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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 28, 2018

Just a Lil taste of this week.

It’s one of the most exciting chart battles of the year! Three prominent rap titles are set to shake up the top three spots on the album chart. Get ready, because these are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LIL WAYNE – Tha Carter V (iTunes)
Seven years after Tha Carter IV arrived and following a series of delays in the past few years, this rapper is back with what’s sure to be one of the biggest streaming debuts of the year so far. Though little is known about the tracklisting, perhaps that mystery will prove to be a key in driving listeners to check out the set. How high will it go? We can only guess.

KANYE WEST – Yandhi (iTunes)
After a performance on Saturday Night Live this coming weekend, this effort should see a good boost on the sales and streaming charts. It comes during a very active year for West musically, who released his own studio album, followed by an album as one half of a new duo and then produced two other albums during the summer months.

LOGIC – Young Sinatra 4 (iTunes)
On any other week, this set probably would’ve debuted at #1. In fact, the rapper’s Bobby Tarantino II mixtape did so earlier this year. This album should still have a solid debut, regardless, becoming his fifth top five entry on the Billboard 200 chart.

Notable albums out this week: Against The Current‘s Past Lives (iTunes), alt-J‘s Reduxer (iTunes), Beartooth‘s Disease (iTunes), Benjamin Ingrosso‘s Identification (iTunes), Cher‘s Dancing Queen (iTunes), Cypress Hill‘s Elephants On Acid (iTunes), Dillon Francis‘s WUT WUT (iTunes), Eves Karydas‘s summerskin (iTunes), Hippo Campus‘s Bambi (iTunes), John Mullaney‘s Kid Gorgeous At Radio City (iTunes), Kevin Gates‘s Luca Brasi 3 (iTunes), Kodaline‘s Politics Of Living (iTunes), Kyan Palmer‘s Burn Mona Lisa (iTunes), Marsha Ambrosius‘s Nyla (iTunes), Nile Rodgers & Chic‘s It’s About Time (iTunes), NONONO‘s Undertones (iTunes), Phil Collins‘s Plays Well With Others (iTunes), Rod Stewart‘s Blood Red Roses (iTunes), Sigala‘s Brighter Days (iTunes), The Knocks‘s New York Narcotic (iTunes), Tom Petty‘s An American Treasure (iTunes), Tyler Shaw‘s Intuition (iTunes), Rick And Morty (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: AURORA‘s Infections Of A Different Kind – Step 1 (iTunes), Jeremy Zucker‘s summer, (iTunes), Jocelyn Alice‘s Little Devil (iTunes), Lido‘s I O U 1 (iTunes), Zoey Dollaz‘s Who Don’t Like Dollaz 2 (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“8 Letters (R3HAB Remix)”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“42 (Grown Up Tipsy)”, Brian McKnight (iTunes)
“123”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Africa (RAC Remix)”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Baby Don’t Talk”, LÉON (iTunes)
“Best Years Of My Lives”, “Got My Name Changed Back” and “Interstate Gospel”, Pistol Annies (iTunes)
“Better Me”, SoMo (iTunes)
“Black And Blue”, Savoir Adore (iTunes)
“Burn The Ships”, for KING & COUNTRY (iTunes)
“Cherish You”, Mikky Ekko (iTunes)
“Daybreak”, Cody Simpson & The Tide (iTunes)
“Dear God”, Confetti (iTunes)
