Sunday, February 19, 2012

twostepcub's music chart for February 17, 2012...

Hey folks, it's time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Adele spends a second week at the top as she wins her album of the year Grammy, while Swedish DJ Avicii (pictured above) moves into the runner-up spot. Former big hits by Adele, David Nail, and Nickelback drop off my list, as the biggest jumpers are by songs by Train, Taylor Swift, and Foster The People (moves of 10+ places marked in red). Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can clink on any of the highlighted artist names to go to their official website (right click to use another tab or window). Get Better, Karofsky!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Set Fire To The Rain - Adele (1)
2. Levels - Avicii (4)
3. Lonely Boy - Black Keys (5)
4. Not Over You - Gavin DeGraw (2)
5. We Found Love - Rihanna f/Calvin Harris (3)
6. These Days - Foo Fighters (10)
7. Good Feeling - Flo Rida (9)
8. Paradise - Coldplay (6)
9. The One That Got Away - Katy Perry (7)
10. All Your Life - The Band Perry (8)
11. Love You Like A Love Song - Selena Gomez & The Scene (11)
12. Cough Syrup - Young The Giant (12)
13. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye f/Kimbra (20)
14. Domino - Jessie J (19)
15. Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine (17)
16. You - Chris Young (15)
17. It Will Rain - Bruno Mars (13)
18. Hangover - Taio Cruz f/Flo Rida (18)
19. Sexy & I Know It - LMFAO (14)
20. Heartbeat - The Fray (22)
21. Without You - David Guetta f/Usher (16)
22. Turn Me On - David Guetta f/Nicki Minaj (38)
23. Mr. Know It All - Kelly Clarkson (21)
24. I Don't Want This Night To End - Luke Bryan (25)
25. Marry The Night - Lady GaGa (27)
26. Face To The Floor - Chevelle (31)
27. Hotel Nacional - Gloria Estefan (29)
28. Fool For You - Cee-Lo Green f/Melanie Fiona or Philip Bailey (24)
29. Titanium - David Guetta f/Sia (39)
30. Crawling Back To You - Daughtry (28)
31. Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs (34)
32. Reality - Kenny Chesney (32)
33. Red Solo Cup - Toby Keith (37)
34. Lights - Ellie Goulding (30)
35. Called Out In The Dark - Snow Patrol (36)
36. Drink In My Hand - Eric Church (26)
37. Brighter Than The Sun - Colbie Caillat (23)
38. Stay - Tyrese (33)
39. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson (57)
40. The Sound Of Winter - Bush (40)
41. Antidote - Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party (56)
42. I'm Gonna Love You Through It - Martina McBride (42)
43. Storm Warning - Hunter Hayes (44)
44. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (46)
45. Walk - Foo Fighters (45)
46. Video Games - Lana Del Rey (51)
47. Love After War - Robin Thicke (54)
48. You Gonna Fly - Keith Urban (52)
49. Monarchy Of Roses - Red Hot Chili Peppers (49)
50. If It Wasn't For Love - Deborah Cox (50)
51. I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz (66)
52. Keep Me In Mind - Zac Brown Band (35)
53. You Da One - Rihanna (65)
54. Love On Top - Beyonce (60)
55. Too Much In Love - Chris Willis (41)
56. Drive By - Train (80)
57. Ours - Taylor Swift (81)
58. Camouflage - Brad Paisley (62)
59. Home - Dierks Bentley (67)
60. Dance On - Blush (78)
61. Love's Gonna Make It Alright - George Strait (71)
62. Alone With You - Jake Owen (76)
63. I Like It Like That - Hot Chelle Rae f/New Boyz (70)
64. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon5 f/Christina Aguilera (64)
65. Buy My Love - Wynter Gordon (53)
66. Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) - Lloyd f/Andre3000 & Lil Wayne (68)
67. Let Me Be Myself - Rosabel f/Tamara Wallace (72)
68. Don't Stop (Color On The Walls) - Foster The People (88)
69. Pass At Me - Timbaland f/Pitbull (73)
70. Fine By Me - Andy Grammer (74)
71. Naughty Naughty - Porcelain Black (77)
72. Be With You - Erasure (82)
73. Wish You Were Here - Avril Lavigne (58)
74. Ai Se Eu Te Pego - Michel Telo (84)
75. The Walk - Mayer Hawthorne (86)
76. Waiting On You - Ultra Nate & Michelle Williams (89)
77. Last Drag - Traci Lords (59)
78. Party People (Ignite The Night) - Erika Jayne (63)
79. Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum (79)
80. Dancing Away With My Heart - Lady Antebellum (90)
81. Drifting - Plumb f/Dan Haseltine (91)
82. Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes f/Adam Levine (61)
83. Big In Japan - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (83)
84. Crazy Crazy - Guinevere (94)
85. Je L'aime A Mourir - Shakira (85)
86. Mama Do The Hump - Rizzle Kicks (87)
87. Run - Matt Nathanson f/Sugarland (DEBUT)
88. Bully - Shinedown (DEBUT)
89. Feel So Close - Calvin Harris (95)
90. Bait A Hook - Justin Moore (92)
91. Where I Come From - Montgomery Gentry (96)
92. Wild Ones - Flo Rida f/Sia (DEBUT)
93. Drink On It - Blake Shelton (DEBUT)
94. Next To Me - Emeli Sande (DEBUT)
95. Make Me Proud - Drake f/Nicki Minaj (97)
96. Heart On Fire - Scars On 45 (98)
97. Du Temps - Mylene Farmer (DEBUT)
98. Twilight - Cover Drive (DEBUT)
99. The Trouble With Girls - Scotty McCreery (DEBUT)
100. Avant Qu'elle Parte - Sexion D'Assaut (DEBUT)

