Sunday, June 26, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for June 24, 2011...

Hey everyone, I'm back from a celebratory Pride Day in New York, and ready for my top tunes for the week. This week Adele finally gives way for LMFAO to rise to the top, while country family trio The Band Perry (pictured above) moves up the top-10. The biggest jumps come from tracks by Lady GaGa, Andrea Rosario, and Natalia Kills (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits by Avril Lavigne and Miranda Lambert drop out. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on any of the highlighted artists to go to their website to get more information about the band or singer. Wanna get married?

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
1. Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO (2)
2. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (1)
3. Price Tag - Jessie J f/B.o.B (7)
4. Country Song - Seether (8)
5. Help Is On The Way - Rise Against (3)
6. Fuckin' Perfect - Pink (4)
7. You Lie - The Band Perry (10)
8. Rope - Foo Fighters (12)
9. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles (5)
10. Far Away - Marsha Ambrosius (6)
11. E.T. - Katy Perry f/Kanye West (11)
12. For The First Time - The Script (9)
13. Mr. Saxobeat - Alexandra Stan (21)
14. Sweat - Snoop Dogg vs. David Guetta (16)
15. Fuck You (Forget You) - Cee-Lo Green (13)
16. Without You - Keith Urban (17)
17. Never Gonna Leave This Bed - Maroon 5 (19)
18. Fade - Kristine W. (22)
19. The Cave - Mumford & Sons (14)
20. Good Life - OneRepublic (24)
21. Mean - Taylor Swift (26)
22. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People (28)
23. I Do - Colbie Caillat (15)
24. Beautiful People - Chris Brown f/Benny Benassi (20)
25. Where You At - Jennifer Hudson (18)
26. The Lazy Song - Bruno Mars (31)
27. Sing - My Chemical Romance (27)
28. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson (36)
29. Bleed Red - Ronnie Dunn (29)
30. Something To Believe In - Parachute (33)
31. Give Me Everything - Pitbull f/Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer (41)
32. Judas - Lady GaGa (45)
33. Tomorrow - Chris Young (37)
34. Just Can't Get Enough - The Black Eyed Peas (34)
35. Original Sin - INXS f/Rob Thomas (35)
36. I Need A Dollar - Aloe Blacc (42)
37. World Keeps Turning - Sylvia Tosun (39)
38. Adolescents - Incubus (44)
39. S&M - Rihanna (23)
40. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (30)
41. Mirrors - Natalia Kills (56)
42. Born This Way - Lady GaGa (32)
43. Till The World Ends - Britney Spears (47)
44. Keep Your Head Up - Andy Grammer (46)
45. Hollywood Tonight - Michael Jackson (49)
46. The Edge Of Glory - Lady GaGa (71)
47. Falling In - Lifehouse (40)
48. Country Girl (Shake It For Me) - Luke Bryan (52)Link49. Kick Us Out - Hyper Crush (51)
50. Paris (Ooh La La) - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (50)
51. Howlin' For You - The Black Keys (25)
52. Call Your Girlfriend - Robyn (67)
53. Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum (57)
54. Save Me, San Francisco - Train (62)
55. On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (55)
56. Somewhere Else - Toby Keith (58)
57. Grenade - Bruno Mars (43)
58. Old Alabama - Brad Paisley f/Alabama (59)
59. If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away - Justin Moore (63)
60. I Won't Let Go - Rascal Flatts (38)
61. Addiction - Medina (66)
62. 4Evermore - Anthony David f/Algebra (69)
63. You Are A Tourist - Death Cab For Cutie (73)
64. Am I The Only One - Dierks Bentley (68)
65. Don't Hold Your Breath - Nicole Scherzinger (65)
66. Knee Deep - The Zac Brown Band f/Jimmy Buffett (70)
67. Changing - Airborne Toxic Event (72)
68. Dancing Tonight - Kat Deluna (48)
69. All Here Now - David Garcia f/Sarah Tancer (77)
70. Dirt Road Anthem - Jason Aldean f/Ludacris (74)
71. So In Love - Jill Scott f/Anthony Hamilton (75)
72. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) - Katy Perry (DEBUT)
73. Turn It Up - Ultra Nate (53)
74. We Own The Night - Andrea Rosario (91)
75. Catch A Fire - John LePage & Debby Holiday f/LFB (90)
76. Honey Bee - Blake Shelton (80)
77. Riptide - Sick Puppies (78)
78. I Smile - Kirk Franklin (83)
79. Homeboy - Eric Church (89)
80. Teenage Daughters - Martina McBride (81)
81. Your Surrender - Neon Trees (86)
82. I Wouldn't Be A Man - Josh Turner (84)
83. Move With It - Linnea (DEBUT)
84. Nobody's Perfect - Jessie J (88)LinkLink85. Where Them Girls At - David Guetta f/Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj (85)
86. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (61)
87. You & Tequila - Kenny Chesney f/Grace Potter (DEBUT)
88. Lies Of The Beautiful People - Sixx A.M. (DEBUT)
89. Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (76)
90. Panic - Sublime f/Rome (DEBUT)
91. Arms - Christina Perri (DEBUT)
92. Love Letter - R. Kelly (82)
93. J'aimerais Trop - Keen'V (94)
94. Loving You Tonight - Andrew Allen (96)
95. Won't Be Lonely Long - Josh Thompson (95)
96. Call My Name - Pietro Lombardi (98)
97. Just Fishin' - Trace Adkins (99)
98. (It) Feels So Good - Steven Tyler (100)
99. Barefoot Blue Jean Night - Jake Owen (DEBUT)
100. Call My Name - Sultan & Ned Shepard f/Nadia Ali (RE-ENTRY)

