Saturday, November 30, 2013

Dance Sweep: December 7, 2013...


We're down to the last "chart sweep" of the day, tracking the songs reaching Billboard magazine's singles chart, and we'll wrap things up with the latest dance jams on the radio and in the clubs.

On the DJ-polled Hot Dance Club Play chart, Russo-German DJ and producer Zedd scores his third #1 hit out of three singles with "Stay The Night" with Paramore's Hayley Williams..

The big entry of the  week at #44 is Jade Starling, who in the 80s fronted the dance pop band Pretty Poison, with "Insomniak" featuring Lee Dagger....


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Country Sweep: December 7, 2013...






I'm up to the fourth installment of today's "chart sweeps" of the latest songs to make the singles charts in Billboard magazine, and this time out it's the newest on country radio...

On the Hot Country Airplay chart, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert climb to #1 with "We Were Us". It's Keith 16th trip to the top spot, and Miranda's fourth...

The high entry of the week at #51 is "Young Love", the first single from Kip Moore's to-be-announced second album. He topped the chart in 2011 with "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck"...


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Soul Sweep: December 7, 2013...


We're at the "hump" of today's "chart sweeps" sampling the songs reaching the singles charts in Billboard magazine, and now I'm serving up the latest R&B songs on the radio...

On the main R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart, Drake and Majid Jordan spend a seventh week at #1 with "Hold On, We're Coming Home"...

The top entry of the week at #45 is singer and actress Jennifer Hudson with "I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)" featuring rapper T.I....


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Rock Sweep: December 7, 2013...






Part two of this week's "chart sweeps" is up, and this time out I've got the latest songs on the rock radio charts in Billboard magazine.

On the main Rock Airplay chart, Cage The Elephant spend a third week at #1 with "Come A Little Closer"...

The top entry at #40 is "Heavy Bells" by Tennessee-based rock band J Roddy Walston and the Business. The song already is at #26 on the Alternative chart...


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Pop Sweep: December 7, 2013...


Hey gang, it's time to kick the first of today's five "chart sweeps" checking out the songs reaching the singles charts in Billboard magazine this week, and as usual I'll start with the pop charts....

On the "big" chart, Billboard's Hot 100, Lorde holds on to #1 for a ninth week with "Royals"...

British "boy-band" One Direction claim three debuts on the chart this week, with two of them in the top 20. First up at #11 is "Diana"...


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Songoftheday 11/30/13 - Clothes are all made out of wood pricey show, worthy to mention...


Sam Harris - "Sugar Don't Bite"
from the album Sam Harris (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #36 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 3

Today's song of the day is by singer/actor/stage star Sam Harris, who got his big break on the variety talent show Star Search back in 1983. A new concept at the time, where producers would tally weekly call-in votes for singers, comedians, and the ever-popular "spokesmodels" on the show, paving the way for the likes of American Idol and the like decades down the road. And the show did cultivate talent, and you'd be surprised at the people who have competed on the show: Alanis Morissette, Destiny's Child (under another name), Bill Engvall, even Sharon Stone (as a spokesmodel). Harris won 14 straight weeks, climaxed by his over-the-top rendition of "Over The Rainbow",  and took home the $100,000 prize. After that he was signed by Motown Records, where he recorded his self-titled debut album. The first single from the set was a campy new wave-style number called "Sugar Don't Bite", written by the team of Bruce Roberts and Donna Weiss...


"Sugar Don't Bite" became Sam's first and so far only top-40 pop hit in November of 1984, while also dancing up to #24 on Billboard's club play chart.

Harris' follow-up single "Hearts On Fire" was his biggest dance hit, beating "Sugar" out by a notch. The year after he released his second Motown album, and had one more minor pop and dance hit with "I'd Do It All Again". After that record he left Motown, but in the 90s he had a fruitful career on stage, most notably in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat's touring cast, as well as award-winning turns in Grease and The Life. He's also been on television in shows like The Class in the 2000s. Sam came out of the closet during that time, and lives a wonderful life with husband Danny and their kid Cooper, who show up on Sam's YouTube vlog from time to time (he was one of the first to embrace the site, and one of the first I subscribed to). With that, his shows, and his outreach work, he's done a lot with AIDS relief and LGBT activism.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

twostepcub's music chart for November 29, 2013...






