Sunday, September 30, 2012

Brit Sweep: September 30, 2012...


Hey gang, it's the close of the weekend, so it's time to run through the new songs making their way onto the British sales chart, from their official chart.

The top-selling song this week in the UK is by Korean phenomenon PSY, with "Gangnam Style" for the first time.

The top debut this week is by drum and bass producer DJ Fresh, who had two consecutive #1 hits with "Louder" and "Hot Right Now". He's back at #13 with the fourth single from his latest album Nextlevelism, which also contains those two #1 hits, "The Feeling", featuring rapper RaVaughn...


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Album Sweep: October 6, 2012 - Part One...


Hey gang, it's time for the first half of this weeks "album sweep", where I sample the records making their debut on this week's Top 200 Albums chart in Billboard magazine. This week is chock full of new music, as 38 new albums entered the big list, and I've included links to buy anything on Amazonmp3 if you see anything you like (just doin' it for the love)...

The top-selling album in the US this week is the first #1 album by singer Pink, who sells over 280,000 copies of her set The Truth About Love (the third highest tally this year for a new album). Her last album, Funhouse, started out at #2, so it was only a matter of time, and so far she's got two hits from the CD, the top-5 "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" and "Try"..



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September 30th candletime...






Today, September 30th, marks amazing vocalist Johnny Mathis' 77th birthday...


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Songoftheday 9/30/12 - We are alone as two different people can be...






The Little River Band - "The Other Guy"
from the album Greatest Hits (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #11 (three weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 13

Today's Song of the Day is by the Australian rock group Little River Band, with the first single released after ditching lead singer Glenn Shorrock for John Farnham. The LRB was formed in the mid-70s from members of other Aussie bands, and their first single, "Curiosity Killed The Cat", made the top-20 Down Under, while another cut from their debut, the epic "It's A Long Way There", scored them a top-40 hit in America. In another couple of years, they managed to top the Australian chart and make the US top-20 with "Help Is On The Way". They finally got their huge American top-10 hit the next year with "Reminiscing", their biggest to date.

By 1982, the band had released their sixth studio album, Time Exposure, which scored them three top-20 hits, including lead singer Glenn Shorrock's last (for then), "Man On Your Mind". He was replaced by John Farnham, a singer already well known in his homeland, with two #1 hits to his name. At the end of '82 the band released a greatest hits set with two new songs. "The Other Guy", written by guitarist Graham Goble, was selected as the single release, and possibly as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the lineup change...


"The Other Guy" frustratingly peaked right below the top-10 in America for three weeks, though it did manage to reach #6 on the adult-contemporary (soft-rock) chart. It also went to #18 in Australia.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Dance Sweep: October 6, 2012...


Hey guys, thanks for hanging in there with my delayed schedule, and I'm closing this night's "chart sweeps" of the Billboard charts with the latest dance hits on the radio and in the clubs.

On the DJ-polled Hot Dance Club Play chart, swag-pop duo Karmin snag their second #1 hit with "Hello"...

The top new song this week is by R&B/pop singer/songwriter Ne-Yo, with his latest, "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" at #33. He's topped the club chart twice before, with "Closer" in 2008 and "Beautiful Monster" in 2010, and since 1) he's due for his 2-year pattern and 2) this song has the positive anthemic quality that the dancefloor needs right now, it's looking good for him to make it a hat trick...


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Country Sweep: October 6, 2012...


I'm back with part four of this week's "chart sweeps" of the new songs on this week's music charts on Billboard magazine. This time out it's the latest on country radio.

On the Hot Country Songs chart, Jason Aldean jumps into the #1 spot with "Take A Little Ride".

The big debut this week is by Brad Paisley, who leaps onto the chart at #25 with "Southern Comfort Zone". He's racked up an impressive 18 number one songs from 1999's "He Didn't Have To Be" to last year's "Remind Me". Besides it's relatively progressive slant for a popular country hit, this is by far Paisley's most rock and least "pure country" single to date...


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Soul Sweep: October 6, 2012...