This week there are a lucky seven new songs on my list, and I've included links to some of the artists' new hits in orange.

The highest entry is from Katy Perry, who is looking to have her fifth US #1 from her CD Teenage Dream, which would make her the first since Michael Jackson's Bad from 1987. It would follow the charttoppers "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", and "E.T." (which is still on my list and the US top-10). The chances are looking good, especially which this retrotastic video with cameos from Glee's Kevin McHale and Darren Criss, Corey Feldman, Debbie Gibson, Hanson, Kenny G, and yes, that Rebecca Black. Here's the 15-minutes extender of "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"....



Next up is singer Linnea from Missouri, who has her first hit on the dance club chart via "Move With It"...



Kenny Chesney has his first big hit in 1995 with the country top-10 "Fall In Love". He was only 27 at the time, and sixteen years later and 38 more top-10s later, Chesney has emerged at one of the biggest consistent hitmakers in Nashville. He's also has #1 duets through the years with Uncle Kracker ("When The Sun Goes Down") and Mac McAnally ("Down The Road"). His third single from his Hemingsway's Whiskey CD teams him up with rocker Grace Potter, who already is on my chart with "Paris". Here's "You & Tequila"...



Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx's side project Sixx:AM had a runner-up rock hit in 2007 with "Life Is Beautiful", and four years later has his second with a song almost similarly titled but different in lyric. And even though the video is kind of disturbing, I think it's better than anything the Crue has done in the last 10 years. Here's "Lies Of The Beautiful People"...



Cult reggae-rock fusion band Sublime have been out of action since the loss of frontman Brad Nowell form a heroin overdose. Their self-titled CD produced the #1 rock hit "What I Got" as well as classics "Santeria" and "Wrong Way". The remaining two members, Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson, recruited singer Rome Ramirez in 2009 to perform in shows as Sublime. However the Nowell estate held up the Sublime name in limbo until this year, with the courts allowing the band to record under the moniker Sublime With Rome. Ramirez also appeared on the megahit rock song "Lay Me Down" by the Dirty Heads. The SWR have their first true hit with "Panic"...



Bensalem, PA born Christina Perri follows up her top-20 US pop hit "Jar Of Hearts" with another song that's a bit less bitter, and hitting big at adult top-40 radio, "Arms"...



The last debut is by Floridian singer Jake Owen, who so far has scored two top-10 country hits with "Startin' With Me" and "Don't Think I Can't Love You", which made #2 in 2008. I'm sure he's hoping to have his first #1, and just might with "Barefoot Blue Jean Night"...



and as a bonus boogie finish, here's the one song that re-enters, the collaboration between DJs Sultan and Ned Shepard and singer Nadia Ali with "Call My Name"...