“Dear God (Live Acoustic)”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Diamond Heart”, Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo (iTunes)
“Different Beds”, Matt Nathanson (iTunes)
“Don’t Leave Me Alone (Acoustic)”, David Guetta featuring Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Don’t Lie To Me”, Barbra Streisand (iTunes)
“Door Swing”, Lil Reek (iTunes)
“Fake Smile”, New Dialogue (iTunes)
“Faking It”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“Fifth Avenue”, Walk Off The Earth (iTunes)
“High Hopes (White Panda Remix)”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“Higher”, Social House (iTunes)
“Hollering Love”, Dylan Joel (iTunes)
“Honey”, Robyn (iTunes)
“I Want You To Freak”, Rak-Su (iTunes)
“Lay With Me”, Phantoms featuring Vanessa Hudgens (iTunes)
“Leave But Don’t Go”, Violet Days (iTunes)
“Listen Closely”, DVBBS featuring SAFE (iTunes)
“Lost In Japan (Zedd Remix)”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Love Ain’t Enough”, Jacob Banks (iTunes)
“Love For Me”, Empress Of (iTunes)
“Loving U Blind”, Elle Varner (iTunes)
“Making Christmas”, Pentatonix (iTunes)
“Maybe It Was Me”, Sody (iTunes)
“Moves”, Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Not Cool”, More Giraffes (iTunes)
“Oh Hello”, Nico Santos (iTunes)
“One By One”, Rationale (iTunes)
“Outrunning Karma”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“Paradise”, Nicky Romero & Deniz Koyu featuring Walk Off The Earth (iTunes)
“Perfect Strangers”, ARTY (iTunes)
“Pressure”, Muse (iTunes)
“Put It To Bed (Frank Walker/Ryan Riback Remixes)”, JHart (iTunes)
“Sad (Clap Your Hands)” and “Scatterbrain”, Young Rising Sons (iTunes)
“Scars”, TobyMac (iTunes)
“September”, Campsite Dream (iTunes)
“Shallow”, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (iTunes)
“Sibling Love”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Slow Slow Disco”, St. Vincent (iTunes)
“Solita”, PRETTYMUCH featuring Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Strangers Again”, Sophia Scott (iTunes)
“Taki Taki”, DJ Snake featuring Cardi B, Ozuna and Selena Gomez (iTunes)
“Teach You”, Tiffany Young (iTunes)
“The Real Thing”, Kyle Reynolds (iTunes)
“The Weekend”, T.I. featuring Young Thug (iTunes)
“There’s No Way”, Lauv featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Tied Up”, Major Lazer featuring Mr. Eazi and Raye (iTunes)
“We Won’t Back Down”, Dirtier Blonde featuring Sam Fischer (iTunes)
“We Won’t Move”, Arlissa (iTunes)
“When I Fall In Love”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
“Where Have You Gone (Anywhere)”, Lucas & Steve (iTunes)
“Vegas”, Cody Fry (iTunes)
“Young Love”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Eric ChurchSteve Perry, Twenty One Pilots and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (April 9, 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. So, call me Addie The Caddie, as we tee up a few tunes and putt down the usual pop course. That being said, let’s avoid those crowds at Mar-A-Lago. It sure is something when an owner has more holes in his stories than at his courses. Golf clubs, dance clubs… gotta cover them all here. So, let’s get shady with some musical ladies (mostly gentlemen this week, really) in the latest report:

