Monday, May 30, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for May 27, 2011...

Hey folks, I'm home from work, and time for my top tunes for the week. This week Adele makes her third week on top, while Katy Perry (pictured above) abducts her way in the top-10. Former big hits by Adele, The Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, and Martin Solveig drop of my list, while singles by INXS, Kristine W., and Bruno Mars made the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Link-o-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on the names of any of the artists to go to their website. 50$ for cupcakes? For REAL?!?!?!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (1)
2. The Cave - Mumford & Sons (2)
3. Help Is On The Way - Rise Against (3)
4. Far Away - Marsha Ambrosius (8)
5. Fuckin' Perfect - Pink (5)
6. Fuck You/Forget You - Cee-Lo Green (4)
7. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles (7)
8. E.T. - Katy Perry f/Kanye West (10)
9. For The First Time - The Script (9)
10. Where You At - Jennifer Hudson (11)
11. S&M - Rihanna (6)
12. Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO f/Lauren Bennett & Goonrock (17)
13. A Little Bit Stronger - Sara Evans (13)
14. Rope - Foo Fighters (16)
15. Price Tag - Jessie J f/B.o.B (15)
16. Born This Way - Lady GaGa (12)
17. You Lie - The Band Perry (19)
18. Good Girl - Alexis Jordan (14)
19. I Do - Colbie Caillat (21)
20. Howlin' For You - The Black Keys (25)
21. Sing - My Chemical Romance (18)
22. Without You - Keith Urban (26)
23. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (20)
24. Grenade - Bruno Mars (22)
25. Never Gonna Leave This Bed - Maroon 5 (29)
26. Country Song - Seether (30)
27. Dancing Tonight - Kat Deluna (31)
28. What The Hell - Avril Lavigne (28)
29. More - Usher (23)
30. I Won't Let Go - Rascal Flatts (32)
31. Bleed Red - Ronnie Dunn (33)
32. Army Of Love - Kerli (34)
33. Beautiful People - Chris Brown f/Benny Benassi (41)
34. Sweat - Snoop Dogg vs. David Guetta (38)
35. Turn It Up - Ultra Nate (36)
36. Firework - Katy Perry (27)
37. Heart Like Mine - Miranda Lambert (37)
38. Good Life - OneRepublic (52)
39. Live A Little - Kenny Chesney (39)
40. Bright Lights, Bigger City - Cee-Lo Green (40)
41. Fade - Kristine W. (65)
42. Just Can't Get Enough - The Black Eyed Peas (44)
43. Call My Name - Sultan & Ned Shepard f/Nadia Ali (43)
44. I Can't Love You Back - Easton Corbin (48)
45. On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (45)
46. Falling In - Lifehouse (50)
47. Tomorrow - Chris Young (49)
48. Mean - Taylor Swift (54)
49. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (42)
50. Mr. Saxobeat - Alexandra Stan (55)
51. Something To Believe In - Parachute (57)
52. The Lazy Song - Bruno Mars (72)
53. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People (68)
54. Keep Your Head Up - Andy Grammer (58)
55. What Do You Want - Jerrod Niemann (35)
56. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson (56)
57. Paris (Ooh La La) - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (61)
58. Original Sin - INXS f/Rob Thomas (88)
59. Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (59)
60. Hey (Nah Neh Nah) - Rico Bernasconi vs. Vaya Con Dios (60)
61. Freefallin' - Zoe Badwi (53)
62. Adolescents - Incubus (66)
63. Blow - Ke$ha (63)
64. My Body - Young The Giant (64)
65. Till The World Ends - Britney Spears (69)
66. Old Alabama - Brad Paisley f/Alabama (70)
67. Tacalacateo - India & Peppe Citarella (67)
68. Country Girl (Shake It For Me) - Luke Bryan (76)
69. World Keeps Turning - Sylvia Tosun (DEBUT)
70. Don't Hold Your Breath - Nicole Scherzinger (71)
71. Somewhere Else - Toby Keith (83)
72. Addiction - Medina (86)
73. Love Letter - R. Kelly (73)
74. Make Some Noise - Beastie Boys (78)
75. If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away - Justin Moore (81)
76. Look It Up - Ashton Shepherd (82)
77. Raymond - Brett Eldredge (79)
78. Back To December - Taylor Swift (74)
79. I Need A Dollar - Aloe Blacc (DEBUT)
80. Push It - Jessie & The ToyBoys f/ Yelawolf (85)
81. Give Me Everything - Pitbull f/Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer (DEBUT)
82. Changing - Airborne Toxic Event (94)
83. Kick It Out - Hyper Crush (DEBUT)
84. Raise Your Glass - Pink (84)
85. 4Evermore - Anthony David f/Algebra (87)
86. Save Me, San Francisco - Train (DEBUT)
87. Hollywood Tonight - Michael Jackson (DEBUT)
88. I Wouldn't Be A Man - Josh Turner (90)
89. Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum (DEBUT)
90. Am I The Only One - Dierks Bentley (DEBUT)
91. You Are A Tourist - Death Cab For Cutie (DEBUT)
92. Honey Bee - Blake Shelton (96)
93. Dirt Road Anthem - Jason Aldean (DEBUT)
94. Teenage Daughters - Martina McBride (98)
95. Buzzin' - Mann f/50 Cent (95)
96. Rip Tide - Sick Puppies (DEBUT)
97. I Smile - Kirk Franklin (99)
98. Where Them Girls At - David Guetta f/Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj (DEBUT)
99. Cherie Coco - Magic System f/Soprano (RE-ENTRY)
100. Hollywood Hills - Sunrise Avenue (RE-ENTRY)