Hey gang, the weekend is upon us, and time for my top 100 tunes of the week. Lorde reigns on my list for an eighth week, while Miley Cyrus (pictured above) swings into the top ten. A former big hit from Maroon5 drops off my chart, while songs by Empire Of The Sun, The Band Perry, and Katy Perry make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Happy after-turkey day!

This Week               Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Royals - Lorde (1)
2. Pompeii - Bastille (2)
3. Let Her Go - Passenger (5)
4. Counting Stars - OneRepublic (4)
5. Wake Me Up! - Avicii (3)
6. Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus (11)
7. Applause - Lady Gaga (7)
8. Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake f/Majid Jordan (12)
9. Aw Naw - Chris Young (9)
10. Roar - Katy Perry (10)
11. That's My Kind Of Night - Luke Bryan (6)
12. Brave - Sara Bareilles (8)
13. Demons - Imagine Dragons (13)
14. Come A Little Closer - Cage The Elephant (19)
15. Ways To Go - Grouplove (15)
16. The Best Day Of My Life - American Authors (22)
17. Still Into You - Paramore (21)
18. Out Of My League - Fitz & The Tantrums (16)
19. Animals - Martin Garrix (27)
20. Flashing Lights - Havana Brown (20)
21. Sirens - Pearl Jam (30)
22. Summertime Sadness - Lana del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais (18)
23. Everything Has Changed - Taylor Swift f/Ed Sheeran (23)
24. Live For The Night - Krewella (14)
25. Replay - Zendaya (25)
26. Sunny and 75 - Joe Nichols (31)
27. True Love - Pink f/Lily Allen (17)
28. Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke f/T.I. & Pharrell Williams (26)
29. Burn - Ellie Goulding (29)
30. What Now - Rihanna (34)
31. Waiting For Superman - Daughtry (40)
32. It Goes Like This - Thomas Rhett (28)
33. Lose Yourself To Dance - Daft Punk f/Pharrell Williams (33)
34. Safe and Sound - Capital Cities (24)
35. Sweater Weather - The Neighbourhood (35)
36. Stay The Night - Zedd f/Foxes (48)
37. Red - Taylor Swift (37)
38. Mine Would Be You - Blake Shelton (38)
39. Hurt You - Toni Braxton & Babyface (43)
40. Electricity & Drums (Bad Boy) - Dave Aude f/Akon & Luciana (45)
41. Hail To The King - Avenged Sevenfold (36)
42. We Were Us - Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert (42)
43. Youth - Foxes (50)
44. My Kind Of Love - Emeli Sande (44)
45. Carolina - Parmalee (53)
46. Radio - Darius Rucker (56)
47. Drunk Last Night - The Eli Young Band (51)
48. Southern Girl - Tim McGraw (49)
49. Weapon - Cazzette (39)
50. Young & Beautiful - Lana del Rey (54)
51. Clarity - Zedd f/Foxes (41)
52. Night Train - Jason Aldean (47)
53. Thinking About You - Calvin Harris f/Ayah Marar (67)
54. Don't Let Me Be Lonely - The Band Perry (71)
55. Lights Out - Jessica Sutta (65)
56. Who You Love - John Mayer f/Katy Perry (62)
57. Take Me Home - Cash Cash (57)
58. Unbelievers - Vampire Weekend (60)
59. Shake - The Head and the Heart (63)
60. Radioactive - Imagine Dragons (52)
61. Unconditionally - Katy Perry (76)
62. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You - James Arthur (66)
63. Gorilla - Bruno Mars (64)
64. Never Never - Korn (68)
65. Let Me Go - Avril Lavigne f/Chad Lavigne (75)
66. Days Of Gold - Jake Owen (80)
67. Sweet Annie - The Zac Brown Band (77)
68. Come To Me - Goo Goo Dolls (70)
69. DNA - Empire Of the Sun (87)
70. It Feels So Good - (We Are) Nexus (72)
71. Friday Night - Eric Paslay (86)
72. Parking Lot Party - Lee Brice (32)
73. What If - Five For Fighting (73)
74. Without Me - Fantasia f/Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott (79)
75. Say Something - A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera (85)
76. Hey Girl - Billy Currington (46)
77. Look Right Through - Storm Queen (89)
78. Hey Brother - Avicii (78)
79. I Need - TGT (84)
80. Come With Me - Ricky Martin (DEBUT)
81. Love Don't Die - The Fray (92)
82. Hurricane - MS MR (82)
83. Round Here - Florida Georgia Line (59)
84. Fire We Make - Alicia Keys & Maxwell (74)
85. Stay - Florida Georgia Line (DEBUT)
86. Wild Child - Brett Dennen (88)
87. Feva - Ranny f/Deepa Soul (94)
88. Give Us Back Love - Meital (93)
89. Baby I - Ariana Grande (DEBUT)
90. Let Me Go - Gary Barlow (90)
91. Jubel - Klingande (91)
92. Story Of My Life - One Direction (97)
93. Voices - Alice In Chains (DEBUT)
94. Love Me Again - John Newman (RE-ENTRY)
95. Work B!tch - Britney Spears (99)
96. Game Over - Vitaa (96)
97. Move - Little Mix (DEBUT)
98. The Monster - Eminem f/Rihanna (100)
99. Tsunami - DVBBS & Borgeous (DEBUT)
100. Lieder - Adel Tawil (DEBUT)

