Friday, August 31, 2012

twostepcub's music chart for August 31, 2012...


Hey guys, it's time to run down my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Kylie Minogue spends a second week at the top, while Matchbox Twenty (pictured above) score themselves another top-10 single on my chart. Former big hits by Dierks Bentley, Eva Simons, The Wanted (twice), and Nicki Minaj drop off my list, while tracks by Madonna, Scissor Sisters, and Miranda Lambert make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red).

This Week           Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Timebomb - Kylie Minogue (1)
2. Lights - Ellie Goulding (4)
3. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen (2)
4. Payphone - Maroon 5 f/Wiz Khalifa (3)
5. Wide Awake - Katy Perry (5)
6. Everybody Talks - Neon Trees (6)
7. She's So Mean - Matchbox Twenty (11)
8. Some Nights - fun (12)
9. Let's Go - Calvin Harris f/Ne-Yo (9)
10. Burn It Down - Linkin Park (7)
11. Little Talks - Of Monsters And Men (8)
12. Titanium - David Guetta f/Sia (10)
13. Where Have You Been - Rihanna (13)
14. Ho Hey - The Lumineers (14)
15. Blow Me (One Last Kiss) - Pink (17)
16. Dark Side - Kelly Clarkson (21)
17. Oh Love - Green Day (28)
18. The Wind - The Zac Brown Band (22)
19. Postcard From Paris - The Band Perry (19)
20. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye f/Kimbra (18)
21. The A Team - Ed Sheeran (23)
22. 50 Ways To Say Goodbye - Train (26)
23. Tongue Tied - Grouplove (16)
24. Scream - Usher (24)
25. Pontoon - Little Big Town (29)
26. Too Close - Alex Clare (32)
27. Come Over - Kenny Chesney (15)
28. Spectrum (Say My Name) - Florence + The Machine (36)
29. Brokenhearted - Karmin (25)
30. For You - Keith Urban (30)
31. It's Time - Imagine Dragons (27)
32. Days Go By - The Offspring (20)
33. Good Time - Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen (39)
34. Only The Horses - Scissor Sisters (34)
35. Silhouettes - Avicii f/Salif al Fakir (35)
36. We Are Young - fun f/Jonelle Monae (31)
37. (Kissed You) Good Night - Gloriana (38)
38. Whistle - Flo Rida (44)
39. How We Do (Party) - Rita Ora (43)
40. Angel Eyes - Love And Theft (40)
41. Over - Blake Shelton (45)
42. Let's Have A Kiki - Scissor Sisters (70)
43. Gold On The Ceiling - The Black Keys (33)
44. Tonight (Best You Ever Had) - John Legend f/Ludacris (48)
45. Climax - Usher (41)
46. Wanted - Hunter Hayes (54)
47. Settle Down - No Doubt (55)
48. Goin' In - Jennifer Lopez f/Flo Rida (50)
49. Spectrum - Zedd f/Matthew Koma (56)
50. Never Close Our Eyes - Adam Lambert (65)
51. Time Is Love - Josh Turner (51)
52. Give Your Heart A Break - Demi Lovato (52)
53. Princess Of China - Coldplay f/Rihanna (53)
54. What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction (46)
55. Turn Up The Radio - Madonna (98)
56. Glass - Thompson Square (61)
57. Black Heart - Stooshe (57)
58. Can't Stop Me - Afrojack f/Shermanology (58)
59. Runaways - The Killers (63)
60. Perfect World - The Gossip (60)
61. Mercy - Dave Matthews Band (66)
62. Why Ya Wanna - Jana Kramer (62)
63. Dance Again - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (59)
64. Fastest Girl In Town - Miranda Lambert (84)
65. Tacata - Tacabro (67)
66. Home - Philip Phillips (71)
67. Big Hoops (The Bigger The Better) - Nelly Furtado (68)
68. Sex Is In The Heel - Cyndi Lauper (78)
69. One More Night - Maroon 5 (81)
70. I Follow Rivers - Lykke Li (74)
71. Want U Back - Cher Lloyd (79)
72. Blown Away - Carrie Underwood (87)
73. Call My Name - Cheryl Cole (73)
74. Pray For Me - Anthony Hamilton (75)
75. U Make Me Wanna - Eddie Amador & Kimberly Cole (76)
76. Feelin' Single - R. Kelly (82)
77. Cowboys And Angels - Dustin Lynch (77)
78. Queen Of California - John Mayer (83)
79. You're Gonna Love Again - NERVO (93)
80. Don't Wake Me Up - Chris Brown (80)
81. Take A Little Ride - Jason Aldean (85)
82. Uh Oh - Junior Doctor (86)
83. We'll Be Coming Back - Calvin Harris f/Example (91)
84. Wild Ones - Flo Rida f/Sia (64)
85. Lovin' You Is Fun - Easton Corbin (90)
86. Heatwave - Wiley f/Ms D (96)
87. Unity - Shinedown (89)
88. Et Alors! - Shy'm (88)
89. Truck Yeah - Tim McGraw (94)
90. Hard To Love - Lee Brice (DEBUT)
91. Distance - Christina Perri f/Jason Mraz (DEBUT)
92. That's Why I Pray - Big & Rich (92)
93. That Wasn't Me - Brandi Carlile (DEBUT)
94. The Veldt - deadmau5 f/Chris James (99)
95. Party Shaker - R.I.O. (DEBUT)
96. One Day/Reckoning Song - Asaf Avidan & The Mojos (100)
97. The Fighter - Gym Class Heroes f/Ryan Tedder (97)
98. Lost In Your Love - Redlight (DEBUT)
99. Taking Over Me - Lawson (DEBUT)
100. Beautiful Surprise - Tamia (DEBUT)

