Wednesday, May 31, 2017

German Sweep: May 31, 2017...

Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to their official singles chart, as "Despacito" from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hang on to the top spot for a fifth week...

1. "Despacito" - Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee (1)
2. "No Roots" - Alice Merton (2)
3. "Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran (3)
4. "I'm The One" - DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil' Wayne (5)
5. "Tuesday" - Burak Yeter featuring Danelle Sandoval (4)
6. "Swalla" - Jason Derulo featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign (6)
7. "There's Nothin' Holding Me Back" - Shawn Mendes (9)
8. "OK" - Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt (DEBUT)
9. "Galway Girl" - Ed Sheeran (7)
10. "Something Just Like This" - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (8)

German DJ/producer Robin Schulz teams up with James Blunt, aka that "You're Beautiful" guy, for "OK", which enters the top ten at #8. It's the second single from his upcoming Uncovered album; the first, "Shed A Light", went to #6...


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Songoftheday 5/31/17 - Your face is beaming you say it's 'cause you're dreaming of how good it's going to be...

"I Don't Have The Heart" - James Ingram
from the album It's Real (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's song of the day comes from R&B/pop singer James Ingram, who after getting his big break providing vocals on two big singles on Quincy Jones' The Dude album, spent the rest of the decade appearing on various top-40 collaborations, among them the #1 "Baby Come To Me" with Patti Austin and the Grammy winning #2 soundtrack hit "Somewhere Out There" with Linda Ronstadt. In 1989, Ingram released his third solo album It's Real, on Jones' Qwest label but produced by a myriad of people besides himself. The first single from the set was the "new jack lite" title track, which climbed to #8 on Billboard's R&B chart (It was also a minor British hit at #83). That was followed by the similar "I Wanna Come Back", and peaked at #18 on that list, then came a cover of the Aretha Franklin classic re-gendered as "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Man" that got to #30. However, none of these singles made even a dent on the pop chart, possibly because the change in style was jarring to those accustomed to "soft rock" Ingram. That was remedied on the fourth release from the set, "I Don't Have The Heart". A touching break-up ballad written in the perspective of the dump-er by Alan Rich and Jud Friedman, the realistic view of a man trying his best to let a lovelorn partner down easy was different and sympathetic, and got the response from mainstream radio finally for one of his solo turns, albeit a "classy friendzoning"...


"I Don't Have The Heart" became Ingram's second trip to #1 on Billboard's American pop chart in October of 1990. The single also spent two weeks at #2 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, while crossing over to #53 on the R&B list. The record was nominated for a Grammy Award for Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1991, losing out to the late Roy Orbison's live recording of "Oh Pretty Woman".

 A fifth single from the It's Real album, "When Was The Last Time The Music Made You Cry", made the top-40 Adult Contemporary at #29, and slipping on to the R&B list at #81. In 1993, Ingram released his fourth studio album and last with Qwest, Always You, but the only charting R&B single, "Someone Like You", got to #34 on the Adult Contemporary list. He wouldn't appear again on the pop Hot 100 in America, though his collaboration with John Tesh, the wedding-tailored "Give Me Forever (I Do)", which peaked at #5 on the AC chart, popped in on the Pop Airplay list at #66 in 1998.

Since then, James most recently put out a gospel-styled album in 2008, Stand (In The Light), which got to #63 on the R&B albums chart. He was also nominated for two more Grammys, in 1995 for his duet with Dolly Parton, "The Day I Fall In Love" from the film Beethoven's 2nd, and the following year for his collab with Anita Baker on "When You Love Someone" taken from the film Forget Paris.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

French Sweep: May 30, 2017...

Here's the top ten hits in France this week, according to their official singles chart, as Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hang tight on top for a fifth week...

1. "Despacito"- Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee (1)
2. "Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran (2)
3. "Chocolat" - Lartiste featuring Awa Imani (3)
4. "Skin" - Rag N' Bone Man (7)
5. "It Ain't Me" - Kygo & Selena Gomez (6)
6. "I Feel It Coming" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (8)
7. "Chained To The Rhythm" - Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley (10)
8. "Something Just Like This" - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (DEBUT)
9. "Sign Of The Times" - Harry Styles (RE-ENTRY)
10. "Attention" - Charlie Puth (RE-ENTRY)

American "bro-dance" duo the Chainsmokers claim their first top ten hit in this country with their collaboration with Coldplay, "Something Just Like This"...


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Songoftheday 5/30/17 - Everyone knows if you don't demand it shows, that you understand the light shining inside us...

"This Is The Right Time" - Lisa Stansfield
from the album Affection (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #21 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's song of the day is by British pop/soul singer Lisa Stansfield, whose debut solo album Affection had already scored her two big hits in America with "All Around The World" and "You Can't Deny It". The third single released in the U.S. was originally her first international solo hit. "This Is The Right Time", written by Stansfield with her Blue Zone collaborators Ian Devaney and Andy Morris, and produced by dance remixing duo Coldcut, sounded different than the previous two selections, with a much higher tempo and electric piano chord riffs like those in the Italo-house genre like Black Box and the 49ers. However, Lisa's soulful voice still allows her to get her runs in despite the frenetic pace...


"This Is The Right Time" became Lisa's third top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in October of 1990. The single also climbed to #13 on Billboard's R&B chart, while it also crossed over to #35 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio list. The remixes from the 12" single took the song to #1 on the Dance Club Play chart for a week. Internationally, the record was a top-40 hit in Canada (#12), Germany (#17), Austria (#20), Italy (#24), and Lisa's native Britain (#13).