There are a (lucky) seven new songs on my chart this week (highlighted in blue), and if you click on any of them, you'll connect to their official website. And here they are on video after the break...

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Songoftheday 11/29/13 - You got sirens for a welcome, there's bloodstain for your pain and your telephone been ringing while you're dancing in the rain...


Duran Duran - "The Wild Boys"
from the album Arena (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (four weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's Song of the Day is by the "Fab Five" of the second British Invasion, Duran Duran, who had three consecutive top-10 hit from their amazing album Seven And The Ragged Tiger with "Union Of The Snake", "New Moon On Monday", and the #1 pop hit "The Reflex". After the release of the album, the band went on a very successful world tour, and from one of their stadium dates in Oakland, they recorded their mostly live album and accompanying movie Arena. There was one new studio track tacked on to the set, "Wild Boys", written by the band and co-produced by them with Chic leader Nile Rodgers. The elaborate big-budget video, directed by Russell Mulcahy, was meant to be a promo for his pitch to make a movie based on William S Burroughs' book The Wild Boys: A Book Of The Dead. That movie never came, but in return we got a tripped out fantasy featuring each of the five band members being tortured in different ways, with lead singer Simon Le Bon the worst of it strapped on to a windmill dunking his head on every revolution....


"The Wild Boys" hung out in the runner-up spot on the American pop chart for a solid month in December of 1984, while making it up to #27 on the dance club play list in Billboard. Internationally, the single topped the chart in Germany and Italy, reached #2 in Ireland, Switzerland, and their native England, and top-ten most everywhere else.

I admit I wasn't quite a fan of the song at first at all but it has grown on me a little bit. Not a lot, but a little.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

8 of the 80s: 11/28/13 (1981)..


Hey gang, throwback Thursday 80's style takes us back this week to 1980, the year the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda gained independence from the United Kingdom. (I've included links to buy anything on CD or MP3 when I could)...

REO Speedwagon - "Keep On Loving You"
from the album Hi Infidelity (1980)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1
Songwriter: Kevin Cronin


The song that rocked in the new decade was the big break for the midwestern band that proves that perseverance pays, waiting till their ninth album to make it big..

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7 of the 70s: 11/28/13 (1971)...


Hey gang, it's 70s throwback time, and today I'm back to 1971, the year Led Zeppelin released their iconic fourth album with "Stairway To Heaven" in November...(as usual I've included links to buy anything on MP3 or CD)...

The Raiders - "Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian)"
from the album Indian Reservation (1971)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1
Songwriter: John D Loudermilk


Three hundred and fifty years after the first Thanksgiving, relations between the Native Americans and the Europeans have been through quite a bit, which this recount of the "Trail Of Tears" that displaced millions of people from their homes in the South.

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Songoftheday 11/28/13 - I'll tell you now and I won't tell you twice, where when and how I got some bad advice...


