Sunday, March 31, 2013

March 31st candletime...


Today, March 31st, marks the 79th birthday of stage, screen, and music legend Shirley Jones...


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Songoftheday 3/31/13 - It's savage & it's cruel it shines like destruction, comes in like the flood & seems like religion...


Eurythmics - "Love Is A Stranger"
from the album Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (1983)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's Song of the Day was the second hit for the British electro-pop duo Eurythmics, who broke through the music world in a huge way in 1983 with their #1 hit "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)". After the success of that song, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart re-released their previous British minor hit single "Love Is A Stranger", which brought them back to the charts on both sides of the Atlantic...


While "Love is A Stranger" was a moderate hit in the States, the re-release of the single in Britain was a big success, as it reached #6 on the pop chart there. It also was a top-10 club hit in America...

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dance Sweep: April 6, 2013...


It's time to round things out with the latest Dance jams making Billboard magazine's singles charts.

On the DJ-polled Hot Dance Club Play list, Dutch producer Afrojack and yeah yeah Chris Brown are on top with "As Your Friend".

The big debut at #43 is indie-rock group Passion Pit with "Carried Away". It's my "dance pick of the week"....


Australian dance duo Stafford Brothers, who had a reality show of their own in their country, arrive on American shores at #44 with "Hello" featuring Lil Wayne and Christina Milian...


Brass Knuckles debut at #45 with their "Bad Habits"...


The final new song on the club chart at #46 is another newcomer, Sophi, with "This Is Our Love"...





Meanwhile, over on the radio-monitored Hot Dance Airplay/Mixshow chart, Calvin Harris and Florence Welch are at #1 for week number six with "Sweet Nothing"...

The high debut at #21 is Austin Texas trace duo Tritonal with "Still With Me" featuring Christina Soto...



Calvin Harris also nabs another spot on the chart as "I Need Your Love" with Ellie Goulding comes in at #22...


The final entry to the list at #25 is Bruno Mars' ballad "When I Was Your Man"....nothing escapes remixing!


That does it for tonight! I'll be back tomorrow with another Song of the Day, and my posts may be a bit late, but I'll catch up... have a great night!

Country Sweep: April 6, 2013...


Country's up now in this "chart sweep" of the newest songs making their debut on the charts at Billboard magazine.

On the Country Airplay chart, Blake Shelton goes round 2 at the top with "Sure Be Cool If You Did"...

The top entry of the week at #49 is Phil Vassar, the songwriter turned 00s hitmaker that topped the chart twice with "Just Another Day In Paradise" and "In A Real Love". His latest in indie label Rodeowave is "Love Is Alive"...

Newcomer Jon Pardi follow up his #29 hit "Missin' You Crazy" with "Up All Night" at #52..


Now that Richie McDonald has rejoined Lonestar, they return with a second hit at #58 with "Maybe Someday", and it's my "country pick of the week....


The final new entry of the week at #59 is a track from the former #1 album Spring Break...Here To Party by Luke Bryan, "Buzzkill"....


That does it for this sweep...I'll close things out with the newest dance jams in the clubs and on the radio next...



Soul Sweep: April 6, 2013...






We're up to part three of this week's "chart sweeps" of the newest songs making their way on to the music charts in Billboard magazine, and now it's the latest on R&B radio..

On the main R&B/HipHop Airplay chart, Rihanna swings around for a sixth week at #1 with "Pour It Up"...

The single debut of the week at #39 is rapper Kendrick Lamar with the third single from his Good Kid MAAD City set "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe", while his "Poetic Justice" remains at #4 and first hit "Swimming Pools (Drank)" moves up to #17 in its 32nd week...


Meanwhile, on the Adult R&B chart, Miguel's mega-huge "Adorn" stays at #1 for a 15th non-consecutive week...

The top entry at #34 is new artist Marley Munroe, who was signed by Color Me Badd's Sam Watters, with "Boomerang", and it's my "soul pick of the week"....


The other debut this week is singer Raheem DeVaughn with "Love Connection" at #37...


That's it for this soul journey....I'll be back with the newest on country radio next. Groove On!

Rock Sweep: April 6, 2013...


It's time for part two of this week's "chart sweeps" sampling the new songs making their debut on Billboard magazines various music charts. This time out it's the latest on rock radio.

On the aggregate Rock Airplay chart, combining airplay from all rock stations, Imagine Dragons settle in at #1 for a fourth week with "Radioactive".