While no other singles from Affection reached American shores, she had two more hits from the set in Europe, with "Live Together" reaching the top ten in the UK, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and "What Did I Do To You" peaking at #25 in Britain.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 5/29/17 - Kid Frost's "La Raza"...

"La Raza" - Kid Frost
from the album Hispanic Causing Panic (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #42

This week's "robbed hit" comes from California rapper Kid Frost, who grew up an "army brat" who followed his father's worldwide job, before settling back to Cali, where he started a rap career with a few independent 12" singles before releasing his debut album Hispanic Causing Panic in 1990. The Latin-styled rapper's debut single, "La Raza" ("The Race"), sampled El Chicano's top-20 R&B hit from 1970, "Viva Turado"...


While "La Raza" climbed to #14 on Billboard's Rap Singles chart, and #33 on their Hot Latin Tracks list, it stalled right under the pop Top-40 in September of 1990. The record also peaked at #59 on the R&B chart as well. He followed with a collaboration with fellow Latin rap artists Mellow Man Ace and A.L.T. under the moniker Latin Alliance, and they went to #54 in 1991 with "Lowrider (On The Boulevard)".

Two years later, Kid Frost released his second album East Side Story, and from it "No Sunshine", an interpolation of the Bill Withers classic, slipped on to the pop chart at #95.  He dropped the "Kid" from the mid-90s on, with a couple more minor pop hits from his Smile Now, Die Later record; his last chart hit was "La Familia" (#77) in 1996. He's recently been fighting cancer.




Songoftheday 5/29/17 - These are the days of the open hand they will not be the last, look around now these are the days of the beggars and the choosers...

"Praying For Time" - George Michael
from the album Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from George Michael, who went from being one-half of the "boy-band"-style duo Wham! to an international pop superstar with one of the biggest albums of the decade, the Grammy-winning Faith. The record had spun off six top-5 pop hits in the U.S. with "I Want Your Sex", "Kissing A Fool", and four #1's in "Monkey", "Father Figure", "One More Try", and the title track. After a grueling tour behind the album, and a full three years after the release of Faith, Michael's second solo album Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1. came out. With George denying any promotion of his own to the album, the lead single "Praying For Time" arrived with only a lyric video without him in it (one of the first "lyric videos" ever, TBH). The beautiful reflection on the state of the world in crisis did find a home on radio by just name-power alone, sending it quickly up the pop chart around the world...


"Praying For Time" became George's ninth #1 with or without Wham! in October of 1990. The song also climbed to #4 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the song topped the chart in Canada, while reaching the top ten in Norway (#2), Ireland (#3), Italy (#3), Switzerland (#6), New Zealand (#8), Sweden (#9), the Netherlands (#10), and in Michael's own UK (#6). The record also made the top 20 in France, Germany, and Australia.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Songoftheday 5/28/17 - I've got it all together 'cause I want someone here forever, 'cause you you make me feel so right when I hold you near...

"Tell Me Something" - Indecent Obsession
from the album Indecent Obsession (Spoken Words) (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #31 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day comes from the Australian modern rock band Indecent Obsession, who hail from the city of Brisbane in Queensland. They came together in the late 1980's under keyboard player Michael Szumowski and drummer Daryl Sims, with David Dixon initially as the lead singer, Andrew Coyne on guitar. With this lineup they released their debut album in 1989, titled Spoken Words in their homeland. The first single released there, "Say Goodbye", climbed up to #6 on the Australian singles chart (in retrospect their biggest single there). It was a cheesy synth-pop track, as was their follow-up, "Tell Me Something". Written by Dixon and Szumowski, it rode on a Stock-Aitken-Waterman-style HI-NRG beat full of bass and boyish charm. It reached #17 in Australia, then when the album was re-released in the States under the band's name, "Tell Me Something" became the first single...


"Tell Me Something" became Indecent Obsession's first and only top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in September of 1990. The song also climbed to #39 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, beside their home the record was a minor hit in the UK (#91). Two more singles came from their debut, and reached the charts in Australia - the ballad "Come Back To Me" (#40) and the frenetic dance-pop of "Never Gonna Stop" (#72).

In 1992, the band released their sophomore effort, Indio. The lead single, "Kiss Me", was their last top-40 hit in Australia, while another song from the set, "Whispers In The Dark", became a top ten hit in France. Dixon and Coyne exited the group after that, with new players Richard Hennassey and Graham Kearns coming in for their third album Relativity. But after "Tell Me Something", the U.S. had already let them go as a "one hit wonder". Since then, Dixon went on to stage and solo success with a couple of minor hits, while Szumowski went behind the scenes to write and produce.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Brit Sweep: May 27, 2017...


It's time to cross the Atlantic yet again to check out the notable songs and albums making the charts in the UK this week...

On the official singles chart in Britain, "Despacito" from Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and sometime Justin Bieber remains on top for a third week...

Well, the series is complete, as the last member of One Direction to enter the chart with a solo single claims the top debut of the week at Liam Payne is in at #3 with "Strip That Down" featuring rapper Quavo (from Migos)...


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Songoftheday 5/27/17 - You won't belong to me I let you down, I walk around 'n' see your night skyline...