Tommy Shaw - "Girls With Guns"
from the album Girls With Guns (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #33 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 3

Today's Song of the Day is by the former singer and guitarist from the arena rock group Styx, Tommy Shaw, who left the band after their Caught In The Act live album in 1984. He released his first solo set that same year, and like former bandmate Dennis DeYoung, he score a top 40 hit out of the box with the title track from his debut solo set, written by Shaw and produced by Mike Stone (Queen, Asia)...


"Girls With Guns" became Shaw's first and only top-40 solo single in November of 1984, while scaling up to #6 on the rock radio format chart.

Shaw would end up having a few more minor pop hits, stopping in 1987 with "Ever Since The World Began", which peaked at #75. At the start of the next decade, he joined forces with Night Ranger's Jack Blades and guitar loon Ted Nugent in Damn Yankees, which threw a few hits in the top-40 in the early 90s. By the middle of the decade, Shaw would return to Styx, where he still performs today (with only one other original band member)..

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Aussie Sweep: November 27, 2013...


G'day mates, "hump" day is here, and time to look at the songs reaching the official sales chart in Australia this week, as Eminem and Rihanna spend a second week at #1 with "The Monster"...

The top debut is by singer and X Factor Australia fourth-season winner Samantha Jade with "Soldier", my "Aussie Pick of the Week".  It's her fourth top-40 hit here - she topped the chart last year with "What You've Done To Me"...


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6 of the 60s: 11/27/13 (1961)...


It's time for this week's 60s flashback, and I've got a half-dozen more nuggets from 1961, the year the musical Kean starring Alfred Drake, who would be nominated for a Tony for. (As usual, I've included links to buy anything on MP3 or CD if possible)...

Bobby Vee - "Take Good Care Of My Baby"
from the album Take Good Care of My Baby (1961)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1
Songwriters: Gerry Goffin, Carole King


The only chart-topper from the teen idol from North Dakota was this song that the Beatles auditioned for Decca Records with.

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Songoftheday 11/27/13 - Many times Ive tried to tell you many times Ive cried alone, always I'm surprised how well you cut my feelings to the bone...


Pat Benatar - "We Belong"
from the album Tropico (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day is by rock singer Pat Benatar, who had a break through most of 1984 after her top-5 hit "Love Is A Battlefield" off of her mostly-concert Live From Earth album. She returned at the end of that year with a single that pointed into a more pop oriented direction with the sitar-inflected kumbayah-ness of "We Belong". The song was written by the team of Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro (the latter is Dave's cousin) and produced by Peter Coleman with Pat's husband and guitarist Neil Giraldo...


"We Belong" edged out "Love Is A Battlefield" to become Pat's biggest pop hit in January of 1985 (they both spent 14 weeks in the top-40 and seven in the top-10, with "We" spending an extra week at #5). It also went to #3 on the rock radio format, and was her first adult-contemporary hit at #34. Internationally the single went top-ten in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and was her first top-40 hit in England, reaching #22...

All and all it was a great vehicle to demonstrate Pat's versatility as a singer, allowing her to emote without screeching.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kraut Sweep: November 26, 2013...


Guten Tag, mein freunde, I'm ready to cross over to Germany to check out the songs making the official sales chart there, as Klingande enjoys a fourth non-consecutive week at #1 with "Jubel"...

The highest debut of the week at #46 belongs to northern Italian rock band Frei.Wild with "Verdammte Welt" ("Fucking World")....


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French Sweep: November 26, 2013...


Bonjour, mes amis, I'm ready to cross the Atlantic to check out the songs making the official sales chart in France this week, as Eminem and Rihanna spend a third week at #1 with "The Monster"...

The top entry of the week at #34 is rap duo Casseurs Flowters with "Dans La Place Pour Etre" ("In The Place To Be"). It's their first to reach the top-40...


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Songoftheday 11/26/13 - One very happy warm summer night I saw your face, what could I do?...


Steve Perry - "Strung Out"
from the album Street Talk (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak:#40 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 1

Today's Song of the Day is the third single released from Journey's lead singer Steve Perry's debut solo album. After scoring a top-3 hit off the bat with "Oh Sherrie", then following it with "She's Mine", Perry released "Strung Out", written by the singer with guitarist Billy Steele and drummer Craig Krampf....


