Saturday, March 31, 2012

Song of the day 3/31/12 (the inaugural edition).... I saw him dancing there by the record machine....



It's hard to believe, but I started following the Billboard music chart thirty years ago this week. I bought a copy of the magazine from the Listening Booth record store in the Quakerbridge Mall back in 1982, and have found a way to get an issue wherever I was living until I started subscribing directly (and with a 200$ subscription, it ain't an easy thing for someone not in "the biz"). However, between my love for music, willingness to explore new artists, and the almost choreographed structure of the pop chart kept my mind pretty busy as a youngster. Also I discovered music I never would've been exposed to on the evershrinking radio landscape (especially these days) with the help of Billboard. With the magazine and Casey Kasem (then Shadoe Stevens - I stopped listening after that) the history of pop music was only a page or a radio dial away.

To commemorate this I'm starting up a daily feature to my blog - the "Song Of The Day", taking a track from each week's Hot 100. It's only appropriate that I start with the Hot 100 of the week I started: April 3, 1982....

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - "I Love Rock & Roll"
from the album I Love Rock & Roll (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 Peak: #1 (seven weeks)



What a song to start with. As cheesy as this track may sound now - this was my generation's "Nirvana" moment, where the adult contemporary fluff dominated by Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton-John, and Air Supply gave way to this dirty punk guitar sound that had more than a passing hand in influencing grunge less than a decade later. "I Love Rock & Roll" is actually a remake of a single by the British/American rock group that wasn't Foreigner, the Arrows.



Joan Jett was formerly a member of the seminal all-woman rock group the Runaways, but the success of "I Love..." put Jett in success way beyond her former group. She topped the pop charts for almost two months, and the album reached #2 as well. Although Jett would score with a few more hits, this would be her biggest.

Weird Al Yankovic would go on to parody the hit by releasing "I Love Rocky Road", while Britney Spears marked the nadir of her career with a trainwreck of a cover version of her own.

But most important - Jett was the inspiration for the comic strip Bloom County's awesome Tess Turbo...
And that's it. Tune in tomorrow for some more SOTD with a singer with a voice as big as his schnozz....

Friday, March 30, 2012

twostepcub's music chart for March 30, 2012...

