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Girls, Girls, Girls: New Singles About To Pop

Before the Radio Report goes up tomorrow, here’s a few of the fierce females releasing new singles to mainstream radio in the next few weeks. From the straight-up sounds of pop to the electronic eargasms of tomorrow, here’s a few of my choices that you may see climbing up the charts this spring.

Ready or not, she's back.

Ready or not, she’s back.

BRIDGIT MENDLER – “Hurricane” (Radio Edit)

Former Disney kid Mendler made a successful transition into the world of mainstream music when her debut single, “Ready Or Not”, hit the CHR top 40 several months ago. Though it wasn’t the biggest of hits for the young singer, Hollywood Records is trying again with this second single from Hello My Name Is…, a song called “Hurricane”. It’s another rap-sung track from the singer, with the same sort of reggae-influenced vibe as Jessie J‘s “Price Tag” or Skylar Grey‘s “C’mon Let Me Ride”. “Hurricane” was co-written by Mendler, Evan Bogart, Andrew Goldstein and Emanuel Kiriakou and produced by the latter two gentlemen. All three previously worked together on Hot Chelle Rae‘s 2011 album Whatever. Mendler once again brings out the cringeworthy, juvenile lyrics. Remember “I like your face, do you like my song?” from “Ready”? This time around, it’s “I’m flopping on my bed like a flying squirrel.” I mean, I just don’t know what to do with that, so I’m going to move on and pretend it never happened. She’s 20. I guess I can deal with it. Otherwise, it’s a harmless and cute little song with a lot of vocal stuttering about a girl who compares her noticing a boy she really likes to “standing in the eye of a hurricane” because of her emotions gone haywire. Young girls can relate to it. It’s not the strongest song from her debut album, but the breezy nature of it could hold it on radio until the warmer months arrive. I would hate to see the effort go to waste just because the wrong single was selected.

Quicker than a Rae of light.

Far from “Over”.

CARLY RAE JEPSEN – “Tonight I’m Getting Over You”

27-year-old Jepsen had a big breakthrough last year with hits like “Call Me Maybe” and “Good Time”, a collaboration with Owl City. Third single “This Kiss” failed to make a significant impact on the charts, so she’s dusted herself off and moved on to a fourth single from Kiss, “Tonight I’m Getting Over You”. The song has a long list of writers on it: in addition to Jepsen, there is Clarence Coffee Jr. (part of a production team called The Monsters and The Strangerz… jeez, who came up with that?) Lukas Hibert (German producer new to the U.S. market), Shiloh Hoganson (Canadian singer whose U.S. crossover failed a few years ago), Katerina Loules (German songwriter with her first big credit) and Max Martin (super-producer behind the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, etc.), with production duties handled by Hibert and Martin. The sound is a little more dance-driven than Jepsen’s other singles, with an unnecessary dubstep post-chorus that’s just grating on the ears. Nothing too hard to understand lyrically; the girl is gonna “keep dancing ’til the morning with somebody new” as she gets over her old flame. It’s a decent song, but unfortunately, it comes across as a throwaway track. I’m not quite sure how “Curiosity” got passed over again or even the duet with Justin Bieber, “Beautiful”. With everyone releasing lighter songs as of late, it would’ve fit right in. Alas, a video has been shot and the song’s been sent to radio, so I guess we’re stuck with it. Coming off a flop, I’m not expecting big things from it, but expect it to be a mid-charting hit before Jepsen moves onto recording a new album.

One step "Closer" to a hit.

One step “Closer” to a hit.

TEGAN & SARA – “Closer”

If this is going to be one of the first big Alternative crossover hits on the year, I approve. The two Quin sisters have been singing together since 1999 and are probably best known for their 2004 single, “Walking With A Ghost”. They also had a pair of minor chart successes in Canada as featured vocalists on singles by producers Morgan Page and Tiësto. Their days of dance have rubbed off on their new sound as found on their recent release, Heartthrob, expected to debut in the top ten on the Billboard 200 album chart, and this first single. It was written and produced by the Quins as well as Greg Kurstin, who worked on hits by Kelly Clarkson and Pink. The song itself is about the boundaries of a relationship, with the protagonist egging on her lover to “come a little closer,” but it isn’t just a sexual notion she desires. She explains: “It’s not just all physical/I’m the type who won’t get oh-so-critical/So let’s make things physical/I won’t treat you like you’re oh-so-typical.” This, combined with a glittering electro-pop beat, is the perfect combination for a great song with just the right amount of attitude. Will mainstream radio take a liking to the duo? I sure hope so. The song’s already been a top-20 national hit in Canada and it’s still in the top 100 on the overall chart on iTunes here in the States. It should also be their second song to make my personal chart in just a few weeks. The girls certainly deserve, but it’s up to programmers to decide whether to pump it or dump it.

