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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 16, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a weekly report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Now, in my pursuit of cool deals, I will be roaming the shelves of CVS and Duane Reade for half-off peanut butter eggs and such tomorrow. You know how tired I am of matzah… However, just because the candy is half-off, doesn’t mean I’ll be giving you half the commentary this week. Oh no, every day is a holiday when a chart geek has that insatiable thirst to learn more. (Also, I can go on about “Insatiable” by Darren Hayes, but I’ll save it for another post.) Let’s hop with the hits on this week’s report:

BETTER OFF ED: If you said, “Oh no, it’s him again,” then you’re just as disappointed as I am that there’s no new #1 song. Yes, for a ninth week, “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran leads this week’s CHR/Top 40 chart. Last week, I thought that Bruno Mars‘s “That’s What I Like” would be able to close the gap, but I guess it’ll have to wait for Sheeran’s song to (hopefully, please) tumble next week. A new impact date for the follow-up single, “Castle On The Hill”, is now established for this Tuesday, but it isn’t exactly needed; that hit is up 36-30 in its second week in the top 40. It also recently spent four weeks at #2 on my chart, while “Galway Girl” is about a month into its run.

Five other songs are bulleted in this week’s top ten, but they’re too far away to start pegging which ones have a chance at the #1 spot a few weeks from now. However, I should point out that all of them are collaborations (four of the five are properly credited), and that trend is likely to continue. If Sheeran starts popping up on radio releases by Calvin Harris, Kygo, The Chainsmokers and Zedd at the same time, I’ll have to get the claws out. You know, at least use DJ Sammy or Robert Miles… where did they go?

“NEVER” A GOOD “SIGN”: The two hottest songs at the format this week belong to that pair of artists whose names start with an H and end with a y. Did you say Haddaway and Hipsway? You’re right, “What Is Love” and “The Honeythief” are still my jams; you know me too well. Oh, I’m sorry, I mean, no, those two performers with the current happening hits are Halsey and Harry Styles. It shouldn’t be a surprise, considering how well they’ve performed at sales and streaming platforms so far. Styles’s first solo entry has a nice climb from 29-19 in its second week on the chart. He recently played that and an album cut, “Ever Since New York”, on Saturday Night Live, and I’m sure millions of girls around the world swooned. (Did I swoon as well? I’ll never tell.) A self-titled album is out on May 12, which will likely debut at the top of the charts globally.

Halsey’s “Now Or Never” lifts from 38-26 in its second week, making it the biggest mover within the top 40. Her fourth chart entry is one spot away from tying her biggest main-credited hit to date, “New Americana”, which reached #25 during the last week of 2015. It will definitely surpass that next week, as it charges quickly toward the top ten. Will it be a Song Of The Summer contender? I’ll have a few picks of my own in a post coming very soon, so watch out for it!

THE CHEAT IS ON: You know, I was a good kid and didn’t use any cheat codes on my old Nintendo 64 games, but maybe I was too young to start researching what they actually were. Luckily, I do use the new Cheat Codes single called “No Promises”, which enters at #46 on this week’s CHR chart. The song features Demi Lovato, who’s looking to score her 11th top 40 hit since “Skyscraper”, her #34 entry (9/25/11 MB) from the Unbroken album. The label behind this single, 300 Entertainment, has yet to go higher than #19 at the format, a peak they reached on two occasions in 2015 with singles by rapper Fetty Wap.

Both the dance trio and Lovato are coming off radio singles that reached the top 50, but failed to break the top 40. For the former, it was the streaming hit “Sex” (#48, 7/10/16 MB), which sampled “Let’s Talk About Sex” (#28, 11/18/91 R&R) by Salt-N-Pepa. “Body Say” (#43, 8/21/16 MB) by the latter artist also started out strong at streaming services, where it was available before a digital single was able to be purchased, but it ultimately didn’t translate at the format.

HOME MALONE: I don’t know if we’ll be seeing Post Malone and Macaulay Culkin together anytime soon, but Malone is back on the CHR chart, overcoming those burglars who wanted to steal his spot in the top 50. “Congratulations”, featuring Quavo, makes its debut at #50 this week, as it also advances 13-10 on the Rhythmic airplay chart. Of course, he’s best known for the viral single “White Iverson”, which peaked at #28 here in January of last year. The 21-year-old released an album called Stoney in December, which was certified Platinum late last month, thanks to strong streaming results.