"Everybody Everybody" - Black Box
from the album Dreamland (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from the Italian dance act Black Box, which came about in the late 1980's. Daniele Davoli, Mirko Limoni, and Valerio Simplici had recorded music together under various monikers, including Starlight, which reached the top ten in the UK in the summer of 1989 with the house music of "Numero Uno", and then again in the fall of that year as Mixmasters with "Grand Piano", which climbed to the same peak of #9. Both of the records were infectious fugues of scattered samples, with the latter incorporating Loleatta Holloway's "Love Sensation" in it (before Marky Mark would get a hold of it). At the same time of "Starlight", the trio released another track that borrowed (well, stole) from "Love Sensation". "Ride On Time", named for the misheard lyrics in the Holloway club classic, strung the sample from her voice like an instrument throughout the piano-house jam, and while becoming a huge worldwide hit, spending six weeks at #1 on the British singles chart and reaching the top ten in over 11 countries, it barely got noticed in America, where it only snuck up to #39 on our Dance Club Play list. And just like German producer Frank Farian with Milli Vanilli (and many Eurodance acts that didn't get enough exposure to care), they hired on model Katrin Quinol to visually "front" the "band" and lipsynch for her life for the music video. Holloway and songwriter Dan Hartman ended up suing, and while a settlement came out of it, there wasn't a big outcry, most likely since it was at the time deemed a one-off novelty act. (Also, another version was recorded belatedly using future M People singer Heather Small on vocals.)

Capitalizing on the massive international success of "Ride On Time", the trio, under the Black Box moniker, set out to record a proper album which included mostly original music and lyrics, instead of the soup of samples on their previous records. They recruited big-voiced singer Martha Wash of the Weather Girls (of "It's Raining Men" fame) to provide the vocals on the entire set, with the understanding that it was meant for club consumption. But just like her stint with Clivilles and Cole's Seduction and C&C Music Factory, the Italians again used Quinol to lipsynch in the music videos as well as TV appearances. Their next single, "Everybody Everybody", was a classic slice of Italo-house driven by synth-bass and keys (alone with Arsenio Hall's "Owww") that not only set the clubs on fire, but with promotion from big-league label RCA got mainstream radio jamming as well. Although how anybody believed a voice so strong like Wash's could come out of Quinol is beyond me...


"Everybody Everybody" climbed all the way to the top ten on the American pop chart in October of 1990. The single also spent a week at #2 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the remixes on the 12" single sent it to #1 for three weeks on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the song surprisingly was their first and only Italian top ten hit at #7, and also reached the top ten in Ireland (#6), and the top-40 in France (#11), New Zealand (#11), the UK (#16), Switzerland (#21), Canada (#28), the Netherlands (#29), Australia (#35), and Belgium (#39), and just missed the mark in Germany (#41).

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Friday, May 26, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for May 26, 2017...


Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Bruno Mars rolls into his fifth week at #1, as the Chainsmokers and Coldplay (pictured above) reach the top five together. Former big hits from the Weeknd/Daft Punk, Spoon, Lauren Alaina, and the Head and the Heart drop off my list, while songs from Rag N' Bone Man, Mary J. Blige, and Rosabel/Terri B! make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). The mortal world lost a great soul this week. Treat all you love like it's their last....