EIGHT IS ENOUGH: Please, radio gods, can we please find another song to overplay? You know, one other than “Shape Of You”? Ed Sheeran‘s international hit is at #1 for an eighth week on the CHR/Top 40 chart, and someone (me) is really feeling the burn. At least it doesn’t set another record this week, but it also isn’t dropping like a rock yet. So, you know, let’s change that! Thank you. New single “Castle On The Hill” becomes Sheeran’s 13th top 40 entry on the pop chart, and second hit from ÷, as it climbs 43-36. “Galway Girl” and “Perfect” are two of the cuts that continue to perform well internationally. I’ll keep you updated if either song breaks at the format before an established impact date. For now, I think there’s plenty of him on the air.

Just below Sheeran, Bruno Mars holds at #2 for the second week with “That’s What I Like”, which looks set to hit #1 next week (or, at least I hope it’s able to seven days from now.) The last time an act recording for the Atlantic label (main roster or imprint) replaced another one at the top was about a year ago, when Flo Rida‘s “My House” knocked “Stressed Out” by twenty out pilots out on the March 13 chart. The duo returned to #1 later in the year with “Ride” (8/28/16 MB).

WHO’LL STOP THE CHAIN: Well, no one, at least for now. Duo The Chainsmokers continues to dominate on the pop survey this week, with two top ten songs from next week’s expected #1 album, Memories…Do Not Open. “Paris” is up 5-3, moving closer to a third #1 on the format for the guys, while “Something Just Like This” (with Coldplay) is up from 13-9. You probably caught them on Saturday Night Live last night, where they performed the former (featuring uncredited vocalist Emily Warren) and “Break Up Every Night”, a new cut from the album. Though “Something” is making the larger gains at this point, don’t be surprised if “Paris” stays in a holding pattern (while still gaining some) over the next few weeks.

Since their chart debut in 2001 with “Yellow” (#20, 4/27/01 R&R), Coldplay has scored with twelve top 40 songs on the CHR chart… but this is their first top ten hit. Yes, the four guys have never reached the top ten at the format until now. Previously, “Viva La Vida” (#11, 9/7/08 MB) and “A Sky Full Of Stars” (#12, 10/12/14 MB) came the closest to the region. Feel free to endlessly drag all of those lazy programmers at the format for allowing The Chainsmokers to be the reason Coldplay has one top ten song in 16 years. Honestly, kids, what are you doing?

DIRECTIONS AND CONNECTIONS: Harry Styles and ZAYN have gone in several directions musically, but the two singers in question, both bandmates in One Direction, are headed in an upward direction this week on the CHR chart. The latter singer’s new hit, “Still Got Time” (featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR), leaps from 34-26 in its third week on the chart, while the former singer grabs his first solo top 40 hit at #29 with “Sign Of The Times”. It’s the highest debut on the listing. Meanwhile, ZAYN’s former #2 single, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (with Taylor Swift), slips from 3-5. “Sign” initially debuted in a version that ran 5:40, and had that held as the single version, it could’ve had the longest radio edit run time of a top 40 hit since Queen‘s reissue of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 1992. That #3 hit (5/1/92 R&R) from Wayne’s World clocked in at 5:55. (A 4:07 edit has since been serviced to several formats.) Just a couple of months ago, ZAYN appeared on the chart at the same time as two other One Direction members, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan.

Of course, One Direction is not the first boyband to launch two of its members into the top 40 at the same time. In 2003, JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake of *NSYNC appeared on the pop chart simultaneously, the former with “Blowin’ Me Up (With Her Love)” (#13, 2/21/03 R&R) and the latter with “Cry Me A River” (#3, 1/24-2/14/03 R&R) and “Rock Your Body” (#1, 5/9-6/6/03 R&R). In 1999, two members of New Kids On The Block, Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight, landed in the top 40 together. McIntyre’s “Stay The Same” (#16, 4/9/99 R&R) and “I Love You Came Too Late” (#28, 8/6/99 R&R) charted, as Knight’s “Give It To You” (#14, 5/21-6/11/99 R&R) was headed up and down the CHR survey. (The latter singer’s “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” (#31, 9/24/99 R&R) could’ve appeared with “Late” in the top 40, but it was late… by a week.)

DOES A “BODY” GOOD: 49-year-old David Guetta has six top ten pop hits to his credit, and he’s looking for his seventh with an interesting collaboration that features Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, both of whom have appeared on prior Guetta tunes. “Light My Body Up”, which actually sounds pretty painful, lights up the survey at #50 this week. “Body” was one of the top ten Most Added hits at the format last week, and it could be there again this Tuesday, so stay tuned! Minaj is currently featured on another top 40 song at the moment, “Swalla” by Jason Derulo, which rises from 29-27.

It’s hard to believe that Guetta has been charting for nearly a decade now, first hitting in the spring of 2008 with “Love Is Gone”. The single (#41, 5/11/08 MB) featured vocalist Chris Willis, who also appeared on the DJ/producer’s “Gettin’ Over You” (#19, 7/18/10 MB) before disappearing from the pop chart. I do hope that he, and his body, are okay. (Don’t try lighting up anything at home, you’ll regret it quickly.)

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A Musical Mystery: Is Someone Dropping A Surprise Album?

Tunes for June?

Tunes for June?

