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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 25, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Louis Tomlinson and some new pals get “Back” to work, plus Enrique Iglesias and Sean Paul try for a second “Radio” hit! Check out the top new tunes at radio for the last impact date of July:

LOOK WHO’S “BACK”: Earlier this year, Louis Tomlinson reached the top 40 in a collaboration with Steve Aoki. The track, titled “Just Hold On”, didn’t exactly maintain a firm grip on the chart, peaking at #32 in March. However, the one-time member of One Direction returns with some new pals, Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals, as “Back To You” leads the week’s report at Top 40 radio with 60 adds. Of course, Tomlinson’s former bandmate, Liam Payne, remains in the top ten with the blazing “Get Low”, a collaboration with Zedd. It scores another 34 adds on the latest update, good for fourth place. With Harry Styles and his new single “Two Ghosts” impacting here in early August, and Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” marching toward the top ten, it’s all up to ZAYN to get back in the race to complete a certain achievement that hasn’t happened since the end of 1974, but I’ll save that for another time. In the meantime, all directions are leading to success for the members of one of the biggest boy bands of all-time.

“RADIO” DAZE: Just sneaking into the bottom of this week’s top ten tracks at the format is a new remix of “Subeme La Radio”, a Spanish-language hit for Enrique Iglesias that finds him paired again with Sean Paul. In 2014, another Iglesias hit, “Bailando”, got to #9 that September, thanks in part to an English remix featuring Paul. Will lightning strike twice for the two amigos? With its 15 stations on impact, the recent chart-topper from the Spanish list is off to a decent start, though it’s a little too early to tell what it will do in the long run. I suppose we can leave it at a “Continuará…” for now.

Next week, the Alternative crossover hit from Portugal. The Man will be eyeing the top spot on the list, as it officially impacts on Tuesday. Who has what it takes to top the Most Added report? Find out real soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. LOUIS TOMLINSON featuring BEBE REXHA & DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS, “Back To You” (Syco/Epic)
2-T. DEMI LOVATO, “Sorry Not Sorry” (Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood)
2-T. SELENA GOMEZ featuring GUCCI MANE,
“Fetish” (Interscope)
4. ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE,
“Get Low” (Interscope)
5. KESHA,
“Praying” (Kemosabe/RCA)
6. THE CHAINSMOKERS,
“Honest” (Disruptor/Columbia)
7-T. CHEAT CODES featuring DEMI LOVATO,
“No Promises” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
7-T. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY,
“Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
9. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE,
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
10-T. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS featuring SEAN PAUL, “Subeme La Radio (Remix)” (Sony Latin/RCA)
10-T. PORTUGAL. THE MAN,
“Feel It Still” (Atlantic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 18, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: the girls of the pop world return to the Most Added leaderboard, as Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez release new singles, giving everyone life in the process. How fun! Who takes the pop prize? Catch the tasty Top 40 wave below…

“SORRY” SEEMS TO BE THE HOTTEST WORD: No need for a lo siento or a pardon here! Demi Lovato grabs the top slot on this week’s adds report with “Sorry Not Sorry”, starting with 62 stations on impact. It’s the first taste of her forthcoming album, which should be out sometime later this year. Lovato appears as the featured vocalist on “No Promises” by Cheat Codes, which is currently at #23 on the Top 40 chart. A music video for “Sorry” debuts tomorrow, and given its hold in the top ten on iTunes, there could be a nice sales and streaming boost in the works for it. Stay tuned! Look out for any significant movement for the song in our usual Sunday updates.

READY SET GO-MEZ: While “Bad Liar” looks to be stalling out below the top ten, peaking at #12 a couple of weeks ago, Selena Gomez wastes no time releasing a follow-up single to the format. “Fetish” features rapper Gucci Mane, and the pop panel begins its obsession with it this week, garnering 20 adds the week before it impacts. Unless a major new release drops on Friday and has a Tuesday impact date that I don’t know about yet, “Fetish” should be the leading candidate to score the Most Added title next week.

