Thursday, May 31, 2012

Songoftheday - Fly away with me tonight, take me on a one way flight in your arms...



Alabama - "Take Me Down"
from the album Mountain Music (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #18 (four weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 8

Today's Song of the Day is the #1 country hit "Take Me Down" by the iconic country band Alabama. Formed in the beginning of the 70s by cousins Randy Owen, Jeff Cook, and Teddy Gentry as Wildcountry, the group was signed as Alabama in the later part of the decade by independent label GRT records, and had a minor country hit with "I Wanna Be With You Tonight" in 1977. After that label went under, and after a couple of singles with another label, the band  signed with RCA records, and starting with their first RCA single of 1980, "Tennessee River", every single they released save one (the #7 "Tar Top") in the 80's was a #1 Billboard country hit.

"Take Me Down" was their seventh of these 27 #1s, and was typical of their urban-country-pop sound. In fact, the song was written by two members of the pop-gone-country group Exile, who had a similar styled song go to the top of the pop charts, "Kiss You All Over". They also recorded "Take Me Down" in 1980, and it just missed the Billboard Hot 100 at #102..


Alabama's version not only made the pop top-20, but also #5 on the adult contemporary (soft-rock) list..


The song, released in the spring of 1982, was one of three #1 country hits from their fourth RCA album, Mountain Music, which has been certified with more than 5 million records sold. "Take Me Down" was their second biggest pop hit, after "Love In The First Degree" earlier that same year. They also received awards in '82 for the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year, as well as a Grammy for the title track from the album for best country group performance. They semi-retired in the early 2000s, but the cousins reunited on Brad Paisley's "Old Alabama" single and video in 2011.

Up tomorrow: Foreigner's fourth single from "4". That's a lot of (what) for.

May 31st candletime...


Today, May 31st, marks Darryl McDaniels' ("D.M.C." of Run-DMC) 48th birthday today...


also singer/songwriter Junior Campbell of the Marmalade hits 65...


and Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary reaches 74.


and because I missed it yesterday, a belated 41st birthday to the fabulously Wicked Idina Menzel...


And happy birthday Cori! Go vroom down in Dover!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May 30th candletime....


Today, May 30th, marks country singer Wynonna Judd's 48th birthday. My fave Wy songs...

1) Heaven Help My Heart
2) Is It Over Yet
3) A Little Bit Of Love (Goes a Long, Long Way)
4) My Strongest Weakness
5) Why Not Me
6) She Is His Only Need
7) Father Sun
8) Only Love
9) A Bad Goodbye
10) Love Can Build A Bridge


Also, the awesome Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave is 48...


Marie Fredriksson of Roxette celebrates her 54th..


Stephan Malkmus of alt-rock gods Pavement turns 46...


Tim Burgess of the Charlatans is 45...


and finally singer, rapper, and Voice mentor Cee-Lo Green reaches 38...


Happy humpday!

Songoftheday - Sometimes lonely nights turn into sunny days....


Johnny Mathis & Dionne Warwick - "Friends In Love"
from the Johnny Mathis album Friends In Love (1982)
and the Dionne Warwick album Friends In Love (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #38 (two weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 3

Today's Song of the Day is by two legends of vocal pop music, Johnny Mathis and Dionne Warwick. Mathis, who was 46 years old in 1982, was the premiere crooner of the late fifties and early sixties, and his Greatest Hits album was one of the longest-selling albums in American history. He's also had two #1 pop singles, 1957's "Chances Are" as well as his 1978 duet with Deniece Williams, "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late". Mathis' first 12 charting albums were all top-10 on the US albums chart, and Mathis at the time was the living legacy of the mainstream success of Nat "King" Cole. I grew up on his music, as my mother was a huge fan of his, and owned all his albums (on 8-track, of course).

Warwick, who was 41 in the spring of '82, is best known as the muse of songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and made classics of songs like "Anyone Who Had A Heart" and "Do You Know The Way To San Jose". In the 70's she had her sole #1 pop hit up to that point with "Then Came You" with the Spinners. In the beginning of the 80's, Dionne had a hosting gig on the music countdown show Solid Gold, but left in 1981.

