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Feeling Foxy: Mammals And Music in 2014

If you’re wondering what the fox says, that would be a question for Ylvis to take, and probably one that they’re exhausted of answering. However, if you’re wondering what the fox(x) sings, then I just might have not one, but three answers for you. All out in the next few weeks in the United Kingdom, they’re bound to pop on your playlist and climb up the charts from coast to coast:

A Ray of light.

A Ray of light.

RAY FOXX featuring J. WARNER – “Fireworks (Bang Bang)”
Release Date: January 5

This producer based in London recently celebrated his 28th birthday, and what better way to top it off than with his latest single release for Strictly Rhythm Records. Foxx has charted twice before on the British charts: in 2011, debut single “La Musica (The Trumpeter)” (featuring Lovelle) spent a week at #65 before falling out of the top 75, but a few months back, a single featuring vocalist Rachel K. Collier, “Boom Boom (Heartbeat)”, debuted at #12 and spent a few weeks in the top 40. That’s a pretty significant change in two years, and given the small amount of releases this time of year, the producer and collaborator Warner could be aiming for another big hit. At least this will get you up on the floor.

Pint-sized pop machine.

He’s a pint-sized pop machine.

ELYAR FOX – “Do It All Over Again”
Release Date: January 12

He’s not even released his debut single, but this 18-year-old single has amassed over 450,000 followers between his Facebook and Twitter combined. It’s no wonder as the London-based performer is penned to be the next big teen act, with early and significant support from Capital FM, one of the United Kingdom’s most influential radio stations. After gaining a following on YouTube, Fox signed with Polydor Records last year, then left to record for RCA Records this year and looks to be one of their first hits of 2014. Given his large base, a top 5 debut wouldn’t surprise me, but whether or not his momentum will last is yet to be determined. Still, the electro-pop track is a decent start to his budding career.

A chick with Clarity.

A chick with Clarity.

FOXES – “Let Go For Tonight”
Release Date: February 23

You best know her as the vocalist on DJ Zedd‘s massive hit, “Clarity”, a top ten single on the Hot 100, but now the 24-year-old singer born in Southhampton is preparing for her first solo album, Glorious, due on March 3. “Let” is the followup to “Youth”, another track from the forthcoming set, which just missed the top ten in the U.K. last year. Initially released as a stand-alone track in 2012, as heard in the link above, the song’s been rerecorded for the full-length set, though the single version is not available yet despite some updated remixes floating around. The original is pretty beautiful and understated, so I hope the revamped cut is just as great and gives her another shot at U.S. chart success.

Which Fox or Foxx do you think will scurry up the survey? Elyar Fox, Foxes or Ray Foxx? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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Foxes On The Run: The Tricksters Of The Top 10

Someone call animal control up in here.

Someone call animal control up in here.

If you’ve been living under a rock, which probably isn’t true of most of you, then you’ve only missed the answer to one of the most important questions in history: “What does the fox say?” The Norwegian duo Ylvis sings about it in their international hit, “The Fox”, which is now being distributed here by Warner Bros. Records. Just yesterday, it was announced that due to strong sales and streaming data, “The Fox” is now a top ten single on the Hot 100, scurrying up to #8 this week. Whether you have the video on repeat or are embarrassed for America, it’s still a major achievement and also brings a furry friend up to a higher region of the chart for the first time in years. This comes at the same time that artist Foxes is also currently on the Hot 100 as a vocalist on the Zedd hit, “Clarity”. It too recently reached #8. So, for probably the only time you’ll see me writing about this subject, let’s go viral into some top ten style:

“Fox On The Run”, The Sweet (#5, 1975)
Up until Ylvis, this song by British rockers The Sweet was the only song to make both the top 40 and top 10 about a fox. Featured on the group’s album Desolation Boulevard, it was written by the members of the band and produced by Mike Chapman, known for later work with Blondie and The Knack. It was their third of four top ten hits in America, the last of them coming in the summer of 1978.