Hey folks, it's time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Gotye and Kimbra spend a fourth week at the top, while David Guetta and Nicki Minaj (pictured above) take over the runnerup spot. Former big hits by Martina McBride, Taio Cruz, Chris Young, and David Guetta drop off my list, while tracks by Adele, Flo Rida, and Tim McGraw 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. Now pass the Golden Bags!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye f/Kimbra (1)
2. Turn Me On - David Guetta f/Nicki Minaj (4)
3. Set Fire To The Rain - Adele (3)
4. Domino - Jessie J (2)
5. I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz (6)
6. We Are Young - fun. (10)
7. Lonely Boy - The Black Keys (5)
8. Titanium - David Guetta f/Sia (8)
9. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson (9)
10. Drive By - Train (13)
11. Levels - Avicii (11)
12. These Days - Foo Fighters (12)
13. Love On Top - Beyonce (17)
14. Paradise - Coldplay (14)
15. Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine (7)
16. Bully - Shinedown (28)
17. Alone With You - Jake Owen (23)
18. Ours - Taylor Swift (22)
19. It Will Rain - Bruno Mars (19)
20. Called Out In The Dark - Snow Patrol (20)
21. Don't Stop (Color On The Walls) - Foster The People (25)
22. Love You Like A Love Song - Selena Gomez & The Scene (16)
23. Not Over You - Gavin DeGraw (15)
24. Love After War - Robin Thicke (26)
25. We Found Love - Rihanna f/Calvin Harris (21)
26. The One That Got Away - Katy Perry (18)
27. Good Feeling - Flo Rida (24)
28. Glad You Came - The Wanted (36)
29. Rumour Has It - Adele (74)
30. Part Of Me - Katy Perry (35)
31. Feel So Close - Calvin Harris (43)
32. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (32)
33. Face To The Floor - Chevelle (29)
34. We Run The Night - Havana Brown f/Pitbull (34)
35. Run - Matt Nathanson f/Sugarland (39)
36. Give Me All Your Luvin' - Madonna f/Nicki Minaj & MIA (44)
37. Tonight Is The Night - Outasight (41)
38. Be With You - Erasure (38)
39. Antidote - Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party (27)
40. Ai Se Eu Te Pego - Michel Telo (40)
41. Sexy & I Know It - LMFAO (31)
42. Not Your Fault - AWOLnation (46)
43. Cough Syrup - Young The Giant (33)
44. Fine By Me - Andy Grammer (48)
45. Home - Dierks Bentley (45)
46. International Love - Pitbull f/Chris Brown (51)
47. Reality - Kenny Chesney (30)
48. Dancing Away With My Heart - Lady Antebellum (52)
49. Wild Ones - Flo Rida f/Sia (65)
50. Banjo - Rascal Flatts (54)
51. Love's Gonna Make It Alright - George Strait (53)
52. F U Betta - Neon Hitch (56)
53. I Like It Like That - Hot Chelle Rae f/New Boyz (55)
54. Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs (47)
55. Surrender - Paul Oakenfold (59)
56. Drink On It - Blake Shelton (58)
57. Next To Me - Emeli Sande (61)
58. A Woman Like You - Lee Brice (62)
59. Dance On - Blush (37)
60. Lullaby - Nickelback (64)
61. You Gonna Fly - Keith Urban (50)
62. Over You - Miranda Lambert (68)
63. No Hurry - The Zac Brown Band (71)
64. Better Than I Used To Be - Tim McGraw (79)
65. Woo - Anthony Hamilton (69)
66. Naked - Dev & Enrique Iglesias (81)
67. Je L'aime A Mourir - Shakira (67)
68. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. - RLP & Barbara Tucker f/Lil Jon (76)
69. Better Than I Know Myself -Adam Lambert (77)
70. Don't Fuck With My Money - Penguin Prison (70)
71. Satellite - Rise Against (73)
72. Good Girl - Carrie Underwood (84)
73. Starships - Nicki Minaj (83)
74. Respect - Melanie Amaro (DEBUT)
75. Shave It - Zedd (75)
76. Thank You - Estelle (80)
77. Charlie Brown - Coldplay (DEBUT)
78. Tongue Tied - Grouplove (78)
79. Shadow Days - John Mayer (DEBUT)
80. Drifting - Plumb f/Dan Haseltine (60)
81. She Gets Down On Her Knees - Yoko Ono (DEBUT)
82. Real Love - Eric Benet (86)
83. Walk - Foo Fighters (63)
84. Midnight City - M83 (DEBUT)
85. Hot Right Now - DJ Fresh f/Rita Ora (85)
86. Be Your Freak - Kenny Dope f/Josh Milan (DEBUT)
87. Where I Come From - Montgomery Gentry (87)
88. Alone Again - Alyssa Reid f/Jump Smokers (88)
89. If You Ever Come Back - The Script (DEBUT)
90. It's Too Late - Jes (90)
91. Take Care - Drake f/Rihanna (DEBUT)
92. Got My Country On - Chris Cagle (96)
93. Fly Over States - Jason Aldean (97)
94. You Don't Know Her Like I Do - Brantley Gilbert (DEBUT)
95. Somethin' 'Bout A Truck - Kip Moore (99)
96. Springsteen - Eric Church (DEBUT)
97. This Ole Boy - Craig Morgan (RE-ENTRY)
98. Rock The Boat - Bob Sinclar f/Pitbull & Fatman Scoop (DEBUT)
99. Love Me - Stooshe f/Travie McCoy (DEBUT)
100. So Wie Du Warst - Unheilig (DEBUT)

Just like last week, there are a baker's dozen of new songs on my chart (highlighted in yellow), and here they are, along with a little about the artists, with links to their earlier hits on video in orange...

The highest entry is the second revision of the classic R&B track "Respect" on my list this week. This version is by X Factor USA inaugural season's winner, Melanie Amaro, who won a 5 million dollar recording contract out of the gig. "Respect" has so far not been a "factor" on the pop chart, but it has scaled the dance chart into the top-3. Here's Melanie giving Elton John the what for...



British rock superband of the moment Coldplay follow up three top-20 singles from their latest CD Mylo Xyloto ("Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall", "Paradise", and "Princess Of China") with a tune inspired by the theme from the comic Peanuts, appropriately titled "Charlie Brown"...



Singer/songwriter/lothario John Mayer is back with a new upcoming CD Born And Raised, but he had to cancel his tour due to throat trouble. He's scored seven top-20 pop hits in the US, including the Grammy-winning #1 adult-pop hit "Daughters". His latest is "Shadow Days"...



Meanwhile, 79-year old Yoko Ono proves again why she's the Betty White of club music as she places her twelfth top-10 dance hit on Billboard's chart with a song hoping to match the #1 success of "Every Man Has A Woman" and "Give Me Something". It's a remix of a track from her 1981 album Season Of Glass, that already has produced two #1 remix hits, "No, No, No" and "Walking On Thin Ice". Here's "She Gets Down on Her Knees"...