Written by producer David Foster and future Chicago member Bill Champlin, "Friends In Love" was released as the title song on albums released by both Mathis and Warwick in 1982. It came at a time where older artists were still embraced on pop radio, so they made the top-40, as well as having a top-5 adult-contemporary (soft-rock) hit with the song.


The same year, Us Weekly magazine printed an interview claiming Mathis' came out of the closet, but was retracted at the time - he would officially come out in 2006. The single would be Mathis' final top-40 hit so far, but Dionne would keep doing well throughout the 80's, having the biggest hit of her career in 1986 with "That's What Friends Are For".  The two have each struggled with addiction, but still are performing today, and remain the premier vocalists of their generation.

Up tomorrow: Another state-named band has their lucky seventh straight country #1 hit.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 29th candletime....


Today, May 29th, marks Melissa Etheridge's 51st birthday. My favorite Etheridge tracks...

1) You Can Sleep While I Drive
2) Like The Way I Do
3) Bring Me Some Water
4) Scarecrow
5) Come To My Window
6) I'm The Only One
7) Tuesday Morning
8) An Unusual Kiss
9) Must Be Crazy For Me
10) Similar Features


Noel Gallagher of Oasis is 45. My fave Oasis songs...

1) Champagne Supernova
2) Stand By Me
3) The Girl In The Dirty Shirt
4) Wonderwall
5) Live Forever
6) The Shock Of The Lightning
7) Guess God Thinks I'm Abel
8) Don't Look Back In Anger
9) Lord, Don't Slow Me Down
10) Falling Down


The Spice Girls' Melanie Brown ("Scary Spice") is 37 today...


Oingo Boingo/Tim Burton collaborator Danny Elfman celebrates his 59th...


Pelle Almqvist of the Hives turns 34...


And finally, two members of the Jackson clan have birthdays today - Oldest sister Rebbie hits 62...


..and meanwhile, the queen, the legend, the only one who could out-crazy Michael, Latoya Jackson is 56...


and just for Karl, his favorite Latoya jam...


Stay cool!

Songoftheday 5/29/12 - We walked the loneliest mile, we smile without any style...



The Motels - "Only The Lonely"
from the album All Four One (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9 (four weeks)
weeks in the top-40: 15

Today's Song of the Day is by the California-based alt-rock band the Motels. Starting out in the early 70s but revamped in 1978, the band, fronted by singer Martha Davis, originally had bigger success overseas, with "Total Control" making the top-5 in Australia and the top-20 in France.

But it wasn't until their third released album (their third LP was rejected by their record company), All Four One, that the group broke through in the US. The smooth yet dark "Only The Lonely" became their first top-10 hit here, and sent their album into the top-40.


The album would also feature a cover of the creepy Carole King song "He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)", and the whole LP was sort of a recap of Davis' relationship ending with former guitarist Tim McGovern. The group would go on to have three more top-40 hits, including the peak-matching "Suddenly Last Summer",before Davis left for a brief solo stint in the late 80s. She reformed the Motels with completely new musicians in the late 90's, and also has been performing jazz and children's music.

Up tomorrow: two legendary African-American adult-contemporary vocal performers team up for one's last top-40 hit so far.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Robbed Hit of the Week 5/28/12 - Richard "Dimples" Fields' "If It Ain't One Thing...It's Another"...



Richard "Dimples" Fields - "If It Ain't One Thing...It's Another"
from the album Mr. Look So Good (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #47

This week's "Robbed Hit" of the week is by R&B singer Richard "Dimples" Fields. Signed to Boardwalk Records (the same label as Joan Jett), Fields had reached the #1 spot on Billboard's Soul chart with "If It Ain't One Thing...It's Another" in 1982, yet only managed to place at #47 on the pop list.


Fields went on to be a producer, and recorded a bunch more R&B hits, including a remake of "Tell It Like It Is",but this would be his only pop chart appearance, and he was unfortunately pass on from a stroke in 2000.


May 28th candletime....my queen is 44!


Yes, it's a national holiday for me. It's my queen, Kylie Minogue's 44th birthday today. My favorite Kylie tracks...