 There are seven new songs on this week's chart (highlighted in green) and here they are, along with a little about the artist...

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August 31st candletime...


Today, August 31st, marks Debbie Gibson's 42nd birthday...


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Songoftheday 8/31/12 - I don't care if he's young or old, I just want someone I can hold on to...


Diana Ross - "Muscles"
from the album Silk Electric (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (six weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 10

Today's Song of the Day is by legendary R&B/pop singer/actress/diva Diana Ross. After leaving the Supremes in 1970, Ross promptly released her self-titled first solo album. The first single, "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)", became her first top-40 pop hit, top-10 R&B hit, and first top-40 hit in the UK. The followup however, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", became her signature song and first #1 pop and R&B hit in the U.S., and top-10 in Britain. The followup album, Everything Is Everything, scored her a #1 hit in the UK with "I'm Still Waiting" the following year.

Diana placed five more charttopping singles through to 1981's duet with Lionel Richie, "Endless Love", which ruled Billboard for nine weeks. After that, she left Motown, her label since the start, and signed up with RCA Records. For her second album on the imprint, and her 12th studio effort, Silk Electric, Diana's protege Michael Jackson wrote and produced a song for her extolling the virtues of the male form, "Muscles".

Diana Ross - Muscles by papafonk

The slinky and sensual number, surprising for a Jackson composition, put Ross back into the top 10 for six weeks, and made the R&B top-5. The song also made the top-20 in England, and Silk Electric became her seventh studio album to make the LP Top 40 in America. That album was iconic for featuring a portrait of Ross done by Andy Warhol both on the cover as well as the vinyl itself.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

8 of the 80s: 8/30/12...


Thanks for dropping by, in return I'll bring you eight more nuggets from the 80s. This time out it's 8 from 1986, the year The Oprah Winfrey Show debuted.

Phyllis Nelson - "I Like You"
from the album I Like You (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #61


Post-disco smash that sneaked in a bisexual ("you can be a girl, you can be a guy") subplot.

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7 of the 70s: 8/30/12...






Hey folks, it's time for 7 of the 70s, where I'll bring you seven nuggets from the Me Generation. This time out it's seven from 1975, the year Bill Gates founded Microsoft...

Neil Sedaka - "Bad Blood"
from the album The Hungry Years (1975)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1


Elton John lends Sedaka a hand to a fun, cheesy pop Hot Pocket of goodness.


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August 30th candletime...






Today, August 30th, marks veteran DJ Paul Oakenfold's 48th birthday....


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Songoftheday 8/30/12 - But you will come to a place where the only thing you feel are loaded guns in your face...


Billy Joel - "Pressure"
from the album The Nylon Curtain (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #20 (three weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 8

Today's Song of the Day is by "Piano Man" Billy Joel, who grew up in New York which shines through in his music throughout the years. After trolling around in a few bands like the Hassles and Attila, and doing bar gigs in the early 70s, Joel was signed to a small indie label and released his debut album, Cold Spring Harbor in 1971. After switching to Columbia Records, his sophomore work, Piano Man, brought him into the national spotlight, and scored Billy a top-40 hit with the title track in 1973 (it also made the top-5 on the adult-contemporary chart.)

