Friday, November 30, 2012

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


Hey gang, it's finally the end of the work-week, and time for my top-100 tunes for this week. Muse stays at #1 for its second week, while Latin soul star Miguel (pictured above) moves right under the top-10. Tracks by Dave Aude', Christina Aguilera, and Pink make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits by Neon Trees, Green Day, Nicki Minaj, and Karmin drop off the chart. WHEN WILL HE LEAVE ALREADY!

This Week           Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Madness - Muse (1)
2. I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons (2)
3. Skyfall - Adele (5)
4. Some Nights - fun (4)
5. Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself) - Ne-Yo (7)
6. Blow Me (One Last Kiss) - Pink (6)
7. Gangnam Style - PSY (3)
8. Too Close - Alex Clare (8)
9. Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia f/John Martin (9)
10. Ho Hey - The Lumineers (10)
11. Adorn - Miguel (13)
12. One More Night - Maroon 5 (12)
13. Little Talks - Of Monsters And Men (17)
14. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye - Luke Bryan (16)
15. Fastest Girl In Town - Miranda Lambert (15)
16. Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars (21)
17. Chalk Outline - Three Days Grace (19)
18. 50 Ways To Say Goodbye - Train (18)
19. Home - Philip Phillips (19)
20. It's Time - Imagine Dragons (24)
21. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift (11)
22. Hard To Love - Lee Brice (14)
23. Little Black Submarines - The Black Keys (28)
24. She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) - David Guetta f/Sia (26)
25. Diamonds - Rihanna (25)
26. Lately - Anita Baker (22)
27. Hall Of Fame - The Script f/will.i.am (27)
28. Good Time - Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen (23)
29. Everything That I Got - Kristine W f/Bimbo Jones (29)
30. Miss Me - Andy Grammer (30)
31. The A Team - Ed Sheeran (31)
32. The One That Got Away - Jake Owen (34)
33. Die Young - Ke$ha (36)
34. Southern Comfort Zone - Brad Paisley (38)
35. Feel Again - OneRepublic (35)
36. Take A Walk - Passion Pit (42)
37. Creepin' - Eric Church (39)
38. Cruise - Florida Georgia Line (40)
39. Candy - Robbie Williams (41)
40. Send Me Your Love - Taryn Manning f/Sultan & Ned Shepard (44)
41. Try - Pink (55)
42. Spectrum - Zedd f/Matthew Koma (32)
43. Lovin' You Is Fun - Easton Corbin (33)
44. Sweet Nothing - Calvin Harris f/Florence Welch (52)
45. Til My Last Day - Justin Moore (50)
46. Goodbye In Her Eyes - The Zac Brown Band (56)
47. El Cerrito Place - Kenny Chesney (57)
48. She's So Mean - Matchbox Twenty (43)
49. Blown Away - Carrie Underwood (37)
50. My Everything - Noelia (54)
51. Come Wake Me Up - Rascal Flatts (51)
52. I'm Moving On - Yoko Ono (62)
53. Winner - Pet Shop Boys (53)
54. Girl On Fire - Alicia Keys (61)
55. Lost In The Echo - Linkin Park (58)
56. My Oh My - Tristan Prettyman (60)
57. One Day/Reckoning Song - Asaf Avidan & The Mojos (59)
58. R.I.P. - Rita Ora f/Tinie Tempah (48)
59. Your Body - Christina Aguilera (77)
60. Did It For The Girl - Greg Bates (64)
61. Anna Sun - Walk The Moon (63)
62. Beer Money - Kip Moore (66)
63. Kill Your Heroes - AWOLnation (65)
64. Don't Mind - Mary J. Blige (68)
65. Catch My Breath - Kelly Clarkson (73)
66. Reboot The Mission - The Wallflowers f/Mick Jones (46)
67. Triumphant (Get 'em) - Mariah Carey (47)
68. Beneath Your Beautiful - Labrinth f/Emeli Sande (78)
69. As Long As You Love Me - Justin Bieber f/Big Sean (69)
70. How Country Feels - Randy Houser (74)
71. Wide Awake - Katy Perry (67)
72. Emergency - Audio Playground f/Snoop Dogg (72)
73. Kiss You Inside Out - Hedley (75)
74. True Believers - Darius Rucker (79)
75. Don't Fail Me Now - Melanie Amaro (76)
76. Something For The Weekend - Dave Aude' f/Luciana (98)
77. Finally Found You - Enrique Iglesias f/Sammy Adams (DEBUT)
78. Between The Raindrops - Lifehouse f/Natasha Bedingfield (80)
79. Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) - Gary Allan (87)
80. We Come Running - Youngblood Hawke (84)
81. Begin Again - Taylor Swift (85)
82. What Could Have Been Love - Aerosmith (86)
83. I Cry - Flo Rida (RE-ENTRY)
84. Been Away Too Long - Soundgarden (88)
85. Overjoyed - Matchbox Twenty (DEBUT)
86. Troublemaker - Olly Murs f/Flo Rida (90)
87. I Don't Deserve You - Paul van Dyk f/Plumb (DEBUT)
88. Tip It On Back - Dierks Bentley (94)
89. Thinkin' About You - Frank Ocean (DEBUT)
90. Cryin' On A Suitcase - Casey James (DEBUT)
91. Don't Wake Me Up - Chris Brown (91)
92. Missin' You Crazy - Jon Pardi (92)
93. Lila Wolken - Marteria, Yasha, & Miss Platnum (93)
94. I Found You - The Wanted (DEBUT)
95. Alive - Krewella (95)
96. Live While We're Young - One Direction (RE-ENTRY)
97. Start Of Something Good - Daughtry (97)
98. Soldier - Gavin DeGraw (DEBUT)
99. Trojans - Atlas Genius (DEBUT)
100. Sonnentanz - Klangkarussell (DEBUT)

