Thursday, April 28, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for April 29, 2011...

Hey folks, another week gone by and time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Cee-Lo Green fucking finally takes over the top spot, while Mumford & Sons (pictured above) finally get a top-10 hit. There's a lot of action in the chart, with twenty-one songs moving 10+ places (and marked in red), as tracks by LMFAO, Sultan & Ned Shepard, and Cee-Lo (again) making the biggest jumps. Also former big hits by Train, Kylie Minogue, and Yoko Ono drop out. Link-O-Rama is in effect still, so you can click on any of the 100 or so highlighted artist names to go to their website for more info on them. Carry on, then...

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Fuck You/Forget You - Cee-Lo Green (3)
2. S&M - Rihanna (2)
3. Colder Weather - The Zac Brown Band (1)
4. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (5)
5. Born This Way - Lady GaGa (4)
6. Fuckin' Perfect - Pink (6)
7. For The First Time - The Script (7)
8. Help Is On The Way - Rise Against (9)
9. The Cave - Mumford & Sons (11)
10. Someone Like You - Adele (14)
11. Grenade - Bruno Mars (8)
12. Rope - Foo Fighters (12)
13. This - Darius Rucker (10)
14. Good Girl - Alexis Jordan (16)
15. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles (17)
16. E.T. - Katy Perry f/Kanye West (24)
17. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (13)
18. Sing - My Chemical Romance (18)
19. Firework - Katy Perry (15)
20. A Little Bit Stronger - Sara Evans (25)
21. Far Away - Marsha Ambrosius (26)
22. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine (20)
23. Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (21)
24. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (32)
25. I Do - Colbie Caillat (30)
26. What Do You Want - Jerrod Niemann (28)
27. Hello - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (23)
28. Where You At - Jennifer Hudson (42)
29. What The Hell - Avril Lavigne (31)
30. Price Tag - Jessie J f/B.o.B (35)
31. You Lie - The Band Perry (41)
32. Higher - Taio Cruz f/Kylie Minogue & Travie McCoy (19)
33. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (29)
34. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson (22)
35. I Won't Let Go - Rascal Flatts (37)
36. Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri (34)
37. Back To December - Taylor Swift (33)
38. Never Gonna Leave This Bed - Maroon 5 (43)
39. Bleed Red - Ronnie Dunn (39)
40. More - Usher (54)
41. Without You - Keith Urban (51)
42. Little Miss - Sugarland (36)
43. Heart Like Mine - Miranda Lambert (48)
44. Army Of Love - Kerli (56)
45. Walking - Mary Mary (45)
46. Howling For You - The Black Keys (58)
47. Country Song - Seether (57)
48. Live A Little - Kenny Chesney (55)
49. Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO f/Lauren Bennett & Goonrock (79)
50. Raise Your Glass - Pink (47)
51. Tighten Up -The Black Keys (49)
52. Hold It Against Me - Britney Spears (44)
53. On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (59)
54. Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not - Thompson Square (52)
55. I Can't Love You Back - Easton Corbin (61)
56. Let Me Down Easy - Billy Currington (38)
57. Call My Name - Sultan & Ned Shepard f/Nadia Ali (72)
58. Turn It Up - Ultra Nate (68)
59. Falling In - Lifehouse (70)
60. Love Letter - R. Kelly (67)
61. Lay With You - El DeBarge f/Faith Evans (50)
62. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (46)
63. Freefallin' - Zoe Badwi (65)
64. Keep Your Head Up - Andy Grammer (75)
65. Family Man - Craig Campbell (66)
66. Tomorrow - Chris Young (76)
67. Just Can't Get Enough - The Black Eyed Peas (81)
68. Paris (Ooh La La) - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (73)
69. My Body - Young The Giant (71)
70. Good Life - OneRepublic (84)
71. Mean - Taylor Swift (83)
72. Blow - Ke$ha (82)
73. Something To Believe In - Parachute (77)
74. Don't Hold Your Breath - Nicole Scherzinger (78)
75. Dancing Tonight - Kat Deluna (DEBUT)
76. Bright Lights, Bigger City - Cee-Lo Green (91)
77. Hey (Nah Neh Nah) - Rico Bernasconi vs. Vaya Con Dios (89)
78. Sanity - Hannah (53)
79. You Are - Charlie Wilson (64)
80. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People (85)
81. Tacalacateo - India & Peppe Citarella (DEBUT)
82. Sun of A Gun - Oh Land (86)
83. Beautiful People - Chris Brown f/Benny Benassi (93)
84. Raymond - Brett Eldredge (88)
85. Hesitate - Stone Sour (95)
86. Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland (69)
87. All Of The Lights - Kanye West f/Rihanna (DEBUT)
88. Hollywood Hills - Sunrise Avenue (90)
89. Till The World Ends - Britney Spears (RE-ENTRY)
90. Old Alabama - Brad Paisley f/Alabama (DEBUT)
91. I'll Be Waiting - Michael Franti & Spearhead (DEBUT)
92. Mr. Saxobeat - Alexandra Stan (DEBUT)
93. Civilization - Justice (DEBUT)
94. Loser Like Me - Glee Cast (96)
95. If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away - Justin Moore (100)
96. Hare Krishna - Sir Ivan (98)
97. Toutes Les Nuits - Colonel Reyel (97)
98. Burn - Papa Roach (DEBUT)
99. Changing - Airborne Toxic Event (DEBUT)
100. Happily Ever After - He Is We (DEBUT)


There are eleven new songs on my list (highlighted in yellow) I've also included links to previous hits of these artists in orange. Now let's get goin'...

The highest debut is by Dominican singer Kat Deluna, who was born in the Bronx, but moved to the Republic as a youngster. a few years ago Deluna had a couple hits that made the US dance chart at #1 ("Whine Up") and #2 ("Run The Show"). She is back with a CD released in Europe months ago, but a hot new track thats racing up the dance chart. Here's "Dancing Tonight"...



Sticking around the Caribbean, next is Puerto Rican singer La India, who was born on the island, but unlike Kat moved to the Bronx young. Born Linda Caballero, she has scored three #1 hits on the dance chart - 1993's "I Can't Get No Sleep", 1994's "Love & Happiness", and 1997's "Runaway". In fact, her remake of "I Can't Get No Sleep" made the top-3 a couple years ago. She's back teamed with Italian DJ Peppe Citarella from the southern city of Aserta for the international-flavored tongue-twister "Tacalacateo"...



