In fact, the universal childlike charm of "Fireflies" found an audience that this music usually only aspires to. It's simple, yet unforgettable, as any good pop record.



John Mayer had his first album, Room For Squares, in 2001. In the eight years since, Mayer has had a career more varied musically than most in his generation. Between his three studio albums, two major live solo sets, blues side project John Mayer Trio, and collaborations with artists as diverse as Common and Fall Out Boy, Mayer found time for a dozen hit singles and a Grammy for Song of the Year for "Daughters". Unfortunately his antics have centered around his personal romantic forays and unusual comedic writings. His latest song, though, brings Mayer back to basic with him and his guitar, singing about simple things, which apparently focus around getting stoned..



Irish rock band the Script had a refreshing crossover success in the States with their European smash "The Man Who Can't Be Moved". Their third British top-40 (and third Irish top-10) is "Breakeven", which like their previous hit is about heartbreak, but in an adult and non-melancholic way.



Theory of A Deadman are from British Columbia, Canada, and last June spent three weeks on top of my list with the ballad "Not Meant To Be". Their latest is set to a 3/4 (waltz) beat, and like its predecessor strays from their usual harder edge.



20-year-old Jason Derulo has the current #1 Billboard Hot 100 pop hit this week. "Whatcha Say" uses electronica singer Imogen Heap's "Hide And Seek" to base this space-soul jam that transcends the current pigeonholing of pop music today...



As the Phillies just lost the World Series as I'm writing this, it's fitting that Phil slugger Tug McGraw's son, Tim debuts with the second single from his just-released album, Southern Voice. The album is very nuanced and dark at times, surprising considering the two singles pulled from it so far, "It's a Business Doing Pleasure With You" and now the title track, are IMHO the most trite. Even so, "Southern Voice" takes the cliched "southern lifestyle commercial" track and its songwriters slip in references to Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and Jerry lee Lewis, not usual bellweathers of redneck country. Give them (and Tim) credit for that. I guess since this is his tenth album, he thankfully has more leeway. Check out "Good Girls" on his latest album, but here's "Southern Voice"..



Breaking Benjamin are a hard-rock band from Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, and their sixth song to make the Billboard rock top-10 is "I Will Not Bow", which you'll hear in the upcoming Bruce Willis film Surrogates...



"Chipmunk" is British rapper Jahmaal Fyffe, and his fourth top-40 single in the UK becomes his first #1. He beat out a group also debuting later on, the Saturdays, and a line in this song references them and their former hit "Issues". Here's "Oopsy Daisy"...



And while I'm at it, here is the group he's name-checking. The Irish girl-group Saturdays scored four top-10 UK singles from their first album, Chasing Lights. Their second record, Wordshaker, is preceeded by the song debuted on my list, "Forever Is Over"...



Darius Rucker has sure left his Hootie & The Blowfish nostaglia in the past, since his fourth since from his initial country disc is climbing the chart. The last three, "Don't Want To Think About It", "It Won't Be Like This For Long", and "Alright" all hit #1. Here's the prophetic "History In The Making"...



Next is French singer Jena Lee, who even though born in the South American country of Chile, was adopted at nine months by a French couple. She has written a few songs for another favorite French singer, Sheryfa Luna, and her new single is a smash in its own right, spending the last four weeks at #1 in her home country. Here's "J'aimerais Tellement" (I'd Love).



Martina McBride used to be my favorite female country singer until she got all soccer mom and her music suffered. She hasn't truly recovered from her pop excursions, as her latest album's first single, "Ride" failed to make the top-10, something she's does with every album (save her "covers" album) since 1993. The second single has been marketed circumventing country radio for outlets like the Bachelotette and the Today Show wedding shows, but it's not too hokey. Here's "I Just Call You Mine"...



and finally, here's a 180 degree turn from that last song. It's by German hard-rock act Rammstein, who are superstars in their home country, with 7 #1 albums there (including 2 live ones). Across the ocean, they've accrued more of a cult following, with the biggest hit being "Du Hast", which made the top-20 of the Billboard rock chart (pretty good for a German-language single). I always associated it from the movie The Matrix. Their latest album, Liebe ist für alle da, meaning "Love is there for everyone", actually made the US top-20 albums. Most likely this has been fueled by the first single, "Pussy", which is a smash in Germany. But then again, so is David Hasselhoff. But then again, Hoss doesn't put out videos like this. The clip, filmed by noted director Jonas Aklund (he recently did Madonna's "Celebration" and Lady GaGa's "Paparazzi"), is soooo explicit that the uncut video (complete with hardcore porn shot with body doubles) is only shown on nasty websites (which you can conveniently link from Wikipedia!) Here's as clean as YouTube wanna be. By the way this song ROCKS in the car when you're angry!



And here we are at the end. Again, thanks so much for following my blog, and I promise to get past my writer's block and back in the groove shortly. I'm heading out of country, so that should be something to write about, eh?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

twostepcub's music chart for October 23, 2009...

It's already Tuesday, so better late than never for my tunes for the week. This week Michael Franti & Spearhead make it to the top spot, while Swedish singer Agnes (pictured above) makes it into the top-5. The biggest moves are made by songs by Nadia Ali, Deadmau5 & Kaskade, and Eddie X, while former big hits by Blake Shelton, Silversun Pickups, George Strait, Kristine W., and Sean Kingston drop out. I added the links for the seven new songs, in yellow. Baby, you can fix my car....

