Friday, November 30, 2018

Disco Dessert 11/30/18 - "You Should Be Dancing" from Bee Gees...

"You Should Be Dancing" was the biggest club hit from the "kings of disco", the Bee Gees. First appearing on their album Children Of The World before being included in the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, the single, charting on its own, spent seven weeks at #1 on Billboard magazine's Disco/Dance Tracks chart in 1976. The song also topped the American pop Hot 100 for a week, and climbed to #4 as their first to reach the magazine's R&B chart.


Song you should hear 11/30/18 - "Nothing Breaks Like A Heart" from Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus...

"Nothing Breaks Like A Heart" is the new single from British DJ/producer Mark Ronson, from his upcoming fifth studio album. It features vocals from Miley Cyrus, who takes us on a joyride in this music video...


twostepcub's music chart for November 30, 2018...

Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Panic At The Disco stick around for a second week at #1, while Calvin Harris and Sam Smith (pictured above) dance on into the top three. Songs from Halsey, Kip Moore, and Blake Shelton make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places are highlighted in red), while former big hits from Cole Swindell, Charlie Puth, Dennis Lloyd, Weezer, John Mayer, and Alessia Cara drop off the list. Be gone, leftovers!

This Week        Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. High Hopes - Panic At The Disco (1)
2. Happier - Marshmello & Bastille (4)
3. Promises - Calvin Harris & Sam Smith (5)
4. Natural - Imagine Dragons (2)
5. She Got The Best Of Me - Luke Combs (9)
6. Hangin' On - Chris Young (8)
7. Better Now - Post Malone (3)
8. Rich - Maren Morris (12)
9. Tequila - Dan + Shay (6)
10. Lose It - Kane Brown (14)
11. All My Friends - The Revivalists (7)
12. Electricity - Silk City & Dua Lipa (16)
13. Best Shot - Jimmie Allen (23)
14. I Like Me Better - Lauv (10)
15. Nina Cried Power - Hozier f/Mavis Staples (15)
16. Drunk Me - Mitchell Tenpenny (21)
17. Blue Tacoma - Russell Dickerson (13)
18. Guiding Light - Mumford & Sons (24)
19. Delicate - Taylor Swift (19)
20. Burn The House Down - AJR (11)
21. Lost In Japan - Shawn Mendes & Zedd (26)
22. Apollo - St. Paul & The Broken Bones (22)
23. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - Cher (17)
24. I Like That - Janelle Monae (34)
25. Shame - Elle King (20)
26. Might Not Like Me - Brynn Elliott (28)
27. Girls Like You - Maroon 5 f/Cardi B (27)
28. Boo'd Up - Ella Mai (25)
29. Youngblood - 5 Seconds Of Summer (39)
30. Connection - OneRepublic (31)
31. Uh Huh - Jade Bird (41)
32. Drunk Girl - Chris Janson (18)
33. Broken - lovelytheband (29)
34. Low - Lenny Kravitz (36)
35. Almost Love - Sabrina Carpenter (30)
36. Trip - Ella Mai (46)
37. Love Someone - Lukas Graham (47)
38. Shallow - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (52)
39. Breathin' - Ariana Grande (53)

40. Hotel Key - Old Dominion (32)
41. Without Me - Halsey (71)
42. All I Am - Jess Glynne (38)
43. My Blood - twenty-one pilots (49)
44. When The Curtain Falls - Greta Van Fleet (48)
45. Shotgun - George Ezra (45)
46. Be Alright - Dean Lewis (50)
47. God Is A Woman - Ariana Grande (37)
48. It Happens (Sometimes) - Jack Back (54)
49. She's Kerosene - The Interrupters (57)
50. Back To You - Selena Gomez (40)
51. Love Lies - Khalid & Normani (55)
52. I'm A Mess - Bebe Rexha (56)
53. Speechless - Dan + Shay (63)
54. You're Somebody Else - flora cash (58)
55. Don't Leave Me Alone - David Guetta & Anne-Marie (67)
56. Focus - H.E.R. (44)
57. Let You Love Me - Rita Ora (61)
58. Summer Of Love - U2 (59)
59. Turnin' Me On - Blake Shelton (79)
60. Last Shot - Kip Moore (82)
61. You Say - Lauren Daigle (65)
62. Are You Ready - Disturbed (62)
63. I'll Fight - Jennifer Hudson (73)
64. Infinity 2018 - Sean Finn & Guru Josh (68)
65. Secrets - Pink (DEBUT)
66. In My Mind - Dynoro & Gigi D'Agostino (66)
67. Ocean - Martin Garrix & Khalid (87)
68. Thunderclouds - Labrinth, Sia, Diplo as LSD (72)
69. All Day Long - Garth Brooks (69)
70. Burning Man - Dierks Bentley f/Brothers Osborne (DEBUT)
71. Rumors - R3HAB & Sofia Carson (86)
72. Used To Be - Matt Nathanson (77)
73. Woman Like Me - Little Mix f/Nicki Minaj (83)
74. Get Up - Shinedown (78)
75. Made For Now - Janet Jackson f/Daddy Yankee (70)
76. Heat - Kelly Clarkson (DEBUT)
77. Heaven - Kane Brown (75)
78. Loading Zones - Kurt Vile (88)
79. Driving Rain - Slash f/Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators (81)
80. Tie Me Down - Gryffin f/Elley Duhe (80)
81. Good Girl - Dustin Lynch (DEBUT)
82. Sixteen - Thomas Rhett (DEBUT)
83. Don't Come Easy - Raheem DeVaughn (93)
84. One Number Away - Luke Combs (84)
85. Best Part - Daniel Caesar (85)
86. Hear Me Now - Bad Wolves f/DIAMANTE (90)
87. Consequences - Camila Cabello (97)
88. Thursday - Jess Glynne (DEBUT)
89. thank u, next - Ariana Grande (DEBUT)
90. Ghost - Neon Superstars f/1onder (100)
91. Waiting For A Lifetime - Debby Holliday (DEBUT)
92. Desperate Man - Eric Church (96)
93. Light On - Maggie Rogers (DEBUT)
94. Jenny Jenkins - Mt. Joy (94)
95. Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne (99)
96. Ruin My Life - Zara Larsson (DEBUT)
97. Eastside - Benny Blanco f/Halsey & Khalid (RE-ENTRY)
98. Neon Sky - Feenixpawl f/Mikayla (DEBUT)
99. Polaroid - Jonas Blue f/Liam Payne & Lennon Stella (DEBUT)
100. Dancing - Karel & XoJani (DEBUT)