French Alt-electro band M83's year-old single "Midnight City" finally gains momentum in the States, becoming their first top-10 Modern Rock hit, and after making a bunch of year-end "Best-of" lists last year, well-deserved..



Kenny Dope (Gonzalez) parlays his legendary status as part of the seminal house remixing duo Masters At Work for a comeback single with singer Josh Milan on "Be Your Freak"...



Irish rock group the Script follow two top-40 hits ("For The First Time" and "Nothing") with the top-30 adult-pop track "If You Ever Come Back"...



Canadian emo-rapper Drake puts his third song from his sophomore CD (after "Make Me Proud" and "The Motto") with a house music-inspired title track featuring Rihanna, "Take Care"...



Country-rock singer Brantley Gilbert follows his charttopping debut "Country Must Be Countrywide" with a song from the reissued version of his CD. Here's "You Don't Know Her Like I Do"...



Staying on the country-rock vein, Eric Church succeeds his first #1 country hit "Drink In My Hand" with a song named for a New Jersey rocker who just had a #1 album of his own. It's "Springsteen"....



French DJ Bob Sinclar was the "David Guetta" of the Naughties, with two #1 US dance hits in "Love Generation" and "World Hold On". He's back with some help from the hard-to-avoid Pitbull and American DJ Fatman Scoop on "Rock The Boat"...



British R&B girlgroup Stooshe have their first big UK hit with a song featuring Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy of "Billionaire" fame (which I'm not tonight) on "Love Me"...



The last debut is from German band Unheilig, who led by singer "Der Graf" had one of the biggest songs in their homeland last year with "Geboren Um Zu Leben (Born To Live)". Over the holidays the group's "Winter" made my chart as well. Their latest is "So Wie Du Warst (Just As You Were)"...



Damn! no megamillions for me! Oh well ...

Friday, March 23, 2012

twostepcub's music chart for March 23, 2012...

