Friday, March 25, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for March 25, 2011...

Hey folks, it's time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Pink stays a fuckin' second week on top, while Lady Gaga (pictured above) roars into the runner-up spot. A former big hit by Luke Bryan drops out, while tracks by Sara Evans, Foo Fighters, and Tim/Berg make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on any of the highlighted artists to go to their website. Where exactly is spring again?

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Fuckin' Perfect - Pink (1)
2. Born This Way - Lady GaGa (10)
3. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (5)
4. Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (4)
5. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine (3)
6. Grenade - Bruno Mars (2)
7. S&M - Rihanna (11)
8. Firework - Katy Perry (6)
9. For The First Time - The Script (7)
10. Colder Weather - The Zac Brown Band (18)
11. Fuck You/Forget You - Cee-Lo Green (22)
12. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (12)
13. Better Than Today - Kylie Minogue (13)
14. Hello - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (8)
15. Sing - My Chemical Romance (16)
16. Higher - Taio Cruz f/Kylie Minogue & Travie McCoy (21)
17. Marry Me - Train (17)
18. Raise Your Glass - Pink (15)
19. This - Darius Rucker (23)
20. Maybe - Sick Puppies (9)
21. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (14)
22. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson (32)
23. The Cave - Mumford & Sons (33)
24. Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri (28)
25. Back To December - Taylor Swift (27)
26. Hello World - Lady Antebellum (31)
27. Tighten Up - Black Keys (20)
28. Hold It Against Me - Britney Spears (35)
29. Who's That Chick? - David Guetta f/Rihanna (19)
30. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars (26)
31. You Are - Charlie Wilson (29)
32. Help Is On The Way - Rise Against (39)
33. Move On Fast - Yoko Ono (37)
34. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (34)
35. Rope - Foo Fighters (50)
36. Rocketeer - Far East Movement f/Ryan Tedder (40)
37. Let Me Down Easy - Billy Currington (38)
38. What's My Name - Rihanna f/Drake (24)
39. Someone Like You - Adele (49)
40. Little Miss - Sugarland (41)
41. Secrets - OneRepublic (25)
42. A Year Without Rain - Selena Gomez & The Scene (30)
43. Sanity - Hannah (48)
44. What Do You Want - Jerrod Niemann (46)
45. What The Hell - Avril Lavigne (45)
46. Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not - Thompson Square (53)
47. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (47)
48. Can't Be Friends - Trey Songz (36)
49. Seek Bromance - Tim/Berg (63)
50. Who Are You When I'm Not Looking - Blake Shelton (44)
51. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles (61)
52. Take Over Control - Afrojack f/Eva Simons (51)
53. A Little Bit Stronger - Sara Evans (73)
54. Isolation - Alter Bridge (54)
55. Party Of The Year - Jipsta f/Sandy B (56)
56. Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (62)
57. I Do - Colbie Caillat (64)
58. This Is Country Music - Brad Paisley (58)
59. Sleepyhead - Passion Pit (59)
60. Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland (60)
61. From A Table Away - Sunny Sweeney (65)
62. Rock Tonight - J786 (42)
63. We R Who We R - Ke$ha (43)
64. Lay With You - El DeBarge f/Faith Evans (68)
65. The Shape I'm In - Joe Nichols (66)
66. Naked - Consuelo Costin f/Massi & DeLeon (67)
67. Price Tag - Jessie J f/B.o.B (75)
68. Never Gonna Leave This Bed - Maroon 5 (72)
69. New Low - Middle Class Rut (71)
70. Stay The Night - James Blunt (70)
71. I Won't Let Go - Rascal Flatts (78)
72. Heart Like Mine - Miranda Lambert (74)
73. Bleed Red - Ronnie Dunn (80)
74. Family Man - Craig Campbell (76)
75. Howling For You - Black Keys (77)
76. I Need Love - DJ Yiannis f/Georgie Porgie (55)
77. So Delicious - Salme f/Noa Tylo (79)
78. Twist Of Love - Kimberly Davis (82)
79. Georgia Clay - Josh Kelley (84)
80. This Night - Mask Munkeys (81)
81. Got That Feeling - Bad Boy Bill f/Eric Jag (85)
82. Diamond Eyes - Shinedown (86)
83. Real - James Wesley (83)
84. Live A Little - Kenny Chesney (91)
85. On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (99)
86. Freefallin' - Zoe Badwi (90)
87. More - Usher (DEBUT)
88. Where Do I Go From You - Clay Walker (88)
89. Love Letter - R. Kelly (94)
90. My Body - Young The Giant (92)
91. Keep On Dancing - Alyssa Rubino (DEBUT)
92. Keep Your Head Up - Andy Grammer (96)
93. E.T. - Katy Perry f/Kanye West (100)
94. Walking - Mary Mary (DEBUT)
95. Stay - Hurts (95)
96. Blow - Ke$ha (DEBUT)
97. Sun Is Up - Inna (97)
98. Celui - Colonel Reyel (98)
99. Without You - Keith Urban (DEBUT)
100. Taken By A Stranger - Lena (DEBUT)

