Friday, July 31, 2015

twostepcub's music chart for July 31, 2015...


Friday's here and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. OMI remains at #1 for a third week with "Cheerleader", while Little Big Town (pictured above) climb into the top-5. A former big hit from Houndmouth drops off my list, while songs from Mumford & Sons, Jessica Sutta, and Giorgio Moroder/Sia  make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). No contract, no peace!

This Week             Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Mix) - Omi (1)
2. Honey, I'm Good. - Andy Grammer (2)
3. Renegades - X Ambassadors (3)
4. Fight Song - Rachel Platten (4)
5. Girl Crush - Little Big Town (7)
6. Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake f/MO (8)
7. Tear In My Heart - twenty-one pilots (11)
8. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon (6)
9. Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo (5)
10. Photograph - Ed Sheeran (12)
11. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd (16)
12. Bad Blood - Taylor Swift f/Kendrick Lamar (18)
13. Crystals - Of Monsters and Men (9)
14. Take Your Time - Sam Hunt (10)
15. Tonight Looks Good On You - Jason Aldean (19)
16. Like I Can - Sam Smith (24)
17. Earned It - The Weeknd (15)
18. Hold Back The River - James Bay (14)
19. Uma Thurman - Fall Out Boy (26)
20. Invincible - Kelly Clarkson (25)
21. Mr. Put It Down - Ricky Martin f/Pitbull (17)
22. This Summer's Gonna Hurt - Maroon 5 (23)
23. Dead Inside - Muse (13)
24. Talking Body - Tove Lo (20)
25. Baby Be My Love Song - Easton Corbin (21)
26. You Know You Like It - DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge (22)
27. Dreams - Beck (41)
28. Circles - Dave Aude f/Cierra Sample (32)
29. House On Fire - Ryan Cabrera (29)
30. Ghost Town - Adam Lambert (31)
31. Cecelia and the Satellites - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (39)
32. Blame It On Me - George Ezra (33)
33. Shame - Tyrese (38)
34. Loving You Easy - The Zac Brown Band (44)
35. Trust You - Rob Thomas (42)
36. Hey Mama - David Guetta f/Afrojack & Nicki Minaj (36)
37. Believe - Mumford & Sons (27)
38. Sangria - Blake Shelton (34)
39. Young & Crazy - Frankie Ballard (49)
40. Bright - Echosmith (30)
41. Deja Vu - Giorgio Moroder f/Sia (61)
42. Little Toy Guns - Carrie Underwood (28)
43. Let It Burn - Jazmine Sullivan (57)
44. Haute Mess - NERVO (48)
45. I'll Be There - Chic f/Nile Rodgers (35)
46. Ex's and Oh's - Elle King (58)
47. If You Say It Again - Rozalla (40)
48. My Type - Saint Motel (60)
49. See You Again - Wiz Khalifa f/Charlie Puth (49)
50. Sugar - Maroon 5 (37)
51. Love You Like That - Canaan Smith (55)
52. Let It Be Love - Jessica Sutta (74)
53. The Wolf - Mumford & Sons (78)
54. Shots - Imagine Dragons (68)
55. Failure - Breaking Benjamin (45)
56. Fool For Love - Lord Huron (56)
57. Ship To Wreck - Florence + The Machine (75)
58. Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding (43)
59. Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better) - Felix Jaehn f/Jasmine Thompson (59)
60. Crushin' It - Brad Paisley (62)
61. Fools Gold - Jill Scott (66)
62. Kiss Me Quick - Nathan Sykes (76)
63. This Feeling - L'Tric (65)
64. Beggin' For Thread - Banks (64)
65. Where Are U Now - Skrillex & Diplo f/Justin Bieber (69)
66. Little Monster - Royal Blood (81)
67. Kick The Dust Up - Luke Bryan (67)
68. Hell of A Night - Dustin Lynch (73)
69. Kiss You In The Morning - Michael Ray (71)
70. Go Big Or Go Home - American Authors (70)
71. Style - Taylor Swift (51)
72. Savages - Five Knives (47)
73. Brother - NEEDTOBREATHE f/Gavin DeGraw (77)
74. Love Me Like You Mean It - Kelsea Ballerini (54)
75. Shine - Years & Years (85)
76. Crash and Burn - Thomas Rhett (84)
77. Black Magic - Little Mix (87)
78. One Hell of an Amen - Brantley Gilbert (80)
79. Another You - Armin van Buuren f/Mr. Probz (79)
80. Don't It - Billy Currington (72)
81. Dear Future Husband - Meghan Trainor (46)
82. Goodbye - Feder f/Lyse (82)
83. Angel - Theory Of A Deadman (83)
84. House Party - Sam Hunt (88)
85. Show Some Love - First Ladies of Disco (93)
86. Elastic Heart - Sia (86)
87. Watch Me - Silento (89)
88. Like A Wrecking Ball - Eric Church (92)
89. Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth f/Meghan Trainor (DEBUT)
90. Are You With Me - Lost Frequencies (91)
91. Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne (63)
92. Reality - Lost Frequencies (96)
93. Let It Go - James Bay (97)
94. Not Letting Go - Tinie Tempah f/Jess Glynne (94)
95. Lose My Mind - Brett Eldredge (DEBUT)
96. Come & Get It - John Newman (100)
97. Rooftop - Skylar Stecker (DEBUT)
98. Supergirl - Anna Naklab f/Alle Farben & Younotus (98)
99. House Every Weekend - David Zowie (DEBUT)
100. Buy Me A Boat - Chris Janson

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

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Songoftheday 7/31/15 Each time the wind blows I hear your voice so I call your name...