And rounding out our Caribbean vacation is Barbadian Rihanna, supporting vocals on the next song by rapper Kanye West. Kanye can boast two US #1 pop hits with "Gold Digger" in 2005 and "Stronger" in 2007. His latest sports backing vocals from a who's who of pop singers, including Elton John, Alicia Keys, Fergie, Drake, Elly Jackson of La Roux, John Legend, and more, though with the production layering intent on blending the voices, the only vocal easily discernible is Rihanna's and the rap break of Kid Cudi's (Rihanna gets the sole "featured" nod). And in true Kanye form, it comes with a striking video not safe for the seizure-prone for "All Of The Lights"...



Country star Brad Paisley's new CD drops this month, and the second single brings back the biggest country group of the 80's Alabama. Alabama placed 32 songs at #1 on the US country chart, from "Tennessee River" way back in 1980 to "Reckless" in 1993. In fact, they had 21 straight #1 hits from '80 to '87. Paisley isn't doing too badly himself, having a 10-song #1 streak in 2005-2009 from "When I Get Where I'm Going" to "Then". It's fitting that Brad brings the boys from retirement with a tribute song, "Old Alabama"...



Rapper, singer, and activist Michael Franti returns with a powerful song and video that's been my favorite album track of his since his big hit "Say Hey (I Love You)" with his supporting outfit, Spearhead. His latest proclaims "I'll Be Waiting"...



Next we have the first hit by Romanian singer Alexandra Stan, whose bio states she's a university student and born in the Black Sea-side city of Constanta. Her song has become a top-10 hit in her homeland as well as a #1 hit in Italy and just this week on the US Dance Radio chart. Here she is in jail with "Mr. Saxobeat"...



Continuing the international parade of debuts is French electronica duo Justice. Their debut CD was nominated for a Grammy, and the track "D.A.N.C.E." was a top-10 club hit in the US. Their latest already has received exposure from an Adidas ad campaign. Here's "Civilization"...



American rock outfit Papa Roach have the second hit single from their latest CD Time For Annihilation following "Kick In The Teeth" from last year. Their best showing has been depending on the genre - on pop radio, they've had a top-15 hit with "Scars", while on rock radio the band has had one #1 each on mainstream ("Lifeline") and alternative ("Last Resort") rock . With nine rock top-10s to their name in ten years, Papa Roach's ninth is "Burn"...



The Airborne Toxic Event are like Papa Roach from California, and have had one top-40 hit in the UK and also a top-5 alt-rock hit with "Sometime Around Midnight" a couple years ago. The quintet is back with another rock hit with "Changing"...



The final entry is by Tacoma, Washington-based duo He Is We, with their premiere hit, "Happily Ever After", and it's got cutesy 1994 coffeehouse written all over it.Awww.




By the way, did someone get married today?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for April 22, 2011...

Hey folks, it's almost Easter Sunday, and time for my top tunes for the week. This week The Zac Brown Band stick around at #1 for a second week, while rockers Rise Against (pictured above) make it into the top-10. Former big hits by Lady Antebellum, Far East Movement, Rihanna, David Guetta, and Ke$ha drop out, while tracks by Sultan and Ned Shepard, Marsha Ambrosius, and Katy Perry make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Link-O-Rama is still in full effect, so you can click on any of the highlighted artists to go to their website. Hip a-hip-ahoppity!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Colder Weather - The Zac Brown Band (1)
2. S&M - Rihanna (2)
3. Fuck You/Forget You - Cee-Lo Green (3)
4. Born This Way - Lady GaGa (5)
5. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (7)
6. Fuckin' Perfect - Pink (4)
7. For The First Time - The Script (9)
8. Grenade - Bruno Mars (6)
9. Help Is On The Way - Rise Against (11)
10. This - Darius Rucker (10)
11. The Cave - Mumford & Sons (13)
12. Rope - Foo Fighters (12)
13. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (8)
14. Someone Like You - Adele (20)
15. Firework - Katy Perry (15)
16. Good Girl - Alexis Jordan (26)
17. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles (21)
18. Sing - My Chemical Romance (14)
19. Higher - Taio Cruz f/Kylie Minogue & Travie McCoy (17)
20. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine (18)
21. Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (16)
22. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson (22)
23. Hello - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (19)
24. E.T. - Katy Perry f/Kanye West (44)
25. A Little Bit Stronger - Sara Evans (31)
26. Far Away - Marsha Ambrosius (48)
27. Marry Me - Train (23)
28. What Do You Want - Jerrod Niemann (29)
29. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (27)
30. I Do - Colbie Caillat (38)
31. What The Hell - Avril Lavigne (35)
32. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (33)
33. Back To December - Taylor Swift (25)
34. Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri (24)
35. Price Tag - Jessie J f/B.o.B (43)
36. Little Miss - Sugarland (32)
37. I Won't Let Go - Rascal Flatts (41)
38. Let Me Down Easy - Billy Currington (28)
39. Bleed Red - Ronnie Dunn (49)
40. Better Than Today - Kylie Minogue (30)
41. You Lie - The Band Perry (51)
42. Where You At - Jennifer Hudson (56)
43. Never Gonna Leave Your Bed - Maroon 5 (53)
44. Hold It Against Me - Britney Spears (36)
45. Walking - Mary Mary (46)
46. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (34)
47. Raise Your Glass - Pink (42)
48. Heart Like Mine - Miranda Lambert (50)
49. Tighten Up - The Black Keys (45)
50. Lay With You - El DeBarge f/Faith Evans (52)
51. Without You - Keith Urban (61)
52. Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not - Thompson Square (40)
53. Sanity - Hannah (39)
54. More - Usher (59)
55. Live A Little - Kenny Chesney (60)
56. Army Of Love - Kerli (67)
57. Country Song - Seether (69)
58. Howling For You - The Black Keys (62)
59. On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (63)
60. Move On Fast - Yoko Ono (37)
61. I Can't Love You Back - Easton Corbin (66)
62. Seek Bromance - Tim/Berg (57)
63. Georgia Clay - Josh Kelley (64)
64. You Are - Charlie Wilson (54)
65. Freefallin' - Zoe Badwi (70)
66. Family Man - Craig Campbell (68)
67. Love Letter - R. Kelly (71)
68. Turn It Up - Ultra Nate (83)
69. Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland (55)
70. Falling In - Lifehouse (79)
71. My Body - Young The Giant (76)
72. Call My Name - Sultan & Ned Shepard f/Nadia Ali (97)
73. Paris (Ooh La La) - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (73)
74. Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom) - Shinedown (74)
75. Keep Your Head Up - Andy Grammer (75)
76. Tomorrow - Chris Young (78)
77. Something To Believe In - Parachute (77)
78. Don't Hold Your Breath - Nicole Scherzinger (82)
79. Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO f/Lauren Bennett & Goonrock (DEBUT)
80. Keep On Dancing - Alyssa Rubino (72)
81. Just Can't Get Enough - The Black Eyed Peas (87)
82. Blow - Ke$ha (84)
83. Mean - Taylor Swift (91)
84. Good Life - OneRepublic (94)
85. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People (86)
86. Sun Of A Gun - Oh Land (88)
87. New Low - Middle Class Rut (65)
88. Raymond - Brett Eldredge (90)
89. Hey (Nah Neh Nah) - Rico Bernusconi vs. Vaya Con Dios (DEBUT)
90. Hollywood Hills - Sunrise Avenue (92)
91. Bright Lights, Big City - Cee-Lo Green (DEBUT)
92. You & Me (In My Pocket) - Milow (DEBUT)
93. Beautiful People - Chris Brown f/Benny Benassi (DEBUT)
94. Walking On The Moon - Kris Menace (DEBUT)
95. Hesitate - Stone Sour (DEBUT)
96. Loser Like Me - Glee Cast (RE-ENTRY)
97. Toutes Les Nuits - Colonel Reyel (98)
98. Hare Krishna - Sir Ivan (100)
99. Broken Record - Katy B (DEBUT)
100. If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away - Justin Moore (DEBUT)

