Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pop Sweep: March 7, 2015...


I'm ready to kick off the first of today's five "chart sweeps", checking out the songs making their debut on the various singles charts in Billboard magazine. As usual I'll start on the pop side of things, then later in the day go over the latest on rock, R&B, country, and dance radio.

On the "big" chart, Billboard's Hot 100, which combines tallies of radio airplay from all formats, sales (like iTunes and Amazonmp3), and internet streaming (like Spotify or YouTube), Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars remain at #1 for an eighth week with 'Uptown Funk!"...

The top debut of the week was originally an exclusive track on the Target stores deluxe version of Taylor Swift's 1989 album, "Wonderland", it now moves in at #51. She also has back-to-back top-10 hits as "Blank Space" holds at #7 and "Style" moves up to #8...


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Last week Canadian rapper Drake saw a bunch of his tracks from his "mixtape" If You're Reading This You're Too Late make the Hot 100. This week, as one of them, "Energy", leap into the top-40 at #26,  five more tracks land on the chart. First up at #70 is "Know Yourself"...


Next at #81 is "No Tellin'"....


Drake's "6 God" ascends to #83...


while "Now & Forever" is in at #95...


Finally, Drake's "6 Man" arrives at #97...


The final new entry on the big chart at #100 pairs up rappers Wiz Khalifa and Iggy Azalea on "Go Hard Or Go Home". It's from the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 franchise movie; Wiz went to #43 with "We Dem Boyz" from the sixth film in the series....



And now on to the pop radio format charts....

On the Mainstream Top-40 radio panel, "Uptown Funk!" is on top for a fifth week...

The top debut at #36 is Madonna with "Living For Love", my "Pop Pick of the Week". Madge went to #1 on this chart in 1995 with "Take A Bow"...


Modern rock band Walk The Moon take their #1 rock hit "Shut Up And Dance" to this format at #38...


Alt-R&B artist the Weeknd enters at #39 with "Earned It" from the soundtrack from 50 Shades Of Grey. Another track from that film, "Love Me Like You Do" from Ellie Goulding, jumps to #14 here...


Dance-pop team Cash Cash arrive at #40 with "Surrender". They previously peaked at #14 with "Take Me Home"...


Meanwhile, on the older-skewing Adult Top-40 format,  Ed Sheeran stays at #1 for a third week with "Thinking Out Loud"...

Cuban-American rapper Pitbull and R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo team up again at #34 with "Time Of Our Lives". They had gone to #19 on this chart before with "Give Me Everything"...


California pop/rock band Lifehouse returns at #40 with "Hurricane", from their upcoming Out Of The Wasteland album. They've hit #1 twice before with "Hanging By A Moment" in 2001 and "You & Me" in 2005...


Lastly, on the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, Taylor Swift claims the top spot for a third week with "Blank Space"...

The "super-collab" of Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney place their top-5 pop hit "FourFiveSeconds" on this list at #27....


That's all for the start of today's musical trip...I'll be back in 90 minutes with the latest on rock radio...




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