This Week              Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (1)
2. Love Is Mystical - Cold War Kids (2)
3. Believer - Imagine Dragons (3)
4. Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran (5)
5. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (6)
6. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur (4)
7. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (7)
8. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (10)
9. Hurricane - Luke Combs (12)
10. Symphony - Clean Bandit f/Zara Larsson (14)
11. Human - Rag N' Bone Man (9)
12. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (16)
13. Yeah Boy - Kelsea Ballerini (13)
14. Mercy - Shawn Mendes (8)
15. Rockabye - Clean Bandit f/Anne-Marie & Sean Paul (11)
16. Cold - Maroon 5 f/Future (24)
17. Blame - Bastille (27)
18. Bar At The End Of The World - Kenny Chesney (18)
19. Heavy - Linkin Park (23)
20. Chained To The Rhythm - Katy Perry f/Skip Marley (15)
21. Scars To Your Beautiful - Alessia Cara (17)
22. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (32)
23. Love On The Brain - Rihanna (19)
24. Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara (34)
25. Black - Dierks Bentley (29)
26. How Not To - Dan + Shay (31)
27. Find Me - Sigma f/Birdy (28)
28. Green Light - Lorde (20)
29. Issues - Julia Michaels (33)
30. It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez (35)
31. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (38)
32. Water Under The Bridge - Adele (22)
33. Million Reasons - Lady Gaga (21)
34. The Fighter - Keith Urban f/Carrie Underwood (44)
35. Paris - The Chainsmokers (25)
36. Cold Cold Cold - Cage The Elephant (48)
37. High Ticket Attractions - The New Pornographers (37)
38. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (52)
39. Hey Baby - Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike f/Deb's Daughter (30)
40. Dirt On My Boots - Jon Pardi (36)
41. Fun - Blondie (51)
42. I Love You - Axwell & Ingrosso (56)
43. Shine On Me - Dan Auerbach (57)
44. Skin - Rag N' Bone Man (64)
45. Falling - Alesso (47)
46. Still Breathing - Green Day (39)
47. Hometown Girl - Josh Turner (43)
48. The Weekend - Brantley Gilbert (50)
49. Stay In The Dark - The Band Perry (49)
50. Redbone - Childish Gambino (60)
51. Good News - Ocean Park Standoff (53)
52. Any Ol' Barstool - Jason Aldean (46)
53. Galway Girl - Ed Sheeran (59)
54. Places - Xenia Ghali f/Raquel Castro (54)
55. U + Me (Love Lesson) - Mary J. Blige (70)
56. Fast - Luke Bryan (41)
57. Alone - Alan Walker (58)
58. Help - Papa Roach (62)
59. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars (55)
60. Down - Marian Hill (40)
61. If I Told You - Darius Rucker (71)
62. Sweet Disaster - DREAMERS (76)
63. You Look Good - Lady Antebellum (77)
64. HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar (68)
65. Set Yourself Free - Dirty Disco f/Celeda (79)
66. Take It All Back - Judah & The Lion (66)
67. I'm Blessed - Charlie Wilson f/T.I. (67)
68. Living Out Loud - Brooke Candy f/Sia (74)
69. Higher Love - Lisa Williams (73)
70. Attention - Charlie Puth (DEBUT)
71. I Don't Wanna Live Forever - Zayn & Taylor Swift (61)
72. Angela - The Lumineers (82)
73. A Guy With A Girl - Blake Shelton (69)
74. Scared To Be Lonely - Martin Garrix f/Dua Lipa (86)
75. Monster - Starset (80)
76. Craving - Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris (DEBUT)
77. Kissing Strangers - DNCE f/Nicki Minaj (87)
78. Anthem Of House - Rosabel f/Terri B! (93)
79. Sign Of The Times - Harry Styles (83)
80. Yours If You Want It - Rascal Flatts (84)
81. Heathens - twenty-one pilots (81)
82. Back 2 Love - Dave Audé f/JVMIE (DEBUT)
83. You're Not Alone - Scotty Boy & Lizzie Curious (DEBUT)
84. Let You Down - Seether (88)
85. No Roots - Alice Merton (DEBUT)
86. Every Time I Hear That Song - Blake Shelton (96)
87. The Cure - Lady Gaga (DEBUT)
88. My Girl - Dylan Scott (92)
89. Location - Khalid (90)
90. By Your Side - Jonas Blue f/RAYE (91)
91. High - Sir Sly (DEBUT)
92. Be The One - Dua Lipa (RE-ENTRY)
93. Lady - Austin Mahone f/Pitbull (97)
94. Solo Dance - Martin Jensen (94)
95. Reverend - Kings Of Leon (99)
96. There's Nothing Holding Me Back - Shawn Mendes (DEBUT)
97. No More Sad Songs - Little Mix f/Machine Gun Kelly (98)
98. 5000 Miles - Johnny Gill f/Jaheim (100)
99. Lost Love - Lisa Cole (DEBUT)
100. You Don't Know Me - Jax Jones f/RAYE (RE-ENTRY)

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

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Songoftheday 5/26/17 - I want the best I won't settle for less, since Cupid shot my heart I'm stressed...

"Romeo" - Dino
from the album Swingin' (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: # (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from dance-pop singer Dino, whose debut album 24/7 had proven to be a "grower" in the record shops, eventually sending five singles onto the pop charts, with two of them, "Sunshine" and the #7 "I Like It", reaching the top 40. In 1990, the Las Vegas-based artist released his second album, Swingin'. The first single, "Romeo", bridged the gap between the dance-pop of the late 1980's (like Debbie Gibson) with the new jack swing that was in full gear by the beginning of the new decade. Written and produced by Dino, it became his highest-charting single...


"Romeo" became Dino's second top ten pop hit in October of 1990. The single also crossed over to Billboard's R&B chart at #69, while the remixes on the 12" single made it to #35 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the song reached the top-40 with our neighbors to the north Canada at #32.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Aussie Sweep: May 25, 2017...


It's time to head Down Under to check out the songs and albums from local artists reaching the charts in Australia this week...

On the Australian Artists Singles chart, Dean Lewis spends yet another week at #1 with "Waves"...

Australia competed for the third time at last week's Eurovision Song Contest, and this year it was former X Factor Australia winner Isaiah Firebrace, who came in ninth in the finals with "It Don't Come Easy", which enters the chart here at #6...


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Songoftheday 5/25/17 - You had something to hide should have hidden it shouldn't you, now you're not satisfied with what you're being put through...

"Policy Of Truth" - Depeche Mode
from the album Violator (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #15 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from the British new wave band Depeche Mode, whose landmark album Violator had rewarded them with two top-40 pop hits in the U.S. with "Personal Jesus" and the top ten "Enjoy The Silence". The third single released from the record would be the mid-tempo "Policy Of Truth", written by Martin Gore and produced by the band with Flood (Mark Ellis). Despite the title, the lyrics actually advocate keeping secrets in...


"Policy Of Truth" became Depeche Mode's third top-40 pop hit from Violator in October of 1990. The song also climbed all the way to #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart for one week, while the remixes on the 12" single made it to #2 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the record reached the top ten in Italy (#5), Germany (#7), and Spain (#7), and the top 20 in Finland (#11), Ireland (#11), Switzerland (#12), Sweden (#20), and their native UK (#16).

The fourth single from Violator, the album-opener "World In My Eyes", peaked just under the halfway mark on the American pop chart at #52, while making it to #6 on the dance chart and #17 on the modern rock radio list.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

German Sweep: May 24, 2017...

Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to their official singles chart, as Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" in on top for a fourth week...

