Monthly Archives: September 2013

TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (September 24)

Same love, different album.

Same love, different album.

The superstars come out to play this week with the likes of a Dark Lady and a Rocket Man on the schedule. Here are all the releases you need to know about for September 24:

  • This should be a shock to no one, but rapper and singer Drake will take the crown on next week’s Billboard 200 album chart with his latest album, Nothing Was The Same. His last album debuted with 631,000 copies sold in its first week. Can this do even better? With two top ten singles in a row from the effort, you better believe those numbers will be stacking up. Stay tuned. (iTunes)
  • It’s hard to tell what will be the next highest debut, but here’s an act whose last album entered at #2, 2010’s Come Around Sundown. Kings Of Leon emerge once again with Mechanical Bull, featuring the recent Alternative single “Supersoaker”. The sales of this will almost certainly be down when compared to their last album, but they do have a good pack of fans to at least get them top 5. (iTunes)
  • She’s a queen on the music scene and now her 26th (!) studio album is up for purchase today. She’s Cher and her album is titled Closer To The Truth, featuring the Dance hit “Woman’s World” and a new single, a ballad called “I Hope You Find It”. (iTunes)
  • Swedish duo Icona Pop follow the success of their summer smash “I Love It” with their first full-length album to be released in the U.S., This Is… Icona Pop. The current single from it is “All Night”. (iTunes)
  • Also dancing up the charts this week are Chicago trio Krewella with a full-length album Get Wet (iTunes), which features the singles “Alive” and “Live For The Night”, plus DJ Zedd is out with a deluxe edition of his album Clarity. The latest single from that is “Stay The Night”, a collaboration with Hayley Williams of Paramore (iTunes).
  • Singer and songwriter Sting is out with The Last Ship, inspired by his play of the same name which is due to open next year. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include Alan Jackson‘s The Bluegrass Album (iTunes), Jason Derulo‘s Tattoos (EP) (iTunes), Metallica‘s soundtrack from Through The Never (iTunes), R5‘s Louder (iTunes) and Sammy Hagar‘s Sammy Hagar And Friends (iTunes).

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

  • “Champagne”, another album cut from the forthcoming Frame By Frame by Cassadee Pope. (iTunes)
  • “Genius”, the latest single from R&B crooner R. Kelly. (iTunes)
  • “O Come All Ye Faithful”, a Christmas standard as performed by Britt Nicole. Yes, we’re already getting holiday releases in late September. Sigh. (iTunes)
  • “You’re Not The One”, a new single from Sky Ferreira. (iTunes)

We’ve all been waiting for the second half of The 20/20 Experience to arrive… what kind of numbers will Justin Timberlake do next week? A preview is coming in six on a special Music Monday!

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Keepin’ It Kiwi: Poppin’ Over The Pacific Ocean

Well, well, Wellington.

Well, well, Wellington.

It’s bigger than she ever dreamed, and she’s in love with being queen. You know I’m talking about “Royals”, the current #3 on the Hot 100 from singer Lorde. If she makes it to the top of that chart, she could become only the second act from New Zealand to hit #1 in the U.S. and the first as a main-credited artist; this, while she’s only 16 years old. It’s quite the accomplishment and perhaps a sign of encouragement to other artists from the country to try their material out here. For now, here are some of the notable singers and bands to break in America and the Hot 100 from that land so far away:

CROWDED HOUSE / SPLIT ENZ
New Zealander Neil Finn first made the American charts as a member of the group Split Enz, based out of Auckland, who reached #53 with “I Got You” in 1980. They parted ways by 1984.

Later, Finn led the Australian-formed group Crowded House, who charted a few years afterward. The trio’s biggest single was the classic “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, which spent a week at #2 on the Hot 100 in April 1987. Followup single “Something So Strong” landed at #7 in the summer, and after three other minor entries from through 1991, they failed to break the big chart. They last released an album in 2010.

DANIEL BEDINGFIELD
Bedingfield was born in Auckland before moving to England with his family at age 3. Two of his songs did particularly well here: the dance anthem “Gotta Get Thru This”, which went to #10, and the ballad “If You’re Not The One”, which peaked at #15. Both were bigger on individual radio surveys. His second album was never released here. He appeared as a judge on The X Factor: New Zealand earlier this year.