After a couple more albums, Joel achieved his critical peak with 1977's The Stranger. That album spun off four top-40 singles in the US, including the #3 pop/#1 adult-contemporary "Just The Way You Are", gracing wedding playlists until eternity. During the late 70s, Joel scored a bunch a hits in the soft-rock vein, until 1980 came around and Joel toughened his music for the Glass Houses LP, and in returned topped the pop charts for the first time with "It's Still Rock N Roll To Me" as well as the adult-contemporary chart with "Don't Ask Me Why".

After a success live album in 1981 (Songs From The Attic), Joel's next effort, The Nylon Curtain, was more adult and filled with middle-age angst. The first single, "Pressure" set the paranoic and solitary tone of the album, and was written by Joel and produced by Phil Ramone, who helmed Billy's Grammy-winning 52nd Street album and himself won a producer of the year Grammy in 1981.


"Pressure" became Joel's tenth top-20 hit on the pop chart, and made the top-10 on both the US rock radio list and the Canadian pop chart. The Nylon Curtain also became his fifth straight top-10 album.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Aussie Sweep: August 29, 2012...






It's time to sample the new music selling down under, according to their official charts. This week Guy Sebastian hangs on to #1 for a second week with "Battle Scars".

The top entry this week is by the Irish rock band the Script, with help from will.i.am, who is a judge on the British version of The Voice with Script lead singer Danny O'Donoghue. They come in all the way at #7 with "Hall Of Fame". The band has had two previous top-10 hits here, "Breakeven" and "Before The Worst"...


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6 of the 60s: 8/29/12...


Hey folks, it's time to bring you a half-dozen more nuggets from the golden age of music, the 60s. This time out it's six from 1965, the year the modern Canadian flag was put into use.

The Toys - "A Lover's Concerto"
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2


The Minuet in G Major from 1725 was cribbed for this sweet girl-group delight.


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August 29th candletime..


Today, August 29th, marks the 26th birthday of Glee's Lea Michele...


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Songoftheday 8/29/12 - Now the mist across the window hides the lines....






Joe Jackson - "Steppin' Out"
from the album Night And Day (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (four weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 15

Today's Song of the Day is by singer/songwriter Joe Jackson, not Michael's father, but rather the British guy born with the first name David (he was nicknamed "Joe" in school). Jackson grew on on the southern coast of England, and muddled around in a few bands before releasing his first album, Look Sharp!, in 1979. That album scored him his first top-40 hit in both the UK and America with the angst-filled "Is She Really Going Out With Him?". A sophomore set released the same year, I'm The Man, produced the British top-5 hit "It's Different For Girls", his highest-peaking single there to date. After another less successful third album and a since revered swing-jazz album (Jumpin' Jive), Jackson's career was in need of a boost.

With a lush and reverential ode to New York as a basis for his next album, Night And Day recast Joe Jackson as a troubadour plunked down in the Big City. It's first single, "Steppin' Out", which was written by Jackson and produced by him and David Kershenbaum, who was an exec at A&M records and produced Joan Baez's classic Diamond And Rust album. The song perfectly captured the frantic and swanky nature of New York at night...


"Steppin' Out" made the top ten on both the US pop and rock charts, as well as in Britain, and his album was a top-10 phenom in the winter of '82.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Kraut Sweep: August 28, 2012...


Hey folks, it's time to bring you the latest music selling over in Germany courtesy of their official charts. This week Asaf Avidan & The Mojos spend a second week at the #1 spot with "One Day/Reckoning Song".

The highest debut this week here belongs to George Michael, who's performance of his "White Light" at the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics a little over a week ago catapult his single to #21. Michael had previously had ten top-10 hits in Germany including his Wham! days, lastly in 2002 with "Freeek!"...


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French Sweep: August 28, 2012...





Bonjour, folks, it's time to check out the new music selling over in France this week, courtesy of their official charts. This week Brazilian singer Alex Ferrari grabs the #1 spot with his sertanejo hit "Bara Bara Bere Bere"...

The high debut this week belongs to French DJ David Guetta, who surprisingly only has topped the charts in his home country twice, with "Gettin' Over You" in 2010 and his collaboration with Snoop Dogg the same year with "Sweat". On his new one, Chris Brown provides the vocals, and he's been in the top-10 once, supporting Pitbull on "International Love"; Lil' Wayne cameos with a rap, and he's hit the top-20 twice, with 2008's "I'm So Paid" with Akon his biggest. "I Can Only Imagine" debuts at #65...