This week there are nine new songs on my chart (highlighted in blue), and if you click on any of their names you can connect to their official website. Here they are, along with a little about the artist ...

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November 30th candletime...


Today, November 30th, marks pop/punk pioneer Billy Idol's 57th birthday...


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Songoftheday 11/30/12 - Well you can tell everyone I'm a damned disgrace, drag my name all over the place...


Phil Collins - "I Don't Care Anymore"
from the album Hello...I Must Be Going! (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #39 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 3

Today's song of the day is by singer/drummer Phil Collins, who already had a busy 1982 as part of Genesis with a successful album, tour, and resulting part-live CD with a top-40 hit in tow with "Paperlate", as well as releasing his second solo album, which gave Collins his first solo top-10 hit, a cover of the Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love".

For the followup to that hit, Collins released the much more moody "I Don't Care Anymore", which resembles his first album's "In The Air Tonight" quite a bit, but with a more personal angst resulting from the breakup of his marriage...


"I Don't Care Anymore" was Phil's big rock hit from the album, reaching #3 on that format's chart in Billboard, while sneaking into the top-40 for a few weeks. And the Hello...I Must Be Going! album, which is deceptively much more multilayered than the included Supremes' hit, remains one of my top-5 albums of all time.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

8 of the 80s: 11/29/12...


I'm back with eight (well, nine) more nuggets from the mighty eighties, and this week it's back to 1988, the year Sonny Bono is elected mayor of Palm Springs, California...

Depeche Mode - "Route 66/Behind The Wheel"
from the album Music For The Masses (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #61




This double-shot single from my favorite band of all time totals up the pinnacle of any road trip mix. Come along?

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7 of the 70s: 11/29/12...


Hey gang, it's time for this week's trip back to the 70s, and this time out it's back to 1978, the year skin-mag mogul Larry Flynt was shot and paralyzed in Georgia.

Nick Gilder - "Hot Child In The City"
from the album City Nights (1978)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1


I don't think there was any single person in my generation who initially thought this was a guy singing. Even after watching this I'm doubtful. Fun fact: Nick co-wrote Scandal's "The Warrior"...

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November 29th candletime...


Today, November 29th, marks the 44th birthday of ("old") New Kid on the Block Jonathan Knight (the gay one)...


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Songoftheday 11/29/12 - I've been thinkin' 'bout you for quite a while, you're on my mind every day and every night...