There were a dozen new songs on last week's list, and this week has a half-dozen more (marked in yellow). I've included older videos form the artists (links highlighted in orange).

The highest debut is the latest single from Usher. The R&B powerhouse has his first US #1 hit with "Nice N Slow" in 1998. He's had eight more charttoppers since then, including his biggest, "Yeah" from 2004. "More" is most visible on basketball commercials right now, but it's a great jam nonetheless...



Next up is newcomer Alyssa Rubino from Canada, with her first dance hit with "Keep On Dancing"...



Neither of the two sisters who comprise R&B/Gospel duo Mary Mary are actually named Mary, but no matter, Erica and Tina have become the hottest gospel group in the last 10 years. After hitting the pop top-40 with "Shackles (Praise You)" in 2000, they have cut a consistent career in Christian music, as well as branching out into other genres, as their latest CD The Sound featured two #1 Dance hits with "Get Up" and "God In Me", and their latest single has already crossed over to be a top-20 dance hit as well as a top-5 Adult R&B single, and it's "Walking"...



The queen of the auto-tune is back, and no it isn't Rebecca Black. No No No No No. It's Ke$ha, who rode the robotrain to the biggest hit of last year, "Tik Tok". Her second US #1, "We R Who We R", is still riding its way down my list, while her newest, "Blow" has a typically Kay-dollarsign-ha crazy-ass video with none other than James friggin' VanderBeek. With Unicorns. Behold, "Blow"...



Keith Urban placed 11 songs at #1 on the US Country chart, most recently with "Only You Can Love Me This Way" in 2009. My personal fave is 2004's "You'll Think Of Me". His latest has the soft acoustic feel of the latter, and it's called "Without You"...



The last new entry is by the winner of last years Eurovision song contest with the song "Satellite", and amazingly will represent her home country Germany again in this years competition. It's with a song that's already a top-5 hit there, and Lena is the first person I can remember to repeat a Eurovision try back-to-back. Here she is with "Taken By A Stranger"...



Niterz, all! Next week, along with my regular list, I'll be recapping the biggest hits so far this year. Stay tuned....

Sunday, March 20, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for March 18, 2011...

Hey everyone, it's the first day of spring, and time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Pink makes it to #1, while Adele (pictured above) leaps into the top-5. Songs by Adele, Maroon 5, and Sara Bareilles make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits by the Plain White T's, Chris Young, Kenny Chesney, Cher, Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams, and Nelly drop out. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on any of the highlighted artists to go over to their website (right-click to use another tab or window). I've also included orange links to more videos from the debut artists. What's Naavi for "fall asleep"?

