Thursday, December 30, 2010

twostepcub's music chart for December 31, 2010...


Happy New Years Eve, folks, and it's time for my top tunes for the week. This week Pink takes over the #1 spot, while Katy Perry (just waking up, above) jumps back into the top-5. Former big hits by Daughtry, Taio Cruz, Brad Paisley, Monica, and Eminem drop off, while tracks by Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum, and Blake Shelton make the biggest moves (jumps of 10+ places highlighted in red). Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on the highlighted name of any of the artists to go to their website for more info and music. Let the ball drop!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Raise Your Glass - Pink (3)
2. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars (1)
3. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (4)
4. Firework - Katy Perry (9)
5. Tighten Up - The Black Keys (5)
6. Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna (2)
7. Secrets - OneRepublic (8)
8. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry (6)
9. Mama's Song - Carrie Underwood (14)
10. Just A Dream - Nelly (12)
11. Animal - Neon Trees (10)
12. Barbra Streisand - Duck Sauce (16)
13. Radioactive - Kings Of Leon (11)
14. Give A Little More - Maroon 5 (18)
15. Rhythm Of Love - Plain White T's (17)
16. For The First Time - The Script (20)
17. If I Die Young - The Band Perry (7)
18. Like A G6 - Far East Movement f/Cataracs & Dev (13)
19. DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love - Usher f/Pitbull (19)
20. Turn On The Radio - Reba McEntire (24)
21. Miami 2 Ibiza - Swedish House Mafia f/Tinie Tempah (31)
22. As She's Walking Away - Zac Brown Band f/Alan Jackson (15)
23. Dynamite - Taio Cruz (23)
24. Take Over Control - Afrojack f/Eva Simons (26)
25. Put You In A Song - Keith Urban (27)
26. Say You'll Haunt Me - Stone Sour (22)
27. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (21)
28. Marry Me - Train (34)
29. Voices - Chris Young (39)
30. Somewhere With You - Kenny Chesney (40)
31. All In - Lifehouse (29)
32. Mine - Taylor Swift (32)
33. I Like That - Richard Vission vs Static Revenger f/Luciana (37)
34. Loca - Shakira f/Dizzee Rascal (44)
35. Smack You - Kimberly Cole (36)
36. Above All - Sylvia Tosun (28)
37. In For The Kill - La Roux (25)
38. C'mon Get Funky - R Rosario & A Aguilera f/T Wallace (43)
39. Destination - Tony Moran f/Ultra Nate (41)
40. Only Prettier - Miranda Lambert (45)
41. Grenade - Bruno Mars (71)
42. Louder (Put Your Hands Up) - Chris Willis (58)
43. Misery - Maroon 5 (33)
44. Undisclosed Desires - Muse (50)
45. Sometimes I Cry - Eric Benet (46)
46. Memories - David Guetta f/Kid Cudi (52)
47. Jar of Hearts - Christina Perri (47)
48. Hang With Me - Robyn (48)
49. What Do You Got? - Bon Jovi (42)
50. Hollywood - Michael Buble (35)
51. We R Who We R - Ke$ha (56)
52. Felt Good On My Lips - Tim McGraw (54)
53. You Are - Charlie Wilson (63)
54. Maybe - Sick Puppies (62)
55. Why Wait - Rascal Flatts (57)
56. World So Cold - Three Days Grace (61)
57. Someone Else Calling You Baby - Luke Bryan (65)
58. Hands - Ting Tings (38)
59. Hello World - Lady Antebellum (79)
60. Peacock - Katy Perry (60)
61. Sick Of You - Cake (69)
62. My Kinda Party - Jason Aldean (66)
63. Get Outta My Way - Kylie Minogue (49)
64. Porn Star Dancing - My Darkest Days f/Zakk Wylde (64)
65. What's My Name - Rihanna f/Drake (75)
66. The Time [Dirty Bit] - Black Eyed Peas (78)
67. The Breath You Take - George Strait (68)
68. When A Women Loves - R. Kelly (72)
69. Start A Fire - Ryan Star (73)
70. Dog Days Are Over - Florence & The Machine (DEBUT)
71. Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Steven Lee & Granite f/Zander Bleck (76)
72. The Emergency - BT (86)
73. One Hot Pleasure - Erika Jayne (DEBUT)
74. Bullets In The Gun - Toby Keith (84)
75. Who Are You When I'm Not Looking - Blake Shelton (92)
76. Smoke A Little Smoke - Eric Church (80)
77. I Like It - Enrique Iglesias f/Pitbull (77)
78. Strip Me - Natasha Bedingfield (82)
79. If I Had You - Adam Lambert (70)
80. Parachute - Ingrid Michaelson (81)
81. Wildflower - JaneDear Girls (83)
82. Oye Baby - Nicola Fasano f/Pitbull (90)
83. Let Me Down Easy - Billy Currington (93)
84. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (DEBUT)
85. Can't Be Friends - Trey Songz (DEBUT)
86. Back To December - Taylor Swift (94)
87. I'm Doing Me - Fantasia (91)
88. Perfect - Hedley (88)
89. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina (89)
90. Shut The Front Door (Got My Girls) - Tiffany Dunn (DEBUT)
91. Who's That Chick - David Guetta f/Rihanna (DEBUT)
92. Sweet Serendipity - Lee DeWyze (100)
93. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (99)
94. Sing - My Chemical Romance (DEBUT)
95. Real - James Wesley (96)
96. From A Table Away - Sunny Sweeney (98)
97. Heroes - X Factor Finalists 2010 (97)
98. Bottoms Up - Trey Songz f/Nicki Minaj (DEBUT)
99. Your Song - Ellie Goulding (DEBUT)
100. Poison - Nicole Scherzinger (DEBUT)