Hey guys, I'm back with part three of today's "chart sweeps" of the latest songs to make the weekly music charts at Billboard magazine. This time we check out the latest jams on R&B radio.

On the main R&B/HipHop chart, Latin soul singer Miguel racks up a third week at #1 with "Adorn".

The top debut this week is by Philly rapper Meek Mill, who is at #72 with "Young And Gettin' It", from his upcoming full-length debut Dreams & Nightmares. His track "Amen" recently made it to #5 on this chart. It features Kirko Bangz, who was also at #5 this year with "Drank In My Cup". This track is nothin' new in the brag/swagger track, except for the AutoTune on 11...


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Rock Sweep: October 6, 2012...






Hey folks, I'm finally back from my vacation jaunt, so thanks for coming back, it's time for part two of this today's "chart sweeps" of the latest songs making their way on to the week's music charts in Billboard magazine. This time out it's the newest on rock radio.

On the Rock Songs chart, the Lumineers spend a second week at #1 with the Bing-ad hit "Ho Hey"...

The big debut on the Rock Songs list is by Green Day, who apparently took the title of their newest single to heart at the iHeartRadio shindig in Las Vegas, resulting in Billie Joe Armstrong going to rehab. They've scored two #1s since this composite charts has been around in 2009, "Know Your Enemy" and their recent "Oh Love". "Let Yourself Go" debuts at #36, and it's from their CD that just came out last Tuesday, Uno!, and it's a welcome return to their more punk roots. It's also the top debut on the Alternative/Modern Rock radio specific chart at #34, and on the Active Rock chart at #38...


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Pop Sweep: October 6, 2012...







Hey gang, it's time for the first part of today's five-part "chart sweeps" of the new songs making their way on to the weekly music charts in Billboard magazine. This time out it's the latest on the pop side of the house.

On the big chart, the Hot 100, Maroon 5 stay on top for a second week with "One More Night".

The big debut this week is by singer and The Voice coach Christina Aguilera, who's riding on the success of her #1 hit from last year with Maroon 5, "Moves Like Jagger". "Your Body" comes in at #34, and while the original version is a disjointed hot mess, the remix cleans things up a bit into a campy club jam...


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September 29th candletime...






Today, September 29th, marks the 77th birthday of Rock & Roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis...


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Songoftheday 9/29/12 - Thinkin' back in time when love was only in the mind, I realize ain't no second chance...


Patti Austin w/James Ingram - "Baby Come To Me"
from the album Every Home Should Have One (1981)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 18

Today's Song of the Day is by jazz-soul singer Patti Austin and go-to session vocalist James Ingram. Austin, a native New Yorker from Harlem, got her start back in the 60s, and had her first minor R&B hit "The Family Tree" in 1969, though her first full-length album wouldn't come until 1976. In 1981, she guested on godfather Quincy Jones' The Dude album, and had a top-20 R&B hit with "Razzmatazz".

That same year, her album Every Home Should Have One was released on Quincy's record label, Qwest. The first single from the set, "Do You Love Me?" and "The Genie", became a double-sided #1 hit on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart. The followup single, "Every Home Should Have One", was Patti's first pop Hot 100 chart hit at the end of 1981, peaking at #62. For her third single, they went with the ballad "Baby Come To Me", featuring James Ingram (who had two top-20 hits with Quincy in 1982, the highest being "One Hundred Ways") in a soulful love duet. It was written by Rod Temperton (who helped quite a bit with Michael Jackson's Thriller), and produced by Quincy himself. The single was first released in the spring of 1982, where it spent a month in the Hot 100, peaking at #73, while making the top-40 of the R&B chart.

But the luck of being chosen as the love theme for Luke and Laura on the wildly popular soap opera General Hospital that resurrected interest in the song. Now, of course, Luke raped Laura, as part of a drunken rage after he was recruited to go after her by his sister, and then Laura fell in love with him back, even though she was still married, but like television. People went crazy over the song, prompting Qwest to re-release the single, which rocketed back to radio and record stores.