"I Just Can't Stop Loving You" - Michael Jackson
from the album Bad (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's SOTD comes from the "King of Pop", Michael Jackson, who in 1987 was poised for a return since his landmark Thriller album which spun off a record seven top-10 singles. After an album with his Jacksons brothers and a reissue from Motown that placed a remixed "Farewell My Summer Love" on to the Top-40 in 1984, he had been relatively quiet, musically. However, Jackson was getting more attention from his personal life than his work, between buying the Beatles' publishing catalog (which was reported to have caused a rift in his friendship with Paul McCartney), his outlandish estate (complete with pet monkey), but most prominently his change of appearance, between clearly visible signs of multiple plastic surgeries he denied but also the color of his skin itself, which he explained was caused by the disease vitiligo (which half the world wasn't buying). So by 1987, the celebrity of Michael Jackson was overpowering the musician of Michael Jackson. Just in time for his next solo album Bad.

The first single released from the set, like "The Girl is Mine" on Thriller, was a relatively easygoing soft-pop duet, which was originally intended for Barbra Streisand, but instead given to upcoming session backup singer Siedah Garrett, who wrote another track, "Man In The Mirror", for the album. Without even a music video to support it, it was a very unconventional choice to open the promotion of the album, but at that time his name-clout alone was pure gold, and between fans rushing to buy the single and radio putting the song immediately on high rotation, the track rocketed on to the Billboard Hot 100 inside the top-40 before racing to #1...


"I Just Can't Stop Loving You" became Michael's seventh #1 pop hit in America apart from the Jacksons in September of 1987. The single also topped the R&B and Adult Contemporary radio charts in Billboard as well, while a translated Spanish version just missed the top-10 on the Latin Songs list. Internationally, the single went to #1 in most of the rest of the world as well, like the UK, Canada, Italy, Ireland, and Japan, though surprisingly missing the top-10 in France at #12. The song only spent 14 weeks on the Hot 100 since his next single "Bad" got much, much more attention rather quickly....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Aussie Sweep: July 30, 2015...






I'm ready to head Down Under to check out the songs making their debut on the official singles chart in Australia this week, as Belgian DJ/producer Lost Frequencies (aka Felix De Laet) moves to #1 with "Are You With Me"...

Homegrown "boy-band" 5 Seconds of Summer claim the top debut in their own country as "She's Kinda Hot" rockets in at #6. It becomes their fourth top-10 hit in Australia; they topped the chart with their breakthrough single "She Looks So Perfect"...


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Songoftheday 7/30/15 - Oh Lord I pray you give me strength to carry on 'cause I know what it means to walk along the lonely street of dreams...


"Here I Go Again" - Whitesnake
from the album Whitesnake (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's SOTD comes from the British hard-rock band Whitesnake, who came together under lead singer David Coverdale after his departure from Deep Purple in the late 70s, adopting the name from his first solo album. They released their first album as a unit in 1978, but it wasn't until record number two that they got their stride, with Lovehunter reaching the UK top-40 albums chart and track "Long Way From Home" becoming a minor hit at #55 there. By the start of the 80s, two other former members of Deep Purple were part of the group, and they scored their first big pop hit in Britain with "Fool For Your Loving" at #13 (it also reached the American Hot 100 at #53, and in 1989 would be re-recorded to become a US top-40 hit).

In 1982, the band with a mostly new lineup save for DP'ers Coverdale and Lord and Micky Moody released their fifth album Saints & Sinners. The first single from the album was "Here I Go Again", a mid-tempo break-up number that made the top-40 again in Britain at #34...


The rest of the first half of the 80s saw Whitesnake continue their moderate success on the British singles chart, but scoring consecutive top-10 albums there. They also gained steam in the U.S. with their Slide It In album, reaching the top-20 on Billboard's rock radio chart in 1984 with "Slow An' Easy". After another band lineup overhaul much like Heart in that same period, the band became much more mainstream radio friendly and were poised to take on the American market seriously. In 1987 Coverdale and his new troup released Whitesnake, and with a layer of synths and a punchier mix, "Here I Go Again" was released as the second single (after Led Zeppelin-ish rock hit "Still of the Night" dented the pop chart at #79). But what sent "Here I Go Again" to the top of the charts this time wasn't just the production or the song, but the presence of model Tawny Kitaen writhing on top of and inside the sports car Coverdale is driving throughout the music video that ruled MTV...


"Here I Go Again" sped up the American pop chart all the way to #1 in October of 1987, while surprisingly stopping at #4 on Billboard's Rock chart. Internationally, the record topped the chart in Canada and made the top-10 in the Netherlands, Ireland, and their native Britain, reaching #9 on its second go.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

German Sweep: July 29, 2015...


Here's the top 10 hits in Germany this week, according to their official singles chart, as Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies scores his second #1 hit out of two releases (after "Are You With Me") with "Reality" featuring Dutch singer Janieck Devy...

1. "Reality" - Lost Frequencies featuring Janieck Devy (2)
2. "Bye Bye" - Cro (1)
3. "Sugar" - Robin Schulz featuring Francesco Yates (DEBUT)
4. "Supergirl" - Anna Naklab featuring Alle Farben and Younotus (3)
5. "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" - Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson (4)
6. "Stole The Show" - Kygo featuring Parson James (5)
7. "Unter Mein Haut - Gestört aber GeiL & Koby Funk featuring Wincent Weiss (6)
8. "Photograph" - Ed Sheeran (DEBUT)
9. "Lean On" - Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring MO (9)
10. "Waiting For Love" - Avicii (8)

German DJ, remixer, and producer Robin Schulz from the Lower Saxon city of Osnabrück lands his fifth top ten hit in this country with "Sugar" featuring vocals from Canadian singer Francesco Yates. It's the second single and title track from his upcoming sophomore album; the first, "Headlights", made it to #6...