There a dozen new entries on this week's chart (highlighted in yellow). I've also included links to the artist's previous hits in orange.

This week's highest debut is by dance-music singer Sylvia Tosun, The founder of her own record label, Sea To Sun Records, Tosun has had a lot of success on the dance chart, with a supporting #1 credit to her name ("Push & Pull" with DJs Noferini & Marini) and a top-3 solo single ("Above All" from last year). Her latest is already in the club play top-5, and it's in my opinion her best to date. Here's "World Keeps Turning"...



Californian retro-soul singer Egbert Dawkins, recording under the moniker Aloe Blacc, is profiting from a international success with his first hit, which now is getting attention in America thanks to a cell-phone ad campaign. A top-10 hit in the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Belgium, it's a great catchy tune in the style of Lou Rawls and Donny Hathaway. Here's "I Need A Dollar"...



Cuban rap lothario Pitbull is striving to match the success of his biggest hit, and he's one notch under the peak position of the #2 "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)". He's backed by three artists - the soul singer Ne-Yo, who already has a US #1 under his belt with "So Sick", Dutch producer Afrojack (most known for "Take Over Control"), and newcomer Nayer on "Give Me Everything"...



Dance trio Hyper Crush had a minor dance radio hit with "Keep Up" last year, and this time score a top-10 club play hit with "Kick Us Out"...



After having the biggest hit of their career with "Hey, Soul Sister", San Franciscans Train release an ode to their hometown with "Save Me, San Francisco"...



Michael Jackson has his first dance hit since his death (and since 1995's "Scream") with the Teddy Riley-produced "Hollywood Tonight".



Country trio Lady Antebellum had the biggest crossover success of last year with the Grammy-winning "Need You Now", and seek to replicate its success with their leadoff single from their upcoming CD, and it has already been the highest-debuting country single, with "Just A Kiss"...



Dierks Bentley graduated high school right down the road from my own, at the same place Huey Lewis did awhile back. Crazy, huh? Dierks has hit the top of the country chart seven times, from 2003's "What Was I Thinkin'" to 2009's "Sideways". After a great bluegrass CD last year, he is back with the party-life atmosphere we expect from country's Seth Rogen doppelganger, with "Am I The Only One"....



Emo-electronic group Death Cab For Cutie come back three years after their first number-one album Narrow Stairs, containing the top-10 modern rock hit "I Will Possess Your Heart" with a new track that on track to surpass their biggest hit, 2005's "Soul Meets Body". I just got the album on Amazon.mp3 for 5$, and it's ethereal and awesome. Here's "You Are A Tourist"...



Country singer Jason Aldean has his first country charttopper in 2005 with "Why", and right now he has the biggest-selling CD by a man in his genre. While Aldean's duet with Kelly Clarkson, "Don't You Wanna Stay", has crossed over from country to pop, his latest single takes a hard detour from adult contemporary with a remake of alt-country-rap bad boy Colt Ford's "Dirt Road Anthem"...



Aussie rockers Sick Puppies recently had a runnerup hit on my chart with "Maybe", and now have their second top-5 mainstream-rock hit (after "You're Going Down") with the fourth single from their latest CD, "Rip Tide"...