Other foxy Hot 100 entries:
“Foxy Lady”, Crown Heights Affair (#49, 1977)
“Black Fox”, Freddy Robinson (#56, 1970)
“Looking For A Fox”, Clarence Carter (#62, 1968)
“Foxey Lady”, Jimi Hendrix (#67, 1967)
“Fox Hunt”, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (#84, 1974)
“Fox On The Run”, Manfred Mann (#97, 1969)

Charlie and Inez Foxx
Brother Charlie and sister Inez began in a gospel choir before deciding to settle on recording pop music. In 1963, the two did a version of the popular lullaby “Hush, Little Baby” under a new title of “Mockingbird” and it cracked the top 10, peaking at #7. Inez went solo after this, but never went nearly as high on the charts. They last charted together in 1967; Inez made the R&B charts as late as 1974.

The quintet from Miami and led by Ish “Angel” Ledesma were big on the Disco scene starting in 1976, but began hitting the Hot 100 in 1978 with a top ten single, “Get Off” (#9). It was followed by a minor top 40 entry in 1979 and the band broke up the next year. Ledesma went onto lead Oxo, known for 1983’s “Whirly Girl” (#28), and formed the group Company B who charted with “Fascinated” in 1987 (#21).

Foxy Brown
The rapper originally from Brooklyn, NY did a bit of damage on the charts in the late 90’s and early 00’s. Her three charting albums all went top ten and were each certified. From her first album, 1996’s Ill Na Na, came her biggest success: “I’ll Be”, a #7 single featuring a rap by Jay-Z. Brown also appeared on a #9 song by Case the same year, “Touch Me Tease Me”. Brown last entered any Billboard chart in 2005.

Jamie Foxx
Actor, comedian and musician Foxx released his first album in 1994 to little attention, but returned a decade later in 2004 on Twista‘s #1 single, “Slow Jamz”. After a starring role in Ray, there was a renewed interest in his music, leading to hits like 2006’s “Unpredictable” (#8), 2009’s “Blame It” (#2), as well as a feature on Kanye West‘s 2006 #1 “Gold Digger”. His last album to date came out in 2010.

Samantha Fox
Pin-up girl turned pop star Fox took a ride up the charts beginning in 1986 with a string of sexually charged hits. Although she garnered more success in Europe, the U.S. surveys still paid her some attention, making the top ten three times with 1987’s “Touch Me (I Want Your Body)” (#4), 1988’s “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)” (1988) and 1989’s “I Wanna Have Some Fun” (#8). She is still active as a performer.

Sly Fox
This duo of Gary Cooper and Michael Camacho formed in Miami with their producer looking to style them in a clean-cut, teen idol image. However, the idea coupled with a big single called “Let’s Go All The Way” didn’t seem to help that at all. The song was a hit, going to #7 on the Hot 100 in 1986, but after a return to that squeaky clean ideal, the national success faded. Both are still in the music business today.

Other foxy Hot 100 artists:
Britny Fox
Biggest hit: “Long Way To Love” (#100, 1988)

Charles Fox
Biggest hit: “Seasons” (#75, 1981)

Biggest hit: “Only You Can” (#53, 1975)

Jeff Foxworthy
Biggest hit: “Redneck Games” [with Alan Jackson] (#66, 1995)

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Fall Into Dance: The Autumn’s Entertaining Electronic Hits

As pop radio transitions into a land of alternative crossovers and less of the 70’s soul throwback sound we’ve heard as of late, a lot of dance acts and DJs who haven’t quite made a name yet outside of the clubs are still holding their genre’s ground at the format. There’s Zedd and his breakout hit, “Clarity”, featuring Foxes. It’s one of four songs that gives Interscope Records a hold on the entire top 4 on the airwaves. Then, we have the surging “Wake Me Up!” by Avicii and Aloe Blacc, already top ten on iTunes and moving towards that top spot. Further down the chart, there are songs from Armin Van Buuren and Krewella, and now, it’s time to add some more names into the mix. Both singles are at radio on the same date at the end of the month, and they’ve got the beat to beat those other beats:

EDM gone sky high.