Next week, buzzing tracks from Fall Out Boy and Selena Gomez/Gucci Mane (who officially impact) will be in the mix of pop priorities at the format. Who has what it takes to top the Most Added report? Find out real soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. DEMI LOVATO, “Sorry Not Sorry” (Safehouse/Island/Republic/Hollywood)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Honest” (Disruptor/Columbia)
3. KESHA,
“Praying” (Kemosabe/RCA)
4. ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE,
“Get Low” (Interscope)
5. SELENA GOMEZ featuring GUCCI MANE,
“Fetish” (Interscope)
6. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE,
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
7. J BALVIN & WILLY WILLIAM,
“Mi Gente” (UMLE/Republic)
8. JONAS BLUE featuring WILLIAM SINGE,
“Mama” (Capitol)
9. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY,
“Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
10. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID,
“1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 11, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Kesha makes a religious return, The Chainsmokers look for a truthful Top 40 follow-up and Zedd and Liam Payne limbo their way into a not-so-low position. If it’s what they say, I love it, so come on and collude with myself and Mediabase to get some top pop stats:

A PLEAD SUCCEEDS: From her forthcoming album Rainbow, the new poignant pop anthem from Kesha delivers a week prior to its official impact. That single is titled “Praying”, and the pop panel is showing its devotion to it, starting off with 63 stations (the Most Added song on the report) in its first week.  The singer last charted at this format as a featured artist on Pitbull‘s “Timber”, a three-week #1 from mid-January to early February 2014. Though it’s been a tough few years for the performer, through legal battle complications and more, it’s great to see her winning with a meaningful piece of music that millions of fans are embracing. Could a fifth chart-topper be in her future? I sure hope so, but that might need a little extra prayer in the meantime.

JUST BEING “HONEST”: The Chainsmokers and CHR/Top 40 radio; it’s as simple as “1-2-3” or “Bro-re-mi”. This week, the super duo flies back into the pop world with a smokin’ new release called “Honest”, which lands a total of 62 stations on impact. At just one add shy of the top spot, it’s a strong runner-up on the most recent tally. This is the duo’s third chart hit from the former #1 album Memories…Do Not Open, and the follow-up to the Coldplay-assisted “Something Just Like This”, a one-week #1 in May. It looks like Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall will continue to thrill the audience with their sincere new single, but a case of recurrentitis can strike at any moment… (cue the scary fx!)

THE DIRTY LOW-DOWN: As “Strip That Down” continues to rise into the top 20 at the format, Liam Payne is really cleaning up, as his new collaboration with Zedd makes a hot debut on the adds report. “Get Low” gets high (on the list, that is) with a really great first week of 57 stations, good for the third Most Added spot. The popular DJ and producer is coming off a major six-week #1 in “Stay”, a duet with Alessia Cara. Though the hit has dropped off significantly from the top ten peak it achieved on iTunes upon release, radio is still very much into it, so I expect that it’ll be back up in the top tier of that chart in no time. Now, back to bopping!

Next week, songs from Demi Lovato, Jorge Blanco and Kesha (who officially impacts) will all be in the mix of pop priorities at the format. Who has what it takes to top the Most Added report? Find out real soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. KESHA, “Praying” (Kemosabe/RCA)
2. THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Honest” (Disruptor/Columbia)
3. ZEDD & LIAM PAYNE,
“Get Low” (Interscope)
4. JONAS BLUE featuring WILLIAM SINGE,
“Mama” (Capitol)
5. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE,
“Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
6. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY,
 “Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
7. HEY VIOLET,
“Hoodie” (Caroline)
8. BRUNO MARS,
“Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
9-T. JULIA MICHAELS,
“Uh Huh” (Republic)
9-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA & KHALID,
“1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)
9-T. POST MALONE featuring QUAVO,
“Congratulations” (Republic)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (July 4, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. Due to the Fourth Of July holiday, reporting was spotty this week, but there is a bit of add action to cover for the time being. (Of course, when things get back to normal next week, expect a much fuller report!) Here’s a taste of what Top 40 radio looks like on a hit holiday:

CHARTS AND CRAFTS: You know, I haven’t been on a good trip to Michaels lately. Believe me, you can get lost in that store for hours. Well, here’s a Michaels who appears to be sewing up a new hit at the format, and I think you’ll agree that I’m framing it well. Of course, that would be Julia Michaels and her song “Uh Huh”, which leads the patriotic pop patrol to the tune of 27 stations on this week’s report. Her song just reached the top 50 on Sunday, and though it may be affected by some specialty programming here during the first three days of the tracking week, it should be on the rise, especially due to some scheduled recurrents this Sunday. It isn’t clear how well this will do compared to “Issues”, which peaked at #4 on the last chart of June and remains in the top ten, but I will certainly be watching it. Hey, where did my pencils and paints go?