This week sees nine new songs on my list (highlighted in yellow), and the highest debut is by the duo LMFAO, which consists of uncle and nephew Stefan and Skyler Gordy (yes, that Gordy, making them offspring of Motown's Berry Gordy). Renaming themselves Redfoo and Skyblu, they were last on my chart supporting French DJ David Guetta with his worldwide dance hit "Gettin' Over You" last year. The Gordy boys also had a top-10 hit in the UK the year before with "I'm In Miami, Trick". Their latest is my so-far dance jam of the spring, for good reason. It's hook of death and help from Paradiso Girl Lauren Bennett (who charted top-3 dance with "Patron Tequila") and rapper Goonrock is a welcome smilegetter. Even when dealing with the apocalypse, as in the video for "Party Rock Anthem"...



The next song is one of those hits that's charting in two different versions. Both incorporate a song by the Belgian gypsy-jazz group Vaya Con Dios. That song, "Nah Neh Nah" was a top-10 hit in the Netherlands, but only a minor hit in a couple countries (Austria and Switzerland top-30) and not even denting the chart in their homeland. This year, Italian DJ Rico Bernasconi has a top-20 hit so far on the US Dance chart, while the German duo of Milk & Sugar have a top-10 hit in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, and yes Belgium. Both versions are taking the traditional track in a "We Don't Speak Americano" direction, and it's ironic Bernusconi's version is getting the American play, since Milk & Sugar have the history of a #1 dance hit in the States already with a version of the 5th Dimension's "Let The Sunshine In". So here's both versions - Rico Bernasconi's clubby sampled version



and here's the more poppier Milk and Sugar version..



Cee-Lo Green's "Fuck You" has got staying power, still in my top-3 and so far the biggest-selling single of this year as yet. Following that up, the "Lady-killer" cribs Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean"'s bass and chords for his latest (and my CD favorite of his), "Bright Lights, Bigger City", which is now the biggest airplay hit in the UK right now.



It's a good week for Belgium on my list, as Vaya Con Dios is joined by singer/songwriter Milow, who had a hit a couple years ago with a cover of 50 Cent & Justin Timberlake's "Ayo Technology". The man born Jonathan Vandenbroeck is back with an original song and a cute one-take video for "You and Me (In My Pocket)", and it has a nice 90's indie-rock feel to it.



Chris Brown was just turning 16 when he had his first US #1 single, "Run It" in 2005. He scored with one more charttopper, "Kiss Kiss", two years later. Something kind of happened after that. Well, in the true American bad-boys-are fun tradition, Brown is back with a #1 CD and six songs from it that have made the Billboard Hot 100, including the worldwide hit "Yeah 3x". The possible seventh is already a top-10 dance hit, and recruits Italian DJ Benny Benassi, who had a UK #2 hit with the robotic "Satisfaction", and a US club top-5 hit with the more soulful "Illusion". The two further the dance path set by "Yeah 3x" with "Beautiful People"...



Next is another DJ, this time like Milk & Sugar, from Germany, Kris Menace (real name: Christopher Hoeffel). Kris was more known as a remixer (recently he put out a great remix of Kylie's "Get Outta My Way", but now has his first hit on his own, well, with singer Emil, with "Walking On The Moon"...




Alt-metal band Stone Sour are back with the second hit from their latest CD Audio Secrecy, which produced one of their two #1 rock hits with "Say You'll Haunt Me" (their other is 2006's "Through Glass"). Lead singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root still do double duty in the shock-rock group Slipknot as well, but Stone Sour is much more traditional, and much better on my ears. Here's their latest, a ballad that is finding a home on adult pop radio, "Hesitate"...



British singer Katy B (for Brien) is another alum of the BRIT school, where Adele and Jessie J also attended. She has had 2 previous top-10 hits in the UK, "Katy On A Mission" and "Lights On", the latter also making my list. Her hat trick top-10 is the equally danceable "Broken Record"....



The final entry is by Justin Moore, who had a #1 country hit in 2009 with "Small Town USA". He previews his sophomore effort with a song already in the country top-20, here's "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away"...



I want an Easter egg, I want an Easter Egg!

Friday, April 15, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for April 15, 2011...

