Monthly Archives: April 2013

Boston, You’re My Home: Beantown’s Best After A Marathon Monday Like No Other

Standing strong.

Standing strong.

It’s hard to understand how and why something as horrible as the Boston Marathon tragedy could happen yesterday, leaving two adults and one child dead along with dozens of other injured runners and spectators. However, the love and support that the city has received all across the nation and abroad is really comforting in these sad times. Living about an hour away from Boston, it’s hard to not be affected, especially since it hits so close to home. However, we always recover, and this time will be no different. Things won’t go back to normal immediately, but they will, and we’ll all be stronger because of it. Sometimes music helps to heal us when situations are bad, and so, I thought I’d compile a bit of a post about Boston and the Billboard charts, from successful acts to songs that we take pride in being Bostonians. Maybe you’ll find yourself listening to a few of these as these next few days continue on.

Songs with “Boston” in the title

“Boston”, Augustana (2006)
From San Diego, the song was originally recorded for a small 2003 independent release before making it onto their major label debut, 2005’s All The Stars And Boulevards. It wasn’t until the fall of 2006 that things really took off for the band; with placement on an episode of One Tree Hill, the buzz kept building, and the song eventually gained a ton of airplay. Though it only went to #34 on the Hot 100, it certainly felt bigger around here. It spent six weeks at #1 on my chart. They’ve had some live dates here and there since the beginning of the year.

“Please Come To Boston”, Dave Loggins (1974)
This musician from Tennessee released this tune as the first single from his first album with Epic Records, Apprentice (In A Musical Workshop). It’s best remembered by the opening line, “Please come to Boston for the springtime.” “Please” climbed to #5 on the Hot 100 in 1974 and the #1 spot on the Adult Contemporary survey, becoming the only top-40 hit for Loggins. After his big song, he became a successful songwriter in the world of Country, scoring a #1 duet with Anne Murray in 1984. He hasn’t reached any chart since 1985.

It’s also worth noting that another favorite from the area peaked in the #1 Bubbling Under position back in 2007, the equivalent to #101. That was “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by the Celtic rockers from Quincy, MA, The Dropkick Murphys.

Songs with lyrics associated with Boston

Of course, you don’t have to have the city’s name in your song title to have a charting hit about it. In 1966, the California band named The Standells went to #11 on the Hot 100 with “Dirty Water”. Of course, we all know the famous lyric in that chorus: “Well, I love that dirty water/Boston, you’re my home.” There’s also a lyric towards the beginning of the song about being around the Charles River. It’s been recorded several other times since it was a hit, though the location of it has changed depending on what act’s version you’re listening to.

In 1983, the theme song from Cheers made the Hot 100; that show, of course, was set at the bar of the same name located in the city. The single release title was “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” and it was sung by Gary Portnoy. It likely suffered because nothing on the label of it mentioned the show, and thus, it peaked at a lowly #83. The series ran from 1982 to 1993.

Lastly, Karmin‘s “Hello”, which only got to #62 on the Hot 100 last year, features this rapped lyric: “Touch down in the middle of the city/Mass. Ave Street, jam up to Newbury.” Both of these streets run through Boston.

Acts with Boston in their name

In the history of the Hot 100, only two acts have hits the charts with Boston in their name. The biggest, as you probably know, was simply Boston. The band took a total of ten songs into the Hot 100 beginning with the #5 song “More Than A Feeling” in 1976. Their biggest was “Amanda”, spending two weeks at #1 in 1986. They last charted in 1994. Lead vocalist Brad Delp took his life in 2007.

The only other act on the list is a bit of a surprise, but a well-known group both locally and on a national level. They are the Boston Pops Orchestra. Now, you’re probably wondering how in the heck they made it onto the Hot 100, and the very simple answer is: Beatlemania. The Pops peaked out at #54 in 1964 with a version of “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. The original by The Beatles went to #1 for seven weeks beginning in February; this instrumental held its best position in July.

Of course, these two acts join the dozens of other acts to chart from the Boston area, including Aerosmith, New Kids On The Block and more.