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August 28th candletime...


Today, August 28th, marks country singer Shania Twain's 47th birthday. My favorite Twain tracks...

1) (If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!
2) Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)
3) You Win My Love
4) No One Needs To Know
5) Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
6) Any Man Of Mine
7) You're Still The One
8) That Don't Impress Me Much
9) Love Gets Me Every Time
10) Dance With The One That Brought You


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Songoftheday 8/28/12 - The night's alive with wind & fire, we telegraph our heart's desire...


Survivor - "American Heartbeat"
from the album Eye Of The Tiger (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #17 (two weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 7

Today's song of the day is by the rock group Survivor, who by the fall of 1982 were coming off of their biggest hit ever, "Eye Of The Tiger" from the movie Rocky III. For their followup single, "American Heartbeat", the band drudged the same patriotic bed they mined their last hit, again written by band members Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan and produced by Sullivan...


The song made the top-20, and it would be the last top-40 hit by Survivor featuring original lead singer Dave Bickler. After another album that relatively bombed, they recruited Jimi Jamison who would help them score more hits in a couple years.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Robbed Hit of the Week 8/27/12 - Yaz's "Situation"...






Yaz - "Situation"
from the album Upstairs At Eric's (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #73

This week's "Robbed Hit" that criminally missed the American top-40 is by the British electronic-music duo Yaz. Vince Clarke left Depeche Mode after their debut album, and recruited brassy singer Alison Moyet to record the name Yazoo (shortened to Yaz for the US since another band held the moniker). Their first album Upstairs At Eric's is a classic in the new wave/dance world, and the single "Situation" was a track years ahead of its time in the clubs, combining the cold, maniacal synths of British new wave with Moyet's belting vocals.



The song was a huge hit in the clubs, topping the American Dance Club Play chart, but only managed to be a minor hit on pop radio. (In England, it didn't chart since it was the B-side to their hit "Only You")

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Album Sweep: September 1, 2012 - Part Two...


Hey folks, time to roll out the second half of this week's "album sweep" where I sample the new records debuting on this week's Top 200 Albums chart in Billboard magazine. You can check out part one here.

Encino Valley boys the Faceless rock in the form of "technical death metal", which combines the intricate structures of progressive rock with the brain-shattering severity of deathcore metal. THeir third studio set Autotheism debuts at #50 this week...


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August 27th candletime...






Today, August 27th, marks Daryl (the "Captain") Dragon of Captain & Tennille's 70th birthday...


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Songoftheday 8/27/12 - Well you admit you're like a game but you're not gonna play, you'll just ignore what your body is tryin' to say...


Rick Springfield - "I Get Excited"
from the album Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #32 (two weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 5

Today's Song of the Day is by Australian-born singer and General Hospital's Dr. Noah Drake, Rick Springfield. Rick followed up "Don't Talk To Strangers" and "What Kind Of Fool Am I" with the third single from his Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet album, "I Get Excited". Like the other two hits from the album, the song was written by Rick and produced by veteran arena-rock producer Keith Olsen, which explains the punchy pop singalong nature of this song.


The song became Rick's lucky seventh top-40 hit in the fall of 1982, and just missed the top-40 in Canada. The album is cheesily awesome, and I used to borrow it from my sister all the time.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Brit Sweep: August 26, 2012...


Hey folks, the weekend's coming to a close, and it's time to sample the new music selling over in England according to their Official Chart Company.

It looks like we've got this summer's required novelty dance record (albeit a little late) as Sam and the Womp! debut in the #1 position with "Bom Bom"...


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Album Sweep: September 1, 2012 - Part One...


Hey folks, it's time for the first part of this week's "album sweep", where we sample the newest records selling in the US, courtesy of Billboard magazine's Top 200 Albums chart.

Debut all the way at the top is rapper 2 Chainz, with his first regular studio release Based on a T.R.U. Story. ... (NSFW)


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August 26th candletime...


Today, August 26th, marks Garbage's Shirley Manson's 46th birthday. My favorite Garbage singles...

1) Special
2) Only Happy When It Rains
3) When I Grow Up
4) I Think I'm Paranoid
5) Stupid Girl


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Songoftheday 8/26/12 - You're givin' me the chills baby please baby don't, every night you still leave me all alone...