Debarge -"I Like It"
from the album All This Love (1983)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #31 (two weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 6

Today's Song of the Day is the breakout single from R&B sibling act DeBarge, who grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their elder brothers were part of a soul group named Switch, who had a top-40 hit of their own with "There'll Never Be" in 1978. After releasing a debut album under the name The DeBarges that really didn't go anywhere, the brothers El, Marty, Randy, and sister Bunny added brother James to the lineup and put out their All This Love album in the summer of 1982.

The first single from the set, "Stop! Don't Tease Me" brought the kids their first success on the radio, missing the R&B top-40 peaking at #46. But the followup, released at the end of 1982, proved to be a slow and steady climber to the top of the R&B radio chart and their first top-40 pop hit. "I Like It", written by El, Bunny, and Randy, and the lead vocals were shared by Randy on the verses and El on the bridge...


"I Like It" made it to #2 on the R&B chart, and peaked at #31 on the pop chart as well, exposing them to a huge countrywide fanbase. And it heralded a new respite from the fun but unending assail of funk on R&B radio at the time.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Aussie Sweep: November 28, 2012...


Hey gang, it's time for my weekly recap of the new songs making their way on to the official music charts in Australia this week.


The top-selling song Down Under this week is by newly-crowned X Factor winner Samantha Jade, with her "winner's song" "What You've Done To Me"...


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6 of the 60s: 11/28/12...


I'm back with another half-dozen nuggets from the 60s, and this time I'm back to 1968, the year Planet Of The Apes debuts in theaters...

The Lemon Pipers - "Green Tambourine"
from the album Green Tambourine (1967)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1


The missing link between bubblegum pop and psychedelica.

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November 28th candletime...


Today, November 28th, marks the 69th birthday of musician, singer, and satirist Randy Newman...


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Songoftheday 11/28/12 - If I had another chance tonight I'd try to tell you that the things we had were right...


Toto - "I Won't Hold You Back"
from the album Toto IV (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (one week)
Weeks in the top-40: 12

Today's Song of the Day is the fourth top-40 single from soft-rock kings Toto's fourth album Toto IV.  After the top-5 Arquette-name-checking "Rosanna", the yacht-rocking "Make Believe", and the percussion-filled #1 hit "Africa", the band went with a mournful ballad about letting the one you love go. Written by guitarist and vocalist Steve Lukather, "I Won't Hold You Back" was the big "power-ballad" of the album...


"I Won't Hold You Back" became Toto's third top-10 hit for their Grammy-winning album, and their last top-10 pop hit so far. The song also topped the adult-contemporary (soft-rock) chart, and made the top-40 in Britain as well.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kraut Sweep: November 27, 2012..


Welcome back to this week's sample of the new songs making their way on to the official music singles sales chart in Germany. This week Rihanna spends a fourth week at #1 with "Diamonds"...

There are two debuts up in the top-40 here this week, and the highest at #20 is "I Love It" by Swedish electropop duo Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX....


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French Sweep: November 27, 2012...


It's time for this week's recap of the latest music to make the official music charts in France. This week Adele's "Skyfall" remains at #1 for a third week.

The top debut this week belongs to French new-wave group Indochine, who have been around since the mid-80s, and topped the pop chart here in 2002 with "J'ai demande a la lune".  They return at #13 with "Memoria"...


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November 27th candletime...


Today, November 27th, marks the 34th birthday of rapper Mike Skinner (The Streets)...


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Songoftheday 11/27/12 - There's a highway a lonely stretch of grey, it runs between us & takes me far away...


Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - "Even Now"
from the album The Distance (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (one week)
Weeks in the top-40: 9

Today's song of the day is by Detroit rock legend Bob Seger, who returned in 1982 with a countrified cover of Rodney Crowell's "Shame On The Moon" that gave him his biggest hit up to that time. For the followup single, Seger and his Silver Bullet Band released one of Seger's own songs, the driving "Even Now"...


The single was Seger best success on rock radio from the album, making it to #2 in 1983. It also made the top-40 in Canada, and was a minor hit in England as well, his first in four years...

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Robbed Hit of the Week 11/26/12 - Melissa Manchester's "Nice Girls"...