See any songs or are acts I missed on the list? Comment below! For more on the charts, song premieres and other music-related items, keep it here on the blog, or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel, and don’t forget to keep the victims in your thoughts. As President Obama stated yesterday, “Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city.” Amen to that.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Jason Derülo – “The Other Side” (+ Lyrics)

Whatcha sayin' now, Jason?

Whatcha sayin’ now, Jason?

Jason Derülo‘s new single premiered earlier this morning, a song called “The Other Side”. It’s the first single from his forthcoming third album. Look for it to follow on the heels of prior big hits for him like “Whatcha Say”, “In My Head” and “Don’t Wanna Go Home”. It’s a catchy, dance-driven number that sees the performer at the top of his game.

Listen to “The Other Side” here.

“THE OTHER SIDE”

[Verse 1]
In the beginning
I never thought it would be you
When we were chillin’
Smiling in the photo booth
But we got closer (Yeah)
‘Til you were eating off my spoon
And coming over
And we would talk all afternoon

[Bridge]
Tonight, we’ll just get drunk
Disturb the peace
Bind your hands all over me
And then you bite your lip
Whisper and say
“We’re going all the way”

[Chorus]
Tonight, take me to the other side
Sparks fly like the Fourth of July
Just take me to the other side
I see that sexy look in your eyes
And I know, we ain’t friends anymore
If we walk down this road
We’ll be lovers for sure
So tonight kiss me like it’s do or die
And take me to the other side

[Verse 2]
This could be perfect
But we won’t know unless we try (Try)
I know you’re nervous
So just sit back and let me drive

[Bridge]
Tonight we’ll just get drunk
Disturb the peace
Bind your hands all over me
And then you bite your lip
Whisper and say
“We’re going all the way”

[Chorus]
Tonight, take me to the other side
Sparks fly like the Fourth of July
Just take me to the other side
I see that sexy look in your eyes
And I know, we ain’t friends anymore
If we walk down this road
We’ll be lovers for sure
So tonight kiss me like it’s do or die
And take me to the other side

[Middle 8]
(Whoa-oh-oh) x2
Kiss me like it’s do or die
And take me to the other side

[Bridge]
Tonight we’ll just get drunk
Disturb the peace
Bind your hands all over me
And then you bite your lip
Whisper and say
“We’re going all the way”

[Chorus x2]
Tonight, take me to the other side
Sparks fly like the Fourth of July
Just take me to the other side
I see that sexy look in your eyes
And I know, we ain’t friends anymore
If we walk down this road
We’ll be lovers for sure
So tonight kiss me like it’s do or die
And take me to the other side

[End]
So tonight kiss me like it’s do or die
And take me to the other side
(Whoa-oh-oh)
Take me to the other side
(Whoa-oh-oh)
And take me to the other side
(Whoa-oh-oh)
Kiss me like it’s do or die
(Whoa-oh-oh)
And take me to the other side

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (April 16)

"Save" some room at the top for them.

“Save” some room at the top for them.

Boy, oh Boy, is it a good week to release. Well, it is for some acts on this list. These are the new album and singles in stores for the week of April 16:

  • Hard to believe it’s been nearly five years since Fall Out Boy put out their last studio album, Folie à Deux. Their latest bears the title Save Rock And Roll, but you can be the judge of whether they’ve actually saved it or not. Leadoff single “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” went top 20 at both Alternative and CHR radio. It’ll very likely be #1 next week. (iTunes)
  • After releasing this back in the United Kingdom last fall, the first U.S. album for Olly Murs, Right Place, Right Time, is in stores this week. The revised edition for us is a mix of tracks from the original album, as well as the singles from his last album, In Case You Didn’t Know. “Troublemaker” is still gaining in airplay and sales. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Kid Cudi releases his third full-length album, Indicud. The album features collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar and Michael Bolton. Yes, you read that correctly. (iTunes)
  • British soul singer Jessie Ware is devoted to breaking the U.S. with her debut album, Devotion, now out in a Stateside release. (iTunes)
  • Karen O and her trio called Yeah Yeah Yeahs release their fourth album this week, Mosquito. It’s their first album in four years. (iTunes)
  • He’s still cranking out that material decades after he began. Willie Nelson and Family are out with an album full of covers entitled Let’s Face The Music and Dance. (iTunes)
  • Just a year after their last album, rockers The Flaming Lips are back with The Terror, their fifteenth studio album overall since 1986. (iTunes)
  • Classical singer Sarah Brightman puts out her latest this week, Dreamchaser. (iTunes)
  • A digital version of Laura Mvula‘s Sing To The Moon is out this week. The singer-songwriter is originally from the United Kingdom. (iTunes)
  • Lastly, you’ve seen her credited on the current hit for Icona Pop, “I Love It”. Charli XCX is releasing a full-length album entitled True Romance. (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Beat It”, a new single from Sean Kingston which features Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa. (iTunes)
  • “Chloe (You’re The One I Want)”, the debut single from boy band Emblem3. (iTunes)
  • “Fall Down”, a collaboration from will.i.am and Miley Cyrus. (iTunes)
  • “Final Warning”, a new release from singer-songwriter Skylar Grey.  (iTunes)
  • “Heart In My Hand”, the third single from teen singer Austin Mahone from his yet-to-be-released debut album. (iTunes)
  • “Ready To Go”, because we really needed a comeback single from Limp Bizkit. (iTunes)
  • “The Other Side”, the first single from Jason Derulo‘s as-yet-titled third studio album. (iTunes)