There's nine new songs on my list, and here they are, along with a little about the artists, with links to their previous hits in orange.

The highest entry is by singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson, who's biggest success so far is the adult top-40 top-10 hit "Come On Get Higher" from 2008. This year, the first single from his latest CD, "Faster", almost made it at #11, and the followup features country duo Sugarland and marks his first appearance on country radio with the outstanding "Run"...



Next up is the latest by hard-rockers Shinedown, who hail from Jacksonville Florida. Their last CD, The Sound Of Madness, produced six giant rock singles, five of which topped the mainstream rock chart (including my fave "Second Chance" and "Devour") The group preview their upcoming album with a song that would have fit nicely it last night's Glee. Here's "Bully"....



Mainstream-rapper Flo Rida is still hangin' in my top-10 with the Etta James sampling "Good Feeling", and he follows this up with a track featuring Australian singer Sia, who is also featured on David Guetta's international hit "Titanium", on "Wild Ones"...



This week sees all four The Voice judge/mentors represented on my chart as country lothario Blake Shelton reappears with the third single from his latest CD, Red River Blue. His last five singles all topped the country singles chart, including "All About Tonight" and "God Gave Me You", and he's looking to extend that streak with "Drink On It"...



Scottish chanteuse Emeli Sande has appeared on five previous British top-10 singles, including two that made my list - her lead debut "Heaven" and her supporting role in the #1 "Read All About It" with Professor Green. Her CD Our Version Of Events isn't scheduled to arrive in the States until June, so I may just have to import it if not for excellent song like her latest, "Next To Me"...



France's "Kylie", Mylene Farmer, is back with a song that while it didn't extend her eight no#1 hit streak, at least placed in their top-5. It's from her compilation of hits from 2001 to today that includes great songs like "Sextonik" and "Si J'avais Au Moins".... Here's "Du Temps" ...



Four-piece group from the Caribbean island of Barbados, Cover Drive, follow up their UK top-10 "Lick Ya Down" with their first British charttopper, "Twilight"...



Last season's American Idol winner, the Alfred E Neumann-esque Scotty McCreery, follows his debut "I Love You This Big" with the top-20 country hit "The Trouble With Girls"...



The final debut is by Parisian group Sexion D'Assaut, with their top-3 hit "Avant Qu'elle Parte" (Before She Leaves)....



Be well, all.

Friday, February 10, 2012

twostepcub's music chart for February 10, 2012...