The song topped both the pop and adult-contemporary chart in the beginning of 1983, and also made the top-10 on the R&B chart as well. Over the ocean, the single peaked at #11 in the UK. It would also be Patti's sole time in the pop top-40.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

twostepcub's music chart for September 28, 2012...


Hey gang, it's time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week fun stays at #1 for a third week, while folk-indies the Lumineers (pictured above) climb up the top-10. A former big hit by the Black Keys drops out, while songs by Karmin, Anita Baker, and Andy Grammer make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Happy Birthday, Mike!

This Week              Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Some Nights - fun (1)
2. She's So Mean - Matchbox Twenty (3)
3. Oh Love - Green Day (5)
4. Everybody Talks - Neon Talks (2)
5. Too Close - Alex Clare (6)
6. Lights - Ellie Goulding (4)
7. Blow Me (One Last Kiss) - Pink (7)
8. Ho Hey - The Lumineers (10)
9. 50 Ways To Say Goodbye - Train (12)
10. Wide Awake - Katy Perry (8)
11. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift (21)
12. Pontoon - Little Big Town (13)
13. Good Time - Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen (20)
14. Let's Have A Kiki - Scissor Sisters (18)
15. The A Team - Ed Sheeran (15)
16. Payphone - Maroon 5 f/Wiz Khalifa (11)
17. Spectrum (Say My Name) - Florence + The Machine (19)
18. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen (14)
19. Timebomb - Kylie Minogue (9)
20. Spectrum - Zedd f/Matthew Koma (28)
21. Let's Go - Calvin Harris f/Ne-Yo (17)
22. I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons (32)
23. Little Talks - Of Monsters And Men (23)
24. Whistle - Flo Rida (26)
25. One More Night - Maroon 5 (35)
26. The Wind - The Zac Brown Band (16)
27. Burn It Down - Linkin Park (25)
28. Scream - Usher (24)
29. Where Have You Been - Rihanna (27)
30. Wanted - Hunter Hayes (30)
31. How We Do (Party) - Rita Ora (29)
32. Dark Side - Kelly Clarkson (22)
33. It's Time - Imagine Dragons (33)
34. Turn Up The Radio - Madonna (34)
35. Mercy - Dave Matthews Band (36)
36. Titanium - David Guetta f/Sia (31)
37. Settle Down - No Doubt (37)
38. Blown Away - Carrie Underwood (42)
39. Madness - Muse (49)
40. Never Close Our Eyes - Adam Lambert (40)
41. Fastest Girl In Town - Miranda Lambert (45)
42. Sex Is In The Heel - Cyndi Lauper (44)
43. Tonight (Best You Ever Had) - John Legend f/Ludacris (43)
44. For You - Keith Urban (38)
45. Hello - Karmin (73)
46. Lately - Anita Baker (58)
47. Want U Back - Cher Lloyd (48)
48. Brokenhearted - Karmin (41)
49. Runaways - The Killers (53)
50. You're Gonna Love Again - NERVO (50)
51. Hard To Love - Lee Brice (56)
52. Home - Philip Phillips (54)
53. Take A Little Ride - Jason Aldean (59)
54. Pound The Alarm - Nicki Minaj (64)
55. Why Ya Wanna - Jana Kramer (55)
56. Time Is Love - Josh Turner (51)
57. Feelin' Single - R. Kelly (57)
58. When It Feels This Good - Richard Vission vs. Luciana (62)
59. Tongue Tied - Grouplove (39)
60. Lovin' You Is Fun - Easton Corbin (61)
61. Superlove - Avicii vs. Lenny Kravitz (71)
62. Tacata - Tacabro (63)
63. Pray For Me - Anthony Hamilton (67)
64. Silhouettes - Avicii f/Salif al Fakir (46)
65. I Can Only Imagine - David Guetta f/Chris Brown & Lil' Wayne (65)
66. Cowboys And Angels - Dustin Lynch (66)
67. The Veldt - deadmau5 f/Chris James (68)
68. Miss Me - Andy Grammer (80)
69. I Follow Rivers - Lykke Li (69)
70. Allein - Eric Prydz (70)
71. Come Wake Me Up - Rascal Flatts (76)
72. Truck Yeah - Tim McGraw (72)
73. Nothing's Real But Love - Rebecca Ferguson (77)
74. All Stars - Blush (74)
75. Distance - Christina Perri f/Jason Mraz (75)
76. This Is Love - will.i.am f/Eva Simons (81)
77. The One That Got Away - Jake Owen (83)
78. Wanted You More - Lady Antebellum (78)
79. One Day/Reckoning Song - Asaf Avidan & The Mojos (79)
80. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye - Luke Bryan (84)
81. Feel Again - OneRepublic (91)
82. Hall Of Fame - The Script f/will.i.am (89)
83. Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself) - Ne-Yo (DEBUT)
84. Black Heart - Stooshe (52)
85. Beautiful Surprise - Tamia (85)
86. That's Why I Pray - Big & Rich (90)
87. Over - Blake Shelton (47)
88. Summer Paradise - Simple Plan (88)
89. Shinin' On Me - Jerrod Niemann (93)
90. Little Black Submarines - The Black Keys (DEBUT)
91. My Oh My - Tristan Prettyman (DEBUT)
92. Bara Bara Bere Bere - Alex Ferrari (92)
93. Til My Last Day - Justin Moore (98)
94. Wings - Little Mix (94)
95. Bom Bom - Sam & The Womp (96)
96. Stay Awhile - Ryan Star (DEBUT)
97. Adorn - Miguel (DEBUT)
98. Live & Die - The Avett Brothers (DEBUT)
99. Schau Nicht Mehr Zuruck - Xavas (DEBUT)
100. Ronan - Taylor Swift (DEBUT)