Will Snoop Lion get high enough to reach the top with his Reincarnation or can Canadian crooner Michael Bublé or France’s Phoenix spoil the party with their new albums? A preview is coming in seven!

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Emblem3 – “Chloe (You’re The One I Want)” (+ Lyrics)

"One" in a million boy bands.

“One” in a million boy bands.

From The X Factor stage to the next stage of their career, Emblem3 are out with their first single, “Chloe (You’re The One I Want)”. The trio’s new song goes to iTunes tomorrow, but you can check the out the studio version of the song now in full. It’s a reggae and pop-inspired effort that features the boys rapping and singing about a girl that they’re digging on, and if you’re a fan of the group, you’ll be digging this tune. Enjoy!

Listen to “Chloe (You’re The One I Want)”.

[Intro]
Chloe, I know your sister turns everyone on
But you’re the one I want (x2)

[Verse 1]
Yeah yeah
Front page magazine
Everybody says that she’s a queen
But that’s you to me and I just wanna let you know that
(You’re the one I want)
She likes the flashing lights
I love the way that you like candlelight
Stay close by my side, I just want a chance to show that

[Bridge]
(You’re the one I want)
If only you could believe in yourself in the way I believe in you
I-I do (You’re the one I want)
If only you could see all of the beautiful things that I see in you
It’s true ooh-ooh-ooh

[Chorus]
Chloe, I know your sister turns everyone on
But oh, baby, I have no doubt you’re the one that I want
(Woo woo) You think she’s got it all but that don’t make her better
(Woo woo) You got my heart and that’s the only thing that matters
Chloe, I know your sister turns everyone on
But you’re the one I want (x2)

[Verse 2]
With fast lanes, limousines
Baby, there can be no guarantees
But if you’re with me, you know that I can guarantee that
‘Cause I’m attracted to your passion
Be yourself forget the fashion
Just keep that smile you’re flashing
‘Cause you and I deserve to be forever lasting

[Bridge]
(You’re the one I want)
If only you could believe in yourself in the way I believe in you
I-I do (You’re the one I want)
If only you could see all of the beautiful things that I see in you
It’s true ooh-ooh-ooh

[Chorus]
Chloe, I know your sister turns everyone on
But oh, baby, I have no doubt you’re the one that I want
(Woo woo) You think she’s got it all but that don’t make her better
(Woo woo) You got my heart and that’s the only thing that matters
Chloe, I know your sister turns everyone on
But you’re the one I want (x2)

[Middle 8]
All you Chloes (x2)
They don’t show you love enough
All you Chloes
You should know that you’re my diamond in the rough
It’s true

[Chorus]
Chloe, I know your sister turns everyone on
But oh, baby, I have no doubt you’re the one that I want
(Woo woo) You think she’s got it all but that don’t make her better
(Woo woo) You got my heart and that’s the only thing that matters
Chloe, I know your sister turns everyone on
But you’re the one I want (x2)

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Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood: A Multitude Of Musical Languages

They' can "Rock"; they have "Style".