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Songoftheday 7/29/15 - Everything is wonderful being here is heavenly, every single day she sends everything is free...


"Mary's Prayer" - Danny Wilson
from the album Meet Danny Wilson (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's SOTD comes from the Scottish "sophisti-pop" trio Danny Wilson, who came together in the northeast city of Dundee in the mid-80s as Spencer Tracy, before being forced to change to the titular character in a Frank Sinatra movie when their debut album, Meet Danny Wilson, was released in 1987. With brothers Gary and Kit Clark along with childhood friend and bassist Ged Grimes, their first offering was "Mary's Prayer", a smooth slice of pop that somehow tanked in Britain on its first go, not even making the top-40 on a second run before American pop radio found a home for the song....


"Mary's Prayer" became Danny Wilson's sole American pop hit, reaching the top-40 in September of 1987. It naturally did even better on "easy listening" radio, climbing to #6 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. After its American success, the single was re-promoted in the UK, where it finally got the attention it deserved, peaking at #3 on the British chart in 1988. While other bands of the genre continued to gain favor at radio, the trio found less, with only "The Second Summer Of Love" from their sophomore album Bebop Moptop reaching the UK top 40 at #23 in 1989. After a few disagreements, the trio amicably split by the 90s, though they reunited periodically to appear on each others' musical projects. Gary Clark has since become a successful solo songwriter in his own right, collaborating with international acts like Natalie Imbruglia and Lawson. And ten years later, "Mary's Prayer" was given a new lease on life as it appeared prominently in the movie There's Something About Mary.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

French Sweep: July 28, 2015...


Here's the top ten hits in France this week, according to their official music chart, as Feder and Lyse spend a sixth week at #1 with "Goodbye"...

1. "Goodbye" - Feder featuring Lyse (1)
2. "Reality" - Lost Frequencies featuring Janieck Devy (4)
3. "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" - Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson (3)
4. "Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Mix)" - OMI (2)
5. "Lean On" - Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MO (6)
6. "Homeless" - Marina Kaye (5)
7. "Hey Mama" - David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Afrojack (7)
8. "Where Are U Now" - Skrillex & Diplo featuring Justin Bieber (DEBUT)
9. "Stole The Show" - Kygo featuring Parson James (9)
10. "Le Chant Des Sirenes" - Frero Delavega (RE-ENTRY)

Dubstep/alt-dance production kings Skrillex and Diplo, otherwise monikered as Jack U, land in the top 10 along with Justin Bieber for "Where Are U Now"...


Songoftheday 7/28/15 - Debonair lullabies in melodies revealed, in deep despair on lonely nights he knows just how you feel...


"When Smokey Sings" - ABC
from the album Alphabet City (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's SOTD comes from the English new wave group ABC, who had changed their sound dramatically on each of their first three albums, going from their stellar debut as a suave New Romantic quartet on The Lexicon Of Love, to their sophomore mainstream rock effort Beauty Stab (which flopped in the States), to the cartoonish pop-dance of How To Be A Zillionaire, which brought them back to American radio with the top-10 "Be Near Me" and top-20 follow-up "How To Be A Millionaire" in 1985. For their next release, the remaining duo of Martin Fry and Mark White went back to their roots with Alphabet City, a mature, lyrically entertaining batch of wit and storytelling that served as a much better followup to their debut. The first single, "When Smokey Sings", used a legend from the past that was just having his own revival on the charts with "Just To See Her", and paid reverence without being overly sugary...


"When Smokey Sings" became ABC's final triumph on American pop radio, climbing into the top-5 on the Hot 100 in September of 1987. The 12" remix went all the way to #1 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart, while the song also made it to #2 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio list. Internationally, while the single reached the top-10 in Canada (#5) and New Zealand (#9), it just missed that mark in their native Britain at #11.

Their next single, "The Night You Murdered Love", which could have been on The Lexicon Of Love, missed the pop chart completely, though scaling to #3 on the US dance chart. ( A crime, I tell you!). In 1989, they released Up!, but the lead single "One Better World" only get noticed in the UK, becoming their final top-40 hit there (#32). In 1992, the pair recruited the guys behind Black Box to remix their next album's first single "Say It", which made it to #3 on the American dance chart, but fizzled out elsewhere. Since then, White has left leaving Fry carrying on the ABC name with original drummer David Palmer showing up again on the act's most recent album in 2008, Traffic.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Robbed hit of the week 7/27/15 - Poison's "I Want Action"...


"I Want Action" - Poison
from the album Look What The Cat Dragged In (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #50

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the glam-metal band Poison, whose extra spending in the hair and makeup department paid off in droves as their single "Talk Dirty To Me" climbed into the pop top 10 in America in the spring of 1987. Their next release was a natural progression as "I Want Action" signaled their next stop intentions....


While the song followed the template of their previous single, it stopped short at the halfway mark on Billboard's Hot 100 in July of 1987. However that slip wouldn't last as it would be their last to miss the top-40 for quite a while.

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Songoftheday 7/27/15 - Early in the morning I'm still in bed she comes to me with sweet affection...


"Doing It All For My Baby" - Huey Lewis & The News
from the album Fore! (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's SOTD comes from the mainstream pop/rock band Huey Lewis & The News, whose straight-laced offering Fore! had already rewarded them with four consecutive top-10 hits with "I Know What I Like", "Hip To Be Square", and a pair of #1s with "Jacob's Ladder" and "Stuck With You". The fifth single put out from the album was the doo-wop-ish "Doing It All For My Baby", along with the big-budget MTV video extravaganza...