...and to all a good night. Next week - the hottest 100 songs on my chart so far this year! Will Katy Perry, hold on, or will Bruno, the Script, or Adele take over? Stay Tuned....

Thursday, June 16, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for June 17, 2011...

Hey folks, it's time for my top tunes for the week. This week Adele has a sixth week at #1, while South African rockers Seether (pictured above) stomp into the top-10. Former big hits by Sara Evans, Easton Corbin, Kerli, Alexis Jordan, and Cee-Lo Green fall off my list, while songs by Lady GaGa, Pitbull, and Natalia Kills 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 artist's names to go to their official website to get tour info, videos, music, and more. And here we go...

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
1. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (1)
2. Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO (4)
3. Help Is On The Way - Rise Against (3)
4. Fuckin' Perfect - Pink (5)
5. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles (6)
6. Far Away - Marsha Ambrosius (2)
7. Price Tag - Jessie J f/B.o.B (10)
8. Country Song - Seether (14)
9. For The First Time - The Script (9)
10. You Lie - The Band Perry (11)
11. E.T. - Katy Perry f/Kanye West (7)
12. Rope - Foo Fighters (12)
13. Fuck You (Forget You) - Cee-Lo Green (13)
14. The Cave - Mumford & Sons (8)
15. I Do - Colbie Caillat (17)
16. Sweat - Snoop Dogg vs. David Guetta (21)
17. Without You - Keith Urban (18)
18. Where You At - Jennifer Hudson (16)
19. Never Gonna Leave This Bed - Maroon 5 (22)
20. Beautiful People - Chris Brown f/Benny Benassi (20)
21. Mr. Saxobeat - Alexandra Stan (31)
22. Fade - Kristine W. (26)
23. S&M - Rihanna (19)
24. Good Life - OneRepublic (28)
25. Howlin' For You - The Black Keys (15)
26. Mean - Taylor Swift (32)
27. Sing - My Chemical Romance (23)
28. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People (33)
29. Bleed Red - Ronnie Dunn (29)
30. Closer To The Edge - 30 Seconds To Mars (25)
31. The Lazy Song - Bruno Mars (38)
32. Born This Way - Lady GaGa (24)
33. Something To Believe In - Parachute (37)
34. Just Can't Get Enough - The Black Eyed Peas (36)
35. Original Sin - INXS f/Rob Thomas (41)
36. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson (46)
37. Tomorrow - Chris Young (39)
38. I Won't Let Go - Rascal Flatts (30)
39. World Keeps Turning - Sylvia Tosun (47)
40. Falling In - Lifehouse (42)
41. Give Me Everything - Pitbull f/Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer (56)
42. I Need A Dollar - Aloe Blacc (52)
43. Grenade - Bruno Mars (35)
44. Adolescents - Incubus (54)
45. Judas - Lady GaGa (74)
46. Keep Your Head Up - Andy Grammer (48)
47. Till The World Ends - Britney Spears (57)
48. Dancing Tonight - Kat Deluna (34)
49. Hollywood Tonight - Michael Jackson (63)
50. Paris (Ooh La La) - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (51)
51. Kick Us Out - Hyper Crush (58)
52. Country Girl (Shake It For Me) - Luke Bryan (59)
53. Turn It Up - Ultra Nate (43)
54. What The Hell - Avril Lavigne (44)
55. On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (55)
56. Mirrors - Natalia Kills (71)
57. Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum (65)
58. Somewhere Else - Toby Keith (62)
59. Old Alabama - Brad Paisley f/Alabama (61)
60. Heart Like Mine - Miranda Lambert (45)
61. Shake Me Down - Cage The Elephant (53)
62. Save Me, San Francisco - Train (77)
63. If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away - Justin Moore (67)
64. Look It Up - Ashton Shepherd (66)
65. Don't Hold Your Breath - Nicole Scherzinger (69)
66. Addiction - Medina (68)
67. Call Your Girlfriend - Robyn (DEBUT)
68. Am I The Only One - Dierks Bentley (79)
69. 4Evermore - Anthony David f/Algebra (73)
70. Knee Deep - The Zac Brown Band f/Jimmy Buffett (82)
71. The Edge Of Glory - Lady GaGa (RE-ENTRY)
72. Changing - Airborne Toxic Event (76)
73. You Are A Tourist - Death Cab For Cutie (75)
74. Dirt Road Anthem - Jason Aldean f/Ludacris (80)
75. So In Love - Jill Scott f/Anthony Hamilton (83)
76. Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) - Enrique Iglesias f/Ludacris (70)
77. All Here Now - David Garcia f/Sarah Tancer (DEBUT)
78. Riptide - Sick Puppies (90)
79. San Francisco Is My Disco - Laura LaRue (81)
80. Honey Bee - Blake Shelton (84)
81. Teenage Daughters - Martina McBride (86)
82. Love Letter - R. Kelly (78)
83. I Smile - Kirk Franklin (87)
84. I Wouldn't Be A Man - Josh Turner (85)
85. Where Them Girls At - David Guetta f/Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj (89)
86. Your Surrender - Neon Trees (88)
87. Happily Ever After - He Is We (91)
88. Nobody's Perfect - Jessie J (DEBUT)
89. Homeboy - Eric Church (DEBUT)
90. Catch A Fire - John LePage & Debby Holiday f/LFB (DEBUT)
91. We Own The Night - Andrea Rosario (DEBUT)
92. Niton (The Reason) - Eric Prydz (94)
93. Tonight's The Kind Of Night - Noah & The Whale (93)
94. J'aimerais Trop - Keen'V (98)
95. Won't Be Lonely Long - Josh Thompson (96)
96. Loving You Tonight - Andrew Allen (DEBUT)
97. A Night Like This - Caro Emerald (RE-ENTRY)
98. Call My Name - Pietro Lombardi (100)
99. Just Fishin' - Trace Adkins (DEBUT)
100. (It) Feels So Good - Steven Tyler (DEBUT)