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Fuckin' Perfect - Pink (3)
2. Grenade - Bruno Mars (2)
3. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine (1)
4. Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (5)
5. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (9)
6. Firework - Katy Perry (6)
7. For The First Time - The Script (7)
8. Hello - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (8)
9. Maybe - Sick Puppies (4)
10. Born This Way - Lady GaGa (18)
11. S&M - Rihanna (21)
12. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (12)
13. Better Than Today - Kylie Minogue (15)
14. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (10)
15. Raise Your Glass - Pink (11)
16. Sing - My Chemical Romance (20)
17. Marry Me - Train (13)
18. Colder Weather - The Zac Brown Band (26)
19. Who's That Chick - David Guetta f/Rihanna (19)
20. Tighten Up - Black Keys (16)
21. Higher - Taio Cruz f/Kylie Minogue & Travie McCoy (29)
22. Fuck You/Forget You - Cee-Lo Green (32)
23. This - Darius Rucker (28)
24. What's My Name - Rihanna f/Drake (14)
25. Secrets - OneRepublic (17)
26. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars (22)
27. Back To December - Taylor Swift (27)
28. Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri (31)
29. You Are - Charlie Wilson (25)
30. A Year Without Rain - Selena Gomez & The Scene (30)
31. Hello World - Lady Antebellum (33)
32. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson (36)
33. The Cave - Mumford & Sons (45)
34. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (34)
35. Hold It Against Me - Britney Spears (39)
36. Can't Be Friends - Trey Songz (24)
37. Move On Fast - Yoko Ono (47)
38. Let Me Down Easy - Billy Currington (42)
39. Help Is On The Way - Rise Against (49)
40. Rocketeer - Far East Movement f/Ryan Tedder (50)
41. Little Miss - Sugarland (48)
42. Rock Tonight - J786 (37)
43. We R Who We R - Ke$ha (35)
44. Who Are You When I'm Not Looking - Blake Shelton (40)
45. What The Hell - Avril Lavigne (55)
46. What Do You Want - Jerrod Niemann (52)
47. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (51)
48. Sanity - Hannah (58)
49. Someone Like You - Adele (73)
50. Rope - Foo Fighters (DEBUT)
51. Take Over Control - Afrojack f/Eva Simons (43)
52. Someone Else Calling You Baby - Luke Bryan (46)
53. Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not - Thompson Square (64)
54. Isolation - Alter Bridge (56)
55. I Need Love - DJ Yiannis f/Georgie Porgie (57)
56. Party Of The Year - Jipsta f/Sandy B (60)
57. I'm Doing Me - Fantasia (59)
58. This Is Country Music - Brad Paisley (62)
59. Sleepyhead - Passion Pit (63)
60. Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland (72)
61. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles (81)
62. Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (66)
63. Seek Bromance - Tim/Berg (71)
64. I Do - Colbie Caillat (78)
65. From A Table Away - Sunny Sweeney (67)
66. The Shape I'm In - Joe Nichols (70)
67. Naked - Consuelo Costin f/Massi & DeLeon (69)
68. Lay With You - El DeBarge f/Faith Evans (76)
69. Baby Likes To Bang - Zayra (65)
70. Stay The Night - James Blunt (74)
71. New Low - Middle Class Rut (77)
72. Never Gonna Leave This Bed - Maroon 5 (94)
73. A Little Bit Stronger - Sara Evans (83)
74. Heart Like Mine - Miranda Lambert (84)
75. Price Tag - Jessie J. f/B.o.B (82)
76. Family Man - Craig Campbell (80)
77. Howling For You - Black Keys (DEBUT)
78. I Won't Let Go - Rascal Flatts (98)
79. So Delicious - Salme f/Noa Tylo (DEBUT)
80. Bleed Red - Ronnie Dunn (DEBUT)
81. This Night - Mask Munkeys (86)
82. Twist Of Love - Kimberly Davis (DEBUT)
83. Real - James Wesley (85)
84. Georgia Clay - Josh Kelley (88)
85. Got That Feeling - Bad Boy Bill f/Eric Jag (DEBUT)
86. Diamond Eyes - Shinedown (DEBUT)
87. Yeah 3X - Chris Brown (90)
88. Where Do I Go From You - Clay Walker (92)
89. Coming Home - Diddy-Dirty Money f/Skylar Grey (89)
90. Freefallin' - Zoe Badwi (96)
91. Live A Little - Kenny Chesney (DEBUT)
92. My Body - Young The Giant (97)
93. Champion - Chipmunk f/Chris Brown (95)
94. Love Letter - R. Kelly (DEBUT)
95. Stay - Hurts (99)
96. Keep Your Head Up - Andy Grammer (DEBUT)
97. Sun Is Up - Inna (RE-ENTRY)
98. Celui - Colonel Reyel (100)
99. On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (DEBUT)
100. E.T. - Katy Perry f/Kanye West (DEBUT)

This week there are a dozen new songs on my list, and the highest is the latest to debut in the top half of the chart (all the debuts highlighted in yellow). It's the return of the Foo Fighters, the rock group led by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. Grohl and his mates have actually way outlived the legacy of his former band, with three Grammy Awards for best Rock Album under their belt, as well as 8 number-one alternative-rock hits, including two that made the pop top-20 ("Learn To Fly" and "Best Of You"). That number also includes their newest single, which also debuted at #1 on the US Rock Songs chart. They also make great videos, as proven by "Rope"...