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOR-HOODIE: Pop-punk quintet Hey Violet looks to color the Top 40 chart once again with the third single from their album From The Outside. “Hoodie” dresses up the second Most Added slot this week with 19 stations, which ties it with “Go For Broke”, the Machine Gun Kelly collaboration with James Arthur. Their prior pop single, “Break My Heart” (#37, 5/21 and 6/18/17 MB), was pulled prematurely to begin working “Hoodie”. The Los Angeles band’s first hit at the format was “Guys My Age” (#18, 2/12/17 MB), which was originally released in September of last year. How high will this designer ditty rise on the chart? Could a shopping spree be in the works? That’s one hot topic that I’m sure we’ll be talking about in the coming weeks.

Next week, songs from Jonas Blue/William Singe, Loote, Rita Ora, The Chainsmokers and Zedd/Liam Payne will all be in the mix of pop priorities at the format. Who has what it takes to top the Most Added report? Find out real soon.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN (ELEVEN)
1. JULIA MICHAELS, “Uh Huh” (Republic)
2-T. HEY VIOLET, “Hoodie” (Caroline)
2-T. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring JAMES ARTHUR,
“Go For Broke” (Bad Boy/Interscope)
4. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE,
“The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
5. CALVIN HARRIS featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, KATY PERRY and BIG SEAN,
“Feels” (Columbia)
6. BRUNO MARS,
“Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
7. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY,
“Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
8-T. CHILDISH GAMBINO,
“Redbone” (Glassnote)
8-T. FRENCH MONTANA featuring SWAE LEE,
 “Unforgettable” (Eardrum/Bad Boy/Interscope-Epic)
10-T. CHEAT CODES featuring DEMI LOVATO,
“No Promises” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
10-T. SAM HUNT,
“Body Like A Back Road” (MCA Nashville/Capitol)

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (June 27, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: musical madness before the Fourth of July! Ties! Impacts! More below. It may be hot outside, but it’s hotter on the charts, so let’s dig into those sounds of summer like Add Lib does best:

FOUR SCORE (AND SEVERAL ADDS AGO): With singles from Calvin Harris and DJ Khaled (and their all-star bands) in a tie for this week’s Most Added record at the format, with 46 adds each, we look just below the top spot on the report for showings from a plethora of pop artists. The aggressive battle for adds this week was largely due to the Fourth Of July, which just so happens to fall on a Tuesday this year. So, to all of you program and music directors landing some burgers on the grill a week from now, and maybe some pool or beach action too, we salute you. (Also, where’s my invite?) Let’s highlight four of these potential future hits, all starting out well:

Taking in another 35 adds in its impact week is “Glorious” by Macklemore, which features Skylar Grey. It’s the first single to be released after the rapper’s consciously uncoupling with Ryan Lewis (well, at least for now) and the likely first chart hit for Grey in four years. I’ll take a wild guess and say that you don’t remember “C’mon Let Me Ride”, which featured Eminem, which spent two weeks at #32 in February of that year. (It’s alright, I’d prefer to forget that it exists too.) Besides being the third Most Added title at this format this week, it also stands in the same position on the adds report at Rhythmic radio.

Julia Michaels has no issues with this week’s fourth Most Added song, “Uh Huh”, which starts at 31 stations. It’s the follow-up to “Issues”, which reached a new peak of #4 last week. This one is not a hot B2K cover, but their song called “Uh Huh” peaked at #22 for three weeks in May 2002. Michaels was due to release an EP called Nervous System in the spring, though you can obviously see that it’s been delayed since it hasn’t hit digital retailers yet. Whenever it’s out, I’m sure it’ll be great.

