Monthly Archives: July 2013

TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 23)

"Get it" together, girl.

A balloon ride to the top.

It’s a week that’s simply Selegendary in the eyes on some music fans. Here’s your releases report from the world of Disney and beyond for the week of July 23:

  • Stars Dance is the first solo album for Selena Gomez without her band The Scene. With a #1 pop radio hit in “Come & Get It” and an album chalk full of big singles, there’s no doubt that this will be big. Question is, will it be #1, or will Jay Z hold onto the top spot for a third week? Gomez could just edge him out. (iTunes)
  • Dancing his way into stores is Marc Anthony with 3.0, his first album in three years and his first salsa genre album in over a decade. The first single is “Vivir Mi Vida” (“To Live My Life”). (iTunes)
  • The soundtrack from the Smurfs 2 is in shops today. It features the recent single by Britney Spears, “Ooh La La”. (iTunes)
  • He’s known for songs like “Best Song Ever” and “Good 4 It”; now, the second full-length album for California’s Wallpaper., Ricky Reed Is Real, is out. (iTunes)
  • If you’re a fan of the Smashing Pumpkins, their 1996 box set, The Aeroplane Flies High, is being reissued this week. The original release had five discs; this has an added six album of live cuts and an additional DVD. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include Creole Soul by Etienne Charles (iTunes), My Favorite Picture Of You by Guy Clark (iTunes) and a self-titled album by the Winery Dogs (iTunes).

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

  • “All Night”, from the daring dance duo Icona Pop. (iTunes)
  • “American Girl”, a new pop anthem from Bonnie McKee. (iTunes)
  • “Baby I”, a new R&B-flavored single from Ariana Grande. (iTunes)
  • “Best Song Ever”, the latest from boy band One Direction. (iTunes)
  • “Love More”, a collaboration between Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj. (iTunes)

Next week, Robin Thicke will be looking for a thick sales debut for his Blurred Lines album, while the Backstreet Boys and Emblem3 will battle it out for top boy band honors. We’ll see what happens in seven.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Enrique Iglesias – “Turn The Night Up” (+ Lyrics)

A "Night" to remember.

A “Night” to remember.

Back with his first album in three years, bilingual singer Enrique Iglesias returns to the pop scene with a production by The Cataracts, “Turn The Night Up”. He recently previewed a clip of the chorus on TwitMusic. This could potentially be his first single to make the top 40 without the assistance of a rapper since “Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)” from 2007. Will he be able to secure a spot at the top again? Look out for this dance song on the airwaves.

Listen to the premiere of “Turn The Night Up”. (Your local Clear Channel station will be premiering it at 9:30 AM today and playing it every hour on the bottom of the hour.) / Pre-order “Turn The Night Up” on iTunes.

“TURN THE NIGHT UP”

[Chorus]
Baby, it’s you and me, you’ll see
We can turn the night up
And if you feel the way I feel
We can turn the night up

Gimme some of that (x3)

[Verse 1]
Damn you look so sexy, baby you impress me
I wanna get nasty (ah) nasty
Girl you got the bom-bom
Take a shot, you want one?
Mama I can change your life

Gimme some of that

[Bridge]
The way you do it, you got that something
You got that something (ah ah ah, hey)
So keep it moving, you know I love it (woo)
You know I love it (woo) (ah ah ah)

[Chorus]
Baby, it’s you and me, you’ll see
We can turn the night up
And if you feel the way I feel
We can turn the night up

Gimme some of that (x2)

[Verse 2]
Girl your body’s…
You know my intentions
I know you can go all night (go all night)
I just wanna touch you
Girl just let me touch you
I know what’s been on your mind (hey!)

Gimme some of that

[Bridge]
The way you do it, you got that something
You got that something (ah ah ah, hey)
So keep it moving, you know I love it (woo)
You know I love it (woo) (ah ah ah)

Gimme some of that

One love (x2)
From Madrid to Miami, from Miami to the world

[Chorus]
Baby, it’s you and me, you’ll see
We can turn the night up
And if you feel the way I feel
We can turn the night up

Gimme some of that (x2)

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What About The “What About?” Questioning Chart Challenges

Vital titles.