There are ten new entries on my final chart for the year (debuts highlighted in yellow). I also included links to their previous hits (links highlighted in orange).

Last week the cast of Glee placed their cover of this week's highest debuting song on my list (this week that version drops out). It's by Florence + The Machine, who just nabbed a nomination for a Grammy for Best New Artist. Florence Welch uses the moniker for her changing backup, and the London-based singer has had four top-40 hits in her homeland, including her biggest which was a live recording from the Brit Awards with rapper Dizzee Rascal (on this week's chart backing up Shakira, btw) on "You Got The Dirtee Love", which mashed up her previous UK cover of the Candi Staton classic "You Got The Love". Her new US single, which is breaking on both Rock and Adult Pop stations, was nominated for an MTV video award, which wasn't surprisedly considering how striking it is. Here's "Dog Days Are Over"...



American dance-music singer Erika Jayne has had a perfect record so far - four #1 club hits out of four single releases ("Rollercoaster", "Stars", "Give You Everything" and "Pretty Mess"). That's one each year. 2011 looks promising, as her latest is at #2 on Billboard's dance Chart. It's called "One Hot Pleasure"...



Next up is the rock band Cage The Elephant, who have had a great year in 2010, with two number-one singles on the Alternative Rock chart ("Back Against The Wall" and "In One Ear"). The neo-roots group from Kentucky preview their sophomore records with "Shake Me Down"...



The next singer has two songs making their first appearance on my chart. Each are blowing up on different formats, and first up is the song that's been #1 on the R&B chart for eight weeks and counting, eclipsing the run of his previous #1 R&B hit "I Invented Sex". The single is the break-up track "Can't Be Friends"...



Tiffany Dunn is originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and her first chart hit is the dance-club jam "Shut The Front Door (Got My Girls)"..



The next song is by two artists already represented in my top-100. French DJ-of-the-moment David Guetta is still mining his outstanding One Love CD, with the re-released Kid Cudi track "Memories" in the upper half of my list. That album also contained his biggest US hit, the pop top-5 "Sexy Bitch" with Akon. Rihanna just celebrated her eighth and ninth US #1 with "What's My Name" and "Only Girl (In The World)", which are still on my chart as well. Her longest-running charttoppers are her flagship single "Umbrella" and the song that just dropped out here, "Love The Way You Lie" with Eminem. Guetta and Rihanna's new collaboration is a bubblegum-dance song, here's "Who's That Chick?"...



Emo-rock band My Chemical Romance have had five previous top-10 hits on the Modern Rock chart, including the pop top-10 and ModRock #1 "Welcome To The Black Parade". The second single from their excellent new CD Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys makes its way to become their sixth. Here's the epic "Sing"...



Now it's time for Trey Songz' other debut, the pop hit "Bottoms Up". The single, which features eclectic rapper Nicki Minaj, so far eclipsed the perfomance of Trey's other pop top-10 hit "Say Aah". "Bottoms Up" is his ode to the club, and the bottle service in the back I'll never take part in...



English singer Ellie Goulding has her biggest single (passing the rank of her debut UK top-5 single "Starry Eyed") with a remake of Elton John's classic "Your Song" which is being used in an ad campaign for British department-store chain John Lewis. For a song used in a commercial, let alone a seasonal-timed one, it's a delightfully precious version...



The last debut is by former Pussycat Doll lead singer and current The Sing-Off judge (in the Paula Abdul position), Nicole Scherzinger. Nicole has had a tough time shirking the PCD persona, managing a single US pop hit backing up Diddy/Puff Daddy/Sean Combs/whatever with "Come To Me", and a single UK top-20 as a lead artist (backed by will.i.am) with "Baby Love" (which made my top-40 back in 2008). Her latest is her biggest British success, making the top-3, though it yet is to be released in the states, even after her Sing-Off stint and her winning turn on Dancing With The Stars. Give this girl a break!