Toni Basil - "Mickey"
from the album Word Of Mouth (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the top-40: 18

Today's Song of the Day is by the choreographer and singer Toni Basil, who was born Antonia Basilotta in Philadelphia, and the daughter of performing parents. She got her start dancing and acting as choreographer on TV shows like the T.A.M.I. Show, as well as movies throughout the 60s and 70s, even appearing in the Monkees' psychedelic flick Head.

Even though she had started recording music since the 60s (check out the obscure throwback "Breakaway"), it was after she choreographed the Saturday Night Live skit "Swan Lake" that she got the momentum to record an album of both music and videos, Word Of Mouth. The first single from the set, "Mickey" was recorded back in 1980, and is a gender-changing remake of a song by the British band Racey called "Kitty"...


The co-writer of that song, Mike Chapman, was hot from producing acts such as Blondie and the Knack, and going from "Kitty" to "Mickey" but adding Basil's punkier delivery and iconic cheerleading chants, first turned Britain then American into fans of the song.


The single topped the American charts in December of 1982, as well as in Canada and Australia. It also reached #2 in the UK (where it was originally released), and #3 on the US dance club play chart.  The Word Of Mouth album also sold enough to make the top-40 albums list in America, and won a special Grammy for its video album concept.

Basil went on to chart a couple more minor hits in the US, and even had a couple more top-10 dance hits as well, including the #4 "Over My Head" in 1983, but in the eyes of most people, Toni's seen as the quintessential "one-hit wonder". I think she deserves a bit more than that, most of her music is deliciously D-list Blondie.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dance Sweep: September 1, 2012...


Hey guys, thanks for coming back, it's time to wrap up this week's "chart sweeps" of the newest music to hit the Billboard charts this week, and I'll finish with the latest dance tracks in the clubs and on radio.

On the DJ-polled Hot Dance Club Play chart, Zedd with Matthew Koma reach the #1 spot this week with "Spectrum" (oddly, the first of two songs with that title in the top-5).

The top debut belongs to newly-minted American Idol judge Mariah Carey, who has has fifteen #1 dance club hits during her career, from 1991's "Someday" to 2009's "Obsessed". Coming in at #42 with a good chance of becoming her sweet sixteenth if "Triumphant (Get 'em)", featuring Meek Mill and Rick Ross...


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Country Sweep: September 1, 2012...






Hey guys, I've got part four of this week's "chart sweeps", where I bring you the latest music making their entrance on Billboard magazine's weekly charts. This time out, it's the latest on the country chart, and as opposed to last week's debutless chart, this week's got six new songs, as Blake Shelton's "Over" jumps into the #1 spot.

The top debut is by wedding reception nightmare Taylor Swift, who crashes the country radio party with a song that's decidedly not country-leaning. She has topped the chart six times here, from 2007's "Our Song" to last year's "Ours", so I guess Swift's got a little leeway, and it pays off, as "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" rockets in at #13. But beware, the last single to debut that high, another "event" record that wasn't really country, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw's "Feel Like A Rock Star", ended up peaking at #11...and I still stand by my feeling that this is Avril Lavigne trying to remake Madonna's "Don't Tell Me"...


The Eli Young band follow up their two consecutive #1 singles, "Crazy Girl" and "Even If It Breaks Your Heart", with "Say Goodnight" at #49...


Dierks Bentley's latest album, Home, has given his three charttoppers in a row, including the fun last one, "5-1-5-0", and his fourth single, "Tip It On Back", comes at #50...


Songwriter D. Vincent Williams has written a bunch of hit singles, like Rascal Flatts "I'm Movin' On" and Ty Herndon's "Hands Of A Working Man", and he scored one of his own with "Down By The River" at #56...This would make a great twostep dancing song...


 North Dakota-born singer Gwen Sebastian gets her first hit single at #59 with "Met Him In A Hotel Room". She was on the second season of The Voice...


Steve Holy has topped the country chart twice before, with 2001's "Good Morning Beautiful" and "Brand New Girlfriend" five years later. The third single from his latest album, Love Don't Run, is "Hauled Off and Kissed Me", and it debuts at #60...


That ends this sweep, I'll be back in an hour and a half to close it up with the newest dance songs in the clubs and on the radio. Twang on!


Soul Sweep: September 1, 2012...






It's time for part three of this week's "chart sweeps" of the latest music on Billboard magazine's weekly charts that sample radio and track sales online and in stores. This time out it's the latest on the R&B/HipHop and Adult R&B radio lists.

On the main R&B/HipHop chart, 2 Chainz' "No Lie" spends a third week at the top.