Rocketing in at #9 is the newest by alt-rock pretty-boys 30 Seconds To Mars with "Up In The Air". It already is their third-biggest hit here - they took both "Kings And Queens" and "This Is War" to #4 from their last album..


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Pop Sweep: April 6, 2013...


Hey gang - It's time to kick off today's "Chart Sweeps" of the newest songs making their way on to this week's music charts in Billboard magazine, and this time out it's the latest on the pop side....

On the "big" chart, the Billboard Hot 100, the staff now are backpedaling that the last five weeks were a "fluke" and not a poor editing position as "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis reclaims the #1 spot for a fifth non-consecutive week.

The top debut of the week at #42 is will.i.am with another hot mess of a production product called "#thatPower". Featuring Justin Bieber on chorus vocals for maximum financial gain, this record is everything stolen from 90s filtered house records with Chris Brown-esque vocal riffs that I guess is somewhat better than "Scream & Shout" in the way that shit with chocolate chips if somewhat better than regular shit. It's a shame the one track from his new album that I can tolerate more than a sitting, "This Is Love", never even made the chart here.


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March 30th candletime...


Today, March 30th, marks the 45th birthday of Celine Dion....


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Songoftheday 3/30/13 - So you think I've got an evil mind, I'll tell you honey I don't know why...


Quiet Riot - "Cum On Feel The Noize"
from the album Metal Health (1983)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's Song of the Day was the first American true "heavy metal" record to reach the top-10 on the pop charts, by a group that also topped the album chart with a heavy metal title for the first time. Quiet Riot started out in the Los Angeles area gigging at clubs and opening for bigger acts like Van Halen. After getting signed in the 70s, their first two records were put out only in Japan, after which guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Rudy Sarzo were nabbed from the group to join Ozzy Osbourne's band. However, after Rhoads' untimely death in a plane crash, Sarzo returned to the band as they prepared a new album that started as a tribute to Rhoads, and ended up being the Metal Health album.

The song that would bring Quiet Riot their seemingly instant fame was a cover of a #1 single from England from a decade before. Glam Rock group Slade were the biggest thing in Britain in the 70s, with six #1 singles and seven more top-10 hits. One of those chart-toppers, "Cum On Feel The Noize", managed to spend just two weeks on the American pop chart, peaking at #98...


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Friday, March 29, 2013

Twostepcub's music chart for March 29, 2013...


Hey gang, right now I'm barreling towards Florida, but in the meantime it's time for my top-100 tunes for the week. This week Macklemore & Ryan Lewis cash in a fifth week on top, with Icelandic rockers Of Monsters And Men (pictured above) jump into to the top-10 with their second hit. Previous big hits by Matchbox Twenty, Imagine Dragons, Churchill, Taylor Swift, and Labrinth drop off my list, while tracks by Pink & Nate Ruess, Ed Sheeran, and C-Rod with Jason Walker make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Oh Mickey, you're so fine!

