Friday, January 20, 2012

twostepcub's music chart for January 20, 2012...

Hey folks, it's time for my weekly roundup of my top 100 tunes for the week. Rihanna and Calvin Harris stay on top for a second week, while Adele (pictured above) finally gets her third hit from the awesome CD 21 into the top-10. The biggest jumps are made by tracks by Gloria Estefan, Lady GaGa, and Gotye (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...

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. We Found Love - Rihanna f/Calvin Harris (1)
2. Sexy & I Know It - LMFAO (2)
3. The One That Got Away - Katy Perry (3)
4. Paradise - Coldplay (4)
5. Not Over You - Gavin DeGraw (7)
6. Without You - David Guetta f/Usher (5)
7. Lonely Boy - The Black Keys (9)
8. All Your Life - The Band Perry (8)
9. Set Fire To The Rain - Adele (11)
10. It Will Rain - Bruno Mars (10)
11. Levels - Avicii (15)
12. Keep Me In Mind - The Zac Brown Band (13)
13. Good Feeling - Flo Rida (14)
14. Someone Like You - Adele (12)
15.Mr. Know It All - Kelly Clarkson (6)
16. Crawling Back To You - Daughtry (16)
17. Brighter Than The Sun - Colbie Caillat (17)
18. Cough Syrup - Young The Giant (19)
19. Let It Rain - David Nail f/Sarah Buxton (21)
20. Love You Like A Love Song - Selena Gomez & The Scene (20)
21. Fool For You - Cee-Lo Green f/Melanie Fiona or Philip Bailey (24)
22. The Sound Of Winter - Bush (18)
23. You - Chris Young (25)
24. These Days - Foo Fighters (30)
25. Heartbeat - The Fray (26)
26. Countdown - Beyonce (22)
27. Too Much In Love - Chris Willis (27)
28. When We Stand Together - Nickelback (23)
29. Buy My Love - Wynter Gordon (29)
30. Hangover - Taio Cruz f/Flo Rida (31)
31. Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes f/Adam Levine (28)
32. Drink In My Hand - Eric Church (36)
33. Brand New Bitch - Anjulie (34)
34. Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine (48)
35. I Don't Want This Night To End - Luke Bryan (37)
36. Reality - Kenny Chesney (40)
37. Stay - Tyrese (38)
38. Party People (Ignite The Night) - Erika Jayne (42)
39. Easy - Rascal Flatts f/Natasha Bedingfield (32)
40. Lights - Ellie Goulding (44)
41. Walk - Foo Fighters (39)
42. Face To The Floor - Chevelle (47)
43. Tattoos On This Town - Jason Aldean (33)
44. Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum (43)
45. I'm Gonna Love You Through It - Martina McBride (45)
46. Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs (51)
47. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon5 f/Christina Aguilera (46)
48. Called Out In The Dark - Snow Patrol (54)
49. Last Drag - Erika Jayne (53)
50. Storm Warning - Hunter Hayes (50)
51. Marry The Night - Lady GaGa (68)
52. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (52)
53. Wish You Were Here - Avril Lavigne (57)
54. Red Solo Cup - Toby Keith (58)
55. Give - LeAnn Rimes (55)
56. Hotel Nacional - Gloria Estefan (78)
57. I Like How It Feels - Enrique Iglesias f/Pitbull (35)
58. Lego House - Ed Sheeran (60)
59. Nothing - The Script (49)
60. My Heart Can't Tell You No - Sara Evans (62)
61. Tonight - Seether (56)
62. Monarchy Of Roses - Red Hot Chili Peppers (66)
63. You Gonna Fly - Keith Urban (69)
64. Video Games - Lana Del Rey (64)
65. We Owned The Night - Lady Antebellum (41)
66. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye f/Kimbra (82)
67. 1,000 Ships - Rachel Platten (67)
68. Camouflage - Brad Paisley (74)
69. Stay Together - Ledisi f/Jaheim (71)
70. Amen - Edens Edge (70)
71. You & I - Lady GaGa (61)
72. Love After War - Robin Thicke (73)
73. Home - Dierks Bentley (75)
74. Party - Beyonce f/Andre3000 (76)
75. Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) - Lloyd f/Andre3000 & Lil Wayne (77)
76. Titanium - David Guetta f/Sia (83)
77. You Make Me Feel... - Cobra Starship f/Sabi (65)
78. Life Of The Party - Charlie Wilson (72)
79. Love's Gonna Make It Alright - George Strait (79)
80. She Doesn't Mind - Sean Paul (80)
81. I Like It Like That - Hot Chelle Rae f/New Boyz (81)
82. If It Wasn't For Love - Deborah Cox (86)
83. Dark Horses - Switchfoot (63)
84. Love On Top - Beyonce (84)
85. Kiss Me Slowly - Parachute (85)
86. Turn Me On - David Guetta f/Nicki Minaj (DEBUT)
87. Lotus Flower Bomb - Wale f/Miguel (87)
88. Ni**as In Paris - Jay-Z & Kanye West (88)
89. Aberdeen - Cage The Elephant (93)
90. Care - Kid Rock f/Martina McBride & T.I. (90)
91. Wherever You Are - Military Wives (91)
92. Let Me Be Myself - Rosabel f/Tamara Wallace (97)
93. Je L'aime A Mourir - Shakira (95)
94. Fine By Me - Andy Grammer (94)
95. After Midnight - Blink-182 (DEBUT)
96. Bait A Hook - Justin Moore (96)
97. Lucky Now - Ryan Adams (DEBUT)
98. Where I Come From - Montgomery Gentry (100)
99. Fade Into Me - David Cook (99)
100. Ai Se Eu Te Pego - Michel Telo (DEBUT)