There are thirteen 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 11/30/18 - Understand girl that my heart is in your hands, and I'm cautious of falling in love again...

"Baby I'm Yours" - Shai
from the album ...If I Ever Fall In Love (1992)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #10 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 20

Today's song of the day comes from the soul vocal group Shai, who had already scored back-to-back top ten pop hits with the a Capella gem "If I Ever Fall In Love" and "Comforter", the latter in the spring of 1993. The third single from the record was the midtempo and middle-of-the-road number "Baby I'm Yours". Written by the act's Marc Gay and Carl Martin, the track gave the quartet a hat trick from their debut...


"Baby I'm Yours" became Shai's third (and last) top ten pop hit in September of 1993. The song also climbed to #19 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart. Internationally, the record went to #40 in New Zealand. A fourth release from If I Ever Fall In Love, the ballad "Together Forever", missed the pop chart, but managed to go to #89 on the R&B list. Finally, an acappella remix of "Baby I'm Yours", simply titled "Yours", did a little better, going to #56 on the R&B tally and #63 on the pop Hot 100.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Disco Dessert 11/29/18 - "Do It Any Way You Wanna" from Cashmere...

"Do It Any Way You Wanna" was a hit single for the Chicago duo Cashmere. Appearing on their debut album Let The Music Turn You On, this slice of early electro-funk was the pair's biggest hit, climbing to #21 on Billboard magazine's Disco/Dance chart, and #35 on their R&B chart in 1983.


Songoftheday 11/29/18 - There's a pale moon in the sky, the kind you make your wishes on...

"I Don't Wanna Fight" - Tina Turner
from the album What's Love Got To Do With It (Original Soundtrack) (1993)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 17

Today's song of the day comes from music legend Tina Turner, who was still riding the wave of her amazing comeback in the 1980s by the end of the decade, with her triumphant anthem "The Best" and followup "Steamy Windows" reaching the American top-40 in 1989. Tina began the 90s with a retrospective of mostly her work in the past decade, Simply The Best. But while she included new material, with four tracks reaching the top-40 in the UK (one of them, "Way of the World", peaked at #13), in the U.S. she had zilch such success with any of that, and the hits set itself didn't even make the top half of the albums chart here. But that year also saw her (along with ex-husband Ike) get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, and by 1993, she was peripherally involved with a film about her life. What's Love Got To Do With It, starring Angela Bassett as Turner, came out in the summer of that year, with Tina helping Bassett get into character, and recording a soundtrack for the project with new and re-recorded older material in it. One of the new tracks, "I Don't Wanna Fight", was released as the first single. Written by Scottish pop songstress of the 60s Lulu ("To Sir With Love"), along with her brother Billy Lawrie as well as Steve DuBerry, the title alone was a not-so-subtle allusion to her rough years with Ike that were portrayed in the movie. It ended up becoming her last big hit in the U.S...


"I Don't Wanna Fight" became Tina's fourteenth top-40 pop hit as a solo artist in America (and sixth to reach the top ten) in August of 1993. The single spent an amazing seven weeks at #7 on Billboard magazine's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, the best in her career. On the other hand, the single stalled out at #51 on their R&B genre list, despite hanging on the chart for 18 weeks. Internationally, the single did pretty well, topping the Canadian chart for three weeks, and making the top ten in Iceland (#3), the UK (#7), New Zealand (#7), Italy (#8), Belgium (#8), and Norway (#8). It also reached the top-40 in Switzerland (#11), Ireland (#14), the Netherlands (#14), Austria (#29), Germany (#35), Australia (#39), and Sweden (#39). The song was nominated for two Grammy Awards: losing Female Pop Vocal Performance to Whitney Houston for "I Will Always Love You" and Song Written for Visual Media, which went to "A Whole New World" from Aladdin.

In the second single from the soundtrack would be a cover of the disco classic "Disco Inferno", which wasn't promoted in American, but in the UK climbed to a respectable #12, and hit the top ten (#10) in Belgium. That was followed by the adult pop gem "Why Must We Wait Until Tonight?", which got to #16 in Britain and #22 in Canada, but only slipped on to the American Hot 100 at #97. Finally, a revamp of "Proud Mary" scored her a minor hit in the UK at #62.