Hey guys, it's time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Gotye spends a third week at the top, while Jason Mraz (pictured above) makes a four-place leap within the top-10. The biggest jumps are made by singles by Neon Hitch, Shinedown, and the Wanted (artists with moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while previous big hits by the Fray, The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Kelly Clarkson, Tyrese, Gloria Estefan, Bush, Luke Bryan, and Gym Class Heroes drop out. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you click on any of the highlighted artists' name to go to their official website for more info, tour dates, videos, and more. Reeehd Robbinsville!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye f/Kimbra (1)
2. Domino - Jessie J (2)
3. Set Fire To The Rain - Adele (3)
4. Turn Me On - David Guetta f/Nicki Minaj (4)
5. Lonely Boy - The Black Keys (5)
6. I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz (10)
7. Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine (7)
8. Titanium - David Guetta f/Sia (9)
9. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson (11)
10. We Are Young - fun. (12)
11. Levels - Avicii (6)
12. These Days - Foo Fighters (8)
13. Drive By - Train (16)
14. Paradise - Coldplay (14)
15. Not Over You - Gavin DeGraw (13)
16. Love You Like A Love Song - Selena Gomez & The Scene (15)
17. Love On Top - Beyonce (23)
18. The One That Got Away - Katy Perry (18)
19. It Will Rain - Bruno Mars (19)
20. Called Out In The Dark - Snow Patrol (24)
21. We Found Love - Rihanna f/Calvin Harris (17)
22. Ours - Taylor Swift (28)
23. Alone With You - Jake Owen (33)
24. Good Feeling - Flo Rida (21)
25. Don't Stop (Color On The Walls) - Foster The People (29)
26. Love After War - Robin Thicke (31)
27. Antidote - Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party (22)
28. Bully - Shinedown (43)
29. Face To The Floor - Chevelle (20)
30. Reality - Kenny Chesney (30)
31. Sexy & I Know It - LMFAO (27)
32. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (34)
33. Cough Syrup - Young The Giant (25)
34. We Run The Night - Havana Brown f/Pitbull (38)
35. Part Of Me - Katy Perry (48)
36. Glad You Came - The Wanted (51)
37. Dance On - Blush (37)
38. Be With You - Erasure (42)
39. Run - Matt Nathanson f/Sugarland (46)
40. Ai Se Eu Te Pego - Michel Telo (44)
41. Tonight Is The Night - Outasight (49)
42. I'm Gonna Love You Through It - Martina McBride (32)
43. Feel So Close - Calvin Harris (53)
44. Give Me All Your Luvin' - Madonna f/Nicki Minaj & MIA (54)
45. Home - Dierks Bentley (47)
46. Not Your Fault - AWOLnation (50)
47. Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs (41)
48. Fine By Me - Andy Grammer (52)
49. Hangover - Taio Cruz f/Flo Rida (35)
50. You Gonna Fly - Keith Urban (40)
51. International Love - Pitbull f/Chris Brown (61)
52. Dancing Away With My Heart - Lady Antebellum (56)
53. Love's Gonna Make It Alright - George Strait (55)
54. Banjo - Rascal Flatts (64)
55. I Like It Like That - Hot Chelle Rae f/New Boyz (57)
56. F U Betta - Neon Hitch (74)
57. The Walk - Mayer Hawthorne (58)
58. Drink On It - Blake Shelton (66)
59. Surrender - Paul Oakenfold (73)
60. Drifting - Plumb f/Dan Haseltine (60)
61. Next To Me - Emeli Sande (65)
62. A Woman Like You - Lee Brice (70)
63. Walk - Foo Fighters (59)
64. Lullaby - Nickelback (68)
65. Wild Ones - Flo Rida f/Sia (79)
66. You - Chris Young (36)
67. Je L'aime A Mourir - Shakira (67)
68. Over You - Miranda Lambert (78)
69. Woo - Anthony Hamilton (71)
70. Don't Fuck With My Money - Penguin Prison (80)
71. No Hurry - The Zac Brown Band (83)
72. You Da One - Rihanna (45)
73. Satellite - Rise Against (77)
74. Rumour Has It - Adele (DEBUT)
75. Shave It - Zedd (75)
76. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. - RLP & Barbara Tucker f/Lil Jon (DEBUT)
77. Better Than I Know Myself - Adam Lambert (85)
78. Tongue Tied - Grouplove (88)
79. Better Than I Used To Be - Tim McGraw (84)
80. Thank You - Estelle (82)
81. Naked - Dev & Enrique Iglesias (DEBUT)
82. Without You - David Guetta f/Usher (72)
83. Starships - Nicki Minaj (DEBUT)
84. Good Girl - Carrie Underwood (DEBUT)
85. Hot Right Now - DJ Fresh f/Rita Ora (86)
86. Real Love - Eric Benet (DEBUT)
87. Where I Come From - Montgomery Gentry (87)
88. Alone Again - Alyssa Reid f/Jump Smokers (89)
89. Simple Song - The Shins (DEBUT)
90. It's Too Late - Jes (DEBUT)
91. The Trouble With Girls - Scotty McCreery (93)
92. She Doesn't Mind - Sean Paul (92)
93. Watching You Watch Him - Eric Hutchinson (DEBUT)
94. I Know - Irma (94)
95. Heart On Fire - Scars On 45 (97)
96. Got My Country On - Chris Cagle (100)
97. Fly Over States - Jason Aldean (DEBUT)
98. Standing Still - Roman Lob (DEBUT)
99. Somethin' 'Bout A Truck - Kip Moore (DEBUT)
100. Rockstar - Dappy f/Brian May (DEBUT)

There's a baker's dozen of new songs on my chart (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 comes from British singer Adele, who is still in my top-3 with her former #1 hit on both mine and Billboard's chart, "Set Fire To The Rain". The track was co-written and produced by OneRepublic singer Ryan Tedder, and was previously on my chart last year as a half of a cover medley by the cast of Glee along with her "Someone Like You". Here's "Rumour Has It"...



French DJ RLP has kicked about in his homeland for decades, but now has his first American dance success courtesy of a rework of the R&B classic "Respect" (now "R.E.S.P.E.C.T."). The track features vocals from house music legend Barbara Tucker, who had five #1 club hits in the 90's like "Beautiful People" and "Stop Playing With My Mind", as well as a featured rap from crunkmeister Lil' Jon, who jammed the clubs in 2004 with "Yeah" (backing Usher). The finished result:



The next dance mix features California hipster-house maven Dev, who scored a #1 hit backing the Far East Movement on "Like A G6", as well as a top-20 lead followup on "In The Dark", with Latin Explosion comeback king Enrique Iglesias, who last appeared here with the dance #1 "I Like How It Feels" last year. Her debut album drops this coming Tuesday (the 27th) in the US, and features "Naked"....



Rap freakshow Nicki Minaj bounces from hard-ass rapper like on "Did It On Em" to pop-dance fare that's been her most successful, like on "Super Bass" or song currently in my top-5, "Turn Me On". Previewing her upcoming revamp Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, is the bouncy "Starships"...



Two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Carrie Underwood has placed 11 singles at the top of that format's chart, with songs like 3 million plus selling "Before He Cheats" and Billboard Hot 100 top-10 remake of "I Told You So" with drunk Randy Travis. Her latest CD comes out in May, and she introduces it with the rockin' "Good Girl"...