1) Confide In Me



2) What Do I Have To Do



3) Spinning Around



4) Shocked



5) Wow



6) Better The Devil You Know



7) Your Disco Needs You



8) Can't Get You Out Of My Head



9) Can't Beat The Feeling



10) Get Outta My Way


11) Love At First Sight


12)  On A Night Like This



Also, Gladys Knight turns 68....


Billy Vera is also 68...


John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival is 67


Roland Gift of Fine Young Cannibals is 52...


Country singer Phil Vassar is 48...


Mark Feehily of Westlife is 32...


and finally, singer Colbie Caillat is 27...


Now to go celebrate! Happy Memorial Day!


Song of the Day - I stopped by to look around for things I left behind...



Eddie Rabbitt - "I Don't Know Where To Start"
from the album Step By Step (1981)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #35 (one week)
weeks in the top-40: 4

Today's Song of the Day is by country singer/songwriter Eddie Rabbitt, who travelled down from New Jersey to Nashville to find a career in music.His big break came when Elvis Presley recorded his song "Kentucky Rain" back in 1969, which was a top-20 pop hit the following year.  Rabbitt also penned Ronnie Milsap's first #1 country hit, "Pure Love" in 1974.

That same year, Rabbitt's first charting single, "You Get To Me", made the US country top-40. Two years later, he had his first of 17 #1 country hits with "Drinking My Baby (Off My Mind)". As cosmopolitan country and soft pop began to merge at the end of the 70's, Rabbitt's music found a home at mainstream radio as well, and his theme to Clint Eastwood's monkey flick Every Which Way But Loose became his first top-40 pop hit.

By the beginning of the 80's, Eddie broke through in a big way, having a #1 pop hit with "Driving My Life Away", one of his four top-10 pop hits. "I Don't Know Where to Start" was the third single off his Step By Step album, and while it graced the pop top-40 for a month, it hit #2 on the country chart and #9 on adult contemporary (soft-rock) chart.


The single would be has last top-40 solo hit, though he would have his biggest hit of the year on his duet with Crystal Gayle, "You & I". Rabbitt succumbed to lung cancer in 1998 at the age of 1956, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall Of Fame.

Up tomorrow - Check in with Martha Davis.


Sunday, May 27, 2012

May 27th candletime...


Today, May 27th...marks Glee's Chris Colfer's 22nd birthday......congrats Chris you are teh awesome!


Andre 3000 from Outkast turns 37....


Neil Finn from Split Endz and Crowded House hits 54..


Siouxsie Sioux is (wow) 55....


Bruce Cockburn is 67...


Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis is 77..



and last but certainly not least.the legendary Cilla Black is 69..


Good night all!

Songoftheday - You think that somethings happening, and it's bigger than your life..



Kansas - "Play The Game Tonight"
from the album Vinyl Confessions (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #17 (three weeks)
weeks in the top-40: 9

Tonight's Song of the Day is by the arena-rock band Kansas, named for the state they hail from. They cemented their most successful lineup in the mid-70s, and in 1976 had their first top-40 pop hit with the classic rock standard "Carry On My Wayward Son". Two years later they had their biggest hit, the top-10 pop "Dust In The Wind".

However, by the end of the decade creative tensions in the band led to the departure of lead singer Steve Walsh, and after auditioning new leads (including Sammy Hagar), the band recruited John Elefante. At the same time, founding members Kerry Livgren and Dave Hope pointed the band's music in more of a subtle Christian-rock direction. Vinyl Confessions was the first album released with Elefante in the lead vocal role. "Play The Game Tonight" was released as the first single, and it became the groups third-biggest hit (after the two mentionned above). Roger Taylor of Queen sings background vocals...


The band would continue to record one more studio album with Elefante, before shuffling again with Livgren and Hope leaving the band and original vocalist Walsh coming back in the late 80's, where they had their final top-20 hit, "All I Wanted". The two came back to reunite with the group in the 90's, and have appeared off and on with them since, but still under Walsh, playing the oldies rock circuit.

Up tomorrow: A Jersey Cowboy has his final solo top-40 hit.



Saturday, May 26, 2012

Soul Sweep: June 2, 2012...


Here's a sampling of the new songs on this weeks R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Adult R&B charts in Billboard magazine.