The soundtrack would also mark Tina's move to Virgin Records, from where she released her next studio album, Wildest Dreams. It came out in 1996, but first single and Bond theme "Goldeneye" was released in November of the previous year. While the single, written by U2's Bono and the Edge,  missed the American pop chart (it "bubbled under" Billboard's Hot 100 at #102) and stalled at #89 on the R&B chart, it was a sizable hit overseas, reaching the top ten in the UK, France, Germany, and big chunk of Europe. Six songs from the album hit the British top-40 in total, while in America only a cover of John Waite's "Missing You" managed to slip on the pop chart, and in that only up to #84 (two other tracks, "Something Beautiful Remains" and Barry White duet "In Your Wildest Dreams", both hit #34 on Billboard's R&B list). And both "Goldeneye" (Dance #22) and Sting collab "On Silent Wings" (Dance #47) reached the Dance chart in the U.S., but otherwise this stellar album was completely promoted (and receieved) poorly here.

Turner turned in 1999 with what so far is her most recent studio effort, Twenty Four Seven. Lead single "When The Heartache Is Over" was a top ten hit in the UK (#10), but besides being a big club hit (#3 Dance), it again fell short of the pop Hot 100, even though it was produced by the team behind Cher's comeback hit "Believe". Four years later, on another hits set All The Best, Tina had her most recent British top-40 hit with "Open Arms" (UK #25). After a massive tour behind the album, Tina went into semi-retirement, relocating to Switzerland and marrying longtime boyfriend Erwin Bach. This year a musical based on her life, Tina, has been playing since the spring of 2018 in London and is expected to be on Broadway next year.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Disco Dessert 11/28/18 - "Zodiacs" from Roberta Kelly...

"Zodiacs" is a track from disco singer Roberta Kelly's album Zodiac Lady. Released in 1977, the album with featured cuts "Funky Stardust" and "Love Sign" along with "Zodiacs" climbed to #24 on Billboard magazine's Disco/Dance Tracks chart. Kelly's previous hits single "Trouble-Maker" spent two weeks at #1 on that list the year before.



Song you should know 11/28/18 - "She Makes Me" from Rick Astley...

"She Makes Me" is the new single from British pop singer Rick Astley. It's the fourth release from his album Beautiful Life, and in the video, he's the awkward 50 year old I feel to be, all for a special reason revealed at the end. Simply charming song from the "Never Gonna Give You Up" rickroll guy.



Songoftheday 11/28/18 - If I get drunk, well I know I'm gonna be I'm gonna be the man who gets drunk next to you...

"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" - The Proclaimers
from the albums Sunshine On Leith (1988) and Benny & Joon (Original Soundtrack) (1993)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 16

Today's song of the day comes from the Proclaimers, who are fronted by Scottish twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid. Hailing from the Edinburgh suburb of Leith, the pair started the band in the early 1980s, but didn't get their break until the later half of the decade. After touring with British rockers (and pre-Fatboy Slim gig) the Housemartins, they released their debut album, This Is The Story, in 1987. The breakthrough single, "Letter From America", was a topical look at the plight of the underprivileged in their country who were forced out of their homes by landowners and left the country for the West. Despite the sad story, their earnest and bright performance chimed with the British Isles, climbing to #3 in the UK and #2 in Ireland. The following year, the Proclaimers put out their sophomore effort, Sunshine On Leith, of course naming it for the town of their birth. The lead single from the set was a rock anthem with a Celtic march, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", written by the Reids and produced by Pete Wingfield (who had his own success in the 70s with "Eighteen With A Bullet"). Released in 1989, the song climbed to #11 on the UK singles chart, while going all the way to #1 in Australia, New Zealand, and Iceland. It even got respectable airplay on American rock radio, going to #21 on Billboard magazine's Modern Rock chart. They followed with the title track "Sunshine On Leith", which stopped frustratingly one notch short of the British top-40 at #41. Their next release, the rollicking "I'm On My Way", which only got to #43 in the UK but Down Under hit #3 in Australia and #5 in New Zealand. A final single, "Then I Met You", didn't even make the chart in Britain, but was a minor hit in Australia at #64. In 1990, the band released an EP (extended play record) named for their cover of Roger Miller's country classic "King Of The Road", and it scored the brothers a second top ten hit in the UK at #9.

It could have been the story for the pair, as was the case with a ton of acts from that era that had moderate success, but in 1993, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" was commissioned for the Johnny Depp/Mary Sue Masterson movie Benny & Joon. The only non-score vocal selection on the soundtrack, the film's success gave a whole new audience to the song in the States, and it returned to rock radio as well...


"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" became the Proclaimers first and only pop hit in America, reaching the top ten in August of 1993. On its second try, the song climbed to #8 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart, while crossing over to their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") format list at #25. Internationally, the re-release of "I'm Gonna Be" peaked at #4 in Canada and #5 in Austria, and made the top-40 in Switzerland (#36) and Germany (#40).

Despite the massive success of the single, and the immediate recognizable voices of the pair, the Proclaimers' momentum didn't carry, though they have been respectably recording hits since then. Their next studio album, Hit The Highway, made the top ten in Britain at #8, and spun off two top-40 hits, but the best of them, "Let's Get Married", stopped at #21 in 1994. There was a seven-year break before their next set, Persevere, but that only made it to #64 with no singles making the charts. However, the lingering success of "I'm Gonna Be" still kept the band in the green, with a best of reaching the albums top-40 in the UK.