Melissa Manchester - "Nice Girls"
from the album Greatest Hits (1983)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #42

This week's robbed hit is by singer Melissa Manchester, who had the biggest hit of her career in 1982 with the Grammy-winning "You Should Hear How She Talks About You". After a lack of hit followups from that album, her record company issued a greatest hits set the year after, with a new track selected for the radio single, "Nice Girls". The midtempo track, written by Jan & Steve Buckingham with Mark Gray, was just a touch too early-80s soft-rock for the now new-wave-infected pop radio scene...


The single almost made the top-40, though, and did well on adult-contemporary radio, where it peaked at #22. I'm sure if this was released a year earlier, it would've been a more worthy hit single.


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


I'm back with the second half of this week's "album sweep" sampling the records making the Top 200 Albums chart in Billboard magazine for their first time. You can check out part one by clicking here, and as always I've included when possible links to go buy anything you see. Support the artists!

Coming in at #49 is a Starbucks exclusive holiday compilation CD Under The Mistletoe, which includes performances by veterans like Johnny Mathis and Ella Fitzgerald as well as newcomers like Tracey Thorn and Sara Bareilles...


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November 26th candletime...


Today, November 26th, marks music icon Tina Turner's 73rd birthday...


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Songoftheday 11/26/12 - I feel I'm hypnotized I wanna stay here for the rest of my life...


Diana Ross - "So Close"
from the album Silk Electric (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #40 (two weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 2

Today's Song of the Day is by soul/pop legend Diana Ross, who ended 1982 with a sensual top-10 written by friend Michael Jackson about "Muscles". For her followup, she released a rare song for her, co-written by herself, Bill Wray, and arranger Robert Mounsey, and produced by the singer herself. "So Close" is a simple retro-50s doo-wop-ish song that Diana coos on through, with backing vocals arranged by Luther Vandross...


"So Close" naturally did the best on adult-contemporary (soft-rock) radio, where it peaked up at #13, and at pop radio, where it made the top-40 for a couple weeks. However, since R&B radio was at time entrenched in the funk, it stalled at #76, and just missed the top-40 in Britain. And I'm still surprised this album remains criminally out of print in the States...

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Brit Sweep: November 25, 2012...


Hey gang, the weekend is coming to a close, and time to check out the songs making the official music chart in Britain this week for the first time.

The top seller this week is X Factor finalist and now host of the spin-off Xtra Factor Olly Murs, with the first single from his upcoming third album Right Place Right Time, which gets released tomorrow. "Troublemaker", featuring American rapper Flo Rida, becomes Olly's fourth #1 single in the UK...


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


It's time to kick off this week's "album sweep" sampling the records making their first appearance on this week's Top 200 Albums chart in Billboard magazine. In this half will be the top 15 debuting sets, with links to buy them if available online at Amazon mp3 or elsewhere...

British boyband wonders One Direction score their second #1 album of this year with their sophomore set Take Me Home, selling over a half-million copies. 



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November 25th candletime...


Today, November 25th, marks the 52nd birthday of singer Amy Grant...


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Songoftheday 11/25/12 - Walk softly through the desert sand, careful where you tread...


Jefferson Starship - "Winds Of Change"
from the album Winds Of Change (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #38 (two weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 2

Today's Song of the Day is by San Francisco 'Summer of Love' veterans Jefferson Starship, who closed out 1982 with their lucky seventh top-40 single after changing personnel and name from the Jefferson Airplane, "Be My Lady". They followed it up with another track co-written by bassist Pete Sears and wife Jeannette, "Winds Of Change", which tacked more edgier than its predecessor....


With shared lead vocals by Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas, the song grazed the pop top-40, but did much better on rock radio, peaking at #18. In my opinion, it was Grace's last really great performance on a group single.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Voice: Season 3 so far....


Some random thoughts about this season of The Voice, now that it's down to the final eight contestants, now that I've finally caught up with the series on DVR...

First the two eliminated finalists, who I feel were robbed by being sent home....

Sylvia Yacoub: had an amazing powerful voice that was spot on in diva moments like "My Heart Will Go On". Best song: "Girl On Fire"...



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Dance Sweep: December 1, 2012...


Hey gang, I'm ready to finish off today's "chart sweeps" with the latest dance jams on the radio and in the clubs and making the charts at Billboard magazine.