Hey folks, it's Tax Day in the US, though I've already had my refund back for 2 months now, so it's time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week The Zac Brown Band put the first country song at my top spot in a long long while, as Cee-Lo Green (pictured above) also finally makes it into the top-3. The biggest jumps come from songs by Alexis Jordan, Jennifer Hudson, and Katy Perry (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while a former big hit by Bruno Mars that was in my top-10 for the year so far drops out. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on any of the 100 and so artists highlighted to go to their website (right-click, and you can use another tab or window and leave this one up. Neato!) And here we go.....

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Colder Weather - The Zac Brown Band (3)
2. S&M - Rihanna (4)
3. Fuck You/Forget You - Cee-Lo Green (5)
4. Fuckin' Perfect - Pink (2)
5. Born This Way - Lady GaGa (1)
6. Grenade - Bruno Mars (6)
7. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (7)
8. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (8)
9. For The First Time - The Script (9)
10. This - Darius Rucker (12)
11. Help Is On The Way - Rise Against (18)
12. Rope - Foo Fighters (16)
13. The Cave - Mumford & Sons (17)
14. Sing - My Chemical Romance (15)
15. Firework - Katy Perry (11)
16. Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (10)
17. Higher - Taio Cruz f/Kylie Minogue & Travie McCoy (13)
18. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine (14)
19. Hello - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (19)
20. Someone Like You - Adele (26)
21. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles (34)
22. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson (20)
23. Marry Me - Train (23)
24. Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri (24)
25. Back to December - Taylor Swift (25)
26. Good Girl - Alexis Jordan (49)
27. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (27)
28. Let Me Down Easy - Billy Currington (28)
29. What Do You Want - Jerrod Niemann (33)
30. Better Than Today - Kylie Minogue (21)
31. A Little Bit Stronger - Sara Evans (38)
32. Little Miss - Sugarland (36)
33. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (39)
34. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (30)
35. What The Hell - Avril Lavigne (37)
36. Hold It Against Me - Britney Spears (31)
37. Move On Fast - Yoko Ono (29)
38. I Do - Colbie Caillat (44)
39. Sanity - Hannah (40)
40. Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not - Thompson Square (42)
41. I Won't Let Go - Rascal Flatts (46)
42. Raise Your Glass - Pink (32)
43. Price Tag - Jessie J f/B.o.B (43)
44. E.T. - Katy Perry f/Kanye West (59)
45. Tighten Up - The Black Keys (41)
46. Walking - Mary Mary (56)
47. Hello World - Lady Antebellum (22)
48. Far Away - Marsha Ambrosius (60)
49. Bleed Red - Ronnie Dunn (53)
50. Heart Like Mine - Miranda Lambert (50)
51. You Lie - The Band Perry (61)
52. Lay With You - El DeBarge f/Faith Evans (52)
53. Never Gonna Leave This Bed - Maroon 5 (57)
54. You Are - Charlie Wilson (48)
55. Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland (55)
56. Where You At - Jennifer Hudson (76)
57. Seek Bromance - Tim/Berg (45)
58. Twist Of Love - Kimberly Davis (58)
59. More - Usher (71)
60. Live A Little - Kenny Chesney (62)
61. Without You - Keith Urban (66)
62. Howlin' For You - The Black Keys (69)
63. On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (67)
64. Georgia Clay - Josh Kelley (64)
65. New Low - Middle Class Rut (65)
66. I Can't Love You Back - Easton Corbin (78)
67. Army Of Love - Kerli (77)
68. Family Man - Craig Campbell (68)
69. Country Song - Seether (75)
70. Freefallin' - Zoe Badwi (70)
71. Love Letter - R. Kelly (73)
72. Keep On Dancing - Alyssa Rubino (72)
73. Paris (Ooh La La) - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (79)
74. Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom) - Shinedown (74)
75. Keep Your Head Up - Andy Grammer (83)
76. My Body - Young The Giant (80)
77. Something To Believe In - Parachute (82)
78. Tomorrow - Chris Young (85)
79. Falling In - Lifehouse (84)
80. Rocketeer - Far East Movement f/Ryan Tedder (35)
81. I'll Be There - Tiffany Evans (81)
82. Don't Hold Your Breath - Nicole Scherzinger (86)
83. Turn It Up - Ultra Nate (DEBUT)
84. Blow - Ke$ha (88)
85. What's My Name - Rihanna f/Drake (51)
86. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People (DEBUT)
87. Just Can't Get Enough - Black Eyed Peas (97)
88. Sun Of A Gun - Oh Land (100)
89. Sun Is Up - Inna (89)
90. Raymond - Brett Eldredge (94)
91. Mean - Taylor Swift (DEBUT)
92. Hollywood Hills - Sunrise Avenue (92)
93. Gold Forever - The Wanted (93)
94. Good Life - OneRepublic (DEBUT)
95. We R Who We R - Ke$ha (87)
96. Who's That Chick? - David Guetta f/Rihanna (54)
97. Call My Name - Sultan & Ned Shepard f/Nadia Ali (DEBUT)
98. Toutes Les Nuits - Colonel Reyel (98)
99. Never See You Again - Talia Coles (99)
100. Hare Krishna - Sir Ivan (DEBUT)

This week there are six new songs on my list (marked in yellow), and I've included previous hit video links in orange.

The highest debut belongs to dance sensation Ultra Nate', who is one of the few consistent singers who mostly are confined to the clubs (Kristine W also comes to mind). The Maryland native (from Havre de Grace) has had seven charttopping club hits, from "Show Me" in 1994 to the classics "Free" and "Found A Cure" in 1997-8 (both top-10 pop hits in England) to 2007's double punch of "Automatic" and "Give It All You Got". Her latest is from her upcoming CD Hero Worship, and it's "Turn It Up"...



Next up is the first single from indie-rock trio Foster The People, named presumably for singer Mark Foster. It's mellowed out vibe hides a dark little chorus on "Pumped Up Kicks"...



Taylor Swift recently won Entertainer of the Year at the ACM awards show, and performed this track on the program. It's a favorite of mine from the Speak Now CD, and is possibly a contender to be her fifth country #1, joining juggernauts like "Our Song" and "You Belong With Me". It's also a little kiss-off to her critics, who are "Mean"...