Are there any other good pop tracks by the ladies that I should be listening to? Let me know! Post your thoughts in the comments or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2012 – #100 to #86 (Post 1 of 11)

Don't "try" to knock her down.

Don’t “try” to knock her down.

From now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be counting down my top 100 songs of the year as I’ve been tabulating over the past few weeks. Every week, I make a top 40 list, and each position gets a certain amount of points, plus, I add in some extra points for weeks at #1, which goes towards their yearly total. The survey period is from December 4, 2011 to November 25, 2012. 177 songs ranked in the top 40 at some point this year, an increase of eleven from last year, which means that the pace picked up a little bit. Ties are broken by (1) peak position, then (2) weeks at peak position, and then (3) number of weeks on chart should it go that far. Everything from the top of the pops is in here: boy bands, bubblegum, country, dance, rock, and all the surprise hits and major under-performers in-between. Of course, I’ll be commenting on them as well, but I’m saving the good stuff until we get towards the top tier of the top 100. Let’s start the countdown!

100. Martin Solveig – The Night Out (138 points) (PEAK: #22)
Second top-40 hit on my chart for this French DJ, the first of which earned him a main credit without him singing a note. That was “Hello”, which featured vocals by Canadian band Dragonette; it peaked at #9 for two weeks last year.

099. Green Day – Oh Love (142 points) (PEAK: #22)
2012 was an eventful one for the band which saw their lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, go to rehab after a tantrum seen around the world at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. This was the band’s only charting single from the era.

098. Big Time Rush – Windows Down (143 points) (PEAK: #21)
Originally recorded as a demo by Ke$ha, this became the boy band’s biggest hit on my survey to date. It samples “Song 2” by Blur.

097. Neon Trees – Lessons In Love (All Day, All Night) (151 points) (PEAK: #18)
This Utah-based band just missed the top 100 with “Everybody Talks” (#101), a song that became their second big mainstream hit. “Lessons” peaked at #17 a week after the 2012 chart year ended. It also shares its main title with a #12 Hot 100 hit for Level 42 back in 1987.

096. Matt Cardle – Amazing (156 points) (PEAK: #21)
Final single from Cardle’s debut album Letters. It was the highest charting release from it.

095. Pink – Try (161 points) (PEAK: #7)
This was #7 at the close of the chart year in November, but has since gone onto make the top 3. Four of her songs have spent time at the top of my top 40. Nelly Furtado also appeared in the top ten with a separate song also called “Try” in 2004.

094. Bridgit Mendler – Ready Or Not (162 points) (PEAK: #21)
Mendler is the latest Disney kid to make my personal chart. This one also became a minor hit on the CHR survey; the first Disney-related act to make it there was quintet The Party, who made the top 20 in early 1992 with “In My Dreams”.

093. Taylor Swift – Eyes Open [from “The Hunger Games”] (162 points) (PEAK: #21)
First of a handful of songs written for motion pictures in the top 100 this year. The rest will be coming in a few posts’ time.

092. Jon McLaughlin featuring Sara Bareilles – Summer Is Over (164 points) (PEAK: #23)
Lowest peaking song in the top 100 of the year; it spent two weeks at #23. It was the third charting hit for McLaughlin and the seventh for Bareilles. It peaked during the Spring, a good enough reason for it to chart so low.

091. Lady Antebellum – We Owned The Night (165 points) (PEAK: #5)
This hit #5 back in November of 2011. The group has one other song in the top 100 of the year.

090. Javier Colon featuring Natasha Bedingfield – As Long As We Got Love (167 points) (PEAK: #20)
Colon made my New & Active between August and October 2003 with his major-label debut single, “Crazy”. (He was just credited as Javier back then.) Bedingfield has one more song to come.

089. Zedd featuring Matthew Koma – Spectrum (168 points) (PEAK: #19)
First charting single for the Russian-born and German-raised DJ and the New York-born singer. Koma’s current girlfriend, Carly Rae Jepsen, will be charting much later on with two entries.

088. David Cook – Fade Into Me (171 points) (PEAK: #15)
Last single for the American Idol winner before he was dropped by RCA Records. Of his five charting singles, this was the lowest ranking in terms of weekly peak.

087. Matt Cardle – It’s Only Love (173 points) (PEAK: #20)
This is Cardle’s highest of two songs on the year-end survey. “Anyone Else”, his current single, should be a safe bet to make the top 100 next year.

086. Jason Mraz – 93 Million Miles (173 points) (PEAK: #10)
This was at #10 at the close of the chart year in November. It has since risen to #7. Mraz has one more song to go in the top 100.

Join me back here tomorrow as I reveal #85 through #71. What’s coming up, you ask? How about a glam fam, pom-poms and shopping carts? Intrigued? Stay tuned…

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