"Strung Out" became Steve's third top-40 pop hit in October of 1984, while doing a bit better on rock radio, topping out at #17 on that format.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Robbed Hit of the Week 11/25/13: Scandal's "Hands Tied"....


Scandal featuring Patty Smyth - "Hands Tied"
from the album The Warrior (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #41

This week's "robbed hit" is by the new wave band Scandal, who had their big break in 1984 with the top-10 pop hit "The Warrior". The follow-up release was co-written by Holly Knight, who also did "The Warrior", and producer Mike Chapman. "Hands Tied" was a bit more straight-forward rock and roll and the video at least featured the rest of the band....


While "Hands Tied" became a moderate success at rock radio, reaching #21, it stopped one notch short of the top-40 at #41 in December of 1984.

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






I'm back with the second batch of albums reaching this week's Top 200 Albums chart in Billboard magazine. You can check out part one by clicking here, and as before I've included links to buy anything when possible...

Bucks County Pennsylvania's own Anthony Green comes in at #67 with his third album Young Legs. Last year the lead singer of Circa Survive put Beautiful Things on the chart at #27...


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Songoftheday 11/25/13 - Sometimes in my bed at night I curse the dark and a pray for light...


Huey Lewis & The News - "Walking On A Thin Line"
from the album Sports (1983)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #18 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's Song of the Day is by Huey Lewis & The News, whose megasmash album Sports had already spun off four top ten pop singles with "Heart And Soul", "I Want A New Drug", "The Heart Of Rock & Roll", and "If This Is It". For their fifth and final single from the album, the News released the more serious "Walking On A Thin Line", which somehow touched on a Vietnam Vet whose either being ignored by society or the girl he wanted...


"Walking On A Thin Line" became the fifth top-40 single off of Sports in November of 1984, while also going to #16 on the rock radio chart.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Brit Sweep: November 24, 2013...


Hey gang, the weekend is coming to a close, and it's time to check out the songs reaching the top 100 on the just-released official sales chart in the United Kingdom this week, as Lily Allen squeaks by to collect her third #1 hit with "Somewhere Only We Know". Her other two #1s are "Smile" and "The Fear"...

The song Lily beat out by less than 700 copies is the mashup of two 90s Eurodance classics by the British modern rock band Bastille. "Of The Night" combines Corona's "Rhythm Of The Night" (which went to #2 in the UK in 1993) and Snap!'s "Rhythm Is A Dancer" (which topped the chart here in 1992). It's Bastille's second top-10 hit, with "Pompeii" also reaching #2 earlier in the year...


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


Hey guys, I'm ready to bring out the first half of this week's "album sweep" sampling the records making their first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top 200 Albums chart this week. As usual I've included links to buy anything if possible, but if you can, make your way to an indie record store, you can find a bunch of holiday presents there!

The top-selling album of the week belongs to Lady Gaga, whose third full-length studio album ARTPOP sold over a quarter-million copies to become her second #1 album after Born This Way...



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Songoftheday 11/24/13 - One foot on the brake and one on the gas, well there's too much traffic I can't pass...


Sammy Hagar - "I Can't Drive 55"
from the album VOA (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #26 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's Song of the Day is by "red rocker" Sammy Hagar, who had already scored a top-40 hit with the first single from his VOA album, "Two Sides Of Love". For his second single he released a song inspired from a speeding ticket he received in New York, "I Can't Drive 55". Written by the singer and produced by Van Halen knobspinner Ted Templeman, the song would end up becoming his most remembered solo track...



"I Can't Drive 55" became Sammy's third top-40 pop hit in November of 1984, while revving up to #9 on the rock radio chart as well. When the feds raised the speed limit to 65, he had to reprise his song for the times....

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Dance Sweep: November 30, 2013...






We're down to the end of today's "chart sweeps" tracking the songs reaching the various singles charts in Billboard magazine, and this time out it's the newest dance jams in the clubs and on the radio...

On the DJ-polled Hot Dance Club Play chart, British singer Foxes, who sung on Zedd's #1 "Clarity", scores her own chart-topper with "Youth"...