The final new entry is by French DJ David Guetta, who is also climbing with his remix of Snoop Dogg's "Sweat". Guetta teams up this time with high-profile pop-rappers Flo Rida (who has a pair of US #1 hits with "Low" and "Right Round") and Nicki Minaj (most-known for the #1 R&B hit "Moment 4 Life"). The trio's collaboration does seem a little too samey as his "Sexy Bitch", but make up your own mind with "Where Them Girls At"...



Also, two more records re-enter, first the French hit by Ivory Coast's Magic System, "Cherie Coco"...



and the Finnish rock band Sunrise Avenue are back with their song that's still a big hit in Germany (yo, Hoff!) with "Hollywood Hills"...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for May 20, 2011...

Hey folks, it's the end of the week, and time for my top-100 tunes for the past 7 days. This week Adele spends a second week on top, while R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius (pictured above) sails into the top-10. The biggest jumps are made by songs by LMFAO, Kat Deluna, and Snoop Dogg (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while a former big hit by Thompson Square drops out. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on any of the highlighted artists to go to their website for more information.

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (1)
2. The Cave - Mumford & Sons (5)
3. Help Is On The Way - Rise Against (7)
4. Fuck You/Forget You - Cee-Lo Green (3)
5. Fuckin' Perfect - Pink (6)
6. S&M - Rihanna (2)
7. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles (9)
8. Far Away - Marsha Ambrosius (12)
9. For The First Time - The Script (8)
10. E.T. - Katy Perry f/Kanye West (11)
11. Where You At - Jennifer Hudson (15)
12. Born This Way - Lady GaGa (4)
13. A Little Bit Stronger - Sara Evans (16)
14. Good Girl - Alexis Jordan (10)
15. Price Tag - Jessie J f/B.o.B (19)
16. Rope - Foo Fighters (13)
17. Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO f/Lauren Bennett & Goonrock (27)
18. Sing - My Chemical Romance (18)
19. You Lie - The Band Perry (22)
20. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (20)
21. I Do - Colbie Caillat (21)
22. Grenade - Bruno Mars (17)
23. More - Usher (24)
24. Someone Like You - Adele (14)
25. Howlin' For You - The Black Keys (30)
26. Without You - Keith Urban (31)
27. Firework - Katy Perry (23)
28. What The Hell - Avril Lavigne (28)
29. Never Gonna Leave This Bed - Maroon 5 (33)
30. Country Song - Seether (34)
31. Dancing Tonight - Kat Deluna (41)
32. I Won't Let Go - Rascal Flatts (32)
33. Bleed Red - Ronnie Dunn (35)
34. Army Of Love - Kerli (36)
35. What Do You Want - Jerrod Niemann (25)
36. Turn It Up - Ultra Nate (40)
37. Heart Like Mine - Miranda Lambert (37)
38. Sweat - Snoop Dogg vs. David Guetta (48)
39. Live A Little - Kenny Chesney (39)
40. Bright Lights, Bigger City - Cee-Lo Green (44)
41. Beautiful People - Chris Brown f/Benny Benassi (51)
42. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (38)
43. Call My Name - Sultan & Ned Shepard f/Nadia Ali (47)
44. Just Can't Get Enough - Black Eyed Peas (49)
45. On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (46)
46. Colder Weather - The Zac Brown Band (26)
47. This - Darius Rucker (29)
48. I Can't Love You Back - Easton Corbin (50)
49. Tomorrow - Chris Young (53)
50. Falling In - Lifehouse (52)
51. Hello - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (45)
52. Good Life - OneRepublic (60)
53. Freefallin' - Zoe Badwi (54)
54. Mean - Taylor Swift (59)
55. Mr. Saxobeat - Alexandra Stan (56)
56. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson (42)
57. Something To Believe In - Parachute (61)
58. Keep Your Head Up - Andy Grammer (58)
59. Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (43)
60. Hey (Nah Neh Nah) - Rico Bernasconi vs. Vaya Con Dios (62)
61. Paris (Ooh La La) - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (64)
62. Family Man - Craig Campbell (63)
63. Blow - Ke$ha (65)
64. My Body - Young The Giant (68)
65. Fade - Kristine W. (DEBUT)
66. Adolescents - Incubus (74)
67. Tacalacateo - India & Peppe Citarella (69)
68. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People (72)
69. Till The World End - Britney Spears (71)
70. Old Alabama - Brad Paisley f/Alabama (75)
71. Don't Hold Your Breath - Nicole Scherzinger (73)
72. The Lazy Song - Bruno Mars (82)
73. Love Letter - R. Kelly (55)
74. Back To December - Taylor Swift (57)
75. Hesitate - Stone Sour (76)
76. Country Girl (Shake It For Me) - Luke Bryan (80)
77. All Of The Lights - Kanye West f/Rihanna (77)
78. Make Some Noise - Beastie Boys (DEBUT)
79. Raymond - Brett Eldredge (79)
80. I'll Be Waiting - Michael Franti & Spearhead (81)
81. If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away - Justin Moore (83)
82. Look It Up - Ashton Shepherd (84)
83. Somewhere Else - Toby Keith (85)
84. Raise Your Glass - Pink (66)
85. Push It - Jessie & The Toyboys f/Yelawolf (89)
86. Addiction - Medina (90)
87. 4Evermore - Anthony David f/Algebra (87)
88. Original Sin - INXS f/Rob Thomas (DEBUT)
89. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (70)
90. I Wouldn't Be A Man - Josh Turner (91)
91. Walking - Mary Mary (67)
92. Happily Ever After - He Is We (92)
93. A Night Like This - Caro Emerald (93)
94. Changing - Airborne Toxic Event (94)
95. Buzzin' - Mann f/50 Cent (96)
96. Honey Bee - Blake Shelton (100)
97. Niton (The Reason) - Eric Prydz (DEBUT)
98. Teenage Daughters - Martina McBride (DEBUT)
99. I Smile - Kirk Franklin (DEBUT)
100. Bleu Noir - Mylene Farmer (DEBUT)