1. "Despacito" - Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee (1)
2. "No Roots" - Alice Merton (2)
3. "Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran (3)
4. "Tuesday" - Burak Yeter featuring Danelle Sandoval (4)
5. "I'm The One" - DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Lil' Wayne, Chance The Rapper, and Quavo (5)
6. "Swalla" - Jason Derulo featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign (6)
7. "Galway Girl" - Ed Sheeran (7)
8. "Something Just Like This" - The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay (8)
9. "There's Nothing Holding Me Back" - Shawn Mendes (DEBUT)
10. "Symphony" - Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson (RE-ENTRY)

Canadian pop singer Shawn Mendes is back at #9 with "There's Nothing Holding Me Back". It's his third top ten hit; his debut, "Stitches", climbed to #2...


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Songoftheday 5/24/17 - I've no excuse, I just want you to use me take me and abuse me, I got no taboos I'll make a trade with you do anything you want me to...

"Dirty Cash (Money Talks)" - Adventures Of Stevie V 
from the album Adventures Of Stevie V (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #25 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's song of the day comes from English dance music producer Steven Vincent, who recorded his first album under the moniker Adventures of Stevie V in 1990, featuring songwriter and musician Mick Walsh and singer Melody Washington. Their debut single came out in Britain the year before; "Dirty Cash (Money Talks)", written by Vincent and Walsh, was a house music banger that featured a thumping groove which based the bouncy bassline, as Washington sang bluesfully about the pitfalls of being addicted to cash...


"Dirty Cash" became the group's first and only top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in September of 1990. The single also climbed to #75 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the remixes on the 12" single topped the Dance Club Play chart for two weeks. Internationally the song went to #2 in their native UK, while hitting the #1 spot in the Netherlands, and reaching the top ten in Belgium (#3) and Ireland (#10), and the top 20 in Austria (#13), Switzerland (#16), Australia (#18), and Germany (#20).

While the song was catching up in the U.S., in the UK and Europe the act's second single, would be "Body Language", which made the top-40 in the Netherlands (#14), Ireland (#23), the UK (#29), and New Zealand (#40). Next up came "Jealousy", was a big club hit in America, spending two weeks at #2 on the Dance Club Play Chart, while slipping on to the pop Hot 100 at #94, and it was a minor hit in Britain at #58. Finally, the song "That's The Way It Is" from the debut album climbed to #29 on the Dance chart. These four track anchor one of the strongest house music albums of the new decade. Two years later, though, their sophomore effort Satisfy Me went unnoticed. Vincent went on to teach, while Walsh wrote another dancefloor classic, Clubland's "Set Me Free", which spent two weeks at #2 on the Club Play chart in 1992.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

French Sweep: May 23, 2017...

Here's the top ten hits in France this week, according to their official singles chart, as Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (with a little help from Justin Bieber, I suppose) top the list for a fourth week...

1. "Despacito" - Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee (1)
2. "Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran (2)
3. "Chocolat" - Lartiste featuring Awa Imani (3)
4. "Amar Pelos Dois" - Salvador Sobral (DEBUT)
5. "Requiem" - Alma (DEBUT)
6. "It Ain't Me" - Kygo & Selena Gomez (7)
7. "Skin" - Rag N' Bone Man (8)
8. "I Feel It Coming" - The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (4)
9. "Human" - Rag N' Bone Man (6)
10. "Chained To The Rhythm" - Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley (RE-ENTRY)

At last week's Eurovision finals, Salvador Sobral ended up winning the contest with a song that quite reminded me of French music legend Serge Gainsbourg. That entry, "Amar Pelos Dois" ("Love For Both of Us"), enters the chart in this country at #4. Last year's winner, "1944" from Ukranian singer Jamala, peaked at #49 in France...


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Songoftheday 5/23/17 - Last night I had the time of my life it's true, for last night I made love for the very first time with you...

"Can't Stop" - After 7
from the album After 7 (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's song of the day comes from the R&B trio After 7, who had landed a top 10 pop hit with their third single from their debut album, "Ready Or Not". The follow-up to that lush mid-tempo love song would be the perky dance-pop of "Can't Stop". Written by producers L.A. Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (the latter the brother of the group's Melvin and Kevon), the track became their biggest pop success...


"Can't Stop" became After 7's second top-10 pop hit in October of 1990. The single also topped Billboard's R&B chart (like "Ready Or Not"), while it crossed over to their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #23. The remixed version of the song climbed to #25 on their Dance Club Play list as well. Internationally, the record was a big hit in New Zealand, peaking at #9, while it was a minor chart hit in the UK (#54) and Australia (#80). A fifth single from the album, the new jack swing jam "My Only Woman", missed the pop chart but made the top-40 on the R&B list.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 5/22/17 - Gloria Estefan's "Cuts Both Ways"...

"Cuts Both Ways" - Gloria Estefan
from the album Cuts Both Ways (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #44

This week's "robbed hit" comes from Gloria Estefan, whose first album billed as a solo artist (apart from the Miami Sound Machine), Cuts Both Ways, had landed her three top-40 hits with "Here We Are", "Get On Your Feet", and the #1 pop hit "Don't Wanna Lose You". A fourth single, "Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Voice)", made the top ten on the Latin Songs chart while almost reaching the top-40 in the spring of 1990. The fifth single released from the set brought out another ballad from the album, the title track written by Gloria and produced by her husband Emilio along with MSM members Clay Ostwald and Jorge Casas. It has her going through a bad breakup, in an adult but thoroughly emotional way, and is one of her best and most nuanced ballad performances...