The highest debut at #35 is by R&B/pop/dance singer Deborah Cox, who has been to #1 on the club chart 11 times, with her latest, "Higher" featuring Paige.


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Country Sweep: November 30, 2013...


Part four of today's "chart sweeps" is up, sampling the songs reaching the Billboard music charts, and now I've got the newest stuff on country radio...

On the Hot Country Airplay chart, Blake Shelton spends a third week at #1 with "Mine Would Be You"...

The first of the two debuts this week belongs to Thomas Rhett, who follows up his #1 hit "It Goes Like This" with "Get Me Some Of That" at #55. It's my "Country Pick of the Week"...


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Soul Sweep: November 30, 2013...


We're at the "hump" of today's "chart sweeps" sampling the songs making the charts in Billboard magazine, and this time out I'm serving the latest R&B tracks on the radio...

On the main R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart, Drake spends a sixth week at #1 with "Hold On, We're Going Home"...

The top debut at #41 belongs to rapper Kid Ink with "Show Me" featuring hot mess Chris Brown...


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Rock Sweep: November 30, 2013...


Round two of this week's "chart sweeps" is up, with the newest rock songs making the radio charts in Billboard magazine.

On the main Rock Airplay list, Cage The Elephant spends a second week at #1 with "Come A Little Closer"...

The sole debut this week at #49 are American Authors with their first hit "The Best Day Of My Life". It was a "Pop Pick" for me a few weeks back...


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Pop Sweep: November 30, 2013...


Hey gang, it's time to kick off today's five-part "chart sweeps" checking out the songs reaching the various singles charts in Billboard magazine, and as usual I'll start with the "big" chart and the pop side of things...

On Billboard's Hot 100, which tallies airplay, internet streaming, and sales, Lorde rules for an eighth week at #1 with "Royals"...

(and as a sidenote, yes, in one of their "stunts", they placed Bon Jovi's "Living On A Prayer" as a "re-entry" at #25 based on a "viral video" of a guy dancing at a basketball game that's only two minutes long. Really. Is this what we're coming to? I'm still waiting for advertisement songs to show up)

The top "real" debut of the week at #40 belongs to THIS IS THE VOICE contestant Matthew Schuler with, yes, another cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". It's a perfect example of why I stopped watching the show I thought had promise here. There really should be a moratorium on this song on these shows.

Anyway, this is the fourth time the song has reached the Hot 100: in 2010 Justin Timberlake, Matt Morris, and Charlie Sexton took a charity version to #13...


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Songoftheday 11/23/13 - Just when I thought I finally learned my lesson well, there was more to this than meets the eye..


.38 Special - "Teacher Teacher"
from the album Teachers (Original Soundtrack) (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #25 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's Song of the Day is by the southern rock group .38 Special, who scored a pair of top-20 pop hits in 1983 with "If I'd Been The One" and "Back Where You Belong". The following year the band recorded the title theme to the movie Teachers, starring Nick Nolte and Jobeth Williams that was half school pranks and half serious issues in a weird convoluted plotline. Even though the film blew chunk, the soundtrack from it was top-notch, with two of its track reaching the top 40. The first, "Teacher Teacher", was written by Canadian Bryan Adams and his writing partner Jim Vallance...


"Teacher Teacher" made the American top-40 in November of 1984,while also peaking at #4 on the rock radio chart.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

twostepcub's music chart for November 22, 2013...






It's time for my weekly recap of my top 100 tunes from the week, as Lorde rules for a seventh week with "Royals" while English folk-rock singer Passenger (pictured above) moves into the top-5. Songs by the Eli Young Band, Katy Perry, and Darius Rucker make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits by Kaskade, Tyler Farr, Gavin DeGraw, and Anna Kendrick drop out. Oh lord it's a fire!