There are just four new songs on my list this week (highlighted in yellow), and here they are, along with a little about the artists, with links to their previous hits on video in orange.

The highest entry is by French superDJ David Guetta, who now has three songs on my list, including his former 2sc #1 "Without You" with Usher and the climbing international hit "Titanium" with Australian singer Sia. The third is supported by rapper-singer-fashion icon Nicki Minaj, with a track that sounds not much like her usual squeak. Here's "Turn Me On"...



California rockers Blink-182 follow up their comeback hit "Up All Night" with another late-time ode, "After Midnight". It follows the former track into the modern rock top-10, where they've scored two #1's, with "All The Small Things" from 1999 and "I Miss You" from 2004.



Alt-country rock bad boy Ryan Adams has graced adult pop radio in the US with just his first single, "New York, New York", before dangling on the fringe of rock culture, though he has had a couple more top-40 hits in England, including his Grammy-nominated cover of Oasis' "Wonderwall". His latest is from his top-10 album Ashes & Fire, and it had made the top-3 on Triple-A (adult album alternative rock) radio. Here's the poignant "Lucky Now"...



And 180 degrees from that comes the next big European soccer anthem, this time courtesy of Brazilian singer Michel Telo. Telo's live number "Ai Se Eu Te Pego" (Portuguese for "Oh, if I catch You") got major exposure after soccer superstar Christiano Ronaldo danced to it with another player to celebrate a goal, and the track's popularity spread like wildfire to #1 status in Spain, Holland, Italy, and Belgium, and #2 and climbing fast in Germany, and it quite reminds me of the "Lambada" of the 80's....



That's it, now get to bed!

Friday, January 13, 2012

twostepcub's music chart for January 13, 2012...