5-4-3-2-1!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

twostepcub's music chart for December 24, 2010...

Happy Christmas, everyone, and it's time for my top tunes of the week. This week Bruno Mars has a fifth week at number one, while Linkin Park (pictured above) make it into the top-5. Songs by Chris Willis, Rihanna, and Steven Lee make the biggest jumps (moves of more than 10 places in red), while former big hits by Sugarland, Alex Gaudino, Jimmy Eat World, and Mike Posner drop out. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on the highlighted names of any of the artists to go to their websites to check out more information on them (right click, and you can bring it up on another tab or window!) It's time for Snowcopalyse 2010!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars (1)
2. Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna (2)
3. Raise Your Glass - Pink (4)
4. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (6)
5. Tighten Up - The Black Keys (9)
6. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry (5)
7. If I Die Young - The Band Perry (3)
8. Secrets - OneRepublic (8)
9. Firework - Katy Perry (19)
10. Animal - Neon Trees (10)
11. Radioactive - Kings Of Leon (7)
12. Just A Dream - Nelly (12)
13. Like A G6 - Far East Movement f/Cataracs & Dev (14)
14. Mama's Song - Carrie Underwood (16)
15. As She's Walking Away - Zac Brown Band f/Alan Jackson (11)
16. Barbra Streisand - Duck Sauce (20)
17. Rhythm Of Love - Plain White T's (17)
18. Give A Little More - Maroon 5 (22)
19. DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love - Usher f/Pitbull (15)
20. For The First Time - The Script (24)
21. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (13)
22. Say You'll Haunt Me - Stone Sour (18)
23. Dynamite - Taio Cruz (21)
24. Turn On The Radio - Reba McEntire (28)
25. In For The Kill - La Roux (25)
26. Take Over Control - Afrojack f/Eva Simons (32)
27. Put You In A Song - Keith Urban (31)
28. Above All - Sylvia Tosun (30)
29. All In - Lifehouse (27)
30. September - Daughtry (26)
31. Miami 2 Ibiza - Swedish House Mafia f/Tinie Tempah (45)
32. Mine - Taylor Swift (33)
33. Misery - Maroon 5 (29)
34. Marry Me - Train (44)
35. Hollywood - Michael Buble (35)
36. Smack You - Kimberly Cole (38)
37. I Like That - Richard Vission vs Static Revenger f/Luciana (41)
38. Hands - Ting Tings (23)
39. Voices - Chris Young (39)
40. Somewhere With You - Kenny Chesney (48)
41. Destination - Tony Moran f/Ultra Nate (43)
42. What Do You Got? - Bon Jovi (42)
43. C'mon Get Funky - R Rosario & A Aguilera f/T Wallace (53)
44. Loca - Shakira f/Dizzee Rascal (54)
45. Only Prettier - Miranda Lambert (46)
46. Sometimes I Cry - Eric Benet (51)
47. Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri (47)
48. Hang With Me - Robyn (50)
49. Get Outta My Way - Kylie Minogue (36)
50. Undisclosed Desires - Muse (52)
51. Dirty Picture - Taio Cruz f/Ke$ha (37)
52. Memories - David Guetta f/Kid Cudi (62)
53. Anything Like Me - Brad Paisley (40)
54. Felt Good On My Lips - Tim McGraw (58)
55. Fuck You/Forget You - Cee-Lo Green (57)
56. We R Who We R - Ke$ha (66)
57. Why Wait - Rascal Flatts (59)
58. Louder (Put Your Hands Up) - Chris Willis (78)
59. Love All Over Me - Monica (55)
60. Peacock - Katy Perry (60)
61. World So Cold - Three Days Grace (71)
62. Maybe - Sick Puppies (74)
63. You Are - Charlie Wilson (73)
64. Porn Star Dancing - My Darkest Days f/Zakk Wylde (68)
65. Someone Else Calling You Baby - Luke Bryan (72)
66. My Kinda Party - Jason Aldean (70)
67. Love The Way You Lie - Eminem f/Rihanna (61)
68. The Breath You Take - George Strait (69)
69. Sick Of You - Cake (81)
70. If I Had You - Adam Lambert (56)
71. Grenade - Bruno Mars (DEBUT)
72. When A Woman Loves - R. Kelly (76)
73. Start A Fire - Ryan Star (75)
74. Farmer's Daughter - Rodney Atkins (64)
75. What's My Name - Rihanna f/Drake (90)
76. Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Steven Lee & Granite f/Zander Bleck (91)
77. I Like It - Enrique Iglesias f/Pitbull (63)
78. The Time (Dirty Bit) - Black Eyed Peas (DEBUT)
79. Hello World - Lady Antebellum (89)
80. Smoke A Little Smoke - Eric Church (84)
81. Parachute - Ingrid Michaelson (83)
82. Strip Me - Natasha Bedingfield (86)
83. Wildflower - JaneDear Girls (85)
84. Bullets In The Gun - Toby Keith (97)
85. One Life Stand - Longo & Wainwright f/Craig Smart (95)
86. The Emergency - BT (94)
87. The Flood - Take That (88)
88. Perfect - Hedley (92)
89. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina (87)
90. Oye Baby - Nicola Fasano f/Pitbull (DEBUT)
91. I'm Doing Me - Fantasia (DEBUT)
92. Who Are You When I'm Not Looking - Blake Shelton (99)
93. Let Me Down Easy - Billy Currington (DEBUT)
94. Back To December - Taylor Swift (DEBUT)
95. Dog Days Are Over - Glee Cast (DEBUT)
96. Real - James Wesley (98)
97. Heroes - X Factor Finalists 2010 (DEBUT)
98. From A Table Away - Sunny Sweeney (100)
99. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (DEBUT)
100. Sweet Serendipity - Lee Dewyze (DEBUT)

