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Boston, You’re My Home: Beantown’s Best After A Marathon Monday Like No Other

Standing strong.

Standing strong.

It’s hard to understand how and why something as horrible as the Boston Marathon tragedy could happen yesterday, leaving two adults and one child dead along with dozens of other injured runners and spectators. However, the love and support that the city has received all across the nation and abroad is really comforting in these sad times. Living about an hour away from Boston, it’s hard to not be affected, especially since it hits so close to home. However, we always recover, and this time will be no different. Things won’t go back to normal immediately, but they will, and we’ll all be stronger because of it. Sometimes music helps to heal us when situations are bad, and so, I thought I’d compile a bit of a post about Boston and the Billboard charts, from successful acts to songs that we take pride in being Bostonians. Maybe you’ll find yourself listening to a few of these as these next few days continue on.

Songs with “Boston” in the title

“Boston”, Augustana (2006)
From San Diego, the song was originally recorded for a small 2003 independent release before making it onto their major label debut, 2005’s All The Stars And Boulevards. It wasn’t until the fall of 2006 that things really took off for the band; with placement on an episode of One Tree Hill, the buzz kept building, and the song eventually gained a ton of airplay. Though it only went to #34 on the Hot 100, it certainly felt bigger around here. It spent six weeks at #1 on my chart. They’ve had some live dates here and there since the beginning of the year.

“Please Come To Boston”, Dave Loggins (1974)
This musician from Tennessee released this tune as the first single from his first album with Epic Records, Apprentice (In A Musical Workshop). It’s best remembered by the opening line, “Please come to Boston for the springtime.” “Please” climbed to #5 on the Hot 100 in 1974 and the #1 spot on the Adult Contemporary survey, becoming the only top-40 hit for Loggins. After his big song, he became a successful songwriter in the world of Country, scoring a #1 duet with Anne Murray in 1984. He hasn’t reached any chart since 1985.

It’s also worth noting that another favorite from the area peaked in the #1 Bubbling Under position back in 2007, the equivalent to #101. That was “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by the Celtic rockers from Quincy, MA, The Dropkick Murphys.

Songs with lyrics associated with Boston

Of course, you don’t have to have the city’s name in your song title to have a charting hit about it. In 1966, the California band named The Standells went to #11 on the Hot 100 with “Dirty Water”. Of course, we all know the famous lyric in that chorus: “Well, I love that dirty water/Boston, you’re my home.” There’s also a lyric towards the beginning of the song about being around the Charles River. It’s been recorded several other times since it was a hit, though the location of it has changed depending on what act’s version you’re listening to.

In 1983, the theme song from Cheers made the Hot 100; that show, of course, was set at the bar of the same name located in the city. The single release title was “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” and it was sung by Gary Portnoy. It likely suffered because nothing on the label of it mentioned the show, and thus, it peaked at a lowly #83. The series ran from 1982 to 1993.

Lastly, Karmin‘s “Hello”, which only got to #62 on the Hot 100 last year, features this rapped lyric: “Touch down in the middle of the city/Mass. Ave Street, jam up to Newbury.” Both of these streets run through Boston.

Acts with Boston in their name

In the history of the Hot 100, only two acts have hits the charts with Boston in their name. The biggest, as you probably know, was simply Boston. The band took a total of ten songs into the Hot 100 beginning with the #5 song “More Than A Feeling” in 1976. Their biggest was “Amanda”, spending two weeks at #1 in 1986. They last charted in 1994. Lead vocalist Brad Delp took his life in 2007.

The only other act on the list is a bit of a surprise, but a well-known group both locally and on a national level. They are the Boston Pops Orchestra. Now, you’re probably wondering how in the heck they made it onto the Hot 100, and the very simple answer is: Beatlemania. The Pops peaked out at #54 in 1964 with a version of “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. The original by The Beatles went to #1 for seven weeks beginning in February; this instrumental held its best position in July.

Of course, these two acts join the dozens of other acts to chart from the Boston area, including Aerosmith, New Kids On The Block and more.

See any songs or are acts I missed on the list? Comment below! For more on the charts, song premieres and other music-related items, keep it here on the blog, or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel, and don’t forget to keep the victims in your thoughts. As President Obama stated yesterday, “Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city.” Amen to that.

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Hitting The Airwaves This Month (February 2013)

Every month, dozens of singles are sent to radio and are put up for adds, meaning that stations can choose to put them in rotation and they’ll be reported to airplay services like BDS and Mediabase/Media Monitors. Not every new single gets an adds date, but many do. I’ll be shifting through everything from my music sources and highlighting some of the top songs being sent to their respective formats. Here’s a sample of what’s hitting the airwaves in February:

It's all in the Mix.

It’s all in the Mix.

CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio) and Rhythmic CHR
A nice mix of older and new artists are coming your way at the CHR format. February 5 brings us three releases. Former X Factor U.K. contestant Cher Lloyd returns with a third single, “With Ur Love”, from her album Sticks + Stones. The original version featured a rap from Mike Posner, then a U.S. album version had Lloyd singing alone, and now it’s been remixed again for this new release with Juicy J. Lloyd’s biggest single, “Want U Back”, went top ten last year. (See my post on “Love”.) Newcomers Krewella, a two-woman, one-man group out of Chicago, make their CHR debut with “Alive”. It’s been garnering some Dance and Mix Show airplay for a few months now. Finally, rapper Nelly returns with “Hey Porsche”, already top 40 on the format pre-impact. The Rhythm impact date is the next week. Will it drive to the top like “Hot In Herre” and “Just A Dream” or stall out on the road like “E.I.” or “Tilt Ya Head Back”? Find out in the next few weeks. (“Porsche” was featured in a prior topic about car models in song titles.)

They hit the top ten with “Tonight Tonight”, and now Hot Chelle Rae returns with an equally catchy ditty called “Hung Up”. It goes for adds on February 12, along with newcomer Icona Pop with “I Love It”, featuring Charli XCX, actress and singer Kat Graham‘s “Wanna Say” and Ne-Yo‘s “Forever Now”, which is already in the top 50. It’s the follow-up to “Let Me Love You”, which recently hit #4. Look for it to become at least a mid-charting song at the format. “Now” also gets a Rhythm release the same week.

As for the last two adds dates of the month, two newer acts are competing for their first top-40 hit. For the featured single of the month, we have “Wings”, the debut U.S. single for the quartet Little Mix. They won the U.K. version of the X Factor in 2011. This single, from their debut album DNA, went to #1 on the Singles Chart there and also helped the album debut at #3. “Wings” goes for adds on February 19. Their attempt at a crossover into the States comes at the same time that rival girl group The Saturdays is on television with reality program Chasing The Saturdays, chronically their breakthrough. Lead single from that quintet, “What About Us?”, has not been serviced to the CHR radio yet. Here’s hoping the group consisting of Jade, Jesy, Leigh-Ann and Perrie can get some Stateside lovin’ with a good beat and a good message. Best of luck! (Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” is also being serviced on the date. Check out my review here.)

The other newcomer is Youngblood Hawke, a quintet out of California with a former top ten hit on Alternative radio, “We Come Running”. You’ve probably been hearing the song all over the advertisements for American Idol. It’s sent for adds on February 26.

Sheer genius.

The “House” that built him.

Hot AC (Hot Adult Contemporary)
The aforementioned Youngblood Hawke record goes for adds at the Hot AC format on February 5, in addition to “Troublemaker” by Olly Murs. The former #1 single in the United Kingdom is currently top 30 on the CHR format.

Following up his recent top ten hit, “The A Team”, Ed Sheeran is looking to score another big chart hit with “Lego House”. “House” is the second single in the States (bypassing “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You”) and is sent for radio adds on February 12. Since we just celebrated the 55th anniversary of Lego patent, perhaps that give the song a little extra luck on the airplay survey. The song’s already gone top 5 in countries like Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Whitney Wolanin‘s new single, “Wrong Guy (I Did It This Time)”, also goes to Adult Contemporary radio that week. She recently had a seasonal hit with a remixed version of the standard “Frosty The Snowman”.

Newcomer Jillette Johnson is opening up for Kris Allen on his latest tour. Her first radio single, “Torpedo”, goes for adds on February 26.

Closest thing to "Heaven".

Closest thing to “Heaven”.

Alternative and Adult Album Alternative (AAA)
(Since there are a lot of songs going to radio at these formats this month, I won’t be highlighting every single release, but you can find the full list for the respective format of choice here and here.)

Four years after their last release, Sounds Of The Universe, Depeche Mode returns with a new album on March 26 called Delta Machine. Lead single “Heaven” goes for Alternative and AAA adds on February 5. It’s a change of pace for the band, especially after their last leadoff single, “Wrong”, which peaked at #12 on Alternative radio, their biggest hit since 2001. Will this one hit the top ten? It would be their first since 1997 if it indeed happened. The new one from the Dropkick Murphys also goes for Alternative adds that week, appropriately titled “The Boys Are Back”. It’s just below the top 40 pre-impact.

Seven songs go for Alternative adds on February 12, three by bands that have previously charted at the format. , otherwise known as Alt-J, follow-up their recent top-30 hit, “Fitzpleasure”, with “Breezeblocks”. The song went to #75 on the U.K. Singles Chart last year. Proving that we apparently have the time to listen to them whine, another song from Green Day‘s three-part album series also goes for adds on the same date. “X-Kid” is the first radio single from the third part of the saga, ¡Tré!. There’s a new one from Soundgarden as well, “By Crooked Steps”. It’s the second single from King Animal, which was released late last year. Add in singles by newcomers like France’s C2C and South Africa’s The Parlotones and you have a whole mess of a week. Expect a whole bunch of under-performers out of this group, but perhaps one of the newer acts can manage to go as high as the top ten.