In 2007, the Reids revisited "I'm Gonna Be" for the charity Comic Relief, bringing on British TV stars Matt Lucas (from Little Britain) and Peter Kay (from Phoenix Nights). The new version of the song (and the well-known cause) was a huge success, carrying the version to #1 on the British singles chart and to #7 in Ireland. Capitalizing on that, the band released another new album, Life With You. The album got to #13 in the UK, but the title track only scaled to #58 on the singles chart. Through the new millenium, the group has released seven moderately successful album, most recently this past August with Angry Cyclist, which hit #17 on the British albums chart. Also, Charles and Craig were very active and visible in the Scottish Independence election of 2014, with an album track "Cap In Hand", which addressed the subject way back on Sunshine In Leith, climbing to #62 in Britain.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Disco Dessert 11/27/18 - "212 North 12th" from the Salsoul Orchestra

"212 North 12th" is a track from the studio band for the disco label Salsoul Records, the Salsoul Orchestra. Appearing on their 1979 album Street Sense, it charted with the title track on Billboard magazine's Disco/Dance Tracks chart reaching #40. By the way, the address refers to that of the legendary Sigma recording studio in Philadelphia, where the production team of Gamble and Huff set up shop, and where David Bowie's classic Young Americans album was made.


Song you should hear 11/27/18 - "Out Of Our Heads" from Take That...

"Out Of Our Heads" is the new single from British boy-band legends Take That. It's the first release from their new retrospective Odyssey, which is on track to becoming the #1 selling album in the UK this week. Originally a five-piece with Robbie Williams and Jason Orange, the current lineup of Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, and Howard Donald will be going on tour next year.



Songoftheday 11/27/18 - Talkin' 'bout them times when I was by myself, I would always be lookin' for somebody else...

"If I Had No Loot" - Tony, Toni, Toné
from the album Sons Of Soul (1993)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 17

Today's song of the day comes from the R&B group Tony, Toni, Toné, whose second album The Revival knocked a chart "grand slam" with four #1 hits on Billboard magazine's R&B chart, with two of them reaching the pop top-40: "It Never Rains (In Southern California)" and the top ten "Feels Good". In 1993, the trio of Rafael Saadiq, D'Wayne Wiggins, and Timothy Riley returned with their third disc, Sons Of Soul. Alluding to their soul roots based on other acts before them, the disc was meant to sound more organic and less polished, like a lot of the overproduced new jack swing records that were out at the time. The first single from the set was the midtempo loose flow of "If I Had No Loot". Not aping the usual canned new jack beat prevalent at the time, the band used samples of West Coaster Ice Cube and East Coasters Boogie Down Production to set a rocking type of groove...


"If I Had No Loot" became Tony, Toni, Toné's second top ten pop hit and the highest-charting single of their career in August of 1993. The climbed to #8 on Billboard's R&B chart as well. Internationally, the track made it to #8 in New Zealand, and reached the top 40 in Australia (#12), Canada (#17), and the Netherlands (#19), while just missing the mark in the UK (#44), France (#47), and Germany (#51).

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Disco Dessert 11/26/18 - "Serpentine Fire" from Earth, Wind & Fire...





"Serpentine Fire" was a single from the R&B/funk collective Earth, Wind & Fire. Appearing on their 1977 album All N' All, the jam never made Billboard magazine's Disco/Dance Tracks chart, but ended up spending seven weeks at #1 on their R&B chart, while peaking at #13 on the American pop Hot 100. It was written by the band's Maurice and Verdine White along with Sonny Burke, while Maurice handled the production.


And as a bonus, here's the extended "disco" version...


Robbed hit of the week 11/26/18 - Mary J. Blige's "Love No Limit"...


"Love No Limit" - Mary J. Blige
from the album What's The 411? (1992)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #44

This week's "robbed hit" comes from R&B/hip-hop singer Mary J. Blige, whose groundbreaking debut album What's The 411? had already spun off three top-40 pop hits with "You Remind Me", her remake of Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Sweet Thing", and the top 10 smash "Real Love", as well as a top ten R&B hit that missed the top-40, "Reminisce". The fifth release from the record would be the mid-tempo quiet storm jam "Love No Limit". Written by Kenneth Greene with producer Dave Hall, the jazz-inflected single was a natural for urban radio stations...


While "Love No Limit" climbed all the way to #5 on BIllboard magazine's R&B chart, spending almost seven months on the list, the single stopped a few notches from the pop Top-40 in June of 1993. Next up came her collaboration with K-Ci Hailey from the group Jodeci, "I Don't Want To Do Anything", which rose to #86 on the R&B chart. Finally, the album track "My Love" climbed to #23 on the American R&B chart and was a top-40 hit in the UK at #29.

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Song you should hear 11/26/18 - "Hometown" from Brandon Stansell...

"Hometown" is the new single from "out" country artist Brandon Stansell, who went from dancing behind Taylor Swift to starting his own music career in front of the mic. From his stellar Slow Down album that was released last year (seriously, go pick it up), the song now sports a new and powerful video that depicts a slice of country life where LBGTQ kids are shunned by their own families, leaving them to build new ones to nurture themselves. When country music advertises itself as the genre that "tells stories", yet whose radio stations are inundated with bro posturing and come-on tags, this type of song is exactly what true country is about. Telling stories about all kinds of people in the South (and all over, for that matter).


Songoftheday 11/26/18 - Well it’s another one in the gutter one ghetto running em, troublesome, extra double dumb, I come to beat em...

"Slam" - Onyx
from the album Bacdafucup (1993)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from the rap group Onyx, who came together in Queens in the late 1980s as a trio of Fredro Starr, Suave, and Big DS. Run DMC member Jam Master Jay helped them procure a contract with the label his group was on, Profile, adding Fredro's cousin Kirk Jones (aka Sticky Fingaz) to the act. Recording their first album Bacdafucup, which was released in 1993, Onyx took the attitude and anger from punk and rock and applied it to the hip-hop sound to set themselves apart from the rest of the rap pack. Their first single from the record, "Throw Ya Gunz", was their first to make the charts, going to #61 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart and #81 on the pop Hot 100, but it was a bit too aggressive without a hook to grab attention of the masses. But with their follow-up single, that would all go away as "Slam" had an immediately memorable hook (along with the da-da-da tag). Written by the foursome, it became their biggest hit by far...