"Doing It All..." became the fifth top-10 pop hit from Fore in the U.S. in September of 1987, while climbing to #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Brit Sweep: July 26, 2015...


It's time to check out the new songs making the official singles chart in the UK this week, as Little Mix holds tight at #1 for a second week with "Black Magic"...

British singer John Newman claims the top debut of the week at #5 with the first single from his upcoming sophomore album Revolve, "Come and Get It". John has topped the UK chart three times, once as a solo artist with "Love Me Again", once supporting Rudimental on "Feel The Love", and once as the vocalist on Calvin Harris' "Blame"...


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Songoftheday 7/26/15 - I can see that you've got fire in your eyes and pain inside your heart, so many things have come and torn your world apart...


"Give To Live" - Sammy Hagar
from the album I Never Said Goodbye (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23 (one week)
Weeks in the top-40: 7

Today's SOTD comes from the "Red Rocker" himself, Sammy Hagar, who after scoring a pair of top-40 pop hits in 1984 with "Two Sides Of Love" and "I Can't Drive 55" joined hard rock titans Van Halen after the departure of David Lee Roth. After contributing a song to the Sly Stallone movie Over The Top, "Winner Takes It All", which was a minor pop hit and a #3 rock hit. Still owing another solo album to his former record label, Sammy released his ninth studio set in 1987. With an MTV contest to name the record resulting in I Never Said Goodbye, the first single, "Give To Live", was a more serious choice of single than his normal fare...


Oh, that hair.

"Give To Live" became Sammy's fourth and so-far last top-40 solo pop hit in August of 1987, while landing him his first #1 Mainstream Rock single in Billboard magazine. His follow-up release, "Eagles Fly", was a minor hit on the Hot 100 at #82 (his last solo stint there). Ten years later, after an acrimonious split with Van Halen, Hagar returned to the top of the rock radio list with "Little White Lie". He's had a few more rock hits, most recently with "Things Changed" in 2002 (#35). He reunited with Van Halen again in the mid naughties but that ended even worse. Since then he's concentrated on his solo work, the "Cabo Wabo" resort, and his new band Chickenfoot.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dance Sweep: August 1, 2015...


I'm ready to wrap up this week's 'music sweeps' checking out the songs making the Billboard charts for the last couple weeks with the latest dance jams in the clubs and on the radio...

On the DJ-polled Dance Club Play chart newcomers L'Tric landed their first #1 with "This Feeling", and this week 75-year-old Giorgio Moroder takes over with "Deja Vu" featuring Sia...

Kelly Clarkson entered the chart last week with "Invincible" at #39 and rockets to #25 this time out. It follows her "Heartbeat Song", which went all the way to the top ...


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Country Sweep: August 1, 2015...


Part four of this week's "music sweeps" has the latest hits on country radio as monitored by Billboard magazine...

On their Country Airplay chart last week Canaan Smith scored his first #1 hit with "Love You Like That", which is replaced this time out by Jason Aldean with his fourteenth, "Tonight Looks Good On You"...

Country bear Tyler Farr follows up his first #1 hit "A Guy Walks Into A Bar" with "Withdrawals", which climbs from #58 to #52, and nabs my "Country Pick of the Week"...


 The king of traditional country these days, Alan Jackson, returns with "Jim And Jack and Hank" which scales from #56 to #54...


Mother-two-daughters trio Lucy Angel debuted last week at #59 with "Crazy Too", which moves a couple spots this time out...


Newcomer Clare Dunn lands her first hit this week with "Move On", which enters at #58...


The final newbie at #60 is Jackie Lee with "Headphones". Last year he took his "She Does" single to #49...


I'll be ready to wrap things up in an hour and a half with the latest dance jams in the clubs and on the radio...

Soul Sweep: August 1, 2015...


We're at the "hump" of this week's double-packed "music sweeps", sampling the songs making their debut on the charts in Billboard magazine, and this time up I'm serving the latest on R&B radio...

On the main R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart, Rihanna moved to #1 last week with "Bitch Better Have My Money", which holds on for week number two...

Last week's top debut, "Alright" from Kendrick Lamar, jumps ten spots to #30 this week. It's the third radio hit from his #1 album To Pimp A Butterfly; "i" made it to #11...


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Rock Sweep: August 1, 2015...


Round two of this week's "music sweeps" is up, checking out the songs making their way on to the charts in Billboard magazine, and this time out I've got the latest hits on rock radio....

On their main Rock Airplay chart, "Renegades" from the X Ambassadors holds tight on top for a fifth week...

Singer/songwriter Halsey, from the New Jersey town of Washington, makes her debut at #40 with "New Americana". She's been opening for Imagine Dragons on tour...


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Pop Sweep: August 1, 2015...


Hey gang, I'm back after a week break with the first of today's five "music sweeps", checking out the songs making their debut on the various charts in Billboard magazine. As usual, I'll start out on the pop side of things, then later in the day move on to the latest in rock, R&B, country, and dance music. And away we gooooo...

On the "big" chart, Billboard's Hot 100, which combines tallies of radio airplay from all formats, sales (like iTunes and AmazonMp3 and the like), and internet streaming (from subscription services like Spotify and on-demand like YouTube), last week Jamaican pop-reggae artist OMI took over at #1 for the first time with "Cheerleader", and holds again this week...

