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100,000 Reasons To Say Thanks!

The hits go on.

The hits go on.

It’s been a little over six months since I started my little blog here on WordPress and Saturday night as all you Fifth Harmony fans came along to view the premiere of their debut single, we topped the 100,000 mark here at POP! Goes The Charts. We’ve had 100,000 views since I first started posting in late November 2012 and that’s an amazing feat. I can’t thank you all enough for checking out the place and sticking around as I post about the newest music and acts, as well as my own favorites, both currently and in the past. It’s such a great feeling to know that this experiment has been so successful and continues to show up on sites and other places I never dreamed it would. I realize that there are other blogs out that get 100,000 views on a single day, but hey, this is just the start, and the sky is the limit.

Now, just in case you’re wondering how we got to that number, let me share with you about where you guys and gals are coming from and what topics have been most popular:

TOP COUNTRIES

Since my blog is based out of the United States, it would probably be pretty weird if the U.S. wasn’t the #1 country with the most views, right? Well, luckily, it does take the top spot – just over 52,000 clicks have been from all around our great country’s fifty states, although I have no information on individual state data. That total is nearly 8x greater than the next nation on the list, the United Kingdom, with 6,600 hits. Canada follows just behind the U.K. at #3 at a sum of 6,400 views. Probably most surprising is the Philippines at #4, but that number shall be explained farther down thanks to one particular post.

The top ten (totals as of 6:00PM, June 16):
01. United States | 52,090
02. United Kingdom | 6,618
03. Canada | 6,393
04. Philippines | 4,056
05. Australia | 3,095
06. Brazil | 2,756
07. Germany | 1,776
08. France | 1,688
09. Mexico | 1,174
10. The Netherlands | 1,070

TOP REFERRALS

Again, this probably isn’t a huge surprise, but Google searches amount for just under half the total views for my site, with a small portion of them from the Image Search function. Facebook and Twitter take second and third place, respectively, while a few specific sites like the Pulse Music Board (which I’m a member of) and MJ’s Big Blog (where several of my American Idol posts have been quoted, thank you muchly) appear in the top ten. (FYI: if individual WordPress blogs were tallied into that total, it would be much higher than 650. I got a ton of those after a GRAMMYs post of mine was noted as Freshly Pressed in December.)

The top ten (totals as of 6:00PM, June 16):
01. Google | 46,993
02. Facebook | 6,243
03. Twitter | 5,454
04. Pulse Music Board | 1,168
05. Yahoo! | 1,137
06. WordPress Reader and Tags | 650
07. Bing | 643
08. MJ’s Big Blog | 416
09. Wikipedia | 286
10. AOL | 201

TOP TOPICS AND POSTS

Nine of the ten top posts below are either song premiere or review topics, which I started posted more frequently as the spring came around. Due to an error by Interscope Records, the song by Jessica Sanchez was up two weeks earlier than expected and then taken down, while my post with the lyrics remained up. Thus, it is my biggest post so far, with a huge audience from the Philippines (as her mother is originally from there.) Michael Franti & Spearhead make a surprise entry at #4 with a song that continues to build at radio now, while Disney princesses Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez each rank in the top ten together.

The top ten (totals as of 6:00PM, June 16):
01. Jessica Sanchez featuring Ne-Yo – “Tonight” | 5,251
02. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell – “Get Lucky” | 3,517
03. Vampire Weekend – “Diane Young” | 3,106
04. Michael Franti & Spearhead – “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” | 2,899
05. Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera – “Feel This Moment” | 2,751
06. Phillip Phillips – “Gone, Gone, Gone” | 2,488
07. Selena Gomez – “Come And Get It” | 2,243
08. Wondering About One-Hit Wonders: 2012′s Potential List | 2,203
09. Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack” | 2,196
10. Mariah Carey featuring Miguel – “#Beautiful” | 2,188

(NOTE: My homepage and archives have a total of 23,650 views; some of these hits may have been from searches that eventually led to one of the posts above.)

So, whether it was one post or one hundred posts, I thank you so much once again for giving me a chance here in the blogosphere and here’s to 100,000 more views and beyond!

With gratitude,
Adam Soybel

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (April 30)

A pirate looks at forty-four.

“Rock” on, Kenny.