This week there are nine debuts on my list (highlighted in yellow).

The highest entry is by Swedish singer Robyn, who first came to the US via a couple of great pop nuggets that made the top-10 in 1997, "Do You Know What It Takes" and "Show Me Love". Although in the 14 years since her music hasn't been given as much play on mainstream radio, in the dance clubs and in Europe she's continued being prosperous, including a #1 hit in the UK with "With Every Heartbeat". I guess you can call her the Nordic Kylie. In the last 12 months Robyn has released a trio of EPs/CDs called Body Talk. The first part contained one of my personal favorite songs of last year, "Dancing On My Own", which was nominated for a Grammy. Part 2 had "Hang With Me", which also made my chart's top half. And now from Part 3, which actually is the distillation of the first two EPs with more new songs, is her latest, "Call Your Girlfriend"...



DJ David Garcia was born in Venezuela, but grew up in California, where he's been a club find, though on radio he's only sported the minor dance hit "Dancin' Circles" with legend Dave Aude'.
His second has him at star billing, with singer Sarah Tancer providing vocals for a song that's graced the top-10 club chart, "All Here Now"...



Jessica Cornish, or Jessie J as she records by, has really grown on me. I must confess I detested her breakout single "Do It Like A Dude", which was a smash in her British homeland but like sandpaper in my ears. Thankfully the rest of her album runs mostly in the direction of her crossover US hit "Price Tag", which is current residing in my top 3 months after hitting #1 in the UK. Meanwhile, her followup single sneaks on here, and it's a heartbreak confessional of "Nobody's Perfect"...



Eric Church's last CD, Carolina, granted him his first two top-10 country hits with "Love Your Love The Most" and "Hell On The Heart". The preview single from his upcoming work drives further into the country-rock vein, which is fine by me - a man who like "mustard on his fries" always gets a thumbs up in my book. Here's "Homeboy"...



Canadian-born DJ John LePage is a hit with the gay "bear" crowd, and had a middle-chart club hit last year with "Heaven", which featured singer Debby Holiday, who has a powerhouse voice and a great track record of all seven of her solo charting singles going top-20, including her top-5 debut track "Dive". Their latest, like "Heaven", also supports the LFB, or "Leo Frappier Band", and it's called "Catch A Fire"...