There are eight new songs on my chart this week (highlighted in blue), and here they are, along with a little about the artist...

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September 28th candletime...


Today, September 28th, marks R&B legend Ben E. King's 74th birthday...


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Songotheday 9/28/12 - Honey love won't ease my mind, and I need to find someone to call mine...


Phil Collins - "You Can't Hurry Love"
from the album Hello, I Must Be Going! (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (three weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 16

Today's Song of the Day is a classic Motown jam redone by prog-rock drummer/singer from Genesis Phil Collins.

"You Can't Hurry Love" was the 7th #1 hit for the Supremes, from their first #1 album Supremes A Go-Go, the first be an all-female group to do so.


Phil Collins released his first solo album apart from Genesis in 1981, and the personal and emotional tone of Face Value was a needed outlet for Collins stemming from his divorce from his first wife, and two songs from the set, "In The Air Tonight" and "I Missed Again", made the top-20 on the American pop chart.

For his second album, Hello, I Must Be Going!, Collins still had more bad feelings to mine about that failed relationship, and the album was even better than the first; in fact, it's one of my top-10 favorite albums of all time. But amidst all the angst and emotion on the set, the one "one of the these things is not like the other" moment is the inclusion of the totally faithful cover of the song by Collins, reusing the same instrumentation and background vocal setup, but sounding even punchier than the precious original...


Phil's version was his first solo #1 in Britain, and made the pop and adult-contemporary (soft-rock) top-10 in the US, as it did in Australia, Germany, and mostly everywhere else in the world. It also climbed into the rock radio top-30 as well.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

7 of the 70s: 9/27/12...


Hey folks, it's time for another trip in the wayback machine to the land of the Brady Bunch and bell bottoms. This time out it's seven nuggets from 1979, the year the compact disc was demonstrated for the first time.

M - "Pop Muzik"
from the album New York-London-Paris-Munich (1979)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1


One of the glorious one-hit wonders that ever was - no one it gets revived every ten years or so. There is absolutely nothing missing from this pop confection.

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September 27th candletime...






Today, September 27th, marks the 65th birthday of Marvin Lee Aday, aka Meat Loaf...


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Songoftheday 9/27/12 - You see 'em comin' at you every night, strung on pretension, they fall for you at first sight...