While "Cuts Both Ways" sailed all the way to #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart, the song stalled right under the top-40 on the pop Hot 100 in August of 1990. It's understandable, being the fifth single from a hit album, the sales didn't quite match the radio play. The track did reach the top-40 internationally in Canada (#38), Australia (#38), and Ireland (#22), while in New Zealand, the song got as high as #10.

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Brit Sweep: May 21, 2017...

It's time to cross the Atlantic yet again to check out the notable songs and albums making the charts in the UK this week...

On the official singles chart in Britain, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi and rapper Daddy Yankee spend a second week on top with "Despacito" featuring Justin Bieber...

Miley Cyrus is back with the highest debut of the week at #11 with "Malibu". It previews her upcoming sixth album...


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Songoftheday 5/22/17 - We need to lay in each other's arms there's nowhere else to go, it's all so easy and I want you to know...

"Heart Of Stone" - Taylor Dayne
from the album Can't Fight Fate (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from dance-pop singer Taylor Dayne, whose sophomore effort Can't Fight Fate had already spun off three big hits with "With Every Beat Of My Heart", "I'll Be Your Shelter", and the #1 ballad "Love Will Lead You Back". The fourth and final single released from the album was the mid-tempo soft-pop offering "Heart Of Stone". Written by Elliott Wolff along with Carolyn Bowden and Gregg Tripp, the song furthered her distance from the dancefloor hits from her first album...


"Heart Of Stone" became the fourth top-40 pop hit from Can't Fight Fate in September of 1990. The single did better on easy listening radio, reaching #8 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. Internationally, the record climbed to #4 in Canada, and just missed the top-40 in Australia at #42.

Up tomorrow: Soulful trio won't quit.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Songoftheday 5/21/17 - All my friends call me a fool, they say "let the woman take care of you"...

"Oh Girl" - Paul Young
from the album Other Voices (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day comes from British pop/soul singer Paul Young, who had made it big time in America in the summer of 1985 with his cover of Daryl Hall & John Oates' "Everytime You Go Away" that went to #1 on the pop chart, along with a respectably successful follow-up in the cover of Ann Peebles' "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down". The following year, Young released Between Two Fires, a criminally underrated album that featured more of his own original work, and while it was modestly successful in his native UK, scoring a top-40 hit with "Wonderland" (#24), in the States the song "Some People" stalled way down at #65. So in 1990, for his next record Other Voices, only three of the songs were written by Young, and the first two singles were covers. "Softly Whispering I Love You", originally a top ten hit in 1971 for the Congregation, climbed to #21 in the UK. But it was a version of a soul classic that brought Paul back to American pop radio. "Oh Girl", written and performed by the lead singer of the Chi-Lites, Eugene Record, was a huge success, reaching #1 on both the pop and R&B charts in the U.S. in 1972...


Paul kept it pretty faithful to the original, including the harmonica intro...


Paul's cover of "Oh Girl" became his second and so far last top ten pop hit in the U.S. in October of 1990. Along with MC Hammer's "Have You Seen Her", it was the second Chi-Lites cover to reach the top ten in America that fall. The single also spent three weeks at #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the single reached the top-40 in Ireland (#20) and the UK (#25). Two more singles were released from the Other Voices album and were minor British hits: "Heaven Can Wait" (#71), and another cover, this time of "Calling You" from the film Baghdad Cafe' (one of my personal favorites) (#57), but neither touched the American charts. But in a few years, Paul would return to American radio and the top-40 courtesy of another movie.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Songoftheday 5/20/17 - Put on your red dress and slip on your high heels, and some of that sweet perfume it sure smells good on you...

"My, My, My" - Johnny Gill
from the album Johnny Gill (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from soul singer Johnny Gill, whose first solo single after going on hiatus from New Edition, "Rub You The Right Way", climbed all the way to #1 on the R&B chart and #3 on the pop Hot 100 in the summer of 1990. The follow-up single would be the smooth love ballad "My, My, My", written by produced by Babyface and L.A. Reid, and it does sound like it would perfectly fit on the former's own solo albums...


"My, My, My" became Gill's second and so-far most recent top ten solo pop hit in September of 1990. The song followed "Rub You..." to #1 on the R&B chart, where it stayed for two weeks (his best). It also crossed over to Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart, peaking at #32. Internationally, the track slipped on to the British chart at #89, while going to #26 in the Netherlands. The single was nominated for a Grammy Award for best R&B song in 1991, losing out to MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This".

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Friday, May 19, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for May 19, 2017...

Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Bruno Mars remains on top for a fourth week, while Ed Sheeran (pictured above) leaps into the top five. Songs from Portugal The Man, Blondie, and Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee make some of the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from twenty-one pilots, Little Big Town, the Shins, and Brian Justin Crum drop out. A camping we will go....

