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One Year Later And Still Popping!

POP! goes the anniversary.

POP! goes the anniversary.

I didn’t think I was going to get to this point, but it’s finally here and I’m so excited. It’s been a great first year of writing here on WordPress with my music blog, POP! Goes The Charts, and I can’t thank you all enough for supporting me in this adventure. November 28, 2012 seems so far away at this point, even if it was just 365 days ago. Of course, I’ve made it through the ups and downs, the struggle for post inspiration, the “take it down” private messages, etc. but that wild ride continues to be one I enjoy driving through. So, here are just a few of the statistics that made this a great first full year:

In the past twelve months, my blog has racked up north of 240,000 views on a total of 440 posts for an average of 550 views a day and 1.2 posts, which sounds about right. (Maybe not the 1/5 of a post part, but I digress.) A lot of these have been focused on the home page or in the archives — 52,000 of them, in fact, which equates to about 21%.

The biggest direct click post of the year was my Friday Forty countdown of the Top 40 Boy Bands based on radio data archives, which has been viewed just under 9,300 times since its late February debut. Whether you were Team *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys or New Kids On The Block back in the day, we all love our boy bands once again thanks to new kids in town like One Direction and The Wanted and all of those reunions, of course. Keep calm and stan on, you all.

The largest sum for a single premiere is on “Ways To Go” by Grouplove, which has accumulated 7,500 views since June. “Ways” went to #5 on my personal chart a few months ago and peaked at #2 on Alternative radio. Look for it to rank highly on my year-end survey, which will be starting in a few weeks. In other words, you’ve “got a little bit longer” to wait.

My most successful album review was for Avril Lavigne‘s self-titled album of a few weeks ago, racking up 1,600 views. Reaction for the effort was mixed, although it did debut in the top ten on the Billboard 200. The third single from it, a duet with husband Chad Kroeger titled “Let Me Go”, is currently gaining at Hot Adult Contemporary radio.

As for Profile posts, where I go on a bit about new and breaking acts, Danny Mercer takes the prize for that, with 950 views on my post from the end of May. At the time, Mercer was riding the charts on a collaboration with rapper Pitbull called “Outta Nowhere”. Unfortunately, it tanked, but look out for some solo material from him coming on Columbia Records next year. He also co-produced “Save Your Soul” on Celine Dion‘s most recent album, Loved Me Back To Life.

Finally, there’s my top chart post of the year. Every week, I make a weekly top 40 music survey, and for some reason, the chart dated February 24 is the most viewed one of the past 12 months with 176 views. The #1 song of the week for the second frame was “Mermaid” by Train, which you’ll also find has done particularly well on my 2013 year-end chart. Once the tide comes in, you’ll see where it’s washed up.

Thanks for a great year once again and here’s to another fantastic one!

Best wishes and Happy Thanksgivukkah,
Adam

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PROFILE: Danny Mercer Goes From “Nowhere” To The Big Leagues

The dynamic duo of the moment.

The dynamic duo of the moment.

Were you watching the television show Katie recently? You may have noticed a performance on the show by rapper Pitbull and a new singer named Danny Mercer, who performed a track together. It’s a major change in style for the rapper and it’s a major shift in lifestyle for Mercer, a recent college graduate who is now making a huge splash into the world of music. If the song’s a hit, the payoff will be huge, but it helps that Mercer has some major backing already at such a young age. He’s got the chops and the charisma and he’s ready to pop.

Mercer was born Danny Murcia in Bogotá, Colombia and moved to Weston, FL at 6 months with his family. He developed a liking for music at an early age, learning the guitar at age 7 and writing songs by age 14. He joined the class of 2014 at Columbia University in New York City, and that big city adventure led him to an internship at Atlantic Records in the spring of 2011. That role provided him with a few contacts and he sent his demo tapes out, one of which came to Pitbull‘s attention via his manager. After some initial hesitation, Mercer lent his voice to the chorus of the rapper’s song, “Outta Nowhere”, which has now become the fifth single from the rapper’s album Global Warming. It was just announced as a single last week and went to radio this week at the CHR format, picking up 21 adds in total, including commitments in major cities like New York City, Las Vegas, Sacramento and San Francisco. It’s sure to pick up more next week as programmers return from the Memorial Day weekend.

In addition to his single of his, Mercer co-penned two other tracks on Pitbull‘s album Global Warming. He also co-wrote Nicole Scherzinger‘s “Boomerang”, which went to #6 in the United Kingdom in March. Singer Frankie J‘s current top ten hit on Spanish radio, “No Te Quiero Ver Con Él”? He was also involved with that song. According to his Twitter profile, Mercer has also worked Akon, The Wanted and will.i.am, providing him a lot of exposure to a great crop of artists as a newcomer in the industry. There’s more – he’s also signed as a solo artists with Columbia Records, with an EP due late this summer. Like college, like label, I guess. He’s a busy guy, but he’s ready to take over and his perseverance and drive are definitely appreciated.

As a “hook singer” (though he’s only known for one song at this point) with a looming solo career ahead of him, there will surely be an attempt to pigeonhole him into the Bruno Mars or Mikky Ekko category, maybe even a Mike Posner type as he’s coming straight out of college into the industry. However, I’d argue that he’s even more well-rounded than even these hit singers. He can obviously play the piano and sing, but he also has jazz aspirations, having initially wanted to study jazz guitar before choosing to go to New York City. He also has a Latin appeal having written songs in Spanish, which could prove really useful down the line. Plenty of singers like Enrique Iglesias and Shakira have used the technique of recording singles in both English and Spanish versions to great success; who says Mercer can’t be next? He writes R&B music, he writes dance music… and let’s face it, the hook of “Outta Nowhere” sounds sonically like it belongs in a OneRepublic song, so he can easily transition into rock. Dare I say he’s a musical chameleon? It’s clear that the guy can work across the spectrum and get the job done while balancing all he has to do in college. Now that he’s graduated early, he can focus solely on his music without any other distractions.

It will be interesting to see what kind of trajectory happens for Mercer, but with Pitbull to help him out for the ride, the dog-eat-dog world of the biz may as well be muzzled while he’s unleashed on the charts.

Liking the sounds of Danny Mercer so far? Let me know! Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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