I can see Eminem's entire early career in this record.

"Slam" became Onyx's first and only top-40 pop record, reaching the top five in August of 1993. The song climbed to #11 on Billboard's R&B chart as well. Internationally, the single went to #31 in the UK, and #26 in New Zealand, while just missing the top-40 in Germany at #41.

In America, the next single from their debut, "Shiftee", went to #52 on the R&B chart and #92 on the pop Hot 100. Meanwhile, in the UK, "Throw Ya Gunz" was released to capitalize on the momentum of "Slam" and ended up their second top-40 hit there at #34. In 1995, the group returned (minus BS) for their second effort, All We Got Iz Us. Lead single "Live!", from the rap documentary The Show, hit #82 R&B, while "bubbling under" the pop Hot 100 at #102. Also, track "Last Dayz", managed to be their most recent pop hit charting at #89 (and #61 R&B). Even though those two singles did modestly ok to say the least, the record would end up going to #2 on the R&B albums chart and #22 on the main albums chart. Their third release, Shut 'Em Down, did even better, climbing to #10 on the main albums chart and #3 on the R&B specific list. Three tracks from the set were minor R&B hits, with "Shut 'Em Down" featuring DMX climbed to #61 R&B (and #107 pop). Since then, the group has released a handful of studio albums,  but so far nothing has recaptured the public like "Slam" had..

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Disco Dessert 11/25/18 - "On Broadway" from George Benson...

"On Broadway" was a track from jazz-soul artist George Benson's live album Weekend In L.A. that was released as a single in 1978. The song, originally a sweet doo-wop number from the Drifters, was transformed into a ten-minute jam by Benson and his band in concert.  It went to #7 on the American pop chart, and #2 on Billboard magazine's R&B genre chart, but never made the Disco/Dance tracks chart, even though it got substantial play in nightclubs nationwide...


Song you should hear 11/25/18 - "Moment" from Blanche...

Belgian singer Ellie Delvaux, who performs under the moniker Blanche, represented her country at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017, where her entry "City Lights" ended up in fourth place. I wasn't really a fan of her live performance, but I thought the song showed she had potential as a recording artist. She's had a couple of minor hits in Belgium since, but now is back with a single that best shows her true promise. "Moment", produced by Rich Cooper, will appear on her upcoming debut album...



Songotheday 11/25/18 - Silence takes over sayin' all we need to say, there's endless possibilities...

"By The Time This Night Is Over" - Kenny G with Peabo Bryson
from the album Breathless (1992 Kenny G) and Through The Fire (1994 Peabo Bryson)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #25 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's song of the day comes from soft jazz saxophonist Kenny G, whose Breathless album had already scored a top-40 pop hit in the spring of 1993 with the instrumental "Forever In Love". The second release from the record featured vocals from soul veteran Peabo Bryson, who had just come off a #1 pop hit that same spring with his song from Aladdin, "A Whole New World". "By The Time This Night Is Over", a midtempo love ballad written by Michael Bolton with song doctors Diane Warren and Andy Goldmark, put the pair back on mainstream radio...


"By The Time This Night Is Over" reached the American Top-40 in July of 1993. The song spent two weeks at #1 on Billboard magazine's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, while scaling to #37 on their R&B genre list. Internationally, the song took two weeks at #6 in Canada, while it was a minor hit in the UK at #56. A third release from Breathless, the instrumental "Sentimental", managed to get to #72 on the pop chart yet #27 Adult Contemporary. Finally, "Even If My Heart Would Break" with singer Aaron Neville, which also appeared on the massively popular Bodyguard soundtrack, made it to #28 on that list. As for Bryson, this would be his final top-40 pop hit to speak off; he "Bubbled Under" the R&B chart in 1994 with "Why Goodbye".

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Disco Dessert 11/24/18 - "I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round)" from Alicia Bridges...

"I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round)" was the big hit single from disco singer Alicia Bridges. Appearing on her self-titled debut album in 1978, the song spent two weeks at #2 on Billboard magazine's Disco/Dance Tracks chart, as well as reaching #5 on their pop Hot 100 list. Alicia, an open lesbian, was nominated for a Grammy Awards for best female R&B vocal for the record, which Donna Summer won for "Last Dance". The song got new life when it appeared in the movie The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert in 1994.




Songoftheday 11/24/18 - On the floor with the girl in the blue, I got a pocket full of chance so what you gonna do?

"Whoot, There It Is" - 95 South
from the album Quad City Knock (1993)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #11 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 16

Today's song of the comes from the "bass" hip-hop act 95 South, who named themselves from the highway that traverses their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. Rappers "AB" Artice Bentley and "Daddy Black" Carlos Spencer, the pair released their debut single "Whoot, There It Is" in the spring of 1993. Originally a local hit, especially in strip clubs, its rep traveled north, where it happens a sidejobbing strip club DJ in Atlanta, Cecil Glenn, put together a group, Tag Team, to record a single with the name "Whoomp! (There It Is)" which sounded a lot like the 95 South record (albeit with a different sample and lyrics). Even though 95 South's was released a couple months before Tag Team's, it was the latter that had the earlier promotion nationwide and in such the edge in sales and airplay. Nevertheless there were enough fans of the original "Whoot" that it also enter the charts and eventually followed it up the top-40 as well. For the record, 95 South's is my fave of the two, for its energy and representation of the Miami bass sound, as songwriters and producers CC Lemonhead and Jay Ski, aka the Bass Mechanics would go on to dominate the genre with other acts like the 69 Boyz ("Tootsie Roll")and Quad City DJ's ("C'mon Ride The Train")...