There are seven new entries on my list (highlighted in yellow), and I've included links to previous hits in orange.

The highest debut is by a singer who is not well known generally, but in the dance music genre she reigns supreme, with a remarkable 15 out of 16 #1 dance hits on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart (the 16th peaked at #2). That streak started with 1994's "Feel What You Want" to 2009's "The Power Of Music". Her latest is heading to join her list, as "Fade" is already in the top-3....

Kristine W - Fade (Subgroover Radio) by Subgroover

After a seven year break between vocal-rap albums (with an instrumental CD inbetween), the legendary Beastie Boys are back. The NYC trio are best-known in the US for their singular top-10 hit, "(You Gotta)Fight For Your Right (To Party)" in 1987, and they also had a #1 modern rock single in 2004 with "Ch-Check It Out". Their new single "Make Some Noise" reincarnates the boys from FFYR as Elijah Wood, Seth Rogan, and Danny McBride, along with a crowd of famous extras like Ted Danson, Will Ferrell, Kirsten Dunst, Orlando Bloom, and more. See if you can spot them all!



Australian rockers INXS have spent the last 15 years recovering from the loss of their lead singer Michael Hutchence. In 2005, the group appeared on the TV show Rock Star: INXS where singers competed to become the new lead. JD Fortune won out, and fronted the band for a top-10 adult pop hit in "Pretty Vegas". While they are seemingly keeping fortune, the band released a tribute album to Hutchence, using guest singers in most of the tracks, including turns on two of their top-3 singles "Devil Inside" and "New Sensation" (oddly enough, there's no sign of their only #1 US Hit, "Need You Tonight") On "Original Sin", the band recruits Rob Thomas for vocal duty, and the resulting remix is racing up the dance charts....



Next up is Swedish DJ Eric Prydz, who has been quite successful in England with a #1 that repeatedly cribs two lines from a Steve Winwood song with "Call On Me", then made #2 there with a remake of Pink Floyd in "Proper Education". Finally Prydz had a hit with an original composition, the instrumental "Pjanoo" in 2008. He is back with a original vocal track that is my fave of his so far. Here is "Niton (The Reason)"...



Martina McBride hands down has the most powerful, Celine-esque voice in country music, though she's drifted sadly away from the dramatic and effective early work like "Wild Angels" and "Broken Wing" to more soccer-mom ditties like "I Love You" and "Blessed". She's back on full commit to SM status with "Teenage Daughters"...



Texan Gospel preacher Kirk Franklin was once the absolute star of Christian soul, scoring top-10 albums and a #1 R&B hit with "Stomp" with his collective Nu Nation as well as solo with the top-5 disco-fied "Looking For You". Franklin is back with the joyful "I Smile"...



The last debut is by French-Canadian non-Celine diva Mylene Farmer, who was ruled the French music charts with eleven #1 hits in the European market, dating back to 1988 with "Pourvu Qu'elles Soient Douces" and including a string of seven consecutive charttoppers to this past year's "Oui Mais...Non". Her latest #1 in that streak is the title track from her current CD, Bleu Noir.



Adieu!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for May 13, 2011...