This Week               Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (1)
2. Love Is Mystical - Cold War Kids (4)
3. Believer - Imagine Dragons (6)
4. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur (2)
5. Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran (9)
6. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (8)
7. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (5)
8. Mercy - Shawn Mendes (3)
9. Human - Rag N' Bone Man (7)
10. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (12)
11. Rockabye - Clean Bandit f/Anne-Marie & Sean Paul (10)
12. Hurricane - Luke Combs (24)
13. Yeah Boy - Kelsea Ballerini (21)
14. Symphony - Clean Bandit f/Zara Larsson (28)
15. Chained To The Rhythm - Katy Perry f/Skip Marley (11)
16. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (44)
17. Scars To Your Beautiful - Alessia Cara (17)
18. Bar At The End Of The World - Kenny Chesney (23)
19. Love On The Brain - Rihanna (19)
20. Green Light - Lorde (20)
21. Million Reasons - Lady Gaga (13)
22. Water Under The Bridge - Adele (18)
23. Heavy - Linkin Park f/Kiiara (27)
24. Cold - Maroon 5 f/Future (34)
25. Paris - The Chainsmokers (15)
26. I Feel It Coming - The Weeknd f/Daft Punk (16)
27. Blame - Bastille (35)
28. Find Me - Sigma f/Birdy (38)
29. Black - Dierks Bentley (33)
30. Hey Baby - Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. Diplo f/Deb's Daughter (30)
31. How Not To - Dan + Shay (41)
32. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (36)
33. Issues - Julia Michaels (37)
34. Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara (48)
35. It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez (39)
36. Dirt On My Boots - Jon Pardi (32)
37. High Ticket Attractions - The New Pornographers (47)
38. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (46)
39. Still Breathing - Green Day (29)
40. Down - Marian Hill (26)
41. Fast - Luke Bryan (31)
42. Hot Thoughts - Spoon (22)
43. Hometown Girl - Josh Turner (43)
44. The Fighter - Keith Urban f/Carrie Underwood (56)
45. Road Less Traveled - Lauren Alaina (25)
46. Any Ol' Barstool - Jason Aldean (40)
47. Falling - Alesso (52)
48. Cold Cold Cold - Cage The Elephant (58)
49. Stay In The Dark - The Band Perry (51)
50. The Weekend - Brantley Gilbert (50)
51. Fun - Blondie (71)
52. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (72)
53. Good News - Ocean Park Standoff (57)
54. Places - Xenia Ghali f/Raquel Castro (54)
55. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars (45)
56. I Love You - Axwell & Ingrosso f/Kid Ink (61)
57. Shine On Me - Dan Auerbach (77)
58. Alone - Alan Walker (62)
59. Galway Girl - Ed Sheeran (63)
60. Redbone - Childish Gambino (70)
61. I Don't Wanna Live Forever - Zayn & Taylor Swift (49)
62. Help - Papa Roach (67)
63. Waterfall - Stargate f/Pink & Sia (64)
64. Skin - Rag N' Bone Man (68)
65. Trouble - R3Hab (65)
66. Take It All Back - Judah & The Lion (66)
67. I'm Blessed - Charlie Wilson f/T.I. (69)
68. HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar (73)
69. A Guy With A Girl - Blake Shelton (59)
70. U + Me (Love Lesson) - Mary J. Blige (80)
71. If I Told You - Darius Rucker (76)
72. Lick Me Up - Tony Moran & Dani Toro f/Zhana Roiya (60)
73. Higher Love - Lisa Williams (79)
74. Living Out Loud - Brooke Candy f/Sia (82)
75. Ain't No Friend Of Mine - Vali (76)
76. Sweet Disaster - DREAMERS (84)
77. You Look Good - Lady Antebellum (87)
78. All We Ever Knew - The Head and the Heart (78)
79. Set Yourself Free - Dirty Disco f/Celeda (94)
80. Monster - Starset (86)
81. Heathens - twenty-one pilots (81)
82. Angela - The Lumineers (92)
83. Sign Of The Times - Harry Styles (93)
84. Yours If You Want It - Rascal Flatts (90)
85. Tuesday - Burak Yeter f/Danelle Sandoval (85)
86. Scared To Be Lonely - Martin Garrix f/Dua Lipa (98)
87. Kissing Strangers - DNCE f/Nicki Minaj (DEBUT)
88. Let You Down - Seether (88)
89. Strangers In The Night - Z LaLa (89)
90. Location - Khalid (100)
91. By Your Side - Jonas Blue f/RAYE (95)
92. My Girl - Dylan Scott (96)
93. Anthem Of House - Rosabel & Terri B! (DEBUT)
94. Solo Dance - Martin Jensen (99)
95. Middle Fingers - MISSIO (RE-ENTRY)
96. Every Time I Hear That Song - Blake Shelton (DEBUT)
97. Lady - Austin Mahone f/Pitbull (DEBUT)
98. No More Sad Songs - Little Mix f/Machine Gun Kelly (RE-ENTRY)
99. Reverend - Kings Of Leon (DEBUT)
100. 5000 Miles - Johnny Gill f/Jaheim (DEBUT)

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

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Songoftheday 5/19/17 - We had a life we had a love, but you don't know what you've got 'til you lose it...

"Something Happened On The Way To Heaven" - Phil Collins
from the album ...But Seriously (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from Phil Collins, whose ...But Seriously album had already spun off three huge pop hits in America with "Do You Remember?", "I Wish It Would Rain Down", and the #1 Grammy-winning "Another Day In Paradise". All three of those were rather maudlin, fitting with the album's title, but for the fourth release Phil picked up the mood with the horn-embellished "Something Happened On The Way To Heaven". Even though the lyrics were rather apologetic, the sonic change in pace made for one of his more toe-tapping selections from the set, and radio was big on this, even if his fans had already bought the album already for the single to get a huge turnout. The fun video was partly meant to be seen through the eyes of a scrappy dog who invades a studio Phil is working at...