Ryan Tedder's band, OneRepublic, have their third single chart from their latest CD Waking Up, with a song that's already been a top-20 hit in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, like their last hit, "Secrets", was before crossing over here to the States. Their crowning achievement still remains their collaboration with uber-producer Timbaland with "Apologize", but "Good Life" is a great top-40 song nonetheless...



The next song is by the DJ duo of Sultan and Ned Shepard from Montreal, Canada, who have remixed many artists, but have the first hit on their own right with a song featuring Libyan-American chanteuse Nadia Ali, who has already reached the dance chart summit twice, once as part of the group iiO with "Is It Love?" and once solo with "Love Story". Their latest is "Call My Name"...



The last entry is in my view the oddest of the set. It's by "Sir" Ivan (Wilzig), who is a Jersey-born banker-turned singer reknown for his Long Island parties, and also converting non-dance oldies for the clubs (i.e. the top-50 dance hit of "For What It's Worth"). His latest is a dance version of, yes, um, "Hare Krishna". Enjoy. um. Enjoy.

Sir Ivan - "Hare Krishna" (FORD Radio Mix) by SobelPromotions

and that's it! HHHHHHHHavre de Graace!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for April 8, 2011...

Hey folks, my cherry blossoms are out, and it's time for my top 100 tunes for the week. This week the Queen Monster spends a second week on top, while country bears the Zac Brown Band (pictured above) move into the top-3. Former big hits by the Sick Puppies, Trey Songz, Selena Gomez, and Blake Shelton drop off the list, while tracks by Alexis Jordin, The Band Perry, and Easton Corbin make the biggest jumps (moves 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. Damn Squirrels!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Born This Way - Lady GaGa (1)
2. Fuckin' Perfect - Pink (2)
3. Colder Weather - The Zac Brown Band (5)
4. S&M - Rihanna (4)
5. Fuck You/Forget You - Cee-Lo Green (7)
6. Grenade - Bruno Mars (6)
7. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (3)
8. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (12)
9. For The First Time - The Script (9)
10. Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (8)
11. Firework - Katy Perry (11)
12. This - Darius Rucker (17)
13. Higher - Taio Cruz f/Kylie Minogue & Travie McCoy (14)
14. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine (10)
15. Sing - My Chemical Romance (15)
16. Rope - Foo Fighters (21)
17. The Cave - Mumford & Sons (19)
18. Help Is On The Way - Rise Against (26)
19. Hello - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (16)
20. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson (20)
21. Better Than Today - Kylie Minogue (13)
22. Hello World - Lady Antebellum (22)
23. Marry Me - Train (18)
24. Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri (24)
25. Back To December - Taylor Swift (23)
26. Someone Like You - Adele (34)
27. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (25)
28. Let Me Down Easy - Billy Currington (33)
29. Move On Fast - Yoko Ono (29)
30. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (30)
31. Hold It Against Me - Britney Spears (27)
32. Raise Your Glass - Pink (28)
33. What Do You Want - Jerrod Niemann (39)
34. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles (46)
35. Rocketeer - Far East Movement f/Ryan Tedder (35)
36. Little Miss - Sugarland (38)
37. What The Hell - Avril Lavigne (41)
38. A Little Bit Stronger - Sara Evans (48)
39. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (43)
40. Sanity - Hannah (40)
41. Tighten Up - The Black Keys (31)
42. Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not - Thompson Square (42)
43. Price Tag - Jessie J. f/B.o.B (53)
44. I Do - Colbie Caillat (49)
45. Seek Bromance - Tim/Berg (45)
46. I Won't Let Go - Rascal Flatts (51)
47. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars (37)
48. You Are - Charlie Wilson (36)
49. Good Girl - Alexis Jordan (71)
50. Heart Like Mine - Miranda Lambert (54)
51. What's My Name - Rihanna f/Drake (47)
52. Lay With You - El DeBarge f/Faith Evans (59)
53. Bleed Red - Ronnie Dunn (63)
54. Who's That Chick? - David Guetta f/Rihanna (44)
55. Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland (56)
56. Walking - Mary Mary (74)
57. Never Gonna Leave This Bed - Maroon 5 (62)
58. Twist Of Love - Kimberly Davis (64)
59. E.T. - Katy Perry f/Kanye West (79)
60. Far Away - Marsha Ambrosius (DEBUT)
61. You Lie - The Band Perry (83)
62. Live A Little - Kenny Chesney (72)
63. This Is Country Music - Brad Paisley (58)
64. Georgia Clay - Josh Kelley (69)
65. New Low - Middle Class Rut (67)
66. Without You - Keith Urban (84)
67. On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (77)
68. Family Man - Craig Campbell (70)
69. Howling For You - The Black Keys (73)
70. Freefallin' - Zoe Badwi (82)
71. More - Usher (81)
72. Keep On Dancing - Alyssa Rubino (76)
73. Love Letter - R. Kelly (85)
74. Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom) - Shinedown (78)
75. Country Song - Seether (DEBUT)
76. Where You At - Jennifer Hudson (DEBUT)
77. Army Of Love - Kerli (95)
78. I Can't Love You Back - Easton Corbin (100)
79. Paris (Ooh La La) - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (DEBUT)
80. My Body - Young The Giant (86)
81. I'll Be There - Tiffany Evans (91)
82. Something To Believe In - Parachute (DEBUT)
83. Keep Your Head Up - Andy Grammer (88)
84. Falling In - Lifehouse (94)
85. Tomorrow - Chris Young (DEBUT)
86. Don't Hold Your Breath - Nicole Scherzinger (DEBUT)
87. We R Who We R - Ke$ha (87)
88. Blow - Ke$ha (92)
89. Sun Is Up - Inna (89)
90. Celui - Colonel Reyel (90)
91. Get It Right - Glee Cast (DEBUT)
92. Hollywood Hills - Sunrise Avenue (DEBUT)
93. Gold Forever - The Wanted (DEBUT)
94. Raymond - Brett Eldredge (DEBUT)
95. As Days Go By - Mickey 'Mixin' Oliver f/Kim Smith (96)
96. Loser Like Me - Glee Cast (DEBUT)
97. Just Can't Get Enough - The Black Eyed Peas (DEBUT)
98. Toutes Les Nuits - Colonel Reyel (DEBUT)
99. Never See You Again - Talia Coles (DEBUT)
100. Sun Of A Gun - Oh Land (DEBUT)

This week there's a big turnover with sixteen new songs on my list (marked in yellow). I've included earlier videos marked in orange.