This Week        Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/Wanz (1)
2. Tornado - Little Big Town (3)
3. Radioactive - Imagine Dragons (5)
4. Carry On - fun (8)
5. Two Black Cadillacs - Carrie Underwood (9)
6. Catch My Breath - Kelly Clarkson (6)
7. Mountain Sound - Of Monsters And Men (11)
8. Try - Pink (4)
9. Troublemaker - Olly Murs f/Flo Rida (7)
10. Lover Of The Light - Mumford & Sons (12)
11. Sweet Nothing - Calvin Harris f/Florence Welch (10)
12. Better Dig Two - The Band Perry (2)
13. Daylight - Maroon 5 (14)
14. Stubborn Love - The Lumineers (18)
15. When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars (23)
16. Clarity - Zedd (17)
17. Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia f/John Martin (13)
18. Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars (16)
19. Madness - Muse (15)
20. Trojans - Atlas Genius (20)
21. Girl On Fire - Alicia Keys (19)
22. I Knew You Were Trouble - Taylor Swift (24)
23. I Could Be The One - Avicii vs. Nicky Romero (27)
24. Next To Me - Emeli Sande (28)
25. Ho Hey - The Lumineers (21)
26. Flavor - Tori Amos (22)
27. Somebody's Heartbreak - Hunter Hayes (29)
28. I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons (26)
29. Adorn - Miguel (25)
30. My Love Is All I Have - Charlie Wilson (38)
31. You & I - Avant f/KeKe Wyatt (35)
32. Just Give Me A Reason - Pink f/Nate Ruess (87)
33. Beam Me Up (Kill-Mode) - Cazzette (41)
34. Wanted - Hunter Hayes (30)
35. Mermaid - Train (40)
36. Hero - Family Of The Year (46)
37. Merry Go Round - Kacey Musgraves (37)
38. Oh Mama Hey - Chris Cox + DJ Frankie f/Crystal Waters (48)
39. Little Black Submarines - Black Keys (32)
40. Ay Mama Mia - Mayra Veronica (45)
41. I Drive Your Truck - Lee Brice (51)
42. Downtown - Lady Antebellum (52)
43. Little Talks - Of Monsters And Men (36)
44. Lego House - Ed Sheeran (64)
45. Stay - Rihanna f/Mikky Ekko (49)
46. Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) - Gary Allan (42)
47. Clown - Emeli Sande (47)
48. Alive - Krewella (55)
49. Sure Be Cool If You Did - Blake Shelton (54)
50. One Of Those Nights - Tim McGraw (50)
51. The Pit - Silversun Pickups (63)
52. I Can Take It From There - Chris Young (66)
53. We Are Young - Vassy (43)
54. If I Didn't Have You - Thompson Square (62)
55. Mirrors - Justin Timberlake (69)
56. Tip It On Back - Dierks Bentley (34)
57. Mama's Broken Heart - Miranda Lambert (75)
58. Turn Around - Conor Maynard f/Ne-Yo (58)
59. Come Along - Vicci Martinez f/Cee-Lo Green (59)
60. Rum & Raybans - Sean Kingston f/Ne-Yo (60)
61. Beat Don't Stop - C-Rod f/Jason Walker (81)
62. The Lucky Ones - Kerli (39)
63. Because We Can - Bon Jovi (67)
64. Pirate Flag - Kenny Chesney (78)
65. How Country Feels - Randy Houser (61)
66. Army Of Two - Olly Murs (70)
67. Rest Of My Life - Ludacris f/David Guetta & Usher (71)
68. Everybody's Beautiful - Miasha (68)
69. Suit & Tie - Justin Timberlake f/Jay-Z (73)
70. Closer - Tegan & Sara (DEBUT)
71. C'Mon - Ke$ha (76)
72. Hollow - Alice In Chains (74)
73. So High - Jay Sean (83)
74. Gone, Gone, Gone - Phillip Phillips (84)
75. Put The Gun Down - ZZ Ward (80)
76. Hold Me - Yoko Ono f/Dave Aude (94)
77. Demons - Imagine Dragons (85)
78. Give It All We Got Tonight - George Strait (86)
79. The Only Way I Know - Jason Aldean f/Luke Bryan & Eric Church (79)
80. Get Your Shine On - Florida Georgia Line (DEBUT)
81. Bones - Young Guns (91)
82. Love And War - Tamar Braxton (96)
83. News For You - Eric Benet (DEBUT)
84. Feel This Moment - Pitbull f/Christina Aguilera (99)
85. Hall of Fame - The Script f/will.i.am (93)
86. Scream & Shout - will.i.am f/Britney Spears (90)
87. Rebel Beat - Goo Goo Dolls (92)
88. Language - Porter Robinson (88)
89. One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks) - One Direction (89)
90. Freak Like Me - Halestorm (DEBUT)
91. If I Lost Myself - OneRepublic (RE-ENTRY)
92. Pompeii - Bastille (92)
93. Tell Me A Tale - Michael Kiwanuka (DEBUT)
94. It's A Beautiful Day - Michael Buble' (DEBUT)
95. Harlem Shake - Baauer (95)
96. Let Her Go - Passenger (DEBUT)
97. Skyfall - Adele (RE-ENTRY)
98. As Your Friend - Afrojack f/Chris Brown (100)
99. Get Up (Rattle) - Bingo Players f/Far East Movement (RE-ENTRY)
100. Pour It Up - Rihanna (DEBUT)

There are eight new songs on my chart this week (highlighted in blue), and you can click on any of them to go to their official website...and here they are, after the break...

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March 29th candletime...






Today, March 29th, marks the 54th birthday of alt-punk king Perry Farrell...


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Songoftheday 3/29/13 - All alone I sit home by the phone waiting for you, baby...


Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson - "Say Say Say"
from the album Pipes Of Peace (1983)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (six weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 18

Today's Song of the Day is the superstar pairing of two of the indisputably biggest names in pop music, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, who each had by the early 80s carved out a nice successful solo career beyond their original groups. Paul had returned to #1 in 1982 with another big "duet" with Stevie Wonder, "Ebony & Ivory", while Michael was smack in the middle of the biggest album of all time, Thriller.

While recording the album that contained Paul's previous chart-topper, he and Jackson recorded "Say Say Say" which would eventually land on McCartney's next album, Pipes Of Peace. Written by the pair, and produced by Beatles' collaborator George Martin, and was the most-hyped hit of the year, complete with a high-concept video directed by Bob Giraldi (who also did Michael's "Beat It")...


Of course in wacky fashion Michael's love in the film is played by his sister LaToya. Ew.

"Say Say Say" became one of the biggest singles for each of the singers, reaching the top of the pop, #2 on the R&B chart,, and #3 on adult-contemporary radio.  It also became a top-10 single in the UK and Australia, and #1 in Canada. So far, it's been Paul's last time at #1 in America....

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

8 of the 80s: 3/28/13 (1982)...


Hey gang, it's time for another voyage back to the 80s, and this week it's eight more nuggets from 1982, the year Johnny Carson hosted the Oscars and Chariots Of Fire won Best Picture.

George Benson - "Turn Your Love Around"
from the album The George Benson Collection (1981)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5


An add-on track to Benson's greatest hits set, this single's smooth, positive delivery belies its love-in-trouble lyrics, written by Chicago's Bill Champlin and Toto's Steve Lukather.

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7 of the 70s: 3/28/13 (1972)...


I'm back with another seven nuggets from the golden 70s, and this time it's a trip to 1972, the year Pioneer 10, the first satellite to leave the solar system, is launched.

Bill Withers - "Use Me"
from the album Still Bill (1972)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2


Whenever I need to reign in my sometimes insatiable urge to buy new music, I dig up treasures like this that I could take to a desert island and be happy with.

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March 28th candletime...


Today, March 28th, marks the 27th birthday of Lady GaGa..


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Songoftheday 3/28/13 - Lady luck never smiles so lend your love to me awhile...


Def Leppard - "Foolin'" 
from the album Pyromania (1983)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's Song of the Day is by the British mainstream metal band Def Leppard, who had the first big hard-rock album of the 80s to reach pop radio with Pyromania, which had already scored two top-20 hits with "Photograph" and "Rock Of Ages". The third single released from the multi-platinum album was "Foolin'", a harder-edged rocker than the radio-friendly pair...



"Foolin'", written by singer Joe Elliott with guitarist Steve Clark and producer wunderkind "Mutt" Lange, became the band's third top-40 hit in the fall of 1983. It also reached #9 on the rock radio chart, but like their other hits didn't get any traction in their home country, where it didn't even make the top-100.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Aussie Sweep: March 27, 2013...






This week's Australian sweep is up, so let's check out the new songs reaching the chart Down Under this week, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis rack up a third #1 hit (out of three released) with "Can't Hold Us"...

The top debut of the week is by American rapper Flo Rida, who jumps in at #31 with "Sweet Spot" featuring Jennifer Lopez. It makes the final of the nine tracks on his Wild Ones album to reach the top-100 chart...


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6 of the 60s: 3/27/13 (1962)...


Hey gang, it's time for another trip back to the sixties, and this week's it's another half-dozen nuggets from 1962, the year Lawrence In Arabia starring Peter O'Toole debuts in America and Britain.

Ray Charles - "I Can't Stop Loving You"
from the album Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music (1962)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1


Ray took a B-side of a country hit and made it the biggest single of the year with this reverent to the point of religious take on the Don Gibson song. His fusion of country, pop, and soul on his two C&W albums are one of the most lasting legacies in modern music.

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March 27th candletime...






Today, March 27th, marks the 43rd birthday of Mariah Carey...


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Songoftheday 3/27/13 - I don't wanna stay here but I can't leave, I'm in a spell on the magic you weave...