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti & Spearhead (3)
2. Evacuate The Dancefloor - Cascada (1)
3. Celebration - Madonna (5)
4. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas (2)
5. Release Me - Agnes (9)
6. 21 Guns - Green Day (6)
7. Fallin' For You - Colbie Caillat (7)
8. Use Somebody - Kings of Leon (4)
9. She Wolf - Shakira (12)
10. Obsessed - Mariah Carey (11)
11. No Surprise - Daughtry (8)
12. Battlefield - Jordin Sparks (14)
13. Uprising - Muse (17)
14. Sexy Bitch/Sexy Chick - David Guetta f/Akon (18)
15. Never Say Never - The Fray (16)
16. Sweet Dreams - Beyonce (10)
17. Let The Feelings Go - AnnaGrace (15)
18. Down - Jay Sean f/Lil Wayne (28)
19. Don't Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go) - The Noisettes (19)
20. Would've Been The One - Solange (24)
21. Please Don't Leave Me - Pink (21)
22. Paparazzi - Lady GaGa (34)
23. Savior - Rise Against (27)
24. Toes - The Zac Brown Band (31)
25. (If You're Wondering...) I Want You To - Weezer (33)
26. Notion - Kings of Leon (20)
27. Bulletproof - La Roux (13)
28. Good Girls Go Bad - Cobra Starship f/Leighton Meester (30)
29. Pretty Wings - Maxwell (25)
30. Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson (36)
31. Waking Up In Vegas - Katy Perry (23)
32. Her Diamonds - Rob Thomas (26)
33. Check My Brain - Alice In Chains (37)
34. Someday - Rob Thomas (47)
35. Everybody Shake It - Ralphi Rosario f/Shawn Christopher (41)
36. Only You Can Love me This Way - Keith Urban (39)
37. The Real Thing - Vanessa Williams (49)
38. Chances - Five For Fighting (43)
39. Smile - Uncle Kracker (44)
40. Cowboy Casanova - Carrie Underwood (50)
41. I'm Alive - Kenny Chesney f/Dave Matthews (53)
42. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift (42)
43. Be There - Howie Day (45)
44. We Weren't Born To Follow - Bon Jovi (48)
45. New Divide - Linkin Park (40)
46. Right Here - Carmen Reece (56)
47. Keep It Goin' Louder - Major Lazer (51)
48. Bad Habits - Maxwel (58)
49. Red Light - David Nail (54)
50. Million Dollar Bill - Whitney Houston (DEBUT)
51. Never Gonna Be Alone - Nickelback (72)
52. Party In The USA - Miley Cyrus (68)
53. The Sound Of Missing You - Ameerah (57)
54. Fine Print - Nadia Ali (84)
55. I Remember - Deadmau5 & Kaskade (79)
56. Goodbye - Kristinia DeBarge (32)
57. Runaway - Love & Theft (59)
58. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (67)
59. This Time Baby - Eddie X f/Niki Haris (83)
60. I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight - U2 (60)
61. Why You Wanna Hurt Me So Bad? - Nicki Richards (63)
62. Welcome To The Future - Brad Paisley (66)
63. Hey, Soul Sister - Train (73)
64. Rose Of Jericho - BT (38)
65. Paranoid - Jonas Brothers (65)
66. Maybe - Ingrid Michaelson (78)
67. Staring Down - Collective Soul (35)
68. Jars - Chevelle (76)
69. Gettin' You Home (Black Dress Song) - Chris Young (71)
70. Small Town USA - Justin Moore (70)
71. Did You See Me Coming? - Pet Shop Boys (DEBUT)
72. I Look To You - Whitney Houston (74)
73. Run This Town - Jay-Z f/Rihanna & Kanye West (77)
74. On The Ocean - K'Jon (62)
75. Ignorance - Paramore (75)
76. Sounds Like Life To Me - Darryl Worley (80)
77. Consider Me Gone - Reba McEntire (99)
78. She Ain't Got... - LeToya (88)
79. Can't Live Without You - Charlie Wilson (89)
80. Wanted - Jessie James (82)
81. Come On - Green River Ordinance (85)
82. I Wanna - All-American Rejects (87)
83. Come Back To Me - David Cook (69)
84. Do I - Luke Bryan (95)
85. Lady Melody - Tom Frager & Gwayav (86)
86. Fifteen - Taylor Swift (94)
87. Bonfire - Craig Morgan (91)
88. I Will Be There - DJ Tiesto f/Sneaky Sound System (96)
89. Fame - Naturi Naughton (DEBUT)
90. Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz (90)
91. I Didn't Know My Own Strength - Whitney Houston (DEBUT)
92. American Ride - Toby Keith (92)
93. Empire State Of Mind - Jay-Z f/Alicia Keys (93)
94. Honky Tonk Stomp - Brooks & Dunn (98)
95. Say It - Blue October (97)
96. Wheels - Foo Fighters (DEBUT)
97. Big Green Tractor - Jason Aldean (81)
98. I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes - Dierks Bentley (DEBUT)
99. Medicate - AFI (DEBUT)
100. All I Ask For Anymore - Trace Adkins (DEBUT)

This week there are eight new songs, and two of them are by the same singer. Whitney Houston is already climbing with "I Look To You", but jumps in with two smashes, starting with the amazing remixed version of "Million Dollar Bill" by Freemasons...



the other is the dance mix of the ballad "I Didn't Know My Own Strength"...



Next is the Pet Shop Boys, who follow up "Love Etc." with the poppier beats of "Did You See Me Coming?"....



I honestly didn't know they remade the movie "Fame" until after it came out, and after I already purchased this remake which came from the soundtrack. Here's Naturi Naughton's "Fame"...



The Foo Fighters are releasing their Greatest Hits album next week, and one of the new tracks, "Wheels", is racing up the Alternative Rock chart, although it's really by-the-books arena-rock...



Next is country crooner Dierks Bentley, who comes on with "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes"...



Alt-Rockers AFI are back with "Medicate"...



And finally, Trace Adkins sneaks on with the poignant "All I Ask For Anymore"...