Hey everyone, it's time for my weekly rundown of my top 100 tunes of the past week. This week, Adele again takes over the top spot with her third consecutive single, while the Foo Fighters (pictured above) take their third-running single to the top-10. There are some big moves on this weeks chart, including the biggest by Jessie J, Gotye, and Rihanna, while former big hits by Anjulie, Jason Aldean, Seether, and Charlie Wilson 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. Honey Badger don't care!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Set Fire To The Rain - Adele (3)
2. Not Over You - Gavin DeGraw (2)
3. We Found Love - Rihanna f/Calvin Harris (1)
4. Levels - Avicii (5)
5. Lonely Boy - The Black Keys (7)
6. Paradise - Coldplay (4)
7. The One That Got Away - Katy Perry (5)
8. All Your Life - The Band Perry (8)
9. Good Feeling - Flo Rida (10)
10. These Days - Foo Fighters (14)
11. Love You Like A Love Song - Selena Gomez & The Scene (15)
12. Cough Syrup -Young The Giant (12)
13. It Will Rain - Bruno Mars (13)
14. Sexy & I Know It - LMFAO (9)
15. You - Chris Young (16)
16. Without You - David Guetta f/Usher (11)
17. Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine (21)
18. Hangover - Taio Cruz f/Flo Rida (22)
19. Domino - Jessie J (63)
20. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye f/Kimbra (44)
21. Mr. Know It All - Kelly Clarkson (17)
22. Heartbeat - The Fray (24)
23. Brighter Than The Sun - Colbie Caillat (19)
24. Fool For You - Cee-Lo Green f/Melanie Fiona or Philip Bailey (20)
25. I Don't Want This Night To End - Luke Bryan (29)
26. Drink In My Hand - Eric Church (26)
27. Marry The Night - Lady GaGa (31)
28. Crawling Back To You - Daughtry (28)
29. Hotel Nacional - Gloria Estefan (37)
30. Lights - Ellie Goulding (34)
31. Face To The Floor - Chevelle (35)
32. Reality - Kenny Chesney (32)
33. Stay - Tyrese (33)
34. Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs (36)
35. Keep Me In Mind - The Zac Brown Band (18)
36. Called Out In The Dark - Snow Patrol (40)
37. Red Solo Cup - Toby Keith (42)
38. Turn Me On - David Guetta f/Nicki Minaj (52)
39. Titanium - David Guetta f/Sia (51)
40. The Sound Of Winter - Bush (30)
41. Too Much In Love - Chris Willis (27)
42. I'm Gonna Love You Through It - Martina McBride (43)
43. Someone Like You - Adele (23)
44. Storm Warning - Hunter Hayes (46)
45. Walk - Foo Fighters (45)
46. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (48)
47. Let It Rain - David Nail f/Sarah Buxton (25)
48. When We Stand Together - Nickelback (38)
49. Monarchy Of Roses - Red Hot Chili Peppers (53)
50. If It Wasn't For Love - Deborah Cox (57)
51. Video Games - Lana Del Rey (56)
52. You Gonna Fly - Keith Urban (54)
53. Buy My Love - Wynter Gordon (39)
54. Love After War - Robin Thicke (60)
55. My Heart Can't Tell You No - Sara Evans (55)
56. Antidote - Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party (66)
57. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson (67)
58. Wish You Were Here - Avril Lavigne (50)
59. Last Drag - Traci Lords (49)
60. Love On Top - Beyonce (64)
61. Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes f/Adam Levine (41)
62. Camouflage - Brad Paisley (62)
63. Party People (Ignite The Night) - Erika Jayne (46)
64. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon5 f/Christina Aguilera (58)
65. You Da One - Rihanna (83)
66. I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz (72)
67. Home - Dierks Bentley (69)
68. Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) - Lloyd f/Andre3000 & Lil Wayne (68)
69. Amen - Edens Edge (70)
70. I Like It Like That - Hot Chelle Rae f/New Boyz (71)
71. Love's Gonna Make It Alright - George Strait (73)
72. Let Me Be Myself - Rosabel f/Tamara Wallace (74)
73. Pass At Me - Timbaland f/Pitbull (75)
74. Fine By Me - Andy Grammer (78)
75. Aberdeen - Cage The Elephant (80)
76. Alone With You - Jake Owen (81)
77. Naughty Naughty - Porcelain Black (82)
78. Dance On - Blush (86)
79. Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum (59)
80. Drive By - Train (90)
81. Ours - Taylor Swift (87)
82. Be With You - Erasure (92)
83. Big In Japan - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (91)
84. Ai Se Eu Te Pego - Michel Telo (88)
85. Je L'aime A Mourir - Shakira (85)
86. The Walk - Mayer Hawthorne (95)
87. Mama Do The Hump - Rizzle Kicks (89)
88. Don't Stop (Color On The Walls) - Foster The People (DEBUT)
89. Waiting On You - Ultra Nate & Michelle Williams (DEBUT)
90. Dancing Away With My Heart - Lady Antebellum (DEBUT)
91. Drifting - Plumb f/Dan Haseltine (DEBUT)
92. Bait A Hook - Justin Moore (94)
93. After Midnight - Blink-182 (93)
94. Crazy Crazy - Guinevere (DEBUT)
95. Feel So Close - Calvin Harris (RE-ENTRY)
96. Where I Come From - Montgomery Gentry (98)
97. Make Me Proud - Drake f/Nicki Minaj (DEBUT)
98. Heart On Fire - Scars On 45 (100)
99. My Heart Is Broken - Evanescence (99)
100. International Love - Pitbull f/Chris Brown (DEBUT)

