Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pop Sweep: March 28, 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 charts in Billboard magazine this week. As usual, I'll start on the pop side of thing, then later in the day move on to the newest in rock, R&B, country, and dance music...

On the "big" chart, Billboard's Hot 100, which combines tallies from radio airplay from all formats, sales (like iTunes and Amazon-MP3), and internet streaming (on subscription services like Spotify or on-demand like YouTube), Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars claim the top spot for an eleventh week with "Uptown Funk!"...

Racing back on the chart at #31 is British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons with "Believe", the first single from their upcoming third album Wilder Mind. It becomes their third top-40 hit; they went to #12 in 2012 with "I Will Wait"...


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Pop/R&B singer Jason Derulo returns at #45 with "Want To Want Me". He's racked up ten top-40 pop hits, with his first, "Whatcha Say", topping the chart in 2009...


Country A-lister Luke Bryan goes on Spring Break at #94 with his new single "Games". He's been in the top-40 on the Hot 100 a dozen times, with "Play It Again" landing at #14 last year...


Comic rapper/singer/I guess Cee-Lo replacement Lunchmoney Lewis cashes in at #95 with "Bills", my "Pop Pick of the Week"...


Sibling modern rock act Echosmith follow up their #13 breakthrough hit "Cool Kids" with "Bright" at #96. The track is already in the top-20 on the Adult Top-40 list...


Kenny Chesney teams up for a second time with rocker Grace Potter for the song at #97, "Wild Child", the third single from his Big Revival album. Four years ago they climbed to #33 with "You & Tequila"...


At the same time, Tim McGraw's collaboration with his cousin Catherine Dunn,  "Diamond Rings and Old Barstools", sits down at #98. It's the fourth single from his Sundown Heaven Town album to make the Hot 100; the third, "Shotgun Rider", peaked at #38...


The second new track from American Idol country queen Carrie Underwood's greatest hits album, "Shiny Toy Guns", shoots in at #99. It follows "Something In The Water" which swam up to #24...


The last newbie on the big chart at #100 is rapper Wiz Khalifa with "See You Again" featuring Charlie Puth. It's his second single from the Fast and Furious 7 movie to make the chart; "Go Hard or Go Home" with Iggy Azalea also went to #100...


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

On the Mainstream Top-40 radio panel, Taylor Swift lands her third #1 hit from her 1989 pop album with "Style", while the aforementioned "Want To Want Me" from Jason Derulo is the sole debut at #22...

Meanwhile, on the older-skewing Adult Top-40 format, Ed Sheeran spends a fifth non-consecutive week on top with "Thinking Out Loud"...

The third single from Scottish DJ/musician/singer Calvin Harris' Motion album, "Outside" featuring Ellie Goulding, lands at #36. The first, "Summer", went to #11 last year...


Alt-pop singer Banks moves in at #37 with "Begging For Thread", which had already peaked at #11 on the modern rock chart...


The aforementioned "Believe" from Mumford & Sons pops in on this chart at #38...

Ariana Grande jumps in at #39 with "One Last Time", It's the fifth single from her My Everything album to hit this list; "Bang Bang" with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj went to #6....


Another modern rock hit that finally emerges at this format is "Hero" from Family Of The Year, which crosses over to Adult Top-40 at #40. The single topped the Triple-A rock chart back in April of 2013, but now hits pop stations thanks to its exposure in the Oscar-nominated movie Boyhood...


Lastly, on the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, "Thinking Out Loud" is at #1 for a second week...

Sam Smith arrives at #25 with "Lay Me Down". He has two singles in the Top-5 on this chart with "I'm Not The Only One" at #3 and "Stay With Me" at #5...


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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