Hey folks, I've been "off the grid" all weekend, and finally back, but here in jury duty. Since I'm cooped up for the moment, no better time to catch up on my top 100 tunes for the past week. This week Adele finally makes it to #1, while Sara Bareilles (pictured above) sneaks into the top-10. Former big hits by Florence + The Machine, Taio Cruz, and Charlie Wilson drop off the list, while tracks by Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, and Alexandra Stan 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 artist names below to go to their website. Five dolla footlong!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (2)
2. S&M - Rihanna (1)
3. Fuck You/Forget You - Cee-Lo Green (3)
4. Born This Way - Lady GaGa (4)
5. The Cave - Mumford & Sons (6)
6. Fuckin' Perfect - Pink (5)
7. Help Is On The Way - Rise Against (8)
8. For The First Time - The Script (7)
9. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles (11)
10. Good Girl - Alexis Jordan (12)
11. E.T. - Katy Perry f/Kanye West (14)
12. Far Away - Marsha Ambrosius (16)
13. Rope - Foo Fighters (9)
14. Someone Like You - Adele (10)
15. Where You At - Jennifer Hudson (20)
16. A Little Bit Stronger - Sara Evans (19)
17. Grenade - Bruno Mars (15)
18. Sing - My Chemical Romance (18)
19. Price Tag - Jessie J f/B.o.B (26)
20. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (22)
21. I Do - Colbie Caillat (23)
22. You Lie - The Band Perry (27)
23. Firework - Katy Perry (21)
24. More - Usher (28)
25. What Do You Want - Jerrod Niemann (25)
26. Colder Weather - The Zac Brown Band (13)
27. Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO f/Lauren Bennett & Goonrock (35)
28. What The Hell - Avril Lavigne (29)
29. This - Darius Rucker (17)
30. Howling For You - The Black Keys (38)
31. Without You - Keith Urban (36)
32. I Won't Let Go - Rascal Flatts (32)
33. Never Gonna Leave This Bed - Maroon 5 (34)
34. Country Song - Seether (42)
35. Bleed Red - Ronnie Dunn (37)
36. Army Of Love - Kerli (40)
37. Heart Like Mine - Miranda Lambert (41)
38. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (30)
39. Live A Little - Kenny Chesney (43)
40. Turn It Up - Ultra Nate (46)
41. Dancing Tonight - Kat Deluna (51)
42. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson (39)
43. Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (33)
44. Bright Lights, Bigger City - Cee-Lo Green (52)
45. Hello - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (31)
46. On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (48)
47. Call My Name - Sultan & Ned Shepard f/Nadia Ali (49)
48. Sweat - Snoop Dogg vs. David Guetta (73)
49. Just Can't Get Enough - Black Eyed Peas (57)
50. I Can't Love You Back - Easton Corbin (50)
51. Beautiful People - Chris Brown f/Benny Benassi (69)
52. Falling In - Lifehouse (54)
53. Tomorrow - Chris Young (58)
54. Freefallin' - Zoe Badwi (59)
55. Love Letter - R. Kelly (56)
56. Mr. Saxobeat - Alexandra Stan (72)
57. Back To December - Taylor Swift (53)
58. Keep Your Head Up - Andy Grammer (60)
59. Mean - Taylor Swift (61)
60. Good Life - OneRepublic (62)
61. Something To Believe In - Parachute (65)
62. Hey (Nah Neh Nah) - Rico Bernasconi vs. Vaya Con Dios (70)
63. Family Man - Craig Campbell (63)
64. Paris (Ooh La La) - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (64)
65. Blow - Ke$ha (67)
66. Raise Your Glass - Pink (55)
67. Walking - Mary Mary (45)
68. My Body - Young The Giant (68)
69. Tacalacateo - India & Peppe Citarella (71)
70. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (47)
71. Till The World Ends - Britney Spears (75)
72. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People (76)
73. Don't Hold Your Breath - Nicole Scherzinger (74)
74. Adolescents - Incubus (82)
75. Old Alabama - Brad Paisley f/Alabama (80)
76. Hesitate - Stone Sour (81)
77. All Of The Lights - Kanye West f/Rihanna (77)
78. Sun Of A Gun - Oh Land (82)
79. Raymond - Brett Eldredge (79)
80. Country Girl (Shake It For Me) - Luke Bryan (88)
81. I'll Be Waiting - Michael Franti & Spearhead (83)
82. The Lazy Song - Bruno Mars (DEBUT)
83. If Heaven Isn't So Far Away - Justin Moore (85)
84. Look It Up - Ashton Shepherd (84)
85. Somewhere Else - Toby Keith (86)
86. Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not - Thompson Square (66)
87. 4Evermore - Anthony David f/Algebra (DEBUT)
88. Loser Like Me - Glee Cast (90)
89. Push It - Jessie & The Toy Boys f/Yelawolf (DEBUT)
90. Addiction - Medina (DEBUT)
91. I Wouldn't Be A Man - Josh Turner (93)
92. Happily Ever After - He Is We (96)
93. A Night Like This - Caro Emerald (DEBUT)
94. Changing - Airborne Toxic Event (94)
95. Cherie Coco - Magic System f/Soprano (100)
96. Buzzin' - Mann f/50 Cent (DEBUT)
97. When You're Young - 3 Doors Down (98)
98. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman (DEBUT)
99. Unorthodox - Wretch 32 f/Example (DEBUT)
100. Honey Bee - Blake Shelton (DEBUT)