Billy Squier - "Everybody Wants You"
from the album Emotions In Motion (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #32 (three weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 6

Today's Song of the Day is by Boston-area rocker Billy Squier, who was the first big male rock star of the early 80s. His first album, Don't Say No, was released in 1981, and it produced four rock hits including the top-20 pop single "The Stroke". He was a constant presence on both rock radio and MTV at the time, and in 1982 his sophomore record, Emotions In Motion was released. The first single, the title track, was a middle-charting rock hit, but it was the irresistible hook of the second, "Everybody Wants You", written by Billy and produced by him and Reinhold Mack (who helmed hits for Queen and ELO) that really scored for Squier...


The single spent six weeks on top of the rock radio chart, and his album jumped into the top-5.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Aussie Sweep: September 26, 2012...


Hey gang, it's time for this week's trip down under to see what new songs are selling over in Australia according to their official music chart. This week Guy Sebastian and Lupe Fiasco cling to #1 for a sixth week with "Battle Scars".

This week's big debut is by American singer/songwriter Pink, who has been to #1 six times in this country, from 2000 with "Most Girls" to this year's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)". The followup to the latter song, "Try" comes in all the way up at #8 this week...


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6 of the 60s: 9/26/12


Hey gang, time for this week's wayback machine to trip us back to the 60's, and this time out it's a half-dozen nuggets from 1969, the year the Beatles gave their last public performance. Included are links to buy the songs on Amazon.

Tommy James & The Shondells - "Crystal Blue Persuasion"
from the album Crimson & Clover (1968)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2


One of the loveliest examples of psychedelic rock, either about acid or the Book of Revelations, depending on who you ask.

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September 26th candletime...






Today, September 26th, marks Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry's 67th birthday...


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Songoftheday 9/26/12 - Well there's a little boy waitin' at the counter of a corner shop...


Moving Pictures - "What About Me"
from the album Days Of Innocence (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #29 (two weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 13

Today's Song of the Day is one of my favorite songs of the 80's, and definitely my favorite "two-time" hit. Moving Pictures were a band from Sydney, Australia, that broke through in American slowly but surely with a song written by guitarist Gerry Frost along with Frances Swan that got inspiration from Frost working with autistic children and a memory of an ignored boy, and was produced by Charles Fisher, who would go on to produce Savage Garden. It was an epic yet personal song that climbed rung by rung up the top-40, spending a dozen weeks to get to #29...



"What About Me" was huge in their native country, spending six weeks at #1, as well as spending half a year (26 weeks) on the American pop chart. And that's just the first time. In 1989, two years after the band had already split, and there was a mini-fad of resurrecting minor pop hits (aka "Into The Night" and "When I'm With You"), the single was re-released and spent another 17 weeks on the chart, peaking just under the top-40 at #46, and making the adult-contemporary chart (soft-rock) for the first time at #43. I was tickled pink at the time, since the album was pretty much impossible to find on CD or cassette, and the beloved cassingle was constantly in my Walkman. You can get "What About Me" digitally on iTunes or on CD from Amazon import.

The only other notable thing from the band was that they scored a track on the Footloose soundtrack (one of the very few not released as a single), "Never", which I loved as well. Frost left the band early in 1984 and formed the group 1927, who had one hit, "That's When I Think Of You", which was another one of those chart anomalies that spent one week on the chart at #100.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kraut Sweep: September 25, 2012...






Good afternoon, gang, it's time to take a look at the new songs debuting over in Germany, according to their official charts. This week Israeli singer Asaf Avidan & The Mojos hang on for a sixth week at #1 with "One Day/Reckoning Song".

Well, this week the highest debuts in France and Germany are the same, as DJ/producer David Guetta with Akon and Ne-Yo jump in all the way at #9 with "Play Hard". Guetta and Akon previous went to #1 in Germany with "Sexy Bitch" in 2009. The new song samples the 1999 hit "Better Off Alone" by Alice Deejay...



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French Sweep: September 25, 2012...