KEITH URBAN
Urban was born in the town of Whangarei but was later raised in Australia. After a few minor Country chart entries with a trio called The Ranch in 1997, he trekked out on his own in 1999 and hasn’t looked back since. Over two dozen top 40 singles later, 13 of which went to #1, he’s one of the top-selling acts in Country music today. His biggest thus far on the Hot 100 is 2009’s “Kiss A Girl”, which peaked at #16.

KIMBRA
The 23-year-old singer born in Hamilton also plays guitar and tambourine. She has only reached the U.S. charts as a featured act on Gotye‘s monster ballad, “Somebody That I Used To Know”. It totaled eight weeks at #1 and also ranked as the #1 song of last year. Her own solo single, “Settle Down”, saw some limited airplay here, but nothing substantial. Neither act has reached the Hot 100 since their duet.

OMC
The duo from Ōtara went from regional success to international buzz with “How Bizarre”, which hit the top ten in several countries. Due to a lack of CD single in the U.S., which was required to chart on the Hot 100 then, it only ranked on the radio surveys, going to #4 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. They are a one-hit wonder outside of New Zealand. Lead singer Pauly Fuemana passed away in 2010 at age 40.

SAVAGE
Here’s the most obscure act on the list, but obscure as he is, he did go Platinum. His only single to chart so far was a remixed version of his song “Swing”, with added rapper Soulja Boy who was hot at the time. It peaked at #45 in the fall. Thus far, he’s the only rapper from New Zealand to ever make the U.S. charts. He’s managed to score a few other big singles down under, but nothing has reached our shores.

Other acts from New Zealand to release here but fail to make it outside the airplay charts include Gin Wigmore, Steriogram and The Naked And Famous, who have an active single on the Alternative chart this week with “Hearts Like Ours”. We’ll see how far it goes. For now, if there’s an act that I didn’t mention or you want to let me know who your favorite artist is on this list, comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: September 22, 2013

Third time lucky.

Holed up at #1.

DEBUTS
40. Pink – Walk Of Shame
37. Daughtry – Waiting For Superman
36. Bastille – Laura Palmer | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Conor Maynard – R U Crazy (40)
30. John Newman – Cheating (35)
25. Walk Off The Earth – Gang Of Rhythm (30)
24. Passenger – The Wrong Direction (31) | BIGGEST MOVER
22. American Authors – Best Day Of My Life (28)
15. Sheppard – Hold My Tongue (20)
07. Coldplay – Atlas (12)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World (14) | PEAK: #10
09. Pink featuring Lily Rose Cooper – True Love (07) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
08. Mika featuring Ariana Grande – Popular Song (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Coldplay – Atlas (12) | PEAK: #07
06. Passenger – Let Her Go (04) | PEAK: #01 for twelve weeks
05. Grouplove – Ways To Go (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Katy Perry – Roar (05) | PEAK: #04
03. The 1975 – Chocolate (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Bastille – Pompeii (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Passenger – Holes (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. NONONO – Pumpin’ Blood (4)
2. John Mayer featuring Katy Perry – Who You Love (1)
3. The 1975 – Girls (-)
4. Hudson Taylor – Care (-)
5. Phillip Phillips – Where We Came From (3)
6. Eminem – Berzerk (6)
7. Bruno Mars – Gorilla (9)
8. Kings Of Leon – Supersoaker (5)
9. Switchfoot – Who We Are (-)
10. A Great Big World – Say Something (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew Allen – Play With Fire
Atlas Genius – If So
Britney Spears – Work Bitch (new)
Bronze Radio Return – Further On (new)
Cedric Gervais & Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better
Celine Dion – Loved Me Back To Life
Daft Punk featuring Panda Bear – Doin’ It Right
David Myles featuring Classified – So Blind
Emblem3 – 3,000 Miles (new)
Hunter Hunted – Keep Together (new)
Justin Timberlake – TKO (new)
Kacey Musgraves – Follow Your Arrow (new)
Lee DeWyze – Fight (new)
Lily Kershaw – As It Seems
Lorde – Team
Marie Miller – You’re Not Alone
Mayer Hawthorne – Crime (new)
OneRepublic – Something I Need
Pet Shop Boys – Love Is A Bourgeois Construct
Plain White T’s – The Giving Tree
The Feeling – Rescue
The Killers – Shot At The Night (new)
Tom Odell – Hold Me (new)
Yuna – Rescue

Chart Notes:

  • From the Fun With Numbers department, ten of the songs on this week’s chart are either by or feature an act in my top 40 for the first time. Five are bands, including Bastille and The 1975, three are solo males, like Mayer Hawthorne and Passenger and two are solo females, Ariana Grande and Ashley Monroe.
  • The Biggest Mover of the week belongs to a familiar fellow; that would be Passenger with “The Wrong Direction”, up 31-24. Ironically, he took a bigger leap up the chart last week of nine spots, but that was squashed by the massive jump of 31-12 by Coldplay‘s “Atlas”. Each of the singer’s three singles thus far have held the title of Biggest Mover for at least one week during their chart run.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the second hit in a row for the British quartet Bastille, “Laura Palmer”, which enters at #36. The song’s based off of a character from the 1990 television series Twin Peaks, in which the manners of her death during the first episode became one of the main arcs for the show. It was a minor hit earlier this year in several European countries, and is now actively charting in places like Belgium and Italy.
  • At #37 is the latest by Daughtry, who have gone a bit electro-pop on their latest single, “Waiting For Superman”. It’s from their forthcoming album titled Baptized. The debut of “Waiting” marks the band’s eleventh song to make my chart, two of which went to #1: 2009’s “No Surprise” and 2011’s “Crawling Back To You”.
  • Finally, at #40, is the latest song by Pink. “Walk Of Shame” is the fifth single to chart from The Truth About Love and is the followup to her recent #1 with Lily Rose Cooper, “True Love”. It’s already been serviced to radio in Australia and looks to be climbing up iTunes there as well.

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TOP TEN: The Voices Within

You want a peace of this?

You want a peace of this?

In the past few days, there have been a few news stories out there about both the domestic and international versions of The Voice, the singing competition in which four coaches/judges rely on just a contestant’s voice in order to persuade them to turn their chair around and fight to add them onto their team. In the United Kingdom, singers Danny O’Donoghue of The Script and Jessie J are exiting the show, while Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs and Kylie Minogue will be their replacements. In the United States, original judges Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera are returning to the panel, leaving fill-ins Shakira and Usher out of a chair this season.

With all that shifting around, I thought I would do the same and compile another top ten list of the acts with the most top 40 singles to make my personal chart who have also coached on the show, whether here in the U.S. or abroad. In fact, 18 of them, both current or former, have managed at least one charting single. Can you guess which of them has the biggest voice of them all, at least on my survey? Check it all out below… but turn your chair around to face your computer, this isn’t a singing competition.

10. SHAKIRA (5)
Her hips don’t lie and neither do her chart stats. First a star in the Spanish-speaking world, she set her sights on the English market with 2001’s Laundry Service. Her first single to make it on remains her highest peaking release, “Whenever Wherever”. It went to #2 for two weeks. Although she’s had some massive worldwide hits since then, the Columbian singer hasn’t ranked on my top 40 since early 2006.

09. APL.DE.AP (6)
The first season of The Voice of the Philippines is currently underway, and Apl.De.Ap is the only judge from that version to appear on here. He’s one of two members of the Black Eyed Peas on the list, the other being will.i.am further up. The group’s biggest entry to date, 2003’s “Where Is The Love?”, went to #4 for a week and garnered a lot of airplay. The song features Justin Timberlake on the chorus.

08. JOEL MADDEN (6)
Madden’s been a judge for two years on Australia’s version of The Voice. As a member of pop-punk quartet Good Charlotte, Madden made my top 40 six times in the past decade or so. One single went to #1, “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous”, which spent four weeks there in 2003. Ah, the days of middle school. They last made my chart in the fall of 2010 and are in the process of recording once again.

07. USHER (7)
He’s a actor, dancer and a singer and last season, he filled in on the U.S. edition of The Voice. Though he first charted in 2000 with a single that was pulled from radio, his biggest success so far on my chart is “Yeah!”, featuring Lil’ Jon and Ludacris. His signature song rose to #5 in 2004. Usher largely missed my chart after the Confessions era, though he still pops up now and again with a song that I enjoy.

06. WILL.I.AM (7)
Back at #9 was this guy’s partner-in-crime from the Black Eyed Peas; now, will.i.am appears. His only solo single to make my top 40, in which he’s a featured performer, ended up being his lone #1 so far: “Hall Of Fame”, as done by The Script. It occupied the spot for four weeks last year. Since then, he released a solo album, #willpower, but nothing from it has even come remotely close to making my chart.