Milwaukee-born Eric Benet has his biggest success with the former #1 R&B/top-40 pop hit "Spend My Life With You" (his only top-40 hit so far), though me may be better known for his marriages, first to actress Halle Berry, then to Prince's second ex-wife Manuela Testaloni. He's acted on TV and in movies like Mariah Carey's Glitter. He's back with a top-5 adult R&B smooth jam, "Real Love"...



New Mexico-based alt-rock band the Shins have Scrubs actor Zach Braff to thank for exposing them to a wider audience as the ultimate band in the movie Garden State, and their subsequent top-5 CD produced a top-20 modern rock hit with "Phantom Limb" in 2006. After a five year break and a couple member replacements, the group is back with a just-released album and top-5 adult-alternative rock hit "Simple Song"...



Jes Brieden, or JES, has scored two #1 dance airplay hits: 2004's "As The Rush Comes" (as lead singer of Motorcycle), and on her own with "Imagination" five years later. Her latest is actually doing better on the regular club chart, becoming her second top-20 hit, with "It's Too Late"...



Singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson topped the adult-alternative rock chart in 2008 with "Rock And Roll", and followed that with the awesome and underrated top-5 "OK It's Alright With Me". The Washington DC-area native is back the more pessimistic "Watching You Watch Him"...



Jason Aldean was last year biggest male country star, thanks to multi-format hits "Don't You Wanna Stay" with American Idol Kelly Clarkson and "Dirt Road Anthem" with rapper Ludacris (his first top-10 Billboard Hot 100 hit). He was last year's Academy of Country Music Artist of the Year, and is in the running for this year's Entertainer of the Year. The fifth single from his My Kinda Party CD is gunning to be top-10, and it's about the "Fly Over States"...



The world's biggest music competition for the past 57 years, Eurovision, acts representing over 40 countries in Europe and Asia compete for television audiences and votes. Past winners include Swedish supergroup ABBA (on the top 10 "Waterloo"), Welsh songstress Lulu (with the cheesy "Boom Bang A Bang"), Canadian Celine Dion (ringer for the Swiss on "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi"), and Israeli transexual Dana International (with the campy "Diva"). The contest was won last year by the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan, with Ell & Nikki's "Running Scared". As the winning country hosts the following year's event, the capital of Baku will host in 2012 (causing alarm for that country's record with LGBT tolerance given Eurovision's massive gay fanbase). The German entry to the contest is singer Roman Lob, a former contestant in that country's Idol franchise, with a song that's already in his homeland's top-3, with "Standing Still"...



After a debut single that missed the top-40 ("Mary was the Marrying Kind"), southern Georgia-born singer Kip Moore has his first single go top-20 on Billboard's country chart with "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck"...



British rap-singer Dappy, one-third of the group N-Dubz, has had two #1 UK hits: one with the band supporting Tinchy Stryder on "Number 1", and on his own with debut solo single "No Regrets". Now he gets a little help from Queen guitarist-cum-astrophysicist on "Rockstar"...



and that's it. It's pouring, so hopefully I'll make it home dry. Cheers!

Friday, March 16, 2012

twostepcub's music chart for March 16, 2012...

Hey everyone, it's time for my weekly rundown of my top 100 tunes for this past week. This week Gotye and Kimbra spend a second week at the top, while British singer/songwriter Jessie J (pictured above) holds on to the runner-up spot. Former big hits by Cee-Lo Green, Lady GaGa, Daughtry, Maroon5, and Adele drop off my list, while tracks by Katy Perry, Calvin Harris, and Outasight 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 for more info, tour dates, videos, and more.....