There are seven new songs on my list this week, and here they are, along with a little about the artists, with links to their previous hits in orange.

The highest entry comes from California-based alt-rock trio Foster The People, who behind singer/songwriter Mark Foster carried an internet giveaway track to be the biggest viral modern rock hit of last year, "Pumped Up Kicks". That was followed by another top-10 rock hit "Helena Beat". For their third chart hit, which also is getting play at adult-pop radio, the trio filmed a 3D video starring Precious Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe, who is apparently having the worst driving lesson ever on "Don't Stop (Color On The Walls)"...



The next song pairs two dance/R&B powerhouses as club legend Ultra Nate, who can boast seven #1 dance hits like "Found A Cure" and "Give It All You Got", with Michelle Williams, who as part of Destiny's Child had two #1 pop hits as well as a solo dance #1 with "The Greatest". The two pair up for the top-20 dance hit "Waiting For You"....



Country crossover trio Lady Antebellum are still cruising down my list with the hit "Just A Kiss", which just missed my top-10 year-end chart in 2011, while the second followup to that smash is debuting this week. It was initially released as a leadin to their Own The Night CD, and now has climbed into the country top-20. Here's "Dancin' Away With My Heart"...



Tiffany Arbuckle, who records under the moniker Plumb, has successfully straddled the fence between Christian rock and dance music, and her non-overbearing work has garnered her three top-5 dance hits, including the charttopper "Hang On" and top-3 "In My Arms". For her third, she recruits Jars Of Flood lead singer Dan Haseltine, who already has a top-40 hit of his own with his band's "Flood" from 1996, on the club jam "Drifting"...



Toronto singer Guinivere places her first song on the US dance charts with the seductive "Crazy Crazy"...



Another Toronto native, Drake has had five top-10 singles as a lead artist (the biggest being the #2 debut "Best I Ever Had" in 2009), his biggest hit so far has been his supporting role in ex-girlfriend Rihanna's #1 "What's My Name" last year. "Make Me Proud", his second big hit with rapper Nicki Minaj (after "Moment 4 Life"), is his 2nd #1 R&B hit (after "Best")...



The last debut is the ever-present Pitbull, whose been riding a streak of big dance singles, including "Give Me Everything", his #1 hit that's still on the Billboard top 50 chart almost a year after its debut. This time he's with Chris Brown, for a track that sports the most cheesiest low-rent video from a superstar I've seen in quite a while. Like "Friday" bad. Oh well, they have to pay for plane fare I guess for their "International Love"...

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

twostepcub's music chart for February 3, 2012...