Singer/songwriter Trey Songz' fifth album came out this past Tuesday, and is appropriately titled Chapter V. The third song from the set to make the US R&B chart, "Hail Mary", featuring rappers Young Jeezy and Lil' Wayne, is the highest entry this week at #77. He's previous topped this chart with "I Invented Sex" in 2009 and "Can't Be Friends" a year later...


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Rock Sweep: September 1, 2012...


Hey folks, thanks for dropping by, it's time for the second "chart sweep" of the week, where we sample the latest music debuting on Billboard magazine. This time out its the latest on rock radio.

On the Rock Songs chart, Green Day spend a fourth non-consecutive week at #1 with "Oh Love".

The highest debut here at #21, as well as on the Modern Rock/Alternative radio chart (at #26), is Canadian post-grunge band Three Days Grace, with their latest, "Chalk Outline", from their upcoming album Transit Of Venus, due in October. The group has placed two songs at #1 on Rock Songs since its start in 2009 ("Break" and "The Good Life"), and have also had three Modern Rock charttoppers (including 2003's "Just Like You")...


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Pop Sweep: September 1, 2012...


Hey guys, it's time to kick off this week's "chart sweeps" of the latest music making their way onto the charts at Billboard magazine. This time out it's the newest singles on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 and the Adult top-40 pop charts.

On the Hot 100, Taylor Swift crashes the party at #1 with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together". The new #1 album (which I'll cover on tomorrow's "album sweep") is rapper 2 Chainz' Based On A TRU Story, which has three songs in this weeks chart (along with two more songs he's guesting on). While his "No Lie" is still hanging around the top-40 at #28, his track "Yuck!" featuring Lil' Wayne comes in at #80...


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August 25th candletime...


Today, August 25th, marks country singer (and fave of mine) Jo Dee Messina's 42nd birthday. My favorite Jo Dee songs...

1) Burn
2) Stand Beside Me
3) Bye Bye
4) Downtime
5) That's The Way
6) You're Not In Kansas Anymore
7) I'm Alright
8) Bring On The Rain
9) Lesson In Leavin'
10) Heads Carolina Tails California


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Songoftheday 8/25/12 - My heart starts palpitating when I think my guess was wrong...


The Who - "Athena"
from the album It's Hard (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (three weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 6

Today's Song of the Day is by the classic British rock group the Who, who released their 10th studio album in 1982, It's Hard. The group formed in the early 60s with Roger Daltrey on vocals, Pete Townshend on guitar, John Entwhistle on bass, and newly recruited bad-boy Keith Moon on the drums. Their first single as "The Who", "I Can't Explain"in 1964, was a top-10 hit in Britain, as well as their first minor chart hit in the US the following year. They continued to have success in the UK, but it wasn't until 1966's "Happy Jack" that gave the Who their first American top-40 hit the next year.

In 1967 the band released The Who Sell Out, which was the first of their classic concept records that sold albums by the caseload, and gave them an American top-10 hit with "I Can See For Miles", but surprisingly that would be their only pop top-10 single. During the late 60s and throughout the 70s the bands music would mostly be played and bought as album cuts, which raised the reputation of the band as a serious rock machine.

Sadly, Moon died of a drug overdose in 1978, and his successor, Kenney Jones of the Faces, came on board for the band's first album of the 80's Face Dances, which was able to top the newly-minted rock radio chart with "You Better You Bet" in 1981.

For their followup, the band hired on engineer Glyn Johns to produce It's Hard. He had previously co-helmed their classic Who's Next album in 1971, and the album was recorded at his home in England. The first single released from it was "Athena", which was written by Townshend  as a recount of his failed courtship of model/actress Theresa Russell...


The song was only a middle-charting top-40 hit at the time, but it was big on rock radio, making the top-5 there. But it would prove to be the group's last top-40 hit in both Britain and America. The album also peaked at #8 in the US, but just missed the top-10 in England.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

twostepcub's music chart for August 24, 2012...


Hey folks, it's time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Carly Rae Jepsen finally relinquishes the top spot to Kylie Minogue, while Calvin Harris and Ne-Yo (pictured above) hang on in the top-10. The biggest jumps are made by Green Day, No Doubt, and Little Big Town (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits by the Eli Young Band and Katharine McPhee drop out. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on any of the highlighted artists' names to go to their official website. Float on!