This Week              Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Royals - Lorde - (1)
2. Pompeii - Bastille (4)
3. Wake Me Up! - Avicii (3)
4. Counting Stars - OneRepublic (5)
5. Let Her Go - Passenger (7)
6. That's My Kind Of Night - Luke Bryan (2)
7. Applause - Lady Gaga (6)
8. Brave - Sara Bareilles (8)
9. Aw Naw - Chris Young (11)
10. Roar - Katy Perry (12)
11. Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus (21)
12. Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake f/Majid Jordan (17)
13. Demons - Imagine Dragons (13)
14. Live For The Night - Krewella (10)
15. Ways To Go - Grouplove (15)
16. Out Of My League - Fitz & The Tantrums (16)
17. True Love - Pink f/Lily Allen (9)
18. Summertime Sadness - Lana del Rey vs Cedric Gervais (18)
19. Come A Little Closer - Cage The Elephant (29)
20. Flashing Lights - Havana Brown (24)
21. Still Into You - Paramore (28)
22. The Best Day Of My Life - American Authors (30)
23. Everything Has Changed - Taylor Swift f/Ed Sheeran (23)
24. Safe And Sound - Capital Cities (14)
25. Replay - Zendaya (26)
26. Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke f/T.I. & Pharrell Williams (22)
27. Animals - Martin Garrix (37)
28. It Goes Like This - Thomas Rhett (20)
29. Burn - Ellie Goulding (25)
30. Sirens - Pearl Jam (40)
31. Sunny and 75 - Joe Nichols (36)
32. Parking Lot Party - Lee Brice (27)
33. Lose Yourself To Dance - Daft Punk f/Pharrell Williams (34)
34. What Now - Rihanna (39)
35. Sweater Weather - The Neighbourhood (33)
36. Hail To The King - Avenged Sevenfold (32)
37. Red - Taylor Swift (41)
38. Mine Would Be You - Blake Shelton (42)
39. Weapon - Cazzette (35)
40. Waiting For Superman - Daughtry (46)
41. Clarity - Zedd f/Foxes (31)
42. We Were Us - Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert (47)
43. Hurt You - Toni Braxton & Babyface (51)
44. My Kind Of Love - Emeli Sande (52)
45. Electricity & Drums (Bad Boy) - Dave Aude' f/Akon & Luciana (55)
46. Hey Girl - Billy Currington (38)
47. Night Train - Jason Aldean (45)
48. Stay The Night - Zedd f/Hayley Williams (66)
49. Southern Girl - Tim McGraw (50)
50. Youth - Foxes (62)
51. Drunk Last Night - Eli Young Band (75)
52. Radioactive - Imagine Dragons (48)
53. Carolina - Parmalee (61)
54. Young & Beautiful - Lana Del Rey (54)
55. Misery Loves My Company - Three Days Grace (56)
56. Radio - Darius Rucker (76)
57. Take Me Home - Cash Cash (64)
58. Bonfire Heart - James Blunt (58)
59. Round Here - Florida Georgia Line (49)
60. Unbelievers - Vampire Weekend (60)
61. Love Somebody - Maroon 5 (53)
62. Who You Love - John Mayer f/Katy Perry (67)
63. Shake - The Head And the Heart (71)
64. Gorilla - Bruno Mars (65)
65. Lights Out - Jessica Sutta (79)
66. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You - James Arthur (68)
67. Thinking About You - Calvin Harris f/Ayah Marar (81)
68. Never Never - Korn (78)
69. All Kinds Of Kinds - Miranda Lambert (69)
70. Come To Me - Goo Goo Dolls (70)
71. Don't Let Me Be Lonely - The Band Perry (85)
72. It Feels So Good - (We Are) Nexus (74)
73. What If - Five For Fighting (73)
74. Fire We Make - Alicia Keys & Maxwell (72)
75. Let Me Go - Avril Lavigne f/Chad Kroeger (DEBUT)
76. Unconditionally - Katy Perry (98)
77. Sweet Annie - The Zac Brown Band (DEBUT)
78. Hey Brother - Avicii (93)
79. Without Me - Fantasia f/Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott (89)
80. Days Of Gold - Jake Owen (86)
81. Follow My Feet - Unlikely Candidates (87)
82. Hurricane - MS MR (92)
83. $$$ex - Vanessa Hudgens vs. YLA (83)
84. I Need - TGT (94)
85. Say Something - A Great Big World f/Christina Aguilera (DEBUT)
86. Friday Night - Eric Paslay (88)
87. DNA - Empire Of The Sun (97)
88. Wild Child - Brett Dennen (90)
89. Look Right Through - Storm Queen (DEBUT)
90. Let Me Go - Gary Barlow (95)
91. Jubel - Klingande (91)
92. Love Don't Die - The Fray (DEBUT)
93. Give Us Back Love - Meital (DEBUT)
94. Feva - Ranny f/Deepa Soul (DEBUT)
95. Eat Sleep Rave Repeat - Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr (DEBUT)
96. Game Over - Vitaa f/Maitre Gims (DEBUT)
97. Story Of My Life - One Direction (DEBUT)
98. Can We Dance - The Vamps (RE-ENTRY)
99. Work Bitch - Britney Spears (99)
100. The Monster - Eminem f/Rihanna (DEBUT)