This week there are ten new songs on my list (marked in yellow). I've included links (highlighted in orange) that go to classic videos/songs from these artists.

The highest debut goes to the man with the number-one song on my chart, Bruno Mars. The man is on a roll. After major cameos in B.o.B's "Nothin' On You" and Travie McCoy's "Billionaire", Mars (born Peter Hernandez in Honolulu) followed through with a debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans which was one of the best CD's I bought this past year. His latest is on track to become his second #1 Billboard solo hit, and it takes my back to the dramatic pop-soul of Motown's heyday. Here's "Grenade"...



The next song is by the Black Eyed Peas, who dominated the pop scene of 2009 capped off with "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling", which totalled 26 weeks (12 for the former, 14 for the latter) at the Billboard Hot 100 #1 spot. That's half the year! They had a third #1 hit with "Imma Be" earlier this year, and their new single hasn't been getting the love from radio that their former album did. However, in Britain, this song kept the sonic abortion that was Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" from hitting #1 there, so they go up a notch in my book just for that, even though this track ridiculously samples the 1987 Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley hit from Dirty Dancing, "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life". Coincidentally, the cast of Glee just had a US top 40 hit with their version of the original song. Fergie, will.i.am, Taboo, and apl.de.ap transform it into "The Time [Dirty Bit]" complete with special effect video...



Armando Perez, otherwise known as Spanglish rapper Pitbull, has overcome being the Gerardo of this generation by collaborating with just about anybody and keeping his name out there. In fact, three songs on my list this week have Pitbull in a supporting role (including the top-10 songs "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" with Usher and "I Like It" with Enrique Iglesias), as well as a fourth (his own "Hey Baby [Drop It To The Floor]") just bubbling under my chart. His biggest success so far has been his #2 smash from last year, "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)", which samples the dance track "75, Brazil Street" by Miami DJ Nicola Fasano. Pitbull returns the favor by guesting on Fasano's new single which is debuting this week, "Oye Baby"...



Fantasia Barrino has certainly been the most unconventional American Idol winner, between her marriage-breaking affair and reality-show stints. Unfortunately, that sideshow distracts from Fantasia's great voice, and notable work including a memorable run on Broadway in The Color Purple. She's had a #1 pop hit in the US with her Idol winner's song, "I Believe", in 2004, and followed three years later with her first R&B #1 hit, "When I See U". Her latest is a great self-empowering jam, and makes me like her more. Here's Fantasia, and "I'm Doin' Me"...



Next up is country hunk Billy Currington, who is from Savannah, Georgia, and is following up a trio of number one Billboard country hits ("People Are Crazy", "That's How Country Boys Roll", and "Pretty Good At Drinking Beer"). His biggest hit (out of five #1s) is the 2006 smash "Good Directions", which was on top for three weeks. His latest climber is the heartbreaker ballad "Let Me Down Easy"...




The media-crowned "young face of country music", Taylor Swift, just turned 21 a couple weeks ago, and has entered the tabloid cess pool with her kanoodling with Jake Gyllenhaal (yeah yeah, just a little bit jealous). However you can't call her a "flash in the pan", since her third album Speak Now is in the top-10 sold albums of this year (making it the third year in a row Swift has shown up). She also has racked up eight US top-10 pop hits, and four number-one country hits, including the six-week charttopper "Our Song" and her pop crossover smash "You Belong With Me". Her latest is a reported 'apology' song to former boyfriend Taylor Lautner, and it's "Back To December"...