Hey folks, it's time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Rihanna takes over from the politically ignorant Kelly Clarkson, while the Black Keys (pictured above) move into the top-10. Tracks by Lady GaGa, Hot Chelle Rae, and Deborah Cox make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits by Dev and The Red Hot Chili Peppers drop out. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on any of the highlighting artists to go to their website. Yay! The internet tubes are fixed!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. We Found Love - Rihanna f/Calvin Harris (2)
2. Sexy & I Know It - LMFAO (4)
3. The One That Got Away - Katy Perry (5)
4. Paradise - Coldplay (6)
5. Without You - David Guetta f/Usher (3)
6. Mr. Know It All - Kelly Clarkson (1)
7. Not Over You - Gavin DeGraw (7)
8. All Your Life - The Band Perry (8)
9. Lonely Boy - The Black Keys (12)
10. It Will Rain - Bruno Mars (11)
11. Set Fire To The Rain - Adele (15)
12. Someone Like You - Adele (10)
13. Keep Me In Mind - The Zac Brown Band (13)
14. Good Feeling - Flo Rida (16)
15. Levels - Avicii (19)
16. Crawling Back To You - Daughtry (9)
17. Brighter Than The Sun - Colbie Caillat (17)
18. The Sound Of Winter - Bush (14)
19. Cough Syrup - Young The Giant (20)
20. Love You Like A Love Song - Selena Gomez & The Scene (21)
21. Let It Rain - David Nail (23)
22. Countdown - Beyonce (22)
23. When We Stand Together - Nickelback (18)
24. Fool For You - Cee-Lo Green f/Melanie Fiona or Philip Bailey (24)
25. You - Chris Young (27)
26. Heartbeat - The Fray (26)
27. Too Much In Love - Chris Willis (28)
28. Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes f/Adam Levine (25)
29. Buy My Love - Wynter Gordon (31)
30. These Days - Foo Fighters (37)
31. Hangover - Taio Cruz f/Flo Rida (39)
32. Easy - Rascal Flatts f/Natasha Bedingfield (32)
33. Tattoos On This Town - Jason Aldean (33)
34. Brand New Bitch - Anjulie (36)
35. I Like How It Feels - Enrique Iglesias f/Pitbull (35)
36. Drink In My Hand - Eric Church (41)
37. I Don't Want This Night To End - Luke Bryan (38)
38. Stay - Tyrese (40)
39. Walk - Foo Fighters (30)
40. Reality - Kenny Chesney (42)
41. We Owned The Night - Lady Antebellum (29)
42. Party People (Ignite The World) - Erika Jayne (49)
43. Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum (43)
44. Lights - Ellie Goulding (48)
45. I'm Gonna Love You Through It - Martina McBride (47)
46. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon5 f/Christina Aguilera (44)
47. Face To The Floor - Chevelle (51)
48. Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine (56)
49. Nothing - The Script (34)
50. Storm Warning - Hunter Hayes (52)
51. Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs (55)
52. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (54)
53. Last Drag - Traci Lords (61)
54. Called Out In The Dark - Snow Patrol (58)
55. Give - LeAnn Rimes (57)
56. Tonight - Seether (46)
57. Wish You Were Here - Avril Lavigne (59)
58. Red Solo Cup - Toby Keith (63)
59. We're All No One - Nervo f/Afrojack & Steve Aoki (50)
60. Lego House - Ed Sheeran (60)
61. You & I - Lady GaGa (53)
62. My Heart Can't Tell You No - Sara Evans (66)
63. Dark Horses - Switchfoot (64)
64. Video Games - Lana Del Ray (68)
65. You Make Me Feel... - Cobra Starship f/Sabi (45)
66. Monarchy Of Roses - Red Hot Chili Peppers (72)
67. 1,000 Ships - Rachel Platten (67)
68. Marry The Night - Lady GaGa (78)
69. You Gonna Fly - Keith Urban (70)
70. Amen - Edens Edge (71)
71. Stay Together - Ledisi f/Jaheim (73)
72. Life Of The Party - Charlie Wilson (65)
73. Love After War - Robin Thicke (74)
74. Camouflage - Brad Paisley (76)
75. Home - Dierks Bentley (77)
76. Party - Beyonce f/Andre3000 (80)
77. Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) - Lloyd f/Andre3000 & Lil' Wayne (85)
78. Hotel Nacional - Gloria Estefan (DEBUT)
79. Love's Gonna Make It Alright - George Strait (81)
80. She Doesn't Mind - Sean Paul (84)
81. I Like It Like That - Hot Chelle Rae f/New Boyz (91)
82. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye f/Kimbra (DEBUT)
83. Titanium - David Guetta f/Sia (89)
84. Love On Top - Beyonce (88)
85. Kiss Me Slowly - Parachute (62)
86. If It Wasn't For Love - Deborah Cox (96)
87. Lotus Flower Bomb - Wale f/Miguel (97)
88. Ni**as In Paris - Jay-Z & Kanye West (94)
89. Arrow Through My Heart - Eddie Amador & Kimberly Cole (90)
90. Care - Kid Rock f/Martina McBride & T.I. (95)
91. Wherever You Are - Military Wives (DEBUT)
92. Cannonball - Little Mix (92)
93. Aberdeen - Cage The Elephant (93)
94. Fine By Me - Andy Grammer (DEBUT)
95. Je L'aime A Mourir - Shakira (99)
96. Bait A Hook - Justin Moore (98)
97. Let Me Be Myself - Rosabel f/Tamara Wallace (DEBUT)
98. Forever Yours - Alex Day (DEBUT)
99. Fade Into Me - David Cook (DEBUT)
100. Where I Come From - Montgomery Gentry (100)