EDM gone sky high.

KASKADE – “Atmosphere”
Release Date: August 26 (CHR radio) / Ultra Records

Just like the waterfall in his name, the sudden rush of EDM acts at the pop format has got this guy wanting in too. Born Ryan Raddon just outside of Chicago, he became a club DJ at age 24 in Salt Lake City and pursued his own career as a producer and writer shortly afterwards. His first album, It’s Me, It’s You, came out in 2003 and two years later, he scored his only #1 (so far) on the Dance/Club Play chart, “Everything”. A total of seven of his songs have reached the 50-position list. Though he’s been appearing on this survey for nearly a decade to varying degrees of success, as well as remixing versions of songs that became major singles on the radio, he, himself, has never had a mainstream hit to call his own. Last year, he was credited as a featured artist on the Neon Trees single, “Lessons In Love (All Day, All Night)”, but it never managed to take off completely. Thus, “Atmosphere” will be the DJ’s true introduction to a wider audience. Much like Calvin Harris‘s “Feel So Close”, Kaskade is the one singing on this rather than featuring an additional vocalist. It worked for Harris, giving his first big hit in the U.S.; why can’t it work for Mr. Raddon? At age 42, he may not have a lot of time left to secure a big airplay and sales hit (although look at David Guetta still making it at age 45), but with an accessible and catchy song that starts out slow and then pops with a pulsating punch, I see a winner in this one. Look out for it in the next few months.

Locked and looking for a hit.

Locked and looking for a hit.

Release Date: August 26 (CHR radio) / Astralwerks and Capitol Records

Their names aren’t the most recognizable of the bunch, but put together their collective talents and they may be household names by the end of the year. Ingrosso was one-third of the group Swedish House Mafia, who split up earlier this year after what was their biggest international single, “Don’t You Worry Child”. It topped many charts and went to #6 on the Hot 100. The vocal on “Child” was done by Martin, and the singer also appears on this track. Then, there’s Tommy Trash, an Australian DJ and producer who is relatively unknown here in the U.S., save for on the club circuit. “Reload” was originally an instrumental track by just Ingrosso and Trash at over six minutes in length that became a minor single in Belgium last year, but with the mix they concocted with Martin, it ultimately charted much better. After placing at #3 in the United Kingdom and #1 in Scotland, it finally arrives here and at mainstream radio. It’s another great dance track with a little more of an edge that packs synthesizers and drums into a heavy beat. Martin’s vocals are once again unmistakable on this one; he’s such an emotive vocalist that I could easily see him taking on other genres. Like “Child”, “Reload” has a bit on an inspirational message, about not giving up in the face of fears and trouble and gaining the strength to pick yourself back up to try again. So, Ingrosso and Martin will try, try again for another hit, while adding on Trash on a single that’s far from disposable.

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Let’s Dance: Producers Taking Over The Pop Scene

Tired of hearing the same old Calvin Harris and David Guetta-produced songs on the radio day after day? After a while, they all seem to sound the same. Well, here are four producers who haven’t seen a lot of chart success to date in the U.S., but watch out! They’re climbing towards the top of the turntables (and station playlists) with their new releases to the CHR format. Check them out and don’t be afraid to shake a little something once you pump up the volume.

You've got a "Friend".

You’ve got a “Friend”.