On the DJ-polled Hot Dance Club Play chart, Calvin Harris and Florence Welch climb to #1 with "Sweet Nothing", making their second collab to hit the top this year.

The top entry here is by Swedish DJ/producer Eric Prydz, with "Every Day" at #43....


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Country (Non) Sweep: December 1, 2012...


Hey gang....normally part four of the day's "chart sweeps" of the new music on Billboard magazine would bring you the latest on country radio, but there are no debuts this week...and Luke Bryan's "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" remains at #1 for a second week..

I'll wind things up at 6:30pm Eastern with the newest dance jams in the clubs and on the radio...Twang on!


Soul Sweep: December 1, 2012...


Welcome back....I'm up to part three of this week's "chart sweeps" of the latest songs making their way on to the weekly music charts at Billboard magazine, and now I'm up to the newest on R&B radio.

In another insult to the R&B community after corrupting the main "R&B/HipHop Songs" list to basically mirror the Hot 100 with crossover airplay from all genres included with the editors deciding what is "R&B" enough to make the chart, they've pared down the R&B/HipHop Airplay list for a second time, which had been 100 songs strong, then 75, and now only 50. Ridiculous. But I'd rather go with that than an "all-Rihanna all the time" list, so on that chart for the eleventh week at #1 is the superb "Adorn" by Miguel. And with the paring down of the list, nothing "debuts" this week. Grr...

On the Adult R&B (Urban AC) radio format list, "Adorn" is also at the top for a third week.

Rocketing in at #23 is Frank Ocean's totally Grammy-worthy "Thinking About You", which is #4 on the composite chart (as it makes a top-40 appearance as well at #35)...


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Rock Sweep: December 1, 2012...


It's time for part two of today's "chart sweeps" of the newest songs making it on to this week's charts at Billboard magazine. Now I've got the latest on rock radio...

On the Rock Airplay chart, Mumford & Sons spend an eighth week at #1 with "I Will Wait"...

Two new songs enter this list, and the higher is by the band Churchill at #43 with "Change". Their first hit has already placed on the Modern Rock and Triple-A format charts...

 

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Pop Sweep: December 1, 2012...


Hey gang, it's time for today's four (usually five) part "chart sweep" of the latest songs making their way on to the weekly music charts in Billboard magazine. This time out it's the latest on and pop charts...

On the Big Chart, the Hot 100, Rihanna ends Maroon 5's grasp on the charts with "Diamonds". It's her 12th chart-topping hit on this list, tying her with Madonna...

The top debut this week belongs to British boyband heartthrobs One Direction, who come in just below the top-40 at #41 with "Little Things". Written by fellow countryman Ed Sheeran, it's the most unique and nicest thing they've recorded as yet...


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Songoftheday 11/24/12 - I guess I shouldve known by the way you parked your car sideways that it wouldnt last...


Prince - "Little Red Corvette"
from the album 1999 (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (two weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 15

Today's Song of the Day is by the Purple One himself, who was born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis to musical parents, he started making music when he was a child. His first album, For You, was released in 1978, when Prince turned 20, and the sensual affair produced his first hit, "Soft & Wet", which made the top-20 on the R&B chart, and grazed the bottom of the pop chart as well. The followup, a self-titled LP, did even better, giving him a song that just missed the pop top-10, "I Wanna Be Your Lover", that also was his first dance hit, peaking at #2 in 1979, and his first #1 R&B single. After a overtly sexual album, Dirty Mind, his 1981 album Controversy gave him a double-sided #1 hit "Controversy/Let's Work". This set Prince up for his big breakthrough the next year.

In 1982 he released his most ambitious set yet, the double-album 1999. With the anthemic title song as the lead-off single, it just missed the top-40 on the pop chart that year. But the follow-up, "Little Red Corvette", put Prince squarely in the center of the pop/R&B world, and ran right through the door that Michael Jackson opened at MTV for black artists...