Surprisingly, the cast of the hit TV musical show Glee (if you can call the multi-actor collaborative an act) has finished the first half of their second season (not counting the Christmas episode) by becoming the act with the second-most entries on Billboard's Hot 100 chart (104, four behind Elvis). And while some may dismiss that with the "Those singles only chart for one, at best a couple of weeks", I'd say to consistently week after week sell that many records is still quite a feat in itself. I do still feel uneasy with the loose term "Glee cast" as a "band name", but I think I'll get over it. Their latest is a cover of one of the best rock songs of this year (and another song just "bubbling under" my chart this week), Florence & The Machine's "Dog Days Are Over". The fact that #1) they do a kick-ass job of performing this song, #2) gave new sales life to the original just in time for Florence's new-artist Grammy nomination, and #3) features the sadly underused Jenna Ushkowitz, and I feel it's a great thing, 104 hits or not...



England's version of The X Factor ended on December 12, with male finalist (and Mr. Potato-Head model) Matt Cardle taking the winner's spot. For the third year in a row, the finalists released a charity record benefiting UK's Help For Heroes (following the covers of Mariah Carey's "Hero" and Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone"). This time this year's finalists redo David Bowie's "Heroes"...



30 Seconds to Mars was formed in LA by brothers Jared and Shannon Leto in 1998, and
since then have had three number one hits on Billboard's Modern Rock/Alternative Rock chart. "From Yesterday" was from the band's sophomore record A Beautiful Lie, and their other two, "Kings And Queens" and "This Is War" are from their third album This Is War. That CD also contains their latest hit, "Closer To The Edge"...



The last season of American Idol was the last for judge Simon Cowell before leaving to bring his X Factor to the States. It's only appropriate, then, for both juggernauts to be represented on this weeks list, as last season's winner Lee DeWyze has his first non-Idol hit (after the top-40 Billboard pop cover of U2's "Beautiful Day") on adult top-40 with "Sweet Serendipity"...



Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

twostepcub's music chart for December 17, 2010...

Christmas is almost here, but amidst the Xmas rush here's my top 100 tunes for the week. This week Bruno Mars spends a fourth week at the summit, while Pink (pictured above) makes it into the top-5. Former big hits by Donna Summer and Michael Franti drop out, while tracks by Robyn, Three Days Grace, and The Script make the biggest moves (jumps of 10+ marked in red). Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on the highlighted name of any of the artists to go to their website. Also, videos from classic songs of the debuting artists (marked in orange) can be clicked as well. Fa-la-la-la-la!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars (1)
2. Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna (2)
3. If I Die Young - The Band Perry (4)
4. Raise Your Glass - Pink (6)
5. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry (3)
6. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (11)
7. Radioactive - Kings Of Leon (7)
8. Secrets - OneRepublic (10)
9. Tighten Up - The Black Keys (9)
10. Animal - Neon Trees (8)
11. As She's Walking Away - Zac Brown Band f/Alan Jackson (5)
12. Just A Dream - Nelly (12)
13. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (13)
14. Like A G6 - Far East Movement f/Cataracs & Dev (16)
15. DJ Got Us Falling In Love - Usher f/Pitbull (15)
16. Mama's Song - Carrie Underwood (21)
17. Rhythm Of Love - Plain White T's (19)
18. Say You'll Haunt Me - Stone Sour (14)
19. Firework - Katy Perry (29)
20. Barbra Streisand - Duck Sauce (24)
21. Dynamite - Taio Cruz (18)
22. Give A Little More - Maroon 5 (28)
23. Hands - Ting Tings (23)
24. For The First Time - The Script (38)
25. In For The Kill - La Roux (26)
26. September - Daughtry (22)
27. All In - Lifehouse (27)
28. Turn On The Radio - Reba McEntire (31)
29. Misery - Maroon 5 (20)
30. Above All - Sylvia Tosun (32)
31. Put You In A Song - Keith Urban (36)
32. Take Over Control - Afrojack f/Eva Simons (34)
33. Mine - Taylor Swift (33)
34. Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland (17)
35. Hollywood - Michael Buble (36)
36. Get Outta My Way - Kylie Minogue (30)
37. Dirty Picture - Taio Cruz f/Ke$ha (25)
38. Smack You - Kimberly Cole (43)
39. Voices - Chris Young (40)
40. Anything Like Me - Brad Paisley (42)
41. I Like That - Richard Vission vs Static Revenger f/Luciana (45)
42. What Do You Got? - Bon Jovi (46)
43. Destination - Tony Moran f/Ultra Nate (47)
44. Marry Me - Train (48)
45. Miami 2 Ibiza - Swedish House Mafia f/Tinie Tempah (55)
46. Only Prettier - Miranda Lambert (50)
47. Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri (51)
48. Somewhere With You - Kenny Chesney (62)
49. I'm In Love (I Wanna Do It) - Alex Guadino (44)
50. Hang With Me - Robyn (70)
51. Sometimes I Cry - Eric Benet (56)
52. Undisclosed Desires - Muse (64)
53. C'mon Get Funky - R Rosario & A Aguilera f/T Wallace (67)
54. Loca - Shakira f/Dizzee Rascal (68)
55. Love All Over Me - Monica (49)
56. If I Had You - Adam Lambert (39)
57. Fuck You/Forget You - Cee-Lo Green (58)
58. Felt Good On My Lips - Tim McGraw (63)
59. Why Wait - Rascal Flatts (61)
60. Peacock - Katy Perry (60)
61. Love The Way You Lie - Eminem f/Rihanna (41)
62. Memories - David Guetta f/Kid Cudi (72)
63. I Like It - Enrique Iglesias f/Pitbull (53)
64. Farmer's Daughter - Rodney Atkins (65)
65. Let's Celebrate - The Ones f/Nomi Ruiz (66)
66. We R Who We R - Ke$ha (73)
67. My Best Theory - Jimmy Eat World (37)
68. Porn Star Dancing - My Darkest Days f/Zakk Wylde (78)
69. The Breath You Take - George Strait (69)
70. My Kinda Party - Jason Aldean (71)
71. World So Cold - Three Days Grace (87)
72. Someone Else Calling You Baby - Luke Bryan (76)
73. You Are - Charlie Wilson (83)
74. Maybe - Sick Puppies (86)
75. Start A Fire - Ryan Star (77)
76. When A Woman Loves - R. Kelly (81)
77. Impossible - Anberlin (57)
78. Louder (Put Your Hands Up) - Chris Willis (DEBUT)
79. This Ain't No Love Song - Trace Adkins (79)
80. Somewhere - DJ Mog f/Sarah Lynn (74)
81. Sick Of You - Cake (91)
82. Love-Hate-Sex-Pain - Godsmack (59)
83. Parachute - Ingrid Michaelson (93)
84. Smoke A Little Smoke - Eric Church (88)
85. Wildflower - The JaneDear Girls (85)
86. Strip Me - Natasha Bedingfield (89)
87. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina (82)
88. The Flood - Take That (90)
89. Hello World - Lady Antebellum (97)
90. What's My Name - Rihanna f/Drake (92)
91. Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Steven Lee & Granite f/Z Bleck (95)
92. Perfect - Hedley (94)
93. Cooler Than Me - Mike Posner (75)
94. The Emergency - BT (DEBUT)
95. One Life Stand - Longo & Wainwight f/Craig Smart (DEBUT)
96. Love You More - JLS (DEBUT)
97. Bullets In The Gun - Toby Keith (99)
98. Real - James Wesley (100)
99. Who Are You When I'm Not Looking - Blake Shelton (DEBUT)
100. From A Table Away - Sunny Sweeney (DEBUT)