Bonjour, gang, it's time for a sample of the new songs selling in France last week, according to their official music chart. This week Carly Rae Jepsen defies odds and spends an eleventh week at #1 with "Call Me Maybe".

The highest debut this week at #32 is by French DJ/producer David Guetta, with the thirteenth song from either version of his Nothing But The Beat (original and 2.0 version) album. It features singers Akon and Ne-Yo, and it samples the 90's Alice Deejay dance hit "Better Off Alone"...


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September 25th candletime...






Today, September 25th, marks the 44th birthday of the freshest of the princes, Will Smith..


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Songoftheday 9/25/12 - You can laugh & joke & make fun of your friends, spin in the middle when the troubles begin...






John Cougar (Mellencamp) - "Hand To Hold On To"
from the album American Fool (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #19 (two weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 11

Today's Song of the Day is by Indiana native son John Cougar (Mellencamp), with the third single from his breakthrough album, American Fool. The first, "Hurts So Good", peaked at #2 and stayed in the top-10 on the pop chart for four months (16 weeks), longer than any other single that year, while the followup, "Jack and Diane", went to #1 for four weeks (his sole chart-topping hit).

The third single, "Hand To Hold On To", was written by Mellencamp and produced by him and Don Gehman, who had previous worked with Loggins and Messina and Crosby, Stills, & Nash. It would be the last single under the "John Cougar" name alone...


The single made the pop top-20 (his fourth so far to do so), and it was a minor hit in England and Australia.

..and yes, I thought he was singing "drive your four-wheel drive right into some mother" but it's mud. Oops.

Up tomorrow: My all-time favorite of the two-time hits, with an Australian band's song about it's leader's job at an autistic children's center.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Robbed Hit of the Week 9/24/12 - Chilliwack's "Whatcha Gonna Do"...


Chilliwack - "Whatcha Gonna Do?"
from the album Opus X (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #41 (three weeks)

This week's "robbed hit" is by the Canadian rock band Chilliwack, who evolved from the psychedelic rock act the Collectors at the start of the 1970's. With guitarist Bill Henderson taking over lead vocalist duties, they've been consistent hitmakers in their home country since then. Their first top-10 single there, "Lonesome Mary", became their first minor hit in the US in 1973.

But it took until 1981, when their ultra-catchy pop single "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)" made the top-40 on both the American pop and rock charts as well as going to #1 in Canada. The followup single, "I Believe", also made the US top 40.

The band released their next album, Opus X, the next year, and the first single, "Whatcha Gonna Do (When I'm Gone)" had the same pop harmony goodness as their last album, and was written and produced by Henderson with Bill Macleod, who won a Juno Award for best producer for the album...


But while the song became their sixth Canadian top-10 pop hit, as well as a top-30 US rock radio single, the song peaked at a frustrating #41 for three weeks. It would also be their last Hot 100 hit in the US.


Album Sweep: September 29, 2012 - Part Two...

Hey gang, it's time for the second half of this week's "album sweep", sampling the latest records making the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. You can check out part one by clicking here, and like before I've included links to buy anything you see on Amazon.mp3.

Debuting at #60 is R&B group Mint Condition, who had a top-10 pop hit in 1992 with "Breaking My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)", but whose two highest-ranked album was their last one in 2001, 7. Their new set Music @ The Speed Of Life includes the new single "Believe In Us" which is in the top-20 of the adult R&B radio chart...


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September 24th candletime...






Today, September 24th, marks the 88th birthday of Broadway singer/actress and Alice Kramden from The Honeymooners Sheila MacRae...


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Songoftheday 9/24/12 - Traveling in a fried-out Kombi, on a hippie trail head full of zombie...


Men At Work - "Down Under"
from the album Business As Usual (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (four weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 19

Today's Song of the Day is the Australian rock group Men At Work's ode to their homeland, "Down Under". The band's debut single, "Who Can It Be Now", became their first #1 hit back in the fall of 1982, and their followup proved to be even bigger. Written by singer Colin Hay and guitarist Peter Strykert, the sly local inferences (chunder means "puke"), and the first and only positive reference to vegemite, which I've tried and tasted quite faithfully like seaweed stuck to your sandal for a week, defined the band as much as it celebrated its country...