05. DANNY O’DONOGHUE (7)
O’Donoghue was on the U.K. edition of The Voice for two seasons before leaving this Spring. He first made the top 40 in the group MyTown, but he is primarily known as the leader of The Script, who have been massive on my chart since 2009. Of their seven charting songs, four went to #1, including “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” for eight weeks. They’re expected to release a fourth album early next year.

04. RICKY MARTIN (8)
The former Menudo singer and Latin heartthrob has been enjoying his time as a judge on The Voice in Australia. His self-titled debut English album broke him in a big way, but it was his followup release, Sound Loaded, that delivered his biggest hit thus far: “She Bangs”. It totaled four weeks at the top in 2000. Martin hasn’t been on since 2001, but a recent single, “Come With Me”, came out earlier this year.

03. KYLIE MINOGUE (15)
She’s a legend and she’ll be bringing the heat to the judging panel on The Voice in the U.K. in 2014 during the show’s third season. Though Minogue’s been hitting the charts since the late 80’s over in Europe, her first single to reach my top 40 was a #1 for five weeks, 2002’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”. 2004’s “Red Blooded Woman” also topped my list for three weeks. The singer last charted earlier this year.

02. ADAM LEVINE (17)
He’s been with the U.S. version of The Voice since its beginning, including this upcoming season, but you also know him as the leader of Maroon 5. The band has now been atop my chart six times, including the nine week “This Love” in 2004 and their biggest, 2007’s “Makes Me Wonder”, which spent eleven big weeks there. All in all, they’ve had 17 top 40 entries, one of the largest sums for a band to my chart.

01. CHRISTINA AGUILERA (20)
She’s got some big pipes and a big stack of hits too, and thus, Christina Aguilera glides into the #1 spot on my list. She had my very first #1 back in September 1999 with “Genie In A Bottle” and would later charge the chart summit with “What A Girl Wants”, “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)”, “Lady Marmalade” (with Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink), “Beautiful” and “Moves Like Jagger” (with Maroon 5).

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Justin Timberlake – “TKO” (+ Lyrics)

He's a Soul survivor.

He’s a Soul survivor.

After the under-performance of lead single “Take Back The Night”, Justin Timberlake is out with a song that’s sure to be a knockout. “TKO” is the second single from The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, which is due in stores on September 30. (Stream a clip of the song.) Like the first edition of the album, look for a deluxe edition sold exclusively at Target. Enjoy!

Listen to “TKO”. / Purchase “TKO” on iTunes.

“TKO”

(If there’s any corrections, let me know below! Thanks to Denisa for the slight edit and Kurt Trowbridge as well.)

[Spoken – Timbaland]
Killed me with the coo-coochie-coochie-coo
She killed me with the coo-coochie-coochie-coo (x6)
Lights out, TKO

[Verse 1]
Baby, everyday in training to get the gold
That’s why your body’s crazy
But you can’t run from yourself, that’s where it’s difficult
Girl I can see in your eyes that there’s something inside that made you evil
Where did you go, ’cause it just ain’t fair
Over here thinking ’bout the sh-t you say
Don’t know why it gets to me

[Bridge]
It cuts right on my eye, yeah it hurt, won’t lie
Still can’t see, think I saw you with another guy
Can’t fight, knocked down, then I got over you
Can’t fight no more, you knock me out
What am I supposed to do?

[Chorus]
I don’t understand it
Tell me how could you be so low
Been swinging after the bell and after all of the whistle blows
Tried to go below the belt, through my chest, perfect hit to the dome, dammit babe
This ain’t the girl I used to know
No, not anymore, TKO

[Post-Chorus]
I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
It’s just a TKO
I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
With a TKO
T-TKO
Out for the count
Girl, you knock me out
With a TKO
Now, I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
With a TKO

[Verse 2]
Baby, now I really know what we’re fighting for
This rematch sex is amazing
But nobody wins if somebody’s heart is slow
‘Cause when I see you move like you got something inside that made you lethal
Where did you go, it just ain’t fair
Over here thinking ’bout the sh-t you do
Don’t know what I got to lose

[Bridge]
It cuts right on my eye, yeah it hurt, won’t lie
Still can’t see, think I saw you with another guy
Can’t fight, knocked down, then I got over you
Can’t fight no more, you knock me out
What am I supposed to do?