Ready to get your country on? It’s not the most exciting week on the schedule, but there’s still a nice selection of new albums out for the week of April 30:

  • His tractor may be sexy, but so are these statistics. Kenny Chesney has accumulated six number one albums on the Billboard 200 album chart, and he’s going for his seventh with Life On A Rock. Lead single “Pirate Flag” recently became his 44th single to hit the top ten on Country radio. Whoa. He should easily take over the top spot next week. (iTunes)
  • American Idol season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez proclaims on her new single that she’s “on a planet where the dudes got money and they’re not afraid to spend it”, but unfortunately, they’re not throwing dollar bills at promoting her album. “Tonight” is the first single from Me, You And The Music, which hits stores this week. It’ll probably end up in the top ten. (iTunes)
  • After a title change and an album delay, the new album from rapper LL Cool J is out, titled Authentic. It features a number of collaborations with artists of all genres, including Brad Paisley and Snoop Dogg. (iTunes)
  • Hard rockers Deep Purple release their first album in nearly eight years, entitled Now What?!  They’re best known for hits like “Hush” and “Smoke On The Water”. (iTunes)
  • The soundtrack to future summer blockbuster Iron Man 3 is released to stores, along with an album inspired by the film, featuring songs by Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Passion Pit and others. (iTunes)
  • Los Angeles rock band The Airborne Toxic Event put out their third album this week, Such Hot Blood, featuring top 20 Alternative single “Timeless”. (iTunes)
  • Iggy Pop reunites with his band The Stooges on their new album, Ready To Die. It’s their first album together since 2007. (iTunes)
  • He led Cinderella to several top 40 hits in the 80’s; now, lead singer Tom Keifer emerges with his solo debut, The Way Life Goes. (iTunes)
  • Finally, for you 90’s bands enthusiasts, the Spin Doctors are out with If The River Was Whiskey. They may never have another “Two Princes”, but if you’re a fan, I’m sure you’ll enjoy their latest effort. (iTunes)

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

  • “Crazy Kids (Remix)”, a new remix of Ke$ha‘s third single from Warrior, featuring will.i.am. (iTunes)
  • “Hey Girl”, the return single for Country hitmaker Billy Currington. (iTunes)
  • “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)”, a great new single from Michael Franti & Spearhead. (iTunes)
  • “Laying Me Low”, the first single from the third album of former American Idol winner David Cook. (iTunes)
  • “Sad Angel” and the rest of Extended Play from legends Fleetwood Mac. (iTunes)

Can Lady Antebellum take advantage of a Golden opportunity and score another #1 album next week or will the Pistol Annies or Rod Stewart get there first? A preview is coming in seven!

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Jessica Sanchez featuring Ne-Yo – “Tonight” (+ Lyrics)

Get down "Tonight".

“Tonight” is the night.

LISTEN/WATCH “Tonight”.

BUY “Tonight” on iTunes / BUY “Tonight” on AmazonMP3

Well, what do you know? A few days ago, I posted a preview of Jessica Sanchez‘s new single in a topic about forthcoming songs going to radio in the next month. I just mentioned some general details about the releases and that there was a video in production, which has now been filmed. I was thinking it would be out during the last week of the month. After all, her album is out April 30; I was figuring the label would at least give her song six weeks at radio before putting out a full-length release. Around 5:30 Eastern time, a promotional account for Interscope Records posted the song on their SoundCloud account, which was then sent to me by a friend. Several hundred views later, I guess the label made a little error. The song is no longer available to listen to. However, keep this link here handy just in case they decide to put it back up. So, now, let’s see what I can remember from hearing the song about five times.

It’s an electropop and dance song that’s very different for Sanchez, with her impressive range that usually shines on ballads and slower songs, yet it still showcases her vocals pretty well and stays familiar with Ne-Yo‘s sound shift as of recent. I wouldn’t be surprised if StarGate had some sort of credit for production on the track. It vaguely reminds me vocal-wise of several of his past singles: 2008’s “Closer” and his feature on Conor Maynard‘s “Turn Around” from last year. It’s a very sassy song in terms of lyrics, as evidenced by the chorus that Sanchez pounds out, totally shedding that clean-cut image of her. I’m not sure I necessarily believe her when she sings about a place “where the dudes got money and they’re not afraid to spend it”, but I guess it could be worse. Otherwise, it’s a pretty harmless song with a length of just under four minutes (if I remember correctly.) It has an intro of about twenty seconds. Just to let you know, I am expecting a video in outer space with dancers in spacesuits and aliens ready to pounce, so these two better not let me down. (OK, they probably will.)

“TONIGHT”
(The two trade off vocals in the song, so Jessica‘s part is italicized and Ne-Yo‘s part is bolded.)

[VERSE]
It seems like every day is something else
Another reason to be stressing

And you wanna run away, said you just wanna run away
You try to get out and enjoy yourself
But everybody’s acting so depressing

And you wanna run away, yeah, said you just wanna run away

[BRIDGE]
Though we ’bout to hop up on this rocket
Get up outta here

Go somewhere where nothing ever goes wrong
‘Bout to hop up on this rocket
Take to the sky
Everything is fine

[CHORUS]
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where the dudes got money and they’re not afraid to spend it
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where there ain’t no drama and the party’s never ending
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh

[VERSE]
It seems like every day is something else
Another reason to be stressing

And you wanna run away, said you just wanna run away, woah-oh
You try to get out and enjoy yourself
But everybody’s acting so depressing

And you wanna run away, (oh oh), said you just wanna run away

[BRIDGE]
Though we ’bout to hop up on this rocket
Get up outta here
Go somewhere where nothing ever goes wrong
‘Bout to hop up on this rocket
Take to the sky
Everything is fine