There are six new songs on my list (debuts marked in yellow), and the highest is by gospel singer turned dance diva Chris Willis. Willis has worked with French producer David Guetta (who is also on this weeks chart) and had provided the lead vocals on classic Guetta tracks like "Love Is Gone" and "Gettin' Over You", both which topped the US dance chart (and also going top-3 in the UK). His latest is his first solo credit without Guetta, and it's already a big dance hit. Here's "Louder (Put Your Hands Up)"...



Next up is electronica legend Brian Transeau, or BT as he records by, with his latest single, "The Emergency". He has had two number-1 dance hits with "Blue Skies" (with Tori Amos) and "Remember". His current album, These Hopeful Machines (which includes "The Emergency"), is up for Dance/Electronic album of the year Grammy...



JLS stands for "Jack The Lad Swing", and the boys who finished second behind Alexandra Burke on England's X Factor still have something to swing about. They now have four UK number-one hits out of five singles, including their debut "Beat Again", followup "Everybody In Love", and last single "The Club Is Alive". Their fourth is a charity record benefiting the Children In Need, and it's "Love You More"...



Northern British DJ's Ian Longo and Jay Wainwright have recruited Canadian singer for their first American dance radio hit, "One Life Stand"...



Singer Blake Shelton has had seven number-one hits on the country chart since his debut single "Austin" in 2001, which so far has been his biggest, spending five weeks on top. "Some Beach" spent another four weeks, and this year Blake released two EPs of music each containing another charttopper. His latest is from the second EP All About Tonight as well as his new Greatest Hits set, and it's "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"...



The last artist to debut is Sunny Sweeney, who started out as a comedian, but now is making a name as a country artist, with her first charting single, "From A Table Away"...



Deck those halls!

Friday, December 10, 2010

twostepcub's music chart for December 10, 2010..