While Tag Team spent seven weeks at #2 on the American pop chart, 95 South did rather respectably, stopping one notch short of the pop Top 10 in August of 1993. The track also climbed to #7 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart.

Despite being overshadowed by Tag Team on that first single, 95 South had proved themselves a bit better in the long run. Whereas the "Whoomp!" guys could only get minor chart hits from remakes of the track tied to the Addams Family and Disney, 95 South landed a hit from the second single from their Quad City Knock album, "Hump Wit It", climbed to #83 on Billboard's R&B chart while "bubbling under" the pop Hot 100 at #122. In 1995, the duo returned with a sophomore album, One Mo' Gen, which made the R&B albums top-40 at #29, while lead single "Rodeo" hit #58 on the R&B single chart spending 20 weeks on the list and crossing over to the pop Hot 100 at #77. A second release from the set, "Heiny Heiny", got to #87 R&B and again "Bubbled under" the pop Hot 100 at #121. Their third and so far last album, Tightwood 3000, arrive in 2000, but it went unnoticed nationally, though the duo (with Michael Phillips taking over from AB) remain a local following.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Disco Dessert 11/23/18 - "Thank God It's Friday" from Love & Kisses...

"Thank God It's Friday" was the theme to the movie starring Jeff Goldblum and Debra Winger in 1978 at the height of the disco boom. Performed by the studio group Love & Kisses, who were put together by producer Alec Constandinos, who had many acts (including under his own name) releasing songs through the era, the song along with the soundtrack album spent six weeks at #1 on Billboard magazine's Disco/Dance Tracks chart. Along with "TGIF", Donna Summer, who also appeared in the film, was on the chart credit with "Last Dance", as well as Pattie Brooks with "After Dark", and Sunshine with "Take It To The Zoo". The single also climbed to #22 on the American pop chart and #23 R&B.




Song you should hear 11/23/18 - "Sincerity Is Scary" from the 1975...

"Sincerity Is Scary" is the new single from the British modern rock band the 1975. It's the fourth preview single from their upcoming album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships which is coming out on November 30. The music video is an elaborate dance routine as Matty Healy shuffles his way through a film set in such a fashion not seen since Janet Jackson's "Alright" in the 1990s. I have high hopes that this will end up on my year-end list of favorite albums, and the group deserve all the attention they accrue. Current radio single "Love It If We Made It" is current in the top 20 on Billboard magazine's Alternative Rock radio chart.


twostepcub's music chart for November 25, 2018...


Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Panic At The Disco takes over on top of the chart, while Marshmello and Bastille (pictured above) race into the top five. Former big hits from Drake, the Backstreet Boys, Anne-Marie, Kygo/Miguel, and VASSY/Lodato drop off my list, while songs from Lauren Daigle, Dan + Shay, and Shawn Mendes/Zedd make the biggest leaps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Now eat up all that leftover turkey!

This Week             Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. High Hopes - Panic At The Disco (2)
2. Natural - Imagine Dragons (1)
3. Better Now - Post Malone (3)
4. Happier - Marshmello & Bastille (9)
5. Promises - Calvin Harris & Sam Smith (7)
6. Tequila - Dan + Shay (4)
7. All My Friends - The Revivalists (5)
8. Hangin' On - Chris Young (10)
9. She Got The Best Of Me - Luke Combs (11)
10. I Like Me Better - Lauv (6)
11. Burn The House Down - AJR (12)
12. Rich - Maren Morris (14)
13. Blue Tacoma - Russell Dickerson (8)
14. Lose It - Kane Brown (24)
15. Nina Cried Power - Hozier f/Mavis Staples (16)
16. Electricity - Silk City & Dua Lipa (21)
17. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - Cher (18)
18. Drunk Girl - Chris Janson (22)
19. Delicate - Taylor Swift (19)
20. Shame - Elle King (15)
21. Drunk Me - Mitchell Tenpenny (28)
22. Apollo - St. Paul & The Broken Bones (26)
23. Best Shot - Jimmie Allen (33)
24. Guiding Light - Mumford & Sons (39)
25. Boo'd Up - Ella Mai (20)
26. Lost In Japan - Shawn Mendes & Zedd (46)
27. Girls Like You - Maroon 5 f/Cardi B (25)
28. Might Not Like Me - Brynn Elliott (38)
29. Broken - lovelytheband (29)
30. Almost Love - Sabrina Carpenter (30)
31. Connection - OneRepublic (35)
32. Hotel Key - Old Dominion (32)
33. Break Up In The End - Cole Swindell (13)
34. I Like That - Janelle Monae (44)
35. The Way I Am - Charlie Puth (23)
36. Low - Lenny Kravitz (48)
37. God Is A Woman - Ariana Grande (37)
38. All I Am - Jess Glynne (42)
39. Youngblood - 5 Seconds Of Summer (43)
40. Back To You - Selena Gomez (40)
41. Uh Huh - Jade Bird (45)
42. Nevermind - Dennis Lloyd (17)
43. Africa - Weezer (31)
44. Focus - H.E.R. (34)
45. Shotgun - George Ezra (49)
46. Trip - Ella Mai (51)
47. Love Someone - Lukas Graham (47)
48. When The Curtain Falls - Greta Van Fleet (52)
49. My Blood - twenty-one pilots (53)
50. Be Alright - Dean Lewis (54)
51. New Light - John Mayer (27)
52. Shallow - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (58)
53. Breathin' - Ariana Grande (63)
54. It Happens (Sometimes) - Jack Back (59)
55. Love Lies - Khalid & Normani (56)
56. I'm A Mess - Bebe Rexha (64)
57. She's Kerosene - The Interrupters (65)
58. You're Somebody Else - flora cash (62)
59. Summer Of Love - U2 (61)
60. Moves - Olly Murs f/Snoop Dogg (60)
61. Let You Love Me - Rita Ora (71)
62. Are You Ready - Disturbed (50)
63. Speechless - Dan + Shay (85)
64. You Are The Reason - Calum Scott f/Leona Lewis (41)
65. You Say - Lauren Daigle (100)
66. In My Mind - Dynoro f/Gigi D'Agostino (78)
67. Don't Leave Me Alone - David Guetta f/Anne-Marie (77)