For those of you wondering, and there are probably very few of you out there, this is not a hot Vesta remake; that “Congratulations” was a top five Urban hit during the summer of 1989, before making a minor pop crossover that fall. Sadly, she passed away in 2011. I think it’s too early to tell whether the latest “Congratulations” will surpass the earlier one, but all that radio growth and consumption action seems to indicate that there’s certainly some life left in it for the spring and summer.

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“Here” And There: Cara Crawls To The Top

Give this chart a break.

Leisurely ladies of the pop world.

A big congrats goes out to “Here” by 19-year-old Alessia Cara, which is on track to become the new #1 at CHR/Top 40 radio this weekend. It’s a huge moment for the Canadian singer, as she becomes the first act of 2016 to hit the top with their debut single. (It comes from her first album, Know-It-All, which recently reached the top ten.) However, this chart-topper also comes with a bit of a twist. “Here” tops the pop radio chart in its 26th week in the top 40, which is a new longevity record for the slowest rise to #1 on CHR radio in terms of top 40 weeks. Yes, that speaks more to the format’s turnover than the song, but it certainly raises a red flag that needs to be addressed. Do we really want songs spending 30 or 35 weeks in the top 40 to get to #1? I don’t think so.

Though Cara’s multi-Platinum hit may hold a new record, one that someday may not be hers, it wasn’t too long ago that other cuts were crawling up the top 40 and landing at #1. What slow-moving songs could those be? You’ll get through this list gradually…

25 weeks to #1
“Give Your Heart A Break”, Demi Lovato (2012)
Lovato’s track was never the strongest seller at the time it was active, but it did ride a series of very positive callout scores to #1 on the pop radio chart in early September 2012, nearly six months after it first entered in mid-March. It remains her biggest hit here.

24 weeks
“Forget You”, Cee Lo Green (2010-2011)
“Lights”, Ellie Goulding (2012)
“Save Tonight”, Eagle-Eye Cherry (1998-1999)

Green’s single initially peaked at #16 in October during a nine-week run, then fell out of the top 40 quickly. Then, it was relisted in late December after it began gaining again, and by the first week of April, it spent its lone frame at the top. It’s his only #1 thus far.

Goulding’s first U.S. hit reached the top 20 at Hot AC radio by January 2012, but was sent recurrent in late February with a minor spin loss. It reappeared in late May (halfway up the top 30) as it slowly made its way to #1 on the CHR radio listing in mid-August.

Cherry’s biggest hit is the only one to appear from the Radio & Records archives, which includes a two-week period of frozen data during the holidays. Given the #25/26 weeks recurrent rule at the time, it spent a long 37 weeks in the top 40 prior to its removal.

23 weeks
“U + Ur Hand”, Pink (2006-2007)
“Stitches”, Shawn Mendes (2015)

It’s not easy having three singles peak at #17 between 2003 and 2006, but the Pennsylvania pop performer and pop radio seemed to have a falling-out for a few years in the 2000’s. Luckily, the format held her “Hand” until the single climbed to #1 in May 2007.

After two of his tracks tanked at radio during two different chart runs, “Life Of The Party” and “Something Big”, Mendes’s touring gave his third single growing sales gains and positive callout scores. In early November, it finally stitched up the number one spot.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 16, 2015

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“Cool” keeps this era burning.

This week’s New Music Friday is all about chart courage and musical morale, so pump up the pop with these sweet sets and more than two dozen other titles in the bunch. Here’s a look at the week’s top new album and single releases:

  • DEMI LOVATO — Confident (iTunes)
    • After Selena Gomez bowed at the top of the album chart, her former Disney mate is also looking for a #1 entry on the Billboard 200 with her fifth studio album. Two singles from the effort have already graced the charts: “Cool For The Summer” and the title track. Lovato usually opens well in her first frame, so expect this one to do the same.
  • PENTATONIX — Pentatonix (iTunes)
    • After years of covers and medleys, this a cappella act is out with their first album of predominantly original tunes. It also features guests like Jason Derulo and Tink, the latter of whom appears on a remix of first single “Can’t Sleep Love”. The set should register a top five debut on the album listing.
  • JAMIE LAWSON — Jamie Lawson (iTunes)
    • Lawson’s single “Wasn’t Expecting That” is a big #1 seller in the United Kingdom, and its recent status as the On The Verge song at Hot AC radio for radio giant iHeartMedia propelled into the top 20 at that format. Ed Sheeran gave him his seal of approval; will you?
  • OMI — Me 4 U (iTunes)
    • Singer Omar Paisley may like a “Cheerleader” or two, but he’s also hoping his debut set will get a rah-rah sis-boom-bah from music fans everywhere. The album also features followup single “Hula Hoop”, currently on the CHR radio chart.
  • More albums out this week: Andrew Ripp‘s Andrew Ripp (iTunes), Beach House‘s Thank Your Lucky Stars (iTunes), BØRNS‘s Dopamine (iTunes), Christine And The Queens‘s Christine And The Queens (iTunes), Coheed And Cambria‘s The Color Before The Sun (iTunes), Deerhunter‘s Fading Frontier (iTunes), Hillsong United‘s Open Heaven/River Wild (iTunes), India Arie & Joe Sample‘s Christmas With Friends (iTunes), Jenny & Tyler‘s Of This I’m Sure (iTunes), Joe Budden‘s All Love Lost (iTunes), Josh Ritter‘s Sermon On The Rocks (iTunes), Kidz Bop‘s Kidz Bop 30 (iTunes), LeAnn Rimes‘s Today Is Christmas (iTunes), Machine Gun Kelly‘s General Admission (iTunes), Majical Cloudz‘s Are You Alone? (iTunes), Neon Indian‘s VEGA INTL. Night School (iTunes), Oh Hellos‘s Dear Wormwood (iTunes), Raury‘s All We Need (iTunes), Son Little‘s Son Little (iTunes), State Champs‘s Around The World And Back (iTunes), Stoney LaRue‘s Us Time (iTunes), Stryper‘s Fallen (iTunes), The Game‘s The Documentary 2.5 (iTunes), YACHT‘s I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler (iTunes), Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy: Cosmic Mix, Vol. 1 (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Jake Worthington‘s Jake Worthington (iTunes), Young Rising Sons‘s The Kids Will Be Fine (iTunes)

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

  • “C.U.R.E.”, Boots (iTunes)
  • “Perfect”, One Direction (iTunes)
  • “Prey”, The Neighbourhood (iTunes)
  • “Renegade Runaway”, Carrie Underwood (iTunes)
  • “Second Hand Heart”, Ben Haenow featuring Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
  • “Way Back Home”, Rod Stewart (iTunes)
  • “When the Night Comes”, Jeff Lynne’s ELO (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include new albums from 5 Seconds Of Summer, Carrie UnderwoodRod Stewart and a lot more. See you then!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (July 2015) (Part One)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in July on the CHR and Hot AC formats in the first part of this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Demi Lovato
DEMI LOVATO – “Cool For The Summer” (July 7) (*)
Label: Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood
We have a number of singers on the chart at the moment that are (or were) associated with the Walt Disney family, as Lovato has a partnership with both her longtime label and a new home that was set by her manager, Phil McIntyre. “Cool” is a slick single for the season that was co-written and produced by Max Martin. Fun and fresh, it’s bound to be a big hit in her catalog. Soak it all up.

Afrojack
AFROJACK featuring MIKE TAYLOR – “SummerThing!” (July 14) (*)
Label: Def Jam
Dutch DJ/producer Nick van de Wall stands a very tall 6′ 10″, and his last main-credited single to reach this particular chart, “Ten Feet Tall”, propelled him to new heights when it peaked at #19 last year. Now, he’s throwing his hat into the ring with a “summer” title that could face some competition from Lovato’s new song. However, he and newcomer Taylor are ready for some radio rays.

Alessia Cara
ALESSIA CARA – “Here” (July 14) (*)
Label: Def Jam/EP Entertainment
Newcomer Cara, born and raised in the Toronto area, is poised to see some huge numbers later this year as her single develops at radio across several formats. (It is also building at Rhythmic and Urban radio at the moment.) Spotify has been one of the driving forces behind its success, having accumulated millions of streams before ever being serviced. She and her song are “Here” to stay.

Avicii
AVICII (uncredited vocal by SIMON ALDRED) – “Waiting For Love” (July 14) (*)
Label: PRMD/Island/Republic
Late last year, the Swedish DJ/producer released an EP called The Days / Nights, which featured two cuts that were either pulled (“The Days”) or tanked (“The Nights”) when released to radio despite positive streaming numbers. The latest attempt to launch a new album titled Stories is this single, already a #1 in Austria, Norway and his native Sweden. Let’s hope U.S. radio remembers it.