Vital titles.

If you love your tween singers, then I’m pretty sure you know who Austin Mahone is. The 17-year-old originally from Texas generated millions of hits on YouTube beginning in 2010, eventually signing with Chase/Universal Republic. Though his first two radio singles generated little buzz on the charts, the third time appears to be the charm for him as “What About Love?” is quickly moving up the pop airplay chart. Now, this isn’t the first time this exact title has become a hit. In fact, it made me start to wonder about other similar questions from the chart confusion department. What about them? What about their multiple uses? So, after decoding and digging through the Top 100 Trivia files, here’s a little bit of hit history about those “what about” songs and which ones rank the highest in leaving our pop star protestors unanswered.

Since the Billboard Hot 100 began in 1958, sixteen such song titles have entered the chart with the words “what” and “about” placed next to each other. Those can then be broken down into six distinct questions, which I’ll display below. One, “Baby, What About You?” was a minor pop crossover single for Crystal Gayle, going to #83 in 1983. Another, “What About Your Friends?” gave TLC one of their earlier smashes, reaching #7 in 1992. In addition, two songs called “What About Now?” went into the top 40: the first by Lonestar, a #1 country song, rose to #30 in 2000, and then in 2008, a fifth single by Daughtry went to #18. (A recent song of the same title by Bon Jovi failed to chart.) So, now that we have those all squared away, we’re left with three song titles. Here’s how they stack up in terms of the total amount of entries:

3. “WHAT ABOUT LOVE?” (3 songs)
Besides the new single by Mahone, which has thus far peaked at #73 after five weeks, two other songs that get to the heart of this question made the top 40 in the 1980’s. One, in fact, was by the Seattle-based band Heart. Their “What About Love?” rose to #10 in 1985, which became their first top ten single in nearly five years and reignited their more pop-oriented sound and success for the rest of the decade. Just a year later, Boston band ‘Til Tuesday released their single of the same title, peaking at #26 on the Hot 100. It was their final of two top 40 hits, but they charted on the Hot 100 through 1988.

2. “WHAT ABOUT US?” (4 songs)
A step up from there is this inquisitive title regarding the status of a couple. Four such songs have charted on the Hot 100 with this title, starting with “What About Us?” by The Coasters, a minor chart record (#47) for the group in 1959. It would take 35 years for it to appear again in a song by Jodeci, which landed at #74. Three years later, in 1997, the R&B trio Total went as high as #16 with the same title. Their song was featured on the soundtrack to Soul Food. Finally, there was the biggest of them all, a single by Brandy from her Full Moon album. That got to #7 in 2002, her last of seven top ten singles thus far in her career. (Earlier this year, a song containing the same title by The Saturdays did not chart.)

1. “WHAT ABOUT ME?” (5 songs)
Is it a self-interested thought? Maybe, but we do have to care for ourselves. Perhaps that’s why this comes in at the top spot on the list. The five songs to make Billboard’s big chart include entries by country singer Don Gibson (#100 in 1961), psychedelic rockers Quicksilver Messenger Service (#100 in 1971), Canada’s “Snowbird” Anne Murray (#64 in 1973), Australia’s pop-rockers Moving Pictures (#29 in 1983) and the ménage à trois that was Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes and James Ingram (#15 in 1984). As you can probably note, none of the five were really significant singles on the Hot 100, with Moving Pictures probably being the most memorable one as it had a long and slow first run and a re-release that just missed the top 40 in 1989. Still, as far as this list is concerned, it’s all about me, me, me.

For the latest in pop music that pops the questions and all the trivia and flashbacks in-between, don’t forget to follow the blog below and find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Ariana Grande – “Baby I” (+ Lyrics)

That's "the way" to sample.

Oh “Baby”, she’s back.

After going top ten on the Hot 100 with the single “The Way”, featuring rapper Mac Miller, 20-year-old actress and singer Ariana Grande is out with the second single from her forthcoming Yours Truly album, due on September 3. Several snippets of “Baby I” have been revealed this week, the longest one airing on radio station Power 106, but now the full song is finally here. Sounding like a mid-90’s Mariah Carey single from the Daydream or Butterfly era, it may appear as though it’s dated, but with a huge fanbase and a song that appeals to both pop and R&B audiences, it’s sure to be another big hit for the young and multi-talented performer. Enjoy!