On the main R&B list, the highest debut at #77 is rapper Chief Keef featuring Lil' Reese on "I Don't Like"...(NSFW)


On the completely opposite tip, Contemporary jazz instrumentalist Brian Culbertson enlists singer Vivian Green at #87 for "Still Here"...

  Brian Culbertson - Still Here (feat. Vivian Green) by Brian Culbertson - DREAMS

 Rap artist A$AP Rocky (Rakim Myers) has his first R&B hit at #88 with "Goldie" (NSFW)...


New Edition/LSG crooner Johnny Gill is back at #89 with the not-the-Billy-Joel "Just The Way You Are"...

Eric Benet comes in at #91 with the smooth "Harriett Jones"...


and crossing over from the Adult R&B list, Monica comes in at #99 with "Without You"..


Meanwhile, on the Adult R&B list, British soul singer Daley teams up with fellow countrywoman Marsha Ambrosius at #33 for "Alone Together"...


while the above-mentionned Johnny Gill's "Just The Way You Are" comes in at #34.

Groove On.



Country Sweep: June 2, 2012...


Here's a rundown of the songs debuting on this week's Billboard country chart...

There's only three new songs this week, and the highest is also the highest newcomer to the all-genre Hot 100. It's Kenny Chesney with "Come Over" all the way up at #24...


The current ACM and CMA female vocalist of the year, Miranda Lambert, brings the third single from her latest Four The Record in at #54. It's the "Fastest Girl In Town"...


and lastly, Rascal Flatts follow up their #1 hit "Banjo" with "Come Wake Me Up"...



Twang On....

Rock Sweep: June 2nd, 2012...


Here's a sampling of the songs that are debuting on Billboard's rock charts this week.

On the Rock Songs chart, the highest entry comes from Christian metal band P.O.D. return after a four year break with a song previewing Murdered Love which is coming out in July. The song at #45 is "Lost In Forever"..


Alex Clare finally hits the main rock list at #47 with the Microsoft-shilling dubstep rock of "Too Close"...


and Canadian post-grunge band Art Of Dying comes in at #49 with "Sorry"...


Meanwhile over on the Modern Rock/Alternative chart, South Australian rock group Atlas Genius featuring brothers Keith, Steven, and Michael Jeffrey and Darren Sell have their first hit featured on MTV's 120 Minutes at #35 with "Trojans"...


and Tennessee natives the Features come in at #39 with "How It Starts"...


and lastly, on Billboard's Triple-A chart there's one new song, indie-folk band Blind Pilots at #29 with "Half Moon"...


Rock on...

Dance Sweep: June 2, 2012...


Here's a sampling of the new songs coming onto Billboard magazine's Dance Club, Airplay/Mixshow, and Global Dance charts.

On the Club chart, former American Idol runner-up and current star of Smash has a remix hit with a song from the latter show, written by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder. Here's "Touch Me" at #36...


Swiss-born actress and singer Kat Graham comes on at #45 with "Put Your Graffiti On Me"...


and at #47 is the Princeton University alumnus Kwanza Jones with "Time To Go"...


 Meanwhile over on the Airplay/Mixshow chart, Sebastian Ingrosso's "Calling" comes in at #21..


and Maroon 5 debut at #24 with "Payphone"...



and over on the Global Dance Tracks chart, the highest entry is at #34, with DJ Avicii featuring fellow Swede Salem Al Fakir on "Silhouettes"...


fun. with Jonelle Monae get the remix treatment at #35 with "We Are Young"...


British drum & bass DJ Fresh comes in at #39 with rapper Dizzee Rascal with "The Power"...


and finally, swag-rock duo Karmin enter at #40 with a song they just took to #1 on the US Club chart this week, "Brokenhearted"...


Boogie Down!


Pop Sweep: June 2nd, 2012...


Now that I've got your attention, here's the rundown of the songs debuting on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and Adult-Top 40 chart this week.

Country hunk Kenny Chesney (pictured above) has the second new single from his upcoming CD Welcome To The Fishbowl make the highest entry at # 59 with "Come Over"...


Rapper/singer J. Cole places the fourth song from his debut Cole World A Sideline Story. a US #1 album, onto the Hot 100. He gets a little help from Missy Elliott on "Nobody's Perfect" at #90....