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye f/Kimbra (1)
2. Domino - Jessie J (2)
3. Set Fire To The Rain - Adele (3)
4. Turn Me On - David Guetta f/Nicki Minaj (8)
5. Lonely Boy - The Black Keys (5)
6. Levels - Avicii (4)
7. Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine (7)
8. These Days - Foo Fighters (6)
9. Titanium - David Guetta f/Sia (10)
10. I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz (14)
11. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson (13)
12. We Are Young - fun. (24)
13. Not Over You - Gavin DeGraw (9)
14. Paradise - Coldplay (12)
15. Love You Like A Love Song - Selena Gomez & The Scene (11)
16. Drive By - Train (22)
17. We Found Love - Rihanna f/Calvin Harris (15)
18. The One That Got Away - Katy Perry (16)
19. It Will Rain - Bruno Mars (19)
20. Face To The Floor - Chevelle (20)
21. Good Feeling - Flo Rida (17)
22. Antidote - Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party (23)
23. Love On Top - Beyonce (33)
24. Called Out In The Dark - Snow Patrol (28)
25. Cough Syrup - Young The Giant (21)
26. Heartbeat - The Fray (18)
27. Sexy & I Know It - LMFAO (27)
28. Ours - Taylor Swift (34)
29. Don't Stop (Color On The Walls) - Foster The People (39)
30. Reality - Kenny Chesney (30)
31. Love After War - Robin Thicke (31)
32. I'm Gonna Love You Through It - Martina McBride (32)
33. Alone With You - Jake Owen (43)
34. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (36)
35. Hangover - Taio Cruz f/Flo Rida (29)
36. You - Chris Young (26)
37. Dance On - Blush (38)
38. We Run The Night - Havana Brown f/Pitbull (44)
39. All Your Life - The Band Perry (25)
40. You Gonna Fly - Keith Urban (40)
41. Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs (37)
42. Be With You - Erasure (46)
43. Bully - Shinedown (54)
44. Ai Se Eu Te Pego - Michel Telo (52)
45. You Da One - Rihanna (45)
46. Run - Matt Nathanson f/Sugarland (51)
47. Home - Dierks Bentley (50)
48. Part Of Me - Katy Perry (78)
49. Tonight Is The Night - Outasight (63)
50. Not Your Fault - AWOLnation (58)
51. Glad You Came - The Wanted (RE-ENTRY)
52. Fine By Me - Andy Grammer (56)
53. Feel So Close - Calvin Harris (73)
54. Give Me All Your Luvin' - Madonna f/Nicki Minaj & MIA (60)
55. Love's Gonna Make It Alright - George Strait (55)
56. Dancing Away With My Heart - Lady Antebellum (64)
57. I Like It Like That - Hot Chelle Rae f/New Boyz (57)
58. The Walk - Mayer Hawthorne (59)
59. Walk - Foo Fighters (53)
60. Drifting - Plumb f/Dan Haseltine (61)
61. International Love - Pitbull f/Chris Brown (71)
62. Red Solo Cup - Toby Keith (35)
63. Mr. Know It All - Kelly Clarkson (48)
64. Banjo - Rascal Flatts (74)
65. Next To Me - Emeli Sande (75)
66. Drink On It - Blake Shelton (70)
67. Je L'aime A Mourir - Shakira (67)
68. Lullaby - Nickelback (72)
69. Stay - Tyrese (62)
70. A Woman Like You - Lee Brice (84)
71. Woo - Anthony Hamilton (79)
72. Without You - David Guetta f/Usher (42)
73. Surrender - Paul Oakenfold (87)
74. F U Betta - Neon Hitch (DEBUT)
75. Shave It - Zedd (77)
76. Hotel Nacional - Gloria Estefan (41)
77. Satellite - Rise Against (85)
78. Over You - Miranda Lambert (82)
79. Wild Ones - Flo Rida f/Sia (83)
80. Don't Fuck With My Money - Penguin Prison (DEBUT)
81. Naughty Naughty - Porcelain Black (68)
82. Thank You - Estelle (DEBUT)
83. No Hurry - Zac Brown Band (97)
84. Better Than I Used To Be - Tim McGraw (88)
85. Better Than I Know Myself - Adam Lambert (DEBUT)
86. Hot Right Now - DJ Fresh f/Rita Ora (96)
87. Where I Come From - Montgomery Gentry (91)
88. Tongue Tied - Grouplove (DEBUT)
89. Alone Again - Alyssa Reid f/Jump Smokers (89)
90. Hey Hey Hey (Pop Another Bottle) - Laurent Wery f/Swiftkid & Dev (92)
91. The Sound Of Winter - Bush (86)
92. She Doesn't Mind - Sean Paul (RE-ENTRY)
93. The Trouble With Girls - Scotty McCreery (95)
94. I Know - Irma (DEBUT)
95. Test Drive - Jin Akanishi f/Jason Derulo (DEBUT)
96. I Don't Want This Night To End - Luke Bryan (76)
97. Heart On Fire - Scars On 45 (RE-ENTRY)
98. Do You Like What You Do - Ivy Quainoo (DEBUT)
99. Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes f/Adam Levine (99)
100. Got My Country On - Chris Cagle (DEBUT)

There are nine debuting songs on my chart this week (highlighted in yellow), as well as three re-entries. Here are the new songs, along with a little about the artists with their previous video hits linked in orange....