This week there are a lucky seven new songs on my list (highlighted in yellow), and here they are, along with a little about the artists, with links to their previous hits in orange.

The highest entry is by Gloria Estefan, who roars on my list with the second single from her Little Miss Havana CD, and the first song by a female performer to debut at #1 on Billboard's Latin Songs chart. She's had a dozen song top that list, including and pop charttopper "Don't Wanna Lose You" and personal fave "Oye". Here's "Hotel Nacional"...



Next up is the first international hit by Belgian-born Australian singer-songwriter Gotye (real name Wally de Backer - Gotye is a bastardized spelling of the French version of his first name). Before this hit, he's only had minor success in Australia, but featuring New Zealander Kimbra, "Someone That I Used To Know" has became this year's first viral worldwide hit, ascending to #1 not only in the Antipodean lands, but also in Belgium, Germany, and Austria. It's just starting to get play here in the States, just debuting on Billboard's Hot 100, but on YouTube this song is a phenom, even spawning a viral cover by Canadian band Walk Off The Earth that's just as awesome. But I'm still in love with the original, and feel it could be this year's "Someone Like You" given the chance...



The coveted #1 UK Christmas single last year went to a choir formed by conductor Gareth Malone for a BBC television show last fall. The group consists of wives and girlfriends of British soldiers deployed to Afghanistan, and made for compelling television. With lyrics compiled from letters from the women to their mates, "Wherever You Are" was first performed live on Remembrance Day in Royal Albert Hall in London. They went on to sell a staggering 555,000+ singles in the first full week, and what better of a tribute than that.



Angelino Andy Grammer follows up his top-5 adult-pop hit "Keep Your Head Up" with "Fine By Me", with a clip featuring YouTube star Keenan Cahill...



Rosabel is the moniker for the collaboration between US DJs Ralphi Rosario and Miami's Abel Aguilera. Rosario was one of the leaders of house music in the 80s and 90s, with Xaviera Gold's "You Used To Hold Me" one of the all-time classics of that genre. Together as a duo, they have scored five #1 US dance hits between 2000 and 2006, including "Don't You Want My Love" with Debbie Jacobs and "Cha Cha Heels" with Jeanie Tracy. They return with a track featuring singer Tamara Wallace, with whom they had a #2 hit with "C'mon Get Funky" a year ago. Here's "Let Me Be Myself"...



Along with the Military Wives' single, a few other records had active campaigns to be the British #1 Christmas record, including Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit", the holiday novelty record "Dominic The Donkey", and this tune, sung by YouTube personality Alex Day, with most of the proceeds going to charity World Vision. It managed to make #4, which ain't bad for an unsigned artist at all. Here's "Forever Yours"....



The final debut is by seventh-season American Idol winner David Cook, who after winning sent three songs into the adult-pop top-10, including "winner's song" "Time Of My Life", and followup "Light On". Admittedly his sophomore effort is struggling, with the two singles hanging around in the bottom half of the adult-pop top-40. Here's the second, "Fade Into Me"...



Till next week!

Monday, January 09, 2012

Let them eat pie....

Dear Governor Christie, using a pie reference, especially with an "infinite" quality, only highlights your gluttony, dillweed.

And talking to the public like an asshole doesn't make you a "straight-talker", but pretty much of a douchebag.

Now go away.
Toodles,
twostepcub

Friday, January 06, 2012

twostepcub's music chart for January 6, 2012....