Listen to “Baby I”. / Purchase “Baby I” on iTunes.

“BABY I”

[Verse 1]
Baby, I got love for thee so deep inside of me
I don’t know where to start (yeah x5) yeah yeah (yeah x6)
I love you more than anything
But the words can’t even touch what’s in my heart (yeah x5) nah nah (yeah x6)

[Bridge]
When I try to explain it I be sounding insane
The words don’t ever come out right
I get all tongue tied (and twisted)
I can’t explain what I’m feeling
So I say baby, baby, baby

[Chorus]
Baby I (oh baby, oh baby, my baby)
Baby I (oh baby, baby I)
All I’m tryna say is you’re my everything baby
But everytime I try to say it
Words they only complicate it
(baby, baby ooh oh oh)

[Verse 2]
Baby I’m so down for you no matter what you do
(Real talk) I’ll be around (yeah x5) yeah yeah (yeah x6)
(Oh baby) See baby, I been feelin’ you
Before I knew what feelings were about (yeah x5) oh baby (yeah x6)

[Bridge]
When I try to explain it I be sounding insane
The words don’t ever come out right
I get all tongue tied (and twisted)
I can’t explain what I’m feeling
And I say baby, baby, baby

[Chorus]
Baby I (oh baby, oh baby, my baby)
Baby I (oh baby, baby I)
All I’m tryna say is you’re my everything baby
But everytime I try to say it
Words they only complicate it
(baby baby, ooh oh oh, baby baby)

[Middle 8]
Straight up, you got me (all in)
How could I not be
I sure hope you know
If it’s even possible
I love you more
Than the world of love can say it
It’s better not explaining
That’s why I keep saying

[Chorus]
Baby I (oh baby, oh baby, my baby)
Baby I (oh baby, baby I)
All I’m tryna say is you’re my everything baby
But everytime I try to say it
Words they only complicate it
(baby baby, ooh oh oh, baby baby)

[Chorus w/key change]
Baby I (oh baby, oh baby, my baby)
Baby I (oh baby, baby I)
All I’m tryna say is you’re my everything baby

(x3)
But everytime I try to say it
Words they only complicate it

Baby baby, baby baby

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 21, 2013

His single is smoking.

Lighting up the top one more time.

DEBUTS
40. Toad The Wet Sprocket – New Constellation
39. One Direction – Best Song Ever
36. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran – Everything Has Changed | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
25. Justin Timberlake – Take Back The Night (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
21. Gavin DeGraw – Best I Ever Had (30)
18. Passenger – Holes (24)
15. Grouplove – Ways To Go (20)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Sheppard – Let Me Down Easy (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Train featuring Ashley Monroe – Bruises (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Five For Fighting – What If (12) | PEAK: #08
07. Maroon 5 – Love Somebody (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Bruno Mars – Treasure (04) | PEAK: #03
05. Sara Bareilles – Brave (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky (03) | PEAK: #02
03. Pink featuring Lily Rose Cooper – True Love (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Mayer Hawthorne – Her Favorite Song (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Passenger – Let Her Go (01) | PEAK: #01 for eleven weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Savoir Adore – Dreamers (1)
2. Fitz & The Tantrums – 6AM (2)
3. Matt Cardle & Melanie C – Loving You (8)
4. Rudimental featuring John Newman – Feel The Love (4)
5. Capital Cities – Kangaroo Court (9)
6. Austin Mahone – What About Love? (7)
7. MKTO – Classic (10)
8. San Cisco – Fred Astaire (-)
9. Phillip Phillips – Where We Came From (-)
10. Elton John – Home Again (-)