Meanwhile, the third single from the Gym Class Heroes' Papercut Chronicles II comes in at #95 with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder co-writing, co-producing, and guest-singing on "The Fighter"...


Love and Theft are down to a duo from a trio, and their latest country hit "Angel Eyes" makes the Hot 100 at #98 the same week it reaches the country top-20...


and finally, another country hit comes in at #100. Dustin Lynch enters with a song he co-wrote, "Cowboys And Angels"...


Meanwhile, over on the Adult Top 40 chart, American Idol former champion Kris Allen debuts with a song off his just-released sophomore record, "The Vision Of Love" at #36...


and lastly, newcomers Junior Doctor have the #37 spot with "Uh Oh" with a clip featuring Cassie Steele from Degrassi The Next Generation...


Songoftheday 5/26/12 - Then my wild, beautiful bird, you will have flown...



Ronnie Milsap - "Any Day Now" 
from the album Inside (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #14 (two weeks)
weeks in the top-40: 9

Today's Song of the Day is by country singer Ronnie Milsap, with his remake of the soul standard "Any Day Now". Milsap was born in North Carolina, and blind since birth due to congenital disorder, losing both his eyes. His career began as an R&B artist, even having a top-20 hit in 1965 with "Never Had It So Good", an Ashford & Simpson-written song. An accomplished piano player, he would work with many pop and soul legends of the time, including Elvis Presley, with whom he worked with in his country-leaning period entering the 70s. After moving over to RCA records in the early 70s, Milsap's new country focus found a home, and in 1974 he had his first #1 with "Pure Love", the first of his 35 charttoppers on Billboard's country list (the fourth most behind George Strait, Conway Twitty, and Merle Haggard).

"Any Day Now", subtitled "(My Wild Beautiful Bird)", was written by writing legend Burt Bacharach along with lyricist Bob Hilliard in 1962. It was originally popularized by the soul singer Chuck Jackson, who had a #2 R&B hit and #23 pop hit with the song.



Elvis Presley would also record the tune for his Elvis In Memphis album, and it was the B-side to his classic "In The Ghetto" single...


For Ronnie's 14th studio album, Inside, he took a cue from his former collaborator and released "Any Day Now" as the first single. It reached the top of the country and adult contemporary charts, and was Billboard's top Adult Contemporary single of 1982.


"Any Day Now" was one of three #1 country hits from the Inside album. The same year, he would win a Grammy award for best vocal country performance for "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me". Milsap would continue to dominate country radio until the early 90s, when the slick pop-influenced country sound gave way to more traditional acts.

Up tomorrow: Arena rockers named for a prairie state.

May 26th candletime...


Hey everyone, it's May 26th, and the amazing Stevie Nicks celebrates her 64th birthday today. My favorite Nicks numbers...

1) After The Glitter Fades
2) Edge Of Seventeen
3) Gold Dust Woman
4) Rihannon
5) Landslide
6) Silver Springs
7) Trouble In Shangri La
8) Stand Back
9) Dreams
10) Violet And Blue


Country legend and crazy person Hank Williams Jr. turns 63...


and Lenny Kravitz hits 48...


Have a safe Saturday!

Friday, May 25, 2012

twostepcub's music chart for May 25, 2012...


Hey folks, it's finally Friday, and time to list my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Jason Mraz spends a second week at the #1 spot, while Flo Rida and Sia (pictured above) move up in the top-10. It's a bloodbath this week, as former big hits by Madonna, Outasight, Blake Shelton, Pitbull, the Black Keys, Rihanna, and Selena Gomez drop out, while singles by Soundgarden, Alex Clare, and Linkin Park 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 artists' names to go to their official website. Happy Towel Day, and Don't Panic!