Little Mix
LITTLE MIX – “Black Magic” (July 14) (*)
Label: Syco/Columbia
The former The X Factor winners from the U.K. have been very successful across the pond and on the Billboard 200, where their two studio albums thus far have both debuted in the top ten, but the quartet has yet to receive a big pop radio hit here. “Wings” is still their highest charting cut, peaking at #24 on the format in 2013. Still, this pop potion may cast a spell on more programmers.

Travie McCcoy
TRAVIE MCCOY featuring SIA – “Golden” (July 14) (*)
Label: Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic
After McCoy’s “Rough Water” swam up to #20 in late 2013, things have been, well, rough for the performer at pop radio. After a second single failed to chart, two of his features stalled in the 40’s earlier this year. Luckily, things are shining brighter for the 33-year-old now that he’s teamed up with the red hot Australian singer/songwriter. It could be a fall favorite for fans and radio alike.

Icona Pop
ICONA POP – “Emergency” (July 21) (*)
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic
It felt like you couldn’t escape this duo’s “I Love It” in the spring and summer of 2013 as it slowly climbed up to a peak of #2 at the format. Though the two have managed a pair of charting singles since then, nothing’s come close to the love for “Love”. The latest single from them could ring the musical alarm, a solid dance sound sprinkled with an uncredited vocal from the great Erik Hassle.

Tove Lo
TOVE LO – “Timebomb” (July 28) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
The Queen of the Clouds has ruled over CHR radio since last year with the #1 “Habits (Stay High)” and a recent top five follow-up in “Talking Body”. Now, I suppose we’ll be talking about this third single, which has fans divided based on the reaction thus far. It may not be the most popular pick, but the tune will likely gain for some time given her momentum. Will it stay ticking or explode?

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (April 2015)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in April on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats in this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Martin Garrix and Usher
MARTIN GARRIX featuring USHER – “Don’t Look Down” (April 7) (*)
Label: Spinnin’/RCA
It was last year that teenage Dutch DJ/producer Garrix took a fairly slow ride up to #12 on the pop survey with the instrumental titled “Animals”. How did he get some studio time with an R&B legend at his young age? No idea, but the unusual pair is working.

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
WIZ KHALIFA featuring CHARLIE PUTH – “See You Again” (April 7) (*)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
The soundtrack to Furious 7 debuted a few weeks ago, and “Again” is currently seeing traction at multiple formats in advance of the film’s premiere this Friday. It’s Puth’s radio debut here and could become Khalifa’s fifth main-credited top 40 track on CHR.

Ne-Yo
NE-YO – “Coming With You” (April 14) (*)
Label: Motown/Capitol
Despite a last-ditch attempt to save “She Knows” at pop radio amidst its negative callout scores, that single is tumbling down and brings us to the follow-up from Non-Fiction. It’s far from the ideal era, but some initial moderate airplay should carry it upward.

Marlon Roudette
MARLON ROUDETTE – “When The Beat Drops Out” (April 21) (*)
Label: Columbia
The 32-year-old singer and songwriter from London saw his song “New Age” become a big single across Europe in 2011, but that never made it to the States. Now, coming off a U.K. top ten entry, Roudette is ready for his “Beat” to bring the heat this summer.

Years & Years
YEARS & YEARS – “King” (April 21) (*)
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope
Actor and singer Olly Alexander has been leading this trio for five years and their perseverance led them to a chart-topping song in the U.K. from just a few weeks ago. After a series of successful SXSW showcases, the royalty shall rule over the record charts.

Galantis
GALANTIS – “Runaway (U & I)” (April 28) (*)
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic
Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw have been big as writers and in the dance world, but this marks their first song to go for adds here. “Runaway” was co-written by Cathy Dennis, who went to #1 on R&R’s CHR chart with 1991’s “Touch Me (All Night Long)”.

Olly Murs and Demi Lovato
OLLY MURS featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Up” (April 28) (*)
Label: Syco/Columbia
“Wrapped Up” may have wrapped up its run in the U.S. without any big numbers, but “Up” has been waiting in the wings since it broke the top five (#4) in the U.K. in December of last year. At least this is enough to tide the Lovatics over until her next effort.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Halsey
HALSEY – “Ghost” (April 7) (*)
Label: Astralwerks/Capitol
19-year-old Ashley Frangipane has been honing her craft for some time now, but everything began to work out nicely during the past year as she signed her record deal and began getting regular play on SiriusXM’s Hits 1 channel. A spooky summer awaits us.