In The Mix:
A*STAR – Dodging Teadrops
Avril Lavigne – Rock N Roll (new)
Backstreet Boys – In A World Like This
Barenaked Ladies – Odds Are
Demi Lovato – Made In The USA
Earth, Wind & Fire – My Promise (new)
Ed Sheeran – You Need Me, I Don’t Need You (new)
Ellie Goulding – Burn
Emeli Sandé – My Kind Of Love
Franz Ferdinand – Right Action
Goo Goo Dolls – Come To Me (new)
Hey Ocean! – Big Blue Wave
Jim Brickman featuring Luke McMaster – Every Shade Of You
John Mayer – Paper Doll
Kelly Clarkson – Tie It Up
Kings Of Leon – Supersoaker (new)
Krewella – Live For The Night
Little Mix – Change Your Life
Mayer Hawthorne – The Stars Are Ours
Mika featuring Ariana Grande – Popular Song
Mike Posner – The Way It Used To Be
Mutya Keisha Siobhan – Flatline
Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight (re-entry)
Olly Murs – Right Place Right Time (new)
Satellite – Say The Words
Serena Ryder – What I Wouldn’t Do
Tony Lucca – Never Gonna Let You Go
Travis – Moving

Chart Notes:

  • Two of this week’s larger jumps come from singer-songwriters: at #18, Passenger is up six with “Holes”. He also extends his stay at #1 to eleven weeks with “Let Her Go”, which may finally be letting go next week. Also, up nine to #21, Gavin DeGraw looks to be taking “Best I Ever Had” into the top ten by the end of the summer. However…
  • In his second week on the chart, Justin Timberlake takes Biggest Mover honors with “Take Back The Night”, which leaps from 37-25, a gain of twelve spots. By comparison, his last single “Mirrors” was at #30 in its second week (up from #36) and “Suit & Tie” was at #21 (after a debut at #30.)
  • The Highest Debut of the week pairs two tourmates together on one track that’s now being serviced with an extra percussive remix by super producer Jeff Bhasker. That would be “Everything Has Changed”, in at #36 for Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. They aren’t dating… yet.
  • The title may be misleading and not necessarily 100% correct, but it is another good single from One Direction. “Best Song Ever” debuts at #39, which now becomes the group’s eighth song to make my chart. It’s to be featured in their concert film, titled This Is Us, which will be out in the U.S. on August 30.
  • This week’s third debut at #40 marks the return of popular Alternative act Toad The Wet Sprocket. Best known for songs like 1992’s “All I Want” and 1995’s “Good Intentions”, the group broke up by 1998 and have now reemerged with their first album in sixteen years, New Constellation, the title track being the first single from it. Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, it will be released on September 17. Lead singer Glen Phillips made my chart twice with “Duck And Cover” (#16, 2005) and “Everything But You” (#35, 2006).

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PROFILE: New Hollow “Ain’t” Strangers On Satellite Radio

"You" ain't seen nothin' yet.

“You” ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

The occasional song comes around that satellite radio seems to get on before anybody else. In this case, I’ve been hearing a “new” song recently over the past week on SiriusXM’s The Pulse station. In reality, the single is almost a year old, first put up on YouTube in late July of 2012, but I think it has a lot of potential to do well nationally if the right cards are played. The three teens behind the song call themselves New Hollow and the track that they’re promoting is “She Ain’t You”.

The trio that is New Hollow consists of three high school friends who have been together since 2010: Evan West (18; vocals/guitar), Mick Clouse (18; vocals/guitar) and Chad Blashford (17; back-up vocals/drums). Together, they formed a band as they resided in New Albany, Ohio. With a population of just under 7,800, they were definitely living the small town life. That same year, they signed a deal with Justice, a popular girls’ clothing store in the U.S., and began to release a string of physical singles to the retailer while also performing on a mall tour sponsored by it. All three, “SiCK”, “Boyfriend” and a cover of the B.o.B./Hayley Williams hit, “Airplanes”, went to #1 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales Chart, which measures both physical sales and download packages. “Boyfriend” went onto top the year-end chart for 2011. The items are no longer available for purchase at this point, but just last month, the group began releasing some songs iTunes, including the aforementioned “She”, as well as as “Dear Edgar” and “Don’t Hurt No More”.