"Down Under" topped the American pop and rock charts in 1983, as well as made the top-20 on the adult-contemporary (soft-rock) radio chart. It also charted as a double A-side 12" single on the dance chart and peaked at #33. And most curiously, "Down Under" was the band's only #1 hit in Australia, as it did in the UK, Canada, and New Zealand.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Brit Sweep: September 23, 2012..


Good evening, gang, it's time to wrap the weekend up with the latest music selling in the UK, according to their official singles chart. This week the Script with will.i.am hang on to the #1 spot for a second week with "Hall Of Fame"...

This week's highest debut is by singer/rapper/songwriter Example, who arrives at #2 with "Say Nothing". Born Eliot Gleave, he topped the British chart twice in a row last year, with "Changed The Way You Kiss Me" and "Stay Awake". The new song, his third to peak (so far) at #2, is from his upcoming album The Evolution Of Man, due in November...


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Album Sweep: September 29, 2012 - Part One...


Hey gang, thanks for coming by, it's Sunday, so time for the first half of this week's "album sweep" where I sample the different records selling in the US and making their way onto the Billboard Top 200 album chart. I've included links to buy any of the albums on MP3 on Amazon.

The biggest-selling album in America last week is the new set by the Dave Matthews Band, who have topped the chart with their last six albums. The latest, Away From The World, features the top-5 triple-A hit "Mercy"...


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September 23rd candletime...


Today, September 23rd, marks Bruce Springsteen's 63rd birthday. My favorite Boss tracks...

1) Thunder Road
2) Badlands
3) Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
4) Downbound Train
5) Glory Days
6) Jungleland
7) Brilliant Disguise
8) Human Touch
9) Born To Run
10) Tunnel Of Love


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Songoftheday 9/23/12 - Just smile for me and let the day begin, you are the sunshine that lights my heart within...


Jeffrey Osborne - "On The Wings Of Love"
from the album Jeffrey Osborne (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #29 (three weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 7

Today's Song of the Day is by R&B singer Jeffrey Osborne. After leaving L.T.D. at the beginning of the 80's, Osborne's first foray into a solo career, "I Really Don't Need No Light", scored him a top-40 pop hit.  That song fit into his wheelhouse of smooth funk, but his followup, "On The Wings Of Love", proved he can handle an epic pop ballad with the scope of his female competition. The wedding song staple was written by Osborne with tunesmith Peter Schless, and produced by jazz/soul fave George Duke.


"On The Wings Of Love" did better than his first single on the pop chart, making the top-30, though it just made #13 on the R&B chart. It was his first solo adult-contemporary (soft-rock) hit, going to #7, as well as his first hit in Britain, peaking at #11. It also remains his most remembered song so far, it's longevity due to its timeless message and performance.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Dance Sweep: September 29, 2012...


Hey gang, thanks for dropping in, it's time to close this five-part "chart sweeps" of the latest singles making the Billboard charts this week. This time out it's the latest jams in the dance clubs and on the radio around the world.

On the DJ-polled Hot Dance Club Play chart, Florence + The Machine's "Spectrum (Say My Name)" takes over the top spot.

The big debut this week belongs to the late Michael Jackson, whose Bad album just got the re-release treatment for its 25th anniversary, and the title track gets remixed by Dutch DJ Afrojack with a rap cameo by Pitbull (see, you can't escape him in death, either). Jackson last topped the dance chart in 2011 with "Hollywood Tonight"...


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Country Sweep: September 29, 2012...






Welcome back, it's time now for the fourth installment of today's five-part "chart sweeps" of the new music making its way onto the weekly singles charts at Billboard magazine. This time out it's the latest at country radio.

On the Country Songs chart, Hunter Hayes gets his first #1 hit with "Wanted"...

The top debut is by Kenny Chesney, who just spent 2 weeks at #1 with "Come Over". He's back at #32 with "El Cerrito Place"...