Andrea Rosario is graduating from New York's Fame LaGuardia High School, and what better gift than her first hit, a club thumper that harkens to the freestyle music of the Cover Girls and Sweet Sensation called "We Own The Night"...



Canadian Andrew Allen takes his top-40 airplay hit in his home country and crosses the border for adult pop radio, where he's already in the top-30 there. Here's his debut single, "Loving You Tonight"...



Besides being a reality-show ho on Celebrity Apprentice, Trace Adkins has a fifteen-year career boasting three evenly spaced #1 country hits - 1997's "This Ain't No Thinkin' Thing", 2006's "Ladies Love Country Boys", and 2008's "You're Gonna Miss This", which came at the apex of his TV stint. He also had a #1 duet with Blake Shelton with "Hillbilly Bone". Now Blake has his own TV gig on The Voice. It's like the plague...Well Trace is back with the first single from his upcoming CD Proud To Be Here. Here's "Just Fishin'"...



Speaking of TV gigs, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has his first solo hit with some push from his spot on American Idol, and thus joining fellow judge Jennifer Lopez on my list. Considering he's now 63 years old, I guess I can cut him some slack, even though his track isn't getting the massive airplay as Lopez' overproduced jam is. But then again, even Aerosmith's biggest hit was the Diane Warren syrup of "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing". Here's "(It) Feels So Good"...



and as a bonus, here's the big Re-Entry of the week, Mother Monster (aka Lady GaGa)'s epic "The Edge Of Glory", featuring the Big Man, Clarence Clemons, who suffered a stroke this week. I am praying for a strong recovery, and it's so nice to see him here, even though the video threatens to break out Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield" dancers at any moment...



G'nite all! Did you know Steven Tyler's real last name is Tallerico? I didn't! And if you like any of these songs, by all mean get thee to Amazon, where you can order the CD or download the MP3. Support the music, so they can support you!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for June 10, 2011...

Hey folks, the new nephew is finally here, and I've got a small respite for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Adele has her fifth week at the #1 spot, while British prodigy Jessie J (pictured above) finally makes it into the top-10. The biggest jumps come from songs by Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, and Foster The People (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits by Katy Perry, Kenny Chesney, and Taylor Swift (again) drop out. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on any of the highlighted artist names to go to their website for bios, tour dates, videos, music, and more. Goo Goo GaGa...

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

This week there are five new songs debuting on my chart (new songs highlighted in yellow), and I've included previous hits in links in orange. Let's go...

The highest new song this week is by the Zac Brown Band, who have taken the jam-band/country-rock genre and lifted it to a new level. They've had six #1 country hits, including "Chicken Fried" which made the pop top-20, and "Colder Weather", which made #1 on my own chart. On their latest the band gets a little help by King Parrothead, Jimmy Buffett, whose signature song, "Margaritaville", was a pop top-10 hit in 1977. Although his style hasn't gotten much play on rock or pop stations since the early 80s, Buffett maintains a huge fan base, as well as being embraced by country radio, where he scored a #1 assist with Alan Jackson on "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere". Their collaboration cribs the feeling from Buffett's hits as well as a shot of Brown's "Toes". They go a little anatomically higher with "Knee Deep"...



Next up is Aussie neo-New Wave rockers Neon Trees, whose first single, "Animal", was a multiformat smash, and a featured cover on Glee. Their latest is getting play on adult top-40, as well as being featured in the teen movie Prom. Here's "Your Surrender"...



London-based indie folk rock band Noah & The Whale had a top-10 hit with "5 Years Time" in 2008, but it only took three years to score another top-10 hit at British radio with a more pop-sounding "Tonight's The Kind Of Night"...



Fitz & The Tantrums are from Los Angeles, and their take on R&B-inflected rock pays off with their first top-40 hit on adult top-40 and rock radio, and #2 on triple-A (Adult Alternative). It's a great song and video, and it's about a "Money Grabber"...



The final debut is by the winner of Germany's Deutschland sucht den Superstar, which is their version of American Idol. German/Italian Pietro Lombardi sang mostly English-language tunes, like Jay Sean's "Down", so it's fitting his "winner's song" is also in English, and it's called "Call My Name", with appropriately schlager-epic video...