This Week               Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz (1)
2. Rumour Has It - Adele (2)
3. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye f/Kimbra (3)
4. We Are Young - fun. f/Jonelle Monae (4)
5. Feel So Close - Calvin Harris (6)
6. What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction (8)
7. Wild Ones - Flo Rida f/Sia (9)
8. Payphone - Maroon5 f/Wiz Khalifa (12)
9. Glad You Came - The Wanted (5)
10. Drive By - Train (10)
11. Part Of Me - Katy Perry (7)
12. Over You - Miranda Lambert (13)
13. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen (28)
14. Good Girl - Carrie Underwood (18)
15. Starships - Nicki Minaj (16)
16. Turn Me On - David Guetta f/Nicki Minaj (11)
17. Run - Matt Nathanson f/Sugarland (19)
18. Girl Gone Wild - Madonna (24)
19. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson (15)
20. Titanium - David Guetta f/Sia (22)
21. Gold On The Ceiling - Black Keys (27)
22. Eyes Open - Taylor Swift (32)
23. Set Fire To The Rain - Adele (17)
24. Bully - Shinedown (14)
25. Fine By Me - Andy Grammer (29)
26. Brokenhearted - Karmin (38)
27. No Hurry - Zac Brown Band (37)
28. Wild One Two - Jack Back f/David Guetta, Nicky Romero & Sia (36)
29. Domino - Jessie J (21)
30. Burn It Down - Linkin Park (46)
31. Tongue Tied - Grouplove (41)
32. Midnight City - M83 (44)
33. Levels - Avicii (33)
34. Everybody Talks - Neon Trees (49)
35. Next To Me - Emeli Sande (35)
36. Banjo - Rascal Flatts (30)
37. Dancing Away With My Heart - Lady Antebellum (23)
38. Better Than I Used To Be - Tim McGraw (42)
39. A Woman Like You - Lee Brice (26)
40. Thank You - Estelle (40)
41. Little Talks - Of Monsters And Men (53)
42. Naked - Dev & Enrique Iglesias (34)
43. Shadow Days - John Mayer (47)
44. Never Forget - Dave Aude f/Lena Katina (45)
45. Fly Over States - Jason Aldean (50)
46. If You Ever Come Back - The Script (54)
47. Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Eli Young Band (51)
48. Drunk On You - Luke Bryan (56)
49. Greyhound - Swedish House Mafia (63)
50. Live To Rise - Soundgarden (74)
51. Love On Top - Beyonce (39)
52. Lullaby - Nickelback (52)
53. Beers Ago - Toby Keith (69)
54. Springsteen - Eric Church (58)
55. Simple Song - The Shins (55)
56. Time Is Love - Josh Turner (66)
57. These Days - Foo Fighters (57)
58. You Don't Know Her Like I Do - Brantley Gilbert (62)
59. Never Give Up - Phil B f/Debby Holiday (59)
60. Watching You Watch Him - Eric Hutchinson (64)
61. Too Close - Alex Clare (83)
62. Favorite Song - Colbie Caillat f/Common (71)
63. Got My Country On - Chris Cagle (68)
64. Famous - Audio Playground (65)
65. Ai Se Eu Te Pego - Michel Telo (61)
66. Sweeter - Gavin DeGraw (72)
67. Boyfriend - Justin Bieber (67)
68. Rock The Boat - Bob Sinclar f/Pitbull (70)
69. Ships In The Night - Mat Kearney (73)
70. Climax - Usher (75)
71. Dance Again - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (81)
72. Share My Love - R. Kelly (76)
73. Feel Like A Rock Star - Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw (79)
74. Let's Go - Calvin Harris f/Ne-Yo (88)
75. Boom Boom - Rye Rye (82)
76. Somethin' 'Bout A Truck - Kip Moore (80)
77. This Ole Boy - Craig Morgan (77)
78. Trust Me - Matt Zarley (DEBUT)
79. Kiss Me - Noelia f/Baby Boy (DEBUT)
80. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (60)
81. Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings) - Silversun Pickups (DEBUT)
82. Give Your Heart A Break - Demi Lovato (86)
83. You're On My Mind - Kem (87)
84. (Kissed You) Good Night - Gloriana (84)
85. Can't Stop Me - Afrojack f/Shermanology (RE-ENTRY)
86. Free - Graffiti6 (92)
87. Heat Of The Night - Paulina Rubio (DEBUT)
88. Postcard From Paris - The Band Perry (DEBUT)
89. Hold On - Alabama Shakes (94)
90. Respect - Melanie Amaro (48)
91. Where Have You Been - Rihanna (DEBUT)
92. It's Time - Imagine Dragons (DEBUT)
93. Blessed - Jill Scott (DEBUT)
94. Tage Wie Diese - Die Toten Hosen (98)
95. Can't Say No - Conor Maynard (95)
96. Beekeeper's Daughter - All-American Rejects (100)
97. Avant Qu'elle Parte - Sexion D'Assaut (RE-ENTRY)
98. Home Sweet Home - The FARM (DEBUT)
99. Young - Tulisa (DEBUT)
100. Sparks - Cover Drive (DEBUT)