This week there are nine new songs on my list (highlighted in yellow), and I've included links to some of their previous videos in orange.

The highest entry is by Bruno Mars, who has had quite a year, placing all five of his official single releases (3 as a lead artist, 2 supporting) have made the Billboard Hot 100 top-5. Three of those have gone all the way to #1: "Nothin' On You" with B.o.B, and his first two solo hits "Just The Way You Are" and "Grenade". His latest also comes with an eye-catching video, though pretty low-rent but entirely entertaining courtesy of some dancing monkeyheads. Here's "The Lazy Song"...



Next up is R&B singer Anthony David, who was born in Savannah, Georgia, but now is based out of Atlanta. He's been mentored by fellow alt-soul songbird India.Arie, and his single with her "Words" was a top-20 adult R&B hit and got David nominated for a Grammy in 2009. His latest recruits another singer off the soulbeaten trap, Algebra, for "4Evermore"...



Jessie Malakouti has her first hit with a band, the "Toy Boys", apparently made from mannequins which is i guess kind of new. Here's Jessie getting down in the laundromat with "Push It"...



Danish singer Medina has previously scored on dance radio with "You & I" in 2009, and two years on she follows up with "Addiction"...



Traveling south, Amsterdam-born Caro Emerald has her debut pan-European smash that's hit the top of the Dutch, Austrian, and Romanian charts, and right now is top-5 in the big German market. Here's the pop-swing a la Swing Out Sister of "A Night Like This"...



West LA rapper Mann nabs his first hit with a little help with 50 Cent (owner of the triad of #1s "In Da Club", "21 Questions", and "Candy Shop"), and a bit more help from the 80's dance-pop duo Nu Shooz, with a generous sample of their #3 hit from 1986, "I Can't Wait".



..and since I'm in the 80's, its a propos that the latest debut is actually a single from 1988. Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" may not have been her biggest hit (that goes to the top-3 "Give Me One Reason"), but it remains her signature and most well-known work. It's back in the UK top-5 due to a version on X Factor in the UK. A portend for the US version, perhaps?



British rap artist Wretch 32 has his first hit on my list with his second top-5 hit in Britain (following "Traktor") with a track featuring Example, who has had a top-3 hit of his own with "Kickstarts". Their newest is "Unorthodox"...



The final new entry is by Mr. Miranda Lambert...uh, Blake Shelton, who in ten years has racked up eight country #1 hits, from "Austin" to "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking". His latest is "Honey Bee", and Blake, don't worry, I couldn't care less about touching you. Blech...



Nighty Nights!

Friday, May 06, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for May 6, 2011...


Hey folks, I'm still riding the euphoria of seeing my idol Kylie Minogue, but it's time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Rihanna takes over the top spot (and yes, I abhor the version with Britney Spears), while the Foo Fighters (pictured above) elbow their way into the top-10. Songs by Kat Deluna, Cee-Lo Green, and Alexandra Stan make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits by Sugarland, The Black Keys, Billy Currington, Mumford & Sons, and Hannah drop out. Link-O-Rama is in effect, so you can click on any of the highlighted artist names to go to their website for more information, music, videos, tours, and more. Right-click, and you can use a new tab or window. Is that Joan Collins?