It started out as a blind item Thursday night on the trade site HITS Daily Double — the potential for a surprise album to be issued at some point during the first week of June. Immediately, music message boards were buzzing as to whom could be behind such a release. Now, this obviously has no confirmation, it’s merely a suggestion of a rumbling inside this industry, but the potential is huge for another blockbuster dependent on the soloist or band with such an album. I, myself, haven’t a clue as to who it actually is. However, I’m here to give suggestions! Let’s sort this one out together…

  • It could be a diva with a flashy new release. Should the mystery item be something like Adele‘s 25, it could save a 15% drop in albums year-to-date. It may even be capable of selling 1 million copies in its first week as the followup to the Diamond certified 21. There’s also singer Taylor Swift, who is due for a new album at some point this year. Both the country and pop communities would be excited by new music from her. We also have Rihanna, who last year was reported to be involved with two albums seeing a 2014 release date rather than completing a new set for a 2013 date. Finally, there’s Lady Gaga; we’ve heard whispers of an ARTPOP 2 coming at some point, and we’re also likely to see her collaboration effort with Tony Bennett, Cheek To Cheek, this year. Question is, will it be now?
  • It could be a solo rapper. Given the recent $3 billion deal between Apple and Beats By Dre, could we be upon the release of that decade-plus-in-the-making Detox by Dr. Dre? It certainly makes sense given all the news lately, but then again, it’s been pushed back so many times that it may never see the light of day. Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter V is also in the running given that a leadoff single is now on the charts; so is his cohort Nicki Minaj with The Pink Print. Both are anticipated after an underperforming Young Money compilation. We also can’t forget about rapper Wiz Khalifa‘s Blacc Hollywood; with no date yet, it could fit in here. Kanye West may be an option as well.
  • It could be act that’s had decades of success and is looking to making some sort of comeback. Madonna‘s name has been thrown around quite a bit since the announcement of a surprise release; she and Katy Perry have been working together recently, and she’s been in the studio with both Avicii and Natalia Kills. Prince recently signed a new deal with his old label Warner Bros. – could this be the first of his new albums for them? There’s also U2, who have released a few tunes since the beginning of the year: “Invisible” and “Ordinary Love” (from the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.) Was their album really pushed back to 2015… or is now the right time to put it out?
  • We also have the performers that could be the ultimate shock. Could you imagine if Gwen Stefani dropped an album out of nowhere? After all, she will be judging on The Voice this season and has been working on some sounds with the other new judge on the panel, Pharrell. Given all their playing at festivals in the last few months, wouldn’t it make sense for Outkast to release an album? Epic has a little momentum (can’t give them too much credit) with the Michael Jackson posthumous effort. What about Justin Bieber in his attempt to silence the critics? What about JoJo and her first album in eight years? Far too many options, so little time to analyze them all.

The curiosity factor is going to go on for some time and I’m not sure I’ve helped things totally, but we’ll see what happens this week! Think it may be someone else? Frank OceanJanet Jackson? Kesha? Let me know! Comment below or find me on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab above.

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POP! Goes The Interview: Kevin Rudolf

"Don't Give Up" on him.

“Don’t Give Up” on him.

In 2008, a then 25-year-old Kevin Rudolf landed all over the airwaves with the hit “Let It Rock”, featuring rapper Lil Wayne. It went to #5 on the Hot 100 and garnered download sales of over 4 million copies in the U.S. alone. Though he had been in the industry for several years prior as a session musician, most notably on Timbaland‘s 2007 album Shock Value, “Rock” gave Rudolf his first taste of success as a solo act. Through collaborations with acts like Birdman and Jay Sean (“I Made It”) and Flo Rida (“You Make The Rain Fall”), he built up his name in the industry and on both the sales and airplay charts. He’s accumulated five top 50 entries on CHR radio to date. He was also behind hits for Cobra Starship, Lifehouse and Selena Gomez & The Scene, and the guy keeps on working at it as he should.