Last week Meghan Trainor entered the chart at #95 with the fourth single from her debut album Title, "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" featuring John Legend. This week she leaps up to #71. Her last single, "Dear Future Husband", topped off at #14...


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Songoftheday 7/25/15 - Saw a psychic in LA was just the other day, and she told me what I knew was true...


"Love Power" - Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne
from the album Reservations For Two (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's SOTD comes from pop vocal icon Dionne Warwick, who landed the biggest hit of her career with the charity single "That's What Friends Are For", which topped the American singles chart for a month and became the biggest single of 1986. A year later, she released her Reservations For Two album, which included five duets among its ten tracks. One of them, "Love Power", was released as the first single. Written by the legendary duo of Burt Bacharach and Carol Bayer Sager, the record features R&B singer Jeffrey Osborne, who had also had the biggest solo hit so far with his "You Should Be Mine (Woo Woo Song)". Dionne even got to slip in a line about psychics, considering her future stint hawking the Psychic Friends Network..


"Love Power" climbed up to the top-20 on the American pop chart in August of 1987 (the single was Osborne's highest-charting pop hit). It would be the last for either Warwick or Osborne to reach the top-40 on the Hot 100. The breezy track (which sounds like the sonic counterpart to Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald's "On My Own") did even better on easy listening radio stations, making it to #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, and topped out at #5 on their R&B genre chart. Across the pond in England, the single was a minor hit at #63.

Dionne's next single, the title track from the album and another duet this time with producer/singer Kashif, was a minor pop hit at #62 while reaching #7 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #20 R&B. She would have a few more minor soul hits and popped into the Hot 100 chart one more time in 1998 with a cover of "What The World Needs Is Love" (#87), but sadly she was becoming more known to the younger folk as Whitney's aunt that was tied into the Psychic Network (the infomercial was inescapable in the 90s), getting busted for weed at an airport in Hawaii, and going bankrupt in 2002. But her status as a cornerstone of classic pop music from the 60s remains untouched to music fans worldwide.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

twostepcub's music chart for July 24, 2015...


Friday is finally here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Pop-reggae artist OMI spends a second week at #1 with "Cheerleader", while Rachel Platten (pictured above) takes her "Fight Song" into my top-5. Songs from the Weeknd, Beck, and Jessica Sutta make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars, the Zac Brown Band, Vance Joy, Audien, a Thousand Horses, and Axwell & Ingrosso drop off my list. Man, it's hard coming back from vacation!

This Week                 Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) - OMI (1)
2. Honey, I'm Good. - Andy Grammer (2)
3. Renegades - X Ambassadors (5)
4. Fight Song - Rachel Platten (6)
5. Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo (3)
6. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon (4)
7. Girl Crush - Little Big Town (10)
8. Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake f/MO (9)
9. Crystals - Of Monsters And Men (7)
10. Take Your Time - Sam Hunt (12)
11. Tear In My Heart - twenty-one pilots (16)
12. Photograph - Ed Sheeran (14)
13. Dead Inside - Muse (8)
14. Hold Back The River - James Bay (11)
15. Earned It - The Weeknd (13)
16. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd (44)
17. Mr. Put It Down - Ricky Martin f/Pitbull (17)
18. Bad Blood - Taylor Swift f/Kendrick Lamar (20)
19. Tonight Looks Good On You - Jason Aldean (23)
20. Talking Body - Tove Lo (18)
21. Baby Be My Love Song - Easton Corbin (21)
22. You Know You Like It - DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge (22)
23. This Summer's Gonna Hurt... - Maroon 5 (24)
24. Like I Can - Sam Smith (28)
25. Invincible - Kelly Clarkson (29)
26. Uma Thurman - Fall Out Boy (39)
27. Believe - Mumford & Sons (15)
28. Little Toy Guns - Carrie Underwood (19)
29. House On Fire - Ryan Cabrera (33)
30. Bright - Echosmith (30)
31. Ghost Town - Adam Lambert (36)
32. Circles - Dave Aude f/Cierra Sample (37)
33. Blame It On Me - George Ezra (35)
34. Sangria - Blake Shelton (34)
35. I'll Be There - Chic f/Nile Rodgers (25)
36. Hey Mama - David Guetta f/Nicki Minaj & Afrojack (38)
37. Sugar - Maroon 5 (27)
38. Shame - Tyrese (46)
39. Cecilia & The Satellite - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (47)
40. If You Say It Again - Rozalla (32)
41. Dreams - Beck (61)
42. Trust You - Rob Thomas (54)
43. Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding (31)
44. Loving You Easy - The Zac Brown Band (56)
45. Failure - Breaking Benjamin (45)
46. Dear Future Husband - Meghan Trainor (26)
47. Savages - Five Knives (48)
48. Haute Mess - NERVO (52)
49. Young & Crazy - Frankie Ballard (51)
50. Diamond Rings and Old Barstools - Tim McGraw f/Catherine Dunn (50)
51. Style - Taylor Swift (41)
52. Sedona - Houndmouth (40)
53. See You Again - Wiz Khalifa f/Charlie Puth (53)
54. Love Me Like You Mean It - Kelsea Ballerini (49)
55. Love You Like That - Canaan Smith (57)
56. Fool For Love - Lord Huron (58)
57. Let It Burn - Jazmine Sullivan (64)
58. Ex's and Oh's - Elle King (68)
59. Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better) - Felix Jaehn f/Jasmine Thompson (60)
60. My Type - Saint Motel (65)
61. Deja Vu - Giorgio Moroder f/Sia (75)
62. Crushin' It - Brad Paisley (63)
63. Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne (43)
64. Beggin' For Thread - Banks (66)
65. This Feeling - L'Tric (67)
66. Fools Gold - Jill Scott (72)
67. Kick The Dust Up - Luke Bryan (71)
68. Shots - Imagine Dragons (76)
69. Where Are U Now - Skrillex & Diplo f/Justin Bieber (77)
70. Go Big Or Go Home - American Authors (74)
71. Kiss You In The Morning - Michael Ray (73)
72. Don't It - Billy Currington (70)
73. Hell Of An Angel - Dustin Lynch (83)
74. Let It Be Love - Jessica Sutta (89)
75. Ship To Wreck - Florence + The Machine (RE-ENTRY)
76. Kiss Me Quick - Nathan Sykes (DEBUT)
77. Brother - NEEDTOBREATHE f/Gavin DeGraw (79)
78. The Wolf - Mumford & Sons (88)
79. Another You - Armin van Buuren f/Mr. Probz (84)
80. One Hell Of An Amen - Brantley Gilbert (82)
81. Little Monster - Royal Blood (95)
82. Goodbye - Feder f/Lyse (86)
83. Angel - Theory Of A Deadman (87)
84. Crash and Burn - Thomas Rhett (DEBUT)
85. Shine - Years & Years (DEBUT)
86. Elastic Heart - Sia (90)
87. Black Magic - Little Mix (DEBUT)
88. House Party - Sam Hunt (92)
89. Watch Me - Silento (93)
90. Alive - Guy Scheiman f/Hannah Gold (91)
91. Are You With Me - Lost Frequencies (96)
92. Like A Wrecking Ball - Eric Church (DEBUT)
93. Show Some Love - First Ladies of Disco (DEBUT)
94. Not Letting Go - Tinie Tempah f/Jess Glynne (94)
95. Sippin' On Fire - Florida Georgia Line (81)
96. Reality - Lost Frequencies f/Janieck Devy (DEBUT)
97. Let It Go - James Bay (97)
98. Supergirl - Anna Naklab f/Alle Farben & Younotus (98)
99. Poison - Rita Ora (DEBUT)
100. Come & Get It - John Newman (DEBUT)