[CHORUS]
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where the dudes got money and they’re not afraid to spend it
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where there ain’t no drama and the party’s never ending
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh

[POST-CHORUS]
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
Pretty baby, babe
No oh-oh-oh
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
Oh oh-oh

[MIDDLE 8]
And we’ll be dancing through the moments
Got my girls ’round me, just grab your boys from Mars
And we’ll get away, go somewhere and just get right

[CHORUS]
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where the dudes got money and they’re not afraid to spend it
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where there ain’t no drama and the party’s never ending
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh

Sanchez’s album will be released on April 30 through Interscope Records entitled Me, You and The Music. Enjoy!

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Springtime Sizzlers: Get Ready For These Rising Releases

We’ve already had some big surprise hits on mainstream radio this year, but there are more hot singles on the horizon that have yet to premiere. It’s always a big battle to get onto those pop playlists, but these three acts may just have the right stuff to convince programmers to add them. From big voices to big fan bases, here are some interesting new releases to look forward to as spring comes around.

"Up" up and away.

“Up” up and away.

AVRIL LAVIGNE – “Here’s To Never Growing Up”
Epic Records

Ten years after she took over the pop world with songs like “Complicated” and “Sk8er Boi”, Canada’s pop punk princess has gone through a lot. After a disappointing era two years ago with Goodbye Lullaby, most known for lead single, “What The Hell”, Lavigne moved from RCA to Epic Records after two underperforming followup singles and finished work on this upcoming fifth album during the summer. She also broke up with boyfriend Brody Jenner and began a relationship with Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger. The two announced their engagement last August. Kroeger has also been involved in the writing and production on his girlfriend’s new effort. Something tells me we’ll be getting a breakup song or two on it. Lavigne’s first single from the album was written and produced by David Hodges, a former member of Evanescence and Martin Johnson, the lead singer for the pop band Boys Like Girls. It’s scheduled to be released to radio and iTunes on April 9. Based on the title, it doesn’t exactly sound like Lavigne has matured from the sound or image that made her famous a decade ago, but perhaps it can still work for her so far into her career. We’ll see. If not, maybe we could see her judging on a reality show competition in the future. She’s certainly been in the industry enough to mentor young performers.

Get down "Tonight".

Get down “Tonight”.

JESSICA SANCHEZ featuring NE-YO – “Tonight”
Interscope Records

We haven’t heard a lot about 17-year-old Sanchez since placing second on last season of American Idol, just losing out to singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips. Of course, a tour followed the show for several months, but since it’s been over, the singer has been working on a couple of different project. She’s signed on to appear in a four episode arc of the television show Glee, though a character name has not be identified, but her appearances should be airing in April or May. She’s also been working on original music for her first full-length album, reportedly a 16-track effort, which is tentatively due out May 7. Her runner-up single, “Change Nothing”, literally changed nothing for her, so she’s gone in a more dance-driven direction and has been previewing songs like “Fairytale” and “Jump In” in promotional appearances as of recent. However, her leadoff single is a song called “Tonight”, which features Ne-Yo. A video is production, directed by Justin Francis, who has been behind recent videos for Carly Rae Jepsen and Trey Songz. Sanchez also put out a casting notice on social media for backup dancers for the shoot. Will she and her Blujays set her flying to the top of the charts? Sanchez has a strong voice, so we’ll see how she does on this non-ballad. “Tonight” goes to radio by the end of the month.

Oh Brothers, where art thou?

Oh Brothers, where art thou?

JONAS BROTHERS – “Pom Poms”
Jonas Records

The JoBros are back together and ready to go burnin’ up the charts again with their first radio single release and full-length album (outside of a television soundtrack) in nearly four years. After their last album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, produced only a minor top-40 hit in “Paranoid”, the boys pursued other options, including two seasons of a Disney Channel scripted series called JONAS (later Jonas L.A.), which ran through the fall of 2010. Brothers Joe and Nick both released solo efforts, the former with a band called Nick Jonas and the Administration. Though both of their albums debuted decently, they failed to achieve any sort of longevity due to little radio support. Last year, oldest brother Kevin appeared on the reality show Married To Jonas with his wife Danielle, which was renewed for a second season several months ago. After a few one-off performances, one of which was highlighted on that show, the three boys finished cutting material for an album, which will likely be out this summer. It’s the first for the trio on their self-released label after a split from Hollywood Records last year. The video for “Pom Poms” was shot a few weeks back in New Orleans, and from a leaked video still, it appears that Joe is singing a lead and there’s at least a six-piece brass section, including a few saxophones and trombones. While this one won’t end up a cheerleading classic like “Be True To Your School” or “Mickey”, it’ll be a welcome return for all those tweenagers who need a jump-start back into their Jonai obsession. Look for it in the next few weeks.

Which release are you looking forward to most? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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