The highest entry is by Marsha Ambrosius, the British soul singer who was formerly one half of the group Floetry. The duo had a top-40 US hit with "Say Yes" in 2003, when the alt-R&B genre was in full-gear. Eight years later, Ambrosius has a hit CD (Late Nights and Early Mornings) which includes "Far Away", a slow smoker most notable for its video about African American men, violence and tolerance in way I have never seen in an R&B video. It's a must-see if you haven't seen it.



South African hard-rock band Seether is back after two years from their last single, a grunge cover of Wham!'s "Careless Whisper". Their latest is their eleventh to make the Rock top-10, including two #1's, "Remedy" and "Fake It". And ironically it's with "The Country Song"...



Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson is back with a song that's just as epic as "Spotlight" was a classic jam. It's a sure-fire drag number of the future with "Where You At"...



Next up is roots-rock group Grace Potter and The Nocturnals from Vermont, who graduate from Triple A radio (where they scored prior with "Tiny Light") and impact adult-pop with the rougher "Paris (Ooh La La)"...



Virginians Parachute return hoping to equal the success of their adult-pop hit from 2009, "She Is Love". They've already gone viral with the video of their anthemic new song, "Something To Believe In"...



Chris Young just set the record for longest climb to #1 on the country chart with "Voices", which took 51 non-consecutive weeks to hit the top spot. Here's hoping his latest takes a little less time. Like "Tomorrow" (man, that's bad)...



Ex-Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger may hve had a bit of trouble jumpstarting a solo career in the States, but in England she's had a better go, scoring a top-3 hit with "Poison", and now her first solo #1 with this song that deserves a shot here, here's "Don't Hold Your Breath"...



Well Glee came through the last episode with original songs, and two of them debut this week, including this power-ballad written by music director Adam Anders, and sung by Lea Michele ("Rachel"). Here's "Get It Right"...



And now for something completely different, Finnish rock band Sunrise Avenue have their first hit on my list, and their second top-10 hit in Germany (following 2006's "Fairytale Gone Bad"). It's with the very American-sounding "Hollywood Hills"...



British boyband The Wanted came on the scene with the #1 hit "All Time Low", and they now have the Official Single for the UK charity Comic Relief, which explains the presence of red noses on the clip for "Gold Forever"..



Country singer Brett Eldredge has his first hit with a song with a moving theme about visiting a stranger in a nursing home, "Raymond" (WTF in 2011 about not embeddable videos?)...



The second entry from Glee is the first to get significant radio airplay, not surprising since it was co-written by super-producer/writer Max Martin. It's also the show's highest placing on Billboard's pop chart (#6) since their first smash, Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'". Here's "Loser Like Me"...



The Black Eyed Peas follow up their scramble of Dirty Dancing of "The Time (Dirty Bit)" with a song they shot the video in Tokyo a week before the tragic Tohoku earthquake. Eerie in retrospect, it includes a plea for the Red Cross. Here's "Just Can't Get Enough"...



For the first time, an artist has two foreign-language concurrent hits on my top-100, as Frenchman Colonel Reyel's "Celui" is joined by a track that jumped into the French top-5 at number 1. It's "Toutes Les Nuits" ("All of the Nights")...



New York singer Talia Coles has her first hit with a song that's rockin' the clubs, "Never See You Again"...



The final of the 16 debuts is by Danish (the country, not the delectable pastry) singer Oh Land, a play on her middle name (full name Nanna Oland Fabricus). She does it with the dance track "Sun Of A Gun".



Now how's that grease working out, squirrel?

Friday, April 08, 2011

twostepcubchart: the best of 2011 (so far)...

It's unbelievable that a quarter of the year has gone by, but alas, it's just turning April, and spring is almost peeking its head out. And here's the 40 biggest songs on my weekly chart from the beginning of the year until now...

1. Firework - Katy Perry (from the CD Teenage Dream)
2scchart Peak: #1 (3 weeks)

Perry made a hat trick of #1s with this self-empowerment anthem, which also was a US charttopper for four weeks. The video is just as epic, featuring belittled people in many forms, from the disabled to an overweight girl to a gay kid, and without the usual heavyhandedness.



2. Grenade - Bruno Mars (from the CD Doo Wops & Hooligans)
2scchart Peak: #1 (5 weeks)

Mars was catching up fast with "Firework", but for the quarter came up just a few points short. With a dramatic Motownesque flair, the singer/writer/producer proved that "Just The Way You Are" (also in the top-10 this year) was no fluke. In the fluffy, lovey pop era, this song about unrequited love seemed more timeless than its competition.



3. For The First Time - The Script (from the CD Science & Faith)
2scchart Peak: #2 (2 weeks)

The only song to have been in my top-10 the entire year so far (beating out "Grenade" by a week), "For The First Time" is a former UK top-10 hit I was a little pessimistic that would catch on here in the States. But thankfully its sailing bridge connected the same way their "Breakeven" did a year back. Consider the Irish band the master of the slow burners...



4. Raise Your Glass - Pink (from the CD Greatest Hits...So Far!!!!)
2sc Peak in 2011: #1 (1 week in 2011)

The opening #1 of the year, as well as the final #1 of last year, this song was one of two new tracks on Pink's first hits set, and she pulled off a rare feat that both are just as worthy as her previous hits (and both show up on this list). Both "Raise Your Glass" and "Fuckin' Perfect" were anthemic "It Gets Better" songs, but "Raise" brought the party to the message, with a video that was a bit punk but totally accessible.



5. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (from the CD A Thousand Suns)
2scchart Peak in 2011: #3 (3 weeks in 2011)

The boys from Cali seem to be the last big young hard rock band in pop music, but they've risen to the challenge by evolving from what seemed to be a Limp Bizkit rap-rock knockoff act to a thoughtful and intricate yet mainstream stalwart. A bit more positive instrumentation belies the apocalyptic theme.