Agnetha Faltskog - "Can't Shake Loose"
from the album Wrap Your Arms Around Me (1983)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #29 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's Song of the Day is from the second former member of ABBA to have a hit apart from the group, Agnetha Faltskog (one of the "A"s in ABBA). Before she joined the worldwide pop phenomenon, Agnetha was a successful pop singer in her native Sweden already, with a bunch of local hits started out with "Jag var så kär" ("I Was So In Love") back in 1967 (when she was just 17).

As one of the two leading ladies in ABBA, Faltskog enjoyed one of the biggest success stories in pop music of the 70s, climaxed by their #1 US hit "Dancing Queen" in 1976. After her marriage to member Bjorn Ulvaeus and subsequently the group disintegrated, Agnetha ventured back out for a solo career. Her first release apart from ABBA, a duet with Swedish singer Tomas Ledin, became a moderate worldwide hit apart from the US, reaching the top-10 in her homeland, neighboring Norway, as well as Belgium and South America (in a Spanish version).

A year later, Agnetha released her debut solo English-language album, Wrap Your Arms Around Me. It was a big hit in Europe, with the first single "The Heat Is On" topping the chart in Scandinavia as well as becoming a top-40 hit across Europe.  But is took until the third release for her to return to the top 40 in the States. The song that did it, "Can't Shake Loose", was written by Russ Ballard, who also penned bandmate Frida's Top-40 hit "I Know There's Something Going On" as well. The single was produced by Mike Chapman, who happened to co-write yesterday's Song of the Day, Huey Lewis' "Heart And Soul"...


Creepy.

"Can't Shake Loose" became Agnetha's first (and so far only) top-40 solo hit in America, as it did in Canada and a few other countries. Five years later, she had another minor pop hit in a duet with Chicago's Peter Cetera with "I Wasn't The One (Who Said Goodbye)". More recently, she had a moderately successful "comeback" hit in 2004 with "If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind", which went to #2 in Sweden at #11 in the UK (and remains my favorite of her solo work). She just released a new record, "When You Really Love Someone" which is getting good buzz from ABBA fans around the globe.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Kraut Sweep: March 26, 2013...


It's time now to cross over the border to Germany to sample the songs making their debut on the official sales chart this week, as will.i.am and Britney (bitch)'s reign finally is interrupted by British singer Passenger with "Let Her Go"...

The top entry of the week at #47 is by one-man dance act Schiller, who was born Christopher von Deylen in the northern town of Visselhovede, with "Lichtermeer" ("Sea of Light").


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French Sweep: March 26, 2013...


Good afternoon, gang, it's time to cross the Atlantic once more to check out the new songs making their way on to the official sales charts in France this week, as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis hang in for an eighth week at #1 with "Thrift Shop"...

Rocketing in at #3 for the high entry of the week is rapper Matire Gims from the group Sexion D'Assaut, with his biggest solo hit yet, "J'me Tire" ("I Draw"). Born in Zaire, he was just on the chart with "Meurtre Par Strangulation"...


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March 26th candletime...


Today, March 26th, marks the 45th birthday of country singer Kenny Chesney...


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Songoftheday 3/26/13 - 2 O'Clock this morning if she should come a-calling I couldn't dream of turning her away...


Huey Lewis & The News - "Heart And Soul"
from the album Sports (1983)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13


Today's Song of the Day is by the dapper pop bar-band Huey Lewis & The News, who broke through on pop radio in 1982 with their second album, Picture This, which scored two top-40 hits with "Do You Believe In Love" and "I Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do". The band was ready with their next album, but due to conflict within their record company, Chrysalis, they held out until the fall of 1983 to release Sports. The first single, "Heart And Soul", picked up nicely where they left off - written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, the guys behind Toni Basil's #1 hit "Mickey", the semi-agressive guitar and jangly percussion found a welcome home on the radio amidst all the cold new wave, and with the band producing the album, it brought out a cohesiveness that felt like it was a real band playing and not a backing track around a singer...


"Heart And Soul" climbed the American pop chart to become their second top-10 hit, as well as topping the rock radio charts as well. It would eventually become a modest hit around the world, reaching the top-40 in Australia, Germany and Canada, and even peaking in the 60s two years later on the British singles chart. It would be the first of five top-40 hits from the album, one of the big milestones making Sports in the category of Thriller, Purple Rain, and Private Dancer as a classic moment of the 80s.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Robbed Hit of the week 3/25/13 - S.O.S. Band's "Just Be Good To Me"..