[Chorus]
I don’t understand it
Tell me how could you be so low
Been swinging after the bell and after all of the whistle blows
Tried to go below the belt, through my chest, perfect hit to the dome, dammit babe
This ain’t the girl I used to know
No, not anymore, TKO

[Post-Chorus]
I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
It’s just a TKO
I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
With a TKO
T-TKO
Out for the count
Girl, you knock me out
With a TKO
Now, I’m out for the count
Yeah, girl, you knock me out
With a TKO

[Spoken – Timbaland]
Girl
See what you doing
See what you doing, girl?
Y-Y-You knock me right out
See what you do (x2)
Girl, girl, girl…
You knock me right out
Hey girl
See what you do (x2)
Girl, girl, girl…
You knock me right out
Hey girl
See what you do (x2)
Girl, girl, girl…
You knock me right out

[Bridge]
It cuts right on my eye, yeah it hurt, won’t lie
Still can’t see, think I saw you with another guy
Can’t fight, knocked down, then I got over you
Can’t fight no more, you knock me out
What am I supposed to do?

[Chorus]
I don’t understand it
Tell me how could you be so low
You’ve been swinging after the bell and after all of the whistle blows
Tried to go below the belt, through my chest, perfect hit to the dome, dammit babe
This ain’t the girl I used to know
No, not anymore, TKO
TKO, TKO

[Chorus]
I don’t understand it
Tell me how could you be so low, damn
You’ve been swinging after the bell and after all of the whistle blows
Tried to go below the belt, through my chest, perfect hit to the dome, dammit babe
Dammit babe, dammit babe…

[Outro]
She killed me with the coo-coochie-coochie-coo
She killed me with the coo-cooch
So, dammit babe…

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The Music Of Metropolis: Hail To These Heroic Hits

Goin' krypton and on.

Goin’ krypton and on.

He’s the superhero that’s been around since 1938 and he hasn’t aged a bit. He’s Clark Kent, reporter for the Daily Planet, but better known as the great Superman. With hundreds of comic books displaying his name and several television series and dozens of movies based off of his adventures, he’s one of the most well-known characters today. In addition to all of those media outlets, Superman has been the subject of at least fourteen song titles to make the Billboard Hot 100 since 1958, with a fifteenth on the way in the form of “Waiting For Superman”, the new single by Daughtry. It’s currently a top 20 digital hit and will likely go top 40 nationally. So, which of these heroic hits is the mightiest of them all? Here they are, both the top 40 singles and the more minor Hot 100 entries:

“Sunshine Superman”, Donovan (#1, 1966)
This piece of psychadelic pop was Donovan‘s only #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, spending a week there in September 1966. It also reached the top 5 in a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. If you were a fan of pop music in the 90’s, you may remember the song “Legend Of A Cowgirl” by Imani Coppola, a minor top 40 hit in 1997 which sampled “Sunshine”.

“Black Superman – Muhammad Ali”, Johnny Wakelin & The Kinshasa Band (#21, 1975)
English musician Wakelin wrote this as an homage to the boxing champion after seeing the famous Rumble In The Jungle fight in 1974, which pit Ali against George Foreman, with Ali winning. It hit the top ten in his native United Kingdom and just missed the top 20 on the Hot 100 that fall. A followup single about the boxer, “In Zaire”, was also a hit in the U.K., going top 5, but it did not enter Billboard’s charts.

“Superman”, Herbie Mann (#26, 1979)
After over a decade of top 40 misses, flutist Mann finally made the top 40 in 1975 with “Hijack”, which went to #14. As the disco era danced away with the charts, Mann was able to tack on a second entry with this song, originally performed by Celi Bee and the Buzzy Bunch (see below). What originally didn’t make the top 40 its first time out did it for Mann, breaking into the top 30. It was his last hit.

“Superman (It’s Not Easy)”, Five For Fighting (#14, 2001)
After releasing an album in 1997 that went under the radar on EMI, it was singer John Ondrasik’s second album, America Town, that got him noticed in a big way. In the fall of 2001, this song became one of the anthems heard in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and its consistent radio play launched it into the top 15 on the Hot 100. A sixth Five For Fighting album, Bookmarks, came out this past Tuesday.

“Superman”, Eminem (#15, 2003)
After the huge success of 8 Mile‘s “Lose Yourself”, which spent 12 weeks at #1, this single came directly afterwards and was automatically going to be lost in the shadows of that big hit. From his 2002 album The Eminem Show, it ended up missing the top ten after peaking out very early in its run. However, it did go to #10 on the CHR airplay chart. The female vocals on this song are performed by Dina Rae.