Although Rudolf originally brought a sound that mixed rock and R&B elements, that has evolved over the years. In 2012, he released the light and poppy “Don’t Give Up”, and though it wasn’t an overwhelming success, it did show another side to him. Now, he returns with the single “Here’s To Us”, co-written by Rudolf and Larry Nacht, a song reminiscent of offerings by the Plain White T’s (“1, 2, 3, 4”) and The Lumineers (“Ho Hey”). It may be familiar musically, but at the core of it, the song is a genuine reminder to live for the good times even in the worst of them. It’s an anthem for the underdog and the misunderstood. So far, radio seems to like both the message and the single: in the past three weeks, “Us” has accumulated adds at 18 CHR stations and currently sits in the top 100 at the format. I talked the him via email about his latest project and this fine change in direction — but don’t call it mellow yellow (as I did not so quite rightly.) Read on below:

PGTC: “Here’s To Us” takes you in a new direction musically, which is a lot mellower than some of your past material. What inspired the change?
KR: Things change; if you stand still, you die. Besides, what’s mellow about it? I mean, anything you play on an acoustic guitar’s gonna sound “mellower.” Or folkier. Or whatever. Nirvana sounded softer when they played acoustically, but it still kicked ass. It’s the words, the feelings, the whole idea – and if anything, it comes out more when you strip it down a little. That’s where the real power is. When you really listen, I’d actually say this rocks harder than anything I’ve ever done.

PGTC: Since you’re in the process of putting together a third album, is “Us” indicative the sound of it or is it more of a mix of genres?
KR: I let the marketing people figure out the genre. The sound is really dictated by whatever gets the idea across better, and that’s not really up to me either. I mean, I could craft a good song, but, to get the magic, you gotta just leave yourself open to it. I’m not thinking, “Is it hip hop? Is it rock?” etc. I’m thinking, “Is it true to me?” Whatever I gotta do to get at that truth, I’ll do.

PGTC: Most people know you as a singer, but you also produce, write and play the guitar. Which one of these do you like to do best?
KR: Wait, I do all those things? Then, I gotta get paid more, man. No, I don’t think of it that way. They all go hand in hand. If I’m playing a riff on guitar, I’m already producing it, ’cause I’m thinking about how I’m going to make this sound like what’s in my head, you know? So, yeah, I’m kind of a one-man band when I’m writing, playing and producing, but I don’t really separate it into different jobs like that. It all kind of happens simultaneously.

PGTC: This summer now marks 5 years since “Let It Rock” first made the airplay charts, which is amazing, but a lot has changed in the industry since it was released. Would you change anything about your career if you could go back and fix it?
KR: A lot’s changed and nothing’s changed. It’s still about doing a good song and getting it listened to. It’s still about trying to reach a lot of people with your message. There’s just a lot more ways to do that now, and that’s cool. “Rock” was massive, which is why we’re talking about it. Luckily, there were quite a few other hits that I either wrote or produced, plus a few more of my own. So, that paid the bills and I’m able to do what I want on this album. I wouldn’t change anything. I’m quite happy where things are.

PGTC: Alright, last question, since everybody seems to be fixated on it at the moment. Weigh in: the duel of the divas. Katy Perry’s “Roar” vs. Lady Gaga’s “Applause”. Which one are you liking better?
KR: Well, Gaga was just starting when I had “Rock” blowing up. She actually went and bought it at the time. So, I kind of owe her.

So, he might live for the “Applause”, but he also lives to entertain, as he’s doing on his new single. Thanks to Mr. Rudolf for his sense of humor and for willing to do this! You can watch the video for “Here’s To Us” and download it below. Plus, keep looking for more interviews and music news right here on PGTC!

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Take A Bow: Revisiting The Top Tracks From Graduation (5th High School Reunion)

Showing "Love" to 2008.

Showing “Love” to 2008.