And that's all I got. So get some sleep, it's day-shift time!

Friday, June 03, 2011

twostepcub's music chart for June 3, 2011...

Happy post-Memorial Day, and it's time for my top-tunes for the week. This week Adele spends a fourth week at the top, while uncle/nephew duo LMFAO (pictured above) leap into the top-10. Former big hits by Usher, Jerrod Niemann, and Pink drop off my list, while songs by Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, and Hyper Crush make the biggest moves (jumps of 10+ places highlighted in red). Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on any of the highlighted artist names to go to their website (right-click, and you can use another window or tab). And off we go....

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

There are seven new songs (and one re-entry) on this week's list, and the debuts are highlighted in yellow. I've included some previous videos from these new artists in orange that you can click to watch as well.

The highest newcomer is by English singer/actress Natalia Cappuccini, who records under Natalia Kills. As a child, she appeared on various radio and TV shows, like a lot of Disney-incubated American artists. In 2005 she placed one rung below the British top-10 with "Don't Play Nice" (also under an alias, Verbalicious). After a legal fight with her former label, she now records for Cherrytree, home of one Lady GaGa. Her first single was a top-ten hit in Germany, Austria, and Poland, and now is gaining steam in American clubs. Here's "Mirrors"...



Next up is Laura Larue, who celebrates her hometown with her hit single, "San Francisco Is My Disco", along with a "Fruit Fly" tour...



British dance-rock trio Dirty Vegas hit it big almost 10 years ago thanks to Mitsubishi, who used their track "Days Go By" in an ultra-cool ad campaign that was one of the first commercial-led viral swell for a dance track on TV. That song eventually hit the top of the dance charts, as well as making top-20 pop in the US. After scoring a second #1 dance hit with "Walk In The Sun", they split until this year, and their second single after reforming has made the dance top-20. Here's the delightfully creepy clip to "Changes"...



Neo-Soul singer Jill Scott first CD, Who Is Jill Scott? produced her biggest R&B hit so far, "A Long Walk" which was a top-10 R&B hit (and bubbled under the top-40 pop) ten years ago. Her classic "Hate On Me" was skillfully covered by Glee in their first season. Her latest is a collaboration with Anthony David, who has a top-20 pop/top-3 R&B hit under his belt with "Charlene" from 2004. Their latest is the funky retrovibe of "So In Love"...



Well, it's official: Lady GaGa's Born This Way sold over one million copies digitally and physically in its first week, the first to do so since 50 Cent's The Massacre in 2005 (um, so much for quantity means quality). Mind, it's estimated over 400,000 of those "albums" were purchased from Amazon, who had two days offering the piece for 99 cents. However, considering the dismal state the music industry is in (which I do place a whole lotta blame on the industry itself), the willingness of the public to actively purchase that much does fortell better news, just as the fact that fans (like myself) still sought out the special edition (with more songs and a second disc of remixes). And again, for those dissing GaGa for channelling (for better) or cribbing (for worse) Madonna, the idea that a title song from a million-selling CD which blatantly and in no uncertain terms extols GLBT and racial pride spends six weeks at #1 on the pop chart, something I wouldn't have dreamed of in the 80's which I first started following music. A-fucking-men. GaGa's third single ("Judas" dropped out for now but is still bubbling under) is gaining ground on the radio, and of course came with an over-the-top performance on American Idol. Here's "The Edge Of Glory" from that performance; Clarence Clemmons of the E Street Band plays on da "sexy phone"...who knew?



Keen'V comes from the French city of Rouen, which is the capital of Normandy and home to over a half-million people. His biggest single to date is a more Francophone dance oriented number than his usual dancehall style, and it's "J'aimerais Trop" ("I Want Too Much"), complete with it's funny low-rent Green Hornet video...




The final debut is by singer Josh Thompson, who has a pair of top-20 country hits with "Beer On The Table" and "Way Out Here". His third single has spent a half-year on the chart as it is, and it "Won't Be Lonely Long"...



and as a bonus, here's the clip for the song that re-enters, Kris Menace's "Walking On The Moon" (since it's so cool)...



Sleep tight! By next week I'll be an uncle three times over! Yay Sis!