“Superman”, Taylor Swift (#26, 2010)
In an era full of digital downloads, we were inevitably going to find an album track on this list that was never released as a single. Such is this case with this entry from Swift from her hit 2010 album, Speak Now. It peaked the week that the album arrived, then quickly descended the survey and fell off after a few weeks. It was the seventh-highest ranking song, regardless of single status, to chart from the release.

Other caped crusaders to hit the top 100:
“Superman”, Dino, Desi and Billy (#94, 1966)
“Superman”, The Ides of March (#64, 1970)
“Superman”, Donna Fargo (#41, 1973)
“Superman”, Celi Bee and the Buzzy Bunch (#41, 1977)
“(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman”, The Kinks (#41, 1979)
“I’m Your Superman”, All Sports Band (#93, 1981)
“Superman’s Song”, Crash Test Dummies (#56, 1991)
“Superman’s Dead”, Our Lady Peace (#74, 1997)

All of these acts, save for Bee and her group, had bigger singles rank on the Hot 100. Both of the 90’s entries were bigger hits on Canada, where the two groups formed.

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PROFILE: Hudson Taylor Take The Time To “Care”

Taylor made.

Taylor made.

Take two boys from Ireland who look like models, give them some guitars and a fan base of thousands and you have a blueprint for one of the top new talents around. At just 19 and 21 years old, respectively, the siblings of Hudson Taylor are destined for some big action in 2014. After opening for other bands over the past few years, like British quartet Lawson, they’ll be setting out on a run of shows all on their own in the next few months. However, the guys still have one thing eludes them: breaking the U.S. market. With their newrelease “Care”, that could all change very quickly. If you hear the potential that I did listening to it for the first time, you know how large it could be.

The duo of Alfie and Harry Hudson-Taylor grew up on the streets of Dublin in a household full of entertainers. They busked their way around and crafted a set of original songs, releasing their debut EP, Battles, in August of last year. It topped the iTunes charts in their home country and cracked the top 20 in the United Kingdom. Another EP, Cinematic Lifestyle, followed in November. The two EPs were pulled, than rereleased to digital retailers last month after the two signed to Polydor Records, their first major label deal. Now in the process of recording for their first full-length album, Hudson Taylor is out with yet a third EP, titled Osea. It will be released on October 13 in Europe with no Stateside issue at the moment, though they do have the 4-track release Chasing Rubies which is available here.

If you’re an avid music video fan, “Care” is being featured on YouTube at the moment on a playlist titled Devil’s Resting Place along with other songs by John Newman and Tom Odell, so may just see it pop up on the sidebar of your page. It’s amassed over 130,000 views so far in the three full days its been up, which is outstanding considering that it’s about to pass a video for their song “Battles”, which has been up for a year. Like a lot of Polydor releases, most are distributed through Interscope and A&M in the United States, and this finds the two on an Interscope sublabel, Cherrytree Records, which is also home to Ellie Goulding, Sting and many others.

So, why should “Care” be the song that carries them in the U.S.? At the moment, Cherrytree doesn’t have a big single on the AAA, or Triple A survey, full of other singer-songwriters and independent acts. Hudson Taylor would be a perfect fit there. The song’s musically accessible and lyrically relatable, about a guy who is love struck over a girl who doesn’t understand that her current flame isn’t the right choice. Whether that’s just his opinion or what he’s actually observing, I guess that decision is to made by the listener. He cautions her, “Think a little harder when you’re feeling all alone/For heaven’s sake, I have been screaming at you all the time… he’s been cheating on you, messing with your head/I only say it ’cause I care.” It’s folk and indie rock, but it’s also poppy enough to stand out and get its message across in under three minutes in length. It’s capable of picking up major airplay at AAA, followed by a release to Alternative and Hot AC radio. It’s bursting with not only sincerity, but a ton of appeal as well. First, however, it needs to be made available for purchase. Then, we can all watch it explode.

At this point, the duo doesn’t have any plans to start touring in the United States. This fall, they’ll be all over England and Ireland on tour, first as a support act for the Irish band Kodaline and then headlining their own shows, which will probably be followed by the album. When the chance comes for that Stateside arrival to emerge, however, they should grab it and hold on tight. Sharing is caring, and since I “care” enough about them, let’s get the ball rolling and see where Hudson Taylor land on their worldwide trip to the top.

Purchase Hudson Taylor‘s “Care”. / Pre-order Hudson Taylor‘s Osea EP. (Both are U.K. iTunes only.)

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