The S.O.S. Band - "Just Be Good To Me"
from the album On The Rise (1983)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #55

This week's robbed hit is by the Atlanta disco/soul outfit the S.O.S. Band, who crashed the party in a big way right at the end of the genre high with the classic "Take Your Time (Do It Right)", which reached #3 on the pop chart and sold over two million copies. However, amidst changing producers over a course of a couple more albums, they hadn't returned to pop radio since that point. Shaking things up and recruiting producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis from The Time, the band released their fourth album On The Rise in 1983. The first single, "Just Be Good To Me", gave them an epic though lower-tempo jam that did pretty well...


"Just Be Good To Me" was a huge R&B for the group, reaching #2, and stopped at #3 on the dance chart, but stalled at #55 over on the pop chart in 1983. Overseas, it was their biggest hit in England (even bigger than "Take Your Time"), reaching #13, and was a top-10 pop hit in New Zealand.

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Album Sweep: March 30, 2013 - Part Two...


Welcome back to part two of this week's "album sweep" sampling the new records reaching Billboard magazine's Top 200 albums chart this week. You can check out part one by clicking here, and as before I've included links to buy anything if possible.

Creeping in at #92 this week is the first soundtrack EP for the wildly popular AMC series The Walking Dead. This a remix of the title theme as well as underground artists and a ringer in Of Monsters and Men, this set is a really brief snippet of the show's musical landscape.


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March 25th candletime...


Today, March 25th, marks the 71st birthday of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin...


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Songoftheday 3/25/13 - Trying his best to unlock all the secrets but he's not sure what he's found...


Men At Work - "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive"
from the album Cargo (1983)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's Song of the Day is by the Australian rock group Men At Work, who had already scored two top-10 pop hits in America from their second album Cargo, "Overkill" (one of my favorite songs of the 80s), and the anti-war "It's A Mistake". They followed up with a song turning a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson on its head into a comic "love potion" ditty about a scientist who concocts something to make himself more attractive...


"Dr. Heckyll" became Men At Work's last pop top-40 appearance in the US, although they did come close a couple years later with "Everything I Need". The single also reached #12 on the rock radio chart, and overseas in their home country it was their fifth and final top-10 hit, and the fourth and final top-40 single in Britain.

In 1985, lead singer Colin Hay (who wrote this song) departed for a solo career, with a minor hit of his own in 1987 with "Hold Me". Hay and saxophonist Greg Ham reunited for a bit (including a stint at the Sydney Olympics) but nothing came from it but a big old lawsuit over plagiarism on their "Down Under" single. Sadly, despondency over that led Ham to commit suicide in 2012.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Brit Sweep: March 24, 2013...


Well, the weekend's coming to a close, so time to check out the new songs reaching the top-100 of the Official Charts in the UK this week, tracking all the sales of the songs in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

The top-selling single this week is the first #1 hit for girl-group the Saturdays with "What About Us". The four British and one Irish women have recently jumped on the reality show train, and this track actually charted on the American dance list a couple of months ago. It features reggae-pop artist Sean Paul, who scores his second featured-credit #1 after Blu Cantrell's "Breathe" in 2003.


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Album Sweep: March 30, 2013 - Part One....






Good afternoon, folks, it's time to kick off part one of this week's "album sweep" sampling the new records spending their first week on Billboard magazine's Top 200 Albums chart. I've included links to buy anything when I can, but please try making it to a local record shop if you can.

This week's two top-selling albums are by people over 50...which tells you the market for albums these days (where shall the blame commence...). The winner this week is 51-year-old Jon Bon Jovi, as his namesake band sells just under 100,000 copies to land at #1 with What About Now. It's their fifth #1 album (and third consecutive studio set to do that)...


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March 24th candletime...






Today, March 24th, marks the 64th birthday of British singer/songwriter/producer Nick Lowe...


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Songoftheday 3/24/13 - I bet she never had a backstreet guy, I bet her mother never told her why...


Billy Joel - "Uptown Girl"
from the album An Innocent Man (1983)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (five weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 16

Today's Song of the Day is by the "Piano Man", Billy Joel, who kicked off his retro-sounding landmark album An Innocent Man in the fall of 1983 with the US #1 hit "Tell Her About It". That single had barely peaked before people were slamming radio stations with requests for what would be the next single, "Uptown Girl". Originally written for then-girlfriend Elle McPherson, then inspired obviously by the next supermodel who would become Billy's wife, Christie Brinkley, the record seemed ripped right out of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' catalog. With Christie in the video as a rich lady at Joel's car shop, MTV was all over this one.