Major Lazer and their new backing band, The Mestanics, silently run with “Know No Better” towards a knowledgeable rank for the week. It’s tied for fifth place, receiving another 24 adds. “Run Up” reached #33 at the end of March, and this release is expected to do “better” than that. (Gee, I’m pretty terrible tonight. Ah, well, I have the week off next week!) Their EP of the same name came out earlier this month, and hit the top 100 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Finally, in the seventh Most Added slot, we find “Go For Broke”, the latest release for Machine Gun Kelly. Kelly’s new song has a featured vocal from James Arthur, who also scored the fourth Most Added single at Hot AC radio yesterday with “Can I Be Him”. This is likely to be Arthur’s last week on the chart with “Say You Won’t Let Go”, a former #5 hit from earlier this month. Kelly’s had a pair of songs from his latest album, Bloom, reach the chart, including the Camila Cabello-assisted “Bad Things”, a two-week #1 from February.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. CALVIN HARRIS featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS, KATY PERRY and BIG SEAN, “Feels” (Columbia)
1-T. DJ KHALED featuring RIHANNA and BRYSON TILLER, “Wild Thoughts” (We The Best/Epic)
3. MACKLEMORE featuring SKYLAR GREY,
“Glorious” (Warner Bros.)
4. JULIA MICHAELS,
“Uh Huh” (Republic)
5-T. BRUNO MARS,
 “Versace On The Floor” (Atlantic)
5-T. MAJOR LAZER featuring TRAVIS SCOTT, CAMILA CABELLO and QUAVO,
“Know No Better” (Mad Decent/in2une)
7. MACHINE GUN KELLY featuring JAMES ARTHUR,
“Go For Broke” (Bad Boy/Interscope)
8. SAM HUNT, 
“Body Like A Back Road” (MCA Nashville/Capitol)
9. MARTIN GARRIX & TROYE SIVAN,
 “There For You” (RCA)
10-T. ALL TIME LOW,
“Good Times” (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
10-T. BEBE REXHA featuring LIL WAYNE,
“The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody)” (Warner Bros.)
10-T. LOGIC featuring ALESSIA CARA and KHALID,
 “1-800-273-8255” (Def Jam)

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Playing For “Keeps”: Mary Lambert Gives Us Some Extra Love

Not that "Same" old song.

Not that “Same” song.

You’ve heard her voice on the radio for several months now singing the hook of a hit that’s been making a lot of waves because of its strong lyrical content. However, you may not know a lot about the singer herself. She’s 24-year-old Mary Lambert, based out of Seattle, Washington. She’s a spoken word poet, a gay rights activist and now, an unexpected top 40 artist. Lambert is featured on the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis anthem, “Same Love”, with the duo also being from the same region. Now, she’s trying to make it on her own with a song that builds off of that pivotal part of the song. In fact, it reminds me a lot of a similar scenario that happened over a decade ago that also involved a hard-hitting rap single and a more calming followup. Can Lambert go solo nationally now that she’s been exposed to a much wider audience? I think it’s possible, but first, let’s get to know Mrs. Lambert a little more.

Lambert lived a hard life as a child, subjected to abuse and depression. Between moving towns and religious experiences, it was a lot for such a young person. She seemed to find her way in her teens, graduating with a B.A. in Music and Composition in 2011, as well as finding a partner in her girlfriend Rachel. Through that time, she entered in a number of spoken word competitions, gaining acclaim through stops at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Competition in 2008 and Seattle’s Grand Slam Poetry Competition in 2011, which she won. It led her to create a book of poetry. Yet, music was her true calling, and it was about to come back to her in a big way.

Last year, Lambert channeled her energy into releasing an independent EP called Letters Don’t Talk in August. Though it gained some praise, it went largely under the radar beyond the local Seattle scene. None of the songs managed high chart peaks, nor did the EP. However, it was around the same time that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis approached her to be on “Same”, which at the time was only going to be issued on vinyl in the local area in response to a ballot question on same-sex marriage in Washington state. After a national appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and an approval of the matter, the duo were thrust into the pop world, and now the lovely Lambert can join them as well.

Issued last week, “She Keeps Me Warm” was self-released by Lambert, a more stripped-down and full version of her part on the rap single which continues to dominate. She seems to strike all the right chords, merging a tender vocal with a dramatic but also understated arrangement. It’s halfway between a pop song and a more folksy tune, similar to other singer-songwriters like Grace Potter or Missy Higgins. The song gives an even more special meaning to the words she contributed to “Same”, a personal journey about she and her girlfriend and the way they connected together. She sings, “She says I smell like safety and home/I named both of her eyes ‘forever’ and ‘please don’t go’ … this could be good.” There’s a sweet giggle to her voice and a great big smile across her face as she recounts the memories of how they came to be. It’s pretty magical and very inspiring to those who are taking on a similar relationship or feel limited by what marriage is dictated as in their region. There’s a promise and a hope that one day there will be a nationwide resolution to the issue. Until then, the good fight goes on.