There are eleven debuts on my chart this week (highlighted in blue), and if you click on any of them you'll connect to the artists' official website for more info, tour dates, music, and more..and here they are on video after the break..

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Songoftheday 11/22/13 - Everybody's saying silly things without knowing that life brings a change...


New Edition - "Cool It Now"
from the album New Edition (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (one week)
Weeks in the top-40: 14

Today's Song of the Day is by the vocal soul group New Edition, who came together in the Orchard Park projects of Boston in the early 80s. After being discovered at a talent show by producer Maurice Starr, the quintet of Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie Devoe, and Bobby Brown released their first album under his label Streetwise, and scored a #1 hit on the American soul chart and British pop chart with "Candy Girl". But after being swindled by Starr and having to sue to get themselves out of their contract, New Edition signed up with MCA records, and released their self-titled sophomore album in 1984.

The first single from the set, "Cool It Now", was written and produced by the team of Vincent Brantley and Rick Timas, and the bubbly confection evolved the group from their Jackson Five-aping debut...


"Cool It Now" became New Edition's first pop top ten hit in America in January of 1985, while also topping the R&B chart here as well. Surprisingly, given their early success there, they missed the top-40 with the single in Britain, stopping at #43.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

8 of the 80s: 11/21/13 (1980)...


I'm ready for this week's 80's throwback, and this time I'm back to 1980, the year Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter and John Anderson in the presidential race.

KC & The Sunshine Band - "Please Don't Go"
from the album Do You Wanna Go Party (1979)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1
Songwriters: Harry Casey, Richard Finch


The Florida disco kings survived the disco backlash for a short while with two massive ballads, including this one, which would be remade in the 90s by neo-disco outfit KWS.

Kool & The Gang - "Too Hot"
from the album Ladies Night (1979)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5

Songwriter: George Brown


This slick disco jam hid a lyric full of heartbreak.

Jimmy Ruffin - "Hold On To My Love"
from the album Sunrise (1980)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10
Songwriters: Robin Gibb, Blue Weaver


Brother of former Temptation David went 14 years between top-ten hits (from "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted") with this Bee-Gees assisted nugget.

Neil & Dara Sedaka - "Should've Never Let You Go"
from the album In The Pocket (1980)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #19
Songwriters: Phil Cody, Neil Sedaka


The veteran singer and songwriter enlisted his daughter for his final top-40 hit.

Utopia - "Set Me Free"
from the album Adventures In Utopia (1979)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #27
Songwriters: Roger Powell, Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sutton, John Wilcox


Only Rundgren could think of including the Iran Hostage Crisis and Kent State in a power-pop music video.

Rupert Holmes - "Answering Machine"
from the album Partners In Crime (1979)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #32
Songwriter: Rupert Holmes


Ahhh, the 80s. Another song from the technology of the times.

Felix Cavaliere - "Only The Lonely Heart Sees"
from the album Castles In The Air (1979)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #36
Songwriters: Felix Cavaliere, Jay Tran


Former Rascal Felix struck out on his own in the world of yacht-rock with this adult-contemporary hit.

The Babys - "Turn And Walk Away"
from the album On The Edge (1980)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #42
Songwriters: Jonathan Cain, John Waite


The final hit single for the power-pop outfit that would end up kickstarting Waite's solo career...

That's it for tonight...I'll be back tomorrow with another Song of the Day and my top 100 tunes from the week. Cheers!