It's a potty-mouth chart this week, with the two highest debuts sporting the F-word. The first is by singer Neon Hitch (yes, that's her real name) from England. On pop radio, she can be heard supporting Gym Class Heroes on their top-20 hit "Ass Back Home". For her solo debut, she takes profanity to the top of the dance chart with "F U Betta"...



..and a few spots below that is the debut from one-man act Penguin Prison, who has remixed a few hits before his current hipster-dance record, "Don't Fuck With My Money", with a clip shot appropriately at Occupy Wall Street..



British R&B singer Estelle had one of my favorite jams of 2008 with the slick "American Boy". She's had trouble following up that international smash, but finally scrapes onto the bottom of the US Hot 100 with a top-5 Adult R&B hit called "Thank You"...



American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert previews his sophomore CD Trespassing with a song hoping to be his fourth top-40 hit, like his top-10 smash "What Do You Want From Me". Here's "Better Than I Know Myself"...



The next song got a lot of exposure appearing on Apple's iPod Touch commercials, and now has broken through at alternative rock radio, making their second hit there after debut "Colours" made the top-20. Grouplove met at an commune on the Greek island of Crete, and includes the son of prog-rock Yes' Travor Rabin. Here's "Tongue Tied"...



Irma (Pany) hails from Douala, the largest city in the central African nation of Cameroon, home to over 2 million people. She now resides in France, where she gained a YouTube fan following performing cover songs. Irma now claims her first recording hit with the #2 French single "I Know"....



Jin Akanishi was the singer in the Japanese group KAT-TUN, and seeks to carry over his immense popularity there to American shores, with his first US dance hit featuring Jason Derulo on "Test Drive"...



...and leaving Japan for Germany, where the initial winner of that country's version of The Voice releases her first hit single. Born to parents from the west African nation of Ghana, Ivy Quainoo made #2 on the German charts with "Do You Like What You See"...



The final debut is by singer Chris Cagle, who topped the country charts in 2001 with "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out". In 2008, "What Kinda Gone" made the top 3, and since then Chris has found a home at Bigger Picture records (pun relating to his weight not intended). Here's his newest top-30 hit "Got My Country On"...



and as a bonus, here's the clip for a song that re-enters my list after a stint last year when it topped the British charts. Now the Wanted are a bonified crossover, hitting the top-5 here with "Glad You Came"...



Now spring, Spring!

Friday, March 09, 2012

twostepcub's music chart for March 9, 2012....

Hey folks, sorry I've been away for a couple weeks, but I'm finally back and catching up, and here's my top 100 tunes for the week. This week Australian/Belgian singer Gotye reaches my #1 slot, while the current US #1 pop hit by fun. jumps up 47 places on my list (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. Now where's that damn clock?