"Little Red Corvette" was Prince's first top-10 pop hit in the States, and surprisingly (probably thanks to MTV did better there than at R&B radio where it peaked at #15, and dance, where it stopped at #61.The single also went to #2 in the UK, and made the top-10 in Canada and Australia.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

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


Hey gang, it's time for my top-100 tunes for the week...this week Muse claims the #1 spot for the first week, while the Swedish House Mafia (pictured above) jumps into the top-10. Former big hits by Florence + The Machine and Jason Aldean drop off my list, while songs by Pink, Calvin Harris w/Florence Welch, and Yoko Ono make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Gobble gobble!

This Week            Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Madness - Muse (2)
2. I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons (1)
3. Gangnam Style - PSY (3)
4. Some Nights - fun (4)
5. Skyfall - Adele (6)
6. Blow Me (One Last Kiss) - Pink (5)
7. Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself) - Ne-Yo (7)
8. Too Close - Alex Clare (8)
9. Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia f/John Martin (13)
10. Ho Hey - The Lumineers (10)
11. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift (9)
12. One More Night - Maroon 5 (11)
13. Adorn - Miguel (17)
14. Hard To Love - Lee Brice (14)
15. Fastest Girl In Town - Miranda Lambert (16)
16. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye - Luke Bryan (18)
17. Little Talks - Of Monsters And Men (19)
18. 50 Ways To Say Goodbye - Train (15)
19. Chalk Outline - Three Days Grace (23)
20. Home - Philip Phillips (20)
21. Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars (27)
22. Lately - Anita Baker (12)
23. Good Time - Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen (21)
24. It's Time - Imagine Dragons (28)
25. Diamonds - Rihanna (29)
26. She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) - David Guetta f/Sia (31)
27. Hall Of Fame - The Script f/will.i.am (22)
28. Little Black Submarines - The Black Keys (34)
29. Everything That I Got - Kristine W f/Bimbo Jones (33)
30. Miss Me - Andy Grammer (30)
31. The A Team - Ed Sheeran (26)
32. Spectrum - Zedd f/Matthew Koma (24)
33. Lovin' You Is Fun - Easton Corbin (35)
34. The One That Got Away - Jake Owen (38)
35. Feel Again - OneRepublic (36)
36. Die Young - Ke$ha (40)
37. Blown Away - Carrie Underwood (25)
38. Southern Comfort Zone - Brad Paisley (42)
39. Creepin' - Eric Church (43)
40. Cruise - Florida Georgia Line (44)
41. Candy - Robbie Williams (51)
42. Take A Walk - Passion Pit (46)
43. She's So Mean - Matchbox Twenty (39)
44. Send Me Your Love - Taryn Manning f/Sultan & Ned Shepard (50)
45. Everybody Talks - Neon Trees (32)
46. Reboot The Mission - The Wallflowers f/Mick Jones (41)
47. Triumphant (Get 'Em) - Mariah Carey (47)
48. R.I.P. - Rita Ora f/Tinie Tempah (48)
49. Oh Love - Green Day (37)
50. Til My Last Day - Justin Moore (54)
51. Come Wake Me Up - Rascal Flatts (45)
52. Sweet Nothing - Calvin Harris f/Florence Welch (66)
53. Winner - Pet Shop Boys (53)
54. My Everything - Noelia (56)
55. Try - Pink (73)
56. Goodbye In Her Eyes - The Zac Brown Band (60)
57. El Cerrito Place - Kenny Chesney (58)
58. Lost In The Echo - Linkin Park (64)
59. One Day/Reckoning Song - Asaf Avidan & The Mojos (61)
60. My Oh My - Tristan Prettyman (62)
61. Girl On Fire - Alicia Keys (69)
62. I'm Moving On - Yoko Ono (74)
63. Anna Sun - Walk The Moon (65)
64. Did It For The Girl - Greg Bates (68)
65. Kill Your Heroes - AWOLnation (67)
66. Beer Money - Kip Moore (70)
67. Wide Awake - Katy Perry (57)
68. Don't Mind - Mary J. Blige - (72)
69. As Long As You Love Me - Justin Bieber f/Big Sean (71)
70. Pound The Alarm - Nicki Minaj (52)
71. Pray For Me - Anthony Hamilton (63)
72. Emergency - Audio Playground f/Snoop Dogg (72)
73. Catch My Breath - Kelly Clarkson (79)
74. How Country Feels - Randy Houser (78)
75. Kiss You Inside Out - Hedley (75)
76. Don't Fail Me Now - Melanie Amaro (80)
77. Your Body - Christina Aguilera (DEBUT)
78. Beneath Your Beautiful - Labrinth f/Emeli Sande (90)
79. True Believers - Darius Rucker (85)
80. Between The Raindrops - Lifehouse f/Natasha Bedingfield (84)
81. I Was Here - Beyonce (81)
82. Move In The Right Direction - The Gossip (83)
83. Itchin' On A Photograph - Grouplove (87)
84. We Come Running - Youngblood Hawke (88)
85. Begin Again - Taylor Swift (89)
86. What Could Have Been Love - Aerosmith (86)
87. Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) - Gary Allan (DEBUT)
88. Been Away Too Long - Soundgarden (94)
89. Hello - Karmin (55)
90. Troublemaker - Olly Murs f/Flo Rida (DEBUT)
91. Don't Wake Me Up - Chris Brown (91)
92. Missin' You Crazy - Jon Pardi (93)
93. Lila Wolken - Marteria, Yasha, & Miss Platnum (95)
94. Tip It On Back - Dierks Bentley (DEBUT)
95. Alive - Krewella (100)
96. Doom & Gloom - The Rolling Stones (DEBUT)
97. Start Of Something Good - Daughtry (DEBUT)
98. Something For The Weekend - Dave Aude' f/Luciana (DEBUT)
99. A L'ombre - Mylene Farmer (DEBUT)
100. Can You Hear Me (AYAYAYAYA) - Wiley f/Ms D, Skepta & JME (DEBUT)