Next up is the Black Keys, whose "Tighten Up" is so far one of my biggest songs of the year (in a couple weeks I'll recap the quarter-year so far), and their followup is a song they performed on Saturday Night Live awhile back. Here's "Howling For You", done up as the most hysterical movie promo ever (Sir Todd Bridges?)...



Salme (Dahlstrom) is a dance-music singer from Sweden who now resides in New York who before this year had a minor top-40 dance chart hit with "C'mon Y'All". Her newest is a collaboration with Noa Tylo, and it's "So Delicious" to have made that dance top-10...



Now for one half of the duo who have had twenty US country radio hits, Brooks & Dunn. Ronnie Dunn, along with partner Kix Brooks, came out of the box with their first single, "Brand New Man" reaching the top in 1991, and had their last in 2005 with "Play Something Country". After ten studio albums (which I have) and numerous other awesome hits, the boys 'broke' the group up, and Ronnie's first hit since that is "Bleed Red"...



Kimberly Davis was on the dance club charts (as well as my chart) last year with the track "Get Up", and she is back with another hit with "Twist Of Love"...



There are a lot of dance songs out of the dozen coming on my list (guess it's the joy of spring coming), and the next is by two underground dance DJs. Bad Boy Bill (aka William Renkosik) is from Chicago, and his brand of electro-house music has resulted in two #4 club hits (and hits on my list as well) with "Falling Anthem" and "Do What U Like". His latest teams Bill up with DJ Eric Jag for "Got That Feeling"...



Rock outfit Shinedown is back with the sixth single from the Deluxe Edition of their CD The Sound Of Madness, which also produced their top-10 pop hit "Second Chance". It's also from the appropriately-titled film The Expendables, and it's "Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)...



Kenny Chesney is another like Ronnie Dunn with a longstanding track record - a dozen hit studio albums, as well as nineteen #1 country hits from 1997's "She's Got It All" to this year's "Somewhere With You". The third single from his latest CD, Hemingway's Whiskey, is the upbeat "Live A Little"...



R. Kelly had his first #1 R&B hit (and top-40 pop hit)in 1992 with the group Public Annoucement with "Honey Love". After leaving the group after one album, Kelly had his first solo #1 pop and R&B hit with "Bump & Grind" a couple years later. One more #1 hit later ("I'm Your Angel" with Celine Dion", the first #1 hit since Billboard changed over to including real sales/airplay statistics), Kelly has been more famous being the baddest boy in soul music until Chris Brown came around. His latest CD is a welcome return to old-school R&B, and the second hit from that album is it's title track, "Love Letter"...



Andy Grammer has his first adult-pop hit with the positive "Keep Your Head Up"...



It's debatable that Jennifer Lopez is qualified to be a judge on singing competition American Idol, although the thin-voiced singer/dancer/actor/diva has scored four US #1 Pop hits - "If You Had My Love", "I'm Real", "Ain't It Funny", and "All I Have". And I admit, those records, produced as they are, are entertaining. And here we come to her latest, which plays to her dance (read: gay) base quite nicely. In full diva mode, J-Lo in "On The Floor"...



The final debut of the dozen is by Katy Perry, who so far has the biggest hit of the year with "Firework". Will it make #1 for the quarter-year? Stay tuned in a couple week. Meanwhile her latest hit features a cameo from Kanye West, and it's called "E.T."...



Spring ahead!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for March 11, 2011...