Hey folks, it's time for my first music list of the new year, and thanks for hanging around (or droppin' in). This week Kelly Clarkson takes over the top spot, while the Band Perry (pictured above) moves up in the top-10. Former big hits by Miranda Lambert, Nicole Scherzinger, and Foster The People drop out, while songs by Florence + The Machine, George Strait, and LeAnn Rimes 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 to go to their official website (rightclick, with you can use a different tab or window and keep this up). Happy Birthday, Heather Rose!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Mr. Know It All - Kelly Clarkson (2)
2. We Found Love - Rihanna f/Calvin Harris (3)
3. Without You - David Guetta f/Usher (1)
4. Sexy & I Know It - LMFAO (4)
5. The One That Got Away - Katy Perry (6)
6. Paradise - Coldplay (7)
7. Not Over You - Gavin DeGraw (9)
8. All Your Life - The Band Perry (10)
9. Crawling Back To You - Daughtry (5)
10. Someone Like You - Adele (8)
11. It Will Rain - Bruno Mars (15)
12. Lonely Boy - Black Keys (16)
13. Keep Me In Mind - Zac Brown Band (14)
14. The Sound Of Winter - Bush (12)
15. Set Fire To The Rain - Adele (19)
16. Good Feeling - Flo Rida (18)
17. Brighter Than The Sun - Colbie Caillat (11)
18. When We Stand Together - Nickelback (13)
19. Levels - Avicii (29)
20. Cough Syrup - Young The Giant (21)
21. Love You Like A Love Song - Selena Gomez & The Scene (26)
22. Countdown - Beyonce (24)
23. Let It Rain - David Nail (25)
24. Fool For You - Cee-Lo Green f/Melanie Fiona or Philip Bailey (28)
25. Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes f/Adam Levine (23)
26. Heartbeat - The Fray (30)
27. You - Chris Young (31)
28. Too Much In Love - Chris Willis (38)
29. We Owned The Night - Lady Antebellum (17)
30. Walk - Foo Fighters (20)
31. Buy My Love - Wynter Gordon (41)
32. Easy - Rascal Flatts f/Natasha Bedingfield (34)
33. Tattoos On This Town - Jason Aldean (35)
34. Nothing - The Script (22)
35. I Like How It Feels - Enrique Iglesias f/Pitbull (37)
36. Brand New Bitch - Anjulie (40)
37. These Days - Foo Fighters (46)
38. I Don't Want This Night To End - Luke Bryan (43)
39. Hangover - Taio Cruz f/Flo Rida (49)
40. Stay - Tyrese (42)
41. Drink In My Hand - Eric Church (45)
42. Reality - Kenny Chesney (44)
43. Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum (39)
44. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon5 f/Chrisina Aguilera (36)
45. You Make Me Feel...Cobra Starship f/Sabi (33)
46. Tonight - Seether (32)
47. I'm Gonna Love You Through It - Martina McBride (51)
48. Lights - Ellie Goulding (54)
49. Party People - Erika Jayne (61)
50. We're All No One - Nervo f/Afrojack & Steve Aoki (50)
51. Face To The Floor - Chevelle (60)
52. Storm Warning - Hunter Hayes (56)
53. You & I - Lady GaGa (47)
54. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (58)
55. Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs (66)
56. Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine (76)
57. Give - LeAnn Rimes (71)
58. Called Out In The Dark - Snow Patrol (62)
59. Wish You Were Here - Avril Lavigne (67)
60. Lego House - Ed Sheeran (65)
61. Last Drag - Traci Lords (72)
62. Kiss Me Slowly - Parachute (52)
63. Red Solo Cup - Toby Keith (77)
64. Dark Horses - Switchfoot (64)
65. Life Of The Party - Charlie Wilson (57)
66. My Heart Can't Tell You No - Sara Evans (70)
67. 1,000 Ships - Rachel Platten (69)
68. Video Games - Lana Del Ray (78)
69. In The Dark - Dev (59)
70. You Gonna Fly - Keith Urban (75)
71. Amen - Edens Edge (73)
72. Monarchy Of Roses - Red Hot Chili Peppers (86)
73. Stay Together - Ledisi f/Jaheim (74)
74. Love After War - Robin Thicke (87)
75. Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie - Red Hot Chili Peppers (55)
76. Camouflage - Brad Paisley (80)
77. Home - Dierks Bentley (81)
78. Marry The Night - Lady GaGa (DEBUT)
79. Didn't I - James Wesley (79)
80. Party - Beyonce (83)
81. Love's Gonna Make It Alright - George Strait (96)
82. Our Day Will Come - Amy Winehouse (82)
83. Geronimo - Aura Dione (85)
84. She Doesn't Mind - Sean Paul (92)
85. Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) - Lloyd f/Lil' Wayne & Andre3000 (89)
86. 5 O'Clock - T-Pain f/Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen (91)
87. Bad - The Cab (88)
88. Love On Top - Beyonce (90)
89. Titanium - David Guetta f/Sia (RE-ENTRY)
90. Arrow Through My Heart - Eddie Amador & Kimberly Cole (DEBUT)
91. I Like It Like That - Hot Chelle Rae f/New Boyz (DEBUT)
92. Cannonball - Little Mix (DEBUT)
93. Aberdeen - Cage The Elephant (99)
94. Ni**as In Paris - Jay-Z & Kanye West (94)
95. Care - Kid Rock f/Martina McBride & T.I. (95)
96. If It Wasn't For Love - Deborah Cox (DEBUT)
97. Lotus Flower Bomb - Wale f/Miguel (DEBUT)
98. Bait A Hook - Justin Moore (100)
99. Je L'aime A Mourir - Shakira (DEBUT)
100. Where I Come From - Montgomery Gentry (DEBUT)