There are nine new songs on my chart this week (highlighted in blue), and you can click on any of those names to go to their official website for more info. Now here they are (after the break), with a little about the artist...

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November 23rd candletime...


Today, November 23rd, marks Miley Cyrus' 20th birthday...


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Songoftheday 11/23/12 - It's poetry in motion she turned her tender eyes to me, it's deep as any ocean as sweet as any harmony...



Thomas Dolby - "She Blinded Me With Science"
from the album The Golden Age Of Wireless (1983)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (four weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's Song of the Day is by synthesizer whiz Thomas Dolby, who was actually born with the last name Robertson in London (not Cairo, Egypt, as he once claimed). After building up experience doing session work (like doing keyboards on Foreigner's 4 and Def Leppard's Pyromania albums), he released his debut album, The Golden Age Of Wireless, in 1982, albeit without the iconic hit he's most known for. The first single he released, the bouncy "Europa & The Pirate Twins", was a minor hit in Britain, peaking at #48, and actually made the rock radio chart at #37 in 1982. The followup, the bleak wartime piece "One Of Our Submarines", did even better in the US making the top-20 on the rock chart, while in Britain, his "Windpower" became his first UK top-40 hit.

Songs like these made Dolby an electronic music notable, but after Dolby released an EP called Blinded With Science that included extended versions of these songs plus a brand new track called "She Blinded Me With Science", that made him a pop radio star. With comic yet funky production and guitar parts provided by XTC's Andy Partridge, the song gave Thomas the big break on radio around the world, and the video, featuring real-life scientist Magnus Pyke (a friend of Dolby's Greek Culture professor dad) as the doctor in an asylum for "scientists"...


"She Blinded Me With Science" spent two months in the US pop top-10, as well as making the top-10 on the rock and dance chart, and even peaking in the top-half of the R&B chart (no doubt due to its rap-influenced keyboard riffs). It also topped the pop chart in Canada as well, but shockingly didn't even get to place in the top-40 in his native England. His Golden Age Of Wireless album was re-released with the new song on it (one of the first times a new act got this treatment) and reached the top-20, as did the original EP.

However, it would be Dolby's final top-40 hit in the States, although he still would continue to have success in Great Britain for the next ten years. And "Science" would continue to be one of those rare "novelty"-type records you still aren't ashamed to like...


Thursday, November 22, 2012

8 of the 80s: 11/22/12...






Hey gang, Happy (American) Thanksgiving, it's time to trot out eight more nuggets from the 80s, and this time I'm back in 1987, the year of the Iran-Contra scandal in the White House...