There are nine songs making their debut on my chart this week (highlighted in blue), and if you click on any of them you will connect to the artists' official website for tour dates, music, info, and more. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 7/24/15 - Didn't think I'd find a girl that I could not forget, anything we started not so long ago ain't over yet...


"Since You've Been Gone" - The Outfield
from the album Bangin' (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #31 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's SOTD comes from the British mainstream-rock band the Outfield, whose sound as American as their name helped them score two big hits in the U.S. with "Your Love" and "All The Love In The World". In the summer of 1987 the trio released their sophomore album Bangin', with "Since You've Been Gone" tagged as the first single. Written by band guitarist John Spinks, the song stayed on the same path the previous hits tread, with tight harmonies and prominent guitar riffs leading the way...


"Since You've Been Gone" became the Outfield's third top-40 pop hit in America in August of 1987, while stopping at #11 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart.

Up tomorrow: Whitney's auntie and the Woo Woo guy have romance strengths.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Aussie Sweep: July 23, 2015...


It's time to head back Down Under to check out the songs making their way on to the official singles chart in Australia this week, as Meghan Trainor and John Legend top the list for a fourth week with "Like I'm Gonna Lose You"...

Australian dance music duo Peking Duk, from the capital city of Canberra, return at #29 with "Say My Name" featuring Benjamin Joseph. Last year the pair had back-to-back top-10 hits with "High" reaching #5...


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Songoftheday 7/23/15 - The way you hold me my heart is stirred, you can control me without a word...


"Hypnotize Me" - Wang Chung
from the album Mosaic (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #36 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 2

Today's SOTD comes from the British new wave act Wang Chung, who after paring themselves to a duo and going pure-pop, and scoring two top-10 pop hits in America with "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" and "Let's Go". The third single from the album was also used for the soundtrack to the Dennis Quaid sci-fi-lite film Innerspace. "Hypnotize Me", written by the Wang Chung duo of Jack Hues and Nick Feldman and produced by pop giant Peter Wolf (not the J. Geils singer), the track was remixed for the single/movie release...


"Hypnotize Me" reached the American pop top-40 in July of 1987, while missing that mark at #46 in Canada, and not even reaching the chart in their native Britain.  The song would be their last in the US Top-40. Their next album, The Warmer Side Of Cool, got a cooler reception, with single "Praying To A New God" stopping at #63 on the pop chart and top-30 on the Mainstream and Modern rock charts. They split soon thereafter to work on various projects, reuniting for a couple new tracks for a greatest hits set in 1997. One of those, "Space Junk", would go on to be heard by millions on the first episode of The Walking Dead. They've since released a couple of indie albums.

Up tomorrow: Some sports guys reflect on your absence.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

German Sweep: July 22, 2015...


Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week as tallied by their official music chart, as rapper Cro spends a third week at #1 with "Bye Bye"...

1. "Bye Bye" - Cro (1)
2. "Reality" - Lost Frequencies featuring Janieck Devy (2)
3. "Supergirl" - Anna Naklab featuring Alle Farben & Younotus (3)
4. "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" - Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson (4)
5. "Stole The Show" - Kygo featuring Parson James (5)
6. "Under Mein Haut" - Gestört aber GeiL & Koby Funk featuring Wincent Weiss (6)
7. "Wie Schon Du Bist" - Sarah Connor (8)
8. "Waiting For Love" - Avicii (9)
9. "Lean On" - Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MO (7)
10. "Goodbye" - Feder featuring Lyse (10)

No new songs appear in this week's top-10, but on my break last week Swedish DJ/producer Avicii entered with "Waiting For Love", which moves up a notch now. It's his sixth single to make the top ten in this country, with both "Wake Me Up" and "Hey Brother" reaching #1 here...