Hey guys, sorry I've been away a week, but I'm back with my top-100 tunes from the last week. This week Rihanna spends a fourth week at the top, while Flo Rida (pictured above), puts Etta James' sample in the top 10 concurrently with a second tune (along with Avicii). Former big hits by Beyonce, The Script, and Rascal Flatts drop off my list, while tracks by The Swedish House Mafia, Blush, and Beyonce 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 website. Congrats, Giants!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. We Found Love - Rihanna f/Calvin Harris (1)
2. Not Over You - Gavin DeGraw (3)
3. Set Fire To The Rain - Adele (5)
4. Paradise - Coldplay (2)
5. Levels - Avicii (9)
6. The One That Got Away - Katy Perry (4)
7. Lonely Boy - The Black Keys (7)
8. All Your Life - The Band Perry (8)
9. Sexy & I Know It - LMFAO (6)
10. Good Feeling - Flo Rida (11)
11. Without You - David Guetta f/Usher (10)
12. Cough Syrup - Young The Giant (14)
13. It Will Rain - Bruno Mars (13)
14. These Days - Foo Fighters (22)
15. Love You Like A Love Song - Selena Gomez & The Scene (16)
16. You - Chris Young (21)
17. Mr. Know It All - Kelly Clarkson (15)
18. Keep Me In Mind - The Zac Brown Band (12)
19. Brighter Than The Sun - Colbie Caillat (17)
20. Fool For You - Cee-Lo Green f/Melanie Fiona or Philip Bailey (20)
21. Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine (28)
22. Hangover - Taio Cruz f/Flo Rida (26)
23. Someone Like You - Adele (18)
24. Heartbeat - The Fray (25)
25. Let It Rain - David Nail f/Sarah Buxton (19)
26. Drink In My Hand - Eric Church (30)
27. Too Much In Love - Chris Willis (27)
28. Crawling Back To You - Daughtry (23)
29. I Don't Want This Night To End - Luke Bryan (31)
30. The Sound Of Winter - Bush (24)
31. Marry The Night - Lady GaGa (36)
32. Reality - Kenny Chesney (34)
33. Stay - Tyrese (35)
34. Lights - Ellie Goulding (38)
35. Face To The Floor - Chevelle (39)
36. Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs (40)
37. Hotel Nacional - Gloria Estefan (42)
38. When We Stand Together - Nickelback (32)
39. Buy My Love - Wynter Gordon (29)
40. Called Out In The Dark - Snow Patrol (44)
41. Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes f/Adam Levine (33)
42. Red Solo Cup - Toby Keith (46)
43. I'm Gonna Love You Through It - Martina McBride (45)
44. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye f/Kimbra (54)
45. Walk - Foo Fighters (43)
46. Storm Warning - Hunter Hayes (50)
47. Party People (Ignite The Night) - Erika Jayne (37)
48. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (52)
49. Last Drag - Traci Lords (49)
50. Wish You Were Here - Avril Lavigne (51)
51. Titanium - David Guetta f/Sia (61)
52. Turn Me On - David Guetta f/Nicki Minaj (62)
53. Monarchy Of Roses - Red Hot Chili Peppers (55)
54. You Gonna Fly - Keith Urban (58)
55. My Heart Can't Tell You No - Sara Evans (59)
56. Video Games - Lana Del Rey (60)
57. If It Wasn't For Love - Deborah Cox (64)
58. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon5 f/Christina Aguilera (48)
59. Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum (56)
60. Love After War - Robin Thicke (68)
61. Brand New Bitch - Anjulie (47)
62. Camouflage - Brad Paisley (66)
63. Domino - Jessie J (DEBUT)
64. Love On Top - Beyonce (76)
65. 1,000 Ships - Rachel Platten (65)
66. Antidote - Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party (82)
67. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson (DEBUT)
68. Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) - Lloyd f/Andre3000 & Lil Wayne (74)
69. Home - Dierks Bentley (71)
70. Amen - Edens Edge (70)
71. I Like It Like That - Hot Chelle Rae f/Hot Boyz (73)
72. I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz (72)
73. Love's Gonna Make It Alright - George Strait (75)
74. Let Me Be Myself - Rosabel f/Tamara Wallace (80)
75. Pass At Me - Timbaland f/Pitbull (81)
76. Tattoos On This Town - Jason Aldean (53)
77. Tonight - Seether (67)
78. Fine By Me - Andy Grammer (88)
79. Life Of The Party - Charlie Wilson (78)
80. Aberdeen - Cage The Elephant (84)
81. Alone With You - Jake Owen (91)
82. Naughty Naughty - Porcelain Black (87)
83. You Da One - Rihanna (DEBUT)
84. Lotus Flower Bomb - Wale f/Miguel (86)
85. Je L'aime A Mourir - Shakira (89)
86. Dance On - Blush (100)
87. Ours - Taylor Swift (DEBUT)
88. Ai Se Eu Te Pego - Michel Telo (92)
89. Mama Do The Hump - Rizzle Kicks (99)
90. Drive By - Train (DEBUT)
91. Big In Japan - Martin Solveig f/Dragonette (95)
92. Be With You - Erasure (DEBUT)
93. After Midnight - Blink-182 (93)
94. Bait A Hook - Justin Moore (94)
95. The Walk - Mayer Hawthorne (DEBUT)
96. Everybody Dance - Gravitonas vs. Roma Kenga (96)
97. Dark Horses - Switchfoot (83)
98. Where I Come From - Montgomery Gentry (98)
99. My Heart Is Broken - Evanescence (DEBUT)
100. Heart On Fire - Scars On 45 (DEBUT)