The week after that is the last significant one for Alternative-based singles this month. February 19 sees the return of the California-based band Cold War Kids with “Miracle Mile”, looking to be their fifth top-40 hit at the format. Their first one, “Hang Me Up To Dry”, peaked at #26 in 2007. It’s also going to AAA radio. The only other act on that impact date is newcomers The Stick People, another band out of California who release “Think About That” to radio, their first commercial release.

For AAA-exclusive releases, notable ones include the return of Boz Scaggs with “Mixed Up Shook Up Girl” on February 4, the most recent American Idol winner Phillip Phillips with “Gone, Gone, Gone” on February 11, Dido‘s “No Freedom” on February 18 (same date as AC and Hot AC), and singer-songwriter Matt Hires with his new one “Restless Heart” on February 25. Phillips recently hit #1 on the AAA chart with “Home”. Hires previously made the top 50 on the Hot AC format in 2011 with “Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song”. I enjoy both of these new releases better than the older singles.

A pirate looks at forty-four.

A pirate looks at forty-four.

Country
If you’re a fan of Kenny Chesney, you’ll be happy to know that his new single is at radio now and goes to iTunes next week, February 5. “Pirate Flag” is the leadoff single from his forthcoming album, Life On A Rock, out on April 30. Sounds like it might be one of his more island-themed singles. Also going to radio that week: newcomer Joel Crouse with his “epic” debut single, “If You Want Some”, on Show-Dog Universal, and “Carolina” by Parmalee on Stoney Creek. The group named after the hometown of Parmalee, North Carolina recently hit the top 40 in airplay with their debut single, “Musta Had A Good Time”.

Jake Owen‘s had three consecutive number-one hits on Country radio from his 2011 release, Barefoot Blue Jean Night. He looks to make it four with “Anywhere With You”, which goes for adds on February 12 along with “Fill In The Blank” by Greg Bates. Bates is a relative newcomer to the chart having just scored a top ten with his debut single, “Did It For The Girl”.

Three ladies who have yet to score a big hit on the Country chart will be battling it out on the 19th. Canadian Jaida Dreyer is jockeying for position with “Half Broke Horses”, her third single at the format. Both of her previous attempts peaked in the mid-50’s, but she looks to ride this one into the big races this time around. Her debut album, I Am Jaida Dreyer, is released at the end of February. Kristen Kelly follows her minor top-40 entry “Ex-Old Man” with “He Loves To Make Me Cry”. Third and last, new singer Rachel Farley releases “Ain’t Easy”.

Rounding out the month is the third single by Tyler Farr, “Redneck Crazy”. His previous singles, “Hot Mess” and “Hello Goodbye”, just missed the top 40. We’ll see if third time is the charm for Farr as his song gets sent to radio on February 26.

That’s it for this month’s Radio Report. See you in March for some more springtime single madness.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (Jan. 8)

He's a Mayniac at your door.

He’s a Mayniac at your door.

New year, new releases. It’s always a slow start in January, but here are the new releases out in stores on Tuesday:

  • U.K. import Conor Maynard releases his debut album, Contrast, on Capitol Records. Thus far, he’s released two singles in the States, “Vegas Girl”, which hit last year, and “Turn Around”, featuring Ne-Yo, which is currently on the radio. The album has already been a big hit in his native United Kingdom, going to #1 back in August.
  • Rapping rockers Hollywood Undead put out their third studio album, Notes From The Underground. Lead single “We Are” has been a minor hit on rock radio.
  • Popular Christian contemporary artist Chris Tomlin releases Burning Lights; lead single “Whom Shall I Fear (God Of The Angel Armies)” has already been a top-5 hit on Christian radio.
  • Boston-based celtic rockers Dropkick Murphys recently scored a seasonal hit on the Alternative chart with “The Season’s Upon Us”. Parent album Signed and Sealed in Blood is out this week. As a part of the promotion of it, members of the band will be working at various New England-based Newbury Comics locations on the album release date.
  • Newcomers twenty | one | pilots put out Vessel, featuring the new Alternative single, “Holding On To You”.
  • The physical edition of Solange‘s EP True comes out today. A digital version became available several weeks ago.
  • Two soundtracks are out this week: the original soundtrack to television show Girls, featuring fun., Grouplove and Robyn, and the movie soundtrack to Stand Up Guys. It features Golden Globe nominated “Not Running Anymore” by Jon Bon Jovi.

Other assorted music DVDs and books out this week include:

  • Season one of the television show Smash, which stars former American Idol singer Katharine McPhee.

Lastly, the new digital-only singles that you can buy this week:

  • New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi return with the feel-good “Because We Can”, the leadoff single from What About Now. (Read my review here.)
  • Ryan Tedder and his group OneRepublic take on an electro-pop sound for “If I Lose Myself”, the second single from their forthcoming album, Native. (Read my review here.)
  • Country star Blake Shelton has a lighter release in “Sure Be Cool If You Did”.

See you next week for more releases!

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