Songoftheday 7/22/15 - Woke up this morning closed in on all sides, nothing doing...


"Living In A Box" - Living In A Box
from the album Living In A Box (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #17 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's SOTD comes from the British new-wave trio Living In A Box, who came together in the blue-collar city of Sheffield in the mid-80s with lead singer Richard D'arbyshire leading the group. Their debut single, named for the band itself, was a frenetic dance number that rode on its wall of synth hooks, not surprising since the song was co-written by keyboardist member Marcus Vere...


Living In A Box - Living In A Box by jpdc11

"Living In A Box" became the band's sole top-40 hit in America, landing in the top-20 in August of 1987. The 12" remix went all the way to #6 on the Dance Club Play chart in Billboard, and even crossed over to its R&B chart at #74. Internationally, besides scaling to #5 on the British chart, the single reached the top-10 in Ireland, Germany, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland, the latter stopping one notch short of the top at #2.




The band teamed up with soul veteran Bobby Womack for the followup single, "So The Story Goes", which was a minor hit in the US, while another cut from the debut album, "Love Is The Art", peaked at #12 on the Dance Club Play chart here.  They released a second album, Gatecrashing, in 1989, and went top-10 in the UK twice with "Room In Your Heart" (#5) and "Blow The House Down" (#10), only the latter nicked any American list as it went to #19 on the club chart. They wouldn't make it to their third release, with D'Arbyshire starting a short-lived solo career before concentrating on songwriting.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

French Sweep: July 21, 2015...


Here's the top 10 hits in France this week, according to their official singles chart, as "Goodbye" from Feder and Lyse spends a fifth week at #1...

1. "Goodbye" - Feder featuring Lyse (1)
2. "Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Mix)" - OMI (2)
3. "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" - Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson (4)
4. "Reality" - Lost Frequencies featuring Janieck Devy (5)
5. "Homeless" - Marina Kaye (6)
6. "Lean On" - Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MO (3)
7. "Hey Mama" - David Guetta featuring Afrojack & Nicki Minaj (RE-ENTRY)
8. "Laissez Passer" - Maitre Gims (8)
9. "Stole The Show" - Kygo featuring Parson James (7)
10. "Jour 1" - Louane (10)

There are no newbies in this week's top ten, but last week while I was away Norwegian DJ/producer Kygo scored his second top-10 hit after "Firestone" (#5) with "Stole The Show" with vocals from Parson James...


Songoftheday 7/21/15 - I see your face cloud over like a little girl's and your eyes have lost their shine...


"Can't We Try" - Dan Hill with Vonda Shepard
from the album Dan Hill (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's SOTD comes from Canadian soft rock artist Dan Hill, who started out as a teen songwriter for RCA which led to his first self-titled solo album in 1975. While the first single, "You Make Me Want To Be", reached the top-40 in his homeland, it was the second, the coming-of-age ode "Growin' Up", which dented the American pop chart at #67. Two years later, with his third album Longer Fuse, Hill struck gold with the creepy breakup song "Sometimes When We Touch", which peaked at #3 in the States in topped the charts up North. After the follow-up single, "All I See Is Your Face", just missed the pop top-40 at #41 (while reaching the top-10 on the "easy listening" chart), Hill's success was relegated just to Canada.

In 1987, Hill returned with a second self-titled album, and the first single, "Can't We Try", was a duet with fellow singer/songwriter Vonda Shepard. Like "Sometimes When We Touch", it was a ballad about a relationship in turmoil, but this time having the protagonist plead for another try. Written with Dan's own wife Beverly, the "lite rock" stations ate this up, with her soaring voice a good counterpoint to his gruff delivery...


"Can't We Try" became Hill's second and most recent top-10 pop hit in September of 1987, while reaching #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart. In Dan's own country, the song reached #14.

The next single, "Never Though That I Could Love", matched "Can't We Try" on the AC chart at #2, but just missed the top-40 again at #43. He would proceed to have a handful more of hits at that previous format, most recently in 1994 with "In Your Eyes". Meanwhile, after scoring a top-20 adult hit with "Don't Cry Ilene", Shepard was hired to be the ongoing piano-player/Greek Chorus stand-in on the hit comedy Ally McBeal, with the show's theme, "Searchin' My Soul", went to #10 on the new format of Adult Top-40 in 1998, while a duet with the Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers, "Baby, Don't You Break My Heart Slow", made the top-30 on both the Adult top-40 and Easy Listening radio lists. She's married to rock producer Mitch Froom (Suzanne Vega's ex-husband).

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Brit Sweep: July 20, 2015...


Time to play catch-up with the latest songs to reach the official singles chart in the UK this week, as last week's #1 (whilst I was away), "House Every Weekend" from David Zowie, plummets to #5...

The new #1 hit in Britain is from the X Factor UK-winning female vocal group Little Mix as they collect their third chart-topper with "Black Magic". They previously led with "Cannonball" and "Wings"...


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Robbed hit of the week 7/20/15 - John Waite's "These Times Are Hard For Lovers"...


"These Times Are Hard For Lovers" - John Waite
from the album Rover's Return (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #53

This week's "robbed hit" comes from British rock singer John Waite, who went from a lucrative stint in the power-pop band the Babys to a #1 solo pop hit in the U.S. with "Missing You" in 1984. His next album a year later nabbed him another top-40 single with "Every Step Of The Way". He also contributed a song to the excellent About Last Night movie, "If Anybody Had A Heart", which was a top-40 adult contemporary hit. In 1987, John released his fourth solo effort, Rover's Return. On the first single, "These Times Are Hard For Lovers", he employed songsmith Desmond Child, who worked with Bon Jovi, to punch up the energy...