Hey folks, sorry a little late, but it's time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Bruno Mars finally gives way to Florence + The Machine, while French DJ Martin Solveig (pictured above) moves up the top-10. Former big hits by Neon Trees, Keith Urban, and Shakira drop out, while songs by Lady GaGa, Rihanna, and Hannah makes the biggest jumps. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on any of the highlighted artists to go to the website for more info, tour dates, music, videos and more. Also I've included orange-marked links to classic clips from some of the debuting artists. Troutty mouth!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine (3)
2. Grenade - Bruno Mars (1)
3. Fuckin' Perfect - Pink (7)
4. Maybe - Sick Puppies (2)
5. Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (6)
6. Firework - Katy Perry (4)
7. For The First Time - The Script (5)
8. Hello - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (10)
9. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (13)
10. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (9)
11. Raise Your Glass - Pink (8)
12. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (16)
13. Marry Me - Train (11)
14. What's My Name - Rihanna f/Drake (14)
15. Better Than Today - Kylie Minogue (20)
16. Tighten Up - Black Keys (12)
17. Secrets - OneRepublic (17)
18. Born This Way - Lady GaGa (48)
19. Who's That Chick? - David Guetta f/Rihanna (19)
20. Sing - My Chemical Romance (28)
21. S&M - Rihanna (50)
22. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars (22)
23. Rhythm Of Love - Plain White T's (15)
24. Can't Be Friends - Trey Songz (24)
25. You Are - Charlie Wilson (25)
26. Colder Weather - Zac Brown Band (39)
27. Back To December - Taylor Swift (27)
28. This - Darius Rucker (33)
29. Higher - Taio Cruz f/Kylie Minogue & Travie McCoy (41)
30. A Year Without Rain - Selena Gomez & The Scene (30)
31. Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri (31)
32. Fuck You/Forget You - Cee-Lo Green (45)
33. Hello World - Lady Antebellum (35)
34. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (34)
35. We R Who We R - Ke$ha (21)
36. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson (38)
37. Rock Tonight - J786 (37)
38. Voices - Chris Young (18)
39. Hold It Against Me - Britney Spears (43)
40. Who Are You When I'm Not Looking - Blake Shelton (40)
41. Somewhere With You - Kenny Chesney (23)
42. Let Me Down Easy - Billy Currington (42)
43. Take Over Control - Afrojack f/Eva Simons (36)
44. You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me - Cher (26)
45. The Cave - Mumford & Sons (55)
46. Someone Else Calling You Baby - Luke Bryan (32)
47. Move On Fast - Yoko Ono (51)
48. Little Miss - Sugarland (54)
49. Help Is On The Way - Rise Against (59)
50. Rocketeer - Far East Movement f/Ryan Tedder (52)
51. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (53)
52. What Do You Want - Jerrod Niemann (56)
53. Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna (49)
54. The Time (Dirty Bit) - Black Eyed Peas (44)
55. What The Hell - Avril Lavigne (65)
56. Isolation - Alter Bridge (61)
57. I Need Love - DJ Yiannis f/Georgie Porgie (58)
58. Sanity - Hannah (80)
59. I'm Doing Me - Fantasia (63)
60. Party Of The Year - Jipsta f/Sandy B. (66)
61. The Last Days Of Disco - Robbie Williams (47)
62. This Is Country Music - Brad Paisley (64)
63. Sleepyhead - Passion Pit (73)
64. Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not - Thompson Square (70)
65. Baby Likes To Bang - Zayra (67)
66. Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (72)
67. From A Table Away - Sunny Sweeney (69)
68. Wildflower - JaneDear Girls (68)
69. Naked - Consuelo Costin f/Massi & DeLeon (74)
70. The Shape I'm In - Joe Nichols (71)
71. Seek Bromance - Tim/Berg (81)
72. Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland (76)
73. Someone Like You - Adele (DEBUT)
74. Stay The Night - James Blunt (84)
75. We Are The People - Empire Of The Sun (77)
76. Lay With You - El DeBarge f/Faith Evans (78)
77. New Low - Middle Class Rut (78)
78. I Do - Colbie Caillat (DEBUT)
79. Machine Gun Blues - Social Distortion (83)
80. Family Man - Craig Campbell (82)
81. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles (DEBUT)
82. Price Tag - Jessie J f/B.o.B (86)
83. A Little Bit Stronger - Sara Evans (87)
84. Heart Like Mine - Miranda Lambert (94)
85. Real - James Wesley (85)
86. This Night - Mask Munkeys (DEBUT)
87. Welcome To The Family - Avenged Sevenfold (91)
88. Georgia Clay - Josh Kelley (92)
89. Coming Home - Diddy-Dirty Money f/Skylar Grey (89)
90. Yeah 3X - Chris Brown (90)
91. Just A Dream - Nelly (57)
92. Where Do I Go From You - Clay Walker (93)
93. Share My Life -Kem (95)
94. Never Gonna Leave This Bed - Maroon 5 (99)
95. Champion - Chipmunk f/Chris Brown (97)
96. Freefallin' - Zoe Badwi (DEBUT)
97. My Body - Young The Giant (98)
98. I Won't Let Go - Rascal Flatts (DEBUT)
99. Stay - Hurts (DEBUT)
100. Celui - Colonel Reyel (100)

This week there are seven new songs on my list (highlighted in yellow), and the highest is by the artist with the biggest-selling CD in both America and England this year so far. Adele's first single from 21, "Rolling In The Deep", jumps into my top-10 this week, making her second top-10 on my chart following 2008's "Chasing Pavements". Her latest is my pick for song of the year, and it's the plaintive "Someone Like You"...