Kaiser Chiefs
KAISER CHIEFS – “Falling Awake” (April 7) (**)
Label: ATO
The sounds of Education, Education, Education & War failed to light up the album and radio charts in the States like they did in Europe, but the quintet’s latest single might turn things around. It certainly blends in well with its hooky late 80’s pop influence.

Joy Williams
JOY WILLIAMS – “Woman (Oh Mama)” (April 14) (**)
Label: Columbia
Her days in a duo are, sadly, finished for now, but we haven’t seen a solo set from Williams in some time. Well, that changes with Venus, due out this summer. The tribal pop sound of it may stand out next to her past work, but it’s a total jam and sounds fresh.

Wolf Alice
WOLF ALICE – “Moaning Lisa Smile” (April 7) (*)
Label: RCA
Here’s a buzzworthy band based in London who have several early supporters behind them at Alternative radio. However, it was the BBC station network that aided them across the pond. As far as a U.S. breakthrough, they’re hungry like the… oh, you know.

twenty | one | pilots
TWENTY ONE PILOTS – “Tear In My Heart” (April 14) (*)
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are fairly local to Alternative radio after scoring with three top 40 singles from Vessel, including the #10’s “Holding On To You” and “House Of Gold”. Does this have the “Heart” to grow into their biggest song to date? Stay tuned!

Kaleo
KALEO – “All The Pretty Girls” (April 21) (**)
Label: Elektra/Atlantic
Iceland has given us a number of solid bands over the past few years, and this male quartet from the small southwestern town of Mosfellsbær may be the next to deliver a hit with their American debut. SiriusXM’s The Spectrum is leading the pack on “Girls”.

Walk Off The Earth
WALK OFF THE EARTH – “Rule The World” (April 28) (*)
Label: Columbia
Several years ago, this Canadian quintet built up a following on YouTube after posting a series of well-received cover videos. An album followed, R.E.V.O., and “Red Hands” spread across AAA and Hot AC radio. Their anthemic new single could do the same.

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High And Glow: Noises Gone “Neon”

Go for the glow.

Coloring the charts.

Television star and hit singer Demi Lovato is making waves on the national surveys with two songs as of recent: her version of “Let It Go”, featured on the soundtrack to Frozen, and the third single from her album simply titled Demi, “Neon Lights”. The latter release takes a big leap from 64-46 on the Hot 100 this week, marking a new peak for it. Looking to brighten and enlighten, it’s time to illuminate all there is in the electric and eclectic bunch of titles with “neon” in them. Let’s light it up:

“Neon Rainbow”, The Box Tops (#24, 1967)
This was another solid pop/rock tune from the Memphis band.”Rainbow” was the followup to their signature song “The Letter”, and this ultimately crashed out further down as it faded into the shadow of their #1 hit. They last hit the top 40 in 1969 with “Soul Deep” (#18) and entered the Hot 100 for the last time in 1970. Lead singer Alex Chilton died in 2010.

“Neon Nites”, Atlanta Rhythm Section (#42, 1977)
They’re the dudes from Doraville; in fact, their first top 40 hit was named after their hometown. Three years later, they were ranking with this single from A Rock and Roll Alternative, a followup to their top ten breakthrough, “So Into You”. It missed the top 40 in June, but remains in their concert sets today. The band hits a few spots in the Midwest this week.

“In Neon”, Elton John (#38, 1984)
The 66-year-old legend may be climbing my chart in a duet with Gary Barlow, but he was sure lighting up the lists years ago. Issued as the final U.S. single from 1984’s Breaking Hearts, this song barely dented the Hot 100, peaking in January 1985. He would chart again later that year with “Wrap Her Up”, a collaboration with George Michael, which did better.

“Neon Moonlight”, Rosco Martinez (#57, 1994)
A former member of the 80’s trio Bandera, who never charted on any of the big U.S. surveys, Martinez ventured out as a solo act with both an English and Spanish album in 1994 via label Zoo Entertainment. This song was his only significant success from either effort, just missing the top 20 on the CHR survey during the spring. A followup single failed to chart.

Neon”, Chris Young (#92, 2012)
From Nashville Star to superstar, Young’s career in music has had its ups and downs along the way, but it’s certainly been a ride to watch. After scoring five #1 singles in a row on the Country survey, this single faltered, peaking outside the top 20. The singer is currently on the same survey was “Who I Am With You”, which has been building for a few weeks.

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Just The Two Of Us: Cold Hard Chart Twins

Chiseled on the charts.