This Week                   Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Timebomb - Kylie Minogue (3)
2. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen (1)
3. Payphone - Maroon 5 f/Wiz Khalifa (2)
4. Lights - Ellie Goulding (8)
5. Wide Awake - Katy Perry (6)
6. Everybody Talks - Neon Trees (7)
7. Burn It Down - Linkin Park (5)
8. Little Talks - Of Monsters And Men (4)
9. Let's Go - Calvin Harris f/Ne-Yo (9)
10. Titanium - David Guetta f/Sia (10)
11. She's So Mean - Matchbox Twenty (13)
12. Some Nights - fun (17)
13. Where Have You Been - Rihanna (11)
14. Ho Hey - The Lumineers (18)
15. Come Over - Kenny Chesney (16)
16. Tongue Tied - Grouplove (12)
17. Blow Me (One Last Kiss) - Pink (27)
18. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye f/Kimbra (14)
19. Postcard From Paris - The Band Perry (22)
20. Days Go By - The Offspring (21)
21. Dark Side - Kelly Clarkson (31)
22. The Wind - The Zac Brown Band (28)
23. The A Team - Ed Sheeran (23)
24. Scream - Usher (24)
25. Brokenhearted - Karmin (15)
26. 50 Ways To Say Goodbye - Train (34)
27. It's Time - Imagine Dragons (19)
28. Oh Love - Green Day (48)
29. Pontoon - Little Big Town (41)
30. For You - Keith Urban (30)
31. We Are Young - fun f/Jonelle Monae (26)
32. Too Close - Alex Clare (42)
33. Gold On The Ceiling - The Black Keys (25)
34. Only The Horses - Scissor Sisters (36)
35. Silhouettes - Avicii f/Salif al Fakir (37)
36. Spectrum (Say My Name) - Florence + The Machine (46)
37. The Night Out - Martin Solveig (29)
38. (Kissed You) Good Night - Gloriana (38)
39. Good Time - Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen (47)
40. Angel Eyes - Love & Theft (44)
41. Climax - Usher (35)
42. 5-1-5-0 - Dierks Bentley (20)
43. How We Do (Party) - Rita Ora (43)
44. Whistle - Flo Rida (49)
45. Over - Blake Shelton (45)
46. What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction (32)
47. I Don't Like You - Eva Simons (39)
48. Tonight (Best You Ever Had) - John Legend f/Ludacris (53)
49. Chasing The Sun - The Wanted (33)
50. Goin' In - Jennifer Lopez f/Flo Rida (56)
51. Time Is Love - Josh Turner (51)
52. Give Your Heart A Break - Demi Lovato (50)
53. Princess Of China - Coldplay f/Rihanna (54)
54. Wanted - Hunter Hayes (58)
55. Settle Down - No Doubt (70)
56. Spectrum - Zedd f/Matthew Koma (66)
57. Black Heart - Stooshe (59)
58. Can't Stop Me - Afrojack f/Shermanology (60)
59. Dance Again - Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull (55)
60. Perfect World - The Gossip (61)
61. Glass - Thompson Square (63)
62. Why Ya Wanna - Jana Kramer (64)
63. Runaways - The Killers (DEBUT)
64. Wild Ones - Flo Rida f/Sia (62)
65. Never Close Our Eyes - Adam Lambert (75)
66. Mercy - Dave Matthews Band (71)
67. Tacata - Tacabro (67)
68. Big Hoops (The Bigger The Better) - Nelly Furtado (72)
69. Starships - Nicki Minaj (57)
70. Let's Have A Kiki - Scissor Sisters (DEBUT)
71. Home - Philip Phillips (76)
72. Glad You Came - The Wanted (52)
73. Call My Name - Cheryl Cole (73)
74. I Follow Rivers - Lykke Li (78)
75. Pray For Me - Anthony Hamilton (79)
76. U Make Me Wanna - Eddie Amador & Kimberly Cole (81)
77. Cowboys & Angels - Dustin Lynch (77)
78. Sex Is In The Heel - Cyndi Lauper (DEBUT)
79. Want U Back - Cher Lloyd (84)
80. Don't Wake Me Up - Chris Brown (80)
81. One More Night - Maroon 5 (91)
82. Feelin' Single - R. Kelly (83)
83. Queen Of California - John Mayer (85)
84. Fastest Girl In Town - Miranda Lambert (DEBUT)
85. Take A Little Ride - Jason Aldean (90)
86. Uh Oh - Junior Doctor (86)
87. Blown Away - Carrie Underwood (DEBUT)
88. Et Alors! - Shy'm (88)
89. Unity - Shinedown (89)
90. Lovin' You Is Fun - Easton Corbin (94)
91. We'll Be Coming Back - Calvin Harris f/Example (DEBUT)
92. That's Why I Pray - Big & Rich (92)
93. You're Gonna Love Again - NERVO (DEBUT)
94. Truck Yeah - Tim McGraw (99)
95. All Tied Up - Robin Thicke (96)
96. Heatwave - Wiley f/Ms. D (DEBUT)
97. The Fighter - Gym Class Heroes f/Ryan Tedder (97)
98. Turn Up The Radio - Madonna (DEBUT)
99. The Veldt - deadmau5 f/Chris James (DEBUT)
100. One Day/Reckoning Song - Asaf Avidan (DEBUT)