Current Position: #36

25-year-old Nick Van de Wall has been on the charts in his native Netherlands since 2006, but is slowly finding a following in the United States. You probably best know Afrojack from his 2011 single, “Take Over Control”, featuring vocalist Eva Simons, though he also had a featured credit on Pitbull‘s big smash “Give Me Everything”, which went to #1. His latest single is another big anthem featuring Chris Brown, which will likely discourage some listeners from pressing play. However, the guy’s a decent singer and I’m trying to separate the personality from the musician. (I obviously don’t condone what he’s done in his personal life in the last few years.) I’ve listened to his dance-leaning singles quite a bit like “Turn Up The Music” and “Yeah 3X”, and this one is no exception. It’s big and in-your-face, maybe a tad too harsh-sounding for mainstream radio, but it gets the job done. Brown hasn’t made the top ten on the format since 2011. Let’s see if this one gets the job done. It’s already entered the top 40 despite some fierce competition.

Boys on film.

Boys on film.

BENNY BENASSI featuring GARY GO – “Cinema”
Current Position: #50

Sometimes it takes mere weeks to have hit, sometimes it takes years. The latter statement neatly fits in with this song from Italian DJ Benny Benassi and English singer Gary Go that was originally released in Europe two years ago, yet is just now becoming a hit record at mainstream radio. The highest position it achieved in its initial release was #20 in the United Kingdom, though it made the top 40 in a few other European countries. The song’s sold north of one million copies in the United States as well, but has never made the Hot 100 or the Dance/Club Play Chart. How come? Lackluster radio support, especially at top-40 radio, though it finally seems to be picking up now. By the way, Gary Go‘s 2009 single, “Wonderful”, was a #1 hit on my personal chart. Great tune. The song’s been issued to radio in two forms: the original mix, and a remix done by Skrillex. It’s already built up a good-sized audience given its positioning on the chart, so, don’t be surprised if this one finally becomes the hit it was determined to be for the last twenty-odd months.

"One" more try at Pop success.

“One” more try at Pop success.

AVICII vs. NICKY ROMERO – “I Could Be The One”
Current Position: not listed; just released

Two producers, one track, and neither of them sing on it. Sweden’s Avicii meets Nicky Romero from the Netherlands on this single, which features a Swedish studio singer named Noonie Bao on it. Bao’s been credited as the main vocals on other album by Swedish acts in the past few years, though none of them have hit Stateside. Romero’s never released here either, and Avicii made a minor hit in the States out of “Levels”, the original composition that sampled Etta James‘s “Something’s Got A Hold Of Me” before Flo Rida started rapping all over it in “Good Feeling”. Of course, with that kind of feeling, it went to the top. “One” has already been a top five hit in Finland, Ireland and Sweden and is likely to be the new #1 single in the United Kingdom on this weekend’s chart reveal. Whether that will translate into perhaps a late spring or early summer hit in the U.S. has yet to be seen, but it’s already zipping up the Dance/Club Play survey with an impressive 44-22 leap on the February 16 edition. As the title suggests, it could be the one to break them all here.

Not a hot John Mayer remake.

Not a hot John Mayer remake.

ZEDD featuring FOXES – “Clarity”
Current Position: not listed; below the top 50

Anton Zaslavski is only 23-years-old, but he’s made a name for himself as Zedd, releasing singles for about three years now. He’s also the main producer behind Lady Gaga‘s forthcoming ARTPOP album, due later this year. The Russian-born producer made a minor splash on the mainstream scene last year with “Spectrum”, which featuring a vocal from Matthew Koma, but it quickly faded away despite a #1 placing on the Dance/Club Play chart. (Koma is best known as the boyfriend of pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen.) This new release topped the same chart, but this time, it’s Foxes singing the song, an English dance artist who hasn’t seen any exposure here before. His star is definitely climbing fast; in fact, he co-produced the recent Justin Bieber/Nicki Minaj top ten entry, “Beauty And A Beat”. The song goes for adds on March 5, but is already starting to rise on iTunes and get a little bit of pre-impact play. Look for this one to do the damage that “Spectrum” couldn’t last year.

Are there any other EDM favorites you could see doing well on popular radio and the Billboard Hot 100? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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