"Something Happened..." became the fourth top-5 pop hit from ...But Seriously in October of 1990. To this date it's his most recent to reach the top ten in the U.S. The single also climbed to #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart, while it made it to #34 on their Mainstream Rock radio list. Internationally, the record reached the top ten in the Netherlands (#5), Ireland (#8), and Finland (#9), while making the top-40 in Italy (#20), Germany (#26), Switzerland (#26), France (#35), and his native Britain, where as the third single got to #15.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Aussie Sweep: May 18, 2017...

It's time to head Down Under to check out the songs and albums from local artists making the charts in Australia this week...

On the official Australian Artists singles chart, Dean Lewis spends another week on top with "Waves"...

Remixer and producer Flume flows in at #7 with "Hyperreal" featuring singer Kučka...


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Songoftheday 5/18/17 - There's a girl in the corner with a jacked up dress, she's got legs for miles but her face looks a mess...

"Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love" - Cheap Trick
from the album Busted (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's song of the day comes from the power-pop rock band Cheap Trick, who took a turn for the mainstream in the late 1980's and scored three hits with "Ghost Town", a cover of Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel", and the #1 power-ballad "The Flame", all from their Lap Of Luxury album from 1988. Two years later, they brought back producer Richie Vito for the recording of their next album, Busted. The first single, "Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love", was written by lead singer Robin Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen, and bass player Tom Petersson, but it did continue the middle of the road rock from their last successful set...


"Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love" became the band's eighth and so far final top-40 pop hit in America in September of 1990. The single fared better on rock radio, reaching #4 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart. Internationally, the record got as high as #6 in Canada, and peaked at #26 in Australia.

Their follow-up single, "Wherever Would I Be", was written by song doctor supreme Diane Warren, but only managed to climb to the halfway mark on the pop Hot 100 (#50). A third track from the set, "Back N' Blue", got rock radio airplay, reaching #32 on that list.

In 1994, Cheap Trick came back harder-edged with Woke Up With A Monster, and the heavy-metal-esque title track made it to #16 on the Mainstream Rock chart. Three years later, they slipped on to that list at #39 with "Say Goodbye" from their second eponymous record from 1997. They closed the decade by covering Big Star's "In The Street" for the TV hit That 70's Show.  They released a few more albums since, and in 2016 they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. That same year, they released their first record without long-time drummer Bun E Carlos (with Rick's son Daxx on drums now), and returned to the rock radio chart at #24 with "When I Wake Up Tomorrow".

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

German Sweep: May 17, 2017...

Here's the top ten hits in Germany this week, according to their official singles chart, as "Despacito" from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee takes a third week at the top...

1. "Despacito" - Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee (1)
2. "No Roots" - Alice Merton (3)
3. "Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran (2)
4. "Tuesday" - Burak Yeter featuring Danelle Sandoval (4)
5. "I'm The One" - DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil' Wayne (7)
6. "Swalla" - Jason Derulo featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign (5)
7. "Galway Girl" - Ed Sheeran (8)
8. "Something Just Like This" - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (6)
9. "How It Is (Wap Bap)" - Bibi H. (DEBUT)
10. "It Ain't Me" - Kygo & Selena Gomez (9)

The sole entry in the top ten comes from a YouTube "artist" that has gone major viral, but in the wrong way, racking up over two million "dislikes" in just about two weeks. "How It Is (Wap Bap)" is the first for this German singer...


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Songoftheday 5/17/17 - They don't care where they kick, just as long as they hurt you...

"Thieves In The Temple" - Prince
from the album Graffiti Bridge (Original Soundtrack) (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from Prince, who had ended the 1980's with a soundtrack to the Batman franchise movie that landed him a #1 hit with "Batdance", as well as two top-40 follow-ups in "Partyman" and "The Arms Of Orion". After touring, he finished a project he had started the previous year, the movie Graffiti Bridge. Written as a sequel to his massive breakthrough film and album Purple Rain, what resulted is a mess of a piece, with crazy supernatural elements and weird drawn out club storylines (mostly with the Time's Morris Day). The accompanying soundtrack, unlike its predecessor, had songs from other musicians in the mix, with the Time, Mavis Staples, George Clinton, and newcomer Tevin Campbell getting room on the album. The first single released from the set was Prince's own "Thieves in The Temple". By far the best thing on the record, the song was again embraced by pop and soul radio...

Note: FINALLY Prince has his own YouTube channel, so here's the video!

 

Now since the late artist's shitty attitude towards promoting his work included an obsession with nixing YouTube in any form, there's no way to watch the video, even in his passing. So fuck it, here's a version from jazz singer Renee Geyer...

"Thieves In The Temple" became Prince's first top ten pop hit in the 1990's in September of 1990. The single was his seventh to top Billboard's R&B chart, while the remix of the song climbed to #9 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the record reached the top ten in Ireland (#2), Norway (#4), Canada (#5), New Zealand (#5), the UK (#7), the Netherlands (#8), and Belgium (#9).

A second Prince single from the soundtrack, "New Power Generation", managed to get to the R&B top-40 at #27, while stalling down at #64 on the American pop chart (it did make #26 in the UK), but it did supply the name for his next band. Meanwhile, Tevin Campbell's contribution, "Round and Round", will be here soon.

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