Now, this is pretty good for any group to achieve, but impressively, they’ve done this all independently. Take a look at the label they’re on: Monkee Hollow/614 Music Group. That’s the previous name of the band and the area code they come from. No big record group here pushing their material, although, I’m sure they’d take the right offer if it came by. The guys can only do so much as an unsigned act without the extra support that comes with increased airplay and larger promotional appearances, etc. It would take them from a small regional act into the national landscape. That help may still be a little ways away, but there’s at least one item of good news for the band.

Despite the song’s age and the limited exposure the trio’s had so far to a tweenage audience, I mentioned that SiriusXM’s The Pulse radio station (channel 15) added the song last week and is playing the song 3-4 times a day. I’ve heard it twice so far and it sounds pretty good on the air. There’s not a lot of moody-sounding material out there right now, so it’ll be put to good use if the musical landscape turns the tide soon. However, I should point out that the program director there occasionally picks out songs to put into rotation that doesn’t necessarily breakout on FM radio. Ever heard of Katie Herzig‘s “Best Day Of Your Life”? What about “Mensch” by Herbert Groenemeyer and Bono? If you keep tabs on The Pulse, you may have heard them once or twice, but as far as the charts are concerned, you’re probably scratching your head. (Except for maybe on who Bono is. Plus, PD Jim Ryan is pretty nice.) Still, they’re young and aren’t a bubblegum boy band, so they may have a chance to finally take on some bigger opportunities.

With a social following of nearly 30,000 followers combined between Facebook and Twitter, the group’s established a decent-sized fan base. They’re continuing to play small venues throughout the summer, including county and state fairs in and around the Ohio area. While only satellite radio has played a factor in their airplay so far, the group continues to promote their music at terrestrial radio in the Midwest, so we’ll see if anything comes of it. I’m hoping something can happen to them. Luckily, these guys aren’t hollow at all and neither is their music, and with some patience and planning, New Hollow can bridge the gap between their current fans and the ones to come in the near future.

Download “She Ain’t You” on iTunes.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Kings Of Leon – “Supersoaker” (+ Lyrics)

This song is on fire.

This song is on fire.

Tenneesee’s Kings Of Leon have been laying low since the end of their last era, Come Around Sundown, which featured the singles “Radioactive” and “Pyro”. Both charted on Alternative radio, with the former single going to #1 on that format. The album itself topped out in the runner-up spot and eventually went Gold. This was unfortunately followed by a series of cancelled dates after an in-concert incident involving lead singer Caleb Followill, which then led to a short hiatus for the band. Now, the quartet is back and ready to release their sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull, on September 24. This first single is now at radio, which sounds like it was heavily influenced by Bruce Springsteen, especially in the chorus, but remains pretty faithful to their own catalogue. It’ll be flying up the charts in no time. Enjoy!

Listen to the premiere of “Supersoaker”.

“SUPERSOAKER” (3:50)

[Verse 1]
My motivation is gone too soon
Good vibrations all over you
Act like you mean it, you mean it
You gotta story you never tell
Down in the Delta, they’re ringing bells
I’ve never seen it, seen it
Back of my mind, I’m on my way
I see through smiles on every face
I don’t believe it, believe it

[Pre-Chorus]
‘Cause I’m the super soaker, red white and blew ’em all away
With the kisses unclean as the words that you say

[Chorus]
I don’t mind sentimental girls at times
Miss don’t walk away, walk away

[Verse 2]
The flags are flying across the Plains
I got a secret picking in my brain
I wanna see you, see you
Yes, the sign is on my face
I don’t know my home
I don’t know my place
I just wanna be there, be there

[Pre-Chorus]
‘Cause I’m the super soaker, red white and blew ’em all away
With the kisses unclean as the words that you say

[Chorus]
I don’t mind sentimental girls at times
Miss don’t walk away, walk away
I don’t mind sentimental girls at times
Miss don’t walk away, whoa oh oh

I don’t mind sentimental girls at times
I just lay it on the line, on the line

[Chorus]
I don’t mind sentimental girls at times
Miss don’t walk away, walk away
I don’t mind sentimental girls at times
Miss don’t walk away, oh oh oh oh

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