Chiseled on the charts.

Disney’s latest animated film Frozen has all the makings of a classic, including a strong run at the box office and a soundtrack selling very well. Early reports by both Billboard and HITS Daily Double last week indicated that it may be enjoying its first week at #1 on the album chart, which will officially be reported in a few days. A song from it, “Let It Go”, was released in two different forms by different vocalists, which are charting concurrently: one featured in the film by Idina Menzel and a poppier take by Demi LovatoLovato’s version thus far has peaked at #43 on the Hot 100, while the version by Menzel’s gone to #32. The two renditions are still doing modestly well at iTunes despite little radio play.

This certainly isn’t the first time this kind of situation has happened on Billboard’s singles survey. It was commonplace in the 50’s and 60’s when a small amount of original music reached the public. Even in the 90’s, the dance sensation that swept the nation, the “Macarena”, had two different versions charting at one time by Los Del Rio (#1) and Los Del Mar (#71). However, this is likely the most notable case in the digital era as it’s occurred outside of a music competition show issuing a set of the contestants’ weekly studio cuts or a series like Glee that releases multiple covers in a week. If you’re wondering about who else has pulled off the trick, here’s several of my favorite examples from the 70’s and 80’s:

“(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story” (from Love Story) (1971)
The Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal film was huge at the box office. A vocal version of its theme went to #9 for Andy Williams, while two instrumentals by Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (#13) and Francis Lai & His Orchestra (#31) were top 40 concurrently for four weeks in the spring. Mancini and Williams would chart on the Hot 100 again.

(Lai) (Mancini) (Williams)

“I Don’t Know How To Love Him” (from Jesus Christ Superstar) (1971)
Two renditions of one of this work’s most famous songs went top 40, one by Helen Reddy and the other by Yvonne Elliman. The Reddy version hit first in early May, peaking at #13, while the Elliman version followed two weeks later and peaked at #28. Both singers scored #1 singles later in their career, with Reddy doing it three times and Elliman once.

(Elliman) (Reddy)

“I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)” (1971-2)
It was one iconic Coca-Cola commercial and two bubbly takes. A version by American The Hillside Singers went top 40 in mid-December, but after a debut by England’s The New Seekers the next week, the latter eclipsed it, peaking at #7 vs. a #13 for the original. The English group would seek one last hit in 1973 with a medley from the musical Tommy.

(Hillside Singers) (New Seekers)

“Gonna Fly Now” (from Rocky) (1976)
During the summer of 1976, both the film starring Sylvester Stallone and song exploded. A version by composer Bill Conti climbed to #1 in July while jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson went as high as #28. Two other disco versions by R&B groups Current and Rhythm Heritage each peaked at #94, though all four didn’t appear together on one chart.

(Conti) (Current) (Ferguson) (Rhythm Heritage)

“Theme from Star Wars” and “Theme from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” (1977 and 1978)
May 1977 brought about the premiere of a classic, Star Wars, and with it brought two versions of its theme into the top 40. John Williams conducted the London Symphony Orchestra to a #10 hit, but it was Meco and his “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” medley that propelled to #1. One year later in 1978, the two charted together again when Close Encounters Of The Third Kind premiered. This time around, John Williams went to #13, while Meco stopped at #25.

(Meco – SW) (Williams – SW) (Meco – CE) (Williams – CE)

“Dancin’ Shoes” (1979)
With a title like this, you’d expect this would be two takes on a dance song. However, it’s a ballad. Both cracked the Hot 100 during the same week in December 1978; however, a version by Nigel Olsson, longtime drummer in Elton John‘s band, climbed to #18 on Bang Records, while the original version by Mercury’s The Faith Band rose to a lowly #54.

(Faith Band) (Olsson)

“One Night In Bangkok” (from Chess) (1985)
Before it was a show, the concept album named Chess garnered good reception and placed this song onto the charts. The most well-known version by English singer Murray Head peaked at #3, giving him a second top 40 hit. An alternate version sung by Canadian actress Robey (born Louise Robey) went to #77. Both wouldn’t chart again on the Hot 100.

(Head) (Robey)

Other notable examples of this occurrence from the 70’s onward include 1974’s “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero” (#1 for Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods vs. #96 for Paper Lace), 1977’s “Love In C Minor” (#36 for Cerrone vs. #46 for The Heart and Soul Orchestra) and 1997’s “How Do I Live” (#2 for LeAnn Rimes vs. #23 for Trisha Yearwood).

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