There are eight new songs to bring on the new year, and here they are, along with a little about the artists, with links to their previous hits on YouTube in orange....

The highest debut belongs to Lady GaGa, who brought in the New Year inexplicably making kissy face with Mayor Bloomberg wearing a rhinestone faceplate. Her latest single, the fifth official single from Born This Way, carries a video that's one-third Flashdance, one-third Robocop, and one-third Trainspotting. I still have no idea what her emerging from a burning car has to do with a dancer's auditioning struggle, but no mind. Here's the epic "Marry The Night" in its 14 minute splendor...



American DJ/producer Eddie Amador has his first hit on my chart, though he's placed a top-30 hit on the US dance chart with "Save Me" in 2006, and a UK top-20 hit with "Rise" in 2000. He's back with some help from Kimberly Cole, who a couple years back had a top-5 dance hit of her own with "Smack You". They collaborate together on the US top-20 dance hit "Arrow Through My Heart"...



US group Hot Chelle Rae follow up their debut top-10 hit "Tonight Tonight" with a song featuring rap duo New Boyz, who had a top-40 hit of their own last year with "Backseat". Here's the similarly simple-titled "I Like It Like That"...



The winners of the UK version of the X Factor beat out the British "Christmas #1" battle by going on sale a week earlier, with a cover of the Damien Rice alt-rock hit "Cannonball". It's the first group to win the series, and the young girls can claim a charttopper without the rush..



The next entry is by singer Deborah Cox, who for a time held the record for the longest stay at #1 on the R&B charts with her 14 week stay with "Nobody Supposed To Be Here" in 1998. She's also racked up ten #1 dance hits from 1996's "Who Do U Love" to 2008's "Beautiful U R". Her latest effort has reached the top-10 so far, "If It Wasn't For Love"...



Washington, DC rapper Wale has his first US top-40 hit and his first R&B charttopper with a song featuring a singer that had Billboard's #1 R&B hit of 2011, Miguel ("Sure Thing"). Wale himself collaborated with Lady GaGa a couple years back with his UK top-20 hit "Chillin".. his latest R&B winner is the seductive "Lotus Flower Bomb"...



The next entry is a song by Colombian siren Shakira, but unlike her previous Latin-ized hits like her #1 "Hips Don't Lie" and "Whenever Wherever", this one is in French, taken from her Paris Concert video, and the #1 song in that country for the last 3 weeks. It's the somber "Je L'Aime A Mourir" ("I'd Love to Die")...here's her half-Spanish half French version ("Frannish"?)



The final new song is by country-rock duo Montgomery Gentry, who after six albums on the Columbia label, and five #1 country hits including "Roll With Me" and "If You Ever Stop Loving Me", released their first studio CD on indie Average Joe's and are back in the top-20 with the jingoistic "Where I Come From"...



and finally, as a bonus, one song re-enter's my top-100, the excellent collab between French DJ David Guetta and Aussie alt-pop singer Sia, and "Titanium", now complete with cool video....