There are eleven new songs on my chart this week (highlighted in green), and here they are, along with a little about the artists, with links to their previous hits on video in purple...

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August 24th candletime...





Today, August 24th, marks comedian Dave Chappelle's 39th birthday.


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Songoftheday 8/24/12 - Got out of town on a boat from the Southern Islands...


Crosby, Stills, & Nash - "Southern Cross" 
from the album Daylight Again (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #18 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's Song of the Day is by the folk-rolk supergroup Crosby, Stills, & Nash, who heralded their 1982 comeback album Daylight Again with the top-10 hit "Wasted On The Way". For the followup, Stephen Stills took a took by the Curtis Brothers, "Seven League Boots", and wrote new lyrics for it, making it a breezy ode to the sea and escaping a lost love through sailing and music. Lending backing vocals were Art Garfunkel and former Eagles falsetto-man Timothy B. Schmit...


"Southern Cross" was a big hit on adult-contemporary radio, peaking at #6, as well as scraping the rock radio top-40. It would be the trio's last top-40 hit, and these days they're more known for David Crosby siring Melissa Etheridge's children.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

8 of the 80s: 8/23/12...






Thanks for dropping by, it's time for this week's "8 of the 80s", where I'll bring you eight nuggets from the 80s. This time out it's 1985, the year Mikhail Gorbachev took over the dying Soviet Union.

Rene & Angela - "Save Your Love (For #1)"
from the album Street Called Desire (1985)
Billboard peak: #101


What promised to be the Ashford & Simpson of the 80s proved to be a short-shining star in the funk atmosphere..


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7 of the 70s: 8/23/12...






Hey guys, it's time for this week's "7 of the 70s", where I bring you seven nuggets from the Me Decade. This time out it's seven songs from 1974, the year the first consumer purchase using a UPC code was made in Ohio (a package of Wrigley's Gum).

Paper Lace - "The Night Chicago Died"
from the album Paper Lace (1974)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1


The group who were beat to the punch with "Billy Don't Be A Hero" get their just rewards with this tale of Chi-town gangster violence that never ever happened in reality.

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August 23rd candletime...


Today, August 23rd, marks singer/actor Rick Springfield's 63rd birthday. My favorite Dr. Noah Drake songs...

1) Love Is Alright Tonite
2) Bop Til You Drop
3) I've Done Everything For You
4) Human Touch
5) Souls


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Songoftheday 8/23/12 - Sittin' in a restaurant she walked by, I seemed to recall that certain look in your eye...


Sylvia - "Nobody"
from the album Just Sylvia (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #15 (three weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 9

Today's Song of the Day is by Sylvia, a country singer born in Indiana. She got her big break working as a secretary in Nashville's Music Row, and released her first single, "You Don't Miss a Thing", which became a top-40 country single in 1979. A year later, she put out her first album, Drifter, which charted five singles, including her first top-10 ("Tumbleweed") and her first #1 hit ("Drifter").

But it was her sophomore effort, Just Sylvia, that put Sylvia onto mainstream radio, with her single "Nobody". The song about finding about her cheating love through crank calls, was written by Kyle Fleming and Dennis Morgan, and produced by her secretarial boss, Tom Collins...


The song was Sylvia's first and only pop hit, and sold over a million copies. It also topped the country chart, and made the top-5 on the adult-contemporary (soft-rock) chart. "Nobody" also was nominated for a Grammy for best female performance. and her album was her biggest seller, peaking at #2 on the country albums chart and #56 on the all-genre top-200 albums in Billboard.

Sylvia went on to be a medium-list country hitmaker in the 80s, charting six more top-10 singles, and still performs today in addition to counseling aspiring musicians.

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