Ready to “Rock” out one more.

I thought he was over, but he’s not going quietly, is he? PSY, the hit maker behind the #2 smash, “Gangnam Style”, is back with a new song that’s already burning up social media and climbing on iTunes. The new single, entitled “Gentleman”, is another catchy ditty from the performer that’s primarily sung in Korean, but has a few lines in English, at least more so than what’s in “Style”. Plus, it has its own dance and quirky video, etc., so expect that to at least be another top-40 hit for me. With Billboard changing their Hot 100 formula several months ago to include data from YouTube, it may even go to #1, meaning the magazine will essentially “right their wrongs” for denying “Style” a place at the top. (Although, who knows? With that kind of strategy, every single by him could shoot up to the top now.)

Plenty of performers have sent one song into the top 40 that’s sung in a foreign language: “Dominique” by The Singing Nun, “Macarena” by Los Del Rio, and others. It would basically look like the One-Hit Wonder Hall Of Fame. However, now that PSY is on the verge of another massive success, shall we take a look at those acts who had at least two top-40 hits in another language? It’s quite rare. I could only find three of them since the Hot 100 began in 1958, and like “Gangnam Style” and “Gentleman”, they all have some English lyrics in them. They all charted about twenty years apart from one another. Let’s see who the South Korean singer may be joining in the next few weeks.

THE SANDPIPERS
This trio turned quartet based out of California went through a few name changes before they hit it big, including The Four Seasons (another group took that one  first), The Four Grads and The Grads. However, it was The Sandpipers that gave them success, even though at least one other group at the time was recording under the name. They’re best known for their 1966 remake of the “Guantanamera” (“Woman From Guantánamo”), a Spanish song, which went to #9 in a version adding one middle section in English. Their second single,  a version of “Louie Louie” that was slowed down and translated into Spanish, went to #30. The group had one other top 40 single completely sung in English: “Come Saturday Morning”, from the movie The Sterile Cuckoo. It went to #17 in early 1970. They broke up in 1975.

FALCO
From Austria, Falco had a very successful career in Europe starting in the early 80’s. One of his first hits, 1981’s “Der Kommissar” (“The Commissioner”), couldn’t crack the Hot 100, but an English version by the group After The Fire went to #5 in 1983. It wasn’t until 1986 that he became huge in the U.S. with his #1 smash, “Rock Me Amadeus”, sung primarily in German with some English. It spent three weeks at the top. His followup single, “Vienna Calling”, was remixed for the U.S. market with more background vocalists, one less verse in German and an updated instrumental track, though the album version played in the music video (see above; you can hear the single mix here.) It went to #18, his final charting single here. He died in 1998 at the age of 40 from the injuries he suffered in a motor vehicle accident.

DADDY YANKEE
36-year-old Daddy Yankee (born Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez) has been recording since the early 90’s, but began charting in the U.S. nearly a decade later. The rapper was first featured on the 2004 hit “Oye Mi Canto” by New York rapper N.O.R.E., which went to #12 on the Hot 100. However, that song was essentially a half-English, half-Spanish collaboration record, with his rap falling into the latter category. In addition, he only appears on one version of it. His first solo single to make the Billboard charts, “Gasolina” (“Gasoline”), rose as high as #32 the next year. In 2006, he went a tad higher to #24 with “Rompe” (“Break It”), which was also issued with a remix featuring G-Unit rappers Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, as well as singer Nelly Furtado. He’s bubbled under the Hot 100 as recently as last year.

(NOTE: I was going to include Shakira on the list for her 2005 single “La Tortura” featuring Alejandro Sanz (#23) and her 2010 single “Loca” (#32), but the latter release has an English version and Spanish version that are both credited on the Hot 100 with their respective featured rappers (Dizzee Rascal for the English; El Cata for the Spanish.) Though both went to retail, the English edit was the only one serviced to radio here, so it’s a hard call. She’s still great, though!)

Keep your eye on the charts to see what goes on from here! If any of you can think of any acts that I missed, let me know! Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Daft Punk featuring Pharrell – “Get Lucky” (+ Lyrics)

With a little "Luck", it'll be huge.

With a little “Luck”, it’ll be huge.