The countdown to Christmas continues, but now it's time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Bruno Mars spends a third week at number one, while country family group The Band Perry (pictured above) jumps into the top-5. Singles by Katy Perry, Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera, and The Script make the biggest moves (10+ moves marked in red), while former big hits by Flo Rida, Darius Rucker, Sara Bareilles, Brandon Flowers, Selena Gomez & The Scene, Yolanda Be Cool, and Lady Antebellum drop out. Link-O-Rama is in effect, so you can click on the highlighted name of any of the artists to go to their website...Brrrrrr!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars (1)
2. Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna (2)
3. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry (3)
4. If I Die Young - The Band Perry (8)
5. As She's Walking Away - Zac Brown Band f/Alan Jackson (6)
6. Raise Your Glass - Pink (11)
7. Radioactive - Kings Of Leon (7)
8. Animal - Neon Trees (4)
9. Tighten Up - The Black Keys (13)
10. Secrets - OneRepublic (12)
11. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (19)
12. Just A Dream - Nelly (14)
13. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (15)
14. Say You'll Haunt Me - Stone Sour (9)
15. DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love - Usher f/Pitbull (10)
16. Like A G6 - Far East Movement f/Cataracs & Dev (20)
17. Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland (5)
18. Dynamite - Taio Cruz (18)
19. Rhythm Of Love - Plain White T's (21)
20. Misery - Maroon 5 (16)
21. Mama's Song - Carrie Underwood (31)
22. September - Daughtry (17)
23. Hands - Ting Tings (24)
24. Barbra Streisand - Duck Sauce (36)
25. Dirty Picture - Taio Cruz f/Ke$ha (26)
26. In For The Kill - La Roux (30)
27. All In - Lifehouse (23)
28. Give A Little More - Maroon 5 (42)
29. Firework - Katy Perry (76)
30. Get Outta My Way - Kylie Minogue (22)
31. Turn On The Radio - Reba McEntire (38)
32. Above All - Sylvia Tosun (34)
33. Mine - Taylor Swift (33)
34. Take Over Control - Afrojack f/Eva Simons (39)
35. Put You In A Song - Keith Urban (43)
36. Hollywood - Michael Buble (41)
37. My Best Theory - Jimmy Eat World (27)
38. For The First Time - The Script (62)
39. If I Had You - Adam Lambert (25)
40. Voices - Chris Young (45)
41. Love The Way You Lie - Eminem f/Rihanna (37)
42. Anything Like Me - Brad Paisley (46)
43. Smack You - Kimberly Cole (50)
44. I'm In Love (I Wanna Do It) - Alex Gaudino (40)
45. I Like That - Richard Vission vs Static Revenger f/Luciana (51)
46. What Do You Got? - Bon Jovi (52)
47. Destination - Tony Moran f/Ultra Nate (61)
48. Marry Me - Train (58)
49. Love All Over Me - Monica (44)
50. Only Prettier - Miranda Lambert (54)
51. Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri (55)
52. To Paris With Love - Donna Summer (32)
53. I Like It - Enrique Iglesias f/Pitbull (49)
54. The Sound Of Sunshine - Michael Franti & Spearhead (47)
55. Miami 2 Ibiza - Swedish House Mafia f/Tinie Tempah (75)
56. Sometimes I Cry - Eric Benet (64)
57. Impossible - Anberlin (57)
58. Fuck You / Forget You - Cee-Lo Green (60)
59. Love-Hate-Sex-Pain - Godsmack (59)
60. Peacock - Katy Perry (66)
61. Why Wait - Rascal Flatts (63)
62. Somewhere With You - Kenny Chesney (77)
63. Felt Good On My Lips - Tim McGraw (67)
64. Undisclosed Desires - Muse (72)
65. Farmer's Daughter - Rodney Atkins (70)
66. Let's Celebrate - The Ones f/Nomi Ruiz (68)
67. C'mon Get Funky - Ralphi Rosario & Abel Aguilera f/Tamara Wallace (97)
68. Loca - Shakira f/Dizzee Rascal (DEBUT)
69. The Breath You Take - George Strait (69)
70. Hang With Me - Robyn (DEBUT)
71. My Kinda Party - Jason Aldean (73)
72. Memories - David Guetta f/Kid Cudi (RE-ENTRY)
73. We R Who We R - Ke$ha (78)
74. Somewhere - DJ Mog f/Sarah Lynn (74)
75. Cooler Than Me - Mike Posner (71)
76. Someone Else Calling You Baby - Luke Bryan (82)
77. Start A Fire - Ryan Star (79)
78. Porn Star Dancing - My Darkest Days f/Zakk Wylde (86)
79. This Ain't No Love Song - Trace Adkins (80)
80. Sunglasses - Divine Brown (81)
81. When A Woman Loves - R. Kelly (91)
82. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina (83)
83. You Are - Charlie Wilson (93)
84. Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole (84)
85. Wildflower - JaneDear Girls (85)
86. Maybe - Sick Puppies (96)
87. World So Cold - Three Days Grace (87)
88. Smoke A Little Smoke - Eric Church (98)
89. Strip Me - Natasha Bedingfield (92)
90. The Flood - Take That (DEBUT)
91. Sick Of You - Cake (DEBUT)
92. What's My Name - Rihanna f/Drake (94)
93. Parachute - Ingrid Michaelson (DEBUT)
94. Perfect - Hedley (99)
95. Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Steven Lee & Granite f/Zander Bleck (100)
96. Singin' In The Rain/Umbrella - Glee Cast (DEBUT)
97. Hello World - Lady Antebellum (DEBUT)
98. Forget You - Glee Cast (DEBUT)
99. Bullets In The Gun - Toby Keith (DEBUT)
100. Real - James Wesley (DEBUT)

This week ten new songs debut on my list (marked in yellow), as well as a strong re-entry. There's also links in orange that'll take you to classic videos by these artists.