While "These Times..." became his fourth top-10 rock hit in Billboard, the single stalled out below the halfway mark on their Hot 100 pop list. However, in due time Michael Bolton, using the same co-writer, balls-out vocal style, and hair product, would bring this style of rock back to mainstream radio in full form.

As for Waite, he would have a couple more minor pop hits in the 90s, ending with "How Did I Get By Without You" (#89) that was his last rock hit as well (#20). The next decade saw him join the "supergroup" Bad English, and returning him finally to #1 with "When I See You Smile". However, when he returned to his solo career, his music was relegated to "easy listening" radio, with a pair of moderate singles on the adult contemporary list (with "New York City Girl" at #23 in 2005).

Songoftheday 7/20/15 - I have learnt through all my past mistakes not to let the hurdles sap my energy...


"One For The Mockingbird" - Cutting Crew
from the album Broadcast (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #38 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 2

Today's SOTD comes from the British rock band Cutting Crew, who had scored a #1 pop hit in America with their first single "(I Just) Died In Your Arms". Their next release was another proto-modern rock song, "One For The Mockingbird", written by band leader Nick Van Eede..


"One For The Mockingbird" reached the top-40 on both the pop and Mainstream Rock (#29) charts in America in July of 1987. However, the track missed that mark in both Canada (#47) and their native England (#52)...

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Songoftheday 7/19/15 - You told me that you'd never hurt me girl you just tore my life apart, tell me baby why'd you do it won't you bring me back my heart...


"Why You Treat Me So Bad?" - Club Nouveau
from the album Life, Love & Pain (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #39 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 1


Today's SOTD comes from the R&B group Club Nouveau, whose leader/producer Jay King rose from the ashes of the Timex Social Club to score a #1 hit pop single with their proto-new jack swing cover of Bill Withers' "Lean On Me". Their next 7" release was an original, a moody, melancholy heartbreak piece called "Why You Treat Me So Bad?". Written by King with member musicians Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy, lead singers Samuelle Prater and Valerie Watson-English traded off verses of deceit providing the shadow image of their previous hit...


"Why You Treat Me So Bad?" became the Club's second and most recent top-40 pop hit in July of 1987. The record did much better on R&B radio, climbing to #2 on that chart, and peaked at #22 on Billboard's Dance Club Play list. The single also nicked the singles chart in the Netherlands at #96.

The final hit from Life, Love & Pain, "Heavy On My Mind", missed the R&B top 40 at #42. Foster and McElroy left shortly after to concentrate on writing and producing, working with Tony! Toni! Tone'! before recording their own material, landing a top-10 soul hit with "Dr. Love" in 1989. They also put together the 90's "girl group" supreme En Vogue, even nabbing a featured credit as "FMob" on the #51 pop/#15 R&B hit "Runaway Love". Samuelle scored a chart-topping R&B single with "So You Like What You See" in 1990. The Club's next album in 1988, the more political-leaning Listen To The Message, wasn't as successful, though they claimed another top-40 soul hit with "It's A Cold, Cold World". A year later, their single "No Friend Of Mine" did much better, reaching #12 on the R&B chart. They were last seen in 1992 with a lite-reggae take on the gospel standard "Oh Happy Day".

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Songoftheday 7/18/15 - Yo no soy marinero, soy capitán...


"La Bamba" - Los Lobos
from the album La Bamba (Original Soundtrack) (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's SOTD is a cover of a 50s classic remade for the film made about its original singer, Ritchie Valens. Valens, who was born in California but who drew upon his Mexican heritage like no other popular solo rock star of the time. In 1958, he covered an old folk song from the Mexican Gulf regino of Veracruz called "La Bamba", which before had been used in the 1947 movie Fiesta with Ricardo Montalban and Cyd Charisse (it's a minute and 36 seconds in after "Tapatio")...


Valens released "La Bamba" as the "flip-side" to his #3 hit "Donna", and it climbed to #22 on Billboard's pop chart in 1958..


Sadly, Valens didn't get to continue his burgeoning career, dying in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, with Ritchie only 17 years old. However his legacy carried on longer than his three hit singles did, and influenced the band that would pay him tribute.

Los Lobos also hailed from California, and they incorporated their Chicano heritage into their love of folk and rock, and in 1984 they released their landmark album How Will The Wolf Survive, which is still on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of rock and roll. The title track from the set also became a minor pop hit, peaking at #78 on Billboard's Hot 100. They also appeared on a song on Paul Simon's classic Graceland album, and in 1987 were commissioned to record eight of the twelve songs on the movie made about Valens' life, La Bamba. Lou Diamond Phillips starred as the singer, but he was miming the band's recording of his hits. Nevertheless, the films and the album were a huge success, far more than they could have realized, turning "La Bamba" from a novelty exotic folk song into a party staple...


Los Lobos' version of "La Bamba" topped the American pop chart for three weeks in August and September of 1987. Naturally, the track also topped the Latin Tracks chart in Billboard, and crossed over to the Mainstream Rock (#11), Adult Contemporary (#4), and even the country (#57) charts in that magazine. Internationally the single was just as huge, going to #1 in the UK, Canada, Australia, Spain, France, Italy, Ireland, New Zealand, and Switzerland. The soundtrack album also topped the American chart, and most importantly brought back Valens' contribution to music as a worthy peer to the oft-feted Holly.

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