When your first high school reunion comes around, you start to realize that you might be getting just a little bit old. Sigh. Next month marks five years since I graduated from high school, but our Reunion Weekend happens to be this upcoming one. It’ll be great to see old friends again, catch up, have a fun time, etc. So, in honor of the Weekend to come and because this is a music blog, I give you a look back at the top songs in the nation when were last together for our Commencement on June 5, 2008. It reflected a mix of music, from pop to rap, and a lot of American Idol entries after the grand finale of season 7 wrapped up. We start off with the top ten:

#10: COLDPLAY – “Viva La Vida”
Ah, yes, the days when an advertisement Apple could give you all the exposure you needed. After falling back to #41 the previous week, “Viva” soared back up to #10 that week, becoming the group’s second top ten hit. It went to #1 for one week in late June. The group’s 2011 Mylo Xyloto album gave them three other top 40 singles, but this is by far their biggest single, having sold in excess of 3 million copies here.

#09: NATASHA BEDINGFIELD – “Pocketful Of Sunshine”
She had a pocketful of harmless pop ditties, including 2006’s “Unwritten” and this 2008 single, which both peaked at #5 on the Hot 100. This was the last time (to date) that Bedingfield had a top 40 single on the Hot 100, though her most recent appearance outside of it was last year on Lifehouse‘s “Between The Raindrops” (#79). She hopes to release a new studio album worldwide this year, her first in three years.

#08: MADONNA featuring JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – “4 Minutes”
Her Madgesty was always a fan of keeping up with the youth, and so, she enlisted Justin Timberlake and Timbaland for her leadoff single from Hard Candy. Both a hit at retail and on the radio, it leapt to #3 on the Hot 100, which was her first top 5 hit in seven years (and her last to date.) Last year, she visited the top ten for a week with “Give Me All Your Luvin'” after a performance at the Super Bowl halftime show.

#07: RAY J featuring YUNG BERG – “Sexy Can I”
When he wasn’t making sex tapes with ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian or writing songs about how he “hit it first”, Brandy‘s younger brother had his biggest solo hit with “Sexy”, the leadoff single from his album All I Need. It peaked at #3 and was his last top 40 hit to date; even “I Hit It First” couldn’t become a hit on its own. He’s still recording new music and no doubt, reeking of desperation while doing said action.

#06: USHER featuring YOUNG JEEZY – “Love In This Club”
Leaked on the internet in February of that year, “Love” garnered heavy airplay from the beginning and rose from 51-1 in one week in mid-March when it was released to digital retailers, selling a little under 200,000 downloads in its first week. It spent three weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and also sent parent album Here I Stand to #1. Usher is currently serving as one of four judges on the television show The Voice.

#05: JORDIN SPARKS & CHRIS BROWN – “No Air”
Chris Brown and Rihanna would end up next to one another on our look back. Brown’s duet with the former American Idol winner Sparks gave her the biggest single of her career, peaking at #3, while Brown has gone on to several number-one singles. Though Sparks would see the top ten once more with 2009’s “Battlefield”, her career has been in decline since it. She’s currently romancing singer Jason Derulo.

#04: RIHANNA – “Take A Bow”
After hitting the top with 2006’s “S.O.S. (Rescue Me)” and 2007’s “Umbrella”, the Barbadian beauty took this ballad to #1 from the Reloaded edition of her Good Girl Gone Bad album. It was the second “Take A Bow” song title to hit the spot after Madonna‘s big ballad from 1995. Though her career has had its missteps, she’s still racking up the big hits, including her most recent, “Stay”, featuring vocalist Mikky Ekko.

#03: DAVID COOK – “The Time Of My Life”
It wouldn’t be an American Idol win without a big ballad to start it all off. David Cook won the battle over David Archuleta and this first single of his sold 236,000 copies in the three days after the Idol finale, enabling it to debut all the way up at #3 on the Hot 100, where it also peaked. Ten of his performances from the show also debuted that week, as network FOX withholds sales and chartings during the season.

#02: LEONA LEWIS – “Bleeding Love”
It was the international smash that broke Lewis in America after her win on the U.K. version of The X Factor. It spent four non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and went to the top in nearly three dozen countries. Lewis could never repeat the success of “Bleeding” in the States, though followup single “Better In Time” did gather significant airplay for a time. She is currently working on a fourth full-length album.