The next debut is by Californian Colbie Caillat, who has made the US Pop top-10 with "Bubbly" in 2007 and the Adult Top-40 #1 position with "Fallin' For You" two years later. The singer (who in my mind looks remarkably like a young Jennifer Aniston) is back with another breezy pop hit in "I Do"...



The next lady in this hat trick of adult-pop sirens is Sara Bareilles, who follows her excellent "King Of Anything" and top-5 pop hit "Love Song" with the equally fun song with a cameo-studded lipsynch video for "Uncharted". See if you can ID all the guests (some hints: Adam Levine of Maroon5, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, and Josh Groban)...



And now for something different....here's the mysterious dance act Mask Munkeys with their debut single "This Night"...



Aussie Zoe Badwi also has her debut single charting, which already is a top-10 hit in her home country, with "Free Fallin'"...



After all these new artists, longstanding country group Rascal Flatts stands out, with eleven #1 country hits from 2002's "These Days" to last year's "Why Wait". The followup to that latter song it the ballad "I Won't Let Go"...



and finally, English synth-pop duo Hurts harkens back to the golden age of British new wave of Soft Cell, Pet Shop Boys, and Naked Eyes, and they reaped in success especially in Germany, where their "Wonderful Life" was one of the biggest songs of the year there, and their latest is following in the top-5 there. Here's "Stay"...



Hell to the no!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for March 4, 2011...