Download “Get Lucky” on iTunes.

You’ve heard a taste of it in a few commercials; now, the full thing is out. It’s the highly anticipated single by dance and electronic group Daft Punk, “Get Lucky”, featuring a guest vocal from Pharrell Williams. It’s the first release from their new album, Random Access Memories, out May 21 on Columbia Records. The thirteen-track effort features other collaborations with producers Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers, as well as other musicians. You’ll be seeing a lot more information about it coming out soon. Listen to the radio edit version of “Get Lucky” here.

“GET LUCKY”
Pharrell, Daft Punk

[Verse 1]
Like the legend of the Phoenix
All ends are beginnings
What keeps the planet spinning, ah
The force from the beginning

[Pre-Chorus x2]
She’s up all night ’til the sun
I’m up all night to get some
She’s up all night for good fun
I’m up all night to get lucky

We’re up all night ’til the sun
We’re up all night to get some
We’re up all night for good fun
We’re up all night to get lucky (x4)

[Chorus]
We’re up all night to get lucky (x8)
We’re up all night to get-to-get-to get
We’re up all night to get lucky (x2)
We’re up all night to get-to-get-to get
We’re up all night to get lucky (x2)

[Verse 2]
The present has no limit
Your gift keeps on giving
What is this I’m feeling
If you wanna leave I’m with it
We’ve come too far to give up who we are
So let’s raise the bar in our cups to the stars

[Pre-Chorus x2]
She’s up all night ’til the sun
I’m up all night to get some
She’s up all night for good fun
I’m up all night to get lucky

We’re up all night ’til the sun
We’re up all night to get some
We’re up all night for good fun
We’re up all night to get lucky (x4)

[Chorus x2]
We’re up all night to get-to-get-to get
We’re up all night to get lucky (x2)
We’re up all night to get-to-get-to get
We’re up all night to get lucky (x2)

We’ve come too far to give up who we are
So let’s raise the bar in our cups to the stars

[Pre-Chorus – x2]
We’re up all night ’til the sun
We’re up all night to get some
We’re up all night for good fun
We’re up all night to get lucky

We’re up all night to get lucky (x8)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: April 14, 2013

Pop the Bublé.

Pop the Bublé.

DEBUTS
39. Michael Franti & Spearhead – I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)
38. Avril Lavigne – Here’s To Never Growing Up
35. Plain White T’s – Should’ve Gone To Bed | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. Chris Wallace – Keep Me Crazy (34)
28. Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
25. Matt Nathanson – Mission Bells (30)
12. Passenger – Let Her Go (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Olly Murs – Army Of Two (08) | PEAK: #05
09. Phillip Phillips – Gone, Gone, Gone (06) | PEAK: #02
08. Daniel Powter – Crazy All My Life (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors (11) | PEAK: #07
06. fun. – Why Am I The One? (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie (02) | PEAK: #02
04. Passion Pit – Carried Away (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Pink featuring Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
02. Fitz & The Tantrums – Out Of My League (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Michael Bublé – It’s A Beautiful Day (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Labrinth featuring Emeli Sandé – Beneath Your Beautiful (1)
2. Jamie Cullum – Everything You Didn’t Do (9)
3. Matchbox Twenty – Our Song (4)
4. Classified featuring David Myles – Inner Ninja (7)
5. Churchill – Change (2)
6. Vampire Weekend – Diane Young (6)
7. A Great Big World – This Is The New Year (3)
8. Maroon 5 – Love Somebody (-)
9. 98 Degrees – Microphone (10)
10. Rod Stewart – She Makes Me Happy (-)

In The Mix:
Christina Aguilera – Let There Be Love
Daft Punk – Two
Frank Turner – Recovery
Hinder – Should Have Known Better (new)
Hunter Hayes – I Want Crazy (new)
James Arthur – Impossible
Jessica Sanchez featuring Ne-Yo – Tonight
Jonas Brothers – Pom Poms
Joshua Radin – When We’re Together
Lawson – Gone
One Direction – Rock Me
Paramore – Still Into You
Selena Gomez – Come & Get It
Shinedown – I’ll Follow You (new)
The Band Perry – Better Dig Two

See my full chart on the M4BCC message board.

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