#01: LIL WAYNE featuring STATIC MAJOR – “Lollipop”
He may be in the middle of some health problems at the moment, but back in 2008, this rapper and singer were topping the charts, also at #1 on the Airplay survey. This song marked Lil Wayne‘s only time rising to #1 as a main-credited artist, as well as one of the only times a posthumous release (Major passed away three months before) went to #1, joining a list of others like Janis Joplin and Otis Redding.

Debuts:
David Cook: “The Time Of My Life” (#3), “Dream Big” (#15), “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (#22), “The World I Know” (#28), “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (#42), “Billie Jean” (#47), “Always Be My Baby” (#67), “Hello” (#73), “The Music Of The Night” (#77), “Eleanor Rigby” (#92), “I’m Alive” (#99)
David Archuleta: “Imagine” (#36), “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” (#58), “In This Moment” (#60)
“Should’ve Said No”, Taylor Swift (#84)
“That Song In My Head”, Julianne Hough (#88)
“Girls Around The World”, Lloyd featuring Lil Wayne (#93)
“Homecoming”, Kanye West featuring Chris Martin (#96)

Top 5 (or 6) Big Movers:
“Viva La Vida”, Coldplay (41-10) (+31)
“Dangerous”, Kardinal Offishall featuring Akon (76-51) (+25)
“I Kissed A Girl”, Katy Perry (40-21) (+19)
“Last Name”, Carrie Underwood (37-19) (+18)
“Apologize”, Timbaland presents OneRepublic (32-18) (+14, tie)
“Get Like Me”, David Banner featuring Chris Brown (88-74) (+14, tie)

Check out the full Hot 100 for June 7, 2008 at this link. Happy Reunion to all of you celebrating out there!

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Something To Reflect On: “Mirrors” In The Mainstream

Who's the fairest of them all?

Who’s the fairest of them all?

You’ve probably heard it on the air by now or on the best-selling album in the country for the past two weeks. It’s “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake from The 20/20 Experience, and it’s already gone as high as #11 on the Hot 100. Timberlake’s song becomes the sixth song in the history of the Hot 100’s top 40 portion to contain the word “mirror” and the (lucky) thirteenth entry for the word overall. So, let’s look back into the looking glass and magnify those monster mainstream hits, from Mac Davis to Michael Jackson to M2M.

“MAN IN THE MIRROR”, Michael Jackson (#1, 1988)
He’s the late and great King Of Pop and he sure could make those ballads pop. “Man” spent two weeks at #1 and was the fourth chart-topping single from the Bad album, which became the first to have its first five singles all hit the top of the chart. It’s one of the singer’s most oft-covered songs and became one of the top sellers after his death in 2009. Two other versions of Jackson’s song also hit the Hot 100 in 2011, both from television shows. In the summer, The Voice season 1 winner Javier Colon and coach Adam Levine went to #45 and just before Christmas, the cast of Glee took their version to #76.

“MIRROR”, Lil Wayne featuring Bruno Mars (#16, 2011)
From the rapper’s album Tha Carter IV, the song was initally just a track on the deluxe edition of it, which normally would have never seen the light of day as a commercially released single. However, “Mirror” became a sales hit after the album debuted, and was eventually issued to radio as the sixth single from it. It also became the biggest hit for him (thus far) in many countries outside of the States; certainly didn’t hurt with Mars singing the hook. The rapper recently released the album I Am Not A Human Being II, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200.

“MIRROR MAN”, The Human League (#30, 1983)
After a set of classic new wave hits, “Don’t You Want Me?” (1982) and “(Keep Feeling) Fascination” (1983), crashed the top tier of the Hot 100, this Motown-inspired effort issued from the EP Fascination! only shuffled up to a #30 peak during the fall of 1983 and is largely forgotten today. It was released a year earlier in the United Kingdom where it got to #2 around the holidays. The group scored top-40 hits until 1995 (including the #1 single “Human” in 1986) and the trio is back together today, last releasing an album in 2011.