Hey folks, it's already March, and time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Bruno Mars has his fourth week at the top with "Grenade", while Enrique Iglesias (pictured above) makes it into the top-10. The biggest jump are made by songs by Cee-Lo Green, Tim/Berg, and Adele (former big hits highlighted in red), while former big hits by Cake, Swedish House Mafia, and Chris Willis drop out. Drop out harder than Charlie Sheen! Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on any of the highlighted names on my chart to get to their official website for info on their music, videos, tours, and much much more. Gas up!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Grenade - Bruno Mars (1)
2. Maybe - Sick Puppies (4)
3. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine (5)
4. Firework - Katy Perry (3)
5. For The First Time - The Script (2)
6. Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (11)
7. Fuckin' Perfect - Pink (15)
8. Raise Your Glass - Pink (6)
9. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (7)
10. Hello - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (14)
11. Marry Me - Train (9)
12. Tighten Up - The Black Keys (8)
13. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (23)
14. What's My Name - Rihanna f/Drake (18)
15. Rhythm Of Love - Plain White T's (13)
16. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (21)
17. Secrets - OneRepublic (17)
18. Voices - Chris Young (12)
19. Who's That Chick? - David Guetta f/Rihanna (20)
20. Better Than Today - Kylie Minogue (25)
21. We R Who We R - Ke$ha (19)
22. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars (22)
23. Somewhere With You - Kenny Chesney (10)
24. Can't Be Friends - Trey Songz (28)
25. You Are - Charlie Wilson (29)
26. You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me - Cher (16)
27. Back To December - Taylor Swift (31)
28. Sing - My Chemical Romance (38)
29. Animal - Neon Trees (24)
30. A Year Without Rain - Selena Gomez & The Scene (35)
31. Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri (33)
32. Someone Else Calling You Baby - Luke Bryan (32)
33. This - Darius Rucker (41)
34. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (34)
35. Hello World - Lady Antebellum (36)
36. Take Over Control - Afrojack f/Eva Simons (30)
37. Rock Tonight - J786 (37)
38. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson (42)
39. Colder Weather - Zac Brown Band (48)
40. Who Are You When I'm Not Looking - Blake Shelton (43)
41. Higher - Taio Cruz f/Kylie Minogue & Travie McCoy (51)
42. Let Me Down East - Billy Currington (46)
43. Hold It Against Me - Britney Spears (47)
44. The Time (Dirty Bit) - Black Eyed Peas (44)
45. Fuck You (Forget You) - Cee-Lo Green (60)
46. Put You In A Song - Keith Urban (26)
47. The Last Days Of Disco - Robbie Williams (40)
48. Born This Way - Lady GaGa (DEBUT)
49. Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna (39)
50. S&M - Rihanna (DEBUT)
51. Move On Fast - Yoko Ono (55)
52. Rocketeer - Far East Movement f/Ryan Tedder (52)
53. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (53)
54. Little Miss - Sugarland (56)
55. The Cave - Mumford & Sons (59)
56. What Do You Want - Jerrod Niemann (58)
57. Just A Dream - Nelly (49)
58. I Need Love - DJ Yiannis f/Georgie Porgie (66)
59. Help Is On The Way - Rise Against (67)
60. Loca - Shakira f/Dizzee Rascal (50)
61. Isolation - Alter Bridge (69)
62. The Animal - Disturbed (62)
63. I'm Doing Me - Fantasia (65)
64. This Is Country Music - Brad Paisley (64)
65. What The Hell - Avril Lavigne (74)
66. Party Of The Year - Jipsta f/Sandy B (71)
67. Baby Likes To Bang - Zayra (68)
68. Wildflower - JaneDear Girls (70)
69. From A Table Away - Sunny Sweeney (73)
70. Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not - Thompson Square (79)
71. The Shape I'm In - Joe Nichols (76)
72. Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (72)
73. Sleepyhead - Passion Pit (77)
74. Naked - Consuelo Costin f/Massi & DeLeon (82)
75. Start A Fire - Ryan Star (57)
76. Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland (81)
77. We Are The People - Empire Of The Sun (78)
78. Lay With You - El DeBarge f/Faith Evans (88)
79. New Low - Middle Class Rut (87)
80. Sanity - Hannah (DEBUT)
81. Seek Bromance - Tim/Berg (92)
82. Family Man - Craig Campbell (89)
83. Machine Gun Blues - Social Distortion (DEBUT)
84. Stay The Night - James Blunt (84)
85. Real - James Wesley (86)
86. Price Tag - Jessie J f/B.o.B (94)
87. A Little Bit Stronger - Sara Evans (DEBUT)
88. Sun Is Up - Inna (96)
89. Coming Home - Diddy-Dirty Money f/Skylar Grey (91)
90. Yeah 3X - Chris Brown (99)
91. Welcome To The Family - Avenged Sevenfold (98)
92. Georgia Clay - Josh Kelley (93)
93. Where Do I Go From You - Clay Walker (95)
94. Heart Like Mine - Miranda Lambert (DEBUT)
95. Share My Life - Kem (DEBUT)
96. Thriller/Heads Will Roll - Glee Cast (DEBUT)
97. Champion - Chipmunk f/Chris Brown (DEBUT)
98. My Body - Young The Giant (DEBUT)
99. Never Gonna Leave This Bed - Maroon 5 (DEBUT)
100. Celui - Colonel Reyel (100)

This week there are eleven new songs on my list (debuts highlighted in yellow), with two jumping into the top half. I've included these artists' previous clips (highlighted in orange) for you viewing pleasure.

The top debut is by the woman who has the biggest-sellling single in the US this week, Lady GaGa. "Born This Way", a discofied anthem of empowerment and equality in race and sexuality, has been hyped for months, ever since last September when she sang the title at the MTV Video Music Awards. There was high speculation as to what the track would sound like, especially after she released the lyrics on Twitter. When the track was finally released the Friday before the Grammy awards, it became the top-seller in the US after only three days of sales, ensuring her a third number-one hit after her debut "Just Dance" and its followup "Poker Face". There also was a lot of backlash, even surprisingly from people in the gay community, for being similar to Madonna's classic "Express Yourself". Here's my take: yes, it does sound a bit like EY. And a ton of other house music songs from the late 80's early 90's. Dance music as a rule is at times very plagiaristic , and that's been the case for years. The thing is, beyond the similarities in production and key, the lyrical message is much more progressed. I'm elated that a song that includes nods to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, AND transgendered by name and not just by intonation, as well as a call for equality for race and gender (even as her somewhat clumsy slang usage of "chola" and "orient" did prick a few ears), made it as the biggest song in the USA three weeks counting is quite an achievement, and I really feel a beacon on the attitude of the America that is shaping up (as some are so afraid of happening). And that always is a good thing. Here's "Born This Way"...