The timing of the new single takes me back to 2000, when Eminem released the angry single “Stan”, which sampled “Thank You” by Dido in its chorus. It essentially gave an unknown a shot and propelled the British singer up to the top of the charts with a song that was already out on its own for almost two years at that point. “Thank” even managed to out-peak “Stan” on most of the pop surveys. While this current situation between Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert isn’t exactly the same, with Lambert’s song coming afterwards, you get the gist of what I’m talking about. If “Same Love” can win over both radio and retail (and maybe even the GRAMMY Awards), perhaps Lambert will find herself signed to a major label in the hopes of spreading her sound around the world. It’s only fitting.

With a hook and a jab, “She Keeps Me Warm” delivers on that pop punch, and won’t leave Mary Lambert out in the cold this time around.

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Ever The “Same”: A Six-Pack Of Similar Singles

Damn right, he supports it.

Loving his new hit.

This should be nothing new to you, but Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are having a banner year on the American charts. Their third single to break the top 40, the same-sex marriage anthem “Same Love” (featuring Mary Lambert), recently went top ten on iTunes and top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to the Supreme Court rulings on the Defense Of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8, both of which are no more. It’s already done a lot given the subject matter of the song, but should it break the top ten, it’ll be the sixth title in the chart’s history to name the “same” word. They may be alike, but I like them all:

“It’s The Same Old Song”, The Four Tops (#5, 1965)
Originally from Detroit, the group led by the late vocalist Levi Stubbs joined Motown Records in 1963 and enjoyed a number of hits with the label through the early 70’s, this being one of their biggest of the decade, save for #1 singles like “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There”. After a few changes in the record companies, the group last charted in 1988 with the minor top 40 single “Indestructible”. That title may also describe how the group is today: still together, albeit with a different lineup than before. A version of “Song” by K.C. and the Sunshine Band climbed to #35 in 1978.

“Sunday Will Never Be The Same”, Spanky & Our Gang (#9, 1967)
When you were younger, you might have been a fan of The Little Rascals, a troop of kids known for their short films as Our Gang between the the 1920’s and the 1940’s. It also provided the inspiration for this folk group’s name. The song about a girl meeting a boy on Sunday morning in the park, then returning to find he’s gone (hence, it’ll “never be the same”) was a summer hit for the band. After “Sunday”, the group charted with four other top 40 singles, but none made the top ten. After the death of lead guitarist Malcolm Hale in the fall of 1968, the band released one last unsuccessful album before going their separate ways.

“Still The Same”, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (#4, 1978)
They’re a staple on classic rock radio in the U.S., and between the Bob Seger System, his solo career and his most successful act, Seger’s made a Billboard chart for six consecutive decades, four on the Hot 100. This was the leadoff single from the band’s second album, Stranger In Town. At the time, “Still” marked the highest peak that the band achieved on the big survey along with “Night Moves”, but that would be surpassed by their 1983 single, “Shame On The Moon” (#2), and a solo Seger release that went to #1, 1987’s “Shakedown”. He recently performed “Turn The Page” with The Swon Brothers on NBC’s The Voice.

“Same Old Lang Syne”, Dan Fogelberg (#9, 1981)
Singer-songwriter Fogelberg tapped into the sounds of soft rock in the 1980’s, soaring into the top ten with 1980’s “Longer” and this single the year after it. As the autobiographical story-song goes, he and an old flame unexpectedly reunite in a grocery store, share a few moments together in the car as the drink away a few bottles, and then depart to the narrator’s dismay. Largely seen as a Christmas song today, you’re unlikely to hear it on the radio outside of the months of November and December despite the fact that it actually peaked in mid-February. However, it still remains one of the late performer’s most popular songs.

“Stay The Same”, Joey McIntyre (#10, 1999)
Step by step, he got to those girls. As a member of New Kids On The Block, he grew up in the public eye, scoring several #1 songs with the band and the support of millions of screaming fans. Outside of singing lead on several of their hits, this was McIntyre’s only major solo smash, going to #10 on the Hot 100 thanks to strong physical sales. A followup release, “I Love You Came Too Late”, only went to #54 nationally. Today, he’s back together with his band mates on The Package Tour with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. He was also recently in a minor role in the film The Heat, starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock.

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