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. S&M - Rihanna (2)
2. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (4)
3. Fuck You/Forget You - Cee-Lo Green (1)
4. Born This Way - Lady GaGa (5)
5. Fuckin' Perfect - Pink (6)
6. The Cave - Mumford & Sons (9)
7. For The First Time - The Script (7)
8. Help Is On The Way - Rise Against (8)
9. Rope - Foo Fighters (12)
10. Someone Like You - Adele (10)
11. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles (15)
12. Good Girl - Alexis Jordan (14)
13. Colder Weather - The Zac Brown Band (3)
14. E.T. - Katy Perry f/Kanye West (16)15. Grenade - Bruno Mars (11)
16. Far Away - Marsha Ambrosius (21)Link17. This - Darius Rucker (13)
18. Sing - My Chemical Romance (18)
19. A Little Bit Stronger - Sara Evans (20)
20. Where You At - Jennifer Hudson (28)
21. Firework - Katy Perry (19)
22. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (24)
23. I Do - Colbie Caillat (25)
24. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine (22)
25. What Do You Want - Jerrod Niemann (26)
26. Price Tag - Jessie J f/B.o.B (30)
27. You Lie - The Band Perry (31)
28. More - Usher (40)
29. What The Hell - Avril Lavigne (29)
30. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (17)
31. Hello - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (27)
32. I Won't Let Go - Rascal Flatts (35)
33. Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (23)
34. Never Gonna Leave This Bed - Maroon 5 (38)
35. Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO f/Lauren Bennett & Goonrock (49)
36. Without You - Keith Urban (41)
37. Bleed Red - Ronnie Dunn (39)
38. Howling For You - The Black Keys (46)
39. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson (34)
40. Army Of Love - Kerli (44)
41. Heart Like Mine - Miranda Lambert (43)
42. Country Song - Seether (47)
43. Live A Little - Kenny Chesney (48)
44. Higher - Taio Cruz f/Kylie Minogue & Travie McCoy (32)
45. Walking - Mary Mary (45)
46. Turn It Up - Ultra Nate (58)
47. Waiting For The End - Linkin Park (33)
48. On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (53)
49. Call My Name - Sultan & Ned Shepard f/Nadia Ali (57)
50. I Can't Love You Back - Easton Corbin (55)
51. Dancing Tonight - Kat Deluna (75)
52. Bright Lights Bigger City - Cee-Lo Green (76)
53. Back To December - Taylor Swift (37)
54. Falling In - Lifehouse (59)
55. Raise Your Glass - Pink (50)
56. Love Letter - R. Kelly (60)
57. Just Can't Get Enough - Black Eyed Peas (67)
58. Tomorrow - Chris Young (66)
59. Freefallin' - Zoe Badwi (63)
60. Keep Your Head Up - Andy Grammer (64)
61. Mean - Taylor Swift (71)
62. Good Life - OneRepublic (70)
63. Family Man - Craig Campbell (65)
64. Paris (Ooh La La) - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (68)
65. Something To Believe In - Parachute (73)
66. Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not - Thompson Square (54)
67. Blow - Ke$ha (72)
68. My Body - Young The Giant (69)
69. Beautiful People - Chris Brown f/Benny Benassi (83)
70. Hey (Nah Neh Nah) - Rico Bernasconi vs. Vaya Con Dios (77)
71. Tacalacateo - India & Peppe Citarella (81)
72. Mr. Saxobeat - Alexandra Stan (92)
73. Sweat - Snoop Dogg vs. David Guetta (DEBUT)
74. Don't Hold Your Breath - Nicole Scherzinger (74)
75. Till The World Ends - Britney Spears (89)
76. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People (80)
77. All Of The Lights - Kanye West f/Rihanna (87)
78. Sun Of A Gun - Oh Land (82)
79. Raymond - Brett Eldredge (84)
80. Old Alabama - Brad Paisley f/Alabama (90)
81. Hesitate - Stone Sour (85)
82. Adolescents - Incubus (DEBUT)
83. I'll Be Waiting - Michael Franti & Spearhead (91)
84. Look It Up - Ashton Shepherd (DEBUT)
85. If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away - Justin Moore (95)
86. Somewhere Else - Toby Keith (DEBUT)
87. Hollywood Hills - Sunrise Avenue (88)
88. Country Girl (Shake It For Me) - Luke Bryan (DEBUT)
89. You Are - Charlie Wilson (79)
90. Loser Like Me - Glee Cast (94)
91. Judas - Lady GaGa (DEBUT)
92. Beautiful Every Time - Lee Brice (DEBUT)
93. I Wouldn't Be A Man - Josh Turner (DEBUT)
94. Changing - Airborne Toxic Event (99)
95. Hare Krishna - Sir Ivan (96)
96. Happily Ever After - He Is We (100)
97. Burn - Papa Roach (98)
98. When You're Young - 3 Doors Down (DEBUT)
99. Beauty Queen -Kelsey B (DEBUT)
100. Cherie Coco - Magic System f/Soprano (DEBUT)

Eleven new songs make their way onto my list this week (highlighted in yellow), and here they are with a little history on the artists, along with links to their previous work in songs highlighted in orange.