68. Infinity 2018 - Sean Finn & Guru Josh (72)
69. All Day Long - Garth Brooks (73)
70. Made For You - Janet Jackson f/Daddy Yankee (70)
71. Without Me - Halsey (DEBUT)
72. Thunderclouds - Labrinth, Sia, Diplo as LSD (76)
73. I'll Fight - Jennifer Hudson (83)
74. Growing Pains - Alessia Cara (74)
75. Heaven - Kane Brown (75)
76. Dancing With Strangers - Jaki Nelson (66)
77. Used To Be - Matt Nathanson (87)
78. Get Up - Shinedown (88)
79. Turnin' Me On - Blake Shelton (94)
80. Tie Me Down - Gryffin f/Elley Duhe (84)
81. Driving Rain - Slash f/Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators (81)
82. Last Shot - Kip Moore (96)
83. Woman Like Me - Little Mix f/Nicki Minaj (93)
84. One Number Away - Luke Combs (80)
85. Best Part - Daniel Caesar f/H.E.R. (90)
86. Rumors - R3HAB & Sofia Carson (91)
87. Ocean - Martin Garrix f/Khalid (DEBUT)
88. Loading Zones - Kurt Vile (98)
89. Song About You - Mike Posner (89)
90. Hear Me Now - Bad Wolves f/DIAMANTE (95)
91. Make It Happen - The Record Company (DEBUT)
92. Pour Over - Vintage Culture & Adam K (96)
93. Don't Come Easy - Raheem Devaughn (DEBUT)
94. Jenny Jenkins - Mt. Joy (DEBUT)
95. Jackie Chan - Tiesto & Dzeko f/Preme & Post Malone (99)
96. Desperate Man -= Eric Church (RE-ENTRY)
97. Consequences - Camila Cabello (DEBUT)
98. Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset - Luke Bryan (82)
99. Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne (DEBUT)
100. Ghost - Neon Superstars f/1onder (DEBUT)

There are eight songs making their debut on my list this week (highlighted in blue), and if you click on any of them, you'll connect to that artist's official site for news, music, and more.

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Songoftheday 11/23/18 - Far more frequently you're wearing perfume with you say no special place to go, but when I ask will you be coming back soon you don't know never know ...

"Lately" - Jodeci
from the album Uptown MTV Unplugged (1993)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 22

Today's song of the day comes from the R&B group Jodeci, whose groundbreaking debut album Forever My Lady had landed them five hit soul singles, with two of them reaching the pop top 40: "Forever My Lady" and "Come And Talk To Me", the latter just missing the top ten in the summer of 1992. In the start of the following year, Jodeci joined fellow Uptown Records labels artists Mary J. Blige, Father MC, Christopher Williams, and Heavy D for a special "acoustic"- style R&B throwdown that was edited down for an album Uptown MYV Unplugged. In addition to those two top-40 hits along with the ballad "Stay", which peaked at #41, Jodeci performed a cover of a Stevie Wonder song that had never reeieved the attention it deserved. "Lately", written and produced by Wonder on his 1981 album Hotter Than July, was overshadowed at the time by uptempo tracks like the reggae "Master Blaster (Jammin')" and the funky fresh "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It", and as the third release from the record only managed to climb to #29 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart, and slipped down to #64 on their pop Hot 100. However the sweet yet bitter take on deception in love was a huge success in the UK, rising to #3 on their singles chart


Jodeci's live version doesn't stray from the original, with the music grounded by the classic piano, and the strength of K-Ci and JoJo's voice...


Jodeci's live version of "Lately" not only became the most successful version of the song, but was the group's own biggest success, becoming their sole top ten pop hit in August of 1993. The song spent four non-consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard's R&B chart as well. Internationally, the single made it to #50 in the Netherlands.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Disco Dessert 11/22/18 - "Thank You For Today" from Sister Sledge...


To honor Thanksgiving, instead of serving up my normal "Disco Dessert", I'm pulling out a deep cut ballad from one of the biggest acts in the genre, Sister Sledge, with their non-album track "Thank You For Today". Released in 1976, the song never made the pop chart, and only rose to #78 on Billboard magazine's R&B list, but this sweet slow number is the perfect end to today. Cheers.

Song you should hear 11/22/18 - "While You Still Can" from the Brothers Osborne.