Colombian siren Shakira has had the second most stable success of any of the artists who emerged from the "Latin Explosion" of 1999 (though Enrique Iglesias is still a bit ahead). Her biggest success was the 2006 #1 hit "Hips Don't Lie" with Wyclef Jean. These days while Wyclef is trying to help Haiti, Shakira is now teaming with another rap artist, this time British powerhouse Dizzee Rascal, who's last album Tongue N Cheek has produced four UK #1 hits, including "Dance Wiv Me" which stayed on top for four weeks there. Their new collaboration is the second single from Shakira's new Spanish and English-language album Sale el Sol (after the worldwide World Cup hit "Waka Waka"), and she's going "Loca"...




Swedish singer Robyn is a study in perseverance. In 1997 she released her debut album, Robyn Is Here, which sent two songs into the US top 10 - "Do You Know (What It Takes)" and "Show Me Love". After an eight year dry spell, she started her comeback in England with her self-titled album, which contained four UK top-40 hits, including the number one "With Every Heartbeat". This year she released three EPs of music titled Body Talk, which contained one of the best songs of this year, "Dancing On My Own". The best of the three mini-sets have been combined as a full-length CD, and is one I recommend highly. The next single is the thoughtful "Hang With Me"....



In the United States, Take That was a one-hit wonder with the 1995 top-ten hit "Back For Good". In Britain, they are an industry. Like ABBA proportions industry. With eleven number-one records (and another fourteen making the top-40), the quintet was the epitome of the boy-band. Each of the members had a lead in at least one of the group's hits, though the majority were behind Gary Barlow. Three of the 11 #1 hits were on top for a whopping four weeks - their first #1 "Pray", "Back For Good", and their comeback single "Patience". Robbie Williams left in 1995 to pursue a solo career that for awhile overshadowed that of his former group, and Barlow and fellow member Mark Owen have also had top-5 success on their own, though not in any level like Williams. After reconciling this past year, they are back with the first single from the album Progress, which has sold a million copies - an astounding amount for Britain. Here's "The Flood"...



Indie-rock darlings from Sacremento, CA, Cake had their biggest hit with the 1998 modern-rock #1 "Never There". After a series of member changes, but retaining lead singer John McCrea and (thankfully) trumpeter Vince DiFiore, the group is back with "Sick Of You"...



The next song was a recent British top-10 hit by ex-Girls Aloud and current X-Factor judge Cheryl Cole. It's now released by indie-pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson who co-wrote the song. She is definitely someone I feel I should check out more, after two excellent adult-pop top-20 hits in "The Way I Am" and "Maybe". Here is "Parachute"...



This week two songs from the cast of Glee come in to replace their US top-10 version of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream". Fitting, since surprisingly their recording of their other American top ten hit, "Don't Stop Believin'" was just nominated for a Grammy for best pop group vocal. I have qualms with that definition of a "group", even though I'm quite happy with the show's success. The "Substitute" episode featured guest star Gwyneth Paltrow, and in both songs here she sings lead (or co-lead). Glee's music is always best when they mix it up a little from the original, and this is a great example. Two completely different genres are mashed as the film classic "Singin' In The Rain" is segued into the Rihanna jam "Umbrella". Rain, umbrella. Knock me over with the irony...



Lady Antebellum had one of the biggest selling and most played songs of this year with the ode to drunk-dialing "Need You Now", the title cut from a CD that's sent all three singles to #1 on the US country chart, and built on the success of "I Run To You", which was the biggest country hit of 2009, and recently resurrected adult-pop hit (it just fell from my countdown this week). Their latest (and possibly fourth #1 from the CD) is the ballad "Hello World"...



And we're back to Gwyneth and the cast of Glee with the sanitized version of the song at #58 on my chart, Cee-Lo Green's, ahem, "Forget You", which I am so tickled that has been nominated for Record and Song of the Year Grammys. Daaaaamn!




And now for something completely different...Toby Keith. The country singer turned Fox News stooge has had nineteen country number-one singles in the US, including two six-week charttoppers, "Beer For My Horses" (with Willie Nelson) and "As Good As I Once Was". His latest is the cinematic "Bullets For My Gun"...



The last debut is by country singer James Wesley (last name Prosser), who has his first country top-40 hit with "Real", which references the reality-show glut...



and now to snuggle in with some warm covers... Cheers!