The other song jumping into the top half of my chart straightaway also has an alternative sensibility, but totally in a different direction. Rihanna already has three other songs on my chart - "What's My Name" at #14, "Who's That Chick" at #19, and "Only Girl(In The World)" the next spot up at #49. WMN and OG were two of her seven US #1 pop hits, like her first, the Soft Cell-sampling "SOS" to last year's "Rude Boy". After her troubles with the assault from Chris Brown a couple years back, it came as quite a shock that the first track on her latest CD Loud is an ode to leather and bondage which no hidden innuendo. Right down to the name, which even the BBC deemed too "risky" to name on air and simply called "Come On". But there's no mistaking the addicting hook that anchors "S&M"...



The third highest debut is another dance track from Hannah (last name Pruili), a singer born in the former Russian republic of Estonia on the Baltic Sea in northeast Europe. She was born in the capital of Tallinn, and has become a major star in her homeland of over a million people. In the US, she has had two top-20 hits on the Dance Club Chart (as well as making my list as well), "Keeping Score" and "I Believe In You", and both are still favorites of mine. Her latest has already surpassed those to become her first top-10 and it's called "Sanity"...



Now for something completely different, in this case the longtime punk stalwarts Social Distortion return in the 28th year since their first LP. The Los Angeles outfit only has lead Mike Ness from their original lineup, but in those years the band name has had two top-5 modern rock hits with "Bad Luck" in 1992 and "I Was Wrong" in 1996. Both those songs were from their years at the Epic label, and reflected a much more mainstream rock sound. After losing longtime guitarist Dennis Darrell, the group is now on Epitaph, home to the Offspring and other LA garage bands, which suit the group which must be considered royalty there. Here they are live on the Jimmy Kimmel show with "Machine Gun Blues"...



And for something even more different, Sara Evans is back with a song featured on the soundtrack to the Gwyneth Paltrow/Tim McGraw movie Country Strong. Evans has had a career that includes four country charttoppers from "No Place That Far" in 1998 to "A Real Fine Place To Start" in 2005. Since then, she may be known a little more for her stint in Dancing With The Stars as well as her high-publicity mudfight of a divorce from Republican politician Craig Schelske. Despite her bad choice in reality shows and husbands (and political views), it's good to see a great voice back, with "A Little Bit Stronger"...



Blake Shelton just made my top-40 with "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking", and his fiance' Miranda Lambert makes it a double-win with a debut for the fifth top-40 country single from her latest CD Revolution, which includes her first #1 hit and Grammy nominee for song of the year, "The House That Built Me". Here is "Heart Like Mine"...



Neo-soul singer Kem (Owens) was last on my list with a song that hit #1 on Billboard's Adult R&B chart, "Why Would You Stay?". It was his second following "I Can't Stop Loving You" in 2005. He's back with the acoustic soul of "Share My Life"...



I'm still a bigtime Gleek, and their Superbowl episode didn't disappoint me, especially with its continuation of the redemption storyline for closeted football bully Dave Karofsky. Even though in the end he chickened out of joining the club (for now, I hope), the episode shows that he did have quite a heart stuffed down there. It also has some kickin' performances, including the Zombies' "She's Not There" and "Bills Bills Bills". But the highlight was the 'halftime' performance of the mashup of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" with alt-rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll". Ingenious concept, and awesome in execution....



Jahmaal Fyffe is a rapper from London, England who records under the name Chipmunk, and he was last seen on my list with a song that was a #1 hit in the UK, "Oopsy Daisy" in 2009. His new single was kept from the top by Jessie J's "Price Tag", but beat the UK 3-day total for GaGa's "Born This Way", which is quite a feat. He gets a little help from R&B bad boy Chris Brown for "Champion"...



Irvine, California is the home of rock band Young The Giant, who have their first hit single on modern rock radio with "My Body"...



and finally, fellow Californians Maroon 5 (from LA) place their third single from their latest CD Hands All Over on my list. Their biggest success was the #1 US pop hit "Makes Me Wonder" in 2007, and they had their last #1 on my list with "Misery" last year. Here's "Never Gonna Leave This Bed"...




Now get to bed!