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Soul Sweep: September 29, 2012...


Part three of this week's "chart sweeps" of the newest songs making their way onto the weekly music charts at Billboard magazine gets to the soul of the charts, with the latest on R&B radio.

On the R&B/HipHop radio-monitored list, Miguel's "Adorn" spends a second week at #1.

The top debut is by Houston-based rapper Slim Thug, who's biggest credit so far was a featured part on Beyonce's #3 R&B hit "Check On It" in 2005. That same year he also had a top-40 R&B hit as a lead with "I Ain't Heard Of That". He's back with the top new song at #74 with "Summertime", sharing credit with another Houston-area rapper, Z-Ro, whose top hit so far is the #62 "Top Notch" from 2008...


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Rock Sweep: September 29, 2012...






It's time now for part two of this week's "chart sweeps", where I bring you the newest songs making their way on to the weekly music charts at Billboard magazine. This time out it's the latest on rock radio...

On the congregate Rock Songs chart, the Lumineers take over the #1 spot for the first time with "Ho Hey".

The top debut is by alt-rock god Jack White, who has had quite a career, with stints in the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather. He gets his third single from his debut solo set Blunderbuss in at #42, "Freedom At 21". It incorporates a frenetic backbeat that's probably inspired from dubstep, and it's cool and modern enough to possibly surpass the success of his first solo hit, "Love Interruption"...


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Pop Sweep: September 29, 2012...


Hey folks, welcome to the first part of today's five-part "chart sweeps" of the new songs making it on to the weekly music charts at Billboard magazine. This time out its the newest on the all-genre Hot 100 and adult-top-40 pop charts.

On the Hot 100, which monitors radio and tallies sales and internet streaming, Maroon 5 score their third number one hit as "One More Night" moves into the top spot.

The highest debut this week belongs to rapper Juicy J, who is part of collective Three 6 Mafia, who had two top-20 pop hits, the biggest being 2005's "Stay Fly".  His first hit under his own lead credit at #71 is the underground crunk of "Bandz A Make Her Dance", featuring Lil' Wayne and 2 Chainz. As this is another stripper rap, it does nothing for me, neither musically or lyrically. I mean, there's only so much you can talk about buttcheeks flapping together. (MAJOR NSFW)


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September 22nd candletime...


Today, September 22nd, marks the 30th birthday of singer and Dr. Who actress Billie Piper...


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Songoftheday 9/22/12 - I've got to know where I stand, I've just got to know where I am with you...


Tavares - "A Penny For Your Thoughts"
from the album New Directions (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #33 (four weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 9

Today's Song of the Day is by sibling R&B group Tavares. The five brothers of Cape Verdean parents along with brother Victor had their first hit in 1973 with "Check It Out", which made the US pop top-40 and R&B top-5. After Victor left after the first album, the group continued as a five-piece, and the following year the group scored their first R&B #1 hit with their version of Hall & Oates' "She's Gone", which predated the duo's success with the song.

As disco came on the scene, Tavares evolved into more of a dance club act, and their "It Only Takes A Minute" not only topped the R&B charts again for them, but also was a top-10 pop and top-5 dance hit in 1974. By the following year, they went to the top of the dance charts, as well as crossed over to adult-contemporary as well as in Britain for the first time with their classic "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel". They even made their impression in the movies, as their version of "More Than A Woman" was on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

But as disco waned, their time on pop radio did as well, and even though they still were doing well on R&B stations, they went five years without a top-40 hit. That break ended with "A Penny For Your Thoughts", a light soul number "A Penny For Your Thoughts", written by singer/songwriter Kenny Nolan, known for his own hit "I Like Dreamin'", as well as co-writing such hits as "Lady Marmalade" and "My Eyes Adored You"...


The single returned the family to the top-40, where they hung out for more than two months, and spent a total of 21 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, and they reached the top-20 on both the R&B and the adult-contemporary (soft-rock) charts with the song. It would be their last pop hit, though they would reach the top-10 on the R&B list with "Deeper In Love" in 1983.

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