Saturday, January 09, 2016

Pop Sweep: January 16, 2016...


It's time to kick off the first of my five "music sweeps" of the day, sampling the songs making their way into the charts in Billboard magazine. As usual, I'll start on the pop side of things, and then later in the day move on to the latest in rock, R&B, country, and dance music. And away we go....

On the "big" chart, Billboard Hot 100, Adele again holds reign for her tenth week with "Hello"...

In another slow post-holiday week on the charts, the highest debut on the list doesn't come until down at #85. It's from rapper 2 Chainz, with "Watch Out" from his mixtape Trap-A-Velli Tre. As a lead artist, the man born Tauheed Epps has had four previous top-40 hits on this chart, with co-lead duties on "Mercy" with Kanye West, Big Sean, and Pusha T sending him to #13 (he also made it to #3 as a featured guest on Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty")...[NSFW]


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Country rocker Eric Church drives in at #92 with "Mr. Misunderstood", the first single and title track to his fifth studio album. Church has reached the top-40 on the Hot 100 four times already, with "Springsteen" going to #19 in 2012...


Keith Urban brings out the second single from his upcoming Ripcord album, "Break On Me", at #94. The first, "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16", peaked at #40...


The third country entry on the chart at #99 is "Confession", the fifth single from crossover duo Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes album. Lead-off track "Dirt" went to #11 here...


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

on the Mainstream Top-40 radio panel Justin Bieber spends a third week on top with "Sorry"...

The sole new entry here at #39 is from producers Diplo and Sleepy Tom with "Be Right There". The song samples the 90's hit "Don't Walk Away" from Jade, which reached #4 on the Hot 100...


Meanwhile, on the older-skewing Adult Top-40 format, Adele's "Hello" stays at #1 for a seventh week, while there are no songs making their debut...

Finally, on the Adult Contemporary, or "easy-listening" chart, the Christmas rush finally comes to a close, as "Hello" is on top for a seventh non-consecutive week, and thirteen songs come on to the chart, with five of them for their first week...

At #23 is singer/songwriter/Dancing With The Stars contestant Andy Grammer, with a former "Pop Pick" "Glad To Be Alive (Hallelujah)". It follows "Honey I'm Good", which topped out at #3 on this chart...


Haley Reinhart, who finished third on the tenth (aka the "Scotty McCreery") season of American Idol, enters at #25 with her version of the classic ballad "Can't Help Falling In Love". The track, my "Pop Pick of the Week", features fellow Idol (and current Postmodern Jukebox) alum Casey Abrams on piano...


Justin Bieber sneaks on to this chart at #27 with "Sorry". His last single, "What Do U Mean", actually made it to #15 here...


British neo-house singer Jess Glynne shimmies in at #28 with "Hold My Hand". Her breakthrough track with Clean Bandit, "Rather Be", went to #21 at this format...


Selena Gomez pops in at #29 with "Same Old Love". She took "The Heart Wants What It Wants" to #18 on this chart...


That's all for the start of today's musical journey...I'll be back with the newest on rock radio...












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