6. Tighten Up - The Black Keys (from the CD Brothers.)
2scchart Peak: #4 (2 weeks)

The duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are this year's little-indie-band-that-could, and with the help of hip producer-du-jour "Danger Mouse", made good with a quirky retrocut that shares a name with a Archie Bell jam that isn't too far from the lazy vibe of this one.



7. Marry Me - Train (from the CD Save Me, San Francisco)
2scchart Peak: #9 (1 week)

If the Black Keys are the hip-rock band that could, and Linkin Park are the alt-band that could, Train would fit in to be the straight-man-rock band that could. Pat Monahan and Train proves the age doesn't have to be the end-all factor, as "Hey Soul Sister" was one of the biggest hits of not only the last couple years, but he last ten. The second follow-up to that monster was a quiet little heart-tugger timed perfectly for the Valentine's season. Yet it isn't as smarmy as it could've been. I guess experience does help.



8. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars (from the CD Doo Wops & Hooligans)
2scchart peak in 2011: #4 (2 weeks)

This former #1 hit from last year was the hit that wouldn't go away, as the former pop hit became an adult contemporary powerhouse. Bruno proved he can transfer a simple melody into one of most memorable debut hits ever. No wonder Bruno has the distinction of (so far) having the only double appearance in my top-10.



9. Maybe - Sick Puppies (from the CD Tri-Polar)
2scchart Peak: #2 (1 week)

The Aussie post-grunge trio found mainstream success with this soaring ballad from their third album's third single, and its "turn the page" theme took the former modern rock hit to the masses.



10. Secrets - OneRepublic (from the CD Waking Up)
2scchart Peak: #5 (1 week)

I first heard "Secrets" as a album cut that became a huge single last year in Germany. At that time, their "All The Right Moves" was slow-burning up the adult-pop charts. This single followed the same pattern, steadily growing in the States where it stayed in the US top-40 for months. I also am in the camp believing the song is a self-referential take on Ryan Tedder's songwriting, especially after the accusation by Kelly Clarkson of pilfering his own "Halo" (for Beyonce') for her "Already Gone". I guess Ryan doesn't give all his "Secrets" away...



11. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine {from the CD Lungs)
2scchart Peak: #1 (1 week)

One-man "bands" such as Five For Fighting and Owl City are common, but one-woman concept acts like Florence Welch's Florence + The Machine was a welcome change, and Welch's thundering voice, garnering her a Grammy nomination and remake on Glee (which also made my top-100 list), propelling national exposure for an artist richly deserving. A stint closing Eat Pray Love didn't hurt either. A pop song that totally didn't sound like a pop song.



12. Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (from the CD Euphoria)
2scchart Peak: #4 (2 weeks)

It's stunning that the 35-year-old Iglesias has lasted a 16-year chart career without losing the sex appeal that disguises the savvy musicality underneath. "Tonight" took the guido-dance revival he rode "I Like It" in on and threw in a little lecherousness (especially in the original "I'm Fuckin' You" version) that someone lesser-looking than Enrique couldn't get away with.



13. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (from the CD Thank You, Happy Birthday)
2scchart Peak: #12 (4 weeks)

The punk-blues group from Kentucky struck gold last year with three straight top-3 modern rock hits, and equal that success with the lead single from their sophomore release, complete with a deceptively spooky video.



14. What's My Name - Rihanna f/Drake (from the CD Loud)
2scchart Peak: #14 (2 weeks)

The most famous red-haired entertainer since Bozo the Clown had her first of two consecutive US #1 hits with the actual followup to the second ("Only (Girl In The World)"), though for the life of me I still am not 100% sure what this song is about other than swagger. Entertaning though, even with Drake's puerile "square-root" pun from the eighth grade.



15. Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons (from the CD Sigh No More)
2scchart Peak in 2011: #28 (4 weeks)

Another example of a song I came to know over a year ago, the English rock outfit led by Marcus Mumford parlayed their folk-rock thump of "Little Lion Man" into a multi-format hit and a Grammy nom. Add the fact that I believe half the radio programmers overlooked the f-bomb in the chorus, and I'm hooked. Bonus: love the YouTube comment: EPIC BANJO DANCE!



16. Rhythm Of Love - Plain White T's (from the CD Wonders Of The Younger)
2scchart Peak: #9 (1 week)

The Plain White T's have pegged themselves quite nicely as the nice-guy-ballad go-to with the third lovey dovey hit, this time sung by guitarist Tim Lopez.



17. You Are - Charlie Wilson (from the CD Just Charlie)
2scchart Peak: #25 (2 weeks)

In the 80's, Charlie Wilson was the lead singer of the Gap Band, one of the funkiest R&B dance groups around. These days, Wilson swings much smoother, scoring three #1 adult R&B hits including this charmer...



18. Somewhere With You - Kenny Chesney (from the CD Hemingway's Whiskey)
2scchart Peak: #5 (2 weeks)

Chesney proves he can succeed with more than his usual beach-frat country with this moody track that's a favorite of mine, and my biggest country hit so far this year.



19. Jar Of Hearts - Christina Perri (from the CD Lovestrong)
2scchart Peak: #24 (2 weeks so far)

Emo-chick Perri hails from right across the Delaware, and her unsigned but professional heartbreak song has smoldered since previewing on So You Think You Can Dance almost a year ago. Her debut CD doesn't even drop until May, but thousands of lovelorn girls (and guys) are waiting.



20. Hello - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (from the upcoming CD Smash)
2scchart Peak: #8 (2 weeks)

French DJ/producer Solveig (born Martin Picadet) has his first worldwide success with a silly dance track featuring Canadian electro-pop group Dragonette. A take on the "I'm too good for you" club track, the clanging rhythm is a welcome diversion from the four-on-the-floor stomp.




21. We R Who We R - Ke$ha (from the CD Cannibal)
2scchart Peak: #19 (2 weeks)

Auto-tune queen matches her trash-camp to a diversity message with this #1 US pop hit previewing her sophomore CD/EP. She's out to prove she's more than a drunk slut, but not by much. And that's OK.



