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A Bakery Of Hits: “Cake” And Other Pop Pastries

Sweet, sweet singles.

Sweet, sweet singles.

After garnering a big add at Z100 in New York City after its premiere earlier this week, it looks like the debut single by DNCE, a song called “Cake By The Ocean”, may provide the perfect recipe for pop radio playlists. The lead singer of the new group brings a familiar name back to the music scene: Joe Jonas, brother of Nick and one of the three Jonas Brothers. The middle Jonas released his solo debut in the fall of 2011, Fastlife, but its two singles, “See No More” and “Just In Love”, just didn’t connect (the former went to #43 at pop radio and the latter didn’t chart) and the set came and went. In 2013, an ill-fated project that brought the brothers back together yielded two more self-released singles, “Pom Poms” (#45) and “First Time” (#36), before a cancelled album and tour derailed the whole thing. That essentially brings us to the current day, as DJ Jonas gets back into singing… and a potential run up the radio listings with a cool chart confection.

Now, you’re not likely going to find a baklava or an éclair or a macaron in the title of a charting single anytime soon, but when a cake comes into the picture, there have been some of those and more top treats providing a nice aroma in the air that we call the musical mesosphere. How will “Cake By The Ocean” fare over the next few weeks and will its chart peak be the icing on it? Will it taste like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, perhaps something else? Mmmm… I’m making myself hungry. Anyways, fresh out of an oven near you, a guide to this latest batch of sweet and successful singles:

* denotes peak from Radio & Records CHR/Pop chart (and later Mediabase 24/7)
** denotes peak from the Billboard Hot 100

CAKES
“Birthday Cake”, Rihanna featuring Chris Brown (#24**/#41*, 2012)
“Cut The Cake”, Average White Band (#10**/#34*, 1975)
“Hot Cakes”, Dave “Baby” Cortez (#91**, 1963)
“Strawberry Shortcake”, Jay & The Techniques (#39**, 1968)
“The Wedding Cake”, Connie Francis (#91**, 1969)

Honorable mention goes to Cake, who almost went top 40 (#44) on R&R in 1999 with “Never There”. A “Poundcake” also hit #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart in 1991 for Van Halen.

COOKIES
“Cookie Jar”, Gym Class Heroes featuring The-Dream (#47*/#59**, 2008)
“Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings”, LL Cool J (#96**, 1993)

Don’t forget about Cookie And The Cupcakes and their string of charting singles, or The Cookies and the one top ten hit of their career, 1963’s “Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad (About My Baby)”, a #7 record on the Hot 100.

PIES
“American Pie”, Don McLean (#1**, 1972)
“American Pie”, Madonna (#15*/#29**, 2000)
“Cherry Pie”, Warrant (#10**/#20*, 1990)
“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”, Bonnie Pointer (#40**, 1980)
“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”, Donnie Elbert (#22**, 1972)
“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”, The Four Tops (#1**, 1965)
“Sweet Potato Pie”, Domino (#27**, 1994)

Hot Apple Pie made the Country survey about a decade ago, and Humble Pie reached the Hot 100 four times in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Want a slice?

Sweet tooth still has you craving more music? Have a favorite pop pastry from the ones above? Let me know in the comments or on social media by using the “Get Social!” tab.

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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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