Five Star - "If I Say Yes"
from the album Silk & Steel (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #67


You cannot imagine how much I was obsessed about this British family group. I loved them, have every album of theirs, even the crazy Japan-only ones...

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7 of the 70s: 11/22/12...



It's time for this week's trip back to the 70s, and this time out I'm back at 1977, the year Roots is televised on ABC.

Carly Simon - "Nobody Does It Better"
from the album The Spy Who Loved Me (Soundtrack) (1977)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2


After "Goldfinger", my second-favorite Bond track. Adele settles in at #3...

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November 22nd candletime...






Today, November 22nd, marks actress/sometimes singer Scarlett Johansson's 28th birthday...


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Songoftheday 11/22/12 - They told him don't you ever come around here, Don't wanna see your face you better disappear...


Michael Jackson - "Beat It"
from the album Thriller (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (three weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 18

Today's Song of the Day is by Michael Jackson, who by the spring of 1983 was in full gear with two huge singles released from his landmark album Thriller. The first, the saccharine duet "The Girl Is Mine" with Paul McCartney cornered the adult-contemporary market, while the second, "Billie Jean", became a pop and R&B classic, as well as opened up MTV to black artists.

For Jackson's amazing hat trick, he recruited Eddie Van Halen to lay down a guitar solo that would anchor and give credibility to Michael's foray into rock music, "Beat It". Written by Jackson after being prompted by producer Quincy Jones to include a rock song in the album, the song was as energetic and angry as "Billie Jean" was sparse and paranoid. And to top it off, Jackson self-financed a music video that not only managed to top "Billie Jean", but in my opinion, even outdoes "Thriller" to be Jackson's finest video moment. Enlisting "real" gang members along with professional dancers, he brought the song to a West Side Story-style place where Jackson serves as the objective observer/guardian angel....


"Beat It" was Michael's big crossover moment, staying at #1 on the pop chart for three weeks, going to #1 on the R&B chart, and reaching #14 on the rock radio chart.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Aussie Sweep: November 21, 2012...


Hey gang, I'm back with this week's look at the new songs making their way on to Australian shores this week, according to their official music chart. This week the Swedish House Mafia hang on to #1 for a second week with "Don't You Worry Child".

The top debut in Australia this week belongs to British boyband One Direction, with "Little Things" arriving at #9. It follows "Live While We're Young", their highest-charting single yet at #2. We're apparently in the "they have dolls made from their likeness" phase, so it's not long until they're in NKOTB-land..


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6 of the 60s: 11/21/12...






Hey gang, time now for this week's flashback to the 60s, and this time out it's a half-dozen more nuggets from 1967, the year the first Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles (the Green Bay Packers won)...


The Seekers - "Georgy Girl"
from the album Georgy Girl (1966)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2


 Dusty Springfield's brother Tom co-wrote this mod classic for the Australian group that were one of the last of the big folk groups...

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November 21st candletime...


Today, November 21st marks alt-music goddess Bjork's 47th birthday...


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Songoftheday 11/21/12 - Does it feel the same when he calls your name, And does it feel the same when you play the game of love...


Vandenburg - "Burning Heart"
from the album Vandenburg (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #39 (two weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 2

Today's Song of the Day is by the Dutch rock band named for its guitarist/leader, Ad "Adje" Vandenberg, who formed the group in the early 80s. They released their self-titled first album (recorded at Jimmy Page's studio) in 1982, and the first single, "Burning Heart", became their first (and only) pop hit, written by the guitarist and sung by Bert Heerink.


The classic arena-rock-styled track grazed the pop top-40, but was a big rock hit, making it up to #5 on that chart. But after only one more minor rock hit ("Friday Night") and a couple more albums, the band split up, with Adje joining Whitesnake during their most successful stint in the late 80s.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Kraut Sweep: November 20, 2012...


I'm back with this week's look at the newest songs making their way on to the official sales charts in Germany. This week Rihanna's "Diamonds" stays at #1 for a third week.

The top debut is by New Yorkers fun., who follow up their #4 hit "We Are Young" with the totally awesome "Some Nights" at #25...


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