 There are eleven new songs (highlighted in green) and two re-entries on this week's list, and here they are, along with a little about the artists, with links to their earlier hits on video in orange.

The highest entry this week comes from singer Matt Zarley, who went from starring on Broadway in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Tommy to singing backup to superstars like Reba McEntire and Gladys Knight. In the past few years Matt's had success as a solo artist on the US club charts, first with an excellent cover of Steve Winwood's "While You See A Chance", and most recently a year ago with the heartbreak anthem "WTF". His latest dance hit has a high-concept politically relevant video clip to go with it that pushes all the right buttons. And #1) Matt's a positive force in the LGBT community (he's doing a fundraiser at Fire Island this weekend, and started a video contest for his next clip "Change Begins With Me"), and #2) he's a damn fine singer, shuffle your butt over to ITunes, Amazonmp3, or his website and give him a little support and treat yourself to some good music. Here's "Trust Me", and if this isn't a good ad then I don't know...


Right under Zarley is Puerto Rican singer Noelia, whose can boast 2 top-5 Latin Tracks songs to her name ("Tu" and "Clavame Tu Amor"). This year she is putting out her first English-language record, with production work by Timbaland, and the first single previewing it has become a top-20 club hit. Here's "Kiss Me" with Baby Boy...


I give LA rock band Silversun Pickups props for staying with their independent label, Dangerbird Records, after having two top-5 rock hits on their last full-length CD, including the #1 "Panic Switch". Their loyalty paid off, with their highest-charting album yet, and their latest top-10 rock hit "Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)"...


Paulina Rubio is another bilingual success like Noelia, but this time it's Mexico Rubio calls home. She has had five #1s on Billboard's Latin Songs chart, the latest of which, "Me Gustas Tanto", comes from her tenth studio album and second bilingual one, Brava, that also contains her new song that's climbing the top-20 of the US dance chart, "Heat Of The Night"...


Sibling trio The Band Perry now have the fifth top-20 country hit from their self-titled debut CD (including the #1 crossover hit "If I Die Young") with the cosmopolitan sweetness of "Postcards From Paris"....


Singer and crotch-fanner Rihanna may have dropped off my list this week with her megasmash collab with Calvin Harris, "We Found Love", but she quickly replaces it with her latest, another club-styled hit called "Where Have You Been"...


Las Vegas-based rock outfit Imagine Dragons come onto my list with a song that's their first rock hit, "It's Time"...


Grammy-winning neo-soul singer Jill Scott's latest CD, The Light Of The Sun, produced her latest of two R&B top-ten singles, "So In Love".  The second followup to that track is already a top-5 hit on the Adult R&B list, "Blessed"...


Not to be confused with the British group from the 90s, the FARM is an American country trio made up of various studio and tour musicians from around Nashville, and their first radio hit is "Home Sweet Home"...


London-born Tulisa was one-third of recording trio N-Dubz and currently a judge on the British version of the X Factor (her mentored act, Little Mix, was the first group to win the show). Her cousin and former bandmate Dappy has already had a couple of #1 solo hits, and now she can boast one of her own with "Young"...


The final new entry is by Barbadian foursome Cover Drive, who have their third consecutive British top-ten hit with the followup to their #1 "Twilight", and it's called "Sparks"...


Two songs come back onto my list this week..the first is the top-10 global dance hit by Dutchmen Afrojack and Shermanology, "Can't Stop Me"..


The other is by Parisian rap act Sexion D'Assaut, who have their biggest hit in their homeland with the French top-3 single "Avant Qu'elle Parte" ("Before She Leaves")...


That's it...Have a great weekend, everyone, in America, have a safe and hearty Memorial Day.