22. Take Over Control - Afrojack f/Eva Simons (from the CD Lost & Found)
2scchart Peak: #19 (1 week)

Dutch DJ Nick van der Wall, aka Afrojack, goes from remixer to star act with this European dance hit featuring fellow countrywoman Eva Simons. Result: Jarring rhythm does infectious groove.



23. Who's That Chick? - David Guetta f/Rihanna (from the CD One More Love)
2scchart Peak: #19 (3 weeks)

French DJ Guetta propelled from club legend to pop star with his One Love CD which contains 6 worldwide hits. Amended with a second disc of remixes of Madonna, Kelis, and this number with Rihanna, he's now the Quincy Jones for the millennial dancefloor.



24. Hello World - Lady Antebellum (from the CD Need You Now)
2scchart Peak: #22 (1 week)

The trio outgrew the country market with the soft-rock of "Need You Now" last year, and "Hello World" fits into the adult-pop mode as well. It would be a good fit with a Grey's Anatomy episode.



25. Voices - Chris Young (from the CD The Man I Want To Be)
2scchart Peak: #12 (1 week)

Besides being the most handsome person in this list, the former winner of CMT's Nashville Star showed staying power, as the song took one week short of a year on the country chart to reach #1. With it's homey message, it's worth the wait.



26. Back To December - Taylor Swift (from the CD Speak Now)
2scchart Peak: #23 (1 week)

I may still have issues with her "live" performance (like I should talk), but Swift can sure write a song. This alleged apology to Taylor Lautner, coupled with her pairings with John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal, transform her from teen country-pop queen to music's Jennifer Aniston.



27. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (from the CD 21)
2scchart Peak: #3 (2 weeks)

If you'd have asked me a year ago, I'd never have predicted the biggest-selling album of 2011 so far wouldn't be Britney or Minaj or even Bieber, but rather the British belter that won the Grammy for new artist a couple years back. And courtesy of this disco-blues mashup, which cut through like a fresh wind on US radio. God Bless you, Adele.



28. Fuckin' Perfect - Pink (from the CD Greatest Hits...So Far!!!)
2scchart Peak: #1 (2 weeks)

The second entry here by Pink is her serious "It Gets Better" song, and between the uncensored title and graphic video, her unabashed tone declares she means business. Message received, my leader.



29. Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna (from the CD Loud)
2scchart Peak in 2011: #8 (1 week)

Rihanna is the sole artist with three entries in the year's top-40, and this was the one that started things off as a carryover from last year where on my list it held the runner-up spot behind Bruno Mars for four weeks. After the darker mood of her last CD, Rihanna brought the dance, and the anthemic title shout commanded your attention.



30. Sing - My Chemical Romance (from the CD Danger Days)
2scchart Peak: #15 (2 weeks so far)

Gerard Way and the boys carry on their True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys with this anthemic rocker, complete with apocalyptic video. And for the first time in a while (and a little help from Gleexposure), they found some love from adult pop radio.



31. Can't Be Friends - Trey Songz (from the CD Passion, Pain & Pleasure)
2scchart Peak: #24 (2 weeks)

Singer-songwriter Songz (nee Tremaine Neverson) dominated the R&B charts with this breakup ballad though it is amazing that a song spending a record-tying fourteen weeks at #1 on Billboard's R&B chart missed the Pop top-40 (peaking at #43), demonstrating the chasm between the R&B and Pop world even within the same pool of artists.



32. Animal - Neon Trees (from the CD Habits)
2scchart Peak in 2011: #15 (2 weeks)

Six songs out of my top-40 were covered on Glee, including this holdover from last year where it held the #2 spot for 3 weeks behind Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream". "Animal" definitely would have been huge in 1983, which actually is a compliment. And the drummer, she rocks.



33. Put You In A Song - Keith Urban (from the CD Get Closer)
2scchart Peak: #13 (2 weeks)

Mr. Kidman is a reliable country powerhouse who came back in 2011 with this upbeat love song that is the predictable first-single output from him on every album. Still, the man knows his way around a melody and a guitar, and doesn't have the pretentious too-common country "don't keep me from hatin' you" attitude.



34. You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me - Cher (from the Burlesque soundtrack CD)
2scchart Peak: #12 (2 weeks)

Dear Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, you suck. That is all.



35. Better Than Today - Kylie Minogue (from the CD Aphrodite)
2scchart Peak: #13 (3 weeks)

Kylie's third single from her latest album is a song previewed on her last American Tour, which I was lucky to have attended (on two nights). I would've never thought I would see her live, and I'll have the pleasure again in a month! Woo friggin hoo!



36. Someone Else Calling You Baby - Luke Bryan (from the CD Doin' My Thing)
2scchart Peak: #32 (4 weeks)

Bryan reached the A-List in Nashville wish his last 3 singles hitting #2,#1 and this one his second #1. Nothing extraordinary, just good heartache country-pop.



37. Who Are You When I'm Not Looking - Blake Shelton (from the CD All About Tonight)
2scchart Peak: #40 (2 weeks)

I'm glad I felt the love for this song before the total wreck of the ACM awards last weeks, where Shelton hosted complete with homophobic jokage. I know he doesnt write the shit, but come on, enough posturing already, or we'll think Miranda Lambert's your "beard".



38. Just A Dream - Nelly (from the CD 5.0)
2scchart Peak in 2011: #10 (1 week)

Nelly learned his niche, as he channeled his success with his Tim McGraw collab "Over and Over" into this brooding R&B number without a trace of rapping. Match it with an Inception-lite clip and you've got a pop hit.



39. Let Me Down Easy - Billy Currington (from the CD Enjoy Yourself)
2scchart Peak: #33 (1 week so far)

Nashville hunk Currington croons his way into another country charttopper, and it's unassumingly attractive, much like the singer himself.



40. Swedish House Mafia f/ Tinie Tempah - Miami 2 Ibiza (from the CD Until One)
2scchart Peak: #10 (1 week)

The final song in this year's top songs so far is a dance track from a rapper that I hope gets huge here in the states once his debut CD Disc-Overy (which includes this song) drops in May. The trio of Steve Angello, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso ruled the world clubs with this thumper, and in the process finally teaching me how to pronounce Ibiza (with the "th").



I want to thank everyone who follows my little old blog, and I'll be back with this weeks top-100 tomorrow. Until then, get some sleep already!