The highest entry this week is by rapper Snoop Dogg, who this time mostly forgoes the hip-hop that made him one of the longest-running successes in the genre, including three #1 hits with "What's My Name" and "Gin And Juice" from his debut CD back in 1993, and 2004's "Drop It Like It's Hot" which is his sole #1 pop hit as a lead act. He's also been prolific in making cameos on others' records, which also netted Snoop supporting pop #1's with 2006's "I Wanna Love You" with Akon and his gig on the mega-smash dance hit "California Gurls" with Katy Perry. Maybe it's the former's recommendation latter's success that sealed the deal with converting his current single "Wet" to a club floorfiller with the help of French DJ David Guetta, who had worked with Akon on "Sexy Bitch" as well has had a US top-40 hit with part-time rapper Fergie with "Gettin' Over You". Working with the "cleaner" version of the track, here they are with "Sweat"...



Five-piece rock outfit Incubus hail from Southern California, and their mellow metal has scored them four #1 rock hits, including a pop top-10 hit with "Drive" as well as their last from 2008, "Love Hurts". Their latest is the first single from their upcoming CD If Not Now, When?, their first studio album in five years. Here's "Adolescents"...



Alabama-born Ashton Shepherd matches the peak of her debut single "Taking Off This Pain" on the country charts with her latest, another cool sassy kiss-off track, "Look It Up"...



It's only fitting that in a week where this world is finally rid of that scourge Bin Laden, that the man who brought us "Courtesy Of The Red, White & Blue" and "American Soldier" (both country #1 and pop top-40 hits) makes a return, as Toby Keith's third top-20 country hit from his latest CD, Bullets In The Gun comes on, and thankfully it isn't political, which most of his best work isn't. Fun fact: the video from "Bullets In The Gun" features a former gay porn model for Colt Chad Ullery/Bannon. Who knew? Here's "Somewhere Else"...



Luke Bryan's last two singles were his first two #1 hits on the country chart - "Rain Is A Good Thing" and "Someone Else Calling You Baby" from his last CD Doin' My Thing. He probably hopes to keep the streak going with the latest from his upcoming disc, here's "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)"...



And now for something different, Mother Monster is back just in time for Mother's Day, with a track that's her ninth top-10 hit in three years (her first single, "Just Dance", was released in April of 2008). That song is quaint compared to the video extravaganzas she's produced from "Poker Face" to "Born This Way". I've heard a lot of people trashing the latter, accusing her of cribbing Madonna and being too out there, but besides a great song, having a #1 hit celebrating GLBT identity and equality, I think it's worth the comparison. Her latest is another epic that twists religious and sexual icons, um, like, um, somebody, and here's "Judas"...



Singer Lee Brice from South Carolina managed to have Billboard's top country single of last year with "Love Like Crazy" without even hitting #1. The trick? Longevity, since the song spent over fifty weeks on the chart and breaking the record for a continuous run. His latest is also taking the slow route, taking over 20 weeks to make the top-30. Here's "Beautiful Every Time"...



The last "country-styled" debut is by bass crooner Josh Turner, who follows his #1 country hits "Why Don't We Just Dance" and "All Over Me" with the third single from his latest disc Haywire. Here's the man with one of the best deep voices in music with "I Wouldn't Be Man" ...



Keeping in the Southern vein, southern Mississippi rock quintet 3 Doors Down have fared pretty well in the last ten years, scoring five #1 rock hits, including the pop top-5 hits "Kryptonite" and "When I'm Gone", and riding the last wave of the late-90's post-grunge surge. Their latest is "When You're Young"...



The next song is the only debut single from the bunch, and I really couldn't find too much (read, any) info on singer Kelsey B. Apparently she shares a name with a DJ from England, but no matter, her song kind of jams. Here's "Beauty Queen"...



The final debut this week is by French-African ensemble the Magic System, who hail from the west African nation of the Ivory Coast, a country of over 20 million people, and is the world largest exporter of cocoa, which put them in a special place in my heart (smile). The group specializes in the style called Zouglou and had a smash single in France that made my chart two years ago with "Meme Pas Fatigue" ("Not Even Tired") with Algerian singer Khaled. Their newest recruits rapper Soprano for "Cherie Coco"...



...and a very happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there!