There are nine new songs on my list this week, and here they are, along with a little about the artist, with links to their previous hits on video in orange...

The highest entry goes to English singer Jessie J, who crossed over big in the states with her former UK #1 hit "Price Tag". She scores her second British charttopper with a fun Katy-Perry-esque number that has become her first US Top 10 hit, "Domino"....



Next up is the singer who performed the National Anthem at last Sunday's Super Bowl, Kelly Clarkson, who this week claims her third US #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit (after debut "A Moment Like This" and 2009's "My Life Would Suck Without You") with the title song from her latest CD Stronger. Subtitled "What Doesn't Kill You", she's really trying to work my nerves, between her naively ignorant disregard for her large gay following with her support of Ron Paul, to more importantly the endless shilling of this song with whatever carmaker she's doing the commercial for with this song, making it more of an ad than music at times. Still, dammit, dammit dammit, it's Kelly Clarkson! Hence, debuting at a lofty #67...



Speaking of women who get on my nerves, the more I hear in the gossip, the more I'm convinced Rihanna's "We Found Love" is just a whackadoo love ode to Chris Brown. Complete with graphic video including a bleached-hair black guy (only this one being Irish), coupled with last year's #1 "S&M", makes it feel like we're all being toyed with, no? Anyways her latest is a reggae-thump toss-off with another video (like "S&M") that is being accused of plagiarizing another fashion photographer (this time Norwegian Solve Sundsbo) on "You Da One"...



Taylor Swift made history a little while ago when all seventeen of the songs on her latest CD Speak Now (including the 3 on the "Deluxe Version") have sold enough individually to each chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Out of those seventeen, nine have made the top 40, seven of those made the top-20, and 4 of those reached the top-10 ("Mine", "Back To December", the title track, and "If This Were A Movie", the latter from the Deluxe). Another of the "Deluxe" tracks, "Ours" has now found a home on country radio, moving up into the top-20 there. Here's her "9 to 5" take (making her "Judy"?)...



Next up is the first single from the upcoming followup to California rock band Train's comeback hit Save Me, San Francisco, which produced the megahit "Hey Soul Sister". Since they's been so successful on "Adult top 40" radio, I was surprised to find they only made the all-genre top-20 three other times, with top-5 "Drops Of Jupiter" as well as first hit "Meet Virginia" (#15) and "Calling All Angels" (#19). Here's the mature rock of "Drive By"...



One Of My favorite bands of all time, Erasure has plugged on for over 25 years now, racking up 16 UK top-10 hits, as well as 15 US dance top-10s with two charttoppers (1987's "Victim Of Love" and 2005's "Breathe"). Their second single from their latest is climbing the top-20 dance list here, and it's "Be With You"...



Now for one of my unknown faves of the moment, American blue-eyed soul singer Mayer Hawthorne, who has got the retro yet edgy vibe down pat. Here he is going full-on Brangelina in his top-3 AAA single "The Walk"....



Back from a five-year hiatus and another reshuffle of band members, Amy Lee and Evanescence return with a third CD that at least made #1 on the album charts. They'll have to live with the three pop top-10 they've accrued ("Bring Me To Life", "My Immortal", and "Call Me When You're Sober"). Their latest is meandering in the adult top-40 chart, which is a shame, cause it's as good as her best, and it's "My Heart Is Broken"...



The final debut this week comes from a song that's received exposure on the TV show Grey's Anatomy. Last year it was a sleeper hit on AAA (adult album alternative) radio, and now it's crossed to adult pop thanks to McDreamy, McSteamy, and McWhatever. Performed by British rockers Scars On 45 (nice pun), here's "Hearts On Fire"...



Until this weekend, stay warm!