“MIRROR MIRROR”, Diana Ross (#8, 1982)
From leading The Supremes to singing her own, she’s a legend. After making the jump from her longtime home of Motown Records to RCA, Ross put out her first album with her new label in 1981, Why Do Fools Fall In Love. After the title track (and remake) went top ten on the Hot 100, “Mirror Mirror” became the second single from the effort, climbing to #8 in early 1982. Ross continued to chart with a number of moderate-sized top 40 hits until 1985, last entering the lower rungs of the Hot 100 in 1986. She occasionally tours today, though rarely puts out new music.

“OBJECTS IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR MAY APPEAR CLOSER THAN THEY ARE”, Meat Loaf (#38, 1994)
I’m guessing no one could have predicted that the singer born Marvin Lee Aday could make a stellar comeback with 1993’s Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell. This third single and epic power ballad from the multi-Platinum album just dented the top 40 in the spring of 1994. It remains one of the longest song titles to hit the Hot 100 at twelve words in length. Though he only had one other top 40 single the following year, he’s charted on the Billboard 200 several times since then. He is currently working on a new album, Brave And Crazy, his followup to 2011’s Hell In A Handbasket.

The rest of the reflectors:
“Dancing With My Mirror”, Corey Hart (#88, 1987)
“Mirror Mirror”, M2M (#62, 2000)
“Mirror Star”, Fabulous Poodles (#81, 1979)
“Stranger In My Mirror”, Randy Travis (#81, 1999)
“Texas In My Rear View Mirror”, Mac Davis (#51, 1980)

So, which song is your selection for the best reflection? Let me know! Comment below or contact me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (Mar. 26)

Sure be cool if he was #1.

Sure be cool if he was #1.

There’s a hodgepodge of hits on the radar this week; lots of big releases across all genres. Here’s some of what you’ll find in stores this Tuesday, March 26:

  • Country singer Blake Shelton has a new studio album out today, Based On A True Story…, his eighth full-length album. Lead single “Sure Be Cool If You Did” is the current #1 Country single. It comes out just as the fourth season of The Voice premiered last night, on which Shelton is a judge. (iTunes)
  • After a serious issue for which he was hospitalized just a week ago, Lil Wayne puts out a sequel to his 2010 album, I Am Not A Human Being. “Love Me”, featuring rappers Drake and Future, is the big single from I Am Not A Human Being II, currently at #2 on Urban radio and #9 on the Hot 100. (iTunes)
  • Married Country duo Thompson Square, best known for their 2011 Country #1 hit, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?”, are back with their second album this week. Just Feels Good features their current top ten single on the same chart, “If I Didn’t Have You”. (iTunes)
  • With their first album since 2009, English electro-rockers Depeche Mode release their thirteenth album to date, Delta Machine. Two singles have been released from the effort to date: “Heaven” and “Soothe My Soul”. (iTunes)
  • The third album from electro-pop band OneRepublic is out today, Native. “If I Lose Myself” is the current single from the album, and it’s not the monster that “Apologize” was. (iTunes)
  • Rockers The Strokes are back with another album, Comedown Machine. Lead single “All The Time” is garnering some minor airplay at Alternative radio. (iTunes)
  • Already a top-ten selling album in many European countries, singer-songwriter Dido is out with her newest release in North America, Girl Who Got Away. (iTunes)
  • Metal band Sevendust are back with their first album since 2010, Black Out The Sun. It’s their ninth studio album overall. (iTunes)
  • Newcomer to the Country chart Maggie Rose, who previously charted under the name Margaret Durante, puts out her first full-length album this week, Cut To Impress. (iTunes)
  • Alan Jackson, who’s been faltering recently on the Country chart, goes for gospel this time on the more traditional-sounding Precious Memories, Volume II. (iTunes)
  • Finally, former American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox trades All This For That on her second album, released today. (iTunes)

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

  • “Boomerang”, a great new single from Canada’s Barenaked Ladies. (iTunes)
  • “The Way”, a single from Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande and rapper Mac Miller. (iTunes)
  • “We Up”, another release from 50 Cent‘s forthcoming Street King Immortal. It features Kendrick Lamar. (iTunes)

The Band Perry delivers their sophomore album next week… will it top the charts? See you in seven with a preview!

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