And let 2012 be 10X better than last year!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Story of the day....a ray of light from the northwest....

A sign that all that's just isn't just from the ocean-bordered parts of America, the Supreme Court of Montana issued a ruling upholding a ban on state and local election spending by corporations, something the half-corrupt US Supreme Court didnt in Citizens United. That this happened in a place that could be swung by the power of the big mining and forestry companies, gives hope that given the chance and the right group, could reassess the federal ruling. And that, my friends, is ten times more important that the race between Mr. "Man On Dog" and Mr. "Dog On Car" for who's going to lose this November.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Surfing the wave of Santorum from the bottom...

I couldn't resist. As we begin the arduous task ahead on choosing who is going to lose the presidency this year, the reality show called the Republican primary made its "Rock Of No Love" tour stop in Iowa today, in a caucus attended by less people than a normal Bon Jovi concert and just as meaningful. I know we should all hold in great awe the power of a state with less people than Brooklyn and Queens, but after seeing week upon week of media and stumpers falling over themselves to see exactly what combination of rascism, homophobia, and jingoism will win over votes of people who consider Applebee's a "haute cuisine dining experience", I'm pretty much over the whole process.

And face it, the Republican party has become nothing but a bunch of grown-up bullies, bent on judging and persecuting others not like them (or in many cases, like them). It does surprise me at times how the gay-marriage card can be thrown still (though not for much longer). There is not one sane person who doesn't know that the whole issue will be moot in less than 20 years, and even these candidates know it. However, the mental picture of two dudes kissing is a lot easier to grasp than the complexities of the speculative market. If you talk to any person no matter what affiliation or morals, and try to get an answer on how that issue would effect them in the least, and beyond the "it's wrong in the Bible" mantra, there's no substance. The only person I can imagine with a horse in this race is Michele Bachmann, and her ex-gay-maker snakecharmer of a husband who eerily brings to mind the picture of Family Feud's Richard Dawson's fat gay cousin.

Even more odd is Rick Santorum's endless crusade against all the gay. I'm telling you, he must've been cornholed pretty bad as an altar boy to have this must of a hard-on over the impact of affording equality to same-sex partners. The whole "well, then we can have man-on-dog marriage" is either a perverse fantasy of his or a smokescreen, since its completely apples and oranges. I mean, you cannot discriminate on hiring a man or a woman, and his logic would that allow that you can hire a cat? And this isn't even addressing the Leviticus argument which should also close down all the Red Lobsters in Des Moines, causing an uproar seen like no other.

My opinion is going back and forth on whether this clown car of revolving frontrunners is either the press gluttonously chewing through new characters like their version of the Bachelor, or whether all these goons are just fodder to direct fire away from Willard himself, the seemingly anointed one. As in, it's his turn let him have a go to shut him the hell up. I'm torn. Of course, the idea of voting for one of the "voodoo" faiths which Mormonism falls into (sorry, but behind your back, they're all laughing at your special underwear) would not settle in the heart of thse old grannies that no one but the megachurch they give their welfare ahem Social Security to that allows them to sit judgement on others to make them feel a skosh more better. If Newt "drop the cancer-wife for a newer model" Gingrich can attract these people by just prasing Jeebus every 3 sentences, then you know it's all about you, Mitt.

And that's alright. Romney's a greasy moneypasser that earned the only money not passed down from Daddy by laying off people, and spent the most part of his political career heading up a state that won't vote for him because he basically enacted the same middle-of-the-road shit that Obama hasn't even been able to come to (i.e. universal health care, gay marriage). The fact that he's just changing whatever position he has to fit whatever audience he is in front of proves he's even more of a pushover than Obama is (and that's kind of saying a lot).

In the end, Iowa will prove nothing. The 24-hour news monster will demand the slapfight go on for at least a few more weeks, until they'll be tripping over themselves to be the first to anoint the winner. Then the "who will they pick for VP game" will carry them through to the summer, where the "I'm a better 'Murkin than you" soiree will begin.

Meanwhile the economy's going down the toilet faster than a 2am burrito from Taco Bell, and 75% of what we buy is shipped to us care of some overworked 12 year old Chinese girl. Progress.