Hey guys, I'm taking the day off from the bloggie (well, TBH I'm at work today), but instead of a song of the day, here's a song to take to heart today, from the Brothers Osborne's album Port Saint Joe.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Disco Dessert 11/21/18 - "Love Is In The Air" from Martin Stevens...

While the disco classic "Love Is In The Air" from Australian singer John Paul Young was having success internationally, another version of the song from Canadian artist Martin Stevens was released to capitalize on the local market, which granted special privileges and increased airplay from homegrown acts. His version never made the disco charts in America, but it managed to climb to #19 on the official Canadian singles chart in 1978, and appeared on his self-titled debut album.


Song you should hear 11/21/18 - "Worst Nites" from Foster The People...


"Worst Nites" is the new single from modern rock band Foster The People. It follows "Sit Next To Me", which is on track to be in the running for the top song of the year in my personal chart countdown, which will be arriving in the middle of December. Meanwhile, this gem features a music video that I have to give warning to coulrophobics. The song is so far just a stand-alone single...


Songoftheday 11/21/18 - Tell me what can I say what am I gonna do, how should I feel when everything is you you you...

"Can't Get Enough Of Your Love" - Taylor Dayne
from the album Soul Dancing (1993)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #20 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from dance-pop singer Taylor Dayne, whose booming voice was instantly recognizable and powered into seven consecutive top ten hits on Billboard magazine's pop Hot 100 chart (with an eighth just missing by a couple of notches). In the spring of 1990 she went all the way to #1 with the ballad "Love Will Lead You Back", expanding her range as well as her audience, while the album it came from, Can't Fight Fate, also scored with "With Every Beat Of My Heart", "I'll Be Your Shelter", and "Heart Of Stone". In 1993, Dayne returned with her third release on Arista Records, Soul Dancing, but instead of rolling out another club banger (like album opener "I'll Wait"), label chief Clive Davis had her cover a smooth disco song from the 1970's. "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love", which was written and originally performed by soul legend Barry White, Davis paired her up with Robert Clivilles and David Cole, the C+C Music Factory guys, to attempt to "freshen up" the track and provide in-house remixing as well...


Taylor's take on "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love" became her ninth and so far last top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in July of 1993. The song also climbed to #15 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, while the remixes of the song made it most successful in clubs, spending two weeks at #2 on their Dance Club Play tally. Internationally, the single actually collectively did better than anything on her last album, hitting #2 in Australia, and reaching the top ten in Belgium (#6), Canada (#8), and the Netherlands (#9). It also made the top-40 in the UK (#14), Switzerland (#17), Ireland (#19), New Zealand (#25), Austria (#29), and Sweden (#34).

The second single from Soul Dancing, "Send Me A Lover", was a powerful ballad that should have emulated the success of "Love Will Lead You Back", but it didn't even reach the top 20, though it climbed to #19 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, while going to #22 in Canada. A third release, the Shep Pettibone-assisted album opener "I'll Wait", peaked at #3 on the American dance chart as well as hitting #29 on the British singles list. However, the lackluster sales and reception compared to her debut caused Arista to prematured shut the door on Taylor, releasing a career-capping Greatest Hits set, releasing a track from Soul Dancing, "Say A Prayer", as a single, which went to #7 on the dance chart in America, and #58 in the UK.

Leaving Arista and regrouping under the indie label Neptune, Taylor released her fourth album Naked Without You in 1998. It didn't chart on the pop Hot 100 or the foreign lists, but it did have two top ten club hits with "Naked Without You" (#3 in 1998). Two years later, a song she contributed to the gay culture movie Flawless, "Planet Love", nabbed Taylor her second #1 Club Play hit. In 2007 Dayne returned, not only with a stand alone single, "I'm Not Featuring You", which went to #2 on the Dance chart, followed by the lead release from her fifth and so far latest studio set, Satisfied. "Beautiful" made her a total of three chartbusters. Most recently she had a top ten hit in 2011 with "Floor On Fire" (#7). She continues to play retro dance concerts as well as a ton of "pride" event, with her LGBT following one of the strongest in the business.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Disco Dessert 11/20/18 - "Don't Leave Me This Way" from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes...

While "Don't Leave This Way" is best known from the classic disco anthem from Thelma Houston, the original version of the song was actually recorded by early genre kings Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, with the late Teddy Pendergrass providing lead vocals. Appearing on the band's album Wake Up Everybody in 1975, the song written by the production team of Gamble and Huff with Cary Gilbert wasn't promoted as a single in the States, but two years later, helped by the remix from Tom Moulton, it went to #5 in the UK singles chart. The song was a part of the label compilation Philadelphia Classics, which managed to chart on Billboard magazine's Disco/Dance Tracks list for a week at #34. It's personally my favorite version of the song, and one of the best disco tracks ever.


Song you should hear 11/20/18 - "Stand Up" from the Overtones...

"Stand Up" is the new single from the British doo-wop group the Overtones, who were discovered working as interior decorators in London in 2010, the quintet of Lachie Chapman, Mike Crawshaw, Darren Everest, Mark Franks, and Timmy Matley scored four consecutive top ten albums with their first four releases. After a Christmas record in 2015, during their subsequent tour Matley had to bow out for health reasons, eventually returning to the group's shows, and as they started to record their next album. However, tragedy claimed his life from a fall in the spring of 2018 under horrible circumstances, which paralyzed the group for a bit, but they regrouped to re-record the set they were working on together (save one track with Jimmy's vocals on it). The Overtones came out this past October and continues their stellar vocal work now reimagined as a four-piece. "Stand Up" is one of the two originals from the record, which also includes a delicious cover of the disco classic "You To Me Are Everything".