"Uptown Girl" was his biggest hit in Britain, topping the chart for five weeks, the same amount of time it spent at #3 in America. It also topped the pop charts in Australia and Ireland, and went to #2 on the adult-contemporary chart (while stalling at #22 on the rock radio list). And the video still remains one of the best of the 80s (no small feat).

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Dance Sweep: March 30, 2013...


Well, it's time to wrap up today's "chart sweeps" checking out the songs making their way on to the weekly music charts at Billboard magazine, and right now it's the latest dance jams in the clubs and on the radio.

On the DJ-polled Hot Dance Club Play chart, Mayra Veronica scored her first #1 club hit with "Ay Mama Mia"....

 The top entry at #43 is Scotsman Calvin Harris with English singer Ellie Goulding with "I Need Your Love". Both have topped this chart in the last year. This is my "Dance Pick Of the Week"....


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Country Sweep: March 30, 2013...






We're up to part four of this week's "chart sweeps" sampling the new songs making the charts at Billboard magazine, and this time out it's the latest on country radio.

On the Hot Country Airplay chart, Blake Shelton grabs his 13th chart-topper with "Sure Be Cool If You Did".  It's his eighth #1 in a row, not bad for a song that cribs Barenaked Ladies' "Pinch Me"...

The top entry of the week at #57 is Justin Moore with "Point At You", the first single from his upcoming third album. Justin's had two singles that went to the top of the chart, "Small Town USA" and "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away". It's this week's "Country Pick of the Week"...


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Soul Sweep: March 30, 2013...






It's part three time for today's "chart sweeps" checking out the new songs making it on to the weekly music charts in Billboard magazine, and this time it's the latest on R&B radio...

On the main R&B/HipHop Airplay chart, Rihanna hangs in at #1 for a fifth week with "Pour It Up"...

The single debut of the week at #49 is by the artist RiRi replaced at the top, Miguel, with "How Many Drinks?", as his classic "Adorn" is still at #2, while climbing back to #1 for a 14th non-consecutive week. It's by default the R&B "Pick of the Week", since nothing else comes in to either the main or the adult R&B charts this week, but I don't mind, his album is a keeper...


Coming up next in an hour and a half is the latest on country radio...


Rock Sweep: March 30, 2013...






Right now I've got part two of today's "chart sweeps" sampling the new songs making their way on to the weekly music charts in Billboard magazine, and this time out it's the latest on rock radio.

On the aggregate Rock Airplay chart, Imagine Dragons reign for a third week with "Radioactive".

The top debut of the week belongs to British art-rock band Alt-J with "Breezeblocks" at #46. It's growing on Modern Rock radio, moving up to #25 on that chart this week...


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Pop Sweep: March 30, 2013...






Hey gang, it's time to kick off today's five-part "chart sweep" of the latest songs making their way on to the weekly singles charts in Billboard magazine. As always, I'll start with the pop side, as well as the "big" chart.

On the Hot 100, the joke continues as that 30-second meme remains at #1 for a fifth week. Ridiculous. And I have not seen one positive reaction to this anywhere. Good going, guys.

The top debut of the week at #77 is rapper French Montana with his second lead-artist Hot 100 hit, "Freaks", featuring American Idol judge du jour Nicki Minaj. It follows "Pop That", which made it to #36 last year. Now, can we please proclaim the "airhorn" trick "over" already? Lord. (NSFW)


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March 23rd candletime...


Today, March 23rd, marks Chaka Khan's 60th birthday...


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Songoftheday 3/23/13 - I catch the paperboy but things don't really change...


David Bowie - "Modern Love"
from the album Let's Dance (1983)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #14 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's Song of the Day is by the Thin White Duke himself, David Bowie, who transformed himself into a big pop superstar in 1983 with his Let's Dance album. After the title track reached #1, and the followup "China Girl" made the US pop top-10, Bowie released the concert favorite "Modern Love" as the third single. With Nile Rodgers producing (and fellow Chic-man Tony Thompson on drums) as well as his usual touring band, this was his bounciest, most blindly fun track to date...


"Modern Love" became David's third top-40 hit from the album (the only time he's done that), as well as the third top-10 rock radio hit in the States. In Britian, it raced up to #2, like it did in Canada.

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