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye f/Kimbra (3)
2. Domino - Jessie J (4)
3. Set Fire To The Rain - Adele (1)
4. Levels - Avicii (2)
5. Lonely Boy - Black Keys (5)
6. These Days - Foo Fighters (6)
7. Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine (8)
8. Turn Me On - David Guetta f/Nicki Minaj (12)
9. Not Over You - Gavin DeGraw (7)
10. Titanium - David Guetta f/Sia (15)
11. Love You Like A Love Song - Selena Gomez & The Scene (9)
12. Paradise - Coldplay (10)
13. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson (21)
14. I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz (26)
15. We Found Love - Rihanna f/Calvin Harris (11)
16. The One That Got Away - Katy Perry (14)
17. Good Feeling - Flo Rida (13)
18. Heartbeat - The Fray (18)
19. It Will Rain - Bruno Mars (19)
20. Face To The Floor - Chevelle (20)
21. Cough Syrup - Young The Giant (16)
22. Drive By - Train (34)
23. Antidote - Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party (33)
24. We Are Young - fun. (71)
25. All Your Life - The Band Perry (17)
26. You - Chris Young (22)
27. Sexy & I Know It - LMFAO (23)
28. Called Out In The Dark - Snow Patrol (30)
29. Hangover - Taio Cruz f/Flo Rida (24)
30. Reality - Kenny Chesney (32)
31. Love After War - Robin Thicke (35)
32. I'm Gonna Love You Through It - Martina McBride (36)
33. Love On Top - Beyonce (41)
34. Ours - Taylor Swift (39)
35. Red Solo Cup - Toby Keith (27)
36. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (38)
37. Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs (29)
38. Dance On - Blush (44)
39. Don't Stop (Color On The Walls) - Foster The People (49)
40. You Gonna Fly - Keith Urban (42)
41. Hotel Nacional - Gloria Estefan (25)
42. Without You - David Guetta f/Usher (28)
43. Alone With You - Jake Owen (48)
44. We Run The Night - Havana Brown f/Pitbull (52)
45. You Da One - Rihanna (47)
46. Be With You - Erasure (50)
47. Fool For You - Cee-Lo Green f/Melanie Fiona or Philip Bailey (43)
48. Mr. Know It All - Kelly Clarkson (31)
49. Marry The Night - Lady GaGa (37)
50. Home - Dierks Bentley (54)
51. Run - Matt Nathanson f/Sugarland (55)
52. Ai Se Eu Te Pego - Michel Telo (56)
53. Walk - Foo Fighters (53)
54. Bully - Shinedown (62)
55. Love's Gonna Make It Alright - George Strait (59)
56. Fine By Me - Andy Grammer (61)
57. I Like It Like That - Hot Chelle Rae f/New Boyz (57)
58. Not Your Fault - AWOLnation (64)
59. The Walk - Mayer Hawthorne (60)
60. Give Me All Your Luvin' - Madonna f/Nicki Minaj & MIA (75)
61. Drifting - Plumb f/Dan Haseltine (66)
62. Stay - Tyrese (58)
63. Tonight Is The Night - Outasight (81)
64. Dancing Away With My Heart - Lady Antebellum (70)
65. Video Games - Lana Del Rey (45)
66. Crawling Back To You - Daughtry (40)
67. Je L'aime A Mourir - Shakira (71)
68. Naughty Naughty - Porcelain Black (68)
69. Waiting On You - Ultra Nate & Michelle Williams (69)
70. Drink On It - Blake Shelton (74)
71. International Love - Pitbull f/Chris Brown (73)
72. Lullaby - Nickelback (77)
73. Feel So Close - Calvin Harris (78)
74. Banjo - Rascal Flatts (82)
75. Next To Me - Emeli Sande (79)
76. I Don't Want This Night To End - Luke Bryan (46)
77. Shave It - Zedd (85)
78. Part Of Me - Katy Perry (DEBUT)
79. Woo - Anthony Hamilton (83)
80. Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) - Lloyd f/Andre3000 & Lil Wayne (65)
81. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon5 f/Christina Aguilera (76)
82. Over You - Miranda Lambert (87)
83. Wild Ones - Flo Rida f/Sia (84)
84. A Woman Like You - Lee Brice (88)
85. Satellite - Rise Against (95)
86. The Sound Of Winter - Bush (51)
87. Surrender - Paul Oakenfold (DEBUT)
88. Better Than I Used To Be - Tim McGraw (92)
89. Alone Again - Alyssa Reid f/Jump Smokers (93)
90. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston (90)
91. Where I Come From - Montgomery Gentry (91)
92. Hey Hey Hey (Pop Another Bottle) - Laurent Wery f/Swiftkid & Dev (DEBUT)
93. Twilight - Cover Drive (94)
94. The Motto - Drake (96)
95. The Trouble With Girls - Scotty McCreery (97)
96. Hot Right Now - DJ Fresh f/Rita Ora (DEBUT)
97. No Hurry - The Zac Brown Band (DEBUT)
98. Bad - The Cab (99)
99. Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes f/Adam Levine (89)
100. Rolling In The Deep - Adele (RE-ENTRY)

There are just five new songs on this week's list (highlighted in yellow), and here they are, along with a little about the artists, with links to their previous hits in orange. And awayyyy we go...

This week's highest debut belongs to pop star and recent divorcee Katy Perry, who previewed this track on the Grammy Awards a couple weeks back. It then debuted at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, and is tacked onto the expanded version of her Teenage Dream album, which brought her five other charttoppers like "California Gurls" and "E.T.". Here's "Part Of Me"...



British DJ Paul Oakenfold is now 48 years old, but is still going strong with a career that includes six UK top-10 singles under various monikers (such as his biggest, Elementfour's #4 hit "Big Brother Theme")as well as an American dance #1 hit with "Faster Kill Pussycat" with the late Brittany Murphy. He's back with a track featuring singer J Hart on "Surrender"...



Next up is another DJ, this time Belgian Laurent Wery, with his first international hit featuring rapper Swift K.I.D. and singer Dev, who was last on my list with her own "In The Dark". Here's "Hey Hey Hey (Pop Another Bottle)"...



and for the hat trick here's another DJ, DJ Fresh from England, who follows up his first UK #1, "Louder", with his second, featuring vocals from British/Albanian singer Rita Ora on "Hot Right Now"...



The final entry on this week's chart comes from alt-country jammers the Zac Brown Band, who look to extend their seven charttopping streak on the US country chart (including classics like "Colder Weather" and "Free") with "No Hurry"...



Spring forward, my friends!